2019-02-01: News Headlines

Craig Collins (2019-02-01). Why Did Socialism Fail? counterpunch.org By the middle of the 20th century, it appeared that Karl Marx's conviction that socialism was destined to replace capitalism was becoming reality. In 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was so confident that history was on his side, he boasted that socialism would soon bury capitalism.[1] Most of the Eurasian land mass was governed by More

Pete Dolack (2019-02-01). Sorting Through the Lies about Venezuela. counterpunch.org Challenging United States hegemony is never an easy course. A county need not be socialist — it is enough to either voice aspirations toward socialism, or merely demonstrate a pattern of not doing as Washington dictates. So here we go again, this time with Venezuela. Ironically for a country that the corporate media insistently claims More

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-01). Pakistan and the Cultural Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement. globalresearch.ca Historically, from the massacres in Bangladesh in 1971 to the training and arming of Afghan jihadists during the Soviet-Afghan war throughout the 1980s and '90s, and then mounting ill-conceived military operations in Pakistan's tribal areas under American pressure, leading to …

Garikai Chengu (2019-02-01). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those More

aljazeera (2019-02-01). US set to suspend nuclear arms control treaty with Russia. aljazeera.com Washington expected to pull out of landmark INF treaty, accusing Moscow of violating the pact.

Melvin Goodman (2019-02-01). Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton? counterpunch.org The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-01). Here's How a "Slip of the Tongue" Strengthened Russian-Pakistani Relations. globalresearch.ca A faux pas, especially when committed in the realm of international diplomacy and erroneously implying that a country's new partner supports terrorism, usually has the effect of weakening bilateral relations between those two states, but a Russian official's "slip of …

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Five new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new books for an ecosocialists' bookshelf. Inclusion does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement with a book's contents. | ***
Dust Bowls Of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, & the Injustice of 'Green' Capitalism | By Hannah Holleman
| Yale University Press, 2018 | A clear and insightful analysis of the role of capitalism and colonialism in causing the US Dust Bowl of the 1930s and destroying farmland ar…

WSWS (2019-02-01). The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil. wsws.org The translation of David North's book is vital for Tamil-speaking workers, youth and intellectuals on the Indian sub-continent, in Sri Lanka, and exile communities around the world.

WSWS (2019-02-01). US escalates threats against Venezuela. wsws.org US officials have made no secret that control over Venezuelan oil, and its denial to Russia and China, are the driving force of the coup.

Michael Steinberg (2019-02-01). 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 (2019-02-01). Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018). wsws.org On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

Dan Bacher (2019-02-01). Fishermen and Winnemem Wintu file lawsuit to protect San Joaquin River salmon. indybay.org Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association called Friday's lawsuit, "a long overdue wake-up call that the State Water Board must now do its job to prevent the imminent extinction of this irreplaceable fishery. For decades this regulatory process has been captured by water agencies with no compunctions about hastening the end of salmon fisheries. Today salmon fishermen and fishing communities are raising their voice." | "Unless the Board is ordered to comply with the law and these flows are restored at the scientifically recommended levels, California's salmon wil…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-02-01). Socialist Analysis "The Ruling Class vs. Workers' Power" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

DLI (2019-02-01). Corporate Media Abets U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. indybay.org After more than a year of hyping the so-called Russian meddling in U.S. politics(including dozens of articles screaming with sensational headlines followed by little more than mere allegations by US spy agencies), the mainstream corporate media has hypocritically switched to cheerleading the brazenly Imperialist bullying of Venezuela by Washington and its coalition of sycophantic Latin American regimes.

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

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.

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…

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). 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.

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.

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…

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

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 →

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

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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