2019-02-18: News Headlines

Chris Hedges (2019-02-18). Trump's Withdrawal From the Iran Nuclear Deal Invites Disaster (Video). truthdig.com In the latest episode of "On Contact," Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges examines the dangers of President Donald Trump's decision to dismantle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Hedges is joined by fellow Truthdig contributor and former weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq Scott Ritter, who accuses former CIA director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of a "dereliction of duty." | "This is another example of the United State…

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-18). U.S. Thugs Warned Russia and Venezuela — They Have to be Stopped. globalresearch.ca Enough is enough! There have been plenty of empty talk and peace conferences, more than enough of begging: "Please, West, stop murdering people, stop your genocides, stop robbing all continents of their resources, stop enslaving billions!" | Look where it has …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-18). Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow. mintpressnews.com For Russia, a unified Palestinian call to defeat the latest US political stratagem in the region is consistent with Moscow's ongoing efforts to undermine Washington's once uncontested role in the Middle East.

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-18). It's Not Just Trump and the Republicans. counterpunch.org There is a lot of talk lately in the liberal media about how President Trump and his Neocon advisors John Bolton (National Security Advisor) and Mike Pompeo (Secretary of State) along with his acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, are moving the country and the world dangerously closer to a catastrophic global nuclear war with the More

Michael Klare (2019-02-18). A Long War of Attrition With China. commondreams.org Behind the scenes, however, most senior military and foreign policy officials in Washington view China, not Russia, as the country's principal adversary. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Frida Berrigan (2019-02-18). 25 Years Jail-time for Protecting the Planet? thenation.com 25 Years Jail-time for Protecting the Planet?

Consortiumnews (2019-02-18). Will the Trade War Lead to Real War with China? consortiumnews.com What the U.S. faces with China is not a new Cold War but a contest unlike any it has known before, says Chas W. Freeman, Jr. By Chas W. Freeman, Jr ChasFreeman.net Five hundred years ago, Hernán Cortés began the… Read more →

Nuclear Free Olympic Games 2020 (2019-02-18). International Campaign "Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics" indybay.org There is an international campaign against having part of the Olympic games only 50 km from the Fukushima nuclear plants and opposing all nuclear plants in Japan and throughout the world.

WSWS (2019-02-18). Prazdnik (Holiday): Film about social inequality in Russia attracts mass audience. wsws.org The film is a poignant indictment of social inequality and has been subject to a campaign of Russian government censorship.

teleSUR (2019-02-17). Maduro Continues Campaign for Peace, Dialogue with Opposition. telesurenglish.net The Bolivarian state is willing to establish a "frank and open dialogue," with the political opposition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed Sunday. | RELATED: | Russia Demands World Stop Imposing Ultimatums on Venezuela | "I believe in frank and open dialogue as the only way for the tranquility and prosperity of the Homeland.In the last 6 years I have made more than 400 calls and I will always do it for the love of Venezuela," Maduro said in a Twitter post. | The presi…

teleSUR (2019-02-17). Russia Demands World Stop Imposing Ultimatums on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russia is demanding an end to the list of ultimatums against Venezuela by foreign powers, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Sunday. | RELATED: | Jorge Arreaza: The US 'Is Afraid of the Truth of Venezuela' | Lavrov urged the international community to call for a frank dialogue in Venezuela , so that the inhabitants of the South American country can resolve their disagreements in peace. | "If we rely on international law, the Venezuelan situation is an internal matter,…

teleSUR (2019-02-17). Iran: US 'Pathological Obsessed', Israel Looking For War. telesurenglish.net Iran's foreign minister told attendees of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) that Israel is "looking for war" and that the United States is "putting international law on the shelf." | RELATED: | Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet to Discuss Syria's Future | While addressing the over 450 high-ranking world leaders at the annual event in Munich Sunday, Mohammad Javad Zarif went on to criticize U.S. Vice Pre…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-15). The Lawlessness of William Barr, America's New Top Law Enforcement Official. mintpressnews.com The relatively small amount of scrutiny William Barr fell under from Congress and Beltway thought leaders speaks to a conformity of their ideologies. But to understand what America's new top law enforcement official really signifies as a veteran swamp creature, it is necessary to revisit Cold War history.

RT (2019-02-15). Sarah Sanders gave Mueller 'one of the last' interviews in winding-down Russiagate probe. rt.com White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office — reportedly one of the last interviews of the two-year probe seeking evidence of Russian collusion with US President Trump.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-15). Russia: New Wave of Anti-LGBT Persecution. hrw.org | | Igor Kochetkov speaking at the European Parliament about persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya. | © 2018 Tanya Lokshina for Human Rights Watch | Russian authorities should investigate allegations of a new wave of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persecution in Chechnya and take steps to protect rights defenders and journalists who expose abuses there, Human Rights Watch said today. | On J…

unitedEditor (2019-02-14). Odinist America? Germanic Paganism, US Capitalism & Millenial Socialism. uwidata.com Across the southern and midwestern United States, it is common at high school sporting events to see the players join hands in prayer. This tradition has even become the subject of court cases, as it violates the US Constitution for any public school or government institution to promote religion. Regardless, in many football fields and […]

Consortiumnews (2019-02-14). The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line. consortiumnews.com An era-shaping threshold is being crossed at a weapons plant in the high plains country of the Texas Panhandle, writes James Carroll. By James Carroll TomDispatch.com Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first… Read more →

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.

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.

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…

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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