2018-11-25: News Headlines

RFE (2018-11-26). 200 Wounded As Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Shakes Western Iran. iranian.com Iran said on Sunday that no fatalities had been reported but that about 200 people were injured after an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck near its western border with Iraq, Iranian state TV reported. The tremor was also felt in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and in Kuwait. "About 200 to 210 people have been injured […]

RT (2018-11-26). Elon Musk says there is a good chance he'll die on Mars. rt.com In a recent interview, SpaceX founder and eccentric billionaire Elon Musk said that there is a high probability he will be one of the brave pioneers to colonize Mars — and die there.

Tasnim News (2018-11-26). Iran Defends World Taekwondo Team Champion. iranian.com Defending men's champions Iran won a dramatic victory in the Taekwondo Team Championships at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, earning the winning points in a 32-31 score against Russia with just three seconds to spare. On the way to the final, Iran defeated Azerbaijan 66-58, China 45-44 and Uzbekistan 54-37 in Group B and […]

wsws (2018-11-26). Iranian steelworkers strike for back-wages, safety, and jobs. wsws.org The strike by 4,000 steelworkers in the southwestern city of Ahvaz is part of a growing working-class challenge to poverty-wages, privatization, and austerity.

Tasnim News (2018-11-26). Chinese Firm Seizes Opportunity, Replaces Total In Iran's South Pars Gas Project. iranian.com Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) has officially replaced French company Total which has backed out of a deal on development of Iran's South Pars gas field. The CNPC has formally replaced Total in the project on development of South Pars gas field's phase 11, Zanganeh announced on […]

Mehr News (2018-11-26). International Horseback Archery Championship In Shiraz. iranian.com The city of Shiraz, in the southern Fars province, is hosting an international horseback archery championship. Over 50 athletes from 19 countries are participating in the four-day event, which started on Thursday, November 22nd. The competition is held in different categories including javelin throw and fencing.

James M. Dorsey (2018-11-26). Khashoggi Crisis Reshaping U.S. Relations With Saudi Arabia. iranian.com The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have gotten more than they bargained for. The killing has sparked multiple battles that are likely in coming months to shape relationships ranging from that between the United States and Saudi Arabia to those between US President Donald J, Trump, his Republican party, the US Congress, and the […]

wsws (2018-11-26). Australian government accelerates anti-democratic "foreign influence" register. wsws.org The legislation is aimed at criminalising opposition to Australia's central role in the US-led preparations for war with China.

wsws (2018-11-26). The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Only a fool "expects better" from humanity. wsws.org The Coens' latest film is made up of six stories set in a mythical "Old West." The thread connecting the various episodes is a generally nasty attitude toward humanity, and American humanity in particular.

RT (2018-11-26). Iraq War vet who called out social media censorship booted from Twitter. rt.com Iraq War veteran and former Republican congressional candidate Jesse Kelly has been banned from Twitter for unclear reasons, becoming yet another conservative personality to be kicked from the platform.

wsws (2018-11-26). New climate change report: Impact of global warming "already being felt" wsws.org The latest report from the US Global Change Research Program confirms the danger posed by climate change and the inability of capitalist governments to address it.

INA (2018-11-26). Navy Opens Fire on Palestinian Fishermen. imemc.org Israeli naval forces, on Sunday, opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip. Locals told Ma'an News Agency that Israeli naval forces repeatedly opened heavy fire towards Palestinian fishermen in southern and northern Gaza, forcing fishing boats to sail back to shore. No injuries were …

wsws (2018-11-26). Australia: World War I centenary "celebrations" end with stepped-up militaristic propaganda. wsws.org The ongoing barrage of patriotic and pro-war rhetoric is aimed at conditioning young people for future imperialist wars.

Jason Ditz (2018-11-26). Ukraine Set to Declare War on Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are once again soaring after this weekend, with reports that Russia has seized three Ukrainian navy vessels off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula. Crimea is de facto under Russian control, but Ukraine considers it part of their territory. Earlier in the day, Ukraine accused Russian ships of ramming their tugboat in the Sea …

Middle East Eye (2018-11-26). Republicans Split With Donald Trump Over Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Republican politicians in the United States have split with Donald Trump over Jamal Khashoggi's killing, publicly questioning and raising concerns about the US president's continued embrace of Saudi Arabia in light of the gruesome murder. Last week, in a meandering written statement, Trump vowed to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia, saying both Saudi King …

Tyler Durden (2018-11-26). Syrian Rebels Blamed for Massive Chemical Attack on Civilians in Aleppo. theantimedia.com (ZHE Op-ed) — Over 100 civilians were hospitalized, including dozens of women and children, after anti-Assad militants unleashed a wave of mortars filled with poison gas on government controlled Aleppo Saturday evening. Syrian state-run SANA published multiple photos and video of victims in the city's hospitals being treated for what's reported to be chlorine gas exposure. Though it's not the first …

wsws (2018-11-26). Russia fires on and captures Ukrainian Navy ships. wsws.org A military escalation in the Azov Sea was prepared over months, with a series of provocations by the Ukrainian regime that enjoyed the support of the EU and US imperialism.

Fight Back (2018-11-25). Minnesotans to rally in support of migrant caravan. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – As national attention has focused on the caravan of Central American refugees winding its way through Mexico towards the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrants and their allies in Minnesota will rally in support of the caravan on Friday, November 30. | Organizers are planning for a robust turnout in solidarity with the caravan. The rally will start at 5: 15 p.m. in front of the Minneapolis Federal Building at 4th Street and 4th Avenue. Afterwards, organizers will lead a march towards Wells Fargo to highlight the complicity of the banking industry in supporting for-profit detention centers across the U.S.

Jon Britton (2018-11-25). Eyewitness Mexico: Report & Video from The Refugee Caravan. indybay.org San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…

Jeremy Scahill (2018-11-25). The Counterinsurgency Paradigm: How U.S. Politics Have Become Paramilitarized. theintercept.com Donald Trump ran a campaign promising to refill the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, to "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding," to "take out" the families of suspected terrorists, to ban Muslims from entering this country, and to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet these policies didn't start with Trump: Torture, indefinite detention, extraordinary renditions, record numbers of deportations, anti-Muslim sentiment, mass foreign and domestic surveillance, and even the killing of innocent family members of suspected terrorists all have a recent historical precedent. | Trump's predecessor, B…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-11-25). Incoming Mexican Government Denies Cutting Deal With Trump on Asylum Seekers. truthout.org Hours after the Washington Post reported that the Trump White House and the incoming administration of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) cut a deal to keep asylum seekers in Mexico while their claims are processed by the US, Mexican government officials on Saturday straightforwardly denied that any such agreement has been reached. | "There is no agreement of any kind between the future federal government…

San Francisco Protest (2018-11-25). It's Thanksgiving and 14 Million Yemenis Face Famine While Congress Feasts. indybay.org On November 20th, while Congress members were headed home ready to enjoy bountiful holiday meals, San Francisco activists reminded Nancy Pelosi that Yemenis face starvation due to the Saudi-led/US backed war on that country.

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-25). A Chance for Afghanistan's Donors to Do More Than Check Boxes. hrw.org This week, delegations from donor countries to Afghanistan will meet in Geneva to hear Afghan officials report on progress in critical areas of reform. These conferences usually amount to little more than opportunities for donors, fatigued from a 17-year commitment to war-torn Afghanistan, to simply check boxes. But as prospects for peace talks increase, a critical evaluation of the government's human rights report card is more important than ever. |

Arkady Savitsky (2018-11-25). UK Commits Extra Military Forces to Ukraine: Irresponsible Policy, Dangerous Repercussions. globalresearch.ca Ukraine's Constitutional Court green-lighted a bill on amending the country's main law by enshrining into it the final goal of obtaining NATO and EU membership. The decision was announced the next day after the UK and Ukraine's defense ministries made …

MBJSD (2018-11-25). Will the New House Democrats Take on the War Lobby? indybay.org How can we expect the new Democratic House of Representatives to stand up to the war lobby if they choose leaders who voted for the disastrous Iraq war, fail to lead on critical current issues of war, peace and record military spending, and are still in the pay of military-industrial interests?>

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-25). US-Israeli Open Secret: Supporting Al Qaeda, Recruiting Jihadists. globalresearch.ca The US, Israel, and their imperial partners support the scourge of ISIS and other terrorists they pretend to oppose — in all active US launched war theaters. | Washington and Israel partner in each other's wars of aggression. US use of …

Friba (2018-11-25). U.S. Military Intentionally Targets Afghan Civilians. "Oppress and Destroy". The Lives of Afghans has No Value for the US," globalresearch.ca As the UN reports year by year a dramatic increase on civilians killings in Afghanistan, and the International Criminal Court does not advance in investigating such crimes by the local government, terrorists and US-led forces, Friba, the Revolutionary Association of …

RT News (2018-11-25). 230,000 "Jihadists" in 70 Countries: Since 9/11 the Number of Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorists Has Quadrupled. Study. globalresearch.ca Despite Washington's extremely costly worldwide 'War on Terror', nearly four times as many Sunni Islamic militants are operating around the world today as on September 11, 2001, a new study has found. | As many as 230,000 jihadists are spread across …

Carla Stea (2018-11-25). China Denounces UN Security Council's Promotion of the West's Political Agenda in Myanmar. globalresearch.ca Although China's statements at the UN Security Council are most often brief and general in content, the afternoon of October 24 China's Ambassador Ma spoke at length and brilliantly exposed the fraudulent use of "concern for human rights" to conceal …

Michael Welch (2018-11-25). Video: Khashoggi and the Take Down of Saudi Crown Prince MBS. globalresearch.ca The real reason the knives have come out for MBS is not a single extrajudicial killing – a practice the Saudis have long used with impunity – but instead the fact that, in the six weeks prior to Khashoggi's sordid …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-11-25). The Yellow Vests Rebellion, Fierce Political Opposition in France. Emmanuel Macron's Harsh Hikes in Fuel Prices. globalresearch.ca Governments and ruling regimes tend to face revolution in the face of harsh hikes in prices. Margaret Thatcher's rule in Britain was rocked by the poll tax. In France, the once enthusiastically embraced Emmanuel Macron has decided to leave the …

Global Research News (2018-11-25). Selected Articles: 230,000 "Jihadists" in 70 Countries. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Juan Cole (2018-11-25). Three Charts: What Trump Doesn't Want You to Know About the Climate Emergency. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration dropped the 1,000-page second volume of a congressionally-mandated study of the impact of the climate crisis on the United States late on Friday of Thanksgiving weekend in order to bury it. This sort of move is designed …

Yves Engler (2018-11-25). The Canadian Missionary Connection to Tanzania's Homophobia. globalresearch.ca Canadians should express their solidarity with Tanzanians facing politically inspired homophobia. But, we must also be suspicious of journalism that ignores Canadian complicity in the promotion of anti-gay ideology. | Last weekend the Globe and Mail and CBC both reported on …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-25). Terrorism is "Made in the USA". The "Global War on Terrorism" is a Fabrication, A Big Lie. globalresearch.ca Prominent academic and author Dr Michel Chossudovsky warned that the so-called war on terrorism is a front to propagate America's global hegemony and create a New World Order. Terrorism is "Made in the US". The terrorists are not the product of the Muslim world.

Jake Johnson (2018-11-25). Rejecting Claim of Presidential Immunity, Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Trump Foundation to Proceed. globalresearch.ca Rejecting the immunity defense put forth by President Donald Trump's lawyers, a New York state judge on Friday ruled that a lawsuit accusing Trump and members of his family of using their "charitable" foundation as nothing more than a …

Jackson Richman (2018-11-25). In Historic Move, Sen. Rand Paul Places Hold on $38 Billion to Israel. globalresearch.ca Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has a history of being skeptical about U.S. taxpayer funds going towards the Jewish state, has placed a hold on the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, which provides Israel with $38 billion in …

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-25). India, Pakistan, Nepal. Geopolitical Rivalries in South Asia. globalresearch.ca Neither allied Great Power can admit that their own missteps are the reason for the two major strategic failures that they're facing, with it being much easier to conveniently blame Pakistan as the regional bogeyman instead of taking responsibility for …

Jim Miles (2018-11-25). Twilight of the American Century. globalresearch.ca The histories of empires and the histories of war are generally written by the winner to put themselves in a positive light. It has been difficult for the U.S. empire to maintain their facade of goodness for their endeavours after …

Justin Anderson (2018-11-25). Minimal Media Attention Helped Sink Crucial Climate Initiatives. globalresearch.ca Climate change took a backseat to other issues in this year's midterm elections, and humanity may end up paying the price. The majority of climate change-related ballot measures failed, many climate deniers in the Republican party won or kept …

Edward Curtin (2018-11-25). The Language of 9/11 Unmasked: Edward Curtin. globalresearch.ca We welcome to the programme the writer and lecturer Edward Curtin, who teaches sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, for a conversation on his research into the subject of September 11, 2001, and in particular his analysis of the …

Joseph Thomas (2018-11-25). The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Why is the European Union Opposed to It? globalresearch.ca The European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) put together a day-long seminar chastising the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Organised by Jonathan Bullock, a UK Independence Party (UKIP) Member of the European Parliament (MEP), it gathered European critics of …

Alex Lantier (2018-11-25). French President Bans Fuel Tax Protest in Paris as Strikes Expand. globalresearch.ca At present, the Facebook pages associated with the fuel tax protests, referring to themselves as "yellow vests," have defied the government order and are maintaining calls for protests at Place de la Concorde. Tens of thousands of people are expected …

Seyed Hossein Mousavian (2018-11-25). Iran, Saudi Arabia and a History of U.S. Aggression. globalresearch.ca In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, Thomas Friedman criticised former US President Barack Obama's bet on Iran and President Donald Trump's bet on Saudi Arabia, noting that both countries responded with their worst impulses. | Friedman …

Telesur (2018-11-25). Syria: Allegedly Over 100 Injured in Aleppo Gas Attack. globalresearch.ca According to SANA news agency, militant shells containing chlorine-gas were fired at the al-Khalidiye and Al Zahraa neighborhoods causing over 100 civilian injuries. | Shelling allegedly conducted by insurgents wounded more than 100 people in a suspected toxic gas attack in …

amnesty (2018-11-25). Argentina: Authorities must guarantee the right to public protest during the G20 Summit. amnesty.org The Argentine authorities must respect and guarantee the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly during the G20 meetings in Buenos Aires at the end of November and the security forces must strictly abide by international standards on the use of force, Amnesty International said today. | "The whole world will be watching Argentina during the G20 Summit. The authorities must rise to the occasion and send a very clear message to security forces to ensure that respect for the right to protest prevails over a repressive approach that could lead to excessive use of force," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americ…

Michael Welch (2018-11-25). Conspiracy and Cover-up: The Secret Origins of World War One. globalresearch.ca "The history of the First World War is a deliberately concocted lie. Not the sacrifice, the heroism, the horrendous waste of life or the misery that followed. No, these were very real, but the truth behind how it all began …

Juan Cole (2018-11-25). India Doubles, Yes, DOUBLES Iran Oil Imports: Are Trump's Sanctions Cratering? iranian.com India's imports of petroleum from Iran in October doubled in value terms to $1.42 billion in October, year over year. Likewise, during the first 8 months of 2018, the value of India's oil imports from Iran was double that of the same period in 2017. Even in volume terms, imports are up 38%. These statistics raise […]

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-25). Oil Industry Cleanup Costs Vastly Exceed Alberta Government's Estimates. therealnews.com Regan Boychuk of Reclaim Alberta explains that Canadian taxpayers could ultimately be on the hook for hundreds of billions of oil industry cleanup costs

Steve Ellner (2018-11-25). Trump Putting Venezuela on 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' List? zcomm.org The Trump administration is actively exploring the option of placing Venezuela on the state sponsor of terrorism list, to further intensify sanctions that have already caused significant damage to Venezuela's economy…

Neta Crawford (2018-11-25). Costs of War. zcomm.org 17 Years After 9/11, Nearly Half a Million People Have Died in Global "War on Terror…

NPR (2018-11-25). Brooklyn-Based Band Fuses Farsi Lyrics With Western Riffs. iranian.com The Arabic word habibi means "my love," an apt descriptor for Rahill Jamalifard's feelings about her Iranian upbringing and the music she creates. Jamalifard is the frontwoman for Habibi, the Brooklyn-based band that mixes Detroit garage rock with girl group harmonies and surf guitar. The band's newest EP, Cardamom Garden, houses lyrics that move seamlessly between English and […]

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-11-25). US Hegemony Is Over In Lebanon. iranian.com 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 to reduce military support to the Lebanese Army and to impose further sanctions on Lebanon, […]

Tehran Times (2018-11-25). Iran Beats Thailand In IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship Opener. iranian.com Iran started the 2018 IFCPF (International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football) Asia-Oceania Championship on a high note on Saturday. Team Melli defeated Thailand 7-1 in Kish Island in southern Iran in Persian Gulf. Iran captain Abdorreza Karimizadeh scored five goals and Mehdi Torabi was on target two times. Earlier in the day, Australia defeated South […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-11-25). Hamas Officials Attend Islamic Conference In Tehran. iranian.com A senior Hamas delegation today attended the inauguration of the International Conference for Islamic Unity in Tehran, Hamas sources and agencies reported. More than 300 officials from 60 countries will attend the opening of the conference, which is named "Jerusalem is the pivot of unity of the ummah". Members of Hamas' political bureau Mahmoud Al-Zahar […]

RFE (2018-11-25). The CEO Of A Car Company Detained In Iran For Fraud. iranian.com The CEO of the Iranian car company Azimkhodro (Great Car) and another suspect are detained for failing to deliver 4,000 pre-sold automobiles, Tehran's Prosecutor-General has disclosed. He did not name the CEO but the website of the company names him as Reza Azimi. Complainants are claiming more than $16.5 million compensation, while the total assets […]

Robert Longa (2018-11-25). The Commune and 21st Century Socialism. zcomm.org Interview with a key cadre of the Alexis Vive Patriotic Force, an organization based in the 23 Enero barrio that has worked to build Venezuela's most emblematic urban commune…

Dan Bacher (2018-11-25). Delta Council Staff Finds CA WaterFix Inconsistent with Delta Plan, Chair Urges Withdrawal. indybay.org Since the Delta Stewardship Council must find that WaterFix is consistent with the Delta Plan before DWR can begin construction of WaterFix facilities, "It now appears that there is almost no chance that Delta tunnels will be approved and begin construction before Governor Brown leaves office in January 2019," according to Chris Shutes of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).

Middle East Monitor (2018-11-25). Second US Navy SEAL Charged With War Crime Cover-Up in Iraq. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A Navy SEAL commander was charged on Tuesday with failing to act against Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated US medic and sniper currently under investigation for committing war crimes in Iraq in 2017. Platoon commander Lieutenant Jacob Portier is facing seven charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including "dereliction of duty", …

Staff (2018-11-25). Trump's Trade Wars Hurt Everyone in Farm Country. truthdig.com Agriculture is one of the largest industries in Iowa. When agriculture suffers, all Iowans do — even those who've never set foot on a farm. | That's exactly what's happening because of President Trump's tariffs and trade wars. | When farm prices rise because of tariffs, farmers can't buy a new pickup, purchase equipment, or make repairs. The salesperson the farmer works with doesn't get a commission, so they spend less at home. Businesses get fewer customers, so they cut back on their workforce. | Eventually the whole economy is hurting — and so is our state. | Iowa's lost tax revenue from personal in…

Jay Michaelson (2018-11-25). Chief Justice Roberts' Rebuke of Trump Is a Warning Shot. zcomm.org Trump once again impugned the legitimacy of a judge who ruled against him. Chief Justice Roberts drew a line in the sand…

Staff (2018-11-25). Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Needs to Be Aggressive Toward the Fossil Fuel Industry. truthdig.com In an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" shortly after the Trump administration attempted to bury a devastating report on the climate crisis, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said it is more important than ever to unite the public around ambitious solutions to human-caused climate change as the White House actively works with the fossil fuel industry to make it wor…

stuart_m (2018-11-25). Ecuador's ex-VP Jorge Glas fights for justice amid right-wing push. greenleft.org.au November 12 was the 23rd day of the hunger strike led by Jorge Glas, the former vice-president of Ecuador. His health condition deteriorated significantly after his transfer to the Latacunga maximum security prison. | After enduring deplorable conditions, he was rushed into Carlos Andrade Marín hospital in Quito on November 7, but was transferred back to Latacunga afterwards. He vowed to continue his hunger strike against the continued persecution of him, ex-president Rafael Co…

Michael Lyon (2018-11-25). Riva Enteen, Editor of "Follow the Money" indybay.org Howard Zinn Book Faire | City College Mission Campus, Room 214 | 1125 Valencia St (betw 22nd & 23rd Sts) | 3 blocks from 24th St BART, Muni 14, 49 buses…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-25). Trump's Amoral Saudi Statement. zcomm.org

Staff (2018-11-25). Ukraine Says Russia Fired on Ships in Black Sea. truthdig.com The incident, in which two were wounded, follows a tense standoff over control of waters off the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine's navy reports.

Israel Shamir (2018-11-24). The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Schism. globalresearch.ca The Russian world is caught up in a drama. Its leading Orthodox Church faces a schism over the Ukraine's drive for its own independent church. If Kiev regime succeeds, the split between Russia proper and its breakaway Western part, the …

James M. Dorsey (2018-11-24). Chinese Consulate Attack Puts Pakistan Between a Rock and a Hard Place. globalresearch.ca Two attacks in Pakistan, including a brazen assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, are likely to complicate prime minister Imran Khan's efforts to renegotiate China's massive, controversial Belt and Road investments as well as an International Monetary Fund (IMF) …

South Front (2018-11-24). Video, Syria War: US-backed Forces Clashing with ISIS in Deir Ezzor Province. globalresearch.ca On November 22, ISIS advanced on positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the al-Tanak oil field in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to reports, the ISIS advance started with an attack by two suicide vehicle-borne improvised …

Middle East Monitor (2018-11-24). Tehran Imam Calls For Sunni-Shia Unity Against Enemies Of Islam. iranian.com Tehran's Friday Khatib Ahmad Khatami called for unity amongst Muslims, Sunnis and Shias, against the conspiracies of the great powers so as not to allow a rift in the nation because of America, which he accused of "supporting terrorism". Khatami said this would mean "Shias and Sunnis unite together, depending on their constituents, against enemies […]

RT (2018-11-24). 'Can we spend national holiday without killing something?' Lee Camp takes on food and war industry. rt.com In this week's episode, Lee takes on Big Agriculture and the War on Terror, asking how our food habits are destroying the planet and why Congress is still swooning for the military-industrial complex.

Democracy Now (2018-11-24). Did Israel Kill Yasser Arafat? Stunning Investigation Exposes Israel's Secretive Assassination Program. iranian.com Israeli intelligence officials desperately tried to prevent Ronen Bergman from writing "Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations," a stunning book exposing the details of Israel's extrajudicial killing program. Israel even changed and extended secrecy laws to prevent Bergman from gaining access to historical documents. Despite this, Bergman gained unprecedented access […] | The post

FHRII (2018-11-24). Iran Must Pass Legislation to Protect Women Against Violence. iranian.com Women with Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Groups Face Heightened Risk of Abuse November 23, 2018—The Iranian authorities must bring legislation protecting women from domestic violence that has been languishing for years to parliament and ratify it so that Iranian women can have the protections against domestic violence required under international law, the Center for Human […]

Gregory D. Johnsen (2018-11-24). No Clean Hands: Reaction And Counter-Reaction In The Iranian-Saudi Proxy War In Yemen. iranian.com On Tuesday afternoon President Donald Trump issued a statement on the death of Jamal Khashoggi, suggesting that, among other things, "Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave." Trump also claimed that Iran was "responsible" for the "bloody proxy war" in Yemen. This is, at best, ill-informed rhetoric from a disengaged […]

Randi Nord (2018-11-24). With Reaffirmed US Support, Saudis Continue Assault on Yemen, Killing Civilians. theantimedia.com (GPA) — Washington has chosen to diverge from its European allies and continue support for the Saudi led-coalition against Yemen. Following a White House statement that reaffirms US commitment, the Saudi coalition has continued with its assault on Hodeidah port and civilians in Yemen. Germany, the United Kingdom, and other European nations have recently put forth …

amnesty (2018-11-24). Taiwan: Referendum results rejecting marriage equality a "bitter blow" amnesty.org | Responding to the results of referendums in Taiwan in which same-sex marriage rights and LGBTI-inclusive education in schools were rejected by voters, Annie Huang, Amnesty International Taiwan's Acting Director, said: | "This result is a bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan. However, despite t…

wsws (2018-11-24). World Trade Organisation warns of rising protectionism ahead of G20 summit. wsws.org The WTO spoke of significant economic risks if the current course continues.

Fight Back (2018-11-24). A socialist look at the Florida 2018 midterm results: Part 2. fightbacknews.org This is part two of a two-part series. View part one here. | The specter of socialism in South Florida | It's notable that Gillum saw narrower margins of victory in the three largest counties in South Florida, which typically go big for Democrats. He won, but he needed to win bigger to overcome DeSantis' mega-margins in rural Florida. Some have pointed out that DeSantis' better-than-expected performance in Miami-Dade and Broward came from his Cuban-American, Spanish-speaking running mate, Representative Jeanette Nun…

Middle East Eye (2018-11-24). Trump's Price Tag for Saving Mohammed bin Salman: $450,000,000,000. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump's latest statement on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder is an extraordinary example of political sincerity — although backed by a completely wrong analysis. Trump departed from the usual empty and generic rhetoric made by former American presidents about Saudi Arabia. He made it very clear that the US will condone what Saudi Crown Prince …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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…

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

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