Daily Archives: February 25, 2019

2019-02-25: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-25). 2018 Single-Deadliest Year For Afghan Civilians, UN Reports. telesurenglish.net In a report released Sunday by the U.N., more civilians were killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record after nearly two decades of fighting. | RELATED: | UN Report: 2,798 Afghan Civilians Killed in 2018, Up 39% | U.N. officials said that, despite peace talks progressing, the war in Afghanistan killed almost 4,000 civilians in 2018, including a record number of children, making it the single deadliest year for Afghan civilians since the United Nations began doc…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-02-25). US Forces Will Stay in Syria: Negotiations with the Kurds Will be Complicated, as Syria Prepares for an Idlib Offensive. globalresearch.ca Washington declared it won't fully withdraw its troops from Syria but will leave "400 peace keeping forces", making these soldiers an official occupation force since the last ISIS stronghold is about to be freed. This new situation leaves the …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-25). US Will Retain Several Hundred Troops in Syria Despite Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Thursday, February 21, "A small peace keeping group of about 200 US troops will remain in Syria for a period of time," as reported by the CNN

Peter Bolton (2019-02-25). As the Coup Attempt in Venezuela Stumbles, It's Time that Guaidó Recognize that Regime Change has Failed. counterpunch.org On January 28, COHA's Editorial Board released a statement condemning the US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela and in support of the dialogue promoted by the government of Mexico and the United Nations to settle the conflict peacefully. Since then, the regime change effort has severely lost momentum. The strained attempt to legitimize self-proclaimed "interim president" More

Consortiumnews (2019-02-25). THE ANGRY ARAB: Camp David and the Ongoing Crisis of Palestine. consortiumnews.com Recently published book by Carter official says the president was initially hostile to Sadat's initiative toward Israel because Carter saw it as "the end of any hope of a comprehensive peace," says As'ad AbuKhalil in this review. Carter Worried Bilateral… Read more →

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-25). Nigeria decides: "The election doesn't hold out much by way of alternatives to the neoliberal challenges" peoplesdispatch.org To understand what this election means for labor rights, women rights and healthcare in the country, Peoples Dispatch interviewed Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian author, poet and environmental activist.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-25). Pierre Omidyar: A Billionaire Prone to Reclusiveness and his Trove of State Surveillance Secrets. mintpressnews.com With strategically placed donations, Omidyar has placed himself in the rare position of being able to support both the national security state and at least part of its self-proclaimed opposition. In the eyes of the former element, that might be precisely what makes him so valuable.

David Swanson (2019-02-25). U.S. Exports More and More Bullets. globalresearch.ca When I was a kid there was a local basketball team called the Washington Bullets. The team changed its name when "bullets" became offensive due to the high rate of gun murders in Washington, D.C. This is the same city …

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-25). Getting Rid of Rep. Ilhan Omar: Neoconservatives Dig Deep to Remove a Critic of Israel. globalresearch.ca It has been observed that the neoconservatives are a lot like the legendary bird the Phoenix, which burns to death and then, miraculously, rises from the ashes in new plumage. The neocons first rose to prominence under President Ronald Reagan, …

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-25). Petition Delivered to Philly DA Calling for Fair Appeal for Mumia. counterpunch.org The organization Roots Action has delivered a petition signed by 6700 people from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, across the country and around the world, to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, demanding that Mumia Abu-Jamal be allowed to re-argue his original appeal of his conviction to the state's highest court. The petition, which can still have names added, states: Dear More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-02-25). Europe Pays the Price of a US Decision: Where Will European ISIS Go? globalresearch.ca On Twitter, the US president's preferred forum to reveal foreign policy and state decisions, Donald Trump asked "Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS captured in Syria" from 44 countries. Otherwise, Trump will …

Mark Taliano (2019-02-25). NATO Is an Appendage of the U.S. Empire. globalresearch.ca The Canadian Political analyst and Research Associate at Global Research Mark Taliano has argued that his country must leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which he sees as an appendage of the U.S. Empire. | He has told the Syria …

Orinoco Tribune (2019-02-25). US Moving Special Forces and Equipment to the Venezuelan Border. globalresearch.ca In a series of tweets posted in her twitter account a few hours ago Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the US government is moving special forces to the borders of Venezuela along …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-02-25). Women's Suffrage and African Emancipation During the 19th Century. globalresearch.ca Since the mid-19th century there has been a periodic interrelationship between the movements for African emancipation and women's liberation. | Of course these convergences have not been without serious contradictions particularly in light of the historic racial and class divisions …

Granma (2019-02-25). The Cuban People Vote in Constitutional Referendum. globalresearch.ca Today February 24, 124 years since the re-initiation of the nation's independence struggle, in accordance with the law, thousands of Cubans are participating in the construction of a better future and strengthening unity around the Revolution | *** | Voting ends in …

Bryant Brown (2019-02-25). The Bull Market and Today's Financial Crisis. "The Great Crash of 1929". Will History Repeat Itself? globalresearch.ca Last December the Dow Jones dropped slightly, 1,788 points down to 23,327 points, that's about 7% and the business press reported as if the sky was falling. It has since recovered. | But that was enough to get me thinking. We've …

Microwave News (2019-02-25). The Health Risks of Mobile Phones: Italian Court Orders Public Safety Campaign. globalresearch.ca In a victory for advocates of precaution, an Italian court has ordered the government to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones. | The information campaign must begin by July 16. | The …

Yves Engler (2019-02-25). Canadian Military in Haiti. Why? globalresearch.ca Canadian troops may have recently been deployed to Haiti, even though the government has not asked Parliament or consulted the public for approval to send soldiers to that country. | Last week the Haiti Information Project photographed heavily- armed Canadian troops …

Dr. Birsen Filip (2019-02-25). Cuba's Constitutional Reform: Attempting to Reflect the Will of the Cuban People. globalresearch.ca On April 18, 2018, the Cuban National Assembly selected Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez[i] to be Raúl Castro's successor as President of Cuba for two terms totalling 10 years. The very next day, Díaz-Canel assumed office as the 17th …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-02-25). Further Reflections on Women's Suffrage and African Emancipation. globalresearch.ca A cursory re-examination of the early years of what became known as the women's suffrage movement and abolitionism represented the embryonic phases of self-organization and mass struggle politics within United States society. | As we pointed out in an earlier essay, …

Hans Stehling (2019-02-25). Condemnation of IDF Killings Is Never Anti-Semitic but Is Always an Essential Duty of the Global Media to Report. globalresearch.ca As of November 19, last year, lethal force by Israeli forces resulted in the killing of 252 and injuring of 25,522 Palestinians in Gaza, OCHA has reported. Many of the injuries were life-changing, including hundreds of cases of severe soft …

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-25). City of Xi'an and Why the New Chinese Silk Road Terrifies the West? globalresearch.ca Snow is falling on the wide sidewalks of the historic city of Xi'an, but people don't seem to be troubled by the bitter cold. | One of the oldest cities in China, Xi'an, is now vibrant, optimistic and stunningly beautiful. Sidewalks …

Stephen Cooper (2019-02-25). Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution. counterpunch.org Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: "[T]he Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man." However, after the Supreme Court's February 7 refusal to stay devout Muslim Domineque Ray's execution — despite Ray's unrebutted claim only Christian prisoners in Alabama are afforded a spiritual advisor during their final moments — this high-minded aspiration for one of our country's founding documents appears to be, as it has before (see, for example, Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, Korematsu), empty words. As Justice Kagan observed in dissent, it was…

Elliot Sperber (2019-02-25). From Acrostic to Zuckerberg. counterpunch.org Kangaroos in leather leotards, Kneeling in lemon leggings, Kicking in lavender loafers, Trashed Helú's estate — Ransacked it chanting: hallelujah! Beyond Yucatan's esplanades, Newts, drifting in New Guinea, In nearly every quarter, uttered, A little improbably, Thank you — The harpy eagles, yowling with owls, Upended liners, destroyed dams. It's Sincerely a proper property effacement More

Brian Cloughley (2019-02-25). Britain's Paintball Strategist. counterpunch.org Paintball is a sport in which players try to hit others by firing small round balls filled with dyed jelly. The balls are usually shot from a gun powered by compressed air or other expanding vapor, and some projectors cost many hundreds of dollars. The sport is popular and the manufacturers of equipment have become More

Paul Tritschler (2019-02-25). On War and Dehumanization. counterpunch.org Phantoms slid imperceptibly from nightmare to reality and back again, the terrestrial and psychic landscapes were now indistinguishable as they had been at Hiroshima and Auschwitz, Golgotha and Gomorrah. — J.G. Ballard, The Drowned World Dressler at boulevard Kurfàºrstendamm, being close to my hotel, became a regular late stop after long city trails — my turn to More

Andrew Moss (2019-02-25). At a Climate Crossroads: Nonviolence or Violence. counterpunch.org Sixty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King declared, "Today the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Emboldened by the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott two years earlier, King saw nonviolence not only as a powerful strategy for achieving social change; he viewed it as a philosophy More

John Davis (2019-02-25). Wildlife Corridors Not High-Speed Rail Coming to California. counterpunch.org In a rare historical moment that counters half a millennium of Modernity, non-human species, their native environments and their freedom of movement, have been privileged over the transportation of humans within the State of California. In a month when Gavin Newsom, the newly appointed Governor of California, in his state of the State address, all More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-25). The Showbiz of Conservation: PETA, Google and Steve Irwin. counterpunch.org The world of conservation has thrown up various voices of tenacity. There was Aldo Leopold, a vital figure behind establishing the first wilderness area of the United States when he convinced the Forest Service to protect some five hundred thousand acres of New Mexico's Gila National Forest. There was Robert Marshall, the founder of The More

Dean Baker (2019-02-25). Why Do the Media Provide Cover for Austerity Cranks, Like the Folks Running the EU? counterpunch.org It's not uncommon to read new stories that quite explicitly identify economic mismanagement. For example, news reports on the hyperinflation in Zimbabwe routinely (and correctly) attribute the cause to the poor economic management by its leaders. We will see similar attributions of mismanagement to a wide range of developing countries. One place we will never More

Kenn Orphan (2019-02-25). The Banality of Empire. counterpunch.org This month freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar questioned Trump's nominee for envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams. While her interrogation was somewhat tepid in regard to American imperialism (she said "no one disputes" that the US goal has always been to support democracy and defend human rights), she did bring up the role of the US in the massacres in El Salvador in the 1980s. Massacres in which Abrams is implicated. It was also instructive in that it provided a visual to how deeply debased the American political landscape actually is. Abrams is a Presidential pardoned liar who provided cover for some of the most heinous wa…

STAFF (2019-02-25). Jared Kushner's Multi-Billion-Dollar Plot to Give Saudis Nukes. truthdig.com The House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Reform has issued a Report on a plot to make billions of dollars by selling Saudi Arabia sensitive American nuclear technology that could allow the Kingdom to develop nuclear weapons. The scheme required breaking US law, which forbids technology transfers that might allow nuclear proliferation. | The plot was pushed by a "company" formed for this express purpose called IP3 International, which doesn't seem to have actua…

teleSUR (2019-02-25). Trump Delays US Tariffs on China. telesurenglish.net The Guardian has reported that President Donald Trump has announced the US will delay imposing further trade tariffs on Chinese goods. | RELATED: | China Negotiates With US to Avoid US$200 Billion in Tariffs | The rise in import duties on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% was due to come into effect on 1 March. | According to President Trump's Twitter, this is because both sides had made "substantial progress" in trade talks, which sent Chinese stocks up nearly 5 percent. | Trump als…

Jason Grotto, Sandhya Kambhampati, and Dan Mihalopoulos (2019-02-25). How Has the "Crack Cocaine of Gambling" Affected Illinois? zcomm.org Since video gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5 billion…

Brasil de Fato (2019-02-25). Vice-president of Venezuela: "If they attack us, the people of the world will rise up" peoplesdispatch.org The vice-president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, participated on February 24 at the official opening of the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and against imperialism, held in the capital Caracas. Her address was a historical analysis of the relationship between the United States and Venezuela since Hugo Chávez assumed power in the 90s. | : : What's happening in Venezuela : : | "After Hugo Chávez came to power in 1998, US imperialism outlined a strategy of…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-25). [VIDEO] We commit to the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution: International Peoples' Assembly. peoplesdispatch.org Speaking at the closing event of the first day of the assembly, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said that the country will never surrender to the US diktat and with the support of the people it will overcome the attack.

Chris Gilbert, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-25). Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future. venezuelanalysis.com As the opposition's latest attempt to oust Maduro seems to be failing, Chris Gilbert asks: What makes it so hard to replace Chávez and now Maduro?

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-25). Internationalist Youth Brigade witnesses Venezuelans' will to resist imperialism. peoplesdispatch.org Members of the Che Guevara Internationalist Youth Brigade worked on different community projects in Venezuela. They witnessed the current situation in the country, which they reported as being contradictory to what is being shown in mainstream media. They also saw how Venezuelans are coming up with ingenious solutions to the problems imposed by economic sanctions for indigenous production of goods.

STAFF (2019-02-25). 'Green Book' Captures Best Picture in Oscars Upset. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES — The segregation-era road-trip drama "Green Book" was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards, delighting those who see the film as a feel-good throwback but disappointing others who ridicule it as an outdated inversion of "Driving Miss Daisy." | In a year when Hollywood could have made history by bestowing its top award on Netflix ("Roma") or Marvel ("Black Panther") for the first time, the motion picture academy instead threw its fullest support Sunday behind a traditional interracial buddy tale that proved as popular as it was divisive. But Peter Farrelly's "Green Book" weathered cri…

teleSUR (2019-02-25). 'Would-be' Hijacker Killed by Police, Was Carrying 'Toy' Gun. telesurenglish.net A would-be hijacker shot and killed by Bangladesh commandos was carrying a fake gun and told negotiators he wanted to commandeer a Dubai-bound flight because "he had troubles with his wife," officials said Monday. | RELATED: | Bangladesh: 110 Died in Fire at Historical Area of Dhaka | Airport manager Wing Commander Sarwar-e-Jaman said the hijacker was "psychologically imbalanced." | "The reason he gave for the hijack was that he had troubles with his wife and he wanted to talk to the…

STAFF (2019-02-25). Microsoft Workers Demand End to Army Contract in Powerful Letter. truthdig.com Addressing CEO Satya Nadella and the company's chief legal officer, over 100 employees declare that they refuse to become "war profiteers."

teleSUR (2019-02-25). Oscars Joy For Cuaron And 'Roma' in Record Night. telesurenglish.net In what turned-out to be a groundbreaking evening for Alfonso Cuaron, at the 91st Academy Awards aka the 'Oscars,' the Mexican filmmaker took home the year's 'Best Director' Oscar for "Roma," while also winning 'Best Cinematography.' Meanwhile "Roma" itself became the first Mexican film to win an Oscar in the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category. | RELATED: | Golden Globes Joy For 'Roma,' as it Scoops Best Foreign Film | "Roma" first premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August…

Rory Fanning (2019-02-25). A Teenage War Resister in Israel. zcomm.org An Antiwar Story from the Embattled Middle East…

Janaina Cesar (2019-02-25). The Secret History of Fiat Brazil's Internal Espionage Network and Collaboration With the Military Dictatorship. theintercept.com The workers were a threat to the company's bottom line, so Fiat Brazil suppressed labor organizing through an internal spy ring.

WSWS (2019-02-25). Miner warns of safety danger at United States' largest underground coal mine. wsws.org Despite record levels of production at Consol Energy's Pennsylvania Mining Complex the company has not rehired miners assigned to rock dust crews who were recently laid off.

RT (2019-02-25). Trump slams Oscar-winner Spike Lee for 'racist hit on your President'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has denounced Oscar-winning American film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee as a 'racist' on Twitter following the latter's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards Sunday.

Amihai Glazer (2019-02-25). Why Cities Should Stop Playing Amazon's Game. indybay.org New York City should count its blessings. Amazon's decision to walk away from its plan to build a new headquarters in Queens stunned city and state officials, who had promised US$3 billion in incentives in exchange for some 25,000 jobs. My conclusion: is that Incentives just don't work.

WSWS (2019-02-25). Sao Paulo teachers, public workers strike against attack on pensions in Brazil. wsws.org Teachers have been on strike since February 4 in opposition to a pension reform that would significantly increase their required contributions.

WSWS (2019-02-25). US imperialism stages provocation on Venezuela's borders. wsws.org The threat of a disaster of world historic proportions looms as the US moves toward war in Venezuela.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-25). 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.

WSWS Repost (2019-02-25). 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.

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-02-25). Oakland Protests Trump's Regime Change Attack on Venezuela. indybay.org Though a US and Venezuelan Right Wing attempted regime change in Venezuela failed in 2002, Trump is now trying again, with his signature measures of cruelty and hypocrisy.

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-25). Video: The Real Humanitarian Aid: Inside Venezuela's State-subsidized Communal Markets. globalresearch.ca The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk the "humanitarian crisis" lie spread by corporate media. | . | . | * | Note to readers: please click the share …

WSWS (2019-02-25). Brazilian media promotes generals against Bolsonaro. wsws.org The media is promoting the military's supposed "independence" from the US-aligned policies of Bolsonaro.

Andrea Germanos (2019-02-25). "Every Option is on the Table": Pompeo Stokes Fears of Military Force in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CD) — Unrest and fears of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela continued on Sunday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the Trump administration's warning that "every option is on the table" and that it would galvanize a "global coalition to put force behind the voice" of those calling for the ouster of President Nicolás Maduro. Pompeo …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-02-25). Marco Rubio Openly Calls for Maduro to Suffer Gaddafi's Fate. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Influential US Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio has tweeted a blatant death threat and incitement of violence against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. As of this writing…

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-25). US-Backed Opposition Accuses Venezuelan Military of Setting Humanitarian Aid Trucks on Fire. mintpressnews.com Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia. But all available evidence points in the opposite direction.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-25). "Hands Off Venezuela" Rallies Held in Cities Around the World. therealnews.com TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris Reports on a protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Office in Ottawa, Canada…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-25). Is Participatory Democracy the Solution to Venezuela's Crisis? therealnews.com Atenea Jimenez, speaker of a Network of Communes in Venezuela, says that grassroots, collective decision-making is the key to solving Venezuela's crisis…

Labor Video Project (2019-02-25). 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.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-25). How America Rescued Its Weapons Runners After Their Arrest in Haiti. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Earlier this week, MintPress News reported that a number of suspected American mercenaries were arrested transporting a cache of assault rifles and other weapons in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince amid an uprising against government corruption. As MintPress noted at the time, many Haitians believed that the men were part of a team of mercenaries …

Santa Cruz News (2019-02-25). City Council May End Enforcement of Overnight Parking Restrictions on Delaware. indybay.org On Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm, the Santa Cruz City Council will discuss the declaration of a homeless shelter crisis, and act on a motion directing the city manager to end enforcement of overnight parking restrictions on Delaware Avenue between Swift Street and Shaffer Road, where parking is currently prohibited between the hours of 12am and 6am. A comprehensive set of policy and action items are scheduled to be discussed during the council's evening agenda that are intended to ease the impact on the homeless community that will result when authorities clear, by March 15, the large homeless encampment called the…

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-25). Burning Aid: An Interventionist Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge? globalresearch.ca Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia. But all available evidence points in the opposite direction. | *** | The Trump administration's coup against Venezuela culminated on February 23 …

WSWS (2019-02-25). Attend March 10 Solidarity Vigil in London for Julian Assange. wsws.org The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.

Patrick Cockburn (2019-02-25). Forget the Blunders on Brexit and Foreign Policy, the ISIS Mother and Her Infant are the "Real Threat" counterpunch.org The decision of home secretary Sajid Javid to strip former Isis mother Shamima Begum of her British citizenship is evidently motivated by his wish to be seen — along with Theresa May — as tough and proactive amid the chaos and uncertainties of Brexit. The decision is probably illegal, given that Begum does not have a Bangladesh passport, More

Paul Street (2019-02-25). Slandering the Not-So Radical Green New Deal: A Bipartisan Operation. counterpunch.org Calling the Left "antis" — people who are just against stuff but not for anything— is only one of the rhetorical mechanisms employed to slander and demean radicals and progressives. Another set of false accusations come into play when progressive solutions see the light of day and threaten to garner significant popular support. When that happens, it no longer suffices to say that the Left offers no alternatives. The slander shifts and portside activists and intellectuals are accused of calling for too much, not for too little. They are charged with authoritarian, even totalitarian overreach. At the sa…

CodePink SC (2019-02-25). Sherry Conable Celebration of Life. indybay.org Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-25). Citing Vision of Granny D, Elizabeth Warren Vows Campaign Built on 'Ideas and Principles — Not Money and Access'. commondreams.org Announcing her campaign will shun the tradition of "fancy receptions," endless phone calls, and "big money fundraisers" with deep-pocketed donors "who can write big checks," Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday—inspired by the courageous activism of Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who in her late eighties walked thousands of miles against the corrupting influence of big money in politics—that she will walk a path focused on small donors as she pursues the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Abby Martin (2019-02-24). Video: Trump's Syria Deception. globalresearch.ca In Part II of our series Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin addresses the surprise order from Trump that he was "ending the war" in Syria. | Having drastically escalated the war in Syria and Iraq, find out what's behind the …

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians. telesurenglish.net At least 24 people have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the western Syrian province of Hama, state television reported. | RELATED: | US: 200 'Peacekeeping' Troops to Remain in Syria | The SANA agency reported that it was a landmine left behind by Daesh in al-Azib valley in the Salamyieh countryside. | Whilst not uncommon Syria, the sheer magnitude of the blast, along with the large number of victims, is unprecedented. | A day earlier, the SANA agency reported that the Syrian Army…

Christopher Black (2019-02-24). Mobilise for Peace. America is No Longer "The Top Dog": The Threat of World War Grows as U.S. Power Declines" globalresearch.ca The road to war has many signposts along the way, even that small sign buried under weeds, squashed down by marching boots, that has scribbled on it, in haste, by a fleeing hand, "the lost path to peace". But the …

STAFF (2019-02-24). Progressives Caution Against War in Venezuela. truthdig.com Unrest and fears of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela continued on Sunday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the Trump administration's warning that "every option is on the table" and that it would galvanize a "global coalition to put force behind the voice" of those calling for the ouster of President Nicolás Maduro. | Pompeo made the comments on "Fox News Sunday" hours after he tweeted that the "U.S. will take action against those who oppose the peaceful restoration of democracy in #Venezuela," an apparent reference to those…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Miami march against war with Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – Over 50 protesters gathered in front of the Trump National Doral Golf Course to boldly demonstrate against U.S. war plans targeting Venezuela. Protesters displayed banners and signs demanding the U.S. government end its sanctions against the Venezuelan people, calling for peace, and denouncing the attempted coup against Venezuela's democratically-elected government. | After an hour of spirited chanting, the crowd took to the streets of Doral and marched over a mile down to United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) — where the U.S. government plots its interventions, coups and invasions agains…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Hands off Venezuela rally in Tucson. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – At the Annual Tucson Peace Fair, February 23, the Tucson Anti War Committee organized a short march through the event to draw attention to maneuvers of Trump and U.S. imperialism against Venezuela. On the international day of action calling for "No War on Venezuela," to celebrate one month of successful resistance to the coup attempt against President Maduro, the solidarity activists shouted, "Hands off Venezuela" and drew supporters to the march from the crowd and the groups tabling. | A brief rally was held, with speakers from the Alliance for Global Justice, Pima County Green Party, DSA Tucson, IS…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Urgent Message from the Communist Party of Cuba on Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following message from the Communist Party of Cuba. | As stated in the Declaration of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba on February 13, "the escalation of pressure and action by the government of the United States to prepare a military adventure disguised as humanitarian intervention" not only constitutes a real threat to the Bolivarian Revolution, but also carries a real danger for peace on the continent. | Washington must not underestimate the costs of aggression against Venezuela. The possibility of a disastrous regionalization of the armed conflict would affect ou…

RT News (2019-02-24). Red Cross Denounces Unsanctioned Use of Its Emblems to Smuggle US Aid to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The largest international aid organization has demanded that activists at the Venezuela-Colombia border not use the insignia of the Red Cross, which isn't participating in what Caracas has dismissed as a US "propaganda show." | The Red Cross learned that some …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-24). Emergency declared in Sudan following anti-government demonstration. peoplesdispatch.org A state of emergency was declared in Sudan by president Omar al-Bashir on February 22, after he dissolved his cabinet and local governments for at least one year. Following the announcement, al-Bashir issued two decrees which set up a caretaker administration. He appointed 16 army officers and two security officers as the new governors for the eight provinces of the country. | However, many activists said that the decision is intended to curb the popular uprising as the implementation of emergency will give the security forces and the military "the right to search without warrant, to raid houses and arrest anybod…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-24). Despite opposition violence, Guaidó's "aid" attempt flops. peoplesdispatch.org February 23, the day of the deadline given by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido for the Venezuelan government to let in 'aid' from Colombia, was marked by provocations by the opposition on the border of the two countries. Sporadic clashes occurred at the border. A truck carrying aid was set on fire at Urena on the Colombian side, although media attempted to blame Venezuelan forces for the incident. Reports also emerged of opposition activists wearing Red Cross uniforms in their attempt to deliver the 'aid.' The act was condemned by the Red Cross. | Later in the day, at a press meet on the border, Guaido, who…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Labor, anti-war movements unite to protest U.S. aggression against Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — The streets were full of working-class solidarity on Saturday, February 23, when well over 100 people, including trade unionists, Latin America solidarity groups and anti-war activists gathered under the banner "U.S. hands off Venezuela!" | The event was part of a global day of action to protest the ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt against the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. Protesters occupied multiple intersections in the high-density Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, distributing fliers and speaking with pedestrians about the situation in Venezuela. | The demonstratio…

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Violent Opposition Forces Throw Molotovs At Venezuelan Forces. telesurenglish.net Colombian forces at the border with Venezuela are looking the other way as violent Venezuelan opposition protesters, or 'Guarimberos', throw homemade Molotov cocktails at Venezuela's National Guard while in Colombian territory. | RELATED: | Venezuela Condemns Staged Operation at Border with Colombia | The violent opposition are trying to cross from Colombia into Venezuela in order to attack the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) and the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) protecting Ve…

V. Arun Kumar (2019-02-24). [PHOTOS] "We are on the right side of history" Maduro at HandsOffVenezuela Rally. peoplesdispatch.org On February 23, tens of thousands of Venezuelans from various sectors took over the streets of Caracas in a massive rally in support of president Nicolas Maduro and against United States-led intervention. From 10 in the morning, huge crowds gathered at various parts of the city, converging to form a sea of red near Miraflores Palace. The march was organised in the backdrop of the attempt by US and Colombian right wing government to forcefully enter 'aid' into Venezuela through the Simon Bolivar International Bridge across Táchira River. | Despite being faced with the threat of US intervention in the name of aid,…

Nuestra Propuesta (2019-02-24). Solidaridad con Venezuela, el Foro de Sà£o Paulo. peoplesworld.org Por medio de una declaración de su Secretaría Ejecutiva, el Foro de Sà£o Paulo denunció "las nuevas acciones del Gobierno de EE.UU. para una iniciativa militar bajo la bandera de 'intervención humanitaria' en Venezuela" y rechazó cualquier intento de solucionar la crisis, que afecta al pueblo venezolano, "que no sea por sus propios procesos internos …

John Pilger — Counterpunch (2019-02-24). The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies. venezuelanalysis.com "A war has been declared on Venezuela, of which the truth is 'too difficult' to report" – John Pilger has his take on Venezuela.

Farooque Chowdhury (2019-02-24). Imperialism Provokes Military Intervention in Venezuela: Blood Along Brazil Border. globalresearch.ca Imperialism has initiated provocation for beginning its planned military intervention in Venezuela. Imperialism is treading a bloody path. Already it has spilled blood along Brazil border. | The MSM including Reuters, BBC, The Independent reported on February 22, 2019: …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-02-24). America's Addiction Network. globalresearch.ca You see those commercials on the boob tube for the Addiction Network. It's another for profit that helps folks with addictions, IF they either have the insurance or the cash. Isn't it grand that we Americans have to use private …

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Yemen: Houthi Forces Agree to Withdraw From 2 Ports. telesurenglish.net Houthi rebel forces have agreed to draw back from two Yemeni ports Monday while withdrawal from the main Hodeidah port will occur later alongside a retreat by coalition-backed forces massed outside the city, U.N. and Yemeni sources said. | RELATED: | US Arms Maker Wins Billions in UAE Contracts, Despite War Crimes in Yemen | Houthi forces will withdraw 5 km (3 miles) from the ports of Saleef, used for grain, and Ras Isa, an oil terminal, as a first step agreed with th…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-24). Ecuador signs deal with IMF, austerity measures to follow. peoplesdispatch.org On February 20, Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno announced that the country would receive USD 10.2 billion in international loans to support his "Prosperity Plan". He assured that the loan's interest rates would be less than 5% and that it could be paid in a term of up to 30 years. | An agreement for USD 4.2 billion will soon be signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and USD 6 billion would come from other international banking institutions, such as the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Lati…

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Princess First-Ever Female to be Saudi Ambassador to Washington. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia announced its first-ever female ambassador to the U.S. on Saturday, with journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder as well as the conflict in Yemen having resulted in strained relations between the two nations. | RELATED: | Khashoggi Fiance Slams EU Human Rights Stance on Saudi Arabia | Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan was appointed the new Saudi envoy to the U.S. Saturday, replacing Prince Khalid bin Salman, who was appointed vice defence minister, AFP reported.

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Twitter Rejects Rubio's 'Not-So-Subtle' Death Threat to Maduro. telesurenglish.net A morbid and scantily veiled death threat directed at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by U.S. Congressman Marco Rubio has triggered harsh criticism from across the web Sunday. | RELATED: | Evo To Rubio: US is The Real Global Threat, Not Venezuela | Floridian Sen. Rubio posted a cryptic Twitter post Sunday afternoon, featuring two photos of former Libyan leader, M…

teleSUR (2019-02-24). 'A Victory for Latin America': Cuban President Diaz-Canel Votes on New Constitution. telesurenglish.net President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, exercised his vote a little after 8: 40 a.m. local time this Sunday morning on the day when his country goes to vote on ratifying their new Cuban Constitution. | RELATED | Cuba Vote on New Constitution Begins | In the place, The president gave a statement at the polling area saying this electoral process and the new document represent a victory for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for Venezuela, a country in which the "dignity and independence of the region…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-24). "When we say Hands off Venezuela', we are saying Viva Socialism" peoplesdispatch.org People from across the world have come to Caracas to join together as left, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist forces to affirm their solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and denounce the fierce attacks it currently faces by the US empire and its allies. The meeting is taking place at a key moment in Venezuela as it is currently a most brutal attacks on all fronts from the US empire and its allies. | The event was launched with a vibrant mística ceremony celebrating traditional Venezuelan dance and music, as well as a show of the diversity of the encounter itself.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-24). #HandsOffVenezuela: Venezuelans march against US aggression. peoplesdispatch.org Speaking at the march, President Nicolas Maduro said that the hundreds of thousands at the rally and in similar mobilizations across the country were on the right side of history.

Kevin Tillman (2019-02-24). A Call to Halt an Illegal Invasion of Venezuela. commondreams.org "It is evident that our representative leaders don't care about the health and welfare of the Venezuelan people any more than they cared about the Iraqi people," the author writes. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Brasil de Fato (2019-02-24). Representatives of 85 countries arrive to Caracas for Peoples' Assembly. peoplesdispatch.org On February 23, delegations from 85 countries began to arrive in Caracas to participate in a meeting in solidarity with Venezuela as part of International Peoples' Assembly (IPA). The meeting will take place from February 24 to 27. At a press conference on Saturday, the members of the coordinating committee of the Assembly discussed the details of the meeting and its organization. | Whats happening in Venezuela? | Joà£o Pedro Stedile, member of the National Board of the Landless Rural Worker…

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Rogue Groups Attack Brazil-Venezuela Border, Causing Shutdown. telesurenglish.net Conflict along the Venezuela-Brazil border in the city of Santa Elena de Uairen has been controlled, Francisco Jose Ameliach Orta, vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, reported Sunday. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Communication Minister Shows Truth of Border Violence | Disturbances erupted along the Venezuela-Brazil border Sunday morning after a group of people began throwing stones and burning tires dangerously near a Venezuelan state oil station, triggering…

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Venezuela: Communication Minister Shows Truth of Border Violence. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez revealed the truth of the violence on the Simon Bolivar-Venezuela border bridge. His revelations show the falsification of reports by mainstream media related to Saturday's violence. | RELATED: | Colombian Red Cross Condemns Unauthorized Use of Its Symbol | "We have to denounce to the world the immense and powerful operation of false flags attacking Venezuela," stated the Bolivarian politician. | Rodr…

teleSUR (2019-02-24). Peoples' Assembly in Caracas to Begin Sunday. telesurenglish.net The event will take place in the Venezuelan capital on Sunday, Feb. 24, in order to debate, articulate and deepen international solidarity and the fight against U.S. interference in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Colombian Red Cross Condemns Unauthorized Use of Its Symbol | Committees from more than 80 countries will attend, denouncing the military intervention by the United States and its allies in South America, to overthrow the constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-24). Canada's "Humanitarian Aid" for Venezuela: Provocation or Genuine Concern? therealnews.com Canadian analyst Yves Engler discusses the history of Canadian humanitarian aid, which all too often works to support US foreign policy interests and have nothing to do with genuine concern for people's suffering…

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-24). Burning Aid: An Interventionist Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge? grayzoneproject.com Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia….

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-24). Lima Group Members Invoke Human Rights While Trampling On Them. therealnews.com Venezuelan human rights activist Antonio Gonzalez Plessman discusses the human rights situation in Venezuela and other Latin American states…

2019-02-25: Social Media Postees

2018 Single-Deadliest Year For Afghan Civilians, UN Reports
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-25
In a report released Sunday by the U.N., more civilians were killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record after nearly two decades of fighting. | RELATED: | UN Report: 2,798 Afghan Civilians Killed in 2018, Up 39% | U.N. officials said that, despite peace talks progressing, the war in Afghanistan killed almost 4,000 civilians in 2018, including a record number of children, making it the single deadliest year for Afghan civilians since the United Nations began doc…
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US Will Retain Several Hundred Troops in Syria Despite Withdrawal
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Thursday, February 21, "A small peace keeping group of about 200 US troops will remain in Syria for a period of time," as reported by the CNN…
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US Forces Will Stay in Syria: Negotiations with the Kurds Will be Complicated, as Syria Prepares for an Idlib Offensive
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Washington declared it won't fully withdraw its troops from Syria but will leave "400 peace keeping forces", making these soldiers an official occupation force since the last ISIS stronghold is about to be freed. This new situation leaves the …
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As the Coup Attempt in Venezuela Stumbles, It's Time that Guaidó Recognize that Regime Change has Failed
Peter Bolton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
On January 28, COHA's Editorial Board released a statement condemning the US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela and in support of the dialogue promoted by the government of Mexico and the United Nations to settle the conflict peacefully. Since then, the regime change effort has severely lost momentum. The strained attempt to legitimize self-proclaimed "interim president"
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THE ANGRY ARAB: Camp David and the Ongoing Crisis of Palestine
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-25
Recently published book by Carter official says the president was initially hostile to Sadat's initiative toward Israel because Carter saw it as "the end of any hope of a comprehensive peace," says As'ad AbuKhalil in this review. Carter Worried Bilateral… Read more ?…
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Nigeria decides: "The election doesn't hold out much by way of alternatives to the neoliberal challenges"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
To understand what this election means for labor rights, women rights and healthcare in the country, Peoples Dispatch interviewed Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian author, poet and environmental activist.
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U.S. Exports More and More Bullets
David Swanson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
When I was a kid there was a local basketball team called the Washington Bullets. The team changed its name when "bullets" became offensive due to the high rate of gun murders in Washington, D.C. This is the same city …
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Getting Rid of Rep. Ilhan Omar: Neoconservatives Dig Deep to Remove a Critic of Israel
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
It has been observed that the neoconservatives are a lot like the legendary bird the Phoenix, which burns to death and then, miraculously, rises from the ashes in new plumage. The neocons first rose to prominence under President Ronald Reagan, …
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Petition Delivered to Philly DA Calling for Fair Appeal for Mumia
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
The organization Roots Action has delivered a petition signed by 6700 people from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, across the country and around the world, to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, demanding that Mumia Abu-Jamal be allowed to re-argue his original appeal of his conviction to the state's highest court. The petition, which can still have names added, states: Dear…
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Europe Pays the Price of a US Decision: Where Will European ISIS Go?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
On Twitter, the US president's preferred forum to reveal foreign policy and state decisions, Donald Trump asked "Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS captured in Syria" from 44 countries. Otherwise, Trump will …
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NATO Is an Appendage of the U.S. Empire
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
The Canadian Political analyst and Research Associate at Global Research Mark Taliano has argued that his country must leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which he sees as an appendage of the U.S. Empire. | He has told the Syria …
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US Moving Special Forces and Equipment to the Venezuelan Border
Orinoco Tribune | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
In a series of tweets posted in her twitter account a few hours ago Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the US government is moving special forces to the borders of Venezuela along …
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Condemnation of IDF Killings Is Never Anti-Semitic but Is Always an Essential Duty of the Global Media to Report
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
As of November 19, last year, lethal force by Israeli forces resulted in the killing of 252 and injuring of 25,522 Palestinians in Gaza, OCHA has reported. Many of the injuries were life-changing, including hundreds of cases of severe soft …
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The Health Risks of Mobile Phones: Italian Court Orders Public Safety Campaign
Microwave News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
In a victory for advocates of precaution, an Italian court has ordered the government to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones. | The information campaign must begin by July 16. | The …
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City of Xi'an and Why the New Chinese Silk Road Terrifies the West?
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Snow is falling on the wide sidewalks of the historic city of Xi'an, but people don't seem to be troubled by the bitter cold. | One of the oldest cities in China, Xi'an, is now vibrant, optimistic and stunningly beautiful. Sidewalks …
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Canadian Military in Haiti. Why?
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Canadian troops may have recently been deployed to Haiti, even though the government has not asked Parliament or consulted the public for approval to send soldiers to that country. | Last week the Haiti Information Project photographed heavily- armed Canadian troops …
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Cuba's Constitutional Reform: Attempting to Reflect the Will of the Cuban People
Dr. Birsen Filip | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
On April 18, 2018, the Cuban National Assembly selected Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez[i] to be Raúl Castro's successor as President of Cuba for two terms totalling 10 years. The very next day, Díaz-Canel assumed office as the 17th …
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The Cuban People Vote in Constitutional Referendum
Granma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Today February 24, 124 years since the re-initiation of the nation's independence struggle, in accordance with the law, thousands of Cubans are participating in the construction of a better future and strengthening unity around the Revolution | *** | Voting ends in …
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The Bull Market and Today's Financial Crisis. "The Great Crash of 1929". Will History Repeat Itself?
Bryant Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Last December the Dow Jones dropped slightly, 1,788 points down to 23,327 points, that's about 7% and the business press reported as if the sky was falling. It has since recovered. | But that was enough to get me thinking. We've …
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Further Reflections on Women's Suffrage and African Emancipation
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
A cursory re-examination of the early years of what became known as the women's suffrage movement and abolitionism represented the embryonic phases of self-organization and mass struggle politics within United States society. | As we pointed out in an earlier essay, …
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Women's Suffrage and African Emancipation During the 19th Century
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Since the mid-19th century there has been a periodic interrelationship between the movements for African emancipation and women's liberation. | Of course these convergences have not been without serious contradictions particularly in light of the historic racial and class divisions …
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Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: "[T]he Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man." However, after the Supreme Court's February 7 refusal to stay devout Muslim Domineque Ray's execution — despite Ray's unrebutted claim only Christian prisoners in Alabama are afforded a spiritual advisor during their final moments — this high-minded aspiration for one of our country's founding documents appears to be, as it has before (see, for example, Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, Korematsu), empty words. As Justice Kagan observed in dissent, it was…
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The Showbiz of Conservation: PETA, Google and Steve Irwin
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
The world of conservation has thrown up various voices of tenacity. There was Aldo Leopold, a vital figure behind establishing the first wilderness area of the United States when he convinced the Forest Service to protect some five hundred thousand acres of New Mexico's Gila National Forest. There was Robert Marshall, the founder of The…
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Britain's Paintball Strategist
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
Paintball is a sport in which players try to hit others by firing small round balls filled with dyed jelly. The balls are usually shot from a gun powered by compressed air or other expanding vapor, and some projectors cost many hundreds of dollars. The sport is popular and the manufacturers of equipment have become…
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Why Do the Media Provide Cover for Austerity Cranks, Like the Folks Running the EU?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
It's not uncommon to read new stories that quite explicitly identify economic mismanagement. For example, news reports on the hyperinflation in Zimbabwe routinely (and correctly) attribute the cause to the poor economic management by its leaders. We will see similar attributions of mismanagement to a wide range of developing countries. One place we will never…
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From Acrostic to Zuckerberg
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
Kangaroos in leather leotards, Kneeling in lemon leggings, Kicking in lavender loafers, Trashed Helú's estate — Ransacked it chanting: hallelujah! Beyond Yucatan's esplanades, Newts, drifting in New Guinea, In nearly every quarter, uttered, A little improbably, Thank you — The harpy eagles, yowling with owls, Upended liners, destroyed dams. It's Sincerely a proper property effacement…
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Wildlife Corridors Not High-Speed Rail Coming to California
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
In a rare historical moment that counters half a millennium of Modernity, non-human species, their native environments and their freedom of movement, have been privileged over the transportation of humans within the State of California. In a month when Gavin Newsom, the newly appointed Governor of California, in his state of the State address, all…
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On War and Dehumanization
Paul Tritschler | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
Phantoms slid imperceptibly from nightmare to reality and back again, the terrestrial and psychic landscapes were now indistinguishable as they had been at Hiroshima and Auschwitz, Golgotha and Gomorrah. — J.G. Ballard, The Drowned World Dressler at boulevard Kurfàºrstendamm, being close to my hotel, became a regular late stop after long city trails — my turn to…
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At a Climate Crossroads: Nonviolence or Violence
Andrew Moss | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
Sixty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King declared, "Today the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Emboldened by the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott two years earlier, King saw nonviolence not only as a powerful strategy for achieving social change; he viewed it as a philosophy…
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The Banality of Empire
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
This month freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar questioned Trump's nominee for envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams. While her interrogation was somewhat tepid in regard to American imperialism (she said "no one disputes" that the US goal has always been to support democracy and defend human rights), she did bring up the role of the US in the massacres in El Salvador in the 1980s. Massacres in which Abrams is implicated. It was also instructive in that it provided a visual to how deeply debased the American political landscape actually is. Abrams is a Presidential pardoned liar who provided cover for some of the most heinous wa…
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Trump Delays US Tariffs on China
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-25
The Guardian has reported that President Donald Trump has announced the US will delay imposing further trade tariffs on Chinese goods. | RELATED: | China Negotiates With US to Avoid US$200 Billion in Tariffs | The rise in import duties on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% was due to come into effect on 1 March. | According to President Trump's Twitter, this is because both sides had made "substantial progress" in trade talks, which sent Chinese stocks up nearly 5 percent. | Trump als…
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How Has the "Crack Cocaine of Gambling" Affected Illinois?
Jason Grotto, Sandhya Kambhampati, and Dan Mihalopoulos | zcomm.org | 2019-02-25
Since video gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5 billion…
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Pierre Omidyar: A Billionaire Prone to Reclusiveness and his Trove of State Surveillance Secrets
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-25
With strategically placed donations, Omidyar has placed himself in the rare position of being able to support both the national security state and at least part of its self-proclaimed opposition. In the eyes of the former element, that might be precisely what makes him so valuable.
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Jared Kushner's Multi-Billion-Dollar Plot to Give Saudis Nukes
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-25
The House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Reform has issued a Report on a plot to make billions of dollars by selling Saudi Arabia sensitive American nuclear technology that could allow the Kingdom to develop nuclear weapons. The scheme required breaking US law, which forbids technology transfers that might allow nuclear proliferation. | The plot was pushed by a "company" formed for this express purpose called IP3 International, which doesn't seem to have actua…
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Vice-president of Venezuela: "If they attack us, the people of the world will rise up"
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
The vice-president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, participated on February 24 at the official opening of the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and against imperialism, held in the capital Caracas. Her address was a historical analysis of the relationship between the United States and Venezuela since Hugo Chávez assumed power in the 90s. | : : What's happening in Venezuela : : | "After Hugo Chávez came to power in 1998, US imperialism outlined a strategy of…
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Internationalist Youth Brigade witnesses Venezuelans' will to resist imperialism
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
Members of the Che Guevara Internationalist Youth Brigade worked on different community projects in Venezuela. They witnessed the current situation in the country, which they reported as being contradictory to what is being shown in mainstream media. They also saw how Venezuelans are coming up with ingenious solutions to the problems imposed by economic sanctions for indigenous production of goods.
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[VIDEO] We commit to the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution: International Peoples' Assembly
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
Speaking at the closing event of the first day of the assembly, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said that the country will never surrender to the US diktat and with the support of the people it will overcome the attack.
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Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future
Chris Gilbert, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-25
As the opposition's latest attempt to oust Maduro seems to be failing, Chris Gilbert asks: What makes it so hard to replace Chávez and now Maduro?
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A Teenage War Resister in Israel
Rory Fanning | zcomm.org | 2019-02-25
An Antiwar Story from the Embattled Middle East…
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Oscars Joy For Cuaron And 'Roma' in Record Night
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-25
In what turned-out to be a groundbreaking evening for Alfonso Cuaron, at the 91st Academy Awards aka the 'Oscars,' the Mexican filmmaker took home the year's 'Best Director' Oscar for "Roma," while also winning 'Best Cinematography.' Meanwhile "Roma" itself became the first Mexican film to win an Oscar in the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category. | RELATED: | Golden Globes Joy For 'Roma,' as it Scoops Best Foreign Film | "Roma" first premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August…
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'Green Book' Captures Best Picture in Oscars Upset
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-25
LOS ANGELES — The segregation-era road-trip drama "Green Book" was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards, delighting those who see the film as a feel-good throwback but disappointing others who ridicule it as an outdated inversion of "Driving Miss Daisy." | In a year when Hollywood could have made history by bestowing its top award on Netflix ("Roma") or Marvel ("Black Panther") for the first time, the motion picture academy instead threw its fullest support Sunday behind a traditional interracial buddy tale that proved as popular as it was divisive. But Peter Farrelly's "Green Book" weathered cri…
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Microsoft Workers Demand End to Army Contract in Powerful Letter
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-25
Addressing CEO Satya Nadella and the company's chief legal officer, over 100 employees declare that they refuse to become "war profiteers."
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'Would-be' Hijacker Killed by Police, Was Carrying 'Toy' Gun
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-25
A would-be hijacker shot and killed by Bangladesh commandos was carrying a fake gun and told negotiators he wanted to commandeer a Dubai-bound flight because "he had troubles with his wife," officials said Monday. | RELATED: | Bangladesh: 110 Died in Fire at Historical Area of Dhaka | Airport manager Wing Commander Sarwar-e-Jaman said the hijacker was "psychologically imbalanced." | "The reason he gave for the hijack was that he had troubles with his wife and he wanted to talk to the…
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"Every Option is on the Table": Pompeo Stokes Fears of Military Force in Venezuela
Andrea Germanos | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-25
(CD) — Unrest and fears of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela continued on Sunday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the Trump administration's warning that "every option is on the table" and that it would galvanize a "global coalition to put force behind the voice" of those calling for the ouster of President Nicolás Maduro. Pompeo …

"Every Option is on the Table": Pompeo Stokes Fears of Military Force in Venezuela

How America Rescued Its Weapons Runners After Their Arrest in Haiti
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-25
(MPN) — Earlier this week, MintPress News reported that a number of suspected American mercenaries were arrested transporting a cache of assault rifles and other weapons in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince amid an uprising against government corruption. As MintPress noted at the time, many Haitians believed that the men were part of a team of mercenaries …

How America Rescued Its Weapons Runners After Their Arrest in Haiti

Forget the Blunders on Brexit and Foreign Policy, the ISIS Mother and Her Infant are the "Real Threat"
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
The decision of home secretary Sajid Javid to strip former Isis mother Shamima Begum of her British citizenship is evidently motivated by his wish to be seen — along with Theresa May — as tough and proactive amid the chaos and uncertainties of Brexit. The decision is probably illegal, given that Begum does not have a Bangladesh passport,…
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City Council May End Enforcement of Overnight Parking Restrictions on Delaware
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
On Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm, the Santa Cruz City Council will discuss the declaration of a homeless shelter crisis, and act on a motion directing the city manager to end enforcement of overnight parking restrictions on Delaware Avenue between Swift Street and Shaffer Road, where parking is currently prohibited between the hours of 12am and 6am. A comprehensive set of policy and action items are scheduled to be discussed during the council's evening agenda that are intended to ease the impact on the homeless community that will result when authorities clear, by March 15, the large homeless encampment called the…
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US imperialism stages provocation on Venezuela's borders
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-25
The threat of a disaster of world historic proportions looms as the US moves toward war in Venezuela.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Trump slams Oscar-winner Spike Lee for 'racist hit on your President'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-25
US President Donald Trump has denounced Oscar-winning American film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee as a 'racist' on Twitter following the latter's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards Sunday. | …
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The Secret History of Fiat Brazil's Internal Espionage Network and Collaboration With the Military Dictatorship
Janaina Cesar | theintercept.com | 2019-02-25
The workers were a threat to the company's bottom line, so Fiat Brazil suppressed labor organizing through an internal spy ring.
theintercept.com/2019/02/25/fiat…

"Hands Off Venezuela" Rallies Held in Cities Around the World
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-25
TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris Reports on a protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Office in Ottawa, Canada…
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Miner warns of safety danger at United States' largest underground coal mine
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-25
Despite record levels of production at Consol Energy's Pennsylvania Mining Complex the company has not rehired miners assigned to rock dust crews who were recently laid off.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Teachers press for expansion of strike as union seeks to contain struggle
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
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…

Sen. Feinstein Insults Children on Green New Deal
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
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…

Fighting Privatization & Union Busting Charters In Oakland OEA Strike On Day 2
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
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…

Attend March 10 Solidarity Vigil in London for Julian Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-25
The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Is Participatory Democracy the Solution to Venezuela's Crisis?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-25
Atenea Jimenez, speaker of a Network of Communes in Venezuela, says that grassroots, collective decision-making is the key to solving Venezuela's crisis…
therealnews.com/stories/is-parti…

Brazilian media promotes generals against Bolsonaro
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-25
The media is promoting the military's supposed "independence" from the US-aligned policies of Bolsonaro.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Marco Rubio Openly Calls for Maduro to Suffer Gaddafi's Fate
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-25
(CJ Opinion) — Influential US Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio has tweeted a blatant death threat and incitement of violence against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. As of this writing…

Marco Rubio Openly Calls for Maduro to Suffer Gaddafi’s Fate

Sherry Conable Celebration of Life
CodePink SC | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz…
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Oakland Protests Trump's Regime Change Attack on Venezuela
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
Though a US and Venezuelan Right Wing attempted regime change in Venezuela failed in 2002, Trump is now trying again, with his signature measures of cruelty and hypocrisy.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/24…

Sao Paulo teachers, public workers strike against attack on pensions in Brazil
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-25
Teachers have been on strike since February 4 in opposition to a pension reform that would significantly increase their required contributions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Slandering the Not-So Radical Green New Deal: A Bipartisan Operation
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
Calling the Left "antis" — people who are just against stuff but not for anything– is only one of the rhetorical mechanisms employed to slander and demean radicals and progressives. Another set of false accusations come into play when progressive solutions see the light of day and threaten to garner significant popular support. When that happens, it no longer suffices to say that the Left offers no alternatives. The slander shifts and portside activists and intellectuals are accused of calling for too much, not for too little. They are charged with authoritarian, even totalitarian overreach. At the sa…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/25/slan…

Burning Aid: An Interventionist Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge?
Max Blumenthal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia. But all available evidence points in the opposite direction. | *** | The Trump administration's coup against Venezuela culminated on February 23 …
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Citing Vision of Granny D, Elizabeth Warren Vows Campaign Built on 'Ideas and Principles — Not Money and Access'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-25
Announcing her campaign will shun the tradition of "fancy receptions," endless phone calls, and "big money fundraisers" with deep-pocketed donors "who can write big checks," Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday—inspired by the courageous activism of Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who in her late eighties walked thousands of miles against the corrupting influence of big money in politics—that she will walk a path focused on small donors as she pursues the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Why Cities Should Stop Playing Amazon's Game
Amihai Glazer | indybay.org | 2019-02-25
New York City should count its blessings. Amazon's decision to walk away from its plan to build a new headquarters in Queens stunned city and state officials, who had promised US$3 billion in incentives in exchange for some 25,000 jobs. My conclusion: is that Incentives just don't work.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/23…

Video: The Real Humanitarian Aid: Inside Venezuela's State-subsidized Communal Markets
Max Blumenthal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk the "humanitarian crisis" lie spread by corporate media. | . | . | * | Note to readers: please click the share …
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US-Backed Opposition Accuses Venezuelan Military of Setting Humanitarian Aid Trucks on Fire
Max Blumenthal | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-25
Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia. But all available evidence points in the opposite direction.
mintpressnews.com/burning-aid-co…

Video: Trump's Syria Deception
Abby Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-24
In Part II of our series Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin addresses the surprise order from Trump that he was "ending the war" in Syria. | Having drastically escalated the war in Syria and Iraq, find out what's behind the …
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Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
At least 24 people have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the western Syrian province of Hama, state television reported. | RELATED: | US: 200 'Peacekeeping' Troops to Remain in Syria | The SANA agency reported that it was a landmine left behind by Daesh in al-Azib valley in the Salamyieh countryside. | Whilst not uncommon Syria, the sheer magnitude of the blast, along with the large number of victims, is unprecedented. | A day earlier, the SANA agency reported that the Syrian Army…
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Mobilise for Peace. America is No Longer "The Top Dog": The Threat of World War Grows as U.S. Power Declines"
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-24
The road to war has many signposts along the way, even that small sign buried under weeds, squashed down by marching boots, that has scribbled on it, in haste, by a fleeing hand, "the lost path to peace". But the …
globalresearch.ca/mobilise-for-p…

Urgent Message from the Communist Party of Cuba on Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following message from the Communist Party of Cuba. | As stated in the Declaration of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba on February 13, "the escalation of pressure and action by the government of the United States to prepare a military adventure disguised as humanitarian intervention" not only constitutes a real threat to the Bolivarian Revolution, but also carries a real danger for peace on the continent. | Washington must not underestimate the costs of aggression against Venezuela. The possibility of a disastrous regionalization of the armed conflict would affect ou…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/24/urge…

Miami march against war with Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Miami, FL – Over 50 protesters gathered in front of the Trump National Doral Golf Course to boldly demonstrate against U.S. war plans targeting Venezuela. Protesters displayed banners and signs demanding the U.S. government end its sanctions against the Venezuelan people, calling for peace, and denouncing the attempted coup against Venezuela's democratically-elected government. | After an hour of spirited chanting, the crowd took to the streets of Doral and marched over a mile down to United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) — where the U.S. government plots its interventions, coups and invasions agains…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/24/miam…

Progressives Caution Against War in Venezuela
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-24
Unrest and fears of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela continued on Sunday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the Trump administration's warning that "every option is on the table" and that it would galvanize a "global coalition to put force behind the voice" of those calling for the ouster of President Nicolás Maduro. | Pompeo made the comments on "Fox News Sunday" hours after he tweeted that the "U.S. will take action against those who oppose the peaceful restoration of democracy in #Venezuela," an apparent reference to those…
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Hands off Venezuela rally in Tucson
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Tucson, AZ – At the Annual Tucson Peace Fair, February 23, the Tucson Anti War Committee organized a short march through the event to draw attention to maneuvers of Trump and U.S. imperialism against Venezuela. On the international day of action calling for "No War on Venezuela," to celebrate one month of successful resistance to the coup attempt against President Maduro, the solidarity activists shouted, "Hands off Venezuela" and drew supporters to the march from the crowd and the groups tabling. | A brief rally was held, with speakers from the Alliance for Global Justice, Pima County Green Party, DSA Tucson, IS…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/24/hand…

Red Cross Denounces Unsanctioned Use of Its Emblems to Smuggle US Aid to Venezuela
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-24
The largest international aid organization has demanded that activists at the Venezuela-Colombia border not use the insignia of the Red Cross, which isn't participating in what Caracas has dismissed as a US "propaganda show." | The Red Cross learned that some | …
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Emergency declared in Sudan following anti-government demonstration
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
A state of emergency was declared in Sudan by president Omar al-Bashir on February 22, after he dissolved his cabinet and local governments for at least one year. Following the announcement, al-Bashir issued two decrees which set up a caretaker administration. He appointed 16 army officers and two security officers as the new governors for the eight provinces of the country. | However, many activists said that the decision is intended to curb the popular uprising as the implementation of emergency will give the security forces and the military "the right to search without warrant, to raid houses and arrest anybod…
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Labor, anti-war movements unite to protest U.S. aggression against Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Minneapolis, MN — The streets were full of working-class solidarity on Saturday, February 23, when well over 100 people, including trade unionists, Latin America solidarity groups and anti-war activists gathered under the banner "U.S. hands off Venezuela!" | The event was part of a global day of action to protest the ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt against the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. Protesters occupied multiple intersections in the high-density Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, distributing fliers and speaking with pedestrians about the situation in Venezuela. | The demonstratio…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/24/labo…

Despite opposition violence, Guaidó's "aid" attempt flops
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
February 23, the day of the deadline given by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido for the Venezuelan government to let in 'aid' from Colombia, was marked by provocations by the opposition on the border of the two countries. Sporadic clashes occurred at the border. A truck carrying aid was set on fire at Urena on the Colombian side, although media attempted to blame Venezuelan forces for the incident. Reports also emerged of opposition activists wearing Red Cross uniforms in their attempt to deliver the 'aid.' The act was condemned by the Red Cross. | Later in the day, at a press meet on the border, Guaido, who…
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Violent Opposition Forces Throw Molotovs At Venezuelan Forces
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Colombian forces at the border with Venezuela are looking the other way as violent Venezuelan opposition protesters, or 'Guarimberos', throw homemade Molotov cocktails at Venezuela's National Guard while in Colombian territory. | RELATED: | Venezuela Condemns Staged Operation at Border with Colombia | The violent opposition are trying to cross from Colombia into Venezuela in order to attack the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) and the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) protecting Ve…
telesurenglish.net/news/Violent-…

The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger — Counterpunch | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-24
"A war has been declared on Venezuela, of which the truth is 'too difficult' to report" – John Pilger has his take on Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

America's Addiction Network
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-24
You see those commercials on the boob tube for the Addiction Network. It's another for profit that helps folks with addictions, IF they either have the insurance or the cash. Isn't it grand that we Americans have to use private …
globalresearch.ca/americas-addic…

Imperialism Provokes Military Intervention in Venezuela: Blood Along Brazil Border
Farooque Chowdhury | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-24
Imperialism has initiated provocation for beginning its planned military intervention in Venezuela. Imperialism is treading a bloody path. Already it has spilled blood along Brazil border. | The MSM including Reuters, BBC, The Independent reported on February 22, 2019: …
globalresearch.ca/imperialism-pr…

Ecuador signs deal with IMF, austerity measures to follow
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
On February 20, Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno announced that the country would receive USD 10.2 billion in international loans to support his "Prosperity Plan". He assured that the loan's interest rates would be less than 5% and that it could be paid in a term of up to 30 years. | An agreement for USD 4.2 billion will soon be signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and USD 6 billion would come from other international banking institutions, such as the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Lati…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/24/e…

Yemen: Houthi Forces Agree to Withdraw From 2 Ports
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Houthi rebel forces have agreed to draw back from two Yemeni ports Monday while withdrawal from the main Hodeidah port will occur later alongside a retreat by coalition-backed forces massed outside the city, U.N. and Yemeni sources said. | RELATED: | US Arms Maker Wins Billions in UAE Contracts, Despite War Crimes in Yemen | Houthi forces will withdraw 5 km (3 miles) from the ports of Saleef, used for grain, and Ras Isa, an oil terminal, as a first step agreed with th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Yemen-Ho…

Princess First-Ever Female to be Saudi Ambassador to Washington
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Saudi Arabia announced its first-ever female ambassador to the U.S. on Saturday, with journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder as well as the conflict in Yemen having resulted in strained relations between the two nations. | RELATED: | Khashoggi Fiance Slams EU Human Rights Stance on Saudi Arabia | Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan was appointed the new Saudi envoy to the U.S. Saturday, replacing Prince Khalid bin Salman, who was appointed vice defence minister, AFP reported.
telesurenglish.net/news/Princess…

Twitter Rejects Rubio's 'Not-So-Subtle' Death Threat to Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
A morbid and scantily veiled death threat directed at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by U.S. Congressman Marco Rubio has triggered harsh criticism from across the web Sunday. | RELATED: | Evo To Rubio: US is The Real Global Threat, Not Venezuela | Floridian Sen. Rubio posted a cryptic Twitter post Sunday afternoon, featuring two photos of former Libyan leader, M…
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#HandsOffVenezuela: Venezuelans march against US aggression
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
Speaking at the march, President Nicolas Maduro said that the hundreds of thousands at the rally and in similar mobilizations across the country were on the right side of history.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/24/h…

Rogue Groups Attack Brazil-Venezuela Border, Causing Shutdown
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
Conflict along the Venezuela-Brazil border in the city of Santa Elena de Uairen has been controlled, Francisco Jose Ameliach Orta, vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, reported Sunday. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Communication Minister Shows Truth of Border Violence | Disturbances erupted along the Venezuela-Brazil border Sunday morning after a group of people began throwing stones and burning tires dangerously near a Venezuelan state oil station, triggering…
telesurenglish.net/news/Rogue-Gr…

Solidaridad con Venezuela, el Foro de Sà£o Paulo
Nuestra Propuesta | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-24
Por medio de una declaración de su Secretaría Ejecutiva, el Foro de Sà£o Paulo denunció "las nuevas acciones del Gobierno de EE.UU. para una iniciativa militar bajo la bandera de 'intervención humanitaria' en Venezuela" y rechazó cualquier intento de solucionar la crisis, que afecta al pueblo venezolano, "que no sea por sus propios procesos internos …
peoplesworld.org/article/solidar…

Venezuela: Communication Minister Shows Truth of Border Violence
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
On Sunday, Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez revealed the truth of the violence on the Simon Bolivar-Venezuela border bridge. His revelations show the falsification of reports by mainstream media related to Saturday's violence. | RELATED: | Colombian Red Cross Condemns Unauthorized Use of Its Symbol | "We have to denounce to the world the immense and powerful operation of false flags attacking Venezuela," stated the Bolivarian politician. | Rodr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuel…

Peoples' Assembly in Caracas to Begin Sunday
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
The event will take place in the Venezuelan capital on Sunday, Feb. 24, in order to debate, articulate and deepen international solidarity and the fight against U.S. interference in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Colombian Red Cross Condemns Unauthorized Use of Its Symbol | Committees from more than 80 countries will attend, denouncing the military intervention by the United States and its allies in South America, to overthrow the constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro.
telesurenglish.net/news/Peoples-…

'A Victory for Latin America': Cuban President Diaz-Canel Votes on New Constitution
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-24
President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, exercised his vote a little after 8: 40 a.m. local time this Sunday morning on the day when his country goes to vote on ratifying their new Cuban Constitution. | RELATED | Cuba Vote on New Constitution Begins | In the place, The president gave a statement at the polling area saying this electoral process and the new document represent a victory for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for Venezuela, a country in which the "dignity and independence of the region…
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"When we say Hands off Venezuela', we are saying Viva Socialism"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
People from across the world have come to Caracas to join together as left, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist forces to affirm their solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and denounce the fierce attacks it currently faces by the US empire and its allies. The meeting is taking place at a key moment in Venezuela as it is currently a most brutal attacks on all fronts from the US empire and its allies. | The event was launched with a vibrant mística ceremony celebrating traditional Venezuelan dance and music, as well as a show of the diversity of the encounter itself.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/24/w…

Representatives of 85 countries arrive to Caracas for Peoples' Assembly
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
On February 23, delegations from 85 countries began to arrive in Caracas to participate in a meeting in solidarity with Venezuela as part of International Peoples' Assembly (IPA). The meeting will take place from February 24 to 27. At a press conference on Saturday, the members of the coordinating committee of the Assembly discussed the details of the meeting and its organization. | Whats happening in Venezuela? | Joà£o Pedro Stedile, member of the National Board of the Landless Rural Worker…
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A Call to Halt an Illegal Invasion of Venezuela
Kevin Tillman | commondreams.org | 2019-02-24
"It is evident that our representative leaders don't care about the health and welfare of the Venezuelan people any more than they cared about the Iraqi people," the author writes. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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[PHOTOS] "We are on the right side of history" Maduro at HandsOffVenezuela Rally
V. Arun Kumar | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
On February 23, tens of thousands of Venezuelans from various sectors took over the streets of Caracas in a massive rally in support of president Nicolas Maduro and against United States-led intervention. From 10 in the morning, huge crowds gathered at various parts of the city, converging to form a sea of red near Miraflores Palace. The march was organised in the backdrop of the attempt by US and Colombian right wing government to forcefully enter 'aid' into Venezuela through the Simon Bolivar International Bridge across Táchira River. | Despite being faced with the threat of US intervention in the name of aid,…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/24/p…

VIDEO: The Real Humanitarian Aid: Inside Venezuela's State-Subsidized Communal Markets
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-24
The Grayzone toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/24/h…

WaPo Deletes Branson's Venezuela Concert From Article After 'Fake' Attendance Figures Exposed
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-24
(ZH Op-ed) — The Washington Post has stealth-edited all mention of Richard Branson's Venezuela aid concert in Cucuta, Colombia, after the paper originally claimed that the event "drew a crowd of more than 200,000 people Friday." Branson hoped to attract 250,000 people to the concert and raise $100 million to "buy food and medicine for Venezuelans suffering widespread shortages." The original …

WaPo Deletes Branson's Venezuela Concert From Article After 'Fake' Attendance Figures Exposed

Vene-what? Video of Trump struggling to pronounce 'Venezuela' goes viral
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-24
US President Donald Trump made social media go wild after pronouncing the name of the Latin American country in a very strange way that didn't go unnoticed by users. | …
rt.com/usa/452311-trump-struggle…