Daily Archives: February 11, 2020

2020-02-11: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-11). Trump budget cuts trillions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Congressional Democrats, progressive groups, and defenders of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all blasted President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Two top government worker unions chimed, in, too, slamming Trump for proposing only a 1% raise for calendar 2021, far below inflation and below this year's 3.1%, …

teleSUR (2020-02-11). 109 US Troops Suffer Traumatic Brain Injury After Iran Attack. telesurenglish.net United States (U.S.) military revealed Monday the number of service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack on the Ain al-Assad and Erbil airbases – where U.S. forces were stationed – climbed to more than 100. | RELATED: | One hundred nine U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury so far, the Pentagon said in a statement, adding tha…

Telesur (2020-02-11). China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The Russian government rejected on Monday the U.S. threats to impose new sanctions against several Russian companies for their cooperation with Venezuela in the oil sector. | Last week, the United States special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, warned Russia …

WSWS (2020-02-11). Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org "Everyone who recognises that now is the time to take a stand against gross injustice and for fundamental democratic rights should attend the rallies."

Miri Wood (2020-02-11). Hollywood and Syria: The Uses of Enchantment in Crimes Against Peace. globalresearch.ca Hollywood 's Oscars awards ceremony is nigh. Two anti-Syria propaganda-documentaries are short-listed in this year's competition. We use the occasion to offer a photo tutorial on Hollywood enchantment techniques — choreography, cinematography, SFX, CGI, moulage artisanship, rules of award-winning scripts …

Ricardo Vaz (2020-02-11). Venezuelan Communards meet to organize national movement. mronline.org Dozens of communes from across the country are uniting to form a "large national political movement." |

Staff (2020-02-11). In New Hampshire and Beyond, Medicare for All Is Fueling Sanders's Rise. truthout.org When Democratic Party voters cast their ballots in New Hampshire today, many of them will be doing so under the crushing weight of the current health care system. New Hampshire has been severely ravaged by the opiate crisis, and its Medicaid system has Sen. B…

Staff (2020-02-11). Despite Sanders Leading in Polls, Corporate Media Say He Has "Flatlined" truthout.org Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org,…

Staff (2020-02-11). Buttigieg Advocates Boldness But His Policies Are Timid. truthout.org In the leadup to Tuesday's primary election in New Hampshire, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has sought to claim that he gained momentum by narrowly winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucus, even though Sen. Bernie Sanders won the popular vote and the whole process has been overshadowed by At the New…

teleSUR-age (2020-02-11). Sanders Polls as the Favorite in New Hampshire Primary. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters will go to the polls on Tuesday during the New Hampshire primary, where, according to party strategists, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning. | RELATED: | Just a week after the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which no winner was officially declared, the strategists see Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire and…

Jacob Bacharach (2020-02-11). What's Driving Democrats' 'Bernie-or-Bust' Freakout. truthdig.com Even before the debacle of the Iowa caucuses, in which the Democratic Party managed, despite its ineptitude, to deny Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a clear public victory by spiking the results entirely, there was a palpable sense of panic among the party's conservatives. (For some reason, we have all agreed to call them "centrists" or "moderates.") While his poll numbers remained fairly strong nationally and throughout the more heavily African-American South, Joe Biden seemed to be fading — in some cases almost literally — before our eyes. | Once-viable liberals like the prosecutor-turned-senator Kamala…

Tracy Keeling (2020-02-11). Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election. thecanary.co In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg The media has

teleSUR-gqc (2020-02-11). Trial of Ecuador's Ex-President Rafael Correa is Under Way. telesurenglish.net The ex-president of Ecuador Rafael Correa and other members of his administration are under corruption accusations in a judicial process that had the first official audience last February 10, at the National Justice Court in Ecuador and could last until the end of 2020. | RELATED: | The charges are based on alleged millionaire bribes to the former president, the ex-vice-president Jorge Glas, the Legal Secretary to the Pres…

The Canary (2020-02-11). Sudan to hand over former president to International Criminal Court. thecanary.co Sudan's transitional authorities and rebel groups have agreed to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, including mass killings in Darfur, a top official said.Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict.Since his ousting in April, he has been in jail in Sudan's capital Khartoum on charges of corruption and killing protesters.Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a member of the Sovereign Council and a government negotiator, s…

Aaron Maté (2020-02-11). Exclusive: New leaks shatter OPCW's attacks on Douma whistleblowers. thegrayzone.com Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry…

Andrew Korybko (2020-02-11). The Mideast's Place in Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership. globalresearch.ca Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership envisages the supercontinent peacefully coming together in the shared interests of peace, stability, and development, brought about by Moscow's "balancing" strategy in recent years which was first practiced in the Mideast region, one of the most …

Larry Romanoff (2020-02-11). Genetically Modified Seeds: Conceived as a Weapon. globalresearch.ca GM seeds and GM food carry great risks for all nations, so much so that for many reasons it is probably imperative these foods be banned outright. This subject is too large to be discussed here, but one aspect requires …

teleSUR (2020-02-11). MLB to Cancel Roger Waters' Tour Promotions Over BDS Support. telesurenglish.net Major League Baseball (MLB) has made the decision to stop promoting Roger Waters' tour due to his ongoing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | The MLB, which was sponsoring ticket pre-sales for Waters' "This is Not a Drill" tour, made the decision to halt its promotion following criticisms from Jewish advocacy groups, the report said. | A…

teleSUR- age (2020-02-11). Evo Morales Travels to Cuba for Medical Treatment. telesurenglish.net Former Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived Monday in Havana, Cuba, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of an unscheduled trip for health reasons. | RELATED: | The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla confirmed on his Twitter account the arrival of the former president to the Caribbean island, where he has traveled on other occasions to attend to his health issues with Cuban doctor…

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Climate Change Wipes out Chinstrap Penguins off Antarctica. telesurenglish.net The number of chinstrap penguins in some colonies in Western Antarctica has fallen by as much as 77 percent since they were last surveyed in the 1970s, say scientists studying the impact of climate change on the remote region. | RELATED: | "The declines that we've seen are definitely dramatic," said Steve Forrest, a conservation biologist who joined a team of scientists from the two U.S. universities of Stony Brook…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-02-11). People are More Frightened of Coronavirus Than They Need to be, But the Culprit is not Who You Think. counterpunch.org People are frightened because there is a good reason for their fear, though not as much as they think. The Wuhan variant of coronavirus has a death rate of about two per cent compared to 9.6 per cent for SARS and 34.4 per cent for MERS. But it is naàØve to think that potential victims — all of us — will be reassured when we know that there is only a limited chance that we will die, because we were rather hoping not to die at all.

K.J. Noh (2020-02-11). How to Yellow-Cake a Tragedy: the NY Times Spreads the Virus of Hatred, Again. counterpunch.org "In the end, the plague touched us all…it was not confined….breeding in a compost of greed and uselessness and murder…promising life and delivering death…[serving] as furnished rooms for ideology." —Pete Hamill, liner notes to Blood on the Tracks The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, first detected late last year in the hub city of Wuhan, China is

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Xinjiang Discharges First Three Patients Cured Of Coronavirus. telesurenglish.net A batch of three patients infected with the new coronavirus was released from the hospital Tuesday after recovering in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in northwest China. | The patients, two men, one of them previously in critical condition, and one woman, are the first infec…

WSWS (2020-02-11). UK government carries out deportation of around 20 Jamaican nationals. wsws.org The men on board were among 700 immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers being held at two immigration detention removal centres near Heathrow Airport—Colnbrook and Harmondsworth.

Staff (2020-02-11). Official: Sudan to Hand Over Omar al-Bashir for Genocide Trial. truthdig.com For his role in the Darfur conflict, the county's former president also stands accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump's New Budget Is Not Only Immoral — It's Also Unaffordable. truthout.org With the release of the president's latest budget request on Monday, it would be fair to expect a rash of tough, analytical coverage examining how affordable the president's proposals are. | Take any strong progressive proposal ≠ ≠ ≠— like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, or free college tuition — and the constant refrain from critics is a question about how we could possibly pay for it. And as the presidential election comes into full swing, this question is asked with increasing frequ…

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Cuban Ophtalmologists in Haiti Resume Operacion Milagro. telesurenglish.net Cuban doctors in Haiti resumed Operacion Milagros (Operation Miracle), one of the main cooperation projects between the two countries, which has already restored the vision to some 72,710 patients. | RELATED: | Since 2006, the mission has assisted an average of 5,000 people annually, particularly those suffering from pterygium (a disease that damages the conjunctiva and cornea) — as well as cataracts, which consist o…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar (2020-02-11). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance" zcomm.org Interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm…

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-02-11). Democrats Ignore Trump's Real Violations. globalresearch.ca This week the latest Democratic Party attempt to remove President Trump from office — impeachment over Trump allegedly holding up an arms deal to Ukraine — flopped. Just like "Russiagate" and the Mueller investigation, and a number of other attempts …

Colin Todhunter (2020-02-11). Bt Cotton: Cultivating Farmer Distress in India. counterpunch.org Later this month, India's Supreme Court will hold a lengthy hearing on the commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) mustard, which would be the country's first GM food crop. The court has asked the chair of the Technical Expert Committee to be present and says that the decision on GM mustard cannot be kept pending. The

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-02-11). Keep War, Environmental Degradation And Profit Out Of Space. dissidentvoice.org The 21st Century nuclear arms and developing outer space arms races, which began under Obama and are increasing under Trump, are going to be something the world has never seen before. They are a bonanza for weapons makers, the Pentagon budget and capitalists in space. They will create a less secure world, a greater wealth divide, …

teleSUR, gqc (2020-02-11). Venezuela Announces International Lawsuit Against US. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced on Monday the beginning of an international lawsuit against the U.S. government because of the perjuries caused to national companies. | RELATED: | During his intervention, in the context of the Great Anti-imperialist March in Caracas, as a support to the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautic Industries and Air Services and as a response to the arbitrary san…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-11). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All. counterpunch.org You'd think that a presidential campaign backed by 40 billionaires and untold numbers of bundled rich people wouldn't worry about just one leaflet on Medicare for All. But minutes after Pete Buttigieg finished speaking in an auditorium at Keene State College in New Hampshire on Saturday, a Pete for America official confronted me outside the

Staff (2020-02-11). Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black and Brown Youth. truthout.org Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is suppo…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-11). Billboards Calling for Ending Support to Israel Launched in New Hampshire. imemc.org Palestine Advocacy Project has launched two billboard ads calling upon American voters and the next President of the United States to end U.S. funding for Israeli human rights violations, and restore humanitarian aid to Palestine, the Palestine News Network reported.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-11). After Thousands Protest in Ramallah, Israeli Forces Fire Tear-Gas and Rubber-Coated Steel Rounds. imemc.org "Palestine is not for sale," and "No to the deal of the century," were only a few of the signs raised, on Tuesday, by the tens of thousands of Palestinians who came from all over the West Bank to demonstrate in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, WAFA reported. …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-11). Analysis: Here's Everything You Need to Know About Trump's "Apartheid" Deal. imemc.org Palestine News Network On 28 January 2020, the US released its permanent "apartheid" plan for Palestine, which was mainly authored by Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, and David Friedman — all three are ardent supporters of Israel's illegal colonial-settlement enterprise. Over the past two years that preceded the announcement of this …

John Whitehead (2020-02-11). We're All in This Together: A Case for Not Giving Up on the American Dream. mintpressnews.com America has been a warring nation—a military empire intent on occupation and conquest—for so long that perhaps we, the citizens of this warring nation, have forgotten what it means to live in peace, with the world and one another.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-02-11). Fateh Standing behind Abbas following Threats by Israeli UN Delegate. imemc.org The Fateh movement said, today, that it stands behind PA President Mahmoud Abbas and fully supports the positions expressed in his speech before the United Nations Security Council, warning of the implications rendered by the Israeli delegate's portrayal of Abbas as an obstacle to peace, in calling for him to …

South Front (2020-02-11). Video: The Battle for Idlib is Ongoing. Turkish Forces to the Rescue of "Peaceful Al Qaeda Militants" globalresearch.ca During the last few days, Turkey deployed approximately 1,000 units of military equipment, including self-propelled howitzers, M06T and Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, in the Syrian province of Idlib. According to local sources, the number of Turkish troops and special forces …

Staff (2020-02-11). Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Go on Strike. truthout.org Protesting low wages in one of the most unaffordable cities in the country, graduate students at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) went on a wildcat grading strike in December and are now organizing for a full strike, beginning February 10. | Graduate student workers at the 10 UC campuses across the state receive the same wages — $2,434 a month, which after taxes amounts to just over $18,000 a year, given that we are only paid for nine months. | Most UCSC grads spend more than half of t…

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Brazil: 20,000 Oil Workers on Strike to Halt Privatization Plan. telesurenglish.net Over 20,000 workers of the Brazilian state-controlled company Petrobras are carrying out a national strike in protest against the dismissal of workers and the privatization of public assets. | RELATED: | In mid-January,

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Trump Wants US To Be World's Most Powerful Nuclear Force. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump stated at a White House Business Session with governors on Monday that he is seeking to make the U.S. the world's most powerful nuclear force. Trump's comments come just a few months after he abandoned the arms control treaties with Russia and China, something that was widely criticized across the world. | RELATED: | "Now, at the same time, Russia and China both want to negotiate with…

WSWS (2020-02-11). Russian-Belarusian energy talks fail as Minsk moves closer to the US, NATO. wsws.org The recent flaring up of tensions is taking place as the US is aggressively escalating its push toward drawing Minsk into its orbit.

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Syrian Military in Full Control of Northwestern Syria Highway. telesurenglish.net The Syrian government forces established full control over a highway in northwest Syria for the first time since 2012 on Tuesday, as talks ended between Turkey and Russia on stopping clashes that killed 13 Turkish soldiers in a week. | RELATED: | The Syrian military established full control over the main highway linking Damascus and Aleppo, also known as the M-5, after launching a large-scale offensive in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib at th…

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-11). A Turquia ameaàßa retaliaàßà£o contra a Rússia e contra a Síria se atacarem a Al Qaeda na província de Idlib, na Síria. globalresearch.ca O Presidente turco, Tayyip Erdogan, disse num discurso, em 5 de Fevereiro, ao Partido Islâmico do AKP que, se as tropas sírias ou os aviàµes russos atacarem a Al Qaeda, na província de Idlib, na Síria, a Turquia estará em …

Telesur (2020-02-11). Video: The Truth About Venezuela's Blackout. globalresearch.ca This was originally published in March 2019. | Venezuela's blackout is the latest in the US siege on the country. | . | . …

Staff (2020-02-11). Pete Buttigieg Can't Be Defeated Soon Enough. truthdig.com The former mayor has much to gain and lose in New Hampshire—it's hard to imagine him winning another state, if he doesn't win this one.

Kim Tong-Hyung (2020-02-11). Bong's 'Parasite' focuses on plight of South Korea's poor. peoplesworld.org SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans are reveling in writer-director Bong Joon Ho's dark comic thriller, "Parasite," which won this year's Academy Awards for best film and best international feature. The movie itself, however, doesn't put the country in a particularly positive light. No doubt, the international acclaim for "Parasite," which also won the …

Staff (2020-02-11). Judge Clears a Path to T-Mobile's $26.5B Sprint Bid. truthdig.com NEW YORK — A federal judge has cleared a major path to T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint, as he rejected claims by more than a dozen states that the deal would mean less competition and higher phone bills. | Though the deal still needs a few more approvals, T-Mobile expects to close it as early as April 1. | Once that happens, the number of major U.S. wireless companies

Stephen Wade (2020-02-11). Tokyo Games 2020 organizers try to ease fear of Olympic-Paralympic cancellation. peoplesworld.org TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers again tried on Thursday to allay fears that the 2020 Games could be postponed or canceled by the fast-spreading virus from China. Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto, who on Wednesday said he was "seriously worried" the virus could disrupt the Olympic and Paralympics, backtracked a day later …

Whitney Webb (2020-02-11). Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media. mintpressnews.com Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…

Paul Street (2020-02-11). About Last Week — and the Accelerated Drives to Extinction and Fascism. counterpunch.org If, as some observers worry, the United States is undergoing an accelerated transition to full authoritarian class rule in the Donald Trump years, then the events of last week may be considered critical by later historians permitted to chronicle what happened. Another Democratic Gift to "the Most Dangerous Criminal in History" On Wednesday, the mock

George Wuerthner (2020-02-11). The War on Wolves is Part of the Culture War. counterpunch.org Recently the Idaho Fish and Game changed its rules to allow any hunter or trapper to kill up to 30 wolves per year. And the state is considering a proposal to open much of the state to year-round wolf killing. In Montana, the MDFWP is discussing increases from 5 to 10 wolf tags for some parts of the state. In both states, we will be eliminating the ecological function of predators.

Guy R. McPherson (2020-02-11). Extinction Foretold, Extinction Ignored. counterpunch.org Most evolving lineages, human or otherwise, when threatened with extinction, don't do anything special to avoid it. — George C. Williams American evolutionary biologist George C. Williams died in September 2010 at the age of 83 years. I doubt he knew we were facing our own imminent extinction. By the time Williams died, I had

Ellen Brown (2020-02-11). Mexico's AMLO Shows How It's Done. counterpunch.org While U.S. advocates and local politicians struggle to get their first public banks chartered, Mexico's new president has begun construction on 2,700 branches of a government-owned bank to be completed in 2021, when it will be the largest bank in the country. At a press conference on Jan. 6, he said the neoliberal model had failed; private banks

Julian Vigo (2020-02-11). How Privilege and Woke Politics are Destroying the Left. counterpunch.org I was a Slack group for gender critical academics in the UK started by a UK feminist who has become known over the past 18 months for her critique of gender identity. The inception of this group seemed promising. Or rather, that is until this individual and several others within the group took it upon

Walden Bello (2020-02-11). Trump Told the Truth Where It Counted…for His Reelection. counterpunch.org Much of the liberal commentary on Donald Trump's State of the Union address a few days ago has focused on the outright lies he made, especially his saying that his administration was promoting the interest of people with pre-existing conditions from the medical insurance companies seeking to disqualify them. Yes, he lied, and he lied

Thomas Nail (2020-02-11). The Earth is Dying, But Not Fast Enough. counterpunch.org We hear all the time that we are at the tipping point of a long history of increasing energy consumption. Unfettered energy use is eating up finite fuels, increasing planetary temperatures, releasing stored methane and other emissions into the atmosphere, and raising ocean temperatures to levels that threaten the world's fisheries. Carbon emissions are now

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump Intends to Ride Pentagon Spending to Reelection in 2020. truthout.org Donald Trump likes to posture as a tough guy and part of that tough-guy persona involves bragging about how much he's spent on the U.S. military. This tendency was on full display in a "The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment.

Staff (2020-02-11). Democrats Are Stumped Over How to Undo Republican Takeover of Federal Courts. truthout.org With the help of Senate Republicans and the Federalist Society, President Donald Trump is transforming the federal judiciary. | In the first three years of his presidency, he's appointed nearly 200 ideologues, most of them young white men, to lifetime positions on the bench. This has created a That was the takeaway Satu…

Staff (2020-02-11). Border Officials Threaten to Destroy Native Burial Grounds to Build Trump's Wall. truthout.org Construction crews building President Trump's border wall in southern Arizona are blasting apart a mountain on a protected national monument that includes areas sacred to Native American groups. | Crews began blasting sites at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which was

teleSUR (2020-02-11). US Offers Palestinians 'Swiss Cheese' State: Mahmoud Abbas. telesurenglish.net Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President RELATED: | Addressing the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council, Abbas said the plan is a gift to Israel, and Palestinians cannot acc…

teleSUR (2020-02-11). China: Wuhan Expands Controls by Closing Residential Complexes. telesurenglish.net China's health authorities Tuesday strengthened the quarantine in Wuhan by closing all existing residential complexes inside the city. | RELATED: | According to the municipal government's new guidelines, all urbanizations will be sealed to minimize the flow of people among the various areas of the city. | To achieve the above, the urbanizations will be surrounded by fences that will impede traffic but will not preve…

teleSUR-age (2020-02-11). Brazil: Lula Rejects Candidacy for 2022 Presidential Elections. telesurenglish.net Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has no intention of running for the presidency of Brazil in 2022, the Brazilian politician said Tuesday during an interview with Objetivo channel. | RELATED: | It would be difficult for him to be a candidate again as the Workers' Party may have a younger candidate in place already. "I prefer to help prepare someone else in better conditions for the election victory," said Da Silva, who was released from prison on November 8, after 580 days in jail. | @_anapa…

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Unesco Rewards Mexican Scientist for Her Research on Bacteria. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the French company L'Oreal Tuesday awarded their joint prize for "Women and Science" to Mexican scientist Maria Esperanza Martinez for her research on the use of environmentally friendly bacteria. | RELATED: | Martinez, who is a Genomic Ecology professor at the Center for Genomic Sciences of the National Autonomous University…

teleSUR-age (2020-02-11). Brazil: Lula Rejects Candidacy for 2020 Presidential Elections. telesurenglish.net Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has no intention of running for the presidency of Brazil in 2020, the Brazilian politician said Tuesday during an interview with Objetivo channel. | It is would be difficult for him to be a candidate again as the Workers' Party may have a younger candidate in place already. "I prefer to help prepare someone else in better conditions for the election victory," said Da Silva, who was released from prison on November 8, after after 580 days in jail. | @_anapastor_: øVolverá a ser candidato? | – WSWS (2020-02-11). John Deere announces layoffs at Iowa plant. wsws.org Since announcing plans last August to cut costs and boost profits as part of its drive for "organizational efficiency," Deere has laid off 220 workers at plants across Illinois and Iowa.

WSWS (2020-02-11). 2020 Academy Awards: Bong Joon-ho's Parasite from South Korea wins major awards. wsws.org Parasite deserved to win the most serious awards, being markedly superior to every other film up for consideration. Bong's effort is a complex, troubling work.

Patrick Martin (2020-02-11). Trump Budget Gives Top Priority to New Generation of Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca The most ominous feature of the new budget document issued Monday by the Trump administration is the prominent place given to the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons, including so-called low-yield weapons, smaller than the bombs that destroyed …

Fight Back (2020-02-11). New York MTA wages war on the poor and working class. fightbacknews.org New York, NY — For working New Yorkers, taking the subway is an essential part of their day-to-day life. Having a car in New York is incredibly difficult and expensive, which means unless you are rich enough to take a cab to work every day, the subway is basically the only viable option. So for the many New Yorkers with working-class jobs that do not allow them to show up late without risk of getting fired, it is very important that the subway runs smoothly and remains affordable. | However, the reality is that New York's Metro Transit Authority (MTA) struggles to maintain a dilapidated subway system that…

WSWS (2020-02-11). As Brazilian oil workers' strike grows, Labor Court rules it "abusive" wsws.org The Brazilian ruling elite fears that the strike at the state-owed oil giant Petrobras will spread to other sections of public and private sector workers.

Yiannis Mouzakis (2020-02-11). Recession Engineered by the Creditors: Seven Years of Demanding the Impossible in Greece. globalresearch.ca In a recent presentation of his book,

Pepe Escobar (2020-02-11). The Siren Call of a 'System Leader'. globalresearch.ca A considerable spectrum of the liberal West takes the American interpretation of what civilization consists of to be something like an immutable law of nature. But what if this interpretation is on the verge of an irreparable breakdown? | Michael Vlahos…

Victoria Lunetta (2020-02-11). Ontario Government's Fight with Educators: A Student's Perspective. globalresearch.ca It's hard to walk across the University of Toronto (U of T) campus without your eye catching the grand, pale-bricked building that sits parallel to the greenery of Queen's Park. It is even harder to find a U of T …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-11). Subverting the Hollywood Blacklist: Kirk Douglas's Modest Contribution. globalresearch.ca Leaving aside the content of the spectacular, embellished account that became Spartacus, Kirk Douglas, whose life ticked over into a century and a few years, left his own distinct mark on US cultural politics. At the very least, he …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-02-11). In Our American Empire, "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break…" globalresearch.ca Kudos to the 1941 W.C. Fields comedy film "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" for the inspiration. Well, this certainly does fit with what is transpiring now in our American Empire. | This writer lives in an area I have …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-02-11). REPORT: Lands to be Annexed following Knesset Elections. imemc.org (photo: Oranit settlement near Qalqilya, northern occupied West Bank) The National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements stated, in its latest weekly report, that US President Donald Trump's adviser, Jared Kushner recently announced that Israel won't annex Palestinian lands before the upcoming Knesset elections, thereby explaining the controversy among …

IMEMC News (2020-02-11). Archbishop Hanna: "Jerusalem Is Not For Sale" imemc.org Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem,

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-11). Palestinian Prisoner's Family Informed of Order to Demolish its Home. imemc.org The Israeli army, on Tuesday, informed the family of Palestinian detainee, Qassam Barghouthi, of its intention to demolish the family's home in the central West Bank village of Kobar, the Head of Kobar village council, Izzat Badwan, told WAFA. The army told the family that they have until Thursday to …

IMEMC News (2020-02-11). Israel Bars Jerusalem Governor From Entering West Bank For Six Months. imemc.org The Israeli army and security apparatus issued orders, on Monday evening, barring the Palestinian governor of occupied East Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, from entering the West Bank, and another order preventing him from communicating with the Palestinian Authority. Media sources said the army summoned the governor for interrogation in the al-Maskobiyya …

RT (2020-02-11). New doc & THIRD whistleblower hit OPCW for throwing dirt at leakers claiming Douma account was fabricated — report. rt.com A third whistle-blower has come forward to corroborate the previous complaints that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) tried to suppress evidence-gathering in the Douma probe, a report says. | The alleged new whistleblower, whose redacted email was shared by the Grayzone Project on Tuesday, backed the complaints made by two former OPCW employees — South African engineer and organization's veteran Ian Henderson, and another whistleblower known as 'Alex.' | OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias had earlier dismissed the pair — dubbed Inspector A and Inspector B in the orga…

RT (2020-02-11). 'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor. rt.com An Iowa Democratic Party sign fell to the floor as the party chairman tried to account for a disastrous caucus plagued by tech failures and bad math, creating what many netizens dubbed a perfect allegory for the botched primary. | As state party chair Troy Price fielded questions on Monday about "rounding errors" found in Iowa's Democratic primary results — which placed 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a margin of 0.1 percent — a party banner gave way mid-sentence, interrupting the chair as it awkwardly crashed on the ground. | Now we take you live to the Iowa De…

RT (2020-02-11). Dem primary chaos: Millionaire actress roasted for stopping crowd from booing Hillary & whining about living on 'crumbs'. rt.com Former 'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon campaigned for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but found herself the target of Twitter mockery for fighting off Hillary Clinton boos and complaining about living on "crumbs." | Sanders has been leaning heavily on celebrity endorsements as the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination heats up, from 'Dances with Wolves' star Kevin Costner to rock band The Strokes. | Nixon was one of the stars making the case for the Vermont senator in New Hampshire ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday — but her speech went viral for all the wrong reasons. T…

RT (2020-02-11). US promises 'enormous pressure' on Tehran over… failed satellite launch? Pompeo says missile development behind Iran space program. rt.com Iran's latest attempt to launch a scientific satellite has apparently unnerved Washington, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashing out at Tehran and vowing that the US would not let it continue the launches. | Washington used the occasion to once again slam Iran and the 2015 deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, from which the US itself unilaterally withdrew back in 2018. | Also on rt.com | | Since then, America has been hell-bent on s…

RT (2020-02-11). Russian journalists' union backs Kamchatka TV host who burst into laughter after disability payment fail. rt.com Her reaction went viral, outraging many viewers, but the Russian Union of Journalists says people are being too hard on a local TV anchor in Kamchatka who lost her composure in the studio. | Aleksandra Novikova burst into laughter when she misread news about increases in social welfare payments — believing recipients were to get an extra 500 rubles ($8) for "international travel." The report was about a three percent increase in allowances for the disabled and for military veterans, among others. | The presenter was explaining rises totaling over 1,500 rubles ($24) when she dropped the clanger. Novikova w…

RT (2020-02-11). 'The night time is the right time to fight crime': BoJo aide Cummings quotes kids' cartoon when pressed on govt business. rt.com Senior Boris Johson aide Dominic Cummings has left social media users baffled after he quoted a cartoon about crime-fighting child superheroes when a reporter asked him about the government approving a £100 billion rail project. | Cummings was doorstepped by a BBC journalist on Tuesday morning over the government's decision to go ahead with the controversial HS2 high-speed rail project, as well as the PM's anticipated cabinet reshuffle, when he inexplicably referenced the animated children's series 'PJ Masks.' | "The night time is the right time to fight crime," he said. Then asked for a comment on the m…

RT (2020-02-11). 'Like Swiss cheese': Abbas rubbishes Trump's map for Palestine, urges UNSC to reject 'deal of the century' peace plan. rt.com Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appeared before the UNSC, criticizing the Trump administration's peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urging the Security Council to firmly reject it. | The UNSC gathered in New York on Tuesday to discuss the decades-long conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, and the much-hyped 'deal of the century' plan unveiled by the US President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu late in January. | Speaking before the Council, Abbas once again rejected Trump's peace plan, blasting the project as a gift to Israel. "This plan should not be considered an…

RT (2020-02-11). Surkov & Bogdan out: Russia & Ukraine announce new negotiators as relations slowly thaw. rt.com For two decades he has been a big beast on the Moscow political stage, but the Kremlin has finally confirmed that Vladislav Surkov is no longer Russia's point man in Ukraine. | The news came over two weeks after it was first speculated in Russian media. He will be replaced by President Vladimir Putin's new Deputy Chief of Staff, Dmitry Kozak. Meanwhile, Kiev made a change of its own today, with Andriy Yermak coming in for Andrei Bogdan as President Volodymyr Zelensky's own Chief of Staff. | Some, including Echo of Moscow editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov, believe the two moves are related, and a signal both go…

RT (2020-02-11). Out to the sea: Russia's cutting-edge stealthy next-gen frigate SPECTACULARLY tested in cold waters (VIDEO). rt.com Russia's military has released footage of the frigate Admiral Kasatonov during trials in the Barents Sea. The stealthy ship, packed with new radar and hydro acoustic systems, is expected to join the Northern Fleet soon. | Footage of the trials shows the vessel firing its secondary weapons, as well as testing other crucial systems. For instance, Admiral Kasatonov is seen firing its decoy launchers which create sparks in the air. Such passive decoys and heat traps are designed to protect the vessel from anti-ship missiles and other high-precision weaponry. | The new frigate, belonging to the cutting-edge Proj…

RT (2020-02-11). Cat-astrophe! Over 100 in-bred cats found inside Moscow apartment, all spawned from a single pregnant stray. rt.com It's not quite the plot of the movie "Gremlins," where poor Gizmo spawned loads of destructive little monsters, but when one well-meaning Moscow woman took in a pregnant stray cat, things got out of hand. | In just four years, she had a whole apartment full of them, for that one moggie brought forth over 100 more. | –ö–æ—à–∞—á—å–µ –ø–æ–≥–æ–ª–æ–≤—å–µ —Ä–æ—Å–ª–æ –&p…

RT (2020-02-11). Vostok Oil project will boost Russia's GDP & strengthen country's position in the Arctic — Putin. rt.com Russia's massive Vostok Oil project could bolster Russia's presence in the remote Arctic region and boost the country's economy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. | The Russian leader discussed the multibillion-dollar project aimed at developing oil and gas fields and energy infrastructure in the remote northern regions during his meeting with Igor Sechin, CEO of the country's biggest oil company Rosneft, which is responsible for the implementation of the initiative. | Also on rt.com | | "The pro…

RT (2020-02-11). Reaper of Death: Scientists unveil T-Rex's long-lost older cousin. rt.com Scientists in Canada have unveiled a new species of dinosaur closely related to, but far older than, the Tyrannosaurus rex. This now-oldest member of the T-Rex family tree goes by the cuddly name 'Reaper of Death.' | The Thanatotheristes degrootorum (Greek for 'Reaper of Death') or just Thanatos for short, measured eight metres (26 feet) in length and roamed the plains of North America some 80 million years ago, terrorizing herbivores everywhere. | | © Julius Csotonyi/Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology | "We chose a name that embodies what this tyrannosaur was as the only known large apex predator of…

RT (2020-02-11). Four Roger Stone prosecutors quit case as DOJ backs down from 'horrible & unfair' sentencing advice blasted by Trump. rt.com The US Justice Department has reconsidered its recommendation that former Trump advisor Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Congress, instead deferring to the court, while four of its prosecutors have resigned. | Punishing the self-described "dirty trickster" with seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted," prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate." | Wow, Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky withdraws from the Stone case AND includes this footnote(!): | "The Court is advised…

RT (2020-02-11). Top Roger Stone prosecutor resigns as DOJ backs down from 'horrible & unfair' sentencing advice blasted by Trump. rt.com The US Justice Department has reconsidered its recommendation that former Trump advisor Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Congress, instead deferring to the court, while two of its prosecutors have resigned. | Punishing the self-described "dirty trickster" with seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted," prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate." | pic.twitter.com/TrNSo9qXeB— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) RT (2020-02-11). Trump rally REPEATEDLY breaks out in '46! 46!' chant as Don Jr. comes on stage & #Resistance freaks out. rt.com A crowd at a campaign rally for US President Donald Trump in New Hampshire greeted his son, Don Jr., with a loud "46!" as he made his way on stage. The display has sparked quite a ruction on social media. | The eldest son of the 45th US president was treated to an especially warm welcome in Manchester, New Hampshire, where his dad held a rally on Monday. Warming up the crowd ahead of VP Mike Pence andTrump the Senior's entree, Don Jr. appeared to strike a chord with those gathered, prompting them to chant "46…46!" | (Don Jr. was actually about to introduce…Mike Pence when the "46" chant broke out)— I…

RT (2020-02-11). Watch out! Here comes… Dennis? New UK storm name triggers social media mockery. rt.com Storm Dennis is poised to batter much of the UK this weekend — so say the country's Met Office meteorologists — but many on social media don't seem to be taking the warnings too seriously due to its somewhat non-threatening name.

RT (2020-02-11). 'A TOTAL RACIST': Trump helps 'cancel' Bloomberg on Twitter after leaked audio blaming minorities for '95% of murders'. rt.com Leaked audio of Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg calling for targeted police harassment of minorities, because 'that's where the real crime is,' has gone viral with a boost from Trump. | "95 percent of your murderers — murderers and murder victims — fit one MO," Bloomberg appears to say in audio leaked from an Aspen Institute speech in 2015. | Audio of

Global Research News (2020-02-11). Selected Articles: Trump's New Generation of Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-11). Just as Trump Slashes Global Health Funds, Experts Warn Coronavirus Could Infect 60% of World Population. commondreams.org The coronavirus which originated late last year in Wuhan, China and has infected tens of thousands of people so far could eventually spread to 60% of the world population, a prominent health expert in Hong Kong warned Tuesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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Trump budget cuts trillions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
WASHINGTON–Congressional Democrats, progressive groups, and defenders of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all blasted President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Two top government worker unions chimed, in, too, slamming Trump for proposing only a 1% raise for calendar 2021, far below inflation and below this year's 3.1%, …
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109 US Troops Suffer Traumatic Brain Injury After Iran Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
United States (U.S.) military revealed Monday the number of service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack on the Ain al-Assad and Erbil airbases – where U.S. forces were stationed – climbed to more than 100. | RELATED: | US Confirms 34 Troops With Traumatic Brain Injury After Iran Strike | One hundred nine U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury so far, the Pentagon said in a statement, adding tha…
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Trump Wants US To Be World's Most Powerful Nuclear Force
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
U.S. President Donald Trump stated at a White House Business Session with governors on Monday that he is seeking to make the U.S. the world's most powerful nuclear force. Trump's comments come just a few months after he abandoned the arms control treaties with Russia and China, something that was widely criticized across the world. | RELATED: | 109 US Troops Suffer Traumatic Brain Injury After Iran Attack | "Now, at the same time, Russia and China both want to negotiate with…
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China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
The Russian government rejected on Monday the U.S. threats to impose new sanctions against several Russian companies for their cooperation with Venezuela in the oil sector. | Last week, the United States special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, warned Russia …
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Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
"Everyone who recognises that now is the time to take a stand against gross injustice and for fundamental democratic rights should attend the rallies."
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Hollywood and Syria: The Uses of Enchantment in Crimes Against Peace
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
Hollywood 's Oscars awards ceremony is nigh. Two anti-Syria propaganda-documentaries are short-listed in this year's competition. We use the occasion to offer a photo tutorial on Hollywood enchantment techniques

Venezuelan Communards meet to organize national movement
Ricardo Vaz | mronline.org | 2020-02-11
Dozens of communes from across the country are uniting to form a "large national political movement." | Source…
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In New Hampshire and Beyond, Medicare for All Is Fueling Sanders's Rise
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
When Democratic Party voters cast their ballots in New Hampshire today, many of them will be doing so under the crushing weight of the current health care system. New Hampshire has been severely ravaged by the opiate crisis, and its Medicaid system has been under attack by the State House and Donald Trump. Residents know firsthand how cruel and inefficient the private, multi-payer system can be. | Sen. B…
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Despite Sanders Leading in Polls, Corporate Media Say He Has "Flatlined"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org,…
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Sanders Polls as the Favorite in New Hampshire Primary
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters will go to the polls on Tuesday during the New Hampshire primary, where, according to party strategists, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning. | RELATED: | US Election Cycle Kicks Off in Iowa With No Official Results | Just a week after the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which no winner was officially declared, the strategists see Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire and…
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What's Driving Democrats' 'Bernie-or-Bust' Freakout
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2020-02-11
Even before the debacle of the Iowa caucuses, in which the Democratic Party managed, despite its ineptitude, to deny Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a clear public victory by spiking the results entirely, there was a palpable sense of panic among the party's conservatives. (For some reason, we have all agreed to call them "centrists" or "moderates.") While his poll numbers remained fairly strong nationally and throughout the more heavily African-American South, Joe Biden seemed to be fading

Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-02-11
In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg emerged as the main challenger to Bernie Sanders. | The media has fawned over Buttigieg since before he officially announced his bid for the presidency in April 2019. That's…
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Trial of Ecuador's Ex-President Rafael Correa is Under Way
teleSUR-gqc | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
The ex-president of Ecuador Rafael Correa and other members of his administration are under corruption accusations in a judicial process that had the first official audience last February 10, at the National Justice Court in Ecuador and could last until the end of 2020. | RELATED: | Judge Dictates Preventive Detention Against Rafael Correa | The charges are based on alleged millionaire bribes to the former president, the ex-vice-president Jorge Glas, the Legal Secretary to the Pres…
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Sudan to hand over former president to International Criminal Court
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-11
Sudan's transitional authorities and rebel groups have agreed to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, including mass killings in Darfur, a top official said.Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict.Since his ousting in April, he has been in jail in Sudan's capital Khartoum on charges of corruption and killing protesters.Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a member of the Sovereign Council and a government negotiator, s…
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Capitalism's Political Servants: Trump and Johnson
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
For the last half-century, US and UK capitalisms led the way in undoing the parallel legacies of the New Deal and Europe's social democracies. From its ascending Thatcher-Reagan couple to its descending Trump-Johnson imitation, neoliberal capitalism replaced Keynesian capitalism. Private corporate capitalists funded effective campaigns to celebrate neo-liberalism. The US and UK institutionalized it by de-regulating and privatizing further and faster than anywhere else…
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Exclusive: New leaks shatter OPCW's attacks on Douma whistleblowers
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-11
Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry…
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The Mideast's Place in Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership envisages the supercontinent peacefully coming together in the shared interests of peace, stability, and development, brought about by Moscow's "balancing" strategy in recent years which was first practiced in the Mideast region, one of the most …
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Genetically Modified Seeds: Conceived as a Weapon
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
GM seeds and GM food carry great risks for all nations, so much so that for many reasons it is probably imperative these foods be banned outright. This subject is too large to be discussed here, but one aspect requires …
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MLB to Cancel Roger Waters' Tour Promotions Over BDS Support
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Major League Baseball (MLB) has made the decision to stop promoting Roger Waters' tour due to his ongoing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | Palestinians Benefit From China-Funded Desalination Plants | The MLB, which was sponsoring ticket pre-sales for Waters' "This is Not a Drill" tour, made the decision to halt its promotion following criticisms from Jewish advocacy groups, the report said. | A…
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U.S. Uneasy as Iraq Gets New Prime Minister
M. K. Bhadrakumar | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
In happier times, Washington and Tehran might well have zeroed in on Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as their consensus candidate for…
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Evo Morales Travels to Cuba for Medical Treatment
teleSUR- age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived Monday in Havana, Cuba, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of an unscheduled trip for health reasons. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Calls for National Reconciliation in Bolivia | The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla confirmed on his Twitter account the arrival of the former president to the Caribbean island, where he has traveled on other occasions to attend to his health issues with Cuban doctor…
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Climate Change Wipes out Chinstrap Penguins off Antarctica
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
The number of chinstrap penguins in some colonies in Western Antarctica has fallen by as much as 77 percent since they were last surveyed in the 1970s, say scientists studying the impact of climate change on the remote region. | RELATED: | 'Tim the Tusker Elephant Dies in Kenya, Among Last of Its Kind | "The declines that we've seen are definitely dramatic," said Steve Forrest, a conservation biologist who joined a team of scientists from the two U.S. universities of Stony Brook…
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People are More Frightened of Coronavirus Than They Need to be, But the Culprit is not Who You Think
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
People are frightened because there is a good reason for their fear, though not as much as they think. The Wuhan variant of coronavirus has a death rate of about two per cent compared to 9.6 per cent for SARS and 34.4 per cent for MERS. But it is naàØve to think that potential victims

How to Yellow-Cake a Tragedy: the NY Times Spreads the Virus of Hatred, Again
K.J. Noh | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
"In the end, the plague touched us all…it was not confined….breeding in a compost of greed and uselessness and murder…promising life and delivering death…[serving] as furnished rooms for ideology." –Pete Hamill, liner notes to Blood on the Tracks The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, first detected late last year in the hub city of Wuhan, China is…
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Xinjiang Discharges First Three Patients Cured Of Coronavirus
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
A batch of three patients infected with the new coronavirus was released from the hospital Tuesday after recovering in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in northwest China. | RELATED: | China: Wuhan Expands Controls by Closing Residential Complexes | The patients, two men, one of them previously in critical condition, and one woman, are the first infec…
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China: Wuhan Expands Controls by Closing Residential Complexes
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
China's health authorities Tuesday strengthened the quarantine in Wuhan by closing all existing residential complexes inside the city. | RELATED: | President Xi Vows to Win People's War Against New Coronavirus | According to the municipal government's new guidelines, all urbanizations will be sealed to minimize the flow of people among the various areas of the city. | To achieve the above, the urbanizations will be surrounded by fences that will impede traffic but will not preve…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Wuhan-Expa…

UK government carries out deportation of around 20 Jamaican nationals
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
The men on board were among 700 immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers being held at two immigration detention removal centres near Heathrow Airport–Colnbrook and Harmondsworth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/11/depo…

Official: Sudan to Hand Over Omar al-Bashir for Genocide Trial
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-11
For his role in the Darfur conflict, the county's former president also stands accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
truthdig.com/articles/official-sudan-to-…

Cuban Ophtalmologists in Haiti Resume Operacion Milagro
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Cuban doctors in Haiti resumed Operacion Milagros (Operation Miracle), one of the main cooperation projects between the two countries, which has already restored the vision to some 72,710 patients. | RELATED: | Haiti's Government Insists to Dialogue With the Opposition | Since 2006, the mission has assisted an average of 5,000 people annually, particularly those suffering from pterygium (a disease that damages the conjunctiva and cornea)

"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance"
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar | zcomm.org | 2020-02-11
Interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm…
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Democrats Ignore Trump's Real Violations
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
This week the latest Democratic Party attempt to remove President Trump from office

Bt Cotton: Cultivating Farmer Distress in India
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
Later this month, India's Supreme Court will hold a lengthy hearing on the commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) mustard, which would be the country's first GM food crop. The court has asked the chair of the Technical Expert Committee to be present and says that the decision on GM mustard cannot be kept pending. The…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/bt-cotton-cu…

Trump Intends to Ride Pentagon Spending to Reelection in 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Donald Trump likes to posture as a tough guy and part of that tough-guy persona involves bragging about how much he's spent on the U.S. military. This tendency was on full display in a tweet he posted three days after an American drone killed Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad: | "The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment.
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Democrats Are Stumped Over How to Undo Republican Takeover of Federal Courts
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
With the help of Senate Republicans and the Federalist Society, President Donald Trump is transforming the federal judiciary. | In the first three years of his presidency, he's appointed nearly 200 ideologues, most of them young white men, to lifetime positions on the bench. This has created a political crisis for Democrats, one for which they have no clear plan. | That was the takeaway Satu…
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Recession Engineered by the Creditors: Seven Years of Demanding the Impossible in Greece
Yiannis Mouzakis | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
In a recent presentation of his book, Laid Low, which examines the International Monetary Fund's role in the eurozone crisis, author and journalist Paul Blustein disclosed a memo dated May 4, 2010, from the IMF's then head of research …
globalresearch.ca/seven-years-demanding-…

Keep War, Environmental Degradation And Profit Out Of Space
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-11
The 21st Century nuclear arms and developing outer space arms races, which began under Obama and are increasing under Trump, are going to be something the world has never seen before. They are a bonanza for weapons makers, the Pentagon budget and capitalists in space. They will create a less secure world, a greater wealth divide, …
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Keep War, Environmental Degradation and Profit Out of Space
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
The 21st Century nuclear arms and developing outer space arms races, which began under Obama and are increasing under Trump, are going to be something the world has never seen before. They are a bonanza for weapons makers, the Pentagon …
globalresearch.ca/keep-war-environmental…

Venezuela Announces International Lawsuit Against US
teleSUR, gqc | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced on Monday the beginning of an international lawsuit against the U.S. government because of the perjuries caused to national companies. | RELATED: | Venezuela Condemns US Sanctions Against Assembly's New Leadership | During his intervention, in the context of the Great Anti-imperialist March in Caracas, as a support to the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautic Industries and Air Services and as a response to the arbitrary san…
telesurenglish.net/news/venezuela-announ…

Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
You'd think that a presidential campaign backed by 40 billionaires and untold numbers of bundled rich people wouldn't worry about just one leaflet on Medicare for All. But minutes after Pete Buttigieg finished speaking in an auditorium at Keene State College in New Hampshire on Saturday, a Pete for America official confronted me outside the…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/why-the-butt…

Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black and Brown Youth
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is suppo…
truthout.org/video/bloomberg-is-a-billio…

US Offers Palestinians 'Swiss Cheese' State: Mahmoud Abbas
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas roundly rejected Tuesday United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump's "peace" plan for Palestine and Israel. | RELATED: | US Warns Israel Against 'Unilateral' West Bank Annexation | Addressing the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council, Abbas said the plan is a gift to Israel, and Palestinians cannot acc…
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Billboards Calling for Ending Support to Israel Launched in New Hampshire
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
Palestine Advocacy Project has launched two billboard ads calling upon American voters and the next President of the United States to end U.S. funding for Israeli human rights violations, and restore humanitarian aid to Palestine, the Palestine News Network reported.
imemc.org/article/billboards-calling-for…

After Thousands Protest in Ramallah, Israeli Forces Fire Tear-Gas and Rubber-Coated Steel Rounds
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
"Palestine is not for sale," and "No to the deal of the century," were only a few of the signs raised, on Tuesday, by the tens of thousands of Palestinians who came from all over the West Bank to demonstrate in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, WAFA reported. …
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Analysis: Here's Everything You Need to Know About Trump's "Apartheid" Deal
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
Palestine News Network On 28 January 2020, the US released its permanent "apartheid" plan for Palestine, which was mainly authored by Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, and David Friedman

We're All in This Together: A Case for Not Giving Up on the American Dream
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
America has been a warring nation–a military empire intent on occupation and conquest–for so long that perhaps we, the citizens of this warring nation, have forgotten what it means to live in peace, with the world and one another.
mintpressnews.com/a-case-for-not-giving-…

Fateh Standing behind Abbas following Threats by Israeli UN Delegate
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
The Fateh movement said, today, that it stands behind PA President Mahmoud Abbas and fully supports the positions expressed in his speech before the United Nations Security Council, warning of the implications rendered by the Israeli delegate's portrayal of Abbas as an obstacle to peace, in calling for him to …
imemc.org/article/fateh-standing-behind-…

Video: The Battle for Idlib is Ongoing. Turkish Forces to the Rescue of "Peaceful Al Qaeda Militants"
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
During the last few days, Turkey deployed approximately 1,000 units of military equipment, including self-propelled howitzers, M06T and Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, in the Syrian province of Idlib. According to local sources, the number of Turkish troops and special forces …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrians-give-war…

Brazil: 20,000 Oil Workers on Strike to Halt Privatization Plan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Over 20,000 workers of the Brazilian state-controlled company Petrobras are carrying out a national strike in protest against the dismissal of workers and the privatization of public assets. | RELATED: | Brazil: Workers' Party Not to Partner With Bolsonaro's Allies | In mid-January, the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro announced the closure of the Pa…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-20000-Oil…

Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Go on Strike
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Protesting low wages in one of the most unaffordable cities in the country, graduate students at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) went on a wildcat grading strike in December and are now organizing for a full strike, beginning February 10. | Graduate student workers at the 10 UC campuses across the state receive the same wages

Syrian Military in Full Control of Northwestern Syria Highway
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
The Syrian government forces established full control over a highway in northwest Syria for the first time since 2012 on Tuesday, as talks ended between Turkey and Russia on stopping clashes that killed 13 Turkish soldiers in a week. | RELATED: | Turkey Retaliates After Deadly Syrian Shelling | The Syrian military established full control over the main highway linking Damascus and Aleppo, also known as the M-5, after launching a large-scale offensive in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib at th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syrian-Military-…

Russian-Belarusian energy talks fail as Minsk moves closer to the US, NATO
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
The recent flaring up of tensions is taking place as the US is aggressively escalating its push toward drawing Minsk into its orbit.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/11/bela…

A Turquia ameaàßa retaliaàßà£o contra a Rússia e contra a Síria se atacarem a Al Qaeda na província de Idlib, na Síria
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
O Presidente turco, Tayyip Erdogan, disse num discurso, em 5 de Fevereiro, ao Partido Islâmico do AKP que, se as tropas sírias ou os aviàµes russos atacarem a Al Qaeda, na província de Idlib, na Síria, a Turquia estará em …
globalresearch.ca/a-turquia-ameaca-retal…

Video: The Truth About Venezuela's Blackout
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
This was originally published in March 2019. | Venezuela's blackout is the latest in the US siege on the country. | . | . | …
globalresearch.ca/truth-about-venezuela-…

Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…
mintpressnews.com/buttigieg-campaign-agg…

Extinction Foretold, Extinction Ignored
Guy R. McPherson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
Most evolving lineages, human or otherwise, when threatened with extinction, don't do anything special to avoid it.

East River Seahorse
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
East River Seahorse Diotima, the East River seahorse, Pulled by the high tide along, Rides in the magnet-like draw of the moon Across the Sound, and rounds the fork, Passes the lighthouse And drifts back to Brighton, Coney Island, Up through the Bay, The East River (really a tidal strait) To the Harlem River's mouth…
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How Privilege and Woke Politics are Destroying the Left
Julian Vigo | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
I was a Slack group for gender critical academics in the UK started by a UK feminist who has become known over the past 18 months for her critique of gender identity. The inception of this group seemed promising. Or rather, that is until this individual and several others within the group took it upon…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/how-privileg…

The Earth is Dying, But Not Fast Enough
Thomas Nail | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
We hear all the time that we are at the tipping point of a long history of increasing energy consumption. Unfettered energy use is eating up finite fuels, increasing planetary temperatures, releasing stored methane and other emissions into the atmosphere, and raising ocean temperatures to levels that threaten the world's fisheries. Carbon emissions are now…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/the-earth-is…

Mexico's AMLO Shows How It's Done
Ellen Brown | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
While U.S. advocates and local politicians struggle to get their first public banks chartered, Mexico's new president has begun construction on 2,700 branches of a government-owned bank to be completed in 2021, when it will be the largest bank in the country. At a press conference on Jan. 6, he said the neoliberal model had failed; private banks…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/mexicos-amlo…

Trump Told the Truth Where It Counted…for His Reelection
Walden Bello | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
Much of the liberal commentary on Donald Trump's State of the Union address a few days ago has focused on the outright lies he made, especially his saying that his administration was promoting the interest of people with pre-existing conditions from the medical insurance companies seeking to disqualify them. Yes, he lied, and he lied…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/trump-told-t…

The War on Wolves is Part of the Culture War
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
Recently the Idaho Fish and Game changed its rules to allow any hunter or trapper to kill up to 30 wolves per year. And the state is considering a proposal to open much of the state to year-round wolf killing. In Montana, the MDFWP is discussing increases from 5 to 10 wolf tags for some parts of the state. In both states, we will be eliminating the ecological function of predators.
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/the-war-on-w…

Border Officials Threaten to Destroy Native Burial Grounds to Build Trump's Wall
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Construction crews building President Trump's border wall in southern Arizona are blasting apart a mountain on a protected national monument that includes areas sacred to Native American groups. | Crews began blasting sites at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which was designated as a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve in 1976, "in preparation for new border wall system construction," U.S. Customs and Border Prot…
truthout.org/articles/border-officials-t…

Brazil: Lula Rejects Candidacy for 2022 Presidential Elections
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has no intention of running for the presidency of Brazil in 2022, the Brazilian politician said Tuesday during an interview with Objetivo channel. | RELATED: | Lula Is Free | It would be difficult for him to be a candidate again as the Workers' Party may have a younger candidate in place already. "I prefer to help prepare someone else in better conditions for the election victory," said Da Silva, who was released from prison on November 8, after 580 days in jail. | @_anapa…
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Unesco Rewards Mexican Scientist for Her Research on Bacteria
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the French company L'Oreal Tuesday awarded their joint prize for "Women and Science" to Mexican scientist Maria Esperanza Martinez for her research on the use of environmentally friendly bacteria. | RELATED: | Primary Edition: DNA Tool That Could Correct Most Genetic Defects | Martinez, who is a Genomic Ecology professor at the Center for Genomic Sciences of the National Autonomous University…
telesurenglish.net/news/Unesco-Rewards-M…

John Deere announces layoffs at Iowa plant
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
Since announcing plans last August to cut costs and boost profits as part of its drive for "organizational efficiency," Deere has laid off 220 workers at plants across Illinois and Iowa.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/11/deer…

Bong's 'Parasite' focuses on plight of South Korea's poor
Kim Tong-Hyung | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)

2020 Academy Awards: Bong Joon-ho's Parasite from South Korea wins major awards
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
Parasite deserved to win the most serious awards, being markedly superior to every other film up for consideration. Bong's effort is a complex, troubling work.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/11/acad…

Judge Clears a Path to T-Mobile's $26.5B Sprint Bid
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-11
NEW YORK

Tokyo Games 2020 organizers try to ease fear of Olympic-Paralympic cancellation
Stephen Wade | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
TOKYO (AP)

Trump budget gives top priority to new generation of nuclear weapons
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
The budget document issued Monday reveals that the Pentagon views the use of nuclear weapons as a practical necessity.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/11/budg…

Trump Budget Gives Top Priority to New Generation of Nuclear Weapons
Patrick Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
The most ominous feature of the new budget document issued Monday by the Trump administration is the prominent place given to the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons, including so-called low-yield weapons, smaller than the bombs that destroyed …
globalresearch.ca/trump-budget-gives-top…

How to beat Trump
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-11
As the primary season goes on, and if there is no clear winner emerging, the voters are going to want to see the Democrats emerge as an organized group, and not a warring faction.
nationofchange.org/2020/02/11/how-to-bea…

Parade of Dems warn UAW of perils of continuing Republican rule
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
WASHINGTON

New York MTA wages war on the poor and working class
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-11
New York, NY

As Brazilian oil workers' strike grows, Labor Court rules it "abusive"
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
The Brazilian ruling elite fears that the strike at the state-owed oil giant Petrobras will spread to other sections of public and private sector workers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/11/braz…

Pete Buttigieg Can't Be Defeated Soon Enough
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-11
The former mayor has much to gain and lose in New Hampshire–it's hard to imagine him winning another state, if he doesn't win this one.
truthdig.com/articles/pete-buttigieg-can…

Subverting the Hollywood Blacklist: Kirk Douglas's Modest Contribution
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
Leaving aside the content of the spectacular, embellished account that became Spartacus, Kirk Douglas, whose life ticked over into a century and a few years, left his own distinct mark on US cultural politics. At the very least, he …
globalresearch.ca/subverting-blacklist-k…

Ontario Government's Fight with Educators: A Student's Perspective
Victoria Lunetta | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
It's hard to walk across the University of Toronto (U of T) campus without your eye catching the grand, pale-bricked building that sits parallel to the greenery of Queen's Park. It is even harder to find a U of T …
globalresearch.ca/ford-fight-educators/5…

The Siren Call of a 'System Leader'
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
A considerable spectrum of the liberal West takes the American interpretation of what civilization consists of to be something like an immutable law of nature. But what if this interpretation is on the verge of an irreparable breakdown? | Michael Vlahos…
globalresearch.ca/siren-call-system-lead…

In Our American Empire, "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break…"
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
Kudos to the 1941 W.C. Fields comedy film "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" for the inspiration. Well, this certainly does fit with what is transpiring now in our American Empire. | This writer lives in an area I have …
globalresearch.ca/never-give-sucker/5703…

Israel Bars Jerusalem Governor From Entering West Bank For Six Months
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
The Israeli army and security apparatus issued orders, on Monday evening, barring the Palestinian governor of occupied East Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, from entering the West Bank, and another order preventing him from communicating with the Palestinian Authority. Media sources said the army summoned the governor for interrogation in the al-Maskobiyya …
imemc.org/article/israel-bars-jerusalem-…

Archbishop Hanna: "Jerusalem Is Not For Sale"
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Father Atallah Hanna, stated on Tuesday morning, that the so-called "Deal of the Century" of U.
imemc.org/article/archbishop-hanna-jerus…

REPORT: Lands to be Annexed following Knesset Elections
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
(photo: Oranit settlement near Qalqilya, northern occupied West Bank) The National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements stated, in its latest weekly report, that US President Donald Trump's adviser, Jared Kushner recently announced that Israel won't annex Palestinian lands before the upcoming Knesset elections, thereby explaining the controversy among …
imemc.org/article/report-lands-to-be-ann…

Palestinian Prisoner's Family Informed of Order to Demolish its Home
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
The Israeli army, on Tuesday, informed the family of Palestinian detainee, Qassam Barghouthi, of its intention to demolish the family's home in the central West Bank village of Kobar, the Head of Kobar village council, Izzat Badwan, told WAFA. The army told the family that they have until Thursday to …
imemc.org/article/palestinian-prisoners-…

'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor
rt.com | 2020-02-11
An Iowa Democratic Party sign fell to the floor as the party chairman tried to account for a disastrous caucus plagued by tech failures and bad math, creating what many netizens dubbed a perfect allegory for the botched primary. | As state party chair Troy Price fielded questions on Monday about "rounding errors" found in Iowa's Democratic primary results

Dem primary chaos: Millionaire actress roasted for stopping crowd from booing Hillary & whining about living on 'crumbs'
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Former 'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon campaigned for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but found herself the target of Twitter mockery for fighting off Hillary Clinton boos and complaining about living on "crumbs." | Sanders has been leaning heavily on celebrity endorsements as the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination heats up, from 'Dances with Wolves' star Kevin Costner to rock band The Strokes. | Nixon was one of the stars making the case for the Vermont senator in New Hampshire ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday

US promises 'enormous pressure' on Tehran over… failed satellite launch? Pompeo says missile development behind Iran space program
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Iran's latest attempt to launch a scientific satellite has apparently unnerved Washington, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashing out at Tehran and vowing that the US would not let it continue the launches. | Washington used the occasion to once again slam Iran and the 2015 deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, from which the US itself unilaterally withdrew back in 2018. | Also on rt.com | | Weighs less & packs more range: Iran unveils new ballistic missile with composite-built engine (VIDEO) | Since then, America has been hell-bent on s…
rt.com/usa/480605-us-pressure-iran-satel…

Russian journalists' union backs Kamchatka TV host who burst into laughter after disability payment fail
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Her reaction went viral, outraging many viewers, but the Russian Union of Journalists says people are being too hard on a local TV anchor in Kamchatka who lost her composure in the studio. | Aleksandra Novikova burst into laughter when she misread news about increases in social welfare payments

'The night time is the right time to fight crime': BoJo aide Cummings quotes kids' cartoon when pressed on govt business
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Senior Boris Johson aide Dominic Cummings has left social media users baffled after he quoted a cartoon about crime-fighting child superheroes when a reporter asked him about the government approving a £100 billion rail project. | Cummings was doorstepped by a BBC journalist on Tuesday morning over the government's decision to go ahead with the controversial HS2 high-speed rail project, as well as the PM's anticipated cabinet reshuffle, when he inexplicably referenced the animated children's series 'PJ Masks.' | "The night time is the right time to fight crime," he said. Then asked for a comment on the m…
rt.com/uk/480581-dominic-cummings-pjmask…

'Like Swiss cheese': Abbas rubbishes Trump's map for Palestine, urges UNSC to reject 'deal of the century' peace plan
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appeared before the UNSC, criticizing the Trump administration's peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urging the Security Council to firmly reject it. | The UNSC gathered in New York on Tuesday to discuss the decades-long conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, and the much-hyped 'deal of the century' plan unveiled by the US President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu late in January. | Speaking before the Council, Abbas once again rejected Trump's peace plan, blasting the project as a gift to Israel. "This plan should not be considered an…
rt.com/news/480578-abbas-trump-palestine…

Surkov & Bogdan out: Russia & Ukraine announce new negotiators as relations slowly thaw
rt.com | 2020-02-11
For two decades he has been a big beast on the Moscow political stage, but the Kremlin has finally confirmed that Vladislav Surkov is no longer Russia's point man in Ukraine. | The news came over two weeks after it was first speculated in Russian media. He will be replaced by President Vladimir Putin's new Deputy Chief of Staff, Dmitry Kozak. Meanwhile, Kiev made a change of its own today, with Andriy Yermak coming in for Andrei Bogdan as President Volodymyr Zelensky's own Chief of Staff. | Some, including Echo of Moscow editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov, believe the two moves are related, and a signal both go…
rt.com/russia/480594-russia-ukraine-bogd…

Cat-astrophe! Over 100 in-bred cats found inside Moscow apartment, all spawned from a single pregnant stray
rt.com | 2020-02-11
It's not quite the plot of the movie "Gremlins," where poor Gizmo spawned loads of destructive little monsters, but when one well-meaning Moscow woman took in a pregnant stray cat, things got out of hand. | In just four years, she had a whole apartment full of them, for that one moggie brought forth over 100 more. | –ö–æ–à–∞–á–å–µ –ø–æ–≥–æ–ª–æ–≤–å–µ –Ä–æ–Å–ª–æ –&p…
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Out to the sea: Russia's cutting-edge stealthy next-gen frigate SPECTACULARLY tested in cold waters (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Russia's military has released footage of the frigate Admiral Kasatonov during trials in the Barents Sea. The stealthy ship, packed with new radar and hydro acoustic systems, is expected to join the Northern Fleet soon. | Footage of the trials shows the vessel firing its secondary weapons, as well as testing other crucial systems. For instance, Admiral Kasatonov is seen firing its decoy launchers which create sparks in the air. Such passive decoys and heat traps are designed to protect the vessel from anti-ship missiles and other high-precision weaponry. | The new frigate, belonging to the cutting-edge Proj…
rt.com/russia/480573-frigate-admiral-kas…

Reaper of Death: Scientists unveil T-Rex's long-lost older cousin
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Scientists in Canada have unveiled a new species of dinosaur closely related to, but far older than, the Tyrannosaurus rex. This now-oldest member of the T-Rex family tree goes by the cuddly name 'Reaper of Death.' | The Thanatotheristes degrootorum (Greek for 'Reaper of Death') or just Thanatos for short, measured eight metres (26 feet) in length and roamed the plains of North America some 80 million years ago, terrorizing herbivores everywhere. | | © Julius Csotonyi/Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology | "We chose a name that embodies what this tyrannosaur was as the only known large apex predator of…
rt.com/news/480586-reaper-of-death-dinos…

Trump rally REPEATEDLY breaks out in '46! 46!' chant as Don Jr. comes on stage & #Resistance freaks out
rt.com | 2020-02-11
A crowd at a campaign rally for US President Donald Trump in New Hampshire greeted his son, Don Jr., with a loud "46!" as he made his way on stage. The display has sparked quite a ruction on social media. | The eldest son of the 45th US president was treated to an especially warm welcome in Manchester, New Hampshire, where his dad held a rally on Monday. Warming up the crowd ahead of VP Mike Pence andTrump the Senior's entree, Don Jr. appeared to strike a chord with those gathered, prompting them to chant "46…46!" | (Don Jr. was actually about to introduce…Mike Pence when the "46" chant broke out)– I…
rt.com/usa/480540-trump-son-chant-46-ral…

Watch out! Here comes… Dennis? New UK storm name triggers social media mockery
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Storm Dennis is poised to batter much of the UK this weekend

Four Roger Stone prosecutors quit case as DOJ backs down from 'horrible & unfair' sentencing advice blasted by Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-11
The US Justice Department has reconsidered its recommendation that former Trump advisor Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Congress, instead deferring to the court, while four of its prosecutors have resigned. | Punishing the self-described "dirty trickster" with seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted," prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate." | Wow, Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky withdraws from the Stone case AND includes this footnote(!): | "The Court is advised…
rt.com/usa/480613-roger-stone-doj-senten…

'A TOTAL RACIST': Trump helps 'cancel' Bloomberg on Twitter after leaked audio blaming minorities for '95% of murders'
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Leaked audio of Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg calling for targeted police harassment of minorities, because 'that's where the real crime is,' has gone viral with a boost from Trump. | "95 percent of your murderers

Selected Articles: Trump's New Generation of Nuclear Weapons
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-trum…

Just as Trump Slashes Global Health Funds, Experts Warn Coronavirus Could Infect 60% of World Population
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
The coronavirus which originated late last year in Wuhan, China and has infected tens of thousands of people so far could eventually spread to 60% of the world population, a prominent health expert in Hong Kong warned Tuesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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