2019-02-12: News Headlines

Education International (2019-02-12). Africa: Teachers call on politicians to reject privatization. peoplesworld.org Education International's African leaders have released a statement February 11 calling on their Heads of States to reject privatization and to invest in quality public education for all. Entrenched inequality, especially for girls and the socially disadvantaged, will be made far worse by the privatization of education, cautions the statement by the Education International (EI) …

Adeyinka Makinde (2019-02-12). Boxing and Pan-Africanism: Kwame Nkrumah Meets Roy Ankrah. globalresearch.ca African boxing and boxers merged into the consciousness of the different societies fighting for liberation from colonial control and as such the careers of the most successful ones became entwined with the nationalist sentiments of the day as the connection …

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Trudeau Faces Corruption Probe Related to Millions in Bribes. telesurenglish.net Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the investigations for illegally protecting an engineering firm SNC Lavalin from criminal fraud and corruption charges on bribing millions of dollars to the Libyan government. Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner launched the probe. | RELATED: | Mexican Migrants Kept as Slaves in Canada, Released

teleSUR (2019-02-12). WHO Request US$43.5M For Urgent Medical Aid in War-Torn Libya. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) have requested US$43.5 million in order to shore up the cost of supporting its health-related operations in Libya. | RELATED: | Libyan Journalist Killed By Shrapnel While Covering Clashes | A 2017 WHO report indicates that 17.5 percent of hospitals and 20 percent of health centers are damaged, or partially damaged. Thi…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Egypt: A Move to Enhance Authoritarian Rule. hrw.org | | Egyptian policemen standing guard outside a polling station with an electoral banner depicting incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seen with a caption reading in Arabic 'for the sake of Egypt we will continue the story of a nation', in the capital Cairo's central neighborhood of Zamalek, March 26, 2018. | © 2018 Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Proposed amendments to Egypt's constitution, including granting the armed…

Shared by candice (2019-02-12). Resisting the Weaponization of Ignorance in the Age of Trump. truthout.org Ignorance now rules the U.S. Not the simple, if somewhat innocent ignorance that comes from an absence of knowledge, but a malicious ignorance forged in the arrogance of refusing to think hard about an issue. We most recently saw this exemplified in Donald Trump's disingenuousness 2019 State of the Union address in which he lied about the amount of drugs streaming across the southern border, demonized the immigrant community with racist attacks, misrepresented the facts regarding the degree of violence at the border, and employed an antiwar rhetoric while he has repeatedly threatened war with Iran and Venezuel…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Tunisia: Scant Help to Bring Home ISIS Members' Children. hrw.org

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Remembering Alison Des Forges, 10 Years Later. hrw.org | | Alison Des Forges | Ten years ago today, our beloved colleague Alison Des Forges died in the crash of Flight 3407 traveling from Newark to her home in Buffalo. Alison had recently been in Uganda to meet with her research team that, to my great fortune, included me. A colleague and I had just finished documenting a series of massacres by the Lord's Resistance Army, headed by Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony. While in Kampal…

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 | | Activists take part in a protest outside the Hbeish police station in Beirut on May 15, 2016, demanding the release of four transgender women and calling for the abolishment of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal code, which prohibits having sexual relations that 'contradict the laws of nature'. | © 2016 ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Lebanese security forces have repeatedly interfered with human rights events related to gender a…

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."

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

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-09). 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…

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 (2019-02-08). 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…

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…

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…

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