2018-12-11: News Headlines

Faye Farhang-Hutsell (2018-12-11). Thank You, George H.W. Bush, My First U.S. President. iranian.com This Iranian expat is indebted to George Herbert Walker Bush, who believed in the value of immigrants from all over the world to contribute to the fabric of this incredible nation. It was late fall in 1988 when my family was granted the opportunity to immigrate to the promised land. In Persian circles, the United […]

Gregory Copley (2018-12-11). Saudi Arabia's Biggest Geopolitical Error. iranian.com War is inherently risk-intense, and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly. The more comprehensive the engagement the less predictable the outcome. So it is with the Saudi Coalition's present intervention in Yemen. Nothing is more important than having clear, strategically valid goals and absolute imperatives before engaging in warfare. […]

WSWS (2018-12-11). Australian university moves to sack academic critical of Israeli and US wars. wsws.org The University of Sydney's suspension of Tim Anderson is aimed at intimidating students and academics opposed to escalating militarism and war.

WSWS (2018-12-11). Brazilian auto workers denounce union blackout of GM's planned factory closures. wsws.org Workers at Brazil's oldest functioning auto plant outside of Sà£o Paulo expressed concern over the global implications of GM's restructuring plans, and took aim at their union for isolating them from their international counterparts.

STAFF (2018-12-10). Border Patrol Arrests 32 at San Diego Demonstration. truthdig.com Agents in riot gear stop protesters as they try to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall in support of asylum seekers.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-10). George H.W. Bush: War Criminal, CIA Spy, Oil Tycoon, Embodiment of US Elite. therealnews.com President George H. W. Bush was an elite custodian of capitalism and empire, with countless victims, from Iraq to Panama. The former oil tycoon and CIA director paved the way for Trumpism

teleSUR (2018-12-10). US Arrests 170 Immigrants Who Had Claimed Migrant Children. telesurenglish.net U.S. immigration authorities arrested 170 people between early July and late November who came forward to claim migrant children in government custody, according to official data released on Monday, a crackdown advocates say is discouraging relatives from volunteering to take in some of the 14,000 detained children. | RELATED: | Mexico: Attack on Migrants, Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured | Of those arrested, 109 had only committed immigration violations, said U.S. Immigration and C…

Richard Klin (2018-12-10). The Disasters of War. counterpunch.org Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church is located in the city of Kingston. Kingston, one of the hubs of New York's Hudson Valley, has received a good deal of attention these last few years, as New York City continues—at an ever-growing rate—to function as a domain of the wealthy. Holy Cross/Santa Cruz, though, sits amid the More

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2018-12-10). Truth and Free Speech Are Being Taken Away from Us. globalresearch.ca Free speech and the ability to speak truth are being shut down. It is happening with the complicity of the print and TV media, the liberal/progressive/left, the US Department of Justice (sic), the law schools and bar associations, Congress, and …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-10). Exhuming Franco: Spain's Immemorial Divisions. globalresearch.ca "Of course there's one Spain. If there was another, we'd all be in that one." — Joke on Franco's Spain, in London Review of Books, 37, July, 2015 | Beware the corpse that never truly expires. General Francisco Franco might …

Dan Siegel (2018-12-10). Thoughts on the 2018 Elections and Beyond. counterpunch.org The November 2018 election resulted in small but important victories for the American people and the progressive movement in the United States. Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives and flipped seven governorships. In the Deep Red South, Beto O'Rourke came close to beating the reactionary incumbent Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, and More

Dean Baker (2018-12-10). Trump and China: Going With Patent Holders Against Workers. counterpunch.org While most of us don't have access to the inner workings of the Trump administration to know exactly what is going on with its negotiations with China, given the public accounts and statements, it seems workers have clearly lost. Trump seems to have made the concerns of companies like Boeing, who want more help maintaining More

Peter Greene (2018-12-10). Six Ways Betsy DeVos Gets Teachers' Unions Wrong. progressive.org DeVos's antagonism toward unions shows not only her disrespect for teachers but also how her animosity toward organized teachers warps her understanding of issues.

Andre Vltchek (2018-12-10). Palangkaraya: The "Socialist" Capital of Indonesia, and the 1965 US-Backed "Killing Fields" globalresearch.ca Believe it or not, but decades ago, Indonesia was a socialist country, the cradle of the 'Non-Aligned Movement', with the progressive and fiery President Soekarno leading the nation. The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) was then the third largest Communist …

Lorraine Chow (2018-12-10). 60,000 liters of oil spills from pipeline into Brazilian bay. peoplesworld.org About 60,000 liters (15,850 gallons) of oil spilled from a pipeline into the Estrela River and spread to Rio de Janeiro's famed Guanabara Bay over the weekend, according to Reuters and local reports. The pipeline is owned by Transpetro, the largest oil and gas transportation company in Brazil, and a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro (commonly known as Petrobras). Transpetro claims the leak …

Wayne Madsen (2018-12-10). Trump Turns International Organizations into 'Neo-Confetti'. globalresearch.ca Trump and his neo-cons have withdrawn from so many international organizations and agreements that his foreign policy has earned a shameful nickname: "the Withdrawal Doctrine." | Donald Trump, currently under the strong influence of arch neo-conservative John Bolton, his national …

Utsa Sarmin (2018-12-10). Kashmiri Artists' 'Act of Resistance' Against Indian Occupation. telesurenglish.net "We shall meet again, in Srinagar, | by the gates of the Villa of Peace, | our hands blossoming into fists | till the soldiers return the keys | and disappear. Again we'll enter | our last world, the first that vanished…" | – Agha Shahid Ali, "The Country Without a Post Office", 1997 | Muazzam Bhat, a 25-year-old rapper from Indian Occupied Kashmir, is one of many young artists picking up guitars, paintbrushes, and cameras to protest the atrocities against Kashmiris. The valley, which sees daily uninterrupted violence, has seen bruised and battered but almost forgotten lives in the world map of conflict z…

Shane Quinn (2018-12-10). The Yellow Vests Movement: Another Indicator of Disillusionment of the Masses. globalresearch.ca The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement which originated online during late May 2018 in France, has now spread to other European regions, and even as far as the beleaguered Middle East nation of Iraq. The campaign, uniquely spurred by social …

Paul Dobson (2018-12-10). Venezuela: PSUV Sweeps Local Council Elections, Seizes Historic Opposition Strongholds. venezuelanalysis.com The low turnout can, in part, be attributed to opposition abstention, but is comparable to previous elections of this nature.

Jimmysllama (2018-12-10). A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico. mintpressnews.com Credico has taken a beating from both sides of the political spectrum, with the left blaming him for Donald Trump's ascension to the White House while the far-right has condemned him for the troubles that seem to be brewing for Trump and their fallen hero, Roger Stone.

aljazeera (2018-12-10). Iraq's Yazidis 'forgotten by world' since ISIL attacks. aljazeera.com Years after the community was decimated, they are still internally displaced and feel abandoned by the world.

Jacques R. Pauwels (2018-12-10). Foreign Interventions in Revolutionary Russia. counterpunch.org All over Europe, the First World War had brought about a potentially revolutionary situation as early as 1917. In countries where the authorities continued to represent the traditional elite, exactly as had been the case in 1914, they aimed to prevent the realization of this potential by means of repression, concessions, or both. But in the case of Russia, the revolution not only broke out but succeeded, and the Bolsheviks began work on the construction of the world's very first socialist society. More

Special to PeoplesWorld (2018-12-10). 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. peoplesworld.org Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 10 December 2018, Marrakesh, Morocco Seventy years ago today, the world's States recognized, for the first time, that all people have universal human rights and they promised to promote and protect those rights. The right to equal protection of the law. The right to life, …

Eric Zuesse (2018-12-10). How Big Brother Grips American Minds to Support Foreign Invasions. mintpressnews.com For decades now, Gallup polling has shown that the most respected of all institutions by the American people is the nation's military — more than the church, more than the Presidency, more than the U.S. Supreme Court, more than the press, more than the schools, more than anything. America is invasion-nation.

Jewish Voice for Peace (2018-12-10). Jewish Voice for Peace Targets CNN over Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Firing, for Having Defended Palestinian Rights. globalresearch.ca This morning CNN executives woke up to an ad chastising the network in the popular Sunday edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which reaches over 900,000 people. | In the paper of record, in CNN's hometown, activists sent a powerful message in …

Democracy Now! (2018-12-10). As Polish Gov't Promotes Coal, Advocate Warns Coal Hastens Climate Change, Devastates Human Health. democracynow.org This year's U.N. climate summit is in Katowice, Poland, and the Polish government is using the summit to promote coal, with several state-owned Polish coal companies sponsoring parts of the talks. Democracy Now! visited the Guido coal mine near Katowice, which has been turned into a mining museum, to speak with Polish environmental lawyer Bartosz Kwiatkowski. He is the director of the Frank Bold Foundation, which is involved in numerous lawsuits challenging the expansion of coal mining in Poland.

STAFF (2018-12-10). America's Children Face Income Inequality Unseen in Generations. truthdig.com The Inequality to Be Suffered by Our Children | The fortunate ones will not be suffering. In the past eight years, the richest 5% of Americans have increased their wealth by $30 trillion—almost a third of total U.S. wealth—while the poorest 50% have seen their average wealth drop from $11,500 to $9,500. There is ample evidence for a nation soon to be made even more unequal by the transfer of wealth from rich baby boomers to their children and grandchildren, who will have done little if anything to earn it. The middle class will be further …

Bruna de Lara (2018-12-10). The Corruption Cabinet. zcomm.org Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-10). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: a Practical Proposal. counterpunch.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger More

Juan Cole (2018-12-10). Top Eight Ways John Kelly Was an Embarrassment as White House Chief of Staff. globalresearch.ca What the administration needed was a moral voice, someone who would push back against the conspiracy theories that guide so much of Trump's policy. Kelly was not that man | *** | Trump announced Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly…

Eds. (2018-12-10). Boots Riley: 'I'm putting forward ideas about how we can change things'. mronline.org Sorry to Bother You pairs a righteous political fury with surrealist flights of fancy. Writer-director Boots Riley explains how he came up with 2018's wildest comedy. | Source

Chris Agee (2018-12-10). The Legacy of William Blum, Renowned U.S. Foreign Policy Critic. globalresearch.ca Today our thoughts are with William Blum who passed away on December 9, 2018 at age 85. | William was at the forefront of critical debate and analysis of US foreign policy. | William combined honesty and Truth with carefully documented analysis. …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-12-10). Trump Nominates U.S. Army General Mark Milley for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Who Previously Said That Russia Is the No.1 Threat to the U.S. globalresearch.ca U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Army General Mark Milley who is currently Chief of the Army to succeed Marine General, Joseph Dunford as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Associated Press (AP) has described Milley …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-12-10). France's Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt. globalresearch.ca President Emmanuel Macron is an instrument of the financial establishment, a former employee of the Rothschilds, acting on their behalf, enforcing a profit driven macro-economic agenda as well boosting the revenues of the military contractors.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-10). Thousands Protest at U.N. Climate Summit in Coal-Heavy Poland, Facing Riot Police & Intimidation. democracynow.org This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language "welcoming" October's landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word "welcome," insisting that members instead "note" the findings of the widely cited U.N. report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in…

STAFF (2018-12-10). The Terrifying New Climate Record We'll Set in 2018. truthdig.com For the second year running, the world will have a doubtful achievement to claim by 31 December: record carbon emissions. | Even before the close of 2018, scientists behind the biggest accounting effort on the planet, the Global Carbon Budget, warn that emissions from coal, oil and gas will have dumped a record 37 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (a way of comparing the emissions from various greenhouse gases based on their global warming potential) into the atmosphere by the end of this month. | This is 2.7% more than las…

Eds. (2018-12-10). A Marxist theory‚Ä® of women's oppression. mronline.org In the new introduction to Lise Vogel's Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory, Susan Ferguson and David McNally comment on the book's "curious life-history." They describe it, quite correctly, as a book that has lived largely in obscurity in spite of its innovative approach to the question of Marxism and women's […] | Source

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2018-12-10). Trump Has Been Broken by the Military -Security Complex. The Risk of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his earlier intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion …

Stewart Phillip (2018-12-10). Alberta Tar Sands Production Cuts Here to Stay: Indigenous-led Movement Will Make Sure of It. globalresearch.ca Alberta was forced to announce oil production cuts this week in order to both liquidate existing backlogged oil and in the hopes of fetching higher prices. | This was welcome news for all those fighting to prevent the worst, most catastrophic …

aljazeera (2018-12-10). Yemen government and Houthis remain deadlocked over Hodeidah. aljazeera.com Yemeni officials demand Red Sea port be placed under their control, while UN proposes 16-point plan for flashpoint city.

Steve Sweeney (2018-12-10). Iran: Solidarity with tortured trade unionists as strike action spreads. peoplesworld.org Iranian communists have called for international solidarity following the arrest and torture of leading trade unionists as strike action spreads across the province of Khuzestan. Tudeh Party international secretary Navid Shomali said that the clerical regime is in a fragile position and that support for striking workers in Iran was vital. Workers at the Iranian …

Alison Weir (2018-12-10). AIPAC Affiliated Group Targets 'Pacific Progressive Leaders' for Israel Propaganda Trips. mintpressnews.com An $85 million Israel advocacy organization is taking local American officials identified as "progressive" on propaganda trips to Israel. While no one will divulge the rosters, we have a few names of California participants in these extravagant, influence peddling affairs

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-10). Demonstrators at UN Climate Summit Face Riot Police and Intimidation. truthout.org This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language "welcoming" October's landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word "welcome," insisting that members instead "note" the findings of the widely cited UN report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in Ka…

aljazeera (2018-12-10). World's indifference to sexual violence must end: Nobel laureates. aljazeera.com The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winners urge the international community to do more to end the use of rape as a war weapon.

teleSUR (2018-12-10). Brazil Salvages 1,500 Artifacts from Ashes of National Museum. telesurenglish.net Some 1,500 singed artifacts have been salvaged from the smoking remains of Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro two months after the tragic fire in September. | RELATED: | Brazil: Indigenous Head Likens Museum Fire to European Invasion | "The rescue is only beginning, but the pieces found so far give us hope and encouragement," sai…

Thomas Knapp (2018-12-10). Election 2020: I Can Smell the Dumpster Fires Already. counterpunch.org American politicians can't seem to make themselves wait until 2019 to start acting like it's 2020. Former vice president Joe Biden wants us to know that he's "the most qualified person in the country to be president." Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick "is calling close allies and informing them he is not running for president More

Edu Montesanti (2018-12-10). Extradiàßà£o de Assange Seria Ilegal, 'Jornalista Fazendo Seu Trabalho': John Kiriakou. globalresearch.ca Enquanto se acredita que o Equador extradite Assange aos EUA, John Kiriakou, "denunciante relutante" considerado o primeiro oficial de inteligência dos EUA a revelar informaàßàµes sobre o uso de técnicas de tortura pela comunidade de inteligência norte-americana, comenta o caso …

Zero Hedge (2018-12-10). Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge. iranian.com The White House wants to stay the course in Yemen even as the Senate is set to push back against US military support to the Saudi-led bombing campaign. But now a bombshell report reveals the Pentagon has been fueling Saudi and UAE jets free of charge due to "errors in accounting where DoD failed to charge" according […]

RFE (2018-12-10). Saudi King Attacks Iran At Gulf Summit, As Qatar Emir Fails To Show Up. iranian.com Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened the annual one-day summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, urging fellow member states Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar to maintain a united front against Iran and terrorism. "This requires all of us to maintain our countries' gains and to work with our partners to preserve security and stability […]

James G. Jatras (2018-12-10). The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On. iranian.com As the faàßade of 2016 Candidate Donald Trump's promised "America First" continues to crumble away, the baked-into-the-cake pathologies of the foreign and security policy "experts" who monopolize President Trump's administration plunge forward along their predetermined paths. Any realistic notion of American national interests comes last after the priorities of — well, pretty much everyone else with […]

RFE (2018-12-10). EU's Top Diplomat: EU-Iran Trade Vehicle Could Be Ready By Year-End. iranian.com The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Monday a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent U.S. sanctions could be in place by year's end. The European Union wants the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to help preserve the economic benefits for Iran deriving from the curbs it placed on its nuclear […]

Farid Parsa (2018-12-10). It's A Woman's World. Female Travellers to Persia. Dr Elizabeth Ness MacBean Ross (1878-1915). iranian.com Elizabeth grew up in the Scottish Highlands. Her father was the manager of the Bank of Scotland. Along with two other of her siblings she decided to pursue a career in medicine. She began her medical training at the prestigious Glasgow Medical School in 1901 when she was 18. This was also the time when […]

972 Magazine (2018-12-10). Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine. iranian.com Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Bà∂ll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972's overall 2018 budget as […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-10). Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption. iranian.com Fast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for as long as 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed US sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption. The new Islamic revolutionary courts – whose rulings cannot be appealed, except for death […]

True Publica (2018-12-10). The Book: Brexit — A Corporate Coup d'état. The Great Con that Will Ruin Britain. globalresearch.ca Well before David Cameron announced the EU referendum, powerful, often shadowy foreign actors had been lobbying for years to install those who shared their vision of Britain's future into critical positions of influence. Right-wing free-market fundamentalists agitating for Brexit secured …

Patrick Cockburn (2018-12-10). Brexit Britain's Crisis of Self-Confidence Will Only End in Tears and Rising Nationalism. counterpunch.org The UK has long been divided by class, region and race, but these divisions have been masked by political and economic success. This has meant the English, as the dominant nation in the UK, are not good at coping with a sense of failure and a loss of self-confidence. The current focus is on parliamentary More

Jason Ditz (2018-12-10). Senate Set to Vote on Resolution to End US Role in Yemen War. theantimedia.com State Dept: Ending war would send "a wrong message." (ANTIWAR.COM) This week, the Senate will be holding floor debates on a resolution which challenges the legality of the US war in Yemen under the War Powers Act. The bipartisan bill would require the US to withdraw support for the Saudi-led conflict. The vote is expected some time …

Jason Ditz (2018-12-10). Trump Says US Military Spending Is 'Crazy' High — Then Calls for Billions More. theantimedia.com Trump backs away from calling spending levels 'crazy' a week ago. (ANTIWAR.COM) On Monday, President Trump seemed to be positioning himself against Pentagon calls for spending increases, saying that the spending levels are already "crazy" and that he didn't envision the 2020 military budget should exceed $700 billion, despite Pentagon presumptions it would be $733 billion. Having met …

RT (2018-12-10). Trump commits to record $750bn defense budget days after saying $716bn was too much — reports. rt.com Despite tweeting just last week that a $716bn defense budget was 'crazy', US President Donald Trump has reportedly reversed course and instead committed to the highest budget in history. |

RT (2018-12-10). 'Parties resolved the matter': Court documents in 'foreign agent' Butina case suggest deal made. rt.com Maria Butina, a Russian national detained in the US and accused of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), appears to have reached a deal with prosecutors.

WSWS (2018-12-10). Which way forward for France's "yellow vest" protests? wsws.org The critical question is the independent organization of the working class, in France and internationally, in the preparation of a European general strike.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-10). Headlines for December 10, 2018. democracynow.org Sentencing Memo for Cohen Implicates Trump in Federal Crimes, Trump's Chief-of-Staff Kelly to Leave Post by End of Year, NYT: Kushner Helped Crown Prince "Weather the Storm" After Khashoggi Murder, Trump Nominates William Barr as Next Attorney General, Brexit Vote Halted as EU Court Says U.K. Has Power to Reverse Course, France: Fourth Week of Mass Protests as Movement Spills over Border, COP24: U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait Block Adoption of U.N. Climate Report, Protesters Take to the Streets as COP24 Heads into Second Week, Colombia: Indigenous Governor Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Charlottesville: Ju…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-10). News From the Far Side of Nowhere. truthout.org Breaking News! — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that's breaking in the United States on just about any day of the week: | Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. | Or rather (in the president's style): | Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump !!!!!!!! | Or here's another way of thinking about the news unmediated — a word that's gained new resonance in the age of The Donald —…

aljazeera (2018-12-10). Saudi opposition joins forces in London to tackle 'oppression'. aljazeera.com Speakers at Second Saudi Diaspora Conference say time to unite is now after murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Federico Pieraccini (2018-12-09). Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire. globalresearch.ca On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. …

Carla Stea (2018-12-09). Kiev Provocations directed against Russia, Ukraine Attempts to Usurp UN Security Council Agenda, Martial Law. globalresearch.ca Russia does not need any more problems, a fact of which President Putin is all too well aware. Therefore, the likelihood is nil to zero of Russia's having initiated the November 25 incident in the Kerch Strait, which culminated in …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-09). Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the Murder of Marielle Franco

Stefania Maurizi (2018-12-09). The Trials of Julian Assange. Why Washington Sees Wikileaks as an Existential Threat. globalresearch.ca Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist working for the Italian daily La Repubblica. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden Files about Italy. She has authored two books—Dossier …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2018-12-09). The Significance of Human Duties and Responsibilities. globalresearch.ca As we observe the 70th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948, it is imperative that we remind ourselves of …

Global Research News (2018-12-09). Selected Articles: Assaults on Freedom of Speech. globalresearch.ca For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an …

Venezuelanalysis (2018-12-09). December 9: Municipal Council Elections in Venezuela – Live Rolling Coverage. venezuelanalysis.com VA brings you the only English-language round-the-clock live coverage of Venezuela's fifth election in eighteen months, with 2,549 local councillors due to be elected today.

John Pilger (2018-12-09). New Cold War & looming threats. zcomm.org Interview on U.S.' aggression in the Asia-Pacific region and the decline of its global dominance and says that a "new Cold War beckons isolation for the U.S. and danger for the rest of us"

Consortiumnews (2018-12-09). Kwiatkowski Gets 2018 Sam Adams Award. Read the Citation and Her Acceptance Speech Here. consortiumnews.com Here is Karen Kwiatowski's acceptance speech for the 2018 Sam Adams Award at a ceremony in Washington on Saturday night, preceded by the citation, that was read by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Citation Karen Kwiatkowski "If you see… Read more →

Gilbert Mercier (2018-12-09). Are the Gilets Jaunes Today's Sans-Culottes? globalresearch.ca "Pour le peuple, il y a toujours la misère!" Anonymous Gilet Jaune | From the Island of La Reunion to the Napoleonic symbol that is the Arc de Triomphe, through big and small towns, as well as the usually bucolic countryside …

Mehdi Hasan (2018-12-09). John Kelly Was a Bully, Bigot, and Liar for Trump. Goodbye and Good Riddance. theintercept.com White House Chief of Staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump speaks during the inaugural meeting of the President's National Council for the American Worker at the White House on Sept. 17, 2018. | confirmed to reporters on Saturday. "I don't know if I can say 'retiring,' but he's a great guy." | This "great guy" will leave behind an administration mired in scandal, Bruna de Lara (2018-12-09). Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet. theintercept.com "Our government departments will not be led by anyone who's been convicted of corruption," said Jair Bolsonaro on October 31, three days after being elected president of Brazil. The goal of his statement, published on his social media feeds, was clear: to deny accusations in the press that he had asked Alberto Fraga, a member of Congress who was convicted of taking bribes, to join his administration. | A week earlier, a video had emerged on the Brazilian website R7 with Bolsonaro singing a different tune than his post-election statement. Sur…

RT (2018-12-09). Renters forever? 89% of US millennials want to own a home but student debt is stopping them — survey. rt.com Achieving the American dream seems unattainable to many millennials, with 48 percent lacking any savings for a home down payment. Many have student loan debt to blame, which has reached a collective $1.3 trillion in the US.

RT (2018-12-09). Hypnosis, truth drugs and remote-operated dogs: Declassified papers on CIA's 'mind control' research. rt.com A renowned government secret hunter has published new documents detailing the CIA's Cold War "behavioral modification" experiments (ranging from the bizarre to the stomach-churning), released under the Freedom of Information Act.

RT (2018-12-09). Comey admits FBI failed to verify Steele Dossier it used to obtain a spy warrant on Trump's aide. rt.com Former FBI Director James Comey has admitted the Steele dossier was still uncorroborated by the FBI at the time he left the bureau. The infamous dossier was used by the FBI to monitor Trump aide Carter Page. |

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-09). A Tribute to Ludmila Mikhailovna Alexeeva. hrw.org (Moscow) — Human Rights Watch bids farewell to Ludmila Alexeeva, the doyenne of Russia's human rights movement, who died on December 8 in Moscow. She will forever be a towering figure for human rights activists everywhere: a clear, moral voice for freedom and dignity. | | | Ludmila Alexeeva. | © Platon, Moscow 2011 | Ludmila gave her energy and her soul to many cases and issues, from the persecution of ordinary people, to civilian carnage in the war in Chechnya, to the Kremlin's crackdown on civil society that gathe…

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-09). Giving North Korea Abuses a Free Pass. hrw.org | | Kim Jong-Un watches a performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, on February 23, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/KCNA | It is a bitter irony that on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Security Council will give North Korea's atrocious human rights record a free pass. | In 2014, a blistering UN commission of inquiry report found the North Korean government responsible for a laundry…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-08). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal. zcomm.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read more…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-08). Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018. therealnews.com From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-08). Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich. therealnews.com As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue

stuart_m (2018-12-08). How George HW Bush's 1989 invasion of Panama set the stage for US wars to come. greenleft.org.au The death of George H.W. Bush has dominated the U.S. news for days, but little attention has been paid to the defining event of Bush's first year in office: the invasion of Panama. On December 19, 1989, Bush Sr. sent tens of thousands of troops into Panama, ostensibly to execute an arrest warrant against its leader, Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. General Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and on the CIA payroll. | In a nationally televised address, Bush claimed the invasion was needed to defend democracy in Panama. During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped w…

Lee Fang (2018-12-08). Trump's Pick for Attorney General Pushed for Military Strikes on Drug Traffickers, Questioned Asylum Law. theintercept.com President Donald Trump's pick to serve as his next attorney general, William Barr, pushed repeatedly to expand the role of the military to strike drug traffickers during his last stint at the Justice Department, while serving in President George H.W. Bush's administration. | "Oh, yes, using the military in drugs was always under discussion. I personally was of the view it was a national security problem. I personally likened it to terrorism," Barr recalled during an oral history…

James Risen (2018-12-08). How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA. theintercept.com The killing of a CIA agent in Greece was used to thwart reforms as Bush became the first openly partisan director of the spy agency in 1976.

Paul Street (2018-12-07). The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler. counterpunch.org The prolonged nationally televised commemorations of the racist, corporatist, and imperialist killers John McCain and George H.W. Bush — both privileged sons of the United States military industrial complex — have been nauseating for any decent and historically knowledgeable human being to behold. But the national rituals attached to the deaths of these monstrous butchers More

Whitney Webb (2018-12-07). With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship. mintpressnews.com While many may welcome the deplatforming of far-right provocateurs, the deplatforming of certain individuals from social media and crowdfunding platforms is a slippery slope that, in the past, has translated into the censorship of dissident voices and independent media.

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-07). Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff. counterpunch.org The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is More

Macdonald Stainsby (2018-12-07). Unist'ot'en Camp is Under Threat in Northern Canada. counterpunch.org I've been asked this so many times. It's the question that often flusters a social justice organizer working in North America. If I had to guess, I'd say I've been fielding this question since being involved in so-called "anti-globalization" protests of the late nineties. It seemed such a rude question to ask— I mean, why More

Robert Hunziker (2018-12-07). The Deathly Insect Dilemma. counterpunch.org Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature's normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary. Moreover, there is no quick and easy explanation for this sudden emergence of massive loss around the More

Rob Urie (2018-12-07). Degrowth: Toward a Green Revolution. counterpunch.org The Americanism that people will never voluntarily give up the consumption that is killing the planet represents the triumph of a long con. The problem that consumed (apologies) economists in the early twentieth century was how to get people to want the stuff that capitalism produces. Past the point of meeting basic needs, people really More

Senator Tom Harkin (2018-12-07). Questions for Vice-President Bush on Posada Carriles. counterpunch.org REFERENCE: Vol. 134 No. 131 TEXT: [*S13037] Mr. [Tom]HARKIN [Senator, Dem. Iowa]. Mr. President, as the American people prepare to make their final judgment on the two Presidential candidates, they deserve to know where the candidates stand on important foreign policy issues. At the top of the list should be international terrorism and the candidate's More

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-12-07). Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship. mintpressnews.com Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map.

Andrew Levine (2018-12-07). Thoughts on Strategy for a Left Opposition. counterpunch.org The time to resume using words like "resistance" and "revolution" in philosophically sound and historically accurate ways was long ago. And while the Sanders campaign deserves praise for bringing the word "socialism" back into mainstream political discourse, for reasons other than to disparage it, some precision would be welcome in that domain as well. For More

Steve Hendricks (2018-12-07). What If We Just Buy Off Big Fossil Fuel? A Novel Plan to Mitigate the Climate Calamity. counterpunch.org Photo Source Food & Water Watch | CC BY 2.0 | As the nations of the world are gathered in Poland to fret about the state of the climate, there's an unpleasant truth—one might say an inconvenient truth—that climate advocates have long refused to face: Big Fossil Fuel has beaten us. | We've done our damnedest to stop them from wrecking the climate, but they're nonetheless pulling carbon from the ground in wondrous quantities. It was once astonishing that in the U.S. alone they could extract 55 quadrillion BTUs worth of oil, gas, and coal each ye…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-07). The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian. counterpunch.org "This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the 'Hitler Diaries.'" — WikiLeaks, Twitter, Nov 27, 2018 Those at The Guardian certainly felt they were onto something. It would be a scoop that would have consequences on a range of fronts featuring President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul More

Ajamu Baraka (2018-12-07). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! counterpunch.org "…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." These are the words in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated 70 years ago on December 10, 1948. They were More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-07). Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq. mintpressnews.com If George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Bill Clinton are still casting about for a legacy, there's a grim one that will stay around for an eternity.

2018-12-10: News Headlines

Faye Farhang-Hutsell (2018-12-11). Thank You, George H.W. Bush, My First U.S. President. iranian.com This Iranian expat is indebted to George Herbert Walker Bush, who believed in the value of immigrants from all over the world to contribute to the fabric of this incredible nation. It was late fall in 1988 when my family was granted the opportunity to immigrate to the promised land. In Persian circles, the United […]

Gregory Copley (2018-12-11). Saudi Arabia's Biggest Geopolitical Error. iranian.com War is inherently risk-intense, and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly. The more comprehensive the engagement the less predictable the outcome. So it is with the Saudi Coalition's present intervention in Yemen. Nothing is more important than having clear, strategically valid goals and absolute imperatives before engaging in warfare. […]

WSWS (2018-12-11). Australian university moves to sack academic critical of Israeli and US wars. wsws.org The University of Sydney's suspension of Tim Anderson is aimed at intimidating students and academics opposed to escalating militarism and war.

WSWS (2018-12-11). Brazilian auto workers denounce union blackout of GM's planned factory closures. wsws.org Workers at Brazil's oldest functioning auto plant outside of Sà£o Paulo expressed concern over the global implications of GM's restructuring plans, and took aim at their union for isolating them from their international counterparts.

STAFF (2018-12-10). Border Patrol Arrests 32 at San Diego Demonstration. truthdig.com Agents in riot gear stop protesters as they try to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall in support of asylum seekers.

teleSUR (2018-12-10). US Arrests 170 Immigrants Who Had Claimed Migrant Children. telesurenglish.net U.S. immigration authorities arrested 170 people between early July and late November who came forward to claim migrant children in government custody, according to official data released on Monday, a crackdown advocates say is discouraging relatives from volunteering to take in some of the 14,000 detained children. | RELATED: | Mexico: Attack on Migrants, Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured | Of those arrested, 109 had only committed immigration violations, said U.S. Immigration and C…

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-10). Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War. Should Donbass Join Russia? globalresearch.ca The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev. | The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-10). George H.W. Bush: War Criminal, CIA Spy, Oil Tycoon, Embodiment of US Elite. therealnews.com President George H. W. Bush was an elite custodian of capitalism and empire, with countless victims, from Iraq to Panama. The former oil tycoon and CIA director paved the way for Trumpism

Thomas Knapp (2018-12-10). Election 2020: I Can Smell the Dumpster Fires Already. counterpunch.org American politicians can't seem to make themselves wait until 2019 to start acting like it's 2020. Former vice president Joe Biden wants us to know that he's "the most qualified person in the country to be president." Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick "is calling close allies and informing them he is not running for president More

Wayne Madsen (2018-12-10). Trump Turns International Organizations into 'Neo-Confetti'. globalresearch.ca Trump and his neo-cons have withdrawn from so many international organizations and agreements that his foreign policy has earned a shameful nickname: "the Withdrawal Doctrine." | Donald Trump, currently under the strong influence of arch neo-conservative John Bolton, his national …

Paul Dobson (2018-12-10). Venezuela: PSUV Sweeps Local Council Elections, Seizes Historic Opposition Strongholds. venezuelanalysis.com The low turnout can, in part, be attributed to opposition abstention, but is comparable to previous elections of this nature.

Dean Baker (2018-12-10). Trump and China: Going With Patent Holders Against Workers. counterpunch.org While most of us don't have access to the inner workings of the Trump administration to know exactly what is going on with its negotiations with China, given the public accounts and statements, it seems workers have clearly lost. Trump seems to have made the concerns of companies like Boeing, who want more help maintaining More

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-12-10). Trump Nominates U.S. Army General Mark Milley for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Who Previously Said That Russia Is the No.1 Threat to the U.S. globalresearch.ca U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Army General Mark Milley who is currently Chief of the Army to succeed Marine General, Joseph Dunford as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Associated Press (AP) has described Milley …

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-10). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: a Practical Proposal. counterpunch.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger More

STAFF (2018-12-10). The Terrifying New Climate Record We'll Set in 2018. truthdig.com For the second year running, the world will have a doubtful achievement to claim by 31 December: record carbon emissions. | Even before the close of 2018, scientists behind the biggest accounting effort on the planet, the Global Carbon Budget, warn that emissions from coal, oil and gas will have dumped a record 37 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (a way of comparing the emissions from various greenhouse gases based on their global warming potential) into the atmosphere by the end of this month. | This is 2.7% more than las…

Shane Quinn (2018-12-10). The Yellow Vests Movement: Another Indicator of Disillusionment of the Masses. globalresearch.ca The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement which originated online during late May 2018 in France, has now spread to other European regions, and even as far as the beleaguered Middle East nation of Iraq. The campaign, uniquely spurred by social …

Richard Klin (2018-12-10). The Disasters of War. counterpunch.org Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church is located in the city of Kingston. Kingston, one of the hubs of New York's Hudson Valley, has received a good deal of attention these last few years, as New York City continues—at an ever-growing rate—to function as a domain of the wealthy. Holy Cross/Santa Cruz, though, sits amid the More

Steve Sweeney (2018-12-10). Iran: Solidarity with tortured trade unionists as strike action spreads. peoplesworld.org Iranian communists have called for international solidarity following the arrest and torture of leading trade unionists as strike action spreads across the province of Khuzestan. Tudeh Party international secretary Navid Shomali said that the clerical regime is in a fragile position and that support for striking workers in Iran was vital. Workers at the Iranian …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-10). Exhuming Franco: Spain's Immemorial Divisions. globalresearch.ca "Of course there's one Spain. If there was another, we'd all be in that one." — Joke on Franco's Spain, in London Review of Books, 37, July, 2015 | Beware the corpse that never truly expires. General Francisco Franco might …

Lorraine Chow (2018-12-10). 60,000 liters of oil spills from pipeline into Brazilian bay. peoplesworld.org About 60,000 liters (15,850 gallons) of oil spilled from a pipeline into the Estrela River and spread to Rio de Janeiro's famed Guanabara Bay over the weekend, according to Reuters and local reports. The pipeline is owned by Transpetro, the largest oil and gas transportation company in Brazil, and a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro (commonly known as Petrobras). Transpetro claims the leak …

Juan Cole (2018-12-10). Top Eight Ways John Kelly Was an Embarrassment as White House Chief of Staff. globalresearch.ca What the administration needed was a moral voice, someone who would push back against the conspiracy theories that guide so much of Trump's policy. Kelly was not that man | *** | Trump announced Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-10). Thousands Protest at U.N. Climate Summit in Coal-Heavy Poland, Facing Riot Police & Intimidation. democracynow.org This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language "welcoming" October's landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word "welcome," insisting that members instead "note" the findings of the widely cited U.N. report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in…

Bruna de Lara (2018-12-10). The Corruption Cabinet. zcomm.org Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet…

Edu Montesanti (2018-12-10). Extradiàßà£o de Assange Seria Ilegal, 'Jornalista Fazendo Seu Trabalho': John Kiriakou. globalresearch.ca Enquanto se acredita que o Equador extradite Assange aos EUA, John Kiriakou, "denunciante relutante" considerado o primeiro oficial de inteligência dos EUA a revelar informaàßàµes sobre o uso de técnicas de tortura pela comunidade de inteligência norte-americana, comenta o caso …

Democracy Now! (2018-12-10). As Polish Gov't Promotes Coal, Advocate Warns Coal Hastens Climate Change, Devastates Human Health. democracynow.org This year's U.N. climate summit is in Katowice, Poland, and the Polish government is using the summit to promote coal, with several state-owned Polish coal companies sponsoring parts of the talks. Democracy Now! visited the Guido coal mine near Katowice, which has been turned into a mining museum, to speak with Polish environmental lawyer Bartosz Kwiatkowski. He is the director of the Frank Bold Foundation, which is involved in numerous lawsuits challenging the expansion of coal mining in Poland.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-10). Demonstrators at UN Climate Summit Face Riot Police and Intimidation. truthout.org This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language "welcoming" October's landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word "welcome," insisting that members instead "note" the findings of the widely cited UN report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in Ka…

Eds. (2018-12-10). Boots Riley: 'I'm putting forward ideas about how we can change things'. mronline.org Sorry to Bother You pairs a righteous political fury with surrealist flights of fancy. Writer-director Boots Riley explains how he came up with 2018's wildest comedy. | Source

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2018-12-10). Truth and Free Speech Are Being Taken Away from Us. globalresearch.ca Free speech and the ability to speak truth are being shut down. It is happening with the complicity of the print and TV media, the liberal/progressive/left, the US Department of Justice (sic), the law schools and bar associations, Congress, and …

Jacques R. Pauwels (2018-12-10). Foreign Interventions in Revolutionary Russia. counterpunch.org All over Europe, the First World War had brought about a potentially revolutionary situation as early as 1917. In countries where the authorities continued to represent the traditional elite, exactly as had been the case in 1914, they aimed to prevent the realization of this potential by means of repression, concessions, or both. But in the case of Russia, the revolution not only broke out but succeeded, and the Bolsheviks began work on the construction of the world's very first socialist society. More

Special to PeoplesWorld (2018-12-10). 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. peoplesworld.org Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 10 December 2018, Marrakesh, Morocco Seventy years ago today, the world's States recognized, for the first time, that all people have universal human rights and they promised to promote and protect those rights. The right to equal protection of the law. The right to life, …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2018-12-10). Trump Has Been Broken by the Military -Security Complex. The Risk of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his earlier intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion …

aljazeera (2018-12-10). World's indifference to sexual violence must end: Nobel laureates. aljazeera.com The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winners urge the international community to do more to end the use of rape as a war weapon.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-12-10). France's Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt. globalresearch.ca President Emmanuel Macron is an instrument of the financial establishment, a former employee of the Rothschilds, acting on their behalf, enforcing a profit driven macro-economic agenda as well boosting the revenues of the military contractors.

teleSUR (2018-12-10). Brazil Salvages 1,500 Artifacts from Ashes of National Museum. telesurenglish.net Some 1,500 singed artifacts have been salvaged from the smoking remains of Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro two months after the tragic fire in September. | RELATED: | Brazil: Indigenous Head Likens Museum Fire to European Invasion | "The rescue is only beginning, but the pieces found so far give us hope and encouragement," sai…

Alison Weir (2018-12-10). AIPAC Affiliated Group Targets 'Pacific Progressive Leaders' for Israel Propaganda Trips. mintpressnews.com An $85 million Israel advocacy organization is taking local American officials identified as "progressive" on propaganda trips to Israel. While no one will divulge the rosters, we have a few names of California participants in these extravagant, influence peddling affairs

Stewart Phillip (2018-12-10). Alberta Tar Sands Production Cuts Here to Stay: Indigenous-led Movement Will Make Sure of It. globalresearch.ca Alberta was forced to announce oil production cuts this week in order to both liquidate existing backlogged oil and in the hopes of fetching higher prices. | This was welcome news for all those fighting to prevent the worst, most catastrophic …

Jewish Voice for Peace (2018-12-10). Jewish Voice for Peace Targets CNN over Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Firing, for Having Defended Palestinian Rights. globalresearch.ca This morning CNN executives woke up to an ad chastising the network in the popular Sunday edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which reaches over 900,000 people. | In the paper of record, in CNN's hometown, activists sent a powerful message in …

aljazeera (2018-12-10). Iraq's Yazidis 'forgotten by world' since ISIL attacks. aljazeera.com Years after the community was decimated, they are still internally displaced and feel abandoned by the world.

Utsa Sarmin (2018-12-10). Kashmiri Artists' 'Act of Resistance' Against Indian Occupation. telesurenglish.net "We shall meet again, in Srinagar, | by the gates of the Villa of Peace, | our hands blossoming into fists | till the soldiers return the keys | and disappear. Again we'll enter | our last world, the first that vanished…" | – Agha Shahid Ali, "The Country Without a Post Office", 1997 | Muazzam Bhat, a 25-year-old rapper from Indian Occupied Kashmir, is one of many young artists picking up guitars, paintbrushes, and cameras to protest the atrocities against Kashmiris. The valley, which sees daily uninterrupted violence, has seen bruised and battered but almost forgotten lives in the world map of conflict z…

Dan Siegel (2018-12-10). Thoughts on the 2018 Elections and Beyond. counterpunch.org The November 2018 election resulted in small but important victories for the American people and the progressive movement in the United States. Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives and flipped seven governorships. In the Deep Red South, Beto O'Rourke came close to beating the reactionary incumbent Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, and More

Andre Vltchek (2018-12-10). Palangkaraya: The "Socialist" Capital of Indonesia, and the 1965 US-Backed "Killing Fields" globalresearch.ca Believe it or not, but decades ago, Indonesia was a socialist country, the cradle of the 'Non-Aligned Movement', with the progressive and fiery President Soekarno leading the nation. The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) was then the third largest Communist …

Peter Greene (2018-12-10). Six Ways Betsy DeVos Gets Teachers' Unions Wrong. progressive.org DeVos's antagonism toward unions shows not only her disrespect for teachers but also how her animosity toward organized teachers warps her understanding of issues.

Jimmysllama (2018-12-10). A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico. mintpressnews.com Credico has taken a beating from both sides of the political spectrum, with the left blaming him for Donald Trump's ascension to the White House while the far-right has condemned him for the troubles that seem to be brewing for Trump and their fallen hero, Roger Stone.

aljazeera (2018-12-10). Yemen government and Houthis remain deadlocked over Hodeidah. aljazeera.com Yemeni officials demand Red Sea port be placed under their control, while UN proposes 16-point plan for flashpoint city.

Eric Zuesse (2018-12-10). How Big Brother Grips American Minds to Support Foreign Invasions. mintpressnews.com For decades now, Gallup polling has shown that the most respected of all institutions by the American people is the nation's military — more than the church, more than the Presidency, more than the U.S. Supreme Court, more than the press, more than the schools, more than anything. America is invasion-nation.

Eds. (2018-12-10). A Marxist theory‚Ä® of women's oppression. mronline.org In the new introduction to Lise Vogel's Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory, Susan Ferguson and David McNally comment on the book's "curious life-history." They describe it, quite correctly, as a book that has lived largely in obscurity in spite of its innovative approach to the question of Marxism and women's […] | Source

Chris Agee (2018-12-10). The Legacy of William Blum, Renowned U.S. Foreign Policy Critic. globalresearch.ca Today our thoughts are with William Blum who passed away on December 9, 2018 at age 85. | William was at the forefront of critical debate and analysis of US foreign policy. | William combined honesty and Truth with carefully documented analysis. …

STAFF (2018-12-10). America's Children Face Income Inequality Unseen in Generations. truthdig.com The Inequality to Be Suffered by Our Children | The fortunate ones will not be suffering. In the past eight years, the richest 5% of Americans have increased their wealth by $30 trillion—almost a third of total U.S. wealth—while the poorest 50% have seen their average wealth drop from $11,500 to $9,500. There is ample evidence for a nation soon to be made even more unequal by the transfer of wealth from rich baby boomers to their children and grandchildren, who will have done little if anything to earn it. The middle class will be further …

Zero Hedge (2018-12-10). Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge. iranian.com The White House wants to stay the course in Yemen even as the Senate is set to push back against US military support to the Saudi-led bombing campaign. But now a bombshell report reveals the Pentagon has been fueling Saudi and UAE jets free of charge due to "errors in accounting where DoD failed to charge" according […]

James G. Jatras (2018-12-10). The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On. iranian.com As the faàßade of 2016 Candidate Donald Trump's promised "America First" continues to crumble away, the baked-into-the-cake pathologies of the foreign and security policy "experts" who monopolize President Trump's administration plunge forward along their predetermined paths. Any realistic notion of American national interests comes last after the priorities of — well, pretty much everyone else with […]

RFE (2018-12-10). Saudi King Attacks Iran At Gulf Summit, As Qatar Emir Fails To Show Up. iranian.com Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened the annual one-day summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, urging fellow member states Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar to maintain a united front against Iran and terrorism. "This requires all of us to maintain our countries' gains and to work with our partners to preserve security and stability […]

RFE (2018-12-10). EU's Top Diplomat: EU-Iran Trade Vehicle Could Be Ready By Year-End. iranian.com The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Monday a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent U.S. sanctions could be in place by year's end. The European Union wants the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to help preserve the economic benefits for Iran deriving from the curbs it placed on its nuclear […]

Farid Parsa (2018-12-10). It's A Woman's World. Female Travellers to Persia. Dr Elizabeth Ness MacBean Ross (1878-1915). iranian.com Elizabeth grew up in the Scottish Highlands. Her father was the manager of the Bank of Scotland. Along with two other of her siblings she decided to pursue a career in medicine. She began her medical training at the prestigious Glasgow Medical School in 1901 when she was 18. This was also the time when […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-10). Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption. iranian.com Fast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for as long as 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed US sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption. The new Islamic revolutionary courts – whose rulings cannot be appealed, except for death […]

972 Magazine (2018-12-10). Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine. iranian.com Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Bà∂ll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972's overall 2018 budget as […]

WSWS (2018-12-10). Which way forward for France's "yellow vest" protests? wsws.org The critical question is the independent organization of the working class, in France and internationally, in the preparation of a European general strike.

Jason Ditz (2018-12-10). Senate Set to Vote on Resolution to End US Role in Yemen War. theantimedia.com State Dept: Ending war would send "a wrong message." (ANTIWAR.COM) This week, the Senate will be holding floor debates on a resolution which challenges the legality of the US war in Yemen under the War Powers Act. The bipartisan bill would require the US to withdraw support for the Saudi-led conflict. The vote is expected some time …

Jason Ditz (2018-12-10). Trump Says US Military Spending Is 'Crazy' High — Then Calls for Billions More. theantimedia.com Trump backs away from calling spending levels 'crazy' a week ago. (ANTIWAR.COM) On Monday, President Trump seemed to be positioning himself against Pentagon calls for spending increases, saying that the spending levels are already "crazy" and that he didn't envision the 2020 military budget should exceed $700 billion, despite Pentagon presumptions it would be $733 billion. Having met …

True Publica (2018-12-10). The Book: Brexit — A Corporate Coup d'état. The Great Con that Will Ruin Britain. globalresearch.ca Well before David Cameron announced the EU referendum, powerful, often shadowy foreign actors had been lobbying for years to install those who shared their vision of Britain's future into critical positions of influence. Right-wing free-market fundamentalists agitating for Brexit secured …

Patrick Cockburn (2018-12-10). Brexit Britain's Crisis of Self-Confidence Will Only End in Tears and Rising Nationalism. counterpunch.org The UK has long been divided by class, region and race, but these divisions have been masked by political and economic success. This has meant the English, as the dominant nation in the UK, are not good at coping with a sense of failure and a loss of self-confidence. The current focus is on parliamentary More

RT (2018-12-10). Trump commits to record $750bn defense budget days after saying $716bn was too much — reports. rt.com Despite tweeting just last week that a $716bn defense budget was 'crazy', US President Donald Trump has reportedly reversed course and instead committed to the highest budget in history. |

RT (2018-12-10). 'Parties resolved the matter': Court documents in 'foreign agent' Butina case suggest deal made. rt.com Maria Butina, a Russian national detained in the US and accused of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), appears to have reached a deal with prosecutors.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-10). Headlines for December 10, 2018. democracynow.org Sentencing Memo for Cohen Implicates Trump in Federal Crimes, Trump's Chief-of-Staff Kelly to Leave Post by End of Year, NYT: Kushner Helped Crown Prince "Weather the Storm" After Khashoggi Murder, Trump Nominates William Barr as Next Attorney General, Brexit Vote Halted as EU Court Says U.K. Has Power to Reverse Course, France: Fourth Week of Mass Protests as Movement Spills over Border, COP24: U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait Block Adoption of U.N. Climate Report, Protesters Take to the Streets as COP24 Heads into Second Week, Colombia: Indigenous Governor Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Charlottesville: Ju…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-10). News From the Far Side of Nowhere. truthout.org Breaking News! — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that's breaking in the United States on just about any day of the week: | Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. | Or rather (in the president's style): | Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump !!!!!!!! | Or here's another way of thinking about the news unmediated — a word that's gained new resonance in the age of The Donald —…

aljazeera (2018-12-10). Saudi opposition joins forces in London to tackle 'oppression'. aljazeera.com Speakers at Second Saudi Diaspora Conference say time to unite is now after murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Carla Stea (2018-12-09). Kiev Provocations directed against Russia, Ukraine Attempts to Usurp UN Security Council Agenda, Martial Law. globalresearch.ca Russia does not need any more problems, a fact of which President Putin is all too well aware. Therefore, the likelihood is nil to zero of Russia's having initiated the November 25 incident in the Kerch Strait, which culminated in …

Federico Pieraccini (2018-12-09). Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire. globalresearch.ca On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. …

Gilbert Mercier (2018-12-09). Are the Gilets Jaunes Today's Sans-Culottes? globalresearch.ca "Pour le peuple, il y a toujours la misère!" Anonymous Gilet Jaune | From the Island of La Reunion to the Napoleonic symbol that is the Arc de Triomphe, through big and small towns, as well as the usually bucolic countryside …

Consortiumnews (2018-12-09). Kwiatkowski Gets 2018 Sam Adams Award. Read the Citation and Her Acceptance Speech Here. consortiumnews.com Here is Karen Kwiatowski's acceptance speech for the 2018 Sam Adams Award at a ceremony in Washington on Saturday night, preceded by the citation, that was read by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Citation Karen Kwiatkowski "If you see… Read more →

Stefania Maurizi (2018-12-09). The Trials of Julian Assange. Why Washington Sees Wikileaks as an Existential Threat. globalresearch.ca Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist working for the Italian daily La Repubblica. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden Files about Italy. She has authored two books—Dossier …

Venezuelanalysis (2018-12-09). December 9: Municipal Council Elections in Venezuela – Live Rolling Coverage. venezuelanalysis.com VA brings you the only English-language round-the-clock live coverage of Venezuela's fifth election in eighteen months, with 2,549 local councillors due to be elected today.

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2018-12-09). The Significance of Human Duties and Responsibilities. globalresearch.ca As we observe the 70th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948, it is imperative that we remind ourselves of …

John Pilger (2018-12-09). New Cold War & looming threats. zcomm.org Interview on U.S.' aggression in the Asia-Pacific region and the decline of its global dominance and says that a "new Cold War beckons isolation for the U.S. and danger for the rest of us"

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-09). Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the Murder of Marielle Franco

Global Research News (2018-12-09). Selected Articles: Assaults on Freedom of Speech. globalresearch.ca For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an …

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-09). A Tribute to Ludmila Mikhailovna Alexeeva. hrw.org (Moscow) — Human Rights Watch bids farewell to Ludmila Alexeeva, the doyenne of Russia's human rights movement, who died on December 8 in Moscow. She will forever be a towering figure for human rights activists everywhere: a clear, moral voice for freedom and dignity. | | | Ludmila Alexeeva. | © Platon, Moscow 2011 | Ludmila gave her energy and her soul to many cases and issues, from the persecution of ordinary people, to civilian carnage in the war in Chechnya, to the Kremlin's crackdown on civil society that gathe…

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-09). Giving North Korea Abuses a Free Pass. hrw.org | | Kim Jong-Un watches a performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, on February 23, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/KCNA | It is a bitter irony that on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Security Council will give North Korea's atrocious human rights record a free pass. | In 2014, a blistering UN commission of inquiry report found the North Korean government responsible for a laundry…

Mehdi Hasan (2018-12-09). John Kelly Was a Bully, Bigot, and Liar for Trump. Goodbye and Good Riddance. theintercept.com White House Chief of Staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump speaks during the inaugural meeting of the President's National Council for the American Worker at the White House on Sept. 17, 2018. | confirmed to reporters on Saturday. "I don't know if I can say 'retiring,' but he's a great guy." | This "great guy" will leave behind an administration mired in scandal, Bruna de Lara (2018-12-09). Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet. theintercept.com "Our government departments will not be led by anyone who's been convicted of corruption," said Jair Bolsonaro on October 31, three days after being elected president of Brazil. The goal of his statement, published on his social media feeds, was clear: to deny accusations in the press that he had asked Alberto Fraga, a member of Congress who was convicted of taking bribes, to join his administration. | A week earlier, a video had emerged on the Brazilian website R7 with Bolsonaro singing a different tune than his post-election statement. Sur…

RT (2018-12-09). Hypnosis, truth drugs and remote-operated dogs: Declassified papers on CIA's 'mind control' research. rt.com A renowned government secret hunter has published new documents detailing the CIA's Cold War "behavioral modification" experiments (ranging from the bizarre to the stomach-churning), released under the Freedom of Information Act.

RT (2018-12-09). Comey admits FBI failed to verify Steele Dossier it used to obtain a spy warrant on Trump's aide. rt.com Former FBI Director James Comey has admitted the Steele dossier was still uncorroborated by the FBI at the time he left the bureau. The infamous dossier was used by the FBI to monitor Trump aide Carter Page. |

RT (2018-12-09). Renters forever? 89% of US millennials want to own a home but student debt is stopping them — survey. rt.com Achieving the American dream seems unattainable to many millennials, with 48 percent lacking any savings for a home down payment. Many have student loan debt to blame, which has reached a collective $1.3 trillion in the US.

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-08). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal. zcomm.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read more…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-08). Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich. therealnews.com As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-08). Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018. therealnews.com From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord

stuart_m (2018-12-08). How George HW Bush's 1989 invasion of Panama set the stage for US wars to come. greenleft.org.au The death of George H.W. Bush has dominated the U.S. news for days, but little attention has been paid to the defining event of Bush's first year in office: the invasion of Panama. On December 19, 1989, Bush Sr. sent tens of thousands of troops into Panama, ostensibly to execute an arrest warrant against its leader, Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. General Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and on the CIA payroll. | In a nationally televised address, Bush claimed the invasion was needed to defend democracy in Panama. During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped w…

James Risen (2018-12-08). How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA. theintercept.com The killing of a CIA agent in Greece was used to thwart reforms as Bush became the first openly partisan director of the spy agency in 1976.

Lee Fang (2018-12-08). Trump's Pick for Attorney General Pushed for Military Strikes on Drug Traffickers, Questioned Asylum Law. theintercept.com President Donald Trump's pick to serve as his next attorney general, William Barr, pushed repeatedly to expand the role of the military to strike drug traffickers during his last stint at the Justice Department, while serving in President George H.W. Bush's administration. | "Oh, yes, using the military in drugs was always under discussion. I personally was of the view it was a national security problem. I personally likened it to terrorism," Barr recalled during an oral history…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-07). Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq. counterpunch.org At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil fields, clotting the air with poisonous clouds of black smoke and saturating the ground with swamps of crude. It was justly called an environmental war crime. More

Paul Street (2018-12-07). The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler. counterpunch.org The prolonged nationally televised commemorations of the racist, corporatist, and imperialist killers John McCain and George H.W. Bush — both privileged sons of the United States military industrial complex — have been nauseating for any decent and historically knowledgeable human being to behold. But the national rituals attached to the deaths of these monstrous butchers More

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-12-07). Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship. mintpressnews.com Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map.

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-07). Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff. counterpunch.org The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is More

Senator Tom Harkin (2018-12-07). Questions for Vice-President Bush on Posada Carriles. counterpunch.org REFERENCE: Vol. 134 No. 131 TEXT: [*S13037] Mr. [Tom]HARKIN [Senator, Dem. Iowa]. Mr. President, as the American people prepare to make their final judgment on the two Presidential candidates, they deserve to know where the candidates stand on important foreign policy issues. At the top of the list should be international terrorism and the candidate's More

Rob Urie (2018-12-07). Degrowth: Toward a Green Revolution. counterpunch.org The Americanism that people will never voluntarily give up the consumption that is killing the planet represents the triumph of a long con. The problem that consumed (apologies) economists in the early twentieth century was how to get people to want the stuff that capitalism produces. Past the point of meeting basic needs, people really More

Robert Hunziker (2018-12-07). The Deathly Insect Dilemma. counterpunch.org Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature's normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary. Moreover, there is no quick and easy explanation for this sudden emergence of massive loss around the More

Whitney Webb (2018-12-07). With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship. mintpressnews.com While many may welcome the deplatforming of far-right provocateurs, the deplatforming of certain individuals from social media and crowdfunding platforms is a slippery slope that, in the past, has translated into the censorship of dissident voices and independent media.

Jennifer Matsui (2018-12-07). Dead of Night Redux: A Zombie Rises, A Spook Falls. counterpunch.org Instead of participating in a televised gathering of un-dead presidents and plutocrats for a Deep State funeral, we should be watching 'Dead of Night' (1974). It's hard to think of another film that so precisely (and presciently) envisioned the unintended consequences of war, namely its pox on casualties and survivors alike. So just what does More

Ajamu Baraka (2018-12-07). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! counterpunch.org "…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." These are the words in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated 70 years ago on December 10, 1948. They were More

Andrew Levine (2018-12-07). Thoughts on Strategy for a Left Opposition. counterpunch.org The time to resume using words like "resistance" and "revolution" in philosophically sound and historically accurate ways was long ago. And while the Sanders campaign deserves praise for bringing the word "socialism" back into mainstream political discourse, for reasons other than to disparage it, some precision would be welcome in that domain as well. For More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-07). Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq. mintpressnews.com If George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Bill Clinton are still casting about for a legacy, there's a grim one that will stay around for an eternity.