2019-02-01: News Headlines

Paul Street (2019-02-01). The Capitalist Adults Are in the Room. counterpunch.org The ultra-capitalist United States is all about the commercialization and commodification — the extraction, manipulation, distortion, packaging, and sale — of anything and everything capital can get its hands on and turn to its advantage. Pick a critical social, natural. and cultural resource and phenomenon. Take one, any one — education, water, forests, transportation, art, music, communications, health care, old age, insurance, pensions, the land, the food supply, food preparation, home materials, clothing, body care, civil authority, the maintenance of facilities, energy, housing, the public…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-01). From Global Poverty to Exclusion and Despair: Reversing the Tide of War and Globalization. globalresearch.ca Global warfare sustains the neoliberal agenda. America's military agenda serves the interests of Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, Big Oil, the Biotech conglomerates, Big Pharma, The Global Narcotics Economy and the Media and Information Giants.

Global Research News (2019-02-01). Selected Articles: Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace? globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated. | Click to donate or click here

Peter Certo (2019-02-01). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. globalresearch.ca For some months now, Venezuela's socialist government has lurched through a series of escalating crises — hyperinflation, mass protests, political violence — while both the government and its opposition have flirted with authoritarianism. | It isn't pretty — and to hear …

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-01). A European "Liberal Elite" Still Luring Us Towards the Abyss. globalresearch.ca Their European political heroes appear to be Emmanuel Macron of France, currently trying to crush the popular, anti-austerity protests of the Yellow Vests, and German chancellor Angela Merkel, manning the barricades for the liberal elite against a resurgence of the nationalist right in Germany.

aljazeera (2019-02-01). Can a white student be a protester? aljazeera.com What a recent incident between an Omaha elder and a white student tells us about race and protest in the US today.

Fight for the Future (2019-02-01). Web Activists Keep Hope for Net Neutrality Alive as Open Internet Defenders Take the FCC to Court. globalresearch.ca Tomorrow, net neutrality will get it's day in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments in the legal challenge to Ajit Pai's reckless and resoundingly unpopular repeal of open Internet …

Kasia Anderson (2019-02-01). Truthdiggers of the Month: The Striking, and Winning, L.A. Teachers. truthdig.com They showed up in force, in the streets of Los Angeles, and in the driving rain. Numbering in the tens of thousands, their movements affected more than half a million students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and they shared a single focus. | After rallying for six straight days, their efforts paid off. On Jan. 22, some 32,000 striking LAUSD teachers reached a deal with district officials that would improve educators' working conditions and pay on many of their terms. By the end of the month, class was back in session. | Such a basic rundown of the recent showdown between highly activated Los Angeles t…

Fight Back (2019-02-01). LAUSD Board approves cap on new charter schools. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – As of January 29, UTLA strike victories continue. At a contentious public LAUSD meeting the Board voted 5-1 for a "moratorium on new charter schools." A loud but small rally by the pro-charter forces chanted and gave misleading speeches promoting their lies. The LAUSD boardroom was packed, with many waiting outside and watching on remote TV. The pro-charter forces packed the room hoping to pressure the board members to vote against a resolution to cap new charter schools. To counter, Eastside Parents Against Privatization leader Eloisa Galindo and Julie Regalado spoke in support of a moratorium…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-01). Trump and the "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) Crowd Embrace the Neocon Plan for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Is it fair to call MAGA neocon lite, or possibly MAGAcons? | The fact so few of these establishment labeled "white nationalists" had nothing to say about Trump's illegal bombing of Syria, or the death toll from his war against ISIS, …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-02-01). A World without Dollars? Are We Approaching the End of America's Financial Order? globalresearch.ca For Washington, the U.S. dollar is leverage, a financial weapon to dominate the world economy, to impose its foreign policy agendas and to secure a steady flow of natural resources over sovereign countries who use the currency. | In the last …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-01). The Post-American Multipolar Blueprint for Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Afghanistan has the unique opportunity to function as the irreplaceably vital component of the Golden Ring of Multipolar Great Powers after the US' possible withdrawal by the end of 2020, but it can only achieve its geostrategic destiny if its …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-01). Here's How a "Slip of the Tongue" Strengthened Russian-Pakistani Relations. globalresearch.ca A faux pas, especially when committed in the realm of international diplomacy and erroneously implying that a country's new partner supports terrorism, usually has the effect of weakening bilateral relations between those two states, but a Russian official's "slip of …

Joyce Nelson (2019-02-01). Canada vs. Venezuela: The Background Gets Even Murkier. globalresearch.ca On January 26, Canadians learned the extent to which Canada's "quiet diplomacy" had helped Venezuela's Juan Guaido emerge to declare himself interim president on Jan. 23, in defiance of the elected president Nicolas Maduro. In a lengthy piece for …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-01). Pakistan and the Cultural Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement. globalresearch.ca Historically, from the massacres in Bangladesh in 1971 to the training and arming of Afghan jihadists during the Soviet-Afghan war throughout the 1980s and '90s, and then mounting ill-conceived military operations in Pakistan's tribal areas under American pressure, leading to …

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-01). The 'Venezuelan People' Are Whoever Agrees with Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca The latest bizarre episode in the Trump presidency is currently playing out in Venezuela. Just weeks after President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration, Trump officially recognized Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly—a man who has never even …

Patrick Henningsen (2019-02-01). France, Germany, UK Launch a New 'Non-Dollar' Mechanism to Trade with Iran, but Will it Work? globalresearch.ca Money talks, and no one knows this better than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It's how the Trump Administration communicates with its enemies, as well as with its allies — through the application powerful long-range financial instruments. But …

Niles Niemuth (2019-02-01). Six Dead as Record-breaking Arctic Air Mass Hits US Midwest. globalresearch.ca A blast of historic cold temperatures hit the US Midwest, with record lows for both daily high and low temperatures expected Wednesday and Thursday across the region. Wind-chills in parts of northern Minnesota and North Dakota reached negative 60 degrees …

RT News (2019-02-01). Maduro to Americans: You Are Bigger than Trump, Don't Let Him Start A 'Vietnam' War Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people in the US to deter the Trump administration from putting boots on the ground in Venezuela, warning that any intervention would backfire leading to new Vietnam-like disaster. | In his first direct message …

Jón Karl Stefánsson (2019-02-01). Dishonesty, Omissions and Lies in Reporting on the Venezuelan Economic Crisis. globalresearch.ca Since 2015 Venezuela has endured gruesome economic hardships. Inflation rates have spiraled out of control, and the public is facing a recession that is tearing the country apart. Now, Venezuelans not only face economic turmoil, but also direct military aggression. …

Jacob G. Hornberger (2019-02-01). The US Government's Love of Foreign Dictatorships. globalresearch.ca Lest anyone be tempted to believe that President Trump and other U.S. interventionists are intervening in Venezuela because of some purported concern for the Venezuelan people, let's start examining just a few examples that will bring a dose of reality …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-02-01). The Northern Freeze Event. globalresearch.ca According to NOAA Arctic surface air temperatures continued to warm at twice the rate relative to the rest of the globe, leading to a loss of 95 percent of its oldest ice over the past three decades. Arctic air temperatures …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-01). Video: Venezuela, a Golpe by the US Deep State. globalresearch.ca The announcement by President Trump, which recognises Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate President" of Venezuela, was prepared in an underground control room within the Congress and the White House. | This was described in detail by the New York Times. …

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Iranian workers' protests confront a regime in crisis. greenleft.org.au Protests are continuing throughout Iran by teachers, nurses, labourers, retirees, oil industry workers, bazaar traders and shopkeepers, truck drivers, farmers, the unemployed, students, and other sectors, writes Minna Langeberg. | The current wave of protests continue those from December, which were brutally suppressed by the regime. They signal the deep crisis of legitimacy of the regime, as expressed by one of the most enduring slogans that emerged, "Fundamentalists, reformists, the game is over". | The main slogan of the current protests is "Bread. Work. Freedom". They are sporadic, self-organised, fragmented…

WSWS (2019-02-01). West Virginia teachers angered over renewed attack on public education. wsws.org Members of the West Virginia state legislature are attempting to fast-track a "Comprehensive Education Reform" bill that would further eviscerate public education in the state.

WSWS (2019-02-01). India: Unions betray Tamil Nadu teachers' and government workers' strike. wsws.org The unions have cynically claimed that the shutdown of all industrial action is "temporary."

Kim McGrath (2019-02-01). 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.

WorkWeek Radio (2019-02-01). 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.

pip.hinman (2019-02-01). Are Baby Boomers really selfish sociopaths? greenleft.org.au It is not unusual to hear someone blame the crisis in affordable housing and healthcare or the very expensive tertiary education system on Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946-64. | Writing in Business Insider, in an article entitled "This is how our parents became the most selfish generation", senior finance correspondent Linette Lopez quotes Cornell economics professor Lyn Stout as saying: "All of our social cues are telling us to be selfish right now. Lopez adds that Baby Boomers love this because it means they do not have to consider the needs of others, or sacrifice for anyone outside their immedia…

Fight Back (2019-01-31). Minneapolis: Fundraising event nets more than $3000 for Fight Back! fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — More than 75 trade unionists, anti-police-terror, immigrant rights, anti-war and student activists came together January 26 for a successful house party that netted more than $3000 for Fight Back!. | One of the event organizers, Matt Boynton stated, "The revolutionary press is of major importance in the struggle against capitalism in this country and around the globe. This fundraiser for Fight Back! was an incredible success." | Leader of trade unions and other people's organizations offered short toasts where they explained the importance of Fight Back! to their work. | Fight Back! editor…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). South Africa: 'Lost Metropolis' Gives Clues to Country's Past. telesurenglish.net A gap in pre-colonial South African history has been filled with the discovery of the ancient city of Kweneng, archaeologists say, estimating the metropolis has been 'lost' for 200 years. | RELATED: | Rare Ancient Peruvian Death Mask Found Off Florida Coast | Home to some 800 families and with a population of around 10,000 people, researchers were able to loc…

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 …

The Global Research Team (2019-01-31). The Cost of Wanting to Tell the Truth. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | we cannot cover our monthly costs. In what effectively amounts to online …

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 ______________________________…

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.

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-31). 'The Climate Is a Disaster': Fourth Week of Student-Led Strike as Tens of Thousands March in Belgium. commondreams.org As many as 35,000 Belgian students walked out of classrooms in Brussels, Li√®ge, and Leuven in the fourth straight week of protests to pressure policymakers to pursue bolder measures in response to the human-made global climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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…

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…

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

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 …

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…

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…

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