Daily Archives: February 3, 2019

2019-02-03: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-03). Twelve step method to conduct regime change. mronline.org What happened to Chile in 1973 is precisely what the United States has attempted to do in many other countries of the Global South. The most recent target for the US government—and Western big business—is Venezuela. | Source

Ben Norton (2019-02-03). WSJ Confirms: Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy. grayzoneproject.com Venezuela's US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó plans to privatize state assets and give foreign corporations access to oil, the Wall…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Russia Pulls Out of The INF in Tit For Tat With The US. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's boycott of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) led to the expected result of Russia's government pulling out of the treaty, which has fostered world peace since the end of the Cold War. | RELATED: | US Suspends Compliance on Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced F…

Samuel Moncada (2019-02-03). Donald Trump's War of Recolonization Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Trump's recolonization is the right description of what has progressively become a plan for a military invasion of Venezuela by the United States: an event never before seen in our history. | It is essential to emphasize that, despite the maneuvers …

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-03). CO2 on Track for Largest Rise in 62 Years. zcomm.org Ever since Paris 2015 nothing positive has happened to halt global warming, almost nothing…

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-03). Edging Toward War With Iran? zcomm.org It's unpopular at home and abroad, and regional politics don't favor it. But we should take neocons like Bolton at their word…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-03). Does the US Provide Covert Support to the Islamic State in Afghanistan? globalresearch.ca Last year, Russia's seasoned Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Washington of providing material support [1] to the Islamic State Khorasan militants based in Afghanistan in order to divide and weaken the Taliban resistance against American occupation of Afghanistan. The accusations …

teleSUR (2019-02-03). US Army Admits to Deadly Airstrike in Somalia. telesurenglish.net Despite earlier this month claiming that, "the Al-Shabab group is no longer a direct threat to the United States," 13 Al-Shabab fighters were killed in Somalia after an airstrike outside the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday deliberately targeted Al-Shabab fighters. | RELATED: | US Military to Shift Focus From Syria And Somalia | U.S. Africom claimed direct responsiblilty, issuing a statement that read, "To support the Federal Government of Somalia's continued efforts to degrade al-Shabab, US…

Gilbert Mercier (2019-02-03). Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: Trump's Venezuela Plan. globalresearch.ca The US has revitalised its old Monroe Doctrine, seeking to take Latin America countries and most notably Venezuela, famous for its rich oil reserves, under control, French journalist Gilbert Mercier has told Sputnik, explaining why the "overt coup attempt" in …

Marc Vandepitte (2019-02-03). US Intervention in Venezuela Portrayed as a "Humanitarian Mission". "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P). globalresearch.ca Human rights and democracy? | Great powers invariably disguise foreign interference or military intervention as a humanitarian mission. The refrain may vary but in fact always comes down to the same thing: out of concern for the local population we have …

F. William Engdahl (2019-02-03). Is Oil Behind Washington's Venezuela Coup Madness? globalresearch.ca On January 23 US Vice President Pence sent a message via Twitter that Washington recognized the 35-year-old Speaker of the Venezuela National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the "legitimate" President of the troubled country, and not elected President Maduro. The …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-03). Bolton: I'll Send Maduro to Guantanamo. globalresearch.ca On Friday, the neocon running Trump's foreign policy, John Bolton, threatened to send the elected president of Venezuela to the indefinite torture camp at Guantanamo. | Maduro should be relieved. The previous neoliberal regime in DC had the disfavored leader …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-03). The Monitoring Game: China's Artificial Intelligence Push. globalresearch.ca It's all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field. US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is …

(2019-02-03). New Analysis: Curbing Pesticides Key to Reversing Insect Apocalypse. globalresearch.ca Authors of a major new scientific review of the catastrophic decline of insects say a "serious reduction in pesticide usage" is key to preventing the extinction of up to 41 percent of the world's insects within the "next few" decades….

Michael Welch (2019-02-03). Saving the Earth or Saving Capitalism? The Inconvenient Truth Behind Today's Youth Climate Campaigns. globalresearch.ca "What is going on — is the launch of a global campaign to usher in a required consensus for the Paris Agreement, the New Green Deal and all climate related policies and legislation written by the power elite — …

Cluborlov (2019-02-03). Why Must Venezuela be Destroyed? globalresearch.ca Last week Trump, his VP Mike Pence, US State Dept. director Mike Pompeo and Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, plus a bunch of Central American countries that are pretty much US colonies and don't have foreign policies of …

Jefferson Morley (2019-02-03). CIA in Venezuela: 7 rules for regime change. zcomm.org U.S. regime change policies have usually required indiscriminate violence to succeed…

George Ciccariello-Maher (2019-02-03). Venezuela's slow coup continues. zcomm.org Opposition leader Juan Guaido's support base is not the Venezuelan people but foreign right-wing governments…

Dan Bacher (2019-02-03). State Senator Bill Dodd Introduces California WaterFix Oversight Bill. indybay.org Senator Bill Dodd introduced the bill at a critical time for the future of the Delta and West Coast fisheries. Following the news that the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority had selected the Jacobs company to be the engineering design manager for the Delta Tunnels, the DCA last week awarded Fugro a contract for a major geotechnical investigation to support the California WaterFix project.

David Giesen (2019-02-03). Viva Max, part of the "Belly-Laugh of War" film series. indybay.org Notable House | 189 Ellsworth St. | San Francisco…

Dave Id (2019-02-03). Blast from the Past: SF Bay Guardian "Best of the Bay" Awards for Indybay. indybay.org "Best of the Bay" awards for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) in the early 2000s included "Local Hero" and "Best Way to Find Out If Your Friend's Affinity Group Got Busted."

DLI (2019-02-03). Corporate Media Abets U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. indybay.org After more than a year of hyping the so-called Russian meddling in U.S. politics(including dozens of articles screaming with sensational headlines followed by little more than mere allegations by US spy agencies), the mainstream corporate media has hypocritically switched to cheerleading the brazenly Imperialist bullying of Venezuela by Washington and its coalition of sycophantic Latin American regimes.

Labor Video Project (2019-02-03). Follow The Money: SF Hunters Point Shipyard Contamination & Safety Whistleblowers. indybay.org On MLK day commemoration in San Francisco, community members from Hunters Point Shipyard/Bayview, attorneys representing community members and Tetra Tech radiation safety whistleblowers and advocates for the community talk about the cover-up of the $1 billion dollar Eco-fruad and the systemic cover-up and corruption of San Francisco political representatives.

Mohamed Shah (2019-02-03). From the Bay Area to East Africa: Sudanese Community Stands in Solidarity of the Revolution. indybay.org On Saturday, January 26th, members of the Sudanese community gathered outside of San Francisco City Hall demanding Freedom and Justice for protesters in Sudan.

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-02). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? globalresearch.ca When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies …

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein. telesurenglish.net U.S. Green Party President and former candidate in the 2016 presidential elections, Jill Stein, joins a growing number of individuals, countries and organizations across the globe that have spoken out against the United States-endorsed coup on Venezuela. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'I Stand Firm Defending Venezuela's Sovereignty' | "Chickenhawks like John Bolton are…

RT News (2019-02-02). Video: Yellow Vest Protest in Paris: Act XII. globalresearch.ca Yellow Vest protesters call for a new demonstration in Paris on Saturday, February 2, the twelfth in a row since the movement has emerged in November 2018, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced hikes in fuel taxes to reportedly encourage …

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Argentina: 'Green Scarf' Demonstrates Against Femicides. telesurenglish.net Feminist organizations gathered Friday in the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina for a massive Green Scarf demonstration (pañuelazo) to reject the 27 femicides that were registered in the last month. | RELATED: | Argentines Protest 'Imperialist Interference' in Venezuela | Armed with "Not One Less" banners and green scarfs – which represents legal, safe and fre…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Brazilians Demand Justice for Victims of Tailings Dam Collapse. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people in Brazil have protested for five consecutive days demanding justice after the collapse of two dams in Minas Gerais, in 2015 and 2019, in which related mining companies were involved. | RELATED: | The Tragic Aftermath of Brazil's Deadly Dam Break | The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) gathered outside the Brazilian Attorney General's office to demand justice for the Samarco crime of 2015, when a dam failed and its sludge destroyed a village and killed 19 pe…

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-02). ISTEX: The New EU Financial Mechanism for Trade with Iran: Bypassing the Dollar? globalresearch.ca The Trump regime withdrew from the JCPOA nuclear deal last May. Since then, signals from EU countries have been mixed. | Invoking the European blocking statute, updating it, effective last August, to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran from …

Chuck Collins (2019-02-02). A Wealth Tax Could Raise Trillions — and Save Our Democracy. commondreams.org Over the past four decades, wealth has flowed upward into the hands of the wealthiest 1 percent at an ever-accelerating pace — they now own 40 percent of the nation's wealth, while the share owned by the bottom 90 percent has steadily fallen. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

William Walter Kay (2019-02-02). Valuing Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt. globalresearch.ca Let's place 1 trillion barrels of oil in context. Global oil consumption is currently 35 billion barrels a year. Thus, the Orinoco Belt alone could satisfy 100% of global demand for almost 30 years! As for the Orinoco field's dollar value. World oil prices are currently hovering near $60 …do the math.

STAFF (2019-02-02). The Media's Pro-Israel Bias Echoes Coverage of Apartheid. truthdig.com When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of thinking can today be found in media discussions of Israel/Palestine, with warnings that Israelis and Palestinians sharing a single, democratic country would lead to Palestinians slaughtering Jewish people or driving them out. Such analyses reveal the racist assumption that black people and Arabs are too prone to irrational violence to be trusted with democracy. | A New York Times (…

Les Leopold (2019-02-02). Beware the Moderate Democrat. commondreams.org "There's nothing in the middle of the road," the progressive populist Jim Hightower of Texas famously quipped, "but yellow stripes and dead Armadillos." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eric Jaffa (2019-02-02). Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Team Up to Lower Prescription Drug Prices. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks on healthcare as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) listens during an event September 13, 2017. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Nicole Vanderheiden (2019-02-02). Even Anti-War Progressives Should Care About the Trans Military Ban. commondreams.org "Glossing over institutionalized transphobia to debate the reprehensibility of U.S. military policy comes from a place of privilege," writes Vanderheiden, "and divides people of the progressive coalition." (Photo: Ted Eytan) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-02). Trump Is Trying to Take Down Latin America's "Troika of Tyranny". Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. globalresearch.ca Bolton's description of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua as a "Troika of Tyranny" a few months ago was a declaration of Hybrid War against the last three geopolitically relevant multipolar countries in the hemisphere, and now Trump's tasked himself with taking …

unitedEditor (2019-02-02). Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? uwidata.com The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […]

Fight Back (2019-02-02). High stakes for the Venezuelan working class. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The contradictions at the heart of Venezuelan society have burst asunder. A fierce struggle is now underway to determine the foundations of the country's future. The Venezuelan bourgeoisie have wholeheartedly decided that they are willing to endure civil war and foreign invasion so long as it leads to the repression of the upright masses. The working class and other popular sectors, meanwhile, can no longer tolerate the economic suffering inflicted upon them from the business owners, and are ready to do battle against any invaders that seek to return their class enemies to power. | From this st…

Andre Damon (2019-02-02). The US Scraps the INF Treaty: Another Step Toward Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, as the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation, President John F. Kennedy told his brother Bobby, | "If this planet is ever ravaged by nuclear war, if 300 million Americans, Russians, …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-02-02). China-US Trade Negotiations Approach Final Phase. globalresearch.ca Senior negotiators of the US (Lighthizer) and China (Liu He) have been meeting in Washington this past week (Jan. 30-31) as the US-China trade war approaches a climax. China continues publicly to offer concessions to the US on market access …

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-02). Trump's Efforts to Oust Maduro Are Illegal and Will Kill More Venezuelans. globalresearch.ca If Russia, China and North Korea decided to recognize Nancy Pelosi as the president of the United States, would Americans go along with that? | I mean, the ones who don't like Trump, think he is a real threat to the …

Yves Engler — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-02). Canada's Left Party Blinks at US-led Coup in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Canada's New Democratic Party has failed to take a principled stand against the Trudeau government's pro-US regime change agenda in Venezuela, argues Yves Engler.

Alex Anfruns (2019-02-02). Trump's "Chaos Strategy" Has One Goal: To End Chavismo. globalresearch.ca Eight months after the presidential elections of May 2018, which confirmed Nicolas Maduro as winner with more than 6 million votes (67.8% and 46% of participation), the attempts of delegitimization of his government have multiplied in this month of January. …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-02-02). Snow, Roads, Birds and Plows. globalresearch.ca Shrugging off what's called cabin fever, I depart, slowly, to test my car and traction on the roadway. I follow the country road along the Beaverkill River to town. | A mile out, I notice something unusual—cars standing in front of …

Defend Democracy Press (2019-02-02). Call for the First "Assembly of the Assemblies" of the Yellow Vests. globalresearch.ca Let us share the wealth, and not poverty! Let us put an end to social inequality! We demand the immediate increase in salaries, welfare benefits, allowances and pensions, and the unconditional right to housing and health, education, free public services, for all

Shannon Jones (2019-02-02). GM to Lay Off 4,250 Salaried Workers in North America Starting Monday. globalresearch.ca General Motors will begin laying off 4,250 North American salaried workers Monday morning as part of a sweeping restructuring announced in November that includes the closure of five plants and the elimination of 15,000 jobs. The plan includes the destruction …

Paul Waldman (2019-02-02). Media Badly Botching the Medicare For All Debate. commondreams.org Billionaire and former New York City Michael Bloomberg appears on stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia druing the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). US Treasury to Foreigners: No More Venezuelan Oil Transactions. telesurenglish.net The United States Treasury Department announced Friday that non-U.S. companies that buy Venezuelan oil through the U.S. financial system or U.S. commodity brokers, will not be allowed to carry out any purchase after April 28. | For Trump, Venezuela Intervention Serves 2020 Re-election Bid | "Transactions to purchase petroleum and petroleum products from PDVSA or any entity in which PDVSA owns, directly or indirectly… and that involve U.S. persons or any other U.S. nexus… must…

STAFF (2019-02-02). Senate Reasserts Foreign Policy Role, Reshapes Trump Agenda. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Two years into Donald Trump's presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his "America First" foreign policy agenda. | The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump's instincts, while individual GOP lawmakers are seeking sway — defense hawks vying with noninterventionists — over policy in the Middle East, Latin America and beyond. | Within one recent week, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio led a group of lawmakers to the White House encouraging Trump to back Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president. Trump…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Venezuelan Opposition Rally With Israeli Flags, Trump Masks. telesurenglish.net As thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gathered in Caracas to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bolivarian revolution, opposition groups attended a rally led by "interim president" Juan Guaido carrying more than one symbol in support of interventionism. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Visits Venezuela, Rejects 'Empire's Coup' | In Punto Fijo, the biggest city in the northern Falcon state, people raised a U.S. flag alongside the Venezuelan flag. After the Na…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Caricom to Almagro: 'You Don't Speak For The Entire OAS'. telesurenglish.net The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has rejected Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro's unilateral decision to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president. | RELATED: | Luis Almagro Calls for Foreign Intervention in Nicaragua Again | In a letter to Almagro dated Jan. 31, Caricom expressed its "disapproval and grave concern with regard to the position that you [Almagro], in your capacity as Secretary-General, have adopted, by recognizi…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Iranian President Criticizes US Hegemonic Tactics in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States Saturday of attempting to impose a "global hegemony" and denounced Washington for its maneuvers to overthrow Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, who is an ally of the Islamic Republic, according to Iranian state media. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Maduro Marks 20 Years of Bolivarian Revolution, Calls for Parliamentary Elections | "The Americans are basically against all popular revolutions and inde…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Colombia Bans Entry to Singer for Closeness to Venezuelan Gov't. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Government has banned Venezuelan singer Omar Enrique, who was due to give a concert at the Barranquilla Carnival, from entering the country reportedly due to engagements with President Nicolas Maduro administration, official sources said Friday. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'I Stand Firm Defending Venezuela's Sovereignty' | "This is a discretionary and sover…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Venezuela's Maduro Calls for Parliamentary Elections. telesurenglish.net The president of Venezuela gave a speech before a crowd in the center of Caracas from the main platform of Bolivar Avenue as Venezuela marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bolivarian Revolution and the swearing-in of late President Hugo Chavez. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Pressured Spain Gov't to Support US-Backed Coup in Venezuela: Report | "How long are they going to hurt the country?" Enough of all the damage they've done to our country!" said the Bol…

Yves Engler (2019-02-02). Canada's NDP Should Oppose Venezuela Coup. zcomm.org NDP leadership has barely mustered any criticism of Canadian policy…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Evo Morales Visits Venezuela, Rejects 'Empire's Coup'. telesurenglish.net The president of Bolivia Evo Morales arrived in Venezuela Friday evening and held a meeting with his counterpart Nicolas Maduro in a show of support and solidarity for the Venezuelan leftist government against the U.S.-led coup and intervention. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela | "We met with the brother president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro and we expressed our full support against the interventionist coup of the empire that seeks to tak…

STAFF (2019-02-02). Russia to Pull Plug on Nuclear Arms Pact After U.S. Does Same. truthdig.com Vladimir Putin says his country will leave the INF Treaty, but deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles only if Washington does so.

WSWS (2019-02-02). Matamoros strike grows as Mexican ruling class warns of national strike wave. wsws.org The leading financial paper wrote: "As easy as one two three, the labor stability which we have maintained for decades, with hundreds of thousands of successful contract negotiations, is broken. And it won't stop there."

WSWS (2019-02-02). The Fed's interest rate U-turn: Some economic and political conclusions. wsws.org The financial elites on Wall Street, addicted to the supply of ultra-cheap money as they appropriate the wealth produced by the labour of billions of workers, dictate economic policy.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-02). L'affossamento USA del Trattato INF e le complicità europee. globalresearch.ca La ´sospensione ª del Trattato INF, annunciata ieri dal segretario di stato Mike Pompeo, avvia il conto alla rovescia che, entro sei mesi, porterà gli Stati Uniti a uscire definitivamente dal Trattato. Già da oggi, comunque, gli Stati Uniti si …

WSWS (2019-02-02). European Parliament backs US-led coup in Venezuela. wsws.org The European powers' support for a brazen US coup in Latin America underscores that they are no less ruthless in their assertion of their predatory imperialist interests.

WSWS (2019-02-02). Lawsuit alleges Amazon caused worker's death. wsws.org The wife of a worker who died at a Joliet, Illinois Amazon warehouse in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon for the extreme delay of medical treatment that led to his death.

RT (2019-02-02). 'Opportunistic, xenophobic': WikiLeaks mocks Rachel Maddow's latest Russia scare story. rt.com WikiLeaks has called out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for her most dramatic scaremongering yet: claiming Russia could freeze Americans to death by cutting off their power during a polar vortex.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-02). 'Socialism Surging in Iowa' Giving Cold Feet to Centrist Democrats Contemplating 2020 Run: Report. commondreams.org Amid warnings within progressive circles that the "moderate Democrat" remains a serious obstacle to the kind of transformative change many rank-and-file party members and voters in general say they want, new reporting by Axios on Saturday shows that it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet as they register just how hungry the electorate has become for policy solutions like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, tuition-free higher education, and taxation that targets the nation's wealthiest. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-02-02). The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war. wsws.org The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Controversial ATCA Legislation Halts US Aid to Palestine. telesurenglish.net February 1 ushered in an end to some US$60 million in U.S. aid to Palestinian security forces following legislation – which would leave foreign aid recipients vulnerable to anti-terrorism lawsuits – coming into effect on January 31. | RELATED: | UN Cuts Palestine Food Aid After U.S. Reduced Funding | "At the request of the Palestinian Authority, we have wound down certain projects and programs funded with assistance under the authorities specified in ATCA (Anti-Terrorism Clarification A…

WSWS (2019-02-02). German defence report sparks hysterical campaign for increased military spending. wsws.org The ruling class and its parties are pursing massive rearmament plans and preparing Germany for war.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-02). A destruiàßà£o USA do Tratado INF e a cumplicidade europeia. globalresearch.ca A "suspensà£o" do Tratado INF, anunciada ontem pelo Secretário de Estado, Mike Pompeo, inicia a contagem decrescente que, dentro de seis meses, irá levar os Estados Unidos a sair definitivamente do Tratado. No entanto, já a partir de hoje, …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-01). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? counterpunch.org When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of More

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-01). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? commondreams.org French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dan Cohen (2019-02-01). La creación de Juan Guaidó: cómo los laboratorios de cambio de régimen estadounidenses crearon al líder del golpe de estado en Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com Por Dan Cohen y Max Blumenthal Juan Guaidó es el producto de un proyecto de una década supervisado por los…

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-01). VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Asks Members of Congress if the US is Meddling in Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com The responses from members of Congress painted a shocking picture of ignorance, hypocrisy, and bipartisan consent for the Trump administration's…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-01). The U.S. 12-Step Method to Conduct Regime Change. commondreams.org Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center after meeting with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders on February 01, 2019 in Doral, Florida. Vice President Pence met with families, political prisoners and former elected officials who were forced to flee their country due to political persecution. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Rob Urie (2019-02-01). Democrats Killed the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org Environmental activists received a reality check when newly empowered Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed aside demands for an environmental economic transition program— a Green New Deal, in favor of reviving a toothless committee to 'study' the problem. A transition program is needed to mitigate the economic dislocations that will result from resolving the multiple environmental crises currently underway. More

ZeroHedge (2019-02-01). Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists. mintpressnews.com Mainstream networks will likely shrug and yawn at this bombshell Reuters story, given that it doesn't involve Putin or Russia, but merely one of Washington's chief Arab Gulf oil and gas allies.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-02-01). How Star Wars Came to Alaska. counterpunch.org The Kodiak Launch Complex was marketed to Alaskans as one of the nation's first commercial space ports. Many promises were made to lure public support: High-paying, year-round jobs. Better roads. A fancy cultural center. New schools with real astronauts helping out in the classrooms. Peace and prosperity. The whole multibillion-dollar project, located on Narrow Cape, More

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Evo Morales: 'Indigenous Languages Are Part of Our Identities'. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke at the U.N. General Assembly for the opening ceremony of the International Year of Indigenous Languages on Friday, warning about the accelerated destructionsuch languages are suffering. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Evo Morales Backs Peace Dialogue for Venezuela | "The loss of a language means the loss of a worldview; a decline and belittling of human intelligence," said Morales in New York. | The Bolivian president opened his discourse in Aymara, his mo…

Gunar Olsen (2019-02-01). Media Rally Around 'Forever War' in Afghanistan. fair.org Just hours after news of an Afghan peace deal broke, corporate media jumped to sound the alarm, urging the US to maintain its occupation. The primary concern was over the Trump administration's perceived "quick exit" or "speedy withdrawal," a boogeyman notion that the New York Times has hyped up for years.

John Wojcik (2019-02-01). Trump endangers peace by cancelling nuclear arms deal with Russia. peoplesworld.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, announced today that the president is suspending U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months. Trump himself accused Russia today of covertly developing and …

Paul Street (2019-02-01). The Capitalist Adults Are in the Room. counterpunch.org The ultra-capitalist United States is all about the commercialization and commodification — the extraction, manipulation, distortion, packaging, and sale — of anything and everything capital can get its hands on and turn to its advantage. Pick a critical social, natural. and cultural resource and phenomenon. Take one, any one — education, water, forests, transportation, art, music, communications, health care, old age, insurance, pensions, the land, the food supply, food preparation, home materials, clothing, body care, civil authority, the maintenance of facilities, energy, housing, the public…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-01). "Largest Land Grab Since 1948" — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev. mintpressnews.com Given the Israeli state's rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers "violators" and "squatters" — accusing them of illegally occupying "state lands."

Noam Chomsky (2019-02-01). Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics. zcomm.org Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…

David Rosen (2019-02-01). The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness. counterpunch.org "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down. "It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding More

Bob Lord (2019-02-01). The Vanishing Wealth of Black America. counterpunch.org Want an impossible task? Try identifying the most disturbing trend in America today. Consider the choices: Climate change denial, extreme political polarization, gun violence, etc. Those are just the ones on the national radar. Here's one that isn't, but needs to be: the systematic destruction of black wealth. The reality is horrific, according to the More

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-01). What Bernie Sanders Could Learn From Venezuela. counterpunch.org Bernie Sanders, we hear, is interested in running for President in 2020. Bernie has once again shot himself in the foot before the starter's gun goes off. Sanders best known Trump-like statement was calling Venezuelan revolutionary President Hugo Chavez "a dead communist dictator." Now Sanders, while bucking the establishment on regime change in Venezuela, remains More

Melvin Goodman (2019-02-01). Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton? counterpunch.org The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…

John Grant (2019-02-01). Trump Venezuela Coup will End Badly for US. counterpunch.org Rick Sanchez, an anchor for Russia's RT-America, reported last week of "Signs that the US attempt to change-out presidents in Venezuela may be falling flat." He was speaking about the in-plain-sight US coup attempt unfolding on the northern coast of South America against the elected president of Venezuela. Lucas Koerner, a reporter with Venezuela Analysis, told RT there was More

Pete Dolack (2019-02-01). Sorting Through the Lies About Venezuela. counterpunch.org Challenging United States hegemony is never an easy course. A county need not be socialist — it is enough to either voice aspirations toward socialism, or merely demonstrate a pattern of not doing as Washington dictates. So here we go again, this time with Venezuela. Ironically for a country that the corporate media insistently claims More

John McMurtry (2019-02-01). US Enemies and the Lawless 'Rule of Law'. counterpunch.org For weeks of front-end news, a China-Canada rift has gripped Canada. The story-line is endlessly repeated and runs like this: "Experts from both sides of the border agree that imprisonment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is strictly abiding by the rule of law, and China cannot or does not want to understand how the rule More

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-01). Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts. counterpunch.org Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during More

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-01). CO2 on Track for Largest Rise in 62 Years. counterpunch.org Around the world, atypical climate change grows increasingly threatening to all life on the planet, principally because of excessive CO2 emissions. Paradoxically, this is happening on the heels of the Paris 2015 climate accord among nations of the world. But, didn't almost all of the countries of the world pledge to cut back greenhouse gas More

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-01). Saint Eric Dolphy. counterpunch.org "Eric Dolphy was a saint…" — Charles Mingus Eric Dolphy died in Berlin at the age of thirty-six from complication related to diabetes, his promise and talent enshrined in less than a dozen releases. A master of several wind instruments, Dolphy's work with the ensembles he led remains some of the most innovative music of More

Alvaro Verzi Rangel (2019-02-01). The Chain of Command is Clear. Must Guaidó Go From Hero to Martyr? counterpunch.org The chain of command is clear: the Washington hawks rule, while Juan Guaidó and accomplices of the Lima Group go along, ready to share in the Venezuelan spoils. A deadly attack by social networks and hegemonic media is in progress aimed at creating a collective fantasy all about liberating a subjugated people. It calls for More

Garikai Chengu (2019-02-01). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those More

Craig Collins (2019-02-01). Why Did Socialism Fail? counterpunch.org By the middle of the 20th century, it appeared that Karl Marx's conviction that socialism was destined to replace capitalism was becoming reality. In 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was so confident that history was on his side, he boasted that socialism would soon bury capitalism.[1] Most of the Eurasian land mass was governed by More

Michael Hudson (2019-02-01). Trump's Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony. counterpunch.org The end of America's unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its violent regime change warfare against Venezuela and Syria — and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade — is driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions. | This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that…

Ben Dangl (2019-02-01). "The Worst Option is War": US Intervention in Venezuela Will Only Deepen the Country's Crisis. counterpunch.org The Trump administrating is currently working to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the name of freedom and democracy. Yet Washington's efforts will only lead to bloodshed and a worsening of the country's crisis and polarization. Just take a look at who is leading the coup efforts from Washington. US national security advisor John Bolton has More

Robert Fantina (2019-02-01). Venezuela, the United States and Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org United States hypocrisy, thy name is legion. The number of examples of this are truly stunning, and this writer has commented on them more than once. He will take this opportunity to shine his spotlight on yet another one that is currently prominent in the news. In Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was elected president, in an More

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-01). Jackboots in the Morning. counterpunch.org "This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this." —Judge Andrew Napolitano The American Police State does not discriminate. Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it's in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America great again—rest More

2019-02-03: Social Media Postees

Twelve step method to conduct regime change
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-02-03
What happened to Chile in 1973 is precisely what the United States has attempted to do in many other countries of the Global South. The most recent target for the US government–and Western big business–is Venezuela. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/02/twelve-step-method-to-conduct-regime-change/

WSJ Confirms: Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-03
Venezuela's US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó plans to privatize state assets and give foreign corporations access to oil, the Wall… | The post WSJ Confirms: Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy appeared first on The Grayzone.
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/03/wsj-venezuela-coup-leader-juan-guaido-neoliberal-capitalist-shock-therapy/

Russia Pulls Out of The INF in Tit For Tat With The US
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
U.S. President Donald Trump's boycott of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) led to the expected result of Russia's government pulling out of the treaty, which has fostered world peace since the end of the Cold War. | RELATED: | US Suspends Compliance on Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced F…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Pulls-Out-of-The-INF-in-Tit-For-Tat-With-The-US-20190203-0002.html

CO2 on Track for Largest Rise in 62 Years
Robert Hunziker | zcomm.org | 2019-02-03
Ever since Paris 2015 nothing positive has happened to halt global warming, almost nothing…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/co2-on-track-for-largest-rise-in-62-years/

Edging Toward War With Iran?
Conn Hallinan | zcomm.org | 2019-02-03
It's unpopular at home and abroad, and regional politics don't favor it. But we should take neocons like Bolton at their word…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/edging-toward-war-with-iran/

Donald Trump's War of Recolonization Against Venezuela
Samuel Moncada | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Trump's recolonization is the right description of what has progressively become a plan for a military invasion of Venezuela by the United States: an event never before seen in our history. | It is essential to emphasize that, despite the maneuvers … | The post Donald Trump's War of Recolonization Against Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/donald-trumps-war-of-recolonization-against-venezuela/5667425

Does the US Provide Covert Support to the Islamic State in Afghanistan?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Last year, Russia's seasoned Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Washington of providing material support [1] to the Islamic State Khorasan militants based in Afghanistan in order to divide and weaken the Taliban resistance against American occupation of Afghanistan. The accusations … | The post Does the US Provide Covert Support to the Islamic State in Afghanistan? appeared fi…
globalresearch.ca/us-provide-covert-support-islamic-state-afghanistan/5667379

US Army Admits to Deadly Airstrike in Somalia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
Despite earlier this month claiming that, "the Al-Shabab group is no longer a direct threat to the United States," 13 Al-Shabab fighters were killed in Somalia after an airstrike outside the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday deliberately targeted Al-Shabab fighters. | RELATED: | US Military to Shift Focus From Syria And Somalia | U.S. Africom claimed direct responsiblilty, issuing a statement that read, "To support the Federal Government of Somalia's continued efforts to degrade al-Shabab, US…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Army-Admits-to-Deadly-Airstrike-in-Somalia-20190203-0003.html

Is Oil Behind Washington's Venezuela Coup Madness?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
On January 23 US Vice President Pence sent a message via Twitter that Washington recognized the 35-year-old Speaker of the Venezuela National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the "legitimate" President of the troubled country, and not elected President Maduro. The … | The post Is Oil Behind Washington's Venezuela Coup Madness? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/is-oil-behind-washingtons-venezuela-coup-madness/5667411

Why Must Venezuela be Destroyed?
Cluborlov | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Last week Trump, his VP Mike Pence, US State Dept. director Mike Pompeo and Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, plus a bunch of Central American countries that are pretty much US colonies and don't have foreign policies of … | The post Why Must Venezuela be Destroyed? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/why-must-venezuela-be-destroyed/5667397

Bolton: I'll Send Maduro to Guantanamo
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
On Friday, the neocon running Trump's foreign policy, John Bolton, threatened to send the elected president of Venezuela to the indefinite torture camp at Guantanamo. | Maduro should be relieved. The previous neoliberal regime in DC had the disfavored leader … | The post Bolton: I'll Send Maduro to Guantanamo appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/bolton-ill-send-maduro-guantanamo/5667374

New Analysis: Curbing Pesticides Key to Reversing Insect Apocalypse

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Authors of a major new scientific review of the catastrophic decline of insects say a "serious reduction in pesticide usage" is key to preventing the extinction of up to 41 percent of the world's insects within the "next few" decades…. | The post New Analysis: Curbing Pesticides Key to Reversing Insect Apocalypse appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/new-analysis-curbing-pesticides-key-to-reversing-insect-apocalypse/5667424

US Intervention in Venezuela Portrayed as a "Humanitarian Mission". "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P)
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Human rights and democracy? | Great powers invariably disguise foreign interference or military intervention as a humanitarian mission. The refrain may vary but in fact always comes down to the same thing: out of concern for the local population we have … | The post US Intervention in Venezuela Portrayed as a "Humanitarian Mission". "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/us-intervention-in-venezuela-a-humanitarian-mission-responsibility-to-protect-r2p/5667382

Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: Trump's Venezuela Plan
Gilbert Mercier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
The US has revitalised its old Monroe Doctrine, seeking to take Latin America countries and most notably Venezuela, famous for its rich oil reserves, under control, French journalist Gilbert Mercier has told Sputnik, explaining why the "overt coup attempt" in | … | The post Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: Trump's Venezuela Plan appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/oil-neocons-monroe-doctrine-trumps-venezuela-plan/5667406

Saving the Earth or Saving Capitalism? The Inconvenient Truth Behind Today's Youth Climate Campaigns
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
"What is going on — is the launch of a global campaign to usher in a required consensus for the Paris Agreement, the New Green Deal and all climate related policies and legislation written by the power elite — … | The post Saving the Earth or Saving Capitalism? The Inconvenient Truth Behind Today's Youth Climate Campaigns appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/saving-the-earth-or-saving-capitalism-the-inconvenient-truth-behind-todays-youth-climate-campaigns/5667343

The Monitoring Game: China's Artificial Intelligence Push
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
It's all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field. US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is … | The post The Monitoring Game: China's Artificial Intelligence Push appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/monitoring-game-chinas-artificial-intelligence-push/5667376

Venezuela's slow coup continues
George Ciccariello-Maher | zcomm.org | 2019-02-03
Opposition leader Juan Guaido's support base is not the Venezuelan people but foreign right-wing governments…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/venezuelas-slow-coup-continues/

CIA in Venezuela: 7 rules for regime change
Jefferson Morley | zcomm.org | 2019-02-03
U.S. regime change policies have usually required indiscriminate violence to succeed…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/cia-in-venezuela-7-rules-for-regime-change/

From the Bay Area to East Africa: Sudanese Community Stands in Solidarity of the Revolution
Mohamed Shah | indybay.org | 2019-02-03
On Saturday, January 26th, members of the Sudanese community gathered outside of San Francisco City Hall demanding Freedom and Justice for protesters in Sudan.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/01/18820928.php

State Senator Bill Dodd Introduces California WaterFix Oversight Bill
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-02-03
Senator Bill Dodd introduced the bill at a critical time for the future of the Delta and West Coast fisheries. Following the news that the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority had selected the Jacobs company to be the engineering design manager for the Delta Tunnels, the DCA last week awarded Fugro a contract for a major geotechnical investigation to support the California WaterFix project.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/02/18820941.php

Viva Max, part of the "Belly-Laugh of War" film series
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2019-02-03
Notable House | 189 Ellsworth St. | San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/02/18820943.php

Blast from the Past: SF Bay Guardian "Best of the Bay" Awards for Indybay
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-02-03
"Best of the Bay" awards for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) in the early 2000s included "Local Hero" and "Best Way to Find Out If Your Friend's Affinity Group Got Busted."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/02/18820947.php

Follow The Money: SF Hunters Point Shipyard Contamination & Safety Whistleblowers
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-02-03
On MLK day commemoration in San Francisco, community members from Hunters Point Shipyard/Bayview, attorneys representing community members and Tetra Tech radiation safety whistleblowers and advocates for the community talk about the cover-up of the $1 billion dollar Eco-fruad and the systemic cover-up and corruption of San Francisco political representatives.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/01/18820920.php

Corporate Media Abets U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
DLI | indybay.org | 2019-02-03
After more than a year of hyping the so-called Russian meddling in U.S. politics(including dozens of articles screaming with sensational headlines followed by little more than mere allegations by US spy agencies), the mainstream corporate media has hypocritically switched to cheerleading the brazenly Imperialist bullying of Venezuela by Washington and its coalition of sycophantic Latin American regimes.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/01/18820919.php

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies … | The post Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/iran-sanctions-herald-fall-imperial-dollar/5667289

Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
U.S. Green Party President and former candidate in the 2016 presidential elections, Jill Stein, joins a growing number of individuals, countries and organizations across the globe that have spoken out against the United States-endorsed coup on Venezuela. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'I Stand Firm Defending Venezuela's Sovereignty' | "Chickenhawks like John Bolton are…
telesurenglish.net/news/Anti-War-US-Politicians-Must-Reject-Venezuelan-Coup-Stein-20190202-0006.html

Video: Yellow Vest Protest in Paris: Act XII
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Yellow Vest protesters call for a new demonstration in Paris on Saturday, February 2, the twelfth in a row since the movement has emerged in November 2018, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced hikes in fuel taxes to reportedly encourage … | The post Video: Yellow Vest Protest in Paris: Act XII appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-yellow-vest-protest-in-paris-act-xii/5667318

Argentina: 'Green Scarf' Demonstrates Against Femicides
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
Feminist organizations gathered Friday in the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina for a massive Green Scarf demonstration (pañuelazo) to reject the 27 femicides that were registered in the last month. | RELATED: | Argentines Protest 'Imperialist Interference' in Venezuela | Armed with "Not One Less" banners and green scarfs – which represents legal, safe and fre…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Green-Scarf-Demonstrates-Against-Femicides-20190202-0002.html

Brazilians Demand Justice for Victims of Tailings Dam Collapse
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
Thousands of people in Brazil have protested for five consecutive days demanding justice after the collapse of two dams in Minas Gerais, in 2015 and 2019, in which related mining companies were involved. | RELATED: | The Tragic Aftermath of Brazil's Deadly Dam Break | The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) gathered outside the Brazilian Attorney General's office to demand justice for the Samarco crime of 2015, when a dam failed and its sludge destroyed a village and killed 19 pe…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilians-Demand-Justice-for-Victims-of-Tailings-Dam-Collapse-20190202-0018.html

ISTEX: The New EU Financial Mechanism for Trade with Iran: Bypassing the Dollar?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
The Trump regime withdrew from the JCPOA nuclear deal last May. Since then, signals from EU countries have been mixed. | Invoking the European blocking statute, updating it, effective last August, to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran from … | The post ISTEX: The New EU Financial Mechanism for Trade with Iran: Bypassing the Dollar? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/istex-the-new-eu-financial-mechanism-for-trade-with-iran-bypassing-the-dollar/5667325

Valuing Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Let's place 1 trillion barrels of oil in context. Global oil consumption is currently 35 billion barrels a year. Thus, the Orinoco Belt alone could satisfy 100% of global demand for almost 30 years! As for the Orinoco field's dollar value. World oil prices are currently hovering near $60 …do the math. | The post Valuing Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/valuing-venezuelas-orinoco-oil-belt/5667266

A Wealth Tax Could Raise Trillions — and Save Our Democracy
Chuck Collins | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
Over the past four decades, wealth has flowed upward into the hands of the wealthiest 1 percent at an ever-accelerating pace — they now own 40 percent of the nation's wealth, while the share owned by the bottom 90 percent has steadily fallen. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/02/wealth-tax-could-raise-trillions-and-save-our-democracy?cd-origin=rss

Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-02
The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […] | The post Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/1800-turkey-and-russia-in-syria-what-are-they-pressing-for/

High stakes for the Venezuelan working class
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-02
Chicago, IL – The contradictions at the heart of Venezuelan society have burst asunder. A fierce struggle is now underway to determine the foundations of the country's future. The Venezuelan bourgeoisie have wholeheartedly decided that they are willing to endure civil war and foreign invasion so long as it leads to the repression of the upright masses. The working class and other popular sectors, meanwhile, can no longer tolerate the economic suffering inflicted upon them from the business owners, and are ready to do battle against any invaders that seek to return their class enemies to power. | From this st…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/1/high-stakes-venezuelan-working-class

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Team Up to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
Eric Jaffa | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks on healthcare as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) listens during an event September 13, 2017. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/02/bernie-sanders-and-elizabeth-warren-team-lower-prescription-drug-prices?cd-origin=rss

China-US Trade Negotiations Approach Final Phase
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Senior negotiators of the US (Lighthizer) and China (Liu He) have been meeting in Washington this past week (Jan. 30-31) as the US-China trade war approaches a climax. China continues publicly to offer concessions to the US on market access … | The post China-US Trade Negotiations Approach Final Phase appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/china-us-trade-negotiations-approach-final-phase/5667295

The US Scraps the INF Treaty: Another Step Toward Nuclear War
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, as the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation, President John F. Kennedy told his brother Bobby, | "If this planet is ever ravaged by nuclear war, if 300 million Americans, Russians, | … | The post The US Scraps the INF Treaty: Another Step Toward Nuclear War appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-us-scraps-the-inf-treaty-another-step-toward-nuclear-war/5667305

The Media's Pro-Israel Bias Echoes Coverage of Apartheid
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-02
When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of thinking can today be found in media discussions of Israel/Palestine, with warnings that Israelis and Palestinians sharing a single, democratic country would lead to Palestinians slaughtering Jewish people or driving them out. Such analyses reveal the racist assumption that black people and Arabs are too prone to irrational violence to be trusted with democracy. | A New York Times (…
truthdig.com/articles/the-medias-pro-israel-bias-echoes-coverage-of-apartheid/

Trump Is Trying to Take Down Latin America's "Troika of Tyranny". Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Bolton's description of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua as a "Troika of Tyranny" a few months ago was a declaration of Hybrid War against the last three geopolitically relevant multipolar countries in the hemisphere, and now Trump's tasked himself with taking … | The post Trump Is Trying to Take Down Latin America's "Troika of Tyranny". Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/trump-is-trying-to-take-down-latin-americas-troika-of-tyranny-venezuela-cuba-and-nicaragua/5667230

Even Anti-War Progressives Should Care About the Trans Military Ban
Nicole Vanderheiden | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
"Glossing over institutionalized transphobia to debate the reprehensibility of U.S. military policy comes from a place of privilege," writes Vanderheiden, "and divides people of the progressive coalition." (Photo: Ted Eytan) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/02/even-anti-war-progressives-should-care-about-trans-military-ban?cd-origin=rss

Beware the Moderate Democrat
Les Leopold | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
"There's nothing in the middle of the road," the progressive populist Jim Hightower of Texas famously quipped, "but yellow stripes and dead Armadillos." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/02/beware-moderate-democrat?cd-origin=rss

Trump's Efforts to Oust Maduro Are Illegal and Will Kill More Venezuelans
Mark Weisbrot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
If Russia, China and North Korea decided to recognize Nancy Pelosi as the president of the United States, would Americans go along with that? | I mean, the ones who don't like Trump, think he is a real threat to the … | The post Trump's Efforts to Oust Maduro Are Illegal and Will Kill More Venezuelans appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/con-trumps-efforts-to-oust-maduro-are-illegal-and-will-kill-more-venezuelans/5667302

Canada's Left Party Blinks at US-led Coup in Venezuela
Yves Engler — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-02
Canada's New Democratic Party has failed to take a principled stand against the Trudeau government's pro-US regime change agenda in Venezuela, argues Yves Engler.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14290

GM to Lay Off 4,250 Salaried Workers in North America Starting Monday
Shannon Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
General Motors will begin laying off 4,250 North American salaried workers Monday morning as part of a sweeping restructuring announced in November that includes the closure of five plants and the elimination of 15,000 jobs. The plan includes the destruction … | The post GM to Lay Off 4,250 Salaried Workers in North America Starting Monday appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/gm-to-lay-off-4250-salaried-workers-in-north-america-starting-monday/5667313

Call for the First "Assembly of the Assemblies" of the Yellow Vests
Defend Democracy Press | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Let us share the wealth, and not poverty! Let us put an end to social inequality! We demand the immediate increase in salaries, welfare benefits, allowances and pensions, and the unconditional right to housing and health, education, free public services, for all | The post Call for the First "Assembly of the Assemblies" of the Yellow Vests appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/call-for-the-first-assembly-of-the-assemblies-of-the-yellow-vests/5667323

Trump's "Chaos Strategy" Has One Goal: To End Chavismo
Alex Anfruns | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Eight months after the presidential elections of May 2018, which confirmed Nicolas Maduro as winner with more than 6 million votes (67.8% and 46% of participation), the attempts of delegitimization of his government have multiplied in this month of January. … | The post Trump's "Chaos Strategy" Has One Goal: To End Chavismo appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/trumps-chaos-strategy-has-one-goal-to-end-chavismo/5667220

Snow, Roads, Birds and Plows
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Shrugging off what's called cabin fever, I depart, slowly, to test my car and traction on the roadway. I follow the country road along the Beaverkill River to town. | A mile out, I notice something unusual–cars standing in front of … | The post Snow, Roads, Birds and Plows appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/snow-roads-birds-and-plows/5667167

Media Badly Botching the Medicare For All Debate
Paul Waldman | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
Billionaire and former New York City Michael Bloomberg appears on stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia druing the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Colombia Bans Entry to Singer for Closeness to Venezuelan Gov't
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
The Colombian Government has banned Venezuelan singer Omar Enrique, who was due to give a concert at the Barranquilla Carnival, from entering the country reportedly due to engagements with President Nicolas Maduro administration, official sources said Friday. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'I Stand Firm Defending Venezuela's Sovereignty' | "This is a discretionary and sover…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Bans-Entry-to-Singer-for-Closeness-to-Venezuelan-Govt-20190202-0001.html

Caricom to Almagro: 'You Don't Speak For The Entire OAS'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has rejected Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro's unilateral decision to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president. | RELATED: | Luis Almagro Calls for Foreign Intervention in Nicaragua Again | In a letter to Almagro dated Jan. 31, Caricom expressed its "disapproval and grave concern with regard to the position that you [Almagro], in your capacity as Secretary-General, have adopted, by recognizi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Caricom-to-Almagro-You-Dont-Speak-For-The-Entire-OAS-20190202-0014.html

Canada's NDP Should Oppose Venezuela Coup
Yves Engler | zcomm.org | 2019-02-02
NDP leadership has barely mustered any criticism of Canadian policy…
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Iranian President Criticizes US Hegemonic Tactics in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States Saturday of attempting to impose a "global hegemony" and denounced Washington for its maneuvers to overthrow Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, who is an ally of the Islamic Republic, according to Iranian state media. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Maduro Marks 20 Years of Bolivarian Revolution, Calls for Parliamentary Elections | "The Americans are basically against all popular revolutions and inde…
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Senate Reasserts Foreign Policy Role, Reshapes Trump Agenda
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-02
WASHINGTON — Two years into Donald Trump's presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his "America First" foreign policy agenda. | The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump's instincts, while individual GOP lawmakers are seeking sway — defense hawks vying with noninterventionists — over policy in the Middle East, Latin America and beyond. | Within one recent week, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio led a group of lawmakers to the White House encouraging Trump to back Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president. Trump…
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Evo Morales Visits Venezuela, Rejects 'Empire's Coup'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
The president of Bolivia Evo Morales arrived in Venezuela Friday evening and held a meeting with his counterpart Nicolas Maduro in a show of support and solidarity for the Venezuelan leftist government against the U.S.-led coup and intervention. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela | "We met with the brother president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro and we expressed our full support against the interventionist coup of the empire that seeks to tak…
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Venezuela's Maduro Calls for Parliamentary Elections
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
The president of Venezuela gave a speech before a crowd in the center of Caracas from the main platform of Bolivar Avenue as Venezuela marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bolivarian Revolution and the swearing-in of late President Hugo Chavez. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Pressured Spain Gov't to Support US-Backed Coup in Venezuela: Report | "How long are they going to hurt the country?" Enough of all the damage they've done to our country!" said the Bol…
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Venezuelan Opposition Rally With Israeli Flags, Trump Masks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
As thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gathered in Caracas to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bolivarian revolution, opposition groups attended a rally led by "interim president" Juan Guaido carrying more than one symbol in support of interventionism. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Visits Venezuela, Rejects 'Empire's Coup' | In Punto Fijo, the biggest city in the northern Falcon state, people raised a U.S. flag alongside the Venezuelan flag. After the Na…
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US Treasury to Foreigners: No More Venezuelan Oil Transactions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
The United States Treasury Department announced Friday that non-U.S. companies that buy Venezuelan oil through the U.S. financial system or U.S. commodity brokers, will not be allowed to carry out any purchase after April 28. | For Trump, Venezuela Intervention Serves 2020 Re-election Bid | "Transactions to purchase petroleum and petroleum products from PDVSA or any entity in which PDVSA owns, directly or indirectly… and that involve U.S. persons or any other U.S. nexus… must…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Treasury-to-Foreigners-No-More-Venezuelan-Oil-Transactions-20190202-0005.html

Russia to Pull Plug on Nuclear Arms Pact After U.S. Does Same
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-02
Vladimir Putin says his country will leave the INF Treaty, but deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles only if Washington does so. | The post Russia to Pull Plug on Nuclear Arms Pact After U.S. Does Same appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.
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Matamoros strike grows as Mexican ruling class warns of national strike wave
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The leading financial paper wrote: "As easy as one two three, the labor stability which we have maintained for decades, with hundreds of thousands of successful contract negotiations, is broken. And it won't stop there."
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'Opportunistic, xenophobic': WikiLeaks mocks Rachel Maddow's latest Russia scare story
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
WikiLeaks has called out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for her most dramatic scaremongering yet: claiming Russia could freeze Americans to death by cutting off their power during a polar vortex. | …
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Controversial ATCA Legislation Halts US Aid to Palestine
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-02
February 1 ushered in an end to some US$60 million in U.S. aid to Palestinian security forces following legislation – which would leave foreign aid recipients vulnerable to anti-terrorism lawsuits – coming into effect on January 31. | RELATED: | UN Cuts Palestine Food Aid After U.S. Reduced Funding | "At the request of the Palestinian Authority, we have wound down certain projects and programs funded with assistance under the authorities specified in ATCA (Anti-Terrorism Clarification A…
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L'affossamento USA del Trattato INF e le complicità europee
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
La ´sospensione ª del Trattato INF, annunciata ieri dal segretario di stato Mike Pompeo, avvia il conto alla rovescia che, entro sei mesi, porterà gli Stati Uniti a uscire definitivamente dal Trattato. Già da oggi, comunque, gli Stati Uniti si … | The post L'affossamento USA del Trattato INF e le complicità europee appeared first on Global Research.
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The Fed's interest rate U-turn: Some economic and political conclusions
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The financial elites on Wall Street, addicted to the supply of ultra-cheap money as they appropriate the wealth produced by the labour of billions of workers, dictate economic policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

'Socialism Surging in Iowa' Giving Cold Feet to Centrist Democrats Contemplating 2020 Run: Report
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
Amid warnings within progressive circles that the "moderate Democrat" remains a serious obstacle to the kind of transformative change many rank-and-file party members and voters in general say they want, new reporting by Axios on Saturday shows that it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet as they register just how hungry the electorate has become for policy solutions like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, tuition-free higher education, and taxation that targets the nation's wealthiest. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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European Parliament backs US-led coup in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The European powers' support for a brazen US coup in Latin America underscores that they are no less ruthless in their assertion of their predatory imperialist interests.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Lawsuit alleges Amazon caused worker's death
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The wife of a worker who died at a Joliet, Illinois Amazon warehouse in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon for the extreme delay of medical treatment that led to his death.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

A destruiàßà£o USA do Tratado INF e a cumplicidade europeia
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
A "suspensà£o" do Tratado INF, anunciada ontem pelo Secretário de Estado, Mike Pompeo, inicia a contagem decrescente que, dentro de seis meses, irá levar os Estados Unidos a sair definitivamente do Tratado. No entanto, já a partir de hoje, … | The post A destruiàßà£o USA do Tratado INF e a cumplicidade europeia appeared first on Global Research.
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German defence report sparks hysterical campaign for increased military spending
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The ruling class and its parties are pursing massive rearmament plans and preparing Germany for war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of…
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Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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La creación de Juan Guaidó: cómo los laboratorios de cambio de régimen estadounidenses crearon al líder del golpe de estado en Venezuela
Dan Cohen | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-01
Por Dan Cohen y Max Blumenthal Juan Guaidó es el producto de un proyecto de una década supervisado por los… | The post La creación de Juan Guaidó: cómo los laboratorios de cambio de régimen estadounidenses crearon al líder del golpe de estado en Venezuela appeared first on The Grayzone.
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VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Asks Members of Congress if the US is Meddling in Venezuela
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-01
The responses from members of Congress painted a shocking picture of ignorance, hypocrisy, and bipartisan consent for the Trump administration's… | The post VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Asks Members of Congress if the US is Meddling in Venezuela appeared first on The Grayzone.
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The U.S. 12-Step Method to Conduct Regime Change
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center after meeting with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders on February 01, 2019 in Doral, Florida. Vice President Pence met with families, political prisoners and former elected officials who were forced to flee their country due to political persecution. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Democrats Killed the Green New Deal
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Environmental activists received a reality check when newly empowered Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed aside demands for an environmental economic transition program— a Green New Deal, in favor of reviving a toothless committee to 'study' the problem. A transition program is needed to mitigate the economic dislocations that will result from resolving the multiple environmental crises currently underway.
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Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Mainstream networks will likely shrug and yawn at this bombshell Reuters story, given that it doesn't involve Putin or Russia, but merely one of Washington's chief Arab Gulf oil and gas allies. | The post Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists appeared first on MintPress News.
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How Star Wars Came to Alaska
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The Kodiak Launch Complex was marketed to Alaskans as one of the nation's first commercial space ports. Many promises were made to lure public support: High-paying, year-round jobs. Better roads. A fancy cultural center. New schools with real astronauts helping out in the classrooms. Peace and prosperity. The whole multibillion-dollar project, located on Narrow Cape,…
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Media Rally Around 'Forever War' in Afghanistan
Gunar Olsen | fair.org | 2019-02-01
Just hours after news of an Afghan peace deal broke, corporate media jumped to sound the alarm, urging the US to maintain its occupation. The primary concern was over the Trump administration's perceived "quick exit" or "speedy withdrawal," a boogeyman notion that the New York Times has hyped up for years.
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Evo Morales: 'Indigenous Languages Are Part of Our Identities'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke at the U.N. General Assembly for the opening ceremony of the International Year of Indigenous Languages on Friday, warning about the accelerated destructionsuch languages are suffering. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Evo Morales Backs Peace Dialogue for Venezuela | "The loss of a language means the loss of a worldview; a decline and belittling of human intelligence," said Morales in New York. | The Bolivian president opened his discourse in Aymara, his mo…
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Trump endangers peace by cancelling nuclear arms deal with Russia
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-01
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, announced today that the president is suspending U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months. Trump himself accused Russia today of covertly developing and …
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The Capitalist Adults Are in the Room
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The ultra-capitalist United States is all about the commercialization and commodification — the extraction, manipulation, distortion, packaging, and sale — of anything and everything capital can get its hands on and turn to its advantage. Pick a critical social, natural. and cultural resource and phenomenon. Take one, any one — education, water, forests, transportation, art, music, communications, health care, old age, insurance, pensions, the land, the food supply, food preparation, home materials, clothing, body care, civil authority, the maintenance of facilities, energy, housing, the public…
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"Largest Land Grab Since 1948" — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Given the Israeli state's rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers "violators" and "squatters" — accusing them of illegally occupying "state lands." | The post "Largest Land Grab Since 1948" — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev appeared first on MintPress News.
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Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…
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The Chain of Command is Clear. Must Guaidó Go From Hero to Martyr?
Alvaro Verzi Rangel | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The chain of command is clear: the Washington hawks rule, while Juan Guaidó and accomplices of the Lima Group go along, ready to share in the Venezuelan spoils. A deadly attack by social networks and hegemonic media is in progress aimed at creating a collective fantasy all about liberating a subjugated people. It calls for…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/the-chain-of-command-is-clear-must-guaido-go-from-hero-to-martyr/

Trump Venezuela Coup will End Badly for US
John Grant | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Rick Sanchez, an anchor for Russia's RT-America, reported last week of "Signs that the US attempt to change-out presidents in Venezuela may be falling flat." He was speaking about the in-plain-sight US coup attempt unfolding on the northern coast of South America against the elected president of Venezuela. Lucas Koerner, a reporter with Venezuela Analysis, told RT there was…
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What Bernie Sanders Could Learn From Venezuela
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Bernie Sanders, we hear, is interested in running for President in 2020. Bernie has once again shot himself in the foot before the starter's gun goes off. Sanders best known Trump-like statement was calling Venezuelan revolutionary President Hugo Chavez "a dead communist dictator." Now Sanders, while bucking the establishment on regime change in Venezuela, remains…
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Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during…
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The Vanishing Wealth of Black America
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Want an impossible task? Try identifying the most disturbing trend in America today. Consider the choices: Climate change denial, extreme political polarization, gun violence, etc. Those are just the ones on the national radar. Here's one that isn't, but needs to be: the systematic destruction of black wealth. The reality is horrific, according to the…
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Saint Eric Dolphy
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
"Eric Dolphy was a saint…" — Charles Mingus Eric Dolphy died in Berlin at the age of thirty-six from complication related to diabetes, his promise and talent enshrined in less than a dozen releases. A master of several wind instruments, Dolphy's work with the ensembles he led remains some of the most innovative music of…
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Venezuela, the United States and Hypocrisy
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
United States hypocrisy, thy name is legion. The number of examples of this are truly stunning, and this writer has commented on them more than once. He will take this opportunity to shine his spotlight on yet another one that is currently prominent in the news. In Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was elected president, in an…
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Jackboots in the Morning
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
"This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this." –Judge Andrew Napolitano The American Police State does not discriminate. Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now–whether it's in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America great again–rest…
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Why Did Socialism Fail?
Craig Collins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
By the middle of the 20th century, it appeared that Karl Marx's conviction that socialism was destined to replace capitalism was becoming reality. In 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was so confident that history was on his side, he boasted that socialism would soon bury capitalism.[1] Most of the Eurasian land mass was governed by…
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Sorting Through the Lies About Venezuela
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Challenging United States hegemony is never an easy course. A county need not be socialist — it is enough to either voice aspirations toward socialism, or merely demonstrate a pattern of not doing as Washington dictates. So here we go again, this time with Venezuela. Ironically for a country that the corporate media insistently claims…
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Trump's Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The end of America's unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its violent regime change warfare against Venezuela and Syria — and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade — is driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions. | This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that…
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The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
"I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down.
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"The Worst Option is War": US Intervention in Venezuela Will Only Deepen the Country's Crisis
Ben Dangl | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The Trump administrating is currently working to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the name of freedom and democracy. Yet Washington's efforts will only lead to bloodshed and a worsening of the country's crisis and polarization. Just take a look at who is leading the coup efforts from Washington. US national security advisor John Bolton has…
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Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton?
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/russias-proposal-for-north-korean-denuclearization-will-it-survive-john-bolton/

US Enemies and the Lawless 'Rule of Law'
John McMurtry | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
For weeks of front-end news, a China-Canada rift has gripped Canada. The story-line is endlessly repeated and runs like this:…
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CO2 on Track for Largest Rise in 62 Years
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Around the world, atypical climate change grows increasingly threatening to all life on the planet, principally because of excessive CO2 emissions. Paradoxically, this is happening on the heels of the Paris 2015 climate accord among nations of the world. But, didn't almost all of the countries of the world pledge to cut back greenhouse gas…
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Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela
Garikai Chengu | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those…
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