2019-02-02: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-02). Video: 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism. globalresearch.ca 9/11 marks the onslaught of the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a "war without borders", a global war of conquest. A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-02-02). Snow, Roads, Birds and Plows. globalresearch.ca Shrugging off what's called cabin fever, I depart, slowly, to test my car and traction on the roadway. I follow the country road along the Beaverkill River to town. | A mile out, I notice something unusual—cars standing in front of …

Ingar Solty (2019-02-02). Talking About Power: Crisis of Germany's Left. globalresearch.ca For all its economic might, Germany's main centrist parties are in crisis. If barely a decade ago the Christian Democrats (CDU) and Social Democrats (SPD) conquered over three-quarters of the vote, in polling today they represent under half of …

Henry Giroux (2019-02-02). Teachers Are Rising Up to Resist Neoliberal Attacks on Education. truthdig.com Editor's note: This article was initially published on Truthout. | "People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster." —James Baldwin | Hannah Arendt once argued that, "Thinking itself is dangerous to all creeds, convictions, and opinions." In the current political climate, the institutions that nurture critical thinking are similarly seen as dangerous…

WorkWeek Radio (2019-02-02). 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.

WSWS (2019-02-02). Florida education commissioner advocates widespread privatization. wsws.org A longtime opponent of public education has been named to Florida's top education position.

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

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

Telesur (2019-02-01). US Military Planes Soar over Colombia, Land in Bogota. globalresearch.ca Amid international pressures, U.S. military aircraft have been spotted over Colombia, local media outlets report. | For the second time in two days, several U.S. military planes were seen soaring over Colombia. The most recent sighting, reported by Aircraft Spots, is …

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, …

Patrick Martin (2019-02-01). Immigrants in US Subjected to Nasal Force-feeding at ICE Detention Center. globalresearch.ca The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is force-feeding immigrants held in a detention center in Texas, using brutal torture against at least ten men engaged in a hunger strike against their prolonged confinement and mistreatment. The men, mainly Sikhs from …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-01). Losing a Generation: UNICEF Sees Saudi War Robbing Yemeni Children of Their Future. mintpressnews.com "Without education [young Yemenis] will not be able to find jobs… A generation that is not educated has a very bleak future. We are losing a generation — many children are losing their education, and displacement makes it worse." — Meritxell Relano, Yemen's Director of UNICEF

Jesse Hagopian (2019-02-01). How Los Angeles Teachers Organized and What They Won. progressive.org "It's really hard to overstate the incredible feeling of empowerment, solidarity, and joy that you saw in school site picket lines and at the massive rallies that we held every single day."

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…

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. …

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-01). Trump Supports "Bible Literacy" Classes in Public Schools. truthout.org At least six states have introduced "Bible literacy" bills that would allow schools to teach the Bible, a move that some critics say may violate the separation of church and state — but it has at least one big fan: Donald Trump. | President Trump, whose knowledge of the Bible is shaky at best, gave the idea a resounding thumbs-up via Twitter, ensuring that an already fraught discussion would get even more charged.

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…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-01). Economy Adds 304,000 Jobs in January as Workers See Modest Wage Gains. truthout.org Manufacturing wages have badly lagged the rest of the labor market, rising just 1.4 percent.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the economy added 304,000 jobs in January. However, this was accompanied by a downward revision in reported job growth for the prior two months of 70,000. This puts average job growth over the last three months at 241,000. | The unemployment rate edged up to 4.0 percent. This may have been affected by the government shutdown, as many people who were furloughed reported being unemployed for the month. (The share of the unemployed who reported being on temporary layoffs rose f…

RT (2019-02-01). CNN commentator calls Trump 'antithesis of Christ's teachings', faces social media retribution. rt.com Democratic strategist Maria Cardona went after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders about "election interference" of a much higher order, arguing over God's plans for Donald Trump.

Shared by candice (2019-02-01). Despite Backlash, Teacher Strikes Are Spreading Across Country. truthout.org Teachers in Colorado, Virginia and Oakland, California, were newly emboldened this week as they watched teachers in Los Angeles return to their classrooms after a successful six-day strike with an increase in pay and support staff. Now, they too are making their demands for fully funded schools known, with some moving closer a strike of their own. | The LA strike has reverberated strongly in northern California, where educators face many of the same issues, including ballooning class sizes and meager support…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-01). "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in North Carolina and Racial Terrorism. truthout.org As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we look at Always in Season, a disturbing new documentary that examines lynching in the United States both past and present. It also looks closely at the case of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American high school student who, on August 29, 2014, was found hanging from two belts attached to a wooden swing set in a largely white trailer park in Bladenboro, North Carolina. Local authorities quickly determined his death to be a suicide, but Lacy's family and local civil rights activists feared authorities may have been covering up a lynching. We speak with Lacy…

Leighton Akio Woodhouse (2019-02-01). "We Have Exhausted All Our Options": Oakland Teachers May Be the Next to Strike. theintercept.com The expansion of charter schools has been a major contributor to the fiscal crisis in the Oakland Unified School District.

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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