2019-02-08: News Headlines

Halyna Mokrushyna (2019-02-08). The 'Peacekeeper' Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine. counterpunch.org The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the 'Euromaidan' is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the 'corrupt autocratic regime' (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better More

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-08). US media trying to drum up a new 'Cold War'. counterpunch.org It's not a new or revived Cold War yet between the US and Russia, but not for lack of trying by the corporate US media. The latest example of absurd fear-mongering was brought to us courtesy of Fox Business News, with anchor Trish Regan darkly warned that "not since 1962 have we had such enemy More

Rafael Khachaturian (2019-02-08). The American Left Resurgent: Prospects and Tensions. globalresearch.ca The American political system is experiencing a crisis of hegemony. The moderate, bipartisan center that had been the mythical linchpin of American politics during the "long Cold War" is facing the possibility of a terminal decline.1 Donald Trump's election …

Eds. (2019-02-08). U.S. media ignore—and applaud—economic war on Venezuela. mronline.org The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source

STAFF (2019-02-08). Whitaker Committee Testimony Uncertain Amid Subpoena Threat. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — An expected congressional appearance by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was thrown into uncertainty Thursday after House Democrats threatened to subpoena his testimony about the special counsel's Russia investigation. | The back-and-forth between the Justice Department and the House Judiciary Committee raised questions about whether and under what conditions Whitaker, likely in his final days as the country's chief law enforcement officer, would appear Friday before the House Judiciary Committee. | Whitaker's testimony has been highly anticipated by Democrats eager to press him on his…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-08). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. commondreams.org Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty in 1987. (Photo: Wikipedia) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-02-08). 'America First' Means Nuclear Superiority. globalresearch.ca The US president's annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump's speech on Tuesday adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on …

Paul Bentley (2019-02-08). The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. counterpunch.org Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise. More

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-08). Either Washington or Venezuela, savage capitalism or socialism. mronline.org Luis Britto Garcia is perhaps Venezuela's most highly regarded public intellectual. A firm supporter of the Bolivarian Process, he has written numerous plays, novels, historical investigations and film scripts and is also an incisive commentator on politics in the region. | Source

Dan Bacher (2019-02-08). Salmon fishermen urge Newsom to say NO to Trump administration water grab. indybay.org "The Trump administration won't be able to get away with killing off our salmon runs if the state refuses to cooperate," said GGSA director Noah Oppenheim, who is also executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (GGSA), a group representing commercial fishermen on the West Coast. "We call on the Newsom administration to just say no to this attack on California's salmon fishing families."

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-08). Ocasio-Cortez Not Fazed by Can 'Democratic Socialism' and 'Capitalism' Coexist Question. commondreams.org Fresh off an introduction of a historic resolution on the Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Thursday evening did not have a problem grappling with the question over whether the ideologies of democratic socialism and capitalism can coexist, saying she's not one who thinks in simplistic terms about the nature of the economy but believes the most important thing is the power and voice that workers enjoy within businesses and beyond. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Five new books for ecosocialists — February edition. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new releases for an ecosocialist bookshelf. Inclusion doesn't necessarily imply agreement with a book's contents. | *** | End Of The Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest and Strangest Animals
| Written by Ross DE MacPhee & illustrated by Peter Schouten
| WW Norton, 2019 | Until a few thousand years ago, gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and 2000-pound crocodiles lived on every habitable continent and on many islands. Many scientists blame human overhunting…

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

Akela Lacy (2019-02-07). House Republicans Warn That Bill Combating Big Money in Politics "Resembles Russian Government Policy" theintercept.com Several Republican committee members described H.R. 1 — an attempt to reform the way we finance elections and oversee the executive branch — as "chilling."

RT (2019-02-07). Russia exploited 'racist, sexist, anti-Semitic' US to divide people, tweets 'insane' Kamala Harris. rt.com A California senator and media-appointed frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination has finally managed to unravel the conundrum of so-called Russian 'interference' in the 2016 election — it's so simple you won't believe it.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-07). Russia: Journalist Faces Unjustified Criminal Charges. hrw.org | | Svetlana Prokopyeva, Pskov. | © 2019 Pavel Dmitriyev | (Moscow) — Russian authorities opened a criminal investigation against a journalist for criticizing the authorities in her comments about a recent suicide bombing, Human Rights Watch said today. Russia also fined the radio station and newsfeed websites that carried her comments. | If she is prosecuted, the journalist, Svetlana Prokopyeva, faces up to seven years in prison on charges of "justifyi…

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

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 →

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 combating climate change. But South Carolina shows what's possible.

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. |

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…

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.

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

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 →

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…

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

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…

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