2019-02-11: News Headlines

Chris Hedges (2019-02-11). Peter Jackson's Cartoon War. commondreams.org "It is fortunate all the participants in the war are dead," writes Hedges of the new film, They Shall Not Grow Old. "They would find the film another example of the monstrous lie that denied their reality, ignored or minimized their suffering and never held the militarists, careerists, profiteers and imbeciles who prosecuted the war accountable." (Photo: They Shall Not Grow Old/Warner Bros.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Fight Back (2019-02-11). Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2019. democracynow.org Shutdown Talks Stall as Friday Deadline Looms, Virginia: Gov. Northam Refuses to Step Down Amid Racism Crisis, Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Rape, Venezuela: U.S. and Russia Dig In at U.N. with Rival Resolutions, Venezuela: Standoff over Aid Pits Military Against Guaidó Supporters, Rio: At Least 13 Dead in Shootout, Haiti: At Least 2 Killed in Anti-Government Protests, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 2 Teenage Protesters, Acting Pentagon Chief: No Orders to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, AMI, Saudi Official Respond After Bezos Accuses Nat'l Enquirer of Blackmail, Denver Public School Teacher…

Jake Johnson (2019-02-11). Gearing Up for Possibility of Another Trump Shutdown, Airport Workers Ready Mass Protests in 80 Major Cities. globalresearch.ca "We're going to continue running as fast as we can right up to February 15, so that we can take action immediately on February 16 if necessary." | *** | With congressional negotiators still working on a deal to keep the federal …

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-11). A Preference for Peace: Not the Same Thing as Support for the Bogeyman of the Week. counterpunch.org I'm not ashamed to admit it: I'm a peacenik. I think war is a bad thing. I've seen it up close and personal as an infantryman, and I'd like to see less of it, preferably none at all, either up close or from a distance. In part, this desire also makes me a "non-interventionist." That More

Ron Ridenour (2019-02-11). While State Leaders Make War, Spanish Children March for Peace. counterpunch.org Benalmádena. Seven hundred and seventy primary and elementary school children, aged three to 12, walked and skipped three kilometers to the main square (Plaza de España) here in this town located n in Spain's Andalusia province, and back to their municipal school, Jacaranda. On this 30th march for international peace in commemoration of the day that More

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-02-11). Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela! globalresearch.ca "The struggles of the Black working-class, united around a national program must have international solidarity and must be understood within the context of an anti-imperialist struggle against global capitalism and the US-led imperialist global economic, military and political infrastructure. For …

teleSUR (2019-02-11). 18th Social Leader Murdered in 2019 in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Jose Arquimedes Moreno, 34, a social leader of Colombia was shot dead in the rural area of the town of Tibu. | RELATED: | Colombia: ELN Urges a Return to Peace Agreement Negotiations | According to local media, he was shot by two men on a bike while he was going back to his house. | George Quintero, commander of the Police Department of Norte de Santander assured that special attention was being given to the case and for the vulnerable people and communities. | Commenting on the…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-11). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca "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 …

Whitney Webb (2019-02-11). With 3.8 Million Yemenis Displaced Last Year, New Report Shows Country's Crisis Growing Worse. mintpressnews.com The Saudi-led coalition's choice to continue raining bombs down on key civilian infrastructure shows its determination, in their pursuit of regional geopolitical dominance, to push the Yemeni people to the brink of annihilation by starvation, preventable disease and explosions.

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-11). Grand Theft Venezuela, Stealing a Nation: Financial Warfare Precipitates Economic Collapse. globalresearch.ca Michael Hudson explained that Washington "treat(s) Venezuela as an extension of the US economy, running a trade surplus in oil to spend in the United States or transfer its savings to US banks." | Sanctions prevent Maduro's government "from gaining access …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-02-11). Trump Says ISIS is Defeated, But He Ignores the Much Bigger and More Troubling Picture. counterpunch.org President Trump says that in the coming week the US and its allies will announce that they have captured all of the land previously controlled by Isis. He claims that US-led forces "have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by Isis in Syria and Iraq … we will have 100 per cent of the caliphate." More

Ted Rall (2019-02-11). The Disappearing of Generation X. counterpunch.org Generation X — Americans born between 1961 and 1974 — have been "disappeared" from the media like a fallen-out-of-favor Soviet apparatchik airbrushed out of a picture from atop Lenin's tomb. Gen X was an important facet of the start of my career. I used to write and draw a lot about Gen X. I authored More

STAFF (2019-02-11). The End of the Age of Billionaires. truthdig.com 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 trying to prove their progressive bona fides, serious policies to take on economic inequality are at the forefront. These ideas don't stand much of a shot of becoming law in the Trump era, of course. But if the balance of power shifts, so too does the potential for th…

Lawrence Wu (2019-02-11). How The CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy In 4 Days. zcomm.org Over the course of four days in August 1953, Roosevelt would orchestrate not one, but two attempts to destabilize the government of Iran…

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-11). How did the Iranian Revolution go so far off the rails? peoplesworld.org Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight for a secular, democratic, and socialist Iran. The following is an exclusive interview with Mohammad Omidvar, a member of the political bureau of the Tudeh Party. …

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Iranians Burn US Flag While Honoring 40 Years of Revolution. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the United States-backed monarch of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. | RELATED: | Iran, Russia to Abandon Dollar, Trade in National Currencies | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, while addressing a huge gathering at Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) said, "This…

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-11). As it happened: The promise—and betrayal—of Iran's 1979 revolution. peoplesworld.org In the fall of 1978, massive waves of unrest and strikes—led largely by Iran's oil workers—swept that country. By early 1979, the tyrannical government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was pushed from power. The Revolution of February 1979 was the work of a wide range of class and social forces, united on a program of …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). "This Is Just the Beginning": Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro's Brazil. democracynow.org On Friday, an operation by Brazilian military police in Rio de Janeiro left at least 13 people dead after a shootout in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Police say they were there to investigate suspected drug traffickers but encountered gunfire when they entered the area. Last month, Rio's new governor, Wilson Witzel, said that city security forces were authorized to shoot to kill suspects. He also said Rio should have its own Guantánamo Bay to house criminals, whom he labeled "terrorists." Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has vowed to intensify the war on drugs. While running for president, Bolsonaro sa…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-11). A Tragedy Mirroring a National Catastrophe: Conjoined Twins Die in Yemen Under Saudi Blockade. mintpressnews.com The death of a set of conjoined twins as a result of a Saudi blockade mirrors the humanitarian nightmare faced by most children in Yemen.

Surangya (2019-02-11). Brazil Dam Collapse: Vale, the Private Giant Responsible, Has a History of Flouting Rules. globalresearch.ca The Brumadinho dam burst, the most recent instance in Vale's long list of regulatory violations, has resulted in 121 deaths so far, with the number expected to rise | *** | With the death toll in the Brumadinho dam disaster in Brazil …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil? democracynow.org The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Martin Billheimer (2019-02-11). American Advertising Cookbooks and Our Sons of Bitches. counterpunch.org "Pretty soon you'll be thinking like the adverts… things could be worse." — TV Smith Christina Ward's tasty new survey, American Advertising Cookbooks looks at our past-peculiar landscape of cornbeef and carnage with a microscope worthy of Hitchcock and Pasteur. These recipe pamphlets were the product of Madison Ave and industry PSYOPS, and in wild Technicolor, More

Johnny Hazard (2019-02-11). Traffic Calming and Immigration. counterpunch.org I just saw two Central American women with one baby each standing on a speed bump in the semi-rural central Mexican town in which I live making gestures to passersby to indicate that they were hungry. I walked home and returned with about half of the little food that I had on hand. (This is More

Dean Baker (2019-02-11). The Robots Taking the Jobs Industry. counterpunch.org There is an old saying that the economy is too simple for economists to understand. There is plenty of evidence of this all around. After all, almost no economists could see the $8 trillion housing bubble, the collapse of which gave us the great recession. Back in the stock bubble days of the late 1990s, More

CP Editor (2019-02-11). Filthy Friends — Last Chance County. counterpunch.org

Bill Blum (2019-02-11). Should 'Dirty Trickster' Roger Stone Be Silenced? truthdig.com Roger Stone, who has been charged with lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering in the ongoing investigation of Russia's ties to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, will go on trial later this year in Washington, D.C. Any day now, federal District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over Stone's case, will rule on special counsel Robert Mueller's request that she place a gag order on Stone and his attorneys. Such a move would prohibit Stone and his counsel from making public statements ab…

Dr. Robert C. Palmer (2019-02-11). The Legal Loophole that Defies Democracy in Britain. globalresearch.ca A legal loophole — that has seemingly escaped the public purview in Britain — means that the UK is now caught in a legal lacuna, brought about by the illegal practices adopted by numerous Leave campaigns. | The words 'democracy' and …

Mark Taliano (2019-02-11). The "Toxic Mythology" of 9/11 is Destroying Humanity. globalresearch.ca 9/11 was a neo-con coup. To believe otherwise is to willfully suspend the laws of physics, and to reject historical facts and common sense. It requires a leap of misguided faith.

Peter Kornbluh (2019-02-11). Chile and the United States: Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, September 11, 1973. globalresearch.ca September 11, 1998 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. The violent overthrow of the democratically-elected Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende changed the course of the country that Chilean poet Pablo Neruda …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-02-11). Pop that Balloon! Personal Bankruptcy. He Was Broke… globalresearch.ca Here he was, mid 30s and facing personal bankruptcy. He was coming out of a terrible divorce, with two young sons and child support that was too high for his present state of affairs. | A few years earlier, when he …

Prof. Elias Samo (2019-02-11). Pompeo Cairo Speech: Misreading History. globalresearch.ca Mike Pompeo, the current American Secretary of State, gave a speech at the American University in Cairo on January 10, 2019. He started the speech identifying himself an evangelical Christian, that is also a Christian Zionist, and said, "In …

Hans Stehling (2019-02-11). Eurovision 2019 Song Contest, to be Hosted by Israel: The Only "Democracy" Worldwide that Has Killed over Two Thousand Children. globalresearch.ca Holding the Eurovision Song Contest near to where 2172 Palestinian children have been killed since 2000, disregards the extreme brutality of the occupying military force of the host country. | Over two thousand dead children are equivalent to the massacre of …

Patrick Martin (2019-02-11). Strike Action in the US Hits a 32-year High. globalresearch.ca The number of workers participating in strike action in the US during 2018 reached the highest level in 32 years, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report issued Friday morning in Washington. The figures document the rise in …

Phil Miller (2019-02-11). British Military Presence Near Venezuela 'Extremely Concerning'. globalresearch.ca Britain's navy and marines are conducting military exercises close to Venezuela, the Morning Star has discovered. | The Mounts Bay, a giant Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship, spent New Year in Miami embarking a US coastguard helicopter for the first time….

Edward Curtin (2019-02-11). "No More Bullshit": The Powerful Columns of NYC Celebrity Reporters Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill. globalresearch.ca Growing up Irish-Catholic in the Bronx in the 1960s, I was an avid reader of the powerful columns of Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the New York newspapers. These guys were extraordinary wordsmiths. They would grab you by the …

Richard Falk (2019-02-11). Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism. globalresearch.ca With Trump the silences are usually as expressive of his intentions as the incoherent dogmas. Indeed, his Second State of the Union Address (delivered in Congress on February 5, 2019) gives a clear insight into the political mentality of tormentor …

Daniel McAdams (2019-02-11). The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve! globalresearch.ca There is a sad disregard for human life among the neocon regime-changers. The devastation of Iraq, with its million dead, was a mere stepping stone to a "re-making" of the Middle East. A Libya turned into a modern day slave …

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2019-02-11). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. venezuelanalysis.com FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.

Eds. (2019-02-11). Lawfare: Using "Transition" status to justify intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org On February 4, twelve days after Juan Guaidó's self-juramentation, the National Assembly held an ordinary session to discuss and approve an instrument called "Statute Governing the Transition to Democracy to Restore the Validity of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | Source

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Cuba Rips US Security Council Resolution on Venezuela in UN. telesurenglish.net Foreign Affairs Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez came out on Twitter to admonish the United States for its cynical use of a resolution in the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council pushing for "humanitarian aid" in Venezuela in order to get access to the country and continue its policy of "anty means necessary" intervention in the country. | RELATED | SADC Condemns Intervention, Interference in Venezuela | Security Council representatives met behind closed doors Friday afternoon to discu…

Tony Wood (2019-02-11). The Battle for Venezuela. zcomm.org In Latin America alone, the long and disastrous record of US-led interventions is enough to cause alarm about the possible outcomes of this crisis…

Janine Jackson (2019-02-11). 'The Distribution of Income Depends on How We Structure the Economy' – CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker on taxing the rich. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about taxing the rich for the February 8, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Trapped Emirati Woman Rejected Asylum in Macedonia. telesurenglish.net An Emirati woman who fled her family is currently trapped in a detention center in North Macedonia where her claim for asylum has been rejected. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | The woman's friends claim her request for asylum was rejected because of pressure by the Emirati government on Macedonia's authority, accord…

STAFF (2019-02-11). Scientists Issue Dire Warning About Collapsing Insect Populations. truthdig.com Presented in exclusive reporting by the Guardian's environment editor Damian Carrington, the findings of the new analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, found that industrial agricultural techniques—"particularly the heavy use of pesticides"—as well as climate change and urbanization are the key drivers behind the extinction-level decline of insect populations that could herald…

Vaios Triantafyllou (2019-02-11). A Green New Deal is the first step toward an eco-revolution. mronline.org 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. | Source

John Nichols (2019-02-11). Reactionaries Call the Green New Deal 'Radical,' Like That's a Bad Thing. thenation.com Reactionaries Call the Green New Deal 'Radical,' Like That's a Bad Thing…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-11). The Problem of International Law. consortiumnews.com Modern institutions that hold back the rise of barbarism are being weakened, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson To the Point Analysis.com Several recent events suggest that global warming is not the only thing threatening our future. As if they are… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-02-11). US: Pro-Israel Lobby Accuses Ilhan Omar Of Anti-Semitism. telesurenglish.net Democratic Rep. from Minnesota, United States, Ilhan Omar was accused of anti-Semitism Sunday for criticizing Israel's influence in the U.S. Congress. | RELATED: | Israel Top Court Liable For War Crimes For Forcibly Transferring Palestinians: Rights Group | She said that the members of Congress support Israel because of money they receive from the pro-Israel lobby which sparked a Twitter battle. She tweeted that support for Israel was "all about the…

Alison Weir (2019-02-11). Democratic Party Insiders Create Group To Promote Israel to Progressives. mintpressnews.com Some Democratic heavy hitters have formed a new pro-Israel organization focused on progressive Democrats. The new group, " Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI)," is the latest in a long line of groups working for Israel in the United States. | New York Jewish Week reports that the group was formed "to counter the drift — if not dive — away from support…

ZeroHedge (2019-02-11). Is Erik Prince Helping China Build Concentration Camps For Muslims? mintpressnews.com One of America's most famous private security contractors – and, incidentally, brother to President Trump's secretary of education, has found himself caught up in China's intermittent of up to one million Uighur Muslims.

Shared by candice (2019-02-11). Where Is Elizabeth Warren's Fire in the Realm of Foreign Policy? truthout.org As Americans spend the next two years debating who should be the next president of the United States, domestic issues are likely to take the forefront of media discussion. Should we establish a single-payer health care system? How should we address climate change? What should the US's immigration policy look like? | But in each of these areas, the composition of Congress is likely to be more decisive in terms of the actual policy the next president enacts. However, there is one role the next president will play where the individual sitting in the Oval Office will make almost all of the important decisions: tha…

Jason Ditz (2019-02-11). Trump Skips Deadline to Report to Congress on Khashoggi Murder. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Friday was the deadline under the Magnitsky Act for President Trump to submit a formal report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was murdered in October by the Saudi government, and senators submitted the Magnitsky request on October 10. The act gives the president 120 days to respond to Congress on the matter, requires …

ICSS (2019-02-11). What's Happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609…

Jake Johnson (2019-02-11). US Holding Secret Talks With Venezuelan Military, Urging Them to Abandon Maduro. theantimedia.com 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." (CD) — 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 …

RT (2019-02-11). 'Shameful & disgusting!' TSA slammed for 'invasive groping' of triple-amputee US veteran (VIDEO). rt.com The online community has been outraged by the "shameful" and "disgusting" treatment of a triple-amputee Purple Star veteran of Iraq, who was subjected to an "invasive" search by a TSA agent in Arizona over the weekend.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-11). When Politicians Say "Free Trade," They Mean Upward Redistribution. truthout.org In Washington policy circles, being a supporter of free trade is pretty much comparable to saying you believe in evolution. All reasonable people say they accept the doctrine and agree that tariffs and other forms of protectionism are evil and dirty. | While there are good arguments for free trade as an economic policy, in the real world what passes for "free trade" is pretty much any policy that redistributes income upward, even if it is directly at odds with free trade. I have long harped on patent and copyright protection, both because I think that these government-granted monopolies are bad policy (at leas…

True Publica (2019-02-11). Think Tank Censured by Charity Commission for Hard Brexit Lobbying. globalresearch.ca Ever since the EU referendum debate kicked off in 2016 after David Cameron's announcement to hold one, we at TruePublica have had very grave concerns about the undue influence of a prominent and highly influential think tank — the …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-11). Scientists Warn Crashing Insect Population Puts 'Planet's Ecosystems and Survival of Mankind' at Risk. commondreams.org "This is the stuff that worries me most. We don't know what we're doing, not trying to stop it, [and] with big consequences we don't really understand." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by candice (2019-02-11). The World Is on the Brink of Widespread Water Wars. truthout.org My friend Mark Oats, a farmer in Australia, recently sent this note to me: | Last night I looked through the Bureau of Meteorology App at the monthly rainfall figures for January, and temperatures. | The region around Byron Lismore has had 1.6 percent of average rainfall for January and is 2.6C degrees warmer than average. 98.4 percent less rain than normal. Virtually nothing — and hence the people, plant, animal and food pressures growing. | Then looking further afield across all capital cities and major regions. … Everywhere is down on average rainfall, except just one area — North Queensland […

WSWS (2019-02-11). UK rail workers demand reinstatement of conductor sacked for opposing Driver Only Operated trains. wsws.org The SEP and the WSWS warn rail workers that the RMT bureaucracy cannot be trusted to defend the victimised worker, any more than they can to oppose the introduction of Driver Only Operated trains.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-11). Global Poll Reveals Surging Fear of Climate Crisis and US Power Under Trump. commondreams.org While a rapidly rising number of people across the globe are worried about the climate crisis—prompting warnings from scientists, demands for robust action, and sweeping legislative proposals such as the Green New Deal—there are also mounting concerns about the United States in the era of President Donald Trump, according to new polling from the Pew Research Center. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Alan Macleod (2019-02-11). How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (VA) — The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of …

RT (2019-02-11). Fish stick collusion? CNN story on Russian pollock in US school lunches cracks up Twitterati. rt.com There may be many stinky things about fish sticks in school lunches, but CNN smelled President Donald Trump helping Russians, albeit "inadvertently." Social media responded with some fishy, and hilarious, comments.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-11). Mexico's Lopez Obrador's Position on Venezuela Marks Return to Foreign Policy Tradition. therealnews.com Mexico is making a large contribution towards the prevention of civil war in Venezuela, by returning to long-established foreign policy tradition of neutrality, which the previous president had completely abandoned, says John Ackerman

repost (2019-02-11). An Open Letter to the People of the U.S.from President Nicolas Maduro. indybay.org "Disinformation by Omission": Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro's Open Letter to the People of the United States (see Google search). Please forward this text far and wide.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-11). How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change in Venezuela? truthout.org The US and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the UN Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The US is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | Transcr…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-11). Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela. therealnews.com The recently named US Special Envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is back in the halls of power after a career of supporting dictators, violence and genocide around the world

Middle East Eye (2019-02-11). The Saudis "Don't Know" Where Jamal Khashoggi's Body Is. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Saudi authorities do not know where murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body is, despite having in custody the Saudi team that killed him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. The dissident journalist was dismembered after his murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but his remains have …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-11). 'Mass Invasion': Russian Islands in State of Emergency as Hotter Planet Drives Polar Bears to Hunger. commondreams.org As human activity continues to drive the climate crisis that is causing rapid ice loss at both poles and in other cold regions, destroying the habitats of animals who live there, Russian islands in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago have declared a state of emergency in response to a "mass invasion" of dozens of starving polar bears who have been "chasing people and entering residential buildings." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-02-11). Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Sears to former CEO Edward Lampert for $5.2 billion. wsws.org The beleaguered retail chain lives to die another day as remaining workers are left with an uncertain future…

Communist Workers League (2019-02-11). U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally. indybay.org Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergula or Pillars) | 599 El Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94610…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-11). US Military Fuel Tanks Threaten Aquifer in Hawaii. truthout.org The North Korean missile scare in Hawaii a year ago was alarming. But that fear has abated. Once again the greatest perceived threat to the island of Oahu comes from our own US military. | A massive complex of 20 US military storage tanks is buried in a bluff called Red Hill that overlooks Honolulu's primary drinking water supply, 100 feet below. | The walls on the 75-year-old jet fuel tanks are now so thin that the edge of a dime is…

IAC (2019-02-11). Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

SWI (2019-02-10). Geneva Politicians Vote to Propose Julian Assange Asylum. globalresearch.ca The Geneva city parliament has adopted a motion demanding that the Swiss government offer asylum to controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | The somewhat surprising resolution was the result of an hour-long debate on Wednesday evening, framed in the context …

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Venezuelan President Leads Celebration of Angostura Bicentenary. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro led Sunday the celebrations of the bicentenary anniversary Angostura 2019 with a military parade in the Fort Guaicaipuro in Charallave, central state of Miranda. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP Calls on Guaido to Join "Right Side of History" | Along with Defense Minister Vl…

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Brazil: Fire Kills 10 Young Footballers, Authorities Blame Poor Club Conditions. telesurenglish.net The deaths of 10 teenagers in a fire at Brazil's Flamengo football club, one of Brazil's biggest and best-known clubs internationally, highlighted the precarious conditions many youngsters face as they chase the dream of becoming professional footballers. | RELATED: | Brazil: PT Commemorates 39 Year Anniversary 'Freedom For Lula' | The boys, all aged between 14 and 16, were killed when a fire swept through the Flamengo training center on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro early Frida…

William Blum (2019-02-10). A Brief History of the Cold War and Anti-communism. globalresearch.ca Our fear that communism might someday take over most of the world blinds us to the fact that anti-communism already has. — Michael Parenti | It was in the early days of the fighting in Vietnam that a Vietcong officer said …

David Bacon (2019-02-10). The Matamoros Strike: With López Obrador In, Mexican Workers Have the Confidence to Walk Out. globalresearch.ca The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico has raised the hopes and expectations of millions of Mexican workers. There could be no better evidence of this than the strike of tens of thousands of workers in …

Fight Back (2019-02-10). WFTU condemns intervention against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers of the five continents as well as the world class-oriented labor movement, strongly rejects the attempted coup d'état against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | This interference, orchestrated by the US government, NATO and the EU and executed by the representatives of the transnationals and monopolies in the country, constitutes a flagrant violation of the most elementary rules of internati…

Adam Johnson (2019-02-10). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. commondreams.org "The same actors, the same tricks, the same patently disingenuous concern for the starving poor. And the US media is stripping it of all this essential context, presenting these radical regime-change operators as bleeding heart humanitarians," Johnson writes. (Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Alan MacLeod — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-10). How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.

Steve Ellner, NACLA (2019-02-10). Venezuela Regime Change 'Made in the USA'. venezuelanalysis.com Steve Ellner looks at the ongoing US-orchestrated coup attempt and its implications.

teleSUR (2019-02-10). SADC Condemns Intervention, Interference in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The South African Development Community (SADC), a group consisting of 15 African nations, issued a statement condemning the violation of international law in U.S. backed coup actions against Venezuela. | RELATED | We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro | In a letter dated Feb. 10, President of the Republic of Namibia and chairperson of SADC Hage Geingob noted the community's concern with "attempts by the leaders of some countries to interfere in the affairs and so…

Adam Johnson (2019-02-10). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — The Trump administration's now completely overt effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had a very successful public relations effort this week, as major Western media outlets uniformly echoed its simplistic, pre-packaged claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid: Tensions Rise as Venezuela Blocks Border Bridge in Standoff Over Aid (CNN, 2/7/19) Maduro Blocks …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-10). Blood for Oil in Venezuela? therealnews.com Vijay Prashad discusses the extent to which US interest in Venezuelan oil and other natural resources is driving Trump's policy of seeking regime change. The link is not that straight-forward, but it is there, says Prashad

RT (2019-02-10). Twitter erupts after 'snowflakes' force Rob Lowe to delete Warren 'chief' tweet. rt.com Actor Rob Lowe's tweet mocking Elizabeth Warren's controversial claims to Native American ancestry was deleted following a wave of outrage, which in turn prompted a heated backlash about "snowflakes" and Hollywood hypocrisy.

RT (2019-02-10). Feds sue Lockheed Martin for kickbacks & fraud in Hanford nuclear site clean-up contracts. rt.com Contractors involved in a multibillion decontamination effort at the notorious Hanford nuclear site have been accused of defrauding US taxpayers, according to a lawsuit against Mission Support Alliance and Lockheed Martin.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-10). Sen. Chris Murphy to Doubters: Green New Deal 'Absolutely Realistic' and the Kind of Plan Needed to Avert Climate Disaster. commondreams.org "Global warming is an existential threat to the planet, so if we don't command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don't think we're gonna get close to meeting the mark." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jeremy Scahill (2019-02-10). Pox Americana: Vijay Prashad on Venezuela, India, Mexico, Congo, and U.S. Hegemony. theintercept.com There is a brazen, bipartisan push by the U.S. government for regime change in Venezuela with the Trump administration officially declaring opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate" president. The economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the U.S. are aimed at starving the population into submission with notorious neoconservatives John Bolton and Elliott Abrams coordinating the campaign to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro. What we are witnessing right now in Latin America is a modern iteration of the same dirty tactics that the U.S. has historically used against the nations south of the U.S. bo…

RT (2019-02-10). Joe Biden reminded of past 'humanitarian' actions after he blasts Maduro over aid block. rt.com A former US Vice President has urged Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to step aside for a "democratic transition." Twitter, however, doubted Joe Biden's 'humanitarian' motivation, pointing out his warmongering past.

Fight Back (2019-02-09). Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org 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…

CP Editor (2019-02-09). Eddie Vedder w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — The Waiting. counterpunch.org

Eds. (2019-02-09). Similarities and aggressions. mronline.org 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

Yves Engler (2019-02-09). The Planned Plunder Behind Canada's Support of the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com Yves Engler looks at the resource-hungry MNC's pushing the Canadian government's aggressive attempts to oust Maduro.

Jorge Martín, In Defence of Marxism (2019-02-09). Chavistas March Against Imperialism: What Is the Next Step in Trump's Coup? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at how the coup has been unfolding and what comes next.

RT (2019-02-09). 'Drones aren't missiles, they are re-usable': US disputes accusations of non-compliance with INF. rt.com 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.

James Harkin (2019-02-09). What Happened in Douma? Searching for Facts in the Fog of Syria's Propaganda War. theintercept.com The next world war may begin with a grainy, contested, online image launched onto the pages of a newspaper that has recently sacked all its journalists.

stuart_m (2019-02-09). What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela? greenleft.org.au 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…

WSWS (2019-02-09). Brazil's Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation. wsws.org 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.