Daily Archives: February 22, 2020

2020-02-22: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-02-22). Intelligence agencies intervene in US elections to link Sanders to Putin. wsws.org On the eve of Nevada Democratic caucuses, the Washington Post reported that "US officials" told Sanders the Russian government was working to aid his campaign.

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-22). "Russia AgainGate": Phony Accusations of Russian "2020 Election Meddling".The Big Lie that won't Die. globalresearch.ca The NYT falsely warned of Russian meddling to re-elect Trump that hasn't occurred. | Nor does any evidence suggest it's coming ahead. Earlier accusations of Moscow electoral interference to help Trump defeat Hillary in 2016 were bald-faced Big Lies. | Not a …

WSWS (2020-02-22). U.S. Intelligence agencies meddle in Nevada primary to sabotage Sanders. wsws.org On the eve of Nevada Democratic caucuses, the Washington Post reported that "US officials" told Sanders the Russian government was working to aid his campaign.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-02-22). The Bush Dynasty: Nazi Germany, The Bin Ladens and the Mexican Drug Lords. globalresearch.ca Is it Coincidental? The Bush family had close links with Nazi Germany, the bin Laden family and the Mexican Drug cartel. | Two members of the Bush dynasty acceded to the White House. Had the US public been fully informed, who in America would have voted for George W. Bush?

WSWS (2020-02-22). Coronavirus cases outside China are alarming, global health officials say. wsws.org Though new cases of Covid-19 cases appear to be declining in Hubei province in China, officials are concerned that the epidemic may be expanding into other Asian countries and continents.

Tom Clifford (2020-02-22). 5 Million Cases Worldwide, 650,000 Deaths Annually: The Seasonal Flu Virus is a "Serious Concern", But the Wuhan Coronavirus Grabs the Headlines. globalresearch.ca First published on January 27, 2020. Figures quoted for the coranavirus pertain to late January | The common flu virus will infect millions across the globe. It can be easily spread and will especially strike the young and the elderly. But …

WSWS (2020-02-22). New conflict of interest evidence against UK judge in charge of Assange extradition process. wsws.org Fresh evidence has emerged that the chief magistrate overseeing the extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has received financial benefits from organizations connected to the UK Foreign Office.

WSWS (2020-02-22). Demonstration to free Julian Assange this Monday in Montreal. wsws.org "This case is tremendously important and holds serious implications for journalism, free speech and human rights around the world," demonstration organizer Elizabeth Leier told the WSWS.

WSWS (2020-02-22). European legal team will seek asylum for Julian Assange in France. wsws.org Members of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange's legal team, together with Assange's father John Shipton, held a press conference on Thursday in Paris.

teleSUR (2020-02-22). 'Don't Extradite Assange' is the Shout at London's Streets. telesurenglish.net In London, hundreds of free speech activists Saturday marched from the Australia House to Parliament Square in support of RELATED: | Beginning Feb. 24, London's Woolwich Crown Court will…

Staff (2020-02-22). Ahead of Extradition Hearing, Hundreds March for Assange in London. truthdig.com LONDON—Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. | Famous Britons, including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the crowd protesting the U.S. espionage charges against the founder of the secret-spilling website. An extradition hearing for Assange is due to begin in a London court on Monday. | WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told a rally outside Parliament that the prosecuti…

Tom Coburg (2020-02-22). Bid to free Manning launched as explosive new evidence threatens to end Assange extradition. thecanary.co Lawyers acting on behalf of imprisoned whistleblower Meanwhile, more evidence has emerged to further the argument that the extradition hearings should end on th…

WSWS (2020-02-22). A "ceasefire" in Washington's Afghanistan debacle. wsws.org After 18 years of war, the killing of nearly 2,400 troops and the squandering of roughly $1 trillion, Washington is negotiating a deal it could have had with the Taliban without a shot being fired.

Ben Norton (2020-02-22). Bloomberg surrogate was PR guru for Brazil's Bolsonaro. zcomm.org Former Michael Bloomberg aide Arick Wierson, who is pushing the billionaire's 2020 presidential campaign and attacking Bernie Sanders, helped elect far-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil…

Ben Norton (2020-02-22). After US terrorist war and sanctions, Nicaragua fights for justice at international court. thegrayzone.com In Managua, Ben Norton interviews Nicaragua's representative to the UN's International Court of Justice, Carlos Argàºello Gómez, who speaks about…

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-22). How Bernie Sanders Will Destroy the Deep State if He Becomes President. dissidentvoice.org Joe Lauria at Consortium News headlined on February 21st, "Apparent US Intel Meddling in US Election With 'Report' Russia is Aiding Sanders", and he noted that, If the story is true and if intelligence agencies are truly committed to protecting U.S. citizens, the Sanders campaign would have been quietly informed and shown evidence to back …

Derek Royden (2020-02-22). Occupy 2020: The movements powering Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign. nationofchange.org Going forward, it will be important for Sanders to not only mobilize this activist base throughout the primaries…

WSWS (2020-02-22). Canadian PM proclaims indigenous "barricades must now come down" wsws.org The Trudeau Liberal government, acting on the demands of its big business masters, is exhorting police to dismantle the indigenous railway blockades.

teleSUR (2020-02-22). Washington Still Pondering a Naval Blockade Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The digital media Zero Hedge (ZH) Saturday published information holding that that the United States keeps on considering military actions as an option to overthrow RELATED: | More specifically, despite all the previous failed attempts to destabilize…

Staff (2020-02-22). Environmentalist in Klobuchar's Home State Says She's "Owned by Big Agriculture" truthout.org At this week's presidential debate in Nevada, Sen. Amy Klobuchar doubled down on a particularly concerning position: that natural gas, a fossil fuel, is a "transitional fuel." If you've been paying close attention to climate issues, you know that selling natural gas as a bridge fuel is an idea cooked up by the oil and gas industry. | The idea is that natural gas releases less carbon dioxide than coal, so it's better for the environment — but carbon emissions are still carbon emissions.

Staff (2020-02-22). Study Suggests Twitter Bots Amplified Climate Denial Messages. truthdig.com Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. A new analysis of 6.5 million tweets from the days before and after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to ditch the Paris agreement in June 2017 suggests that automated Twitter bots are substantially contributing to the spread of online misinformation about the climate crisis. Brown University …

Steve Payne (2020-02-22). Janitors and Guards Feature Climate and Housing in Their Strike Demands. zcomm.org "I'm going to vote to strike today because we all deserve good jobs, but also because we need these companies to take responsibility for what they do to the planet, and to leave a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren."

Tara Lohan and Dipika Kadaba (2020-02-22). 10 species climate change could push to extinction. nationofchange.org Species are finding less food, more competition for limited resources, or inhospitable conditions to which they can't adapt fast enough.

Staff (2020-02-22). Study: Twitter Bots Amplified Climate Denial Messages to Help Trump. truthdig.com Editor's note: This article originally appeared on A new analysis of 6.5 million tweets from the days before and after U.S. President Donald Trump

Thomas Magstadt (2020-02-22). Impeached: Notes on the travesty that passed for a trial. nationofchange.org The word "outrageous" comes to mind.

Staff (2020-02-22). Italian Towns on Lockdown as Virus Spreads Internationally. truthdig.com South Korea reports 433 cases of the new virus; 6 dead in Iran, 2 in Italy. Some outbreaks show no direct link to travel to China.

Colin Todhunter (2020-02-22). Apocalypse Now! Insects, Pesticide and a Public Health Crisis. dissidentvoice.org In 2017, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, produced a report that called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. In addition to the devastating impacts …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-22). Palestinian Journalist and Child Injured by Israeli Bulldozer Attack. imemc.org Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village. An Israeli army bulldozer was …

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Group planning march on DNC heads to New York to build support. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Organizers with the Milwaukee-based Coalition to March on the DNC are attending the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), to build support for a major protest at the Democratic National Convention in July. | The Coalition to March on the DNC is a broad coalition of left and progressive forces who plan to bring popular demands to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, slated to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The march will be held on the opening morning of the convention, Monday, July 13. | "All eyes will be on Milwaukee when the people's movements protest outsi…

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Minnesota Governor Walz flees protesters demanding action against killer cops. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – When Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appeared at the University of Minnesota to reflect on his first year of governing, he was confronted by angry community members demanding that he call for the prosecutions of killer cops across the state. Family members of police murder victims were joined by Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, UMN Students for a Democratic Society, SMASH students from Minneapolis South High School, and others. | Shortly after Walz and the event moderator were settled into two cozy armchairs on a stage at the front of a packed auditorium, one person rose from the middle of…

WSWS (2020-02-22). Tens of thousands protest all over Germany against right-wing terror. wsws.org People in over 50 cities have taken part in spontaneous vigils and demonstrations in memory of the victims of the fascist attack in Hanau.

Mojmir Babacek (2020-02-22). Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | This article was originally published on January 31, 2013. | *** | In March 2012 the Russian defense minister Anatoli Serdjukov said: | "The development of weaponry based on new physics principles; direct-energy weapons, …

South Front (2020-02-22). Video: Turkey's Sultan-in-Chief Erdogan To the Rescue of Al-Qaeda in Idlib. globalresearch.ca Tensions between the United States and Russia are growing in northeastern Syria. On February 19, a video appeared online showing how an armored vehicle of the U.S. military was pushing a vehicle of the Russian Military Police off a road. …

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Germany: Lenin comes to Gelsenkirchen! fightbacknews.org On March 14, the Russian revolutionary, Marxist working-class theorist and leader of the October Revolution of 1917 will come to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 150 years after his birthday he will move permanently into Gelsenkirchen-Horst – in the form of an over two meter tall, artfully shaped cast-iron statue in front of the Horster Mitte, the federal headquarters of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD). | "This will also be the start of a nationwide movement 'Don't give anti-communism a chance,'" says Gabi Fechtner, the chairwoman of the MLPD. "In times where monuments of the great communist th…

WSWS (2020-02-22). Video: "To stop right terror, you need to know where it comes from" wsws.org Socialist Equality Party Deputy Chairman Christoph Vandreier spoke at a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate after a right-wing terrorist killed eight people in Hanau, Germany.

Staff (2020-02-22). State Supreme Courts See Progress on Diversity but Still Fall Short. truthout.org Tamika Montgomery-Reeves made history last fall when she was confirmed as the first Black justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. It was a small step toward improving diversity on state supreme courts nationwide, but it also highlights a glaring problem. | Her appointment is unusual, yet it shouldn't be — especially in a state where 23 percent of the population is Black. A lack of diversity among judges undermines public faith in the justice system, and it limits the perspectives available to inf…

teleSUR (2020-02-22). Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas Set Triple Jump World Record: 15.43 m. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's 24-year-old athlete Yulimar Rojas Friday set a new triple jump indoor world record in Madrid, Spain, with a 15.43-meter mark. | RELATED: | This result was expected as she is not a rookie in athletics. She has already been twice the triple jump world champion and is the current Olympic runner-up in this specialty. | In Madrid, Rojas executed the best jump in the history of indoor athletics, reaching 15 meters…

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2020-02-22). The Latinx Vote Might Carry 'Tio Bernie' to Victory. truthdig.com The Vermont senator is winning over the nation's largest minority voting block, and it could make the difference in Nevada and beyond.

Philip Giraldi (2020-02-22). Trump Goes after the Brits… globalresearch.ca The inept course of what passes for United States Foreign Policy continues, with the Trump Administration now going after the nation's second oldest friend, Great Britain. With Trump having serially insulted America's oldest ally France last year, it should only …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-02-22). Who Is Really in Control of US Foreign Policy? globalresearch.ca First published on January 2, 2020 | Baron Nathan Mayer de Rothschild once said "I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the British Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls …

Eric Waddell (2020-02-22). World Conquest: The United States' Global Military Crusade (1945- ). globalresearch.ca The first period was characterized by US military intervention in Europe, the second by a concern to confine the Communist bloc and to prevent the emergence of pro-communist regimes elsewhere in the world, and the third, focused on gaining control over the former Soviet republics and the oil-rich Middle East.

Staff (2020-02-22). How Wall Street and Real Estate Exploited Anti-Housing Discrimination Policies. truthout.org In 1970, Janice Johnson, a Black single mother in Philadelphia, was facing eviction from an old apartment building condemned by the city. She was desperately seeking a place for her and her 8-year-old son to live, and her attempts to rent nearby apartments were coming up short. A landlord suggested she buy rather than rent a home, and just two weeks later, Johnson was approved for a Federal Housing Administration-backed mortgage loan of $5,800. | Conditions in their new home quickly deterio…

Staff (2020-02-22). Grassroots Movements Fight for Gender Equity in Elections, Culture and Health. truthout.org Even before the #metoo movement trained the spotlight on gender inequity and its impact across the globe, there were organizations doing the hard work to address these at-times violent failings. | From closing the wage gap and protecting reproductive rights to ending gender-based sexual exploitation, the push to support and empower women and nonbinary people has Recent at…

Staff (2020-02-22). Trump's New Spy Chief Worked for Oligarch Barred From Entering US by State Dept. truthout.org In 2016, Grenell wrote

Staff (2020-02-22). Native Voters in Nevada Head to Caucuses After Winning Voting Rights Fight. truthout.org Nearly a decade before former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada would become the powerful Democratic majority leader under President Obama, he won a tight reelection race against a Las Vegas Republican by a razor-thin margin of a few hundred votes. Elveda Martinez of the Walker River Paiute Tribe in western Nevada said Native voters were quick to remind Reid that their turnout was crucial to his win. | "And we always told him, 'We put you in office,'" Martinez said in an interview with Truthout. | Reid…

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Minnesota progressives say 'Don't vote for Amy Klobuchar'. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Minnesota progressives are urging voters around the country to reject Democratic Party contender Amy Klobuchar. | Jess Sundin, a leader in the fight against police crimes says, "Amy Klobuchar is a racist. When she was Hennepin County District Attorney, she always sided with law enforcement against the interests of community members. She never charged a single cop in 40 cases of police murder of civilians. She sent an African American child, Myon Burrell, to prison for life, despite evidence that he was not involved in the crime she prosecuted him for." | Sundin continued, "The people of He…

teleSUR (2020-02-22). Brazil: Carnival Opens Mocking Bolsonaro, 'The Clown President'. telesurenglish.net "Carnival has always been a political act. In the First Republic, the black population used Carnival to assert their autonomy. Today is a great space for political and social criticism. At Carnival, humor and sarcasm work as a weapon of political transgression," Eric Brasil, author of the book "The Court at the Party: Black Experiences in Rio de Janeiro Carnivals," told The Intercept Brazil. | And the politicization of the popular party is precisely what has been evident since the beginning of 2020 Carnival in dozens of cities in Brazil, a country where President Jair Bolsonaro seems to be the main promoter of ha…

IMEMC News (2020-02-22). Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Bil'in. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil'in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The procession started from the center of the village with the participation of Israeli …

teleSUR (2020-02-22). Nicaraguan President: The US Repeats Policies Against Peoples. telesurenglish.net Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega inaugurated Friday the new mandate of the Army's Chief Julio César Avilés, during a ceremony celebrating the 86th anniversary of the death of the revolutionary leader, General Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino. | RELATED: | The National Assembly opened the session in Niquinohomo, where Sandino was born, as a tribute to the revolutionary leader. | "Sandino, our national hero, and with him, we walk through his heroic…

Rebekah Barber (2020-02-22). Low-wage workers make case for raises to North Carolina candidates. zcomm.org Workers are continuing to organize in the South — and they're getting the attention of people running for office…

RT (2020-02-22). Trump mocks 'fake news' for running 'Russian Sympathizer Bernie' smear, but doesn't miss a chance to score points. rt.com It seems Donald Trump is yet to decide whether he would rather lampoon left-wing media for adding Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders to Team Russia or take the opportunity to mock his potential rival in the November poll. | Just a day apart, two steaming-hot scoops landed in the US media cycle. First, the New York Times said Russia was helping Donald Trump to get reelected. Then the Washington Post claimed Russia was helping Bernie Sanders's campaign. All based on anonymous sources, innuendos, and other traits with which even casual followers of the 'Russiagate' saga are all too familiar. | One of the princip…

RT (2020-02-22). Russia isn't only behind election hacking! They're also trying to smear US over coronavirus … according to State Department. rt.com Not satisfied with just blaming Russia for election meddling, US officials are now claiming Moscow is trying to "sow discord" by spreading disinformation about the coronavirus and the US' role in its creation and global response. | US State Department officials are claiming Moscow is behind an internet campaign to blame the coronavirus on the US government. | Without citing specific examples, officials told

RT (2020-02-22). China could expand its solar industry by 50% in 2020. rt.com Despite the coronavirus epidemic ripping through various sectors of the Chinese economy, including the solar industry, Beijing may still significantly boost the number of solar installations this year. | According to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association forecast, China is set to see between 35 and 45 gigawatts in new installations in 2020. If the developers manage to reach the most optimistic figure, this would mean a 50 percent surge from the 30.1 gigawatts China saw in 2019. | Also on rt.com | |

RT (2020-02-22). Govt wants 'what looks like a free press', not 'dissidents': Eno, Westwood & others speak about fighting for Assange's freedom. rt.com Prominent public figures like designer Vivienne Westwood and musician Brian Eno, joined mass protesters against Julian Assange's extradition, saying his fate will have impact on press freedom and holding governments accountable. | "Julian is the Trojan horse. If he knocks a crack in that wall, we can get government to do all the other things they need to be doing, which they are doing the opposite of [right now]," British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood told RT. Thousands took to the streets near the British Parliament to protest the imprisonment of the WikiLeaks founder ahead of a hearing next week to dete…

RT (2020-02-22). 'First they came for Julian, next for you': Waters, Westwood join massive London rally against Assange extradition (PHOTOS). rt.com Thousands have protested near the British Parliament against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange's looming extradition to the US ahead of the hearing next week. | Demonstrators | Chanting: "There's only one decision — no extradition!" and "Free Julian Assange!" the demonstrators demanded the WikiLeaks co-founder not be handed over…

RT (2020-02-22). 'Disgusting joke' & mockery of the law: Julian Assange has ZERO chance of fair trial if extradited to US, Roger Waters tells RT. rt.com Julian Assange's extradition to the US would sound the death knell for both investigative journalism and the rule of law, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters told RT ahead of a march organized in support of the WikiLeaks publisher. | With his extradition proceedings set to begin Monday, Assange faces 175 years in an American prison cell under the Espionage Act for his work with WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of pages of classified government documents since its founding — including evidence of US war crimes. But with the UK government intent to "feed him to the wolves," Waters said Assange's case…

RT (2020-02-22). 'Totally sane': Dems can't make up their minds about who is a supposed 'Russian agent'. Trump? Bernie? Or… both? rt.com Former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell performed mental gymnastics on CNN to defend Bernie Sanders over alleged help from Russia, claiming Moscow does it in order to help its 'agent' Donald Trump. | The Democrats' overuse of Russian collusion conspiracy theories appears to be collapsing in on itself. First Trump supposedly worked with the country to meddle in the 2016 presidential election — something there is still no actual proof of, despite the extensive Mueller investigation — and now even Dems like Sanders are facing accusations of getting help from Moscow. | Thanks to a Washington Post <...

RT (2020-02-22). Bernie Sanders takes early lead in Nevada Caucus based on first preference polling. rt.com Early preference polling shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a clear favorite for caucus-goers, though it is still too early to call a true victor in the race. | Entrance poll results from ABC, CBS and others show Bernie's frontrunner status in the race for the Democrat Party's presidential nomination could hold strong in the third major votes for the battling candidates. | CBS reports that six in 10 caucus goers interviewed by them support a government-run, single-payer health care system, a signature part of Sanders' campaign promises, as well as that of contender Elizabeth Warren, though she did not far…

RT (2020-02-22). Ignoring climate risks will result in global recession 'the likes of which we've never seen before' — study. rt.com Extreme weather could cause a major economic recession around the globe, but we are still underestimating those risks, new research warns. | "If the market doesn't do a better job of accounting for climate, we could have a recession, the likes of which we've never seen before," said Paul Griffin, an accounting professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, who authored "Energy Finance Must Account for Extreme Weather Risk." | In a paper, published in the Nature Energy journal, he noted that the financial markets fail to link physical climate risk to company market valuations. One of the key messages…

RT (2020-02-22). Trump to confront Modi on 'religious freedoms', Kashmir, tariffs & other US 'concerns' during India visit. rt.com On his first visit to India next week, US President Donald Trump is expected to wade into several domestic controversies, challenging his Indian counterpart on the state of religious freedom in the country, as well as Kashmir. | Trump will raise a number of "concerns" with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the trip, a White House official said on Friday, singling out the "religious freedom issue" as "extremely important" to the US administration. | "Prime Minister Modi in his first speech after winning the election last year, talked about how he would prioritize being inclusive of Indian religious min…

RT (2020-02-22). Sleeping in orbit & surviving Russian winter: Rakesh Sharma, first Indian in space, recalls his training & flight. rt.com Four Indian astronauts are now training in Russia ahead of their nation's first manned space mission. Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, shared with RT his memories of braving Russian winters and going into orbit in 1984. | Sharma, a former wing commander in the Indian Air Force, became the first — and so far only — Indian citizen ever to travel to space. He was part of a three-man crew on the Soviet Soyuz T-11, and spent a week on the famous Salyut-7 orbital station — a project that paved the way for modular orbital habitats, including the International Space Station (ISS). | "At a perso…

RT (2020-02-22). 'Send somebody in the morning, by evening he returns as trained terrorist' — Indian police chief on Kartarpur Corridor. rt.com Extremist groups are trying to "woo" and radicalize those arriving to Pakistan through the long-awaited visa-free Kartarpur Corridor launched several months ago, India's police chief warned. | The 4.5km (2.7-mile) cross-border corridor used by India's worshippers to visit a major Sikh holy site in Pakistan continues to pose "a huge security challenge" in terms of terrorism, Punjab State Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said at an Indian Express conference. He said that Pakistani-based extremists have made efforts to radicalize visitors while "trying to woo them, making overtures to them." | Kartarpur of…

RT (2020-02-22). Turkey says its soldier was killed in Idlib as tensions between Ankara & Damascus boil over. rt.com A Turkish soldier has been killed in the Syrian northwestern Idlib province in an airstrike by the Syrian Army, Turkish local authorities have said amid the ongoing crisis between Ankara and Damascus in the region. | A soldier identified as Mecit Demir has been killed in a bombing in Idlib, the governor's office of the southern Turkish Gaziantep province said in a Twitter Turkey, which supports what it called "moderate" armed groups, has recently flooded the region with troops and equipment in response…

RT (2020-02-22). Dangerous games: US NUKES Russia in 'mini exercise' attended by Pentagon chief. rt.com US Defense Secretary Mark Esper played himself in a drill at the US Strategic Command HQ in Nebraska, which featured a bizarre scenario of America nuking Russia in response to its own nuclear strike against a 'NATO ally'. | US military exercises simulating various crises are not that uncommon, yet, out of all plausible scenarios, this particular drill apparently simulated a highly unrealistic one. The classified exercise conducted at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha on Thursday focused on an imaginary nuclear conflict between the US and Russia in Europe. | According to the drill scenario, Moscow somehow dec…

RT (2020-02-22). 'They thought my coach supplied me with doping': Alexander Loginov on shocking police search before relay race. rt.com Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov who was subjected to a police search hours before Saturday's race has commented on the raid saying that he and his coach were suspected of using prohibited drugs. | Loginov told the media that he was awoken by police officers who broke into his hotel room early in the morning confiscating his personal belongings, including a laptop and a phone. | "They broke into our hotel room at 5.50am m…

RT (2020-02-22). Meteorite illuminates skies over northern Russia with mysterious blue light (VIDEO). rt.com Residents of a small Russian town in the northern Republic of Karelia marveled at a bright blue sphere lighting up the town with an otherworldly blue light as a meteorite fell in the area. | Footage from local internet provider CityLink's CCTV cameras shows a glowing orb traversing the sky over the town during the night. The celestial object disappeared in a flash of bright blue light over the town of Segezha. It is unclear if it hit the ground or disintegrated in the atmosphere. | Russian scientists say the mysterious orb might have been a meteorite. The deputy head of the Russian association of astronomy…

RT (2020-02-22). 'Anti-doping officer personally initiated police raid without IBU authorization' — Russian biathlon head Vladimir Drachev. rt.com The head of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) Vladimir Drachev revealed that a shocking police raid on Russian biathletes was initiated by IBU interim Anti-Doping Manager Sarah Fussek-Hakkarainen who personally signed the inquiry. | Her actions which triggered a massive police investigation were not authorized by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) which was unaware of Fussek-Hakkarainen's intentions. | "I have just spoken…

RT (2020-02-22). Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race. rt.com Alexander Loginov, who broke a 12-year losing streak for Russian male biathletes by winning gold at the IBU World Championships, has been subjected to a search by Italian police hours before a Saturday event. | The search warrant served by police in Rasen-Antholz in South Tyrol, Italy where the competition is taking place targets Loginov and Russian team coach Alexander Kasperovich. | –í–æ—Ç –∫–∞–∫ –ø—Ä–æ—Ö–æ–¥–∏–ª –æ–±—&…

RT (2020-02-22). No lawyer, no sleep, not even badges — Loginov's teammate Garanichev describes early morning police raid ahead of relay race. rt.com Italian authorities took three days to act on a request to probe the Russian biathlon team over suspicions of doping, and the way they did it — on the day of a major race — was very disruptive, Loginov's roommate Garanichev said.

RT (2020-02-22). 'Extremely concerning': Russia's Olympic Committee and diplomats file complaints over police raid on biathletes in Italy. rt.com Moscow diplomats and sporting officials have urged Italy to explain why its police barged into the rooms of Russian biathletes mere hours before a world championship event. | The Russian Embassy in Rome demanded that Italy explain the reasons behind police searches conducted in the hotel rooms of Russian athletes on Saturday. The diplomats urged local authorities to guarantee all "necessary conditions" for Russians to train and participate in international tournaments in the country. | Moscow's Olympic Committee (OKR) asked its Italian counterpart and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) to explain the situa…

RT (2020-02-22). 'They took our rifles as if we were dangerous criminals': Russian biathlete Loginov on Italian police raid. rt.com Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov, who was subjected to a search by Italian police on Saturday, said that officers broke into their hotel room early in the morning while he was sleeping and confiscated his rifle. | The unexpected search, which took place hours before the men's relay race at the IBU World Championship, left the team in a state of shock, with Russian biathlon managers calling the raid an act of harassment. |

RT (2020-02-22). 'US democracy at work': WATCH Nevada caucus ties being determined by a deck of cards. rt.com Ties at Nevada caucus sites are being determined by drawing from a deck of cards, and the bizarre videos are leaving folks scratching their heads in bewilderment. | Videos are coming in from Nevada caucus sites as votes are counted to decide who will win the third big battle for delegates in the race to win the Democrat Party's presidential nomination, and it's made people aware of a special piece of equipment being used by precinct captains — a deck of cards. | While questionable videos showed ties at caucus sites in Iowa being determined by coin tosses, Nevada is appropriately looking to a deck of card…

RT (2020-02-22). No Chinese takeaway: Jiangsu Suning reveal bid to sign Gareth Bale fell through over Real Madrid's fee demands. rt.com Gareth Bale could have been getting ready for the start of the Chinese Super League season, but one of the division's top clubs revealed a bid to bring the Welshman to China was scuppered when Real Madrid demanded a transfer fee.

Juan Cole (2020-02-22). Russia Wants Trump Reelected, and May Be Making a Bet That Bernie Sanders Can't Defeat Him (They're Wrong). commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks to the media at the White House on August 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-02-22). What Billionaires Really Love About Hard Work. commondreams.org Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign event on January 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

BayAction2FreeAssange (2020-02-22). Global Protest Call Monday 24 Feb To Demand Freedom Of Julian Assange. indybay.org British Consulate General | 1 Sansome Street | San Francisco, CA | Along with Belmarsh Prison, London and UK embassies and consulates around the world…

Dan Bacher (2020-02-22). Attorney General Becerrra and Governor Newsom file lawsuit against Trump water plan. indybay.org "As we face the unprecedented threat of a climate emergency, now is the time to strengthen our planet's biodiversity, not destroy it," said Attorney General Becerra. "California won't silently spectate as the Trump Administration adopts scientifically-challenged biological opinions that push species to extinction and harm our natural resources and waterways.

EFF & Americans for Financial Reform (2020-02-22). EFF Asks FTC To Scrutinize Secret Deal Saddling .ORG Registry with $360 Million in Debt. indybay.org February 21, 2020: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called for the disclosure of secret financing details behind the $1.1 billion .ORG sale, and has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to scrutinize the deal. The transaction would saddle the .ORG registry with $360 million in debt.

Dan Bacher (2020-02-22). Rally at State of the State calls on Newsom to phase out oil production. indybay.org "Today's State of the State address is an opportunity to make clear that the Newsom Administration will not wrap itself around fossil fuel polluting billionaires — representing an industry that profits from human suffering and ecological destruction," said Matt Nelson, Executive Director of the nation's largest online Latinx organizing group, Presente.org. Photo of rally at State Capitol on February 19 by Dan Bacher.

Repost (2020-02-22). Resistance To Putting Billionaire Doris Fisher's KIPP Hunters Point Charter On TI. indybay.org There is resistance to putting billionaire GAP owner Doris Fisher's KIPP Charter on Treasure Island. The SF School District wants to put her charter on radioactive contaminated Treasure Island at the closed Treasure Island Elementary School. | Doris Fisher pushed to have her school co-locate with the Malcom X Academy Public school and want to grab more of the space at the public school. This is allowed under Proposition 39 which allows charter schools to bust up public schools by taking their space. Prop 39 was written by Netflix billionaire Reed Hastings and supported by the Fisher family which owns the GAP, The…

Sebastian Schindler (2020-02-22). Trump and the Post-Factual. indybay.org Trump's politics is naive and skeptical, gullable and cynical. Trump's relation with truth is like a generalization of conspiracy theory assumptions that see manipulative-conspiratorial activities at work behind observable reality. Beward pathological narcissists who are pathological paranoids!

de Young Museum Docent Council (2020-02-22). "Seeing Frida Kahlo Through Disabled People's Perspectives" by Corbett O'Toole. indybay.org Koret Auditorium | de Young Museum | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (in Golden Gate Park), SF…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Aramco to win unconditional EU clearance for $69 bln SABIC deal. yenisafak.com Saudi Aramco is set to gain unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $69 billion buy of a 70% stake in petrochemicals group Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) , people familiar with the matter said on Friday.Aramco announced the deal to acquire the controlling stake from sovereign investor Public Investment Fund (PIF) in March last year, a move key to its diversification into refining and petrochemicals.Riyadh-headquartered SABIC, the world's fourth largest petrochemicals group, has operations in over 50 countries.The European Commission, which is scheduled to decide on the case by Feb. 27, declined to commen…

The Canary (2020-02-22). More flooding hits sodden communities as deluge continues. thecanary.co A third consecutive weekend of stormy weather is bringing further flooding misery to already sodden communities.With swathes of South Wales and northern and central England still trying to cope with the impact of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, heavy showers have brought new flooding plus warnings of more to come.The Met Office said more belts of heavy rain were due on Saturday night and again on Sunday night, accompanied by warnings of high winds and snow in Scotland. | It will be another unsettled morning, with a

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Despite horror stories, California cruise passengers won't let coronavirus spoil their fun. yenisafak.com With a white captain's hat perched on his head, Calvin Ballard seemed relaxed as he waited to depart on his first-ever cruise to Mexico, unfazed by the possibility of being trapped on a ship under siege by an outbreak of coronavirus.Like many fellow vacationers streaming onto an ocean liner docked near Los Angeles, Ballard said he was well aware that passengers aboard other cruises had ended up stranded for weeks, far from home, and he vowed to take special care to stay healthy. Nonetheless, he was determined to have a good time."What we're planning on doing is washing our hands often, trying not to touch things…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Iraq reports first coronavirus infection. yenisafak.com Iraq on Saturday reported its first coronavirus case in the southern Dhi Qar province, according to a local medical source.The source said an Iraqi student tested positive for the virus after returning from the Iranian city of Qom.He said the student has been quarantined for further tests.On Saturday, the Iraqi authorities called on its nationals not to travel to neighboring Iran, where five coronavirus deaths were reported.The move came after Iraq banned Iranian citizens from entering the country through border terminals for three days.Coronavirus has spread to more than 25 other countries including the U.S., th…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Thai students to protest banning of popular opposition party. yenisafak.com Thai students are expected to stage a protest on Saturday against a court's decision that dissolved the country's second largest opposition party, less than a year after an election to end direct military rule.The Constitutional Court on Friday disbanded the upstart Future Forward Party, which won more than 6 million votes last year and came in third, for accepting loans from its founder.The court also banned 16 party executives from politics for 10 years, including its charismatic billionaire leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.The ban strengthens the position in parliament of a coalition led by Prime Minister…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Sanders puts Democratic front-runner status on the line in Nevada's caucuses. yenisafak.com Bernie Sanders faces a test of his front-runner status in the Democratic White House race on Saturday in Nevada, where voters will consider an unsettled field of candidates as they search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump.Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist senator from Vermont, has surged to the top of opinion polls nationally and in Nevada after strong performances in the first two nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this month.While Sanders' rivals will try to blunt his momentum in Nevada, they each face significant challenges of their own.Former Vice President Jo…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). India says discovers fields with over 3,000 tonnes of gold ore. yenisafak.com India, the world's second-biggest gold consumer, has discovered gold fields with reserves of over 3,000 tonnes in its most populous northern state, a government official said on Saturday.India mines between 2 to 3 tonnes of gold annually, relying on expensive imports to fulfil nearly all of its demand, which averaged 843 tonnes per year over the past 10 years.Its hunger for gold – used extensively in jewellery, as offerings to Gods and in lavish weddings – cost India more than $31 billion on imports last year, making the metal its second-biggest import item after crude oil.Federal and state departments have disco…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Syrian Turkmen support Ankara's involvement in Idlib. yenisafak.com Turkey is involved in Syria in order to stop deaths and displacement, speaker of the Syrian Turkmen Assembly said on Saturday.In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Muhammed Vecih Cuma said that the continuing attacks by Assad regime and its allies in Idlib, Syria, have led to the region's "biggest humanitarian crisis".He said that nearly four million people in the region were expecting help."One million of them are displaced from their homes and have lost their families," Cuma said. "While some of them live in tents, others, unfortunately, try to survive under trees. Turkey helps them."Established in 2012, the Syr…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). At least six PKK/KCK suspects arrested in southern Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish police arrested on Saturday six PKK/KCK suspects for their links to the terrorist group, security sources said.The arrests came after prosecutors in the southern port city of Mersin issued warrants for the suspects, said the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Those arrested include members of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) such as Akdeniz district chair Feyza Kaya and Toroslar district chair Cabbar Karabeg, among others.Ankara has long accused the HDP of having links to the terrorist YPG/PKK.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Lesotho PM granted medical leave from wife murder case: police. yenisafak.com Lesotho's 80-year-old prime minister has been granted sick leave until Feb. 27 when he will be have to appear in court on charges of murdering his wife, the country's deputy police commissioner said on Saturday.Thomas Thabane was due to be charged on Friday, but he failed to appear in court and instead travelled to South Africa for what aides said was a medical appointment.Police at the time threatened to issue an arrest warrant if there was evidence that Thabane, who denies involvement in the killing, was trying to evade justice.His then-wife Lilipelo, 58, was shot dead in June 2017, two days before he took offi…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Turkish father loses 'helpful' son in Germany shooting. yenisafak.com His father, Behcet Gultekin said he was shot dead two minutes after he met him.The father, who is suffering from cancer, has been living in Germany for 52 years."I go to the Frankfurt University clinic twice a week for chemotherapy. He used to take me and served as an interpreter for me […] He was very helpful and very religious," Behcet Gultekin said. Burak Kararti, Turkey's consul general in Frankfurt, told reporters after a visit to the grieving family that Turkish-origin people, as the largest foreign community in the country, often face these kinds of racist attacks. "Terrorism has no nationality, gender,…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). ANALYSIS: EU aims to restrict Turkey in Mediterranean. yenisafak.com Josep Borrell, who assumed…

yenisafak (2020-02-22). Demystifying death of former Pakistani President Ziaulhaq. yenisafak.com The crash of C-130 plane near the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, 531 kilometers (330 miles) south of Pakistani capital Islamabad on Aug. 17, 1988, killing country's President and Army Chief Gen. Muhammad Ziaulhaq continues to remain shrouded in mystery. The crash also killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Lewis Raphel and several other top Pakistani military officials. Over the past three decades, many people speculated about the sabotage, believing that explosives were hidden in a crate of mangoes loaded on the plane in Bahawalpur. But the Pakistani and the U.S. authorities have repeatedly denied and described the crash…

sputniknews (2020-02-22). Italian Town of Codogno on Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Fears – Video. sputniknews.com Fourteen cases of the new COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Italy.

sputniknews (2020-02-22). Iran Confirms 10 New Coronavirus Cases as Death Toll Rises to 5. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – The number of those infected with the new strain of coronavirus in Iran has increased by 10 to 28 cases since Friday, with the death toll rising to five, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-02-22). Samsung Electronics Factory in S. Korea Closed After Employee Tested Positive for Coronavirus. sputniknews.com According to the company's press release, the floor where the infected employee worked will remain closed until the morning of 25 February.

sputniknews (2020-02-22). Vivienne Westwood: 'If Julian Assange Goes Down, It's the End of Justice'. sputniknews.com Protesters have been gathering in London to support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the eve of the first hearings into his possible extradition to the United States to be held at Woolwich Crown Court.

sputniknews (2020-02-22). Taliban Commit Attacks in Two Afghan Provinces as Agreed Reduction of Violence Begins. sputniknews.com KABUL (Sputnik) – The Taliban movement on Saturday committed attacks in the Afghan provinces of Paktia and Balkh despite a seven-day decrease in hostilities agreed with the United States as a condition for signing a peace deal, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

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"Russia AgainGate": Phony Accusations of Russian "2020 Election Meddling".The Big Lie that won't Die
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
The NYT falsely warned of Russian meddling to re-elect Trump that hasn't occurred. | Nor does any evidence suggest it's coming ahead. Earlier accusations of Moscow electoral interference to help Trump defeat Hillary in 2016 were bald-faced Big Lies. | Not a …
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"Russia AgainGate": Phony Accusations of Russian "2020 Election Meddling".The Big Lie that won't Die
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
So-called "new information" that doesn't exist about Moscow intending to interfere in primaries and the US general election this year indicates lots more of this rubbish to come in the run-up to November.
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Intelligence agencies intervene in US elections to link Sanders to Putin
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
On the eve of Nevada Democratic caucuses, the Washington Post reported that "US officials" told Sanders the Russian government was working to aid his campaign.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/sand…

U.S. Intelligence agencies meddle in Nevada primary to sabotage Sanders
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
On the eve of Nevada Democratic caucuses, the Washington Post reported that "US officials" told Sanders the Russian government was working to aid his campaign.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/sand…

The Bush Dynasty: Nazi Germany, The Bin Ladens and the Mexican Drug Lords
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
Is it Coincidental? The Bush family had close links with Nazi Germany, the bin Laden family and the Mexican Drug cartel. | Two members of the Bush dynasty acceded to the White House. Had the US public been fully informed, who in America would have voted for George W. Bush?
globalresearch.ca/the-bush-dynasty-nazi-…

Coronavirus cases outside China are alarming, global health officials say
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
Though new cases of Covid-19 cases appear to be declining in Hubei province in China, officials are concerned that the epidemic may be expanding into other Asian countries and continents.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/coro…

5 Million Cases Worldwide, 650,000 Deaths Annually: The Seasonal Flu Virus is a "Serious Concern", But the Wuhan Coronavirus Grabs the Headlines
Tom Clifford | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
First published on January 27, 2020. Figures quoted for the coranavirus pertain to late January | The common flu virus will infect millions across the globe. It can be easily spread and will especially strike the young and the elderly. But …
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Ahead of Extradition Hearing, Hundreds March for Assange in London
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-22
LONDON–Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. | Famous Britons, including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the crowd protesting the U.S. espionage charges against the founder of the secret-spilling website. An extradition hearing for Assange is due to begin in a London court on Monday. | WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told a rally outside Parliament that the prosecuti…
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Bid to free Manning launched as explosive new evidence threatens to end Assange extradition
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-02-22
Lawyers acting on behalf of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning have lodged a motion, arguing for her release. This comes as WikiLeaks tweeted that Julian Assange's lawyers intend to produce 'bombshell' evidence at next week's extradition hearing. | Meanwhile, more evidence has emerged to further the argument that the extradition hearings should end on th…
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European legal team will seek asylum for Julian Assange in France
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
Members of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange's legal team, together with Assange's father John Shipton, held a press conference on Thursday in Paris.
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New conflict of interest evidence against UK judge in charge of Assange extradition process
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
Fresh evidence has emerged that the chief magistrate overseeing the extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has received financial benefits from organizations connected to the UK Foreign Office.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/judg…

Demonstration to free Julian Assange this Monday in Montreal
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
"This case is tremendously important and holds serious implications for journalism, free speech and human rights around the world," demonstration organizer Elizabeth Leier told the WSWS.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/mont…

A "ceasefire" in Washington's Afghanistan debacle
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
After 18 years of war, the killing of nearly 2,400 troops and the squandering of roughly $1 trillion, Washington is negotiating a deal it could have had with the Taliban without a shot being fired.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/pers…

After US terrorist war and sanctions, Nicaragua fights for justice at international court
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-22
In Managua, Ben Norton interviews Nicaragua's representative to the UN's International Court of Justice, Carlos Argàºello Gómez, who speaks about…
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Bloomberg surrogate was PR guru for Brazil's Bolsonaro
Ben Norton | zcomm.org | 2020-02-22
Former Michael Bloomberg aide Arick Wierson, who is pushing the billionaire's 2020 presidential campaign and attacking Bernie Sanders, helped elect far-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil…
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How Bernie Sanders Will Destroy the Deep State if He Becomes President
Eric Zuesse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-22
Joe Lauria at Consortium News headlined on February 21st, "Apparent US Intel Meddling in US Election With 'Report' Russia is Aiding Sanders", and he noted that, If the story is true and if intelligence agencies are truly committed to protecting U.S. citizens, the Sanders campaign would have been quietly informed and shown evidence to back …
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Occupy 2020: The movements powering Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-22
Going forward, it will be important for Sanders to not only mobilize this activist base throughout the primaries…
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Washington Still Pondering a Naval Blockade Against Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-22
The digital media Zero Hedge (ZH) Saturday published information holding that that the United States keeps on considering military actions as an option to overthrow Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | Maduro Announces Measures to Defend Venezuela's Oil Industry | More specifically, despite all the previous failed attempts to destabilize…
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Canadian PM proclaims indigenous "barricades must now come down"
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
The Trudeau Liberal government, acting on the demands of its big business masters, is exhorting police to dismantle the indigenous railway blockades.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/trud…

Environmentalist in Klobuchar's Home State Says She's "Owned by Big Agriculture"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-22
At this week's presidential debate in Nevada, Sen. Amy Klobuchar doubled down on a particularly concerning position: that natural gas, a fossil fuel, is a "transitional fuel." If you've been paying close attention to climate issues, you know that selling natural gas as a bridge fuel is an idea cooked up by the oil and gas industry. | The idea is that natural gas releases less carbon dioxide than coal, so it's better for the environment

Study Suggests Twitter Bots Amplified Climate Denial Messages
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-22
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. A new analysis of 6.5 million tweets from the days before and after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to ditch the Paris agreement in June 2017 suggests that automated Twitter bots are substantially contributing to the spread of online misinformation about the climate crisis. Brown University …
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10 species climate change could push to extinction
Tara Lohan and Dipika Kadaba | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-22
Species are finding less food, more competition for limited resources, or inhospitable conditions to which they can't adapt fast enough.
nationofchange.org/2020/02/22/10-species…

Janitors and Guards Feature Climate and Housing in Their Strike Demands
Steve Payne | zcomm.org | 2020-02-22
"I'm going to vote to strike today because we all deserve good jobs, but also because we need these companies to take responsibility for what they do to the planet, and to leave a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/janitors-and-guard…

Study: Twitter Bots Amplified Climate Denial Messages to Help Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-22
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. | A new analysis of 6.5 million tweets from the days before and after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to ditch the Paris agreement in June 2017 suggests that automated Twitter bots are substantially contributing to the spread of online misinformation abou…
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Impeached: Notes on the travesty that passed for a trial
Thomas Magstadt | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-22
The word "outrageous" comes to mind.
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Italian Towns on Lockdown as Virus Spreads Internationally
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-22
South Korea reports 433 cases of the new virus; 6 dead in Iran, 2 in Italy. Some outbreaks show no direct link to travel to China.
truthdig.com/articles/italian-towns-on-l…

Apocalypse Now! Insects, Pesticide and a Public Health Crisis
Colin Todhunter | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-22
In 2017, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, produced a report that called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. In addition to the devastating impacts …
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Palestinian Journalist and Child Injured by Israeli Bulldozer Attack
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-22
Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village. An Israeli army bulldozer was …
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Group planning march on DNC heads to New York to build support
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
New York, NY – Organizers with the Milwaukee-based Coalition to March on the DNC are attending the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), to build support for a major protest at the Democratic National Convention in July. | The Coalition to March on the DNC is a broad coalition of left and progressive forces who plan to bring popular demands to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, slated to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The march will be held on the opening morning of the convention, Monday, July 13. | "All eyes will be on Milwaukee when the people's movements protest outsi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/22/group-pl…

Minnesota Governor Walz flees protesters demanding action against killer cops
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
Minneapolis, MN – When Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appeared at the University of Minnesota to reflect on his first year of governing, he was confronted by angry community members demanding that he call for the prosecutions of killer cops across the state. Family members of police murder victims were joined by Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, UMN Students for a Democratic Society, SMASH students from Minneapolis South High School, and others. | Shortly after Walz and the event moderator were settled into two cozy armchairs on a stage at the front of a packed auditorium, one person rose from the middle of…
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Tens of thousands protest all over Germany against right-wing terror
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
People in over 50 cities have taken part in spontaneous vigils and demonstrations in memory of the victims of the fascist attack in Hanau.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/germ…

Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System
Mojmir Babacek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | This article was originally published on January 31, 2013. | *** | In March 2012 the Russian defense minister Anatoli Serdjukov said: | "The development of weaponry based on new physics principles; direct-energy weapons, | …
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Video: Turkey's Sultan-in-Chief Erdogan To the Rescue of Al-Qaeda in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
Tensions between the United States and Russia are growing in northeastern Syria. On February 19, a video appeared online showing how an armored vehicle of the U.S. military was pushing a vehicle of the Russian Military Police off a road. …
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Germany: Lenin comes to Gelsenkirchen!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
On March 14, the Russian revolutionary, Marxist working-class theorist and leader of the October Revolution of 1917 will come to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 150 years after his birthday he will move permanently into Gelsenkirchen-Horst – in the form of an over two meter tall, artfully shaped cast-iron statue in front of the Horster Mitte, the federal headquarters of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD). | "This will also be the start of a nationwide movement 'Don't give anti-communism a chance,'" says Gabi Fechtner, the chairwoman of the MLPD. "In times where monuments of the great communist th…
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Video: "To stop right terror, you need to know where it comes from"
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
Socialist Equality Party (SGP) deputy chairman, Christoph Vandreier, spoke at a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate after a right-wing terrorist killed eight people in Hanau, Germany.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/vand…

Video: "To stop right terror, you need to know where it comes from"
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
Socialist Equality Party Deputy Chairman Christoph Vandreier spoke at a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate after a right-wing terrorist killed eight people in Hanau, Germany.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/vand…

State Supreme Courts See Progress on Diversity but Still Fall Short
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-22
Tamika Montgomery-Reeves made history last fall when she was confirmed as the first Black justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. It was a small step toward improving diversity on state supreme courts nationwide, but it also highlights a glaring problem. | Her appointment is unusual, yet it shouldn't be

Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas Set Triple Jump World Record: 15.43 m
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-22
Venezuela's 24-year-old athlete Yulimar Rojas Friday set a new triple jump indoor world record in Madrid, Spain, with a 15.43-meter mark. | RELATED: | Bryant's Death Sparks Brazilian Campaign Against Homophobia | This result was expected as she is not a rookie in athletics. She has already been twice the triple jump world champion and is the current Olympic runner-up in this specialty. | In Madrid, Rojas executed the best jump in the history of indoor athletics, reaching 15 meters…
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Trump Goes after the Brits
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
The inept course of what passes for United States Foreign Policy continues, with the Trump Administration now going after the nation's second oldest friend, Great Britain. With Trump having serially insulted America's oldest ally France last year, it should only …
globalresearch.ca/diplomatic-immunity-ra…

World Conquest: The United States' Global Military Crusade (1945- )
Eric Waddell | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
The first period was characterized by US military intervention in Europe, the second by a concern to confine the Communist bloc and to prevent the emergence of pro-communist regimes elsewhere in the world, and the third, focused on gaining control over the former Soviet republics and the oil-rich Middle East.
globalresearch.ca/the-united-states-glob…

Who Is Really in Control of US Foreign Policy?
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
First published on January 2, 2020 | Baron Nathan Mayer de Rothschild once said "I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the British Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls …
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How Wall Street and Real Estate Exploited Anti-Housing Discrimination Policies
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-22
In 1970, Janice Johnson, a Black single mother in Philadelphia, was facing eviction from an old apartment building condemned by the city. She was desperately seeking a place for her and her 8-year-old son to live, and her attempts to rent nearby apartments were coming up short. A landlord suggested she buy rather than rent a home, and just two weeks later, Johnson was approved for a Federal Housing Administration-backed mortgage loan of $5,800. | Conditions in their new home quickly deterio…
truthout.org/articles/how-wall-street-an…

Grassroots Movements Fight for Gender Equity in Elections, Culture and Health
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-22
Even before the #metoo movement trained the spotlight on gender inequity and its impact across the globe, there were organizations doing the hard work to address these at-times violent failings. | From closing the wage gap and protecting reproductive rights to ending gender-based sexual exploitation, the push to support and empower women and nonbinary people has roots that date back generations. | Recent at…
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Trump's New Spy Chief Worked for Oligarch Barred From Entering US by State Dept
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-22
In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc, but did not disclose that he was being paid, according to records and interviews. Grenell also did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which generally requires people to disc…
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Native Voters in Nevada Head to Caucuses After Winning Voting Rights Fight
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-22
Nearly a decade before former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada would become the powerful Democratic majority leader under President Obama, he won a tight reelection race against a Las Vegas Republican by a razor-thin margin of a few hundred votes. Elveda Martinez of the Walker River Paiute Tribe in western Nevada said Native voters were quick to remind Reid that their turnout was crucial to his win. | "And we always told him, 'We put you in office,'" Martinez said in an interview with Truthout. | Reid…
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The Latinx Vote Might Carry 'Tio Bernie' to Victory
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | truthdig.com | 2020-02-22
The Vermont senator is winning over the nation's largest minority voting block, and it could make the difference in Nevada and beyond.
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Minnesota progressives say 'Don't vote for Amy Klobuchar'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
Minneapolis, MN

Brazil: Carnival Opens Mocking Bolsonaro, 'The Clown President'
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-22
"Carnival has always been a political act. In the First Republic, the black population used Carnival to assert their autonomy. Today is a great space for political and social criticism. At Carnival, humor and sarcasm work as a weapon of political transgression," Eric Brasil, author of the book "The Court at the Party: Black Experiences in Rio de Janeiro Carnivals," told The Intercept Brazil. | And the politicization of the popular party is precisely what has been evident since the beginning of 2020 Carnival in dozens of cities in Brazil, a country where President Jair Bolsonaro seems to be the main promoter of ha…
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Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Bil'in
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-22
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil'in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The procession started from the center of the village with the participation of Israeli …
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Nicaraguan President: The US Repeats Policies Against Peoples
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-22
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega inaugurated Friday the new mandate of the Army's Chief Julio César Avilés, during a ceremony celebrating the 86th anniversary of the death of the revolutionary leader, General Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino. | RELATED: | US Imperialism in Nicaragua and the Making of Sandino | The National Assembly opened the session in Niquinohomo, where Sandino was born, as a tribute to the revolutionary leader. | "Sandino, our national hero, and with him, we walk through his heroic…
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Low-wage workers make case for raises to North Carolina candidates
Rebekah Barber | zcomm.org | 2020-02-22
Workers are continuing to organize in the South

Trump mocks 'fake news' for running 'Russian Sympathizer Bernie' smear, but doesn't miss a chance to score points
rt.com | 2020-02-22
It seems Donald Trump is yet to decide whether he would rather lampoon left-wing media for adding Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders to Team Russia or take the opportunity to mock his potential rival in the November poll. | Just a day apart, two steaming-hot scoops landed in the US media cycle. First, the New York Times said Russia was helping Donald Trump to get reelected. Then the Washington Post claimed Russia was helping Bernie Sanders's campaign. All based on anonymous sources, innuendos, and other traits with which even casual followers of the 'Russiagate' saga are all too familiar. | One of the princip…
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Russia isn't only behind election hacking! They're also trying to smear US over coronavirus … according to State Department
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Not satisfied with just blaming Russia for election meddling, US officials are now claiming Moscow is trying to "sow discord" by spreading disinformation about the coronavirus and the US' role in its creation and global response. | US State Department officials are claiming Moscow is behind an internet campaign to blame the coronavirus on the US government. | Without citing specific examples, officials told AFP that the foreign nation is using "false personas" to spre…
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China could expand its solar industry by 50% in 2020
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Despite the coronavirus epidemic ripping through various sectors of the Chinese economy, including the solar industry, Beijing may still significantly boost the number of solar installations this year. | According to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association forecast, China is set to see between 35 and 45 gigawatts in new installations in 2020. If the developers manage to reach the most optimistic figure, this would mean a 50 percent surge from the 30.1 gigawatts China saw in 2019. | Also on rt.com | | Could renewables overtake coal in China?
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'First they came for Julian, next for you': Waters, Westwood join massive London rally against Assange extradition (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Thousands have protested near the British Parliament against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange's looming extradition to the US ahead of the hearing next week. | Demonstrators marched from Australia House to Parliament Square near the Palace of Westminster, where both houses of Parliament are located. | Chanting: "There's only one decision

'Disgusting joke' & mockery of the law: Julian Assange has ZERO chance of fair trial if extradited to US, Roger Waters tells RT
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Julian Assange's extradition to the US would sound the death knell for both investigative journalism and the rule of law, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters told RT ahead of a march organized in support of the WikiLeaks publisher. | With his extradition proceedings set to begin Monday, Assange faces 175 years in an American prison cell under the Espionage Act for his work with WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of pages of classified government documents since its founding

Govt wants 'what looks like a free press', not 'dissidents': Eno, Westwood & others speak about fighting for Assange's freedom
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Prominent public figures like designer Vivienne Westwood and musician Brian Eno, joined mass protesters against Julian Assange's extradition, saying his fate will have impact on press freedom and holding governments accountable. | "Julian is the Trojan horse. If he knocks a crack in that wall, we can get government to do all the other things they need to be doing, which they are doing the opposite of [right now]," British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood told RT. Thousands took to the streets near the British Parliament to protest the imprisonment of the WikiLeaks founder ahead of a hearing next week to dete…
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'Totally sane': Dems can't make up their minds about who is a supposed 'Russian agent'. Trump? Bernie? Or… both?
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell performed mental gymnastics on CNN to defend Bernie Sanders over alleged help from Russia, claiming Moscow does it in order to help its 'agent' Donald Trump. | The Democrats' overuse of Russian collusion conspiracy theories appears to be collapsing in on itself. First Trump supposedly worked with the country to meddle in the 2016 presidential election

Bernie Sanders takes early lead in Nevada Caucus based on first preference polling
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Early preference polling shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a clear favorite for caucus-goers, though it is still too early to call a true victor in the race. | Entrance poll results from ABC, CBS and others show Bernie's frontrunner status in the race for the Democrat Party's presidential nomination could hold strong in the third major votes for the battling candidates. | CBS reports that six in 10 caucus goers interviewed by them support a government-run, single-payer health care system, a signature part of Sanders' campaign promises, as well as that of contender Elizabeth Warren, though she did not far…
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Trump to confront Modi on 'religious freedoms', Kashmir, tariffs & other US 'concerns' during India visit
rt.com | 2020-02-22
On his first visit to India next week, US President Donald Trump is expected to wade into several domestic controversies, challenging his Indian counterpart on the state of religious freedom in the country, as well as Kashmir. | Trump will raise a number of "concerns" with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the trip, a White House official said on Friday, singling out the "religious freedom issue" as "extremely important" to the US administration. | "Prime Minister Modi in his first speech after winning the election last year, talked about how he would prioritize being inclusive of Indian religious min…
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Sleeping in orbit & surviving Russian winter: Rakesh Sharma, first Indian in space, recalls his training & flight
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Four Indian astronauts are now training in Russia ahead of their nation's first manned space mission. Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, shared with RT his memories of braving Russian winters and going into orbit in 1984. | Sharma, a former wing commander in the Indian Air Force, became the first

Turkey says its soldier was killed in Idlib as tensions between Ankara & Damascus boil over
rt.com | 2020-02-22
A Turkish soldier has been killed in the Syrian northwestern Idlib province in an airstrike by the Syrian Army, Turkish local authorities have said amid the ongoing crisis between Ankara and Damascus in the region. | A soldier identified as Mecit Demir has been killed in a bombing in Idlib, the governor's office of the southern Turkish Gaziantep province said in a Twitter post. | Turkey, which supports what it called "moderate" armed groups, has recently flooded the region with troops and equipment in response…
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Dangerous games: US NUKES Russia in 'mini exercise' attended by Pentagon chief
rt.com | 2020-02-22
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper played himself in a drill at the US Strategic Command HQ in Nebraska, which featured a bizarre scenario of America nuking Russia in response to its own nuclear strike against a 'NATO ally'. | US military exercises simulating various crises are not that uncommon, yet, out of all plausible scenarios, this particular drill apparently simulated a highly unrealistic one. The classified exercise conducted at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha on Thursday focused on an imaginary nuclear conflict between the US and Russia in Europe. | According to the drill scenario, Moscow somehow dec…
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'They thought my coach supplied me with doping': Alexander Loginov on shocking police search before relay race
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov who was subjected to a police search hours before Saturday's race has commented on the raid saying that he and his coach were suspected of using prohibited drugs. | Loginov told the media that he was awoken by police officers who broke into his hotel room early in the morning confiscating his personal belongings, including a laptop and a phone. | READ MORE: Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race | "They broke into our hotel room at 5.50am m…
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Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Alexander Loginov, who broke a 12-year losing streak for Russian male biathletes by winning gold at the IBU World Championships, has been subjected to a search by Italian police hours before a Saturday event. | The search warrant served by police in Rasen-Antholz in South Tyrol, Italy where the competition is taking place targets Loginov and Russian team coach Alexander Kasperovich. | –í–æ–Ç –∫–∞–∫ –ø–Ä–æ–Ö–æ–¥–∏–ª –æ–±–&…
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Meteorite illuminates skies over northern Russia with mysterious blue light (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Residents of a small Russian town in the northern Republic of Karelia marveled at a bright blue sphere lighting up the town with an otherworldly blue light as a meteorite fell in the area. | Footage from local internet provider CityLink's CCTV cameras shows a glowing orb traversing the sky over the town during the night. The celestial object disappeared in a flash of bright blue light over the town of Segezha. It is unclear if it hit the ground or disintegrated in the atmosphere. | Russian scientists say the mysterious orb might have been a meteorite. The deputy head of the Russian association of astronomy…
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'They took our rifles as if we were dangerous criminals': Russian biathlete Loginov on Italian police raid
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov, who was subjected to a search by Italian police on Saturday, said that officers broke into their hotel room early in the morning while he was sleeping and confiscated his rifle. | The unexpected search, which took place hours before the men's relay race at the IBU World Championship, left the team in a state of shock, with Russian biathlon managers calling the raid an act of harassment. | READ MORE: Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race…
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'Extremely concerning': Russia's Olympic Committee and diplomats file complaints over police raid on biathletes in Italy
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Moscow diplomats and sporting officials have urged Italy to explain why its police barged into the rooms of Russian biathletes mere hours before a world championship event. | The Russian Embassy in Rome demanded that Italy explain the reasons behind police searches conducted in the hotel rooms of Russian athletes on Saturday. The diplomats urged local authorities to guarantee all "necessary conditions" for Russians to train and participate in international tournaments in the country. | Moscow's Olympic Committee (OKR) asked its Italian counterpart and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) to explain the situa…
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'US democracy at work': WATCH Nevada caucus ties being determined by a deck of cards
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Ties at Nevada caucus sites are being determined by drawing from a deck of cards, and the bizarre videos are leaving folks scratching their heads in bewilderment. | Videos are coming in from Nevada caucus sites as votes are counted to decide who will win the third big battle for delegates in the race to win the Democrat Party's presidential nomination, and it's made people aware of a special piece of equipment being used by precinct captains

No Chinese takeaway: Jiangsu Suning reveal bid to sign Gareth Bale fell through over Real Madrid's fee demands
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Gareth Bale could have been getting ready for the start of the Chinese Super League season, but one of the division's top clubs revealed a bid to bring the Welshman to China was scuppered when Real Madrid demanded a transfer fee. | …
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Russia Wants Trump Reelected, and May Be Making a Bet That Bernie Sanders Can't Defeat Him (They're Wrong)
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-02-22
President Donald Trump speaks to the media at the White House on August 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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What Billionaires Really Love About Hard Work
Sam Pizzigati | commondreams.org | 2020-02-22
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign event on January 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Don't Extradite Assange' is the Shout at London's Streets
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-22
In London, hundreds of free speech activists Saturday marched from the Australia House to Parliament Square in support of Julian Assange who faces a court that will decide whether or not to be extradited to the United States. | RELATED: | Europe's Human Rights Watchdog Opposes Assange's Extradition | Beginning Feb. 24, London's Woolwich Crown Court will…
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Global Protest Call Monday 24 Feb To Demand Freedom Of Julian Assange
BayAction2FreeAssange | indybay.org | 2020-02-22
British Consulate General | 1 Sansome Street | San Francisco, CA | Along with Belmarsh Prison, London and UK embassies and consulates around the world…
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Attorney General Becerrra and Governor Newsom file lawsuit against Trump water plan
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-02-22
"As we face the unprecedented threat of a climate emergency, now is the time to strengthen our planet's biodiversity, not destroy it," said Attorney General Becerra. "California won't silently spectate as the Trump Administration adopts scientifically-challenged biological opinions that push species to extinction and harm our natural resources and waterways.
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Resistance To Putting Billionaire Doris Fisher's KIPP Hunters Point Charter On TI
Repost | indybay.org | 2020-02-22
There is resistance to putting billionaire GAP owner Doris Fisher's KIPP Charter on Treasure Island. The SF School District wants to put her charter on radioactive contaminated Treasure Island at the closed Treasure Island Elementary School. | Doris Fisher pushed to have her school co-locate with the Malcom X Academy Public school and want to grab more of the space at the public school. This is allowed under Proposition 39 which allows charter schools to bust up public schools by taking their space. Prop 39 was written by Netflix billionaire Reed Hastings and supported by the Fisher family which owns the GAP, The…
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Rally at State of the State calls on Newsom to phase out oil production
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-02-22
"Today's State of the State address is an opportunity to make clear that the Newsom Administration will not wrap itself around fossil fuel polluting billionaires

EFF Asks FTC To Scrutinize Secret Deal Saddling .ORG Registry with $360 Million in Debt
EFF & Americans for Financial Reform | indybay.org | 2020-02-22
February 21, 2020: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called for the disclosure of secret financing details behind the $1.1 billion .ORG sale, and has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to scrutinize the deal. The transaction would saddle the .ORG registry with $360 million in debt.
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"Seeing Frida Kahlo Through Disabled People's Perspectives" by Corbett O'Toole
de Young Museum Docent Council | indybay.org | 2020-02-22
Koret Auditorium | de Young Museum | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (in Golden Gate Park), SF…
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Trump and the Post-Factual
Sebastian Schindler | indybay.org | 2020-02-22
Trump's politics is naive and skeptical, gullable and cynical. Trump's relation with truth is like a generalization of conspiracy theory assumptions that see manipulative-conspiratorial activities at work behind observable reality. Beward pathological narcissists who are pathological paranoids!
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Aramco to win unconditional EU clearance for $69 bln SABIC deal
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Saudi Aramco is set to gain unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $69 billion buy of a 70% stake in petrochemicals group Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) , people familiar with the matter said on Friday.Aramco announced the deal to acquire the controlling stake from sovereign investor Public Investment Fund (PIF) in March last year, a move key to its diversification into refining and petrochemicals.Riyadh-headquartered SABIC, the world's fourth largest petrochemicals group, has operations in over 50 countries.The European Commission, which is scheduled to decide on the case by Feb. 27, declined to commen…
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More flooding hits sodden communities as deluge continues
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-22
A third consecutive weekend of stormy weather is bringing further flooding misery to already sodden communities.With swathes of South Wales and northern and central England still trying to cope with the impact of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, heavy showers have brought new flooding plus warnings of more to come.The Met Office said more belts of heavy rain were due on Saturday night and again on Sunday night, accompanied by warnings of high winds and snow in Scotland. | It will be another unsettled morning, with a #wind warning in force fo…
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Despite horror stories, California cruise passengers won't let coronavirus spoil their fun
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
With a white captain's hat perched on his head, Calvin Ballard seemed relaxed as he waited to depart on his first-ever cruise to Mexico, unfazed by the possibility of being trapped on a ship under siege by an outbreak of coronavirus.Like many fellow vacationers streaming onto an ocean liner docked near Los Angeles, Ballard said he was well aware that passengers aboard other cruises had ended up stranded for weeks, far from home, and he vowed to take special care to stay healthy. Nonetheless, he was determined to have a good time."What we're planning on doing is washing our hands often, trying not to touch things…
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Iraq reports first coronavirus infection
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Iraq on Saturday reported its first coronavirus case in the southern Dhi Qar province, according to a local medical source.The source said an Iraqi student tested positive for the virus after returning from the Iranian city of Qom.He said the student has been quarantined for further tests.On Saturday, the Iraqi authorities called on its nationals not to travel to neighboring Iran, where five coronavirus deaths were reported.The move came after Iraq banned Iranian citizens from entering the country through border terminals for three days.Coronavirus has spread to more than 25 other countries including the U.S., th…
yenisafak.com/en/world/iraq-reports-firs…

Thai students to protest banning of popular opposition party
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Thai students are expected to stage a protest on Saturday against a court's decision that dissolved the country's second largest opposition party, less than a year after an election to end direct military rule.The Constitutional Court on Friday disbanded the upstart Future Forward Party, which won more than 6 million votes last year and came in third, for accepting loans from its founder.The court also banned 16 party executives from politics for 10 years, including its charismatic billionaire leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.The ban strengthens the position in parliament of a coalition led by Prime Minister…
yenisafak.com/en/news/thai-students-to-p…

Sanders puts Democratic front-runner status on the line in Nevada's caucuses
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Bernie Sanders faces a test of his front-runner status in the Democratic White House race on Saturday in Nevada, where voters will consider an unsettled field of candidates as they search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump.Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist senator from Vermont, has surged to the top of opinion polls nationally and in Nevada after strong performances in the first two nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this month.While Sanders' rivals will try to blunt his momentum in Nevada, they each face significant challenges of their own.Former Vice President Jo…
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India says discovers fields with over 3,000 tonnes of gold ore
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
India, the world's second-biggest gold consumer, has discovered gold fields with reserves of over 3,000 tonnes in its most populous northern state, a government official said on Saturday.India mines between 2 to 3 tonnes of gold annually, relying on expensive imports to fulfil nearly all of its demand, which averaged 843 tonnes per year over the past 10 years.Its hunger for gold – used extensively in jewellery, as offerings to Gods and in lavish weddings – cost India more than $31 billion on imports last year, making the metal its second-biggest import item after crude oil.Federal and state departments have disco…
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Syrian Turkmen support Ankara's involvement in Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Turkey is involved in Syria in order to stop deaths and displacement, speaker of the Syrian Turkmen Assembly said on Saturday.In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Muhammed Vecih Cuma said that the continuing attacks by Assad regime and its allies in Idlib, Syria, have led to the region's "biggest humanitarian crisis".He said that nearly four million people in the region were expecting help."One million of them are displaced from their homes and have lost their families," Cuma said. "While some of them live in tents, others, unfortunately, try to survive under trees. Turkey helps them."Established in 2012, the Syr…
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Lesotho PM granted medical leave from wife murder case: police
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Lesotho's 80-year-old prime minister has been granted sick leave until Feb. 27 when he will be have to appear in court on charges of murdering his wife, the country's deputy police commissioner said on Saturday.Thomas Thabane was due to be charged on Friday, but he failed to appear in court and instead travelled to South Africa for what aides said was a medical appointment.Police at the time threatened to issue an arrest warrant if there was evidence that Thabane, who denies involvement in the killing, was trying to evade justice.His then-wife Lilipelo, 58, was shot dead in June 2017, two days before he took offi…
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At least six PKK/KCK suspects arrested in southern Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Turkish police arrested on Saturday six PKK/KCK suspects for their links to the terrorist group, security sources said.The arrests came after prosecutors in the southern port city of Mersin issued warrants for the suspects, said the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Those arrested include members of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) such as Akdeniz district chair Feyza Kaya and Toroslar district chair Cabbar Karabeg, among others.Ankara has long accused the HDP of having links to the terrorist YPG/PKK.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -…
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ANALYSIS: EU aims to restrict Turkey in Mediterranean
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Josep Borrell, who assumed…
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Turkish father loses 'helpful' son in Germany shooting
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
His father, Behcet Gultekin said he was shot dead two minutes after he met him.The father, who is suffering from cancer, has been living in Germany for 52 years."I go to the Frankfurt University clinic twice a week for chemotherapy. He used to take me and served as an interpreter for me […] He was very helpful and very religious," Behcet Gultekin said. Burak Kararti, Turkey's consul general in Frankfurt, told reporters after a visit to the grieving family that Turkish-origin people, as the largest foreign community in the country, often face these kinds of racist attacks. "Terrorism has no nationality, gender,…
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Demystifying death of former Pakistani President Ziaulhaq
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
The crash of C-130 plane near the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, 531 kilometers (330 miles) south of Pakistani capital Islamabad on Aug. 17, 1988, killing country's President and Army Chief Gen. Muhammad Ziaulhaq continues to remain shrouded in mystery. The crash also killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Lewis Raphel and several other top Pakistani military officials. Over the past three decades, many people speculated about the sabotage, believing that explosives were hidden in a crate of mangoes loaded on the plane in Bahawalpur. But the Pakistani and the U.S. authorities have repeatedly denied and described the crash…
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Italian Town of Codogno on Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Fears – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
Fourteen cases of the new COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Italy.
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Iran Confirms 10 New Coronavirus Cases as Death Toll Rises to 5
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
TEHRAN (Sputnik) – The number of those infected with the new strain of coronavirus in Iran has increased by 10 to 28 cases since Friday, with the death toll rising to five, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said Saturday.
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Samsung Electronics Factory in S. Korea Closed After Employee Tested Positive for Coronavirus
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
According to the company's press release, the floor where the infected employee worked will remain closed until the morning of 25 February.
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Vivienne Westwood: 'If Julian Assange Goes Down, It's the End of Justice'
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
Protesters have been gathering in London to support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the eve of the first hearings into his possible extradition to the United States to be held at Woolwich Crown Court.
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Taliban Commit Attacks in Two Afghan Provinces as Agreed Reduction of Violence Begins
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
KABUL (Sputnik) – The Taliban movement on Saturday committed attacks in the Afghan provinces of Paktia and Balkh despite a seven-day decrease in hostilities agreed with the United States as a condition for signing a peace deal, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
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Suspect Armed With Knife Killed by Israeli Forces in Jerusalem Old City – Police
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
This comes following the recent escalation of tension in the region after the release of US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan that was welcomed by Israel and strongly rejected by Palestinians.
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Boeing Buying Russian-Made Components for Its New Starliner Spacecraft – Company
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
In development for nearly a decade, the Starliner programme was Boeing's answer to the decommissioning of the Space Shuttle programme in 2011, which left NASA and allied space agencies dependent on Russian Soyuz rockets to take crews to the International Space Station.
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