2018-12-01: News Headlines

RT (2018-12-01). George H.W. Bush, last Cold War-era US president, dead at 94. rt.com Former US President George H.W. Bush, credited for helping to end the Cold War, passed away on Friday at the age of 94, a family spokesperson confirmed. Bush governed the nation from 1989 to 1993.

Robert Parry (2018-12-01). George H.W. Bush, the CIA and a Case of State-Sponsored Terrorism. globalresearch.ca Fifty-eight years ago, a car-bomb exploded in Washington killing Chile's ex-Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, an act of state terrorism that the CIA and its director George H.W. Bush tried to cover up, Robert Parry reported on Sept. 23, 2000. | In …

Consortiumnews (2018-12-01). George H.W. Bush, the CIA and a Case of State-Sponsored Terrorism. consortiumnews.com Forty-two years ago, a car-bomb exploded in Washington killing Chile's ex-Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, an act of state terrorism that the CIA and its director George H.W. Bush tried to cover up, Robert Parry reported on Sept. 23, 2000. By… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2018-12-01). Taking a Bush Secret to the Grave. consortiumnews.com The National Archives approved Robert Parry's appeal on a 30-year-old secret: the address where George H.W. Bush supposedly went on an October 1980 weekend — when several witnesses put Bush in Paris meeting with Iranians, Parry reported on 9/27 2011…. Read more →

Mehdi Hasan (2018-12-01). The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice. theintercept.com Hagiographies neglect to mention that Bush's presidency included a racist drug war, the Willie Horton ad, and massive civilian deaths in Iraq.

True Publica (2018-12-01). Here We Go Again: US Accuses Iran of Hiding Chemical Weapons. globalresearch.ca CNN reports last week that: "The Trump administration is set to accuse Iran of violating the international treaty that bars the use of chemical weapons. | The White House notified lawmakers on Friday that it would declare Iran is violating the …

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-01). After 17 Years of War, Afghanistan Is All But Forgotten. truthout.org Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz and the other neo-con wild boys who came to power with George W. Bush in 2001 all shared a vision. In their minds, they saw a cowed, conquered Iraq as the stepping stone to a wider conflict that would, in the righteous fullness of Republican time, lead to broad regional transformation and the enforced peace of empire, all of it lubricated by "liberated" Middle Eastern petroleum. | Using Iraq as a jump-off point, they would knock off regime after…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-01). New Study Shows Medicare for All Would Save US $5.1 Trillion Over Ten Years. truthout.org Burlington, VT — Confronting the question most commonly asked of the growing number of Americans who support replacing America's uniquely inefficient and immoral for-profit healthcare system with Medicare for All—"How do we pay for it?"—a new paper released Friday by researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) shows that financing a single-payer sy…

Jake Johnson (2018-12-01). Ending US Complicity in Saudi Assault on Yemen. zcomm.org In Historic Vote, Senate Advances War Powers Resolution…

South Front (2018-12-01). Video: 15,000 Al-Qaeda-linked Terrorists Remain in Idlib Province. globalresearch.ca There are about 15,000 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorists in the province of Idlib and Russia is ready to provide the Syrian government with help to eliminate them, Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian presidential envoy for Syria, announced during …

TPIC (2018-12-01). The UN General Assembly Adopts Six Resolutions in Favor of Palestine. globalresearch.ca The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly adopted on Friday evening five resolutions in support of Palestine and a sixth one on the Golan Heights. | The first resolution, titled Jerusalem, was adopted by the UNGA by a recorded vote of …

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-01). World Leaders Greet and Meet with Saudi Crown Prince at G20. globalresearch.ca It was to be expected. Some G20 leaders treated Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) like nothing happened in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2. | They ignored Riyadh's genocidal war in Yemen (in cahoots with the US, UAE and other countries), …

James M. Dorsey (2018-12-01). "The Politics of Common Sense: State, Society and Culture in Pakistan" globalresearch.ca Aasim Sajjad Akhtar's The Politics of Common Sense: State, Society and Culture in Pakistan (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is an incisive study of continuity as well as change in Pakistan that has moved the country towards religious conservatism and …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-01). US Bombing Kills 30 Civilians in Afghanistan as US-Led War Enters its 18th Year. therealnews.com Casualties in the 17-year US war effort in Afghanistan is higher now than any time since 2009. Former marine and state department official Matthew Hoh says that there still is no end in sight.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-01). Type 1 Diabetics Need Affordable Insulin, Not "Innovation" truthout.org It's nearly 2019, and people with Type 1 diabetes are dying from diabetic ketoacidosis. Akin to an 1800s time-warp, Americans with Type 1 are losing their lives for the same reasons they did back then: They lack a treatment. Of course, there is insulin now, but many have little access due to the manufacturers' exorbitant price hikes. | From 1996 to today, virtually unchanged analog insulins have increased in cost from …

Nina Larson (2018-12-01). 2018 and 3 Previous Years are 4 Hottest on Record. zcomm.org The "warming trend is obvious and continuing"

David Penner (2018-12-01). Is Nuclear War Our Destiny? globalresearch.ca When evaluating the behavior of a sociopath, what constitutes success and failure can prove quite challenging. The US wars against Syria and Iraq were largely failures, as Washington failed to oust Assad and also failed to install a puppet government …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-01). The Never-Ending Brexit. therealnews.com The Brexit agreement between the UK and the EU is a temporary arrangement that maintains much of the status quo and does not really provide a clear path forward. As it stands, it could lead to Prime Minister Theresa May's fall, says Prof. Leo Panitch

Andrew Korybko (2018-12-01). India-Saudi Relations: The Modi-MBS "Political Friendship" Is All About Iran. globalresearch.ca Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) is literally trying to buy Indian Prime Minister Modi off by getting him to ditch his country's energy imports from Iran in exchange for billions of dollars of Saudi investment, and there's a …

Staff (2018-12-01). America Is Headed for Military Defeat in Afghanistan. truthdig.com There's a prevailing maxim, both inside the armed forces and around the Beltway, that goes something like this: "The U.S. can never be militarily defeated in any war," certainly not by some third world country. Heck, I used to believe that myself. That's why, in regard to Afghanistan, we've been told that while America could lose the war due to political factors (such as the lack of grit among "soft" liberals or defeatists), the military could never and will never lose on the battlefield. | That entire maxim is about to be turned on its head. Get ready, because we're about to lose this war militarily. | Consider…

INA (2018-12-01). PLO Calls on Eurovision Organizers to Not Broadcast Contest in Israel's Illegal Settlements. imemc.org PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: "We call on the EBU to respect the Palestinian people's rights and to not broadcast any Eurovision Song Contest events in Israel's illegal settlements…" Giving Israel the privilege of hosting the 2019 Eurovision amounts to rewarding it for and helping it to conceal …

Staff (2018-12-01). Embattled Elections Official Suspended in Florida. truthdig.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — An embattled county elections official at the center of Florida's recall has been suspended. | Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday immediately suspending Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes from office for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty. | Snipes has been the top elections official in the south Florida county since 2003 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her. She came under withering criticism for her handling of this year's elections, as well as its legally required recount in close races for governor and U.S. Senate. | Snipes previously indic…

INA (2018-12-01). Holiday Preparations Well Underway in Bethlehem. imemc.org Preparations for Christmas 2018 are well underway, according to the Press Conference held at the Bethlehem Peace Center, today. With the world's spotlight beaming down, this December, on the city — the world celebrated birthplace of Jesus Christ — the municipality of Bethlehem announced that the theme of this Christmas …

Prof. Alon Ben-Meir (2018-12-01). Gàºlen and Erdogan's Islamic Rivalry and Its Consequences. globalresearch.ca Fethullah Gàºlen and Turkey's President Erdogan were allies who supported each other. Both use Islam as the basis for their doctrine, which made them ideologically different from the revolutionary secularist statesman Mustafa Kemal Atatàºrk, the …

PDJE (2018-12-01). Video: Global Warming Testimony. Questions the IPCC Consensus. Prominent Scientist. globalresearch.ca Speech by Dr. Don Easterbrook, Professor Emeritus of Geology, Western Washington State University. This was delivered to the Washington State Senate — Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee on March 26, 2013. | He points out 'scientific' points — which question …

PEER (2018-12-01). Mercury Contamination of Atmosphere May Reach Orbit Through Regulatory Blindspot. globalresearch.ca Federal regulators have turned a blind eye to the massive risks of using mercury as the propellant in thousands of communication satellites slated for launch in the next few years, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for …

Kathy Kelly (2018-12-01). The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca On November 28, sixty-three U.S. Senators voted in favor of holding a floor debate on a resolution calling for an end to direct U.S. Armed Forces involvement in the Saudi-UAE coalition-led war on Yemen. Describing the vote as a rebuke …

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Eye-opening look at the dark side of the 'aid industry'. greenleft.org.au Disaster Capitalism
| Written by Antony Loewenstein
| Directed by Thor Neureiter
www.disastercapitalismfilm.com | Disaster Capitalism is a groundbreaking documentary film about Bougainville, Haiti and Afghanistan, revealing the dark underbelly of the global aid and investment industry. The film offers important insights into a secret multi-billion dollar world by investigating how aid money is actually spent — or misspent. | Prominent journalist and author Antony Loewenstein joins award-winning filmmaker Thor Neureiter on a four-year journey…

Oil Price (2018-12-01). Iran Exports To Asia Sink To Five Year Low. iranian.com Crude oil exports from Iran to Asian countries—its biggest clients—sank to an average daily of 762,000 bpd, official customs data and shipping data reported by Reuters revealed. This is the lowest monthly average for Iranian crude oil exports to Asia in five years and a 56.4-percent decline on an annual basis. South Korea imported no Iranian crude […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-01). Social Media Defends Marc Lamont Hill After CNN Firing Over Palestine. iranian.com CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who was fired by the US media company after telling the United Nations that the Israeli state "continues to restrict freedom and undermine equality for Palestinians", is receiving widespread support on social media. The 39-year old professor had his contract with CNN terminated following the UN speech, in which he […]

wsws (2018-12-01). Special counsel, Democrats step up pressure on Trump over Russia, Assange. wsws.org This week's moves by Mueller highlight the reactionary character of the Democratic Party's opposition to the right-wing Trump administration.

wsws (2018-12-01). Thousands of Australian high school students join climate change strike. wsws.org The rallies showed the growing politicisation of a generation that has grown up amid continuous war, growing inequality and worsening environmental destruction.

wsws (2018-12-01). As G20 summit opens, US political establishment brays for trade war and military escalation. wsws.org Trump's trip to the G20 summit in Argentina has been proceeded by demands for trade war and military escalation against Russia and China.

wsws (2018-12-01). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Workers at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, England have launched a series of strikes over redundancies while workers at the Tappeh Sugar Cane mill in Iran are continuing a walkout and gold miners in South Africa are continuing a series of job actions marked by employer violence.

wsws (2018-12-01). Merkel backs Ukrainian provocations against Russia. wsws.org Chancellor Angela Merkel has sharply attacked Russia at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum, declaring that Putin is fully responsible for the present conflict.

Ghillar, Michael Anderson (2018-12-01). Australia's First Nations prepare legal way forward for sovereign rights. indybay.org 28th November 2018 | To counter the disastrous effects Native Title is having on Australian First Nations communities, a gathering of First Nations from across Australia is to prepare a legal way forward in pursuit of their sovereign rights and control of their own affairs.

Longshoreman's Daughter (2018-12-01). ILWU Local 10 Tribute to Howard Keylor, Longshore Veteran of Bay Area Labor Struggles. indybay.org ILWU Local 10, Henry Schmidt Room, 400 North Point St, San Francisco (near Fisherman's Wharf)…

Garry Leech (2018-11-30). Trump and the USMCA: From Free Trade to Gassing Migrants. counterpunch.org Last weekend, US Border Patrol agents used tear gas against hundreds of migrants protesting on the Mexican side of the border with the United States. The men, women and children who were gassed were part of the six thousand asylum seekers who fled violence and poverty in Central America by forming a caravan that has now reached the US border. In a related event, the leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada will sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) at the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend. The two events are related because the migrants who were gassed at the border are economic refugee…

Mehnaaz Momen (2018-11-30). The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse: The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire. counterpunch.org There are multiple archives which record gun violence in America diligently and report that every day ninety-six Americans die of gunshot wounds.While mourning and praying and even seething over our impotence at bringing about any change in our gun control laws, we focus on tangible factors such as the power of the NRA in politics, More

Paul Gottinger (2018-11-30). Terror at the Border: Experts Condemn the Tear-Gassing of Children. counterpunch.org On Sunday, US border officers fired tear gas at groups of asylum seekers attempting to reach the US border. Images of mothers and small children fleeing the gas drew widespread outrage from politicians and human rights groups. Wind carried the gas a kilometer away, impacting many individuals not attempting to reach the US border. As a result of the More

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-30). Russia's Strategic Waterways and the Northeast Arctic Passage. globalresearch.ca Russia would have obviously preferred that the Kerch Strait Crisis with Ukraine never happened, but since it did, Moscow's wasting no time in taking advantage of the highly publicized defense of its maritime borders in the Black Sea to promote …

Brian Cloughley (2018-11-30). Washington is Ramping Up Military Confrontation With Russia and China. counterpunch.org On November 26 the New York Times asserted that "Russia's seizure [on November 25] of three Ukrainian naval vessels was the first overt armed conflict between the two since 2014, when Russian forces occupied Crimea." There was no armed conflict in Crimea and not a drop of blood was spilled. There was no "occupation" because, under treaty, over More

CounterSpin (2018-11-30). Brian Mier on Brazil's Election and What Comes Next. fair.org Media…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-30). Bolton Meets Far-Right President-Elect Bolsonaro to Nail Down Closer Cooperation with Brazil. therealnews.com National Security advisor John Bolton visited Brazil on Thursday, to find areas of agreement with Brazil's recently elected far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro. Key targets include Venezuela and Cuba

Andrew Levine (2018-11-30). Trumpland: Get Ready for the Storm Ahead. counterpunch.org The pre-Trump and post-Trump GOPs are fruit of the same poison tree — the Southern Strategy, the plan Pat Buchanan and Richard Nixon hatched in the aftermath of the civil rights victories of the 1960s to reconstitute the Solid South of the Jim Crow era within the bowels of the Republican Party. It is no surprise, therefore, that they would both be contemptible. But GOP racism and nativism used to be muted; that was the Reagan and post-Reagan style. The Trumpian version rings loud enough to revive the vilest specters of the twentieth century's inter-war years.

Whitney Webb (2018-11-30). Saudi $$, Trump Arm-Twisting Fail to Stop Bill to End US Military Support for Saudis' Yemen War. mintpressnews.com For some U.S. senators, Saudi campaign funding appears to be more important than preventing the imminent and needless deaths of millions of innocent Yemenis.

Staff (2018-11-30). Powerful Quakes Buckle Alaska Roads, Trigger Tsunami Warning. truthdig.com Earthquakes of 7.0 and 5.8 rock buildings in Anchorage, and briefly trigger a warning to residents of Kodiak, Alaska, to flee to higher ground.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-30). NATO & EU Member Poland Collaborates with Fascists & Mandates Holocaust Revisionism. therealnews.com Poland's far-right government, a close US ally, co-sponsored a fascist march after passing a law that makes Holocaust revisionism mandatory. Dovid Katz of Defending History warns Eastern European NATO/EU member states are becoming authoritarian nationalist regimes

Alison Weir (2018-11-30). Media Ignore Largest Foreign Military Aid Package in US History …. To Israel. globalresearch.ca In an astounding case of media negligence, U.S. news media are failing to tell Americans that Congress is about to enact legislation for the largest military aid package to a foreign country in U.S. history. | This aid package would likely …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-11-30). Yemeni Leaders Losing Confidence in UN as Negotiations Falter and Saudi Airstrikes Continue. mintpressnews.com "There is no point in negotiations with a party that is looking to obtain through talks what it has failed to achieve through a military campaign." — Ansar Allah chief negotiator Mohammed AbdulSalam

Adam Dick (2018-11-30). US "Destabilizes" and Destroys Iraq for Decades, US Congress Now Has A Plan for "Stabilization" and "More US Intervention" globalresearch.ca The United States attacked Iraq in the Gulf War in 1990, followed by years of US bombing of Iraq. Then, in 2003, the US invaded and conquered Iraq in the Iraq War. Since then, many US troops have been stationed …

Global Research News (2018-11-30). Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don't Want You to Know. globalresearch.ca This article was first published by Global Research in November 2014. Today Libya as a Nation State has been destroyed by US-NATO. | What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national …

Thierry Meyssan (2018-11-30). US Sanctions Have Become Little More Than Medieval-Style Siege Warfare. mintpressnews.com The new unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran, Russia and Syria add to the previous actions concerning the same three targets. They now form the most unforgiving embargo in History. The way in which they have been organized is illegal according to the definition of the Charter of the United Nations — these are weapons of war, designed for killing. | For his visit to Moscow on 8 November, ambassador James Jeffrey was tasked with explaining the current US obsession with the expansion of Persian influence in the Arab world (Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen). Washington now wi…

John Clarke (2018-11-30). Doug Ford's War on Ontario's Poor. globalresearch.ca Ontario's recently elected Tory government, headed by right wing populist, Doug Ford, did not wait very long to incorporate into its reactionary agenda, an attack on the province's social assistance system and those living in poverty. Though their election …

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-30). Trump Caves to Russophobes, Cancels G20 Meeting with Putin. globalresearch.ca Let's see if I've got this straight. US-installed Ukrainian putschist leader, in cahoot with US and UK Russophobes, staged last Sunday's anti-Russia provocation in the Black Sea's Kerch Strait, Russian waters. | Entering them without permission violates Articles 19 and 21 …

Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank (2018-11-30). The End of Illusion. counterpunch.org Photo Source Christopher Michel | CC BY 2.0 | The following is the Epilogue from Jeffrey St. Clair's and Joshua Frank's new book The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink, available now from CounterPunch Books. | In the spring of 2017, the carbon dioxide readings at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawai'i cracked 410 parts per million, an all-time record and a frightening one. On Earth Day, climate marches took place in cities across the world. Trump's policies didn't drive the spiking CO2 levels, but…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-30). Full Bernie Sanders Speech on Economic Justice, Healthcare, Opposing Trump & Ending the War in Yemen. democracynow.org Hundreds of international progressive leaders have traveled to Burlington, Vermont for a gathering hosted by the Sanders Institute. Last night, former presidential candidate and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked the event off with a keynote speech on healthcare, raising the minimum wage and his bipartisan resolution to end military support for the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. He was introduced by Harvard professor Cornel West.

John Laforge (2018-11-30). Woolsey Fire Started at Santa Susana Field Lab — Site of "[fourth] largest release of iodine-131 in the history of nuclear power" counterpunch.org In my Nov. 16 column, I reported on potential radiation risks posed by California's Woolsey wildfire having burned over parts or all of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory—south of Simi Valley, Calif., 30 miles outside Los Angeles—site of at least four partial or total nuclear reactor meltdowns. The field laboratory operated 10 experimental reactors and More

CP Editor (2018-11-30). Zionism: Cycles of Trauma and Aggression in the Service of Settler Colonialism. counterpunch.org

Stephen Cooper (2018-11-30). The Prospective Gassing of Human Beings in Alabama is an Abomination. counterpunch.org When, in October 2016, I wrote "[d]eath row inmates in Alabama are human guinea pigs" because the state's capital punishment regime — specifically its barbaric, often bungled lethal injection protocol — is already so dark, so depraved, so outrageously cloaked in lies and officious secrecy, I never could have predicted the situation could get worse. But it More

E Hanzai (2018-11-30). The Complete History of Monsanto, "The World's Most Evil Corporation" globalresearch.ca First published by Waking Times, posted by Global Research in May 2014, this article provides a historical viewpoint. It is of particular relevance in relation to the Monsanto-Bayer merger and the recent $289 million judgment against Monsanto. | *** | Of all …

David Rosen (2018-11-30). The Abortion Battle Continues. counterpunch.org On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued it momentous Roe v. Wade decision that legalizing a woman's right to the privacy of an abortion. In his decision, Justice Harry Blackmun noted, "… throughout the 19th Century prevailing legal abortion practices were far freer than they are today, persuades us that the word 'person,' as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include More

DGGK (2018-11-30). Vaccine Realities That Big Pharma Doesn't Teach Us Doctors (or Our Patients). The Plight of "Vaccine Damaged Children" globalresearch.ca "In 1986 a US law was passed that protected vaccine maker's from ever being sued in a a regular court regardless of how many babies or children were injured of killed from the aluminum, mercury (aka Thimerosal), formaldehyde, aborted fetal …

Aaron Maté (2018-11-30). Mueller Takes Aim, but Is Trump in Trouble? thenation.com Mueller Takes Aim, but Is Trump in Trouble?

Nick Pemberton (2018-11-30). Humanity is Killing the World's Wildlife Populations, Not 'Capitalism'. counterpunch.org Cocked the gat to her head, and pulled back the shirt cover But what he saw made him start to cringe and stutter Cause he was starring into the eyes of his own mother — Immortal Technique, Dance With The Devil "Man is a species-being, not only because he practically and theoretically makes the species — More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-11-30). Netanyahu's Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars is over. counterpunch.org When Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered his army to carry out a limited operation in the besieged Gaza Strip on November 12, he certainly did not anticipate that his military adventure would destabilize his government and threaten the very survival of his right-wing coalition. But it did, far more than the multiple police investigations into various corruption cases More

Chris Wright (2018-11-30). An Ode to Chomsky. counterpunch.org Ninety years old and still going strong. Almost twenty years after the age when that other great left-wing public intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre was already utterly frail, uncommunicative, pliable in the hands of his handlers, and prone to haplessly spilling egg and mayonnaise on his face while eating, Chomsky is still constantly giving interviews, traveling to More

Jason Holland (2018-11-30). Capitalism, Empire, and the Infernal Gloom Machine. counterpunch.org Depression is built into this machine and the evidence is plastered on the morose faces of people caught in the clutches of its business as usual activities. Depression is found in the insurmountable debts we owe for spending a lifetime of preparation and labor to serve the machine. In addition to debt, the machine awards More

Craig Collins (2018-11-30). Democratic Socialism: The Impossible Dream? counterpunch.org The founders of "scientific socialism," Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, assumed it was quite possible, even historically inevitable, for working people to democratically govern an industrial society. However, they never went into detail about how this would work. Even today, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many orthodox Marxists persist in believing that vast, complex, More

Lauren Smith (2018-11-30). Amnesia, Lack of Accountability Reign as Wall Street Celebrates Halliburton's 100-year Anniversary. globalresearch.ca "So for Halliburton's 100-year anniversary wish, let's wish its stock tanks and that its guilty are remembered, held accountable, and that justice is ultimately served." | When it comes to the ruling elite's corporate plunder and crimes against humanity, the U.S. …

Reed Richardson (2018-11-30). Not So Black & White: NYT Touts Rural Voters, Buries Racism in Mississippi Election Analysis. fair.org The New York Times ( 11/24/18) warns that Democrats speaking "boldly" risk turning off approximately one-seventh of the electorate. | Stop me if you've heard this one before: During a high-profile election, a major newspaper decides to stubbornly focus its coverage on an increasingly narrow sliver of white voters, while minimizing the racism that colors the electorate and the eventual Republican victor's campaign. | If this sounds like a repeat of the mainstream press's response to Trump's 2016 campaign, well, it is. B…

Corporate Europe Observatory (2018-11-30). A Dangerous Distraction: Seven Myths Industry Uses to Sell "Renewable Gas" globalresearch.ca The gas industry is currently hyping so-called 'renewable gas' and its low-carbon potential. But the industry hype does not live up to reality: this newfound enthusiasm for renewable gas is really an attempt to paint the gas industry green. The …

Russell Mokhiber (2018-11-30). Hightower Up Against the Corporate Wall. counterpunch.org For ten years, Jim Hightower's weekly column — Little Puffs of Populism — has been distributed week in and week out by Creators' Syndicate to newspapers around the country. Not one problem. Until this week's column titled Free The Free Press from Wall Street Plunderers. Earlier this week, Creators's Syndicate informed Hightower they were not going to distribute More

Asad AbuKhalil (2018-11-30). Israel's Often Overlooked Strategic Battlefield Losses. mintpressnews.com In South Lebanon, the Museum for Resistance, also known as the Mlita Museum, for the town in which it is located, is a wildly popular tourist attraction and a place where you can run into Arabs visiting from around the region. | In it, Hezbollah—the political party with an armed wing that, with Iranian assistance, emerged in response to the Israeli invasion of 1982—celebrates its military successes, displaying weapons captured from the occupation army and replicas of some of its military tunnels. | The museum en…

Kathy Kelly (2018-11-30). The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East. zcomm.org The movements that pressured the U.S. Senate to reject current U.S. foreign policy regarding Saudi Arabia and its war on Yemen will continue raising voices…

Fight Back (2018-11-30). Accelerating trend towards martial law nationwide and full-blown fascist dictatorship of Duterte. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Nov. 28 statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | In view of certain recent acts of the tyrant Duterte, he is accelerating the realization of his scheme to declare martial law nationwide and impose a full-blown fascist dictatorship on the people. | Duterte is closing all doors to peace negotiations. He has caused OPAPP Secretary Dureza to resign in order to put OPAPP under total military control in line with Duterte's policy of militarizing his cabinet. He is giving way to the demands…

Gareth Porter (2018-11-30). How the U.K. and Ecuador Conspire to Deliver Julian Assange to U.S. Authorities. counterpunch.org The accidental revelation in mid-November that U.S. federal prosecutors had secretly filed charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange underlines the determination of the Trump administration to end Assange's asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been staying since 2012. Behind the revelation of those secret charges for supposedly threatening U.S. national security More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2018-11-30). Sacrificing Children: Pesticides in the Time of Oligarchy. counterpunch.org Oligarchy is bad for children's health All past civilizations protected children. It was self-evident that healthy children assured continuity, security and happiness. However, machine-powered civilizations give the illusion corporations, oligarchies, and the government control everything. Children fade in this confused vision. The disproportional power of the few dehumanizes everything, including children. Oligarchs control medicine, drugs, More

Roger D. Harris (2018-11-30). Mexico on the Eve of AMLO — "So Far from God and So Close to the United States" mintpressnews.com International capital is worried and the world is hopeful as Mexico is ready to buck an international right-wing tide, shifting its government from right to left-of-center with the presidential inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on December 1.

John Nichols (2018-11-30). Elizabeth Warren Just Took a Crucial Stand for Democracy and Enlightened Internationalism. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Just Took a Crucial Stand for Democracy and Enlightened Internationalism…

Bryant Brown (2018-11-30). "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin": Book Review. globalresearch.ca In the mid 1950's I was a teen, the cold war was at its peak and I subscribed to Pravda, The Russian newspaper to learn about propaganda. That turned out to be good training for understanding the news today. As …

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-11-30). 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.

Mojmir Babacek (2018-11-30). Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | This article was originally published on January 31, 2013. | *** | In March 2012 the Russian defense minister Anatoli Serdjukov said: | "The development of weaponry based on new physics principles; direct-energy weapons, …

Ben Norton (2018-11-30). At Elite Gala With Ex-Bush Official, Obama Implores Wall Street to Thank Him for Making Them so Much Money. mintpressnews.com "Just say thank you, please," former President Obama told a room full of bankers, and boasted of making the US the world's largest oil producer at an opulent gala with James Baker.

Ralph Nader (2018-11-30). First Step Post-Election — Open Up the Closed, Secretive Congress. counterpunch.org Following the mid-term elections, progressive citizen groups have to advance an agenda that makes Congress work for all Americans. The first step, however, is to acknowledge that Capitol Hill has walled itself off from the people, on behalf of corporate autocrats. Currently, Congress is open for avaricious business, not for productive democracy. Congress itself is More

Robert Fantina (2018-11-30). Nicaragua: U.S. Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds. counterpunch.org

Yoav Litvin (2018-11-30). Zionism: Cycles of Trauma and Aggression in the Service of Settler Colonialism. counterpunch.org Zionism is inherently reactionary The origins of Zionism are profoundly misunderstood by many. This is not coincidental and can be seen largely as the result of propaganda, which opportunistically and erroneously asserts that Zionism is the natural expression of Judaism. In fact, Zionism gained traction among some Jews only in the late 19th century in response to More

John W. Whitehead (2018-11-30). Yes, You Have the Right to Talk Back to the Government, But It Could Get You Killed. counterpunch.org "The freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state." — Justice William J. Brennan, City of Houston v. Hill What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, More

Political Concern (2018-11-30). British Government 'Pledges' Cheaper, Unlabelled, Gene-edited Food. "An Agricultural Revolution" Predicated on Genetic Engineering! globalresearch.ca At a time when apprehensions about low-quality food entering the country post Brexit are rising, the Times reports that Michael Gove, the environment secretary has announced that "Britain will lead an agricultural revolution with the use of gene editing"….

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-30). Sanders: Senate Rebuked Yemen War After Americans Learned of the Saudi's Brutality. therealnews.com Dr. Cornel West and Senator Bernie Sanders launched the Sanders Institute Gathering by highlighting progressive fights against corporate power and for a more just society

amnesty (2018-11-30). Beaten and prosecuted for standing up to hate. amnesty.org Just over a year ago Elzbieta gathered with small group of women in central Warsaw with a large "Stop Fascism" banner. It was 11 November, Independence Day, and tens of thousands of people were marching through the city, many wielding flares and proudly displaying racist and fascist banners. The march – described by some journalists as "the biggest gathering of far-right activists in Europe in recent years"- might sound like an event best avoided, but not for Elzbieta. | She and 12 other women joined the march, and once in its midst, they unfurled their seven-metre long banner. Another woman from their group film…

amnesty (2018-11-30). Eritrea: Visiting US envoy must demand action on deplorable record of arbitrary detentions. amnesty.org US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, should demand the release of all prisoners arbitrarily detained solely for peacefully exercising their freedom of expression and freedom of belief, including Ciham Ali who also holds US citizenship, when he visits Eritrea in the coming days, said Amnesty International. | Ciham Ali was arrested in 2012, when she was 15-years-old, for trying to leave the country in violation of Eritrea's national service policy. She has been held incommunicado and her family has not seen or heard from her since. |

amnesty (2018-11-30). Urgent: human rights under threat in India. amnesty.org Activists are being harassed, independent media houses have been raided, and organisations like Amnesty India and Greenpeace India are being targeted by Indian authorities because of their work. We need to speak out now.: | This October, the Indian authorities raided both Amnesty India and Greenpeace India's offices – and froze their bank accounts. | This has effectively stopped our vital human rights work there: work to end to violence against women, human rights education in schools and colleges, and ensuring human rights for everyone in India. | Sign the petition and tell the Indian Prime Minister to s…

amnesty (2018-11-30). Climate justice clashes with an increasingly intolerant Poland. amnesty.org This weekend world leaders arrive in the Polish city of Katowice for the COP24 climate summit, where they will set out plans for implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Over the course of two weeks governments are expected to make decisions which could move us closer to limiting global warming to 1.5 ∞C above pre-industrial levels. Failure to achieve this would have serious consequences and crossing this threshold by even half a degree will trigger catastrophic and unprecedented climate-related events. |

amnesty (2018-11-30). Another winter of discontent on the Greek islands. amnesty.org "Winter is coming," Ali, a 21-year-old refugee from Afghanistan said to me when I met him Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos last month. "There are pregnant women and children here. How are they going to survive the cold?" It was a question to which I had no answer, and as temperatures across Europe tumble, it is a question that returns to haunt me. | What I witnessed in Moria shocked me to the core. Hugely overcrowded with a lack of sanitation and drinking water, the camp suffers from infestations of mice and rats. When I was there almost 7,500 people were jammed into a camp with an official capaci…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Wave of red as West Bengal farmers march for rights. greenleft.org.au Organised under the banners of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agricultural Workers' Union (AIAWU) of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), thousands of farmers began marching from Singur towards Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, on November 27. | The march culminated in front of Governor Raj Bhavan's house the next day to demand cultivable lands be returned to the farmers. | In 2006, the creation of a car plant in Singur made the lands uncultivable. The plant was later…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Chile: New state terror as police kill Mapuche activist Camilo Catrillanca. greenleft.org.au The recent death of 24-year-old Mapuche activist Camilo Catrillanca, who was gunned down in a police raid, has sparked wide condemnation and protests throughout Chile, writes Rodrigo Acuña. | On November 14, a newly created special "anti-terrorist" unit of the Chilean police known as Comando Jungla entered the Mapuche traditional community of…

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). Socialists make gains in regional Victoria. greenleft.org.au Twelve months ago socialists from several different groups and backgrounds came together to see if they could get the first socialist elected to an Australian parliament in more 70 years. | At the time of writing, it looks like this project, Victorian Socialists, has been thwarted in its attempt to win a seat at the November 24 state elections by an undemocratic Legislative Council group ticketing process and the unprincipled preference deals that the system encourages. | Victorian Socialists candidate Steve Jolly came fourth in the Northern Metropolitan Region, with more than 4% of the vote. Under a fairer syste…

RT (2018-11-30). Facebook's Sandberg admits to snooping on Soros. rt.com Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg requested opposition research into liberal billionaire George Soros, internal emails reveal. Sandberg had previously denied going after Soros, as had CEO Mark Zuckerberg. |

RT (2018-11-30). Mystery on Mars: NASA's Curiosity rover discovers weird & shiny object on Red Planet. rt.com NASA's Curiosity rover has made a rather curious discovery on Mars. It's bright, shiny, mysterious, and might (or might not) be a meteorite.

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