Daily Archives: January 24, 2019

2019-01-24: News Headlines

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-01-24). What's been learned won't be easily forgotten. mronline.org A young Venezuelan intellectual argues that the revolutionary potential of Chavismo may be in abeyance, but it could come back to life again. | Source

Telesur (2019-01-24). Venezuelan Armed Forces Recognize Maduro as President. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, declared Wednesday that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) refuses to accept the opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of the Latin American country. | "The Homeland's soldiers don't accept a president …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-24). "A Coup Is Not a Democratic Transition!" US Peace Activist Interrupts Pompeo Speech on Venezuela. commondreams.org U.S. peace activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, called on her government to end its meddling in the affairs in Venezuela on Thursday—and called on other nations in the region to respect Venezuela's sovereignty—as she interrupted remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting of the Organization for American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-01-24). The Corporatists Who Want Venezuela's President Ousted. truthdig.com Gleisi Hoffmann grew up in a Catholic household in Curitiba where, after giving up plans to become a nun, she entered the student movement, affiliated with the Brazilian Communist Party (PC do B) and was elected President of the Curitiba, Parana State and National High School Student's Unions. Afterward, she became a lawyer, affiliated with the Workers Party (Partido de Trabalhadores/PT) and began a political trajectory that culminated with her serving as Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff (2011-2014), senator, and her current position as national president of the PT. | In 2015 she was accused of corruption as part…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-24). A Coup in Progress? Trump Moves to Oust Maduro & Install Pro-U.S. Leader in Oil-Rich Venezuela. democracynow.org The Venezuelan government is accusing the United States of staging a coup, after President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. Trump made the announcement shortly after Guaidó, the new head of Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself president during a large opposition protest. The European Union and the Lima Group have joined the U.S. in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president. Mexico is the one dissenting nation in the Lima Group to still recognize Maduro. We speak with Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College, who…

Wayne Madsen (2019-01-24). US Recognition of Rival Venezuela Government Sets Dangerous New Precedent. mintpressnews.com What portends for Venezuela is a situation that will rapidly be copied by other countries that will rush to recognize rival presidents and governments, perhaps even extending support to the establishment of government-in-exile.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-24). Washington Has Appointed a President for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca After listening since 2016 to the American presstitutes complain, without providing a mere scrap of evidence, of Russia meddling in US elections, a person would think that the last thing Washington would do would be to meddle in other countries' …

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Venezuela Foreign Minister Accuses US of Open Coup Attempt. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the United States of openly planning a coup against Venezuela. | RELATED: | Russia, China Caution US Against A Venezuelan Coup | The minister denounced the U.S. for its constant interventions and threats against Nicolas Maduro who was re-elected as president with a democratic vote in 2018 with 67 percent of the vote. | "It is striking to say that the U.S. government is not behind the coup attempt in Venezuela — it is AHEAD of it, on the…

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-24). Mike Pence Calls for Coup d'Etat in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Since Hugo Chavez established Bolivarian social democracy in Venezuela, a vibrant system, a model for other nations, the US plotted to replace it with fascist tyranny. | Democratically elected and reelected Nicolas Maduro carries the torch Chavez lit. Venezuela's electoral system …

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Venezuela: Defense Minister, Military Top Brass Support Maduro. telesurenglish.net The military high command of Venezuela ratified Thursday its support for President Nicolas Maduro, whom he recognized as the legitimate president, said the defense minister. | RELATED: | Venezuela Foreign Minister Accuses US of Open Coup Attempt | General Vladimir Padrino in a statement from the ministry and in the company of the military leadership said that the United States and other governments are executing a war against Venezuela. "I warn the people that there is a coup underwa…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-24). 'Fly at Your Own Risk, Friends': As Trump Shutdown Continues, Airline Safety Workers Issue 'Terrifying' Warning. commondreams.org As the longest government shutdown in American history entered its 34th day on Thursday and federal workers prepared to miss another paycheck, a "dire" and "quite scary" warning from unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants fueled mounting calls for President Donald Trump and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to reopen the government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ben Norton (2019-01-24). US Backs Coup in Oil-Rich Venezuela, Right-Wing Opposition Plans Mass Privatization and Hyper-Capitalism. mintpressnews.com The US has effectively declared a coup in Venezuela. Trump recognized unelected right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as new "president," who plans mass privatization and neoliberal capitalist policies.

Eds. (2019-01-24). Open thread: U.S. backs anti-Maduro coup in Venezuela. mronline.org Lacking, for now, the support of Venezuela's own military the only way the coup can succeed is with military help from a foreign power, the obvious candidates being the U.S., NATO and Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro——a cross between Pinochet and a used car salesman. | Source

Nino Pagliccia (2019-01-24). Regime Change in Venezuela: Trump, Almagro and Guaidó — The Troika of Insanity. globalresearch.ca As I write this comment events in Venezuela are still developing this January 23. The date marks the day Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez was overthrown 61 years ago. It is an important date for all Venezuelans. It is understandable …

WSWS (2019-01-24). Washington engineers right-wing coup in Venezuela. wsws.org The backing by governments in Latin America and internationally for the US-orchestrated coup attempt are part of a global drive toward the right and dictatorship.

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Former UN Expert Zayas: US-led Coup in Venezuela Violates International Law. telesurenglish.net Alfred de Zayas, a former United Nations expert who visited Venezuela in 2017 as a U.N. representative, said that the United States is conducting an illegal coup in the country which is against international laws. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Defense Minister Padrino, Military's Top Brass Affirms Loyalty to President Maduro | "It is an attem…

amnesty (2019-01-24). Venezuela: More than a dozen people killed in protests. amnesty.org In response to reports that at least a dozen people were killed in the context of the protests in Venezuela, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: | "Since the beginning of the week, thousands of people in Venezuela have taken to the streets to protest the serious institutional and human rights crisis that has gripped the country. Instead of seeking solutions and engaging in dialogue to address their demands, the authorities under the command of Nicolás Maduro have responded by sending military and police officials onto the streets to apply their policy of repression." |

teleSUR Desk (2019-01-24). Venezuela cuts relations with United States over coup support. mronline.org Maduro cut relations with the U.S. and said that envoys of the countries who have stopped recognizing him as elected president have 72 hours to leave the country. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-01-24). Lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck: Bush, Rumsfeld & Cheney Are a Troika of Tyranny & Should Be in Prison. democracynow.org As Venezuela faces an attempted coup supported by the U.S., Brazil and the European Union, we speak with human rights attorney Wolfgang Kaleck. In November, John Bolton accused Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua of being part of a "troika of tyranny." Kaleck says the real "troika of tyranny" is George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, who should be in prison for war crimes. Kaleck is a human rights attorney who for decades has been at the forefront of the legal fight to hold powerful actors and governments around the world accountable for human rights abuses. His new book, titled "Law Versus Power: Our Global…

STAFF (2019-01-24). Trump Calls on Maduro to Resign as Foe Claims Venezuela Presidency. truthdig.com CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's crisis quickly escalated Wednesday as an opposition leader backed by the Trump administration declared himself interim president in a direct challenge to embattled socialist Nicolas Maduro, who retaliated by breaking off relations with the United States, his biggest trade partner. | For the past two weeks, ever since Maduro took the oath for a second six-year term in the face of widespread international condemnation, the newly invigorated opposition had been preparing for nationwide demonstrations Wednesday coinciding with the anniversary marking the end of Venezuela's last…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-24). Former U.N. Expert: The U.S. Is Violating International Law by Attempting a Coup in Venezuela. democracynow.org As President Trump announces that the U.S. will recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader and sitting President Nicolás Maduro breaks off relations with the United States, we speak with a former U.N. independent expert who says the U.S. is staging an illegal coup in the country. Alfred de Zayas, who visited Venezuela as a U.N. representative in 2017, says, "The mainstream media has been complicit in this attempted coup. … This reminds us of the run-up to the Iraq invasion of 2003." We also speak with Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College and author of "The Enduring Legacy: Oil…

commondreams (2019-01-24). More Than a Dozen People Killed in Protests in Venezuela. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Turkey: US Backing Venezuela Interim President 'Means Chaos'. telesurenglish.net Thursday Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated support for President Nicolas Maduro, and stated that recognizing the opposition-controlled National Assembly's President Juan Guaido – as the new head of the Venezuelan state – will bring chaos to the Latin American country. | RELATED:…

Masud Wadan (2019-01-24). The US Paved the Ground for Regional Powers to Seek a Stake in Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Whether the US is really willing to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Syria or not, it has triggered a huge wave of diplomatic and military provocations across the immediate region, the mess which the US might possibly want to …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Attempting to Engineer Coup, Competing Senate Bills to End Government Shutdown Unlikely to Pass, Federal Workers Flood Senate Office Building to Protest Shutdown, Trump to Delay State of the Union Address Until Shutdown Ends, Witness: El Chapo's Sons Murdered Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez, Brazil: Son of President Bolsonaro Linked to Criminal Syndicate, Iowa Anti-Abortion Law Struck Down as New York Pro-Choice Bill Passes, Michael Cohen Cancels Congressional Testimony, Citing Trump's Threats, House Committee to Probe White House Handling of Security Clearances, U.S. Climate Science Ha…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-01-24). Trump Backs Overthrow Of Venezuelan President, Recognizes Right-Wing Opposition Figure As Leader. commondreams.org "We continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people." (Photo: White House on Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Telesur (2019-01-24). New Coup Attempt in Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido. globalresearch.ca The Venezuelan right-wing, backed by the United States and other right-wing governments in the region, continue with their coup agenda against the Bolivarian government. | *** | The Venezuelan and international right advances in its destabilizing plans, which are rejected by revolutionary …

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Venezuela's Maduro Closes Embassy in US, Endorses Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered Thursday the closing of the embassy and consulates of his country in the United States, a day after breaking diplomatic relations with Donald Trump's government. | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | Speaking from the Supreme Justice Court (TSJ), Maduro said that the international strategy's objective is to intervene in Venezuela through a puppet president. | "There's a great provocation, led by the U.S. empir…

commondreams (2019-01-24). DSA Responds to Crisis in Venezuela. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-24). So-Called 'Trump Resistance' Mostly Silent as US President Openly Foments Coup d'Etat in Venezuela. commondreams.org "No one in a democratic country, especially not the media, should be supporting Trump's unilateral action to declare Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

James Jordan (2019-01-24). Is foreign military intervention in Venezuela imminent? zcomm.org The frustrations of the Bolivarian movement's enemies are palpable. Does this mean intervention is imminent? And what would such an intervention look like?

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-24). Billionaire Wilbur Ross Says Unpaid Federal Workers Don't Have "Good Excuse" for Running Out of Money During Shutdown. commondreams.org "Ross and Trump may not get it, but it's not complicated. Federal employees go to food banks because they have to feed their kids, and they can't do that without a paycheck." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Russia, China Caution US Against A Venezuelan Coup. telesurenglish.net Thursday Moscow and Beijing issued statements in support of Venezuela against U.S. meddling with the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic through military interference, which includes a planned coup d'état. | RELATED: | New Coup Attempt In Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido | The Russian ministry says "only Venezuelans have the right to determine their future," and that "destructi…

Fred_F (2019-01-24). Protests oppose US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Supporters of Venezuela's pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution rallied outside the United States Consulate in Martin Place, in Sydney's CBD, on January 23 to demand no US intervention in Venezuela. | They also called for an end to the unfolding right-wing coup attempt against the South American nation's president, Nicolas Maduro. | US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence have declared that the US no longer recognises Maduro as Venezuela's legitimate head of state. | Instead, the White House is endorsing virtually unknown far-right National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as the head of an "interim governmen…

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Trump A Threat to US, Intelligence Strategy Report Says. telesurenglish.net The new National Intelligence Strategy of the United States (NIS) released its strategy for 2019 Tuesday. The document reveals that 17 intelligence agencies of the U.S. are against President Donald Trump's impulsive behavior on war and peace. | RELATED: | Trump 'Uninvited' from State of Union for US Shutdown, Democrats Float 'Smart Wall' | The 36-page report issued by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has targeted Trump's friends in Moscow and his busine…

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Nicaragua Expresses Support for Venezuelan President Maduro. telesurenglish.net The government of Nicaragua expressed Wednesday through an official statement its total support for the people of Venezuela, its democracy and the government of the legitimate president Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term | "The Great Homeland does not bend, it stands proud, with the Love of its Peoples, here no one surrenders! Viva Venezuela! Viva Chávez! Viva Nicolás! Forward, with Faith and Hope!" reads the statement. | The Nicarag…

South Front (2019-01-24). Video: Syria Threatens to Strike 'Tel Aviv Airport'. globalresearch.ca Late on January 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a major attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Idlib de-escalation zone. | According to the Russian military, about 150-200 militants supported by …

stuart_m (2019-01-24). Coup in progress? Venezuelan Foreign Minister decries US and Brazil-backed effort to oust Maduro. greenleft.org.au Update: Since this interveiw was published by Democracy Now!. President Trump has recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, calling democratically elected President Maduro "illegitimate." In response, Venezuela has cut diplomatic ties with the U.S., giving diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. | The United States and allied nations in Latin America are ratcheting up pressure on Venezuela in what appears to be a coordinated effort to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. M…

Craig Murray (2019-01-24). The Coup in Venezuela Must be Resisted. globalresearch.ca Venezuela has elections. Juan Guaido has never even been a Presidential candidate. Despite massive CIA opposition funding and interference over years as Big Oil tries to regain control of the World's largest oil reserves, Nicolas Maduro was democratically re-elected in …

Philip Giraldi (2019-01-24). The United States Is at It Again: Compiling an "Enemies List". "A Wolf Pack of Rogue States" globalresearch.ca Many American still long for the good old days when men were still manly and President George W. Bush was able to announce that there was a "new sheriff in town" pledged to wipe terrorism from the face of the …

David Rosen (2019-01-24). Roe: 47 Years and Counting. counterpunch.org Do Americans have a right to privacy? This "right" is not enumerated in the Constitution but the Ninth Amendment states, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." The battle over the right to privacy, especially a woman's right to an abortion, defines the culture wars. | More

Wim Laven (2019-01-24). What Makes America Great? counterpunch.org On Saturday January 18th, 2019 during the Indigenous People's March in Washington D.C. Nathan Phillips showed what makes America great. The videos of his experience show the Native American elder singing a healing song to defuse a conflict brewing between four young African Americans and a much larger group of white youth from Covington Catholic More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-24). Eyeing the White House: the Democratic Field. counterpunch.org Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced excitement in anticipation of the 2020 elections. This early morning of the public holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr., US voters were given a spray of enthusiastic promises by yet More

Defend Wikileaks (2019-01-24). Assange Takes Legal Action to Force Trump Administration to Reveal Charges Against Him. globalresearch.ca Lawyers Further Seek To Compel Ecuador To Prevent Extradition To The United States | Lawyers for Julian Assange have filed an urgent application to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Washington D.C., to direct the Trump Administration to …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-01-24). Davos Attendees Must Accept That They Have Too Much Money. commondreams.org From left, moderator Andrew R. Sorkin; Ruth Porat, Google senior vice president and chief financial officer; Blackstone Group CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman; Sinochem Group Chairman Ning Gaoning; Raghuram G. Rajan of the University of Chicago, and Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan take part in the discussion, "Shaping a New Market Architecture" at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Photo: Markus Schreiber / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-24). L.A. Teachers Strike Dispatch #9: What We Won. counterpunch.org The United Teachers of Los Angeles strike was enormously popular, with tens of thousands of parents and students joining already full picketlines. There were many intangibles won, including but not limited to: ∑ We learned that despite the PR hatchet job the anti-union, anti-public school forces have waged for the past 25 years, the general public More

Jim Miles (2019-01-24). Canada Provides Itself "Wiggle Room" for China's Huawei Case. globalresearch.ca Meng Wanzhou was arrested at Vancouver International airport in December by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. government. Canada at first maintained a position of not wanting to make the case "political" and to continue with …

Zero Hedge (2019-01-24). BuzzFeed Throws Hail Mary: Publishes New Trump Tower Moscow Docs. globalresearch.ca After last week's embarrassing debacle in which special counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement calling bullshit on BuzzFeed over their Trump Tower Moscow report that Trump ordered his attorney Michael Cohen to lie about the timeline, the beleaguered news …

Jesse Jackson (2019-01-24). America Has Lost Its Common Sense. counterpunch.org With the government still partially shut down, partisan politics is generating more heat than light. President Donald Trump, in his unique blustery style, believes he can slander the Democratic leaders that he must negotiate with, burlesque their position and demand capitulation in return for simply allowing the government to run. When the Democratic-led House recently passed More

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv (2019-01-24). Rebranding Canada's Solitary Confinement Policy Doesn't Change What It Is. counterpunch.org There was a time when an unconstitutional government policy was not something lamented then simply rebranded. Once a court found it unconstitutional, the practice just … ended, especially when politicians had campaigned against it. Not so solitary confinement — an old practice that today's Canadian Parliament loves to hate, hates to love, but just keeps More

teleSUR (2019-01-24). US: Iranian TV Anchor Released from Detention Without Charge. telesurenglish.net Iranian Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi, who was detained for being a "material witness" in an investigation but was not charged with any crime, was released Wednesday after 10 days of detention in the United States. | RELATED: | Iranians Call For Protest Against Arrest of TV Anchor by FBI | The journalist Hashemi, who was born Melanie Franklin in the United States and changed her name after converting to Islam, is already reunited with her family in Washington DC. | "Marzieh and h…

Russell Mokhiber (2019-01-24). Single Payer Gold Standard HR 676 Rest in Peace. counterpunch.org


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Consortiumnews (2019-01-24). Second-Round Stakes Higher for Trump and Kim. consortiumnews.com The North Korea leader obviously wants a deal, writes Patrick Lawrence, which gives the U.S. a historic opportunity next month. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News President Donald Trump's announcement late last week that he will meet North Korea's… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-01-24). Nadine Labaki, 1st Arab Female Director to Get Oscar Nomination. telesurenglish.net Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki made history as the first Arab woman whose film "Capernaum," which means chaos, received Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. | RELATED: | Indigenous Yalitza Aparicio Leads Oscar Nomination for Best Actress for 'Roma' | The nomination of a Lebanese picture for the Best Foreign Language Film award for the second year running is also a milestone for Arab and Lebanese cinema, Labaki told Reuters after the nominees were a…

Ruth Conniff (2019-01-24). Our Dangerous Impulse to Demonize the Other Side. commondreams.org "If we stereotype them as sociopaths and predators right out of the gate, we push them toward the very qualities we dread." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-24). Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis. mintpressnews.com The U.S. Department of Defense produces more hazardous waste than the five biggest U.S.-based chemical companies combined and is the biggest contributor to global pollution in the world.

Dr. Barbara G. Ellis (2019-01-24). Putting on Yellow Vests — to Stop Trump's Throwing the U.S. Constitution over a Wall. globalresearch.ca As a long-time activist, I just bought a yellow vest made famous in France by the hundred thousands of the 99% who don them every Saturday. They are finally revolting after 40 years of grinding austerity imposed by successive governments …

Jim Miles (2019-01-24). The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce. globalresearch.ca The mainstream media continues to harvest all the disinformation it can concerning the relationship between Trump and Putin and the character of Putin himself, not to mention the overall generalizations about the state of Russia and the kind of people …

M. G. Piety (2019-01-24). An Essay on Grief. counterpunch.org Human beings are social creatures. Not only do they need companionship; they derive satisfaction from helping and supporting one another. Human beings, and indeed all mammals to some extent, are naturally nurturing creatures. They are drawn to protect the weak and the frail. Usually, this impulse to nurture finds fulfillment in the care parents take More

Christopher Black (2019-01-24). Deal Breaker, Donald Trump and The Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. globalresearch.ca Scott Ritter needs little introduction. He is well-known for informing the world that Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction, the pretext the US used for their aggression and occupation of Iraq with a view to seizure of Iraq's oil …

John Whitehead (2019-01-24). Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI's Diabolical Plan To Create A Nation Of Suspects. mintpressnews.com Get ready, folks, because the government— helped along by Congress, President Trump, the courts, and local police agencies — is embarking on a diabolical campaign to create a nation of suspects predicated on a massive national DNA database.

David Swanson (2019-01-24). The World Will End in Fire. counterpunch.org Proclaiming that the end is nigh has now become the labor of the very opposite of a deluded religious devotee. And the question framed by Robert Frost of whether the world will end in fire or ice is no longer in dispute. The world will soon end in fire, possibly the fire of the Pentagon's More

Joseph Essertier (2019-01-24). Warmongering Over Warmbier: US Hypocrisy and a Double Standard on North Korea. counterpunch.org Soon after Otto Warmbier's tragic death the pro-US-government propaganda machine went into high gear. The deception ranged from false intelligence reports, to a lie from President Trump, to a journalist's claim of an "extra dose of brutality." His grieving and patriotic father said that it looked like someone had "rearranged his bottom teeth." There is no evidence that these claims are true, and much evidence that they are false. The father who had just lost his son to the interminable Korean War and was also subject to the incessant mass media distortions can be forgiven. If the US were a peace-loving and truth-…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-01-24). Swine Flu Now Spreading in Yemen as Health System Crumbles under Saudi Attack. mintpressnews.com Flu cases that could otherwise be treated are leaving patients in critical condition and facing death. Yemen's health officials estimate that 80 percent of those with H1N1 risk death owing to the lack of medication available and Yemen's devastated health infrastructure.

Frank Scott (2019-01-24). We Don't Need a New Deal: We Need a Whole New Deck. globalresearch.ca The gap between the earth's wardens of wealth and the nearly eight billion humans under their control has grown wider and more dangerous but is beginning to be understood by some as a systemic problem and not simply a matter …

Mohammed Elnaiem (2019-01-24). The Sudan uprising: "This is a people's revolution" zcomm.org In Sudan, a multifaceted civil opposition is posing a serious threat to the continued existence of Bashir's dictatorial regime after weeks of protests…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-24). False 'Victories': Is the PA Using the 'State of Palestine' to Remain in Power? counterpunch.org The 'State of Palestine' has officially been handed the Chairmanship of the G-77, the United Nations largest block. This is particularly significant considering the relentless Israeli-American plotting to torpedo Palestinian push for greater international recognition and legitimacy. It is now conclusive that the main mission for former United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, More

Dean Baker (2019-01-24). How Worried Should We be If China's Growth Rate Slows to 6.4%? counterpunch.org There have been numerous articles in the news recently telling us about China's slowing economy (e.g. here and here). From the accounts I've seen, it does sound like China has problems, although we have heard this story before. (There have been China experts predicting a financial collapse since the late 1990s.) But the striking part More

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-24). China Warns Against Extraditing Huawei's CFO to US. globalresearch.ca A previous article explained that the Trump regime will formally request Canada to extradite Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou to the US. | Arrested by Canadian authorities in Vancouver on December 1, Ottawa acting as a US proxy, she's …

Justin Bahunga (2019-01-24). Kagame's Sponsors Avert Their Eyes While Repression Continues in Rwanda. globalresearch.ca The world has heard that Victoire Ingabire has been released after 8 years in Kagame's prisons. But the world is not being reminded that leading members of her party are still in prison without trial — and that one of …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-24). Welcome to 'The New Abnormal': Apocalypse Still Looms as Doomsday Clock Stays at 2 Minutes to Midnight. commondreams.org Thanks to world leaders' failures to adequately address the threats posed by nuclear weapons and the climate crisis—in spite of mounting public pressure for bold action on both fronts—the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday that the Doomsday Clock remains at two minutes to midnight, "the closest it has ever been to apocalypse." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

amnesty (2019-01-24). Iran's 'year of shame': More than 7,000 arrested in chilling crackdown on dissent during 2018. amnesty.org The Iranian authorities carried out a shameless campaign of repression during 2018, crushing protests and arresting thousands in a wide-scale crackdown on dissent, said Amnesty International, a year after a wave of protests against poverty, corruption and authoritarianism erupted across the country. | The organization has today revealed staggering new figures showing the extent of the Iranian authorities' repression during 2018. Over the course of the year, more than 7,000 protesters, students, journalists, environmental activists, workers and human rights defenders, including lawyers, women's rights activists, m…

amnesty (2019-01-24). Egypt 'more dangerous than ever' for peaceful critics. amnesty.org Eight years after the start of Egypt's revolution, the Egyptian people are facing an unprecedented attack on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today. Tens of thousands took to the streets to demand greater protections for human rights during the 25 January revolution of 2011, but under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the space for dissent is being crushed out of existence. | Over the course of 2018, the Egyptian authorities arrested at least 113 people simply for peacefully expressing their views. Many were detained without tria…

amnesty (2019-01-24). Russian Federation: Human rights defender under house arrest: Anastasia Shevchenko. amnesty.org On 23 January, Anastasia Shevchenko, an Open Russia human rights defender from Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, was put under house arrest and may face up to six years in prison if convicted. This is the first time the Russian authorities have opened a criminal case under the repressive "undesirable organizations" law. It is a worrying precedent and could open the floodgates to the prosecution of hundreds of Open Russia members across the country. Anastasia Shevchenko is a prisoner of conscience. She must be immediately and unconditionally released.

amnesty (2019-01-24). "Kibera should be seen as a place of hope" amnesty.org Kibera should be seen as a place of hope. There's great potential here. I have grown up in the slums. I have been to primary and secondary school here. Now I am taking electrical engineering at university. This is just one story. Many other people are taking other courses, but people don't see them, they just see the small evil that is happening. | I am aware of the issues that exist in the slums, but the fear of them remaining encourages me to speak out. | Gender-based violence is a big issue. People fear mentioning it. They don't want to talk about domestic violence, but I want to break this silence. Through my…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-24). Iran: Prominent Labor Activist Rearrested. hrw.org (Beirut) — Iranian authorities on January 20, 2019 arrested two activists who had alleged that authorities tortured them in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests of Ismael Bakhshi, a prominent labor rights activist, and Sepideh Gholian, a journalist and labor rights activist, came the day after Iranian state television broadcast confessions that they said they were forced to make in detention. | | | Screen shot from Islamic Republic of Iran Broad…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-24). Russia: First Criminal Case under 'Undesirables' Law. hrw.org | | Anastasiya Shevchenko at her court hearing in Rostov-on-Don on January 23, 2019. | © Alissa Vasilyeva, Rostov-on-Don, 2019 | (Moscow) — Russian authorities opened their first criminal case against a Russian activist for alleged involvement with a so-called "undesirable" foreign organization, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 23, 2019 Rostov-on-Don court placed Anastasia Shevchenko, a member of the Open Russia Civic Movement (ORCM), under hou…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-24). Libya: Displaced Population Can't Go Home. hrw.org

David Dayen (2019-01-24). Elizabeth Warren Proposes Annual Wealth Tax on Ultra-Millionaires. theintercept.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has rolled out a proposal for an annual tax on wealth, becoming the first major Democratic candidate to follow a recommendation outlined in Thomas Piketty's blockbuster book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." | The proposal, according to two University of California, Berkeley, economists who are leading experts on wealth and inequality, would shrink the wealth of the superrich by $2.75 trillion over a 10-year period, while only affecting around 75,000 U.S. households. | A paper distributed by Warren's campaign announcing the proposal notes that the United States c…

Micah Lee (2019-01-24). Everybody Does It: The Messy Truth About Infiltrating Computer Supply Chains. theintercept.com The danger of China compromising hardware supply chains is very real, judging from classified intelligence documents, even if a Bloomberg story on the matter is highly disputed.

WSWS (2019-01-24). Ontario guts financial aid for low-income students. wsws.org Outraged students have called a rally in Toronto tomorrow to protest the gutting of student aid—the latest volley in the Ford government's war on the working class.

WSWS (2019-01-24). How the UTLA orchestrated the betrayal of Los Angeles teachers. wsws.org Well aware that the sellout deal would provoke widespread opposition, the union rushed through the contract without providing teachers time to study and discuss it.

WSWS (2019-01-24). Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Warsaw Ghetto archive on the screen. wsws.org Roberta Grossman's film is an important contribution to a wider discussion about the significance of historical truth in the struggle against fascism.

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-24). Theresa May's Plan B: Brexit Plan A with a Rhetorical Facelift. globalresearch.ca It's Plan A with a rhetorical face lift, practically the same, no-Brexit/Brexit. May pretends to want what she opposes, clearly stating opposition to leaving the EU as home secretary. | She wasted over two-and-half years accomplishing nothing, cutting a deal …

aljazeera (2019-01-24). How can the political crisis in Venezuela be solved?>. aljazeera.com Venezuela's political crisis has escalated dramatically in the past few days.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Latest updates as Venezuela plunges further into crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). Venezuela: After a day of turmoil, what is expected next? aljazeera.com As uncertainty sets in, analysts say unrest is likely to continue as Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido struggle for power.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). New US sanctions target Iran-backed fighters in Syria. aljazeera.com Fatemiyoun Division, comprising Afghan fighters, and Zaynabiyoun Brigade, comprising Pakistanis, put on blacklist.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). The story behind Venezuela's self-declared interim president. aljazeera.com Venezuela is in the middle of a deepening political and economic crisis since Juan Guaido's surprise move.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). Rights group says Egypt 'more dangerous than ever' for critics. aljazeera.com At least 113 Egyptians were detained in 2018 for peacefully criticising the government, says Amnesty International.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). Extended US-Taliban peace talks in Qatar raise Afghan hopes. aljazeera.com Talks in Qatar have now gone on for four days with analysts hoping they 'open a way for an intra-Afghan dialogue'.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich gets 13-year jail term for 'treason'. aljazeera.com The 68-year-old former president has never attended the trial and is believed to be living in Russia.

aljazeera (2019-01-24). Sudan protests spread as death toll rises to 29. aljazeera.com 'Larger than ever' demonstrations hit Khartoum and other cities as month-long protests claim another life.

The Mind Unleashed (2019-01-24). 5 Reasons Why the US-Led Crusade Against Venezuela Will Probably Fail. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Events in Venezuela shook the world on Wednesday, with many left wondering if January 23 was the beginning of the end for the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the beginning of a new chapter of U.S. interventionism. Here are five reasons why it's unlikely that this latest drama in the South American nation …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-24). "Catastrophic Consequences": Russia Warns US Against Military Intervention in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Commenting on Washington's claim that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is the legitimate president, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called out what Moscow sees as rank hypocrisy, saying: "The US, which is paranoid about somebody interfering in their elections, even though they have no proof of that, themselves are trying to rule the fates of other peoples. What they …

Jon Queally (2019-01-24). Venezuela's President Maduro Gives US Diplomats 72 Hours to Leave Country. theantimedia.com (CD) — President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela officially cut off diplomatic ties with the U.S. government on Wednesday—and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country—in response to President Donald Trump declaring formal recognition of an opposition lawmaker as the "Interim President" of Venezuela, despite not being elected by the nation's people for that position. …

Turkish Minute (2019-01-24). Turkey's Erdogan: 'We Have No Intention of Invading Syria'. theantimedia.com (TM) — "Our territories are enough, we have no intention of invading Syria," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said on Thursday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. His remarks came during a ceremony at the Turkish Military Academy. "Frankly, Turkey is the only country in Syria for humanitarian reasons," he added. Turkey has been backing rebel forces …

Jason Ditz (2019-01-24). US Releases American Journalist After 10-Day Detention Without Charges. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — 10 days ago, US citizen Marzieh Hashemi was arrested at the St. Louis Lambert Airport, and transferred into FBI custody. On Wednesday, she was finally released, having never been charged with a crime. Hashemi is a journalist and an anchor for Iran's PressTV, and her arrest was the subject of mounting international scrutiny, though the US …

Robert Norse (2019-01-24). Police-Led Martin Luther King Day March, Lots of Smiles, Little Substance. indybay.org I joined the MLK parade, annoyed at the annual pomp and ceremony, sterilizing, sanitizing, and snoozifying his real message-to act locally against war, racism, and poverty. The flyers I distributed lay out some of the specifics that I often echo on this website. At least one speaker at the civic Auditorium noted it was, for the second year, police-led–the final bitter icing on the fluffy cake of expropriating, transforming, and degrading King's original message and work.

jenny miller (2019-01-24). #MeToo! Believing Women and Freud's Assault on the Truth. indybay.org Over 100 years ago, Freud became aware that many patients had been sexually abused as children, but was forced to abandon this belief due to rejection by his professional peers. I interview author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson about this still-taboo subject.

2019-01-24: Social Media Postees

Venezuela: More than a dozen people killed in protests
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-24
In response to reports that at least a dozen people were killed in the context of the protests in Venezuela, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: | "Since the beginning of the week, thousands of people in Venezuela have taken to the streets to protest the serious institutional and human rights crisis that has gripped the country. Instead of seeking solutions and engaging in dialogue to address their demands, the authorities under the command of Nicolás Maduro have responded by sending military and police officials onto the streets to apply their policy of repression." |
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Russia, China Caution US Against A Venezuelan Coup
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
Thursday Moscow and Beijing issued statements in support of Venezuela against U.S. meddling with the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic through military interference, which includes a planned coup d'état. | RELATED: | New Coup Attempt In Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido | The Russian ministry says "only Venezuelans have the right to determine their future," and that "destructi…
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Trump A Threat to US, Intelligence Strategy Report Says
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
The new National Intelligence Strategy of the United States (NIS) released its strategy for 2019 Tuesday. The document reveals that 17 intelligence agencies of the U.S. are against President Donald Trump's impulsive behavior on war and peace. | RELATED: | Trump 'Uninvited' from State of Union for US Shutdown, Democrats Float 'Smart Wall' | The 36-page report issued by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has targeted Trump's friends in Moscow and his busine…
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Venezuela Foreign Minister Accuses US of Open Coup Attempt
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the United States of openly planning a coup against Venezuela. | RELATED: | Russia, China Caution US Against A Venezuelan Coup | The minister denounced the U.S. for its constant interventions and threats against Nicolas Maduro who was re-elected as president with a democratic vote in 2018 with 67 percent of the vote. | "It is striking to say that the U.S. government is not behind the coup attempt in Venezuela — it is AHEAD of it, on the…
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US Recognition of Rival Venezuela Government Sets Dangerous New Precedent
Wayne Madsen | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-24
What portends for Venezuela is a situation that will rapidly be copied by other countries that will rush to recognize rival presidents and governments, perhaps even extending support to the establishment of government-in-exile. | The post US Recognition of Rival Venezuela Government Sets Dangerous New Precedent appeared first on MintPress News.
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"A Coup Is Not a Democratic Transition!" US Peace Activist Interrupts Pompeo Speech on Venezuela
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
U.S. peace activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, called on her government to end its meddling in the affairs in Venezuela on Thursday—and called on other nations in the region to respect Venezuela's sovereignty—as she interrupted remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting of the Organization for American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Mike Pence Calls for Coup d'Etat in Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Since Hugo Chavez established Bolivarian social democracy in Venezuela, a vibrant system, a model for other nations, the US plotted to replace it with fascist tyranny. | Democratically elected and reelected Nicolas Maduro carries the torch Chavez lit. Venezuela's electoral system … | The post Mike Pence Calls for Coup d'Etat in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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The Coup in Venezuela Must be Resisted
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Venezuela has elections. Juan Guaido has never even been a Presidential candidate. Despite massive CIA opposition funding and interference over years as Big Oil tries to regain control of the World's largest oil reserves, Nicolas Maduro was democratically re-elected in … | The post The Coup in Venezuela Must be Resisted appeared first on Global Research.
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Open thread: U.S. backs anti-Maduro coup in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-24
Lacking, for now, the support of Venezuela's own military the only way the coup can succeed is with military help from a foreign power, the obvious candidates being the U.S., NATO and Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro—-a cross between Pinochet and a used car salesman. | Source…
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Venezuela's Maduro Closes Embassy in US, Endorses Dialogue
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered Thursday the closing of the embassy and consulates of his country in the United States, a day after breaking diplomatic relations with Donald Trump's government. | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | Speaking from the Supreme Justice Court (TSJ), Maduro said that the international strategy's objective is to intervene in Venezuela through a puppet president. | "There's a great provocation, led by the U.S. empir…
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Washington engineers right-wing coup in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-24
The backing by governments in Latin America and internationally for the US-orchestrated coup attempt are part of a global drive toward the right and dictatorship.
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Venezuelan Armed Forces Recognize Maduro as President
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Venezuela's Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, declared Wednesday that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) refuses to accept the opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of the Latin American country. | "The Homeland's soldiers don't accept a president | … | The post Venezuelan Armed Forces Recognize Maduro as President appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: Defense Minister, Military Top Brass Support Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
The military high command of Venezuela ratified Thursday its support for President Nicolas Maduro, whom he recognized as the legitimate president, said the defense minister. | RELATED: | Venezuela Foreign Minister Accuses US of Open Coup Attempt | General Vladimir Padrino in a statement from the ministry and in the company of the military leadership said that the United States and other governments are executing a war against Venezuela. "I warn the people that there is a coup underwa…
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A Coup in Progress? Trump Moves to Oust Maduro & Install Pro-U.S. Leader in Oil-Rich Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-24
The Venezuelan government is accusing the United States of staging a coup, after President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. Trump made the announcement shortly after Guaidó, the new head of Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself president during a large opposition protest. The European Union and the Lima Group have joined the U.S. in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president. Mexico is the one dissenting nation in the Lima Group to still recognize Maduro. We speak with Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College, who…
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Protests oppose US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-24
Supporters of Venezuela's pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution rallied outside the United States Consulate in Martin Place, in Sydney's CBD, on January 23 to demand no US intervention in Venezuela. | They also called for an end to the unfolding right-wing coup attempt against the South American nation's president, Nicolas Maduro. | US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence have declared that the US no longer recognises Maduro as Venezuela's legitimate head of state. | Instead, the White House is endorsing virtually unknown far-right National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as the head of an "interim governmen…
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Nicaragua Expresses Support for Venezuelan President Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
The government of Nicaragua expressed Wednesday through an official statement its total support for the people of Venezuela, its democracy and the government of the legitimate president Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term | "The Great Homeland does not bend, it stands proud, with the Love of its Peoples, here no one surrenders! Viva Venezuela! Viva Chávez! Viva Nicolás! Forward, with Faith and Hope!" reads the statement. | The Nicarag…
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Lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck: Bush, Rumsfeld & Cheney Are a Troika of Tyranny & Should Be in Prison
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-24
As Venezuela faces an attempted coup supported by the U.S., Brazil and the European Union, we speak with human rights attorney Wolfgang Kaleck. In November, John Bolton accused Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua of being part of a "troika of tyranny." Kaleck says the real "troika of tyranny" is George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, who should be in prison for war crimes. Kaleck is a human rights attorney who for decades has been at the forefront of the legal fight to hold powerful actors and governments around the world accountable for human rights abuses. His new book, titled "Law Versus Power: Our Global…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/24/l…

The US Paved the Ground for Regional Powers to Seek a Stake in Afghanistan
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Whether the US is really willing to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Syria or not, it has triggered a huge wave of diplomatic and military provocations across the immediate region, the mess which the US might possibly want to … | The post The US Paved the Ground for Regional Powers to Seek a Stake in Afghanistan appeared first on Global Research.
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Turkey: US Backing Venezuela Interim President 'Means Chaos'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
Thursday Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated support for President Nicolas Maduro, and stated that recognizing the opposition-controlled National Assembly's President Juan Guaido – as the new head of the Venezuelan state – will bring chaos to the Latin American country. | RELATED:…
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DSA Responds to Crisis in Venezuela
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
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Is foreign military intervention in Venezuela imminent?
James Jordan | zcomm.org | 2019-01-24
The frustrations of the Bolivarian movement's enemies are palpable. Does this mean intervention is imminent? And what would such an intervention look like?
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Billionaire Wilbur Ross Says Unpaid Federal Workers Don't Have "Good Excuse" for Running Out of Money During Shutdown
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
"Ross and Trump may not get it, but it's not complicated. Federal employees go to food banks because they have to feed their kids, and they can't do that without a paycheck." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Video: Syria Threatens to Strike 'Tel Aviv Airport'
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Late on January 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a major attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Idlib de-escalation zone. | According to the Russian military, about 150-200 militants supported by … | The post Video: Syria Threatens to Strike 'Tel Aviv Airport' appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump Calls on Maduro to Resign as Foe Claims Venezuela Presidency
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-24
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's crisis quickly escalated Wednesday as an opposition leader backed by the Trump administration declared himself interim president in a direct challenge to embattled socialist Nicolas Maduro, who retaliated by breaking off relations with the United States, his biggest trade partner. | For the past two weeks, ever since Maduro took the oath for a second six-year term in the face of widespread international condemnation, the newly invigorated opposition had been preparing for nationwide demonstrations Wednesday coinciding with the anniversary marking the end of Venezuela's last…
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Coup in progress? Venezuelan Foreign Minister decries US and Brazil-backed effort to oust Maduro
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-24
Update: Since this interveiw was published by Democracy Now!. President Trump has recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, calling democratically elected President Maduro "illegitimate." In response, Venezuela has cut diplomatic ties with the U.S., giving diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. | The United States and allied nations in Latin America are ratcheting up pressure on Venezuela in what appears to be a coordinated effort to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. M…
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So-Called 'Trump Resistance' Mostly Silent as US President Openly Foments Coup d'Etat in Venezuela
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
"No one in a democratic country, especially not the media, should be supporting Trump's unilateral action to declare Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Former U.N. Expert: The U.S. Is Violating International Law by Attempting a Coup in Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-24
As President Trump announces that the U.S. will recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader and sitting President Nicolás Maduro breaks off relations with the United States, we speak with a former U.N. independent expert who says the U.S. is staging an illegal coup in the country. Alfred de Zayas, who visited Venezuela as a U.N. representative in 2017, says, "The mainstream media has been complicit in this attempted coup. … This reminds us of the run-up to the Iraq invasion of 2003." We also speak with Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College and author of "The Enduring Legacy: Oil…
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Former UN Expert Zayas: US-led Coup in Venezuela Violates International Law
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
Alfred de Zayas, a former United Nations expert who visited Venezuela in 2017 as a U.N. representative, said that the United States is conducting an illegal coup in the country which is against international laws. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Defense Minister Padrino, Military's Top Brass Affirms Loyalty to President Maduro | "It is an attem…
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The Corporatists Who Want Venezuela's President Ousted
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-24
Gleisi Hoffmann grew up in a Catholic household in Curitiba where, after giving up plans to become a nun, she entered the student movement, affiliated with the Brazilian Communist Party (PC do B) and was elected President of the Curitiba, Parana State and National High School Student's Unions. Afterward, she became a lawyer, affiliated with the Workers Party (Partido de Trabalhadores/PT) and began a political trajectory that culminated with her serving as Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff (2011-2014), senator, and her current position as national president of the PT. | In 2015 she was accused of corruption as part…
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Venezuela cuts relations with United States over coup support
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-01-24
Maduro cut relations with the U.S. and said that envoys of the countries who have stopped recognizing him as elected president have 72 hours to leave the country. | Source…
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'Fly at Your Own Risk, Friends': As Trump Shutdown Continues, Airline Safety Workers Issue 'Terrifying' Warning
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
As the longest government shutdown in American history entered its 34th day on Thursday and federal workers prepared to miss another paycheck, a "dire" and "quite scary" warning from unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants fueled mounting calls for President Donald Trump and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to reopen the government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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More Than a Dozen People Killed in Protests in Venezuela
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
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US Backs Coup in Oil-Rich Venezuela, Right-Wing Opposition Plans Mass Privatization and Hyper-Capitalism
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-24
The US has effectively declared a coup in Venezuela. Trump recognized unelected right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as new "president," who plans mass privatization and neoliberal capitalist policies. | The post US Backs Coup in Oil-Rich Venezuela, Right-Wing Opposition Plans Mass Privatization and Hyper-Capitalism appeared first on MintPress News.
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Trump Backs Overthrow Of Venezuelan President, Recognizes Right-Wing Opposition Figure As Leader
Kevin Gosztola | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
"We continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people." (Photo: White House on Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Washington Has Appointed a President for Venezuela
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
After listening since 2016 to the American presstitutes complain, without providing a mere scrap of evidence, of Russia meddling in US elections, a person would think that the last thing Washington would do would be to meddle in other countries' … | The post Washington Has Appointed a President for Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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New Coup Attempt in Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
The Venezuelan right-wing, backed by the United States and other right-wing governments in the region, continue with their coup agenda against the Bolivarian government. | *** | The Venezuelan and international right advances in its destabilizing plans, which are rejected by revolutionary … | The post New Coup Attempt in Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido appear…
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Regime Change in Venezuela: Trump, Almagro and Guaidó — The Troika of Insanity
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
As I write this comment events in Venezuela are still developing this January 23. The date marks the day Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez was overthrown 61 years ago. It is an important date for all Venezuelans. It is understandable … | The post Regime Change in Venezuela: Trump, Almagro and Guaidó — The Troika of Insanity appeared first on Global Research.
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What's been learned won't be easily forgotten
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-01-24
A young Venezuelan intellectual argues that the revolutionary potential of Chavismo may be in abeyance, but it could come back to life again. | Source…
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The Sudan uprising: "This is a people's revolution"
Mohammed Elnaiem | zcomm.org | 2019-01-24
In Sudan, a multifaceted civil opposition is posing a serious threat to the continued existence of Bashir's dictatorial regime after weeks of protests…
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Assange Takes Legal Action to Force Trump Administration to Reveal Charges Against Him
Defend Wikileaks | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Lawyers Further Seek To Compel Ecuador To Prevent Extradition To The United States | Lawyers for Julian Assange have filed an urgent application to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Washington D.C., to direct the Trump Administration to … | The post Assange Takes Legal Action to Force Trump Administration to Reveal Charges Against Him appeared first on Global Research.
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The United States Is at It Again: Compiling an "Enemies List". "A Wolf Pack of Rogue States"
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Many American still long for the good old days when men were still manly and President George W. Bush was able to announce that there was a "new sheriff in town" pledged to wipe terrorism from the face of the … | The post The United States Is at It Again: Compiling an "Enemies List". "A Wolf Pack of Rogue States" appeared first on Global Research.
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Nadine Labaki, 1st Arab Female Director to Get Oscar Nomination
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki made history as the first Arab woman whose film "Capernaum," which means chaos, received Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. | RELATED: | Indigenous Yalitza Aparicio Leads Oscar Nomination for Best Actress for 'Roma' | The nomination of a Lebanese picture for the Best Foreign Language Film award for the second year running is also a milestone for Arab and Lebanese cinema, Labaki told Reuters after the nominees were a…
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Canada Provides Itself "Wiggle Room" for China's Huawei Case
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Meng Wanzhou was arrested at Vancouver International airport in December by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. government. Canada at first maintained a position of not wanting to make the case "political" and to continue with … | The post Canada Provides Itself "Wiggle Room" for China's Huawei Case appeared first on Global Research.
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Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI's Diabolical Plan To Create A Nation Of Suspects
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-24
Get ready, folks, because the government– helped along by Congress, President Trump, the courts, and local police agencies — is embarking on a diabolical campaign to create a nation of suspects predicated on a massive national DNA database. | The post Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI's Diabolical Plan To Create A Nation Of Suspects appeared first on MintPress News.
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China Warns Against Extraditing Huawei's CFO to US
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
A previous article explained that the Trump regime will formally request Canada to extradite Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou to the US. | Arrested by Canadian authorities in Vancouver on December 1, Ottawa acting as a US proxy, she's … | The post China Warns Against Extraditing Huawei's CFO to US appeared first on Global Research.
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Warmongering Over Warmbier: US Hypocrisy and a Double Standard on North Korea
Joseph Essertier | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
Soon after Otto Warmbier's tragic death the pro-US-government propaganda machine went into high gear. The deception ranged from false intelligence reports, to a lie from President Trump, to a journalist's claim of an "extra dose of brutality." His grieving and patriotic father said that it looked like someone had "rearranged his bottom teeth." There is no evidence that these claims are true, and much evidence that they are false. The father who had just lost his son to the interminable Korean War and was also subject to the incessant mass media distortions can be forgiven. If the US were a peace-loving and truth-…
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US: Iranian TV Anchor Released from Detention Without Charge
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-24
Iranian Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi, who was detained for being a "material witness" in an investigation but was not charged with any crime, was released Wednesday after 10 days of detention in the United States. | RELATED: | Iranians Call For Protest Against Arrest of TV Anchor by FBI | The journalist Hashemi, who was born Melanie Franklin in the United States and changed her name after converting to Islam, is already reunited with her family in Washington DC. | "Marzieh and h…
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Deal Breaker, Donald Trump and The Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Agreement
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
Scott Ritter needs little introduction. He is well-known for informing the world that Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction, the pretext the US used for their aggression and occupation of Iraq with a view to seizure of Iraq's oil … | The post Deal Breaker, Donald Trump and The Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Agreement appeared first on Global Research.
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The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
The mainstream media continues to harvest all the disinformation it can concerning the relationship between Trump and Putin and the character of Putin himself, not to mention the overall generalizations about the state of Russia and the kind of people … | The post The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce appeared first on Global Research.
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False 'Victories': Is the PA Using the 'State of Palestine' to Remain in Power?
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
The 'State of Palestine' has officially been handed the Chairmanship of the G-77, the United Nations largest block. This is particularly significant considering the relentless Israeli-American plotting to torpedo Palestinian push for greater international recognition and legitimacy. It is now conclusive that the main mission for former United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley,…
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Roe: 47 Years and Counting
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
Do Americans have a right to privacy? This "right" is not enumerated in the Constitution but the Ninth Amendment states, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." The battle over the right to privacy, especially a woman's right to an abortion, defines the culture wars. |…
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Kagame's Sponsors Avert Their Eyes While Repression Continues in Rwanda
Justin Bahunga | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
The world has heard that Victoire Ingabire has been released after 8 years in Kagame's prisons. But the world is not being reminded that leading members of her party are still in prison without trial — and that one of … | The post Kagame's Sponsors Avert Their Eyes While Repression Continues in Rwanda appeared first on Global Research.
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L.A. Teachers Strike Dispatch #9: What We Won
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
The United Teachers of Los Angeles strike was enormously popular, with tens of thousands of parents and students joining already full picketlines. There were many intangibles won, including but not limited to: ∑ We learned that despite the PR hatchet job the anti-union, anti-public school forces have waged for the past 25 years, the general public…
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Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-24
The U.S. Department of Defense produces more hazardous waste than the five biggest U.S.-based chemical companies combined and is the biggest contributor to global pollution in the world. | The post Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis appeared first on MintPress News.
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BuzzFeed Throws Hail Mary: Publishes New Trump Tower Moscow Docs
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
After last week's embarrassing debacle in which special counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement calling bullshit on BuzzFeed over their Trump Tower Moscow report that Trump ordered his attorney Michael Cohen to lie about the timeline, the beleaguered news … | The post BuzzFeed Throws Hail Mary: Publishes New Trump Tower Moscow Docs appeared first on
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An Essay on Grief
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
Human beings are social creatures. Not only do they need companionship; they derive satisfaction from helping and supporting one another. Human beings, and indeed all mammals to some extent, are naturally nurturing creatures. They are drawn to protect the weak and the frail. Usually, this impulse to nurture finds fulfillment in the care parents take…
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Second-Round Stakes Higher for Trump and Kim
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-24
The North Korea leader obviously wants a deal, writes Patrick Lawrence, which gives the U.S. a historic opportunity next month. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News President Donald Trump's announcement late last week that he will meet North Korea's… Read more ?…
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Eyeing the White House: the Democratic Field
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced excitement in anticipation of the 2020 elections. This early morning of the public holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr., US voters were given a spray of enthusiastic promises by yet…
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We Don't Need a New Deal: We Need a Whole New Deck
Frank Scott | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
The gap between the earth's wardens of wealth and the nearly eight billion humans under their control has grown wider and more dangerous but is beginning to be understood by some as a systemic problem and not simply a matter … | The post We Don't Need a New Deal: We Need a Whole New Deck appeared first on Global Research.
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What Makes America Great?
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
On Saturday January 18th, 2019 during the Indigenous People's March in Washington D.C. Nathan Phillips showed what makes America great. The videos of his experience show the Native American elder singing a healing song to defuse a conflict brewing between four young African Americans and a much larger group of white youth from Covington Catholic…
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The World Will End in Fire
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
Proclaiming that the end is nigh has now become the labor of the very opposite of a deluded religious devotee. And the question framed by Robert Frost of whether the world will end in fire or ice is no longer in dispute. The world will soon end in fire, possibly the fire of the Pentagon's…
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Putting on Yellow Vests — to Stop Trump's Throwing the U.S. Constitution over a Wall
Dr. Barbara G. Ellis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
As a long-time activist, I just bought a yellow vest made famous in France by the hundred thousands of the 99% who don them every Saturday. They are finally revolting after 40 years of grinding austerity imposed by successive governments … | The post Putting on Yellow Vests — to Stop Trump's Throwing the U.S. Constitution over a Wall appeared first on Global Research.
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Davos Attendees Must Accept That They Have Too Much Money
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
From left, moderator Andrew R. Sorkin; Ruth Porat, Google senior vice president and chief financial officer; Blackstone Group CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman; Sinochem Group Chairman Ning Gaoning; Raghuram G. Rajan of the University of Chicago, and Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan take part in the discussion, "Shaping a New Market Architecture" at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Photo: Markus Schreiber / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Rebranding Canada's Solitary Confinement Policy Doesn't Change What It Is
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
There was a time when an unconstitutional government policy was not something lamented then simply rebranded. Once a court found it unconstitutional, the practice just … ended, especially when politicians had campaigned against it. Not so solitary confinement — an old practice that today's Canadian Parliament loves to hate, hates to love, but just keeps…
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America Has Lost Its Common Sense
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
With the government still partially shut down, partisan politics is generating more heat than light. President Donald Trump, in his unique blustery style, believes he can slander the Democratic leaders that he must negotiate with, burlesque their position and demand capitulation in return for simply allowing the government to run. When the Democratic-led House recently passed…
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Swine Flu Now Spreading in Yemen as Health System Crumbles under Saudi Attack
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-24
Flu cases that could otherwise be treated are leaving patients in critical condition and facing death. Yemen's health officials estimate that 80 percent of those with H1N1 risk death owing to the lack of medication available and Yemen's devastated health infrastructure. | The post Swine Flu Now Spreading in Yemen as Health System Crumbles under Saudi Attack appeared first on MintPress News.
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Our Dangerous Impulse to Demonize the Other Side
Ruth Conniff | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
"If we stereotype them as sociopaths and predators right out of the gate, we push them toward the very qualities we dread." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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How Worried Should We be If China's Growth Rate Slows to 6.4%?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-24
There have been numerous articles in the news recently telling us about China's slowing economy (e.g. here and here). From the accounts I've seen, it does sound like China has problems, although we have heard this story before. (There have been China experts predicting a financial collapse since the late 1990s.) But the striking part…
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Welcome to 'The New Abnormal': Apocalypse Still Looms as Doomsday Clock Stays at 2 Minutes to Midnight
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-24
Thanks to world leaders' failures to adequately address the threats posed by nuclear weapons and the climate crisis—in spite of mounting public pressure for bold action on both fronts—the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday that the Doomsday Clock remains at two minutes to midnight, "the closest it has ever been to apocalypse." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Iran's 'year of shame': More than 7,000 arrested in chilling crackdown on dissent during 2018
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-24
The Iranian authorities carried out a shameless campaign of repression during 2018, crushing protests and arresting thousands in a wide-scale crackdown on dissent, said Amnesty International, a year after a wave of protests against poverty, corruption and authoritarianism erupted across the country. | The organization has today revealed staggering new figures showing the extent of the Iranian authorities' repression during 2018. Over the course of the year, more than 7,000 protesters, students, journalists, environmental activists, workers and human rights defenders, including lawyers, women's rights activists, m…
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Egypt 'more dangerous than ever' for peaceful critics
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-24
Eight years after the start of Egypt's revolution, the Egyptian people are facing an unprecedented attack on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today. Tens of thousands took to the streets to demand greater protections for human rights during the 25 January revolution of 2011, but under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the space for dissent is being crushed out of existence. | Over the course of 2018, the Egyptian authorities arrested at least 113 people simply for peacefully expressing their views. Many were detained without tria…
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Russian Federation: Human rights defender under house arrest: Anastasia Shevchenko
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-24
On 23 January, Anastasia Shevchenko, an Open Russia human rights defender from Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, was put under house arrest and may face up to six years in prison if convicted. This is the first time the Russian authorities have opened a criminal case under the repressive "undesirable organizations" law. It is a worrying precedent and could open the floodgates to the prosecution of hundreds of Open Russia members across the country. Anastasia Shevchenko is a prisoner of conscience. She must be immediately and unconditionally released.
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"Kibera should be seen as a place of hope"
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-24
Kibera should be seen as a place of hope. There's great potential here. I have grown up in the slums. I have been to primary and secondary school here. Now I am taking electrical engineering at university. This is just one story. Many other people are taking other courses, but people don't see them, they just see the small evil that is happening. | I am aware of the issues that exist in the slums, but the fear of them remaining encourages me to speak out. | Gender-based violence is a big issue. People fear mentioning it. They don't want to talk about domestic violence, but I want to break this silence. Through my…
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Iran: Prominent Labor Activist Rearrested
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-24
(Beirut) — Iranian authorities on January 20, 2019 arrested two activists who had alleged that authorities tortured them in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests of Ismael Bakhshi, a prominent labor rights activist, and Sepideh Gholian, a journalist and labor rights activist, came the day after Iranian state television broadcast confessions that they said they were forced to make in detention. | Screen shot from Islamic Republic of Iran Broad…
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Russia: First Criminal Case under 'Undesirables' Law
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-24
Anastasiya Shevchenko at her court hearing in Rostov-on-Don on January 23, 2019. | © Alissa Vasilyeva, Rostov-on-Don, 2019 | (Moscow) — Russian authorities opened their first criminal case against a Russian activist for alleged involvement with a so-called "undesirable" foreign organization, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 23, 2019 Rostov-on-Don court placed Anastasia Shevchenko, a member of the Open Russia Civic Movement (ORCM), under hou…
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Libya: Displaced Population Can't Go Home
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-24

| January 24, 2019 Video | Libya: Displaced Population Can't Go Home: | Most of the 48,000 former residents of the Libyan town of Tawergha, forcibly displaced for seven years, have not been able to return home. Despite reconciliation agreements that should have paved the way for Tawerghans' return, the massive and deliberate destruction of the town and its infrastructure, and a pervasive feeling of insecurit…
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Everybody Does It: The Messy Truth About Infiltrating Computer Supply Chains
Micah Lee | theintercept.com | 2019-01-24
The danger of China compromising hardware supply chains is very real, judging from classified intelligence documents, even if a Bloomberg story on the matter is highly disputed. | The post Everybody Does It: The Messy Truth About Infiltrating Computer Supply Chains appeared first on The Intercept.
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Elizabeth Warren Proposes Annual Wealth Tax on Ultra-Millionaires
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-24
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has rolled out a proposal for an annual tax on wealth, becoming the first major Democratic candidate to follow a recommendation outlined in Thomas Piketty's blockbuster book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." | The proposal, according to two University of California, Berkeley, economists who are leading experts on wealth and inequality, would shrink the wealth of the superrich by $2.75 trillion over a 10-year period, while only affecting around 75,000 U.S. households. | A paper distributed by Warren's campaign announcing the proposal notes that the United States c…
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Ontario guts financial aid for low-income students
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-24
Outraged students have called a rally in Toronto tomorrow to protest the gutting of student aid–the latest volley in the Ford government's war on the working class.
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How the UTLA orchestrated the betrayal of Los Angeles teachers
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-24
Well aware that the sellout deal would provoke widespread opposition, the union rushed through the contract without providing teachers time to study and discuss it.
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Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Warsaw Ghetto archive on the screen
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-24
Roberta Grossman's film is an important contribution to a wider discussion about the significance of historical truth in the struggle against fascism.
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Theresa May's Plan B: Brexit Plan A with a Rhetorical Facelift
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-24
It's Plan A with a rhetorical face lift, practically the same, no-Brexit/Brexit. May pretends to want what she opposes, clearly stating opposition to leaving the EU as home secretary. | She wasted over two-and-half years accomplishing nothing, cutting a deal … | The post Theresa May's Plan B: Brexit Plan A with a Rhetorical Facelift appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: After a day of turmoil, what is expected next?
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
As uncertainty sets in, analysts say unrest is likely to continue as Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido struggle for power.
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Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
Latest updates as Venezuela plunges further into crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.
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How can the political crisis in Venezuela be solved?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
Venezuela's political crisis has escalated dramatically in the past few days.
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New US sanctions target Iran-backed fighters in Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
Fatemiyoun Division, comprising Afghan fighters, and Zaynabiyoun Brigade, comprising Pakistanis, put on blacklist.
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The story behind Venezuela's self-declared interim president
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
Venezuela is in the middle of a deepening political and economic crisis since Juan Guaido's surprise move.
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Extended US-Taliban peace talks in Qatar raise Afghan hopes
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
Talks in Qatar have now gone on for four days with analysts hoping they 'open a way for an intra-Afghan dialogue'.
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Rights group says Egypt 'more dangerous than ever' for critics
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
At least 113 Egyptians were detained in 2018 for peacefully criticising the government, says Amnesty International.
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Sudan protests spread as death toll rises to 29
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
'Larger than ever' demonstrations hit Khartoum and other cities as month-long protests claim another life.
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Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich gets 13-year jail term for 'treason'
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-24
The 68-year-old former president has never attended the trial and is believed to be living in Russia.
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Turkey's Erdogan: 'We Have No Intention of Invading Syria'
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-24
(TM) — "Our territories are enough, we have no intention of invading Syria," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said on Thursday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. His remarks came during a ceremony at the Turkish Military Academy. "Frankly, Turkey is the only country in Syria for humanitarian reasons," he added. Turkey has been backing rebel forces …
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"Catastrophic Consequences": Russia Warns US Against Military Intervention in Venezuela
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-24
(ZH) — Commenting on Washington's claim that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is the legitimate president, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called out what Moscow sees as rank hypocrisy, saying: "The US, which is paranoid about somebody interfering in their elections, even though they have no proof of that, themselves are trying to rule the fates of other peoples. What they …

"Catastrophic Consequences": Russia Warns US Against Military Intervention in Venezuela

5 Reasons Why the US-Led Crusade Against Venezuela Will Probably Fail
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-24
(TMU) — Events in Venezuela shook the world on Wednesday, with many left wondering if January 23 was the beginning of the end for the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the beginning of a new chapter of U.S. interventionism. Here are five reasons why it's unlikely that this latest drama in the South American nation …

5 Reasons Why the US-Led Crusade Against Venezuela Will Probably Fail

Venezuela's President Maduro Gives US Diplomats 72 Hours to Leave Country
Jon Queally | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-24
(CD) — President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela officially cut off diplomatic ties with the U.S. government on Wednesday–and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country–in response to President Donald Trump declaring formal recognition of an opposition lawmaker as the "Interim President" of Venezuela, despite not being elected by the nation's people for that position. …

Venezuela's President Maduro Gives US Diplomats 72 Hours to Leave Country

US Releases American Journalist After 10-Day Detention Without Charges
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-24
(ANTIWAR.COM) — 10 days ago, US citizen Marzieh Hashemi was arrested at the St. Louis Lambert Airport, and transferred into FBI custody. On Wednesday, she was finally released, having never been charged with a crime. Hashemi is a journalist and an anchor for Iran's PressTV, and her arrest was the subject of mounting international scrutiny, though the US …

US Releases American Journalist After 10-Day Detention Without Charges

Police-Led Martin Luther King Day March, Lots of Smiles, Little Substance
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2019-01-24
I joined the MLK parade, annoyed at the annual pomp and ceremony, sterilizing, sanitizing, and snoozifying his real message-to act locally against war, racism, and poverty. The flyers I distributed lay out some of the specifics that I often echo on this website. At least one speaker at the civic Auditorium noted it was, for the second year, police-led–the final bitter icing on the fluffy cake of expropriating, transforming, and degrading King's original message and work.
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#MeToo! Believing Women and Freud's Assault on the Truth
jenny miller | indybay.org | 2019-01-24
Over 100 years ago, Freud became aware that many patients had been sexually abused as children, but was forced to abandon this belief due to rejection by his professional peers. I interview author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson about this still-taboo subject.
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The US Is Violating International Law in Venezuela
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-24
As President Trump announces that the US will recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader and sitting President Nicolás Maduro breaks off relations with the United States, we speak with a former UN independent expert who says the US is staging an illegal coup in the country. Alfred de Zayas, who visited Venezuela as a UN representative in 2017, says, "The mainstream media has been complicit in this attempted coup. … This reminds us of the run-up to the Iraq invasion of 2003." We also speak with Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College and author of The Enduring Leg…
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More Women Are Running for Office in 2020, But Will Voters Support Them?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-24
Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the first and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard came soon after. Now we have Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Kamala Harris announcing, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar rumored to be not far behind. Are we following up a ' women's wave' election with a women's wave primary — and can that be the first step tow…
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