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Turkey warns it will take action over Idlib flare-up if diplomacy fails
rt.com | 2020-02-15
Ankara seeks a diplomatic resolution to an uptick in fighting in Idlib, Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said, but it is prepared to take other steps if talks with Russia fall through. | A Turkish delegation will arrive in Moscow on Monday to hold talks over the crisis in Idlib, Cavusoglu told reporters during the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. The senior Turkish diplomat said he will also meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. | Ankara is "working to maintain diplomacy" regarding the situation in Idlib, Cavusoglu claimed, while warning that necessary steps will be taken…
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'One democracy will settle it & you know which one': Indian FM tells US senator after he suggests Kashmir can be resolved amicably
rt.com | 2020-02-15
India's external affairs minister made a pointed correction to US Senator Lindsey Graham after the latter suggested the Kashmir issue should be resolved between "two democracies." The minister argued it's only up to one. | Commenting on international conflicts and whether they could be resolved by way of democracy at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, Graham expressed hope that "two democracies" would bring the situation in Kashmir to a peaceful resolution, apparently referring to India and its rival neighbor Pakistan. Both lay territorial claims to the whole of the Kashmir region. | "When it comes to K…
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U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-02-15
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Ilhan Omar's Ex-Husband Learned She Was Cheating on Him When He Walked In On PJ-Clad Lovers – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-15
The families of Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Hirsi have reportedly reached a deal giving the US Congresswoman's ex-husband tens of thousands of dollars if he does not speak publicly about their split.
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Pentagon Chief Says Afghan President Ghani Fully Committed to Peace Deal
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-15
MUNICH (Sputnik) – US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was fully committed to peacefully resolving the conflict with the Taliban radical group.
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Turkey destroys 903 mines, 1,720 explosives in N.Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-15
Turkish security forces have destroyed 903 mines and 1,720 improvised explosives in areas under its latest anti-terror operation in northern Syria, the country's National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.The ministry said in a statement children were often the victims of mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by PKK/YPG terrorists in the Operation Peace Sprin…
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'Turkey has fulfilled responsibilities in Syria's Idlib in line with agreements'
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-15
Turkey has fulfilled its responsibilities in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib in line with the agreements it made with Russia and Iran, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Saturday, after violence spiked in recent weeks.Turkey and Russia back opposing sides in the conflict, and agreed in 2018 to set up a de-escalation zone in the region. A Syrian regime offensive disrupted Ankara and Moscow's fragile cooperation, after 13 Turkish soldiers were martyred in the past two weeks.Oktay told broadcaster NTV that Turkey was determined to stop the Syrian regime advances in Idlib, repeating a threat that Ankara would…
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Turkey to take steps if talks with Russia on Syria's Idlib fail
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-15
Turkey wants to solve issues with Russia over the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib through diplomacy but will take other steps if necessary, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday.Turkey and Russia back opposing sides in the conflict, but have collaborated to reach a political solution. A Syrian regime offensive disrupted Ankara and Moscow's fragile cooperation, after 13 Turkish troops were martyred in two weeks.Speaking to reporters during the Munich Security Conference, Cavusoglu also said a Turkish delegation would go to Moscow on Monday to hold talks over Idlib, adding that he would also meet…
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Civilians in NW Syria await aid amid harsh winter
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-15
Syrian civilians fleeing airstrikes by the Bashar al-Assad regime and its allies await humanitarian aid while facing harsh winter conditions in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the country's northwest.Around 30,000 displaced people are fighting to survive amid freezing cold and snowfall in southwest Idlib.While some tents have collapsed due to piling snow, civilians are searching for warmth against the biting winter.Some families have even taken to burning some of the garments they brought with them, in the hopes of mitigating the cold for their children.- Some tents collapsedOne of the residents of a refugee cam…
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Turkish delegation to go to Moscow for talks on Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-15
A Turkish delegation will visit Russia next week to hold talks on clashes in Idlib, Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said on Saturday."The Turkish delegation on Monday will attend talks in Moscow [on Idlib, Syria]," Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.For his part, Maas urged Russia to use its influence on the Assad regime to "stop attacks in Idlib."In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.But more than 1,800 civilians…
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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that…
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New Leaks Shatter OPCW's Attacks on Douma Whistleblowers
Aaron Mate | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry attacking two whistleblowers as rogue actors. Leaked documents obtained by The Grayzone reveal serious distortions in the OPCW inquiry as …
globalresearch.ca/new-leaks-shatter-opcws-attacks-douma-whistleblowers/5703663

Strikes Launched on Damascus by Israeli Airforce
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-14
Israeli warplanes last night carried out several airstrikes targeting multiple locations around the Syrian capital of Damascus. Syrian news agency SANA said the army observed hostile missiles coming from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. It further stated that the army air defenses intercepted and downed a number of them before they …
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Vital Idlib aid deliveries resume after 'heavy bombing' – WFP
news.un.org | 2020-02-14
Urgently-needed aid deliveries to embattled civilians in north-west Syria have started again after a day-long break in distributions caused by escalating hostilities, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
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Video: Battle of Idlib and Prospects of Turkish-Syrian War
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
In February 2020, the Syrian Army reached the vicinity of the main stronghold of anti-government forces in Syria, the city of Idlib. This development plunged into shock supporters and the leadership of Idlib armed groups and became a visual confirmation …
globalresearch.ca/video-battle-idlib-prospects-turkish-syrian-war/5703626

Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-02-14
The peace movement's small victories demonstrate that we have more power to challenge U.S. militarism than most Americans realize…
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Trump Regime Hostility Toward Palestinians
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Trump supports privileged interests in the US and Israel exclusively. | Dismissive toward ordinary people everywhere, he's been hostile toward long-suffering Palestinians throughout his tenure

The US' "Central Asian Strategy" Isn't Sinister, but that Doesn't Mean It'll Succeed
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The US' newly unveiled "Strategy For Central Asia 2019-2025" surprisingly isn't sinister like some of the countries' critics might have expected, but that doesn't mean that it'll succeed since its viability almost entirely depends on bringing "peace" to Afghanistan first …
globalresearch.ca/us-central-asian-strategy-isnt-sinister-doesnt-mean-succeed/5703678

Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative
news.un.org | 2020-02-14
Political discord in Guinea-Bissau could hamper the first-ever peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected leader, the top UN official in the West African country told the Security Council on Friday.
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Can the world's second superpower rise from the ashes of twenty years of war?
MBNJSD | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-14
The peace movement's small victories demonstrate that we have more power to challenge U.S. militarism than most Americans realize.
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'Justice Must Prevail in This World' Venezuela's President Says
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-14
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said he hopes the International Criminal Court (ICC) will fail in favor of the Venezuelan people concerning the complaint his nation filed against the U.S. sanctions. | RELATED: | US Sanctions Against Venezuelan Airline Violates Int'l Law | "The struggle for justice, the equality of states, and peace is very established… en…
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Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
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Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …
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Trump's Senate "Acquittal" Will Embolden Him to Adopt Increasingly Destructive Policies in the Middle East
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Donald Trump's acquittal in his Senate trial after being impeached for courting foreign intervention in the 2020 US elections and obstruction of Congress can only embolden him to adopt increasingly destructive policies in this region. First and foremost, the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-acquittal-embolden-him-adopt-increasingly-destructive-policies-region/5703696

Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …
globalresearch.ca/trump-pledges-veto-war-powers-resolution-uses-pentagon-funds-build-border-wall/5703734

The Senate Rejects Outsourcing War Powers to Trump
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
The Senate Rejects Outsourcing War Powers to Trump…
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Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race
Michael Brennan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates:…
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Peru: Cabinet Changes Due to Odebrecht Case Corruption Scandals
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-14
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra Thursday swore in new members of his cabinet after several ministers resigned due to their relations with Brazil's construction company Odebretch, which is accused of using bribes to secure public works contracts. | RELATED: | Peru Elects a Highly Right-Wing Fragmented Congress | The new Vizcarra administration officials are as Transp…
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The distinct perspective of a "Little Leftist Union"
Jonathan Kissam | mronline.org | 2020-02-14
In 1949, the UE national convention voted to withhold per capita payments to the Congress of Industrial Organizations until the CIO, of which UE was the third-largest affiliate at the time, took steps to stop other CIO unions from raiding the UE. The CIO responded by expelling UE, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and […] | Source…
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Trump Served Up Projection at the National Prayer Breakfast
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
One would think that a National Prayer Breakfast would encourage transparency and truth; as prayer is a primary spiritual means of self-examination, confession, reconciliation, and moral resolve. The opposite was on display at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, attended by over 3500 guests, including dignitaries from over 140 countries, Congress persons, business officials, and faith…
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…
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Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-14
Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…
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DCCC-Backed Incumbent Henry Cuellar Gets Support From Koch Network As Progressive Primary Challenger Jessica Cisneros Picks Up Union Endorsements
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
Cuellar is hosting a fundraiser in Laredo with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 22. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Year-old peace agreement must be implemented for 'lasting peace' in Central African Republic
news.un.org | 2020-02-13
Following a visit to the Central African Republic, a UN independent expert said that everyone must take all measures necessary to effectively implement the peace agreement that was signed in Bangui a year ago.
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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.

Transitional justice processes critical to lasting peace, Security Council hears
news.un.org | 2020-02-13
For countries to move forward after conflict or mass atrocities, suffering must be acknowledged and justice served, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told the Security Council on Thursday.
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Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…
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US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
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Scuffle Between Syrian Civilians and US Soldiers Reflects Increasing Hostility to US Troops
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-12
Though today's incident in Qamishli is a rare occurrence, it is likely a harbinger of the region-wide push that has seen countries like Syria and Iraq take a firmer posture towards the presence of US troops in their countries.
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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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Foreign fighters: 'One of the most serious dimensions' in global counter-terrorism struggle
news.un.org | 2020-02-12
Over the past few years, ISIL and Al-Qaida terrorist fighters have posed an "unprecedented threat to international peace and security", the UN counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday in Vienna, at the close of a joint UN- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) regional conference on addressing challenges posed by terrorists who have gone to fight overseas.
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What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats
rt.com | 2020-02-12
US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. | ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…
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'We must all do more' to protect children in armed conflict: UN chief
news.un.org | 2020-02-12
On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the need to integrate child protection into peace processes during a high-level Security Council briefing on Wednesday.
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Congress Should Outlaw State Attacks on Abortion Access
Yashica Robinson, MD | aclu.org | 2020-02-12
Before I finished | high school, I learned I was pregnant. As a result of fear and a lack of | resources, by the time I confided in my mother and grandmother, I had no choice |

Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges
Neema Singh Guliani | aclu.org | 2020-02-12
Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers

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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"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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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

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

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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