2020-02-06: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-06). Russian, Turkish military specialists among hundreds killed & injured in Syria's Idlib terrorist attacks — Moscow. rt.com Terrorists took over the Idlib de-escalation zone and carried out thousands of attacks in the last two months, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that the West is portraying them as "moderate opposition." | Idlib governorate, the last stronghold of anti-government forces in Syria, saw a surge of violence by radical jihadists who have no desire for a peaceful resolution to the almost nine-year-long conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Most of the attacks are carried out by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the latest iteration of al-Qaeda in Syria. | The area was proclaimed a de-escal…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-06). At acquittal protests, Trump foes vow to keep pressure on through election. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—On to, and through, November. That was the prevailing vow foes of GOP President Donald Trump took in nationwide demonstrations on the evening of Feb. 5, just minutes after the GOP-run Senate voted almost unanimously along party lines not to convict him on impeachment charges of abuse of power and defiance of congressional investigations. "Nov. …

PAI (2020-02-06). 200,000-member Postal Workers union endorses Sanders for president, again. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—Declaring it both wants to back labor's strongest congressional champion, and that it cannot remain silent as GOP President Donald Trump schemes to sell off and privatize…

Staff (2020-02-06). Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants. democracynow.org The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Trump of two impeachment charges in just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump was accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress to aid his re-election campaign by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Every Democratic senator voted to remove President Trump from office, but they were joined by just one Republican: Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who supported impeaching Trump on abuse of power. Romney became the first senator ever to vote against his own party's president in an impeachment trial. President Trump respond…

RT (2020-02-06). Beijing hits out at Taiwanese vice president-elect's White House visit. rt.com China said on Thursday it "firmly opposes" a meeting at the White House between US security officials and a senior Taiwanese politician. Vice President-Elect William Lai made the visit this week during a personal trip to the US, according to Taiwanese media. | On Monday, Lai reportedly had a 70-minute meeting with US National Security Council officials. It was not clear what was discussed. | A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday that Beijing opposes any official exchange between the US and Taiwan. Washington "shall not arrange [for] US leaders, government officials and Congress members to hav…

RT (2020-02-06). Iowa disaster redux: DNC demands recanvass as more sordid details emerge about Shadow app's backers. rt.com Increasingly glaring irregularities in the Iowa caucus have forced DNC chair Tom Perez to call for a recanvass, as new revelations about those who funded the fiasco suggest a campaign to steal not just the election, but the party. | Just when it looked like the Iowa caucus nightmare was over, with 97 percent of precincts reporting and so many "inconsistencies" glossed over to reach that point that the most corrupt banana republic would raise an eyebrow, Perez has called for a do-over. "In light of the problems that have emerged" and "to assure public confidence in the results," the party leader ordered its Iow…

RT (2020-02-06). Stop using Russia as chief 'bogeyman', let's normalize relations — Putin spokesman to US politicians. rt.com After a few years of 'Russiagate', which bizarrely mutated into a Ukraine-inspired impeachment trial, now that Donald Trump has been declared 'not guilty' by the Senate, the Kremlin would like to move on. | Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, says it's time for American politicians to stop using Russia as the main "bogeyman" in their internal battles. He added that as soon as Russian-American relations are taken off the domestic agenda in Washington, it should be possible to "normalize" relations between the two countries. | Asked to comment on the Senate's verdict, Peskov noted that R…

Michael Tracey (2020-02-06). Tulsi Gabbard in New Hampshire. thenation.com Tulsi Gabbard in New Hampshire…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-02-06). Syrian Army's Offensive in Idlib Deepens Rift Between Russia and Turkey. globalresearch.ca Major strains are appearing in Russian-Turkish relations, particularly over the Syrian Army's latest offensive against Turkish-backed jihadists in Idlib and Russia's non-agreeance with Turkey's support for the Muslim Brotherhood government based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Last week Turkish…

South Front (2020-02-06). Video: Syrian Army Advance in Idlib Province. Netanyahu and Erdogan to the Rescue of Al Qaeda. globalresearch.ca In Greater Idlib the defences of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other favorites of the foreign powers supporting 'Syrian democracy' are collapsing. | On February 5, the Syrian Army, supported by Russian airpower, took control of a number of villages in southeastern …

Middle East Eye (2020-02-06). Turkey Gives Assad Deadline to Pull Back or Face Military Action. theantimedia.com Turkey has given the Syrian government until the end of this month to withdraw from recently seized territory in Idlib province.

Jerome Irwin (2020-02-06). The "Final Solution" for Palestine? counterpunch.org President Trump and PM Benjamin Netanyahu's so-called "Peace Plan" for Palestine and Palestinians won't remotely bring about peace in the Middle East. This latest lunatical American Fundamentalist Christian & Orthodox Jewish Kamikaze plan can only but bring about another world war; because the sought after conclusion of such a war, in some key power circles

Telesur (2020-02-06). Draft UN Resolution Condemns Trump Middle East 'Peace' Plan. globalresearch.ca A draft United Nations Security Council resolution rebuked Tuesday President Donald Trump's pro-Israel Tunisia and Indonesia circulated the draft text to council members. Though it …

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-06). Duh, Jared! So who built the PA as a 'police state'? zcomm.org 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"

Howard Lisnoff (2020-02-06). To March or Not to March: Why are the Streets Nearly Empty? counterpunch.org I couldn't get to the January 25th antiwar rally. Viewing photographs of that sparsely attended rally drives home the fact that the antiwar movement is nearly dead in the US. Perhaps it is dead and I cannot bring myself to accept that fact? Only days later, bellicose Trump presented a laughable plan for peace in the

stclair (2020-02-06). Trump's Imaginary World, Maduro's Real World. counterpunch.org Trump gave his State of the Union to his Congress this week. He is the president behind the curtain. But he is not the benevolent, comical, trickster, wanna-be Wizard of the famous story, but a malevolent and armed ogre that threatens his country and the world. He spreads lies like magic dust into his people's eyes

teleSUR (2020-02-06). Aida Merlano: Ivan Duque Persecutes Me to Assassinate Me. telesurenglish.net The former Colombian congresswoman, Aida Merlano, said Thursday that Colombian President Iván Duque is chasing her to assassinate her. | "I apologize for entering the country like this, illegally," Merlano said during her statement at a special hearing held at the Palace of Justice, in Caracas, where she said she was set up by the leaders of the country's traditional political machine. | RELATED: | She stressed that t…

R.R. (2020-02-06). San Francisco Swift Reaction to Senate Sham Trial. indybay.org Speakers in San Francisco said everyone must call on local politicians to reject the Senate vote in which President Trump was found not guilty on both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-06). Triumphal Divisions: Trump's State of the Union Address. globalresearch.ca In this year of the presidential elections, President Donald J. Trump shows little sign of cowering. It had been some time in coming, but here was a businessman talking to a Congress long in the pocket of business, a seemingly …

Staff (2020-02-06). Republicans Have Weakened Congress in Order to Protect Trump. truthout.org In the United States, money is synonymous with merit. There is a presumption at the core of capitalism's narrative that if you are wealthy, you earned it through virtue and "hard work," not theft or nepotism. This mythology helped fuel the deregulation that led to the financial crisis, and it is also part of President Trump's rise. Trump's wealth earned him prestige in the eyes of millions, who in turn handed him the power of the presidency. And Trump's wealth and power has now led Congress to declare him ab…

teleSUR (2020-02-06). What's Next Front in Trump's Battle Over Presidential Powers?>. telesurenglish.net Both in Federal courts and in the Senate, U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers have argued that the Constitution confers on a president broad protection from scrutiny by Congress, prosecutors, and the judiciary for his actions. | RELATED: | This expansive view of presidential powers may have helped the Republican president win acquittal, and for now, he is the first impeached president to seek re-election. | The final verd…

R.R. (2020-02-06). "Senators, Are You Completely Morally Bankrupt?" and Other Signs at San José Protest. indybay.org February 5 was a day of national action, a reaction to the Senate acquittal of Trump on the charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress to aid his own re-election. San José photos.

Staff (2020-02-06). DNC Calls for a 'Recanvass' of Iowa Results After Delays. truthdig.com "Enough is enough," party leader Tom Perez writes on Twitter, after days of chaos; Buttigieg and Sanders are nearly tied for first.

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2020-02-06). An American Drama: Republican Senators Sabotaged Donald Trump's Impeachment Trial. globalresearch.ca The die is cast. —History will record that Republican senators in the U.S. Senate used their majority to sabotage the impeachment trial of Donald Trump and, in so doing, de facto exonerated him of abuse of power and of obstruction …

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-02-06). San Francisco In Nationwide Rejection of Senate Coverup. indybay.org Protest on Market Street against Republican Whitewash of Gangster President…

R.R. (2020-02-06). Excitement Turns to Anger in Palo Alto After Senate Trial Sham. indybay.org In Palo Alto the Raging Grannies helped organize one of two rallies in that city to say Reject the Cover-up on February 5.

Jack Rasmus (2020-02-06). Trump's 'Red Meat' SOTU Speech: US Political Crisis Now Deepens. counterpunch.org If anyone thinks the recent impeachment and Senate trial was the high point of the growing conflict between the two political parties, Republican (correct that: Trumpublicans now) and Democrat, they haven't seen anything yet. The worst, much worse is yet to come in the months leading up to the November 2020 elections.

Staff (2020-02-06). Headlines for February 6, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Senate Acquits Trump of Two Impeachment Charges, Iowa Caucus: Sanders & Buttigieg Virtually Tied with 97% of Precincts Reporting | , Newborn Baby Becomes Youngest Person Diagnosed with Coronavirus as Death Toll in China Hits 560, Human Rights Watch: 138 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed After Being Deported from U.S., DHS: New York Residents Can No Longer Participate in Trusted Traveler Programs | , Jair Bolsonaro Introduces Bill to Clear Way for Mining, Oil Extraction in Brazilian Amazon | , Nicolás Maduro: Trump Taking U.S. Toward "High-Level Conflict with Venezuela" | , Thousands Protest in Algeria for 50t…

Susan Price (2020-02-06). Northern Syria's two wars. greenleft.org.au First, is the war in Idlib province between the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship and va…

yenisafak (2020-02-06). EU calls for end to Idlib bombardment. yenisafak.com Top EU officials urged on Thursday for "bombings and attacks on civilians" in northwest Syria to stop.EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and Janez Lenarcic, the European commissioner for crisis management, said all parties should respect international humanitarian law, including granting access for humanitarian aid and protecting civilians, In a joint statement, Borrell and Lenarcic said the "extraordinary human suffering" of the people near the province of Idlib was "unacceptable."The EU pledged to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to support the most vulnerable people inside Syria and in neighborin…

yenisafak (2020-02-06). Disarming Gaza: Outdated, inapplicable. yenisafak.com Imposed yet again in the latest so-called Middle East peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the demand to disarm Gazan resistance groups is an unlikely prospect, experts say.Palestinian observers and political analysts say it is all but impossible to apply such demands in the so-called "Deal of the Century" rolled out on Jan. 28 by U.S. President Donald Trump.According to the proposed plan, groups based in Gaza must relinquish their weapons and make the enclave a demilitarized zone before Israel would be held to fulfill its own obligations

Global Research News (2020-02-05). Selected Article: Trump Ups Nuclear Ante with 'Mini-Nukes'. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

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). Impeachment over: Senate votes to acquit Trump. rt.com The US Senate has voted to acquit President Donald Trump of impeachment charges brought by the House Democrats, ending the attempt to oust him from the White House ahead of the November 2020 elections. | The final vote on the first charge (abuse of power) was 52-48, with Mitt Romney (R-Utah) crossing the aisle to vote "guilty" alongside the Democrats. The vote on the second charge (obstruction of Congress) was 53-47, with Romney returning to the fold. It would have taken 67 votes to convict Trump on either count. | "Donald John Trump, president of the United States, is hereby acquitted," Chief Justice of the U…

RT (2020-02-05). Pelosi the paper (ripping) tiger: Pro-wrestling theatrics at SOTU fail to pull the wool in latest divide & conquer move. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech-ripping performance at President Donald Trump's SOTU isn't fooling disaffected Democrats, who want a leader who actually stands up to the president, rather than #Resistance theatrics. | Pelosi's if-looks-could-kill glare and paper-tearing finale at the president's yearly address to Congress on Tuesday may have dominated the discussion on social media through the night, but for every blue-check cheering for "Nancy the Ripper," there was a jaded progressive wondering what happened to genuine opposition. | Democrats handed Trump a blank check to make war, a massive military bud…

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 sta…

Staff (2020-02-05). Split Senate Acquits Trump of Impeachment. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential A

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…

David Cavendish (2020-02-05). The facts about Ukraine that no one mentioned during the impeachment trial. peoplesworld.org As the Senate impeachment trial comes to its preordained conclusion, we need to keep a number of points in mind that no Democrat or Republican has been talking about during all these weeks and months of political drama—points related to the matter of Ukraine. The overwhelming majority of Americans would not question the competence, honesty, …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-05). Rev. Barber: McConnell brings 'Southern justice' to U.S. Senate. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Poor People's campaign, which is gearing up for another mass march on Washington this coming June 20, is non-partisan, its founder and co-chair, the Rev. William Barber, says. It's also non-political, in the sense that it doesn't endorse politicians of any stripe, or invite them to speak at its events from coast to coast. …

RT (2020-02-05). Sea of salty memes from Troll-in-Chief Trump & his Twitter army adds insult to #Resistance post-impeachment injury. rt.com With the Senate voting down both articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump, he and his supporters had a lot to celebrate on Wednesday and they did so in expected fashion — with trolling memes. | Trump himself led the charge in celebrating on social media his acquittal in the Senate by a 52-48 and 53-47 margin. With Democrats freshly reeling from loss, Trump reached into his bag of meme goodies and pulled out a classic. | pic.twitter.com/JDS4zUXXJG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Febr…

teleSUR (2020-02-05). Erdogan Threatens to Use Force Against Syrian Military in Idlib. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to use force against the Syrian military if they do not withdraw their troops from the vicinity of Turkey's observation posts in Syria's Idlib province. | RELATED: | The Turkish leader warned the Syrian military that if they choose to ignore his call, he will authorize the use of force against their troops inside the Idlib province. | Shelling by Syrian government forces killed eight…

Staff (2020-02-05). Dems and GOP Draw From Same Playbook on Immigration and Foreign Policy. truthout.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…

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 …

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 …

Staff (2020-02-05). The Israel-Palestine "Peace Deal" Is an Apartheid Proposal. truthout.org Janine Jackson: The lead in the New York Times' January 28 There are a number of problems in that sentence, one of them being the paper's uncritical…

James J. Zogby (2020-02-05). Trump and Balfour Compared. globalresearch.ca Much has already been written about the Trump administration's release of its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. I will not repeat the criticisms. Instead, I will focus on what I found to be the striking and disturbing parallels between this …

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 …