2019-02-19: News Headlines

Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone (2019-02-19). Troublesome Possibilities: The Left and Tulsi Gabbard. counterpunch.org Tulsi Gabbard's candidacy for president has raised more problematic questions than answers for people on the Left. Many anti-war leftists call her a breath of fresh air in resisting the military industrial complex and the dangerous war duopoly. After she supported a diplomatic solution to Syria and supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, she made a name for herself in the left wing of the Democratic Party. More

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-19). How the U.S. is strangling Haiti as it attempts regime change in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org Last week, the people of Haiti erupted in protests over fuel price hikes. Behind the protests lie a story of corruption by the elite, blatantly insensitive IMF policies, predatory pricing by US oil firms and the fallout of the economic war on Venezuela…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-19). How the U.S. Is Strangling Haiti as It Attempts Regime Change in Venezuela. commondreams.org Protests broke out a week ago across Haiti. What motivated the streets to be on fire this time was the rise in prices of fuel and the position taken by Haiti against the government of President Nicol√°s Maduro of Venezuela. (Photo: Estailove St. Val/EPA-EFE) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-19). U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous. commondreams.org A student remains on the ground in front of National Guards during an opposition protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on February 12, 2014. (Photo: Leo Ramirez) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-19). U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela is Dangerous. progressive.org U.S. interference in Venezuela threatens to turn a crisis into a catastrophe. We can't let the violence that plagues the Middle East be transferred to Latin America.

Mark Curtis (2019-02-19). The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange. Britain's "Integrity Initiative" globalresearch.ca Historian and U.K. analyst Mark Curtis checks out the Twitter accounts of journalists whose names have been associated with the Integrity Initiative, a British "counter disinformation" program. | *** | The U.K.-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-19). Amazon's Defeat Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare. truthout.org New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens. The decision came under mounting pressure from grassroots activists and local politicians who opposed the deal. Amazon had announced the project in November after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies to come to the city. But local politicians and community organizers rallied against the tech giant and won. The lawmakers who took down Amazon say their victory is just the beginning of a major figh…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Amazon's Defeat in NYC Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare. democracynow.org New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens. The decision came under mounting pressure from grassroots activists and local politicians who opposed the deal. Amazon had announced the project in November after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies to come to the city. But local politicians and community organizers rallied against the tech giant and won. The lawmakers who took down Amazon say their victory is just the beginning of a major fight a…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-19). Nationwide rallies protest "Trumped-up" national emergency. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Pouring into the streets of 234 cities nationwide to protest what one D.C. speaker termed a "Trumped-up — pun intended" crisis, tens of thousands of people demanded Congress end GOP President Donald Trump's "national emergency," which Trump declared so he could grab $6 billion to build his racist wall at the U.S.-Mexican border. …

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-02-19). Black Alliance for Peace: Struggle in Haiti and Venezuela Connected. globalresearch.ca The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) remains in steadfast solidarity with the people of Haiti, whose revolutionary spirit in 1791 showed the world what is possible when Africans organize and struggle together to remove their shackles and dispose of their …

STAFF (2019-02-19). Trump Pleads With Venezuela's Military to Back Guaido. truthdig.com MIAMI — President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro's government. | "You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything," Trump said in a speech at Florida International University in Miami before large American and Venezuelan flags. | Trump added: "We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open." | The Venezuelan military could play a decisive role in the stalemate but has largely remained loyal to Maduro. | In r…

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Cuba Slams US 'Imperialism' Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, called upon the United Nations (UN) Security Council and the international community to reject interventionism from the United States government against Venezuela. | RELATED: | Cuba Bashes Trump Speech as 'Pretext for War' in Venezuela | "We call to defend the precious peace for humanity and for our America," st…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-19). As US Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War and Famine in Venezuela. truthout.org President Trump called for regime change in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua on Monday, in a major speech urging the Venezuelan military to abandon its support for President Nicolás Maduro and to support self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó. During the speech, Trump said the U.S. seeks a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela, but that all options remain on the table. This comes as a new book out by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reveals Trump privately discussed going to war with Venezuela in 2017. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro responded to Trump's speech in Mi…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-19). Hope of Hodeida Ceasefire Wanes as Saudis Talks Peace but Bolster Military Presence. mintpressnews.com For Yemenis desperate for a solution, it may be hard to believe the Saudi Coalition's promises of a withdrawal from Hodeida after previous promises were made and subsequently broken.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Venezuela in Crisis: As U.S. Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War & Famine. democracynow.org President Trump called for regime change in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua on Monday, in a major speech urging the Venezuelan military to abandon its support for President Nicolás Maduro and to support self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó. During the speech, Trump said the U.S. seeks a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela, but that all options remain on the table. This comes as a new book out by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reveals Trump privately discussed going to war with Venezuela in 2017. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro responded to Trump's speech in Miami by accusing him of e…

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-02-19). Politics of Jammu and Kashmir: The Only Viable Way is Forward. counterpunch.org Whatever solution South Asia analysts and policy makers may have in mind post the Pulwama terror attack, they shall have to test it with this yardstick—whether it will ensure Indo-Pak peace and harmony, and whether it can give peace to the 12 million people of Jammu and Kashmir. In the current situation, the local community More

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-02-19). Walter Jones and the Vote to End US War on Yemen. globalresearch.ca In a fitting legacy for my friend Walter Jones, Jr. who passed away last week, the US House made history by voting in favor of H.J.Res. 37, a resolution "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in …

Vanessa Beeley (2019-02-19). The Oligarchs Behind the "Humanitarian" Regime Change Network Push for UK Labour to Split. mintpressnews.com In light of recent news of UK Labour MPs leaving the party over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, this October 2018 investigation by Whitney Webb and Vanessa Beeley is more relevant than ever. Beeley and Webb uncover how influential oligarchs and the non-profits they fund pushed many of the very same MPs who have now left Labour to cut ties with the party.

unitedEditor (2019-02-19). Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse? uwidata.com When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, …

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-19). Venezuela's missile crisis: a conversation with Juan Contreras. mronline.org A grassroots leader from the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas looks at the historical forces operating behind the showdown unfolding right now in the Bolivarian Republic. | Source

Rick Nagin (2019-02-19). Cleveland labor gears up for fights on multiple fronts. peoplesworld.org CLEVELAND — Like bees preparing to swarm, delegates to the Feb. 13 AFL-CIO meeting in Cleveland gathered to plan actions to support workers rights to organize, strike, hold political office and protect their working conditions. The meeting revealed the wide ranging attack now facing organized labor. "We will be much weaker if we lose these …

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-02-19). Literature and Theater During War: Why Euripides Still Matters. counterpunch.org We live under perpetual war. Yet the media and other cultural institutions are silent. They thrive on violence and trivia. I travelled to ancient Greece for an alternative model. Rereading Euripides' play, Hippolytus, was gratifying. The play brought together 800 years of Athenian history. The heat of the Peloponnesian War became the mirror for reexamining the past. More

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-19). Erdogan is Destined for Another Rebuke in Turkey. counterpunch.org "Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination." The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan — made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul — sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey's authoritarian president. As Turkey gears up for municipal elections on March 31, More

Maximilian Werner (2019-02-19). The Night of Terror: Wyoming Game and Fish's Latest Attempt to Close the Book on the Mark Uptain Tragedy. counterpunch.org On January 22nd, Wyoming Game and Fish released its second official report on the tragic death of hunting guide Mark Uptain in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Mark was killed on September 14th, 2018, after being attacked by an adult sow grizzly and her year-and-a-half old male cub. The first official report was filed by WYGF More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-19). City Gave 8 Cops License to Terrorize Residents, Now Officials Say They're Not Responsible. therealnews.com As fall-out from the Gun Trace Task Force continues to unfold in Baltimore, top city officials are saying the officers were acting outside the scope of their employment and cannot be held liable for robbing and falsely arresting hundreds of residents…

Eds. (2019-02-19). Financial blockade: Chronology of a strategy to destroy Venezuela. mronline.org Sanctions against Venezuela are real and palpable mechanisms of destruction of the State, identity and, with it, of Venezuelan society. | Source

Justin Podur (2019-02-19). Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy. mronline.org Among the academics pushing hard for regime change in Venezuela is Ricardo Hausmann, now an adviser to Juan Guaido, who has "already drafted a plan to rebuild the nation, from economy to energy." | Source

Eds. (2019-02-19). The legitimacy of Venezuela's President. mronline.org The right-wing opposition in Venezuela, openly directed by the United States, is attempting a coup to impose an interim president, a figure not recognized in the country's Constitution, disregarding the will of 6,248,864 citizens who voted for Nicolás Maduro. | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-19). High Healthcare Expenses: The Leading Cause of US Consumer Bankruptcies. globalresearch.ca The US is the only developed nation without some form of universal health coverage. The world's richest nation doesn't give a hoot about its ordinary people, serving its privileged class exclusively. | Along with food, shelter and clothing, healthcare is a …

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-19). Trump's Big Lie Pledge to Lower Drug Prices. globalresearch.ca Time and again, Trump promises one thing for ordinary Americans and does something entirely different. | Candidate Trump pledged to let Medicare negotiate discounts for prescription drugs. Straightaway in office, he yielded to Pharma lobbyists, abandoning his promise, falsely claiming "smaller, …

Joyce Nelson (2019-02-19). Sir Richard Branson's Venezuelan-Border PR Stunt. counterpunch.org Isn't it amazing how the billionaires of the world seem to think they can meddle in anything and everything? "We Are the World!" they appear to assume, picking up on that "humanitarian" song from thirty years ago. I guess all that champagne consumed at Davos and elsewhere goes directly to their egos, inspiring new heights More

teleSUR (2019-02-19). US Arms Maker Wins Billions in UAE Contracts. telesurenglish.net The United Arab Emirates Monday awarded Raytheon Co., U.S. defense contractor and weapons manufacturer, a US$1.55 billion contract to supply the Middle Eastern country's air force with platform systems for launching missiles, a UAE military spokesman said. | RELATED: | UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia 'Unlawful': Parliamentary Report | The agreement was signed at the week-long International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. It came days after Raytheon was awarded…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Headlines for February 19, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks President Maduro at Miami Rally, Calls on Military to Defect, President Maduro Fires Back at Trump Attacks on Socialism, Daily Beast: U.S. Considering Extending TPS to Venezuelans, Senator Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Bid, Sen. Warren to Unveil Universal Child Care Plan, West Virginia Teachers Launch Strike, 16 States Sue over Trump's Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Mexican Migrant Dies While in Border Patrol Custody, Transgender Salvadoran Woman Killed After Deportation from U.S., Syria: Bomb Attacks Kill 15 in Idlib, UAE Buys $1.6 Billion in Arms from Raytheon, Yemen: Warring Parties Ag…

teleSUR (2019-02-19). MBS Visits India After Lavish Greeting in Pakistan. telesurenglish.net Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) arrived in India Tuesday for a two-day visit following a tour stop in neighboring Pakistan where he pledged a US$20 billion investment to Pakistan. More investment deals are expected to follow. | RELATED: | John Bolton Says US Backs India's Military Escalation Against Pakistan After Kashmir Attack | Prince Mohammed arrived in Pakistan Sunday at the beginning of an Asian tour, which includes China. It is wi…

Global Research News (2019-02-19). Selected Articles: Consequences of Imperialism. globalresearch.ca 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

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-19). Iran Is Being Tricked into Making Balochistan the New Kurdistan. globalresearch.ca The transnational region of Balochistan risks becoming another Kurdistan-like fault line as long as Iran continues to be tricked into worsening relations with Pakistan, with the worst-case scenario being that the Golden Ring's weakest link undermines the entire geopolitical project …

Prensa Latina (2019-02-19). Cuba, China, PAHO to Send 933 Tons of Medicines to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado announced Thursday the arrival of 933 tons of medicines and medical supplies from China, Cuba, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and some direct purchases' from the Ministry. | The Minister, from the port of La …

Masud Wadan (2019-02-19). Who's Behind the Attacks in Iran? Pakistan Has to Choose Between Saudi Arabia and Iran. globalresearch.ca Historically, Pakistan has no feud with Iran and the latter was the first to recognize Pakistan when it gained independence in 1947, but siding with Saudi Arabia will keep Iran at arm's length from Pakistan. A terrorist attack targeted a …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-02-19). Challenging Dollar Hegemony: Russia and China Are Containing America's Attempts to "Reshape the World Order" globalresearch.ca Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington's decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-19). Postmodernism: A Realm Beyond Renaissance Humanism. globalresearch.ca There is a fundamental distinction between scientism, or scientific worldview, which is an ideology based on unproven hypotheses and empirically proven science. Karl Popper addressed the demarcation problem between scientific worldview and science proper (empirical and verifiable science) in his …

Prof. Sam Ben-Meir (2019-02-19). A New Despotism in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism. globalresearch.ca Alexis de Toqueville's Democracy in America titled "What Kind of Despotism Do Democratic Nations Have to Fear?" in which the author attempted something truly extraordinary — to describe a social …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-02-19). Venezuela Under Washington's Gun. globalresearch.ca A full court press is taking place in Florida today (Presidents Day) with Republicans, Democrats, expatriates from Cuba and Venezuela and the warmonger ministry of propaganda that constitutes the US media all denouncing Maduro and blaming him for the hardships …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-02-19). Romanticism and the Rise of the Superheroes: Who Are the Saviours of the Oppressed? globalresearch.ca "For what is a man, what has he got? | If not himself, then he has naught | To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels." | Paul Anka My Way | "Oh! isn't it a pity, …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-19). Size Matters: The Demise of Airbus A380. globalresearch.ca The aircraft business has always been a dear affair. More than other forms of transport, it remains susceptible to oscillating costs (materials, fuel), ever at the mercy of the uncontrollable. The Airbus A380 was meant to be a giant's contribution …

Steve Ellner (2019-02-19). How Much of Venezuela's Crisis Is Really Maduro's Fault? globalresearch.ca There are several factors for Venezuela's economic crisis, but you wouldn't know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner. | *** | The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden…

Global Research News (2019-02-19). Venezuela False Flag Brewing? Under the Cloak of "the Humanitarian Convoy" globalresearch.ca According to Russian media, yet to be confirmed, "A False Flag is Brewing" under the Cloak of the so-called "Humanitarian Convoy for Venezuela" (TASS) | The alleged false flag operation is intended to justify "an outside invasion" of Venezuela by one …

Kevin Zeese (2019-02-19). The Movement and the U.S. 2020 Elections. The Role of Progressives and Social Movements. globalresearch.ca The political system in the United States is a plutocracy, one that works for the benefit of the wealthy, not the people. Although we face growing crises on multiple fronts — economic insecurity, a violent and racist state, environmental devastation, …

South Front (2019-02-19). Video: French Officer Is Punished for Revealing Truth About US Role in "Defeating ISIS" in Syria. globalresearch.ca Over the past few days, the military situation has notably escalated in central and western Syria. | On February 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed up by pro-government militias launched a scale combing operation in the deserts of Damascus, Deir …

Bill Van Auken (2019-02-19). Trump Declares Global War on Socialism. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump unleashed a global tirade against socialism at a Florida university Monday, in which he targeted Venezuela as the front line in this fascistic crusade. | Delivered to a hand-picked audience of Republican operatives and right-wing Venezuelan and …

Great Game India (2019-02-19). Suicide Bombings in India and Iran. globalresearch.ca On the afternoon of 14th February, 2019 a convoy of vehicles along the Indian Jammu Srinagar National Highway carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was targeted by terrorists with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. …

Richard Greeman (2019-02-19). Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, February 5, as the government of Emmanuel Macron 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 …

Mark Curtis (2019-02-19). When It Comes to Middle East Policy, the UK Is Nothing but a Rogue State. globalresearch.ca This article was originally crossposted on Global Research in April 2018. | In the current crisis with Moscow, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has written that "Russia cannot break international rules with impunity". | Britain, along with Russia, has a particular obligation …

W.J. Astore (2019-02-19). American-Style Drone Warfare and How and When Humans Count. globalresearch.ca When do humans count in drone warfare, and when do they not? | I thought of this question as I read Christopher Fuller's "See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA's Lethal Drone Program." Revealingly, U.S. pilots and crews who …

The Global Research Team (2019-02-19). Securing the Future Of "Truly Independent" News. globalresearch.ca "I have been reading GlobalResearch.ca for many years and have yet to find another site of a similar quality with respect to its being truly independent, well informed, analytically deep, close to many different realities of this world, and reader-friendly. …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-19). Warsaw summit turned into an anti-Iran conclave by US, Israel. peoplesdispatch.org US vice-president, Mike Pence, urged EU countries to withdraw from the Iran deal, while the Israeli prime minister Netanyahu tweeted his intentions to start a war with Iran.

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Iran Oil Exports Up, Unveils Major National Refinery. telesurenglish.net Iran's crude oil exports were higher than expected in January and have remained between 1.1-1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) this month, according to national and Refinitiv Eikon information. Some Eastern countries have received waivers from President Trump's sanctions to do business with the Islamic Republic. | RELATED: | OPEC: No Agreement to Cut Global Oil Production Yet | Crude shipments from Iran averaged 1.25 million bpd for the first month of 2019, and are staying at about 1.1-1.3…

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Cuban Trade Minister Visits Algeria to Develop Joint Projects. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, arrived in Algiers, the capital of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria (PDRA), on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations. | RELATED: | Cuba Rips US Security Council Resolution on Venezuela in UN | According to a statement from the Algerian Ministry of Health…

Gregory Shupak — FAIR (2019-02-19). US Media Ignore — and Applaud — Economic War on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Gregory Shupak examines the silences that organize the mainstream media's coverage of the crisis in the Caribbean nation.

Steve Ellner — Consortium News (2019-02-19). How Much of Venezuela's Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault? venezuelanalysis.com There are several factors for Venezuela's economic crisis, but you wouldn't know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-19). U.S. and China Redefining the Terms of War. consortiumnews.com Today, war means so much more than military combat, writes Michael T. Klare. It can take place even as the leaders of the warring powers meet to negotiate. By Michael T. Klare TomDispatch.com In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, "Destined for War," Harvard professor… Read more →

Geri Spieler (2019-02-19). Predators Home In on Developmentally Disabled Women. truthdig.com Julie Neward's sister, Natalie, is developmentally disabled. She is "nonverbal": her only form of communication is moaning. She moans when she is hungry, when she wants a bath or when she is tired. Natalie communicates well with her eyes, however, and she is able to walk. Neward explains that Natalie's body functions differently than most women's. She does not menstruate. She can't make tears, nor does she have sweat glands. | Although Natalie, 37, lives at home, during the day she visits a day care facility for disabled people. | One day, in 2012, as she was driving home from work, Neward received a phone call f…

ACLU (2019-02-19). A Wisconsin School District Shrugged After High School Coaches Body-Shamed Cheerleaders. aclu.org Parents say staff are subjecting students to pervasive gender discrimination in the Kenosha Unified School District. | The cheerleaders at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, looked forward to the annual spring banquet as a time to celebrate their hard work in the company of over 100 friends and family members. What they never expected was for the banquet to become a humiliating exercise in body shaming. | In the banquet hall of a Kenosha restaurant in March 2018, the cheer coaches presented some squad members with…

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Pakistan warns India Against Attack After Kashmir Car-Bomb. telesurenglish.net Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that his country would retaliate if India attacked in response to a bombing in the disputed Kashmir region, for which Pakistan-based religious extremist group took credit, and which India blamed on Pakistan. | RELATED: | Bomb Kills at Least 40 Indian Security Forces in Kashmir | The prime minister added that he wanted to cooperate with the investigation of the suicide bombing Thursday, in which 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed…

Fight Back (2019-02-19). Japanese American community slams Trump's National Emergency. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Sunday, February 17, more than 400 people filled the San Jose Buddhist Church gym for the 39th annual Day of Remembrance event. Across the country, Japanese American communities commemorate the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. The San Jose event was organized by NOC, the Nihonmachi [Japantown] Organizing Committee. | This year's event came just two days after President Trump declared a National Emergency in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Criticism of this act and compari…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-19). It's Not Enough to Declare "No First Use" truthout.org On January 30, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Armed Services Chair Adam Smith introduced a bill declaring that, "It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first." | This is a good thing, but standing alone is likely to have little impact on the actual dangers posed by nuclear weapons. Unless the nature of U.S. strategic forces and the plans for modernizing them change, a declaratory "no first use" policy is unlikely to stave off an accelerating arms race among the nuclear-armed states. | Those who make…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-02-19). NAACP Challenge to Prison Gerrymandering Moves Forward, First Statewide Challenge in the Nation. naacp.org February 19, 2019 CONTACT: Malik Russell / mrussell@naacpnet.org / 443-610-0361 Vanessa Mbonu /vmbonu@naacpnet.org Doni Bloomfield /‚ÄØDoni.Bloomfield@ylsclinics.org Federal judge refuses to dismiss suit over discriminatory counting of incarcerated persons New Haven, CT (Feb. 19, 2019) — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), together with the NAACP Connecticut State Conference and individual NAACP members, won a key ruling today that allows their …

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Cuba Bashes Trump Speech as 'Pretext for War' in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called the United States President Donald Trump's speech in Miami "offensive" after he called Venezuela a puppet of Cuba and urged the international community to pronounce itself "above political difference." | RELATED: | Maduro Rejects 'Nazi-Like' Trump Speech, Fake Humanitarian Aid | "Humanitarian aid is a pretex…

Cesar Chelala (2019-02-19). Women's Critical Role in Saving the Environment. counterpunch.org Women's critical role in saving the environment took a new twist when on February 7, 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York) introduced a new climate change resolution which intends to push the U.S. to take the lead role in reducing carbon emissions to the environment. The proposal, "Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to More

Mark Ashwill (2019-02-19). On the Outside Looking In: an American in Vietnam. counterpunch.org I have spent over 40 percent of my adult life outside of my home country, never content with having my soul controlled by geography, to paraphrase George Santayana. I carry a U.S. passport but it doesn't define me. I am a U.S. ex-patriot and global citizen who calls Vietnam home. It was during my first More

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-19). Day of Remembrance and the Music of Anthony Brown. counterpunch.org Anthony Brown is a jazz percussionist, drummer, composer, ethnomusicologist, and founder and director of San Francisco's Asian American Orchestra. His resume includes appearances on over thirty recordings working with musicians like Max Roach, Wadada Leo Smith and Pharoah Sanders, the poet Sonia Sanchez and the San Francisco Symphony. It also involves working in schools with More

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Brazil: Bolsonaro Axes Secretary General Amid Campaign Scandal. telesurenglish.net Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro Monday ousted arguably his most senior aide, Gustavo Bebianno, after the Secretary General was accused of campaign financing for some of his party's congressional candidates, according to La Jornada. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Erase Paulo Freire And Feminism From Textbooks | In a statement at the Planalto Palace, presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said, "The President of the Republic thanks his [Bebianno's] dedication to the front…

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Venezuela Advances Investigation Against Guaido. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's public prosecutor's office is advancing the investigation on the lawmaker, Juan Guaido, of the National Assembly, the legistlative body in contempt under the constitution, over his attempt to usurp governmental powers after proclaiming himself interim president of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Top Court Calls for Probe into Illegal Actions of Suspended National Assembly | Attorney General Tarek William Saab said that Guaido and his Nat…

teleSUR (2019-02-19). 5 Disastrous US-Led 'Humanitarian Interventions'. telesurenglish.net The United States has been calling for "humanitarian intervention" in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for weeks as an effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro and install right-wing opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the country's president. | RELATED: | Latin American Social Movements Show Support to The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela | The North American country has continually tried to send humanitarian aid to Venezuela via its allies in the Caribbean and in Colombia…

Eds. (2019-02-19). Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: author explains origins of Trump's Venezuela plan. mronline.org The U.S. has revitalised its old Monroe Doctrine, seeking to take Latin America countries and most notably Venezuela, famous for its rich oil reserves, under control, French journalist Gilbert Mercier has told Sputnik, explaining why the "overt coup attempt" in Caracas is doomed to failure. | Source

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-19). 'What happens in Venezuela will determine the future of Latin America'. peoplesdispatch.org Ahead of a three-day visit to movements and communities that are in the process of building people's power, members of the Che Guevara Internationalist Youth Brigade interacted with Venezuelan youth leaders…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-19). Trump Hits Venezuela with More Sanctions. zcomm.org US Military Planes Bring 'Aid'

Anya Parampil (2019-02-19). Venezuela's Foreign Minister on 'Failed' US-Backed Coup and the New Non-Aligned Movement. mintpressnews.com Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza sits down with Anya Parampil to discuss efforts to reaffirm international support for the concept of state sovereignty amid the Trump Administration's effort to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Lee Camp (2019-02-19). Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela. truthdig.com There are three things I know for sure in this fanciful, sometimes inglorious experience we call life: | You will never have a safety pin when you need one, and you will have thousands when you don't need one. | Wild animals are breathtakingly majestic until they're crawling up your pant leg. | A U.S. presidential administration will never admit that it invaded another country or backed a coup attempt in order to essentially steal the natural resources (oil) of said country. | This is why it was so very shocking last week when members of the Trump administration admitted they were backing a coup attempt in order…

Eneko Las Heras, Felipe Galindo (2019-02-19). Venezuela in Chaos. thenation.com Venezuela in Chaos…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-19). To Defeat Trump With People-Powered Political Revolution, Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run. commondreams.org "We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-02-19). Indian government intensifies retaliatory threats against Pakistan. wsws.org Any Indian military strike could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation and rapidly cascade into an all-out war between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-02-19). Film Showing of "Sorry to Bother You" indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th Street…

RT (2019-02-19). 16 states sue Trump over use of emergency powers to build border wall. rt.com Sixteen US states have filed a joint lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's use of emergency powers to requisition billions of dollars to build his border wall as an unconstitutional violation of separation of powers.

Steve Ellner (2019-02-19). How Much of the Venezuela Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault? mintpressnews.com The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden of Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan president is the latest demonstration of the consensus in Washington over the nefariousness of the Nicolás Maduro government. Not since Fidel Castro's early years in power has a Latin American head of state been so consistently demonized. But the 1960s was the peak of the Cold War polarization that placed Cuba plainly in the enemy camp, and unlike Venezuela today, that nation had a one-party system. | The scope of that consensus…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-19). US "Counterterror" Missions Target 40 Percent of the Planet. truthout.org In September 2001, the Bush administration launched the "Global War on Terror." Though "global" has long since been dropped from the name, as it turns out, they weren't kidding. | When I first set out to map all the places in the world where the United States is still fighting terrorism so many years later, I didn't think it would be that hard to do. This was before the 2017 incident in Niger in which four American soldiers were killed on a counterterror mission and Americans were given…

WSWS (2019-02-19). The desecration of Marx's grave: A warning. wsws.org The attack on Karl Marx's grave is a significant warning of the growing danger to the working class across Europe and internationally from far-right forces that have been deliberately cultivated by the bourgeoisie and given succour by the mass media.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-19). Americans Arrested in Haiti Transporting Weapons Cache Amid Uprising. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Even as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to inspire a military coup against the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, evidence is mounting that the U.S. government is enabling American mercenaries to violently quell a popular uprising in Haiti. MintPress News previously examined the parallels between the uprising in Haiti and the Yellow Vest …

WSWS (2019-02-19). Russia: University building collapses in St. Petersburg. wsws.org The building collapse in St. Petersburg is symptomatic of an epidemic of building collapses and fires, a direct result of the destruction of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the restoration of capitalism.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-19). Warren Proposal Would Use Tax on Ultra-Rich to Help Fund Universal Childcare Plan. commondreams.org Doubling down on her assertion that the richest Americans can and must contribute to the larger economy and the greater good with just a tiny fraction of their massive wealth, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday unveiled a plan to use her proposed Ultra-Millionaires Tax to fund a universal childcare program. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

David Dayen (2019-02-19). Big Corn and Big Oil Are Warring Over Trump's Nomination of Andrew Wheeler. theintercept.com Want a preview of the battle for the Green New Deal? Look no further than the K Street fight over Andrew Wheeler and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-19). Syrian Kurdish Commander Calls for US to Keep 1,500 Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In comments to reporters on Monday, Kurdish commander Mazloum Kobani, the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), called on the United States to completely halt plans to withdraw from Syria, saying he needs an "enduring" presence from the US-led coalition. Kobani not only says he wants air support from the US, but a "force on the …

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Argentine Protesters, Workers Tell Trump, 'Hands Off Venezuela'. telesurenglish.net Hundreds filed through the streets of Buenos Aires Monday, protesting outside the U.S. embassy to demand President Trump end attempts of interventionism in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Military Head 'Amazed' by Trump 'Celebrating Terrorism' | "Venezuela is not alone," protesters cried, answering the call of the Argentine Committee of Solidarity with Venezuela as part of an international campaign to push the U.S. and its incredible economic sanctions away from the struggl…

Stephanie Savell (2019-02-19). Mapping the American War on Terror. commondreams.org "It should be clear," writes Savell, "that another kind of grand plan is needed to deal with the threat of terrorism both globally and to Americans—one that relies on a far smaller U.S. military footprint and costs far less blood and treasure." (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Stephanie Savell (2019-02-19). The American Empire's Long Reach. thenation.com The American Empire's Long Reach…

Spartacist League (2019-02-19). The Bolshevik Revolution and the Fight Against Black Oppression. indybay.org 303 Hudson St., lower level, Oakland | (Berkeley Korean United Methodist Church, at College and Manila Aves.)…

Astrid Essed (2019-02-19). 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!!

Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 (2019-02-19). 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 (2019-02-19). Venezuela: la "ayuda humanitaria" prepara la invasión militar. indybay.org Venezuela: la ayuda humanitaria prepara la invasión militar | Marcelo Colussi…

ISM (2019-02-19). Israeli Settlers Continue to Terrorize Al-Khalil Residents in the Occupied West Bank (video). indybay.org At the end of January the occupation barred international 'observer' groups from Al-Khalil (Hebron), who were stationed throughout the city for more than 20 years, following the massacre of 29 Palestinians inside Ibrahim mosque in 1994 by a fanatical Israeli terrorist. Illegal settlers, many of whom proudly celebrate this massacre, are becoming increasingly empowered; effectively given free reign to attack and intimidate Palestinians, facilitated by the occupation soldiers who protect them as they run riot throughout the city.

Strategic Culture (2019-02-19). Russia and China Are Containing the US to Reshape the World Order. theantimedia.com (SC) — Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington's decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive towards allies and enemies alike, regardless of which US president is in office. China and …