2020-02-22: Social Media Postees

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European legal team will seek asylum for Julian Assange in France
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
Members of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange's legal team, together with Assange's father John Shipton, held a press conference on Thursday in Paris.

Tens of thousands protest all over Germany against right-wing terror
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
People in over 50 cities have taken part in spontaneous vigils and demonstrations in memory of the victims of the fascist attack in Hanau.

Trump Goes after the Brits
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
The inept course of what passes for United States Foreign Policy continues, with the Trump Administration now going after the nation's second oldest friend, Great Britain. With Trump having serially insulted America's oldest ally France last year, it should only …

Video: Turkey's Sultan-in-Chief Erdogan To the Rescue of Al-Qaeda in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
Tensions between the United States and Russia are growing in northeastern Syria. On February 19, a video appeared online showing how an armored vehicle of the U.S. military was pushing a vehicle of the Russian Military Police off a road. …

"Russia AgainGate": Phony Accusations of Russian "2020 Election Meddling".The Big Lie that won't Die
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-22
The NYT falsely warned of Russian meddling to re-elect Trump that hasn't occurred. | Nor does any evidence suggest it's coming ahead. Earlier accusations of Moscow electoral interference to help Trump defeat Hillary in 2016 were bald-faced Big Lies. | Not a …

'Extremely concerning': Russia's Olympic Committee and diplomats file complaints over police raid on biathletes in Italy
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Moscow diplomats and sporting officials have urged Italy to explain why its police barged into the rooms of Russian biathletes mere hours before a world championship event. | The Russian Embassy in Rome demanded that Italy explain the reasons behind police searches conducted in the hotel rooms of Russian athletes on Saturday. The diplomats urged local authorities to guarantee all "necessary conditions" for Russians to train and participate in international tournaments in the country. | Moscow's Olympic Committee (OKR) asked its Italian counterpart and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) to explain the situa…

Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Alexander Loginov, who broke a 12-year losing streak for Russian male biathletes by winning gold at the IBU World Championships, has been subjected to a search by Italian police hours before a Saturday event. | The search warrant served by police in Rasen-Antholz in South Tyrol, Italy where the competition is taking place targets Loginov and Russian team coach Alexander Kasperovich. | –í–æ–Ç –∫–∞–∫ –ø–Ä–æ–Ö–æ–¥–∏–ª –æ–±–&…

Trump mocks 'fake news' for running 'Russian Sympathizer Bernie' smear, but doesn't miss a chance to score points
rt.com | 2020-02-22
It seems Donald Trump is yet to decide whether he would rather lampoon left-wing media for adding Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders to Team Russia or take the opportunity to mock his potential rival in the November poll. | Just a day apart, two steaming-hot scoops landed in the US media cycle. First, the New York Times said Russia was helping Donald Trump to get reelected. Then the Washington Post claimed Russia was helping Bernie Sanders's campaign. All based on anonymous sources, innuendos, and other traits with which even casual followers of the 'Russiagate' saga are all too familiar. | One of the princip…

'They took our rifles as if we were dangerous criminals': Russian biathlete Loginov on Italian police raid
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov, who was subjected to a search by Italian police on Saturday, said that officers broke into their hotel room early in the morning while he was sleeping and confiscated his rifle. | The unexpected search, which took place hours before the men's relay race at the IBU World Championship, left the team in a state of shock, with Russian biathlon managers calling the raid an act of harassment. | READ MORE: Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race…

Germany: Lenin comes to Gelsenkirchen!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
On March 14, the Russian revolutionary, Marxist working-class theorist and leader of the October Revolution of 1917 will come to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 150 years after his birthday he will move permanently into Gelsenkirchen-Horst – in the form of an over two meter tall, artfully shaped cast-iron statue in front of the Horster Mitte, the federal headquarters of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD). | "This will also be the start of a nationwide movement 'Don't give anti-communism a chance,'" says Gabi Fechtner, the chairwoman of the MLPD. "In times where monuments of the great communist th…

Sleeping in orbit & surviving Russian winter: Rakesh Sharma, first Indian in space, recalls his training & flight
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Four Indian astronauts are now training in Russia ahead of their nation's first manned space mission. Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, shared with RT his memories of braving Russian winters and going into orbit in 1984. | Sharma, a former wing commander in the Indian Air Force, became the first

Intelligence agencies intervene in US elections to link Sanders to Putin
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
On the eve of Nevada Democratic caucuses, the Washington Post reported that "US officials" told Sanders the Russian government was working to aid his campaign.

EU poised to create massive transatlantic facial-recognition database, link with US
rt.com | 2020-02-22
The EU is laying the groundwork for a massive international facial recognition database that may someday hook into the one maintained by the US, according to leaked internal documents. | National police forces of 10 EU member states are calling for a legal framework to create a massive system of interlinked facial recognition databases "as quickly as possible," a report leaked to the Intercept on Friday reveals. Austria is leading the way on the project, which was still in its early phases as of November…

David Dimbleby says move to scrap BBC licence fee is 'dangerous'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-22
Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby has said that the BBC is under threat in "in a way it has never been before".The former Question Time host, 81, said the Government was using the "pernicious route" by arguing the licence fee is "wrong and unfair".It follows claims last week suggesting that Number 10 could be prepared to scrap the TV licence fee as part of a move to scale back the broadcaster's operations.Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Matt Dunham/PA)The Daily Mail reported that Dimbleby told Germany's ARD state TV channel that moves to undermine the BBC were "dangerous".He said: "The BBC is under threat in a way…

Video: "To stop right terror, you need to know where it comes from"
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
Socialist Equality Party (SGP) deputy chairman, Christoph Vandreier, spoke at a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate after a right-wing terrorist killed eight people in Hanau, Germany.

Finland to Accept Up to 175 Migrants From Mediterranean Camps – Interior Ministry
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
HELSINKI (Sputnik) – Finland will take in up to 175 vulnerable migrants living in refugee camps in the southern EU frontier states, the Interior Ministry announced in a statement Saturday.

Protest Against Right-Wing Groups in Hanau in the Wake of Shooting – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
Live from Hanau as hundreds march against racism and right-wing groups in the wake of the recent double shooting that left 11 people dead.

Italian Town of Codogno on Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Fears – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
Fourteen cases of the new COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Italy.

Michael O'Leary: Ryanair Boss Stokes Anger for Saying Terrorists are Typically Muslim Men
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
The notoriously pugnacious businessman, who is in charge of Europe's biggest airline, has called for more stringent security checks on "males of a Muslim persuasion". His comments came the day after a female British convert to Islam admitted to a plan to blow up St. Paul's Cathedral.

Boeing Buying Russian-Made Components for Its New Starliner Spacecraft – Company
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
In development for nearly a decade, the Starliner programme was Boeing's answer to the decommissioning of the Space Shuttle programme in 2011, which left NASA and allied space agencies dependent on Russian Soyuz rockets to take crews to the International Space Station.

At least six PKK/KCK suspects arrested in southern Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Turkish police arrested on Saturday six PKK/KCK suspects for their links to the terrorist group, security sources said.The arrests came after prosecutors in the southern port city of Mersin issued warrants for the suspects, said the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Those arrested include members of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) such as Akdeniz district chair Feyza Kaya and Toroslar district chair Cabbar Karabeg, among others.Ankara has long accused the HDP of having links to the terrorist YPG/PKK.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -…

Turkish father loses 'helpful' son in Germany shooting
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
His father, Behcet Gultekin said he was shot dead two minutes after he met him.The father, who is suffering from cancer, has been living in Germany for 52 years."I go to the Frankfurt University clinic twice a week for chemotherapy. He used to take me and served as an interpreter for me […] He was very helpful and very religious," Behcet Gultekin said. Burak Kararti, Turkey's consul general in Frankfurt, told reporters after a visit to the grieving family that Turkish-origin people, as the largest foreign community in the country, often face these kinds of racist attacks. "Terrorism has no nationality, gender,…

Syrian Turkmen support Ankara's involvement in Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Turkey is involved in Syria in order to stop deaths and displacement, speaker of the Syrian Turkmen Assembly said on Saturday.In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Muhammed Vecih Cuma said that the continuing attacks by Assad regime and its allies in Idlib, Syria, have led to the region's "biggest humanitarian crisis".He said that nearly four million people in the region were expecting help."One million of them are displaced from their homes and have lost their families," Cuma said. "While some of them live in tents, others, unfortunately, try to survive under trees. Turkey helps them."Established in 2012, the Syr…

ANALYSIS: EU aims to restrict Turkey in Mediterranean
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Josep Borrell, who assumed…

Back to blue: UK passports revert to old colour from next month
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Britain will start re-introducing traditional blue passports next month, the interior ministry said on Saturday, replacing the burgundy European Union documents that have been in use since 1988.Reverting to the dark blue of pre-EU days has been a point of pride for many Britons who voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum – even though the new passport will be made by a Franco-Dutch firm."By returning to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be entwined with our national identity and I cannot wait to travel on one," Home Secretary (interior minister) Priti Patel said in a state…

Aramco to win unconditional EU clearance for $69 bln SABIC deal
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-22
Saudi Aramco is set to gain unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $69 billion buy of a 70% stake in petrochemicals group Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) , people familiar with the matter said on Friday.Aramco announced the deal to acquire the controlling stake from sovereign investor Public Investment Fund (PIF) in March last year, a move key to its diversification into refining and petrochemicals.Riyadh-headquartered SABIC, the world's fourth largest petrochemicals group, has operations in over 50 countries.The European Commission, which is scheduled to decide on the case by Feb. 27, declined to commen…

The CIA's Complicity in Recent Global Atrocities Revealed
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2020-02-21
In another astounding revelation about the extent of United States' global surveillance operations, The Washington Post recently published a piece about a Swiss company, Crypto AG, that was actually owned by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and West Germany's intelligence agency. Crypto AG provided encryption services to over a hundred governments worldwide for decades. Unbeknownst to those governments, the CIA had access to the encryption tools and could therefore read high-level inter…

Turkey, US protect Al Qaeda in Idlib and worsen Syria's suffering
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-21
Why is Turkey, with US backing, protecting Al-Qaeda's largest affiliate in Idlib, Syria? Idlib is facing a humanitarian disaster as…

Did Trump Offer Assange A 'Quid Pro Quo' regarding "Russiagate" and the DNC Troves?
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-21
A revelation in Westminster Magistrate's Court on Wednesday sent shockwaves through the mainstream media. It is being widely publicised that in 2017 US President Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he was to declare that Russia had not …

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…

Russia and Turkey, "Allies" Fighting One Another: On Opposite Sides of the War on Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-21
US forever war in Syria shows no signs of ending because restoration of peace and stability to the country would be a major strategic blow to Washington's aim for controlling the Middle East

French workers continue their epic struggle against Macron's economic reforms
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2020-02-21
On 20 February, nearly 100,000 people across France protested against proposed reforms to the country's pension system. According to those striking, the new system would force them to work for longer, for less.While France's pension system is currently running a deficit, it remains one of the best in the EU. Figures from 2018 show that only 7.3% of Fr…

Greater Albania Project Is Accelerating as Kosovo's Statehood Is in Question
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-21
Clear indications have been made that there is a project for a Greater Albania and it is progressing ahead, especially as the world's attention is focussed on and distracted by the coronavirus, Libya and Syria's Idlib province. The ultimate goal …

Video: Turkey's War on Syria. Bluff or Reality?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-21
Turkey will take the Idlib matter into its own hands and the military operation in northwestern Syria is simply a "matter of time", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on February 19. Erdogan said that Turkey is not satisfied with talks …

Iran: Coronavirus Has Spread to Several Cities, 2 More Deaths
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-21
The coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities, a health ministry official said on Friday, as an outbreak that the authorities say began in the holy city of Qom caused two more deaths. | RELATED: | Coronavirus Prompts 'Atmosphere of Hate' In Italy | "Based on existing reports, the spread of coronavirus started in Qom and with attention to people's travels has now reached several cities in the country including Tehran, Babol, Arak, Isfahan, Rasht, and other cities," health ministry offic…

Italy locks down 10 towns after 1st coronavirus death as cases jump to 17
rt.com | 2020-02-21
Public spaces across 10 Italian cities have been placed on lockdown, as the first Italian patient succumbed to the illness, amid a spate of new coronavirus cases

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…

Labour's Next Leader has Already betrayed the Left
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-21
In recent years the British Labour party has grown rapidly to become one of the largest political movement in Europe, numbering more than half a million members, many of them young people who had previously turned their backs on national politics. The reason was simple: a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had shown that it was …

EU Reaffirms its Support for Palestinian State
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-21
Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union/Vice-President of the European Commission, on Thursday, met with the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Riyad Al-Malki. Borrell stressed the EU's continued commitment to a negotiated two-state solution, and welcomed the Palestinian commitment …

W.E.B. Du Bois exposed capitalist and colonialist roots of white supremacy
Joel Wendland-Liu | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-21
In his extraordinary, if neglected, book The World and Africa, W.E.B. Du Bois details a history of Africa before European exploration, the enslavement of tens of millions, and the imposition of colonialism. In so doing, he assembles a compendium of the continent's contributions to human development, its role in shaping the histories of Europe and Asia, as …

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…

Zombie collusion? Clinton pounces on latest 'Russian meddling' report to rally the troops, because it worked so well in 2016
rt.com | 2020-02-21
Hillary Clinton has seized upon the latest claim that Russia is 'interfering' in the 2020 election to renew her assault on US President Donald Trump, while a lack of evidence casts even the vague report into doubt. | Clinton crowed an 'I told you so' in response to an NBC reporter's tweet suggesting Trump had desperately wanted to keep the latest installment in the never-ending 'Russian meddling' soap opera under wraps. Accusing the president of "taking Russian help for himself," she exhorted her followers to keep "Putin's Puppet" from securing a second term. | Putin's Puppet is at it again, taking Russian hel…

'Hoax!' Trump hits back at latest claims that Russia will 'aid' his 2020 campaign
rt.com | 2020-02-21
US President Donald Trump has slammed the recently reported (but unsubstantiated) claims that Russia will interfere to help him win the 2020 presidential election, saying the rumors are just "another misinformation campaign." | The New York Times and other media reported on Thursday that Moscow is "aiding" Trump in the upcoming election, citing only anonymous intelligence officials. | Cable networks like MSNBC and CNN instantly amplified the unverified claims, setting in motion another round of 'Russiagate' conspiracy theorizing, almost eleven months after the two-year-long Mueller investigation found no evide…

The Kremlin Plans to Modernize Russia, Again
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2020-02-21
The Kremlin Plans to Modernize Russia, Again…

Why Renew the "Ultra Secret" Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court?
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-21
As the emerging Quantum World continues to shake reality as we once knew it, it is no coincidence that the ultra-secret FISA Court has been unwittingly thrust into the public spotlight of the FBI Russiagate scandal

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.

'Russians helping Sanders!' MSM takes abrupt break from anti-Trump frenzy for a 'never Bernie' moment on the eve of Nevada caucus
rt.com | 2020-02-21
As Bernie Sanders surges to the front of the pack for the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post has dropped an anonymous "bombshell" claiming that Moscow seeks to help him as well as its "puppet," US President Donald Trump. | On the word of "people familiar with the matter,"

Russia Bans Most Chinese from Entry: 'Pure Racism' or 'Preventive Reaction'?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-21
Russia unexpectedly banned all Chinese except those with diplomatic, business, humanitarian, and transit visas from entering the country, but this unprecedented move was made as a preventive reaction against the spread of the coronavirus and not for racist purposes, though | …

White Terrorism Targeting Innocent Muslims in Germany Is Not Termed "Terrorism"
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-02-21
People put flowers and candles near the Midnight Shiha Bar for the victims of the recent shooting on February 21, 2020 in Hanau, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/flowers_0.jpg

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