2019-12-08: News Headlines

South Front (2019-12-08). Video: Israeli Air Force Bombed 'Iranian Targets' Near Syria-Iraq Border. globalresearch.ca The Israeli Air Force has carried out a new round of strikes on Iranian-linked targets near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The airstrikes reportedly hit at the al-Hamadan airport north of the town of al-Bukamal. | Pro-Israeli sources claimed that the strike destroyed …

William Camacaro (2019-12-08). Fascists, with Help from the US, Are Trying to Take Control of Latin America. globalresearch.ca Clearing the FOG hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed William Camacaro, a Venezuelan activist living in New York City who is active with the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC and organizes food sovereignty tours to Venezuela, on the eve …

Michael Welch (2019-12-08). Deconstructing Bolivia: Voices Inside and Outside Challenge Mainstream and Alternative Narratives. globalresearch.ca On the Global Research News Hour we do our best to cover a wide spectrum of topics from the environmental crisis to economic and geopolitical analysis to debunking war pre-text narratives. | We welcome listener support to maintain and improve the …

teleSUR (2019-12-08). North Korea Conducts 'Very Important' Test at Satellite Site. telesurenglish.net "If it is indeed a static engine test for a new solid or liquid fuel missile, it is yet another loud signal that the door for diplomacy is quickly slamming, if it isn't already," said Vipin Narang, a nuclear affairs expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

Julie Hollar (2019-12-08). How Media Turn Support for Public Schools Into Opposition to Children of Color. commondreams.org "Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic presidential candidates are rejecting the Obama administration's embrace of charter schools, and media observers aren't taking kindly to it," the author writes. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Norton (2019-12-08). US and UK military-intelligence apparatus campaigns to destroy Jeremy Corbyn. thegrayzone.com Days before Britain's historic election, the UK's military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-08). Nuclear Armed and Dangerous Israel. Is Israel Preparing to Attack Iran? globalresearch.ca Israel is nuclear-armed and dangerous, developing these weapons since the mid-1950s, its well-known open secret the official narrative conceals. | Its ruling authorities refused to sign the NPT or abide by its provisions. Nor do they permit IAEA inspections of …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-08). Anglo-Zionist Plot Against Britain's Jeremy Corbyn. globalresearch.ca Anglo-Zionists and UK religious leaders in cahoots with Israeli hardliners are going all-out to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from becoming UK prime minister in December 12 elections — because of his anti-war, progressive agenda. | He advocates a peace and stability foreign …

teleSUR (2019-12-08). Evo Morales Vows to Return to Bolivia After Right-Wing Coup. telesurenglish.net The democratically elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, congratulated the Movement for Socialism (MAS) Party after having successfully completed its assembly, in which he endorsed its democratic vocation and presented its plan of political struggle to recover the government from the new far-right regime. | RELATED: | Bolivia: MAS Appoints Morales as Director of its 2020 Campaign | Through his Twitter account on Sunday, Morales said: "We are not alone in Bolivia or in the w…

Andre Vltchek (2019-12-08). As mentiras que o Ocidente cria e depois consome. globalresearch.ca Depois de terminar o meu trabalho no Médio Oriente, pelos menos por agora, estava à espera do meu voo para Santiago do Chile. Em Paris. Podia contar com alguns dias "livres", a processar o que ouvi e testemunhei em Beirute. …

Bill Nicholov (2019-12-08). The US Is Forcing Macedonia to Change Its Name for NATO Membership — To Spite Russia. globalresearch.ca I figured out why Republicans have become Democrats and are allowing the State Department to still be run by the Obama administration. To spite the Russians. For all the hate that each party has for each other, they hate the …

F. William Engdahl (2019-12-08). Power of Siberia: Putin and the 'Biden Memorial Pipeline' to China. globalresearch.ca In early 2014 Washington staged a blatant coup d'etat in Ukraine breaking the historic relationship with Russia and setting the stage for the subsequent NATO demonization of Russia. The one in charge for the Obama Administration of the Ukraine coup …

Johanna Ross (2019-12-08). Why the UK Establishment Hates Jeremy Corbyn. globalresearch.ca He's been termed a 'national security risk' and an 'enemy of the state' by the mainstream media. On Sky News recently former Conservative and Times columnist Matthew Parris referred to his 'mad' conspiracy theories as he discussed with other journalists …

John Atcheson (2019-12-08). The Missing Stories: Three Big Issues the Media Is Missing. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Phillip Steck (2019-12-08). Beating Trump Is Not Enough: The Real Change Democrats Must Pursue. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-12-08). Migrant Women and Girls Are Leading the Battle Against Climate Change. truthout.org Into the late afternoon hours, the blistering light gave way to soft, horizontal rays that crisscrossed over Lebanon's Beqaa valley. The rays played with the children, casting long silhouettes of their forms, while they chased each other. As the temperature subsided, the elders of the community descended to the lowest level of the mosque-turned-refugee shelter. | Amid the cacophony, Abu Hassan paced back and forth along the dried-up marble fountain, the centre-piece of the makeshift living room, eve…

Staff (2019-12-08). New Report on Ocean Oxygen Loss Gives "Ultimate Wake-Up Call" to Act on Climate. truthout.org A new report on ocean oxygen loss released Saturday should serve as the "ultimate wake-up call" to take bold action to rein in planet-warming emissions and save the world's "suffocating seas," researchers said. | The publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows how the problem known as ocean deoxygenation, driven by global warming and human-caused nutrient pollution, is expanding, with impacts on hu…

Derrick Z. Jackson (2019-12-08). The Trump Administration's Latest: A Plan to Foul the Alaska Arctic. globalresearch.ca Just as the world's scientists warn us in the strongest language yet that nations must ratchet up commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce fossil fuel emissions, the climate-denying Trump administration rolls out yet more plans to make things …

Staff (2019-12-08). How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Detain and Deport Immigrants. truthout.org This article is co-published with The New York Times. | The logistical challenges were daunting, but as luck would have it, Immigration and Customs Enforcement already had a partner on its payroll: McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm brought on under the Obama administration to help engineer an "organizational transformation" in the ICE division charged with deporting migrants who are in the United States unlawfully. | ICE quickly redirected McKinsey toward helping the agency…

Ed Sykes (2019-12-08). Football is standing up to right-wing racism at the best possible time. thecanary.co As the billionaire media's longstanding anti-Labour propaganda continues, football institutions are standing up to racism from the Conservative Party and its supporters. And with the 2019 election just days away, this could hardly come at a more important time. | Boris Johnson and co are 'fuelling racism':…

Staff (2019-12-08). Pressure Mounts for Deeper Investigation of Devin Nunes in Ukraine Scandal. truthout.org Problems continue to mount for one of Trump's fiercest defenders in the House, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California). On December 3, the House Intelligence Committee revealed in its impeachment report that Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani's indicted associate Lev Parnas made calls to Nunes on April 10 and April 12. The report only states the existence of the calls, not their content, but highlights that they occurred four days after an opinion piece containing disinformation about…

Staff (2019-12-08). Let's Push Democratic Presidential Hopefuls to Address U.S. Bases on Okinawa. truthout.org As Democratic presidential contenders gear up for the next debate on December 19, they are addressing many issues around foreign policy. However, it seems that all of them are neglecting to even discuss one major issue. | Roughly one in eight overseas U.S. troops are in Okinawa, Japan. The U.S. maintains 31 military facilities there, all without securing Okinawa's consent. A new base — supposedly…

news.un (2019-12-08). Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and 'must be fought by all, for all'. news.un.org As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is "essential…to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind", the UN anti-crime chief said on Sunday.

Yves Engler (2019-12-08). Sun Never Sets on Canadian Military. globalresearch.ca Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that the sun never sets on the military their taxes pay for. | This country is not formally at war yet more than 2,100 Canadian troops are sprinkled across the globe. According to the …

Staff (2019-12-08). Hurricanes Are More Destructive Than Ever. truthdig.com Danish researchers have settled a problem of US disaster accounting, confirming that in the last century North America's worst hurricanes have become three times more frequent — and significantly more destructive. | Such calculations sound as though they ought to be simple. They are not. In 1900, the entire population of the planet was about 1.6 billion people, most of whom lived in rural areas. By 2018, global population had reached 7.5 billion, and more than half of the world was concentrated in cities. In effect, any hurrican…

EWG (2019-12-08). Pesticides in the Food You Eat and the Water You Drink. "U.S. Kids Continue to be Exposed" globalresearch.ca The European Union today confirmed it will ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops early next year, citing the risk of brain damage to children — evidence the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored in scuttling a proposed …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-08). A Troubled Family: NATO Turns 70. globalresearch.ca Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting. While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are supposedly signatories to the same agreement, a casual glance would have …

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-08). The Planned 1933 Fascist Coup in America. globalresearch.ca The secret US government and the European bankers have cherished this plan of an American fascist dictatorship for many decades, a plan that almost succeeded when a group of American financiers (including George H. W. Bush's father Prescott Bush) …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-12-08). Summit Nato, si rafforza il partito della guerra. globalresearch.ca Macron ha parlato di ´morte cerebrale ª della Nato, altri la definiscono ´moribonda ª. Siamo dunque di fronte a una Alleanza che, senza più una testa pensante, si sta sgretolando per effetto delle fratture interne? I litigi al Summit di Londra sembrano …

RT (2019-12-08). FBI presumes Pensacola shooting an act of terrorism as probe continues. rt.com The FBI has confirmed that it is presuming Friday's fatal shooting at a naval base in Florida was an "act of terrorism." However, the agency has not yet confirmed the killer's motivations, or whether he was a member of a network.

The Canary (2019-12-08). Boris Johnson accused of lying over pledge to cut immigration after Brexit. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has been accused of lying to the public over his promises to reduce immigration.The Conservative Party has set out its plans for an Australian-style points-based immigration system, which would put no limits on highly educated and award-winning workers, investors or entrepreneurs coming to Britain after Brexit.It would also fast-track and offer reduced fees to doctors, nurses or social care workers who want to come to work in the NHS. | In an interview with Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, Johnson said he could guarantee "numbers will come down" as part of the "controlled" measures.But sha…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-08). Pearl Harbor Revisited: Dispelling Surprise Attack Mythology. globalresearch.ca December 7, 2019 is the 78th anniversary of what Franklin Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy (when) the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."…

Prof. Graeme McQueen (2019-12-08). Remember Pearl Harbor: Provoking Japan, Provoking North Korea. globalresearch.ca Featured image: A destroyed Vindicator at Ewa field, the victim of one of the smaller attacks on the approach to Pearl Harbor (Source: Wikimedia Commons). First published on December 4, 2017 | December 7, 1941. Seventy-eight years ago. incisive …

Prof. James Petras (2019-12-08). Provocations as Pretexts for Imperial War: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11. globalresearch.ca The task of imperial rulers is to fabricate a world in which the enemy is portrayed as an 'invader' or an 'aggressor'

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-08). Israel Bombs Gaza, Israeli Bot Group Caught Spreading Hate & US Admits Houthis Not "Iran Proxy" thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/7/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Impeach Piñera (2019-12-08). "The Oppressive State is a Macho Rapist" Chilean flashmob dance comes to San Francisco. indybay.org The viral anti-state, anti-femicide dance flashmob from Chile has come to San Francisco.

RT (2019-12-08). Hong Kong police retrieve PISTOL & 100+ live rounds for 1st time aimed at 'creating chaos'. rt.com In what appears to be the first firearm seizure linked to massive rallies, police in the former British colony have found a semi-automatic pistol and live ammunition — along with knives and even a Japanese sword. | Hong Kong police have carried out raids early on Sunday, as the city braces for another wave of protests against the local and Beijing government. In wake of the searches, officers found an Austrian-made Glock pistol and four magazines, three of which were loaded with a total of 105 live rounds. | Glock is particularly valued by police and security forces worldwide for its simplicity, versatil…

Norman Solomon (2019-12-08). Kerry's Endorsement of Biden Fits: Two Deceptive Supporters of the Iraq War. indybay.org Character and Experience… in Mass Slaughter…

Text: RR Photos: Leo Leung, Pro Bono Photo (2019-12-08). Palo Alto Youth Lead Local Protest during U.N. Climate Conference. indybay.org This year is the 25th meeting of the conference under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP25. The conference is being held December 2 through the 13th in Madrid. In Palo Alto, California on December 6th, youth activists led a Climate Strike, part of a coordinated international action timed to coincide with the U.N. Conference.

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-12-08). SF Climate Strike at BlackRock and March to Senator Feinstein's Office. indybay.org Photos: Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo | Message of climate urgency delivered where most needed in day of world wide protests…

Brenda Norrell (2019-12-08). 'No Spiritual Surrender: A Dedication to the Standing Rock Movement' Photos of Resilience. indybay.org Photojournalist Ryan Vizzions photos of Standing Rock Water Protectors in the camps and on the frontlines have appeared around the world. Vizzions' new book chronicles the resilience and resistance of Water Protectors and the militarized police they faced, with forwards by Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, and Pte San Wastewin, Hunkpapa Lakota.

Sunrise Movement Bay Area (2019-12-08). Changing Climate: Aligning Tech, Policy, Activism, & Equity. indybay.org DXLabs, 690 18th St, Oakland, CA 94612-1339…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-12-08). 2019 Sacramento Kwanzaa: A Special Karamu Celebration. indybay.org The notion of "potluck" Kwanzaa in the 21st Century is a challenging local tradition that should not be a salient notion or limiting factor toward embracing Umoja year round and throughout the Kwanzaa season, Matunda ya Kwanza.

Bryan Bowman (2019-12-08). Grace Blakeley: The World Must be Saved from Financialization. indybay.org Even when times are good, the many have been largely excluded from the success enjoyed by the few. Where many see a strong economy today, Grace Blakeley sees not only the early indicators of an inevitable recession, but the "death throes" of an entire economic model that is crumbling before our eyes. She warns of a bleak future but also offers a hopeful alternative vision.

Mike Rhodes (2019-12-08). 50 Years of Resistance. indybay.org This is a radio show I produced about the 50 Years of Resistance event held in Fresno in June 2019. The show features several speakers, including David Harris, Vince Lavery, Sandra Iyall and Don Teeter talking about the anti-war/Draft Resistance movement in Fresno in the late 1960's and early 70's.

RT (2019-12-08). FBI confirms identity of Pensacola shooter, US Navy says slain sailors confronted him before demise (PHOTO). rt.com The FBI has released a photo of the Saudi gunman who killed three people at a US naval base in Florida on Friday, formally identifying him as Mohammed Alshamrani and asking the public for tip-offs about his "activities." | "The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani," the FBI field office in Jacksonville said in a statement on Twitter, accompanying it with a photo of the attacker that has been widely circulated on social media. | The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani. Anyone with information regarding his activites is encouraged to call…

RT (2019-12-08). 'I plan to seek justice': Max Blumenthal vows legal action after US govt drops 'bogus' assault charges against him. rt.com The US government has dropped all charges against Max Blumenthal, after arresting the journalist over a dubious 5-month-old warrant. But the Grayzone editor says the case is far from closed. | Blumenthal was detained for nearly two days after police raided his Washington, DC office in October. The month-old warrant for his arrest listed the journalist as "armed and dangerous," and police carrying out the warrant reportedly threatened to kick down his door.The government's case was based solely on an unsubstantiated claim made by a right-wing Venezuelan opposition activist, Naylet Pacheco, who alleged that Blum…

RT (2019-12-08). Newsweek reporter resigns after accusing outlet of SUPPRESSING story about OPCW leak that undermines Syria 'gas attack' narrative. rt.com A reporter for Newsweek says he has quit his job after his editor allegedly refused to publish an article about an internal email that raises serious questions about the OPCW's findings on an alleged gas attack in Douma, Syria. | "Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason," Tareq Haddad tweeted out on Saturday. | I have collected evidence of how they suppressed the story in addition to evidence from another case where info inconvenient to US govt was removed, though it was factually correct.— Tareq…

RT (2019-12-08). Ukraine's Zelensky to be TOPPLED by protests if he crosses 'red lines' in Paris, TV host warns, as crowds cheer. rt.com Pressure is mounting on Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, with the opposition threatening him with civil unrest should he show weakness during the Normandy Four talks with Russian, French and German leaders on Monday. | Thousands attended a rally at the iconic Maidan square in the center of the Ukrainian capital, organized in the run-up to the high-profile meeting by the parties of Petro Poroshenko, whom Zelensky defeated in the spring election, as well as former PM Yulia Tymoshenko and rock star Vyacheslav Vakarchuk. And the speakers on stage didn't mince words. | | © Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko…

RT (2019-12-08). Nadler says vote 'possible' on Trump articles of impeachment this week, Republicans protest. rt.com House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has said that his panel may vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week. However, Republicans say he is trying to railroad impeachment through Congress. | "It's possible" that the committee may vote on the articles this week, Nadler (D-New York) told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. He added that there is "a lot to consider" in deciding which charges to bring against Trump. | Before determining what impeachable offenses to charge the president with, Nadler's committee will hold a hearing on Monday. Republicans on the committee clai…

RT (2019-12-08). Russia's Crimea welcomes record number of tourists in post-Soviet era. rt.com More than 7 million people have spent their vacations in Crimea so far this year, Deputy Chairman of Crimea's Council of Ministers and Permanent Presidential Envoy Georgy Muradov said, setting a post-Soviet record. | Muradov told TASS that "Crimea is Russia's second most visited region for tourism and recreation after the Krasnodar Region." | | Swallow's Nest Castle © Pixabay.com | Despite Western sanctions targeting the Black Sea peninsula (due to its reunification with Russia), Crimea is becoming increasingly popular with foreign tourists, Muradov said. This includes travelers from the United States a…

RT (2019-12-08). Russia-Ukraine fallout won't threaten security of EU gas supply. rt.com Even if Russia and Ukraine were to fail to reach an agreement on the natural gas transit through Ukraine onto Europe, the security of gas supply in the European Union (EU) will not be materially threatened. | The current ten-year gas transit agreement between Russia and Ukraine expires on December 31, 2019. The parties need to reach a new agreement by that date to set the terms of deliveries of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine's territory. | Russia has been building pipelines to Europe and Turkey that bypass Ukraine—TurkStream and Nord Stream 2. Ukraine, for its part, is a key transit country for Russia…

RT (2019-12-08). 'You're killing the dreams of a whole lot of youth' — Roy Jones Jr on Russia's potential Olympic ban instigated by WADA. rt.com Boxing great Roy Jones Jr, who notoriously was cheated out of an Olympic gold medal in Seoul in 1988 and knows a thing or two about ruined hopes, spoke about Russia's potential four-year ban from international sports competitions. | Prior to the start of his professional career, the 19-year-old Jones entered the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea as the youngest member of the US Olympic Boxing Team to reach the final without losing a single round on his way to it. However, his gold medal hopes were ruined by the judges, who scored the fight in favor of his opponent, South Korea native Park Si-Hun, despite the…

RT (2019-12-08). Sports lawyer hopes WADA makes fair decision in 'political fight' over doping in Russian sports. rt.com The World Anti-Doping Agency should listen to both sides before punishing Russian athletes for something they have no control over, a prominent Swiss sports lawyer told RT, adding that the scandal seems politically motivated. | WADA has accused the Russian anti-doping agency of submitting inconsistent raw data to the world body, and threatened to ban Russia from hosting major sporting events for the next four years, and force its athletes to compete under a neutral flag. This would impact Russia's participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well as the 2023 hosting of the ice hockey world championship. | Russ…

RT (2019-12-08). Russia-NATO relations DEGRADING, causing global security to decline — Defense Minister. rt.com Russia is ready to work with NATO despite the alliance's buildup near its borders and unfounded claims of a Russian threat, but all of Moscow's proposals are falling on deaf ears, Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, has warned. | "Everything isn't just halted, but degrading every year," Shoigu told Rossiya 1 broadcaster when asked about the current state of Russia-NATO relations. | There was "quite active cooperation" between Russia and the bloc just five years ago, but "now our partners, along with the US, of course, are withdrawing from most of the agreements. The security space is getting narrower and narrower…

RT (2019-12-08). Social justice or bullying a child? American ballerina rounds up Instagram mob to lecture 14yo Russian dancer on blackface. rt.com The US may be cannibalizing itself with social justice dogma, but some places remain untouched by the long arm of the woke. Not anymore, as a prominent ballerina took to hounding Russian children on the internet for 'racism.' | Ballerina Misty Copeland made history in 2015 by becoming the American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. She's since appeared in productions of 'Swan Lake,' 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'The Nutcracker,' among others. Lately, however, she's also found time to publicly shame Russian children for not measuring up to American standards of political correctness. | In an Instagram pos…

RT (2019-12-08). Iran unveils budget plan to fend off US sanctions by cutting dependence on oil. rt.com Tehran will gradually reduce reliance on its oil reserves, ranked the third largest in the world, as it is set to resist the sweeping US sanctions that seek to curb Iranian crude exports to zero. | President Hassan Rouhani has pitched a budget bill to parliament, telling lawmakers that "this is a budget to resist [US] sanctions… with the least possible dependence on oil." He estimated it at around $38.8 billion for the next Iranian year which starts March 2020, according to Reuters. | The Iranian oil trade has been hit by US sanctions after the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the milestone 20…

RT (2019-12-08). Missiles aside: Kim Jong-un smiles big as he inaugurates N. Korea's luxury ski resort (VIDEO). rt.com Situated deep in North Korea's highlands, an ultra-modern mountain resort opened its doors to local (and maybe foreign) visitors. If you consider spending your holidays there, be advised — Kim Jong-un massively approves of it. | The North Korean leader has abandoned affairs of the state for at least a day, visiting the hot springs and spa complex in Yangdok County east of Pyongyang. State media have filmed him cutting the ribbon and then peacefully watching people swim in several modern-looking pools. | Smiling big and wide, he cheerfully greeted the chilling swimmers (although it remains unclear if the…

RT (2019-12-08). Kim Jong-un has 'everything to lose' & doesn't want to break our 'special relationship' — Trump. rt.com President Donald Trump has insisted that the US will stick to its goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, saying that Kim Jong-un is "too smart and has far too much to lose" to do otherwise. | "Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way," Trump tweeted on Sunday. "He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore. He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States." | Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong…

RT (2019-12-08). Group of Muslims beat & rob Christian street preacher in Norway, threaten to kill him if he does not convert to Islam. rt.com A Christian man preaching in the streets of a Norwegian city was beaten and robbed after being asked for spiritual healing by a group of Muslim men. He was also threatened with death if he did not convert to Islam. | Roar Flottum was preaching and praying for the sick in Trondheim when he was approached by four Muslim men. According to Flottum, the group asked him to come pray for a friend who had injured his foot. Instead, they led him to a secluded backyard and then pushed him down a cellar staircase. After beating and robbing him, the group allegedly threatened to kill the Christian street preacher if he di…

RT (2019-12-08). Mars will wait! Neil deGrasse Tyson trolls Musk, advising him to drop Tesla & focus on developing WARP DRIVE. rt.com Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has jokingly called on Elon Musk to pour all his resources into creating 'warp drive' technology. His suggestion resulted in dozens of memes being launched into internet orbit. | In a tweet that received more than 120,000 likes, Tyson said that Musk should "stop dallying around" with Space X, Tesla and his other entrepreneurial ventures, and instead focus on creating the fictional propulsion system beloved by Star Trek fans. | Dear @ElonMusk, | When are you going to stop dallying with Mars Rockets & Hype…

RT (2019-12-08). 'The best goal of my career': Watch the brilliant backheel Luis Suarez says is his BEST EVER strike (VIDEO). rt.com The recipient of the next Puskas Award for the year's best goal might just be a foregone conclusion after Luis Suarez's stunning backheel goal during Barcelona's 5-2 demolition of Mallorca on Saturday. | The Uruguayan marksman finished off a typically fluid Barcelona attack just before halftime as he executed a sublime lobbed backheel finish into the far corner of the net. | Also on rt.com | | Golden balls on display! Lionel Messi to parade record SIXTH Ballon d'Or before Barcelona's game with Mallorca | "It's the best goal of my career," Suarez s…

Julie Hollar (2019-12-07). How Media Turn Support for Public Schools Into Opposition to Children of Color. fair.org by Julie Hollar | Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic presidential candidates are rejecting the Obama administration's embrace of charter schools, and media observers aren't taking kindly to it. "Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools," blared a recent New York Times headline ( 11/26/19). "The front-runners for the presidential nomination are moving away from the charter school movement, and black and Latino families ask why…

Ben Norton (2019-12-07). US government drops case against Max Blumenthal after jailing journalist on false charges. thegrayzone.com As the mysterious disappearance of Secret Service records and complete absence of evidence supporting its case came to light, the…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-07). Towards "NATO-Exit"? Shift in the Structure of Military Coalitions. Turkey's Alliance with Russia, China and Iran? globalresearch.ca Contemporary developments point to a historical shift in the structure of military alliances which indelibly contributes to weakening US hegemony as well as creating conditions which could result in the breakup of NATO.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-07). NATO Spending Pushes Europe from Welfare to Warfare. globalresearch.ca First published in April 2019 | After a recent anti-NATO conference in Florence, we spoke with Michel Chossudovsky about the alliance's problems. 'NATO's unspoken aim has been to implement a de facto "military occupation" of Western Europe, in all but name.'…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-07). France Shut Down by Nationwide Strike Action for Social Justice. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of French workers, youths and others protested over former Rothschild banker/French President Macron's pension reform scheme that's all about further eroding social justice by slashing vital benefits. | Most rail, other public transportation, and many flights …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-07). How the US Tortures. Report. globalresearch.ca Torture is a longstanding US policy, notably by the CIA and its henchmen. | The policy continues at secret global black sites under its new director Gina Haspel — earlier involved in running an offshore black site, notorious for torture during …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-07). House Judiciary Committee Sham Ukrainegate Hearings. globalresearch.ca Following House Intelligence Committee sham hearings, Judiciary Committee Dems began their own on Wednesday, the witch-hunt to continue days longer in the run-up to the yearend holiday break. | Wednesday's hearing featured four law professors — three supporting the Ukrainegate scam, …

Ralph Nader (2019-12-07). Why Not Also Go With "The Kitchen Table" Impeachable Offenses for Removal? commondreams.org President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7 on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. (Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-12-07). Bolivia: MAS Appoints Morales as Director of its 2020 Campaign. telesurenglish.net At a national meeting that brought together hundreds of militants in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Saturday designated former President Evo Morales as its campaign director for the 2020 elections. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Chamber of Deputies Approves "Guarantees Law" | "I am surprised by the great meeting held by the 'Process of Change' organiza…

teleSUR (2019-12-07). Colombia: Social Unrest Against Duque Begins 3er Week in a Row. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Paro Committee has called for a new protest on Saturday, which includes a vigil at night. For two weeks, Colombians have been protesting in rejection of President Ivan Duque's policies and in defense of the peace process. | RELATED: | Indigenous People Reaffirm Support for Protests in Colombia | Concentrations enlivened by cultural performances, dances, pot-banging and even a "cycle path of resistance" are some of the initiatives that have taken place throughou…

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-12-07). The Centuries-Long History of Extractive Greed. commondreams.org Any "climate action that doesn't connect the historic links between the carbon economy, colonialism, capitalism and ecological destruction would be oppressive to Indigenous communities," the author writes. (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Colectivo 'Tortilla con Sal' (2019-12-07). International Communications Congress: Now the Peoples Speak! telesurenglish.net The First International Communication Congress was led by the national leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), and its purpose was to discuss new mechanisms for exercising communication that allow greater participation and prominence of peoples. | RELATED: | Venezuela Boosts Ties of Brotherhood With US Indigenous People | The delegates gathered in the city of Caracas, capital of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the framework of the "International C…

WSWS (2019-12-07). Australian governments reject calls for removal of armed police from Aboriginal settlements. wsws.org With about 30 percent of its population being indigenous, the Northern Territory is Australia's most heavily-policed state or territory.

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-12-07). 70th NATO Anniversary Shows Alliance Is More Divided than Ever. globalresearch.ca When U.S. President Donald Trump cancels a NATO press conference because the other NATO leaders are mocking him, you know that something is wrong. At the historic NATO Summit to commemorate 70 years of NATO earlier this week, the …

Staff (2019-12-07). Uber Reports Over 3,000 Sexual Assaults on 2018 Rides. truthdig.com SAN FRANCISCO—Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018. | That figure includes 235 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides last year. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked and that some assaults occurred between riders. | The Thursday report, which the company hailed as the first of its kind, provides a rare look into the traffic deaths, murders and reported sexual assaults that took place during…

news.un (2019-12-07). Denouncing attacks against Baghdad protesters, UN warns 'violence risks placing Iraq on dangerous trajectory'. news.un.org The top UN official in Iraq has strongly condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters in Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens, calling for the perpetrators to be "identified and brought to justice without delay".

teleSUR (2019-12-07). France: Workers Paralyze Transport to Reject Pension Reform. telesurenglish.net For the third consecutive day, France is protesting against a pension reform through a nationwide general strike that keeps public transport paralyzed on Saturday. | RELATED: | French Police Fire Tear Gas at Workers Protesting Macron Reform | This is the result of the joint action of the workers of the national state-owned railway company SNCF and the workers of the public transport company in Paris RATP, who announced that their strike would continue until Dec. 9. | Last Thu…

WSWS (2019-12-07). WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks at Melbourne forum in defence of Assange. wsws.org In an indication of growing support for Assange, the forum was attended by over 100 people and addressed by two prominent lawyers and an academic.

The Canary (2019-12-07). Corbyn dismisses controversy surrounding leaked NHS documents as 'nonsense'. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed as "nonsense" the controversy surrounding the source of leaked documents used by Labour as proof the Tories are planning to sell the NHS.The Labour leader insisted the dossier was real after social media platform Reddit claimed the documents were disclosed as "part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia".Corbyn used the leaked papers as evidence that the government was at an advanced stage of negotiations with the US to open up the health service to American pharmaceutical companies. Asked about the claims during a campaign visit to Barry, South Wales Corbyn to…

The Canary (2019-12-07). Nobel science laureates stress urgency of addressing the climate crisis. thecanary.co Three of this year's Nobel Prize laureates have said addressing the climate crisis is of great importance.Winners of the prizes in physics, chemistry and economics issued the warning at a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm ahead of next week's presentation of the awards.Their remarks came as a global summit on climate chaos was taking place in Madrid.Nobel physics laureate Didier Queloz (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency/AP)Didier Queloz, who shared the physics prize for discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star, took issue with people who shrug off climate breakdown on the…

Peter Koenig (2019-12-07). NATO Is "Brain Dead". Institutionalized Killing as the "New Normal" globalresearch.ca NATO has institutionalized killing as the new normal. And in order to maintain this 'eternal war on terror' that sustains the US economy, we need ever-so-often a 'fake' terror attack — to keep the fear alive, to keep the arms flowing, …

WSWS (2019-12-07). SEP (UK) candidate Chris Marsden speaks on Kashmir and Palestine at Sheffield mosque hustings. wsws.org Marsden told the attentive audience, "Kashmir has been a terrible victim of the partition of India on religious and communal lines."

Staff (2019-12-07). Trump Has Built a Bureaucratic Wall to Keep Out Immigrants He Says He Wants. truthout.org This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. | Samir came to the United States from India in 2006 as a graduate student. He got a master's degree in environmental engineering, and af…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-12-07). Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over. Don't You Care? theintercept.com What happened to the guy who told his Muslim employees in 2015 that he would "fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment"?

Alexander Zaitchik (2019-12-07). Under Left and Right-Wing Leaders, the Amazon Has Burned. Can Latin America Reject Oil, Ranching, and Mining? theintercept.com The social gains of the pink tide were real, and striking. But they were ephemeral, and the cost to the environment was high.

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-07). Body of Palestinian Teen 'Arrested' by Israel Returned Home After 355 Days. imemc.org Tareq Hajjaj for Middle East Eye Mystery surrounds the death of Emad Khalil Ibrahim Shahin, 17, who was arrested on November 4, 2018, for breaching the Israeli fence between Gaza and Israel. Having slipped through Israel's security fence, Emad Khalil Ibrahim Shahin and his friends sneaked into an abandoned barracks …

Staff (2019-12-07). House Impeachment Report Cites Abuse of Power, Bribery, Corruption. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Previewing potential articles of impeachment, the House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history and the Founding Fathers to lay out the legal argument over the case against President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine. | The findings from the House Judiciary Committee do not spell out the formal charges against the president, which are being drafted ahead of votes, possibly as soon as next week. Instead, the report refutes Trump's criticism of the impeachment proceedings, arguing that the Constitution created impeachment as a "safety valve" so Americans would not have…

The Canary (2019-12-07). White House to shun hearing suggesting Trump knows he's likely to be impeached. thecanary.co The White House has said it will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's next impeachment hearing, in another sign Donald Trump has accepted he is likely to be impeached by the House.The decision came in a letter from White House counsel Pat Cipollone ahead of a deadline set by the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York.The two-paragraph letter did not expressly state the White House's refusal to participate. But a senior administration official told the Associated Press after the two-paragraph letter was released that that was the point it was intende…

Staff (2019-12-07). Bankrupt PG&E Makes $13.5 Billion Deal With California Wildfire Victims. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES—Pacific Gas and Electric announced Friday it has reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the deadly, devastating Northern California wildfires of 2017-2018 that were blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence. | The utility says the deal, which still requires court approval, represents a key step in leading it out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. | The deal is expected to resolve all claims arising from a series of deadly 2017 Northern California wi…

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-07). Belgian Trade Delegation to Israel Cancelled. imemc.org The trade mission would have taken place from the 8th to the 11th of December, will not go forward, due to criticism from the political opposition and several activist organizations, leading to its discontinuation, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. The delegation would have consisted of representatives from the Walloon …

Edward J. Martin (2019-12-07). The Origins of Democratic Socialism: Robert Owen and Worker Cooperatives. dissidentvoice.org Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) — emerged in the early 1970s, during a long-term rightist movement in the United States. The DSA's contribution to the American Left was its new founded identity as a radical organization born …

Dan Gettinger (2019-12-07). Turkey's Military Drones: An Export Product that's Disrupting NATO. globalresearch.ca Just over a decade ago, the prototype of an unmanned aircraft that would become the Bayraktar TB2 took off for its maiden flight at Sinop Airport on the Black Sea. There were few signs then that the mid-sized, twin-boom aircraft …

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-07). CPEC and Pakistan's "Pivot To Africa" globalresearch.ca Last week's Africa Envoys' Conference in Islamabad saw Pakistani diplomats brainstorming the best ways for their country to pivot to the eponymous continent, with the key takeaways being to prioritize military diplomacy and entrepreneurial engagement along what could prospectively be …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-07). Islamic Organization Criticizes Israel's Settlement Plans in Hebron. imemc.org The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned a controversial plan by Israel to build a new settlement in the heart of the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestine News Network reported. Naftali Bennett, right-wing Israeli minister of military affairs, said on Sunday, that the new settlement, to …

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-12-07). Who Is the Audience for the Judiciary Committee Hearing? commondreams.org House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaking with the press Wednesday after the committee's hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. (Screengrab: C-Span) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eric Zuesse (2019-12-07). Some False Statements Made in the Trump-Impeachment Hearings. dissidentvoice.org In the December 4th statement that was made by Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan was this: We have become the shining city on a hill. We have become the nation that leads the world in understanding what democracy is. One of the things we understand most profoundly is it's not a real democracy, it's …

Staff (2019-12-07). Appalachia Has a Rich History of Women-Led Social Movements. truthout.org After the 2016 presidential election, many people in the United States sought to understand the rise of Trump through stories of rural America. Books like "Hillbilly Elegy" and "Strangers in Their Own Land" examined conservative communities as a way to explain the rise in right-wing politics. | But for historian Jessie Wilkerson, who grew up in eastern Tennessee, there is something important missing from the stories that gained a spotlight after Donald Trump's election. Wilkerson studies women's history, part…

WSWS (2019-12-07). US farmer suicides on the rise as Trump's trade war, extreme weather hit hard. wsws.org Farm debt in the US stands at a combined $416 billion, which is an all-time high, and more than half of all farmers have lost money every year since 2013.

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Video: Israeli Air Force Bombed 'Iranian Targets' Near Syria-Iraq Border
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
The Israeli Air Force has carried out a new round of strikes on Iranian-linked targets near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The airstrikes reportedly hit at the al-Hamadan airport north of the town of al-Bukamal. | Pro-Israeli sources claimed that the strike destroyed …
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Fascists, with Help from the US, Are Trying to Take Control of Latin America
William Camacaro | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Clearing the FOG hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed William Camacaro, a Venezuelan activist living in New York City who is active with the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC and organizes food sovereignty tours to Venezuela, on the eve …
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Deconstructing Bolivia: Voices Inside and Outside Challenge Mainstream and Alternative Narratives
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
On the Global Research News Hour we do our best to cover a wide spectrum of topics from the environmental crisis to economic and geopolitical analysis to debunking war pre-text narratives. | We welcome listener support to maintain and improve the …
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North Korea Conducts 'Very Important' Test at Satellite Site
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-08
"If it is indeed a static engine test for a new solid or liquid fuel missile, it is yet another loud signal that the door for diplomacy is quickly slamming, if it isn't already," said Vipin Narang, a nuclear affairs expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.
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How Media Turn Support for Public Schools Into Opposition to Children of Color
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2019-12-08
"Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic presidential candidates are rejecting the Obama administration's embrace of charter schools, and media observers aren't taking kindly to it," the author writes. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US and UK military-intelligence apparatus campaigns to destroy Jeremy Corbyn
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-08
Days before Britain's historic election, the UK's military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs…
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Anglo-Zionist Plot Against Britain's Jeremy Corbyn
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Anglo-Zionists and UK religious leaders in cahoots with Israeli hardliners are going all-out to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from becoming UK prime minister in December 12 elections — because of his anti-war, progressive agenda. | He advocates a peace and stability foreign …
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Nuclear Armed and Dangerous Israel. Is Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Israel is nuclear-armed and dangerous, developing these weapons since the mid-1950s, its well-known open secret the official narrative conceals. | Its ruling authorities refused to sign the NPT or abide by its provisions. Nor do they permit IAEA inspections of …
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Evo Morales Vows to Return to Bolivia After Right-Wing Coup
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-08
The democratically elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, congratulated the Movement for Socialism (MAS) Party after having successfully completed its assembly, in which he endorsed its democratic vocation and presented its plan of political struggle to recover the government from the new far-right regime. | RELATED: | Bolivia: MAS Appoints Morales as Director of its 2020 Campaign | Through his Twitter account on Sunday, Morales said: "We are not alone in Bolivia or in the w…
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As mentiras que o Ocidente cria e depois consome
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Depois de terminar o meu trabalho no Médio Oriente, pelos menos por agora, estava à espera do meu voo para Santiago do Chile. Em Paris. Podia contar com alguns dias "livres", a processar o que ouvi e testemunhei em Beirute. …
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The US Is Forcing Macedonia to Change Its Name for NATO Membership — To Spite Russia
Bill Nicholov | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
I figured out why Republicans have become Democrats and are allowing the State Department to still be run by the Obama administration. To spite the Russians. For all the hate that each party has for each other, they hate the …
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Power of Siberia: Putin and the 'Biden Memorial Pipeline' to China
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
In early 2014 Washington staged a blatant coup d'etat in Ukraine breaking the historic relationship with Russia and setting the stage for the subsequent NATO demonization of Russia. The one in charge for the Obama Administration of the Ukraine coup …
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Why the UK Establishment Hates Jeremy Corbyn
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
He's been termed a 'national security risk' and an 'enemy of the state' by the mainstream media. On Sky News recently former Conservative and Times columnist Matthew Parris referred to his 'mad' conspiracy theories as he discussed with other journalists …
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Beating Trump Is Not Enough: The Real Change Democrats Must Pursue
Phillip Steck | commondreams.org | 2019-12-08
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Missing Stories: Three Big Issues the Media Is Missing
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-12-08
Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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New Report on Ocean Oxygen Loss Gives "Ultimate Wake-Up Call" to Act on Climate
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-08
A new report on ocean oxygen loss released Saturday should serve as the "ultimate wake-up call" to take bold action to rein in planet-warming emissions and save the world's "suffocating seas," researchers said. | The publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows how the problem known as ocean deoxygenation, driven by global warming and human-caused nutrient pollution, is expanding, with impacts on hu…
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Migrant Women and Girls Are Leading the Battle Against Climate Change
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-08
Into the late afternoon hours, the blistering light gave way to soft, horizontal rays that crisscrossed over Lebanon's Beqaa valley. The rays played with the children, casting long silhouettes of their forms, while they chased each other. As the temperature subsided, the elders of the community descended to the lowest level of the mosque-turned-refugee shelter. | Amid the cacophony, Abu Hassan paced back and forth along the dried-up marble fountain, the centre-piece of the makeshift living room, eve…
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The Trump Administration's Latest: A Plan to Foul the Alaska Arctic
Derrick Z. Jackson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Just as the world's scientists warn us in the strongest language yet that nations must ratchet up commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce fossil fuel emissions, the climate-denying Trump administration rolls out yet more plans to make things …
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How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Detain and Deport Immigrants
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-08
This article is co-published with The New York Times. | The logistical challenges were daunting, but as luck would have it, Immigration and Customs Enforcement already had a partner on its payroll: McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm brought on under the Obama administration to help engineer an "organizational transformation" in the ICE division charged with deporting migrants who are in the United States unlawfully. | ICE quickly redirected McKinsey toward helping the agency…
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Pressure Mounts for Deeper Investigation of Devin Nunes in Ukraine Scandal
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-08
Problems continue to mount for one of Trump's fiercest defenders in the House, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California). On December 3, the House Intelligence Committee revealed in its impeachment report that Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani's indicted associate Lev Parnas made calls to Nunes on April 10 and April 12. The report only states the existence of the calls, not their content, but highlights that they occurred four days after an opinion piece containing disinformation about…
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Let's Push Democratic Presidential Hopefuls to Address U.S. Bases on Okinawa
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-08
As Democratic presidential contenders gear up for the next debate on December 19, they are addressing many issues around foreign policy. However, it seems that all of them are neglecting to even discuss one major issue. | Roughly one in eight overseas U.S. troops are in Okinawa, Japan. The U.S. maintains 31 military facilities there, all without securing Okinawa's consent. A new base — supposedly…
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Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and 'must be fought by all, for all'
news.un.org | 2019-12-08
As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is "essential…to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind", the UN anti-crime chief said on Sunday.
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Sun Never Sets on Canadian Military
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that the sun never sets on the military their taxes pay for. | This country is not formally at war yet more than 2,100 Canadian troops are sprinkled across the globe. According to the …
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Football is standing up to right-wing racism at the best possible time
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-12-08
As the billionaire media's longstanding anti-Labour propaganda continues, football institutions are standing up to racism from the Conservative Party and its supporters. And with the 2019 election just days away, this could hardly come at a more important time. | Boris Johnson and co are 'fuelling racism':…
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Hurricanes Are More Destructive Than Ever
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-08
Danish researchers have settled a problem of US disaster accounting, confirming that in the last century North America's worst hurricanes have become three times more frequent — and significantly more destructive. | Such calculations sound as though they ought to be simple. They are not. In 1900, the entire population of the planet was about 1.6 billion people, most of whom lived in rural areas. By 2018, global population had reached 7.5 billion, and more than half of the world was concentrated in cities. In effect, any hurrican…
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Pesticides in the Food You Eat and the Water You Drink. "U.S. Kids Continue to be Exposed"
EWG | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
The European Union today confirmed it will ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops early next year, citing the risk of brain damage to children — evidence the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored in scuttling a proposed …
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The Planned 1933 Fascist Coup in America
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
The secret US government and the European bankers have cherished this plan of an American fascist dictatorship for many decades, a plan that almost succeeded when a group of American financiers (including George H. W. Bush's father Prescott Bush) …
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A Troubled Family: NATO Turns 70
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting. While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are supposedly signatories to the same agreement, a casual glance would have …
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Summit Nato, si rafforza il partito della guerra
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Macron ha parlato di ´morte cerebrale ª della Nato, altri la definiscono ´moribonda ª. Siamo dunque di fronte a una Alleanza che, senza più una testa pensante, si sta sgretolando per effetto delle fratture interne? I litigi al Summit di Londra sembrano …
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FBI presumes Pensacola shooting an act of terrorism as probe continues
rt.com | 2019-12-08
The FBI has confirmed that it is presuming Friday's fatal shooting at a naval base in Florida was an "act of terrorism." However, the agency has not yet confirmed the killer's motivations, or whether he was a member of a network. | …
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Boris Johnson accused of lying over pledge to cut immigration after Brexit
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-08
Boris Johnson has been accused of lying to the public over his promises to reduce immigration.The Conservative Party has set out its plans for an Australian-style points-based immigration system, which would put no limits on highly educated and award-winning workers, investors or entrepreneurs coming to Britain after Brexit.It would also fast-track and offer reduced fees to doctors, nurses or social care workers who want to come to work in the NHS. | In an interview with Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, Johnson said he could guarantee "numbers will come down" as part of the "controlled" measures.But sha…
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Pearl Harbor Revisited: Dispelling Surprise Attack Mythology
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
December 7, 2019 is the 78th anniversary of what Franklin Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy (when) the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."…
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Remember Pearl Harbor: Provoking Japan, Provoking North Korea
Prof. Graeme McQueen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
Featured image: A destroyed Vindicator at Ewa field, the victim of one of the smaller attacks on the approach to Pearl Harbor (Source: Wikimedia Commons). First published on December 4, 2017 | December 7, 1941. Seventy-eight years ago. incisive …
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Provocations as Pretexts for Imperial War: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-08
The task of imperial rulers is to fabricate a world in which the enemy is portrayed as an 'invader' or an 'aggressor'…
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Israel Bombs Gaza, Israeli Bot Group Caught Spreading Hate & US Admits Houthis Not "Iran Proxy"
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-08
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/7/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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"The Oppressive State is a Macho Rapist" Chilean flashmob dance comes to San Francisco
Impeach Piñera | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
The viral anti-state, anti-femicide dance flashmob from Chile has come to San Francisco.
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Hong Kong police retrieve PISTOL & 100+ live rounds for 1st time aimed at 'creating chaos'
rt.com | 2019-12-08
In what appears to be the first firearm seizure linked to massive rallies, police in the former British colony have found a semi-automatic pistol and live ammunition — along with knives and even a Japanese sword. | Hong Kong police have carried out raids early on Sunday, as the city braces for another wave of protests against the local and Beijing government. In wake of the searches, officers found an Austrian-made Glock pistol and four magazines, three of which were loaded with a total of 105 live rounds. | Glock is particularly valued by police and security forces worldwide for its simplicity, versatil…
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Kerry's Endorsement of Biden Fits: Two Deceptive Supporters of the Iraq War
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
Character and Experience… in Mass Slaughter…
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Palo Alto Youth Lead Local Protest during U.N. Climate Conference
Text: RR Photos: Leo Leung, Pro Bono Photo | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
This year is the 25th meeting of the conference under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP25. The conference is being held December 2 through the 13th in Madrid. In Palo Alto, California on December 6th, youth activists led a Climate Strike, part of a coordinated international action timed to coincide with the U.N. Conference.
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SF Climate Strike at BlackRock and March to Senator Feinstein's Office
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
Photos: Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo | Message of climate urgency delivered where most needed in day of world wide protests…
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'No Spiritual Surrender: A Dedication to the Standing Rock Movement' Photos of Resilience
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
Photojournalist Ryan Vizzions photos of Standing Rock Water Protectors in the camps and on the frontlines have appeared around the world. Vizzions' new book chronicles the resilience and resistance of Water Protectors and the militarized police they faced, with forwards by Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, and Pte San Wastewin, Hunkpapa Lakota.
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Changing Climate: Aligning Tech, Policy, Activism, & Equity
Sunrise Movement Bay Area | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
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2019 Sacramento Kwanzaa: A Special Karamu Celebration
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
The notion of "potluck" Kwanzaa in the 21st Century is a challenging local tradition that should not be a salient notion or limiting factor toward embracing Umoja year round and throughout the Kwanzaa season, Matunda ya Kwanza.
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Grace Blakeley: The World Must be Saved from Financialization
Bryan Bowman | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
Even when times are good, the many have been largely excluded from the success enjoyed by the few. Where many see a strong economy today, Grace Blakeley sees not only the early indicators of an inevitable recession, but the "death throes" of an entire economic model that is crumbling before our eyes. She warns of a bleak future but also offers a hopeful alternative vision.
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50 Years of Resistance
Mike Rhodes | indybay.org | 2019-12-08
This is a radio show I produced about the 50 Years of Resistance event held in Fresno in June 2019. The show features several speakers, including David Harris, Vince Lavery, Sandra Iyall and Don Teeter talking about the anti-war/Draft Resistance movement in Fresno in the late 1960's and early 70's.
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FBI confirms identity of Pensacola shooter, US Navy says slain sailors confronted him before demise (PHOTO)
rt.com | 2019-12-08
The FBI has released a photo of the Saudi gunman who killed three people at a US naval base in Florida on Friday, formally identifying him as Mohammed Alshamrani and asking the public for tip-offs about his "activities." | "The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani," the FBI field office in Jacksonville said in a statement on Twitter, accompanying it with a photo of the attacker that has been widely circulated on social media. | The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani. Anyone with information regarding his activites is encouraged to call…
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'I plan to seek justice': Max Blumenthal vows legal action after US govt drops 'bogus' assault charges against him
rt.com | 2019-12-08
The US government has dropped all charges against Max Blumenthal, after arresting the journalist over a dubious 5-month-old warrant. But the Grayzone editor says the case is far from closed. | Blumenthal was detained for nearly two days after police raided his Washington, DC office in October. The month-old warrant for his arrest listed the journalist as "armed and dangerous," and police carrying out the warrant reportedly threatened to kick down his door.The government's case was based solely on an unsubstantiated claim made by a right-wing Venezuelan opposition activist, Naylet Pacheco, who alleged that Blum…
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Newsweek reporter resigns after accusing outlet of SUPPRESSING story about OPCW leak that undermines Syria 'gas attack' narrative
rt.com | 2019-12-08
A reporter for Newsweek says he has quit his job after his editor allegedly refused to publish an article about an internal email that raises serious questions about the OPCW's findings on an alleged gas attack in Douma, Syria. | "Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason," Tareq Haddad tweeted out on Saturday. | I have collected evidence of how they suppressed the story in addition to evidence from another case where info inconvenient to US govt was removed, though it was factually correct.– Tareq…
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Ukraine's Zelensky to be TOPPLED by protests if he crosses 'red lines' in Paris, TV host warns, as crowds cheer
rt.com | 2019-12-08
Pressure is mounting on Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, with the opposition threatening him with civil unrest should he show weakness during the Normandy Four talks with Russian, French and German leaders on Monday. | Thousands attended a rally at the iconic Maidan square in the center of the Ukrainian capital, organized in the run-up to the high-profile meeting by the parties of Petro Poroshenko, whom Zelensky defeated in the spring election, as well as former PM Yulia Tymoshenko and rock star Vyacheslav Vakarchuk. And the speakers on stage didn't mince words. | | © Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko…
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Nadler says vote 'possible' on Trump articles of impeachment this week, Republicans protest
rt.com | 2019-12-08
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has said that his panel may vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week. However, Republicans say he is trying to railroad impeachment through Congress. | "It's possible" that the committee may vote on the articles this week, Nadler (D-New York) told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. He added that there is "a lot to consider" in deciding which charges to bring against Trump. | Before determining what impeachable offenses to charge the president with, Nadler's committee will hold a hearing on Monday. Republicans on the committee clai…
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Russia's Crimea welcomes record number of tourists in post-Soviet era
rt.com | 2019-12-08
More than 7 million people have spent their vacations in Crimea so far this year, Deputy Chairman of Crimea's Council of Ministers and Permanent Presidential Envoy Georgy Muradov said, setting a post-Soviet record. | Muradov told TASS that "Crimea is Russia's second most visited region for tourism and recreation after the Krasnodar Region." | | Swallow's Nest Castle © Pixabay.com | Despite Western sanctions targeting the Black Sea peninsula (due to its reunification with Russia), Crimea is becoming increasingly popular with foreign tourists, Muradov said. This includes travelers from the United States a…
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Russia-Ukraine fallout won't threaten security of EU gas supply
rt.com | 2019-12-08
Even if Russia and Ukraine were to fail to reach an agreement on the natural gas transit through Ukraine onto Europe, the security of gas supply in the European Union (EU) will not be materially threatened. | The current ten-year gas transit agreement between Russia and Ukraine expires on December 31, 2019. The parties need to reach a new agreement by that date to set the terms of deliveries of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine's territory. | Russia has been building pipelines to Europe and Turkey that bypass Ukraine–TurkStream and Nord Stream 2. Ukraine, for its part, is a key transit country for Russia…
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'You're killing the dreams of a whole lot of youth' — Roy Jones Jr on Russia's potential Olympic ban instigated by WADA
rt.com | 2019-12-08
Boxing great Roy Jones Jr, who notoriously was cheated out of an Olympic gold medal in Seoul in 1988 and knows a thing or two about ruined hopes, spoke about Russia's potential four-year ban from international sports competitions. | Prior to the start of his professional career, the 19-year-old Jones entered the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea as the youngest member of the US Olympic Boxing Team to reach the final without losing a single round on his way to it. However, his gold medal hopes were ruined by the judges, who scored the fight in favor of his opponent, South Korea native Park Si-Hun, despite the…
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Social justice or bullying a child? American ballerina rounds up Instagram mob to lecture 14yo Russian dancer on blackface
rt.com | 2019-12-08
The US may be cannibalizing itself with social justice dogma, but some places remain untouched by the long arm of the woke. Not anymore, as a prominent ballerina took to hounding Russian children on the internet for 'racism.' | Ballerina Misty Copeland made history in 2015 by becoming the American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. She's since appeared in productions of 'Swan Lake,' 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'The Nutcracker,' among others. Lately, however, she's also found time to publicly shame Russian children for not measuring up to American standards of political correctness. | In an Instagram pos…
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Sports lawyer hopes WADA makes fair decision in 'political fight' over doping in Russian sports
rt.com | 2019-12-08
The World Anti-Doping Agency should listen to both sides before punishing Russian athletes for something they have no control over, a prominent Swiss sports lawyer told RT, adding that the scandal seems politically motivated. | WADA has accused the Russian anti-doping agency of submitting inconsistent raw data to the world body, and threatened to ban Russia from hosting major sporting events for the next four years, and force its athletes to compete under a neutral flag. This would impact Russia's participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well as the 2023 hosting of the ice hockey world championship. | Russ…
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Russia-NATO relations DEGRADING, causing global security to decline — Defense Minister
rt.com | 2019-12-08
Russia is ready to work with NATO despite the alliance's buildup near its borders and unfounded claims of a Russian threat, but all of Moscow's proposals are falling on deaf ears, Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, has warned. | "Everything isn't just halted, but degrading every year," Shoigu told Rossiya 1 broadcaster when asked about the current state of Russia-NATO relations. | There was "quite active cooperation" between Russia and the bloc just five years ago, but "now our partners, along with the US, of course, are withdrawing from most of the agreements. The security space is getting narrower and narrower…
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Iran unveils budget plan to fend off US sanctions by cutting dependence on oil
rt.com | 2019-12-08
Tehran will gradually reduce reliance on its oil reserves, ranked the third largest in the world, as it is set to resist the sweeping US sanctions that seek to curb Iranian crude exports to zero. | President Hassan Rouhani has pitched a budget bill to parliament, telling lawmakers that "this is a budget to resist [US] sanctions… with the least possible dependence on oil." He estimated it at around $38.8 billion for the next Iranian year which starts March 2020, according to Reuters. | The Iranian oil trade has been hit by US sanctions after the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the milestone 20…
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Missiles aside: Kim Jong-un smiles big as he inaugurates N. Korea's luxury ski resort (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-12-08
Situated deep in North Korea's highlands, an ultra-modern mountain resort opened its doors to local (and maybe foreign) visitors. If you consider spending your holidays there, be advised — Kim Jong-un massively approves of it. | The North Korean leader has abandoned affairs of the state for at least a day, visiting the hot springs and spa complex in Yangdok County east of Pyongyang. State media have filmed him cutting the ribbon and then peacefully watching people swim in several modern-looking pools. | Smiling big and wide, he cheerfully greeted the chilling swimmers (although it remains unclear if the…
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Kim Jong-un has 'everything to lose' & doesn't want to break our 'special relationship' — Trump
rt.com | 2019-12-08
President Donald Trump has insisted that the US will stick to its goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, saying that Kim Jong-un is "too smart and has far too much to lose" to do otherwise. | "Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way," Trump tweeted on Sunday. "He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore. He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States." | Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong…
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Group of Muslims beat & rob Christian street preacher in Norway, threaten to kill him if he does not convert to Islam
rt.com | 2019-12-08
A Christian man preaching in the streets of a Norwegian city was beaten and robbed after being asked for spiritual healing by a group of Muslim men. He was also threatened with death if he did not convert to Islam. | Roar Flottum was preaching and praying for the sick in Trondheim when he was approached by four Muslim men. According to Flottum, the group asked him to come pray for a friend who had injured his foot. Instead, they led him to a secluded backyard and then pushed him down a cellar staircase. After beating and robbing him, the group allegedly threatened to kill the Christian street preacher if he di…
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Mars will wait! Neil deGrasse Tyson trolls Musk, advising him to drop Tesla & focus on developing WARP DRIVE
rt.com | 2019-12-08
Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has jokingly called on Elon Musk to pour all his resources into creating 'warp drive' technology. His suggestion resulted in dozens of memes being launched into internet orbit. | In a tweet that received more than 120,000 likes, Tyson said that Musk should "stop dallying around" with Space X, Tesla and his other entrepreneurial ventures, and instead focus on creating the fictional propulsion system beloved by Star Trek fans. | Dear @ElonMusk, | When are you going to stop dallying with Mars Rockets & Hype…
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'The best goal of my career': Watch the brilliant backheel Luis Suarez says is his BEST EVER strike (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-12-08
The recipient of the next Puskas Award for the year's best goal might just be a foregone conclusion after Luis Suarez's stunning backheel goal during Barcelona's 5-2 demolition of Mallorca on Saturday. | The Uruguayan marksman finished off a typically fluid Barcelona attack just before halftime as he executed a sublime lobbed backheel finish into the far corner of the net. | Also on rt.com | | Golden balls on display! Lionel Messi to parade record SIXTH Ballon d'Or before Barcelona's game with Mallorca | "It's the best goal of my career," Suarez s…
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How Media Turn Support for Public Schools Into Opposition to Children of Color
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-12-07
by Julie Hollar | Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic presidential candidates are rejecting the Obama administration's embrace of charter schools, and media observers aren't taking kindly to it. "Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools," blared a recent New York Times headline ( 11/26/19). "The front-runners for the presidential nomination are moving away from the charter school movement, and black and Latino families ask why…
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US government drops case against Max Blumenthal after jailing journalist on false charges
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-07
As the mysterious disappearance of Secret Service records and complete absence of evidence supporting its case came to light, the…
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Towards "NATO-Exit"? Shift in the Structure of Military Coalitions. Turkey's Alliance with Russia, China and Iran?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
Contemporary developments point to a historical shift in the structure of military alliances which indelibly contributes to weakening US hegemony as well as creating conditions which could result in the breakup of NATO.
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NATO Spending Pushes Europe from Welfare to Warfare
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
First published in April 2019 | After a recent anti-NATO conference in Florence, we spoke with Michel Chossudovsky about the alliance's problems. 'NATO's unspoken aim has been to implement a de facto "military occupation" of Western Europe, in all but name.'…
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House Judiciary Committee Sham Ukrainegate Hearings
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
Following House Intelligence Committee sham hearings, Judiciary Committee Dems began their own on Wednesday, the witch-hunt to continue days longer in the run-up to the yearend holiday break. | Wednesday's hearing featured four law professors — three supporting the Ukrainegate scam, …
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How the US Tortures. Report
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
Torture is a longstanding US policy, notably by the CIA and its henchmen. | The policy continues at secret global black sites under its new director Gina Haspel — earlier involved in running an offshore black site, notorious for torture during …
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France Shut Down by Nationwide Strike Action for Social Justice
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of French workers, youths and others protested over former Rothschild banker/French President Macron's pension reform scheme that's all about further eroding social justice by slashing vital benefits. | Most rail, other public transportation, and many flights …
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Why Not Also Go With "The Kitchen Table" Impeachable Offenses for Removal?
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2019-12-07
President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7 on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. (Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bolivia: MAS Appoints Morales as Director of its 2020 Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-07
At a national meeting that brought together hundreds of militants in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Saturday designated former President Evo Morales as its campaign director for the 2020 elections. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Chamber of Deputies Approves "Guarantees Law" | "I am surprised by the great meeting held by the 'Process of Change' organiza…
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Colombia: Social Unrest Against Duque Begins 3er Week in a Row
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-07
Colombia's National Paro Committee has called for a new protest on Saturday, which includes a vigil at night. For two weeks, Colombians have been protesting in rejection of President Ivan Duque's policies and in defense of the peace process. | RELATED: | Indigenous People Reaffirm Support for Protests in Colombia | Concentrations enlivened by cultural performances, dances, pot-banging and even a "cycle path of resistance" are some of the initiatives that have taken place throughou…
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The Centuries-Long History of Extractive Greed
Josue De Luna Navarro | commondreams.org | 2019-12-07
Any "climate action that doesn't connect the historic links between the carbon economy, colonialism, capitalism and ecological destruction would be oppressive to Indigenous communities," the author writes. (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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International Communications Congress: Now the Peoples Speak!
Colectivo 'Tortilla con Sal' | telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-07
The First International Communication Congress was led by the national leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), and its purpose was to discuss new mechanisms for exercising communication that allow greater participation and prominence of peoples. | RELATED: | Venezuela Boosts Ties of Brotherhood With US Indigenous People | The delegates gathered in the city of Caracas, capital of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the framework of the "International C…
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Australian governments reject calls for removal of armed police from Aboriginal settlements
wsws.org | 2019-12-07
With about 30 percent of its population being indigenous, the Northern Territory is Australia's most heavily-policed state or territory.
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70th NATO Anniversary Shows Alliance Is More Divided than Ever
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
When U.S. President Donald Trump cancels a NATO press conference because the other NATO leaders are mocking him, you know that something is wrong. At the historic NATO Summit to commemorate 70 years of NATO earlier this week, the …
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Uber Reports Over 3,000 Sexual Assaults on 2018 Rides
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-07
SAN FRANCISCO–Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018. | That figure includes 235 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides last year. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked and that some assaults occurred between riders. | The Thursday report, which the company hailed as the first of its kind, provides a rare look into the traffic deaths, murders and reported sexual assaults that took place during…
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Denouncing attacks against Baghdad protesters, UN warns 'violence risks placing Iraq on dangerous trajectory'
news.un.org | 2019-12-07
The top UN official in Iraq has strongly condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters in Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens, calling for the perpetrators to be "identified and brought to justice without delay".
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France: Workers Paralyze Transport to Reject Pension Reform
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-07
For the third consecutive day, France is protesting against a pension reform through a nationwide general strike that keeps public transport paralyzed on Saturday. | RELATED: | French Police Fire Tear Gas at Workers Protesting Macron Reform | This is the result of the joint action of the workers of the national state-owned railway company SNCF and the workers of the public transport company in Paris RATP, who announced that their strike would continue until Dec. 9. | Last Thu…
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WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks at Melbourne forum in defence of Assange
wsws.org | 2019-12-07
In an indication of growing support for Assange, the forum was attended by over 100 people and addressed by two prominent lawyers and an academic.
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Corbyn dismisses controversy surrounding leaked NHS documents as 'nonsense'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-07
Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed as "nonsense" the controversy surrounding the source of leaked documents used by Labour as proof the Tories are planning to sell the NHS.The Labour leader insisted the dossier was real after social media platform Reddit claimed the documents were disclosed as "part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia".Corbyn used the leaked papers as evidence that the government was at an advanced stage of negotiations with the US to open up the health service to American pharmaceutical companies. Asked about the claims during a campaign visit to Barry, South Wales Corbyn to…
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Nobel science laureates stress urgency of addressing the climate crisis
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-07
Three of this year's Nobel Prize laureates have said addressing the climate crisis is of great importance.Winners of the prizes in physics, chemistry and economics issued the warning at a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm ahead of next week's presentation of the awards.Their remarks came as a global summit on climate chaos was taking place in Madrid.Nobel physics laureate Didier Queloz (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency/AP)Didier Queloz, who shared the physics prize for discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star, took issue with people who shrug off climate breakdown on the…
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NATO Is "Brain Dead". Institutionalized Killing as the "New Normal"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
NATO has institutionalized killing as the new normal. And in order to maintain this 'eternal war on terror' that sustains the US economy, we need ever-so-often a 'fake' terror attack — to keep the fear alive, to keep the arms flowing, …
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SEP (UK) candidate Chris Marsden speaks on Kashmir and Palestine at Sheffield mosque hustings
wsws.org | 2019-12-07
Marsden told the attentive audience, "Kashmir has been a terrible victim of the partition of India on religious and communal lines."
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Trump Has Built a Bureaucratic Wall to Keep Out Immigrants He Says He Wants
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-07
This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. | Samir came to the United States from India in 2006 as a graduate student. He got a master's degree in environmental engineering, and af…
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Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over. Don't You Care?
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-12-07
What happened to the guy who told his Muslim employees in 2015 that he would "fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment"?
theintercept.com/2019/12/07/facebook-mar…

Under Left and Right-Wing Leaders, the Amazon Has Burned. Can Latin America Reject Oil, Ranching, and Mining?
Alexander Zaitchik | theintercept.com | 2019-12-07
The social gains of the pink tide were real, and striking. But they were ephemeral, and the cost to the environment was high.
theintercept.com/2019/12/07/amazon-latin…

Body of Palestinian Teen 'Arrested' by Israel Returned Home After 355 Days
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-07
Tareq Hajjaj for Middle East Eye Mystery surrounds the death of Emad Khalil Ibrahim Shahin, 17, who was arrested on November 4, 2018, for breaching the Israeli fence between Gaza and Israel. Having slipped through Israel's security fence, Emad Khalil Ibrahim Shahin and his friends sneaked into an abandoned barracks …
imemc.org/article/body-of-palestinian-te…

Belgian Trade Delegation to Israel Cancelled
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-07
The trade mission would have taken place from the 8th to the 11th of December, will not go forward, due to criticism from the political opposition and several activist organizations, leading to its discontinuation, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. The delegation would have consisted of representatives from the Walloon …
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The Origins of Democratic Socialism: Robert Owen and Worker Cooperatives
Edward J. Martin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-07
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) — emerged in the early 1970s, during a long-term rightist movement in the United States. The DSA's contribution to the American Left was its new founded identity as a radical organization born …
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Turkey's Military Drones: An Export Product that's Disrupting NATO
Dan Gettinger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
Just over a decade ago, the prototype of an unmanned aircraft that would become the Bayraktar TB2 took off for its maiden flight at Sinop Airport on the Black Sea. There were few signs then that the mid-sized, twin-boom aircraft …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-military-drones…

CPEC and Pakistan's "Pivot To Africa"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-07
Last week's Africa Envoys' Conference in Islamabad saw Pakistani diplomats brainstorming the best ways for their country to pivot to the eponymous continent, with the key takeaways being to prioritize military diplomacy and entrepreneurial engagement along what could prospectively be …
globalresearch.ca/military-diplomacy-ent…

Islamic Organization Criticizes Israel's Settlement Plans in Hebron
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-07
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned a controversial plan by Israel to build a new settlement in the heart of the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestine News Network reported. Naftali Bennett, right-wing Israeli minister of military affairs, said on Sunday, that the new settlement, to …
imemc.org/article/islamic-organization-c…

House Impeachment Report Cites Abuse of Power, Bribery, Corruption
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-07
WASHINGTON–Previewing potential articles of impeachment, the House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history and the Founding Fathers to lay out the legal argument over the case against President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine. | The findings from the House Judiciary Committee do not spell out the formal charges against the president, which are being drafted ahead of votes, possibly as soon as next week. Instead, the report refutes Trump's criticism of the impeachment proceedings, arguing that the Constitution created impeachment as a "safety valve" so Americans would not have…
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Who Is the Audience for the Judiciary Committee Hearing?
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-12-07
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaking with the press Wednesday after the committee's hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. (Screengrab: C-Span) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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White House to shun hearing suggesting Trump knows he's likely to be impeached
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-07
The White House has said it will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's next impeachment hearing, in another sign Donald Trump has accepted he is likely to be impeached by the House.The decision came in a letter from White House counsel Pat Cipollone ahead of a deadline set by the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York.The two-paragraph letter did not expressly state the White House's refusal to participate. But a senior administration official told the Associated Press after the two-paragraph letter was released that that was the point it was intende…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/12/07/wh…

Some False Statements Made in the Trump-Impeachment Hearings
Eric Zuesse | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-07
In the December 4th statement that was made by Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan was this: We have become the shining city on a hill. We have become the nation that leads the world in understanding what democracy is. One of the things we understand most profoundly is it's not a real democracy, it's …
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Appalachia Has a Rich History of Women-Led Social Movements
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-07
After the 2016 presidential election, many people in the United States sought to understand the rise of Trump through stories of rural America. Books like "Hillbilly Elegy" and "Strangers in Their Own Land" examined conservative communities as a way to explain the rise in right-wing politics. | But for historian Jessie Wilkerson, who grew up in eastern Tennessee, there is something important missing from the stories that gained a spotlight after Donald Trump's election. Wilkerson studies women's history, part…
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The way forward for the mass strike in France
wsws.org | 2019-12-07
The working class faces a fight to bring down the Macron government, drawing into struggle ever broader layers of workers and youth in France and internationally.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/07/pers…

US farmer suicides on the rise as Trump's trade war, extreme weather hit hard
wsws.org | 2019-12-07
Farm debt in the US stands at a combined $416 billion, which is an all-time high, and more than half of all farmers have lost money every year since 2013.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/07/farm…