2019-02-22: Social Media Postees

Video: An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela
Abby Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela. | She uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas. | Watch the …
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The President of the United States is more the president of my country than the president of my country: Tricontinental Newsletter 8 (2019)
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-02-22
Is the President of Venezuela the President of Venezuela or is the President of the United States the President of Venezuela? There is absurdity here. | Source…
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Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
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Minneapolis protest Saturday to be part of global day of action against U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-22
Minneapolis, MN — Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups are organizing a Minneapolis protest on Saturday, February 23 as part of a day of local actions around the U.S. and around the world opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | The Minneapolis protesters will gather on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be signs and banners with the anti-intervention message. | The event is called under the themes: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela – No Coup; No Sanctions – No U.S. War on Venezuela!" | A statement issued by organizers says in…
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Dreaming Their Sweet Dreams: a Peace to End Peace
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The setting for Margaret MacMillan's lecture "Making peace is harder than waging war" could not have been better. Held in the Ottawa war museum's lower floor, the LeBreton Gallery, one is enclosed in, surrounded by WW II bulky Canadian tanks and scary heavy artillery. Looking up, one cannot miss a Canadian jet ready to explode…
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Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up. | *** | Venezuela's armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President …
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A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace
Joe Bucciero | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace…
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US Racism and Imperialism Fuel Turbulence in Haiti
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Beginning on February 7, Haitians have been in the streets protesting against corruption, high prices, shortages, inflation, and power outages. Demonstrators are demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse, in power since January 2017, resign. MoàØseblames the disturbances on "armed groupsand drug traffickers" and is calling for negotiation. Facing police brutality, masses of Haitians have blocked roads,…
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UN: Sexual Violence, Warfare Linked to South Sudan's Oil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
Reports from the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has disclosed heinous human rights violations that were committed in the eight-year-old nation in 2018. | RELATED: | Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists | The global agency stated that sexual violence against women is rampant and reported "on a massive scale," while similar violations against men and boys "remains significantly under-reported due to social stigma." The organization also detailed…
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Buried Alive: The Story of Chicago Police State Racism
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
"I want my husband home. I need him to be safe." — Tiffany Van Dyke, wife of Jason Van Dyke, the murderer of Laquan McDonald Among the many different forms taken by 21st century U.S.-American racism, one is the curious way in which white-owned corporate media and the criminal justice system racially differentiate worthy from…
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The war on Venezuela is built on lies
John Pilger | zcomm.org | 2019-02-22
Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies…
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John Pilger: The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies, argues John Pilger.
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The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was …
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Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to…
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Iran's Turning into India's Proxy by Taunting and Threatening Pakistan?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the famed commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), proved that his country is increasingly turning into India's proxy after he taunted and threatened Pakistan, resulting in the Islamic Republic incredibly taking some …
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Saudi Crown Prince MBS' Asia Tour Is Much More than a Post-Khashoggi Photo-Op
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Many have dismissed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Asia tour to Pakistan, India, and China as nothing more than a post-Khashoggi photo-op to shore up international support, but it's actually about much more than that because of its …
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Quantitative Easing (QE) Forever: The Fed's Dramatic About-face
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
"Quantitative easing" was supposed to be an emergency measure. The Federal Reserve "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 …
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Nigeria Elections: Gov't Calls for Trust in Security Forces
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged Nigerians Friday "to go out and vote," promising adequate security for Saturday's postponed election which has put him in a tight race with businessman Atiku Abubakar. | RELATED: | Nigeria Postpones Presidential And Parliamentary Elections | In a televised morning address on the eve of the vote, Buhari…
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The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal
David Goodner | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
In 2016, The Sanders campaign and its popular slogans of "political revolution" against the "oligarchy" and the "billionaire class" moved the goalposts of what is politically possible to the left by several football fields. (Image: via thebluedeal.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Big Banks Rake in Tens of Billions Thanks to Trump's Tax Cuts
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-22
Critics predicted the 2017 legislation would reward major corporations and the rich. New data indicate they were right on the money.
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A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message
Peter Kuper | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message…
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Thanks to GOP Tax Scam, Big Banks Made an Extra $28 Billion Last Year
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
While headlines continue to proliferate about average Americans discovering they will not receive the tax return they were expecting and in many cases, depending on — new federal data released Thursday showed that major U.S. banks earned an extra $28 billion in profits last year thanks to the tax scam bill passed by the Republican Party and signed by President Donald Trump at t…
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Robert Reich: Howard Schultz Is No Patriot
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-02-22
America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don't even have to have any ideas or policy proposals. | Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks whose most notable achievement to date has been the Mocha Frappucinno. | Last Tuesday, CNN made Schultz a Serious Presidential Candidate by giving him an hour-long "town hall" in which he fielded questions from an audience. | Why did CNN do this? Because Schultz is worth over $3.6 billion. | In today's America, someone with t…
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Sealed Testimony Reveals Extent of Sackler's Complicity in Opioid Crisis
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-22
According to court documents, the billionaire boasted about OxyContin sales and backed a plan to conceal the drug's strength from doctors.
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UN Warns of Alarming Rate of Language Disappearance
Prensa Latina | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
In the celebration of the International Mother Language Day this Thursday, the UN draws attention to the alarming rate at which languages are disappearing and calls for more action to counteract this trend. | According to UN data, at least 43 …
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War with China? It's Already Under Way
Michael Klare | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Introduction | by Tom Engelhardt | These days, the trade "war" between the Trump administration and China is regularly in the headlines and, sometimes, so are the bases the Chinese are building in the South China Sea, the ships the U.S. Navy …
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Donald Trump's National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama's National Emergency
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency is being framed as an unprecedented step towards authoritarianism, a unique proclamation against Latinas and Latinos, and even a sign that we should have elected racist hawk Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day to Ms. Clinton, by the way. In the age of Trump, words tend to be used…
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Global Warming's Monster Awakens
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The planet's biggest nightmare is coming to life. It may be a bigger threat much sooner than ever before realized simply because it's accelerating! East Antarctica, the world's largest body of water trapped in ice, is knocking the socks off expectations. Along the way, it's the world's most horrifying surprise, yet nobody really knows how…
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Twenty-First Century Indian Wars
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The American war against its indigenous people is incessant, interminable and indefensible. From the Pequot Wars blessed by the English Puritan John Winthrop to the present day destruction of native culture and community in the name of resource extraction, there are very few episodes in human history more bloody, brutal and relentless. The recent attempts…
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Climate and Money: a Tale of Two Accounts
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
In 1908, Charles Abbot and F.E. Fowle gave a presentation titled "Income and Outgo of Heat from the Earth, and the Dependence of Its Temperature Thereon." A lot's been learned since then, but the importance of income and outgo on Earth's temperature has been proven again and again. The basics are as straightforward as the income…
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Hands Off Venezuela: Hundreds of municipal workers and Bolivarian militia march in Caracas
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-22
Speaking to Peoples Dispatch, First Lieutenant Jo≈õe Rodriguez of the National Bolivarian Militia of Venezuela said that the march is a warning to US that the people are firmly standing with President Niclas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.
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Gunmaker Fined for Exporting Arms to Mexico, Ex-CEO Acquitted
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
Gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) has been ordered by a German court to pay 3.7 million euros for the illegal exportation of thousands of military-grade assault rifles to a central government buyer in Mexico and violating Germany's War Weapons Control Act. | RELATED: | German Weapons Illegally Sent to Mexico Conflict Zones | Five ex-employees of the German gun…
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How Turkey shows the idea of the "end of history" belongs in the dustbin of history
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-22
On the one hand, the end of the Cold War signaled the beginning of liberalism's unipolar world domination, and the end of any possibility for competing ideas. On the other, the balance of power maintained by the Cold War was upended, opening a geopolitical Pandora's box. To date, Francis Fukuyama's prematurely announced "end of history" …
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Magnitude 7.5 Quake Hits Peru-Ecuador Border Region
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
A deep earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck the Peru-Ecuador border region early Friday morning, acording to the local Geological Institute. | The quake's epicenter was in a sparsely populated area 224 km (140 miles) east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador, at a depth of 132 km. The USGS's initial reading had assessed the quake, which occurred at 5: 17 a.m. (1017 GMT), at magnitude 7.7. | There was no risk of a tsunami being triggered, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, and there were no initial reports of casualties or damage. | One resident in Cuenca, Ecuador, 253 km from the epicenter, described the t…
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Is the Tide Turning on President Trump's War on Science?
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
Douglas Costle, who helped create the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and then ran it during Jimmy Carter's administration, died recently at the age of 79. If the Trump administration has its way, the agency as we know it will die along with him. | "Clean air is not an aesthetic luxury," Costle said when he took the job as EPA administrator. "It is a public health necessity." | President Trump said pretty much the same thing in an interv…
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US Plans to Deliver Arms to Venezuelan Opposition, Russia Warns
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
The Russian government warned Friday that the United States and its allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of planning to deliver arms to the Venezuelan opposition. | RELATED: | Venezuela Announces Arrival of 7.5 Tons of Medicine | "We have evidence that U.S. companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring a large batch of weapons and ammunition in an Eastern European country for their subsequent transfer to Venezuelan opposition forces," the Russi…
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Step Aside USA, Canada Is the New Bully in Our South American 'Backyard'
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Many Canadians are familiar with the Monroe Doctrine. First issued by the United States in 1823, it warned European powers against renewed colonization of the Western Hemisphere. Presented as anti-imperialist, the Monroe Doctrine was later used to justify US interference …
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Cold Warrior Elliott Abrams Returns to Battle in Venezuela
Belén Fernández | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
US Special Envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, speaks during a media availability at the State Department on February 7, 2019, in Washington (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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What War Films Never Show You
Mike Ferner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Newspapers on the other side of the world are calling it "the biggest U.S. cinema event of all time." Critical acclaim has poured in from all corners for the BBC production They Shall Not Grow Old, a technical and emotional masterpiece on the First World War — the war Woodrow Wilson said would…
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SPLC and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band release song that teaches immigrants their rights
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-22
‚ÄãThe SPLC and the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band Flor De Toloache launched a new song today whose lyrics teach immigrants about the rights they can exercise when interacting with law enforcement and immigration authorities.
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"The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…
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New Film Details Plight of Black Travelers Under Jim Crow
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie Green Book, which has renewed interest in the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book. So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created arou…
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El Chapo and the Path Taken
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
As should be obvious from my review of season two of Narcos and the first two installments of a series of articles on films about the Sicilian mafia that I hope to continue before long, I have a keen interest in the class dimensions of organized crime and how popular culture reflects it. Not only was Ernest…
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Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?
Timothy M. Gill | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
There's no denying that a serious economic and humanitarian crisis faces Venezuela. Millions of citizens have left the country, and those who have remained have lost considerable weight and have inadequate access to food and medicine. Hyperinflation continues unabated, and, with the Trump administration recently leveling sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company (PDVSA), the crisis is only intensifying.
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Chris Christie Spins a Story, Once Again
Huma Yasin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie is at it again, making the rounds promoting his new book, Let Me Finish. Unsurprisingly, Christie paints himself as a misunderstood do-gooder, claiming that if he hadn't been ousted from Trump's transition teamdue to prosecuting Jared Kushner's father, the White House would not be the chaotic revolving door it now is. I…
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Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold?
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
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. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, U.S. foreign policy was characterized by repeated acts of U.S. military intervention in Latin…
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A Slow Motion Striptease in France
James Graham | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
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Rule by Fiat: National Crises, Fake Emergencies and Other Dangerous Presidential Powers
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
"When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." –Richard Nixon Who pays the price for the dissolution of the constitutional covenant that holds the government and its agents accountable to the will of the people? We all do. This ill-advised decision by President Trump to circumvent the Constitution's system of checks…
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Imagined Communities and Omitting Carbon Emissions: Shifting the Discussion On Climate Change
Rob Seimetz | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
I think we need to omit talking about carbon emissions when discussing climate change. This is what I see the mainstream media limit the discussion to. It's why the Democratic Green New Deal is all the rage these days. This new deal focuses on two items: carbon emissions and jobs which is what mainstream climate change discussions…
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Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Muslims and other persons of color who do not kowtow to Zionist positions are routinely deemed "anti-Semitic," notwithstanding the fact that, unlike in Europe, historically Muslim parts of the world have had little or no connection either to theologically or racially grounded hatred of Jews qua Jews until quite recently. On the other hand, persons of European descent whose views reek of historical connections with the genuine article get a pass insofar as they are outspoken friends of the Israeli state. Just a few years ago, it seemed that true anti-Semitism, as distinct from the anti-Zionism Zionists confound wi…
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Biomass is Not "Green": an Interview With Josh Schlossberg
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Josh Schlossberg is an investigative journalist, horror author and former environmental organizer who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Biomass Monitor, a subscription-supported publication that bills itself as "the nation's leading publication investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels." In early September 2018, I was visiting Colorado and…
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Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's been nearly two centuries since Pres. James Monroe used the State of Union address of December 2, 1823, to issue what became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." In his declaration, he asserted: "The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Trump, like most presidents before him, seeks to fulfill Monroe's assertion.
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How Trump's Attacks on Venezuela Sparked a Revolution in Haiti
Kim Ives | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and…
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Answering Attacks on the Green New Deal
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the "loony left." These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable "moderate" position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The president is certainly an idiot, they say,…
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The U.S. and Venezuela: a Long History of Hostility
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The U.S. has long been hostile to Venezuela. As the world's fifth largest oil exporter, and holding the largest reserves of oil outside of the Middle East, Venezuela, as of 2004, was one of the four (4) top oil suppliers to the U.S.
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"She's Willie Brown's Protogé!" The Rise of Kamala Harris
Fred Gardner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
This is adapted from a piece that ran in 2003. It won't be a political tragedy, no matter who wins, but I can't help seeing the San Francisco district attorney's race as the sad, final act of "Othello at the Hall of Justice." The outcome was inevitable; and yet it didn't have to come to…
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Video: Why is the S-300 Air Defense System in Syria Not Being Used Against Israeli Aircraft
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its …
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Taking Away the Ladder
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-22
Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world, write Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. By Anis Chowdhury in Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,… Read more ?…
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Trump is making a mockery of humanitarian aid in Venezuela
Nate Singham | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-22
The so-called "humanitarian aid" to Venezuela takes place as the administration considers canceling many other foreign aid projects around the world. Trump's actions are part of a long tradition of US aid being used to serve its political and diplomatic interests…
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A Maduro Critic in Venezuela Slams US Plan to Push Regime Change
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
We go to Caracas, Venezuela, for an update on the escalating standoff between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó. Guaidó claims he is preparing to deliver humanitarian aid from the Colombian border Saturday. Maduro has rejected the plan, saying the effort is part of a broader attempt to overthrow his regime. This comes as Trump's special envoy to Venezuela and right-wing hawk, Elliott Abrams, is leading a U.S. delegation traveling by military aircraft to the Colombian border, supposedly to help deliver the aid. The United Nations, the R…
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The U.S.-Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus, but No One Wants to Say It
Adam Johnson | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Venezuela's Former Minister of Communes and Culture Talks to TRNN About the Crisis
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-22
Well-known Venezuelan writer and theorist, Reinaldo Iturriza, says US sanctions and the low price of oil have devastated Venezuela'seconomy…
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If Truth Is Politicized, All Is Lost. Trump Grants Free Rein to the Crazed Neocons
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Trump's surrender to the neoconservatives makes it impossible for an informed person to support him. He has signed off on the coup against democracy in Venezuela, and he has placed all life at risk by pulling out of the INF …
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Venezuela: Is Trump Heading for Military Intervention?
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
After Chávez' death in 2013 Maduro was elected president of Venezuela. Since then the US has resolutely been heading for a regime change. The strategy to achieve this has run through several stages. Now we have come to the …
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This Is Not Humanitarian Aid: A Maduro Critic in Venezuela Slams U.S. Plan to Push Regime Change
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-22
We go to Caracas, Venezuela, for an update on the escalating standoff between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó. Guaidó claims he is preparing to deliver humanitarian aid from the Colombian border Saturday. Maduro has rejected the plan, saying the effort is part of a broader attempt to overthrow his regime. This comes as Trump's special envoy to Venezuela and right-wing hawk, Elliott Abrams, is leading a U.S. delegation traveling by military aircraft to the Colombian border, supposedly to help deliver the aid. The United Nations, the Red Cross and other relie…
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Venezuela's Stalled Coup: US' Allies May Soon Regret They Rushed to Embrace Guaido
Gilbert Mercier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
The Venezuela coup attempt is not going well at all and Washington's global allies may soon regret rushing to recognise Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela, French journalist and geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier told Sputnik. | Make no | …
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How to answer Trump? Make America a socialist country
Danny Haiphong | mronline.org | 2019-02-22
Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders won't align with Venezuela out of fear of being labeled "authoritarian" by the ruling elite. | Source…
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Venezuela — US Attack Imminent?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Imagine, the President of the self-declared, exceptional and unique Superpower, Donald Trump of the United States of America, has the audacity to threaten the Venezuelan military with their lives, if they keep standing behind the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro…
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The Candidate Rides Again: The Bernie Sanders Re-Run
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
He could not stay away, and few could blame him. Such political tendencies are nerves, conditions, diseases: eventually, we have to succumb to them. Bernie Sanders has announced his intention to run for the White House in 2020. It was …
globalresearch.ca/candidate-ride…

The Subways in New York City Should be Free
Christopher Baum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally launched his eagerly anticipated Fair Fares program offering half-price transit fares for low-income New Yorkers — but the early reviews were decidedly mixed. | The first phase of the program will …
globalresearch.ca/the-subways-in…

Trump's Border Wall 'Emergency', Abuse of Power: We'll See You in Court, President Donald Trump
Anthony D. Romero | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Donald Trump's emergency declaration is a blatant abuse of power in the service of his anti-immigrant agenda. No president has ever tried this before. | *** | President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" on Friday to pay for his border …
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The Start of Homelessness in Cyprus
Andreas C Chrysafis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
A Rachman-style landlord has decided to make homeless and evict over 100 of his tenants during the week of last Christmas from his rundown apartment building located in Nicosia. He has given the occupants eight-days notice to vacate the premises …
globalresearch.ca/the-start-of-h…

5G and Trump's Tweets — Ignorance, Greed, or Insanity?
Felicity Arbuthnot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University. | Donald Trump's total disregard for humanity, fauna, flora, environment — and indeed a towering ignorance — is perhaps encapsulated …
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Putin on National Defense: Threats or a Bid to Negotiate on Arms Control?
Dr. Gilbert Doctorow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
As he stated at the outset, Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address today before a joint session of the nation's bicameral legislature was devoted preponderantly to domestic policy. He was expanding on the practical implications for the …
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He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.
mintpressnews.com/cant-breathe-p…

Brazil's Unions Push Back on Assault on Labor
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-22
Brazil's labor movement is gradually mobilizing against the new right-wing president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who is putting his program of assaulting labor rights and social security into effect. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…
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Jair Bolsonaro's First 53 Days as President of Brazil Have Been a Resounding, Scandalous Failure
Andrew Fishman | theintercept.com | 2019-02-22
Something peculiar is going on between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his vice president, Gen. Hamilton Mourà£o. | Late last month, Bolsonaro was scheduled for a surgical procedure to remove the colostomy bag he'd been using since being stabbed ahead of the presidential election. Before he went under the knife, Bolsonaro told his advisers that he would not turn over the powers of the presidency to Mourà£o while in surgery. A few days earlier, Mourà£o had made the most of the four days he spent as acting president while Bolsonaro was in Davos, Switzerland, by publicly undercutting his bos…
theintercept.com/2019/02/22/jair…

Bernie Sanders aims to build a strong grassroots campaign
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Nine hours after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed on February 20 he would challenge Donald Trump for the US Presidency the campaign had raised US$6 million from 225,000 contributors. | He is going to need that kind of financial support, because running against Trump and the "billionaire class", as Sanders puts it, is a tall order for any challenger, but particularly one which bases its support among the working class, the poor and dispossessed. | "That is why we've set a goal of 1 million people saying that they're ready to do what it takes to win this election," he said. | Talking to CBS on February 20,…
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Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(CD) — A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta committed a crime in 2007 when, as a U.S. prosecutor at the time, secretly gave a lenient plea deal to a politically-connected billionaire accused of sex trafficking underage girls. In a case brought by victims of billionaire and Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein, Judge …

Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules

US sanctions cost Venezuela US$38 billion
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Venezuelan Vice President of Planning, Ricardo Menendez said on February 18 that direct losses to the nation's economy from US financial sanctions are estimated to be US$38 billion. | The figure corresponds only to the effects on the production of goods and services, as well as on the oil trade, he said in an interview with the Venezuelan News Agency. | Of this total, $23 billion corresponds to the impact on GDP. $15 billion is related to the siege against Citgo, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, in the US, which was seized at the end of January. | The greatest amount of production losses coi…
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Democrats howl after Bernie Sanders refuses to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-22
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has refused to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's 'interim president,' calling instead for new elections. His comments have enraged Democratic lawmakers who are pushing for regime change. | …
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Maduro accuses Trump of wanting 'white supremacy' in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his US counterpart Donald Trump of wanting to impose "white supremacy" on the country following his "Nazi-like speech" in Miami on February 18. | Maduro warned that Washington is leading a coup attempt against the democratically elected Bolivarian government to take control of its vast oil reserves. He said Trump's rhetoric about humanitarian aid is just a show. | Trump insists that Maduro is blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela and the US has started to send supplies to Colombia. | However, the last time neoconservative veteran and now US Venezuelan envoy…
greenleft.org.au/content/maduro-…

MIT refuses to cut ties to Saudi regime
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
The MIT president announced the university's commitment to maintaining relationships with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of the Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

May Expected to Delay Brexit Negotiations by 3 Months
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
Without the requisite parliamentary authorization, all indications are pointing to United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May being pressured into requesting a three-month extension to the two-year Brexit negotiation period. | RELATED: | UK Demands Brexit Deal Change, Ireland's Peace at Stake | If the British Parliament supports the Brexit deal but does not authorize it in time for the European Union (EU) summit on March 21, this "technical extension" will allow parliament to tie off any…
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Philippines: Break the culture of silence, violence and impunity
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
The following statement on the February 13 arrest of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was issued by the Filipino human rights movement, iDefend. | iDefend condemns the arrest of Maria Ressa by the National Bureau of Investigation on February 13 on charges of cyber-libel. | Ressa's arrest is the latest demonstration of how government critics are silenced in a manner which mirrors a familiar style of the late Marcos dictatorship. | For two years, Senator Leila de Lima remains incarcerated on unproven drug charges; former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was removed from her post in a Quo Waranto proc…
greenleft.org.au/content/philipp…

Japanese Americans, Allies Say "Never Again is Now"
Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki | indybay.org | 2019-02-22
On February 17th, members of the greater San José Japanese American community commemorated the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. At the same time they protested the National Emergency Trump announced two days earlier in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Allies from the South Bay peace activist community joined with those gathered in the local Japantown, one of only three left in the United States.
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Burning Man CEO Bans "Billionaire Camp" and Tells Instagram "Influencers" to Stay Home
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(TMU) — Nevada's Burning Man festival, founded on a philosophy of peace, love and generosity, was intended to act as a temporary example of how people could live and get along without the financial and cultural restraints of mainstream society. Over the years the festival has grown into one of the largest events of its kind …

Burning Man CEO Bans "Billionaire Camp" and Tells Instagram "Influencers" to Stay Home

Terrorism and Insurgency: The Semantics of Political Legitimacy
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
The definition of the term "terrorism" has been deliberately left undefined by the Western powers to use it as a catch-all pretext to justify their interventionist policy in the energy-rich Islamic countries. Depending on context, "terrorism" can mean two markedly …
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Could WestConnex be Berejiklian's downfall?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
An ever growing number of Sydneysiders are now aware that WestConnex will not solve Sydney's traffic problems — instead it will only worsen the chaos. | Many also see that its $16.8 billion budget has been seriously underestimated: it is more like the $45 billion that SGS Economics, the private contractor engaged by the City of Sydney indicated. This figure includes the additional work needed to connect the tollway with local road networks, costs that were deliberately excluded to downplay the project spend. | Then there's the huge bill that the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government and joint venture contractor…
greenleft.org.au/content/could-w…

The Obsession With Jussie Smollett's 'Hoax' Is Obscuring the Real Threat of Racist Violence
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
The Obsession With Jussie Smollett's 'Hoax' Is Obscuring the Real Threat of Racist Violence…
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US actor Danny Glover slams US over Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
During an interview with the Real News Network, US actor and activist Danny Glover criticised the US over its actions against Venezuela. | Glover accused the US of having "taken the billions of dollars that rightfully belonged to the Venezuelan people, [and] placed sanctions on…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-acto…

Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
As one progresses around the exhibition it becomes clear that the main concern of British imperialism in…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Powerful support for Oakland teachers' strike
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
Like teachers across the US and internationally, striking teachers in Oakland, California are fighting against the corporate war on public education and the complicity of the trade unions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

New revelations of right-wing terrorist network in German army
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
A former member of the German army's elite Commando Special Forces confirmed that a terrorist network within the German state apparatus is planning the murder of political opponents and a fascist revolt for "Day X."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Venezuelans ready to resist US aggression, meeting told
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
La Trobe University Latin American studies lecturer Ralph Newmark told a meeting of 80 people on February 20 that the English-speaking media misrepresents the causes of the crisis in Venezuela. | The meeting was organised by the newly-formed Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. | Newmark said the crisis is being caused by external pressure from the United States and internally by the Venezuelan middle and upper class who oppose the government's pro-poor measures. | The US and Australian governments' recognition of the National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as the country's unelected interim president would be equivale…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezue…

Cuba Accuses US of Preparing for Military Action in Venezuela
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(ZH) — At a Havana press conference Tuesday, the Cuban government accused the Trump administration of preparing a military operation against Venezuela, suggesting that humanitarian aid is a pretext for intervention. "You're starting to see American military transports that originate in U.S. military installations, where marine infantry and special forces operate and plan covert action," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said in …

Cuba Accuses US of Preparing for Military Action in Venezuela

VIDEO: 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…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/21/v…

'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'
Ben Norton | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a path of civil war and US intervention." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/21/p…

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 …
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