Daily Archives: February 24, 2020

2020-02-24: News Headlines

Agha Hussain (2020-02-24). How a Subtle Turkey-Iran Entente is Helping Iran Secure a Firm Presence in Syria. mintpressnews.com In the last of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates how cooperation with Turkey is helping Iran resist pressure to leave Syria.

RT (2020-02-24). US proposals to start dialogue with terrorists in Idlib are unacceptable — Russian FM. rt.com Moscow will resist any attempts to whitewash the terrorists holed up in Idlib, Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that engaging in talks with them as the US is hinting is out of question. | Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an Al-Qaeda offshoot previously known as Al-Nusra, which controls Idlib, has been designated as a terrorist organization not only by the UN, but by the US itself, Lavrov said. | However, officials in Washington, including the special envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, "allow themselves statements, from which a conclusion can be made that 'it's not such a terrorist organization anym…

RT (2020-02-24). Israel intercepts 12 out of 14 missiles fired from Gaza in latest cross-border flare-up — IDF. rt.com Israel has shot down twelve projectiles, hours after the IDF carried out attacks inside Syria and Gaza. The Israeli military has claimed that its initial strikes were aimed at terrorist targets. | The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Twitter that air sirens had gone off in southern Israel on Monday, after fourteen projectiles were fired into Israel from Gaza. The IDF claims that twelve of the missiles were successfully intercepted. | Videos posted to social media purportedly show Israel's Iron Dome anti-air defense system in action. There are no reports of injuries. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terro…

Combined Sources (2020-02-24). Indian Communists: Trump's economic demands leave country vulnerable to U.S. corporations. peoplesworld.org Indian Communists have called for huge turnout at rallies opposing President Donald Trump's visit to the country, which started today. Protests have taken place in Ahmedabad, Trump's first stop on the trip, and a giant rally was organized by the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organization in Delhi, with support from the Communist Party of India-Marxist …

The Canary (2020-02-24). Julian Assange supporters protest outside court ahead of extradition hearing. thecanary.co Supporters of Julian Assange have gathered outside court as the WikiLeaks founder begins his fight against extradition to the US, where he is accused of helping to leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents.Demonstrators, including Assange's father John Shipton, arrived at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, with some holding placards calling for his immediate release.Some said they had arrived as early as 6am, with signs reading: "Don't shoot the messenger, free Assange" and "Free Julian Assange, Nobel Peace Prize nominee". Tents were erected on nearby grass.John Shipton, the father of Julian Assange, speaks…

Robert Abele (2020-02-24). The American Empire Will Fall if Humanity Stands Together. globalresearch.ca Empires despise laws. The U.S. Empire still desires to dominate Iran, Venezeula, Bolivia, Syria, and others, all in contravention of the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions. When the Geneva Conventions and International Laws of War and Commerce were …

Uprooted Palestinians (2020-02-24). Lest We Forget — Hillary Clinton: We Must Destroy Syria for Israel. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2018. | A leaked Hillary Clinton email confirms that the Obama administration, with Hillary at the helm, orchestrated a civil war in Syria to benefit Israel. | The new Wikileaks release shows the then Secretary of …

David Goodner (2020-02-24). How Bernie Can Be a Better Version of the Hope and Change Presidency of Barack Obama. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The proposed legislation, which will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-02-24). Palestine Blasts US Over West Bank Map Plans. telesurenglish.net Palestine on Monday said that the U.S.-Israeli team tasked with mapping the areas in the West Bank that would be annexed by Israel under the U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan has no legitimacy. | RELATED: | Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian president's spokesperson, said that the new maps under the U.S. Mideast peace plan would not give legitimacy to any side, said a statement published by official Palestini…

sputniknews (2020-02-24). Libyan National Army Claims Turkish Arms Making Their Way Into Terrorist Hands Via Misrata Port. sputniknews.com Turkish President Erdogan confirmed Saturday that "several" Turkish servicemen had been killed fighting Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar's forces. On Sunday, regional media said as many as 16 Turkish troops and over 100 mercenaries transported to Libya from Syria had died fighting for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord.

sputniknews (2020-02-24). Digital India? Members of Youth Congress Climb Mobile Tower to Cast Votes Online. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): In Bollywood movies and even in real life, it is common for people to climb water towers or mobile towers to protest but in one Indian village, a few young men climbed a mobile tower for an entirely different reason.

yenisafak (2020-02-24). Russian airstrikes kill 5 civilians in northern Syria. yenisafak.com Russian warplanes targeted residential areas in Syria's Idlib de-escalation, killing at least five civilians, a civil defense group working in the war-torn country said Monday.The Syrian opposition aircraft targeted 18 residential areas, according to The White Helmets.These areas include Kafr Nabl, Ehsim, Kansafra, Sufuhon, Hizareen, Kafar Aweed, Hass, Deir Sunbul villages in the south of Idlib as well as Darat Izza and Kafr Nouran towns in the west of Aleppo.Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on the pro-democracy protests. | Since then, hundreds of tho…

yenisafak (2020-02-24). Russia, Turkey preparing talks on Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com Russia and Turkey are preparing talks on how to de-escalate fighting in Syria's Idlib province, TASS news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov."Another series of consultations, which we hope will lead us to an agreement on how to ensure that this is indeed a de-escalation zone and that terrorists do not operate there, is being prepared now," Lavrov was quoted as saying.

yenisafak (2020-02-24). Leader of Merkel's CDU says party to elect new chairperson on April 25. yenisafak.com The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said on Monday her party would hold a congress on April 25 to elect a new chairperson and said possible candidates would announce this week whether they want to run.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the choice of CDU leader made at the upcoming congress would send a signal about who will run for chancellor for the conservatives in next year's federal election.The CDU succession debate was blown wide open earlier this month when Kramp-Karrenbauer unexpectedly said she would no longer seek to succeed her mentor Merkel.

RT (2020-02-23). WATCH Damascus air defenses intercept incoming Israeli missiles. rt.com Syrian air defenses in Damascus brought down several "hostile targets" coming from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights. Israel confirmed it conducted a strike as videos of the alleged interception were shared online. | The Israeli military launched a series of raids against "terrorist targets" belonging to Islamic Jihad in Syria and throughout Gaza, IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee confirmed in a rare admission of strikes against its neighbor. | Also on rt.com | | The st…

South Front (2020-02-23). Video: SAA Syrian Forces Give Turkish Army "A Whipping" in Eastern Idlib. globalresearch.ca On February 20, the 2nd Army of NATO and its proxy forces once again failed to capture the village of Nayrab, eastern Idlib, from the Syrian Army. The Turkish attack involved 2 dozens of military equipment pieces, including battle …

teleSUR (2020-02-23). Syrian Forces Defend Damascus From Alleged New Israeli Attack. telesurenglish.net Syria's air defense is responding to "hostile targets" over the Damascus area, state news agency SANA reported Sunday. | RELATED: | According to the news agency, Syrian forces are repelling "a batch of hostile missiles coming from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights." | Media reports said explosions were heard in the sky over Damascus, while videos allegedly confirm the attacks. SANA's correspondent confirmed that…

Andrew Korybko (2020-02-23). The Syrian Arab Army's Victorious Liberation of Aleppo. Historical Comparisons. globalresearch.ca While there are certainly some structural similarities between the Syrian Arab Army's ongoing liberation offensive in Northwestern Syria and Saakashvili's previous desire to restore Georgia's full sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, the international legal and situational differences …

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-23). Is Moscow Aiding the Sanders Campaign? "Russia AgainGate", But this Time in Favor of the "Progressive Dems" globalresearch.ca At this stage in the Dem party campaign to choose its standard bearer in November, Sanders leads other aspirants in national polls. | As in 2016, DNC bosses likely prefer another candidate to head their ticket, a more reliable figure to …

Fight Back (2020-02-23). "We want to show the DNC that the people have the power," says Milwaukee coalition. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On February 22, a Wisconsin delegation invited a conference of nearly 60 organizations to join a major protest at the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee in July. | The members of the Coalition to March on the DNC made their announcement on the second day of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) national conference. The UNAC conference is a major gathering of international solidarity and anti-oppression activists from across North America, taking place at the People's Forum in New York City. | The coalition is calling on all progressive, left, democratic and socialist or…

teleSUR (2020-02-23). ALBA Rejects Disqualification of Evo Morales' Candidacy. telesurenglish.net Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for America- Peoples' Trading Treaty (ALBA-TCP), denounced this Saturday the disqualification of former President Evo Morales as a candidate for the Bolivian Senate for the May 3 elections. | RELATED: | According to the statement issued by the regional body, the measure taken by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) is further evidence of the continuing coup against Morale…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-23). Israeli Forces Suppress Peaceful Protest in Kufur Qaddoum. imemc.org Violent confrontations flared up on Saturday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently dispersed a peaceful Palestinian demonstration in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, local sources said . The Palestinian Information Center reported that the IOF attacked the peaceful demonstrators by firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-23). Turkish Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel's Colonial Expansion. imemc.org Turkish Foreign Ministry, on Friday, condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that more settlement units would be built on occupied Palestinian lands. Notably, the statement noted that Israel was encouraged by the US, which recently announced its so-called peace plan called "Deal of the Century," Anadolu Agency reported. The …

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Group planning march on DNC heads to New York to build support. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Organizers with the Milwaukee-based Coalition to March on the DNC are attending the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), to build support for a major protest at the Democratic National Convention in July. | The Coalition to March on the DNC is a broad coalition of left and progressive forces who plan to bring popular demands to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, slated to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The march will be held on the opening morning of the convention, Monday, July 13. | "All eyes will be on Milwaukee when the people's movements protest outsi…

Kathleen Wallace (2020-02-21). The Debate Question That Really Mattered. counterpunch.org The last question asked during the recent Democratic debate was the one that laid reality bare. The question was basically "are you okay with the will of the voters being subverted in order for the DNC establishment to place their own selected candidate as their nominee?" The answers came without hesitation from all but candidate

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-21). Nationwide "U.S. Mail is Not for Sale" call-in February 25. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—One house of Congress won, the other to go along. That's the objective of the "U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale" call-in day postal union members and their allies plan to stage on Feb. 25. Their goal: To convince the GOP-run Senate to agree with the House, and end the biggest financial drain on the …

news.un (2020-02-21). UN chief appeals for end to Syria's 'man-made humanitarian nightmare'. news.un.org In a tersely delivered statement on Friday, the UN Secretary-General appealed for an end to the "man-made humanitarian nightmare" currently unfolding in Syria, where ongoing military operations in the north-west have displaced hundreds of thousands amid bitter winter temperatures.

Aaron Maté (2020-02-21). Turkey, US protect Al Qaeda in Idlib and worsen Syria's suffering. thegrayzone.com Why is Turkey, with US backing, protecting Al-Qaeda's largest affiliate in Idlib, Syria? Idlib is facing a humanitarian disaster as…

news.un (2020-02-20). End hostilities, 'preserve lives': UN refugee chief makes appeal for people trapped in Syria's Idlib. news.un.org As the already dire situation in north-west Syria dramatically continues to worsen in Idlib province, the head of the United Nations refugee agency called on Thursday for an end to the hostilities and appealed for urgent action to allow the people trapped there to move to places of safety.

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Staff (2020-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2020. democracynow.org Democratic Contenders Take Aim at Billionaire Michael Bloomberg in Nevada Debate, Protesters Interrupt Nevada Debate to Demand Immigration Discussion, Michael Bloomberg Made Transphobic Remarks in 2019, Bloomberg Campaign NDAs Could Prevent Reporting of Abuses, U.N. Warns of Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria's Idlib, German Far-Right Gunman Kills 10 in Frankfurt Suburb, China Expels Wall Street Journal Reporters over "Racist" Op-Ed, Trump Taps Ally Richard Grenell as Director of National Intelligence, As Roger Stone Faces Sentencing in Federal Court, Trump Hints at Pardon, Julian Assange's Lawyers: Trum…

news.un (2020-02-20). Central African Republic: Security Council reflects on peace deal anniversary. news.un.org One year after the signing of a peace deal in the Central African Republic (CAR), State authority is being extended throughout the country, violence against civilians has decreased, and an inclusive Government remains in place, the UN Security Council heard on Thursday.

splcenter (2020-02-20). 'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office. splcenter.org

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

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

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

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How a Subtle Turkey-Iran Entente is Helping Iran Secure a Firm Presence in Syria
Agha Hussain | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-24
In the last of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates how cooperation with Turkey is helping Iran resist pressure to leave Syria.
mintpressnews.com/subtle-turkey-iran-ent…

The American Empire Will Fall if Humanity Stands Together
Robert Abele | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-24
Empires despise laws. The U.S. Empire still desires to dominate Iran, Venezeula, Bolivia, Syria, and others, all in contravention of the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions. When the Geneva Conventions and International Laws of War and Commerce were …
globalresearch.ca/empire-fall-humanity-stands-together/5704464

What Tomorrow May Bring
Peter Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-24
Tomorrow could be the defining day for this Primary, this election and the next four years. With growing double-digit polls leads and the latest Democratic debate having demolished the latest "Centrist" thrown up by the DNC to stop him, Nevada is the place for Sanders Sanders to finally break out with the first truly decisive…
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How Bernie Can Be a Better Version of the Hope and Change Presidency of Barack Obama
David Goodner | commondreams.org | 2020-02-24
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The proposed legislation, which will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Palestine Blasts US Over West Bank Map Plans
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-24
Palestine on Monday said that the U.S.-Israeli team tasked with mapping the areas in the West Bank that would be annexed by Israel under the U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan has no legitimacy. | RELATED: | Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, Drag His Body With Bulldozer | Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian president's spokesperson, said that the new maps under the U.S. Mideast peace plan would not give legitimacy to any side, said a statement published by official Palestini…
telesurenglish.net/news/Palestine-Blasts…

Julian Assange supporters protest outside court ahead of extradition hearing
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-24
Supporters of Julian Assange have gathered outside court as the WikiLeaks founder begins his fight against extradition to the US, where he is accused of helping to leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents.Demonstrators, including Assange's father John Shipton, arrived at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, with some holding placards calling for his immediate release.Some said they had arrived as early as 6am, with signs reading: "Don't shoot the messenger, free Assange" and "Free Julian Assange, Nobel Peace Prize nominee". Tents were erected on nearby grass.John Shipton, the father of Julian Assange, speaks…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/02/24/julian-assange-supporters-protest-outside-court-ahead-of-extradition-hearing/

Indian Communists: Trump's economic demands leave country vulnerable to U.S. corporations
Combined Sources | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-24
Indian Communists have called for huge turnout at rallies opposing President Donald Trump's visit to the country, which started today. Protests have taken place in Ahmedabad, Trump's first stop on the trip, and a giant rally was organized by the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organization in Delhi, with support from the Communist Party of India-Marxist …
peoplesworld.org/article/indian-communis…

Libyan National Army Claims Turkish Arms Making Their Way Into Terrorist Hands Via Misrata Port
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-24
Turkish President Erdogan confirmed Saturday that "several" Turkish servicemen had been killed fighting Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar's forces. On Sunday, regional media said as many as 16 Turkish troops and over 100 mercenaries transported to Libya from Syria had died fighting for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord.
sputniknews.com/africa/20200224107839408…

Digital India? Members of Youth Congress Climb Mobile Tower to Cast Votes Online
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-24
New Delhi (Sputnik): In Bollywood movies and even in real life, it is common for people to climb water towers or mobile towers to protest but in one Indian village, a few young men climbed a mobile tower for an entirely different reason.
sputniknews.com/india/202002241078390017…

Russian airstrikes kill 5 civilians in northern Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-24
Russian warplanes targeted residential areas in Syria's Idlib de-escalation, killing at least five civilians, a civil defense group working in the war-torn country said Monday.The Syrian opposition aircraft targeted 18 residential areas, according to The White Helmets.These areas include Kafr Nabl, Ehsim, Kansafra, Sufuhon, Hizareen, Kafar Aweed, Hass, Deir Sunbul villages in the south of Idlib as well as Darat Izza and Kafr Nouran towns in the west of Aleppo.Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on the pro-democracy protests. | Since then, hundreds of tho…
yenisafak.com/en/world/russian-airstrike…

Russia, Turkey preparing talks on Syria's Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-24
Russia and Turkey are preparing talks on how to de-escalate fighting in Syria's Idlib province, TASS news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov."Another series of consultations, which we hope will lead us to an agreement on how to ensure that this is indeed a de-escalation zone and that terrorists do not operate there, is being prepared now," Lavrov was quoted as saying.
yenisafak.com/en/world/russia-turkey-pre…

Leader of Merkel's CDU says party to elect new chairperson on April 25
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-24
The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said on Monday her party would hold a congress on April 25 to elect a new chairperson and said possible candidates would announce this week whether they want to run.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the choice of CDU leader made at the upcoming congress would send a signal about who will run for chancellor for the conservatives in next year's federal election.The CDU succession debate was blown wide open earlier this month when Kramp-Karrenbauer unexpectedly said she would no longer seek to succeed her mentor Merkel.
yenisafak.com/en/world/leader-of-merkels…

The Syrian Arab Army's Victorious Liberation of Aleppo. Historical Comparisons
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
While there are certainly some structural similarities between the Syrian Arab Army's ongoing liberation offensive in Northwestern Syria and Saakashvili's previous desire to restore Georgia's full sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, the international legal and situational differences …
globalresearch.ca/assad-pulling-saakashvili-northwestern-syria/5704370

Video: SAA Syrian Forces Give Turkish Army "A Whipping" in Eastern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
On February 20, the 2nd Army of NATO and its proxy forces once again failed to capture the village of Nayrab, eastern Idlib, from the Syrian Army. The Turkish attack involved 2 dozens of military equipment pieces, including battle …
globalresearch.ca/video-assad-forces-give-turkish-army-whipping-eastern-idlib/5704367

Syrian Forces Defend Damascus From Alleged New Israeli Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
Syria's air defense is responding to "hostile targets" over the Damascus area, state news agency SANA reported Sunday. | RELATED: | Israeli Attack Endangers Civilian Aircraft in Damascus | According to the news agency, Syrian forces are repelling "a batch of hostile missiles coming from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights." | Media reports said explosions were heard in the sky over Damascus, while videos allegedly confirm the attacks. SANA's correspondent confirmed that…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syrian-Forces-De…

WATCH Damascus air defenses intercept incoming Israeli missiles
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Syrian air defenses in Damascus brought down several "hostile targets" coming from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights. Israel confirmed it conducted a strike as videos of the alleged interception were shared online. | The Israeli military launched a series of raids against "terrorist targets" belonging to Islamic Jihad in Syria and throughout Gaza, IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee confirmed in a rare admission of strikes against its neighbor. | Also on rt.com | | Israel carries out air raids against 'terrorist targets' in Syria & Gaza | The st…
rt.com/news/481529-damascus-intercept-is…

Is Moscow Aiding the Sanders Campaign? "Russia AgainGate", But this Time in Favor of the "Progressive Dems"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-23
At this stage in the Dem party campaign to choose its standard bearer in November, Sanders leads other aspirants in national polls. | As in 2016, DNC bosses likely prefer another candidate to head their ticket, a more reliable figure to …
globalresearch.ca/russia-aiding-sanders-campaign/5704382

"We want to show the DNC that the people have the power," says Milwaukee coalition
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-23
New York, NY – On February 22, a Wisconsin delegation invited a conference of nearly 60 organizations to join a major protest at the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee in July. | The members of the Coalition to March on the DNC made their announcement on the second day of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) national conference. The UNAC conference is a major gathering of international solidarity and anti-oppression activists from across North America, taking place at the People's Forum in New York City. | The coalition is calling on all progressive, left, democratic and socialist or…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/23/we-want-…

ALBA Rejects Disqualification of Evo Morales' Candidacy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for America- Peoples' Trading Treaty (ALBA-TCP), denounced this Saturday the disqualification of former President Evo Morales as a candidate for the Bolivian Senate for the May 3 elections. | RELATED: | 'The Disqualification Is a Blow to Democracy', Evo Morales Says | According to the statement issued by the regional body, the measure taken by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) is further evidence of the continuing coup against Morale…
telesurenglish.net/news/alba-denounces-d…

Israeli Forces Suppress Peaceful Protest in Kufur Qaddoum
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Violent confrontations flared up on Saturday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently dispersed a peaceful Palestinian demonstration in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, local sources said . The Palestinian Information Center reported that the IOF attacked the peaceful demonstrators by firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters …
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Turkish Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel's Colonial Expansion
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-23
Turkish Foreign Ministry, on Friday, condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that more settlement units would be built on occupied Palestinian lands. Notably, the statement noted that Israel was encouraged by the US, which recently announced its so-called peace plan called "Deal of the Century," Anadolu Agency reported. The …
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Group planning march on DNC heads to New York to build support
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
New York, NY – Organizers with the Milwaukee-based Coalition to March on the DNC are attending the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), to build support for a major protest at the Democratic National Convention in July. | The Coalition to March on the DNC is a broad coalition of left and progressive forces who plan to bring popular demands to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, slated to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The march will be held on the opening morning of the convention, Monday, July 13. | "All eyes will be on Milwaukee when the people's movements protest outsi…
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Turkey, US protect Al Qaeda in Idlib and worsen Syria's suffering
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-21
Why is Turkey, with US backing, protecting Al-Qaeda's largest affiliate in Idlib, Syria? Idlib is facing a humanitarian disaster as…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/21/turkey-us-pro…

UN chief appeals for end to Syria's 'man-made humanitarian nightmare'
news.un.org | 2020-02-21
In a tersely delivered statement on Friday, the UN Secretary-General appealed for an end to the "man-made humanitarian nightmare" currently unfolding in Syria, where ongoing military operations in the north-west have displaced hundreds of thousands amid bitter winter temperatures.
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The Debate Question That Really Mattered
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-21
The last question asked during the recent Democratic debate was the one that laid reality bare. The question was basically "are you okay with the will of the voters being subverted in order for the DNC establishment to place their own selected candidate as their nominee?" The answers came without hesitation from all but candidate…
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Nationwide "U.S. Mail is Not for Sale" call-in February 25
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-21
WASHINGTON–One house of Congress won, the other to go along. That's the objective of the "U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale" call-in day postal union members and their allies plan to stage on Feb. 25. Their goal: To convince the GOP-run Senate to agree with the House, and end the biggest financial drain on the …
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Nationwide "U.S. Mail is Not for Sale" call-in February 25
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-21
WASHINGTON–One house of Congress won, the other to go along. That's the objective of the "U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale" call-in day postal union members and their allies plan to stage on Feb. 25. Their goal: To convince the GOP-run Senate to agree with the House, and end the biggest financial drain on the …
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End hostilities, 'preserve lives': UN refugee chief makes appeal for people trapped in Syria's Idlib
news.un.org | 2020-02-20
As the already dire situation in north-west Syria dramatically continues to worsen in Idlib province, the head of the United Nations refugee agency called on Thursday for an end to the hostilities and appealed for urgent action to allow the people trapped there to move to places of safety.
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Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-20
Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive

Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-20
Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive

Central African Republic: Security Council reflects on peace deal anniversary
news.un.org | 2020-02-20
One year after the signing of a peace deal in the Central African Republic (CAR), State authority is being extended throughout the country, violence against civilians has decreased, and an inclusive Government remains in place, the UN Security Council heard on Thursday.
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'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office
splcenter.org | 2020-02-20
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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…
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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 …
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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…

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.
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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…

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…

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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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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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.

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

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

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