2020-02-21: Social Media Postees

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Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory
Jonathan Latham | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-21
The case of an animal rights activist who infiltrated an independent German chemical testing laboratory has triggered the discovery of an apparently extensive chemical testing fraud. LPT Hamburg, with around 175 employees, is one of the largest contract laboratories in Germany. It is a family owned private company. It prepares regulatory studies on behalf of…

Britain First leader Paul Golding charged under the Terrorism Act
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-21
The leader of far-right political group Britain First has been charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act after refusing to give police access to his phone. | Paul Golding was stopped at Heathrow Airport in October on his way back from a trip to the Russian Parliament in Moscow by officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command. | He refused to give the pin codes for a number of his electronic devices. | Golding was later charged with refusing to comply with a duty under Schedule 7 of the act. | In a statement, Golding said he was not a terrorist and described the charges as "an abuse of legislation". | Sc…

The Soviet Century
Kerron àì Luain | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-21
Moshe Lewin (1921-2010) was a scholar of Russian and Soviet history. Of Jewish stock, he was born in what is now modern Lithuania. In his youth he worked on a collectivized farm and in a metallurgy factory in the Soviet state, before enlisting in the Red Army during the Second World War. Afterwards, Lewin spent…

Another 'highly likely'-style accusation: Moscow brushes aside 'evidence-free' Georgia cyberattack
rt.com | 2020-02-21
The US and its allies have claimed Russia's military intelligence defaced Georgian websites with an image of the country's former president. Moscow says the accusation is not backed by any evidence and is clearly just a PR stunt. | In late October last year, Georgia suffered what was described as the largest cyberattack in its history. Over 15,000 web pages

Kremlin: Claims of Russian backing for Trump in US election 'untrue' & down to 'paranoia'
rt.com | 2020-02-21
Vladimir Putin's spokesman says statements suggesting Russia plans to interfere in this year's US Presidential election "don't have anything in common with the truth." | Dmitry Peskov slammed the idea Moscow will attempt to help President Donald Trump achieve re-election as being of "paranoid character." | He was responding to US media reports which claimed US intelligence has warned politicians that Moscow is already laying the groundwork to get behind the Republican Party incumbent. | CNN, quoting its usual anonymous sources, told of a briefing where Russian readiness to use hacking, the 'weaponisation' of s…

Fighting mounts as Washington backs Turkish attack on Syria, Russia
wsws.org | 2020-02-21
US-backed Turkish military operations targeting Syrian and Russian units in Syria could escalate into an all-out clash between Russia and the entire NATO alliance.

Shadow of war: What are the odds Turkey will start a full-scale offensive against Syria in Idlib?
rt.com | 2020-02-21
Tensions are boiling over between Ankara and Damascus as Turkey vowed to take matters into its own hands and openly intervene in Syria's Idlib province, where government forces are routing the Turkish-backed militants. | The troubled north-western province is the last major bastion of the militants in war-torn Syria. It saw another round of escalating violence on Thursday. Local armed groups seeking to push back the Syrian Army from the territories along the strategic highway it recently seized were counting on support from Turkish artillery, which only stood down after Russian forces in the area intervened.

Turkey's Erdogan says will not withdraw from Syria's Idlib
rt.com | 2020-02-21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed not to remove Turkish troops from Syria's Idlib region and said that his upcoming phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin will help Ankara determine its policies. | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed not to remove Turkish troops from Syria's Idlib region until Damascus ends "violence". Exact policies will depend on the upcoming talk with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he said. | DETAILS TO FOLLOW…

Roma: How Romans Differ From Europeans
Gaither Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-21
Drive across the Alps into Italy and set out southwards and you're surprised that the capital city on the Mediterranean is still hundreds of kilometers away. That long road ahead makes you conscious of the isolation of the ancient city called Roma. And you are right. Rome is isolated. Far away from the "real" Europe…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2020-02-21
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature…

Stop the right-wing terror in Germany!
wsws.org | 2020-02-21
A right-wing extremist terrorist shot and killed nine people in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday evening.

Hopes Low for Julian Assange's France Asylum Bid as Extradition Battle Looms
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
A hearing begins next week in London on whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States on charges of espionage. Emmanuel Macron could become the unlikely maker of Assange's destiny as the WikiLeaks founder's lawyers are going to submit a request for asylum to France.

Don't Extradite Julian Assange Says Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
On 28 January the parliamentary arm of Europe's largest human rights body, the Council of Europe, passed a resolution on media freedom declaring that Julian Assange's extradition to the US "must be barred" and that he "must be promptly released". The body is made up of 327 legislatures from each of the Council's 47 members, which includes the UK.

'Largest American Troop Deployment to Europe in 25 Years': US Joins Major NATO Exercise
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised that Moscow would naturally "react" to the Defender Europe 20 drills, but that Russia's response would "not create unnecessary risks."

Russia Suggests to Minsk Lower Oil Premium to Offset Lower Export Tax – Novak
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
MOSCOW/MINSK (Sputnik) – Russia has suggested lowering oil price premium for Belarus by $2 per one tonne every year, which would partly offset Minsk's losses from Russia's tax manoeuvre, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

Kremlin Spokesman Criticises Political Scientists for Always Making Putin 'Retired'
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday lamented the tendency of certain political scientists to make premature assumptions about Russian President Vladimir Putin's retirement, saying that the leader was just starting off his term.

Funds Investing in Russia Saw Net Inflow of $190Mln From February 13-19 – Fund Research
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Funds investing in Russian assets and bonds, including multi-country funds, saw a $190 million inflow in the week ending on February 19, against $330 million the week before, according to data from Emerging Portfolio Fund Research (EPFR) compiled by Russian broker BCS Global Markets.

India Unveils Pic of US-Made Chinook Helicopter's First Mission on Chinese Border at Siachen Glacier
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
New Delhi (Sputnik): A multi-role, vertical-lift platform US helicopter has taken over from the Indian Air Force's erstwhile fleet of Russian Mi-26s in difficult terrain along India's border with China in the Himalayas, the highest potential battleground on Earth. It would be used to transport of troops and equipment.

A Falling Meteor Caught on Camera in Russia's Karelia – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
The natural phenomenon occurred at 4: 35 local time and lasted for about six seconds.

Turkey to Remain in Idlib As Long As Damascus Continues 'Violent Onslaught' – Erdogan
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-21
Earlier this week, a Turkish delegation arrived in Moscow for talks regarding the situation in Idlib. However, Ankara announced it was dissatisfied with the negotiations, and no deal was struck. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey was fully ready for its own operation in Idlib and could launch it at "any minute."

President Erdogan urges 'concrete action' over Idlib in Merkel, Macron call
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a concrete action to prevent humanitarian crisis in Syria's Idlib in a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.The aggression by the Syrian regime and its supporters in the country's northwestern Idlib province should come to an end, Erdogan said, stressing on more support based on concrete actions to prevent humanitarian crises.He added that Turkey was continuing work setting up housing for Syrian migrants in a 30-35 km (19-22 mile) safe zone in Syria along the border with Turkey.The trio discussed the…

Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-21
Moscow is using facial recognition technology to ensure people ordered to remain at home or at their hotels under coronavirus quarantine do so, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Friday.Russia has temporarily barred Chinese nationals from entering the country to curb the spread of the virus, but has welcomed Russians who return home with an order to spend two weeks at home, even in the absence of symptoms.Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said some 2,500 people who had landed in the city from China had been ordered to go into quarantine. To prevent them leaving their apartments, the authorities are usin…

Turkey's new companies launch up 26.6% in January
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-21
The number of newly established companies in Turkey jumped 26.6% on an annual basis in January, a key business body said on Friday.Last month, almost 10,500 new businesses started, up from some 8,300 in the same month last year, the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) said in a report.The top three fields of operation among new companies were wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, and construction.This January, some 1,100 companies with foreign partners were launched. The figure was nearly 1,200 in January 2019.The report showed that some 2,200 companies went out of business in the month,…

Turkish police arrest 14 YPG/PKK suspects in Ankara
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-21
Turkish security forces arrested 14 people in the capital Ankara on Friday for their suspected links to the YPG/PKK terror group, police said.Anti-terror squads carried out an operation to nab 15 foreign nationals, the Ankara police said on Twitter.With 14 suspects arrested, police hunt for the other suspect at large is underway.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK

Six cases of coronavirus in Italy's Lombardy region: official
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-21
Six Italians have tested positive for the coronavirus in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, a local official said on Friday in the first known cases of local transmission in Italy of the potentially deadly illness."We have got six cases of coronavirus," Lombardy councillor Giulio Gallera told a news conference, adding that hundreds of people who had been in contact with the patients were now being tested to see if they had been infected.The first person confirmed to have contracted the virus was believed to have fallen ill after meeting a friend who had recently returned from China. Residents of the norther…

Germany to tighten mosque security after racist attack
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-21
Germany will step up security around mosques and migrant organizations following a racist terror attack in Hanau, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Friday."What happened in Hanau was clearly a racism motivated terror attack," Seehofer told a news conference in Berlin, adding that far-right extremism has become a very serious threat to democracy in Germany.He said police presence will be increased across the country ahead of major public events, and authorities will take additional security measures to protect mosques and migrant organizations due to the growing threat posed by the far-right.A 43-year-old f…

Pardoning Julian Assange: Donald Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account …

Video: Aleppo City's Countryside Fully Secured, Syrians in Aleppo Celebrate the End of Terrorism
Eva Bartlett | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
In December 2016, the Syrian Arab Army, Russia and allies liberated the northern Syrian city of Aleppo of the al-Qaeda and equally-heinous terrorists who had occupied and terrorized civilians in the city since 2012. | In subsequent years, Aleppo to a …

The War On Syria is Not Over: SAA Forces and Russia Confront US Sponsored "Jihadists", Turkey's Phony "Safe Zone", Israel Threatens "Escalated Aggression"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
On Wednesday, Turkey's Erdogan threatened escalated cross-border aggression against Syria. | He ignored his regime's illegal occupation of northern Syrian territory, support for anti-government jihadists, and his revanchist aims, wanting Syrian territory bordering Turkey annexed. | That's what his phony "safe zone" …

More than $1 billion pledged for post-earthquake recovery in Albania
news.un.org | 2020-02-20
The international community has pledged $1.25 billion to help Albania recover from a devastating earthquake during a European Union-led donors' conference in Brussels.

Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-20
Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive

Roger Stone sentenced to serve 40 months in prison
rt.com | 2020-02-20
Long-time political operative and Trump confidant Roger Stone has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for perjury and obstruction of the 'Russiagate' probe, in a process marked by controversy and accusations of partisanship. | Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Stone to 40 months in prison for obstruction of justice, another 18 months for witness tampering, and 12 months for making false statements to Congress

US slaps sanctions on Russian oil company trading with Venezuela
wsws.org | 2020-02-20
The unilateral sanctions are aimed at tightening the US blockade of Venezuela's crisis-ridden economy.

Is Russia Doomed? US-NATO Is Preparing for "A Major Military Conflict"
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
Winston Churchill said that Russia was "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Having read two contrasting news reports of attitudes in Russia, I understand what Churchill meant. | General Valery Gerasimov, chairman of the Russian General Staff, …

The Axis of Resistance Holds Firm as Washington Faces Retreat
Prof. Tim Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
The shifting sands of the Syrian conflict have left many wondering what might happen next between the Kurds, the US, and Russia inside Syria. I reached out to, Professor Tim Anderson, an Australian political economist, and author of "…

Putin vs. Erdogan: Who's Going to Blink First?
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-20
An explosive situation is developing in Idlib province where the Syrian army is conducting a major offensive that has triggered a harsh response from Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to attack Syrian forces anywhere in the country …

SPLC Statement on the Far-Right Shooting in Hanau, Germany
splcenter.org | 2020-02-20

Far-Right German Gunman Calling for Genocide Kills 9 People
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-20
HANAU, Germany

Germany: Left Party proposes a Christian Democrat as state premier in Thuringia
wsws.org | 2020-02-20
The Left Party is forging an alliance of all establishment parties in order to strengthen the state apparatus and implement a policy of blatant social inequality.

Far-right terror probe after nine killed in shootings in Germany
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-20
A German man has shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said.The gunman first attacked a hookah bar in central Hanau at about 10pm on 19 February, killing several people, before heading about 1.5 miles west and opening fire again, claiming more victims.Hookah lounges are places where people gather to smoke flavoured tobacco from Middle Eastern water pipes.Witnesses and surveillance videos of the suspect's getaway car led authorities to his home, near the scene of the second attack, where he was found dead…

Soldiers Shoot A Young Man In Southern Gaza
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-19
Israeli soldiers shot, on Wednesday afternoon, a young Palestinian man east of Khuza'a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Media sources said the soldiers shot the young man near the perimeter fence, inflicting moderate wounds before he was rushed to the European Hospital …

Could the Latest Outburst of Ankara's Temper lead to Escalation in Syria?
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-19
So far Turkey, militarily the second mightiest NATO country, has been able to get away with virtually anything it has chosen to brew in the Middle East. The reason why is simple: to confront Turkey's bullying and expansionism militarily would be like confronting the United States or Israel; thousands of innocent people would die as …

At Stockholm road safety summit, UN officials join global call to end 'scourge' of preventable deaths
news.un.org | 2020-02-19
Road traffic accidents take some 1.35 million lives every year and cost most countries three per cent of their gross domestic product, the top UN health official said on Wednesday as the Third Global Ministerial Conference On Road Safety kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden.

Forget Brexit, Rebellion is the Verb!
Antonio Carty | zcomm.org | 2020-02-19
While I essentially agree with Patrick Cockburn's article in the Independent "Sinn Fein's Election Victory is Ireland's Brexit Moment". I would like to make a distinction against its use of Brexit as a new verb for political upset and rebellion. Rebellion is a perfectly clear and uncontaminated verb! As Patrick points out, Ireland's surprise surge Read…

Brexit trade talks 'a different ball game' to Canada agreement, PM warned
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-19
Boris Johnson has been warned that the European Union (EU) views negotiations with the UK as a "different ball game" to the trade talks which secured an agreement with Canada. | The prime minister wants a Canada-style trade deal which would leave the UK free to diverge from EU rules. | But a key aide to Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU would not budge from its insistence on a "level playing field" on state subsidies, environmental protections and workers' rights as the price of any deal. | Stefaan De Rynck said: "It's clear that for us it's a different ball game that we are playing with the U…

Hope for 'long-elusive progress' in negotiating peace in eastern Ukraine
news.un.org | 2020-02-18
Marking the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Minsk II agreement, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, that along with the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk memorandum, it remains "the only agreed framework" for a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

But will he pardon Roger Stone? Trump clemency for Blagojevich, Kerik, Milken & DeBartolo fuel speculation
rt.com | 2020-02-18
US President Donald Trump has surprised everyone with a series of pardons that

Belgium: Victory as court rules PKK is not a terrorist organisation
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-18
international solidarity Steve SweeneyIssue 1254 Belgium Kurdish struggleFebruary 18, 2020Kurdish political leaders celebrated a "historic" verdict on January 29 after a Belgian court ruled the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is not a terrorist organisation…

DOJ Investigating Former CIA Director's Role in Russiagate
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-17
The Justice Department is investigating the role of John Brennan in the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

DOJ Investigating Former CIA Director’s Role in Russiagate

One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…

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