Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2019-02-22). Film and Concert: "Hidden Legacy" with Shirley Muramoto. indybay.org Oakland Asian Cultural Center Auditorium | 388 9th St. Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-22). Artists Call for Eurovision Boycott, if Event Held in Israel (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Danielle Alma Ravitzki explains how the Israeli government uses the Eurovision song contest to whitewash and pinkwash its crimes against Palestinians. This year the contest will take place in Tel-Aviv, and artists from around the world are calling for a boycott...

IMEMC News (2019-02-22). Army Injures Several Palestinians In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday evening, the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. Media sources said the soldiers fired many gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades at Palestinians, ...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-22). Imprisoned Palestinian Poet's Words Turned Into Song (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour imprisoned for her poetry has her words set to music by Daniell Alma Ravitzki...

Julia Conley (2019-02-22). Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules. theantimedia.com (CD) — A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta committed a crime in 2007 when, as a U.S. prosecutor at the time, secretly gave a lenient plea deal to a politically-connected billionaire accused of sex trafficking underage girls. In a case brought by victims of billionaire and Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein, Judge ...

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-22). What If They Started A War With Iran And No One Showed Up? iranian.com The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops an extreme and unreasonable feeling of confidence in a certain course of action that inevitably ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-02-22). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14 — 20 February 2019). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 14 — 20 February, 2019. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 119 civilians, including 31 children, 6 women, 2 paramedics, and a journalist, were wounded in ...

Redstone Labor Temple Association (2019-02-22). Honoring 104 Years of the Redstone Labor Temple! indybay.org 2940 16th Street, 2nd floor | San Francisco...

Fred_F (2019-02-22). Affordable housing should be a priority. greenleft.org.au As housing unaffordability becomes an increasingly critical social issue in Australia, it is perverse to find that most MPs own two or more homes. | It is surreal to see some politicians' real estate portfolios. And while this doesn't tell you everything about their class interest, it does reveal how Australia is increasingly becoming a two-tiered society when it comes to having access to an affordable roof over one's head. | The official statistics all point in a direction that no advanced capitalist country could possibly be proud of. | Homelessness rose across Australia by 14% between 2011-16. Median mort...

Middle East Children's Alliance (2019-02-22). Ahmed Abu Artema, of the Gaza Great March of Return. indybay.org St. John's Presbyterian Church | 2727 College Avenue | Berkeley, CA 94705...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). Central African Republic: Justice Vital to Peace. hrw.org | | Mahamat Al Khatim, commander of the Central African Patriotic Movement (Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique, MPC), at the peace deal signing ceremony in Bangui on February 6. Fighters from the MPC have committed abuses that could amount to war crimes from 2015 to 2018. | © 2019 GGt | The peace accord between the government of the Central African Republic and armed groups that was signed on February 6, 2019 should not deter or displace efforts...

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Venezuelans ready to resist US aggression, meeting told. greenleft.org.au La Trobe University Latin American studies lecturer Ralph Newmark told a meeting of 80 people on February 20 that the English-speaking media misrepresents the causes of the crisis in Venezuela. | The meeting was organised by the newly-formed Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. | Newmark said the crisis is being caused by external pressure from the United States and internally by the Venezuelan middle and upper class who oppose the government's pro-poor measures. | The US and Australian governments' recognition of the National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as the country's unelected interim president would be equivale...

Labor Video Project (2019-02-22). 2019 Oakland OEA Strike Rally: Day One "We Shut It Down"! indybay.org Thousands of Oakland OEA teachers went on strike for living wages, for smaller classes with nurses and counselors and against privatization and the closure of public community schools...

Eugene Ruyle (2019-02-22). Dissent, Resistance, Insurrection and Mutiny: A Survey of Military Organization and Revolt. indybay.org NPML | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)...

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). 'Don't mess with the West'. greenleft.org.au "We're mad as hell and we're not taking it anymore!" Mary Court, secretary of the Penrith Valley Combined Unions (PVCU) and No M4 Toll, told the Don't Mess With the West rally on February 16. | "Western Sydney will rise up; we're not a dumping ground for Sydney's problems", Court said. "The 'toll tax' on the M4 Motorway is an assault ... We are being forced to pay this M4 toll until 2060, increasing at a rate much higher than inflation, to pay for the Coalition state government's cost blow-outs elsewhere. | "Sydney will be the highest road-tolled city in the world. Meanwhile, inequality in our country is rising a...

amnesty (2019-02-22). Philippines: Outspoken senator marks two years in arbitrary detention. amnesty.org The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's abusive "war on drugs," Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FORUM-ASIA said today. De Lima has been arbitrarily detained inside the headquarters of the Philippine National Police since February 24, 2017, in violation of her constitutional rights as a sitting senator and in contravention of international human rights law. |

WSWS (2019-02-22). Mercenaries flown back to US after their arrest in Haitian capital. wsws.org Eight men, five of them former US Special Forces or Marines, were arrested on the roof of the building housing Haiti's national bank.

Resource Center for Nonviolence (2019-02-22). Poor People's Town Hall: Santa Cruz. indybay.org Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060...

Resource Center for Nonviolence (2019-02-22). "The Radical King" by Cornel West - Book Group. indybay.org Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060...

susan_p (2019-02-22). US actor Danny Glover slams US over Venezuela. greenleft.org.au During an interview with the Real News Network, US actor and activist Danny Glover criticised the US over its actions against Venezuela. | Glover accused the US of having "taken the billions of dollars that rightfully belonged to the Venezuelan people, [and] placed sanctions on...

WSWS (2019-02-22). New revelations of right-wing terrorist network in German army. wsws.org A former member of the German army's elite Commando Special Forces confirmed that a terrorist network within the German state apparatus is planning the murder of political opponents and a fascist revolt for "Day X."

WSWS (2019-02-22). Support Oakland teachers! For a general strike to defend education! wsws.org The call must go out in every workplace in the Bay Area, across California, the US and internationally: "The Oakland teachers must not fight this decisive battle alone!"

STAFF (2019-02-22). New Election Ordered in Disputed North Carolina House Race. truthdig.com RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him. | The State Board of Elections voted 5-0 in favor of a do-over in the mostly rural 9th Congressional District but did not immediately set a date. | In moving to order a new election, board chairman Bob Cordle cited "the corruption, the absolute mess with the absentee ballots." | The board action came after GOP candidate Mark Harris, in a surprisin...

aljazeera (2019-02-22). Wallace's giant bee, world's largest, refound by scientists. aljazeera.com Team of international researchers finds the first specimens of the giant insect in Indonesia's North Moluccas islands.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-02-22). 30 School Children Injured in Israeli Teargas Attack. imemc.org 30 children, on Thursday morning, suffered from teargas suffocation, one of them critically, as a result of an attack by Israeli occupation forces and settlers against the students of the basic Hebron school in the Old Town, to the south of the city. The ambulance crew said that the soldiers ...

Earth Gathering (2019-02-22). SF Screening of "Beyond The Waves" On The Life Of Japanese Diet Member Taro Yamamoto. indybay.org 245 Valencia St. | San Francisco...

WSWS (2019-02-22). House Education and Labor Committee: US schools are in shambles. wsws.org A recent Congressional hearing exposed the disastrous state of public schools but offers no solutions.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2019-02-22). Greg Grandin: The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall. indybay.org First Congregational Church of Berkeley | 2345 Channing Way | Berkeley, CA 94704...

aljazeera (2019-02-22). China's shadow looms large over second Trump-Kim summit. aljazeera.com As North Korea's main ally, Beijing is keen on concrete results in upcoming Vietnam meeting, including denuclearisation.

susan_p (2019-02-22). Early elections a bid to stifle Catalonia. greenleft.org.au Pedro Sánchez, prime minister of Spain's minority Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government, announced on February 15 that the country would vote on April 28. | This election comes 15 months short of a full term and only nine months after the previous People's Party (PP) government of Mariano Rajoy fell to a PSOE censure motion, supported by the rest of the all-Spanish left and by nearly all nationalist forces, left and right. | Once in government, Sánchez, with only 84 PSOE seats in the 350-seat Congress, had to negotiate support for legislation bill by bill. Nonetheless, he had been saying that his gove...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Berlin Film Festival Part 2: Midnight Traveler—"Sometimes life takes you through hell" wsws.org The film provides an authentic and moving portrayal of people just like us, who just happen to live in the wrong country at the wrong time.

teleSUR (2019-02-22). May Expected to Delay Brexit Negotiations by 3 Months. telesurenglish.net Without the requisite parliamentary authorization, all indications are pointing to United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May being pressured into requesting a three-month extension to the two-year Brexit negotiation period. | RELATED: | UK Demands Brexit Deal Change, Ireland's Peace at Stake | If the British Parliament supports the Brexit deal but does not authorize it in time for the European Union (EU) summit on March 21, this "technical extension" will allow parliament to tie off any...

aljazeera (2019-02-22). North Korea warns of food crisis before Kim-Trump summit. aljazeera.com Memo says Pyongyang forced almost halve rations, blaming high temperatures, drought, floods and UN sanctions.

Resource Center for Nonviolence (2019-02-22). Gals and the Global Goals: Women's Issues & SDGs. indybay.org Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060...

WSWS Repost (2019-02-22). Oakland, California teachers walk out as unions sabotage West Virginia strike. indybay.org Oakland's teachers walkout began as unions sabotaged the two-day strike by 33,000 teachers and school employees in West Virginia. | The unions are not working class organizations, but instruments of the ruling class. | Oakland teachers must draw the sharpest lessons from these experiences if their struggle is not to be isolated and betrayed.

aljazeera (2019-02-22). US says 200 troops to remain in Syria after forces' withdrawal. aljazeera.com White House announcement comes after Trump discussed situation in Syria in phone call with Turkey's Erdogan.

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Making sustainable transport a reality. greenleft.org.au It is increasingly clear that we need more public transport to reduce air-polluting travel and provide much-needed sustainable jobs. | But state governments are captive to the road industry. The result is poor planning, expanding and expensive road tolls and more carbon pollution. | The following is the Socialist Alliance's Sustainable Transport policy — an example of what an alternative transport plan could look like. | *** | Providing transport without creating greenhouse gas emissions...

Peter Koenig (2019-02-22). Venezuela — US Attack Imminent? globalresearch.ca Imagine, the President of the self-declared, exceptional and unique Superpower, Donald Trump of the United States of America, has the audacity to threaten the Venezuelan military with their lives, if they keep standing behind the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro...

unitedEditor (2019-02-22). How Turkey shows the idea of the "end of history" belongs in the dustbin of history. uwidata.com On the one hand, the end of the Cold War signaled the beginning of liberalism's unipolar world domination, and the end of any possibility for competing ideas. On the other, the balance of power maintained by the Cold War was upended, opening a geopolitical Pandora's box. To date, Francis Fukuyama's prematurely announced "end of history" ...

susan_p (2019-02-22). Bernie Sanders aims to build a strong grassroots campaign. greenleft.org.au Nine hours after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed on February 20 he would challenge Donald Trump for the US Presidency the campaign had raised US$6 million from 225,000 contributors. | He is going to need that kind of financial support, because running against Trump and the "billionaire class", as Sanders puts it, is a tall order for any challenger, but particularly one which bases its support among the working class, the poor and dispossessed. | "That is why we've set a goal of 1 million people saying that they're ready to do what it takes to win this election," he said. | Talking to CBS on February 20,...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-02-22). Cancer Ward Donated by US Charity Inaugurated in Gaza. imemc.org The first children's cancer department has been inaugurated in Gaza. The US charity PCRF donated this much needed department to prevent the need for children to travel to Israel or the West Bank for treatment. Children often have to go alone without their parents due to Israeli restrictions.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). Libya: Civilians Caught in Tightening Siege. hrw.org | | A general view of Derna city, Libya, February 9, 2019. | © 2019 Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters | (Tunis) — Forces allied with one of Libya's two competing governments who appear to have defeated local fighters in the Old City quarter of Derna, in eastern Libya, should immediately allow aid and medical workers into the area, Human Rights Watch said today. Civilians are credibly reported to have been trapped there within the past two weeks without acce...

Consortiumnews (2019-02-22). The Neocons Have Their Caesar. consortiumnews.com Hail, Donald J. Trump, we who are about to read your latest tweet salute you! Tom Engelhardt pens an obituary for the republic. By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com What dreamers they were! They imagined a kind of global power that would leave even Rome... Read more →

Osher Marin JCC (2019-02-22). Light in the Darkness. indybay.org Osher Marin JCC | 200 N San Pedro Rd | San Rafael, CA 94903...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Macron threatens to criminalize opposition to Zionism in France. wsws.org The French president is stepping up police-state policies, highlighted by the violent crackdown on "yellow vest" protesters.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-02-22). Shepherds Chased from Pastures in Jordan Valley, Beaten in Hebron. imemc.org Shepherds herding their sheep, in the Ouja area of the Israeli-occupied Jordan Valley, were chased out of the open pastures by Israeli forces for no apparent reason, according to a local source. Aref Daraghmeh, a rights activist, told WAFA that soldiers forced the shepherds, who were accompanied in their herding by ...

amnesty (2019-02-22). Rwanda: Police officers remain free while protesting Congolese refugees face jail time. amnesty.org Police officers who shot at Congolese refugees protesting cuts to the subsistence allowances and support they received must be investigated and held to account, Amnesty International said, one year after at least 11 refugees were killed in Karongi town and Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda. | While no official investigation has been published into the killing of protesters, at least 63 refugees are facing charges in connection with the protests which range from 'participating in and organizing illegal demonstrations' to 'spreading false information with intent to create a hostile international opinion against...

aljazeera (2019-02-22). Venezuelans hopeful, but wary as aid standoff intensifies. aljazeera.com Venezuelans express hope, fear, disillusionment as opposition-set deadline for aid to be allowed into Venezuela nears.

susan_p (2019-02-22). Philippines: News editor arrest requires labour movement unity. greenleft.org.au Maria Ressa was arrested on February 13 over a string of alleged "cyber libel" and tax evasion cases. As head of the news website Rappler.com, her prosecution is a further step in undermining press freedom in the country. | According to Rappler, the Philippines ranks the fifth worst country in unsolved media killings. While Duterte has created a taskforce, it has so far failed to hold anyone accountable for violence against journalists. | Ressa was named a Time Magazine "Person of the Year" in 2018, along with murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and others, for their job of "taking great risks in pursuit of...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Powerful support for Oakland teachers' strike. wsws.org Like teachers across the US and internationally, striking teachers in Oakland, California are fighting against the corporate war on public education and the complicity of the trade unions.

Nate Singham (2019-02-22). Trump is making a mockery of humanitarian aid in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The so-called "humanitarian aid" to Venezuela takes place as the administration considers canceling many other foreign aid projects around the world. Trump's actions are part of a long tradition of US aid being used to serve its political and diplomatic interests...

Tehran Times (2019-02-22). Chinese President Xi Jinping Stresses 'Comprehensive Strategic Ties' With Iran. iranian.com Chinese President Xi Jinping insisted on Wednesday that his country is seeking to develop "comprehensive strategic ties" with Iran. The Chinese leader made the statement in a meeting with the visiting Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani in Beijing on Wednesday. During the meeting, Larijani called China "one of Iran's reliable partners", calling for the expansion ...

Ben Freeman (2019-02-22). US Foreign Policy Is For Sale. iranian.com The 2016 elections awakened Americans to a startling reality: the country's political system is ripe for foreign interference. The Russians took full advantage of social media with bot armies and through unregistered foreign agents. While their influence garnered considerable attention and has led to increased enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), one area has remained largely off the congressional ...

amnesty (2019-02-22). Rwanda: Investigate Killings of Refugees. amnesty.org On 22 February 2018, at least 11 Congolese refugees were killed when the police opened fire on protestors in Karongi town and in Kiziba refugee camp, both in Western Rwanda. Further police operations in Kiziba in April and May resulted in clashes between refugees and the police, with at least one refugee dying of his injuries. | One year on, rather than investigating the unnecessary and/or excessive use of force by police, the Rwandan authorities have arrested and prosecuted refugees for their involvement in protests that were largely peaceful...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-22). Opposition Grows to Hopkins' Armed, Private Police Force Proposal. therealnews.com On Friday legislators will hear from supporters and opponents of the bill...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). Philippines: Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years. hrw.org | | Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, who is detained on drug charges, looks at a flower given by her supporter upon arrival at a local court to face an obstruction of justice complaint in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines March 13, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's abusive "war on drugs," Human Rights Watch, Amnesty Inter...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Authorities confirm Assange's Australian passport was renewed last October. wsws.org News that the WikiLeaks publisher's passport was renewed last October does not reduce by one iota the danger that he confronts.

Resource Center for Nonviolence (2019-02-22). "The Radical King" Edited by Cornel West Book Group. indybay.org Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Another devastating fire kills at least 80 in Bangladesh capital. wsws.org The inferno was fuelled by chemicals stored in the area, despite repeated government promises of crackdowns on building code violations.

RT (2019-02-22). Philadelphia sues seven big banks for getting 'money for nothing' from bond collusion. rt.com The city of Philadelphia is suing Bank of America and six other major banks for conspiring to manipulate the rates of municipal bonds, illegally making millions of dollars while depriving the city of funds for public services.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2019-02-22). Carolyn Forche: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. indybay.org Berkeley Hillside Club | 2286 Cedar St | Berkeley, CA 94709...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-02-22). Israeli Pharmaceutical Firms Test Drugs on Palestinian Detainees. imemc.org Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed, yesterday, that Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab detainees, the Felesteen news site reported, according to Al Ray. The Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-02-22). Easing the Suffering of Pregnant Women at Al-Sahaba Clinic in Gaza. imemc.org photo: Hind Abu Jahal, a pharmacist at Al Sahaba, talks to a patient. | by Anera.

Al-Shabaka (2019-02-22). The Escalation of Israeli Collective Punishment of Palestinians. imemc.org by Nada Awad, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The Israeli authorities forcibly transferred Palestinian Nadia Abu Jamal from Jerusalem in 2017, following the demolition of her family home in 2015. Israel's National Insurance Institute also revoked healthcare and other social security entitlements from Abu Jamal's three children, two of whom suffer ...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Australia: Royal commission finds that Murray-Darling Basin Authority acted unlawfully. wsws.org The investigation found that a triumph of political considerations over "best available science" led to environmental catastrophe.

RT (2019-02-22). Feds broke law in hush-hush Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking plea deal, Florida judge rules. rt.com A Florida judge has ruled financier Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking case was grossly mishandled by federal prosecutors, who hid a sweetheart plea deal from over 30 of his underage victims, violating federal law in the process.

WSWS (2019-02-22). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org As the strike by workers at Sibanye gold mine continues, the company announced the closure of two mines costing 7,000 jobs. Meanwhile Kenyan nurses are defying a back to work order by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2019-02-22). Film Screening: "Resistance at Tule Lake" indybay.org Oakland Asian Cultural Center Auditorium | 388 9th St. Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607...

Tim Redmond (2019-02-22). Save the Redstone Building! indybay.org Low-cost space for grassroots groups at risk as gentrification fuels speculative deal for historic labor temple. And this is why so many people don't want the Monster in the Mission.

APTP (2019-02-22). Day One of Oakland Teachers' Strike: Rally at City Hall. indybay.org Keith Brown, OEA president: "When we strike, we win!

The Mind Unleashed (2019-02-22). Burning Man CEO Bans "Billionaire Camp" and Tells Instagram "Influencers" to Stay Home. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Nevada's Burning Man festival, founded on a philosophy of peace, love and generosity, was intended to act as a temporary example of how people could live and get along without the financial and cultural restraints of mainstream society. Over the years the festival has grown into one of the largest events of its kind ...

aljazeera (2019-02-22). Political drama in Thailand as long-delayed election nears. aljazeera.com Constitutional Court to meet next week as Thai Raksa Chart faces ban over Princess Ubolratana nomination.

WSWS (2019-02-22). UK parliament committee demands sweeping social media censorship. wsws.org Social media companies would be required by law to remove what is deemed as "disinformation," as well as "harmful content," or face potential fines.

Norman Solomon (2019-02-22). The Only Hope for Bernie 2020 Is a Progressive Grassroots Uprising. indybay.org For those who want the next president to fight for solutions that match the scale of our problems, the choice should be clear...

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Could WestConnex be Berejiklian's downfall? greenleft.org.au An ever growing number of Sydneysiders are now aware that WestConnex will not solve Sydney's traffic problems — instead it will only worsen the chaos. | Many also see that its $16.8 billion budget has been seriously underestimated: it is more like the $45 billion that SGS Economics, the private contractor engaged by the City of Sydney indicated. This figure includes the additional work needed to connect the tollway with local road networks, costs that were deliberately excluded to downplay the project spend. | Then there's the huge bill that the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government and joint venture contractor...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Marathon workers in Galveston Bay, Texas reject USW-company sellout contract. wsws.org The overwhelming "no" vote by oil workers at Marathon Petroleum in Galveston Bay, Texas reflects growing worker militancy in the face of the continuing attacks on living standards.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). Syria: Concerns for Civilians Escaping ISIS Holdout. hrw.org | | Civilians fleeing the battered ISIS-held holdout of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor walk past an armored vehicle belonging to the Manbij military council into a nearby area held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on February 12, 2019. | © 2019 Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images | (New York) — Protecting civilians should be a key priority for the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) mak...

aljazeera (2019-02-22). Japan probe Hayabusa2 touches down on Ryugu asteroid. aljazeera.com The spacecraft is on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of life and the solar system.

susan_p (2019-02-22). US sanctions cost Venezuela US$38 billion. greenleft.org.au Venezuelan Vice President of Planning, Ricardo Menendez said on February 18 that direct losses to the nation's economy from US financial sanctions are estimated to be US$38 billion. | The figure corresponds only to the effects on the production of goods and services, as well as on the oil trade, he said in an interview with the Venezuelan News Agency. | Of this total, $23 billion corresponds to the impact on GDP. $15 billion is related to the siege against Citgo, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, in the US, which was seized at the end of January. | The greatest amount of production losses coi...

PCHR (2019-02-22). Most Violent Attack against Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Sea since the Beginning of the Year. imemc.org Israeli chase of Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea on 20 February 2019 resulted in the arrest and injury of 5 fishermen and confiscation and damage of 3 fishing boats in 2 separate incidents occurred in Khan Younis and Rafah Sea. This came as part of the Israeli ongoing attacks ...

Upfront, KPFA (2019-02-22). Oakland Teachers on Strike: Stakeholder Voices on the Struggle. indybay.org Today, we bring you a full two hours on the Oakland teachers strike.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-22). Trump's Border Wall: Powerful Symbol for the Republican Party's Far Right. therealnews.com NYU History Professor Greg Grandin puts Trump's call for a border wall in the context of US history, politics, and the right-wing imagination...

amnesty (2019-02-22). What you can learn about human rights at this year's Oscars. amnesty.org Ahead of the biggest showbiz event of the year, we explore the human rights themes of three Oscar-nominated films - and find activism inspiration in some unlikely places. | See Amnesty's full Oscars review on our YouTube channel: | Vice | | Vice stars an almost-unrecognizable Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president whose influence on the 2003 US invasion of Iraq continues to have global repercussions. Cheney became notorious for his vocal supp...

Fred_F (2019-02-22). School strikers won't be bullied. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released by School Strike 4 Climate on February 20 in response to statements made by the federal and NSW education ministers and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack, as well as a front page article in the Daily Telegraph, attacking students for exercising their right to strike from school to demand urgent climate action. | *** | School students striking for climate action won't be bullied by conservative media and politicians telling us not to strike from school on March 15 as part of the Global #ClimateStrike. | School...

WSWS (2019-02-22). The Jussie Smollett controversy: Must all accusations be believed? wsws.org Smollett has been arrested for filing a false police report after the Democratic Party adopted his story as proof that identity—not class—defines social relations.

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-22). US to Keep 200 Troops in Syria After Pullout, White House Says. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal, Reuters reports. Trump in December ordered a withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria, saying they ...

WSWS (2019-02-22). State murder backed by imperialism. wsws.org The bloodstained dictatorship of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has the support of both Washington and the European powers.

aljazeera (2019-02-22). Maduro shuts Venezuela's border with Brazil amid aid standoff. aljazeera.com Maduro calls opposition leader Guaido's aid caravan a 'provocation', says he may close border with Colombia as well.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-02-22). France Considers Boycotting Eurovision over Israeli TV Series. imemc.org France reportedly threatened to boycott the Eurovision song contest to be held in Tel Aviv, in southern Israel, as a form of protest against an Israeli television series which portrays France's entry in the competition as a terrorist. Hebrew-language news outlets reported, on Thursday, that the Israeli television series entitled ...

aljazeera (2019-02-22). US: New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race. aljazeera.com State's board of elections backs new House race after Republican candidate reverses course and calls for new vote.

amnesty (2019-02-22). China: Further information: Human rights lawyer at risk of torture: Yu Wensheng. amnesty.org Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been indicted and his case has been transferred from the prosecution to the court awaiting a trial date, according to his wife. No official notification about the indictment nor transfer has been received. With no access to his lawyers since his detention in January 2018, there are fears that he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Yu Wensheng is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

susan_p (2019-02-22). Philippines: Break the culture of silence, violence and impunity. greenleft.org.au The following statement on the February 13 arrest of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was issued by the Filipino human rights movement, iDefend. | iDefend condemns the arrest of Maria Ressa by the National Bureau of Investigation on February 13 on charges of cyber-libel. | Ressa's arrest is the latest demonstration of how government critics are silenced in a manner which mirrors a familiar style of the late Marcos dictatorship. | For two years, Senator Leila de Lima remains incarcerated on unproven drug charges; former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was removed from her post in a Quo Waranto proc...

Resource Center for Nonviolence (2019-02-22). The Long Honduran Night- Book Talk by Dana Frank. indybay.org Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060...

WSWS (2019-02-22). State and corporate attacks escalate against workers in Matamoros, Mexico. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site has received new reports of assaults against workers in Mexico who are voicing opposition to the right-wing offensive of the government and companies against social and democratic rights.

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Homelessness spikes as NSW government attacks public housing. greenleft.org.au Ben, a friend of ours, lives in public housing in Glebe. His house has been flooded three times in the past two years. His roof needs repairs and he has been told by a bureaucrat that the $27,000 cost to fix the problem is "too much". | Despite two rounds of mediation in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) — which resulted in the tribunal issuing a notice of order by consent of both parties and an instruction to the government to conduct major repairs — his house remains in the same sorry state. | The roof is still ridden with holes, the carpet with mould, and the corridor and bedroom do...

Fred Reed (2019-02-22). The Empire: Now Or Never. iranian.com Many people I talk to seem to think American foreign policy has something to do with democracy, human rights, national security, or maybe terrorism or freedom, or niceness, or something. It is a curious belief, Washington being interested in all of them. Other people are simply puzzled, seeing no pattern in America's international behavior. Really, ...

KQED (2019-02-22). KQED East Bay Community Conversation II: Higher Ed. & Attainability. indybay.org Mills College | 5000 MacArthur Blvd | Oakland, CA 94613...

The Iranian (2019-02-22). Territorial Changes Of Persia/Iran In The 19th And 20th Centuries. iranian.com Source: Imgur...

susan_p (2019-02-22). Maduro accuses Trump of wanting 'white supremacy' in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his US counterpart Donald Trump of wanting to impose "white supremacy" on the country following his "Nazi-like speech" in Miami on February 18. | Maduro warned that Washington is leading a coup attempt against the democratically elected Bolivarian government to take control of its vast oil reserves. He said Trump's rhetoric about humanitarian aid is just a show. | Trump insists that Maduro is blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela and the US has started to send supplies to Colombia. | However, the last time neoconservative veteran and now US Venezuelan envoy...

WSWS (2019-02-22). China retaliates over New Zealand government's Huawei ban. wsws.org The retaliation by Beijing has revealed divisions over how to maintain business ties with China while strengthening NZ's alliance with US imperialism.

WSWS (2019-02-22). MIT refuses to cut ties to Saudi regime. wsws.org The MIT president announced the university's commitment to maintaining relationships with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of the Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.

SouthFront (2019-02-22). Iran Hacks Into US Command Center, Takes Control Of Several U.S. Drones In Syria And Iraq. iranian.com The Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) penetrated a command center of the U.S. Army and took control of several American unnamed aerial vehicles (UAVs) which were constantly flying over Syria and Iraq, IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh revealed on February 21. "Seven to eight drones that had constant flights over Syria ...

Middle East Children's Alliance (2019-02-22). Film screening, 'Naila and the Uprising'. indybay.org Berkeley City College | 2050 Center Street | Berkeley, CA 94704...

WSWS (2019-02-22). Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs. wsws.org As one progresses around the exhibition it becomes clear that the main concern of British imperialism in...

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-21). The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett's "Lady in the Van" globalresearch.ca It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose ...

RT (2019-02-21). Caving under MSM pressure? Tulsi Gabbard interview on The View has some supporters fuming. rt.com US Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is being accused of "flip-flopping" on her Syria stance and "caving" to mainstream media pressure after a combative interview on The View.

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-21). The Ins and Outs of the West's Anti-Russian Infowar. The Role of "Government Organized" NGOs. globalresearch.ca Western governments are indirectly promoting hostile narratives against Russia simultaneously with censoring those that are supposedly "Russian-linked". | *** | It is obvious that the US and Russia are at loggerheads in a New Cold War, one which is taking a completely ...

RT (2019-02-21). Tucker Carlson apologizes after telling guest to 'go f*** himself' in unaired interview (VIDEO). rt.com Tucker Carlson has apologized for the "vulgar" language he used in an unaired shouting match with a guest who accused him of being a pawn for the rich. The Fox News host was mocked on Twitter after the exchanged was leaked online.

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Chilean Police Sergeant Formally Charged With Mapuche Murder. telesurenglish.net Progress is being made in the case against the four former special national police force members in Chile suspected of killing 24-year Mapuche activist, Camilo Catrillanca. The young Indigenous man was shot and killed by a police agent while driving a tractor in his hometown of Temucuicui in the Arauncia province on Nov. 14, 2018. | RELATED: | Chile: Bachelet Probed Over Security Boost Into Araucania Amid Protests | The main defendant in the murder case, Carlos Alarcon,...

Jeb Sprague (2019-02-21). A visit to mysterious U.S. Air Firm accused of arming right-wing insurgency in Venezuela. mronline.org Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the U.S.-led coup | Source

Deconstructed (2019-02-21). Crazy in Gov: Why Won't the Media Discuss Trump's Mental Instability? theintercept.com There has never been a president like Trump: his all-caps tweets; his total lack of human empathy; his bragging and boasting; his childish point-scoring; his narcissism.

Daniel Warner (2019-02-21). New York, New York: a Resounding Victory for New York Over Amazon. counterpunch.org As a New Yorker, I have always been fascinated by why New York Yankee baseball caps are so popular around the world. New York has a reputation, "We're number one, baby," that obviously has global resonance. As Frank Sinatra crooned: I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps And find I'm king More

teleSUR (2019-02-21). UNESCO to Document Israeli Violations in Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) may send a mission to document Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, according to Al-Wattan Voice Wednesday. | RELATED: | Israeli Police Evict Palestinians From Home Without Notice | Speaking to Palestine Voice, Mounir Anastas, representative of the Palestinian Authority to the U.N. organization, said that "Israel continues to prevent international UNESCO experts from documenting Israeli violations ag...

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-21). IHCHR: 11,800 Civilians Killed In US-Led Air Strikes in Syria, Iraq. commondreams.org Relatives mourn next to bodies of Iraqi residents of west Mosul killed by a U.S.-led bombing on March 17, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Getty) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/iraq_syria_civilians_killed.jpg...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). 'Investigate US for War Crimes' in Venezuela: Saint Vincent PM. telesurenglish.net Dr. The Honorable Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, called a local radio station after a journalist from the country reported on-the-ground realities from Venezuela's capital Caracas. | RELATED: | Facts Refuting Claims of 'Humanitarian Crisis' in Venezuela | Journalists from six Caribbean countries including Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad visited Venezuela to give...

STAFF (2019-02-21). The Triumphant Homecoming of Angela Davis. truthdig.com "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his Letter From Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963. King was arrested there for his role in organizing nonviolent protests against segregation, which were being led by the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. "Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States," King also wrote in that famous letter. Civil-rights campaigners were so frequently targeted with bombs by the Ku Klux Klan that the city was often called "Bombingham." Five mon...

RT (2019-02-21). 5 stages of Russiagate grief: Dems and the media prepare for 'life without Mueller'. rt.com As Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to issue his long-awaited and likely flaccid 'Russiagate' report, Democrats and their supporters in the media have been riding a rollercoaster of emotions, not all of them pretty. |

commondreams (2019-02-21). Conservation Groups Sue Trump Adminstration to Protect the Gulf of Mexico Whale. commondreams.org ______________________________...

STAFF (2019-02-21). Oakland Teachers to Start Strike Thursday. truthdig.com OAKLAND, Calif. — Teachers in Oakland, California, plan to raise picket signs Thursday in the country's latest strike by educators over classroom conditions and pay. | The city's 3,000 teachers are demanding a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are among the lowest salaries for public school teachers in the exorbitantly expensive San Francisco Bay Area. | They also want the district to hire more counselors to support students and more full-time nurses. | The walkout will affect 36,000 students at 86 schools. | The Oakland Educators Association called for the s...

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-21). Pennsylvania Prison Lockdown: Public Health Crisis or Powerplay? truthout.org Note: This article is published in partnership with Solitary Watch.Patricia Marshall Vickers still remembers the week in late August 2018 when she stopped hearing from her son. Incarcerated in Pennsylvania since he was 17 years old, Vickers's son faithfully called his mother from prison at least every other day — until suddenly, he didn't. Vickers learned that other family members were also experiencing a communication blackout from their incarcerated loved ones. Still, she said,...

Fred_F (2019-02-21). Ex-Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas' extradition case deferred. greenleft.org.au Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences. | While visiting Chile in 2007, Rivas was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of seven victims in 1976. At the time she was the principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). | All of the victims subsequently disappeared after undergoing vicious torture sessions. | However, Rivas breached her conditional bail an...

Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto (2019-02-21). Puzzle No. 3490. thenation.com Puzzle No. 3490...

splcenter (2019-02-21). Following SPLC complaint, Louisiana bail bond companies ordered to repay millions in excess fees to New Orleans residents. splcenter.org The Louisiana Department of Insurance this week ordered most New Orleans-based bail bond companies, along with their insurance underwriters, to repay nearly $6 million in illegal profits they took from as many as 50,000 low-income residents and their families.

amnesty (2019-02-21). Laws designed to silence: The global crackdown on civil society organizations. amnesty.org Civil society organizations and human rights defenders around the world who speak out against unjust laws and government practices, challenge public opinion or those in power, and demand justice, dignity and freedom, are being increasingly targeted. In this context, an alarming global trend has surfaced in which states are introducing and using laws to interfere with the right to freedom of association and to hamper the work of civil society organizations and individuals who participate in them. This report shows how this phenomenon is widespread and increasing in all regions.

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-21). VIDEO: Investigating Venezuela's 'Humanitarian Crisis': Max Blumenthal Tours a Supermarket in Caracas. grayzoneproject.com The corporate media claims Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone investigated — at a giant supermarket...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Mexico: Indigenous human rights defenders at risk: Obtilia Eugenio Manuel and Hilario Cornelio Castro. amnesty.org Armed men abducted Mexican Indigenous human rights defenders, Obtilia Eugenio Manuel and Hilario Cornelio Castro on 12 February 2019. Their captors released them on 16 February amidst an increasing national and international outcry over their disappearance. They continue doing their human rights work and continue at risk, while their attackers are at large. Both HRDs are members of the Organization of Indigenous Mepha'a People (OPIM, Organización del Pueblo Indígena Mepha'a). Obtilia Eugenio is also an elected member of the Indigenous Municipal Council of Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero state, in southern Mexico.

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Taiwan: Asia's 1st Draft Law on Same-sex Marriage Is Unveiled. telesurenglish.net Taiwan proposed a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia's first such bill Thursday, however, the legislation was criticized by rights activists and conservative groups amid a heated debate over marriage equality. | RELATED: | Taiwan's Same-Sex Couples Put Future on Hold After Vote Defeat | Voters had opposed marriage equality in a series of referendums late last year, defining marriage strictly as between a man and a woman and asking for a special law to be enacted for sa...

Anish R M (2019-02-21). Why is Pakistan out of cash again? peoplesdispatch.org As Pakistan negotiates a loan with the IMF, for what could be its 13th and possibly the biggest bailout package from the IMF, we take a look at why it is difficult for the South Asian giant to hold down a stable economy...

Calvin Trillin (2019-02-21). Barr Becomes Attorney General Again. thenation.com Barr Becomes Attorney General Again...

Justin Podur (2019-02-21). Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy. zcomm.org When it comes to suppressing the people of Latin America in their hopes to control their own fortunes and their own resources, the scribblers have a key role to play, as much as their diplomatic and military counterparts...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). As murdered Slovak remembered, journalists call for protection. aljazeera.com One year on, questions persist over killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-21). Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield? globalresearch.ca The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with ...

Ben Norton (2019-02-21). ‚ÄėWilling Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup‚Äô: CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela‚Äôs Illegitimate ‚ÄėUS Ambassador‚Äô. commondreams.org CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime‚Äôs ‚ÄúUS ambassador‚ÄĚ Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking ‚Äúa path of civil war and US intervention.‚ÄĚ | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/codepink-carlos-vecchio-speech.jpeg...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). The Uninhabitable Earth: Unflinching New Book Lays Out Dire Consequences of Climate Chaos. democracynow.org "It is worse, much worse, than you think." That's the opening line of a damning new book by journalist David Wallace-Wells that offers an unflinching look at the growing climate catastrophe. "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" sounds the alarm about the climate crisis and the need for swift and radical action to save the planet from unimaginable destruction. We speak to Wallace-Wells about the rapid heating of the planet, which he says could reach more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). Latest to Join Nationwide Uprising, Oakland Teachers Strike to Defend Public Education. commondreams.org Nearly 3,000 teachers and other school staffers in Oakland, California were set to join the nationwide wave of #RedForEd strikes on Thursday, demanding greater investment in the district's public schools, students, and teachers‚ÄĒinstead of a continuation of the recent unregulated growth of charter schools in the area. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-02-21_at_11.13.26_am.jpg...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Leyes concebidas para silenciar: ataques a las organizaciones de la sociedadd civil. amnesty.org En todo el mundo y cada vez más a menudo, las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y los defensores y defensoras de los derechos humanos que alzan la voz contra las leyes y las prácticas gubernamentales injustas, cuestionan la opinión pública o a quienes están en el poder, y exigen justicia, dignidad y libertad son objeto de ataques. Estos agentes sociales se enfrentan a campaĖas difamatorias y hostigamiento, y a procesamientos por cargos falsos, detenciones arbitrarias, agresiones físicas e incluso la muerte o desapariciones forzadas sólo por la labor que desarrollan.

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Brazil indigenous group mobilises against planned soy railway. aljazeera.com The Kayapo say they're worried that the project would bring farmers who use pesticides that would pollute local rivers.

Stephanie Savell (2019-02-21). The US Is Fighting Its Global War On Terror In 40% Of The World's Nations. iranian.com In September 2001, the administration of US president George W Bush launched the "Global War on Terror." Though "global" has long since been dropped from the name, as it turns out, they weren't kidding. When I first set out to map all the places in the world where the United States is still fighting terrorism ...

Jesse Jackson (2019-02-21). Trump's Fake National Emergency Moves America Closer to an Autocracy. counterpunch.org President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall triggers a crisis for our Constitution and our democracy. This is no longer about the shameless lies, exaggerations and slanders that the president has trotted out to justify his silly campaign promise to build a wall (that he promised Mexico More

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Sweden sees microchip implant revolution. aljazeera.com Microchip technology is getting under the skin of thousands of Swedes.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-21). Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy — Paul Jay (Pt1/2). therealnews.com Corporate media hides that the crisis in Venezuela is a class struggle, and whatever its faults, the Bolivarian revolution is a struggle for equality and democracy — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Bangladesh: 110 Died in Fire at Historical Area of Dhaka. telesurenglish.net As many as 110 people died in a major fire that engulfed several buildings in a centuries-old neighborhood of the Bangladesh capital city Dhaka, a fire official said Thursday, warning the toll could climb. | RELATED: | International Mother Language Day: A Language Disappears Every 2 Weeks | A cylinder exploded in a car powere...

Greg Grandin (2019-02-21). How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism. thenation.com How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Switzerland Denies Meeting Venezuela Opposition Over Assets. telesurenglish.net Swiss authorities have denied discussing Venezuelan accounts held in their country with lawmaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly in contempt and self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido. | RELATED | Argentine Protesters, Workers Tell Trump, 'Hands Off Venezuela' | Spokesman for the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Pierre-Alain Eltschinger described as incorrect the statement made by Guaido of having communicated with the Swiss president on a possible blockade of Venez...

RT (2019-02-21). Actor Jussie Smollett arrested after allegedly 'faking racist attack'. rt.com Empire actor and social justice activist Jussie Smollett has been arrested by Chicago police after he allegedly faked a homophobic, racist attack in the city and then lied to police about what happened.

Eds. (2019-02-21). Trump's 'national emergency' power grab. mronline.org President Trump declared a "national emergency" to stop what he calls an "invasion" of drugs, sex traffickers, murderers and other criminals at the border with Mexico by building a wall between both countries. | Source

Eds. (2019-02-21). The global networks of neofascism. mronline.org Phil Hearse explores the worldwide allegiances which bind rising fascist movements across the world into a coordinated force. | Source

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). DR Congo: Police Killed, 'Disappeared' 34 Youth. hrw.org ...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-21). Following New Yorkers, Virginians tool up for fight with Amazon. peoplesworld.org ARLINGTON, Va.—When New York City workers and their allies raised their voices against Amazon's low pay, lousy working conditions, and hatred of unions, the monster retailer and distributor "picked up its toys and went home," in the words of one activist. Now it's Arlington, Virginia's, turn to see if the same thing will happen. But ...

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-21). US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains. zcomm.org Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists...

Canadian Peace Congress (2019-02-21). Canadian Peace Congress: Act Now to Defend Venezuela's Sovereignty! No Sanctions! No Coup d'État! No Military Intervention! globalresearch.ca The orchestrated campaign to remove the elected government in Venezuela and replace it with a puppet authority willing to serve U.S. economic and political interests has now reached a critical moment, one which may well end in a bloody civil ...

Melodi Dincer, Kristin M. Mulvey (2019-02-21). The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account ‚ÄėJust in Case‚Äô. commondreams.org This case highlights how the government has been exploiting an under-examined section of the Stored Communications Act that creates a gaping loophole to Fourth Amendment protections. (Photo: Shutterstock) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/email.jpeg...

Dr. Dean Alger (2019-02-21). The Skies Cried and the Earth Burned. thenation.com The Skies Cried and the Earth Burned...

South Front (2019-02-21). Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria. globalresearch.ca Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an ...

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-21). U.S. & International Law. zcomm.org The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow...

J. Robert Lennon (2019-02-21). Tana French's Crime-Fiction Masterpiece. thenation.com The Witch Elm is a triumph of the genre.

Roger Hickey (2019-02-21). Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: 20,000 Activists Ask Democratic Candidates Where They Stand on Bold Agenda. commondreams.org Over 90 well-known veterans of the successful 2018 campaign have signed a bold new Pledge to Fight for Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice. (Image: Campaign for America's Future) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/progressive_pledge_2020.png...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-21). Are the Deaths of These Black Men in Police Custody Really Accidents? therealnews.com A TRNN investigation looks at several cases of African-American men who died in police custody that were ruled accidents or due to natural causes, but outside experts argued were in fact the result of an aggressive police tactic...

Jonah Raskin (2019-02-21). Mitchel Cohen Takes on Global and Local Goliaths: Profile of a Lifelong Multi-Movement Organizer. counterpunch.org "Growing up in Brooklyn, I was called a Commie-Jew-faggot-bastard. There were battles between the Jewish kids and the black kids on one side and the Italian kids on the other side." — Mitchel Cohen, February 9, 2019 If there are leaders who stand out in a disciplined crowd or an unruly mob, there also those More

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Trump Threatens European Union with a Trade War. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to impose tariffs on European automobiles if he does not reach an agreement with the European Union (EU) to reform the bilateral trade relationship. | RELATED: | China Negotiates With US to Avoid US$200 Billion in Tariffs | During a meeting with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Wh...

Eric A. Gordon (2019-02-21). 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' treats disability, poverty, cruelty with dark humor. peoplesworld.org GLENDALE, Calif.—Three tiny outcroppings of rock called the Aran Islands appear on the map as if guarding the entrance to Galway Bay on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland. Formed of barren limestone, they are home to a small, ingrown community of desperately underemployed farmers and fishermen who seem to have little more to do ...

Bernard E. Harcourt (2019-02-21). American Democracy Has Been Eclipsed. thenation.com American Democracy Has Been Eclipsed...

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-02-21). Big Economic Questions of the Day: Trump Tax Cuts, Economic Growth, Inflation. Monetary Policy. Undocumented Immigrants. globalresearch.ca Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, ...

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-21). Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis. globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists — the Middle East's most dangerous regime after Israel. | Other than nations already with nukes, it's likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be ...

Maia Szalavitz (2019-02-21). A Tale of Two Cities in the Grips of the Opioid Crisis. thenation.com A Tale of Two Cities in the Grips of the Opioid Crisis...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Sri Lanka: Amnesty International Secretary General Kumi Naidoo writes to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. amnesty.org OPEN LETTER BY KUMI NAIDOO ON THE DEATH PENALTY | Your Excellency | I am writing to plead for the lives of prisoners who may soon be put to death if executions resume in Sri Lanka. | More than four decades ago, your country stopped the implementation of this ultimate, cruel, in human and degrading punishment, becoming one of the few South Asian countries to do so. The death penalty is now only applied by a shrinking minority of countries around the world. In December 2018, Sri Lanka was among the 121 states that voted in favour of a resolution on the "Moratorium on the use of the death penalty" at the 73rd United...

Paul Dobson (2019-02-21). Tensions Mount at Venezuela Border as Top Brass Rejects Trump's Incitement, Opposition Takes Over Costa Rica Embassy. mintpressnews.com "When a president of another country comes and tries to give orders to [our] Armed Forces, he is underestimating them disrespectfully (...) It is incredulous," -- Venezuela's Defense Minister...

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-21). US Media Erase Years of Chavismo’s Gains. commondreams.org When the gains that Chavismo made are erased from the story being told about the country, a distorted version of events is presented. (Photo: Screenshot) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-02-21_at_2.28.24_pm.png...

Jeff Bryant (2019-02-21). Denver Teachers' Strike Was a Rejection of Education 'Reform'. progressive.org Teachers in the school district that was supposed to be the model for education reform just rebelled—and won.

Eric Blanc (2019-02-21). The Educators' Revolt Is Spreading to Oakland. thenation.com The Educators' Revolt Is Spreading to Oakland...

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-21). Who Is Refusing to Back the Green New Deal? Follow the Fossil Fuel Money. commondreams.org "The Green New Deal is our generation's last and best hope at avoiding climate catastrophe in our lifetimes. Any politician with a conscience will stand up to the fossil fuel lobby and co-sponsor this resolution." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/green_new_deal_1.jpg...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). Jordan: 'Fake News' Amendments Need Revision. hrw.org | | Jordanian parliament in session. | © 2016 Sam McNeil/AP Images | (Amman) — Proposed amendments to Jordan's 2015 Electronic Crimes Law would overly restrict freedom of expression by stipulating criminal penalties for posting "fake news" or engaging in "hate speech" online, Human Rights Watch said today. | The amendments maintain criminal penalties for online defamation but, in a positive move, would eliminate pretrial detention for this offense. Au...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-21). When Mueller files report Congress must finish the job. peoplesworld.org ...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-21). Why the Green New Deal Includes a Jobs Guarantee. therealnews.com Pavlina Tcherneva, one of the economists behind the idea, explains how it can fight the climate crisis and promote economic stability for American...

WSWS (2019-02-21). Sixteen Democratic-led states file lawsuit against Trump's national emergency. wsws.org As the faction fight in the ruling class intensifies, the legal question the courts will answer is: can the president usurp the powers of the legislature?

Our Readers (2019-02-21). Letters From the March 11-28, 2019, Issue. thenation.com Letters From the March 11-28, 2019, Issue...

Anthony D. Romero (2019-02-21). Trump‚Äôs ‚ÄėEmergency‚Äô Declaration Is Illegal. commondreams.org No president has ever tried to use emergency powers to fund a massive and permanent domestic project like this. (Photo: Flickr) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/border_3.jpeg...

Robert C. Koehler (2019-02-21). Are You Black, White or Human? commondreams.org ‚ÄúI‚Äôve been trying to come up with an idea to solve America‚Äôs race problem for over 25 years,‚ÄĚ he told me. ‚ÄúCould I use what I learned in advertising?‚ÄĚ (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-9418290361.jpg...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture. democracynow.org In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000—more than four times t...

Stephanie Savell (2019-02-21). Mapping the American War on Terror: Now in 80 Countries. counterpunch.org In September 2001, the Bush administration launched the "Global War on Terror." Though "global" has long since been dropped from the name, as it turns out, they weren't kidding. When I first set out to map all the places in the world where the United States is still fighting terrorism so many years later, I More

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Johnson & Johnson subpoenaed about baby powder cancer claims. aljazeera.com J&J says it received subpoenas over litigation involving alleged asbestos contamination of its Baby Powder.

Tamar Singer (2019-02-21). 'Save the world by changing the rules'. zcomm.org Two students explain why they walked out of school to demand action on climate change...

Richard Falk (2019-02-21). Worrying About Huawei: Is China Winning the G5 Race? zcomm.org US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned European countries on Monday that using technology from Huawei could hurt their relationship with the United States...

WSWS (2019-02-21). Thousands of teachers attacked by riot police in Morocco. wsws.org The confrontation came in the midst of a general strike of Moroccan workers on the eighth anniversary of a revolt that was part of the 2011 "Arab Spring."

Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-21). San Agustín: Popular Power Striking Back Against the Coup and the Crisis. venezuelanalysis.com VA's Ricardo Vaz visited the San Agustin barrio of Caracas and reports on the community's efforts to organise to fight back against the economic crisis.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). How Will the Courts Handle the Trump Emoluments Cases? truthout.org When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump meet for a second summit in Vietnam from February 27 to 28, keep an eye on whether the two discuss developing hotels on North Korea's beaches. This topic came up the last time they met, raising the eyebrows of ethics watchdogs worried that Trump is using his position to enrich himself unconstitutionally under the foreign emoluments clause. | The courts certainly have their hands full with the Trump presidency. In both ...

Tyler Durden (2019-02-21). Bernie Sanders Raised $6 Million In One Day After Launching Campaign. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Just one day after officially launching his campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination during an interview on Vermont Public Radio, Bernie Sanders has already raised more than $6 million through more than 220,000 individual contributions, according to CNN. Sanders, who consistently ranks near the top of most polls alongside former Vice President Joe Biden, saw the money pour ...

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-21). The Fake News About Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca In recent times the international media, including many who promised to "resist" the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US "humanitarian aid" reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked ...

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-21). So How's Your Tax Refund? Thanks to GOP Tax Scam, Big Banks Made Extra $28 Billion Last Year. commondreams.org "I thought Donald Trump said he was going to stop Wall Street from getting away with murder, not give big banks another massive tax break." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_scam_big_banks.jpg...

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-21). UK digital committee report slams Facebook. peoplesdispatch.org On February 18, the UK parliamentary committee published their 8th report on online disinformation and fake news, in which they slammed social media network Facebook for deliberately breaking privacy and competition laws and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation. The 108-page report, prepared by the UK Parliament Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, was tabled after 18 months of investigation. | The final report said that the inquiry was based and built on the main issues highlighted in the interim report of the committee prepared in July 2018. The issues included the definition, role and leg...

Greg Guma (2019-02-21). Obstructed Justice: Law and Disorder in the Klan Age. globalresearch.ca Forty years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation it still wasn't safe to be free and black in Kentucky. For Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but had inherited the Lancaster farm in Bardstown, it was time to ...

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-21). Is Drilling and Fracking Waste on Your Sidewalk or in Your Pool? truthout.org They've spread it on roads. They've irrigated almond farms and fruit groves with it. The oil and gas industry's liquid waste has been used for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes over the years. But never has the "beneficial use" of thi...

Enzo Calandra (2019-02-21). Dollar Dominance and the Third World. globalresearch.ca The history of international political economy has consisted of several monetary regimes, each corresponding to a particular stage of capitalist development and possessing traits which reflect said stage. | In order to illuminate the dynamics of the dollar regime, I will ...

Elliot Sperber (2019-02-21). For Your Children (or: Dead Ahead). counterpunch.org About five billion years from now The earth will be devoured by the sun, But you won't have to wait too long To see immense destruction: Cities quickly turning into gas chambers And ovens, pestilence and famine, People digging corpses up And eating them, If we don't shut the engines, end The rule of exploitation, More

David DeGraw (2019-02-21). Shocking Quotes from High-Ranking Government Officials on Unaccounted For Military Spending. globalresearch.ca Defense Secretaries Sound the Alarm | This first quote was an important admission from Robert Gates, as Defense Secretary during the second-term of the Bush Administration and first-term of the Obama Administration, it was his responsibility to sign off on ...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Shoe blowout, injury raises fears for NBA's likely #1 pick. aljazeera.com Zion Williamson's Nike shoe exploded during Duke's showdown with archrivals, the University of North Carolina.

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Pakistan's Imran Khan approves military response if India attacks. aljazeera.com Islamabad authorises 'decisive and comprehensive' reply to any Indian aggression as tensions over Kashmir attack soar.

Russell Mokhiber (2019-02-21). With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries. counterpunch.org The popular weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is on the run. Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last week called for a ban. "We need to ban all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup," Gabbard tweeted on February 16. "It's poisoning our people, butterflies and other insects, the land and the water." More

National Iranian American Council (2019-02-21). Democratic National Committee Adopts Resolution Calling On The U.S. To Re-Enter The Iran Nuclear Accord. iranian.com Moments ago, the Democratic National Committee officially announced that it has adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. to re-enter the Iran nuclear accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The resolution, which was submitted by DNC Committeewoman Yasmine Taeb and adopted over the weekend, will ensure that re-entering the JCPOA ...

John Feffer (2019-02-21). Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal. commondreams.org Climate change will disproportionately affect the poor since the rich can use their money to cushion the effects.(Photo: Shutterstock) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/whitehat.jpeg...

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-21). What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up? globalresearch.ca The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops ...

STAFF (2019-02-21). Smollett Reactions Epitomize Polarized State of U.S. Politics. truthdig.com Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. | The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse in America. | With Smollett now accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, the case seemed to inflame political tensions even more while creating potentially damaging consequences for genuine hate crime victims in the future. | "The danger is that...

Ilana Novick (2019-02-21). Report: In 2018, Hate Groups Are More Popular Than Ever. truthdig.com In 2018, 11 people were killed at a synagogue. Two in a Kroger supermarket. Others at a yoga studio. And that was just one week in a year where extremist violence was at its highest in decades. | This year, the number of active hate groups rose for the fourth year in a row, to 1,020 according to a n...

Jenny Browne (2019-02-21). Grey Wolf, Grizzly Bear, White-Tailed Deer. thenation.com Grey Wolf, Grizzly Bear, White-Tailed Deer...

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-21). Libyan Spy Chief Tells French Judges Gaddafi Funded Sarkozy's Campaign. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy accepted nearly $8 million from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to finance his 2007 presidential election campaign, Libya's ex-spy chief Mohamed Abdulla Senussi confirmed to French officials, according to Mediapart. Two judges who traveled from Paris to Tripoli this week interviewed Senussi, who was also the brother-in-law of the Libyan colonel, as ...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). First Mammal Extinction Due to Man-made Climate Change. telesurenglish.net The Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammal to disappear as a result of climate change, according to the Commonwealth of Australia, which has officially labelled the animal as extinct. The small rodent was moved from the endangered list to the extinct list earlier this week by the country's environment minister. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Scientists Stumble Upon 'Extinct' Tortoise Species | Originally considered extinct in 2016 by the state, it was not until Monday that the Commonwealth ag...

commondreams (2019-02-21). 350 Action Endorses Jumaane Williams for New York City Public Advocate. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Fight Back (2019-02-21). Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's 'National Emergency'. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL - In the wake of President Trump's declaration of a national emergency to get increased funding to the border wall, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at the University of South Florida (USF) held a rally to respond to the attacks on immigrants. The rally, held on campus on February 19, called for a halt to the preparation of a border wall, as well as pushing for more protections for immigrants across the country and at USF. | "This state of emergency is an abuse of power that has resulted from the implementation of racist ideas from the Trump administration. The wall is a symbol of white supremac...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Des lois conąßues pour museler : La répression mondiale des organisations de la société civile. amnesty.org Partout dans le monde, les organisations de la société civile et les défenseur ∑e ∑s des droits humains qui dénoncent les lois et pratiques gouvernementales injustes, s'opposent ą l'opinion publique ou aux personnes au pouvoir ou exigent la justice, la dignité et la liberté sont de plus en plus la cible d'attaques. Dans ce contexte, une tendance mondiale dans le cadre de laquelle des États mettent en place et utilisent des lois pour entraver le droit ą la liberté d'association et le travail des organisations de la société civile et des personnes travaillant avec ces organisations a émergé. Ce rapport démo...

Adam H. Johnson (2019-02-21). The U.S.-Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus, but No One Wants to Say It. truthdig.com Trump officials are openly plotting to overthrow the Maduro government. Why is the mainstream media so eager to give them cover?

Jason Ditz (2019-02-21). Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The unilateral US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has reopened the possibility of the United States positioning intermediate nuclear arms in Europe targeting Russia. This is of particular concern to Russian officials because NATO territory comes right up to the Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to warn the US away ...

Robert Mackey (2019-02-21). French President's Promise to Crack Down on Anti-Semitism Could Threaten Critics of Israel. theintercept.com French police officers will investigate critics of Israel who question the nature of the Jewish state for possible violations of law against hate speech.

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Dozens killed in clashes between Nigeria villagers and 'bandits'. aljazeera.com At least 59 'bandits' and seven civil defence fighters die in clashes, which officials say started after attempted raid.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). Climate Denier to Head New Trump Panel. truthout.org The White House is reportedly organizing a new committee to examine whether climate change poses a threat to national security, to be led by notorious climate change denier, Princeton University professor emeritus William Happer. Observers say his involvement in the "Presidential Committee on Climate Security" indicates the Trump administration wants to undermine findings within the national security community that climate change poses a severe threat to human safety. William Happer is a National Security Council senior director who has long claimed increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere wil...

Barbara Crossette (2019-02-21). Heather Nauert's 15 Minutes at the UN Are Up. thenation.com Heather Nauert's 15 Minutes at the UN Are Up...

David Solnit (2019-02-21). Arts Organizing Lifts Oakland Teachers Strike. commondreams.org "For strikes," explains arts organizer Joe Brusly, "my role is to just capture moments and share stories that help sustain those on the line. The beauty is, the art created in the hands of those picketing tells so much of the story on their own." (Photo: Brooke Anderson Photography) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-02-21_at_10.28.30_am.png...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). 'Kicking Ass for Her Generation': Applause for 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg as EU Chief Pledges $1 Trillion to Curb Climate Threat. commondreams.org Fifteen-year-old climate action leader Greta Thunberg stood alongside European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Thursday in Brussels as he indicated, after weeks of climate strikes around the world, that the European Union has heard the demands of young people who are calling for concrete action by their leaders to combat the climate crisis. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/dz8kfdew0aabzpb1.jpg...

Stephanie Wykstra (2019-02-21). Fixing Tech's Ethics Problem Starts in the Classroom. thenation.com Fixing Tech's Ethics Problem Starts in the Classroom...

Aída Chávez (2019-02-21). Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Budget Proposal Would Force Grassroots Activists to Register as Lobbyists. theintercept.com The New York governor's budget proposal includes a measure that would lower the annual spending threshold for what counts as lobbying from $5,000 to $500.

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Ecuador: IMF Loan Yet to Be Granted, Gov't Austerity to Follow. telesurenglish.net On the night of Feb. 20, President Lenin Moreno announced that Ecuador will receive US$10.2 billion in international loans, which would interest rates of less than 5 percent and could be paid in terms of up to 30 years. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Movements Demand President Recall, Allege Corruption | "We have regained confidence and credibility," Moreno said and added...

Jack Rasmus (2019-02-21). Some Big Economic Questions of the Day. zcomm.org Replying to questions on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, wages, expanding income inequality in the US, on what is the real rate of inflation today, and whether proposals for universal guaranteed income and more...

commondreams (2019-02-21). Trump Administration Will Abandon Negotiations with California on Vehicle Emissions Standards. commondreams.org ______________________________...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Mexico: Indigenous Activist Killed After Energy Plants Protest. telesurenglish.net Vocal land rights activist and community radio reporter, Samir Flores Soberanes, was shot dead in his home in Mexico just days before a government referendum is to take place regarding the construction of two thermoelectric plants that he said would contaminate the drinking water in Morelos state. | RELATED: | Mexico City Crime Rises Significantly Over Last Year, Mishandled Cases To Blame | According to local media Flores was gunned down on Wednesday morning ar...

Newsclick (2019-02-21). India's farmers march again. peoplesdispatch.org Over 80,000 farmers are taking part in the second Kisan Long March that began on February 20. The march was launched after the State government failed to honor any of the promises it made following the first march in 2018...

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-21). West Virginia teachers end strike as Senate votes to postpone the controversial bill on education. peoplesdispatch.org The controversial bill, named SB: 451, was set to introduce charter schools in West Virginia for the first time, in a bid to privatize education...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). President Maduro Shuts Venezuela's Border with Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday the closure of Venezuela's border with Brazil adding that his government was evaluating the total shutdown of the country's border with neighboring Colombia amid mounting threats of intervention against the country by the United States and its allies. | "Venezuela closes land border with Brazil on Thursday, February 21st from 8 pm until further notice," Maduro said during a meeting with the Superior General Staff of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). | Venezuelan President Maduro also said that his Colombian counterpart Iván Duque would be respon...

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-02-21). The Top Five Real Reasons the US Wants Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The news out of Venezuela today is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy towards Central and South America since the end of World War II.

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Immigration agents 'used excessive force' during Tennessee raid. aljazeera.com Workers arrested during 2018 raid on meatpacking plant sue US authorities over alleged constitutional rights violations.

teleSUR (2019-02-21). France's Macron Says Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism. telesurenglish.net France will adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism and regard anti-Zionism as one form of a hate crime, President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Speaking at a dinner attended by Jewish leaders, Macron said a surge in anti-Semitic attacks in France was unprecedented since World War II and pr...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Taiwan: Draft law to allow same-sex marriage is a huge step forward for human rights. amnesty.org Responding to the release of a draft law which will act as a legal basis for recognizing same-sex marriage in Taiwan, Annie Huang, Amnesty International Taiwan's Director, said: | "This is a huge step forward for marriage equality in Taiwan. The draft law is the first of its kind in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. It sends a strong message to the Taiwanese people and the world that Taiwan chooses love over hate, and equality over discrimination. |

Al Neal (2019-02-21). Brussels or bust: Workers suffer consequences as Brexit draws near. peoplesworld.org ...

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-21). Education and the Capitalist Myth of Equality of Opportunity. globalresearch.ca We commit a big fallacy when we assume that our educational accomplishments are our individual achievements. We like to believe that we are born with a certain innate talent that makes us intellectually superior to all the rest. | But the ...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). New Cuban Missile Crisis? Bring it on says Russia's Putin. aljazeera.com Russian leader continues to issue warnings saying he doesn't want a missile crisis but ready to act if provoked by US.

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Bolivian Woman Scientist Wins Prestigious Prize in Ethnobotany. telesurenglish.net Five researchers from developing countries won the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists, a prize which is focused on life sciences and is granted to women who have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level. | RELATED: | Day of Women, Girls in Science Focuses on Growth, Inclusivity | Among the recipients is Narel Paniagua, who works at the Bolivian National Herbarium and received the ethnobota...

pip.hinman (2019-02-21). Victorian Socialists hold inaugural conference. greenleft.org.au Following its successful November state election campaign, the Victorian Socialists held its inaugural conference on February 16, attended by more than 230 members. | Victorian Socialists — an alliance involving the Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative and other activists and organisations — was formed earlier last year. Its first major campaign was aimed at gaining a spot in the Northern Metropolitan legislative council region with Yarra socialist councillor Steve Jolly. And while it came fourth, preference deals meant that Jolly was ultimately not elected. | The party also ran candidates in a n...

Geri Spieler (2019-02-21). E-Scooters Are Giving Cities Headaches—and Worse. truthdig.com Electric scooters, while a delight to some, are disrupting cities in tech-centric California, as a battle rages over where they belong. | The rollout of the e-scooters—and the problems they have generated—caught city officials by surprise. Those who consider them intrusive complain that riders aren't being mindful of the problems they cause by stepping into arenas where there are no existing regulations under the umbrella of "innovation" and by thumbing their noses at attempts to...

Fight Back (2019-02-21). Charter school strike in Chicago ends with workers' victory. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL - Solidarity matters. Teachers and paraprofessionals at the Chicago International Charter Schools hit the picket lines at 6: 00 a.m. on February 5 and stayed out until they had won what they needed at 3: 15 a.m. on February 17. What they need was smaller class sizes for their students, adequate staffing for special education students, maternity leave for educators and a wage scale close enough to the Chicago Public School teachers to bring some measure of stability to the classroom. | They won these things by sticking together. The cold nasty weather did not deter the strikers. They kept in communicatio...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). Mozambique: Media Barred from Insurgent Region. hrw.org | | Mozambican army soldiers patrol the streets of Mocimboa da Praia after security in the area was increased following a two-day attack by suspected Islamist fighters, March 2018. | © 2018 ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images | (Johannesburg) — Mozambique's state security forces are intimidating, detaining, and prosecuting journalists covering the fighting against an armed Islamist group in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. For 13 days in...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Basant ban: Pakistan snaps a thread from its own culture. aljazeera.com Provincial government of Punjab withdraws its decision to lift a 13-year-ban on kite flying, affecting livelihoods.

Arnold August (2019-02-21). Trump-Trudeau Venezuelan Achilles Heel: Civilian-Military Union. telesurenglish.net After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, this is my basic impression. The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the international corporate media in the U.S., Canada and other countries in the West. It is calm. There are no people starving to death, nor "civil war" violence as the media repeat. That is not to say that there is not an economic crisis, but this is largely caused by the crippling economic sanctions and threats that the U.S. has imposed on Venezuela over the last few years. The sanctions and threats began...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Creative disruption: How Sudanese protesters have used art to sustain demos. amnesty.org The protests in Sudan are in their third month now. The government's response has been brutal with many protesters killed, and many others arrested, tortured or ill-treated in detention. People's homes have been raided, patients in hospitals attacked with tear gas and live ammunition, among them children and the elderly. But the people have remained resolute in exercising their right to freedom of assembly. | Thousands of people have turned out to protest in different cities and villages every day. While the protests which began on 19 December 2018 were sparked by the deterioration of the living conditions due t...

Khury Petersen-Smith (2019-02-21). Progressives Should Support Open Borders‚ÄĒWith No Apology. commondreams.org We should match‚ÄĒand go beyond‚ÄĒtheir boldness, in defending the right to migrate as fundamental to humanity.(Photo: Shutterstock) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/woah.jpeg...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). Turkey: Drop Bogus Coup Charges. hrw.org | | Osman Kavala. | © 2017 Anadolu Kąºltąºr | (Geneva) — Turkey's president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. | Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, an...

Consortiumnews (2019-02-21). 'Rule of the Rabbis' Fuels Holy War in Israel. consortiumnews.com Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become "warriors," emulating a group of... Read more →

Ben Freeman (2019-02-21). Following the Foreign-Policy Money Trail in Washington. commondreams.org Foreign contributions generally come with critically important strings attached -- usually a favorable stance toward that country in whatever influential work the think tanks are doing. (Photo: Middle East Institute) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/middleeast_0.jpeg...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Malawi: Minister's shameful denial comments fueling attacks against persons with albinism. amnesty.org The Minister of Homeland Security's comments that attacks on persons with albinism have not reached crisis levels will only embolden those perpetrating the assaults and are a disturbing reminder of the government's inaction on the issue, Amnesty International said today. | | Malawi is experiencing a r...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). India reiterates plan to stop sharing water with Pakistan. aljazeera.com New Delhi's move to halt water flows to Pakistan is to pressure its neighbour after a militant attack in Kashmir.

Erin Schwartz (2019-02-21). The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'. thenation.com The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'

RT (2019-02-21). 'We must be the leader in everything': Trump demands 6G cell technology. rt.com Ahead of critical trade talks with China, US President Donald Trump is demanding America forge ahead in the tech race by jumping straight to sixth-generation mobile communications. Only problem? It doesn't exist.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-21). Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebe. zcomm.org Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington "Will not be able to install a "puppet" and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first."

WSWS (2019-02-21). French ruling elite attacks "yellow vests" while claiming to fight anti-Semitism. wsws.org The record of the PS and of President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the March (LRM) party exposes their pretenses to oppose anti-Semitism as a political fraud.

Ben Chacko (2019-02-21). Russian Communists say Putin's pledge to raise living standards not enough. peoplesworld.org Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledges to raise living standards and fight poverty were dismissed Wednesday by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation as "half measures" which would not make up for his own government's attacks on social security. President Putin's state of the nation speech promised preferential mortgages and new child benefit payments for ...

Global Research (2019-02-21). Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price. globalresearch.ca Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : ...

Ben Freeman (2019-02-21). US Foreign Policy Is for Sale. thenation.com US Foreign Policy Is for Sale...

STAFF (2019-02-21). Judge Imposes Gag Order on Trump Confidant Stone After Post. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant's posting of a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun. | She promised to throw him behind bars if he violates the court order in any way. | U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that it would be "foolhardy" for her not to take any action over the Instagram post and that Stone would "pose a danger" to others in the case if the conditions of his release weren't modified to include a gag...

RT (2019-02-21). 'ISIS is after me, so you're in danger too!' US drone operator posed as CIA agent to impress woman. rt.com A New York National Guardsman attempting to woo a woman by claiming his "dangerous" job as a CIA agent had placed them both in terrorists' crosshairs has been arrested for impersonating a public servant.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). It's Hard to Sue a President. Can Trump Be Defeated in Court? truthout.org Early in 2018, Democrats offered Donald Trump $25 billion for "border security" measures which included "the construction of physical barriers" in the text of the legislation. Trump turned it down flat after the Freedom Caucus and vivid fascist Stephen Miller got in his ear, and the government was shut down. | After the 2018 midterm elections changed the math, Democrats offered $1.6 billion and no wall, a s...

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines and Civil Asset Forfeiture. truthout.org In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000—more than four time...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). As Hate Crimes Soar Under Trump, White Nationalist Allegedly Had Plan to Kill 'Innocent Civilians on Scale Rarely Seen' in US. commondreams.org Amid reports of the continued rise of hate groups in the U.S., federal authorities thwarted an apparent plan by a self-identified white nationalist to begin widespread, violent attacks on President Donald Trump's opponents, with the aim of establishing "a white homeland." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-02-21_at_9.38.05_am1.jpg...

WSWS (2019-02-21). US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race. wsws.org A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair's breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.

ACLU (2019-02-21). The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'. aclu.org Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Climate Denier to Head New Trump Panel Despite Once Comparing Climate Scientists to Nazis. democracynow.org The White House is reportedly organizing a new committee to examine whether climate change poses a threat to national security, to be led by notorious climate change denier, Princeton University professor emeritus William Happer. Observers say his involvement in the "Presidential Committee on Climate Security" indicates the Trump administration wants to undermine findings within the national security community that climate change poses a severe threat to human safety. William Happer is a National Security Council senior director who has long claimed increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will a...

Julia Conley (2019-02-21). US Coast Guard Lieutenant Planned to Kill Innocent Civilians on a Scale Rarely Seen. theantimedia.com (CD) — Just as a new report was released showing the continued rise of hate groups in the United States, federal authorities say they have thwarted a plan by a white nationalist "domestic terrorist" to begin widespread, violent attacks on President Donald Trump's perceived political opponents with the aim of establishing "a white homeland." U.S. Coast Guard ...

RFE (2019-02-21). General Soleimani Warns Saudis After Deadly Attack On Guards. iranian.com The commander of the overseas arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards threatened Saudi Arabia with revenge over a suicide bomb attack in southeastern Iran on Feb. 13 that killed 27 Guards members, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday. "Saudi Arabia is building its regional influence with money only. This is a false influence and ...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Venezuela engulfed in a major crisis amid the escalating international battle over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

WSWS (2019-02-21). Oakland, California teachers walk out as unions sabotage West Virginia strike. wsws.org Teachers in Oakland, California have walked out of schools in the latest of a series of strikes by educators in the US and internationally against austerity and social inequality.

splcenter (2019-02-21). Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson Wrote to Notorious Neo-Nazi Harold Covington. splcenter.org A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist wrote a letter to prominent white supremacist Harold Covington discussing the idea of a "white homeland" and using "focused violence" to achieve that goal.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-21). Turkish government seeks life sentences for 2013 Gezi Park protesters. peoplesdispatch.org Turkey has sought life terms for 16 people, involved in the 2013 Gezi Park protests, over accusations of "attempting to overthrow the government," Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday. The chief public prosecutor delivered the indictment in Istanbul's 30th heavy penalty court. Besides "attempting to overthrow the government", some are also accused of "damaging public property" and "damaging worshipping houses and cemeteries". | The accused include philanthropist Osman Kavala, well-known actor Mehmet Ali Alabora, architect Mucella Yapici, city planner Tayfun Kahraman and lawyer Can Atalay. They...

Science for Peace (2019-02-21). Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO. globalresearch.ca Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of ...

commondreams (2019-02-21). Nurses Applaud Introduction of Federal Legislation to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care, Social Service Settings. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-02-21). Naomi Klein: To Fight Climate Change, We Have to Radically Rethink What Is Possible. thenation.com Naomi Klein: To Fight Climate Change, We Have to Radically Rethink What Is Possible...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). At ground zero of Kashmir unrest, residents see no end to deaths. aljazeera.com In villages around Pulwama, site of the February 14 suicide bombing, ordinary Kashmiris seek an end to daily violence.

Keith Brown (2019-02-21). Why Oakland Teachers Are Going to Strike. commondreams.org Oakland teachers make their way into Taylor Memorial Methodist Church in Oakland on Monday to discuss the possibility of a strike Thursday, Feb. 21. The vote was to strike. (Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/oakland.jpeg...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). 'Time for Acosta to Resign': Judge Rules Labor Secretary's Plea Deal for Billionaire Sex Offender Broke Federal Law. commondreams.org By firmly aligning himself with a convicted sex trafficker instead of victims while serving as a U.S. attorney in 2007, President Donald Trump's labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, violated federal law, a U.S. District judge ruled on Thursday. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/acosta_epstein_0.jpg...

WSWS (2019-02-21). Anti-Semitic and far-right violence on the rise in Germany. wsws.org Statistics shedding light on dangerous political developments in Germany were released over the past week.

Reese Erlich (2019-02-21). Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days. progressive.org "It would affect their ability to fight immediately."

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). To Counter GOP's Attack on Democracy, Indivisible Unveils 50-State Plan to Thwart Trump Agenda. commondreams.org As the 2020 presidential election grabs headlines with Democrats lining up to challenge President Donald Trump, the grassroots movement Indivisible on Thursday unveiled its new plan to keep attention focused on state legislatures as well as national politics, as progressives are confronted with some of the most damaging items on Trump's agenda in their communities across the country. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-02-21_at_12.59.20_pm.jpg...

Alex Campbell (2019-02-21). Tracing the Threads in Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid. counterpunch.org Last week, humanitarian aid was at the center of discussion of the Venezuela crisis in the US, and evidently at the center of Juan Guaidó's plans to challenge the Maduro government's hold on power in the country. The New York Times noted that: The battle over the legitimate leadership of Venezuela — which has included rallies More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2019. democracynow.org White Supremacist Coast Guard Lt. Had "Hit List" of Democratic Targets, Trump Considering Anti-Science Adviser to Head Climate Change Committee, SCOTUS Limits State and Local Civil Asset Forfeiture, Massive Fire Kills At Least 80 in Bangladesh, Mexico: 2 Radio Journalists Killed in Past Week, U.N. Warns of Oil Company Complicity in South Sudan Mass Atrocities, Egypt Executes 9 Men over 2015 Prosecutor Killing Amid Claims of Torture, Syria: Civilians Evacuated from ISIS Enclave, Trump Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Should Not Be Allowed Back in U.S., West Virginia Teachers End Strike After Killing Pro-Charter...

Tom Luongo (2019-02-21). The Ramp Up To War On Iran Is Picking Up Steam. iranian.com John Bolton never met a war he didn't like, except Vietnam. That would be the one he refused to fight in. Today he is calling up every marker he has to create the narrative for a legal justification for an attack on Iran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spilled the beans on just before ...

pip.hinman (2019-02-21). Newcastle socialists announce election team. greenleft.org.au The Socialist Alliance will be running three Hunter-based candidates in the March 23 NSW state elections. | TAFE worker, sociologist and librarian Steve O'Brien, who has also worked extensively in international development, is standing for the seat of Newcastle. | Dr Sam Ashby, a senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Mayfield-based community activist, along with Nicole McGregor, a disability sector worker and anti-coal seam gas campaigner, are part of the Socialist Alliance's Legislative Council ticket. | O'Brien said: "While socialists are totally opposed to the NSW Coalition government, history also shows...

George Zornick (2019-02-21). Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats...

Tehran Times (2019-02-21). Team Melli One Win Away From 2019 FIBA World Cup. iranian.com Despite Hamed Haddadi, Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Arsalan Kazemi not getting the chance to play, the Iran national basketball team remain hopeful that they will qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China with a home win against Japan. Team Melli will meet Japan and Australia at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers ...

Fred_F (2019-02-21). Profiteering from misery. greenleft.org.au The Australian Financial Review has revealed that the federal Coalition government awarded a $423 million security and cleaning contract for three Manus Island refugee detention centres to Paladin Group, a company that, at the time, was registered to a Kangaroo Island beach shack. | Incredibly, the minister for cruelty and home affairs Peter Dutton claims he knew nothing about it. However, we now know the home affairs department secretary authorised a "closed tender" fo...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Study: New Theory on Origin of Stonehenge Stones. telesurenglish.net Geologists and archaeologists already knew that the bluestones used to build Stonehenge were transported from the Preseli Hills in western Wales. But, a new study has now identified the exact geological sources from which the stones were excavated about 3,000 B.C. | RELATED: | Easter Island Initiates Talks With UK For Return Of Moai | The stones reportedly came from two bluestone quarries, Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin some 180 miles from the monument in Salisbury plain. Normall...

RT (2019-02-21). 'Liar' Trump and 'Crazy' Bernie Sanders already in fundraising battle for 2020. rt.com The 2020 race to be US president heated up this week with the entrance of Senator Bernie Sanders, who raked in $6 million in donations in 24 hours, prompting a war of words and a fundraising battle with Donald Trump.

RT (2019-02-21). Jussie Smollett indicted in 'racist & homophobic attack' hoax. rt.com Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on charges of filing a false police report, according to the Chicago Police Department, which earlier had officially declared the 'Empire' star a suspect in the hate crime hoax.

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Operation to destroy ISIL's final vestige hits evacuation snag. aljazeera.com US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces surrounded fighters at Baghouz village but won't attack until all civilians are out.

amnesty (2019-02-21). United Arab Emirates: Further Information: Jordanian Journalist Released: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar. amnesty.org On 12 February 2019, Jordanian journalist and poet, Tayseer Salman al-Najjar was released from al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE authorities waived the fine imposed on him and he was flown back to Jordan on the same day. A prisoner of conscience, Tayseer had been due for release on 13 December 2018, having served his three-year prison sentence, but as his family could not pay the fine imposed by the court, his detention was extended...

Middle East Eye (2019-02-21). Ilhan Omar is Turning the Tables on Congress and the US Establishment is Freaking Out. theantimedia.com It is about time for a new narrative that looks at the equation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism as itself a manifestation of racism. (MEE Op-ed) — Just about anyone with a political opinion in the US agrees on one truth: there is too much financial interference in American politics. This is noted in the regular demand, expressed more ...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Global assault on NGOs reaches crisis point as new laws curb vital human rights work. amnesty.org Governments across the world are increasingly attacking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by creating laws that subject them and their staff to surveillance, nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles and the ever-present threat of imprisonment, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. | Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations reveals the startling number of countries that are using bullying techniques and repressive regulations to prevent NGOs from doing their vital work. The report lists 50...

Hans Stehling (2019-02-21). Fraught Times for Europe's Jews Now Advised to Reconsider Their Unqualified Support for Israel. globalresearch.ca Jewish communities in Britain and France, London and Paris, together with the rest of Europe are now reconsidering their unqualified support for the state of Israel in terms of money and arms which they concede are used for the subjugation ...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Khashoggi Fiance Slams EU Human Rights Stance on Saudi Arabia. telesurenglish.net Members of the European Parliament gathered in Brussels Tuesday to meet with victims of human rights abuses in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, including the fiancee of slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. | RELATED: | Trump Skips Deadline For Report on Khashoggi Murder, Will Not Impose Sanctions on Saudis | Hatice Cengiz challenged the European Union (EU) to bring those involved in the murder of Khashoggi to justice. "Up until now, not...

amnesty (2019-02-21). القوانين الرامية لتكميم الأفواه: القمع العالمي لمنظمات المجتمع المدني. amnesty.org في شتى أنحاء العالم، يتزايد استهداف منظمات المجتمع المدني &...

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Is democracy the answer to Nigeria's woes?>. aljazeera.com Nigeria is about to choose a new leader as voters finally go to the polls on Saturday.

splcenter (2019-02-21). SPLC lawsuit: ICE raid at Tennessee slaughterhouse violated workers' constitutional rights. splcenter.org On a quiet, chilly morning in April 2018, Alma drove through the verdant Tennessee hillsides to the ramshackle slaughterhouse where she had been working on the kill floor for more than two years.

Ben Norton (2019-02-21). 'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'. grayzoneproject.com CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a...

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-21). Oakland Teachers Strike, Joining #RedforEd Movement on Picket Lines. truthout.org Today, teachers in Oakland, California, are joining their #RedforEd counterparts in Los Angeles and across the nation in striking for better working conditions and fully funded schools. The city's schools remain open as substitutes teach more than 36,000 students across 87 Oakland Unified School District schools. | The strike comes on the heels of West Virginia teachers' second strike since they walked out of their classrooms a year ago this month. Teachers there demanded that lawmakers imme...

Paul Cienfuegos (2019-02-21). Reining in large corporations like Amazon. zcomm.org Imagine for a moment if Amazon MegaCorp had to play by the rules that were established for business corporations after the American Revolution, and which lasted for almost a century...

Leo Panitch (2019-02-21). Trump and the World Economy. globalresearch.ca Martin Thomas (MT): I can see four main sorts of possible outcomes to be considered from Trump's economic jousting. | One: it may reshape some deals, like NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] to the USA's advantage or imagined advantage, ...

Jeb Sprague (2019-02-21). Watch | A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the US-led coup...

Nate Singham (2019-02-21). Trump Is Making a Mockery of ‚ÄėHumanitarian Aid‚Äô in Venezuela. commondreams.org During 2018, the Trump administration continued to strengthen sanctions targeting Venezuela through the issuance of additional executive orders. (@compartycanada) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanctions.jpeg...

RT (2019-02-21). Cop dodges bullet and kills suspect in DRAMATIC gunfight (GRAPHIC VIDEO). rt.com Police in northern California have released chilling footage of a short-lived, fatal shootout between a sheriff's deputy and an armed suspect during what was ostensibly a routine traffic stop.

Chris Orlet (2019-02-21). The Bill and Melinda Gates' Fair Taxation Scaremongering Tour. counterpunch.org When told that the very existence of billionaires was a signal that capitalism doesn't work for the many, and that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had mused that America could do without billionaires, the Gates laughed politely and talked vaguely and approvingly of raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy. To those who are given much, much is expected, Melinda Gates said. More

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-21). Israel, Venezuela and Nationalism In The Neoliberal Era. counterpunch.org What is a nation in the era of neoliberalism? Is community, under any umbrella, possible? Margaret Thatcher was perhaps more influential l in shaping the modern times than anyone outside of Ronald Reagan. Thatcher famously asserted that there was no such thing as society—there were only individuals. This logic is still being carried out, as evidenced by the United States' response to situations in Israel and Venezuela. More

aljazeera (2019-02-21). Colombia's 'Madonna' helps LGBTQ people fleeing Venezuela. aljazeera.com For Madonna Badillo, a life of discrimination and hardship motivates her to help LGBTQ Venezuelans in need of a home.

teleSUR (2019-02-21). World Marks International Mother Language Day. telesurenglish.net Feb. 21 is International Day for Mother Language. On Feb 21., 1952, scores of Bangladeshi (the then East Pakistan) gave their lives in a fight for the recognition of Bengali language. | RELATED: | Zapoteco Language Preserved Thanks to Didxazapp | The then, East Pakistan (present Bangladesh), after being separated from India in 1947, was a territory of West Pakistan. Bengali speaking population of East Pakistan, soon came under attack by their western counterpart because Prime Minister Mohamme...

Anti-Media Team (2019-02-21). TheAntiMedia.com Is Open During Routine Maintenance. theantimedia.com (ANTIMEDIA) TheAntiMedia.com is undergoing routine maintenance to solve some issues in our voting and user-generated content submission system. You may have noticed the "My News" section no longer has the option to submit news that is important to you, but it will be back to normal (and better than ever) in the coming days. Some ...

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-21). Size Matters: the Demise of the Airbus A380. counterpunch.org The aircraft business has always been a dear affair. More than other forms of transport, it remains susceptible to oscillating costs (materials, fuel), ever at the mercy of the uncontrollable. The Airbus A380 was meant to be a giant's contribution to aviation. In time, its makers came to the conclusion that the bird had already More

RT (2019-02-21). #MeToo or too much? RT panelists DEBATE vandalism of statue commemorating iconic WWII kiss. rt.com A statue that pays tribute to an iconic image of a US sailor kissing a nurse at the end of WWII was spray-painted with a 'Me Too' hashtag — but was this acceptable activism, or the work of out-out-touch vandals?

Anya Parampil (2019-02-21). Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'. mintpressnews.com Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government.

RT (2019-02-21). Decaying dam leaves parts of California in path of rare megastorm destruction — study. rt.com A combination of freak weather and decaying infrastructure could see dozens of cities in the Los Angeles area washed away by 20 feet of floodwater. Army engineers have pleaded with the federal government to avert a crisis. |

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-21). US Court Reopens Lawsuit Against Billionaire Israel Donor Sheldon Adelson. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A US appeals court has reopened a billion-dollar lawsuit against Jewish-American tycoon Sheldon Adelson, which seeks to hold him and more than 30 others liable for war crimes and support of Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit yesterday voted unanimously ...

commondreams (2019-02-21). 100 Most Overpaid CEOs Report Shows Sharp Increase in Shareholder Opposition by Many Large Funds. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Anya Parampil (2019-02-21). Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'. grayzoneproject.com Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared...

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Catalonia: General Strike in Support of Pro-Independence Leaders. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Catalans gathered Thursday for a general strike called by the workers' union Intersindical-CSC, to protest the trial of 12 Catalan leaders in the Spanish Supreme Court, most of whom are accused of rebellion and face up to 25 years in prison. | RELATED: | Pro-Independence Catalan Leaders Go On Trial in Spain | The day began with cutting off roads...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Cameroon: Opposition leader and more than a hundred supporters face the death penalty. amnesty.org Opposition leader Maurice Kamto will today be summoned by a military court on charges which carry the death penalty, as the Cameroonian authorities intensify their post-election crackdown on critics, Amnesty International said today. | Kamto, the president of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun-MRC) is the first of a group of 131 people arbitrarily arrested last month and charged by the military court with rebellion, hostility against the homeland, incitement to insurrection, offence against the president of the republic, and destruction of public buildings and goods, to b...

Michael Fox (2019-02-21). The Terrifying Reason Trump is Pushing for a Coup in Venezuela. zcomm.org Florida will be a key swing state in next year's elections. Trump's overtures to both the Venezuelan and Cuban-American communities were clear...

amnesty (2019-02-21). Senegal: Election must be held in a climate free from violence and intimidation. amnesty.org Two killed during campaign rallies : | Journalists caught up in violence : | Pressures on pro-democracy activists: | Authorities in Senegal should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Presidential election is held in a climate that is free from violence and respects the freedom of all people to express their views, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday's presidential polls. | On 11 February during campaign rallies, two people were killed in the south eastern town of Tambacounda. Many others, including journalists, were injured following violent clashes between supporters o...

Michael Kazin (2019-02-21). The Southern Paradox: The Democratic Party Below the Mason-Dixon Line. thenation.com The Southern Paradox: The Democratic Party Below the Mason-Dixon Line...

RT (2019-02-21). 'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists. rt.com Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures.

RT (2019-02-20). Obama ripped for telling black kids to lose the gold chains and avoid twerking. rt.com Former US President Barack Obama delivered a message of self-confidence to black youth: ignore twerking and don't chase wealth. He also called for more police in "some" communities. But his inspirational words didn't go over well.

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-20). Official: US Troops Will Leave Iraq If The Iraqi Government Requests It. iranian.com Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Iraq, Joey Hood said Tuesday that US troops, as well as the international coalition forces and NATO, will leave Iraq if requested by the Iraqi government, asserting that the US forces had been redeployed in Iraq at the local government's invitation. "There are no US bases in Iraq, ...

Adam Lee (2019-02-20). William Barr confirmed as US Attorney General. naacp.org On February 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted, by a margin of 54 yeas to 45 nays, in support of the confirmation of NAACP-opposed William P. Barr to be the Attorney General of the United States. He was sworn in later that day. To see why the NAACP opposed this nomination and how each ...

Lautaro Rivara (2019-02-20). 'We must live like people': Chronicle of a red-hot Haiti. peoplesdispatch.org Lautaro Rivara, a sociologist and member of the Dessalines Brigade of Solidarity with Haiti, writes a reflection on the socio-political and economic crisis in Haiti and peoples resentment against the government of Jovenel MoąØse...

Ed Rampell (2019-02-20). An 'Othello' for our time: Was Shakespeare a white supremacist or anti-racist? peoplesworld.org PASADENA, Calif.—Fresh from that championship season, A Noise Within's Spring 2019 season blasts off with a must-see modern dress Othello that demonstrates why the Pasadena classical repertory theatre company just won the coveted Ovation Award for Best Season. Shakespeare's tragedy is on one level an extremely up-close-and-personal tale about betrayal, as well as about friendship, ...

Kenneth Surin (2019-02-20). The Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Another Boondoggle in Virginia. counterpunch.org Two pipelines— the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)—earmarked for construction in Virginia have been the source of massive controversy. In a previous CounterPunch article I discussed the MVP, saving the equally controversial ACP for this article. The ACP is a 42-inch fracked-natural gas pipeline that would run about 600 miles/970 km More

amnesty (2019-02-20). Argentina: The ignored law of Sexual Education. amnesty.org Even though the implementation of Sexual Education has been mandatory in all schools in Argentina since 2006, many young people around the country still have no access to basic knowledge of their sexual rights.: | We finish our look into the fight for Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Argentina by looking at how two different communities, in La Plata and Tucuman, address the lack of Sexual Education available to young people. | For young people, having Sexual Education classes is key to learning about their changing bodies, desires and relationships. But, equally important, these classes are necessary for...

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-02-20). Withdrawal Pains and Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of U.S. Media Discourse. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. combat troops from Syria is being met with strong criticism from the U.S. military establishment. [1] The attacks on withdrawal are reiterated in U.S. mass media outlets as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in the editorials of the paper of national record — the New York Times. The More

amnesty (2019-02-20). Nauru: Deterring essential medical transfers risks deadly consequences. amnesty.org Responding to news that the government of Nauru has passed a law severely restricting medical transfers to Australia for refugees and asylum seekers, Meghna Abraham, Director of Global Thematic Issues at Amnesty International, said: | "This move by the Nauru government is a dangerous and callous act that could have deadly consequences for the women, men and children whom Australia has exiled there. | "Nauru has failed to provide refugees with the health care they desperately need. Denying them medical transfers is yet another blow and demonstrates just how far the human rights of refugees have slipped down Nauru...

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-20). Pierre Omidyar's Funding of Pro-Regime-Change Networks and Partnerships with CIA Cutouts. mintpressnews.com To [Omidyar] it's ... about ... integrating things together to give technocrats, business executives and government officials a God's-eye view of the world -- to manage and control society more efficiently." -- Yasha Levine, author of "Surveillance Valley: The Military History of the Internet"

RT (2019-02-20). DC Comics drops 'superhero Jesus' series after campaign calls it 'blasphemous'. rt.com DC Comics — home of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman — has shelved plans for a series that would see Jesus Christ return to Earth and "set the gospel straight," after an outcry from American Christians. |

Briahna Gray (2019-02-20). Beyond the Rising Tide: Reparations for Slavery Have to Be More Than a Symbol. theintercept.com The problem isn't that universal programs can't close the racial wealth gap. It's that the programs backed by the Democratic Party don't go far enough.

Associated Press (2019-02-20). Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after ...

Michelle Zacarias (2019-02-20). Trans woman deported, then murdered. peoplesworld.org A Salvadoran transgender woman who had been part of a migrant caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S. died Feb. 3. The woman, known by her chosen name, Camila, had been back in El Salvador for 4 or 5 months when she was attacked outside San Salvador, the country's capital. Camila had been ...

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-20). Venezuelan transport workers' hit the streets in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. peoplesdispatch.org Gladys Suarez, leader of transport workers' union speaking to Peoples Dispatch at the demonstration warns that they are ready to defend the country's constitution and the Bolivarian revolution.

Dean Baker (2019-02-20). Modern Monetary Theory and Taxing the Rich. counterpunch.org I don't consider myself an MMTer, but there is a basic Keynesian concept which has been associated with MMT, which is both true and important. For the federal government, taxes are not about raising revenue, taxes are about reducing consumption to prevent inflation. The point is that the federal government does not need taxes for More

amnesty (2019-02-20). The hidden victims of repression — how activists and reporters can protect themselves from secondary trauma. amnesty.org Peaceful protest has long been a way for ordinary people to take a stand against hate, injustice, and corruption. The contentious issues — and types of repression meted out — may change with the times, but the violence itself remains a constant. | Sweeping crackdowns on protest in Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela in recent weeks serve as a reminder of the violence people face when they dare to speak out. Governments continue to unleash an arsenal of tools to suppress dissidents, from batons and pipes, to tear gas and even live bullets. As the death tolls in these countries mount, so does a growing sense...

Consortiumnews (2019-02-20). National Guard Filling Gaps in All-Volunteer Army. consortiumnews.com In the era of forever wars, recruits who are lured by substantial rewards can sign up for more than they realize, writes Rebecca Gordon. By Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch.com A young friend is seriously considering joining her state's National Guard. She's a... Read more →

George Ochenski (2019-02-20). Unconstitutional Power Grabs. counterpunch.org It's President's Day and boy could we use a new president. In his off-the-rails declaration of a national emergency so he can use funds Congress appropriated for other purposes to build some version of his phony border wall, Donald Trump has crossed the line on separation of powers and the constitutional authority of the president. More

ACLU (2019-02-20). A Supreme Court Milestone for Students' Free Speech Rights. aclu.org In 1969, a group of public school students protesting the Vietnam War made First Amendment history that stands strong to this day. | This month marks 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling that cemented students' rights to free speech in public schools, Tinker v. Des Moines. We're inspired to see that students still take advantage of their First Amendment rights and speak out on political issues today. | We grew up in Iowa, where our father was a Methodist minister. Believing that faith s...

RT (2019-02-20). 'It is the sin of Salem': West Hollywood's gay mayor refuses to resign over sex assault allegations. rt.com West Hollywood's city council is searching for ways to oust Mayor John Duran, after the scandal-prone gay mayor refused to step down in light of some serious sexual assault allegations that were compared to a 'Salem witch hunt.'

Paul Dobson (2019-02-20). Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'. venezuelanalysis.com The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-20). Venezuela Expels Euro Deputies Amid Reports of Talks with Washington. globalresearch.ca Foreign Minister Arreaza has confirmed meeting twice with US Special Envoy Abrams despite denials by the latter of any dialogue with Caracas. | *** | Venezuelan authorities have expelled six deputies of the European Parliament (EP) this Sunday after denying them entrance ...

RT (2019-02-20). Trump refuses to let 'remorseful ISIS wife from Alabama' back into US, setting Twitter on fire. rt.com US President Donald Trump has refused to take in the New Jersey-born ISIS bride pleading to be allowed back into the US now that the terror group is all but destroyed in Syria, sparking an avalanche of mixed reactions on Twitter.

John Feffer (2019-02-20). The Psychology of the Wall. counterpunch.org Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else. It wasn't long after the Berlin Wall fell that different kinds of walls went up in Eastern Europe. New borders separated the Czech Republic from Slovakia, and then, after More

John Nichols (2019-02-20). Pete Buttigieg Understands What's at Stake, and What's Possible. thenation.com Pete Buttigieg Understands What's at Stake, and What's Possible...

Kei Pritsker (2019-02-20). Watch | A Millennial's Guide to Promoting Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com If you've been following developments in Venezuela, by now you've probably seen a video put together by viral YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann. In the video, Hausmann says she's fed up with disinformation about Venezuela currently spreading online and says she's going to set the record straight. The points she makes are all generic mainstream talking points, and upon further investigation, her arguments don't really hold up. | Hausmann's argument goes as follows: | What's happening in the country is not a U.S.-backed coup | Not an ideological fight | The people just want democratic elections | Juan Guaido did...

Naomi Klein (2019-02-20). The battle lines have been drawn on the Green New Deal. mronline.org "I REALLY DON'T like their policies of taking away your car, taking away your airplane flights, of 'let's hop a train to California,' or 'you're not allowed to own cows anymore!'" — President Donald Trump | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race. democracynow.org House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first...

Elie Mystal (2019-02-20). Trump's 'National Emergency' Is a Hot Legal Mess. thenation.com Trump's 'National Emergency' Is a Hot Legal Mess...

CP Editor (2019-02-20). What if He Falls? The Terrifying Reality Behind Filming "Free Solo" counterpunch.org ...

Consortiumnews (2019-02-20). PATRICK LAWRENCE: Pompeo, Pence & the Alienation of Europe. consortiumnews.com If the objective was to further isolate the U.S., the two officials could not have done a better job last week, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News What a job Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary... Read more →

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-20). Impeachable offenses? Mountains of evidence point to Trump's obstruction of justice. peoplesworld.org The New York Times expose on Trump's obstruction of justice came out right after nationwide protests against the president's illegal and unconstitutional power grab, a declaration of national emergency designed to steal money already appropriated by Congress to meet national needs into the president's unpopular wall project. | LM Otero/AP | Another preliminary report, released Feb. 19 by the committee staff, exposes extreme Trump administration efforts — including by Flynn — to create "A Marshall Plan for the Middle East," built around arming the Saudis with nuclear reactors and associated technology.

RT (2019-02-20). Trump official who mocked 'Clinton News Network' hired by CNN to assist with 2020 election coverage. rt.com Trump-phobic journalists — including CNN employees — are up in arms over CNN's decision to hire a GOP operative and former Trump administration official to help coordinate the network's 2020 election coverage.

susan_p (2019-02-20). West Papua: The genocide in Nduga continues. greenleft.org.au The word genocide is simple enough to understand, whether in Nazi Germany, Rwanda, Bosnia, Pol Pot's Cambodia or in West Papua. | The stories and intent are the same, a policy to annihilate the people considered the enemy of those in authority. Describing the horrifying methods used in these countries to eliminate people by state-sponsored activity is mind-boggling. | The genocidal activities of the colonial government of Indonesia against the people of West Papua is benign to the level of subjugation and will take time to achieve maximum effect but will produce the same result, the obliteration of the Papuan peo...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-20). Guaido 'appoints' new oil executives as Trump vows 'all options on table'. mronline.org Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out a military option. | Source

RT (2019-02-20). Ooops! Google admits it forgot to tell users about its hidden spy microphone. rt.com All-powerful tech giant Google has apologized for forgetting to tell users that it's Nest Secure home security system had a built-in microphone. Nothing to see here, guys! |

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-20). US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the country's story has been almost entirely written out of media coverage of the effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government by the US, Canada and their right-wing partners in Venezuela and the region. Malnutrition in children under five...

Russell Mokhiber (2019-02-20). Citizens Arrested Calling Out Manchin on Rockwool. counterpunch.org More than 30 West Virginians gathered in the Senate office of Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) this past week demanding a meeting and demanding that Manchin stop dragging his feet and take a stand on the Rockwool industrial facility planned for Jefferson County. Manchin staff said he was in meetings. Citizens said they would wait. More

Zoran Andelkovic (2019-02-20). Support Serbia's "One In Five Million" movement, but for the right reasons. zcomm.org Coming from Serbia, but living in Germany for more than 10 years, it is easy to lose perspective. Every time I visit my home town of Belgrade I wonder if it is only my view which is getting distorted, or the country is indeed continuously deteriorating. However, it seems I am not the only one Read more...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2019. democracynow.org Dems Probe White House Plan to Transfer Nuclear Technology to Saudis, West Virginia Teachers Celebrate as Lawmakers Halt Pro-Charter School Bill, NYT: Trump Asked DOJ to Put Loyalist In Charge of "Hush Money" Probe, Trump to Nominate Transportation Sec. Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy AG, Trump Signs Order to Establish "Space Force", France: 20,000 Protesters Denounce Surge in Anti-Semitic Attacks, Haiti: Police Arrest 5 Americans Amid Political Unrest, WaPo: Pope Ignored Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Deaf Children, Women Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse Speak Out, Arkansas Signs "Trigger" Abortion Ban into Law, Illinoi...

Patricia J. Williams (2019-02-20). White People Can't Quit Blackface. thenation.com White People Can't Quit Blackface...

ziyaad (2019-02-20). EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl...

Newsclick (2019-02-20). Midday meal workers in India win pay rise after 39-day strike. peoplesdispatch.org The workers who are currently paid around USD 17.85 won a USD 3.5 hike two days after their withdrew their 39-day strike. The workers cool meals for nearly 10 million school children in the State of Bihar...

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-20). UN says withdrawal agreement in Yemen is important progress. peoplesdispatch.org The Houthis have promised to withdraw from key port installations and the Saudi-led coalition from the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah. The ceasefire deal was reached in December...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Saudi Scholar: My Father Faces the Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia for Supporting Human Rights. democracynow.org While the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October sparked international outrage, far less attention has been paid to the ongoing Saudi repression at home. We speak with Abdullah Alaoudh, whose father has been locked up in solitary confinement in Saudi Arabia for his political activism since September 2017. Prior to his arrest, prominent Islamic scholar Salman Alodah had been a vocal critic of the Saudi monarchy who had called for elections with 14 million Twitter followers. But for the past 17 months, Salman Alodah has been silenced. He was one of dozens of rel...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-20). Somaliland: Free Poet Detained for Critical Poems. hrw.org | | Abdirahman Abees. | © 2019 Private | (Nairobi, February 19, 2019) — Somaliland authorities should immediately and unconditionally release from arbitrary detention Abdirahman Ibrahim Adan, a poet known as "Abdirahman Abees," Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Abdirahman, a popular Somaliland poet and British dual citizen, has been held at the central prison in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, for over a month, solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

susan_p (2019-02-20). Trump's 'national emergency' power grab. greenleft.org.au President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" to stop what he calls an "invasion" of drugs, sex traffickers, murderers and other criminals at the border with Mexico by building a wall between both countries. | Trump says he will use the national emergency to allocate more than US$8 billion to begin to build his wall, which Congress has explicitly denied him. This is a direct challenge to the constitutional power of Congress to say how federal funds it authorises are spent, the "power of the purse". | It is part of his drive to further his personal power — to move toward an increasingly authoritaria...

Tehran Times (2019-02-20). Japan To Continue Oil Imports From Iran: Envoy. iranian.com Japan's new ambassador to Tehran said his country will continue importing oil from Iran, the portal of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) published on Tuesday. Dismissing rumors that Japan would stop buying Iran's oil, Mitsugu Saito (pictured above) said his country's policy is to continue oil imports from Iran. Cementing economic ...

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2019-02-20). The Trump tax plan proves a bonanza for business. mronline.org In sum, thanks to the Trump tax plan, trillions of dollars that could have been used to transform our transportation and energy infrastructure, industrial structure, and system of social services are instead being transferred to big businesses, who use them for speculative activities and to further enrich their already wealthy managers and stock holders. | Source

RT (2019-02-20). Roseanne Barr calls AOC 'bug-eyed Farrakhan loving b***h' in expletive laden YouTube rant (VIDEO). rt.com Scandal-prone former sitcom star Roseanne Barr let loose against leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'green new deal' with a torrent of obscenities that would impress Gordon Ramsay. |

splcenter (2019-02-20). Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations. splcenter.org Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city's 400 real-time surveillance cameras. Though the cameras themselves are publicly visible, the City of New Orleans has refused to comply with a public records request for a map of their locations.

Anya Parampil (2019-02-20). Venezuela's Foreign Minister on the 'Failed' Coup and Building a New Non-Aligned Movement. grayzoneproject.com The Grayzone's Anya Parampil spoke to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza just hours after he returned from a consequential visit...

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-02-20). "Electability" is Real (Unless Married with the Junk Science of Ideological Spectrum Analysis). counterpunch.org If electability were dependent on how moderate a candidate is, or is perceived to be, Jimmy Carter would likely have won a second term. We also likely would have had Presidents Mondale, Kerry, McCain, Romney and President Hillary Clinton. Maybe also President Gore. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is disgusted with the way "electability" was used More

Michael T. Klare (2019-02-20). War With China? It's Already Under Way. counterpunch.org In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, Destined for War, Harvard professor Graham Allison assessed the likelihood that the United States and China would one day find themselves at war. Comparing the U.S.-Chinese relationship to great-power rivalries all the way back to the Peloponnesian War of the fifth century BC, he concluded that the future risk More

RT (2019-02-20). Bernie Sanders raises $6mn on first day of campaign...and former Clinton staffer blames Russia. rt.com A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign. |

Justin Podur, Globetrotter (2019-02-20). Inside the Neoliberal Laboratory Preparing for the Theft of Venezuela's Economy. venezuelanalysis.com The academic laboratory of the Venezuelan coup has the highest academic pedigree of all.

RT (2019-02-20). FBI fabulist McCabe now claims Trump was 'Russian asset' (VIDEO). rt.com Former deputy head of the FBI Andrew McCabe is back in the headlines, claiming US President Donald Trump was somehow doing Russia's bidding — and having the press eating from his hand and promoting his book.

Charles Pierson (2019-02-20). When Saudi Arabia Gets the Bomb. counterpunch.org The world took a step closer to a Saudi nuclear bomb last week when President Donald Trump met with representatives from the US nuclear power industry. The meeting focused on reviving the stagnant US nuclear energy sector by promoting exports of nuclear technology to developing countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More

Paramjit Singh (2019-02-20). The state and accumulation under contemporary capitalism. mronline.org Historically, capitalism develops institutions and ideologies that justify surplus extraction and capital accumulation. In the last decades of the twentieth century, the financialization of capitalism initiated a new era of accumulation which is known in academic contexts as finance-capital-driven neoliberalism. | Source

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-20). Tunisia: Emergency Powers Bill Threatens Rights. hrw.org | | Riot police patrols the district of Intilaka, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday Jan. 11, 2018. | © 2018 Amine Landoulsi/AP Images | (Tunis) — Tunisia's Parliament should abandon or substantially revise a bill that would give the government sweeping powers to restrict rights during declared states of emergency, Human Rights Watch said today. | The legislation would allow the executive to prohibit any strike or demonstration deemed to threaten publ...

Intercepted (2019-02-20). Regime Change We Can Believe In: The U.S. Agenda in Venezuela, Haiti, and Egypt. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | The Tru...

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-02-20). Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West Should Stop Its Interventions. globalresearch.ca Foreign intervention has pushed many Middle Eastern populations into poverty, at the same time making them more determined to confront and reject the global domination sought by the USA. The number of Middle Eastern countries and non-state actors opposed to ...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-20). Venezuela: The Epicenter of the "Pink Tide" and Now of the Right-Wing Rollback. therealnews.com The effort to rollback Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution must be seen as part of a determined effort to pry open all economies to transnational capital — it's about access, says sociologist of globalization William I. Robinson...

amnesty (2019-02-20). Somaliland: Free poet detained for critical poems. amnesty.org Somaliland authorities should immediately and unconditionally release from arbitrary detention Abdirahman Ibrahim Adan, a poet also known as Abdirahman Abees, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. | Abdirahman Abees, a popular poet with British dual citizenship, has been held at the central prison in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, for over a month, solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression. |

Paul Buhle (2019-02-20). Charles Beard: Bob La Follette's Friend. progressive.org A new book corrects the record on the anti-imperialist historian—a close ally of "The Progressive's" founder—whose work was much maligned by pro-empire liberals.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-20). Che Guevara internationalist youth brigade stands in solidarity with Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org With the slogan "socialism is the way forward" the members of the brigade embarked on a three day journey to various parts of the country to learn from movements and communities that are in the process of building people's power.

Stephanie Savell (2019-02-20). Now in 80 Countries, The American War on Terror Couldn't Be More Global. mintpressnews.com By the end of 2019, Washington's global war will cost American taxpayers no less than $5.9 trillion already spent and in commitments to caring for veterans of the war throughout their lifetimes.

Jon Schwarz (2019-02-20). CNN Hires Trump Official Who Used Same Anti-Press Rhetoric as Man Who Sent Bombs to CNN. theintercept.com "Boom," wrote Sarah Isgur on Twitter in 2014, quoting a tweet from the publication Free Beacon: "The Clinton News Network is back!" | Two years later, Cesar Sayoc was ranting on Facebook about the "Clinton News Network." By the end of 2018, Sayoc was sending a wave of pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump. Three of the bombs were addressed to CNN. None went off, but FBI Director Christopher Wray described them as "IEDs" — improvised explosives devices. Boom. | On Tuesday, Politico reported tha...

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and ...

Jeb Sprague (2019-02-20). VIDEO: A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded...

amnesty (2019-02-20). Turkey: Outlandish charges against Osman Kavala and 15 others must be dropped. amnesty.org In response to news that an indictment has been sent to the court setting out the case against Osman Kavala and 15 civil society figures for "attempting to overthrow the government", Amnesty International's Andrew Gardner said: | "These outlandish allegations are an attempt to rewrite history and to silence some of Turkey's most prominent civil society figures who now face the prospect of being tried by Turkey's deeply flawed justice system." |

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape? democracynow.org A growing number of Saudi students are vanishing while facing serious criminal charges in the U.S. Federal law enforcement officials are now launching an investigation into the suspicious disappearances to probe if the Saudi government was involved and how. We speak with Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian reporter who broke the story about the spate of Saudi student disappearances. He found that in at least four cases the Saudi government paid a defendant's bail and legal fees before he disappeared. In one case, police believe Saudi officials snuck a Saudi national out of the country on a private plane using a...

John O'Day (2019-02-20). When India Tries to Regulate Amazon, US Media Qualms About Monopoly Disappear. fair.org The "breakthrough idea" heralded by the New York Times ( 9/7/18)—that antitrust should be about power, not just prices—was nowhere to be seen when US media reported on India's attempt to regulate Amazon. | Last September, the New York Times ( 9/7/18) ran a remarkable profile on a law student who had, as the Times characterized it, "rocked the antitrust establishment" with a "runaway bestseller" essay in...

amnesty (2019-02-20). Egypt: Execution of nine men after an unfair trial a monumental disgrace. amnesty.org Responding to the news that Egyptian authorities have today executed nine men convicted after a grossly unfair trial for the 2015 killing of the country's former Public Prosecutor, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director said: | "By carrying out the executions of these nine men today Egypt has demonstrated an absolute disregard for the right to life. | "Those responsible for the attack that killed Egypt's former public prosecutor deserve to be punished but executing men who were convicted in trials marred by torture allegations is not justice but a testament to the magnitude of i...

Global Research News (2019-02-20). Selected Articles: Political Correctness Demands Diversity in Everything but Thought. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated. | Click to donate or click here to ...

TeleSur English (2019-02-20). Venezuela Denounces Terrorist Attack On PDVSA. venezuelanalysis.com The attack ocurred against the pumping station Orinoco 50 of PDVSA in Monagas state.

Dave Zirin (2019-02-20). Will Maryland College Athletes Be Unionized? thenation.com Will Maryland College Athletes Be Unionized?

Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich (2019-02-20). Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets. splcenter.org An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.

Steve Phillips (2019-02-20). Is Trump a Racist? thenation.com Is Trump a Racist?

Eric Alterman (2019-02-20). Are We Witnessing the End of News? thenation.com Are We Witnessing the End of News?

RT (2019-02-20). Ex CBS reporter Lara Logan draws ire for calling liberal media 'propagandists'. rt.com No stranger to controversies, former CBS reporter Lara Logan has drawn the ire of mainstream journalists for saying that the "mostly liberal" media have become more like "political activists" and "propagandists."

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-20). Imran Khan's "Socialist Revolution" in Pakistan. globalresearch.ca In order to assess the prospects of Imran Khan's Pakistan Movement for Justice (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) as a political institution, we need to study its composition. With the benefit of hindsight, it seems the worst decision Pakistan's former Prime Minister...

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-20). US Charity Opens First Children's Cancer Department In The Occupied Gaza Strip. iranian.com A US charity yesterday inaugurated "the first children's cancer department" in the occupied Gaza Strip, reported Associated Press (AP), which will "prevent the need for dozens of children to make the difficult journey to Israel or the West Bank for treatment, often without their parents". The $3 million department, sponsored by Palestine Children Relief Fund, "is designed ...

Tasnim News (2019-02-20). Zarif Decries US Hypocrisy After Report Of Nuclear Venture In Saudi Arabia. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the US government's hypocrisy after a new report that Washington is rushing to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. In a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Zarif highlighted the US government's false concerns about the situation of human rights in Iran or Tehran's nuclear ...

Lee Camp (2019-02-20). Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela. mintpressnews.com There are three things I know for sure in this fanciful, sometimes inglorious experience we call life: | You will never have a safety pin when you need one, and you will have thousands when you don't need one. | Wild animals are breathtakingly majestic until they're crawling up your pant leg. | A U.S. presidential administration will never admit that it invaded another country or backed a coup attempt in order to essentially steal the natural resources (oil) of said country. | This is why it was so very shocking last week when members of the Trump administration admitted they were backing a coup attempt in order...

RT (2019-02-20). John Wayne posthumously bashed for 1971 'white supremacist', 'homophobic' Playboy interview. rt.com Legendary cowboy actor and all-American tough guy John Wayne has posthumously infuriated social justice types, after a 1971 interview resurfaced in which the 'True Grit' actor criticized racial equality and homosexuality. |

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-20). Russia's Nuclear Energy Edge Got the US to "Cut Ethical Corners" with the Saudis. globalresearch.ca One of the latest American scandals revolves around former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's alleged breach of ethical norms in trying to secretly push through a nuclear energy deal with the Saudis which might have even been illegal if ...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-20). Bernie and the Black Vote. therealnews.com Jacqueline Luqman and Prof. Lester Spence discuss how Sanders might distinguish himself and contend with Black candidates such as Corey Booker and Kamala Harris...

amnesty (2019-02-20). Venezuela: Hunger, punishment and fear, the formula for repression used by authorities under Nicolás Maduro. amnesty.org Venezuelan security forces under the command of Nicolás Maduro executed and used excessive force against people, and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others, including teenagers, in an escalation of their policy of repression as a means of controlling the people of Venezuela and particularly to punish residents of impoverished neighborhoods that decided to protest between 21 and 25 January 2019.

Fabian Van Onzen (2019-02-20). Sweezy on the rise of fascism. mronline.org Both Sweezy and Dimitrov agree that fascism arises in the middle class and becomes a threat when the bourgeoisie embraces it, but Sweezy's unique contribution is to demonstrate fascism's relationship to...

Daniel Warner (2019-02-20). The Martin Ennals and Victorian Prize Winners Contrast with Australia's Policies against Human Dignity. counterpunch.org Anglo-Saxon countries like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia have historically been open to receiving refugees. My grandparents entered the United States with no passports via New York's Ellis Island at the end of the 19thcentury. Brexit and Trump supporters' chants of "Build That Wall" show how that openness has changed. And Australia? More

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-20). Mexico Shouldn't Eliminate Key Disability Rights Agency. hrw.org | | Then-president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador greets supporters during a rally in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. | © 2018 Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg via Getty Images | On February 18, Mexico's president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, suggested he would dissolve the country's National Council for People with Disabilities, claiming it only fulfills administrative functions. He did no...

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-02-20). Review: 'Birds of Passage' not your ordinary drug war crime film. peoplesworld.org "A story about wild grass that came as a savior, but destroyed like lotus." —Birds of Passage Birds of Passage tells an intimate story of the erosion of tradition in an indigenous Wayúu family, to reflect the much larger impact of the Colombian drug war on a nation and society. In a tale of conflict ...

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-20). The Real Emergency Isn't About the Wall, It's About the Separation of Powers. counterpunch.org US president Donald Trump recently declared a "national emergency" under which he intends to divert money from the US Department of Defense's budget and use it to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. No biggie, Trump said as he announced the "emergency." Happens all the time (59 other times since 1976, to be exact). More

Muhammed Shabeer (2019-02-20). 'European Union is an imperialist pole, it can only support its own kind'. peoplesdispatch.org Peoples Dispatch in conversation with Francesco Valerio della Croce from the Italian Communist Party (PCI), on anti-immigrant laws, the ultra-right in Europe, the EU and the Italian left.

Yves Engler (2019-02-20). Canadian Policy on Venezuela, Haiti Reveals Hypocrisy that Media Ignores. globalresearch.ca If the dominant media was serious about holding the Canadian government to account for its foreign policy decisions, there would be numerous stories pointing out the hypocrisy of Ottawa's response to recent political developments in Haiti and Venezuela. | Instead silence, ...

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-02-20). How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics. thenation.com How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-20). Residents Caught in Outbreak of Violence in Cameroon. hrw.org | | A school classroom in the Anglophone region of Cameroon. | © 2018 Bede Sheppard/Human Rights Watch | On February 16, 170 students, mostly girls under 18, were abducted by a group of armed separatists from a boarding school in Kumbo, in the North-West region of Cameroon. The separatists, who stormed the building in the early hours, also abducted a teacher and two guards. Everyone was released the following day amid rumours of ransoms being paid. The school remains closed. | Human Rights Watch has interviewed numerou...

Gregory Shupak — FAIR (2019-02-19). US Media Ignore — and Applaud — Economic War on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Gregory Shupak examines the silences that organize the mainstream media's coverage of the crisis in the Caribbean nation.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-19). Haiti: Weeks of Protests Demanding the Resignation of the President. therealnews.com President Jovenel Moise is accused of siphoning money from Petrocaribe, a low cost oil program from Venezuela, and mismanagement. We speak with award winning journalist, Jacqueline Charles...

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-19). Hope of Hodeida Ceasefire Wanes as Saudis Talks Peace but Bolster Military Presence. mintpressnews.com For Yemenis desperate for a solution, it may be hard to believe the Saudi Coalition's promises of a withdrawal from Hodeida after previous promises were made and subsequently broken.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-19). City Gave 8 Cops License to Terrorize Residents, Now Officials Say They're Not Responsible. therealnews.com As fall-out from the Gun Trace Task Force continues to unfold in Baltimore, top city officials are saying the officers were acting outside the scope of their employment and cannot be held liable for robbing and falsely arresting hundreds of residents...

David Dayen (2019-02-19). Big Corn and Big Oil Are Warring Over Trump's Nomination of Andrew Wheeler. theintercept.com Want a preview of the battle for the Green New Deal? Look no further than the K Street fight over Andrew Wheeler and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Fight Back (2019-02-19). Japanese American community slams Trump's National Emergency. fightbacknews.org San José, CA - On Sunday, February 17, more than 400 people filled the San Jose Buddhist Church gym for the 39th annual Day of Remembrance event. Across the country, Japanese American communities commemorate the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. The San Jose event was organized by NOC, the Nihonmachi [Japantown] Organizing Committee. | This year's event came just two days after President Trump declared a National Emergency in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Criticism of this act and compari...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-19). White Supremacy and the Progressive Movement. therealnews.com Host Jacqueline Luqman is joined by Paul Jay to discuss the importance of combating white supremacy within the context of a broad people's movement...

Fred_F (2019-02-19). Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti...

Robert Mackey (2019-02-19). Bernie Sanders Is Running for President and He Wants 1 Million Campaign Volunteers. theintercept.com Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent whose 2016 campaign for the presidency helped shift the Democratic Party to the left on issues like "Medicare for All" and free college tuition, announced on Tuesday that he is running for president again. The self-described democratic socialist immediately set an ambitious target for his supporters, calling on them "to be part of an unprecedented grassroots campaign of 1 million active volunteers, in every state in our country."I'm...

Steve Ellner — Consortium News (2019-02-19). How Much of Venezuela's Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault? venezuelanalysis.com There are several factors for Venezuela's economic crisis, but you wouldn't know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner.

ACLU (2019-02-19). A Wisconsin School District Shrugged After High School Coaches Body-Shamed Cheerleaders. aclu.org Parents say staff are subjecting students to pervasive gender discrimination in the Kenosha Unified School District. | The cheerleaders at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, looked forward to the annual spring banquet as a time to celebrate their hard work in the company of over 100 friends and family members. What they never expected was for the banquet to become a humiliating exercise in body shaming. | In the banquet hall of a Kenosha restaurant in March 2018, the cheer coaches presented some squad members with...

Eds. (2019-02-19). Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: author explains origins of Trump's Venezuela plan. mronline.org The U.S. has revitalised its old Monroe Doctrine, seeking to take Latin America countries and most notably Venezuela, famous for its rich oil reserves, under control, French journalist Gilbert Mercier has told Sputnik, explaining why the "overt coup attempt" in Caracas is doomed to failure. | Source

susan_p (2019-02-19). Ireland: Brexit and DUP's opposition to rights put unity referendum firmly on the agenda. greenleft.org.au While the political establishment in Ireland is determined to downplay the need for an Irish unity referendum, it is plainly obvious that the appetite for such a poll is growing by the day. Besides the obvious major constitutional shift that Brexit will cause, the demand for a referendum is being fuelled by the clear lack of social progress in the North, as well as Britain's arrogant disinterest in a region it insists on keeping control of. | In this debate, people talk a lot about identity, but the supposed straightjackets of unionism and nationalism are becoming less relevant. Yes, we have seen more polarised e...

splcenter (2019-02-19). New hate map helps users explore landscape of hate. splcenter.org The Southern Poverty Law Center has introduced an updated, interactive hate map equipped with new features to help people better understand the hate groups operating in their state and across the country.

unitedEditor (2019-02-19). Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse? uwidata.com When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, ...

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-19). Venezuela's missile crisis: a conversation with Juan Contreras. mronline.org A grassroots leader from the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas looks at the historical forces operating behind the showdown unfolding right now in the Bolivarian Republic. | Source

Jeff Abbott (2019-02-19). The Other Americans: Guatemalan Congress Seeks to Grant Amnesty for War Crimes. progressive.org "Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict."

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Amazon's Defeat in NYC Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare. democracynow.org New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens. The decision came under mounting pressure from grassroots activists and local politicians who opposed the deal. Amazon had announced the project in November after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies to come to the city. But local politicians and community organizers rallied against the tech giant and won. The lawmakers who took down Amazon say their victory is just the beginning of a major fight a...

Consortiumnews (2019-02-19). U.S. and China Redefining the Terms of War. consortiumnews.com Today, war means so much more than military combat, writes Michael T. Klare. It can take place even as the leaders of the warring powers meet to negotiate. By Michael T. Klare TomDispatch.com In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, "Destined for War," Harvard professor... Read more →

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-19). Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold? zcomm.org The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, U.S. foreign policy was characterized by repeated acts of U.S. military intervention in Latin Read more...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Headlines for February 19, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks President Maduro at Miami Rally, Calls on Military to Defect, President Maduro Fires Back at Trump Attacks on Socialism, Daily Beast: U.S. Considering Extending TPS to Venezuelans, Senator Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Bid, Sen. Warren to Unveil Universal Child Care Plan, West Virginia Teachers Launch Strike, 16 States Sue over Trump's Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Mexican Migrant Dies While in Border Patrol Custody, Transgender Salvadoran Woman Killed After Deportation from U.S., Syria: Bomb Attacks Kill 15 in Idlib, UAE Buys $1.6 Billion in Arms from Raytheon, Yemen: Warring Parties Ag...

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-19). U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela is Dangerous. progressive.org U.S. interference in Venezuela threatens to turn a crisis into a catastrophe. We can't let the violence that plagues the Middle East be transferred to Latin America.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-02-19). NAACP Challenge to Prison Gerrymandering Moves Forward, First Statewide Challenge in the Nation. naacp.org February 19, 2019 CONTACT: Malik Russell / mrussell@naacpnet.org / 443-610-0361 Vanessa Mbonu /vmbonu@naacpnet.org Doni Bloomfield /‚ÄØDoni.Bloomfield@ylsclinics.org Federal judge refuses to dismiss suit over discriminatory counting of incarcerated persons New Haven, CT (Feb. 19, 2019) — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), together with the NAACP Connecticut State Conference and individual NAACP members, won a key ruling today that allows their ...

splcenter (2019-02-19). Hate groups reach record high. splcenter.org The number of hate groups operating across America rose to a record high — 1,020 — in 2018 as President Trump continued to fan the flames of white resentment over immigration and the country's changing demographics.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Venezuela in Crisis: As U.S. Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War & Famine. democracynow.org President Trump called for regime change in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua on Monday, in a major speech urging the Venezuelan military to abandon its support for President Nicolás Maduro and to support self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó. During the speech, Trump said the U.S. seeks a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela, but that all options remain on the table. This comes as a new book out by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reveals Trump privately discussed going to war with Venezuela in 2017. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro responded to Trump's speech in Miami by accusing him of e...

Alejandro J. Beutel and Hatewatch Staff (2019-02-19). Antigovernment Militia Leader Organizing Nationwide Protests This Weekend. splcenter.org The head of one of the nation's most well-known antigovernment militias, the Three Percent Security Force (IIISF), is taking a lead role in organizing far-right rallies in all 50 U.S. state capitals this Saturday, Feb. 23.

Jordan Smith (2019-02-18). How the Federal Government Undermines Prison Education. theintercept.com Aaron Kinzel grew up poor in Toledo, Ohio, and from an early age, he was pulled into a life of crime. He didn't know his father, and his mother's partners encouraged him to break into houses, sell drugs, and engage in various forms of violence. "I just grew up around a lot of bullshit," he says. "I was really groomed to be a professional criminal." | He was a teenager on probation in 1997 when he left the Midwest on an ill-fated road trip to Maine with his girlfriend. He was carrying drugs and a loaded gun when he was pulled over by a state trooper. With the officer standing outside his car window, Kinzel panicke...

Nino Pagliccia (2019-02-18). Is Venezuela Canada's Modern Day El Dorado? venezuelanalysis.com Nino Pagliccia looks at the potential prize for Canada if they manage to oust Maduro.

Aaron Maté (2019-02-18). VIDEO: 'Trump regime wants a civil war': Venezuelans condemn US-led coup attempt. grayzoneproject.com At a days-long anti-intervention protest in Caracas, The Grayzone's Aaron Maté speaks to a Venezuelan teacher about the impact of...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-18). Saudi Arabia: Clarify Status of 'Corruption' Detainees. hrw.org (Beirut) — Saudi Arabia announced an end to its high-profile anti-corruption campaign on January 31, 2019, but some of those rounded up remain in detention without a clear legal basis, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia carried out the mass arrests, including of princes, current and former government officials, and prominent businessmen, on November 4, 2017, holding some for months at Riyadh's five-star Ritz Carlton Hotel and forcing them to turn over assets in exchange for their freedom outside of any legal process. | Those who re...

Alexandra Tempus (2019-02-18). On Journalism, Middle America, and the Stories We Choose to Tell. progressive.org "Esquire" magazine is under fire for putting a straight, white, Trump-supporting Wisconsin teenager on its cover. But that isn't the real problem.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-18). Trump Hits Venezuela with More Sanctions as US Military Planes Bring 'Aid'. venezuelanalysis.com Three USAF planes landed 8km from the Venezuelan border, allegedly carrying "humanitarian aid."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). Public "Medicare for All" Saves U.S. Taxpayers 1.5 Trillion Dollars. therealnews.com Contrary to Michael Bloomberg and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, potential 2020 Presidential candidates, a completely public health care program could save taxpayers 1.5 trillion dollars, says Prof. Robert Pollin of PERI at UMass, Amherst and Adam Gaffney, President of Physicians for a National Health Program...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Birmingham Civil Rights Group Reoffers Award to Angela Davis—But She Says Community Should Decide. democracynow.org The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute sparked international outrage in January when it rescinded the Fred L. Shuttlesworth award for civil rights icon Angela Davis, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring her due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinstated the award, but Davis has yet to accept it. Democracy Now! spoke with the president and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Andrea Taylor, on Saturday, before an alternate e...

Paul Dobson (2019-02-18). Venezuela Expels Euro Deputies amid Reports of Talks with Washington. venezuelanalysis.com Foreign Minister Arreaza has confirmed meeting twice with US Special Envoy Abrams despite denials by the latter of any dialogue with Caracas.

Fight Back (2019-02-18). Philippines: On fascist cyberattacks and assault on media to silence the people. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 17 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | The CPP denounces the heightened fascist cyberattacks and assault against the media by the agents of the US-Duterte regime. | Over the past few weeks, websites of progressive outfits and alternative media organizations have been subjected to relentless large-scale DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks which have resulted in the websites being repeatedly taken down. | Also since December 26 last year, the CPP's website, the Philippine Revolution Web Central (PRWC) [https://philippinerevo...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). First Step in New York State Towards Universal Rent Control. therealnews.com State Senator Julia Salazar introduced a bill that would cap annual rent increase by no more than 150% of the consumer price index. We speak to Sen. Salazar about the proposal...

Steven Davis (2019-02-18). Public Lands Bill Is a Huge Step Forward. progressive.org In the current context of environmental deregulation this bill is a rare piece of good news on the conservation front.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). Teen Environmental Activist Tells Congress to Stop Putting "Profit Over People" therealnews.com Nadia Nazar, a 16-year-old leader of youth environmental organization Zero Hour, responds to a representative dissing the Green New Deal and explains the role of youth in fighting climate change...

Fight Back (2019-02-18). Minnesotans stand up to racists to defend Representative Omar. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN - A group calling itself Patriots United put out a racist, anti-Muslim call for Minnesotans to come out on February 17 to protest U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar at her office near Target Field in Minneapolis. Jewish Voice for Peace-Twin Cities called for a counter-protest and over 80 people came out strong with signs like "Jews for Ilhan" and "Minnesotans against Islamophobia" against Patriots United's contingent of six people, holding three signs and two American flags. | Newly elected Representative Omar, of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, started a national c...

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-18). Brazil: Keep Sniper Probe Independent. hrw.org | | Victim shows patch over his wounded ribs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 2019. | © Defensoria Pública do Estado do Rio de Janeiro | Brazil should conduct an independent and thorough investigation into allegations that one or more police snipers killed at least two people in a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro in late January, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. | Witnesses said that the shots came from a tower within the main complex of the Rio de Janeiro civil po...

unitedEditor (2019-02-18). Summit in Sochi, US in a state of emergency, tragedy in Iran. uwidata.com Summit in Sochi The fourth summit of the Astana process on the settlement of the crisis in Syria was held on February 14 in Sochi. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan considers the summit to have been an important step. "The Summit in Sochi was very efficient and useful. The second round of talks began with Sochi, ...

Fight Back (2019-02-18). Minneapolis erupts in protest over Trump's 'National Emergency' declaration. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Hundreds of people poured into the streets on Saturday, February 16, to demonstrate against the latest escalation of President Trump's anti-immigrant policies. | The day before, Trump had declared a so-called "National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States." Under the National Emergencies Act, the declaration could grant Trump new executive powers to allocate billions of dollars in funding toward further militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump claimed these measures will allow him to fulfill the racist "build the wall" narrative that he has used to mobilize his w...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-18). TRNN Visits a Working Class Neighbourhood in Caracas. therealnews.com TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris speaks about Venezuela's crisis with Gustavo Robledo, an ambulance driver who has spent his entire life in the Valle district of Caracas...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Jewish Activists Hold Solidarity Shabbat Defending Angela Davis in Birmingham & Across U.S. democracynow.org Jewish supporters of Angela Davis across the nation held solidarity Shabbat on Friday evening, the night before the civil rights icon had been expected to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The institute rescinded the honor in January due to Davis' support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. The institute later reversed this decision after international outcry, but Davis has yet to accept the award. Democracy Now! was in Birmingham on Friday and attended a Shabbat in support of An...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Angela Davis Returns to Birmingham, Reflecting on Palestinian Rights & Fight for Freedom Everywhere. democracynow.org Civil rights icon and scholar Angela Davis returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend. She originally planned the visit to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but the institute withdrew the award last month, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinst...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Headlines for February 18, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Faces Legal & Political Challenges After Calling Nat'l Emergency, NYC: Protesters Take to Streets After Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Aurora, IL Gunman Kills 5, Injures 6 After Being Terminated, Venezuela Ejects European Lawmakers as Aid Standoff Ratchets Up, Sen. Rubio Steps Up Attacks on Cuba While in Colombia, Iran Says Israel and U.S. Escalating Chance of War in Middle East, Haitian Gov't Announces Spending Cuts in Attempt to Quell Unrest, Nigeria: Bomb Kills At Least 8, Hours Before Gov't Postpones Elections, Pope Francis Defrocks Cardinal McCarrick over Sexual Abuse Crimes, SCOTUS to Hear Trump Admin's...

Aba Blankson (2019-02-18). Racial Equity Groups Mobilize In Support of Voting Rights Act Hearings. naacp.org Atlanta Event 2nd in Series of National Hearings to Restore Voting Rights ATLANTA (February 18, 2019) — On Tuesday, February 19, all eyes will be on Georgia when the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration holds its "Field Hearing on Voting Rights and Election Administration in Georgia." Scheduled for 9: 30 AM EST ...

Consortiumnews (2019-02-18). Will the Trade War Lead to Real War with China? consortiumnews.com What the U.S. faces with China is not a new Cold War but a contest unlike any it has known before, says Chas W. Freeman, Jr. By Chas W. Freeman, Jr ChasFreeman.net Five hundred years ago, Hernán Cortés began the... Read more →

Arnold August (2019-02-18). The Trump-Trudeau Venezuelan 'Lima Group' Policy and Its Nemesis. venezuelanalysis.com Hot on the heels of a trip to Caracas, Arnold August looks at the reality in Venezuela, the civil-military union, and press freedoms in the country.

Jordan Smith (2019-02-17). What Brett Kavanaugh's Dishonest Anti-Abortion Dissent Reveals About His Supreme Court Agenda. theintercept.com The most obvious thing about the Supreme Court's decision to stay a Louisiana law that would have shuttered two of the state's three remaining abortion clinics is that it was Chief Justice John Roberts who stopped that from happening. Roberts joined the court's four more liberal justices to deliver a 5-4 majority that maintains the status quo, for now, and keeps the clinics open. | What is perhaps less obvious, at least at first glance, is the level of intellectual dishonesty baked into a four-page dissent penned by the court's newest justi...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-17). Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (2/2). therealnews.com Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-17). How Kleptocracy Impoverishes Angola, Cą¥te d'Ivoire, and South Africa. therealnews.com Léonce Ndikumana discusses his newest research on capital flight from Angola, Cą¥te d'Ivoire and South Africa between 1975 and 2015. 290 Billion dollars were funneled out of these countries over this period through misinvoicing and circumventing regulation and taxation. Most of that money ended up in corporations in the global north...

Fight Back (2019-02-17). Islamophobia has no place in La Crosse, WI. fightbacknews.org La Crosse, WI. - The thermometer read zero on the afternoon of February 15, but that didn't prevent upwards of 100 people from coming out and showing their support for the local Muslims. | The rally was held to protest an act of vandalism in which a slur for a Middle-Eastern or Muslim person was spray-painted on the garage door of the Bullet Cab Company, a local business owned by Mian "Mike" Ahmad, who is Muslim. As of this time no suspects have been identified for this hate crime. | Speakers led chants espousing the need for equality, and "freedom and justice for all!" After the speakers had their say Ahmad was...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-17). Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (1/2). therealnews.com Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation...

unitedEditor (2019-02-17). Can Turkey and Syria actually come to an agreement? uwidata.com Ankara, who is now shifting away from the USA and towards the regional powers, is expected to begin negotiations with Damascus. Of course right now a low level exterior politics is underway with Syria. At this situation, intelligence agencies cannot just say "We execute whatever our leader orders.". Many times leaders are off the grid, ...

Consortiumnews (2019-02-17). The FBI Came Close to Staging a Coup. consortiumnews.com Andrew McCabe, a senior bureau official, provided the alarming evidence in a "60 Minutes" interview, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in an explosive interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," said... Read more →

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-17). Warsaw Conference's War with Iran Agenda, Met with Low Level Delegations from European Allies. therealnews.com Pompeo, Netanyahu urged Arab leaders to consolidate and prepare for war with Iran at Warsaw Conference. Europe sent low level delegations. A leaked video from the conference reveals that Arab leaders are ready to abandon solidarity with Palestinians. We speak with Vijay Prashad for analysis.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-16). Ocasio-Cortez celebrates Amazon's NYC pullout. therealnews.com U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheered the decision by Amazon.com Inc to scrap its plans to build an outpost in New York that could have created 25,000 jobs...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). Trump Declares an Imperial Presidency — Paul Jay. therealnews.com Trump's emergency order threatens to create an all powerful presidency and weaken a constitutional order that allows the elites to settle their differences within an electoral process — Paul Jay joins guest-host Jacqueline Luqman of 'Luqman Nation'

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). Does Recognition of Parallel Gov't in Venezuela Violate International Law? therealnews.com A recent study conducted by the German parliament's independent scientific research service found that international recognition of the self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó probably constitutes a violation of international law. We discuss the study's implications with Andrej Hunko, who commissioned the study...

Bill Blum (2019-02-16). Unequal Justice: Kavanaugh's Vote on Abortion Access Bodes Ill for Roe. progressive.org It hasn't taken Kavanaugh long to show his true colors. The big reveal came on February 7, when he voted against a "stay" that will keep a draconian Louisiana abortion law from taking effect.

Fight Back (2019-02-16). Response underway to Trump's National Emergency to fund wall. fightbacknews.org Washington, D.C. — Progressive organizations around the country are taking a stand against Trump's declaration of a State of Emergency, which would divert federal funds towards building a wall on the border with Mexico. | Many groups have signed on to a call initiated by the Legalization for All Network, that read in part, "To get the funding for his racist wall, Trump is taking it a step further by threatening to declare a state of emergency. With already thousands of U.S. troops mobilized to the border, a State of Emergency would heighten the tension of armed troops and border agents who already unleashed...

Austyn Ross (2019-02-16). NAACP Restructures to Advance Advocacy Strategy. naacp.org New York (February 16, 2019)—The nation's most prominent civil rights organization announced today during its annual national board meeting in New York, a strategic restructuring which better positions the organization to lead the critical policy advocacy and social justice work needed to ensure the rights of all people. The group also signed memoranda of understanding ...

unitedEditor (2019-02-16). Why Did The Iran Hostage Crisis Happen? uwidata.com The Islamic Republic of Iran recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a revolution which turned an American ally to an American enemy. Some still try to analyze the reasons why Iranian students attacked the US embassy at the beginning during the revolution and created a dispute which not only led to a ...

Fight Back (2019-02-16). Portland ditches the Joint Terrorism Task Force. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR - City council members voted to leave the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) on February 13. After months of town halls and rallies organized by councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty and activist groups in Portland, the amendment passed in a three to two vote. Mayor Ted Wheeler was one of the two voting to remain in the task force. | Before the vote, 150 community members gathered outside city hall to rally. Demonstrators help signs that read, "Immigrants are not terrorists" and "No JTTF." Council members heard testimonies from 40 community leaders and activists before announcing their votes. Only four were in...

Austyn Ross (2019-02-16). The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and NAACP to Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding During Annual Board Meeting. naacp.org The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, and the nation's oldest and largest grassroots civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) share common priorities and interests in ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons ...

Sam Cowie (2019-02-16). Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities. theintercept.com "The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2...

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-16). Venezuela's Missile Crisis: A Conversation with Juan Contreras. venezuelanalysis.com A grassroots leader from the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas looks at the historical forces operating behind the showdown unfolding right now in the Bolivarian Republic.

Emma Whitford (2019-02-16). Locked Inside a Freezing Federal Jail, They United to Protest Their Conditions — Only to Face Reprisals. theintercept.com In some units where incarcerated people protested, the toilets were shut off — leaving them sleeping next to their own feces.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change. therealnews.com The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy...

Fight Back (2019-02-15). Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL - The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-15). How Haiti's Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity (1/2). therealnews.com Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté unravels how the new Haitian revolt entangles Duvalier style corruption of money stolen from Venezuela's PetroCaribe program and subtle US intervention...

Bilal Sarwary (2019-02-15). After 18 Years of War, the Taliban Has the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks. theintercept.com For many observers, the negotiations register as a defeat — recognition that the Taliban has not only survived, but will be central to Afghanistan's future.

Nick R. Martin (2019-02-15). Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record. splcenter.org Self-proclaimed New Mexico militia leader Johnny Horton Jr. sure can spin a heck of a tale.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico Under Trump Admin Policy. democracynow.org As Trump plans to declare a national emergency, we look at what some have called the real humanitarian crisis at the border. Riot police in northern Mexico blocked hundreds of desperate Central American migrants Wednesday as they tried to escape an abandoned factory complex where they've been imprisoned while waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims. More than 1,700 migrants have been held in the maquiladora in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras since February 5, after they arrived in a caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. The vast majority have remained prisoners at the site, after the...

Janine Jackson (2019-02-15). Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide. fair.org by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t...

splcenter (2019-02-15). Weekend Read: No one cares if you miscarry. No one cares if you ever go home. splcenter.org Tylenol for the pain. Diapers for the blood. Towels for underwear.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-15). How Much of Venezuela's Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault? consortiumnews.com There are several factors for Venezuela's economic crisis, but you wouldn't know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Read more →

Sam Adler-Bell (2019-02-15). The Supreme Court Will Decide if Census Citizenship Question Is Legal. Democrats Should Also Work to Block It. theintercept.com House Democrats should use their oversight power to expose the Trump administration's nefarious reasons for asking about citizenship on the 2020 census.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-15). Six GOP House Members Who Need to Resign for Anti-Semitism Before Ilhan Omar. theintercept.com Trump wants Ilhan Omar to resign from Congress over purportedly anti-Semitic remarks. Why hasn't Trump asked for these six Republicans to resign, too?

Jud Lounsbury (2019-02-15). A Very, Very Great Comparison Study of the Best and Worst Presidencies, Ever. progressive.org Declaring a national emergency is just the latest move by the "maximalist" President. Here we share a comparison of the Trump and Obama presidencies . . . by Donald J. Trump.

ACLU (2019-02-15). There Is No 'National Emergency' at the Border, and Trump's Declaration Is Illegal. aclu.org President Donald Trump admits he's making his move because he didn't get his way with Congress, and in the process, he hurts American communities. | After more than a month of threats, a government shutdown, and bipartisan action by Congress, President Trump has finally declared a national emergency to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on his border wall obsession. In response, the ACLU will file a lawsuit early next week challenging this blatantly illegal executive action. | Let's get something straight upfront: There is no em...

unitedEditor (2019-02-15). Can Turkey change its status of non-nuclear weapons status? uwidata.com On the background of the US and Russia's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), one can hear increasingly often that Turkey might change its status in the emerging new international layout and change its status of a non-nuclear weapons state. Herein we'll consider the possibility of a step of this kind. It is ...

CounterSpin (2019-02-15). Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan Armistice? fair.org Media...

Natasha Lennard (2019-02-15). Amazon Pullout Shows What Anti-Capitalist Organizing and Leftist Politicians Can Do. theintercept.com New York's old Democratic order — in the vein of Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio — backed Amazon's move, while a new crop of social democrats bucked it.

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-15). VIDEO: Venezuela's opposition pleads for US intervention — Max Blumenthal reports from Caracas march. grayzoneproject.com The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal interviews opposition supporters at a march in Caracas, where Venezuelans call for US intervention in the...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). "Agitate, Agitate, Agitate!": Great-Great-Great-Grandson Echoes Frederick Douglass on 201st Birthday. democracynow.org This month marks the 201st birthday of the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery around 1818. He died a free man in 1895. Thursday night, leaders from around the country gathered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to honor the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass as part of a ceremony culminating a year of events marking the bicentennial of the birth of the celebrated abolitionist, politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat. We are joined by Kenneth Morris Jr., Frederick Douglass's great-great-great-grandson, president of the Freder...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). New Interior Sec. David Bernhardt May Violate Trump's Ethics Rule on Lobbyists in His Administration. democracynow.org According to an ethics complaint Public Citizen filed recently with the Interior Department's ethics official and inspector general, President Trump's selection of David Bernhardt as secretary of the Interior Department appears to have violated Trump's executive order barring officials from working on any issues they had lobbied on in the two years prior to joining the administration. The complaint notes Bernhardt lobbied extensively on the Endangered Species Act, most recently on behalf of the Westlands Water District in 2016, when he reported lobbying on "potential legislation regarding the Bureau of Reclamatio...

Melissa Crow, Senior Supervising Attorney of the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project (2019-02-15). SPLC statement on Supreme Court's denial of Trump administration's request to immediately enforce asylum ban. splcenter.org The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration's request to immediately enforce a new policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.

Dean Baker (2019-02-15). CBS's Horror Stories on National Debt Aren't Actually All That Scary. fair.org CBS News ( 2/14/19) | CBS News had a piece warning its audience about the problems of large government debt. It noted projections of rising US government debt, commenting: The only countries with a higher debt load than the US are Portugal, Italy, Greece and Japan. The first three have become synonymous with profligate spending and economic woes post—Great Recession, while Japan's "lost decade" of economic stagnation is a mai...

splcenter (2019-02-15). Black Civil Rights Advocate Takes Control of Neo-Nazi Hate Group the National Socialist Movement. splcenter.org The antisemitic and neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is now under the control of a black civil rights advocate from California who once dissolved a notorious Ku Klux Klan chapter in Mississippi.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Public Citizen: Trump's National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism. democracynow.org With one day left to pass a government spending bill before today's midnight deadline to avert another government shutdown, both the House and Senate passed the measure Thursday that came out of the bipartisan conference committee earlier this week. The bill includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion requested by President Trump. Democrats quickly condemned the news, and consumer rights nonprofit Public Citizen vowed legal action against him. We speak with Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-02-15). Even for Washington, the Fight Over Online Gambling Has Been Unusually Shady. theintercept.com It's a fight that has Sheldon Adelson and Lindsey Graham on one side, and a questionable Obama-era Justice Department interpretation of a law on the other.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Headlines for February 15, 2019. democracynow.org Trump to Use National Emergency Declaration to Build Border Wall, "It's Incredible": Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Amazon Scrapping NYC Project After Grassroots Protests, Report: Amazon to Pay No Federal Taxes Despite Making $11 Billion in Reported Profits, Denver Teachers Declare Victory After 3-Day Strike, More U.S. Workers Went on Strike in 2018 Than in Any Year in Three Decades, Parkland Shooting Survivor Emma González: "We Fight Our Trauma by Fighting Against Gun Violence", William Barr Sworn In as Attorney General After Senate Confirmation, Former Deputy FBI Director Speaks Out on Launching Counterintelligence Prob...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Ibram X. Kendi on Surviving Cancer & His Anti-Racist Reading List for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. democracynow.org As we celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Frederick Douglass on his 201st birthday, we are joined by Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of history and international relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Kendi spoke Thursday night at the Library of Congress at an event honoring Frederick Douglass. He is the National Book Award-winning author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-15). The End of the Observer Mission in Hebron. consortiumnews.com It acted as a restraint on the settlers' worst excesses, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers... Read more →

Karen Vittetoe (2019-02-15). Denver Public Schools: 50 Years of 'Political Theater'? progressive.org Over the last half century, Denver teachers have struck three times for better working conditions and provisions for students. So why did we have to fight the same fight in 2019?

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding. democracynow.org President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after he signs the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, t...

ACLU (2019-02-14). New Hampshire Is Trying to Stop College Students From Registering to Vote. aclu.org Voting is my right. I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to exercise it. | Growing up, my parents taught me that voting is not only a right, but a privilege. They voted in every local, midterm, and presidential election, and every time they did so they were sure to show me their "I voted" sticker. | As I grew older, they discussed propositions or candidates with me, asking me what I thought and even providing me with sample ballots. My dad and I would talk about why our opinions were the same or different, and what information we were basing those votes on. When 2016 rolled around, I still wasn't old enough to...

Amy Campanelli (2019-02-14). 'At the Hands of Police'. progressive.org Cook County Illinois's public defender describes her work providing "a voice for the voiceless."

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). One Year After Parkland, 1,200 More Kids Are Dead by Gunfire—But Students Still Fight for Gun Safety. democracynow.org It's been one year since the devastating massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that galvanized the nation to take action against gun violence and turned a generation of young people into activists. On February 14, 2018, a former student armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, gunning down 17 students, staff and teachers in just three minutes. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Students who survived the massacre quickly came to national prominence as leading activists...

ACLU (2019-02-14). U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana. aclu.org Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t...

patrick (2019-02-14). No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank. bdsmovement.net No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By:   | | euobserver

Joe Emersberger, FAIR (2019-02-14). Facts Don't Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela's Elected President. venezuelanalysis.com Joe Emersberger examines the propaganda surrounding humanitarian aid in Venezuela.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Ilhan Omar Grills Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s. democracynow.org The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela's state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatem...

splcenter (2019-02-14). SPLC sues Trump administration for policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org The SPLC sued the Trump administration today over a new policy that forces asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there while their cases are being considered.

unitedEditor (2019-02-14). Odinist America? Germanic Paganism, US Capitalism & Millenial Socialism. uwidata.com Across the southern and midwestern United States, it is common at high school sporting events to see the players join hands in prayer. This tradition has even become the subject of court cases, as it violates the US Constitution for any public school or government institution to promote religion. Regardless, in many football fields and ...

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela. democracynow.org President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos...

splcenter (2019-02-14). Trump's emergency declaration a threat to rule of law. splcenter.org President Trump has just declared a national emergency so that he can divert federal funds to pay for his border wall in order to satisfy the Ann Coulters of the world and his nativist base.

unitedEditor (2019-02-14). With the Astana trio's fourth meeting approaching, what do Turkish analysts think we can expect? uwidata.com The fourth summit of the Astana process on the Syrian settlement will be held on February 14 in Sochi. The participants will focus on creating zones of de-escalation in Syria and launching a political transition in the country. The attention of the world community is focused on the upcoming summit, causing concern among European countries ...

unitedEditor (2019-02-14). Globalists organize anti-Iranian circus in Warsaw. uwidata.com A sixty-nation conference initiated by the US opened in Warsaw on Wednesday. Although its official motto is security in the Middle East, its sessions focus on how to entice different countries to form an alliance for wielding pressure on Iran, an object of the Trump Administration's hate. When the US authorities announced the Warsaw summit ...

ACLU (2019-02-14). Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me. aclu.org Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv...

Vijay Prashad, Common Dreams (2019-02-14). Why Does the United States Want to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com A look at what drives the US to persist in its interventions—diplomatic, economic and military—against the Venezuelan government...

Austyn Ross (2019-02-14). NAACP Youth and College Division hosts State of the Union: For the Counter Culture. naacp.org On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, our Youth and College Division teamed up with Baller Alert to put on their own State of the Union: For the Counter Culture. Our Youth and College Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin served as moderator. The panelists were Kendrick Sampson, Philip Agnew, and Blair Imani, all young black people between the ...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-14). Venezuela: Guaido 'Appoints' New Oil Executives as Trump Vows 'All Options on Table'. venezuelanalysis.com Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out a military option.

ACLU (2019-02-14). Trump Administration Is Illegally Forcing Asylum Seekers Out of the United States. aclu.org The administration is once again breaking the law in order to shut the door on immigrants. | Last September, Bianca* was forced to flee Honduras because her partner's father threatened to kill her for being a lesbian. Bianca could not go to the police in Honduras because they do not protect LGBTQ people from harm. So she left home to save her life. | After traveling through Guatemala and Mexico, Bianca reached Tijuana, where she got in line to enter the United States through the border station and ask for asylum.

unitedEditor (2019-02-13). Elections in Nigeria: From piracy to revolution. uwidata.com Nigeria is on the verge of serious change, in particular, a change in leadership. General elections (presidential and parliamentary) are scheduled to start February 16th, 2019, but will they mean significant change for the poverty-struck coastal nation? The current President is 76-year-old coup-leader-cum-democrat Muhammadu Buhari who is running for re-election with the center-left All Progressives ...

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-02-13). 'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says. splcenter.org Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab's web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.

Mrill Ingram (2019-02-13). A Bipartisan Public Lands Bill, For the People By the People. progressive.org The "old-school green deal" was years in the making, and helps pave the way for new-school green new deal success.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-02-13). House Makes History With Vote to End U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org (Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2019 — In response to the House of Representatives passing H.J.Res. 37, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Building on last year's ...

Paul Dobson (2019-02-13). Guaido Sets Date for Attempted Aid Entry as UN Reiterates Call for Dialogue. venezuelanalysis.com Both the government and opposition forces plan to mobilise supporters in the border region.

ACLU (2019-02-13). Betsy DeVos Is Pushing a Terrible Double Standard on College Campuses. aclu.org The education secretary's proposed rules on treatment of sexual harassment and assault claims in school settings discriminate on the basis of sex. | This piece originally ran at The Washington Post. | In her proposed rules governing the treatment of sexual harassment and assault claims on college campuses and K-12 schools, Edu...

Ben Norton (2019-02-13). Will you support genocide in Venezuela?: Congress member Ilhan Omar challenges notorious coup-monger Elliott Abrams. grayzoneproject.com US Congress member Ilhan Omar asked Trump's new Venezuela special envoy Elliott Abrams if he would oversee genocide and war...

Michael Galant (2019-02-13). It's Time to Shut Down Tax Havens. progressive.org We lose close to $70 billion annually in corporate tax revenue due to tax havens, an amount equal to nearly 20 percent of the total corporate tax revenue collected each year.

Adam Lee (2019-02-13). Background checks on gun sales. naacp.org Legislation to bar direct firearms sales between unlicensed people, including at gun shows or online, without a background check has been introduced in the US House and Senate and is moving in the House. Firearms could be sold only by licensed dealers, manufacturers, or importers, who are required to conduct comprehensive background checks. Currently, as many ...

Anya Parampil (2019-02-12). VIDEO: Venezuelans' message to the US: Hands off our country. grayzoneproject.com The Grayzone breaks the media blockade inside Venezuela, amplifying the voices of people ignored by the corporate media. By Anya...

Stephen Zunes (2019-02-12). Disappointment (and a Little Hope) in First Foreign Policy Test of the New Congress. progressive.org The new bill endorses state government efforts to punish socially conscious businesses that choose to boycott illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-02-12). Visions of Chaos: Weighing the Violent Legacy of Iron March. splcenter.org Brandon Russell, the 22-year-old founder of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, posted a PDF of an obscure textbook about paramilitary tactics to Iron March on the morning of May 17, 2017, and then his account on that website went dark.

Greg Palast — Truthout (2019-02-12). In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com Greg Palast examines the relationship between racism and right-wing politics in the Latin American nation.

Kathy Kelly (2019-02-12). What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. progressive.org Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach.

splcenter (2019-02-12). SPLC responds to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's prison construction plan. splcenter.org Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that her administration will seek bids for building three regional prisons for men, at an estimated cost of nearly $1 billion — part of a larger effort to address the state's dangerous and overcrowded prison system.

Reinaldo Iturriza — Verso Blog (2019-02-12). Venezuela and Disaster Capitalism. venezuelanalysis.com Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise.

Peter Greene (2019-02-12). Dear House Democrats: Go Easy on Betsy DeVos. progressive.org I'm not looking for gotcha moments or public chastising of the Secretary, I'm after something larger.

Ruth Conniff (2019-02-12). Showdown in El Paso: Trump and Beto's Dueling Rallies and the Uncertain Future of the Wall. progressive.org In the Lone Star State, a preview of the political battle to come.

Janine Jackson (2019-02-12). 'MBS Has Ushered in an Era of Unprecedented Crackdowns and Repression of Political Speech' - CounterSpin interview with Sarah Aziza on Saudi repression of women. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Sarah Aziza about Saudi Arabia's repression of women for the February 8, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media...

Brian Gilmore (2019-02-11). Why Trump Won't Get the Black Vote. progressive.org By failing to address issues such as housing, maternal mortality, and mass incarceration, Trump will continue to marginalize black constituents.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-11). Venezuela: A Diplomatic Coup? venezuelanalysis.com VA's on-the-ground journalist Paul Dobson explains why Guaido's attempted coup has had next to no impact within Venezuela.

Mike Ervin (2019-02-11). Smart Ass Cripple: Waiting 48 Years for a Subway Train. progressive.org The subway station nearest my house is as inaccessible to me today as it was three decades ago.

Janine Jackson (2019-02-11). 'The Distribution of Income Depends on How We Structure the Economy' - CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker on taxing the rich. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about taxing the rich for the February 8, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media...

Paul Dobson (2019-02-11). Red Cross, UN Slam 'Politicised' USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro has denounced the aid as a political ploy aimed at toppling his government.

Rachel Johnson (2019-02-11). Meet Kris Stith: The Man Behind the Graphics. naacp.org As we continue to uplift the work of African American entrepreneurs during Black History Month we would like to highlight Kristopher Stith or as he prefers, Krisa multidisciplinary artist with a predilection for design. He began his journey as an artist in Anacostia, an underserved area in Southeast Washington, D.C. using the books and materials his grandmother gave he ...

splcenter (2019-02-11). When Right-Wing Fundraising Goes Wrong: An Alaska Militia Founder Is Suing His Onetime Benefactors. splcenter.org Alaska militiaman Schaeffer Cox needed help and he knew it.

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2019-02-11). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. venezuelanalysis.com FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.

splcenter (2019-02-11). Judge: Alabama's prison system violates Eighth Amendment, "deliberately indifferent" to mental health of people in solitary confinement. splcenter.org In another stunning rebuke of Alabama's prison system, a federal judge ruled today that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) violated the Eighth Amendment and that it was "deliberately indifferent" in its failure to adequately monitor the mental health of incarcerated people in solitary confinement.

Steve Ellner, NACLA (2019-02-10). Venezuela Regime Change 'Made in the USA'. venezuelanalysis.com Steve Ellner looks at the ongoing US-orchestrated coup attempt and its implications.

Alan MacLeod — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-10). How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.

Yves Engler (2019-02-09). The Planned Plunder Behind Canada's Support of the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com Yves Engler looks at the resource-hungry MNC's pushing the Canadian government's aggressive attempts to oust Maduro.

Jorge Martín, In Defence of Marxism (2019-02-09). Chavistas March Against Imperialism: What Is the Next Step in Trump's Coup? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at how the coup has been unfolding and what comes next.

Reese Erlich (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or U.S. Coup? progressive.org Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren't going for it.

Adam Lee (2019-02-08). Final Senate vote on NAACP-opposed US Attorney General nominee William Barr may be as soon as 2/12/19. naacp.org On February 7, 2019, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted, by a margin of 12 yeas to 10 nays and along straight party lines, to send the nomination of William P. Barr to the floor of the full Senate with a positive recommendation for consideration. We now need to contact the entire Senate and urge that ...

Darrall Cozens, Socialist Appeal (2019-02-08). The BBC and Venezuela: Bias and Lies. venezuelanalysis.com Darrall Cozens looks at the BBC's efforts at preparing public opinion for imperialist intervention.

Joe Emersberger (2019-02-08). Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela. zcomm.org Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty's position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela's government, including open encouragement of Venezuela's military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took "no position" on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read more...

Kevin Martin (2019-02-08). Korea Peace Network Responds to Letter Calling for Resumption of War Drills. peaceaction.org In response to a January 29, 2019 letter sent to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan by 13 House Armed Services Committee members calling for a resumption of military exercises with South Korea, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, sent the following letter of behalf of the Korea Peace ...

splcenter (2019-02-08). SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders. splcenter.org We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.

Rann Miller (2019-02-08). It's Not Just Ralph Northam—Anti-Blackness is 'Vintage Americana'. progressive.org It's Black Lives Matter at School Week, but black children in continue to suffer because America isn't ready to confront its anti-blackness.

PACBI (2019-02-07). Lawsuit Dismissed Against American Studies Association Over Israel Boycott. bdsmovement.net Lawsuit Dismissed Against American Studies Association Over Israel Boycott: In the NewsUS federal judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to deter academic associations from adopting boycotts for Palestinian rights. | Academic Boycott Right To BoycottFebruary 5, 2019 | By: | | Palestine Legal

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-07). Venezuela: International Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Humanitarian Aid. venezuelanalysis.com US officials maintain hardline stance while fears of armed conflict over humanitarian aid delivery grow.

Rachel Levy (2019-02-07). Virginia Is the Latest State to Go #Red4Ed. progressive.org The movement has kicked off thanks to the efforts of an big-tent organization that has embraced all types of teachers, education professionals, and community members.

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-07). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They're Pushed to Do So. zcomm.org At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read more...

TeleSur English (2019-02-06). UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-05). Venezuela: Lima Group Urges Armed Forces to Support Guaido as Maduro Calls for International Solidarity. venezuelanalysis.com The Lima Group reiterated its support for Guaido, while an event calling for international solidarity was held in Caracas.

PACBI (2019-02-05). Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions. bdsmovement.net Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions: Open LetterThe Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) urges Pitzer College to stand by an overwhelming majority of its faculty refusing to be complicit in Israel's denial of Palestinian rights and its blatan...

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

Paul Dobson (2019-02-04). European Powers Back Guaido as Trump Threatens Venezuela with Military 'Option'. venezuelanalysis.com President Maduro reiterated that he will not have his arm "twisted" by "imperialist and colonial" ultimatums.

Ben Norton (2019-02-03). WSJ Confirms: Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy. grayzoneproject.com Venezuela's US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó plans to privatize state assets and give foreign corporations access to oil, the Wall...

Jeremy Brecher (2019-02-01). Climate Jobs for All. zcomm.org Building Block for the Green New Deal...

Martha Rosenberg (2019-02-01). How Medical Conflicts of Interest Get Dangerous, Expensive Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet. zcomm.org How bad is Pharma's brazen financial infiltration into U.S. medicine?

Hilary Klein (2019-02-01). Lessons to Learn on the 25th Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising. zcomm.org The Zapatista movement has a deep sense of community, the unquestioned assumption that the collective well being takes priority over the individual...

Patrick Bond (2019-02-01). South Africa Searches for a 
Financial Parachute. zcomm.org An open, frank public discussion about the IMF's regrettable history and current agenda is sorely needed...

Richard Greeman (2019-02-01). "We Are Not Tired" zcomm.org The French popular masses are furious at being taken for fools...

Jack Rasmus (2019-02-01). Global Oil Price Deflation 2018 & Beyond. zcomm.org Global oil prices cannot be understood apart from understanding what's happening with other financial asset markets and prices...

Noam Chomsky (2019-02-01). Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics. zcomm.org Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-01). UPDATED Venezuela: US Rejects Calls for Dialogue Ahead of Dueling Marches. venezuelanalysis.com Draconian US sanctions and calls for dialogue set the stage for pro- and anti-government marches this weekend.

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2019-02-01). The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire. zcomm.org This self-reinforcing vicious circle endangers us all, not least those of us who live at the heart of this corrupt and ultimately self-destructive empire...

Jon Rainwater (2019-01-31). INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2019 — Ahead of the Trump administration's expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class ...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: ...

Paul Dobson (2019-01-30). Guaido Continues Diplomatic Efforts as Venezuelan Courts Open Proceedings Against Him. venezuelanalysis.com Local and international authorities have also reacted fiercely to the recently announced oil embargo, describing it as "illegal."

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). Legislation Re-Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) re-introducing bipartisan, privileged resolutions to force a vote on whether or not to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin the Senior ...

Jon Rainwater (2019-01-29). A Progressive Alternative to Trump's Dangerous Venezuela Policy. peaceaction.org This article was originally published on CommonDreams.org. The Trump administration's recent moves on Venezuela have so many historical echoes it's a veritable déją vu layer cake. The appointment of Elliot Abrams as U.S. Special Envoy to Venezuela last week was the icing on the cake. Abrams is an unrepentant interventionist, notorious for being found guilty ...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-29). Congress Can and Should Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 29, 2019 — In response to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) re-introducing the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (H.R. 669 / S. 200), legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a congressional declaration of war, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director ...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-28). Venezuela: Maduro Leads Military Exercises as Guaido Appeals to Armed Forces. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition supporters handed over copies of a proposed amnesty law while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited military barracks and led drills.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-28). US Hits PDVSA with More Sanctions as UNSC Fails to Pass Resolution on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com US Treasury imposed a de facto oil embargo against Venezuela as the diplomatic standoff over Guaido's self-proclamation continues.

Lucas Koerner (2019-01-27). Coup in Progress in Venezuela? zcomm.org Interview on a "coup attempt"

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-25). Supporting Non-Military Solutions, Congress Asks for Trump's Syria Strategy. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 25, 2019 — In response to a letter from 32 members of Congress to President Trump asking him for a diplomatic, political and humanitarian strategy for Syria, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "In the wake of President Trump's announcement ...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-25). Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido Give Dueling Speeches as US Begins Diplomatic Withdrawal. venezuelanalysis.com Guaido repeated calls for the military to depose the government, while Maduro urged Washington to stay out of Venezuelan affairs.

Antonio Carty (2019-01-24). 'Populism' is a deliberately meaningless term. zcomm.org Use of the term 'Populism' is a deliberately vague misdiagnosis of our world's problems. It lumps all change that might threaten the status quo as the same chaos, the danger of populism. Every politician must be elected by popular vote, so to diagnose some as populist is meaningless. It is to spook the very idea Read more...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-24). Venezuela: Several Casualties as Violence Erupts. venezuelanalysis.com The political crisis in Venezuela saw violent clashes on Wednesday after opposition leader Guaido proclaimed himself "interim president."

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-24). As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety. zcomm.org Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world―the specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real. Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read more...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-23). UPDATED: Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Declares Himself President, Recognized by US and Allies. venezuelanalysis.com The move marks a significant escalation of the political crisis in Venezuela, as Maduro called on the people to defeat this "coup attempt."

Paul Dobson (2019-01-23). US VP Pence Urges Venezuelans to Oust Maduro, Caracas Says 'Yankee Go Home'. venezuelanalysis.com The comments from Trump's number two come as Venezuelans of both political bands are set to stage demonstrations on Wednesday, January 23.

Paul Dobson (2019-01-21). Venezuela: Dozens Arrested in Short-Lived National Guard Mutiny. venezuelanalysis.com The National Guardsmen who rebelled in Caracas early Monday morning have been arrested and are reportedly providing information to authorities.

TeleSur English, Venezuelanalysis (2019-01-21). Venezuela Rejects Xenophobic 'Incitement' in Ecuador Following Femicide. venezuelanalysis.com Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno linked the incident to Venezuelan migration and announced a possible tightening of restrictions.

Kevin Martin (2019-01-18). Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2019 — In response to the administration's announcement that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit meeting near the end of February, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "After months of scant visible progress in negotiations ...

Tapani Lausti (2019-01-17). British media's role as the guardian of elite interests. zcomm.org By Tapani Lausti David Edwards & David Cromwell, Propaganda Blitz: How the Corporate Media Distort Reality. Foreword by John Pilger. Pluto Press 2018. The heated debate about fake news supposedly separates "real journalists" from writers who try to confuse people's views about what is really happening in the world. If only it was that simple. Read more...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-17). Venezuela: Trump Considers 'Recognizing' Opposition Leader as President, Government Denounces 'Coup Attempt'. venezuelanalysis.com The move would be a significant escalation of the political crisis that has exploded with Maduro's second term.

Paul Dobson (2019-01-16). Venezuela's Maduro Raises Wages, Promises a 'Shake Up' in Annual Address. venezuelanalysis.com Other announcements include expanding housing programs, extra funding for agriculture and "pragmatic" foreign investment in the oil industry.

TeleSUR English (2019-01-16). Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue. venezuelanalysis.com "I hope the UN can help create the conditions for a great peace dialogue in Venezuela," said President Nicolas Maduro.

Joe Emersberger (2019-01-16). Was that the Onion or Reuters Quoting Mike Pompeo on Venezuela? zcomm.org This Reuters article says "The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country," Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries. " [emphasis added] The Onion might have simply changed "countries" above to "dictatorships" or, Read more...

fernando_santamaria (2019-01-12). More about the connection "seats"/"votes", this time at the Spanish Congress... zcomm.org Something about the connection among "seats" and "votes" at the Spanish Congress. Scroll to "results" and look at the distribution of seats, in relation to the votes at the Spanish general election held in 2015: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Spanish_general_election Unless the data in the English Wikipedia are wrong, which rarely happens, the results are even more frightening: x Read more...

Dave Markland (2019-01-10). Farewell to bblum6. zcomm.org Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read more...

SAMIR (2019-01-10). The BDS movement salutes Angela Davis. bdsmovement.net The BDS movement salutes Angela Davis : PACBI StatementThe Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutJanuary 10, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment...

LEILI (2018-12-08). German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly. bdsmovement.net German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly: In the NewsA German court confirms that advocating for BDS and Palestinian rights constitutes freedom of expression and assembly, rights that are protected by the German constitution and are essential for democracy. The court ruled that the German city of Oldenburg unlawfully violated these fundamental rights when it revoked a perm...

Yanis Varoufakis (2018-11-29). On Julian Assange and the Political Economy & future of Europe. zcomm.org Interview on the socio-economic transformations taking place within the core of the European Union and how much time is left until it disintegrates...

Chris Hedges (2018-11-26). Crucifying Julian Assange. zcomm.org Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria, journalist and editor-in-chief, Consortium, discuss efforts to force #WikiLeaks publisher, #JulianAssange, out of the Ecuador Embassy in London and extradite him to the USA to stand trial.

Steve Ellner (2018-11-25). Trump Putting Venezuela on 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' List? zcomm.org The Trump administration is actively exploring the option of placing Venezuela on the state sponsor of terrorism list, to further intensify sanctions that have already caused significant damage to Venezuela's economy...

Phyllis Bennis (2018-11-14). The Crisis in Gaza and a Potential Ceasefire. zcomm.org Discussing the recent Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip that killed 7 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, as well as Israeli air strikes and a potential ceasefire...

Glenn Greenwald (2018-10-30). The Lessons from the Victory of Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro. zcomm.org Bolsonaro's victory is highly consequential in its own right: for the 210 million people who live within the borders of the country he and his tyrannical movement now dominate, as well as for the region and the globe...

Norman Solomon (2018-10-23). On the Democratic Party. zcomm.org Interview on the sequel to a report on how the Democratic party can revitalize and compete in 2018 and beyond...

Michael Albert (2018-10-23). Planting Seeds of the Future in the Present. zcomm.org This talk took place on 10th October 2018 at The Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow...

Steve Ellner (2018-10-14). Venezuela under siege. zcomm.org The siege-like conditions which Venezuela has been subjected to from both foreign interference and domestic opposition present a myriad of challenges for the country to move forward...