2018-11-24: News Headlines

Geoff Dutton (2018-11-23). Deval Patrick, the Compassionate Corporatist? counterpunch.org Deval Patrick declares victory in the MA gubernatorial race, 2006. Drawing by Deniz Dutton, age 5 For Democrats, the 2020 primary season could come right out of their 2008 playbook, with a black man contesting a white woman for nomination to the highest office in the land. It's unlikely that the name Deval Patrick does More

George Eliason (2018-11-24). What Happens After the Donbass Elections? Unprecedented People's Support for Donesk and Lugansk Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca On November 11, 2018, I was in Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) as an election observer for the national election along with people from twenty-two countries. The elections in Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics (DNR) were necessary because of the assassination …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-24). Satire: Donald Trump's Black Friday Discount. Save 20% on All Trump Merchandise "Using the Code THANKFUL" globalresearch.ca "There is only one thing better than a Black Friday deal … and that is a Trump Black Friday Deal" | I got this message directly from Donald Trump who offers his supporters 20% discount on all "Official Trump Merchandise", including …

amnesty (2018-11-24). Women across Europe failed by outdated rape legislation. amnesty.org Most European countries still do not recognize in law that sex without consent is rape, Amnesty International said on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, highlighting how flawed legislation and a dangerous culture of victim blaming is perpetuating impunity across Europe. | In a briefing released today, Amnesty International analyses …

Andrew Smith (2018-11-23). More European Governments Promise to Stop Arming Saudi Arabia: The UK Must Do the Same. globalresearch.ca This morning the Danish and Finnish governments pledged to end arms sales to Saudi forces. Germany has recently promised to do the same. This follows an intensification of the ongoing bombardment of Yemen and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi….

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-23). The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) Attack on China's Consulate in Karachi, Ahead of President Xi's Meeting with Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Balochistan Liberation Army's" suicide attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi is a serious escalation of the Hybrid War on CPEC designed to put unprecedented pressure on China ahead of President Xi's planned meeting with his American counterpart …

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2018-11-23). Thieves Like Us: the Violent Theft of Land and Capital is at the Core of the U.S. Experiment. counterpunch.org The United States has been at war every day since its founding, often covertly and often in several parts of the world at once. As ghastly as that sentence is, it still does not capture the full picture. Indeed, prior to its founding, what would become the United States was engaged—as it would continue to be for More

Federico Pieraccini (2018-11-23). Syria, A Frozen Conflict: The Final Push for Idlib Will Come Soon. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria is that of a frozen conflict, following the agreements made between Russia, Turkey and Syria on the demilitarized zone created around Idlib. Except for some sporadic terrorist attacks, the truce seems to be holding up over …

Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank (2018-11-23). It's Getting Hot Up in Here. counterpunch.org When the overnight low (109F in Oman) would be a record high in most places on Earth, you know your planet is in trouble. The evidence of our warming climate is all around us. At times it feels as if our world is unraveling. Ice shelfs melting. Seas rising. Rivers flooding. Wildfires broiling. Hurricanes destroy- ing. Droughts devastating. It's not as if these events haven't been around since the dawn of time, but man-made global warming is undoubtedly making matters much, much worse. There's little hope that we can stem the rising tides and turn back the damage carbon has wrecked on our little blue planet. But t…

Nick Pemberton (2018-11-23). How Liberals Got Seduced By Trump's Gifts To Private Prisons. counterpunch.org "The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property." — Karl Marx "Give the man his due: @realDonaldTrump is on his way to becoming the uniter-in-Chief on an issue that has divided America for generations. Congrats to everyone on both sides who fought for this." — Van Jones, of More

Prof. Tim Anderson (2018-11-23). Iran Remains Key Balancing Force at Astana Peace Process: Prof. Tim Anderson. globalresearch.ca "Iran's role remains vital, in diplomacy as in support for the long-suffering Syrian military," Professor Tim Anderson, a lecturer at the University of Sydney, said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency. | "We can readily see the 'fruit' …

South Front (2018-11-23). Video: Turkey Continues Its War on Its Own Proxy Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca Following the liberation of al-Safa from ISIS, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) are now setting conditions to continue their anti-ISIS effort in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert. Local sources say that up to 1,000 members …

Nicolas J S Davies, Medea Benjamin (2018-11-23). Will the new House Dems take on the War Lobby? counterpunch.org

Earl Hazell (2018-11-23). Whither Cornel West? The "Devil in a Blue Dress" in Act III. counterpunch.org Mister and Myth is West If black American scholars are like prizefighters, then West is not the greatest ever; that title belongs to W.E.B. Du Bois. Not the most powerful ever; that's Henry Louis Gates Jr. Not the most influential; that would include Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, Black History Week founder Carter G. Woodson, More

Rain (2018-11-23). Thankstaking in the Trumpfederacy: Terminate the Tribe That Aided the Pilgrims. counterpunch.org As elementary school kids across the US don gaudily dyed chicken feathers and hop around like the fowl themselves for no discernible reason other than it's what they've been told "Indians did," their classmates watch on with stoicism in cardboard capotain hats, before together they fall upon plates of factory-farmed turkey. Yes, it's Thanksgiving, and More

Ahmet Gurhan Kartal (2018-11-23). Bill to "Officially" Recognize Palestine Submitted to British Parliament. globalresearch.ca A bill to officially recognize Palestinian state has been submitted to the House of Commons by the first British Palestinian MP on Wednesday. | Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP, said in a video she shared before submitting the bill …

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-23). Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince MBS' "Nuclear Ambitions"? globalresearch.ca Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), de facto kingdom ruler, is involved in negotiating a nuclear power plant deal with Trump's Energy and State Departments — worth a reported $80 billion dollars or more. | In a country with the …

Maan News Agency (2018-11-23). Israel to Demolish Dozens of Palestinian Shops in East Jerusalem. globalresearch.ca Israeli forces along with the Israeli Civil Administration staff stormed the Shufat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, and delivered demolition notices to dozens of Palestinian shops, on late Tuesday. | Thaer Fasfous, spokesperson of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, …

Binoy Kampmark (2018-11-23). Unnecessary Fussing: China, the United States and APEC. counterpunch.org The parents on the global stage of power are bickering and now, such entertainingly distracting forums as APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) are left without a unifying message. This should hardly matter, but the absence of a final communiqué of agreement is being treated in some circles as the preliminary perturbations to conflict between More

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-23). China's Conundrum: What to Do About the "Young Marxists"? globalresearch.ca The constitutionally communist People's Republic of China has found itself in a conundrum about what to do with the student activist groups popularly known as "Young Marxists", since their well-intentioned attempts to carry out grassroots reform of the country's current …

Thomas Mountain (2018-11-23). Saying Goodbye to UN Sanctions Against Eritrea. counterpunch.org It isn't often the UN Security Council votes unanimously to remove sanctions against a country, but this past Wednesday, November 14 they did just that by saying goodbye to nine years of UN just punishment against the small, socialist, east African country of Eritrea. It was Christmas Eve, 2009 when the USA forced through UN More

amnesty (2018-11-23). Free anti-death penalty activist Atena Daemi. amnesty.org Atena Daemi is an anti-death penalty campaigner and a women's rights activist serving a seven-year prison sentence in Iran for her peaceful activism. Her crime? Handing out anti-death penalty leaflets and criticizing Iran's execution record on social media. | In 2014, aged 26 years, Atena was blindfolded and arrested outside her home. For the first 28 days of her detention, she was held in a cell infested with insects and with no toilet. She said her interrogators offered to grant her easier access to the toilet in exchange for her "co-operation". Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of Atena's mistreatment…

Garry Leech (2018-11-23). Business as Usual: Washington's Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela. counterpunch.org For those who have been following Venezuela closely in recent years there is a distinct sense of déjà vu regarding US foreign policy towards that South American nation. This is because Washington's strategy of regime change in Venezuela is almost identical to the approach it has taken in Latin America on numerous occasions since World War Two. This strategy involves applying economic sanctions, extensive support for the opposition, and destabilization measures that create a sufficient degree of human suffering and chaos to justify a military coup or direct US military intervention.

Margaret Flowers (2018-11-23). Global Campaign Calls for Closure of US/NATO Foreign Bases to End Western Imperialism. globalresearch.ca The first International Conference against US/NATO Military Bases was held on November 16-18, at the Liberty Hall in Dublin, Ireland. The conference was attended by close to 300 participants from over thirty-five countries from around the world. Speakers representing countries …

Ted Rall (2018-11-23). Whatever Happened to Resigning on Principle? counterpunch.org This past spring the president met with his White House counsel to discuss an idea. Donald Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey, the FBI director he fired. "It is not clear which accusations Mr. Trump wanted prosecutors to pursue," reported The New York Times. The counsel, Don More

Prof. Graeme McQueen (2018-11-23). John F. Kennedy 55 Years On: Casting Light on the JFK Assassination, 9/11 and Other 21st Century Crimes. globalresearch.ca Fifty-five years ago, on November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Although there has been a great deal written about this event over the years, I want to draw attention to one exceptionally important article, originally delivered as a …

Doug Allan (2018-11-23). Hospital Underfunding in Ontario. "Hallway Medicine": It Can Be Fixed. globalresearch.ca Ontario faces unprecedented challenges of hospital underfunding and lack of capacity. For decades governments have pretended to try to address this problem through improved home care. Yet, today the result has been an overwhelmed home care system that has seen …

Dean Baker (2018-11-23). The Politics of the Viciousness: the US After the Midterms. counterpunch.org There was a huge turnout in the 2018 election, with the number of voters up by almost 30 percent from the last mid-term in 2014. Both parties managed to effectively motivate their base and get them out to vote. While the outcome was not the decisive victory that the Democrats had hoped for, it did More

Washington's Blog (2018-11-23). Household and Corporate Debt in America Reach All-Time Highs … Towards a Deep Recession? globalresearch.ca Household debt is at an all-time high. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York explains: | Total household debt increased by $219 billion (1.6%) to $13.51 trillion in the third quarter of 2018. It was the 17th consecutive quarter …

amnesty (2018-11-23). Stop the harassment of social justice activist Nawal Benaissa. amnesty.org Nawal Benaissa spends her time speaking out for freedom and justice, while also being a full-time mum of four. She is a peaceful activist – but the authorities constantly harass her. Demand that Nawal is protected now. | In 2016, Nawal was inspired by the growing activism in the Rif region of Morocco, calling for social justice and an end to corruption. For the first time in her life, Nawal began attending peaceful protests. She loved the hope it gave her for a better future in her home town. | People were moved by her passion. In a matter of months, Nawal went from someone who had never participated in activism…

Fight Back (2018-11-23). Tallahassee celebrates 101st anniversary of Russian Revolution. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On November 7, students, activists and community members from around the Tallahassee area gathered at The Plant Arts Center to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. The event was organized by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). | FRSO member Regina Joseph introduced the event and then called on Zachary Schultz to give a short speech about the history of the revolution and its significance. "Under worker power, the Soviet Union used its wealth to help people instead of filling the pockets of the small minority. That's what we're trying to do here in…

Ron Jacobs (2018-11-23). Chasing Down Fascists in Europe. counterpunch.org Polish government officials openly marching in a fascist parade along with tens of thousands of their country men and women. Police and city officials in the supposedly liberal city of Portland OR provoking antifascist protesters while protecting fascists and their sympathizers. An openly racist president of the United States declares that he is a nationalist. More

George Wuerthner (2018-11-23). Lessons From the California Wildfires. counterpunch.org The recent wildfires in California make me feel even more worried about the fate of anyone whose homes are built in the woods. California has experienced the 9 of the largest fires in its history in the past two decades, but large fires have occurred in many other western states during the same period. What More

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Elijah J. Magnier (2018-11-23). Hezbollah's Role in Lebanon and the Region. Is the US Loosing its Hegemony in the Middle East? globalresearch.ca The policy of the US establishment towards Lebanon is evidently changing and unstable, with a President who lacks general knowledge about the Middle East and above all of Hezbollah's role in the region. It seems President Donald Trump is willing …

Joseph Essertier (2018-11-23). The NYT's David Sanger, the Boy Who Cried "Nukes"! counterpunch.org Since the early 1990s the US mass media has consistently portrayed the government of North Korea as a "desperate rogue regime run by a paranoid dictator now threatening the world with nuclear attack," in the words of the American historian Bruce Cumings (North Korea: Another Country, 2003). Threatening. The world. The US has a population 13 More

Ruth Fowler (2018-11-23). The Rich Will Be OK. counterpunch.org

IMEMC (2018-11-23). Evacuation of 700 Palestinians from their Homes in Occupied East Jerusalem Approved by Israeli Court. globalresearch.ca It explained,according to Al Ray, …

Kevin McKinney (2018-11-23). Trump and His Loyalists are "Animal Farm's" Pigs. counterpunch.org They are the Pigs in Animal Farm, preaching righteousness, peddling preposterousness and hoarding all the "milk and apples" for themselves. If the demogagic President Donald Trump and his greedy loyalist Republican abettors had their way, the American citizenry would be consigned to a life of Farm-like drudgery. "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal More

Carl Miller (2018-11-23). Inside the British Army's Secret Information Warfare Machine. Disinformation and Deception. globalresearch.ca Abarbed-wire fence stretched off far to either side. A Union flag twisted in a gust of wind, and soldiers strode in and out of a squat guard's hut in the middle of the road. Through the hut, and under …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2018-11-23). Prospects for Syrian Peace Are Looking Up. globalresearch.ca After prolonged hibernation, the Astana Process on Syrian peace is kinetic, with the troika of 'guarantor' states – Russia, Turkey and Iran – set to hold a round of talks in the Kazakh capital on November 28-29. Delegations of …

Brian Cloughley (2018-11-23). Afghanistan is Collapsing. Get Out: Now! counterpunch.org November has been quite a month, so far, in Afghanistan. The level of violence has been appalling and the most serious recent atrocity was yet another suicide bombing in Kabul. It killed over fifty people and injured twice that many but didn't merit a Trump tweet, which isn't surprising because he doesn't seem to be interested in the More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-11-23). Bringing God and Finding Death: A Christian Missionary on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal. globalresearch.ca Curiosity for the undiscovered last tribe, that tantalising moment when eyes are cast upon the previously unseen, remains the anthropological Holy Grail. But to do so would lead to the natural consequences that come with contact and invasion: the foisting …

Fight Back (2018-11-23). International rally against US/NATO military bases held in Dublin. fightbacknews.org Dublin, Ireland – The International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases began in Dublin, Ireland November 16, with a demonstration in front of the General Post Office, site of the 1916 Easter Uprising. | Representatives from over 30 countries held peace banners and chanted, "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! US/NATO has got to go!" | There are now close to 1000 US/NATO military bases in 170 countries. The cost to U.S. taxpayers for the military bases is near to $156 billion per year. | Dr. Aleida Guevara, a member of the Cuban National Assembly and daughter of Che Guevara, spoke about the illegal U.S. occupation of Guantan…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2018-11-23). Can a Few People Save the World? counterpunch.org Occupy Health In May 2018, I met Susan Downs at an international conference at the University of Patras, Greece. She is a physician and a fearless documentary producer. Her motto is "Occupy Health." The moment Downs realized I was the author of Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, she invited me for More

Prof. John McMurtry (2018-11-23). Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World. globalresearch.ca 62 individuals – 388 in 2010 – now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.

amnesty (2018-11-23). Free sexual harassment survivor Amal Fathy. amnesty.org Amal Fathy posted a video online, speaking about her experience of sexual harassment and criticizing the Egyptian government for neglecting survivors. Now she's been sentenced to 2 years in prison for 'spreading false news' — and faces further charges. | Shortly after posting the video in May 2018, police raided Amal's home in the middle of the night and detained her, along with her husband and young child. Her family members were released, but Amal remains in prison. She's been sentenced to two years in prison for publishing a video that includes false news that could harm public peace' — and still f…

John Feffer (2018-11-23). Is Korea's Cold War About to End? counterpunch.org Remarkable changes are taking place on the Korean peninsula. The two Koreas are actually starting to demilitarize the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Just in the last couple weeks, they have taken down 22 guard posts, demined the Joint Security Area, and established a no-fly-zone about the peninsula's dividing line. They've pulled back from confrontation along their More

Thomas Knapp (2018-11-23). Two Numbers That Explain Why Trump Won't Sanction Saudi Arabia. counterpunch.org "[W]e may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi," US president Donald Trump told the nation on November 20, but "[t]he United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region." Many find More

Joseph Grosso (2018-11-23). Evrémonde in New York: The Amazon Deal. counterpunch.org The November 15th Business Section of the New York Times carried the unintentionally insightful headline "Amazon Site is Upscale and 'Distressed"'. The Times story dealt with a provision added to last year's GOP tax cut that created 'Opportunity Zones' meant to draw investment to neglected neighborhoods. Inserted by South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the zones allow investors More

Bruce E. Levine (2018-11-23). Noam Chomsky Turns 90: How a U.S. Anarchist Has More Than Survived. counterpunch.org "The person who claims the legitimacy of the authority always bears the burden of justifying it. And if they can't justify it, it's illegitimate and should be dismantled. To tell you the truth, I don't really understand anarchism as being much more than that." —Noam Chomsky On December 7, 2018, Noam Chomsky turns 90 years More

Shane Quinn (2018-11-23). Madness of Military Advancement and Modern Warfare. globalresearch.ca World War One caused terrible bloodshed as millions of soldiers slaughtered each other for no apparent gain. Yet, directly due to fighting, the civilian death rate in this conflict numbered perhaps 15% of all those killed. In the Second World …

Telesur (2018-11-23). U.S. Family Separation: 129 Kids Won't be Reunited with Parents. globalresearch.ca About a hundred migrant children separated from their families by immigration authorities when crossing the U.S. border without documents won't be reunited with their families, according to a report by the Federal government. | A report issued by the Health and …

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-23). Trump Authorizes Lethal Force Against Asylum Seeking Aliens. globalresearch.ca Refugees, asylum seekers, and others from the wrong countries are unwelcome in Trump's America — notably people of color and Muslims. | His November 8 immigration order has nothing to do with protecting national security or US sovereignty — everything to …

ANIS SHIVANI (2018-11-23). End Times for American Liberalism. counterpunch.org The Continuing Dilemma from the Clinton / Obama Years and Why Liberalism Does Not Have a Home in Either Party Despite the most blatant violations of civil liberties in American history by a Republican Southern evangelical president fighting a never-ending crusade against "evil" itself, the three leading Democratic candidates for the 2008 presidential election, Hillary More

Julian Vigo (2018-11-23). The Destruction of Higher Education Today. counterpunch.org It was recently revealed how British universities are imitating the Premier League football in procuring star names in academia to boost their REF (Research Excellence Framework) rankings. First used in 2014 to assess the academic period of 2008 to 2013, the REF was to provide accountability for public investment in research as well as to establish More

amnesty (2018-11-23). Demand justice for the killing of Marielle Franco. amnesty.org Marielle Franco stood up for black women, LGBTI people and young people in Rio de Janeiro. On 14 March 2018, she was shot and killed. | Marielle Franco was born and raised in a favela in Rio, Brazil. An elected councillor, she worked tirelessly to promote the rights of black women, LGBTI and young people. | Marielle inspired many people. She refused to stay silent about police killings and continued to speak out against injustice right up until hours before her brutal killing in March. A car pulled up beside hers, and Marielle was shot four times in the head. | People who defend human rights in Brazil are often a…

amnesty (2018-11-23). Nigeria: "Se llevaron a nuestros esposos y nos obligaron a ser sus parejas" : Hambre y violación contra mujeres en el nordeste de Nigeria a manos de sus presuntos rescatadores. amnesty.org Las mujeres internamente desplazadas en el nordeste de Nigeria han sufrido a manos del ejército nigeriano violencia y abusos que constituyen crímenes de guerra y posibles | crímenes contra la humanidad. Estas mujeres reclaman justicia, rendición de cuentas y el final de estos abusos. Quieren poder alimentar a sus familias; quieren reunirse con sus esposos y otros hombres de su familia; quieren estar a salvo.

amnesty (2018-11-23). Nigeria. 'Ils ont pris nos maris et ont fait de nous leurs ´ compagnes ª': Des femmes affamées et violées par leurs prétendus sauveurs dans le nord-est du pays. amnesty.org Dans le nord-est du Nigeria, des militaires nigérians ont infligé à des femmes déplacées à l'intérieur de leur pays des violences et des atteintes aux droits humains qui équivalent à des crimes de guerre et qui pourraient constituer des crimes contre l'humanité. Ces femmes exigent que justice soit faite, que des comptes soient rendus et que ces violations des droits humains cessent.

amnesty (2018-11-23). Nigeria: 'They took our husbands and forced us to be their girlfriends' – Women in north-east Nigeria starved and raped by those claiming to rescue them. amnesty.org Internally displaced women in north-east Nigeria have experienced violence and abuse from the Nigerian military that amount to war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. These women are demanding justice, accountability, and an end to these violations.

IMEMC News (2018-11-23). Israeli Navy Abducts Three Palestinian Fishermen In Gaza. imemc.org Israeli navy ships attacked, on Friday morning, several fishing boats in Palestinian territorial waters, north of Gaza City, and abducted three fishermen. Media sources in Gaza said the navy attacked the boats less than 3 nautical miles from the shore, west of the Sudaniyya area, north of Gaza city. The …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-23). Hospitals Follow Pharma in Direct-to-Consumer Advertising. truthout.org The scene is shadowy, and the background music foreboding. On the TV screen, a stream of beleaguered humans stand in an unending line. | "If you're waiting patiently for a liver transplant, it could cost you your life," warns the narrator. | One man pulls another out of the queue, signaling an escape. Both smile. | Is this a dystopian video game? Gritty drama? Neither. It is a commercial for the living-donor liver transplant center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an academic hospital embroiled in a high-p…

Fight Back (2018-11-23). A socialist look at the Florida 2018 midterm results. fightbacknews.org With the recounts complete, the 2018 Florida midterm elections have ended. For all the sound and fury over uncounted ballots, the final results changed very little in the weeks since election night. Democrats lost in Florida, and the narrow margins only make the sting worse. The GOP and the reactionary big business interests they represent still control the governor's mansion and the state legislature. But while little changed, this is hardly a return to the status quo. This analysis is for socialists in Florida to consider in shaping our strategy and tactics moving forward. | Historic campaign, disappointing res…

amnesty (2018-11-23). Pakistan: Peshawar bombing shows utter contempt for human life. amnesty.org Responding to the suicide bomb attack on a crowded marketplace in Pakistan's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that has left at least 25 dead and more than 50 injured, Amnesty International's Deputy South Asia Director, Omar Waraich, said: | "This was a horrific attack that shows utter contempt for human life. The attackers deliberately targeted a marketplace full of ordinary people on a busy Friday afternoon. It is a grim reminder of the threat that continues to be posed by armed groups who are prepared to kill large numbers of people to pursue their agenda. Such attacks, which flout fundamental principle…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-22). A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. democracynow.org President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia, in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We spoke with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky in October about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump's plan to…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-22). Noam Chomsky on Pittsburgh Attack: Revival of Hate Is Encouraged by Trump's Rhetoric. democracynow.org It's been less than a month since a gunman stormed the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 Jewish worshipers. The massacre has been described as the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. After the shooting, we spoke with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident, about Pittsburgh, Israel's policies toward Gaza and other recent white supremacist and right-wing attacks in the U.S.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-22). Noam Chomsky: The Future of Organized Human Life Is At Risk Thanks to GOP's Climate Change Denial. democracynow.org As the death toll from the climate change-fueled Camp Fire in California continues to rise and hundreds remain missing, we rebroadcast our conversation about climate change with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky from October. He says Republican Party leaders are dedicated to "enriching themselves and their friends" at the cost of the planet, and warns: "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form."

Fight Back (2018-11-22). Tucson protests arrival of U.S. troops on the border. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – On November 13 around 50 people gathered in front of the Federal Building in downtown Tucson to demand that President Trump remove over 5000 troops deployed to the border. With chants of "Say it loud, say it clear! Refugees are welcome here!" the crowd generated many honks of solidarity from passing cars, tractor trailers, school buses and city buses. | Organized by the Tucson Anti-War Committee and the People's Defense Initiative, the protest had politically powerful speakers. Sara Mae Williams, a member of the Tohono O'otham Nation, shared how Border Patrol routinely violates the sovereignty of the…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-22). After Visiting Brazil's Lula in Prison, Noam Chomsky Warns Against "Disaster" Under Jair Bolsonaro. democracynow.org As Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take office in January, we return to our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky shortly after the election. Bolsonaro's impending presidency marks the most radical political shift Brazil since military rule ended more than 30 years ago. Bolsonaro is a former Army officer who has praised Brazil's former military dictatorship, spoken in favor of torture and threatened to destroy, imprison or banish his political opponents. Bolsonaro has also encouraged the police to kill suspected drug dealers, and once told a fem…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-22). Noam Chomsky: Members of Migrant Caravan Are Fleeing from Misery & Horrors Created by the U.S. democracynow.org Days after a federal judge in California temporarily halted Trump's asylum ban, we revisit our conversation with world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky about U.S. foreign policy in Central America. He joins us in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches at the University of Arizona. Chomsky is also institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for 50 years. We ask him about the Central American caravan and national security adviser John Bolton declaring Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be part of a "troika of tyranny" and a "triangle of terror" earl…

Joe Penney (2018-11-22). How America's Counterterror Strategy Helped Destabilize Burkina Faso. theintercept.com On a muggy evening in mid-August, a convoy of gold miners and gendarmes in 4x4s and pickup trucks drove on an unpaved road from a Canadian-owned gold mine in Boungou, eastern Burkina Faso. Just a few miles after leaving the facility, the convoy hit a mine. Gunmen jumped out from the thick forest on the side of the road and opened fire, killing five gendarmes and one miner. | Two months later, in the northern town of Inata near the Malian border — another gold-mining site — a column of militants on motorcycles ambushed police in the early hours of the morning, killing one gendarme and carrying away pol…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-21). Headlines for November 21, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Sides with "Great Ally" Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi Killing, Lawmakers Condemn Trump's Defense of Saudi Arabia, WaPo Publisher Blasts Trump over Murder of Columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Rights Groups: Saudi Arabia Is Torturing Feminist Activists, Yemen: Saudi-Led War Caused 85,000 Young Children to Die from Hunger, Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Kills 50 at Kabul Religious Gathering, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Warns Migrant Caravan over Asylum, Texas ICE Jail to Release 29 Families After Federal Ruling on Asylum, Mississippi GOP Senate Candidate Posed for Photos in Confederate Garb, Federal Judge Strikes Down…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-21). Trump Chooses "Relationship with Saudi Arabia" over Accountability for Jamal Khashoggi's Murder. democracynow.org Despite overwhelming evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated at the order of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President Trump stood by Saudi Arabia Tuesday in an extraordinary written statement riddled with exclamation points and subtitled "America First," writing, "It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn't! That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Trump's statement came even after The Wa…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-21). Trump's Amoral Saudi Statement Is a Pure 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-21). Costs of War: 17 Years After 9/11, Nearly Half a Million People Have Died in Global "War on Terror" democracynow.org Nearly half a million people have died from violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since George W. Bush declared a "war on terror" in the wake of 9/11, according to a "major new report": watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/file… from Brown University's Costs of War Project. More than 17 years later, the war in Afghanistan is the longest war in U.S. history. Costs of War reports that more than 480,000 people have died from violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan—including soldiers, militants, police, contractors, journalists, humanitarian…

Jon Schwarz (2018-11-21). This Thanksgiving, I'm Grateful for Donald Trump, America's Most Honest President. theintercept.com There's no question that Donald Trump is the most flagrantly, compulsively, and voluminously dishonest president in American history — which is saying something, given the competition. He's probably told 27 more lies during the time it took you to read this one sentence. | But as preposterous as it sounds, there's a case to be made that he's simultaneously America's most honest president. Every now and then, in the midst of his unending eruption of prevarication, Trump will blurt out the truth about the United States in a way that no normal politician ever has. | Most recently, when

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 Flood 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 Offic…

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

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…

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 11 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, with whom Bowers had been communicating 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 and…

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…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2018. democracynow.org NorCal Wildfires Death Toll Soars to 77 as Trump Tours Devastation, Trump Claims Finland Prevents Fires by "Raking and Cleaning" Forests, Florida Democrats Concede Senate & Gubernatorial Races After Recounts, Abrams Ends Her Georgia Governor Bid, Vows to Fight Voter Suppression, Orange County Flips to Democrats After Cisneros Wins House Race, CIA Says Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Murder, Yemen: Houthi Rebels Call for Ceasefire, Turkey: Government Arrests 14 in Crackdown on Academics and Activists, Trump to Nominate Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler as Permanent Leader, Trump Attacks Admiral McRaven, Who Led Osama…

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.

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 Jou…

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.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-16). Headlines for November 16, 2018. democracynow.org Deadly NorCal Wildfire Kills At Least 63; 631 Reported Missing, Wildfire Smoke Creates Hazardous Air Quality in NorCal, DOJ Accidentally Reveals Indictments Against WikiLeaks' Assange, Florida Senate Race Heads to Manual Recount, Democrats Score House Wins in Maine, California, U.S. Sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi Murder, White House Weighing Extradition of Exiled Turkish Cleric, Central American LGBTQ Migrants Face Additional Hurdles on Journey to U.S. Border, North Korea Deports U.S. Citizen as Kim Jong-un Oversees Weapon Test, Bangladesh Delays Plans to Repatriate Rohingya to Burma Amid Uproar, Renowned Ban…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-16). Exclusive: WikiLeaks Lawyer Warns U.S. Charges Against Assange Endanger Press Freedom Worldwide. democracynow.org The Justice Department has inadvertently revealed that it has prepared an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In an unusual development, language about the charges against Assange was copied and pasted into an unrelated court filing that was recently unsealed. In the document, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote, "Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged." The news broke on Thursday night just hours after The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Departme…

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 →

Democracy Now! (2018-11-16). NYT Investigation: How Facebook Used a Republican Firm to Attack Critics & Spread Disinformation. democracynow.org "Delay, Deny and Deflect." That's the name of a new bombshell investigation by The New York Times revealing that Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, were aware of a Russian misinformation campaign on the social media network and took a series of extraordinary private actions to preserve the company's reputation, launching an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat critics and spread misinformation. The New York Times investigation reveals that Facebook hired the Republican opposition-research firm Definers Public Affairs to discredit critics of Facebook,…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-15). Rep. Ro Khanna: By Blocking Yemen Resolution, House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty to Decide War & Peace. democracynow.org House Republicans have quashed debate on a resolution that aims to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, by sneaking a single line into an unrelated resolution about wolves. The House voted 201 to 187 on the bill Wednesday, approving a provision that blocks the Democrats from forcing a vote on the U.S. role in Yemen under the War Powers Act. For nearly four years the United States has played a key role supporting the Saudi-led invasion, which has devastated Yemen, creating the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The U.N. is warning 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine. One new study ha…

Consortiumnews (2018-11-14). America's Absence in Istanbul: A Sign of Decline, Not Surrender. consortiumnews.com Team Trump missed the summit on Syria. In that, Patrick Lawrence sees another sign of Washington's failure to accept its loss of diplomatic primacy. Lost in the Memory Palace: US Leads, But No One Follows By Patrick Lawrence Special to… Read more →

Mrill Ingram (2018-11-13). Here Comes the Farm Bill. progressive.org The Democratic midterm take-over of the House means a renewed chance for policies that don't take food assistance away from children or drive more birds toward extinction.

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