Daily Archives: February 1, 2020

2020-02-01: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-01). Arab League rejects Trump's 'deal of the century' at Cairo summit with Abbas. rt.com The Arab League has shot down US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, saying it would not lead to a just peace between Israel and Palestine. The deal has already been rejected by the Palestinian side. | League members met in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the deal, touted by Trump as the "deal of the century," and a realistic roadmap to peace between Israel and Palestine. Speaking at the meeting, Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas announced he would cut all ties with the US and Israel over the plan, and would not go down in history as the person who "sold out Jerusalem." | Many feared (or hoped) the…

RT (2020-02-01). 'It's not about Jose vs Pep': Mourinho preaches peace ahead of latest clash with Guardiola – but rivalry has been an explosive one. rt.com Jose Mourinho has played down any notion of lingering hostilities with Pep Guardiola as the Portuguese prepares his Tottenham team to face Manchester City, but the past decade has seen some combustible clashes between the pair. | While Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo is seen as the defining individual rivalry of our time on the pitch, Mourinho versus Guardiola is arguably the managerial equivalent, given the frequency and intensity with which the two have crossed swords over more than a decade. | That rivalry enters a new phase as Mourinho faces off against Guardiola for the first time as Spurs boss on…

RT (2020-02-01). Object-lesson in ruling class privilege? Democrats ditch donor threshold for primary debates so Bloomberg can participate. rt.com The Democratic National Committee is loosening its debate qualifying criteria, opening the door to billionaire establishment darling Michael Bloomberg and angering candidates that had been excluded from prior events. | The same DNC that has held fast to its rules while one candidate after another complained about the seemingly arbitrary means of deciding which polls would count toward a qualifying threshold has opted to discard its individual donor requirement starting with the February debate. The rule had prevented former New York Mayor and billionaire media mogul Bloomberg from joining the previous forums.

WSWS (2020-02-01). Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal. wsws.org The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.

Staff (2020-02-01). Forget Impeachment — All Politicians Should Be Revocable. truthout.org Weeks after it was passed in the House of Representatives, the impeachment proceedings in the Senate are well underway. While both parties bicker, Chief Justice John Roberts calls the Senate the "world's greatest deliberative body." But it isn't a deliberative body at all, much less the world's greatest. Everyone knows that the impeachment isn't going to pass the Senate and that this is just a circus spectacle for the Democrats to pretend they are a real opposition to Donald Trump. | But impeachment isn't a new co…

Clark D. Cunningham (2020-02-01). Limiting Senate inquiry ignores Founders' intent for impeachment. zcomm.org Impeachment was "an essential security for the good behaviour" of the president; otherwise, "he will spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself re-elected."

Staff (2020-02-01). DNC Insiders Plot Return of Superdelegates to Stop Sanders at Convention. truthout.org As the first contests of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary draw near and Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to rise in polling, a small group of party insiders are considering making a bid to reverse a rule change won by progressives and allow the establishment to pick a candidate. | That's according to reporting from Politico Friday night which claims a cadre of Democratic National Committee (DNC) insiders are plotting to return superdelegates—unelected party officials and elites—t…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-01). Cadre of DNC Insiders Plot Return of Super Delegates to Stop Sanders at Convention. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-02-01). Turkish, Palestinian presidents speak over phone. yenisafak.com Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday held a phone conversation with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, according to the Turkish communications directorate.Erdogan and Abbas talked about the latest developments and regional issues.The Turkish president reiterated his country's support to Palestine in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's so-called Middle East peace plan.On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump released his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian dispute at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with no Palestinian officials present.During the event…

yenisafak (2020-02-01). Palestinians in 'shock, disbelief' at Trump plan: UNWRA. yenisafak.com Palestinians seem to have reacted with "shock and disbelief" at the U.S.' so-called peace plan for the Middle East, the acting head of UN agency for Palestine refugees said on Friday.Christian Saunders, the Acting Commissioner-General of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), was responding to questions at a UN press conference in Geneva on a $1.4 billion U.S. budget appeal for the agency which lost $360 million of U.S. funding in 2018.UNWRA is the UN agency mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide protection and assistance to some 5.6 million Palestine refugees in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon,…

John Wojcik (2020-01-31). Senate "trial" with no documents or witnesses — a national embarrassment. peoplesworld.org President Donald Trump's acquittal was a certainty well before Sen. Lamar Alexander's decision last night to hang tight with his long-time pal Mitch McConnell and oppose efforts by the Dems to call more witnesses and keep the trial going an extra week. The 51-member GOP majority was never expected to put principle before party. Their …

Staff (2020-01-31). Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal. democracynow.org The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…

Staff (2020-01-31). GOP Accused of 'Greatest Cover-Up Since Watergate'. truthdig.com Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday The Senate is widely expected as early as Friday evening to oppose permitting witnesses, given swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.)

RT (2020-01-31). Senate votes down Democrats' witness demand in Trump impeachment trial. rt.com The Republican-majority Senate has rejected Democrats' demand for additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump, paving the way for the likely acquittal verdict expected sometime next week. | Senators voted 51-49 not to call on more witnesses beyond the 18 that testified in the proceedings led by the House Democrats last year. | Two Republicans, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), joined the Democrats in calling for additional witnesses — such as former national security adviser John Bolton. The rest of the GOP sided with the president's lawyers, who argued that…

RT (2020-01-31). Libyan government must honor its promise, release 'illegally detained' employees – Russian NGO. rt.com A Russian NGO has accused the government in Tripoli of breaking the pledge it made during peace talks by refusing to release two of its employees, arrested last year on charges of "meddling" in an election that never happened. | Maxim Shugalei and Samer Hassan Ali Seifan worked for the Foundation for National Values Protection, a Russian nonprofit. They were arrested in May 2019 by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). | "We consider that one of the objectives of this arrest of Russian citizens was the urge to prevent the leak of the results of their social studies, which prove the absence of…

Miko Peled (2020-01-31). Dead on Arrival: Dissecting Trump's Vision for the Future of Palestine. mintpressnews.com What used to be an idea expressed by only the most extreme right-wing Zionists, namely ridding Israel of its Palestinian citizens, is now part of a "peace" plan and has been given the rubber stamp of the United States government, writes Miko Peled.

CounterSpin (2020-01-31). Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'Peace' Plan, Rainey Reitman on Greenwald Persecution. fair.org MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a "win-win," but also say to the unconsulted party, "You better take it, or else." Yet …

Eds. (2020-01-31). Palestinians around the world reject Trump's 'fraud of the century'. mronline.org Palestinians have responded to US President Donald Trump's peace plan with a resounding "no," expressing their frustrations with what they have dubbed as the "fraud of the century." From social media to the streets, Palestinians in the occupied territory and in the diaspora have rejected Trump's vision for the region, criticizing the plan for granting […] |

Richard Eskow (2020-01-31). "Balfouristans" for Bibi: "Apartheid" Isn't an Insult, It's a Blueprint. counterpunch.org The image on the left is from a map Donald Trump tweeted out with the label, "Vision For Peace: Conceptual Map/The Future of Palestine." The one on the right shows the "Bantustans" created by apartheid-era South Africa in 1970, a move designed to pen the country's black citizens into impoverished "homelands." Any questions? These maps

Kathleen Wallace (2020-01-31). Do Not Light That Fuse DNC. counterpunch.org Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the

Agha Hussain (2020-01-31). Wealthy Gulf States Plan to Spend Big to Coax Syria Away from Iran. mintpressnews.com In the first of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates efforts by wealthy Gulf Arab countries to ply post-war Syria away from Iran by investing heavily in its post-war reconstruction.

Staff (2020-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Poised to Acquit President Trump in Impeachment Trial, World Health Organization Declares International Public Health Emergency, U.S. Special Envoy Warns of International Crisis in Idlib, Syria, Britain Formally Withdrawing from European Union Tonight, Pentagon Deploys 1st Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead-Armed Submarine, Trump Admin Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Landmines, Human Rights Groups Condemn Mexico for Crackdown on Central American Migrants, Mexican Butterfly Conservationist Found Dead, Bolivia's Movement for Socialism Candidate Luis Arce Returns to Bolivia, U.S. Pushes EU to End Ban on Chemic…

teleSUR (2020-01-31). More Than 350,000 Flee Violence In Northwestern Syria: UN. telesurenglish.net Almost 390,000 people have fled from their homes in northwestern Syria in the past two months due to violence, the United Nations said Thursday. | RELATED: | The

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-31). Erdogan's Outburst Against Russia Reveals Frustration. globalresearch.ca Back in November 2015, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M near the Syria—Turkey border on the allegations that the Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds — an interesting casus belli considering that …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-31). Trump's Annexation Scheme: A Stake in the Heart of the Moribund Two-State Solution and Peace. globalresearch.ca Since no-peace/peace plans first surfaced in the 1970s, the US and Israel supported Palestinian self-determination in name only. | Both countries opposed the idea since Israel seized Palestinian territory not stolen in 1948. | A two-state solution was theoretically possible years earlier, …

commondreams (2020-01-31). Stand Up America Decries Senate Republicans For Blocking Witnesses, Holding Sham Trial. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Michael Payne (2020-01-31). Honesty, integrity, ethics, and morality versus Republicanism. nationofchange.org When in the history of this country have we ever seen members of the U.S. Senate like these Republicans, who once swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but now act as if it has become irrelevant and meaningless?>

Staff (2020-01-31). The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King. truthout.org Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…

David Schultz (2020-01-31). It's Not Just Trump: Why the Next President Should Pledge to Weaken the Presidency. counterpunch.org The American presidency is too powerful. That is what the Senate impeachment trial and the 2020 presidential election should be about. Instead, masking this deeper constitutional problem is Donald Trump and his personal abuses of power. Yet these abuses of power are not simply the product of one errant person, but part of a longer

Staff (2020-01-31). Senator Clears Way for Acquittal, Says Trump's Actions Were Only "Inappropriate" truthout.org The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitut…

commondreams (2020-01-31). Senate Republicans Ignore Overwhelming Public Support for Witnesses. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Rainwater (2020-01-31). House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2020 — In response to two high-profile war powers votes on the House floor today, Peace Action released the following statement: "Our nation's endless wars are on autopilot, with Trump fitfully grabbing the steering wheel until his attention wanders somewhere else. Today's votes are a step toward Congress reclaiming its …

J.B. Gerald (2020-01-31). To Keep the Rohingya Alive. dissidentvoice.org The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish. — Article 1. The Genocide Convention On November 11, 2019 The Gambia filed at the International Court of Justice an Application of proceedings against Myanmar, …

Tom Anderson (2020-01-31). Trump's 'peace plan' gives the go-ahead to Israel's biggest land grab in decades. thecanary.co Donald Trump's ' The Jordan Valley, which

Rob Urie (2020-01-31). The Open Letter and the DNC. counterpunch.org Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-01-31). Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century. counterpunch.org An impeached president meeting in the White House with a Prime Minister indicted for corruption and bribery to pitch a giant land swindle in the Middle East, which they market to a gullible press as a "peace plan." Is there a more precise image for the current state of our political condition?

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-31). 'A Crisis for Democracy': Senate Votes Against Hearing From Witnesses. commondreams.org "Trump's defenders are saying that our Constitution does not apply to the powerful few." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-31). 'Definition of a Rigged System,' Says Sanders Campaign After DNC Changes Debate Rules for Billionaire Latecomer Mike Bloomberg. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-30). D.C. anti-Trump protests: Silent vigil demands Senate witnesses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—When it comes to campaigning for Senate conviction of GOP President Donald Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, demonstrators in D.C. had two separate objectives. Demonstrators staged a silent protest in the atrium of the largest senatorial office building. That group included busloads of people from Chicago and elsewhere, as well as …

Steve Sweeney (2020-01-30). General strike in Gaza, protests rage against Trump's 'deal of the century'. peoplesworld.org Palestinians waged a general strike in the besieged Gaza Strip Jan. 29 as protests continued to rage against the "dismal" Middle East peace plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday. His so-called "deal of the century" has been met by global condemnation with international governments and progressives branding it as "shameful" and unworkable. …

RT (2020-01-30). Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice. rt.com Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…

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South Front (2020-01-30). Video: Syria Army Advance on Saraqib. Liberated Areas held by Al Qaeda (Hayat Tahir al Sham). globalresearch.ca Idlib militants seem to be in disarray amid the developing advance of the Syrian Army. Since the liberation of Maarat al-Numan, government forces have achieved several important breakthroughs on the frontline in southeastern Idlib and southwestern Aleppo. | The army has …

Jonathan Cook (2020-01-30). Trump's "Deal of the Century" Will Not Bring Peace: That was the Plan for the US and Israel. dissidentvoice.org Much of Donald Trump's long-trailed "deal of the century" came as no surprise. Over the past 18 months, Israeli officials had leaked many of its details. The so-called Vision for Peace unveiled on Tuesday simply confirmed that the US government has publicly adopted the long-running consensus in Israel: that it is entitled to keep permanently …

news.un (2020-01-30). Find unity 'to halt Libya's senseless unraveling', UN envoy urges Security Council. news.un.org The top UN official in Libya on Thursday expressed his "deep anger and disappointment" over intensifying conflict in Libya despite a high-level summit held in the German capital of Berlin earlier this month, that set out measures to de-escalate fighting and put the divided country back on a path towards peace.

Saree Makdisi (2020-01-30). What's New About Trump's Mideast 'Peace' Plan? Only the Blunt Crudity of Its Racism. thenation.com What's New About Trump's Mideast 'Peace' Plan? Only the Blunt Crudity of Its Racism.

teleSUR (2020-01-30). Maduro on Merlano Case: Duque Does Not Want the Truth Out There. telesurenglish.net The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said Thursday that his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, has not followed the due process for the extradition of former congresswoman Aída Merlano. Merlano, who arrested last Monday in the city of Maracaibo, Zulia state, after running away from her country, seems not interested in knowing the truth, according to the head of state. | RELATED: | During a nationwide broadcast,…

Staff (2020-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2020. democracynow.org Rev. William Barber: Mitch McConnell Is Bringing Old Southern Justice to U.S. Senate, European Parliament Votes to Ratify Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 170, Racial Justice Groups Call on Klobuchar to Suspend Campaign, French Firefighters Clash with Riot Police in Latest Protests Against Pension Overhaul, Cuban Man Dies in ICE Custody, Marking 6th Death Since October, Salvadoran General Admits U.S.-Trained Forces Carried Out 1981 Massacre, South Dakota Passes Bill Criminalizing Gender-Affirming Surgery, #DignidadLiteraria: Latino Writers Launch Campaign in Response to "American Dirt"

Susan Price (2020-01-30). Trump's 'win-win' plan hands everything to Israel. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies. democracynow.org At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…

2020-02-01: Social Media Postees

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Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal
wsws.org | 2020-02-01
The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/01/impe…

Limiting Senate inquiry ignores Founders' intent for impeachment
Clark D. Cunningham | zcomm.org | 2020-02-01
Impeachment was "an essential security for the good behaviour" of the president; otherwise, "he will spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself re-elected."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/limiting-senate-in…

Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal
wsws.org | 2020-02-01
The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/01/impe…

Arab League rejects Trump's 'deal of the century' at Cairo summit with Abbas
rt.com | 2020-02-01
The Arab League has shot down US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, saying it would not lead to a just peace between Israel and Palestine. The deal has already been rejected by the Palestinian side. | League members met in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the deal, touted by Trump as the "deal of the century," and a realistic roadmap to peace between Israel and Palestine. Speaking at the meeting, Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas announced he would cut all ties with the US and Israel over the plan, and would not go down in history as the person who "sold out Jerusalem." | Many feared (or hoped) the…
rt.com/news/479858-arab-league-rejects-p…

'It's not about Jose vs Pep': Mourinho preaches peace ahead of latest clash with Guardiola – but rivalry has been an explosive one
rt.com | 2020-02-01
Jose Mourinho has played down any notion of lingering hostilities with Pep Guardiola as the Portuguese prepares his Tottenham team to face Manchester City, but the past decade has seen some combustible clashes between the pair. | While Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo is seen as the defining individual rivalry of our time on the pitch, Mourinho versus Guardiola is arguably the managerial equivalent, given the frequency and intensity with which the two have crossed swords over more than a decade. | That rivalry enters a new phase as Mourinho faces off against Guardiola for the first time as Spurs boss on…
rt.com/sport/479862-mourinho-guardiola-r…

DNC Insiders Plot Return of Superdelegates to Stop Sanders at Convention
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-01
As the first contests of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary draw near and Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to rise in polling, a small group of party insiders are considering making a bid to reverse a rule change won by progressives and allow the establishment to pick a candidate. | That's according to reporting from Politico Friday night which claims a cadre of Democratic National Committee (DNC) insiders are plotting to return superdelegates–unelected party officials and elites–t…
truthout.org/articles/dnc-insiders-plot-…

Object-lesson in ruling class privilege? Democrats ditch donor threshold for primary debates so Bloomberg can participate
rt.com | 2020-02-01
The Democratic National Committee is loosening its debate qualifying criteria, opening the door to billionaire establishment darling Michael Bloomberg and angering candidates that had been excluded from prior events. | The same DNC that has held fast to its rules while one candidate after another complained about the seemingly arbitrary means of deciding which polls would count toward a qualifying threshold has opted to discard its individual donor requirement starting with the February debate. The rule had prevented former New York Mayor and billionaire media mogul Bloomberg from joining the previous forums.
rt.com/usa/479822-bloomberg-forces-debat…

Cadre of DNC Insiders Plot Return of Super Delegates to Stop Sanders at Convention
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-01
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Turkish, Palestinian presidents speak over phone
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-01
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday held a phone conversation with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, according to the Turkish communications directorate.Erdogan and Abbas talked about the latest developments and regional issues.The Turkish president reiterated his country's support to Palestine in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's so-called Middle East peace plan.On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump released his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian dispute at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with no Palestinian officials present.During the event…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-palestinia…

Palestinians in 'shock, disbelief' at Trump plan: UNWRA
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-01
Palestinians seem to have reacted with "shock and disbelief" at the U.S.' so-called peace plan for the Middle East, the acting head of UN agency for Palestine refugees said on Friday.Christian Saunders, the Acting Commissioner-General of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), was responding to questions at a UN press conference in Geneva on a $1.4 billion U.S. budget appeal for the agency which lost $360 million of U.S. funding in 2018.UNWRA is the UN agency mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide protection and assistance to some 5.6 million Palestine refugees in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon,…
yenisafak.com/en/news/palestinians-in-sh…

Headlines for January 31, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
Senate Poised to Acquit President Trump in Impeachment Trial, World Health Organization Declares International Public Health Emergency, U.S. Special Envoy Warns of International Crisis in Idlib, Syria, Britain Formally Withdrawing from European Union Tonight, Pentagon Deploys 1st Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead-Armed Submarine, Trump Admin Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Landmines, Human Rights Groups Condemn Mexico for Crackdown on Central American Migrants, Mexican Butterfly Conservationist Found Dead, Bolivia's Movement for Socialism Candidate Luis Arce Returns to Bolivia, U.S. Pushes EU to End Ban on Chemic…
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Headlines for January 31, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
Senate Poised to Acquit President Trump in Impeachment Trial, World Health Organization Declares International Public Health Emergency, U.S. Special Envoy Warns of International Crisis in Idlib, Syria, Britain Formally Withdrawing from European Union Tonight, Pentagon Deploys 1st Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead-Armed Submarine, Trump Admin Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Landmines, Human Rights Groups Condemn Mexico for Crackdown on Central American Migrants, Mexican Butterfly Conservationist Found Dead, Bolivia's Movement for Socialism Candidate Luis Arce Returns to Bolivia, U.S. Pushes EU to End Ban on Chemic…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/31/headlines

More Than 350,000 Flee Violence In Northwestern Syria: UN
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-31
Almost 390,000 people have fled from their homes in northwestern Syria in the past two months due to violence, the United Nations said Thursday. | RELATED: | Syrian Forces Advance Inside Idlib and Aleppo Provinces | The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the latest displacements took place between 1 December and 27 January, as many people left southern Idlib and western Aleppo provinces, "mostly escaping hostilities…
telesurenglish.net/news/More-Than-350000…

Wealthy Gulf States Plan to Spend Big to Coax Syria Away from Iran
Agha Hussain | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-31
In the first of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates efforts by wealthy Gulf Arab countries to ply post-war Syria away from Iran by investing heavily in its post-war reconstruction.
mintpressnews.com/wealthy-gcc-gulf-state…

Erdogan's Outburst Against Russia Reveals Frustration
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-31
Back in November 2015, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M near the Syria–Turkey border on the allegations that the Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds

Two Wings, Four Despotisms
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Republican Tyranny, Orange Menace Democracy is trumped in the United States by multiple, overlapping, interrelated and mutually reinforcing forms of despotism. The Trump administration and the Trumpified Republican Party, backed by a cult-like base, embody a creepy, neofascistic variant of the disease. The Republican White House and Senate are currently conducting a tasteless tutorial in…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/two-wings-fo…

Trump's Annexation Scheme: A Stake in the Heart of the Moribund Two-State Solution and Peace
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-31
Since no-peace/peace plans first surfaced in the 1970s, the US and Israel supported Palestinian self-determination in name only. | Both countries opposed the idea since Israel seized Palestinian territory not stolen in 1948. | A two-state solution was theoretically possible years earlier, …
globalresearch.ca/trump-annexation-scheme-stake-heart-moribund-two-state-solution-peace/5702445

It's Not Just Trump: Why the Next President Should Pledge to Weaken the Presidency
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
The American presidency is too powerful. That is what the Senate impeachment trial and the 2020 presidential election should be about. Instead, masking this deeper constitutional problem is Donald Trump and his personal abuses of power. Yet these abuses of power are not simply the product of one errant person, but part of a longer…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/its-not-just…

Senator Clears Way for Acquittal, Says Trump's Actions Were Only "Inappropriate"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say…
truthout.org/video/senator-clears-way-fo…

Senate Republicans Ignore Overwhelming Public Support for Witnesses
commondreams.org | 2020-01-31
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Honesty, integrity, ethics, and morality versus Republicanism
Michael Payne | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-31
When in the history of this country have we ever seen members of the U.S. Senate like these Republicans, who once swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but now act as if it has become irrelevant and meaningless?>…
nationofchange.org/2020/01/31/honesty-in…

Stand Up America Decries Senate Republicans For Blocking Witnesses, Holding Sham Trial
commondreams.org | 2020-01-31
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/01/31/sta…

Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…
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Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…
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The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…
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Senate votes down Democrats' witness demand in Trump impeachment trial
rt.com | 2020-01-31
The Republican-majority Senate has rejected Democrats' demand for additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump, paving the way for the likely acquittal verdict expected sometime next week. | Senators voted 51-49 not to call on more witnesses beyond the 18 that testified in the proceedings led by the House Democrats last year. | Two Republicans, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), joined the Democrats in calling for additional witnesses

GOP Accused of 'Greatest Cover-Up Since Watergate'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday accused the Republican Party of orchestrating the "greatest cover-up since Watergate" as the Senate prepared to debate and vote on whether to allow witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. | The Senate is widely expected as early as Friday evening to oppose permitting witnesses, given swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) announcement late Thursday tha…
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"Balfouristans" for Bibi: "Apartheid" Isn't an Insult, It's a Blueprint
Richard Eskow | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
The image on the left is from a map Donald Trump tweeted out with the label, "Vision For Peace: Conceptual Map/The Future of Palestine." The one on the right shows the "Bantustans" created by apartheid-era South Africa in 1970, a move designed to pen the country's black citizens into impoverished "homelands." Any questions? These maps…
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Dead on Arrival: Dissecting Trump's Vision for the Future of Palestine
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-31
What used to be an idea expressed by only the most extreme right-wing Zionists, namely ridding Israel of its Palestinian citizens, is now part of a "peace" plan and has been given the rubber stamp of the United States government, writes Miko Peled.
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Dead on Arrival: Dissecting Trump's Vision for the Future of Palestine
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-31
What used to be an idea expressed by only the most extreme right-wing Zionists, namely ridding Israel of its Palestinian citizens, is now part of a "peace" plan and has been given the rubber stamp of the United States government, writes Miko Peled.
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Trump's 'peace plan' gives the go-ahead to Israel's biggest land grab in decades
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2020-01-31
Donald Trump's ' plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict' is catastrophic for Palestinians. One major problem is that it gives the green-light to Israeli politicians' long-held plans to annex the Jordan Valley. | The Jordan Valley, which includes the Dead Sea region, makes up a third of the occupie…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/01/31/trumps-peace-plan-gives-the-go-ahead-to-israels-biggest-land-grab-in-decades/

Trump's 'peace plan' gives the go-ahead to Israel's biggest land grab in decades
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2020-01-31
Donald Trump's ' plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict' is catastrophic for Palestinians. One major problem is that it gives the green-light to Israeli politicians' long-held plans to annex the Jordan Valley. | The Jordan Valley, which includes the Dead Sea region, makes up a third of the occupie…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/01/31/trumps-peace-plan-gives-the-go-ahead-to-israels-biggest-land-grab-in-decades/

Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'Peace' Plan, Rainey Reitman on Greenwald Persecution
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-01-31
MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a "win-win," but also say to the unconsulted party, "You better take it, or else." Yet …
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Massive Rejection of Trump's Plan in Palestine, Jordan, Yemen
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-31
Thousands of Palestinians held numerous demonstrations on the first Friday following the announcement of the so-called "Deal of the Century" promoted by the U.S. President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Palestinian Leaders Taking Steps to Topple Trump's 'Peace Plan' | From Gaza to the West Bank, people protested energetically against what they called "an aparthei…
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House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-01-31
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To Keep the Rohingya Alive
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-31
The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

Palestinians around the world reject Trump's 'fraud of the century'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-31
Palestinians have responded to US President Donald Trump's peace plan with a resounding "no," expressing their frustrations with what they have dubbed as the "fraud of the century." From social media to the streets, Palestinians in the occupied territory and in the diaspora have rejected Trump's vision for the region, criticizing the plan for granting […] | Source…
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Libyan government must honor its promise, release 'illegally detained' employees – Russian NGO
rt.com | 2020-01-31
A Russian NGO has accused the government in Tripoli of breaking the pledge it made during peace talks by refusing to release two of its employees, arrested last year on charges of "meddling" in an election that never happened. | Maxim Shugalei and Samer Hassan Ali Seifan worked for the Foundation for National Values Protection, a Russian nonprofit. They were arrested in May 2019 by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). | "We consider that one of the objectives of this arrest of Russian citizens was the urge to prevent the leak of the results of their social studies, which prove the absence of…
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Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'Peace' Plan, Rainey Reitman on Greenwald Persecution
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-01-31
MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a "win-win," but also say to the unconsulted party, "You better take it, or else." Yet …
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The Open Letter and the DNC
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and…
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Do Not Light That Fuse DNC
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the…
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Do Not Light That Fuse DNC
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the…
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Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
An impeached president meeting in the White House with a Prime Minister indicted for corruption and bribery to pitch a giant land swindle in the Middle East, which they market to a gullible press as a "peace plan." Is there a more precise image for the current state of our political condition?
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Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
An impeached president meeting in the White House with a Prime Minister indicted for corruption and bribery to pitch a giant land swindle in the Middle East, which they market to a gullible press as a "peace plan." Is there a more precise image for the current state of our political condition?
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'A Crisis for Democracy': Senate Votes Against Hearing From Witnesses
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-31
"Trump's defenders are saying that our Constitution does not apply to the powerful few." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Definition of a Rigged System,' Says Sanders Campaign After DNC Changes Debate Rules for Billionaire Latecomer Mike Bloomberg
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-31
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Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice
rt.com | 2020-01-30
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…
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Video: Syria Army Advance on Saraqib. Liberated Areas held by Al Qaeda (Hayat Tahir al Sham)
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Idlib militants seem to be in disarray amid the developing advance of the Syrian Army. Since the liberation of Maarat al-Numan, government forces have achieved several important breakthroughs on the frontline in southeastern Idlib and southwestern Aleppo. | The army has …
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Two Books for One Price: Special Offers from Global Research Publishers
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Global Research Publishers bring you a number of special offers on two-book combined purchases. Click on a link below for more info or to order the combined book offer of your choice: | . | . | | | *SPECIAL OFFER: The Dirty War on : | …
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D.C. anti-Trump protests: Silent vigil demands Senate witnesses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-30
WASHINGTON–When it comes to campaigning for Senate conviction of GOP President Donald Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, demonstrators in D.C. had two separate objectives. Demonstrators staged a silent protest in the atrium of the largest senatorial office building. That group included busloads of people from Chicago and elsewhere, as well as …
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