2019-02-11: News Headlines

Daniel McAdams (2019-02-11). The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve! globalresearch.ca There is a sad disregard for human life among the neocon regime-changers. The devastation of Iraq, with its million dead, was a mere stepping stone to a "re-making" of the Middle East. A Libya turned into a modern day slave …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-11). Lebanon: No Justification for LGBT Crackdown. hrw.org (Beirut) — Lebanese security forces have repeatedly interfered with human rights events related to gender and sexuality in violation of international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today in a complaint to United Nations (UN) human rights officials. | The complaint follows unsuccessful attempts by Human Rights Watch to meet with Lebanon's General Security officials about recent security force actions that have undermined the rights o…

SA NUMSA General Secretary Irwin Jim (2019-02-11). SA Socialist Revolutionary Workers' Party Vows to Resist Privatization. indybay.org NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim of South Africa NUMSA and with the Socialist Revolutionary Workers' Party statement against the privatization of Escom, the nationalized energy company and the need to have workers in control of the development of fossil free energy plan.

RT (2019-02-11). 'Indentured servants!?' Virginia 'blackface' governor's euphemism for slavery triggers 2nd roasting. rt.com Already facing calls to resign over his 'blackface' scandal, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam triggered more outrage, mockery and some serious fact-checking, after referring to the first Africans in the US as "indentured servants."

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Kagame Steps Down, Egypt's Sisi Takes Head of African Union. telesurenglish.net Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passed the baton to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the body's powers. | RELATED: | Ugandan Minister Under Fire Over Saying 'Curvy Women' a Tourist Attraction | The meeting highlighted the "links between the Mediterranean and Lake Victoria," as a metaphor for sub-Saharan Africa. | "Egypt has an interest in Africa, they want to str…

teleSUR (2019-02-10). SADC Condemns Intervention, Interference in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The South African Development Community (SADC), a group consisting of 15 African nations, issued a statement condemning the violation of international law in U.S. backed coup actions against Venezuela. | RELATED | We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro | In a letter dated Feb. 10, President of the Republic of Namibia and chairperson of SADC Hage Geingob noted the community's concern with "attempts by the leaders of some countries to interfere in the affairs and so…

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Fury at HIV Data Leak in Conservative Singapore. telesurenglish.net Rico has lived with HIV for almost a decade, confiding in only a small number of people in socially conservative Singapore, fearful of the reaction. Last month, he got a phone call saying information about his condition had been published online. | RELATED: | Zimbabwe Pastor Convicted For Peddling Natural 'HIV Cure' | Rico was one of 14,200 people whose HIV status, name and address were dumped on the internet by a U.S. man who is believed to have obtained the confidential data from hi…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-10). Sudan: Video Footage Shows Extreme Violence, Abuse. hrw.org

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-09). Rape Victim Lands Behind Bars in Tunisia. hrw.org | Imagine seeking police assistance after being gang raped — and finding yourself behind bars. This is what happened to 22-year-old A.F., who was arrested on charges of homosexual conduct after he went to a police station in the southern Tunisian town of Sfax in January to report the assault. | Instead of treating A.F. as a victim in need of support, police detained him and subjected him to a forced anal examinationat a local hospital. These unscientific and invasive "exams," in…

Al Neal (2019-02-08). Honoring Frank Robinson's legacy. peoplesworld.org Wouldn't it be incredible sport fans if we could say racism in the big leagues ended the day Jackie Robinson Broke the color line? Or when then the first African-American major league manager was hired? Or…or. or… There were countless moments in history where the scourge of racism in sports could have been defeated. There …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-08). Swiss Prosecutors Squander Opportunity to Counter Kleptocracy. hrw.org | | In December 2016, authorities seized a yacht reportedly worth $100 million from Teodorin Obiang, the president's eldest son and vice president, as part of an ongoing Swiss investigation into money-laundering. | © 2009 Madmack66 (Wikimedia Commons) creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ | The son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Nguema Obiang, who is also vice president, kept a US$100-million superyacht in the Netherlands and 25 exotic cars in Switzerland. The yacht is worth more than Equatorial…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-08). Morocco: Free Facebook Commentator. hrw.org (Beirut) — Moroccan authorities should free an entrepreneur who was sentenced to two years in prison in violation of his right to free speech and review his conviction given its abusive nature, Human Rights Watch said today. An appeal of Soufian al-Nguad's conviction is underway and continues on February 11, 2019. | | | Soufian al-Nguad, from his Facebook account. | © 2018 Private | A court of first instance in Tetouan, a city in northern…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-07). Pushing Back Trump's Attack on Reproductive Choice. hrw.org | | A woman walks past a mural on a Family Health Options clinic in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, May 16, 2017. © 2017 Reuters | United States lawmakers — including many female legislators elected in the recent mid-term elections — are pushing back against President Donald Trump's attacks on the reproductive rights of women outside the US. | Today, lawmakers re-introduced the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act (Global HER Act). The act, introduced in 2017, would bar the US from restricting fund…

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy. uwidata.com The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […]

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

Patrick Bond (2019-02-01). South Africa Searches for a ‚Ä®Financial Parachute. zcomm.org An open, frank public discussion about the IMF's regrettable history and current agenda is sorely needed…

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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