Daily Archives: February 10, 2019

2019-02-10: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-10). Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage. Abysmal Poverty under US Proxy Rule (1918-1998). globalresearch.ca More than 70 percent of the population did not meet minimum calorie and protein requirements. Child malnutrition and infant mortality was exceedingly high. 23 percent of the population was illiterate. One child in four was marginalized from the educational system.

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Russia Proposes Venezuelan 'Peaceful Measures' Initiative to UN. telesurenglish.net On Friday afternoon, Russia proposed a call to the United Nations Security Council, to end outside interference from the U.S. and it's allied nations. | RELATED: | US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost US$350 Billion: Report | Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hasn't shied-away from calling-on opposition forces to come to the negotiating table in a bid to engage in peaceful dialogue regarding the U.S.' attempted coup on the South American nation, and now Russia has suggested a new resolu…

Nicolas Maduro (2019-02-10). An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro. globalresearch.ca We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam.

teleSUR (2019-02-10). 'The Last Stylebender' Downs The 'Spider' as Silva Passes Torch. telesurenglish.net It was mentor vs. protege Saturday night in the Octagon as Brazilian legend Anderson Silva main-evented UFC 234 against Nigerian sensation Israel Adesanya. | RELATED: | Brazilian UFC Fighter Recovers After Christmas Grenade Attack | The long-awaited showdown between master and student wasn't supposed to main-event at all, but a late hernia injury to Middleweight Champion, and hometown hero, Robert Whittaker, meant that his title defence against Mexican-American Kelvin Gastelum w…

Mohammad Omidvar (2019-02-10). Forty years of Iran's unfinished revolution. zcomm.org Interview on the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution…

Ellen Brown (2019-02-10). Killing the Public Banking Revolution in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. | According to MMT, …

F. William Engdahl (2019-02-10). Is Debt China's Achilles Heel? The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Internal Debt Trap. globalresearch.ca China's credits to various countries along its much-discussed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the most ambitious infrastructure undertaking in history, have recently been criticized for drawing poor countries into a debt trap by extending huge credits. Myanmar is often cited, …

William Walter Kay (2019-02-10). The Method in Venezuela's Oil Strategy Madness. globalresearch.ca A 2014 Petroleum Economist report on Venezuela's Orinoco Belt concluded where it might have begun: | "A crucial question that the (Venezuelan) government has skirted is how its Orinoco Belt plans would fit within OPEC's production quotas. Venezuela has …

STAFF (2019-02-10). South Korea, U.S. Sign Cost-Sharing Deal for American Troops. truthdig.com SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul's contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. | South Korea last year provided about $830 million, covering roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 U.S. soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North Korea. President Donald Trump has pushed for South Korea to pay more. | On Sunday, chief negotiators from the two countries signed a new cost-sharing pla…

Fight Back (2019-02-10). WFTU condemns intervention against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers of the five continents as well as the world class-oriented labor movement, strongly rejects the attempted coup d'état against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | This interference, orchestrated by the US government, NATO and the EU and executed by the representatives of the transnationals and monopolies in the country, constitutes a flagrant violation of the most elementary rules of internati…

Adam Johnson (2019-02-10). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. commondreams.org "The same actors, the same tricks, the same patently disingenuous concern for the starving poor. And the US media is stripping it of all this essential context, presenting these radical regime-change operators as bleeding heart humanitarians," Johnson writes. (Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dick Nichols (2019-02-10). Spain's 'socialist' government to US: 'Coup against Maduro? We're in!'. zcomm.org Clearly, the job of all people opposed to the Trump administration coup is to mobilise to make this dilemma as excruciating as possible for the "socialists" backing the Washington warmongers…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-10). 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.

Communist Workers League (2019-02-10). U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally. indybay.org Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergula or Pillars) | 599 El Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94610…

repost (2019-02-10). An Open Letter to the People of the U.S.from President Nicolas Maduro. indybay.org "Disinformation by Omission": Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro's Open Letter to the People of the United States (see Google search). Please forward this text far and wide.

RT (2019-02-10). Feds sue Lockheed Martin for kickbacks & fraud in Hanford nuclear site clean-up contracts. rt.com Contractors involved in a multibillion decontamination effort at the notorious Hanford nuclear site have been accused of defrauding US taxpayers, according to a lawsuit against Mission Support Alliance and Lockheed Martin.

ICSS (2019-02-10). What's Happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-10). Blood for Oil in Venezuela? therealnews.com Vijay Prashad discusses the extent to which US interest in Venezuelan oil and other natural resources is driving Trump's policy of seeking regime change. The link is not that straight-forward, but it is there, says Prashad

IAC (2019-02-10). Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-10). 'He's Making Fun of Genocide': Trump Appears to Joke About Trail of Tears in Tweet Mocking Elizabeth Warren. commondreams.org "Putting particular emphasis on the word 'TRAIL' when mocking Natives is a sure nod to the Trail of Tears where thousands of Native people died." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Social Media Analysis (2019-02-10). 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.

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-09). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. globalresearch.ca The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela | *** | In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World

Fight Back (2019-02-09). Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…

teleSUR (2019-02-09). China Says Only Venezuelans Can Solve Venezuela's Issues. telesurenglish.net Venezuela should resolve its own matters itself via peaceful talks and China supports the international community's efforts in this regard, the Chinese foreign ministry said. | RELATED: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | The ministry said while it supports the recent international efforts by some EU countries and others in Latin America, China still supports an internal resolution to the conflict away from interference and intervention. | "Venezuela's affairs should be…

Kevin Martin (2019-02-09). Building on Progress in 2018, Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Timely. commondreams.org "The new Congress has plenty on its plate, but legislation to support U.S.-Korea peace efforts should be advanced as soon as possible," Martin writes. (Photo: OhMyNews) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

David Dayen (2019-02-09). Amazon Threatens to Cancel New York City Headquarters If It Doesn't Receive $3 Billion in Subsidies. commondreams.org Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-09). The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria. globalresearch.ca ISIS is a US creation. So are al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other terrorist groups — used by the Pentagon and CIA as proxy troops. | Trump claiming "(w)e're knocking the hell out of ISIS…We have defeated ISIS in Syria" are …

teleSUR (2019-02-09). Trump Refuses to Put Sanctions on Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder. telesurenglish.net The United States Trump administration signaled Friday it was unlikely to meet a deadline to report to Congress on whether it intends to impose sanctions on those responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, prompting an angry backlash on Capitol Hill. | RELATED: | Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen | Republican and Democratic lawmakers triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky human rights act in October, giving the administra…

Kate Kizer (2019-02-09). Congress Poised to Move Forward With Bold Agenda on Yemen. commondreams.org "Should Trump decide to ignore the will of Congress, it will also provide the impetus Congress needs to take further action to limit U.S. military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen," Kizer writes. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-09). Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib? globalresearch.ca At its peak in 2014, when the Islamic State declared its "caliphate" in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the Islamic State, according to the mainstream media's count, used to have 70,000 jihadists. But now, only several hundred fighters …

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey (2019-02-09). Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa. globalresearch.ca In 2011, NATO launched an illegal, savage attack against the country with the Highest Human Development Index in Africa. Let us see where Libya stands today. | When Cameron, Sarkozy, Obama, Clinton and that sickening clique of warmongering, interfering, imperialist thugs …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-09). The US Is More Afraid of Losing Africa to Russia than to China. globalresearch.ca The creative "Democratic Security" (counter-Hybrid Warfare) model that Russia is successfully applying in the Central African Republic prompted the head of AFRICOM to warn about its possible export to other African countries, which terrifies the US to no end because …

CP Editor (2019-02-09). Eddie Vedder w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — The Waiting. counterpunch.org

Shane Quinn (2019-02-09). US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan. globalresearch.ca Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran …

Masud Wadan (2019-02-09). War after War: Will the US "Pull Out" of Afghanistan to Strike a New War Elsewhere? globalresearch.ca In 2003, two years after the US invaded Afghanistan, the US-led conflict in Iraq distracted international attention from Afghanistan that hurtled the nation further towards crises as a result of the US turning its back to focus its entire heed …

teleSUR (2019-02-09). Brazil: PT Commemorates 39 Year Anniversary 'Freedom For Lula'. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Workers Party ( PT) commemorated on Saturday its 39th anniversary, in Sao Paulo, under the theme of freedom for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – the party's most important leader, who has been wrongfully imprisoned. | RELATED: | Brazilian Citizens March Against Baseless Lula Sentence | The anniversary takes place on Sunday, February 10,…

Eduardo Correa Senior (2019-02-09). No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca The trumpets of regime change have sounded, and the drums of a possible war are beating against Venezuelan democracy. Provocations hitherto unimagined threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the …

Prof. Ociel Alí López (2019-02-09). A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support. globalresearch.ca A military coup d'état in Venezuela doesn't seem likely so long as the Armed Forces support Maduro. Meanwhile, U.S. action will likely backfire, and serve only to strengthen those in power | *** | Juan Guaidó, leader of the Venezuelan …

Peter Koenig (2019-02-09). France — Macron Does Not Fulfill His Campaign Promises of "Government of People for the People" globalresearch.ca Economist and Geopolitical Analyst, Peter Koenig, says that French President, Emmanuel Macron, is pursuing a policy against his pre-election promise, "en marche" movement. | Commenting on Macron's taxing policy, former World Bank Economist says "he transforms public wealth into private …

Telesur (2019-02-09). Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan embassy officials in Argentina condemned Thursday's cyber attack after hackers commandeered the ministry's website and published a statement in support of the self-declared "interim president," Juan Guaido. | "We denounce the criminal policy of hacking and intervention of the …

Prof. Ibrahim Al-Marashi (2019-02-09). The Search for Truth About Britain's Forgotten Role in Iraq. globalresearch.ca A critical examination of the British army violations in Iraq needs to be situated within a greater narrative about how the UK government failed to address past abuses | *** | On 7 June 2018 the Guardian ran an in-depth article with …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-09). Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca There's a very high likelihood that the US will commence a limited multilateral invasion of Venezuela if Maduro continues to block the Trojan Horse of a "humanitarian convoy" into his country and the military doesn't turn against him in the …

Eds. (2019-02-09). Similarities and aggressions. mronline.org War laboratories in the United States have succeeded in applying pre-designed aggression formats against countries that do not align with their imperial policies. These obviously adapt to cultural, religious, social, historical and even geographical features. | Source

Jorge Martín, In Defence of Marxism (2019-02-09). Chavistas March Against Imperialism: What Is the Next Step in Trump's Coup? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at how the coup has been unfolding and what comes next.

STAFF (2019-02-09). How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders. truthdig.com It's a cheap shot at politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

STAFF (2019-02-09). Report: Trump Administration Holding Talks With Venezuelan Military. truthdig.com In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top U.S. cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change. | According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous senior White House official,…

Yves Engler (2019-02-09). The Planned Plunder Behind Canada's Support of the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com Yves Engler looks at the resource-hungry MNC's pushing the Canadian government's aggressive attempts to oust Maduro.

teleSUR (2019-02-09). 2,000-year Old 'Child' Returns to Peru. telesurenglish.net The mummy of a boy of Aymara origin, with an approximate age of 2,000 years, was returned to Peru by the Museum of Science and History of Corpus Christi in Texas, United States, official sources reported Friday. | RELATED: | Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela | Peru's Ministry of Culture said in a statement that the repatriation of the mummy was possible thanks to its coordinated work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. | He added that the technical reports…

Steve Ellner (2019-02-09). Regime Change: "Made In The U.S.A." zcomm.org Trump's unwavering backing of Juan Guaidó's shadow government in Venezuela attaches a "made in the U.S.A." label to all those positioned to govern should Maduro fall…

teleSUR (2019-02-09). US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost US$350 Billion: Report. telesurenglish.net The Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitical Strategic Center (CELAG) released a report on "the economic consequences of the boycott against Venezuela," on Friday, in which it is proved that the "international financial blockade to Venezuela since 2013 is the main responsible for the economic crisis." | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | According to CELAG's report, the financial and economic blockade that was mainly promoted by the U…

STAFF (2019-02-09). Elizabeth Warren Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign. truthdig.com Vowing to take on a "rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday with a call for bold reforms to America's dysfunctional economic and political status quo. | Noting that President Donald Trump is an alarming symptom of America's political crisis, but not its cause, Warren declared that "we can't afford to just tinker around the edges—a tax credit here, a regulation there." | "Our fight is for big, structural change," said the Massachusetts senator,…

Lee Camp (2019-02-09). Food & Water Watch: Carbon Tax Is a Sham. truthdig.com I spoke to Scott Edwards, the legal chief at Food & Water Watch, in order to discuss the activism of an organization with a name that defines why they're so important in the modern world. Edwards is a lawyer who has spent his career fighting against the corruption that has festered in our system, in which corporations work to deceive the public and decrease their costs by polluting our environment. | In this interview, he talks about why so many on the left have fallen for the "carbon tax" sham, and why so many of our laws end up written by corporate lawyers trying…

teleSUR (2019-02-09). Rohingya Refugees Facing Threat of Ethnic Cleansing Seek Safety. telesurenglish.net The Bangladesh foreign minister this week said the main objective regarding the Rohingya refugees is the assurance of their safe return to their motherland, warning of radicalism in the region otherwise. | RELATED: | Angelina Jolie: Rohingya Refugees' Genocide 'Shames Us All' | "There may be developed radicalism and uncertainty may looms in the region that may…

James Harkin (2019-02-09). What Happened in Douma? Searching for Facts in the Fog of Syria's Propaganda War. theintercept.com The next world war may begin with a grainy, contested, online image launched onto the pages of a newspaper that has recently sacked all its journalists.

WSWS (2019-02-09). Wright State University administration issues call for scabs in bid to intimidate striking faculty. wsws.org As the strike by full-time faculty at Wright State heads toward a fourth week, the university administration is attempting to threaten striking faculty with the specter of being replaced by "long-term" adjuncts.

RT (2019-02-09). 'Drones aren't missiles, they are re-usable': US disputes accusations of non-compliance with INF. rt.com The US military has rejected Russian accusations of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, arguing that its drones can't be seen as missiles and Tomahawk-compatible 'defensive' launchers can't be used offensively.

WSWS (2019-02-09). Brazil's Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation. wsws.org As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-09). A Green New Deal Is the First Step Toward an Eco-Revolution. truthout.org A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist magazine Monthly Review. He has written widely on capitalism, Marxism and ecological crises. In this interview, Foster discusses why a Green New Deal is just an entry point to an ecological revolution, and why any economic-social system that hopes to address the climate crisis must transcend capitalism. The interview that follows has been lightly edited for clarity and length. | Vaios Triantafyllou: Do you believe that combating the climate crisis is feasible within a globalized capitalist economy? The…

WSWS (2019-02-09). New York Times admission of Afghanistan fiasco provokes "human rights imperialist" backlash. wsws.org The Times editorial supporting a US withdrawal from Afghanistan is a self-damning indictment of the entire "war on terror," which the newspaper supported for the better part of two decades.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-09). Urging Defections, Trump Administration Reportedly Holding Secret Talks With Venezuelan Military. commondreams.org Reports of direct communications between the White House and Venezuelan military officials come as Trump cabinet members continue to warn that military intervention is "on the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-09). Elizabeth Warren officially launches her 2020 presidential bid. rt.com The fight to be the Democrats' candidate in 2020 is heating up, with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren officially launching her campaign, days after apologizing afresh for having previously claimed Native American heritage.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-09). Imagine Being Homeless During the Polar Vortex. truthout.org It was noon one recent Saturday in Northern Michigan, and temperatures were 30 degrees below 0. | Winter storm warnings were blaring about the necessity of staying indoors, with dire reminders of the lethal consequences for being outside. People had 10 minutes at best before frostbite set in, they warned. | I logged onto Facebook and saw many posts reminding folks to bring pets inside — "if you're cold, they're cold." I love animals, but I couldn't help remembering that an awful lot of humans needed shelter too. | I decided to conduct an informal study to see what it would be like to find shelter in Trav…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-09). Promising to Take on 'Rigged System That Props Up the Rich and Powerful,' Elizabeth Warren Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign. commondreams.org "Millions and millions and millions of families are struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged. We are here to say enough is enough." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-09). Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Socialist, But She Still Makes Wall Street Squirm. truthout.org Lawrence, MA — Not long ago, a presidential bid announcement by Elizabeth Warren would've been the biggest event of the year for many progressives. When she entered the national political scene more than a decade ago, her aggressive (if wonkish) critique of Wall Street greed resonated with liberals and rankled Republicans. Warren made financial regulations sound almost fun; she has PowerPoint presentations with more than a million views on YouTube. Soon groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee began to describe the left flank of the D…

stuart_m (2019-02-09). What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela? greenleft.org.au Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…

Halyna Mokrushyna (2019-02-08). The 'Peacekeeper' Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine. counterpunch.org The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the 'Euromaidan' is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the 'corrupt autocratic regime' (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better More

teleSUR (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Maduro Open to ICG Delegation But Rejects Resolution. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that while he rejects the final declaration of the EU-backed International Contact Group, he would be open to a delegation sent by the group in order to promote peace talks between the government and the right-wing opposition. | IN-DEPTH: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | Maduro, delivering a press conference Friday, hailed the efforts by the Montevideo Mechanism initiative which is supported by Bolivia, Mexico and Caricom…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-08). As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power. counterpunch.org Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a 'government of national reconciliation', Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. "We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government," Hamdallah tweeted, shortly after Abbas had More

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-08). US Media Trying to Drum up a New 'Cold War'. counterpunch.org It's not a new or revived Cold War yet between the US and Russia, but not for lack of trying by the corporate US media. The latest example of absurd fear-mongering was brought to us courtesy of Fox Business News, with anchor Trish Regan darkly warned that "not since 1962 have we had such enemy More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-02-08). Roaming Charges: Back in Blackface. counterpunch.org + All of these Virginians running around in blackface better hope they don't bump into Liam Neeson, when he's out power-walking. + Ralph "Coonman" Northam: That's not my name. That's not me. I never said that. That's not my yearbook page. I never saw the yearbook. When I dressed in blackface, it was as Michael Jackson at More

Whitney Webb (2019-02-08). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com "People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo

Whitney Webb (2019-02-08). Corporations See a Different Kind of "Green" in Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" mintpressnews.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" initiative was unveiled on Thursday and quickly became the target of disingenuous ridicule from both sides of the aisle. But as Whitney Webb highlights in this Dec 18, 2018 piece, there are very serious reasons to be concerned.

Paul Street (2019-02-08). Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design. counterpunch.org Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans. More

Reese Erlich (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or U.S. Coup? progressive.org Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren't going for it.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-08). Headlines for February 8, 2019. democracynow.org Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law, Green New Deal: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & Sen. Markey Introduce Landmark Resolution, U.S. Spy Agencies: Saudi Crown Prince Said He Would Go After Khashoggi "With a Bullet", Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of "Extortion and Blackmail", Report: U.S.-Based Plane Caught Bringing Arms into Venezuela, U.S. Special Envoy Elliott Abrams Rules Out Negotiations with Maduro, Senate Judiciary Committee Narrowly Backs William Barr to Become Attorney General, Acting AG Matthew Whitaker to Testify on Capitol Hill, Arizona Prisoner Dies Weeks After Warning "I Am…

CounterSpin (2019-02-08). Sarah Aziza on Saudi Repression of Women, Dean Baker on Taxing the Rich. fair.org Media…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-08). Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib. globalresearch.ca During the eight-year proxy war in Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, has emerged as the second most influential militant leader after the Islamic State's [alleged] chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In fact, since the beginning …

Eds. (2019-02-08). U.S. media ignore—and applaud—economic war on Venezuela. mronline.org The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. 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 U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-08). Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering. counterpunch.org Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old More

Michael Hudson (2019-02-08). An Interview the Saker on Venezuela. counterpunch.org Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this. More

Andrew Levine (2019-02-08). What We Know About 2020, Eighteen Months Out. counterpunch.org Those of us who had been looking forward to a substantial span of time after last year's midterm elections when interest in electoral politics would subside enough for real politics to happen have been disappointed. We had been hoping to be able to discuss and act upon the pressing environmental, economic, political, and social concerns More

Josh Hoxie (2019-02-08). How the Age of Billionaires Ends. counterpunch.org Every month or so there's a stunning new headline statistic about just how stark our economic divide has become. Understanding that this divide exists is a good start. Appreciating that a deeply unfair and unequal economy is problematic is even better. Actually doing something about it — that's the best. As 2020 presidential hopefuls start More

Cal Winslow (2019-02-08). The Seattle General Strike: a 100-Year Legacy. counterpunch.org There will be many cheering and there will be some who fear. Both of these emotions are useful, but not too much of either. We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by LABOR in this country, a move which will lead — NO ONE KNOWS WHERE! We do not need hysteria. We need More

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-08). The Alt-Right and US Capitalism in Decay. counterpunch.org In late 1934, the second edition of R. Palme Dutt's book titled Fascism and the Social Revolution was published. This book is an examination of the economic and political causes and nature of fascism. One of the most important sentences in the text appears in the introduction to this edition. It reads in part, "…Fascism is More

Richard Moser (2019-02-08). Beyond Corporate Power. counterpunch.org The problem is not that the corporations are "out of control," the problem is that the corporations are so much "in control." By seeing neoliberalism as Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF) rather than Corporate Power we underestimate the challenges ahead. FMF does not help us to know what tactics and strategies are best because it cannot tell us about the enemy More

David Kattenburg (2019-02-08). Canada, Israel and the "Rule of Law" counterpunch.org On the ropes for arresting Huawei executive Meng Wanzhau, as US-Canada extradition law required, now under fire, two of its own diplomats held by the vengeful Chinese, and a third Canadian facing execution on drug-smuggling charges, coveted trade relations in peril, Ottawa has been staking out high minded positions. Few are higher minded — or More

Kenn Orphan (2019-02-08). Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe. counterpunch.org "With "capitalism in danger of falling apart" (a rare, cryptically honest quote from Al Gore), and years of stagnant global economic growth now in a free fall, the Greta campaign must be understood for what it is. An elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with protecting the natural world, and everything to do with More

Tommy Raskin (2019-02-08). We Are Not in Treblinka. counterpunch.org Because of my pronounced skepticism of war, my friends often prod me to consider whether there are any historic acts of mass violence that, given the opportunity, I actually would have supported. One such act always comes to mind, and its morally relevant characteristics are certainly not unique to it. This happened in 1943, well More

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-08). SOTU: These Are Dangerous Times, and Our Government is Largely to Blame. counterpunch.org "As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid." —Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America These are dangerous times. Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or More

Robert Fantina (2019-02-08). Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference. counterpunch.org In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series More

Paul Bentley (2019-02-08). The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. counterpunch.org Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise. More

James Graham (2019-02-08). Paris Live: Who Will Protect Us From the Police ? counterpunch.org We sat on the steps of the Madeleine while the sirens skrieked and the scene unfolded like a ritual with no humans, like one of those unhappy films about the future where everything moves in choreographed, hypnotic motion, the narrative pulsing to a high pitch of danger and fear. You would have thought that Paris More

Brian Cloughley (2019-02-08). Don't Blame the Pakistan Army for the Country's Poverty. counterpunch.org No matter what happens in Afghanistan, a most important factor in the region will continue to be the army of Pakistan which has had to move large numbers of troops to the border to counter revolutionary militants. In the event of civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistan will be subject to even more threat from over More

Lucy Schiller (2019-02-08). Forward Left: An Interview with Matt Christman of Chapo Trap House. counterpunch.org Matt Christman is one host of the popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House, which has been "on-air" (meaning online) for nearly three years. The podcast has been profiled in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and is either a revolting or a cathartic dose of political wit and irreverence, depending on who you ask. Christman is More

Consortiumnews (2019-02-08). Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals. consortiumnews.com Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more →

Michael T. Klare (2019-02-08). Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race. thenation.com Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-08). Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes. mintpressnews.com While the U.S. continues to conduct its mission of nation-building and "democracy promotion" in Afghanistan, bombing the country at unprecedented levels and being associated with de facto death squads on the ground could fuel distrust of Americans.

ZeroHedge (2019-02-08). Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People. mintpressnews.com "They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it's not like that." – Nicholas Maduro

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy. mintpressnews.com Venezuelan authorities have warned that the attempt to bring aid across the border without government consent represented a provocation, pointing out that the amount of aid being sent pales in comparison to the Venezuelan assets and accounts frozen outside the country.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-08). Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells. mintpressnews.com Jeff Bezos' ties to the national security state through Amazon Web Services are formidable, but the triple-digit billionaire's furnishing of surveillance tools to the police state are no less disturbing.

2019-02-10: Social Media Postees

Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage. Abysmal Poverty under US Proxy Rule (1918-1998)
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-10
More than 70 percent of the population did not meet minimum calorie and protein requirements. Child malnutrition and infant mortality was exceedingly high. 23 percent of the population was illiterate. One child in four was marginalized from the educational system. | The post Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage. Abysmal Poverty under US Proxy Rule (1918-1998) appeared first on Global Research.
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Russia Proposes Venezuelan 'Peaceful Measures' Initiative to UN
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-10
On Friday afternoon, Russia proposed a call to the United Nations Security Council, to end outside interference from the U.S. and it's allied nations. | RELATED: | US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost US$350 Billion: Report | Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hasn't shied-away from calling-on opposition forces to come to the negotiating table in a bid to engage in peaceful dialogue regarding the U.S.' attempted coup on the South American nation, and now Russia has suggested a new resolu…
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An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-10
We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. | The post An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro appeared first on Global Research.
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'The Last Stylebender' Downs The 'Spider' as Silva Passes Torch
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-10
It was mentor vs. protege Saturday night in the Octagon as Brazilian legend Anderson Silva main-evented UFC 234 against Nigerian sensation Israel Adesanya. | RELATED: | Brazilian UFC Fighter Recovers After Christmas Grenade Attack | The long-awaited showdown between master and student wasn't supposed to main-event at all, but a late hernia injury to Middleweight Champion, and hometown hero, Robert Whittaker, meant that his title defence against Mexican-American Kelvin Gastelum w…
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Forty years of Iran's unfinished revolution
Mohammad Omidvar | zcomm.org | 2019-02-10
Interview on the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution…
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Is Debt China's Achilles Heel? The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Internal Debt Trap
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-10
China's credits to various countries along its much-discussed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the most ambitious infrastructure undertaking in history, have recently been criticized for drawing poor countries into a debt trap by extending huge credits. Myanmar is often cited, … | The post Is Debt China's Achilles Heel? The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Internal Debt Trap appeared first on Global Research.
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Killing the Public Banking Revolution in Venezuela
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-10
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. | According to MMT, … | The post Killing the Public Banking Revolution in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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The Method in Venezuela's Oil Strategy Madness
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-10
A 2014 Petroleum Economist report on Venezuela's Orinoco Belt concluded where it might have begun: | "A crucial question that the (Venezuelan) government has skirted is how its Orinoco Belt plans would fit within OPEC's production quotas. Venezuela has … | The post The Method in Venezuela's Oil Strategy Madness appeared first on Global Research.
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South Korea, U.S. Sign Cost-Sharing Deal for American Troops
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-10
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul's contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. | South Korea last year provided about $830 million, covering roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 U.S. soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North Korea. President Donald Trump has pushed for South Korea to pay more. | On Sunday, chief negotiators from the two countries signed a new cost-sharing pla…
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Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
Adam Johnson | commondreams.org | 2019-02-10
"The same actors, the same tricks, the same patently disingenuous concern for the starving poor. And the US media is stripping it of all this essential context, presenting these radical regime-change operators as bleeding heart humanitarians," Johnson writes. (Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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WFTU condemns intervention against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-10
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers of the five continents as well as the world class-oriented labor movement, strongly rejects the attempted coup d'état against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | This interference, orchestrated by the US government, NATO and the EU and executed by the representatives of the transnationals and monopolies in the country, constitutes a flagrant violation of the most elementary rules of internati…
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Spain's 'socialist' government to US: 'Coup against Maduro? We're in!'
Dick Nichols | zcomm.org | 2019-02-10
Clearly, the job of all people opposed to the Trump administration coup is to mobilise to make this dilemma as excruciating as possible for the "socialists" backing the Washington warmongers…
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Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-10
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.
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Feds sue Lockheed Martin for kickbacks & fraud in Hanford nuclear site clean-up contracts
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-10
Contractors involved in a multibillion decontamination effort at the notorious Hanford nuclear site have been accused of defrauding US taxpayers, according to a lawsuit against Mission Support Alliance and Lockheed Martin. | …
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Problems With Facebook
Social Media Analysis | indybay.org | 2019-02-10
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.
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U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally
Communist Workers League | indybay.org | 2019-02-10
Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergula or Pillars) | 599 El Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94610…
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An Open Letter to the People of the U.S.from President Nicolas Maduro
repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-10
"Disinformation by Omission": Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro's Open Letter to the People of the United States (see Google search). Please forward this text far and wide.
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Blood for Oil in Venezuela?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-10
Vijay Prashad discusses the extent to which US interest in Venezuelan oil and other natural resources is driving Trump's policy of seeking regime change. The link is not that straight-forward, but it is there, says Prashad | The post Blood for Oil in Venezuela? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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What's Happening in Venezuela?
ICSS | indybay.org | 2019-02-10
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609…
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Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela
IAC | indybay.org | 2019-02-10
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.
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'He's Making Fun of Genocide': Trump Appears to Joke About Trail of Tears in Tweet Mocking Elizabeth Warren
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-10
"Putting particular emphasis on the word 'TRAIL' when mocking Natives is a sure nod to the Trail of Tears where thousands of Native people died." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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US-led Military Coup in Venezuela Modelled on Chile, 1973?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
At this stage, "all options are on the table". | A self-proclaimed "interim president" endorsed by the "international community", | infiltration and co-optation of the Venezuelan armed forces, military intervention, Coup d'Etat, | Assassination of president Maduro, | Relentless sabotage and financial warfare, … | The post US-led Military Coup in Venezuela Modelled on Chile, 1973? appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela | *** | In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World … | The post Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster appeared first on Global Research.
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Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-09
Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…
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Building on Progress in 2018, Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Timely
Kevin Martin | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
"The new Congress has plenty on its plate, but legislation to support U.S.-Korea peace efforts should be advanced as soon as possible," Martin writes. (Photo: OhMyNews) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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China Says Only Venezuelans Can Solve Venezuela's Issues
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
Venezuela should resolve its own matters itself via peaceful talks and China supports the international community's efforts in this regard, the Chinese foreign ministry said. | RELATED: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | The ministry said while it supports the recent international efforts by some EU countries and others in Latin America, China still supports an internal resolution to the conflict away from interference and intervention. | "Venezuela's affairs should be…
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Amazon Threatens to Cancel New York City Headquarters If It Doesn't Receive $3 Billion in Subsidies
David Dayen | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
ISIS is a US creation. So are al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other terrorist groups — used by the Pentagon and CIA as proxy troops. | Trump claiming "(w)e're knocking the hell out of ISIS…We have defeated ISIS in Syria" are … | The post The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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Congress Poised to Move Forward With Bold Agenda on Yemen
Kate Kizer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
"Should Trump decide to ignore the will of Congress, it will also provide the impetus Congress needs to take further action to limit U.S. military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen," Kizer writes. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Trump Refuses to Put Sanctions on Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The United States Trump administration signaled Friday it was unlikely to meet a deadline to report to Congress on whether it intends to impose sanctions on those responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, prompting an angry backlash on Capitol Hill. | RELATED: | Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen | Republican and Democratic lawmakers triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky human rights act in October, giving the administra…
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Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
At its peak in 2014, when the Islamic State declared its "caliphate" in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the Islamic State, according to the mainstream media's count, used to have 70,000 jihadists. But now, only several hundred fighters | … | The post Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/have-islamic-s…

Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
In 2011, NATO launched an illegal, savage attack against the country with the Highest Human Development Index in Africa. Let us see where Libya stands today. | When Cameron, Sarkozy, Obama, Clinton and that sickening clique of warmongering, interfering, imperialist thugs … | The post Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa appeared first on Global Research.
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The US Is More Afraid of Losing Africa to Russia than to China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
The creative "Democratic Security" (counter-Hybrid Warfare) model that Russia is successfully applying in the Central African Republic prompted the head of AFRICOM to warn about its possible export to other African countries, which terrifies the US to no end because … | The post The US Is More Afraid of Losing Africa to Russia than to China appeared first on Global Research.
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Eddie Vedder w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — The Waiting
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-09
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US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran … | The post US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan appeared first on Global Research.
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War after War: Will the US "Pull Out" of Afghanistan to Strike a New War Elsewhere?
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
In 2003, two years after the US invaded Afghanistan, the US-led conflict in Iraq distracted international attention from Afghanistan that hurtled the nation further towards crises as a result of the US turning its back to focus its entire heed … | The post War after War: Will the US "Pull Out" of Afghanistan to Strike a New War Elsewhere? appeared first on Global Research.
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Brazil: PT Commemorates 39 Year Anniversary 'Freedom For Lula'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The Brazilian Workers Party ( PT) commemorated on Saturday its 39th anniversary, in Sao Paulo, under the theme of freedom for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – the party's most important leader, who has been wrongfully imprisoned. | RELATED: | Brazilian Citizens March Against Baseless Lula Sentence | The anniversary takes place on Sunday, February 10,…
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A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support
Prof. Ociel Alí López | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
A military coup d'état in Venezuela doesn't seem likely so long as the Armed Forces support Maduro. Meanwhile, U.S. action will likely backfire, and serve only to strengthen those in power | *** | Juan Guaidó, leader of the Venezuelan … | The post A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support appeared first on Global Research.
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The Search for Truth About Britain's Forgotten Role in Iraq
Prof. Ibrahim Al-Marashi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
A critical examination of the British army violations in Iraq needs to be situated within a greater narrative about how the UK government failed to address past abuses | *** | On 7 June 2018 the Guardian ran an in-depth article with … | The post The Search for Truth About Britain's Forgotten Role in Iraq appeared first on Global Research.
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Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Venezuelan embassy officials in Argentina condemned Thursday's cyber attack after hackers commandeered the ministry's website and published a statement in support of the self-declared "interim president," Juan Guaido. | "We denounce the criminal policy of hacking and intervention of the | … | The post Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
There's a very high likelihood that the US will commence a limited multilateral invasion of Venezuela if Maduro continues to block the Trojan Horse of a "humanitarian convoy" into his country and the military doesn't turn against him in the … | The post Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela!
Eduardo Correa Senior | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
The trumpets of regime change have sounded, and the drums of a possible war are beating against Venezuelan democracy. Provocations hitherto unimagined threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the … | The post No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela! appeared first on Global Research.
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France — Macron Does Not Fulfill His Campaign Promises of "Government of People for the People"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
Economist and Geopolitical Analyst, Peter Koenig, says that French President, Emmanuel Macron, is pursuing a policy against his pre-election promise, "en marche" movement. | Commenting on Macron's taxing policy, former World Bank Economist says "he transforms public wealth into private … | The post France — Macron Does Not Fulfill His Campaign Promises of "Government of People for the People" appeared first on Global Research.
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How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-09
It's a cheap shot at politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. | The post How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Regime Change: "Made In The U.S.A."
Steve Ellner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-09
Trump's unwavering backing of Juan Guaidó's shadow government in Venezuela attaches a "made in the U.S.A." label to all those positioned to govern should Maduro fall…
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Chavistas March Against Imperialism: What Is the Next Step in Trump's Coup?
Jorge Martín, In Defence of Marxism | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-09
Jorge Martin looks at how the coup has been unfolding and what comes next.
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Report: Trump Administration Holding Talks With Venezuelan Military
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-09
In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top U.S. cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change. | According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous senior White House official,…
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The Planned Plunder Behind Canada's Support of the Coup
Yves Engler | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-09
Yves Engler looks at the resource-hungry MNC's pushing the Canadian government's aggressive attempts to oust Maduro.
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2,000-year Old 'Child' Returns to Peru
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The mummy of a boy of Aymara origin, with an approximate age of 2,000 years, was returned to Peru by the Museum of Science and History of Corpus Christi in Texas, United States, official sources reported Friday. | RELATED: | Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela | Peru's Ministry of Culture said in a statement that the repatriation of the mummy was possible thanks to its coordinated work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. | He added that the technical reports…
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US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost US$350 Billion: Report
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitical Strategic Center (CELAG) released a report on "the economic consequences of the boycott against Venezuela," on Friday, in which it is proved that the "international financial blockade to Venezuela since 2013 is the main responsible for the economic crisis." | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | According to CELAG's report, the financial and economic blockade that was mainly promoted by the U…
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Similarities and aggressions
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-09
War laboratories in the United States have succeeded in applying pre-designed aggression formats against countries that do not align with their imperial policies. These obviously adapt to cultural, religious, social, historical and even geographical features. | Source…
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Elizabeth Warren Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-09
Vowing to take on a "rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday with a call for bold reforms to America's dysfunctional economic and political status quo. | Noting that President Donald Trump is an alarming symptom of America's political crisis, but not its cause, Warren declared that "we can't afford to just tinker around the edges–a tax credit here, a regulation there." | "Our fight is for big, structural change," said the Massachusetts senator,…
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Rohingya Refugees Facing Threat of Ethnic Cleansing Seek Safety
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-09
The Bangladesh foreign minister this week said the main objective regarding the Rohingya refugees is the assurance of their safe return to their motherland, warning of radicalism in the region otherwise. | RELATED: | Angelina Jolie: Rohingya Refugees' Genocide 'Shames Us All' | "There may be developed radicalism and uncertainty may looms in the region that may…
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Food & Water Watch: Carbon Tax Is a Sham
Lee Camp | truthdig.com | 2019-02-09
I spoke to Scott Edwards, the legal chief at Food & Water Watch, in order to discuss the activism of an organization with a name that defines why they're so important in the modern world. Edwards is a lawyer who has spent his career fighting against the corruption that has festered in our system, in which corporations work to deceive the public and decrease their costs by polluting our environment. | In this interview, he talks about why so many on the left have fallen for the "carbon tax" sham, and why so many of our laws end up written by corporate lawyers trying…
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Wright State University administration issues call for scabs in bid to intimidate striking faculty
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
As the strike by full-time faculty at Wright State heads toward a fourth week, the university administration is attempting to threaten striking faculty with the specter of being replaced by "long-term" adjuncts.
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Brazil's Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.
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What Happened in Douma? Searching for Facts in the Fog of Syria's Propaganda War
James Harkin | theintercept.com | 2019-02-09
The next world war may begin with a grainy, contested, online image launched onto the pages of a newspaper that has recently sacked all its journalists. | The post What Happened in Douma? Searching for Facts in the Fog of Syria's Propaganda War appeared first on The Intercept.
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Promising to Take on 'Rigged System That Props Up the Rich and Powerful,' Elizabeth Warren Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
"Millions and millions and millions of families are struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged. We are here to say enough is enough." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Socialist, But She Still Makes Wall Street Squirm
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-09
Lawrence, MA — Not long ago, a presidential bid announcement by Elizabeth Warren would've been the biggest event of the year for many progressives. When she entered the national political scene more than a decade ago, her aggressive (if wonkish) critique of Wall Street greed resonated with liberals and rankled Republicans. Warren made financial regulations sound almost fun; she has PowerPoint presentations with more than a million views on YouTube. Soon groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee began to describe the left flank of the D…
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'Drones aren't missiles, they are re-usable': US disputes accusations of non-compliance with INF
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-09
The US military has rejected Russian accusations of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, arguing that its drones can't be seen as missiles and Tomahawk-compatible 'defensive' launchers can't be used offensively. | …
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A Green New Deal Is the First Step Toward an Eco-Revolution
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-09
A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist magazine Monthly Review. He has written widely on capitalism, Marxism and ecological crises. In this interview, Foster discusses why a Green New Deal is just an entry point to an ecological revolution, and why any economic-social system that hopes to address the climate crisis must transcend capitalism. The interview that follows has been lightly edited for clarity and length. | Vaios Triantafyllou: Do you believe that combating the climate crisis is feasible within a globalized capitalist economy? The…
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Urging Defections, Trump Administration Reportedly Holding Secret Talks With Venezuelan Military
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-09
Reports of direct communications between the White House and Venezuelan military officials come as Trump cabinet members continue to warn that military intervention is "on the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Imagine Being Homeless During the Polar Vortex
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-09
It was noon one recent Saturday in Northern Michigan, and temperatures were 30 degrees below 0. | Winter storm warnings were blaring about the necessity of staying indoors, with dire reminders of the lethal consequences for being outside. People had 10 minutes at best before frostbite set in, they warned. | I logged onto Facebook and saw many posts reminding folks to bring pets inside — "if you're cold, they're cold." I love animals, but I couldn't help remembering that an awful lot of humans needed shelter too. | I decided to conduct an informal study to see what it would be like to find shelter in Trav…
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New York Times admission of Afghanistan fiasco provokes "human rights imperialist" backlash
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
The Times editorial supporting a US withdrawal from Afghanistan is a self-damning indictment of the entire "war on terror," which the newspaper supported for the better part of two decades.
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What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela?
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-09
Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…
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Elizabeth Warren officially launches her 2020 presidential bid
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-09
The fight to be the Democrats' candidate in 2020 is heating up, with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren officially launching her campaign, days after apologizing afresh for having previously claimed Native American heritage. | …
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On the Front Lines of the Climate Change Movement: Mike Roselle Draws a Line
Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The beard is graying. The hair is clipped military-short. He is a large man, oddly shaped, like a cross between a grizzly and a javelina. It's Roselle, of course, Mike Roselle–the outside agitator. He and a fellow activist have just spread an anti-coal banner in front of a growling bulldozer in West Virginia on a cold February morning in 2009. He's in this icy and unforgiving land to oppose a brutal mining operation and will soon be arrested for trespassing. Massey Energy, the target of Roselle's protest, is the fourth largest coal extractor in the United States, mining nearly 40 million tons of coal in Ken…
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The 'Peacekeeper' Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine
Halyna Mokrushyna | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the 'Euromaidan' is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the 'corrupt autocratic regime' (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better…
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Venezuela: Maduro Open to ICG Delegation But Rejects Resolution
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that while he rejects the final declaration of the EU-backed International Contact Group, he would be open to a delegation sent by the group in order to promote peace talks between the government and the right-wing opposition. | IN-DEPTH: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | Maduro, delivering a press conference Friday, hailed the efforts by the Montevideo Mechanism initiative which is supported by Bolivia, Mexico and Caricom…
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As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a 'government of national reconciliation', Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. "We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government," Hamdallah tweeted, shortly after Abbas had…
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US Media Trying to Drum up a New 'Cold War'
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
It's not a new or revived Cold War yet between the US and Russia, but not for lack of trying by the corporate US media. The latest example of absurd fear-mongering was brought to us courtesy of Fox Business News, with anchor Trish Regan darkly warned that…
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Roaming Charges: Back in Blackface
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
+ All of these Virginians running around in blackface better hope they don't bump into Liam Neeson, when he's out power-walking. + Ralph "Coonman" Northam: That's not my name. That's not me. I never said that. That's not my yearbook page. I never saw the yearbook. When I dressed in blackface, it was as Michael Jackson at…
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Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
"People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo | The post Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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Corporations See a Different Kind of "Green" in Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" initiative was unveiled on Thursday and quickly became the target of disingenuous ridicule from both sides of the aisle. But as Whitney Webb highlights in this Dec 18, 2018 piece, there are very serious reasons to be concerned. | The post Corporations See a Different Kind of "Green" in Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" appeared first on MintPress News.
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Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans.
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Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or U.S. Coup?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-02-08
Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren't going for it.
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Sarah Aziza on Saudi Repression of Women, Dean Baker on Taxing the Rich
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-02-08
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Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
During the eight-year proxy war in Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, has emerged as the second most influential militant leader after the Islamic State's [alleged] chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In fact, since the beginning | … | The post Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib appeared first on Global Research.
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U.S. media ignore–and applaud–economic war on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. 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 U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source…
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The Seattle General Strike: a 100-Year Legacy
Cal Winslow | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
There will be many cheering and there will be some who fear. Both of these emotions are useful, but not too much of either. We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by LABOR in this country, a move which will lead — NO ONE KNOWS WHERE! We do not need hysteria. We need…
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The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
Paul Bentley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise.
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Beyond Corporate Power
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The problem is not that the corporations are "out of control," the problem is that the corporations are so much "in control." By seeing neoliberalism as Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF) rather than Corporate Power we underestimate the challenges ahead. FMF does not help us to know what tactics and strategies are best because it cannot tell us about the enemy…
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SOTU: These Are Dangerous Times, and Our Government is Largely to Blame
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid." –Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America These are dangerous times. Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or…
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The Alt-Right and US Capitalism in Decay
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In late 1934, the second edition of R. Palme Dutt's book titled Fascism and the Social Revolution was published. This book is an examination of the economic and political causes and nature of fascism. One of the most important sentences in the text appears in the introduction to this edition. It reads in part,…
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We Are Not in Treblinka
Tommy Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Because of my pronounced skepticism of war, my friends often prod me to consider whether there are any historic acts of mass violence that, given the opportunity, I actually would have supported. One such act always comes to mind, and its morally relevant characteristics are certainly not unique to it. This happened in 1943, well…
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Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"With "capitalism in danger of falling apart" (a rare, cryptically honest quote from Al Gore), and years of stagnant global economic growth now in a free fall, the Greta campaign must be understood for what it is. An elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with protecting the natural world, and everything to do with…
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Paris Live: Who Will Protect Us From the Police ?
James Graham | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
We sat on the steps of the Madeleine while the sirens skrieked and the scene unfolded like a ritual with no humans, like one of those unhappy films about the future where everything moves in choreographed, hypnotic motion, the narrative pulsing to a high pitch of danger and fear. You would have thought that Paris…
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What We Know About 2020, Eighteen Months Out
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Those of us who had been looking forward to a substantial span of time after last year's midterm elections when interest in electoral politics would subside enough for real politics to happen have been disappointed. We had been hoping to be able to discuss and act upon the pressing environmental, economic, political, and social concerns…
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Forward Left: An Interview with Matt Christman of Chapo Trap House
Lucy Schiller | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Matt Christman is one host of the popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House, which has been "on-air" (meaning online) for nearly three years. The podcast has been profiled in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and is either a revolting or a cathartic dose of political wit and irreverence, depending on who you ask. Christman is…
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An Interview the Saker on Venezuela
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this.
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Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old…
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Canada, Israel and the "Rule of Law"
David Kattenburg | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
On the ropes for arresting Huawei executive Meng Wanzhau, as US-Canada extradition law required, now under fire, two of its own diplomats held by the vengeful Chinese, and a third Canadian facing execution on drug-smuggling charges, coveted trade relations in peril, Ottawa has been staking out high minded positions. Few are higher minded — or…
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Don't Blame the Pakistan Army for the Country's Poverty
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
No matter what happens in Afghanistan, a most important factor in the region will continue to be the army of Pakistan which has had to move large numbers of troops to the border to counter revolutionary militants. In the event of civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistan will be subject to even more threat from over…
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How the Age of Billionaires Ends
Josh Hoxie | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Every month or so there's a stunning new headline statistic about just how stark our economic divide has become. Understanding that this divide exists is a good start. Appreciating that a deeply unfair and unequal economy is problematic is even better. Actually doing something about it — that's the best. As 2020 presidential hopefuls start…
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Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series…
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Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-08
Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more ?…
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Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race
Michael T. Klare | thenation.com | 2019-02-08
Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race…
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Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
While the U.S. continues to conduct its mission of nation-building and "democracy promotion" in Afghanistan, bombing the country at unprecedented levels and being associated with de facto death squads on the ground could fuel distrust of Americans. | The post Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes appeared first on MintPress News.
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Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
"They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it's not like that." – Nicholas Maduro | The post Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People appeared first on MintPress News.
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Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada's Support for Venezuela Coup
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada's government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the "Voluntad Popular" Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó's violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. | Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summi…
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