2019-02-06: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-06). US Definition of a Russian Agent, Asset or Troll. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Candidate for the Presidency. globalresearch.ca Anyone for world peace over endless wars, as well as supporting cooperative Russian/US relations is vulnerable to character assassination attacks. | Am I a "Russian agent", "asset" or "troll" for explaining hard truths on major domestic and geopolitical issues, for opposing …

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

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

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Costa Rica's Former President Arias Accused of Abusing 3 Women. telesurenglish.net Three women came forward with complaints of sexual abuse against former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez. | RELATED: | Costa Rica: Campbell Leaves Foreign Ministry Amid Allegations | Alexandra Arce von Herold, a psychiatrist, and anti-nuclear activist has filed a criminal complaint of sexual assault against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president Arias, the New York Times reported Tuesday, an allegation that Arias categorically denied. | The survivor said that Ari…

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

teleSUR (2019-02-06). UN Agrees to Support Venezuela's Montevideo Meeting. telesurenglish.net The Secretary General of the U.N., Antonio Guterres, Tuesday gave his support to Venezuela, by endorsing a meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay -scheduled for Thursday, which aims to try to promote a peaceful solution to the situation in the South American nation. | RELATED: | Cuban Music Icon Silvio Rodriguez Gives Support to Venezuela | The U.N. had earlier this week offered to mediate the meeting – which will involve eight E.U. member states, and also Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and U…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Sudanese Security Forces Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of teachers, lawyers, doctors and pharmacists protested in the streets of Khartoum and other parts of the country Tuesday against President Omar al-Bashir's rule after the death of a teacher who had been detained by security agents. | RELATED: | Sudan: Protests Continue Following Promise to Free Detainees | Sudanese police fired tear gas at prot…

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-06). The Right-Wing Attack on Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org One thing you can say about Karl Rove: the guy pretty much telegraphs his intention to lie, distort and just make sh*t up in an ends-trump-means effort to win at all costs. For keeping Republicans in the game even as their racist white, male, uber-Christian, know-nothing political base keeps shrinking, that is an essential tactic More

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

Whitney Webb (2019-02-06). Regime Change for Profit: Chevron, Halliburton Cheer on US Venezuela Coup. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Brazil: Indigenous Peoples Call for Help and Solidarity. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian Indigenous woman Thursday send a message, through an open letter, to social movements across Brazil and also abroad, asking for solidarity with Indigenous Peoples living at Mato Grosso Do Sul. | RELATED: | Brazil's Indigenous People March Against Bolsonaro's Policies | "I am Daiara Tukano from the Tukano People… I am sending this message to my friends at the social movement…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Brazil: Leftist Lawmaker's Car Vandalized With Death Threats. telesurenglish.net Newly-elected state lawmaker in the Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil Dani Monteiro, who had been an advisor to murdered Rio lawmaker Marielle Franco, Friday had her car vandalized with threats outside of the legislative building where the state assembly meets. | RELATED | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Monteiro found the threatening message on the back window of her car that was parked in the parking lot of the legislative building on the same day sh…

Maria Paez Victor (2019-02-06). Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group's Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Unable to get the OAS votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this is a group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited More

George Ochenski (2019-02-06). Ignorance is Not Bliss. counterpunch.org The most famous words from Thomas Gray's 1742 poem "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" are: "ignorance is bliss." But of course ignorance is not bliss. Being well-informed means making better decisions when the pros and cons are carefully weighed. This is even more important for those running state or federal government — which More

William Gudal (2019-02-06). Soak The Rich? counterpunch.org It's started. At least it's started in our 15 minute attention span society: soak the rich. Without any question wealth inequality has never been greater at any time in industrial or post-industrial history. This is not good and has always led to serious trouble. The problem has been building and bubbling for quite some time. More

Ariel Dorfman (2019-02-06). Can "Roma" Teach Trump's America the Value of Compassion? counterpunch.org Staying in Santiago, Chile, at the moment, I see echoes and reflections of Cleo — the servant at the heart of Alfonso Cuarón's wondrous film Roma — everywhere. Cuarón's consummate recreation of his Mexico City childhood in the early 1970s has garnered 10 Oscar nominations and is a favourite for the top prizes later this month — More

Elliot Sperber (2019-02-06). Rather Than Justice. counterpunch.org Georgette was upset, she had no access to the Internet. And have you heard that minaret, the word, it comes from Arabic manƒÅra, for lighthouse, on top of a mosque, manƒÅra, just like a menorah — the Torah recounts how when Moses was lost with a flock a voice called to him from a fiery More

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

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

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

Eileen Appelbaum (2019-02-06). A Bill Even a Divided Congress Can Pass. counterpunch.org Expectations that a House controlled by the Democrats and a Senate controlled by the Republicans can pass legislation that will improve the lives of US workers are low. Economist and columnist Paul Krugman caught the zeitgeist when he wrote, "Democrats can't pass legislation yet, but they can get ready for 2021." With the 116th Congress More

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

James Carden (2019-02-06). Trump's Wildly Inconsistent Foreign-Policy Vision. thenation.com Trump's Wildly Inconsistent Foreign-Policy Vision…

CARICOM (2019-02-06). CARICOM Countries Express 'Disapproval and Grave Concern' Over Almagro Actions. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned on January 31, Caribbean Community countries chastised OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro for his endorsement of Juan Guaido.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-06). Infograms: How Much International Support Does Guaido Really Have? venezuelanalysis.com VA looks at Guaido's claim that he has the support of the world.

TeleSur English (2019-02-06). UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.

Global Research News (2019-02-06). Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World" globalresearch.ca First published in prior to the 2012 elections | by Ewan Robertson: | Former US President Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela's electoral system is "the best in the world" (agencies). | Mérida, 21st September 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) — Former US President Jimmy Carter has …

William Blum (2019-02-06). The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research in March 2013 | The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from …

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

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents. globalresearch.ca Shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in Venezuela. | *** | As the U.S.-backed coup attempt in Venezuela continues to take shape, …

STAFF (2019-02-06). Trump Calls for End of Resistance Politics in State of the Union. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject "the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution." He warned emboldened Democrats that "ridiculous partisan investigations" into his administration and businesses could hamper a surging American economy. | Trump's appeals for bipartisanship in his State of the Union address clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation's capital — as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his agenda during his next two years in office. Their opposition was…

Kevin Barrett (2019-02-06). Why the War on "Conspiracy Theories" Is Bad Public Policy. globalresearch.ca A Review of Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas by Cass Sunstein (based on an earlier paper co-authored with Adrian Vermeule); In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business by Charlan Nemeth; and Conspiracy Theories and …

Robert Pollin (2019-02-06). Here's What a Green New Deal Looks Like in Practice. zcomm.org Interview on moving toward solutions…

Nicolas Maduro (2019-02-06). 'Stop Trump's Insane Actions!' Interview with Venezuela's Maduro, How to Avoid War. globalresearch.ca At a time when the eyes of the world are closely watching his country, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has given an exclusive interview to RT Spanish, speaking about the threats of war and of foul play in politics. | Several EU …

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. commondreams.org Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eva Golinger (2019-02-06). The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated? globalresearch.ca Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington's relentless threats directed against Venezuela. Please forward this article. | Firt published in October 2016 | Hugo Chavez defied the most powerful interests, and he refused to bow down… I believe there is a …

Various Contributors (2019-02-06). Venezuelan News Site Latest Victim in Facebook Censorship. zcomm.org Facebook has removed the page of yet another media outlet. This time, it's not a far right fringe network like Infowars, but "Venezuela's only independent, grassroots leftwing English media platform," the outlet, Venezuela Analysis, noted on Twitter…

Eds. (2019-02-06). U.S. withdrawal from INF Treaty marks a dangerous move towards nuclear escalation. mronline.org The U.S. has cited Russian violations of the treaty as the reason for their withdrawal. This is despite Russia offering to open up its weapons systems for U.S. inspection. The treaty requires a six-month notice period following which the country no longer has to abide by the treaty. | Source

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

Serge Halimi (2019-02-06). France's Class Wars. zcomm.org The working class was supposed to have been edged out of active politics, but instead France's elites have been frightened into making concessions by this winter's uprising of the yellow vests…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). WhatsApp Warns Indian Political Parties Against Abuse of Media. telesurenglish.net India's political parties have been abusing Facebook Inc's popular messaging service WhatsApp ahead of the country's general election and the company has warned them not to do so, a senior executive said Wednesday. | RELATED: | India: High Unemployment Report Withheld, a 'National Disaster' | WhatsApp declined to name the parties or give the exact nature of the alleged misuse, but there is mounting concern in India that party workers could abuse the platform by using automated too…

STAFF (2019-02-06). America Has Learned Nothing From Its Forever Wars. truthdig.com The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American's daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We're living in TrumpWorld, folks. Never in the history of journalism have so many reporters, editors, and pundits expended so much energy fixating on one particular target, while other larger prey frolic unmolested within sight. | As diversion or entertainment — or as a way to make a buck or win 15 seconds of fame [mdas…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Labour Party Rejects EU's Meddling in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Britain's opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs policy chief Emily Thornberry said Wednesday, that her party is against the move by EU states to recognize Venezuela opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela saying that diplomacy and dialogue should be the way forward instead of taking sides. | RELATED: | Red Cross Refuses to Send Venezuela Aid Without State Approval | "You begin the dialogue and that offer has been made internally and externall…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). US Seeks New Trade Deal With China to End Unfair Practices. telesurenglish.net During the 2019 State of the Union address to Congress, the United States President Donald Trump said that U.S. traditional trade policies towards China must come to an end. | RELATED: | US, China Resume Trade Talks Amongst Cold-War Like Tensions | "We have shown China that after decades of them stealing intellectual property, our thorough research, o…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Macedonia Signs Accord to Join NATO. telesurenglish.net Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization signed an accord with Macedonia Wednesday allowing the Balkan nation to become the 30th member of the alliance. | RELATED: | Macedonia Makes Albanian Second Language Despite Conservative President Opposition | The accord comes a month after Macedonia, now officially known as North Macedonia, ended a 27-year-old dispute with Greece over its name. | At a formal signing of the NATO accession protocol, which now…

Kevin Zeese (2019-02-06). Venezuela: US Pursuing Humanitarian Aid Path to War. globalresearch.ca The United States has been working with oligarchs in Venezuela to remove President Maduro since he came to office in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez and was re-elected that year. After he won re-election to another six-year term …

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2019-02-06). The New Cold War and Venezuela. zcomm.org Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>

Christopher Black (2019-02-06). The Lima Group: International Outlaws and Regime Change Conspirators. globalresearch.ca The covert and overt interventions taking place against Venezuela by the United States and its allies are a form of aggression and a violation of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter making the nations involved international outlaws. | The …

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

Maan News Agency (2019-02-06). Spanish Rail Manufacturer CAF Rejects Tender for Jerusalem's Railway as It Traverses '67 Border'. globalresearch.ca Spanish rail equipment manufacturer CAF announced, on Friday, that it had refused to participate in a tender to build a section of the railway in occupied East Jerusalem as it violates international law. | An international tender to build and operate …

Salim Lamrani (2019-02-06). 50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. globalresearch.ca Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader acquired unchallenged democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012.

Federico Pieraccini (2019-02-06). One Step Closer to Nuclear Oblivion: US Sabotages the INF Treaty. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration announced on February 1 that the country was suspending its participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF treaty) for 180 days pending a final withdrawal. Vladimir Putin, in a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov…

Mark Taliano (2019-02-06). The Lima Group: Conspiracy to Destroy Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The "Lima group", which convened in Canada on Feb. 4, 2019, represents a group of governments opposed to Venezuela's elected government. | More accurately, the group consists of plotters, conspirators, who are criminals under International Law. | . | Ken Stone of the …

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-06). The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way. commondreams.org Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaid√≥ speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid US's Slow-Rolling Coup. mintpressnews.com Authorities believe the cache was sent from Miami, Florida, a city notorious as a nexus of Pink Wave emigres and a major throughway in the international black-market arms trade.

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

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

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra told the press on Monday that his government is against any military intervention in Venezuela since it's up to its citizens to resolve the political situation in Venezuela. | RELATED: | UN Rejects Guaido, Favors Discourse With President Maduro | While Vizcarra said he does not support the current Venezuelan administration he stressed: "We believe that Venezuela's problems must be solved by Venezuelans themselves. … We are against any military int…

Ewan Robertson (2019-02-06). Maduro Denounces Twitter Attack. zcomm.org Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has denounced a "massive" Twitter attack against the Venezuelan government after thousands of accounts belonging to ministers and pro-government media and supporters were suspended…

Luis Britto García (2019-02-06). Savage Capitalism or Socialism. zcomm.org Interview on the short and long term defense of Venezuela's sovereignty…

Roger D. Harris (2019-02-06). Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference. mintpressnews.com Nearly 700 conferees from 65 countries convened in Havana, Cuba to honor the ideals anti-colonialist hero José Martí, but the theme of the conference quickly became international solidarity with the Venezuelan people against the modern-day colonialism of the US.

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…

Mary Bottari (2019-02-06). Koch Kumbaya: The Billionaire Industrialists Appropriate Frederick Douglass, Pledge to "Do Right". commondreams.org Frederick Douglass famously advised: "Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will."(Photo: ExposedbyCMD) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). Puerto Rico: Vulture Funds to Make a Killing as Judge Approves Deal to Restructure Island's Debt. democracynow.org A federal judge has approved a plan for Puerto Rico to restructure a portion of its debt which would require Puerto Rico to pay $32 billion over 40 years. Critics say the deal will allow vulture funds to make huge profits by buying up those debts. Several of those vulture funds include public employee pension funds and the investment funds of Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who held a hearing on the proposed deal last month, echoed critics' concerns about Puerto Rico's ability to make the payments and the likely effects on public services. However, she said in her decision, "[T]he Court is…

Josh Hoxie (2019-02-06). How the Age of Billionaires Ends. commondreams.org The three wealthiest families—the Waltons, the Kochs, and the Mars—increased their wealth by nearly 6,000 percent since 1983. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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

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

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-02-06). Creating a Peaceful School – Conference Supporting Youth. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at OSLC | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

stuart_m (2019-02-06). London says 'hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds have mobilised to attend pickets and mass meetings in defence of Venezuela's sovereignty and to demand an end to the British and US governments interference during a time of difficulty in Venezuela. Starting with a picket at the Prime Minister's Office and continuing with two mass meetings of the progressive left, anti-war, student and labour movement, a week of protests ended with a picket of the BBC headquarters and a further action planned against the Bank of England who have illegally seized US$1.2 billion of Venezuela's gold. The events highlighted that the attacks on Venezuela are of global importa…

stuart_m (2019-02-06). Venezuelan social movements denounce coup. greenleft.org.au Two competing marches took over the streets of Caracas on February 2 — in support and against elected President Nicolas Maduro. The foreign media focused on the opposition march exclusive, despite accounts that the pro-government march was clearly larger. | Below is a statement signed by about two dozen social movements, denounced the US-backed coup against the Maduro government. It has been translated by Translated by Pedro Alvarez. | *** | Various movements and communities marched together o…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-06). Venezuela Intercepts Covert US Weapons Shipment From Miami. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Venezuelan officials have announced the seizure of a large shipment of American weapons which they say were bound for anti-Maduro "terrorist groups". This comes following US national security advisor John Bolton's pledge to deliver "humanitarian aid" into the country, covertly if need be, despite embattled President Nicolas Maduro's vow to prevent such unauthorized shipments from entering. …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-06). 'Breathtaking and Terrifying': UN Food Relief Agency Partners With CIA-Funded Software Firm Palantir. commondreams.org The CIA-funded California software firm Palantir Technologies and the World Food Program (WFP) have announced a five-year $45 million partnership that data privacy and human rights advocates are describing as "breathtaking and terrifying" as well as "horribly irresponsible and potentially incredibly harmful." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-06). Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time. indybay.org As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.

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

Peter Geoghegan (2019-02-06). Revealed: The dark-money Brexit Ads Flooding Social Media. globalresearch.ca Over the past week tens of thousands of pounds have been spent on Facebook adverts promoting a 'no deal' Brexit. It is not possible to find out who is funding these highly targeted campaigns, despite new regulations intended to make …

Jubilee USA Network (2019-02-06). Puerto Rico Debt Deal Receives Court Approval. indybay.org Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt.

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

Consortiumnews (2019-02-06). Dismantling the Doomsday Machines. consortiumnews.com Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Antiwar.com "From a technical point of view,… Read more →

ORB International (2019-02-06). Brexit Poll: 80% of UK Adults Disapprove of Government's Handling of Brexit Negotiations. globalresearch.ca This month's ORB International Brexit Confidence tracker poll shows 80% of UK adults disapprove of the way the government is handling the Brexit negotiations, the highest figure recorded since this tracker poll began in November 2016 | *** | Full tables …

Dan Bacher (2019-02-06). PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018. indybay.org Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."

WSWS (2019-02-06). Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela. wsws.org Amid growing repression of "yellow vest" protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

RT (2019-02-06). 'Foolish wars, politics & ridiculous probes': Only natural predators that threaten the US 'miracle'? rt.com President Donald Trump sees no limits to the miracle of American progress, he told assembled lawmakers during his State of the Union speech, explaining that the only thing that could stand in the way is… the Mueller investigation?

Patrick Cockburn (2019-02-06). Brexit in the Context of British History. counterpunch.org How should Brexit be seen against the broad backdrop of British history? Analogies multiply, with the crudest coming from prominent Brexiteer MP Mark Francois who denounced the head of Airbus for writing a letter stressing the negative economic impact for Britain of leaving the EU. Francois claimed that this was yet one more example of teutonic arrogance, adding pugnaciously, "My More

RT (2019-02-06). Sanders appears to fake phone call to avoid awkward question on Fairfax sexual assault allegations. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders found himself in an awkward situation regarding allegations of sexual assault against Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. To escape, Sanders appeared to fake a phone call only to be caught out on video.

RT (2019-02-06). US test-launches Minuteman ICBM from southern California (VIDEO). rt.com An intercontinental ballistic missile lit up the southern California sky before hurtling across the Pacific Ocean to an atoll 4,200 miles away. The test launch came at a time of rising tensions around nuclear missile treaties. |

WSWS (2019-02-06). One hundred years since the death of Franz Mehring. wsws.org Mehring was one of the leading Marxist theoreticians of his time. Unlike other leading Social Democrats, who shifted to the right, he joined the Spartacus League during World War I.

RT (2019-02-06). 'I can't go back': Elizabeth Warren digs herself even deeper hole in 'Native American' ancestry row. rt.com As Elizabeth Warren offers a public apology to the Cherokee Nation for identifying as a Native American, new instances of her making the claim are coming to light, including her Texas Bar registration from 1986.

Akela Lacy (2019-02-06). South Carolina Spent $9 Billion to Dig a Hole in the Ground and Then Fill it Back in. theintercept.com Cost is often raised as a critical objection to combatting climate change. But South Caroline shows what's possible.

Alex Darocy (2019-02-06). Rest in Peace Sherry Conable. indybay.org In shocking news to the Santa Cruz activist community, Sherry Conable was identified as the woman found dead on Cowell Beach on Monday morning. Sherry participated in and organized countless political demonstrations and anti-war events over the course of decades in the Santa Cruz area. She will be dearly missed.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-06). Sharp Manias: Knife Crime in London. globalresearch.ca London. A bleak London assailed by daily news about Brexit negotiation, prospects of food shortages and higher prices in the event of a no-deal with the European Union, provides the perfect apocalyptic backdrop for headlines. The city is ailing; the …

Global (2019-02-06). Protest War Criminal Madeleine Albright. indybay.org Kaiser Permanente Arena | 140 Front Street | Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-06). 'A Red Screaming Alarm Bell' to Banish Fossil Fuels: NASA Confirms Last Five Years Hottest on Record. commondreams.org NASA scientists confirmed in a report Wednesday that 2018 was one of the hottest years on record, continuing what the New York Times called "an unmistakable warming trend." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

repost (2019-02-06). 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.

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, The Tricontinental (2019-02-05). Twelve Step Method to Conduct Regime Change. venezuelanalysis.com Vijay Prashad looks at the parallels between current day Venezuela and Chile and 1973 and outlines the different steps in regime change operations.

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

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). What's Next for Venezuela as U.S. & Opposition Reject Negotiations Aimed to End Crisis Peacefully? democracynow.org Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached out to Pope Francis, asking for his help to bring about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela. Maduro is facing increasing international pressure to resign from office two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be Venezuela's interim president. Guaidó made the announcement on January 23 after speaking to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who offered support from the Trump administration. Since then, a growing number of countries have openly recognized Guaidó's claim to the presidency, including Austria, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-05). Yemen: Hodeida Truce in New Hands as UN Replaces Biased and Ineffective Monitor. mintpressnews.com In the view of Yemeni analysts who spoke to MintPress, if Saudi Arabia persists in its behavior, no UN envoy or monitor will be able to help reach a peace agreement in Yemen; and, without pressure on the Kingdom, the UN will go on playing a feeble role.

Ed Rampell (2019-02-05). Birds of Passage Depicts the Devastation of Drug Trafficking for South America's Indigenous People. progressive.org Blame it on the Peace Corps.

Fight Back (2019-02-05). Green Bay, WI protests after DA refuses to charge killer cop. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – After months of waiting for a decision, on February 1, the family, friends and supporters of Jonathon Tubby heard District Attorney David Lasees' refusal to charge Officer Erik O'Brien. His decision has left many with questions, anger and confusion — not the answers they had sought. | Tubby, a member of the Oneida Nation, was known as a warm, funny person who cared deeply for his friends and family. In pictures shared on his Facebook and other social media pages, his smile is the first thing that catches one's eye. | On the evening of October 19, Tubby was taken to the Brown County…

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