Daily Archives: February 16, 2020

2020-02-16: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-02-16). 'Millions' with flu symptoms may need to 'self-isolate' due to coronavirus. thecanary.co "Millions" of Britons with flu-like symptoms could be told by authorities to "self-isolate" by staying at home for a fortnight if the UK's number of coronavirus cases rises passed 100, it has been reported.The Sunday Telegraph said senior NHS managers have been told that the service will stop testing for the strain known as Covid-19 "once around 100 cases have been confirmed" across Britain.Eight of the nine people diagnosed with the virus in the UK have since left hospital after two negative tests for Covid-19, with the paper reporting hospitals have in the last week made "isolation pods" to keep those being tes…

teleSUR (2020-02-16). First Coronavirus Death Reported in Taiwan. telesurenglish.net The first person to die from the coronavirus in Taiwan has been reported by the local authorities, putting the death toll closer to 2,000 since the start of the new year. | RELATED: | According to the Taiwanese authorities, a taxi driver has died from the coronavirus, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global…

Anya Parampil (2020-02-16). øGolpista venezolano Ricardo Hausmann escenificó una falsa renuncia al BID para conservar su cómodo trabajo en Harvard? thegrayzone.com Atrapado en un conflicto de intereses con su empleador en Harvard, en septiembre pasado Ricardo Hausmann renunció públicamente a su…

John Timpane (2020-02-16). James Baldwin Won the Battle, but William F. Buckley Won the War. truthdig.com "The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America" | On Feb. 18, 1965, three days before the assassination of Malcolm X, a few weeks before the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, and six months before the Watts riots, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated before the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University. | The proposition: that "the American Dream is at the expense of the American Ne…

Staff (2020-02-16). Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applauded "This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health ca…

Staff (2020-02-16). Democrats Need to Cut the Realism and Start Dreaming — and Fighting — Big. truthout.org Even as Bernie Sanders, the most radically progressive candidate for the Democratic primary, secured early wins in Iowa and New Hampshire and the face of the moderate Democratic establishment faded toward the back, an ugly spirit of defeatism has crept into the political zeitgeist around the progressive platform. | This past week Ezra Klein wrote of what he termed "

Eds. (2020-02-16). Marxism and the Climate Crisis: African Eco-Socialist Alternatives. mronline.org There is a rich inheritance of emancipatory Marxism in Africa, which includes Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Samir Amin, Sam Moyo, Harold Wolpe and many others. Today, Satgar argues, the challenge is to defeat carbon capitalism accelerating the climate crisis and fomenting exclusionary nationalisms and for this there has to be a return to Marx. |

Eds. (2020-02-16). The climate and the fat tail risk. mronline.org My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up. |

Sarah Lazare (2020-02-16). War Is an Enormous Threat to the Climate Movement. zcomm.org U.S. wars have historically been used to beat back and repress exactly the kind of left movements that we need to tackle the climate crisis…

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-16). 2013 Law Suit: Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide. globalresearch.ca In November 2013, the *** | There's no ambiguity about …

teleSUR (2020-02-16). Baghdad's Green Zone Comes Under Rocket Fire. telesurenglish.net As many as four rockets were fired overnight into the U.S.-occupied Green Zone of central Baghdad, three of them landed inside the heavily fortified zone, which houses the U.S. embassy, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. | RELATED: | According to the media office affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC), the attack took place late on Saturday night when unknown militants fired the rockets, but one of the…

Juan Cole (2020-02-16). Rockets slam into US Embassy Compound in Iraq, as Base with US Troops also Comes under Fire. zcomm.org Trump has threatened to destroy the Iraqi economy with severe sanctions if the Iraqi executive follows through on parliament's decree that US troops must leave…

Staff (2020-02-16). US-Linked South African "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" Spread Harmful Misinformation. truthout.org A senior South African health official has today vowed action as openDemocracy Supported by US Christian campaigners who claim close links to the Trump White House, around the world these centres appear to offer pregnant women unbiased "advice…

Eve Ensler & Taína Asili (2020-02-16). One Billion Rising: V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence. zcomm.org This Valentine's Day, people around the world took to the streets to protest violence against women and girls…

Leonardo Flores (2020-02-16). The Embassy Defenders: Mistrial in US Federal Court Is a Win for Venezuela's Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca A jury of 12 Washington D.C. residents were deadlocked over the issue of the embassy defenders on February 14, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in a blow to the federal government and to a judicial system that stacked …

teleSUR (2020-02-16). Saudi Airstrikes Kill 31 Civilians in Northern Yemen. telesurenglish.net TheSaudi-led Coalition carried out a deadly attack over northern Yemen on Saturday, killing over 30 civlians inside the Al-Jawf province. According to Yemen's Houthi movement, the airstrikes were carried out in retaliation for the downing of a Saudi warplane in the same province. | RELATED: | The United Nations office in Yemen said preliminary field reports indicated that "as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12…

William Kaufman (2020-02-16). Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem. dissidentvoice.org The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that …

The Canary (2020-02-16). UN body says it will take months to verify 'record' Antarctica temperatures. thecanary.co Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency has said.A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organisation said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards."A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman.Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3C (nearly 65F) on February 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica to…

The Canary (2020-02-16). Bakery workers target Pancake Tuesday in strike over pay. thecanary.co Workers have vowed to halt Pancake Tuesday in Northern Ireland during strike action at one of the UK's largest bakeries.Bakers at Allied Bakeries in east Belfast walked out early on Sunday morning for the first time in decades in a row over a 3% pay claim.The factory makes products such as Kingsmill bread.This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the site, which is part of Associated British Foods.The multinational company owns a series of brands, including clothes retailer Primark, and posted profits of around £1.4 billion last year.A Kingsmill lorry stopped at the gates where dozens of workers carry…

Philip Giraldi (2020-02-16). American Citizens Killed and Tortured by Israel? globalresearch.ca One of the principal functions of a United States Embassy overseas is to provide citizen services, which includes coming to the assistance of Americans who are treated badly by the local government. It is a responsibility that most embassies take …

Kurt Nimmo (2020-02-16). War Criminal Hillary, Bloomberg's Choice for Running Mate. globalresearch.ca I figured as much. The moment Mike Bloomberg announced his intention to spend part of his billions—like Trump before him—to gain the presidency, I thought: this is the perfect opening for Hillary Clinton. | Clinton will be Bloomberg's running mate, …

Jim Hightower (2020-02-16). The Irony of The Centrist-Progressive Debate. zcomm.org Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can't win "the middle." But just look at the polls…

teleSUR (2020-02-16). Mass Delay in Dominican Elections Due to Polling Stations. telesurenglish.net The municipal elections in Santo Domingo, the first that are held separately from the general since 1968, began with delays and failures in the automated voting system, the spokespersons of several political parties announced. | RELATED: | Dozens of polling stations nationwide continue to present delays at the beginning of the voting process two after the formal start of the elections. | The members of the JCE are meetin…

Staff (2020-02-16). Insurers Are Bankrupting Patients by Charging Unexpectedly for Preapproved Care. truthout.org The more than $34,000 in medical bills that contributed to Darla and Andy Markley's bankruptcy and loss of their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew out of what felt like a broken promise. | Darla Markley, 53, said her insurer had sent her a letter preapproving her to have a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic in neighboring Minnesota after she came down with transverse myelitis, a rare, paralyzing illness that had kept her hospitalized for over a month. But after the tests found she also had…

Staff (2020-02-16). New Film Showcases How the Rainbow Coalition's Struggle for Justice Lives On. truthout.org One of

Staff (2020-02-16). Proposed Alaska Legislation Would Recognize Existence of Tribes. truthout.org A bill before the Alaska House Tribal Affairs Committee is simple: "The state recognizes all tribes in the state that are federally recognized …" | The legislation gets more complicated after that line. | There are disclaimers about what the legislation doesn't do. There would be no changes to state jurisdiction. Or the status of land. And it does not create any new state responsibilities. Nor does the proposal diminish the federal government's trust responsibility or other obligations, specifically ack…

RT (2020-02-16). From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible. rt.com China's status as the world's manufacturing powerhouse means the coronavirus epidemic's effects are being felt in some odd places. We've come to terms with no new iPhones, but weirder shortages could upend people's daily lives. | Plummeting iPhone production and a lack of new cars rolling off the assembly line dominated early discussion of coronavirus-induced shortages. But the epidemic currently sweeping China and making determined inroads into over two dozen other countries has forced hundreds of factories to close, affecting dozens of industries. If nothing else, coronavirus has made the world realize that…

RT (2020-02-16). Queen Elizabeth won't get involved in Julian Assange case because it's a POLITICAL matter — Buckingham Palace. rt.com A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman has said the Queen will not intervene to release Julian Assange, vowing to remain "non-political." The statement seemingly confirms that Assange's detention is a political, not criminal, matter. | With WikiLeaks founder Assange holed up in HM Prison Belmarsh awaiting extradition to the US, activist Chris Lonsdale penned a

RT (2020-02-16). Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union. rt.com Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union — except he did. | In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press to be aired in full on Monday, Biden unleashed a scathing attack on Sanders, who is currently riding high in the polls in Nevada, which holds the next Democratic Party contest. | Referring to instances in which supposed Sanders supporters hurled online abuse at members of the Nevada Culinary Workers Union (NCWU) after it distributed leaflets voicing conc…

RT (2020-02-16). UN deputy envoy to Libya at Munich conference: Ceasefire hangs by thread & arms embargo is a 'joke'. rt.com The fragile truce in Libya is at risk of falling apart, and efforts to stop the flood of weapons into the war-torn country have been completely ineffective, the deputy head of the UN mission to Libya warned on Sunday. | Stephanie Williams told attendees at the Munich Security Conference that the ceasefire between Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is perilously close to collapsing. She added that an arms embargo put in place by the UN Security Council to prevent the flow of weapons into Libya "has become a joke." | Noting that the economic situ…

RT (2020-02-16). Iran will never talk to US under pressure or from 'position of weakness' — President Rouhani. rt.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ruled out any likelihood of talks with the US unless Washington lifts its 'maximum pressure' policy, adding that peace in the Middle East and the Gulf is unimaginable without Tehran's help. | Tehran "will never negotiate under pressure," Rouhani reiterated in an address quoted by local media. Iran "will never yield to America's pressure" and will not negotiate "from a position of weakness." | The Iranian people withstood the US sanctions — re-instated in 2018 by the Trump administration following the withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord — "despite all the hardships…

RT (2020-02-16). US-led coalition military base 'impacted' after multiple rockets fired at Baghdad's Green Zone. rt.com The US-led coalition has confirmed its base in Iraq was hit after the heavily fortified Green Zone came under rocket fire on Saturday night, with multiple blasts reported in the vicinity of the US Embassy. | The US-led coalition says its base in Baghdad was "impacted" by "small rockets" around 3: 24am local time. An investigation into the incident is underway, it added. | The attack did not result in any casualties, Col. Myles Caggins, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Resolve (CJTF-OIR),

RT (2020-02-16). Can Moscow finish Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline despite US sanctions? 'Never say never' says Gazprom. rt.com Russia's $10 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline – which will pump gas more than 1,200 km to Germany – has been sanctioned by Washington, with US officials claiming Moscow can't finish the project. "Never say never," Gazprom replied. | The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a joint project between Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European firms, was sanctioned by the US Congress in December. The State Department followed this with an ultimatum to the European firms working on the project: "immediately cease construction-related activity." | The warning was enough to scare away Swiss pipelaying firm Allseas Group SA, and…

RT (2020-02-16). 'Western doctors overprescribe drugs' — Jordan Peterson's daughter Mikhaila tells RT why he went to Russia for treatment. rt.com Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson chose Russia for his detox because the country's medical industry is less dependent on big pharma than North America's, his daughter Mikhaila told RT's World Apart program. | Peterson, who rose to fame for his vocal and unapologetic opposition to extreme political correctness, has been struggling with an addiction to the drug clonazepam for over a year now. The benzodiazepine-class tranquilizer was prescribed to the University of Toronto professor and author of bestselling book '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos' in 2017, to tackle anxiety caused by his lasting autoi…

RT (2020-02-16). Daredevil routine at 1,300ft almost goes DISASTROUSLY WRONG for Russian paraglider & aerial gymnast (VIDEO). rt.com Russian paraglider Alexander Orlov and world champion aerial gymnast Anzhela Kulagila performed a daredevil routine in Vietnam, making jaw-dropping acrobatics moves at 400m (1,300ft) — but which almost went badly wrong. | Driven by Orlov, who controlled the flow of the parachute, the duo presented a heart-stopping routine with Kulagila executing acrobatics tricks on slings with no safety wire. | The…

RT (2020-02-16). Houthis say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen killed at least 30 people, including women & children. rt.com Strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday left at least 30 dead, according to the health ministry in the Houthi-controlled Al-Jawf province. Women and children were among the casualties, the ministry told a local TV channel according to Reuters. The alleged attack came shortly after the Houthis claimed to have downed a coalition warplane on Friday. Meanwhile, according to Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition said that a Tornado jet had "crashed." He added that a rescue operation had been launched but declined to go into detail about what may have caused the crash…

RT (2020-02-16). Africa's largest oil nation could see production drop 35%. rt.com Africa's largest oil producer could see oil production fall by 35 percent as low oil prices and regulatory uncertainty threaten to prompt oil majors to postpone final investment decisions. | OPEC member Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and it pumped 1.776 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2020, according to OPEC's secondary sources in its monthly report published this week. Adding condensate production, Nigeria's total oil output exceeds 2 million bpd. | However, three deepwater projects offshore Nigeria, operated by oil majors Exxon, Shell, and Total, could see their start-up dates…

RT (2020-02-16). Record-breaking floods across England as Storm Dennis lashes UK (VIDEOS). rt.com Storm Dennis has sparked a record number of flood warnings across England after barreling through the UK and releasing more than a month's worth of rainfall in just 48 hours. | The storm blasted parts of northern Europe with fierce winds and torrential downpours over the weekend. With the worst of the storm finally having passed, authorities and residents across Britain have been left to pick up the pieces, as some parts of the country have been left submerged in floodwater. | The situation in South Wales was said to be "life-threatening", prompting the UK Met Office to issue a red warning due to heavy rain…

Common Dreams staff (2020-02-16). Sanders Applauds New Medicare for All Study: Will Save Americans $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Unnecessary Deaths Every Year. commondreams.org Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

orion the elder (2020-02-16). Gracias Chelsea Manning & Julian Assange for Exposing Bush's War Crimes. indybay.org Fruitvale and MacArthur oakland 94602…

Denise Lamott (2020-02-16). Ceremonial Groundbreaking and Photo Opportunity for George Mark Children's House Restoration. indybay.org George Mark Children's House (GMCH), the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States, will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony and photo opportunity with generous-hearted contractors, local politicians and civic leaders to commemorate a new Restorative Garden on Thursday, February 20.

Spunky Peons (2020-02-16). Scooter Red Alert: The Oakland Lime Strike Is Crashing the Company. indybay.org On the evening of February 10th, the Lime scooter company cut pay for contractors by 30% without warning. Many if not most contractors immediately responded by refusing to charge the company's electric scooters. It's likely that there are more uncharged scooters in the streets now than charged scooters. It's getting so bad that countless scooters are beginning to crash, along with prospects for the company in Oakland.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-02-16). U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System. indybay.org Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Boulevard | Seaside, CA 93955…

Spartacist League (2020-02-16). In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom. indybay.org First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…

Staff (2020-02-16). California to Apologize for Internment of Japanese Americans. truthdig.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Les Ouchida was born an American just outside California's capital city, but his citizenship mattered little after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. Based solely on their Japanese ancestry, the 5-year-old and his family were taken from their home in 1942 and imprisoned far away in Arkansas. | They were among 120,000 Japanese Americans held at 10 internment camps during World War II, their only fault being "we had the wrong last names and wrong faces," said Ouchida, now 82 and living a short drive from where he grew up and was taken as a boy due to fear tha…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-02-16). Greece — The Clearance Sale of Greek Military Bases to the United States. globalresearch.ca On 5 October 2019, in Athens, Greek Minister for Defence Nikólaos Panayotópoulos, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed a "Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement". | The Greek Parliament ratified the Agreement, which grants the United States the use of …

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Libya arms embargo a 'joke,' says UN official. yenisafak.com An arms embargo aimed at curbing fighting in Libya has become meaingless because of violations and it is imperative that those who breach it are held to account, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday."The arms embargo has become a joke, we all really need to step up here," U.N. Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams said after a meeting of foreign ministers to follow up on a Berlin summit last month that agreed to uphold the embargo. Fighting has continued despite a call for a truce."It's complicated because there are violations by land, sea and air, but it needs to be monitored and there needs…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). International actors reaffirm commitment to cease-fire in Libya. yenisafak.com World powers and regional actors have launched on Sunday an international committee to oversee pledges made for an arms embargo and cease-fire in Libya.Speaking to reporters after a meeting of more than a dozen foreign ministers and top diplomats in Munich, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said participants reaffirmed their commitment to the conclusions of the Berlin Conference last month."Today we launched the International Follow-up Committee on Libya [IFCL], and thereby we put into practice one of the most important conclusions of the Berlin Conference," he said."This committee would now work to ensure that…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Iran's Rouhani says Tehran will never talk to US under pressure. yenisafak.com "Iran will never negotiate under pressure … We will never yield to America's pressure and we will not negotiate from a position of weakness. America's 'maximum pressure' towards Iran is doomed to failure," Rouhani said."Securing peace and stability in the sensitive region of Middle East and in the Persian Gulf is impossible without Iran's help."

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Assad forces suffer heavy losses in Idlib attacks. yenisafak.com Hundreds of forces of the Syrian Bashar al-Assad regime have been neutralized amid operations over the last two weeks in Idlib, northwestern Syria.Clashes have mounted for over a month between the Syrian regime, allied with Iran-backed foreign terrorist groups, against opposition and anti-regime armed groups in the east and south Idlib as well as the Aleppo countryside.Opposition groups downed two helicopters, one in southern Idlib and another in western Aleppo, within the last week.Meanwhile, hundreds of regime forces were neutralized along with their equipment including 12 vehicles, 24 tanks, eight anti-aircraf…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Oman sees biggest Gulf clash risk in Strait of Hormuz. yenisafak.com The risk of a military confrontation is higher in the Strait of Hormuz than anywhere else in the Gulf region, Oman's foreign minister said, due in part to the growing number of military vessels from different countries that are guarding it.The waterway between Iran and Oman – 33 km (21 miles) wide at its narrowest point – is the conduit for some 30% of all crude and other oil liquids traded by sea.Friction between Iran and the West had led several nations to send task forces to guard shipping there, and Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on international merchant vessels in or near the area, something Tehra…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Family reunites with 'PKK-kidnapped' daughter in Turkey. yenisafak.com With the efforts of Turkish security forces, another family has reunited with their daughter, who they claim was kidnapped by PKK terrorists, after five years of longing.According to security sources on Sunday, Pelda Ayhan surrendered to Turkish authorities in the Suruc district of Turkey's eastern Sanliurfa province.The mother, Gevriye Ayhan, had attended a sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.The protest started on Sept. 3 outside the offices of the Peoples' Democratic Party

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Turkish Red Crescent provides tents for Idlib refugees. yenisafak.com The Turkish Red Crescent on Sunday distributed tents and heaters to Syrians fleeing clashes in and around Idlib, northwestern Syria.The aid agency also distributed beds, blankets and food to people in the Mashhad Ruhin area, close to the Turkish border.Hakan Sari, head of the Turkish Red Crescent's border assistance operations, said that most people had to flee to the north due to clashes and heavy bombings in Idlib."We supply tents, particularly to families without tents, so they can pitch them under the olive trees," Sari said.The aid agency also distributed hygiene materials, as well as cookies and chocolate f…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). UN decries attacks on civilians in Yemen. yenisafak.com The UN has condemned recent airstrikes that killed dozens of civilians in the northern Yemeni province of Al-Jawf.Houthi rebels said Saturday 31 people were killed and 12 others injured in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Al-Jawf.The group said the attacks targeted civilians checking the wreckage of a Tornado fighter jet downed by Houthis a day earlier in the province."So many people are being killed in Yemen — it's a tragedy and it's unjustified," UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, said in a statement."Five years into this conflict and belligerents are still failing to uphold this respons…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Pakistan says Erdogan visit progresses free trade talks. yenisafak.com Pakistan said it made substantial progress with Turkey on a free trade agreement (FTA) last week during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the capital Islamabad.According to Secretary of Commerce Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, a delegation from Pakistan's textiles sector will travel to Turkey in March ahead of the resumption of FTA negotiations. Sukhera said on Twitter that both countries were in agreement to "surmount the issue of being competitors" in textiles by finding ways to "collaborate."He added that the delegation would seek "ways of joining each other's value chains."Also, the two countries agre…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Turkish police arrest 450 PKK/YPG suspects. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces arrested 450 people for their alleged links to the YPG/PKK terror group, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.The ministry said police detained 450 suspects over the last five days in anti-terror operations across 37 provinces.During the operations, police seized equipment and documents at the suspects' addresses, including a number of long-barreled firearms, a shotgun and a shotgun shell.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Turkish, Chinese top diplomats discuss Uyghur Muslims. yenisafak.com The foreign ministers of Turkey and China discussed the situation of the Uyghur Turkic Muslim minority in China during a meeting under the 56th Munich Security Conference.Mevlut Cavusoglu and Wang Yi met on Saturday, according to diplomatic sources.China's Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uyghurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45% of Xinjiang's population, has long accused China's authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.Up to a million people, or about 7% of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, have been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-educat…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Turkey says Haftar's aggressions must be stopped. yenisafak.com Turkey's top diplomat said on Sunday that the country underlined the importance of a political solution to the conflict in Libya, as well as stopping Haftar's aggression at the first follow-up meeting to a recent cease-fire in the north African country."As Turkey, we stressed that the only solution is a political one, and to achieve this, Haftar's aggression and violations must be stopped," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after the ministerial meeting.The next meeting on Libya will take place in Rome, though the date is yet to be decided, he added.Foreign ministers and top diplomats from across t…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Roadside bomb kills 3 soldiers in Somalia. yenisafak.com At least three Somali soldiers were killed after a blast struck a military vehicle on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday.Local police officer Feysal Mohamed told Anadolu Agency that the source of the explosion was a roadside bomb."The blast was a roadside explosion which targeted a national army vehicle carrying soldiers. At least three were killed in the attack and more than four others wounded," said Mohamed.Police and other security personnel reached the site of the incident and began investigations, he added.No group has yet claimed responsibility for either attack, but al-Qaeda-affiliated group…

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Statue in Honour of Killed Top Iranian General Soleimani Unveiled on Lebanese-Israeli Border – Video. sputniknews.com Earlier this week, spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif that the US assassination of the elite Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani would lead to the "liberation of Jerusalem" from Israel.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Rouhani Says Iran Will Only Negotiate With US if Washington Returns to Nuclear Deal, Lifts Sanctions. sputniknews.com On 8 May, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, reinstating harsh economic sanctions against Tehran.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). 5.8-Magnitude Quake Hits Iran's Qeshm Island in the Gulf – EMSC. sputniknews.com According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the quake occurred at a depth of 47 kilometres.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). More Than Fifty US Military Vehicles Reportedly Arrive in Syria From Iraq. sputniknews.com The US has repeatedly announced its military withdrawal from Syria, however, American troops are still present there. US President Donald Trump announced the fall of the Islamic State's five-year "caliphate" in March 2019, and added that the US would "remain vigilant until [IS] is finally defeated".

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Cyprus to Lodge Protest With UN Over Turkish Plans to Reopen Island's Ghost Town – Reports. sputniknews.com ATHENS (Sputnik) – The administration in exile of the Cypriot city of Famagusta intends to lodge a protest with the UN over Ankara's plans to reopen Varosha, a ghost resort town in Famagusta, that has been fenced-off since Turkey's invasion in 1974, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). 'Never Say Never': Gazprom Responds to US Claim That Russia 'Can't' Complete $10 Bln Gas Pipeline. sputniknews.com The impending completion of the $10 billion, 1,230 km Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea hit a snag after Washington slapped sanctions on the project, prompting pipelaying contractor Allseas Group S.A. to pull out. Moscow says the project will be finished anyway.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Gazprom Official Reveals How Russian Energy Giant Will Make Profit in Coming Years. sputniknews.com Earlier this month, the Russian energy giant Gazprom confirmed its readiness to maintain current exports to Europe by renegotiating long-term contracts with major customers.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Syrian Military Shoots Down 5 Drones Targeting Oil Refinery in Homs – Reports. sputniknews.com CAIRO (Sputnik) – The Syrian armed forces have shot down five unmanned aircraft attempting to attack an oil-processing plant in Syria's western province of Homs‚Äé, Sham FM radio station reported on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Hummus Trap: Hamas Militants 'Catfished' Israeli Soldiers Posing as Women on Social Media. sputniknews.com This appears to be at least the fourth attempt by Hamas, the Gaza-based militant group warring with the Jewish State, to infiltrate the phones of Israeli soldiers, using increasingly sophisticated methods each time.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). US May Block Delivery of Thousands of Aircraft Engines to China Amid Tech Theft Claims — Report. sputniknews.com Last week, the Justice Department slapped criminal charges on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and two of its US subsidiaries, accusing them of racketeering and the theft of trade secrets. The company dismissed the allegations as "utter nonsense."

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Rod Stewart Filmed 'Doing Nazi Salute' Moments Before a Brawl With Security Guards in Florida. sputniknews.com Following the altercation, which apparently took place on New Year's Eve, the 75-year-old rock singer was charged with simple battery. He pleaded not guilty; the hearing is due on Tuesday, 18 February.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Members of Berlin Conference on Libya Launch International Follow-up Committee. sputniknews.com MUNICH (Sputnik) – Top diplomats from Berlin conference on Libya participant-nations and organisations on Sunday launched the International Follow-up Committee on Libya (IFCL) which looks to exert diplomatic and technical efforts to implement the agreements penned in the January conference.

sputniknews (2020-02-16). Munich Security Conference Hosts Follow-Up Committee Meeting on Libya – Video. sputniknews.com The 2020 Munich Security Conference is hosting a news conference after the first meeting of the follow-up committee on Libya in Munich.

Leonardo Flores (2020-02-15). Mistrial in Trump admin's biased case against Venezuelan embassy protectors is win for sovereignty. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration's case against Venezuelan embassy protectors was severely biased, but ended up with a hung jury. The mistrial…

teleSUR (2020-02-15). 'Countries Must Prepare for the Coronavirus Arrival' WHO Warns. telesurenglish.net The RELATED: | "We are concerned about the potential crisis that this coronavirus could cause in countries with weaker health syste…

The Canary (2020-02-15). Hundreds of people contacted as coronavirus case emerges after bus summit. thecanary.co Health officials have contacted more than 200 people who attended a conference in central London after it emerged one delegate is suffering from coronavirus.Public Health England (PHE) sent a letter to those who were at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in Westminster on February 6, including several MPs, two of whom have now decided to stay mostly at home.The person taken ill is one of the nine people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK.Dr Yimmy Chow, consultant in health protection at PHE, said: "One of our main priorities has been to identify any people who we think have been in close contact with confirme…

WSWS (2020-02-15). Coronavirus cases continue to increase and spread internationally. wsws.org The World Health Organization is alarmed about the implications of the virus taking hold in areas where the medical system is vastly ill-prepared.

WSWS (2020-02-15). US assassinated Suleimani to quash Iran's talks with Gulf monarchies. wsws.org The murder of the top Iranian general was carried out to shore up Washington's crumbling Middle East alliances.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-02-15). Palestinians Stand in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Nation. imemc.org Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Canada The TransCanada Coastal Gaslink pipeline aims to steal Wet'suwet'en land, use resource extraction to solidify control over Indigenous territories, destroy the environment and violate Indigenous laws. From the occupied Palestinian territory, we stand in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation and land defenders at …

Staff (2020-02-15). Bloomberg Is Emerging as Corporate Media's Preferred Opposition to Sanders. truthout.org Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen (

Staff (2020-02-15). Climate Change Driving "Rapid and Widespread" Decline of Bumblebees. truthout.org Shifts in temperature and rainfall are pushing bumblebees to their ecological limits across both continents, according to the analysis published in The impact of climate change on bumblebees is greatest in warmer parts of the northern hemisphere, including Mexico and Spain, the research finds. | Bumblebees have also expande…

David Swanson (2020-02-15). Shut Down Canada Until it Solves its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem. dissidentvoice.org Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part …

The Canary (2020-02-15). Emily Thornberry eliminated in Labour leadership race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn. thecanary.co Emily Thornberry has been eliminated from the Labour leadership contest after narrowly failing to secure the nominations she needed to make it into the final ballot of party members. | At the midnight Friday deadline, the shadow foreign secretary had 31 nominations from local constituency parties — two short of the 33 she required to go forward. | She did not get any nominations from Labour Party affiliates — the other route onto the ballot paper. | The three other candidates still in the contest — Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy — had already obtained the nominations…

WSWS (2020-02-15). John Pilger's The Dirty War on the National Health Service screening on Australia's SBS this Sunday. wsws.org The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.

teleSUR (2020-02-15). Canada: The Wetsuweten Keep Resisting Amid Police Violence. telesurenglish.net Canadian Police's snipers and armored vehicles entered the territory of the Wetsuweten to suppress their protests against the construction of a pipeline harmful to the environment. | RELATED: | The Indigenous authorities did not give their consent for a project that will have a significant impact on the environment and the way of life of their people. | Nevertheless, the Canadian Supreme Court decided that the TransCanada company pipeline must be bu…

Fight Back (2020-02-15). UNF SDS stands up against Madeleine Albright and administration. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On February 5, the University of North Florida hosted an event called "A Conversation with Madeleine Albright" where UNF President David Szymanski joined her on stage celebrating her life as a woman in politics and discussing her new book. | Albright was a former secretary of state under the Clinton administration and championed the destruction of Iraq, earning her the nickname "Iraq's Grim Reaper." Albright has attempted to wash over her imperialist and racist values with 'feminist' remarks such as stating there is "a special place in hell" for women who do not vote Hillary. | Several members…

teleSUR (2020-02-15). Over 6,000 Bodies Found in Burundi's Mass Graves. telesurenglish.net Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has found more than 6,000 bodies in six mass graves in Karusi Province, the largest finding since the government launched a nationwide excavation in January. | RELATED: | The commission chairman Pierre Claver Ndayicariye told journalists on Friday that the remains of 6,032 victims as well as thousands of bullets were recovered. Clothes, glasses and rosaries were used to identify some of the v…

teleSUR (2020-02-15). Juan Guaido Stars Venezuela's Biggest Corruption Case Ever. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's RELATED: | Rodriguez unveiled a corruption case linking Guaido with Alejandro Betancourt-Lopez, who…

teleSUR (2020-02-15). 'The Bolivarian Shield' Prepares Millions to Defend Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Saturday inaugurated the 2020 Bolivarian Shield, a defensive military exercise that is carried out amid U.S. threats and sanctions. | RELATED: | "We start the 2020 Bolivarian Shield Exercise with the deployment of our glorious Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), which maintains a military-civic union with more than 2,300,000 mobilized combatants," Maduro said. | Defense Mi…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-15). Palestinians Denied Access to Al-Aqsa, Attacked by Israeli Soldiers. imemc.org A group of Palestinian worshipers, early Friday morning, were brutally attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers who prevented them from reaching the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. Quds News Network (QNN) reporter said thousands of Palestinian Muslims flooded Jerusalem from all around Palestine as well as some from Israel, to …

Ghassan Bannoura (2020-02-15). Israeli Soldiers Prevent Activists From Planting Olive Trees In The Village Of Yasuf. imemc.org Combatants For Peace (CFP) Activists participated, Friday, in a volunteer day to plant olive trees on the lands owned by Yasuf village farmers, near Salfit in central West Bank. As the activists' bus from Tel Aviv reached the entrance of Yasuf, the Israeli soldiers closed the street leading to the …

IMEMC News (2020-02-15). Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing many injuries. The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians, accompanied by international and Israeli peace activists, marched from the center of …

IMEMC News (2020-02-15). Army Injures Many Palestinians In Beit Ummar. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West bank. Media activist Mohammad Awad said several army jeeps invaded 'Aseeda area in Beit Ummar, and resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian protesters. Awad said …

IMEMC News (2020-02-15). Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In 'Aboud And Budrus Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians, including a young man who was shot with a live round, after the army resorted to the excessive use of force against protesters in the villages of 'Aboud and Budrus, near Ramallah, in central West Bank. Dozens nonviolently marched in 'Aboud village, west of …

IMEMC News (2020-02-15). Soldiers Injure Many Nonviolent Protesters In Bil'in. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many nonviolent protesters in Bil'in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, during the weekly procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies. The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil'in, has reported that dozens of Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli …

The Canary (2020-02-15). Extinction Rebellion stage flights pollution protest at Gatwick. thecanary.co Travellers arriving at Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning were greeted by a man in a tiger costume and other environmental activists.A handful of Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters were moving through the international hub to raise awareness of aircraft pollution.XR activists in disguise gathered by Costa Coffee in the airport's South Terminal at about 9.30am before revealing themselves.Protesters were instructed to arrive "incognito" and pretend to be waiting to meet someone amid fears they would not be allowed in to the airport.However, once assembled, the group of about 10 activists unveiled their full comp…

teleSUR (2020-02-15). Mexican Women Protested Femicides at National Palace. telesurenglish.net A large group of women demonstrated in front of the National Palace and other places of Mexico City to protest about femicides, such as Ingrid Escamilla's, carried out by her partner, Erick Francisco, EFE News Agency reported. | RELATED: | The protests began early on Friday morning outside the National Palace, where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lives, and where he daily delivers his morning conference. | "W…

Staff (2020-02-15). Big Money Will Dominate High Court Elections in 2020. truthout.org Ten years ago, Justice John Paul Stevens warned that the U.S. Supreme Court's

Staff (2020-02-15). Esper Says Taliban Deal Is Promising but Not Without Risk. truthdig.com The U.S. defense secretary says a "political agreement' may be the only way forward as details of 7-day "reduction in violence" deal emerge.

Staff (2020-02-15). Germany Sees Political Fallout From Chancellor Merkel's Alliance With Far Right. truthout.org Party politics is high on the agenda in Germany. A one-day alliance between Germany's

news.un (2020-02-15). 'This is a time for facts, not fear,' says WHO chief as COVID-19 virus spreads. news.un.org The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday cautioned against panic over COVID-19 but also urged governments to step up their efforts to prepare for the virus, saying "it's impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take."

2020-02-16: Social Media Postees

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'Millions' with flu symptoms may need to 'self-isolate' due to coronavirus
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
"Millions" of Britons with flu-like symptoms could be told by authorities to "self-isolate" by staying at home for a fortnight if the UK's number of coronavirus cases rises passed 100, it has been reported.The Sunday Telegraph said senior NHS managers have been told that the service will stop testing for the strain known as Covid-19 "once around 100 cases have been confirmed" across Britain.Eight of the nine people diagnosed with the virus in the UK have since left hospital after two negative tests for Covid-19, with the paper reporting hospitals have in the last week made "isolation pods" to keep those being tes…
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First Coronavirus Death Reported in Taiwan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
The first person to die from the coronavirus in Taiwan has been reported by the local authorities, putting the death toll closer to 2,000 since the start of the new year. | RELATED: | 'Countries Must Prepare for the Coronavirus Arrival' WHO Warns | According to the Taiwanese authorities, a taxi driver has died from the coronavirus, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global…
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First Coronavirus Death Reported in Taiwan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
The first person to die from the coronavirus in Taiwan has been reported by the local authorities, putting the death toll closer to 2,000 since the start of the new year. | RELATED: | 'Countries Must Prepare for the Coronavirus Arrival' WHO Warns | According to the Taiwanese authorities, a taxi driver has died from the coronavirus, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global…
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øGolpista venezolano Ricardo Hausmann escenificó una falsa renuncia al BID para conservar su cómodo trabajo en Harvard?
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-16
Atrapado en un conflicto de intereses con su empleador en Harvard, en septiembre pasado Ricardo Hausmann renunció públicamente a su…
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James Baldwin Won the Battle, but William F. Buckley Won the War
John Timpane | truthdig.com | 2020-02-16
"The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | On Feb. 18, 1965, three days before the assassination of Malcolm X, a few weeks before the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, and six months before the Watts riots, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated before the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University. | The proposition: that "the American Dream is at the expense of the American Ne…
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Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applauded a new study published today by a team of epidemiologists in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet, which found that Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year. | "This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health ca…
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Marxism and the Climate Crisis: African Eco-Socialist Alternatives
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-02-16
There is a rich inheritance of emancipatory Marxism in Africa, which includes Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Samir Amin, Sam Moyo, Harold Wolpe and many others. Today, Satgar argues, the challenge is to defeat carbon capitalism accelerating the climate crisis and fomenting exclusionary nationalisms and for this there has to be a return to Marx. | Source…
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The climate and the fat tail risk
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-02-16
My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up. | Source…
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War Is an Enormous Threat to the Climate Movement
Sarah Lazare | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
U.S. wars have historically been used to beat back and repress exactly the kind of left movements that we need to tackle the climate crisis…
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The climate and the fat tail risk
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-02-16
My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up. | Source…
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2013 Law Suit: Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
In November 2013, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) found Israel guilty of war crimes and genocide as defined under the 1948 convention dealing with this highest of high crimes. More on this below. | *** | There's no ambiguity about …
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Baghdad's Green Zone Comes Under Rocket Fire
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
As many as four rockets were fired overnight into the U.S.-occupied Green Zone of central Baghdad, three of them landed inside the heavily fortified zone, which houses the U.S. embassy, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. | RELATED: | NATO Resumes Military Operations Without Iraq's Consent | According to the media office affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC), the attack took place late on Saturday night when unknown militants fired the rockets, but one of the…
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Rockets slam into US Embassy Compound in Iraq, as Base with US Troops also Comes under Fire
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
Trump has threatened to destroy the Iraqi economy with severe sanctions if the Iraqi executive follows through on parliament's decree that US troops must leave…
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US-Linked South African "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" Spread Harmful Misinformation
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
A senior South African health official has today vowed action as openDemocracy reveals how vulnerable women and girls are being fed misinformation in US-backed "crisis pregnancy centres" across the world. | Supported by US Christian campaigners who claim close links to the Trump White House, around the world these centres appear to offer pregnant women unbiased "advice…
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One Billion Rising: V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
Eve Ensler & Taína Asili | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
This Valentine's Day, people around the world took to the streets to protest violence against women and girls…
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The Embassy Defenders: Mistrial in US Federal Court Is a Win for Venezuela's Sovereignty
Leonardo Flores | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
A jury of 12 Washington D.C. residents were deadlocked over the issue of the embassy defenders on February 14, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in a blow to the federal government and to a judicial system that stacked …
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Saudi Airstrikes Kill 31 Civilians in Northern Yemen
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
TheSaudi-led Coalition carried out a deadly attack over northern Yemen on Saturday, killing over 30 civlians inside the Al-Jawf province. According to Yemen's Houthi movement, the airstrikes were carried out in retaliation for the downing of a Saudi warplane in the same province. | RELATED: | UAE Withdraws Some Troops From Yemen, Sudan Plans the Same | The United Nations office in Yemen said preliminary field reports indicated that "as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12…
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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-16
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that …
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American Citizens Killed and Tortured by Israel?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
One of the principal functions of a United States Embassy overseas is to provide citizen services, which includes coming to the assistance of Americans who are treated badly by the local government. It is a responsibility that most embassies take …
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UN body says it will take months to verify 'record' Antarctica temperatures
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency has said.A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organisation said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards."A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman.Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3C (nearly 65F) on February 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica to…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2020/02/16/un…

UN body says it will take months to verify 'record' Antarctica temperatures
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency has said.A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organisation said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards."A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman.Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3C (nearly 65F) on February 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica to…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2020/02/16/un…

Is China Capitalist?
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
Judging by what has been said or written about China, both on the right and on the left, socialism there is finished. The country is assumed to have capitulated and become capitalist, whatever the Chinese leadership itself may say. It …
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Bakery workers target Pancake Tuesday in strike over pay
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Workers have vowed to halt Pancake Tuesday in Northern Ireland during strike action at one of the UK's largest bakeries.Bakers at Allied Bakeries in east Belfast walked out early on Sunday morning for the first time in decades in a row over a 3% pay claim.The factory makes products such as Kingsmill bread.This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the site, which is part of Associated British Foods.The multinational company owns a series of brands, including clothes retailer Primark, and posted profits of around £1.4 billion last year.A Kingsmill lorry stopped at the gates where dozens of workers carry…
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War Criminal Hillary, Bloomberg's Choice for Running Mate
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
I figured as much. The moment Mike Bloomberg announced his intention to spend part of his billions–like Trump before him–to gain the presidency, I thought: this is the perfect opening for Hillary Clinton. | Clinton will be Bloomberg's running mate, …
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The Irony of The Centrist-Progressive Debate
Jim Hightower | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can't win "the middle." But just look at the polls…
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Mass Delay in Dominican Elections Due to Polling Stations
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
The municipal elections in Santo Domingo, the first that are held separately from the general since 1968, began with delays and failures in the automated voting system, the spokespersons of several political parties announced. | RELATED: | Dominican Elections To Receive 118 International Observers | Dozens of polling stations nationwide continue to present delays at the beginning of the voting process two after the formal start of the elections. | The members of the JCE are meetin…
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Proposed Alaska Legislation Would Recognize Existence of Tribes
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
A bill before the Alaska House Tribal Affairs Committee is simple: "The state recognizes all tribes in the state that are federally recognized …" | The legislation gets more complicated after that line. | There are disclaimers about what the legislation doesn't do. There would be no changes to state jurisdiction. Or the status of land. And it does not create any new state responsibilities. Nor does the proposal diminish the federal government's trust responsibility or other obligations, specifically ack…
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Insurers Are Bankrupting Patients by Charging Unexpectedly for Preapproved Care
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
The more than $34,000 in medical bills that contributed to Darla and Andy Markley's bankruptcy and loss of their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew out of what felt like a broken promise. | Darla Markley, 53, said her insurer had sent her a letter preapproving her to have a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic in neighboring Minnesota after she came down with transverse myelitis, a rare, paralyzing illness that had kept her hospitalized for over a month. But after the tests found she also had…
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New Film Showcases How the Rainbow Coalition's Struggle for Justice Lives On
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
One of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton's most famous quotes is: "You can kill a revolutionary, but you can't kill the revolution." Unfortunately, as the new documentary The First Rainbow Coalition demonstrates, the movement can be set back decades when a revolutionary of Hampton's magnitude is k…
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From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible
rt.com | 2020-02-16
China's status as the world's manufacturing powerhouse means the coronavirus epidemic's effects are being felt in some odd places. We've come to terms with no new iPhones, but weirder shortages could upend people's daily lives. | Plummeting iPhone production and a lack of new cars rolling off the assembly line dominated early discussion of coronavirus-induced shortages. But the epidemic currently sweeping China and making determined inroads into over two dozen other countries has forced hundreds of factories to close, affecting dozens of industries. If nothing else, coronavirus has made the world realize that…
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Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union

Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union

UN deputy envoy to Libya at Munich conference: Ceasefire hangs by thread & arms embargo is a 'joke'
rt.com | 2020-02-16
The fragile truce in Libya is at risk of falling apart, and efforts to stop the flood of weapons into the war-torn country have been completely ineffective, the deputy head of the UN mission to Libya warned on Sunday. | Stephanie Williams told attendees at the Munich Security Conference that the ceasefire between Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is perilously close to collapsing. She added that an arms embargo put in place by the UN Security Council to prevent the flow of weapons into Libya "has become a joke." | Noting that the economic situ…
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US-led coalition military base 'impacted' after multiple rockets fired at Baghdad's Green Zone
rt.com | 2020-02-16
The US-led coalition has confirmed its base in Iraq was hit after the heavily fortified Green Zone came under rocket fire on Saturday night, with multiple blasts reported in the vicinity of the US Embassy. | The US-led coalition says its base in Baghdad was "impacted" by "small rockets" around 3: 24am local time. An investigation into the incident is underway, it added. | The attack did not result in any casualties, Col. Myles Caggins, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Resolve (CJTF-OIR), stated on Twi…
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Daredevil routine at 1,300ft almost goes DISASTROUSLY WRONG for Russian paraglider & aerial gymnast (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Russian paraglider Alexander Orlov and world champion aerial gymnast Anzhela Kulagila performed a daredevil routine in Vietnam, making jaw-dropping acrobatics moves at 400m (1,300ft)

Can Moscow finish Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline despite US sanctions? 'Never say never' says Gazprom
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Russia's $10 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline – which will pump gas more than 1,200 km to Germany – has been sanctioned by Washington, with US officials claiming Moscow can't finish the project. "Never say never," Gazprom replied. | The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a joint project between Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European firms, was sanctioned by the US Congress in December. The State Department followed this with an ultimatum to the European firms working on the project: "immediately cease construction-related activity." | The warning was enough to scare away Swiss pipelaying firm Allseas Group SA, and…
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Houthis say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen killed at least 30 people, including women & children
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday left at least 30 dead, according to the health ministry in the Houthi-controlled Al-Jawf province. Women and children were among the casualties, the ministry told a local TV channel according to Reuters. The alleged attack came shortly after the Houthis claimed to have downed a coalition warplane on Friday. Meanwhile, according to Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition said that a Tornado jet had "crashed." He added that a rescue operation had been launched but declined to go into detail about what may have caused the crash…
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Africa's largest oil nation could see production drop 35%
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Africa's largest oil producer could see oil production fall by 35 percent as low oil prices and regulatory uncertainty threaten to prompt oil majors to postpone final investment decisions. | OPEC member Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and it pumped 1.776 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2020, according to OPEC's secondary sources in its monthly report published this week. Adding condensate production, Nigeria's total oil output exceeds 2 million bpd. | However, three deepwater projects offshore Nigeria, operated by oil majors Exxon, Shell, and Total, could see their start-up dates…
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Record-breaking floods across England as Storm Dennis lashes UK (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Storm Dennis has sparked a record number of flood warnings across England after barreling through the UK and releasing more than a month's worth of rainfall in just 48 hours. | The storm blasted parts of northern Europe with fierce winds and torrential downpours over the weekend. With the worst of the storm finally having passed, authorities and residents across Britain have been left to pick up the pieces, as some parts of the country have been left submerged in floodwater. | The situation in South Wales was said to be "life-threatening", prompting the UK Met Office to issue a red warning due to heavy rain…
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Sanders Applauds New Medicare for All Study: Will Save Americans $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Unnecessary Deaths Every Year
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2020-02-16
Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Painting a True Christ
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
There's an early scene in Terrence Malik's masterful new film

Gracias Chelsea Manning & Julian Assange for Exposing Bush's War Crimes
orion the elder | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
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Gracias Chelsea Manning & Julian Assange for Exposing Bush's War Crimes
orion the elder | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
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Ceremonial Groundbreaking and Photo Opportunity for George Mark Children's House Restoration
Denise Lamott | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
George Mark Children's House (GMCH), the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States, will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony and photo opportunity with generous-hearted contractors, local politicians and civic leaders to commemorate a new Restorative Garden on Thursday, February 20.
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Scooter Red Alert: The Oakland Lime Strike Is Crashing the Company
Spunky Peons | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
On the evening of February 10th, the Lime scooter company cut pay for contractors by 30% without warning. Many if not most contractors immediately responded by refusing to charge the company's electric scooters. It's likely that there are more uncharged scooters in the streets now than charged scooters. It's getting so bad that countless scooters are beginning to crash, along with prospects for the company in Oakland.
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Scooter Red Alert: The Oakland Lime Strike Is Crashing the Company
Spunky Peons | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
On the evening of February 10th, the Lime scooter company cut pay for contractors by 30% without warning. Many if not most contractors immediately responded by refusing to charge the company's electric scooters. It's likely that there are more uncharged scooters in the streets now than charged scooters. It's getting so bad that countless scooters are beginning to crash, along with prospects for the company in Oakland.
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U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
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In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom
Spartacist League | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
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In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom
Spartacist League | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…
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California to Apologize for Internment of Japanese Americans
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-16
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International actors reaffirm commitment to cease-fire in Libya
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
World powers and regional actors have launched on Sunday an international committee to oversee pledges made for an arms embargo and cease-fire in Libya.Speaking to reporters after a meeting of more than a dozen foreign ministers and top diplomats in Munich, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said participants reaffirmed their commitment to the conclusions of the Berlin Conference last month."Today we launched the International Follow-up Committee on Libya [IFCL], and thereby we put into practice one of the most important conclusions of the Berlin Conference," he said."This committee would now work to ensure that…
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Libya arms embargo a 'joke,' says UN official
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
An arms embargo aimed at curbing fighting in Libya has become meaingless because of violations and it is imperative that those who breach it are held to account, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday."The arms embargo has become a joke, we all really need to step up here," U.N. Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams said after a meeting of foreign ministers to follow up on a Berlin summit last month that agreed to uphold the embargo. Fighting has continued despite a call for a truce."It's complicated because there are violations by land, sea and air, but it needs to be monitored and there needs…
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Iran's Rouhani says Tehran will never talk to US under pressure
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
"Iran will never negotiate under pressure … We will never yield to America's pressure and we will not negotiate from a position of weakness. America's 'maximum pressure' towards Iran is doomed to failure," Rouhani said."Securing peace and stability in the sensitive region of Middle East and in the Persian Gulf is impossible without Iran's help."
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Assad forces suffer heavy losses in Idlib attacks
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
Hundreds of forces of the Syrian Bashar al-Assad regime have been neutralized amid operations over the last two weeks in Idlib, northwestern Syria.Clashes have mounted for over a month between the Syrian regime, allied with Iran-backed foreign terrorist groups, against opposition and anti-regime armed groups in the east and south Idlib as well as the Aleppo countryside.Opposition groups downed two helicopters, one in southern Idlib and another in western Aleppo, within the last week.Meanwhile, hundreds of regime forces were neutralized along with their equipment including 12 vehicles, 24 tanks, eight anti-aircraf…
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Oman sees biggest Gulf clash risk in Strait of Hormuz
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
The risk of a military confrontation is higher in the Strait of Hormuz than anywhere else in the Gulf region, Oman's foreign minister said, due in part to the growing number of military vessels from different countries that are guarding it.The waterway between Iran and Oman – 33 km (21 miles) wide at its narrowest point – is the conduit for some 30% of all crude and other oil liquids traded by sea.Friction between Iran and the West had led several nations to send task forces to guard shipping there, and Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on international merchant vessels in or near the area, something Tehra…
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Family reunites with 'PKK-kidnapped' daughter in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
With the efforts of Turkish security forces, another family has reunited with their daughter, who they claim was kidnapped by PKK terrorists, after five years of longing.According to security sources on Sunday, Pelda Ayhan surrendered to Turkish authorities in the Suruc district of Turkey's eastern Sanliurfa province.The mother, Gevriye Ayhan, had attended a sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.The protest started on Sept. 3 outside the offices of the Peoples' Democratic Party

Turkish Red Crescent provides tents for Idlib refugees
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
The Turkish Red Crescent on Sunday distributed tents and heaters to Syrians fleeing clashes in and around Idlib, northwestern Syria.The aid agency also distributed beds, blankets and food to people in the Mashhad Ruhin area, close to the Turkish border.Hakan Sari, head of the Turkish Red Crescent's border assistance operations, said that most people had to flee to the north due to clashes and heavy bombings in Idlib."We supply tents, particularly to families without tents, so they can pitch them under the olive trees," Sari said.The aid agency also distributed hygiene materials, as well as cookies and chocolate f…
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UN decries attacks on civilians in Yemen
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
The UN has condemned recent airstrikes that killed dozens of civilians in the northern Yemeni province of Al-Jawf.Houthi rebels said Saturday 31 people were killed and 12 others injured in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Al-Jawf.The group said the attacks targeted civilians checking the wreckage of a Tornado fighter jet downed by Houthis a day earlier in the province."So many people are being killed in Yemen

Pakistan says Erdogan visit progresses free trade talks
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
Pakistan said it made substantial progress with Turkey on a free trade agreement (FTA) last week during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the capital Islamabad.According to Secretary of Commerce Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, a delegation from Pakistan's textiles sector will travel to Turkey in March ahead of the resumption of FTA negotiations. Sukhera said on Twitter that both countries were in agreement to "surmount the issue of being competitors" in textiles by finding ways to "collaborate."He added that the delegation would seek "ways of joining each other's value chains."Also, the two countries agre…
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Turkish police arrest 450 PKK/YPG suspects
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
Turkish security forces arrested 450 people for their alleged links to the YPG/PKK terror group, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.The ministry said police detained 450 suspects over the last five days in anti-terror operations across 37 provinces.During the operations, police seized equipment and documents at the suspects' addresses, including a number of long-barreled firearms, a shotgun and a shotgun shell.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK

Turkey says Haftar's aggressions must be stopped
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
Turkey's top diplomat said on Sunday that the country underlined the importance of a political solution to the conflict in Libya, as well as stopping Haftar's aggression at the first follow-up meeting to a recent cease-fire in the north African country."As Turkey, we stressed that the only solution is a political one, and to achieve this, Haftar's aggression and violations must be stopped," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after the ministerial meeting.The next meeting on Libya will take place in Rome, though the date is yet to be decided, he added.Foreign ministers and top diplomats from across t…
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Turkish, Chinese top diplomats discuss Uyghur Muslims
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
The foreign ministers of Turkey and China discussed the situation of the Uyghur Turkic Muslim minority in China during a meeting under the 56th Munich Security Conference.Mevlut Cavusoglu and Wang Yi met on Saturday, according to diplomatic sources.China's Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uyghurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45% of Xinjiang's population, has long accused China's authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.Up to a million people, or about 7% of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, have been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-educat…
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Roadside bomb kills 3 soldiers in Somalia
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
At least three Somali soldiers were killed after a blast struck a military vehicle on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday.Local police officer Feysal Mohamed told Anadolu Agency that the source of the explosion was a roadside bomb."The blast was a roadside explosion which targeted a national army vehicle carrying soldiers. At least three were killed in the attack and more than four others wounded," said Mohamed.Police and other security personnel reached the site of the incident and began investigations, he added.No group has yet claimed responsibility for either attack, but al-Qaeda-affiliated group…
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Statue in Honour of Killed Top Iranian General Soleimani Unveiled on Lebanese-Israeli Border – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
Earlier this week, spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif that the US assassination of the elite Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani would lead to the "liberation of Jerusalem" from Israel.
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Rouhani Says Iran Will Only Negotiate With US if Washington Returns to Nuclear Deal, Lifts Sanctions
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
On 8 May, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, reinstating harsh economic sanctions against Tehran.
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5.8-Magnitude Quake Hits Iran's Qeshm Island in the Gulf – EMSC
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the quake occurred at a depth of 47 kilometres.
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More Than Fifty US Military Vehicles Reportedly Arrive in Syria From Iraq
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
The US has repeatedly announced its military withdrawal from Syria, however, American troops are still present there. US President Donald Trump announced the fall of the Islamic State's five-year "caliphate" in March 2019, and added that the US would "remain vigilant until [IS] is finally defeated".
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Cyprus to Lodge Protest With UN Over Turkish Plans to Reopen Island's Ghost Town – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
ATHENS (Sputnik) – The administration in exile of the Cypriot city of Famagusta intends to lodge a protest with the UN over Ankara's plans to reopen Varosha, a ghost resort town in Famagusta, that has been fenced-off since Turkey's invasion in 1974, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) said on Sunday.
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'Never Say Never': Gazprom Responds to US Claim That Russia 'Can't' Complete $10 Bln Gas Pipeline
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
The impending completion of the $10 billion, 1,230 km Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea hit a snag after Washington slapped sanctions on the project, prompting pipelaying contractor Allseas Group S.A. to pull out. Moscow says the project will be finished anyway.
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Gazprom Official Reveals How Russian Energy Giant Will Make Profit in Coming Years
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
Earlier this month, the Russian energy giant Gazprom confirmed its readiness to maintain current exports to Europe by renegotiating long-term contracts with major customers.
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Syrian Military Shoots Down 5 Drones Targeting Oil Refinery in Homs – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
CAIRO (Sputnik) – The Syrian armed forces have shot down five unmanned aircraft attempting to attack an oil-processing plant in Syria's western province of Homs‚Äé, Sham FM radio station reported on Sunday.
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Hummus Trap: Hamas Militants 'Catfished' Israeli Soldiers Posing as Women on Social Media
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
This appears to be at least the fourth attempt by Hamas, the Gaza-based militant group warring with the Jewish State, to infiltrate the phones of Israeli soldiers, using increasingly sophisticated methods each time.
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Rod Stewart Filmed 'Doing Nazi Salute' Moments Before a Brawl With Security Guards in Florida
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
Following the altercation, which apparently took place on New Year's Eve, the 75-year-old rock singer was charged with simple battery. He pleaded not guilty; the hearing is due on Tuesday, 18 February.
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Munich Security Conference Hosts Follow-Up Committee Meeting on Libya – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
The 2020 Munich Security Conference is hosting a news conference after the first meeting of the follow-up committee on Libya in Munich.
sputniknews.com/world/202002161078326154…

Members of Berlin Conference on Libya Launch International Follow-up Committee
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
MUNICH (Sputnik) – Top diplomats from Berlin conference on Libya participant-nations and organisations on Sunday launched the International Follow-up Committee on Libya (IFCL) which looks to exert diplomatic and technical efforts to implement the agreements penned in the January conference.
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Mistrial in Trump admin's biased case against Venezuelan embassy protectors is win for sovereignty
Leonardo Flores | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-15
The Trump administration's case against Venezuelan embassy protectors was severely biased, but ended up with a hung jury. The mistrial…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/14/mistrial-trum…

Coronavirus cases continue to increase and spread internationally
wsws.org | 2020-02-15
The World Health Organization is alarmed about the implications of the virus taking hold in areas where the medical system is vastly ill-prepared.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/15/viru…

Hundreds of people contacted as coronavirus case emerges after bus summit
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-15
Health officials have contacted more than 200 people who attended a conference in central London after it emerged one delegate is suffering from coronavirus.Public Health England (PHE) sent a letter to those who were at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in Westminster on February 6, including several MPs, two of whom have now decided to stay mostly at home.The person taken ill is one of the nine people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK.Dr Yimmy Chow, consultant in health protection at PHE, said: "One of our main priorities has been to identify any people who we think have been in close contact with confirme…
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'Countries Must Prepare for the Coronavirus Arrival' WHO Warns
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
The World Health Organization (WHO) Saturday alerted all countries to take preventive measures given that it is "impossible" to predict the direction that the coronavirus outbreak will take. | RELATED: | Caricom Laboratories Ready to Analyze Coronavirus | "We are concerned about the potential crisis that this coronavirus could cause in countries with weaker health syste…
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US assassinated Suleimani to quash Iran's talks with Gulf monarchies
wsws.org | 2020-02-15
The murder of the top Iranian general was carried out to shore up Washington's crumbling Middle East alliances.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/15/iran…

Palestinians Stand in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Nation
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-15
Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Canada The TransCanada Coastal Gaslink pipeline aims to steal Wet'suwet'en land, use resource extraction to solidify control over Indigenous territories, destroy the environment and violate Indigenous laws. From the occupied Palestinian territory, we stand in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation and land defenders at …
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Bloomberg Is Emerging as Corporate Media's Preferred Opposition to Sanders
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-15
Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen ( 2/12/20), that's former New York City mayor, erstwhile Republican, and billionaire Mi…
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Climate Change Driving "Rapid and Widespread" Decline of Bumblebees
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-15
Shifts in temperature and rainfall are pushing bumblebees to their ecological limits across both continents, according to the analysis published in Science. This is driving "rapid and widespread declines" across 66 bumblebee species, the authors warn. | The impact of climate change on bumblebees is greatest in warmer parts of the northern hemisphere, including Mexico and Spain, the research finds. | Bumblebees have also expande…
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Shut Down Canada Until it Solves its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem
David Swanson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-15
Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause

Over 6,000 Bodies Found in Burundi's Mass Graves
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has found more than 6,000 bodies in six mass graves in Karusi Province, the largest finding since the government launched a nationwide excavation in January. | RELATED: | Colombia Hides Largest Mass Grave in Latin America | The commission chairman Pierre Claver Ndayicariye told journalists on Friday that the remains of 6,032 victims as well as thousands of bullets were recovered. Clothes, glasses and rosaries were used to identify some of the v…
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Emily Thornberry eliminated in Labour leadership race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-15
Emily Thornberry has been eliminated from the Labour leadership contest after narrowly failing to secure the nominations she needed to make it into the final ballot of party members. | At the midnight Friday deadline, the shadow foreign secretary had 31 nominations from local constituency parties

Emily Thornberry eliminated in Labour leadership race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-15
Emily Thornberry has been eliminated from the Labour leadership contest after narrowly failing to secure the nominations she needed to make it into the final ballot of party members. | At the midnight Friday deadline, the shadow foreign secretary had 31 nominations from local constituency parties

John Pilger's The Dirty War on the National Health Service screening on Australia's SBS this Sunday
wsws.org | 2020-02-15
The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/15/pilg…

Canada: The Wetsuweten Keep Resisting Amid Police Violence
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
Canadian Police's snipers and armored vehicles entered the territory of the Wetsuweten to suppress their protests against the construction of a pipeline harmful to the environment. | RELATED: | Canada's Via Rail Cancels Service Nationwide | The Indigenous authorities did not give their consent for a project that will have a significant impact on the environment and the way of life of their people. | Nevertheless, the Canadian Supreme Court decided that the TransCanada company pipeline must be bu…
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UNF SDS stands up against Madeleine Albright and administration
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-15
Jacksonville, FL – On February 5, the University of North Florida hosted an event called "A Conversation with Madeleine Albright" where UNF President David Szymanski joined her on stage celebrating her life as a woman in politics and discussing her new book. | Albright was a former secretary of state under the Clinton administration and championed the destruction of Iraq, earning her the nickname "Iraq's Grim Reaper." Albright has attempted to wash over her imperialist and racist values with 'feminist' remarks such as stating there is "a special place in hell" for women who do not vote Hillary. | Several members…
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'The West Is Winning' Pompeo Says at the Munich Conference
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
During the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Saturday said there is no crisis of the Western civilization given that the West is defeating its enemies. | RELATED: | World Leaders Meet in Munich to Discuss Global Security | "The West is winning, we are collectively winning, we are doing it together," Pompeo said and added that th…
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Juan Guaido Stars Venezuela's Biggest Corruption Case Ever
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
Venezuela's Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez Saturday presented new evidence on a series of corruption acts in which the U.S.-backed opposition lawmaker Juan Gaido is the main protagonist. | RELATED: | Juan Guaido's Uncle Arrested for Carrying Explosives on Plane | Rodriguez unveiled a corruption case linking Guaido with Alejandro Betancourt-Lopez, who…
telesurenglish.net/news/Juan-Guaido-Star…

'The Bolivarian Shield' Prepares Millions to Defend Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Saturday inaugurated the 2020 Bolivarian Shield, a defensive military exercise that is carried out amid U.S. threats and sanctions. | RELATED: | 'Justice Must Prevail in This World' Venezuela's President Says | "We start the 2020 Bolivarian Shield Exercise with the deployment of our glorious Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), which maintains a military-civic union with more than 2,300,000 mobilized combatants," Maduro said. | Defense Mi…
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Palestinians Denied Access to Al-Aqsa, Attacked by Israeli Soldiers
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-15
A group of Palestinian worshipers, early Friday morning, were brutally attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers who prevented them from reaching the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. Quds News Network (QNN) reporter said thousands of Palestinian Muslims flooded Jerusalem from all around Palestine as well as some from Israel, to …
imemc.org/article/thousands-of-worshiper…

Israeli Soldiers Prevent Activists From Planting Olive Trees In The Village Of Yasuf
Ghassan Bannoura | imemc.org | 2020-02-15
Combatants For Peace (CFP) Activists participated, Friday, in a volunteer day to plant olive trees on the lands owned by Yasuf village farmers, near Salfit in central West Bank. As the activists' bus from Tel Aviv reached the entrance of Yasuf, the Israeli soldiers closed the street leading to the …
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Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-15
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing many injuries. The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians, accompanied by international and Israeli peace activists, marched from the center of …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-injure-many-p…

Army Injures Many Palestinians In Beit Ummar
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-15
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West bank. Media activist Mohammad Awad said several army jeeps invaded 'Aseeda area in Beit Ummar, and resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian protesters. Awad said …
imemc.org/article/army-injures-many-pale…

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In 'Aboud And Budrus Near Ramallah
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-15
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians, including a young man who was shot with a live round, after the army resorted to the excessive use of force against protesters in the villages of 'Aboud and Budrus, near Ramallah, in central West Bank. Dozens nonviolently marched in 'Aboud village, west of …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-injure-many-p…

Soldiers Injure Many Nonviolent Protesters In Bil'in
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-15
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many nonviolent protesters in Bil'in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, during the weekly procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies. The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil'in, has reported that dozens of Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-injure-many-n…

Mexican Women Protested Femicides at National Palace
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
A large group of women demonstrated in front of the National Palace and other places of Mexico City to protest about femicides, such as Ingrid Escamilla's, carried out by her partner, Erick Francisco, EFE News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall | The protests began early on Friday morning outside the National Palace, where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lives, and where he daily delivers his morning conference. | "W…
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