2019-02-09: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-02-09). IYSSE calls on students in Australia to join the demonstrations in defence of Julian Assange. wsws.org The defence of Assange is at the cutting edge of the fight against growing authoritarianism and an assault on democratic rights around the world.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-09). Anticipating Another Trump Shutdown, Airport Workers Plan Mass Protests. truthout.org With congressional negotiators still working on a deal to keep the federal government open after the current stopgap funding measure expires on Friday, Feb. 15, airport workers are already planning mass protests for next Saturday in case the government shuts down again. | Air traffic controllers and other airport employees were widely credited for creating the pressure that ended the longes…

teleSUR (2019-02-08). Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police: Investigator. telesurenglish.net A Sudanese teacher arrested after protests last week died due to injuries caused by a "solid object," according to the head of a state investigations committee citing a medical report Thursday. | RELATED: | Sudan's Al-Bashir Bows to Pressure, Will Release Reporters | The announcement came as hundreds of people gathered across the capital — responding to a call by activists for a "procession for victims of torture and arrests" — in some of the biggest anti-government rallies in week…

Paul Street (2019-02-08). Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design. counterpunch.org Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans. More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-07). Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One. therealnews.com While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-06). 63% of a British Audience Would Prefer to Cut Ties With Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A night of compelling debate at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster on Monday evening concluded with 63 percent of the 1,000-strong audience voting for the motion that "The West should cut ties with Saudi Arabia". The debate was organised by Intelligence Squared and began with a not insignificant 37 percent of those present admitting that …

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