2020-02-16: News Headlines

John Timpane (2020-02-16). James Baldwin Won the Battle, but William F. Buckley Won the War. truthdig.com "The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America" | On Feb. 18, 1965, three days before the assassination of Malcolm X, a few weeks before the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, and six months before the Watts riots, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated before the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University. | The proposition: that "the American Dream is at the expense of the American Ne…

RT (2020-02-16). From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible. rt.com China's status as the world's manufacturing powerhouse means the coronavirus epidemic's effects are being felt in some odd places. We've come to terms with no new iPhones, but weirder shortages could upend people's daily lives. | Plummeting iPhone production and a lack of new cars rolling off the assembly line dominated early discussion of coronavirus-induced shortages. But the epidemic currently sweeping China and making determined inroads into over two dozen other countries has forced hundreds of factories to close, affecting dozens of industries. If nothing else, coronavirus has made the world realize that…

RT (2020-02-16). Iran will never talk to US under pressure or from 'position of weakness' — President Rouhani. rt.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ruled out any likelihood of talks with the US unless Washington lifts its 'maximum pressure' policy, adding that peace in the Middle East and the Gulf is unimaginable without Tehran's help. | Tehran "will never negotiate under pressure," Rouhani reiterated in an address quoted by local media. Iran "will never yield to America's pressure" and will not negotiate "from a position of weakness." | The Iranian people withstood the US sanctions — re-instated in 2018 by the Trump administration following the withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord — "despite all the hardships…

RT (2020-02-16). Can Moscow finish Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline despite US sanctions? 'Never say never' says Gazprom. rt.com Russia's $10 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline – which will pump gas more than 1,200 km to Germany – has been sanctioned by Washington, with US officials claiming Moscow can't finish the project. "Never say never," Gazprom replied. | The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a joint project between Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European firms, was sanctioned by the US Congress in December. The State Department followed this with an ultimatum to the European firms working on the project: "immediately cease construction-related activity." | The warning was enough to scare away Swiss pipelaying firm Allseas Group SA, and…

RT (2020-02-16). Queen Elizabeth won't get involved in Julian Assange case because it's a POLITICAL matter — Buckingham Palace. rt.com A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman has said the Queen will not intervene to release Julian Assange, vowing to remain "non-political." The statement seemingly confirms that Assange's detention is a political, not criminal, matter. | With WikiLeaks founder Assange holed up in HM Prison Belmarsh awaiting extradition to the US, activist Chris Lonsdale penned a

RT (2020-02-16). Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union. rt.com Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union — except he did. | In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press to be aired in full on Monday, Biden unleashed a scathing attack on Sanders, who is currently riding high in the polls in Nevada, which holds the next Democratic Party contest. | Referring to instances in which supposed Sanders supporters hurled online abuse at members of the Nevada Culinary Workers Union (NCWU) after it distributed leaflets voicing conc…

RT (2020-02-16). US-led coalition military base 'impacted' after multiple rockets fired at Baghdad's Green Zone. rt.com The US-led coalition has confirmed its base in Iraq was hit after the heavily fortified Green Zone came under rocket fire on Saturday night, with multiple blasts reported in the vicinity of the US Embassy. | The US-led coalition says its base in Baghdad was "impacted" by "small rockets" around 3: 24am local time. An investigation into the incident is underway, it added. | The attack did not result in any casualties, Col. Myles Caggins, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Resolve (CJTF-OIR),

The Canary (2020-02-16). UN body says it will take months to verify 'record' Antarctica temperatures. thecanary.co Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency has said.A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organisation said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards."A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman.Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3C (nearly 65F) on February 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica to…

RT (2020-02-16). Africa's largest oil nation could see production drop 35%. rt.com Africa's largest oil producer could see oil production fall by 35 percent as low oil prices and regulatory uncertainty threaten to prompt oil majors to postpone final investment decisions. | OPEC member Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and it pumped 1.776 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2020, according to OPEC's secondary sources in its monthly report published this week. Adding condensate production, Nigeria's total oil output exceeds 2 million bpd. | However, three deepwater projects offshore Nigeria, operated by oil majors Exxon, Shell, and Total, could see their start-up dates…

RT (2020-02-16). Houthis say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen killed at least 30 people, including women & children. rt.com Strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday left at least 30 dead, according to the health ministry in the Houthi-controlled Al-Jawf province. Women and children were among the casualties, the ministry told a local TV channel according to Reuters. The alleged attack came shortly after the Houthis claimed to have downed a coalition warplane on Friday. Meanwhile, according to Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition said that a Tornado jet had "crashed." He added that a rescue operation had been launched but declined to go into detail about what may have caused the crash…

RT (2020-02-16). 'Western doctors overprescribe drugs' — Jordan Peterson's daughter Mikhaila tells RT why he went to Russia for treatment. rt.com Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson chose Russia for his detox because the country's medical industry is less dependent on big pharma than North America's, his daughter Mikhaila told RT's World Apart program. | Peterson, who rose to fame for his vocal and unapologetic opposition to extreme political correctness, has been struggling with an addiction to the drug clonazepam for over a year now. The benzodiazepine-class tranquilizer was prescribed to the University of Toronto professor and author of bestselling book '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos' in 2017, to tackle anxiety caused by his lasting autoi…

RT (2020-02-16). Daredevil routine at 1,300ft almost goes DISASTROUSLY WRONG for Russian paraglider & aerial gymnast (VIDEO). rt.com Russian paraglider Alexander Orlov and world champion aerial gymnast Anzhela Kulagila performed a daredevil routine in Vietnam, making jaw-dropping acrobatics moves at 400m (1,300ft) — but which almost went badly wrong. | Driven by Orlov, who controlled the flow of the parachute, the duo presented a heart-stopping routine with Kulagila executing acrobatics tricks on slings with no safety wire. | The…

Eds. (2020-02-16). The climate and the fat tail risk. mronline.org My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up. |

The Canary (2020-02-16). Bakery workers target Pancake Tuesday in strike over pay. thecanary.co Workers have vowed to halt Pancake Tuesday in Northern Ireland during strike action at one of the UK's largest bakeries.Bakers at Allied Bakeries in east Belfast walked out early on Sunday morning for the first time in decades in a row over a 3% pay claim.The factory makes products such as Kingsmill bread.This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the site, which is part of Associated British Foods.The multinational company owns a series of brands, including clothes retailer Primark, and posted profits of around £1.4 billion last year.A Kingsmill lorry stopped at the gates where dozens of workers carry…

The Canary (2020-02-16). 'Millions' with flu symptoms may need to 'self-isolate' due to coronavirus. thecanary.co "Millions" of Britons with flu-like symptoms could be told by authorities to "self-isolate" by staying at home for a fortnight if the UK's number of coronavirus cases rises passed 100, it has been reported.The Sunday Telegraph said senior NHS managers have been told that the service will stop testing for the strain known as Covid-19 "once around 100 cases have been confirmed" across Britain.Eight of the nine people diagnosed with the virus in the UK have since left hospital after two negative tests for Covid-19, with the paper reporting hospitals have in the last week made "isolation pods" to keep those being tes…

RT (2020-02-16). UN deputy envoy to Libya at Munich conference: Ceasefire hangs by thread & arms embargo is a 'joke'. rt.com The fragile truce in Libya is at risk of falling apart, and efforts to stop the flood of weapons into the war-torn country have been completely ineffective, the deputy head of the UN mission to Libya warned on Sunday. | Stephanie Williams told attendees at the Munich Security Conference that the ceasefire between Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is perilously close to collapsing. She added that an arms embargo put in place by the UN Security Council to prevent the flow of weapons into Libya "has become a joke." | Noting that the economic situ…

Staff (2020-02-16). California to Apologize for Internment of Japanese Americans. truthdig.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Les Ouchida was born an American just outside California's capital city, but his citizenship mattered little after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. Based solely on their Japanese ancestry, the 5-year-old and his family were taken from their home in 1942 and imprisoned far away in Arkansas. | They were among 120,000 Japanese Americans held at 10 internment camps during World War II, their only fault being "we had the wrong last names and wrong faces," said Ouchida, now 82 and living a short drive from where he grew up and was taken as a boy due to fear tha…

Anya Parampil (2020-02-16). øGolpista venezolano Ricardo Hausmann escenificó una falsa renuncia al BID para conservar su cómodo trabajo en Harvard? thegrayzone.com Atrapado en un conflicto de intereses con su empleador en Harvard, en septiembre pasado Ricardo Hausmann renunció públicamente a su…

orion the elder (2020-02-16). Gracias Chelsea Manning & Julian Assange for Exposing Bush's War Crimes. indybay.org Fruitvale and MacArthur oakland 94602…

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-02-16). U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System. indybay.org Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Boulevard | Seaside, CA 93955…

Eve Ensler & Taína Asili (2020-02-16). One Billion Rising: V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence. zcomm.org This Valentine's Day, people around the world took to the streets to protest violence against women and girls…

Philip Giraldi (2020-02-16). American Citizens Killed and Tortured by Israel? globalresearch.ca One of the principal functions of a United States Embassy overseas is to provide citizen services, which includes coming to the assistance of Americans who are treated badly by the local government. It is a responsibility that most embassies take …

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-16). 2013 Law Suit: Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide. globalresearch.ca In November 2013, the *** | There's no ambiguity about …

William Kaufman (2020-02-16). Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem. dissidentvoice.org The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that …

Staff (2020-02-16). Proposed Alaska Legislation Would Recognize Existence of Tribes. truthout.org A bill before the Alaska House Tribal Affairs Committee is simple: "The state recognizes all tribes in the state that are federally recognized …" | The legislation gets more complicated after that line. | There are disclaimers about what the legislation doesn't do. There would be no changes to state jurisdiction. Or the status of land. And it does not create any new state responsibilities. Nor does the proposal diminish the federal government's trust responsibility or other obligations, specifically ack…

Staff (2020-02-16). US-Linked South African "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" Spread Harmful Misinformation. truthout.org A senior South African health official has today vowed action as openDemocracy Supported by US Christian campaigners who claim close links to the Trump White House, around the world these centres appear to offer pregnant women unbiased "advice…

Staff (2020-02-16). Insurers Are Bankrupting Patients by Charging Unexpectedly for Preapproved Care. truthout.org The more than $34,000 in medical bills that contributed to Darla and Andy Markley's bankruptcy and loss of their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew out of what felt like a broken promise. | Darla Markley, 53, said her insurer had sent her a letter preapproving her to have a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic in neighboring Minnesota after she came down with transverse myelitis, a rare, paralyzing illness that had kept her hospitalized for over a month. But after the tests found she also had…

Staff (2020-02-16). Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applauded "This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health ca…

Staff (2020-02-16). Democrats Need to Cut the Realism and Start Dreaming — and Fighting — Big. truthout.org Even as Bernie Sanders, the most radically progressive candidate for the Democratic primary, secured early wins in Iowa and New Hampshire and the face of the moderate Democratic establishment faded toward the back, an ugly spirit of defeatism has crept into the political zeitgeist around the progressive platform. | This past week Ezra Klein wrote of what he termed "

Staff (2020-02-16). New Film Showcases How the Rainbow Coalition's Struggle for Justice Lives On. truthout.org One of

teleSUR (2020-02-16). First Coronavirus Death Reported in Taiwan. telesurenglish.net The first person to die from the coronavirus in Taiwan has been reported by the local authorities, putting the death toll closer to 2,000 since the start of the new year. | RELATED: | According to the Taiwanese authorities, a taxi driver has died from the coronavirus, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global…

Denise Lamott (2020-02-16). Ceremonial Groundbreaking and Photo Opportunity for George Mark Children's House Restoration. indybay.org George Mark Children's House (GMCH), the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States, will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony and photo opportunity with generous-hearted contractors, local politicians and civic leaders to commemorate a new Restorative Garden on Thursday, February 20.

Leonardo Flores (2020-02-16). The Embassy Defenders: Mistrial in US Federal Court Is a Win for Venezuela's Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca A jury of 12 Washington D.C. residents were deadlocked over the issue of the embassy defenders on February 14, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in a blow to the federal government and to a judicial system that stacked …

Kurt Nimmo (2020-02-16). War Criminal Hillary, Bloomberg's Choice for Running Mate. globalresearch.ca I figured as much. The moment Mike Bloomberg announced his intention to spend part of his billions—like Trump before him—to gain the presidency, I thought: this is the perfect opening for Hillary Clinton. | Clinton will be Bloomberg's running mate, …

Juan Cole (2020-02-16). Rockets slam into US Embassy Compound in Iraq, as Base with US Troops also Comes under Fire. zcomm.org Trump has threatened to destroy the Iraqi economy with severe sanctions if the Iraqi executive follows through on parliament's decree that US troops must leave…

teleSUR (2020-02-16). Baghdad's Green Zone Comes Under Rocket Fire. telesurenglish.net As many as four rockets were fired overnight into the U.S.-occupied Green Zone of central Baghdad, three of them landed inside the heavily fortified zone, which houses the U.S. embassy, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. | RELATED: | According to the media office affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC), the attack took place late on Saturday night when unknown militants fired the rockets, but one of the…

teleSUR (2020-02-16). Saudi Airstrikes Kill 31 Civilians in Northern Yemen. telesurenglish.net TheSaudi-led Coalition carried out a deadly attack over northern Yemen on Saturday, killing over 30 civlians inside the Al-Jawf province. According to Yemen's Houthi movement, the airstrikes were carried out in retaliation for the downing of a Saudi warplane in the same province. | RELATED: | The United Nations office in Yemen said preliminary field reports indicated that "as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12…

teleSUR (2020-02-16). Mass Delay in Dominican Elections Due to Polling Stations. telesurenglish.net The municipal elections in Santo Domingo, the first that are held separately from the general since 1968, began with delays and failures in the automated voting system, the spokespersons of several political parties announced. | RELATED: | Dozens of polling stations nationwide continue to present delays at the beginning of the voting process two after the formal start of the elections. | The members of the JCE are meetin…

Sarah Lazare (2020-02-16). War Is an Enormous Threat to the Climate Movement. zcomm.org U.S. wars have historically been used to beat back and repress exactly the kind of left movements that we need to tackle the climate crisis…

Spunky Peons (2020-02-16). Scooter Red Alert: The Oakland Lime Strike Is Crashing the Company. indybay.org On the evening of February 10th, the Lime scooter company cut pay for contractors by 30% without warning. Many if not most contractors immediately responded by refusing to charge the company's electric scooters. It's likely that there are more uncharged scooters in the streets now than charged scooters. It's getting so bad that countless scooters are beginning to crash, along with prospects for the company in Oakland.

Spartacist League (2020-02-16). In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom. indybay.org First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…

Jim Hightower (2020-02-16). The Irony of The Centrist-Progressive Debate. zcomm.org Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can't win "the middle." But just look at the polls…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Iran's Rouhani says Tehran will never talk to US under pressure. yenisafak.com "Iran will never negotiate under pressure … We will never yield to America's pressure and we will not negotiate from a position of weakness. America's 'maximum pressure' towards Iran is doomed to failure," Rouhani said."Securing peace and stability in the sensitive region of Middle East and in the Persian Gulf is impossible without Iran's help."

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Family reunites with 'PKK-kidnapped' daughter in Turkey. yenisafak.com With the efforts of Turkish security forces, another family has reunited with their daughter, who they claim was kidnapped by PKK terrorists, after five years of longing.According to security sources on Sunday, Pelda Ayhan surrendered to Turkish authorities in the Suruc district of Turkey's eastern Sanliurfa province.The mother, Gevriye Ayhan, had attended a sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.The protest started on Sept. 3 outside the offices of the Peoples' Democratic Party

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Oman sees biggest Gulf clash risk in Strait of Hormuz. yenisafak.com The risk of a military confrontation is higher in the Strait of Hormuz than anywhere else in the Gulf region, Oman's foreign minister said, due in part to the growing number of military vessels from different countries that are guarding it.The waterway between Iran and Oman – 33 km (21 miles) wide at its narrowest point – is the conduit for some 30% of all crude and other oil liquids traded by sea.Friction between Iran and the West had led several nations to send task forces to guard shipping there, and Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on international merchant vessels in or near the area, something Tehra…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Assad forces suffer heavy losses in Idlib attacks. yenisafak.com Hundreds of forces of the Syrian Bashar al-Assad regime have been neutralized amid operations over the last two weeks in Idlib, northwestern Syria.Clashes have mounted for over a month between the Syrian regime, allied with Iran-backed foreign terrorist groups, against opposition and anti-regime armed groups in the east and south Idlib as well as the Aleppo countryside.Opposition groups downed two helicopters, one in southern Idlib and another in western Aleppo, within the last week.Meanwhile, hundreds of regime forces were neutralized along with their equipment including 12 vehicles, 24 tanks, eight anti-aircraf…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Roadside bomb kills 3 soldiers in Somalia. yenisafak.com At least three Somali soldiers were killed after a blast struck a military vehicle on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday.Local police officer Feysal Mohamed told Anadolu Agency that the source of the explosion was a roadside bomb."The blast was a roadside explosion which targeted a national army vehicle carrying soldiers. At least three were killed in the attack and more than four others wounded," said Mohamed.Police and other security personnel reached the site of the incident and began investigations, he added.No group has yet claimed responsibility for either attack, but al-Qaeda-affiliated group…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Turkish, Chinese top diplomats discuss Uyghur Muslims. yenisafak.com The foreign ministers of Turkey and China discussed the situation of the Uyghur Turkic Muslim minority in China during a meeting under the 56th Munich Security Conference.Mevlut Cavusoglu and Wang Yi met on Saturday, according to diplomatic sources.China's Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uyghurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45% of Xinjiang's population, has long accused China's authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.Up to a million people, or about 7% of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, have been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-educat…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Turkish Red Crescent provides tents for Idlib refugees. yenisafak.com The Turkish Red Crescent on Sunday distributed tents and heaters to Syrians fleeing clashes in and around Idlib, northwestern Syria.The aid agency also distributed beds, blankets and food to people in the Mashhad Ruhin area, close to the Turkish border.Hakan Sari, head of the Turkish Red Crescent's border assistance operations, said that most people had to flee to the north due to clashes and heavy bombings in Idlib."We supply tents, particularly to families without tents, so they can pitch them under the olive trees," Sari said.The aid agency also distributed hygiene materials, as well as cookies and chocolate f…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). UN decries attacks on civilians in Yemen. yenisafak.com The UN has condemned recent airstrikes that killed dozens of civilians in the northern Yemeni province of Al-Jawf.Houthi rebels said Saturday 31 people were killed and 12 others injured in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Al-Jawf.The group said the attacks targeted civilians checking the wreckage of a Tornado fighter jet downed by Houthis a day earlier in the province."So many people are being killed in Yemen — it's a tragedy and it's unjustified," UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, said in a statement."Five years into this conflict and belligerents are still failing to uphold this respons…

2020-02-16: Social Media Postees

Please be social by posting these 'POSTEES' on social media!

California to Apologize for Internment of Japanese Americans
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-16
SACRAMENTO, Calif.

øGolpista venezolano Ricardo Hausmann escenificó una falsa renuncia al BID para conservar su cómodo trabajo en Harvard?
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-16
Atrapado en un conflicto de intereses con su empleador en Harvard, en septiembre pasado Ricardo Hausmann renunció públicamente a su…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/16/golpista-venezolano-ricardo-hausmann-falsa-renuncia-bid-harvard/

Gracias Chelsea Manning & Julian Assange for Exposing Bush's War Crimes
orion the elder | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
Fruitvale and MacArthur oakland 94602…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/14/18830662.php

Gracias Chelsea Manning & Julian Assange for Exposing Bush's War Crimes
orion the elder | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
Fruitvale and MacArthur oakland 94602…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/14/18830662.php

U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Boulevard | Seaside, CA 93955…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/13/18830660.php

One Billion Rising: V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
Eve Ensler & Taína Asili | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
This Valentine's Day, people around the world took to the streets to protest violence against women and girls…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/one-billion-rising-v-day-and-campaign-to-end-sexual-violence/

American Citizens Killed and Tortured by Israel?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
One of the principal functions of a United States Embassy overseas is to provide citizen services, which includes coming to the assistance of Americans who are treated badly by the local government. It is a responsibility that most embassies take …
globalresearch.ca/american-citizens-killed-tortured-israel/5703783

2013 Law Suit: Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
In November 2013, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) found Israel guilty of war crimes and genocide as defined under the 1948 convention dealing with this highest of high crimes. More on this below. | *** | There's no ambiguity about …
globalresearch.ca/israel-tried-found-guilty-war-crimes-genocide/5703766

Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-16
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/tulsi-gabbard-a-political-postmortem/

New Film Showcases How the Rainbow Coalition's Struggle for Justice Lives On
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
One of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton's most famous quotes is: "You can kill a revolutionary, but you can't kill the revolution." Unfortunately, as the new documentary The First Rainbow Coalition demonstrates, the movement can be set back decades when a revolutionary of Hampton's magnitude is k…
truthout.org/articles/new-film-showcases-how-the-rainbow-coalitions-struggle-for-justice-lives-on/

US-Linked South African "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" Spread Harmful Misinformation
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
A senior South African health official has today vowed action as openDemocracy reveals how vulnerable women and girls are being fed misinformation in US-backed "crisis pregnancy centres" across the world. | Supported by US Christian campaigners who claim close links to the Trump White House, around the world these centres appear to offer pregnant women unbiased "advice…
truthout.org/articles/us-linked-south-african-crisis-pregnancy-centers-spread-harmful-misinformation/

Insurers Are Bankrupting Patients by Charging Unexpectedly for Preapproved Care
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
The more than $34,000 in medical bills that contributed to Darla and Andy Markley's bankruptcy and loss of their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew out of what felt like a broken promise. | Darla Markley, 53, said her insurer had sent her a letter preapproving her to have a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic in neighboring Minnesota after she came down with transverse myelitis, a rare, paralyzing illness that had kept her hospitalized for over a month. But after the tests found she also had…
truthout.org/articles/insurers-are-bankrupting-patients-by-charging-unexpectedly-for-preapproved-care/

Proposed Alaska Legislation Would Recognize Existence of Tribes
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
A bill before the Alaska House Tribal Affairs Committee is simple: "The state recognizes all tribes in the state that are federally recognized …" | The legislation gets more complicated after that line. | There are disclaimers about what the legislation doesn't do. There would be no changes to state jurisdiction. Or the status of land. And it does not create any new state responsibilities. Nor does the proposal diminish the federal government's trust responsibility or other obligations, specifically ack…
truthout.org/articles/proposed-alaska-legislation-would-recognize-existence-of-tribes/

Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applauded a new study published today by a team of epidemiologists in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet, which found that Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year. | "This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health ca…
truthout.org/articles/medicare-for-all-would-save-450-billion-and-prevent-68000-deaths-every-year/

James Baldwin Won the Battle, but William F. Buckley Won the War
John Timpane | truthdig.com | 2020-02-16
"The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | On Feb. 18, 1965, three days before the assassination of Malcolm X, a few weeks before the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, and six months before the Watts riots, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated before the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University. | The proposition: that "the American Dream is at the expense of the American Ne…
truthdig.com/articles/james-baldwin-won-the-battle-but-william-f-buckley-won-the-war/

Is China Capitalist?
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
Judging by what has been said or written about China, both on the right and on the left, socialism there is finished. The country is assumed to have capitulated and become capitalist, whatever the Chinese leadership itself may say. It …
globalresearch.ca/china-capitalist/5703795

First Coronavirus Death Reported in Taiwan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
The first person to die from the coronavirus in Taiwan has been reported by the local authorities, putting the death toll closer to 2,000 since the start of the new year. | RELATED: | 'Countries Must Prepare for the Coronavirus Arrival' WHO Warns | According to the Taiwanese authorities, a taxi driver has died from the coronavirus, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global…
telesurenglish.net/news/First-Coronavirus-Death-Reported-in-Taiwan–20200216-0004.html

From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible
rt.com | 2020-02-16
China's status as the world's manufacturing powerhouse means the coronavirus epidemic's effects are being felt in some odd places. We've come to terms with no new iPhones, but weirder shortages could upend people's daily lives. | Plummeting iPhone production and a lack of new cars rolling off the assembly line dominated early discussion of coronavirus-induced shortages. But the epidemic currently sweeping China and making determined inroads into over two dozen other countries has forced hundreds of factories to close, affecting dozens of industries. If nothing else, coronavirus has made the world realize that…
rt.com/news/480901-coronavirus-shortages-unexpected-factories-china/

First Coronavirus Death Reported in Taiwan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
The first person to die from the coronavirus in Taiwan has been reported by the local authorities, putting the death toll closer to 2,000 since the start of the new year. | RELATED: | 'Countries Must Prepare for the Coronavirus Arrival' WHO Warns | According to the Taiwanese authorities, a taxi driver has died from the coronavirus, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global…
telesurenglish.net/news/First-Coronavirus-Death-Reported-in-Taiwan–20200216-0004.html

Ceremonial Groundbreaking and Photo Opportunity for George Mark Children's House Restoration
Denise Lamott | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
George Mark Children's House (GMCH), the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States, will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony and photo opportunity with generous-hearted contractors, local politicians and civic leaders to commemorate a new Restorative Garden on Thursday, February 20.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/14/18830678.php

The Embassy Defenders: Mistrial in US Federal Court Is a Win for Venezuela's Sovereignty
Leonardo Flores | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
A jury of 12 Washington D.C. residents were deadlocked over the issue of the embassy defenders on February 14, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in a blow to the federal government and to a judicial system that stacked …
globalresearch.ca/mistrial-federal-court-win-venezuela-sovereignty/5703758

Painting a True Christ
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
There's an early scene in Terrence Malik's masterful new film

War Criminal Hillary, Bloomberg's Choice for Running Mate
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
I figured as much. The moment Mike Bloomberg announced his intention to spend part of his billions–like Trump before him–to gain the presidency, I thought: this is the perfect opening for Hillary Clinton. | Clinton will be Bloomberg's running mate, …
globalresearch.ca/war-criminal-hillary-bloomberg-choice-running-mate/5703774

Rockets slam into US Embassy Compound in Iraq, as Base with US Troops also Comes under Fire
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
Trump has threatened to destroy the Iraqi economy with severe sanctions if the Iraqi executive follows through on parliament's decree that US troops must leave…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/rockets-slam-into-us-embassy-compound-in-iraq-as-base-with-us-troops-also-comes-under-fire/

Can Moscow finish Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline despite US sanctions? 'Never say never' says Gazprom
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Russia's $10 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline – which will pump gas more than 1,200 km to Germany – has been sanctioned by Washington, with US officials claiming Moscow can't finish the project. "Never say never," Gazprom replied. | The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a joint project between Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European firms, was sanctioned by the US Congress in December. The State Department followed this with an ultimatum to the European firms working on the project: "immediately cease construction-related activity." | The warning was enough to scare away Swiss pipelaying firm Allseas Group SA, and…
rt.com/business/480981-gazprom-nord-stream-never/

Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union

Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union

US-led coalition military base 'impacted' after multiple rockets fired at Baghdad's Green Zone
rt.com | 2020-02-16
The US-led coalition has confirmed its base in Iraq was hit after the heavily fortified Green Zone came under rocket fire on Saturday night, with multiple blasts reported in the vicinity of the US Embassy. | The US-led coalition says its base in Baghdad was "impacted" by "small rockets" around 3: 24am local time. An investigation into the incident is underway, it added. | The attack did not result in any casualties, Col. Myles Caggins, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Resolve (CJTF-OIR), stated on Twi…
rt.com/news/480947-embassy-baghdad-explosions-attack/

Baghdad's Green Zone Comes Under Rocket Fire
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
As many as four rockets were fired overnight into the U.S.-occupied Green Zone of central Baghdad, three of them landed inside the heavily fortified zone, which houses the U.S. embassy, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. | RELATED: | NATO Resumes Military Operations Without Iraq's Consent | According to the media office affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC), the attack took place late on Saturday night when unknown militants fired the rockets, but one of the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Baghdads-Green-Zone-Comes-Under-Rocket-Fire-20200216-0002.html

UN body says it will take months to verify 'record' Antarctica temperatures
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency has said.A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organisation said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards."A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman.Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3C (nearly 65F) on February 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica to…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2020/02/16/un-body-says-it-will-take-months-to-verify-record-antarctica-temperatures/

UN body says it will take months to verify 'record' Antarctica temperatures
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency has said.A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organisation said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards."A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman.Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3C (nearly 65F) on February 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica to…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2020/02/16/un-body-says-it-will-take-months-to-verify-record-antarctica-temperatures/

Africa's largest oil nation could see production drop 35%
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Africa's largest oil producer could see oil production fall by 35 percent as low oil prices and regulatory uncertainty threaten to prompt oil majors to postpone final investment decisions. | OPEC member Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and it pumped 1.776 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2020, according to OPEC's secondary sources in its monthly report published this week. Adding condensate production, Nigeria's total oil output exceeds 2 million bpd. | However, three deepwater projects offshore Nigeria, operated by oil majors Exxon, Shell, and Total, could see their start-up dates…
rt.com/business/480857-nigeria-oil-production-drop/

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 31 Civilians in Northern Yemen
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
TheSaudi-led Coalition carried out a deadly attack over northern Yemen on Saturday, killing over 30 civlians inside the Al-Jawf province. According to Yemen's Houthi movement, the airstrikes were carried out in retaliation for the downing of a Saudi warplane in the same province. | RELATED: | UAE Withdraws Some Troops From Yemen, Sudan Plans the Same | The United Nations office in Yemen said preliminary field reports indicated that "as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Airstrikes-Kill-31-Civilians-in-Northern-Yemen-20200216-0001.html

Houthis say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen killed at least 30 people, including women & children
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday left at least 30 dead, according to the health ministry in the Houthi-controlled Al-Jawf province. Women and children were among the casualties, the ministry told a local TV channel according to Reuters. The alleged attack came shortly after the Houthis claimed to have downed a coalition warplane on Friday. Meanwhile, according to Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition said that a Tornado jet had "crashed." He added that a rescue operation had been launched but declined to go into detail about what may have caused the crash…
rt.com/newsline/480956-yemen-30-killed-houthi-saudi/

Mass Delay in Dominican Elections Due to Polling Stations
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-16
The municipal elections in Santo Domingo, the first that are held separately from the general since 1968, began with delays and failures in the automated voting system, the spokespersons of several political parties announced. | RELATED: | Dominican Elections To Receive 118 International Observers | Dozens of polling stations nationwide continue to present delays at the beginning of the voting process two after the formal start of the elections. | The members of the JCE are meetin…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mass-Delay-in-Dominican-Elections-Due-to-Polling-Stations-20200216-0003.html

Daredevil routine at 1,300ft almost goes DISASTROUSLY WRONG for Russian paraglider & aerial gymnast (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Russian paraglider Alexander Orlov and world champion aerial gymnast Anzhela Kulagila performed a daredevil routine in Vietnam, making jaw-dropping acrobatics moves at 400m (1,300ft)

War Is an Enormous Threat to the Climate Movement
Sarah Lazare | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
U.S. wars have historically been used to beat back and repress exactly the kind of left movements that we need to tackle the climate crisis…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/war-is-an-enormous-threat-to-the-climate-movement/

The climate and the fat tail risk
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-02-16
My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/16/112445/

Marxism and the Climate Crisis: African Eco-Socialist Alternatives
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-02-16
There is a rich inheritance of emancipatory Marxism in Africa, which includes Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Samir Amin, Sam Moyo, Harold Wolpe and many others. Today, Satgar argues, the challenge is to defeat carbon capitalism accelerating the climate crisis and fomenting exclusionary nationalisms and for this there has to be a return to Marx. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/16/marxism-and-the-climate-crisis-african-eco-socialist-alternatives/

The climate and the fat tail risk
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-02-16
My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/16/112445/

Sanders Applauds New Medicare for All Study: Will Save Americans $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Unnecessary Deaths Every Year
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2020-02-16
Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-05-07_at_1.35.52_pm.png
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/15/sanders-applauds-new-medicare-all-study-will-save-americans-450-billion-and-prevent?cd-origin=rss

Bakery workers target Pancake Tuesday in strike over pay
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Workers have vowed to halt Pancake Tuesday in Northern Ireland during strike action at one of the UK's largest bakeries.Bakers at Allied Bakeries in east Belfast walked out early on Sunday morning for the first time in decades in a row over a 3% pay claim.The factory makes products such as Kingsmill bread.This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the site, which is part of Associated British Foods.The multinational company owns a series of brands, including clothes retailer Primark, and posted profits of around £1.4 billion last year.A Kingsmill lorry stopped at the gates where dozens of workers carry…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2020/02/16/bakery-workers-target-pancake-tuesday-in-strike-over-pay/

'Millions' with flu symptoms may need to 'self-isolate' due to coronavirus
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
"Millions" of Britons with flu-like symptoms could be told by authorities to "self-isolate" by staying at home for a fortnight if the UK's number of coronavirus cases rises passed 100, it has been reported.The Sunday Telegraph said senior NHS managers have been told that the service will stop testing for the strain known as Covid-19 "once around 100 cases have been confirmed" across Britain.Eight of the nine people diagnosed with the virus in the UK have since left hospital after two negative tests for Covid-19, with the paper reporting hospitals have in the last week made "isolation pods" to keep those being tes…
thecanary.co/uk/2020/02/16/millions-with-flu-symptoms-may-need-to-self-isolate-due-to-coronavirus/

UN deputy envoy to Libya at Munich conference: Ceasefire hangs by thread & arms embargo is a 'joke'
rt.com | 2020-02-16
The fragile truce in Libya is at risk of falling apart, and efforts to stop the flood of weapons into the war-torn country have been completely ineffective, the deputy head of the UN mission to Libya warned on Sunday. | Stephanie Williams told attendees at the Munich Security Conference that the ceasefire between Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is perilously close to collapsing. She added that an arms embargo put in place by the UN Security Council to prevent the flow of weapons into Libya "has become a joke." | Noting that the economic situ…
rt.com/newsline/480960-libya-munich-crisis-embargo-ceasefire/

Scooter Red Alert: The Oakland Lime Strike Is Crashing the Company
Spunky Peons | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
On the evening of February 10th, the Lime scooter company cut pay for contractors by 30% without warning. Many if not most contractors immediately responded by refusing to charge the company's electric scooters. It's likely that there are more uncharged scooters in the streets now than charged scooters. It's getting so bad that countless scooters are beginning to crash, along with prospects for the company in Oakland.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/14/18830684.php

Scooter Red Alert: The Oakland Lime Strike Is Crashing the Company
Spunky Peons | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
On the evening of February 10th, the Lime scooter company cut pay for contractors by 30% without warning. Many if not most contractors immediately responded by refusing to charge the company's electric scooters. It's likely that there are more uncharged scooters in the streets now than charged scooters. It's getting so bad that countless scooters are beginning to crash, along with prospects for the company in Oakland.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/14/18830684.php

Record-breaking floods across England as Storm Dennis lashes UK (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Storm Dennis has sparked a record number of flood warnings across England after barreling through the UK and releasing more than a month's worth of rainfall in just 48 hours. | The storm blasted parts of northern Europe with fierce winds and torrential downpours over the weekend. With the worst of the storm finally having passed, authorities and residents across Britain have been left to pick up the pieces, as some parts of the country have been left submerged in floodwater. | The situation in South Wales was said to be "life-threatening", prompting the UK Met Office to issue a red warning due to heavy rain…
rt.com/uk/480971-storm-dennis-record-floods-video/

In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom
Spartacist League | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/15/18830709.php

In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom
Spartacist League | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/15/18830709.php

The Irony of The Centrist-Progressive Debate
Jim Hightower | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can't win "the middle." But just look at the polls…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-irony-of-the-centrist-progressive-debate/