Daily Archives: February 2, 2019

2019-02-02: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-02-02). Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? uwidata.com The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […]

RT (2019-02-02). 'Opportunistic, xenophobic': WikiLeaks mocks Rachel Maddow's latest Russia scare story. rt.com WikiLeaks has called out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for her most dramatic scaremongering yet: claiming Russia could freeze Americans to death by cutting off their power during a polar vortex.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-02-02). Socialist Analysis "The Ruling Class vs. Workers' Power" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

WSWS (2019-02-02). The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war. wsws.org The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.

Dan Bacher (2019-02-02). Fishermen and Winnemem Wintu file lawsuit to protect San Joaquin River salmon. indybay.org Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association called Friday's lawsuit, "a long overdue wake-up call that the State Water Board must now do its job to prevent the imminent extinction of this irreplaceable fishery. For decades this regulatory process has been captured by water agencies with no compunctions about hastening the end of salmon fisheries. Today salmon fishermen and fishing communities are raising their voice." | "Unless the Board is ordered to comply with the law and these flows are restored at the scientifically recommended levels, California's salmon wil…

Michael Steinberg (2019-02-02). How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown? indybay.org PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>

DLI (2019-02-02). Corporate Media Abets U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. indybay.org After more than a year of hyping the so-called Russian meddling in U.S. politics(including dozens of articles screaming with sensational headlines followed by little more than mere allegations by US spy agencies), the mainstream corporate media has hypocritically switched to cheerleading the brazenly Imperialist bullying of Venezuela by Washington and its coalition of sycophantic Latin American regimes.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-01). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? counterpunch.org When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of More

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-01). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? commondreams.org French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ZeroHedge (2019-02-01). Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists. mintpressnews.com Mainstream networks will likely shrug and yawn at this bombshell Reuters story, given that it doesn't involve Putin or Russia, but merely one of Washington's chief Arab Gulf oil and gas allies.

teleSUR (2019-02-01). South Africa's Largest Union Protests Electricity Price Hike. telesurenglish.net The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest single trade union in the country, has demanded the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) be set aside on the grounds that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) authorized the agreements without proper public consultation. | RELATED: | South Africa's SRWP Fights ANC's Privatization Agenda | NUMSA's latest statement comes after the proposals for nuclear energy were challenged by Earthlife and the South A…

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…

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…

John Grant (2019-02-01). Trump Venezuela Coup will End Badly for US. counterpunch.org Rick Sanchez, an anchor for Russia's RT-America, reported last week of "Signs that the US attempt to change-out presidents in Venezuela may be falling flat." He was speaking about the in-plain-sight US coup attempt unfolding on the northern coast of South America against the elected president of Venezuela. Lucas Koerner, a reporter with Venezuela Analysis, told RT there was More

teleSUR (2019-02-01). US Suspends Compliance on Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia. telesurenglish.net The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. | The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia, which denies violating the landmark 1987 arms control pact, came into compliance with the treaty, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe. | "Russia has refused to take any steps to return (to) real and verifiable compliance," Pompeo told…

Aaron Maté (2019-02-01). Mueller Accuses Roger Stone of Lying and Bullying—but Not Collusion. thenation.com Mueller Accuses Roger Stone of Lying and Bullying—but Not Collusion…

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2019-02-01). Russia's Pension-System 'Reform' Is Deeply Controversial. thenation.com Russia's Pension-System 'Reform' Is Deeply Controversial…

STAFF (2019-02-01). Roger Stone Heads to Court; Mueller Cites Potential Evidence Trove. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is due back in court Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation as prosecutors say they have recovered "voluminous and complex" potential evidence in the case, including financial records, emails and computer hard drives. | Stone faces a status conference in federal court in Washington just three days after he pleaded not guilty to felony charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements. | The appearance is likely to be perfunctory, though prosecutors may seek an order that would prevent Stone — who held a news conference Thursday…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-01). Here's How a "Slip of the Tongue" Strengthened Russian-Pakistani Relations. globalresearch.ca A faux pas, especially when committed in the realm of international diplomacy and erroneously implying that a country's new partner supports terrorism, usually has the effect of weakening bilateral relations between those two states, but a Russian official's "slip of …

Melvin Goodman (2019-02-01). Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton? counterpunch.org The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…

Kei Pritsker (2019-02-01). The Real Target of the Huawei Sanctions and the Trade War. mintpressnews.com The U.S.-China trade war isn't actually about soybeans and steel. Washington fears its iron grip over the post-Soviet world is waning thanks to China's new global initiatives.

Craig Collins (2019-02-01). Why Did Socialism Fail? counterpunch.org By the middle of the 20th century, it appeared that Karl Marx's conviction that socialism was destined to replace capitalism was becoming reality. In 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was so confident that history was on his side, he boasted that socialism would soon bury capitalism.[1] Most of the Eurasian land mass was governed by More

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-01). Pakistan and the Cultural Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement. globalresearch.ca Historically, from the massacres in Bangladesh in 1971 to the training and arming of Afghan jihadists during the Soviet-Afghan war throughout the 1980s and '90s, and then mounting ill-conceived military operations in Pakistan's tribal areas under American pressure, leading to …

commondreams (2019-02-01). INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Juan Cole (2019-02-01). Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: "Naive and Passive," "Go Back to School!" mintpressnews.com Ann Arbor ( Informed Comment) — Our great leader has delivered himself of some weighty pronouncements about Iran, about which he knows not a single little thing, likely even where exactly it is. He called the US intelligence agencies "passive and naive" on Iran, said that Tehran had become less active since Trump violated the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iran's economy is crashing, and urged Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel to "go back to school." | The Intelligence people seem to be extremely pass…

Garikai Chengu (2019-02-01). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those More

Pete Dolack (2019-02-01). Sorting Through the Lies about Venezuela. counterpunch.org Challenging United States hegemony is never an easy course. A county need not be socialist — it is enough to either voice aspirations toward socialism, or merely demonstrate a pattern of not doing as Washington dictates. So here we go again, this time with Venezuela. Ironically for a country that the corporate media insistently claims More

RT (2019-02-01). Trump says NATO allies fully support US suspending obligations under INF. rt.com US President Donald Trump has confirmed Washington's withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia, a centerpiece of nuclear arms control since the Cold War. He also said that NATO allies fully support his decision.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Five new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new books for an ecosocialists' bookshelf. Inclusion does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement with a book's contents. | ***
Dust Bowls Of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, & the Injustice of 'Green' Capitalism | By Hannah Holleman
| Yale University Press, 2018 | A clear and insightful analysis of the role of capitalism and colonialism in causing the US Dust Bowl of the 1930s and destroying farmland ar…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-01). Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Update: As we previewed below, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty immediately, prompting threats of a Russian "response" from Moscow. Pompeo said the US could return to compliance with the treaty if Moscow meets Washington's demands within the next 180 days. …

Middle East Eye (2019-02-01). "Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump has called US intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" regarding Iran, a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony. During a hearing on global threats on Tuesday, the leaders of several US intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iran is not taking steps towards making a nuclear …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-01). Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report. therealnews.com Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

WSWS (2019-02-01). US escalates threats against Venezuela. wsws.org US officials have made no secret that control over Venezuelan oil, and its denial to Russia and China, are the driving force of the coup.

Eds. (2019-01-31). Russia denounces U.S. cynicism sanctioning Venezuelan PDVSA. mronline.org Russia denounced Tuesday the U.S. cynicism by announcing sanctions against the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and excluding from that sanction U.S. companies operating in the South American nation. | Source

RT (2019-01-31). Russia could 'flip the off switch' on US electricity at any time, warns Maddow in new conspiracy. rt.com Rachel Maddow is not known for her cautiousness on the topic of Russia, preferring to head straight for the wackiest conspiracy theories as a matter of priority, but on Wednesday she posed a theory that seems crazy, even for her.

Stansfield Smith (2019-01-30). The U.S. coup in Venezuela: new attempt to eradicate the Chavista Revolution. mronline.org For over two years we have been told Putin's Russia has interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. We now find the U.S. government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela and recognize a person of its choosing as president. | Source

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-01-30). Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'. thenation.com Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'

Gillian Terzis (2019-01-30). Computers Were Supposed to Be Good. thenation.com Computers Were Supposed to Be Good…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-29). Washington follows Ukraine, Syria roadmap in push for Venezuela regime change. mronline.org What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW II. | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-01-29). How Russia-gate Rationalized Censorship. consortiumnews.com From the Archives: Russia-gate mania spread beyond a strategy for neutralizing Donald Trump or removing him from office into an excuse for stifling U.S. dissent that challenges the New Cold War, reported Joe Lauria on Dec. 4, 2017. By Joe Lauria… Read more →

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…

2019-02-02: Social Media Postees

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Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-02
The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […] | The post Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/1800-turkey-and-russia-in-sy…

Fishermen and Winnemem Wintu file lawsuit to protect San Joaquin River salmon
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-02-02
Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association called Friday's lawsuit, "a long overdue wake-up call that the State Water Board must now do its job to prevent the imminent extinction of this irreplaceable fishery. For decades this regulatory process has been captured by water agencies with no compunctions about hastening the end of salmon fisheries. Today salmon fishermen and fishing communities are raising their voice." | "Unless the Board is ordered to comply with the law and these flows are restored at the scientifically recommended levels, California's salmon wil…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/31/1882091…

How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown?
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-02-02
PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/29/1882089…

Socialist Analysis "The Ruling Class vs. Workers' Power"
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-02-02
2969 Mission St., near 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/31/1882090…

Corporate Media Abets U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
DLI | indybay.org | 2019-02-02
After more than a year of hyping the so-called Russian meddling in U.S. politics(including dozens of articles screaming with sensational headlines followed by little more than mere allegations by US spy agencies), the mainstream corporate media has hypocritically switched to cheerleading the brazenly Imperialist bullying of Venezuela by Washington and its coalition of sycophantic Latin American regimes.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/01/1882091…

The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/02/pers…

'Opportunistic, xenophobic': WikiLeaks mocks Rachel Maddow's latest Russia scare story
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
WikiLeaks has called out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for her most dramatic scaremongering yet: claiming Russia could freeze Americans to death by cutting off their power during a polar vortex. | …
rt.com/usa/450401-wikileaks-maddow-russi…

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian (L), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas give a press conference on Iran at the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers at the National Bank of Romania headquarters in Bucharest January 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/01/will-i…

Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Now, eight months later, the Europeans finally announced the creation of…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/will-iran-sa…

Trump endangers peace by cancelling nuclear arms deal with Russia
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-01
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, announced today that the president is suspending U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months. Trump himself accused Russia today of covertly developing and …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-endangers…

Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Mainstream networks will likely shrug and yawn at this bombshell Reuters story, given that it doesn't involve Putin or Russia, but merely one of Washington's chief Arab Gulf oil and gas allies. | The post Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/former-us-spies-are-he…

South Africa's Largest Union Protests Electricity Price Hike
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest single trade union in the country, has demanded the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) be set aside on the grounds that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) authorized the agreements without proper public consultation. | RELATED: | South Africa's SRWP Fights ANC's Privatization Agenda | NUMSA's latest statement comes after the proposals for nuclear energy were challenged by Earthlife and the South A…
telesurenglish.net/news/South-Africas-La…

Moral Depravity Defines U.S. Politics
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/moral-depravity-defi…

Mueller Accuses Roger Stone of Lying and Bullying–but Not Collusion
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-02-01
Mueller Accuses Roger Stone of Lying and Bullying–but Not Collusion…
thenation.com/article/mueller-roger-ston…

Here's How a "Slip of the Tongue" Strengthened Russian-Pakistani Relations
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-01
A faux pas, especially when committed in the realm of international diplomacy and erroneously implying that a country's new partner supports terrorism, usually has the effect of weakening bilateral relations between those two states, but a Russian official's "slip of … | The post Here's How a "Slip of the Tongue" Strengthened Russian-Pakistani Relations appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/heres-how-a-slip-of-th…

Russia's Pension-System 'Reform' Is Deeply Controversial
Nadezhda Azhgikhina | thenation.com | 2019-02-01
Russia's Pension-System 'Reform' Is Deeply Controversial…
thenation.com/article/russia-living-stan…

Roger Stone Heads to Court; Mueller Cites Potential Evidence Trove
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-01
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is due back in court Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation as prosecutors say they have recovered "voluminous and complex" potential evidence in the case, including financial records, emails and computer hard drives. | Stone faces a status conference in federal court in Washington just three days after he pleaded not guilty to felony charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements. | The appearance is likely to be perfunctory, though prosecutors may seek an order that would prevent Stone — who held a news conference Thursday…
truthdig.com/articles/roger-stone-heads-…

Trump Venezuela Coup will End Badly for US
John Grant | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Rick Sanchez, an anchor for Russia's RT-America, reported last week of "Signs that the US attempt to change-out presidents in Venezuela may be falling flat." He was speaking about the in-plain-sight US coup attempt unfolding on the northern coast of South America against the elected president of Venezuela. Lucas Koerner, a reporter with Venezuela Analysis, told RT there was…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/trump-venezu…

Russia's Proposal for North Korean Denuclearization: Will It Survive John Bolton?
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
The Trump administration is looking askance at what may be a legitimate Russian effort to break the current disarmament deadlock between the United States and North Korea. According to The Washington Post, Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall to advance negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Moscow offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in return for the dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Russia would operate the nuclear plant and transfer all byproducts and waste back to Russia so that North Korea could n…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/russias-prop…

US Suspends Compliance on Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. | The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia, which denies violating the landmark 1987 arms control pact, came into compliance with the treaty, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe. | "Russia has refused to take any steps to return (to) real and verifiable compliance," Pompeo told…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Suspends-Comp…

Pakistan and the Cultural Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-01
Historically, from the massacres in Bangladesh in 1971 to the training and arming of Afghan jihadists during the Soviet-Afghan war throughout the 1980s and '90s, and then mounting ill-conceived military operations in Pakistan's tribal areas under American pressure, leading to … | The post Pakistan and the Cultural Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/cultural-appropriation…

Why Did Socialism Fail?
Craig Collins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
By the middle of the 20th century, it appeared that Karl Marx's conviction that socialism was destined to replace capitalism was becoming reality. In 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was so confident that history was on his side, he boasted that socialism would soon bury capitalism.[1] Most of the Eurasian land mass was governed by…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/why-did-soci…

The Real Target of the Huawei Sanctions and the Trade War
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
The U.S.-China trade war isn't actually about soybeans and steel. Washington fears its iron grip over the post-Soviet world is waning thanks to China's new global initiatives. | The post The Real Target of the Huawei Sanctions and the Trade War appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/the-real-target-of-the…

Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: "Naive and Passive," "Go Back to School!"
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
Ann Arbor ( Informed Comment) — Our great leader has delivered himself of some weighty pronouncements about Iran, about which he knows not a single little thing, likely even where exactly it is. He called the US intelligence agencies "passive and naive" on Iran, said that Tehran had become less active since Trump violated the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iran's economy is crashing, and urged Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel to "go back to school." | The Intelligence people seem to be extremely pass…
mintpressnews.com/trump-explodes-at-cia-…

INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
______________________________…
commondreams.org/newswire/2019/02/01/inf…

Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela
Garikai Chengu | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/sanctions-of…

Sorting Through the Lies about Venezuela
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Challenging United States hegemony is never an easy course. A county need not be socialist — it is enough to either voice aspirations toward socialism, or merely demonstrate a pattern of not doing as Washington dictates. So here we go again, this time with Venezuela. Ironically for a country that the corporate media insistently claims…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/sorting-thro…

Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-01
Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community | The post Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/russia-china-on-…

Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(ZH) — Update: As we previewed below, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty immediately, prompting threats of a Russian "response" from Moscow. Pompeo said the US could return to compliance with the treaty if Moscow meets Washington's demands within the next 180 days. …

Russia Threatens Retaliation as US Officially Pulls Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty

"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-01
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump has called US intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" regarding Iran, a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony. During a hearing on global threats on Tuesday, the leaders of several US intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iran is not taking steps towards making a nuclear …

"Go Back to School!": Trump Slams US Intelligence Chiefs as "Passive and Naive" on Iran

US escalates threats against Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-01
US officials have made no secret that control over Venezuelan oil, and its denial to Russia and China, are the driving force of the coup.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/01/vene…

Trump says NATO allies fully support US suspending obligations under INF
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
US President Donald Trump has confirmed Washington's withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia, a centerpiece of nuclear arms control since the Cold War. He also said that NATO allies fully support his decision. | …
rt.com/usa/450331-trump-nato-inf-support…

Russia denounces U.S. cynicism sanctioning Venezuelan PDVSA
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-31
Russia denounced Tuesday the U.S. cynicism by announcing sanctions against the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and excluding from that sanction U.S. companies operating in the South American nation. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/01/31/russia-denounces…

Russia could 'flip the off switch' on US electricity at any time, warns Maddow in new conspiracy
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-31
Rachel Maddow is not known for her cautiousness on the topic of Russia, preferring to head straight for the wackiest conspiracy theories as a matter of priority, but on Wednesday she posed a theory that seems crazy, even for her. | …
rt.com/usa/450268-maddow-russia-weather-…

The U.S. coup in Venezuela: new attempt to eradicate the Chavista Revolution
Stansfield Smith | mronline.org | 2019-01-30
For over two years we have been told Putin's Russia has interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. We now find the U.S. government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela and recognize a person of its choosing as president. | Source…
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Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-01-30
Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'…
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Computers Were Supposed to Be Good
Gillian Terzis | thenation.com | 2019-01-30
Computers Were Supposed to Be Good…
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Washington follows Ukraine, Syria roadmap in push for Venezuela regime change
Whitney Webb | mronline.org | 2019-01-29
What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW II. | Source…
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How Russia-gate Rationalized Censorship
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-29
From the Archives: Russia-gate mania spread beyond a strategy for neutralizing Donald Trump or removing him from office into an excuse for stifling U.S. dissent that challenges the New Cold War, reported Joe Lauria on Dec. 4, 2017. By Joe Lauria… Read more ?…
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As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-24
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…
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Farewell to bblum6
Dave Markland | zcomm.org | 2019-01-10
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…
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