2019-01-30: News Headlines

Mel Gurtov (2019-01-30). Trump's Crusade in Latin America. counterpunch.org What we are witnessing in Venezuela is a Latin America policy that draws from the Cold War and the era of US interventions, when regard for democracy and international law mattered little and anticommunism was the dominant motif. With John Bolton and Mike Pompeo leading the way, the targeting of Venezuela, along with Cuba and More

STAFF (2019-01-30). Benjamin Netanyahu Blasted for Wooing Holocaust-Distorting Allies. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust. | Lithuania is among a slew of former communist nations swept up in a wave of World War II-era revisionism that seeks to diminish their culpability in the Holocaust while making heroes out of anti-Soviet nationalists involved in the mass killing of Jews. In Israel, established in the wake of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews, many say Netanyahu is cynically betra…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Venezuela's Maduro Says Oil, Resources Behind US Intervention. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro assured Wednesday that the main reason for the growing pressure exerted by the United States against his government is the desire to seize its oil and mineral resources. | In an exclusive interview with the Russian outlet Sputnik, the president made reference to the mineral and natural wealth of his country as the reason behind Washington supporting coup efforts against his country. | "The direct reason is seizing the oil of Venezuela, because we have the largest oil reserves certified, we certify what will be the largest reserves of gold in the world, we have the fourth re…

South Front (2019-01-30). Video: Fake News Story: Hundreds Killed in Clashes Between Pro-Iranian and Pro-Russian Forces. globalresearch.ca A fake-news story about large-scale clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian factions in Syria is making jitters in English- and Russian-language mainstream media outlets. According to these reports citing anonymous sources and each other, "the pro-Russian Tiger Forces and 5th…

Stansfield Smith (2019-01-30). The U.S. coup in Venezuela: new attempt to eradicate the Chavista Revolution. mronline.org For over two years we have been told Putin's Russia has interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. We now find the U.S. government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela and recognize a person of its choosing as president. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-30). UAE Slammed After Crowd Violence Against Qatari Team. telesurenglish.net Football fans on social media are imploring FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to punish the UAE after Emirati fans pelted Qatari players with shoes and bottles during the Asian Cup semi-final Tuesday. | RELATED: | Twitter Explodes Over Male UAE Gender Equality Award Winners | Emirati fans began the game by booing the Qatari national anthem and ended it by throwing bottles and shoes at the players, who beat the host UAE team 4 – 0. The atmosphere in the stadium becam…

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-01-30). Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'. thenation.com Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'

Gillian Terzis (2019-01-30). Computers Were Supposed to Be Good. thenation.com Computers Were Supposed to Be Good…

commondreams (2019-01-30). No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Michael Steinberg (2019-01-30). How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown? indybay.org PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>

WSWS (2019-01-30). Russian Duma plans internet crackdown as 12,000 truckers strike. wsws.org The legislation is part of a global assault on free speech on the internet and a censorship campaign against independent news outlets.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-30). Chomsky: Ocasio-Cortez and Other Newcomers Are Rousing the Multitudes. truthout.org A quick glance around the world today reveals that politics almost everywhere — from the federal government shutdown in the US to the power struggle in Venezuela and from Macron's crisis in France and UK's Brexit nightmare to the Israeli-Iranian rivalry — are engulfed in a state of uncertainty and turmoil. Meanwhile, oligarchy is replacing democracy as the widening social and economic gap between rich and poor continues unabated. So, who rules the world now? The US is in a state of relative decline, but neither Russia nor China has the capacity to control global developments. How do the super-rich a…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-30). 'Extremely Concerned' World Leaders and Experts Implore Trump and Putin to Preserve Nuclear Treaty. commondreams.org Elected officials and experts from more than 40 countries have sent an open letter to U.S. President Donald, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and various other world leaders imploring them to preserve the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, from which the Trump administration has said it plans to withdraw, despite warnings that doing so "would be stupid and reckless." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-01-30). Socialism-bashing Texas Republicans blame 'Leftism' for Holocaust. rt.com Texas Republicans took Holocaust Remembrance Day as an opportunity to blame their political enemies for the Holocaust in a bizarre Facebook post warning "Leftism kills". All because the Nazis had 'socialism' in their party name.

RT (2019-01-30). Trump rips into US intel's Iran report, calling spies 'wrong' & 'naive'. rt.com President Trump has called US intelligence agencies "naive" and "wrong" on Iran, after their annual 'threat assessment' contradicted his hawkish stance by downplaying Tehran's nuclear threat.

RT (2019-01-30). 'Why must we hate Iran?' Rick Sanchez questions MSM mantra as Trump & US intel disagree. rt.com Twisted headlines and nuclear accusations against Iran all serve the same purpose: beating the drums of war and fanning public hatred: Rick Sanchez takes on how the White House and the MSM are trying to ram their message home. |

Consortiumnews (2019-01-29). How Russia-gate Rationalized Censorship. consortiumnews.com From the Archives: Russia-gate mania spread beyond a strategy for neutralizing Donald Trump or removing him from office into an excuse for stifling U.S. dissent that challenges the New Cold War, reported Joe Lauria on Dec. 4, 2017. By Joe Lauria… Read more →

RT (2019-01-29). Iran fine, North Korea bad, Russians everywhere: US spies tell Senate of world dangers. rt.com US intelligence chief Dan Coats painted a dire picture of a danger-filled world to the Senate, contradicting the Trump administration's optimism on North Korea and pessimism on Iran while beating the drum of Russiagate.

RT (2019-01-29). Stone pleads not guilty to obstruction, lying to Congress in Mueller probe. rt.com Roger Stone has entered a not guilty plea in federal court in Washington, DC. The former advisor to US President Donald Trump is facing seven criminal counts as part of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-29). Trump Looks Set to Lock Horns With Europe Over Iran Nuclear Deal. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The Trump administration is apparently exasperated at the European Union's bid to bypass US sanctions on Iran. Infuriated by the EU's effort to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) agreed in 2015 when Barack Obama was in the White House, Washington has threatened to punish any efforts seeking to circumvent the sanctions. The …

Brendan Oswald (2019-01-27). Paul Manafort in Ukraine. progressive.org An adventure that wrecked a country.

James Risen (2019-01-26). Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, but the Trump-Russia Cover-Up May Finally Bring Him Down. theintercept.com The latest special counsel indictment highlights Stone's alleged efforts to alert the Trump campaign about hacked Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks.

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‚Äïthe 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-23). Headlines for January 23, 2019. democracynow.org Senators to Vote on Competing Funding Bills as Gov't Shutdown Drags On, Federal Agencies Call Out Consequences of Gov't Shutdown, SCOTUS Green-Lights Trump Ban on Transgender Servicemembers, SCOTUS Will Not Take on Trump's DACA Challenge For Now, SCOTUS to Hear Case Backed by Gun Advocates, DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Review Census Citizenship Case, GOP Considers "Nuclear Option" to Confirm Trump-Nominated Judges, L.A. Teachers End Strike After Agreeing to Contract Deal, Zimbabwe: Popular Protests Met with Violence by Military, Sudan: Authorities Crack Down on Press and Protesters, Venezuela: VP Pence Calls for Overthrow…

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…

Dan Cohen (2018-12-25). Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation'. grayzoneproject.com Hailed by Congress and the media as defenders of democracy, high-tech Russiagate hustlers Jonathon Morgan and Ryan Fox have been…

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