2019-02-18: News Headlines

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-18). Presidents' Day Can Kiss My Ass. truthout.org On this Presidents' Day, let us all take a moment to gaze in awe at the ever-expanding field of 2020 candidates, which now officially includes California Sen. Kamala Harris, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former New Jersey Rep. John Delaney, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and, of course, President Donald Trump. | The list of as-yet-undeclared Hot Maybes includes former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld; Colora…

Chris Hedges (2019-02-18). Trump's Withdrawal From the Iran Nuclear Deal Invites Disaster (Video). truthdig.com In the latest episode of "On Contact," Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges examines the dangers of President Donald Trump's decision to dismantle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Hedges is joined by fellow Truthdig contributor and former weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq Scott Ritter, who accuses former CIA director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of a "dereliction of duty." | "This is another example of the United State…

Arnold August (2019-02-18). The Trump-Trudeau Venezuela 'Lima Group' Policy and Its Nemesis. mintpressnews.com After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, what follows below is my basic impression. It coincides with the documented, virtually daily on-the-ground reporting by Venezuelanalysis reporters including among the opposition. My perception has more recently been buttressed by the current on-the-spot reporting by, among others, American journalist Max Blumenthal. | The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the intern…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Jewish Activists Hold Solidarity Shabbat Defending Angela Davis in Birmingham & Across U.S. democracynow.org Jewish supporters of Angela Davis across the nation held solidarity Shabbat on Friday evening, the night before the civil rights icon had been expected to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The institute rescinded the honor in January due to Davis' support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. The institute later reversed this decision after international outcry, but Davis has yet to accept the award. Democracy Now! was in Birmingham on Friday and attended a Shabbat in support of An…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Marches Take Place Across US Against Trump's 'Fake Emergency'. telesurenglish.net Activists are protesting in Washington and various U.S. cities Monday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump's declared state emergency that he's using in order to obtain some US$8 billion to fund 376 km of his proposed fortified wall the White House wants to see built between Mexico and the United States. | RELATED: | Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His 'Racist' Wall | The organizers of the D.C. demonstrations, non-profit organization MoveOn.org, are also helping t…

Lois Weiner (2019-02-18). What a Teachers' Movement Can Look Like. globalresearch.ca The victory Los Angeles teachers and their union, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), won in their contract fight with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has the potential to change the world, as the Chicago Teachers Union did in …

Mitchel Cohen (2019-02-18). A Tale of Two Citations: Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" and Michael Harrington's "The Other America" counterpunch.org Contrasting Lessons for Activists More than half a century has passed since Rachel Carson meticulously exposed government and corporate poisoning of the planet with synthetic pesticides. Serialized in the New Yorker in weekly install ≠ments, Carson's Silent Spring was officially published as a hard-cover book in September 1962 by Houghton Mifflin Co. for the price of More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Headlines for February 18, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Faces Legal & Political Challenges After Calling Nat'l Emergency, NYC: Protesters Take to Streets After Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Aurora, IL Gunman Kills 5, Injures 6 After Being Terminated, Venezuela Ejects European Lawmakers as Aid Standoff Ratchets Up, Sen. Rubio Steps Up Attacks on Cuba While in Colombia, Iran Says Israel and U.S. Escalating Chance of War in Middle East, Haitian Gov't Announces Spending Cuts in Attempt to Quell Unrest, Nigeria: Bomb Kills At Least 8, Hours Before Gov't Postpones Elections, Pope Francis Defrocks Cardinal McCarrick over Sexual Abuse Crimes, SCOTUS to Hear Trump Admin's…

Fight Back (2019-02-18). Minnesotans stand up to racists to defend Representative Omar. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A group calling itself Patriots United put out a racist, anti-Muslim call for Minnesotans to come out on February 17 to protest U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar at her office near Target Field in Minneapolis. Jewish Voice for Peace-Twin Cities called for a counter-protest and over 80 people came out strong with signs like "Jews for Ilhan" and "Minnesotans against Islamophobia" against Patriots United's contingent of six people, holding three signs and two American flags. | Newly elected Representative Omar, of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, started a national c…

STAFF (2019-02-18). Israeli Leaders' Nazi Remarks Scuttle Summit With Europeans. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week's summit of central European leaders in Israel. | Poland's abrupt decision to cancel its participation in the planned Visegrad conference in protest blew up the gathering, which Netanyahu has touted as a major milestone in his outreach to emerging democracies in eastern Europe and his broader goal of countering the criticism Israel typically faces in international forums. | The crisis was sparked last week when Netanyahu told reporters…

Aaron Maté (2019-02-18). 'Trump regime wants a civil war': Venezuelans condemn US-led coup attempt. grayzoneproject.com At a days-long anti-intervention protest in Caracas, The Grayzone's Aaron Maté speaks to a Venezuelan teacher about the impact of…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Albanian Protesters Attempt to Storm Prime Minister's Residence. telesurenglish.net Chaos ensued Saturday as thousands of protestors swarmed Albania's capital, Tirana, to confront Prime Minister Edi Rama at his residence, which led to clashes with police. | RELATED: | US Seizes Albanian Retiree's Life Savings Without Explanation | According to RT, Rama has been facing calls to resign from the opposition Democratic Party, having been accused of corruption pertaining to the construction of a highway around Tirana. | Issuing a speech during a press conference, Dem…

Fight Back (2019-02-18). Minneapolis erupts in protest over Trump's 'National Emergency' declaration. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Hundreds of people poured into the streets on Saturday, February 16, to demonstrate against the latest escalation of President Trump's anti-immigrant policies. | The day before, Trump had declared a so-called "National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States." Under the National Emergencies Act, the declaration could grant Trump new executive powers to allocate billions of dollars in funding toward further militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump claimed these measures will allow him to fulfill the racist "build the wall" narrative that he has used to mobilize his w…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Protests Break Out in Brazil After Young Black Man Killed. telesurenglish.net Hundreds protested Sunday in cities across Brazil in what commentators are calling Brazil's Black Lives Matter moment, sparked by the death of a young Black man as a result of restraining choke hold used by a supermarket security guard. | RELATED | Released Emails Show NYPD Spied on Black Lives Matter | Pedro Gonzaga, 19, a young Black Brazilian man was put into a chokehold when confronted by two security guards at an Extra supermarket in the affluent neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in…

Juan Cole (2019-02-18). Top 5 Reasons Trump Should Not Get the Nobel Peace Prize. commondreams.org The 2018 winners, Denis Mukwege and Nadia Mura won "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict." Trump, in contrast, boasted of grabbing women's private parts.(Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-18). U.S. Thugs Warned Russia and Venezuela — They Have to be Stopped. globalresearch.ca Enough is enough! There have been plenty of empty talk and peace conferences, more than enough of begging: "Please, West, stop murdering people, stop your genocides, stop robbing all continents of their resources, stop enslaving billions!" | Look where it has …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-18). Haitian Authorities Arrest Americans Transporting Cache of Weapons amid Uprising. mintpressnews.com "President Jovenel Moise has brought home mercenaries to assassinate not only a desperate people who are clamoring for his resignation by demonstrating peacefully but especially his political opponents." — Haitian online publication Vedeth

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). Public "Medicare for All" Saves U.S. Taxpayers 1.5 Trillion Dollars. therealnews.com Contrary to Michael Bloomberg and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, potential 2020 Presidential candidates, a completely public health care program could save taxpayers 1.5 trillion dollars, says Prof. Robert Pollin of PERI at UMass, Amherst and Adam Gaffney, President of Physicians for a National Health Program

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Angela Davis Returns to Birmingham, Reflecting on Palestinian Rights & Fight for Freedom Everywhere. democracynow.org Civil rights icon and scholar Angela Davis returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend. She originally planned the visit to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but the institute withdrew the award last month, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinst…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). First Step in New York State Towards Universal Rent Control. therealnews.com State Senator Julia Salazar introduced a bill that would cap annual rent increase by no more than 150% of the consumer price index. We speak to Sen. Salazar about the proposal

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Birmingham Civil Rights Group Reoffers Award to Angela Davis—But She Says Community Should Decide. democracynow.org The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute sparked international outrage in January when it rescinded the Fred L. Shuttlesworth award for civil rights icon Angela Davis, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring her due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinstated the award, but Davis has yet to accept it. Democracy Now! spoke with the president and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Andrea Taylor, on Saturday, before an alternate e…

David Mattson (2019-02-18). When Grizzly Bears Go Bad: Constructions of Victimhood and Blame. counterpunch.org Global temperatures are rising in a synchronous dance with glacier ablation and rising ocean levels. Hurricanes are strengthening, islands are drowning, droughts are worsening, and weather is gravitating towards extremes, at the same time that our modern version of the Know-Nothings is willfully denying the obvious. Meanwhile, an exceedingly few people are attacked by one of the trifling number of grizzly bears that have survived the onslaught of humanity. And of those exceedingly few people, fewer yet are killed. Fewer by orders of magnitude than those killed by surgical procedures, measles, lightning strikes, d…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-18). Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow. mintpressnews.com For Russia, a unified Palestinian call to defeat the latest US political stratagem in the region is consistent with Moscow's ongoing efforts to undermine Washington's once uncontested role in the Middle East.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-18). TRNN Visits a Working Class Neighbourhood in Caracas. therealnews.com TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris speaks about Venezuela's crisis with Gustavo Robledo, an ambulance driver who has spent his entire life in the Valle district of Caracas

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-18). 'Che Guevara' Internationalist Youth Brigade initiates activities in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org Youth militants from across the world have been arriving to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela since Saturday to participate in the 'Che Guevara' Internationalist Brigade that seeks to bring together the youth of the world in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution and to engage in a meaningful exchange of experiences and struggles. | The members of the youth brigade will have the opportunity to visit different experiences of struggle of the Bolivarian Revolution in the urban sector, in the rural peasant sector, the building of people's power and communes, and more. | On Sunday February 17, the brigade launched it…

Nick Licata (2019-02-18). Of Stress and Inequality. counterpunch.org Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's "The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone's Well-Being" is a follow-up to their 2009 best-seller "The Spirit Level." That book reviewed several hundred studies expounding on their book's subtitle: "Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger," and came to the breakthrough finding that "inequality More

Julian Vigo (2019-02-18). USMCA's Outsourcing of Free Speech to Big Tech. counterpunch.org When Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) last November, he said that this was "the most advanced trade deal in the world with ambitious provisions on the digital economy"—and he wasn't lying. The USMCA has effectively replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement that was signed by Canada, Mexico and the US under the Clinton administration More

Paul Street (2019-02-18). 31 Actual National Emergencies. counterpunch.org A Wannabe Strongman's Brown Menace Straw Man | Everyone with five functioning gray cells knows that the aspiring fascist strongman Donald Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border is absurd. | There is no "national security crisis" of illegal immigration on the southern United States border. | Illegal crossings are not at "emergency" levels; they are at a fifty-year low. | Undocumented immigrants are not a crime and violence threat. They are less likely to commit crimes, violent ones included, than naturalized U.S. citizens. | Drugs come into the U.S. not through gaps in border fenc…

CP Editor (2019-02-18). Angela Davis Returns to Birmingham, Reflecting on Palestinian Rights & Fight for Freedom Everywhere. counterpunch.org

Robert Fisk (2019-02-18). What Happened to the Remains of Khashoggi's Predecessor? counterpunch.org Ghadanfar Rokon Abadi was Iran's senior intelligence officer in Beirut in the late 1990s. I met him many times and he was always frank about Iran's support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; he even spoke to students at a Christian university in east Beirut to explain why his country supported Syria. He was not very convincing: More

Whitney Webb (2019-02-18). As Mainstream Journalists Acknowledge Douma Attacks Were "Staged," the "Humanitarian" Syria Regime-Change Network Tries to Save A Sinking Ship. mintpressnews.com There is increasing desperation on the part of the "humanitarian" regime-change network to protect its influence and the power of its narratives, not just in Syria but in future conflicts.

Paul Street (2019-02-18). 31 Actual National Emergencies. zcomm.org The only crisis at the border is the humanitarian one created by Trump's war on asylum-seekers…

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-18). It's Not Just Trump and the Republicans. counterpunch.org There is a lot of talk lately in the liberal media about how President Trump and his Neocon advisors John Bolton (National Security Advisor) and Mike Pompeo (Secretary of State) along with his acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, are moving the country and the world dangerously closer to a catastrophic global nuclear war with the More

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-18). Idlib Province Syria: Infested with US-Supported Terrorists. globalresearch.ca On the ides of March a few weeks from now, US aggression in Syria to gain another imperial trophy will enter its 9th year — with no prospect for resolution. | Mass slaughter and destruction continue daily by Pentagon-led terror-bombing and …

Arnold August (2019-02-18). The Trump-Trudeau Venezuelan 'Lima Group' Policy and Its Nemesis. venezuelanalysis.com Hot on the heels of a trip to Caracas, Arnold August looks at the reality in Venezuela, the civil-military union, and press freedoms in the country.

Nino Pagliccia (2019-02-18). Is Venezuela Canada's Modern Day El Dorado? venezuelanalysis.com Nino Pagliccia looks at the potential prize for Canada if they manage to oust Maduro.

Gilbert Mercier (2019-02-18). Can Maduro Emulate Cuba and Syria to Keep NATO's Imperialist Hands Off Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Imperial logic I: External crises distract from internal ones | Empires with internal problems tend to create external crises to distract the public opinion and unite their political and economical ruling class in a fictitious nationalistic fervor. The current United States …

Phil Miller (2019-02-18). British Bombing in Syria Reaches Record High. globalresearch.ca Britain carried out a record number of air strikes in Syria during the last month of 2018, despite mounting concerns over civilian casualties and costs. | New data obtained by research group Drone Wars has "laid bare" the scale of British …

unitedEditor (2019-02-18). Summit in Sochi, US in a state of emergency, tragedy in Iran. uwidata.com Summit in Sochi The fourth summit of the Astana process on the settlement of the crisis in Syria was held on February 14 in Sochi. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan considers the summit to have been an important step. "The Summit in Sochi was very efficient and useful. The second round of talks began with Sochi, […]

Richard Galustian (2019-02-18). Douma Chemical Weapons Hoax Exposed by BBC Producer. globalresearch.ca It is beyond doubt that the White Helmets 'staged' the false flag operation at the Douma hospital that caused President Trump to attack Syria last April. | Days after the attack the much to be admired, yet still maligned by many, …

Pavan Kulkarni (2019-02-18). Nigerian elections postponed hours before voting. peoplesdispatch.org Five hours before the voting was set to commence, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after an emergency meeting, announced at around 3 am local time that the Nigerian 2019 elections, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 16, have been postponed. | Without delving into the details, the INEC simply cited logistical complications as the reason. It was reported last night that ballot papers for the region of Niger east and north were missing. February 23 has now been set as the new date of presiden…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Yemen Warring Sides Agree to Move Away From Hodeidah. telesurenglish.net Yemen's warring sides have agreed on the first phase of a pullback of forces from the key city of Hodeidah, in a deal the United Nations has described as "important progress." | RELATED: | Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen | African publication GhanaGuardian stated that the talks were led by Danish General Michael Lollesgaard as chair of a redeployment coordination committee (RCC) that includes the Saudi-backed forces and the Houthis. | Al Jazeera…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-18). Pakistan's War on Terror and Ouster of Nawaz Sharif. globalresearch.ca In a momentous decision on July 28, 2017, then Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from holding public office by the country's apex court on the flimsy pretext of holding an "Iqama" (a work permit) for a Dubai-based …

Jakob Reimann (2019-02-18). China Is Flooding the Middle East With Cheap Drones. commondreams.org Since 2001, thousands of people, most of them civilians, have been killed by drone in the so-called "War on Terror," changing the nature of war in its entirety and exposing civilians in all these undeclared war zones to a permanent threat on their lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Josh del Sol (2019-02-18). Video: "The Truth About 5G" globalresearch.ca Reveals an insidious mindset at the top levels of the FCC and industry. | * | Note to readers: please click the share buttons below. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc….

Michael T. Klare (2019-02-18). The US Is Already at War With China. thenation.com The US Is Already at War With China…

Patrick Walker (2019-02-18). Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal. counterpunch.org In humanity's current existential climate crisis, leftists who see any hope for humanity put our faith in movements. Without movements relentlessly pressuring them to do the right thing, politicians of both US major parties—especially at the crucial national and state levels—will remain their bought-off pro-corporate warmongering selves, and powerful corporate media will provide them propaganda More

Consortiumnews (2019-02-18). Will the Trade War Lead to Real War with China? consortiumnews.com What the U.S. faces with China is not a new Cold War but a contest unlike any it has known before, says Chas W. Freeman, Jr. By Chas W. Freeman, Jr ChasFreeman.net Five hundred years ago, Hernán Cortés began the… Read more →

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-18). Confirmation of William Barr Escalates War on Immigrants. truthout.org As the country reels from the longest government shutdown in history, we are facing a national emergency declaration and a deal rife with so-called "border security" measures that only serve to further militarize our borders. It's the latest episode in the long-running "crisis" that Preside…

STAFF (2019-02-18). America's Long War of Attrition With China Is Just Beginning. truthdig.com Tensions between the rival superpowers continue to escalate, and perhaps the greatest victim of their conflict will be planet Earth itself.

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-02-18). Melting Ice Sheets and Weakened Polar Fronts: Onset of Climate Tipping Points. globalresearch.ca The state of the climate constitutes a confluence of multiple processes, the primary factors being solar insolation and the greenhouse gas composition of the atmosphere. Rising temperatures trigger multiple secondary feedback processes, including decrease in the CO2 solubility in warming …

F. William Engdahl (2019-02-18). What's Not Being Said About the Venezuela Oil War. Battle of the Oil Giants. The Esequiba Region. globalresearch.ca So far much of the discussion over what is driving the bizarre Trump Administration intervention into Venezuela centers around the comments of National Security Adviser John Bolton to claim it's about oil. In a previous analysis we looked at the …

Michael Klare (2019-02-18). A Long War of Attrition With China. commondreams.org Behind the scenes, however, most senior military and foreign policy officials in Washington view China, not Russia, as the country's principal adversary. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-02-18). The Truth About Medicare-for-All Its Opponents Won't Admit. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation among the Policy of Economic Research Institute's Robert Pollin, President of Physicians for a National Health Program Adam Gaffney and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. | SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. | As the 2020 presidential race gets underway, one of the main issues being discussed is Medicare for All. Now, Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren have all announced their candidacies. And…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-18). Mass Rallies in Yemen Denounce Gulf Arab States' "Betrayal" of Palestine. mintpressnews.com Khaled al-Yamani's friendly interaction with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Warsaw Conference drew criticism on social media and condemnation from many prominent voices in Yemen.

Massoud Nayeri (2019-02-18). Venezuela, Iran and the Chaotic Imperialists! globalresearch.ca The drum beat of the warmongers in the U.S. undeniably is loud. The preparation for the "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran is in full speed. However, it looks like the warmongers are finding it difficult to take direct military …

Steven Davis (2019-02-18). Public Lands Bill Is a Huge Step Forward. progressive.org In the current context of environmental deregulation this bill is a rare piece of good news on the conservation front.

Michael T. Klare (2019-02-18). War With China? zcomm.org It's Already Under Way…

Eric Margolis (2019-02-18). Hate-fest in Warsaw. globalresearch.ca Warsaw, Poland is not a fun place to visit in darkest February, but that is where the US just staged an anti-Iranian jamboree of 60 client states that brought derision and scorn from Europeans and much of the Mideast. | The …

Prof. James Petras (2019-02-18). Laughter for All (Financial) Times. Armchair Militarists and "Western Values" globalresearch.ca Introduction | In these times, when the United States pursues an unprecedented military build-up, promotes coups and trade wars, breaks weapons agreements, organizes the illegal seizure of overseas financial accounts, building barriers and walls along the southern border, Washington can count …

No War on Venezuela (2019-02-18). February 23: A Day of Global Actions Demanding Hands Off Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Two days after unelected Juan Gaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela, war criminal Elliott Abrams was appointed to be the "US Special Envoy on Venezuela." | If Trump's recognition of Guaido's ridiculous declaration wasn't enough, Abrams' involvement should have been …

teleSUR (2019-02-18). US Senator Rubio Visits Colombia, Pushes Interventionist Agenda. telesurenglish.net United States Senator Marco Rubio, visited the Colombia-Venezuela border Sunday, and made several comments against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED | Venezuelan Opposition's Servitude to Foreign Interests Attacked | The senator was part of a U.S. delegation visiting the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where humanitarian aid is being stockpiled for planned delivery to Venezuela. | In a televised interview, Rubio declined to say explicitly if he would support U.S.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-18). A bigger case for US crimes against humanity than for a Venezuelan home grown crisis. peoplesdispatch.org If the farce of a Venezuelan homegrown crisis is debunked, it might make way for the leveling of charges of crimes against humanity against US in the International Criminal Court

Nino Pagliccia (2019-02-18). Is Venezuela Canada's Modern Day El Dorado? globalresearch.ca The search for gold in the mythical place of El Dorado in Latin America drew armies of Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and caused many deaths of indigenous people. The gold remained elusive but Spain colonized most of …

Kim Ives (2019-02-18). Haiti's unfolding revolution is directly linked to Venezuela's. peoplesdispatch.org With the Venezuelan crude spigot now closed, Washington's enforcer, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), told Jovenel he had to raise gas prices. The result was a three-day popular explosion which was the precursor to today's revolt

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-18). States Prepare Legal Challenge to Trump's Emergency Declaration. truthout.org At least five states are preparing a legal challenge to President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, which he made on Friday to secure funding for a border wall after congressional Democrats refused to approve $5.7 billion in funds for the project. | California Attorney General Xavier Becerra appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday to say a lawsuit he's preparing with officials in Minnesota, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Oregon will be filed "definitely and imminently." | "We knew something like…

STAFF (2019-02-18). Amazon Is Proof Positive That Capitalism Is Failing. truthdig.com Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Bezos said that he is giving $2 billion to start the Bezos Day One Fund which will open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that helps homeless families. | Capitalism is failing in America, and Amazon is both the cause and beneficiary of much of the breakdown. Jeff Bezos said, "We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the re…

Frida Berrigan (2019-02-18). 25 Years Jail-time for Protecting the Planet? thenation.com 25 Years Jail-time for Protecting the Planet?

Michael Krieger (2019-02-18). YouTube Will Determine What 'Conspiracy' Is and Stop Recommending Such Videos. globalresearch.ca While the evolution of Google's YouTube from a free expression platform into something entirely different has been underway for a while, it just took another step in a very short-sighted and restrictive direction. NBC News reports: | YouTube Will Determine What 'Conspiracy' Is and Stop Recommending Such Videos appeared first on

Telesur (2019-02-18). 5 Reasons Why US Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC. globalresearch.ca Ilhan Omar, one of the few progressive lawmakers in the United States Congress came under attack Sunday for criticizing Israel's overt influence on the U.S. politics. | Omar suggested that members of U.S. Congress support Israel because of money they …

Gideon Polya (2019-02-18). "A History of the Global Economy": Indian Holocaust and Genocide Ignored. globalresearch.ca "A History of the Global Economy. The Inevitable Accident" by Colin White describes the history of the global economy through its successive stages of foraging, the Agrarian Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the presently expanding Service Revolution economy. Ambitious and …

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-18). In Countries Destroyed by the West, People Should Stop Admiring the U.S. and Europe. globalresearch.ca It may sound incredible, but it is true: in countries that have been damaged, even totally robbed and destroyed by the West, many people are still enamored with Europe and North America. | For years, I have been observing this 'phenomena', …

News Ghana (2019-02-18). Bill Gates Hires 400 "Science Ambassadors and Journalists" to Push GMO in Ghana. globalresearch.ca The Gates Foundation is funding a campaign to "end world hunger" by promoting GMO technology. The organization has hired 400 "science ambassadors" to influence agricultural policy in 35 countries. | In the last four years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation …

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-18). The US Not Immune to a Fascist Takeover by a Demagogue. truthout.org We speak with world-renowned educator, author and public intellectual Henry Giroux, the author of American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism, who joins us to discuss his article at Truthout, " Resisting the Weaponization of Ignorance in the Age of Trump." We discuss how democracies in Poland, Hungary, India, Turkey and recently Brazil have succumbed to fascist takeovers by demagogues, and how the United States is not immune to the same forces of malicious ignorance and arrogant anti-intellectualis…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Peru's Prosecutors To Begin Oderbrecht Questioning In Brazil. telesurenglish.net Peru's lead prosecutors in the case against Brazilian construction company Odebrecht will begin questioning over 20 former Peruvian government officials and Odebrecht executives in Brazil Monday about their connection to dozens of cases of illicit contracts with the construction company in exchange for monetary bribes. | RELATED: | Peru: Bowing to Pressure, Attorney General Reinstates Lead Odebrecht Prosecutors | Last Friday, members of Peru's consulate in Braz…

George Wuerthner (2019-02-18). How the BLM Serves the West's Welfare Ranchers. counterpunch.org The BLM just released its decision on its proposed Bruneau Owyhee Sage-grouse Habitat Project (BOSH Project) which will degrade 617,000 acres of southern Idaho by logging juniper, creating linear weed patches known as fire breaks, and using other questionable management strategies, all done, we are told in the name of enhancing sage grouse habitat. Remarkably More

Natalie Dowzicky (2019-02-18). The Millennial Generation Will Tear Down Trump's Wall. counterpunch.org In an impromptu animated speech from the Rose Garden, President Trump continued his streak of fanatical claims about his beloved wall. Moving on from lengthy rambling about how "Mexico will foot the bill," and building a "human wall, if necessary," Trump played his final card: declaring a national emergency. It's a constitutionally questionable move—and one More

Laura Flanders (2019-02-18). An End to Amazon's Two-Bit Romance. No Low-Rent Rendezvous. counterpunch.org The Amazon corporation walked out in a huff. On Valentine's Day, the retailer announced that its romance with New York is off. Faced with stiffer-than-anticipated resistance, the company announced February 14th that it is pulling out of its previously reported plan to build a gleaming corporate headquarters in Long Island City. The timing seemed perfect More

Elliot Sperber (2019-02-18). Greater Than Food. counterpunch.org As science has proven, And people have known for centuries, We die if we don't eat. Even more, though, than food, What people need's air To breathe, and sleep. So, all of those roads and streets And freeways, with their noise and lights, Are parasites of the mind in the night; And the planes in More

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-18). The First Rule of AIPAC Is: You Do Not Talk about AIPAC. counterpunch.org Washington's political establishment went berserk when US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) publicly noted that US-Israel relations are "all about the Benjamins" — slang for $100 bills, referring to money shoveled at American politicians by the American Israel Public Affairs Group (AIPAC). Omar was accused of antisemitism — immediately by Republicans, shortly after by members of More

Joseph G. Ramsey (2019-02-18). Waking Up on President's Day During the Reign of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org I rise refreshed on this holiday. Thanking dead presidents for my extra three hours of sleep. Sipping my coffee slowly, savoring the foreign flavors, I think maybe we'll put our differences aside, at least for the morning: Washington's slave mountain, Jefferson's hemming and hawing, Jackson's death marches, Lincoln's foot dragging on the question of basic human More

Jake Johnston (2019-02-18). Haiti and the Collapse of a Political and Economic System. counterpunch.org You can draw a pretty straight line from the last electoral process to the current unrest in Haiti. Building for months, and frankly years, the country has now been shut down for five days as tensions — and violence — increase, threatening President Jovenel Moise's mandate. In 2015 and 2016, backed by the international community, More

Repost (2019-02-18). U.S. Military Invasion of Venezuela is Escalating. indybay.org With the support of Democrats and Republicans, e.g. Pelosi & Trump, the pending invasion of oil-rich Venezuela is escalating, all at taxpayer expense. There are forces opposing it. See www.globalresearch.ca/hands-off-…. Cuba has provided a detailed description below.

Jonathan Edwards (2019-02-18). Imposing Martial Law on Britain's Streets Wasn't on the Side of the Big Red Brexit Bus. globalresearch.ca The current chaos over Brexit must not be weaponised to present the armed forces as the only institutions which can save us in a crisis — a narrative straight from the playbook of crass reactionaries the world over. | Both Leavers …

WSWS (2019-02-18). Veteran Trotskyist Barbara Slaughter addresses Leeds climate change demo. wsws.org Slaughter, of the Socialist Equality Party, was warmly welcomed, especially when she described the global character of the crisis and the necessity for global action to address it.

Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 (2019-02-18). International Campaign "Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics" indybay.org There is an international campaign against having part of the Olympic games only 50 km from the Fukushima nuclear plants and opposing all nuclear plants in Japan and throughout the world.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2019-02-18). Venezuela: la "ayuda humanitaria" prepara la invasión militar. indybay.org Venezuela: la ayuda humanitaria prepara la invasión militar | Marcelo Colussi…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-02-18). Hating Neocons Is Becoming Mainstream Again, and It Is Excellent. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — American Conservative has published an article titled "Why Are These Professional War Peddlers Still Around?", an excerpt from a book by Fox's Tucker Carlson, which documents neoconservative thought leaders Max Boot and Bill Kristol's consistent track record of supporting spectacularly awful US war policies. Carlson goes over the many, many acts of military interventionism which …

WSWS (2019-02-18). Trump adviser John Bolton to conduct pre-election visit to Australia. wsws.org One of Washington's most vocal war hawks will arrive in the midst of a political crisis and on the eve of the federal election.

repost (2019-02-18). S.F. Labor Council Says Hands Off Venezuela. indybay.org The following resolution was adopted by the Delegates Meeting of the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-18). Despite 'War Crimes' Concerns in Yemen, Raytheon Nabs $1.6 Billion Arms Deal With UAE. commondreams.org Announcement comes as resolution to end U.S. complicity in Yemen war edges toward Senate vote | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-18). Sailor who kissed woman in iconic Times Square photo dies at 95. rt.com George Mendonsa, the sailor who planted a kiss on a woman in Times Square while celebrating the end of World War II, resulting in the iconic V-J Day photograph, has died at the age of 95.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-18). With Trump Pushing Regime Change in Venezuela, Critics Warn News Outlets Failing US Viewers Once Again. commondreams.org Ahead of a speech in Miami on Monday in which President Donald Trump promoted the ouster of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, progressive media critics continued their warnings that corporate news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and others are carrying water for the White House's regime change policy in the country despite the interventionist failures of the past. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-02-18). ICE raids terrorize immigrants across the US Southwest. wsws.org A five-day immigration sweep in Southern California targeting 122 businesses has led to the arrest of 212 immigrants.

WSWS (2019-02-18). Nigeria election commission abruptly postpones presidential poll. wsws.org The contest between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and chief rival Atiku Abubakar is in a virtual dead heat, with each candidate expected to take an even number of votes.

Astrid Essed (2019-02-18). Israeli occupation and Palestinian rights/Letter to Dutch parliament. indybay.org It's an utter scandal, shame and disgrace, that after 52 years, Israel is still | occupying the Palestinian territories, suppressing and terrorizing the Palestinians, | committing warcrimes and crimes against humanity with impunity without any | serious sanctions of the international community. Therefore I have written | the members of Dutch parliament to take action!!

RT (2019-02-18). 'Not saying it's untrue': Japanese PM won't deny nominating Trump for Nobel Peace Prize. rt.com Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to deny reports that he nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after being "informally" asked to do so by the White House, in a move that prompted ridicule online. |

WSWS (2019-02-18). Prazdnik (Holiday): Film about social inequality in Russia attracts mass audience. wsws.org The film is a poignant indictment of social inequality and has been subject to a campaign of Russian government censorship.

Fight Back (2019-02-17). Islamophobia has no place in La Crosse, WI. fightbacknews.org La Crosse, WI. – The thermometer read zero on the afternoon of February 15, but that didn't prevent upwards of 100 people from coming out and showing their support for the local Muslims. | The rally was held to protest an act of vandalism in which a slur for a Middle-Eastern or Muslim person was spray-painted on the garage door of the Bullet Cab Company, a local business owned by Mian "Mike" Ahmad, who is Muslim. As of this time no suspects have been identified for this hate crime. | Speakers led chants espousing the need for equality, and "freedom and justice for all!" After the speakers had their say Ahmad was…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-17). What It Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. truthout.org Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves had broken into his family home in Kabul. When they were discovered, one of the robbers stabbed Hossein. | An APV coordinator, Zekerullah, was robbed and beaten by assailants in broad daylight. Ata Khan lost his camera and mobile phone to a gang of young thieves who accosted him and eight other people in a public park during the daytime. Habib, a recent young graduate of the APV Street Kids School program, suffered blows from several att…