2020-02-14: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-14). Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …

Michael Brennan (2020-02-14). Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race. counterpunch.org December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates: "Our hope

RT (2020-02-14). US & Taliban reach reduction of violence deal that 'could lead to troop withdrawal' — official. rt.com The United States has reached a reduction of violence agreement with the Taliban that could lead to a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Reuters quoted a senior administration official as saying on Friday. | The agreement for a seven-day "reduction in violence" to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is "very specific" and covers the entire country including Afghan forces, AP reported. | The developments come as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met Friday in Munich, Germany with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani. They spoke on the sidelines o…

RT (2020-02-14). Trump's Middle East 'deal of the century' is 'occupation plan', Turkey's Erdogan tells Pakistani parliament. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal and vowed to back Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir as he gave a speech to lawmakers in Islamabad. | Erdogan railed against Trump's much-touted roadmap for Israel and Palestine while addressing Pakistan's parliament on Friday. | "The plan… is not a peace project but in fact, a project for occupation," he said, as quoted by local media. | The Turkish leader noted that Ankara "gave the biggest reaction" to Trump's initiative, which was quickly rejected by the Palestinians and widely dismissed throughout the Mus…

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…

RT (2020-02-14). Syrian military helicopter shot down near Aleppo, crew killed — state media. rt.com A Syrian Army helicopter was destroyed by a missile during an operation against anti-government forces near Aleppo, and its crew was killed, Syrian state-run media reported. | Citing a military source, SANA said the chopper was hit by "a hostile missile" on Friday afternoon in the area where Turkish-backed groups operate. The Syrian troops were clearing the militants' hideouts in the vicinity of Aleppo that day. | Turkish outlet Anadolu said that the helicopter was brought down within the Idlib 'de-escalation zone' set up by Russia and Turkey, which borders Syria's northwestern Aleppo Province. | Footage, circ…

RT (2020-02-14). 'Maybe it was the Belgians': Netanyahu claims ignorance after reports of missiles fired over Damascus. rt.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed reports that his military launched a missile attack on the Syrian capital, Damascus, saying that perhaps the "Belgian Air Force" was responsible. | In an interview with Radio Haifa on Friday, Netanyahu said he didn't know "what happened last night" and that "maybe it was the Belgian Air Force" that launched missiles over Syria. | "I don't comment on one operation or another," he added. | Syrian state media reported Thursday night that its air defenses had thwarted a missile attack and intercepted several "hostile targets" launched from the Israeli-occupie…

William Kaufman (2020-02-14). Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem. counterpunch.org The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that

Aaron Mate (2020-02-14). New Leaks Shatter OPCW's Attacks on Douma Whistleblowers. globalresearch.ca Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry attacking two whistleblowers as rogue actors. Leaked documents obtained by The Grayzone reveal serious distortions in the OPCW inquiry as …

Almasdar News (2020-02-14). Video: Residents of Syrian Town Open Fire on US Armed Forces Patrol. globalresearch.ca A new video from the Al-Qamishli countryside was released this afternoon following a skirmish between the U.S. Armed Forces and residents of Khirbat Amo. | According to a report from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the residents of Khirbat Amo attempted to block …

South Front (2020-02-14). Video: Battle of Idlib and Prospects of Turkish-Syrian War. globalresearch.ca In February 2020, the Syrian Army reached the vicinity of the main stronghold of anti-government forces in Syria, the city of Idlib. This development plunged into shock supporters and the leadership of Idlib armed groups and became a visual confirmation …

South Front (2020-02-14). Video: Syrian Army Gives Turkey "Flick on Nose" in Nayrab, Secures Entire Aleppo-Damascus Highway. globalresearch.ca For the first time in about 8 years of the war, Syrian government forces have established control of the entire M5 highway, which runs from the border with Jordan through Damascus, Homs and Hama to Aleppo. | During the first half …

Medea Benjamin (2020-02-14). Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War? zcomm.org The peace movement's small victories demonstrate that we have more power to challenge U.S. militarism than most Americans realize…

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-14). Trump Regime Hostility Toward Palestinians. globalresearch.ca Trump supports privileged interests in the US and Israel exclusively. | Dismissive toward ordinary people everywhere, he's been hostile toward long-suffering Palestinians throughout his tenure — in deference to Israel and Zionist ideologues infesting his regime. | His no-peace, no-self-determination annexation scheme, …

Andre Damon (2020-02-14). Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall. globalresearch.ca Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …

Michael Jansen (2020-02-14). Trump's Senate "Acquittal" Will Embolden Him to Adopt Increasingly Destructive Policies in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's acquittal in his Senate trial after being impeached for courting foreign intervention in the 2020 US elections and obstruction of Congress can only embolden him to adopt increasingly destructive policies in this region. First and foremost, the …

R.R. (2020-02-14). San Rafael Protests Senate Decision to Acquit Trump. indybay.org Protesting the Senate's decision to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment…

John Nichols (2020-02-14). The Senate Rejects Outsourcing War Powers to Trump. thenation.com The Senate Rejects Outsourcing War Powers to Trump…

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,…

Fight Back (2020-02-14). Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-02-14). U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System. indybay.org Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Boulevard | Seaside, CA 93955…

teleSUR (2020-02-14). 'Justice Must Prevail in This World' Venezuela's President Says. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's RELATED: | "The struggle for justice, the equality of states, and peace is very established… en…

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

Rev. William Alberts (2020-02-14). Trump Served Up Projection at the National Prayer Breakfast. counterpunch.org One would think that a National Prayer Breakfast would encourage transparency and truth; as prayer is a primary spiritual means of self-examination, confession, reconciliation, and moral resolve. The opposite was on display at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, attended by over 3500 guests, including dignitaries from over 140 countries, Congress persons, business officials, and faith

sputniknews (2020-02-14). Netanyahu on Nighttime Strikes Against Syria: 'Maybe It Was Belgian Air Force'. sputniknews.com Syrian air defences reported intercepting multiple hostile targets over Damascus on Thursday night, with the missiles said to have come from the direction of the Israeli-controlled Syrian Golan Heights.

sputniknews (2020-02-14). Syrian Armed Forces Helicopter Shot Down in Aleppo – Reports. sputniknews.com Militants shot down a Syrian army helicopter in Aleppo province, according to the Anadolu news agency.

sputniknews (2020-02-14). Turkey's 'Irresponsible Statements' About Shelling of Syrian Army Escalates Tensions – Russian MoD. sputniknews.com Earlier, the Turkish military announced that it had 'neutralized' 63 more Syrian troops in Idlib province, with the two countries getting into a shooting war this week after the shelling of a Turkish observation post on Monday.

sputniknews (2020-02-14). Videos of Syrian Helicopter Allegedly Being Struck by Militants Near Aleppo Emerge Online. sputniknews.com Earlier on Friday, militants reoortedly shot down a Syrian army helicopter in the country's Aleppo province, in what has become the second such downing over the past three days.

sputniknews (2020-02-14). Veterans Peace UK Organise Pro-Assange Public Outreach Event. sputniknews.com Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have been credited with helping inform military veterans who subsequently chose to speak out against US and UK foreign polices following revelations of war crimes, falsehoods, and corruption.

yenisafak (2020-02-14). Syrian government helicopter downed in Idlib. yenisafak.com A Syrian government helicopter was downed in a rural area west of Aleppo in Syria's Idlib region, Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Friday.On Monday, five Turkish troops were martyred and five injured in an attack by Assad regime forces in Idlib, following a similar attack last week martyring seven soldiers and a civilian contractor working with the Turkish military.The Turkish troops are in Idlib

yenisafak (2020-02-14). Assad | reporter who insulted Turkish troops, Erdogan hit by missile. yenisafak.com The vehicle of a reporter working for Syria's state agency was shot with a missile by the Syrian National Army in western Aleppo, Syria.Shadi Helwa, a field reporter at SANA news agency, the mouthpiece of the Assad regime, had recorded a video in front of a Turkish observation point in Syria and insulted Turkey's troops and its people.The reporter who called Turkish soldiers "mice", had also previously hurled insults at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Following the attack on his vehicle, he was pictured in front of a hospital with his face wounded.At least five Turkish troops were martyred and five injured…

yenisafak (2020-02-14). Toddler | displaced by Assad attacks dies of bitter cold in Syria. yenisafak.com Thousands of internally displaced Syrian civilians, who have desperately fled north toward the Turkish border due to the bloody onslaught by the Assad regime in Idlib's de-escalation zone, are battling to survive the bitter cold sweeping through their makeshift tents.Children in particular are bearing the brunt of the nine-year brutal conflict and massive exodus in the region.A forcibly displaced one-and-a-half-year-old girl, Iman Laila, tragically died on Thursday in her father's arms due to respiratory illness caused by cold temperatures while he was rushing her to the al-Shifa Hospital in Afrin.The grief-stric…

Jonathan Kissam (2020-02-14). The distinct perspective of a "Little Leftist Union" mronline.org In 1949, the UE national convention voted to withhold per capita payments to the Congress of Industrial Organizations until the CIO, of which UE was the third-largest affiliate at the time, took steps to stop other CIO unions from raiding the UE. The CIO responded by expelling UE, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and […] |

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-02-13). Crisis in Syrian Idlib Has Firmly Put Turkey Back into NATO's Sphere. globalresearch.ca Syria was the very reason why relations between Turkey and the United States deteriorated as the latter openly backed the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the People's Protection Units (YPG), that Ankara considers a terrorist organization. …

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-02-13). Syria Imposes the Astana Deal by Force as Turkish, Russian Tensions Rise. globalresearch.ca Since 2012 the M5 Damascus-Aleppo had been under the control of jihadist forces. The Syrian Army has now liberated the M5 Damascus-Aleppo road and over 140 cities, villages and strategic hills. Turkey and the Uzbeks, Uighurs and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham …

teleSUR (2020-02-13). Turkey Vows To Strike Any Force That Violates Idlib Ceasefire. telesurenglish.net Turkey has vowed to use force against rebel groups violating a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday in an apparent response to Russian criticism. | RELATED: | The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized Ankara on Wednesday, stating that Turkey was not doing its part to uphold the Sochi Agreement that was established in 2018. | The Russian government, which supports Syrian…

commondreams (2020-02-13). IAC Action Commends Senate on Passage of War Powers Resolution. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-02-13). Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2020-02-13). Trump Says His Budget Doesn't Cut Social Security — But Mnuchin Admits It Does. truthout.org During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — using euphemistic language Democratic lawmakers described as "

teleSUR (2020-02-13). US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran. telesurenglish.net The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…

news.un (2020-02-13). Year-old peace agreement must be implemented for 'lasting peace' in Central African Republic. news.un.org Following a visit to the Central African Republic, a UN independent expert said that everyone must take all measures necessary to effectively implement the peace agreement that was signed in Bangui a year ago.

Staff (2020-02-13). BDS is the Most Effective Response to Trump's Apartheid Plan. imemc.org BDS Movement: Trump's "deal of the century" aims to cement Israel's apartheid rule over the Palestinian people, and is the final nail in the coffin of the moribund "peace process" The plan Trump hatched with Israel's far-right government aims to cement Israel's apartheid rule over the Palestinian people. It is …

news.un (2020-02-13). Transitional justice processes critical to lasting peace, Security Council hears. news.un.org For countries to move forward after conflict or mass atrocities, suffering must be acknowledged and justice served, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told the Security Council on Thursday.

teleSUR-age (2020-02-13). Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…

teleSUR (2020-02-13). Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…

Global Research News (2020-02-13). Selected Articles: More Lies on Iran. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

Whitney Webb (2020-02-12). Scuffle Between Syrian Civilians and US Soldiers Reflects Increasing Hostility to US Troops. mintpressnews.com Though today's incident in Qamishli is a rare occurrence, it is likely a harbinger of the region-wide push that has seen countries like Syria and Iraq take a firmer posture towards the presence of US troops in their countries.

RT (2020-02-12). Scott Ritter Explains Warring in Syria WMD Lies. dissidentvoice.org Leaked documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) suggest that high-level officials manipulated or ignored the findings of those actually on the ground to investigate the alleged chemical attack that killed dozens of people in Douma, Syria in 2018. Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter shares his insights. He argues that …

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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/tulsi-gabbar…

Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/tulsi-gabbar…

New Leaks Shatter OPCW's Attacks on Douma Whistleblowers
Aaron Mate | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry attacking two whistleblowers as rogue actors. Leaked documents obtained by The Grayzone reveal serious distortions in the OPCW inquiry as …
globalresearch.ca/new-leaks-shatter-opcws-attacks-douma-whistleblowers/5703663

'Maybe it was the Belgians': Netanyahu claims ignorance after reports of missiles fired over Damascus
rt.com | 2020-02-14
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed reports that his military launched a missile attack on the Syrian capital, Damascus, saying that perhaps the "Belgian Air Force" was responsible. | In an interview with Radio Haifa on Friday, Netanyahu said he didn't know "what happened last night" and that "maybe it was the Belgian Air Force" that launched missiles over Syria. | "I don't comment on one operation or another," he added. | Syrian state media reported Thursday night that its air defenses had thwarted a missile attack and intercepted several "hostile targets" launched from the Israeli-occupie…
rt.com/news/480881-syria-netanyahu-belgi…

'Maybe it was the Belgians': Netanyahu claims ignorance after reports of missiles fired over Damascus
rt.com | 2020-02-14
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed reports that his military launched a missile attack on the Syrian capital, Damascus, saying that perhaps the "Belgian Air Force" was responsible. | In an interview with Radio Haifa on Friday, Netanyahu said he didn't know "what happened last night" and that "maybe it was the Belgian Air Force" that launched missiles over Syria. | "I don't comment on one operation or another," he added. | Syrian state media reported Thursday night that its air defenses had thwarted a missile attack and intercepted several "hostile targets" launched from the Israeli-occupie…
rt.com/news/480881-syria-netanyahu-belgi…

Video: Residents of Syrian Town Open Fire on US Armed Forces Patrol
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
A new video from the Al-Qamishli countryside was released this afternoon following a skirmish between the U.S. Armed Forces and residents of Khirbat Amo. | According to a report from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the residents of Khirbat Amo attempted to block …
globalresearch.ca/video-moment-residents-syrian-town-open-fire-us-patrol/5703570

Video: Battle of Idlib and Prospects of Turkish-Syrian War
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
In February 2020, the Syrian Army reached the vicinity of the main stronghold of anti-government forces in Syria, the city of Idlib. This development plunged into shock supporters and the leadership of Idlib armed groups and became a visual confirmation …
globalresearch.ca/video-battle-idlib-prospects-turkish-syrian-war/5703626

Video: Syrian Army Gives Turkey "Flick on Nose" in Nayrab, Secures Entire Aleppo-Damascus Highway
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
For the first time in about 8 years of the war, Syrian government forces have established control of the entire M5 highway, which runs from the border with Jordan through Damascus, Homs and Hama to Aleppo. | During the first half …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-gives-turkey-flick-nose-nayrab-secures-entire-aleppo-damascus-highway/5703532

Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-02-14
The peace movement's small victories demonstrate that we have more power to challenge U.S. militarism than most Americans realize…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/can-the-worlds-sec…

Trump Regime Hostility Toward Palestinians
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Trump supports privileged interests in the US and Israel exclusively. | Dismissive toward ordinary people everywhere, he's been hostile toward long-suffering Palestinians throughout his tenure

The Senate Rejects Outsourcing War Powers to Trump
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
The Senate Rejects Outsourcing War Powers to Trump…
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Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …
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Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
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Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …
globalresearch.ca/trump-pledges-veto-war-powers-resolution-uses-pentagon-funds-build-border-wall/5703734

San Rafael Protests Senate Decision to Acquit Trump
R.R. | indybay.org | 2020-02-14
Protesting the Senate's decision to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment…
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San Rafael Protests Senate Decision to Acquit Trump
R.R. | indybay.org | 2020-02-14
Protesting the Senate's decision to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment…
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Trump's Senate "Acquittal" Will Embolden Him to Adopt Increasingly Destructive Policies in the Middle East
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Donald Trump's acquittal in his Senate trial after being impeached for courting foreign intervention in the 2020 US elections and obstruction of Congress can only embolden him to adopt increasingly destructive policies in this region. First and foremost, the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-acquittal-embolden-him-adopt-increasingly-destructive-policies-region/5703696

Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race
Michael Brennan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates:…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/timeline-how…

Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-14
Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…
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Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race
Michael Brennan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates:…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/timeline-how…

Trump's Middle East 'deal of the century' is 'occupation plan', Turkey's Erdogan tells Pakistani parliament
rt.com | 2020-02-14
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal and vowed to back Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir as he gave a speech to lawmakers in Islamabad. | Erdogan railed against Trump's much-touted roadmap for Israel and Palestine while addressing Pakistan's parliament on Friday. | "The plan… is not a peace project but in fact, a project for occupation," he said, as quoted by local media. | The Turkish leader noted that Ankara "gave the biggest reaction" to Trump's initiative, which was quickly rejected by the Palestinians and widely dismissed throughout the Mus…
rt.com/news/480852-erdogan-pakistan-trum…

U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-02-14
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Boulevard | Seaside, CA 93955…
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U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-02-14
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Boulevard | Seaside, CA 93955…
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The US' "Central Asian Strategy" Isn't Sinister, but that Doesn't Mean It'll Succeed
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The US' newly unveiled "Strategy For Central Asia 2019-2025" surprisingly isn't sinister like some of the countries' critics might have expected, but that doesn't mean that it'll succeed since its viability almost entirely depends on bringing "peace" to Afghanistan first …
globalresearch.ca/us-central-asian-strategy-isnt-sinister-doesnt-mean-succeed/5703678

'Justice Must Prevail in This World' Venezuela's President Says
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-14
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said he hopes the International Criminal Court (ICC) will fail in favor of the Venezuelan people concerning the complaint his nation filed against the U.S. sanctions. | RELATED: | US Sanctions Against Venezuelan Airline Violates Int'l Law | "The struggle for justice, the equality of states, and peace is very established… en…
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Peru: Cabinet Changes Due to Odebrecht Case Corruption Scandals
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-14
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra Thursday swore in new members of his cabinet after several ministers resigned due to their relations with Brazil's construction company Odebretch, which is accused of using bribes to secure public works contracts. | RELATED: | Peru Elects a Highly Right-Wing Fragmented Congress | The new Vizcarra administration officials are as Transp…
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The distinct perspective of a "Little Leftist Union"
Jonathan Kissam | mronline.org | 2020-02-14
In 1949, the UE national convention voted to withhold per capita payments to the Congress of Industrial Organizations until the CIO, of which UE was the third-largest affiliate at the time, took steps to stop other CIO unions from raiding the UE. The CIO responded by expelling UE, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and […] | Source…
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Trump Served Up Projection at the National Prayer Breakfast
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
One would think that a National Prayer Breakfast would encourage transparency and truth; as prayer is a primary spiritual means of self-examination, confession, reconciliation, and moral resolve. The opposite was on display at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, attended by over 3500 guests, including dignitaries from over 140 countries, Congress persons, business officials, and faith…
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…
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The distinct perspective of a "Little Leftist Union"
Jonathan Kissam | mronline.org | 2020-02-14
In 1949, the UE national convention voted to withhold per capita payments to the Congress of Industrial Organizations until the CIO, of which UE was the third-largest affiliate at the time, took steps to stop other CIO unions from raiding the UE. The CIO responded by expelling UE, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and […] | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/14/the-distinct-per…

Trump Served Up Projection at the National Prayer Breakfast
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
One would think that a National Prayer Breakfast would encourage transparency and truth; as prayer is a primary spiritual means of self-examination, confession, reconciliation, and moral resolve. The opposite was on display at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, attended by over 3500 guests, including dignitaries from over 140 countries, Congress persons, business officials, and faith…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/trump-served…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/rashida_t…

Syrian Armed Forces Helicopter Shot Down in Aleppo – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-14
Militants shot down a Syrian army helicopter in Aleppo province, according to the Anadolu news agency.
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Netanyahu on Nighttime Strikes Against Syria: 'Maybe It Was Belgian Air Force'
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-14
Syrian air defences reported intercepting multiple hostile targets over Damascus on Thursday night, with the missiles said to have come from the direction of the Israeli-controlled Syrian Golan Heights.
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Videos of Syrian Helicopter Allegedly Being Struck by Militants Near Aleppo Emerge Online
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-14
Earlier on Friday, militants reoortedly shot down a Syrian army helicopter in the country's Aleppo province, in what has become the second such downing over the past three days.
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Turkey's 'Irresponsible Statements' About Shelling of Syrian Army Escalates Tensions – Russian MoD
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-14
Earlier, the Turkish military announced that it had 'neutralized' 63 more Syrian troops in Idlib province, with the two countries getting into a shooting war this week after the shelling of a Turkish observation post on Monday.
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Veterans Peace UK Organise Pro-Assange Public Outreach Event
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-14
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have been credited with helping inform military veterans who subsequently chose to speak out against US and UK foreign polices following revelations of war crimes, falsehoods, and corruption.
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Syrian government helicopter downed in Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-14
A Syrian government helicopter was downed in a rural area west of Aleppo in Syria's Idlib region, Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Friday.On Monday, five Turkish troops were martyred and five injured in an attack by Assad regime forces in Idlib, following a similar attack last week martyring seven soldiers and a civilian contractor working with the Turkish military.The Turkish troops are in Idlib

Toddler | displaced by Assad attacks dies of bitter cold in Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-14
Thousands of internally displaced Syrian civilians, who have desperately fled north toward the Turkish border due to the bloody onslaught by the Assad regime in Idlib's de-escalation zone, are battling to survive the bitter cold sweeping through their makeshift tents.Children in particular are bearing the brunt of the nine-year brutal conflict and massive exodus in the region.A forcibly displaced one-and-a-half-year-old girl, Iman Laila, tragically died on Thursday in her father's arms due to respiratory illness caused by cold temperatures while he was rushing her to the al-Shifa Hospital in Afrin.The grief-stric…
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Assad | reporter who insulted Turkish troops, Erdogan hit by missile
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-14
The vehicle of a reporter working for Syria's state agency was shot with a missile by the Syrian National Army in western Aleppo, Syria.Shadi Helwa, a field reporter at SANA news agency, the mouthpiece of the Assad regime, had recorded a video in front of a Turkish observation point in Syria and insulted Turkey's troops and its people.The reporter who called Turkish soldiers "mice", had also previously hurled insults at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Following the attack on his vehicle, he was pictured in front of a hospital with his face wounded.At least five Turkish troops were martyred and five injured…
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Syria Imposes the Astana Deal by Force as Turkish, Russian Tensions Rise
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Since 2012 the M5 Damascus-Aleppo had been under the control of jihadist forces. The Syrian Army has now liberated the M5 Damascus-Aleppo road and over 140 cities, villages and strategic hills. Turkey and the Uzbeks, Uighurs and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham …
globalresearch.ca/syria-imposes-astana-deal-force-turkish-russian-tensions-rise/5703580

Crisis in Syrian Idlib Has Firmly Put Turkey Back into NATO's Sphere
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
Syria was the very reason why relations between Turkey and the United States deteriorated as the latter openly backed the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the People's Protection Units (YPG), that Ankara considers a terrorist organization. …
globalresearch.ca/crisis-syrian-idlib-put-turkey-back-nato-sphere/5703575

Turkey Vows To Strike Any Force That Violates Idlib Ceasefire
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
Turkey has vowed to use force against rebel groups violating a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday in an apparent response to Russian criticism. | RELATED: | US Forces Clash With Civilians in Northeast Syria | The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized Ankara on Wednesday, stating that Turkey was not doing its part to uphold the Sochi Agreement that was established in 2018. | The Russian government, which supports Syrian…
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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
commondreams.org | 2020-02-13
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Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…
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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
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US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | US House Blocks Trump's Ability to Wage War Against Iran | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…
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US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
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IAC Action Commends Senate on Passage of War Powers Resolution
commondreams.org | 2020-02-13
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Year-old peace agreement must be implemented for 'lasting peace' in Central African Republic
news.un.org | 2020-02-13
Following a visit to the Central African Republic, a UN independent expert said that everyone must take all measures necessary to effectively implement the peace agreement that was signed in Bangui a year ago.
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