2019-02-20: Social Media Postees

What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
Presidential candidate Kamala Harris began this week in the nation's first primary state by proclaiming what she isn't. "The people of New Hampshire will tell me what's required to compete in New Hampshire," she said, "but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist." Harris continued:…

The Planning of a Coup against Venezuela: Chile, September 11, 1973: The Ingredients of a Military Coup. The Imposition of a Neoliberal Agenda
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
In early 1970s, in a note to the CIA, Henry Kissinger recommended "Make the economy scream." The same concept has been applied to Venezuela, with advanced techniques of financial warfare.

U.S. Is Strangling Haiti and Attempting Regime Change in Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2019-02-20
It is this humiliation that motivates the people of Haiti to take to the streets. Their message is simple: if you won't let us breathe, we won't let you breathe, and if you suffocate Venezuela, you suffocate us…

Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Despite Sudanese security forces' violent crackdown on protests, and reports of rape threats and sexual harassment, protesters have been unrelenting — as has the President Omar al-Bashir who refuses to resign. | RELATED: | Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police During Interrogation: Gov't Investigator | About 60 people have been killed and many others tortured by security agents, activists and rights groups said. However, official numbers are marke…

Survey Reveals Many Jewish Canadians Critical of Israel
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes the results of a national survey co-sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) and United Jewish People's Order (UJPO) on Jewish Canadians opinion to…

Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-20
Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

Possible Peace Declaration Looms Over Trump-Kim Summit
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
TOKYO — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. | Such an announcement could make history. It would be right in line with Trump's opposition to "forever wars." And, coming more than six decades after the fighting essentially ended, it just seems like common sense. | But, if not done carefully, it could open up a whole new set of problems for Washingto…

Venezuela: Massive Bolivarian March For Peace And Sovereignty
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Diosdado Cabello, president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) headed a new episode of the massive March for Peace that filled the streets of Ciudad Bolivar, in the Bolivar state that borders with Brasil and Guyana. | RELATED: | Facts Refuting Claims of 'Humanitarian Crisis' in Venezuela | "Venezuela is a country of warriors that will stand against anybody," stated Cabello, form the Angostura Bridge on the border with Brazil. The Chavista leader called upon the Bo…

Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold?
Lawrence Wittner | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
This policy of reconciliation is far from the one promoted by the U.S. government. (Photo: Screenshot/Peace Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-20
The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up.

Impeachable offenses? Mountains of evidence point to Trump's obstruction of justice
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
The New York Times expose on Trump's obstruction of justice came out right after nationwide protests against the president's illegal and unconstitutional power grab, a declaration of national emergency designed to steal money already appropriated by Congress to meet national needs into the president's unpopular wall project. | LM Otero/AP | Another preliminary report, released Feb. 19 by the committee staff, exposes extreme Trump administration efforts — including by Flynn — to create "A Marshall Plan for the Middle East," built around arming the Saudis with nuclear reactors and associated technology.

Why Protest Trump When We Can Impeach Him?
Matthew Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
While I commend efforts to turn Presidents' Day into a display of outrage over the non-emergency declaration rather than a celebration of non-existent presidential grandeur, I would much rather impeach Trump than protest him. I was on the fence on the merits of pushing impeachment before the long-awaited arrival of the Mueller report, but the…

Missing Pieces: The Human Impact of Drone Strikes
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
Afghanistan's Khaama Press recently reported on coalition drone strikes against alleged ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) fighters, a branch of ISIS (also known as Daesh) operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The fighters were reportedly killed in two districts of Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S.- and British-trained Afghan military claimed that eight ISIS-K members were killed in the operation, with no civilian casualties. With no other reporters on the ground, the apparent lack o…

Withdrawal Pains and Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of U.S. Media Discourse
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. combat troops from Syria is being met with strong criticism from the U.S. military establishment. [1] The attacks on withdrawal are reiterated in U.S. mass media outlets as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in the editorials of the paper of national record — the New York Times. The…

Video: Staged Chemical Attack Videos and Other Trends in Modern Propaganda
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
The scandal regarding the fake hospital video published by the White Helmets as a proof of the Douma chemical attack has reached its peak in the media and has caused reaction on the diplomatic level. | On February 13, BBC Syria's …

Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…

Russia's Nuclear Energy Edge Got the US to "Cut Ethical Corners" with the Saudis
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
One of the latest American scandals revolves around former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's alleged breach of ethical norms in trying to secretly push through a nuclear energy deal with the Saudis which might have even been illegal if …

White House Plan to Sell Saudis Nuclear Technology May Be Illegal
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf fi…

Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
A growing number of Saudi students are vanishing while facing serious criminal charges in the U.S. Federal law enforcement officials are now launching an investigation into the suspicious disappearances to probe if the Saudi government was involved and how. We speak with Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian reporter who broke the story about the spate of Saudi student disappearances. He found that in at least four cases the Saudi government paid a defendant's bail and legal fees before he disappeared. In one case, police believe Saudi officials snuck a Saudi national out of the country on a private plane using a…

My Father Faces the Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia for Supporting Human Rights
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
While the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October sparked international outrage, far less attention has been paid to the ongoing Saudi repression at home. We speak with Abdullah Alaoudh, whose father has been locked up in solitary confinement in Saudi Arabia for his political activism since September 2017. Prior to his arrest, prominent Islamic scholar Salman Alodah had been a vocal critic of the Saudi monarchy who had called for elections with 14 million Twitter followers. But for the past 17 months, Salman Alodah has been silenced. He was one of dozens of…

Saudi Scholar: My Father Faces the Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia for Supporting Human Rights
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
While the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October sparked international outrage, far less attention has been paid to the ongoing Saudi repression at home. We speak with Abdullah Alaoudh, whose father has been locked up in solitary confinement in Saudi Arabia for his political activism since September 2017. Prior to his arrest, prominent Islamic scholar Salman Alodah had been a vocal critic of the Saudi monarchy who had called for elections with 14 million Twitter followers. But for the past 17 months, Salman Alodah has been silenced. He was one of dozens of rel…

UN says withdrawal agreement in Yemen is important progress
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-20
The Houthis have promised to withdraw from key port installations and the Saudi-led coalition from the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah. The ceasefire deal was reached in December…

When Saudi Arabia Gets the Bomb
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
The world took a step closer to a Saudi nuclear bomb last week when President Donald Trump met with representatives from the US nuclear power industry. The meeting focused on reviving the stagnant US nuclear energy sector by promoting exports of nuclear technology to developing countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

'K' Metamorphoses into 'G'. "We must Take Away your Freedom in Order to Preserve It"
William Bowles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
This article was originally published on April 24, 2004. | Author's note: | What the British Labour government initiated in 2004 has now reached, not only fruition but is now sweeping the 'democratic' West as the crisis of capital intensifies and …

Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West Should Stop Its Interventions
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Foreign intervention has pushed many Middle Eastern populations into poverty, at the same time making them more determined to confront and reject the global domination sought by the USA. The number of Middle Eastern countries and non-state actors opposed to …

College "for the People" Who Can Pay
School Magazine | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Preface: | In 2011, The Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest decided to hike post-secondary school tuition fees by 75 percent over a five-year period. This move mobilized students across Quebec and by 2012 a demonstration in Montreal brought out between …

Military Coups, Regime Change…: The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections
Nina Agrawal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Timely article first posted on Global Research in January 2017, prior to the inauguration of president Donald Trump. | *** | The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and …

Canadian Policy on Venezuela, Haiti Reveals Hypocrisy that Media Ignores
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
If the dominant media was serious about holding the Canadian government to account for its foreign policy decisions, there would be numerous stories pointing out the hypocrisy of Ottawa's response to recent political developments in Haiti and Venezuela. | Instead silence, …

Venezuela Expels Euro Deputies Amid Reports of Talks with Washington
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Foreign Minister Arreaza has confirmed meeting twice with US Special Envoy Abrams despite denials by the latter of any dialogue with Caracas. | *** | Venezuelan authorities have expelled six deputies of the European Parliament (EP) this Sunday after denying them entrance …

Political Correctness Demands Diversity in Everything but Thought
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
In remembrance of the late William Blum, his legacy Lives. | *** | For 50 years I've been painstakingly cataloguing the brutal militarism and human-rights violations of US foreign policy, building up in the process a very loyal audience. | To my …

Imran Khan's "Socialist Revolution" in Pakistan
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
In order to assess the prospects of Imran Khan's Pakistan Movement for Justice (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) as a political institution, we need to study its composition. With the benefit of hindsight, it seems the worst decision Pakistan's former Prime Minister…

Military, Deep State and the American Innocence
Chris Kanthan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Incisive and timely article first posted by Global Research on July 22, 2018 | While only 11% of Americans trust Congress, a whopping 74% have a "great deal or quite a lot …

Hispaniola Rising: How the US Coup in Venezuela Is Taking Root in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Ariel Fornari | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
For more than a decade Venezuela has aided the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through a preferential system known as Petrocaribe, and the people of those nations are not taking their governments' support for the US coup in …

Selected Articles: Political Correctness Demands Diversity in Everything but Thought
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
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 …

Now in 80 Countries, The American War on Terror Couldn't Be More Global
Stephanie Savell | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-20
By the end of 2019, Washington's global war will cost American taxpayers no less than $5.9 trillion already spent and in commitments to caring for veterans of the war throughout their lifetimes.

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after …

UK Teen Stripped of Citizenship for Marrying IS Group Fighter
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Britain stripped a teenager who traveled abroad to join Islamic State Group of her citizenship on security grounds, triggering a row over the ramifications of leaving a 19-year-old mother with a religious extremist fighter's child to fend for herself in a war zone. | RELATED: | Karl Marx Gravestone Defaced For 2nd Time in 2 Weeks | The fate of Shamima Begum, wh…

Venezuelan transport workers' hit the streets in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-20
Gladys Suarez, leader of transport workers' union speaking to Peoples Dispatch at the demonstration warns that they are ready to defend the country's constitution and the Bolivarian revolution.

Bill To Ban Child Marriages Moves Forward in Brazilian Senate
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
The Brazilian Senate approved a bill Wednesday that prohibits the marriage of children under 16. Brazil has the highest rate of child marriages in Latin America. | RELATED: | Indigenous Territory Invasions, Threats Worsen Under Bolsonaro | According to Agencia Brasil, the bill said exceptions would be allowed when parents or guardians of the children authorize the marriages. This clause is preserved in the Civil Code of the country. | Laura Carneiro, the former federal lawmaker…

Che Guevara internationalist youth brigade stands in solidarity with Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-20
With the slogan "socialism is the way forward" the members of the brigade embarked on a three day journey to various parts of the country to learn from movements and communities that are in the process of building people's power.

Something New and Something Old: a Story Still Being Told
William A. Cohn | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
The patently cynical declaration of a national state of emergency by *45 offers a teachable moment on history, politics and empire. The lies and fear-mongering of those in power, the propaganda to legitimize violating the sovereignty of other nations, the use of fake manufactured crises and old war criminals to promote new atrocities — these…

War With China? It's Already Under Way
Michael T. Klare | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, Destined for War, Harvard professor Graham Allison assessed the likelihood that the United States and China would one day find themselves at war. Comparing the U.S.-Chinese relationship to great-power rivalries all the way back to the Peloponnesian War of the fifth century BC, he concluded that the future risk…

The Next 5 Years Could Be the Hottest in Human History
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
Here is a climate forecast that climate scientists, meteorologists, politicians, voters and even climate sceptics can check: the next five years will be warm, and will probably help to complete the hottest decade ever. | They will on a global average be at least 1 ∞C higher than the average temperature of the planet 200 years ago, before the accelerating combustion of fossil fuels. | That is because the planet is already midway through what may well prove to be its warmest 10 years since records began on a planetary scale in 18…

El Chapo's Mother Appeals to AMLO for US Visa Intervention
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
The defense team of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman confirmed Tuesday that the cartel boss's mother sent a letter of appeal to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) for his intervention in order for her to obtain a U.S. humanitarian visa so she may visit her son. | RELATED: | War on Drugs Failed Even with 'El Chapo' Facing Prison for Life | "I haven't seen him in more than five years," Maria Consuelo Loera Perez, who describes herself as a "distressed and worried mother," said,…

Putin Sternly Warns U.S. Against Putting Missiles in Europe
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. | While the Russian leader didn't say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, his statement further raised the ante in tense relations with Washington. | Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address, Putin charged that the U.S. has abandoned a key arms control pact to free up its hands to build new missiles and tried to shift the blame for the move to Russia.

National Guard Filling Gaps in All-Volunteer Army
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-20
In the era of forever wars, recruits who are lured by substantial rewards can sign up for more than they realize, writes Rebecca Gordon. By Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch.com A young friend is seriously considering joining her state's National Guard. She's a… Read more ?…

Antarctica Is Divided into Giant Icebergs, Scientists Warn
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Scientists, who are currently studying the growth of meltwater lakes in Antarctica, confirm that giant blocks of ice are separating from the continental shelf and warn that this process has very high effects to global climate change. | RELATED: | Climate Mitigation Centers During Regional Indigenous Meeting | The last block to detach was the Larsen C which…

Mapping the American War on Terror
Stephanie Savell | zcomm.org | 2019-02-20
Now in 80 Countries, It Couldn't Be More Global…

An 'Othello' for our time: Was Shakespeare a white supremacist or anti-racist?
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
PASADENA, Calif.–Fresh from that championship season, A Noise Within's Spring 2019 season blasts off with a must-see modern dress Othello that demonstrates why the Pasadena classical repertory theatre company just won the coveted Ovation Award for Best Season. Shakespeare's tragedy is on one level an extremely up-close-and-personal tale about betrayal, as well as about friendship, …

Facts Refuting Claims of 'Humanitarian Crisis' in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Western media and states have been citing a "humanitarian crisis" in Venezuela to justify the United State's claims for humanitarian intervention, despite the fact that the South American nation does not suffer from the levels of violence, hunger, and diseases that war-torn countries face. | OPINION: | Facts Don't Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela's Elected President | The "humanitarian crisis" is a category of the International Humanitarian…

Review: 'Birds of Passage' not your ordinary drug war crime film
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
"A story about wild grass that came as a savior, but destroyed like lotus." –Birds of Passage Birds of Passage tells an intimate story of the erosion of tradition in an indigenous Wayúu family, to reflect the much larger impact of the Colombian drug war on a nation and society. In a tale of conflict …

EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes
ziyaad | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-20
EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl…

#MeToo Graffiti Spray-painted on Famous WWII 'Kiss' Statue
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
One day after the death of the United States sailor who was famously photographed kissing a stranger at the end of World War Two, a statue of the moment in Sarasota, Florida, has been vandalized with "#MeToo" in red spray paint Monday, local police said. | RELATED: | French 'Boys' Club' Exposed for Harassing Feminist Journalists | Police estimate the cost of the damage to the statue, titled "Unconditional Surrender" to be around US$1,000 "due to the large area that the graffiti co…

Venezuela in Crisis
Francisco Rodríguez | zcomm.org | 2019-02-20
As U.S. Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War & Famine…

The Arms Trade Is Intensifying Under Trump
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
The revolving door between public officials and defense contractors has long distorted U.S. foreign policy to serve war profiteers at the expense of the public interest and basic humanitarian norms. From U.S. weaponry ending up in the hands of ISIS, to supplying arms fueling civil conflict and therefore contributing to the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, the lack of oversight on arms deals has enabled human right…

Trump: North Korea Could Be a 'Tremendous Economic Power'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Ahead of next week's second summit with North Korea, United States President Donald Trump has declared that Washington is not currently focused on a deadline or definitive schedule for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. | RELATED: | Kim, Trump Prepare for Second Summit in Vietnam | "I'm in no rush. There's no testing. As long as there is no testing, I'm in no rush. If ther…

Putin Threatens US Soil If Missiles Deployed in Europe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual presidential address to the legislature Wednesday, criticized the United States for ignoring the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by deploying missile launchers in Romania and Poland. | RELATED: | Russia Demands World Stop Imposing Ultimatums on Venezuela | "First it started developing and using…

The Trump tax plan proves a bonanza for business
Martin Hart-Landsberg | mronline.org | 2019-02-20
In sum, thanks to the Trump tax plan, trillions of dollars that could have been used to transform our transportation and energy infrastructure, industrial structure, and system of social services are instead being transferred to big businesses, who use them for speculative activities and to further enrich their already wealthy managers and stock holders. | Source…

China Pumps $2.5B Into Zimbabwe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
China has invested more than two billion dollars in Zimbabwe, according to comments made by the charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy, Zhao Baogang, at the 2019 Spring Festival Gala in Harare Sunday. | RELATED: | Mine Flood Kills 23, Zimbabwean Officials Fear Final Death Toll | "Some US$2.5 billion [in] loans, investments and grants have been…

How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-02-20
How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics…

Brazil: Bolsonaro Seeks To Up Retirement Age in Pension Reform
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
On Wednesday Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro delivered his Social Security Reform Proposal to the country's National Congress, which would mandate a minimum retirement age of 65 for men and 62 for women at the end of a 12-year transition period. | RELATED: | Indigenous Territory Invasions, Threats Worsen Under Bolsonaro | "I would not like to have to…

Odebercht Pays US$20 Million To Former Peru Pres For Contracts
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Questioning of top Odebrecht officials in Brazil by Peruvian state prosecutors has quickly revealed that the Brazilian construction company dolled out around US$45 million to high-level officials, including former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006). | RELATED: | Peru: Court Upholds Preventive Prison For Keiko Fujimori | Upon questioning by lead Peruvian…

"Electability" is Real (Unless Married with the Junk Science of Ideological Spectrum Analysis)
Doug Johnson Hatlem | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
If electability were dependent on how moderate a candidate is, or is perceived to be, Jimmy Carter would likely have won a second term. We also likely would have had Presidents Mondale, Kerry, McCain, Romney and President Hillary Clinton. Maybe also President Gore. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is disgusted with the way "electability" was used…

The Fourth Hypothesis: the Present Juncture of the Trump Clarification and the Watershed Moment on the Washington Mall
Bill Martin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
Prelude. The terms I have used to discuss the overall phenomenon of Trump's campaign and presidency and attendant phenomenon are "experiment," "disruption," and "clarification." As I write at the end of January 2019, it appears that the "full court press" against Trump, aimed at removing Trump from the White House, is taking shape. It may…

The Psychology of the Wall
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else. It wasn't long after the Berlin Wall fell that different kinds of walls went up in Eastern Europe. New borders separated the Czech Republic from Slovakia, and then, after…

2020 Vision: A Strategy of Courage
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
The presidential election season is upon us. Although it has often been said in the past, this time around, the argument could truly be made that this a pivotal election. Yet in order to make that claim more real, the democratic opposition must have the courage that well argued reason and clear vision can provide.

Citizens Arrested Calling Out Manchin on Rockwool
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
More than 30 West Virginians gathered in the Senate office of Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) this past week demanding a meeting and demanding that Manchin stop dragging his feet and take a stand on the Rockwool industrial facility planned for Jefferson County. Manchin staff said he was in meetings. Citizens said they would wait.

Modern Monetary Theory and Taxing the Rich
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
I don't consider myself an MMTer, but there is a basic Keynesian concept which has been associated with MMT, which is both true and important. For the federal government, taxes are not about raising revenue, taxes are about reducing consumption to prevent inflation. The point is that the federal government does not need taxes for…

What if He Falls? The Terrifying Reality Behind Filming "Free Solo"
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20

Unconstitutional Power Grabs
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
It's President's Day and boy could we use a new president. In his off-the-rails declaration of a national emergency so he can use funds Congress appropriated for other purposes to build some version of his phony border wall, Donald Trump has crossed the line on separation of powers and the constitutional authority of the president.

The Real Emergency Isn't About the Wall, It's About the Separation of Powers
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
US president Donald Trump recently declared a "national emergency" under which he intends to divert money from the US Department of Defense's budget and use it to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. No biggie, Trump said as he announced the "emergency." Happens all the time (59 other times since 1976, to be exact).

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Another Boondoggle in Virginia
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
Two pipelines– the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)–earmarked for construction in Virginia have been the source of massive controversy. In a previous CounterPunch article I discussed the MVP, saving the equally controversial ACP for this article. The ACP is a 42-inch fracked-natural gas pipeline that would run about 600 miles/970 km…

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela
Lee Camp | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-20
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…

Watch | A Millennial's Guide to Promoting Regime Change in Venezuela
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-20
If you've been following developments in Venezuela, by now you've probably seen a video put together by viral YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann. In the video, Hausmann says she's fed up with disinformation about Venezuela currently spreading online and says she's going to set the record straight. The points she makes are all generic mainstream talking points, and upon further investigation, her arguments don't really hold up. | Hausmann's argument goes as follows: | What's happening in the country is not a U.S.-backed coup | Not an ideological fight | The people just want democratic elections | Juan Guaido did…

Pierre Omidyar's Funding of Pro-Regime-Change Networks and Partnerships with CIA Cutouts
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-20
To [Omidyar] it's … about … integrating things together to give technocrats, business executives and government officials a God's-eye view of the world — to manage and control society more efficiently." — Yasha Levine, author of "Surveillance Valley: The Military History of the Internet"

Inside the Neoliberal Laboratory Preparing for the Theft of Venezuela's Economy
Justin Podur, Globetrotter | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-20
The academic laboratory of the Venezuelan coup has the highest academic pedigree of all.

Venezuela Denounces Terrorist Attack On PDVSA
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-20
The attack ocurred against the pumping station Orinoco 50 of PDVSA in Monagas state.

Venezuela: The Epicenter of the "Pink Tide" and Now of the Right-Wing Rollback
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-20
The effort to rollback Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution must be seen as part of a determined effort to pry open all economies to transnational capital — it's about access, says sociologist of globalization William I. Robinson…

VIDEO: A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela
Jeb Sprague | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-20
Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded…

Venezuela Suspends Flights, Closes Several Borders Amid Threats
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodríguez announced Wednesday the suspension of flights and closure of Venezuelan borders with the island of Curaàßao, Aruba and Bonaire in response to the interventionist threats that the South American country is experiencing. | Rodriguez urged that "the best humanitarian aid they can give the people of Venezuela is to return the resources, which they are stealing," rebuking the United States and the economic blockades that affect the country. | She added said the government extends an invitation to the right-wing opposition for restoring dialogue and resuming diploma…

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela
Lee Camp | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Our American empire knows no bounds to its nation-building (after nation-destroying).(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Roger Waters Slams Interventionist Concert at Venezuela Border
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters slammed an upcoming "Live Aid"-style concert to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Venezuela, calling the event a U.S.-backed effort to tarnish the socialist government in a video circulating Tuesday. | RELATED: | Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE' | "It has nothing to do with humanitarian aid at all," the 75-year old Waters said. "It has to do with Richard Branson … having bought the US saying, 'We have decided to take over Venezuela, for…

Venezuela's Foreign Minister on the 'Failed' Coup and Building a New Non-Aligned Movement
Anya Parampil | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-20
The Grayzone's Anya Parampil spoke to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza just hours after he returned from a consequential visit…

America's Hostile Venezuela Policy Is Slowly Strangling Haiti
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
By imposing harsh sanctions on the Maduro government, the U.S. has cut off an essential source of relief for the embattled island nation.

Venezuela Decries Assault on Embassy in Costa Rica
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
The Venezuelan government rejected the actions by a group who forcibly entered the Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Wednesday while the diplomatic representation of the Venezuelan government Bolivarian was attempting to retake access to the property. | "The thieves of a group of strangers entered the headquarters of the Embassy of Venezuela in Costa Rica," denounced the minister in a tweet Wednesday morning. "The government of that country must enforce the diplomatic relations convention and ensure the functioning and safety of our staff and facilities." | The group, accor…

Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…

Nonviolent Direct Action at Lockheed Martin For a Peaceful & Nuclear-Free World
Pacific Life Community | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
Meet at the corner of North Mathilda Ave and West Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA…

With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Alleging "Russian influence," Facebook bans left-wing pages
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-20
Facebook suspended four pages run by Maffick Media, including In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed, which posted content critical of US foreign and social policy.

Israeli Settlers Continue to Terrorize Al-Khalil Residents in the Occupied West Bank (video)
ISM | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
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.

CNN Hires Trump Official Who Used Same Anti-Press Rhetoric as Man Who Sent Bombs to CNN
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-02-20
"Boom," wrote Sarah Isgur on Twitter in 2014, quoting a tweet from the publication Free Beacon: "The Clinton News Network is back!" | Two years later, Cesar Sayoc was ranting on Facebook about the "Clinton News Network." By the end of 2018, Sayoc was sending a wave of pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump. Three of the bombs were addressed to CNN. None went off, but FBI Director Christopher Wray described them as "IEDs" — improvised explosives devices. Boom. | On Tuesday, Politico reported tha…

US 'Hypocrisy' Decried as Report Shows Same Trump Team Attacking Iran Deal Pushed to Give Saudis Nuclear Secrets
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Iran's foreign minister denounced on Wednesday what he framed as "U.S. hypocrisy" following a report from House Democrats accusing the Trump administration of pushing to build—while skirting federal law, ethics concerns, and Congressional review—dozens of nuclear reactors across Saudi Arabia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Warning of US Military Intervention in Venezuela, Cuban Foreign Minister Denounces 'Failed Imperialist Coup'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodr√≠guez on Tuesday reiterated his government's previous warnings that the Trump administration's push to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela is just a cover to advance ongoing U.S.-backed efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The Martin Ennals and Victorian Prize Winners Contrast with Australia's Policies against Human Dignity
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
Anglo-Saxon countries like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia have historically been open to receiving refugees. My grandparents entered the United States with no passports via New York's Ellis Island at the end of the 19thcentury. Brexit and Trump supporters' chants of "Build That Wall" show how that openness has changed. And Australia?

Bernie Sanders raises $6mn on first day of campaign…and former Clinton staffer blames Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign. | …

FBI fabulist McCabe now claims Trump was 'Russian asset' (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
Former deputy head of the FBI Andrew McCabe is back in the headlines, claiming US President Donald Trump was somehow doing Russia's bidding — and having the press eating from his hand and promoting his book. | …

Trojan Horse Legislation Could Derail Single-Payer in Massachusetts
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
A devious piece of legislation quietly introduced in Massachusetts on January 18 appears on its surface to usher forward the fight for single-payer health care in the state, but in reality, undermines the struggle by placing health industry lobbyists in charge of a study of single-payer's implementation. | Here's a scenario that is now possible: A constituent in the Third Middlesex State House district in Massachusetts calls his or her elected representative in the State Legislature and demands action on singl…

Alleged hacking of Australian parliament feeds anti-China frenzy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-20
The hacking claims are bound up with Australia's alignment with the escalating US confrontation with China over trade and economic issues, and the military build-up in the Indo-Pacific for war.

Bush Wasn't Kidding About Taking the 'War on Terror' Global
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
When I set out to map all the places in the world where the U.S. is fighting terrorism, I didn't think it would be that hard to do.

The Bolshevik Revolution and the Fight Against Black Oppression
Spartacist League | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
303 Hudson St., lower level, Oakland | (Berkeley Korean United Methodist Church, at College and Manila Aves.)…