Daily Archives: February 7, 2019

2019-02-07: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-02-07). Twin Cities protesters say "U.S. hands off Venezuela" fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On February 6 the Lake Street/Marshall bridge vigil focused on speaking out against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign hold a weekly peace vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge over the Mississippi River. | A statement issued by organizers says in part, "On January 23, 2019 President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected government and we are concerned that U.S. intervent…

Fernando Arce (2019-02-07). Canada: The Empire's Shadowy Cousin. globalresearch.ca Juan Guaido's declaration on Jan. 23, the CBC reports. A mere two weeks after the inauguration of democratically-elected Nicolas …

Juan Cole (2019-02-07). Calls to Expel US Troops from Iraq. zcomm.org Trump's assertion that he intends to keep US troops in Iraq to spy on Iran has produced a firestorm of protest and controversy in Baghdad…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-07). Reading Between the Lines: India Has Sour Grapes over America's Afghan Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca The clearest indication of how the Indian military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state") truly feel about America's Afghan peace talks with the Taliban can be seen in retired Major-General Harsha Kakar's recent article on the topic for "The …

Eds. (2019-02-07). Donald Trump's war of recolonization against Venezuela. mronline.org It is our duty to stop this war of recolonization, writes Samuel Moncada. Venezuela remains firm and in peace; nobody can isolate and divide us. — Trump | Source

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-07). Does Washington Rule the World? globalresearch.ca One of the most disturbing aspects of the past two years of Donald Trump foreign policy has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world. Apart from time of war, …

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-07). America's Perilous State of the Union. Trump is A Serial Liar. Regime Change Begins at Home. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday evening, Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, delayed because of 35 days of government shutdown, DLT and undemocratic Dems sharing blame. | A possible shutdown resumption looms on February 15 if things aren't resolved — or a …

Amanda Sperber (2019-02-07). Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia. thenation.com Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia…

Paul Tritschler (2019-02-07). War, Rape, Repeat. counterpunch.org He stood motionless in his grey box, a sentinel of sorts in a breeze block buffet dispensing cigarettes, gum and glossy magazines. Only his eyes moved, sliding slowly from side to side, as I paced the rain-pelted platform. The train was delayed, but it felt deliberate, as though someone with a grudge at London Underground More

Franklin Spinney (2019-02-07). The Man Who "Committed Truth": Remembering Ernie Fitzgerald. counterpunch.org My long time friend and colleague, the legendary A. Ernest Fitzgerald (AF bio), passed away a few days ago at the age of 93 after a long illness. Being around people like Ernie Fitzgerald was one of the main reasons I loved working in the Pentagon. Most people working in the Department of Defense go More | In late November, President Donald Trump announced that Washington had withdrawn its recognition of Nicolas Maduro as the President of Venezuela, and has now given it to the Head of the National Assembl…

CP Editor (2019-02-07). Joshua Frank talks The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink on Rising Up With Sonali. counterpunch.org

Andrew Bacevich (2019-02-07). Lost in TrumpWorld. counterpunch.org The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American's daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We're living in TrumpWorld, folks. Never in the history More

Rev. William Alberts (2019-02-07). Instead of His Wall, Let's Show Trump the Door. counterpunch.org President Trump has manufactured a "national emergency" to justify creating a wall across the Mexican border. A caravan of some 7,000 desperate, vulnerable Central American mothers and fathers and children, fleeing violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the United States, were portrayed as a threatening "invasion force," with "many gang members and some very More

John Davis (2019-02-07). Are we Moderns or Terrestrials? counterpunch.org We, in the United States,are accustomed to discriminatory segregation, accustomed to those excluded, and to those left behind. Brian Stevenson notes, in a New York Times interview, 01.20.19, "Slavery didn't end in 1865; it just evolved." It evolved through the sabotaging of Reconstruction, through lynching, through institutionalized segregation, and through mass incarceration (as is made explicit More

Mel Gurtov (2019-02-07). On China, the US Public Stands Apart. counterpunch.org Why isn't the American public as agitated about China as are the Trump administration, the mainstream media, and even many China specialists? In a recent article, Daniel Drezner, a political scientist at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, raises this question, noting that the public seems strangely at odds with everyone else when it More

Dean Baker (2019-02-07). The Export-Import Bank: a Government Subsidy "Free Traders" Love. counterpunch.org I have long had fun with the folks who call themselves "free traders." Essentially, these are people who argue it is a high moral principle to eliminate any barrier to trade that might support the income of working class people, but suddenly get really stupid and defensive when we talk about barriers that support the More

Jesse Jackson (2019-02-07). Northam Needs to Resign. counterpunch.org Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has admitted that he blackened his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a dance party. He also initially admitted that he was one of the participants in a racist photo — of one person dressed in full Klan regalia and another in blackface —that appeared on his 1984 More

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-07). "No-Knock Raid" is Just Another Term for "Violent Home Invasion" counterpunch.org On January 28, home invaders murdered 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle of Houston, Texas. Nicholas and Tuttle wounded five of the (numerous) armed burglars before being slain. That's not how the news accounts put it, of course. Typical headline (from the Houston Chronicle): "4 HPD officers shot in southeast Houston narcotics operation, a More

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-07). The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return" globalresearch.ca At face value — the notion that the US occupation of Syria is key to preventing the return of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) to Syrian territory is unconvincing. | Regions west of the Euphrates River where ISIS had previously thrived …

teleSUR (2019-02-07). Brazil: Bolsonaro Ready to Terminate the 'More Doctors' Program. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro prepares to terminate the More Doctors Program (MDP), Mayra Pinheiro, the Secretary of Work Management and Health Education at the Ministry of Health, confirmed Wednesday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Indigenous Peoples Call for Help and Solidarity | The closure of the program has been gradually implemented since 2016, when President…

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2019-02-07). How to Destroy a River and Create an Environmental Catastrophe in One Fell Swoop. globalresearch.ca The St Louis River of Northern Minnesota will be as Vulnerable to Annihilation as were Brazil's Rio Doce and Paraobeba Rivers (pictured below) — if the PolyMet Project is Allowed to Proceed | (Trying to understand why every Brazilian mining catastrophe …

Global Research News (2019-02-07). Selected Articles: Trump and the Real Danger of Nuclear War. 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 …

South Front (2019-02-07). Video: INF Is Dead. Europe Is One Step Closer to Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca For more than 30 years, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) has been one of the cornerstones of the international security system. This ended on February 2, 2019 when the US officially suspended its participation in the Treaty. Washington said …

Bill Van Auken (2019-02-07). Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy. globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver "humanitarian aid." Washington's aim is either to provoke …

Eds. (2019-02-07). Signatures against Intervention Threats Collected in Venezuela. mronline.org On Wednesday, Venezuelans will demand the end of the interventionist pretentions of the government of the United States at the beginning of a nationwide signature-collecting campaign called by President Nicolas Maduro. | Source

Peter Kornbluh (2019-02-07). For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step. thenation.com For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step…

RT News (2019-02-07). Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom'. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country's authorities announced they'd seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US. | The US-made weapons were discovered at …

No War on Venezuela (2019-02-07). Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca No U.S. War on Venezuela! | We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of …

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-02-07). Canada's Role in the Venezuela Coup. globalresearch.ca The pervasive claim of 'fraudulent elections' is refuted by the international evidence of nearly 100 professional journalists from around the world whose June 26 report on the 2018 May election was unanimous in declaring the Venezuela's electoral system as "fraud proof"

William Walter Kay (2019-02-07). Why Are Democrats Driving Regime Change in Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Many see Trump conspiring with oilmen to capture Venezuelan petroleum reserves. Trump's earlier blunt talk about seizing oilfields buttresses this thesis. As well, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron appreciate better than anyone the astronomic value of Venezuela's heavy oil. There are, …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-02-07). Iran to the Iraqis: Do Not Attack US Forces Unless They Refuse to Withdraw Following a Parliamentary Decision. globalresearch.ca US president Donald Trump's statement of his intention to remain in Iraq in order to "be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem" has created a political storm in Mesopotamia among local politicians and …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-07). Why Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion of the Modern Era? globalresearch.ca What bothers me is not that we are unable to find solutions to our problems, what bothers me more is the fact that neoliberals are so utterly unaware of real structural issues that their attempts to sort out tangential problems …

William Bowles (2019-02-07). Why I Defend Jeremy Corbyn but Don't Support Him. globalresearch.ca In Defence of Jeremy Corbyn | First off, let me get the 'defending Corbyn' bit out of the way. I do defend Corbyn's defence of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, a rare quality in Britain's despicable, dishonest and hypocritical political class. …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-07). Meeting in Moscow: The Taliban Meets the Afghan Opposition. globalresearch.ca It had the semblance of a play lacking key actors. They were deemed the difficult ones, and a decision was made to go through with the performance. The Taliban were willing to talk with their adversaries, but they were keen …

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy. uwidata.com The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […]

Global (2019-02-07). Protest War Criminal Madeleine Albright. indybay.org Kaiser Permanente Arena | 140 Front Street | Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-07). Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One. therealnews.com While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…

RT (2019-02-07). 'Weaponized disinformation': Pentagon craves new 'influencing tools' against 'enemy propaganda'. rt.com US Defense Department officials are pushing for an escalation of "information warfare," urging the military to think outside the box of traditional conflicts as hysteria over adversaries' "influence operations" persists.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-02-07). Creating a Peaceful School – Conference Supporting Youth. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at OSLC | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

repost (2019-02-07). SF Weiner's Shilling For Property Speculators and Billionaires. indybay.org SF State Senator Scott Weiner is a shill for developers, speculators and billionaires. He opposes any control of housing for working people and is pushing gentrication profitting real estate operators and banksters while opposing taxes on big corporations in San Francisco to fund programs for homeless and the poor.

RT (2019-02-07). Trump vows to defeat all of ISIS 'next week'… but generals say the fight isn't over. rt.com US Middle East policy is becoming increasingly confusing, as Donald Trump assured his coalition allies that "100 percent" of Islamic State will be defeated "next week." However, the military has warned it remains a real danger.

Alex Darocy (2019-02-07). Rest in Peace Sherry Conable. indybay.org In shocking news to the Santa Cruz activist community, Sherry Conable was identified as the woman found dead on Cowell Beach on Monday morning. Sherry participated in and organized countless political demonstrations and anti-war events over the course of decades in the Santa Cruz area. She will be dearly missed.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-02-07). Puerto Rico Debt Deal Receives Court Approval. indybay.org Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt.

WSWS (2019-02-07). Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over "humanitarian aid" ploy. wsws.org Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela's social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country's border.

WSWS (2019-02-07). Wave of walkouts in Matamoros, Mexico builds toward general strike. wsws.org An additional 40,000 workers have gone on strike across multiple industries, threatening to bring the city to a standstill.

WSWS (2019-02-07). The reality of capitalism: GM makes $11.8 billion in profits while closing plants, eliminating 14,000 jobs. wsws.org The huge profits, side-by-side with the destruction of entire communities, expose the real character of the capitalist system and why the working class must abolish it.

WSWS (2019-02-07). Election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador signals further shift to US imperialism. wsws.org The overwhelming victory of Bukele was chiefly an expression of popular loathing toward the traditional ruling parties.

Dan Bacher (2019-02-07). PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018. indybay.org Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."

WSWS (2019-02-07). US military conducting urban warfare training exercises in Los Angeles. wsws.org With little in the way of advanced warning, thousands of frightened Los Angeles residents awoke this week to the sound of low-flying helicopters, gunfire and explosions.

WSWS (2019-02-07). Chinese billionaire stripped of Australian residency as "foreign interference" campaign ramps up. wsws.org Huang's banishment may well be the prelude to the first criminal charges laid against Australian citizens under the "foreign interference" laws.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-07). Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time. indybay.org As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.

Social Media Analysis (2019-02-07). Problems With Facebook. indybay.org Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders. greenleft.org.au In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life of the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majority…

WSWS (2019-02-07). Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century. wsws.org The book is critical in exposing the many lies perpetrated about the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the subsequent degeneration of the Soviet Union.

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Hickey family demands parliamentary inquiry into TJ's death 15 years ago. greenleft.org.au On February 14, the family and supporters of TJ Hickey will meet at the park they have named after the young Kamilaroi man, 15 years after he was murdered by the NSW police. | On that tragic day in 2004, TJ was riding his bike in Redfern, unaware of what was going to happen next. Constable Michael Hollingsworth started to pursue him. At the corner of Phillip and George streets, the police car was so close that in the cul de sac between the two towers it rammed the bike. TJ was thrown off the bike and on to the spiked fence…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-07). Knife Crime in London. counterpunch.org London. A bleak London assailed by daily news about Brexit negotiation, prospects of food shortages and higher prices in the event of a no-deal with the European Union, provides the perfect apocalyptic backdrop for headlines. The city is ailing; the residents are panicked; and the authorities are gloomy. Such environments are ideal for talk about More

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-06). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. counterpunch.org In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, "Far and away More

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Sudanese Security Forces Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of teachers, lawyers, doctors and pharmacists protested in the streets of Khartoum and other parts of the country Tuesday against President Omar al-Bashir's rule after the death of a teacher who had been detained by security agents. | RELATED: | Sudan: Protests Continue Following Promise to Free Detainees | Sudanese police fired tear gas at prot…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Colombia: ELN Urges a Return to Peace Agreement Negotiations. telesurenglish.net The National Liberation Army (ELN) is willing to continue peace negotiations with the Colombia government, the ELN head of the Cuban delegation talks, Pablo Beltran, said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners | Colombia's second largest insurgent group is willing to concede to select demands in order to reach an agreement with President Ivan Duque on the condition that the state guarantees safety for ELN militia. | "If he does not like the current protocols, we can re…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-06). US Troop Count in Syria Jumps by 50 Percent Since Trump's "Withdrawal" Announcement. mintpressnews.com The huge amount of equipment being brought into Syria by the U.S. starts to look much more like a surge than a withdrawal when one considers that a thousand more troops have already been deployed to Syria following Trump's troop withdrawal announcement.

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-06). The Right-Wing Attack on Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org One thing you can say about Karl Rove: the guy pretty much telegraphs his intention to lie, distort and just make sh*t up in an ends-trump-means effort to win at all costs. For keeping Republicans in the game even as their racist white, male, uber-Christian, know-nothing political base keeps shrinking, that is an essential tactic More

Miko Peled (2019-02-06). A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left. mintpressnews.com Netanyahu's political opponents, a crew of former generals who are the A-team of Israeli war criminals, are considered by Israeli standards to be Center-Left.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid Slow-Rolling US Coup. mintpressnews.com Authorities believe the cache was sent from Miami, Florida, a city notorious as a nexus of Pink Wave emigres and a major throughway in the international black-market arms trade.

Roger D. Harris (2019-02-06). Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference. mintpressnews.com Nearly 700 conferees from 65 countries convened in Havana, Cuba to honor the ideals anti-colonialist hero José Martí, but the theme of the conference quickly became international solidarity with the Venezuelan people against the modern-day colonialism of the US.

Eds. (2019-02-06). U.S. withdrawal from INF Treaty marks a dangerous move towards nuclear escalation. mronline.org The U.S. has cited Russian violations of the treaty as the reason for their withdrawal. This is despite Russia offering to open up its weapons systems for U.S. inspection. The treaty requires a six-month notice period following which the country no longer has to abide by the treaty. | Source

STAFF (2019-02-06). Democrats Launch New Probe of Trump's Finances, Russia Ties. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests, Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority. | Schiff said the investigation will include "the scope and scale" of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Russia Approves $38M Loan for Cuban Military Defense. telesurenglish.net A loan of US$43 million dollars is being given for the "sustainable development" of Cuba's military, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Havana After The Tornado: 'No One Will Be Left Behind' | "The agreement has been finalized and the documents signed. All parameters, such as interest, the payment schedule and the curren…

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). Puerto Rico: Vulture Funds to Make a Killing as Judge Approves Deal to Restructure Island's Debt. democracynow.org A federal judge has approved a plan for Puerto Rico to restructure a portion of its debt which would require Puerto Rico to pay $32 billion over 40 years. Critics say the deal will allow vulture funds to make huge profits by buying up those debts. Several of those vulture funds include public employee pension funds and the investment funds of Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who held a hearing on the proposed deal last month, echoed critics' concerns about Puerto Rico's ability to make the payments and the likely effects on public services. However, she said in her decision, "[T]he Court is…

Mary Bottari (2019-02-06). Koch Kumbaya: The Billionaire Industrialists Appropriate Frederick Douglass, Pledge to "Do Right". commondreams.org Frederick Douglass famously advised: "Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will."(Photo: ExposedbyCMD) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Josh Hoxie (2019-02-06). How the Age of Billionaires Ends. commondreams.org The three wealthiest families—the Waltons, the Kochs, and the Mars—increased their wealth by nearly 6,000 percent since 1983. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). Headlines for February 6, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks Immigrants, Abortion Rights, Democratic Investigations in SOTU, Stacey Abrams Slams Gov't Shutdown, Voter Suppression in SOTU Response, School Apologizes for Racist Yearbook Photos as VA Gov. Northam Resists Resignation, Pope Francis Acknowledges Priests Sexually Abused Nuns, Ex-President of Costa Rica Accused of Sexual Assault, At Least 29 Haitian Migrants Killed in Shipwreck, Taliban Attacks Kill 50 in Afghanistan, CNN: Saudis Gave U.S. Weapons to al-Qaeda, Other Militants in Yemen, CENTCOM Head Was Not Notified of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Anti-BDS Lawsuit Against Salaita & American Studi…

Ronit Lentin (2019-02-06). The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic. counterpunch.org Israel's response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland, including taxing Irish imports and suspending bilateral economic and commercial agreements with Dublin. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism More

Eileen Appelbaum (2019-02-06). A Bill Even a Divided Congress Can Pass. counterpunch.org Expectations that a House controlled by the Democrats and a Senate controlled by the Republicans can pass legislation that will improve the lives of US workers are low. Economist and columnist Paul Krugman caught the zeitgeist when he wrote, "Democrats can't pass legislation yet, but they can get ready for 2021." With the 116th Congress More

Maria Paez Victor (2019-02-06). Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group's Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Unable to get the OAS votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this is a group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited More

William Gudal (2019-02-06). Soak The Rich? counterpunch.org It's started. At least it's started in our 15 minute attention span society: soak the rich. Without any question wealth inequality has never been greater at any time in industrial or post-industrial history. This is not good and has always led to serious trouble. The problem has been building and bubbling for quite some time. More

Bruce Lesnick (2019-02-06). Corporate Titans Target Venezuela. counterpunch.org What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy. More

John G. Russell (2019-02-06). Obscenities, Congress, and the White House. counterpunch.org So, the first #Palestinian ever to enter the #USCongress announces on her 2nd day in office her intention to impeach #Trump, publicly uses the most vulgar term in the history of Congress & stands by her obscenity. Me: Americans now get to enjoy a version of what #Israelis face. —Daniel Pipes January 6, 2019 Conservative commentator More

Ariel Dorfman (2019-02-06). Can "Roma" Teach Trump's America the Value of Compassion? counterpunch.org Staying in Santiago, Chile, at the moment, I see echoes and reflections of Cleo — the servant at the heart of Alfonso Cuarón's wondrous film Roma — everywhere. Cuarón's consummate recreation of his Mexico City childhood in the early 1970s has garnered 10 Oscar nominations and is a favourite for the top prizes later this month — More

George Ochenski (2019-02-06). Ignorance is Not Bliss. counterpunch.org The most famous words from Thomas Gray's 1742 poem "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" are: "ignorance is bliss." But of course ignorance is not bliss. Being well-informed means making better decisions when the pros and cons are carefully weighed. This is even more important for those running state or federal government — which More

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Brazil: Lula Receives New Prison Sentence in Shady Graft Case. telesurenglish.net Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received a new sentence, 12 years and 11 months in prison, in one case for a rural property in the interior of the state of Sao Paulo, according to a court ruling published on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Leftist Lawmaker's Car Vandalized With Death Threats | The leftist leader was convicted of corruption and money laundering by Judge Gabriela Hardt of a court of first instance in Curitiba, in southern Brazil, where the case i…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Residents Near Brazil Dam Disaster Exposed to Illness: Experts. telesurenglish.net Inhabitants in Brazil's southeast where a dam collapsed at a mine nearly two weeks ago, releasing mineral-laced waste in a deadly torrent, are at heightened risk from a range of illnesses, according to an epidemiologist. | RELATED: | Brazil Court Frees Vale and Tuv Sud Employees in Dam Burst Case | Diego Xavier, one of several authors of a report on the disaster carried out by researchers at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz),…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Brazil: Leftist Lawmaker's Car Vandalized With Death Threats. telesurenglish.net Newly-elected state lawmaker in the Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil Dani Monteiro, who had been an advisor to murdered Rio lawmaker Marielle Franco, Friday had her car vandalized with threats outside of the legislative building where the state assembly meets. | RELATED | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Monteiro found the threatening message on the back window of her car that was parked in the parking lot of the legislative building on the same day sh…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-06). Dismantling the Doomsday Machines. consortiumnews.com Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Anti-war.com "From a technical point of view,… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Uruguay, Mexico Present Outline for Montevideo Conference. telesurenglish.net The agenda for the " Montevideo Mechanism" being held in Uruguay on Thursday will be a four part process, foreign ministers said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Bolivia, Mexico to Join International Contact Group in Uruguay | International delegates were directed to a press conference lead by Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa and Mexican Foreign Minis…

Salim Lamrani (2019-02-06). 50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. globalresearch.ca Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader acquired unchallenged democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-06). The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way. commondreams.org Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaid√≥ speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

TeleSur English (2019-02-06). UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.

Lucas Koerner — VA Editorial Board (2019-02-06). Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition? venezuelanalysis.com Writing for the Venezuelanalysis team, Lucas Koerner examines the (un)constitutionality of Juan Guaido's claim to power.

CARICOM (2019-02-06). CARICOM Countries Express 'Disapproval and Grave Concern' Over Almagro Actions. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned on January 31, Caribbean Community countries chastised OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro for his endorsement of Juan Guaido.

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. commondreams.org Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers. | RELATED: | Pope: Vatican Open to Mediating in Venezuela if Both Sides Ask | U.S. officials claimed trucks carrying aid had arrived in Colombia for delivery to Venezuela at the request of Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker who decl…

Eva Golinger (2019-02-06). The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated? globalresearch.ca Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington's relentless threats directed against Venezuela. Please forward this article. | Firt published in October 2016 | Hugo Chavez defied the most powerful interests, and he refused to bow down… I believe there is a …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2019-02-06). The New Cold War and Venezuela. zcomm.org Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. fair.org The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message. | Sister Eugenia…

William Blum (2019-02-06). The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research in March 2013 | The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from …

Paul Dobson (2019-02-06). Infograms: How Much International Support Does Guaido Really Have? venezuelanalysis.com VA looks at Guaido's claim that he has the support of the world.

2019-02-07: Social Media Postees

Twin Cities protesters say "U.S. hands off Venezuela"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-07
St. Paul, MN – On February 6 the Lake Street/Marshall bridge vigil focused on speaking out against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign hold a weekly peace vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge over the Mississippi River. | A statement issued by organizers says in part, "On January 23, 2019 President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected government and we are concerned that U.S. intervent…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/6/t…

Calls to Expel US Troops from Iraq
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-02-07
Trump's assertion that he intends to keep US troops in Iraq to spy on Iran has produced a firestorm of protest and controversy in Baghdad…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/calls-to-expel-us-troops-from-iraq/

Donald Trump's war of recolonization against Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-07
It is our duty to stop this war of recolonization, writes Samuel Moncada. Venezuela remains firm and in peace; nobody can isolate and divide us. — Trump | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/07/donald-trumps-war-of-recolonization-against-venezuela/

Reading Between the Lines: India Has Sour Grapes over America's Afghan Peace Talks
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
The clearest indication of how the Indian military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state") truly feel about America's Afghan peace talks with the Taliban can be seen in retired Major-General Harsha Kakar's recent article on the topic for "The … | The post Reading Between the Lines: India Has Sour Grapes over America's Afghan Peace Talks appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/reading-between-the-lines-india-has-sour-grapes-over-americas-afghan-peace-talks/5667840

Does Washington Rule the World?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
One of the most disturbing aspects of the past two years of Donald Trump foreign policy has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world. Apart from time of war, … | The post Does Washington Rule the World? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/does-washington-rule-the-world/5667858

America's Perilous State of the Union. Trump is A Serial Liar. Regime Change Begins at Home
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
On Tuesday evening, Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, delayed because of 35 days of government shutdown, DLT and undemocratic Dems sharing blame. | A possible shutdown resumption looms on February 15 if things aren't resolved — or a … | The post America's Perilous State of the Union. Trump is A Serial Liar. Regime Change Begins at Home appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/americas-perilous-state-of-the-union-trump-is-a-serial-liar-regime-change-begins-at-home/5667799

Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia
Amanda Sperber | thenation.com | 2019-02-07
Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia…
thenation.com/article/somalia-secret-air-campaign/

Northam Needs to Resign
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has admitted that he blackened his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a dance party. He also initially admitted that he was one of the participants in a racist photo — of one person dressed in full Klan regalia and another in blackface –that appeared on his 1984…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/northam-needs-to-resign/

The Man Who "Committed Truth": Remembering Ernie Fitzgerald
Franklin Spinney | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
My long time friend and colleague, the legendary A. Ernest Fitzgerald (AF bio), passed away a few days ago at the age of 93 after a long illness. Being around people like Ernie Fitzgerald was one of the main reasons I loved working in the Pentagon. Most people working in the Department of Defense go
In late November, President Donald Trump announced that Washington had withdrawn its recognition of Nicolas Maduro as the President of Venezuela, and has now given it to the Head of the National Assembl…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/the-man-who-committed-truth-remembering-ernie-fitzgerald/

War, Rape, Repeat
Paul Tritschler | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
He stood motionless in his grey box, a sentinel of sorts in a breeze block buffet dispensing cigarettes, gum and glossy magazines. Only his eyes moved, sliding slowly from side to side, as I paced the rain-pelted platform. The train was delayed, but it felt deliberate, as though someone with a grudge at London Underground…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/war-rape-repeat/

Instead of His Wall, Let's Show Trump the Door
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
President Trump has manufactured a "national emergency" to justify creating a wall across the Mexican border. A caravan of some 7,000 desperate, vulnerable Central American mothers and fathers and children, fleeing violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the United States, were portrayed as a threatening "invasion force," with…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/instead-of-his-wall-lets-show-trump-the-door/

Are we Moderns or Terrestrials?
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
We, in the United States,are accustomed to discriminatory segregation, accustomed to those excluded, and to those left behind. Brian Stevenson notes, in a New York Times interview, 01.20.19, "Slavery didn't end in 1865; it just evolved." It evolved through the sabotaging of Reconstruction, through lynching, through institutionalized segregation, and through mass incarceration (as is made explicit…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/are-we-moderns-or-terrestrials/

The Export-Import Bank: a Government Subsidy "Free Traders" Love
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
I have long had fun with the folks who call themselves "free traders." Essentially, these are people who argue it is a high moral principle to eliminate any barrier to trade that might support the income of working class people, but suddenly get really stupid and defensive when we talk about barriers that support the…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/the-export-import-bank-a-government-subsidy-free-traders-love/

On China, the US Public Stands Apart
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
Why isn't the American public as agitated about China as are the Trump administration, the mainstream media, and even many China specialists? In a recent article, Daniel Drezner, a political scientist at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, raises this question, noting that the public seems strangely at odds with everyone else when it…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/on-china-the-us-public-stands-apart/

"No-Knock Raid" is Just Another Term for "Violent Home Invasion"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
On January 28, home invaders murdered 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle of Houston, Texas. Nicholas and Tuttle wounded five of the (numerous) armed burglars before being slain. That's not how the news accounts put it, of course. Typical headline (from the Houston Chronicle):…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/no-knock-raid-is-just-another-term-for-violent-home-invasion/

Lost in TrumpWorld
Andrew Bacevich | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American's daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We're living in TrumpWorld, folks. Never in the history…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/lost-in-trumpworld/

Joshua Frank talks The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink on Rising Up With Sonali
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/joshua-frank-talks-the-big-heat-on-rising-up-with-sonali/

The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
At face value — the notion that the US occupation of Syria is key to preventing the return of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) to Syrian territory is unconvincing. | Regions west of the Euphrates River where ISIS had previously thrived … | The post The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/us-syria-withdrawal-myth-islamic-states-return/5667886

Brazil: Bolsonaro Ready to Terminate the 'More Doctors' Program
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-07
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro prepares to terminate the More Doctors Program (MDP), Mayra Pinheiro, the Secretary of Work Management and Health Education at the Ministry of Health, confirmed Wednesday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Indigenous Peoples Call for Help and Solidarity | The closure of the program has been gradually implemented since 2016, when President…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Bolsonaro-Ready-to-Terminate-the-More-Doctors-Program-20190207-0003.html

How to Destroy a River and Create an Environmental Catastrophe in One Fell Swoop
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
The St Louis River of Northern Minnesota will be as Vulnerable to Annihilation as were Brazil's Rio Doce and Paraobeba Rivers (pictured below) — if the PolyMet Project is Allowed to Proceed | (Trying to understand why every Brazilian mining catastrophe … | The post How to Destroy a River and Create an Environmental Catastrophe in One Fell Swoop appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/how-to-destroy-a-river-and-create-an-environmental-catastrophe-in-one-fell-swoop/5667766

Selected Articles: Trump and the Real Danger of Nuclear War
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
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: Trump and the Real Danger of Nuclear War appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-unfolding-global-crisis/5667811

Video: INF Is Dead. Europe Is One Step Closer to Nuclear War
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
For more than 30 years, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) has been one of the cornerstones of the international security system. This ended on February 2, 2019 when the US officially suspended its participation in the Treaty. Washington said … | The post Video: INF Is Dead. Europe Is One Step Closer to Nuclear War appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-inf-is-dead-europe-is-one-step-closer-to-nuclear-war/5667805

Signatures against Intervention Threats Collected in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-07
On Wednesday, Venezuelans will demand the end of the interventionist pretentions of the government of the United States at the beginning of a nationwide signature-collecting campaign called by President Nicolas Maduro. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/07/signatures-against-intervention-threats-collected-in-venezuela/

Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom'
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country's authorities announced they'd seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US. | The US-made weapons were discovered at | … | The post Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom' appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-seizes-us-weapons-shipment-as-trump-vows-to-support-noble-quest-for-freedom/5667865

Canada's Role in the Venezuela Coup
Prof. John McMurtry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
The pervasive claim of 'fraudulent elections' is refuted by the international evidence of nearly 100 professional journalists from around the world whose June 26 report on the 2018 May election was unanimous in declaring the Venezuela's electoral system as "fraud proof" | The post Canada's Role in the Venezuela Coup appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/canadas-role-in-the-venezuela-coup/5667836

For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step
Peter Kornbluh | thenation.com | 2019-02-07
For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step…
thenation.com/article/venezuela-cuba-trump-regime-change/

Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver "humanitarian aid." Washington's aim is either to provoke … | The post Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/washington-issues-ultimatum-to-venezuela-over-humanitarian-aid-ploy/5667870

Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela!
No War on Venezuela | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
No U.S. War on Venezuela! | We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of … | The post Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela! appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/global-day-of-action-us-hands-off-venezuela/5667838

Why Are Democrats Driving Regime Change in Venezuela?
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
Many see Trump conspiring with oilmen to capture Venezuelan petroleum reserves. Trump's earlier blunt talk about seizing oilfields buttresses this thesis. As well, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron appreciate better than anyone the astronomic value of Venezuela's heavy oil. There are, … | The post Why Are Democrats Driving Regime Change in Venezuela? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/democrats-driving-regime-change-venezuela/5667855

Iran to the Iraqis: Do Not Attack US Forces Unless They Refuse to Withdraw Following a Parliamentary Decision
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
US president Donald Trump's statement of his intention to remain in Iraq in order to "be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem" has created a political storm in Mesopotamia among local politicians and … | The post Iran to the Iraqis: Do Not Attack US Forces Unless They Refuse to Withdraw Following a Parliamentary Decision appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/iran-to-the-iraqis-do-not-attack-us-forces-unless-they-refuse-to-withdraw-following-a-parliamentary-decision/5667862

Why Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion of the Modern Era?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
What bothers me is not that we are unable to find solutions to our problems, what bothers me more is the fact that neoliberals are so utterly unaware of real structural issues that their attempts to sort out tangential problems … | The post Why Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion of the Modern Era? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/why-is-islam-the-fastest-growing-religion-of-the-modern-era/5667893

Why I Defend Jeremy Corbyn but Don't Support Him
William Bowles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
In Defence of Jeremy Corbyn | First off, let me get the 'defending Corbyn' bit out of the way. I do defend Corbyn's defence of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, a rare quality in Britain's despicable, dishonest and hypocritical political class. … | The post Why I Defend Jeremy Corbyn but Don't Support Him appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/defend-jeremy-corbyn-dont-support/5667891

Canada: The Empire's Shadowy Cousin
Fernando Arce | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
Juan Guaido's declaration on Jan. 23, the CBC reports. A mere two weeks after the inauguration of democratically-elected Nicolas … | The post Canada: The Empire's Shadowy Cousin appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/canada-the-empires-shadowy-cousin/5667754

Meeting in Moscow: The Taliban Meets the Afghan Opposition
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
It had the semblance of a play lacking key actors. They were deemed the difficult ones, and a decision was made to go through with the performance. The Taliban were willing to talk with their adversaries, but they were keen … | The post Meeting in Moscow: The Taliban Meets the Afghan Opposition appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/meeting-moscow-taliban-meets-afghan-opposition/5667875

Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-07
The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […] | The post Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/1922-marzieh-hashemi-taken-captive-by-democracy/

Puerto Rico Debt Deal Receives Court Approval
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/05/18820985.php

Wave of walkouts in Matamoros, Mexico builds toward general strike
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
An additional 40,000 workers have gone on strike across multiple industries, threatening to bring the city to a standstill.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/06/18821005.php

Hickey family demands parliamentary inquiry into TJ's death 15 years ago
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 14, the family and supporters of TJ Hickey will meet at the park they have named after the young Kamilaroi man, 15 years after he was murdered by the NSW police. | On that tragic day in 2004, TJ was riding his bike in Redfern, unaware of what was going to happen next. Constable Michael Hollingsworth started to pursue him. At the corner of Phillip and George streets, the police car was so close that in the cul de sac between the two towers it rammed the bike. TJ was thrown off the bike and on to the spiked fence…
greenleft.org.au/content/hickey-family-demands-parliamentary-inquiry-tjs-death-15-years-ago

Election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador signals further shift to US imperialism
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
The overwhelming victory of Bukele was chiefly an expression of popular loathing toward the traditional ruling parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Rest in Peace Sherry Conable
Alex Darocy | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
In shocking news to the Santa Cruz activist community, Sherry Conable was identified as the woman found dead on Cowell Beach on Monday morning. Sherry participated in and organized countless political demonstrations and anti-war events over the course of decades in the Santa Cruz area. She will be dearly missed.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/05/18820995.php

PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/05/18820999.php

Creating a Peaceful School – Conference Supporting Youth
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at OSLC | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/06/18821001.php

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over "humanitarian aid" ploy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela's social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country's border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Knife Crime in London
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
London. A bleak London assailed by daily news about Brexit negotiation, prospects of food shortages and higher prices in the event of a no-deal with the European Union, provides the perfect apocalyptic backdrop for headlines. The city is ailing; the residents are panicked; and the authorities are gloomy. Such environments are ideal for talk about…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/knife-crime-in-london/

The reality of capitalism: GM makes $11.8 billion in profits while closing plants, eliminating 14,000 jobs
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
The huge profits, side-by-side with the destruction of entire communities, expose the real character of the capitalist system and why the working class must abolish it.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-07
While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran | The post Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/trump-withdrawing-from-old-wars-while-threatening-iran-with-new-one

Problems With Facebook
Social Media Analysis | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/07/18821017.php

Chinese billionaire stripped of Australian residency as "foreign interference" campaign ramps up
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
Huang's banishment may well be the prelude to the first criminal charges laid against Australian citizens under the "foreign interference" laws.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Trump vows to defeat all of ISIS 'next week'… but generals say the fight isn't over
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
US Middle East policy is becoming increasingly confusing, as Donald Trump assured his coalition allies that "100 percent" of Islamic State will be defeated "next week." However, the military has warned it remains a real danger. | …
rt.com/usa/450863-trump-isis-coalition-syria/

Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
The book is critical in exposing the many lies perpetrated about the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the subsequent degeneration of the Soviet Union.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

'Weaponized disinformation': Pentagon craves new 'influencing tools' against 'enemy propaganda'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
US Defense Department officials are pushing for an escalation of "information warfare," urging the military to think outside the box of traditional conflicts as hysteria over adversaries' "influence operations" persists. | …
rt.com/usa/450852-pentagon-propaganda-irregular-warfare/

Protest War Criminal Madeleine Albright
Global | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Kaiser Permanente Arena | 140 Front Street | Santa Cruz, CA 95060…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/05/18820992.php

Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…
greenleft.org.au/content/labor-must-oppose-trump-coup-venezuela

Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life of the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majority…
greenleft.org.au/content/lets-let-venezuela-pick-its-own-leaders

US military conducting urban warfare training exercises in Los Angeles
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
With little in the way of advanced warning, thousands of frightened Los Angeles residents awoke this week to the sound of low-flying helicopters, gunfire and explosions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

SF Weiner's Shilling For Property Speculators and Billionaires
repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
SF State Senator Scott Weiner is a shill for developers, speculators and billionaires. He opposes any control of housing for working people and is pushing gentrication profitting real estate operators and banksters while opposing taxes on big corporations in San Francisco to fund programs for homeless and the poor.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/04/18820982.php

Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/venezuela-the-u-s-s-68th-regime-change-disaster/

Sudanese Security Forces Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Hundreds of teachers, lawyers, doctors and pharmacists protested in the streets of Khartoum and other parts of the country Tuesday against President Omar al-Bashir's rule after the death of a teacher who had been detained by security agents. | RELATED: | Sudan: Protests Continue Following Promise to Free Detainees | Sudanese police fired tear gas at prot…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudanese-Security-Forces-Use-Tear-Gas-to-Disperse-Protesters-20190206-0027.html

Colombia: ELN Urges a Return to Peace Agreement Negotiations
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
The National Liberation Army (ELN) is willing to continue peace negotiations with the Colombia government, the ELN head of the Cuban delegation talks, Pablo Beltran, said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners | Colombia's second largest insurgent group is willing to concede to select demands in order to reach an agreement with President Ivan Duque on the condition that the state guarantees safety for ELN militia. | "If he does not like the current protocols, we can re…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-ELN-Urges-a-Return-to-Peace-Agreement-Negotiations-20190206-0034.html

US Troop Count in Syria Jumps by 50 Percent Since Trump's "Withdrawal" Announcement
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
The huge amount of equipment being brought into Syria by the U.S. starts to look much more like a surge than a withdrawal when one considers that a thousand more troops have already been deployed to Syria following Trump's troop withdrawal announcement. | The post US Troop Count in Syria Jumps by 50 Percent Since Trump's "Withdrawal" Announcement appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Right-Wing Attack on Medicare-for-All
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
One thing you can say about Karl Rove: the guy pretty much telegraphs his intention to lie, distort and just make sh*t up in an ends-trump-means effort to win at all costs. For keeping Republicans in the game even as their racist white, male, uber-Christian, know-nothing political base keeps shrinking, that is an essential tactic…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/the-right-wing-attack-on-medicare-for-all/

A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
Netanyahu's political opponents, a crew of former generals who are the A-team of Israeli war criminals, are considered by Israeli standards to be Center-Left. | The post A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/benjamin-netanyahu-dominates-an-israel-election-lacking-a-left/254690/

Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid Slow-Rolling US Coup
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
Authorities believe the cache was sent from Miami, Florida, a city notorious as a nexus of Pink Wave emigres and a major throughway in the international black-market arms trade. | The post Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid Slow-Rolling US Coup appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/venezuela-authorities-discover-cache-of-us-made-guns-amid-uss-slow-rolling-coup/254698/

Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
Nearly 700 conferees from 65 countries convened in Havana, Cuba to honor the ideals anti-colonialist hero José Martí, but the theme of the conference quickly became international solidarity with the Venezuelan people against the modern-day colonialism of the US. | The post Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/support-for-venezuela-takes-center-stage-at-unesco-sponsored-cuba-conference/254672/

U.S. withdrawal from INF Treaty marks a dangerous move towards nuclear escalation
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-06
The U.S. has cited Russian violations of the treaty as the reason for their withdrawal. This is despite Russia offering to open up its weapons systems for U.S. inspection. The treaty requires a six-month notice period following which the country no longer has to abide by the treaty. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/06/u-s-withdrawal-from-inf-treaty-marks-a-dangerous-move-towards-nuclear-escalation/

Democrats Launch New Probe of Trump's Finances, Russia Ties
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-06
WASHINGTON — The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests, Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority. | Schiff said the investigation will include "the scope and scale" of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-launch-new-probe-of-trumps-finances-russia-ties/

Russia Approves $38M Loan for Cuban Military Defense
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
A loan of US$43 million dollars is being given for the "sustainable development" of Cuba's military, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Havana After The Tornado: 'No One Will Be Left Behind' | "The agreement has been finalized and the documents signed. All parameters, such as interest, the payment schedule and the curren…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Approves-38M-Loan-for-Cuban-Military-Defense-20190206-0035.html

How the Age of Billionaires Ends
Josh Hoxie | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
The three wealthiest families—the Waltons, the Kochs, and the Mars—increased their wealth by nearly 6,000 percent since 1983. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Puerto Rico: Vulture Funds to Make a Killing as Judge Approves Deal to Restructure Island's Debt
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
A federal judge has approved a plan for Puerto Rico to restructure a portion of its debt which would require Puerto Rico to pay $32 billion over 40 years. Critics say the deal will allow vulture funds to make huge profits by buying up those debts. Several of those vulture funds include public employee pension funds and the investment funds of Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who held a hearing on the proposed deal last month, echoed critics' concerns about Puerto Rico's ability to make the payments and the likely effects on public services. However, she said in her decision, "[T]he Court is…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/6/pu…

Koch Kumbaya: The Billionaire Industrialists Appropriate Frederick Douglass, Pledge to "Do Right"
Mary Bottari | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Frederick Douglass famously advised: "Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will."(Photo: ExposedbyCMD) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Obscenities, Congress, and the White House
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
So, the first #Palestinian ever to enter the #USCongress announces on her 2nd day in office her intention to impeach #Trump, publicly uses the most vulgar term in the history of Congress & stands by her obscenity. Me: Americans now get to enjoy a version of what #Israelis face. –Daniel Pipes January 6, 2019 Conservative commentator…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/obscenities-congress-and-the-white-house/

Can "Roma" Teach Trump's America the Value of Compassion?
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
Staying in Santiago, Chile, at the moment, I see echoes and reflections of Cleo — the servant at the heart of Alfonso Cuarón's wondrous film Roma — everywhere. Cuarón's consummate recreation of his Mexico City childhood in the early 1970s has garnered 10 Oscar nominations and is a favourite for the top prizes later this month –…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/can-roma-teach-trumps-america-the-value-of-compassion/

Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group's Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Unable to get the OAS votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this is a group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/bloody-canada-cheerleading-the-lima-groups-plot-to-overthrow-the-government-of-venezuela/

Corporate Titans Target Venezuela
Bruce Lesnick | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/corporate-titans-target-venezuela/

Ignorance is Not Bliss
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
The most famous words from Thomas Gray's 1742 poem "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" are: "ignorance is bliss." But of course ignorance is not bliss. Being well-informed means making better decisions when the pros and cons are carefully weighed. This is even more important for those running state or federal government — which…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/ignorance-is-not-bliss/

A Bill Even a Divided Congress Can Pass
Eileen Appelbaum | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
Expectations that a House controlled by the Democrats and a Senate controlled by the Republicans can pass legislation that will improve the lives of US workers are low. Economist and columnist Paul Krugman caught the zeitgeist when he wrote, "Democrats can't pass legislation yet, but they can get ready for 2021." With the 116th Congress…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/a-bill-even-a-divided-congress-can-pass/

Soak The Rich?
William Gudal | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
It's started. At least it's started in our 15 minute attention span society: soak the rich. Without any question wealth inequality has never been greater at any time in industrial or post-industrial history. This is not good and has always led to serious trouble. The problem has been building and bubbling for quite some time.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/soak-the-rich/

The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic
Ronit Lentin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
Israel's response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland, including taxing Irish imports and suspending bilateral economic and commercial agreements with Dublin. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/the-empathy-of-the-irish-for-palestinians-is-in-no-way-anti-semitic/

Brazil: Leftist Lawmaker's Car Vandalized With Death Threats
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Newly-elected state lawmaker in the Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil Dani Monteiro, who had been an advisor to murdered Rio lawmaker Marielle Franco, Friday had her car vandalized with threats outside of the legislative building where the state assembly meets. | RELATED | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Monteiro found the threatening message on the back window of her car that was parked in the parking lot of the legislative building on the same day sh…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Leftist-Lawmakers-Car-Vandalized-With-Death-Threats-20190206-0021.html

Brazil: Lula Receives New Prison Sentence in Shady Graft Case
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received a new sentence, 12 years and 11 months in prison, in one case for a rural property in the interior of the state of Sao Paulo, according to a court ruling published on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Leftist Lawmaker's Car Vandalized With Death Threats | The leftist leader was convicted of corruption and money laundering by Judge Gabriela Hardt of a court of first instance in Curitiba, in southern Brazil, where the case i…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Lula-Receives-New-Prison-Sentence-in-Shady-Graft-Case-20190206-0030.html

Residents Near Brazil Dam Disaster Exposed to Illness: Experts
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Inhabitants in Brazil's southeast where a dam collapsed at a mine nearly two weeks ago, releasing mineral-laced waste in a deadly torrent, are at heightened risk from a range of illnesses, according to an epidemiologist. | RELATED: | Brazil Court Frees Vale and Tuv Sud Employees in Dam Burst Case | Diego Xavier, one of several authors of a report on the disaster carried out by researchers at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz),…
telesurenglish.net/news/Residents-Near-Brazil-Dam-Disaster-Exposed-to-Illness-Experts-20190206-0033.html

Dismantling the Doomsday Machines
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-06
Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Anti-war.com…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/05/dismantling-the-doomsday-machines/

CARICOM Countries Express 'Disapproval and Grave Concern' Over Almagro Actions
CARICOM | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
In a letter penned on January 31, Caribbean Community countries chastised OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro for his endorsement of Juan Guaido.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14302

Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
First published in prior to the 2012 elections | by Ewan Robertson: | Former US President Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela's electoral system is "the best in the world" (agencies). | Mérida, 21st September 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) — Former US President Jimmy Carter has | … | The post Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/former-us-president-carter-venezuelan-electoral-system-best-in-the-world/5305779

US Media Ignore–and Applaud–Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-06
The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)–but few in Western media are listening to his message. | Sister Eugenia…
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Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-02-06
A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/06/twitter-erupts-after-2000-pro-venezuelan-accounts-are-deleted/

"Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall–with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/6/li…

The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way
Mark Weisbrot | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaid√≥ speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers. | RELATED: | Pope: Vatican Open to Mediating in Venezuela if Both Sides Ask | U.S. officials claimed trucks carrying aid had arrived in Colombia for delivery to Venezuela at the request of Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker who decl…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Warns-Against-Politicizing-Humanitarian-Aid-in-Venezuela-20190206-0031.html

The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated?
Eva Golinger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington's relentless threats directed against Venezuela. Please forward this article. | Firt published in October 2016 | Hugo Chavez defied the most powerful interests, and he refused to bow down… I believe there is a … | The post The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-strange-death-of-hugo-chavez-was-he-assassinated/5521848

50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution
Salim Lamrani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader acquired unchallenged democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012. | The post 50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/50-truths-about-hugo-chavez-and-the-bolivarian-revolution/5326268

Infograms: How Much International Support Does Guaido Really Have?
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
VA looks at Guaido's claim that he has the support of the world.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14303

UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14301

Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Seizes-US-Weapons-Destined-for-Coup-Plotters–20190206-0025.html

The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
First published by Global Research in March 2013 | The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from … | The post The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-cia-has-attempted-to-assassinate-50-foreign-leaders-including-chavez/5326864

US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/06/us-media-ignore-and-applaud-economic-war-venezuela?cd-origin=rss

Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition?
Lucas Koerner — VA Editorial Board | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
Writing for the Venezuelanalysis team, Lucas Koerner examines the (un)constitutionality of Juan Guaido's claim to power.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14304

Labour Party Rejects EU's Meddling in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Britain's opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs policy chief Emily Thornberry said Wednesday, that her party is against the move by EU states to recognize Venezuela opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela saying that diplomacy and dialogue should be the way forward instead of taking sides. | RELATED: | Red Cross Refuses to Send Venezuela Aid Without State Approval | "You begin the dialogue and that offer has been made internally and externall…
telesurenglish.net/news/Labour-Party-Rejects-EUs-Recognition-of-Guaido-Meddling-in-Venezuelas-Affairs-20190206-0018.html

The New Cold War and Venezuela
Boaventura de Sousa Santos | zcomm.org | 2019-02-06
Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-new-cold-war-and-venezuela/