2018-11-26: News Headlines

Christopher Brauchli (2018-11-26). Fear of Immigrants (and Soros). counterpunch.org It's just another one of those amazing coincidences and a harbinger of things to come in the United States. It was the news that Democracy's greatest champion in Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a Trump wannabe, was presiding over a parliament last June that was drafting anti-immigrant legislation. The parliament's efforts were preceded by More

Jon Britton (2018-11-26). Eyewitness Mexico: Report & Video from The Refugee Caravan. indybay.org San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…

Native News Online (2018-11-26). White House Chief of Staff John Kelly Signs "Cabinet Order" That Allows Troops to Shoot Refugees at Border. globalresearch.ca Lost in much of the media was the fact on Tuesday, the White House signed a memorandum allowing troops stationed at the southern border of the United States to engage in some law enforement roles and use lethal force, if …

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 […]

Anti War (2018-11-26). US Training 30,000 Syrian Kurdish Fighters To 'Contain Iran'. iranian.com Following Defense Secretary James Mattis' announcement that the US is building observation posts on the Syria-Turkey border, officials are also starting a training program for the Kurdish YPG's Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The plan is to train 30,000 more SDF fighters, which are being presented as a plan to both combat what ISIS fighters remain and […]

Kristine Mattis (2018-11-26). Employment, Ecology, Extinction: French Students Take on the System to Save the Species. counterpunch.org It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. — Upton Sinclair On my last day of teaching Environmental Studies, I posed a question to my students. I explained that for some time in my childhood, my father worked in the airline industry. "What does More

Dean Baker (2018-11-26). Tariffs and Quotas: Who Gets the Money? counterpunch.org The NYT reported that the Trump administration is considering replacing the tariffs is imposed on aluminum and steel imports from Mexico and Canada with a system of quotas. There is an important economic dimension to such a shift that was left out of the piece. If the U.S. imposes a tariff on an import then More

Yves Engler (2018-11-26). The Neo-Nazis in Canada's Military. counterpunch.org Given that people who espouse neo-Nazi ideology are attracted to the military, it is disappointing to learn what a poor job the generals do to uncover and expel them. Or perhaps the inaction reflects a deeper problem. A recent stream of stories about right wing extremists in the Canadian military prompted the leadership to scramble More

MBJSD (2018-11-26). 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?>

Gary Leupp (2018-11-26). Whitewashing Murder is Simply Wrong. counterpunch.org Last Tuesday, within about an hour of his announcement on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi announcement, in the heat of the moment, I commented on the president's acceptance of the Riyadh royals' explanation of the Istanbul consulate incident. I called his statement "crude" and "buttheadedly amoral." I should have stated the obvious broader point: It was wrong. Marxists More

Miko Peled (2018-11-26). In Wake of Botched Mission, Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman's Gins Up "Principled' Resignation. mintpressnews.com Avigdor Lieberman's political bet against Prime Minister Netanyahu was as reckless and foolish as his military bet against Hamas. Both targets were stronger than he expected and in both cases he ended up exposed and weak.

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2018-11-26). Remembering Alger Hiss in the Age of Russia-Gate. counterpunch.org In January 1950, Alger Hiss, a former State Department employee and Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was convicted of perjury after being charged with spying for the Russians. He was sentenced to ten years in a federal penitentiary of which he served three and a half. The sentencing was the culmination of a frenzied political trial which catapulted Richard Nixon to fame and undergirded the advent of a period of domestic political repression known as McCarthyism. More

Sheldon Richman (2018-11-26). Trumps Foreign Policy War on Americans. counterpunch.org Beyond any reasonable doubt, in substance if not in appearance, Donald Trump is a thoroughly conventional American politician. It's a wonder that anyone requires proof at this late date. This couldn't be clearer than in foreign policy. Some of us who understand the links among freedom, free trade, durable prosperity, and a noninterventionist foreign policy More

Robert Hunziker (2018-11-26). Carbon Capture — Does it Work? counterpunch.org Harken! Good news (maybe) "encouraging news" is a better description, as Negative Emissions Technology ("NET") starts coming into focus. Conceptually, carbon removal or direct air capture removes CO2 from the atmosphere, which would be great for suppressing climate change. In that regard, Elizabeth Kolbert recently interviewed (Yale Environment 360) Stephen Pacala (Princeton professor) chairman of More

San Francisco Protest (2018-11-26). 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.

Alex Gorka (2018-11-26). Anonymous Exposes Clandestine UK Social Media Manipulation Campaign. mintpressnews.com Those who have been saying that the West has turned Russia into a scapegoat to be blamed for each and everything that goes wrong have been proved right. We have witnessed concocted stories invented to denigrate Moscow that has gone viral as directed by the secret services. The UK, the country that is spearheading the anti-Russian information campaign, offers a good example that illustrates how this is being done. | An online group of hackers known as Anonymous has just revealed covert UK activities in the EU. According to

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-26). Postcards from Popular Power in Venezuela. zcomm.org "Socialism still stands as a strategic horizon" — this was one of the conclusions of a recent conference on popular power and economic policy held in Caracas…

Garry Leech (2018-11-26). Washington's Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela. zcomm.org 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…

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.

Tony Norfield (2018-11-26). Amazon, Google & Big Tech's productivity paradox. mronline.org Whatever you may think of the multi-billionaire founders of Amazon and Alphabet-Google,(1) there would seem to be one undeniable fact about their companies: they have massively improved productivity. Amazon has an e-commerce system that delivers very efficiently; Google has revolutionised Internet search. | Source

The Iranian (2018-11-26). Iran Defends World Taekwondo Team Championship. 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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 …

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.

Juan Cole (2018-11-26). How Trump put America Last with Whitewash of Saudi Prince. zcomm.org Trump putt his own personal predilections and policies, and perhaps profit, above the interests of the United States…

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 …

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.

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 …

Staff (2018-11-26). Ukraine Mulls Martial Law After Russia Fires on Vessels. truthdig.com MOSCOW — Ukraine's president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern. | Ukrainian lawmakers were set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in the country on Monday following an incident in which Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels. | An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council was also called for Monday. The European Union and NATO called for restraint from both sides. | Ukrainian…

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). 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.

Dan Bacher (2018-11-26). 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).

Michael Lyon (2018-11-26). 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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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. |

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 …

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…

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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", …

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 …

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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