2018-11-28: News Headlines

amnesty (2018-11-28). Stranded refugees and migrants must be immediately allowed to dock in Italy or Malta. amnesty.org Twelve refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the Central Mediterranean on a Spanish fishing boat for almost a week must be allowed to disembark in Europe as soon as possible, said Amnesty International. | Six days after they were rescued from the water by the Nuestra Madre de Loreto vessel, the 12 – including two children – remain on board in overcrowded conditions and stormy waters. |

Staff (2018-11-28). Chuck Schumer Ignites Calls for Ouster as Senate Minority Leader. truthdig.com With the brutal consequences of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda on full display after U.S. Border Patrol fired tear gas at asylum seekers in Mexico, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sparked fury from progressives and immigrant rights groups on Tuesday by telling reporters that he is perfectly willing to cede ground to the president's xenophobic policies and offer up $1.6 billion for "border security" funding in upcoming budget talks. | "We are for…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-28). "It Is Not a Natural Disaster": Dana Frank on How U.S.-Backed Coup in Honduras Fueled Migrant Crisis. democracynow.org As the United States continues to face criticism for tear gassing asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border, we look at the crisis in Honduras and why so many Hondurans are fleeing their homeland. Honduras has become one of the most violent countries in the world because of the devastating drug war and a political crisis that stems in part from a U.S.-backed 2009 coup. We speak with Dana Frank, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her new book is titled, "The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup."

Democracy Now! (2018-11-28). Brother of Honduran President Is Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking as Migrants Flee Violent Drug War. democracynow.org The brother of Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández has been arrested in the United States for drug trafficking and weapons offenses. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman accused Tony Hernández of being "involved in all stages of the trafficking through Honduras of multi-ton loads of cocaine that were destined for the U.S." Hernandez is also accused of providing heavily armed security for cocaine shipments transported within Honduras, including by members of the Honduran National Police and drug traffickers. We speak with Dana Frank, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her new b…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-28). Headlines for November 28, 2018. democracynow.org U.N. Report Warns World Falling Far Behind on Paris Climate Goals, Mexico Agrees to U.S. Demand to Hold Asylum Seekers While Claims Are Decided, Trump Administration Defends Tear Gas Use at U.S.-Mexico Border, Border Patrol Fired Tear Gas Dozens of Times Under President Obama, U.S. Waived Background Checks for Staff at Jail for Migrant Children, Mississippi: GOP's Cindy Hyde-Smith, Who Posed as Confederate Soldier, Wins Senate Seat, Ukraine's President Warns of "Full-Fledged War" with Russia, Trump "Not Even a Little Bit Happy" with Fed Chair Jerome Powell, Trump Says "We're Not Necessarily Such Believers" in Cli…

Emile Schepers (2018-11-28). Brother of Honduras president arrested for drug dealing, U.S. implicated. peoplesworld.org During the last several days, the Central American country of Honduras, population 9,300,000, has loomed large in news reports. First, there is the mounting tragedy of the refugees from the caravan, now stuck in Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego, California. Though they have been treated with warm hospitality by the inhabitants of …

Matthew Stevenson (2018-11-28). Across the Troubles in Northern Ireland. counterpunch.org This is the first in a series of five articles about Northern Ireland on the eve of Brexit, which threatens to put a "hard border" between the six counties of the North and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the European Union. This is part I. For almost thirty years, when the chance has More

Democracy Now! (2018-11-28). How Tear Gas Became a Favorite Weapon of U.S. Border Patrol, Despite Being Banned In Warfare. democracynow.org As the Trump administration continues to defend firing tear gas into crowds of asylum seekers, we look at the history of tear gas, which is banned in warfare but legal for federal authorities and police to turn on civilians. Border authorities' use of tear gas has spiked under the Trump administration, with the agency's own data revealing it has deployed tear gas over two dozen times this year alone. Customs and Border Protection told Newsweek Tuesday it began using tear gas under the Obama administration in 2010. The agency's use of tear gas has now reached a seven-year record high. We speak with Stuart Schrader…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-28). Border Fence Quietly Slated to Expand as Congress Debates "the Wall" truthout.org Legislators are moving toward a final showdown over one of President Trump's central campaign promises: a southern border wall. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations funding will make up part of a year-end spending deal that is expected to dominate the remainder of the congressional session. | The negotiations could spark a partial federal government shutdown in coming weeks, as newly emboldened Democrats seek to push back against the president's agenda. | Meanwhile, even as debate continues over wall funding, the existing fence at t…

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-28). How Tear Gas Became a Favorite Weapon of US Border Patrol. truthout.org As the Trump administration continues to defend firing tear gas into crowds of asylum seekers, we look at the history of tear gas, which is banned in warfare but legal for federal authorities and police to turn on civilians. Border authorities' use of tear gas has spiked under the Trump administration, with the agency's own data revealing it has deployed tear gas over two dozen times this year alone. Customs and Border Protection told Newsweek Tuesday it began using tear gas under the Obama administration in 2010. The agency's use of tear gas has now reached a seven-year record high. We speak with Stuart Schra…

South Front (2018-11-28). Video: Black Sea Crisis: Russia Deploys Anti-ship Missiles. Ukraine Says Russian Warplane Attacks Its Ships. globalresearch.ca On November 27, Russia started deploying Bal coastal missile systems near the Kerch Strait, south of which an encounter between a group of 2 Ukrainian Gurza-class artillery boats and a sea-tug and Russian coastal guards had taken place on November …

Whitney Webb (2018-11-28). With tensions mounting over Kerch Strait incident, will Ukraine replace Syria as focus for U.S.' Russia containment strategy? mronline.org As has been the case in the past, it seems that the U.S.' botched proxy war in Syria will spur Washington to seek to revive the proxy war in Ukraine. | Source

Vesti News (2018-11-28). Video: British Special Forces in Ukraine. Alleged Chemical Weapons and Black Ops Against Donbass? globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers a Donbass report pertaining to the presence of British Special Forces in Ukraine. Yet to be verified these special forces are said to be experts in chemical weapons. | British military personnel have …

Jason Ditz (2018-11-28). Ukraine's President Warns of "Full-Scale War With Russia" theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Since the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, top Ukrainian politicians have talked up the threat of an imminent, full-scale war in Russia. Years later, this continues to get raised every time a tense moment with Russia erupts. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is now citing Sunday's maritime incident in the Sea of Azov, and says "Ukraine is under …

Yves Engler (2018-11-28). Canadian Armed Forces Must Do More to Screen Out Far-right Extremists. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Alison Weir (2018-11-28). Pro-Israel Groups Attack Rand Paul for Blocking $38 Billion to Israel. mintpressnews.com The Free Beacon reports that "pro-Israel groups in America are mobilizing against Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) for blocking the continuation of U.S. aid to Israel." | Paul has placed a "block" on legislation to give Israel $38 billion over the next 10 years — $23,000 per every Jewish Israeli family of four. This is the largest military aid package in U.S. history and…

NIDH (2018-11-28). The Inhumanity of U.S. Immigration Policies Exposed Again in a Single Image. globalresearch.ca "The displacement from south to north is inevitable; fences, walls and deportations will not curtail it: they will come in millions. They come looking for what we stole from them. There is no return for them because they come from …

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-11-28). Bolton and Rubio Keep Pushing the "Sonic Attacks" Tale. counterpunch.org There has been an intense and extensive media campaign that involved a group of U.S. officials accredited as diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana with strange acoustic attacks. Their origin and actors could not be identified, and then Washington decided to reduce the staff of its representation in Cuba. This had a big impact More

Sheldon Richman (2018-11-28). Trumps Foreign Policy War on Americans. zcomm.org Trump's foreign policy is nothing but inimical to individual liberty, peace, long-term prosperity, and the right of Americans and others to pursue their private lives beyond the reach of meddlesome rulers…

Al Ronzoni (2018-11-28). Why This Long Island City Resident Opposes the Amazon Deal. counterpunch.org In Mel Brook's 1976 film Silent Movie, the villain is a corporation, "Engulf and Devour," that is seeking to affect a hostile takeover of the independent studio Brook's character, Mel Funn, is trying to convince to produce the first silent movie since the 1920s. When I first learned that Amazon had concluded a deal to More

F. William Engdahl (2018-11-28). Russia Is Key to Asia's Future Development. Putin's Asia Pivot. China's Belt and Road. Towards A "Greater Eurasian Partnership" globalresearch.ca As serious problems emerge with the further development of China's ultra-ambitious New Economic Silk Road, the formally named Belt, Road Initiative (BRI) the Russian Federation, especially in the wake of Washington's mis-named trade war, is finding a positive role that …

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-11-28). Bolton and Rubio Keep Pushing the "Sonic Attacks" Tale. mintpressnews.com Coinciding with the entry into the arena of the ultra-reactionary and shadowy politician John Bolton, the press began to resurrect the issue of the so-called sonic attacks.

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-28). Will the Argentina-China Partnership Undermine Trump's "Fortress America" in the Southern Cone. globalresearch.ca Despite the post-Kirchner government's many faults, one thing that it's doing right is retaining the Argentinian-Chinese Strategic Partnership, which holds the best hope for Beijing to balance Trump's "Fortress America" plans in the hemisphere. | This week's G20 Summit has drawn …

Wayne Madsen (2018-11-28). Trump Tries to Play 'Cowboys and Indians' with International Treaties Signed with Native American Tribes. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump is attempting to do something that no previous recent president of the United States has attempted. Trump is trying to abrogate longstanding legal international treaties signed by some of his predecessors with sovereign Native American tribes. The Trump …

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-28). Trump/Putin Meeting at G20: On or Off? Showdown with China's Xi Jinping? globalresearch.ca G20 leaders will meet on Friday and Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Kiev's staged Black Sea provocation and Trump's trade war with China hang over the summit, along with US hostility toward Russia, endless war in Syria, and other major …

Binoy Kampmark (2018-11-28). Fanciful Notions: European Armies, Trump and NATO. counterpunch.org The idea of a standing European army, one dedicated to the specific needs of Europe as opposed to being an annex of another power is far from new. In gestation alongside notions of European federalism and its defence have come the idea of a force filled with respective nation states that might have aims and More

Paul Dobson (2018-11-28). UN Announces $9.2M in Sanctions Relieving Aid to Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has assigned US $9.2 million during the month of November to reinforce existing efforts to alleviate the impact of Venezuela's economic downturn, UN officials announced Monday. | The funding, most of which has already been disbursed, will target sectors hardest hit by US-led sanctions, such as health and nutrition. With the support of UN bodies present in Venezuela, it will be channeled through government organizations which run the public healthcare and organize a series of subsidized food programs

George Ochenski (2018-11-28). No, We Won't be Raking Our National Forests. counterpunch.org By now the worst wildfire in California has been extensively covered, even as rains drown the ashes and bones during the grim search for the missing. Despite their best attempts to deceive the American public and push their commercial deforestation agenda for the timber industry, both President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's comments about More

Pepe Escobar (2018-11-28). Drama in the Kerch Strait: Teasing the Russian Bear. globalresearch.ca When the Ukrainian navy sent a tugboat and two small gunboats on Sunday to force their way through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, it knew in advance the Russian response would be swift and merciless. | After all, …

Joe Lauria (2018-11-28). Judge Delays Decision Whether to Unseal Assange Criminal Complaint. globalresearch.ca A decision whether to unseal U.S. government charges against Julian Assange was delayed for a week by Judge Leonie Brinkema in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday. | In her comments to the court, …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-11-28). Airbnb Pressured to Remove Listings in Illegal Israeli Settlements on Occupied Palestinian Land. therealnews.com House-sharing company Airbnb was pressured to remove listings in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, after a campaign by human rights organizations. CODEPINK's Ariel Gold says this is a big victory for peace activists

RFE (2018-11-28). Prominent Rights Activist Goes On Hunger Strike In Iran Prison. iranian.com A prominent Iranian rights activist and political prisoner has started a hunger strike to support another prisoner of conscience whose health is deteriorating in prison. Nasrin Sotoudeh's family announced on November 26 that she has started a hunger strike in Tehran's notorious Evin prison to protest the deteriorating health of Farhad Meysami, who himself has […]

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-11-28). Steve Bannon at Oxford. Protest and Debate at the Oxford Student Union. globalresearch.ca Steve Bannon. The Oxford Union. A university that has been the breeding, sculpting and minting ground for British prime ministers for centuries and the Establishment. Here, Bannon, strategist of the Trump campaign in 2016, was in full swing, …

Arshad Khan (2018-11-28). Meat and Consequences: More Bad News for Climate Change. counterpunch.org Thanksgiving is quite a holiday. In one day, we manage to eat and enjoy 44 million turkeys, twice the number consumed at Christmas. Yes, vegetarians may live longer and vegans even more so, but the smell of a roasting turkey in the kitchen lingering in the nostrils, titillating appetites as friends and relations gather, is More

Middle East Monitor (2018-11-28). Iran Sponsors Families Of Palestinians Killed During Gaza Protests. iranian.com The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced that it will adopt the families of Palestinians killed during the "Great March of Return" protests, the Shehab News Agency reported yesterday. Member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine Hussein Mansour said: "Iran will adopt the families of the martyrs and the wounded […]

Joe Lauria (2018-11-28). Judge Delays Decision Whether to Unseal Assange Criminal Complaint. mintpressnews.com The assistant US attorney argued that it is merely speculation that there are already charges against Assange based on anonymous press sources, even though a mistakenly published paragraph clearly speaks of the "fact that Assange has been charged."

Georgina Downs (2018-11-28). Why are Certain NGOs Trying to Condemn Rural Residents to an Even Longer Pesticide Fate? counterpunch.org When I first started the UK Pesticides Campaign 17 years ago in 2001 I did so largely because I had discovered that there was no specific representation in the UK for rural residents and communities exposed tothe vast cocktails of poisons sprayed on crops. As a resident myself directly affected from pesticide spraying in my More

Ted Rall (2018-11-28). Trump is Crazy, Invoke the 25th. counterpunch.org Never mind the policies. For the purpose of this discussion—a discussion our country desperately needs to have—politics are an annoying, distracting rabbit hole. Donald Trump should be removed from office under the 25th Amendment. The reason Trump should be de-presidented has nothing to do with his legislative actions or foreign policy initiatives. Unlike George W. More

Dean Baker (2018-11-28). Saving the Environment: Is Degrowthing the Answer? counterpunch.org

Martha Rosenberg (2018-11-28). Opioids for Depression? Not So Fast Says An FDA Advisory Committee. counterpunch.org The mental illness "franchise" has been very good to Pharma. While it could not "grow" the number of people with actual schizophrenia, it hassuccessfully grown those diagnosed with amorphous "schizoaffective" and bipolar disorders and, of course, depression. Thanks to Pharma's everyone-is-mentally-ill ploy, buoyed by the Pharma-funded writers of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental More

al jazeera (2018-11-28). Hey Iran, What's Up With That "Death To America" Chant? iranian.com The United States President, Donald Trump, has repeatedly accused Iran of being a state sponsor of terror. He points to the old slogan "death to America" as a perfect example of Tehran's intentions. However, some Iranians say the Americans should not take the chant literally as it is a way to express the anger for […]

Cesar Chelala (2018-11-28). The War In Yemen Is Not A War, It Is A Massacre. iranian.com The numbers are mind-blowing: Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, an estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger and disease, according to the last analysis by Save the Children, the international health and human rights organization. Although children are the most affected by the conflict, 14 million people are […]

Irina Slav (2018-11-28). The Real Effect Of Iran Sanction Waivers. iranian.com On the day U.S. sanctions against Iran went into effect, Brent crude traded at US$72.68 a barrel. Today, three weeks later, Brent is down to US$59.59 a barrel and President Trump is congratulating himself on the low oil prices. Instead of shooting up to US$100, oil prices are falling and the U.S. waivers granted to […]

Middle East Eye (2018-11-28). Pompeo Defends US Involvement In Yemen Ahead Of Critical Senate Vote. iranian.com Mike Pompeo has defended the United States' involvement in the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen, ahead of an expected vote in the US Senate later Wednesday that will demonstrate whether Washington's politicians have broken from President Donald Trump's unwavering support for Riyadh. In prepared comments on Wednesday, the US secretary of state said the war […]

Juan Cole (2018-11-28). Trump Wants Out Of Middle East, But Blames Oil And Israel For Having To Stay. iranian.com In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, Trump bruited the notion of removing US troops from the Middle East. He said that Israel and oil were the only reasons the US was in the region and that oil no longer justified the US military presence. The Post reported: "Trump also floated the idea of removing […]

Farid Parsa (2018-11-28). It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Ella C. Sykes (1863-1939). iranian.com It's hard to explain how some one from another country becomes interested or curious with a different culture which is in sharp contrast to hers or his. Perhaps the answer is in Issa Omidvar's statement, the great Iranian explorer who once said we are one family and all the differences that alienate us from each […]

Tasnim News (2018-11-28). EU Reassures Iran Of Commitment To JCPOA. iranian.com European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, after a meeting with Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, reiterated the bloc's resolve to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. "They equally expressed their determination to preserve the nuclear agreement as a matter of respecting international agreements and […]

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-28). Senate Poised to Challenge Trump on US Role in Yemen War. truthout.org The Senate is expected to vote as early as today on a bipartisan resolution to end United States participation in the Saudi-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed and millions more face starvation and the outbreak of disease in what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. | The US and other western countries supply a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with military equipment, fuel and intelligence that are being use…

The Conversation (2018-11-28). US Complicity in Saudi Arabia's Genocide in Yemen Spans Both Obama and Trump. theantimedia.com As a scholar of genocide and human rights, I believe the destruction brought about by these attacks combined with the blockade amounts to genocide. (CONVERSATION) — A Saudi-led coalition of states has been aggressively bombing Yemen and imposing an air and naval blockade of its ports for more than three years, leading U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to describe Yemen as "the world's …

Sarah Aziza (2018-11-28). Yemen's Human-Rights Defenders Are Fighting Increasingly Desperate Odds. thenation.com Yemen's Human-Rights Defenders Are Fighting Increasingly Desperate Odds…

Juan Cole (2018-11-28). Trump stops UN Yemen Ceasefire. zcomm.org The Trump administration has turned against a UN Security Council resolution calling for a Yemen ceasefire and is now blocking it…

wsws (2018-11-28). From the Nazis to the AfD: Big business finances the far-right. wsws.org The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was made possible by huge contributions from billionaire August von Finck, whose father financed Hitler and made a fortune by "Aryanising" Jewish property.

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-28). After Reaping Billions in Public Subsidies, GM to Fire Nearly 15,000 Workers. truthout.org Tax justice and labor advocates were among those who expressed outrage Monday at the news that General Motors — one of the corporate giants that benefited immensely from the Republican tax plan last year — would cut 15 percent of its workforce, shuttering production facilities in three states as well as Canada to trim costs. | The auto maker is closing five plants in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, and Ontario, with plans to cut thousands of office jobs in January — slashing a total of 14,700 jobs. | The move comes…

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-28). Venezuela Reaches Settlement with Crystallex as Oil Production Further Tumbles. venezuelanalysis.com Caracas is looking to shield CITGO assets from seizure.

wsws (2018-11-28). US-South Korean tensions over stance towards North Korea. wsws.org US ultimatums to Pyongyang to denuclearise are threatening South Korean efforts to reduce tensions and engage with North Korea.

Staff (2018-11-28). S. Korea Admits It Botched Inquiry on Enslavement of Vagrants. truthdig.com SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's top public prosecutor apologized Tuesday over what he described as a botched investigation into the enslavement and mistreatment of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s nearly three decades after its owner was acquitted of serious charges. | The remarks by Prosecutor General Moon Moo-il were the government's first formal expression of remorse over one of the worst human rights atrocities in modern South Korea. They add pressure for parliament to pass legislation to start a deeper inquiry into what happened at the now-closed Brothers Home, whos…

Consortiumnews (2018-11-28). Pence's Attacks on China Won't Help Trump at G-20. consortiumnews.com Beijing wants to avoid an all-out trade war with Washington. That is what will count at the G-20 summit later this week, writes Patrick Lawrence, not the U.S. vice president's hostility in Asia earlier this month. Trying to Isolate China… Read more →

amnesty (2018-11-28). Israel: 'Rogue' NSO Group must have licence revoked over controversial surveillance software. amnesty.org Amnesty International is taking legal advice in order to revoke the export licence of Israeli-based NSO Group, after it was revealed the cyber firm's spyware had been used in an attempt to spy on an Amnesty staff member. | A recent investigation by Haaretz newspaper uncovered the firm's sophisticated surveillance tool "Pegasus" was offered to authorities in Saudi Arabia last year. | Two weeks ago, Amnesty International Israel submitted an urgent request to the Israeli Ministry of Defence, demanding that NSO Group's defence export licence be revoked in light of an attempted cyber attack on an Amnesty staff member…

Staff (2018-11-28). Trump's New Man in Riyadh and the Forever War on Terror. truthdig.com The nomination of Gen. John Abizaid as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia presents a unique opportunity to reassess our military adventurism.

wsws (2018-11-28). Taliban attack kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan. wsws.org The attack, which also wounded four Americans, came amid a worsening deterioration of the US position after 17 years of war.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2018-11-28). What white supremacists know. mronline.org The violent theft of land and capital is at the core of the U.S. experiment: the U.S. military got its start in the wars against Native Americans. | Source

John Bachtell (2018-11-28). Trumpism loses a battle, but not the war. peoplesworld.org The following article is based on remarks delivered by the author at a meeting of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA in Chicago on November 17, 2018. The outcome of the 2018 midterm elections was a huge victory for the American people, our multi-racial working-class, and the electoral alliance of Democrats and energized …

IMEMC News (2018-11-28). Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered In 2014. imemc.org The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a young man died, Wednesday, from serious wounds he suffered during the Israeli war on Gaza, in the summer of 2014. The Ministry said the young man, Eyad Yousef Suleiman, 25, was injured during the extensive Israeli bombardment and shelling, and died from …

Staff (2018-11-28). We Need to Triple Cuts to Stand a Chance Against Climate Change. truthdig.com The gap between the world's greenhouse gas emissions and countries' planned reductions is growing, and only multiplying climate cuts can reduce global warming enough.

Ava Kofman (2018-11-28). The Dangerous Junk Science of Vocal Risk Assessment. zcomm.org Some of the leading experts in vocal analytics, algorithmic bias, and machine learning find the trend toward digital polygraph tests troubling, pointing to the faulty methodology of companies like AC Global Risk…

RT (2018-11-28). Truth is dangerous! Former Homeland Security official laments RT's truth-telling. rt.com Cover your ears and avert your eyes, Americans: RT is attempting to weaken the United States using a whole host of nefarious methods — such as telling the truth, a former Homeland Security official has warned.

RT (2018-11-28). The kindness of strangers: Lost wallet goes viral for all the right reasons. rt.com A potential nightmare before Christmas quickly became a heartwarming tale of holiday season kindness after one lucky young man was reunited with his lost wallet, with a little surprise tucked inside.

Christian Fuchs (2018-11-28). What would Marx have said about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica? mronline.org Twitter says it is about "what people are talking about right now". Facebook argues its "mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what […] | Source

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-28). Will There Be Justice as Berta Cáceres Murder Trial Nears End? truthout.org Eight men are on trial in Honduras for the murder of environmentalist Berta Cáceres, who was gunned down in her home in La Esperanza in 2016. A verdict is expected this week. The assassination of Cáceres came a year after she won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work protecting indigenous communities and her campaign against a massive hydroelectric dam project. We speak with Dana Frank, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her new book is titled, The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup. | Transcript : | AMY GOODMAN…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-28). Honduras: As Berta Cáceres Murder Trial Nears End, Will True Perpetrators Be Brought to Justice? democracynow.org Eight men are on trial in Honduras for the murder of environmentalist Berta Cáceres, who was gunned down in her home in La Esperanza in 2016. A verdict is expected this week. The assassination of Cáceres came a year after she won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work protecting indigenous communities and her campaign against a massive hydroelectric dam project. We speak with Dana Frank, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her new book is titled, "The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup."

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-28). Lying to Robert Mueller Is Just a Terrible Idea. truthout.org Donald Trump announced last week that he has completed his written answers for special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian collusion investigation. "I write the answers. My lawyers don't write answers," he said during an Oval Office bill signing when asked if he had completed the questions himself. "I was asked a series of questions. I answered them very easily." Then he finished his choco-milk like a big boy, you betcha. | One question remains open and unresolved: Will Trump agree to a sit-d…

Randi Nord (2018-11-28). In First Venture from Home Since Khashoggi Killing, MBS Is Greeted by Angry Tunisian Protesters. mintpressnews.com Although the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was a driving factor behind the protests, many demonstrators lambasted MBS for his monarchy's nearly four-year brutal war against the Republic of Yemen, a campaign known to have been planned and championed by the crown prince himself.

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-28). Trump Blocks CIA Chief Haspel From Testifying About Khashoggi's Murder. globalresearch.ca Since Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) (allegedly) ordered the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, White House strategy about the incident has been coverup, denial, and changing the subject. | Trump and regime hardliners want nothing interfering …

Zero Hedge (2018-11-28). Argentina Considering 'War Crimes' Charges Against Saudi Crown Prince. iranian.com Turkish authorities are still hunting for the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the threat of what's said to be a harrowing audio recording depicting his agonizing final moments as he was assassinated by a 15-man Saudi hit squad may materialize at any moment, but largely thanks to President Trump's willingness to countenance Khashoggi's […]

RPS (2018-11-28). Refuse Fascism LA Members Witness War on Immigrants at the Border. indybay.org On November 25th, members of Refuse Fascism LA traveled to San Ysidro, the town right next to the U.S /Mexico border, where they joined a protest in support of asylum seekers. Photos by Peter Switzer, except where noted.

Jon Britton (2018-11-28). Eyewitness Mexico: Report & Video from The Refugee Caravan. indybay.org San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…

PFSL (2018-11-28). "Reading Between the Headlines" Workshop on Russia/Ukraine Conflict. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. btwn 25th and 26th Sts.

DJ Mouse (2018-11-28). Sedition Free SS…11-27-18 Mouse Report. indybay.org As the world's foremost journalist Julian Assange remains trapped and gagged in the Ecuadoran embassy in London and the Mueller probe goes on…pushing the Administration into more and more hawkish behavior to prove he's not a Russian bot…pseudo lefties cheer on the getaway driver in the FBI's Whitey Bulger murders, Pan Am 103 frame-up, 9-11-01 WTC Pentabomb operation and many other major federal crimes since the horrible '80s…we sample the sedition free Sunday Show then go back to Sunday Sedition host Andrea Lewis for a reality check '80s…1 hr.)…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-27). Witness: "No Warning" Before U.S. Border Patrol Started Tear Gassing Central American Asylum Seekers. democracynow.org The Mexican government is demanding a full investigation after U.S. border authorities fired tear gas Sunday into a crowd of Central American asylum seekers as they tried to push their way through the heavily militarized border near San Diego. Among those attacked were mothers and small children, who were left gagging and screaming as tear gas spread. The migrants are mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and are fleeing widespread violence, poverty and mass unemployment. The Border Patrol's use of tear gas has been widely condemned. Trump is now urging Mexico to deport the thousands of Central America…

South Front (2018-11-27). Video: Russia-Ukraine Black Sea Military Crisis: On the Brink of War? globalresearch.ca On November 25, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Service was forced to open fire on and damage Ukrainian warships, which were carrying out hostile actions and advancing in Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea off Crimea. | After …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-27). Border Patrol Officer Who Shot Unarmed Teenager on Mexican Soil Is Acquitted of Manslaughter Charges. democracynow.org Last week, a jury found Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shooting and killing 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez through the U.S.-Mexico border fence in 2012. The jury hung on whether to bring a charge of voluntary manslaughter, leaving it unclear whether prosecutors would seek to try Swartz a third time. A previous jury acquitted Swartz on murder charges but deadlocked on lesser manslaughter charges. Authorities claim José Elena Rodríguez was throwing rocks at agents over the border fence before Swartz opened fire. But medical examiners say José was shot as many…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-27). Moscow & NATO Playing a 'Dangerous Tit-For-Tat Game' in the Ukraine. therealnews.com Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that the latest Ukraine crisis, in which Russia is holding Ukrainian navy boats, was foreseeable and likely, given NATO's constant encroachment on Russia's border region

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-27). Ukraine Shouldn't Abandon Human Rights under New Martial Law. hrw.org | | Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, May 12, 2016. | © 2016 Reuters | The Ukrainian parliament has voted to enforce the declaration of martial law in Ukraine's 10 regions that border Russia, following clashes between the two countries' forces earlier this week. | According to numerous media reports, on November 25, Russian forces …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-11-27). Ukraine Provokes Russia to What End? Growing Tensions in the Sea of Azov. globalresearch.ca Russia has seized three Ukrainian military vessels violating its territory near Russia's newly completed Crimean Bridge. The incident is a clear provocation carried out by Kiev and possibly engineered by Kiev's Western sponsors – particularly those in Washington and London….

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-27). Ukraine's Kiev Regime is not "Officially" A Neo-Nazi Government. globalresearch.ca This article first published in June 2014 documents the nature of the Kiev regime which is supported by US-NATO. | Introductory Note and update | Following the Kerch Strait incident, a process of militarization of the Black Sea basin is ongoing. Martial …

Whitney Webb (2018-11-27). With Tensions Mounting over Kerch Strait Incident, Will Ukraine Replace Syria as Focus for US' Russia Containment Strategy? globalresearch.ca Seemingly out of nowhere, Ukraine nearly declared war on Russia over the weekend after a confrontation in the Kerch Strait, which straddles Crimea and the Russian mainland, between Ukrainian naval boats and Russian authorities that resulted in Russia seizing three …

wsws (2018-11-27). Russia-Ukraine stand-off over Azov Sea continues as Poroshenko declares martial law. wsws.org The dangerous developments in the Black Sea region underscore the danger of a Third World War.

Jason Ditz (2018-11-27). Ukraine Declares Martial Law as Tensions With Russia Soar. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Following up on Sunday's maritime incident in the Sea of Azov, the Ukrainian parliament voted Monday on a declaration of martial law. They are presenting this as a "partial mobilization" of the military as officials hype the possibility of war with Russia. The martial law will formally begin on Wednesday, and last for 30 days. President Petro Poroshenko said …

CP Editor (2018-11-27). Exclusive: The Pentagon's Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed. counterpunch.org Read more here.

INA (2018-11-27). UN Deputy Envoy Arrives in Gaza. imemc.org UN Deputy Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Jamie McGoldrick, arrived in Gaza on Tuesday morning, through Beit Hanoun crossing, local Al Ray sources reported. The sources didn't clarify as to whether his arrival is to arrange for a visit from the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace …

Ingmar Lee (2018-11-27). The Scourge of the American Petroleum Tankers That Prowl the British Columbia Coast. counterpunch.org November 26 marked a dreadful anniversary for the tanker-bedraggled British Columbia coast. One year ago in Hecate Strait, the American ATB "pusher tug" Jake Shearer broke apart from its fully loaded 10,000 deadweight-ton capacity petroleum barge and came within a stone's throw of destroying the most magnificent, wild and precious region of the Pacific Ocean. More

Rick Sterling (2018-11-27). Canadian Woman Continues to Fight to Obtain a Passport. globalresearch.ca In the fall of 2012, 20-year-old Damian Clairmont of Calgary received a new Canadian passport. He received it despite the fact the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) had been monitoring him and knew he intended to fly to Turkey and …

Roger Harris (2018-11-27). International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases. counterpunch.org The elimination of poverty could be at hand for the first time in the history of humanity. World hunger could easily be abolished with only a small diversion from military budgets. Yet, military spending is expanding, and with it global poverty. On November 16-18, some 300 peace activists representing over 35 countries gathered in Dublin, More

L. Michael Hager (2018-11-27). Trump's "America Incorporated" counterpunch.org Photo Source Michael Esposito | CC BY 2.0 | In the runup to the 2016 election, candidate Donald J. Trump proposed, if elected, to run government "like a business." As President, he has largely done just that. | The Republican Party has become in effect his board of directors; a fawning "base," his shareholders. As President, Trump hires and fires appointees like a CEO, demanding unfailing personal loyalty. When Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation in accordance with established conflict of interest rules…

Dean Baker (2018-11-27). Sanders Wants Corporations to Fulfill Trump's Tax Cut Promise. counterpunch.org Last year's Republican tax cut was sold to the American people as a plan to boost growth and wages. The centerpiece of the plan was a large cut in the corporate income tax, with the tax rate reduced from 35 percent to 21 percent. Most immediately, this looks like a big handout to shareholders, which More

Paul K. Haeder (2018-11-27). Capitalist Society Under the One Party of Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum. counterpunch.org The delay of the socialist revolution engenders the indubitable phenomena of barbarism — chronic unemployment, pauperization of the petty bourgeoisie, fascism, finally wars of extermination which do not open up any new road. — Leon Trotsky, In Defense of Marxism While the citizens of the rich world are protected from harm, the poor, the vulnerable and More

Whitney Webb (2018-11-27). IDF's Apparent War Crime of "Perfidy" Breeds Suspicion of Aid Workers in Gaza. mintpressnews.com GAZA CITY — Soldiers involved in a botched Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) raid on Hamas military leadership in Gaza earlier this month impersonated humanitarian aid workers in the Palestinian enclave, according to recent Israeli media reports. Impersonating humanitarian aid workers for the purposes of conducting a military operation is a violation of international law and a war crime. | Furthermore, in the Gaza Strip — where …

Jeff Bachman (2018-11-27). US Complicity in Saudi Arabia's Genocide in Yemen Spans Obama and Trump. mintpressnews.com A Saudi-led coalition of states has been aggressively bombing Yemen and imposing an air and naval blockade of its ports for more than three years, leading U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to describe Yemen as "the world's worst humanitarian crisis." | Guterres put the crisis in stark perspective, emphasizing the near complete lack of security for the Yemeni people. More than 22…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-11-27). Why the Brexiteers May be More Dangerous Than Trump. counterpunch.org When a majority of the British people voted to leave the EU in 2016, I was struck by the similarity between the Brexiteers' plans for their perilous voyage and those of Edward Lear's characters in The Jumblies as they set to sea in their sieve. The analogy became more apt as the proponents of Brexit showed that they did not More

Robert J. Burrowes (2018-11-27). Climate, Human Delusion and Our Destruction of the Biosphere: We Aren't Even Trying! globalresearch.ca Have you heard the expression 'climate change'? That lovely expression that suggests a holiday in a place with a more pleasant climate. | Unfortunately, only the rarest individual has the capacity to see through the elite-promulgated delusion that generated this benign …

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