Daily Archives: February 27, 2019

2019-02-27: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). International Peoples' Assembly gives clarion call for solidarity with Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org 500 participants from 87 countries and 181 people's movements and organizations participated in the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism from February 24-27 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. On the final day, the Assembly gave a call for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade to be observed on March 16. | The four days of activities included panel discussions on the current imperialist offensive and the attacks on Venezuela, regional working group discussions which sought to propose an age…

CP Editor (2019-02-28). Trump Threatens Venezuela, Revives Red Scare. counterpunch.org

STAFF (2019-02-28). Trump, Kim Begin Talks With One-on-One Meeting. truthdig.com HANOI, Vietnam — President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are beginning the second day of their high-stakes nuclear summit with a one-on-one discussion. | Trump and Kim met Thursday, the morning after they opened the summit in Vietnam. | Trump told reporters that "a lot of great ideas" are "being thrown about." He says "when you have a good relationship, a lot of good things happen." | The president also said he's in "no rush" to make "the right deal," a sharp break from his heated rhetoric a year ago about the threat posed by Pyongyang. | K…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). "Socialism gave power to the working class in Venezuela" peoplesdispatch.org Carlos Ron, Venezuelan vice-minister for North America also explains the social character of the Venezuelan opposition that is currently attempting to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Tyler Durden (2019-02-28). Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War. theantimedia.com (ZH) — The potential for major war to break out along the India-Pakistan border continues to build after Pakistan said it shot down Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir. India confirmed only one downed aircraft, and its foreign ministry also said a Pakistani jet was hit in retaliation, going down on the Pakistani side of the …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-28). Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020. therealnews.com Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-27). Neoliberalism and The Vietnam Model. Who Won the Vietnam War? globalresearch.ca April 1975 marks the official end of the Vietnam War. Yet today, Vietnam is an impoverished countries. The Hanoi government is a US proxy regime. Vietnam has become a new cheap labor frontier of the global economy. Neoliberalism prevails.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Peace Delegation to Iran & Fallout from U.S. Withdrawal of Nuke Deal. democracynow.org Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly refusing to accept the resignation of his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who quit suddenly in a surprise move announced via Instagram Monday. Zarif played a central role in the negotiations leading to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last year, President Trump withdrew from the landmark deal despite international condemnation of the move and U.N. inspectors saying Iran was adhering to the agreement. Zarif did not offer any reason for his resignation, simply writing, "I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during m…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-27). Notes from the streets of Venezuela — the people are resilient in the face of foreign intervention. peoplesdispatch.org 30 years after the Caracazo, when the poor of Venezuela took to the streets to wage a struggle against the government of the oligarchy, the toiling masses of the country remain firm in their commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution, which offered them right and a life of dignity…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-27). Countries from across the world reject threats of military intervention in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org At a special meeting of the UN security council on February 26, many countries, including those opposed to Nicolas Maduro, called for a peaceful resolution in Venezuela and rejected any attempt at military intervention…

Leon Anderson (2019-02-27). Let's Have an End to Endless War. progressive.org Either we learn to pull in our militaristic horns and try to live in peace or watch a growing national debt crush our chances for economic progress.

Helena Cobban (2019-02-27). The Curious Case of US Domination of Palestine-Israel Peacemaking. commondreams.org President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.

Brasil de Fato (2019-02-27). Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border. peoplesdispatch.org "It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…

RT News (2019-02-27). US-backed Opposition Activists Caught on Video Throwing Molotov Cocktails at Aid Truck on Venezuela Border. globalresearch.ca As Washington and Caracas blame each other for torching a truck carrying what the US called vital 'humanitarian supplies' from Colombia to Venezuela, a video has emerged, finally shedding some light on the incident. | The truck caught fire and burned …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Disarmament Expert on N. Korea Summit: An International Process Is Needed to Reduce Nuclear Threat. democracynow.org President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation."

Media Lens (2019-02-27). This 1995 Noam Chomsky Quote Prophetically Defined Today's News Media. mintpressnews.com Earlier this month, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, author of 'Utopia For Realists', was interviewed by the high-profile Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson. During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Janary, Bregman had bluntly told billionaires that they should stop avoiding taxes and pay their fair share: 'We gotta be talking about taxes. That's it. Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullshit, in my opinion.' | His comments went viral which, in tu…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-27). With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights. mintpressnews.com Israel is now pushing for the U.S. to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan for fear of losing it completely, even though such recognition could result in an all-out war between Israel and Syria, as well as with Syrian allies such as Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-27). Non-Military Federal Agencies Under Trump Expand Already Enormous Arsenals. mintpressnews.com Given that during the height of the Iraq War the Army used around 6 million rounds per month, with its planned purchase of 1.6 billion rounds, DHS would have ammo left over after matching the Army's peak daily outpouring of hot lead for two solid decades.

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-27). In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe. mronline.org Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged to Defuse Kashmir Conflict. democracynow.org Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pakist…

Eds. (2019-02-27). Letter from the Hampton Institute. mronline.org In all of the talk about Venezuela, many are missing the real conversation that should be had. Naturally, after being subjected to sensationalist and heavily-biased media reports, most Americans frame the situation in terms of "dictatorship," "humanitarian crisis," and "U.S. intervention." | Source

Eds. (2019-02-27). Venezuela coverage takes us back to Golden Age of lying about Latin America. mronline.org A few days after the Time story, CNBC (6/22/16) carried a claim that there was no acetaminophen to be found anywhere, either: "Basic things like Tylenol aren't even available." | Source

Emile Schepers (2019-02-27). As Trojan Horse "humanitarian aid" ploy fizzles, Venezuela faces new attacks. peoplesworld.org Saturday, February 23 was supposed to be the big day when a so-called "humanitarian aid" caravan would cross into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia. The left-wing government of President Nicolás Maduro would be further destabilized and the stage set for his removal. As it turned out, the "big day" was something of an embarrassment for the …

CP Editor (2019-02-27). Camp Cope — Full Performance. counterpunch.org

Thomas S. Harrington (2019-02-27). The Ghosts of Chauncey Gardner and Francisco Franco at the Trials of the Catalan Independentists in Madrid. counterpunch.org Watching the trials of the Catalan independentists now taking place at Spain's highest court in Madrid, I have been reminded again and again of a scene from Hal Ashby's marvelous 1979 movie "Being There". The protagonist of that film, Chauncey Gardner, played by Peter Sellers, is a fiftyish man who has never ventured outside the More

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-27). Is Israel's Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority? counterpunch.org Nazareth. Israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments' relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-02-27). Follow the Money to the Border Wall. counterpunch.org Readers may rightly believe that the government and segments of this society have fallen to their absolute lowest levels just as a new outrage becomes obvious. Such is the case with Trump's (read his far-right handlers) border wall. What are the objectives of the border wall? In other words, just what does the man behind More

Jeff Ordower (2019-02-27). The Rigors of Organizing: On the Road with the German Climate Resistance. counterpunch.org Recently, press in the United States told the story of the great transition that the German Coal Commission announced. Benevolent governments like Germany are deciding to make a just transition away from coal and have even set an end date, 2038, for a long-term orderly transition to occur. The mainstream media is hailing this transition More

Iqbal Jassat (2019-02-27). Hezbollah Becomes Theresa May's Latest Scapegoat In her Battle for Political Survival. mintpressnews.com Hezbollah is a popular political, military and social movement that wields considerable power in Lebanon. Its presence in defense of Lebanese sovereignty against Israeli aggression has earned it respect and support across Arab countries even if neo-colonial monarchies such as Saudi Arabia — another British creation — have teamed up with Israel to crush it.

Gareth Porter (2019-02-27). The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran. truthdig.com Like Dick Cheney before them, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton seek to manufacture a Middle East crisis that could lead to armed conflict.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-27). Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could. globalresearch.ca Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. | The National

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-27). US Troops Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Underlying Cause of Friction Between India and Pakistan? globalresearch.ca In a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday, according to Indian account, 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 …

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. venezuelanalysis.com Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.

William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta. venezuelanalysis.com Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.

John Weigel (2019-02-27). Roll Out of 5G: The Threat Posed by Modern Microwave Technology to Human Life. globalresearch.ca For 500 years since Copernicus, Krakow has revolutionized science. Today the city stands alone in the conflict over the safety of electromagnetic radiation to protect its citizens. | *** | At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution three …

Zero Hedge (2019-02-27). Cohen Tips Off NYT: Will Call Trump "Racist" , "Con Man" and "Cheat" in Wednesday Testimony. globalresearch.ca Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen — who will soon head to prison after pleading guilty to eight criminal charges — will testify to Congress on Wednesday that President Trump is a "con man" and a cheat," according to a copy …

Daily Sabah (2019-02-27). US Army Transferring 50 Tons of Gold from ISIS-Daesh Held Areas in Syria and Iraq back to the US. Reports. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Army is transferring tons of gold from Daesh-held areas in Syria to the U.S., multiple reports said. | According to a source who spoke to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the U.S. forces transferred about 50 tons of gold from …

Global Research News (2019-02-27). "Trump is a Racist, a Conman, a Cheat": Michael D. Cohen's Testimony to US House of Representatives Committee. globalresearch.ca We are bringing to the attention of our readers the testimony of former Trump staff Michael D. Cohen. | Cohen's statements are backed up by documents made available to the House Committee on Oversight. The testimony includes reference to fraudulent transactions, …

South Front (2019-02-27). Video: Russia Slides Towards Internal Political Crisis. globalresearch.ca This is a critical look at the situation in Russia. The video is based on an article of one of our readers and additional data. | *** | The Russia of 2019 is in a complicated economic and even political situation. Smoldering …

True Publica (2019-02-27). Democratic Assault by 'Alternative Facts'. globalresearch.ca It is, unfortunately, a matter of fact that less than half of UK adults say the news media is doing a good job at getting facts right, the worst rate for trustworthiness in western Europe. It is also a sad …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-27). India's "Surgical Strike 2.0" against Pakistan or Big Bollywood Spectacle? globalresearch.ca India is portraying its first aerial violation of the Line of Control (LoC) in nearly half a century as another "surgical strike" against Pakistan that followed in the footsteps of the operation that it claimed to have pulled off without …

Shane Quinn (2019-02-27). Venezuela Must Draw Inspiration from Survival of Cuban Revolution. globalresearch.ca As the Soviet Union crumbled in December 1991, a Special Period unfolded in Cuba as she reeled from the disappearance of her principal commercial partner. In the late 1980s, over 85% of Cuba's trade was tied to the USSR. | During …

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-27). In Washington, Regime Change Is Truly and Urgently Needed! globalresearch.ca I am surprised that no one else is saying it, writing it, shouting it at each and every corner: | It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the …

Dr. Cyril Widdershoven (2019-02-27). The $32 Trillion Push to Disrupt the Entire Oil Industry. globalresearch.ca Global oil and gas companies are increasingly facing an uphill battle as global warming policies are taking their toll. Most analysts and market watchers are focusing on peak oil demand scenarios, but the reality could be much darker. International oil …

Press TV (2019-02-27). Israel Burying Nuclear Waste in Syria's Golan: UN. globalresearch.ca UN chief Antonio Guterres will unveil Monday a report which accuses Israel of burying radioactive nuclear waste in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory under occupation for over five decades. | Guterres will submit the report — which is based on …

Nina Beety (2019-02-27). Alert: Feb. 27, OneWeb Begins Launching Satellites to Beam 5G and Wi-Fi Worldwide. globalresearch.ca Tomorrow in French Guiana, OneWeb plans to launch the first 6 of 900 satellites to blanket the Earth in 3G, 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi. From the company website (oneweb.world): | Liftoff is scheduled at exactly: | 4: 37 p.m., in Washington, D.C. | 6: 37 …

Eric Toussaint (2019-02-27). Varoufakis's Secret Negotiations and His Disappointments with China, Obama and the IMF. globalresearch.ca In chapter 11 of his book, Adults in the Room Yanis Varoufakis tells how he arranged the sale of the third container terminal of the Port of Piraeus to the Chinese corporation Cosco who manage the other two quays since …

Craig Murray (2019-02-27). UK Rejects International Court of Justice Opinion on the Chagos Islands. globalresearch.ca In parliament, Alan Duncan for the government has just rejected yesterday's stunning result at the International Court of Justice, where British occupation of the Chagos Islands was found unlawful by a majority of 13 to 1, with all the judges …

Scott Ritter (2019-02-27). How Politics Trump Intel in the US-Russia Nuke Treaty Pullout. globalresearch.ca The United States has a track record of asking nations to prove a negative when it comes to compliance with arms control agreements, and then holding them to account when they fail to do so. The deficit of integrity over …

F. William Engdahl (2019-02-27). New Studies Confirm Dangers of Glyphosate. globalresearch.ca Since the 1960s uproar over the dangers of widespread agriculture use of the weed killer, DDT, no other herbicide or agriculture chemical has stirred as much widespread opposition as glyphosate. Glyphosate is the main and only publicly disclosed ingredient in …

The Ecologist (2019-02-27). Killing Elephants 'for Pet Food' Condemned. globalresearch.ca Proposals to allow trophy hunting of elephants to resume in Botswana, home to Africa's largest elephant population, and even use the meat for canned pet food have been strongly criticised by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH). | A report …

Robert Mackey (2019-02-27). Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting. zcomm.org According to Russia 24, a Russian government news channel, a recent investigation by The Intercept supports a conspiracy theory promoted by Russian officials: that there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last year, and video of victims was fabricated to provoke American airstrikes. But The Intercept report featured in the Russian Read more…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-27). Incumbent president Buhari wins election; opposition challenges result. peoplesdispatch.org Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress has won a second term in the presidential elections held in Nigeria on February 23 and 24. This marks the second time since democracy was restored in 1999 that any president has won a second term. | Only 35.7% of the 82,344,107 registered voters cast their votes, which was lesser than the 44% turnout in 2015 elections. According to the statement by Nigeria's Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Buhari won a total of 15,191,847 votes, defeating his primary opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party who garner…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2019. democracynow.org Michael Cohen to Testify to Congress as Explosive Accusations Against Trump Revealed, Trump & Kim Meet as Vietnam Summit Overshadowed by Cohen Hearing, India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows, House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration, Trump Official Admits He Ignored Warnings on Risks of Family Separation, Thousands of Migrant Minors Reported Sexual Abuse While in Gov't Custody, Honduran Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn While Detained by ICE, Dems Introduce New Voting Rights Legislation, House Bill Protects Over 1 Million Acres of Wilderness, Creates New Nat'l Sites, O…

STAFF (2019-02-27). Pakistan Says 2 Indian Warplanes Downed, 1 Pilot Captured. truthdig.com MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last two decades. | India acknowledged one of its air force planes was "lost" in skirmishes with Pakistan and that its pilot was "missing in action" on a chaotic day, which also saw mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the two sectors of Kashmir kill six civilians and wound several others. A helicopter crash in the region also killed six Indian air force…

H. Patricia Hynes (2019-02-27). The Trojan Horse of US "Aid" to Venezuela. zcomm.org The title of a recent New York Times video deodorizes the US attempt to overthrow President Maduro of socialist Venezuela and replace him with a hand-picked member of the Venezuelan elite, capitalist class…

George Ochenski (2019-02-27). Bailing Out Aging Coal Plants is an Unmitigated Disaster. counterpunch.org Montana's Republican legislators have a long and horrific record of savaging Montana's consumers while doing everything possible to increase the profits of the state's utility corporations. Despite the devastating mistakes of the past, they're at it again. This time with a bill that will allow Montana's largest utility, NorthWestern Energy, to buy Colstrip for a More

Patrick Bond (2019-02-27). Budgeting for Black-Out in South Africa. counterpunch.org Upon taking power in a palace coup a year ago, Cyril Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) government was supposedly going to sweep out the prolific corruption associated with the 2009-18 Jacob Zuma ANC regime. But although excruciatingly-slow progress is being made in evicting the most obvious villains, durable Zumite influences remain, and whistleblowing continues to More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-27). Turning Screws: China's Australian Coal Ban. counterpunch.org Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up — by Australian economists and those more inclined to look at policy through the wrong end of a More

Gregory Elich (2019-02-27). A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-1966. counterpunch.org The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Half a million people killed and more than a million imprisoned and tortured; the tragedy that befell Indonesia in 1965 was among the more dramatic moments in 20th-century history. It was also one of the most More

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-27). Diego Garcia: UN Court Calls on Britain to 'Decolonize' Chagos Islands. counterpunch.org 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 — by returning the islands to Mauritius. In a 13-1 vote, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in More

Patrick Bobilin (2019-02-27). Golf Claps and Clapbacks Are Not Solidarity. counterpunch.org Solidarity is the foundation of building political power. When an elected official steps in and lends their voice to an issue that we care about, our voices are amplified. Elected officials are theoretically there to speak up on our behalf, fight for what we believe in, and to take positions that are risky. The problem More

Robert Weissman (2019-02-27). We Can't Afford to Keep Our Failing Healthcare System. But We Absolutely Can Afford Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Leaving aside the very significant economic benefits—not just human health, but economic gains—that will come from improving the national health system," writes Weissman, with Medicare for All "we can eliminate upwards of $500 billion annually in spending wasted on bureaucracy, inefficiency and excessive corporate profits." (Photo: @RepAndyLevin/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-02-27). Trump, at North Korea Summit, Distracted by Cohen. truthdig.com HANOI, Vietnam — The moment was meant to be a grand diplomatic triumph, a headline-dominating spectacle that could lead to the disarmament of a dangerous nation while delivering a vital political victory. | Instead, President Donald Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday was in danger of being upstaged by a monumental betrayal unfolding half a world away in Washington. | Hours after Trump sat face-to-face with Kim in Vietnam, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sat before Congress and testified that his longtime boss was a "con man" and a "racist" who lied…

Happymon Jacob (2019-02-27). Is War Coming to South Asia? commondreams.org Indian soldiers stand next to the wreckage of an Indian Air Force helicopter after it crashed in Budgam district in Kashmir February 27, 2019 (Photo: Danish Ismail/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Anish R M (2019-02-27). US and China close to a deal, but who won the trade war? peoplesdispatch.org The Trump administration's premature jubilation over the new trade deal should not be taken at face value, since the existing terms of trade are set to remain largely unchanged…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-27). The Holes in Jorge Ramos' Story About His Clash with Nicolas Maduro. mintpressnews.com Univision's Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. Miraculously enough, and conveniently for Ramos' story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.

unitedEditor (2019-02-27). Javad Zarif`s cause likely to stay on. uwidata.com Mohammad Javad Zarif, the charismatic head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry shocked the whole world on the night of February 25 by a tweet in Instagram where he said he was quitting as Foreign Minister. "I bring my sincere apologies for not being ready to continue as Foreign Minister," he wrote. "Please forgive me for …

Michael Steinberg (2019-02-27). More Nukes Shutting Down. indybay.org Bad weather and bad business force nuclear plants to shut down.

Middle East Eye (2019-02-27). Protesters Defiant in Sudan Amid Fears Crackdown Could Lead to Military Rule. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Khartoum and staged demonstrations in hospitals and universities overnight and on Tuesday in defiance of sweeping new emergency powers announced by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Under the new powers, imposed by presidential decree and announced by Bashir on Monday night, people arrested for participating in unlicensed demonstrations and …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-27). The Fed's "Emergency Measures" Are Becoming the New Normal. truthout.org "Quantitative easing" was supposed to be an emergency measure. The Federal Reserve "eased" shrinkage in the money supply due to the 2008-09 credit crisis by pumping out trillions of dollars in new bank reserves. After the crisis, the presumption was that the Fed would "normalize" conditions by sopping up the excess reserves through "quantitative tightening" (QT) — raising interest rates and selling the securities it had bought with new reserves back into the market. | The Fed relentlessly pushed on with quantitative tightening through 2018, despite a severe market correction in the fall. In December, Fed…

Jason Ditz (2019-02-27). Al-Qaeda Increases Control Over Syria's Idlib Province. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Late last year, Turkey-backed rebels were decisively overwhelmed by al-Qaeda's Nusra Front in the Idlib Province, in northern Syria. While Turkey's allies made mention of resolving this, as an attempt to prevent Syria attacking the area during a ceasefire with Turkey, al-Qaeda never left, and their control has only grown. So while Turkey controls some of …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-27). In 'Historic Vote,' Ohio City Residents Grant Lake Erie Legal Rights of a Person. commondreams.org Tired of receiving notices warning that their drinking water may have been compromised and having little recourse to fight corporate polluters, voters in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday approved a measure granting Lake Erie the same legal rights as a human being. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

unitedEditor (2019-02-27). India and Pakistan — new hot spot on the geopolitical map. uwidata.com On February 14, Jaish-e-Mohammed (a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist terrorist group) carried out an act of terrorism in the Indian part of Kashmir. A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with more than 300 kilograms of explosives into a bus carrying Indian police officers. As a result, at least 44 people died. After the terrorist attack, …

RT (2019-02-27). Senate Republicans block vote on bill to stop funding war in Yemen, citing poison pill. rt.com Senate Republicans have dodged another effort to end US support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, ruling that an unrelated amendment added to the bill in the House allows majority leader Mitch McConnell to block the vote.

RT (2019-02-27). Video prompts Russian social media to JOKE that Elon Musk is a spy…US media investigates (really). rt.com When a video of a rear-driving car cruising around Russia's Stavropol region appeared online recently, one TV channel tweeted to ask Elon Musk what he thought. When Musk replied, people joked that he might be a Russian spy.

Andrew Stewart (2019-02-27). Getting Sanders Backwards. counterpunch.org Reading the recent piece by Norman Solomon, I was struck by how deeply mistaken his closing paragraph was: The only real hope for the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign is that a grassroots uprising will become powerful enough to overcome the massive obstacles. It's a huge cooperative task, but success is possible. I live in Rhode More

Hans Stehling (2019-02-27). Why Have Israel and UK Rushed to Sign a Trade Deal Ahead of Brexit? globalresearch.ca Annual bilateral trade between the 5th largest economy in the world and the 34th rated global economy exceeds US$3 billion with over 300 known Israeli companies operating in Britain. Much of this trade is in classified military equipment, armaments and …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-27). The Constitution Will Not Save Us From Trump's "Emergency" truthout.org Following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to reallocate money for a border wall that Congress has refused to fund, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Republicans that "a Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well." She suggested that a future Democratic president could enact gun control initiatives by calling a national emergency over gun violence. Other Democrats, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, have floated similar id…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-27). Amid Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, Anti-War Women Offer Blueprint for Lasting Peace on Korean Peninsula. commondreams.org As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went head-to-head Wednesday for their second summit, an international coalition of anti-war women laid out a blueprint for "achieving lasting peace" on the Korean peninsula. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by williampitt (2019-02-27). Michael Cohen and Donald Trump Are Exactly the Same Person. truthout.org From a strictly legal standpoint, we don't know much more today than we did before Donald Trump's disgraced, disbarred former attorney and bagman Michael Cohen began testifying before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday morning. An arrangement between Cohen and special counsel Robert Mueller precluded the witness from holding forth on what he might know about collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian agents. That agreement may not have even been necessary. "Questions have been raised about…

WSWS (2019-02-27). Three children dead, four others injured in Imlay City, Michigan mobile home fire. wsws.org While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the home's furnace had not been working and the family had been using an alternate heating source to try to keep warm.

RT (2019-02-27). 'I worry': Top US nuclear general concerned about new Russian weapons, future of arms control. rt.com Head of the US Strategic Command cited new Russian hypersonic missiles and other weapons as reason US must invest billions in nuclear modernization, and hinted at scrapping the last remaining arms control treaty with Moscow.

Robert Mackey (2019-02-27). Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting on a Syrian Chemical Attack. theintercept.com Russian state TV incorrectly reported that an investigation by The Intercept supports claims that a chemical attack in Syria last year was a hoax.

James Risen (2019-02-27). The Leaks That Trump's Justice Department Prosecutes Are Mostly About Trump, His Cronies, and Russia. theintercept.com President Donald Trump during an executive order signing in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2019, in Washington, D.C. | , who may soon release a report on his findings. | Yet Trump's constant pressure has clearly had an impact in a way that few have recognized. Two of Trump's most frequent public complaints — that the Russia investigation is a hoax ginned up by Democrats and the so-called deep state, and that leakers are feeding the "fake news" media negative stories about him — have clearly se…

RT (2019-02-27). Nuclear medicine fallout: Cremated man's ash spread radioactivity in local area — study. rt.com In 2017 a 69-year-old man living with pancreatic cancer was treated with nuclear medicine to shrink his tumor, but sadly died three days later and was cremated. New research suggests his remains may have spread radioactivity.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-02-27). Popularity of #SayNoToWar Hashtag in India and Pakistan Indicates Appetite For Peace. commondreams.org "Those cheering the loudest for war are sitting the farthest from the battlefield."As India and Pakistan inch closer to war, the people of the two countries are making clear on social media that they're not on board. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-27). Cohen testimony: Trump's former attorney can't provide 'any real examples' of Russia collusion. rt.com US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, giving testimony on Capitol Hill, has not been able to provide any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-27). As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged. truthout.org Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pak…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-27). China's Discovery of Major Gas Reserves in the Bohai Sea: How Will it Affect LNG Gas Imports from the US? globalresearch.ca The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has confirmed "the discovery of a high-quality and high-yield oil" in the Bohai Sea with proven reserves of natural gas exceeding 100 billion cubic meters. (see RT News) | "The flow has been discovered …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-27). Does Pakistan Have the Capability to Eradicate Terrorism? globalresearch.ca After losing tens of thousands of lives to terror attacks during the last decade, an across-the-board consensus has developed among Pakistan's mainstream political forces that the policy of nurturing militants against regional adversaries has backfired on Pakistan and it risks …

WSWS (2019-02-27). India bombs Pakistan, Islamabad vows military retaliation. wsws.org Washington gave the green light for Tuesday's attack, although it could trigger tit-for-tat retaliatory action that quickly cascades into all-out war.

RT (2019-02-27). Michael Cohen predicts revolution if Trump loses in 2020. rt.com Trump consigliere turned federal informant Michael Cohen shared his fear that there will "never be a peaceful transition of power" if his former boss loses the 2020 election during a congressional hearing some called a 'circus.'

Lee Fang (2019-02-27). Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats. theintercept.com Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.

RT (2019-02-27). 'Shame on you!' 'No, shame on you!' Michael Cohen testimony turns into partisan farce. rt.com Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen appeared before Congress on Wednesday to give testimony related to alleged "collusion" between Trump and Russia — but the hearing quickly descended into a partisan political "circus".

Foundation for Economic Education (2019-02-27). Scientists Plan to Geoengineer Planet Earth to Save Us From Global Warming. theantimedia.com (FEE) — Harvard's Gernot Wagner wants to save the world from global warming. His method? Develop a new type of plane that will fly more than 4,000 missions a year dumping particulates into the stratosphere. Wagner and his colleague Wake Smith call the proposed plane "SAI Lofter (SAIL)." Anonymous individuals at "Airbus, Atlas Air, Boeing, Bombardier, GE Engines, …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-27). Trump's Pick of Wealthy Climate Denier for UN Ambassador Decried as 'Slap in the Face' to Planet and Humanity. commondreams.org Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said she is "disgusted but not surprised" by the president's nomination of Kelly Knight Craft, who is married to a billionaire coal magnate | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Mat Ward (2019-02-27). 10 new political albums from all over the world. greenleft.org.au Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (There are actually far more than 10 – count them). What albums would you suggest? Comment on Twitter, Facebook, or email. | the-specials-encore-album-cover-artwork.jpg: | 1. THE SPECIALS – ENCORE: | On February 1, British ska legends The Specials released their new album, noting that politics had hardly changed…

2019-02-27: Social Media Postees

International Peoples' Assembly gives clarion call for solidarity with Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
500 participants from 87 countries and 181 people's movements and organizations participated in the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism from February 24-27 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. On the final day, the Assembly gave a call for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade to be observed on March 16. | The four days of activities included panel discussions on the current imperialist offensive and the attacks on Venezuela, regional working group discussions which sought to propose an age…
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Trump, Kim Begin Talks With One-on-One Meeting
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
HANOI, Vietnam — President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are beginning the second day of their high-stakes nuclear summit with a one-on-one discussion. | Trump and Kim met Thursday, the morning after they opened the summit in Vietnam. | Trump told reporters that "a lot of great ideas" are "being thrown about." He says "when you have a good relationship, a lot of good things happen." | The president also said he's in "no rush" to make "the right deal," a sharp break from his heated rhetoric a year ago about the threat posed by Pyongyang. | K…
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"Socialism gave power to the working class in Venezuela"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
Carlos Ron, Venezuelan vice-minister for North America also explains the social character of the Venezuelan opposition that is currently attempting to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/28/s…

Trump Threatens Venezuela, Revives Red Scare
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
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Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…
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Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(ZH) — The potential for major war to break out along the India-Pakistan border continues to build after Pakistan said it shot down Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir. India confirmed only one downed aircraft, and its foreign ministry also said a Pakistani jet was hit in retaliation, going down on the Pakistani side of the …

Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War

Neoliberalism and The Vietnam Model. Who Won the Vietnam War?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
April 1975 marks the official end of the Vietnam War. Yet today, Vietnam is an impoverished countries. The Hanoi government is a US proxy regime. Vietnam has become a new cheap labor frontier of the global economy. Neoliberalism prevails.
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China's Discovery of Major Gas Reserves in the Bohai Sea: How Will it Affect LNG Gas Imports from the US?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has confirmed "the discovery of a high-quality and high-yield oil" in the Bohai Sea with proven reserves of natural gas exceeding 100 billion cubic meters. (see RT News) | "The flow has been discovered | …
globalresearch.ca/chinas-discove…

CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Peace Delegation to Iran & Fallout from U.S. Withdrawal of Nuke Deal
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly refusing to accept the resignation of his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who quit suddenly in a surprise move announced via Instagram Monday. Zarif played a central role in the negotiations leading to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last year, President Trump withdrew from the landmark deal despite international condemnation of the move and U.N. inspectors saying Iran was adhering to the agreement. Zarif did not offer any reason for his resignation, simply writing, "I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during m…
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Notes from the streets of Venezuela — the people are resilient in the face of foreign intervention
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
30 years after the Caracazo, when the poor of Venezuela took to the streets to wage a struggle against the government of the oligarchy, the toiling masses of the country remain firm in their commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution, which offered them right and a life of dignity…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/27/n…

CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14353

Let's Have an End to Endless War
Leon Anderson | progressive.org | 2019-02-27
Either we learn to pull in our militaristic horns and try to live in peace or watch a growing national debt crush our chances for economic progress.
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Countries from across the world reject threats of military intervention in Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
At a special meeting of the UN security council on February 26, many countries, including those opposed to Nicolas Maduro, called for a peaceful resolution in Venezuela and rejected any attempt at military intervention…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/27/c…

The Curious Case of US Domination of Palestine-Israel Peacemaking
Helena Cobban | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
"It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…
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US-backed Opposition Activists Caught on Video Throwing Molotov Cocktails at Aid Truck on Venezuela Border
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
As Washington and Caracas blame each other for torching a truck carrying what the US called vital 'humanitarian supplies' from Colombia to Venezuela, a video has emerged, finally shedding some light on the incident. | The truck caught fire and burned | …
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Disarmament Expert on N. Korea Summit: An International Process Is Needed to Reduce Nuclear Threat
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation."
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This 1995 Noam Chomsky Quote Prophetically Defined Today's News Media
Media Lens | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Earlier this month, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, author of 'Utopia For Realists', was interviewed by the high-profile Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson. During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Janary, Bregman had bluntly told billionaires that they should stop avoiding taxes and pay their fair share: 'We gotta be talking about taxes. That's it. Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullshit, in my opinion.' | His comments went viral which, in tu…
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With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Israel is now pushing for the U.S. to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan for fear of losing it completely, even though such recognition could result in an all-out war between Israel and Syria, as well as with Syrian allies such as Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.
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Non-Military Federal Agencies Under Trump Expand Already Enormous Arsenals
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Given that during the height of the Iraq War the Army used around 6 million rounds per month, with its planned purchase of 1.6 billion rounds, DHS would have ammo left over after matching the Army's peak daily outpouring of hot lead for two solid decades.
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The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
Gareth Porter | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
Like Dick Cheney before them, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton seek to manufacture a Middle East crisis that could lead to armed conflict.
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Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. | The National …
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US Troops Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Underlying Cause of Friction Between India and Pakistan?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
In a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday, according to Indian account, 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 …
globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-wi…

Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14352

February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta
William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

US Army Transferring 50 Tons of Gold from ISIS-Daesh Held Areas in Syria and Iraq back to the US. Reports
Daily Sabah | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The U.S. Army is transferring tons of gold from Daesh-held areas in Syria to the U.S., multiple reports said. | According to a source who spoke to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the U.S. forces transferred about 50 tons of gold from …
globalresearch.ca/us-army-transp…

Israel Burying Nuclear Waste in Syria's Golan: UN
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
UN chief Antonio Guterres will unveil Monday a report which accuses Israel of burying radioactive nuclear waste in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory under occupation for over five decades. | Guterres will submit the report — which is based on …
globalresearch.ca/israel-nuclear…

"Trump is a Racist, a Conman, a Cheat": Michael D. Cohen's Testimony to US House of Representatives Committee
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
We are bringing to the attention of our readers the testimony of former Trump staff Michael D. Cohen. | Cohen's statements are backed up by documents made available to the House Committee on Oversight. The testimony includes reference to fraudulent transactions, …
globalresearch.ca/trump-is-a-rac…

UK Rejects International Court of Justice Opinion on the Chagos Islands
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
In parliament, Alan Duncan for the government has just rejected yesterday's stunning result at the International Court of Justice, where British occupation of the Chagos Islands was found unlawful by a majority of 13 to 1, with all the judges …
globalresearch.ca/uk-rejects-int…

Venezuela Must Draw Inspiration from Survival of Cuban Revolution
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
As the Soviet Union crumbled in December 1991, a Special Period unfolded in Cuba as she reeled from the disappearance of her principal commercial partner. In the late 1980s, over 85% of Cuba's trade was tied to the USSR. | During …
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India's "Surgical Strike 2.0" against Pakistan or Big Bollywood Spectacle?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
India is portraying its first aerial violation of the Line of Control (LoC) in nearly half a century as another "surgical strike" against Pakistan that followed in the footsteps of the operation that it claimed to have pulled off without …
globalresearch.ca/surgical-strik…

New Studies Confirm Dangers of Glyphosate
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Since the 1960s uproar over the dangers of widespread agriculture use of the weed killer, DDT, no other herbicide or agriculture chemical has stirred as much widespread opposition as glyphosate. Glyphosate is the main and only publicly disclosed ingredient in …
globalresearch.ca/dangers-glypho…

The $32 Trillion Push to Disrupt the Entire Oil Industry
Dr. Cyril Widdershoven | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Global oil and gas companies are increasingly facing an uphill battle as global warming policies are taking their toll. Most analysts and market watchers are focusing on peak oil demand scenarios, but the reality could be much darker. International oil …
globalresearch.ca/disrupt-entire…

Roll Out of 5G: The Threat Posed by Modern Microwave Technology to Human Life
John Weigel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
For 500 years since Copernicus, Krakow has revolutionized science. Today the city stands alone in the conflict over the safety of electromagnetic radiation to protect its citizens. | *** | At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution three …
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Alert: Feb. 27, OneWeb Begins Launching Satellites to Beam 5G and Wi-Fi Worldwide
Nina Beety | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Tomorrow in French Guiana, OneWeb plans to launch the first 6 of 900 satellites to blanket the Earth in 3G, 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi. From the company website (oneweb.world): | Liftoff is scheduled at exactly: | 4: 37 p.m., in Washington, D.C. | 6: 37 …
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How Politics Trump Intel in the US-Russia Nuke Treaty Pullout
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The United States has a track record of asking nations to prove a negative when it comes to compliance with arms control agreements, and then holding them to account when they fail to do so. The deficit of integrity over …
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Varoufakis's Secret Negotiations and His Disappointments with China, Obama and the IMF
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
In chapter 11 of his book, Adults in the Room Yanis Varoufakis tells how he arranged the sale of the third container terminal of the Port of Piraeus to the Chinese corporation Cosco who manage the other two quays since …
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Killing Elephants 'for Pet Food' Condemned
The Ecologist | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Proposals to allow trophy hunting of elephants to resume in Botswana, home to Africa's largest elephant population, and even use the meat for canned pet food have been strongly criticised by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH). | A report …
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Democratic Assault by 'Alternative Facts'
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
It is, unfortunately, a matter of fact that less than half of UK adults say the news media is doing a good job at getting facts right, the worst rate for trustworthiness in western Europe. It is also a sad …
globalresearch.ca/democratic-ass…

Cohen Tips Off NYT: Will Call Trump "Racist" , "Con Man" and "Cheat" in Wednesday Testimony
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen — who will soon head to prison after pleading guilty to eight criminal charges — will testify to Congress on Wednesday that President Trump is a "con man" and a cheat," according to a copy …
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Video: Russia Slides Towards Internal Political Crisis
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
This is a critical look at the situation in Russia. The video is based on an article of one of our readers and additional data. | *** | The Russia of 2019 is in a complicated economic and even political situation. Smoldering …
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In Washington, Regime Change Is Truly and Urgently Needed!
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
I am surprised that no one else is saying it, writing it, shouting it at each and every corner: | It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the | …
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Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting
Robert Mackey | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
According to Russia 24, a Russian government news channel, a recent investigation by The Intercept supports a conspiracy theory promoted by Russian officials: that there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last year, and video of victims was fabricated to provoke American airstrikes. But The Intercept report featured in the Russian Read…
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In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe
Andre Vltchek | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source…
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Incumbent president Buhari wins election; opposition challenges result
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress has won a second term in the presidential elections held in Nigeria on February 23 and 24. This marks the second time since democracy was restored in 1999 that any president has won a second term. | Only 35.7% of the 82,344,107 registered voters cast their votes, which was lesser than the 44% turnout in 2015 elections. According to the statement by Nigeria's Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Buhari won a total of 15,191,847 votes, defeating his primary opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party who garner…
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As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged to Defuse Kashmir Conflict
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pakist…
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Pakistan Says 2 Indian Warplanes Downed, 1 Pilot Captured
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last two decades. | India acknowledged one of its air force planes was "lost" in skirmishes with Pakistan and that its pilot was "missing in action" on a chaotic day, which also saw mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the two sectors of Kashmir kill six civilians and wound several others. A helicopter crash in the region also killed six Indian air force…
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Letter from the Hampton Institute
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
In all of the talk about Venezuela, many are missing the real conversation that should be had. Naturally, after being subjected to sensationalist and heavily-biased media reports, most Americans frame the situation in terms of "dictatorship," "humanitarian crisis," and "U.S. intervention." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/26/103638/

The Trojan Horse of US "Aid" to Venezuela
H. Patricia Hynes | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
The title of a recent New York Times video deodorizes the US attempt to overthrow President Maduro of socialist Venezuela and replace him with a hand-picked member of the Venezuelan elite, capitalist class…
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Venezuela coverage takes us back to Golden Age of lying about Latin America
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
A few days after the Time story, CNBC (6/22/16) carried a claim that there was no acetaminophen to be found anywhere, either: "Basic things like Tylenol aren't even available." | Source…
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As Trojan Horse "humanitarian aid" ploy fizzles, Venezuela faces new attacks
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-27
Saturday, February 23 was supposed to be the big day when a so-called "humanitarian aid" caravan would cross into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia. The left-wing government of President Nicolás Maduro would be further destabilized and the stage set for his removal. As it turned out, the "big day" was something of an embarrassment for the …
peoplesworld.org/article/as-troj…

Follow the Money to the Border Wall
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Readers may rightly believe that the government and segments of this society have fallen to their absolute lowest levels just as a new outrage becomes obvious. Such is the case with Trump's (read his far-right handlers) border wall. What are the objectives of the border wall? In other words, just what does the man behind…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/foll…

The Rigors of Organizing: On the Road with the German Climate Resistance
Jeff Ordower | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Recently, press in the United States told the story of the great transition that the German Coal Commission announced. Benevolent governments like Germany are deciding to make a just transition away from coal and have even set an end date, 2038, for a long-term orderly transition to occur. The mainstream media is hailing this transition…
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Bailing Out Aging Coal Plants is an Unmitigated Disaster
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Montana's Republican legislators have a long and horrific record of savaging Montana's consumers while doing everything possible to increase the profits of the state's utility corporations. Despite the devastating mistakes of the past, they're at it again. This time with a bill that will allow Montana's largest utility, NorthWestern Energy, to buy Colstrip for a…
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Turning Screws: China's Australian Coal Ban
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up — by Australian economists and those more inclined to look at policy through the wrong end of a…
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Is Israel's Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority?
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Nazareth. Israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments' relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about…
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Camp Cope — Full Performance
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
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Golf Claps and Clapbacks Are Not Solidarity
Patrick Bobilin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Solidarity is the foundation of building political power. When an elected official steps in and lends their voice to an issue that we care about, our voices are amplified. Elected officials are theoretically there to speak up on our behalf, fight for what we believe in, and to take positions that are risky. The problem…
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Budgeting for Black-Out in South Africa
Patrick Bond | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Upon taking power in a palace coup a year ago, Cyril Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) government was supposedly going to sweep out the prolific corruption associated with the 2009-18 Jacob Zuma ANC regime. But although excruciatingly-slow progress is being made in evicting the most obvious villains, durable Zumite influences remain, and whistleblowing continues to…
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Diego Garcia: UN Court Calls on Britain to 'Decolonize' Chagos Islands
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
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 — by returning the islands to Mauritius. In a 13-1 vote, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in…
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A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-1966
Gregory Elich | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Half a million people killed and more than a million imprisoned and tortured; the tragedy that befell Indonesia in 1965 was among the more dramatic moments in 20th-century history. It was also one of the most…
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The Ghosts of Chauncey Gardner and Francisco Franco at the Trials of the Catalan Independentists in Madrid
Thomas S. Harrington | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Watching the trials of the Catalan independentists now taking place at Spain's highest court in Madrid, I have been reminded again and again of a scene from Hal Ashby's marvelous 1979 movie "Being There". The protagonist of that film, Chauncey Gardner, played by Peter Sellers, is a fiftyish man who has never ventured outside the…
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We Can't Afford to Keep Our Failing Healthcare System. But We Absolutely Can Afford Medicare for All
Robert Weissman | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
"Leaving aside the very significant economic benefits—not just human health, but economic gains—that will come from improving the national health system," writes Weissman, with Medicare for All "we can eliminate upwards of $500 billion annually in spending wasted on bureaucracy, inefficiency and excessive corporate profits." (Photo: @RepAndyLevin/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Hezbollah Becomes Theresa May's Latest Scapegoat In her Battle for Political Survival
Iqbal Jassat | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Hezbollah is a popular political, military and social movement that wields considerable power in Lebanon. Its presence in defense of Lebanese sovereignty against Israeli aggression has earned it respect and support across Arab countries even if neo-colonial monarchies such as Saudi Arabia — another British creation — have teamed up with Israel to crush it.
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Trump, at North Korea Summit, Distracted by Cohen
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
HANOI, Vietnam — The moment was meant to be a grand diplomatic triumph, a headline-dominating spectacle that could lead to the disarmament of a dangerous nation while delivering a vital political victory. | Instead, President Donald Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday was in danger of being upstaged by a monumental betrayal unfolding half a world away in Washington. | Hours after Trump sat face-to-face with Kim in Vietnam, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sat before Congress and testified that his longtime boss was a "con man" and a "racist" who lied…
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Is War Coming to South Asia?
Happymon Jacob | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
Indian soldiers stand next to the wreckage of an Indian Air Force helicopter after it crashed in Budgam district in Kashmir February 27, 2019 (Photo: Danish Ismail/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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US and China close to a deal, but who won the trade war?
Anish R M | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
The Trump administration's premature jubilation over the new trade deal should not be taken at face value, since the existing terms of trade are set to remain largely unchanged…
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The Holes in Jorge Ramos' Story About His Clash with Nicolas Maduro
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Univision's Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. Miraculously enough, and conveniently for Ramos' story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.
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Javad Zarif`s cause likely to stay on
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-27
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the charismatic head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry shocked the whole world on the night of February 25 by a tweet in Instagram where he said he was quitting as Foreign Minister. "I bring my sincere apologies for not being ready to continue as Foreign Minister," he wrote. "Please forgive me for …
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Protesters Defiant in Sudan Amid Fears Crackdown Could Lead to Military Rule
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-27
(MEE) — Anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Khartoum and staged demonstrations in hospitals and universities overnight and on Tuesday in defiance of sweeping new emergency powers announced by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Under the new powers, imposed by presidential decree and announced by Bashir on Monday night, people arrested for participating in unlicensed demonstrations and …

Protesters Defiant in Sudan Amid Fears Crackdown Could Lead to Military Rule

Why Have Israel and UK Rushed to Sign a Trade Deal Ahead of Brexit?
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Annual bilateral trade between the 5th largest economy in the world and the 34th rated global economy exceeds US$3 billion with over 300 known Israeli companies operating in Britain. Much of this trade is in classified military equipment, armaments and …
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India and Pakistan — new hot spot on the geopolitical map
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-27
On February 14, Jaish-e-Mohammed (a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist terrorist group) carried out an act of terrorism in the Indian part of Kashmir. A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with more than 300 kilograms of explosives into a bus carrying Indian police officers. As a result, at least 44 people died. After the terrorist attack, …
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Cohen testimony: Trump's former attorney can't provide 'any real examples' of Russia collusion
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, giving testimony on Capitol Hill, has not been able to provide any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election. | …
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Al-Qaeda Increases Control Over Syria's Idlib Province
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-27
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Late last year, Turkey-backed rebels were decisively overwhelmed by al-Qaeda's Nusra Front in the Idlib Province, in northern Syria. While Turkey's allies made mention of resolving this, as an attempt to prevent Syria attacking the area during a ceasefire with Turkey, al-Qaeda never left, and their control has only grown. So while Turkey controls some of …

Al-Qaeda Increases Control Over Syria’s Idlib Province

Getting Sanders Backwards
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Reading the recent piece by Norman Solomon, I was struck by how deeply mistaken his closing paragraph was: The only real hope for the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign is that a grassroots uprising will become powerful enough to overcome the massive obstacles. It's a huge cooperative task, but success is possible. I live in Rhode…
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Scientists Plan to Geoengineer Planet Earth to Save Us From Global Warming
Foundation for Economic Education | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-27
(FEE) — Harvard's Gernot Wagner wants to save the world from global warming. His method? Develop a new type of plane that will fly more than 4,000 missions a year dumping particulates into the stratosphere. Wagner and his colleague Wake Smith call the proposed plane "SAI Lofter (SAIL)." Anonymous individuals at "Airbus, Atlas Air, Boeing, Bombardier, GE Engines, …

Scientists Plan to Geoengineer Planet Earth to Save Us From Global Warming

'Shame on you!' 'No, shame on you!' Michael Cohen testimony turns into partisan farce
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen appeared before Congress on Wednesday to give testimony related to alleged "collusion" between Trump and Russia — but the hearing quickly descended into a partisan political "circus". | …
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Amid Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, Anti-War Women Offer Blueprint for Lasting Peace on Korean Peninsula
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went head-to-head Wednesday for their second summit, an international coalition of anti-war women laid out a blueprint for "achieving lasting peace" on the Korean peninsula. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Russian State TV Distorts The Intercept's Reporting on a Syrian Chemical Attack
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
Russian state TV incorrectly reported that an investigation by The Intercept supports claims that a chemical attack in Syria last year was a hoax.
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Does Pakistan Have the Capability to Eradicate Terrorism?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
After losing tens of thousands of lives to terror attacks during the last decade, an across-the-board consensus has developed among Pakistan's mainstream political forces that the policy of nurturing militants against regional adversaries has backfired on Pakistan and it risks | …
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More Nukes Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-02-27
Bad weather and bad business force nuclear plants to shut down.
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The Constitution Will Not Save Us From Trump's "Emergency"
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
Following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to reallocate money for a border wall that Congress has refused to fund, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Republicans that "a Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well." She suggested that a future Democratic president could enact gun control initiatives by calling a national emergency over gun violence. Other Democrats, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, have floated similar id…
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What Does Venezuela Tell Us About Socialism in the USA? — with Paul Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
According to Trump, the crisis in a small country with an oil based economy, facing onerous sanctions, discredits the progressive socialist movement in the United States — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…
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The Leaks That Trump's Justice Department Prosecutes Are Mostly About Trump, His Cronies, and Russia
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
President Donald Trump during an executive order signing in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2019, in Washington, D.C. | , who may soon release a report on his findings. | Yet Trump's constant pressure has clearly had an impact in a way that few have recognized. Two of Trump's most frequent public complaints — that the Russia investigation is a hoax ginned up by Democrats and the so-called deep state, and that leakers are feeding the "fake news" media negative stories about him — have clearly se…
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Michael Cohen predicts revolution if Trump loses in 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
Trump consigliere turned federal informant Michael Cohen shared his fear that there will "never be a peaceful transition of power" if his former boss loses the 2020 election during a congressional hearing some called a 'circus.' | …
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Trump's Pick of Wealthy Climate Denier for UN Ambassador Decried as 'Slap in the Face' to Planet and Humanity
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said she is "disgusted but not surprised" by the president's nomination of Kelly Knight Craft, who is married to a billionaire coal magnate | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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In 'Historic Vote,' Ohio City Residents Grant Lake Erie Legal Rights of a Person
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
Tired of receiving notices warning that their drinking water may have been compromised and having little recourse to fight corporate polluters, voters in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday approved a measure granting Lake Erie the same legal rights as a human being. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Nuclear medicine fallout: Cremated man's ash spread radioactivity in local area — study
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
In 2017 a 69-year-old man living with pancreatic cancer was treated with nuclear medicine to shrink his tumor, but sadly died three days later and was cremated. New research suggests his remains may have spread radioactivity. | …
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10 new political albums from all over the world
Mat Ward | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (There are actually far more than 10 – count them). What albums would you suggest? Comment on Twitter, Facebook, or email. | the-specials-encore-album-cover-artwork.jpg: | 1. THE SPECIALS – ENCORE: | On February 1, British ska legends The Specials released their new album, noting that politics had hardly changed…
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Video prompts Russian social media to JOKE that Elon Musk is a spy…US media investigates (really)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
When a video of a rear-driving car cruising around Russia's Stavropol region appeared online recently, one TV channel tweeted to ask Elon Musk what he thought. When Musk replied, people joked that he might be a Russian spy. | …
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As India and Pakistan Issue Veiled Nuclear Threats, New Ceasefire Urged
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
Tensions are escalating between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. Pakistan claims it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots, and India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India. This comes a day after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan for the first time since 1971. India claimed it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. India accused Pak…
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Michael Cohen and Donald Trump Are Exactly the Same Person
Shared by williampitt | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
From a strictly legal standpoint, we don't know much more today than we did before Donald Trump's disgraced, disbarred former attorney and bagman Michael Cohen began testifying before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday morning. An arrangement between Cohen and special counsel Robert Mueller precluded the witness from holding forth on what he might know about collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian agents. That agreement may not have even been necessary. "Questions have been raised about…
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Oakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-27
To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers have announced the formation of a rank-and-file strike committee, independent of the pro-corporate unions and in opposition to all budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and school closures.
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Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.
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Three children dead, four others injured in Imlay City, Michigan mobile home fire
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-27
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the home's furnace had not been working and the family had been using an alternate heating source to try to keep warm.
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Popularity of #SayNoToWar Hashtag in India and Pakistan Indicates Appetite For Peace
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
"Those cheering the loudest for war are sitting the farthest from the battlefield."As India and Pakistan inch closer to war, the people of the two countries are making clear on social media that they're not on board. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Fed's "Emergency Measures" Are Becoming the New Normal
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
"Quantitative easing" was supposed to be an emergency measure. The Federal Reserve "eased" shrinkage in the money supply due to the 2008-09 credit crisis by pumping out trillions of dollars in new bank reserves. After the crisis, the presumption was that the Fed would "normalize" conditions by sopping up the excess reserves through "quantitative tightening" (QT) — raising interest rates and selling the securities it had bought with new reserves back into the market. | The Fed relentlessly pushed on with quantitative tightening through 2018, despite a severe market correction in the fall. In December, Fed…
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India bombs Pakistan, Islamabad vows military retaliation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-27
Washington gave the green light for Tuesday's attack, although it could trigger tit-for-tat retaliatory action that quickly cascades into all-out war.
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Senate Republicans block vote on bill to stop funding war in Yemen, citing poison pill
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
Senate Republicans have dodged another effort to end US support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, ruling that an unrelated amendment added to the bill in the House allows majority leader Mitch McConnell to block the vote. | …
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