2018-11-29: News Headlines

South Front (2018-11-29). Video: US Is Establishing 'Observation Posts' on Syrian-Turkish Border. globalresearch.ca On November 28, Russian air-defense forces deployed intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Russian Hmeimim airbase in the province of Lattakia, according to local sources. | The intercepted UAV was probably an armed UAV launched by militants …

Oil Price (2018-11-29). Iran Suspends Gas Exports To Iraq After Earthquake. iranian.com Iran halted late on Tuesday gas exports to neighboring Iraq for several days, in order to repair pipeline damages caused by an earthquake near the Iraqi border on Sunday night, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing a statement from Iraq's electricity ministry. Major Iraqi power plants are dependent on Iranian natural gas supply. On Sunday night, a 6.3-magnitude […]

Staff (2018-11-29). Ukraine Urges NATO to Deploy Ships Amid Standoff With Russia. truthdig.com The Ukrainian president's proposal is sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could further inflame tensions between the two countries.

Zero Hedge (2018-11-29). Russia Deploys S-400 Missiles to Crimea in Military Showdown with Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Predictably the crisis that began on Sunday between Russia and Ukraine in the Kerch Strait is quickly worsening as Russia has announced plans to deploy more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea. | Adding to tensions, Reuters

Peter Koenig (2018-11-29). Argentina and France – Opponents of IMF versus Yellow Vests – Where Is the Correlation? globalresearch.ca What do Argentinian protesters have in common with French protesters? – They both strongly dislike their governments, and their leaders (sic). | The protests in Argentina against the upcoming G20 meeting and around the IMF are just a pretext for an …

INA (2018-11-29). Amnesty International Urges Revocation of Israeli Cyber Firm's Spyware License. imemc.org Amnesty International has called on the Israeli ministry of military affairs to suspend the license of a cyber firm which was reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia, to sell super-stealth spyware to the country and amid revelations that the company's software had been used in "a series of egregious human rights violations." …

Anglia Ruskin University (2018-11-29). Microplastics Pollution in Falklands as High as UK. globalresearch.ca The first study to investigate microplastics around Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands — two of the most remote locations in the South Atlantic Ocean — has found levels of contamination comparable with the waters around the UK. | The research, …

Philip A Farruggio (2018-11-29). Black Friday Amerika: 'Shop Till We All Drop'!! globalresearch.ca The crowds arrived at the box store many hours before opening, or nowadays even on Thanksgiving night. They wait outside (sometimes in frigid Northern areas) for the opportunity to get 'Once in a lifetime' deals. Many of these shoppers are …

RT (2018-11-29). Why is Rosenstein in jail on Trump's meme? He 'shouldn't have picked special counsel'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has hinted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be jailed as he "never should have picked a special counsel." Trump was answering a question about the jailed official's meme he retweeted.

RT (2018-11-29). Michael Cohen pleads guilty to making false statements to Congress. rt.com Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Trump, has pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' investigation. |

John Pilger (2018-11-29). The Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence. globalresearch.ca The Power of the Documentary is an unusual film festival, because its aim is to break a silence that extends across much of film-making, the arts and journalism. | By silence I mean the exclusion of ideas that might change the …

WTWJ (2018-11-29). Cuba's president travels abroad, firms up relations, gains economic support. peoplesworld.org Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel returned to Havana November 15 after a multi-nation trip to Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Laos. He and his delegation had also stopped in Paris and London. In late September in New York, he had introduced himself to the world community at the United Nations General Assembly. Spanish Prime Minister …

Howard Lisnoff (2018-11-29). The Day I Almost Went to Prison for Life. counterpunch.org Larry and I took the bus from Augusta to Atlanta, Georgia on a Friday night in November 1969. We were at the halfway point of basic training at Fort Gordon and the first weekend pass was our reward for surviving the rigors of military training during the Vietnam era. We were both in the National Guard, and unlike some others in our training unit, we would get to go home in the early spring following the completion of both basic and advanced training in our military specialty. More

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-11-29). Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship. mintpressnews.com Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map.

James M. Dorsey (2018-11-29). "Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey and the Future of Secularism" globalresearch.ca Sumantra Bose's new book Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey and the Future of Secularism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is a fascinating comparison of the rise of religious parties in the non-Western world's two major attempts to establish a …

Annahita Moradi (2018-11-29). Our bodies are a battleground. zcomm.org Reports on women fighting back against Iran's morality laws…

George Capaccio (2018-11-29). Yemen: To Build a Fire in the Heart of Our Country. counterpunch.org The US, first under Obama and now under Trump, does much more than condone the bombing of civilian, government, and military targets in Yemen. Not only do we provide the killers with bombs and guided missiles; we unashamedly support the economic war being conducted against the people of Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners. More

IMEMC News (2018-11-29). Israel High Court Rules to Allow and Expand Use of Torture. mintpressnews.com In a ruling that directly violates international law and conventions against the use of torture, the Israeli High Court ruled that Shin Bet was justified in torturing a Palestinian prisoner, setting a dangeroius precedent.

Andrew J. Bacevich (2018-11-29). Our Man in Riyadh: Abizaid of Arabia. globalresearch.ca What does President Trump's recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot. | Abizaid's proposed appointment is both a non-event and an …

Margaret Kimberley (2018-11-29). The Democrats Win and Black People Lose. globalresearch.ca If the Democrats were a true political party Nancy Pelosi's failures would have taken her out of the running for any leadership position. | "We must say no to the false dichotomy of Trumpian fascism or the pretend Democratic Party …

Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir (2018-11-29). A Moment of Reckoning for Decentralisation in Morocco. Entrenched Rural Poverty. globalresearch.ca Morocco's parliament, at this moment, is deciding the nation's Decentralisation Charter. Since its working draft is not currently made public, we can only hope that every parliamentarian realises that the human development course of the nation and the relationships between …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-11-29). Eyes Without the Prize: Stripping Aung San Suu Kyi's Awards. globalresearch.ca It is impossible to see peace prize or freedom awards as anything other than fragments of an industry. In time, ideals become marketable and matters of commodity. Those who go against this market rationale face the fires of moral outrage. …

Philip Giraldi (2018-11-29). Pushback Against Israel Is Beginning in US Congress. globalresearch.ca The Anglophone Israel Lobby benefits from its ability to mold the media narrative while at the same time using financial incentives to corrupt the political class. For those who do not succumb to the corruption, there is always the option …

Mike Garrity (2018-11-29). Sagebrush and Juniper Removal Destroys Wildlife Habitat and Increases Fire Risk‚Ä®. counterpunch.org The BLM has been promoting juniper removal that they claim helps restore landscape for wildlife. The Forest Service is pushing similar projects in prime sage grouse breeding habitat. The agencies' propaganda is full of misinformation on what actually happens when sagebrush and juniper habitat is destroyed. The American people deserve the truth, which is quite More

Whitney Webb (2018-11-29). An Unredacted Interview with Comedian Lee Camp. mintpressnews.com "I try to remain hopeful although I may not be that optimistic. I view myself as a cynical optimist. I see the glass as being half full of shit." — Lee Camp

Andrew Stewart (2018-11-29). Sorry Democrats, the Green Party Came Up With the Green New Deal! counterpunch.org This week progressives nationwide are talking about a Green New Deal and, while mainstream media is saying that insurgent Democrats came up with this, we beg to differ! We applaud the efforts of Democrats for finally adopting what the Global Greens began to work on in in 2006 while noting that the delay of 12 years More

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-11-29). US Midterm Elections Leave Crisis in Political Leadership. Racist Power Structure. Mississippi, Georgia, Florida. globalresearch.ca Results from the Mississippi Senatorial runoff elections where Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic candidate Mike Espy by an 11 percentage points margin illustrates the formidable obstacles placed before the opposition party within the United States body politic. | Hyde-Smith was captured …

Kim C. Domenico (2018-11-29). Why Conversion? We May Be Timid and Confused, But the Anarchist Soul Is Not. counterpunch.org My opinion is this — that deep Thinking is attainable only by a man[sic] of deep Feeling, and that all Truth is a species of Revelation…Newton was a mere materialist — Mind is always passive — a Lazy Looker on an external world. If the mind be not passive if, indeed made in God's Image…- the More

Staff (2018-11-29). Economy Rises at a Solid 3.5% Annual Rate for Quarter. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, led by lower but still strong consumer spending and more business investment than previously estimated. | The Commerce Department's figure for gross domestic product, released Wednesday, was the same as its first estimate last month. GDP is the broadest measure of the nation's output of goods and services and covers everything from homebuilding to haircuts. Greater corporate investment offset downward revisions in spending by state and local governments and consumers. | The third quarter figure follows a…

Laura Flanders (2018-11-29). Amazon Gives to End Homelessness? That's Rich. counterpunch.org They call it Giving Tuesday, and we've just marked the seventh annual this week. It's supposed to kick off a season of charitable giving, but the way some corporate robber barons use it for public relations is enough to turn your stomach. So let's rename it Stomach-Turning Tuesday. This year's prime stomach-turner was Amazon, of More

Charles McKelvey (2018-11-29). The Principles of Socialism. counterpunch.org With the emergence on the U.S. political scene of self-proclaimed socialists like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, and with membership in the Democratic Socialists of America skyrocketing, socialism appears to be making a comeback in the United States. Inasmuch as I was active in the Democratic Socialists of America in the 1980s, and I have lived in Cuba since 2011, I find this to be very good news. However, I am concerned that the word socialism perhaps is being bantered about without a very thorough understanding of its meaning or it history.

Craig Murray (2018-11-29). Assange Never Met Manafort. Luke Harding and the Guardian Publish Still More Blatant MI6 Lies. globalresearch.ca The right wing Ecuadorean government of President Moreno continues to churn out its production line of fake documents regarding Julian Assange, and channel them straight to MI6 mouthpiece Luke Harding of the Guardian. | Amazingly, more Ecuadorean Government documents have …

RT (2018-11-29). Trump vows 'devastating' counterpunch to 'angry Mueller gang of Dems'. rt.com Donald Trump has threatened to deliver a devastating blow to his critics by declassifying documents related to Robert Mueller's probe unless his political opponents stop harassing witnesses into lying about Russia collusion.

Norman Solomon (2018-11-29). Democratic Party "Leadership" is Upside Down. counterpunch.org When Democrats take control of the House in early January, they'll have two kinds of leadership — one from the top of the party's power pyramid, the other from its base. With formal control, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer can brandish huge carrots and sticks to keep Democratic lawmakers in line. With grassroots support, a More

Ron Jacobs (2018-11-29). The Audacity of Struggle. counterpunch.org The madness around us is no accident. Donald Trump is not an anomaly, but he is the worst of what this nation has to offer. Intentional ignorance fuels his hatred and money fuels his bloated and undeserved ego. We live in a nation ruled by small minded and heartless men and women whose egos match their More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-29). Trump's Trade War with China: Imagine What Would Happen if China Decided to Impose Economic Sanctions on the USA? globalresearch.ca In formulating these veiled threats, the Trump administration should think twice. These measures would inevitably backlash on the U.S. economy. China is not dependent on US imports. Quite the opposite. America is an import led economy with a weak manufacturing base, heavily dependent on imports from the PRC.

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2018-11-29). A New Report Charts the Increase in Limitations on Free Speech in Russia. thenation.com A New Report Charts the Increase in Limitations on Free Speech in Russia…

Staff (2018-11-29). Big Pharma, Bad Policy Are Keeping the World From Ending AIDS. truthdig.com Dec. 1 marks the 30th World AIDS Day—and despite leaps forward in medicine and awareness in affluent parts of the world, it's still a big problem elsewhere.

John Nichols (2018-11-29). In a Rebuke to Trump, the Senate Just Voted to Open Debate on US Support of Saudi War in Yemen. thenation.com In a Rebuke to Trump, the Senate Just Voted to Open Debate on US Support of Saudi War in Yemen…

Ann Garrison (2018-11-29). NATO's Largesse: "Nuclear Sharing" globalresearch.ca On November 10, a 5,290-ton Norwegian warship sank into one of the country's inner fiords after colliding with a 62,557-ton tanker carrying almost 100 million liters of oil. CNN reported, "Now all that remains above the waterline is the frigate's …

Lee Hall (2018-11-29). Green Corridors, Mental Maps: A Call for the End of Deer Control. counterpunch.org Ecologists have long "speculated" that ungulates—hooved animals including deer, sheep, and bison—learn from their families and peers. That they learn strikes me, an avid walker-through-the-woods, as obvious. Why wouldn't they trust others in their communities, and adopt the elders' patterns of movement? But science requires verification. And in a recent study of rams and moose, More

Eds. (2018-11-29). An Excerpt from Green Earth. mronline.org Kim Stanley Robinson describes himself as "a patriot of the genre" of science fiction, writing at the intersection of science and politics for over three decades. His work is striking for its warmth and realism. | Source

Mark Fiore (2018-11-29). Trump News Network (Video). truthdig.com President Trump wants to start a new state-run broadcast outlet to get the wonderful news of Trump out to the world. This is an extension of his war on the press and CNN in particular. Apparently he wants coverage that is even more fawning than the de facto state news agency, Fox News. This idea comes on […]

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). George Monbiot: Ending Meat & Dairy Consumption Is Needed to Prevent Worst Impacts of Climate Change. democracynow.org We look at the link between climate change and meat consumption on the heels of a series of damning reports that say if humans don't act now to halt climate change, the results will be catastrophic. A new study by the World Meteorological Organization shows the past four years have been the hottest on record. On Tuesday, the United Nations reported that carbon emissions reached record highs in 2017 and are on the rise for the first time in four years. Radical reductions are necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, the level that would prevent the worst effects of catastrophic climate change. Livestock fo…

Melissa Ryan (2018-11-29). Violence from the Far-Right is Growing. Why Aren't We Doing More to Stop it? progressive.org Newly elected House Democrats promise to crack down on "domestic terrorism."

Consortiumnews (2018-11-29). Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski Wins 2018 Sam Adams Award. consortiumnews.com Karen Kwiatkowski has won the 2018 Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence award for trying to stop the "shock and awe" attack on Iraq. Kwiatkowski is featured in the film "Shock and Awe" to be shown at an awards ceremony Saturday…. Read more →

ZeroHedge (2018-11-29). Greenwald Rips Politico "Theory" That Guardian's Assange-Manafort Story Was Planted By Russia. mintpressnews.com After The Guardian attempted to shovel what appears to be a wholly fabricated story down our throats that Trump campaign manager met with Julian Assange at the London Embassy — Politico allowed an ex-CIA agent to use their platform to come up with a ham-handed cover story ever; Russia tricked The Guardian into publishing the Manafort-Assange propaganda. | To that end, The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald (formerly of The Guardian) ripped Politico an entirely new oriface in a six-part Twitter dress down. | Greenwald also penned a

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-11-29). The commune and 21st century socialism: A conversation with Robert Longa of El Panal Commune. mronline.org In this interview, VA talks 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. | Source

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Capitalism's abuse of animals degrades us all. greenleft.org.au Humans experience the brutality of capitalism in wars, harsh working conditions and widespread poverty caused by a class-based society. Every minute a child dies a preventable death. | Capitalism has also been waging a war on animals. | The examples are many: | * the butchering of dolphins at Taiji, Japan, where every day between September and March wild dolphins are herded into a cove, where the "prettiest" are captured for marine parks and the rest are brutally hacked to death and sold as pet food; | * the yearly killing of an estimated 100 million sharks for their fins. The finned sharks are often thrown back…

pip.hinman (2018-11-29). Residents step up the pressure on Labor over Adani. greenleft.org.au Inaction on global warming is heating not only the planet, but also the mood of residents who visited Labor MPs offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. | Sydney residents concerned about climate change and the Adani coal mine in Queensland visited ALP deputy leader Tanya Plibersek on November 20 where, after queuing patiently, finally spoke to her office staff to ask them to pass a message on that the Labor Party must pledge to halt the proposed Adani coal mine. | If it goes ahead, the Adani Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin will be the largest in Australia. Burning the coal will add huge amounts of carbon…

Mat Ward (2018-11-29). 10 of the best political albums you'll hear this year. greenleft.org.au Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (There are actually far more than 10 – count them). What albums would you suggest? Comment on Twitter, Facebook, or email. This column is taking a break and will return at the end of January. | …

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Retail and fast food workers get organised. greenleft.org.au The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) was formed in late 2016 as a response to growing dissatisfaction among retail workers with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA). The Labor right-controlled SDA is notorious for negotiating enterprise bargaining agreements (EBAs) that contain below award wages and eroding the rights and conditions of workers. | Green Left Weekly's Joel McAlear and Rachel Evans interviewed Coles worker and RAFFWU representative Danielle Hynes about her experiences in the sector and involvement with this dynamic, new union. | *** | Is retail an important indus…

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-29). DR Congo: Mass Rape Trial Crucial for Justice. hrw.org | | The leader of the Mai Mai Sheka militia group, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, campaigns for a seat in parliament ahead of the November 2011 national elections, despite being sought on a Congolese arrest warrant for crimes against humanity, including sexual violence. Walikale, North Kivu, November 24, 2011. | © 2011 AFP/File | (Goma) — The trial of a militia leader for mass rape and other grave crimes is crucial for justice in the …

wsws (2018-11-29). US administration signals unconditional backing for Saudi regime as Senate votes on Yemen war. wsws.org After testimony from the secretaries of state and defense, the Senate voted to advance a resolution calling for an end to US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

wsws (2018-11-29). US airstrikes kill at least 30 civilians in Afghanistan. wsws.org The strikes were part of a surge in US bombings aimed at terrorising the population.

wsws (2018-11-29). Intensifying US pressure on New Zealand government over China. wsws.org The Labour-led coalition is moving toward closer alignment with Washington's anti-China offensive.

amnesty (2018-11-29). Viet Nam: Ludicrous charge against activist accused of 'insulting national flag' must be dropped. amnesty.org A charge of "insulting the national flag" against prominent Vietnamese human rights activist Huynh Thuc Vy amounts to an attack on freedom of expression by the authorities and must be dropped, Amnesty International said ahead of her trial on Friday. | It is rare for the authorities to prosecute a human rights activist for this charge, which carries a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment, in a disturbing sign of the intensifying crackdown against peaceful dissent in the country. | "This ludicrous charge must be dropped as it is aimed solely at silencing a dedicated, peaceful human rights activist. This is…

amnesty (2018-11-29). Malaysia: Report details shocking abuses against Indigenous peoples defending their land. amnesty.org Indigenous communities across Malaysia face relentless harassment, intimidation, arrest, violence and even death as they peacefully resist attempts to force them off land they consider ancestral, a report by Amnesty International reveals today. | | The report,

amnesty (2018-11-29). Bangladesh: Further information: Activist released on bail after months in detention: Shahidul Alam. amnesty.org Shahidul Alam, photographer and outspoken social activist, has been freed on permanent bail after spending more than 100 days behind bars for comments he made in an interview with Al-Jazeera in August 2018. In detention, he was ill-treated and subjected to prolonged detention merely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

amnesty (2018-11-29). Philippines: First conviction of police officers in 'war on drugs' shows its deadly reality. amnesty.org Responding to the guilty verdict handed to three policemen for the murder of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos in the Philippines, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International's Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia, said: | "Kian's killing is emblematic of the horrors of the 'war on drugs', and this verdict further confirms that it is a brutal, murderous campaign that claims innocent lives. | "While welcome, this verdict does not go far enough. The first conviction of police officers in this deadly campaign has come far too late. While three officers have been found guilty, more should be held to account, includ…

Jake Johnson (2018-11-29). In Historic Vote, Senate Advances Resolution To End US Complicity In Saudi War On Yemen. iranian.com In a historic vote that could "mark the beginning of the end of American complicity" in Saudi Arabia's mass atrocities in Yemen, the Senate on Wednesday voted to advance Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) Yemen War Powers resolution by an overwhelming margin of 63-37. "Today's victory is a testament to the power of grassroots activism across […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-11-29). Saudi Arabia Inks Deal For Lockheed's Missile Defense System. iranian.com Saudi Arabia will buy Lockheed Martin's $15 billion missile defense system, a US Department of State spokesman said on Wednesday, after aggressive lobbying by the administration to close the deal that included a personal call between President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman, Reuters reports. The State Department said the Saudis and US officials signed the letters […]

Alison Weir (2018-11-29). Pro-Israel Groups Attack Rand Paul For Blocking $38 Billion To Israel. iranian.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 […]

PBS New Hour (2018-11-29). Despite Tension Between Iran And Israel, Iran's Jewish Minority Feels At Home. iranian.com Jewish people have called Iran home for nearly 3,000 years. The Trump administration and U.S. ally Israel often depict the Iranian government as composed of anti-Semitic radical Islamists bent on destroying Israel. But within Iran, many of the estimated 15,000 Jews say they're safe and happy living in the Islamic Republic. Reza Sayah takes a […]

Oil Price (2018-11-29). China, Iran Solve Oil Payments Problem. iranian.com Iran and China have found a way for China to continue buying Iranian crude and pay for it without risking a U.S. sanction breach, an Iranian official said, as quoted by Fars News. "A Chinese bank will start its banking exchanges with the Iranian side on December 2," the head of the Iran-China Chamber of Commerce, Asadollah […]

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). Headlines for November 29, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Votes to Advance Resolution to End War in Yemen, White House Blocks CIA Director From Briefing Senate on Khashoggi Murder, Senate Blocks Vote to Protect Special Counsel Mueller's Probe, Trump: A Pardon for Ex-Campaign Chair Manafort is "Not Off The Table", Tension Escalates Between Russia & Ukraine, Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Worked to Suppress Black Votes, House Dems Nominate Rep. Pelosi for House Speaker, Afghanistan: U.S. Airstrikes Kill at Least 30 Civilians, U.N. Report: Malnutrition On the Rise Worldwide, Public Outrage After Right-Wing Sinclair Airs Anti-Immigrant Piece, Senate Delays Vote…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). Should Saudi Crown Prince Be Charged With War Crimes? G20 Host Argentina Considers Probe. democracynow.org Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could face prosecution in Argentina for alleged complicity in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led humanitarian crisis in Yemen. On Wednesday, an Argentine prosecutor reportedly accepted a request by Human Rights Watch to prosecute the crown prince, just hours after he landed in Argentina ahead of the G20 summit. Argentina recognizes universal jurisdiction for war crimes and torture, which means it is able to press charges against the crown prince while he is in the country. We speak with Reed Brody, counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, and…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). In a Historic First, Senate Advances Bill to End U.S. Support for Illegal War in Yemen. democracynow.org The Senate voted Wednesday to advance a resolution to end military support for the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war in Yemen. This marks the first time in U.S. history that the Senate has voted to advance a bill to withdraw military forces from an unauthorized war using the War Powers Resolution Act. Wednesday's vote sets the stage for a possible final vote on the measure within days, and has been seen as a rebuke of President Trump's handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Just hours before the vote, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis held a closed-door briefing with U.S. sen…

Staff (2018-11-29). Senate Defies Trump, Showing Anger With Saudis for Khashoggi. truthdig.com In an unexpectedly tilted 63-37 vote, it moves forward with a bill calling for an end to U.S. military aid in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

RPS (2018-11-29). 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.

Scott Hayward (2018-11-29). Ukraine is preparing a nuclear bomb for Europe. indybay.org Despite the economic and financial crisis, Ukrainian authorities try to rehabilitate their country's nuclear industry which is currently in a poor condition.

PFSL (2018-11-29). "Reading Between the Headlines" Workshop on Russia/Ukraine Conflict. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. btwn 25th and 26th Sts.

DJ Mouse (2018-11-29). 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.)…

Matthew Stevenson (2018-11-29). Across the Troubles in Northern Ireland: the Great Famine. counterpunch.org This is the second 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 II. By Train Across Ireland The train ride from More

aclu (2018-11-28). Government Use of Tear Gas Is Illegal in War. It Should Be Illegal Here, Too. aclu.org The chemical agent is outlawed in international warfare but used regularly by police here at home. | This piece originally appeared at The Washington Post's PostEverything. | Pictures of migrant women and children fleeing in panic as tear gas canisters were fired at them by U.S. border agents this week shocked many Americans, but the Trump administration praised the Border Patrol for responding " …

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). "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). 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…

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. |

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 …

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…

Randi Nord (2018-11-28). Trump Administration Shows True Colors at Southern Border, Tear-Gassing Asylum-Seekers. mintpressnews.com Trump quickly defended the troops' use of tear gas and aggressive force. "Here's the bottom line: Nobody's coming into our country unless they come in legally," Trump said, apparently ignoring the fact that in order to apply for asylum a person must first be present on U.S. soil.

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…

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

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 …

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 …

PKVDP (2018-11-28). Malaysian Airlines MH17 as a Prism of Disaster. Ukraine and the New Cold War. globalresearch.ca Relevant to unfolding events in Ukraine, this article was first published on July 25, 2018 | The uproar in the West, and in the United States in particular, that followed the summit meeting between presidents Trump and Putin in Helsinki on …

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

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…

South Front (2018-11-28). Video: 'Moderate Rebels' and Western Media Speculate that "Assad was Guilty" of Chemical Attack in Aleppo. globalresearch.ca 739 ISIS members have been killed by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the province of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed. 452 members of the SDF were killed during the same period, according to …

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.

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 …

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 …

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

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 synonymous with Thanksgiving — a meal where it is politic to keep politics away from the table. More

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…

Common Dreams (2018-11-28). US Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills at Least 30 Civilians, Including 16 Children. theantimedia.com (CD) — Officials in Afghanistan's Helmand province and international media are reporting at least 30 civilians, including 16 children, were killed in the latest US air strike targeting Taliban militants. Reuters reports the latest US mass casualty bombing in Afghanistan came amid a surge in aerial operations aimed at forcing the Taliban to the negotiating table after more than …

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

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."

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.

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