2018-12-02: News Headlines

Michael Welch (2018-12-02). The Migrant Caravan: Canadian and US Business Interests Place Profits over People in Central America. globalresearch.ca "They are fleeing a crisis. They are fleeing catastrophe. One in which not only is it almost impossible for people to economically survive, it's increasingly difficult to just physically survive and not be subject to some kind of violence….The root …

Fight Back (2018-12-02). Tucson protests troops on border at Davis-Monthan Air Force base. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – Over 100 people chanted, "Troops off the border! Defy Trump's order!" at the Davis-Monthan Air Force base on December 1. Signs reading "Refugees welcome here!" drew many honks of solidarity from traffic passing by the base entrance where demonstrators stood outside. | Isabel Garcia of Coalicion de Derechos Humanos warned of the danger of Trump's unconstitutional order to deploy U.S. military troops to enforce civilian law on immigration, "We saw what armed forces like Border Patrol do. They hurt people, they kill migrants and refugees." | After the speakers wrapped up, the group took the streets and…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-02). Pakistan's New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict. therealnews.com Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to reach a historic peace deal with rival India, opening a border crossing for Sikh pilgrims. Journalist Munizae Jahangir says this is the first time in years that civilian and military leadership are on the same page, but Delhi's 2019 election could derail the efforts

South Front (2018-12-02). "Kerch Incident" Was Premeditated? US Military Contractor Hiring Personnel to Support Classified 'Contingency Operations' in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca A US contractor accidentally revealed a US military specialist deployment in the combat zones in Ukraine via a Job Advertisement on LinkedIn. | Similarly to the Atlantic Council's report on independence of Eastern European countries, as well as the meeting between …

Juan Cole (2018-12-02). The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing. globalresearch.ca CNN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found here. | You can protest this outrageous firing at this petition site. | And here is a link …

Global Research News (2018-12-02). Selected Articles: Killing the Prospects for Arms Control. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-02). Journey into Obsolescence: Australia's Adani Carmichael Mining Project. globalresearch.ca The Carmichael mine being pursued in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland is a dinosaur before its creation. On paper, it is hefty — to be some five times the size of Sydney harbour, the largest in Australia and one …

Fight Back (2018-12-02). Minneapolis Municipal ID passes first committee vote. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – People holding signs reading, "Municipal ID for all" and "Sanctuary now!" packed into the Minneapolis City Council Public Health, Environment and Civil Rights Committee hearing November 26. They came to give testimony and to encourage the city council to create a Minneapolis Municipal ID. | Dozens of Minneapolis residents spoke to their need for an ID due to immigration status, gender identity, housing instability, age and other reasons. After hearing the testimony, the committee voted unanimously in favor of creating a Minneapolis Municipal ID. The vote of approval from the committee forwards t…

FBD (2018-12-02). Trump Administration Approves Harmful Airgun Blasting in Atlantic. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration today approved five permits that allow harm to whales, dolphins and other animals so companies can search for oil off the Atlantic Coast using loud seismic airgun blasts. Allowing these exploration activities from Delaware to Florida …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-12-02). Bush Family Links to Nazi Germany: "A Famous American Family" Made its Fortune from the Nazis. globalresearch.ca Bush family links to Nazi Germany were first revealed at the Nuremberg trials in the testimony of Nazi Germany's steel magnate Fritz Thyssen. "Prescott Bush & Herbert Walker, Thyssen's partners in crime were the father & grandfather of a future US President"

Antonius Aquinas (2018-12-02). Debt, Death, and the US Empire. globalresearch.ca In a talk which garnered little attention, one of the Deep State's prime operatives, National Security Advisor John Bolton, cautioned of the enormous and escalating US debt. Speaking before the Alexander Hamilton Society, Bolton warned that current US debt levels …

PCHR (2018-12-02). PCHR: On 36th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 58 Civilians, including 14 Children and Paramedic. imemc.org On Friday evening, 30 November 2018, Israeli forces wounded 58 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children and a paramedic in the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip despite the decreasing intensity of the demonstrations there for the fifth week consecutively and absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations …

INA (2018-12-02). Israeli Forces Violently Subdue Peaceful Protest in Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli forces, on Saturday, quelled a peaceful demonstration on al-Zahra St, in central occupied Jerusalem, that was held in support of wounded Palestinian detainee Israa Jaabis. Jaabis, 33, a mother of a baby child and a resident of Jabal al-Mukkaber neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, was sentenced to eleven years …

IMEMC News (2018-12-02). Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians Near Nablus. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Sunday, two Palestinians and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army attacked a nonviolent procession near Huwwara military roadblock, south of Nablus, in northern West Bank. The soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters …

Bernie Sanders (2018-12-02). Change always comes from the bottom. zcomm.org Full Bernie Sanders Speech on Economic Justice, Healthcare, Opposing Trump & Ending the War in Yemen…

Andrei Akulov (2018-12-02). US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Kill Prospects for Arms Control. globalresearch.ca US Senator Tom Cotton and Congresswoman Liz Cheney have introduced a bill that prevents extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia or the Stopping Russia Nuclear Aggression Act. It says "Under no circumstances should the …

Larry Chin (2018-12-02). Political Succession and "The Bush-Clinton Nexus": Permanent Criminal State, "A Clinton White House Guarantees War with Russia" globalresearch.ca The final moves on the "Grand Chessboard" are before us: all of the Middle East and Central Asia, the world's last reserves of oil, are in play, Syria is on the edge, Russia is under attack, and nuclear holocaust is a terrifying possibility. War with Russia and China are no longer "unthinkable", but being planned in earnest. | The post

Staff (2018-12-02). U.S., China Call 90-Day Cease-Fire in Their Trade War. truthdig.com A breakthrough agreement is reached after a meeting between President Trump and China's Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Middle East Eye (2018-12-02). George H.W. Bush and the Middle East: How His Legacy Lives On. theantimedia.com (MEE) — George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, has died at the age of 94. His spokesperson, Jim Mcgrath, confirmed Bush's death via Twitter on Friday but did not say how the former president, a one time CIA director and decorated World War Two navy pilot, had passed away. Bush only served one term …

Juan Cole (2018-12-02). The Bottomless Dishonesty Of CNN On Palestine And Marc Lamont Hill Firing. iranian.com CNN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found here. You can protest this outrageous firing at this petition site. And here is a link to his book, Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, which everyone should buy […]

Zero Hedge (2018-12-02). Pompeo, Bolton Say Iran Test-Launched Ballistic Missile Capable Of Striking Europe, Violated UN Ban. iranian.com U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Iran's testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the international agreement on Tehran's nuclear program. As Haaretz reports, amid tension between Washington and Tehran over ballistic missiles, Pompeo warned in a statement released on […]

Viktor Mikhin (2018-12-02). New American Sanctions, And How Iran May Respond. iranian.com Barely a day passes without an outburst of angry words and threats from the US President directed at Iran at its people. If we believe the section of the US media that is loyal to -or controlled by — the White House, there is no more dangerous country that Iran. This raises a very reasonable […]

RFE (2018-12-02). Iran Hails Oil-For-Goods Deal With South Korea. iranian.com Iran said Saturday it had finalised a deal with South Korea to trade oil for goods, skirting renewed US sanctions. "A mechanism has been devised for returning oil export revenues from South Korea, by which Iran's oil export revenue will be bartered with imported goods," Hossein Tanhayi, head of the Iran-South Korea chamber of commerce, […]

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-12-02). If You Murdered A Bunch Of People, Mass Murder Is Your Single Defining Legacy. iranian.com Thought experiment: Think of an acquaintance of yours. Not someone you're particularly close to, just some guy in the cast of extras from the scenery of your life. Now, imagine learning that that guy is a serial murderer, who has been prowling the streets for years stabbing people to death. Imagine he goes his whole […]

Glenn Greenwald (2018-12-02). Watch: Addiction, Depression, and the Opioid Epidemic: What Are They Telling Us? A Discussion With Johann Hari. theintercept.com Disturbing trends in these areas reveal crucial signals — warning signs — that explain many of the most consequential political changes.

Akela Lacy (2018-12-02). In Democrats' First Bill, There's a Quiet Push to Make Public Campaign Finance a Reality. theintercept.com The first bill Democrats plan to move in January when they take control of the House will mark a major step forward on a longstanding progressive goal — public financing of congressional campaigns. | The provision is a largely overlooked part of a sweeping anti-corruption bill Democrats plan to start the year with, and will bestow with the symbolic designation of HR1. The program, based on Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes' " Government By the People Act of 2017," would offer subsidies for individuals who want to make small contribution…

PDHTR (2018-12-02). "Stop the Tears" Rally in Palo Alto. indybay.org Photos by Deborah Hoag. Please credit the photographer. | A weekly demonstration in Palo Alto took on special significance on Friday November 30th. A few days earlier, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had inflicted violence upon women and children at the Mexico border. Women and men of the San Francisco Peninsula expressed their outrage at the site of their regular peaceful protest.

PWCTR (2018-12-02). San Mateo Peace Action: "Do Not Tear Gas Them" indybay.org photos by Wesley Chang | please credit the photographer…

Longshoreman's Daughter (2018-12-02). 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)…

Dahn Shaulis (2018-12-02). Department of Justice Gives Green Light to Laureate Education to Continue Corruption. indybay.org The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to close its corruption case against Laureate International Universities. This action will embolden Laureate as it continues to profit from colleges in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and other countries with questionable human rights records.

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 …

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 →

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 …

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 …

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 …

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), …

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…

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 →

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

Staff (2018-12-01). Salaried Workers Beware: GM Cuts Are a Warning for All. truthdig.com DETROIT—For generations, the career path for smart kids around Detroit was to get an engineering or business degree and get hired by an automaker or parts supplier. If you worked hard and didn't screw up, you had a job for life with enough money to raise a family, take vacations and buy a weekend cottage in northern Michigan. | Now that once-reliable route to prosperity appears to be vanishing, as evidenced by General Motors' announcement this week that it plans to shed 8,000 white-collar jobs on top of 6,000 blue-collar ones. | It was a humbling warning that in this era of rapid and disruptive technologica…

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 …

Consortiumnews (2018-12-01). The Bushes: Fathers and Sons ( With Apologies to Turgenev). consortiumnews.com In a story worthy of the great Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, in the Bushes' case the sins of the son were visited upon the father, who neglected an opportunity to stop them from happening, as Ray McGovern explains. By Ray… Read more →

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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…

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.

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.

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-01). Iran Launches Domestically Manufactured Stealth Warship. iranian.com Iran launched its first locally made destroyer in 2010 as part of a programme to revamp its navy equipment which dates from before the 1979 Islamic revolution and is mostly US-made Iran's navy on Saturday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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…

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

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

Jason Ditz (2018-11-30). Ukraine Urges NATO to Send Warships to Confront Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Still bound and determined that the maritime incident last weekend in the Sea of Azov portends a full-scale war with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on all NATO nations and other allied states to start relocating warships en masse to the sea to "assist Ukraine" in a conflict. Poroshenko singled out Germany as nation that …

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

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…

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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…

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 …

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…

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

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 …

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

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

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…

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…

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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…

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

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