2019-02-09: Social Media Postees

US-led Military Coup in Venezuela Modelled on Chile, 1973?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
At this stage, "all options are on the table". | A self-proclaimed "interim president" endorsed by the "international community", | infiltration and co-optation of the Venezuelan armed forces, military intervention, Coup d'Etat, | Assassination of president Maduro, | Relentless sabotage and financial warfare, … | The post US-led Military Coup in Venezuela Modelled on Chile, 1973? appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela | *** | In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World … | The post Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster appeared first on Global Research.
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Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-09
Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…
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Amazon Threatens to Cancel New York City Headquarters if It Doesn't Receive $3 Billion in Subsidies
David Dayen | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Building on Progress in 2018, Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Timely
Kevin Martin | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
"The new Congress has plenty on its plate, but legislation to support U.S.-Korea peace efforts should be advanced as soon as possible," Martin writes. (Photo: OhMyNews) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. | The post An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro appeared first on Global Research.
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China Says Only Venezuelans Can Solve Venezuela's Issues
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
Venezuela should resolve its own matters itself via peaceful talks and China supports the international community's efforts in this regard, the Chinese foreign ministry said. | RELATED: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | The ministry said while it supports the recent international efforts by some EU countries and others in Latin America, China still supports an internal resolution to the conflict away from interference and intervention. | "Venezuela's affairs should be…
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The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
ISIS is a US creation. So are al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other terrorist groups — used by the Pentagon and CIA as proxy troops. | Trump claiming "(w)e're knocking the hell out of ISIS…We have defeated ISIS in Syria" are … | The post The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran … | The post US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan appeared first on Global Research.
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Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
At its peak in 2014, when the Islamic State declared its "caliphate" in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the Islamic State, according to the mainstream media's count, used to have 70,000 jihadists. But now, only several hundred fighters | … | The post Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib? appeared first on Global Research.
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Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
In 2011, NATO launched an illegal, savage attack against the country with the Highest Human Development Index in Africa. Let us see where Libya stands today. | When Cameron, Sarkozy, Obama, Clinton and that sickening clique of warmongering, interfering, imperialist thugs … | The post Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa appeared first on Global Research.
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Eddie Vedder w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — The Waiting
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-09
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War after War: Will the US "Pull Out" of Afghanistan to Strike a New War Elsewhere?
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
In 2003, two years after the US invaded Afghanistan, the US-led conflict in Iraq distracted international attention from Afghanistan that hurtled the nation further towards crises as a result of the US turning its back to focus its entire heed … | The post War after War: Will the US "Pull Out" of Afghanistan to Strike a New War Elsewhere? appeared first on Global Research.
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Pressuring Nuclear Disarmament
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-09
Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So…
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Regime Change: "Made In The U.S.A."
Steve Ellner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-09
Trump's unwavering backing of Juan Guaidó's shadow government in Venezuela attaches a "made in the U.S.A." label to all those positioned to govern should Maduro fall…
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Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Venezuelan embassy officials in Argentina condemned Thursday's cyber attack after hackers commandeered the ministry's website and published a statement in support of the self-declared "interim president," Juan Guaido. | "We denounce the criminal policy of hacking and intervention of the | … | The post Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries appeared first on Global Research.
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Report: Trump Administration Holding Talks With Venezuelan Military
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-09
In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top U.S. cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change. | According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous senior White House official,…
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A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support
Prof. Ociel Alí López | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
A military coup d'état in Venezuela doesn't seem likely so long as the Armed Forces support Maduro. Meanwhile, U.S. action will likely backfire, and serve only to strengthen those in power | *** | Juan Guaidó, leader of the Venezuelan … | The post A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
There's a very high likelihood that the US will commence a limited multilateral invasion of Venezuela if Maduro continues to block the Trojan Horse of a "humanitarian convoy" into his country and the military doesn't turn against him in the … | The post Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-09
It's a cheap shot at politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. | The post How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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'Venezuela': Media's One-Word Rebuttal to Threat of Socialism
Alan MacLeod | zcomm.org | 2019-02-09
The simplistic narrative of a socialist dictatorship starving its own people provides great utility as a weapon for the establishment to beat back the domestic "threat" of socialism…
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2,000-year Old 'Child' Returns to Peru
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The mummy of a boy of Aymara origin, with an approximate age of 2,000 years, was returned to Peru by the Museum of Science and History of Corpus Christi in Texas, United States, official sources reported Friday. | RELATED: | Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela | Peru's Ministry of Culture said in a statement that the repatriation of the mummy was possible thanks to its coordinated work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. | He added that the technical reports…
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The price of the U.S. economic attack on Venezuela
Michael Hudson | zcomm.org | 2019-02-09
The Saker: Could you summarize the state of Venezuela's economy when Chavez came to power? Michael Hudson: Venezuela was an oil monoculture. Its export revenue was spent largely on importing food and other necessities that it could have produced at home. Its trade was largely with the United States. So despite its oil wealth, it Read…
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No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela!
Eduardo Correa Senior | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
The trumpets of regime change have sounded, and the drums of a possible war are beating against Venezuelan democracy. Provocations hitherto unimagined threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the … | The post No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela! appeared first on Global Research.
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The Search for Truth About Britain's Forgotten Role in Iraq
Prof. Ibrahim Al-Marashi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
A critical examination of the British army violations in Iraq needs to be situated within a greater narrative about how the UK government failed to address past abuses | *** | On 7 June 2018 the Guardian ran an in-depth article with … | The post The Search for Truth About Britain's Forgotten Role in Iraq appeared first on Global Research.
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The US Is More Afraid of Losing Africa to Russia than to China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
The creative "Democratic Security" (counter-Hybrid Warfare) model that Russia is successfully applying in the Central African Republic prompted the head of AFRICOM to warn about its possible export to other African countries, which terrifies the US to no end because … | The post The US Is More Afraid of Losing Africa to Russia than to China appeared first on Global Research.
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Food & Water Watch: Carbon Tax Is a Sham
Lee Camp | truthdig.com | 2019-02-09
I spoke to Scott Edwards, the legal chief at Food & Water Watch, in order to discuss the activism of an organization with a name that defines why they're so important in the modern world. Edwards is a lawyer who has spent his career fighting against the corruption that has festered in our system, in which corporations work to deceive the public and decrease their costs by polluting our environment. | In this interview, he talks about why so many on the left have fallen for the "carbon tax" sham, and why so many of our laws end up written by corporate lawyers trying…
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Watch Live: Elizabeth Warren Officially Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
The senator chose Lawrence, Massachusetts, a town rich with labor history, as the site of her first campaign event. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Similarities and aggressions
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-09
War laboratories in the United States have succeeded in applying pre-designed aggression formats against countries that do not align with their imperial policies. These obviously adapt to cultural, religious, social, historical and even geographical features. | Source…
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Congress Poised to Move Forward with Bold Agenda on Yemen
Kate Kizer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
"Should Trump decide to ignore the will of Congress, it will also provide the impetus Congress needs to take further action to limit U.S. military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen," Kizer writes. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Trump Refuses to Put Sanctions on Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The United States Trump administration signaled Friday it was unlikely to meet a deadline to report to Congress on whether it intends to impose sanctions on those responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, prompting an angry backlash on Capitol Hill. | RELATED: | Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen | Republican and Democratic lawmakers triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky human rights act in October, giving the administra…
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France — Macron Does Not Fulfill His Campaign Promises of "Government of People for the People"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Economist and Geopolitical Analyst, Peter Koenig, says that French President, Emmanuel Macron, is pursuing a policy against his pre-election promise, "en marche" movement. | Commenting on Macron's taxing policy, former World Bank Economist says "he transforms public wealth into private … | The post France — Macron Does Not Fulfill His Campaign Promises of "Government of People for the People" appeared first on Global Research.
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Wright State University administration issues call for scabs in bid to intimidate striking faculty
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
As the strike by full-time faculty at Wright State heads toward a fourth week, the university administration is attempting to threaten striking faculty with the specter of being replaced by "long-term" adjuncts.
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A Green New Deal Is the First Step Toward an Eco-Revolution
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-09
A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist magazine Monthly Review. He has written widely on capitalism, Marxism and ecological crises. In this interview, Foster discusses why a Green New Deal is just an entry point to an ecological revolution, and why any economic-social system that hopes to address the climate crisis must transcend capitalism. The interview that follows has been lightly edited for clarity and length. | Vaios Triantafyllou: Do you believe that combating the climate crisis is feasible within a globalized capitalist economy? The…
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Brazil's Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.
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Elizabeth Warren officially launches her 2020 presidential bid
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-09
The fight to be the Democrats' candidate in 2020 is heating up, with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren officially launching her campaign, days after apologizing afresh for having previously claimed Native American heritage. | …
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Problems With Facebook
Social Media Analysis | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.
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What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela?
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-09
Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…
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Imagine Being Homeless During the Polar Vortex
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-09
It was noon one recent Saturday in Northern Michigan, and temperatures were 30 degrees below 0. | Winter storm warnings were blaring about the necessity of staying indoors, with dire reminders of the lethal consequences for being outside. People had 10 minutes at best before frostbite set in, they warned. | I logged onto Facebook and saw many posts reminding folks to bring pets inside — "if you're cold, they're cold." I love animals, but I couldn't help remembering that an awful lot of humans needed shelter too. | I decided to conduct an informal study to see what it would be like to find shelter in Trav…
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Creating a Peaceful School – Conference Supporting Youth
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at OSLC | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
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Urging Defections, Trump Administration Reportedly Holding Secret Talks With Venezuelan Military
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
Reports of direct communications between the White House and Venezuelan military officials come as Trump cabinet members continue to warn that military intervention is "on the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
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.
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New York Times admission of Afghanistan fiasco provokes "human rights imperialist" backlash
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
The Times editorial supporting a US withdrawal from Afghanistan is a self-damning indictment of the entire "war on terror," which the newspaper supported for the better part of two decades.
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'Drones aren't missiles, they are re-usable': US disputes accusations of non-compliance with INF
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-09
The US military has rejected Russian accusations of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, arguing that its drones can't be seen as missiles and Tomahawk-compatible 'defensive' launchers can't be used offensively. | …
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Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela
IAC | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.
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U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally
Communist Workers League | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergula or Pillars) | 599 El Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94610…
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Disaster Capitalism in Brazil
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2019-02-08
Mining Greed Produces a Horrific Death Toll…
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On the Front Lines of the Climate Change Movement: Mike Roselle Draws a Line
Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The beard is graying. The hair is clipped military-short. He is a large man, oddly shaped, like a cross between a grizzly and a javelina. It's Roselle, of course, Mike Roselle–the outside agitator. He and a fellow activist have just spread an anti-coal banner in front of a growling bulldozer in West Virginia on a cold February morning in 2009. He's in this icy and unforgiving land to oppose a brutal mining operation and will soon be arrested for trespassing. Massey Energy, the target of Roselle's protest, is the fourth largest coal extractor in the United States, mining nearly 40 million tons of coal in Ken…
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Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police: Investigator
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
A Sudanese teacher arrested after protests last week died due to injuries caused by a "solid object," according to the head of a state investigations committee citing a medical report Thursday. | RELATED: | Sudan's Al-Bashir Bows to Pressure, Will Release Reporters | The announcement came as hundreds of people gathered across the capital — responding to a call by activists for a "procession for victims of torture and arrests" — in some of the biggest anti-government rallies in week…
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The 'Peacekeeper' Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine
Halyna Mokrushyna | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the 'Euromaidan' is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the 'corrupt autocratic regime' (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better…
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Venezuela: Maduro Open to ICG Delegation But Rejects Resolution
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that while he rejects the final declaration of the EU-backed International Contact Group, he would be open to a delegation sent by the group in order to promote peace talks between the government and the right-wing opposition. | IN-DEPTH: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | Maduro, delivering a press conference Friday, hailed the efforts by the Montevideo Mechanism initiative which is supported by Bolivia, Mexico and Caricom…
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Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
"People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo | The post Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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Corporations See a Different Kind of "Green" in Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" initiative was unveiled on Thursday and quickly became the target of disingenuous ridicule from both sides of the aisle. But as Whitney Webb highlights in this Dec 18, 2018 piece, there are very serious reasons to be concerned. | The post Corporations See a Different Kind of "Green" in Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" appeared first on MintPress News.
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Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans.
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Roaming Charges: Back in Blackface
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
+ All of these Virginians running around in blackface better hope they don't bump into Liam Neeson, when he's out power-walking. + Ralph "Coonman" Northam: That's not my name. That's not me. I never said that. That's not my yearbook page. I never saw the yearbook. When I dressed in blackface, it was as Michael Jackson at…
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As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a 'government of national reconciliation', Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. "We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government," Hamdallah tweeted, shortly after Abbas had…
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US Media Trying to Drum up a New 'Cold War'
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
It's not a new or revived Cold War yet between the US and Russia, but not for lack of trying by the corporate US media. The latest example of absurd fear-mongering was brought to us courtesy of Fox Business News, with anchor Trish Regan darkly warned that…
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Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or U.S. Coup?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-02-08
Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren't going for it.
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Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-08
Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more ?…
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Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
During the eight-year proxy war in Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, has emerged as the second most influential militant leader after the Islamic State's [alleged] chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In fact, since the beginning | … | The post Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib appeared first on Global Research.
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Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada's Support for Venezuela Coup
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada's government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the "Voluntad Popular" Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó's violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. | Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summi…
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Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy
Ricardo Vaz | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
Venezuelan authorities have warned that the attempt to bring aid across the border without government consent represented a provocation, pointing out that the amount of aid being sent pales in comparison to the Venezuelan assets and accounts frozen outside the country. | The post Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy appeared first on MintPress News.
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Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
While the U.S. continues to conduct its mission of nation-building and "democracy promotion" in Afghanistan, bombing the country at unprecedented levels and being associated with de facto death squads on the ground could fuel distrust of Americans. | The post Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes appeared first on MintPress News.
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Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
Jeff Bezos' ties to the national security state through Amazon Web Services are formidable, but the triple-digit billionaire's furnishing of surveillance tools to the police state are no less disturbing. | The post Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells appeared first on MintPress News.
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Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
"They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it's not like that." – Nicholas Maduro | The post Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Seattle General Strike: a 100-Year Legacy
Cal Winslow | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
There will be many cheering and there will be some who fear. Both of these emotions are useful, but not too much of either. We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by LABOR in this country, a move which will lead — NO ONE KNOWS WHERE! We do not need hysteria. We need…
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Forward Left: An Interview with Matt Christman of Chapo Trap House
Lucy Schiller | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Matt Christman is one host of the popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House, which has been "on-air" (meaning online) for nearly three years. The podcast has been profiled in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and is either a revolting or a cathartic dose of political wit and irreverence, depending on who you ask. Christman is…
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The Alt-Right and US Capitalism in Decay
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In late 1934, the second edition of R. Palme Dutt's book titled Fascism and the Social Revolution was published. This book is an examination of the economic and political causes and nature of fascism. One of the most important sentences in the text appears in the introduction to this edition. It reads in part,…
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The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
Paul Bentley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise.
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SOTU: These Are Dangerous Times, and Our Government is Largely to Blame
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid." –Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America These are dangerous times. Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or…
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Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"With "capitalism in danger of falling apart" (a rare, cryptically honest quote from Al Gore), and years of stagnant global economic growth now in a free fall, the Greta campaign must be understood for what it is. An elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with protecting the natural world, and everything to do with…
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How the Age of Billionaires Ends
Josh Hoxie | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Every month or so there's a stunning new headline statistic about just how stark our economic divide has become. Understanding that this divide exists is a good start. Appreciating that a deeply unfair and unequal economy is problematic is even better. Actually doing something about it — that's the best. As 2020 presidential hopefuls start…
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Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series…
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Beyond Corporate Power
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The problem is not that the corporations are "out of control," the problem is that the corporations are so much "in control." By seeing neoliberalism as Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF) rather than Corporate Power we underestimate the challenges ahead. FMF does not help us to know what tactics and strategies are best because it cannot tell us about the enemy…
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Paris Live: Who Will Protect Us From the Police ?
James Graham | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
We sat on the steps of the Madeleine while the sirens skrieked and the scene unfolded like a ritual with no humans, like one of those unhappy films about the future where everything moves in choreographed, hypnotic motion, the narrative pulsing to a high pitch of danger and fear. You would have thought that Paris…
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An Interview the Saker on Venezuela
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this.
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What We Know About 2020, Eighteen Months Out
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Those of us who had been looking forward to a substantial span of time after last year's midterm elections when interest in electoral politics would subside enough for real politics to happen have been disappointed. We had been hoping to be able to discuss and act upon the pressing environmental, economic, political, and social concerns…
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Canada, Israel and the "Rule of Law"
David Kattenburg | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
On the ropes for arresting Huawei executive Meng Wanzhau, as US-Canada extradition law required, now under fire, two of its own diplomats held by the vengeful Chinese, and a third Canadian facing execution on drug-smuggling charges, coveted trade relations in peril, Ottawa has been staking out high minded positions. Few are higher minded — or…
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Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old…
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We Are Not in Treblinka
Tommy Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Because of my pronounced skepticism of war, my friends often prod me to consider whether there are any historic acts of mass violence that, given the opportunity, I actually would have supported. One such act always comes to mind, and its morally relevant characteristics are certainly not unique to it. This happened in 1943, well…
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Don't Blame the Pakistan Army for the Country's Poverty
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
No matter what happens in Afghanistan, a most important factor in the region will continue to be the army of Pakistan which has had to move large numbers of troops to the border to counter revolutionary militants. In the event of civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistan will be subject to even more threat from over…
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Brazil: Fire in Flamengo Training Center Leaves 10 Dead
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
A big fire at dawn Friday left 10 dead at the Flamengo Training Center, in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Among the victims, are reportedly football players ranging from 14 to 17 years old, who were allegedly asleep at the facility's lodging. | RELATED: | Football Fans Call for UAE Sanction After Crowd Violence Against Qatari Team | There is still no official information on what caused the fire. However, the blaze has already been placed under control. | Since…
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Brazilian Citizens March Against Baseless Lula Sentence
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
The Brazilian Workers' Party (PT) convened for Thursday demonstrations – in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Cuiaba, and other cities across the country – in favor of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was, without grounds, condemned by Judge Gabriela Hardt to 12 years and 11 months in prison. | RELATED: | Brazil: Lula Receives New Prison Sentence in Shady Graft Case | "Once again Lula is condemned with no evidence. The president, who did the most for the Brazilian people, i…
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Brazilian President Bolsonaro Hospitalized, Has Pneumonia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has pneumonia after registering a fever during a hospital stay, but a tweet on the far-right leader's Twitter profile on Thursday said he was "well." | Bolsonaro had an operation on Jan. 28 to remove a colostomy bag that was put in place after he was stabbed while campaigning ahead of Brazil's election last year. | He had originally been expected to stay in the hospital for 10 days but this week his spokesman said he would remain hospitalized at least until Feb. 11 because of a fever and other complications. | A tweet on Bolsonaro's Twitter profile said: "Be caref…
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Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race
Michael T. Klare | thenation.com | 2019-02-08
Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race…
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Juan Guaidó: The Man Who Would Be President of Venezuela Doesn't Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On
Roger Harris, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-08
Roger Harris looks at the "impecable illegitimacy" of Juan Guaido's claim to the presidency of Venezuela.
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The BBC and Venezuela: Bias and Lies
Darrall Cozens, Socialist Appeal | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-08
Darrall Cozens looks at the BBC's efforts at preparing public opinion for imperialist intervention.
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North Korean Missiles are Not the Threat to Hawaii—It's Our Own U.S. Military's Leaking Jet Fuel Storage Tanks
Ann Wright | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
U.S. Military Base in Oahu, Hawaii ( Photo: MilitaryBases.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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International Book Fair Honors Algeria, Cuban Revolution
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Thursday Cuba inaugurated the 28th edition of its International Book Fair (FIL 2019), which has Algeria as the guest of honor, more than 4,000 titles on sale and 400 authors and publishers from 44 countries. | RELATED: | Cuban Music Icon Silvio Rodriguez Backs Venezuela Against Coup | "The attendance of so many national and foreign guests confirms that this fair is one of the region's most important cultural events," Juan Rodriguez, the president of the Cuban Book Institute, sa…
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Seeking to oust Maduro, Washington may find itself in a new Vietnam
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-08
In one of Hugo Chavez' most celebrated speeches, he proclaimed proudly and to loud applause that "Venezuela will never again be a Yankee colony," and stated that the country had entered the most definitive period of its independence. Regardless of whether or not Chavez correctly assessed his historical moment, it is critical that we see […] | The post Seeking to oust Maduro, Washington may find itself in a new Vietnam appeared first on United World International.
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Either Washington or Venezuela, savage capitalism or socialism
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
Luis Britto Garcia is perhaps Venezuela's most highly regarded public intellectual. A firm supporter of the Bolivarian Process, he has written numerous plays, novels, historical investigations and film scripts and is also an incisive commentator on politics in the region. | Source…
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President Nicolás Maduro's message to the American people
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
I am Nicolás Maduro, constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and I want to send a message to the American people to alert them to the media, communication and psychological warfare campaign that is developing in the international media and, above all, in the U.S. media against Venezuela. | Source…
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U.S. media ignore–and applaud–economic war on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. 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 U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source…
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How Washington Funded the Counterrevolution in Venezuela
Tim Gill, Rebecca Hanson | thenation.com | 2019-02-08
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Juan Guaidó: The man who would be president of Venezuela doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on
Roger Harris | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, a man of impeccable illegitimacy, doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on for this open attempt at a coup. | Source…
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Palestinian Man Dies in Israeli Prison Due to Medical Neglect
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Medical neglect killed a Palestinian prisoner who for nearly three decades had been incarcerated at the Israeli Ramon Prison in the south of the Negev desert — a fate caused by inhumane treatment by Israel, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) said in a statement Thursday. | RELATED: | Israel Top Court Liable For War Crimes For Forcibly Transferring Palestinians: Rights Group | The 51-year-old Palestinian prisoner, Fares Baroud, from the al…
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Frank Robinson, baseball's fearsome trailblazer, dies at 83
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-08
Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball. Robinson, the only player to earn the MVP award in …
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Susan Collins Intentionally Misled the Public about Kavanaugh: She Must be Held Accountable for Kavanaugh's War on Roe
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
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The Senate GOP Is Confirming Judges at a Breakneck Pace
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-08
Sen. Kamala Harris warns that the Trump administration is "reshaping our courts for generations to come with nominees that are extreme." | The post The Senate GOP Is Confirming Judges at a Breakneck Pace appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Morocco has suspended its participation in the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition in Yemen , government officials said. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Recruited Darfur Children for War on Yemen: Report | Speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, two officials told the Associated Press Thursday that Rabat had also recalled its ambassador to the kingdom, saying the country would not take part in any military interventions or min…
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