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FEBRUARY 1 THROUGH 7

February 7, 2019

Trump Headlines a Benefit Concert for Imperialism.  Intercept  

Peace in Afghanistan? Maybe—but a Minerals Rush Is Already Under Way. ... And that rush is a direct result of Trump’s pressure on the Afghan government to open up the country to foreign corporations.  
The Nation  

"This legislation is insulting to those millions of Americans who are struggling, it is harmful to the fabric of our democracy, and it is blatantly bad policy that is intended only to please ultra-wealthy Republican donors."  CommonDreams  

Israeli General Mounts Challenge to Netanyahu by Flaunting Gaza Carnage.  CounterPunch  

Nuclear Threat Grows as US Prepares to Withdraw From INF Treaty.  TruthOut  

CLICK BAIT

Cory Booker Apologizes To Wall Street Bankers For The Mean Things He’s Going To Have To Say About Them.  ... ‘When You Hear Me On TV Saying You Need To Be Reined In, What I’m Really Saying Is I Love You,’ Says Candidate.  > GO  

That Was Fast: Roger Stone Has Already Had A Religious Awakening And Converted To Islam In Prison.  > GO  

Queen Elizabeth Watches As Oxen Pull Apart Farmer Who Failed To Provide Yearly Tithe Of Grain.  > GO  

Trump’s EPA will not set legal limit on dangerous chemicals in drinking water, report says
Chemicals have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and weakened childhood immunity.  ThinkProgress  

Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other.  On Being  

Cronyism and Corruption Gave Us Today's CIA.  TruthDig  

The undoing of a nation. ... Tribal disenrollment, like Trump’s efforts to denaturalize American citizens, is just another way to make the country whiter.  
HCN  

'Foxconn Was a Major Con': Backed by Trump Promises and $4 Billion in Subsidies, Company Admits Factory Jobs Not Coming. ... "Foxconn took Wisconsin for a ride. Other states, beware the allure of the mega deal."  CommonDreams  

February 6, 2019

Intel Chiefs Use “Global Threat” Report to Uphold US War Machine.  TruthDig  

Trial of El Chapo Highlights Failure of U.S. War on Drugs, But Will U.S. Ever Be Held to Account?  DemocracyNow  

The Lie at the Heart of the Trial of El Chapo Guzman. ... The lie at the heart of the trial of El Chapo Guzman is one familiar to every American who understands what happened to this country during Prohibition. ... Men and women are human. They can be bought, bribed, threatened or cajoled. It is the basis of organized crime. MadCow  

Don’t Let Democrats Become the Party of War
In their zeal to oppose any policy associated with Trump, the Democratic Party’s leaders in Congress are starting to sound like warmongers..  
Foreign Policy  

BORDER WARS

Corruption Flourishes Within CBP .... In 2002, in the wake of 9/11, Congress and the White House embarked upon an unprecedented bureaucratic experiment: grafting together 22 federal agencies into a single entity that was supposed to protect the nation from terrorist attack or any other potential threat. The result was a multi-headed monstrosity...  
Immigration Impact  

ICE Ran Fake College to Target Undocumented Immigrants. ... Fake university. Real consequences.  DailyBeast  

The Border Story Our Leaders Don’t Want You to Hear. ... Life, replete with its ups and downs, goes on in U.S. and Mexican border communities, despite the political calamity unfolding all around them.  TruthDig/Sheer  

ICE Let Sexual Assault Reports Slide At Migrant Detention Centers Run By Contractors: Inspector General
The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general slams immigration officials for poor oversight of facilities, HuffPost  

Mitch McConnell Hates Democracy, TruthOut  

Cory Booker Hates Public Schools.  Jacobin  

Factory Farms Pollute the Environment and Poison Drinking Water.  TruthDig  

The Arms Industry Is Taking Over Trump’s Pentagon.  TruthDig  

Assassins: Israeli Soldiers Just "Neutralized" A "Female Terrorist," aka A 16-Year-Old Palestinian Schoolgirl Going Home.  CommonDreams  

(2014) US is an oligarchy, not a democracy.  
BBC
 

February 5, 2019

Goodbye to the Dollar. ... The inept and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump has unwittingly triggered the fatal blow to the American empire—the abandonment of the dollar as the world’s principal reserve currency.  TruthDig/Hedges  

A Liberal Elite Still Luring Us Towards the Abyss. ... A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent collapse of Europe and its supposed Enlightenment values of liberalism and rationalism.  CounterPunch

Creating Value In The Age Of Distributed Capitalism. - Mckinsey Quarterly 4 (2010): 44-55. Business Source Premier. Web. 13 July 2013.  A historic transition in capitalism is unfolding as the era of mass consumption gives way to one built on individuals and their desires. Download (9 pgs)

With Estate Tax on Nation's Richest, Bernie Sanders' "For the 99.8% Act" Applauded for Targeting "Tyranny of Plutocracy" ... "From a moral, economic, and political perspective our nation will not thrive when so few have so much and so many have so little." CommonDreams

Far-right responsible for every extremist killing in the United States in 2018: report.  AlterNet  

Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times.  CounterPunch  

Forest Service Ignores Science to Justify Logging.   CounterPunch  

Two Years In, Trump's Global Gag Rule Responsible for 'Immeasurable Suffering and Death' Around World. ... "This policy, driven by ideology instead of evidence, is aligned with broader anti-human rights agendas currently unfolding around the world."  CommonDreams  

'Greed Has No Limit for GOP': McConnell Estate Tax Repeal Would Hand Tens of Billions to Walton and Koch Families.  CommonDreams  

February 4, 2019

The CIA’s Masterful Use of Fake News.TruthDig

Democrats Killed the Green New Deal. .... Environmental activists received a reality check when newly empowered Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed aside demands for an environmental economic transition program— a Green New Deal, in favor of reviving a toothless committee to ‘study’ the problem. CounterPunch

VENEZUELA UPDATE FEBRUARY 4, 2019

The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.” -Simón Bolívar, El Libertador

The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela. TruthOut  

The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump’s Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way.  Intercept  

'Yiiiiikes': John Bolton Threatens to Send Venezuela's Maduro to Offshore US Prison at Guantánamo ... "Also seems like the Trump administration is expecting tomorrow to be showdown day in Venezuela as protests expected nationwide."  CommonDreams  

The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader. ... The Washington favorite has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.  Consortium News  

Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela, Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy. Intercept  

WSJ Confirms: Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy: ... Venezuela’s US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó plans to privatize state assets and give foreign corporations access to oil, the Wall Street Journal admitted.  Gray Zone  

From Karachi to Caracas.  Craig Murray  

Trump’s Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony.  CounterPunch  

'Socialism Surging in Iowa' Giving Cold Feet to Centrist Democrats Contemplating 2020 Run: Report.  CommonDreams  

Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as 'terrorism' threat and viewed KKK as victims. ... Bureau spied on California activists, citing potential ‘conspiracy’ against the ‘rights’ of neo-Nazis.  Guardian  

Weekend of February 1-3, 2019

Weekend Read:   How to Read a Protest The Art of Organizing and Resistance - by . L.A. Kauffman ... When millions of people took to the streets for the 2017 Women’s Marches, there was an unmistakable air of uprising, a sense that these marches were launching a powerful new movement to resist a dangerous presidency. But the work that protests do often can’t be seen in the moment. It feels empowering to march, and record numbers of Americans have joined anti-Trump demonstrations, but when and why does marching matter? What exactly do protests do, and how do they help movements win? Univ. of California Press  

Noam Chomsky: Ocasio-Cortez and Other Newcomers Are Rousing the Multitudes.  
TruthOut  

A Brief History of Our Longest, Most Futile War.  
TruthDig
  

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police.  Intercept  

Trump’s Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. DemocracyNow  

Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela, Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy.  Intercept  

Internal US Gov’t Document Outlines Program of ‘Economic Warfare’ on Venezuela.  ... An internal government document reveals tactics of “economic warfare” and “financial weapons” the US is using against Venezuela in the name of “furthering capitalism.”  Gray Zone  

Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill Just A ‘Political Power Grab’. ... The Senate majority leader said the For The People Act, proposed by Democrats, doesn’t “pass the laugh test.”  
HuffPost  

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America.  TruthDig 

So-Called 'Trump Resistance' Mostly Silent as US President Openly Foments Coup d'Etat in Venezuela. ... "No one in a democratic country, especially not the media, should be supporting Trump's unilateral action to declare Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela."  CommonDreams 

(2016) The US Left: A Short Introduction.
Political Animal

The United States Is the Most Corrupt Country in the World.  TruthDig  

We Are Destroying Our Life Support System.  TruthOut  

Joe Biden’s “Bipartisanship” Promotes Republican Agenda.  TruthOut  


 

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FEBRUARY 8 THROUGH 20

February 20, 2019

Presidents’ Day Can Kiss My Ass.  TruthOut  

Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He’s Emboldening Attackers of Brazil’s Amazonian Communities.. ... “The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country.”  Intercept  

The First Rule of AIPAC Is: You Do Not Talk about AIPAC.  CounterPunch  

Resisting the Weaponization of Ignorance in the Age of Trump.  TruthOut  

Get to know the Green New Deal, by the numbers. ... The plan would boost the U.S. economy and eliminate fossil fuel use in ten years.  
High Country News  

Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal.  CounterPunch  

RELIGION

Here are the 10 ways Evangelical Christianity warps your mind.  AlterNet  

Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair.  CounterPunch  

How the religious right gained unprecedented access to Trump.  Guardian  

5 Key Moments From the Year of the ‘Exvangelicals’ ... We've used our increased visibility, often through hashtag campaigns, to expose evangelical authoritarianism to the broader American public, something that major media outlets have mostly failed to do.  
Rewire News  

Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo belong to a doomsday cult — and may be trying to bring on the apocalypse  RawStory  


Antisemitism rising sharply across Europe, latest figures show.  ... France reports 74% rise in offences against Jews and Germany records 60% surge in violent attacks.  Guardian  

How the US has hidden its empire. ... The United States likes to think of itself as a republic, but it holds territories all over the world – the map you always see doesn’t tell the whole story.  
Guardian
 

Miami Herald Lists Nearly 1200 Kids Killed By Gun Violence Since Parkland Shooting. ... Many Twitter users were quick to comment that the government’s inaction on gun control was “the real national emergency.”  HuffPost  

February 19, 2019

Worshipping the Electronic Image.  
TruthDig?Hedges  

11 year old facing charges after refusing to stand for US pledge of allegiance in Florida. Independent

The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line  TruthDig  

Someone Needs to Teach These As$#oles a Lesson.  CounterPunch  

Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt.  FAIR  

Noam Chomsky: Those who failed to recognize Trump as the greater evil made ‘a bad mistake.  AlterNet  

Jesus Christ's Lesson for the 21st Century.  ... The biblical story of the good Samaritan is one that Tom Catena not only knows well, but strives to live by. A devout Catholic and Ivy League-educated doctor, Catena realized early on that he would dedicate his time on earth to helping those in need, though he couldn’t have predicted the heroic path his life would take.  TruthDig  

Bred to Suffer. ... Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation  Intercept  

Forget Trump's border distraction – the real threat is inside the house.  ... While the government was shut down over the president’s wall, native-born white men proved, once again, to be America’s biggest terrorist danger. Guardian  

Imagine Pleading Guilty Because You Can’t Afford to Call Your Lawyer.  TruthOut  

February 18, 2019

Watch: Pence Met with Icy Silence in Munich, Praising Trump and Attempting to Bully Leaders on Foreign Policy. ...The vice president arrived at the Munich Security Conference ready to promote President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda -- but his demands over Venezuela and Iran were not well received. CommonDreams   Related:  Mike Pence chides US allies at Warsaw summit on Iran. ... Vice-president tells event that EU mechanism to facilitate trade with Iran is ‘ill-advised’  Guardian  

The FBI Is Dismantling Its War Crimes Unit  
TruthDig
 

Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He’s Emboldening Attackers of Brazil’s Amazonian Communities.  Intercept  

"It's What Happens in a Totalitarian Regime": Capitol Police Slammed for "Disturbing" Physical Attacks on Reporters. ... "It was insane, people were getting shoved into walls. It was unsustainable. It was violent."  CommonDreams

North Dakota Seeks to Restrict Access to Public Records After Standing Rock Reporting Exposed Law Enforcement Abuses.  Intercept  

El Salvador massacre: forensics teams dig for remains as US envoy faces grilling.  Guardian  

Neoliberalism or Death: The U.S. Economic War Against Venezuela.  Intercept  

Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding.  DemocracyNow  

Democrats want a 'smart wall'. That's Trump's wall by another name. ... The tech ‘solutions’ Democrats are proposing to secure the US border would enrich tech and military contractors while violating our civil rights.  Guardian  

Pro-Israel donors spent over $22m on lobbying and contributions in 2018. ... The data examined by the Guardian suggests that the pro-Israel lobby is highly active and spends heavily to influence US policy.  Guardian  

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments.  Intercept  

Pence and the Benjamins: An Eternity of Anti-Semitism.  CounterPunch  

Weekend of February 15-17, 2019

Weekend Read:  How to Read a Protest The Art of Organizing and Resistance. by L. A. Kauffman. ... When millions of people took to the streets for the 2017 Women’s Marches, there was an unmistakable air of uprising, a sense that these marches were launching a powerful new movement to resist a dangerous presidency. But the work that protests do often can’t be seen in the moment. It feels empowering to march, and record numbers of Americans have joined anti-Trump demonstrations, but when and why does marching matter? What exactly do protests do, and how do they help movements win? UC Press  

The Suffering of the Iranian People Has “Made in USA” Stamped on It.  TruthOut    Related:  ‘War with Iran’: Israeli prime minister tweets a terrifying message — then quickly deletes it.  AlterNet  

One Year After Parkland, 1,200 More Kids Are Dead by Gunfire—But Students Still Fight for Gun Safety.  DemocracyNow  

“Capitalism is the Number One Threat To Democracy Today”.  Jacobin  

Ilhan Omar Was Dead Right About Lobbyists for Israel.  TruthDig  

AOC is Under Fire Because She is Right.  
CounterPunch  

'Historic': House Approves War Powers Resolution to End US Complicity in Yemen. ... "Not only does this vote bolster hopes for a quicker end to the war and the resulting humanitarian crisis, it also signals a timely resurgence in congressional oversight on war."  CommonDreams  

VENEZUELA UPDATE

Neoliberalism or Death: The U.S. Economic War Against Venezuela.  Intercept  

Ilhan Omar Grills Trump’s Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s. DemocracyNow  

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela. DemocracyNow  

Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties.  DemocracyNow  

Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela, Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy. Intercept  

Neoliberalism or Death: The U.S. Economic War Against Venezuela.  Intercept  

The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader. ... The Washington favorite has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.  
Consortium News  

Air charter firm (21 Air), client both deny role in alleged shipment of arms to Venezuela.  McClatchy    Related:  GPS Air.com   Related: N881YV (21 Air) movements as of 2/13/19  Flight Radar 24

“This Is Just the Beginning”: Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.  DemocracyNow  

The Washington Post Wants to Cut Social Security Again.  CounterPunch  

The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption from the Melting Himalayas to Insect Extinction.  DemocracyNow  

February 14, 2019

Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties.  DemocracyNow  

One Minute to Midnight.  TruthDig  

There Is a Taboo Against Criticizing AIPAC — and Ilhan Omar Just Destroyed It.  Intercept   

Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington.  Intercept  

Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Fire in the Realm of Foreign Policy?  TruthOut  

Florida Detention Center Expands, Packing In Migrant Children ‘Like Sardines’ ... The temporary shelter violates child welfare standards, according to advocates who recently toured the facility.  
HuffPost  

ENVIRONMENT

'We Have Entered the Age of Environmental Breakdown': Report Details World on Edge of Runaway Collapse. ... A new report from U.K. researchers is being praised as "absolutely brilliant," "essential reading for policymakers," and "a clarion wake-up call to the world."  CommonDreams

Global Poll Reveals Surging Fear of Climate Crisis and US Power Under Trump. ... Over the past five years, from the U.S. to Poland to Kenya, the number of people worried about the climate crisis has risen by double-digits. CommonDreams  

Climate and economic risks 'threaten 2008-style systemic collapse'. ... Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report says.  Guardian  

The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption from the Melting Himalayas to Insect Extinction.  DemocracyNow  

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'.  Guardian  

Outcome-Based Grazing: a Cattle Industry Public Lands Power Grab.   CounterPunch

Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else. ... To a conservative mind, socialism is getting something for nothing. Yet this is what the president promotes for the wealthy.  Guardian

 

February 13, 2019

Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State.  DemocracyNow  

The “Skills Gap” Was a Lie. ... For years, capitalists and their journalistic mouthpieces blamed joblessness on a skills gap. But there wasn’t a skills gap. There was a gap between what society owes people and what it’s willing to offer them at the expense of corporate profits.  Jacobin  

“This Is Just the Beginning”: Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.  DemocracyNow  

Big Banks Cut Jobs, Slash Lending After Billion-Dollar Tax Cut  ... top financial institutions used those savings to benefit shareholders rather than workers and customers—just as critics of the #GOPTaxScam had warned they would.
TruthDig
 

Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else. ... To a conservative mind, socialism is getting something for nothing. Yet this is what the president promotes for the wealthy.  Guardian  

New nonprofit tied to stealthy circle of dark money groups.  Open Secrets  

The Report review – gripping, fiery drama on CIA torture investigation. ... Adam Driver and Annette Bening give excellent performances in an utterly absorbing film indicting post-9/11 interrogation practices.  Guardian  

CLICK BAIT

5 Things To Know About Kirsten Gillibrand.
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5 Things To Know About Kamala Harris.
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5 Things To Know About Julián Castro.
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“No-Knock Raid” is Just Another Term for “Violent Home Invasion”  CounterPunch  

Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Socialist, But She Still Makes Wall Street Squirm.  TruthOut  

With Estate Tax on Nation's Richest, Bernie Sanders' "For the 99.8% Act" Applauded for Targeting "Tyranny of Plutocracy" ... "From a moral, economic, and political perspective our nation will not thrive when so few have so much and so many have so little."  CommonDreams

Will Trump Really Launch a War on Iran?  CounterPunch  

February 12, 2019

     
Peter Jackson’s Cartoon War ... When director-producer Peter Jackson’s World War I film, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which miraculously transforms grainy, choppy black-and-white archival footage from the war into a modern 3D color extravaganza, begins, he bombards us with the clichés used to ennoble war.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Trump Says ISIS is Defeated, But He Ignores the Much Bigger and More Troubling Picture.  CounterPunch  

The Great Con of American Patriotism. ... American soldiers born decades apart in the state of New York, Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen, are two crucial dissenting voices that have experienced firsthand the futility and brutality of America’s interventionist wars.  TruthDig  

Siding With 'Loan Sharks' Over Consumers, Trump CFPB Moves to Gut Payday Lender Regulations.  CommonDreams  

Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities.  Intercept  

Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design.  CounterPunch  

Charter Schools Are Pushing Public Education to the Brink.  TruthDig  

Why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year. ... The U.S., on the other hand, ranked 18th this year, a four-spot drop from last year’s report. AlterNet  

February 11, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) dissects America's 'fundamentally broken' campaign finance laws. YouTube video  

(2013)  Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'  HuffPost  

The Supreme Court just handed down a truly shocking attack on Muslims. ... "Religious liberty" is a sham.  ThinkProgress  

CLIMATE CHANGE

Promoting 'Another Puppet for Corporate Polluters,' Trump Picks Former Oil Lobbyist to Head Interior Department. ... "The ethical questions surrounding David Bernhardt and his commitment to pandering to oil, coal, and gas executives make former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke look like a tree-hugging environmentalist."  CommonDreams  

Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change. ... Blueprint for a carbon-neutral economy has been embraced by prominent Democrats and evokes FDR’s famous legacy.  Guardian  

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature' ... The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.  Guardian  

The Green New Deal Takes Its First Congressional Baby Step, as Pelosi Mocks “Green Dream or Whatever”  Intercept  

2018 was world's fourth hottest year on record, scientists confirm. World 1.5F hotter than average set between 1951 and 1980. Current five-year stretch the warmest since records began.  Guardian  

Venezuela: The U.S.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster.  CounterPunch  

Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. ... administration’s now completely overt effort to overthrow President Maduro had a very successful public relations effort this week, as major Western media outlets uniformly echoed its simplistic, pre-packaged claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid  FAIR

Venezuelan Officials Say They Intercepted Arms and Ammo Delivered by US-Based Plane. ...The country's vice minister of citizen security said weapons shipment was "financed by the fascist extreme right and the government of the United States."  CommonDreams  

In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup. ... n January 23, right after a phone call from Donald Trump, Juan Guaidó, former speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself president. No voting. When you have official recognition from The Donald, who needs elections?   TruthOut  

Weekend of February 8-10, 2019

Weekend Read: Age of Surveillance Capitalism. By Shoshana Zuboff.  ... The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.
Review:
“A Fundamentally Illegitimate Choice”: Shoshana Zuboff on the Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Intercept     Buy it here  

Wolff responds to Trump's "State of the Union" address.  Richard Wolff  

Corporate Titans Target Venezuela.  
CounterPunch  

Capitalism’s Mob Mentality.  Jacobin  

Top Nancy Pelosi Aide Privately Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About Democrats Pushing “Medicare for All”.  Intercept  

Puerto Rico: Vulture Funds to Make a Killing as Judge Approves Deal to Restructure Island’s Debt.  DemocracyNow  

Documents Show Police Using Private Security Firms to Target Anti-Pipeline Organizers Fighting Line 3 Project.  CommonDreams  

Revealed: how big dairy pushed fattier milks into US schools. ... The Trump administration has worked closely with the dairy lobby, allowing the drinks’ reintroduction despite opposition.  Guardian  

RELIGION

Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair.  CounterPunch  

How the religious right gained unprecedented access to Trump.  Guardian  

5 Key Moments From the Year of the ‘Evangelicals’ ... We've used our increased visibility, often through hashtag campaigns, to expose evangelical authoritarianism to the broader American public, something that major media outlets have mostly failed to do.
 Rewire News

Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo belong to a doomsday cult — and may be trying to bring on the apocalypse  RawStory  

The FBI’s Interrogation of Reality Winner Was Like a Play — and Has Now Been Turned Into One.
 Intercept  

OPINION: Roger Stone Raid Illustrates The Dysfunction Of American Criminal Justice.  Daily Caller  

Fracking is destroying U.S. water supply, warns shocking new study. ... Toxic wastewater from fracking jumps 14-fold from 2011 to 2016 — and it may get 50 times bigger by 2030.  ThinkProgress  

Brexit in the Context of British History.  
CounterPunch  

 



 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 21 THROUGH 28

February 28, 2019

Jared Kushner's Multibillion-Dollar Plot to Give Saudis Nukes  TruthDig  

The Arms Trade Is Intensifying Under Trump.  
TruthOut
 

Cronyism and Corruption Gave Us Today's CIA .TruthDig  

Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Julian Assange Receives His Passport.  CounterPunch  

ENVIRONMENT

Extinction Rebellion.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Scientist who resisted censorship of climate report lost her job.  Reveal  

Cowboy Welfare  CounterPunch  

Slandering the Not-So Radical Green New Deal: A Bipartisan Operation. CounterPunch  

'Everyone. Needs. To. Watch...' Democrat Dianne Feinstein Explain to Children Why She Won't Back Green New Deal. ... "This is a fight for our generation's survival. Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress."  CommonDreams  

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth .  ... After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself.  Guardian  

The US Extinction Rebellion Has Begun.  XRebellion  

If Emissions Aren’t Curbed, Clouds May Disappear.  TruthOut  

A Republican Congressman Just Threatened Michael Cohen On Twitter. Did He Break the Law?  ... The tweet by Rep. Matt Gaetz has raised questions about potential witness tampering.  Mother Jones  

Open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk the “humanitarian crisis” lie spread by corporate media.  Gray Zone Project  

Vast Majority Of Democrats In Congress Remain Silent Or Support Coup In Venezuela. Shadow Proof  

As Industry Ramps Up Efforts to Kill Medicare for All, New Tool Shows 'Why We Desperately Need, and Can Absolutely Afford, #SinglePayer'  ... "The industry is not going to go down without a fight"
 CommonDreams  

'Operation Divide the Left': Analysis Shows 2020 Online Disinformation Campaign Already Well Underway.  CommonDreams  

The End of the American Republic.  TruthDig  

February 27, 2019

The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out.  DemocracyNow  

Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba.  TruthOut  

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?  CounterPunch  

Warning 'Every Option Is On the Table,' Pompeo Stokes Fears of Military Force in Venezuela. ... Comments from secretary of state come day before Vice President Mike Pence heads to the Colombian capital for an emergency summit. 
CommonDreams

What War Films Never Show You.CounterPunch 

The Illegal CIA Operation That Brought Us 9/11.  TruthDig  

A young woman vanishes The police can't help. Her desperate family won't give up. ... FBI figures show that Native Americans disappear at twice the per capita rate of white Americans – despite comprising a far smaller population.  Guardian  

Lindsey Graham branded as the perfect symbol of Republican stupidity in conservative’s brutal column.  RawStory  

Robert Reich: America Is a Socialist Country for the Rich.  TruthDig/Reich  

Saudi Scholar: My Father Faces the Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia for Supporting Human Rights.  DemocracyNow  

Mapping the American War on Terror: Now in 80 Countries.  CounterPunch  

CLICK BAIT

Ann Coulter Attacks Trump For Cowardly Backing Down From Full On Race War.  > GO  

Taliban Agrees To Peace Deal Despite Concerns About America’s Human-Rights Record. > GO

Seems Extreme: Jacob Farted During Math And The Marines Wheeled Him Out Of The Classroom In One Of Those Hannibal Lecter Straitjacket Things With The Muzzle.  > GO  

How the US government created a fake university to snare immigrant students. ... Court documents reveal stunning scheme used to trap 161 foreign nationals; Ice maintains the students knew the school was fake.  Guardian  

Washington state: at least 20 county sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws. ... Moves may pose a significant threat to the state’s ambitious agenda on firearms reform.  Guardian  

February 26, 2019

Crazy in Gov: Why Won’t the Media Discuss Trump’s Mental Instability?  Intercept  

Netanyahu Props Up Right-Wing Extremist Party Ahead Of Israeli Election. ... Two of the prime minister’s chief opponents have joined forces to counter the move.  HuffPost  

Has the Elite’s Slavish pro-Israel Agenda Finally Gone Too Far?.  Craig Murry  

As Hate Crimes Soar Under Trump, White Nationalist Allegedly Had Plan to Kill 'Innocent Civilians on Scale Rarely Seen' in US ... "This president is not simply a polarizing figure but a radicalizing one. Rather than trying to tamp down hate, President Trump elevates it—with both his rhetoric and his policies." CommonDreams

Southern Poverty Law Center Hate Map.  

ENVIRONMENT

Trump administration to create panel to deny climate change facts almost all scientists agree on. ... ‘This is like assembling a panel of gravity sceptics who insist it’s safe to jump off tall buildings,’ says Nasa scientist   Independent  

Energy Company Pushes Navajo Nation to Assume Liability for Coal Plant.  TruthOut  

Weedkiller 'raises risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41%'. ... Study says evidence ‘supports link’ between exposure to glyphosate and increased risk.  Guardian  

With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries.  CounterPunch  

These Chemicals Are Forever: Water Contamination from PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS. The introduction of per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFASs) in the mid-twentieth century unleashed a wave of persistent and toxic chemicals into the environment, contaminating everything from food and drinking water to the dust around us. Also known as “forever chemicals,” these substances continue to persist in the environment and in our bodies even after a partial phase-out of their production in the United States, often resistant to even the most advanced water treatment technologies.
 Food & Water Watch   Related: EPA's "Non-action" Plan on PFAS. ... "The big winners today are polluting corporations, not the people affected by this industrial waste in their drinking water supplies.”  Food & Water Watch   

World's food supply under 'severe threat' from loss of biodiversity. ... Plants, insects and organisms crucial to food production in steep decline, says UN  Guardian  

Millions of forest-dwelling indigenous people in India to be evicted. ... Critics say supreme court ruling constitutes ‘mass eviction in name of conservation’  Guardian  

Robert Reich schools ousted GOP lawmaker after she freaks out over ‘socialist Democrats’.  AlterNet  

Donald Trump’s National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama’s National Emergency.  CounterPunch  

'Horrific Attack on Women's Health': Trump-Pence Regime Blasted for New Domestic Gag Rule. ... Final draft of changes to federal family planning program would unleash devastating consequences, say healthcare advocates.  CommonDreams  

February 25, 2019

Brass Parachutes: The Problem of the Pentagon Revolving Door. ... Pentagon officials captured by the contractors they oversee is skewing our spending priorities and foreign policy.  Pogo  

Greatest Threat to Free Speech in the West: Criminalizing Activism Against Israeli Occupation. ... The U.K. GOVERNMENT today announced that it is will be illegal for “local [city] councils, public bodies, and even some university student unions … to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products, or Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.” Thus, any entities that support or participate in the global boycott of Israeli settlements will face “severe penalties.”   Intercept  

VENEZUELA UPDATE

The U.S.-Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus, but No One Wants to Say It. TruthDig

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?  CounterPunch  

Venezuela crisis: Former UN rapporteur says US sanctions are killing citizens. ... ‘Modern-day economic sanctions and blockades are comparable with medieval sieges of towns’  Independent  

Regime Change We Can Believe In: The U.S. Agenda in Venezuela, Haiti, and Egypt.  
Intercept
 

‘Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup’: CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela’s Illegitimate ‘US Ambassador’  Gray Zone  

France's criminalisation of Israel boycotts sparks free-speech debate.  France24  

Trump’s Withdrawal From the Iran Nuclear Deal Invites Disaster.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Iceland announces plan to kill over 2,000 whales within next five years. ... Decision to kill whales is ‘morally repugnant’ and ‘economically bankrupt’, say campaigners.  Independent  

Trump just got a step closer to creating a US Space Force. Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut and Senate hopeful, has said it's 'a dumb idea.'  Business Insider  

Trump’s Call For A ‘Space Force’ Makes Him The Laughingstock Of The Galaxy. ... The sci-fi proposal is being treated like a comedy.  HuffPost  

Insisting on Resistance in an Age of Ignorance.  TruthDig  

Weekend of February 22-24, 2019

Quote of the day from Ann Coulter, of all people:  “The goal of a national emergency for Trump is to scare the stupidest people in his base for two more years.”   That assessment is supported by Henry Giroux from the other end of the political spectrum. :  "we live at a moment in which ignorance appears to be one of the defining features of U.S. political and cultural life" The rest of the story here:  Insisting on Resistance in an Age of Ignorance  TruthDig/Giroux  

With Trump Pushing Regime Change in Venezuela, Critics Warn News Outlets Failing US Viewers Once Again. ... "If the US had a major state TV network it would sound exactly like this. 100% pure, uncritical cheerleading."  CommonDreams  

CNN Hires Trump Official Who Used Same Anti-Press Rhetoric as Man Who Sent Bombs to CNN.  
Intercept  

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela.  TruthDig  

CLIMATE CHANGE

Trump’s Pick To Lead Climate Panel Once Compared CO2 To Jews In Nazi Germany. ... William Happer will reportedly lead the new Presidential Committee on Climate Security.  HuffPost  

Climate Denier to Head New Trump Panel Despite Once Comparing Climate Scientists to Nazis. DemocracyNow  

Senators Not Backing Green New Deal Received On Average 7 Times As Much Fossil Fuel Cash. ... The oil, gas and coal industries’ donations heavily favor the lawmakers who have so far refused to back the only climate policy to match the scale of the crisis.  HuffPost  

This map shows you what your city will feel like in 2080 and boy, are we in for a treat.  Grist   Related:  We broke down what climate change will do, region by region.  ... Yeah, we read each chapter of the report so you don't have to.  
Grist
 

The Uninhabitable Earth. ... Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak --sooner than you think.  
NY Magazine  

Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years ScienceDaily

The number of hate groups in the United States has reached a record high. ... Experts fear members of white nationalist groups in particular, many of them disillusioned with the political system, could incite violence.   ThinkProgress  

Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape?  DemocracyNow  

Trump Admin’s Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race.  DemocracyNow  

February 21, 2019

Trump claims tariffs brought China to its knees. His trade war is hurting Midwest farmers instead.  ... American farmers have been decimated by the trade war, even as the Trump administration claims to be patching up relations with China.  ThinkProgress  

They Took My House, They Took My Life, They Took Everything. ... Israeli police forcibly expelled a Palestinian family from their home in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday and promptly turned it over to right-wing Jewish settlers, who raised the Israeli flag over it as family members wept.  
CommonDreams
 

Venezuela in Crisis: As U.S. Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War & Famine.  
DemocracyNow
 

House Dems Probing Report Trump Officials Pushed Saudi Nuclear Sales. ... The effort flies in the face of objections from national security and ethics officials.  HuffPost  


America Has a Lot to Learn From the Roman Empire's Fall.  ... What dreamers they were! They imagined a kind of global power that would leave even Rome at its Augustan height in the shade. They imagined a world made for one, a planet that could be swallowed by a single great power. No, not just great, but beyond anything ever seen before — one that would build (as its National Security Strategy put it in 2002) a military “beyond challenge.” Let’s be clear on that: no future power, or even bloc of powers, would ever be allowed to challenge it again.  TruthDig  

Former EPA Official Launches Dark Money Group to Promote Trump’s Energy Agenda.  TruthOut  

Clarence Thomas declares war on the very idea of a free press.  ... Prosecutors could target journalists for minor errors, under his vision.  ThinkProgress  

Flooding State Capitol, West Virginia Teachers Save Public Education From Privatization Scheme. ... "Last year we were fighting for us. Now we're fighting for our students, to be able to get what they deserve through public education."  CommonDreams  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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