2019-02-13: Social Media Postees

Tulsi Gabbard Is Driving The MSM Crazy
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-13
The newly minted presidential candidate is serving as a lightning rod for the debate about U.S. warmongering, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com When Hawaii's Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced her plans to run in the 2020 presidential election, I predicted that it… Read more ?…
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The new intellectual
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-02-13
These two matters–the battle of ideas and the new intellectual–take up the first two parts of this dossier. The third part enters a brief discussion of our political context and offers a map of our concerns and our research. We look forward to your response to our invitation to a dialogue. | Source…
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Canada vs. Venezuela: The Murky Background
Joyce Nelson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
Following the closed-door, Feb. 4th meeting of the Lima Group in Ottawa, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland was holding a press conference to issue "the Ottawa Declaration for Venezuela" when suddenly protestors swarmed in front of her podium, unfurled a banner and began chanting "Hands off Venezuela!" As security guards removed the protestors,…
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Protests in Haiti over Hunger and Repressive Rule
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
US controlled Haiti endured over 500 years of severe repression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, , unrepayable debt, overwhelming human suffering, and destructive natural disasters. | Elections when held are farcical, democracy pure fantasy, Jean-Bertrand Aristide's tenure the exception to the … | The post Protests in Haiti over Hunger and Repressive Rule appeared first on Global Research.
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The NFL: Violence against women OK, peaceful protests not so much
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-13
Oh hypocrisy, thy name is football. And this includes all those football fans who are fine with the Cleveland Browns' "business" decision: signing disgraced Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. To hell with the "he's a gifted football player and will help the Browns win next season" arguments. The truth remains. He brutally assaulted …
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La Crosse, WI says 'Hands off Venezuela!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-13
La Crosse, WI – The streets may have been cold, but hearts were warm with international solidarity on February 9 as activists in La Crosse voiced their opposition to U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | Chants heard at the rally included, "Hey hey, ho ho, who the heck is Juan Guaido? Hey hey, ho ho, you won't get rid of Maduro!" Signs read "Hands off Venezuela!" and "No blood for oil!" | "I think that being out here, especially in this weather, helps cement just how important of an issue this is," said attendee Elias Wall. "My hope is that at least a few people driving by will see our signs and perhaps rethink what…
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Activists Arrested During Elliot Abrams Testimony in Congressional Hearing on Venezuela
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
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"Bombing Toward Peace" in Afghanistan
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
George Carlin said: "Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity." Given the timing I assume he was referring to how the Nixon Administration ramped up bombing in order to strengthen its hand against the North Vietnamese at the upcoming 1972 Paris peace talks. Thousands of residents of Hanoi were killed with no practical effect…
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As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East
Pepe Escobar | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-13
Iran is already looking East — considering its top Asian energy clients and the close ties with the Belt and Road Initiative and the EAEU. Team Rouhani now knows, in realpolitik terms, they cannot trust the US; and the EU is an immensely problematic partner. | The post As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East appeared first on MintPress News.
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Stampede at Nigeria Pre-election Rally Kills 20
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
Nigeria's presidential candidates have renewed a pledge for peaceful elections ahead of Saturday's vote, in a race that promises little hope for change for Nigeria's young population who have such limited job prospects that many are leaving the country. A stampede, however, has killed 20 people at a political rally for incumbent President Muhammadu in Port Harcourt. | RELATED: | Widows Against Big Oil Impunity in Nigeria Take Shell to Court | The incumbent, President Muhammadu…
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What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
Muhammad Ali teaching a "relational learning circle" class during orientation at the APV Borderfree . (Photo: Dr. Hakim) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | zcomm.org | 2019-02-13
Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach…
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Child Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict Increased in 2018
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
During 2018, the armed conflict in Colombia has affected 213 children and young people, according to a report delivered Tuesday by an NGO to the Special Justice for Peace (JEP). | RELATED: | Colombian Oil Pipelines Victim to Illegal Tapping, Tampering | According to the analysis, between January and December 2018 a total of 331 armed actions were registered in the South American country. | Of the more than 300 cases, 117 corresponded to clashes and other military actions that did…
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Reflections on BDS
Stephen Zunes | zcomm.org | 2019-02-13
The ability to successfully utilize BDS as a tactic in support for peace and justice will therefore be greatly enhanced if put as one component of a multifaceted campaign for peace, security, and equality for Palestinians and Israelis…
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US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA "Black Site" Renditions
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-13
The parallels between aspects of the Contra scandal and the current situation in Venezuela are striking, particularly given the recent "outrage" voiced by mainstream media and prominent U.S. politicians over Maduro's refusal to allow U.S. "humanitarian aid" into the country. | The post US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA "Black Site" Renditions appeared first on MintPress News.
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What is Democratic Socialism and Does America Need to be "Protected" from Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez ?
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
What does it mean to be a Democratic Socialist and are Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez supporters such that Trump needs to protect us from them as he declared in his State of the Union speech? The simple answer is that historically democratic socialism meant democratic ownership and control of the means of production…
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Unhinged From Reality: the President and the Body-Slamming Congressman
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
Last week Montana's lone congressman, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, gave an address to the Montana Legislature. Perhaps best known for body-slamming a reporter, then lying about it and finally buying his way out of a serious and well-deserved assault charge, Gianforte echoed President Donald Trump's agenda of cutting taxes and regulations as the path to…
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Why Bezos Exposed Trump's Pecker
Susan Block | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
Jeff Bezos could be the world's greatest exhibitionist. He's certainly the world's richest exhibitionist. He also might be the world's smartest exhibitionist, having figured out how to make his (thus far) unseen dick pic into a cause célèbreof the Resistance and anyone whose privacy has been violated. In case you've been under a rock or…
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As Macron Prepares New Repressive Measures, Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together
Richard Greeman | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
On Tuesday, February 5, as the Macron government pushed harsh repressive laws against demonstrators through the National Assembly, the Yellow Vests joined with France's unions for the first time in a day-long, nation-wide "General Strike." At the very moment when in Paris the lower house was voting to implement Macron's proposed laws designed to suppress…
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In Prison, the Power's On, But There's No Accountability
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
The power is back on at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and the street outside is relatively silent, but it shouldn't take a week without heat during a polar vortex and hour after hour of hands hammering on windows, to sound an alarm about conditions in federal lock up. The Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn…
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The Deep Hurt: Lessons From American Coups
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
As the world watches aghast at another US and allies' attempt to engineer a coup in Venezuela, I would like to offer a few insights from Stephen Kinzer' provocative chapter, "The deep hurt," (pp. 227-250) in his book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire (2017). This remarkable…
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Jeremy Hardy: an Irreplaceable Comedic Voice
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
The late British stand-up comedian, radio commentator, radio-show panelist, scriptwriter (early on he did scripts for the award-winning puppet show Spitting Image), and Guardian columnist Jeremy Hardy had no American, or indeed British, equivalent. If one can imagine an individual X with a politics well to the left of Michael Moore, who combined this politics with…
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A Preliminary Ranking of the Democratic Primary Contenders
Doug Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders by twelve points, and Sanders leads Kamala Harris, in third place, by ten points in this week's #10at10 preliminary rankings. Launched on social media on January 14, the model emphasizes two particular factors — how a candidate is polling on average versus other announced or potential Democratic candidates and how she…
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Explaining Virginia's Crisis (to Japanese People)
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
Basic facts: The governor of the state of Virginia, Ralph Northam, is probably going to have to resign in a scandal involving a photo of him as a medical school student in 1984, either wearing blackface or dressed as a Klansman. This would normally mean that the vice-governor, Justin Fairfax, would succeed him. It was briefly…
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Scientist vs. Cooper: The Interview, Round 2
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
Honoring the 78th birthday of the late dub music pioneer Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock (1941-1989), Jamaica's leading daily newspaper the Gleaner published an article at the end of January called, "National Honour for King Tubby?" Erroneously regurgitating inaccurate reggae lore, that it was producer Lloyd James (known as "King" or "Prince" Jammy) who was "Tubby's right-hand man" instead…
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Unity and Exceptionalism: Trump's State of Union Flurries
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
"Trump is hated by everyone," comes one unnamed former official in an account to Vanity Fair, one supposedly sourced after the President's State of the Union Address. Another claimed that all was wretched in the White House: "It's total misery. People feel trapped." Off record stuff, unnamed and, as ever, doing nothing to concern a…
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Finally One of Trump's Racist Dog-Whistles May Come Back to Bite Him
Chris Orlet | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
As a study in contrasts, it will be educational to watch the Democratic contenders in next year's primary debates. Unlike the 2016 Republican debates in which Donald Trump insulted, intimidated and lied his way to the GOP nomination while making up degrading nicknames for his various opponents, I strongly suspect U.S. senators Kamala Harris, Cory…
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John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-13
As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"–a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…
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Suicide Bomber Kills 20 Revolutionary Guard in Iran
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
Twenty members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were killed in a suicide attack in the southeast of the country, Fars news reported Wednesday. | RELATED | Iranians Burn US Flag While Honoring 40 Years of Revolution | A suicide car bomb targeted a bus carrying members of the Guards also wounded 10 other soldiers, the Guards said in a statement. | The province, which lies on a major opium trafficking route, has seen occasional clashes between Iranian forces and Baluch separatis…
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Trumpism's Global Strategy
Calvin Cheung-Miaw | zcomm.org | 2019-02-13
It twists, it turns, it bounces in unexpected directions. How do we make sense of Trump's foreign policy? Is there a logic behind it or just a series of improvised presidential whims? In the past two years, we've seen a confusing mix of policy initiatives: threats of nuclear genocide against North Korea followed by a Read…
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Child Soldiers Rampant in Africa as NGO Denounces The Unrest
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
Tens of thousands of children are still forced to serve as soldiers in at least seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the NGO Child Soldiers International (CSI) denounced on Thursday, in coincidence with the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers (Feb. 12). | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Recruited Darfur Children for War on Yemen: Report | "Continuing unrest in Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and other countries…
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In Hebron, Israel removes the last restraint on its settlers' reign of terror
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2019-02-13
You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians…
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In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers' Reign of Terror
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. | But you … | The post In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers' Reign of Terror appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Venezuela Crisis: Maduro Condemns "Extremist" Trump
Nicolas Maduro | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
Its a political war of the American Empire in support of the interests of the extreme right that today governs, | They are warmongering in order to take over Venezuela. | I call on the people of the world to wake up, … | The post Video: Venezuela Crisis: Maduro Condemns "Extremist" Trump appeared first on Global Research.
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Anti-Slavery Campaigns in Britain: Their Impact on the Formation of the United States
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
If the so-called American Revolution of 1776 was truly committed to breaking with monarchical and autocratic rule from the United Kingdom then why did slavery grow at a rapid rate after the achievement of independence of the former 13 colonies … | The post Anti-Slavery Campaigns in Britain: Their Impact on the Formation of the United States appeared first on Global Research.
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Britain's Air and Drone War in Syria
Chris Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
The rise in UK air and drone strikes in Syria since September 2018 has been laid bare in the MoD's latest responses to a Drone Wars UK FoI request. | The number of British strikes in Syria per month rose to … | The post Britain's Air and Drone War in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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US Navy Challenges China in the South China Sea
Peter Symonds | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
In its second provocative Freedom of Navigation operation in the South China Sea this year, the US Navy sent two guided missile destroyers yesterday–the USS Spruance and USS Preble–within the 12 nautical mile territorial limit claimed by China around Mischief … | The post US Navy Challenges China in the South China Sea appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: Opposing White Supremacy and Big Oil Interests
James Winter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
The Canadian and U.S. governments are now openly supporting the treasonous overthrow of the democratically-elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. | The U.S. is now openly holding direct communications with Venezuela's military, urging them to abandon the president. | I'm not … | The post Venezuela: Opposing White Supremacy and Big Oil Interests appeared first on Global Research.
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RIP INF Treaty: Russia's Victory, America's Waterloo
Cluborlov | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
On March 1, 2018 the world learned of Russia's new weapons systems, said to be based on new physical principles. Addressing the Federal Assembly, Putin explained how they came to be: in 2002 the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile … | The post RIP INF Treaty: Russia's Victory, America's Waterloo appeared first on Global Research.
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How Syrian Conflict Sparked the New Cold War?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
In July 2003, Dr. David Kelly, a British weapons inspector who had disclosed to the media that Tony Blair's government's dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was "sexed up," was found dead in a public park a … | The post How Syrian Conflict Sparked the New Cold War? appeared first on Global Research.
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A Maidan Style Regime Change Operation Might Break Out in Moldova?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued an uncharacteristically detailed warning about one of the possible scenarios that might transpire in this former Soviet republic by the end of the month following its upcoming parliamentary elections on 24 February. | The Ministry's Warning … | The post A Maidan Style Regime Change Operation Might Break Out in Moldova? appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: US Is Setting Ground for Military Intervention in Venezuela
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
The Venezuelan government seems to be openly preparing to face a US military invasion. | On February 10, the country's military kicked off large-scale military drills, which will run until February 15. According to President Nicolas Maduro, the drills are … | The post Video: US Is Setting Ground for Military Intervention in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Starving Venezuela into Submission
Israel Shamir | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
You are so kind-hearted! I shed a tear thinking of American generosity. | "So many delightful goodies: sacks of rice, canned tuna and protein-rich biscuits, corn flour, lentils and pasta, arrived at the border of troubled Venezuela — enough for one … | The post Starving Venezuela into Submission appeared first on Global Research.
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Canada: A Stakeholder in the Venezuelan Coup
Collectif Échec à la guerre | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
On the occasion of the emergency meeting of the Lima Group, held in Ottawa on February 4, we denounce the role of the Government of Canada in what is nothing less than a coup d'état. | A coup d'état under way… | The post Canada: A Stakeholder in the Venezuelan Coup appeared first on Global Research.
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Kashmir Insurgency: The Spillover of the Soviet-Afghan Jihad
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
In the British Indian context, the divide-and-rule policy originally meant that the British imperialists used this strategy to sow the seeds of dissension and communal hatred to prolong their tyrannical rule in India, which is a valid contention. However, some … | The post Kashmir Insurgency: The Spillover of the Soviet-Afghan Jihad appeared first on Global Research.
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Imperialist Aggression and What We Can Learn from the Attempted Coup Against Venezuela
Alison Bodine | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
On January 23, 2019 Juan Guaido declared himself to be the "acting President" of Venezuela. He was immediately recognized as the interim President of Venezuela by the United States government, followed in quick succession by the government of Canada, and … | The post Imperialist Aggression and What We Can Learn from the Attempted Coup Against Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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"Israel's" "Secret War" on Syria Is a Lot Like the US' "Secret War" on Laos
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
Observers have been struggling to find an historical comparison for the War on Syria since it first broke out over 8 years ago, and while the conflict is veritably a unique one in its own right, the best comparison that … | The post "Israel's" "Secret War" on Syria Is a Lot Like the US' "Secret War" on Laos appeared first on Global Research.
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Selected Articles: President Starts a War?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated. | Click to donate or click here to … | The post Selected Articles: President Starts a War? appeared first on Global Research.
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Doomsday Redux: Mini-Nukes are the Most Dangerous Weapon to Ever Roll Off the Nuclear Assembly Line
James Carroll | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-13
It may seem counterintuitive to compare the manufacture of what's called a "mini-nuke" to the creation of the "super" almost six decades ago, but honestly, what meaning can "mini" really have when we're talking about nuclear war? | The post Doomsday Redux: Mini-Nukes are the Most Dangerous Weapon to Ever Roll Off the Nuclear Assembly Line appeared first on MintPress News.
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Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela's Elected President
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2019-02-13
Media doesn't let facts get in the way…
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China Denies Talks With Venezuela Opposition
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned Western media for its coverage of the situation in Venezuela. | RELATED | Venezuela: Arreaza Slams Indifference of UN Members to US Coup | The Foreign Ministry of China rejected Wednesday information disseminated by The Wall Street Journal about Venezuela, describing it as "fake news". | The U.S. newspaper in a report Tuesday quoted alleged sources saying that Chinese diplomats held talks in Washington with the represent…
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Executive summary: The economic consequences of the boycott of Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-13
The international financial blockade imposed by the United States against Venezuela has caused the South American country to lose 350,000 million dollars in production of goods and services between 2013 and 2017, according to the research carried out by the Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitics Strategic Center (CELAG). | Source…
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Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-13
A North Carolina-based air freight company has halted flights to Venezuela following a report by McClatchy linking it to possible arms smuggling. Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed they had uncovered 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges and 90 military-grade radio antennas on board a U.S.-owned plane that had flown from Miami into Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. The Boeing 767 is owned by a company called 21 Air based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane had made nearly 40 round-trip flights between Miami and spots in Venezuela and Colombia since January 11, the day after Venezuelan…
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US Congress Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
Congress will not support U.S. military intervention in Venezuela despite hints by President Donald Trump that such action had not been ruled out, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | "I do worry about the president's saber rattling, his hints that U.S. military intervention remains an option. I want to make clear to our witnesses and to anyone else watching: U.S. military interven…
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Howard Schultz and the Media's Unlearned Lesson
Jon Allsop | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
CNN does not deserve praise for grilling Schultz on his wealth when Schultz's wealth is the only reason he was on CNN. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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War on Drugs Failed Even with 'El Chapo' Facing Prison for Life
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may end up with a life sentence after a U.S. jury found him guilty of running a criminal enterprise but it looks like business as usual for cartels, hinting to the failure of years of the U.S.-led militarized approach known as the "war on drugs." | RELATED: | Mexico a 'Huge Clandestine Grave,' Says Gov't on Disappearances | Guzman, 61, was found guilty on all 10 charges in federal court in New York after an 11-week trial that revealed…
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The Age of Environmental Breakdown: We Need the Green New Deal Now!
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
We have been putting 38.2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide up into the atmosphere every year. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP – Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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It's Time to Shut Down Tax Havens
Michael Galant | progressive.org | 2019-02-13
We lose close to $70 billion annually in corporate tax revenue due to tax havens, an amount equal to nearly 20 percent of the total corporate tax revenue collected each year.
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The Vagina Monologues: English & Spanish
One Billion Rising | indybay.org | 2019-02-13
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Trump to hold second summit with North Korean leader
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-13
By holding out the prospect that North Korea could become an "economic powerhouse," Trump is seeking to entice Pyongyang out of China's orbit and into closer ties with the US.
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British troops given free hand to shoot civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-13
One soldier stationed in southern Iraq claimed he and fellow troops were told they were allowed to shoot anyone who acted suspiciously.
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Venezuela Accuses US of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-13
A North Carolina-based air freight company has halted flights to Venezuela following a report by McClatchy linking it to possible arms smuggling. Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed they had uncovered 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges and 90 military-grade radio antennas on board a U.S.-owned plane that had flown from Miami into Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. The Boeing 767 is owned by a company called 21 Air based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane had made nearly 40 round-trip flights between Miami and spots in Venezuela and Colombia since January 11, the day after Venezuel…
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The US's Venezuela-Colombia border stunt exposed
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-13
The cameras are focused on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. Everything has been prepared to present it as a door about to give in. It is just a matter of waiting for the right day, according to some presidents and news headlines. | The narrative of "imminence" has been key since Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself president last month: the imminent fall of President Nicolás Maduro, imminent transition government and imminent resolution of all of Venezuela's problems. | The reality when you arrive at the border is different, particularly along what has been built up as the "cr…
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Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Are in the Crosshairs of the Saudi-Israel Axis
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-13
The fledgling Saudi-Israel nexus is working in tandem to smear and blunt the impact of two progressive Muslim women in Congress (MEE Op-ed) — Hardly anything has been more disruptive to geopolitics as usual in the Middle East than the newly flourishing relationship between the Saudi monarchy and the state of Israel. While the newfound coziness between the two states …

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Are in the Crosshairs of the Saudi-Israel Axis

Ukraine: NATO in the Constitution
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
The initiative for having introduced into the Ukrainian Constitution the commitment enter officially into NATO goes to Parliamentary President Andriy Parubiy. Co-founder in 1991 of the Ukrainian National-Socialist Party, on the model of Adolf Hitler's National-Socialist Party. | The post Ukraine: NATO in the Constitution appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela's Maduro Denounces Warmongering by 'White Supremacist' Trump and His 'Gang of Extremists' Promoting Fascism Worldwide
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
Calling President Donald Trump a person who is "publicly and openly" a white supremacist and accusing the current U.S. government of being run by a racist "gang of extremists," Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro called on the people and leaders of the world to speak out against foreign intervention and instead back efforts for the nation to solve its problems peacefully from within. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Rule Britannia against China: New UK Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into the South China Sea in 2021?
Tom Clifford | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
A startling case of Brexititis, marked by nostalgia for imperial grandeur, the singing of Rule Britannia when taking a shower, and an unhinged view of the world and Britain's diminished role in it, was observed in London on February 11…. | The post Rule Britannia against China: New UK Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into the South China Sea in 2021? appeared first on Global Research.
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US Senators Aim to Block Saudi Arabia From Creating Nuclear Weapons
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-13
(ANTIWAR.COM) — A new bipartisan resolution making its way through the Senate is aimed at blocking Saudi Arabia from having any path toward the creation of nuclear weapons, placing severe restrictions on Saudi activities if they accept a US civilian nuclear cooperation deal. If the Saudis accept US nuclear cooperation, the resolution would forbid them from any uranium …

US Senators Aim to Block Saudi Arabia From Creating Nuclear Weapons

Black Critics of Kamala Harris and Cory Booker Push Back Against Claims That They're Russian "Bots"
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-02-13
Angela Rye and Joy Reid have speculated that American descendants of slaves using the hashtag "ADOS" to critique Harris and Booker are Russian bots. | The post Black Critics of Kamala Harris and Cory Booker Push Back Against Claims That They're Russian "Bots" appeared first on The Intercept.
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Australia: Expert warns of poor construction after Opal Tower evacuation and Melbourne cladding fire
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-13
Governments at every level have been warned about dangerous construction standards.
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The Suffering of the Iranian People Has "Made in USA" Stamped on It
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-13
If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind. –Robert Hunter"Iranians have taken to the streets across the country to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 revolution," reads a Monday morning Al Jazeera report, "renewing their allegiance to the country's Islamic principles at a time of rising economic and political pressure amid the resumption of punishing US sanctions." | So much terrible history rammed into one sentence: The brutal U.S.-backed regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi…
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John Bolton Issues Not-So-Veiled Threat of War in Creepy Video Message to Iran
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-13
(CD) — As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"–a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. In video posted …

John Bolton Issues Not-So-Veiled Threat of War in Creepy Video Message to Iran

National 24-hour strike goes forward in Belgium
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-13
As strikes and protests grow across Europe, anger is mounting among Belgian workers at low wages enforced by state-run talks between business and the unions.
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'For Billionaires, Things Are Already Fine': Ocasio-Cortez Pinpoints Why Howard Schultz Has No Serious Tax Plan
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was among the critics who saw former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's CNN Town Hall as offering confirmation of the billionaire's removal from the harsh economic realities most Americans are facing. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Trump says he found $23 billion for Wall from 'other sources'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
Unfazed by a congressional deal giving him only $1.3 billion for a barrier on the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump is saying he found twenty times that much for overall border security "from other sources." | …
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Global Condemnation After Journalist Who Blamed Trump for Duterte's Attacks on Free Press Arrested in Philippines
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
Just a few months after directly blaming U.S. President Donald Trump for fueling crackdowns on the press in her country, award-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa—a long-time critic of the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte—was arrested Wednesday for what reporters and media advocates around the world denounced as "trumped-up and politically-motivated" libel charges designed to intimidate and silence Ressa and her colleagues. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Iranian Revolution–Forty Years On
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-13
It is the Stalinist Tudeh Party and the politics of Stalinism that were principally responsible for the tragic derailing of the Iranian Revolution.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

US National Debt Tops $22 Trillion for the First Time
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-13
(ZH) — For 8 years, we took every opportunity to point out that under Barack Obama's administration, US debt was rising at a alarmingly rapid rate, having nearly doubled, surging by $9.3 trillion during his term. And while the absolute pace is slower, the trajectory of US debt under the Trump administration looks set to be no …

US National Debt Tops $22 Trillion for the First Time

Study Group: The Truth Behind the U.S. Attacks on Venezuela
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-02-13
2969 Mission St. near 26th St.
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March & Rally: Hands Off Venezuela! NO coup – NO war – NO sanctions!
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-02-13
UN Plaza, 7th and Market Sts.
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US Charges Air Force Counterintelligence Agent With Spying for Iran, Committing Cybercrimes
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-13
(ZH) — A former US Air Force counterintelligence agent with access to top secret national defense information was charged with spying for Iran after she defected to the Islamic Republic and helped it target her former colleagues, according to a seven-count indictment made public on Wednesday (see below). According to prosecutors, Monica Elfriede Witt a.k.a. Fatemah Zahra, a.k.a. Narges …

US Charges Air Force Counterintelligence Agent With Spying for Iran, Committing Cybercrimes

Pentagon's 1st AI strategy vows to keep pace with Russia & China, wants help from tech
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
The Pentagon has issued its first AI strategy, where it pleads with tech giants to help boost military capabilities and catch up with Russia and China in developing artificial intelligence for military purposes. | …
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'Thank you MSNBC!' Trump utters unfamiliar phrase after 'no collusion' broadcast
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
US President Donald Trump praised media nemesis MSNBC for airing a report on the results of the Senate Intel Committee investigation which found no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia during the election. | …
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Stephen Cohen & Katrina vanden Heuvel: War with Russia?
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM | indybay.org | 2019-02-13
First Congregational Church of Berkeley | 2345 Channing Way | Berkeley, CA 94704…
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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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What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-02-12
Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach.
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Venezuela: Maduro Continues Call For Peace, Dialogue, Respect
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
President Nicolas Maduro continues his call for peace, dialogue, and the defense of Venezuela's sovereignty during Tuesday's 205 Annual Youth Day celebrations. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'White Supremacists, KKK' in White House Plotting Against Venezuela | "I want peace for Venezuela, we all want peace for Venezuela, for the war drums to drift away, for the threats of military invasion to recede and for Venezuela to say with a single chorus, with one voice: We want peace! H…
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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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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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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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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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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings — When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
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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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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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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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Venezuela and Disaster Capitalism
Reinaldo Iturriza — Verso Blog | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-12
Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise.
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In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup
Greg Palast — Truthout | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-12
Greg Palast examines the relationship between racism and right-wing politics in the Latin American nation.
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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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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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