2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

Video: Michael Cohen Testimony on Hush Money, Fraud and Trump's Skyscraper Project in Moscow
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
While US President Donald Trump is in the Vietnamese capital for a second summit with the north Korean leader, his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen testified before US congress. | Michael Cohen offered explanations mainly regarding three cases, the WikiLeaks-hacked Democratic …

Russia, Japan and the USA: The Unfinished Business of War
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
As the USA and North Korea meet in Vietnam to discuss the possibility of a peace treaty between the two after decades of hostility against North Korea from the USA, the governments of Russia and Japan are engaged in talks …

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shields Israeli Systematic Mutilation Machine
Dr. Vacy Vlazna | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Malaysia, on 12 January, one of the international hosts of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships ethically boycotted Israel as a competitor. | Malaysia's principled boycott was not directed against the athletes but against the Jewish state of Israel in protest …

Genocide Survivors Demand Elliott Abrams Leave Holocaust Committee Board
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
A group family member victims of the 1940s WWII Holocaust and U.S.-supported 1980s genocides in Central America are calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Committee on Conscience to remove Elliot Abrams from its board, questioning how "a proven …

Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above the Law
EarthRights International | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts. | The Court's decision marks a defining moment for …

Poisoning the Public: Toxic Agrochemicals and Regulators' Collusion with Industry
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
In January 2019, campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason lodged a complaint with the European Ombudsman accusing European regulatory agencies of collusion with the agrochemicals industry. This was in the wake of an important paper by Charles Benbrook on the genotoxicity of …

Who are the "Brutal Dictators"?
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are. | We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of …

The Chagos Islands Case, WikiLeaks and Justice
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Let this be a lesson to its detractors, doubters and stuff shirts of the secrecy establishment: the documents sourced from WikiLeaks can have tangible, having significant value for ideas and causes. They can advance matters of the curious; they can …

The Venezuelan War Council: Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams and Green LLP
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Do personalities matter; or do they dissolve in the sea of circumstance? | The Atlantic alliance set sail on a collision course with Venezuela before Trump's improbable election; then Trump's dilettantish, dreadful selection of subordinates generated an additional, autonomous impetus to …

U.S. Condemns Venezuela's Government Yet Commits Human Rights Abuses Across the Middle East
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28

History: Resistance to the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Beginning in the early decades of the 15th century the African continent faced an unprecedented onslaught where human traffickers and colonizers sought to conquer the people for the purpose of labor exploitation, strategic territorial advantage and the plunder of …

Video: Russia's Kalashnikov Kamikaze Drone 'KUB-BLA' Already Battle-tested in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets. | The "high-precision unmanned aerial system" KUB-BLA was for the first time …

As Tensions Rise, UK Criticised for Arming Both India and Pakistan
Joe Lo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
After the Indian military bombed Pakistani territory last night, Pakistan promised to respond and the UK has been criticised for arming both sides. | The Indian Air Force claimed to have targetted a training camp of the militant Jaish-e-Mohammed group in …

Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: "There Is No Turning Back"
Eric London | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a bellicose speech before representatives of 14 Latin American countries at a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The remarks were timed to coincide with the US-orchestrated provocations at the Venezuelan …

Schoolidarity: screening and panel in support of the Oakland Teachers' Strike
Liberated Lens Film Collective | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
Omni Commons | 4799 Shattuck Ave | Oakland…

Fremont, California teachers stage sick-out
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
On Tuesday, February 19, teachers in Fremont, California, who have been working without a contract for the entire 2018-2019 academic year, staged a sick-out. | The sick-out has been blacked out in the local media.

Oakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers have announced the formation of a rank-and-file strike committee, independent of the pro-corporate unions and in opposition to all budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and school closures.

Oakland teachers and students speak as strike reaches critical juncture
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
Teachers, students and other workers expressed their determination to fight on the fifth day of the strike by 3,000 educators in Oakland, California.

The Key to the Brexit Backstory. The Legacy of the Defunct British Empire
Prof. Sally Tomlinson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
The British empire may strike many of us as distant history that has no more than a marginal impact on our 21st-century lives. But we can't really understand Brexit — the British move to exit the European Union — without …

Day Three of Oakland Teachers' Strike: Keith Brown, Minister Perkins, and Oakland High Teacher
APTP | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
At the mid-day rally in Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland Education Association President Keith Brown reports on bargaining efforts with the Oakland Unified School District, before leading a march to the State Building to support OEA negotiators. "We as educators are winning because we have the power!"

Oakland teachers continue strike as Kentucky teachers launch statewide sickout
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
The issues which teachers confront across the United States are shared ones. | Hundreds of teachers, parents and students on Wednesday afternoon shut down an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) board meeting! | Teachers from San Francisco and Berkeley are initiating a wildcat sickout in support of Oakland teachers! | Two of the largest school districts in Kentucky will close as a result of over 40 percent of their teachers reporting sick! | Teachers in Oakland have formed a rank-and-file strike committee to take their struggle out of the control of the unions and into their own hands!

Day Three of Oakland Teachers' Strike: Lincoln Elementary Teacher and Message from OEA
OEA | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
Stacy, a second grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary, says students deserve better support, school nurses and lower class sizes.

Growing calls for nation-wide struggle
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
The attack on public education is part of the broader onslaught against the rights and living standards of the working class across the United States and around the world. It is this global attack that produced the series of teachers strikes across the United States. | The only way in which the striking teachers can carry out their fight to defend public education is by forming rank-and-file committees independent of the union and building for a nationwide strike.

Why is there no strike pay for Oakland teachers?
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
Historically, the provision of strike pay was one of the elemental tasks of unions. | The Oakland Education Association, however, is not providing a penny in strike benefits to the embattled teachers even though union dues are regularly deducted from their paychecks.

ILWU Members & ILWU Local 34 Have Backed Striking OEA Oakland Teachers at Rally & March
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
ILWU Local 34 endorsed the OEA teacher's strike and ILWU members attended the 2/22/19 rally and march.

Oakland teachers continue strike as Kentucky teachers launch statewide sickout
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
As teachers in Oakland California begin their sixth day on strike, the wave of teachers struggles, begun in West Virginia a year ago, continues to expand across the United States.

Unions, Democrats rush to end strike
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
The OEA and CTA are preparing to sell out the Oakland teachers strike. | To prevent this betrayal, teachers must form rank-and-file strike committees to take the conduct of the strike and negotiations out of the hands of the unions.

China's Discovery of Major Gas Reserves in the Bohai Sea: How Will it Affect LNG Gas Imports from the US?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has confirmed "the discovery of a high-quality and high-yield oil" in the Bohai Sea with proven reserves of natural gas exceeding 100 billion cubic meters. (see RT News) | "The flow has been discovered | …

Disarmament Expert on N. Korea Summit: An International Process Is Needed to Reduce Nuclear Threat
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation."

Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. | The National …

Conscience Over Profit
Antonio Carty | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
Palestine needs Europe and the world's solidarity in effective ways, so its good to hear a union in my own abuela Beazcochea's Basque country has voted against its company's attempted collaboration with the internationally condemned Israeli occupation. The workers council of Spanish train manufacturer CAF voted last month against participation in the Jerusalem light rail tramway Read…

Trump's Nomination of Kelly Craft for U.N. Ambassador Is a Slap in the Face of Climate Science and Human Rights
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27

Roll Out of 5G: The Threat Posed by Modern Microwave Technology to Human Life
John Weigel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
For 500 years since Copernicus, Krakow has revolutionized science. Today the city stands alone in the conflict over the safety of electromagnetic radiation to protect its citizens. | *** | At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution three …

Alert: Feb. 27, OneWeb Begins Launching Satellites to Beam 5G and Wi-Fi Worldwide
Nina Beety | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Tomorrow in French Guiana, OneWeb plans to launch the first 6 of 900 satellites to blanket the Earth in 3G, 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi. From the company website (oneweb.world): | Liftoff is scheduled at exactly: | 4: 37 p.m., in Washington, D.C. | 6: 37 …

"Trump is a Racist, a Conman, a Cheat": Michael D. Cohen's Testimony to US House of Representatives Committee
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
We are bringing to the attention of our readers the testimony of former Trump staff Michael D. Cohen. | Cohen's statements are backed up by documents made available to the House Committee on Oversight. The testimony includes reference to fraudulent transactions, …

US Troops Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Underlying Cause of Friction Between India and Pakistan?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
In a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday, according to Indian account, 12 Indian Mirage 2000 fighter jets intruded into Pakistan's airspace and dropped their payload on the top of a mountain at a terrorist training camp, allegedly belonging to a jihadist …

Study Reports 536 Women Assaulted Every Hour in Brazil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
Over 500 women are assaulted every hour in Brazil, an investigation conducted by the Brazilian Public Security Forum (FBSP) and the Institute Datafolha said Thursday. | RELATED: | Chile: Website Behind Nude Photos Of Women, Minors Sued | Researchers asked 2,084 women from every social strata, aged 16 years and older, to participate in a survey and report any in…

Killing Elephants 'for Pet Food' Condemned
The Ecologist | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Proposals to allow trophy hunting of elephants to resume in Botswana, home to Africa's largest elephant population, and even use the meat for canned pet food have been strongly criticised by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH). | A report …

US Army Transferring 50 Tons of Gold from ISIS-Daesh Held Areas in Syria and Iraq back to the US. Reports
Daily Sabah | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
The U.S. Army is transferring tons of gold from Daesh-held areas in Syria to the U.S., multiple reports said. | According to a source who spoke to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the U.S. forces transferred about 50 tons of gold from …

Varoufakis's Secret Negotiations and His Disappointments with China, Obama and the IMF
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
In chapter 11 of his book, Adults in the Room Yanis Varoufakis tells how he arranged the sale of the third container terminal of the Port of Piraeus to the Chinese corporation Cosco who manage the other two quays since …

It's Time to Make Sure Our Kids Are No Longer Bound, Shackled, or Locked Away When They're at School
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-27
Congress is finally holding a hearing on the use of restraints and seclusion in our schools. | In 1998, teachers in West Virginia strapped a 4-year-old autistic girl with cerebral palsy to a wooden chair. Why? She was being "uncooperative" because she needed to use the bathroom. The girl suffered bruises and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. | In 2003, school officials in Michigan held a 15-year-old autistic boy in a face-down restraint for an hour after he had a seizure and lost control of his extremities. He died without receiving medical attention. | These are just two of many barbaric s…

Fremont, California teachers stage sick-out
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-27
Teachers in the Bay Area city of Fremont called in sick last week after working without a contract for the entire school year. Their wildcat action came two days before the start of the Oakland teachers' strike.

Does Pakistan Have the Capability to Eradicate Terrorism?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
After losing tens of thousands of lives to terror attacks during the last decade, an across-the-board consensus has developed among Pakistan's mainstream political forces that the policy of nurturing militants against regional adversaries has backfired on Pakistan and it risks | …

Nuclear medicine fallout: Cremated man's ash spread radioactivity in local area — study
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
In 2017 a 69-year-old man living with pancreatic cancer was treated with nuclear medicine to shrink his tumor, but sadly died three days later and was cremated. New research suggests his remains may have spread radioactivity. | …

Harvard coddles students with campus 'climate' probe over Weinstein lawyer fiasco
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
Harvard is launching a probe into the 'climate' of the university after widespread rage over a law professor's decision to represent Harvey Weinstein, worried the decision to let him have a lawyer has offended the student body. | …

Six new books for an ecosocialist bookshelf
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
Climate and Capitalism's editor Ian Angus looks at six new books that expose environmentalism's false friends, analyse the idea of "environment", explain renewable energy, trace the history of oceans, expose Monsanto's Round-Up, and examine British science denial. Inclusion in this list does not indicate agreement with a book's contents by the author. | *** | What It Will Take: Rejecting Dead-Ends & False Friends in the Fight for the Earth | By Carol Dansereau | CreateSpace, 2016 | To win the environmental fight, we must understand what we're up against…

Scientists Plan to Geoengineer Planet Earth to Save Us From Global Warming
Foundation for Economic Education | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-27
(FEE) — Harvard's Gernot Wagner wants to save the world from global warming. His method? Develop a new type of plane that will fly more than 4,000 missions a year dumping particulates into the stratosphere. Wagner and his colleague Wake Smith call the proposed plane "SAI Lofter (SAIL)." Anonymous individuals at "Airbus, Atlas Air, Boeing, Bombardier, GE Engines, …

Scientists Plan to Geoengineer Planet Earth to Save Us From Global Warming

Oakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee as union keeps educators in the dark
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-27
Teachers are seeking to take the conduct of the strike into their own hands and prevent a betrayal of their struggle by the Oakland Education Association.

International Calls for Iran's Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
Jessica Corbett | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
The U.S.-educated Zarif, a longtime critic of hard-liners in both the United States and his own country, was instrumental in securing the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Will Militarizing Schools Make Them Safer?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
As Baltimore faces another uptick in shootings and violent crimes, officials are considering arming police officers to make schools safer. | After a shooting at Frederick Douglass high school that left one staffer injured, the Baltimore School Board is considering whether to support a bill that would allow school police officers to be armed during the school day. | On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Baltimore City's school board will reconsider the measure after originally voting unanimously against it on Jan. 23. During that hearing, students from the Baltimore Algebra Project took over the meeting to urge the school board to…