2020-02-13: Social Media Postees

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The Political Economy of Corruption: Corruption Kills People, Ruins the Economy, Violates Human Rights
Prof. Joseph H. Chung | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The whole world is facing the deepening and widening corruption which challenges the very survival of the free democracy and the free market economy. | Korea has been suffering for last 70 years from the corruption culture. But owing to courageous …
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Traditional Indigenous and White Man's Conflicting Rules of Law: A Coming to Terms that Hasn't Been Resolved Since "First Contact"
Irwin Jerome | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The controversy now erupting throughout Canada over the issue of the construction of the TransMountain Oil Pipeline is revealing a fundamental unresolved impasse that has existed since first contact in the New World between the opposing philosophies and rules of …
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Regime Change Wars Have No Basis in International Law
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
We're living in times of war psychosis. Regime Change wars have no basis in international law. They are entirely illegal, and they are all based on lies. We have seen the results, which are always catastrophic for all but certain …
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Video: Syrian Army Gives Turkey "Flick on Nose" in Nayrab, Secures Entire Aleppo-Damascus Highway
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
For the first time in about 8 years of the war, Syrian government forces have established control of the entire M5 highway, which runs from the border with Jordan through Damascus, Homs and Hama to Aleppo. | During the first half …
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Video: Residents of Syrian Town Open Fire on US Armed Forces Patrol
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
A new video from the Al-Qamishli countryside was released this afternoon following a skirmish between the U.S. Armed Forces and residents of Khirbat Amo. | According to a report from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the residents of Khirbat Amo attempted to block …
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Invisible Mega Oil Spill Beyond the Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Satellite Footprint
Igal Berenshtein | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Introduction | The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout was a mega oil spill, introducing ~795 million liters of live oil into the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) with oil slicks covering an estimated area of 149,000 km2 (1). As a result, vast | …
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London Attack: West's Terrorists Bite the Hand that Feeds Them (Again)
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The latest incident in London was so entirely preventable that it is difficult to describe it as anything less than deliberate. | In yet another headline-grabbing terror attack

Anti-BDS laws are meant to censor & control speech, journalist Abby Martin tells RT after suing Georgia govt over cancelled talk
rt.com | 2020-02-14
Barred from speaking at a public university over her refusal to sign a pledge of allegiance to Israel, journalist Abby Martin is now suing the state of Georgia, arguing its anti-BDS legislation sets fire to the First Amendment. | Slated to give a keynote talk at a media literacy conference at Georgia Southern University later this month, Martin was asked to sign what amounts to a loyalty oath to the State of Israel, mandated under a 2016 Georgia law barring the government from hiring contractors who boycott Israeli products or associate with the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Martin t…
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Western Anti-Chinese Propaganda Exaggerates Coronavirus Danger, Creates Panic
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Now it is becoming obvious who China's friends are, and who her enemies are. In the West, many nations and individuals are celebrating the short-term difficulties that the Chinese nation is facing, pouring salt into the wound, while giving birth …
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China: Possible Cases Increase Due to New Diagnostic Criteria
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Chinese health authorities modified the diagnostic criteria for probable cases of coronavirus-related pneumonia and reported 15,152 new coronavirus cases and 254 deaths on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Wuhan Sends 34,000 Gov't Workers to Help Fight Coronavirus | The Hubei Provincial Health Commission explained that the new methodology includes "those patients who have been clinically diagnosed." | Until Tuesday, infected cases were detected by a ribonuclei…
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Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-13
While our government's war propaganda has convinced many Americans that we are powerless to stop its catastrophic wars, it has failed to convince most Americans that we are wrong to want to.
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Crisis in Syrian Idlib Has Firmly Put Turkey Back into NATO's Sphere
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Syria was the very reason why relations between Turkey and the United States deteriorated as the latter openly backed the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the People's Protection Units (YPG), that Ankara considers a terrorist organization. …
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Crisis in Syrian Idlib Has Firmly Put Turkey Back into NATO's Sphere
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Syria was the very reason why relations between Turkey and the United States deteriorated as the latter openly backed the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the People's Protection Units (YPG), that Ankara considers a terrorist organization. …
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Bolivia: An Election in the Midst of an Ongoing Coup
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
On May 3, 2020, the Bolivian people will go to the polls once more. They return there because President Evo Morales had been overthrown in a coup in November 2019. Morales had just won a presidential election in October for a term that would have begun in January 2020. Based on a preliminary investigation by…
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Bolivia: An election in the midst of an ongoing coup
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-02-13
Even with the violence from the government and its fascistic paramilitaries, even with Romero at the helm of the TSE, even with USAID on the ground, and even with the shenanigans of Claver-Carone, MAS is fighting to win…
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US Televangelist Sells 'Silver Solution' as Coronavirus Cure
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
United States televangelist Jim Bakker urged his followers Wednesday to buy a solution of colloidal silver to protect and cure themselves of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). | RELATED: | China: Possible Cases Increase Due to New Diagnostic Criteria | The self-declared "pioneer of Christian television" had a guest on his show backing his claim and suggesting the product, which is sold on Bakker's web store, is an effective cure for the virus. | "Well, let's say [Silver Solution]…
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No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-02-13
by Joshua Cho | After the illegal assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, FAIR ( 1/9/20) noted that the corporate media offered no moral objections to murdering another country's high-ranking state official. The media consensus was that Soleimani was a despicable "terrorist" responsible for the deaths of "hundreds of Americans"–a formula that buried the cr…
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No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-02-13
After the illegal assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, FAIR ( 1/9/20) noted that the corporate media offered no moral objections to murdering another country's high-ranking state official. The media consensus was that Soleimani was a despicable "terrorist" responsible for the deaths of "hundreds of Americans"–a formula that buried the crucial distinc…
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Petition for Assange's freedom tabled again in Australian parliament
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
Despite the powerful public support and strongly expressed sentiments of the petition, its tabling received virtually no coverage in the corporate media.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/parl…

After 10 months' silence, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against extradition of Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
For the past year, Corbyn has led the suppression of any discussion over Assange's imprisonment in Britain and the country's participation in the US-led attempt to destroy him.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/assa…

US, Taliban Agree 7-Day Reduction in Violence in Afghanistan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Thursday that they've secured a seven-day reduction in violence in talks with the Taliban to help seek a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. | RELATED: | US Dropped Record Number of Bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 | "It is our view that seven days, for now, is sufficient but in all things, our approach to this process will be conditions-based, I will say it again, conditions-based," Esper told reporters in Brussels, dubbing his m…
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How Bernie Sanders Became a "Fighter" for Palestine
Steven Salaita | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
With the Democratic primary in full swing, the outlines of public debate are pretty much entrenched. Common wisdom on the left says that all of the candidates are bad on Palestine except for Bernie Sanders. Despite some problems, pundits declare, Sanders is still the best. Is the statement true, though, or is it a convenient truism?
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The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie
Leonard C. Goodman | mronline.org | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | Source…
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Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed

Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed

Democrats' Shadowy Plot to Stop Bernie Sanders
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." | Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | It was just four years ago that the corporate hacks who run the Democratic Party rigged the 2016 primary election process to favor Hillary Clinton and stop Sanders: The Democratic National Committee, which is supposed to stay neutral in a primary, secretly funneled party funds to Hillary's campaign, fed Hillary debate questions before a CNN town hall, and selected superdelegates who pledged their votes to Hil…
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Biden Has Raised the Most From Nevada Donors, But Sanders Leads in the Polls
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Democratic presidential candidates who received the greatest amount of donations from Iowa and New Hampshire residents also finished at the top of the polls in the two early primaries. | If those results are any indication of what can be expected from the upcoming Nevada caucuses, then this time, it's former Vice President Joe Biden who could finally make a breakthrough in the state. | Biden has raised almo…
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AOC Blasts Bloomberg Over 'Racist' Stop and Frisk Policy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Thursday Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Michael Bloomberg over his record as the mayor of New York City and the contentious "stop and frisk" policy he backed while in office. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Thanked US Senator Bernie Sanders for His Support | Ocasio-Cortez said Bloomberg is "just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy," if he does not take action to provide relief to…
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Sanders and AOC's Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
House Democrats have finally unveiled a flurry of climate bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but activists say only one proposal represents the "gold standard" for tackling the climate crisis: Legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationwide. While none of these bills are likely to become law under President Trump, together they form the contours of a fierce debate among Democrats and environmentalists over the f…
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Only Sanders Can Challenge Trump's Predatory Budget Plan
Conor Lynch | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
Amid the Democratic presidential primaries and the impeachment fallout, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for 2021 Monday. Though most of it has no chance of becoming a reality, it does provide a terrifying preview of what we can expect from Trump if he wins another four years in office this November. The latest …
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Even with Corbyn Gone, Antisemitism Threats Will Keep Destroying the UK Labour Party
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change

Even with Corbyn Gone, Antisemitism Threats Will Keep Destroying the UK Labour Party
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change

NATO Resumes Military Operations Without Iraq's Consent
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Without the approval of the Iraqi authorities, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will resume its training operations in the Middle Eastern nation after they were suspended more than a month ago, following the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. | RELATED: | Over 1 Million People Join March Against US Presence in Iraq | The operations will be resumed "as soon as possible," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting in Brussels on…
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Canada's Via Rail Cancels Service Nationwide
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Canada's Via Rail has temporarily ended all passenger services nationwide. | "Via Rail has no other option but to cancel its services, effective immediately and until further notice," Via Rails said via a statement on its website. | Canadian National Railway Co also stated that it has been forced to shut down its operations in Eastern Canada due to the blocking of rail lines by those protesting against a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia. | Canada's biggest railway said the shutdown, which would continue until the end of the blockade, may lead to temporary layoffs within its Eastern Canadian operation…
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FRSO calls for the immediate release and repatriation of political prisoner Facundo Molares
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-13
Facundo Molares Schoenfeld is an Argentinian photojournalist who was illegally arrested by the Bolivian dictatorship, and who is currently held in terrible conditions in a Bolivian prison. His life is in danger, as he does not receive adequate medical attention for a life-threatening condition. | This photojournalist was on assignment, for the Argentinian left-wing magazine El Centenario, in Bolivia to document the election of Evo Morales and its aftermath in October, 2019. Bolivia suffered a coup d'état by fascist elements and the military, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, on November 10, 2019. A…
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Will Climate Change Provoke a Widespread Revival of Socialism?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
In the wake of Australian fire storms, global crop loss and catastrophic climate shifts, billions of people are recognizing the dangers to society and life itself presented by capitalism's profit-driven despoiling of nature. At the same time, the last 40 years of deepening inequality inside virtually all nations have undermined their social cohesion, and increasingly, capitalism's mechanisms are being blamed. Anti-capitalism is exploding across many political landscapes. | One broad socialist response to ec…
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'Parasite' Is a Class-Conscious Climate Parable
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
What follows is a conversation between Dr. Min Song and Kim Brown of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…
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Colombian National Strike Committee Calls For New Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The Colombian National Strike Committee (CNP) convoked Wednesday new protests for the next couple of months as they didn't reach an agreement with Ivan Duque's government. | RELATED: | Colombian Teachers Announce 2-Day Strike To Defend Right To Live | "The government does not like the word negotiation," President of the Unitary Workers' Union (CUT) Diogenes Orjuela said. | The Colombian executive considers that many of the requirements requested by the CNP are beyond its pow…
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Drug Lab Found in Farm of the Family of Colombian Ambassador
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The Police narcotics unit conducted a raid on Wednesday morning at a farm belonging to the family of Colombia's ambassador to Uruguay Fernando Sanclemente. | RELATED: | Colombia: Two Social Leaders Killed, Death Toll Rises to 44 | During the operation, the police inspected warehouses, mangers, offices, and forests, where they "allegedly found drugs." | On Thursday, Colombia's Foreign Minister published a statement to clarify the events that took place at the Guasca Hills estate loc…
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Colombia: Two Social Leaders Killed, Death Toll Rises to 44
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The Villa Fatima's Community Action Board prosecutor Luis Alberto Parra and his son Jader Alberto Parra were found dead in the municipality of Puerto Guzman, Putumayo, on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombian Teachers Announce 2-Day Strike To Defend Right To Live | Two days earlier, a group of armed men violently entered his house and kidnapped them, as reported by Parra's wife who was tied at the scene. | Subsequently, the Departmental Peace Council reported on the disappearanc…
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Sudan to Compensate Families of USS Cole Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The new Sudanese government has agreed to compensate the families of sailors killed in an Al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole warship 20 years ago, state news agency SUNA said on Thursday, part of government efforts to remove the country from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. | RELATED: | Sudan To Hand Ex-President Al-Bashir to ICC over Genocide | The report said the settlement had been signed on Feb. 7. It did not mention the amount paid in compensation, but a source with knowled…
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State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…
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State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…
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State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a US-backed information warfare shop smeared The…
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Devin Nunes Is Leading Republicans in a Post-Impeachment "Strike"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Less than a week after President Trump lauded Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., as "the hardest worker," the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee refused to show up for his first day back at work following the president's impeachment trial. | All nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee were absent for a Wednesday morning hearing on the development of artificial intelligence for the purposes of national sec…
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Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
Following the Democrats' failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/ston…

The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The…
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US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | US House Blocks Trump's Ability to Wage War Against Iran | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…
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Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…
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Google Blocks Hispantv's Youtube Access Again
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Iran's Hispan TV reported that Google once again blocked access to their Youtube account without providing a thorough explanation for the obstruction. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Iranian Press, HispanTV, Press TV Targeted | According to a communication published by the Iranian media, Google alleged that this new action is based on "violations to their laws,…
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More Lies on Iran: The White House Just Can't Help Itself as New Facts Emerge
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Admittedly the news cycle in the United States seldom runs longer than twenty-four hours, but that should not serve as an excuse when a major story that contradicts what the Trump Administration has been claiming appears and suddenly dies. The …
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Is Oil Behind Washington's Venezuela Coup Madness?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
First published in February 2019 | On January 23 2019, US Vice President Pence sent a message via Twitter that Washington recognized the 35-year-old Speaker of the Venezuela National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the "legitimate" President of the troubled country, …
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US Sanctions Against Venezuelan Airline Violates Int'l Law
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
U.S. sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned airline Conviasa violate international law, said Jorge Alvarez, president of the Chamber of Venezuelan Air Transport Companies, on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Juan Guaido's Uncle Arrested for Carrying Explosives on Plane | The only organization with the power to stop a carrier from flying from one country to another is the International Civil Aviation Organization, Alvarez told a local radio station. | "From a strategic viewpoint, Conviasa fl…
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Arreaza: 'US Coercive Measures Are Mass Destruction Weapons'
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza arrived in The Hague (Netherlands) on Thursday to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the United States and its sanctions. | RELATED: | Airline Workers Confront Juan Guaido Over New Sanctions | During his meeting with the Court, Arreaza exposed the crimes against humanity perpetrated…
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Turkey Vows To Strike Any Force That Violates Idlib Ceasefire
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Turkey has vowed to use force against rebel groups violating a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday in an apparent response to Russian criticism. | RELATED: | US Forces Clash With Civilians in Northeast Syria | The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized Ankara on Wednesday, stating that Turkey was not doing its part to uphold the Sochi Agreement that was established in 2018. | The Russian government, which supports Syrian…
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Syria Imposes the Astana Deal by Force as Turkish, Russian Tensions Rise
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Since 2012 the M5 Damascus-Aleppo had been under the control of jihadist forces. The Syrian Army has now liberated the M5 Damascus-Aleppo road and over 140 cities, villages and strategic hills. Turkey and the Uzbeks, Uighurs and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham …
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Rodney Garcia Epitomizes Trump's Brand of Political Intolerance
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
Montana didn't need the very negative worldwide press it got last week when Billings Republican legislator Rodney Garcia decided to inform us that according to the U.S. Constitution, it's OK to "shoot socialists." For those who doubt the dangerous effects of President Trump's unhinged rants against "socialism," Garcia's acceptance of personal violence against those with…
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Rodney Garcia Epitomizes Trump's Brand of Political Intolerance
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
Montana didn't need the very negative worldwide press it got last week when Billings Republican legislator Rodney Garcia decided to inform us that according to the U.S. Constitution, it's OK to "shoot socialists." For those who doubt the dangerous effects of President Trump's unhinged rants against "socialism," Garcia's acceptance of personal violence against those with…
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Dems Phony War Powers Resolution
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
US 20th and 21st century history shows Dems more hellbent for war than Republicans. | In 1916, Dem Woodrow Wilson was reelected on a pledge of: "He Kept Us Out of War." | Straightaway, he began planning US involvement in Europe's war …
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Corporate America in Israel and Illegal Settlements
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
US companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements are the tip of the iceberg in bilateral economic, financial, and military relations. | According to the US Chamber of Commerce, over 2,500 US companies operate in Israel, including a virtual who's who of …
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My Mom Died
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
It is tempting, when a parent dies, to center your remembrance of them through the lens of your relationship to them as a child. Self-centered as we are

Guaido is Ending His International Tour to Return to Venezuela to His Divided Opposition
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
We have to admit that the US public relations apparatus played a good stint at leaving Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's visit with president Trump last in what seemed an afterthought. When many thought that Trump had snubbed him in Davos and Miami, Washington gave him its full attention, normally reserved for real presidents, following…
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Guaido is Ending His International Tour to Return to Venezuela to His Divided Opposition
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
We have to admit that the US public relations apparatus played a good stint at leaving Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's visit with president Trump last in what seemed an afterthought. When many thought that Trump had snubbed him in Davos and Miami, Washington gave him its full attention, normally reserved for real presidents, following…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/guaido-is-en…

Boeing Abandons Guidance, Says 737 Max Production Will Take 2 Years to Reach Pre-Grounding Levels
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Update (Feb. 12): One day after Boeing announced zero plane orders in January, the Chicago-based airplane manufacturer had more bad news: it would abandon forward guidance, along with the new understanding that 737 Max production line could take upwards of …
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Living in Inequality, Dying in Despair
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some welcome news late last month: Americans are living a tiny bit longer. In 2018, the federal health agency reported, U.S. life expectancy at birth inched up about a month, from 78.6 to 78.7 years. The Trump administration, predictably, claimed credit for the increase, the first…
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Timber Industry Wants to Rape-and-Run on Our National Forests
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
When Idaho billionaire Ron Yanke purchased the timber mills in Townsend and Livingston, Montana years ago to form RY Timber, he also bought lots of former Anaconda Mining Company timberland. But just like Champion International and Plum Creek Timber who, according to a University of Montana study, cut trees 3 times faster than they could grow back, RY has already overcut their private land.
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Out of Their Grip: Ending the Repetition of Defeat
Scott Owen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
I'm sure that there must be at least a few of you out there who remember the frustration, the insult and the pain of trying to move our country out of the grip of the two major parties political stranglehold and the ongoing tug-of- war between the greater and lesser evils of the Democratic and…
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When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as "Former," CNN is Lying to You
Jeff Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
CNN and CBS do it. NPR and PBS do it. They all do it. It's a "gentleman's" agreement between elite media and their establishment guests

The Problem With Wilderness Collaboration
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
Recently there has been a spate of commentaries advocating collaboration as a means of resolving issues surrounding which public lands should be given the "Gold Standard" of wilderness protection under the 1964 Wilderness Act. Advocates of collaboration, including some representatives of Montana's various conservation organizations, argue that only collaboration can "resolve" the issues in today's…
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The Rage of the Barred Owl
Ellen Taylor | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
The Rage of the Barred Owl When Moon unmasks your naked face And gilds your gun with diamonds green I mark your progress from afar. You stumble toward my roosting place, Studying your tiny screen, Tracking an artificial star. You killed my wife some dawns ago, Fooled by your telescopic sight: She was a Northern…
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What the Impunity Commission Taught Guatemala
Irma A. Velasquez Nimatuj | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
On August 31, 2018, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, a comedian by profession, accompanied by his cabinet and the high command of the army, convened a press conference where he unilaterally announced that he would not renew the mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). He declared that as of September 3, 2019…
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Timber Industry Wants to Rape-and-Run on Our National Forests
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
When Idaho billionaire Ron Yanke purchased the timber mills in Townsend and Livingston, Montana years ago to form RY Timber, he also bought lots of former Anaconda Mining Company timberland. But just like Champion International and Plum Creek Timber who, according to a University of Montana study, cut trees 3 times faster than they could grow back, RY has already overcut their private land.
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Out of Their Grip: Ending the Repetition of Defeat
Scott Owen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
I'm sure that there must be at least a few of you out there who remember the frustration, the insult and the pain of trying to move our country out of the grip of the two major parties political stranglehold and the ongoing tug-of- war between the greater and lesser evils of the Democratic and…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/out-of-their…

What the Impunity Commission Taught Guatemala
Irma A. Velasquez Nimatuj | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
On August 31, 2018, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, a comedian by profession, accompanied by his cabinet and the high command of the army, convened a press conference where he unilaterally announced that he would not renew the mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). He declared that as of September 3, 2019…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/what-the-imp…

The Rage of the Barred Owl
Ellen Taylor | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
The Rage of the Barred Owl When Moon unmasks your naked face And gilds your gun with diamonds green I mark your progress from afar. You stumble toward my roosting place, Studying your tiny screen, Tracking an artificial star. You killed my wife some dawns ago, Fooled by your telescopic sight: She was a Northern…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/the-rage-of-…

Coded Messages About Australia's Big Burn
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
The Australian wildfires, which started in August last year, have receded from media attention outside Australia. The fires have (so far) killed 34 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals since August. Approximately 2,500 homes have been destroyed and more than 26.2 million acres have been razed.
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Coded Messages About Australia's Big Burn
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
The Australian wildfires, which started in August last year, have receded from media attention outside Australia. The fires have (so far) killed 34 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals since August. Approximately 2,500 homes have been destroyed and more than 26.2 million acres have been razed.
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/coded-messag…

The Pundits Wrote Off Bernie's Candidacy
Mehdi Hasan | zcomm.org | 2020-02-13
In Iowa and New Hampshire, He Proved Them Wrong…
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Nevada's higher union density and racial diversity will shape caucus outcome
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-13
In the lead-up to Feb. 22 Caucus Day in Nevada, early voting will take place Feb. 15–18. Nevada is the third state in the country to hold caucuses or a primary election, and the first Western state, after Iowa and New Hampshire. Early voting is a new feature for 2020, in 80 polling stations around …
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Evangelical Drug Gangs Attack Afro-Brazilian Religions
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
"They have expelled priests, broken sacred objects and people even died," Babalawo Ivanir dos Santos, a Yoruba priest, said of the current situation in Brazil where attacks on Afro-Brazilian religions doubled in 2019. | RELATED: | E vangelical Missionary Leads Brazil Office for Isolated Tribes | In 2019, Brazil registered over 200 attacks against A…
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Pope Francis Will Meet With Lula At The Vatican
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Pope Francis will receive the ex-President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, on Thursday to discuss important topics like starvation, social inequalities and intolerance in Brazil and across the world. | RELATED: | Pope Francis Rejects Tax Cuts for the 'Richest People' | The encounter between the pontiff and Lula will take place during the evening hours at House…
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Bolsonaro Removes Chief of Staff, Appoints Former Army General
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed Wednesday, his chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, one of the first politicians to back his presidential bid in 2018, and the last politician in his inner Cabinet. | RELATED: | Evangelical Drug Gangs Attack Afro-Brazilian Religions | The president announced Thursday that he offered the position to Army General Walter Braga. In doing so, the head of state distances himself from political parties in his closest circle of advisors, that…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolsonaro-Remove…

Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | What's Next Front in Trump's Battle Over Presidential Powers? | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…
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A Culture of Cheating?
Prof. Lawrence Davidson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Part I–Cheating as a Perennial Problem | Cheating, and the lying that always accompanies it, is probably as old as the human species. At the same time, that is probably how long we have known that they are harmful traits. The …
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U.S. public gets fake news about China's alleged anti-Muslim campaign
Cameron Orr | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-13
Editor's Note: The following opinion article was written in response to Hanukkah: A holiday rooted in struggle against imperialism, which was published in People's World on Dec. 23, 2019. That earlier article mentioned the situation for Muslims living in China's Xinjiang region within the context of another topic; this contribution offers a more in-depth perspective …
peoplesworld.org/article/in-xinjiang-con…

Number of female homicide victims at highest level since 2006
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-13
This article contains description of domestic violence and abuse that some readers and survivors may find distressing.The number of women and girls killed in homicides in England and Wales soared by nearly 10% in a year to the highest in more than a decade, official figures show.Some 241 females were victims of murder, manslaughter or infanticide in the 12 months to March 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The rise from 220 the previous year is the second annual increase and the highest number since the year ending March 2006, when there were also 241.Almost half (48%) of the adult women…
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Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…
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New York City transit system accumulates billions more in bond debt
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued $1.5 billion in new bonds the same week the TWU imposed a concession-ridden contract on 37,000 subway and bus workers.
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New York City transit system accumulates billions more in bond debt
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued $1.5 billion in new bonds the same week the TWU imposed a concession-ridden contract on 37,000 subway and bus workers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/bond…

New Zealand's Waitangi Day promotes nationalism and militarism
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
New Zealand's national day was marked with the opening of a museum to glorify Maori participation and "sacrifice" for imperialism in World War II.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/wait…

Newspaper Publisher McClatchy Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
The publisher of the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and dozens of other newspapers across the country has filed for bankruptcy protection. | The newspaper industry has been devastated by changing technology that has sent the vast majority of people online in search of news. While McClatchy and others have pushed digital operations aggressively, advertising dollars have continued to flow toward internet giants like Facebook and Google. | McClatchy Co.'s 30 newsrooms, including The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer in Raleigh, and The Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, will continue to operate as usual as the p…
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New Zealand's Waitangi Day promotes nationalism and militarism
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
New Zealand's national day was marked with the opening of a museum to glorify Maori participation and "sacrifice" for imperialism in World War II.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/wait…

Joseph Shabalala dies, founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mogomotsi Magome | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-13
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China deploys 2,600 military medics to help fight coronavirus as Wuhan & Hubei party chiefs sacked
rt.com | 2020-02-13
Hundreds of military medics will descend on coronavirus-stricken Wuhan to help tackle the epidemic as the number of confirmed cases worldwide surpasses 60,000, with the death toll leaping over 1,300. | The first installment of 1,400 military medical personnel touched down in the city in central China worst affected by the ongoing viral epidemic on Thursday, the Chinese Defense Ministry reported. | The medics represent several branches of the Chinese armed forces, including the Navy, Air Force, armed police, logistic and strategic support forces, and even the Rocket Force. | The current reinforcements are not t…
rt.com/news/480719-wuhan-military-medics…

Emotet trojan spreads via Wi-Fi, capitalizes on coronavirus fears; here's how to protect yourself
rt.com | 2020-02-13
Cybersecurity analysts are warning about a Trojan called 'Emotet' which can spread across Wi-Fi networks, loading a variety of malware payloads which threaten sensitive data. Here we explore how you can protect yourself. | How has it spread? | Emotet reemerged in late 2019, having initially been spotted in 2018, and spread via phishing emails with Microsoft documents attached containing malicious code embedded within. More recently, hackers have used the ongoing coronavirus crisis as a means to spread the malware. | The hackers pose as regional health officials and scare targets with tailored messages in order…
rt.com/news/480733-emotet-trojan-virus-s…

Japanese Health Ministry confirms first coronavirus death
rt.com | 2020-02-13
Japan on Thursday confirmed its first coronavirus death, according to Health Minister Katsunobu Kato. The victim was a woman in her 80s living in the Kanagawa prefecture, which borders Tokyo, Kato told reporters. | Meanwhile, a cruise ship which spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard might have the coronavirus finally arrived at a port in Cambodia on Thursday. | The MS Westerdam, carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew, docked in Sihanoukville in the evening after anchoring offshore early in the morning to allow Cambodian officials to board the vessel and…
rt.com/newsline/480752-japan-confirms-fi…

Shale gas drillers are facing a perfect storm
rt.com | 2020-02-13
Natural gas prices under $2/MMBtu have hit Appalachian shale gas drillers hard, but the longer the gas glut wears on, the deeper the problems will become. With each passing week, the shale industry reveals more financial stress. | On Monday, analysts at Piper Sandler downgraded their near-term outlook for Range Resources and Gulfport Energy, two Appalachian drillers, to Neutral from Overweight, citing a "deteriorating" outlook. An analyst with the firm pointed to the global glut for LNG, the coronavirus, collapse of prices and force majeure declarations. | US nymex natural gas prices have been trading below $2…
rt.com/business/480757-shale-industry-fi…

Russia urges Turkey against 'provocative comments' on Syria
rt.com | 2020-02-13
Moscow has called for restraint after a Turkish parliamentarian blamed Russia for the recent deaths of Turkish troops in clashes with Syrian government forces attempting to liberate the militant-held Idlib province. | Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), had argued in the Turkish parliament that Moscow and Damascus were responsible for the deaths of 13 Turkish soldiers over the past week. | "We consider it unacceptable to use the tragic events to 'score points' in the domestic political debate," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday,…
rt.com/news/480795-russia-turkey-idlib-e…

US & Taliban negotiated proposal for 7-day reduction in violence, Pentagon chief Esper says
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The United States and the Taliban have negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday. | "We've said all along that the best, if not only, solution in Afghanistan is a political agreement," Esper told reporters in Brussels. "Progress has been made on this front and we'll have more to report on that soon." | "It will be a continual evaluative process as we go forward

Russian authorities investigate after photos emerge of Boris Nemtsov murderer allegedly enjoying prison 'feast'
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The 2015 killing of Boris Nemtsov shocked Russians, and now photographs posted online of the man who assassinated him apparently posing in front of a slap-up meal are generating considerable anger. | The images, taken in an Irkutsk penal colony, show Zaur Dadaev and a group of other men surrounded by kebabs, soups, fruits, and juices. In response, Russian prison authorities have launched an investigation to determine the conditions in which he is being held. | Grilled kebabs, apples and fruit juice. Boris Nemtsov's assassin, Zaur Dadayev, (back left, standing) relaxing with friends in a Russian penal colony.
rt.com/russia/480779-nemtsov-murderer-ph…

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