2019-02-11: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2019. democracynow.org Shutdown Talks Stall as Friday Deadline Looms, Virginia: Gov. Northam Refuses to Step Down Amid Racism Crisis, Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Rape, Venezuela: U.S. and Russia Dig In at U.N. with Rival Resolutions, Venezuela: Standoff over Aid Pits Military Against Guaidó Supporters, Rio: At Least 13 Dead in Shootout, Haiti: At Least 2 Killed in Anti-Government Protests, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 2 Teenage Protesters, Acting Pentagon Chief: No Orders to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, AMI, Saudi Official Respond After Bezos Accuses Nat'l Enquirer of Blackmail, Denver Public School Teacher…

Ted Rall (2019-02-11). The Disappearing of Generation X. counterpunch.org Generation X — Americans born between 1961 and 1974 — have been "disappeared" from the media like a fallen-out-of-favor Soviet apparatchik airbrushed out of a picture from atop Lenin's tomb. Gen X was an important facet of the start of my career. I used to write and draw a lot about Gen X. I authored More

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Iranians Burn US Flag While Honoring 40 Years of Revolution. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the United States-backed monarch of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. | RELATED: | Iran, Russia to Abandon Dollar, Trade in National Currencies | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, while addressing a huge gathering at Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) said, "This…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil? democracynow.org The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Bill Blum (2019-02-11). Should 'Dirty Trickster' Roger Stone Be Silenced? truthdig.com Roger Stone, who has been charged with lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering in the ongoing investigation of Russia's ties to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, will go on trial later this year in Washington, D.C. Any day now, federal District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over Stone's case, will rule on special counsel Robert Mueller's request that she place a gag order on Stone and his attorneys. Such a move would prohibit Stone and his counsel from making public statements ab…

Richard Falk (2019-02-11). Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism. globalresearch.ca With Trump the silences are usually as expressive of his intentions as the incoherent dogmas. Indeed, his Second State of the Union Address (delivered in Congress on February 5, 2019) gives a clear insight into the political mentality of tormentor …

Dan Bacher (2019-02-11). 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."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-11). 'Mass Invasion': Russian Islands in State of Emergency as Hotter Planet Drives Polar Bears to Hunger. commondreams.org As human activity continues to drive the climate crisis that is causing rapid ice loss at both poles and in other cold regions, destroying the habitats of animals who live there, Russian islands in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago have declared a state of emergency in response to a "mass invasion" of dozens of starving polar bears who have been "chasing people and entering residential buildings." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-02-11). Fish stick collusion? CNN story on Russian pollock in US school lunches cracks up Twitterati. rt.com There may be many stinky things about fish sticks in school lunches, but CNN smelled President Donald Trump helping Russians, albeit "inadvertently." Social media responded with some fishy, and hilarious, comments.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-11). How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change in Venezuela? truthout.org The US and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the UN Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The US is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | Transcr…

William Blum (2019-02-10). A Brief History of the Cold War and Anti-communism. globalresearch.ca Our fear that communism might someday take over most of the world blinds us to the fact that anti-communism already has. — Michael Parenti | It was in the early days of the fighting in Vietnam that a Vietcong officer said …

Fight Back (2019-02-10). WFTU condemns intervention against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers of the five continents as well as the world class-oriented labor movement, strongly rejects the attempted coup d'état against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | This interference, orchestrated by the US government, NATO and the EU and executed by the representatives of the transnationals and monopolies in the country, constitutes a flagrant violation of the most elementary rules of internati…

RT (2019-02-10). Feds sue Lockheed Martin for kickbacks & fraud in Hanford nuclear site clean-up contracts. rt.com Contractors involved in a multibillion decontamination effort at the notorious Hanford nuclear site have been accused of defrauding US taxpayers, according to a lawsuit against Mission Support Alliance and Lockheed Martin.

David Ruccio (2019-02-09). Socialism and exploitation. mronline.org If you listened to or read the text of President Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, you might have been surprised by the explicit mention of socialism. | Source

Eds. (2019-02-09). Similarities and aggressions. mronline.org War laboratories in the United States have succeeded in applying pre-designed aggression formats against countries that do not align with their imperial policies. These obviously adapt to cultural, religious, social, historical and even geographical features. | Source

RT (2019-02-09). 'Drones aren't missiles, they are re-usable': US disputes accusations of non-compliance with INF. rt.com The US military has rejected Russian accusations of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, arguing that its drones can't be seen as missiles and Tomahawk-compatible 'defensive' launchers can't be used offensively.

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

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

Michael T. Klare (2019-02-08). Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race. thenation.com Trump Is Launching a New, Terrifying Arms Race…

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…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-07). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. zcomm.org At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read more…

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…

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."

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 →

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.

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…

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…

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…

Brendan Oswald (2019-02-01). 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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