2019-02-12: Social Media Postees

Bernie Sanders Already Has the Democratic Party Rattled
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2019-02-12
With a launch of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign on the near horizon, efforts to block his trajectory to the Democratic presidential nomination are intensifying. The lines of attack are already aggressive–and often contradictory. | One media meme says that Bernie has made so much headway in moving the Democratic Party leftward that he's no longer anything special. We're supposed to believe that candidates who've adjusted their sails to the latest political wind are just as good as the candidate who generated the wind in the first place. | Bloomberg News supplied the typical spin in a Feb. 8 article headlin…
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Why Does the United States of America Want to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela?
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-02-12
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Indigenous Activists Set Up Protest Camp at South Texas Cemetery to Stop Trump's Wall
Gus Bova | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Environmentalists, veterans of the Standing Rock protests and Carrizo/Comecrudo tribal members are vowing to stare down the president's bulldozers. | *** | The 154-year-old Eli Jackson Cemetery sits about a mile from the Rio Grande, south of the Hidalgo County town of … | The post Indigenous Activists Set Up Protest Camp at South Texas Cemetery to Stop Trump's Wall appeared first on Global Research.
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Is America's "Deep State" Divided over the Taliban Peace Talks?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Not everyone in America's permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state") is on the same page regarding the ongoing Taliban peace talks, especially when it comes to the official role of increasingly irrelevant Kabul in this process. | Acting Defense … | The post Is America's "Deep State" Divided over the Taliban Peace Talks? appeared first on Global Research.
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Study: 80% of Venezuelans Oppose Foreign Intervention
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
In an interview for teleSUR, Venezuela's Vice President for Planning Ricardo Menendez said that about 80 percent of Venezuelans reject any interventionist action against the South American nation. | RELATED | Venezuela: Long Lineups to Sign for Peace | Menendez indicated that the figure is derived from the recent study conducted by the Venezuelan Planning Institute over a period of two years. | The official said that the results of the analysis contrasts with the story the opposition has tried to w…
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Mass Protests in Haiti, Like France's Yellow Vests, Threaten Modern Oligarchic Structure
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-12
As Haitians throughout the country seethe with rage over Jovenel Moise's blatant corruption, gross mismanagement and numerous scandals, the neo-Duvalier era in Haiti that has largely been orchestrated by the U.S. is now in danger of finally falling apart. | The post Mass Protests in Haiti, Like France's Yellow Vests, Threaten Modern Oligarchic Structure appeared first on MintPress News.
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Venezuela Regime Change 'Made in the USA'
Steve Ellner | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Since its outset, the Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela and radicalized its positions. In the process, the Venezuelan opposition has become more and more associated with–and dependent on–Washington and its allies. An example is the opposition protests … | The post Venezuela Regime Change 'Made in the USA' appeared first on Global Research.
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There's Something Eerily Familiar About the West's Approach to Venezuela
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | The closest I ever came to Venezuela, many years ago, was a transit connection at Caracas airport. I noticed a lot of soldiers in red berets and a clutch of goons, and it reminded me, vaguely, of the Middle East. | Now, sitting in the rain squalls of the wintry Levant, I flick through my newspaper clippings of our recent local autocrats — Saddam, Assad, al-Sisi, Erdogan, Mohammed bin Salman (you can fill in the rest for yourself) — and I thi…
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President Starts a War? Congress Yawns. Threatens to End One? Condemnation!
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Last week's bipartisan Senate vote to rebuke President Trump for his decision to remove troops from Syria and Afghanistan unfortunately tells us a lot about what is wrong with Washington, DC. While the two parties loudly bicker about minor issues, … | The post President Starts a War? Congress Yawns. Threatens to End One? Condemnation! appeared first on Global Research.
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Being Marco Rubio
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Americans consistently indicate in opinion polls that they approve of congress less than any other part of the federal government. The approval rating is sometimes in the single digits. As the congress was intended, per the Founders, to serve as … | The post Being Marco Rubio appeared first on Global Research.
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The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption from the Melting Himalayas to Insect Extinction
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-12
A new report finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world's most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. The report, released by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment earlier this month, is the culmination of half a decade's work by over 200 scientists, with an additional 125 experts peer reviewing their work. It warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacement, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in the…
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Anti-war labor group opposes Trump attacks on Venezuela
U.S. Labor against the War | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-12
The U.S. has no legitimate claim to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, to take sides in internal political disputes, or to undermine governments elected by the people. We have seen the disastrous consequences of recent U.S. interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and, through its alliance with Saudi Arabia, in Yemen. U.S. intervention …
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One Minute to Midnight
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-02-12
Late last month, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveiled its "Doomsday Clock" for the 26th time since its creation in 1947, declaring that the hands on the clock would remain where they had been at the last setting, in 2018. Rachel Bronson, the bulletin's president, described the environment in which the bulletin assesses the threats faced by the world today (which have expanded beyond nuclear to include climate change and cyber) as the "new abnormal," and noted that no one should take comfort from the fact that the hands of…
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Scotland's Bomb: Six Times More Powerful than Hiroshima
Arthur West | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament looks forward to 2019 as another year of campaigning to rid our country and our world of the scourge of nuclear weapons, writes ARTHUR WEST | *** | In Scotland we are very conscious that 25 … | The post Scotland's Bomb: Six Times More Powerful than Hiroshima appeared first on Global Research.
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The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line
James Carroll | thenation.com | 2019-02-12
The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line…
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Red Cross, UN Slam Denounce Use of 'Politicized' Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-12
USAID is an arm of the US State Department and has been involved in a number of scandals in recent years which have led to its expulsion from Russia for political meddling and Bolivia for conspiracy. | The post Red Cross, UN Slam Denounce Use of 'Politicized' Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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How Donald Trump Finally Won Over "Liberal" Media
CJ Hopkins | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-12
Maybe Donald Trump isn't as stupid as I thought. I'd hate to have to admit that publicly, but it does kind of seem like he has put one over on the liberal corporate media this time. Scanning the recent Trump-related news, I couldn't help but notice a significant decline in the number of references to Weimar, Germany, Adolf Hitler, and "the brink of fascism" that America has supposedly been teetering on since Hillary Clinton lost the election. | I Googled around pretty well, I think, bu…
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At Least 70 'Killed or Injured' in US-Led Airstrike in Syria
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
Syrian agency SANA has reported that at least 70 civilians were "killed or injured" Monday in an attack carried out by the US-led coalition on a camp of the civilians in al-Baghouz town in the Deir ez Zor countryside of Syria. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Kills 13 Civilians in Airstrikes in Syria | Earlier, on the same day, airstrikes by the warplanes of the "Coalition" were confirmed to have claimed the lives o…
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Video: US-led Coalition Is About to Reach Another Deal with ISIS?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Last week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large ISIS base in the outskirt of the city of al-Mayadin in the province of Deir Ezzor. The base contained several mass graves of civilians who had been executed by the … | The post Video: US-led Coalition Is About to Reach Another Deal with ISIS? appeared first on Global Research.
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London Gangs: a Tragic Remnant of British Colonialism
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
London is plagued by street gangs. By the year 2016 there were an estimated 3,600 gangsters. According to government figures, these form some 225 gangs. Of these, 58 gangs are regularly active and are thought by police to be responsible for two-thirds of gang-related offences, including assault, theft, murder and, most of all, drugs. Ethnically, gangsters are mainly white, Asian, black and Eastern European. In the absence of official data, on-the-ground reports suggest that the majority of gangsters dealing in drugs, where the most violent crimes occur, are young black males, particularly Jamaican. This is not on…
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Stephen Cohen on War with Russia and Soviet-style Censorship in the US
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
On stage at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. this past week was Princeton University Professor Emeritus Stephen Cohen, author of the new book, War with Russia: From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate. Cohen has largely been banished from mainstream media.
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Will Trump Resign Before the 2020 Election?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
As Donald Trump gave his 2019 "State of the (Dis)Union" speech, an unasked question haunted the event — will he be forced to resign before the 2020 election? Much media attention is focused on "Russia Gate" and the Mueller investigation as well as the dozen or so investigations getting underway by the new Democrat-controlled Congress. However, Trump's…
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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings — When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
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How a 70 Percent Marginal Tax Rate on Top Earners Can Reduce Inequality
Eileen Appelbaum | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
Introduction In recent weeks and in quick succession Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promoted a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent on the part of incomes of the super-rich over $10 million, Elizabeth Warren proposed a wealth tax on ultra-millionaires and billionaires, and Bernie Sanders revealed his "For the 99.8%" proposal that would expand the estate tax…
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The Lure of the Past
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
Thinking back of what I did in my life brings pleasant and sad moments to my mind. If only I could correct my past errors! That's history. Nations face the same dilemmas. History is irrevocable. History is civilization. Misreading history I recently read a very interesting but disturbing essay about history: past, present and the…
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Are We Heading Towards a Synchronised Global Slowdown?
Sabri àñncຠ| counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued its World Economic Outlook Update in January 2018, the future looked bright. Indeed, even the title of the update was very optimistic: Brighter Prospects, Optimistic Markets, Challenges Ahead. And under the cheer-leadership of the IMF, an overwhelming consensus was formed. The cyclical upswing underway since mid-2016 had continued…
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The Uses of a Well-Regulated Militia by an Unregulated President
Rebecca Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
Where Will the National Guard Be Sent in 2019? A young friend is seriously considering joining her state's National Guard. She's a world-class athlete, but also a working-class woman from a rural background competing in a rich person's sport. Between seasons, she works for a local farm and auctioneer to put together the money for…
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"Second Shutdown" Theatrics: Heads Trump Wins, Tails America Loses
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
Unless Congress and the Trump administration reach a new spending deal by February 15, the federal government will go back into "partial shutdown" status. As of February 10, congressional negotiators seem to be nearing agreement on a deal that includes about $2 billion in funding for President Trump's "border wall" project. Trump, as before the…
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WHO Request US$43.5M For Urgent Medical Aid in War-Torn Libya
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
The World Health Organization (WHO) have requested US$43.5 million in order to shore up the cost of supporting its health-related operations in Libya. | RELATED: | Libyan Journalist Killed By Shrapnel While Covering Clashes | A 2017 WHO report indicates that 17.5 percent of hospitals and 20 percent of health centers are damaged, or partially damaged. Thi…
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Trudeau Faces Corruption Probe Related to Millions in Bribes
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the investigations for illegally protecting an engineering firm SNC Lavalin from criminal fraud and corruption charges on bribing millions of dollars to the Libyan government. Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner launched the probe. | RELATED: | Mexican Migrants Kept as Slaves in Canada, Released…
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Budget Deal Allows Far Less Money Than Trump Wanted for Wall
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-12
Details are yet to be released, but the agreement is expected to provide $1.4 billion for new barriers along the southern border. | The post Budget Deal Allows Far Less Money Than Trump Wanted for Wall appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Robert Reich: America Is a Socialist Country for the Rich
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-02-12
"America will never be a socialist country," Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism. | In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21 billion saved by the nation's largest banks last year thanks to Trump's tax cuts, some of which went into massive bonuses for bank executives. On the other hand, more than 4,000 lower-level bank employees got a big dose of harsh capitalism. They lost t…
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El Chapo Found Guilty on All 10 Charges, Faces Life in Prison
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
The world's most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to run a global drug empire and amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday of operating a criminal enterprise. | Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn began delivering their verdict following an 11-week trial. Guzman, 61, now faces a possible sentence of life in prison. | Guzman, one of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, was extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after he was arrested in Mexico the year before. | Though other…
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Boxing and Pan-Africanism: Kwame Nkrumah Meets Roy Ankrah
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
African boxing and boxers merged into the consciousness of the different societies fighting for liberation from colonial control and as such the careers of the most successful ones became entwined with the nationalist sentiments of the day as the connection … | The post Boxing and Pan-Africanism: Kwame Nkrumah Meets Roy Ankrah appeared first on Global Research.
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Invito al Convegno internazionale per il 70 ∞ della NATO
Comité No Guerra no Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Consapevoli della crescente pericolosità della situazione mondiale, della drammaticità dei conflitti in atto, della accelerazione della crisi, riteniamo che sia necessario far comprendere all'opinione pubblica e ai parlamenti il rischio esistente di una grande guerra. | Essa non sarebbe in alcun … | The post Invito al Convegno internazionale per il 70 ∞ della NATO appeared first on Global Research.
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Football, Refugee Rights and Hakeem al-Araibi
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
"Al-Araibi's case has become a crucial test of world football's commitment to human rights." So observed the director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University, Sarah Joseph, in a piece last month. "Is this commitment real, | … | The post Football, Refugee Rights and Hakeem al-Araibi appeared first on Global Research.
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Global Research: Not out of the Water yet (but Getting There!)
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Dear Readers, | We are greatly indebted to all of you who have dug deep and come to our aid during this challenging period for Global Research. We may not be on dry land yet, but the support shown certainly puts … | The post Global Research: Not out of the Water yet (but Getting There!) appeared first on Global Research.
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Arctic Refuge Protectors — An Open Letter from Teachers and Scholars
Rosemary Ahtuangaruak | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
As teachers and scholars from across the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world, we are united in our opposition to oil and gas exploration and drilling in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in … | The post Arctic Refuge Protectors — An Open Letter from Teachers and Scholars appeared first on Global Research.
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Polar Bears Invade Russian Town, State of Emergency Declared
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
Melting ice and a loss of habitat is forcing polar bears, once limited to the northern Arctic pole, to flee in search of food into the Russian town of Belushya Guba, forcing the town to declare a state of emergency. | RELATED | Study: Climate Change Will Alter Ocean Color By 2100 | More than 50 hungry polar bears were spotted throughout the Russian town foraging for food among trash heaps and walking around playgrounds. | Polar bears generally live on sea ice much farther north, but have…
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Venezuela: A Diplomatic Coup?
Paul Dobson | zcomm.org | 2019-02-12
Why Guaido's attempted coup has had next to no impact within Venezuela…
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Venezuela defines the future of the region
Claudio Katz | mronline.org | 2019-02-12
The struggle for Venezuela will decide the destiny of Latin America, argues Claudio Katz. We must recognise global Right's hypocrisy in its attempts to topple Maduro. But it doesn't act alone: similar forces are alive inside a government that has failed to counteract economic collapse. | Source…
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Regime Change Made in the USA
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-12
Trump's backing of Juan Guaidó's shadow government could weaken the opposition's longstanding support among the majority of Venezuelans, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner NACLA Since its outset, the Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela and radicalized its positions…. Read more ?…
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Maduro: 'White Supremacists, KKK' in US Threatening Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the United States is trying to create a humanitarian crisis in the Bolivarian Republic and now using humanitarian aid as a mean of justification for military intervention. | RELATED: | Study: 80% of Venezuelans Oppose Foreign Intervention | "Venezuela is a country that has dignity, and the United States has intended to create a humanitarian crisis in order to justify military intervention, "humanitarian". And this is part of that show," President N…
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Mexican Migrants Kept as 'Slaves' in Canada, Released
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
Canadian police have located and freed more than 40 Mexican nationals who were living under conditions of "modern slavery" and who were presumably forced to do jobs consisting of cleaning rich-owned vacation homes in Ontario. | RELATED: | Canada: Social Movements Reject 'U.S.-Backed Coup In Venezuela ' | "Last night I went to bed a slave. This morning…
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The Real Reason the U.S. Wants to Overthrow Venezuela
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-12
Since 1998, the United States of America has tried to overthrow the government of Venezuela. What threatened the government of the United States since then was the Bolivarian dynamic set in motion by the election of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela that year. Chávez won the elections with a mandate from Venezuela's workers and poor to overhaul the country to tend to their long-neglected needs. | Venezuela, with the world's largest proven oil reserves, had enriched the U.S.-based oil companies and its own oligarchy. Venezuela's key oil minister in the early 1960s (and architect of OPEC–the Organization…
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How the media manufactures consent for regime change in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-12
Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in fomenting popular support for the regime change operation in Venezuela. | Source…
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Severe Global Insect Decline Threatens Ecosystem Collapse
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
The world is at the cusp of sixth mass extinction, scientists warn, with insects declining at an alarming rate according to a global scientific review. | RELATED: | Microplastics May Enter Food Chain Through Mosquitoes | More than 40 percent of insect species are declining in numbers, and a third are endangered, the report, "Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers," which was published this week in the Biological Conservation journal. | The rate of extinction is e…
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Andrea Stewart-Cousins Is Albany's Best Hope
Raina Lipsitz | thenation.com | 2019-02-12
Andrea Stewart-Cousins Is Albany's Best Hope…
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Howard Schultz Has Nothing to Say
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-02-12
Howard Schultz Has Nothing to Say…
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Resisting the Weaponization of Ignorance in the Age of Trump
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
Ignorance now rules the U.S. Not the simple, if somewhat innocent ignorance that comes from an absence of knowledge, but a malicious ignorance forged in the arrogance of refusing to think hard about an issue. We most recently saw this exemplified in Donald Trump's disingenuousness 2019 State of the Union address in which he lied about the amount of drugs streaming across the southern border, demonized the immigrant community with racist attacks, misrepresented the facts regarding the degree of violence at the border, and employed an antiwar rhetoric while he has repeatedly threatened war with Iran and Venezuel…
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World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Rolls Off Assembly Line
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas. That warhead, the W76-2, is designed to be fitted to a submarine-launched Trident missile, a weapon with a range of more than 7,500 miles. By September, an undisclosed number of warhead…
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Ilhan Omar is Right: AIPAC Influences Congress With $4 Million Every Year
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-12
(MPN) — What unites Republicans and Democrats, a former Jewish terrorist, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, Nikki Haley, Chelsea Clinton and Liz Cheney? A Muslim lady with a mouth and some opinions, apparently. Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been the subject of bipartisan bullying that has reached a fever pitch since the lawmaker …

Ilhan Omar is Right: AIPAC Influences Congress With $4 Million Every Year

A Third of the Himalaya Ice Cap Will Melt by 2100
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
A new report finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world's most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. The report, released by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment earlier this month, is the culmination of half a decade's work by over 200 scientists, with an additional 125 experts peer reviewing their work. It warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacement, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in t…
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What's Happening in Venezuela?
ICSS | indybay.org | 2019-02-12
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An Open Letter to the People of the U.S.from President Nicolas Maduro
repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-12
"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.
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Global economic war intensifies
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-12
Prospects for a US-China trade deal took a blow last Thursday when US President Donald Trump ruled out a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping before the expiration of a March 1 deadline.
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Survival of Mankind at Risk as Plummeting Insect Numbers Threaten Collapse of Nature
Jon Queally | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-12
(CD) — The first global scientific review of its kind reaches an ominous conclusion about the state of nature warning that unless humanity drastically and urgently changes its behavior the world's insects could be extinct within a century. 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 …

Survival of Mankind at Risk as Plummeting Insect Numbers Threaten Collapse of Nature

Seven Children Among 16 Killed by US-Led Airstrikes in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-12
(ANTIWAR.COM) — According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US airstrikes killed at least 16 civilians, including seven children, eight women, and an elderly man, in far eastern Syria. The civilians were fleeing an ISIS-held village that US-backed forces are attacking. This is the latest in a growing number of civilian deaths in US strikes, coming amid …

Seven Children Among 16 Killed by US-Led Airstrikes in Syria

March & Rally: Hands Off Venezuela! NO coup – NO war – NO sanctions!
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-02-12
UN Plaza, 7th and Market Sts.
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Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela
IAC | indybay.org | 2019-02-12
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.
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Ucrânia, a NATO na Constituiàßà£o
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
No dia seguinte à assinatura do protocolo de adesà£o da Macedónia do Norte à NATO, como 30 ∫ membro, a Ucrânia efectuou um acto sem precedentes: incluiu na Constituiàßà£o o compromisso de entrar oficialmente na NATO e, ao mesmo tempo, na … | The post Ucrânia, a NATO na Constituiàßà£o appeared first on Global Research.
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Criminal Legal System Silences Sexual Assault Survivors
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is refusing to resign after denying charges by two women who have said that he sexually assaulted them. | The first woman to come forward was Vanessa Tyson, a politics professor at Scripps College. She initially contacted The Washington Post after Fairfax's electio…
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Because Society 'Leaps Forward' When People Take Action, UK Headteachers Union Backs Student #ClimateStrike
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-12
Arguing that the catastrophic future young people are facing amid the climate crisis—and governments' refusal to take meaningful action to solve it—qualifies as a worthy reason for missing school, school officials and other authority figures are throwing their support behind the Youth Strike for Climate that thousands of students are expected to join on Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Stocks Surge After Senate Confirms "No Collusion" Between Putin and Trump
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-12
(ZHE) — Nearly a year after their colleagues in the House reached a similar conclusion, the Senate Intel Committee said on Tuesday that it was preparing to conclude its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia after finding — get this — no direct evidence of a conspiracy, according to NBC News. The investigation is coming …

Stocks Surge After Senate Confirms "No Collusion" Between Putin and Trump

US navy challenges China in the South China Sea
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-12
The intrusion by two US destroyers is designed to send a menacing message to China as trade talks begin in Beijing on a deal to avert escalating US trade war measures.
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Study Group: The Truth Behind the U.S. Attacks on Venezuela
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-02-12
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'We Have Entered the Age of Environmental Breakdown': Report Details World on Edge of Runaway Collapse
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-12
Warning that the world is on a path toward "environmental breakdown" that will likely trigger "runaway collapse" of social and economic systems in the vein of the 2008 global financial crisis, a new report out Tuesday calls for major shifts in understanding the scale and pace of environmental change, the implications of it, and the need for a transformational response. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Danny Glover on the Conflict Over Venezuela
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-12
Actor and activist Danny Glover places the conflict over Venezuela in the context of a long history of US-led coups in Latin America | The post Danny Glover on the Conflict Over Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Not-So-Veiled Threat of War as John Bolton Says Iran May Not Have 'Many More Anniversaries to Enjoy'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-12
"He clearly wants a war before Trump leaves office and shouldn't be underestimated." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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State of Emergency Declared After 52 Hungry Polar Bears 'Invade' Russian Village
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-12
(TMU) — The Russian archipelago of Novaya Zemlya has declared a state of emergency after a village was invaded by dozens of starving polar bears, who are attacking residents and rummaging in the streets for food. In recent years, polar bears in the northeastern region have been forced to flee inland as surrounding sea ice melts, …

State of Emergency Declared After 52 Hungry Polar Bears 'Invade' Russian Village

Shutdown Deal Corners Trump — But He Could Still Wreak Havoc
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
Another week, another adult dose of whiplash chaos. Is that even a thing? It is now. | Sunrise on Tuesday morning brought news that the "shutdown committee" had cobbled together a bipartisan agreement "in principle" to avoid yet another government closure. According to reports, the deal will include $1.375?billion for 55 miles of border fencing and caps the overall number of detention beds Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be allowed to maintain. Democrats dropped their…
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Ucraina, la NATO nella Costituzione
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Il giorno dopo la firma del protocollo di adesione alla NATO della Macedonia del Nord quale 30 ∞ membro, l'Ucraina ha compiuto un atto senza precedenti: ha incluso nella propria Costituzione l'impegno a entrare ufficialmente nella NATO e allo stesso tempo … | The post Ucraina, la NATO nella Costituzione appeared first on Global Research.
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Peter Jackson's Cartoon War
Chris Hedges | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
"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…
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Outcry: Ukraine Official Charged in Acid Attack on Activist
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Ukrainian prosecutors said Monday they had charged a high-ranking regional official with organizing a deadly acid attack on a prominent anti-corruption activist that prompted widespread outrage. | RELATED: | Russia Slams Berlin and Paris Over Ukraine 'Demands' | Kateryna Gandzyuk was attacked in July and had about a liter of acid poured on her by several attackers. The 33-year-old died in November after months of treatment, including more than 10 operations. | Her murder has prompted wide…
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A Preference for Peace: Not the Same Thing as Support for the Bogeyman of the Week
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
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…
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UN Secretary General Meets with Venezuelan Foreign Minister
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met Monday the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in order to strengthen programs of cooperation with health, food and education, among others. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Long Lineups to Sign for Peace | Arreaza thanked the UN official from his Twitter account, saying that "multilaterism needed to be strengthened in order to defend the principles of the UN Chart: Peace, Development and H…
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Bolivia Calls for Global Support of Venezuelan Peace Talks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
In a continued call for peaceful dialogue, Bolivia says it will not be responsible for a war in Venezuela, President Evo Morales via a Twitter post-Monday. | RELATED: | Evo: History Shows That US Interventions Never Solve Problems | "We call on the presiding brothers of Latin America and the world to continue looking for a peaceful solution to the situation in Venezuela. We can not be responsible for a war between brothers which would also violate the norms of international law,"
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While State Leaders Make War, Spanish Children March for Peace
Ron Ridenour | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
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…
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Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-11
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…
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IMF To Visit Argentina, To Decide On Next Loan Installment
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive on Monday in Buenos Aires to analyze the Argentine administration's Central Bank accounts and to approve the US$11 billion March disbursement, say local media. | RELATED: | Argentina: Protests Against President Macri Austerity Continue | Roberto Cardarelli, who is heading IMF's "Argentine case" will decide if the government will receive the US$11 billion to be used to repay its mounting bond debt. | Cardarelli will m…
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Gearing Up for Possibility of Another Trump Shutdown, Airport Workers Ready Mass Protests in 80 Major Cities
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
"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 … | The post Gearing Up for Possibility of Another Trump Shutdown, Airport Workers Ready Mass Protests in 80 Major Cities appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump Says ISIS is Defeated, But He Ignores the Much Bigger and More Troubling Picture
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
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."
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With 3.8 Million Yemenis Displaced Last Year, New Report Shows Country's Crisis Growing Worse
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
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. | The post With 3.8 Million Yemenis Displaced Last Year, New Report Shows Country's Crisis Growing Worse appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Disappearing of Generation X
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
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…
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Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
Adam Johnson, FAIR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-11
FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.
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Venezuela: A Diplomatic Coup?
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-11
VA's on-the-ground journalist Paul Dobson explains why Guaido's attempted coup has had next to no impact within Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

Red Cross, UN Slam 'Politicised' USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-11
Maduro has denounced the aid as a political ploy aimed at toppling his government.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14316

A Tragedy Mirroring a National Catastrophe: Conjoined Twins Die in Yemen Under Saudi Blockade
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
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. | The post A Tragedy Mirroring a National Catastrophe: Conjoined Twins Die in Yemen Under Saudi Blockade appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Robots Taking the Jobs Industry
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
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,…
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Is Erik Prince Helping China Build Concentration Camps For Muslims?
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
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. | The post Is Erik Prince Helping China Build Concentration Camps For Muslims? appeared first on MintPress News.
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Ilhan Omar is Right: AIPAC Influences Congress To the Tune of $4 Million Annually
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been the subject of bipartisan bullying that has reached a fever pitch since the lawmaker explicitly called out the number one Israeli lobby group in the U.S. — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). | The post Ilhan Omar is Right: AIPAC Influences Congress To the Tune of $4 Million Annually appeared first on MintPress News.
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Democratic Party Insiders Create Group To Promote Israel to Progressives
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
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…
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The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve!
Daniel McAdams | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
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 … | The post The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve! appeared first on Global Research.
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U.S. influence in Venezuela stretches back decades
Shane Quinn | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-11
Root causes of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela are becoming increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one-fifth of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran and Iraq, leaving Saudi Arabia trailing in second place. The United States' fixation on Venezuela is directly …
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"This Is Just the Beginning": Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro's Brazil
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
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…
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Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/g…

Brazil: Prior Reports Warned of Possible Vale Dam Collapse
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore miner, knew last year that the dam in Brazil that collapsed in January and killed at least 165 people had a heightened risk of rupturing, Reuters reported Monday. | RELATED: | Residents Near Brazil Dam Disaster Exposed to Illness: Experts | The causes of the rupture were still being investigated, Vale said. I…
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Filthy Friends — Last Chance County
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
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American Advertising Cookbooks and Our Sons of Bitches
Martin Billheimer | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
"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,…
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Traffic Calming and Immigration
Johnny Hazard | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-11
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…
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