2019-02-12: News Headlines

Russell Mokhiber (2019-02-12). Stephen Cohen on War with Russia and Soviet-style Censorship in the US. counterpunch.org On stage at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. this past week was Princeton University Professor Emeritus Stephen Cohen, author of the new book, War with Russia: From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate. Cohen has largely been banished from mainstream media. "I had been arguing for years — very much against the American More

Paul Dobson (2019-02-12). Red Cross, UN Slam Denounce Use of 'Politicized' Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela. mintpressnews.com USAID is an arm of the US State Department and has been involved in a number of scandals in recent years which have led to its expulsion from Russia for political meddling and Bolivia for conspiracy.

Rick Nagin (2019-02-12). Wall Street having nightmares about the specter of communism. peoplesworld.org Ever since 1848 when Karl Marx and Frederick Engels exposed in their historic Manifesto that the specter of communism was haunting the ruling classes of Europe, the defenders of capitalism have been obsessed with exorcizing this "menace." The specter blossomed as a full-fledged nightmare in the Feb. 7 issue of the Wall Street Journal where …

Robert Reich (2019-02-12). Robert Reich: America Is a Socialist Country for the Rich. truthdig.com "America will never be a socialist country," Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism. | In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21 billion saved by the nation's largest banks last year thanks to Trump's tax cuts, some of which went into massive bonuses for bank executives. On the other hand, more than 4,000 lower-level bank employees got a big dose of harsh capitalism. They lost t…

David Rosen (2019-02-12). Will Trump Resign Before the 2020 Election? counterpunch.org As Donald Trump gave his 2019 "State of the (Dis)Union" speech, an unasked question haunted the event — will he be forced to resign before the 2020 election? Much media attention is focused on "Russia Gate" and the Mueller investigation as well as the dozen or so investigations getting underway by the new Democrat-controlled Congress. However, Trump's More

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Polar Bears Invade Russian Town, State of Emergency Declared. telesurenglish.net Melting ice and a loss of habitat is forcing polar bears, once limited to the northern Arctic pole, to flee in search of food into the Russian town of Belushya Guba, forcing the town to declare a state of emergency. | RELATED | Study: Climate Change Will Alter Ocean Color By 2100 | More than 50 hungry polar bears were spotted throughout the Russian town foraging for food among trash heaps and walking around playgrounds. | Polar bears generally live on sea ice much farther north, but have…

Arthur West (2019-02-12). Scotland's Bomb: Six Times More Powerful than Hiroshima. globalresearch.ca The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament looks forward to 2019 as another year of campaigning to rid our country and our world of the scourge of nuclear weapons, writes ARTHUR WEST | *** | In Scotland we are very conscious that 25 …

James Carroll (2019-02-12). The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line. thenation.com The World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Just Rolled Off the Assembly Line…

Scott Ritter (2019-02-12). One Minute to Midnight. truthdig.com Late last month, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveiled its "Doomsday Clock" for the 26th time since its creation in 1947, declaring that the hands on the clock would remain where they had been at the last setting, in 2018. Rachel Bronson, the bulletin's president, described the environment in which the bulletin assesses the threats faced by the world today (which have expanded beyond nuclear to include climate change and cyber) as the "new abnormal," and noted that no one should take comfort from the fact that the hands of…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-12). World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon Rolls Off Assembly Line. truthout.org Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas. That warhead, the W76-2, is designed to be fitted to a submarine-launched Trident missile, a weapon with a range of more than 7,500 miles. By September, an undisclosed number of warhead…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-12). Stocks Surge After Senate Confirms "No Collusion" Between Putin and Trump. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — Nearly a year after their colleagues in the House reached a similar conclusion, the Senate Intel Committee said on Tuesday that it was preparing to conclude its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia after finding — get this — no direct evidence of a conspiracy, according to NBC News. The investigation is coming …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). (Another) Mockery of Justice in Russia. hrw.org Oyub Titiev, a Chechen human rights activist, has been behind bars for more than 13 months on bogus drug charges and his trial is now drawing to a close. Today, the defense filed its last motion, and the judge declined it — just as she has declined all other defense motions. | | | Oyub Titiev at the Shali court in Chechnya, February 12, 2019. | © 2019 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch | When Oyub's trial began last summer, we had little, if any, expectations for a fair hearing. A man jailed by Chechen authorities in…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-02-12). State of Emergency Declared After 52 Hungry Polar Bears 'Invade' Russian Village. theantimedia.com (TMU) — The Russian archipelago of Novaya Zemlya has declared a state of emergency after a village was invaded by dozens of starving polar bears, who are attacking residents and rummaging in the streets for food. In recent years, polar bears in the northeastern region have been forced to flee inland as surrounding sea ice melts, …

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Outcry: Ukraine Official Charged in Acid Attack on Activist. telesurenglish.net Ukrainian prosecutors said Monday they had charged a high-ranking regional official with organizing a deadly acid attack on a prominent anti-corruption activist that prompted widespread outrage. | RELATED: | Russia Slams Berlin and Paris Over Ukraine 'Demands' | Kateryna Gandzyuk was attacked in July and had about a liter of acid poured on her by several attackers. The 33-year-old died in November after months of treatment, including more than 10 operations. | Her murder has prompted wide…

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

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.

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 …

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.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-11). Thailand: Bahraini Footballer Goes Home to Australia. hrw.org | (New York) — Thailand has freed a Bahraini refugee football player threatened with extradition since November 2018 following global pressure from athletes, sports federations, and rights groups, Human Rights Watch said today. | On February 11, 2019, Thai prosecutors dropped their extradition case against Hakeem Al-Araibi, sought by…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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.

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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