2019-02-22: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-22). The President of the United States is more the president of my country than the president of my country: Tricontinental Newsletter 8 (2019). mronline.org Is the President of Venezuela the President of Venezuela or is the President of the United States the President of Venezuela? There is absurdity here. | Source

Abby Martin (2019-02-22). Video: An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela. | She uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas. | Watch the …

teleSUR (2019-02-22). UN: Sexual Violence, Warfare Linked to South Sudan's Oil. telesurenglish.net Reports from the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has disclosed heinous human rights violations that were committed in the eight-year-old nation in 2018. | RELATED: | Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists | The global agency stated that sexual violence against women is rampant and reported "on a massive scale," while similar violations against men and boys "remains significantly under-reported due to social stigma." The organization also detailed…

W. T. Whitney (2019-02-22). US Racism and Imperialism Fuel Turbulence in Haiti. counterpunch.org Beginning on February 7, Haitians have been in the streets protesting against corruption, high prices, shortages, inflation, and power outages. Demonstrators are demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse, in power since January 2017, resign. MoàØseblames the disturbances on "armed groupsand drug traffickers" and is calling for negotiation. Facing police brutality, masses of Haitians have blocked roads, More

Fight Back (2019-02-22). Minneapolis protest Saturday to be part of global day of action against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups are organizing a Minneapolis protest on Saturday, February 23 as part of a day of local actions around the U.S. and around the world opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | The Minneapolis protesters will gather on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be signs and banners with the anti-intervention message. | The event is called under the themes: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela – No Coup; No Sanctions – No U.S. War on Venezuela!" | A statement issued by organizers says in…

Michael Welton (2019-02-22). Dreaming Their Sweet Dreams: a Peace to End Peace. counterpunch.org The setting for Margaret MacMillan's lecture "Making peace is harder than waging war" could not have been better. Held in the Ottawa war museum's lower floor, the LeBreton Gallery, one is enclosed in, surrounded by WW II bulky Canadian tanks and scary heavy artillery. Looking up, one cannot miss a Canadian jet ready to explode More

Tim Shorrock (2019-02-22). Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks? thenation.com Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?

Joe Bucciero (2019-02-22). A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace. thenation.com A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-22). Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'. globalresearch.ca The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up. | *** | Venezuela's armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President …

teleSUR (2019-02-22). Nigeria Elections: Gov't Calls for Trust in Security Forces. telesurenglish.net Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged Nigerians Friday "to go out and vote," promising adequate security for Saturday's postponed election which has put him in a tight race with businessman Atiku Abubakar. | RELATED: | Nigeria Postpones Presidential And Parliamentary Elections | In a televised morning address on the eve of the vote, Buhari…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-22). Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow. counterpunch.org The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to More

Andrew Levine (2019-02-22). Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her. counterpunch.org Muslims and other persons of color who do not kowtow to Zionist positions are routinely deemed "anti-Semitic," notwithstanding the fact that, unlike in Europe, historically Muslim parts of the world have had little or no connection either to theologically or racially grounded hatred of Jews qua Jews until quite recently. On the other hand, persons of European descent whose views reek of historical connections with the genuine article get a pass insofar as they are outspoken friends of the Israeli state. Just a few years ago, it seemed that true anti-Semitism, as distinct from the anti-Zionism Zionists confound wi…

Timothy M. Gill (2019-02-22). Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies? counterpunch.org There's no denying that a serious economic and humanitarian crisis faces Venezuela. Millions of citizens have left the country, and those who have remained have lost considerable weight and have inadequate access to food and medicine. Hyperinflation continues unabated, and, with the Trump administration recently leveling sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company (PDVSA), the crisis is only intensifying. More

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2019-02-22). Biomass is Not "Green": an Interview With Josh Schlossberg. counterpunch.org Josh Schlossberg is an investigative journalist, horror author and former environmental organizer who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Biomass Monitor, a subscription-supported publication that bills itself as "the nation's leading publication investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels." In early September 2018, I was visiting Colorado and More

Lance Olsen (2019-02-22). Climate and Money: a Tale of Two Accounts. counterpunch.org In 1908, Charles Abbot and F.E. Fowle gave a presentation titled "Income and Outgo of Heat from the Earth, and the Dependence of Its Temperature Thereon." A lot's been learned since then, but the importance of income and outgo on Earth's temperature has been proven again and again. The basics are as straightforward as the income More

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-22). Twenty-First Century Indian Wars. counterpunch.org The American war against its indigenous people is incessant, interminable and indefensible. From the Pequot Wars blessed by the English Puritan John Winthrop to the present day destruction of native culture and community in the name of resource extraction, there are very few episodes in human history more bloody, brutal and relentless. The recent attempts More

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-22). Donald Trump's National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama's National Emergency. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency is being framed as an unprecedented step towards authoritarianism, a unique proclamation against Latinas and Latinos, and even a sign that we should have elected racist hawk Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day to Ms. Clinton, by the way. In the age of Trump, words tend to be used More

David Rosen (2019-02-22). Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats? counterpunch.org It's been nearly two centuries since Pres. James Monroe used the State of Union address of December 2, 1823, to issue what became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." In his declaration, he asserted: "The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Trump, like most presidents before him, seeks to fulfill Monroe's assertion. More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-22). Brazil's Unions Push Back on Assault on Labor. therealnews.com Brazil's labor movement is gradually mobilizing against the new right-wing president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who is putting his program of assaulting labor rights and social security into effect. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-22). Venezuela's Former Minister of Communes and Culture Talks to TRNN About the Crisis. therealnews.com Well-known Venezuelan writer and theorist, Reinaldo Iturriza, says US sanctions and the low price of oil have devastated Venezuela'seconomy…

John Pilger (2019-02-22). John Pilger: The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies. mintpressnews.com Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies, argues John Pilger.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). This Is Not Humanitarian Aid: A Maduro Critic in Venezuela Slams U.S. Plan to Push Regime Change. democracynow.org We go to Caracas, Venezuela, for an update on the escalating standoff between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó. Guaidó claims he is preparing to deliver humanitarian aid from the Colombian border Saturday. Maduro has rejected the plan, saying the effort is part of a broader attempt to overthrow his regime. This comes as Trump's special envoy to Venezuela and right-wing hawk, Elliott Abrams, is leading a U.S. delegation traveling by military aircraft to the Colombian border, supposedly to help deliver the aid. The United Nations, the Red Cross and other relie…

Danny Haiphong (2019-02-22). How to answer Trump? Make America a socialist country. mronline.org Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders won't align with Venezuela out of fear of being labeled "authoritarian" by the ruling elite. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America. democracynow.org The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…

unitedEditor (2019-02-22). How Turkey shows the idea of the "end of history" belongs in the dustbin of history. uwidata.com On the one hand, the end of the Cold War signaled the beginning of liberalism's unipolar world domination, and the end of any possibility for competing ideas. On the other, the balance of power maintained by the Cold War was upended, opening a geopolitical Pandora's box. To date, Francis Fukuyama's prematurely announced "end of history" …

Kathryn Shihadah (2019-02-22). He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner. mintpressnews.com In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.

John Pilger (2019-02-22). The war on Venezuela is built on lies. zcomm.org Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies…

John Pilger (2019-02-22). The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies. globalresearch.ca Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was …

Paul Street (2019-02-22). Buried Alive: The Story of Chicago Police State Racism. counterpunch.org "I want my husband home. I need him to be safe." — Tiffany Van Dyke, wife of Jason Van Dyke, the murderer of Laquan McDonald Among the many different forms taken by 21st century U.S.-American racism, one is the curious way in which white-owned corporate media and the criminal justice system racially differentiate worthy from More

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-22). Rule by Fiat: National Crises, Fake Emergencies and Other Dangerous Presidential Powers. counterpunch.org "When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." —Richard Nixon Who pays the price for the dissolution of the constitutional covenant that holds the government and its agents accountable to the will of the people? We all do. This ill-advised decision by President Trump to circumvent the Constitution's system of checks More

Louis Proyect (2019-02-22). El Chapo and the Path Taken. counterpunch.org As should be obvious from my review of season two of Narcos and the first two installments of a series of articles on films about the Sicilian mafia that I hope to continue before long, I have a keen interest in the class dimensions of organized crime and how popular culture reflects it. Not only was Ernest More

Robert Fantina (2019-02-22). The U.S. and Venezuela: a Long History of Hostility. counterpunch.org The U.S. has long been hostile to Venezuela. As the world's fifth largest oil exporter, and holding the largest reserves of oil outside of the Middle East, Venezuela, as of 2004, was one of the four (4) top oil suppliers to the U.S. "Before (Hugo) Chavez was elected, two political parties representing the white elite and More

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-22). Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold? counterpunch.org The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, U.S. foreign policy was characterized by repeated acts of U.S. military intervention in Latin More

Robert Hunziker (2019-02-22). Global Warming's Monster Awakens. counterpunch.org The planet's biggest nightmare is coming to life. It may be a bigger threat much sooner than ever before realized simply because it's accelerating! East Antarctica, the world's largest body of water trapped in ice, is knocking the socks off expectations. Along the way, it's the world's most horrifying surprise, yet nobody really knows how More

Kim Ives (2019-02-22). How Trump's Attacks on Venezuela Sparked a Revolution in Haiti. counterpunch.org Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and More

Rob Seimetz (2019-02-22). Imagined Communities and Omitting Carbon Emissions: Shifting the Discussion On Climate Change. counterpunch.org I think we need to omit talking about carbon emissions when discussing climate change. This is what I see the mainstream media limit the discussion to. It's why the Democratic Green New Deal is all the rage these days. This new deal focuses on two items: carbon emissions and jobs which is what mainstream climate change discussions More

Mike Ferner (2019-02-22). What War Films Never Show You. counterpunch.org Newspapers on the other side of the world are calling it "the biggest U.S. cinema event of all time." Critical acclaim has poured in from all corners for the BBC production They Shall Not Grow Old, a technical and emotional masterpiece on the First World War — the war Woodrow Wilson said would "make the More

Huma Yasin (2019-02-22). Chris Christie Spins a Story, Once Again. counterpunch.org Former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie is at it again, making the rounds promoting his new book, Let Me Finish. Unsurprisingly, Christie paints himself as a misunderstood do-gooder, claiming that if he hadn't been ousted from Trump's transition teamdue to prosecuting Jared Kushner's father, the White House would not be the chaotic revolving door it now is. I More

John Feffer (2019-02-22). Answering Attacks on the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org It's become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the "loony left." These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable "moderate" position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The president is certainly an idiot, they say, More

Fred Gardner (2019-02-22). "She's Willie Brown's Protogé!" The Rise of Kamala Harris. counterpunch.org This is adapted from a piece that ran in 2003. It won't be a political tragedy, no matter who wins, but I can't help seeing the San Francisco district attorney's race as the sad, final act of "Othello at the Hall of Justice." The outcome was inevitable; and yet it didn't have to come to More

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-22). Iran's Turning into India's Proxy by Taunting and Threatening Pakistan? globalresearch.ca Major General Qassem Soleimani, the famed commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), proved that his country is increasingly turning into India's proxy after he taunted and threatened Pakistan, resulting in the Islamic Republic incredibly taking some …

South Front (2019-02-22). Video: Why is the S-300 Air Defense System in Syria Not Being Used Against Israeli Aircraft. globalresearch.ca There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its …

teleSUR (2019-02-22). US Plans to Deliver Arms to Venezuelan Opposition, Russia Warns. telesurenglish.net The Russian government warned Friday that the United States and its allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of planning to deliver arms to the Venezuelan opposition. | RELATED: | Venezuela Announces Arrival of 7.5 Tons of Medicine | "We have evidence that U.S. companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring a large batch of weapons and ammunition in an Eastern European country for their subsequent transfer to Venezuelan opposition forces," the Russi…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-22). Taking Away the Ladder. consortiumnews.com Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world, write Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. By Anis Chowdhury in Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,… Read more →

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-22). Saudi Crown Prince MBS' Asia Tour Is Much More than a Post-Khashoggi Photo-Op. globalresearch.ca Many have dismissed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Asia tour to Pakistan, India, and China as nothing more than a post-Khashoggi photo-op to shore up international support, but it's actually about much more than that because of its …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-22). Thanks to GOP Tax Scam, Big Banks Made an Extra $28 Billion Last Year. truthout.org While headlines continue to proliferate about average Americans discovering they will not receive the tax return they were expecting and in many cases, depending on — new federal data released Thursday showed that major U.S. banks earned an extra $28 billion in profits last year thanks to the tax scam bill passed by the Republican Party and signed by President Donald Trump at t…

Robert Reich (2019-02-22). Robert Reich: Howard Schultz Is No Patriot. truthdig.com America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don't even have to have any ideas or policy proposals. | Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks whose most notable achievement to date has been the Mocha Frappucinno. | Last Tuesday, CNN made Schultz a Serious Presidential Candidate by giving him an hour-long "town hall" in which he fielded questions from an audience. | Why did CNN do this? Because Schultz is worth over $3.6 billion. | In today's America, someone with t…

David Goodner (2019-02-22). The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal. commondreams.org In 2016, The Sanders campaign and its popular slogans of "political revolution" against the "oligarchy" and the "billionaire class" moved the goalposts of what is politically possible to the left by several football fields. (Image: via thebluedeal.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanders-warren_0.jpg

STAFF (2019-02-22). Big Banks Rake in Tens of Billions Thanks to Trump's Tax Cuts. truthdig.com Critics predicted the 2017 legislation would reward major corporations and the rich. New data indicate they were right on the money.

Peter Kuper (2019-02-22). A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message. thenation.com A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message…

2019-02-22: Social Media Postees

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The President of the United States is more the president of my country than the president of my country: Tricontinental Newsletter 8 (2019)
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-02-22
Is the President of Venezuela the President of Venezuela or is the President of the United States the President of Venezuela? There is absurdity here. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/22/the-president-of-the-united-states-is-more-the-president-of-my-country-than-the-president-of-my-country-tricontinental-newsletter-8-2019/

Video: An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela
Abby Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela. | She uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas. | Watch the …
globalresearch.ca/video-an-ocean-of-lies-on-venezuela/5669354

UN: Sexual Violence, Warfare Linked to South Sudan's Oil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
Reports from the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has disclosed heinous human rights violations that were committed in the eight-year-old nation in 2018. | RELATED: | Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists | The global agency stated that sexual violence against women is rampant and reported "on a massive scale," while similar violations against men and boys "remains significantly under-reported due to social stigma." The organization also detailed…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Sexual-Violence-Warfare-Linked-to-South-Sudans-Oil-20190222-0005.html

US Racism and Imperialism Fuel Turbulence in Haiti
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Beginning on February 7, Haitians have been in the streets protesting against corruption, high prices, shortages, inflation, and power outages. Demonstrators are demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse, in power since January 2017, resign. MoàØseblames the disturbances on "armed groupsand drug traffickers" and is calling for negotiation. Facing police brutality, masses of Haitians have blocked roads,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/us-racism-and-imperialism-fuel-turbulence-in-haiti/

Minneapolis protest Saturday to be part of global day of action against U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-22
Minneapolis, MN — Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups are organizing a Minneapolis protest on Saturday, February 23 as part of a day of local actions around the U.S. and around the world opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | The Minneapolis protesters will gather on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be signs and banners with the anti-intervention message. | The event is called under the themes: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela – No Coup; No Sanctions – No U.S. War on Venezuela!" | A statement issued by organizers says in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/22/minneapolis-protest-saturday-be-part-global-day-action-against-us-intervention-venezuela

Dreaming Their Sweet Dreams: a Peace to End Peace
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The setting for Margaret MacMillan's lecture "Making peace is harder than waging war" could not have been better. Held in the Ottawa war museum's lower floor, the LeBreton Gallery, one is enclosed in, surrounded by WW II bulky Canadian tanks and scary heavy artillery. Looking up, one cannot miss a Canadian jet ready to explode…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/dreaming-their-sweet-dreams-a-peace-to-end-peace/

Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
thenation.com/article/north-korea-democrats-peace-talks/

A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace
Joe Bucciero | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
A Punk-Rock Path to Inner Peace…
thenation.com/article/buzzcocks-reissue-another-music-love-bites-retrospective-review/

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up. | *** | Venezuela's armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelan-military-reject-trumps-incitement-to-rebel-over-our-dead-bodies/5669343

Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/russian-mediation-the-critical-messages-of-the-hamas-fatah-talks-in-moscow/

The war on Venezuela is built on lies
John Pilger | zcomm.org | 2019-02-22
Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-war-on-venezuela-is-built-on-lies/

John Pilger: The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies, argues John Pilger.
mintpressnews.com/john-pilger-war-venezuela-built-lies/255422/

The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was …
globalresearch.ca/war-venezuela-built-lies/5669329

Buried Alive: The Story of Chicago Police State Racism
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
"I want my husband home. I need him to be safe." — Tiffany Van Dyke, wife of Jason Van Dyke, the murderer of Laquan McDonald Among the many different forms taken by 21st century U.S.-American racism, one is the curious way in which white-owned corporate media and the criminal justice system racially differentiate worthy from…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/buried-alive-the-story-of-chicago-police-state-racism/

Rule by Fiat: National Crises, Fake Emergencies and Other Dangerous Presidential Powers
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
"When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." –Richard Nixon Who pays the price for the dissolution of the constitutional covenant that holds the government and its agents accountable to the will of the people? We all do. This ill-advised decision by President Trump to circumvent the Constitution's system of checks…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/rule-by-fiat-national-crises-fake-emergencies-and-other-dangerous-presidential-powers/

Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Muslims and other persons of color who do not kowtow to Zionist positions are routinely deemed "anti-Semitic," notwithstanding the fact that, unlike in Europe, historically Muslim parts of the world have had little or no connection either to theologically or racially grounded hatred of Jews qua Jews until quite recently. On the other hand, persons of European descent whose views reek of historical connections with the genuine article get a pass insofar as they are outspoken friends of the Israeli state. Just a few years ago, it seemed that true anti-Semitism, as distinct from the anti-Zionism Zionists confound wi…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/ilhan-omar-owes-no-apologies-apologies-are-owed-her/

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?
Timothy M. Gill | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
There's no denying that a serious economic and humanitarian crisis faces Venezuela. Millions of citizens have left the country, and those who have remained have lost considerable weight and have inadequate access to food and medicine. Hyperinflation continues unabated, and, with the Trump administration recently leveling sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company (PDVSA), the crisis is only intensifying.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/why-is-the-venezuelan-government-rejecting-u-s-food-supplies/

El Chapo and the Path Taken
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
As should be obvious from my review of season two of Narcos and the first two installments of a series of articles on films about the Sicilian mafia that I hope to continue before long, I have a keen interest in the class dimensions of organized crime and how popular culture reflects it. Not only was Ernest…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/el-chapo-and-the-path-taken/

Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's been nearly two centuries since Pres. James Monroe used the State of Union address of December 2, 1823, to issue what became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." In his declaration, he asserted: "The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Trump, like most presidents before him, seeks to fulfill Monroe's assertion.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/will-venezuela-crisis-split-democrats/

Global Warming's Monster Awakens
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The planet's biggest nightmare is coming to life. It may be a bigger threat much sooner than ever before realized simply because it's accelerating! East Antarctica, the world's largest body of water trapped in ice, is knocking the socks off expectations. Along the way, it's the world's most horrifying surprise, yet nobody really knows how…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/global-warmings-monster-awakens/

Donald Trump's National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama's National Emergency
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency is being framed as an unprecedented step towards authoritarianism, a unique proclamation against Latinas and Latinos, and even a sign that we should have elected racist hawk Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day to Ms. Clinton, by the way. In the age of Trump, words tend to be used…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/donald-trumps-national-emergency-is-the-exact-same-as-barack-obamas-national-emergency/

The U.S. and Venezuela: a Long History of Hostility
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The U.S. has long been hostile to Venezuela. As the world's fifth largest oil exporter, and holding the largest reserves of oil outside of the Middle East, Venezuela, as of 2004, was one of the four (4) top oil suppliers to the U.S.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/the-u-s-and-venezuela-a-long-history-of-hostility/

Imagined Communities and Omitting Carbon Emissions: Shifting the Discussion On Climate Change
Rob Seimetz | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
I think we need to omit talking about carbon emissions when discussing climate change. This is what I see the mainstream media limit the discussion to. It's why the Democratic Green New Deal is all the rage these days. This new deal focuses on two items: carbon emissions and jobs which is what mainstream climate change discussions…
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Biomass is Not "Green": an Interview With Josh Schlossberg
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Josh Schlossberg is an investigative journalist, horror author and former environmental organizer who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Biomass Monitor, a subscription-supported publication that bills itself as "the nation's leading publication investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels." In early September 2018, I was visiting Colorado and…
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A Slow Motion Striptease in France
James Graham | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
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How Trump's Attacks on Venezuela Sparked a Revolution in Haiti
Kim Ives | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and…
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"She's Willie Brown's Protogé!" The Rise of Kamala Harris
Fred Gardner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
This is adapted from a piece that ran in 2003. It won't be a political tragedy, no matter who wins, but I can't help seeing the San Francisco district attorney's race as the sad, final act of "Othello at the Hall of Justice." The outcome was inevitable; and yet it didn't have to come to…
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What War Films Never Show You
Mike Ferner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Newspapers on the other side of the world are calling it "the biggest U.S. cinema event of all time." Critical acclaim has poured in from all corners for the BBC production They Shall Not Grow Old, a technical and emotional masterpiece on the First World War — the war Woodrow Wilson said would…
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Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold?
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, U.S. foreign policy was characterized by repeated acts of U.S. military intervention in Latin…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/should-the-u-s-government-abide-by-the-international-law-it-has-created-and-claims-to-uphold/

Answering Attacks on the Green New Deal
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the "loony left." These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable "moderate" position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The president is certainly an idiot, they say,…
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Twenty-First Century Indian Wars
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
The American war against its indigenous people is incessant, interminable and indefensible. From the Pequot Wars blessed by the English Puritan John Winthrop to the present day destruction of native culture and community in the name of resource extraction, there are very few episodes in human history more bloody, brutal and relentless. The recent attempts…
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Chris Christie Spins a Story, Once Again
Huma Yasin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie is at it again, making the rounds promoting his new book, Let Me Finish. Unsurprisingly, Christie paints himself as a misunderstood do-gooder, claiming that if he hadn't been ousted from Trump's transition teamdue to prosecuting Jared Kushner's father, the White House would not be the chaotic revolving door it now is. I…
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Climate and Money: a Tale of Two Accounts
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
In 1908, Charles Abbot and F.E. Fowle gave a presentation titled "Income and Outgo of Heat from the Earth, and the Dependence of Its Temperature Thereon." A lot's been learned since then, but the importance of income and outgo on Earth's temperature has been proven again and again. The basics are as straightforward as the income…
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Iran's Turning into India's Proxy by Taunting and Threatening Pakistan?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the famed commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), proved that his country is increasingly turning into India's proxy after he taunted and threatened Pakistan, resulting in the Islamic Republic incredibly taking some …
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Video: Why is the S-300 Air Defense System in Syria Not Being Used Against Israeli Aircraft
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its …
globalresearch.ca/video-why-is-the-s-300-air-defense-system-in-syria-not-being-used-against-israeli-aircraft/5669304

US Plans to Deliver Arms to Venezuelan Opposition, Russia Warns
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
The Russian government warned Friday that the United States and its allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of planning to deliver arms to the Venezuelan opposition. | RELATED: | Venezuela Announces Arrival of 7.5 Tons of Medicine | "We have evidence that U.S. companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring a large batch of weapons and ammunition in an Eastern European country for their subsequent transfer to Venezuelan opposition forces," the Russi…
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Taking Away the Ladder
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-22
Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world, write Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. By Anis Chowdhury in Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,… Read more ?…
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Saudi Crown Prince MBS' Asia Tour Is Much More than a Post-Khashoggi Photo-Op
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Many have dismissed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Asia tour to Pakistan, India, and China as nothing more than a post-Khashoggi photo-op to shore up international support, but it's actually about much more than that because of its …
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Brazil's Unions Push Back on Assault on Labor
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-22
Brazil's labor movement is gradually mobilizing against the new right-wing president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who is putting his program of assaulting labor rights and social security into effect. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…
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A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message
Peter Kuper | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
A Billionaire Tests His Spoiler Message…
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Big Banks Rake in Tens of Billions Thanks to Trump's Tax Cuts
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-22
Critics predicted the 2017 legislation would reward major corporations and the rich. New data indicate they were right on the money.
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Robert Reich: Howard Schultz Is No Patriot
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-02-22
America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don't even have to have any ideas or policy proposals. | Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks whose most notable achievement to date has been the Mocha Frappucinno. | Last Tuesday, CNN made Schultz a Serious Presidential Candidate by giving him an hour-long "town hall" in which he fielded questions from an audience. | Why did CNN do this? Because Schultz is worth over $3.6 billion. | In today's America, someone with t…
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The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal
David Goodner | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
In 2016, The Sanders campaign and its popular slogans of "political revolution" against the "oligarchy" and the "billionaire class" moved the goalposts of what is politically possible to the left by several football fields. (Image: via thebluedeal.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanders-warren_0.jpg
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Thanks to GOP Tax Scam, Big Banks Made an Extra $28 Billion Last Year
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
While headlines continue to proliferate about average Americans discovering they will not receive the tax return they were expecting and in many cases, depending on — new federal data released Thursday showed that major U.S. banks earned an extra $28 billion in profits last year thanks to the tax scam bill passed by the Republican Party and signed by President Donald Trump at t…
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Sealed Testimony Reveals Extent of Sackler's Complicity in Opioid Crisis
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-22
According to court documents, the billionaire boasted about OxyContin sales and backed a plan to conceal the drug's strength from doctors.
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How to answer Trump? Make America a socialist country
Danny Haiphong | mronline.org | 2019-02-22
Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders won't align with Venezuela out of fear of being labeled "authoritarian" by the ruling elite. | Source…
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The U.S.-Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus, but No One Wants to Say It
Adam Johnson | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/abrams_1.jpeg
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Venezuela — US Attack Imminent?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Imagine, the President of the self-declared, exceptional and unique Superpower, Donald Trump of the United States of America, has the audacity to threaten the Venezuelan military with their lives, if they keep standing behind the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro…
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Venezuela's Stalled Coup: US' Allies May Soon Regret They Rushed to Embrace Guaido
Gilbert Mercier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
The Venezuela coup attempt is not going well at all and Washington's global allies may soon regret rushing to recognise Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela, French journalist and geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier told Sputnik. | Make no | …
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Venezuela: Is Trump Heading for Military Intervention?
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
After Chávez' death in 2013 Maduro was elected president of Venezuela. Since then the US has resolutely been heading for a regime change. The strategy to achieve this has run through several stages. Now we have come to the …
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2019-02-21: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-21). Investigating Venezuela's 'Humanitarian Crisis': Max Blumenthal Tours a Supermarket in Caracas. grayzoneproject.com The corporate media claims Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone investigated — at a giant supermarket…

Science for Peace (2019-02-21). Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO. globalresearch.ca Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of …

Canadian Peace Congress (2019-02-21). Canadian Peace Congress: Act Now to Defend Venezuela's Sovereignty! No Sanctions! No Coup d'État! No Military Intervention! globalresearch.ca The orchestrated campaign to remove the elected government in Venezuela and replace it with a puppet authority willing to serve U.S. economic and political interests has now reached a critical moment, one which may well end in a bloody civil …

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-21). Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis. globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists — the Middle East's most dangerous regime after Israel. | Other than nations already with nukes, it's likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-02-21). Big Economic Questions of the Day: Trump Tax Cuts, Economic Growth, Inflation. Monetary Policy. Undocumented Immigrants. globalresearch.ca Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, …

Russell Mokhiber (2019-02-21). With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries. counterpunch.org The popular weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is on the run. Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last week called for a ban. "We need to ban all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup," Gabbard tweeted on February 16. "It's poisoning our people, butterflies and other insects, the land and the water." More

Chris Orlet (2019-02-21). The Bill and Melinda Gates' Fair Taxation Scaremongering Tour. counterpunch.org When told that the very existence of billionaires was a signal that capitalism doesn't work for the many, and that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had mused that America could do without billionaires, the Gates laughed politely and talked vaguely and approvingly of raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy. To those who are given much, much is expected, Melinda Gates said. More

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-21). Israel, Venezuela and Nationalism In The Neoliberal Era. counterpunch.org What is a nation in the era of neoliberalism? Is community, under any umbrella, possible? Margaret Thatcher was perhaps more influential l in shaping the modern times than anyone outside of Ronald Reagan. Thatcher famously asserted that there was no such thing as society—there were only individuals. This logic is still being carried out, as evidenced by the United States' response to situations in Israel and Venezuela. More

Jonah Raskin (2019-02-21). Mitchel Cohen Takes on Global and Local Goliaths: Profile of a Lifelong Multi-Movement Organizer. counterpunch.org "Growing up in Brooklyn, I was called a Commie-Jew-faggot-bastard. There were battles between the Jewish kids and the black kids on one side and the Italian kids on the other side." — Mitchel Cohen, February 9, 2019 If there are leaders who stand out in a disciplined crowd or an unruly mob, there also those More

Ben Chacko (2019-02-21). Russian Communists say Putin's pledge to raise living standards not enough. peoplesworld.org Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledges to raise living standards and fight poverty were dismissed Wednesday by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation as "half measures" which would not make up for his own government's attacks on social security. President Putin's state of the nation speech promised preferential mortgages and new child benefit payments for …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-21). Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy — Paul Jay (Pt1/2). therealnews.com Corporate media hides that the crisis in Venezuela is a class struggle, and whatever its faults, the Bolivarian revolution is a struggle for equality and democracy — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…

Anya Parampil (2019-02-21). Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'. mintpressnews.com Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-21). Tensions Mount at Venezuela Border as Top Brass Rejects Trump's Incitement, Opposition Takes Over Costa Rica Embassy. mintpressnews.com "When a president of another country comes and tries to give orders to [our] Armed Forces, he is underestimating them disrespectfully (…) It is incredulous," — Venezuela's Defense Minister…

Jeb Sprague (2019-02-21). A visit to mysterious U.S. Air Firm accused of arming right-wing insurgency in Venezuela. mronline.org Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the U.S.-led coup | Source

unitedEditor (2019-02-21). Turkey between terrorist coup and PR putsch. uwidata.com Destabilizing the destabilizers After the unsuccessful coup attempt in 2016, things became much more difficult for the liberals and globalists seeking regime change and destabilization in Turkey. Those who try to rock the boat and support Turkish oppositions figures like Fethullah Gàºlen, the leader of the FETO terrorist organization, will no longer be able to …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). The Uninhabitable Earth: Unflinching New Book Lays Out Dire Consequences of Climate Chaos. democracynow.org "It is worse, much worse, than you think." That's the opening line of a damning new book by journalist David Wallace-Wells that offers an unflinching look at the growing climate catastrophe. "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" sounds the alarm about the climate crisis and the need for swift and radical action to save the planet from unimaginable destruction. We speak to Wallace-Wells about the rapid heating of the planet, which he says could reach more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Reese Erlich (2019-02-21). Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days. progressive.org "It would affect their ability to fight immediately."

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-21). What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up? globalresearch.ca The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops …

Global Research (2019-02-21). Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price. globalresearch.ca Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-21). The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett's "Lady in the Van" globalresearch.ca It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-21). Education and the Capitalist Myth of Equality of Opportunity. globalresearch.ca We commit a big fallacy when we assume that our educational accomplishments are our individual achievements. We like to believe that we are born with a certain innate talent that makes us intellectually superior to all the rest. | But the …

Leo Panitch (2019-02-21). Trump and the World Economy. globalresearch.ca Martin Thomas (MT): I can see four main sorts of possible outcomes to be considered from Trump's economic jousting. | One: it may reshape some deals, like NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] to the USA's advantage or imagined advantage, …

Greg Guma (2019-02-21). Obstructed Justice: Law and Disorder in the Klan Age. globalresearch.ca Forty years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation it still wasn't safe to be free and black in Kentucky. For Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but had inherited the Lancaster farm in Bardstown, it was time to …

Enzo Calandra (2019-02-21). Dollar Dominance and the Third World. globalresearch.ca The history of international political economy has consisted of several monetary regimes, each corresponding to a particular stage of capitalist development and possessing traits which reflect said stage. | In order to illuminate the dynamics of the dollar regime, I will …

South Front (2019-02-21). Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria. globalresearch.ca Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-21). The Ins and Outs of the West's Anti-Russian Infowar. The Role of "Government Organized" NGOs. globalresearch.ca Western governments are indirectly promoting hostile narratives against Russia simultaneously with censoring those that are supposedly "Russian-linked". | *** | It is obvious that the US and Russia are at loggerheads in a New Cold War, one which is taking a completely …

Hans Stehling (2019-02-21). Fraught Times for Europe's Jews Now Advised to Reconsider Their Unqualified Support for Israel. globalresearch.ca Jewish communities in Britain and France, London and Paris, together with the rest of Europe are now reconsidering their unqualified support for the state of Israel in terms of money and arms which they concede are used for the subjugation …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-21). Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield? globalresearch.ca The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with …

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-21). The Fake News About Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca In recent times the international media, including many who promised to "resist" the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US "humanitarian aid" reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked …

David DeGraw (2019-02-21). Shocking Quotes from High-Ranking Government Officials on Unaccounted For Military Spending. globalresearch.ca Defense Secretaries Sound the Alarm | This first quote was an important admission from Robert Gates, as Defense Secretary during the second-term of the Bush Administration and first-term of the Obama Administration, it was his responsibility to sign off on …

Daniel Warner (2019-02-21). New York, New York: a Resounding Victory for New York Over Amazon. counterpunch.org As a New Yorker, I have always been fascinated by why New York Yankee baseball caps are so popular around the world. New York has a reputation, "We're number one, baby," that obviously has global resonance. As Frank Sinatra crooned: I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps And find I'm king More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-21). Size Matters: the Demise of the Airbus A380. counterpunch.org The aircraft business has always been a dear affair. More than other forms of transport, it remains susceptible to oscillating costs (materials, fuel), ever at the mercy of the uncontrollable. The Airbus A380 was meant to be a giant's contribution to aviation. In time, its makers came to the conclusion that the bird had already More

Alex Campbell (2019-02-21). Tracing the Threads in Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid. counterpunch.org Last week, humanitarian aid was at the center of discussion of the Venezuela crisis in the US, and evidently at the center of Juan Guaidó's plans to challenge the Maduro government's hold on power in the country. The New York Timesnoted that: The battle over the legitimate leadership of Venezuela — which has included rallies More

Jesse Jackson (2019-02-21). Trump's Fake National Emergency Moves America Closer to an Autocracy. counterpunch.org President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall triggers a crisis for our Constitution and our democracy. This is no longer about the shameless lies, exaggerations and slanders that the president has trotted out to justify his silly campaign promise to build a wall (that he promised Mexico More

Elliot Sperber (2019-02-21). For Your Children (or: Dead Ahead). counterpunch.org About five billion years from now The earth will be devoured by the sun, But you won't have to wait too long To see immense destruction: Cities quickly turning into gas chambers And ovens, pestilence and famine, People digging corpses up And eating them, If we don't shut the engines, end The rule of exploitation, More

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). It's Hard to Sue a President. Can Trump Be Defeated in Court? truthout.org Early in 2018, Democrats offered Donald Trump $25 billion for "border security" measures which included "the construction of physical barriers" in the text of the legislation. Trump turned it down flat after the Freedom Caucus and vivid fascist Stephen Miller got in his ear, and the government was shut down. | After the 2018 midterm elections changed the math, Democrats offered $1.6 billion and no wall, a s…

Michael Fox (2019-02-21). The Terrifying Reason Trump is Pushing for a Coup in Venezuela. zcomm.org Florida will be a key swing state in next year's elections. Trump's overtures to both the Venezuelan and Cuban-American communities were clear…

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-21). US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains. zcomm.org Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists…

Nate Singham (2019-02-21). Trump Is Making a Mockery of 'Humanitarian Aid' in Venezuela. commondreams.org During 2018, the Trump administration continued to strengthen sanctions targeting Venezuela through the issuance of additional executive orders. (@compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanctions.jpeg

Anya Parampil (2019-02-21). Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'. grayzoneproject.com Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared…

Justin Podur (2019-02-21). Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy. zcomm.org When it comes to suppressing the people of Latin America in their hopes to control their own fortunes and their own resources, the scribblers have a key role to play, as much as their diplomatic and military counterparts…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-21). U.S. & International Law. zcomm.org The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow…

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-02-21). The Top Five Real Reasons the US Wants Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The news out of Venezuela today is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy towards Central and South America since the end of World War II.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-21). Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebe. zcomm.org Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington "Will not be able to install a "puppet" and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first."

Jeb Sprague (2019-02-21). Watch | A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the US-led coup…

STAFF (2019-02-21). Coast Guard Lieutenant Compiled Hit List of Lawmakers, Feds Say. truthdig.com The service member, held on gun and drug offenses, is a "domestic terrorist" who plotted mass killings, prosecutors say in a court filing.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2019. democracynow.org White Supremacist Coast Guard Lt. Had "Hit List" of Democratic Targets, Trump Considering Anti-Science Adviser to Head Climate Change Committee, SCOTUS Limits State and Local Civil Asset Forfeiture, Massive Fire Kills At Least 80 in Bangladesh, Mexico: 2 Radio Journalists Killed in Past Week, U.N. Warns of Oil Company Complicity in South Sudan Mass Atrocities, Egypt Executes 9 Men over 2015 Prosecutor Killing Amid Claims of Torture, Syria: Civilians Evacuated from ISIS Enclave, Trump Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Should Not Be Allowed Back in U.S., West Virginia Teachers End Strike After Killing Pro-Charter…

Ellen Brown (2019-02-21). The Fed's Dramatic About-Face. truthdig.com "Quantitative easing" was supposed to be an emergency measure, but the Federal Reserve is now taking a surprising new approach toward the policy. The F ed "eased" shrinkage in the money supply due to the 2008-09 credit crisis by pumping out trillions of dollars in new bank reserves. After the crisis, the presumption was the Fed would "normalize" conditions by sopping up the…

Erin Schwartz (2019-02-21). The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'. thenation.com The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'

George Zornick (2019-02-21). Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…

2019-02-21: Social Media Postees

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Investigating Venezuela's 'Humanitarian Crisis': Max Blumenthal Tours a Supermarket in Caracas
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
The corporate media claims Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone investigated — at a giant supermarket…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/21/venezuela-humanitarian-crisis-max-blumenthal-supermarket-caracas/

Canadian Peace Congress: Act Now to Defend Venezuela's Sovereignty! No Sanctions! No Coup d'État! No Military Intervention!
Canadian Peace Congress | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The orchestrated campaign to remove the elected government in Venezuela and replace it with a puppet authority willing to serve U.S. economic and political interests has now reached a critical moment, one which may well end in a bloody civil …
globalresearch.ca/canadian-peace-congress-act-now-to-defend-venezuelas-sovereignty-no-sanctions-no-coup-detat-no-military-intervention/5669252

Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO
Science for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of …
globalresearch.ca/why-canada-should-withdraw-from-nato/5669144

Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists — the Middle East's most dangerous regime after Israel. | Other than nations already with nukes, it's likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-pursuing-nuclear-technology-sales-to-the-saudis/5669285

Big Economic Questions of the Day: Trump Tax Cuts, Economic Growth, Inflation. Monetary Policy. Undocumented Immigrants
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, …
globalresearch.ca/big-economic-questions-day-replies/5669232

With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
The popular weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is on the run. Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last week called for a ban. "We need to ban all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup," Gabbard tweeted on February 16. "It's poisoning our people, butterflies and other insects, the land and the water."
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/with-monsanto-and-glyphosate-on-the-run-aaas-revokes-award-to-scientists-whose-studies-led-to-ban-on-weedkiller-in-sri-lanka-and-other-countries/

Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy — Paul Jay (Pt1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-21
Corporate media hides that the crisis in Venezuela is a class struggle, and whatever its faults, the Bolivarian revolution is a struggle for equality and democracy — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuela-us-canadian-attempted-coup-not-about-democracy-paul-jay-pt1-2

Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-02-21
"It would affect their ability to fight immediately."
progressive.org/dispatches/how-the-war-in-yemen-could-end-in-days-erlich-190221/

What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops …
globalresearch.ca/what-if-they-started-a-war-and-no-one-showed-up/5669259

Fraught Times for Europe's Jews Now Advised to Reconsider Their Unqualified Support for Israel
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Jewish communities in Britain and France, London and Paris, together with the rest of Europe are now reconsidering their unqualified support for the state of Israel in terms of money and arms which they concede are used for the subjugation …
globalresearch.ca/fraught-times-for-europes-jews-now-advised-to-reconsider-their-unqualified-support-for-israel/5669269

Dollar Dominance and the Third World
Enzo Calandra | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The history of international political economy has consisted of several monetary regimes, each corresponding to a particular stage of capitalist development and possessing traits which reflect said stage. | In order to illuminate the dynamics of the dollar regime, I will …
globalresearch.ca/dollar-dominance-and-the-third-world/5669224

Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : | …
globalresearch.ca/special-offer-global-research-pdf-collection/5559420

Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an …
globalresearch.ca/russia-to-press-for-putting-white-helmets-on-trial-for-crimes-in-syria/5669228

Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with …
globalresearch.ca/gains-turning-europe-potential-nuclear-battlefield/5669218

Shocking Quotes from High-Ranking Government Officials on Unaccounted For Military Spending
David DeGraw | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Defense Secretaries Sound the Alarm | This first quote was an important admission from Robert Gates, as Defense Secretary during the second-term of the Bush Administration and first-term of the Obama Administration, it was his responsibility to sign off on …
globalresearch.ca/shocking-quotes-from-high-ranking-government-officials-on-unaccounted-for-military-spending/5669203

The Fake News About Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
In recent times the international media, including many who promised to "resist" the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US "humanitarian aid" reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked …
globalresearch.ca/the-fake-news-about-humanitarian-aid-and-venezuela/5669262

Trump and the World Economy
Leo Panitch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Martin Thomas (MT): I can see four main sorts of possible outcomes to be considered from Trump's economic jousting. | One: it may reshape some deals, like NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] to the USA's advantage or imagined advantage, …
globalresearch.ca/trump-and-the-world-economy/5669239

Education and the Capitalist Myth of Equality of Opportunity
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
We commit a big fallacy when we assume that our educational accomplishments are our individual achievements. We like to believe that we are born with a certain innate talent that makes us intellectually superior to all the rest. | But the …
globalresearch.ca/education-and-the-capitalist-myth-of-equality-of-opportunity/5669198

Obstructed Justice: Law and Disorder in the Klan Age
Greg Guma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Forty years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation it still wasn't safe to be free and black in Kentucky. For Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but had inherited the Lancaster farm in Bardstown, it was time to …
globalresearch.ca/obstructed-justice-law-and-disorder-in-the-klan-age/5669243

The Ins and Outs of the West's Anti-Russian Infowar. The Role of "Government Organized" NGOs
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Western governments are indirectly promoting hostile narratives against Russia simultaneously with censoring those that are supposedly "Russian-linked". | *** | It is obvious that the US and Russia are at loggerheads in a New Cold War, one which is taking a completely …
globalresearch.ca/the-ins-and-outs-of-the-wests-anti-russian-infowar-the-role-of-government-organized-ngos/5669233

The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett's "Lady in the Van"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose …
globalresearch.ca/the-most-selfish-of-virtues-alan-bennetts-lady-in-the-van/5669223

Mitchel Cohen Takes on Global and Local Goliaths: Profile of a Lifelong Multi-Movement Organizer
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
"Growing up in Brooklyn, I was called a Commie-Jew-faggot-bastard. There were battles between the Jewish kids and the black kids on one side and the Italian kids on the other side." — Mitchel Cohen, February 9, 2019 If there are leaders who stand out in a disciplined crowd or an unruly mob, there also those…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/mitchel-cohen-takes-on-global-and-local-goliaths-profile-of-a-lifelong-multi-movement-organizer/

The Bill and Melinda Gates' Fair Taxation Scaremongering Tour
Chris Orlet | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
When told that the very existence of billionaires was a signal that capitalism doesn't work for the many, and that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had mused that America could do without billionaires, the Gates laughed politely and talked vaguely and approvingly of raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy. To those who are given much, much is expected, Melinda Gates said.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/the-bill-and-melinda-gates-fair-taxation-scaremongering-tour/

For Your Children (or: Dead Ahead)
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
About five billion years from now The earth will be devoured by the sun, But you won't have to wait too long To see immense destruction: Cities quickly turning into gas chambers And ovens, pestilence and famine, People digging corpses up And eating them, If we don't shut the engines, end The rule of exploitation,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/for-your-children-or-dead-ahead/

Size Matters: the Demise of the Airbus A380
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
The aircraft business has always been a dear affair. More than other forms of transport, it remains susceptible to oscillating costs (materials, fuel), ever at the mercy of the uncontrollable. The Airbus A380 was meant to be a giant's contribution to aviation. In time, its makers came to the conclusion that the bird had already…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/size-matters-the-demise-of-the-airbus-a380/

Tracing the Threads in Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid
Alex Campbell | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
Last week, humanitarian aid was at the center of discussion of the Venezuela crisis in the US, and evidently at the center of Juan Guaidó's plans to challenge the Maduro government's hold on power in the country. The New York Timesnoted that: The battle over the legitimate leadership of Venezuela — which has included rallies…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/tracing-the-threads-in-venezuela-humanitarian-aid/

Trump's Fake National Emergency Moves America Closer to an Autocracy
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall triggers a crisis for our Constitution and our democracy. This is no longer about the shameless lies, exaggerations and slanders that the president has trotted out to justify his silly campaign promise to build a wall (that he promised Mexico…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/trumps-fake-national-emergency-moves-america-closer-to-an-autocracy/

Israel, Venezuela and Nationalism In The Neoliberal Era
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
What is a nation in the era of neoliberalism? Is community, under any umbrella, possible? Margaret Thatcher was perhaps more influential l in shaping the modern times than anyone outside of Ronald Reagan. Thatcher famously asserted that there was no such thing as society–there were only individuals. This logic is still being carried out, as evidenced by the United States' response to situations in Israel and Venezuela.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/israel-venezuela-and-nationalism-in-the-neoliberal-era/

New York, New York: a Resounding Victory for New York Over Amazon
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
As a New Yorker, I have always been fascinated by why New York Yankee baseball caps are so popular around the world. New York has a reputation, "We're number one, baby," that obviously has global resonance. As Frank Sinatra crooned: I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps And find I'm king…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/new-york-new-york-a-resounding-victory-for-new-york-over-amazon/

It's Hard to Sue a President. Can Trump Be Defeated in Court?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-21
Early in 2018, Democrats offered Donald Trump $25 billion for "border security" measures which included "the construction of physical barriers" in the text of the legislation. Trump turned it down flat after the Freedom Caucus and vivid fascist Stephen Miller got in his ear, and the government was shut down. | After the 2018 midterm elections changed the math, Democrats offered $1.6 billion and no wall, a s…
truthout.org/articles/its-hard-to-sue-a-president-can-trump-be-defeated-in-court/

Russian Communists say Putin's pledge to raise living standards not enough
Ben Chacko | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-21
Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledges to raise living standards and fight poverty were dismissed Wednesday by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation as "half measures" which would not make up for his own government's attacks on social security. President Putin's state of the nation speech promised preferential mortgages and new child benefit payments for …
peoplesworld.org/article/russian-communists-say-putins-pledge-to-raise-living-standards-not-enough/

Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'
Anya Parampil | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government.
mintpressnews.com/venezuela-juan-guaido-first-ambassador-fake-twitter-diplomat-slammed-costa-rica/255401/

The Top Five Real Reasons the US Wants Regime Change in Venezuela
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
The news out of Venezuela today is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy towards Central and South America since the end of World War II.
mintpressnews.com/top-five-real-reasons-us-venezuela/255398/

US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains
Gregory Shupak | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/us-media-erase-years-of-chavismos-gains/

Trump Is Making a Mockery of 'Humanitarian Aid' in Venezuela
Nate Singham | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
During 2018, the Trump administration continued to strengthen sanctions targeting Venezuela through the issuance of additional executive orders. (@compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanctions.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/21/trump-making-mockery-humanitarian-aid-venezuela?cd-origin=rss

Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy
Justin Podur | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
When it comes to suppressing the people of Latin America in their hopes to control their own fortunes and their own resources, the scribblers have a key role to play, as much as their diplomatic and military counterparts…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/inside-the-neoliberal-laboratory-preparing-for-the-theft-of-venezuelas-economy/

Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'
Anya Parampil | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/21/meet-juan-guaidos-first-ambassador-fake-twitter-diplomat-slammed-by-costa-rica-for-unacceptable-entry/

Watch | A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the US-led coup…
mintpressnews.com/watch-a-visit-to-21-air-the-firm-accused-of-arming-right-wing-insurgency-in-venezuela/255392/

A visit to mysterious U.S. Air Firm accused of arming right-wing insurgency in Venezuela
Jeb Sprague | mronline.org | 2019-02-21
Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the U.S.-led coup | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/21/a-visit-to-mysterious-u-s-air-firm-accused-of-arming-right-wing-insurgency-in-venezuela/

The Terrifying Reason Trump is Pushing for a Coup in Venezuela
Michael Fox | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Florida will be a key swing state in next year's elections. Trump's overtures to both the Venezuelan and Cuban-American communities were clear…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-terrifying-reason-trump-is-pushing-for-a-coup-in-venezuela/

Tensions Mount at Venezuela Border as Top Brass Rejects Trump's Incitement, Opposition Takes Over Costa Rica Embassy
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
"When a president of another country comes and tries to give orders to [our] Armed Forces, he is underestimating them disrespectfully (…) It is incredulous," — Venezuela's Defense Minister…
mintpressnews.com/tensions-mount-at-venezuela-border-as-military-rejects-trumps-incitement/255376/

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebe
Paul Dobson | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington "Will not be able to install a "puppet" and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/venezuelan-military-reject-trumps-incitement-to-rebe/

U.S. & International Law
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/u-s-international-law/

Turkey between terrorist coup and PR putsch
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-21
Destabilizing the destabilizers After the unsuccessful coup attempt in 2016, things became much more difficult for the liberals and globalists seeking regime change and destabilization in Turkey. Those who try to rock the boat and support Turkish oppositions figures like Fethullah Gàºlen, the leader of the FETO terrorist organization, will no longer be able to …
uwidata.com/2280-turkey-between-terrorist-coup-and-pr-putsch/

Coast Guard Lieutenant Compiled Hit List of Lawmakers, Feds Say
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-21
The service member, held on gun and drug offenses, is a "domestic terrorist" who plotted mass killings, prosecutors say in a court filing.
truthdig.com/articles/coast-guard-lieutenant-compiled-hit-list-of-lawmakers-feds-say/

'Rule of the Rabbis' Fuels Holy War in Israel
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-21
Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become "warriors," emulating a group of… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/20/rule-of-the-rabbis-fuels-holy-war-in-israel/

How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism…
thenation.com/article/nativism-empire-blowback-trump/

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats
George Zornick | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…
thenation.com/article/warren-democrats-obama-president/

The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'
Erin Schwartz | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'…
thenation.com/article/anna-burns-man-booker-novel-milkman-review/

The Fed's Dramatic About-Face
Ellen Brown | truthdig.com | 2019-02-21
"Quantitative easing" was supposed to be an emergency measure, but the Federal Reserve is now taking a surprising new approach toward the policy. The F ed "eased" shrinkage in the money supply due to the 2008-09 credit crisis by pumping out trillions of dollars in new bank reserves. After the crisis, the presumption was the Fed would "normalize" conditions by sopping up the…
truthdig.com/articles/the-fed-is-finally-seeing-the-light-on-quantitative-easing/

2019-02-20: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-02-20). The Next 5 Years Could Be the Hottest in Human History. truthdig.com Here is a climate forecast that climate scientists, meteorologists, politicians, voters and even climate sceptics can check: the next five years will be warm, and will probably help to complete the hottest decade ever. | They will on a global average be at least 1 ∞C higher than the average temperature of the planet 200 years ago, before the accelerating combustion of fossil fuels. | That is because the planet is already midway through what may well prove to be its warmest 10 years since records began on a planetary scale in 18…

Bill McKibben (2019-02-20). Climate Change Is Scary—Not the Green New Deal. commondreams.org U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey announce Green New Deal legislation in Washington on February 7, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/aoc_9.jpeg

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-20). It's Possible to Face Climate Horrors and Still Find Hope. truthout.org For decades, the climate movement has suffered from a debilitating self-inflicted wound: the assumption that "we can't tell the public the truth" about the urgency of the crisis, or the scale and speed of the necessary solution. Many climate scientists joined forces with professional "climate communicators" and corporate philanthropies to decree: Fear doesn't work as a motivator! Only hope "works," so let's keep things positive and promote gradualist policies like carbon pricing! This counterproductive mentality is finally changing — and author David Wallace-Wells is a major part of the reason why. | In…

teleSUR (2019-02-20). Antarctica Is Divided into Giant Icebergs, Scientists Warn. telesurenglish.net Scientists, who are currently studying the growth of meltwater lakes in Antarctica, confirm that giant blocks of ice are separating from the continental shelf and warn that this process has very high effects to global climate change. | RELATED: | Climate Mitigation Centers During Regional Indigenous Meeting | The last block to detach was the Larsen C which…

RT (2019-02-20). DC Comics drops 'superhero Jesus' series after campaign calls it 'blasphemous'. rt.com DC Comics — home of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman — has shelved plans for a series that would see Jesus Christ return to Earth and "set the gospel straight," after an outcry from American Christians. |

ACLU-NC (2019-02-20). Settlement Reached in Customs and Border Protection Sexual Assault Case. indybay.org Teen Was Assaulted by Border Patrol Agent in Texas…

WSWS (2019-02-20). Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation. wsws.org The threats posed by an unforgiving terrain and climate are only a portion of the dangerous landscape that is filled with the Mexican police, cartel thugs and the US border patrol.

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-02-20). Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…

Jeff Abbott (2019-02-19). The Other Americans: Guatemalan Congress Seeks to Grant Amnesty for War Crimes. progressive.org "Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). Teen Environmental Activist Tells Congress to Stop Putting "Profit Over People" therealnews.com Nadia Nazar, a 16-year-old leader of youth environmental organization Zero Hour, responds to a representative dissing the Green New Deal and explains the role of youth in fighting climate change…

John Nichols (2019-02-18). History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness. thenation.com History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change. therealnews.com The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy…

Sam Cowie (2019-02-16). Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities. theintercept.com "The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…

Fight Back (2019-02-15). Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p…

Janine Jackson (2019-02-15). Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide. fair.org by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t…

Shared by trnn_cms_operator (2019-02-14). Reintroducing the Climate Crisis Bureau. therealnews.com The climate crisis is the most pressing issue of our time. We asked for your help, and you listened. Thanks for helping us fund our climate coverage. | 2018: A Year of Climate Devastation and Resistance | We'd like to extend a warm (but not too warm) welcome to our new Climate Crisis Reporter reporter, Steve Horn. Steve was a longtime guest on the Real News Network and his investigative skills are unmatched. Read his vision for the bureau — and more about him and the rest of the team — below. | Thanks!

ACLU (2019-02-14). Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me. aclu.org Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…

ACLU (2019-02-14). U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana. aclu.org Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…

Fred_F (2019-02-14). Stop Adani protesters target federal parliament opening. greenleft.org.au About 500 protesters rallied outside federal parliament on February 12 under the slogan "Stop Adani – Climate action now!" | Speaking to the protesters, Doctors for the Environment Australia's Sujata Allan said to strong applause: "This is the year we will finally put a stop to the Adani coalmine. | "We know climate change is driving longer, hotter heatwaves. And heatwaves are causing increasing numbers of deaths of people and animals. | "Climate change, and coalmines like Adani, are an inter-generational injustice. | "We must put a stop to Adani and other major coal projects," she said. | High school clim…

Fred_F (2019-02-14). NSW Land Court rules against new coalmine. greenleft.org.au The NSW Land and Environment Court's decision to refuse the Rocky Hill coalmine near Gloucester on February 8 is ground breaking. For the first time in legal history, the impact of a new coalmine on climate change was a determining factor in refusing consent. | It is the result of years of work by the community in the Upper Hunter, as well as others campaigning for a safe climate. | Groundswell Gloucester chairperson Julie Lyford was ecstatic about the judgement, which had saved the community from a 250-metre-deep open cut coalmine less than 1 kilometre from family homes. She said the Court posed a foundational q…

unitedEditor (2019-02-13). Red China goes green: a broad look at Sino-environmentalism. uwidata.com Most people see China as anything but environmentalist, having for some time been one of the most polluted countries on earth. Images in the media are often heart-wrenching, children wearing pollution masks while their parents go through the day more or less helpless to protect them, all while the Chinese government continues to push mass-industrialization …

splcenter (2019-02-08). SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders. splcenter.org We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.

Jeremy Brecher (2019-02-01). Climate Jobs for All. zcomm.org Building Block for the Green New Deal…

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…

2019-02-20: Social Media Postees

The Next 5 Years Could Be the Hottest in Human History
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
Here is a climate forecast that climate scientists, meteorologists, politicians, voters and even climate sceptics can check: the next five years will be warm, and will probably help to complete the hottest decade ever. | They will on a global average be at least 1 ∞C higher than the average temperature of the planet 200 years ago, before the accelerating combustion of fossil fuels. | That is because the planet is already midway through what may well prove to be its warmest 10 years since records began on a planetary scale in 18…
truthdig.com/articles/the-next-5-years-could-be-the-hottest-in-human-history/

Antarctica Is Divided into Giant Icebergs, Scientists Warn
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Scientists, who are currently studying the growth of meltwater lakes in Antarctica, confirm that giant blocks of ice are separating from the continental shelf and warn that this process has very high effects to global climate change. | RELATED: | Climate Mitigation Centers During Regional Indigenous Meeting | The last block to detach was the Larsen C which…
telesurenglish.net/news/Antarctica-Is-Divided-into-Giant-Icebergs-Scientists-Warn-20190220-0012.html

It's Possible to Face Climate Horrors and Still Find Hope
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
For decades, the climate movement has suffered from a debilitating self-inflicted wound: the assumption that "we can't tell the public the truth" about the urgency of the crisis, or the scale and speed of the necessary solution. Many climate scientists joined forces with professional "climate communicators" and corporate philanthropies to decree: Fear doesn't work as a motivator! Only hope "works," so let's keep things positive and promote gradualist policies like carbon pricing! This counterproductive mentality is finally changing — and author David Wallace-Wells is a major part of the reason why. | In…
truthout.org/articles/its-possible-to-face-climate-horrors-and-still-find-hope/

Climate Change Is Scary—Not the Green New Deal
Bill McKibben | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey announce Green New Deal legislation in Washington on February 7, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/aoc_9.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/20/climate-change-scary-not-green-new-deal?cd-origin=rss

Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-20
The threats posed by an unforgiving terrain and climate are only a portion of the dangerous landscape that is filled with the Mexican police, cartel thugs and the US border patrol.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/20/inte-f20.html

Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/18821301.php

DC Comics drops 'superhero Jesus' series after campaign calls it 'blasphemous'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
DC Comics — home of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman — has shelved plans for a series that would see Jesus Christ return to Earth and "set the gospel straight," after an outcry from American Christians. | …
rt.com/usa/451987-dc-comics-superhero-jesus/

Settlement Reached in Customs and Border Protection Sexual Assault Case
ACLU-NC | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
Teen Was Assaulted by Border Patrol Agent in Texas…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/18821300.php

The Other Americans: Guatemalan Congress Seeks to Grant Amnesty for War Crimes
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-02-19
"Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict."
progressive.org/dispatches/guatemalan-congress-seeks-amnesty-Abbott-190219/

Teen Environmental Activist Tells Congress to Stop Putting "Profit Over People"
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-18
Nadia Nazar, a 16-year-old leader of youth environmental organization Zero Hour, responds to a representative dissing the Green New Deal and explains the role of youth in fighting climate change…
therealnews.com/stories/teen-environmental-activist-tells-congress-to-stop-putting-profit-over-people

History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-02-18
History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness…
thenation.com/article/donald-trump-climate-change/

New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-16
The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy…
therealnews.com/stories/new-poll-shows-increased-bipartisan-desire-to-act-on-climate-change

Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities
Sam Cowie | theintercept.com | 2019-02-16
"The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…
theintercept.com/2019/02/16/brazil-bolsonaro-indigenous-land/

Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-15
Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/15/tampa-bay-students-disrupt-usf-board-meeting-demand-protections-undocumented-students

Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-02-15
by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t…
fair.org/home/court-strikes-down-fccs-mean-spirited-effort-to-reinforce-digital-divide/

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/14/roberto_lovato_elliott_abrams_is_bringing

Reintroducing the Climate Crisis Bureau
Shared by trnn_cms_operator | therealnews.com | 2019-02-14
The climate crisis is the most pressing issue of our time. We asked for your help, and you listened. Thanks for helping us fund our climate coverage. | 2018: A Year of Climate Devastation and Resistance | We'd like to extend a warm (but not too warm) welcome to our new Climate Crisis Reporter reporter, Steve Horn. Steve was a longtime guest on the Real News Network and his investigative skills are unmatched. Read his vision for the bureau — and more about him and the rest of the team — below. | Thanks!
therealnews.com/columns/real-climate-coverage-names-names-probes-solutions

U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/us-border-patrol-detained-us-citizens-speaking

Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/border-patrol-detained-me-speaking-spanish

NSW Land Court rules against new coalmine
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
The NSW Land and Environment Court's decision to refuse the Rocky Hill coalmine near Gloucester on February 8 is ground breaking. For the first time in legal history, the impact of a new coalmine on climate change was a determining factor in refusing consent. | It is the result of years of work by the community in the Upper Hunter, as well as others campaigning for a safe climate. | Groundswell Gloucester chairperson Julie Lyford was ecstatic about the judgement, which had saved the community from a 250-metre-deep open cut coalmine less than 1 kilometre from family homes. She said the Court posed a foundational q…
greenleft.org.au/content/nsw-land-court-rules-against-new-coalmine

Stop Adani protesters target federal parliament opening
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
About 500 protesters rallied outside federal parliament on February 12 under the slogan "Stop Adani – Climate action now!" | Speaking to the protesters, Doctors for the Environment Australia's Sujata Allan said to strong applause: "This is the year we will finally put a stop to the Adani coalmine. | "We know climate change is driving longer, hotter heatwaves. And heatwaves are causing increasing numbers of deaths of people and animals. | "Climate change, and coalmines like Adani, are an inter-generational injustice. | "We must put a stop to Adani and other major coal projects," she said. | High school clim…
greenleft.org.au/content/stop-adani-protesters-target-federal-parliament-opening

Red China goes green: a broad look at Sino-environmentalism
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-13
Most people see China as anything but environmentalist, having for some time been one of the most polluted countries on earth. Images in the media are often heart-wrenching, children wearing pollution masks while their parents go through the day more or less helpless to protect them, all while the Chinese government continues to push mass-industrialization …
uwidata.com/2156-red-china-goes-green-a-broad-look-at-sino-environmentalism/

SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/08/splc-statement-removal-provisions-protect-consumers-predatory-lenders

Climate Jobs for All
Jeremy Brecher | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Building Block for the Green New Deal…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/climate-jobs-for-all/

2019-02-19: News Headlines

Jeff Abbott (2019-02-19). The Other Americans: Guatemalan Congress Seeks to Grant Amnesty for War Crimes. progressive.org "Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict."

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-19). Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run, Saying, "We're Going to Win" truthout.org With an interview with Vermont Public Radio that aired early Tuesday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) officially announced his candidacy for president in 2020, telling listeners in his home state he is determined to defeat President Donald Trump while building a grassroots-style campaign — with a network of "at least a million people" — designed to win Medica…

Cesar Chelala (2019-02-19). Women's Critical Role in Saving the Environment. counterpunch.org Women's critical role in saving the environment took a new twist when on February 7, 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York) introduced a new climate change resolution which intends to push the U.S. to take the lead role in reducing carbon emissions to the environment. The proposal, "Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to More

STAFF (2019-02-19). Climate Scientist Paid Price for Resisting Trump Administration's Censorship. truthdig.com Maria Caffey led a trailblazing study outlining the risks of rising seas at national parks. Now she finds herself out of a job.

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Climate Mitigation Centers During Regional Indigenous Meeting. telesurenglish.net Climate mitigation takes center stage at this year's Meeting of the Indigenous People which began in Nicaragua Monday, attracting aboriginal groups from Latin America and the Caribbean. | RELATED: | Adopt an Olive Tree – And Breathe New Life Into Spanish Village | "The dialogue represents a space for discussion to find mechanisms, clear tools to link Indigenous peoples with the processes of formulation, planning and implementation of climate projects because they are an impor…

Patrick Walker (2019-02-18). Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal. counterpunch.org In humanity's current existential climate crisis, leftists who see any hope for humanity put our faith in movements. Without movements relentlessly pressuring them to do the right thing, politicians of both US major parties—especially at the crucial national and state levels—will remain their bought-off pro-corporate warmongering selves, and powerful corporate media will provide them propaganda More

John Nichols (2019-02-18). History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness. thenation.com History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change. therealnews.com The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy…

Sam Cowie (2019-02-16). Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities. theintercept.com "The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…

Fight Back (2019-02-15). Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p…

Janine Jackson (2019-02-15). Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide. fair.org by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t…

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-02-15). The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'. thenation.com The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela. democracynow.org President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…

Shared by trnn_cms_operator (2019-02-14). Reintroducing the Climate Crisis Bureau. therealnews.com The climate crisis is the most pressing issue of our time. We asked for your help, and you listened. Thanks for helping us fund our climate coverage. | 2018: A Year of Climate Devastation and Resistance | We'd like to extend a warm (but not too warm) welcome to our new Climate Crisis Reporter reporter, Steve Horn. Steve was a longtime guest on the Real News Network and his investigative skills are unmatched. Read his vision for the bureau — and more about him and the rest of the team — below. | Thanks!

ACLU (2019-02-14). U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana. aclu.org Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…

ACLU (2019-02-14). Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me. aclu.org Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-14). An Emirati Woman's Ordeal to Seek Protection from Abuse. hrw.org | | © Hind Albolooki/Twitter | Hind Albolooki fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after receiving threats from family members for wanting to divorce an abusive husband. | "I am a mother of four children," she said. "No mother would leave her children just like this. But I had to leave my kids. I had no other choice." Her decision to flee says much about the lack of protection available to women in the UAE. | Hind sought asylum in North Macedoni…

Fred_F (2019-02-14). NSW Land Court rules against new coalmine. greenleft.org.au The NSW Land and Environment Court's decision to refuse the Rocky Hill coalmine near Gloucester on February 8 is ground breaking. For the first time in legal history, the impact of a new coalmine on climate change was a determining factor in refusing consent. | It is the result of years of work by the community in the Upper Hunter, as well as others campaigning for a safe climate. | Groundswell Gloucester chairperson Julie Lyford was ecstatic about the judgement, which had saved the community from a 250-metre-deep open cut coalmine less than 1 kilometre from family homes. She said the Court posed a foundational q…

Fred_F (2019-02-14). Stop Adani protesters target federal parliament opening. greenleft.org.au About 500 protesters rallied outside federal parliament on February 12 under the slogan "Stop Adani – Climate action now!" | Speaking to the protesters, Doctors for the Environment Australia's Sujata Allan said to strong applause: "This is the year we will finally put a stop to the Adani coalmine. | "We know climate change is driving longer, hotter heatwaves. And heatwaves are causing increasing numbers of deaths of people and animals. | "Climate change, and coalmines like Adani, are an inter-generational injustice. | "We must put a stop to Adani and other major coal projects," she said. | High school clim…

unitedEditor (2019-02-13). Red China goes green: a broad look at Sino-environmentalism. uwidata.com Most people see China as anything but environmentalist, having for some time been one of the most polluted countries on earth. Images in the media are often heart-wrenching, children wearing pollution masks while their parents go through the day more or less helpless to protect them, all while the Chinese government continues to push mass-industrialization …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption from the Melting Himalayas to Insect Extinction. democracynow.org A new report finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world's most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. The report, released by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment earlier this month, is the culmination of half a decade's work by over 200 scientists, with an additional 125 experts peer reviewing their work. It warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacement, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in the…

splcenter (2019-02-08). SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders. splcenter.org We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-02-07). Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act. splcenter.org Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Ed Rampell (2019-02-05). Birds of Passage Depicts the Devastation of Drug Trafficking for South America's Indigenous People. progressive.org Blame it on the Peace Corps.

Jeremy Brecher (2019-02-01). Climate Jobs for All. zcomm.org Building Block for the Green New Deal…

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…

2019-02-19: Social Media Postees

The Other Americans: Guatemalan Congress Seeks to Grant Amnesty for War Crimes
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-02-19
"Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict."
progressive.org/dispatches/guatemalan-congress-seeks-amnesty-Abbott-190219/

Climate Scientist Paid Price for Resisting Trump Administration's Censorship
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-19
Maria Caffey led a trailblazing study outlining the risks of rising seas at national parks. Now she finds herself out of a job.
truthdig.com/articles/when-a-climate-scientist-resisted-the-trump-administrations-censorship/

Women's Critical Role in Saving the Environment
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-19
Women's critical role in saving the environment took a new twist when on February 7, 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York) introduced a new climate change resolution which intends to push the U.S. to take the lead role in reducing carbon emissions to the environment. The proposal,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/19/womens-critical-role-in-saving-the-environment/

Teen Environmental Activist Tells Congress to Stop Putting "Profit Over People"
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-18
Nadia Nazar, a 16-year-old leader of youth environmental organization Zero Hour, responds to a representative dissing the Green New Deal and explains the role of youth in fighting climate change…
therealnews.com/stories/teen-environmental-activist-tells-congress-to-stop-putting-profit-over-people

Climate Mitigation Centers During Regional Indigenous Meeting
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-18
Climate mitigation takes center stage at this year's Meeting of the Indigenous People which began in Nicaragua Monday, attracting aboriginal groups from Latin America and the Caribbean. | RELATED: | Adopt an Olive Tree – And Breathe New Life Into Spanish Village | "The dialogue represents a space for discussion to find mechanisms, clear tools to link Indigenous peoples with the processes of formulation, planning and implementation of climate projects because they are an impor…
telesurenglish.net/news/Climate-Mitigation-Centers-During-Regional-Indigenous-Meeting-20190218-0019.html

Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-18
In humanity's current existential climate crisis, leftists who see any hope for humanity put our faith in movements. Without movements relentlessly pressuring them to do the right thing, politicians of both US major parties–especially at the crucial national and state levels–will remain their bought-off pro-corporate warmongering selves, and powerful corporate media will provide them propaganda…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/18/venezuelan-coup-democrats-vomit-on-green-new-deal/

History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-02-18
History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness…
thenation.com/article/donald-trump-climate-change/

New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-16
The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy…
therealnews.com/stories/new-poll-shows-increased-bipartisan-desire-to-act-on-climate-change

Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities
Sam Cowie | theintercept.com | 2019-02-16
"The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…
theintercept.com/2019/02/16/brazil-bolsonaro-indigenous-land/

Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-15
Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/15/tampa-bay-students-disrupt-usf-board-meeting-demand-protections-undocumented-students

Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-02-15
by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t…
fair.org/home/court-strikes-down-fccs-mean-spirited-effort-to-reinforce-digital-divide/

The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'
Ben Ehrenreich | thenation.com | 2019-02-15
The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'…
thenation.com/article/walls-and-borders-are-this-countrys-most-consistent-climate-change-adaptation/

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/14/roberto_lovato_elliott_abrams_is_bringing

Reintroducing the Climate Crisis Bureau
Shared by trnn_cms_operator | therealnews.com | 2019-02-14
The climate crisis is the most pressing issue of our time. We asked for your help, and you listened. Thanks for helping us fund our climate coverage. | 2018: A Year of Climate Devastation and Resistance | We'd like to extend a warm (but not too warm) welcome to our new Climate Crisis Reporter reporter, Steve Horn. Steve was a longtime guest on the Real News Network and his investigative skills are unmatched. Read his vision for the bureau — and more about him and the rest of the team — below. | Thanks!
therealnews.com/columns/real-climate-coverage-names-names-probes-solutions

Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/border-patrol-detained-me-speaking-spanish

U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/us-border-patrol-detained-us-citizens-speaking

NSW Land Court rules against new coalmine
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
The NSW Land and Environment Court's decision to refuse the Rocky Hill coalmine near Gloucester on February 8 is ground breaking. For the first time in legal history, the impact of a new coalmine on climate change was a determining factor in refusing consent. | It is the result of years of work by the community in the Upper Hunter, as well as others campaigning for a safe climate. | Groundswell Gloucester chairperson Julie Lyford was ecstatic about the judgement, which had saved the community from a 250-metre-deep open cut coalmine less than 1 kilometre from family homes. She said the Court posed a foundational q…
greenleft.org.au/content/nsw-land-court-rules-against-new-coalmine

An Emirati Woman's Ordeal to Seek Protection from Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-14
© Hind Albolooki/Twitter | Hind Albolooki fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after receiving threats from family members for wanting to divorce an abusive husband. | "I am a mother of four children," she said. "No mother would leave her children just like this. But I had to leave my kids. I had no other choice." Her decision to flee says much about the lack of protection available to women in the UAE. | Hind sought asylum in North Macedoni…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/14/emirati-womans-ordeal-seek-protection-abuse

Stop Adani protesters target federal parliament opening
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
About 500 protesters rallied outside federal parliament on February 12 under the slogan "Stop Adani – Climate action now!" | Speaking to the protesters, Doctors for the Environment Australia's Sujata Allan said to strong applause: "This is the year we will finally put a stop to the Adani coalmine. | "We know climate change is driving longer, hotter heatwaves. And heatwaves are causing increasing numbers of deaths of people and animals. | "Climate change, and coalmines like Adani, are an inter-generational injustice. | "We must put a stop to Adani and other major coal projects," she said. | High school clim…
greenleft.org.au/content/stop-adani-protesters-target-federal-parliament-opening

Red China goes green: a broad look at Sino-environmentalism
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-13
Most people see China as anything but environmentalist, having for some time been one of the most polluted countries on earth. Images in the media are often heart-wrenching, children wearing pollution masks while their parents go through the day more or less helpless to protect them, all while the Chinese government continues to push mass-industrialization …
uwidata.com/2156-red-china-goes-green-a-broad-look-at-sino-environmentalism/

The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption from the Melting Himalayas to Insect Extinction
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-12
A new report finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world's most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. The report, released by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment earlier this month, is the culmination of half a decade's work by over 200 scientists, with an additional 125 experts peer reviewing their work. It warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacement, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in the…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/12/the_end_of_ice_dahr_jamail

SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/08/splc-statement-removal-provisions-protect-consumers-predatory-lenders

Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/08/anti-lgbt-groups-launch-movement-against-federal-equality-act

Birds of Passage Depicts the Devastation of Drug Trafficking for South America's Indigenous People
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2019-02-05
Blame it on the Peace Corps.
progressive.org/dispatches/birds-of-passage-rampell-190205/

Climate Jobs for All
Jeremy Brecher | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Building Block for the Green New Deal…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/climate-jobs-for-all/

2019-02-18: News Headlines

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). Teen Environmental Activist Tells Congress to Stop Putting "Profit Over People" therealnews.com Nadia Nazar, a 16-year-old leader of youth environmental organization Zero Hour, responds to a representative dissing the Green New Deal and explains the role of youth in fighting climate change

STAFF (2019-02-18). America's Long War of Attrition With China Is Just Beginning. truthdig.com Tensions between the rival superpowers continue to escalate, and perhaps the greatest victim of their conflict will be planet Earth itself.

Nino Pagliccia (2019-02-18). Is Venezuela Canada's Modern Day El Dorado? globalresearch.ca The search for gold in the mythical place of El Dorado in Latin America drew armies of Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and caused many deaths of indigenous people. The gold remained elusive but Spain colonized most of …

John Nichols (2019-02-18). History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness. thenation.com History Will Accord Donald Trump No Forgiveness…

Patrick Walker (2019-02-18). Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal. counterpunch.org In humanity's current existential climate crisis, leftists who see any hope for humanity put our faith in movements. Without movements relentlessly pressuring them to do the right thing, politicians of both US major parties—especially at the crucial national and state levels—will remain their bought-off pro-corporate warmongering selves, and powerful corporate media will provide them propaganda More

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-02-18). Melting Ice Sheets and Weakened Polar Fronts: Onset of Climate Tipping Points. globalresearch.ca The state of the climate constitutes a confluence of multiple processes, the primary factors being solar insolation and the greenhouse gas composition of the atmosphere. Rising temperatures trigger multiple secondary feedback processes, including decrease in the CO2 solubility in warming …

WSWS (2019-02-18). Veteran Trotskyist Barbara Slaughter addresses Leeds climate change demo. wsws.org Slaughter, of the Socialist Equality Party, was warmly welcomed, especially when she described the global character of the crisis and the necessity for global action to address it.

WSWS (2019-02-18). UK school pupils and students protest climate change. wsws.org Up to 15,000 young people demonstrated throughout the UK on Friday, protesting in every main town and city.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-17). A Green New Deal for American Labor? truthout.org The simple yellow protest signs were stenciled "Green Jobs for All." Speaker after speaker stepped into the middle of the office floor, marked with a U.S. House of Representatives seal. Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fresh off her election win, gave the protesters high fives. | That was the scene in November when the youth climate justice organization Sunrise Movement held a sit-in at the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who was soon to be the Speaker of the House. | Most Americans had never heard of the "Green New Deal" at the time. | Now, it's on the mainstream radar. The New York Times and the W…

Dean Baker (2019-02-17). When Politicians Say "Free Trade," They Mean Upward Redistribution. zcomm.org In Washington policy circles, being a supporter of free trade is pretty much comparable to saying you believe in evolution. All reasonable people say they accept the doctrine and agree that tariffs and other forms of protectionism are evil and dirty. While there are good arguments for free trade as an economic policy, in the Read more…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-16). UK students join mobilizations on climate change. peoplesdispatch.org On February 15, tens of thousands of students in the UK joined the school strike for climate by boycotting classes and taking to the streets in around 60 towns and cities. The previous day, the marches and protests in Belgium continued for the sixth successive week

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change. therealnews.com The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy

Sam Cowie (2019-02-16). Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities. theintercept.com "The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…

Fight Back (2019-02-15). Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p…

Rob Urie (2019-02-15). The Green New Deal, Capitalism and the State. counterpunch.org The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created by Richard Nixon in 1970 as the official response to the nascent environmental movement. As laid out in the recently released Poison Papers, it was structured to be dependent on research from private firms that were paid by the chemical producers it regulates. Given the limited market for this research, these firms either produced research conducive to the interests of their customers or they went out of business. More

Janine Jackson (2019-02-15). Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide. fair.org by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t…

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-02-15). The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'. thenation.com The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela. democracynow.org President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…

ACLU (2019-02-14). U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana. aclu.org Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-14). Consumers League blasts Trump decision to let payday lenders run amok. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The National Consumers League and the lawmaker who created the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) blasted the decision by GOP President Donald Trump's new CFPB director to let "payday lenders" virtually run amok. And the lawmaker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asked the new director, Kathy Kraninger, to dump Kraninger's own anti-worker, anti-consumer brainstorm. Trump named …

ACLU (2019-02-14). Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me. aclu.org Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…

Shared by trnn_cms_operator (2019-02-14). Reintroducing the Climate Crisis Bureau. therealnews.com The climate crisis is the most pressing issue of our time. We asked for your help, and you listened. Thanks for helping us fund our climate coverage. | 2018: A Year of Climate Devastation and Resistance | We'd like to extend a warm (but not too warm) welcome to our new Climate Crisis Reporter reporter, Steve Horn. Steve was a longtime guest on the Real News Network and his investigative skills are unmatched. Read his vision for the bureau — and more about him and the rest of the team — below. | Thanks!

Eds. (2019-02-14). Why the rich are to blame for climate crisis. mronline.org Some people, some companies, some decision makers in particular, have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. And I think many of you here today belong to that group of people. | Source

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-14). An Emirati Woman's Ordeal to Seek Protection from Abuse. hrw.org | | © Hind Albolooki/Twitter | Hind Albolooki fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after receiving threats from family members for wanting to divorce an abusive husband. | "I am a mother of four children," she said. "No mother would leave her children just like this. But I had to leave my kids. I had no other choice." Her decision to flee says much about the lack of protection available to women in the UAE. | Hind sought asylum in North Macedoni…

Fred_F (2019-02-14). Stop Adani protesters target federal parliament opening. greenleft.org.au About 500 protesters rallied outside federal parliament on February 12 under the slogan "Stop Adani – Climate action now!" | Speaking to the protesters, Doctors for the Environment Australia's Sujata Allan said to strong applause: "This is the year we will finally put a stop to the Adani coalmine. | "We know climate change is driving longer, hotter heatwaves. And heatwaves are causing increasing numbers of deaths of people and animals. | "Climate change, and coalmines like Adani, are an inter-generational injustice. | "We must put a stop to Adani and other major coal projects," she said. | High school clim…

Fred_F (2019-02-14). NSW Land Court rules against new coalmine. greenleft.org.au The NSW Land and Environment Court's decision to refuse the Rocky Hill coalmine near Gloucester on February 8 is ground breaking. For the first time in legal history, the impact of a new coalmine on climate change was a determining factor in refusing consent. | It is the result of years of work by the community in the Upper Hunter, as well as others campaigning for a safe climate. | Groundswell Gloucester chairperson Julie Lyford was ecstatic about the judgement, which had saved the community from a 250-metre-deep open cut coalmine less than 1 kilometre from family homes. She said the Court posed a foundational q…

unitedEditor (2019-02-13). Red China goes green: a broad look at Sino-environmentalism. uwidata.com Most people see China as anything but environmentalist, having for some time been one of the most polluted countries on earth. Images in the media are often heart-wrenching, children wearing pollution masks while their parents go through the day more or less helpless to protect them, all while the Chinese government continues to push mass-industrialization […]

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption from the Melting Himalayas to Insect Extinction. democracynow.org A new report finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world's most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. The report, released by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment earlier this month, is the culmination of half a decade's work by over 200 scientists, with an additional 125 experts peer reviewing their work. It warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacement, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in the…

splcenter (2019-02-08). SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders. splcenter.org We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-02-07). Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act. splcenter.org Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Ed Rampell (2019-02-05). Birds of Passage Depicts the Devastation of Drug Trafficking for South America's Indigenous People. progressive.org Blame it on the Peace Corps.

Jeremy Brecher (2019-02-01). Climate Jobs for All. zcomm.org Building Block for the Green New Deal…

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…