2019-02-01: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-01). VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Asks Members of Congress if the US is Meddling in Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com The responses from members of Congress painted a shocking picture of ignorance, hypocrisy, and bipartisan consent for the Trump administration's…

Dan Cohen (2019-02-01). La creación de Juan Guaidó: cómo los laboratorios de cambio de régimen estadounidenses crearon al líder del golpe de estado en Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com Por Dan Cohen y Max Blumenthal Juan Guaidó es el producto de un proyecto de una década supervisado por los…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-01). From Global Poverty to Exclusion and Despair: Reversing the Tide of War and Globalization. globalresearch.ca Global warfare sustains the neoliberal agenda. America's military agenda serves the interests of Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, Big Oil, the Biotech conglomerates, Big Pharma, The Global Narcotics Economy and the Media and Information Giants.

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Italy Rejects Guaido, Says Venezuela is a Sovereign State. telesurenglish.net On Thursday the Italian Government withdrew from the position assumed by the European Parliament and informed that it does not recognize Juan Guaido as "president in charge" of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Evo Morales Backs Peace Dialogue for Venezuela | "Italy does not recognize the self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido," Italy's Undersecretary of Fo…

Gunar Olsen (2019-02-01). Media Rally Around 'Forever War' in Afghanistan. fair.org Just hours after news of an Afghan peace deal broke, corporate media jumped to sound the alarm, urging the US to maintain its occupation. The primary concern was over the Trump administration's perceived "quick exit" or "speedy withdrawal," a boogeyman notion that the New York Times has hyped up for years.

aljazeera (2019-02-01). Attacks undermine peace hopes in Philippines after historic vote. aljazeera.com Mindanao voters gave emphatic support to autonomy to end decades-old conflict, but bombings risk return to violence.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-02-01). How Star Wars Came to Alaska. counterpunch.org The Kodiak Launch Complex was marketed to Alaskans as one of the nation's first commercial space ports. Many promises were made to lure public support: High-paying, year-round jobs. Better roads. A fancy cultural center. New schools with real astronauts helping out in the classrooms. Peace and prosperity. The whole multibillion-dollar project, located on Narrow Cape, More

Global Research News (2019-02-01). Selected Articles: Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace? globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated. | Click to donate or click here

Rob Urie (2019-02-01). Democrats Killed the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org Environmental activists received a reality check when newly empowered Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed aside demands for an environmental economic transition program— a Green New Deal, in favor of reviving a toothless committee to 'study' the problem. A transition program is needed to mitigate the economic dislocations that will result from resolving the multiple environmental crises currently underway. More

Fight for the Future (2019-02-01). Web Activists Keep Hope for Net Neutrality Alive as Open Internet Defenders Take the FCC to Court. globalresearch.ca Tomorrow, net neutrality will get it's day in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments in the legal challenge to Ajit Pai's reckless and resoundingly unpopular repeal of open Internet …

STAFF (2019-02-01). The CIA's Masterful Use of Fake News. truthdig.com In early 1954, writing in the magazine Encounter, F.R. Allemann slammed the ex-prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh, for alleged abuses. In a " Letter from Teheran" titled "Persia: Land of Unrealities," Allemann referred to Mosaddegh's aborted term as a "pseudo-revolutionary pseudo-dictatorship" and claimed Mosaddegh could only cram laws through Iran's Parliament by summoning thugs to street protests—that is, through demagoguery. | Allemann depicted Mosaddegh's rallies as "terror campaign[s] of the political-religious secret societies" w…

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-01). A European "Liberal Elite" Still Luring Us Towards the Abyss. globalresearch.ca Their European political heroes appear to be Emmanuel Macron of France, currently trying to crush the popular, anti-austerity protests of the Yellow Vests, and German chancellor Angela Merkel, manning the barricades for the liberal elite against a resurgence of the nationalist right in Germany.

Peter Certo (2019-02-01). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Paul Street (2019-02-01). The Capitalist Adults Are in the Room. counterpunch.org The ultra-capitalist United States is all about the commercialization and commodification — the extraction, manipulation, distortion, packaging, and sale — of anything and everything capital can get its hands on and turn to its advantage. Pick a critical social, natural. and cultural resource and phenomenon. Take one, any one — education, water, forests, transportation, art, music, communications, health care, old age, insurance, pensions, the land, the food supply, food preparation, home materials, clothing, body care, civil authority, the maintenance of facilities, energy, housing, the public…

Melvin Goodman (2019-02-01). Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton? counterpunch.org The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Europe Implements Iran Payment Mechanism to Bypass US Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Tuesday Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi welcomed the 'Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges' (INSTEX), a payment mechanism designed by Germany, France and the United Kingdom to maintain trade with Iran and avoid U.S. sanctions on the Persian nation, but urged that it be implemented "in its whole." | RELATED: | 3 Injured in Iran Police Station Attack | "We hop…

Patrick Henningsen (2019-02-01). France, Germany, UK Launch a New 'Non-Dollar' Mechanism to Trade with Iran, but Will it Work? globalresearch.ca Money talks, and no one knows this better than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It's how the Trump Administration communicates with its enemies, as well as with its allies — through the application powerful long-range financial instruments. But …

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-01). Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts. counterpunch.org Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during More

aljazeera (2019-02-01). Facebook deletes 783 'inauthentic' pages, accounts tied to Iran. aljazeera.com Social media company says removed accounts were part of an Iranian campaign targeting people in more than 20 countries.

aljazeera (2019-02-01). Why did Saudi Aramco's ambitious selloff fail?>. aljazeera.com Al Jazeera investigates the ideas behind Saudi Vision 2030 and the politics of the kingdom revolving around oil money.

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-01). CO2 on Track for Largest Rise in 62 Years. counterpunch.org Around the world, atypical climate change grows increasingly threatening to all life on the planet, principally because of excessive CO2 emissions. Paradoxically, this is happening on the heels of the Paris 2015 climate accord among nations of the world. But, didn't almost all of the countries of the world pledge to cut back greenhouse gas More

Garry Leech (2019-02-01). I Declare Myself President of the United States of America. counterpunch.org I, Garry Leech, declare myself president of the United States of America. There I did it. I am now the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. "By what right?" you ask. By the right of the new democratic political process recently implemented in Venezuela and endorsed by the US government. This is how More

Craig Collins (2019-02-01). Why Did Socialism Fail? counterpunch.org By the middle of the 20th century, it appeared that Karl Marx's conviction that socialism was destined to replace capitalism was becoming reality. In 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was so confident that history was on his side, he boasted that socialism would soon bury capitalism.[1] Most of the Eurasian land mass was governed by More

Kim C. Domenico (2019-02-01). The High Human Cost of Liberal Resentment. counterpunch.org [About Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an opium addict] He was living out what many people experience, in the dark disorder of their hidden lives, but living it on the surface and with astonishing, even alarming candour…His greatness lies in the understanding of these struggles,… not in their solution. Richard Holmes, Coleridge: Darker Reflections [Thinking More

Alvaro Verzi Rangel (2019-02-01). The Chain of Command is Clear. Must Guaidó Go From Hero to Martyr? counterpunch.org The chain of command is clear: the Washington hawks rule, while Juan Guaidó and accomplices of the Lima Group go along, ready to share in the Venezuelan spoils. A deadly attack by social networks and hegemonic media is in progress aimed at creating a collective fantasy all about liberating a subjugated people. It calls for More

Nino Pagliccia (2019-02-01). Who Needs Elections? Ask the US About the Government Your Country Should Have. counterpunch.org Would anybody reading this article want to appoint him/herself as prime minister of Canada in front of a friendly crowd? All you need to say is that you don't recognize the elected prime minister as legitimate. I asked that question to a crowd at a rally organized to affirm the sovereignty of Venezuela a few More

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-01). Saint Eric Dolphy. counterpunch.org "Eric Dolphy was a saint…" — Charles Mingus Eric Dolphy died in Berlin at the age of thirty-six from complication related to diabetes, his promise and talent enshrined in less than a dozen releases. A master of several wind instruments, Dolphy's work with the ensembles he led remains some of the most innovative music of More

Robert Fantina (2019-02-01). Venezuela, the United States and Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org United States hypocrisy, thy name is legion. The number of examples of this are truly stunning, and this writer has commented on them more than once. He will take this opportunity to shine his spotlight on yet another one that is currently prominent in the news. In Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was elected president, in an More

T.J. Coles (2019-02-01). Terrorism is a "Small Price to Pay" for World Domination. counterpunch.org There's a simple formula which is almost verboten in Western mainstream media and political discourse: our violent foreign policies elicit violent responses. We call the violence of others "terrorism" and our own violence "humanitarian intervention," "self-defense," "maintaining the rules-based order," and so on. I say that this formula is "almost" never discussed because occasional references More

Garikai Chengu (2019-02-01). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those More

Pete Dolack (2019-02-01). Sorting Through the Lies about Venezuela. counterpunch.org Challenging United States hegemony is never an easy course. A county need not be socialist — it is enough to either voice aspirations toward socialism, or merely demonstrate a pattern of not doing as Washington dictates. So here we go again, this time with Venezuela. Ironically for a country that the corporate media insistently claims More

Bob Lord (2019-02-01). The Vanishing Wealth of Black America. counterpunch.org Want an impossible task? Try identifying the most disturbing trend in America today. Consider the choices: Climate change denial, extreme political polarization, gun violence, etc. Those are just the ones on the national radar. Here's one that isn't, but needs to be: the systematic destruction of black wealth. The reality is horrific, according to the More

David Rosen (2019-02-01). The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness. counterpunch.org "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down. "It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding More

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-01). What Bernie Sanders Could Learn From Venezuela. counterpunch.org Bernie Sanders, we hear, is interested in running for President in 2020. Bernie has once again shot himself in the foot before the starter's gun goes off. Sanders best known Trump-like statement was calling Venezuelan revolutionary President Hugo Chavez "a dead communist dictator." Now Sanders, while bucking the establishment on regime change in Venezuela, remains More

John McMurtry (2019-02-01). US Enemies and the Lawless 'Rule of Law'. counterpunch.org For weeks of front-end news, a China-Canada rift has gripped Canada. The story-line is endlessly repeated and runs like this: "Experts from both sides of the border agree that imprisonment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is strictly abiding by the rule of law, and China cannot or does not want to understand how the rule More

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-01). Jackboots in the Morning. counterpunch.org "This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this." —Judge Andrew Napolitano The American Police State does not discriminate. Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it's in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America great again—rest More

Ben Dangl (2019-02-01). "The Worst Option is War": US Intervention in Venezuela Will Only Deepen the Country's Crisis. counterpunch.org The Trump administrating is currently working to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the name of freedom and democracy. Yet Washington's efforts will only lead to bloodshed and a worsening of the country's crisis and polarization. Just take a look at who is leading the coup efforts from Washington. US national security advisor John Bolton has More

aljazeera (2019-02-01). US set to suspend nuclear arms control treaty with Russia. aljazeera.com Washington expected to pull out of landmark INF treaty, accusing Moscow of violating the pact.

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-01). Here's How a "Slip of the Tongue" Strengthened Russian-Pakistani Relations. globalresearch.ca A faux pas, especially when committed in the realm of international diplomacy and erroneously implying that a country's new partner supports terrorism, usually has the effect of weakening bilateral relations between those two states, but a Russian official's "slip of …

aljazeera (2019-02-01). US court orders Syria to pay $302m over Marie Colvin's death. aljazeera.com Judge rules Syrian government liable for death of American foreign correspondent Colvin in 2012.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-01). Trump and the "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) Crowd Embrace the Neocon Plan for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Is it fair to call MAGA neocon lite, or possibly MAGAcons? | The fact so few of these establishment labeled "white nationalists" had nothing to say about Trump's illegal bombing of Syria, or the death toll from his war against ISIS, …

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Short-Range Missile. telesurenglish.net The Pakistani army test-fired a short-range missile – which reportedly has a strike range of about 70 kilometers – as part of an Army Strategic Forces Command training exercise. | RELATED: | Syrian Anti-Aircraft Defense Repels Israeli Missiles | "The 2nd phase of this exercise was aimed at testing the extreme inflight maneuverability, including the end flight maneuverability; capable of defeating, by assured penetration, any currently available BMD system in our neighborhood or any oth…

aljazeera (2019-02-01). US Senate rebukes Trump over Syria, Afghanistan troop withdrawals. aljazeera.com Senate votes 68-to-23 to advance an amendment opposing the troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan.

aljazeera (2019-02-01). 'Complicit in tragedy': EU urged to end migrant returns to Libya. aljazeera.com Oxfam says 5,300 people have died in the Mediterranean since Italy's EU-backed migration deal with Libya.

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-01). Pakistan and the Cultural Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement. globalresearch.ca Historically, from the massacres in Bangladesh in 1971 to the training and arming of Afghan jihadists during the Soviet-Afghan war throughout the 1980s and '90s, and then mounting ill-conceived military operations in Pakistan's tribal areas under American pressure, leading to …

Olivier Kugler (2019-02-01). Escaping the Wars and Waves. thenation.com Escaping the Wars and Waves…

Ben Dangl (2019-02-01). "The Worst Option is War" zcomm.org US Intervention in Venezuela Will Only Deepen the Country's Crisis…

Fight Back (2019-02-01). A week of U.S. war moves against Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – One week ago, on January 23, a new stage in the Bolivarian Revolution began. The U.S. government and its lackey regimes in Latin America, the so-called "Lima Group," broke international law and ignored the Venezuelan Constitution by declaring Juan Guaidó – leader of the far-right People's Will Party – the legitimate president of Venezuela, and pompously demanding Nicolás Maduro's resignation. | Defiant as always, millions of people across Venezuela came out in support of their revolution, condemning Guaidó as a usurper and an imperialist pawn. In an address to thousands of revolutionaries…

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-02-01). The Northern Freeze Event. globalresearch.ca According to NOAA Arctic surface air temperatures continued to warm at twice the rate relative to the rest of the globe, leading to a loss of 95 percent of its oldest ice over the past three decades. Arctic air temperatures …

RT News (2019-02-01). Maduro to Americans: You Are Bigger than Trump, Don't Let Him Start A 'Vietnam' War Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people in the US to deter the Trump administration from putting boots on the ground in Venezuela, warning that any intervention would backfire leading to new Vietnam-like disaster. | In his first direct message …

Rosa Clemente (2019-02-01). Jussie Smollett Survived an Attempted Lynching: This Is America. zcomm.org White people terrorizing Black and Brown people has become normalized, again. White supremacy, patriarchy and homophobia destroys lives and kills people…

aljazeera (2019-02-01). Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 110. aljazeera.com At least 110 people confirmed dead in Brumadinho dam collapse, while 238 are still unaccounted for, say officials.

Pete Dolack (2019-02-01). Sorting Through the Lies about Venezuela. zcomm.org U.S. governments and capitalists are hostile to any intent to become independent of the U.S. or to direct economic activity to benefit local people rather than maximizing the profits of U.S. multinational corporations…

Jacob G. Hornberger (2019-02-01). The US Government's Love of Foreign Dictatorships. globalresearch.ca Lest anyone be tempted to believe that President Trump and other U.S. interventionists are intervening in Venezuela because of some purported concern for the Venezuelan people, let's start examining just a few examples that will bring a dose of reality …

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-01). The 'Venezuelan People' Are Whoever Agrees with Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca The latest bizarre episode in the Trump presidency is currently playing out in Venezuela. Just weeks after President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration, Trump officially recognized Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly—a man who has never even …

Jón Karl Stefánsson (2019-02-01). Dishonesty, Omissions and Lies in Reporting on the Venezuelan Economic Crisis. globalresearch.ca Since 2015 Venezuela has endured gruesome economic hardships. Inflation rates have spiraled out of control, and the public is facing a recession that is tearing the country apart. Now, Venezuelans not only face economic turmoil, but also direct military aggression. …

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

Joyce Nelson (2019-02-01). Canada vs. Venezuela: The Background Gets Even Murkier. globalresearch.ca On January 26, Canadians learned the extent to which Canada's "quiet diplomacy" had helped Venezuela's Juan Guaido emerge to declare himself interim president on Jan. 23, in defiance of the elected president Nicolas Maduro. In a lengthy piece for …

aljazeera (2019-02-01). 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.

Jessica Dos Santos (2019-02-01). Life in Besieged Venezuela. zcomm.org A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly US sanctions and coup efforts…

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (2019-02-01). What Has Happened in Venezuela Is a Coup. zcomm.org Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-01). New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy" zcomm.org National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-01). The Post-American Multipolar Blueprint for Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Afghanistan has the unique opportunity to function as the irreplaceably vital component of the Golden Ring of Multipolar Great Powers after the US' possible withdrawal by the end of 2020, but it can only achieve its geostrategic destiny if its …

Niles Niemuth (2019-02-01). Six Dead as Record-breaking Arctic Air Mass Hits US Midwest. globalresearch.ca A blast of historic cold temperatures hit the US Midwest, with record lows for both daily high and low temperatures expected Wednesday and Thursday across the region. Wind-chills in parts of northern Minnesota and North Dakota reached negative 60 degrees …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-02-01). A World without Dollars? Are We Approaching the End of America's Financial Order? globalresearch.ca For Washington, the U.S. dollar is leverage, a financial weapon to dominate the world economy, to impose its foreign policy agendas and to secure a steady flow of natural resources over sovereign countries who use the currency. | In the last …

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Trump adviser John Bolton admits Venezuela coup is for oil. greenleft.org.au In an interview with Fox News, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted the US government was backing an illegal coup in Venezuela in order to control the South American nation's sizeable oil reserves. | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela," Bolton told Fox News on January 28. | In response, Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted: "Confession … @ AmbJohnBolton confirms that the COUP is about OIL.

WSWS (2019-02-01). Vanity Fair: A new television adaptation of the great 19th century novel. wsws.org William Makepeace Thackeray's work, a remarkable social satire and picture of life, is set during and after the Napoleonic Wars, with the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815 playing a role in the events.

RT (2019-02-01). Trump praises US intelligence a day after telling them to 'go back to school' over Iran nukes. rt.com US President Donald Trump has reversed course on his spymasters' threat assessment, insisting his initial negative reaction — in which he dismissed their reports as "wrong" and "naàØve" — was based on (what else?) fake news.

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

stuart_m (2019-02-01). How Spain's 'socialist' government backs the US coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au On February 15, 2003, in the face of the looming US-led war against Iraq's Saddam Hussein, the Spanish state saw the biggest demonstrations in its history. Part of an immense worldwide anti-war outpouring, about 4 million people turned out. | Leaders of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) were among those at the head of these oceanic demonstrations, which directly targeted the conservative Spanish People's Party (PP) government of then-prime minister José María Aznar. | Aznar had previously backed the failed December 2002 US-backed coup against then-Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. He was an enthusiastic…

WSWS (2019-02-01). Australia's financial press promotes Labor's shadow treasurer. wsws.org The promotion of Chris Bowen is another warning of the Labor Party's preparations to return to office as a totally committed pro-business government.

Kim McGrath (2019-02-01). 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.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). British Labour leaders oppose US coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au In a strikingly different stance to leaders of the Australian Labor Party, which has backed the Coalition government's support for the illegitimate coup "government" in Venezuela, several leading members of Britain's Labour Party have rejected the US attempt at regime change in the oil-rich South American nation. | "The far-right governments of Trump and Bolsonaro offer no hope to Venezuela or to the majority of people in Latin America," reads a January 28 letter published in The Guardian. It was signed by dozens of high-profile British people, including Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Shadow Home Secret…

WSWS (2019-02-01). US escalates threats against Venezuela. wsws.org US officials have made no secret that control over Venezuelan oil, and its denial to Russia and China, are the driving force of the coup.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Asian left groups say 'hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au The statement below was released by 15 left groups from the Asia-Pacific region on January 25. To add your organisation's name, email . | *** | We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the Donald Trump administration for its support for an on-going coup attempt in Venezuela. | The US administration under Donald Trump has declared its recognition for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as "interim president" in its latest coup attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. | Washington and its allies in…

DLI (2019-02-01). Corporate Media Abets U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. indybay.org After more than a year of hyping the so-called Russian meddling in U.S. politics(including dozens of articles screaming with sensational headlines followed by little more than mere allegations by US spy agencies), the mainstream corporate media has hypocritically switched to cheerleading the brazenly Imperialist bullying of Venezuela by Washington and its coalition of sycophantic Latin American regimes.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-01). Video: Venezuela, a Golpe by the US Deep State. globalresearch.ca The announcement by President Trump, which recognises Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate President" of Venezuela, was prepared in an underground control room within the Congress and the White House. | This was described in detail by the New York Times. …

Know History (2019-02-01). 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.

WSWS (2019-02-01). Housekeeper trapped in billionaire's New York townhouse elevator for days. wsws.org This incident encapsulates the relationship between the thin layer of the super-rich—many of whom have second, third, and fourth homes—and the working class.

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

Revolution Books (2019-02-01). U.S. hands off Venezuela! indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

WSWS (2019-02-01). Footage shows police pointing assault rifles at child detainees in Australia. wsws.org The footage resembled an aggressive military operation in the neo-colonial wars conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.

aljazeera (2019-02-01). S Korea mourners gather at Japan embassy for sex slave's funeral. aljazeera.com Kim Bok-dong had regularly led protests to demand Japan more fully acknowledge suffering of so-called 'comfort women'.

Michael Steinberg (2019-02-01). 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 (2019-02-01). The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil. wsws.org The translation of David North's book is vital for Tamil-speaking workers, youth and intellectuals on the Indian sub-continent, in Sri Lanka, and exile communities around the world.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). When England's footballers had to fight for their pay. greenleft.org.au When Footballers Were Skint: A Journey in Search of the Soul of Football
| Jon Henderson
| Biteback Publishing, 2018
| 308 pages | Bill Leivers, who played for Manchester City from 1953-1964, wryly recalls to the British journalist Jon Henderson in When Footballers Were Skint about how the football club owner once rewarded the players on the train home from a successful away game, not with a fistful of sterling for a few drinks all round, but with a packet of Polo Mints. | His contemporary, Tom Finney, who played for England and Preston North End, reflects tartly on the £50,000 gate-takings whic…

pip.hinman (2019-02-01). Funding cuts thwart Indigenous job prospects, cultural revival. greenleft.org.au Several hundred people from the Yuin nation and their supporters gathered next to the fishing trawler wharf for Survival Day on January 26 and listened to poetry, rock bands and several solo musicians including a didgeridoo player. | Organiser Rodney Kelly told Green Left Weekly he wanted to bring the NSW South Coast Aboriginal and the wider community together to promote the South Coast Aboriginal community, its history and what it means to be Aboriginal in the region. | Kelly said Survival Day was about learning why Aboriginal people don't like Australia Day, a suppressed history, a truth not told and memories o…

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…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Rumors About Venezuelan Armed Forces Recruiting Minors Refuted. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities from different government branches denied that the armed forces are recruiting minors from schools, a rumor that is spreading on social media, and described the viral news as part of the smear campaign against the Bolivarian Revolution. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Evo Morales Backs Peace Dialogue for Venezuela | The military chief of operations in the state of Mon…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Bolivia's Evo Morales Backs Peace Dialogue for Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Evo Morales says Bolivia is backing the initiative by Mexico and Uruguay to call an international conference to discuss a peace solution for Venezuela. | RELATED: | Trump's Only Goal: To End Chavismo | "Bolivia greets and support the initiative by the brother countries Mexico and Uruguay, answering to the petition by the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Pope Francis, the pope of the poor, to call an international conference in order to reach a peaceful solution to Venezuela,…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Three Hundred Social Leaders Band Together to Create Caucus. telesurenglish.net Three hundred social leaders will form the League for Democracy, a congressional caucus created in defense of the rights of rural communities, officials said Thursday. | RELATED: | Colombia Witnesses Murder of 17th Social Leader in 2019 | "It is an initiative that has roots in 80 municipalities of the country, which will represent communities that fight for water, the environment, the implementation of the Peace Agreement and human rights," said Ivan Cepeda, senator from Colombia.

Fight Back (2019-01-31). Minneapolis: Fundraising event nets more than $3000 for Fight Back! fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — More than 75 trade unionists, anti-police-terror, immigrant rights, anti-war and student activists came together January 26 for a successful house party that netted more than $3000 for Fight Back!. | One of the event organizers, Matt Boynton stated, "The revolutionary press is of major importance in the struggle against capitalism in this country and around the globe. This fundraiser for Fight Back! was an incredible success." | Leader of trade unions and other people's organizations offered short toasts where they explained the importance of Fight Back! to their work. | Fight Back! editor…

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…

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…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Brazil's Indigenous People March Against Bolsonaro's Policies. telesurenglish.net Several Indigenous organizations from across Brazil protested Thursday against the environmental policies promoted by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro that are threatening their territories and lifestyles. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019 | Demonstrators in towns, cities and remote villages rejected Bolsonaro's strategy to strip the National Foundation of the Indigenous (FUNAI) of its traditional responsibility to demarcate indigenous terri…

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.

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.

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

commondreams (2019-01-31). Sanders Statement on McConnell Amendment on Syria and Afghanistan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Thierry Meyssan (2019-01-31). How Senators James Risch and Eliot Engel Are Preparing a New US War Against Syria. mintpressnews.com Senators James Risch and Eliot Engel agree on nothing apart from their stubborn support for the Pentagon and Israel, and their hatred of Syria.

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