2019-01-31: News Headlines

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-31). "It Can't be Fixed:" Senior ICC Judge Slam John Bolton, Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling. globalresearch.ca A senior judge at the United Nations' International Court in The Hague has resigned in protest of "shocking" interference from the Trump administration into a preliminary war-crimes investigation into U.S. troops. | The judge, Christoph Flàºgge, who hails from Germany, …

Hans Stehling (2019-01-31). Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran? globalresearch.ca U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. | This report from the US intelligence …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-31). US Sanctions as a Tool to Perpetuate Neocolonialism. globalresearch.ca It's an evident fact that neocolonial powers are ruled by behemoth corporations whose wealth is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars, far more than the total GDP of many developing nations. The status of these multinational corporations as dominant …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). An Invasion of Venezuela Isn't A "Far-Fetched Scenario" globalresearch.ca While Guaido and his self-declared "government"(-in-waiting) are downplaying the prospects of a military invasion to topple Maduro, the reality is that such a scenario really isn't all that far-fetched and could even succeed in the event that only a limited …

Robert Newman (2019-01-31). Video: History of Oil — Hidden Cause of the First World War? globalresearch.ca This video was first published in 2012. | Robert Newman gets to grips with the wars and politics of the last hundred years — but rather than adhering to the history we were fed at school, he places oil centre stage …

J. B. Gerald (2019-01-31). A Note on the Crime Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca To clarify the importance of the January 23rd coup attempt in Venezuela we remember that ever since WWII the customary motivation for violations of the Convention on Genocide has been to gain a region's natural resources. For example Iraq, Libya, …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). Russia Might be Planning an Astana-Like Conference for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Russia just dropped a huge hint suggesting that it might be trying to assemble an Astana-like conference for resolving the Venezuelan Crisis in the same spirit as what it's been trying to do with Syria over the past two years, …

Ann Garrison (2019-01-31). Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! globalresearch.ca Paul Kagame's troops most likely shot down a plane carrying two African presidents, igniting genocides that killed millions — but the Rwandan President has never been charged. | "Former Rwandan General Nyamwasa said that Kagame most definitely ordered his troops …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). Belarus and Russia: Nipping the "Annexation" Infowar Narrative in the Bud. globalresearch.ca The emerging narrative that Russia is planning to "annex" Belarus is nothing more than an external infowar attack on their recently troubled partnership that seeks to accelerate the pace of Minsk's pro-Western pivot by falsely fearmongering about Moscow's geopolitical intentions. …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-31). A Lawless Government. Mueller's Tactics to Frame President Trump. globalresearch.ca I remember when a suspect was regarded as innocent until proven guilty in a fair trial. Today prosecutors convict their victims in the media in order to make an unbiased jury impossible and thereby coerce a plea bargain that saves …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-01-31). Imagining Reality: Two Minutes to Midnight on the Clock of the Atomic Scientists. globalresearch.ca On January 24, 2019, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has stated: | "Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this …

South Front (2019-01-31). Video: Intense Clashes, Artillery Duels Erupt in Idlib De-militarized Zone. globalresearch.ca The situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone is slowly escalating with an increased number of artillery duels and clashes between pro-government fighters and militants taking place there on a daily basis. | On January 29, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) …

commondreams (2019-01-31). Environment America Partners With Students and Faculty to Urge Colleges and Universities to Shift to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Power. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-01-31). Climate Change Is Coming for Your Coffee. truthdig.com Coffee drinkers, be warned. A combination of factors — including climate change — is threatening supplies of the beans on which the coffee harvests depend. | Latest analysis by a team of scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London found that more than 60 percent of over 120 coffee species known across Africa, Asia and Australasia are threatened with extinction. | For many people, coffee is their favorite tipple. In the U.K. alone, more than 80 million cups of coffee are drunk every day. The experts at K…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-31). Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London. hrw.org | | Students in front of Wits great hall protesting against the militarized securities in Wits, from the film Everything Must Fall | | © Daylin Paul | The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from March 13-22, 2019, featuring 15 award-winning documentary and feature films. The international line-up of films from Venezuela, South Africa, Palestine, Thailand, and more offer critical insight into local and global human rights concerns impacting people aroun…

WSWS (2019-01-31). Berlin teachers and social workers strike for better working conditions. wsws.org The unions have long worked with the parties that form the Berlin Senate to impose cuts.

Kim McGrath (2019-01-31). Dr Jay L. Zagorsky: "In a cashless economy, the poor tend to suffer" indybay.org As the push towards the abolition of cash grows stronger, Doctor Jay Zagorsky, Professor and researcher at Ohio State University and Boston University, reminds policy-makers that the poorer segments of the population are also the ones who tend to rely the most on cash, and hints at the threat they are under, as banks push for cash to be eliminated.

amnesty (2019-01-31). Independent reviews into the tragic loss of Rosalind McGregor and staff wellbeing at Amnesty International. amnesty.org Today Amnesty International has published the final two of three separate independent reviews triggered by the tragic suicides of two beloved colleagues, Gaà´tan Mootoo, Researcher for West Africa, who died in May 2018, and Rosalind McGregor, an intern in the International Advocacy Programme in Geneva, who died in July 2018. | The first independent review, undertaken by James Laddie QC of Matrix Chambers in London, aimed to examine whether Amnesty International discharged its duty of care to Gaà´tan Mootoo, and what lessons the organisation can learn from this tragic incident. More information on this…

WSWS (2019-01-31). Students and youth must join the fight to oppose GM job cuts! wsws.org The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) calls on young people to support autoworkers in their fight against General Motors' plans to close five plants in the US and Canada.

WSWS (2019-01-31). City Colleges of Chicago averts staff and faculty strike. wsws.org Just days after the setting of a February 4 strike date, the Cook County College Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that a tentative agreement had been reached.

WSWS (2019-01-31). Sacramento school district threatens bankruptcy to extort concessions from teachers. wsws.org School district officials in California's capital city announced they had to cut $16 million from spending by November 2019 to avoid state receivership, with another $16 million in cuts needed for next year.

WorkWeek Radio (2019-01-31). WorkWeek On Charters, Privatization, Labor & Education With Education Lawyer Kathy Carrol. indybay.org WorkWeek radio interviews education lawyer and public education advocate Kathleen Carroll about the recent UTLA strike, the growth of charters and privatization of public education. Carroll talks about the funders of charters and privatization and the role of their foundations who are also funding non-profits run by the AFT and NEA that support "common core" and TURN which supports labor management collaboration.

Paul Jay (2019-01-30). Video: Trudeau Pushes Trump's Regime Change in Venezuela. Canada Violates the UN Charter. globalresearch.ca Why is Canada violating the UN Charter and leading the way for regime change in Venezuela? Paul Jay and Yves Engler join Sharmini Peries. | *** | SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore….

Microwave News (2019-01-30). Italian Court Orders Public Safety Campaign. globalresearch.ca In a victory for advocates of precaution, an Italian court has ordered the government to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones. | The information campaign must begin by July 16. | The …

South Front (2019-01-30). Video: Venezuela Crisis: US Has Painted Itself into Corner. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Venezuela has the dubious fortune of being located on the continent of South America, which the United States has treated under the so-called "Monroe Doctrine" as its exclusive zone of political, economic, and military influence. In practical terms it …

Shamus Cooke (2019-01-30). Bernie and the Dems Flunk Trump's Test on Venezuela's Coup. globalresearch.ca Bernie Sanders remained silent for 24 hours. This matters because coups are made or broken in the first moments or hours; a day during a coup can feel like …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-30). "Instagram Helped Kill My Daughter": Censorship Tendencies on Social Media. globalresearch.ca It is all a rather sorry tale. Molly Russell, another teenager gorged on social media content, sharing and darkly revelling, took her own life in 2017 supposedly after viewing what the BBC described as "disturbing content about suicide on …

South Front (2019-01-30). Video: Fake News Story: Hundreds Killed in Clashes Between Pro-Iranian and Pro-Russian Forces. globalresearch.ca A fake-news story about large-scale clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian factions in Syria is making jitters in English- and Russian-language mainstream media outlets. According to these reports citing anonymous sources and each other, "the pro-Russian Tiger Forces and 5th…

ACLU (2019-01-30). Smith College Overhauls Policing Practices After Black Student Racially Profiled. aclu.org After a Smith College employee called the cops on a Black student as she ate lunch, Smith will take up the ACLU's recommendations for police reforms. | This past July, Oumou Kanoute was a rising sophomore at Smith College, working on campus over the summer to mentor high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, careers. A young Black immigrant and the daughter of a single mother, Oumou is exactly the kind of striver colleges like Smith seek to attract. | But Oumou felt anything but welcome on that late July afternoon. As she ate in a common room, wearing the unofficial Sm…

Eds. (2019-01-30). 'I have faith in our generation'. mronline.org The last few Thursdays, Brussels' streets have been flooded with students who skip school to march for climate justice. The third march, held 24 January, attracted 32,000 people. | Source

Fight Back (2019-01-30). SDS says "Hands Off Venezuela!" fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Students for a Democratic Society (National). | Trump has recognized the self-appointed presidency of the Venezuelan right-wing opposition leader, Juan Guaido. SDS denounces this move of aggression and says, "Hands Off Venezuela!" | This is a clear violation of the democratic process and sovereignty of Venezuela. The US has a long history of backing right-wing coups, dictators and dirty wars in Latin America, in order to keep the region subjugated by US multinational businesses. Recently Venezuela has been a major target, facing debilitating sanc…

Turkish Minute (2019-01-30). Survey Shows 80% of Turks Perceive US as the 'Most Dangerous' Country. theantimedia.com (TM) — According to a recent survey conducted by Kadir Has University a whopping 81.9 percent of Turks consider the United States the most dangerous country for Turkey. Israel follows the US with 63.3 percent, according to the survey, titled "Turkey Social and Political Trends Research," published by Turkish media outlets on Wednesday. The opinion poll …

WSWS (2019-01-30). Indian government fires hundreds of teachers as Tamil Nadu strike faces a crossroads. wsws.org By isolating striking teachers and government workers, the JACTTO-GEO, which has hundreds of thousands of members, has allowed the state government to intensify its anti-democratic attacks.

WSWS (2019-01-30). Oklahoma legislators seek to strip teachers of democratic rights. wsws.org A series of bills being introduced on February 4 by state Republicans would punish teachers for striking, participating in political activities and exercising freedom of speech.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-30). Draft Bill for Hopkins Private Armed Police Force Already Drawing Backlash. therealnews.com On Tuesday, The Real News obtained a draft version of a bill that would grant John Hopkins an armed private police force. On Wednesday, Hopkins published the draft online and is accepting feedback. | Hopkins is Baltimore's eminent educational and medical institution. Citing an alarming rise in armed violence near its campuses, the institution is seeking a private armed police force. Hopkins already employs an extensive private security force, bu…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-30). Venezuela, ein Putsch des Tiefen Staates der US. globalresearch.ca Die Ankàºndigung von Prà§sident Trump, in der er Juan Guaidó als ‚Äûlegitimen Prà§sidenten" Venezuelas anerkennt, wurde in einem unterirdischen Kontrollraum innerhalb des Kongresses und des Weiàüen Hauses vorbereitet. | Dies wurde von der New York Times[1] ausfàºhrlich beschrieben. Der Hauptakteur, …

WSWS (2019-01-30). After sellout of Los Angeles teachers strike, new attacks on public schools coming. wsws.org The agreement failed to meet any of the teachers' most critical demands to reduce class size, increase wages, stop the expansion of charter schools, and address chronically underfunded budgets.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-29). Headlines for January 29, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela in Latest Challenge to Maduro, White House Raises Specter of Military Intervention in Venezuela, CBO: Gov't Shutdown Caused $3 Billion Permanent Loss to Economy, Joshua Tree Damage from Shutdown Could Take 300 Years to Recover, DOJ Charges Huawei with Bank Fraud, Seeks CFO's Extradition, Yemen: Attack on Camp Kills 8 Civilians as Ceasefire Is Delayed, Polar Vortex Hits Midwest, Bringing Dangerous Conditions, Senate Advances Anti-BDS Bill, Acting AG: Mueller Probe "Close to Being Completed", Virginia Teachers Protest for Fair Wages and Education Funding, Immigrant Rights Activis…

Eds. (2019-01-29). AGO proposes nationwide raids on books containing 'banned ideas'. mronline.org Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo is proposing that massive raids be carried out to hunt down books which contain communist teachings and banned ideologies. The proposal was made after the seizure of hundreds of books around the country allegedly containing "banned ideas". — Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta "I'm proposing that if possible, yes massive raids be carried […] | Source

Fight Back (2019-01-29). School district threatened to call ICE on striking Denver teachers. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Denver Public Schools, in a recent letter to Denver teachers, threatened to call immigration authorities on immigrant teachers if they go on strike. This communication was in response to the teachers, represented by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), voting overwhelmingly to strike for fair pay, with 93% of members voting in favor of industrial action on January 23. | On January 24, the Human Services Department of Denver Public Schools (DPS) sent out a letter threatening immigrant teachers who were on work visas, that they would be reported to the immigration authorities if they strik…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-01-29). Coming Off LA Strike Victory, a New Wave of Teacher Protests Takes Hold. theintercept.com #RedforEd, the national teacher-led movement that started last year, continues to flex its muscles. On the heels of a successful six-day strike in Los Angeles, teachers in Virginia, Colorado, and elsewhere in California are voicing their demands for better working conditions, and, in some cases, threatening to strike. | On Monday, thousands of public school teachers flooded into Richmond, Virginia, for a one-day demonstration to pressure state lawmakers to increase funding for public education. The Richmond day of action was organized by a grassroots educator group, Virginia Educators United. It came after about…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-29). Trudeau Pushes Trump's Regime Change in Venezuela. therealnews.com Why is Canada violating the UN Charter and leading the way for regime change in Venezuela? Paul Jay and Yves Engler join Sharmini Peries

Janine Jackson (2019-01-28). 'When You Take Healthcare Away From People, People Die' – CounterSpin interview with Rebecca Vallas on Medicaid under attack. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Rebecca Vallas about Trump's attack on Medicaid for the January 18, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Janine Jackson (2019-01-26). 'It Is a Disgrace That Our Public Schools Are So Poorly Funded' – CounterSpin interview with Kent Wong on LA teachers strike. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Kent Wong about the Los Angeles teachers strike (since settled) for the January 18, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-25). When Teachers Win the People Win & Put Privatization on the Run. therealnews.com LA Teacher's strike shows that unions can win more support for students and can open a battle against the unchecked creation of charter schools. Arlene Inouye, the Chair of the UTLA Bargaining Team discusses the result

Democracy Now! (2019-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Attempting to Engineer Coup, Competing Senate Bills to End Government Shutdown Unlikely to Pass, Federal Workers Flood Senate Office Building to Protest Shutdown, Trump to Delay State of the Union Address Until Shutdown Ends, Witness: El Chapo's Sons Murdered Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez, Brazil: Son of President Bolsonaro Linked to Criminal Syndicate, Iowa Anti-Abortion Law Struck Down as New York Pro-Choice Bill Passes, Michael Cohen Cancels Congressional Testimony, Citing Trump's Threats, House Committee to Probe White House Handling of Security Clearances, U.S. Climate Science Ha…

Bacardi Jackson, Managing Attorney (2019-01-23). SPLC: Florida Legislature should reject proposals in Parkland commission report that would threaten school safety and undermine student privacy. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature should reject the harmful recommendations in a report from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission that would threaten, not improve, school safety.

Rann Miller (2019-01-23). Safer Schools for Whom? progressive.org The Trump Administration's "safety" recommendations would make schools less safe for black students.

Linda Wiggins-Chavis (2019-01-22). Teaching Kids about Boundaries. progressive.org "And then it happened. He very innocently hugged her."

splcenter (2019-01-22). Spring 2019 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine examines menstrual equity movement in schools. splcenter.org When middle school teacher Kristin Heavner shared a photo on social media of a colorful makeup bag filled with disposable menstrual products, she had no idea how people would react.

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