2020-02-05: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-05). Withdraw behind observation points, or Turkey will do what is necessary — Erdogan to Syrian troops. rt.com Damascus must withdraw its troops from Turkey's positions in Idlib or face retaliation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, following a deadly clash between the two nations' forces in the jihadist-riddled area. | Things can't continue to go the way they did on Monday, the Turkish president told a party session, referring to clashes between Turkish and Syrian troops in the northwestern Syrian governorate earlier in the week. | The Syrian government will have to pull its troops away from Turkish observation posts in Idlib by the end of the month, Erdogan demanded. He said Turkish troops will force Damascus to r…

Staff (2020-02-05). Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination. democracynow.org President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption." About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the Democratic establishment doesn't differ with Trump on many key issues. "Nancy Pelosi may have ripped the speech…

RT (2020-02-05). 'The best is yet to come'? Defiant Trump doubles down in campaign rally-style State of the Union speech. rt.com Teased as "low key," US President Donald Trump's annual address to Congress was anything but, with several unprecedented symbolic gestures and a powerful assertion of American triumphalism that put his critics on the back foot. | Trump did not mention impeachment once in the 90-minute speech on Tuesday evening. Instead, he turned his persuasion skills up to eleven, painting a picture of America with a booming economy and infinite opportunities brought about by his administration, and contrasting that with Democrat proposals such as socialized healthcare and sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. | Amid the standa…

Staff (2020-02-05). In State of the Union, Trump Celebrates Hate & Xenophobia While Touting "Great American Comeback" democracynow.org President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, just a day before the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote to acquit him in the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump's speech, which focused heavily on the economy and immigration, sounded at times like a campaign rally, with Republican lawmakers chanting "Four more years!" He never once mentioned his impeachment trial. Prior to the speech, Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, and once the speech was over, Pelosi was seen on television ripping up her copy of Trump's remarks. She la…

The Canary (2020-02-05). Greenpeace protesters block BP headquarters on new boss's first day. thecanary.co Greenpeace members have blocked BP's headquarters with solar panels and oil barrels to mark the first day of the oil giant's new chief executive.Around 100 environmental activists took 500 solar panels to the central London building at 3am on Wednesday as Bernard Looney prepared to take up his new role.Some protesters sat underneath the solar panels after they were prevented from installing them on the pavements and roads near the office.Others locked themselves to oil barrels bearing the BP logo in front of the six doors around the building to stop staff from entering.Protesters blocked six entrances to BP's HQ…

RT (2020-02-05). 'Deal of the Century' will die before Trump does, Iran's Khamenei tweets, dubbing the arrangement an 'American plot'. rt.com US President Donald Trump's much-touted peace plan for Israel and Palestine will not outlive him, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, after the deal was widely rejected throughout the Muslim world. | "The American plot of the 'Deal of the Century' will die before Trump dies," Khamenei wrote on his official Twitter account on Wednesday. | The American plot of the 'Deal of the Century' will die before Trump dies.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) Khamenei vowed that Iran will continue "standing…

Staff (2020-02-05). State of the Union: Trump Campaigns, Pelosi Rips Up Speech (Video). truthdig.com Standing before a Congress and nation sharply divided by impeachment, the president uses his address to extol a "Great American Comeback."

teleSUR (2020-02-05). Guaidó, Soleimani and the Middle East: Trump State of the Union. telesurenglish.net From immigration policies to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan… U.S. President Donald Trump's main talking points on international policy during his third annual presidential report, known as "The State of the Union," were part of his narcissistic speech to kick off his reelection campaign. | Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday in front of Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of t…

commondreams (2020-02-05). Environmental Groups Demand Congress Protect the Right to Organize Unions. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Telesur (2020-02-05). EU Rejects Trump Middle East Peace Plan, Annexation. globalresearch.ca The European Union rejected Tuesday some of the proposals outlined by U.S. President Donald Trump for the Middle East, prompting an angry response from Israel, which has actively supported the U.S. plan. | Following deliberations of the 27 members, the European …

teleSUR (2020-02-05). Iran's Supreme Leader Says Trump's Peace Plan Will 'Die Soon'. telesurenglish.net Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan for Middle East will "die soon." | RELATED: | Using his official Twitter account, the Iranian Supreme Leader tweeted on Tuesday, "Trump's 'Deal of the Century' will die earlier than Trump himself." | Trump recently unveiled his plan promising to keep Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital, and proposes an indepen…

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-05). Duh, Jared! Who built the PA as a Police State? dissidentvoice.org Maybe something good will come out of the Trump plan, after all. By pushing the Middle East peace process to its logical conclusion, Donald Trump has made crystal clear something that was supposed to have been obscured: that no US administration has ever really seen peace as the objective of its "peacemaking". The current White …

UnistotenCamp (2020-02-05). Unist'ot'en Day 31: We're Not Leaving. dissidentvoice.org We're not leaving. As Canada prepares to violently invade our lands, we have no fear. We are peacefully living on our lands and upholding our laws, as we always have. 31 days after Coastal Gaslink was evicted from Wet'suwet'en territory, RCMP helicopters circle the Unist'ot'en healing center several times a day. Busloads of police have …

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-05). Duh, Jared! So Who Built the PA as a 'Police State'? globalresearch.ca Maybe something good will come out of the Trump plan, after all. By pushing the Middle East peace process to its logical conclusion, Donald Trump has made crystal clear something that was supposed to have been obscured: that no US …

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-05). The Trump Plan is Just a Cover for Israel's Final Land Grab. dissidentvoice.org The Trump "Vision for Peace" will never be implemented — and not because the Palestinians reject it. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's enthusiastic public embrace of the plan belies the fact that the Israeli right detest it too. The headlines are that, with US blessing, Israel's dream is about to be realised: it will be able …

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2020-02-05). The Dramatic Fall of Chile as Latin America's Neoliberal Role Model. counterpunch.org After the outbreak of the most intense and massive social protests ever recorded in the history of Chile, on November 16 the government and most political parties signed an agreement to restore peace and public order and initiate a process to draft a new constitution. The protests, triggered by the rise in subway fares on

sputniknews (2020-02-05). US Senate Holds Debate Before Final Vote on Trump's Impeachment – Video. sputniknews.com On 31 January, the US Senate voted against calling witnesses to testify in Trump's trial, ,which he faces after he was impeached by the House of Representatives for abuse of power related to a probe into Hunter Biden and obstruction of justice.

yenisafak (2020-02-05). UN sends 40 truckloads of aid for displaced Syrians. yenisafak.com The United Nations sent on Wednesday humanitarian aid for civilians in Idlib, a war-torn city in northwestern Syria.The international organization sent 40 truckloads of supplies, which will be distributed among families in the city, as well as rural areas nearby.The trucks entered Syria through the Cilvegozu border gate in Hatay, a southern Turkish province bordering Syria.Turkey and Russia agreed in September 2018 to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire

RT (2020-02-04). White Helmets are 'preparing chemical attack false-flag' in Syria's Idlib, Russian military tipped off. rt.com Militants affiliated with al-Qaeda and 'White Helmets' are preparing to stage a chemical attack in Idlib province as Syrian army continues to advance, the Russian Reconciliation Center said citing a tip from local residents. | Members of the self-styled civil defense group, which operates solely in territories controlled by anti-government militants, were noticed arriving at the town of Ma'arat al-Artik, about 11 kilometers (7 miles) northwest of Aleppo. According to the call that came in on the reconciliation center's hotline on Monday evening, they were preparing a "provocation with the use of poisonous agen…

RT (2020-02-04). Hardcore jihadist resurfaces in France using… EU-paid student exchange program. rt.com A man who represented one of the most brutal jihadist groups in Syria has been arrested in France. Bizarrely enough, the suspected war criminal apparently freely enjoyed the benefits of the EU student exchange program. | Last week, several human rights groups celebrated the arrest of a man named Majdi Mustafa Nameh, a humble 30-something student. He is better known under his nom-de-guerre, Islam Alloush, which he used while serving as the spokesman for the jihadist group Jaysh al-Islam. He resigned in August 2016, after giving an interview to an Israeli researcher. | Following his arrest in Marsaille, the man…

RT (2020-02-04). Ankara failed to separate 'armed opposition' from terrorists in Syria's Idlib — Lavrov. rt.com Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov urged Turkey to stick to existing agreements and fulfill its obligations on the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria, which has seen intense fighting between government troops and militants in recent days. | The ongoing escalation in Syria's Idlib, where the Syrian Army launched a massive offensive against anti-government militants and Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists, has already resulted in sporadic clashes between the militaries of Syria and Turkey. | Early on Monday, Turkish military convoy was hit by Syrian artillery fire after Ankara moved its troops into Syria without prior notice.

RT (2020-02-04). Putin & Erdogan talk Syria, agree to better coordination. rt.com Russia's President Vladimir Putin held phone talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan late on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service has said. The two leaders have discussed the situation in Syria, expressing concerns over the ongoing escalation in the Idlib region. | Putin outlined a surge in terrorist activities in the region that has led to multiple casualties among Syrian civilians. The two leaders agreed that earlier deals on the Idlib de-escalation — reached in Russia's resort city of Sochi back in 2018 and 2019 — must be implemented, while the defense ministries of the two countries…

RT (2020-02-04). VIDEO of fake chemical attack in Syria already complete, White Helmets co-produced footage — Moscow. rt.com The White Helmets have shot a new fake video of 'Assad's chemical attack' in Syria's Idlib, the Russian MoD has said. The movie, co-produced by the notorious White Helmets, is expected to be released shortly on social media. | Production of the new film was concluded on Tuesday in the village of Zerba, located in the militant-controlled part of Syria's Idlib province, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation has said, citing several independent sources. | The video, shot by the notorious White Helmets group in cooperation with local terrorists, purports to show the aftermath of a "chemical attack" on civil…

RT (2020-02-04). 'Why are you voting for Putin?' Tulsi Gabbard supporters harassed at Iowa caucuses. rt.com A Tulsi Gabbard supporter was physically attacked with a Sharpie marker and called a Russian terrorist after voicing support for the candidate at an Iowa caucus, one of several reports of Gabbard supporters being "abused." | Caucusing for the Hawaii congresswoman can be hazardous to one's health, if reports from Monday's botched vote in Iowa are any indication. Journalist Dack Rouleau accidentally triggered a supporter of billionaire candidate Tom Steyer into a full-on Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation culminating in physical attack when he casually mentioned that he would be voting for Gabbard. | The man on the…

RT (2020-02-04). State of the union 'boycott': AOC & Ayanna bravely skip, Ilhan & Tlaib bravely go, but either way it's #Resistance. rt.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley will skip Trump's State of the Union address, while Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will attend as an act of "resistance." | It appears the congressional "squad" of freshman Democrats is divided on how best to resist President Donald Trump. | The New York Democrat known as AOC announced she will not be attending Tuesday night's State of the Union address from the president. She says her presence will "legitimize" Trump. | After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump's lawless conduct & subversion of the…

Staff (2020-02-04). Closing Arguments in Trump Trial Aimed at Voters, History. truthdig.com As the Senate prepares to acquit him on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress, all that's left is for Americans to decide.

RT (2020-02-04). Trump could 'offer Alaska to the Russians' in exchange for 2020 support — impeachment manager Schiff. rt.com California Democrat Adam Schiff painted a doomsday scenario if President Donald Trump is not impeached, including an all-powerful dictator ruling from Mar-a-Lago, letting his son-in-law run America, and trading Alaska to Russia. | Schiff's high fantasy came during the closing arguments of the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, after a series of procedural votes on Friday made it clear that Trump will not actually be convicted on charges brought on by the House of Representatives. | The president's lawyers argued that Trump could not be impeached since he committed no criminal act in his talks with the preside…

RT (2020-02-04). 'Traitor': Rand Paul blows up liberal minds by 'identifying' whistleblower on Senate floor with clever stunt. rt.com Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made waves with both Republicans and Democrats when he named the whistleblower who originally accused US President Donald Trump of quid pro quo with Ukraine. | Speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Paul made it clear he was still upset over Chief Justice Roberts refusing to ask a question from him last week regarding the whistleblower whose report kicked off the current impeachment trial. | "The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted," Roberts told Paul after reading the question to himself. | Paul took his time speaking on Tuesday as his opportunity to final…

Janine Jackson (2020-02-04). 'This Is an Apartheid Proposal and It's a Nonstarter' – CounterSpin interview with Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'peace deal'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed the Arab American Institute's Omar Baddar about the Trump/Kushner "peace deal" for Israel/Palestine for the Media…

WSWS (2020-02-04). Dozens killed in growing border clashes between Turkey and Syria. wsws.org This fighting threatens to escalate into a direct confrontation between Turkey, a NATO member state, and the Syrian regime's nuclear-armed ally, Russia.

South Front (2020-02-04). Video: Human Shields: Turkish Forces Suffer Casualties in Syrian Army Attack on Idlib. globalresearch.ca Turkey and the United States are employing active diplomatic, media and even limited military measures to contain the Syrian Army offensive against terrorists in Greater Idlib. | On January 31, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened the Damascus government with a military …

Vanessa Beeley (2020-02-04). The Syrian Arab Army and Allies are Fighting the "Real War on Terror" globalresearch.ca Probably the most hideous propaganda to be spewed by the establishment media cartel in the West is that which portrays the Syrian Arab Army as some kind of militia, "Assad's gang", disconnecting these defenders of homeland from the people they …

Ben Norton (2020-02-04). HuffPost UK editor works with gov't censorship program while smearing anti-war scholars as tools of Russia. thegrayzone.com HuffPost UK ran yet another hit piece smearing academic critics of the dirty war on Syria as Russian stooges. The…

Israel Shahak (2020-02-04). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

Staff (2020-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2020. democracynow.org Delay in Iowa Democratic Primary Results Causes Confusion, Mixed Messages, Final Arguments Made in Impeachment Trial of President Trump Ahead of SOTU, Hong Kong Medical Workers Demand Border Closure as Coronavirus Claims Life of Hong Kong Man, Leaked Audio Shows Iran Knew It Downed Ukraine Jet Despite Early Denials, Syrian and Turkish Forces Escalate Attacks as Turkey Suffers First Losses from Direct Combat, Massachusetts Prisoners Allege Violent Retaliatory Abuse by Guards, Trial Begins For Ex-CIA Software Engineer Accused of "Vault 7" Leak, Weinstein Rape Accuser Breaks Down During Harsh Questioning, Shooting a…

teleSUR (2020-02-04). Turkey Demands Russia Restrain Syrian Forces in Idlib. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Tuesday that Russia needs to restrain the Syrian military forces in Idlib after the recent hostilities killed some Turkish military personnel. | RELATED: | Erdogan warned that the Syrian military was causing significant issues in Idlib over their recent offensive, pointing out that Turkey will not stand idly while the government forces press forward inside this province. | Despite Turkey's…

Staff (2020-02-04). Here's What Trump Won't Talk About in the SOTU (Hint: It's Everything Important). truthout.org The Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump at his impeachment trial, and to essentially greenlight any and all presidential actions as being literally above the law and outside congressional restraining powers. What would an honest third-party observer say if they were invited to give the State of the Union on February 4 in lieu of Donald Trump? | As we approach the 2020 election, it's time to give an honest accounting of Donald J. Trump's time in office. | Let's start with the bottom…

Max Parry (2020-02-04). Democrats Impeach Trump for Withholding Arms to Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca On December 18th, Donald Trump became the third U.S. president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The second to be indicted before completing a first term, the 45th commander-in-chief must now survive a Senate trial before …

teleSUR (2020-02-04). Evo Morales Named Candidate for Bolivian Senate. telesurenglish.net The democratically elected President of Bolivia Evo Morales, who is seeking asylum in Argentina after a coup d'etat against him, has been named a candidate for senate. | "Our brother Evo Morales is on the official lists. He is our candidate for the department of Cochabamba to the National Assembly," coca growers' leader, Leonardo Loza, stated today to the press in La Paz, adding that social organizations supported the candidacy. | With t…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-02-04). 2019 Cal Tax Table and Most Tax Forms Not Online. indybay.org For 2019, unlike all previous years, we have to Email the Franchise Tax Board for the California Tax Table and most tax forms, except the 540, because they are not online. We cannot complete the 540 without this crucial table. The Email cannot be read or downloaded on many computers so one must then look to the email on your cell phone and get the magnifier to highlight the line you need for your tax due. This insanity and inefficiency is brought to us by Democratic Gov Newsom and his supermajority Democratic legislature.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2020-02-04). Forum – Eyewitness Venezuela Report & Analysis of Palestine "Peace Plan" indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th…

Peter Koenig (2020-02-04). Palestine — "Deal of the Century" — or Fraud of the Century? globalresearch.ca Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demolished President Trump's "Peace Plan" or, as the Donald called it, "The Deal of the Century", calling out "Jerusalem is not for sale", warning that the "conspiracy deal will not pass. The Palestinian people will reject …

news.un (2020-02-04). Resolving Israel-Palestinian conflict, 'key to sustainable peace' in the Middle East: Guterres. news.un.org Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "key to sustainable peace in the Middle East", the UN chief said on Tuesday, maintaining that the lack of any progress only "furthers radicalization across the region".

teleSUR (2020-02-04). Draft UN Resolution Condemns Trump Middle East 'Peace' Plan. telesurenglish.net A draft United Nations Security Council resolution rebuked Tuesday President Donald Trump's pro-Israel RELATED: | Tunisia and Indonesia circulated the draft text to council members. Though it will in a…

Scott Tucker (2020-02-04). DNC Declares War on Sanders…Again. counterpunch.org There's already lots of evidence that the DNC old guard will sabotage Bernie's campaign. Again. For example, take a look through the sources, links and excerpts below this column. The New York Times also ran more op ed slander against Sanders this past Saturday. Among younger people especially, however, predictable dark money ads and redbaiting

John Nichols (2020-02-04). C'mon, Iowa, This Is Just Ridiculous. thenation.com C'mon, Iowa, This Is Just Ridiculous…

sputniknews (2020-02-04). Turkey Will Not Escalate Tensions With Russia Over Syria's Idlib – Erdogan. sputniknews.com Turkey's Foreign Ministry previously said that Ankara was working with Moscow to decrease tensions in Syria's so-called de-escalation zone, where Turkish troops and Syrian government forces recently clashed.

sputniknews (2020-02-04). Delhi State Chief Dares BJP to Declare Candidate Against Him for Debate. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's national capital Delhi is set to witness elections for its 70-member legislative assembly on 8 February. With 668 candidates in the fray, the polls will see a triangular fight between the governing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as well as the Congress.

sputniknews (2020-02-04). US Tried to Contact PNA Before Peace Plan Release, Abbas Refused – Palestinian Ambassador. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The US administration tried to contact the Palestinian National Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, prior to the announcement of US President Donald Trump's plan for the Israeli-Palestinian settlement, but Abbas refused to talk before the plan was unveiled, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said on Tuesday.

Staff (2020-02-04). Racist Attitudes Could Aid and Abet the Spread of Coronavirus. truthout.org Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett talks about the spread of coronavirus and why it is more dangerous than anything the world has seen since the arrival of HIV. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. The coronavirus outbreak continuing to spread, with the death toll in China beyond 360, over 17,000 confirmed cases of the infection worldwide. A man in the Philippines the first death outside of China has been att…