Monthly Archives: February 2019

2019-02-28: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-28). Video: Michael Cohen Testimony on Hush Money, Fraud and Trump's Skyscraper Project in Moscow. globalresearch.ca While US President Donald Trump is in the Vietnamese capital for a second summit with the north Korean leader, his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen testified before US congress. | Michael Cohen offered explanations mainly regarding three cases, the WikiLeaks-hacked Democratic …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-28). Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Julian Assange Receives His Passport. counterpunch.org In March 2008, one Michael Horvath of the US Army Counterintelligence Center within the Cyber Intelligence Assessments Branch considered the risks posed by WikiLeaks in a 32 page document. Created under the auspices of the Department of Defence's Intelligence Analysis Program. The overview suggests, importantly, the interest shown in Assange by the defence wing of More

Dr. Vacy Vlazna (2019-02-28). International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shields Israeli Systematic Mutilation Machine. globalresearch.ca Malaysia, on 12 January, one of the international hosts of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships ethically boycotted Israel as a competitor. | Malaysia's principled boycott was not directed against the athletes but against the Jewish state of Israel in protest …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). International Peoples' Assembly gives clarion call for solidarity with Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org 500 participants from 87 countries and 181 people's movements and organizations participated in the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism from February 24-27 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. On the final day, the Assembly gave a call for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade to be observed on March 16. | The four days of activities included panel discussions on the current imperialist offensive and the attacks on Venezuela, regional working group discussions which sought to propose an age…

teleSUR (2019-02-28). Pakistan To Release Captured Indian Pilot Friday. telesurenglish.net Pakistani officials said Thursday that they will release captured Indian pilot wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman Friday amidst escalating tensions between the two South Asian countries. | RELATED: | India, Pakistan Citizens #SayNoToWar Amid Renewed Escalations | "We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture we will release him tomorrow," Pakistan's Prime…

Christopher Black (2019-02-28). Russia, Japan and the USA: The Unfinished Business of War. globalresearch.ca As the USA and North Korea meet in Vietnam to discuss the possibility of a peace treaty between the two after decades of hostility against North Korea from the USA, the governments of Russia and Japan are engaged in talks …

CP Editor (2019-02-28). Trump Threatens Venezuela, Revives Red Scare. counterpunch.org

Judith Deutsch (2019-02-28). Bolsonaro, Trudeau, et al. Exterminators-in-Chief. counterpunch.org In Memory of Dave Vasey who knew first-hand about official callousness towards life in the small town of Walkerton where people died needlessly of water contamination. Dave dedicated his too short life to fighting against climate injustice, militarization, and the austerity state. I read the Canadian news today: "Pipeline expansion should be approved: regulator" Today More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-28). War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu's Victory. counterpunch.org On February 18, members of extremist Jewish groups raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). They clashed with Palestinian worshippers, as the settlers attempted to shut down the gate of Al-Aqsa itself. The clashes involved the Israeli army and police as well, who opened fire and brutally assaulted Palestinians, leading to scores of More

Michael Nigro (2019-02-28). At the Southern Border, an Escape Room With No Exit. truthdig.com In December and again in January, I went to Tijuana, at the U.S.-Mexico border, to report on what is happening to the thousands of men, women and children living in an appalling limbo as they seek asylum in the United States. | In Tijuana, there are the refugees themselves, who come from such far-flung countries as Yemen, Ethiopia, Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras, and who live in camps all over the city, places that bloom with hope and wither in despair, camps that exist one day and then vanish the next. | This backdrop of humanity supports a bewildering array of refugee ecosystems. There are well-meaning volunte…

Nomi Prins (2019-02-28). Survival of the Richest: All Are Equal, Except Those Who Aren't. counterpunch.org Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today's thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality that's hiding in plain sight. And this phenomenon of ever more concentrated wealth and power has both Newtonian and Darwinian components to it. In terms of Newton's first law of motion: those More

Stephen Cooper (2019-02-28). Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty's Racist Roots. counterpunch.org Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if you haven't heard about this travesty of justice (yet), or, if you've forgotten its details, all you need to know about the Keith Tharpe case is: a now-deceased juror who More

Charles McKelvey (2019-02-28). Cuba Adopts a New Socialist Constitution. counterpunch.org On February 24, 2019, the Cuban people overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution, as 84.4% of resident citizens voted in the constitutional referendum, with 86.8 % voting "Yes," 9% "No," 2.5% blank ballots, and 1.6% annulled. Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Cuba has been striving to develop a socialist constitutional foundation. The More

Eric London (2019-02-28). Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: "There Is No Turning Back" globalresearch.ca US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a bellicose speech before representatives of 14 Latin American countries at a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The remarks were timed to coincide with the US-orchestrated provocations at the Venezuelan …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). "Socialism gave power to the working class in Venezuela" peoplesdispatch.org Carlos Ron, Venezuelan vice-minister for North America also explains the social character of the Venezuelan opposition that is currently attempting to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-28). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans. thenation.com Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans…

William Walter Kay (2019-02-28). The Venezuelan War Council: Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams and Green LLP. globalresearch.ca Do personalities matter; or do they dissolve in the sea of circumstance? | The Atlantic alliance set sail on a collision course with Venezuela before Trump's improbable election; then Trump's dilettantish, dreadful selection of subordinates generated an additional, autonomous impetus to …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-02-28). U.S. Condemns Venezuela's Government Yet Commits Human Rights Abuses Across the Middle East. globalresearch.ca "Americans have no idea of the extent of their government's mischief… the number of military strikes we have made unprovoked, against other countries, since 1947 is more than 250." Gore Vidal | Last Saturday U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who is …

teleSUR (2019-02-28). Child Soldiers Surrender Arms in DR Congo, Sent to UNICEF. telesurenglish.net The unanticipated victory of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's December elections has eased the conflict between government forces and tribal militias and raised hopes that the severe war is approaching its end. | RELATED: | Child Soldiers Rampant in Africa as NGO Denounces The Unrest | Twelve-year-old child soldier Mado expresses relief and states that "for me, the war is now over." She was a "Yamama", a young girl convinced to join the militia…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-02-28). Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal. thenation.com Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal…

Mark Taliano (2019-02-28). Who are the "Brutal Dictators"? globalresearch.ca Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are. | We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of …

Jeff Hauser (2019-02-28). Americans Should Fear Trump Apathy. counterpunch.org Figuring out what is and is not an emergency in Donald Trump's America is far from straightforward. On February 15, in order to get funds to build a wall along the southern border of the United States, Trump declared a "national emergency". And he did this even though the situation at the border is in More

teleSUR (2019-02-28). Nepal: Helicopter Crash Kills Tourism Minister, 6 Others. telesurenglish.net A helicopter crash in the eastern region of Nepal has claimed the life of the country's minister of tourism and six other passengers, police officials reported. | RELATED: | At Least 25 Dead After Train Slams Into Busy Cairo Station | The helicopter ride was intended for those aboard to conduct a feasibility report, but the vehicle hurled towards the mountain district of Taplejung and killed everyone aboard, including Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari. | The intention of the trip…

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-28). Congress's Cowardly "Emergency" Rebuke. counterpunch.org By the time you read this column, the US House of Representatives will almost certainly have passed the following Joint Resolution: "Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, pursuant to section 202 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622), the national emergency declared More

STAFF (2019-02-28). No Deal Reached Between Trump, Kim at 2nd Summit. truthdig.com HANOI, Vietnam — The Latest on the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): | 1: 40 p.m. | U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un have failed to reach an agreement at their second summit in Vietnam, but talks between the two nations will continue in the future. | White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the two leaders discussed denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. She adds: "No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future." | Still, Sanders is describing the meetings…

South Front (2019-02-28). Video: Russia's Kalashnikov Kamikaze Drone 'KUB-BLA' Already Battle-tested in Syria. globalresearch.ca A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets. | The "high-precision unmanned aerial system" KUB-BLA was for the first time …

RS Ahthion (2019-02-28). The UK Lobbies Germany to Sell Arms to the Saudis. counterpunch.org It is not enough for the UK to routinely violate the sovereignty of other nations. To work hand in glove with the United States in suppressing popular movements and democracy all over the globe. Not content with having invaded half the world. Displaced populations via slavery and moved others onto plantation islands. Deporting an entire More

Laura Flanders (2019-02-28). Time For Socialist History Month? counterpunch.org It's that time of year again—when we're encouraged to celebrate Black history, and soon it will be Women's History Month—the time when people like me ask, "What about the rest of the year?" This season, Black History Month coincides with the start of the presidential primary campaigns. On the Democratic side, we're already seeing journalists More

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-02-28). History: Resistance to the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism. globalresearch.ca Beginning in the early decades of the 15th century the African continent faced an unprecedented onslaught where human traffickers and colonizers sought to conquer the people for the purpose of labor exploitation, strategic territorial advantage and the plunder of …

Telesur (2019-02-28). Genocide Survivors Demand Elliott Abrams Leave Holocaust Committee Board. globalresearch.ca A group family member victims of the 1940s WWII Holocaust and U.S.-supported 1980s genocides in Central America are calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Committee on Conscience to remove Elliot Abrams from its board, questioning how "a proven …

Colin Todhunter (2019-02-28). Poisoning the Public: Toxic Agrochemicals and Regulators' Collusion with Industry. globalresearch.ca In January 2019, campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason lodged a complaint with the European Ombudsman accusing European regulatory agencies of collusion with the agrochemicals industry. This was in the wake of an important paper by Charles Benbrook on the genotoxicity of …

Joe Lo (2019-02-28). As Tensions Rise, UK Criticised for Arming Both India and Pakistan. globalresearch.ca After the Indian military bombed Pakistani territory last night, Pakistan promised to respond and the UK has been criticised for arming both sides. | The Indian Air Force claimed to have targetted a training camp of the militant Jaish-e-Mohammed group in …

EarthRights International (2019-02-28). Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above the Law. globalresearch.ca In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts. | The Court's decision marks a defining moment for …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-28). The Chagos Islands Case, WikiLeaks and Justice. globalresearch.ca Let this be a lesson to its detractors, doubters and stuff shirts of the secrecy establishment: the documents sourced from WikiLeaks can have tangible, having significant value for ideas and causes. They can advance matters of the curious; they can …

Venezuela Analysis (2019-02-28). 4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. theantimedia.com (VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

WSWS (2019-02-28). Australian workers and youth support March 3 and March 10 rallies demanding freedom for Assange. wsws.org "I'm going on March 3 and I think everyone should come because we need to take action to free Assange and end war."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-28). Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020. therealnews.com Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…

susan_p (2019-02-28). Mexico: President expands controversial preventive detention laws. greenleft.org.au Mexico's new left-wing government has tripled the list of crimes that carry automatic pre-trial detention, in what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says is a crackdown on corruption. Human rights groups, however, have warned the move may end up funnelling more innocent people into Mexico's already strained penal system. | On February 19, the Chamber of Deputies, approved an expansion of the constitution's controversial Article 19, which allows for the automatic "preventive detention" of individuals accused of crimes such as homicide, human trafficking, rape and any violent offence committed with a fir…

WSWS Repost (2019-02-28). Oakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee. indybay.org To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers have announced the formation of a rank-and-file strike committee, independent of the pro-corporate unions and in opposition to all budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and school closures.

Michael Steinberg (2019-02-28). More Nukes Shutting Down. indybay.org Bad weather and bad business force nuclear plants to shut down.

Prof. Sally Tomlinson (2019-02-28). The Key to the Brexit Backstory. The Legacy of the Defunct British Empire. globalresearch.ca The British empire may strike many of us as distant history that has no more than a marginal impact on our 21st-century lives. But we can't really understand Brexit — the British move to exit the European Union — without …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway. therealnews.com Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-28). Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War. theantimedia.com (ZH) — The potential for major war to break out along the India-Pakistan border continues to build after Pakistan said it shot down Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir. India confirmed only one downed aircraft, and its foreign ministry also said a Pakistani jet was hit in retaliation, going down on the Pakistani side of the …

Middle East Eye (2019-02-28). Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who works as a senior White House adviser, met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, an administration news release said. The White House issued a statement a day after the meeting took place and said that US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US …

WSWS (2019-02-28). Nuclear-armed India, Pakistan on brink of all-out war. wsws.org Pakistan announced Wednesday that it had struck targets in India after India carried out a large-scale bombing raid deep in Pakistan on Tuesday morning.

RT (2019-02-28). Trump's exit from summit with Kim delayed… because of broken down stair (VIDEO). rt.com As US President Donald Trump prepared to make a rather hasty exit following a no deal at the highly anticipated Hanoi peace summit with North Korea, an unexpected malfunction added insult to injury.

RT (2019-02-28). Trump on Cohen hearing: 'He lied a lot but didn't lie about no collusion with Russian hoax'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has accused his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying "a lot" during his contentious Capitol Hill testimony, except for saying there was no collusion with so-called "Russian hoax."

WSWS (2019-02-28). Cohen assertions are not evidence of WikiLeaks "collusion" with Trump or Russia. wsws.org If Roger Stone did tell Trump he talked with Julian Assange, then Stone was lying.

RT (2019-02-28). Senate takes aim at Chinese schools in US, saying they spread propaganda. rt.com China is engaged in a "soft power" offensive encouraging complacency toward the Chinese "threat" via innocuous-seeming cultural programs, and must be stopped — unless they let the US reciprocate — a Senate committee found.

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-27). Notes from the streets of Venezuela — the people are resilient in the face of foreign intervention. peoplesdispatch.org 30 years after the Caracazo, when the poor of Venezuela took to the streets to wage a struggle against the government of the oligarchy, the toiling masses of the country remain firm in their commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution, which offered them right and a life of dignity…

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Panama: Protests Against Hydropower Projects Ensue. telesurenglish.net Protests resumed against hydroelectric projects in the Panamanian districts of Santa Fe and San Francisco Sunday. | RELATED: | Former Panamanian President Denied Bail For 4th Time | Leopoldo Mojica, of the ecological network of Veraguas (RESAVE), said they are defending the environment and the most important water resource in the country, such as the Santa Mar…

Brasil de Fato (2019-02-27). Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border. peoplesdispatch.org "It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Disarmament Expert on N. Korea Summit: An International Process Is Needed to Reduce Nuclear Threat. democracynow.org President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation."

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.

teleSUR (2019-02-27). CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana. telesurenglish.net Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are expected to give a press conference Wednesday afternoon on their collective stance regarding Venezuela and Haiti after two days of closed doors meetings in St. Kitts. The CARICOM heads of state are also expected to comment on issues of climate change and migration in the Caribbean. | RELATED: | CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela | TeleSUR correspondent Laura Prada, reporting from the 30th CARICOM sum…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-27). Countries from across the world reject threats of military intervention in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org At a special meeting of the UN security council on February 26, many countries, including those opposed to Nicolas Maduro, called for a peaceful resolution in Venezuela and rejected any attempt at military intervention…

Leon Anderson (2019-02-27). Let's Have an End to Endless War. progressive.org Either we learn to pull in our militaristic horns and try to live in peace or watch a growing national debt crush our chances for economic progress.

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Nicaragua: Meetings For Understanding and Peace Begin. telesurenglish.net In Nicaragua, on Wednesday morning, the meeting for understanding and peace began. Different delegations from the Nicaraguan political spectrum have gathered to reach agreements that benefit peace and dialogue. | RELATED: | Nicaraguan Gov't Meets with Business Leaders to Advance 'Peace and Stability' | Representatives of the…

Helena Cobban (2019-02-27). The Curious Case of US Domination of Palestine-Israel Peacemaking. commondreams.org President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-27). Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could. globalresearch.ca Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. | The National

Eds. (2019-02-27). Letter from the Hampton Institute. mronline.org In all of the talk about Venezuela, many are missing the real conversation that should be had. Naturally, after being subjected to sensationalist and heavily-biased media reports, most Americans frame the situation in terms of "dictatorship," "humanitarian crisis," and "U.S. intervention." | Source

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-27). In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe. mronline.org Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source

Emile Schepers (2019-02-27). As Trojan Horse "humanitarian aid" ploy fizzles, Venezuela faces new attacks. peoplesworld.org Saturday, February 23 was supposed to be the big day when a so-called "humanitarian aid" caravan would cross into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia. The left-wing government of President Nicolás Maduro would be further destabilized and the stage set for his removal. As it turned out, the "big day" was something of an embarrassment for the …

Eds. (2019-02-27). Venezuela coverage takes us back to Golden Age of lying about Latin America. mronline.org A few days after the Time story, CNBC (6/22/16) carried a claim that there was no acetaminophen to be found anywhere, either: "Basic things like Tylenol aren't even available." | Source

Whitney Webb (2019-02-27). With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights. mintpressnews.com Israel is now pushing for the U.S. to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan for fear of losing it completely, even though such recognition could result in an all-out war between Israel and Syria, as well as with Syrian allies such as Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Howard Lisnoff (2019-02-27). Follow the Money to the Border Wall. counterpunch.org Readers may rightly believe that the government and segments of this society have fallen to their absolute lowest levels just as a new outrage becomes obvious. Such is the case with Trump's (read his far-right handlers) border wall. What are the objectives of the border wall? In other words, just what does the man behind More

Iqbal Jassat (2019-02-27). Hezbollah Becomes Theresa May's Latest Scapegoat In her Battle for Political Survival. mintpressnews.com Hezbollah is a popular political, military and social movement that wields considerable power in Lebanon. Its presence in defense of Lebanese sovereignty against Israeli aggression has earned it respect and support across Arab countries even if neo-colonial monarchies such as Saudi Arabia — another British creation — have teamed up with Israel to crush it.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged to Defuse Kashmir Conflict. democracynow.org Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pakist…

Jeff Ordower (2019-02-27). The Rigors of Organizing: On the Road with the German Climate Resistance. counterpunch.org Recently, press in the United States told the story of the great transition that the German Coal Commission announced. Benevolent governments like Germany are deciding to make a just transition away from coal and have even set an end date, 2038, for a long-term orderly transition to occur. The mainstream media is hailing this transition More

CP Editor (2019-02-27). Camp Cope — Full Performance. counterpunch.org

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-27). Is Israel's Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority? counterpunch.org Nazareth. Israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments' relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about More

Thomas S. Harrington (2019-02-27). The Ghosts of Chauncey Gardner and Francisco Franco at the Trials of the Catalan Independentists in Madrid. counterpunch.org Watching the trials of the Catalan independentists now taking place at Spain's highest court in Madrid, I have been reminded again and again of a scene from Hal Ashby's marvelous 1979 movie "Being There". The protagonist of that film, Chauncey Gardner, played by Peter Sellers, is a fiftyish man who has never ventured outside the More

Gareth Porter (2019-02-27). The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran. truthdig.com Like Dick Cheney before them, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton seek to manufacture a Middle East crisis that could lead to armed conflict.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-27). Non-Military Federal Agencies Under Trump Expand Already Enormous Arsenals. mintpressnews.com Given that during the height of the Iraq War the Army used around 6 million rounds per month, with its planned purchase of 1.6 billion rounds, DHS would have ammo left over after matching the Army's peak daily outpouring of hot lead for two solid decades.

Media Lens (2019-02-27). This 1995 Noam Chomsky Quote Prophetically Defined Today's News Media. mintpressnews.com Earlier this month, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, author of 'Utopia For Realists', was interviewed by the high-profile Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson. During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Janary, Bregman had bluntly told billionaires that they should stop avoiding taxes and pay their fair share: 'We gotta be talking about taxes. That's it. Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullshit, in my opinion.' | His comments went viral which, in tu…

Daily Sabah (2019-02-27). US Army Transferring 50 Tons of Gold from ISIS-Daesh Held Areas in Syria and Iraq back to the US. Reports. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Army is transferring tons of gold from Daesh-held areas in Syria to the U.S., multiple reports said. | According to a source who spoke to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the U.S. forces transferred about 50 tons of gold from …

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.

William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta. venezuelanalysis.com Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. venezuelanalysis.com Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Leftist Social Movements: Venezuela Calmer than Brazil, Mexico. telesurenglish.net Since Feb. 24, about 400 social leaders from 85 countries are attending the 'International Assembly of Peoples in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism', held in Caracas, Venezuela. | RELATED: | South Africa's Ruling ANC Expresses Solidarity with Venezuela | Considering biased media reports of U.S. attempts to invade Venezuela skewing the truth of what's happening inside the country, many of those who arrived at the meeting expressed surprise at what t…

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Venezuelan Governor: Fire at Food Storage May Be Terror Attack. telesurenglish.net The governor of the state Vargas Garcia Carneiro said a terrorist attack is not discarded in the fire that took place Wednesday morning in one of the state-funded food storages located at the port of the Guaira. | Firemen were dispatched to the sight of the fire shortly after the incident occurred and they continue work to completely extinguish the fire, Carneiro added. | Transport Minister Hipólito Abreu suggested that what happened was part of the agenda of "counterrevolutionary sectors" in the country who seek by all possible means to overthrow the constitutional President Nicolas Maduro. | He said a larg…

H. Patricia Hynes (2019-02-27). The Trojan Horse of US "Aid" to Venezuela. zcomm.org The title of a recent New York Times video deodorizes the US attempt to overthrow President Maduro of socialist Venezuela and replace him with a hand-picked member of the Venezuelan elite, capitalist class…

Anish R M (2019-02-27). US and China close to a deal, but who won the trade war? peoplesdispatch.org The Trump administration's premature jubilation over the new trade deal should not be taken at face value, since the existing terms of trade are set to remain largely unchanged…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2019. democracynow.org Michael Cohen to Testify to Congress as Explosive Accusations Against Trump Revealed, Trump & Kim Meet as Vietnam Summit Overshadowed by Cohen Hearing, India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows, House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration, Trump Official Admits He Ignored Warnings on Risks of Family Separation, Thousands of Migrant Minors Reported Sexual Abuse While in Gov't Custody, Honduran Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn While Detained by ICE, Dems Introduce New Voting Rights Legislation, House Bill Protects Over 1 Million Acres of Wilderness, Creates New Nat'l Sites, O…

Robert Weissman (2019-02-27). We Can't Afford to Keep Our Failing Healthcare System. But We Absolutely Can Afford Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Leaving aside the very significant economic benefits—not just human health, but economic gains—that will come from improving the national health system," writes Weissman, with Medicare for All "we can eliminate upwards of $500 billion annually in spending wasted on bureaucracy, inefficiency and excessive corporate profits." (Photo: @RepAndyLevin/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Happymon Jacob (2019-02-27). Is War Coming to South Asia? commondreams.org Indian soldiers stand next to the wreckage of an Indian Air Force helicopter after it crashed in Budgam district in Kashmir February 27, 2019 (Photo: Danish Ismail/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-27). The Holes in Jorge Ramos' Story About His Clash with Nicolas Maduro. mintpressnews.com Univision's Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. Miraculously enough, and conveniently for Ramos' story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Trump Ordered Major Cyber Attack Against Russia: NBC Report. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that U.S. territory has been constantly used to launch cyberattacks against Russia, although he was unable to confirm a media report arguing that the U.S. military had blocked Internet access to a Russian firm in 2018. | RELATED: | Caribbean Countries Urged to Increase Cyber Security Amid Spike in Attacks | The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Cyber Command (USCybercom), which is one of 10 unified commands of…

Robert Mackey (2019-02-27). Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting. zcomm.org According to Russia 24, a Russian government news channel, a recent investigation by The Intercept supports a conspiracy theory promoted by Russian officials: that there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last year, and video of victims was fabricated to provoke American airstrikes. But The Intercept report featured in the Russian Read more…

STAFF (2019-02-27). Trump, at North Korea Summit, Distracted by Cohen. truthdig.com HANOI, Vietnam — The moment was meant to be a grand diplomatic triumph, a headline-dominating spectacle that could lead to the disarmament of a dangerous nation while delivering a vital political victory. | Instead, President Donald Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday was in danger of being upstaged by a monumental betrayal unfolding half a world away in Washington. | Hours after Trump sat face-to-face with Kim in Vietnam, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sat before Congress and testified that his longtime boss was a "con man" and a "racist" who lied…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-27). Incumbent president Buhari wins election; opposition challenges result. peoplesdispatch.org Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress has won a second term in the presidential elections held in Nigeria on February 23 and 24. This marks the second time since democracy was restored in 1999 that any president has won a second term. | Only 35.7% of the 82,344,107 registered voters cast their votes, which was lesser than the 44% turnout in 2015 elections. According to the statement by Nigeria's Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Buhari won a total of 15,191,847 votes, defeating his primary opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party who garner…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-27). US Troops Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Underlying Cause of Friction Between India and Pakistan? globalresearch.ca In a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday, according to Indian account, 12 Indian Mirage 2000 fighter jets intruded into Pakistan's airspace and dropped their payload on the top of a mountain at a terrorist training camp, allegedly belonging to a jihadist …

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Study Reports 536 Women Assaulted Every Hour in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Over 500 women are assaulted every hour in Brazil, an investigation conducted by the Brazilian Public Security Forum (FBSP) and the Institute Datafolha said Thursday. | RELATED: | Chile: Website Behind Nude Photos Of Women, Minors Sued | Researchers asked 2,084 women from every social strata, aged 16 years and older, to participate in a survey and report any in…

Patrick Bobilin (2019-02-27). Golf Claps and Clapbacks Are Not Solidarity. counterpunch.org Solidarity is the foundation of building political power. When an elected official steps in and lends their voice to an issue that we care about, our voices are amplified. Elected officials are theoretically there to speak up on our behalf, fight for what we believe in, and to take positions that are risky. The problem More

Patrick Bond (2019-02-27). Budgeting for Black-Out in South Africa. counterpunch.org Upon taking power in a palace coup a year ago, Cyril Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) government was supposedly going to sweep out the prolific corruption associated with the 2009-18 Jacob Zuma ANC regime. But although excruciatingly-slow progress is being made in evicting the most obvious villains, durable Zumite influences remain, and whistleblowing continues to More

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-27). Diego Garcia: UN Court Calls on Britain to 'Decolonize' Chagos Islands. counterpunch.org The United Nations' highest court on Monday called Britain's claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands "illegal" and urged London to "decolonize" the remote archipelago — which is home to one of the most important US overseas military bases — by returning the islands to Mauritius. In a 13-1 vote, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-27). Turning Screws: China's Australian Coal Ban. counterpunch.org Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up — by Australian economists and those more inclined to look at policy through the wrong end of a More

George Ochenski (2019-02-27). Bailing Out Aging Coal Plants is an Unmitigated Disaster. counterpunch.org Montana's Republican legislators have a long and horrific record of savaging Montana's consumers while doing everything possible to increase the profits of the state's utility corporations. Despite the devastating mistakes of the past, they're at it again. This time with a bill that will allow Montana's largest utility, NorthWestern Energy, to buy Colstrip for a More

Gregory Elich (2019-02-27). A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-1966. counterpunch.org The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Half a million people killed and more than a million imprisoned and tortured; the tragedy that befell Indonesia in 1965 was among the more dramatic moments in 20th-century history. It was also one of the most More

The Ecologist (2019-02-27). Killing Elephants 'for Pet Food' Condemned. globalresearch.ca Proposals to allow trophy hunting of elephants to resume in Botswana, home to Africa's largest elephant population, and even use the meat for canned pet food have been strongly criticised by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH). | A report …

2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

Video: Michael Cohen Testimony on Hush Money, Fraud and Trump's Skyscraper Project in Moscow
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
While US President Donald Trump is in the Vietnamese capital for a second summit with the north Korean leader, his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen testified before US congress. | Michael Cohen offered explanations mainly regarding three cases, the WikiLeaks-hacked Democratic …
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Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Julian Assange Receives His Passport
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
In March 2008, one Michael Horvath of the US Army Counterintelligence Center within the Cyber Intelligence Assessments Branch considered the risks posed by WikiLeaks in a 32 page document. Created under the auspices of the Department of Defence's Intelligence Analysis Program. The overview suggests, importantly, the interest shown in Assange by the defence wing of…
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International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shields Israeli Systematic Mutilation Machine
Dr. Vacy Vlazna | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Malaysia, on 12 January, one of the international hosts of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships ethically boycotted Israel as a competitor. | Malaysia's principled boycott was not directed against the athletes but against the Jewish state of Israel in protest …
globalresearch.ca/international-…

International Peoples' Assembly gives clarion call for solidarity with Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
500 participants from 87 countries and 181 people's movements and organizations participated in the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism from February 24-27 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. On the final day, the Assembly gave a call for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade to be observed on March 16. | The four days of activities included panel discussions on the current imperialist offensive and the attacks on Venezuela, regional working group discussions which sought to propose an age…
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Russia, Japan and the USA: The Unfinished Business of War
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
As the USA and North Korea meet in Vietnam to discuss the possibility of a peace treaty between the two after decades of hostility against North Korea from the USA, the governments of Russia and Japan are engaged in talks …
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Pakistan To Release Captured Indian Pilot Friday
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-28
Pakistani officials said Thursday that they will release captured Indian pilot wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman Friday amidst escalating tensions between the two South Asian countries. | RELATED: | India, Pakistan Citizens #SayNoToWar Amid Renewed Escalations | "We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture we will release him tomorrow," Pakistan's Prime…
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War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu's Victory
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
On February 18, members of extremist Jewish groups raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). They clashed with Palestinian worshippers, as the settlers attempted to shut down the gate of Al-Aqsa itself. The clashes involved the Israeli army and police as well, who opened fire and brutally assaulted Palestinians, leading to scores of…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/war-…

The Venezuelan War Council: Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams and Green LLP
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Do personalities matter; or do they dissolve in the sea of circumstance? | The Atlantic alliance set sail on a collision course with Venezuela before Trump's improbable election; then Trump's dilettantish, dreadful selection of subordinates generated an additional, autonomous impetus to …
globalresearch.ca/pence-pompeo-b…

U.S. Condemns Venezuela's Government Yet Commits Human Rights Abuses Across the Middle East
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
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"Socialism gave power to the working class in Venezuela"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
Carlos Ron, Venezuelan vice-minister for North America also explains the social character of the Venezuelan opposition that is currently attempting to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/28/s…

Trump Threatens Venezuela, Revives Red Scare
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
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Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans
Mark Weisbrot | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans…
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Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: "There Is No Turning Back"
Eric London | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a bellicose speech before representatives of 14 Latin American countries at a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The remarks were timed to coincide with the US-orchestrated provocations at the Venezuelan …
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Bolsonaro, Trudeau, et al. Exterminators-in-Chief
Judith Deutsch | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
In Memory of Dave Vasey who knew first-hand about official callousness towards life in the small town of Walkerton where people died needlessly of water contamination. Dave dedicated his too short life to fighting against climate injustice, militarization, and the austerity state. I read the Canadian news today: "Pipeline expansion should be approved: regulator" Today…
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Congress's Cowardly "Emergency" Rebuke
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
By the time you read this column, the US House of Representatives will almost certainly have passed the following Joint Resolution:…
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Child Soldiers Surrender Arms in DR Congo, Sent to UNICEF
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-28
The unanticipated victory of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's December elections has eased the conflict between government forces and tribal militias and raised hopes that the severe war is approaching its end. | RELATED: | Child Soldiers Rampant in Africa as NGO Denounces The Unrest | Twelve-year-old child soldier Mado expresses relief and states that "for me, the war is now over." She was a "Yamama", a young girl convinced to join the militia…
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Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal…
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Nepal: Helicopter Crash Kills Tourism Minister, 6 Others
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-28
A helicopter crash in the eastern region of Nepal has claimed the life of the country's minister of tourism and six other passengers, police officials reported. | RELATED: | At Least 25 Dead After Train Slams Into Busy Cairo Station | The helicopter ride was intended for those aboard to conduct a feasibility report, but the vehicle hurled towards the mountain district of Taplejung and killed everyone aboard, including Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari. | The intention of the trip…
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No Deal Reached Between Trump, Kim at 2nd Summit
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
HANOI, Vietnam — The Latest on the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): | 1: 40 p.m. | U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un have failed to reach an agreement at their second summit in Vietnam, but talks between the two nations will continue in the future. | White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the two leaders discussed denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. She adds: "No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future." | Still, Sanders is describing the meetings…
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Americans Should Fear Trump Apathy
Jeff Hauser | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
Figuring out what is and is not an emergency in Donald Trump's America is far from straightforward. On February 15, in order to get funds to build a wall along the southern border of the United States, Trump declared a "national emergency". And he did this even though the situation at the border is in…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/amer…

Who are the "Brutal Dictators"?
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are. | We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of …
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Video: Russia's Kalashnikov Kamikaze Drone 'KUB-BLA' Already Battle-tested in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets. | The "high-precision unmanned aerial system" KUB-BLA was for the first time …
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At the Southern Border, an Escape Room With No Exit
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
In December and again in January, I went to Tijuana, at the U.S.-Mexico border, to report on what is happening to the thousands of men, women and children living in an appalling limbo as they seek asylum in the United States. | In Tijuana, there are the refugees themselves, who come from such far-flung countries as Yemen, Ethiopia, Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras, and who live in camps all over the city, places that bloom with hope and wither in despair, camps that exist one day and then vanish the next. | This backdrop of humanity supports a bewildering array of refugee ecosystems. There are well-meaning volunte…
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The UK Lobbies Germany to Sell Arms to the Saudis
RS Ahthion | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
It is not enough for the UK to routinely violate the sovereignty of other nations. To work hand in glove with the United States in suppressing popular movements and democracy all over the globe. Not content with having invaded half the world. Displaced populations via slavery and moved others onto plantation islands. Deporting an entire…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/the-…

Cuba Adopts a New Socialist Constitution
Charles McKelvey | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
On February 24, 2019, the Cuban people overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution, as 84.4% of resident citizens voted in the constitutional referendum, with 86.8 % voting "Yes," 9% "No," 2.5% blank ballots, and 1.6% annulled. Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Cuba has been striving to develop a socialist constitutional foundation. The…
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Survival of the Richest: All Are Equal, Except Those Who Aren't
Nomi Prins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today's thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality that's hiding in plain sight. And this phenomenon of ever more concentrated wealth and power has both Newtonian and Darwinian components to it. In terms of Newton's first law of motion: those…
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Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty's Racist Roots
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if you haven't heard about this travesty of justice (yet), or, if you've forgotten its details, all you need to know about the Keith Tharpe case is: a now-deceased juror who…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/keit…

Time For Socialist History Month?
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
It's that time of year again–when we're encouraged to celebrate Black history, and soon it will be Women's History Month–the time when people like me ask, "What about the rest of the year?" This season, Black History Month coincides with the start of the presidential primary campaigns. On the Democratic side, we're already seeing journalists…
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History: Resistance to the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Beginning in the early decades of the 15th century the African continent faced an unprecedented onslaught where human traffickers and colonizers sought to conquer the people for the purpose of labor exploitation, strategic territorial advantage and the plunder of …
globalresearch.ca/resistance-atl…

Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above the Law
EarthRights International | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts. | The Court's decision marks a defining moment for …
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Poisoning the Public: Toxic Agrochemicals and Regulators' Collusion with Industry
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
In January 2019, campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason lodged a complaint with the European Ombudsman accusing European regulatory agencies of collusion with the agrochemicals industry. This was in the wake of an important paper by Charles Benbrook on the genotoxicity of …
globalresearch.ca/toxic-agrochem…

The Chagos Islands Case, WikiLeaks and Justice
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Let this be a lesson to its detractors, doubters and stuff shirts of the secrecy establishment: the documents sourced from WikiLeaks can have tangible, having significant value for ideas and causes. They can advance matters of the curious; they can …
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Genocide Survivors Demand Elliott Abrams Leave Holocaust Committee Board
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
A group family member victims of the 1940s WWII Holocaust and U.S.-supported 1980s genocides in Central America are calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Committee on Conscience to remove Elliot Abrams from its board, questioning how "a proven …
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As Tensions Rise, UK Criticised for Arming Both India and Pakistan
Joe Lo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
After the Indian military bombed Pakistani territory last night, Pakistan promised to respond and the UK has been criticised for arming both sides. | The Indian Air Force claimed to have targetted a training camp of the militant Jaish-e-Mohammed group in …
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Trump on Cohen hearing: 'He lied a lot but didn't lie about no collusion with Russian hoax'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-28
US President Donald Trump has accused his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying "a lot" during his contentious Capitol Hill testimony, except for saying there was no collusion with so-called "Russian hoax." | …
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4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

4 Mistruths About Venezuela’s Humanitarian Aid Showdown

Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who works as a senior White House adviser, met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, an administration news release said. The White House issued a statement a day after the meeting took place and said that US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US …

Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel

Australian workers and youth support March 3 and March 10 rallies demanding freedom for Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
"I'm going on March 3 and I think everyone should come because we need to take action to free Assange and end war."
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Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…
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Mexico: President expands controversial preventive detention laws
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
Mexico's new left-wing government has tripled the list of crimes that carry automatic pre-trial detention, in what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says is a crackdown on corruption. Human rights groups, however, have warned the move may end up funnelling more innocent people into Mexico's already strained penal system. | On February 19, the Chamber of Deputies, approved an expansion of the constitution's controversial Article 19, which allows for the automatic "preventive detention" of individuals accused of crimes such as homicide, human trafficking, rape and any violent offence committed with a fir…
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More Nukes Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
Bad weather and bad business force nuclear plants to shut down.
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Trump's exit from summit with Kim delayed… because of broken down stair (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-28
As US President Donald Trump prepared to make a rather hasty exit following a no deal at the highly anticipated Hanoi peace summit with North Korea, an unexpected malfunction added insult to injury. | …
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Oakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers have announced the formation of a rank-and-file strike committee, independent of the pro-corporate unions and in opposition to all budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and school closures.
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Nuclear-armed India, Pakistan on brink of all-out war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
Pakistan announced Wednesday that it had struck targets in India after India carried out a large-scale bombing raid deep in Pakistan on Tuesday morning.
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Cohen assertions are not evidence of WikiLeaks "collusion" with Trump or Russia
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
If Roger Stone did tell Trump he talked with Julian Assange, then Stone was lying.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(ZH) — The potential for major war to break out along the India-Pakistan border continues to build after Pakistan said it shot down Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir. India confirmed only one downed aircraft, and its foreign ministry also said a Pakistani jet was hit in retaliation, going down on the Pakistani side of the …

Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War

The Key to the Brexit Backstory. The Legacy of the Defunct British Empire
Prof. Sally Tomlinson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
The British empire may strike many of us as distant history that has no more than a marginal impact on our 21st-century lives. But we can't really understand Brexit — the British move to exit the European Union — without …
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Senate takes aim at Chinese schools in US, saying they spread propaganda
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-28
China is engaged in a "soft power" offensive encouraging complacency toward the Chinese "threat" via innocuous-seeming cultural programs, and must be stopped — unless they let the US reciprocate — a Senate committee found. | …
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CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Peace Delegation to Iran & Fallout from U.S. Withdrawal of Nuke Deal
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly refusing to accept the resignation of his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who quit suddenly in a surprise move announced via Instagram Monday. Zarif played a central role in the negotiations leading to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last year, President Trump withdrew from the landmark deal despite international condemnation of the move and U.N. inspectors saying Iran was adhering to the agreement. Zarif did not offer any reason for his resignation, simply writing, "I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during m…
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Notes from the streets of Venezuela — the people are resilient in the face of foreign intervention
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
30 years after the Caracazo, when the poor of Venezuela took to the streets to wage a struggle against the government of the oligarchy, the toiling masses of the country remain firm in their commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution, which offered them right and a life of dignity…
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China's Discovery of Major Gas Reserves in the Bohai Sea: How Will it Affect LNG Gas Imports from the US?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has confirmed "the discovery of a high-quality and high-yield oil" in the Bohai Sea with proven reserves of natural gas exceeding 100 billion cubic meters. (see RT News) | "The flow has been discovered | …
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Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
"It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/27/c…

Disarmament Expert on N. Korea Summit: An International Process Is Needed to Reduce Nuclear Threat
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation."
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/27/d…

CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.
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CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are expected to give a press conference Wednesday afternoon on their collective stance regarding Venezuela and Haiti after two days of closed doors meetings in St. Kitts. The CARICOM heads of state are also expected to comment on issues of climate change and migration in the Caribbean. | RELATED: | CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela | TeleSUR correspondent Laura Prada, reporting from the 30th CARICOM sum…
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Countries from across the world reject threats of military intervention in Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
At a special meeting of the UN security council on February 26, many countries, including those opposed to Nicolas Maduro, called for a peaceful resolution in Venezuela and rejected any attempt at military intervention…
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Let's Have an End to Endless War
Leon Anderson | progressive.org | 2019-02-27
Either we learn to pull in our militaristic horns and try to live in peace or watch a growing national debt crush our chances for economic progress.
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The Curious Case of US Domination of Palestine-Israel Peacemaking
Helena Cobban | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Nicaragua: Meetings For Understanding and Peace Begin
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
In Nicaragua, on Wednesday morning, the meeting for understanding and peace began. Different delegations from the Nicaraguan political spectrum have gathered to reach agreements that benefit peace and dialogue. | RELATED: | Nicaraguan Gov't Meets with Business Leaders to Advance 'Peace and Stability' | Representatives of the…
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Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. | The National …
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The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
Gareth Porter | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
Like Dick Cheney before them, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton seek to manufacture a Middle East crisis that could lead to armed conflict.
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Non-Military Federal Agencies Under Trump Expand Already Enormous Arsenals
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Given that during the height of the Iraq War the Army used around 6 million rounds per month, with its planned purchase of 1.6 billion rounds, DHS would have ammo left over after matching the Army's peak daily outpouring of hot lead for two solid decades.
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With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Israel is now pushing for the U.S. to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan for fear of losing it completely, even though such recognition could result in an all-out war between Israel and Syria, as well as with Syrian allies such as Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.
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This 1995 Noam Chomsky Quote Prophetically Defined Today's News Media
Media Lens | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Earlier this month, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, author of 'Utopia For Realists', was interviewed by the high-profile Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson. During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Janary, Bregman had bluntly told billionaires that they should stop avoiding taxes and pay their fair share: 'We gotta be talking about taxes. That's it. Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullshit, in my opinion.' | His comments went viral which, in tu…
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US Army Transferring 50 Tons of Gold from ISIS-Daesh Held Areas in Syria and Iraq back to the US. Reports
Daily Sabah | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The U.S. Army is transferring tons of gold from Daesh-held areas in Syria to the U.S., multiple reports said. | According to a source who spoke to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the U.S. forces transferred about 50 tons of gold from …
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Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.
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February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta
William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.
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Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.
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As Trojan Horse "humanitarian aid" ploy fizzles, Venezuela faces new attacks
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-27
Saturday, February 23 was supposed to be the big day when a so-called "humanitarian aid" caravan would cross into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia. The left-wing government of President Nicolás Maduro would be further destabilized and the stage set for his removal. As it turned out, the "big day" was something of an embarrassment for the …
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Letter from the Hampton Institute
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
In all of the talk about Venezuela, many are missing the real conversation that should be had. Naturally, after being subjected to sensationalist and heavily-biased media reports, most Americans frame the situation in terms of "dictatorship," "humanitarian crisis," and "U.S. intervention." | Source…
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In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe
Andre Vltchek | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source…
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Leftist Social Movements: Venezuela Calmer than Brazil, Mexico
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
Since Feb. 24, about 400 social leaders from 85 countries are attending the 'International Assembly of Peoples in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism', held in Caracas, Venezuela. | RELATED: | South Africa's Ruling ANC Expresses Solidarity with Venezuela | Considering biased media reports of U.S. attempts to invade Venezuela skewing the truth of what's happening inside the country, many of those who arrived at the meeting expressed surprise at what t…
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Venezuela coverage takes us back to Golden Age of lying about Latin America
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
A few days after the Time story, CNBC (6/22/16) carried a claim that there was no acetaminophen to be found anywhere, either: "Basic things like Tylenol aren't even available." | Source…
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Venezuelan Governor: Fire at Food Storage May Be Terror Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
The governor of the state Vargas Garcia Carneiro said a terrorist attack is not discarded in the fire that took place Wednesday morning in one of the state-funded food storages located at the port of the Guaira. | Firemen were dispatched to the sight of the fire shortly after the incident occurred and they continue work to completely extinguish the fire, Carneiro added. | Transport Minister Hipólito Abreu suggested that what happened was part of the agenda of "counterrevolutionary sectors" in the country who seek by all possible means to overthrow the constitutional President Nicolas Maduro. | He said a larg…
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The Trojan Horse of US "Aid" to Venezuela
H. Patricia Hynes | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
The title of a recent New York Times video deodorizes the US attempt to overthrow President Maduro of socialist Venezuela and replace him with a hand-picked member of the Venezuelan elite, capitalist class…
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We Can't Afford to Keep Our Failing Healthcare System. But We Absolutely Can Afford Medicare for All
Robert Weissman | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
"Leaving aside the very significant economic benefits—not just human health, but economic gains—that will come from improving the national health system," writes Weissman, with Medicare for All "we can eliminate upwards of $500 billion annually in spending wasted on bureaucracy, inefficiency and excessive corporate profits." (Photo: @RepAndyLevin/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Follow the Money to the Border Wall
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Readers may rightly believe that the government and segments of this society have fallen to their absolute lowest levels just as a new outrage becomes obvious. Such is the case with Trump's (read his far-right handlers) border wall. What are the objectives of the border wall? In other words, just what does the man behind…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/foll…

US and China close to a deal, but who won the trade war?
Anish R M | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
The Trump administration's premature jubilation over the new trade deal should not be taken at face value, since the existing terms of trade are set to remain largely unchanged…
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Is War Coming to South Asia?
Happymon Jacob | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
Indian soldiers stand next to the wreckage of an Indian Air Force helicopter after it crashed in Budgam district in Kashmir February 27, 2019 (Photo: Danish Ismail/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Holes in Jorge Ramos' Story About His Clash with Nicolas Maduro
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Univision's Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. Miraculously enough, and conveniently for Ramos' story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.
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Hezbollah Becomes Theresa May's Latest Scapegoat In her Battle for Political Survival
Iqbal Jassat | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Hezbollah is a popular political, military and social movement that wields considerable power in Lebanon. Its presence in defense of Lebanese sovereignty against Israeli aggression has earned it respect and support across Arab countries even if neo-colonial monarchies such as Saudi Arabia — another British creation — have teamed up with Israel to crush it.
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Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting
Robert Mackey | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
According to Russia 24, a Russian government news channel, a recent investigation by The Intercept supports a conspiracy theory promoted by Russian officials: that there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last year, and video of victims was fabricated to provoke American airstrikes. But The Intercept report featured in the Russian Read…
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Trump Ordered Major Cyber Attack Against Russia: NBC Report
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
On Wednesday the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that U.S. territory has been constantly used to launch cyberattacks against Russia, although he was unable to confirm a media report arguing that the U.S. military had blocked Internet access to a Russian firm in 2018. | RELATED: | Caribbean Countries Urged to Increase Cyber Security Amid Spike in Attacks | The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Cyber Command (USCybercom), which is one of 10 unified commands of…
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Trump, at North Korea Summit, Distracted by Cohen
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
HANOI, Vietnam — The moment was meant to be a grand diplomatic triumph, a headline-dominating spectacle that could lead to the disarmament of a dangerous nation while delivering a vital political victory. | Instead, President Donald Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday was in danger of being upstaged by a monumental betrayal unfolding half a world away in Washington. | Hours after Trump sat face-to-face with Kim in Vietnam, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sat before Congress and testified that his longtime boss was a "con man" and a "racist" who lied…
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As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged to Defuse Kashmir Conflict
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pakist…
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Incumbent president Buhari wins election; opposition challenges result
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress has won a second term in the presidential elections held in Nigeria on February 23 and 24. This marks the second time since democracy was restored in 1999 that any president has won a second term. | Only 35.7% of the 82,344,107 registered voters cast their votes, which was lesser than the 44% turnout in 2015 elections. According to the statement by Nigeria's Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Buhari won a total of 15,191,847 votes, defeating his primary opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party who garner…
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US Troops Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Underlying Cause of Friction Between India and Pakistan?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
In a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday, according to Indian account, 12 Indian Mirage 2000 fighter jets intruded into Pakistan's airspace and dropped their payload on the top of a mountain at a terrorist training camp, allegedly belonging to a jihadist …
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Study Reports 536 Women Assaulted Every Hour in Brazil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
Over 500 women are assaulted every hour in Brazil, an investigation conducted by the Brazilian Public Security Forum (FBSP) and the Institute Datafolha said Thursday. | RELATED: | Chile: Website Behind Nude Photos Of Women, Minors Sued | Researchers asked 2,084 women from every social strata, aged 16 years and older, to participate in a survey and report any in…
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Turning Screws: China's Australian Coal Ban
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up — by Australian economists and those more inclined to look at policy through the wrong end of a…
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Bailing Out Aging Coal Plants is an Unmitigated Disaster
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Montana's Republican legislators have a long and horrific record of savaging Montana's consumers while doing everything possible to increase the profits of the state's utility corporations. Despite the devastating mistakes of the past, they're at it again. This time with a bill that will allow Montana's largest utility, NorthWestern Energy, to buy Colstrip for a…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/bail…

Diego Garcia: UN Court Calls on Britain to 'Decolonize' Chagos Islands
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
The United Nations' highest court on Monday called Britain's claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands "illegal" and urged London to "decolonize" the remote archipelago — which is home to one of the most important US overseas military bases — by returning the islands to Mauritius. In a 13-1 vote, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in…
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Budgeting for Black-Out in South Africa
Patrick Bond | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Upon taking power in a palace coup a year ago, Cyril Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) government was supposedly going to sweep out the prolific corruption associated with the 2009-18 Jacob Zuma ANC regime. But although excruciatingly-slow progress is being made in evicting the most obvious villains, durable Zumite influences remain, and whistleblowing continues to…
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The Ghosts of Chauncey Gardner and Francisco Franco at the Trials of the Catalan Independentists in Madrid
Thomas S. Harrington | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Watching the trials of the Catalan independentists now taking place at Spain's highest court in Madrid, I have been reminded again and again of a scene from Hal Ashby's marvelous 1979 movie "Being There". The protagonist of that film, Chauncey Gardner, played by Peter Sellers, is a fiftyish man who has never ventured outside the…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/the-…

Is Israel's Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority?
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Nazareth. Israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments' relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/is-i…

The Rigors of Organizing: On the Road with the German Climate Resistance
Jeff Ordower | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Recently, press in the United States told the story of the great transition that the German Coal Commission announced. Benevolent governments like Germany are deciding to make a just transition away from coal and have even set an end date, 2038, for a long-term orderly transition to occur. The mainstream media is hailing this transition…
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A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-1966
Gregory Elich | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Half a million people killed and more than a million imprisoned and tortured; the tragedy that befell Indonesia in 1965 was among the more dramatic moments in 20th-century history. It was also one of the most…
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Camp Cope — Full Performance
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
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Golf Claps and Clapbacks Are Not Solidarity
Patrick Bobilin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Solidarity is the foundation of building political power. When an elected official steps in and lends their voice to an issue that we care about, our voices are amplified. Elected officials are theoretically there to speak up on our behalf, fight for what we believe in, and to take positions that are risky. The problem…
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Varoufakis's Secret Negotiations and His Disappointments with China, Obama and the IMF
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
In chapter 11 of his book, Adults in the Room Yanis Varoufakis tells how he arranged the sale of the third container terminal of the Port of Piraeus to the Chinese corporation Cosco who manage the other two quays since …
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Roll Out of 5G: The Threat Posed by Modern Microwave Technology to Human Life
John Weigel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
For 500 years since Copernicus, Krakow has revolutionized science. Today the city stands alone in the conflict over the safety of electromagnetic radiation to protect its citizens. | *** | At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution three …
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