2020-02-07: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2020-02-07). Crisis and Opportunity: The 'Deal of the Century' Challenge for Palestinians. counterpunch.org After several postponements, US President, Donald Trump, has finally revealed the details of his Middle East plan, dubbed 'Deal of the Century', in a press conference in Washington on January 28. Standing triumphantly beside Trump, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must have surely understood that the timing of the announcement, only a few weeks before

Marcy Winograd (2020-02-07). Radical radio station KPFK host Lila Garrett, 94, passes. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing on Feb. 1 of one of my best friends, KPFK host and Emmy-award winning writer Lila Garrett, always a pistol, yet married to the peace movement and forever committed to progressive values. I said my goodbyes to Lila a little over a week …

RT (2020-02-07). Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian teen in West Bank clashes — officials. rt.com Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian youth during clashes in the West Bank near Tulkarm on Friday, Haaretz reported, citing officials in the Palestinian Authority. Violent incidents between Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank continue to escalate in the aftermath of Washington's unveiling of its plan for Mideast peace. | The youth was killed during confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the village of Qaffin, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. He was evacuated to the hospital, it added, where he died from his wounds. | Israeli police also said two border policewom…

Max Blumenthal (2020-02-07). Acronym group that sabotaged Iowa caucus birthed by billionaire who funded Alabama disinformation campaign. mronline.org Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman funded the creation of ACRONYM, the group that sabotaged the Iowa caucus results, after bankrolling voter manipulation campaigns including the notorious online "false flag operation" in Alabama's 2017 senate race. |

RT (2020-02-07). Trump says Democrats should 'expunge' his impeachment. rt.com Still in a celebratory mood after his acquittal in the Senate, US President Donald Trump said Democrats should 'expunge' his impeachment, as their accusations against him were false. | "That's a very good question," Trump said when asked by a journalist whether the Democrats should "expunge" his impeachment in the House. | The president expressed confidence that "they should, because it was a hoax; it was a total political hoax." | He ripped into his Democratic opponents, saying that "they've gone totally crazy" and claiming they suffer from a "bad case" of "Trump derangement syndrome." | There's a lot of evil…

Staff (2020-02-07). Syrian Advance Sends Hundreds of Thousands Fleeing in Idlib. truthdig.com BEIRUT — Turkey on Friday sent more troops and tanks to bolster its military presence in northwestern Syria, where President Bashar Assad's forces have been advancing in a devastating, Russian-backed offensive that has sparked a massive wave of people fleeing in wet and blustery winter weather. | Syria's Idlib region near the border with Turkey is the last rebel-held bastion in the war-ravaged country. The push by Assad's forces into towns and villages in the province over the past months has uprooted more than a half-million people who fled the advancing troops. Many of them already have been displaced sev…

RT (2020-02-07). OPCW responds to Douma leaks… by arguing whistleblowers are not credible & calling for tighter internal security measures. rt.com The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said in a report that whistleblowers who raised concerns about the group's Douma probe are not credible, and called for new measures to prevent further leaks. | The international chemical weapons watchdog released its 'Independent Investigation into Possible Breaches of Confidentiality Report' on Thursday, in response to leaks from two former OPCW inspectors which put in question the organization's findings regarding an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. | The OPCW claimed that the two individuals, identified as Ins…

Agha Hussain (2020-02-07). Syria: With an Eye on Energy Dominance, Russia is Aligning with Israel Against Iran. mintpressnews.com In the second of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates Russia's financial motivation for teaming up with Israel and wealthy Gulf Arab states to curb Iran's influence in post-war Syria.

RT (2020-02-07). Israeli airstrikes on Damascus suburbs put at risk civilian flight with 172 passengers on board — Russian MoD. rt.com Israeli strikes on Damascus suburbs put a civilian aircraft in serious danger and forced it to divert to Russia's Khmeimim airbase as the Syrian air defense was activated to repel the attack, the Russian military said. | An Airbus A320 flying from Tehran to the Syrian capital was forced to make an emergency landing following an Israeli missile attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It added that using civilian aircraft as a "shield" is "commonplace" for Israeli Air Force pilots. | The aircraft was about to land at Damascus International Airport, but was unable do so as the Syrian air defense systems engage…

RT (2020-02-07). 'Unplanned meetings on Syria convene when UN-recognized terrorists are under attack' — Russia's envoy to Security Council. rt.com As Damascus forces repel attacks in terrorist-held Idlib, emergency Security Council sessions are called along a familiar pattern, Russia's UN envoy said. | As "violence only to terrorize and subdue" broke out in Idlib, the US, France and Britain convened an impromptu UN Security Council meeting on Thursday. The American representative slammed what she called an "unjustified military offensive" launched by Syrian government forces to defeat armed radicals led by Syria's main al-Qaeda faction HTS — still better known as the al-Nusra Front despite multiple rebrandings. | Moscow's envoy to the international…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-02-07). Syria and Turkey Face War as Syrian Arab Army Poised to Take Idlib. globalresearch.ca Tensions between Damascus and Ankara have never been higher over the past nine years. Turkey's

Michael Jansen (2020-02-07). Break-up of Astana Partnership Was Inevitable. The Turkey-Russia Relation in Jeopardy? globalresearch.ca Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered his forces to strike Syrian army positions in retaliation for targeting a Turkish military convoy bound for the Saraqeb in Syria's north-western Idlib province. His forces obeyed on Monday and allegedly struck a …

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

teleSUR (2020-02-07). Israeli Attack Endangers Civilian Aircraft in Damascus. telesurenglish.net A civilian aircraft flying from Tehran to Damascus narrowly avoided fire from Syria's air defense systems, which were activated in response to an Israeli missile attack on Friday. | RELATED: | Due to the Israeli strike, the aircraft, an Airbus A320, was unable to land at Damascus Airport and had to divert to Russia's Khmeimim airbase, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. | The surprise attack, which was made by four Isra…

Aaron Maté (2020-02-07). Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites. thegrayzone.com Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-07). DNC in Disarray While the Sanders Campaign Gains Momentum. indybay.org Not a time for defeatism…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-07). The DNC Can't Slow Bernie Sanders' Momentum. truthdig.com Committee Chair Tom Perez is making a big push to prevent the Vermont senator from securing the nomination. It may be too little too late.

Nick Rabb (2020-02-07). Climate Change — The Missing Peace. zcomm.org The more we talk about the climate crisis, peace, and oppression as inextricably linked through notions of what we consider justifiable, the more likely we are to address the deep causes that lead to a militarized, polluting world racing towards the precipice…

WSWS (2020-02-07). Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara on the Iowa caucuses: Don't lose faith in the Democrats. wsws.org Writing in the Guardian, Sunkara claims that "we should have confidence" in the "integrity" of the vote in Iowa, arguing that the DNC will not "steal the election from Bernie Sanders."

Staff (2020-02-07). Don't Let Corporate Media or DNC Fool You — Sanders Scored a Big Win in Iowa. truthout.org Bernie Sanders's supporters remain justifiably outraged at the way the results of the Iowa caucus were reported and misreported. Yet, there is much for these supporters to celebrate. Sanders, who declared victory in the Iowa caucus yesterday, leaves Iowa as the likely front-runner in the race for the 2020 Democratic primary. The corporate media will do everything they can to avoid acknowledging this, but the data do not leave room for any other logical conclusion. | Under tremendous pressure, em…

WSWS (2020-02-07). Democrats seek to suppress Sanders victory in Iowa. wsws.org The effort to conceal or suppress reports of Senator Bernie Sanders' victory in the Iowa caucuses reached a new stage Thursday with DNC Chairman Tom Perez calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvass the state.

Thomas M. Magstadt (2020-02-07). To Quit or Not to Acquit, That Was the Question. counterpunch.org "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins" — John Locke Two Treatises of Government February 5, 2020. Think of it as "a day which will live in infamy." It is, of course, the day the Republican majority in the U.S Senate decided to quit the Constitution rather than not to acquit a tyrannical president. Is it not a

R.R. (2020-02-07). "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.

R.R. (2020-02-07). 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.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-02-07). San Francisco In Nationwide Rejection of Senate Coverup. indybay.org Protest on Market Street against Republican Whitewash of Gangster President…

Ariel Dorfman (2020-02-07). Trump May Not be a Dictator, But He Has a Despot's Sense of Impunity. counterpunch.org Now that President Trump has been "acquitted" in a sham trial by the Republican-controlled Senate and given unfettered license to act as he pleases, is there a real danger that he will become a dictator? According to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and one of the House impeachment managers,

R.R. (2020-02-07). 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.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-07). Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate. globalresearch.ca Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the …

Larry Romanoff (2020-02-07). Biological Weapons: A Useful and Timely Factual Overview. globalresearch.ca A US Army operating manual from 1956 stated explicitly that biological and chemical warfare were an integral operating portion of US military strategy, were not restricted in any way, and that Congress had given the military "First Strike" authority on their use.

yenisafak (2020-02-07). Turkey to hit back any attack in Syria, says Defense Ministry. yenisafak.com In the wake of Syrian regime attack on Turkish troops in Idlib, Turkey's Defense Ministry vowed to retaliate against any attack."All kind of attacks will to be retaliated in proportion, our observation posts [in Idlib] will continue their duties," Col. Olcay Denizer, a Defense Ministry spokesman, told a press briefing in the capital Ankara.On Monday, Assad regime attack in Idlib, northwestern Syria, martyred seven Turkish soldiers and one civilian contractor working with the Turkish military. Thirteen individuals were injured but are in good condition, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had said.In retaliation…

yenisafak (2020-02-07). Russian delegation to arrive in Ankara on Saturday to discuss Idlib: FM. yenisafak.com In the wake of the regime's attack on Turkish troops in Idlib, Syria, a Russian delegation is expected to arrive in Ankara on Saturday to discuss the escalating situation, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday.The announcement by Mevlut Cavusoglu came at a joint news conference in the capital city with his Slovakian counterpart Miroslav Lajcak.Earlier this week, Syrian regime forces attacks killed seven Turkish soldiers and one civilian. In retaliation, the Turkish military targeted more than 50 positions and neutralized over 70 regime troops, according to Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.Cavusoglu said Turkey, wh…

Staff (2020-02-07). "The Squad" Joins Town Hall With Grassroots Activists on Critical Issues of 2020. truthout.org The live streamed event will proudly feature four of the bravest and most progressive voices for change the U.S. Congress has seen in decades: Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as prominent artists, activists and organizers. | We are pleased to partner with the award-winning team at Democracy Now! To publicize this event. Author and Democracy Now co-host Nermeen Shaikh will moderate. | We will also be joined by activists hosting watch part…

sputniknews (2020-02-07). Shamima Begum Loses Appeal Against Stripping of Her Citizenship. sputniknews.com In February 2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped Begum of her citizenship using powers which don't require a criminal charge or conviction. Her lawyers argued that this decision was unlawful because it left her stateless and languishing in a refugee camp in Syria.

sputniknews (2020-02-07). Turkey Deploys Special Forces to Observation Posts in Idlib – Reports. sputniknews.com Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that agreements relating to Syria's Idlib and the area east of the Euphrates did not work.

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-07). Duh, Jared! So who built the PA as a 'police state'? counterpunch.org Nazareth. 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

Joseph Natoli (2020-02-07). Will There Be No Retribution? counterpunch.org "Rep. Adam Schiff lied to Congress and the American people with a totally made up statement about the president's phone call. Will there be no retribution?" — White House Statement from the Press Secretary, Feb. 5, 2020 If you've missed all the signals, cues and clues that Trump is on a march to clear the

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). Sanders declares victory in Iowa as DNC demands a 'recanvass'. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has declared victory in the Iowa caucus after three days of chaotic counting and recounting, calling the popular vote in his own favor with 97 percent of precincts reporting. | "What I want to do is thank the people of Iowa for the victory they gave us on Monday night," Sanders said in a press conference on Thursday. With some 97 percent of precincts reporting, the Vermont senator is ahead in the popular vote by over 6,000, but still lags slightly in delegates behind South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. | Thank you Iowa for bringing our campaign to victory! W…

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. …

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…

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…

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

news.un (2020-02-06). Syria: 'Massive waves of civilian displacement and loss of life must stop now': UN Special Envoy. news.un.org Air and ground strikes in the region of Idlib, northwest Syria, are causing "massive waves of civilian displacement and major loss of civilian life", causing unacceptable human suffering which must stop now, Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Thursday.

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 …

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…

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.

news.un (2020-02-06). Central African Republic: One year after peace deal, a 'long, steep' road ahead to ensure child rights protections. news.un.org A year since the signing of a peace deal between the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 armed groups, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Thursday that millions of children across the country remain threatened by violence and a lack of access to food, health care and other basic needs.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-02-06). Trump's Peace Plan Is a 'Galvanizing Shock' for Palestinians. imemc.org Donald Trump says his "Deal of the Century" is a new basis for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. But, ironically, he's driving hopelessly divided factions in the Arab world to unite against the plan, says Arab Studies professor Rashid Khalidi. | TRNN Video & Transcript:…

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 …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-06). Proposed United Nations Resolution Condemns Trump's "Peace Deal" imemc.org A draft United Nations Security Council resolution condemns Israel's plan to annex the settlements it has built illegally on occupied Palestinian territories, in a rebuke of a US-devised "peace plan" that endorses the Israeli land theft of Palestinian-owned property. The draft, which was reported on by Reuters, on Tuesday, has …