2019-02-21: Social Media Postees

With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
The popular weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is on the run. Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last week called for a ban. "We need to ban all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup," Gabbard tweeted on February 16. "It's poisoning our people, butterflies and other insects, the land and the water."

Investigating Venezuela's 'Humanitarian Crisis': Max Blumenthal Tours a Supermarket in Caracas
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
The corporate media claims Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone investigated — at a giant supermarket…

Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists — the Middle East's most dangerous regime after Israel. | Other than nations already with nukes, it's likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be …

Big Economic Questions of the Day: Trump Tax Cuts, Economic Growth, Inflation. Monetary Policy. Undocumented Immigrants
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, …

Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO
Science for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of …

Canadian Peace Congress: Act Now to Defend Venezuela's Sovereignty! No Sanctions! No Coup d'État! No Military Intervention!
Canadian Peace Congress | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The orchestrated campaign to remove the elected government in Venezuela and replace it with a puppet authority willing to serve U.S. economic and political interests has now reached a critical moment, one which may well end in a bloody civil …

Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy — Paul Jay (Pt1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-21
Corporate media hides that the crisis in Venezuela is a class struggle, and whatever its faults, the Bolivarian revolution is a struggle for equality and democracy — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…

Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-02-21
"It would affect their ability to fight immediately."

What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops …

How Will the Courts Handle the Trump Emoluments Cases?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-21
When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump meet for a second summit in Vietnam from February 27 to 28, keep an eye on whether the two discuss developing hotels on North Korea's beaches. This topic came up the last time they met, raising the eyebrows of ethics watchdogs worried that Trump is using his position to enrich himself unconstitutionally under the foreign emoluments clause. | The courts certainly have their hands full with the Trump presidency. In both

Tracing the Threads in Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid
Alex Campbell | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
Last week, humanitarian aid was at the center of discussion of the Venezuela crisis in the US, and evidently at the center of Juan Guaidó's plans to challenge the Maduro government's hold on power in the country. The New York Timesnoted that: The battle over the legitimate leadership of Venezuela — which has included rallies…

Size Matters: the Demise of the Airbus A380
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
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 to aviation. In time, its makers came to the conclusion that the bird had already…

Mitchel Cohen Takes on Global and Local Goliaths: Profile of a Lifelong Multi-Movement Organizer
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
"Growing up in Brooklyn, I was called a Commie-Jew-faggot-bastard. There were battles between the Jewish kids and the black kids on one side and the Italian kids on the other side." — Mitchel Cohen, February 9, 2019 If there are leaders who stand out in a disciplined crowd or an unruly mob, there also those…

Israel, Venezuela and Nationalism In The Neoliberal Era
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
What is a nation in the era of neoliberalism? Is community, under any umbrella, possible? Margaret Thatcher was perhaps more influential l in shaping the modern times than anyone outside of Ronald Reagan. Thatcher famously asserted that there was no such thing as society–there were only individuals. This logic is still being carried out, as evidenced by the United States' response to situations in Israel and Venezuela.

Trump's Fake National Emergency Moves America Closer to an Autocracy
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall triggers a crisis for our Constitution and our democracy. This is no longer about the shameless lies, exaggerations and slanders that the president has trotted out to justify his silly campaign promise to build a wall (that he promised Mexico…

For Your Children (or: Dead Ahead)
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
About five billion years from now The earth will be devoured by the sun, But you won't have to wait too long To see immense destruction: Cities quickly turning into gas chambers And ovens, pestilence and famine, People digging corpses up And eating them, If we don't shut the engines, end The rule of exploitation,…

New York, New York: a Resounding Victory for New York Over Amazon
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
As a New Yorker, I have always been fascinated by why New York Yankee baseball caps are so popular around the world. New York has a reputation, "We're number one, baby," that obviously has global resonance. As Frank Sinatra crooned: I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps And find I'm king…

The Bill and Melinda Gates' Fair Taxation Scaremongering Tour
Chris Orlet | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
When told that the very existence of billionaires was a signal that capitalism doesn't work for the many, and that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had mused that America could do without billionaires, the Gates laughed politely and talked vaguely and approvingly of raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy. To those who are given much, much is expected, Melinda Gates said.

Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with …

Shocking Quotes from High-Ranking Government Officials on Unaccounted For Military Spending
David DeGraw | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Defense Secretaries Sound the Alarm | This first quote was an important admission from Robert Gates, as Defense Secretary during the second-term of the Bush Administration and first-term of the Obama Administration, it was his responsibility to sign off on …

Trump and the World Economy
Leo Panitch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Martin Thomas (MT): I can see four main sorts of possible outcomes to be considered from Trump's economic jousting. | One: it may reshape some deals, like NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] to the USA's advantage or imagined advantage, …

Fraught Times for Europe's Jews Now Advised to Reconsider Their Unqualified Support for Israel
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Jewish communities in Britain and France, London and Paris, together with the rest of Europe are now reconsidering their unqualified support for the state of Israel in terms of money and arms which they concede are used for the subjugation …

Obstructed Justice: Law and Disorder in the Klan Age
Greg Guma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Forty years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation it still wasn't safe to be free and black in Kentucky. For Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but had inherited the Lancaster farm in Bardstown, it was time to …

Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : | …

The Ins and Outs of the West's Anti-Russian Infowar. The Role of "Government Organized" NGOs
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Western governments are indirectly promoting hostile narratives against Russia simultaneously with censoring those that are supposedly "Russian-linked". | *** | It is obvious that the US and Russia are at loggerheads in a New Cold War, one which is taking a completely …

Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an …

Dollar Dominance and the Third World
Enzo Calandra | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The history of international political economy has consisted of several monetary regimes, each corresponding to a particular stage of capitalist development and possessing traits which reflect said stage. | In order to illuminate the dynamics of the dollar regime, I will …

The Fake News About Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
In recent times the international media, including many who promised to "resist" the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US "humanitarian aid" reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked …

The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett's "Lady in the Van"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose …

Education and the Capitalist Myth of Equality of Opportunity
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
We commit a big fallacy when we assume that our educational accomplishments are our individual achievements. We like to believe that we are born with a certain innate talent that makes us intellectually superior to all the rest. | But the …

Watch | A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the US-led coup…

The Top Five Real Reasons the US Wants Regime Change in Venezuela
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
The news out of Venezuela today is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy towards Central and South America since the end of World War II.

Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'
Anya Parampil | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government.

Tensions Mount at Venezuela Border as Top Brass Rejects Trump's Incitement, Opposition Takes Over Costa Rica Embassy
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
"When a president of another country comes and tries to give orders to [our] Armed Forces, he is underestimating them disrespectfully (…) It is incredulous," — Venezuela's Defense Minister…

'Rule of the Rabbis' Fuels Holy War in Israel
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-21
Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become "warriors," emulating a group of… Read more ?…

How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism…

The Fed's Dramatic About-Face
Ellen Brown | truthdig.com | 2019-02-21
"Quantitative easing" was supposed to be an emergency measure, but the Federal Reserve is now taking a surprising new approach toward the policy. The F ed "eased" shrinkage in the money supply due to the 2008-09 credit crisis by pumping out trillions of dollars in new bank reserves. After the crisis, the presumption was the Fed would "normalize" conditions by sopping up the…

The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'
Erin Schwartz | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'…

The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-21
Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but…

The Uninhabitable Earth: Unflinching New Book Lays Out Dire Consequences of Climate Chaos
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-21
"It is worse, much worse, than you think." That's the opening line of a damning new book by journalist David Wallace-Wells that offers an unflinching look at the growing climate catastrophe. "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" sounds the alarm about the climate crisis and the need for swift and radical action to save the planet from unimaginable destruction. We speak to Wallace-Wells about the rapid heating of the planet, which he says could reach more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Worrying About Huawei: Is China Winning the G5 Race?
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned European countries on Monday that using technology from Huawei could hurt their relationship with the United States…

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats
George Zornick | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…

Turkey between terrorist coup and PR putsch
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-21
Destabilizing the destabilizers After the unsuccessful coup attempt in 2016, things became much more difficult for the liberals and globalists seeking regime change and destabilization in Turkey. Those who try to rock the boat and support Turkish oppositions figures like Fethullah Gàºlen, the leader of the FETO terrorist organization, will no longer be able to …

Russian Communists say Putin's pledge to raise living standards not enough
Ben Chacko | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-21
Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledges to raise living standards and fight poverty were dismissed Wednesday by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation as "half measures" which would not make up for his own government's attacks on social security. President Putin's state of the nation speech promised preferential mortgages and new child benefit payments for …

US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains
Gregory Shupak | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists…

Trump Is Making a Mockery of 'Humanitarian Aid' in Venezuela
Nate Singham | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
During 2018, the Trump administration continued to strengthen sanctions targeting Venezuela through the issuance of additional executive orders. (@compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'
Anya Parampil | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared…

Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy
Justin Podur | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
When it comes to suppressing the people of Latin America in their hopes to control their own fortunes and their own resources, the scribblers have a key role to play, as much as their diplomatic and military counterparts…

A visit to mysterious U.S. Air Firm accused of arming right-wing insurgency in Venezuela
Jeb Sprague | mronline.org | 2019-02-21
Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the U.S.-led coup | Source…

U.S. & International Law
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow…

The Terrifying Reason Trump is Pushing for a Coup in Venezuela
Michael Fox | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Florida will be a key swing state in next year's elections. Trump's overtures to both the Venezuelan and Cuban-American communities were clear…

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebe
Paul Dobson | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington "Will not be able to install a "puppet" and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first."

It's Hard to Sue a President. Can Trump Be Defeated in Court?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-21
Early in 2018, Democrats offered Donald Trump $25 billion for "border security" measures which included "the construction of physical barriers" in the text of the legislation. Trump turned it down flat after the Freedom Caucus and vivid fascist Stephen Miller got in his ear, and the government was shut down. | After the 2018 midterm elections changed the math, Democrats offered $1.6 billion and no wall, a s…

Caving under MSM pressure? Tulsi Gabbard interview on The View has some supporters fuming
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
US Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is being accused of "flip-flopping" on her Syria stance and "caving" to mainstream media pressure after a combative interview on The View. | …

Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-21
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The unilateral US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has reopened the possibility of the United States positioning intermediate nuclear arms in Europe targeting Russia. This is of particular concern to Russian officials because NATO territory comes right up to the Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to warn the US away …

Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia

US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair's breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.

Profiteering from misery
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
The Australian Financial Review has revealed that the federal Coalition government awarded a $423 million security and cleaning contract for three Manus Island refugee detention centres to Paladin Group, a company that, at the time, was registered to a Kangaroo Island beach shack. | Incredibly, the minister for cruelty and home affairs Peter Dutton claims he knew nothing about it. However, we now know the home affairs department secretary authorised a "closed tender" fo…

To Counter GOP's Attack on Democracy, Indivisible Unveils 50-State Plan to Thwart Trump Agenda
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
As the 2020 presidential election grabs headlines with Democrats lining up to challenge President Donald Trump, the grassroots movement Indivisible on Thursday unveiled its new plan to keep attention focused on state legislatures as well as national politics, as progressives are confronted with some of the most damaging items on Trump's agenda in their communities across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Mapping the American War on Terror: Now in 80 Countries
Stephanie Savell | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
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…

'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures. | …

Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-02-21
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…

As Hate Crimes Soar Under Trump, White Nationalist Allegedly Had Plan to Kill 'Innocent Civilians on Scale Rarely Seen' in US
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
Amid reports of the continued rise of hate groups in the U.S., federal authorities thwarted an apparent plan by a self-identified white nationalist to begin widespread, violent attacks on President Donald Trump's opponents, with the aim of establishing "a white homeland." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

'ISIS is after me, so you're in danger too!' US drone operator posed as CIA agent to impress woman
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
A New York National Guardsman attempting to woo a woman by claiming his "dangerous" job as a CIA agent had placed them both in terrorists' crosshairs has been arrested for impersonating a public servant. | …

NSW universities increasingly integrated into Australian military build-up
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
The Defence Innovation Network is aimed at subordinating university research ever more directly to the ruling elite's preparations for war.

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.

A Supreme Court Milestone for Students' Free Speech Rights
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-20
In 1969, a group of public school students protesting the Vietnam War made First Amendment history that stands strong to this day. | This month marks 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling that cemented students' rights to free speech in public schools, Tinker v. Des Moines. We're inspired to see that students still take advantage of their First Amendment rights and speak out on political issues today. | We grew up in Iowa, where our father was a Methodist minister. Believing that faith s…

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

"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 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…

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…

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.

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

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 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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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"

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 ?…

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 …

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, …

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 …

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.

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.

Muslim Group Seeks Congressional Probe on Terror Watchlist
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
FALLS CHURCH, Va.–A Muslim civil rights group called for a congressional investigation Wednesday after its lawsuit revealed that the U.S. government has shared its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. | The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Congress should look into why the FBI has given such wide access to the list, which CAIR believes is riddled with errors. Broad dissemination of the names makes life more difficult for those who are wrongly included, CAIR says. Many on the list are believed to be Muslim. | "This is a wholesale profiling…