Daily Archives: February 23, 2019

2019-02-23: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-23). How the U.S. is strangling Haiti as it attempts regime change in Venezuela. mronline.org Last week, the people of Haiti erupted in protests over fuel price hikes. Behind the protests lie a story of corruption by the elite, blatantly insensitive IMF policies, predatory pricing by U.S. oil firms and the fallout of the economic war on Venezuela. | Source

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-23). US to keep 200 'peacekeeping' troops in Syria, despite planned withdrawal. peoplesdispatch.org The decision to maintain some military presence in Syria is seen as a move aimed at protecting Kurdish groups aligned with the United States and a possible establishment of "safe zones" along the country's northern border with Turkey.

STAFF (2019-02-23). Dianne Feinstein Lectures Youth Climate Activists: 'You Did Not Vote for Me'. truthdig.com As young people from around the world are marching in the streets and calling on adults and elected leaders to act urgently to address runaway global warming and the climate crisis, this video of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) explaining to youth activists in her office on Friday why she won't back the joint congressional resolution on the Green New Deal has to be seen in order to be believed. | Posted to Twitter by the Sunrise Movement, which had organized the office visit as part of its campaign to garner support for the resolution, the video shows Feinstein responding with "smugness and disrespect" when the…

Eds. (2019-02-23). Russian Foreign Ministry: "U.S. transferring special troops, weapons close to Venezuela" mronline.org The U.S. is moving special forces and equipment to the Venezuelan border and is seeking, along with its NATO allies, to deliver weapons and ammunition to the opposition in the South American country, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman María Zajárova. | Source

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-23). How America Rescued Its Weapons Runners After Their Arrest in Haiti. mintpressnews.com "The fact that the U.S. took these people and did not charge them, it shows there was a conspiracy. They didn't want them to go before Haitian justice." — Pierre Esperance, National Human Rights Defense Network…

Eds. (2019-02-23). War with China? mronline.org Perhaps the greatest victim of this ongoing conflict will be planet Earth itself and all the creatures, humans included, who inhabit it. As the world's top two emitters of climate-altering greenhouse gases, the U.S. and China must work together to halt global warming or all of us are doomed to a hellish future. | Source

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-23). US Sanctions on Venezuela Possibly Worse than Iraq Sanctions Before War. therealnews.com News about humanitarian aid shipments to Venezuela almost never compare how tiny a fraction this aid is relative to the devastating damage that US sanctions against Venezuela have caused, which is now as draconian as the pre-Iraq war sanctions were, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…

CP Editor (2019-02-23). Kikagaku Moyo — Live on KEXP. counterpunch.org

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-23). What is at Stake in Venezuela: National Sovereignty. therealnews.com NYU history professor Greg Grandin discusses the history of the concept of national sovereignty as it originated in Latin America, but was repeatedly challenged by the US. The latest US threats against Venezuela once again threatens to make the concept irrelevant and would serve as justification for more unilateral interventions…

STAFF (2019-02-23). Recent Venezuela Coverage Tells Familiar Lies. truthdig.com I was sitting in my apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, reading the online edition of Time magazine ( 5/19/16), which carried a report that there was not even something as basic as aspirin to be found anywhere in Venezuela: "Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found." | I walked out of the apartment to the nearest pharmacy, four blocks away, where I found plenty of aspirin, as well as acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) and ibuprofen (generic Advil), in a well-stocked pharmacy with a knowledgeable professional staff that would b…

Timothy M. Gill (2019-02-23). Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies? zcomm.org If sanctions haven't felled governments in Iran or Syria, to name just two examples, it doesn't seem likely that they will fall the Maduro government any time soon. They'll only perpetuate suffering and ultimately generate acrimony towards the country…

Juan Cole (2019-02-23). Giving Saudis the Atom Bomb in Return for Billions. zcomm.org That people would try to destroy that deal on the one hand and slip Riyadh world-destroying secrets for personal enrichment boggles the mind…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-23). Confront Imperialism and Don't Make Concessions: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 1). venezuelanalysis.com An important Latin American political theorist suggests that Marxism and Bolivarianism together represent the solution to the continental crisis.

CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade (2019-02-23). German Government's "Right to Resist" UK Pressure on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca Campaign Against Arms Trade has welcomed the Germany Government's decision to continue its arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The ban on arms sales was put in place in 2018, following the escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-23). US Defeat in Syria: The Wrong End of "Might Makes Right" globalresearch.ca With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria and its future — the war having been decided on the ground rather than "politically" as envisioned by Western politicians, media, and policymakers — the US proxy war against Syria …

South Front (2019-02-23). Video: ISIS Cells Eliminated by Syrian Forces, US Drones over Syria, Iraq. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have finished their combing operation in the central Syrian desert, the NDF media center said in a statement. | According to the released statement, the SAA and the NDF eliminated …

Kevin Tillman (2019-02-23). A Call to Halt an Illegal Invasion of Venezuela. truthdig.com As our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have proved, the U.S. can cause immeasurable harm based on a false pretense. We can't let it happen again.

Fight Back (2019-02-23). Growing risk of U.S war on Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The eyes of the world are on the Venezuela-Colombia border, as the forces of reaction – the Trump administration, the Lima Group led by Colombia and Brazil, and the far-right Venezuelan opposition – attempt to provoke an invasion of Venezuela under the guise of 'humanitarian aid.' | They are demanding the truckloads of aid provided by the U.S. military (read: guns, bombs and ammo) be allowed into Venezuela, and they plan to drive them in from Colombia on Saturday, February 23. The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), unswervingly loyal to the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has p…

Mark Cook (2019-02-23). Golden Age of Lying About Latin America. zcomm.org The US administration and corporate media simply resort to the most extreme lying about Latin America that has been seen since the Reagan administration wars of the 1980s…

Newsclick (2019-02-23). Farmers call off 'Long March', after state government accepts demands. peoplesdispatch.org In a major victory for the farmers, the state government gave written assurance accepting all the fifteen demands put forward, including one to increase land parcels in forest zones…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-23). Venezuela False Flag Underway? Washington's "Humanitarian" Regime Change Effort. globalresearch.ca As I write this, there is a false flag underway on the border of Venezuela and Brazil. | It looks like two people were killed and a dozen wounded after Venezuelan troops opened fire on locals. The confrontation is part of …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-23). Turning Screws: China's Australian Coal Ban. globalresearch.ca Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up — by Australian …

Earth Justice (2019-02-23). Northwest Tribes Respond to Canada's Continued Push for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. globalresearch.ca A Canadian federal agency today formally recommended approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, a move strongly condemned by Coast Salish Tribes on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. | In November 2018, representatives from U.S. Coast Salish Tribes joined Canadian …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-23). Political Correctness and the Immigration Debate. globalresearch.ca There are two contrasting styles of debating an issue: those who prefer normative arguments, and those who choose descriptive line of reasoning. Most intellectuals nowadays adopt the former approach, but the truth unfortunately is generally bitter. | Let me admit at …

Arnold August (2019-02-23). Venezuela: A Unique Experience in Protagonist Democracy? globalresearch.ca The issue for us all is: No to military intervention in Venezuela and full support for the right of Venezuela to defend itself. | "Maduro declared in his February 4 Caracas speech: 'Not one Yaqui soldier will enter Venezuela.'" | Is Trump …

Shane Quinn (2019-02-23). Collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban Revolution Survives Despite Widely Held Predictions. globalresearch.ca Following the USSR's official collapse over Christmas 1991, the CIA expected that within two years Cuba's Revolution would follow suit. A generation later socialism endures in Cuba while the Soviet Union, a state larger in size than America and Canada …

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-23). Anti-semitism Is Cover for a Much Deeper Divide in Britain's Labour Party. globalresearch.ca The announcement by seven MPs from the UK Labour Party on Monday that they were breaking away and creating a new parliamentary faction marked the biggest internal upheaval in a British political party in nearly 40 years, when the SDP …

Newsclick (2019-02-23). Politics of "humanitarian" aid. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of International Roundup, Prabir Purkayastha, talks about the narrative built around the supposed "humanitarian" aid being pushed by the US into Venezuela.

Edgardo Lander (2019-02-23). This Is Not Humanitarian Aid. zcomm.org "This certainly is not humanitarian aid, and it's not oriented with any humanitarian aims. This is clearly a coup carried out by the United States government with its allies, with the Lima Group and the extreme right wing in Venezuela."

Fight Back (2019-02-23). El Salvador: rally in solidarity with Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution. fightbacknews.org San Salvador, El Salvador – Hundreds of Salvadorans rallied February 21 at the Salvador del Mundo Plaza to express solidarity with the Venezuelan Bolivarian revolution and with the government of Nicolás Maduro. At the rally, which was called by Cuba solidarity committees in El Salvador, people carried Venezuelan and Cuban flags and signs showing opposing U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. Venezuela is facing the imminent threat of U.S. military intervention as part of an attempted coup orchestrated by the Trump administration to impose a pro-imperialist leader in the oil rich country. Due to the bloody hist…

Zoe PC (2019-02-23). "We have fulfilled our objective to be transformed as human beings" peoplesdispatch.org The 'Che Guevara' Internationalist Brigade culminated its activities on Friday February 22 after 6 days of sharing with communities and organizations across Venezuela…

Fight Back (2019-02-23). El Salvador: mitin de solidaridad con la revolución bolivariana de Venezuela. fightbacknews.org San Salvador, El Salvador – Cientos de salvadoreños se concentraron este 21 de febrero en la Plaza Salvador del Mundo para expresar su solidaridad con la revolución bolivariana de Venezuela y el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro. Los participantes, convocados por los comités de solidaridad con Cuba, portaban banderas y carteles mostrando su oposición a la intervención militar de Estados Unidos en Venezuela. Venezuela está enfrentando una amenaza inminente de intervención militar estadounidense como parte de un atentado de golpe de estado orquestado por el gobierno de Trump para imponer un líder pro imperialista en el pa…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-23). 'We Refuse to Create Technology for Warfare and Oppression': Microsoft Workers Demand Company End Army Contract. commondreams.org Declaring to chief executives that they refuse "to become war profiteers," a group of Microsoft workers on Friday demanded the company cancel a contract with the U.S. Army that they say would "help people kill" and turn warfare into a "video game." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-23). Trump & WH adviser Conway win big at Razzie worst film awards. rt.com Donald Trump was honored as the year's worst actor at the 2019 Golden Raspberry awards — a satirical spin on the Oscars. Razzie judges canned the US president's "acting" in two documentaries released last year.

RT (2019-02-23). Microsoft staff protest over Pentagon contract for augmented reality tech 'designed to kill people'. rt.com Dozens of Microsoft employees have demanded the company pull out of a contract with the US military to provide augmented reality technology, stating that they refuse to be complicit in "warfare and oppression."

Jason Ditz (2019-02-23). US Military's Anti-Drug Campaign in Afghanistan Ends in Failure. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration's attempt to curb the Afghanistan opium trade with hundreds of military strikes against "drug labs" has come to a half a little over a year after it began. Officials have concluded it is a failure. The Pentagon had previously claimed that the airstrikes had cost the Taliban an estimated $42 million over the …

STAFF (2019-02-23). Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Accused of Soliciting Prostitute. truthdig.com JUPITER, Fla.—Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday. | The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The case comes amid a crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando in which police planted cameras in massage parlors. | Kraft was not immediately arrested. Jupiter police said a warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. They said details about the misdemeanor charges against the owner of the Super Bowl cha…

Labor Video Project (2019-02-23). Fighting Privatization & Union Busting Charters In Oakland OEA Strike On Day 2. indybay.org On the second day of the Oakland Education Association strike, thousands of teachers, service workers, parents and students rallied against charters and privatization. They marched to the office of Go Public charter school operation which is a laundering operation of the billionairs pushing charters and funding pro-privatization candidates.

WSWS (2019-02-23). Washington's "aid" provocation reportedly claims first victims in Venezuela. wsws.org The Trump administration is aiming to provoke a confrontation between the Venezuelan military and opposition protesters that it can use to justify direct military intervention.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-23). Sen. Feinstein Insults Children on Green New Deal. indybay.org California millionaire, war profiteer, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, age 85, again stuck her foot in her mouth with an appalling and insulting meeting with children who support the Green New Deal.

Murtaza Hussain (2019-02-23). French Muslims Grapple With a Republic That Codified Their Marginalization. theintercept.com Yasser Louati didn't usually permit his English students to leave class to make phone calls. On this January day in 2015, however, one asked with such urgency in her eyes that he nodded at her request and let her leave. A few minutes later, the woman walked back into the class, looking just as upset as she did when she left. As she took her seat, Yasser asked her if anything was wrong. | "There's a been a shooting at the Hypercacher," she said quietly, referring to the kosher supermarket chain located across the city in Paris's 20th arrondissement. | Louati's heart sank. All of Paris had been on edge for the past…

WSWS (2019-02-23). Further blows to US anti-Huawei campaign. wsws.org The Wall Street Journal has reported that the German government is "leaning towards letting Huawei … participate in building the nation's high-speech internet infrastructure."

WSWS Repost (2019-02-23). Teachers press for expansion of strike as union seeks to contain struggle. indybay.org To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers must turn out to the broader working class. A public appeal should be made to all workers.

Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki (2019-02-23). Japanese Americans, Allies Say "Never Again is Now" indybay.org On February 17th, members of the greater San José Japanese American community commemorated the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. At the same time they protested the National Emergency Trump announced two days earlier in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Allies from the South Bay peace activist community joined with those gathered in the local Japantown, one of only three left in the United States. | Jack Owicki, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer if you use these photos.

Abby Martin (2019-02-22). Video: An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela. | She uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas. | Watch the …

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-22). The President of the United States is more the president of my country than the president of my country. mronline.org Is the President of Venezuela the President of Venezuela or is the President of the United States the President of Venezuela? There is absurdity here. | Source

Fight Back (2019-02-22). Minneapolis protest Saturday to be part of global day of action against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups are organizing a Minneapolis protest on Saturday, February 23 as part of a day of local actions around the U.S. and around the world opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | The Minneapolis protesters will gather on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be signs and banners with the anti-intervention message. | The event is called under the themes: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela – No Coup; No Sanctions – No U.S. War on Venezuela!" | A statement issued by organizers says in…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-22). Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'. globalresearch.ca The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up. | *** | Venezuela's armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President …

Tim Shorrock (2019-02-22). Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks? thenation.com Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?

Michael Welton (2019-02-22). Dreaming Their Sweet Dreams: a Peace to End Peace. counterpunch.org The setting for Margaret MacMillan's lecture "Making peace is harder than waging war" could not have been better. Held in the Ottawa war museum's lower floor, the LeBreton Gallery, one is enclosed in, surrounded by WW II bulky Canadian tanks and scary heavy artillery. Looking up, one cannot miss a Canadian jet ready to explode More

Joe Bucciero (2019-02-22). A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace. thenation.com A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace…

W. T. Whitney (2019-02-22). US Racism and Imperialism Fuel Turbulence in Haiti. counterpunch.org Beginning on February 7, Haitians have been in the streets protesting against corruption, high prices, shortages, inflation, and power outages. Demonstrators are demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse, in power since January 2017, resign. MoàØseblames the disturbances on "armed groupsand drug traffickers" and is calling for negotiation. Facing police brutality, masses of Haitians have blocked roads, More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-22). Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow. counterpunch.org The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to More

Paul Street (2019-02-22). Buried Alive: The Story of Chicago Police State Racism. counterpunch.org "I want my husband home. I need him to be safe." — Tiffany Van Dyke, wife of Jason Van Dyke, the murderer of Laquan McDonald Among the many different forms taken by 21st century U.S.-American racism, one is the curious way in which white-owned corporate media and the criminal justice system racially differentiate worthy from More

Janine Jackson (2019-02-22). 'The Afghan Government Is as Corrupt as Governments Come' – CounterSpin interview with Phyllis Bennis on Ending the Afghan War. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about the possibility of ending the Afghan War for the February 15, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank (2019-02-22). Curtain Call: A Response to Edward Curtin. counterpunch.org Recently it came to our attention that one of our writers, Edward Curtin, accused us of suspiciously removing one his articles from our site. This is patently false. His piece, which by all accounts wasn't groundbreaking, was certainly not "eliminated", "scratched" or "excised" as Curtin scurrilously claims. The article in question, The CIA, Then and Now, is More

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-22). Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Slams Richard Branson for Fronting US Trojan-Horse "Aid" to Venezuela. mintpressnews.com "It has nothing to do with the needs of the Venezuelan people. It has nothing to do with democracy. It has nothing to do with freedom. And it has nothing to do with aid." — Roger Waters on the Richard Branson "aid" concert…

John Pilger (2019-02-22). John Pilger: The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies. mintpressnews.com Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies, argues John Pilger.

Kathryn Shihadah (2019-02-22). He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner. mintpressnews.com In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.

unitedEditor (2019-02-22). How Turkey shows the idea of the "end of history" belongs in the dustbin of history. uwidata.com On the one hand, the end of the Cold War signaled the beginning of liberalism's unipolar world domination, and the end of any possibility for competing ideas. On the other, the balance of power maintained by the Cold War was upended, opening a geopolitical Pandora's box. To date, Francis Fukuyama's prematurely announced "end of history" …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America. democracynow.org The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-22). Twenty-First Century Indian Wars. counterpunch.org The American war against its indigenous people is incessant, interminable and indefensible. From the Pequot Wars blessed by the English Puritan John Winthrop to the present day destruction of native culture and community in the name of resource extraction, there are very few episodes in human history more bloody, brutal and relentless. The recent attempts More

Lance Olsen (2019-02-22). Climate and Money: a Tale of Two Accounts. counterpunch.org In 1908, Charles Abbot and F.E. Fowle gave a presentation titled "Income and Outgo of Heat from the Earth, and the Dependence of Its Temperature Thereon." A lot's been learned since then, but the importance of income and outgo on Earth's temperature has been proven again and again. The basics are as straightforward as the income More

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-22). Donald Trump's National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama's National Emergency. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency is being framed as an unprecedented step towards authoritarianism, a unique proclamation against Latinas and Latinos, and even a sign that we should have elected racist hawk Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day to Ms. Clinton, by the way. In the age of Trump, words tend to be used More

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2019-02-22). Biomass is Not "Green": an Interview With Josh Schlossberg. counterpunch.org Josh Schlossberg is an investigative journalist, horror author and former environmental organizer who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Biomass Monitor, a subscription-supported publication that bills itself as "the nation's leading publication investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels." In early September 2018, I was visiting Colorado and More

CP Editor (2019-02-22). Yellowstone Buffalo Hunt A Native Perspective. counterpunch.org

David Rosen (2019-02-22). Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats? counterpunch.org It's been nearly two centuries since Pres. James Monroe used the State of Union address of December 2, 1823, to issue what became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." In his declaration, he asserted: "The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Trump, like most presidents before him, seeks to fulfill Monroe's assertion. More

Andrew Levine (2019-02-22). Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her. counterpunch.org Muslims and other persons of color who do not kowtow to Zionist positions are routinely deemed "anti-Semitic," notwithstanding the fact that, unlike in Europe, historically Muslim parts of the world have had little or no connection either to theologically or racially grounded hatred of Jews qua Jews until quite recently. On the other hand, persons of European descent whose views reek of historical connections with the genuine article get a pass insofar as they are outspoken friends of the Israeli state. Just a few years ago, it seemed that true anti-Semitism, as distinct from the anti-Zionism Zionists confound wi…

Timothy M. Gill (2019-02-22). Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies? counterpunch.org There's no denying that a serious economic and humanitarian crisis faces Venezuela. Millions of citizens have left the country, and those who have remained have lost considerable weight and have inadequate access to food and medicine. Hyperinflation continues unabated, and, with the Trump administration recently leveling sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company (PDVSA), the crisis is only intensifying. More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-22). Brazil's Unions Push Back on Assault on Labor. therealnews.com Brazil's labor movement is gradually mobilizing against the new right-wing president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who is putting his program of assaulting labor rights and social security into effect. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…

Shimbun Akahata (2019-02-22). Eight years after Fukushima nuclear meltdown, workers still facing radiation risk. peoplesworld.org Next month will mark eight years since the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The NPP operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), says that it will soon conduct a probe into the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor in order to find out the condition of the melted nuclear fuel inside, …

Mark Cook (2019-02-22). Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America. fair.org Venezuelan pharmacy at a time when Time ( 5/19/16) was telling readers, "Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found" in Venezuela. | I was sitting in my apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, reading the online edition of Time magazine ( 5/19/16), which carried a report that there was not even something as basic as aspirin to be found anywhere in Venezuela: "Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found." | I walked out of the apartment to…

Danny Haiphong (2019-02-22). How to answer Trump? Make America a socialist country. mronline.org Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders won't align with Venezuela out of fear of being labeled "authoritarian" by the ruling elite. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). This Is Not Humanitarian Aid: A Maduro Critic in Venezuela Slams U.S. Plan to Push Regime Change. democracynow.org We go to Caracas, Venezuela, for an update on the escalating standoff between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó. Guaidó claims he is preparing to deliver humanitarian aid from the Colombian border Saturday. Maduro has rejected the plan, saying the effort is part of a broader attempt to overthrow his regime. This comes as Trump's special envoy to Venezuela and right-wing hawk, Elliott Abrams, is leading a U.S. delegation traveling by military aircraft to the Colombian border, supposedly to help deliver the aid. The United Nations, the Red Cross and other relie…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-22). Venezuela's Former Minister of Communes and Culture Talks to TRNN About the Crisis. therealnews.com Well-known Venezuelan writer and theorist, Reinaldo Iturriza, says US sanctions and the low price of oil have devastated Venezuela'seconomy…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-22). JOHN PILGER: The War on Venezuela is Built on Lies. consortiumnews.com The reporter as clown — for whom the truth is too difficult to report —may be the final stage of much of mainstream journalism's degeneration, writes John Pilger for Consortium News. By John Pilger Special to Consortium News Travelling with… Read more →

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-22). Iran's Turning into India's Proxy by Taunting and Threatening Pakistan? globalresearch.ca Major General Qassem Soleimani, the famed commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), proved that his country is increasingly turning into India's proxy after he taunted and threatened Pakistan, resulting in the Islamic Republic incredibly taking some …

Consortiumnews (2019-02-22). Taking Away the Ladder. consortiumnews.com Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world, write Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. By Anis Chowdhury in Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,… Read more →

South Front (2019-02-22). Video: Why is the S-300 Air Defense System in Syria Not Being Used Against Israeli Aircraft. globalresearch.ca There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its …

Peter Kuper (2019-02-22). A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message. thenation.com A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message…

David Goodner (2019-02-22). The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal. commondreams.org In 2016, The Sanders campaign and its popular slogans of "political revolution" against the "oligarchy" and the "billionaire class" moved the goalposts of what is politically possible to the left by several football fields. (Image: via thebluedeal.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-22). Venezuela: Trade Unions Ratify Anti-Imperialist Stance. venezuelanalysis.com Trade unions and political organizations also voiced criticisms and demands for improved salaries and working conditions.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-22). Violence Erupts at Venezuelan-Brazilian Border Ahead of 'Aid' Deadline. venezuelanalysis.com Tensions surrounding the entry of "humanitarian aid" are set to rise this weekend.

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-22). Saudi Crown Prince MBS' Asia Tour Is Much More than a Post-Khashoggi Photo-Op. globalresearch.ca Many have dismissed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Asia tour to Pakistan, India, and China as nothing more than a post-Khashoggi photo-op to shore up international support, but it's actually about much more than that because of its …

Maha Hilal (2019-02-22). Democrats Might Oppose Trump's National Emergency, But They're Hardly the Resistance. commondreams.org For anyone paying attention, its no coincidence that two of the three countries have the highest numbers of refugees are Afghanistan and Syria—countries that have born a large brunt of the US' War on Terror. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-22). Hands Off Venezuela: Hundreds of municipal workers and Bolivarian militia march in Caracas. peoplesdispatch.org Speaking to Peoples Dispatch, First Lieutenant Jo≈õe Rodriguez of the National Bolivarian Militia of Venezuela said that the march is a warning to US that the people are firmly standing with President Niclas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.

Michael Klare (2019-02-22). War with China? It's Already Under Way. globalresearch.ca Introduction | by Tom Engelhardt | These days, the trade "war" between the Trump administration and China is regularly in the headlines and, sometimes, so are the bases the Chinese are building in the South China Sea, the ships the U.S. Navy …

splcenter (2019-02-22). SPLC and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band release song that teaches immigrants their rights. splcenter.org ‚ÄãThe SPLC and the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band Flor De Toloache launched a new song today whose lyrics teach immigrants about the rights they can exercise when interacting with law enforcement and immigration authorities.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-22). New Film Details Plight of Black Travelers Under Jim Crow. truthout.org The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie Green Book, which has renewed interest in the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book. So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created arou…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-22). PART 1: What is the real motive behind US 'aid' to Venezuela? peoplesdispatch.org Carlos Ron, Venezuelan Vice-Minister for North America also explains how country's socialist policies helped the Venezuelan people to overcome the brutal impact of the US led economic warfare.

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-22). Global Warming's Monster Awakens. counterpunch.org The planet's biggest nightmare is coming to life. It may be a bigger threat much sooner than ever before realized simply because it's accelerating! East Antarctica, the world's largest body of water trapped in ice, is knocking the socks off expectations. Along the way, it's the world's most horrifying surprise, yet nobody really knows how More

Robert Fantina (2019-02-22). The U.S. and Venezuela: a Long History of Hostility. counterpunch.org The U.S. has long been hostile to Venezuela. As the world's fifth largest oil exporter, and holding the largest reserves of oil outside of the Middle East, Venezuela, as of 2004, was one of the four (4) top oil suppliers to the U.S. "Before (Hugo) Chavez was elected, two political parties representing the white elite and More

John Feffer (2019-02-22). Answering Attacks on the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org It's become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the "loony left." These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable "moderate" position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The president is certainly an idiot, they say, More

Rob Seimetz (2019-02-22). Imagined Communities and Omitting Carbon Emissions: Shifting the Discussion On Climate Change. counterpunch.org I think we need to omit talking about carbon emissions when discussing climate change. This is what I see the mainstream media limit the discussion to. It's why the Democratic Green New Deal is all the rage these days. This new deal focuses on two items: carbon emissions and jobs which is what mainstream climate change discussions More

Louis Proyect (2019-02-22). El Chapo and the Path Taken. counterpunch.org As should be obvious from my review of season two of Narcos and the first two installments of a series of articles on films about the Sicilian mafia that I hope to continue before long, I have a keen interest in the class dimensions of organized crime and how popular culture reflects it. Not only was Ernest More

Fred Gardner (2019-02-22). The Rise of Kamala Harris. counterpunch.org This is adapted from a piece that ran in 2003. It won't be a political tragedy, no matter who wins, but I can't help seeing the San Francisco district attorney's race as the sad, final act of "Othello at the Hall of Justice." The outcome was inevitable; and yet it didn't have to come to More

Huma Yasin (2019-02-22). Chris Christie Spins a Story, Once Again. counterpunch.org Former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie is at it again, making the rounds promoting his new book, Let Me Finish. Unsurprisingly, Christie paints himself as a misunderstood do-gooder, claiming that if he hadn't been ousted from Trump's transition teamdue to prosecuting Jared Kushner's father, the White House would not be the chaotic revolving door it now is. I More

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-22). Rule by Fiat: National Crises, Fake Emergencies and Other Dangerous Presidential Powers. counterpunch.org "When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." —Richard Nixon Who pays the price for the dissolution of the constitutional covenant that holds the government and its agents accountable to the will of the people? We all do. This ill-advised decision by President Trump to circumvent the Constitution's system of checks More

Kim Ives (2019-02-22). How Trump's Attacks on Venezuela Sparked a Revolution in Haiti. counterpunch.org Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and More

Dr. Gilbert Doctorow (2019-02-22). Putin on National Defense: Threats or a Bid to Negotiate on Arms Control? globalresearch.ca As he stated at the outset, Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address today before a joint session of the nation's bicameral legislature was devoted preponderantly to domestic policy. He was expanding on the practical implications for the …

2019-02-23: Social Media Postees

How the U.S. is strangling Haiti as it attempts regime change in Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-02-23
Last week, the people of Haiti erupted in protests over fuel price hikes. Behind the protests lie a story of corruption by the elite, blatantly insensitive IMF policies, predatory pricing by U.S. oil firms and the fallout of the economic war on Venezuela. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/23/how-the-…

US to keep 200 'peacekeeping' troops in Syria, despite planned withdrawal
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-23
The decision to maintain some military presence in Syria is seen as a move aimed at protecting Kurdish groups aligned with the United States and a possible establishment of "safe zones" along the country's northern border with Turkey.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/23/u…

Dianne Feinstein Lectures Youth Climate Activists: 'You Did Not Vote for Me'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-23
As young people from around the world are marching in the streets and calling on adults and elected leaders to act urgently to address runaway global warming and the climate crisis, this video of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) explaining to youth activists in her office on Friday why she won't back the joint congressional resolution on the Green New Deal has to be seen in order to be believed. | Posted to Twitter by the Sunrise Movement, which had organized the office visit as part of its campaign to garner support for the resolution, the video shows Feinstein responding with "smugness and disrespect" when the…
truthdig.com/articles/dianne-fei…

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?
Timothy M. Gill | zcomm.org | 2019-02-23
If sanctions haven't felled governments in Iran or Syria, to name just two examples, it doesn't seem likely that they will fall the Maduro government any time soon. They'll only perpetuate suffering and ultimately generate acrimony towards the country…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-is-the…

Russian Foreign Ministry: "U.S. transferring special troops, weapons close to Venezuela"
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-23
The U.S. is moving special forces and equipment to the Venezuelan border and is seeking, along with its NATO allies, to deliver weapons and ammunition to the opposition in the South American country, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman María Zajárova. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/23/russian-…

Giving Saudis the Atom Bomb in Return for Billions
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-02-23
That people would try to destroy that deal on the one hand and slip Riyadh world-destroying secrets for personal enrichment boggles the mind…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/giving-sau…

How America Rescued Its Weapons Runners After Their Arrest in Haiti
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-23
"The fact that the U.S. took these people and did not charge them, it shows there was a conspiracy. They didn't want them to go before Haitian justice." — Pierre Esperance, National Human Rights Defense Network…
mintpressnews.com/america-rescue…

Confront Imperialism and Don't Make Concessions: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 1)
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-23
An important Latin American political theorist suggests that Marxism and Bolivarianism together represent the solution to the continental crisis.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

German Government's "Right to Resist" UK Pressure on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
Campaign Against Arms Trade has welcomed the Germany Government's decision to continue its arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The ban on arms sales was put in place in 2018, following the escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the …
globalresearch.ca/german-governm…

US Defeat in Syria: The Wrong End of "Might Makes Right"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria and its future — the war having been decided on the ground rather than "politically" as envisioned by Western politicians, media, and policymakers — the US proxy war against Syria …
globalresearch.ca/us-defeat-in-s…

Video: ISIS Cells Eliminated by Syrian Forces, US Drones over Syria, Iraq
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have finished their combing operation in the central Syrian desert, the NDF media center said in a statement. | According to the released statement, the SAA and the NDF eliminated …
globalresearch.ca/video-isis-cel…

US Sanctions on Venezuela Possibly Worse than Iraq Sanctions Before War
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-23
News about humanitarian aid shipments to Venezuela almost never compare how tiny a fraction this aid is relative to the devastating damage that US sanctions against Venezuela have caused, which is now as draconian as the pre-Iraq war sanctions were, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…
therealnews.com/stories/us-sanct…

Farmers call off 'Long March', after state government accepts demands
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-23
In a major victory for the farmers, the state government gave written assurance accepting all the fifteen demands put forward, including one to increase land parcels in forest zones…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/23/f…

War with China?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-23
Perhaps the greatest victim of this ongoing conflict will be planet Earth itself and all the creatures, humans included, who inhabit it. As the world's top two emitters of climate-altering greenhouse gases, the U.S. and China must work together to halt global warming or all of us are doomed to a hellish future. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/23/war-with…

A Call to Halt an Illegal Invasion of Venezuela
Kevin Tillman | truthdig.com | 2019-02-23
As our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have proved, the U.S. can cause immeasurable harm based on a false pretense. We can't let it happen again.
truthdig.com/articles/a-call-to-…

Growing risk of U.S war on Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-23
Chicago, IL – The eyes of the world are on the Venezuela-Colombia border, as the forces of reaction – the Trump administration, the Lima Group led by Colombia and Brazil, and the far-right Venezuelan opposition – attempt to provoke an invasion of Venezuela under the guise of 'humanitarian aid.' | They are demanding the truckloads of aid provided by the U.S. military (read: guns, bombs and ammo) be allowed into Venezuela, and they plan to drive them in from Colombia on Saturday, February 23. The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), unswervingly loyal to the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has p…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/22/grow…

Golden Age of Lying About Latin America
Mark Cook | zcomm.org | 2019-02-23
The US administration and corporate media simply resort to the most extreme lying about Latin America that has been seen since the Reagan administration wars of the 1980s…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/golden-age…

Kikagaku Moyo — Live on KEXP
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-23
counterpunch.org/2019/02/23/kika…

Venezuela False Flag Underway? Washington's "Humanitarian" Regime Change Effort
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
As I write this, there is a false flag underway on the border of Venezuela and Brazil. | It looks like two people were killed and a dozen wounded after Venezuelan troops opened fire on locals. The confrontation is part of …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-fals…

Turning Screws: China's Australian Coal Ban
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up — by Australian …
globalresearch.ca/turning-screws…

Anti-semitism Is Cover for a Much Deeper Divide in Britain's Labour Party
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
The announcement by seven MPs from the UK Labour Party on Monday that they were breaking away and creating a new parliamentary faction marked the biggest internal upheaval in a British political party in nearly 40 years, when the SDP …
globalresearch.ca/anti-semitism-…

Northwest Tribes Respond to Canada's Continued Push for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
Earth Justice | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
A Canadian federal agency today formally recommended approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, a move strongly condemned by Coast Salish Tribes on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. | In November 2018, representatives from U.S. Coast Salish Tribes joined Canadian …
globalresearch.ca/northwest-trib…

Political Correctness and the Immigration Debate
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
There are two contrasting styles of debating an issue: those who prefer normative arguments, and those who choose descriptive line of reasoning. Most intellectuals nowadays adopt the former approach, but the truth unfortunately is generally bitter. | Let me admit at | …
globalresearch.ca/political-corr…

Collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban Revolution Survives Despite Widely Held Predictions
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
Following the USSR's official collapse over Christmas 1991, the CIA expected that within two years Cuba's Revolution would follow suit. A generation later socialism endures in Cuba while the Soviet Union, a state larger in size than America and Canada …
globalresearch.ca/collapse-of-th…

Venezuela: A Unique Experience in Protagonist Democracy?
Arnold August | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-23
The issue for us all is: No to military intervention in Venezuela and full support for the right of Venezuela to defend itself. | "Maduro declared in his February 4 Caracas speech: 'Not one Yaqui soldier will enter Venezuela.'" | Is Trump …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-a-un…

Politics of "humanitarian" aid
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-23
In this episode of International Roundup, Prabir Purkayastha, talks about the narrative built around the supposed "humanitarian" aid being pushed by the US into Venezuela.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/23/p…

This Is Not Humanitarian Aid
Edgardo Lander | zcomm.org | 2019-02-23
"This certainly is not humanitarian aid, and it's not oriented with any humanitarian aims. This is clearly a coup carried out by the United States government with its allies, with the Lima Group and the extreme right wing in Venezuela."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/this-is-no…

What is at Stake in Venezuela: National Sovereignty
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-23
NYU history professor Greg Grandin discusses the history of the concept of national sovereignty as it originated in Latin America, but was repeatedly challenged by the US. The latest US threats against Venezuela once again threatens to make the concept irrelevant and would serve as justification for more unilateral interventions…
therealnews.com/stories/what-is-…

"We have fulfilled our objective to be transformed as human beings"
Zoe PC | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-23
The 'Che Guevara' Internationalist Brigade culminated its activities on Friday February 22 after 6 days of sharing with communities and organizations across Venezuela…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/23/w…

El Salvador: rally in solidarity with Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-23
San Salvador, El Salvador – Hundreds of Salvadorans rallied February 21 at the Salvador del Mundo Plaza to express solidarity with the Venezuelan Bolivarian revolution and with the government of Nicolás Maduro. At the rally, which was called by Cuba solidarity committees in El Salvador, people carried Venezuelan and Cuban flags and signs showing opposing U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. Venezuela is facing the imminent threat of U.S. military intervention as part of an attempted coup orchestrated by the Trump administration to impose a pro-imperialist leader in the oil rich country. Due to the bloody hist…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/22/el-s…

El Salvador: mitin de solidaridad con la revolución bolivariana de Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-23
San Salvador, El Salvador – Cientos de salvadoreños se concentraron este 21 de febrero en la Plaza Salvador del Mundo para expresar su solidaridad con la revolución bolivariana de Venezuela y el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro. Los participantes, convocados por los comités de solidaridad con Cuba, portaban banderas y carteles mostrando su oposición a la intervención militar de Estados Unidos en Venezuela. Venezuela está enfrentando una amenaza inminente de intervención militar estadounidense como parte de un atentado de golpe de estado orquestado por el gobierno de Trump para imponer un líder pro imperialista en el pa…
fightbacknews.org/node/7279

Recent Venezuela Coverage Tells Familiar Lies
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-23
I was sitting in my apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, reading the online edition of Time magazine ( 5/19/16), which carried a report that there was not even something as basic as aspirin to be found anywhere in Venezuela: "Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found." | I walked out of the apartment to the nearest pharmacy, four blocks away, where I found plenty of aspirin, as well as acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) and ibuprofen (generic Advil), in a well-stocked pharmacy with a knowledgeable professional staff that would b…
truthdig.com/articles/recent-ven…

Trump & WH adviser Conway win big at Razzie worst film awards
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-23
Donald Trump was honored as the year's worst actor at the 2019 Golden Raspberry awards — a satirical spin on the Oscars. Razzie judges canned the US president's "acting" in two documentaries released last year. | …
rt.com/usa/452245-trump-razzie-w…

'We Refuse to Create Technology for Warfare and Oppression': Microsoft Workers Demand Company End Army Contract
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-23
Declaring to chief executives that they refuse "to become war profiteers," a group of Microsoft workers on Friday demanded the company cancel a contract with the U.S. Army that they say would "help people kill" and turn warfare into a "video game." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/23…

French Muslims Grapple With a Republic That Codified Their Marginalization
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-02-23
Yasser Louati didn't usually permit his English students to leave class to make phone calls. On this January day in 2015, however, one asked with such urgency in her eyes that he nodded at her request and let her leave. A few minutes later, the woman walked back into the class, looking just as upset as she did when she left. As she took her seat, Yasser asked her if anything was wrong. | "There's a been a shooting at the Hypercacher," she said quietly, referring to the kosher supermarket chain located across the city in Paris's 20th arrondissement. | Louati's heart sank. All of Paris had been on edge for the past…
theintercept.com/2019/02/23/fran…

Fighting Privatization & Union Busting Charters In Oakland OEA Strike On Day 2
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-02-23
On the second day of the Oakland Education Association strike, thousands of teachers, service workers, parents and students rallied against charters and privatization. They marched to the office of Go Public charter school operation which is a laundering operation of the billionairs pushing charters and funding pro-privatization candidates.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/22…

Teachers press for expansion of strike as union seeks to contain struggle
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-23
To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers must turn out to the broader working class. A public appeal should be made to all workers.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/23…

Microsoft staff protest over Pentagon contract for augmented reality tech 'designed to kill people'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-23
Dozens of Microsoft employees have demanded the company pull out of a contract with the US military to provide augmented reality technology, stating that they refuse to be complicit in "warfare and oppression." | …
rt.com/usa/452227-pentagon-micro…

US Military's Anti-Drug Campaign in Afghanistan Ends in Failure
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-23
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration's attempt to curb the Afghanistan opium trade with hundreds of military strikes against "drug labs" has come to a half a little over a year after it began. Officials have concluded it is a failure. The Pentagon had previously claimed that the airstrikes had cost the Taliban an estimated $42 million over the …

US Military’s Anti-Drug Campaign in Afghanistan Ends in Failure

Sen. Feinstein Insults Children on Green New Deal
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-23
California millionaire, war profiteer, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, age 85, again stuck her foot in her mouth with an appalling and insulting meeting with children who support the Green New Deal.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/23…

Japanese Americans, Allies Say "Never Again is Now"
Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki | indybay.org | 2019-02-23
On February 17th, members of the greater San José Japanese American community commemorated the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. At the same time they protested the National Emergency Trump announced two days earlier in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Allies from the South Bay peace activist community joined with those gathered in the local Japantown, one of only three left in the United States. | Jack Owicki, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer if you use these photos.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/22…

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Accused of Soliciting Prostitute
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-23
JUPITER, Fla.–Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday. | The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The case comes amid a crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando in which police planted cameras in massage parlors. | Kraft was not immediately arrested. Jupiter police said a warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. They said details about the misdemeanor charges against the owner of the Super Bowl cha…
truthdig.com/articles/patriots-o…

Washington's "aid" provocation reportedly claims first victims in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-23
The Trump administration is aiming to provoke a confrontation between the Venezuelan military and opposition protesters that it can use to justify direct military intervention.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Further blows to US anti-Huawei campaign
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-23
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the German government is "leaning towards letting Huawei … participate in building the nation's high-speech internet infrastructure."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Watch | Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Venezuela Coup
Abby Martin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.
mintpressnews.com/ocean-lies-ven…

Video: An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela
Abby Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela. | She uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas. | Watch the …
globalresearch.ca/video-an-ocean…

The President of the United States is more the president of my country than the president of my country
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-02-22
Is the President of Venezuela the President of Venezuela or is the President of the United States the President of Venezuela? There is absurdity here. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/22/the-pres…

Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
thenation.com/article/north-kore…

A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace
Joe Bucciero | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace…
thenation.com/article/buzzcocks-…

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up. | *** | Venezuela's armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelan-mil…

Minneapolis protest Saturday to be part of global day of action against U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-22
Minneapolis, MN — Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups are organizing a Minneapolis protest on Saturday, February 23 as part of a day of local actions around the U.S. and around the world opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | The Minneapolis protesters will gather on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be signs and banners with the anti-intervention message. | The event is called under the themes: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela – No Coup; No Sanctions – No U.S. War on Venezuela!" | A statement issued by organizers says in…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/22/minn…

Dreaming Their Sweet Dreams: a Peace to End Peace
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The setting for Margaret MacMillan's lecture "Making peace is harder than waging war" could not have been better. Held in the Ottawa war museum's lower floor, the LeBreton Gallery, one is enclosed in, surrounded by WW II bulky Canadian tanks and scary heavy artillery. Looking up, one cannot miss a Canadian jet ready to explode…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/drea…

US Racism and Imperialism Fuel Turbulence in Haiti
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Beginning on February 7, Haitians have been in the streets protesting against corruption, high prices, shortages, inflation, and power outages. Demonstrators are demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse, in power since January 2017, resign. MoàØseblames the disturbances on "armed groupsand drug traffickers" and is calling for negotiation. Facing police brutality, masses of Haitians have blocked roads,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/us-r…

Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/russ…

Buried Alive: The Story of Chicago Police State Racism
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
"I want my husband home. I need him to be safe." — Tiffany Van Dyke, wife of Jason Van Dyke, the murderer of Laquan McDonald Among the many different forms taken by 21st century U.S.-American racism, one is the curious way in which white-owned corporate media and the criminal justice system racially differentiate worthy from…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/buri…

'The Afghan Government Is as Corrupt as Governments Come' – CounterSpin interview with Phyllis Bennis on Ending the Afghan War
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-02-22
Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about the possibility of ending the Afghan War for the February 15, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/the-afghan-governm…

Curtain Call: A Response to Edward Curtin
Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Recently it came to our attention that one of our writers, Edward Curtin, accused us of suspiciously removing one his articles from our site. This is patently false. His piece, which by all accounts wasn't groundbreaking, was certainly not "eliminated", "scratched" or "excised" as Curtin scurrilously claims. The article in question, The CIA, Then and Now, is…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/a-re…

John Pilger: The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies, argues John Pilger.
mintpressnews.com/john-pilger-wa…

JOHN PILGER: The War on Venezuela is Built on Lies
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-22
The reporter as clown — for whom the truth is too difficult to report –may be the final stage of much of mainstream journalism's degeneration, writes John Pilger for Consortium News. By John Pilger Special to Consortium News Travelling with… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/22/jo…

Iran's Turning into India's Proxy by Taunting and Threatening Pakistan?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the famed commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), proved that his country is increasingly turning into India's proxy after he taunted and threatened Pakistan, resulting in the Islamic Republic incredibly taking some …
globalresearch.ca/irans-turning-…

Video: Why is the S-300 Air Defense System in Syria Not Being Used Against Israeli Aircraft
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its …
globalresearch.ca/video-why-is-t…

Taking Away the Ladder
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-22
Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world, write Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. By Anis Chowdhury in Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/22/ta…

The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal
David Goodner | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
In 2016, The Sanders campaign and its popular slogans of "political revolution" against the "oligarchy" and the "billionaire class" moved the goalposts of what is politically possible to the left by several football fields. (Image: via thebluedeal.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/2…

A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message
Peter Kuper | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message…
thenation.com/article/a-billiona…

He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.
mintpressnews.com/cant-breathe-p…

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Slams Richard Branson for Fronting US Trojan-Horse "Aid" to Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
"It has nothing to do with the needs of the Venezuelan people. It has nothing to do with democracy. It has nothing to do with freedom. And it has nothing to do with aid." — Roger Waters on the Richard Branson "aid" concert…
mintpressnews.com/roger-waters-s…

Venezuela: Trade Unions Ratify Anti-Imperialist Stance
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-22
Trade unions and political organizations also voiced criticisms and demands for improved salaries and working conditions.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14344

Violence Erupts at Venezuelan-Brazilian Border Ahead of 'Aid' Deadline
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-22
Tensions surrounding the entry of "humanitarian aid" are set to rise this weekend.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14345

Saudi Crown Prince MBS' Asia Tour Is Much More than a Post-Khashoggi Photo-Op
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Many have dismissed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Asia tour to Pakistan, India, and China as nothing more than a post-Khashoggi photo-op to shore up international support, but it's actually about much more than that because of its …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-crown-pr…

Democrats Might Oppose Trump's National Emergency, But They're Hardly the Resistance
Maha Hilal | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
For anyone paying attention, its no coincidence that two of the three countries have the highest numbers of refugees are Afghanistan and Syria—countries that have born a large brunt of the US' War on Terror. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/2…

New Film Details Plight of Black Travelers Under Jim Crow
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie Green Book, which has renewed interest in the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book. So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created arou…
truthout.org/video/how-african-a…

Donald Trump's National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama's National Emergency
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency is being framed as an unprecedented step towards authoritarianism, a unique proclamation against Latinas and Latinos, and even a sign that we should have elected racist hawk Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day to Ms. Clinton, by the way. In the age of Trump, words tend to be used…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/dona…

How Turkey shows the idea of the "end of history" belongs in the dustbin of history
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-22
On the one hand, the end of the Cold War signaled the beginning of liberalism's unipolar world domination, and the end of any possibility for competing ideas. On the other, the balance of power maintained by the Cold War was upended, opening a geopolitical Pandora's box. To date, Francis Fukuyama's prematurely announced "end of history" …
uwidata.com/2336-how-turkey-show…

SPLC and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band release song that teaches immigrants their rights
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-22
‚ÄãThe SPLC and the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band Flor De Toloache launched a new song today whose lyrics teach immigrants about the rights they can exercise when interacting with law enforcement and immigration authorities.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/22/sp…

Global Warming's Monster Awakens
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The planet's biggest nightmare is coming to life. It may be a bigger threat much sooner than ever before realized simply because it's accelerating! East Antarctica, the world's largest body of water trapped in ice, is knocking the socks off expectations. Along the way, it's the world's most horrifying surprise, yet nobody really knows how…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/glob…

"The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/22/t…

PART 1: What is the real motive behind US 'aid' to Venezuela?
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-22
Carlos Ron, Venezuelan Vice-Minister for North America also explains how country's socialist policies helped the Venezuelan people to overcome the brutal impact of the US led economic warfare.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/22/p…

Climate and Money: a Tale of Two Accounts
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
In 1908, Charles Abbot and F.E. Fowle gave a presentation titled "Income and Outgo of Heat from the Earth, and the Dependence of Its Temperature Thereon." A lot's been learned since then, but the importance of income and outgo on Earth's temperature has been proven again and again. The basics are as straightforward as the income…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/clim…

Twenty-First Century Indian Wars
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The American war against its indigenous people is incessant, interminable and indefensible. From the Pequot Wars blessed by the English Puritan John Winthrop to the present day destruction of native culture and community in the name of resource extraction, there are very few episodes in human history more bloody, brutal and relentless. The recent attempts…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/twen…

War with China? It's Already Under Way
Michael Klare | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Introduction | by Tom Engelhardt | These days, the trade "war" between the Trump administration and China is regularly in the headlines and, sometimes, so are the bases the Chinese are building in the South China Sea, the ships the U.S. Navy …
globalresearch.ca/war-with-china…

Hands Off Venezuela: Hundreds of municipal workers and Bolivarian militia march in Caracas
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-22
Speaking to Peoples Dispatch, First Lieutenant Jo≈õe Rodriguez of the National Bolivarian Militia of Venezuela said that the march is a warning to US that the people are firmly standing with President Niclas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/22/h…

How Trump's Attacks on Venezuela Sparked a Revolution in Haiti
Kim Ives | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/how-…

Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's been nearly two centuries since Pres. James Monroe used the State of Union address of December 2, 1823, to issue what became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." In his declaration, he asserted: "The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Trump, like most presidents before him, seeks to fulfill Monroe's assertion.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/will…

Yellowstone Buffalo Hunt A Native Perspective
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/yell…

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?
Timothy M. Gill | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
There's no denying that a serious economic and humanitarian crisis faces Venezuela. Millions of citizens have left the country, and those who have remained have lost considerable weight and have inadequate access to food and medicine. Hyperinflation continues unabated, and, with the Trump administration recently leveling sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company (PDVSA), the crisis is only intensifying.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/why-…

Biomass is Not "Green": an Interview With Josh Schlossberg
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Josh Schlossberg is an investigative journalist, horror author and former environmental organizer who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Biomass Monitor, a subscription-supported publication that bills itself as "the nation's leading publication investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels." In early September 2018, I was visiting Colorado and…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/biom…

Answering Attacks on the Green New Deal
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the "loony left." These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable "moderate" position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The president is certainly an idiot, they say,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/answ…

Chris Christie Spins a Story, Once Again
Huma Yasin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie is at it again, making the rounds promoting his new book, Let Me Finish. Unsurprisingly, Christie paints himself as a misunderstood do-gooder, claiming that if he hadn't been ousted from Trump's transition teamdue to prosecuting Jared Kushner's father, the White House would not be the chaotic revolving door it now is. I…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/chri…

El Chapo and the Path Taken
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
As should be obvious from my review of season two of Narcos and the first two installments of a series of articles on films about the Sicilian mafia that I hope to continue before long, I have a keen interest in the class dimensions of organized crime and how popular culture reflects it. Not only was Ernest…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/el-c…

The U.S. and Venezuela: a Long History of Hostility
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The U.S. has long been hostile to Venezuela. As the world's fifth largest oil exporter, and holding the largest reserves of oil outside of the Middle East, Venezuela, as of 2004, was one of the four (4) top oil suppliers to the U.S.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/the-…

Imagined Communities and Omitting Carbon Emissions: Shifting the Discussion On Climate Change
Rob Seimetz | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
I think we need to omit talking about carbon emissions when discussing climate change. This is what I see the mainstream media limit the discussion to. It's why the Democratic Green New Deal is all the rage these days. This new deal focuses on two items: carbon emissions and jobs which is what mainstream climate change discussions…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/imag…

Rule by Fiat: National Crises, Fake Emergencies and Other Dangerous Presidential Powers
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
"When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." –Richard Nixon Who pays the price for the dissolution of the constitutional covenant that holds the government and its agents accountable to the will of the people? We all do. This ill-advised decision by President Trump to circumvent the Constitution's system of checks…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/rule…

Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Muslims and other persons of color who do not kowtow to Zionist positions are routinely deemed "anti-Semitic," notwithstanding the fact that, unlike in Europe, historically Muslim parts of the world have had little or no connection either to theologically or racially grounded hatred of Jews qua Jews until quite recently. On the other hand, persons of European descent whose views reek of historical connections with the genuine article get a pass insofar as they are outspoken friends of the Israeli state. Just a few years ago, it seemed that true anti-Semitism, as distinct from the anti-Zionism Zionists confound wi…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/ilha…

The Rise of Kamala Harris
Fred Gardner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
This is adapted from a piece that ran in 2003. It won't be a political tragedy, no matter who wins, but I can't help seeing the San Francisco district attorney's race as the sad, final act of "Othello at the Hall of Justice." The outcome was inevitable; and yet it didn't have to come to…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/the-…

Brazil's Unions Push Back on Assault on Labor
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-22
Brazil's labor movement is gradually mobilizing against the new right-wing president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who is putting his program of assaulting labor rights and social security into effect. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…
therealnews.com/stories/brazils-…

Trump's Border Wall 'Emergency', Abuse of Power: We'll See You in Court, President Donald Trump
Anthony D. Romero | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Donald Trump's emergency declaration is a blatant abuse of power in the service of his anti-immigrant agenda. No president has ever tried this before. | *** | President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" on Friday to pay for his border …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-border-…

The Start of Homelessness in Cyprus
Andreas C Chrysafis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
A Rachman-style landlord has decided to make homeless and evict over 100 of his tenants during the week of last Christmas from his rundown apartment building located in Nicosia. He has given the occupants eight-days notice to vacate the premises …
globalresearch.ca/the-start-of-h…

If Truth Is Politicized, All Is Lost. Trump Grants Free Rein to the Crazed Neocons
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Trump's surrender to the neoconservatives makes it impossible for an informed person to support him. He has signed off on the coup against democracy in Venezuela, and he has placed all life at risk by pulling out of the INF …
globalresearch.ca/if-truth-is-po…

The Candidate Rides Again: The Bernie Sanders Re-Run
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
He could not stay away, and few could blame him. Such political tendencies are nerves, conditions, diseases: eventually, we have to succumb to them. Bernie Sanders has announced his intention to run for the White House in 2020. It was …
globalresearch.ca/candidate-ride…

Putin on National Defense: Threats or a Bid to Negotiate on Arms Control?
Dr. Gilbert Doctorow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
As he stated at the outset, Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address today before a joint session of the nation's bicameral legislature was devoted preponderantly to domestic policy. He was expanding on the practical implications for the …
globalresearch.ca/putin-on-natio…