2019-02-05: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-02-05). Internal U.S. Gov't document outlines program of 'economic warfare' on Venezuela. mronline.org An internal government document reveals tactics of "economic warfare" and "financial weapons" the U.S. is using against Venezuela in the name of "furthering capitalism." | Source

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-05). The 12-Step Method of Regime Change. counterpunch.org On 15 September 1970, US President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger authorised the US government to do everything possible to undermine the incoming government of the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende. Nixon and Kissinger, according to the notes kept by CIA Director Richard Helms, wanted to 'make the economy scream' in More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-02-05). The Long Goodbye of Antiwar Protest. counterpunch.org It's been a case of the long goodbye for what's left of the peace movement in the U.S. On Saturday (January 26, 2019), a small group, very small by historic peace actions go, protested in front of the White House. Watching the protest and interviews with protest participants on The Real News Network was almost painful. Medea More

teleSUR (2019-02-05). Mexico: Me'phaa Indians Slaughtered in Lust For Resources. telesurenglish.net It seems that every day a heartbreaking tale emerges whereby a member of an Indigenous community in Latin America is murdered because of greed for land resources. Sunday, Feb. 4 was no different, as eight members of the Me'phaa community in Acatepec, Guerrero, Mexico were gunned down by unidentified armed individuals. | RELATED: | Mystery Over Death of Pipeline Opposition Social Leader | Roberto àÅlvarez Heredia, spokesman of the State Coordination for the Construction of Peace…

Dimitri Lascaras (2019-02-05). Video: Evenly Matched Pro- and Anti-Government Marches in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports from the ground in Caracas about Saturday's pro- and anti-government marches, highlighting their peacefulness and equal size | Full transcript below. | *** | DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News from Caracas, …

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-05). How to Start a World War. globalresearch.ca The White House decision to withdraw American troops from Syria as soon as possible may or may not be on track depending on whom one believes. But one thing that is for sure is that the recent suicide bomber attack …

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

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-05). Gaza Rallies for Caracas. zcomm.org Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it's legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-05). Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change. globalresearch.ca What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW …

CP Editor (2019-02-05). Moving Forward During The End of Ice: A Conversation With Dahr Jamail & Patrick Farnsworth. counterpunch.org

teleSUR (2019-02-05). Brazil: Film on Gay Conversion Therapy Pulled From Theaters. telesurenglish.net Distributors have censored a movie in Brazil critical about the practice of gay conversion therapy, a move which has received heavy criticism, especially from the LGBT community. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | The announcement from Universal Pictures came last weekend saying "the movie will not be screened in Brazil." | This led to an intense debate over the impact that openly m…

Elizabeth Keyes (2019-02-05). I Pledge Allegiance to the United States of Sociopathy. counterpunch.org In Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, Shadow of a Doubt, spunky, recent high school grad Teresa Wright discovers her beloved uncle is a serial killer. Wright's subsequent efforts to protect herself and others from psychopathic Joseph Cotten are continually frustrated by the extraordinary denial of her family and her community lost in the "thrall" of the More

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-02-05). Economic and Emotional Rehabilitation of such Women in Kashmir? counterpunch.org There are some compelling examples of Kashmiri women working through the discourse of victimhood to construct their identities as survivors. One example of powerful agential roles played by Kashmiri women is the Women's Self-Defense Corps (WSDC) formed in 1947. This organization comprised Kashmir Muslim as well as Kashmiri Hindu women of diverse class backgrounds. This More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-05). The Monitoring Game: China's Artificial Intelligence Push. counterpunch.org It's all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field. US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is making strides in other areas. The UN World Intellectual Property Organisation's Thursday report found that More

Kenneth Surin (2019-02-05). The Virginia Mountain Valley Pipeline Boondoggle. counterpunch.org Two pipelines— the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)—now being constructed in Virginia have been the source of massive controversy. This article will deal with the MVP, saving the equally controversial ACP for future discussion. The MVP consists of 304 miles of pipelines (with an additional 8 miles) that will transport More

Dean Baker (2019-02-05). Low Unemployment: the Recipe for Higher Wages. counterpunch.org Back in 2013, Jared Bernstein and I wrote a book called Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People (free download). The main point of the book was that low unemployment rates disproportionately benefited those who are most disadvantaged in the labor market. For this reason, we argued for using macroeconomic policy More

Kimberly R. Bullard (2019-02-05). Migrant Caravan Members Are Not a Threat to U.S. National Security. counterpunch.org On January 14, 2019, another migrant caravan of about 1,800 Central American refugees—mostly from Honduras—began its treacherous journey marching across Mexico with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. Unsurprisingly, U.S. President Trump responded to last year's caravan by demanding neighboring governments stop the caravan, sending 5,000 more troops to the border, and threatening to close the U.S. southern More

Dan Bacher (2019-02-05). On Extinction's Edge: Fall Fish Survey Finds Zero Delta Smelt. counterpunch.org For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in September, October, November and December 2018. The smelt, a 2 to 3 inch fish listed under both federal and More

Jeff Mackler (2019-02-05). L.A Teachers Strike: Wins, Losses and Prospects. counterpunch.org After seven solid days on the picket lines in drenching rains and in the face of a poor-mouthing school district that swore to the high heavens that they were dead broke, 34,000 Los Angeles teachers overwhelming voted to approve a three-year contract that most teachers saw as an important first step toward stemming the decades More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-02-05). Vultures Over Greece and Macedonia. counterpunch.org European and American economic and military-NATO pressures forced the Greek government in gifting of the name Macedonia to a former Yugoslav province. This foolish act is weaponizing and destabilizing Southeastern Europe How Euro-American vultures have been looting Greece In 2019, Greece is in chaos. Since the American-triggered global financial meltdown of 2008, the country has More

Stephen Cooper (2019-02-05). Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair. counterpunch.org This coming Thursday the State of Alabama will execute Domineque Hakim Marcelle Ray, and, though all Christian inmates executed in Alabama are afforded a spiritual advisor, one permitted to have physical contact and to minister to them during their final moments, Mr. Ray will not be granted this same measure of human dignity. Why? For one reason, and one reason only: he's Muslim. More

STAFF (2019-02-05). Senate Breaks With Trump on Afghanistan, Syria Withdrawal. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. | Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and al-Qaida militants still pose a serious threat to the United States, and it warns that "a precipitous withdrawal" of U.S. forces from those countries could "allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russia." | Tr…

Pepe Escobar (2019-02-05). Venezuela: Let's Cut to the Chase. Will China's Petroyuan Displace America's Petrodollar? globalresearch.ca Cold War 2.0 has hit South America with a bang — pitting the US and expected minions against the four key pillars of in-progress Eurasia integration: Russia, China, Iran and Turkey. | It's the oil, stupid. But there's way more than …

teleSUR (2019-02-05). 'Don't Use Iraq to Spy on Iran,' Says Iraq President Salih. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump recently stated he would use his country's base in Iraq to closely watch Iran, a claim which has been rejected by the Middle Eastern nation. | RELATED: | Trump Will Increase Iran Intelligence Gathering From Iraq | "Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues," replied Iraq's President Barham Salih to the U.S. presidents' statement. | "The U.S. is a major power (…) but do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here," added Salih. | This is the s…

teleSUR (2019-02-05). US to Continue Charging South Korea to Host Troops. telesurenglish.net The South Korean government is negotiating a deal which would entail the continued presence of thousands of U.S. troops in its territory and paying close US$1 billion for it, according to a diplomatic source. | RELATED: | North Korea's Kim Visits China Again Committed To Diplomacy | The United States army has held a constant presence in the Asian nation since the 1950-1953 Korean War. Under a 2014 deal which expired in 2018, South Korea was obliged to pay approximately US$960 bill…

Tom Tomorrow (2019-02-05). Only One Billionaire is Strong Enough to Save Us. thenation.com Only One Billionaire is Strong Enough to Save Us…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-02-05). Paul Craig Roberts: "Maduro Would Have to Arrest Juan Guaido" globalresearch.ca American Herald Tribune: Why did the US suspend the INF treaty with Russia? Is it a matter of Trump breaking treaties or is it the will of the establishment? | Paul Craig Roberts: Washington withdrew from the INF treaty as part …

Nick Turse (2019-02-05). U.S. Military Says It Has a "Light Footprint" in Africa. These Documents Show a Vast Network of Bases. globalresearch.ca The U.S. military has long insisted that it maintains a " light footprint" in Africa, and there have been reports of proposed drawdowns in special operations forces and closures of outposts on the continent, due to a 2017 ambush

Eric London (2019-02-05). US Issues New Threats of War for Oil Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca President Trump, Vice President Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton escalated threats to launch a war against Venezuela, as large pro- and anti-government demonstrations filled Venezuela's streets on Saturday. | In an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation" program that …

ZANU PF UK (2019-02-05). Video: Call for Sanctions to be Lifted Against Zimbabwe. globalresearch.ca

Romain Migus (2019-02-05). Propaganda contra a Venezuela: O que eles esquecem. globalresearch.ca O presidente francês, Emmanuel Macron, ordena a Nicolas Maduro que nà£o reprima a oposiàßà£o MAS ELE ESQUECE as 3 300 prisàµes e os 2 000 feridos ligados à repressà£o do movimento dos coletes amarelos. | O presidente do governo espanhol, Pedro …

Jim Miles (2019-02-05). Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History. globalresearch.ca The Israeli narrative of a nation/state returning to its homeland after a fifteen hundred year exile requires ongoing deft work by the David Ben-Gurion initiated Governmental Names Committee (Va'adat Hashemot Hamimshaltit, 1949). The Hebraization of Palestine is described in Nur …

Oleg Tsarov (2019-02-05). "Fort Trump" in Poland Is a Gold Mine for the US Military-Industrial Complex. globalresearch.ca "The Americans need us only for the purpose of manipulation" | The former commander of the Polish Land Forces General Skrzypczak doubted the expediency of creating the American military base Fort Trump in Poland. | The Americans have their own interests — …

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-05). Canada Labour Congress with 3M members, denounces Trudeau's support for intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org The CLC vehemently rejects a militarized solution to this crisis; the people of Latin America have not forgotten the brutal history of military rule in the region. | Source

David Giesen (2019-02-05). Viva Max, part of the "Belly-Laugh of War" film series. indybay.org Notable House | 189 Ellsworth St. | San Francisco…

WSWS (2019-02-05). Hands off Venezuela! wsws.org With the aid of European and Canadian imperialism and the right-wing governments of Latin America, Washington is preparing to either invade Venezuela or plunge it into civil war.

Patrick Cockburn (2019-02-05). A Plague of Rats: How Years of Austerity Prompted Many Britons to Vote for Brexit. counterpunch.org The only state institution to help preserve this small and vulnerable community was the EU, so it is worth asking why so many of those living in Thanington voted Leave in the 2016 referendum. At first glance, their actions, repeated in many deprived areas receiving EU funds in England and Wales, appear to be an inexplicable example of social and economic self-harm. Nevertheless, it was probably the high Leave votes in deprived white housing estates which tipped the balance towards Britain voting for Brexit. So it is important to discover why people from such places voted as they did in such overwhelming numbers.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-05). Washington, a razà£o da foràßa. globalresearch.ca Há duas semanas, Washington proclamou Presidente da Venezuela, Juan Guaidà≤, apesar de ele nem sequer ter participado nas eleiàßàµes presidenciais e declarou ilegítimo, o Presidente Maduro, juridicamente eleito, anunciando a sua deportaàßà£o para Guantánamo. | Na semana passada, anunciou a suspensà£o …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-05). Washington, la ragione della forza. globalresearch.ca Due settimane fa Washington ha incoronato presidente del Venezuela Juan Guaidà≤, pur non avendo questi neppure partecipato alle elezioni presidenziali, e ha dichiarato illegittimo il presidente Maduro, regolarmente eletto, preannunciando la sua deportazione a Guantanamo. | La scorsa settimana ha annunciato …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-05). Nuclear Treaty Framework is in Dangerous Disarray and Needs to be Rebooted. therealnews.com Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the meaning of the Trump administration's abandonment of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and how this move has contributed to a wholesale dismantling of the nuclear weapons control system. This might be an opportunity to restart, deepen, and broaden the framework, says Wilkerson

Observer (2019-02-05). UCPD's malice towards People's Park protesters. indybay.org UC Berkeley displayed malice and cruelty to the People's Park protesters, whose personal belongings were seized during a police raid on the Park back on January 15th. | [This article is not written by a member of the People's Park protest, but by an outside observer.]…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-05). Media Savvy Newcomer Wins El Salvador's Election: Another Rightward Shift? therealnews.com Nayib Bukele won El Salvador's presidential election, capitalizing on his newcomer status and the FMLN's crisis as it was being stymied by the country's conservative forces. We analyze the result with CISPES coordinator Alexis Stoumbelis

WSWS (2019-02-05). Integrity Initiative: UK interference in Norway. wsws.org The Anonymous leaks expose an anti-democratic conspiracy against the anti-war views of the Norwegian public.

Dave Id (2019-02-05). Blast from the Past: SF Bay Guardian "Best of the Bay" Awards for Indybay. indybay.org "Best of the Bay" awards for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) in the early 2000s included "Local Hero" and "Best Way to Find Out If Your Friend's Affinity Group Got Busted."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-05). Conservative Governments of Latin America Plus Canada Endorse Regime Change Efforts in Venezuela. therealnews.com The so-called Lima Group of 13 conservative Latin American governments, plus Canada, met in Ottawa to discuss further measures of isolating and pressuring Venezuela into handing over power to the Venezuelan opposition. Yves Engler, Dimitri Lascaris, and Greg Wilpert discuss the outcome

Dan Bacher (2019-02-05). State Senator Bill Dodd Introduces California WaterFix Oversight Bill. indybay.org Senator Bill Dodd introduced the bill at a critical time for the future of the Delta and West Coast fisheries. Following the news that the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority had selected the Jacobs company to be the engineering design manager for the Delta Tunnels, the DCA last week awarded Fugro a contract for a major geotechnical investigation to support the California WaterFix project.

repost (2019-02-05). SF Weiner's Shilling For Property Speculators and Billionaires. indybay.org SF State Senator Scott Weiner is a shill for developers, speculators and billionaires. He opposes any control of housing for working people and is pushing gentrication profitting real estate operators and banksters while opposing taxes on big corporations in San Francisco to fund programs for homeless and the poor.

WSWS (2019-02-05). FBI conducted surveillance of BAMN in the name of combating "domestic terrorism" wsws.org Newly released documents establish that the FBI launched a "full investigation" of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) based on allegations that the group had conspired to violate the rights of neo-Nazis and the KKK.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-04). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. commondreams.org Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-02-04). Peace advocates say leaving INF Treaty increases risk of nuclear war. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration's decision to suspend U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and start a six-month process to withdraw from the landmark arms-control pact with Russia — formally announced Feb. 1 but previewed by President Trump during an election campaign rally last October — has drawn quick responses from nuclear disarmament advocates, and …

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2019-02-04). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? zcomm.org It's a good time for Americans to start thinking about how we can instead cooperate with all our neighbors in a smooth, peaceful transition to a sustainable, multipolar world…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Maduro Asks International Community to End US's Threats of War. telesurenglish.net Venezuela will not allow foreign soldiers to invade, President Nicolas Maduro said calling for dialogue with opposition forces during a televised speech Monday. | RELATED: | Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US | "Che, Fidel, Chavez, they are our heritage, they give us strength," the Bolivarian head of state said, reminding the crowd of supporters of the country's past struggle for independence dating back to the colonial era to present day. | Since the attempted coup on Jan. 23…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US. telesurenglish.net President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro continued collecting signatures from citizens from across the country for a petition calling for peace and non-intervention on behalf of United States President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis | During a speech Monday at the Day of National Dignity commemoration a…

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-02-04). On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions. globalresearch.ca As internationalists, we don't shy away from defending a people's right to determine their fate. That is why we have been so ardent in opposing the illegal U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Read and share our statement on Venezuela. (If you …

teleSUR (2019-02-04). US: Tasers Claimed 49 Lives in 2018 Through Police Violence. telesurenglish.net Taser death is a form of police violence that is claiming lives in the United States despite being called non-lethal, a recent Reuters report revealed. | RELATED: | Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US | Warren Ragudo died after two Taser shocks by police intervening in a family altercation. Ramzi Saad died after a Taser shock by police during a dispute…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Bolivia, Mexico to Join International Contact Group in Uruguay. telesurenglish.net Both Bolivia and Mexico will be present at the international conference being held next week in Montevideo, Uruguay, foreign ministers confirmed Monday. | RELATED: | Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis | Members of the European Union and various Latin American representatives arrive Thursday for the meeting with world leaders in an effort to educate on the state of Venezuela and encouraging a peaceful resolution, void of international interference. | Confirming…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-02-04). The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics in a Multipolar World Order. globalresearch.ca The protests seen in France and the interference in the domestic politics of Venezuela highlight Western double standards, which stand in contrast to the respect for international law maintained by China, India and Russia. | In France on November 17, 2018, …

Fight Back (2019-02-04). Chicago: Emergency demonstration to demand, "Hands off Venezuela! Not another U.S. coup!" fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL — A Chicago protest to demand an end to U.S war moves against Venezuela is set for Tuesday, February 5, 5: 30 p.m., at the Federal Plaza, (219 S. Dearborn Street.) | "The people of Venezuela are in urgent need of solidarity. Join us to stand against the blatant attempt by Trump to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela," say protest organizers. | The demonstration is being organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and is endorsed by: U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee, Black Lives Matter – Chicago, Party for Social…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). British MPs: Female Saudi Activist Prisoners Being Tortured. telesurenglish.net A group of women Saudi gender activists in jail since at least last April are being tortured and held in inhumane prison conditions, according to an ad hoc British parliamentary committee. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | A report released by the special multi-party parliamentary committee found that the group of about 10 Saudi female activists, arrested nine months ago when advocating for women's equality and the right to drive, have been subje…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE'. telesurenglish.net Musician/activist Roger Waters is calling on people to act against the ongoing United States coup d'etat of the elected Venezuelan government by taking part in an 'emergency demonstration' in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City Monday. | RELATED: | Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein | Waters sent out a tweet early Monday morning encouraging participation in a planned march in front of the U.N. building in order to s…

Kevin Zeese (2019-02-04). US-led Coup in Venezuela: The Plot Thickens. globalresearch.ca A lot has happened and we have learned more since last week when we wrote, Venezuela: What Activists Need To Know About The US-Led Coup. This article updates activists so we remain well-informed and can educate others in the …

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Activists Denounce Intervention in Venezuela by Lima Group. telesurenglish.net Activists interrupted the final declaration of the self-styled Grupo de Lima with the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to denounce the coup that the United States intends to perpetrate along with the national right. | The interruption was recorded while Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, held a press conference this afternoon with her counterpart Néstor Popolizio in Ottawa. | RELATED: | Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE' | Over the weekend, Canada denied accreditation to…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-04). The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela. zcomm.org As Venezuela's second president, Simon Bolivar, noted in the 19th century, the US government continues to "plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty." From engineering coups in Chile and Guatemala, to choreographing a troop landing at the Bay of Pigs intended to establish an exile government in Cuba, to training Latin American Read more…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-04). How the Murders of Journalists in the Middle East Are Brushed Aside. counterpunch.org It's encouraging to hear that Agnes Callamard, the UN's execution expert, is at last in Istanbul to lead the "independent international inquiry" into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Better late than never, perhaps, but the old UN donkey clip-clops upon the world stage according to the politics and courage of the panjandrums beside the East River in New York. More

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2019-02-04). Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela. commondreams.org The Gaza rallies, however, were more than a display of gratitude towards a country that had enough courage to break off ties with Israel following the latter's 2008-9 war on Gaza – a bloody campaign known as "Operation Cast Lead."(Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-04). Regime Change for Profit: Chevron, Halliburton Cheer On US Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com If Guaidó comes to power and privatizes PDVSA, U.S. oil companies — with Chevron and Halliburton leading the pack — stand to make record profits in the world's most oil-rich nation, as they did in Iraq following the privatization of its national oil industry after U.S. intervention.

Eds. (2019-02-04). Trump abandons INF treaty. mronline.org Watch our video to find out about the latest decision. Trump has announced that he will withdraw the U.S. from the INF treaty. This treaty has been a bedrock of nuclear arms control, having eliminated thousands of deadly nuclear missiles in Europe. This is a very dangerous moment for the whole world. A new nuclear arms race is […] | Source

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Brazil: Dam Tragedy Deaths Reach 121, Vale Held Accountable. telesurenglish.net With 121 people confirmed dead and another 226 still missing, according to the latest tally Saturday, the Brumadinho dam burst could be Brazil's deadliest mine disaster. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Brazilian miner Vale needs to change its behavior, cooperate more with authorities, and be more transparent after…

George Wuerthner (2019-02-04). Don't Fence Me In. counterpunch.org Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above Don't fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country that I love Don't fence me in Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever but I ask More

Dean Baker (2019-02-04). Medicare-for-All is Not a Fantasy. counterpunch.org In recent weeks several prominent Democrats have renewed the call for "Medicare for All" that Sen. Bernie Sanders highlighted in his 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. This has drawn pushback from billionaires and potential presidential candidates Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg, who insist the country can't afford it. Since it's likely to be More

CP Editor (2019-02-04). Ex Hex — Tough Enough. counterpunch.org

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-04). Trump's Illegal Regime Change Operation Will Kill More Venezuelans. counterpunch.org If Russia, China, and North Korea decided to recognize Nancy Pelosi as the president of the United States, would Americans go along with that? I mean, the ones who don't like Trump, think he is a real threat to the country, or even not a legitimately elected president? I don't think so. But Trump, his More

Louisa Willcox (2019-02-04). Kill That Bear: Anti-Grizzly Fever Hits Wyoming Again. counterpunch.org Anti-bear fever has again gripped Wyoming politicians in the wake of Judge Christensen's restoration of endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzlies. Last week's press was peppered with hostile rhetoric from people in high places. Several inane bills are being debated in the state legislature that presume to strip federal grizzly bear protections and institute a grizzly bear hunt with the stated goal of "ensuring public safety." More

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-04). Thwaites Glacier Startles Scientists. counterpunch.org "It's a disturbing discovery," according to Pietro Milillo, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, who co-authored a recently published study: Heterogeneous Retreat and Ice Melt of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, Science Advances, Vol. 5, No. 1, Jan. 30, 2019. It's only within the past 10 years that NASA's IceBridge Mission has served as More

Ben Debney (2019-02-04). Is Politics Getting Worse, Or Are We Getting a Better Handle on How Bad It Has Always Been? counterpunch.org In assessing the present condition of things, the endemic corruption and open hostility on the part of our alleged representatives to the needs and concerns of the mass of the population, the question tends increasingly to revolve around whether politics is getting worse, or whether we are just getting a better handle on how bad More

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Will Trump Really Launch a War on Iran? counterpunch.org Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North Korea — one day friends, another day foes. More

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Trump Will Increase Iran Intelligence Gathering From Iraq. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Saturday he considers it important to keep some military forces in Iraq to watch Iran closely. | RELATED: | Iranian President Criticizes US Hegemonic Tactics in Venezuela | Trump expressed his regret for the "endless wars" held in Afghanistan and Syria. He also commented on his intention to reduce costly U.S. military presence in those countries, during a CBS interview. | However, the bellicose attitude adopted by his administration toward…

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Edging toward war with Iran? peoplesworld.org Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-04). Afghanistan: From "Soviet" Occupation to American "Liberation" globalresearch.ca During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the supposedly "just war" in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he …

Dominique Paul Noth (2019-02-04). Foxconned Wisconsin learns the Trump promise was a lie. peoplesworld.org MILWAUKEE — There has to be a factory. It's intrinsic to Foxconn's deal with the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission (WEDC, the scandal-plagued GOP replacement for a state commerce department). Otherwise, the company doesn't get that extraordinarily rich $4.1 billion in state tax money. So imagine the shock in Republican circles in mid-January when the respected …

Ilana Novick (2019-02-04). Americans Are Eager to Tax the Rich, Multiple Polls Show. truthdig.com Billionaires who attended the World Economic Forum in Davos last month may be weary of the wave of proposals to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. A Wall Street Journal editorial called them " crippling." Economist Tyler Cowen, writing in Bloomberg, suggested that, if implemented, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal that Americans with incomes over $10 million should be taxed at a 7…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). After Surviving IS Group, Yazidi Women Ask to Go Home. telesurenglish.net Among thousands fleeing the crumbling dream of an Islamic State group "caliphate" in eastern Syria are alleged jihadists but also survivors of some of their worst atrocities. | RELATED: | US Envoy Quits Post Syria Pullout, Trump Says 'I Don't Know' Him | "I'll never forget," 40-year-old Bissa says softly, as she recounts being "bought and sold" by six different jihadists. "We did everything they wanted to do with us. We couldn't say no," says the Iraqi woman from the Yazidi relig…

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

Eric Margolis (2019-02-04). Back to the Dear Old Cold War. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump and the neocon sofa samurais who surround him seem determined to pick a fight with China or Russia, or both at the same time. | Later this month, the US and China are due to try to end …

South Front (2019-02-04). Video: US-led Coalition Warplane Struck Syrian Army Near Al-Bukamal. globalresearch.ca Late on February 2nd, a US-led coalition warplane attacked an artillery position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of al-Sukkariya west of the town of al-Bukamal in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the …

Jorge Martin, Marxist (2019-02-04). US Tightens the Noose on Venezuela: Will the Coup Succeed? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at the prospects that Guaido's coup d'état has at achieving its goals.

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

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

Paul Dobson (2019-02-04). European Powers Back Guaido as Trump Threatens Venezuela with Military 'Option'. venezuelanalysis.com President Maduro reiterated that he will not have his arm "twisted" by "imperialist and colonial" ultimatums.

Various (2019-02-04). What Is Going on in Venezuela? Testimonies on the Ongoing Coup. venezuelanalysis.com VA brings you a collation of local voices opposing US-efforts to topple the government.

STAFF (2019-02-04). 2 Reasons 2019 Could Be the Planet's Worst Year Yet. truthdig.com Stand by for a year in which global warming can only get worse as human carbon emissions climb still further. British meteorologists warn that although 2018 broke all records for greenhouse gas emissions, 2019 will see even more carbon dioxide take up long-term residence in the planetary atmosphere. | And it will happen for two reasons, both of them nominally at least under human control. The overall release of carbon dioxide from power stations, factory chimneys, cement quarries, car exhausts and so on will continue to rise…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Bahama Police Rescue 17 Haitian Migrants, Declare 28 Dead. telesurenglish.net Seventeen Haitian migrants are receiving treatment after a tragic shipwreck off the Abaco Island coast on Saturday, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) said. | RELATED: | Haitian Migrant Mother Becomes Chile's Sixth Femicide Victim | Heavy with nearly 40 undocumented migrants, the boat was nearing Marsh Harbour on the northern side of the island when a storm set it off course and left passengers stranded on Fowl Cay and Man-O-War Cay. | The capsized vessel was spotted by a U.

Barry Schwabsky (2019-02-04). Where Does Art Belong? thenation.com Where Does Art Belong?

ACLU (2019-02-04). High School Could Have Been Hell for My Transgender Son. Don't Make It Hell for the Next Kid. aclu.org I had hoped that my son would wait until after high school to come out as transgender. But I realized I'd prefer a thriving son over a dead daughter. | This piece was originally published on USA Today. | When I gave birth to my first baby, the doctor said, "It's a girl!" Before I even knew my child, those words helped me imagine the future. | But the future was different from what I expected. | By the time my c…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Two-thirds of Himalayan Glaciers Could Melt, Study Warns. telesurenglish.net Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers, the world's "Third Pole," could melt by 2100 if global emissions are not sharply reduced, scientists warned in a major new study issued Monday. | RELATED: | World Might Miss Mark for Climate Mitigation: WRI | Even if the most ambitious Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is achieved, one-third of the glaciers would go, according to the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment. | The glaciers feed 10 of the world's most important riv…

Gary Webb (2019-02-04). Video: How Crack Cocaine Funded a CIA War: Gary Webb Interview on the Contras and Ronald Reagan (1996). globalresearch.ca 1996 C-SPAN interview with Gary Webb | Gary Webb died mysteriously in his Carmichael home on December 10, 2004, with two gunshot wounds to the head. His death was ruled a suicide by the Sacramento County coroner's office. | Investigative journalist …

RT News (2019-02-04). Italy Vetoed EU Recognition of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido. globalresearch.ca Rome has effectively derailed an EU statement meant to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader if President Nicolas Maduro fails to set up snap elections, a Five Star Movement source confirmed to RT. | Italy announced the veto at an …

Julian Rose (2019-02-04). 'Synthetic Electric Shock': From Electrification to 5G WiFi. globalresearch.ca We are by nature electric; but the man-made 'synthetic' variety, that apes nature's version, is not helping us to live a full and healthy life, but is rather stultifying that condition. In fact Edison, Tesla et al. were not really …

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2019-02-04). Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies. globalresearch.ca American President Donald Trump has done a lot of unheard-of things since his 2016 election, most of them have been controversial and some have been utterly scandalous. The biggest folly of all is to enter politics when one is inexperienced and incompetent

Miko Peled (2019-02-04). As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril. globalresearch.ca 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 …

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