2018-12-06: News Headlines

STAFF (2018-12-06). GOP Mum After Election Fraud Exposed in North Carolina. truthdig.com The Republican Party and President Donald Trump have spent a lot of time issuing hysterical, racist, and evidence-free warnings about the prevalence of "voter fraud" in the U.S. as a pretext to roll back voting rights, but the GOP has been conspicuously silent after what has been described as a clear case of election fraud was discovered in North Carolina's 9th congressional district (NC-09), where a Republican candidate edged out his Democratic opponent by just over 900 vote…

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-06). Why Is GOP Silent Over Real Election Fraud in North Carolina? truthout.org The Republican Party and President Donald Trump have spent a lot of time issuing hysterical, racist, and evidence-free warnings about the prevalence of "voter fraud" in the US as a pretext to roll back voting rights, but the GOP has been conspicuously silent after what has been described as a clear case of election fraud was discovered in North Carolina's 9th congressional district (NC-09), where a Republican candidate edged out his Democratic opponent by just over 900 votes.

Glen Ford (2018-12-06). All US Presidents, Living and Dead, Are War Criminals. globalresearch.ca Especially at state funerals, media and politicians pretend that US presidents are honorable men, instead of the mass murderers that all of them become in office. | "The US has caused the deaths of 20 to 30 million people since World …

South Front (2018-12-06). Video: Netanyahu Kicks Off War on Hezbollah 'Attack Tunnels' in Northern Israel. globalresearch.ca On December 4, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they had launched Operation Northern Shield in order to "expose and neutralize" alleged Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels heading from Lebanon to Israel. | According to the Israeli side, the IDF eliminated …

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-06). Is the Israeli Military Operation Along the Border With Lebanon for Real? theantimedia.com (MEMO Opinion) — The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) announced suddenly on Tuesday morning the start of a massive military operation along the border with Lebanon. The reason, said the IDF, is to search for "offensive" tunnels dug by Hezbollah which, according to a report on Israeli Army Radio, are "penetrating Israeli soil and have been prepared for carrying out terror …

Kathy Kelly (2018-12-06). Seeing Yemen from Jeju. counterpunch.org Several days ago, I joined an unusual skype call originated by young South Korean founders of "The Hope School." Located on Jeju Island, the school aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea. Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close More

CP Editor (2018-12-06). Jeff Tweedy "I Know What It's Like" counterpunch.org

David Stansfield (2018-12-06). The Nasty Rich. counterpunch.org Are rich people really nastier than poor people? That's what Berkeley psychologists Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner set out to discover a few years back. They ran a number of studies looking at whether social class (as measured by wealth, occupational prestige and education) influenced how much we cared about the feelings of others. In one study, they More

Norman Solomon (2018-12-06). What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020. counterpunch.org Twenty-five years ago — when I wrote a book titled "False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era" — I didn't expect that the Democratic Party would still be mired in Clintonism two and a half decades later. But such approaches to politics continue to haunt the party and the country. The last two Democratic More

Global Research News (2018-12-06). Selected Articles: Truth and Human Rights vs. Fraud and Corruption. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as a research tool for future generations? Bringing you 24/7 updates from all …

Ed Meek (2018-12-06). At Sports University, We Support Our Troops. counterpunch.org We have a national obsession in the United States with sports. Sports and sports talk are on 24/7. According to Marketwatch, Americans spent $100 billion on sports last year, half of it on attending games. You can watch sports every night and all day on weekends. You can tune in to sports talk shows on NESN More

George Ochenski (2018-12-06). Warnings of Doom, Amid a Smokescreen of Denial and Distraction. counterpunch.org The Trump administration predictably tried to bury the dire warnings contained in the fourth National Climate Assessment by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving, when many people would be distracted by the mass consumption frenzy known as Black Friday. It didn't work, of course, since the findings were nothing short of warnings of doom if humanity More

Miranda Spencer (2018-12-06). Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems. fair.org USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the…

Tony Christini (2018-12-06). Who Will Run to Bernie's Left? counterpunch.org Who will it be? This is the one candidate missing from the 2020 Democratic Party primary for the Presidency of the United States. Dozens of candidates are said to be considering running or are already running for the 2020 Democratic primary, but none to the left of Bernie Sanders, who must be considered the prohibitive More

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-12-06). Operation #Northern Shield: Countdown to Another Israel-Hezbollah War? globalresearch.ca The State of Israel has conducted an operation to destroy tunnels on the Israeli side of the what is internationally known as the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted "We have just launched Operation …

Charles Pierson (2018-12-06). Yemen: 85,000. Dead. Kids. counterpunch.org In Yemen, a place where things couldn't get worse, things have gotten worse. 85,000 children under the age of five may have died during the war in Yemen, according to the international charitable group Save the Children. This figure was arrived at using data gathered by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Save the Children's November 20 press release states that the children died from "extreme hunger and disease." More

Joe Emersberger (2018-12-06). UK Labour's Fiscal Credibility Rule: Neoliberal Orthodoxy Dies Hard. counterpunch.org Joe Emersberger interviews economics professor Bill Mitchell about the British Labour party's fiscal credibility rule. Under Jeremy Corbyn, the UK Labour party has, to an unprecedented degree for party with a real chance at taking office in an industrialized country, embraced a left wing platform. Corbyn's shadow chancellor (finance minister) John McDonnell has recently provoked More

STAFF (2018-12-06). China Demands Canada Release Executive of Tech Giant. truthdig.com BEIJING — China on Thursday demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks. | Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd., faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, said she is suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran. | Huawei, the biggest global supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies, has been the target of deepening U.

Ajamu Baraka (2018-12-06). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! globalresearch.ca The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. | "If human rights are to have any incredibility, any "universal" applicability, any value, they …

Asad Ismi (2018-12-06). Pakistan's Government in Military Hands — Again? globalresearch.ca Imran Khan, Pakistan's leading ex-cricketer, became the country's prime minister in August after his political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), or the Pakistan Justice Movement, won an election marred by shocking violence—including two suicide bomb attacks in Balochistan province …

Caleb Maupin (2018-12-06). Hand Gestures or Human Lives? Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States. globalresearch.ca The contrived outrage regarding Putin's high five with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman obscures the fact that Russia-Saudi and the Saudi-US relations are completely different. | The US relationship with Saudi Arabia, a longstanding outrage among those who take US …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-06). Black communities denied $156 billion in property value says new Brookings report. therealnews.com "The pipes in Flint, Michigan could have been replaced 3,000 times with that money" says lead study author Dr. Andre Perry

Jack Heyman (2018-12-06). The Tragic Death of Byron Jacobs, Hero of the EGT Longshore Struggle. counterpunch.org Police attack ILWU pickets in Longview, Washington, 7 September 2011, as they block grain train to scab EGT facility. Byron Jacobs (in green cap) was thrown to the ground and arrested, along with 18 other unionists. Despite federal injunciton, the next day 800 union supporters seized the terminal. (Photo: Dawn Des Brisay/Flickr) Byron Jacobs, More

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-06). Yemenis Seek Asylum on Island That Resists US Militarization. truthout.org Several days ago, I joined an unusual Skype call originated by young South Korean founders of "The Hope School." Located on Jeju Island, the school aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea. | Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close to 500 Yemenis who have traveled nearly 5000 miles in search of safety. Traumatized by consistent bombing, threats of imprisonment and torture,…

PEDRO (2018-12-06). Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance. bdsmovement.net Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance: BNC StatementWhile Brazil's new president wants to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump moving the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro's new governor wants to buy Israeli waponized drones, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro's favelas' social movements call for a joint and global struggle against…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-06). Fortunate Son: How Neil Bush Succeeded in Business Without Really Trying. counterpunch.org Now, that ain't workin' That's the way you do it Get money for nothin' And your chicks for free. — Dire Straits, "Money for Nothing" His mother still called him Neilsie. He refers to his dad, the former president, as Gampy. Neil Bush may be the black sheep of the Bush family, but his relatives More

Dave Lindorff (2018-12-06). Demand an End to the Taxation of Social Security Benefits. counterpunch.org Social Security, the retirement program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democrats in Congress in 1936 as a cornerstone of the New Deal programs that were put in place to help Americans struggling with the Great Depression, has been under attack by Republicans ever since it began. In the early 1980s, they finally More

Eva Bartlett (2018-12-06). Syria's Grand Mufti Hassoun Discusses Peaceful Coexistence, Love, and an Inclusive, Nonsectarian Syria. mintpressnews.com "The difference between war in the name of religion and war for money or oil is that with war for oil, when you put your hand on oil wells, the war ends. When you control politics, the war is over. But when it comes to religion, here is the problem: the fight will go on for hundreds of years." — Syrian Grand Mufti Hassoun

Eds. (2018-12-06). Scientists warn the UN of capitalism's imminent demise. mronline.org Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We're transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet's environmental resources. | Source

David Swanson (2018-12-06). Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal. zcomm.org Wars and the preparations for more wars consume a huge amount of oil.

STAFF (2018-12-06). Dick Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Tops Golden Globe Nominations. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival "A Star Is Born," the interracial road-trip drama "Green Book" and the period romp "The Favourite." | "Vice" topped all contenders in the nominations that were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, including best picture, comedy and best actor nominations for Christ…

(2018-12-06). EPA Sued for Records of Andrew Wheeler Meetings with Oil Lobbyists. globalresearch.ca The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for refusing to release public records concerning meetings and communications with the lobbying firm Faegre Baker Daniels, the former employer of EPA Acting Administrator…

STAFF (2018-12-06). VA 'Shadow Rulers' Had More Influence Than Previously Thought. truthdig.com Newly released emails about the three Trump associates who secretly steered the Department of Veterans Affairs show how deeply the trio was involved in some of the agency's most consequential matters, most notably a multibillion-dollar effort to overhaul electronic health records for millions of veterans. | Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter, West Palm Beach physician Bruce Moskowitz and lawyer Marc Sherman — part of the president's circle at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida — reviewed a confide…

Prof. Nak-chung Paik (2018-12-06). South Korea's Candlelight Revolution and the Future of the Korean Peninsula. asia-pacificresearch.com

NationAction (2018-12-06). Demand an End to US Support for the War in Yemen. thenation.com Demand an End to US Support for the War in Yemen…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-06). The Vilification of Marc Lamont Hill Is a Violent Ploy. truthout.org Only in a warped world would Marc Lamont Hill be forced to defend himself for asserting the rights of Palestinians, a viciously oppressed refugee population, while the perpetrators of colonial violence — the Israeli state and its apologists — claim victimhood. | Hill, the progressive activist and journalist, was dismissed from his position as a CNN commentator in November after delivering a United Nations speech in which he called for Palestinian liberation "from the river to the sea." Critics pounced on the phrase, portraying it as…

Prof. Tom Huckin (2018-12-06). Failed Media Coverage of Extreme Weather Events: How to Hide Global Warming in Plain Sight. globalresearch.ca Extreme weather events are occurring more and more frequently, in line with scientists' prognostications about the increasingly-dire effects of global warming. Yet polls show that most Americans still do not take global warming seriously. What accounts for such a disconnect? …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-06). The Bomb That Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian. globalresearch.ca "This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the 'Hitler Diaries.'" — WikiLeaks, Twitter, Nov 27, 2018 | Those at The Guardian certainly felt they were onto something. It would be a scoop …

Massoud Nayeri (2018-12-06). France: The Next Move! Organize "Independently". There is no Middle "Progressive" Ideology. globalresearch.ca The next move for the French working people is to organize INDEPENDENTLY against a system that President Macron represents; a system that puts profit over people. This is possible only through unity with the closest allies, as well as the …

Paul Dobson (2018-12-06). Venezuela's PDVSA Honours Dividend Payments, Relaunches Plans for Refinery in China. venezuelanalysis.com The joint Venezuelan-Chinese Guangdong refinery, to be completed in 2021, will cost PDVSA some $3.81 billion and will refine 400,000 bpd.

Jipson John (2018-12-06). New Cold War & looming threats. mronline.org John Pilger, investigative journalist and documentary film-maker, talks about the U.S.' aggression in the Asia-Pacific region and the decline of its global dominance and says that a "new Cold War beckons isolation for the U.S. and danger for the rest of us". | Source

Ann Wright (2018-12-06). Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen is No Friend of the Yemeni People. mintpressnews.com Confirming Christopher Henzel as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis.

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-06). Chemicals on Our Food: When "Safe" May Not Really Be Safe. truthout.org Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies — all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be safe. But a new wave of scientific scrutiny is challenging those assertions. | Though many consumers might not be aware of it, every year, government scientists document how hundreds of chemicals used by farmers on their fields and crops leave residues in widely consumed foods. More than 75 percent of fruits and more than 50 p…

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-06). Germany Allocates $62m to Development Projects in Palestine. mintpressnews.com Germany allocated ‚Ǩ55 million ($62.5 million) to be dispersed to Palestinian development projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip in 2019. | Klaus Kramer, the head of division in the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, told reporters in Ramallah that it was agreed, in coordination with various ministries in the Palestinian government, that the money will go to mainly three sectors: sustainable economic development, infrastructure such as water projects and local governance, including projects with municipalities. | While the funds in the form of grants…

Korea Peace Network, Peace Treaty Now Network (2018-12-06). After More Than 6 Decades, It's Time to End the Korean War. thenation.com Korea Peace Network, Peace Treaty Now Network After More Than 6 Decades, It's Time to End the Korean War…

Whitney Webb (2018-12-06). "Persian Gulf of Tonkin" Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran? globalresearch.ca With the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident as historical precedent, there's a real possibility that the U.S. government could stage an incident in the Persian Gulf that would allow the Trump administration to push for military intervention in the Persian …

Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-06). Lying About Age: The Legal Efforts of Emile Ratelband. counterpunch.org Oscar Wilde famously warned that one should never trust a woman who revealed her true age; anyone so inclined to do so was bound to tell you anything. He also, in his characteristic stab at modern manners, suggested that no woman should be quite on the money about her age for another reason: "It looks More

Diana Johnstone (2018-12-06). Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal 'King' Macron. mintpressnews.com For centuries, the "left" hoped popular movements would lead to changes for the better. Today, many leftists seem terrified of popular movements for change, convinced "populism" must lead to "fascism." But it needn't be so, says Diana Johnstone.

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

RT (2018-12-06). Military action results in growing terrorism, US should pull out of Afghanistan — US veteran. rt.com Unlike 15 years ago, the Taliban is ready to talk with the US, which means peace is possible in Afghanistan, but now it depends on what the US will compromise on, anti-war activist and US military veteran Will Griffin said.

RT (2018-12-06). US demands Russia 'end or modify' missile it doesn't like to save INF treaty. rt.com Washington is demanding that Moscow scrap or modify a missile dubbed "non-compliant" with the landmark INF nuclear arms treaty by US intelligence. Russia has repeatedly said the missile falls well within the range allowed.

RT (2018-12-06). Standing against Soros: Facebook board defends COO Sandberg's decision to snoop on billionaire. rt.com Facebook's board of directors has defended COO Sheryl Sandberg's decision to conduct opposition research into liberal billionaire George Soros. Facebook was under intense scrutiny for running a PR campaign against the magnate. |

Sam Biddle (2018-12-06). Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Warning Against Facial Scanning With a "Dangerous History" theintercept.com Facial recognition has quickly shifted from techno-novelty to fact of life for many, with millions around the world at least willing to put up with their faces scanned by software at the airport, their iPhones, or Facebook's server farms. But researchers at New York University's AI Now Institute have issued a strong warning against not only ubiquitous facial recognition, but its more sinister cousin: so-called affect recognition, technology that claims it can find hidden meaning in the shape of your nose, the contours of your mouth, and the way you smile. If that sounds like something dredged up from the 19th cen…

Akela Lacy (2018-12-06). Pennsylvania Republicans, Thwarted in Court, Are Trying to Deny Seating the Democratic Winner of an Election. theintercept.com Republicans in Pennsylvania went to court during the midterm campaign to try to get Democratic candidate Lindsey Williams kicked off the ballot over alleged residency deficiencies. A judge threw their challenge out, and Williams went on to upset her opponent, flipping a seat tucked inside Conor Lamb's congressional district. | Now Senate Republicans, who still control the upper chamber despite losing five seats and the popular vote statewide, are trying to use the same residency argument to refuse seating the winner…

Middle East Eye (2018-12-06). Canada Arrests CFO of Chinese Telecom Giant for Violating US Sanctions on Iran. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Canada arrested China's Huawei Technology's chief financial officer for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Meng Wanzhou faces possible extradition to the US, WSJ added. A Canadian justice department spokesperson said she was arrested on 1 December. A Huawei spokesman said the arrest happened as Meng was transferring …

Jason Ditz (2018-12-06). US Commanders Seek Military Escalation in Afghanistan. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Increasingly resigned to the reality that the US simply isn't going to stumble into a military victory in Afghanistan, US military commanders are looking to redouble their efforts. The goal now is to not just kill people, but "shape the political environment" ahead of negotiations. Officials now see their goal increasingly as bolstering America's bargaining position in …

The Conversation (2018-12-06). US-China Trade War Truce: Two Reasons Why It's Going to Fail. theantimedia.com (CONVERSATION) — Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have agreed to a ceasefire in their increasingly painful trade war, yet their governments' differing depictions of the deal show just how far apart they really are. While the Trump administration emphasized trade issues such as a 90-day moratorium on raising tariffs and Xi's concession to buy "very substantial" amounts of U.S. goods, …

Jessica Corbett (2018-12-06). Robot Accidentally Sets Off Bear Spray, Sending 24 Amazon Workers to Hospital. theantimedia.com (CD) — At least one person was in critical condition and 24 were hospitalized after a robot accidentally punctured a 9oz. aerosol can of bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey on Wednesday, causing dozens of employees to experience trouble breathing. All told, 54 Amazon employees received medical attention because of the …

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-06). Yemen: Talks Should Address Rights Concerns. hrw.org | | Imports sit destroyed in a damaged warehouse at the port in Hodeida city, Yemen. | © November 2016 Kristine Beckerle / Human Rights Watch | Participants to the Yemen talks in Sweden should prioritize key human rights issues, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Mwatana Organization for Human Rights said today. The issues should include removing impediments to the free flow of humanitarian aid and vital commercial goods such…

WSWS (2018-12-06). Washington's ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war. wsws.org While charging Moscow with violating the accord, US imperialism's real aim is to build up its own forces for aggressive war against both Russia and China.

WSWS (2018-12-06). Hackers reveal British government's interference in Spanish politics. wsws.org Pitched as a defense of democracy against "misinformation," the Integrity Initiative does the opposite, spreading fake news against Russia to defend the interests of the UK and its imperialist allies.

Whitney Webb (2018-12-06). Exposing The Israel Lobby Groups Behind The "Political Lynching" Of Marc Lamont Hill. iranian.com The controversy that has resulted from Marc Lamont Hill's speech is just the latest iteration of a larger effort to silence advocacy for Palestinian rights in the United States, at a time when the Trump administration is set to reveal its Israel-centric "peace plan" that is set to be a disaster for Palestinians. After his […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-06). Buying Influence: More Details Of Saudi Lobby Plot In Washington Uncovered. iranian.com New details of lobbying by the Saudi government in the US show that efforts to influence American lawmakers were more extensive than initially thought. In June it was discovered that Saudi Arabia paid $270,000 to house lobby groups in Donald Trump's luxury hotel following his 2016 US presidential election victory. The payment was seen as further evidence […]

RFE (2018-12-06). Iran Moves Closer To Adopting Law Against Funding Terrorism. iranian.com Iran's parliament approved a tweaked draft law against funding terrorism on Wednesday which officials hope will bring Tehran closer to global standards and help remove it from investment blacklists as it faces renewed U.S. sanctions. The official news agency IRNA said lawmakers had included amendments requested by a powerful clerical body, which must vet all […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-06). Suicide Bomber Kills Three Outside Police Station In Iran's Chabahar. iranian.com A suicide bomber has set off an explosion outside a police station in the Iranian southern port city of Chabahar, killing at least three people and wounding 48, state TV has reported. "This morning a bomb inside a car exploded near a police station in Chabahar. Three people were killed and some others were injured," […]

RFE (2018-12-06). CFO Of Chinese Tech Giant Huawei Arrested In Canada For Violating U.S. Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com Canada has arrested Huawei's global chief financial officer in Vancouver, where she is facing extradition to the United States on suspicion she violated U.S. sanctions against Iran, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported on Wednesday. Meng Wanzhou, who is one of the vice chairs on the Chinese technology company's board and the daughter of company […]

The Iranian (2018-12-06). *Cough Cough* Just How Bad Was Tehran's Air Pollution This Past Wednesday? iranian.com *Cough Cough* Just How Bad Was Tehran's Air Pollution This Past Wednesday? On Wednesday, the weather in the Iranian capital Tehran was unhealthy for sensitive groups with air quality index standing at 144.

RFE (2018-12-06). Iran To Tighten Grip On Internet, Messaging Apps. iranian.com Some 95 members of Iran's parliament (Majles), including 22 prominent reformists, have tabled a motion on Sunday December 2 that would tighten Iranian government's grip on domestic and foreign messaging services. The reformists have been harshly criticized on social media for the move. The bill is to be annexed to article 67 of Iran's sixth […]

Tehran Times (2018-12-06). Two Iranians Nominated For World's Best Female Futsal Goalkeeper And Player. iranian.com Iran futsal custodian Farzaneh Tavasoli (pictured above) has been nominated as the Best Female Goalkeeper in the World. Tavasoli was a member of the Iranian team won the AFC Women's Futsal Championship in May for the second successive year. She helped Team Melli win back-to-back AFC Women's Futsal Championship titles. twitter.com/theafcdotcom/status/… Nominee For Best Female […]

James M. Dorsey (2018-12-06). US Senate Resolution Potentially Changes Middle East Dynamics. globalresearch.ca A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a "wrecking ball" and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "complicit" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially could change the …

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-06). Turkey: Seek UN Inquiry on Khashoggi. hrw.org | | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. | © 2018 Cemal Ka≈üƒ±kà߃± | (New York) — Turkey should formally submit a request to the UN secretary-general to establish an international, independent investigation into Saudi Arabia's murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Human Rights Watch said today. | An international investigation under the authority of the secr…

San Jose Peace & Justice Cente (2018-12-06). Saudi Arabia: The Sacred Relationship. indybay.org San José Peace & Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Exp, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…

SPFPA Corruption News (2018-12-06). SPFPA fed raid (uncovers) SPFPA pres. Hickey (slept in the same room) with his daughter. indybay.org Source: Federal Agents who raided SPFPA President Hickey's home and Office | David Hickey SPFPA 2012 Fed investigation, Security union's leader probed for possible fraud, Detroit News article scrubbed, Allegations labor boss stole money from union whose members guard nuclear power plants NASA space center. What was not in the news was the fact when federal agents raided Hickey's home they uncovered Hickey slept in the same room with his youngest daughter with a sheet separating the two beds. This was verified by federal agents who entered the home. In addition federal agents found love letters between Hickey and…

Revolution Books (2018-12-06). Discussion: New U.S. Climate Report: Dire Warning from the Scientific Community. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

ACLU (2018-12-05). President Trump Is Accelerating the Militarization of the Southwest Border. aclu.org Under President Trump, the slide toward a fully militarized border between the U.S. and Mexico is happening rapidly to the detriment of civil rights. | For decades, the ACLU has fought back against the militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies and the use of the military in our communities. Nowhere is this militarization more pronounced than on the border between the U.S. and Mexico — and President Trump is only making it worse. | The creation of the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11 accelerated the government's operations on the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-05). Hatewatch Headlines 12/5/2018. splcenter.org Facebook lets users post about killing immigrants; Is ICE targeting activists? Tomi Lahren warns about 'caravan of diseases'; and more.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-05). Humanitarians Released on Bail in Greece. hrw.org | | Sean Binder, a search-and-rescue volunteer who helped migrants and asylum seekers at sea, has been detained in Greece on unfounded charges. © Private, 2018 | Four humanitarian activists who had been imprisoned on baseless charges in Greece were released on bail today by an investigative judge. The authorities should now drop the ridiculous charges against them. | Among those bailed is 23-year-old Syrian refugee Sarah Mardini. Mardini traveled by boat from Turkey to Greece in 2015. When the engine failed, she and he…

Chris Floyd (2018-12-05). Criminal History: BCCI, the Bushes … and Mueller. counterpunch.org As the newly dead George Herbert Walker Bush luxuriates in the accolades of America's bipartisan political/media establishment, I thought to look again at the article below, which I wrote in 2006, detailing one of the great glories of his great and glorious reign: the thwarting of the investigation into BCCI, "one of the largest criminal More

Eds. (2018-12-05). The ignored legacy of George H.W. Bush: war crimes, racism, and obstruction of justice. mronline.org THE TRIBUTES TO former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday aged 94, have been pouring in from all sides of the political spectrum. | Source

Ron Paul (2018-12-05). Trump Foreign Policy: Doing the Same Thing And Expecting A Different Result. iranian.com After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian […]

Julian Vasquez Heilig (2018-12-05). The Tide May Be Turning on Billionaire Backers of Charter Schools in California. progressive.org California's new superintendent of public instruction, Tony Thurmond, opposes the privatization of education.

Manlio Dinucci (2018-12-05). VIDEO: Por trás do ataque USA aos smartphones chineses. globalresearch.ca Depois de ter imposto pesadas tarifas aduaneiras ‚Äã‚Äãsobre as mercadorias chinesas atingindo 250 biliàµes de dólares, o Presidente Trump no G-20, aceitou uma "trégua", adiando outras medidas imediatas, sobretudo, porque a economia USA está a ser atingida pela retaliaàßà£o chinesa. …

Motasem Dalloul (2018-12-05). Analysts Doubt Authenticity of Israel's Military Operation Against "Hezbollah Tunnels. mintpressnews.com "Netanyahu recognizes that Israeli military activity inside Israel does not lead to a confrontation. All he wants is to cause some suspense about the operation to divert attention from possible corruption charges."

Mason D. Steiner (2018-12-05). What's Been Learned From The First World War? counterpunch.org I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -Albert Einstein Today marks the anniversary of the First World War closing. A war so horrible, that it's horrors still haunt a contemporary world. It was truly an era for the More

Stephen F. Cohen (2018-12-05). New Cold War Dangers. thenation.com New Cold War Dangers…

Alfred W. McCoy (2018-12-05). Five Academics Who Unleashed the "Demon" of Geopolitical Power. counterpunch.org As Washington's leadership fades more quickly than anyone could have imagined and a new global order struggles to take shape, a generation of leaders has crowded onto the world stage with their own bold geopolitical visions for winning international influence. Xi Xinping has launched his trillion-dollar "Belt and Road Initiative" to dominate Eurasia and thereby More

George Wuerthner (2018-12-05). In the Name of "Saving" the Sage Grouse, the BLM Wants to Destroy Its Habitat. counterpunch.org The Challis and Salmon BLM of central Idaho appear to be ready to destroy much of the sage grouse habitat in the Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, and Lost River valleys, ironically in the name of protecting sage grouse. As an ecologist, and someone who has studied both sagebrush and sage-grouse ecology, I find the proposal to crush More

Ted Rall (2018-12-05). The Amazing GWHB Hagiography. counterpunch.org Even by the recent can't-believe-your-eyes-and-ears standards of American elitist hagiography this week's over-the-top-of-the-top praise of George H.W. Bush was astonishing. What separated Bush41apalooza from such previous pseudo-griefathons as those for Ronald Reagan and John McCain was that there was so little to work with. Not that it stopped the media. I knew this was an More

Jonathan Cook (2018-12-05). Israel's New War of Attrition on Jerusalem's Palestinians. counterpunch.org 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. Israel immediately began building an arc of Jewish settlements on Jerusalem's eastern flank to seal off its Palestinian residents from their political hinterland, the West Bank. More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-05). Amid Middle East Realignment & Saudi Blockade, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC. therealnews.com Qatar is withdrawing from oil organization OPEC, while Saudi Arabia continues its blockade. Colonel Larry Wilkerson says this is part of a larger realignment in the Middle East, as Turkey exerts more influence

Dispatches from the Edge (2018-12-05). Iran: A Rumor of War. Such an Attack would be a "Leap into Darkness" globalresearch.ca 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. …

Whitney Webb (2018-12-05). "Persian Gulf of Tonkin" Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran? mintpressnews.com With the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident as historical precedent, there's a real possibility that the U.S. government could stage an incident in the Persian Gulf that would allow the Trump administration to push for military intervention in the Persian Gulf targeting Iran.

Juan Cole (2018-12-05). Saudi Crown Prince Loses Support of Key Republican Senators with CIA Briefing. mintpressnews.com Among the things Saudi Arabia wants from the United States is support for its war on Yemen and permission to buy from US arms corporations state-of-the-art military weaponry. Both things are now in peril, as key Republican senators reacted to a secret briefing by Gina Haspel, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. | Haspel gave her presentation to only 8, arbitrarily chosen senators. They included outgoing Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and the senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), b…

Firas Samuri (2018-12-05). On the Way to A Libyan Settlement? Khalifa Haftar and Fayez M. Al-Sarraj "Closed Meeting" on "The Sidelines" globalresearch.ca Another meeting on the Libyan settlement was held in Palermo, southern Italy, November 12-13. The leaders of the warring factions, EU and UN representatives, as well as the parties concerned, took part in the summit. | After two days of intense …

David Swanson (2018-12-05). Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal. counterpunch.org While U.N. figures suggest that it would take 1% of U.S. military spending to provide the world with clean drinking water, the United States could end the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history (in Yemen) for far less than that and far less than what it is spending to create the epidemic through the U.S.-Saudi More

Democracy Now! (2018-12-05). How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush's War on Iraq. democracynow.org As the media memorializes George H.W. Bush, we look at the lasting impact of his 1991 invasion of Iraq and the propaganda campaign that encouraged it. Although the Gulf War technically ended in February of 1991, the U.S. war on Iraq would continue for decades, first in the form of devastating sanctions and then in the 2003 invasion launched by George W. Bush. Thousands of U.S. troops and contractors remain in Iraq. A largely forgotten aspect of Bush Sr.'s war on Iraq is the vast domestic propaganda effort before the invasion began. We look at the way U.S. media facilitated the war on Iraq with journalist John "Ri…

Louisa Willcox (2018-12-05). Manifest Destiny and the Land Ethic: On Aldo Leopold, Escudilla and the Big White Bear. counterpunch.org Escudilla was once more than just a mountain. To Aldo Leopold, writing in Sand County Almanac, the massif in Arizona's White Mountains was defined by the grizzly bear, "the outstanding achievement of… the pageant of evolution." Leopold tells the tragic tale of how Old Bigfoot, one of the last grizzly bears in Arizona, was killed on Escudilla: "The government trapper who took the grizzly knew he had made Escudilla safe for cows. He did not know he had toppled the spire off an edifice a-building since the morning stars sang together… Escudilla still hangs on the horizon, but when you see it you no longer think…

Pepe Escobar (2018-12-05). Trump's Trade War with China May Have Paved the Way to a Post-G20 World. mintpressnews.com The ascendence of China and multilateral trading blocks could eventually spell the doom of the G20 and U.S. global dominance as we know it.

Kenneth Surin (2018-12-05). Newcastle, Australia: a Place of Contradictions. counterpunch.org I'm in Newcastle, a coastal port 117kms/73 miles north of Sydney, to participate in a conference on Chinese Marxism, organized by the University of Newcastle and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Newcastle is a place of contradictions. As Australia's leading port for the export of coal, Newcastle was at the forefront of the country's More

Manlio Dinucci (2018-12-05). VIDEO: Dietro l'attacco USA agli smartphone cinesi. globalresearch.ca Dopo aver imposto pesanti dazi su merci cinesi per 250 miliardi di dollari, il presidente Trump al G-20 ha accettato una ´tregua ª posticipando ulteriori misure, soprattutto perché l'economia USA è colpita dalla ritorsione cinese. Ma oltre alle ragioni commerciali ci …

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