2019-02-13: News Headlines

David Schultz (2019-02-13). What is Democratic Socialism and Does America Need to be "Protected" from Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez ? counterpunch.org What does it mean to be a Democratic Socialist and are Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez supporters such that Trump needs to protect us from them as he declared in his State of the Union speech? The simple answer is that historically democratic socialism meant democratic ownership and control of the means of production More

Cheston McGuire (2019-02-13). Georgia Republican, Rep. Ferguson, proudly displays pro-slavery material in D.C. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — This week, while members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) were in D.C. for the union's 2019 Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference and Capitol Hill visits, several members were stunned to see a racist book open and on display in the Longworth office of Rep. Drew Ferguson of Georgia. "As a …

James Carroll (2019-02-13). Doomsday Redux: Mini-Nukes are the Most Dangerous Weapon to Ever Roll Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. mintpressnews.com It may seem counterintuitive to compare the manufacture of what's called a "mini-nuke" to the creation of the "super" almost six decades ago, but honestly, what meaning can "mini" really have when we're talking about nuclear war?

Cluborlov (2019-02-13). RIP INF Treaty: Russia's Victory, America's Waterloo. globalresearch.ca On March 1, 2018 the world learned of Russia's new weapons systems, said to be based on new physical principles. Addressing the Federal Assembly, Putin explained how they came to be: in 2002 the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-13). How Syrian Conflict Sparked the New Cold War? globalresearch.ca In July 2003, Dr. David Kelly, a British weapons inspector who had disclosed to the media that Tony Blair's government's dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was "sexed up," was found dead in a public park a …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-13). A Maidan Style Regime Change Operation Might Break Out in Moldova? globalresearch.ca The Russian Foreign Ministry issued an uncharacteristically detailed warning about one of the possible scenarios that might transpire in this former Soviet republic by the end of the month following its upcoming parliamentary elections on 24 February. | The Ministry's Warning …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-13). Kashmir Insurgency: The Spillover of the Soviet-Afghan Jihad. globalresearch.ca In the British Indian context, the divide-and-rule policy originally meant that the British imperialists used this strategy to sow the seeds of dissension and communal hatred to prolong their tyrannical rule in India, which is a valid contention. However, some …

Jake Johnson (2019-02-13). John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons. mintpressnews.com As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…

Calvin Cheung-Miaw (2019-02-13). Trumpism's Global Strategy. zcomm.org It twists, it turns, it bounces in unexpected directions. How do we make sense of Trump's foreign policy? Is there a logic behind it or just a series of improvised presidential whims? In the past two years, we've seen a confusing mix of policy initiatives: threats of nuclear genocide against North Korea followed by a Read more…

RT (2019-02-13). Pentagon's 1st AI strategy vows to keep pace with Russia & China, wants help from tech. rt.com The Pentagon has issued its first AI strategy, where it pleads with tech giants to help boost military capabilities and catch up with Russia and China in developing artificial intelligence for military purposes. |

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2019-02-13). Stephen Cohen & Katrina vanden Heuvel: War with Russia? indybay.org First Congregational Church of Berkeley | 2345 Channing Way | Berkeley, CA 94704…

RT (2019-02-13). 'Thank you MSNBC!' Trump utters unfamiliar phrase after 'no collusion' broadcast. rt.com US President Donald Trump praised media nemesis MSNBC for airing a report on the results of the Senate Intel Committee investigation which found no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia during the election.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-13). Ukraine: NATO in the Constitution. globalresearch.ca The initiative for having introduced into the Ukrainian Constitution the commitment enter officially into NATO goes to Parliamentary President Andriy Parubiy. Co-founder in 1991 of the Ukrainian National-Socialist Party, on the model of Adolf Hitler's National-Socialist Party.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-13). US Senators Aim to Block Saudi Arabia From Creating Nuclear Weapons. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — A new bipartisan resolution making its way through the Senate is aimed at blocking Saudi Arabia from having any path toward the creation of nuclear weapons, placing severe restrictions on Saudi activities if they accept a US civilian nuclear cooperation deal. If the Saudis accept US nuclear cooperation, the resolution would forbid them from any uranium …

Aída Chávez (2019-02-13). Black Critics of Kamala Harris and Cory Booker Push Back Against Claims That They're Russian "Bots" theintercept.com Angela Rye and Joy Reid have speculated that American descendants of slaves using the hashtag "ADOS" to critique Harris and Booker are Russian bots.

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.

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…

James Carroll (2019-02-12). Doomsday Redux: Just How Many Minutes to Midnight? commondreams.org "It may seem counterintuitive to compare the manufacture of what's called a 'mini-nuke' to the creation of the 'super' almost six decades ago," writes Carroll, "but honestly, what meaning can 'mini' really have when we're talking about nuclear war?" (Photo: Bulletin of Atomic Scientists/Facebook) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

Robert Reich (2019-02-12). Trump Wants Socialism for the Rich, Brutal Capitalism for the Rest of Us. commondreams.org Donald Trump speaks to Paul Ryan at the White House, May 2017. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

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.

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

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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