2019-01-21: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-21). Will Trump's Arms Race Weaken or Strengthen the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership? globalresearch.ca As risky of a gambit as it is and contrary to conventional thinking on this topic, Trump's arms race aims to weaken the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership by putting President Putin in the position where he has to choose between competing …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-21). Longest Partial Government Shutdown in US History. Dems Reject Trump's Proposal. globalresearch.ca On day 30 and counting, it's the longest partial government shutdown in US history, surpassing the previous record 21-day shutdown in 1995-96. | It began over Republicans' pledge to balance the budget, part of the so-called Newt Gingrich/Dick Armey "Contract with …

RT (2019-01-21). Gabbard stands her ground on Syria, says she doesn't regret meeting Assad. rt.com Democratic presidential challenger Tulsi Gabbard has refused to budge on her anti-war views and apologize for meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017, defending dialogue as the "only alternative" to "more war."

Tony Cartalucci (2019-01-21). US Withdrawal from NATO Would Benefit Americans Most of All. globalresearch.ca Alleged discussions between US President Donald Trump and his aides about a US withdrawal from NATO have been making headlines recently. | The New York Times in an article titled, " Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-21). Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent. counterpunch.org The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of business of diplomacy has become a child's More

John Feffer (2019-01-21). Trump Punts on Syria. zcomm.org The forever war in the Middle East is far from over…

Ed Corcoran (2019-01-21). Central America Needs a Marshall Plan. counterpunch.org Central America has lately been prominent in the news, with controversy over how to respond to migrant caravans arriving through Mexico at the U.S. border — up to 10,000 refugees may seek asylum in the United States, much to the chagrin of President Trump. Even U.S. border agents cruelly firing tear gas at women and More

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-21). Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers. hrw.org

Jérà¥me Duval (2019-01-21). Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests. counterpunch.org According to Vincent Brengarth, a lawyer at the Paris Bar, in recent years we have been witnessing a disturbing drift in police repression in France, more specifically since November 2015 when the state of emergency was pronounced and extended several times, before being integrated into common law. We would henceforth be under "a state of emergency that does not say its name," with preventive arrests only based on suspicion, without concrete evidence of an offence. More

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2019-01-21). The Quest for Peace and Justice. MLK's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech. globalresearch.ca It is impossible to begin this lecture without again expressing my deep appreciation to the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament for bestowing upon me and the civil rights movement in the United States such a great honor. Occasionally in …

Edward Curtin (2019-01-21). We Need a Martin Luther King Day of Truth. counterpunch.org As Martin Luther King's birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country — in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 — people will be encouraged to make the day one of service. Such More

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-21). Distinguished Iranian/American Journalist Marzieh Hashemi arrested by FBI. globalresearch.ca Distinguished Press TV journalist/anchor's unlawful arrest, detention and mistreatment by the FBI, on the pretext of being a material witness regarding a case her family knows nothing about, gave the US another international black eye. | What happened captured world headlines, …

Colin Todhunter (2019-01-21). Complaint Lodged with European Ombudsman: Regulatory Authorities Colluding with Agrochemicals Industry. counterpunch.org Back in 2016, I posed the question in The Ecologist whether regulators in the EU were acting as product promoters when it came to the relicensing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. The renewal of the license for glyphosate in the EU was being debated at the time and much evidence pointed to collusion More

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-21). US Training Saudi and UAE Pilots for Combat in Yemen. globalresearch.ca Yemen is one of many US forever wars — key NATO countries, Israel, Jordan, the Saudis and UAE partnering in them. | US special forces operate in Yemen. A Pentagon drone war has been ongoing in the country without letup since …

teleSUR (2019-01-21). ELN Solidifies Stance Over Colombian Cadet School Attack. telesurenglish.net In a document issued Monday, the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) declared its stance in the face of the attacks against the National Police's school of cadets in the capital city of Bogota, which left 20 dead and leading to the end of the peace process round table being held in La Habana, Cuba. | RELATED: | Colombia: War Victims Plea For Continuation of Peace Dialogue | The insurgent group stated that the school of cadets is used to impart training to pers…

teleSUR (2019-01-21). 'Stay Away From Our Coastline' Says Russia to US on Black Sea. telesurenglish.net U.S. destroyer Donald Cook has been sent to boost "capability" of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and partners in the region, a Russian senator warns. "They should keep away from our coastline." | RELATED: | Russia Warns US: Military Action In Venezuela 'Catastrophic' | "U.S. warships are becoming frequent visitors to the Black Sea. These visits have nothing to do with U.S. security," said Russian Senator Alexander Pushkov. | The USS Donald Cook destroyer, an Arleigh…

AE911Truth (2019-01-21). Video: Two Years Ago Today the Plasco Building Demolition Killed 22 Innocent People in Iran. globalresearch.ca January 19, 2019, marks the two-year anniversary of the demolition of Iran's 15-story Plasco Building and the murder of 16 firefighters and six civilians who were inside the building at the time of its destruction. | As with the Twin Towers …

Chris Hedges (2019-01-21). Confronting the Culture of Death. truthdig.com Chris Hedges, an ordained Presbyterian minister, gave this sermon Jan. 20 at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada. | The issue before us is death. Not only our individual death, which is more imminent for some of us this morning than others, but our collective death. We have begun the sixth great mass extinction, driven by our 150-year binge on fossil fuel. The litany of grim statistics is not unfamiliar to many of you. We are pouring greenhouse gases in…

Phil Miller (2019-01-21). Human Rights Activists Condemn Britain's 'Shameful' War Games with Israeli Air Force. globalresearch.ca The RAF is facing a barrage of criticism after it invited Israel to send its war planes to take part in a training exercise in Britain. | Last night the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) slammed the offer as "shameful" and "deeply …

Dean Baker (2019-01-21). The Next Recession: What It Could Look Like. counterpunch.org The next recession will not look like the last recession. The last recession was caused by the collapse of a massive housing bubble that had been the driving force in the previous recovery. While economists like to pretend this was an unforeseeable event, that is not true. More

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-01-21). The US War Against the Weak. counterpunch.org War Against the Weak is a well-documented book of more than half a thousand pages, written by Edwin Black. It describes a criminal operation planned by the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century and put into practice between the 1930's and 1960s with the purpose of creating a dominant superior race. That U.S. More

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-01-21). Would Martin Luther King Oppose NATO? globalresearch.ca The United States attempted to co-opt the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing his birthday. The ruling elites tried to strip King of his militancy and suspend him above the mass movement that produced him. The state …

Eric Mann (2019-01-21). All Hail the Revolutionary King: Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition. counterpunch.org The annual King Day celebrations provide a great opportunity to defend Dr. King's revolutionary legacy against The System's efforts to white wash and degrade his frontal challenge to its crimes. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the great revolutionaries in U.S. and world history. He was a leader of the Civil Rights and More

Bill Fried (2019-01-21). Jeff Sessions and the Federalists. counterpunch.org "Of course, you all remember Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass…" And thus did former Attorney General, Jeff Sessions warm up a Boston audience at his 2018 Federalist Society talk on the rising threat of "vigorous secularism." I was inside, instead of outside with the protesters, to scratch an itch. Having worked against the War on Drugs More

Le Média Pour Tous — Officiel (2019-01-21). Video: Les Gilets Jaunes. globalresearch.ca The #GiletsJaunes are always determined, contrary to what the multiple television shows that are devoted to them suggest. | Several thousand demonstrators paraded quietly in Paris on Saturday, January 12 for Acte IX determination! until their encirclement by the police at …

John Marciano (2019-01-21). Martin Luther King: The U.S. is "The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today" globalresearch.ca The Washington Post claimed that some of his assertions were "sheer inventions of unsupported fantasy"; that King had "diminished his usefulness to his cause, to his country and to his people."

Alexander Main (2019-01-21). US Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least Early 2000s. zcomm.org When it comes to Venezuela, elite US media don't hide their feelings. And their feelings are all the same…

Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi (2019-01-21). Twenty-Eight Years of Continuous Aggression Against Iraq. globalresearch.ca US-NATO have continued a 17 year campaign of destruction in the Middle East with bases and troops on the ground geraed towards destruction, regime change, mass killing and the displacement of millions of people.

Kevin Zeese (2019-01-21). MLK Jr. and NATO. zcomm.org In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., warned, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

WSWS (2019-01-21). Latest US airstrike kills scores in Somalia. wsws.org The latest US airstrike came in the wake of an al-Shabab attack on a hotel in Kenya that left 21 people dead.

WSWS (2019-01-21). The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards "great power" conflicts: Part Two. wsws.org A recent CBO report insists that the vast majority of discretionary appropriations be allocated to the US military machine and its ever-expanding wars, while outlining "options" for eviscerating social services and public education.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Israeli army says it hit Iranian targets in Syria. aljazeera.com Unusual Israeli confirmation of military action comes as Syria says most missiles were shot down by its air defences.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump. aljazeera.com In phone conversation, Turkish leader tells US counterpart recent bombing that killed US personnel was ISIL provocation.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). US has increased military intervention against al-Shabab. aljazeera.com Since 2017, the US military has stepped up air raids against the group in Somalia, carrying out 47 attacks last year.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Oxfam: World's richest 26 own same wealth as poorest half. aljazeera.com Billionaires' fortunes grew by billions daily as poorest saw wealth decline by 11 percent last year, Oxfam report says.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Howl at the moon: Eclipse watchers revel at Blood Wolf Moon. aljazeera.com Best viewing of one-hour total eclipse was from North and South America with some 2.8 billion people able to see it.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). 10 UN peacekeepers killed in attack on Mali's Aguelhoc camp. aljazeera.com UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemns deadly attack that also left 25 injured in Mali's northern Kidal region.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Saudi Arabia to deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activist group. aljazeera.com Activists fear deported Rohingya could be jailed upon arrival in Bangladesh.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). China economy grows at slowest pace in 28 years. aljazeera.com Trade war and sluggish domestic consumer demand hurt growth in 2018.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Brexit: After humiliating defeat, Theresa May to present plan B. aljazeera.com As the UK heads towards Brexit, prime minister to attempt getting her deal approved by MPs again.

Middle East Eye (2019-01-21). Israeli Warplanes Launch New Airstrikes on Damascus. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Israel's military said it carried out strikes on Iranian targets in Syria early Monday after it intercepted a rocket fired from Syrian territory hours before. It said in a statement earlier that it was "currently striking" the Iranian Quds Force in Syria and warned Syria's military against "attempting to harm Israeli territory or forces", AFP …

Jason Ditz (2019-01-21). US Airstrike Kills at Least 52 in Somalia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Following reported al-Shabaab attacks on a pair of southern Somalia army bases, the US carried out an airstrike against a target in Jilib, near the site of the attacks, and is claiming to have killed 52 people, all described as "al-Shabaab extremists." If confirmed, this is the deadliest US strike in Somalia since October. The …

Russell Mills (2019-01-21). Nude Valentine Parade. indybay.org Jane Warner Plaza (Market & Castro Streets), then walk to Haight & Stanyan Streets via circuitous route.

NTUIT (2019-01-21). Jerry Brown's Cowardly Exit. indybay.org Brown took the cowards approach in his final acts which could have emptied California's death row – the largest in the nation.

Third Time Marcher (2019-01-21). S.F. Women's March, 1/19/19. indybay.org For the third year in a row, San Francisco had a very large women's march on 1/19/19, a weekend when we celebrate 46 years since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in the US, with perhaps 100,000 people, wide enough to take up all lanes on Market Street, and long enough to go beyond 1 hour to pass a given point. It was a warm, sunny 65 degree day, a welcome change from the constant rain earlier in the week.

amnesty (2019-01-21). Philippines: Peaceful protestors attacked and one murdered. amnesty.org Hundreds of workers from southern Philippines have been camping out in Manila since 27 November 2018 to protest the labour conditions on Japanese-owned Sumitomo Fruit Corporation (Sumifru) plantations. Since declaring a strike on 1 October 2018, the workers have faced multiple attacks, including the killing of a prominent union member and the burning down of the union's office and the houses of some members. A prompt, thorough and impartial investigation by the Philippine authorities into the threats and attacks should be conducted immediately, and the authorities must also guarantee the safety of the protesting…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-20). Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story. theintercept.com The most challenging task is choosing the ten worst embarrassments. The most notable aspect is they all go toward promoting the same narrative.

Alex González (2019-01-20). Amid Media Blackout, Workers Expand Strike Matamoros, Mexico Strike of over 70,000 Workers Enters Sixth Day. globalresearch.ca Over 70,000 "maquiladora" workers from 45 factories in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros, Mexico have entered the sixth day of their courageous struggle as more and more plants are paralyzed throughout the city. | Last night, thousands of workers marched …

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Syrian Air Defense Thwarts Israel Attack, State Media Reports. telesurenglish.net Syrian military air defenses thwarted an Israeli attack Sunday, it's state media reported. The defense system shot down seven missiles targeting an airport in southeastern Damascus, Russia's National Defense Control Center was cited by RIA news agency as saying. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Withdrawing Equipment From Syria | The attack, launched by four Israeli F-16 jets, did not damage the airport and there were no casualties, the control center was cited as saying. | "Our air defense syste…

South Front (2019-01-20). Video: Syrian Military Reinforces Positions in Northwestern Hama. globalresearch.ca Units of the Tiger Forces have been deployed on a frontline near the militant-held town of Qalat al-Madiuq in northwestern Hama, several pro-government sources claimed on January 17 speculating that this is a sign of the upcoming offensive in the …

Jack Rasmus (2019-01-20). Trump's Déjà vu China Trade War (Part II). zcomm.org Part II of the analysis of Trump's Déjà vu China-US trade 'war' from last March 2018 through mid-January 2019…

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Ecuador: Brutal Femicide Triggers Xenophobic 'Social Cleansing'. telesurenglish.net Local residents in the city of Ibarra in the province of Imbabura, Ecuador attacked a camp of Venezuelan migrants after local media reported a horrific femicide involving the death of a young woman at the hands of her boyfriend, whose nationality was made central in their reports. | RELATED | Ecuador Rocked With Brutal Gang Rape Case | The 22-year-old woman Diana Carolina Ramirez, who was 4 months pregnant, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend after having…

STAFF (2019-01-20). Trump Cannot Be Allowed to Use Immigrants as Bargaining Chips. truthdig.com The president's proposal to end his shutdown includes billions for his wall in exchange for temporary protections for DACA and TPS recipients.

Andre Damon (2019-01-20). Trump, Announcing New Missile Defense Program, Ramps Up Nuclear Arms Race. globalresearch.ca Speaking at the Pentagon Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the largest expansion of US missile defense forces since Ronald Reagan's failed "Star Wars" program. | The announcement is the latest move in a global nuclear arms race in which the United …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-20). US Will Retain a Military Base in Syria Despite Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered contradictory messages in a speech in Cairo on Thursday, January 10. On the one hand, he said Washington will withdraw American troops from Syria in line with Donald Trump's momentous announcement on December 19, …

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Gaza: Children at Risk as Hospitals Struggle with Fuel Crisis. telesurenglish.net Gaza's fuel crisis is putting children at risk, the federal health ministry said Sunday, warning that five hospitals are on the verge of closing without the means to activate power generators. | RELATED: | Israeli Military Launches New Airstrikes on Gaza Border | "Hundreds of patients at Gaza hospitals will be facing an unknown fate when their electric generators shut down due to the fuel crisis," said Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson of Gaza's health ministry. | A week ago, the Beit Hano…

STAFF (2019-01-20). The Battery Boom Heralds the End of Fossil Fuels. truthdig.com Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable energy now becoming available. | Recent developments in batteries are set to sweep aside the old arguments about renewables being intermittent, dismissing any need to continue building nuclear power plants and burning fossil fuels to act as a back-up when the wind does not blow, or the sun does not shine. | Batteries as large as the average family house and controlled by digital technology are being positioned across electricity networks. They…

Naomi LaChance (2019-01-20). What Activists Today Can Learn From MLK's Bold Anti-War Stance. truthdig.com In the year leading up to his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. became a prominent member of the movement against the Vietnam War. His April 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence" was so bold that it was condemned by 168 major newspapers and ended his working relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson. | He could not have known the extent of the atrocities committed in the conflict. Weeks before the civil rights leader's…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-20). War on BDS. zcomm.org How AIPAC-Israel agenda became US priority…

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Maduro Thanks Venezuelans for Their Unwavering Faith, Support. telesurenglish.net Supporters of the Bolivarian revolution are the force that keeps the country moving forward, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted Sunday. | RELATED: | A Coup in Progress? Venezuela's FM Decries US-Backed Plans | "I thank every man, woman, young man, boy and girl in the country for so much love and support. You are the force that keeps us standing up and protects us against artillery attacks, to follow the path to prosperity and happiness in Venezuela," Maduro wrote. | Social gr…

STAFF (2019-01-20). Davos Elites Are Wealthier Than Ever. truthdig.com The global elite are getting ready to gather in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum (WEF), and while the backdrop may be one of " deepening gloom over the global economic and political outlook," a new analysis reveals that for at least some of the attendees, the outlook is sunnier than ever. | Released by Bloomberg just ahead…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-01-20). How to Spend MLK Day. naacp.org Tomorrow, our nation will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose dream of an America that was truly equal for all its people has inspired generations of people to fight to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice. From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, […]

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Israel to Shut UNRWA-Run Schools in Occupied East Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net In the latest blow to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Israeli authorities are prepared to shut down the agency-run schools in occupied East Jerusalem next year. | RELATED: | UN: Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Structures in West Bank Up 10% in 2018 | The schools will be replaced by Jerusalem municipal-run sch…

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Saudi Arabia to Deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activists. telesurenglish.net Two-hundred fifty rohingya refugee men are expected to be deported from Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh, an activist group tol Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview Sunday. | RELATED: | India to Deport More Rohingya Refugees to Myanmar | The country is home to 300,000 Rohingya, the majority of whom are legal residents with permit, the Free Rohingya Coalition told the Arabic news corporation. | "These detainees, who are being kept in the Shumaisi detention centre [in Jeddah], have not been treated…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-20). MSM Begs For Trust After BuzzFeedNews Debacle. consortiumnews.com On Thursday BuzzFeedNews delivered the latest "bombshell" Russia-gate report to fizzle within 24 hours of its publication, one in a long series of wrong Russia-gate stories that have the media begging for forgiveness, says Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.comRead more →

STAFF (2019-01-20). 'New IRA' Suspected in Northern Ireland Car Bomb Blast. truthdig.com LONDON—Police in Northern Ireland said Sunday they suspect Irish Republican Army dissidents were behind a car bombing outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry. Two men in their 20s have been arrested over the attack, which caused no injuries. | Attackers hijacked a pizza delivery vehicle, loaded it with explosives and left it outside the city-center courthouse on Saturday evening, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The device exploded as police, who had spotted the suspicious vehicle, were evacuating the area. | The force said a warning call was made to a charity in England and passed on to…

STAFF (2019-01-20). Remembering Our Nuclear Past as We Speed Toward an Apocalyptic Future. truthdig.com We must never forget the terrible Nagasaki bombing, especially now that nuclear weapons far more powerful than the atomic bomb are commonplace.

Global Research News (2019-01-20). Selected Articles: Neocon, Neoliberalism, Resistance. globalresearch.ca While "Truth" is a powerful instrument, "the Lie" is generously funded by the lobby groups and corporate charities. And that is why we need the support of our readers. | At this juncture, we are not covering our monthly costs. Reader …

Consortiumnews (2019-01-20). BuzzFeed Writer Fails Again. consortiumnews.com Chalk up another failure for a rabid media desperately trying to prove the Russia-gate story, this time a piece by a reporter with a history of failure, as Joe Lauria reports. In their haste to prove they are right after… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-01-20). Yemen: Saudi-led Coalition Bombs Capital. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Saudi Arabia-led forces launched overnight air strikes on Yemen's capital which was described by one resident as the worst in a year. The strike came as the United Nations struggles to implement a peace deal. | RELATED: | Yemen: Vague UN-brokered Deal 'Unravels' Peace, Says Aid Group | A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said its warplanes attacked seven military facilities used for drone operations in Sanaa, which is held by rival Houthi forces. | Yemen's nearly four-…

Richard Falk (2019-01-20). What's Wrong with CNN? zcomm.org What we urgently need is a politics freed from the constraints of the feasible,and energized by an awareness of the necessary and desirable…

Piero Locatelli (2019-01-20). Meet the Team Behind CNN Brasil: A Businessman Accused of Exploiting Slave Labor and An Executive From a Fox News-style Outlet. theintercept.com CNN Brasil is poised to become "Brazil's Fox News" — in lockstep with Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing movement.

RT (2019-01-20). #Resistance heroes? Ex-FBI official says bureau tried to keep 'progressives out of office' (VIDEO). rt.com For liberals swept away by Russiagate mania, the FBI is worshipped as a fearless protector of democracy. According to a former FBI official, however, the bureau has actively worked to keep "progressives" out of office.

RT (2019-01-20). Climate change is 'national security issue', Pentagon warns in new report slammed by Dems. rt.com Military bases across the nation are "vulnerable" to floods, droughts, and wildfires as changing climate disrupts drills and rocket launches, the US military warned in a report. But Dems still accused it of downplaying the issue.

aljazeera (2019-01-20). Can the protests in Sudan succeed?>. aljazeera.com President Omar al-Bashir remains defiant despite growing calls for him to end his 30-year rule.

Tyler Durden (2019-01-20). Pentagon Still Denies Training UAE Pilots Despite Their Own Documents. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Newly released Pentagon documents confirm that the United States' role in the Saudi coalition bombing of Yemen has long been much deeper than previously acknowledged by defense officials. In fact they show that the repeated Pentagon line that the US is "not a participant in the civil war in Yemen nor are we supporting one side or …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-20). Graham: US-Saudi Ties Can't Move Forward Until Crown Prince MBS "Dealt With" theantimedia.com (MEE) — After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday that relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is "dealt with". Graham, who has taken a prominent role in speaking out over the death in October of the Saudi …

RT (2019-01-19). 'Prove that WALLS WORK!' Trump fundraiser aims to flood Dems' offices with fake BRICKS. rt.com President Donald Trump is rallying his supporters during the government shutdown with a clever fundraising campaign that needles his Democratic opponents while padding his war chest for the upcoming reelection battle.

RT (2019-01-19). No president since Lincoln treated worse than me — Trump. rt.com Not since Abraham Lincoln has a US president been treated so badly by the media, Donald Trump lamented in a series of Twitter rants before going to Delaware to honor the four Americans killed in Syria.

Fight Back (2019-01-19). We have had enough of Trump and the war on women. fightbacknews.org Enough is enough. Trump, his administration, and his backers are waging war on women, and millions of women are making it clear that we are not going to be pushed backwards. From the massive Women's Marches, to the midterm elections, to the constant, everyday resistance, women are standing up against Trump's reactionary agenda. | Trump and his supporters in the Senate want to pack the Supreme Court and roll back reproductive rights, and they have gotten a start by appointing the drunken misogynist Brett Kavanaugh. Accompanying the administrations outrageous policy of placing immigrants in detention, Trump's Justi…

Gerry Mohan (2019-01-19). BlacKkKlansman a Trump Cop-Out. zcomm.org BlackKklansman is a feel-good film. It's a great film if we want to keep our feathers unruffled and sleep peacefully at night, embedded in the system, minds comfortably turned off…

RT (2019-01-19). Mueller shoots down BuzzFeed's latest 'Russiagate' scoop with a rare dismissal. rt.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller has poured cold water on BuzzFeed's latest Russiagate "bombshell" with a rare public statement calling the article, which claims Trump told his ex-lawyer Cohen to lie to Congress, "not accurate."

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-19). Thailand: Insurgents Kill Buddhist Monks. hrw.org (New York) — Separatist insurgents in Thailand's southern border provinces killed two Buddhist monks in an unlawful assault on a temple, Human Rights Watch said today. The deliberate attack on civilians and a place of worship is a war crime. | | | Separatist insurgents in Thailand's Narathiwat province attacked Wat Rattanaphab temple on January 18, 2019, and killed two Buddhist monks, including the temple's abbot Phra Khru Prachote Rattanarak, and wounded two others. | © 20…

WSWS (2019-01-19). Trump, announcing new missile defense program, ramps up nuclear arms race. wsws.org Trump's latest boondoggle for the military and defense contractors is part of the largest and most sustained military buildup since the Cold War.

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-19). My hopes lie shattered. mronline.org Late last year, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton went to Miami (USA), where he coined a new—chilling—phrase: troika of tyranny. It echoed former U.S. President George W. Bush's phrase, axis of evil. Bush's axis included Iran, Iraq and North Korea. | Source

Dr. Hakim (2019-01-19). Nonviolent Afghans Bring a Breath of Fresh Air. zcomm.org War is not inevitable. It is an obsolete, repetitive choice. Everywhere, each of us can emulate these new-generation Afghans by ushering in breaths of fresh air…

RT (2019-01-19). Democrats claims 'Russians' tried to hack them after 2018 midterms. rt.com 'Dozens' of officials at the Democratic National Committee received phishing emails a week after the 2018 midterm elections, the DNC said in a legal filing as part of its ongoing lawsuit against Russia and WikiLeaks.

RT (2019-01-19). Crown Prince MBS must be 'dealt with' before US-Saudi relations can move forward — Sen. Graham. rt.com Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become an obstacle to improving US-Saudi relations and must be "dealt with," US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has warned.

WSWS (2019-01-19). Tesla, Nissan announce mass layoffs, Fiat Chrysler jobs threatened. wsws.org The auto giants are seeking to terrorize an increasingly insurgent workforce into submission, as the companies confront slumping sales, a looming economic crisis and significant financial pressures.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-19). Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela Have Decimated Oil Production. therealnews.com The Trump administration is evaluating oil sanctions on Venezuela now. The sanctions that are already in place lead to many deaths and make an economic recovery practically impossible, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

Democracy Now! (2019-01-18). Rep. Ro Khanna: U.S. Troops Are a "Sitting Target" in Syria; It's Time to Bring Them Home. democracynow.org In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were U.S. soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday's attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks—both Republicans and Democrats—to reverse Trump's Syria withdrawal. The U.S…

Andrew Levine (2019-01-18). The Tulsi Gabbard Factor. counterpunch.org Too much light blinds us," Pascal wrote; "if the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise," wrote William Blake. The idea that, when pushed to extremes, things turn into their opposites seems to have arisen in one form or another many times and in many cultures. It is epitomized in the Western philosophical More

amnesty (2019-01-18). Lebanon: Migrant Domestic Workers Abused, A Scripted Reality. amnesty.org "Stop don't go to Lebanon!". A member of the audience stepped forward to interfere with one of the scenes on stage, in which Nday is seen to be packing her bags to catch a flight to Lebanon. Despite knowing what awaits Nday in the form of multiple human rights violations, I could see that stopping her from seeking her awaited job opportunity in a time where she was in desperate need to make a living, was not a solution. | Amnesty International marked the International Migrants Day on 18 December 2018 with an interactive theatre performance, Chebbak, in collaboration with Wasl; a theatre collective that uses theat…

Nick Pemberton (2019-01-18). Human Trafficking Should Be Illegal. counterpunch.org "Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work." —Frederick Douglass Donald Trump comes under fire from the neoliberal establishment whenever he does something digestible. I am amazed the liberals are mad at him so often, considering 99.9% of the time he is doing something awful. Anytime Trump has a unique thought about More

Fight Back (2019-01-18). Fight Back! heading to the Women's Marches. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — A large turnout is expected for the Women's Marches this weekend and Fight Back! will be there. Thousands of copies of the Fight Back! print edition will be distributed in Washington DC and at other marches across the U.S. | Jerrica Hoey, a member of the ten-person Washington DC distribution team states, "It's important that we continue to build the struggle against Trump. This movement showed from the outset that the people will not stand for the Trump administration's war on women. We're excited to hit the streets to get the word out on #MeToo, to put out a call for Intern…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-18). Headlines for January 18, 2019. democracynow.org Watchdog: Trump Admin Vastly Underreported Migrant Family Separations, Trump Grounds Flight of Congressmembers to Visit NATO, Afghanistan, Government Shutdown Threatens Safety Net Programs for Millions, As Shutdown Grinds On, Senate Debates Anti-Abortion Bill, Trump Admin Recalls Workers to Assist in Offshore Oil Projects, BuzzFeed: Trump Ordered Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress, WSJ: Trump Paid Cohen to Rig Polls in Likely Campaign Finance Violation, Colombia: Suicide Car Bomber Kills 21 at Bogotá Police Academy, Sudan: Security Forces Fire on Anti-Government Protesters, U.S. Citizen and Iranian TV News Anchor M…

Simona Foltyn (2019-01-18). ISIS Fighters in Syria Are Trying to Push Into Iraq, Where U.S. Forces Can't Get Along With Armed Groups Supported by Iran. theintercept.com In Al Qaim, Iraq's U.S.-backed security forces and the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces are increasingly distrustful of each other.

John W. Whitehead (2019-01-18). The Danger Within: Border Patrol is Turning America into a Constitution-Free Zone. counterpunch.org "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." — William Pitt How far would you really go to secure the nation's borders against illegal aliens? Would you give the government limitless amounts of money to fight yet another endless war? Surround More

Steve Early, Suzanne Gordon (2019-01-18). Did Donald Get The Memo? Trump's VA Secretary Denounces 'Veteran as Victim' Stereotyping. counterpunch.org Amid a controversial government shutdown, affecting 800,000 thousand federal employees, you would think that the agency headed by Robert Wilkie would be an oasis of tranquility. His Department of Veterans Affairs is, like the Pentagon, largely exempt from the shutdown. Due to prior budget approval, its funding for the current fiscal year is unaffected by More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-01-18). Roaming Charges: Sometimes an Establishment Hack is Just What You Need. counterpunch.org Trump had to reach pretty deep into the recycling bin to extract the rusty figure of William Barr as a loyal replacement for J. Beauregard Sessions at the Justice Department. After he dusted him off, what did Trump see in this relic from the Poppy Bush era, that shining reign of triumphant globalists that Trump publicly claims to loath? A cursory scan of Barr's CV, which is about as deep a look as Trump is likely to have given, shows all the field marks of a well-worn grey man of Swamptown, a malted Scotch institutionalist, if not an honorary member of the Deep State itself. Surely Trump hesitated when he read, o…

2019-01-21: Social Media Postees

Gabbard stands her ground on Syria, says she doesn't regret meeting Assad
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-21
Democratic presidential challenger Tulsi Gabbard has refused to budge on her anti-war views and apologize for meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017, defending dialogue as the "only alternative" to "more war." | …
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Longest Partial Government Shutdown in US History. Dems Reject Trump's Proposal
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
On day 30 and counting, it's the longest partial government shutdown in US history, surpassing the previous record 21-day shutdown in 1995-96. | It began over Republicans' pledge to balance the budget, part of the so-called Newt Gingrich/Dick Armey "Contract with … | The post Longest Partial Government Shutdown in US History. Dems Reject Trump's Proposal appeared first on Global Research.
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US Withdrawal from NATO Would Benefit Americans Most of All
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
Alleged discussions between US President Donald Trump and his aides about a US withdrawal from NATO have been making headlines recently. | The New York Times in an article titled, " Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New … | The post US Withdrawal from NATO Would Benefit Americans Most of All appeared first on Global Research.
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Central America Needs a Marshall Plan
Ed Corcoran | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
Central America has lately been prominent in the news, with controversy over how to respond to migrant caravans arriving through Mexico at the U.S. border — up to 10,000 refugees may seek asylum in the United States, much to the chagrin of President Trump. Even U.S. border agents cruelly firing tear gas at women and…
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Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-21

| January 21, 2019 Video | Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers: | European Union policies contribute to a cycle of extreme abuse against migrants in Libya. The EU and Italy's support for the Libyan Coast Guard contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya. |

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Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of business of diplomacy has become a child's…
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Trump Punts on Syria
John Feffer | zcomm.org | 2019-01-21
The forever war in the Middle East is far from over…
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Will Trump's Arms Race Weaken or Strengthen the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
As risky of a gambit as it is and contrary to conventional thinking on this topic, Trump's arms race aims to weaken the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership by putting President Putin in the position where he has to choose between competing … | The post Will Trump's Arms Race Weaken or Strengthen the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership? appeared first on Global Research.
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Complaint Lodged with European Ombudsman: Regulatory Authorities Colluding with Agrochemicals Industry
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
Back in 2016, I posed the question in The Ecologist whether regulators in the EU were acting as product promoters when it came to the relicensing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. The renewal of the license for glyphosate in the EU was being debated at the time and much evidence pointed to collusion…
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Distinguished Iranian/American Journalist Marzieh Hashemi arrested by FBI
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
Distinguished Press TV journalist/anchor's unlawful arrest, detention and mistreatment by the FBI, on the pretext of being a material witness regarding a case her family knows nothing about, gave the US another international black eye. | What happened captured world headlines, … | The post Distinguished Iranian/American Journalist Marzieh Hashemi arrested by FBI appeared first on Global Research.
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ELN Solidifies Stance Over Colombian Cadet School Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
In a document issued Monday, the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) declared its stance in the face of the attacks against the National Police's school of cadets in the capital city of Bogota, which left 20 dead and leading to the end of the peace process round table being held in La Habana, Cuba. | RELATED: | Colombia: War Victims Plea For Continuation of Peace Dialogue | The insurgent group stated that the school of cadets is used to impart training to pers…
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Video: Two Years Ago Today the Plasco Building Demolition Killed 22 Innocent People in Iran
AE911Truth | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
January 19, 2019, marks the two-year anniversary of the demolition of Iran's 15-story Plasco Building and the murder of 16 firefighters and six civilians who were inside the building at the time of its destruction. | As with the Twin Towers … | The post Video: Two Years Ago Today the Plasco Building Demolition Killed 22 Innocent People in Iran appeared first on Global Research.
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Human Rights Activists Condemn Britain's 'Shameful' War Games with Israeli Air Force
Phil Miller | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
The RAF is facing a barrage of criticism after it invited Israel to send its war planes to take part in a training exercise in Britain. | Last night the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) slammed the offer as "shameful" and "deeply … | The post Human Rights Activists Condemn Britain's 'Shameful' War Games with Israeli Air Force appeared first on Global Research.
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MLK Jr. and NATO
Kevin Zeese | zcomm.org | 2019-01-21
In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., warned,…
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US Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least Early 2000s
Alexander Main | zcomm.org | 2019-01-21
When it comes to Venezuela, elite US media don't hide their feelings. And their feelings are all the same…
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Video: Les Gilets Jaunes
Le Média Pour Tous — Officiel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
The #GiletsJaunes are always determined, contrary to what the multiple television shows that are devoted to them suggest. | Several thousand demonstrators paraded quietly in Paris on Saturday, January 12 for Acte IX determination! until their encirclement by the police at … | The post Video: Les Gilets Jaunes appeared first on Global Research.
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Twenty-Eight Years of Continuous Aggression Against Iraq
Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
US-NATO have continued a 17 year campaign of destruction in the Middle East with bases and troops on the ground geraed towards destruction, regime change, mass killing and the displacement of millions of people. | The post Twenty-Eight Years of Continuous Aggression Against Iraq appeared first on Global Research.
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'Stay Away From Our Coastline' Says Russia to US on Black Sea
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
U.S. destroyer Donald Cook has been sent to boost "capability" of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and partners in the region, a Russian senator warns. "They should keep away from our coastline." | RELATED: | Russia Warns US: Military Action In Venezuela 'Catastrophic' | "U.S. warships are becoming frequent visitors to the Black Sea. These visits have nothing to do with U.S. security," said Russian Senator Alexander Pushkov. | The USS Donald Cook destroyer, an Arleigh…
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We Need a Martin Luther King Day of Truth
Edward Curtin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
As Martin Luther King's birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country — in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 — people will be encouraged to make the day one of service. Such…
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The US War Against the Weak
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
War Against the Weak is a well-documented book of more than half a thousand pages, written by Edwin Black. It describes a criminal operation planned by the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century and put into practice between the 1930's and 1960s with the purpose of creating a dominant superior race. That U.S.
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Jeff Sessions and the Federalists
Bill Fried | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
"Of course, you all remember Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass…" And thus did former Attorney General, Jeff Sessions warm up a Boston audience at his 2018 Federalist Society talk on the rising threat of "vigorous secularism." I was inside, instead of outside with the protesters, to scratch an itch. Having worked against the War on Drugs…
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All Hail the Revolutionary King: Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition
Eric Mann | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
The annual King Day celebrations provide a great opportunity to defend Dr. King's revolutionary legacy against The System's efforts to white wash and degrade his frontal challenge to its crimes. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the great revolutionaries in U.S. and world history. He was a leader of the Civil Rights and…
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Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests
Jérà¥me Duval | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
According to Vincent Brengarth, a lawyer at the Paris Bar, in recent years we have been witnessing a disturbing drift in police repression in France, more specifically since November 2015 when the state of emergency was pronounced and extended several times, before being integrated into common law. We would henceforth be under "a state of emergency that does not say its name," with preventive arrests only based on suspicion, without concrete evidence of an offence.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/21/macr…

Martin Luther King: The U.S. is "The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today"
John Marciano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
The Washington Post claimed that some of his assertions were "sheer inventions of unsupported fantasy"; that King had "diminished his usefulness to his cause, to his country and to his people." | The post Martin Luther King: The U.S. is "The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today" appeared first on Global Research.
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The Quest for Peace and Justice. MLK's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
It is impossible to begin this lecture without again expressing my deep appreciation to the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament for bestowing upon me and the civil rights movement in the United States such a great honor. Occasionally in … | The post The Quest for Peace and Justice. MLK's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech appeared first on Global Research.
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Would Martin Luther King Oppose NATO?
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
The United States attempted to co-opt the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing his birthday. The ruling elites tried to strip King of his militancy and suspend him above the mass movement that produced him. The state … | The post Would Martin Luther King Oppose NATO? appeared first on Global Research.
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The Next Recession: What It Could Look Like
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
The next recession will not look like the last recession. The last recession was caused by the collapse of a massive housing bubble that had been the driving force in the previous recovery. While economists like to pretend this was an unforeseeable event, that is not true.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/21/the-…

US Training Saudi and UAE Pilots for Combat in Yemen
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
Yemen is one of many US forever wars — key NATO countries, Israel, Jordan, the Saudis and UAE partnering in them. | US special forces operate in Yemen. A Pentagon drone war has been ongoing in the country without letup since … | The post US Training Saudi and UAE Pilots for Combat in Yemen appeared first on Global Research.
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Latest US airstrike kills scores in Somalia
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-21
The latest US airstrike came in the wake of an al-Shabab attack on a hotel in Kenya that left 21 people dead.
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The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards "great power" conflicts: Part Two
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-21
A recent CBO report insists that the vast majority of discretionary appropriations be allocated to the US military machine and its ever-expanding wars, while outlining "options" for eviscerating social services and public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
In phone conversation, Turkish leader tells US counterpart recent bombing that killed US personnel was ISIL provocation.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/turke…

Israeli army says it hit Iranian targets in Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Unusual Israeli confirmation of military action comes as Syria says most missiles were shot down by its air defences.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/syria…

US has increased military intervention against al-Shabab
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Since 2017, the US military has stepped up air raids against the group in Somalia, carrying out 47 attacks last year.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/incre…

China economy grows at slowest pace in 28 years
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Trade war and sluggish domestic consumer demand hurt growth in 2018.
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10 UN peacekeepers killed in attack on Mali's Aguelhoc camp
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemns deadly attack that also left 25 injured in Mali's northern Kidal region.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/peace…

Saudi Arabia to deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activist group
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Activists fear deported Rohingya could be jailed upon arrival in Bangladesh.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/saudi…

Oxfam: World's richest 26 own same wealth as poorest half
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Billionaires' fortunes grew by billions daily as poorest saw wealth decline by 11 percent last year, Oxfam report says.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/oxfam…

Howl at the moon: Eclipse watchers revel at Blood Wolf Moon
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Best viewing of one-hour total eclipse was from North and South America with some 2.8 billion people able to see it.
aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures…

Brexit: After humiliating defeat, Theresa May to present plan B
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
As the UK heads towards Brexit, prime minister to attempt getting her deal approved by MPs again.
aljazeera.com/indepth/features/b…

Israeli Warplanes Launch New Airstrikes on Damascus
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-21
(MEE) — Israel's military said it carried out strikes on Iranian targets in Syria early Monday after it intercepted a rocket fired from Syrian territory hours before. It said in a statement earlier that it was "currently striking" the Iranian Quds Force in Syria and warned Syria's military against "attempting to harm Israeli territory or forces", AFP …

Israeli Warplanes Launch New Airstrikes on Damascus

US Airstrike Kills at Least 52 in Somalia
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-21
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Following reported al-Shabaab attacks on a pair of southern Somalia army bases, the US carried out an airstrike against a target in Jilib, near the site of the attacks, and is claiming to have killed 52 people, all described as "al-Shabaab extremists." If confirmed, this is the deadliest US strike in Somalia since October. The …

US Airstrike Kills at Least 52 in Somalia

Nude Valentine Parade
Russell Mills | indybay.org | 2019-01-21
Jane Warner Plaza (Market & Castro Streets), then walk to Haight & Stanyan Streets via circuitous route.
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Jerry Brown's Cowardly Exit
NTUIT | indybay.org | 2019-01-21
Brown took the cowards approach in his final acts which could have emptied California's death row – the largest in the nation.
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S.F. Women's March, 1/19/19
Third Time Marcher | indybay.org | 2019-01-21
For the third year in a row, San Francisco had a very large women's march on 1/19/19, a weekend when we celebrate 46 years since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in the US, with perhaps 100,000 people, wide enough to take up all lanes on Market Street, and long enough to go beyond 1 hour to pass a given point. It was a warm, sunny 65 degree day, a welcome change from the constant rain earlier in the week.
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Philippines: Peaceful protestors attacked and one murdered
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-21
Hundreds of workers from southern Philippines have been camping out in Manila since 27 November 2018 to protest the labour conditions on Japanese-owned Sumitomo Fruit Corporation (Sumifru) plantations. Since declaring a strike on 1 October 2018, the workers have faced multiple attacks, including the killing of a prominent union member and the burning down of the union's office and the houses of some members. A prompt, thorough and impartial investigation by the Philippine authorities into the threats and attacks should be conducted immediately, and the authorities must also guarantee the safety of the protesting…
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Gaza: Children at Risk as Hospitals Struggle with Fuel Crisis
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-20
Gaza's fuel crisis is putting children at risk, the federal health ministry said Sunday, warning that five hospitals are on the verge of closing without the means to activate power generators. | RELATED: | Israeli Military Launches New Airstrikes on Gaza Border | "Hundreds of patients at Gaza hospitals will be facing an unknown fate when their electric generators shut down due to the fuel crisis," said Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson of Gaza's health ministry. | A week ago, the Beit Hano…
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Trump, Announcing New Missile Defense Program, Ramps Up Nuclear Arms Race
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-20
Speaking at the Pentagon Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the largest expansion of US missile defense forces since Ronald Reagan's failed "Star Wars" program. | The announcement is the latest move in a global nuclear arms race in which the United … | The post Trump, Announcing New Missile Defense Program, Ramps Up Nuclear Arms Race appeared first on Global Research.
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US Will Retain a Military Base in Syria Despite Withdrawal
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-20
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered contradictory messages in a speech in Cairo on Thursday, January 10. On the one hand, he said Washington will withdraw American troops from Syria in line with Donald Trump's momentous announcement on December 19, … | The post US Will Retain a Military Base in Syria Despite Withdrawal appeared first on Global Research.
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Syrian Air Defense Thwarts Israel Attack, State Media Reports
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-20
Syrian military air defenses thwarted an Israeli attack Sunday, it's state media reported. The defense system shot down seven missiles targeting an airport in southeastern Damascus, Russia's National Defense Control Center was cited by RIA news agency as saying. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Withdrawing Equipment From Syria | The attack, launched by four Israeli F-16 jets, did not damage the airport and there were no casualties, the control center was cited as saying. | "Our air defense syste…
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Ecuador: Brutal Femicide Triggers Xenophobic 'Social Cleansing'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-20
Local residents in the city of Ibarra in the province of Imbabura, Ecuador attacked a camp of Venezuelan migrants after local media reported a horrific femicide involving the death of a young woman at the hands of her boyfriend, whose nationality was made central in their reports. | RELATED | Ecuador Rocked With Brutal Gang Rape Case | The 22-year-old woman Diana Carolina Ramirez, who was 4 months pregnant, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend after having…
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Trump Cannot Be Allowed to Use Immigrants as Bargaining Chips
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-20
The president's proposal to end his shutdown includes billions for his wall in exchange for temporary protections for DACA and TPS recipients. | The post Trump Cannot Be Allowed to Use Immigrants as Bargaining Chips appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-01-20
The most challenging task is choosing the ten worst embarrassments. The most notable aspect is they all go toward promoting the same narrative. | The post Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story appeared first on The Intercept.
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Amid Media Blackout, Workers Expand Strike Matamoros, Mexico Strike of over 70,000 Workers Enters Sixth Day
Alex González | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-20
Over 70,000 "maquiladora" workers from 45 factories in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros, Mexico have entered the sixth day of their courageous struggle as more and more plants are paralyzed throughout the city. | Last night, thousands of workers marched … | The post Amid Media Blackout, Workers Expand Strike Matamoros, Mexico Strike of over 70,000 Workers Enters Sixth Day appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump's Déjà vu China Trade War (Part II)
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2019-01-20
Part II of the analysis of Trump's Déjà vu China-US trade 'war' from last March 2018 through mid-January 2019…
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Video: Syrian Military Reinforces Positions in Northwestern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-20
Units of the Tiger Forces have been deployed on a frontline near the militant-held town of Qalat al-Madiuq in northwestern Hama, several pro-government sources claimed on January 17 speculating that this is a sign of the upcoming offensive in the … | The post Video: Syrian Military Reinforces Positions in Northwestern Hama appeared first on Global Research.
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How to Spend MLK Day
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-01-20
Tomorrow, our nation will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose dream of an America that was truly equal for all its people has inspired generations of people to fight to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice. From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, […] | The post How to Spend MLK Day appeared first on NAACP.
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War on BDS
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-01-20
How AIPAC-Israel agenda became US priority…
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What Activists Today Can Learn From MLK's Bold Anti-War Stance
Naomi LaChance | truthdig.com | 2019-01-20
In the year leading up to his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. became a prominent member of the movement against the Vietnam War. His April 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence" was so bold that it was condemned by 168 major newspapers and ended his working relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson. | He could not have known the extent of the atrocities committed in the conflict. Weeks before the civil rights leader's…
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'New IRA' Suspected in Northern Ireland Car Bomb Blast
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-20
LONDON–Police in Northern Ireland said Sunday they suspect Irish Republican Army dissidents were behind a car bombing outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry. Two men in their 20s have been arrested over the attack, which caused no injuries. | Attackers hijacked a pizza delivery vehicle, loaded it with explosives and left it outside the city-center courthouse on Saturday evening, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The device exploded as police, who had spotted the suspicious vehicle, were evacuating the area. | The force said a warning call was made to a charity in England and passed on to…
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Yemen: Saudi-led Coalition Bombs Capital
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-20
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia-led forces launched overnight air strikes on Yemen's capital which was described by one resident as the worst in a year. The strike came as the United Nations struggles to implement a peace deal. | RELATED: | Yemen: Vague UN-brokered Deal 'Unravels' Peace, Says Aid Group | A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said its warplanes attacked seven military facilities used for drone operations in Sanaa, which is held by rival Houthi forces. | Yemen's nearly four-…
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The Battery Boom Heralds the End of Fossil Fuels
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-20
Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable energy now becoming available. | Recent developments in batteries are set to sweep aside the old arguments about renewables being intermittent, dismissing any need to continue building nuclear power plants and burning fossil fuels to act as a back-up when the wind does not blow, or the sun does not shine. | Batteries as large as the average family house and controlled by digital technology are being positioned across electricity networks. They…
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What's Wrong with CNN?
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2019-01-20
What we urgently need is a politics freed from the constraints of the feasible,and energized by an awareness of the necessary and desirable…
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MSM Begs For Trust After BuzzFeedNews Debacle
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-20
On Thursday BuzzFeedNews delivered the latest "bombshell" Russia-gate report to fizzle within 24 hours of its publication, one in a long series of wrong Russia-gate stories that have the media begging for forgiveness, says Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com… Read more ?…
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Remembering Our Nuclear Past as We Speed Toward an Apocalyptic Future
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-20
We must never forget the terrible Nagasaki bombing, especially now that nuclear weapons far more powerful than the atomic bomb are commonplace. | The post Remembering Our Nuclear Past as We Speed Toward an Apocalyptic Future appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Maduro Thanks Venezuelans for Their Unwavering Faith, Support
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-20
Supporters of the Bolivarian revolution are the force that keeps the country moving forward, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted Sunday. | RELATED: | A Coup in Progress? Venezuela's FM Decries US-Backed Plans | "I thank every man, woman, young man, boy and girl in the country for so much love and support. You are the force that keeps us standing up and protects us against artillery attacks, to follow the path to prosperity and happiness in Venezuela," Maduro wrote. | Social gr…
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Selected Articles: Neocon, Neoliberalism, Resistance
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-20
While "Truth" is a powerful instrument, "the Lie" is generously funded by the lobby groups and corporate charities. And that is why we need the support of our readers. | At this juncture, we are not covering our monthly costs. Reader … | The post Selected Articles: Neocon, Neoliberalism, Resistance appeared first on Global Research.
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Saudi Arabia to Deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activists
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-20
Two-hundred fifty rohingya refugee men are expected to be deported from Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh, an activist group tol Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview Sunday. | RELATED: | India to Deport More Rohingya Refugees to Myanmar | The country is home to 300,000 Rohingya, the majority of whom are legal residents with permit, the Free Rohingya Coalition told the Arabic news corporation. | "These detainees, who are being kept in the Shumaisi detention centre [in Jeddah], have not been treated…
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BuzzFeed Writer Fails Again
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-20
Chalk up another failure for a rabid media desperately trying to prove the Russia-gate story, this time a piece by a reporter with a history of failure, as Joe Lauria reports. In their haste to prove they are right after… Read more ?…
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Meet the Team Behind CNN Brasil: A Businessman Accused of Exploiting Slave Labor and An Executive From a Fox News-style Outlet
Piero Locatelli | theintercept.com | 2019-01-20
CNN Brasil is poised to become "Brazil's Fox News" — in lockstep with Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing movement. | The post Meet the Team Behind CNN Brasil: A Businessman Accused of Exploiting Slave Labor and An Executive From a Fox News-style Outlet appeared first on The Intercept.
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#Resistance heroes? Ex-FBI official says bureau tried to keep 'progressives out of office' (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-20
For liberals swept away by Russiagate mania, the FBI is worshipped as a fearless protector of democracy. According to a former FBI official, however, the bureau has actively worked to keep "progressives" out of office. | …
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Climate change is 'national security issue', Pentagon warns in new report slammed by Dems
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-20
Military bases across the nation are "vulnerable" to floods, droughts, and wildfires as changing climate disrupts drills and rocket launches, the US military warned in a report. But Dems still accused it of downplaying the issue. | …
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Can the protests in Sudan succeed?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-20
President Omar al-Bashir remains defiant despite growing calls for him to end his 30-year rule.
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Pentagon Still Denies Training UAE Pilots Despite Their Own Documents
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-20
(ZH) — Newly released Pentagon documents confirm that the United States' role in the Saudi coalition bombing of Yemen has long been much deeper than previously acknowledged by defense officials. In fact they show that the repeated Pentagon line that the US is "not a participant in the civil war in Yemen nor are we supporting one side or …

Pentagon Still Denies Training UAE Pilots Despite Their Own Documents

Graham: US-Saudi Ties Can't Move Forward Until Crown Prince MBS "Dealt With"
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-20
(MEE) — After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday that relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is "dealt with". Graham, who has taken a prominent role in speaking out over the death in October of the Saudi …

Graham: US-Saudi Ties Can't Move Forward Until Crown Prince MBS "Dealt With"

We have had enough of Trump and the war on women
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-19
Enough is enough. Trump, his administration, and his backers are waging war on women, and millions of women are making it clear that we are not going to be pushed backwards. From the massive Women's Marches, to the midterm elections, to the constant, everyday resistance, women are standing up against Trump's reactionary agenda. | Trump and his supporters in the Senate want to pack the Supreme Court and roll back reproductive rights, and they have gotten a start by appointing the drunken misogynist Brett Kavanaugh. Accompanying the administrations outrageous policy of placing immigrants in detention, Trump's Justi…
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Mueller shoots down BuzzFeed's latest 'Russiagate' scoop with a rare dismissal
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-19
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has poured cold water on BuzzFeed's latest Russiagate "bombshell" with a rare public statement calling the article, which claims Trump told his ex-lawyer Cohen to lie to Congress, "not accurate." | …
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Trump, announcing new missile defense program, ramps up nuclear arms race
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-19
Trump's latest boondoggle for the military and defense contractors is part of the largest and most sustained military buildup since the Cold War.
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No president since Lincoln treated worse than me — Trump
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-19
Not since Abraham Lincoln has a US president been treated so badly by the media, Donald Trump lamented in a series of Twitter rants before going to Delaware to honor the four Americans killed in Syria. | …
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BlacKkKlansman a Trump Cop-Out
Gerry Mohan | zcomm.org | 2019-01-19
BlackKklansman is a feel-good film. It's a great film if we want to keep our feathers unruffled and sleep peacefully at night, embedded in the system, minds comfortably turned off…
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'Prove that WALLS WORK!' Trump fundraiser aims to flood Dems' offices with fake BRICKS
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-19
President Donald Trump is rallying his supporters during the government shutdown with a clever fundraising campaign that needles his Democratic opponents while padding his war chest for the upcoming reelection battle. | …
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Thailand: Insurgents Kill Buddhist Monks
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-19
(New York) — Separatist insurgents in Thailand's southern border provinces killed two Buddhist monks in an unlawful assault on a temple, Human Rights Watch said today. The deliberate attack on civilians and a place of worship is a war crime. | Separatist insurgents in Thailand's Narathiwat province attacked Wat Rattanaphab temple on January 18, 2019, and killed two Buddhist monks, including the temple's abbot Phra Khru Prachote Rattanarak, and wounded two others. | © 20…
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My hopes lie shattered
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-01-19
Late last year, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton went to Miami (USA), where he coined a new–chilling–phrase: troika of tyranny. It echoed former U.S. President George W. Bush's phrase, axis of evil. Bush's axis included Iran, Iraq and North Korea. | Source…
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Nonviolent Afghans Bring a Breath of Fresh Air
Dr. Hakim | zcomm.org | 2019-01-19
War is not inevitable. It is an obsolete, repetitive choice. Everywhere, each of us can emulate these new-generation Afghans by ushering in breaths of fresh air…
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Democrats claims 'Russians' tried to hack them after 2018 midterms
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-19
'Dozens' of officials at the Democratic National Committee received phishing emails a week after the 2018 midterm elections, the DNC said in a legal filing as part of its ongoing lawsuit against Russia and WikiLeaks. | …
rt.com/usa/449163-dnc-claims-rus…

Crown Prince MBS must be 'dealt with' before US-Saudi relations can move forward — Sen. Graham
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-19
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become an obstacle to improving US-Saudi relations and must be "dealt with," US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has warned. | …
rt.com/usa/449188-mbs-saudi-grah…

Tesla, Nissan announce mass layoffs, Fiat Chrysler jobs threatened
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-19
The auto giants are seeking to terrorize an increasingly insurgent workforce into submission, as the companies confront slumping sales, a looming economic crisis and significant financial pressures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela Have Decimated Oil Production
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-19
The Trump administration is evaluating oil sanctions on Venezuela now. The sanctions that are already in place lead to many deaths and make an economic recovery practically impossible, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot | The post Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela Have Decimated Oil Production appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/oil-sanc…

ISIS Fighters in Syria Are Trying to Push Into Iraq, Where U.S. Forces Can't Get Along With Armed Groups Supported by Iran
Simona Foltyn | theintercept.com | 2019-01-18
In Al Qaim, Iraq's U.S.-backed security forces and the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces are increasingly distrustful of each other. | The post ISIS Fighters in Syria Are Trying to Push Into Iraq, Where U.S. Forces Can't Get Along With Armed Groups Supported by Iran appeared first on The Intercept.
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Roaming Charges: Sometimes an Establishment Hack is Just What You Need
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Trump had to reach pretty deep into the recycling bin to extract the rusty figure of William Barr as a loyal replacement for J. Beauregard Sessions at the Justice Department. After he dusted him off, what did Trump see in this relic from the Poppy Bush era, that shining reign of triumphant globalists that Trump publicly claims to loath? A cursory scan of Barr's CV, which is about as deep a look as Trump is likely to have given, shows all the field marks of a well-worn grey man of Swamptown, a malted Scotch institutionalist, if not an honorary member of the Deep State itself. Surely Trump hesitated when he read, o…
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The Biden Band-Aid: Will Democrats Contain the Insurgency?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
The 2020 election horse race is beginning to take shape. Unless something unexpected happens (e.g., impeachment, resignation), Trump will likely seek reelection as the Republican candidate. A number of independents will seek third-party (e.g., Greens, Socialists) candidacy. And then there are the Democrats. Numerous Democratic politicos are beginning to cluster behind the starting gate considering a primary run…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-…

Human Trafficking Should Be Illegal
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
"Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work." –Frederick Douglass Donald Trump comes under fire from the neoliberal establishment whenever he does something digestible. I am amazed the liberals are mad at him so often, considering 99.9% of the time he is doing something awful. Anytime Trump has a unique thought about…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/huma…

Release of Syrian man wrongly convicted of terrorism in Hungary an "overwhelming relief"
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
Ahead of tomorrow's early release of Ahmed H, a Syrian man who was unfairly jailed for "complicity in an act of terror" during clashes with police at the Serbia-Hungary border in September 2015, Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International's Europe Counter Terrorism Campaigner, said: | | "After spending three-and-a-half years behind bars, Ahmed will finally be reunited with his wife and two young daughters. His…
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The Danger Within: Border Patrol is Turning America into a Constitution-Free Zone
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." — William Pitt How far would you really go to secure the nation's borders against illegal aliens? Would you give the government limitless amounts of money to fight yet another endless war? Surround…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-…

Kirstjen Nielsen Lied to Congress About Trump's War on Migrant Children
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-01-18
Kirstjen Nielsen Lied to Congress About Trump's War on Migrant Children…
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Did Donald Get The Memo? Trump's VA Secretary Denounces 'Veteran as Victim' Stereotyping
Steve Early, Suzanne Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Amid a controversial government shutdown, affecting 800,000 thousand federal employees, you would think that the agency headed by Robert Wilkie would be an oasis of tranquility. His Department of Veterans Affairs is, like the Pentagon, largely exempt from the shutdown. Due to prior budget approval, its funding for the current fiscal year is unaffected by…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/did-…

The Tulsi Gabbard Factor
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Too much light blinds us," Pascal wrote; "if the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise," wrote William Blake. The idea that, when pushed to extremes, things turn into their opposites seems to have arisen in one form or another many times and in many cultures. It is epitomized in the Western philosophical…
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Rep. Ro Khanna: U.S. Troops Are a "Sitting Target" in Syria; It's Time to Bring Them Home
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-18
In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were U.S. soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday's attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks–both Republicans and Democrats–to reverse Trump's Syria withdrawal. The U.S…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/18/r…

Fight Back! heading to the Women's Marches
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-18
Minneapolis, MN — A large turnout is expected for the Women's Marches this weekend and Fight Back! will be there. Thousands of copies of the Fight Back! print edition will be distributed in Washington DC and at other marches across the U.S. | Jerrica Hoey, a member of the ten-person Washington DC distribution team states, "It's important that we continue to build the struggle against Trump. This movement showed from the outset that the people will not stand for the Trump administration's war on women. We're excited to hit the streets to get the word out on #MeToo, to put out a call for Intern…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/17/…

EU leaders must fix "broken system" that leaves people adrift at sea
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
European leaders must urgently act to fix a system which deters states from assisting refugees and migrants in peril at sea, said Amnesty International in an analysis published today. | Cut adrift in the Mediterranean outlines how the outsourcing of European border control to the Libyan authorities, in combination with a system which fails to share responsibility for asylum-seekers fairly across Europe, has created a situation where people are frequently stranded in the Mediterranean. It also sets out steps to ensure situati…
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Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress
Kevin Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-18
Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2018 — In response to the administration's announcement that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit meeting near the end of February, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "After months of scant visible progress in negotiations […] | The post Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress appeared first on Peace Action.
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