2018-12-03: Social Media Postees

British Hunters Bring Home Elephant Ivory
Brendan Montague | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-04
British trophy hunters brought home two tonnes of elephant tusks from Africa over the past decade, new figures show. | Nearly 400 'trophies' from the world's most endangered animals have been brought into Britain by hunters in recent years. | A motion … | The post British Hunters Bring Home Elephant Ivory appeared first on Global Research.
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Qatar: We're Quitting OPEC in 2019
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-04
Qatar said on Monday it was quitting OPEC from January to focus on its gas ambitions, taking a swipe at the group's de facto leader Saudi Arabia and marring Gulf efforts to show unity before this week's meeting of exporters … | The post Qatar: We're Quitting OPEC in 2019 appeared first on Global Research.
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'I UN-QUIT!' Florida elections supervisor who quit after messed-up midterms rescinds her resignation
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-04
After an order from Florida Governor Rick Scott placed her sizeable pension in jeopardy, embattled Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes has rescinded her decision to resign, vowing to fight "til the very end." | …
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U.S. Urges Europe To Impose Sanctions On Iran Over Missiles
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-04
The Trump administration is urging Europe to impose tough new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program. The call comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet European officials in Brussels this week and after the U.S. and others condemned an Iranian missile launch over the weekend. Iran is expected to be […] | The post U.S. Urges Europe To Impose Sanctions On Iran Over Missiles appeared first on The Iranian.
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Snubbed: Algerian President Unable To Receive MBS Due To Flu
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-12-04
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was unable to receive the Saudi crown prince during his visit as planned due to acute flu, the Algerian presidency said on Monday, reports Reuters. The Saudi heir, Mohammed bin Salman, had arrived late on Sunday for a two-day visit to Algeria. He wished Bouteflika a speedy recovery, the presidency said in […] | The post Snubbed: Algerian President Unable To Receive MBS Due To Flu appeared first on The Iranian.
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There's No Real Difference Between Border Walls and Border Fences
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-03
Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, are playing word games when it comes to funding Trump's border wall. | Sometime between now and Dec. 7, when the current appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security will expire, Congress needs to provide the agency with another's year's funds. A single word has become a sticking point for the politicians who will vote on that funding: "wall," as in President Trump's border wall. | Trump and his Republican allies are demanding billions of dollars for walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats, wanting to be seen as opposing Trump, say that they won't vote for bor…
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Did Ukraine Coordinate Its Provocation in Black Sea with 'Western Partners'?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
It appears that Western experts and Ukrainian diplomats successfully "forecasted" the November 25 escalation in the Black Sea in middle November. | On November 21st, the Atlantic Council "an American think tank in the field of international affairs," which … | The post Did Ukraine Coordinate Its Provocation in Black Sea with 'Western Partners'? appeared first on Global Research.
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US Military Contractor Posts Job Offering for "Classified Contingency Operations" in Ukraine
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-03
(ZHE Op-ed) — The geopolitical analysis site SouthFront has unearthed from the pages of LinkedIn an incredible public job offering by a US defense contractor which reveals potentially sensitive information. The job posting mentions "classified Contingency Operations" in Ukraine and was posted a mere 15 days ago — just prior to last Sunday's incident between the Russian and Ukrainian navies in the Kerch Strait. Writes SouthFront, the US-based …

US Military Contractor Posts Job Offering for "Classified Contingency Operations" in Ukraine

Turkey Sends Gaza 8.5 Tons of Medicine & Supplies
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2018-12-03
The Ministry of Health, on Monday, sent from its warehouses, in the West Bank city of Nablus, 8.5 tons of medical aid donated by the Turkish Red Crescent to the besieged Gaza Strip, announced Health Minister Jawad Awwad. Awwad said that the ministry dispatched two truckloads of medical supplies worth $274,000 including …

Turkey Sends Gaza 8.5 Tons of Medicine & Supplies

The Bin Ladens and the Bushes: On 9/11 George Herbert W. Bush Meets Osama's Brother Shafiq bin Laden
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
Lest we forget, one day before the 9/11 attacks, the dad of the sitting President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush was meeting none other than Shafig bin Laden, the brother of alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. | The post The Bin Ladens and the Bushes: On 9/11 George Herbert W. Bush Meets Osama's Brother Shafiq bin Laden appeared first on Global Research.
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These 5 Academics Have Brought Us to the Brink of Geopolitical Disaster
Alfred W. McCoy | thenation.com | 2018-12-03
These 5 Academics Have Brought Us to the Brink of Geopolitical Disaster…
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Senators to Verizon subcontractor: End pregnancy discrimination
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-03
MEMPHIS — Nine U.S. senators, led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, demanded that Verizon and the subcontractor that runs its Memphis warehouse, XPO Logistics, answer published details about unusually high levels of pregnancy discrimination there — and take definitive detailed steps to stop it. In letters to Verizon CEO Hans …
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World War II: Hitler's Early Victories in the USSR and the Wolf's Lair Headquarters
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
In Hitler's goals to attain Germanic dominion of the planet, he enjoyed some of his most triumphant days secured away at the vast, virtually unheard of Wolf's Lair. The complex was known in the German tongue as Wolfsschanze. Hitler had … | The post World War II: Hitler's Early Victories in the USSR and the Wolf's Lair Headquarters appeared first on Global Research.
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How the FIRST STEP ACT Moves Criminal Justice Reform Forward
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-03
The FIRST STEP Act is a modest piece of legislation that tackles harsh sentencing while mostly failing to apply its reforms retroactively. | It's not often that you'll find the ACLU on the same side of an issue as President Donald Trump. | But in the waning days of the 115th Congress, lawmakers have the rare opportunity to show bipartisanship isn't completely dead. For months, advocates and lawmakers have worked together to craft a criminal justice reform bill, known as the FIRST STEP Act, that enjoys broad support from the White House and members of Congress in both parties. | Only one thing stands in the way…
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Information War between Palestinian Resistance and Israel Heats Up after Botched Raid
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2018-12-03
Motasem Ahmed Dalloul is a staff writer at the Middle East Monitor. He is a specialist in Middle East affairs. | The war between Hamas (which leads the Palestinian resistance) and Israel is now also being fought online.

Information War between Palestinian Resistance and Israel Heats Up after Botched Raid

World Leaders Fight Over Turbulent Oil Market at G20 Summit
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-03
As world leaders gather for the G20 summit, oil is at the top of the list of issues. Scholar Vijay Prashad discusses the fight between the US, Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia over price and production, and notes India is in talks with Crown Prince MBS | The post World Leaders Fight Over Turbulent Oil Market at G20 Summit appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Emmanuel Macron: The Little Emperor and Humpty-Dumpty
Deena Stryker | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
After less than two years, France's youngest President, Emanuel Macron, has become the de facto leader of Europe but the object of violence at home. | Having spent a total of thirty-odd years living and working in France, I am only … | The post Emmanuel Macron: The Little Emperor and Humpty-Dumpty appeared first on Global Research.
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With Rosa Parks Day, Alabama moves toward recognition of its true heroes
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2018-12-03
This past Saturday, the state of Alabama marked its first Rosa Parks Day.
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Emergency Protests Planned to Stop Wisconsin GOP's Overt Power Grab
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-12-03
As Wisconsin's GOP-controlled legislature and outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker seek to thwart the will of voters by ramming through a sweeping slate of legislation that would drastically curtail Democratic governor-elect Tony Evers' authority and ability to implement his agenda, progressive advocacy groups announced emergency rallies on Monday to fight back against the GOP…
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One City's New PlayStation Tax Proves How Greedy Politicians Can Be
Brittany Hunter | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-03
"If it moves, tax it." That's government's eternal motto, as Ronald Reagan quipped. To this, the city government of Chicago has added, "If it amuses, tax it." | A few weeks ago, PlayStation 4 users in Chicago were shocked when they turned on their consoles and saw a message from Sony. The message informed users that as of November 14, 2018, they would be required to pay a 9 percent "amusement tax" for PlayStation subscriptions such as PlayStation Now, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Music, and others. | The tax is specifically related to streaming services, so the PlayStation games themselves will not be subject t…
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Climate Jobs for All
Jeremy Brecher | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
Building Block for the Green New Deal It was an iconic moment: Young people occupy Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office demanding a Green New Deal to put millions of people to work making a climate-safe economy — when suddenly newly-elected Congressional representative and overnight media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins them with a resolutionin hand to establish a…
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Loophole in Bernie Sanders' Yemen Bill Actually Allows Continued US Involvement in Yemen
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-03
While SJR 54 claims to be aimed at achieving "the removal of United State Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress," it contains a major loophole that will allow the majority of U.S. troops in Yemen — if not all — to stay. | The post Loophole in Bernie Sanders' Yemen Bill Actually Allows Continued US Involvement in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.
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Bush Sr.'s Ignored Legacy: War Crimes, Racism, Obstruction of Justice
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-12-03
George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush's death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush's legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush's pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and…
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Bernie Sanders: End U.S. Arms Sales to Saudis and Support for its Yemen War
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-03
Sen. Sanders joins Paul Jay to discuss his Senate resolution to end US support for the Saudi war in Yemen | The post Bernie Sanders: End U.S. Arms Sales to Saudis and Support for its Yemen War appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Venezuela: Maduro Announces Salary Increases, New Fixed Prices
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-12-03
Updated salaries and bonuses, a host of Christmas benefits and a renewed attempt to negotiate prices with the private sector were unveiled by the Venezuelan president.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14171

War With Russia?
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2018-12-03
War With Russia?
thenation.com/article/cold-war-r…

Our Elites Refuse to Accept Responsibility for Leaving Behind the Left Behind
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
There have been several analyses of the 2018 election results showing that the Republican regions are disproportionately areas that lag in income and growth. In response, we are seeing a minor industry develop on what we can do to help the left behinds. The assumption in this analysis is that being left behind is the…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/03/our-…

Protecting the Most Vulnerable from Genocide
J.P. Linstroth | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
Ghosts of European colonialism still haunt us today even in the 21stcentury. This was evident from the untimely death of American John Allen Chau, 26, from Washington state on November 16that the hands of Sentinelese-Jarawa people from the Andaman Islands. The last days of Mr. Chau are reminiscent of the novel At Play in the…
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The 2018 Firestorms: There Is No Planet B
Dr. Andrew Glikson | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
It takes only a spark, from a lightning or human ignition, to start a fire, but it involves high temperatures, a period of drought, a build-up of dry vegetation and strong winds to start a bush fire, such as is … | The post The 2018 Firestorms: There Is No Planet B appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela's Constituent Assembly and the rise of fascism
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2018-12-03
A former guerrilla and active member of the National Constituent Assembly talks with VA about the class struggle in the countryside and the looming menace of the ultra-right in Brazil. | Source…
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Marijuana Legalization is Coming to the Heartland
Paul Armentano | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
Marijuana legalization was among the big winners in this year's elections. In Michigan, voters approved Proposal 1, legalizing the adult use, cultivation, and retail marketing of marijuana. Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize adult marijuana use and sales, and it is the tenth state to do so overall. Marijuana also won big in…
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Mexico: AMLO Opens Presidential House 'Los Pinos' to the Public
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
From the moment Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in as president of Mexico, the presidential house known as 'Los Pinos' was opened to the public as a museum and art gallery as a sign of the new government's austerity…. | The post Mexico: AMLO Opens Presidential House 'Los Pinos' to the Public appeared first on Global Research.
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G20 Meeting and U.S./Russia Relations
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2018-12-03
Trump's recent behavior is responsive to growing pressures on his leadership from within the American political system, especially due to his low popularity with the public…
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Poppy Lit the Fire: Bush and Iraq
Barry Lando | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
The media has been filled today with tributes to the late President George H.W. Bush. He is portrayed as a smart, pragmatic leader, who chose wise counsellors like James Baker–very different from his wilful son, George W. Bush, who led the U.S. into a disastrous attack on Iraq in 2013, the most fateful foreign policy…
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The Deadliest Operation. Truman on "The Purpose and Operations of Our CIA"
Robert Gore | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
Choose your battles wisely. | One month to the day after President Kennedy's assassination, the Washington Post published an article by former president Harry Truman. | I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of | … | The post The Deadliest Operation. Truman on "The Purpose and Operations of Our CIA" appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Hezbollah Warns Israel: 'If You Dare Attack, You Will Regret it'
Sayed Hasan | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
On the evening of Friday, November 30, Hezbollah's war media broadcasted this video addressed to Israel and subtitled in Hebrew, in response to recent Israeli military exercises simulating an aggression against southern Lebanon, an escalation of violations of Lebanese airspace … | The post Video: Hezbollah Warns Israel: 'If You Dare Attack, You Will Regret it' appeared first on Global Research.
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Mehdi Hasan on George H.W. Bush's Ignored Legacy: War Crimes, Racism and Obstruction of Justice
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-03
George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush's death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush's legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush's pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and ho…
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Courtney Barnett — Live on KEXP
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
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The Iran agenda: America's next "little" war
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-03
Want another thing to keep you up at night? Consider a conversation between long-time Middle East reporter Reese Erlich and former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Charles Freeman, Jr. on the people currently directing the Trump administration's policy toward Iran. Commenting on National Security Advisor John Bolton's defense of the invasion of Iraq, Freeman says …
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George H.W. Bush and the Vietnam Syndrome
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
Bush began the endless wars with his attack against Iraq in 1990-1991, for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Operation Desert Storm… the Gulf War… (Aren't the names of ruthless wars comforting?) was yet another in the long line of wars to support repressive regimes in nations like Kuwait that the U.S. has little strategic interest in, save its spot in the oil rich Middle East. Bush oversaw what would be called a "turkey shoot" by a U.S. flyer: the mass targeting of Iraqi troops from the air as they fled Kuwait…
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Standing Up against Racist, Fascist, Nazi, Swastikas in South L.A
LABOR | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
The defacing of an historical mural on Crenshaw Boulevard, Our Mighty Contribution," by placing swastikas over the faces of Black women members of the Black Panther Party, Thursday, November 29, is profoundly symbolic and real–a material reflection of the U.S. white settler state out of control. For us at the Strategy Center, the fight against racism, national oppression,…
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Foreign Correspondent: Senate Tumult Reflects Popular Discontent with Yemen War
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2018-12-03
75 percent of Americans oppose the Yemen War and 57 percent oppose all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
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Interview: Bernie Sanders on Ending Yemen War, Medicare for All, Green New Deal & the Stop BEZOS Act
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-03
Hundreds of international progressive leaders gathered in Burlington, Vermont, last weekend for an event hosted by The Sanders Institute. While there, Amy Goodman sat down with independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss his efforts to pass a Green New Deal, raise the minimum wage and protect Social Security. He also spoke about last week's historic Senate vote to advance a resolution he co-sponsored to end military support for the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war in Yemen.
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/3/i…

U.N. Chief Issues Dramatic Climate Appeal to World Leaders
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-03
KATOWICE, Poland — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the climate summit in Poland by issuing a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday to take seriously the threat of global warming and act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the end of the century. | Guterres named climate change as "the most important issue we face." | "Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption," Guterres told representatives from almost 200 countries ga…
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Mexico on the Eve of AMLO: "So Far from God and So Close to the United States"
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
The full quote by Porfirio Díaz is: "Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States." Mexican President Díaz (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) got it at least half right. Mexico has suffered in the shadow of the Colossus of the North, but Mexico is not poor. Mexico is rich in many ways,…
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NATO's Largesse: "nuclear sharing"
Ann Garrison | mronline.org | 2018-12-03
The new Cold War is escalating, fueled by Washington's bid to isolate or strangle Russia. | Source…
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Scabs, Semantics, and Working People
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." –from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Over the years, the incendiary term "scab," when used in the context of Labor-Management relations, has come to be carelessly and egregiously misapplied. Even people who should, by rights, be familiar with…
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White House tries to gag two million government workers
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-03
WASHINGTON–The White House Office of Special Counsel has issued a blunt warning to the nation's two million federal workers — Don't "talk Trump," either resistance or impeachment — at the office. And that's drawn the ire of the two big federal workers' unions, the Government Employees (AFGE) and the Treasury Employees. The Nov. 27 memo …
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Mexican Unions Show Solidarity with Venezuela
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-12-03
"You are not alone," demonstrators cried, in a show of solidarity with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14170

Two U.S. Police Departments Cancel Training with Israel
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-03
For the first time since the program's inception in 2002, US police departments are cancelling their annual training trips to Israel amid pressure from organizations affiliated with the BDS movement. | The post Two U.S. Police Departments Cancel Training with Israel appeared first on MintPress News.
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Mexico on the Eve of AMLO — "So Far from God and So Close to the United States"
Roger D. Harris | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-03
The full quote by Porfirio Díaz is: "Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States." Mexican President Díaz (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) got it at least half right. Mexico has suffered in the shadow of the … | The post Mexico on the Eve of AMLO — "So Far from God and So Close to the United States" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/mexico-on-the-…

Coming of Age in Bohemia: the Tosh Berman Story
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
They were a self-referential lot. Allen Ginsberg wrote about himself, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs in Howl. Kerouac wrote about Ginsberg, Cassady and Burroughs in On the Road. Their wives (Carolyn Cassady), lovers (Joyce Johnson) and children (Jan Kerouac) churned out books about the founding Beat fathers. The latest in this ever-expanding cottage…
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Israel's new war of attrition on Jerusalem's Palestinians
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2018-12-03
Israel has never hidden its ambition to seize control of East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967 and then annexed, as a way of preventing a viable Palestinian state from emerging.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/israels-ne…

A Killer Dies, a Teacher Lives: George H.W. Bush v. Noam Chomsky
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-03
Bush used the end of the Cold War as a ripe moment for launching brazenly mass-murderous assaults on two defenseless nations: Panama and Iraq. These were the first two U.S. military attacks since the end of World War II that Washington was unable to justify in the name of its struggle against the supposed menace of Soviet-directed communist expansion.
counterpunch.org/2018/12/03/a-ki…

The Government Is Trying to Keep Key NSA Spying Rules Secret
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-03
We're telling a federal appeals court that democracy has no room for secret law on surveillance of Americans. | A federal appeals court in New York will hear oral argument on Tuesday in our lawsuit fighting for the public's right to know the legal justifications for government spying. | The Freedom of Information Act suit seeks the release of secret memos written by government lawyers that provided the foundation for the warrantless surveillance of Americans' international communications. In essence, these memos serve as the law that gove…
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A US-China Trade War 'Armistice'?
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2018-12-03
Trump 'Blinks' at G20 Meeting and Retreats…
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Trump ignites bromance with China's Xi, as intel agencies warn of Chinese 'aggression'
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-03
Flames of bromance were stoked at the Argentina G20 summit, with President Trump boasting of a newfound friendship with Chinese presidentt Xi Jinping. To US intelligence agencies though, the friendship could be dangerous. | …
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'Power of the Documentary' highlighted in Sydney
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-03
"The issues raised in this film are vitally important: it is a history of the involvement of journalism and the mainstream media in not merely reporting on, but collaborating with, the making of wars," John Pilger, radical filmmaker, journalist and author, told the audience at a showing of his 2010 film The War You Don't See. | The film was part of the Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence film festival, curated by Pilger and showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney between November 28 and December 9. | The War You Don't See starts by exposing the official reporting on World War I, W…
greenleft.org.au/content/power-documentary-highlighted-sydney

This week in history: December 3-9
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-03
25 years ago: Christian Democrats suffer political collapse in ItalyIn two rounds of municipal and regional elections concluding December 5, 1993, the Christian Democratic Party, which had ruled Italy as part of coalition governments throughout the period since World War II, suffered an historic rout, with millions of voters shifting their support both to the neo-fascist right and the Party of the Democratic Left (PDS), the successor organization to the Italian Communist Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren glorify the late President Bush
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-03
Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren are among the leading "progressive" Democrats glorifying the late Bush Sr. as a "patriot" and "humble servant."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

Syria, Iran, Georgia: Slippery Slope In Discussing Oil Smuggling And Sanctions
Seth Ferris | iranian.com | 2018-12-03
The history of sanctions teaches us that they are like a pole — you can find a way around them, and in the process, find a niche market for all kinds of smugglers, gangsters, and political types, as co-operation is needed at all levels. For this reason, sanctions often have the opposite effect to that […] | The post Syria, Iran, Georgia: Slippery Slope In Discussing Oil Smuggling And Sanctions appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/03/syria-ira…

Maliki: Iraq Will Not Allow Its Territories To Be Used To Target Iran
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-12-03
Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki said his country will not allow its territory to be used to target Iran. In an interview with National Iranian Radio and Television, Al-Maliki said that Iraq "will not be a member of any alliance formed by the United States and Saudi Arabia against Iran". "Iraq will not be part of a […] | The post Maliki: Iraq Will Not Allow Its Territories To Be Used To Target Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/03/iraq-will…

Iran Missile Test Not A 'Violation' Of UNSCR 2231
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-12-03
Mark Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) says despite Washington's claims, Iran's missile testing activities do not violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Fitzpatrick made the statement in a tweet on Saturday after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed in a tweet earlier the day that Iran was […] | The post Iran Missile Test Not A 'Violation' Of UNSCR 2231 appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/02/iran-miss…

Netanyahu Faces Another Possible Indictment For Bribe To Get Glowing Media Coverage
Andrea Germanos | iranian.com | 2018-12-03
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing calls to resign after Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting him and his wife on fraud and bribery charges. It's the third such recommendation to hit the prime minister this year. The New York Times lays out the alleged wrongdoing: Between 2012 and 2017, the police said, Mr. Netanyahu "intervened in a blatant and ongoing manner, […] | The post Netanyahu Faces Another Possible Indictment For Bribe To Get Glowing Media Coverage appea…
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Iran Beach Soccer Now Ranked Second In The World
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-12-03
Following a remarkable campaign in the Intercontinental Cup in Dubai, Iran surpassed Portugal's place to move into second spot in the beach soccer world rankings, at the same time claiming the November Movers of the Month title. Marco Octavio's men cruised through the group stages in the UAE, seeing off competition from three-time winners Russia, […] | The post Iran Beach Soccer Now Ranked Second In The World appeared first on The Iranian.
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Oil Prices Surge More Than 5% On Cut Pledge, US-China Deal
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-03
Oil prices soared more than five percent on Monday after Russia and Saudi Arabia renewed a pact to cap output, while the US agreed to halt raising tariffs on Chinese imports, stalling a trade row that many feared could hit demand for the commodity. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he and Crown Prince Mohammed […] | The post Oil Prices Surge More Than 5% On Cut Pledge, US-China Deal appeared first on The Iranian.
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Thousands of People with Disabilities in Croatia Trapped in Institutions
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-03
Restraints on a bed in Lopaca Psychiatric Hospital. Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch 2014. cc | On December 3, the world celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. That includes Croatia, where the Zagreb city authorities are sponsoring an art exhibition and concert, and the city of Krapina will host a walk to raise awareness about disabilities. But for many people with disabilities in Croatia, it will be just one more day spent trapped a…
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Yemen Be Damned, Pompeo Doubles Down on US Support for Saudi Arabia
Andrea Germanos | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-03
(CD) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doubled down on continued U.S. support for Saudi Arabia to continue its devastating war on Yemen. Pompeo's comments to CNN on Saturday come days after the U.S. Senate advanced legislation to bring an end to U.S. involvement in the 3-year war, as a United Nations official warned that "Yemen is on the brink of a major …

Yemen Be Damned, Pompeo Doubles Down on US Support for Saudi Arabia

At Least 206 Civilians Killed in November by US Airstrikes in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-03
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a new report over the weekend summarizing the massive civilian death toll of US-led airstrikes against a handful of eastern towns in Syria. At least 206 civilians were killed in November in those strikes. The strikes center on three towns and some adjoining villages under ISIS control along …

At Least 206 Civilians Killed in November by US Airstrikes in Syria

Homeland Security Will Let Computers Predict Who Might Be a Terrorist on Your Plane — Just Don't Ask How It Works
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-12-03
The software, developed under contract, will be given to foreign governments. It is already being tested. | The post Homeland Security Will Let Computers Predict Who Might Be a Terrorist on Your Plane — Just Don't Ask How It Works appeared first on The Intercept.
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Street at Saudi Arabia's US Embassy May Soon Be Renamed 'Jamal Khashoggi Way'
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-03
(MEE) — Local officials in a Washington, DC, neighbourhood have unanimously voted to rename a street outside Saudi Arabia's embassy in honour of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The measure now goes to Washington's city council, which will decide on the advisory commission's measure to rename a stretch of road going past the expansive embassy building in …

Street at Saudi Arabia's US Embassy May Soon Be Renamed 'Jamal Khashoggi Way'

"Stop the Tears" Rally in Palo Alto
photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. | indybay.org | 2018-12-03
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.
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San Mateo Peace Action: "Do Not Tear Gas Them"
PWCTR | indybay.org | 2018-12-03
photos by Wesley Chang | please credit the photographer…
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Homelessness and Mental Illnesses Decreases Life Expectancy
Nicole Bendana | indybay.org | 2018-12-03
The alarming news about homelessness and mentally ill community in California. Bringing awareness and staring discussions.
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The Migrant Caravan: Canadian and US Business Interests Place Profits over People in Central America
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
"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 … | The post The Migrant Caravan: Canadian and US Business Interests Place Profits over People in Central America appeared first on Global Research.
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US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Kill Prospects for Arms Control
Andrei Akulov | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
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 … | The post US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Kill Prospects for Arms Control appeared first on Global Research.
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In Defense of 'Conspiracy Theories': From 'Fake News' to the Art World
Max Parry | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
"To remain innocent may also be to remain ignorant." ‚Äï John Berger, Ways of Seeing | This November 22nd marked fifty-five years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Perhaps no other major incident in U.S. history has generated more … | The post In Defense of 'Conspiracy Theories': From 'Fake News' to the Art World appeared first on Global Research.
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Tanzania Orders Destruction of Monsanto / Gates' GM Trials Due to Illegal Use for Pro-GM Propaganda
African Centre for Biodiversity | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
Tanzanian civil society organisations (CSOs) welcome the decision of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mathew Mtigumwe, to bring an immediate stop to all ongoing GM field trials taking place in the country. These are … | The post Tanzania Orders Destruction of Monsanto / Gates' GM Trials Due to Illegal Use for Pro-GM Propaganda appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Understanding NATO's War on Yugoslavia. Historic Interview with Sean Gervasi
Sean Gervasi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
I spoke to Sean Gervasi on several occasions prior to his untimely death in June 1996. His incisive understanding of the process of breakup of Yugoslavia, not to mention its cruel aftermath was far-reaching. According to Gary Wilson, "Gervasi … | The post Video: Understanding NATO's War on Yugoslavia. Historic Interview with Sean Gervasi appeared first on Global Research.
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U.S. Police Departments Cancel Israeli Training
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2018-12-02
Due to pressure applied by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Northampton Police Department and the Vermont State Police both abandoned the yearly training trip to Israel, Middle East Monitor reported Sunday. First held in 2002, the "Resilience and Counter-Terrorism" program is a 7 day conference in which …

U.S. Police Departments Cancel Israeli Training

Selected Articles: Killing the Prospects for Arms Control
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
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, … | The post Selected Articles: Killing the Prospects for Arms Control appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Rwanda. The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) against the Hutu
Jambo Asbl | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
This video talks about crimes committed against Hutu, before, during and after the genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. | Talking about (and/or seeking Justice for) these crimes should not be considered as neither an act nor an attempt to deny, minimise, … | The post Video: Rwanda. The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) against the Hutu appeared first on Global Research.
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Debt, Death, and the US Empire
Antonius Aquinas | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
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 … | The post Debt, Death, and the US Empire appeared first on Global Research.
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Journey into Obsolescence: Australia's Adani Carmichael Mining Project
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-02
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 … | The post Journey into Obsolescence: Australia's Adani Carmichael Mining Project appeared first on Global Research.
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Iran Hails Oil-For-Goods Deal With South Korea
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-02
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, […] | The post Iran Hails Oil-For-Goods Deal With South Korea appeared first on The Iranian.
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If You Murdered A Bunch Of People, Mass Murder Is Your Single Defining Legacy
Caitlin Johnstone | iranian.com | 2018-12-02
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 […] | The post If You Murdered A Bunch Of People, Mass Murder Is Your Single Defining Legacy appeared first on The Iranian.
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New American Sanctions, And How Iran May Respond
Viktor Mikhin | iranian.com | 2018-12-02
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 […] | The post New American Sanctions, And How Iran May Respond appeared first on The Iranian.
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UN: War's Impact on People with Disabilities
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-02
(New York) — On December 3, 2018, United Nations Security Council members will shine a spotlight on the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. People with disabilities have been invisible on the peace and security agendas of many countries around the world but are among the people most at risk during conflicts and humanitarian crises. | More than one billion people worldwide, or about 15 percent of the global population, have a disabi…
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George H.W. Bush and the Middle East: How His Legacy Lives On
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-02
(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 …

George H.W. Bush and the Middle East: How His Legacy Lives On

In Democrats' First Bill, There's a Quiet Push to Make Public Campaign Finance a Reality
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2018-12-02
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 be bestowed with the symbolic designation of HR1. The program, based on Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes's " Government By the People Act of 2017," would offer subsidies for individuals who want to make small contributions…
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Watch: Addiction, Depression, and the Opioid Epidemic: What Are They Telling Us? A Discussion With Johann Hari
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-12-02
Disturbing trends in these areas reveal crucial signals — warning signs — that explain many of the most consequential political changes. | The post Watch: Addiction, Depression, and the Opioid Epidemic: What Are They Telling Us? A Discussion With Johann Hari appeared first on The Intercept.
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The Bushes: Fathers and Sons ( With Apologies to Turgenev)
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-01
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 ?…
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US Bombing Kills 30 Civilians in Afghanistan as US-Led War Enters its 18th Year
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-01
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. | The post US Bombing Kills 30 Civilians in Afghanistan as US-Led War Enters its 18th Year appeared first on The Real News Network.
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George H.W. Bush, the CIA and a Case of State-Sponsored Terrorism
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-01
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 ?…
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Taking a Bush Secret to the Grave
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-01
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 ?…
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Eye-opening look at the dark side of the 'aid industry'
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-01
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…
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Special counsel, Democrats step up pressure on Trump over Russia, Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-01
This week's moves by Mueller highlight the reactionary character of the Democratic Party's opposition to the right-wing Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

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

The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-12-01
Hagiographies neglect to mention that Bush's presidency included a racist drug war, the Willie Horton ad, and massive civilian deaths in Iraq. | The post The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump and the USMCA: From Free Trade to Gassing Migrants
Garry Leech | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-30
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…
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