2020-02-10: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-10). Turkey strikes Syrian Army positions after '5 troops killed in shelling'. rt.com Five Turkish troops were killed in the shelling of an observation post in Syria's Idlib province, Ankara has said, blaming Damascus for the attack. Turkish forces then fired on Syrian Army positions. | "Five of our troops were killed and five others were injured in the shelling by the Syrian regime," the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday, adding that "return fire was opened." | It's not the first shelling incident between Turkish and Syrian forces in Idlib. A week ago, six Turkish troops were killed by Syrian artillery fire in an incident that Russia said was a result of miscommunication. | The casualtie…

RT (2020-02-10). At least 8 killed, many reported injured in car bomb blast in Syria's Afrin (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com A car bomb that exploded in Afrin, Syria has killed eight people and wounded others, according to media reports. | A video purportedly taken at the scene shows a large fire on a city street, as dark smoke billows from what appears to be the charred remains of a vehicle. | ‚ĺÔ∏èüá∏üáæ‚ĺÔ∏è Afrin'de patlama meydana geldi; ya…

World Combined Sources (2020-02-10). Reps introduce New Way Forward Act to fight criminalization of immigrants. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Dec. 10, 2019, Reps. Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Karen Bass (CA-37), and 30 Members of Congress, alongside over 145 advocacy organizations and community representatives, introduced the New Way Forward Act, H.R. 5383, a landmark piece of legislation to restore due process to the immigration system …

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). DNC in Disarray While the Sanders Campaign Gains Momentum. counterpunch.org As a center of elite power, the Democratic National Committee is now floundering. Every reform it has implemented since 2016 was the result of progressive grassroots pressure. But there are limits to what DNC Chair Tom Perez is willing to accept without a knock-down, drag-out fight. And in recent weeks, he has begun to do

teleSUR (2020-02-10). Syrian Military Kills 5 Turkish Soldiers in Idlib: Turkey. telesurenglish.net The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced Monday that five of their military personnel were killed in a new attack launched by the Syrian armed forces in the northwestern province of Idlib. | RELATED: | In their statement, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said their soldiers came under attack at their observation post near the Taftanaz Base northeast of Idlib city. | Turkish military helicopters were seen arriving at the obs…

Andrew Korybko (2020-02-10). It's No Big Deal that There Are Some Limits to Russia-Israel "Cooperation" in Syria. globalresearch.ca Russia's condemnation of the "Israeli Air Force's" recklessness in once again hiding behind a civilian aircraft to deter anti-air fire by the Syrian Arab Army during their latest bombing operation against Damascus isn't contradictory to the principles of the unofficial …

Dave Lindorff (2020-02-10). Sh*t-can Perez and the DNC. counterpunch.org Hooray for Bernie Sanders! He waited until he had the numbers and now he's calling it. He won Iowa! Maybe the same corporate media that have been touting Pete Buttigieg as the "presumptive winner" in the messy Iowa Caucus, now that their story is collapsing are unwilling to call it for Bernie. Sanders, in a

Ralph Nader (2020-02-10). The Vengeful, Lawless, Corporate Toady Trump Explodes. zcomm.org Trump has raised the stakes as to whether the Congress as the central institution of our government will survive his executive branch shredding of the Constitution.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-10). Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate. counterpunch.org 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 votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-02-10). Being a Democrat—Ugh. globalresearch.ca Notwithstanding the impotent Senate Minority. Not those ill-fated bills championed as victories by House Democrats only to be spurned by the upper chamber; not smug, elitist party fundraisers; not funding strategists and millionaire celebrity donors; not even bumbling Iowa Democratic …

Staff (2020-02-10). Lindsey Graham Seems Willing to Degrade Every US Institution to Keep Trump Happy. truthout.org Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade last week "When I go to meet God at the pearly gates, I don't think he's going to ask me, 'Why didn't you convict Trump?'" He may be right about that, but only because he's likely to first be asked to explain what he did afterward. Graham has become Trump's instrument of revenge in the Senate, and he isn't making any bones about it. | Appearing on Judge Jeanine Pirro's Fox News show on Saturday night, Graham made it clear…

R.R. (2020-02-10). Oakland Protesters Insist Senate Trial Was a Cover-Up, Not an Exoneration. indybay.org After the Senate voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, protesters took to the streets in Oakland, CA.

Nick Licata (2020-02-10). Could Trump's Acquittal Flip the Senate? counterpunch.org The Senate's acquittal of President Donald Trump could flip the Senate to the Democrats. That is because swing voters could be more negatively influenced by the Republican's Senate trial than the Democrats' House impeachment. Why is that? Compare each party's main critique of the other party's performance. Republicans charge the House Democrats for not proving

Friday Peace Vigil, SJPJC, and others (2020-02-10). On V-Day: Vigil for Love Not War. indybay.org In front of Martin Luther King, Jr Library | 4th and San Fernando | San Jose, CA…

Connor Gibson (2020-02-10). West Virginia Legislation: The Criminalization of Peaceful Protests against Oil and Gas "Critical Infrastructure". Anti-protest Bills. globalresearch.ca 2020 Introduced and referred to House Judiciary Committee on January 30, 2020 | Would heighten the penalties for protests near oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructure. Under the bill, knowingly trespassing on property containing a …

WILPF San Jose (2020-02-10). Developing Belonging in a Time of Othering. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 S 7th Street | San Jose, CA 95112…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-02-10). Democrats vs Bernie in 2020, Repeat of 2016. indybay.org In Iowa, Bernie won the popular vote but a corporate candidate most of us never heard of, Peter Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind (mayors of small towns do not usually run for president) supposedly won the delegate vote. Now in California, Los Angeles County voters are receiving incorrect ballots.

Staff (2020-02-10). Charles Koch's Political Operation Gears Up to Attack 2020 Democrats. truthout.org Charles Koch's Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action) has AFP Action was launched months before the 2018 midterms as "a new tool to build broad policy coalitions in Congress to help adva…

Marisa Agha (2020-02-10). Rep. Katie Porter Wants to Make It Easier for Single Moms Like Her to Serve in Congress. thenation.com Rep. Katie Porter Wants to Make It Easier for Single Moms Like Her to Serve in Congress…

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-02-10). Iowa: Where The Democrats' DNC Dreams Go to Die. Bernie, The "Trumpian Front Runner" globalresearch.ca After months of the DNC's daily water boarding of the American public with their manufactured jurisprudence know as The Impeachment, these same political wizards of electioneering have in one day, Monday, galvanized the person they most detest. This week's political …

sputniknews (2020-02-10). Turkish MoD Claims Its Observation Post in Idlib Attacked by Syrian Gov't Forces. sputniknews.com On 7 February, the Anadolu news agency reported that Turkey was moving its special forces to observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone. A day later, media reported that Turkish forces had built a base in the region supported by an army convoy that had arrived at the installation.

sputniknews (2020-02-10). 'Thank You Nancy!' Trump Gives Shout-Out to Dems for Record Approval Rating Amid 'Impeachment Hoax'. sputniknews.com Last week, the US Senate found President Trump not guilty of both charges in the impeachment trial – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar. democracynow.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour With the Squad. truthout.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the fir…

yenisafak (2020-02-10). UN dispatches humanitarian aid to war-stricken Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday dispatched 43 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, a northwestern Syrian province torn by the years-long civil war.The trucks, with supplies to be distributed among residents in urban areas of Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside, passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN figures.Idlib falls within a d…

yenisafak (2020-02-10). Car bomb kills 4 civilians in Syria's Afrin. yenisafak.com At least four people were killed in a car bomb attack in Afrin city of northwestern Syria on Monday, said security sources.An explosive-laden vehicle detonated in the center of the city, killing four civilians and injuring 15 others, some of whom are in critical condition, said the sources who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.Turkey in January 2018 launched a major military offensive

yenisafak (2020-02-10). 'No consensus with Russian delegation on Idlib yet'. yenisafak.com Turkey's foreign minister said Monday that there had been no consensus with the visiting Russian delegation so far regarding the escalating situation in Idlib, Syria.Mevlut Cavusoglu's remarks came during a joint news conference with visiting Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miro Cerar in the capital Ankara.He said that since the talks had failed in the first meeting on Saturday, a second session was in progress.Cavusoglu said recommendations were presented from both sides."There was an exchange of views and suggestions [on Saturday] and thus [the delegations] agreed to meet again. The Russian…

yenisafak (2020-02-10). Five Turkish soldiers martyred in regime attack in northwest Syria. yenisafak.com At least five Turkish troops were martyred and as many injured in an attack by the Assad regime forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on Monday, the country's National Defense Ministry said.This came after a similar attack by the regime forces last week in Idlib martyred seven Turkish soldiers and one civilian contractor working with the Turkish military, and injured more than a dozen people.The Turkish troops are in northwestern Syria, just across the Turkish border, as part of an anti-terror and peace mission.Idlib has been a stronghold of opposition and anti-government armed groups since the outbreak o…

yenisafak (2020-02-10). Trump's $4.8 trillion budget likely to get thumbs-down from Congress. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 is likely to get a chilly reception from lawmakers on Monday over its proposals to slash spending on foreign aid and social safety net programs.The White House plans to unveil the budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting on October 1 at 12: 30 p.m. eastern time, but administration officials confirmed key figures from the document over the weekend.Democrats are expected to object to the deep spending cuts on domestic programs, while some Republicans may raise concerns over debt and deficits.The budget calls for a 21 percent cut in fore…

The Canary (2020-02-09). Thousands protest in Morocco against Donald Trump's plans for the Middle East. thecanary.co Thousands of people have marched in Morocco's capital to protest against US President Donald Trump's so-called peace plan for the Middle East.Demonstrators also oppose what they see as the Moroccan Government's lenient position toward it.Political leaders from Islamists to left-wing figures took part in the march through Rabat alongside union members, activists and members of civil society groups.Women chant slogans during the demonstration in Rabat (Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP)Palestinian flags and chants animated the scene as protesters criticised the Trump-led initiative.The marchers also expressed frustration with Mor…

The Canary (2020-02-09). Protesters leave British Museum after two-day action over BP sponsorship. thecanary.co Protests at the British Museum have ended after more than 50 hours amid a row over oil company BP's sponsorship of a Troy exhibition.Climate activists BP Or Not BP? occupied the Great Court inside the museum on Saturday night, where they covered themselves in plaster as part of a "theatrical protest".Around 60 people took part in the action, in which they created a structure out of their body parts for a piece called Monument.Greenpeace protesters inside the British Museum (Jonathan Brady/PA)Activists left at about 10.30am on 9 February. The action started at 7.30am on 7 February when a 13ft-high Trojan horse was…

teleSUR (2020-02-09). Turkey is 'Ready to Act' Against Syrian Military in Idlib. telesurenglish.net Turkey has sent a large number of military reinforcements to Syria's Idlib province after a Syrian military offensive resulted in heavy territorial losses for the armed groups. | RELATED: | In a statement released by Reuters on Sunday, a Turkish official confirmed the arrival of military reinforcements and said "all options are on the table." | Turkey, which already hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees, says it c…

Press TV (2020-02-09). Kuwait's Parliament Speaker Throws Trump's Peace Plan in the Dustbin. dissidentvoice.org Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim throws US president Donald Trump Mideast peace plan in the dustbin during the 30th emergency conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIU) held in the Jordanian capital, Amman. | (Source: AFP)…

teleSUR (2020-02-09). African Union Rejects Trump's Middle East Peace Plan. telesurenglish.net The African Union on Sunday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East, calling the so-called "deal of the century" an 'illegitimate' proposal. | RELATED: | The president of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, told the assembled heads of state that the plan published at the end of January represented a "violation of multiple resolutions of the United Nations and the African…

teleSUR (2020-02-09). Evo Morales Calls for National Reconciliation in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net The leader of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia, Evo Morales, called for Bolivians on Saturday to preserve peace and prevent violence in the Andean country. | RELATED: | "The existence of paramilitary or shock groups that attempt prevent the integrity of Bolivians should not be tolerated," Morales wrote from his Twitter account. | The legitimate president of Bolivia pointed out that in the midst of the dif…

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-09). Israel's "Peace Camp" Flirts with Oblivion. dissidentvoice.org For Israel's so-called peace camp, the past 12 months of general elections — a third ballot is due on 2 March — have felt more like a prolonged game of Russian roulette, with ever-diminishing odds of survival. Each time the electoral gun barrel has been spun, the two parliamentary parties associated with liberal Zionism, Labor …

teleSUR (2020-02-09). Salvadoran President Orders Militarization Around Congress. telesurenglish.net As tension between El Salvador's Executive and Legislative powers boil up, President Nayib Bukele ordered military personnel to stand guard around Congress' building in the capital city San Salvador. | RELATED: | This comes as lawmakers decided to not

Staff (2020-02-09). Bloomberg Surrogates Have Seats on DNC Rules Committees. truthout.org This As the Democratic National Committee establishes procedures for the Democratic presidential nominating process, two members of DNC rules committees simultaneously work on the campaign of former New York Mayor Michael Bloo…

Max Parry (2020-02-08). Democrats impeach Trump for Withholding Arms to Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. dissidentvoice.org 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 seeking reelection later this year. As many nonpartisan analysts predicted, the charges appear to have …

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-08). Israel's Palestinian Minority has Good Reason to Fear Trump's Plan. dissidentvoice.org The Trump administration's decision to green-light Israel's annexation of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank grabbed headlines last week. But US support for a related proposal — one equally cherished by Israel's extreme right — was far less noticed. Under the terms of the "Peace to Prosperity" document, the US could allow Israel to …

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Staff (2020-02-08). Government Report Finds Trump's Trade War Is Harmful to Americans' Incomes. truthout.org President Donald Trump's trade war is projected to reduce the average family's real income by $1,277, according to a new report from the The CBO, a nonpartisan congressional research arm, projected that the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration and retaliatory tariffs imposed by countries like China will reduce economic growth while increasing prices to consumers. | "Tariffs are expected to reduce the l…

Fight Back (2020-02-08). Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – After days of delay, the results are in: Bernie Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, leading in both the initial vote, as well as after the second round where weaker candidates in each caucus are dropped. As this became clear Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called for a 'recanvass' of the caucus voting because of the chaotic reporting of results and the long delay. Ironically, this was caused by a new voting app developed by a small company founded by a former staffer of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. | During the delay, the corporate media consistently declared Pe…

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…

Agha Hussain (2020-02-07). Russia and Iran's Clashing Visions for Syria's future. mintpressnews.com Rivals of the West in their own right, Iran and Russia today are major power players in the Syrian imbroglio. Their convergence of interests in helping eradicate extremist terrorist proxies utilized by an array of rival states against their mutual Syrian ally has allowed them both a significant degree of say in Syrian affairs and how that country's future will pan out | However, their cooperation against the terrorist threat has often been the pivot of inaccurate portrayals of Russia-Iran ties and the extent of their shared interests versus their many highly divergent objectives in Syria, many of which are rooted…

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 …

Dave Lindorff (2020-02-07). The Democratic Party Leadership Has Done the Impossible, Disgracing Itself! dissidentvoice.org Bernie Sanders declares victory on Thursday in chaotic (and perhaps unsuccessfully DNC-hacked) Iowa Caucus Hooray for Bernie Sanders! He waited until he had the numbers and now he's calling it. He won Iowa! Maybe the same corporate media that have been touting Pete Buttigieg as the "presumptive winner" in the messy Iowa Caucus, now that …

RT (2020-02-07). Israel's Use of Airline as Human Shield is "a War Crime" — George Galloway. dissidentvoice.org A passenger plane carrying 172 people from Tehran has been forced to make an emergency landing after almost being hit by Syrian air defenses in response to an Israeli airstrike over Damascus. Former UK MP George Galloway joins In Question to discuss.

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."

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