2019-02-07: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-02-07). Why it could (but shouldn't) be the end of the arms control era. mronline.org President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev signing the INF Treaty in the East Room of the White House on December 8, 1987. Credit: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. | Source

South Front (2019-02-07). Video: INF Is Dead. Europe Is One Step Closer to Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca For more than 30 years, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) has been one of the cornerstones of the international security system. This ended on February 2, 2019 when the US officially suspended its participation in the Treaty. Washington said …

Global Research News (2019-02-07). Selected Articles: Trump and the Real Danger of Nuclear War. 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 …

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-02-07). Black History Month Film "I Am Not Your Negro" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., btwn 25th and 26th St.

WSWS (2019-02-07). Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century. wsws.org The book is critical in exposing the many lies perpetrated about the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the subsequent degeneration of the Soviet Union.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2019-02-06). The New Cold War and Venezuela. zcomm.org Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>

STAFF (2019-02-06). Democrats Launch New Probe of Trump's Finances, Russia Ties. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests, Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority. | Schiff said the investigation will include "the scope and scale" of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over…

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

Eds. (2019-02-06). U.S. withdrawal from INF Treaty marks a dangerous move towards nuclear escalation. mronline.org The U.S. has cited Russian violations of the treaty as the reason for their withdrawal. This is despite Russia offering to open up its weapons systems for U.S. inspection. The treaty requires a six-month notice period following which the country no longer has to abide by the treaty. | Source

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Russia Approves $38M Loan for Cuban Military Defense. telesurenglish.net A loan of US$43 million dollars is being given for the "sustainable development" of Cuba's military, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Havana After The Tornado: 'No One Will Be Left Behind' | "The agreement has been finalized and the documents signed. All parameters, such as interest, the payment schedule and the curren…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-06). Dismantling the Doomsday Machines. consortiumnews.com Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Anti-war.com "From a technical point of view,… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-02-06). US Lawmakers Ridicule Trump's Comments Against Socialism. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump said Tuesday night during his State of the Union address that the U.S. would not be a socialist country — in an attempt to attack left-leaning congresspeople who scored considerable victories in the midterm elections November. | RELATED: | SOTU: Congresswomen Wear Pin Featuring Migrant Child Killed at US Border Custody | "Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country," Trump said…

John Nichols (2019-02-06). Socialism Is More Popular Than You Think, Mr. President. thenation.com Socialism Is More Popular Than You Think, Mr. President…

STAFF (2019-02-06). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dismantles Trump's Attack on Socialism. truthdig.com While Republicans and many Democrats rose and enthusiastically applauded President Donald Trump's attack on socialism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)—who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), remained seated—said the president's remarks showed he's "scared" of the progressive policies that most Americans are embracing. | Speaking to…

C.J. Atkins (2019-02-06). A specter is haunting Donald Trump—the specter of socialism. peoplesworld.org A specter is haunting Donald Trump—the specter of socialism. A century and a half ago, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels opened their Communist Manifesto with a similar line. In their time, it was the rising workers' movement and communist groups of Europe that were putting the ruling class on notice across the continent. Judging by …

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Ocasio-Cortez: Attack on Socialism Shows Trump Is Scared of Progressives. truthout.org While Republicans and many Democrats rose and enthusiastically applauded President Donald Trump's attack on socialism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), remained seated — said the president's remarks showed he's "scared" of the progressive policies that most Americans are embracing. | Speaki…

RT (2019-02-06). US test-launches Minuteman ICBM from southern California (VIDEO). rt.com An intercontinental ballistic missile lit up the southern California sky before hurtling across the Pacific Ocean to an atoll 4,200 miles away. The test launch came at a time of rising tensions around nuclear missile treaties. |

WSWS (2019-02-06). State of Fear: Trump unleashes tirade against socialism. wsws.org The president's claims of an economic "miracle" were belied by his denunciations of rising public support for socialism within the United States.

RT (2019-02-06). Shaking in his capitalist boots? Ocasio-Cortez says anti-socialism screed shows Trump is 'scared'. rt.com Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-professed democratic socialist and rising star in the Democratic Party, has dismissed Donald Trump's anti-socialist proselytizing during his State of the Union speech as a sign of weakness.

Akela Lacy (2019-02-06). South Carolina Spent $9 Billion to Dig a Hole in the Ground and Then Fill it Back in. theintercept.com Cost is often raised as a critical objection to combatting climate change. But South Caroline shows what's possible.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-06). Russia: Jehovah's Witness Convicted. hrw.org | | Dennis Christensen (behind the windows) talks with his interpreter at the Zheleznodorzhy District Court in Oryol, January 28, 2019 | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | (Moscow) — A Russian court on February 6, 2019 convicted Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah's Witness adherent and Danish citizen, on extremism charges for practicing his faith, Human Rights Watch said today. The court sentenced Christensen to six years in prison. The conviction is a blatant viol…

RT (2019-02-06). Better dead than red! Congress bonds over shared hatred for socialism at Trump's SOTU. rt.com Lawmakers watching President Donald Trump's State of the Union address were sharply divided along partisan lines until the president mentioned socialism — then they chanted "USA! USA!" as if McCarthy himself was watching.

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…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-02-05). Trump Is Igniting a Perilous New Nuclear-Arms Race. thenation.com Trump Is Igniting a Perilous New Nuclear-Arms Race…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-05). Either Washington or Venezuela, Savage Capitalism or Socialism: A Conversation with Luis Britto Garcia. venezuelanalysis.com In this exclusive interview with Venezuelanalysis, an acclaimed writer and committed Bolivarian talks about the short and long term defense of Venezuela's sovereignty.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-02-05). These McCarthyite Accusations Benefit No One and Harm Everyone. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — In response to the reprehensible NBC hit piece we discussed the other day in which Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard was smeared as a darling of the Russian government, journalist Glenn Greenwald published an article documenting the astonishing amount of journalistic malpractice which went into the piece's formation. In the article, Greenwald wrote the …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-05). Nuclear Treaty Framework is in Dangerous Disarray and Needs to be Rebooted. therealnews.com Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the meaning of the Trump administration's abandonment of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and how this move has contributed to a wholesale dismantling of the nuclear weapons control system. This might be an opportunity to restart, deepen, and broaden the framework, says Wilkerson

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-04). PEPE ESCOBAR: MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train. consortiumnews.com While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We… Read more →

Glenn Greenwald (2019-02-03). NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party. theintercept.com The playbook of the Democratic Party and its allies is a simple one: Smear any adversary of the party's establishment wing as an asset of the Kremlin.

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…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-01). Headlines for February 1, 2019. democracynow.org WSJ: After Venezuela, U.S. to Target Cuba in Effort to Reshape Latin America, Venezuela: Guaidó Seeks Support from Russia, China as Maduro Gov't Remains Defiant, U.S. Announces Withdrawal from INF, Sen. Sanders Proposes Expanding Estate Tax for Wealthiest Americans, Senate Bill Opposes U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan, Trump Dismisses Funding Talks 2 Weeks Ahead of Gov't Shutdown Deadline, Progressive Dems: "Not Another Dollar" for DHS, Court: Syrian Gov't Responsible for Killing War Reporter Marie Colvin, Somalia: U.S. Airstrike Kills 24 al-Shabab Militants, Reports: EPA Won't Set Limits on Harmful Chemi…

Brendan Oswald (2019-02-01). Paul Manafort in Ukraine. progressive.org An adventure that wrecked a country.

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…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-01). Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report. therealnews.com Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

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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