2019-02-14: News Headlines

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-14). Is Tulsi Gabbard for Real? America Is Ready for a Genuine Peace Candidate. globalresearch.ca The lineup of Democrats who have already declared themselves as candidates for their party's presidential nomination in 2020 is remarkable, if only for the fact that so many wannabes have thrown their hats in the ring so early in the …

Norman Solomon (2019-02-14). Bernie 2020 Campaign Has Corporate Democrats Running Scared. counterpunch.org 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 More

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-14). A Preference for Peace: Not the Same Thing as Support for the Bogeyman of the Week. counterpunch.org I'm not ashamed to admit it: I'm a peacenik. I think war is a bad thing. I've seen it up close and personal as an infantryman, and I'd like to see less of it, preferably none at all, either up close or from a distance. In part, this desire also makes me a "non-interventionist." That More

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-02-14). Taking on Goliath: Irish Journalist Gemma O'Doherty Takes on Google. globalresearch.ca Google's European headquarters in Dublin were surprised when Irish journalist Gemma O'Doherty and Yellow Vests Ireland staged a protest over YouTube shutting down the Livestream facility of her channel. | Gemma is known for her work in exposing alleged corruption in …

Kerron àì Luain (2019-02-14). "Radical Ireland's Dead And Gone": The Protest Outside Simon Harris' Home. counterpunch.org "Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, it's with O'Leary in the grave". Thus wrote W.B. Yeats over 100 years ago in his poem September 1913which castigated the Dublin middle class for their part in the Hugh Lane bequest controversy. Lane, an art dealer and collector, sought to offer his paintings to Dublin Municipal Corporation. The city's More

Whitney Webb (2019-02-14). US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons into Venezuela Linked to CIA "Black Site" Renditions. globalresearch.ca 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….

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-14). Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "Washington Hijacked Guaidó" therealnews.com In an exclusive interview with TRNN, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says Guaido has not accepted the Pope's offer to negotiate since he is being directed by Washington

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-14). Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams on Support for Central American Genocide. therealnews.com Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) of Minnesota presented Elliott Abrams with uncomfortable facts about his past illegal activities and asked him whether he would pursue similar human rights violating policies against Venezuela as he did against Latin America in the 1980's

Eds. (2019-02-14). Venezuela and disaster capitalism. mronline.org Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise. | Source

Seiji Yamada (2019-02-14). Keep Interceptor Missiles Out of Hawai'i. counterpunch.org It's been reported that interceptor missiles might be deployed soon at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the leeward coast of Kauai ("Hawaii could house missile interceptors sooner than later," Star-Advertiser, Feb. 3). Defense against missiles from North Korea is the stated purpose. For the people of Hawaii, who experienced the false missile alert of January 2018, More

James Carroll (2019-02-14). Doomsday Redux: the Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. counterpunch.org 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, More

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-14). Capitalism's Ownership of Global Warming. counterpunch.org Capitalism not only owns global warming, there's a big red mitigation arrow pointed at the heart of today's rampant capitalism, which is eerily similar to the loosie goosie version of the Roaring Twenties, but with a high tech twist. After all, somebody's got to pony-up for climate change/global warming mitigation. Who better than deep pocket More

John G. Russell (2019-02-14). Didactic Truancy: Blackface and the Fallacy of "Teachable Moments" counterpunch.org What Happens If You Have a Teachable Moment but Nobody Shows Up? History abounds with teachable moments, but they have meaning only if its students show up. The ceaseless onslaught of reports of blackface has proven, well, instructive. It seems that almost daily we are inundated with a flood of blackface incidents. In Virginia alone, More

Lance Olsen (2019-02-14). Heat and the End of the World as We Know It. counterpunch.org I'm no climate scientist. The best I can say for myself is that I've been a pretty close student of varied specialties associated with climate science for about four decades. My somewhat lengthy acquaintance with climate science hasn't led me to see a lifeless planet, a treeless planet, or human extinction across the entire planet. More

CP Editor (2019-02-14). Were Ilhan Omar's Comments on Israel Anti-Semitic? counterpunch.org

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-14). Let the Venezuelan People Decide. zcomm.org Enough Western Meddling and Interventions…

teleSUR (2019-02-14). Russia Warns That US 'Humanitarian Aid' Is A Blatant Sham. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that the United States 'humanitarian convoy' is a cover to prepare, from the Colombian town of Cucuta, a provocative act in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Cuba: US Planes Fly to Strategic Areas to Pressure Venezuela | "Let us not be deceived, or deceive others. A provocation, including with casualties, is being prepared under the guise of a humanitarian convoy. And it is needed as a pretext for a forceful action from outside. An…

Canadian Intellectuals, Professionals, Artists (2019-02-14). Letter of Canadians Calling on the Government of Canada to Cease Its Illegal Attacks on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The purpose of this letter is to persuade the Government of Canada and all the Members of Parliament to reverse its counterproductive policy towards Venezuela, on the grounds that it contravenes international laws, is unethical, undemocratic and is against the …

teleSUR (2019-02-14). Cuba: US Planes Fly to Strategic Areas to Pressure Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The Government of Cuba denounced Wednesday, through a statement, the escalation of pressures and actions of the U.S. Government in preparation for military action under the guise of humanitarian intervention in Venezuela, and called on the international community to mobilize in order to prevent consummation. | RELATED: | Actor Danny Glover: US Plays With The Money Of Venezuela | "Between Feb. 6 and 10, several military transport aircraft have been flying to the Rafael Miranda Airport…

teleSUR (2019-02-14). China Posts Solid EXIM Figures Ahead of Trade Talks With US. telesurenglish.net Chinese import-exports figures, for January, surpassed expectations, according to a Reuters report. The good fortune prefaces Thursday's trade talks with the United States in Beijing. | RELATED: | China Denies Talks With Venezuela Opposition, Slams Western Media "Fake News" Ethic | Dollar-denominated exports rose 9.1 percent from a ye…

Prof Michael Hudson (2019-02-14). Venezuela as the Pivot for New Internationalism? globalresearch.ca Introduction | There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez's and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely …

Arnold August (2019-02-14). The Trump-Trudeau Venezuelan Achilles' Heel: "Not One Yanqui Soldier will enter Venezuela" globalresearch.ca After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, this is my basic impression. The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the international corporate media in …

Telesur (2019-02-14). US Congress Rejects Trump's Warmongering, Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca 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. | "I do worry about the …

Paul Dobson (2019-02-14). Red Cross, UN Slam 'Politicised' USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The International Red Cross has declined to participate in Washington's controversial humanitarian aid plan to Venezuela, it was announced this weekend. | "We will not be participating in what is, for us, not humanitarian aid," stated Colombia's International Red Cross (ICRC) …

Yves Engler (2019-02-14). Mainstream Media Boosts Trudeau's Popularity over Venezuela. globalresearch.ca US presidents have bombed or invaded places like Grenada, Panama, Iraq and Sudan to distract from domestic scandals or to gain a quick boost in popularity. But, do Canadian politicians also pursue regime change abroad to be cheered on by …

David William Pear (2019-02-14). Hands Off Venezuela: US, Canada Go Home! globalresearch.ca What is happening to Venezuela is a coup d'état and it has nothing to do with democracy, human rights, free and fair elections or international law. The US and Canada represent the antithesis of those values; defying the United Nations …

Jesse Jackson (2019-02-14). AOC is Under Fire Because She is Right. counterpunch.org The big guns are out for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the charismatic first-term legislator from New York. In an apparent swipe at Ocasio-Cortez, Donald Trump used part of his rambling State of the Union address to say he was "alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country." Billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz cited Ocasio-Cortez's support for More

STAFF (2019-02-14). California Governor Wants Users to Profit From Online Data. truthdig.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state's consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect. | The new governor has asked aides to develop a proposal for a "data dividend" for California residents but provided no hints about whether he might be suggesting a tax on tech companies, an individual refund to their customers or something else. | "Companies that make billions of dollars collecting, curating and monetizing our personal data have a duty to protect i…

STAFF (2019-02-14). K-pop and Fancy Sneakers: Kim Jong Un's Cultural Revolution. truthdig.com North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-14). Means of Control: Russia's Attempt to Hive Off the Internet. globalresearch.ca Such measures were always going to come on the heels, and heavily so, of the utopians. Where there is Internet Utopia, Dystopia follows with dedicated cynicism. Where there are untrammelled means of searching, there will be efforts to erect signposts, …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-02-14). What Are Russia and Turkey Preparing for Syria? A Disagreement in Sochi. globalresearch.ca The 14thof February meeting in Sochi between the three Presidents (Russia, Turkey and Iran) is not expected to find solutions agreeable to all parties about the two main problem areas left in Syria: northeast Syria (Manbij to Qamishli/al-Hasaka), …

STAFF (2019-02-14). Who's Afraid of the Green New Deal. truthdig.com In recent weeks, a polar vortex blew across the U.S., killing at least 20 people. At the same time, U.S. government scientists reported that 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, with the five hottest years occurring in the past five years. A huge hole in one of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is causing accelerated melting there, while across that continent, large lakes of meltwater are bending, buckling and threatening to collapse these vast ice sheets — all leading to rapidly increasing global sea level rise. Glaciers melting in the Himalayas threaten tens of millions of people downstream with f…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-14). The Notable Silence of Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill. consortiumnews.com In a strangely old-school, Catholic, sense, they chose not to look back or question the assassinations of the 1960s, writes Edward Curtin. By Edward Curtin edwardcurtin.com Growing up Irish-Catholic in the Bronx in the 1960s, I was an avid reader… Read more →

Claire Edwards (2019-02-14). What You Don't Know About 5G but Will Find Out When Its Too Late. globalresearch.ca The first eight months of WWII with no fighting — was called The Phoney War. Using millimetre waves as a fifth-generation or 5G wireless communications technology is a phoney war of another kind. | *** | This phoney war is also silent, …

Prof. Muhammad Sahimi (2019-02-14). Pompeo, Bolton, and Iran's "Fake Opposition" globalresearch.ca As Iranian people struggle for democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as preserving the national security and territorial integrity of their country, two main groups have emerged among the opposition to Iran's hardliners, …

Peter Koenig (2019-02-14). Cuba — "The Equilibrium of the World" — and Economy of Resistance. globalresearch.ca The Fourth International Conference for "The Equilibrium of the World" took place in Havana, Cuba from 28 to 31 January 2019. The Conference, organized by the José Marti Project of International Solidarity, was sponsored by UNESCO and a number of …

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-14). Year of the Pig Is Here! Literally. globalresearch.ca Gong Xi Fa Cai: happy year of the Pig 2019! Congratulations, the Year of the Pig has arrived! | "According to the Chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going …

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-14). We've Been Reduced to Enemy Combatants in Our Own Country. counterpunch.org "There's absolutely no evidence to support the statement that [America is] the greatest country in the world. We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in More

Dean Baker (2019-02-14). The Washington Post Wants to Cut Social Security Again. counterpunch.org I guess we can always count on The Washington Post to print misleading pieces calling for cuts in Social Security. After all, what are newspapers for? Anyhow, Robert Samuelson gives us one of his usual tirades, misrepresenting most of the key items in the debate. The basis of his outrage is a bill proposed by More

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2019-02-14). Stephen Cohen & Katrina vanden Heuvel: War with Russia? indybay.org First Congregational Church of Berkeley | 2345 Channing Way | Berkeley, CA 94704…

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-14). Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran" theantimedia.com (CD) — A deleted tweet from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignited fresh fears about his position on Iran, after his official Twitter account provided an English translation of his remarks to reporters on Wednesday while attending an American-led summit about the Middle East hosted in Warsaw, Poland. The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What …

Fred_F (2019-02-14). How Trump's attacks on Venezuela triggered a revolution in Haiti. greenleft.org.au Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. | But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. | Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and unstoppable as the one that took place 33 years ago against dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and triggered five years of popular tumult. | Despite fierce repression, massacres, a bogus election and three coups d'état, the uprising culminated in the…

Zachary RunningWolf (2019-02-14). Stop Driving 4-Day Boycott (!Global Warming!). indybay.org Everywhere…

One Billion Rising (2019-02-14). The Vagina Monologues: English & Spanish. indybay.org The Mentor Me Center | 426 8th St. | Petaluma, CA 94952…

WSWS (2019-02-14). Union rushing to end Denver teacher strike. wsws.org Denver teachers should take a warning from the experience of Los Angeles teachers and resist any attempt to rush through a deal that abandons critical demands for substantial increases in pay and school funding and a reduction in class sizes.

stuart_m (2019-02-14). The web's world-wide war on democracy. greenleft.org.au Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet
| By Yasha Levine
| Icon Books, £14.99 | As accusations continue to swirl through social media around foreign meddling in Britain's Brexit referendum and the last US election, Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley is a timely intervention in revealing how undermining democracy has always been the modus operandi of the internet since its inception. | The book's subtitle makes clear its aim to recover the true origin story of the worldwide web as a technology of counterinsurgency, via a potted history of its pivotal innovators. | Among them…

WSWS (2019-02-14). Washington escalates military threats as Venezuela regime change falters. wsws.org The focus of the attempt to oust the Venezuelan government is a cynical charade over the delivery of USAID relief supplies across the country's borders.

Fred_F (2019-02-14). The deliberate murder of the Menindee Lakes. greenleft.org.au After five years and $13 billion of public money spent on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, there is less water in the river than ever before — and more in the private water storages of a handful of National Party donors. | While everyone in charge is saying only more water will fix the problem, none of them are talking about pumping water back out of these storages, even though billions of litres have been illegally drained out of the rivers. | Instead state and federal governments are pushing on with their Menindee Lakes Water Saving Project that seeks to "decommission" the lakes by drying them out. The effe…

WSWS (2019-02-14). The 2019 Grammy Awards: The music industry's love affair with itself. wsws.org The now ubiquitous and mandatory theme of every awards show—identity politics—was on heavy display Sunday.

WSWS (2019-02-14). Uncertainty hangs over US border deal as shutdown deadline nears. wsws.org President Trump has not yet guaranteed that he will sign the deal to provide $1.375 billion to fund his planned border wall.

RT (2019-02-14). House says US is waging war in Yemen, votes for 30-day deadline to end assistance to Saudis. rt.com The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to stop military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen. Lawmakers invoked a rarely used resolution curbing the president's powers to start a war.

Deconstructed (2019-02-14). The Truth About Islam and Democracy (With Anwar Ibrahim). theintercept.com Hundreds of millions of Muslims live in democracies of some shape or form, yet a narrative persists — particularly in the west — that Islam and democracy are incompatible.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-13). Tulsi Gabbard Is Driving The MSM Crazy. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Ben Norton (2019-02-13). Will you support genocide in Venezuela?: Congress member Ilhan Omar challenges notorious coup-monger Elliott Abrams. grayzoneproject.com US Congress member Ilhan Omar asked Trump's new Venezuela special envoy Elliott Abrams if he would oversee genocide and war…

Fight Back (2019-02-13). La Crosse, WI says 'Hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org 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…

STAFF (2019-02-13). Danny Glover: The U.S. Redefines the Term 'Dictator' as It Sees Fit. truthdig.com The actor and activist dissects the Trump administration's meddling in Venezuela and our long history of interventionism in Latin America.

commondreams (2019-02-13). Activists Arrested During Elliot Abrams Testimony in Congressional Hearing on Venezuela. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Colombian Social Leaders Express Solidarity with Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Colombian social leaders filled the streets of Cali, Tuesday night, expressing solidarity with Venezuela against international pressure and giving support to President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Demonstrators expressed their support for the sovereignty of Venezuela and the Bolivarian Government, and demand respect for the "free self-determination of the Venezuelan people and their struggle to live in peace, rebuild their economy and continue to…

Pepe Escobar (2019-02-13). As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East. mintpressnews.com 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.

Ted Rall (2019-02-13). "Bombing Toward Peace" in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org 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 More

Stephen Zunes (2019-02-13). Reflections on BDS. zcomm.org 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…

Al Neal (2019-02-13). The NFL: Violence against women OK, peaceful protests not so much. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Kathy Kelly (2019-02-13). What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. zcomm.org 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…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Child Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict Increased in 2018. telesurenglish.net 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…

Joyce Nelson (2019-02-13). Canada vs. Venezuela: The Murky Background. counterpunch.org 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, More

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Argentines March For 'Land, Housing and Work,' Against Austerity. telesurenglish.net A coalition of unions, social movements and political organization marched Wednesday towards the Argentinian Ministry of Social Development in the capital, Buenos Aires, to demand a salary raise that can match the high inflation rates in the South American country. | REALTED: | Argentina: President Macri's Recession Kills 82 Companies a Day | According to local media, over 200,000 Argentines protested in Buenos Aires, but there were also protests in several cities of Argentina,…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-13). The Real Motive Behind the FBI Plan to Investigate Trump as a Russian Agent. consortiumnews.com Coverage of this episode by The New York Times and CNN further stigmatizes any dissent from new Cold War policy toward Russia, writes Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The New York Times and CNN led media coverage last month of… Read more →

Whitney Webb (2019-02-13). US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA "Black Site" Renditions. mintpressnews.com 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.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-13). AIPAC Uses Recent Controversy Around Ilhan Omar's Criticism of Israel Lobby to Raise Funds. mintpressnews.com AIPAC — apparently impervious to irony — has used Omar's comments and cautions about the problematic role of lobbyists in U.S. politics as a rallying cry to raise even more funds to further influence the political process on Capitol Hill.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-13). Lula da Silva's Second Conviction Another Travesty of Justice. therealnews.com Former Workers Party President Lula da Silva was convicted to another 12 years and 11 months in a case that is almost identical to his first conviction, neither of which had any solid evidence, says Brasilwire's Brian Mier

Democracy Now! (2019-02-13). Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties. democracynow.org 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…

Eds. (2019-02-13). Executive summary: The economic consequences of the boycott of Venezuela. mronline.org 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

Michael Welton (2019-02-13). The Deep Hurt: Lessons From American Coups. counterpunch.org 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 More

James Carroll (2019-02-13). Doomsday Redux: Mini-Nukes are the Most Dangerous Weapon to Ever Roll Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. mintpressnews.com 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?

Kenneth Surin (2019-02-13). Jeremy Hardy: an Irreplaceable Comedic Voice. counterpunch.org 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 More

The Tricontinental (2019-02-13). Dossier 13: The new intellectual. mronline.org 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

George Ochenski (2019-02-13). Unhinged From Reality: the President and the Body-Slamming Congressman. counterpunch.org 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 More

Richard Greeman (2019-02-13). As Macron Prepares New Repressive Measures, Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together. counterpunch.org 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 More

Doug Johnson (2019-02-13). A Preliminary Ranking of the Democratic Primary Contenders. counterpunch.org 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 More

David Schultz (2019-02-13). What is Democratic Socialism and Does America Need to be "Protected" from Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez ? counterpunch.org 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 More

Paul Dobson (2019-02-13). Guaido Sets Date for Attempted Aid Entry as UN Reiterates Call for Dialogue. venezuelanalysis.com Both the government and opposition forces plan to mobilise supporters in the border region.

Joe Emersberger (2019-02-13). Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela's Elected President. zcomm.org Media doesn't let facts get in the way…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). China Denies Talks With Venezuela Opposition. telesurenglish.net 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…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). US Congress Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Remains Evasive on Funding Deal as Shutdown Deadline Approaches, Venezuelans Take to the Streets as Guaidó Sets Deadline for Aid to Enter Country, Venezuela's Guaidó Says He's in Talks to Restore Ties with Israel, Venezuelan President Maduro Says Trump Admin Run by KKK, Philippines: Journalist and Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested, Spain: Catalan Leaders Stand Trial for 2017 Independence Bid, Turkey Issues 1,100 Arrest Warrants in Opposition Crackdown, Acting Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Trip to Iraq, Senate Passes Bill Protecting 1 Million Acres of Public Lands, NYC Jury Finds El Chapo Guilty on All…

Adam Johnson (2019-02-13). MSNBC's 'Resistance' to Trump's Venezuela Coup Ranges from Silence to Support. commondreams.org Sen. Rubio: If Any Harm Comes to US Diplomats in Venezuela, the Consequences Will Be 'Swift and Decisive.' (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Rebecca Hanson, Francisco S√°nchez (2019-02-13). Venezuela's Popular Sectors and the Future of a Country. commondreams.org Supporters of Juan Guaid√≥ walk past a mural of Sim√≥n Bol√≠var on their way to a rally in January 2019 in Caracas. (Photo: Rebecca Hanson) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Naomi LaChance (2019-02-13). Ilhan Omar Makes Convicted War Criminal Elliott Abrams Squirm. truthdig.com As forensic experts in El Salvador continue the 26-year effort to exhume the bodies of the victims of the December 1981 El Mozote massacre, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar grilled the Trump administration's Venezuela envoy, Elliott Abrams, on his role in human rights violations. | "I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful," Omar said during a House foreign affairs hearing on Venezuela on Wednesday. She was referencing the Iran-Contra scandal,…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-13). Venezuela Accuses US of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane. truthout.org 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…

commondreams (2019-02-13). House Makes History With Vote to End U.S. Role in Yemen War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-02-13). In House's Yemen Vote, Congress Reasserts War-Making Powers. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Asserting congressional authority over war-making powers, the House passed a resolution Wednesday that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's alliance with the Saudi-led coalition behind the military intervention. | Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with that coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family. | Passage would mark…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-13). "We Will Not Stand Idly By": Yemenis Outraged by Latest Saudi Attack on Fishermen off Hodeida. mintpressnews.com In the fish market near the Hodeida harbor, white marble basins that were once filled to the brim with fish are now often empty of fish because very little comes from the sea. When anyone manages to come back with fish, a only few customers scurry behind them.

Jake Johnson (2019-02-13). John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons. mintpressnews.com 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…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-13). The Distribution of Income Depends on How We Structure the Economy. truthout.org Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about taxing the rich for the February 8, 2019, episode of "CounterSpin." This is a lightly edited transcript.Janine Jackson: One in three GoFundMe campaigns in this country are for medical expenses. One in five households have zero or negative wealth. <...

Michael Galant (2019-02-13). It's Time to Shut Down Tax Havens. progressive.org 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.

teleSUR (2019-02-13). NASA Calls Time of Death for 15 Year Rover, Mars Mission. telesurenglish.net NASA rover, Opportunity Mars– more affectionately known as Oppy- has ended its mission, engineers announced Wednesday, after the robot went silent eight months ago after a terrible dust storm. | RELATED: | Cuban Meteorite Opens Door to Future Space Research: Experts | "We tried valiantly over these last eight months to recover the rover, to get some si…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-13). How the Syrian Conflict Sparked the New Cold War? globalresearch.ca 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 …

Jon Allsop (2019-02-13). Howard Schultz and the Media's Unlearned Lesson. commondreams.org 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…

STAFF (2019-02-13). Can California Revolutionize Rape-Kit Testing? truthdig.com On a warm Friday night in May 2008, as a young woman and her friend got into a car in Berkeley, Calif., a stranger approached and held a gun to her head. He got into the back seat and ordered her to drive until she reached a dead-end street. There, he first raped the older teenager, and then the younger one. | After the assault, the teens went to a hospital, where the older one agreed to complete a rape kit so that DNA evidence from the attack could be collected from her body. | Had her rape kit been tested right away, it would immediately have revealed that her attacker was a California resident with a long crim…

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-02-13). 'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says. splcenter.org Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab's web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.

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