2019-01-31: News Headlines

Hans Stehling (2019-01-31). Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran? globalresearch.ca U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. | This report from the US intelligence …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-31). Now Chad, then Mali: Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel. counterpunch.org Forget the hype. Israel's 'security technology' has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalize relations with Israel. What is it that Israel is able to offer in the technology sector to Chad, Mali and others that the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa and others More

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). Belarus and Russia: Nipping the "Annexation" Infowar Narrative in the Bud. globalresearch.ca The emerging narrative that Russia is planning to "annex" Belarus is nothing more than an external infowar attack on their recently troubled partnership that seeks to accelerate the pace of Minsk's pro-Western pivot by falsely fearmongering about Moscow's geopolitical intentions. …

Eds. (2019-01-31). Russia denounces U.S. cynicism sanctioning Venezuelan PDVSA. mronline.org Russia denounced Tuesday the U.S. cynicism by announcing sanctions against the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and excluding from that sanction U.S. companies operating in the South American nation. | Source

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). Russia Might be Planning an Astana-Like Conference for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Russia just dropped a huge hint suggesting that it might be trying to assemble an Astana-like conference for resolving the Venezuelan Crisis in the same spirit as what it's been trying to do with Syria over the past two years, …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-01-31). Imagining Reality: Two Minutes to Midnight on the Clock of the Atomic Scientists. globalresearch.ca On January 24, 2019, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has stated: | "Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this …

RT (2019-01-31). Orthodox canon 'not a weapon for conquest': American Synod rejects new church in Ukraine. rt.com The Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has released a letter to its clergy and congregation announcing that they will not recognize the new Orthodox Church in Ukraine and denouncing those who treat the faith as a political tool.

RT (2019-01-31). Russia could 'flip the off switch' on US electricity at any time, warns Maddow in new conspiracy. rt.com Rachel Maddow is not known for her cautiousness on the topic of Russia, preferring to head straight for the wackiest conspiracy theories as a matter of priority, but on Wednesday she posed a theory that seems crazy, even for her.

RT (2019-01-31). US Energy Dept. blindsides Nevada with secret delivery of half a ton of weapons-grade plutonium. rt.com The US Department of Energy secretly shipped half a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada despite the state's strong opposition to receiving the nuclear material. The state government fears more deliveries may follow.

Michael Steinberg (2019-01-31). 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?>

RT (2019-01-31). Mueller claims evidence shared with Russian firm's defense leaked to 'discredit investigation'. rt.com In an apparent bid to shield his case against alleged Russian trolls from legal challenge, special counsel Robert Mueller claimed some evidence previously provided was hacked and published to discredit his probe.

amnesty (2019-01-31). Russia: Heartless charges against activist who supported detained colleague. amnesty.org The Russian authorities must stop their vicious campaign against opposition movement Otkrytaya Rossiya (Open Russia), Amnesty International said today after an activist from the organization was charged for posting solidarity messages about a recently detained colleague. | Roman Zaitsev was indicted last night under Russia's repressive "undesirable organizations" law for sharing Open Russia's articles about activist Anastasia Shevchenko and an Amnesty statement calling for her release. In a further tragic twist this morning, Shevchenko's 17-year-old daughter died in hospital. The authorities refused Shevchenko pe…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-01-31). Socialist Analysis "The Ruling Class vs. Workers' Power" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

Whitney Webb (2019-01-30). Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as "Secretly Supported" by Russia. mintpressnews.com Newsguard co-CEO Steven Brill in Brussels on Tuesday claimed that news sites that have recently criticized Newsguard's motives — MintPress among them — are "secretly supported" by the Russian government, a claim for which he provided no evidence.

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

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…

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

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'

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. |

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.

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 →

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…

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…

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