2020-02-23: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-23). Tommy Robinson locks horns with RT's 'Worlds Apart' as the British activist brings his 'Rape of Britain' lecture to Russia. rt.com Tommy Robinson had a lively exchange with RT about his campaign to stop Muslim grooming gangs in the UK. The firebrand activist arrived in Russia to give a presentation about the "Rape of Britain." | Robinson sat down with RT's Oksana Boyko to discuss his provocative views about Islam and the alleged epidemic of Muslim grooming gangs in the United Kingdom. The former leader of the right-wing English Defense League said his theory is that Islam is incompatible with Western values, and even condones rape and pedophilia. | Boyko took issue with the idea that Islam is to blame for the grooming gangs that have come…

RT (2020-02-23). Italy becomes Europe's largest coronavirus hot spot with 2 deaths & 79 cases across 5 regions. rt.com The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases has soared to at least 79 in Italy, forcing authorities to introduce increasingly strict containment and quarantine measures in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto. | A 78-year-old man died near Padua in the Veneto region on Friday night, becoming the second victim of the virus in Italy, after a 76-year-old woman was found dead on Thursday 50km south of Milan. | At least 17 people have been confirmed infected in Veneto so far, including the latest victim's wife and daughter, as authorities are still mulling whether the Carnival of Venice events should…

RT (2020-02-23). Tripoli govt invites Pentagon to redeploy troops to NATO-ravaged Libya… to 'deter Russia'. rt.com Nine years after the US helped bomb what was once the wealthiest African nation back to the Stone Age, the Tripoli-based government says it would welcome American troops on Libyan soil — to fight terrorism and 'deter' Russia. | In the wake of plans voiced by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to scale back America's military presence in the region and re-focus its forces globally towards confronting adversaries such as Russia and China, Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister for the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), told Bloomberg that Libya would be happy to help. | If the US asks for a…

RT (2020-02-23). Russia may soon become world's largest producer of colored diamonds. rt.com One of Russia's top diamond producers, Alrosa, is poised to take the lead in the global colored-diamond market as soon as Australia's Argyle mine — currently the largest supplier of the precious rare stones — closes. | The Argyle diamond mine, widely regarded as the world's number one source of treasurable pink gems, as well as other colored diamonds, is expected to close in late 2020 after more than 30 years of operation, due to the depletion of economically viable stones. The closure is expected to have an impact on the whole global diamond industry, and may also make Russia the top supplier of t…

RT (2020-02-23). Several dead, 1000+ collapsed buildings after earthquake rocks eastern Turkey. rt.com An earthquake in eastern Turkey wreaked havoc on local infrastructure, resulting in deaths and injuries as emergency workers scramble to assist residents. | At least eight people have been killed and around two dozen others injured after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey's Van province, senior government officials say. | Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that at least three children are among the dead, adding that more than 1,000 buildings have collapsed. He said that search and rescue operations are ongoing. | In pictures: Villages in Turkey's Van province severely affected by tremors from earthquake…

Juan Cole (2020-02-23). Why the Russian Petro-State Is Actually Terrified of a Bernie Sanders Presidency: The Green New Deal. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduce public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_sanders_10.jpg

Juan Cole (2020-02-23). Russian Petro-state is terrified of a Sanders Presidency. zcomm.org How do I know that Russia would actually hate, abhor and despise a Sanders presidency? Because Sanders's Green New Deal would bankrupt Russia…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). US, UK, EU condole with quake-hit Turkey. yenisafak.com Foreign diplomatic missions in Ankara have conveyed their condolences over the deadly earthquake near the Iran border region which claimed at least nine lives in eastern Turkey.The Delegation of the European Union said in a tweet it stands in solidarity with the people and authorities of Turkey in their hour of need.The U.S. and British Embassies in Ankara extended condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.The magnitude 5.9 earthquake centered in the northwestern Iranian city of Khoy also injured some 37 people and damaged buildings in Turkey's Van province.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Italy takes steps to stop coronavirus outbreak. yenisafak.com The Italian government decided to limit entrance and exit points Sunday in a bid to take control of the coronavirus after the number of confirmed cases there approached 80.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gathered his Cabinet shortly after the increase of registered cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, and delivered remarks about the current situation and upcoming measures.Conte said his administration worked hard to prevent a large-scale outbreak and essential measures were taken in the Lombardy and Veneto regions, where cases have been observed, adding entrance and exit from and to those regions would be monitored.H…

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Three religious manuscripts seized in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces seized three religious manuscripts in the southern Adana province on Sunday, according to security sources.Turkish police conducted an operation in the Seyhan district of the province as part of operations against historical artifact smuggling, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.During the search operation, the police team seized three leather-bound manuscripts with cross symbols and sun figures imprinted on.Three suspect were arrested during the operation.Adana has a history that goes back as far as the 7th millennium B.C.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Over 30,000 drug pills seized in southern Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish police seized 32,600 illicit drug pills in the southern Hatay province on Sunday, security sources said.The local police team raided an address in Reyhanli district of the province as part of anti-drug operations, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to the restrictions on talking to the media.During the operations, two suspects were arrested.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Earthquake kills 7, injures 5 in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com At least seven people were killed and five others injured on Sunday in eastern Turkey when an earthquake hit the border region with Iran, authorities said.Tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province.Some buildings were damaged and many people are trapped under debris, Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a news conference.He added that search and rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit region.A powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey earlier this year causing the deaths of 41 people and injuring 1,600 others.

yenisafak (2020-02-23). Turkey 'temporarily' closes border with Iran after coronavirus outbreak. yenisafak.com Turkey has decided to temporarily close its border with Iran after a coronvirus outbreak was reported in the neighborin…

sputniknews (2020-02-23). Russia Will Not Host New Libya Peace Conference — Senior Diplomat. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia does not plan to host a global conference on Libyan peace and expects warring parties to act on the commitments made in Berlin, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). Leaked Report Reveals Europol Eyes Pan-European Facial Recognition Network Amid Fears US May Join. sputniknews.com Back in 2005, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain signed the Prum Convention which allowed the signatories to exchange suspects' DNA, fingerprints, and vehicle registration data in a move designed to combat terrorism.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). What is Behind EU's Failure to Reach Consensus on Budget Deal? sputniknews.com On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that the differences between EU leaders were too great to be able to agree on a budget during their summit, which was held after the UK's official withdrawal from the bloc late last month.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). Italian Authorities Cancel Venice Carnival Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. sputniknews.com The outbreak of China's pneumonia-like disease has gripped Europe, and Italy is the most affected country on the continent. Cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed 130 this weekend, with two deaths confirmed.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). French Flip Out: Watch Rioters Trash Audi in Lille Amid Demands for Macron's Resignation. sputniknews.com On Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to receive a delegation of Yellow Vests at the Elysee Palace, stressing that he is "up for dialogue".

sputniknews (2020-02-23). 'Sick People': Russian Officials Blast Pentagon Over Drill Simulating 'Russian Nuclear Attack'. sputniknews.com On Friday, the Pentagon reported that it had staged a "mini-exercise" in which Russia dropped a low-yield nuke on a European NATO member. The drill followed a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing in which a senior Pentagon official said that the US needed a plan to be able to "fight and win" wars in a nuclear-contaminated environment.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). Tatami and Ice: Contents of Putin's 'Personal Sports Arsenal' Revealed. sputniknews.com As the Russian president's spokesman explained, Putin keeps himself fit via a combination of swimming, martial arts training and general physical fitness exercises.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). Mayor of Russian 'Black Sky' City Responds to Greta Thunberg's Post. sputniknews.com The city of Krasnoyarsk in central Siberia is known for its "black sky" — a period when exhaust fumes and industrial gases accumulate in the atmosphere, posing particular risks to people with heart and lung conditions.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). GNA Offers US Right to Build Libya Base to Contain Russia — Report. sputniknews.com Libya, which was thrust into a violent, nine-year-long civil war in the aftermath of a militia uprising backed by NATO airstrikes in 2011, has returned to the forefront of international attention in recent weeks as major powers increase support for the two factions vying for control of the oil-rich nation.

sputniknews (2020-02-23). Long-Lost Kingdom Over 3,000 Years Old Stumbled on by Archeologists in Turkey. sputniknews.com The site of Tàºrkmen-Karahà∂yàºk, in south-central Anatolia, had earlier been recognized as one of the largest Bronze and Iron Age sites in Turkey, containing a treasure trove of artifacts, while the mound nearby contained an inscription in hieroglyphics referring to a King Hartapu that no one had heard of before.

The Canary (2020-02-22). David Dimbleby says move to scrap BBC licence fee is 'dangerous'. thecanary.co 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…

RT (2020-02-22). Dangerous games: US NUKES Russia in 'mini exercise' attended by Pentagon chief. rt.com US Defense Secretary Mark Esper played himself in a drill at the US Strategic Command HQ in Nebraska, which featured a bizarre scenario of America nuking Russia in response to its own nuclear strike against a 'NATO ally'. | US military exercises simulating various crises are not that uncommon, yet, out of all plausible scenarios, this particular drill apparently simulated a highly unrealistic one. The classified exercise conducted at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha on Thursday focused on an imaginary nuclear conflict between the US and Russia in Europe. | According to the drill scenario, Moscow somehow dec…

Staff (2020-02-22). Italian Towns on Lockdown as Virus Spreads Internationally. truthdig.com South Korea reports 433 cases of the new virus; 6 dead in Iran, 2 in Italy. Some outbreaks show no direct link to travel to China.

RT (2020-02-22). Trump mocks 'fake news' for running 'Russian Sympathizer Bernie' smear, but doesn't miss a chance to score points. rt.com 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…

RT (2020-02-22). Russia isn't only behind election hacking! They're also trying to smear US over coronavirus … according to State Department. rt.com Not satisfied with just blaming Russia for election meddling, US officials are now claiming Moscow is trying to "sow discord" by spreading disinformation about the coronavirus and the US' role in its creation and global response. | US State Department officials are claiming Moscow is behind an internet campaign to blame the coronavirus on the US government. | Without citing specific examples, officials told

RT (2020-02-22). 'Totally sane': Dems can't make up their minds about who is a supposed 'Russian agent'. Trump? Bernie? Or… both? rt.com Former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell performed mental gymnastics on CNN to defend Bernie Sanders over alleged help from Russia, claiming Moscow does it in order to help its 'agent' Donald Trump. | The Democrats' overuse of Russian collusion conspiracy theories appears to be collapsing in on itself. First Trump supposedly worked with the country to meddle in the 2016 presidential election — something there is still no actual proof of, despite the extensive Mueller investigation — and now even Dems like Sanders are facing accusations of getting help from Moscow. | Thanks to a Washington Post <...

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-22). How Bernie Sanders Will Destroy the Deep State if He Becomes President. dissidentvoice.org Joe Lauria at Consortium News headlined on February 21st, "Apparent US Intel Meddling in US Election With 'Report' Russia is Aiding Sanders", and he noted that, If the story is true and if intelligence agencies are truly committed to protecting U.S. citizens, the Sanders campaign would have been quietly informed and shown evidence to back …

WSWS (2020-02-22). European legal team will seek asylum for Julian Assange in France. wsws.org 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.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-02-22). The Bush Dynasty: Nazi Germany, The Bin Ladens and the Mexican Drug Lords. globalresearch.ca Is it Coincidental? The Bush family had close links with Nazi Germany, the bin Laden family and the Mexican Drug cartel. | Two members of the Bush dynasty acceded to the White House. Had the US public been fully informed, who in America would have voted for George W. Bush?

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

Philip Giraldi (2020-02-22). Trump Goes after the Brits… globalresearch.ca 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 …

South Front (2020-02-22). Video: Turkey's Sultan-in-Chief Erdogan To the Rescue of Al-Qaeda in Idlib. globalresearch.ca 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. …

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-22). "Russia AgainGate": Phony Accusations of Russian "2020 Election Meddling".The Big Lie that won't Die. globalresearch.ca So-called "new information" that doesn't exist about Moscow intending to interfere in primaries and the US general election this year indicates lots more of this rubbish to come in the run-up to November.

WSWS (2020-02-22). Why did Princeton University provide funding for the German right-wing extremist Jà∂rg Baberowski? wsws.org Princeton University has never explained the reasons for and nature of its collaboration with Jà∂rg Baberowski, who has exploited his position at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany to rationalize Nazi crimes and legitimatize extreme right-wing politics.

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

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Germany: Lenin comes to Gelsenkirchen! fightbacknews.org 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…

Eric Waddell (2020-02-22). World Conquest: The United States' Global Military Crusade (1945- ). globalresearch.ca The first period was characterized by US military intervention in Europe, the second by a concern to confine the Communist bloc and to prevent the emergence of pro-communist regimes elsewhere in the world, and the third, focused on gaining control over the former Soviet republics and the oil-rich Middle East.

WSWS (2020-02-22). U.S. Intelligence agencies meddle in Nevada primary to sabotage Sanders. wsws.org 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.

Mojmir Babacek (2020-02-22). Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | This article was originally published on January 31, 2013. | *** | In March 2012 the Russian defense minister Anatoli Serdjukov said: | "The development of weaponry based on new physics principles; direct-energy weapons, …

Juan Cole (2020-02-22). Russia Wants Trump Reelected, and May Be Making a Bet That Bernie Sanders Can't Defeat Him (They're Wrong). commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks to the media at the White House on August 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_4.jpg

teleSUR (2020-02-22). Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas Set Triple Jump World Record: 15.43 m. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's 24-year-old athlete Yulimar Rojas Friday set a new triple jump indoor world record in Madrid, Spain, with a 15.43-meter mark. | RELATED: | This result was expected as she is not a rookie in athletics. She has already been twice the triple jump world champion and is the current Olympic runner-up in this specialty. | In Madrid, Rojas executed the best jump in the history of indoor athletics, reaching 15 meters…

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-02-21). How India's Modi is playing on Trump's ego to his advantage. mronline.org One thing about U.S. President Donald Trump is that he can be brutally frank. Trump recently picked up the phone and called British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to convey his displeasure over the latter's decision to allow Huawei to operate in the UK despite Washington's repeated urgings. |

Joel Wendland-Liu (2020-02-21). W.E.B. Du Bois exposed capitalist and colonialist roots of white supremacy. peoplesworld.org 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 …

RT (2020-02-21). 'Hoax!' Trump hits back at latest claims that Russia will 'aid' his 2020 campaign. rt.com 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…

RT (2020-02-21). Zombie collusion? Clinton pounces on latest 'Russian meddling' report to rally the troops, because it worked so well in 2016. rt.com 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…

RT (2020-02-21). 'Russians helping Sanders!' MSM takes abrupt break from anti-Trump frenzy for a 'never Bernie' moment on the eve of Nevada caucus. rt.com 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,"

Staff (2020-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2020. democracynow.org Roger Stone Sentenced to 40-Month Prison Term, Trump Lashed at Intel Chief over Warning of Russian Meddling in 2020 Election, Germany Mourns Victims of Right-Wing Terror Attacks, Suspect Arrested in Stabbing at London Mosque, U.K. to Close Borders to "Unskilled" and Non-English-Speaking Immigrants, Protests Erupt as Acting ICE Director Challenges New York Pro-Immigrant Laws, Mexican Radio Journalist Murdered in Ciudad Juárez, February Flowers Bloom in Moscow Amid Record-High Winter Temperatures, 28 Arrested in Seattle Protesting Chase Bank Fossil Fuel Ties, Rail Blockades Continue as Protests Grow Against Coastal…

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