2018-11-21: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2018-11-21). The Tide is Turning: Israel Is Losing on Two War Fronts. zcomm.org Needless to say, $72 million will not turn the tide in favor of Apartheid Israel, nor will it change the course of history that can only belong to the people who are unrelenting on achieving their long-coveted freedom…

Gary Leupp (2018-11-21). "Maybe He Did, and Maybe He Didn't:" Reflections on Morality in 2018. counterpunch.org I expected this, actually. I just didn't think it would be so crude, so buttheadedly amoral. Trump's view of the Saudis, in a nutshell, was announced last week: "They're a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development." Okay, 'nuff said. The Saudis buy billions in war planes, missiles, tanks, helicopters and other More

Dean Baker (2018-11-21). Nicholas Kristof and the China Trade War. counterpunch.org You really have to wonder if there is a ban on columnists and reporters mentioning wanton violation of the copyrights and patents of U.S. companies as a potential weapon for China in its trade war with the United States. Incredibly, as aspects of the trade war get highlighted and debated, wholesale violations of copyrights and More

W. T. Whitney (2018-11-21). Criminal Behavior: US May be Developing Biological Weapons. counterpunch.org The United States has great tolerance for wholesale killings. Think Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Think civilians killed in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq — in U.S. wars. Think biological weapons. An article appearing October 4, 2018 in Science magazine deals with a U.S. Defense Department project named "Insect Allies" which began in 2017 and runs for four years. More

NEVE GORDON, NICOLA PERUGINI (2018-11-21). Migrant Caravan: Branding Migrants "Human Shields" Has a Deadly Motive. counterpunch.org The "migrant caravan" is making its way towards the US border — and is facing countless obstacles and much opposition along the way. Most recently, protests erupted when a large group of the migrants reached the Mexican border town of Tijuana. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump was quick to join the clamour, accusing them of causing "crime More

Zhivko Illeieff (2018-11-21). How Media, Tech, and News Networks Normalize Trump's Propaganda. counterpunch.org Throughout his life, Edward Bernays (1891‚àí1995), known as the "father of public relations," argued in favor of using "third parties" to influence public opinion. "If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway," Bernays wrote in Propaganda (1923), his popular book that explored More

Middle East Monitor (2018-11-21). US Spy Agencies sued for failing to warn Khashoggi of threat. mintpressnews.com The agencies are being sued under what is known as Directive 191, a government policy that requires American institutions to warn individuals of "impending threats of intentional killing, serious bodily injury or kidnapping"

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-11-21). Massive Demonstrations in Yemen Mark Muslim Holy Day and Signal Unbowed Resistance To Saudi War. mintpressnews.com Despite progress in peace talks and an appeal for calm, huge numbers of Yemeni residents have already responded to renewed Saudi coalition attacks by taking to the battlefield today.

Revolution Books (2018-11-21). Delicious Homemade Iranian Dinner! A Benefit for the Revolution. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

RT (2018-11-21). Disgusting Puppets: Joe Biden HONORS George W. Bush. iranian.com

Jake Johnson (2018-11-21). Trump Pledges Never-Ending Support For Saudi Arabia. Blames Iran For Every Middle East Problem. iranian.com In a bizarre, exclamation point-riddled statement on Tuesday that one critic said reads more "like a 6th grader's school report" than an official White House press release, President Donald Trump shrugged at the CIA's conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi—"maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"—and declared that the U.S. will […] | The post

Alastair Crooke (2018-11-21). The Iranian Albatross That Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck. iranian.com Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck. Mr. Trump, nor anyone else in his administration, has announced any conclusions about […]

Dick Nichols (2018-11-21). Portugal: Convention gears up Left Bloc for year of critical fights. zcomm.org The Left Bloc's Eleventh National Convention was an important step forward in building the fightback against hate-mongering racism and xenophobia…

wsws (2018-11-21). Amazon dictates terms to New York over second headquarters. wsws.org The deal between Amazon and the city and state will provide billions to the world's richest company.

Andrew J. Bacevich (2018-11-21). Zbigniew Brzezinski's Cold War. thenation.com Zbigniew Brzezinski's Cold War…

Huzaifa Zoomkawala (2018-11-21). An unhandsome toil. zcomm.org Here are poetic tangents — mine with Lorde's and Rukeyser's — to a podcast I heard last night: a tribute paid to Eqbal Ahmad by his friend, Edward Said. Said contrasted his personal 'filiation' with his 'affiliation' in relation to Ahmad and the world of idea(l)s, Ahmad's unceasing commitment to the creative versus mere politics, Read more…

Claudia Ciobanu (2018-11-21). How the 'Natural Family' Movement Brought Its War of Values to the Balkans. thenation.com How the 'Natural Family' Movement Brought Its War of Values to the Balkans…

Reader (2018-11-21). 5 Republican Private Citizens Became Presidents Through Treason. indybay.org The political party of the war profiteering plutocracy deals the tricks of the night.

Bradley Allen (2018-11-21). Public Risks from the Woolsey Fire and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory: A Letter to DTSC. indybay.org On November 19, representatives Henry Stern and Jesse Gabriel authored a joint letter to Barbara Lee, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). In their letter, Senator Stern and Assemblymember Gabriel call for "full transparency" to "ensure the public is fully aware of any public health risks posed by the Woolsey Fire on Santa Susana Field Laboratory." | Prior to the first round of data analysis, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control reported that its scientists "do not believe the fire caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exp…

Danny Sjursen (2018-11-21). Planet of War. zcomm.org Still Trapped in a Greater Middle Eastern Quagmire, the U.S. Military Prepares for Global Combat…

wsws (2018-11-21). UN says millions in Britain deliberately plunged into "great misery" wsws.org UN special rapporteur: "We are witnessing the gradual disappearance of the postwar British welfare state."

Dan Bacher (2018-11-21). West Coast crab fishermen sue fossil fuel industry over losses caused by climate change. indybay.org "Americans are well aware of the damaging and sometimes catastrophic effects of climate change," said Noah Oppenheim, PCFFA's executive director, in a press release. "For crab fishermen, that means significant portions of the Dungeness crab fishery have been closed repeatedly since 2015, including parts along the coast this year." Photo of Noah Oppenheim by Dan Bacher.

Yemeni Alliance Committee, Action Corps (2018-11-21). Rallies to End Yemen War at Rep Nancy Pelosi's Office. indybay.org SF Federal Building, 90 7th St., SF, CA 94103…

RT (2018-11-21). Duty to warn: US spies pressed to tell if they knew of Saudi plot against journalist Khashoggi. rt.com A US group promoting press freedom has sued US intelligence agencies to find out whether they failed to warn Jamal Khashoggi about an impending Saudi plot against him.

RT (2018-11-21). 'Put down the lettuce. Please move away from the lettuce.' E.coli scare casts pall over Thanksgiving. rt.com An E.coli outbreak has Americans terrified of lettuce for the second time this year as they prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. The Centers for Disease Control warned Tuesday to avoid romaine lettuce after a rash of infections.

Labor Video Project (2018-11-21). Somalians Rally In Paris To Protest Genocide Of Their Families and Communities In Somalia. indybay.org Over two hundred Somalians protested in Paris, France on November 17 2018 against the continuing genocide against their family and communities. The US, France and NATO helped lead to this crisis by the bombing and destruction of Libya in 2011.

AFP (2018-11-21). Trump tries but fails to block UN #MeToo Resolution. zcomm.org The United States failed on Monday to water down a UN resolution on combatting sexual harassment and violence against women despite backing from Russia, China, India, several Muslim countries and the Vatican…

RT (2018-11-21). Trump hands over written responses to Mueller's Russia probe questions. rt.com A lawyer for Donald Trump has confirmed that the US President has submitted answers to the questions penned by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. The questions refer to the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Moscow.

wsws (2018-11-21). Bipartisan push to ramp up police powers after Australia's latest "terror" attack. wsws.org Amid another anti-Muslim scare campaign, the Labor Party defended its "fine record of bipartisanship on national security."

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-21). Trump's Amoral Saudi Statement is a Pure and Honest Expression of Decades-Old "U.S. Values" and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies. theintercept.com U.S. elites who have armed and funded the world's worst monsters pretend to be offended by Trump's support for the Saudis.

wsws (2018-11-21). Trump rules out further action against Saudi regime over Khashoggi's murder. wsws.org Trump's only real concern is US "national interest"—namely, lucrative economic relations with the Saudi monarchy and Saudi support for US aggression in the Middle East.

repost (2018-11-21). Trump Accomplice To Murder-Still Doing Damage Control For Khashoggi Murderers. indybay.org President Trump is still doing damage control for the Saudi royal family prince that were personally involved in this assassination in Instanbul, Turkey of Amal Khashoggi…

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-20). Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Apartheid Rule. globalresearch.ca Repressive Israeli rule way exceeds the worst of South African apartheid. The Occupied Territories are virtual battlegrounds, Gaza most of all. | Palestinians are terrorized daily by Israeli soldiers and police, along with PA security forces, acting as the Jewish state's …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-20). The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break Out? globalresearch.ca Corporations invest in the art of destruction. It is a lucrative trade. Nuclear war has become a multi-billion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright "privatization of nuclear war". A 1.3 trillion nuclear weapons program launched under Obama, and approved under Trump is underway. | The post

Gareth Porter (2018-11-20). North Korea 'Deception': US Media, Malpractice or Laziness? globalresearch.ca Major news outlets have resumed efforts to pressure President Donald Trump to pull back from trying to negotiate a deal with Pyongyang. In their latest salvo last week, The New York Times and CNN completely misrepresented the findings of a …

Clark T. Scott (2018-11-20). Our Most Stalwart Company. counterpunch.org I do not think that I have ever experienced a fall in which so many of the trees, shrubs, forbs, and grasses have looked more luminous. The slow draining away of chlorophyll in the area where I live has revealed the most vivid temporary tissues in what seems like a wider spectrum than my declining More

Alastair Crooke (2018-11-20). The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck. mintpressnews.com Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck.

South Front (2018-11-20). Video: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket in Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca On November 17th, the Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies regained control of al-Safa after the collapse of ISIS defense in the area. An SAA source told SouthFront that heavy rain had destroyed most of the fortifications and …

South Front (2018-11-20). Video: Turkey Attacks Own Proxies in Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister. globalresearch.ca From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah …

Alan Robock (2018-11-20). Video: Nuclear Winter. Even a Smaller Nuclear War Would be Devastating. globalresearch.ca Alan Robock discusses his research into nuclear winter and considers how devastating even a small nuclear war could be for our climate and for human survival. | . …

Caoimhghin ó Croidheáin (2018-11-20). First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases. globalresearch.ca At the recent International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases (held on November 16-18, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland), David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War, noted that when: | "last year the Irish Ambassador to the United States came to …

Press TV (2018-11-20). US Warns of 'Consequences' as Palestine Joins International Bodies including the ICC. globalresearch.ca The United States has threatened "consequences" as Palestinians step up efforts for statehood demanding accession to almost a dozen international bodies and conventions. | The threat came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the documents on Thursday to join the Universal …

F. William Engdahl (2018-11-20). Yemen Genocide About Oil Control. globalresearch.ca The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the …

Mairead Maguire (2018-11-20). Abolish Militarism and War: Towards a Shared Vision of a Demilitarized World. globalresearch.ca Dear Friends, | It is good to be here with you all. I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to address the conference. Firstly I thank you all for your work for peace. It is good that we …

Laura Cappon (2018-11-20). Eight Million Tonnes of Unexploded Mines and Munitions Endanger All Children in Northern Iraq. globalresearch.ca "I was playing football with friends when a bomb exploded right under my feet. They took me to the hospital: both my legs and also the lower part of my left arm were amputated." | Kaum was just 14 when in …

RFE (2018-11-20). More US Sanctions. This Time, An Alleged Russia-Iran Scheme To Send Oil To Syria. iranian.com The United States on Tuesday said it sanctioned six individuals and three entities to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that it said was providing millions of barrels of oil to the Syrian government and funding militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. U.S. officials said Russia facilitated the delivery of oil from Iran to Syria, and that a variety of […]

Philip Giraldi (2018-11-20). The Only Regime Change that Is Needed Is In Washington. iranian.com One of the things to look forward to in the upcoming holiday season is the special treats that one is allowed to sample. Fruitcake and nuts are Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. They usually come in tins or special packages but it seems that this season some of the nuts have escaped and have fled to […]

Middle East Eye (2018-11-20). Pompeo Handed Riyadh A Plan To Shield MBS From Khashoggi Fallout. iranian.com US secretary of state gave Mohammed bin Salman a roadmap to insulate himself from the scandal, a senior Saudi source tells MEE Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince are shielding themselves from the Jamal Khashoggi murder scandal by using a roadmap drawn up by the US secretary of state, a senior Saudi source has told […]

Zero Hedge (2018-11-20). Iraqi Dinar May Replace Dollar And Euro In Iran's 2nd Largest Export Market. iranian.com Amidst continuing talks between Iran and Iraq over how to settle payments for Iraq's natural gas imports from Iran in the face of Washington sanctions, Iranian officials are mulling over Iraq's offer to pay in Iraqi Dinars instead of the dollar or Euro, according to Iranian state media. This follows the September announcement by Iran that it planned […]

RFE (2018-11-20). Iran To Cap Gasoline Sales To Curb Smuggling. iranian.com Iran is reintroducing fuel cards that will cap petrol purchases in a bid to combat rampant smuggling, state media reported on Tuesday. Smuggling has boomed in recent months as the rial has plummeted against the dollar in the face of the reimposition of crippling US sanctions following Washington's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal […]

Juan Cole (2018-11-20). Israel Seeks To Undermine US 1st Amendment, Will Sue Airbnb. iranian.com Airbnb, the giant online apartment rental site will delist 200 apartments of Israeli squatters on the Palestinian West Bank. The company has long been criticized for violating international law by dealing with the illegal colonists. Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza in 1967, and has introduced Apartheid rule there, keeping the Palestinians stateless. By […]

Tehran Times (2018-11-20). Iran's Wildlife Population Shrinking At Alarming Rate. iranian.com The country's wild species population is shrinking at an alarming rate as many of the species are facing a decline being killed in car crashes as a result of road construction in the middle of forests and depletion of their habitats, chief of Alborz province department of environment (DOE) has said. "Unfortunately, most of the […]

Scheherezade Faramarzi (2018-11-20). Iran's Khuzestan Arabs. iranian.com The September gunfire assault on a military parade in the predominantly Arab Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran and the alleged Iranian retaliatory assassination plot in Denmark shed rare light on the plight of Khuzestan's estimated four million ethnic Shia Arab minority. The Arabs of mostly Shia Khuzestan, unlike their Sunni counterparts who are scattered around […]

Farid Parsa (2018-11-20). It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Vita Sackville-West (1892 — 1962). iranian.com Vita Sackville-West was a poet, novelist, travel writer, diarist and garden designer. Her travels to Persia came about as the result of her husband accepting a diplomatic post in Iran (called Persia in 1925). Never happy with her husband's occupation Harold deliberately picked Tehran over Peking knowing Vita would have the least objection to and […]

RT (2018-11-20). US promises to 'disrupt' oil shipments to Syria, sanctions Russian & Iranian companies. rt.com The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports.

RFE (2018-11-20). Iran's Foreign Ministry Rejects Rumors About Zarif Resignation. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is taking heat from conservatives over his recent remark that "money laundering is rampant in the Islamic Republic." The pressure has increased to a level that the spokesman of the foreign ministry, Bahram Ghasemi had to react on Monday in his press briefing. "For sure, I reject this rumor. These […]

RT (2018-11-20). Fired Chipotle manager offered job back after being wrongfully accused of racism. rt.com Chipotle has offered to rehire a manager in St. Paul, Minnesota, three days after bowing to social media pressure and terminating the employee over internet-fueled accusations of racism. Spoiler alert: the internet was wrong.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-11-20). TV chain Nexstar splits workers with different raise offers, shifts cash to shareholders. peoplesworld.org In another example of enormous corporate greed, a rich Texas-based TV chain—one whose own financial statements point to close to $2 billion in revenue in the first nine months of this year—is offering raises of 1 percent to workers at one of its New York state TV stations, and 0.1 percent to workers at KOIN-TV …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-20). Opioid Crisis: Purdue Pharma Billionaire Owners to be Sued. therealnews.com Suffolk County in New York is suing the Sackler family, which owns the maker of OxyContin, one of the main drugs behind the opioid drug overdose crisis. Just how responsible is the family and might the lawsuit achieve? We speak to Sam Pizzigati of IPS

Democracy Now! (2018-11-20). How America's Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling an Increase in White Supremacist Violence in U.S. democracynow.org America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, "Documenting Hate: New American Nazis," which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the U.S. between the aftermath of war and the rise of white s…

Bryce Covert (2018-11-20). All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis. thenation.com All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-20). New American Nazis: Inside the White Supremacist Movement That Fueled Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting. democracynow.org Neo-Nazis are on the rise in America. Nearly a month after a gunman killed eleven Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we look at the violent hate groups that helped fuel the massacre. On the same day that shooter Robert Bowers opened fire in the synagogue, a neo-Nazi named Edward Clark that Bowers had been communicating with online took his own life in Washington, D.C. The man's brother, Jeffrey Clark, has since been arrested on weapons charges. The brothers were both linked to the violent white supremacist group Atomwaffen. We speak with A.C. Thompson, correspondent for FRONTLINE PBS a…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-20). How Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling White Supremacist Violence in the US. truthout.org America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the US between the aftermath of war and the rise of white su…

Rachel Johnson (2018-11-20). NAACP Youth and College Division National Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin Honored at Black Girls Vote Ball. naacp.org BALTIMORE, MD — National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, Tiffany Dena Loftin was awarded the Rising Star Award on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the 2nd Annual Black Girls Vote Ball. The Black Girls Vote Ball celebrates the accomplishments of black women in politics and activism who are making a difference not […]

Democracy Now! (2018-11-20). Headlines for November 20, 2018. democracynow.org California Judge Halts Trump's New Asylum Ban, U.S. Troops to Start Leaving Southern Border, CNN: Trump to Authorize Border Troops to Use Force Against Migrants, Mexicans Protest Central American Migrants in Tijuana, Chicago: Gunman Kills 3, Including Ex-Partner, at Mercy Hospital, Doctors Share Photos of Gun Violence in Response to NRA Attack, NorCal Camp Fire Death Toll at 79 as Flash Floods Warnings Are Issued, Report: DOJ Considered Sharing Confidential Census Data with Law Enforcement, Sackler Family Could Face Criminal Investigation over Opioid Crisis, WaPo: Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email Account for Offi…

Lee Fang (2018-11-20). Lobbyist Documents Reveal Health Care Industry Battle Plan Against "Medicare for All" theintercept.com Now that the midterms are finally over, the battle against "Medicare for All" that has been quietly waged throughout the year is poised to take center stage. | Internal strategy documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented reveal the strategy that private health care interests plan to use to influence Democratic Party messaging and stymie the momentum toward achieving universal health care coverage. | At least 48 incoming freshman lawmakers campaigned on enacting "Medicare for All" or similar efforts to expand access to Medicare. And over the last year, 123 incumbent Ho…

Pauline Murphy (2018-11-20). Mimicking Mussolini: Trump's war on the First Amendment. peoplesworld.org The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-20). Global War to Infinity and Beyond. truthout.org American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the US military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Back in 2008, when I was still a captain newly returned from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called security and stabilization…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-20). Climate Change Denial Is Raking the Ashes of Paradise. truthout.org It began on the morning of November 8, with 50 mile-per-hour winds roaring through Jarbo Gap near the Feather River, not far from the northern California town of Paradise. Just after 6 am, two PG&E power lines that should have been shut down because of the wind malfunctioned, and minutes later the Camp Fire was born. The fire was eating 80 acres a minute before long, and thousands were forced to flee a wall of flames that moved faster than any warnings ever could. People were incinerated in their homes,…

wsws (2018-11-20). US vice president beats war drums in Asia. wsws.org Mike Pence in effect issued an ultimatum to China: either accept a subservient, semi-colonial status, or confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.

wsws (2018-11-20). US-China trade conflict leads to Wall Street sell-off. wsws.org The sell-off was led by hi-tech stocks which are sensitive to heightened trade war tensions that impact on their global supply chains and could lessen demand for their products.

RT (2018-11-20). Trump mocked for exclamation point frenzy in statement on Saudi Arabia & Khashoggi murder. rt.com It's often assumed that statements from the US president are drafted and edited by writers, but Trump's most recent public release seems to read just like his tweets — and the internet was quick to tear it apart.

Murtaza Hussain (2018-11-20). The Saudi Crown Prince's PR Campaign Has Totally Failed. Only Donald Trump Still Buys It. theintercept.com

RT (2018-11-20). MBS 'could very well' have known of Khashoggi killing, but Saudi Arabia still a 'great ally' — Trump. rt.com US President Trump has said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman "could very well" have known in advance about the plan to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but the US will remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-20). Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi. therealnews.com CIA officials are signaling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must be replaced. Is this all about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Professor Asad AbuKhalil says there are other political reasons

Eds. (2018-11-20). The global rise of fascism: capitalism end game? mronline.org It is everywhere. In a few years, it has metastasized like a cancer, on all continents. Its fervent proponents and ill-informed supporters call it populism or nationalism. In the Italy, Germany, or Spain of the 1930s, however, this ideology of exclusion and fear, defined by a hatred of the other, together with a tyrannical executive power, was called […] | Source

Whitney Webb (2018-11-19). Report: 1 in 3 Deaths Caused by US Drone Strikes this Year in Yemen Were Civilians. mintpressnews.com While AQAP has benefitted from U.S. "counterterrorism" policies in the country, Yemen's civilians have found little to no reprieve, as they are either targets of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Western Yemen or targeted by drone strikes in the areas of Yemen under coalition control.

Ramzy Baroud (2018-11-19). The Tide Is Turning: Israel Is Losing On Two War Fronts. iranian.com The botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on 12 November is delineating Tel Aviv's failure to utilise its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Now that Palestinian popular resistance has gone global through the exponential rise and growing success of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, the Israeli government […]

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-11-19). In Hodeida — A Truce is Called but Saudi Coalition Attacks Continue. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies have failed in their offensive against Yemen's strategic port city. The offensive, which began in earnest earlier this year, hit an unexpected wall of resistance put up by the Yemeni Army, supported by local volunteer fighters and Ansar Allah.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-11-19). Responding to UN Envoy, Yemen's Houthis Announce End to Attacks on Saudi Forces. mintpressnews.com UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said both the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis have shown a "renewed commitment to work on a political solution and have given firm assurances that they will attend the talks."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-19). The Discovery That Should Have Changed the Cold War — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (9/12). therealnews.com In 1958, then Senator John F. Kennedy claimed there was a "missile gap", saying the USSR was far ahead in ICBM weapons; when satellite photos showed the astounding true number, it meant the USSR did not have plans for global domination, but it remained a secret, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul…

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-11-19). The US Is Recklessly Stoking The Fire Of A Sunni-Shia War. iranian.com All wars initiated or supported by the US establishment — from the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, the regime-change in Syria in 2011 and the occupation of a third of Iraq in 2014 — have failed in their goal of stoking the fire of sectarian war between Sunni and […]

Jason Ditz (2018-11-19). US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday's US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children. Saturday's attacks were against the village of Abu al-Hassan, along the Iraq border. It …

Middle East Eye (2018-11-19). Why the UAE and Saudi Arabia Are Reaching Out to Syria's Assad. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Last week the United Arab Emirates announced it was negotiating the reopening of its embassy in Damascus and restoring full ties with Syria. After the opening of the Nassib border crossing on the Jordan-Syria border, for the first time since the war began, Syria now has a through road linking Turkey to Jordan. At the same time the Israelis …

Fight Back (2018-11-19). Jacksonville high school, police, fair management target Black youth with racist dress code. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — Students at a local Jacksonville high school are calling foul on a racist dress code policy implemented by administration last week. | On November 14, administrators at Robert E. Lee High School issued a new interpretation of the dress code that prohibits students from wearing memorial clothing on campus or at school-sponsored events. Citing prohibitions of "gang-related paraphernalia," the school administrators banned any clothing with the acronym "RIP," or "Rest in Peace," even if the person commemorated has no proven gang affiliations. | The move comes on the heels of a major local con…

Tyler Durden (2018-11-19). "It Will Be a Cold War": Summit Ends in Unprecedented Chaos After US-China Showdown. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — One day after vice president Mike Pence and China's president Xi Jinping clashed after exchanging sharply worded barbs in a showdown between the two superpowers, on Sunday the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended in unprecedented chaos and disarray, without agreement on a joint communique for the first time in its history as the escalating rivalry between the …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-19). Filipino Reporter Maria Ressa on Duterte's Targeting of the Press & How Facebook Aids Authoritarians. democracynow.org As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International Jo…

Jake Johnson (2018-11-19). Trump Is Attacking Free Press "in a Way We Haven't Seen in Modern American History" theantimedia.com (CD) — Speaking from his years of experience being pursued by the Obama Justice Department for simply practicing journalism and refusing to reveal his confidential sources, Intercept reporter James Risen told The Hill on Monday that President Donald Trump is building on his predecessor's war on the free press by "demagoguing" the media "in a way we haven't seen in modern American history." "Obama tried …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-19). US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11. therealnews.com The Watson Institute released its report 'Costs of War,' showing astronomical costs of $5.9 trillion and at least 500,000 killed due to the never-ending war on terror. Is there an alternative? The report was published on the heels of the news that the Pentagon failed its first and only audit

Murtaza Hussain (2018-11-19). It's Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars. theintercept.com At least half a million people have been killed in the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, a new study by Brown University researchers finds.

Jason Ditz (2018-11-19). Trump Calls CIA Conclusion on Khashoggi Murder "Premature," Promises Full Report. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump says he will be releasing a "very full report" on the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate within the next two days. Trump promised the report will include "who did it." The odds are this official report won't implicate the Saudi crown prince, as the CIA already did that in …

aclu (2018-11-19). The Fatal Flaws in a Congressional Resolution to End US Support for the Saudi-Led Yemen War. aclu.org The resolution's language would have mistakenly resulted in extending Yemeni suffering instead of ending it. | One consequence of the Saudi government's horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a renewed congressional focus on ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led war against an anti-government movement in Yemen. This has to be somewhat bittersweet for many Yemenis, who have been pleading for the world to help…

Murtaza Hussain (2018-11-18). "Of Fathers and Sons" — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria. theintercept.com A new documentary by Talal Derki explores the lives of extremists in Syria — their cruelties, failures, and hopes in a shattered country.

Briahna Gray (2018-11-18). Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying. But It Comes at a Political Cost. theintercept.com The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an election night party for 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Hilton Midtown hotel in N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2016. | racist?" and you'll find that just within the last week, at least three major news outlets have taken on that very question. | At the Chicago Tribune

Lawrence Wittner (2018-11-18). Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org In July 2017, by a vote of 122 to 1, with one abstention, nations from around the world attending a United Nations-sponsored conference in New York City voted to approve a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Although this Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received little coverage in the mass media, its passage was Read more…

Anti-Media News Desk (2018-11-18). What NYTimes Called Israel's "1st Incursion" Was Actually at Least Its 263rd. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — In a piece headlined "Deadly Gaza Raid by Israel Threatens Nascent Ceasefire" (11/11/18), the New York Times described an Israeli assault near the city of Khan Yunis that killed seven Palestinians as the first known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza since Operation Protective Edge, in July 2014, set off a seven-week war. This depiction of the attack as …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-17). Thousands in London March Against Racism and the Far Right. therealnews.com Thousands took to the streets of London to protest xenophobia , and linked the rise of the far-right with austerity and the false promises of Brexit

Amanda Sperber (2018-11-17). U.S. Returns to Mogadishu With Revamped Diplomatic Outpost, 25 Years After "Black Hawk Down" Battle. theintercept.com In a sign of greater U.S. diplomatic activity in Somalia, the State Department is opening a new outpost in the capital's international zone.

Reese Erlich (2018-11-16). Foreign Correspondent: Israel Wins a Battle, But Is Losing the War. progressive.org In Gaza this week, Israeli and Palestinian groups clashed and ultimately agreed to a ceasefire.

Eric Ortiz (2018-11-16). Et Tu, RT? Amplifying Western Disinformation on Rwanda. consortiumnews.com The great lie about the Rwandan bloodbath opened the door to a far larger genocide in Congo and helped justify U.S. military interventions in Libya and Syria, argues Ann Garrison. By Ann Garrison Black Agenda Report During a recent campaign… Read more →

2018-11-21: Social Media Postees

The Tide is Turning: Israel Is Losing on Two War Fronts
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2018-11-21
Needless to say, $72 million will not turn the tide in favor of Apartheid Israel, nor will it change the course of history that can only belong to the people who are unrelenting on achieving their long-coveted freedom…
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"Maybe He Did, and Maybe He Didn't:" Reflections on Morality in 2018
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-21
I expected this, actually. I just didn't think it would be so crude, so buttheadedly amoral. Trump's view of the Saudis, in a nutshell, was announced last week: "They're a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development." Okay, 'nuff said. The Saudis buy billions in war planes, missiles, tanks, helicopters and other…
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Nicholas Kristof and the China Trade War
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-21
You really have to wonder if there is a ban on columnists and reporters mentioning wanton violation of the copyrights and patents of U.S. companies as a potential weapon for China in its trade war with the United States. Incredibly, as aspects of the trade war get highlighted and debated, wholesale violations of copyrights and…
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Criminal Behavior: US May be Developing Biological Weapons
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-21
The United States has great tolerance for wholesale killings. Think Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Think civilians killed in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq — in U.S. wars. Think biological weapons. An article appearing October 4, 2018 in Science magazine deals with a U.S. Defense Department project named "Insect Allies" which began in 2017 and runs for four years.
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Migrant Caravan: Branding Migrants "Human Shields" Has a Deadly Motive
NEVE GORDON, NICOLA PERUGINI | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-21
The "migrant caravan" is making its way towards the US border — and is facing countless obstacles and much opposition along the way. Most recently, protests erupted when a large group of the migrants reached the Mexican border town of Tijuana. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump was quick to join the clamour, accusing them of causing…
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How Media, Tech, and News Networks Normalize Trump's Propaganda
Zhivko Illeieff | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-21
Throughout his life, Edward Bernays (1891‚àí1995), known as the "father of public relations," argued in favor of using "third parties" to influence public opinion. "If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway," Bernays wrote in Propaganda (1923), his popular book that explored…
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US Spy Agencies sued for failing to warn Khashoggi of threat
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-21
The agencies are being sued under what is known as Directive 191, a government policy that requires American institutions to warn individuals of "impending threats of intentional killing, serious bodily injury or kidnapping" | The post US Spy Agencies sued for failing to warn Khashoggi of threat appeared first on MintPress News.
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Massive Demonstrations in Yemen Mark Muslim Holy Day and Signal Unbowed Resistance To Saudi War
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-21
Despite progress in peace talks and an appeal for calm, huge numbers of Yemeni residents have already responded to renewed Saudi coalition attacks by taking to the battlefield today. | The post Massive Demonstrations in Yemen Mark Muslim Holy Day and Signal Unbowed Resistance To Saudi War appeared first on MintPress News.
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Disgusting Puppets: Joe Biden HONORS George W. Bush
RT | iranian.com | 2018-11-21
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Delicious Homemade Iranian Dinner! A Benefit for the Revolution
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2018-11-21
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Trump Pledges Never-Ending Support For Saudi Arabia. Blames Iran For Every Middle East Problem
Jake Johnson | iranian.com | 2018-11-21
In a bizarre, exclamation point-riddled statement on Tuesday that one critic said reads more "like a 6th grader's school report" than an official White House press release, President Donald Trump shrugged at the CIA's conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi–"maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"–and declared that the U.S. will […] | The post Trump Pledges Never-Ending Support For Saudi Arabia. Blame…
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The Iranian Albatross That Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck
Alastair Crooke | iranian.com | 2018-11-21
Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck. Mr. Trump, nor anyone else in his administration, has announced any conclusions about […] | The post The Iranian Albatross That Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck appeared first on The Irania…
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Portugal: Convention gears up Left Bloc for year of critical fights
Dick Nichols | zcomm.org | 2018-11-21
The Left Bloc's Eleventh National Convention was an important step forward in building the fightback against hate-mongering racism and xenophobia…
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Amazon dictates terms to New York over second headquarters
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-21
The deal between Amazon and the city and state will provide billions to the world's richest company.
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'Put down the lettuce. Please move away from the lettuce.' E.coli scare casts pall over Thanksgiving
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-21
An E.coli outbreak has Americans terrified of lettuce for the second time this year as they prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. The Centers for Disease Control warned Tuesday to avoid romaine lettuce after a rash of infections. | …
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How the 'Natural Family' Movement Brought Its War of Values to the Balkans
Claudia Ciobanu | thenation.com | 2018-11-21
How the 'Natural Family' Movement Brought Its War of Values to the Balkans…
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Duty to warn: US spies pressed to tell if they knew of Saudi plot against journalist Khashoggi
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-21
A US group promoting press freedom has sued US intelligence agencies to find out whether they failed to warn Jamal Khashoggi about an impending Saudi plot against him. | …
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UN says millions in Britain deliberately plunged into "great misery"
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-21
UN special rapporteur: "We are witnessing the gradual disappearance of the postwar British welfare state."
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Public Risks from the Woolsey Fire and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory: A Letter to DTSC
Bradley Allen | indybay.org | 2018-11-21
On November 19, representatives Henry Stern and Jesse Gabriel authored a joint letter to Barbara Lee, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). In their letter, Senator Stern and Assemblymember Gabriel call for "full transparency" to "ensure the public is fully aware of any public health risks posed by the Woolsey Fire on Santa Susana Field Laboratory." | Prior to the first round of data analysis, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control reported that its scientists "do not believe the fire caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exp…
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Rallies to End Yemen War at Rep Nancy Pelosi's Office
Yemeni Alliance Committee, Action Corps | indybay.org | 2018-11-21
SF Federal Building, 90 7th St., SF, CA 94103…
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Zbigniew Brzezinski's Cold War
Andrew J. Bacevich | thenation.com | 2018-11-21
Zbigniew Brzezinski's Cold War…
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Planet of War
Danny Sjursen | zcomm.org | 2018-11-21
Still Trapped in a Greater Middle Eastern Quagmire, the U.S. Military Prepares for Global Combat…
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West Coast crab fishermen sue fossil fuel industry over losses caused by climate change
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2018-11-21
"Americans are well aware of the damaging and sometimes catastrophic effects of climate change," said Noah Oppenheim, PCFFA's executive director, in a press release. "For crab fishermen, that means significant portions of the Dungeness crab fishery have been closed repeatedly since 2015, including parts along the coast this year." Photo of Noah Oppenheim by Dan Bacher.
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An unhandsome toil
Huzaifa Zoomkawala | zcomm.org | 2018-11-21
Here are poetic tangents — mine with Lorde's and Rukeyser's — to a podcast I heard last night: a tribute paid to Eqbal Ahmad by his friend, Edward Said. Said contrasted his personal 'filiation' with his 'affiliation' in relation to Ahmad and the world of idea(l)s, Ahmad's unceasing commitment to the creative versus mere politics, Read…
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5 Republican Private Citizens Became Presidents Through Treason
Reader | indybay.org | 2018-11-21
The political party of the war profiteering plutocracy deals the tricks of the night.
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Somalians Rally In Paris To Protest Genocide Of Their Families and Communities In Somalia
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2018-11-21
Over two hundred Somalians protested in Paris, France on November 17 2018 against the continuing genocide against their family and communities. The US, France and NATO helped lead to this crisis by the bombing and destruction of Libya in 2011.
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Trump hands over written responses to Mueller's Russia probe questions
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-21
A lawyer for Donald Trump has confirmed that the US President has submitted answers to the questions penned by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. The questions refer to the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Moscow. | …
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Trump tries but fails to block UN #MeToo Resolution
AFP | zcomm.org | 2018-11-21
The United States failed on Monday to water down a UN resolution on combatting sexual harassment and violence against women despite backing from Russia, China, India, several Muslim countries and the Vatican…
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Bipartisan push to ramp up police powers after Australia's latest "terror" attack
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-21
Amid another anti-Muslim scare campaign, the Labor Party defended its "fine record of bipartisanship on national security."
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Trump's Amoral Saudi Statement is a Pure and Honest Expression of Decades-Old "U.S. Values" and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-11-21
U.S. elites who have armed and funded the world's worst monsters pretend to be offended by Trump's support for the Saudis. | The post Trump's Amoral Saudi Statement is a Pure and Honest Expression of Decades-Old "U.S. Values" and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump Accomplice To Murder-Still Doing Damage Control For Khashoggi Murderers
repost | indybay.org | 2018-11-21
President Trump is still doing damage control for the Saudi royal family prince that were personally involved in this assassination in Instanbul, Turkey of Amal Khashoggi…
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Trump rules out further action against Saudi regime over Khashoggi's murder
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-21
Trump's only real concern is US "national interest"–namely, lucrative economic relations with the Saudi monarchy and Saudi support for US aggression in the Middle East.
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Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Apartheid Rule
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Repressive Israeli rule way exceeds the worst of South African apartheid. The Occupied Territories are virtual battlegrounds, Gaza most of all. | Palestinians are terrorized daily by Israeli soldiers and police, along with PA security forces, acting as the Jewish state's … | The post Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Apartheid Rule appeared first on Global Research.
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The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break Out?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Corporations invest in the art of destruction. It is a lucrative trade. Nuclear war has become a multi-billion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright "privatization of nuclear war". A 1.3 trillion nuclear weapons program launched under Obama, and approved under Trump is underway. | The post The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break…
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North Korea 'Deception': US Media, Malpractice or Laziness?
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Major news outlets have resumed efforts to pressure President Donald Trump to pull back from trying to negotiate a deal with Pyongyang. In their latest salvo last week, The New York Times and CNN completely misrepresented the findings of a … | The post North Korea 'Deception': US Media, Malpractice or Laziness? appeared first on Global Research.
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Our Most Stalwart Company
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-20
I do not think that I have ever experienced a fall in which so many of the trees, shrubs, forbs, and grasses have looked more luminous. The slow draining away of chlorophyll in the area where I live has revealed the most vivid temporary tissues in what seems like a wider spectrum than my declining…
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The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-20
Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck. | The post The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck appeared first on MintPress News.
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Video: Turkey Attacks Own Proxies in Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah … | The post Video: Turkey Attacks Own Proxies in Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket in Southern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
On November 17th, the Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies regained control of al-Safa after the collapse of ISIS defense in the area. An SAA source told SouthFront that heavy rain had destroyed most of the fortifications and … | The post Video: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket in Southern Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases
Caoimhghin ó Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
At the recent International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases (held on November 16-18, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland), David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War, noted that when: | "last year the Irish Ambassador to the United States came to | … | The post First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases appeared first on Global Research.
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Abolish Militarism and War: Towards a Shared Vision of a Demilitarized World
Mairead Maguire | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Dear Friends, | It is good to be here with you all. I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to address the conference. Firstly I thank you all for your work for peace. It is good that we … | The post Abolish Militarism and War: Towards a Shared Vision of a Demilitarized World appeared first on Global Research.
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Yemen Genocide About Oil Control
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the … | The post Yemen Genocide About Oil Control appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Nuclear Winter. Even a Smaller Nuclear War Would be Devastating
Alan Robock | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Alan Robock discusses his research into nuclear winter and considers how devastating even a small nuclear war could be for our climate and for human survival. | . | … | The post Video: Nuclear Winter. Even a Smaller Nuclear War Would be Devastating appeared first on Global Research.
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Eight Million Tonnes of Unexploded Mines and Munitions Endanger All Children in Northern Iraq
Laura Cappon | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
"I was playing football with friends when a bomb exploded right under my feet. They took me to the hospital: both my legs and also the lower part of my left arm were amputated." | Kaum was just 14 when in … | The post Eight Million Tonnes of Unexploded Mines and Munitions Endanger All Children in Northern Iraq appeared first on Global Research.
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Iran's Khuzestan Arabs
Scheherezade Faramarzi | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
The September gunfire assault on a military parade in the predominantly Arab Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran and the alleged Iranian retaliatory assassination plot in Denmark shed rare light on the plight of Khuzestan's estimated four million ethnic Shia Arab minority. The Arabs of mostly Shia Khuzestan, unlike their Sunni counterparts who are scattered around […] | The post Iran's Khuzestan Arabs appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran's Wildlife Population Shrinking At Alarming Rate
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
The country's wild species population is shrinking at an alarming rate as many of the species are facing a decline being killed in car crashes as a result of road construction in the middle of forests and depletion of their habitats, chief of Alborz province department of environment (DOE) has said. "Unfortunately, most of the […] | The post Iran's Wildlife Population Shrinking At Alarming Rate appeared first on The Iranian.
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US promises to 'disrupt' oil shipments to Syria, sanctions Russian & Iranian companies
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports. | …
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Iran To Cap Gasoline Sales To Curb Smuggling
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Iran is reintroducing fuel cards that will cap petrol purchases in a bid to combat rampant smuggling, state media reported on Tuesday. Smuggling has boomed in recent months as the rial has plummeted against the dollar in the face of the reimposition of crippling US sanctions following Washington's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal […] | The post Iran To Cap Gasoline Sales To Curb Smuggling appeared first on The Iranian.
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It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Vita Sackville-West (1892 — 1962)
Farid Parsa | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Vita Sackville-West was a poet, novelist, travel writer, diarist and garden designer. Her travels to Persia came about as the result of her husband accepting a diplomatic post in Iran (called Persia in 1925). Never happy with her husband's occupation Harold deliberately picked Tehran over Peking knowing Vita would have the least objection to and […] | The post It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Vita Sackville-West (1892 — 1962) appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iraqi Dinar May Replace Dollar And Euro In Iran's 2nd Largest Export Market
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Amidst continuing talks between Iran and Iraq over how to settle payments for Iraq's natural gas imports from Iran in the face of Washington sanctions, Iranian officials are mulling over Iraq's offer to pay in Iraqi Dinars instead of the dollar or Euro, according to Iranian state media. This follows the September announcement by Iran that it planned […] | The post Iraqi Dinar May Replace Dollar And Euro In Iran's 2nd Largest Export Market appeared first on The…
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The Only Regime Change that Is Needed Is In Washington
Philip Giraldi | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
One of the things to look forward to in the upcoming holiday season is the special treats that one is allowed to sample. Fruitcake and nuts are Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. They usually come in tins or special packages but it seems that this season some of the nuts have escaped and have fled to […] | The post The Only Regime Change that Is Needed Is In Washington appeared first on The Iranian.
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Pompeo Handed Riyadh A Plan To Shield MBS From Khashoggi Fallout
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
US secretary of state gave Mohammed bin Salman a roadmap to insulate himself from the scandal, a senior Saudi source tells MEE Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince are shielding themselves from the Jamal Khashoggi murder scandal by using a roadmap drawn up by the US secretary of state, a senior Saudi source has told […] | The post Pompeo Handed Riyadh A Plan To Shield MBS From Khashoggi Fallout appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran's Foreign Ministry Rejects Rumors About Zarif Resignation
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is taking heat from conservatives over his recent remark that "money laundering is rampant in the Islamic Republic." The pressure has increased to a level that the spokesman of the foreign ministry, Bahram Ghasemi had to react on Monday in his press briefing. "For sure, I reject this rumor. These […] | The post Iran's Foreign Ministry Rejects Rumors About Zarif Resignation appeared first on The Iranian.
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Israel Seeks To Undermine US 1st Amendment, Will Sue Airbnb
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Airbnb, the giant online apartment rental site will delist 200 apartments of Israeli squatters on the Palestinian West Bank. The company has long been criticized for violating international law by dealing with the illegal colonists. Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza in 1967, and has introduced Apartheid rule there, keeping the Palestinians stateless. By […] | The post Israel Seeks To Undermine US 1st Amendment, Will Sue Airbnb appeared first on The Iranian…
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Fired Chipotle manager offered job back after being wrongfully accused of racism
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
Chipotle has offered to rehire a manager in St. Paul, Minnesota, three days after bowing to social media pressure and terminating the employee over internet-fueled accusations of racism. Spoiler alert: the internet was wrong. | …
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TV chain Nexstar splits workers with different raise offers, shifts cash to shareholders
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-20
In another example of enormous corporate greed, a rich Texas-based TV chain–one whose own financial statements point to close to $2 billion in revenue in the first nine months of this year–is offering raises of 1 percent to workers at one of its New York state TV stations, and 0.1 percent to workers at KOIN-TV …
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Opioid Crisis: Purdue Pharma Billionaire Owners to be Sued
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-20
Suffolk County in New York is suing the Sackler family, which owns the maker of OxyContin, one of the main drugs behind the opioid drug overdose crisis. Just how responsible is the family and might the lawsuit achieve? We speak to Sam Pizzigati of IPS | The post Opioid Crisis: Purdue Pharma Billionaire Owners to be Sued appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can't Run for President in 2020. Trump Should Be Relieved
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-11-20
Then-New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez participates in a a town hall held in support of Kerri Evelyn Harris, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, on Aug. 31, 2018, in Newark, Del. | race for 2020 is in full swing. | There's one name missing from the long lists of runners and riders on the Democratic side: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | There are a numb…
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How Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling White Supremacist Violence in the US
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-20
America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the US between the aftermath of war and the rise of white su…
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Lobbyist Documents Reveal Health Care Industry Battle Plan Against "Medicare for All"
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-11-20
Now that the midterms are finally over, the battle against "Medicare for All" that has been quietly waged throughout the year is poised to take center stage. | Internal strategy documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented reveal the strategy that private health care interests plan to use to influence Democratic Party messaging and stymie the momentum toward achieving universal health care coverage. | At least 48 incoming freshman lawmakers campaigned on enacting "Medicare for All" or similar efforts to expand access to Medicare. And over the last year, 123 incumbent Ho…
theintercept.com/2018/11/20/medi…

All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis
Bryce Covert | thenation.com | 2018-11-20
All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis…
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NAACP Youth and College Division National Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin Honored at Black Girls Vote Ball
Rachel Johnson | naacp.org | 2018-11-20
BALTIMORE, MD — National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, Tiffany Dena Loftin was awarded the Rising Star Award on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the 2nd Annual Black Girls Vote Ball. The Black Girls Vote Ball celebrates the accomplishments of black women in politics and activism who are making a difference not […] | The post NAACP Youth and College Division National Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin Honored at Black Girls Vote Ball appeared first on
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US vice president beats war drums in Asia
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-20
Mike Pence in effect issued an ultimatum to China: either accept a subservient, semi-colonial status, or confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.
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New American Nazis: Inside the White Supremacist Movement That Fueled Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-20
Neo-Nazis are on the rise in America. Nearly a month after a gunman killed eleven Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we look at the violent hate groups that helped fuel the massacre. On the same day that shooter Robert Bowers opened fire in the synagogue, a neo-Nazi named Edward Clark that Bowers had been communicating with online took his own life in Washington, D.C. The man's brother, Jeffrey Clark, has since been arrested on weapons charges. The brothers were both linked to the violent white supremacist group Atomwaffen. We speak with A.C. Thompson, correspondent for FRONTLINE PBS a…
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Climate Change Denial Is Raking the Ashes of Paradise
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-20
It began on the morning of November 8, with 50 mile-per-hour winds roaring through Jarbo Gap near the Feather River, not far from the northern California town of Paradise. Just after 6 am, two PG&E power lines that should have been shut down because of the wind malfunctioned, and minutes later the Camp Fire was born. The fire was eating 80 acres a minute before long, and thousands were forced to flee a wall of flames that moved faster than any warnings ever could. People were incinerated in their homes,…
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US-China trade conflict leads to Wall Street sell-off
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-20
The sell-off was led by hi-tech stocks which are sensitive to heightened trade war tensions that impact on their global supply chains and could lessen demand for their products.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11…

Mimicking Mussolini: Trump's war on the First Amendment
Pauline Murphy | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-20
The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a …
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Global War to Infinity and Beyond
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-20
American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the US military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Back in 2008, when I was still a captain newly returned from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called security and stabilization…
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How America's Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling an Increase in White Supremacist Violence in U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-20
America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, "Documenting Hate: New American Nazis," which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the U.S. between the aftermath of war and the rise of white s…
www.democracynow.org/2018/11/20/…

The Saudi Crown Prince's PR Campaign Has Totally Failed. Only Donald Trump Still Buys It
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2018-11-20
A wall mural displays the "2030 Vision" logo and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 4, 2018. | fawning odes penned by Thomas Friedman to articles comparing the crown prince to despised dictators-in-waiting, like Saif Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddaf…
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MBS 'could very well' have known of Khashoggi killing, but Saudi Arabia still a 'great ally' — Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
US President Trump has said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman "could very well" have known in advance about the plan to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but the US will remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia. | …
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Trump mocked for exclamation point frenzy in statement on Saudi Arabia & Khashoggi murder
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
It's often assumed that statements from the US president are drafted and edited by writers, but Trump's most recent public release seems to read just like his tweets — and the internet was quick to tear it apart. | …
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Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-20
CIA officials are signaling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must be replaced. Is this all about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Professor Asad AbuKhalil says there are other political reasons | The post Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The global rise of fascism: capitalism end game?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2018-11-20
It is everywhere. In a few years, it has metastasized like a cancer, on all continents. Its fervent proponents and ill-informed supporters call it populism or nationalism. In the Italy, Germany, or Spain of the 1930s, however, this ideology of exclusion and fear, defined by a hatred of the other, together with a tyrannical executive power, was called […] | Source…
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The Tide Is Turning: Israel Is Losing On Two War Fronts
Ramzy Baroud | iranian.com | 2018-11-19
The botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on 12 November is delineating Tel Aviv's failure to utilise its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Now that Palestinian popular resistance has gone global through the exponential rise and growing success of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, the Israeli government […] | The post The Tide Is Turning: Israel Is Losing On Two War Fronts appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/11/19/israel-is…

Report: 1 in 3 Deaths Caused by US Drone Strikes this Year in Yemen Were Civilians
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
While AQAP has benefitted from U.S. "counterterrorism" policies in the country, Yemen's civilians have found little to no reprieve, as they are either targets of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Western Yemen or targeted by drone strikes in the areas of Yemen under coalition control. | The post Report: 1 in 3 Deaths Caused by US Drone Strikes this Year in Yemen Were Civilians appeared first on MintPress News.
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In Hodeida — A Truce is Called but Saudi Coalition Attacks Continue
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies have failed in their offensive against Yemen's strategic port city. The offensive, which began in earnest earlier this year, hit an unexpected wall of resistance put up by the Yemeni Army, supported by local volunteer fighters and Ansar Allah. | The post In Hodeida — A Truce is Called but Saudi Coalition Attacks Continue appeared first on MintPress News.
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Responding to UN Envoy, Yemen's Houthis Announce End to Attacks on Saudi Forces
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said both the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis have shown a "renewed commitment to work on a political solution and have given firm assurances that they will attend the talks." | The post Responding to UN Envoy, Yemen's Houthis Announce End to Attacks on Saudi Forces appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Discovery That Should Have Changed the Cold War — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (9/12)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-19
In 1958, then Senator John F. Kennedy claimed there was a "missile gap", saying the USSR was far ahead in ICBM weapons; when satellite photos showed the astounding true number, it meant the USSR did not have plans for global domination, but it remained a secret, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul… | The post The Discovery That Should Have Changed the Cold War — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (9/12) appeared first on The Real News Net…
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The US Is Recklessly Stoking The Fire Of A Sunni-Shia War
Elijah J. Magnier | iranian.com | 2018-11-19
All wars initiated or supported by the US establishment — from the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, the regime-change in Syria in 2011 and the occupation of a third of Iraq in 2014 — have failed in their goal of stoking the fire of sectarian war between Sunni and […] | The post The US Is Recklessly Stoking The Fire Of A Sunni-Shia War appeared first on The Iranian.
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US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday's US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children. Saturday's attacks were against the village of Abu al-Hassan, along the Iraq border. It …

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria

Why the UAE and Saudi Arabia Are Reaching Out to Syria's Assad
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(MEE) — Last week the United Arab Emirates announced it was negotiating the reopening of its embassy in Damascus and restoring full ties with Syria. After the opening of the Nassib border crossing on the Jordan-Syria border, for the first time since the war began, Syria now has a through road linking Turkey to Jordan. At the same time the Israelis …

Why the UAE and Saudi Arabia Are Reaching Out to Syria's Assad

Jacksonville high school, police, fair management target Black youth with racist dress code
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-11-19
Jacksonville, FL — Students at a local Jacksonville high school are calling foul on a racist dress code policy implemented by administration last week. | On November 14, administrators at Robert E. Lee High School issued a new interpretation of the dress code that prohibits students from wearing memorial clothing on campus or at school-sponsored events. Citing prohibitions of "gang-related paraphernalia," the school administrators banned any clothing with the acronym "RIP," or "Rest in Peace," even if the person commemorated has no proven gang affiliations. | The move comes on the heels of a major local con…
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The Fatal Flaws in a Congressional Resolution to End US Support for the Saudi-Led Yemen War
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-11-19
The resolution's language would have mistakenly resulted in extending Yemeni suffering instead of ending it. | One consequence of the Saudi government's horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a renewed congressional focus on ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led war against an anti-government movement in Yemen. This has to be somewhat bittersweet for many Yemenis, who have been pleading for the world to help…
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It's Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2018-11-19
At least half a million people have been killed in the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, a new study by Brown University researchers finds. | The post It's Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars appeared first on The Intercept.
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"It Will Be a Cold War": Summit Ends in Unprecedented Chaos After US-China Showdown
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(ZHE) — One day after vice president Mike Pence and China's president Xi Jinping clashed after exchanging sharply worded barbs in a showdown between the two superpowers, on Sunday the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended in unprecedented chaos and disarray, without agreement on a joint communique for the first time in its history as the escalating rivalry between the …

"It Will Be a Cold War": Summit Ends in Unprecedented Chaos After US-China Showdown

Trump Is Attacking Free Press "in a Way We Haven't Seen in Modern American History"
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(CD) — Speaking from his years of experience being pursued by the Obama Justice Department for simply practicing journalism and refusing to reveal his confidential sources, Intercept reporter James Risen told The Hill on Monday that President Donald Trump is building on his predecessor's war on the free press by "demagoguing" the media "in a way we haven't seen in modern American history." "Obama tried …

Trump Is Attacking Free Press "in a Way We Haven't Seen in Modern American History"

Filipino Reporter Maria Ressa on Duterte's Targeting of the Press & How Facebook Aids Authoritarians
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-19
As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International Jo…
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Trump Calls CIA Conclusion on Khashoggi Murder "Premature," Promises Full Report
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump says he will be releasing a "very full report" on the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate within the next two days. Trump promised the report will include "who did it." The odds are this official report won't implicate the Saudi crown prince, as the CIA already did that in …

Trump Calls CIA Conclusion on Khashoggi Murder "Premature," Promises Full Report

US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-19
The Watson Institute released its report 'Costs of War,' showing astronomical costs of $5.9 trillion and at least 500,000 killed due to the never-ending war on terror. Is there an alternative? The report was published on the heels of the news that the Pentagon failed its first and only audit | The post US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11 appeared first on The Real News Network.
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"Of Fathers and Sons" — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2018-11-18
A new documentary by Talal Derki explores the lives of extremists in Syria — their cruelties, failures, and hopes in a shattered country. | The post "Of Fathers and Sons" — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/11/18/syri…

Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying. But It Comes at a Political Cost
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2018-11-18
The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an election night party for 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Hilton Midtown hotel in N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2016. | racist?" and you'll find that just within the last week, at least three major news outlets have taken on that very question. | At the Chicago Tribune…
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What NYTimes Called Israel's "1st Incursion" Was Actually at Least Its 263rd
Anti-Media News Desk | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-18
(FAIR) — In a piece headlined "Deadly Gaza Raid by Israel Threatens Nascent Ceasefire" (11/11/18), the New York Times described an Israeli assault near the city of Khan Yunis that killed seven Palestinians as the first known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza since Operation Protective Edge, in July 2014, set off a seven-week war. This depiction of the attack as …

What NYTimes Called Israel’s "1st Incursion" Was Actually at Least Its 263rd

Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-11-18
In July 2017, by a vote of 122 to 1, with one abstention, nations from around the world attending a United Nations-sponsored conference in New York City voted to approve a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Although this Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received little coverage in the mass media, its passage was Read…
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Thousands in London March Against Racism and the Far Right
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-17
Thousands took to the streets of London to protest xenophobia , and linked the rise of the far-right with austerity and the false promises of Brexit | The post Thousands in London March Against Racism and the Far Right appeared first on The Real News Network.
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U.S. Returns to Mogadishu With Revamped Diplomatic Outpost, 25 Years After "Black Hawk Down" Battle
Amanda Sperber | theintercept.com | 2018-11-17
In a sign of greater U.S. diplomatic activity in Somalia, the State Department is opening a new outpost in the capital's international zone. | The post U.S. Returns to Mogadishu With Revamped Diplomatic Outpost, 25 Years After "Black Hawk Down" Battle appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/11/16/us-s…

Foreign Correspondent: Israel Wins a Battle, But Is Losing the War
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2018-11-16
In Gaza this week, Israeli and Palestinian groups clashed and ultimately agreed to a ceasefire.
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How Christianity screwed Antiquity
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-16
The Darkening Age | By Catherine Nixey | Pan Macmillan, 2018 | 352 pp, $32.99 | Do you remember the horror in 2015 when ISIS seized the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, killed archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad who had protected its monuments and attacked the 12-metre-high statue of Athena? | It wasn't the first time that statue was attacked by religious fanatics. As Catherine Nixey records, in the 4th Century, Christian zealots attacked Palmyra and pulled the statue down. It lay in ruins until Muslim experts put it back together. | The fundamentalists were formed from Christian monks living in the desert…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-christianity-screwed-antiquity

Et Tu, RT? Amplifying Western Disinformation on Rwanda
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-11-16
The great lie about the Rwandan bloodbath opened the door to a far larger genocide in Congo and helped justify U.S. military interventions in Libya and Syria, argues Ann Garrison. By Ann Garrison Black Agenda Report During a recent campaign… Read more ?…
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At its convention, Portugal's Left Bloc gears up for year of crucial fights
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-16
In 2019, European and legislative elections will take place in Portugal in a national political context different from anywhere else in the European Union (EU), where austerity policies still reign and the racist and xenophobic right is rising, writes Dick Nichols from Lisbon. | Over the past three years in Portugal, the minority Socialist Party (PS) government has been supported from outside by the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal (PCP) and the Ecologist Party-The Greens (PEV). | During that time wages and welfare payments have risen, privatisations have stopped, unemployment has halved to 6.3%, casual…
greenleft.org.au/content/its-convention-portugals-left-bloc-gears-year-crucial-fights