Daily Archives: January 25, 2019

2019-01-25: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-01-25). Tucson tells Trump: Hands off Venezuela! fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – Just one day after President Trump announced official recognition for the illegally self-inaugurated interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, a dozen activists rallied outside the downtown federal building, January 24. The rally took a stand in solidarity with the democratically-elected president, and former union bus driver, Nicolas Maduro. | Organizers from the Tucson Anti War Committee expressed their solidarity with the masses of workers, campesinos and indigenous peoples fighting for their right to self-determination and their Bolivarian Revolution.

WSWS (2019-01-25). Washington escalates coup provocations in Venezuela. wsws.org Secretary of State Pompeo is to speak to the UN Security Council Saturday on Venezuela, a patent propaganda gesture aimed at preparing intervention.

Steve Ellner (2019-01-25). The Radicalization of U.S. Policy on Venezuela. zcomm.org The Trump administration's escalation included financial sanctions against the Venezuelan government and measures against the nation's oil industry…

commondreams (2019-01-25). Supporting Non-Military Solutions, Congress Asks for Trump's Syria Strategy. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Trump Announces Deal with Lawmakers to End Gov't Shutdown. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump said on Friday he has reached a tentative agreement with U.S. lawmakers for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end a partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 35th day, with a senior Democratic aide saying money the president demanded for a border wall is not included. | The president had previously insisted on the inclusion of US$5.7 billion to help pay for a wall along the vast U.S.-Mexico border in any legislation to fund government agencies. | "I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," Trump said in…

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Trump's Ally Roger Stone Arrested as Part of Mueller's Probe. telesurenglish.net Roger Stone, U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime ally and presidential campaign adviser, was arrested Friday, charged with obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements, according to a grand jury indictment made public by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | Stone, who has repeatedly said in interviews that he was likely to be indicted, is scheduled to appear at the federal courthouse in For…

Greg Grandin (2019-01-25). How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics. thenation.com How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics…

Eds. (2019-01-25). Trump recognition of rival Venezuela government will set off a diplomatic avalanche. mronline.org The Trump administration's January 23 recognition of Venezuela's National Assembly leader, Juan Guaidó, as the president of Venezuela, in opposition to the "de facto" and "de jure" president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, threatens an avalanche of nations recognizing leaders of various political factions in countries around the world as legitimate governments. | Source

RT News (2019-01-25). Ecuadorian Ex-president Correa: –°annot Rule Out US-backed 'Military Action' in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Washington's reckless push for regime change in Venezuela, where the US actively supports a person who "ignores all laws," might set a dangerous precedent, former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa told RT. | A situation, in which a man "declares himself …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-25). These Four US Politicians Became Establishment Targets for Denouncing the Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com "The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs." — Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Max Parry (2019-01-25). Syria, Then and Now: Liberated of Western-backed Terrorism. mintpressnews.com In a surprise turn of events, last month U.S. President Donald J. Trump made the abrupt unilateral announcement that American troops would begin to withdraw from Syria. The unexpected decision provoked the wrath of the foreign policy establishment and bipartisan 'war party' in Washington who immediately denounced it as a premature, reckless move that would lead to a resurgence of ISIS. As anticipated, the Beltway blob also claimed it was another sign of Trump's perceived untold allegiance to Russian President Vladimir Putin. None of the warmongers in Washington would dare admit that the real gains made against IS…

Peter Koenig (2019-01-25). Venezuela — An Appeal to Russia, China and All Unaligned Countries for Support of Sovereign Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On 23 January 2018, the United States has initiated a coup against President Nicolás Maduro and his Government, by encouraging and fully supporting the "self-proclaimed" opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as interim President. Already days ago he had received the full …

Ron Jacobs (2019-01-25). Election Interference Before Military Intervention? Hands Off Venezuela. counterpunch.org When it comes to interfering in other countries' election, no nation is better at it than the United States. No nation interferes more and no nation does so more blatantly. The recent machinations in Venezuela that recognized Juan Guiado as the President of that country are just the latest proof. In case you missed the More

STAFF (2019-01-25). Bernie Sanders Warns Against U.S. Involvement in Venezuela. truthdig.com Amid warnings that the Trump administration is actively seeking to topple the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday spoke out against the U.S. government's "long history of intervening inappropriately in Latin America" even as he criticized Maduro for his violent crackdown on opposition protesters and violations of the country's constitution. | "The Maduro government in Venezuela has been waging a violent crackdown on Venezuelan civil society, violated the constitution by dissolving the National Assembly and was re-elected last year in an election that many observ…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). How Washington's Devastating "Economic Blockade" of Venezuela Helped Pave the Way for Coup Attempt. democracynow.org Venezuela remains in a state of crisis as opposition forces—with the backing of the United States—attempt to unseat the government of Nicolás Maduro. On Thursday, Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said the military continues to stand by Maduro. His remarks came one day after President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. Guaidó, the new head of Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself president on Wednesday during a large opposition protest. Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the U.S. to r…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). Venezuelan Foreign Minister: The U.S. Interferes in Latin American Politics Every Day, Every Hour. democracynow.org The U.S.-led effort targeting the oil-rich nation of Venezuela dates back two decades, since the late Hugo Chávez became president in 1999. In November, John Bolton accused Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua of being part of a "troika of tyranny." In September, The New York Times reported the Trump administration conducted secret meetings with rebellious military officers in Venezuela to discuss overthrowing Maduro. We air more of our recent interview with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. He came into the Democracy Now! studio last week.

stuart_m (2019-01-25). Venezuela: Is President Maduro 'illegitimate'? 10 facts to counter the lies. greenleft.org.au Have those who state that Nicolás Maduro is a dictator, a usurper, and that the 2019-2025 presidential period lacks legitimacy, asked themselves why he is illegitimate? Or do they just repeat what they hear? | This opinion was first advanced by the 12 Latin American countries that make up the Lima Group. Their statement reads: "The electoral process carried out in Venezuela on 20th May 2018 lacks legitimacy in that it didn't have the participation of all Venezuelan political actors, nor the presence of independent international observers, nor the international guarantees and standards needed for it to be a free,…

commondreams (2019-01-25). Stop Dangerous and Counterproductive US Intervention in Venezuela. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Venezuela's Maduro Urges Dialogue Instead of US-backed Coup. telesurenglish.net The president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro affirmed that with the opposition leaders in the country there has always been and there will be dialogue, even though they assure that this is not the case. | "There are communication channels promoted by the government," said the Venezuelan president, but lamented that the right-wing in that country insists on unconstitutional and violent ways to try to overthrow his government. | At a press conference from Miraflores Palace, Maduro assured that dialogue is the vehicle for the ideal political approach to advance a way out from the country's problems, but that the rig…

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-01-25). Before Venezuela: The long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America. peoplesworld.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him, and that allegation has resonance among many in a region where Washington has a long history of interventions—military and otherwise. Ever since the early 19th century, the United States has involved itself in the daily affairs of nations across …

Alan MacLeod (2019-01-25). 'Resistance' Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela. fair.org We like to think we have an adversarial media—one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us that they would perform their crucial democratic role in holding this dangerous new president and commander-in-chief accountable at every turn. This struck a chord with the public; in the wake of Trump's …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-01-25). US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence. globalresearch.ca Washington's motivation is the fact that according to OPEC, Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves on Earth — more than Saudi Arabia and accounting for nearly a quarter of all OPEC production.

RT (2019-01-25). Shutdown standoff: Trump prepares emergency declaration after Senate push fails — report. rt.com With Democrats in Congress adamantly against any funding for the border wall, US President Donald Trump may be inching towards declaring a national emergency in order to end the record-breaking 34-day government shutdown.

Keith Jones (2019-01-25). Canada's Diversity Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Canada's trade union-backed, ostensibly "progressive" Liberal government is playing a key role in the regime-change coup that Washington has launched against Venezuela's elected president, Nicolás Maduro. | Canada quickly seconded US President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday recognizing Juan Guaidó, …

Fight Back (2019-01-25). ILPS supports Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against usurper backed by U.S. and ultra-reactionaries. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following January 24 statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle. | We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, vigorously support the democratically elected and newly inaugurated President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and vehemently condemn Juan Guaido who has proclaimed himself the "interim president" of Venezuela in a brazen coup attempt. | Guaido is merely the stooge of US imperialism and the representative of the ultra-reactionaries of Venezuela. We therefore hold the US the most respon…

teleSUR (2019-01-25). UNESCO: Cuban Pharmaceutical Museum is 'Memory of the World'. telesurenglish.net Literature from the Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, Cuba, were recognized Thursday as "Memory of the World" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | The books include 61 volumes, 55 of which preserve formulas of the Ernesto Triolet's "French Botica," tha…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). Headlines for January 25, 2019. democracynow.org Competing Bills to End Government Shutdown Fail in the Senate, House Democrats Consider Offering Trump $5.7 Billion for "Smart Wall", 800,000 Federal Workers Miss Second Paycheck Amid Government Shutdown, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Unpaid Workers Should Take Out Loans, Roger Stone Arrested for Allegedly Lying to Congress About WikiLeaks, U.S. Secretary of State Calls Venezuelan President "Illegitimate", Trump Administration to Force Asylum Seekers to Return to Mexico, Supporters Demand ICE Release Undocumented Activist Eduardo Samaniego, Minnesota: Two Men Plead Guilty to Bombing Bloomington Mosque, Sudan: P…

Laura Carlsen (2019-01-25). Regime Change Enthusiasts. zcomm.org Amid crises in Venezuela, migration, and the climate, the Western Hemisphere's chief regional organization the OAS, has been hobbled by pro-Trump leadership…

Granma (2019-01-25). Revolutionary Government Declaration: Aggression Against Venezuela Must Cease. globalresearch.ca The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns and energetically rejects the attempt to impose a coup d'etat, a puppet government at the service of the United States, in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expresses its unwavering solidarity …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-25). 'Constitutionally Illegitimate': As Workers Miss Another Paycheck, Trump's Draft National Emergency Order Condemned. commondreams.org The country's longest ever government shutdown hit day 35 on Friday and federal workers missed yet another paycheck—but instead of urging the GOP-controlled Senate to pass legislation to reopen the government, the White House is reportedly drafting a national emergency order to secure more than $7 billion for President Donald Trump's racist border wall, despite warnings from legal experts that doing so would be "constitutionally illegitimate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-01-25). Canada's "diversity" imperialism. wsws.org Justin Trudeau, presiding over what has been hailed as the most diverse cabinet in Canadian history, has signed on to Washington's coup plot against Venezuela.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-25). Calling for US Troop Withdrawal, House Dems Demand 'Diplomatic, Political, and Humanitarian Strategy for Syria'. commondreams.org Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Ted Lieu of California, joined by 30 of their colleagues in Congress, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday urging him "to present a long-overdue comprehensive diplomatic, political, and humanitarian strategy for Syria to Congress and the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Paul Dobson (2019-01-25). Pence Urges Venezuelans to Oust Maduro. zcomm.org The comments from Trump's number two come as Venezuelans of both political bands are set to stage demonstrations on Wednesday, January 23…

Zarefah Baroud (2019-01-25). The Faces Behind the Wall: My Experience at the US-Mexico Border. counterpunch.org Nothing prepares you for Juarez, Mexico. The human grief, but also the resilience of the human spirit that I have witnessed at the US-Mexico border compels morally-guided solutions, certainly not walls. On December 15th of last year, I joined a local delegation from the Washington state area, as we headed first to El Paso, Texas, More

Robert L. Borosage (2019-01-25). Watch How Progressives Respond When Trump Isn't Wrong. thenation.com Watch How Progressives Respond When Trump Isn't Wrong…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). Historian: Venezuela Is "Staging Ground" for U.S. to Reassert Control Over Latin America. democracynow.org While Mexico and Uruguay are calling for dialogue to address the crisis in Venezuela, much of Latin America has sided with the Trump administration by recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. We look at what this mean for the broader region with professors Alejandro Velasco and Steve Ellner.

Michael Donnelly (2019-01-25). The Covington Altar Boys, Institutional Racism and the Doctrine of Discovery. counterpunch.org The smirking Covington Altar Boys episode brings back memories of when I was attending a 99% white, elite, all boys Catholic High School. It was in 1963/65, the peak of Catholic culture in the US, with John Kennedy in the White House and Pope John XXIII in the Vatican. As a Freshman, I joined 264 More

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Chomsky, Other Scholars Reject US Coup Attempt in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky; co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Mark Weisbrot; and 68 other scholars published an Open Letter Thursday demanding that the United States Government back off Venezuela. | RELATED: | Former UN Expert Zayas: US-led Coup in Venezuela Violates International Law | "The United States Government must cease interfering in Venezuela's internal politics, especially for the purpose of overthrowing the country's gover…

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Adviser Behind Coup Against Chavez Now Plots Against Maduro. telesurenglish.net Former U.S. diplomat Elliott Abrams, one of the masterminds behind the 2002 coup attempt against Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, was appointed to lead the U.S. interference in Venezuela, as announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Maduro Urges Dialogue Instead of US-backed Coup | "Elliott will be a true asset to our mission to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country," Pompeo said in announcing Abrams' appoint…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Pompeo Speech to Denounce U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela. democracynow.org On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to send $20 million to the Venezuelan opposition in the form of humanitarian aid to address the shortages of food and medicine caused in part by harsh U.S. sanctions. Pompeo made the announcement while speaking at the OAS, the Organization of American States. Pompeo's speech was interrupted by CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who held a sign reading, "OAS: Don't Support a Coup in Venezuela."

RT (2019-01-25). New Congress Democrats denounce Venezuela coup, get bashed for quoting RT-linked people. rt.com A handful of Democratic lawmakers are opposed to the US-backed coup in Venezuela. But besides going against most of the establishment, they are being bashed for committing a worse sin in MSM's eyes — citing RT-related people.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-25). Confirming US Orchestration, Report Details Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Leader. commondreams.org "The U.S. had been planning this coup in Venezuela. It was the Trump administration that told the little-known opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ to declare himself (unelected) 'president.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Prensa Latina (2019-01-25). Poderes del Estado venezolano respaldan mandato legítimo de Maduro. peoplesworld.org CARACAS — El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, cuenta hoy con el respaldo de los poderes del Estado a su mandato constitucional, ante los intentos de golpe de Estado patrocinados por el gobierno de Estados Unidos. Durante el acto de inicio del año judicial 2019, el titular del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), Maikel Moreno, …

Andre Vltchek (2019-01-25). Mobilize and Defend Venezuela! globalresearch.ca It is new and it is not new, but it is tremendously wicked and deadly — the latest type of coup the US invented and is now applying against Venezuela. | Of course, coups and attempted coups are what could be …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-25). While Criticizing Maduro, Sanders Says US Should 'Not Be in the Business of Regime Change' in Venezuela. commondreams.org Amid warnings that the Trump administration is actively seeking to topple the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday spoke out against the U.S. government's "long history of intervening inappropriately in Latin America" even as he criticized Maduro for his violent crackdown on opposition protesters and violations of the country's constitution. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Many Signatories (2019-01-25). Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Writers, academics and political activists wrote the following letter to Amnesty International encouraging the group to publically oppose US sanctions and incitement of a military coup in Venezuela.

Brian Cloughley (2019-01-25). Pompeo, Hypocrisy and War. counterpunch.org On January 2 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Brazil, and his Department noted that in discussions with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo they "highlighted the importance of working together to address regional and global challenges, including supporting the people of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in restoring their democratic governance and their human rights." Pompeo More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-01-25). Roaming Charges: American Hunger Games. counterpunch.org Gary Webb and I both grew up in Indianapolis. As teens we spent a lot of time in the nearby cultural mecca (for baseball fans) of Cincy. One of Webb's first gigs as a young reporter was covering crime and politics in Covington, just across the Ohio River. He said it was one of the most corrupt & racist cities in the US and told me those years in northern Kentucky were the best training he got for probing the CIA. The antics of those punks wouldn't surprise him. More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-25). Warnings of 'Tipping Point' in Trump Shutdown as Airport Staff Shortages Cause Major Flight Delays. commondreams.org "This is horrendous. Donald Trump must give up his racist wall and Republicans in Congress must vote now to end this shutdown. The human cost is only going to increase and more and more Americans are going to suffer." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

George Ciccariello-Maher (2019-01-25). Venezuela: Call It What It Is—a Coup. thenation.com Venezuela: Call It What It Is—a Coup…

Aída Chávez (2019-01-25). Congress Is Pushing Sanctions Against Supporters of Syria's Bashar al-Assad. theintercept.com On Tuesday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and its allies, and those who do business with them. The move comes a month after President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw troops from Syria, and as some Arab governments are thawing relations with the Assad regime, which has all but secured a military victory after nearly eight years of war. The measure has been passed by the House twice in previous sessions, and a companion bill currently remains pending in the Senate. | House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot…

Fight Back (2019-01-25). FRSO Condemns U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Trump administration and its allies as violations of the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. By declaring that he will no longer recognize Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president, and instead claiming right-wing politician Juan Guaidó is head of state, Donald Trump opens the door to a brutal Syria-style intervention in the heart of South America. It became even clearer that the United States seeks war in Venezuela when, after Maduro severed relations with the United States and demanded all of…

stuart_m (2019-01-25). Asian socialists and solidarity groups defend Venezuela's people and against US intervention. greenleft.org.au Below are three statements from the Socialist Alliance (Australia), the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) and the Philippines-Venezuela Solidarity (Phil-Ven-Sol). | US Hands off Venezuela!: | By Socialist Alliance National Executive | January 24, 2019 — The Socialist Alliance strongly condemns the actions of the United States President Donald Trump in backing an attempted coup against the democratically elected government of Venezuela. | In an act of contempt for Venezuela's legal system and a violation of its constitution, opposition leader Juan Guaido swore himself in as Interim President on…

splcenter (2019-01-25). SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org The Trump administration's war on asylum seekers sank to a new low with a policy that — beginning today — will force migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts.

John Laforge (2019-01-25). Gerd Bàºntzly, Crime Fighter. counterpunch.org Hamburg, Germany I was with Gerd Bàºntzly, 69, of Herford, in a demonstration in Germany July 17, 2017. So were Steve Baggarly, Susan Crane, and Bonnie Urfer, all of the United States. Ours was a peaceful if covert, night-time occupation of a protected aircraft shelter or bomb bunker far inside the Bàºchel Air Force Base, More

Robert Scheer (2019-01-25). The Illegal CIA Operation That Brought Us 9/11. truthdig.com Was it conspiracy or idiocy that led to the failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to detect and prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon headquarters? That's one of the questions at the heart of "The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror," by John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski. In their careful and thorough investigation of the events leading up to the attacks, the authors uncover a story about the Central Intelligence Agency's neglect, possible criminal activities and a cover-up that may have allowed al-Qaida to carry out its plans uninhibited by g…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-25). Roger Stone Arrest: Trump Associate and Dirty Trickster Indicted by Special Counsel. mintpressnews.com Stone played a role in the Watergate scandal; boasted about orchestrating the "Brooks Brothers riot," a heated attempt to interfere with the 2000 presidential election recount, and has compiled a laundry list of other dirty deeds.

Federico Pieraccini (2019-01-25). Russia, China, India and Iran: The Magic Quadrant that Is Changing the World. globalresearch.ca With the end of the unipolar moment, which saw Washington dominate international relations, the richest and most powerful Eurasian countries are beginning to organize themselves into alliance structures and agreements that aim to facilitate trade, development and cooperation. | At the …

Joshua Frank (2019-01-25). As Long Beach Luxury Development Booms, The Poor Get Left Behind. counterpunch.org It was a stifling mid-August afternoon when Jennifer learned she had until the end of the year to move out of her cramped studio apartment in the East Village of downtown Long Beach. She suspected the eviction was coming. For the past year, she had been looking for a new place as her landlord slowly More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-25). Shutting Down in Trumpland. globalresearch.ca It is a political idiosyncrasy that most political systems avoid: the state, as if suffering a stroke, operating at only partial capacity, incapable of paying certain employees and incapable of fronting certain services. And so it is in the United …

Elana Sulakshana (2019-01-25). TransCanada and First Nations' Rights: Who's Banking the Coastal GasLink Pipeline? globalresearch.ca On January 7, 2019, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police trespassed on the land of the Wet'suwet'en people and arrested 14 land defenders in heavily militarized fashion, following the orders of fossil fuel behemoth TransCanada. | The militarized police were enforcing an …

Sam Pizzigati (2019-01-25). Extreme Wealth is a Planet Killer. counterpunch.org We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or we fry. That's the conclusion of another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one from the National Academy of Sciences. Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for the fastest climate changes our Earth has ever seen. "If we think about the future More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-01-25). As Yemen Commemorates Victims of Saudi-led War, Shaky Truce and Negotiations Continue. mintpressnews.com Despite a ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations in Sweden in December, the Saudi-led coalition has continued its devastating bombing campaign across the country.

Michèle Brand (2019-01-25). The Yellow Vests, the Crisis of the Welfare State and Socialism. counterpunch.org Far from dying down after the holidays, France's yellow vest movement is continuing to blaze throughout the country. Every Saturday for eleven weeks, protesters have been disrupting or blocking roads, traffic circles and freeway toll plazas, gathering in the squares of villages, taking to the streets of towns, marching in massive numbers through city boulevards, and confronting violent police repression. Ten people have died in the protests, mainly due to accidents at road blocks, and over 2000 have been injured by the police, around 100 seriously. 17 people have lost an eye due to rubber bullets, according to an…

Saul Foster (2019-01-25). Rosa Luxemburg's revolutionary socialism. mronline.org Luxemburg was born in 1871, in a Poland divided under German and Russian domination, and she played a role in the working-class socialist movement of each country. | Source

Ajamu Baraka (2019-01-25). Arrest of Marzieh Hashemi Reveals Bipartisan Nature of Police State. counterpunch.org Arresting PressTV's Marzieh Hashemi on no criminal charges demonstrates by any objective measure the United States operates as a rogue state in its utter contempt for accepted international human-rights law and standards. Hashemi, an African American mother and grandmother converted to Islam, moved to Iran more than 25 years ago. She has become an internationally More

Robert Hunziker (2019-01-25). End Times, Dead Ahead. counterpunch.org "It is time we consider the implications of it being too late to avert a global environmental catastrophe in the lifetimes of people alive today." (Jem Bendell) In other words, the world is coming to an end. Of course it is… but when? Professor Jem Bendell's brilliant seminal work, "Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating More

Richard Moser (2019-01-25). You Can't Go Home Again: the Liberal State is No More. counterpunch.org In a previous article I argued that often confusing and divergent arguments within the neoliberal critique could be best understood as the tensions between two opposing currents of thought. One tendency understands neoliberalism as the unfettered reign of the free market, often called Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF), the other sees neoliberalism as the fusion of the More

teleSUR (2019-01-25). Brazil: Several Deaths Reported After Dam's Collapse. telesurenglish.net A dam belonging to Brazilian miner Vale, collapsed Friday in the southeastern Brumadinho region of Minas Gerais, the local fire department reported, citing witnesses. | Unconfirmed accounts indicate that there were deaths due to the collapse of the dam, firefighters said. The dam collapse poured out mud into the surrounding area and lead local residents to be evacuated, news website G1 reported. | The local fire department confirmed the dam break in Brumadinho near Belo Horizonte and told Reuters it has received unconfirmed reports of fatalities resulting from the incident. A Vale spokeswoman said that the com…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-01-25). ILO to ruling class in Davos: Meet the needs of workers. peoplesworld.org GENEVA (PAI)—The International Labour Organization (ILO) is demanding the world's governments enact and commit to new worker protections to meet the changing nature and demands of modern workplaces. The demands come as billionaire representatives of the world's ruling class gathered in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the world economy and as most media in the U.S. …

Telesur (2019-01-25). Trump a Threat to US, Intelligence Strategy Report Says. globalresearch.ca 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. | The 36-page report …

Alexander Klein (2019-01-25). Guerilla bombing provocation is a gift for Colombia's repressive government. peoplesworld.org Last Thursday, on January 17, a car bomb exploded near the Santander Police Academy in Bogotá leaving twenty cadets dead and dozens of wounded civilians. At first, the identities of the people responsible for this terrible event were a mystery, with independent media outlets suspecting a self-inflicted attack by government officials to justify breaking peace …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-25). Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis. globalresearch.ca 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. | *** | This week, the Department of Defense released a report to Senate …

John W. Whitehead (2019-01-25). Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI's Plan to Create a Nation of Suspects. counterpunch.org As more and more data flows from your body and brain to the smart machines via the biometric sensors, it will become easy for corporations and government agencies to know you, manipulate you, and make decisions on your behalf. Even more importantly, they could decipher the deep mechanisms of all bodies and brains, and thereby More

Sara Mohammed (2019-01-25). Sudan's Third Uprising: Is It a Revolution? thenation.com Sudan's Third Uprising: Is It a Revolution?

Joseph Natoli (2019-01-25). Two Roads Diverged. counterpunch.org President Trump's chances of planting the seed of rebellion against Nancy Pelosi within the Democratic Party has a better chance of success than the Democratic Party has in planting seeds of rebellion against President Trump. The single, unambiguous focus of profit to investors unites Republicans like a Spartan phalanx whereas the focus of Democrats is More

ACLU (2019-01-25). Data Reveals Driving as a Person of Color in Illinois Leads to More Unjustified Searches. aclu.org Baseless traffic stops and inconsistent search standards harm the public trust and damage police-community relationships. | In January 2016, Richard Jackson, a Black man, was driving to his home on Chicago's West Side when he noticed a car trailing him. As he turned into the alley leading to his driveway, the unmarked police car pulled him over and four officers leapt out, demanding that he lower all four of his car's windows. Jackson's grandparents, who live with him, watched from their home's window in fear. | After running his license, one officer told Jackson he would be let go with a warning. But when Jackso…

Rannie Amiri (2019-01-25). Silence of the Lambs: The Case of Marzieh Hashemi. counterpunch.org In the wake of the outcry after the abduction and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi—in a foreign country and under the directive of a rogue Crown Prince—one would think the threshold to condemn the detention of an American journalist in the United States without charge or trial would be quite low. Unfortunately, it has More

Prof Susan Babbitt (2019-01-25). Sixty Years of the Cuban Revolution. globalresearch.ca We are urged to resist Trump's lies: the lies of US capitalism. But there are lies about those lies that are not resisted. They are not recognized. | You see this in an intriguing new book about US interrogation during the …

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-01-25). Toxic Pesticides Assault in Utah. counterpunch.org In 2014, I met Blaine Malquist. This was in Florida at the Pesticides Forum of Beyond Pesticides, a national organization fighting for environmental and public health protection from the use and misuse of pesticides. Mosquito fogging Malquist lives in Nephi City, Juab County, Utah. He briefly said to me that the careless use of pesticides More

CP Editor (2019-01-25). La Luz — Live on KEXP. counterpunch.org

Jim Lobe, Ben Armbruster (2019-01-25). War Against Iran Becoming Ever More Likely. commondreams.org Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and John Bolton (Photo: State Department via Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Nick Pemberton (2019-01-25). From MLK To Nathan Phillips: Love Can Defeat Hate. counterpunch.org The U.S. ruling class wants desperately to put its electoral duopoly back together again, with both parties serving corporate interests, interchangeably. They are betting that Donald Trump is a temporary disruption to the smooth operations of the system, and that the Republican Party will be recaptured by the dog whistlers. Odds are, they are correct, More

Robert Fantina (2019-01-25). France, Yellow Vests and the MEK. counterpunch.org No one today is surprised at the foreign policy of the United States. War, violation of international law and disdain for human rights are all characteristics of the criminal enterprise known as the U.S. government. Most of the U.S.'s allies display some or all of these same vices, but some are often considered above such More

George Burchett (2019-01-25). Flower Power: a Têt Story From Hanoi. counterpunch.org When Xuân Dieu street, on which I ride my motorbike every day, turns into a moving garden, I know spring has come and Têt is around the corner. Xe à¥ms (motorbike taxis) loaded with pots of kumquats, peach blossoms, pomelo trees of various sizes, from average to gigantic, move in both directions. Flower sellers push More

Susan Babbitt (2019-01-25). Sixty Years of the Cuban Revolution. counterpunch.org We are urged to resist Trump's lies: the lies of US capitalism. But there are lies about those lies that are not resisted. They are not recognized. You see this in an intriguing new book about US interrogation during the Korean War, Monica Kim's The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: the Untold Story. [i] The "untold story" More

Lee Camp (2019-01-25). A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria. globalresearch.ca Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their "news show" on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those …

RT (2019-01-25). Charges do not relate to 'Russian collusion', says Roger Stone, pleads not guilty. rt.com Released on bail after the early morning arrest in Florida, political operative Roger Stone said the charges against him are false and "politically motivated" and categorically denied any connection with WikiLeaks or Russia. |

RT (2019-01-25). 'Roger Stone vindicated by the fact there was no Russian collusion' — lawyer. rt.com Roger Stone's lawyer, Grant Smith, has said that his client is "vindicated," by the fact that the indictment against him does not mention "Russian collusion," and instead charges him with relatively minor process crimes. |

RT (2019-01-25). 'Largest scam in history': HALF of Facebook accounts fake, says Zuckerberg's Harvard classmate. rt.com As many as half of Facebook's two billion accounts are fake or duplicates, according to a new report from a former classmate of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He has highlighted how the fakes defraud users, advertisers and investors alike.

Adam Johnson (2019-01-25). How Not to Report on Prison Conditions. counterpunch.org The United States, by all metrics, has one of the cruelest prison systems in the world. In addition to having 25 percent of the world's prison population (with just 5 percent of the world's people), U.S. prisons use tortuous solitary confinement, tolerate widespread sexual violence, host massive racial disparities, and routinely abuse children, among other human rights More

amnesty (2019-01-25). Saudi Arabia: Access for independent monitors urgently needed amid more reports of torture of activists. amnesty.org Amnesty International has obtained new reports of torture and abuse inflicted on a group of Saudi Arabian human rights activists who have been in arbitrary detention since May 2018. These reports follow similar testimonies from November 2018 into the torture of a number of the activists, and highlight the urgent need to allow independent monitors access to those in detention, the organization said today. | According to the testimonies, a total of ten human rights defenders were tortured, sexually abused, and subjected to other forms of ill-treatment during their first three months of detention, when they were hel…

amnesty (2019-01-25). DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA: GESTURES ARE NOT ENOUGH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION FOR THE UN UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW, 33RD SESSION OF THE UPR WORKING GROUP, MAY 2019. amnesty.org This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in May 2019. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to the DPRK in its previous UPR, including in relation its engagement and cooperation with the UN human rights mechanisms and other international human rights-related organizations.

amnesty (2019-01-25). Sri Lanka: Hope flickers as justice still proves elusive. amnesty.org Time is running out for the Sri Lankan authorities to deliver on its 2015 commitments to truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, Amnesty International warned today in a new briefing. | As the tenth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka's internal conflict looms in May, progress on UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 has proceeded at a glacial pace, the hopes of the victims of crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses during the conflict have been reduced to a flicker. |

WSWS (2019-01-25). An interview with British "Stansted 15" defendant Melanie Strickland. wsws.org Melanie Strickland is one of the anti-deportation campaigners found guilty of endangering safety at an airport in contravention of the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, part of Britain's anti-terror laws.

WSWS (2019-01-25). Brazilian Workers Party uses crime wave to back fascistic Bolsonaro on repression and austerity. wsws.org Under the guise of fighting crime, Bolsonaro and the PT are both seeking to extend the definition to suppress social opposition.

WSWS (2019-01-25). Davos overshadowed by crisis and social upheaval. wsws.org The decision to hand the keynote address to the newly installed fascistic president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, demonstrated the political orientation of the global elites at Davos.

WSWS (2019-01-25). 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 (2019-01-25). Chicago UPS drivers angered by Teamsters sellout contract. wsws.org UPS drivers and warehouse workers in Chicago are opposed to the pro-company contracts imposed by the Teamsters across the country and are looking to mount a fight.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-25). Video: The Dramatic Scandal Swallowing the Bolsonaro Presidency Just Drove an LGBT Congressman to Flee Brazil. theintercept.com Kickbacks, money laundering, militia links, and assassination. A scandal that already had everything has driven Brazil's LGBT congressman into exile.

2019-01-25: Social Media Postees

Tucson tells Trump: Hands off Venezuela!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-25
Tucson, AZ – Just one day after President Trump announced official recognition for the illegally self-inaugurated interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, a dozen activists rallied outside the downtown federal building, January 24. The rally took a stand in solidarity with the democratically-elected president, and former union bus driver, Nicolas Maduro. | Organizers from the Tucson Anti War Committee expressed their solidarity with the masses of workers, campesinos and indigenous peoples fighting for their right to self-determination and their Bolivarian Revolution.
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Roaming Charges: American Hunger Games
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
Gary Webb and I both grew up in Indianapolis. As teens we spent a lot of time in the nearby cultural mecca (for baseball fans) of Cincy. One of Webb's first gigs as a young reporter was covering crime and politics in Covington, just across the Ohio River. He said it was one of the most corrupt & racist cities in the US and told me those years in northern Kentucky were the best training he got for probing the CIA. The antics of those punks wouldn't surprise him.
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New Congress Democrats denounce Venezuela coup, get bashed for quoting RT-linked people
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-25
A handful of Democratic lawmakers are opposed to the US-backed coup in Venezuela. But besides going against most of the establishment, they are being bashed for committing a worse sin in MSM's eyes — citing RT-related people. | …
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Poderes del Estado venezolano respaldan mandato legítimo de Maduro
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-25
CARACAS — El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, cuenta hoy con el respaldo de los poderes del Estado a su mandato constitucional, ante los intentos de golpe de Estado patrocinados por el gobierno de Estados Unidos. Durante el acto de inicio del año judicial 2019, el titular del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), Maikel Moreno, …
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Election Interference Before Military Intervention? Hands Off Venezuela
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
When it comes to interfering in other countries' election, no nation is better at it than the United States. No nation interferes more and no nation does so more blatantly. The recent machinations in Venezuela that recognized Juan Guiado as the President of that country are just the latest proof. In case you missed the…
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CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Pompeo Speech to Denounce U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to send $20 million to the Venezuelan opposition in the form of humanitarian aid to address the shortages of food and medicine caused in part by harsh U.S. sanctions. Pompeo made the announcement while speaking at the OAS, the Organization of American States. Pompeo's speech was interrupted by CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who held a sign reading, "OAS: Don't Support a Coup in Venezuela."
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Trump's Ally Roger Stone Arrested as Part of Mueller's Probe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
Roger Stone, U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime ally and presidential campaign adviser, was arrested Friday, charged with obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements, according to a grand jury indictment made public by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | Stone, who has repeatedly said in interviews that he was likely to be indicted, is scheduled to appear at the federal courthouse in For…
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Trump recognition of rival Venezuela government will set off a diplomatic avalanche
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-25
The Trump administration's January 23 recognition of Venezuela's National Assembly leader, Juan Guaidó, as the president of Venezuela, in opposition to the "de facto" and "de jure" president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, threatens an avalanche of nations recognizing leaders of various political factions in countries around the world as legitimate governments. | Source…
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How Washington's Devastating "Economic Blockade" of Venezuela Helped Pave the Way for Coup Attempt
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
Venezuela remains in a state of crisis as opposition forces–with the backing of the United States–attempt to unseat the government of Nicolás Maduro. On Thursday, Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said the military continues to stand by Maduro. His remarks came one day after President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. Guaidó, the new head of Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself president on Wednesday during a large opposition protest. Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the U.S. to r…
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Trump Announces Deal with Lawmakers to End Gov't Shutdown
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
President Donald Trump said on Friday he has reached a tentative agreement with U.S. lawmakers for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end a partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 35th day, with a senior Democratic aide saying money the president demanded for a border wall is not included. | The president had previously insisted on the inclusion of US$5.7 billion to help pay for a wall along the vast U.S.-Mexico border in any legislation to fund government agencies. | "I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," Trump said in…
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The Covington Altar Boys, Institutional Racism and the Doctrine of Discovery
Michael Donnelly | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
The smirking Covington Altar Boys episode brings back memories of when I was attending a 99% white, elite, all boys Catholic High School. It was in 1963/65, the peak of Catholic culture in the US, with John Kennedy in the White House and Pope John XXIII in the Vatican. As a Freshman, I joined 264…
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Warnings of 'Tipping Point' in Trump Shutdown as Airport Staff Shortages Cause Major Flight Delays
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
"This is horrendous. Donald Trump must give up his racist wall and Republicans in Congress must vote now to end this shutdown. The human cost is only going to increase and more and more Americans are going to suffer." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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UNESCO: Cuban Pharmaceutical Museum is 'Memory of the World'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
Literature from the Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, Cuba, were recognized Thursday as "Memory of the World" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | The books include 61 volumes, 55 of which preserve formulas of the Ernesto Triolet's "French Botica," tha…
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Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela
Many Signatories | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-25
Writers, academics and political activists wrote the following letter to Amnesty International encouraging the group to publically oppose US sanctions and incitement of a military coup in Venezuela. | The post Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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Asian socialists and solidarity groups defend Venezuela's people and against US intervention
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-25
Below are three statements from the Socialist Alliance (Australia), the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) and the Philippines-Venezuela Solidarity (Phil-Ven-Sol). | US Hands off Venezuela!: | By Socialist Alliance National Executive | January 24, 2019 — The Socialist Alliance strongly condemns the actions of the United States President Donald Trump in backing an attempted coup against the democratically elected government of Venezuela. | In an act of contempt for Venezuela's legal system and a violation of its constitution, opposition leader Juan Guaido swore himself in as Interim President on…
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These Four US Politicians Became Establishment Targets for Denouncing the Venezuela Coup
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-25
"The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs." — Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) | The post These Four US Politicians Became Establishment Targets for Denouncing the Venezuela Coup appeared first on MintPress News.
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Mobilize and Defend Venezuela!
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
It is new and it is not new, but it is tremendously wicked and deadly — the latest type of coup the US invented and is now applying against Venezuela. | Of course, coups and attempted coups are what could be … | The post Mobilize and Defend Venezuela! appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuelan Foreign Minister: The U.S. Interferes in Latin American Politics Every Day, Every Hour
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
The U.S.-led effort targeting the oil-rich nation of Venezuela dates back two decades, since the late Hugo Chávez became president in 1999. In November, John Bolton accused Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua of being part of a "troika of tyranny." In September, The New York Times reported the Trump administration conducted secret meetings with rebellious military officers in Venezuela to discuss overthrowing Maduro. We air more of our recent interview with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. He came into the Democracy Now! studio last week.
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/25/v…

The Radicalization of U.S. Policy on Venezuela
Steve Ellner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-25
The Trump administration's escalation included financial sanctions against the Venezuelan government and measures against the nation's oil industry…
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Venezuela's Maduro Urges Dialogue Instead of US-backed Coup
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
The president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro affirmed that with the opposition leaders in the country there has always been and there will be dialogue, even though they assure that this is not the case. | "There are communication channels promoted by the government," said the Venezuelan president, but lamented that the right-wing in that country insists on unconstitutional and violent ways to try to overthrow his government. | At a press conference from Miraflores Palace, Maduro assured that dialogue is the vehicle for the ideal political approach to advance a way out from the country's problems, but that the rig…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuel…

'Resistance' Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-01-25
We like to think we have an adversarial media–one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us that they would perform their crucial democratic role in holding this dangerous new president and commander-in-chief accountable at every turn. This struck a chord with the public; in the wake of Trump's …
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Pence Urges Venezuelans to Oust Maduro
Paul Dobson | zcomm.org | 2019-01-25
The comments from Trump's number two come as Venezuelans of both political bands are set to stage demonstrations on Wednesday, January 23…
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Shutdown standoff: Trump prepares emergency declaration after Senate push fails — report
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-25
With Democrats in Congress adamantly against any funding for the border wall, US President Donald Trump may be inching towards declaring a national emergency in order to end the record-breaking 34-day government shutdown. | …
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Venezuela: Call It What It Is–a Coup
George Ciccariello-Maher | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
Venezuela: Call It What It Is–a Coup…
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Regime Change Enthusiasts
Laura Carlsen | zcomm.org | 2019-01-25
Amid crises in Venezuela, migration, and the climate, the Western Hemisphere's chief regional organization the OAS, has been hobbled by pro-Trump leadership…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/regime-cha…

Confirming US Orchestration, Report Details Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Leader
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
"The U.S. had been planning this coup in Venezuela. It was the Trump administration that told the little-known opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ to declare himself (unelected) 'president.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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FRSO Condemns U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-25
Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Trump administration and its allies as violations of the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. By declaring that he will no longer recognize Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president, and instead claiming right-wing politician Juan Guaidó is head of state, Donald Trump opens the door to a brutal Syria-style intervention in the heart of South America. It became even clearer that the United States seeks war in Venezuela when, after Maduro severed relations with the United States and demanded all of…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/24/…

Revolutionary Government Declaration: Aggression Against Venezuela Must Cease
Granma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns and energetically rejects the attempt to impose a coup d'etat, a puppet government at the service of the United States, in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expresses its unwavering solidarity … | The post Revolutionary Government Declaration: Aggression Against Venezuela Must Cease appeared first on Global Research.
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Bernie Sanders Warns Against U.S. Involvement in Venezuela
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-25
Amid warnings that the Trump administration is actively seeking to topple the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday spoke out against the U.S. government's "long history of intervening inappropriately in Latin America" even as he criticized Maduro for his violent crackdown on opposition protesters and violations of the country's constitution. | "The Maduro government in Venezuela has been waging a violent crackdown on Venezuelan civil society, violated the constitution by dissolving the National Assembly and was re-elected last year in an election that many observ…
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Congress Is Pushing Sanctions Against Supporters of Syria's Bashar al-Assad
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-01-25
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and its allies, and those who do business with them. The move comes a month after President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw troops from Syria, and as some Arab governments are thawing relations with the Assad regime, which has all but secured a military victory after nearly eight years of war. The measure has been passed by the House twice in previous sessions, and a companion bill currently remains pending in the Senate. | House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot…
theintercept.com/2019/01/25/syri…

Pompeo, Hypocrisy and War
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
On January 2 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Brazil, and his Department noted that in discussions with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo they "highlighted the importance of working together to address regional and global challenges, including supporting the people of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in restoring their democratic governance and their human rights." Pompeo…
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Stop Dangerous and Counterproductive US Intervention in Venezuela
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
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While Criticizing Maduro, Sanders Says US Should 'Not Be in the Business of Regime Change' in Venezuela
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
Amid warnings that the Trump administration is actively seeking to topple the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday spoke out against the U.S. government's "long history of intervening inappropriately in Latin America" even as he criticized Maduro for his violent crackdown on opposition protesters and violations of the country's constitution. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Historian: Venezuela Is "Staging Ground" for U.S. to Reassert Control Over Latin America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
While Mexico and Uruguay are calling for dialogue to address the crisis in Venezuela, much of Latin America has sided with the Trump administration by recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. We look at what this mean for the broader region with professors Alejandro Velasco and Steve Ellner.
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/25/h…

Adviser Behind Coup Against Chavez Now Plots Against Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
Former U.S. diplomat Elliott Abrams, one of the masterminds behind the 2002 coup attempt against Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, was appointed to lead the U.S. interference in Venezuela, as announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Maduro Urges Dialogue Instead of US-backed Coup | "Elliott will be a true asset to our mission to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country," Pompeo said in announcing Abrams' appoint…
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Watch How Progressives Respond When Trump Isn't Wrong
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
Watch How Progressives Respond When Trump Isn't Wrong…
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'Constitutionally Illegitimate': As Workers Miss Another Paycheck, Trump's Draft National Emergency Order Condemned
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
The country's longest ever government shutdown hit day 35 on Friday and federal workers missed yet another paycheck—but instead of urging the GOP-controlled Senate to pass legislation to reopen the government, the White House is reportedly drafting a national emergency order to secure more than $7 billion for President Donald Trump's racist border wall, despite warnings from legal experts that doing so would be "constitutionally illegitimate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Canada's Diversity Imperialism
Keith Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
Canada's trade union-backed, ostensibly "progressive" Liberal government is playing a key role in the regime-change coup that Washington has launched against Venezuela's elected president, Nicolás Maduro. | Canada quickly seconded US President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday recognizing Juan Guaidó, … | The post Canada's Diversity Imperialism appeared first on Global Research.
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Washington escalates coup provocations in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
Secretary of State Pompeo is to speak to the UN Security Council Saturday on Venezuela, a patent propaganda gesture aimed at preparing intervention.
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The Faces Behind the Wall: My Experience at the US-Mexico Border
Zarefah Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
Nothing prepares you for Juarez, Mexico. The human grief, but also the resilience of the human spirit that I have witnessed at the US-Mexico border compels morally-guided solutions, certainly not walls. On December 15th of last year, I joined a local delegation from the Washington state area, as we headed first to El Paso, Texas,…
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Venezuela — An Appeal to Russia, China and All Unaligned Countries for Support of Sovereign Venezuela
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
On 23 January 2018, the United States has initiated a coup against President Nicolás Maduro and his Government, by encouraging and fully supporting the "self-proclaimed" opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as interim President. Already days ago he had received the full … | The post Venezuela — An Appeal to Russia, China and All Unaligned Countries for Support of Sovereign Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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ILPS supports Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against usurper backed by U.S. and ultra-reactionaries
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-25
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following January 24 statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle. | We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, vigorously support the democratically elected and newly inaugurated President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and vehemently condemn Juan Guaido who has proclaimed himself the "interim president" of Venezuela in a brazen coup attempt. | Guaido is merely the stooge of US imperialism and the representative of the ultra-reactionaries of Venezuela. We therefore hold the US the most respon…
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SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-25
The Trump administration's war on asylum seekers sank to a new low with a policy that — beginning today — will force migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts.
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How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
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Venezuela: Is President Maduro 'illegitimate'? 10 facts to counter the lies
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-25
Have those who state that Nicolás Maduro is a dictator, a usurper, and that the 2019-2025 presidential period lacks legitimacy, asked themselves why he is illegitimate? Or do they just repeat what they hear? | This opinion was first advanced by the 12 Latin American countries that make up the Lima Group. Their statement reads: "The electoral process carried out in Venezuela on 20th May 2018 lacks legitimacy in that it didn't have the participation of all Venezuelan political actors, nor the presence of independent international observers, nor the international guarantees and standards needed for it to be a free,…
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Canada's "diversity" imperialism
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
Justin Trudeau, presiding over what has been hailed as the most diverse cabinet in Canadian history, has signed on to Washington's coup plot against Venezuela.
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US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
Washington's motivation is the fact that according to OPEC, Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves on Earth — more than Saudi Arabia and accounting for nearly a quarter of all OPEC production. | The post US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence appeared first on Global Research.
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Before Venezuela: The long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-25
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him, and that allegation has resonance among many in a region where Washington has a long history of interventions–military and otherwise. Ever since the early 19th century, the United States has involved itself in the daily affairs of nations across …
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Calling for US Troop Withdrawal, House Dems Demand 'Diplomatic, Political, and Humanitarian Strategy for Syria'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Ted Lieu of California, joined by 30 of their colleagues in Congress, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday urging him "to present a long-overdue comprehensive diplomatic, political, and humanitarian strategy for Syria to Congress and the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Chomsky, Other Scholars Reject US Coup Attempt in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky; co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Mark Weisbrot; and 68 other scholars published an Open Letter Thursday demanding that the United States Government back off Venezuela. | RELATED: | Former UN Expert Zayas: US-led Coup in Venezuela Violates International Law | "The United States Government must cease interfering in Venezuela's internal politics, especially for the purpose of overthrowing the country's gover…
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Ecuadorian Ex-president Correa: –°annot Rule Out US-backed 'Military Action' in Venezuela
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
Washington's reckless push for regime change in Venezuela, where the US actively supports a person who "ignores all laws," might set a dangerous precedent, former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa told RT. | A situation, in which a man "declares himself | … | The post Ecuadorian Ex-president Correa: –°annot Rule Out US-backed 'Military Action' in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Supporting Non-Military Solutions, Congress Asks for Trump's Syria Strategy
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
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Syria, Then and Now: Liberated of Western-backed Terrorism
Max Parry | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-25
In a surprise turn of events, last month U.S. President Donald J. Trump made the abrupt unilateral announcement that American troops would begin to withdraw from Syria. The unexpected decision provoked the wrath of the foreign policy establishment and bipartisan 'war party' in Washington who immediately denounced it as a premature, reckless move that would lead to a resurgence of ISIS. As anticipated, the Beltway blob also claimed it was another sign of Trump's perceived untold allegiance to Russian President Vladimir Putin. None of the warmongers in Washington would dare admit that the real gains made against IS…
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As Long Beach Luxury Development Booms, The Poor Get Left Behind
Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
It was a stifling mid-August afternoon when Jennifer learned she had until the end of the year to move out of her cramped studio apartment in the East Village of downtown Long Beach. She suspected the eviction was coming. For the past year, she had been looking for a new place as her landlord slowly…
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La Luz — Live on KEXP
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
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ILO to ruling class in Davos: Meet the needs of workers
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-25
GENEVA (PAI)–The International Labour Organization (ILO) is demanding the world's governments enact and commit to new worker protections to meet the changing nature and demands of modern workplaces. The demands come as billionaire representatives of the world's ruling class gathered in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the world economy and as most media in the U.S. …
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Gerd Bàºntzly, Crime Fighter
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
Hamburg, Germany I was with Gerd Bàºntzly, 69, of Herford, in a demonstration in Germany July 17, 2017. So were Steve Baggarly, Susan Crane, and Bonnie Urfer, all of the United States. Ours was a peaceful if covert, night-time occupation of a protected aircraft shelter or bomb bunker far inside the Bàºchel Air Force Base,…
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Rosa Luxemburg's revolutionary socialism
Saul Foster | mronline.org | 2019-01-25
Luxemburg was born in 1871, in a Poland divided under German and Russian domination, and she played a role in the working-class socialist movement of each country. | Source…
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War Against Iran Becoming Ever More Likely
Jim Lobe, Ben Armbruster | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and John Bolton (Photo: State Department via Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Brazil: Several Deaths Reported After Dam's Collapse
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-25
A dam belonging to Brazilian miner Vale, collapsed Friday in the southeastern Brumadinho region of Minas Gerais, the local fire department reported, citing witnesses. | Unconfirmed accounts indicate that there were deaths due to the collapse of the dam, firefighters said. The dam collapse poured out mud into the surrounding area and lead local residents to be evacuated, news website G1 reported. | The local fire department confirmed the dam break in Brumadinho near Belo Horizonte and told Reuters it has received unconfirmed reports of fatalities resulting from the incident. A Vale spokeswoman said that the com…
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A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria
Lee Camp | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their "news show" on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those … | The post A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria appeared first on Global Research.
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Data Reveals Driving as a Person of Color in Illinois Leads to More Unjustified Searches
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-25
Baseless traffic stops and inconsistent search standards harm the public trust and damage police-community relationships. | In January 2016, Richard Jackson, a Black man, was driving to his home on Chicago's West Side when he noticed a car trailing him. As he turned into the alley leading to his driveway, the unmarked police car pulled him over and four officers leapt out, demanding that he lower all four of his car's windows. Jackson's grandparents, who live with him, watched from their home's window in fear. | After running his license, one officer told Jackson he would be let go with a warning. But when Jackso…
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France, Yellow Vests and the MEK
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
No one today is surprised at the foreign policy of the United States. War, violation of international law and disdain for human rights are all characteristics of the criminal enterprise known as the U.S. government. Most of the U.S.'s allies display some or all of these same vices, but some are often considered above such…
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Extreme Wealth is a Planet Killer
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or we fry. That's the conclusion of another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one from the National Academy of Sciences. Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for the fastest climate changes our Earth has ever seen.
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The Yellow Vests, the Crisis of the Welfare State and Socialism
Michèle Brand | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
Far from dying down after the holidays, France's yellow vest movement is continuing to blaze throughout the country. Every Saturday for eleven weeks, protesters have been disrupting or blocking roads, traffic circles and freeway toll plazas, gathering in the squares of villages, taking to the streets of towns, marching in massive numbers through city boulevards, and confronting violent police repression. Ten people have died in the protests, mainly due to accidents at road blocks, and over 2000 have been injured by the police, around 100 seriously. 17 people have lost an eye due to rubber bullets, according to an…
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Russia, China, India and Iran: The Magic Quadrant that Is Changing the World
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
With the end of the unipolar moment, which saw Washington dominate international relations, the richest and most powerful Eurasian countries are beginning to organize themselves into alliance structures and agreements that aim to facilitate trade, development and cooperation. | At the … | The post Russia, China, India and Iran: The Magic Quadrant that Is Changing the World appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump a Threat to US, Intelligence Strategy Report Says
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
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. | The 36-page report … | The post Trump a Threat to US, Intelligence Strategy Report Says appeared first on Global Research.
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The Illegal CIA Operation That Brought Us 9/11
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-01-25
Was it conspiracy or idiocy that led to the failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to detect and prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon headquarters? That's one of the questions at the heart of "The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror," by John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski. In their careful and thorough investigation of the events leading up to the attacks, the authors uncover a story about the Central Intelligence Agency's neglect, possible criminal activities and a cover-up that may have allowed al-Qaida to carry out its plans uninhibited by g…
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Silence of the Lambs: The Case of Marzieh Hashemi
Rannie Amiri | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
In the wake of the outcry after the abduction and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi–in a foreign country and under the directive of a rogue Crown Prince–one would think the threshold to condemn the detention of an American journalist in the United States without charge or trial would be quite low. Unfortunately, it has…
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Roger Stone Arrest: Trump Associate and Dirty Trickster Indicted by Special Counsel
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-25
Stone played a role in the Watergate scandal; boasted about orchestrating the "Brooks Brothers riot," a heated attempt to interfere with the 2000 presidential election recount, and has compiled a laundry list of other dirty deeds. | The post Roger Stone Arrest: Trump Associate and Dirty Trickster Indicted by Special Counsel appeared first on MintPress News.
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Sudan's Third Uprising: Is It a Revolution?
Sara Mohammed | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
Sudan's Third Uprising: Is It a Revolution?
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Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI's Plan to Create a Nation of Suspects
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
As more and more data flows from your body and brain to the smart machines via the biometric sensors, it will become easy for corporations and government agencies to know you, manipulate you, and make decisions on your behalf. Even more importantly, they could decipher the deep mechanisms of all bodies and brains, and thereby…
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Two Roads Diverged
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
President Trump's chances of planting the seed of rebellion against Nancy Pelosi within the Democratic Party has a better chance of success than the Democratic Party has in planting seeds of rebellion against President Trump. The single, unambiguous focus of profit to investors unites Republicans like a Spartan phalanx whereas the focus of Democrats is…
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Flower Power: a Têt Story From Hanoi
George Burchett | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
When Xuân Dieu street, on which I ride my motorbike every day, turns into a moving garden, I know spring has come and Têt is around the corner. Xe à¥ms (motorbike taxis) loaded with pots of kumquats, peach blossoms, pomelo trees of various sizes, from average to gigantic, move in both directions. Flower sellers push…
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End Times, Dead Ahead
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
"It is time we consider the implications of it being too late to avert a global environmental catastrophe in the lifetimes of people alive today." (Jem Bendell) In other words, the world is coming to an end. Of course it is… but when? Professor Jem Bendell's brilliant seminal work,…
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Sixty Years of the Cuban Revolution
Prof Susan Babbitt | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
We are urged to resist Trump's lies: the lies of US capitalism. But there are lies about those lies that are not resisted. They are not recognized. | You see this in an intriguing new book about US interrogation during the … | The post Sixty Years of the Cuban Revolution appeared first on Global Research.
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From MLK To Nathan Phillips: Love Can Defeat Hate
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
The U.S. ruling class wants desperately to put its electoral duopoly back together again, with both parties serving corporate interests, interchangeably. They are betting that Donald Trump is a temporary disruption to the smooth operations of the system, and that the Republican Party will be recaptured by the dog whistlers. Odds are, they are correct,…
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Shutting Down in Trumpland
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
It is a political idiosyncrasy that most political systems avoid: the state, as if suffering a stroke, operating at only partial capacity, incapable of paying certain employees and incapable of fronting certain services. And so it is in the United … | The post Shutting Down in Trumpland appeared first on Global Research.
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Sixty Years of the Cuban Revolution
Susan Babbitt | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
We are urged to resist Trump's lies: the lies of US capitalism. But there are lies about those lies that are not resisted. They are not recognized. You see this in an intriguing new book about US interrogation during the Korean War, Monica Kim's The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: the Untold Story. [i] The "untold story"
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Toxic Pesticides Assault in Utah
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
In 2014, I met Blaine Malquist. This was in Florida at the Pesticides Forum of Beyond Pesticides, a national organization fighting for environmental and public health protection from the use and misuse of pesticides. Mosquito fogging Malquist lives in Nephi City, Juab County, Utah. He briefly said to me that the careless use of pesticides…
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You Can't Go Home Again: the Liberal State is No More
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
In a previous article I argued that often confusing and divergent arguments within the neoliberal critique could be best understood as the tensions between two opposing currents of thought. One tendency understands neoliberalism as the unfettered reign of the free market, often called Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF), the other sees neoliberalism as the fusion of the…
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Arrest of Marzieh Hashemi Reveals Bipartisan Nature of Police State
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
Arresting PressTV's Marzieh Hashemi on no criminal charges demonstrates by any objective measure the United States operates as a rogue state in its utter contempt for accepted international human-rights law and standards. Hashemi, an African American mother and grandmother converted to Islam, moved to Iran more than 25 years ago. She has become an internationally…
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As Yemen Commemorates Victims of Saudi-led War, Shaky Truce and Negotiations Continue
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-25
Despite a ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations in Sweden in December, the Saudi-led coalition has continued its devastating bombing campaign across the country. | The post As Yemen Commemorates Victims of Saudi-led War, Shaky Truce and Negotiations Continue appeared first on MintPress News.
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Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis
Alexander Rubinstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
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. | *** | This week, the Department of Defense released a report to Senate … | The post Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis appeared first on Global Research.
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Guerilla bombing provocation is a gift for Colombia's repressive government
Alexander Klein | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-25
Last Thursday, on January 17, a car bomb exploded near the Santander Police Academy in Bogotá leaving twenty cadets dead and dozens of wounded civilians. At first, the identities of the people responsible for this terrible event were a mystery, with independent media outlets suspecting a self-inflicted attack by government officials to justify breaking peace …
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TransCanada and First Nations' Rights: Who's Banking the Coastal GasLink Pipeline?
Elana Sulakshana | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-25
On January 7, 2019, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police trespassed on the land of the Wet'suwet'en people and arrested 14 land defenders in heavily militarized fashion, following the orders of fossil fuel behemoth TransCanada. | The militarized police were enforcing an … | The post TransCanada and First Nations' Rights: Who's Banking the Coastal GasLink Pipeline? appeared first on Global Research.
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'Roger Stone vindicated by the fact there was no Russian collusion' — lawyer
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-25
Roger Stone's lawyer, Grant Smith, has said that his client is "vindicated," by the fact that the indictment against him does not mention "Russian collusion," and instead charges him with relatively minor process crimes. | …
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Charges do not relate to 'Russian collusion', says Roger Stone, pleads not guilty
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-25
Released on bail after the early morning arrest in Florida, political operative Roger Stone said the charges against him are false and "politically motivated" and categorically denied any connection with WikiLeaks or Russia. | …
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'Largest scam in history': HALF of Facebook accounts fake, says Zuckerberg's Harvard classmate
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-25
As many as half of Facebook's two billion accounts are fake or duplicates, according to a new report from a former classmate of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He has highlighted how the fakes defraud users, advertisers and investors alike. | …
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Saudi Arabia: Access for independent monitors urgently needed amid more reports of torture of activists
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-25
Amnesty International has obtained new reports of torture and abuse inflicted on a group of Saudi Arabian human rights activists who have been in arbitrary detention since May 2018. These reports follow similar testimonies from November 2018 into the torture of a number of the activists, and highlight the urgent need to allow independent monitors access to those in detention, the organization said today. | According to the testimonies, a total of ten human rights defenders were tortured, sexually abused, and subjected to other forms of ill-treatment during their first three months of detention, when they were hel…
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How Not to Report on Prison Conditions
Adam Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-25
The United States, by all metrics, has one of the cruelest prison systems in the world. In addition to having 25 percent of the world's prison population (with just 5 percent of the world's people), U.S. prisons use tortuous solitary confinement, tolerate widespread sexual violence, host massive racial disparities, and routinely abuse children, among other human rights…
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DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA: GESTURES ARE NOT ENOUGH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION FOR THE UN UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW, 33RD SESSION OF THE UPR WORKING GROUP, MAY 2019
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-25
This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in May 2019. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to the DPRK in its previous UPR, including in relation its engagement and cooperation with the UN human rights mechanisms and other international human rights-related organizations.
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An interview with British "Stansted 15" defendant Melanie Strickland
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
Melanie Strickland is one of the anti-deportation campaigners found guilty of endangering safety at an airport in contravention of the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, part of Britain's anti-terror laws.
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Brazilian Workers Party uses crime wave to back fascistic Bolsonaro on repression and austerity
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
Under the guise of fighting crime, Bolsonaro and the PT are both seeking to extend the definition to suppress social opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Davos overshadowed by crisis and social upheaval
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
The decision to hand the keynote address to the newly installed fascistic president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, demonstrated the political orientation of the global elites at Davos.
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Chicago UPS drivers angered by Teamsters sellout contract
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
UPS drivers and warehouse workers in Chicago are opposed to the pro-company contracts imposed by the Teamsters across the country and are looking to mount a fight.
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How the UTLA orchestrated the betrayal of Los Angeles teachers
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-25
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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Video: The Dramatic Scandal Swallowing the Bolsonaro Presidency Just Drove an LGBT Congressman to Flee Brazil
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-01-25
Kickbacks, money laundering, militia links, and assassination. A scandal that already had everything has driven Brazil's LGBT congressman into exile. | The post Video: The Dramatic Scandal Swallowing the Bolsonaro Presidency Just Drove an LGBT Congressman to Flee Brazil appeared first on The Intercept.
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Right "To Their Faces," 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells Davos Elite Climate Crisis Their Fault
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg just told a group of the elite gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum—as they were seated just feet away from her—that they are among those directly responsible for the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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FBI Agents With 'Tactical Vests and Large Weapons' Arrest Longtime Trump Confidant Roger Stone
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
Longtime Republican operative Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested Friday morning by the FBI after being indicted by a federal grand jury on several criminal charges—including witness tampering and obstruction of justice—stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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