Daily Archives: February 20, 2020

2020-02-20: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-20). 'Asking for trouble?' VIDEO shows American APC pushing Russian army jeep off road in Syria. rt.com Footage from Syria purports to show a US armored personnel carrier pushing a Russian military jeep off the road; relations between Moscow and Washington remain tense. | A video, posted on social media on Wednesday, shows what appears to be a Russian military convoy moving alongside an American one. At one point, a Russian Tigr heavy jeep tries to overtake an Oshkosh M-ATV armored vehicle with a US flag on its roof. The M-ATV responds by maneuvering to the right, pushing the Tigr further away from the road. | Narrowly evading collision and nearly hitting a pedestrian in the process, both vehicles stop, and o…

RT (2020-02-20). Algerian president honors 'smile revolution' protest on 1st anniversary. rt.com Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has declared February 22 a special holiday to honor the peaceful "smile revolution" protest movement that ousted the country's longtime leader last year. | Tebboune made the announcement Wednesday, ahead of what are expected to be big protests this week to mark the Hirak movement's first anniversary. Earlier this week, the communications minister called for February 22 to be declared "a national holiday of the blessed Hirak," the Arabic name for the uprising. | Many Algerians say the authorities are ignoring their calls for deeper political change. Tebboune is seen as a…

Rebecca Gordon (2020-02-20). Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents). counterpunch.org On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In other words, Trump's pre-election boast that he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters" proved something more than high-flown hyperbole. (To be fair, he did

South Front (2020-02-20). Video: Syrians Are in Desperate Race to Outrun Brutal Regime Offensive. globalresearch.ca Syrians are in a desperate race to outrun the offensive of the brutal Assad regime. The ruthless government forces are aggressively destroying helpless mines and car bombs, treacherously restoring roads, schools and residential houses, cruelly launching road patrols, and (oh, …

Rebecca Gordon (2020-02-20). "The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President" globalresearch.ca On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In other words, Trump's

Jeff Mackler (2020-02-20). Break With Two-Party Capitalist Duopoly! counterpunch.org Glory hallelujah! If the Lord's "terrible swift sword" had descended from the heavens to witness the Democratic Party's congressional delegation's standing ovation in response to Donald Trump's State of Union introduction of his despicably appointed Venezuelan presidential pretender Juan Guaidó, the Democrats would be dead in the water. But there is no God in American politics; the only certainty lies in a clear understanding that the election game is rigged from

stclair (2020-02-20). Pardoning Julian Assange: Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC. counterpunch.org The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account has become a matter of hagiography, an article of faith, with grave conclusions: WikiLeaks and

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-20). Pardoning Julian Assange: Donald Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC. globalresearch.ca The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account …

Susan Price (2020-02-20). Syria: Refugee crisis as Assad's forces advance. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-02-20). The climate crisis and the need for peace. greenleft.org.au

sputniknews (2020-02-20). Syrian Arab Army Units Repel Terrorist Attacks in Idlib – SANA Reporter. sputniknews.com In December, Syrian government forces launched an offensive to recapture areas of Idlib Province, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country. Tensions in the region escalated further after Syrian government forces shelled a Turkish observation point on 3 February, killing seven military personnel and one civilian contractor.

sputniknews (2020-02-20). Pickup Truck Bomb Explodes in Central Damascus – Reports. sputniknews.com There were no immediate details about the number of casualties in the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

sputniknews (2020-02-20). Meet Richard Grenell: What You Need to Know About New Director of US National Intelligence. sputniknews.com Grenell will replace Joseph Maguire, a retired US Navy admiral who was appointed last August. Maguire was at the centre of Donald Trump's impeachment drama. He testified before Congress about a whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment. Although Maguire defended the whistleblower's right he did not criticise president Trump.

sputniknews (2020-02-20). WikiLeaks Confirms an "Offer" Was Made to Julian Assange Prior to His Indictment. sputniknews.com In 2017 The Wall Street Journal reported that California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher proposed to reach out to Julian Assange on behalf of US President Donald Trump to offer a pardon to the WikiLeaks publisher, if he could prove Russia wasn't involved in the DNC Leaks.

yenisafak (2020-02-20). Thorny path ahead for Afghan president after election win. yenisafak.com Riding a delicate victory, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani embarked on his second five-year term amid rejuvenated peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban.The 70-year-old president faces the daunting task of uniting the country and protecting democracy, political commentators and observers told Anadolu Agency."He is faced with challenges of a mammoth scale on at least three fronts. One and most serious of all now seems the challenge posed to him by all the key politicians who have been in power since the fall of the Taliban regime [in 2001] such as [former power-sharing Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah, former Pr…

Andre Vltchek (2020-02-19). Could the Latest Outburst of Ankara's Temper lead to Escalation in Syria? dissidentvoice.org So far Turkey, militarily the second mightiest NATO country, has been able to get away with virtually anything it has chosen to brew in the Middle East. The reason why is simple: to confront Turkey's bullying and expansionism militarily would be like confronting the United States or Israel; thousands of innocent people would die as …

teleSUR (2020-02-19). Syria Completes First Flight to Aleppo Airport in 8 Years. telesurenglish.net The first flight from Syria's capital Damascus to the northern city of Aleppo took off on Wednesday for the first time in eight years. | RELATED: | Officials and reporters were onboard the flight, which had been suspended due to the presence of rebels in the western countryside of Aleppo, which threatened the international airport of Aleppo. | Over the past two months, the Syrian army launched a wide-scale offensi…

teleSUR (2020-02-19). Russian Minister Accuses U.S. of Openly Plundering Syrian Oil. telesurenglish.net The United States openly controls and plunders the oil fields belonging to Syria and its people, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | "The Syrian oil fields, the territories where the precious substance is produced, are controlled by the United States. There is shameless plundering of the riches that belong to Syria and the Syrian people," denounced Russia's defense minister in Rome, Italy.

Staff (2020-02-19). U.N.: Thousands Fleeing Syrian Offensive, Kids Dying in the Cold. truthdig.com UNITED NATIONS — Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed Syrian offensive are being squeezed into ever smaller areas near Turkey's border "under horrendous conditions" in freezing temperatures that are killing babies and young children, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday. | Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that "the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe" in northwest Idlib province, which is the last major rebel stronghold, has "overwhelmed" efforts to provide aid. | He said nearly 900,000 people have been displaced since Dec. 1 when the government offensive began, more than…

South Front (2020-02-19). Video: Towards The Liberation of Idlib City. globalresearch.ca Syrian government forces did not stop their operation in Greater Idlib with the success in the western countryside of Aleppo city, and continued making gains in the province. During the past 24 hours, they took control of over 10 settlements….

teleSUR (2020-02-19). Erdogan Says Turkish Military Operation in Idlib is 'Imminent'. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday that his country's armed forces have made their final preparations for a military operation to expel the Syrian government troops from the Idlib province. | RELATED: | "We are counting down and making our final warnings … An operation in Idlib is imminent," the president said while addressing his party's members at the parliament. | Erdogan said that t…

news.un (2020-02-19). Amid 'devastating scale' of suffering in Syria's north-west, UN Security Council urged to find political way forward. news.un.org With progress stalled on both the peace and political fronts in Syria, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen urged ambassadors in the Security Council on Wednesday to "put their weight" into finding a solution to end nearly nine years of conflict.

Mark Taliano (2020-02-19). NATO Wars Against Freedom, Justice and Humanity. globalresearch.ca NATO commits Supreme International War Crimes Against Peace as military doctrine. The criminality is normalized. Perceptions are inverted and Western populations are hypnotized to believe that NATO and its serial war crimes are making us safe. | . | . | Hidden from …

John Perry (2020-02-19). While Nicaragua returns to peace, media and international NGOs conjure epidemic of violence with dubious reporting. thegrayzone.com Media bias against Nicaragua's Sandinista government is unremitting, and international NGOs are feeding it by misreporting a violent land dispute…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-02-19). US Middle East "Peace Deal" Designed to Perpetuate Conflict. globalresearch.ca A deal that is entirely unacceptable to one of its principal parties isn't a deal at all. In the case of the US-proposed "Middle East peace plan" — unsurprisingly endorsed by the US and Israel and few others — everything …

Staff (2020-02-19). Israel Planning Thousands of Settlement Units North of Jerusalem. imemc.org The Israeli Ministry of Housing announced Tuesday that it plans to construct thousands of new Israeli settlement units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, in violation of international law and all past signed peace agreements, and even violating the Trump-Kushner Plan, which had designated the neighborhood as part …

teleSUR (2020-02-19). China: 'Venezuelan Oil Sales Are Legal and Should Be Respected'. telesurenglish.net China's RELATED: | The Asian country also hopes that Washington will withdraw its sanctions and help find a peaceful solution to the political…

Rebecca Gordon (2020-02-19). 'The right to do whatever I want as president'. nationofchange.org The Senate's failure to convict the president will only confirm his conception of his office as a seat of absolute power (which, as we've been told, "corrupts absolutely").

RT (2020-02-18). Pay-to-play? Bloomberg & his deep pockets qualify for Nevada debate after DNC rule change opened door to billionaire contender. rt.com Michael Bloomberg will be allowed to participate in the upcoming Democratic primary debate in Nevada, thanks in part to a helpful rule change — and hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending. | As of Tuesday, the former New York City mayor has polled over 10 percent in four surveys, meeting the threshold set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). (Alternatively, Bloomberg could have qualified by receiving at least one delegate from either the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary — but the billionaire has yet to rack up a single delegate.) | His qualification for Wednesday's deba…

RT (2020-02-18). 'Oligarch v oligarch' in 2020? Democrats could rob Bernie & nominate Bloomberg in Wall Street win-win — Lee Camp. rt.com Bernie Sanders is on course to triumph in the Democratic primaries, but backdoor deals could result in Michael Bloomberg being the nominee, leaving Americans to choose between two Wall Street-backed billionaires, Lee Camp warns. | In his new video, the American comedian and Redacted Tonight host argues that the Democratic establishment will do everything in its power to prevent the Vermont senator from clinching the nomination. | In one possible scenario, Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, could be handed the nomination if non-Sanders delegates throw their support behind him, resulting in a lose-lose situat…

news.un (2020-02-18). UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria's war-battered north-west. news.un.org Alarmed by the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in north-west Syria and the tragic suffering of civilians, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing fight that has displaced more than 900.000 civilians since early December.

news.un (2020-02-18). Hope for 'long-elusive progress' in negotiating peace in eastern Ukraine. news.un.org Marking the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Minsk II agreement, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, that along with the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk memorandum, it remains "the only agreed framework" for a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

news.un (2020-02-17). As north-west Syria violence reaches 'horrifying' new level, UN relief chief says ceasefire is only option. news.un.org The crisis in north-west Syria has reached a "horrifying new level", the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief warned on Monday.

Staff (2020-02-17). Headlines for February 17, 2020. democracynow.org Americans Aboard Cruise Ship Repatriated as 71,000 Global Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed, 1,100+ Ex-DOJ Staff Call on Attorney General Barr to Resign, Sen. Klobuchar Can't Say Name of Mexican President, Sen. Sanders Calls Out Bloomberg on Campaign Trail, Bloomberg's Company Faced Years of Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Lawsuits, LGBT Activists of Color Call Out Pete Buttigieg for Ties to Big Money, Conservative Positions, Airstrikes Kill 31 People, Including Children, in Yemen, Intensifying Syrian Gov't Offensive Has Displaced 800,000 Civilians Since December, Airstrike Kills 8 Civilians in Afghanistan as U…

William Kaufman (2020-02-16). Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem. dissidentvoice.org The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 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 …

Staff (2020-02-14). Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land. democracynow.org 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…

news.un (2020-02-14). Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative. news.un.org 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.

Fight Back (2020-02-14). Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump's War Powers Authority, Attorney General William Barr Criticizes Trump's Tweets, Bloomberg Criticized for Falsely Blaming 2008 Crisis on End of Redlining, Top Wall Street Executives on Biden Guest List for Manhattan Fundraiser, Ex-Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Begged Him to Cover Up Sexual Abuse, Last Month Was Hottest January on Record, Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Blockades Cripple Canada's Rail Transportation, Intercept: Canadian Fossil Fuel Company "Bought" Oregon Sheriff Department Unit, Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft-Pentagon Contract After Amazon Lawsuit,…

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-02-13). Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2020 — In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "It's about time …

Whitney Webb (2020-02-12). Scuffle Between Syrian Civilians and US Soldiers Reflects Increasing Hostility to US Troops. mintpressnews.com 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.

Neema Singh Guliani (2020-02-12). Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges. aclu.org Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers — forcing a showdown between surveillance | reformers and defenders. And now, a group of Republicans and Democrats have | unveiled the strongest comprehensive reform proposal that we have seen | yet. | The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020, introduced by a

Yashica Robinson, MD (2020-02-12). Congress Should Outlaw State Attacks on Abortion Access. aclu.org 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 | — I was going to be a mother. Becoming a parent as a teenager came with many | harsh realities. I love my children with all my heart, but I know that everyone | should be able to make the decision to parent for themselves. | This personal | experience, along with my passion for young people, is how I came to my work at | the Alabama Women's Center. As a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and medical | director of a Huntsvil…

Aaron Maté (2020-02-11). Exclusive: New leaks shatter OPCW's attacks on Douma whistleblowers. thegrayzone.com Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry…

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

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

splcenter (2020-02-07). SPLC Testifies Before Congress on Alarming Incidents of White Supremacy in the Military. splcenter.org

Middle East Eye (2020-02-06). Turkey Gives Assad Deadline to Pull Back or Face Military Action. theantimedia.com Turkey has given the Syrian government until the end of this month to withdraw from recently seized territory in Idlib province.

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 …

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 …

2020-02-20: Social Media Postees

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Video: Syrians Are in Desperate Race to Outrun Brutal Regime Offensive
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
Syrians are in a desperate race to outrun the offensive of the brutal Assad regime. The ruthless government forces are aggressively destroying helpless mines and car bombs, treacherously restoring roads, schools and residential houses, cruelly launching road patrols, and (oh, …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrians-desperate-race-outrun-brutal-regime-offensive/5704146

'Asking for trouble?' VIDEO shows American APC pushing Russian army jeep off road in Syria
rt.com | 2020-02-20
Footage from Syria purports to show a US armored personnel carrier pushing a Russian military jeep off the road; relations between Moscow and Washington remain tense. | A video, posted on social media on Wednesday, shows what appears to be a Russian military convoy moving alongside an American one. At one point, a Russian Tigr heavy jeep tries to overtake an Oshkosh M-ATV armored vehicle with a US flag on its roof. The M-ATV responds by maneuvering to the right, pushing the Tigr further away from the road. | Narrowly evading collision and nearly hitting a pedestrian in the process, both vehicles stop, and o…
rt.com/news/481277-syria-russia-us-colli…

Algerian president honors 'smile revolution' protest on 1st anniversary
rt.com | 2020-02-20
Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has declared February 22 a special holiday to honor the peaceful "smile revolution" protest movement that ousted the country's longtime leader last year. | Tebboune made the announcement Wednesday, ahead of what are expected to be big protests this week to mark the Hirak movement's first anniversary. Earlier this week, the communications minister called for February 22 to be declared "a national holiday of the blessed Hirak," the Arabic name for the uprising. | Many Algerians say the authorities are ignoring their calls for deeper political change. Tebboune is seen as a…
rt.com/newsline/481263-algeria-revolutio…

Break With Two-Party Capitalist Duopoly!
Jeff Mackler | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-20
Glory hallelujah! If the Lord's "terrible swift sword" had descended from the heavens to witness the Democratic Party's congressional delegation's standing ovation in response to Donald Trump's State of Union introduction of his despicably appointed Venezuelan presidential pretender Juan Guaidó, the Democrats would be dead in the water. But there is no God in American politics; the only certainty lies in a clear understanding that the election game is rigged from…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/20/break-with-t…

Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents)
Rebecca Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-20
On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In other words, Trump's pre-election boast that he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters" proved something more than high-flown hyperbole. (To be fair, he did…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/20/impunity-gua…

"The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President"
Rebecca Gordon | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In other words, Trump's pre-election boast that he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and …
globalresearch.ca/the-right-to-do-whatever-i-want-as-president/5704096

Pardoning Julian Assange: Donald Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account …
globalresearch.ca/pardoning-julian-assange-donald-trump-wikileaks-dnc/5704145

Pardoning Julian Assange: Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC
stclair | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-20
The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account has become a matter of hagiography, an article of faith, with grave conclusions: WikiLeaks and…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/20/pardoning-ju…

The climate crisis and the need for peace
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-20
war Climate Nick DeaneIssue 1254 Australia climate refugees weapons militaryFebruary 2…
greenleft.org.au/content/climate-crisis-and-need-peace

Syrian Arab Army Units Repel Terrorist Attacks in Idlib – SANA Reporter
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-20
In December, Syrian government forces launched an offensive to recapture areas of Idlib Province, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country. Tensions in the region escalated further after Syrian government forces shelled a Turkish observation point on 3 February, killing seven military personnel and one civilian contractor.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020022010783…

Pickup Truck Bomb Explodes in Central Damascus – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-20
There were no immediate details about the number of casualties in the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020022010783…

Meet Richard Grenell: What You Need to Know About New Director of US National Intelligence
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-20
Grenell will replace Joseph Maguire, a retired US Navy admiral who was appointed last August. Maguire was at the centre of Donald Trump's impeachment drama. He testified before Congress about a whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment. Although Maguire defended the whistleblower's right he did not criticise president Trump.
sputniknews.com/us/202002201078358096-me…

WikiLeaks Confirms an "Offer" Was Made to Julian Assange Prior to His Indictment
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-20
In 2017 The Wall Street Journal reported that California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher proposed to reach out to Julian Assange on behalf of US President Donald Trump to offer a pardon to the WikiLeaks publisher, if he could prove Russia wasn't involved in the DNC Leaks.
sputniknews.com/uk/202002201078359630-wi…

Thorny path ahead for Afghan president after election win
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-20
Riding a delicate victory, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani embarked on his second five-year term amid rejuvenated peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban.The 70-year-old president faces the daunting task of uniting the country and protecting democracy, political commentators and observers told Anadolu Agency."He is faced with challenges of a mammoth scale on at least three fronts. One and most serious of all now seems the challenge posed to him by all the key politicians who have been in power since the fall of the Taliban regime [in 2001] such as [former power-sharing Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah, former Pr…
yenisafak.com/en/news/thorny-path-ahead-…

Amid 'devastating scale' of suffering in Syria's north-west, UN Security Council urged to find political way forward
news.un.org | 2020-02-19
With progress stalled on both the peace and political fronts in Syria, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen urged ambassadors in the Security Council on Wednesday to "put their weight" into finding a solution to end nearly nine years of conflict.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/02/1…

Russian Minister Accuses U.S. of Openly Plundering Syrian Oil
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-19
The United States openly controls and plunders the oil fields belonging to Syria and its people, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Russian Ministers Meet With Italian Counterparts in Rome | "The Syrian oil fields, the territories where the precious substance is produced, are controlled by the United States. There is shameless plundering of the riches that belong to Syria and the Syrian people," denounced Russia's defense minister in Rome, Italy.
telesurenglish.net/news/russian-minister…

U.N.: Thousands Fleeing Syrian Offensive, Kids Dying in the Cold
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-19
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Video: Towards The Liberation of Idlib City
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-19
Syrian government forces did not stop their operation in Greater Idlib with the success in the western countryside of Aleppo city, and continued making gains in the province. During the past 24 hours, they took control of over 10 settlements….
globalresearch.ca/video-idlib-city-preparing-ticker-tape-parade-assad/5704026

Syria Completes First Flight to Aleppo Airport in 8 Years
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-19
The first flight from Syria's capital Damascus to the northern city of Aleppo took off on Wednesday for the first time in eight years. | RELATED: | Erdogan Says Turkish Military Operation in Idlib is 'Imminent' | Officials and reporters were onboard the flight, which had been suspended due to the presence of rebels in the western countryside of Aleppo, which threatened the international airport of Aleppo. | Over the past two months, the Syrian army launched a wide-scale offensi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syria-Completes-…

Could the Latest Outburst of Ankara's Temper lead to Escalation in Syria?
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-19
So far Turkey, militarily the second mightiest NATO country, has been able to get away with virtually anything it has chosen to brew in the Middle East. The reason why is simple: to confront Turkey's bullying and expansionism militarily would be like confronting the United States or Israel; thousands of innocent people would die as …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/could-the-lat…

Erdogan Says Turkish Military Operation in Idlib is 'Imminent'
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-19
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday that his country's armed forces have made their final preparations for a military operation to expel the Syrian government troops from the Idlib province. | RELATED: | Russian Minister Accuses U.S. of Openly Plundering Syrian Oil | "We are counting down and making our final warnings … An operation in Idlib is imminent," the president said while addressing his party's members at the parliament. | Erdogan said that t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Erdogan-Says-Tur…

Israel Planning Thousands of Settlement Units North of Jerusalem
Staff | imemc.org | 2020-02-19
The Israeli Ministry of Housing announced Tuesday that it plans to construct thousands of new Israeli settlement units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, in violation of international law and all past signed peace agreements, and even violating the Trump-Kushner Plan, which had designated the neighborhood as part …
imemc.org/article/israel-planning-thousa…

While Nicaragua returns to peace, media and international NGOs conjure epidemic of violence with dubious reporting
John Perry | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-19
Media bias against Nicaragua's Sandinista government is unremitting, and international NGOs are feeding it by misreporting a violent land dispute…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/19/nicaragua-pea…

NATO Wars Against Freedom, Justice and Humanity
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-19
NATO commits Supreme International War Crimes Against Peace as military doctrine. The criminality is normalized. Perceptions are inverted and Western populations are hypnotized to believe that NATO and its serial war crimes are making us safe. | . | . | Hidden from …
globalresearch.ca/nato-wars-against-freedom-justice-humanity/5703971

US Middle East "Peace Deal" Designed to Perpetuate Conflict
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-19
A deal that is entirely unacceptable to one of its principal parties isn't a deal at all. In the case of the US-proposed "Middle East peace plan"

China: 'Venezuelan Oil Sales Are Legal and Should Be Respected'
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-19
China's Foreign Minister spokesperson Geng Shuang Wednesday informed that his country will continue to cooperate with Venezuela even though the U.S. tries to convince it not to. | RELATED: | China: Over 14 Thousand Patients Recover From Coronavirus | The Asian country also hopes that Washington will withdraw its sanctions and help find a peaceful solution to the political…
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'The right to do whatever I want as president'
Rebecca Gordon | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-19
The Senate's failure to convict the president will only confirm his conception of his office as a seat of absolute power (which, as we've been told, "corrupts absolutely").
nationofchange.org/2020/02/19/the-right-…

UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria's war-battered north-west
news.un.org | 2020-02-18
Alarmed by the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in north-west Syria and the tragic suffering of civilians, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing fight that has displaced more than 900.000 civilians since early December.
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Hope for 'long-elusive progress' in negotiating peace in eastern Ukraine
news.un.org | 2020-02-18
Marking the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Minsk II agreement, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, that along with the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk memorandum, it remains "the only agreed framework" for a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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Pay-to-play? Bloomberg & his deep pockets qualify for Nevada debate after DNC rule change opened door to billionaire contender
rt.com | 2020-02-18
Michael Bloomberg will be allowed to participate in the upcoming Democratic primary debate in Nevada, thanks in part to a helpful rule change

As north-west Syria violence reaches 'horrifying' new level, UN relief chief says ceasefire is only option
news.un.org | 2020-02-17
The crisis in north-west Syria has reached a "horrifying new level", the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief warned on Monday.
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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-16
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 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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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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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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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.

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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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

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 |

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…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/11/new-leaks-sha…

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

SPLC Testifies Before Congress on Alarming Incidents of White Supremacy in the Military
splcenter.org | 2020-02-07
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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

House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-01-31
Washington, D.C.

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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