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  • Syrian Forces Continue Lightening Advance in Country’s North, Free Most of Aleppo Province – Reports
    The Syrian Army completed the liberation of the city of Aleppo, the Arab Republic’s second-largest population center, in late 2016, but militants continued to control much of the province of Aleppo in the years since, their de-facto control ensured in a 2017 peace deal. ... ...
  • Man’s ‘Independent England’ campaign undermined by one fatal geographical error
    For those who thought Brexit would be the end of it, there is some bad news; one man has now launched an “Independent England” campaign, only to see it fall at the first hurdle due to a Wales-sized error. Blurring the lines between self-righteous nationalism and self-parody, James Blake apparently wants England to go one step beyond Brexit and become independent from the rest of the UK.  Also on rt.com ‘Suck it up, buttercup’: Brexiteer provokes EU Remainer backlash after moaning about passport queue at Dutch airport He doesn’t state how he intends to achieve ... ...
  • Top judge says Russia shouldn’t be considered successor of ‘repressive, terrorist, illegal’ Soviet Union, Kremlin disagrees
    If you want to find a way to split Russian public opinion, there's no better instrument than a debate on the country's Soviet legacy. On Monday, sparks flew after a leading judge opened Moscow's most divisive Pandora's Box. Konstantin Aranovsky believes the USSR was an "illegally created state" and says today's Russia shouldn't be considered its successor, rather its replacement. The Constitutional Court judge also lashed the "repressive-terrorist acts" of the Soviet era, and suggested Russia should have the status of a country "innocent of totalitarian crimes," since "it was recreated in spite of the regime and to replace it." ... ...
  • Pavlensky to Receive Asylum in Another EU Country if Stripped of Refuge in France – Lawyer
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - If Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky loses his asylum in France due to him spreading a sex tape featuring Benjamin Griveaux, a former candidate for the Paris mayor's office from La Republique En Marche! party, he may receive it in another EU country, his lawyer, Olga Dinze, said on Monday. ... ...
  • Turkey Risking Syrian Security by Faltering on Idlib De-Escalation Deal – Lebanese Senior Official
    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman – Turkey is putting Syrian security at risk by aiding Damascus' rebels in violation of the deal it signed with Russia to establish de-escalation zones in the embattled nation, an adviser to the Lebanese president said on Monday. ... ...
  • EU agrees new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo: AFP
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  • Sayyed Nasrallah Discusses with Iran’s Larijani Latest Developments
    Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah welcomed Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, discussing with him the latest developments. The meeting reviewed all the possible means of coping with the political, security and economic challenges. Sayyed Nasrallah stressed Sunday that the region has to face the political, military and economic threats posed by the United States “which ushered an open confrontation with the resistance forces.”     ... ...
  • Hezbollah SG Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah welcomes Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani
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  • Some Privacy, Please! Ghost-White Samoyed Dog Won’t Leave Bath
    Our canine friends are brave and loyal companions, who are always ready to help and guard us day and night… even if we do not want that kind of attention. We want to be a part of your "pack", guys, but what about some privacy? ... ...
  • ‘Conscience-free journalism is great career choice’: Guardian mocked over failure to mention Assange in ‘press freedom’ article
    The Guardian newspaper has been mercilessly ridiculed on social media after it failed to highlight the plight of journalist Julian Assange in a piece on Amal Clooney’s plans to “combat media repression globally.” The outlet’s diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour published an article on Monday focused on the ‘Report on the Use of Targeted Sanctions to Protect Journalists,’ a document drafted by prominent human rights barrister, Amal Clooney.  Clooney, who represented the WikiLeaks co-founder during Swedish extradition proceedings against him in 2015, has suggested that the UK introduce a law that targets sanctions against individuals, including ministers, who abuse human rights ... ...
  • Go f*ck yourselves: Moussa Marega’s defiance should be celebrated as watershed in ugly fight against racism
    The images of Moussa Marega, standing with a finger extended on each hand to football thugs who abused him with vile monkey chants, should be celebrated as a defiant stance in the face of racism in football. It took him a handful of attempts. Moussa Marega had to force his way past teammates to make his way off the pitch while monkey whistles and chants polluted the air at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques Stadium. But eventually he made his way off the pitch. Minutes earlier he had put Porto 2-1 up on the hour mark in their Portuguese Primeira Liga ... ...
  • Nelson Mandela’s policies would be dead if public supports bill on land EWC – Theunis Roux
    Emotions in the debate on land expropriation without compensation are reaching fever pitch as the 29th of February deadline for comments on the Draft Constitution Amendment Bill inches closer. The Institute for Race Relations has been driving a campaign to get people to rally against the intended changes to Section 25 of the Constitution. John Kane-Berman has taken banks and the business sector to task and accused them of adopting an appeasement strategy on land expropriation without compensation. Efforts by Nedbank Private Wealth’s JP Landman to “soothe noises about expropriation” was met with scorn from both Kane-Berman and Anthea Jeffery who ... ...
  • Blast kills eight, injures 22 in southwest Pakistan
    At least eight people including policemen were killed and 22 others injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Monday, local media reported. ... ...
  • Iran’s Parliament Speaker conveys a message from Pres. Rouhani to Aoun
    In a Monday meeting in Baabda Palace in Beirut, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani delivered a letter from Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to Lebanese President Michel Aoun. ... ...
  • Bloomberg once accused BDS supporters of wanting Israelis to be ‘massacred’
    In 2012, Brooklyn’s Park Slope Food Coop held a vote over whether or not to support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. One of those responses came from Michael Bloomberg, who was the Mayor of NYC at the time. “I think it has nothing to do with the food,” he said after being asked about the vote at a press conference. Source ... ...
  • IRGC Aerospace Forces Commander’s Debriefing about Iran’s Strike against Al-Assad US Airbase
    The assassination of the martyr Hajj Qassem Soleimani was one of the greatest strategic mistakes in the history of the United States. These strikes were only the beginning of considerable transformations and developments in the region and around the world. The vengeance of the blood of the martyr Soleimani and our other dear martyrs lies in the triggering of a phase which had to be implemented (sooner or later). As the Supreme Leader Sayed Khamenei said, May God preserve him, ‘The revenge for the blood of the martyrs will drive the US forces out of the region.’ Our missile strikes ... ...
  • Iran ready for political dialogue with Arab neighbors: Larijani
    Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Beirut on Monday stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the solution of problems between itself and some Arab countries in the Middle East political dialogue and Iran is ready for dialogue. ... ...
  • Martyr Gen. Soleimani commemorated in Indonesia
    A ceremony was held at the Islamic Cultural Center Jakarta to commemorate Iranian commander Lt. General Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were assassinated by the US last month. ... ...
  • 14 Americans Taken Off Cruise Ship And Flown To U.S. Test Positive For Coronavirus
    U.S. officials said the people infected with the virus were isolated from the other passengers. The two evacuation flights landed at military bases in California and Texas.(Image credit: Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images) ... ...
  • Good idea or bad for SA? Vodacom considers $2 loans for people to buy food
    By Loni Prinsloo (Bloomberg) – Vodacom Group sees its African financial-services business as a cornerstone of growth as the wireless carrier expands into products such as funeral insurance and loans of as little as $2. The unit of the UK’s Vodafone Group uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to customise its financial offering depending on the different needs of markets ranging from Democratic Republic of Congo to Mozambique, Vodacom Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview. “Our expectations are that we can grow this business segment at those levels for the next few years,” he said at the ... ...
  • U.S. Inching Closer To Afghan Peace Deal
    The United States and the Taliban appear to be taking the first steps towards an Afghan peace deal. ... ...
  • Khalidi takes on ‘hegemonic narrative’ of Jewish nationalism in personal new book
    There was an urgency about Rashid Khalidi when the dean of Palestinian-American historians addressed a jam-packed crowd at the prestigious Politics & Prose bookstore in DC, Feb. 10. He told us he was taking off the academic gloves in his new book, “The Hundred-Years’ War on Palestine.” “This book is more personal,” he said. It draws on his illustrious family’s more than hundred... Source ... ...
  • Secrecy around reported failures at Prieska solar farm raises eyebrows
    Solar energy looks like a ‘no-brainer’ for South Africa because there are so many sunny days, which makes it the envy of many the world over. This article is exclusive to Biznews Premium. Members please login here. Not yet subscribed? Taste before you eat by signing up here for free 30 day trial (card details required). ... ...
  • Why now is not the right time for two of Ramaphosa’s plans
    By Roxanne Henderson (Bloomberg) – New ideas are hard to come by, so it was a case of deja vu for many investors when President Cyril Ramaphosa again touted the idea of a state-owned South African bank and sovereign wealth fund. The desire for the country’s wealth, minerals, land and its banks to be owned and shared by all South Africans harks back to 1955, when the now ruling African National Congress and allies against racial segregation adopted the Freedom Charter. The government proposed a sovereign wealth fund as early as 2010, while plans to form a state bank that ... ...
  • Doing More Harm Than Good? Our Latest Report on the UK’s Development Bank, CDC
    Amid the recent back and forth over whether the Department for International Development will be merged into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, very little attention has been paid to the role of the UK’s development finance institution, CDC, in UK … The post Doing More Harm Than Good? Our Latest Report on the UK’s Development Bank, CDC appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Is U.S. Sponsored Regime Change War Coming to Georgia?
    Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (October 2012 – November 2013) is leading his party to dominate the Georgian parliament in the upcoming Autumn elections, if they actually go on schedule and not earlier as many commentators are speculating. Ivanishvili, Georgia’s … The post Is U.S. Sponsored Regime Change War Coming to Georgia? appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Syrian transportation minister announces reactivating Aleppo Int’l Airport: First flight will depart from Damascus and arrive Wednesday
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  • Kill the Culture, Destroy a Nation
    During the Gulf War of the 1990′s, U.S. troops in Baghdad looted important museums, destroyed historical artifacts, some were even found outside of the museums and on the side of roads, many of ancient artifacts and pieces of artworks were … The post Kill the Culture, Destroy a Nation appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Earthquakes Are The Latest Distraction To Puerto Rico’s Schools
    Schools in Puerto Rico are set to reopen after a series of earthquakes struck the island but some parents don't believe the schools are safe enough to receive children. ... ...
  • Democratic Party Admires Michael Bloomberg’s War Chest
    For Democrats it's a dream scenario: an unlimited budget to run against Donald Trump. Bloomberg will spend that money on behalf of any Democrat, according to Tim O'Brien, Bloomberg senior adviser. ... ...
  • Yes, Israel wants peace — after it gets rid of the Palestinians
    A billboard posted across Tel Aviv showing Palestinian leaders blindfolded and on their knees reveals what many Israelis think. The post Yes, Israel wants peace — after it gets rid of the Palestinians appeared first on +972 Magazine. ... ...
  • NEPA is Our National Defense System

    Pup Creek Falls, Mt. Hood National Forest. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. The current attack on our land didn’t originate in Russia or China; it began in Washington D.C., in January, when President Trump proposed dismantling NEPA

 Our nation is under attack. If the attack were coming from the sky, NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) would detect the threat. That is NORAD’s mission, to anticipate threats to our homeland. The current attack on our land didn’t originate in Russia or China; it began in Washington D.C., in January, when President Trump proposed dismantling NEPA – the law that ... ...
  • How the UN’s Middle East Peace Plan Was Trounced by Its Own Members
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has delivered a dramatic condemnation of the U.S.-drafted Middle East peace plan. No country, except Israel, has approved of the proposals at any public forum. Still, several nations around the world want the Palestinians to use the plan as a means of reopening negotiations with Israel by presenting its own vision. Whether this is possible under the current leadership is an open question. Abbas is in his waning years and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws support from the rightest of the right wing. Gesticulating, Abbas compared the U.S. peace proposal, presented in January by President ... ...
  • “Just Mercy” and Justice Don’t Exist in Alabama
    The chance of there being “just mercy” for Nathaniel Woods—facing lethal injection on March 5 for the killing of three Birmingham police officers—is as good as the chance Alabama will ever reform its dismal, no-justice-to-be-found-anywhere legal system; it ain’t gonna happen. A Hollywood movie and best-selling book about a legendary lawyer getting an innocent man off of death row can’t change a culture of condemnation on its own. It can’t, by itself, defeat deep-seated hatred and crass corruption that feeds off, subjugates, and disenfranchises the poor in Alabama. And so I hate to tell my progressive, abolitionist friends: But it ... ...
  • Every Day’s a Holiday for the Oil Business in Colorado
    Fracking operation near subdivision in Erie, Colorado. (Cut the Plastic.) Though it’s not on the official Colorado state calendar, every day’s a holiday for the oil industry in this state. News surfaced last week that the oil industry has been dodging its state taxes, and not just now and then, but systematically.  The tax, called a severance tax, is based on a small percentage of the gross proceeds from oil and gas sales each year.  A recent state audit, the source of these revelations, shows that in the years 2015 through 2018 roughly 85 percent of the 420 active operators ... ...
  • Mistrial Is Another Blow to US Coup in Venezuela
    Last week, we along with Adrienne Pine and David Paul were unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Trump administration for our protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC from April 10 to May 16, 2019.  The jury was unable to reach … The post Mistrial Is Another Blow to US Coup in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Iraq Daily Roundup: 15 Killed; Chinese Workers Wounded in Attack
    Several Chinese workers were wounded in a shooting at an oil field. The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 15 Killed; Chinese Workers Wounded in Attack appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Afghan Troops Say Taliban Are Brothers and War Is ‘Not Really Our Fight.”
    The world is waiting anxiously to see whether the U.S. and Afghan governments and the Taliban will agree to a one-week truce that could set the stage for a “permanent and comprehensive” ceasefire and a withdrawal of US and other foreign occupation forces from Afghanistan. Could the talks be for real this time, or will … Continue reading "Afghan Troops Say Taliban Are Brothers and War Is ‘Not Really Our Fight.”" The post Afghan Troops Say Taliban Are Brothers and War Is ‘Not Really Our Fight.” appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Anti-BDS Laws Violate Our Freedom
    Americans’ free-speech and other rights are being violated by state laws aimed at stifling the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Movement against Israel’s illegal rule of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, both conquered over half a century ago. Twenty-eight states have enacted anti-BDS laws or executive orders that prohibit state agencies and state-financed … Continue reading "Anti-BDS Laws Violate Our Freedom" The post Anti-BDS Laws Violate Our Freedom appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Antiwar Movement
    Last week, Leader of the UK opposition Jeremy Corbyn challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on the US extradition request for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Corbyn stated that Assange had been charged by the US "for exposing war crimes, the murder of civilians and large-scale corruption". Backing the Council of Europe, … Continue reading "Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Antiwar Movement" The post Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Antiwar Movement appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Mistrial Is Another Blow To US Coup In Venezuela
    Last week we, along with Adrienne Pine and David Paul, were unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Trump administration for our protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC from April 10 to May 16, 2019.  The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision and so we remain innocent of the charge of interfering with the protective functions of the US Department of State. The judge declared a mistrial. It was a partial victory and we greatly appreciate the jurors who were able to see through the cloud of misinformation in the courtroom and vote to acquit us. The day ... ...
  • Afghan Troops say Taliban are Brothers and War is “not really our fight”
    The world is waiting anxiously to see whether the U.S. and Afghan governments and the Taliban will agree to a one-week truce that could set the stage for a “permanent and comprehensive” ceasefire and the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign occupation forces from Afghanistan. Could the talks be for real this time, or will they turn out to be just another political smokescreen for President Trump’s addiction to mass murder and celebrity whack-a-mole? If the ceasefire really happens, nobody will be happier than the Afghans fighting and dying on the front lines of a war that one described to a ... ...
  • Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own?
    There is nothing radical about Bernie Sanders’ views on Israel, yet the American Jewish establishment seems bent on portraying the Democratic frontrunner as an anti-Semite. The post Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own? appeared first on +972 Magazine. ... ...
  • Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
    The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that this was a debacle of her own making. Yes, she suffered the slings and arrows of the neoliberal political/media establishment on the few occasions it deigned to take note of her. But it seems to me that her vexing waffling on key issues is what ... ...
  • What “That’s Not Realistic” Really Means: Bernie Sanders, Social Democracy, and Capitalist Apologetics
    When discussing politics, or listening to pundits in the mainstream media in the run up to the 2020 presidential election, you’ve probably heard a common refrain: certain policies are “not realistic.” It’s similar to the close-minded remark that certain politicians, such as Bernie Sanders, have issues regarding their “electability”. What are these elites and people who continually parrot these media narratives actually saying? The most obvious translation of “that’s not realistic” is this: we the people are powerless to change things. Of course, most of those who use the “unrealistic” fallacy conveniently have power and money, which has disillusioned them ... ...
  • Valentine’s Day is huge in Gaza, but financial pressures are breaking up families
    Gaza What Valentine’s Day means in Gaza, Palestine UNRWA USA National Committee 7 Feb by Hani Almadhoun, UNRWA USA’s new Director of Philanthropy — If you grew up in Palestine like I did, you knew it was Valentine’s Day season when the best pop songs are released, when everyone on the streets was wearing red, and when all the locally grown roses were nearly sold out. As a little boy... Source ... ...
  • Condemnation of the UN settlement database is near universal in Jewish Israeli politics (and U.S. ones)
    Three days ago, the UN released a long-awaited list of companies that have ties to illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory. One may have thought that Israeli politicians on the Zionist left, who at least pretend to have a concern for the illegality of settlements and that elusive “two-state solution”, would welcome the exposure of those complicit in it. But that was hardly the case. Source ... ...

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  • South Africa: ‘You’re Free to Go’ – Relief for Ex-SARS Officials As Charges Withdrawn in Lengthy ‘Rogue Unit’ Saga
    [News24Wire] "You are free to go." These were the words of Acting Judge Anthony Millar, as charges were officially withdrawn against three former senior South African Revenue Service officials in the so-called "rogue unit" saga. ... ...
  • South Africa: Nelson Mandela Foundation Wants to Speak to De Klerk Foundation CEO About Apartheid Statement
    [News24Wire] Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) CEO Sello Hatang has asked to speak to the CEO of the FW de Klerk Foundation about the statement it issued in which it insisted that apartheid was not a crime against humanity. ... ...
  • South Africa: Cape Town Church Refugees – City Granted Order to Enforce By-Laws
    [News24Wire] The Western Cape High Court has granted the City of Cape Town an order prohibiting refugees and asylum seekers living in and around the Central Methodist Mission church from interfering with City officials. ... ...
  • Zimbabwe: Charamba Dismisses Chamisa’s Claims Mnangagwa Is Snubbing Mbeki
    [New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa's spokesperson, George Charamba has dismissed as false, claims by MDC leader Nelson Chamisa the state leader was evading former South African President Thabo Mbeki. ... ...