Daily Archives: February 4, 2019

2019-02-04: News Headlines

Chris Hedges (2019-02-04). Goodbye to the Dollar. truthdig.com The inept and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump has unwittingly triggered the fatal blow to the American empire—the abandonment of the dollar as the world's principal reserve currency. Nations around the globe, especially in Europe, have lost confidence in the United States to act rationally, much less lead, in issues of international finance, trade, diplomacy and war. These nations are quietly dismantling the seven-decade-old alliance with the United States and building alternative systems of bilateral trade. This reconfiguring of the world's…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-04). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. commondreams.org Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). British MPs: Female Saudi Activist Prisoners Being Tortured. telesurenglish.net A group of women Saudi gender activists in jail since at least last April are being tortured and held in inhumane prison conditions, according to an ad hoc British parliamentary committee. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | A report released by the special multi-party parliamentary committee found that the group of about 10 Saudi female activists, arrested nine months ago when advocating for women's equality and the right to drive, have been subje…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE'. telesurenglish.net Musician/activist Roger Waters is calling on people to act against the ongoing United States coup d'etat of the elected Venezuelan government by taking part in an 'emergency demonstration' in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City Monday. | RELATED: | Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein | Waters sent out a tweet early Monday morning encouraging participation in a planned march in front of the U.N. building in order to s…

Kevin Zeese (2019-02-04). US-led Coup in Venezuela: The Plot Thickens. globalresearch.ca A lot has happened and we have learned more since last week when we wrote, Venezuela: What Activists Need To Know About The US-Led Coup. This article updates activists so we remain well-informed and can educate others in the …

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US. telesurenglish.net President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro continued collecting signatures from citizens from across the country for a petition calling for peace and non-intervention on behalf of United States President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis | During a speech Monday at the Day of National Dignity commemoration a…

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-02-04). On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions. globalresearch.ca As internationalists, we don't shy away from defending a people's right to determine their fate. That is why we have been so ardent in opposing the illegal U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Read and share our statement on Venezuela. (If you …

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-02-04). Peace advocates say leaving INF Treaty increases risk of nuclear war. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration's decision to suspend U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and start a six-month process to withdraw from the landmark arms-control pact with Russia — formally announced Feb. 1 but previewed by President Trump during an election campaign rally last October — has drawn quick responses from nuclear disarmament advocates, and …

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2019-02-04). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? zcomm.org It's a good time for Americans to start thinking about how we can instead cooperate with all our neighbors in a smooth, peaceful transition to a sustainable, multipolar world…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). US: Tasers Claimed 49 Lives in 2018 Through Police Violence. telesurenglish.net Taser death is a form of police violence that is claiming lives in the United States despite being called non-lethal, a recent Reuters report revealed. | RELATED: | Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US | Warren Ragudo died after two Taser shocks by police intervening in a family altercation. Ramzi Saad died after a Taser shock by police during a dispute…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-02-04). The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics in a Multipolar World Order. globalresearch.ca The protests seen in France and the interference in the domestic politics of Venezuela highlight Western double standards, which stand in contrast to the respect for international law maintained by China, India and Russia. | In France on November 17, 2018, …

Fight Back (2019-02-04). Chicago: Emergency demonstration to demand, "Hands off Venezuela! Not another U.S. coup!" fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL — A Chicago protest to demand an end to U.S war moves against Venezuela is set for Tuesday, February 5, 5: 30 p.m., at the Federal Plaza, (219 S. Dearborn Street.) | "The people of Venezuela are in urgent need of solidarity. Join us to stand against the blatant attempt by Trump to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela," say protest organizers. | The demonstration is being organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and is endorsed by: U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee, Black Lives Matter – Chicago, Party for Social…

Gary Olson (2019-02-04). Venezuela and Noam Chomsky's "We Own the World.". commondreams.org The assumption that the U.S. has the transcendent right to use any means necessary to decide the legitimacy of representation in another country seems breathtakingly arrogant. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-04). Regime Change for Profit: Chevron, Halliburton Cheer On US Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com If Guaidó comes to power and privatizes PDVSA, U.S. oil companies — with Chevron and Halliburton leading the pack — stand to make record profits in the world's most oil-rich nation, as they did in Iraq following the privatization of its national oil industry after U.S. intervention.

Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-04). The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela. zcomm.org As Venezuela's second president, Simon Bolivar, noted in the 19th century, the US government continues to "plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty." From engineering coups in Chile and Guatemala, to choreographing a troop landing at the Bay of Pigs intended to establish an exile government in Cuba, to training Latin American Read more…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-04). Deaths of Journalists Brushed Aside in Middle East. zcomm.org Why is the fate of the Saudi reporter of infinitely more pressing importance than that of Yaser Murtaja, shot by the Israelis in Gaza?>

Robert Fisk (2019-02-04). How the Murders of Journalists in the Middle East Are Brushed Aside. counterpunch.org It's encouraging to hear that Agnes Callamard, the UN's execution expert, is at last in Istanbul to lead the "independent international inquiry" into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Better late than never, perhaps, but the old UN donkey clip-clops upon the world stage according to the politics and courage of the panjandrums beside the East River in New York. More

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2019-02-04). Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela. commondreams.org The Gaza rallies, however, were more than a display of gratitude towards a country that had enough courage to break off ties with Israel following the latter's 2008-9 war on Gaza – a bloody campaign known as "Operation Cast Lead."(Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-02-04). 2 Reasons 2019 Could Be the Planet's Worst Year Yet. truthdig.com Stand by for a year in which global warming can only get worse as human carbon emissions climb still further. British meteorologists warn that although 2018 broke all records for greenhouse gas emissions, 2019 will see even more carbon dioxide take up long-term residence in the planetary atmosphere. | And it will happen for two reasons, both of them nominally at least under human control. The overall release of carbon dioxide from power stations, factory chimneys, cement quarries, car exhausts and so on will continue to rise…

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Will Trump Really Launch a War on Iran? counterpunch.org Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North Korea — one day friends, another day foes. More

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Edging toward war with Iran? Dispatches from the edge. peoplesworld.org Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North …

Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos (2019-02-04). Informe sobre la situación en Venezuela y acciones de solidaridad. peoplesworld.org SàÉO PAULO, Brasil — Nos dirigimos a ustedes para compartirles algunos aspectos de la situación que se vive en Venezuela actualmente. La autoproclamación de Juan Guaidó, un sujeto desconocido hasta hace unas semanas, se basa en el no reconocimiento de las elecciones en las que el pueblo eligió democráticamente a Nicolás Maduro como el Presidente …

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Trump Will Increase Iran Intelligence Gathering From Iraq. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Saturday he considers it important to keep some military forces in Iraq to watch Iran closely. | RELATED: | Iranian President Criticizes US Hegemonic Tactics in Venezuela | Trump expressed his regret for the "endless wars" held in Afghanistan and Syria. He also commented on his intention to reduce costly U.S. military presence in those countries, during a CBS interview. | However, the bellicose attitude adopted by his administration toward…

RT News (2019-02-04). Italy Vetoed EU Recognition of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido. globalresearch.ca Rome has effectively derailed an EU statement meant to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader if President Nicolas Maduro fails to set up snap elections, a Five Star Movement source confirmed to RT. | Italy announced the veto at an …

Jorge Martin, Marxist (2019-02-04). US Tightens the Noose on Venezuela: Will the Coup Succeed? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at the prospects that Guaido's coup d'état has at achieving its goals.

Various (2019-02-04). Venezuela Speaks Out Against the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com VA brings you a collation of local voices opposing US-efforts to topple the government.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-04). Trump's Illegal Regime Change Operation Will Kill More Venezuelans. counterpunch.org 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 country, or even not a legitimately elected president? I don't think so. But Trump, his More

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-04). Everyday life in besieged Venezuela. mronline.org A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly U.S. sanctions and coup efforts. | Source

Yves Engler (2019-02-04). Canada's Left Party Blinks at US-led Coup in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca What should the leader of Canada's left wing party say about what's happening in Venezuela? Here are a few suggestions: "Canada should respect international law in its dealings with Venezuela." Or, "Canada shouldn't select the president of Venezuela." How about, …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-04). John Bolton's Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission. globalresearch.ca It is true that some of Venezuela's economic problems are due to the ineptitudes of the Bolivarian government's "socialist command" economy, but this overlooks the role played by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union. | Over the …

Patrick Hiller (2019-02-04). Make Venezuela Great Again? counterpunch.org Have we not learned a thing? As the crisis in Venezuela continues to unfold, we are witnessing yet another blatant US regime-change operation "for the Venezuelan people." Of course, it would make sense to dissuade the main operators—Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Senator Marco Rubio, or the recently appointed Special More

Alfred de Zayas (2019-02-04). Report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. mronline.org The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, on his mission to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Ecuador, pursuant to Council resolution 36/4. | Source

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-04). New Yorkers rally against Trump's Venezuela coup. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—Two actions were held here last weekend in opposition to Trump's efforts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Several groups came together Saturday, January 26 in Union Square and on 38th Street and Lexington, opposite the Cuban mission to the United Nations. "My family is from Peru—Andean people, of …

John Bachtell (2019-02-04). Save democracy at home and abroad: Oppose Trump's Venezuela coup. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration's open coup in Venezuela continues U.S. efforts, in alliance with Venezuelan oligarchs and extreme right-wing elements among the opposition, to overthrow the United Socialist Party governing coalition that came to power with the election of Hugo Chávez as president in 1998. These include the failed coup attempt against Chávez in 2002. The …

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

STAFF (2019-02-04). The U.S. Is Orchestrating a Venezuelan Coup in Plain Sight. truthdig.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and more appear bent on appeasing American oil interests, even if it means violating international law.

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-04). Afghanistan: From "Soviet" Occupation to American "Liberation" globalresearch.ca During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the supposedly "just war" in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he …

Consortiumnews (2019-02-04). PEPE ESCOBAR: MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train. consortiumnews.com While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We… Read more →

Eric Margolis (2019-02-04). Back to the Dear Old Cold War. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump and the neocon sofa samurais who surround him seem determined to pick a fight with China or Russia, or both at the same time. | Later this month, the US and China are due to try to end …

Thomas Scripps (2019-02-04). Britain's Secret Propaganda "Integrity Initiative" Targets Russia. globalresearch.ca In a desperate attempt to cover its tracks, the propaganda network linked to Britain's security services, the Integrity Initiative (II), has wiped its website and locked its Twitter account "pending an investigation into the theft of data." | The decision was …

Père Daniel Maes (2019-02-04). "The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time": Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on January 24, 2017 | Flemish Father Danià´l Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a …

Mark Taliano (2019-02-04). I am a Syrian Living in Syria: "It Was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists Are Sent by Your Government" globalresearch.ca The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people…the chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by USA and UK etc..Everyone knows that here.

South Front (2019-02-04). Video: US-led Coalition Warplane Struck Syrian Army Near Al-Bukamal. globalresearch.ca Late on February 2nd, a US-led coalition warplane attacked an artillery position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of al-Sukkariya west of the town of al-Bukamal in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the …

Ben Debney (2019-02-04). Are Politics Getting Worse, Or Are We Getting a Better Handle on How Bad It Has Always Been? counterpunch.org In assessing the present condition of things, the endemic corruption and open hostility on the part of our alleged representatives to the needs and concerns of the mass of the population, the question tends increasingly to revolve around whether politics is getting worse, or whether we are just getting a better handle on how bad More

Robert Koehler (2019-02-04). Disarmament, Not Low-Grade Nukes. counterpunch.org Seven-plus decades ago, as humanity was ensnarled in a monstrous world war, its instinct to win — to dominate others above all else — achieved ultimate manifestation: the capacity to annihilate all life on Planet Earth. Nuclear weapons are, you might say, the logical outcome of the 10,000-year journey of civilization: "God blessed them and said More

CP Editor (2019-02-04). Ex Hex — Tough Enough. counterpunch.org

Louisa Willcox (2019-02-04). Kill That Bear: Anti-Grizzly Fever Hits Wyoming Again. counterpunch.org Anti-bear fever has again gripped Wyoming politicians in the wake of Judge Christensen's restoration of endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzlies. Last week's press was peppered with hostile rhetoric from people in high places. Several inane bills are being debated in the state legislature that presume to strip federal grizzly bear protections and institute a grizzly bear hunt with the stated goal of "ensuring public safety." More

George Wuerthner (2019-02-04). Don't Fence Me In. counterpunch.org Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above Don't fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country that I love Don't fence me in Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever but I ask More

Susie Day (2019-02-04). American Citizens are the Only Humans. counterpunch.org Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to More

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-04). Thwaites Glacier Startles Scientists. counterpunch.org "It's a disturbing discovery," according to Pietro Milillo, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, who co-authored a recently published study: Heterogeneous Retreat and Ice Melt of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, Science Advances, Vol. 5, No. 1, Jan. 30, 2019. It's only within the past 10 years that NASA's IceBridge Mission has served as More

Joe Cirincione (2019-02-04). Gutting the INF: Bolton Must be Stopped. counterpunch.org John Bolton relishes in targeting nuclear arms treaties. He is very good at it. The U.S. national security adviser's latest hit is the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but his list of victims goes back decades. He had a hand in either the U.S. withdrawal or repeal of Richard Nixon's Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, Bill Clinton's Agreed More

Elliot Sperber (2019-02-04). We'll Soon Be Eating Woodlice. counterpunch.org We'll Soon Be Eating Woodlice (or: Catastrophic Climate Change-Induced Starvation Will Lower Your Standards) What's it mean to dream of roly polies? You may know them well as woodlice — pill bugs to some — Armadillidíum are crustaceans that inhabit wood and taste like shrimp for all I know do you know, though, it's likely More

Dean Baker (2019-02-04). Medicare-for-All is Not a Fantasy. counterpunch.org In recent weeks several prominent Democrats have renewed the call for "Medicare for All" that Sen. Bernie Sanders highlighted in his 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. This has drawn pushback from billionaires and potential presidential candidates Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg, who insist the country can't afford it. Since it's likely to be More

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Could Trump Really Launch a War With Iran? commondreams.org The U.S. will try to get Iran to withdraw from the nuclear pact by aggressively tightening the sanctions. If Tehran takes the bait, Washington will claim the legal right to attack Iran.(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Brazil: Dam Tragedy Deaths Reach 121, Vale Held Accountable. telesurenglish.net With 121 people confirmed dead and another 226 still missing, according to the latest tally Saturday, the Brumadinho dam burst could be Brazil's deadliest mine disaster. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Brazilian miner Vale needs to change its behavior, cooperate more with authorities, and be more transparent after…

Dominique Paul Noth (2019-02-04). Foxconned Wisconsin learns the Trump promise was a lie. peoplesworld.org MILWAUKEE — There has to be a factory. It's intrinsic to Foxconn's deal with the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission (WEDC, the scandal-plagued GOP replacement for a state commerce department). Otherwise, the company doesn't get that extraordinarily rich $4.1 billion in state tax money. So imagine the shock in Republican circles in mid-January when the respected …

Eds. (2019-02-04). Trump abandons INF treaty. mronline.org Watch our video to find out about the latest decision. Trump has announced that he will withdraw the U.S. from the INF treaty. This treaty has been a bedrock of nuclear arms control, having eliminated thousands of deadly nuclear missiles in Europe. This is a very dangerous moment for the whole world. A new nuclear arms race is […] | Source

Barry Schwabsky (2019-02-04). Where Does Art Belong? thenation.com Where Does Art Belong?

ACLU (2019-02-04). High school could have been hell for my transgender son. Don't make it hell for the next kid. aclu.org I had hoped that my son would wait until after high school to come out as transgender. But I realized I'd prefer a thriving son over a dead daughter. | This piece was originally published on USA Today. | When I gave birth to my first baby, the doctor said, "It's a girl!" Before I even knew my child, those words helped me imagine the future. | But the future was different from what I expected. | By the time my c…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Poland: Gay Atheist MP Promises Social Transformation. telesurenglish.net Robert Biedron, a gay atheist politician, has launched a new party with a policy-agenda which contests the conservative control over politics exercised by Poland's political establishment and the Catholic Church. | RELATED: | UN Climate Talks End in Agreement at COP24 in Katowice | "We want no more Polish-Polish war, we want mutual respect and dialogue," said Biedron during the party's inauguration. The MP also told a conference hall packed to the brim that the party would be named Wio…

Gary Webb (2019-02-04). Video: How Crack Cocaine Funded a CIA War: Gary Webb Interview on the Contras and Ronald Reagan (1996). globalresearch.ca 1996 C-SPAN interview with Gary Webb | Gary Webb died mysteriously in his Carmichael home on December 10, 2004, with two gunshot wounds to the head. His death was ruled a suicide by the Sacramento County coroner's office. | Investigative journalist …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-04). Tracing Islamic State's Weapons Back to Western Capitals. globalresearch.ca On the subject of the Islamic State's weaponry, it is generally claimed by the mainstream media the Islamic State came into possession of state-of-the-art weapons when it overran Mosul in June 2014 and seized large caches of weapons that were …

Julian Rose (2019-02-04). 'Synthetic Electric Shock': From Electrification to 5G WiFi. globalresearch.ca We are by nature electric; but the man-made 'synthetic' variety, that apes nature's version, is not helping us to live a full and healthy life, but is rather stultifying that condition. In fact Edison, Tesla et al. were not really …

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2019-02-04). Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies. globalresearch.ca American President Donald Trump has done a lot of unheard-of things since his 2016 election, most of them have been controversial and some have been utterly scandalous. The biggest folly of all is to enter politics when one is inexperienced and incompetent

Zhenhua Lu (2019-02-04). John Bolton: "The Most Dangerous American". Would Risk Military Conflict with China to Achieve Goals. globalresearch.ca Selected excerpts of article published in the South China Morning Post in April 2018. | Recent US foreign policy initiatives led by Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton corroborate the statements of Lawrence Wilkinson, former chief of staff of Colin Powell. …

Laurence M. Vance (2019-02-04). Wall or No Wall. globalresearch.ca One would have to have had his head in the sand for the past two years not to know that Donald Trump is committed to the idea of building a wall between the United States and Mexico. | Trump famously said …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-02-04). The Real Left, Phony Left and What's Left. globalresearch.ca Cutting to the chase, if you consider yourself to be 'On the Left' then you have to be a Socialist. Period! | Now, there are many different levels under the banner of Socialism. Some may be Marxist, Trotskyite, Syndicalism etc. Yet, …

Miko Peled (2019-02-04). As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril. globalresearch.ca It takes an enormous effort for any country to oppose Israel, but particularly a small country that has to rely on bigger powers. It is even harder to impose effective pragmatic measures against Israel, as in the case of Ireland …

Global Research News (2019-02-04). Selected Articles: Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated. | Click to donate or click here to …

Mohamed Shah (2019-02-04). 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.

Dan Bacher (2019-02-04). 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.

WSWS (2019-02-04). Spanish Socialist Party government backs US-led coup in Venezuela. wsws.org The Venezuelan coup is exposing the PSOE government and its pro-imperialist ally, the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Observer (2019-02-04). UCPD's malice towards People's Park protesters. indybay.org UC Berkeley displayed malice and cruelty to the People's Park protesters, whose personal belongings were seized during a police raid on the Park back on January 15th. | [This article is not written by a member of the People's Park protest, but by an outside observer.]…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-04). Federal Court Calls for Hearing Into Inhumane Power Outage at Brooklyn Prison, After DOJ Statement Contradicts Warden's Denials. commondreams.org Following outraged calls from officials and family members of inmates at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, the Justice Department on Monday announced that it would investigate a power outage that left the federal prison without electricity and with little heat and hot water for over a week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-04). Trump Says He Wants US Troops in Iraq to "Watch Iran." Iraqis' Response: Get Out. commondreams.org "Trump did not ask us to keep U.S. troops to watch Iran," says Iraqi president. "He didn't ask permission from Congress either," says one observer. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dave Id (2019-02-04). 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."

RT (2019-02-04). 'Neocon warmongers': NBC slammed for drawing on dodgy Russiagate org in Gabbard smear. rt.com NBC's claim Tulsi Gabbard is supported by a Kremlin propaganda effort is based on data from a cybersecurity firm already exposed for creating fake Russian bot accounts, prompting a sharp rebuke from Gabbard and mockery online.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-04). Report Warns Trump Giving Wall Street 'Green Light to Ramp Up Risk' as Penalties Against Big Banks Plummet. commondreams.org "How can Trump call himself 'tough on crime' while he lets the industry that crashed our economy 10 years ago get away with slap-on-the-wrist penalties?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-04). Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez? therealnews.com Over and over again US media outlets make the claim that Venezuela was the "jewel of Latin America" before Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998 and that his election marked the country's downfall. In part 1 of this Venezuela primer, on the 20th anniversary of Chavez first taking office on February 2, 1999, we look…

WSWS (2019-02-04). Britain's secret propaganda "Integrity Initiative" targets Russia. wsws.org The Institute for Statecraft and Integrity Initiative's work is overseen by military intelligence operatives and run in service to the Ministry of Defence on behalf of a network of pro-British and US imperialist outfits.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-04). Evenly Matched Pro- and Anti-Government Marches in Venezuela. therealnews.com TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports from the ground in Caracas about Saturday's pro- and anti-government marches, highlighting their peacefulness and equal size

Jason Ditz (2019-02-04). US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …

WSWS (2019-02-04). US issues new threats of war for oil against Venezuela. wsws.org A military intervention in Venezuela—population 30 million—could kill hundreds of thousands or even millions of people and transform Latin America into an imperialist slaughterhouse.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-04). Aiming to 'Build a Movement Across Borders,' Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn Discuss Climate, Immigration, and Economic Justice. commondreams.org Two popular progressive figures indicated that they'd formed a new alliance this weekend, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke extensively with Jeremy Corbyn, head of the U.K.'s Labour Party, about their shared commitment to push bold, forward-thinking proposals. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrea Germanos (2019-02-04). Iraq Fires Back at Trump for Saying US Troops Will Stay to "Watch Iran" theantimedia.com (CD) — Baghdad is firing back on Monday with calls to potentially boot U.S. troops out of Iraq in response to President Donald Trump's comments that he wants to keep them there to "watch Iran." Speaking to CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview that aired Sunday, Trump said he wants the continued military presence because I want to …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-04). Progressive Taxes Only Go So Far. Pre-Tax Income Is the Problem. truthout.org In recent weeks, there have been several bold calls for large increases in progressive taxation. First we had Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), often referred to as AOC, proposing a top marginal tax rate on income over $10 million. This sent right-wing talking heads into a frenzy, leading many to show they don't know the difference between a marginal tax rate and an average tax rate. (AOC's 70 percent rate would only apply to an individual's income above $10 million.) | More recently, we had Senator Elizabeth Warren propose a wealth tax that would apply to people with assets of more than $50 mill…

David Giesen (2019-02-04). Viva Max, part of the "Belly-Laugh of War" film series. indybay.org Notable House | 189 Ellsworth St. | San Francisco…

Shared by candice (2019-02-04). As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: "How Then Shall We Live?" truthout.org This is the first installment of a monthly series by Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil, entitled, "How, Then, Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse."Although the wind | blows terribly here, | the moonlight also leaks | between the roof planks | of this ruined house. | —Izumi ShikibuThis commentary is the first of our series, "How, Then, Shall We Live?: Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse." It is about the moonlight leaking between the roof planks of this ruined house. | It is not written to convince anyone of anything, or to get things back on track. I…

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…

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

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Pope Urges Global Powers to Support Yemen Ceasefire, Peace. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis is urging the international community to support the Yemen ceasefire accord for the welfare of the children and those in need of resources, the pontiff said Sunday from Abu Dhabi. | RELATED: | Yemeni Mothers Protest Detentions of Sons in Infamous UAE-run Prisons | "The people are exhausted by the long conflict and many children are hungry, but humanitarian aid isn't accessible. The cry of these children and their parents rises before God," the pope said dur…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners. telesurenglish.net Colombia's ELN fighters have freed three civilian helicopter crew members captured more than three weeks ago, the country's high peace commissioner said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Violence Displaces 700+ Indigenous, Afro-Colombians in Tumaco | The men — Maxwell Joya, Carlos Quiceno and Julio Diaz — were captured by the National Liberation Army (ELN) on Jan. 11, in the Hacari area of northeastern Norte de Santander province. | The rebels said last month they had burned th…

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-03). Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers on US Treaty Breaches. globalresearch.ca On February 2, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minuster Sergey Shoigu briefed Vladimir Putin on the history of US Treaty breaches — since the Clinton co-presidency. | It's nothing new, ongoing for the past 20 years or longer. In …

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. telesurenglish.net Nearly 2,000 pro-Venezuelan Twitter accounts have been removed for "engaging in a state-backed influence campaign," the social media company said in a blog post on Thursday. | RELATED: | Canada Denies teleSUR Press Credentials for Lima Group Meeting | A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela suspected of attempting to "influence domestic audiences" w…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). UK Schedules Deportation of 50 Windrush Victims to Jamaica. telesurenglish.net The first charter flight to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal will be taking off with 50 Commonwealth-born Britains on board, the U.K. Home Office confirmed Saturday. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela | Despite criticism from campaign groups, officials say the first round of Windrush victims will be deported on Feb. 6 followed by several others later this month. Last April, thousands of migrants responsible for the reconstruction of the U…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis. telesurenglish.net European Union representatives will meet in Montevideo on February 7 to discuss the political situation in Venezuela, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez confirmed Sunday. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Pressured Spain Gov't to Support US-Backed Coup in Venezuela: Report | On January 31, Federica Mogherini, head of the international delegation, gave eight undecided EU member countries and its South American partners a deadline of 90 days to "reach a positive decision"

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Nicolas Maduro Visits Navy, Gives Message of Unity And Strength. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Sunday that the Bolivarian Republic is the cradle of Latin American freedom and dignity," while addressing troops at the Naval Apostadero de Turiamo, in the state of Aragua. | RELATED: | Venezuela Human Rights NGO Reports No Repression During Marches | "Today the future of Venezuela is decided: if it becomes one more star of the United States flag or if it will continue to fly its eight tricolor stars," said the president. | "You…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Canada Denies teleSUR Press Credentials for Lima Group Meeting. telesurenglish.net The Canadian government denied media outlets, like teleSUR, whose mission it is to provide news from the Global South, from covering the latest self-styled Lima Group meeting that will take place in Ottawa, Canada's capital. | RELATED | 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela | The government did not provide any reasoning for the denial of Lima Group meeting access, but has recently been called out for limiting press freedom within the country based on the pr…

unitedEditor (2019-02-03). The US — Iran military stand-off: assessing Iran's defensive capability. uwidata.com In September 2018, National Security Advisor John R. Bolton reportedly called on the ministry of defense to formulate an attack on Iran in response to a mortar attack on the American embassy in Basra, Iraq. Would the US actually be able to launch a direct attack on Iran? The White House has put forward three […]

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…

2019-02-04: Social Media Postees

Goodbye to the Dollar
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-02-04
The inept and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump has unwittingly triggered the fatal blow to the American empire–the abandonment of the dollar as the world's principal reserve currency. Nations around the globe, especially in Europe, have lost confidence in the United States to act rationally, much less lead, in issues of international finance, trade, diplomacy and war. These nations are quietly dismantling the seven-decade-old alliance with the United States and building alternative systems of bilateral trade. This reconfiguring of the world's…
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Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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British MPs: Female Saudi Activist Prisoners Being Tortured
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
A group of women Saudi gender activists in jail since at least last April are being tortured and held in inhumane prison conditions, according to an ad hoc British parliamentary committee. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | A report released by the special multi-party parliamentary committee found that the group of about 10 Saudi female activists, arrested nine months ago when advocating for women's equality and the right to drive, have been subje…
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Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
Musician/activist Roger Waters is calling on people to act against the ongoing United States coup d'etat of the elected Venezuelan government by taking part in an 'emergency demonstration' in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City Monday. | RELATED: | Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein | Waters sent out a tweet early Monday morning encouraging participation in a planned march in front of the U.N. building in order to s…
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US-led Coup in Venezuela: The Plot Thickens
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
A lot has happened and we have learned more since last week when we wrote, Venezuela: What Activists Need To Know About The US-Led Coup. This article updates activists so we remain well-informed and can educate others in the … | The post US-led Coup in Venezuela: The Plot Thickens appeared first on Global Research.
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On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
As internationalists, we don't shy away from defending a people's right to determine their fate. That is why we have been so ardent in opposing the illegal U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Read and share our statement on Venezuela. (If you … | The post On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions appeared first on Global Research.
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Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro continued collecting signatures from citizens from across the country for a petition calling for peace and non-intervention on behalf of United States President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis | During a speech Monday at the Day of National Dignity commemoration a…
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Peace advocates say leaving INF Treaty increases risk of nuclear war
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-04
The Trump administration's decision to suspend U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and start a six-month process to withdraw from the landmark arms-control pact with Russia — formally announced Feb. 1 but previewed by President Trump during an election campaign rally last October — has drawn quick responses from nuclear disarmament advocates, and …
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US: Tasers Claimed 49 Lives in 2018 Through Police Violence
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
Taser death is a form of police violence that is claiming lives in the United States despite being called non-lethal, a recent Reuters report revealed. | RELATED: | Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US | Warren Ragudo died after two Taser shocks by police intervening in a family altercation. Ramzi Saad died after a Taser shock by police during a dispute…
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Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Nicolas J.S. Davies | zcomm.org | 2019-02-04
It's a good time for Americans to start thinking about how we can instead cooperate with all our neighbors in a smooth, peaceful transition to a sustainable, multipolar world…
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Chicago: Emergency demonstration to demand, "Hands off Venezuela! Not another U.S. coup!"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-04
Chicago, IL — A Chicago protest to demand an end to U.S war moves against Venezuela is set for Tuesday, February 5, 5: 30 p.m., at the Federal Plaza, (219 S. Dearborn Street.) | "The people of Venezuela are in urgent need of solidarity. Join us to stand against the blatant attempt by Trump to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela," say protest organizers. | The demonstration is being organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and is endorsed by: U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee, Black Lives Matter – Chicago, Party for Social…
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The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics in a Multipolar World Order
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
The protests seen in France and the interference in the domestic politics of Venezuela highlight Western double standards, which stand in contrast to the respect for international law maintained by China, India and Russia. | In France on November 17, 2018, … | The post The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics in a Multipolar World Order appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela and Noam Chomsky's "We Own the World."
Gary Olson | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
The assumption that the U.S. has the transcendent right to use any means necessary to decide the legitimacy of representation in another country seems breathtakingly arrogant. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Regime Change for Profit: Chevron, Halliburton Cheer On US Venezuela Coup
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-04
If Guaidó comes to power and privatizes PDVSA, U.S. oil companies — with Chevron and Halliburton leading the pack — stand to make record profits in the world's most oil-rich nation, as they did in Iraq following the privatization of its national oil industry after U.S. intervention. | The post Regime Change for Profit: Chevron, Halliburton Cheer On US Venezuela Coup appeared first on MintPress News.
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The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2019-02-04
As Venezuela's second president, Simon Bolivar, noted in the 19th century, the US government continues to "plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty." From engineering coups in Chile and Guatemala, to choreographing a troop landing at the Bay of Pigs intended to establish an exile government in Cuba, to training Latin American Read…
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Deaths of Journalists Brushed Aside in Middle East
Robert Fisk | zcomm.org | 2019-02-04
Why is the fate of the Saudi reporter of infinitely more pressing importance than that of Yaser Murtaja, shot by the Israelis in Gaza?>…
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How the Murders of Journalists in the Middle East Are Brushed Aside
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
It's encouraging to hear that Agnes Callamard, the UN's execution expert, is at last in Istanbul to lead the "independent international inquiry" into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Better late than never, perhaps, but the old UN donkey clip-clops upon the world stage according to the politics and courage of the panjandrums beside the East River in New York.
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Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela
Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
The Gaza rallies, however, were more than a display of gratitude towards a country that had enough courage to break off ties with Israel following the latter's 2008-9 war on Gaza – a bloody campaign known as "Operation Cast Lead."(Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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2 Reasons 2019 Could Be the Planet's Worst Year Yet
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-04
Stand by for a year in which global warming can only get worse as human carbon emissions climb still further. British meteorologists warn that although 2018 broke all records for greenhouse gas emissions, 2019 will see even more carbon dioxide take up long-term residence in the planetary atmosphere. | And it will happen for two reasons, both of them nominally at least under human control. The overall release of carbon dioxide from power stations, factory chimneys, cement quarries, car exhausts and so on will continue to rise…
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Edging toward war with Iran? Dispatches from the edge
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-04
Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North …
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Will Trump Really Launch a War on Iran?
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North Korea — one day friends, another day foes.
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Everyday life in besieged Venezuela
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-02-04
A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly U.S. sanctions and coup efforts. | Source…
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Informe sobre la situación en Venezuela y acciones de solidaridad
Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-04
SàÉO PAULO, Brasil — Nos dirigimos a ustedes para compartirles algunos aspectos de la situación que se vive en Venezuela actualmente. La autoproclamación de Juan Guaidó, un sujeto desconocido hasta hace unas semanas, se basa en el no reconocimiento de las elecciones en las que el pueblo eligió democráticamente a Nicolás Maduro como el Presidente …
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Venezuela Speaks Out Against the Coup
Various | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-04
VA brings you a collation of local voices opposing US-efforts to topple the government.
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Trump's Illegal Regime Change Operation Will Kill More Venezuelans
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
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 country, or even not a legitimately elected president? I don't think so. But Trump, his…
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Italy Vetoed EU Recognition of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
Rome has effectively derailed an EU statement meant to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader if President Nicolas Maduro fails to set up snap elections, a Five Star Movement source confirmed to RT. | Italy announced the veto at an | … | The post Italy Vetoed EU Recognition of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido appeared first on Global Research.
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John Bolton's Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
It is true that some of Venezuela's economic problems are due to the ineptitudes of the Bolivarian government's "socialist command" economy, but this overlooks the role played by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union. | Over the … | The post John Bolton's Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission appeared first on Global Research.
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New Yorkers rally against Trump's Venezuela coup
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-04
NEW YORK–Two actions were held here last weekend in opposition to Trump's efforts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Several groups came together Saturday, January 26 in Union Square and on 38th Street and Lexington, opposite the Cuban mission to the United Nations. "My family is from Peru–Andean people, of …
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US Tightens the Noose on Venezuela: Will the Coup Succeed?
Jorge Martin, Marxist | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-04
Jorge Martin looks at the prospects that Guaido's coup d'état has at achieving its goals.
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The U.S. Is Orchestrating a Venezuelan Coup in Plain Sight
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-04
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and more appear bent on appeasing American oil interests, even if it means violating international law. | The post The U.S. Is Orchestrating a Venezuelan Coup in Plain Sight appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-04
A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."
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Trump Will Increase Iran Intelligence Gathering From Iraq
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Saturday he considers it important to keep some military forces in Iraq to watch Iran closely. | RELATED: | Iranian President Criticizes US Hegemonic Tactics in Venezuela | Trump expressed his regret for the "endless wars" held in Afghanistan and Syria. He also commented on his intention to reduce costly U.S. military presence in those countries, during a CBS interview. | However, the bellicose attitude adopted by his administration toward…
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Report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
Alfred de Zayas | mronline.org | 2019-02-04
The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, on his mission to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Ecuador, pursuant to Council resolution 36/4. | Source…
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Save democracy at home and abroad: Oppose Trump's Venezuela coup
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-04
The Trump administration's open coup in Venezuela continues U.S. efforts, in alliance with Venezuelan oligarchs and extreme right-wing elements among the opposition, to overthrow the United Socialist Party governing coalition that came to power with the election of Hugo Chávez as president in 1998. These include the failed coup attempt against Chávez in 2002. The …
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Make Venezuela Great Again?
Patrick Hiller | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
Have we not learned a thing? As the crisis in Venezuela continues to unfold, we are witnessing yet another blatant US regime-change operation "for the Venezuelan people." Of course, it would make sense to dissuade the main operators–Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Senator Marco Rubio, or the recently appointed Special…
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Canada's Left Party Blinks at US-led Coup in Venezuela
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
What should the leader of Canada's left wing party say about what's happening in Venezuela? Here are a few suggestions: "Canada should respect international law in its dealings with Venezuela." Or, "Canada shouldn't select the president of Venezuela." How about, … | The post Canada's Left Party Blinks at US-led Coup in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Afghanistan: From "Soviet" Occupation to American "Liberation"
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the supposedly "just war" in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he … | The post Afghanistan: From "Soviet" Occupation to American "Liberation" appeared first on Global Research.
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Back to the Dear Old Cold War
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
President Donald Trump and the neocon sofa samurais who surround him seem determined to pick a fight with China or Russia, or both at the same time. | Later this month, the US and China are due to try to end … | The post Back to the Dear Old Cold War appeared first on Global Research.
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PEPE ESCOBAR: MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-04
While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We… Read more ?…
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Britain's Secret Propaganda "Integrity Initiative" Targets Russia
Thomas Scripps | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
In a desperate attempt to cover its tracks, the propaganda network linked to Britain's security services, the Integrity Initiative (II), has wiped its website and locked its Twitter account "pending an investigation into the theft of data." | The decision was … | The post Britain's Secret Propaganda "Integrity Initiative" Targets Russia appeared first on Global Research.
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I am a Syrian Living in Syria: "It Was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists Are Sent by Your Government"
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people…the chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by USA and UK etc..Everyone knows that here. | The post I am a Syrian Living in Syria: "It Was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists Are Sent by Your Government" appeared first on Global Research.
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"The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time": Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria
Père Daniel Maes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
First published by Global Research on January 24, 2017 | Flemish Father Danià´l Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a … | The post "The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time": Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: US-led Coalition Warplane Struck Syrian Army Near Al-Bukamal
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
Late on February 2nd, a US-led coalition warplane attacked an artillery position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of al-Sukkariya west of the town of al-Bukamal in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the … | The post Video: US-led Coalition Warplane Struck Syrian Army Near Al-Bukamal appeared first on Global Research.
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Disarmament, Not Low-Grade Nukes
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
Seven-plus decades ago, as humanity was ensnarled in a monstrous world war, its instinct to win — to dominate others above all else — achieved ultimate manifestation: the capacity to annihilate all life on Planet Earth. Nuclear weapons are, you might say, the logical outcome of the 10,000-year journey of civilization:…
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Gutting the INF: Bolton Must be Stopped
Joe Cirincione | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
John Bolton relishes in targeting nuclear arms treaties. He is very good at it. The U.S. national security adviser's latest hit is the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but his list of victims goes back decades. He had a hand in either the U.S. withdrawal or repeal of Richard Nixon's Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, Bill Clinton's Agreed…
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Ex Hex — Tough Enough
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
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American Citizens are the Only Humans
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to…
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We'll Soon Be Eating Woodlice
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
We'll Soon Be Eating Woodlice (or: Catastrophic Climate Change-Induced Starvation Will Lower Your Standards) What's it mean to dream of roly polies? You may know them well as woodlice — pill bugs to some — Armadillidíum are crustaceans that inhabit wood and taste like shrimp for all I know do you know, though, it's likely…
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Kill That Bear: Anti-Grizzly Fever Hits Wyoming Again
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
Anti-bear fever has again gripped Wyoming politicians in the wake of Judge Christensen's restoration of endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzlies. Last week's press was peppered with hostile rhetoric from people in high places. Several inane bills are being debated in the state legislature that presume to strip federal grizzly bear protections and institute a grizzly bear hunt with the stated goal of "ensuring public safety."
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Don't Fence Me In
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above Don't fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country that I love Don't fence me in Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever but I ask…
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Medicare-for-All is Not a Fantasy
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
In recent weeks several prominent Democrats have renewed the call for "Medicare for All" that Sen. Bernie Sanders highlighted in his 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. This has drawn pushback from billionaires and potential presidential candidates Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg, who insist the country can't afford it. Since it's likely to be…
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Thwaites Glacier Startles Scientists
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
"It's a disturbing discovery," according to Pietro Milillo, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, who co-authored a recently published study: Heterogeneous Retreat and Ice Melt of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, Science Advances, Vol. 5, No. 1, Jan. 30, 2019. It's only within the past 10 years that NASA's IceBridge Mission has served as…
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Are Politics Getting Worse, Or Are We Getting a Better Handle on How Bad It Has Always Been?
Ben Debney | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
In assessing the present condition of things, the endemic corruption and open hostility on the part of our alleged representatives to the needs and concerns of the mass of the population, the question tends increasingly to revolve around whether politics is getting worse, or whether we are just getting a better handle on how bad…
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Could Trump Really Launch a War With Iran?
Conn Hallinan | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
The U.S. will try to get Iran to withdraw from the nuclear pact by aggressively tightening the sanctions. If Tehran takes the bait, Washington will claim the legal right to attack Iran.(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Brazil: Dam Tragedy Deaths Reach 121, Vale Held Accountable
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
With 121 people confirmed dead and another 226 still missing, according to the latest tally Saturday, the Brumadinho dam burst could be Brazil's deadliest mine disaster. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Brazilian miner Vale needs to change its behavior, cooperate more with authorities, and be more transparent after…
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Foxconned Wisconsin learns the Trump promise was a lie
Dominique Paul Noth | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-04
MILWAUKEE — There has to be a factory. It's intrinsic to Foxconn's deal with the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission (WEDC, the scandal-plagued GOP replacement for a state commerce department). Otherwise, the company doesn't get that extraordinarily rich $4.1 billion in state tax money. So imagine the shock in Republican circles in mid-January when the respected …
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Trump abandons INF treaty
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-04
Watch our video to find out about the latest decision. Trump has announced that he will withdraw the U.S. from the INF treaty. This treaty has been a bedrock of nuclear arms control, having eliminated thousands of deadly nuclear missiles in Europe. This is a very dangerous moment for the whole world. A new nuclear arms race is […] | Source…
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Where Does Art Belong?
Barry Schwabsky | thenation.com | 2019-02-04
Where Does Art Belong?
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Poland: Gay Atheist MP Promises Social Transformation
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
Robert Biedron, a gay atheist politician, has launched a new party with a policy-agenda which contests the conservative control over politics exercised by Poland's political establishment and the Catholic Church. | RELATED: | UN Climate Talks End in Agreement at COP24 in Katowice | "We want no more Polish-Polish war, we want mutual respect and dialogue," said Biedron during the party's inauguration. The MP also told a conference hall packed to the brim that the party would be named Wio…
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Video: How Crack Cocaine Funded a CIA War: Gary Webb Interview on the Contras and Ronald Reagan (1996)
Gary Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
1996 C-SPAN interview with Gary Webb | Gary Webb died mysteriously in his Carmichael home on December 10, 2004, with two gunshot wounds to the head. His death was ruled a suicide by the Sacramento County coroner's office. | Investigative journalist … | The post Video: How Crack Cocaine Funded a CIA War: Gary Webb Interview on the Contras and Ronald Reagan (1996) appeared first on Global Research.
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Wall or No Wall
Laurence M. Vance | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
One would have to have had his head in the sand for the past two years not to know that Donald Trump is committed to the idea of building a wall between the United States and Mexico. | Trump famously said … | The post Wall or No Wall appeared first on Global Research.
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The Real Left, Phony Left and What's Left
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
Cutting to the chase, if you consider yourself to be 'On the Left' then you have to be a Socialist. Period! | Now, there are many different levels under the banner of Socialism. Some may be Marxist, Trotskyite, Syndicalism etc. Yet, … | The post The Real Left, Phony Left and What's Left appeared first on Global Research.
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As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril
Miko Peled | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
It takes an enormous effort for any country to oppose Israel, but particularly a small country that has to rely on bigger powers. It is even harder to impose effective pragmatic measures against Israel, as in the case of Ireland … | The post As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril appeared first on Global Research.
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'Synthetic Electric Shock': From Electrification to 5G WiFi
Julian Rose | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
We are by nature electric; but the man-made 'synthetic' variety, that apes nature's version, is not helping us to live a full and healthy life, but is rather stultifying that condition. In fact Edison, Tesla et al. were not really … | The post 'Synthetic Electric Shock': From Electrification to 5G WiFi appeared first on Global Research.
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Selected Articles: Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated. | Click to donate or click here to … | The post Selected Articles: Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies appeared first on Global Research.
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Tracing Islamic State's Weapons Back to Western Capitals
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
On the subject of the Islamic State's weaponry, it is generally claimed by the mainstream media the Islamic State came into possession of state-of-the-art weapons when it overran Mosul in June 2014 and seized large caches of weapons that were … | The post Tracing Islamic State's Weapons Back to Western Capitals appeared first on Global Research.
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John Bolton: "The Most Dangerous American". Would Risk Military Conflict with China to Achieve Goals
Zhenhua Lu | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
Selected excerpts of article published in the South China Morning Post in April 2018. | Recent US foreign policy initiatives led by Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton corroborate the statements of Lawrence Wilkinson, former chief of staff of Colin Powell. … | The post John Bolton: "The Most Dangerous American". Would Risk Military Conflict with China to Achieve Goals appeared first on Global Research.
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Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies
Prof Rodrigue Tremblay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
American President Donald Trump has done a lot of unheard-of things since his 2016 election, most of them have been controversial and some have been utterly scandalous. The biggest folly of all is to enter politics when one is inexperienced and incompetent | The post Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies appeared first on Global Research.
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As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: "How Then Shall We Live?"
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-02-04
This is the first installment of a monthly series by Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil, entitled, "How, Then, Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse."Although the wind | blows terribly here, | the moonlight also leaks | between the roof planks | of this ruined house. | –Izumi ShikibuThis commentary is the first of our series, "How, Then, Shall We Live?: Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse." It is about the moonlight leaking between the roof planks of this ruined house. | It is not written to convince anyone of anything, or to get things back on track. I…
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'Neocon warmongers': NBC slammed for drawing on dodgy Russiagate org in Gabbard smear
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-04
NBC's claim Tulsi Gabbard is supported by a Kremlin propaganda effort is based on data from a cybersecurity firm already exposed for creating fake Russian bot accounts, prompting a sharp rebuke from Gabbard and mockery online. | …
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Iraq Fires Back at Trump for Saying US Troops Will Stay to "Watch Iran"
Andrea Germanos | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-04
(CD) — Baghdad is firing back on Monday with calls to potentially boot U.S. troops out of Iraq in response to President Donald Trump's comments that he wants to keep them there to "watch Iran." Speaking to CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview that aired Sunday, Trump said he wants the continued military presence because I want to …
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US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …
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Blast from the Past: SF Bay Guardian "Best of the Bay" Awards for Indybay
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-02-04
"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."
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Trump Says He Wants US Troops in Iraq to "Watch Iran." Iraqis' Response: Get Out
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
"Trump did not ask us to keep U.S. troops to watch Iran," says Iraqi president. "He didn't ask permission from Congress either," says one observer. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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From the Bay Area to East Africa: Sudanese Community Stands in Solidarity of the Revolution
Mohamed Shah | indybay.org | 2019-02-04
On Saturday, January 26th, members of the Sudanese community gathered outside of San Francisco City Hall demanding Freedom and Justice for protesters in Sudan.
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Aiming to 'Build a Movement Across Borders,' Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn Discuss Climate, Immigration, and Economic Justice
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
Two popular progressive figures indicated that they'd formed a new alliance this weekend, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke extensively with Jeremy Corbyn, head of the U.K.'s Labour Party, about their shared commitment to push bold, forward-thinking proposals. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-04
Over and over again US media outlets make the claim that Venezuela was the "jewel of Latin America" before Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998 and that his election marked the country's downfall. In part 1 of this Venezuela primer, on the 20th anniversary of Chavez first taking office on February 2, 1999, we look… | The post Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Britain's secret propaganda "Integrity Initiative" targets Russia
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-04
The Institute for Statecraft and Integrity Initiative's work is overseen by military intelligence operatives and run in service to the Ministry of Defence on behalf of a network of pro-British and US imperialist outfits.
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Evenly Matched Pro- and Anti-Government Marches in Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-04
TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports from the ground in Caracas about Saturday's pro- and anti-government marches, highlighting their peacefulness and equal size | The post Evenly Matched Pro- and Anti-Government Marches in Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Federal Court Calls for Hearing Into Inhumane Power Outage at Brooklyn Prison, After DOJ Statement Contradicts Warden's Denials
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
Following outraged calls from officials and family members of inmates at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, the Justice Department on Monday announced that it would investigate a power outage that left the federal prison without electricity and with little heat and hot water for over a week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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US issues new threats of war for oil against Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-04
A military intervention in Venezuela–population 30 million–could kill hundreds of thousands or even millions of people and transform Latin America into an imperialist slaughterhouse.
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Progressive Taxes Only Go So Far. Pre-Tax Income Is the Problem
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-04
In recent weeks, there have been several bold calls for large increases in progressive taxation. First we had Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), often referred to as AOC, proposing a top marginal tax rate on income over $10 million. This sent right-wing talking heads into a frenzy, leading many to show they don't know the difference between a marginal tax rate and an average tax rate. (AOC's 70 percent rate would only apply to an individual's income above $10 million.) | More recently, we had Senator Elizabeth Warren propose a wealth tax that would apply to people with assets of more than $50 mill…
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Spanish Socialist Party government backs US-led coup in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-04
The Venezuelan coup is exposing the PSOE government and its pro-imperialist ally, the pseudo-left Podemos party.
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UCPD's malice towards People's Park protesters
Observer | indybay.org | 2019-02-04
UC Berkeley displayed malice and cruelty to the People's Park protesters, whose personal belongings were seized during a police raid on the Park back on January 15th. | [This article is not written by a member of the People's Park protest, but by an outside observer.]…
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Viva Max, part of the "Belly-Laugh of War" film series
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2019-02-04
Notable House | 189 Ellsworth St. | San Francisco…
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State Senator Bill Dodd Introduces California WaterFix Oversight Bill
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-02-04
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.
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Report Warns Trump Giving Wall Street 'Green Light to Ramp Up Risk' as Penalties Against Big Banks Plummet
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
"How can Trump call himself 'tough on crime' while he lets the industry that crashed our economy 10 years ago get away with slap-on-the-wrist penalties?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept | commondreams.org | 2019-02-03
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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.
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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…
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Pope Urges Global Powers to Support Yemen Ceasefire, Peace
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
Pope Francis is urging the international community to support the Yemen ceasefire accord for the welfare of the children and those in need of resources, the pontiff said Sunday from Abu Dhabi. | RELATED: | Yemeni Mothers Protest Detentions of Sons in Infamous UAE-run Prisons | "The people are exhausted by the long conflict and many children are hungry, but humanitarian aid isn't accessible. The cry of these children and their parents rises before God," the pope said dur…
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Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
Colombia's ELN fighters have freed three civilian helicopter crew members captured more than three weeks ago, the country's high peace commissioner said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Violence Displaces 700+ Indigenous, Afro-Colombians in Tumaco | The men — Maxwell Joya, Carlos Quiceno and Julio Diaz — were captured by the National Liberation Army (ELN) on Jan. 11, in the Hacari area of northeastern Norte de Santander province. | The rebels said last month they had burned th…
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Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers on US Treaty Breaches
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
On February 2, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minuster Sergey Shoigu briefed Vladimir Putin on the history of US Treaty breaches — since the Clinton co-presidency. | It's nothing new, ongoing for the past 20 years or longer. In … | The post Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers on US Treaty Breaches appeared first on Global Research.
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Canada Denies teleSUR Press Credentials for Lima Group Meeting
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
The Canadian government denied media outlets, like teleSUR, whose mission it is to provide news from the Global South, from covering the latest self-styled Lima Group meeting that will take place in Ottawa, Canada's capital. | RELATED | 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela | The government did not provide any reasoning for the denial of Lima Group meeting access, but has recently been called out for limiting press freedom within the country based on the pr…
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Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
Nearly 2,000 pro-Venezuelan Twitter accounts have been removed for "engaging in a state-backed influence campaign," the social media company said in a blog post on Thursday. | RELATED: | Canada Denies teleSUR Press Credentials for Lima Group Meeting | A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela suspected of attempting to "influence domestic audiences" w…
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Nicolas Maduro Visits Navy, Gives Message of Unity And Strength
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Sunday that the Bolivarian Republic is the cradle of Latin American freedom and dignity," while addressing troops at the Naval Apostadero de Turiamo, in the state of Aragua. | RELATED: | Venezuela Human Rights NGO Reports No Repression During Marches | "Today the future of Venezuela is decided: if it becomes one more star of the United States flag or if it will continue to fly its eight tricolor stars," said the president. | "You…
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UK Schedules Deportation of 50 Windrush Victims to Jamaica
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
The first charter flight to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal will be taking off with 50 Commonwealth-born Britains on board, the U.K. Home Office confirmed Saturday. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela | Despite criticism from campaign groups, officials say the first round of Windrush victims will be deported on Feb. 6 followed by several others later this month. Last April, thousands of migrants responsible for the reconstruction of the U…
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Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
European Union representatives will meet in Montevideo on February 7 to discuss the political situation in Venezuela, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez confirmed Sunday. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Pressured Spain Gov't to Support US-Backed Coup in Venezuela: Report | On January 31, Federica Mogherini, head of the international delegation, gave eight undecided EU member countries and its South American partners a deadline of 90 days to "reach a positive decision"
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The US — Iran military stand-off: assessing Iran's defensive capability
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-03
In September 2018, National Security Advisor John R. Bolton reportedly called on the ministry of defense to formulate an attack on Iran in response to a mortar attack on the American embassy in Basra, Iraq. Would the US actually be able to launch a direct attack on Iran? The White House has put forward three […] | The post The US — Iran military stand-off: assessing Iran's defensive capability appeared first on United World International.
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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…
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