2019-02-20: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-20). Impeachable offenses? Mountains of evidence point to Trump's obstruction of justice. peoplesworld.org The New York Times expose on Trump's obstruction of justice came out right after nationwide protests against the president's illegal and unconstitutional power grab, a declaration of national emergency designed to steal money already appropriated by Congress to meet national needs into the president's unpopular wall project. | LM Otero/AP | Another preliminary report, released Feb. 19 by the committee staff, exposes extreme Trump administration efforts — including by Flynn — to create "A Marshall Plan for the Middle East," built around arming the Saudis with nuclear reactors and associated technology.

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

STAFF (2019-02-20). Possible Peace Declaration Looms Over Trump-Kim Summit. truthdig.com TOKYO — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. | Such an announcement could make history. It would be right in line with Trump's opposition to "forever wars." And, coming more than six decades after the fighting essentially ended, it just seems like common sense. | But, if not done carefully, it could open up a whole new set of problems for Washingto…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2019. democracynow.org Dems Probe White House Plan to Transfer Nuclear Technology to Saudis, West Virginia Teachers Celebrate as Lawmakers Halt Pro-Charter School Bill, NYT: Trump Asked DOJ to Put Loyalist In Charge of "Hush Money" Probe, Trump to Nominate Transportation Sec. Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy AG, Trump Signs Order to Establish "Space Force", France: 20,000 Protesters Denounce Surge in Anti-Semitic Attacks, Haiti: Police Arrest 5 Americans Amid Political Unrest, WaPo: Pope Ignored Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Deaf Children, Women Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse Speak Out, Arkansas Signs "Trigger" Abortion Ban into Law, Illinoi…

Charles Pierson (2019-02-20). When Saudi Arabia Gets the Bomb. counterpunch.org The world took a step closer to a Saudi nuclear bomb last week when President Donald Trump met with representatives from the US nuclear power industry. The meeting focused on reviving the stagnant US nuclear energy sector by promoting exports of nuclear technology to developing countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race. democracynow.org House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…

STAFF (2019-02-20). Putin Sternly Warns U.S. Against Putting Missiles in Europe. truthdig.com MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. | While the Russian leader didn't say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, his statement further raised the ante in tense relations with Washington. | Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address, Putin charged that the U.S. has abandoned a key arms control pact to free up its hands to build new missiles and tried to shift the blame for the move to Russia.

teleSUR (2019-02-20). Putin Threatens US Soil If Missiles Deployed in Europe. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual presidential address to the legislature Wednesday, criticized the United States for ignoring the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by deploying missile launchers in Romania and Poland. | RELATED: | Russia Demands World Stop Imposing Ultimatums on Venezuela | "First it started developing and using…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-20). Russia's Nuclear Energy Edge Got the US to "Cut Ethical Corners" with the Saudis. globalresearch.ca One of the latest American scandals revolves around former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's alleged breach of ethical norms in trying to secretly push through a nuclear energy deal with the Saudis which might have even been illegal if …

teleSUR (2019-02-20). Trump: North Korea Could Be a 'Tremendous Economic Power'. telesurenglish.net Ahead of next week's second summit with North Korea, United States President Donald Trump has declared that Washington is not currently focused on a deadline or definitive schedule for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. | RELATED: | Kim, Trump Prepare for Second Summit in Vietnam | "I'm in no rush. There's no testing. As long as there is no testing, I'm in no rush. If ther…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-20). White House Plan to Sell Saudis Nuclear Technology May Be Illegal. truthout.org House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf fi…

Nina Agrawal (2019-02-20). Military Coups, Regime Change…: The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections… globalresearch.ca Timely article first posted on Global Research in January 2017, prior to the inauguration of president Donald Trump. | *** | The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and …

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-02-20). How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics. thenation.com How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-20). Che Guevara internationalist youth brigade stands in solidarity with Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org With the slogan "socialism is the way forward" the members of the brigade embarked on a three day journey to various parts of the country to learn from movements and communities that are in the process of building people's power.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-02-20). Film Showing of "Sorry to Bother You" indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th Street…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-02-20). "Reading Between the Headlines" on Ilhan Omar & Palestine. indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

WSWS repost (2019-02-20). Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign. indybay.org Whatever Trump may hope, it is not socialism's "twilight hour," but rather the opposite. The struggles of masses of workers and young people are bringing them into direct conflict with the ruling class and the capitalist system. | However, Bernie Sanders is not the representative of this insurgent working class movement.

Pacific Life Community (2019-02-20). Nonviolent Direct Action at Lockheed Martin For a Peaceful & Nuclear-Free World. indybay.org Meet at the corner of North Mathilda Ave and West Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA…

RT (2019-02-20). Bernie Sanders raises $6mn on first day of campaign…and former Clinton staffer blames Russia. rt.com A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign. |

WSWS (2019-02-20). Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign. wsws.org The senator from Vermont is reprising his role as a lightning rod to contain and defuse social opposition amid an upsurge of the international class struggle and growing interest in socialism.

Pacific Life Community (2019-02-20). Discussion with Bruce Gagnon "Nuclear Weapons & Trump's Space Force: The Deadly Connection. indybay.org Vallombrosa Center Chapel | 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA…

WSWS (2019-02-20). Alleging "Russian influence," Facebook bans left-wing pages. wsws.org Facebook suspended four pages run by Maffick Media, including In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed, which posted content critical of US foreign and social policy.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-20). 'Irritated' by Russia, US Admiral Sends Warship to Black Sea. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In November, a maritime incident saw Ukrainian boats enter Russian territorial waters without permission, leading to their capture and detention of their crew. US Admiral James Foggo says he is 'irritated' by that To that end, the admiral has ordered the USS Donald Cook, a destroyer, to enter the Black Sea and conduct naval exercises with Ukraine to …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-20). US 'Hypocrisy' Decried as Report Shows Same Trump Team Attacking Iran Deal Pushed to Give Saudis Nuclear Secrets. commondreams.org Iran's foreign minister denounced on Wednesday what he framed as "U.S. hypocrisy" following a report from House Democrats accusing the Trump administration of pushing to build—while skirting federal law, ethics concerns, and Congressional review—dozens of nuclear reactors across Saudi Arabia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-20). With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran. commondreams.org Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-02-20). FBI fabulist McCabe now claims Trump was 'Russian asset' (VIDEO). rt.com Former deputy head of the FBI Andrew McCabe is back in the headlines, claiming US President Donald Trump was somehow doing Russia's bidding — and having the press eating from his hand and promoting his book.

unitedEditor (2019-02-19). Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse? uwidata.com When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, …

Global Research News (2019-02-19). Venezuela False Flag Brewing? Under the Cloak of "the Humanitarian Convoy" globalresearch.ca According to Russian media, yet to be confirmed, "A False Flag is Brewing" under the Cloak of the so-called "Humanitarian Convoy for Venezuela" (TASS) | The alleged false flag operation is intended to justify "an outside invasion" of Venezuela by one …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-02-19). Challenging Dollar Hegemony: Russia and China Are Containing America's Attempts to "Reshape the World Order" globalresearch.ca Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington's decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive …

Mark Curtis (2019-02-19). When It Comes to Middle East Policy, the UK Is Nothing but a Rogue State. globalresearch.ca This article was originally crossposted on Global Research in April 2018. | In the current crisis with Moscow, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has written that "Russia cannot break international rules with impunity". | Britain, along with Russia, has a particular obligation …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Headlines for February 19, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks President Maduro at Miami Rally, Calls on Military to Defect, President Maduro Fires Back at Trump Attacks on Socialism, Daily Beast: U.S. Considering Extending TPS to Venezuelans, Senator Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Bid, Sen. Warren to Unveil Universal Child Care Plan, West Virginia Teachers Launch Strike, 16 States Sue over Trump's Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Mexican Migrant Dies While in Border Patrol Custody, Transgender Salvadoran Woman Killed After Deportation from U.S., Syria: Bomb Attacks Kill 15 in Idlib, UAE Buys $1.6 Billion in Arms from Raytheon, Yemen: Warring Parties Ag…

Steve Ellner (2019-02-19). How Much of the Venezuela Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault? mintpressnews.com The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden of Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan president is the latest demonstration of the consensus in Washington over the nefariousness of the Nicolás Maduro government. Not since Fidel Castro's early years in power has a Latin American head of state been so consistently demonized. But the 1960s was the peak of the Cold War polarization that placed Cuba plainly in the enemy camp, and unlike Venezuela today, that nation had a one-party system. | The scope of that consensus…

Strategic Culture (2019-02-19). Russia and China Are Containing the US to Reshape the World Order. theantimedia.com (SC) — Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington's decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive towards allies and enemies alike, regardless of which US president is in office. China and …

WSWS (2019-02-19). Indian government intensifies retaliatory threats against Pakistan. wsws.org Any Indian military strike could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation and rapidly cascade into an all-out war between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states.

WSWS (2019-02-19). Trump declares global war on socialism. wsws.org The presentation of Trump's presidency as a global—and domestic—crusade against socialism resurrected the kind of language that characterized not only McCarthyism, but the rise of fascism in the first half of the 20th century.

amnesty (2019-02-19). Ukraine: Five years after the Maydan protests, justice still not attained for victims. amnesty.org The Ukrainian authorities have failed to attain justice for all victims of police abuses committed during the EuroMaydan protests five years ago, Amnesty International said on the fifth anniversary of the protests' worst day of violence which led to the downfall of then-President Viktor Yanukovych. | "The sheer scope of the human rights violations committed during EuroMaydan was far beyond what the Ukrainian criminal justice system was designed to deal with, to say nothing of its inefficiency. Worse, it has resisted and obstructed justice instead of prosecuting the former and current members of the law enforcemen…

RT (2019-02-19). US Army declares war on Russian… weeds. rt.com The US Army Corps of Engineers considers "Russian" weeds such a problem in the Pacific Northwest, it is seeking a contractor willing to clear them from an airbase and a training range near Seattle, Washington.

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

unitedEditor (2019-02-15). Can Turkey change its status of non-nuclear weapons status? uwidata.com On the background of the US and Russia's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), one can hear increasingly often that Turkey might change its status in the emerging new international layout and change its status of a non-nuclear weapons state. Herein we'll consider the possibility of a step of this kind. It is …

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 →

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…

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…

Jon Rainwater (2019-01-31). INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2018 — Ahead of the Trump administration's expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2018 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-29). Congress Can and Should Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 29, 2018 — In response to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) re-introducing the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (H.R. 669 / S. 200), legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a congressional declaration of war, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director …

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…

2019-02-20: Social Media Postees

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Possible Peace Declaration Looms Over Trump-Kim Summit
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
TOKYO — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. | Such an announcement could make history. It would be right in line with Trump's opposition to "forever wars." And, coming more than six decades after the fighting essentially ended, it just seems like common sense. | But, if not done carefully, it could open up a whole new set of problems for Washingto…
truthdig.com/articles/possible-peace-dec…

Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-20
Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …
peaceaction.org/2019/02/20/statement-of-…

Impeachable offenses? Mountains of evidence point to Trump's obstruction of justice
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
The New York Times expose on Trump's obstruction of justice came out right after nationwide protests against the president's illegal and unconstitutional power grab, a declaration of national emergency designed to steal money already appropriated by Congress to meet national needs into the president's unpopular wall project. | LM Otero/AP | Another preliminary report, released Feb. 19 by the committee staff, exposes extreme Trump administration efforts — including by Flynn — to create "A Marshall Plan for the Middle East," built around arming the Saudis with nuclear reactors and associated technology.
peoplesworld.org/article/impeachable-off…

Putin Threatens US Soil If Missiles Deployed in Europe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual presidential address to the legislature Wednesday, criticized the United States for ignoring the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by deploying missile launchers in Romania and Poland. | RELATED: | Russia Demands World Stop Imposing Ultimatums on Venezuela | "First it started developing and using…
telesurenglish.net/news/Putin-Threatens-…

Putin Sternly Warns U.S. Against Putting Missiles in Europe
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. | While the Russian leader didn't say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, his statement further raised the ante in tense relations with Washington. | Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address, Putin charged that the U.S. has abandoned a key arms control pact to free up its hands to build new missiles and tried to shift the blame for the move to Russia.
truthdig.com/articles/putin-sternly-warn…

When Saudi Arabia Gets the Bomb
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
The world took a step closer to a Saudi nuclear bomb last week when President Donald Trump met with representatives from the US nuclear power industry. The meeting focused on reviving the stagnant US nuclear energy sector by promoting exports of nuclear technology to developing countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/20/when-saudi-a…

Trump: North Korea Could Be a 'Tremendous Economic Power'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Ahead of next week's second summit with North Korea, United States President Donald Trump has declared that Washington is not currently focused on a deadline or definitive schedule for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. | RELATED: | Kim, Trump Prepare for Second Summit in Vietnam | "I'm in no rush. There's no testing. As long as there is no testing, I'm in no rush. If ther…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-North-Kore…

Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/20/trump_adm…

Russia's Nuclear Energy Edge Got the US to "Cut Ethical Corners" with the Saudis
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
One of the latest American scandals revolves around former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's alleged breach of ethical norms in trying to secretly push through a nuclear energy deal with the Saudis which might have even been illegal if …
globalresearch.ca/russias-nuclear-energy…

White House Plan to Sell Saudis Nuclear Technology May Be Illegal
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf fi…
truthout.org/video/secretive-talks-to-se…

Military Coups, Regime Change…: The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections
Nina Agrawal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Timely article first posted on Global Research in January 2017, prior to the inauguration of president Donald Trump. | *** | The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and …
globalresearch.ca/military-coups-regime-…

How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-02-20
How the Russiagate Investigation Is Sovietizing American Politics…
thenation.com/article/how-the-russiagate…

Che Guevara internationalist youth brigade stands in solidarity with Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-20
With the slogan "socialism is the way forward" the members of the brigade embarked on a three day journey to various parts of the country to learn from movements and communities that are in the process of building people's power.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/20/che-gueva…

Nonviolent Direct Action at Lockheed Martin For a Peaceful & Nuclear-Free World
Pacific Life Community | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
Meet at the corner of North Mathilda Ave and West Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882129…

'Irritated' by Russia, US Admiral Sends Warship to Black Sea
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-20
(ANTIWAR.COM) — In November, a maritime incident saw Ukrainian boats enter Russian territorial waters without permission, leading to their capture and detention of their crew. US Admiral James Foggo says he is 'irritated' by that To that end, the admiral has ordered the USS Donald Cook, a destroyer, to enter the Black Sea and conduct naval exercises with Ukraine to …

‘Irritated’ by Russia, US Admiral Sends Warship to Black Sea

Film Showing of "Sorry to Bother You"
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th Street…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/19/1882127…

Bernie Sanders raises $6mn on first day of campaign…and former Clinton staffer blames Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign. | …
rt.com/usa/452021-bernie-sanders-fundrai…

Alleging "Russian influence," Facebook bans left-wing pages
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-20
Facebook suspended four pages run by Maffick Media, including In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed, which posted content critical of US foreign and social policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/20/cens…

FBI fabulist McCabe now claims Trump was 'Russian asset' (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
Former deputy head of the FBI Andrew McCabe is back in the headlines, claiming US President Donald Trump was somehow doing Russia's bidding — and having the press eating from his hand and promoting his book. | …
rt.com/usa/452017-mccabe-trump-russia-pu…

With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/20/trump-b…

"Reading Between the Headlines" on Ilhan Omar & Palestine
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
2969 Mission St., near 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882129…

Discussion with Bruce Gagnon "Nuclear Weapons & Trump's Space Force: The Deadly Connection
Pacific Life Community | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
Vallombrosa Center Chapel | 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882129…

US 'Hypocrisy' Decried as Report Shows Same Trump Team Attacking Iran Deal Pushed to Give Saudis Nuclear Secrets
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Iran's foreign minister denounced on Wednesday what he framed as "U.S. hypocrisy" following a report from House Democrats accusing the Trump administration of pushing to build—while skirting federal law, ethics concerns, and Congressional review—dozens of nuclear reactors across Saudi Arabia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/20/us-hypo…

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign
WSWS repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
Whatever Trump may hope, it is not socialism's "twilight hour," but rather the opposite. The struggles of masses of workers and young people are bringing them into direct conflict with the ruling class and the capitalist system. | However, Bernie Sanders is not the representative of this insurgent working class movement.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882128…

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-20
The senator from Vermont is reprising his role as a lightning rod to contain and defuse social opposition amid an upsurge of the international class struggle and growing interest in socialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/20/pers…

Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-19
When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, …
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Venezuela False Flag Brewing? Under the Cloak of "the Humanitarian Convoy"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-19
According to Russian media, yet to be confirmed, "A False Flag is Brewing" under the Cloak of the so-called "Humanitarian Convoy for Venezuela" (TASS) | The alleged false flag operation is intended to justify "an outside invasion" of Venezuela by one …
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When It Comes to Middle East Policy, the UK Is Nothing but a Rogue State
Mark Curtis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-19
This article was originally crossposted on Global Research in April 2018. | In the current crisis with Moscow, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has written that "Russia cannot break international rules with impunity". | Britain, along with Russia, has a particular obligation …
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Challenging Dollar Hegemony: Russia and China Are Containing America's Attempts to "Reshape the World Order"
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-19
Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington's decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive …
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How Much of the Venezuela Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault?
Steve Ellner | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-19
The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden of Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan president is the latest demonstration of the consensus in Washington over the nefariousness of the Nicolás Maduro government. Not since Fidel Castro's early years in power has a Latin American head of state been so consistently demonized. But the 1960s was the peak of the Cold War polarization that placed Cuba plainly in the enemy camp, and unlike Venezuela today, that nation had a one-party system. | The scope of that consensus…
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Indian government intensifies retaliatory threats against Pakistan
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-19
Any Indian military strike could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation and rapidly cascade into an all-out war between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states.
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Ukraine: Five years after the Maydan protests, justice still not attained for victims
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-19
The Ukrainian authorities have failed to attain justice for all victims of police abuses committed during the EuroMaydan protests five years ago, Amnesty International said on the fifth anniversary of the protests' worst day of violence which led to the downfall of then-President Viktor Yanukovych. | "The sheer scope of the human rights violations committed during EuroMaydan was far beyond what the Ukrainian criminal justice system was designed to deal with, to say nothing of its inefficiency. Worse, it has resisted and obstructed justice instead of prosecuting the former and current members of the law enforcemen…
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Trump declares global war on socialism
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-19
The presentation of Trump's presidency as a global–and domestic–crusade against socialism resurrected the kind of language that characterized not only McCarthyism, but the rise of fascism in the first half of the 20th century.
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US Army declares war on Russian… weeds
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-19
The US Army Corps of Engineers considers "Russian" weeds such a problem in the Pacific Northwest, it is seeking a contractor willing to clear them from an airbase and a training range near Seattle, Washington. | …
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Russia and China Are Containing the US to Reshape the World Order
Strategic Culture | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-19
(SC) — Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington's decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive towards allies and enemies alike, regardless of which US president is in office. China and …

Russia and China Are Containing the US to Reshape the World Order

25 Years in Jail for Protecting the Planet?
Frida Berrigan | thenation.com | 2019-02-18
25 Years in Jail for Protecting the Planet?
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Will the Trade War Lead to Real War with China?
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-18
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 ?…
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Can Turkey change its status of non-nuclear weapons status?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-15
On the background of the US and Russia's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), one can hear increasingly often that Turkey might change its status in the emerging new international layout and change its status of a non-nuclear weapons state. Herein we'll consider the possibility of a step of this kind. It is …
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Russia: New Wave of Anti-LGBT Persecution
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-15
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…
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The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-14
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 ?…
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Odinist America? Germanic Paganism, US Capitalism & Millenial Socialism
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-14
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 …
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Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They're Pushed to Do So
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-07
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…
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Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-05
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…
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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…
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INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-31
Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2018 — Ahead of the Trump administration's expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class …
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No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-30
Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2018 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: …
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Congress Can and Should Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-29
Washington, D.C. — January 29, 2018 — In response to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) re-introducing the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (H.R. 669 / S. 200), legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a congressional declaration of war, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director …
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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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