2020-02-12: Social Media Postees

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Scott Ritter Explains Warring in Syria WMD Lies
RT | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-12
Leaked documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) suggest that high-level officials manipulated or ignored the findings of those actually on the ground to investigate the alleged chemical attack that killed dozens of people in Douma, Syria in 2018. Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter shares his insights. He argues that …
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Erdogan vows to strike Syrian army 'everywhere' if Turkish soldiers attacked, while also talking Idlib de-escalation with Putin
rt.com | 2020-02-12
Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that if Turkish soldiers are hit by Damascus forces again, the retaliation will not be limited to the Idlib area. He also discussed Syrian peace process in a phone call with Vladimir Putin. | The Turkish leader made his comments during a speech in the nation's parliament on Wednesday. | I announce that we will strike the [Syrian] regime forces everywhere starting from today, without being bound to Idlib and by the Sochi Memorandum, if our soldiers at the lookout posts or elsewhere suffer any harm. | The 2018 Sochi Memorandum established the de-escalation zone set up around Idlib by…
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Being a Democrat, Ugh
B. Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
It's a rough time to be a Democrat. 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 party officials. I mean this forlorn orphaned…
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Afghan President Ghani cites 'notable progress' in US-Taliban talks
rt.com | 2020-02-12
The US and the Taliban appeared closer on Wednesday to a breakthrough in talks over an American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, after the country's President Ashraf Ghani said there had been "notable progress" in negotiations. | In a series of tweets late on Tuesday, Ghani said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called him to inform him of developments in the talks in Doha, Qatar. Pompeo spoke of "the notable progress made in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban," Ghani tweeted. | "The Secretary informed me about the Taliban's proposal with regards to bringing a significant and enduring reduction in…
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Turkey's presidential spokesman, US envoy discuss Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-12
Turkey's presidential spokesman and the U.S. special envoy for Syria discussed the latest developments in northwestern Syria on Wednesday.Ibrahim Kalin and James Jeffrey met in the Turkish capital Ankara over the latest situation and developments in the region.Targeting Turkish army's observation posts by Assad regime in Idlib is unacceptable, Kalin and Jeffrey stressed.During the meeting, Turkey's determination on protecting Turkish soldiers and civilians as part of Idlib deal was strongly highlighted.Jeffrey arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to meet Turkish officials and re-evaluate the recent developments in the re…
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Special envoy for Syria says US stands by NATO ally Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-12
The U.S. stands with its NATO ally Turkey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria said on Wednesday over the latest developments in Syria, according to diplomatic sources.James Jeffrey arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to meet Turkish officials and re-evaluate the recent developments in the region.During his meeting with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal, Jeffrey also extended condolences for the Turkish troops martyred by the regime attacks in Idlib on Monday, following a similar attack last week martyring seven soldiers and a civilian contractor working with the Turkish military.Onal, for his part, stressed the i…
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'Turkey's fight against all terrorists continue'
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-12
Turkey's fight against all terrorist groups is continuing, and the country is committed to bring peace and stability to the region, Turkey's defense minister said Wednesday. | Turkey is especially continuing its fight against FETO

Vodafone joins Mobile World Congress exodus
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-12
Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, said it was pulling out of Barcelona's Mobile World Congress because of the coronavirus outbreak, joining an exodus of major European players on Wednesday."Vodafone has been carefully monitoring the news on the coronavirus and has noted the recent warnings from the World Health Organization," the company said."After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw from this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona."
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Camera Crew of Syrian Gov't Broadcaster Was Attacked by Militants in Aleppo – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-12
The day before, a military source said that Syrian government troops recaptured the flashpoint town of Khan al-Asal west of Aleppo.
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Erdogan Does Not Rule Out Discussing Situation in Syria's Idlib With Trump
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-12
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not rule out that he could hold talks with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib.
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Hollywood and Syria: The Uses of Enchantment in Crimes Against Peace
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
Hollywood 's Oscars awards ceremony is nigh. Two anti-Syria propaganda-documentaries are short-listed in this year's competition. We use the occasion to offer a photo tutorial on Hollywood enchantment techniques

Syrian Military in Full Control of Northwestern Syria Highway
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
The Syrian government forces established full control over a highway in northwest Syria for the first time since 2012 on Tuesday, as talks ended between Turkey and Russia on stopping clashes that killed 13 Turkish soldiers in a week. | RELATED: | Turkey Retaliates After Deadly Syrian Shelling | The Syrian military established full control over the main highway linking Damascus and Aleppo, also known as the M-5, after launching a large-scale offensive in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib at th…
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Exclusive: New leaks shatter OPCW's attacks on Douma whistleblowers
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-11
Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry…
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Video: The Battle for Idlib is Ongoing. Turkish Forces to the Rescue of "Peaceful Al Qaeda Militants"
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
During the last few days, Turkey deployed approximately 1,000 units of military equipment, including self-propelled howitzers, M06T and Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, in the Syrian province of Idlib. According to local sources, the number of Turkish troops and special forces …
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Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…
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Democrats Are Stumped Over How to Undo Republican Takeover of Federal Courts
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
With the help of Senate Republicans and the Federalist Society, President Donald Trump is transforming the federal judiciary. | In the first three years of his presidency, he's appointed nearly 200 ideologues, most of them young white men, to lifetime positions on the bench. This has created a political crisis for Democrats, one for which they have no clear plan. | That was the takeaway Satu…
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The Vote to Acquit Trump
Calvin Trillin | thenation.com | 2020-02-11
The Vote to Acquit Trump…
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Parade of Dems warn UAW of perils of continuing Republican rule
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
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Fateh Standing behind Abbas following Threats by Israeli UN Delegate
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
The Fateh movement said, today, that it stands behind PA President Mahmoud Abbas and fully supports the positions expressed in his speech before the United Nations Security Council, warning of the implications rendered by the Israeli delegate's portrayal of Abbas as an obstacle to peace, in calling for him to …
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We're All in This Together: A Case for Not Giving Up on the American Dream
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
America has been a warring nation–a military empire intent on occupation and conquest–for so long that perhaps we, the citizens of this warring nation, have forgotten what it means to live in peace, with the world and one another.
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How Trump's "Peace" Plan Will Redraw Israel's Borders to Exclude to Non-Jews
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
Trump's new Middle East "Peace" Plan will redraw Israeli borders to exclude towns with large populations of Arab citizens, an attempt, writes Miko Peled, to force them down the totem pole to a place where their rights will be even more limited.
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The Mideast's Place in Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership envisages the supercontinent peacefully coming together in the shared interests of peace, stability, and development, brought about by Moscow's "balancing" strategy in recent years which was first practiced in the Mideast region, one of the most …
globalresearch.ca/mideast-place-russia-greater-eurasian-partnership/5703367

Greenpeace Responds to Introduction of Groundbreaking Break Free From Plastic Legislation
commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
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Leftist European Lawmakers Demand Concrete Actions on Palestine
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Leftist MEPs on Tuesday demanded concrete actions from the European Union (EU) in favor of Palestine and the end of an association agreement with Israel, following the U.S. plan for the Middle East. | RELATED: | EU Rejects Trump Middle East Peace Plan, Annexation | The EU must stand firm and continue to support a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state a…
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US Offers Palestinians 'Swiss Cheese' State: Mahmoud Abbas
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas roundly rejected Tuesday United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump's "peace" plan for Palestine and Israel. | RELATED: | US Warns Israel Against 'Unilateral' West Bank Annexation | Addressing the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council, Abbas said the plan is a gift to Israel, and Palestinians cannot acc…
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Four Roger Stone prosecutors quit case as DOJ backs down from 'horrible & unfair' sentencing advice blasted by Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-11
The US Justice Department has reconsidered its recommendation that former Trump advisor Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Congress, instead deferring to the court, while four of its prosecutors have resigned. | Punishing the self-described "dirty trickster" with seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted," prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate." | Wow, Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky withdraws from the Stone case AND includes this footnote(!): | "The Court is advised…
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Trump budget cuts trillions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
WASHINGTON–Congressional Democrats, progressive groups, and defenders of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all blasted President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Two top government worker unions chimed, in, too, slamming Trump for proposing only a 1% raise for calendar 2021, far below inflation and below this year's 3.1%, …
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Reps introduce New Way Forward Act to fight criminalization of immigrants
World Combined Sources | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-10
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"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-10
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…
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Israel's "Peace Camp" Flirts with Oblivion
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-09
For Israel's so-called peace camp, the past 12 months of general elections

Kuwait's Parliament Speaker Throws Trump's Peace Plan in the Dustbin
Press TV | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-09
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)…
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Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-08
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…
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Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
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 …
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US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace
Strategic Culture | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-08
These so-called "mini-nukes" represent–despite the diminutive-sounding name–an increased risk of nuclear war.

US Deploys ‘Mini-Nukes’ in Deplorable Threat to World Peace

Israel's Palestinian Minority has Good Reason to Fear Trump's Plan
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
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

ISIL still at 'centre' of terrorism threat, Security Council hears
news.un.org | 2020-02-07
Despite the loss of its last stronghold in Syria and the death of its leader, ISIL "remains at the centre of the transnational terrorism threat", a senior UN official told the Security Council on Friday.
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Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-07
Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes

Russia and Iran's Clashing Visions for Syria's Future
Agha Hussain | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-07
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…
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Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…
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Acronym group that sabotaged Iowa caucus birthed by billionaire who funded Alabama disinformation campaign
Max Blumenthal | mronline.org | 2020-02-07
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. | Source…
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28 militiamen sentenced in Central African Republic for murder of civilians, UN peacekeepers
news.un.org | 2020-02-07
The sentencing of 28 militia members on Friday in the Central African Republic (CAR) for an array of violent crimes, including the murder of civilians as well as 10 UN peacekeepers, has been hailed as a major step forward in the fight against impunity there.
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Media Urge Palestinians to Take Crumbs–Because Democracy Is Not on Offer
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2020-02-07
by Gregory Shupak The Trump administration's "Vision for Peace" | The Trump administration's " Deal of the Century" is supposedly a plan to solve the question of Palestine. But as Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, points out, the deal doesn't offer Palestinians…
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SPLC Testifies Before Congress on Alarming Incidents of White Supremacy in the Military
splcenter.org | 2020-02-07
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Syria: 'Massive waves of civilian displacement and loss of life must stop now': UN Special Envoy
news.un.org | 2020-02-06
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.
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Turkey Gives Assad Deadline to Pull Back or Face Military Action
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-06
Turkey has given the Syrian government until the end of this month to withdraw from recently seized territory in Idlib province.

Turkey Gives Assad Deadline to Pull Back or Face Military Action

Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
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…
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Northern Syria's two wars
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-06
Turkey's war on Rojava Chris SleeIssue 1252 Northern Syria Syrian Democratic ForcesFebruary 6, 2020There are currently two wars being fought in northern Syria. | First, is the war in Idlib province between the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship and va…
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Pakistan: Call to release protesters facing terror charges
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-06
civil liberties Susan PriceIssue 1252 Pakistan anti-terror lawsFebruary 6, 2020Twenty-nine people were arrested in Islamabad on January 28 while peacefully protesting the arrest and imprisonment of Manzoor Pashteen, leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM). | Tw…
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Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
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…
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In State of the Union, Trump Celebrates Hate & Xenophobia While Touting "Great American Comeback"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
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…
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