2019-02-10: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-10). Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage. Abysmal Poverty under US Proxy Rule (1918-1998). globalresearch.ca More than 70 percent of the population did not meet minimum calorie and protein requirements. Child malnutrition and infant mortality was exceedingly high. 23 percent of the population was illiterate. One child in four was marginalized from the educational system.

Nicolas Maduro (2019-02-10). An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro. globalresearch.ca We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam.

teleSUR (2019-02-10). 'The Last Stylebender' Downs The 'Spider' as Silva Passes Torch. telesurenglish.net It was mentor vs. protege Saturday night in the Octagon as Brazilian legend Anderson Silva main-evented UFC 234 against Nigerian sensation Israel Adesanya. | RELATED: | Brazilian UFC Fighter Recovers After Christmas Grenade Attack | The long-awaited showdown between master and student wasn't supposed to main-event at all, but a late hernia injury to Middleweight Champion, and hometown hero, Robert Whittaker, meant that his title defence against Mexican-American Kelvin Gastelum w…

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Monday Strike For Denver Teachers. telesurenglish.net After over a year of negotiations, teachers in Denver will go on-strike, starting Monday morning after failing to agree to the financial terms the Denver School Board had proposed. | RELATED: | Striking LA Teachers Reach Agreement With School District | According to CNN, the two parties had been in negotiations for the past 14 months in a bid to overhaul the district's compensation system, which the union said, is linked to the city's teacher turnover rate. | The union claimed the…

Ellen Brown (2019-02-10). Killing the Public Banking Revolution in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. | According to MMT, …

F. William Engdahl (2019-02-10). Is Debt China's Achilles Heel? The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Internal Debt Trap. globalresearch.ca China's credits to various countries along its much-discussed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the most ambitious infrastructure undertaking in history, have recently been criticized for drawing poor countries into a debt trap by extending huge credits. Myanmar is often cited, …

William Walter Kay (2019-02-10). The Method in Venezuela's Oil Strategy Madness. globalresearch.ca A 2014 Petroleum Economist report on Venezuela's Orinoco Belt concluded where it might have begun: | "A crucial question that the (Venezuelan) government has skirted is how its Orinoco Belt plans would fit within OPEC's production quotas. Venezuela has …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-10). Author Chris Wilson Unveils his Master Plan with New Book. therealnews.com Chris Wilson, convicted as an adult at 17 and sentenced to life in prison without parole, tells his harrowing story in his new book, The Master Plan. The book details him turning his life around in prison, including teaching himself 5 languages and helping other youth offenders re-enter society.

Rudolf Hickel (2019-02-10). Ten Years After the Financial Crash. indybay.org US economic statistics are dubious since financial markets are based on financial products and money out of nothing. Tax havens, micro-second betting, stock buybacks, and corruption through lobbying are market- distorting and cause revenue shortfalls.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-09). US-led Military Coup in Venezuela Modelled on Chile, 1973? globalresearch.ca At this stage, "all options are on the table". | A self-proclaimed "interim president" endorsed by the "international community", | infiltration and co-optation of the Venezuelan armed forces, military intervention, Coup d'Etat, | Assassination of president Maduro, | Relentless sabotage and financial warfare, …

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-09). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. globalresearch.ca The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela | *** | In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-09). The Myth of the US "Knocking the Hell Out of ISIS" in Syria. globalresearch.ca ISIS is a US creation. So are al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other terrorist groups — used by the Pentagon and CIA as proxy troops. | Trump claiming "(w)e're knocking the hell out of ISIS…We have defeated ISIS in Syria" are …

Masud Wadan (2019-02-09). War after War: Will the US "Pull Out" of Afghanistan to Strike a New War Elsewhere? globalresearch.ca In 2003, two years after the US invaded Afghanistan, the US-led conflict in Iraq distracted international attention from Afghanistan that hurtled the nation further towards crises as a result of the US turning its back to focus its entire heed …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-09). Have Islamic State's Jihadists Joined Al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib? globalresearch.ca At its peak in 2014, when the Islamic State declared its "caliphate" in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the Islamic State, according to the mainstream media's count, used to have 70,000 jihadists. But now, only several hundred fighters …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-09). Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca There's a very high likelihood that the US will commence a limited multilateral invasion of Venezuela if Maduro continues to block the Trojan Horse of a "humanitarian convoy" into his country and the military doesn't turn against him in the …

Telesur (2019-02-09). Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan embassy officials in Argentina condemned Thursday's cyber attack after hackers commandeered the ministry's website and published a statement in support of the self-declared "interim president," Juan Guaido. | "We denounce the criminal policy of hacking and intervention of the …

Prof. Ociel Alí López (2019-02-09). A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support. globalresearch.ca A military coup d'état in Venezuela doesn't seem likely so long as the Armed Forces support Maduro. Meanwhile, U.S. action will likely backfire, and serve only to strengthen those in power | *** | Juan Guaidó, leader of the Venezuelan …

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey (2019-02-09). Prior to 2011 NATO War, Libya had the Highest Standard of Living in Africa. globalresearch.ca In 2011, NATO launched an illegal, savage attack against the country with the Highest Human Development Index in Africa. Let us see where Libya stands today. | When Cameron, Sarkozy, Obama, Clinton and that sickening clique of warmongering, interfering, imperialist thugs …

Prof. Ibrahim Al-Marashi (2019-02-09). The Search for Truth About Britain's Forgotten Role in Iraq. globalresearch.ca A critical examination of the British army violations in Iraq needs to be situated within a greater narrative about how the UK government failed to address past abuses | *** | On 7 June 2018 the Guardian ran an in-depth article with …

Peter Koenig (2019-02-09). France — Macron Does Not Fulfill His Campaign Promises of "Government of People for the People" globalresearch.ca Economist and Geopolitical Analyst, Peter Koenig, says that French President, Emmanuel Macron, is pursuing a policy against his pre-election promise, "en marche" movement. | Commenting on Macron's taxing policy, former World Bank Economist says "he transforms public wealth into private …

Shane Quinn (2019-02-09). US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan. globalresearch.ca Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-09). The US Is More Afraid of Losing Africa to Russia than to China. globalresearch.ca The creative "Democratic Security" (counter-Hybrid Warfare) model that Russia is successfully applying in the Central African Republic prompted the head of AFRICOM to warn about its possible export to other African countries, which terrifies the US to no end because …

Eduardo Correa Senior (2019-02-09). No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca The trumpets of regime change have sounded, and the drums of a possible war are beating against Venezuelan democracy. Provocations hitherto unimagined threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the …

teleSUR (2019-02-09). 2,000-year Old 'Child' Returns to Peru. telesurenglish.net The mummy of a boy of Aymara origin, with an approximate age of 2,000 years, was returned to Peru by the Museum of Science and History of Corpus Christi in Texas, United States, official sources reported Friday. | RELATED: | Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela | Peru's Ministry of Culture said in a statement that the repatriation of the mummy was possible thanks to its coordinated work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. | He added that the technical reports…

WSWS (2019-02-09). Committee for Public Education (Australia): Support the fight against GM layoffs! wsws.org The February 9 demonstration, organised independently of the unions, provides a lead for all workers internationally, including teachers.

WSWS (2019-02-09). IYSSE calls on students in Australia to join the demonstrations in defence of Julian Assange. wsws.org The defence of Assange is at the cutting edge of the fight against growing authoritarianism and an assault on democratic rights around the world.

WSWS (2019-02-09). As global jobs massacre continues, workers around the world voice support for fight against plant closures. wsws.org Workers and students are continuing to write in to the World Socialist Web Site expressing strong support for the demonstration Saturday at General Motors headquarters in Detroit.

Fight Back (2019-02-08). Striking Chicago charter school teachers beef up CICS picket lines. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL — Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) educators at four CICS schools struck for the third day, February 7, with management dug in on exchanging wage parity with CPS educators for higher caseloads for counselors and social workers, larger class sizes with no enforcement language, and no written guarantee not to cut student services or resources. Management wants to increase the student-to-counselor/social worker ratio, which is already well over nationally recommended ratios, giving management the wiggle room to lay off some frontline staff. | CICS still refuses to dip into $36 million in public educati…

Sarah Jones (2019-02-08). Red for Ed Continues: Where Teachers' Strikes Are Set to Spread Next. commondreams.org Denver Classroom Teachers Association teachers and supporters rally at the Colorado State Capitol demanding better wages and urging the state not to get involved in a possible strike on January 30, 2019. ( Photo: Andy Cross/Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-02-08). Denver teachers' strike set for February 11. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – The Denver Teachers Classroom Teacher's Association (DCTA) announced in a press conference, held in the driving snow in front of the Colorado State Capital Building, that the teachers' strike will begin on Monday, February 11. This would be the first time since 1984 that Denver teachers would walk off their jobs and set up picket lines. | The DCTA and the Denver School Board have been negotiating the union's demand for an increase in base pay, as opposed to the school board offer to give a small increase in the budget of its haphazard system of bonuses. When the district offered less than1% of its bu…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-08). Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib. globalresearch.ca During the eight-year proxy war in Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, has emerged as the second most influential militant leader after the Islamic State's [alleged] chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In fact, since the beginning …

Josh Hoxie (2019-02-08). How the Age of Billionaires Ends. counterpunch.org Every month or so there's a stunning new headline statistic about just how stark our economic divide has become. Understanding that this divide exists is a good start. Appreciating that a deeply unfair and unequal economy is problematic is even better. Actually doing something about it — that's the best. As 2020 presidential hopefuls start More

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Letter from the US: Teachers strike blow against school privatisation. greenleft.org.au After six days of strikes and mass mobilisations in the streets, Los Angeles teachers, joined on the picket lines and demonstrations by parents and students, won an important victory, Barry Sheppard writes from San Francisco, as they held the line against further privatisation of the public schools. | A front-page New York Times story on January 29 was headlined "Strike Throws Cold Water on a City's Embrace of Charter Schools". The article began: "Carrying protest signs, thousands of teachers and their allies converged last month on the shimmering contemporary art museum in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Clad…

ACLU (2019-02-07). When Colleges Confine Free Speech to a 'Zone,' It Isn't Free. aclu.org Arkansas State University's policy requiring preapproval from the school for protest anywhere on campus violates the First Amendment. | On certain college campuses, administrators have created "Free Speech Zones" — spaces where people are allowed to speak, protest, or gather signatures for causes they believe in. While it may sound like these zones are designed to promote speech, they actually do the opposite by confining political expression to designated areas, often in out-of-the-way locations on campus. | That's why this week, in a legal challenge to Arkansas State University's "Free Expression Areas" <...

Rachel Levy (2019-02-07). Virginia Is the Latest State to Go #Red4Ed. progressive.org The movement has kicked off thanks to the efforts of an big-tent organization that has embraced all types of teachers, education professionals, and community members.

ACLU (2019-02-07). The South Dakota Legislature's Transphobia. aclu.org Members of the legislature have renewed their attack on transgender students with three separate bills targeting their civil rights. | After a short-lived victory in January, transgender students in South Dakota are once again being targeted with legislation that would put them at greater risk and, at the same time, cause serious damage to the state's reputation and economy. | On Jan. 24, lawmakers in the state Senate scuttled a bill requiring transgen…

Sarah Jaffe (2019-02-07). What Rydell High School Can Teach Us about the LA Teachers Strike. thenation.com What Rydell High School Can Teach Us about the LA Teachers Strike…

Rebecca Nathanson (2019-02-07). Activists Avoid Jail in U.K. After Blocking Plane From Deporting Migrants. theintercept.com On Wednesday morning, a group of British activists entered Chelmsford Crown Court, about 30 miles northeast of London, carrying backpacks and tote bags stuffed full. The Stansted 15, as the group has become known, had arrived for a sentencing hearing, and some of them had come prepared to face years in jail. In December, the activists were found guilty of committing a terrorism-related offense after they broke into an airport and blocked the departure of a government-chartered plane that was set to deport migrants and asylum-seekers. | But the group need not have packed their bags. Twelve of the defendants receiv…

Fred_F (2019-02-07). Student climate strike: 'It's our future'. greenleft.org.au After the successful School Strike 4 Climate Action last November 30, where more than 15,000 students walked out of school, organisers have called another strike for March 15 as part of a Global Day of Action — and they are asking others to join in. | Richard Lane and Maureen Murphy spoke to Year 9 student Lilly Murphy, who has been involved in the School Strike 4 Climate Action, about the climate strike movement. | *** | How did you get involved with the Student Strike 4 Climate Action? | A few of my school friends knew about it due to social media. There were also a few signs around school. | One of them…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-07). Trump Nominates Fossil Fuel Industry Lobbyist David Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior. therealnews.com Trump is not draining the swamp with Bernhardt's nomination. Rather, he shows he is filling it with polluters, says Jesse Coleman, senior researcher at Documented

Fight Back (2019-02-06). Chicago Teachers Union on strike at charter school operator CICS. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Top CICS bureaucrats have put management greed ahead of student need, forcing a strike at four unionized schools in the profitable charter operator's 14-school stable, February 5. | CICS management was also busted over the weekend for working to line up strikebreakers, offering to pay temporary workers $21.75 per hour to scab, an annual pay rate more than $10,000 greater than the low-wage paraprofessionals to whom management has refused to provide a living wage. Some of those low-wage paraprofessionals make barely $30,000 per year or less, despite bachelors or masters degrees and years of servi…

Don Macleay (2019-02-06). Why Oakland Teachers are Ready to Strike. progressive.org More than 80 percent of teachers have cast a ballot — the highest turnout in the union's history — and 95 percent have voted to authorize a strike.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-05). UPDATE: Hundreds of Teachers Protest at Baltimore County. therealnews.com Baltimore County public school teachers will rally at a Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 5 to protest austerity measures, including budget and staff cutbacks. | The Real News will be covering events live on Twitter and the District will livestream the meeting, which begins at 6: 30. | Teacher protests have swept the nation over the past year—most recently in Virginia, where teachers staged a one-day walkout, and Los Angeles, where teachers won pay raises and class size…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-05). UPDATE: Students and Faculty Plan Walkout Over Johns Hopkins' ICE Contract. therealnews.com "ICE is a racist institution that terrorizes black and brown communities and violates the human rights of the families it separates," says one Hopkins professor.

Sarah Lahm (2019-02-01). The Charter School Next Door. progressive.org What happens when public education becomes a marketplace?

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."

Democracy Now! (2019-02-01). A Modern-Day Lynching?: "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism. democracynow.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 interviews Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which built the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery to remember the more than 4,000 African Americans lynched in the United States. 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…

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