Daily Archives: February 23, 2020

2020-02-23: News Headlines

Staff (2020-02-23). MSNBC Melts Down Over Sanders' Front-Runner Status. truthdig.com As it became clear Saturday evening that Sen. Bernie Sanders would run away with the Nevada caucus and Earlier in the Democratic primary process, the Comca…

teleSUR (2020-02-23). Bernie Sanders Wins Big in Nevada Democratic Vote. telesurenglish.net Broad-based support across age, racial and ideological groups propelled Bernie Sanders to a dominant victory in Nevada's Democratic caucuses, tightening his grip on the front-runner spot in the race to find a challenger to President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Joe Biden, the former vice president, appeared headed to a badly needed second-place finish in Nevada after poor showings earlier this month in the first two nominating…

Staff (2020-02-23). MSNBC Melts Down Over Sanders' Frontrunner Status. truthdig.com As it became clear Saturday evening that Sen. Bernie Sanders would run away with the Nevada caucus and Earlier in the Democratic primary process, the Comca…

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-23). Is Moscow Aiding the Sanders Campaign? "Russia AgainGate", But this Time in Favor of the "Progressive Dems" globalresearch.ca At this stage in the Dem party campaign to choose its standard bearer in November, Sanders leads other aspirants in national polls. | As in 2016, DNC bosses likely prefer another candidate to head their ticket, a more reliable figure to …

South Front (2020-02-23). Video: SAA Syrian Forces Give Turkish Army "A Whipping" in Eastern Idlib. globalresearch.ca On February 20, the 2nd Army of NATO and its proxy forces once again failed to capture the village of Nayrab, eastern Idlib, from the Syrian Army. The Turkish attack involved 2 dozens of military equipment pieces, including battle …

teleSUR (2020-02-23). Syrian Forces Defend Damascus From Alleged New Israeli Attack. telesurenglish.net Syria's air defense is responding to "hostile targets" over the Damascus area, state news agency SANA reported Sunday. | RELATED: | According to the news agency, Syrian forces are repelling "a batch of hostile missiles coming from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights." | Media reports said explosions were heard in the sky over Damascus, while videos allegedly confirm the attacks. SANA's correspondent confirmed that…

Andrew Korybko (2020-02-23). The Syrian Arab Army's Victorious Liberation of Aleppo. Historical Comparisons. globalresearch.ca While there are certainly some structural similarities between the Syrian Arab Army's ongoing liberation offensive in Northwestern Syria and Saakashvili's previous desire to restore Georgia's full sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, the international legal and situational differences …

teleSUR (2020-02-23). South Korea Raises Alert Level After Coronavirus Cases Multiply. telesurenglish.net South Korea raised its coronavirus alert to the " highest level" by recognizing that the situation reached a critical point, as on Sunday the country reported 46 new cases infected with the pathogen, raising the total to 602. | RELATED: | The South Korean President has decided to activate the protocol after the number of infections has sky-rocketed in the last five days, especially around the city of Daegu, in…

Staff (2020-02-23). Thousands Protest in London Against Assange Extradition Before Start of Hearing. truthout.org The extradition hearing to decide whether to send Julian Assange to the United States to be tried for publishing classified military documents on Wikileaks is expected to finally begin on Monday in London. | Assange is

Andrew Fowler (2020-02-23). Veteran Journalist Andrew Fowler Denounces Australian Government's Refusal to Defend Assange. globalresearch.ca Andrew Fowler, an award-winning investigative journalist and long-time defender of Julian Assange, recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the imprisonment and persecution of the WikiLeaks publisher and its implications for genuine investigative journalism, press freedom …

acTVism Munich (2020-02-23). Julian Assange "Stop Extradition Protest" in London. dissidentvoice.org This video documents the protest that took place in London on the 22nd of February 2020 to stop the extradition of Julian Assange. This protest was organised by the "Don't Extradite Assange Campaign." | CORRECTION IN VIDEO AT 00: 14: " … and 1 count of conspiracy 'to commit computer intrusion.'"

Aaron Maté (2020-02-23). Russiagate 2.0 drowns out Trump's reckless escalation of US-Russia nuclear arms race. thegrayzone.com Amid new fear-mongering about "Russian interference," former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Trump's overlooked, reckless escalation of the US-Russia…

Staff (2020-02-23). Democratic Party Dinosaurs Have Seen the Meteor, and It's Coming From Vermont. truthout.org The Berniegeddon is upon us! It's France falling to the Nazis in World War II! It's the Russians! It's the end of everything! Flee! Flee for your lives! | Sorry about that. Just trying out for a talking head guest spot on MSNBC. | Vermont senator and Brooklyn native Bernie Sanders

The Canary (2020-02-23). Bernie Sanders wins Nevada and pulls further away from rivals. thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has won Nevada's presidential primary election and pulled further away from his rivals after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. | The 78-year-old, a self-described socialist, cemented his position as the Democratic frontrunner with support from the state's large Latino community. | Mr Sanders left Nevada earlier on Saturday to rally supporters in El Paso, Texas, where he told the crowd US President Donald Trump was "a pathological liar running a corrupt administration". | "When we come together there is nothing we can't accomplish," Mr Sanders added. | The win builds on the Vermont senator'

Staff (2020-02-23). Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies the Wrong Way Could End Up Hurting the Poor. truthout.org Among progressives concerned about climate change, few issues provoke as much anger as the knowledge that governments continue to subsidize fossil fuels. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in 2017 these subsidies totaled $5.2 trillion annually. | Don't governments realize that fossil fuels are cooking the planet? The scientific community says we are in a desperate race against time, but the coal, oil, and gas companies apparently still have their noses deeply in the public…

Staff (2020-02-23). Facing Undeniable Reality of Climate Change, Deniers Now Argue It's Not That Bad. truthout.org Climate change denialism has a long history. Possibly the earliest clear example dates back to October 1959, when a researcher working for none other than Royal Dutch Shell published an

teleSUR (2020-02-23). Venezuelan Heroism Defeated Last Year's Invasion: Maduro. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, recalled this Sunday the victory of the Venezuelan people before the aggression of violent groups at the service of the right on February 23, 2019 on the border with Colombia. | RELATED: | The President praised the courage of the people who together with the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Fanb) defended Venezuela's sovereignty against the attempts of the U.S. administra…

Juan Cole (2020-02-23). Russian Petro-state is terrified of a Sanders Presidency. zcomm.org How do I know that Russia would actually hate, abhor and despise a Sanders presidency? Because Sanders's Green New Deal would bankrupt Russia…

Aída Chávez (2020-02-23). How Young Latinos Delivered Nevada to Tío Bernie. zcomm.org "I think, like these ideas are so radical to them. Like free college, or a Green New Deal, Medicare for All. And then when you actually have a serious conversation as to seeing it through our lens, they really start to change."

Staff (2020-02-23). Haiti Police in Firefight With Troops Near National Palace. truthdig.com PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Off-duty police officers and their supporters exchanged fire for nearly two hours on Sunday with members of the newly reconstituted Haitian army in front of the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions. | At least three police officers were wounded, fellow officers told The Associated Press. | AP journalists saw dozens of men who said they were off-duty officers march with hundreds of supporters toward the palace in the latest in days of demonstrations demanding better pay for Haitian law-enforcement officers. | Related Articles<...

teleSUR (2020-02-23). Hundreds Protest Citizenship Law in India Ahead of Trump Visit. telesurenglish.net Hundreds gathered in India's capital New Delhi to protest the controversial citizenship law Sunday just a day before United States President Donald Trump begins a two-day visit of the country. | RELATED: | In the latest eruption of violence people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it, with the two groups pelting each other with stones in the Maujpur area in the northeastern part of the capital. Po…

Staff (2020-02-23). New Financial Aid Scheme Requires Students to Forfeit Future Income to Investors. truthout.org One day in 2017, Lauren Neuwirth sank into a chair in her university's financial aid office feeling out of options. She was finishing her second year at Purdue University in northwest Indiana, a school she'd chosen for its top-ranked engineering program. Neuwirth, who grew up near Milwaukee, was working two jobs to cover her living expenses and quickly running through the money her mother had set aside for college. Federal student loans only covered some of Purdue's pricey out-of-state tu…

teleSUR (2020-02-23). Powerful Earthquake Kills 75 People in Iran. telesurenglish.net At least 75 people were injured in the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Qotur region in West Azarbaijan Province in the northwest of Iran on Sunday, the chief of Medical Emergency Center of Khoy city in West Azarbaijan said. | RELATED: | Most of those who were sent to the medical centers had brief injury, Mojtaba Gamari told official IRNA news agency. | Earlier on the day, Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman for Iran's E…

Michael Jansen (2020-02-23). Trump's Pressure Tactics on Iraq Seek to Preserve Troop Presence. globalresearch.ca When will the Trump administration stop bullying Iraq? The latest examples of bullying involve delays in cash deliveries from an Iraqi account in the US Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and reducing the length of sanctions waivers allowing Iraq …

teleSUR (2020-02-23). IMF Extends Visit To Crisis-Hit Lebanon: Sources. telesurenglish.net The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will continue meetings with the Lebanese authorities on Monday, extending a visit to provide technical advice that was expected to end Sunday. | RELATED: | According to sources close to the process, the IMF began meetings with the Lebanese authorities on Feb. 20 to provide comprehensive technical advice on how to deal with the country's overwhelming financial and economic crisis. The fund initially said that its team would stay until Feb. 23.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2020-02-23). US Senators Call for Resuming Aid to Gaza, UNRWA. imemc.org According to American media reports, a group of 31 US Democratic Senators have written a letter calling on the US administration to restore funding and aid to the Gaza Strip, warning that Palestinians are facing a humanitarian crisis. The senators urged the administration to take immediate action to restore humanitarian …

Staff (2020-02-23). Puerto Rico's Uprisings Have Empowered a New Leadership Among the Oppressed. truthout.org The U.S. federal government's disastrous response to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria illustrates a longstanding history of an exploitative domestic policy on the island. Recent earthquakes have not only rocked Puerto Rico's infrastructure but have emphasized the United States's negligence of its own citizens. Journalist and Columbia University professor, Ed Morales, describes Puerto Rico as the "symbol of marginalized communities all over the U.S. and the world." He joins activist and scholar…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-02-23). China Defies US Sanctions against Venezuela. Will Continue to Import Oil from Venezuela and Support Maduro Government. globalresearch.ca China's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, announced that China will not interrupt its relations with Nicolás Maduro's Venezuela, despite the US government's sanctions on the South American country. The announcement is not surprising, given the undeniable efforts of …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-23). Latin Patriarchate Denounces Settler Invasion of Jordan Valley. imemc.org The Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, on Saturday, condemned the Israeli settlers' invasion of its property in the northern Jordan Valley village of Tayasir. In a statement yesterday it said "thousands of Israeli settlers entered with no permission, in clear violation of private property laws," Days of Palestine reports. The armed …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-23). Israeli Forces Suppress Peaceful Protest in Kufur Qaddoum. imemc.org Violent confrontations flared up on Saturday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently dispersed a peaceful Palestinian demonstration in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, local sources said . The Palestinian Information Center reported that the IOF attacked the peaceful demonstrators by firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters …

Fight Back (2020-02-23). "We want to show the DNC that the people have the power," says Milwaukee coalition. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On February 22, a Wisconsin delegation invited a conference of nearly 60 organizations to join a major protest at the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee in July. | The members of the Coalition to March on the DNC made their announcement on the second day of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) national conference. The UNAC conference is a major gathering of international solidarity and anti-oppression activists from across North America, taking place at the People's Forum in New York City. | The coalition is calling on all progressive, left, democratic and socialist or…

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski (2020-02-23). Video: Brzezinski's Foreign Policy Perspective on China and Russia. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers the following video on the late Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski's foreign policy perspective. | Brzezinski was national security advisor under the Carter administration. He worked in close collaboration with the CIA. He was …

Ken Stone (2020-02-23). Canada and the Lima Group. Criminal Conspiracy Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca As Canadians, we are paying for our own indoctrination and our own impoverishment. CBC and all mainstream media consistently provide cover for the Canadian government's foreign policy criminality. In so doing, these media outlets are part of the war propaganda …

Zero Hedge (2020-02-23). Two Years After Handing It the Biggest Ever Bailout Loan, IMF Finds Argentina Debt Levels Are "Unsustainable" globalresearch.ca Back in the summer of 2018, when the IMF handed Argentina an unprecedented $56 billion bailout loan, the largest in IMF history, some warned that this is a case of deja vu similar to the 2001/2002 precedent when Argentina eventually …

teleSUR (2020-02-23). Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, Drag His Body With Bulldozer. telesurenglish.net Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man near the border, east of the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, and severely injured two others who were trying to pull out the body, local media reported Sunday. | RELATED: | The two wounded men were rushed to a hospital for treatment, a paramedic of the Palestinian Red Crescent told the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. | Israeli force…

IMEMC News (2020-02-23). Updated 2: "Israeli Soldiers Kill One Palestinian, Injure Four, In Southern Gaza" imemc.org Update: The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, has reported that the slain Palestinian was one of its members. | The Brigades stated that the Palestinian has been identified as Mohammad Ali Hasan an-Na'em, 27, from Khan Younis.

PCHR (2020-02-23). PCHR: IOF Abuses the Body of Palestinian in a Humiliating and Degrading Manner. imemc.org On Sunday, 23 February 2020, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and injured Palestinian civilians whom were trying to rescue and evacuate two persons that were targeted by IOF in eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. IOF made a 150-meter incursion into the border and evacuated the body of …

Staff (2020-02-23). Drinking Water Quality Could Plummet Under Trump's Clean Water Rollback. truthout.org The Santa Fe River starts high in the forests of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains and flows 46 miles to the Rio Grande. Along the way it plays important roles for wildlife, irrigation, recreation and other cultural uses, and provides 40% of the water supply for the city of Santa Fe's 85,000 residents. | But some stretches of the river don't flow year-round, and that means parts of this vitally important water system could lose federal protections under changes to clean-water rules just passe…

Pepe Escobar (2020-02-23). No Weapon Left Behind: The American Hybrid War on China. globalresearch.ca The New Silk Roads — or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — were launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, first in Central Asia (Nur-Sultan) and then Southeast Asia (Jakarta). | One year later, the Chinese economy overtook the U.S. on …

Malcolm X (2020-02-23). Malcolm X Was Right, a Black Man Will Sell Us Out. globalresearch.ca "The system in this country cannot produce freedom for an Afro-American. It is impossible for this system, this economic system, this political system, this social system, this system, period. It's impossible for this system as it stands to produce freedom …

WSWS (2020-02-23). Sanders wins sweeping victory in Nevada. wsws.org Despite the intervention of the intelligence agencies, the corporate media and the Democratic Party establishment, young and working class voters gave overwhelming support to Sanders.

IMEMC News (2020-02-23). Palestinian Infant Among Dozens Who Suffered Severe Effects of Teargas Inhalation Near Ramallah. imemc.org A Palestinian infant, only five months of age, along with dozens of residents, including schoolchildren, suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, Sunday, after Israeli soldiers invaded Deir Nitham village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Media sources said the soldiers attacked dozens of residents, especially schoolchildren, …

IMEMC News (2020-02-23). Soldiers Close Many Roads South Of Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers closed, on Sunday morning, several roads in Masafer Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Media sources said the soldiers installed sandhills and concrete blocks on many roads leading to Masafer Yatta, located east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, and prevented the Palestinians …

IMEMC News (2020-02-23). Updated: Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, seven Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. Another Palestinian was abducted, on Sunday afternoon, near Jerusalem. | Update:…

RT (2020-02-23). Blitzkrieg Bernie? Sanders' victory in Nevada like NAZI invasion of France — MSNBC's Chris Matthews. rt.com MSNBC's Chris Matthews has compared Bernie Sanders' win in the Nevada caucuses to Adolf Hitler's WWII takeover of France. As Sanders pulls ahead of the pack, the media has labeled him a nazi, a communist, and a Russian stooge. | Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders declared a resounding victory in Saturday's Nevada caucuses, the third major showdown of the primary season. With some results still outstanding on Sunday morning, Sanders has won just over 46 percent of the vote, more than doubling the score of former Vice President Joe Biden, currently in second place with 19 percent. | After a strong showing in Iowa an…

RT (2020-02-23). 'Don't let them take it away!' Trump congratulates 'Crazy Bernie' as Sanders wins big in Nevada. rt.com Evoking painful memories, US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that his potential Democratic contender won't be robbed of the nomination this time, as Bernie Sanders heads for a decisive victory in Nevada caucus. | "Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates," Trump tweeted. | Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst deba…

RT (2020-02-23). Italy becomes Europe's largest coronavirus hot spot with 2 deaths & 79 cases across 5 regions. rt.com The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases has soared to at least 79 in Italy, forcing authorities to introduce increasingly strict containment and quarantine measures in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto. | A 78-year-old man died near Padua in the Veneto region on Friday night, becoming the second victim of the virus in Italy, after a 76-year-old woman was found dead on Thursday 50km south of Milan. | At least 17 people have been confirmed infected in Veneto so far, including the latest victim's wife and daughter, as authorities are still mulling whether the Carnival of Venice events should…

RT (2020-02-23). Austria stops passenger train traffic from and to Italy amid coronavirus panic. rt.com Authorities in Austria have stopped an incoming train at the Italian border, after it emerged that two passengers may be infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Later, all train traffic to and from Italy was halted. | The Eurocity 86 train was stopped at the Brenner Pass border crossing on Sunday, after officials at Italian State Railways told their Austrian counterparts that two passengers on board had fever symptoms consistent with the Covid-19 coronavirus. | The train, bound for Munich in Germany, was halted and returned to the Italian side of the alpine crossing, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer confirmed.

RT (2020-02-23). Foreign media 'didn't miss the slightest opportunity' to keep people from voting in nationwide election — Iran's supreme leader. rt.com Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took aim at foreign media outlets, claiming they did their utmost to "discourage" Iranians from voting this Friday in the parliamentary election. | "This negative propaganda began a few months ago and grew closer to the elections," the supreme leader proclaimed on Sunday. "In the last two days, citing [the danger of] coronavirus, their media did not miss the slightest opportunity to discourage people from voting," he said. | Iran has just confirmed an eighth death from the new coronavirus (Covid-19) this Sunday, with authorities shutting down schools and universities in se…

RT (2020-02-23). Party masks off, medical on: Venice shutters famed carnival as coronavirus gains foothold in Italy. rt.com Italian authorities have decided to end Venice's carnival two days early, in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 100 in Italy. | Veneto regional Governor Luca Zaia said the shutdown will begin Sunday evening, ending the festivities for tens of thousands of mask-wearing party-goers. Authorities announced that three people in Venice have already tested positive for the virus. The patients, all in their late 80s, have been hospitalized and are reportedly in critical condition. |

RT (2020-02-23). OSCE media freedom rep calls on UK not to extradite Assange due to 'excessive' US prison sentence. rt.com The UK should not extradite Julian Assange, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has argued, because he faces an excessive prison sentence in the US and his publications were in the public interest. | OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir expressed concern over Assange's upcoming extradition hearing at London's Woolwich Crown Court on Monday. He called on UK authorities to refuse to hand over Assange to Washington, citing the "disproportionate prison sentence, up to a total of 175 years, that he could potentially face if extradited and convicted." | Desir argued th…

RT (2020-02-23). UK is the '51st state'? Uproar as Britain's secret deal to buy nuclear warheads from US without Parliament's consent is revealed. rt.com Furious Brits have accused their government of being a lapdog for Washington, after it was inadvertently revealed that the UK had quietly inked a nuclear weapons deal with the US, forgoing public debate. | The Pentagon recently disclosed that Britain has agreed to purchase new US nuclear warheads to replace Trident, its own homegrown nuclear program. However, the deal came as a surprise to British lawmakers, who were reportedly kept in the dark about the nuclear weapons. | The agreement, which involves the US sharing the technology used in its W93 sea-launched warhead, is expected to cost billions of pounds.

RT (2020-02-23). Tripoli govt invites Pentagon to redeploy troops to NATO-ravaged Libya… to 'deter Russia'. rt.com Nine years after the US helped bomb what was once the wealthiest African nation back to the Stone Age, the Tripoli-based government says it would welcome American troops on Libyan soil — to fight terrorism and 'deter' Russia. | In the wake of plans voiced by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to scale back America's military presence in the region and re-focus its forces globally towards confronting adversaries such as Russia and China, Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister for the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), told Bloomberg that Libya would be happy to help. | If the US asks for a…

RT (2020-02-23). Tommy Robinson locks horns with RT's 'Worlds Apart' as the British activist brings his 'Rape of Britain' lecture to Russia. rt.com Tommy Robinson had a lively exchange with RT about his campaign to stop Muslim grooming gangs in the UK. The firebrand activist arrived in Russia to give a presentation about the "Rape of Britain." | Robinson sat down with RT's Oksana Boyko to discuss his provocative views about Islam and the alleged epidemic of Muslim grooming gangs in the United Kingdom. The former leader of the right-wing English Defense League said his theory is that Islam is incompatible with Western values, and even condones rape and pedophilia. | Boyko took issue with the idea that Islam is to blame for the grooming gangs that have come…

RT (2020-02-23). Russian Olympic champion swimmer shares naked pic to congratulate men on 'Defender of the Fatherland Day' (PHOTOS). rt.com Olympic champion synchronized swimmer Anzhelika Timanina has congratulated Russian men on 'Defender of the Fatherland Day' in an unusual way, sharing a raunchy picture of herself on social media. | "Protect us, pretty & weak girls," Timanina wrote on her Instagram page while posting a half-naked photo which gained more than 5,500 "Likes" within several hours. | On February 23, Russia cel…

RT (2020-02-23). Russia may soon become world's largest producer of colored diamonds. rt.com One of Russia's top diamond producers, Alrosa, is poised to take the lead in the global colored-diamond market as soon as Australia's Argyle mine — currently the largest supplier of the precious rare stones — closes. | The Argyle diamond mine, widely regarded as the world's number one source of treasurable pink gems, as well as other colored diamonds, is expected to close in late 2020 after more than 30 years of operation, due to the depletion of economically viable stones. The closure is expected to have an impact on the whole global diamond industry, and may also make Russia the top supplier of t…

RT (2020-02-23). Historical inaccuracy and 'human chess' — Auschwitz Memorial slams Amazon's Nazi-hunting series. rt.com The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland has criticized Amazon's 'Hunters' for sensationalizing the suffering of inmates at the notorious Nazi death camp, in particular a gruesome game of "human chess" depicted in the new series. | The horrors of the Holocaust are extensive and well documented. However, the writers of Amazon's 'Hunters' evidently needed to make the systematic slaughter of Jews, Slavs, Gypsies and homosexuals even more comically macabre. | The show, which premiered on Amazon Prime on Saturday, stars Al Pacino as a Holocaust survivor turned Nazi hunter, tracking down German war criminals hiding in the U…

RT (2020-02-23). Israeli soldiers BULLDOZE body of slain Palestinian, cause uproar. rt.com Israeli soldiers who killed a Palestinian suspected of planting explosives near a border fence didn't even try to remove his body manually, using a bulldozer instead. The bone-chilling action raised the ire of locals. | The suspected attacker was shot dead earlier on Sunday close to a border fence on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) lauded the news, embedding a video of the man and his accomplice setting up what appears to be an explosive device. | "Not the first. Not the second. But the third time these Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza attempted to plant explosives along I…

RT (2020-02-23). Palestinians launch rocket attack on southern Israel (VIDEOS). rt.com Air raid sirens sounded across southern Israel as a wave of rockets were launched from Gaza. The barrage came hours after the Israeli military killed a "terrorist" it said was planting explosives near the border fence. | Sirens sounded in Sderot, Ashkelon, Sha'ar Hanegen, and several other regions of southern Israel on Sunday evening, as at least 20 rockets were launched from Gaza. Explosions were heard as some rockets touched down on Israeli soil, while others were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. | Video footage showed the projectiles blazing through the sky, with Israeli missiles neutralizin…

RT (2020-02-23). Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes killed in crash-landing after homemade rocket launch (VIDEO). rt.com Daredevil Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes has died after launching himself into the sky in a homemade rocket. Purported video of the accident shows the fatal launch. | Hughes and a colleague built the steam-powered rocket in hopes of shooting the daredevil 5,000 feet (1.5km) into the air. The endeavor was being documented by the Science Channel, which wanted to feature him in a new series called 'Homemade Astronauts'. | A video purportedly filmed at the site shows the rocket being launched into the sky near Barstow, California, before Hughes plunges back down to the earth. | Warning: This video contains disturb…

RT (2020-02-23). Germans say far-right MORE DANGEROUS than Islamists, but is Merkel's shaky govt there to take on growing threat? rt.com Far-right terrorism is more of a danger than Islamism in the eyes of nearly a half of Germans, while almost the same number blamed the AfD party for fueling extremism — and authorities for sitting idly as the threat grows. | Days after the deadly shooting spree in Hanau, where a hate-motivated gunman killed ten people before taking his own life, Bild am Sonntag newspaper

RT (2020-02-23). Several dead, 1000+ collapsed buildings after earthquake rocks eastern Turkey. rt.com An earthquake in eastern Turkey wreaked havoc on local infrastructure, resulting in deaths and injuries as emergency workers scramble to assist residents. | At least eight people have been killed and around two dozen others injured after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey's Van province, senior government officials say. | Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that at least three children are among the dead, adding that more than 1,000 buildings have collapsed. He said that search and rescue operations are ongoing. | In pictures: Villages in Turkey's Van province severely affected by tremors from earthquake…

The Canary (2020-02-23). Referendum must be 'legal and legitimate', says Sturgeon. thecanary.co Scotland's First Minister has confirmed she plans to stay on as SNP leader, as she rubbished the idea of shortcuts to independence.Responding to rumours about her future, Nicola Sturgeon said she plans to lead her party into next year's Holyrood election and hopefully beyond.She also addressed growing calls for a radical approach to achieving Scottish independence, saying testing the ability of the Scottish Parliament to hold a referendum in court was "not her preferred approach".Ms Sturgeon told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show she was "working towards" another independence referendum by the end of this year, a positi…

sputniknews (2020-02-23). Donald Trump Cried 'Betrayal' at Boris Johnson's Huawei 5G Move — Report. sputniknews.com The United States has long pushed the UK to ban Huawei from building its 5G infrastructure due to espionage fears, but Boris Johnson has decided to move forward regardless.

The Canary (2020-02-23). Environment Secretary refuses to rule out chlorinated chicken in UK. thecanary.co The environment secretary has refused to rule out chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef being imported from the US in a post-Brexit trade deal.George Eustice also defended the Government's new immigration system, after businesses raised fears of a shortage of workers.His predecessor before the recent reshuffle had insisted the controversial products from the US would not be imported amid animal welfare and environmental fears.But Mr Eustice, while saying there are "no plans" to change the law, did not implicitly rule it out when pressed three times on the subject. | With the Government expected to publish…

Robert Woodward (2020-02-23). Financial Secrecy in Post Brexit Britain: UK Government Not Threatening 'Singapore on Thames' but 'Cayman on Steroids'. globalresearch.ca The Financial Times

Juan Cole (2020-02-23). Why the Russian Petro-State Is Actually Terrified of a Bernie Sanders Presidency: The Green New Deal. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduce public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jud Lounsbury (2020-02-23). 'Blue-Collar Boom' Is a Bust. commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks at the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pennsylvania on Aug. 13, 2019. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Roknich (2020-02-23). Bernie Sanders San Antonio Speech. indybay.org "We're gonna win the Democratic Primary in Texas, says Bernie Sanders, while Nevada gives him all her delegates. (video and audio))…

Direct Action Everywhere SF (2020-02-23). TheGreenNewCity March & Rally for Housing, Climate Justice and Animals. indybay.org Southwest of Golden Gate Fields, West of Gilman houseless encampment | (Golden Gate Fields horse track, 1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, CA 94710) | Marching to Berkeley City Hall, 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-02-23). Demand to Stop Funding Climate Change at Wells Fargo Branch. indybay.org Silicon Valley Climate Action Network occupies San Jose branch…

Dan Bacher (2020-02-23). 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.

Extinction Rebellion Santa Cruz (2020-02-23). Cut the Chase! Climate Action (Day 1 in Santa Cruz, CA). indybay.org 730 Ocean St, Santa Cruz…

Die-In Inside Bank Branch (2020-02-23). Protesters in Silicon Valley Tell Wells Fargo "Quit the Dirty Energy Business" indybay.org Demonstrators called on Big Oil's largest lender, Wells Fargo, to halt its financing of fossil fuels and invest instead in clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. They took their protest of Feb 21 to a branch in Mountain View, CA.

350Marin, Sunrise Movement, Sierra Club (2020-02-23). Stop Funding Climate Chaos! Big Banks Protest in San Anselmo. indybay.org Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, California 94960…

Michael Harris (2020-02-23). Food and Agriculture Workshops featured at the 2020 Black Expo, Sacramento State. indybay.org California State University, Sacramento continues to provide innovative leadership toward expanding essential educational conversations and business opportunity. Our California Black Agriculture Working Group remains steadfast in helping provide tangible ideas and solutions.

Sebastian Schindler (2020-02-23). 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 (2020-02-23). "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…

EFF & Americans for Financial Reform (2020-02-23). 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 (2020-02-23). 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.

Staff (2020-02-23). A Guide to Restoring Faith in Democracy. truthdig.com "In Defence of Democracy" | American democracy is in trouble as never before. In the past, there have been moments when democratic process and democratic guarantees have been suspended — Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus, the internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II, the McCarthy hearings with their extralegal destruction of lives and careers — and we have lived through tragic errors in judgment, as in the Vietnam War — but never has the whole system of America democracy b…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-23). Turkish Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel's Colonial Expansion. imemc.org Turkish Foreign Ministry, on Friday, condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that more settlement units would be built on occupied Palestinian lands. Notably, the statement noted that Israel was encouraged by the US, which recently announced its so-called peace plan called "Deal of the Century," Anadolu Agency reported. The …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-23). Italy, France and Germany Call on Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion. imemc.org Italy expressed deep concern over the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement to proceed with the construction of 5,000 housing units in the illegal settlements of Har Homa and Givat Hamatos in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Italy's foreign ministry in a press statement …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-02-23). "Fake News": No Evidence of Russia Interference in 2020 Elections "in Order to Reelect Trump" globalresearch.ca There is no evidence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 US presidential election in order to reelect Trump. Nor is there any reason for Russia to prefer Trump, who has done nothing for Russia. Indeed, Trump has imposed sanctions …

Staff (2020-02-23). Pelosi Slammed for Backing Koch-Backed Texas Democrat Over Progressive Contender. truthout.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stirred outrage Saturday by visiting Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar at his campaign headquarters in Laredo and voicing hope that the Koch-backed, anti-choice Democrat will ride to a "resounding victory" over progressive primary challenger Jessica Cisneros on March 3. | "We want this to be not only a victory, but a resounding victory for Henry Cuellar," Pelosi

The Canary (2020-02-23). No end in sight for winter storms as more bands of heavy rain sweep in. thecanary.co Flood-hit communities are bracing themselves as further bands of torrential rain began sweeping across Britain on Sunday with no end in sight to the winter storms.A yellow weather warning has been issued for heavy rain on Sunday morning in an already soaked South Wales as yet another wave of torrential rain moved over the country from the south-west.Forecasters said this will give way to more showery weather as the day progresses but the storm will sweep in again on Sunday night, bringing rain and high winds to many areas and snow to parts of Scotland and northern England on Monday.Severe flooding warnings in Her…

John Nichols (2020-02-23). Bernie Sanders Hits the Jackpot. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Hits the Jackpot…

sputniknews (2020-02-23). UFO Hunter Spots Suspected Alien Craft Near ISS, Mulls Coronavirus' Threat to Extraterrestrials. sputniknews.com The ongoing outbreak may result in an increase in UFO sightings as aliens may attempt to flee the planet, the conspiracy theorist speculated.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Italy takes steps to stop coronavirus outbreak. yenisafak.com The Italian government decided to limit entrance and exit points Sunday in a bid to take control of the coronavirus after the number of confirmed cases there approached 80.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gathered his Cabinet shortly after the increase of registered cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, and delivered remarks about the current situation and upcoming measures.Conte said his administration worked hard to prevent a large-scale outbreak and essential measures were taken in the Lombardy and Veneto regions, where cases have been observed, adding entrance and exit from and to those regions would be monitored.H…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Death toll from coronavirus in Iran climbs to 8. yenisafak.com The death toll from coronavirus in Iran has risen to eight, according to a statement released by the country's Health Ministry on Sunday.Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour also reported 15 new coronavirus cases taking the total to 43.Jahanpour said seven of the new cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, were detected in Qom city, four others in the capital Tehran, two others in Gilan city and one each in Markazi and Mazandaran provinces.In China, the epicenter of the virus, the death toll from the outbreak has reached 2,444, with over 76,000 confirmed cases.Following the global spread of the virus, the World…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Three suspected coronavirus cases surface in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com Three suspected cases of the coronavirus surfaced in Afghanistan on Sunday following a spike in confirmed cases and fatalities in the neighboring Iran.Since the new coronavirus emerged last December, it has killed over 2,000 people in China, the epicenter of the epidemic, and more than a dozen people elsewhere in the world. Some eight deaths have been reported in Iran, the most in any country outside the Chinese mainland.The three suspects, all adult men, recently returned from the Iranian city of Qom to Herat in Afghanistan, Dr. Nazeer Ahmad, a member of the country's coronavirus control committee told Anadolu A…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Iraqi suspected of coronavirus tests negative. yenisafak.com An Iraqi student quarantined for suspected coronavirus has tested negative for the virus, according to health authorities on Sunday."Tests proved that the suspected case was not carrying the virus," the Health Directorate in the southern Dhi Qar province said in a statement.A medical source said Saturday the student was quarantined for further tests after returning from the Iranian city of Qom.On Saturday, the Iraqi authorities called on its nationals not to travel to neighboring Iran, where eight coronavirus deaths were reported.Coronavirus has spread to more than 25 other countries including the U.S., the UK, S…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Israel may quarantine 200 South Korean visitors in army base. yenisafak.com Israel may quarantine some 200 visitors from South Korea in a military base south of Jerusalem over coronavirus worries, Israel's Ynet news site reported on Sunday.Israeli officials had no immediate comment on the report. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said separately on Sunday that he had ordered South Korea and Japan added to a list of Asian countries to which travel to and from Israel was being barred.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Turkey 'temporarily' closes border with Iran after coronavirus outbreak. yenisafak.com Turkey has decided to temporarily close its border with Iran after a coronvirus outbreak was reported in the neighborin…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). China still in crucial stage of coronavirus battle, says Xi. yenisafak.com China's measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak have been effective, but the battle is still at a crucial stage, President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying on Sunday.The situation is showing a positive trend after arduous efforts but remains serious and complex, state television quoted him as saying.He said the outbreak will have a relatively big hit on the economy and society but the government will step up policy support to help achieve economic and social development targets for 2020.China will maintain a prudent monetary policy and roll out new policy steps in a timely way, he said, adding the governmen…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Pakistan launches spring tree plantation drive. yenisafak.com Pakistan launched on Sunday a nationwide spring tree plantation drive for the revival and restoration of forests in the country.Pakistan's premier Imran Khan kicked off the drive by planting a sapling in his hometown district of Mianwali in the northeastern Punjab province."Pakistan is among the countries most affected by climate change… we need to protect it through the plantation of trees across the country," Khan said while addressing the event held as part of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project.The ambitious project is an extension of the Billion Tree Tsunami which was launched in 2014 in the northwestern K…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). 'Pakistan should take Kashmir issue to int'l court'. yenisafak.com A former chief justice of Gambia has suggested Pakistan to approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the continuing rights violations in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.Retired Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan, according to a statement issued by the Srinagar-based Legal Forum for Oppressed Voices of Kashmir (FLOVK) on Saturday, said Pakistan being an important party to the long-standing dispute should approach the UN court.Chowhan made the remarks during a three-day moot competition, The Case Pertaining to Kashmir Dispute in Islamabad.FLOVK, which organized the event, is an international legal or…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). US, UK, EU condole with quake-hit Turkey. yenisafak.com Foreign diplomatic missions in Ankara have conveyed their condolences over the deadly earthquake near the Iran border region which claimed at least nine lives in eastern Turkey.The Delegation of the European Union said in a tweet it stands in solidarity with the people and authorities of Turkey in their hour of need.The U.S. and British Embassies in Ankara extended condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.The magnitude 5.9 earthquake centered in the northwestern Iranian city of Khoy also injured some 37 people and damaged buildings in Turkey's Van province.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Earthquake kills 7, injures 5 in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com At least seven people were killed and five others injured on Sunday in eastern Turkey when an earthquake hit the border region with Iran, authorities said.Tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province.Some buildings were damaged and many people are trapped under debris, Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a news conference.He added that search and rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit region.A powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey earlier this year causing the deaths of 41 people and injuring 1,600 others.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Over 30,000 drug pills seized in southern Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish police seized 32,600 illicit drug pills in the southern Hatay province on Sunday, security sources said.The local police team raided an address in Reyhanli district of the province as part of anti-drug operations, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to the restrictions on talking to the media.During the operations, two suspects were arrested.

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Bernie Sanders Wins Big in Nevada Democratic Vote
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
Broad-based support across age, racial and ideological groups propelled Bernie Sanders to a dominant victory in Nevada's Democratic caucuses, tightening his grip on the front-runner spot in the race to find a challenger to President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | 'Don't Extradite Assange' is the Shout at London's Streets | Joe Biden, the former vice president, appeared headed to a badly needed second-place finish in Nevada after poor showings earlier this month in the first two nominating…
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MSNBC Melts Down Over Sanders' Frontrunner Status
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-23
As it became clear Saturday evening that Sen. Bernie Sanders would run away with the Nevada caucus and secure his position as the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, MSNBC anchors and contributors lashed out at the senator and his supporters in bizarre and sometimes hysterical fashion, descending into what one observer could only describe as a "full-blown freakout." | Earlier in the Democratic primary process, the Comca…
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MSNBC Melts Down Over Sanders' Front-Runner Status
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-23
As it became clear Saturday evening that Sen. Bernie Sanders would run away with the Nevada caucus and secure his position as the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, MSNBC anchors and contributors lashed out at the senator and his supporters in bizarre and sometimes hysterical fashion, descending into what one observer could only describe as a "full-blown freakout." | Earlier in the Democratic primary process, the Comca…
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Is Moscow Aiding the Sanders Campaign? "Russia AgainGate", But this Time in Favor of the "Progressive Dems"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
At this stage in the Dem party campaign to choose its standard bearer in November, Sanders leads other aspirants in national polls. | As in 2016, DNC bosses likely prefer another candidate to head their ticket, a more reliable figure to …
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Video: SAA Syrian Forces Give Turkish Army "A Whipping" in Eastern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
On February 20, the 2nd Army of NATO and its proxy forces once again failed to capture the village of Nayrab, eastern Idlib, from the Syrian Army. The Turkish attack involved 2 dozens of military equipment pieces, including battle …
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Syrian Forces Defend Damascus From Alleged New Israeli Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
Syria's air defense is responding to "hostile targets" over the Damascus area, state news agency SANA reported Sunday. | RELATED: | Israeli Attack Endangers Civilian Aircraft in Damascus | According to the news agency, Syrian forces are repelling "a batch of hostile missiles coming from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights." | Media reports said explosions were heard in the sky over Damascus, while videos allegedly confirm the attacks. SANA's correspondent confirmed that…
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The Syrian Arab Army's Victorious Liberation of Aleppo. Historical Comparisons
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
While there are certainly some structural similarities between the Syrian Arab Army's ongoing liberation offensive in Northwestern Syria and Saakashvili's previous desire to restore Georgia's full sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, the international legal and situational differences …
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South Korea Raises Alert Level After Coronavirus Cases Multiply
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
South Korea raised its coronavirus alert to the " highest level" by recognizing that the situation reached a critical point, as on Sunday the country reported 46 new cases infected with the pathogen, raising the total to 602. | RELATED: | South Korean Court Sentences Ex-President to 17 Years in Prison | The South Korean President has decided to activate the protocol after the number of infections has sky-rocketed in the last five days, especially around the city of Daegu, in…
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Powerful Earthquake Kills 75 People in Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
At least 75 people were injured in the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Qotur region in West Azarbaijan Province in the northwest of Iran on Sunday, the chief of Medical Emergency Center of Khoy city in West Azarbaijan said. | RELATED: | Iran: Coronavirus Has Spread to Several Cities, 2 More Deaths | Most of those who were sent to the medical centers had brief injury, Mojtaba Gamari told official IRNA news agency. | Earlier on the day, Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman for Iran's E…
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Thousands Protest in London Against Assange Extradition Before Start of Hearing
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
The extradition hearing to decide whether to send Julian Assange to the United States to be tried for publishing classified military documents on Wikileaks is expected to finally begin on Monday in London. | Assange is charged with 17 counts under the Espionage Act, involving receipt, obtaining and disclosing national security information. He has also b…
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Veteran Journalist Andrew Fowler Denounces Australian Government's Refusal to Defend Assange
Andrew Fowler | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
Andrew Fowler, an award-winning investigative journalist and long-time defender of Julian Assange, recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the imprisonment and persecution of the WikiLeaks publisher and its implications for genuine investigative journalism, press freedom …
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Julian Assange "Stop Extradition Protest" in London
acTVism Munich | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-23
This video documents the protest that took place in London on the 22nd of February 2020 to stop the extradition of Julian Assange. This protest was organised by the "Don't Extradite Assange Campaign." | CORRECTION IN VIDEO AT 00: 14: " … and 1 count of conspiracy 'to commit computer intrusion.'"
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Russiagate 2.0 drowns out Trump's reckless escalation of US-Russia nuclear arms race
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-23
Amid new fear-mongering about "Russian interference," former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Trump's overlooked, reckless escalation of the US-Russia…
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Democratic Party Dinosaurs Have Seen the Meteor, and It's Coming From Vermont
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
The Berniegeddon is upon us! It's France falling to the Nazis in World War II! It's the Russians! It's the end of everything! Flee! Flee for your lives! | Sorry about that. Just trying out for a talking head guest spot on MSNBC. | Vermont senator and Brooklyn native Bernie Sanders ate like a big dog in Nevada last night. At the time of this writing, with 60 perce…
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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada and pulls further away from rivals
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-23
Bernie Sanders has won Nevada's presidential primary election and pulled further away from his rivals after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. | The 78-year-old, a self-described socialist, cemented his position as the Democratic frontrunner with support from the state's large Latino community. | Mr Sanders left Nevada earlier on Saturday to rally supporters in El Paso, Texas, where he told the crowd US President Donald Trump was "a pathological liar running a corrupt administration". | "When we come together there is nothing we can't accomplish," Mr Sanders added. | The win builds on the Vermont senator'…
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Venezuelan Heroism Defeated Last Year's Invasion: Maduro
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, recalled this Sunday the victory of the Venezuelan people before the aggression of violent groups at the service of the right on February 23, 2019 on the border with Colombia. | RELATED: | Washington Still Pondering a Naval Blockade Against Venezuela | The President praised the courage of the people who together with the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Fanb) defended Venezuela's sovereignty against the attempts of the U.S. administra…
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Facing Undeniable Reality of Climate Change, Deniers Now Argue It's Not That Bad
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
Climate change denialism has a long history. Possibly the earliest clear example dates back to October 1959, when a researcher working for none other than Royal Dutch Shell published an article in The New Scientist. Acknowledging that a…
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Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies the Wrong Way Could End Up Hurting the Poor
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
Among progressives concerned about climate change, few issues provoke as much anger as the knowledge that governments continue to subsidize fossil fuels. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in 2017 these subsidies totaled $5.2 trillion annually. | Don't governments realize that fossil fuels are cooking the planet? The scientific community says we are in a desperate race against time, but the coal, oil, and gas companies apparently still have their noses deeply in the public…
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Russian Petro-state is terrified of a Sanders Presidency
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-02-23
How do I know that Russia would actually hate, abhor and despise a Sanders presidency? Because Sanders's Green New Deal would bankrupt Russia…
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How Young Latinos Delivered Nevada to Tío Bernie
Aída Chávez | zcomm.org | 2020-02-23
"I think, like these ideas are so radical to them. Like free college, or a Green New Deal, Medicare for All. And then when you actually have a serious conversation as to seeing it through our lens, they really start to change."
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Haiti Police in Firefight With Troops Near National Palace
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-23
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti–Off-duty police officers and their supporters exchanged fire for nearly two hours on Sunday with members of the newly reconstituted Haitian army in front of the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions. | At least three police officers were wounded, fellow officers told The Associated Press. | AP journalists saw dozens of men who said they were off-duty officers march with hundreds of supporters toward the palace in the latest in days of demonstrations demanding better pay for Haitian law-enforcement officers. | Related Articles
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Hundreds Protest Citizenship Law in India Ahead of Trump Visit
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
Hundreds gathered in India's capital New Delhi to protest the controversial citizenship law Sunday just a day before United States President Donald Trump begins a two-day visit of the country. | RELATED: | Indian Police Files Case Against Social Media Users in Kashmir | In the latest eruption of violence people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it, with the two groups pelting each other with stones in the Maujpur area in the northeastern part of the capital. Po…
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New Financial Aid Scheme Requires Students to Forfeit Future Income to Investors
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
One day in 2017, Lauren Neuwirth sank into a chair in her university's financial aid office feeling out of options. She was finishing her second year at Purdue University in northwest Indiana, a school she'd chosen for its top-ranked engineering program. Neuwirth, who grew up near Milwaukee, was working two jobs to cover her living expenses and quickly running through the money her mother had set aside for college. Federal student loans only covered some of Purdue's pricey out-of-state tu…
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Trump's Pressure Tactics on Iraq Seek to Preserve Troop Presence
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
When will the Trump administration stop bullying Iraq? The latest examples of bullying involve delays in cash deliveries from an Iraqi account in the US Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and reducing the length of sanctions waivers allowing Iraq …
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IMF Extends Visit To Crisis-Hit Lebanon: Sources
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will continue meetings with the Lebanese authorities on Monday, extending a visit to provide technical advice that was expected to end Sunday. | RELATED: | Lebanon Forms New Government | According to sources close to the process, the IMF began meetings with the Lebanese authorities on Feb. 20 to provide comprehensive technical advice on how to deal with the country's overwhelming financial and economic crisis. The fund initially said that its team would stay until Feb. 23.
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US Senators Call for Resuming Aid to Gaza, UNRWA
The Palestinian News & Info Agency | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
According to American media reports, a group of 31 US Democratic Senators have written a letter calling on the US administration to restore funding and aid to the Gaza Strip, warning that Palestinians are facing a humanitarian crisis. The senators urged the administration to take immediate action to restore humanitarian …
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Puerto Rico's Uprisings Have Empowered a New Leadership Among the Oppressed
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
The U.S. federal government's disastrous response to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria illustrates a longstanding history of an exploitative domestic policy on the island. Recent earthquakes have not only rocked Puerto Rico's infrastructure but have emphasized the United States's negligence of its own citizens. Journalist and Columbia University professor, Ed Morales, describes Puerto Rico as the "symbol of marginalized communities all over the U.S. and the world." He joins activist and scholar…
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China Defies US Sanctions against Venezuela. Will Continue to Import Oil from Venezuela and Support Maduro Government
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, announced that China will not interrupt its relations with Nicolás Maduro's Venezuela, despite the US government's sanctions on the South American country. The announcement is not surprising, given the undeniable efforts of …
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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, Drag His Body With Bulldozer
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man near the border, east of the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, and severely injured two others who were trying to pull out the body, local media reported Sunday. | RELATED: | Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a United Stance for Palestine | The two wounded men were rushed to a hospital for treatment, a paramedic of the Palestinian Red Crescent told the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. | Israeli force…
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Latin Patriarchate Denounces Settler Invasion of Jordan Valley
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
The Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, on Saturday, condemned the Israeli settlers' invasion of its property in the northern Jordan Valley village of Tayasir. In a statement yesterday it said "thousands of Israeli settlers entered with no permission, in clear violation of private property laws," Days of Palestine reports. The armed …
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Israeli Forces Suppress Peaceful Protest in Kufur Qaddoum
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Violent confrontations flared up on Saturday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently dispersed a peaceful Palestinian demonstration in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, local sources said . The Palestinian Information Center reported that the IOF attacked the peaceful demonstrators by firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters …
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"We want to show the DNC that the people have the power," says Milwaukee coalition
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-23
New York, NY – On February 22, a Wisconsin delegation invited a conference of nearly 60 organizations to join a major protest at the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee in July. | The members of the Coalition to March on the DNC made their announcement on the second day of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) national conference. The UNAC conference is a major gathering of international solidarity and anti-oppression activists from across North America, taking place at the People's Forum in New York City. | The coalition is calling on all progressive, left, democratic and socialist or…
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Video: Brzezinski's Foreign Policy Perspective on China and Russia
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
We bring to the attention of our readers the following video on the late Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski's foreign policy perspective. | Brzezinski was national security advisor under the Carter administration. He worked in close collaboration with the CIA. He was …
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Canada and the Lima Group. Criminal Conspiracy Against Venezuela
Ken Stone | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
As Canadians, we are paying for our own indoctrination and our own impoverishment. CBC and all mainstream media consistently provide cover for the Canadian government's foreign policy criminality. In so doing, these media outlets are part of the war propaganda …
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Two Years After Handing It the Biggest Ever Bailout Loan, IMF Finds Argentina Debt Levels Are "Unsustainable"
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
Back in the summer of 2018, when the IMF handed Argentina an unprecedented $56 billion bailout loan, the largest in IMF history, some warned that this is a case of deja vu similar to the 2001/2002 precedent when Argentina eventually …
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Updated 2: "Israeli Soldiers Kill One Palestinian, Injure Four, In Southern Gaza"
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Update: The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, has reported that the slain Palestinian was one of its members. | The Brigades stated that the Palestinian has been identified as Mohammad Ali Hasan an-Na'em, 27, from Khan Younis.
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PCHR: IOF Abuses the Body of Palestinian in a Humiliating and Degrading Manner
PCHR | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
On Sunday, 23 February 2020, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and injured Palestinian civilians whom were trying to rescue and evacuate two persons that were targeted by IOF in eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. IOF made a 150-meter incursion into the border and evacuated the body of …
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Drinking Water Quality Could Plummet Under Trump's Clean Water Rollback
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
The Santa Fe River starts high in the forests of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains and flows 46 miles to the Rio Grande. Along the way it plays important roles for wildlife, irrigation, recreation and other cultural uses, and provides 40% of the water supply for the city of Santa Fe's 85,000 residents. | But some stretches of the river don't flow year-round, and that means parts of this vitally important water system could lose federal protections under changes to clean-water rules just passe…
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No Weapon Left Behind: The American Hybrid War on China
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
The New Silk Roads

A Guide to Restoring Faith in Democracy
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-23
"In Defence of Democracy" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | American democracy is in trouble as never before. In the past, there have been moments when democratic process and democratic guarantees have been suspended

Malcolm X Was Right, a Black Man Will Sell Us Out
Malcolm X | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
"The system in this country cannot produce freedom for an Afro-American. It is impossible for this system, this economic system, this political system, this social system, this system, period. It's impossible for this system as it stands to produce freedom …
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Sanders wins sweeping victory in Nevada
wsws.org | 2020-02-23
Despite the intervention of the intelligence agencies, the corporate media and the Democratic Party establishment, young and working class voters gave overwhelming support to Sanders.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/neva…

Soldiers Close Many Roads South Of Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Israeli soldiers closed, on Sunday morning, several roads in Masafer Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Media sources said the soldiers installed sandhills and concrete blocks on many roads leading to Masafer Yatta, located east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, and prevented the Palestinians …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-close-many-ro…

Palestinian Infant Among Dozens Who Suffered Severe Effects of Teargas Inhalation Near Ramallah
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
A Palestinian infant, only five months of age, along with dozens of residents, including schoolchildren, suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, Sunday, after Israeli soldiers invaded Deir Nitham village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Media sources said the soldiers attacked dozens of residents, especially schoolchildren, …
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Updated: Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, seven Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. Another Palestinian was abducted, on Sunday afternoon, near Jerusalem. | Update:…
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'Don't let them take it away!' Trump congratulates 'Crazy Bernie' as Sanders wins big in Nevada
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Evoking painful memories, US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that his potential Democratic contender won't be robbed of the nomination this time, as Bernie Sanders heads for a decisive victory in Nevada caucus. | "Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates," Trump tweeted. | Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst deba…
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Italy becomes Europe's largest coronavirus hot spot with 2 deaths & 79 cases across 5 regions
rt.com | 2020-02-23
The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases has soared to at least 79 in Italy, forcing authorities to introduce increasingly strict containment and quarantine measures in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto. | A 78-year-old man died near Padua in the Veneto region on Friday night, becoming the second victim of the virus in Italy, after a 76-year-old woman was found dead on Thursday 50km south of Milan. | At least 17 people have been confirmed infected in Veneto so far, including the latest victim's wife and daughter, as authorities are still mulling whether the Carnival of Venice events should…
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Austria stops passenger train traffic from and to Italy amid coronavirus panic
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Authorities in Austria have stopped an incoming train at the Italian border, after it emerged that two passengers may be infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Later, all train traffic to and from Italy was halted. | The Eurocity 86 train was stopped at the Brenner Pass border crossing on Sunday, after officials at Italian State Railways told their Austrian counterparts that two passengers on board had fever symptoms consistent with the Covid-19 coronavirus. | The train, bound for Munich in Germany, was halted and returned to the Italian side of the alpine crossing, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer confirmed.
rt.com/news/481527-austria-train-coronav…

Party masks off, medical on: Venice shutters famed carnival as coronavirus gains foothold in Italy
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Italian authorities have decided to end Venice's carnival two days early, in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 100 in Italy. | Veneto regional Governor Luca Zaia said the shutdown will begin Sunday evening, ending the festivities for tens of thousands of mask-wearing party-goers. Authorities announced that three people in Venice have already tested positive for the virus. The patients, all in their late 80s, have been hospitalized and are reportedly in critical condition. | #Venice a…
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OSCE media freedom rep calls on UK not to extradite Assange due to 'excessive' US prison sentence
rt.com | 2020-02-23
The UK should not extradite Julian Assange, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has argued, because he faces an excessive prison sentence in the US and his publications were in the public interest. | OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir expressed concern over Assange's upcoming extradition hearing at London's Woolwich Crown Court on Monday. He called on UK authorities to refuse to hand over Assange to Washington, citing the "disproportionate prison sentence, up to a total of 175 years, that he could potentially face if extradited and convicted." | Desir argued th…
rt.com/news/481508-julian-assange-osce-e…

UK is the '51st state'? Uproar as Britain's secret deal to buy nuclear warheads from US without Parliament's consent is revealed
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Furious Brits have accused their government of being a lapdog for Washington, after it was inadvertently revealed that the UK had quietly inked a nuclear weapons deal with the US, forgoing public debate. | The Pentagon recently disclosed that Britain has agreed to purchase new US nuclear warheads to replace Trident, its own homegrown nuclear program. However, the deal came as a surprise to British lawmakers, who were reportedly kept in the dark about the nuclear weapons. | The agreement, which involves the US sharing the technology used in its W93 sea-launched warhead, is expected to cost billions of pounds.
rt.com/uk/481506-uk-trident-us-secret-nu…

Tripoli govt invites Pentagon to redeploy troops to NATO-ravaged Libya… to 'deter Russia'
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Nine years after the US helped bomb what was once the wealthiest African nation back to the Stone Age, the Tripoli-based government says it would welcome American troops on Libyan soil

Russia may soon become world's largest producer of colored diamonds
rt.com | 2020-02-23
One of Russia's top diamond producers, Alrosa, is poised to take the lead in the global colored-diamond market as soon as Australia's Argyle mine

Russian Olympic champion swimmer shares naked pic to congratulate men on 'Defender of the Fatherland Day' (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Olympic champion synchronized swimmer Anzhelika Timanina has congratulated Russian men on 'Defender of the Fatherland Day' in an unusual way, sharing a raunchy picture of herself on social media. | "Protect us, pretty & weak girls," Timanina wrote on her Instagram page while posting a half-naked photo which gained more than 5,500 "Likes" within several hours. | READ MORE: 'Snake ecstasy': Russian synchronized swimming champion charms fans with underwater routine (VIDEO) | On February 23, Russia cel…
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Tommy Robinson locks horns with RT's 'Worlds Apart' as the British activist brings his 'Rape of Britain' lecture to Russia
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Tommy Robinson had a lively exchange with RT about his campaign to stop Muslim grooming gangs in the UK. The firebrand activist arrived in Russia to give a presentation about the "Rape of Britain." | Robinson sat down with RT's Oksana Boyko to discuss his provocative views about Islam and the alleged epidemic of Muslim grooming gangs in the United Kingdom. The former leader of the right-wing English Defense League said his theory is that Islam is incompatible with Western values, and even condones rape and pedophilia. | Boyko took issue with the idea that Islam is to blame for the grooming gangs that have come…
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Israeli soldiers BULLDOZE body of slain Palestinian, cause uproar
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Israeli soldiers who killed a Palestinian suspected of planting explosives near a border fence didn't even try to remove his body manually, using a bulldozer instead. The bone-chilling action raised the ire of locals. | The suspected attacker was shot dead earlier on Sunday close to a border fence on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) lauded the news, embedding a video of the man and his accomplice setting up what appears to be an explosive device. | "Not the first. Not the second. But the third time these Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza attempted to plant explosives along I…
rt.com/news/481513-idf-bulldozer-palesti…

Palestinians launch rocket attack on southern Israel (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Air raid sirens sounded across southern Israel as a wave of rockets were launched from Gaza. The barrage came hours after the Israeli military killed a "terrorist" it said was planting explosives near the border fence. | Sirens sounded in Sderot, Ashkelon, Sha'ar Hanegen, and several other regions of southern Israel on Sunday evening, as at least 20 rockets were launched from Gaza. Explosions were heard as some rockets touched down on Israeli soil, while others were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. | Video footage showed the projectiles blazing through the sky, with Israeli missiles neutralizin…
rt.com/news/481522-gaza-rocket-attack-is…

Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes killed in crash-landing after homemade rocket launch (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Daredevil Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes has died after launching himself into the sky in a homemade rocket. Purported video of the accident shows the fatal launch. | Hughes and a colleague built the steam-powered rocket in hopes of shooting the daredevil 5,000 feet (1.5km) into the air. The endeavor was being documented by the Science Channel, which wanted to feature him in a new series called 'Homemade Astronauts'. | A video purportedly filmed at the site shows the rocket being launched into the sky near Barstow, California, before Hughes plunges back down to the earth. | Warning: This video contains disturb…
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Germans say far-right MORE DANGEROUS than Islamists, but is Merkel's shaky govt there to take on growing threat?
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Far-right terrorism is more of a danger than Islamism in the eyes of nearly a half of Germans, while almost the same number blamed the AfD party for fueling extremism

Several dead, 1000+ collapsed buildings after earthquake rocks eastern Turkey
rt.com | 2020-02-23
An earthquake in eastern Turkey wreaked havoc on local infrastructure, resulting in deaths and injuries as emergency workers scramble to assist residents. | At least eight people have been killed and around two dozen others injured after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey's Van province, senior government officials say. | Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that at least three children are among the dead, adding that more than 1,000 buildings have collapsed. He said that search and rescue operations are ongoing. | In pictures: Villages in Turkey's Van province severely affected by tremors from earthquake…
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Referendum must be 'legal and legitimate', says Sturgeon
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-23
Scotland's First Minister has confirmed she plans to stay on as SNP leader, as she rubbished the idea of shortcuts to independence.Responding to rumours about her future, Nicola Sturgeon said she plans to lead her party into next year's Holyrood election and hopefully beyond.She also addressed growing calls for a radical approach to achieving Scottish independence, saying testing the ability of the Scottish Parliament to hold a referendum in court was "not her preferred approach".Ms Sturgeon told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show she was "working towards" another independence referendum by the end of this year, a positi…
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Financial Secrecy in Post Brexit Britain: UK Government Not Threatening 'Singapore on Thames' but 'Cayman on Steroids'
Robert Woodward | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
The Financial Times reports that the UK has jumped up the global rankings for financial secrecy, highlighting long-held concerns about its connection to territories vulnerable to use by terrorists, money launderers and tax evaders and that the UK increased its …
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Environment Secretary refuses to rule out chlorinated chicken in UK
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-23
The environment secretary has refused to rule out chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef being imported from the US in a post-Brexit trade deal.George Eustice also defended the Government's new immigration system, after businesses raised fears of a shortage of workers.His predecessor before the recent reshuffle had insisted the controversial products from the US would not be imported amid animal welfare and environmental fears.But Mr Eustice, while saying there are "no plans" to change the law, did not implicitly rule it out when pressed three times on the subject. | With the Government expected to publish…
thecanary.co/uk/2020/02/23/environment-s…

Why the Russian Petro-State Is Actually Terrified of a Bernie Sanders Presidency: The Green New Deal
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-02-23
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduce public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Blue-Collar Boom' Is a Bust
Jud Lounsbury | commondreams.org | 2020-02-23
President Donald Trump speaks at the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pennsylvania on Aug. 13, 2019. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bernie Sanders San Antonio Speech
Roknich | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
"We're gonna win the Democratic Primary in Texas, says Bernie Sanders, while Nevada gives him all her delegates. (video and audio))…
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TheGreenNewCity March & Rally for Housing, Climate Justice and Animals
Direct Action Everywhere SF | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
Southwest of Golden Gate Fields, West of Gilman houseless encampment | (Golden Gate Fields horse track, 1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, CA 94710) | Marching to Berkeley City Hall, 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704…
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Protesters in Silicon Valley Tell Wells Fargo "Quit the Dirty Energy Business"
Die-In Inside Bank Branch | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
Demonstrators called on Big Oil's largest lender, Wells Fargo, to halt its financing of fossil fuels and invest instead in clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. They took their protest of Feb 21 to a branch in Mountain View, CA.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/23/1883093…

Cut the Chase! Climate Action (Day 1 in Santa Cruz, CA)
Extinction Rebellion Santa Cruz | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
730 Ocean St, Santa Cruz…
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Demand to Stop Funding Climate Change at Wells Fargo Branch
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
Silicon Valley Climate Action Network occupies San Jose branch…
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Attorney General Becerrra and Governor Newsom file lawsuit against Trump water plan
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
"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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Stop Funding Climate Chaos! Big Banks Protest in San Anselmo
350Marin, Sunrise Movement, Sierra Club | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, California 94960…
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"Seeing Frida Kahlo Through Disabled People's Perspectives" by Corbett O'Toole
de Young Museum Docent Council | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
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 | 2020-02-23
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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Food and Agriculture Workshops featured at the 2020 Black Expo, Sacramento State
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
California State University, Sacramento continues to provide innovative leadership toward expanding essential educational conversations and business opportunity. Our California Black Agriculture Working Group remains steadfast in helping provide tangible ideas and solutions.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/22/1883090…

Rally at State of the State calls on Newsom to phase out oil production
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-02-23
"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 | 2020-02-23
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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Turkish Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel's Colonial Expansion
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Turkish Foreign Ministry, on Friday, condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that more settlement units would be built on occupied Palestinian lands. Notably, the statement noted that Israel was encouraged by the US, which recently announced its so-called peace plan called "Deal of the Century," Anadolu Agency reported. The …
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Italy, France and Germany Call on Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Italy expressed deep concern over the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement to proceed with the construction of 5,000 housing units in the illegal settlements of Har Homa and Givat Hamatos in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Italy's foreign ministry in a press statement …
imemc.org/article/italy-france-and-germa…

"Fake News": No Evidence of Russia Interference in 2020 Elections "in Order to Reelect Trump"
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
There is no evidence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 US presidential election in order to reelect Trump. Nor is there any reason for Russia to prefer Trump, who has done nothing for Russia. Indeed, Trump has imposed sanctions …
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Pelosi Slammed for Backing Koch-Backed Texas Democrat Over Progressive Contender
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stirred outrage Saturday by visiting Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar at his campaign headquarters in Laredo and voicing hope that the Koch-backed, anti-choice Democrat will ride to a "resounding victory" over progressive primary challenger Jessica Cisneros on March 3. | "We want this to be not only a victory, but a resounding victory for Henry Cuellar," Pelosi told…
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No end in sight for winter storms as more bands of heavy rain sweep in
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-23
Flood-hit communities are bracing themselves as further bands of torrential rain began sweeping across Britain on Sunday with no end in sight to the winter storms.A yellow weather warning has been issued for heavy rain on Sunday morning in an already soaked South Wales as yet another wave of torrential rain moved over the country from the south-west.Forecasters said this will give way to more showery weather as the day progresses but the storm will sweep in again on Sunday night, bringing rain and high winds to many areas and snow to parts of Scotland and northern England on Monday.Severe flooding warnings in Her…
thecanary.co/uk/2020/02/23/no-end-in-sig…

Bernie Sanders Hits the Jackpot
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-23
Bernie Sanders Hits the Jackpot…
thenation.com/article/politics/sanders-n…

UFO Hunter Spots Suspected Alien Craft Near ISS, Mulls Coronavirus' Threat to Extraterrestrials
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-23
The ongoing outbreak may result in an increase in UFO sightings as aliens may attempt to flee the planet, the conspiracy theorist speculated.
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Italy takes steps to stop coronavirus outbreak
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
The Italian government decided to limit entrance and exit points Sunday in a bid to take control of the coronavirus after the number of confirmed cases there approached 80.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gathered his Cabinet shortly after the increase of registered cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, and delivered remarks about the current situation and upcoming measures.Conte said his administration worked hard to prevent a large-scale outbreak and essential measures were taken in the Lombardy and Veneto regions, where cases have been observed, adding entrance and exit from and to those regions would be monitored.H…
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Death toll from coronavirus in Iran climbs to 8
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
The death toll from coronavirus in Iran has risen to eight, according to a statement released by the country's Health Ministry on Sunday.Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour also reported 15 new coronavirus cases taking the total to 43.Jahanpour said seven of the new cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, were detected in Qom city, four others in the capital Tehran, two others in Gilan city and one each in Markazi and Mazandaran provinces.In China, the epicenter of the virus, the death toll from the outbreak has reached 2,444, with over 76,000 confirmed cases.Following the global spread of the virus, the World…
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Three suspected coronavirus cases surface in Afghanistan
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
Three suspected cases of the coronavirus surfaced in Afghanistan on Sunday following a spike in confirmed cases and fatalities in the neighboring Iran.Since the new coronavirus emerged last December, it has killed over 2,000 people in China, the epicenter of the epidemic, and more than a dozen people elsewhere in the world. Some eight deaths have been reported in Iran, the most in any country outside the Chinese mainland.The three suspects, all adult men, recently returned from the Iranian city of Qom to Herat in Afghanistan, Dr. Nazeer Ahmad, a member of the country's coronavirus control committee told Anadolu A…
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Iraqi suspected of coronavirus tests negative
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
An Iraqi student quarantined for suspected coronavirus has tested negative for the virus, according to health authorities on Sunday."Tests proved that the suspected case was not carrying the virus," the Health Directorate in the southern Dhi Qar province said in a statement.A medical source said Saturday the student was quarantined for further tests after returning from the Iranian city of Qom.On Saturday, the Iraqi authorities called on its nationals not to travel to neighboring Iran, where eight coronavirus deaths were reported.Coronavirus has spread to more than 25 other countries including the U.S., the UK, S…
yenisafak.com/en/world/iraqi-suspected-o…

China still in crucial stage of coronavirus battle, says Xi
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
China's measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak have been effective, but the battle is still at a crucial stage, President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying on Sunday.The situation is showing a positive trend after arduous efforts but remains serious and complex, state television quoted him as saying.He said the outbreak will have a relatively big hit on the economy and society but the government will step up policy support to help achieve economic and social development targets for 2020.China will maintain a prudent monetary policy and roll out new policy steps in a timely way, he said, adding the governmen…
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Israel may quarantine 200 South Korean visitors in army base
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
Israel may quarantine some 200 visitors from South Korea in a military base south of Jerusalem over coronavirus worries, Israel's Ynet news site reported on Sunday.Israeli officials had no immediate comment on the report. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said separately on Sunday that he had ordered South Korea and Japan added to a list of Asian countries to which travel to and from Israel was being barred.
yenisafak.com/en/world/israel-may-quaran…

Turkey 'temporarily' closes border with Iran after coronavirus outbreak
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
Turkey has decided to temporarily close its border with Iran after a coronvirus outbreak was reported in the neighborin…
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Pakistan launches spring tree plantation drive
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
Pakistan launched on Sunday a nationwide spring tree plantation drive for the revival and restoration of forests in the country.Pakistan's premier Imran Khan kicked off the drive by planting a sapling in his hometown district of Mianwali in the northeastern Punjab province."Pakistan is among the countries most affected by climate change… we need to protect it through the plantation of trees across the country," Khan said while addressing the event held as part of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project.The ambitious project is an extension of the Billion Tree Tsunami which was launched in 2014 in the northwestern K…
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'Pakistan should take Kashmir issue to int'l court'
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
A former chief justice of Gambia has suggested Pakistan to approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the continuing rights violations in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.Retired Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan, according to a statement issued by the Srinagar-based Legal Forum for Oppressed Voices of Kashmir (FLOVK) on Saturday, said Pakistan being an important party to the long-standing dispute should approach the UN court.Chowhan made the remarks during a three-day moot competition, The Case Pertaining to Kashmir Dispute in Islamabad.FLOVK, which organized the event, is an international legal or…
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Earthquake kills 7, injures 5 in eastern Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
At least seven people were killed and five others injured on Sunday in eastern Turkey when an earthquake hit the border region with Iran, authorities said.Tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province.Some buildings were damaged and many people are trapped under debris, Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a news conference.He added that search and rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit region.A powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey earlier this year causing the deaths of 41 people and injuring 1,600 others.
yenisafak.com/en/news/earthquake-kills-7…

US, UK, EU condole with quake-hit Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
Foreign diplomatic missions in Ankara have conveyed their condolences over the deadly earthquake near the Iran border region which claimed at least nine lives in eastern Turkey.The Delegation of the European Union said in a tweet it stands in solidarity with the people and authorities of Turkey in their hour of need.The U.S. and British Embassies in Ankara extended condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.The magnitude 5.9 earthquake centered in the northwestern Iranian city of Khoy also injured some 37 people and damaged buildings in Turkey's Van province.
yenisafak.com/en/news/us-uk-eu-condole-w…

Over 30,000 drug pills seized in southern Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
Turkish police seized 32,600 illicit drug pills in the southern Hatay province on Sunday, security sources said.The local police team raided an address in Reyhanli district of the province as part of anti-drug operations, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to the restrictions on talking to the media.During the operations, two suspects were arrested.
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Three religious manuscripts seized in eastern Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-23
Turkish security forces seized three religious manuscripts in the southern Adana province on Sunday, according to security sources.Turkish police conducted an operation in the Seyhan district of the province as part of operations against historical artifact smuggling, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.During the search operation, the police team seized three leather-bound manuscripts with cross symbols and sun figures imprinted on.Three suspect were arrested during the operation.Adana has a history that goes back as far as the 7th millennium B.C.
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At Least 16 Turkish Servicemen Die in Clashes in Libya's Tripoli – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-23
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Sixteen members of the Turkish armed forces and more than 100 Syrian mercenaries have died fighting in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the Sky News Arabia TV channel reported on Sunday, citing sources in the Libyan National Army (LNA).
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Iran Reports Total of 43 Coronavirus Infections, 8 Deaths
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-23
TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iran has detected 15 new infections with coronavirus, bringing the tally to 43, while eight people have died as of Sunday, a Health Ministry spokesman said.
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IMF Pares Down Global Growth Forecasts as Possible Risks Considered Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-23
The cascading impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019, is becoming more apparent worldwide, and uncertainties regarding when the epidemic can be fully contained are too great to permit reliable forecasting of the financial and economic costs.
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