Daily Archives: March 3, 2020

2020-03-03: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-03). President Rouhani invites Russia to hold next Astana summit on Syria in Iran — envoy. rt.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold the next Astana-format summit in the Islamic Republic, according to Iran's Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali. The envoy made the statement on Tuesday in a meeting with Chairman of the Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachyov, TASS reported. | "Several days ago, Presidents Rouhani and Putin talked over the phone. During the phone conversation, President Rouhani invited President Putin… suggesting that the next summit in the Astana format in the near future should be held in Iran," Jalali was quoted…

RT (2020-03-03). Idlib escalation: Turkey confirms it has downed Syrian fighter jet. rt.com A Syrian warplane has been shot down over Idlib by Turkey while carrying out anti-terrorism operations, according to Syrian state media. The incident comes amid a growing conflict between Syrian and Turkish forces in the region. | Turkey's defense ministry said in a In an additional social media post, the Turkish military said its op…

WSWS (2020-03-03). Tulsi Gabbard denounces election interference by US intelligence agencies. wsws.org The congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate attacked planted media articles claiming that Russia was backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Mehmet Ozalp (2020-03-03). Turkey and Russia lock horns in Syria as fear of outright war escalates. zcomm.org As the nine-year Syrian civil war enters its final turn, Turkey and Russia, long-time allies in Syria, are on the brink of war over the Syrian province of Idlib…

Ralph Nader (2020-03-03). American Fuhrer—Corrupt Rampage Against Americans. counterpunch.org Delusionary, dictatorial Donald Trump is drunk on power. Trump's monarchical and lawless actions are a clear and present subversion of our Republic and its Constitution. As soon as the impeachment trial ended and Trump was acquitted by the Senate's supine Republican courtiers (except for Senator Mitt Romney), vengeance flooded Trump's fevered mind. Ignoring warnings from

commondreams (2020-03-03). National Nurses United Urges Administration, Congress to Protect Health Care Workers and Fully Fund Coronavirus Response. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jennifer Matsui (2020-03-03). Masterfully Baiting the Reds for a Dick's Re-Election. counterpunch.org If we define "Russian" during this latest Red Scare as being opposed to war, and not supporting an oligarchy or its neoliberal agenda, then 'guilty as charged'. I'm a Russian. You probably are, too, if you hold certain beliefs that contradict the official corporate State/DNC narrative — particularly the one put forward by 'The Resistance'.

yenisafak (2020-03-03). Turkish relief agency sends aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com A Turkish relief agency dispatched 10 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Syrians in the war-stricken Idlib province on Tuesday.Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) organized the aid campaign contributed by a local Istanbul municipality, NGOs and charitable people."People in Idlib live in mud-drenched tents. The bombs are hitting children. There is no mercy. We must help and support these people and children," the IHH chairman Bulent Yildirim said.The IHH lends a helping hand to people regardless of their religion, language and ethnic background.According to Mustafa Kalay, deputy head of the aid agen…

yenisafak (2020-03-03). Russian, regime strikes kill 12 civilians in Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com At least 12 civilians were killed when the Assad regime and Russian assaults targeted Idlib, a de-escalation zone in northern Syria, local sources said on Tuesday.Russian and regime fighter jets hit Idlib city center, Binnish town and Sahil Roj region, the White Helmets, a civil defense agency, said.It also said four children were among nine fatalities in rocket attack hitting Idlib.According to Syrian opposition groups' aircraft monitors, the attacks killed a civilian in Binnish.Idlib is currently home to 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces throughout t…

yenisafak (2020-03-03). Assad regime reopens Libya embassy for Haftar's 'gov't'. yenisafak.com The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad reopened the Libyan Embassy in Damascus on Tuesday after an 8-year hiatus and handed it over to the "government" of east Libya-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar.The embassy was given to Haftar's government after the two signed a memorandum of understanding to reopen embassies, the official SANA news agency reported.The Syrian regime has become the first to recognize Haftar's government, which does not have international recognition.Notably, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, enjoys UN and international recognitio…

yenisafak (2020-03-03). Exiled Morales says fears fraud in next Bolivia vote, or coup after. yenisafak.com Bolivian former president Evo Morales, who resigned last year under pressure from the military, says while he is confident his political party will win re-run elections scheduled for May, he fears they will be fraudulent or followed by a coup.In an interview with Reuters in Argentina, where Morales is currently living in exile, the socialist former leader accused the "right" and the United States of preventing his presidential or Senate candidacies, and of trying to keep his Movement to Socialism (MAS) out of power.He cited a recently published independent analysis of the election he was initially judged to have…

yenisafak (2020-03-03). Kabul asks Taliban to break ties with Pakistan. yenisafak.com Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday linked the release of Taliban prisoners with the group first breaking ties with neighboring Pakistan.Addressing a public gathering in the eastern Nangarhar province, Ghani said Afghan Taliban could not justify their insurgency after inking a peace deal with the U.S. "You [Taliban leaders] have made peace with the foreigners so what does your jihad mean now … killing of fellow Afghans is a crime," the Afghan president said, who has expressed reservations over the peace agreement."If Taliban have set release of their prisoners as a condition for intra-Afghan talks, we also…

sputniknews (2020-03-03). Brussels to Send EU Guards to Greek Border Amid Refugee Influx — Von Der Leyen. sputniknews.com Thousands of refugees who have fled the war in Syria have amassed at the Turkey-Greece border, waiting to cross into the European Union. Greece, where more than 40,000 immigrants have already taken refuge in severely overcrowded camps, called the looming influx a national security threat.

sputniknews (2020-03-03). Syrian Anti-Aircraft Missile Destroys Target Over Homs – Sputnik Correspondent. sputniknews.com A source in the army has confirmed to Sputnik correspondent that an unknown object was detected and identified as a threat before being destroyed.

Staff (2020-03-02). Breakthrough U.S.-Taliban Deal Signed, But Airstrikes Likely to Continue & Mercenaries to Remain. democracynow.org The U.S. has signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at drawing down its military presence and ending its 18-year war in Afghanistan. The long-anticipated deal comes after a year and a half of negotiations and following a week-long partial truce. Officials hope the accord will set the stage for a more detailed peace plan that creates a power-sharing arrangement and lasting ceasefire, but the deal did not include a key player: the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government. The Taliban has long refused to speak to the government, calling it a "puppet regime." Under the deal, nearly 5,000 of the 12,000 U.S. troops still in Af…

Staff (2020-03-02). Meet the 26-Year-Old Immigration Lawyer Challenging "Trump's Favorite Democrat" in Texas Primary. democracynow.org A wave of young progressives are campaigning in races across the U.S., following in the footsteps of Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who unseated a 10-term incumbent Democrat in New York City two years ago. A key candidate to watch is 26-year-old Jessica Cisneros, who is running in a South Texas Democratic primary to replace Rep. Henry Cuellar, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. The 64-year-old centrist is backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Cisneros has branded him "Trump's favorite Democrat" because he voted with Donald Trump nearly…

WSWS (2020-03-02). Idlib war escalates as Turkey announces military operations against Syria. wsws.org Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.

Eric Zuesse (2020-03-02). Turkey Asks NATO to Join Its War Against Syria and Russia. globalresearch.ca The spokesperson for the Islamist party of

news.un (2020-03-02). As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boost. news.un.org Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border.

Askiah Adam (2020-03-02). A Perfect Storm on the Horizon. Turkey's Hegemonic Ambitions. globalresearch.ca Russia is pushing back the Turkish Army in Idlib. As the Turks broke through the Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) defence the latter called for air assistance from Russia. The fighters came and victory was the SAA's. With that all …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-02). Turkey and Syria Are at War Without a Declaration of War. globalresearch.ca Although Turkey has supported anti-Syrian government forces, especially terrorist organizations

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-03-02). Turkey Sacrifices Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda? globalresearch.ca After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria — successfully avoiding all mention of the …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-02). Flashpoints in Southern Syria Seek to Divide/Distract Syrian Gains in Idlib. globalresearch.ca Turkey and Israel continue their aggression against Syria in an increasingly overt and direct manner — and at the cost of what little if anything remained of either nation's regional or international credibility. | Now there is news of violence erupting …

Matthew J. L. Ehret (2020-03-02). Did Turkey Just Sacrifice Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda? dissidentvoice.org After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria — successfully avoiding all mention of the uncomfortable fact that Turkey has been protecting radical terror networks not only in Idlib but …

Medea Benjamin (2020-03-02). Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War? zcomm.org If there is a lesson for peace-loving Americans in the Obama and Trump presidencies, it is that we cannot just walk out of the voting booth and leave it to a champion in the White House to end our wars and bring us peace. In the final analysis, it really is up to us…

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-02). The Illusion of Restoring Peace and Stability in Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca The US came to Afghanistan to stay, the same is true for all its war theaters by occupation and/or installed puppet regimes serving its interests. | Afghanistan's troubled history goes back centuries. John Pilger explained that "no country has been abused …

teleSUR (2020-03-02). Maduro Meets With Opposition at Negotiating Table in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a meeting with government and opposition members of the national negotiating table at the executive's Miraflores Palace Monday. | RELATED: | "We move forward with a firm and sustained step in the dialogue with the different political sectors of the country that contribute to reaching great agreements in order to strengthen democracy and peace for the Republic," Maduro said…

Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh (2020-03-02). Palestine and Trump's "Peace to Prosperity" Plan. globalresearch.ca Trump's "Peace to Prosperity" Plan, was officially unveiled, on 28 January, 2020, at the White House, by both American President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Plan, also known as "Deal of the Century", dealt with a …

Staff (2020-03-02). US-Taliban Deal Hailed as Breakthrough, But Violence Likely to Continue. truthout.org The U.S. has signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at drawing down its military presence and ending its 18-year war in Afghanistan. The long-anticipated deal comes after a year and a half of negotiations and following a week-long partial truce. Officials hope the accord will set the stage for a more detailed peace plan that creates a power-sharing arrangement and lasting ceasefire, but the deal did not include a key player: the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government. The Taliban has long refused to speak t…

Ali Salam (2020-03-02). Twelve Palestinians Shot by Israeli Forces, Including a Journalist, near Nablus. imemc.org Several Palestinians, on Monday, were injured, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at them as they peacefully defended a mountain in Beita town, south of Nablus, against a settler takeover, local sources reported. Palestinians gathered on the Jabal al-Arma mountain to protect their land, located in the northern occupied West Bank, …

news.un (2020-03-02). Declaring commitment to 'peace and stability' for Libya, top UN envoy steps down as stress takes its toll. news.un.org After serving more than two years as the UN's Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé – who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) – handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.

WSWS (2020-03-02). Afghanistan peace deal begins to unravel as Kabul rejects prisoner swap. wsws.org The signing of the accord is an unmistakable admission by Washington that the nearly 19-year-long war it has waged in Afghanistan has produced a debacle.

Staff (2020-03-02). New NAFTA Curtails Corporate Tribunals, But Loopholes Remain. truthout.org Improbably, the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that Congress passed in January guts the nefarious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system, a development that has been largely left out of mainstream reporting on the deal. | ISDS empowers multinational corporations to sue governments before panels of three corporate lawyers to demand compensation for domestic policies they claim violate their investor rights. The lawyers can award the corporations unlimited sums to be paid by taxpayers,…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-02). 'Inhumane' and 'Reckless': Amnesty International Condemns Greece's Measures to Block Migrants at Turkish Border. commondreams.org Amnesty International on Monday condemned "inhumane" measures that Greek authorities have taken toward migrants since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan announced last week that Turkey would no longer stop refugees and asylum-seekers—many of whom have fled the ongoing war in Syria—from crossing by land and sea into Greece. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-02). Activists Urging Barclays to 'Stop Funding the Climate Emergency' Shut Down Nearly 100 Branches Across UK. commondreams.org In a coordinated action to pressure Barclays to stop financing climate destruction, Greenpeace activists on Monday morning shut down 97 of the British investment bank's branches across the United Kingdom. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Al-Manar (2020-03-02). Iran and Hezbollah warn Turkey: all your forces are in our line of fire. iranian.com The Iranian Advisory Center in Syria, which takes part in the fighting in northern Syria, issued a press release through the news agency U-News in reaction to the recent confrontation between the Syrian army and the Turkish army. It should be noted that the Iranian Advisory Center is made up of the group of Iranian …

The Canary (2020-03-01). Refugees stranded at borders as fighting between Syria and Turkey escalates. thecanary.co Thousands of refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier on 1 March, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey

teleSUR (2020-03-01). Turkey Announces New Operation Against Syrian Military. telesurenglish.net Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Sunday that Turkey has launched a fresh operation in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the wake of the recent attack of Syrian government on Turkish troops there. | RELATED: | "Operation Spring Shield, which was launched following the heinous attack on Feb. 27, is successfully being carried out," Akar said at Turkey's southern province of Hatay bordering Syria, according to semi-offic…

Aaron Maté (2020-03-01). Krystal Ball: panicked DNC elites try to stop Bernie's big Super Tuesday. thegrayzone.com With Bernie Sanders poised for a big Super Tuesday, Krystal Ball discusses the Democratic establishment's panic, Elizabeth Warren's attacks on…

teleSUR (2020-03-01). Fernandez Renews Commitment to Fighting Poverty in Argentina. telesurenglish.net The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, renewed on Sunday his government's fight against poverty and unemployment so that they can rebuild the income of those who have less, in addition to strengthening policies to protect wome , in particular he announced that he will send a project to legalize abortion. | RELATED: | In his speech at the opening of ordinary sessions of the Congress of Argentina, the Presi…

RT (2020-02-29). Tulsi to MSM: Stop referring to Al-Qaeda in Syria's Idlib as 'rebels' to make them seem like 'freedom fighters'. rt.com The US media and officials who stubbornly keep referring to armed groups dominated by an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria's Idlib province as 'rebels' only disgrace themselves and their country, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has said. | Gabbard, who is one of the Democratic Party contenders in the 2020 presidential race, castigated American mainstream media and Trump administration officials for a consistent effort to whitewash the extremists entrenched in the north-western province of Idlib — Syria's last major stronghold of anti-government forces. Such actions betray the memory of the 9/11 terrorist attack,…

news.un (2020-02-29). United States-Taliban deal: UN welcomes efforts to reach political settlement in Afghanistan. news.un.org On Saturday the United Nations called for further reductions in violence in Afghanistan, and for the conditions for intra-Afghan peace talks to be met, following the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

RT (2020-02-28). Second time's a charm? Trump nominates Texas Congressman Ratcliffe as DNI chief again. rt.com US President Donald Trump has tapped Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the new Director of National Intelligence, pending Senate confirmation. Ratcliffe withdrew his nomination last summer. | The surprise announcement, praising Ratcliffe as "an outstanding man of great talent," came on Friday afternoon as Trump departed Washington for a campaign rally in South Carolina. | I am pleased to announce the nomination of

RT (2020-02-28). Blue check blues: Twitter tricked into verifying teen's fake 2020 candidate for Congress while real people languish. rt.com A high school student tricked Twitter into verifying an account he made for a fake candidate for Congress from Rhode Island, proving the platform's vaunted election integrity efforts are no match for a bored teen. | Rhode Island Republican Andrew Walz's

Staff (2020-02-28). Doctors Without Borders: Cheap Coronavirus Diagnostic Kits Needed in War-Torn Areas & Refugee Camps. democracynow.org Across the U.S., officials report a severe shortage of test kits for coronavirus. New York officials say they're preparing their own kits, after kits distributed by the Centers for Disease Control failed validation tests. Meanwhile, new cases of coronavirus continue to spring up worldwide, with Nigeria reporting its first case and one of Iran's vice presidents testing positive. We discuss how MSF USA, or Doctors Without Borders USA, is responding to coronavirus, with the organization's executive director, Avril BenoàÆt.

Staff (2020-02-28). Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib as Syrian Troops Advance & Children Freeze to Death. democracynow.org In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out offensive by the Syrian government is the single largest displacement in a nine-year war that has forced 13 million t…

Staff (2020-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2020. democracynow.org California Monitoring 8,400 People for Coronavirus as Fears of Pandemic Grow, Syrian Airstrike Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers in Idlib, Escalating Tensions, New Justice Department Task Force Seeks to Strip Naturalized Immigrants of Citizenship, Joe Biden's Campaign Walks Back False Claims of Arrest in 1970s South Africa, Democratic Superdelegates Overwhelmingly Oppose Bernie Sanders Campaign, Mike Bloomberg Refuses to Apologize for Spying on Muslims, As NYC Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Called for Cuts to Social Security "Ponzi Scheme", ProPublica: Mike Bloomberg Advised Billionaire Sackler Family on Opioid Crisis, Emails Sho…

news.un (2020-02-28). 'Mayhem' in Syria's Idlib amid ongoing violence, as Guterres urges immediate ceasefire. news.un.org Rapidly escalating conflict in northwest Syria has created healthcare "mayhem", amid reports of displaced people moving closer to the Turkish border in search of shelter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General appealed for all warring parties to "step back from the edge of further escalation."

news.un (2020-02-28). Syria: UN urges Russia and Turkey to secure 'fresh ceasefire' as risk of military escalation grows. news.un.org With the Security Council meeting in emergency session on Syria following the death on the battlefield of dozens of Turkish troops, the UN strongly urged Russia and Turkey on Friday "to build on previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire" across the war-torn northwest.

Vijay Prashad (2020-02-28). Witnessing the hell that a migrant can face. mronline.org The Saudi-UAE war on Yemen has been going on for five years. Despite recent peace talks leading to an improvement in aid distribution, the violence has escalated in certain key districts of Yemen over the past two weeks. Since January, 35,000 Yemenis have been displaced from their homes, an indicator of the dangerous situation in […] |

2020-03-03: Social Media Postees

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Idlib escalation: Turkey confirms it has downed Syrian fighter jet
rt.com | 2020-03-03
A Syrian warplane has been shot down over Idlib by Turkey while carrying out anti-terrorism operations, according to Syrian state media. The incident comes amid a growing conflict between Syrian and Turkish forces in the region. | Turkey's defense ministry said in a tweet that its forces shot down a Syrian L-39 warplane. According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, the jet was targeted while carrying out anti-terrorism operations in the area. | In an additional social media post, the Turkish military said its op…
rt.com/news/482181-idlib-syria-turkey-pl…

Tulsi Gabbard denounces election interference by US intelligence agencies
wsws.org | 2020-03-03
The congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate attacked planted media articles claiming that Russia was backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/03/gabb…

Turkey and Russia lock horns in Syria as fear of outright war escalates
Mehmet Ozalp | zcomm.org | 2020-03-03
As the nine-year Syrian civil war enters its final turn, Turkey and Russia, long-time allies in Syria, are on the brink of war over the Syrian province of Idlib…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/turkey-and-russia-…

American Fuhrer–Corrupt Rampage Against Americans
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-03
Delusionary, dictatorial Donald Trump is drunk on power. Trump's monarchical and lawless actions are a clear and present subversion of our Republic and its Constitution. As soon as the impeachment trial ended and Trump was acquitted by the Senate's supine Republican courtiers (except for Senator Mitt Romney), vengeance flooded Trump's fevered mind. Ignoring warnings from…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/03/american-fuh…

National Nurses United Urges Administration, Congress to Protect Health Care Workers and Fully Fund Coronavirus Response
commondreams.org | 2020-03-03
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/03/03/nat…

Bernie and the Biotariat
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-03
It is useful to remember that revolution is clearly sanctioned in the United States in one of the nation's foundational documents, the Declaration of Independence, published by the Second Continental Congress, and now celebrated every July 4th. Its second paragraph begins with the familiar stanza:…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/03/bernie-and-t…

Masterfully Baiting the Reds for a Dick's Re-Election
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-03
If we define "Russian" during this latest Red Scare as being opposed to war, and not supporting an oligarchy or its neoliberal agenda, then 'guilty as charged'. I'm a Russian. You probably are, too, if you hold certain beliefs that contradict the official corporate State/DNC narrative

Russian, regime strikes kill 12 civilians in Idlib, Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-03
At least 12 civilians were killed when the Assad regime and Russian assaults targeted Idlib, a de-escalation zone in northern Syria, local sources said on Tuesday.Russian and regime fighter jets hit Idlib city center, Binnish town and Sahil Roj region, the White Helmets, a civil defense agency, said.It also said four children were among nine fatalities in rocket attack hitting Idlib.According to Syrian opposition groups' aircraft monitors, the attacks killed a civilian in Binnish.Idlib is currently home to 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces throughout t…
yenisafak.com/en/world/russian-regime-st…

Assad regime reopens Libya embassy for Haftar's 'gov't'
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-03
The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad reopened the Libyan Embassy in Damascus on Tuesday after an 8-year hiatus and handed it over to the "government" of east Libya-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar.The embassy was given to Haftar's government after the two signed a memorandum of understanding to reopen embassies, the official SANA news agency reported.The Syrian regime has become the first to recognize Haftar's government, which does not have international recognition.Notably, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, enjoys UN and international recognitio…
yenisafak.com/en/world/assad-regime-reop…

Turkish relief agency sends aid to Idlib, Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-03
A Turkish relief agency dispatched 10 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Syrians in the war-stricken Idlib province on Tuesday.Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) organized the aid campaign contributed by a local Istanbul municipality, NGOs and charitable people."People in Idlib live in mud-drenched tents. The bombs are hitting children. There is no mercy. We must help and support these people and children," the IHH chairman Bulent Yildirim said.The IHH lends a helping hand to people regardless of their religion, language and ethnic background.According to Mustafa Kalay, deputy head of the aid agen…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-relief-age…

Exiled Morales says fears fraud in next Bolivia vote, or coup after
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-03
Bolivian former president Evo Morales, who resigned last year under pressure from the military, says while he is confident his political party will win re-run elections scheduled for May, he fears they will be fraudulent or followed by a coup.In an interview with Reuters in Argentina, where Morales is currently living in exile, the socialist former leader accused the "right" and the United States of preventing his presidential or Senate candidacies, and of trying to keep his Movement to Socialism (MAS) out of power.He cited a recently published independent analysis of the election he was initially judged to have…
yenisafak.com/en/world/exiled-morales-sa…

Kabul asks Taliban to break ties with Pakistan
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-03
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday linked the release of Taliban prisoners with the group first breaking ties with neighboring Pakistan.Addressing a public gathering in the eastern Nangarhar province, Ghani said Afghan Taliban could not justify their insurgency after inking a peace deal with the U.S. "You [Taliban leaders] have made peace with the foreigners so what does your jihad mean now … killing of fellow Afghans is a crime," the Afghan president said, who has expressed reservations over the peace agreement."If Taliban have set release of their prisoners as a condition for intra-Afghan talks, we also…
yenisafak.com/en/world/kabul-asks-taliba…

Syrian Anti-Aircraft Missile Destroys Target Over Homs – Sputnik Correspondent
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-03
A source in the army has confirmed to Sputnik correspondent that an unknown object was detected and identified as a threat before being destroyed.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020030310784…

Did Turkey Just Sacrifice Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda?
Matthew J. L. Ehret | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-02
After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria

Turkey and Syria Are at War Without a Declaration of War
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-02
Although Turkey has supported anti-Syrian government forces, especially terrorist organizations like ISIS and the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra and Turkistan Islamic Party, since the very beginning of the Syrian War in 2011, no declaration of war has ever been announced …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-syria-war-without-declaration/5705275

Flashpoints in Southern Syria Seek to Divide/Distract Syrian Gains in Idlib
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-02
Turkey and Israel continue their aggression against Syria in an increasingly overt and direct manner

As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boost
news.un.org | 2020-03-02
Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/03/1…

Turkey Sacrifices Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda?
Matthew Ehret-Kump | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-02
After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria

Idlib war escalates as Turkey announces military operations against Syria
wsws.org | 2020-03-02
Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/02/turk…

A Perfect Storm on the Horizon. Turkey's Hegemonic Ambitions
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-02
Russia is pushing back the Turkish Army in Idlib. As the Turks broke through the Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) defence the latter called for air assistance from Russia. The fighters came and victory was the SAA's. With that all …
globalresearch.ca/perfect-storm-horizon/5705253

Turkey Asks NATO to Join Its War Against Syria and Russia
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-02
The spokesperson for the Islamist party of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has called upon all of NATO to go to war against Syria for Syria's having killed dozens of Turkey's troops in order for Syria to defeat Turkey's invasion and …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-asks-nato-join-war-against-syria-russia/5705213

Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-03-02
If there is a lesson for peace-loving Americans in the Obama and Trump presidencies, it is that we cannot just walk out of the voting booth and leave it to a champion in the White House to end our wars and bring us peace. In the final analysis, it really is up to us…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/can-the-worlds-secon…

The Illusion of Restoring Peace and Stability in Afghanistan
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-02
The US came to Afghanistan to stay, the same is true for all its war theaters by occupation and/or installed puppet regimes serving its interests. | Afghanistan's troubled history goes back centuries. John Pilger explained that "no country has been abused …
globalresearch.ca/illusion-restoring-peace-stability-afghanistan/5705218

Maduro Meets With Opposition at Negotiating Table in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-02
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a meeting with government and opposition members of the national negotiating table at the executive's Miraflores Palace Monday. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Negotiation Table Appoints New Electoral Commission | "We move forward with a firm and sustained step in the dialogue with the different political sectors of the country that contribute to reaching great agreements in order to strengthen democracy and peace for the Republic," Maduro said…
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Meet the 26-Year-Old Immigration Lawyer Challenging "Trump's Favorite Democrat" in Texas Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-02
A wave of young progressives are campaigning in races across the U.S., following in the footsteps of Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who unseated a 10-term incumbent Democrat in New York City two years ago. A key candidate to watch is 26-year-old Jessica Cisneros, who is running in a South Texas Democratic primary to replace Rep. Henry Cuellar, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. The 64-year-old centrist is backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Cisneros has branded him "Trump's favorite Democrat" because he voted with Donald Trump nearly…
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Palestine and Trump's "Peace to Prosperity" Plan
Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-02
Trump's "Peace to Prosperity" Plan, was officially unveiled, on 28 January, 2020, at the White House, by both American President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Plan, also known as "Deal of the Century", dealt with a …
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Breakthrough U.S.-Taliban Deal Signed, But Airstrikes Likely to Continue & Mercenaries to Remain
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-02
The U.S. has signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at drawing down its military presence and ending its 18-year war in Afghanistan. The long-anticipated deal comes after a year and a half of negotiations and following a week-long partial truce. Officials hope the accord will set the stage for a more detailed peace plan that creates a power-sharing arrangement and lasting ceasefire, but the deal did not include a key player: the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government. The Taliban has long refused to speak to the government, calling it a "puppet regime." Under the deal, nearly 5,000 of the 12,000 U.S. troops still in Af…
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US-Taliban Deal Hailed as Breakthrough, But Violence Likely to Continue
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-02
The U.S. has signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at drawing down its military presence and ending its 18-year war in Afghanistan. The long-anticipated deal comes after a year and a half of negotiations and following a week-long partial truce. Officials hope the accord will set the stage for a more detailed peace plan that creates a power-sharing arrangement and lasting ceasefire, but the deal did not include a key player: the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government. The Taliban has long refused to speak t…
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Afghanistan Rejects Releasing Taliban Prisoners Under US Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-02
Just hours after the United States announced that it would end the war in Afghanistan within 14 months, they requested, as part of the ongoing negotiations that the Afghan government, to release up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners. | RELATED: | The United States and the Taliban Sign a Peace Agreement | "It is up to Afghanistan, not the United States, to decide when the Taliban prisoners will be released," Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said recently in Kabul, the country's capital. | "Afgh…
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Twelve Palestinians Shot by Israeli Forces, Including a Journalist, near Nablus
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-02
Several Palestinians, on Monday, were injured, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at them as they peacefully defended a mountain in Beita town, south of Nablus, against a settler takeover, local sources reported. Palestinians gathered on the Jabal al-Arma mountain to protect their land, located in the northern occupied West Bank, …
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Afghanistan peace deal begins to unravel as Kabul rejects prisoner swap
wsws.org | 2020-03-02
The signing of the accord is an unmistakable admission by Washington that the nearly 19-year-long war it has waged in Afghanistan has produced a debacle.
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Declaring commitment to 'peace and stability' for Libya, top UN envoy steps down as stress takes its toll
news.un.org | 2020-03-02
After serving more than two years as the UN's Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé – who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) – handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.
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Brazil's Lula Receives Honorary Citizenship of Paris
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-02
Brazil's former President Luiz Ignacio Lula Da Silva received Monday Paris' Honorary Citizenship for his commitment to the fight against economic and social inequalities in his country. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro's Businessmen Behind Actions Against Congress | In a ceremony at the City Hall of Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo awarded the honorary status to the founder of the Worker's Party (PT), who served around 20 months in prison, after a judicial maneuver to neutralize the pos…
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New NAFTA Curtails Corporate Tribunals, But Loopholes Remain
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-02
Improbably, the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that Congress passed in January guts the nefarious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system, a development that has been largely left out of mainstream reporting on the deal. | ISDS empowers multinational corporations to sue governments before panels of three corporate lawyers to demand compensation for domestic policies they claim violate their investor rights. The lawyers can award the corporations unlimited sums to be paid by taxpayers,…
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Duque Asks Trump For 'Stronger' Sanctions Against Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-02
Colombian President Ivan Duque made a one-day visit to the United States Monday with a full agenda that included meeting with Donald Trump to request more attacks against Venezuela, announce the reinstatement of glyphosate fumigations, and to top it all off a keynote speech at the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC conference. | RELATED: | Colombian Congress to Investigate Duque Over Electoral Fraud Allegations | During his meeting with Trump, Duque immediately began by attacking Venezuela…
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'Inhumane' and 'Reckless': Amnesty International Condemns Greece's Measures to Block Migrants at Turkish Border
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-02
Amnesty International on Monday condemned "inhumane" measures that Greek authorities have taken toward migrants since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan announced last week that Turkey would no longer stop refugees and asylum-seekers—many of whom have fled the ongoing war in Syria—from crossing by land and sea into Greece. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Activists Urging Barclays to 'Stop Funding the Climate Emergency' Shut Down Nearly 100 Branches Across UK
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-02
In a coordinated action to pressure Barclays to stop financing climate destruction, Greenpeace activists on Monday morning shut down 97 of the British investment bank's branches across the United Kingdom. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Iran and Hezbollah warn Turkey: all your forces are in our line of fire
Al-Manar | iranian.com | 2020-03-02
The Iranian Advisory Center in Syria, which takes part in the fighting in northern Syria, issued a press release through the news agency U-News in reaction to the recent confrontation between the Syrian army and the Turkish army. It should be noted that the Iranian Advisory Center is made up of the group of Iranian …
iranian.com/2020/03/01/iran-and-hezbolla…

Refugees stranded at borders as fighting between Syria and Turkey escalates
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-01
Thousands of refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier on 1 March, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe.Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's decision to declare his country's borders with Europe open made goo…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/03/01/refugees-stranded-at-borders-as-fighting-between-syria-and-turkey-escalates/

Turkey Announces New Operation Against Syrian Military
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-01
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Sunday that Turkey has launched a fresh operation in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the wake of the recent attack of Syrian government on Turkish troops there. | RELATED: | Airstrike in Syria's Idlib Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers | "Operation Spring Shield, which was launched following the heinous attack on Feb. 27, is successfully being carried out," Akar said at Turkey's southern province of Hatay bordering Syria, according to semi-offic…
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Krystal Ball: panicked DNC elites try to stop Bernie's big Super Tuesday
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-01
With Bernie Sanders poised for a big Super Tuesday, Krystal Ball discusses the Democratic establishment's panic, Elizabeth Warren's attacks on…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/01/krystal-ball-…

Fernandez Renews Commitment to Fighting Poverty in Argentina
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-01
The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, renewed on Sunday his government's fight against poverty and unemployment so that they can rebuild the income of those who have less, in addition to strengthening policies to protect wome , in particular he announced that he will send a project to legalize abortion. | RELATED: | Argentina's Fernandez Defends Evo Morales' Presidential Victory | In his speech at the opening of ordinary sessions of the Congress of Argentina, the Presi…
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Tulsi to MSM: Stop referring to Al-Qaeda in Syria's Idlib as 'rebels' to make them seem like 'freedom fighters'
rt.com | 2020-02-29
The US media and officials who stubbornly keep referring to armed groups dominated by an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria's Idlib province as 'rebels' only disgrace themselves and their country, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has said. | Gabbard, who is one of the Democratic Party contenders in the 2020 presidential race, castigated American mainstream media and Trump administration officials for a consistent effort to whitewash the extremists entrenched in the north-western province of Idlib

United States-Taliban deal: UN welcomes efforts to reach political settlement in Afghanistan
news.un.org | 2020-02-29
On Saturday the United Nations called for further reductions in violence in Afghanistan, and for the conditions for intra-Afghan peace talks to be met, following the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban.
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'Mayhem' in Syria's Idlib amid ongoing violence, as Guterres urges immediate ceasefire
news.un.org | 2020-02-28
Rapidly escalating conflict in northwest Syria has created healthcare "mayhem", amid reports of displaced people moving closer to the Turkish border in search of shelter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General appealed for all warring parties to "step back from the edge of further escalation."
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Syria: UN urges Russia and Turkey to secure 'fresh ceasefire' as risk of military escalation grows
news.un.org | 2020-02-28
With the Security Council meeting in emergency session on Syria following the death on the battlefield of dozens of Turkish troops, the UN strongly urged Russia and Turkey on Friday "to build on previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire" across the war-torn northwest.
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Headlines for February 28, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-28
California Monitoring 8,400 People for Coronavirus as Fears of Pandemic Grow, Syrian Airstrike Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers in Idlib, Escalating Tensions, New Justice Department Task Force Seeks to Strip Naturalized Immigrants of Citizenship, Joe Biden's Campaign Walks Back False Claims of Arrest in 1970s South Africa, Democratic Superdelegates Overwhelmingly Oppose Bernie Sanders Campaign, Mike Bloomberg Refuses to Apologize for Spying on Muslims, As NYC Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Called for Cuts to Social Security "Ponzi Scheme", ProPublica: Mike Bloomberg Advised Billionaire Sackler Family on Opioid Crisis, Emails Sho…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/28/headlines

Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib as Syrian Troops Advance & Children Freeze to Death
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-28
In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out offensive by the Syrian government is the single largest displacement in a nine-year war that has forced 13 million t…
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Witnessing the hell that a migrant can face
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-02-28
The Saudi-UAE war on Yemen has been going on for five years. Despite recent peace talks leading to an improvement in aid distribution, the violence has escalated in certain key districts of Yemen over the past two weeks. Since January, 35,000 Yemenis have been displaced from their homes, an indicator of the dangerous situation in […] | Source…
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A Difficult Peace
Sean Reynolds | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-28
Nearly a thousand of us were gathered in Chicago beneath the alarming edifice of Chicago's "Trump Tower." Iran's General Qassem Soleimani had been brutally murdered the day before in Iraq, with several of his associates; and the welcome surprise of Iran's relatively measured response was yet a few days off. A region-wide conflagration seemed just …
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