| globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Authors of a major new scientific review of the catastrophic decline of insects say a "serious reduction in pesticide usage" is key to preventing the extinction of up to 41 percent of the world's insects within the "next few" decades…. | The post New Analysis: Curbing Pesticides Key to Reversing Insect Apocalypse appeared first on Global Research.
The Monitoring Game: China's Artificial Intelligence Push
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
It's all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field. US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is … | The post The Monitoring Game: China's Artificial Intelligence Push appeared first on Global Research.
Why Must Venezuela be Destroyed?
Cluborlov | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Last week Trump, his VP Mike Pence, US State Dept. director Mike Pompeo and Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, plus a bunch of Central American countries that are pretty much US colonies and don't have foreign policies of … | The post Why Must Venezuela be Destroyed? appeared first on Global Research.
Does the US Provide Covert Support to the Islamic State in Afghanistan?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Last year, Russia's seasoned Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Washington of providing material support  to the Islamic State Khorasan militants based in Afghanistan in order to divide and weaken the Taliban resistance against American occupation of Afghanistan. The accusations … | The post Does the US Provide Covert Support to the Islamic State in Afghanistan? appeared fi…
Donald Trump's War of Recolonization Against Venezuela
Samuel Moncada | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
Trump's recolonization is the right description of what has progressively become a plan for a military invasion of Venezuela by the United States: an event never before seen in our history. | It is essential to emphasize that, despite the maneuvers … | The post Donald Trump's War of Recolonization Against Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
Saving the Earth or Saving Capitalism? The Inconvenient Truth Behind Today's Youth Climate Campaigns
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
"What is going on — is the launch of a global campaign to usher in a required consensus for the Paris Agreement, the New Green Deal and all climate related policies and legislation written by the power elite — … | The post Saving the Earth or Saving Capitalism? The Inconvenient Truth Behind Today's Youth Climate Campaigns appeared first on Global Research.
Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: Trump's Venezuela Plan
Gilbert Mercier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-03
The US has revitalised its old Monroe Doctrine, seeking to take Latin America countries and most notably Venezuela, famous for its rich oil reserves, under control, French journalist Gilbert Mercier has told Sputnik, explaining why the "overt coup attempt" in | … | The post Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: Trump's Venezuela Plan appeared first on Global Research.
Over a dozen injured as bus carrying girls high school basketball team rolls over in West Virginia
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-03
A bus carrying a high school team from a basketball tournament overturned in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Over a dozen people were injured, with one student airlifted to a trauma center. | …
Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and announced it would reimpose sanctions against Iran, the European Union (EU) declared its commitment to preserving the agreement and finding ways for its companies … | The post Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? appeared first on Global Research.
Video: Yellow Vest Protest in Paris: Act XII
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Yellow Vest protesters call for a new demonstration in Paris on Saturday, February 2, the twelfth in a row since the movement has emerged in November 2018, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced hikes in fuel taxes to reportedly encourage … | The post Video: Yellow Vest Protest in Paris: Act XII appeared first on Global Research.
ISTEX: The New EU Financial Mechanism for Trade with Iran: Bypassing the Dollar?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
The Trump regime withdrew from the JCPOA nuclear deal last May. Since then, signals from EU countries have been mixed. | Invoking the European blocking statute, updating it, effective last August, to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran from … | The post ISTEX: The New EU Financial Mechanism for Trade with Iran: Bypassing the Dollar? appeared first on Global Research.
Teachers Are Rising Up to Resist Neoliberal Attacks on Education
Henry Giroux | truthdig.com | 2019-02-02
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…
The Wealthy Are Victims of Their Own Propaganda
Stephanie Kelton | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
"Consider what happens," writes Kelton, "if we simply invest in programs to benefit the non-rich (student-debt forgiveness, free child care and so on) without treating the super-rich as our piggy bank." (Photograph: Alamy) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/super_rich_kelton_mmt.jpg…
Call for the First "Assembly of the Assemblies" of the Yellow Vests
Defend Democracy Press | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Let us share the wealth, and not poverty! Let us put an end to social inequality! We demand the immediate increase in salaries, welfare benefits, allowances and pensions, and the unconditional right to housing and health, education, free public services, for all | The post Call for the First "Assembly of the Assemblies" of the Yellow Vests appeared first on Global Research.
Trump Is Trying to Take Down Latin America's "Troika of Tyranny". Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Bolton's description of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua as a "Troika of Tyranny" a few months ago was a declaration of Hybrid War against the last three geopolitically relevant multipolar countries in the hemisphere, and now Trump's tasked himself with taking … | The post Trump Is Trying to Take Down Latin America's "Troika of Tyranny". Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua appeared first on Global Research.
Valuing Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Let's place 1 trillion barrels of oil in context. Global oil consumption is currently 35 billion barrels a year. Thus, the Orinoco Belt alone could satisfy 100% of global demand for almost 30 years! As for the Orinoco field's dollar value. World oil prices are currently hovering near $60 …do the math. | The post Valuing Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt appeared first on Global Research.
GM to Lay Off 4,250 Salaried Workers in North America Starting Monday
Shannon Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
General Motors will begin laying off 4,250 North American salaried workers Monday morning as part of a sweeping restructuring announced in November that includes the closure of five plants and the elimination of 15,000 jobs. The plan includes the destruction … | The post GM to Lay Off 4,250 Salaried Workers in North America Starting Monday appeared first on Global Research.
Snow, Roads, Birds and Plows
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
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 … | The post Snow, Roads, Birds and Plows appeared first on Global Research.
Trump's Efforts to Oust Maduro Are Illegal and Will Kill More Venezuelans
Mark Weisbrot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
If Russia, China and North Korea decided to recognize Nancy Pelosi as the president of the United States, would Americans go along with that? | I mean, the ones who don't like Trump, think he is a real threat to the … | The post Trump's Efforts to Oust Maduro Are Illegal and Will Kill More Venezuelans appeared first on Global Research.
Trump's "Chaos Strategy" Has One Goal: To End Chavismo
Alex Anfruns | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Eight months after the presidential elections of May 2018, which confirmed Nicolas Maduro as winner with more than 6 million votes (67.8% and 46% of participation), the attempts of delegitimization of his government have multiplied in this month of January. … | The post Trump's "Chaos Strategy" Has One Goal: To End Chavismo appeared first on Global Research.
China-US Trade Negotiations Approach Final Phase
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
Senior negotiators of the US (Lighthizer) and China (Liu He) have been meeting in Washington this past week (Jan. 30-31) as the US-China trade war approaches a climax. China continues publicly to offer concessions to the US on market access … | The post China-US Trade Negotiations Approach Final Phase appeared first on Global Research.
The US Scraps the INF Treaty: Another Step Toward Nuclear War
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, as the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation, President John F. Kennedy told his brother Bobby, | "If this planet is ever ravaged by nuclear war, if 300 million Americans, Russians, | … | The post The US Scraps the INF Treaty: Another Step Toward Nuclear War appeared first on Global Research.
A destruiàßà£o USA do Tratado INF e a cumplicidade europeia
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
A "suspensà£o" do Tratado INF, anunciada ontem pelo Secretário de Estado, Mike Pompeo, inicia a contagem decrescente que, dentro de seis meses, irá levar os Estados Unidos a sair definitivamente do Tratado. No entanto, já a partir de hoje, … | The post A destruiàßà£o USA do Tratado INF e a cumplicidade europeia appeared first on Global Research.
Florida education commissioner advocates widespread privatization
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
A longtime opponent of public education has been named to Florida's top education position.
'Socialism Surging in Iowa' Giving Cold Feet to Centrist Democrats Contemplating 2020 Run: Report
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-02
Amid warnings within progressive circles that the "moderate Democrat" remains a serious obstacle to the kind of transformative change many rank-and-file party members and voters in general say they want, new reporting by Axios on Saturday shows that it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet as they register just how hungry the electorate has become for policy solutions like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, tuition-free higher education, and taxation that targets the nation's wealthiest. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/soci…
L'affossamento USA del Trattato INF e le complicità europee
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-02
La ´sospensione ª del Trattato INF, annunciata ieri dal segretario di stato Mike Pompeo, avvia il conto alla rovescia che, entro sei mesi, porterà gli Stati Uniti a uscire definitivamente dal Trattato. Già da oggi, comunque, gli Stati Uniti si … | The post L'affossamento USA del Trattato INF e le complicità europee appeared first on Global Research.
The Capitalist Adults Are in the Room
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
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…
How Los Angeles Teachers Organized and What They Won
Jesse Hagopian | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
"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."
Losing a Generation: UNICEF Sees Saudi War Robbing Yemeni Children of Their Future
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
"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 | The post Losing a Generation: UNICEF Sees Saudi War Robbing Yemeni Children of Their Future appeared first on MintPress News.
The Charter School Next Door
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
What happens when public education becomes a marketplace?
LAUSD Board approves cap on new charter schools
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-01
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…
Iranian workers' protests confront a regime in crisis
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
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…
"We Have Exhausted All Our Options": Oakland Teachers May Be the Next to Strike
Leighton Akio Woodhouse | theintercept.com | 2019-02-01
The expansion of charter schools has been a major contributor to the fiscal crisis in the Oakland Unified School District. | The post "We Have Exhausted All Our Options": Oakland Teachers May Be the Next to Strike appeared first on The Intercept.
CNN commentator calls Trump 'antithesis of Christ's teachings', faces social media retribution
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
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. | …
Are Baby Boomers really selfish sociopaths?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
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…
A Modern-Day Lynching?: "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-01
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…
"Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in North Carolina and Racial Terrorism
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-01
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…
Minneapolis: Fundraising event nets more than $3000 for Fight Back!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-31
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…
Independent reviews into the tragic loss of Rosalind McGregor and staff wellbeing at Amnesty International
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-31
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…
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-31
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…
Smith College Overhauls Policing Practices After Black Student Racially Profiled
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-30
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…
SDS says "Hands Off Venezuela!"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-30
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…
Survey Shows 80% of Turks Perceive US as the 'Most Dangerous' Country
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-30
(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 …
Survey Shows 80% of Turks Perceive US as the ‘Most Dangerous’ Country
Draft Bill for Hopkins Private Armed Police Force Already Drawing Backlash
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-30
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…
Headlines for January 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-29
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…
School district threatened to call ICE on striking Denver teachers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-29
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…
AGO proposes nationwide raids on books containing 'banned ideas'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-29
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…