Daily Archives: February 26, 2019

2019-02-26: News Headlines

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-26). Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Illustrating that the exception only proves the rule, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stood virtually alone, tweeting: "The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs."

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-26). Notes From the Streets of Venezuela—The People Are Resilient in the Face of Foreign Intervention. commondreams.org The word "Chavista" has a resonance. It refers to those women and men who are loyal to Chavez and to the Bolivarian Revolution. (Photo: Vijay Prashad) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

commondreams (2019-02-26). Statement by Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright of U.S. Peace Organization CODEPINK. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-26). Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Julian Assange Receives His Passport. counterpunch.org In March 2008, one Michael Horvath of the US Army Counterintelligence Center within the Cyber Intelligence Assessments Branch considered the risks posed by WikiLeaks in a 32 page document. Created under the auspices of the Department of Defence's Intelligence Analysis Program. The overview suggests, importantly, the interest shown in Assange by the defence wing of More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-26). Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Julian Assange Receives His Passport. globalresearch.ca In March 2008, one Michael Horvath of the US Army Counterintelligence Center within the Cyber Intelligence Assessments Branch considered the risks posed by WikiLeaks in a 32 page document. Created under the auspices of the Department of Defence's Intelligence …

South Front (2019-02-26). Video: Why There Will be No Full US Troops Withdrawal from Syria. globalresearch.ca A contingent of US troops will remain deployed in Syria even after the troops withdrawal declared by President Donald Trump. | On February 21, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that "a small peacekeeping group of about 200" troops …

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…

commondreams (2019-02-26). Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kevin Martin (2019-02-26). Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2019 — In response to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introducing legislation to support diplomacy and the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "This legislation offers a common sense vision for achieving peace …

Fight Back (2019-02-26). New Yorkers march on Wall Street to oppose U.S war on Venezuela. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On February 23, approximately 300 New Yorkers took Wall Street in the Financial District to protest attempts at a U.S.-led coup against the popular and democratically-elected Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. | The event was part of a global day of action where over 150 cities hosted events to demand "No U.S. War in Venezuela!" | The protesters gathered in front of one of President Trump's multiple towers under a banner that demanded "No war in Venezuela" in English and Spanish. The lively crowd chanted, "Hands off Venezuela" and "Chavez presente! Maduro Presidente!" | Several of the groups inv…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-26). The Christian Genocide During the Ottoman Empire Sounds a Dark Warning for the Future. counterpunch.org Israeli historian Benny Morris doesn't do things by half. The footnotes of his new book on the 30-year genocide of Christians by their Turkish rulers, cowritten with his colleague Dror Zeevi, take up more than a fifth of the 640-page work. "It was nine years, a long haul," he admitted to me this week, with an audible sigh over More

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-02-26). Emergencies Do Not Trump the Constitution. globalresearch.ca After Congress rejected President Trump's request for 5.7 billion dollars for the border wall, the president declared a national emergency at the southern border. Present Trump claims this "emergency" gives him the authority to divert funds appropriated for other purposes …

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-26). Attacking Iran. Fake News About a Terrorist Connection Could Serve as a Pretext for War. globalresearch.ca Observers of developments in the Middle East have long taken it as a given that the United States and Israel are seeking for an excuse to attack Iran. The recently terminated conference in Warsaw had that objective, which was clearly …

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-02-26). Of Insects and Men. counterpunch.org Insects are all over the world — in and over the waters at the edge of the seas, in and over the waters of lakes, rivers and creeks and swamps and irrigation ditches. They thrive in the forests, mountains, deserts, land, cities, villages, in the tropics and in the homes of the poor and the powerful. Their populations are the largest of all other species. They have been occupying the Earth for 400 million years. More

CP Editor (2019-02-26). The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out. counterpunch.org

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-26). Yes, The Paris Climate Agreement Sucks. counterpunch.org The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 was a big deal as 195 nations agreed to take steps to mitigate global temperatures to +2 ∞C, but preferably +1.5 ∞C, post-industrial or over the past 250 years. When temperatures exceed those levels, all hell breaks loose with our precious life-support ecosystems. Today, we're already more than halfway to that More

Ashley Smith (2019-02-26). The Bitter Fruit of Trump's China Bashing: Anti-Asian Racism. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's New Cold War with Beijing has caught Chinese foreign students at American universities in its crosshairs. His administration has tightened restrictions on their visas, accused them of spying for the Chinese state and its high tech giants, and in the process whipped up a climate of Anti-Asian racism. Trump's policies have yielded bitter More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-26). U.S. Accused of Trying to Unconstitutionally Strip Citizenship of U.S.-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS. democracynow.org With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting off…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-26). Scores of Civilians Left Dead in Wake of Saudi Air Campaign on Yemen-Saudi Border. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has launched a vicious campaign to secure Jizan, its vulnerable southern border region with Yemen, which has been its Achilles heel in its brutal assault on its southern neighbor.

John Kiriakou (2019-02-26). Greg Craig: A Washington Insider May Be Headed to Jail for His Work in Ukraine. mintpressnews.com A quintessential DC insider is likely going to jail on a minor charge and it's good he's not getting away with it, says John Kiriakou.

STAFF (2019-02-26). India Strikes Inside Pakistan After Deadly Kashmir Attack. truthdig.com BALAKOT, Pakistan — A pre-dawn airstrike inside Pakistan that India said targeted a terrorist training camp and killed a "very large number" of militants ratcheted up tensions on Tuesday between the two nuclear-armed rivals at odds over the disputed territory of Kashmir. | Islamabad said there were no casualties in the strike near the town of Balakot, close to the border with Pakistan's section of Kashmir, where residents said loud explosions woke them up, rattling their homes. | "It was the middle of the night, we were very scared," one resident, 20-year old Mohammad Abbas to The Associated Press. "We didn…

Jake Coyle (2019-02-26). 'Green Book' wins best picture in an upset at multiracial Oscars. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES (AP)—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 …

Dominique Paul Noth (2019-02-26). Despite roadblocks Wisconsin Gov. Evers pushes forward. peoplesworld.org Nationally, the Democrats are fighting about how progressive should progressives be or if there is room for moderating instincts, for maneuvering cautiously toward the progressive promises that got you elected. The debate can be both severe and transient. Two months ago Nancy Pelosi was in the firing chamber for being too old or too stuck …

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-02-26). Editors' Pick: 28 Black-Owned Businesses We Love. naacp.org Black History Month might be drawing to a close, but the celebration of all things Black should be a year-long event. Taking into account that Nielsen estimates the Black buying power to be at $1.2 trillion, a great way to celebrate Black culture should be to put some of this money back into our communities. …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-26). Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-26). Mueller Report: Secrecy Shouldn't be an Option. counterpunch.org As February draws to an end, rumors abound that we're about to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Or at least that someone — namely, newly confirmed US Attorney General William Barr — is about to see that report. The rest of us, maybe not so More

Mel Gurtov (2019-02-26). Game Over? Report Card on Our Planet's Environment. counterpunch.org The World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report for 2019 indicates that most experts point to environmental problems as being the most serious threats to global stability—just as they found in the previous two years. That report follows on one in October 2018 by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It said with "high More

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-02-26). Historicizing the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir. counterpunch.org The discourse of nationalism affects to make sense of the absurd loss of life that occurs. Human knowledge, however, is always tentative and arbitrary. We must learn to cross the frontiers of culture, nationality, language, and citizenship in order to make humanist responses to conflict situations. There is growing awareness among the people of Jammu More

Chris Gilbert (2019-02-26). Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future. counterpunch.org It was George W. Bush who invented the term: misunderestimating. And it's what imperialism continually does with Venezuela. I recall an Aló Presidente program in which Chávez was talking about the 2002 coup attempt. He said that the US thought it could easily replace him. "As simply as this," he said and demonstrated by moving More

Julian Vigo (2019-02-26). Why We Can't Have Nice Things: The Crisis of Online Feminism Today. counterpunch.org I heard this expression frequently when feminist groups would break down and a women would eventually exclaim exasperatingly, "This is why we can't have nice things." Over the past few months in feminist groups from the US to the UK, I have witnessed a train wreck of conflicting egos, political narratives that are deemed "incorrect" More

John Steppling (2019-02-26). Scurrying Fascist Cockroaches. counterpunch.org "Suppose it was discovered tomorrow that the greenhouse effects has been way underestimated, and that the catastrophic effects are actually going to set in 10 years from now, and not 100 years from now or something. Well, given the state of the popular movements we have today, we'd probably have a fascist takeover-with everybody agreeing More

Marc Norton (2019-02-26). The Open Veins of Venezuela. counterpunch.org John Bolton, Donald Trump's maniacal National Security Advisor of Fox News-fame, tweeted that the whole "world is watching" the US-staged drama in Venezuela. Elliot Abrams, Donald Trump's neocon "Special Representative for Venezuela," is the man on the scene, despite (or because of) his record as a war criminal from Ronald Reagan's war on Nicaragua, his role as More

commondreams (2019-02-26). Iran Experts: Zarif Resignation May Bolster Iran's Hardliners and Trump's Hawkish Policies. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-26). "Arab NATO" Isn't NATO-like at All. globalresearch.ca It's become popular over the past few years to talk about the so-called "Arab NATO" that the US is reportedly trying to assemble in the Mideast to militarily contain Iran, but the actual entity being created doesn't resemble its European …

Franklin Frederick (2019-02-26). Alexander von Humboldt, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. globalresearch.ca "One cannot praise enough the intelligent legislation of Spanish America's new republics, which, since their inception, have been seriously concerned with slavery's total cessation. In that respect, this vast part of the earth has an immense advantage over the South …

Radio Havana Cuba (2019-02-26). Juan Guaido: A Traitor to His People. globalresearch.ca The self-proclaimed "Provisional President of Venezuela," Juan Guaidó, is an expert in dangerous actions, who — in pursuit of his unending ambition — will go down in history as a person that broke all the rules of decency and …

Yves Engler (2019-02-26). Canadian 'Aid' to Venezuela Part of Plan to Overthrow Government. globalresearch.ca If more people understood that "aid" often goes hand in hand with military intervention there would be less uncritical support for it. | An important, though little acknowledged, principle of Canadian 'aid' policy is that military intervention elicits international assistance. Or, …

Paul Dobson (2019-02-26). US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action. venezuelanalysis.com Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-26). Dangerous Escalation Between Nuclear-armed Rivals India and Pakistan. globalresearch.ca In a pre-dawn airstrike at 3: 30 a.m. on Tuesday, 12 Indian Mirage 2000 fighter jets intruded into Pakistan's airspace and dropped their payload on the top of a mountain at a terrorist training camp, allegedly belonging to a jihadist group …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-02-26). Final Steps of the Multipolar Revolution: Containing the US in Europe. globalresearch.ca We discussed in the previous article how China and Russia are using diplomatic, economic and military means in areas like Asia and the Middle East to contain the belligerence and chaos unleashed by the United States. In this analysis, we …

Elliott Negin (2019-02-26). Is the Tide Turning on President Trump's War on Science? commondreams.org Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson questions NASA Administrator Charles Bolden during a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology budget hearing, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls via Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-02-26). 2020 Democratic Hopefuls Embrace New Meaning of Reparations. truthdig.com Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense. | Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spoke of the need for the U.S. government to reckon with and make up for centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression. But instead of backing the direct compensation of African-Americans for the legacy of slavery, the Democratic candidates are talking about using tax credits and other subsidies. | Long defined as so…

Michelle Chen (2019-02-26). One in Five Children Live in a Warzone. thenation.com One in Five Children Live in a Warzone…

Lynne Feeley (2019-02-26). White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy. thenation.com White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-26). France and Italy Are Involved in a Proxy War in Libya. globalresearch.ca The following is the full English-language interview that Andrew Korybko gave to RT (German) about the latest developments in Libya, which was published by the outlet in an abridged form under the title " Colonialism 2.0: France & Italy Are

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-26). "Don't give additional time to Sri Lanka", mothers of disappeared persons tell the UN. peoplesdispatch.org Families of tens of thousands of Tamils are still waiting for justice for the mass atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government during the civil war that lasted 26 years…

Adri Nieuwhof (2019-02-26). Workers reject Spanish firm's bid for Israeli settlement project. zcomm.org International human rights organizations and the United Nations have all warned against complicity in Israel's settlements through trade or business…

STAFF (2019-02-26). Trump, Kim Facing Big Challenges After Big Welcome in Hanoi. truthdig.com HANOI, Vietnam— After long journeys to Vietnam, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in place for their second summit to address perhaps the world's biggest security challenge: Kim's pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of realistically threatening targets around the planet. | Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the…

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2019-02-26). The Conservatives, "Nam-Nam Friction" and Nuclear Crisis in South Korea. globalresearch.ca Recently, the heads of five South Korean political parties visited Washington (February 12 to 14) with a mission to assure the supports of American politicians for the success of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. | But, what is hard to …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-26). Highest number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2018: UN Report. peoplesdispatch.org A report by the UNAMA and UN Human Rights Office states that 3,804 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2018, the highest ever, and a majority of the killings were by the anti-government forces, including the Taliban and the Islamic State…

Andrew Nicla (2019-02-26). Renewed Attempt to Ban Uranium Mining Permanently Near the Grand Canyon. Rep. Raúl Grijalva. globalresearch.ca An Arizona lawmaker is renewing his push to halt uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, outlining a proposal Saturday that would make permanent a moratorium on new claims across 1 million acres of public lands. | Rep. Raúl Grijalva has introduced …

Michael Welch (2019-02-26). Black History: Trump Era Resistance, Mumia's Plight, and Freedom for the Move 9. globalresearch.ca "Bi-partisanship between neoliberals and conservatives built the monster we now call 'mass incarceration.' No so-called 'progressive prosecutor' can or will unbuild it. That's because it took the entire system — DAs, judges, cops, defense lawyers, and prison administrators, not …

Sharon Anglin Treat (2019-02-26). The "New NAFTA" and Agribusiness' Secretive Plans to Unravel Food Safety and Worker Protections. globalresearch.ca As Congress and the public debate the pros and cons of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), or New NAFTA, behind the scenes and in the shadows transnational corporations are doubling down on their plans to weaken and eliminate public protections …

CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade (2019-02-26). UK Aid to Yemen: The Best Thing May Can Do for Yemen Is to Stop Arming the Saudi Regime. globalresearch.ca Yesterday the Prime Minister, Theresa May pledged £200 million worth of aid for the people of Yemen. However, she has refused to stop arming and supporting the Saudi Arabian regime, which has caused much of the damage. The ongoing bombardment …

William Walter Kay (2019-02-26). "Humanitarian Aid" for Nefarious Purposes. USAID and Guaido's February 23, 2019 — The Second Battle of Cucuta. globalresearch.ca On Sunday morn, February 28 1813, General Ramon Correa, commander of 800 Spanish Royalist troops, sat upon his favourite Cucuta pew. While Correa communed with the Almighty, Simon Bolivar marched 400 men to hilltops overlooking Cucuta. Futile attempts to …

Arnold August (2019-02-26). Cuba's Referendum on a New Constitution: Cuba Has Indeed "Changed", But Not as Some Had Hoped. globalresearch.ca The results were just announced at 4 PM today Monday February 25, the day after the referendum. They are excellent. However, based on my visit to Cuba last September/October during the course of the debate whereby people had the opportunity …

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-26). Diego Garcia: UN Court Calls on Britain to 'Decolonize' Chagos Islands. globalresearch.ca The United Nations' highest court on Monday called Britain's claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands "illegal" and urged London to "decolonize" the remote archipelago — which is home to one of the most important US overseas military bases — …

WSWS (2019-02-26). French-Italian proxy war in Libya. wsws.org There are concrete material interests behind the sharp tensions between France and Italy, which in February led to France recalling its ambassador in Rome.

RT (2019-02-26). Nikki Haley resurfaces with a think tank that attacks 'international dangers'. rt.com Nikki Haley has begun her political second act with the launch of Stand for America, an anodyne-sounding policy group she formed to oppose socialism and term limits at home, and Russia, China and Iran abroad.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-26). To Prevent Victory for Hard-Liners, Calls for Iran's Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. commondreams.org The pending resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—which the diplomat announced on Instagram Monday but has not yet been accepted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—has sparked international alarm over the future of the Iran nuclear deal, which Zarif and European leaders have been trying to save since U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement and reimposed economic sanctions last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Santa Cruz News (2019-02-26). 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…

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-02-26). 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.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-26). Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored. therealnews.com While the world's attention was focused on the Venezuelan opposition, as it tried to transport US aid into Venezuela against the government's will, a major protest took place in Caracas that was opposed to US intervention in Venezuela.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-26). Is the Trump Administration Trying to Rewrite Citizenship Laws? truthout.org With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-02-26). India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War. commondreams.org Warplanes from India launched an attack on an alleged militant camp Tuesday morning, violating Pakistani airspace in the disputed territory of Kashmir in the latest escalation between the two nuclear powers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-26). 'Ask Snowden': Huawei exec pokes fun at US spying during tech show. rt.com A Huawei executive hit the US where it hurts by making fun of the NSA and bringing up whistleblower Edward Snowden during a no-holds-barred speech at the world's biggest mobile conference.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-26). Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d'état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by "the resistance" is when he acts "presidential" — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria. As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time: "The number of …

Jason Ditz (2019-02-26). Trump and Kim May Declare End to Korean War at Vietnam Summit. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — According to South Korean officials familiar with the situation, they believe that President Trump and Kim Jong Un may issue a joint statement during this week's summit declaring an end to the Korean War, which began in 1950. This is something Kim clearly would want out of the summit, and which the South Korean government has also …

WSWS (2019-02-26). Pence threatens war in Venezuela at Colombia summit: "There is no turning back" wsws.org "All options are on the table," Pence said in a speech that combined threats of war with denunciations of socialism.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-26). If Emissions Aren't Curbed, Clouds May Disappear. truthout.org A study just published in the journal Nature Geoscience shows that if we continue with business-as-usual fossil fuel emissions, the atmosphere will hold 1,200 parts per million CO2 in about a century from now, which will cause stratocumulus clouds to disappear. Their absence could leave the Earth to warm by a staggering 8 degrees Celsius (8°C). | The computer simulation used in the study showed that once that 1,200 parts per million (ppm) tipping point of atmospheric CO2 is breached, the Earth's temperature would soar by 4°C just from the…

Eoin Higgins (2019-02-26). India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War. theantimedia.com (CD) — Warplanes from India launched an attack on an alleged militant camp Tuesday morning, violating Pakistani airspace in the disputed territory of Kashmir in the latest escalation between the two nuclear powers. The attack carried with it fears of wider war between the two countries. "Armed conflicts once started take their own course without either side being in control …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-26). The "Permanent War State" Aims to Plunder Venezuela — Wilkerson and Jay. therealnews.com Trump promises "democracy and freedom" to Venezuela, delivered by Elliott Abrams who brought you illegal wars, coups, and support for dictatorships; and Mike Pompeo and VP Pence, both with deep ties to the Koch brothers who need Venezuelan heavy crude to feed their Texas refinery — Col. Larry Wilkerson joins TRNN's Paul Jay…

WSWS (2019-02-26). Dozens killed in Nigeria amid election chaos. wsws.org Results of the tally, expected to have been released on Monday, have now been delayed, with vote counting continuing today.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-26). AOC, Sanders, and Warren Are the Real Centrists Because They Speak for Most Americans. theintercept.com The views of Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives are much closer to the vast majority of ordinary Americans than Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-26). The Soaring Cost of US Child Care, in Five Charts. truthout.org The cost of having children in the U.S. has climbed exponentially since the 1960s. So it's no wonder the growing crop of Democratic presidential candidates have been proposing ways to address or bring down the costs tied to raising a family. | Most recently, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she wants to provide universal access to…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2019. democracynow.org India Launches Airstrikes in Pakistan Amid Mounting Tension, U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela as Lima Group Opposes Military Intervention, Univision Reporter Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained in Venezuela, Trump and Kim to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd North Korean Summit, Reports: Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct in Congressional Hearing, Climate Change May Cause Cloud Die-Off, Increase Rate of Warming, U.K.: Corbyn Could Back 2nd Referendum as Brexit Deadline Looms, U.N. Court: U.K. Should Give Up Control of Chagos, U.N.: Sec.-General Warns Against Collapse of Arms Control Treaties, Iran Foreign…

Kenneth Surin (2019-02-26). Ukania's Party Defections. counterpunch.org The shambolic meanderings of Brexit took another turn, when 8 Labour MPs and 3 of their Tory counterparts defected from their respective parties to form The Independent Group (TIG). A ninth Labour MP, Ian Austin, left without joining TIG— the Tiggers want a second Brexit referendum, which Austin opposes. Ukania's Labour party has faced constant More

Briahna Gray (2019-02-26). Bernie Sanders Asks the Right Question on Reparations: What Does It Mean? theintercept.com Sen. Bernie Sanders waves as he takes the stage at the Our Revolution Massachusetts Rally in Boston, Mass., on March 31, 2017. | , the issue quickly became hot on the 2020 campaign trail, with candidates Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro quickly voicing their support for the policy. Last night, the reparations question surfaced again when Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked for his position during a CNN Town Hall hosted by Wolf Blitzer. | "There are massive dispari…

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-26). Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation. theantimedia.com (CD) — We are deeply saddened by the resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, which occurred just hours after he met with our 28-person American peace delegation led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Zarif talked at length about how dissatisfied the Iranian people had become with the Iran nuclear agreement, and the pressure …

WSWS (2019-02-26). Sanders throws his support behind US propaganda campaign over Venezuela. wsws.org Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has tweeted his support for the staged "humanitarian aid" provocation in Venezuela.

RT (2019-02-26). Sanders says DNC bias in favor of Clinton open secret now, hopes to be treated fairly in 2020. rt.com Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the Democratic National Committee for betting heavily on Hillary Clinton early on in 2016. Sanders, who is taking another shot at the presidency, hopes there will not be a repeat this time around.

CodePink SC (2019-02-26). Sherry Conable Celebration of Life. indybay.org Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz…

Amihai Glazer (2019-02-26). 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 (2019-02-26). Trump administration bars US-born woman from re-entering the country. wsws.org The decision, based on Hoda Muthana's past association with ISIS, is the first attempt to deprive someone of her citizenship on the grounds of "terrorism."

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-26). 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.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-25). Roger Waters, Socialists Say No to Bernie and AOC's Positions on Venezuela. mintpressnews.com While Senator Sanders seems to support a supposedly "democratic" kind of regime change in Venezuela, journalist Ben Norton, who has spent the past two weeks in Venezuela amid the flailing coup attempt, says it is the opposition that is un-democratic. On Twitter, Norton accused the Venezuelan opposition of dropping "all pretense of wanting democracy and demand[ing] a coup and war."

Consortiumnews (2019-02-25). Burning Aid: Apparent Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge. consortiumnews.com Marco Rubio and coup leaders are accusing the Venezuelan National Guard, but Max Blumenthal lines up opposing evidence. By Max Blumenthal in Caracas Grayzone The Trump administration's coup against Venezuela culminated on Feb. 23 with U.S.-backed opposition attempting to ram several… Read more →

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.

Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright (2019-02-25). Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation. commondreams.org A delegation of U.S. peace activists in favor of diplomacy with Iran stand with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday just hours before he announced his resignation. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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 →

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-25). So-called humanitarian intervention a sham in Haiti and Venezuela. peoplesworld.org Source: The Communist Party of Venezuela posted this article on its website at prensapcv.wordpress.com. It appeared earlier on a Cuban website at: http: //www.juventudrebelde.cu/internacionales/2019-02-19/la-lamentable-hipocresia-de-lo-humanitario. Following is a translation from the original Spanish by William T. Whitney, Jr. After protests in Haiti over several days, the risk is great there of a humanitarian crisis. This is according …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-25). Headlines for February 25, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: 4 Dead as Violence Spikes Over "Aid" Standoff, U.S. Ratchets Up Threats Against Venezuelan Government, New Yorkers Protest Against U.S. Intervention in Venezuela, Trump Moves to Withdraw Funds, Impose Gag Order on Abortion Providers, Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd Summit, Michael Cohen to Testify Before Congress, Congress Expected to Subpoena Trump Admin over Family Separation, House Dems to Vote on Bill Blocking Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Sudan: President Declares State of Emergency Amid Ongoing Protests, Nigeria: Scores Killed in Election Violence, U.N.: Record Number of Civilians…

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…

Gibson Maina (2019-02-25). Kenyan activists slam US-Guaido coup in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org On February 18, progressive organizations in Kenya held a forum at the Kenya National Theater in downtown Nairobi to mark "Dedan Kimathi Day". Kimathi was the leader of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as "the Mau Mau", who led the fight for the country's liberation against British colonialism in the 1950s. He was killed in 1957 after leading the heroic armed struggle, which was widely supported by the people, for years. | The forum was attended by around 200 people. The main speaker was Professor Maina wa Kinyatti, a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by the Daniel arap Moi dictatorship, a histor…

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.

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-25). Is President Trump Seeking a Pretext for War against Venezuela? "Why Can't the U.S. Simply Invade the Troubled Country?" globalresearch.ca Last August during an Oval Office meeting, Trump pressed aides, asking why can't the US invade Venezuela to topple Maduro. | "why can't the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country?" | According to AP News, then-Secretary of State Tillerson and national …

Whitney Webb (2019-02-25). Pence, Guaidó Fail to Secure Lima Group Approval for US Military Intervention in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Given recent statements from Guaidó and top U.S. officials — as well as the recent death threat against Maduro voiced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) via Twitter — it seems that if the U.S. is determined to use military means to topple Maduro, it will likely have to do so unilaterally or clandestinely.

CP Editor (2019-02-25). Dave Zirin: Last Man Standing. counterpunch.org

2019-02-26: Social Media Postees

Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
Illustrating that the exception only proves the rule, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stood virtually alone, tweeting: "The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs."
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Notes From the Streets of Venezuela—The People Are Resilient in the Face of Foreign Intervention
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
The word "Chavista" has a resonance. It refers to those women and men who are loyal to Chavez and to the Bolivarian Revolution. (Photo: Vijay Prashad) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Statement by Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright of U.S. Peace Organization CODEPINK
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
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Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Julian Assange Receives His Passport
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
In March 2008, one Michael Horvath of the US Army Counterintelligence Center within the Cyber Intelligence Assessments Branch considered the risks posed by WikiLeaks in a 32 page document. Created under the auspices of the Department of Defence's Intelligence Analysis Program. The overview suggests, importantly, the interest shown in Assange by the defence wing of…
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Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Julian Assange Receives His Passport
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
In March 2008, one Michael Horvath of the US Army Counterintelligence Center within the Cyber Intelligence Assessments Branch considered the risks posed by WikiLeaks in a 32 page document. Created under the auspices of the Department of Defence's Intelligence …
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Video: Why There Will be No Full US Troops Withdrawal from Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
A contingent of US troops will remain deployed in Syria even after the troops withdrawal declared by President Donald Trump. | On February 21, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that "a small peacekeeping group of about 200" troops …
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Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…
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Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…
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Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
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Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War
Kevin Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-26
Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2019 — In response to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introducing legislation to support diplomacy and the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "This legislation offers a common sense vision for achieving peace …
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New Yorkers march on Wall Street to oppose U.S war on Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
New York, NY – On February 23, approximately 300 New Yorkers took Wall Street in the Financial District to protest attempts at a U.S.-led coup against the popular and democratically-elected Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. | The event was part of a global day of action where over 150 cities hosted events to demand "No U.S. War in Venezuela!" | The protesters gathered in front of one of President Trump's multiple towers under a banner that demanded "No war in Venezuela" in English and Spanish. The lively crowd chanted, "Hands off Venezuela" and "Chavez presente! Maduro Presidente!" | Several of the groups inv…
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The Christian Genocide During the Ottoman Empire Sounds a Dark Warning for the Future
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
Israeli historian Benny Morris doesn't do things by half. The footnotes of his new book on the 30-year genocide of Christians by their Turkish rulers, cowritten with his colleague Dror Zeevi, take up more than a fifth of the 640-page work. "It was nine years, a long haul," he admitted to me this week, with an audible sigh over…
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Emergencies Do Not Trump the Constitution
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
After Congress rejected President Trump's request for 5.7 billion dollars for the border wall, the president declared a national emergency at the southern border. Present Trump claims this "emergency" gives him the authority to divert funds appropriated for other purposes …
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Attacking Iran. Fake News About a Terrorist Connection Could Serve as a Pretext for War
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
Observers of developments in the Middle East have long taken it as a given that the United States and Israel are seeking for an excuse to attack Iran. The recently terminated conference in Warsaw had that objective, which was clearly …
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Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National …
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Historicizing the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
The discourse of nationalism affects to make sense of the absurd loss of life that occurs. Human knowledge, however, is always tentative and arbitrary. We must learn to cross the frontiers of culture, nationality, language, and citizenship in order to make humanist responses to conflict situations. There is growing awareness among the people of Jammu…
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Mueller Report: Secrecy Shouldn't be an Option
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
As February draws to an end, rumors abound that we're about to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Or at least that someone — namely, newly confirmed US Attorney General William Barr — is about to see that report. The rest of us, maybe not so…
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The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
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Why We Can't Have Nice Things: The Crisis of Online Feminism Today
Julian Vigo | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
I heard this expression frequently when feminist groups would break down and a women would eventually exclaim exasperatingly, "This is why we can't have nice things." Over the past few months in feminist groups from the US to the UK, I have witnessed a train wreck of conflicting egos, political narratives that are deemed "incorrect"
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The Bitter Fruit of Trump's China Bashing: Anti-Asian Racism
Ashley Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
Donald Trump's New Cold War with Beijing has caught Chinese foreign students at American universities in its crosshairs. His administration has tightened restrictions on their visas, accused them of spying for the Chinese state and its high tech giants, and in the process whipped up a climate of Anti-Asian racism. Trump's policies have yielded bitter…
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Yes, The Paris Climate Agreement Sucks
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 was a big deal as 195 nations agreed to take steps to mitigate global temperatures to +2 ∞C, but preferably +1.5 ∞C, post-industrial or over the past 250 years. When temperatures exceed those levels, all hell breaks loose with our precious life-support ecosystems. Today, we're already more than halfway to that…
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The Open Veins of Venezuela
Marc Norton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
John Bolton, Donald Trump's maniacal National Security Advisor of Fox News-fame, tweeted that the whole "world is watching" the US-staged drama in Venezuela. Elliot Abrams, Donald Trump's neocon "Special Representative for Venezuela," is the man on the scene, despite (or because of) his record as a war criminal from Ronald Reagan's war on Nicaragua, his role as…
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Game Over? Report Card on Our Planet's Environment
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
The World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report for 2019 indicates that most experts point to environmental problems as being the most serious threats to global stability–just as they found in the previous two years. That report follows on one in October 2018 by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It said with…
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Of Insects and Men
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
Insects are all over the world — in and over the waters at the edge of the seas, in and over the waters of lakes, rivers and creeks and swamps and irrigation ditches. They thrive in the forests, mountains, deserts, land, cities, villages, in the tropics and in the homes of the poor and the powerful. Their populations are the largest of all other species. They have been occupying the Earth for 400 million years.
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Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future
Chris Gilbert | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
It was George W. Bush who invented the term: misunderestimating. And it's what imperialism continually does with Venezuela. I recall an Aló Presidente program in which Chávez was talking about the 2002 coup attempt. He said that the US thought it could easily replace him. "As simply as this," he said and demonstrated by moving…
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Scurrying Fascist Cockroaches
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
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U.S. Accused of Trying to Unconstitutionally Strip Citizenship of U.S.-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-26
With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting off…
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"Arab NATO" Isn't NATO-like at All
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
It's become popular over the past few years to talk about the so-called "Arab NATO" that the US is reportedly trying to assemble in the Mideast to militarily contain Iran, but the actual entity being created doesn't resemble its European …
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Iran Experts: Zarif Resignation May Bolster Iran's Hardliners and Trump's Hawkish Policies
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US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-26
Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."
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Canadian 'Aid' to Venezuela Part of Plan to Overthrow Government
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
If more people understood that "aid" often goes hand in hand with military intervention there would be less uncritical support for it. | An important, though little acknowledged, principle of Canadian 'aid' policy is that military intervention elicits international assistance. Or, …
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Alexander von Humboldt, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution
Franklin Frederick | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
"One cannot praise enough the intelligent legislation of Spanish America's new republics, which, since their inception, have been seriously concerned with slavery's total cessation. In that respect, this vast part of the earth has an immense advantage over the South …
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Juan Guaido: A Traitor to His People
Radio Havana Cuba | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
The self-proclaimed "Provisional President of Venezuela," Juan Guaidó, is an expert in dangerous actions, who — in pursuit of his unending ambition — will go down in history as a person that broke all the rules of decency and …
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Greg Craig: A Washington Insider May Be Headed to Jail for His Work in Ukraine
John Kiriakou | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
A quintessential DC insider is likely going to jail on a minor charge and it's good he's not getting away with it, says John Kiriakou.
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Scores of Civilians Left Dead in Wake of Saudi Air Campaign on Yemen-Saudi Border
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
Saudi Arabia has launched a vicious campaign to secure Jizan, its vulnerable southern border region with Yemen, which has been its Achilles heel in its brutal assault on its southern neighbor.
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Dangerous Escalation Between Nuclear-armed Rivals India and Pakistan
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
In a pre-dawn airstrike at 3: 30 a.m. on Tuesday, 12 Indian Mirage 2000 fighter jets intruded into Pakistan's airspace and dropped their payload on the top of a mountain at a terrorist training camp, allegedly belonging to a jihadist group …
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India Strikes Inside Pakistan After Deadly Kashmir Attack
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-26
BALAKOT, Pakistan — A pre-dawn airstrike inside Pakistan that India said targeted a terrorist training camp and killed a "very large number" of militants ratcheted up tensions on Tuesday between the two nuclear-armed rivals at odds over the disputed territory of Kashmir. | Islamabad said there were no casualties in the strike near the town of Balakot, close to the border with Pakistan's section of Kashmir, where residents said loud explosions woke them up, rattling their homes. | "It was the middle of the night, we were very scared," one resident, 20-year old Mohammad Abbas to The Associated Press. "We didn…
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Final Steps of the Multipolar Revolution: Containing the US in Europe
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
We discussed in the previous article how China and Russia are using diplomatic, economic and military means in areas like Asia and the Middle East to contain the belligerence and chaos unleashed by the United States. In this analysis, we …
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'Green Book' wins best picture in an upset at multiracial Oscars
Jake Coyle | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-26
LOS ANGELES (AP)–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 …
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Workers reject Spanish firm's bid for Israeli settlement project
Adri Nieuwhof | zcomm.org | 2019-02-26
International human rights organizations and the United Nations have all warned against complicity in Israel's settlements through trade or business…
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"Don't give additional time to Sri Lanka", mothers of disappeared persons tell the UN
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-26
Families of tens of thousands of Tamils are still waiting for justice for the mass atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government during the civil war that lasted 26 years…
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2020 Democratic Hopefuls Embrace New Meaning of Reparations
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-26
Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense. | Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spoke of the need for the U.S. government to reckon with and make up for centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression. But instead of backing the direct compensation of African-Americans for the legacy of slavery, the Democratic candidates are talking about using tax credits and other subsidies. | Long defined as so…
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France and Italy Are Involved in a Proxy War in Libya
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
The following is the full English-language interview that Andrew Korybko gave to RT (German) about the latest developments in Libya, which was published by the outlet in an abridged form under the title " Colonialism 2.0: France & Italy Are …
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Despite roadblocks Wisconsin Gov. Evers pushes forward
Dominique Paul Noth | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-26
Nationally, the Democrats are fighting about how progressive should progressives be or if there is room for moderating instincts, for maneuvering cautiously toward the progressive promises that got you elected. The debate can be both severe and transient. Two months ago Nancy Pelosi was in the firing chamber for being too old or too stuck …
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Is the Tide Turning on President Trump's War on Science?
Elliott Negin | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson questions NASA Administrator Charles Bolden during a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology budget hearing, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls via Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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One in Five Children Live in a Warzone
Michelle Chen | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
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White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy
Lynne Feeley | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy…
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The Conservatives, "Nam-Nam Friction" and Nuclear Crisis in South Korea
Prof. Joseph H. Chung | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
Recently, the heads of five South Korean political parties visited Washington (February 12 to 14) with a mission to assure the supports of American politicians for the success of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. | But, what is hard to …
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Trump, Kim Facing Big Challenges After Big Welcome in Hanoi
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-26
HANOI, Vietnam– After long journeys to Vietnam, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in place for their second summit to address perhaps the world's biggest security challenge: Kim's pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of realistically threatening targets around the planet. | Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the…
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Highest number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2018: UN Report
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-26
A report by the UNAMA and UN Human Rights Office states that 3,804 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2018, the highest ever, and a majority of the killings were by the anti-government forces, including the Taliban and the Islamic State…
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Editors' Pick: 28 Black-Owned Businesses We Love
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-02-26
Black History Month might be drawing to a close, but the celebration of all things Black should be a year-long event. Taking into account that Nielsen estimates the Black buying power to be at $1.2 trillion, a great way to celebrate Black culture should be to put some of this money back into our communities. …
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"Humanitarian Aid" for Nefarious Purposes. USAID and Guaido's February 23, 2019 — The Second Battle of Cucuta
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
On Sunday morn, February 28 1813, General Ramon Correa, commander of 800 Spanish Royalist troops, sat upon his favourite Cucuta pew. While Correa communed with the Almighty, Simon Bolivar marched 400 men to hilltops overlooking Cucuta. Futile attempts to …
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Renewed Attempt to Ban Uranium Mining Permanently Near the Grand Canyon. Rep. Raúl Grijalva
Andrew Nicla | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
An Arizona lawmaker is renewing his push to halt uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, outlining a proposal Saturday that would make permanent a moratorium on new claims across 1 million acres of public lands. | Rep. Raúl Grijalva has introduced …
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UK Aid to Yemen: The Best Thing May Can Do for Yemen Is to Stop Arming the Saudi Regime
CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
Yesterday the Prime Minister, Theresa May pledged £200 million worth of aid for the people of Yemen. However, she has refused to stop arming and supporting the Saudi Arabian regime, which has caused much of the damage. The ongoing bombardment …
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Black History: Trump Era Resistance, Mumia's Plight, and Freedom for the Move 9
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
"Bi-partisanship between neoliberals and conservatives built the monster we now call 'mass incarceration.' No so-called 'progressive prosecutor' can or will unbuild it. That's because it took the entire system — DAs, judges, cops, defense lawyers, and prison administrators, not …
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Diego Garcia: UN Court Calls on Britain to 'Decolonize' Chagos Islands
Brett Wilkins | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
The United Nations' highest court on Monday called Britain's claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands "illegal" and urged London to "decolonize" the remote archipelago — which is home to one of the most important US overseas military bases — …
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The "New NAFTA" and Agribusiness' Secretive Plans to Unravel Food Safety and Worker Protections
Sharon Anglin Treat | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
As Congress and the public debate the pros and cons of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), or New NAFTA, behind the scenes and in the shadows transnational corporations are doubling down on their plans to weaken and eliminate public protections …
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Cuba's Referendum on a New Constitution: Cuba Has Indeed "Changed", But Not as Some Had Hoped
Arnold August | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
The results were just announced at 4 PM today Monday February 25, the day after the referendum. They are excellent. However, based on my visit to Cuba last September/October during the course of the debate whereby people had the opportunity …
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Ukania's Party Defections
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
The shambolic meanderings of Brexit took another turn, when 8 Labour MPs and 3 of their Tory counterparts defected from their respective parties to form The Independent Group (TIG). A ninth Labour MP, Ian Austin, left without joining TIG– the Tiggers want a second Brexit referendum, which Austin opposes. Ukania's Labour party has faced constant…
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AOC, Sanders, and Warren Are the Real Centrists Because They Speak for Most Americans
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-26
The views of Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives are much closer to the vast majority of ordinary Americans than Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg.
theintercept.com/2019/02/26/demo…

India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
Warplanes from India launched an attack on an alleged militant camp Tuesday morning, violating Pakistani airspace in the disputed territory of Kashmir in the latest escalation between the two nuclear powers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Soaring Cost of US Child Care, in Five Charts
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-26
The cost of having children in the U.S. has climbed exponentially since the 1960s. So it's no wonder the growing crop of Democratic presidential candidates have been proposing ways to address or bring down the costs tied to raising a family. | Most recently, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she wants to provide universal access to…
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Dozens killed in Nigeria amid election chaos
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-26
Results of the tally, expected to have been released on Monday, have now been delayed, with vote counting continuing today.
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Sherry Conable Celebration of Life
CodePink SC | indybay.org | 2019-02-26
Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz…
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Trump and Kim May Declare End to Korean War at Vietnam Summit
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(ANTIWAR.COM) — According to South Korean officials familiar with the situation, they believe that President Trump and Kim Jong Un may issue a joint statement during this week's summit declaring an end to the Korean War, which began in 1950. This is something Kim clearly would want out of the summit, and which the South Korean government has also …

Trump and Kim May Declare End to Korean War at Vietnam Summit

India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(CD) — Warplanes from India launched an attack on an alleged militant camp Tuesday morning, violating Pakistani airspace in the disputed territory of Kashmir in the latest escalation between the two nuclear powers. The attack carried with it fears of wider war between the two countries. "Armed conflicts once started take their own course without either side being in control …

India's Attack on Pakistan Sparks Fear of Wider War

Nikki Haley resurfaces with a think tank that attacks 'international dangers'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
Nikki Haley has begun her political second act with the launch of Stand for America, an anodyne-sounding policy group she formed to oppose socialism and term limits at home, and Russia, China and Iran abroad. | …
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Why Cities Should Stop Playing Amazon's Game
Amihai Glazer | indybay.org | 2019-02-26
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.
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Sanders says DNC bias in favor of Clinton open secret now, hopes to be treated fairly in 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the Democratic National Committee for betting heavily on Hillary Clinton early on in 2016. Sanders, who is taking another shot at the presidency, hopes there will not be a repeat this time around. | …
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'Ask Snowden': Huawei exec pokes fun at US spying during tech show
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
A Huawei executive hit the US where it hurts by making fun of the NSA and bringing up whistleblower Edward Snowden during a no-holds-barred speech at the world's biggest mobile conference. | …
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Bernie Sanders Asks the Right Question on Reparations: What Does It Mean?
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2019-02-26
Sen. Bernie Sanders waves as he takes the stage at the Our Revolution Massachusetts Rally in Boston, Mass., on March 31, 2017. | , the issue quickly became hot on the 2020 campaign trail, with candidates Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro quickly voicing their support for the policy. Last night, the reparations question surfaced again when Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked for his position during a CNN Town Hall hosted by Wolf Blitzer. | "There are massive dispari…
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Sen. Feinstein Insults Children on Green New Deal
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-26
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.
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Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
While the world's attention was focused on the Venezuelan opposition, as it tried to transport US aid into Venezuela against the government's will, a major protest took place in Caracas that was opposed to US intervention in Venezuela.
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If Emissions Aren't Curbed, Clouds May Disappear
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-26
A study just published in the journal Nature Geoscience shows that if we continue with business-as-usual fossil fuel emissions, the atmosphere will hold 1,200 parts per million CO2 in about a century from now, which will cause stratocumulus clouds to disappear. Their absence could leave the Earth to warm by a staggering 8 degrees Celsius (8°C). | The computer simulation used in the study showed that once that 1,200 parts per million (ppm) tipping point of atmospheric CO2 is breached, the Earth's temperature would soar by 4°C just from the…
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City Council May End Enforcement of Overnight Parking Restrictions on Delaware
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-02-26
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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French-Italian proxy war in Libya
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-26
There are concrete material interests behind the sharp tensions between France and Italy, which in February led to France recalling its ambassador in Rome.
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Is the Trump Administration Trying to Rewrite Citizenship Laws?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-26
With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting…
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Oakland Protests Trump's Regime Change Attack on Venezuela
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-02-26
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.
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The "Permanent War State" Aims to Plunder Venezuela — Wilkerson and Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
Trump promises "democracy and freedom" to Venezuela, delivered by Elliott Abrams who brought you illegal wars, coups, and support for dictatorships; and Mike Pompeo and VP Pence, both with deep ties to the Koch brothers who need Venezuelan heavy crude to feed their Texas refinery — Col. Larry Wilkerson joins TRNN's Paul Jay…
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To Prevent Victory for Hard-Liners, Calls for Iran's Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
The pending resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—which the diplomat announced on Instagram Monday but has not yet been accepted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—has sparked international alarm over the future of the Iran nuclear deal, which Zarif and European leaders have been trying to save since U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement and reimposed economic sanctions last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Trump administration bars US-born woman from re-entering the country
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-26
The decision, based on Hoda Muthana's past association with ISIS, is the first attempt to deprive someone of her citizenship on the grounds of "terrorism."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Sanders throws his support behind US propaganda campaign over Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-26
Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has tweeted his support for the staged "humanitarian aid" provocation in Venezuela.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Pence threatens war in Venezuela at Colombia summit: "There is no turning back"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-26
"All options are on the table," Pence said in a speech that combined threats of war with denunciations of socialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(MPN) — Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d'état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by "the resistance" is when he acts "presidential" — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria. As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time: "The number of …

Trump’s Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation
Medea Benjamin | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(CD) — We are deeply saddened by the resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, which occurred just hours after he met with our 28-person American peace delegation led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Zarif talked at length about how dissatisfied the Iranian people had become with the Iran nuclear agreement, and the pressure …

Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation

Roger Waters, Socialists Say No to Bernie and AOC's Positions on Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-25
While Senator Sanders seems to support a supposedly "democratic" kind of regime change in Venezuela, journalist Ben Norton, who has spent the past two weeks in Venezuela amid the flailing coup attempt, says it is the opposition that is un-democratic. On Twitter, Norton accused the Venezuelan opposition of dropping "all pretense of wanting democracy and demand[ing] a coup and war."
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Burning Aid: Apparent Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-25
Marco Rubio and coup leaders are accusing the Venezuelan National Guard, but Max Blumenthal lines up opposing evidence. By Max Blumenthal in Caracas Grayzone The Trump administration's coup against Venezuela culminated on Feb. 23 with U.S.-backed opposition attempting to ram several… Read more ?…
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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.
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Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation
Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright | commondreams.org | 2019-02-25
A delegation of U.S. peace activists in favor of diplomacy with Iran stand with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday just hours before he announced his resignation. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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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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So-called humanitarian intervention a sham in Haiti and Venezuela
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-25
Source: The Communist Party of Venezuela posted this article on its website at prensapcv.wordpress.com. It appeared earlier on a Cuban website at: http: //www.juventudrebelde.cu/internacionales/2019-02-19/la-lamentable-hipocresia-de-lo-humanitario. Following is a translation from the original Spanish by William T. Whitney, Jr. After protests in Haiti over several days, the risk is great there of a humanitarian crisis. This is according …
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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…
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Kenyan activists slam US-Guaido coup in Venezuela
Gibson Maina | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
On February 18, progressive organizations in Kenya held a forum at the Kenya National Theater in downtown Nairobi to mark "Dedan Kimathi Day". Kimathi was the leader of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as "the Mau Mau", who led the fight for the country's liberation against British colonialism in the 1950s. He was killed in 1957 after leading the heroic armed struggle, which was widely supported by the people, for years. | The forum was attended by around 200 people. The main speaker was Professor Maina wa Kinyatti, a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by the Daniel arap Moi dictatorship, a histor…
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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.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/25/n…

Is President Trump Seeking a Pretext for War against Venezuela? "Why Can't the U.S. Simply Invade the Troubled Country?"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-25
Last August during an Oval Office meeting, Trump pressed aides, asking why can't the US invade Venezuela to topple Maduro. | "why can't the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country?" | According to AP News, then-Secretary of State Tillerson and national …
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Pence, Guaidó Fail to Secure Lima Group Approval for US Military Intervention in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-25
Given recent statements from Guaidó and top U.S. officials — as well as the recent death threat against Maduro voiced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) via Twitter — it seems that if the U.S. is determined to use military means to topple Maduro, it will likely have to do so unilaterally or clandestinely.
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Dave Zirin: Last Man Standing
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-25
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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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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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