2018-12-07: News Headlines

Jasmine Aguilera (2018-12-07). Lessons From South of the Border. counterpunch.org President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric hasn't just infected U.S. politics. Now it's made its way south of the border. As a caravan of hundreds of migrants arrive in Tijuana, some residents there have started taking up Trump's ideology. Juan Manuel Gastélum, the mayor of Tijuana, has been seen wearing a red "Make Tijuana Great Again" baseball More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-07). Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq. counterpunch.org At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil fields, clotting the air with poisonous clouds of black smoke and saturating the ground with swamps of crude. It was justly called an environmental war crime. More

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-07). Foreign Ministry Issues Complaint to ICC over Investigation into Israeli Crimes. imemc.org Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki, presented a complaint, on Wednesday, to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, for procrastination in opening an investigation into Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people. The ministry said, in a statement, that al-Malki expressed his disappointment to Bensouda …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-12-07). NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters. globalresearch.ca The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward. | The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating the protocol for passing through …

teleSUR (2018-12-07). Conservatives Weaken Prospects of Global Compact for Migration. telesurenglish.net The member countries of the United Nations (UN) will meet, on Dec. 10, in Marrakech, Morocco to adopt the 'Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.' This will be the first non-binding multilateral document on the subject of migration. | RELATED: | 81 Migrant Children Separated from Families by US Since June | United Nations Migration representative Louise Arbor warned non-signatory countries that they should analyze "where [their attitude] leaves them as internationa…

teleSUR (2018-12-07). UN: 3,300 Exodus Migrants Have Sought Asylum in Mexico. telesurenglish.net Around 3,300 people who have entered Mexico in caravans since October are currently seeking asylum in the country as many flee violence and persecution, according to a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). | RELATED: | Caravan Couple Awaits Asylum Bid After Son's Birth in US | Many who are part of a mass exodus f…

Paul Street (2018-12-07). The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler. counterpunch.org The prolonged nationally televised commemorations of the racist, corporatist, and imperialist killers John McCain and George H.W. Bush — both privileged sons of the United States military industrial complex — have been nauseating for any decent and historically knowledgeable human being to behold. But the national rituals attached to the deaths of these monstrous butchers More

John Duncan (2018-12-07). The History of War: What the 'Neocon Chickenhawks' Have Wrought. One Trillion on US Military Spending. globalresearch.ca The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end World War I has generated a lot of discussion and articles about the so-called "Great War." | Most of the neocon chickenhawks who so eagerly led us into the disastrous …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-07). Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq. mintpressnews.com If George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Bill Clinton are still casting about for a legacy, there's a grim one that will stay around for an eternity.

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-07). Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff. counterpunch.org The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is More

Steve Hendricks (2018-12-07). What If We Just Buy Off Big Fossil Fuel? A Novel Plan to Mitigate the Climate Calamity. counterpunch.org As the nations of the world are gathered in Poland to fret about the state of the climate, there's an unpleasant truth—one might say an inconvenient truth—that climate advocates have long refused to face: Big Fossil Fuel has beaten us. We've done our damnedest to stop them from wrecking the climate, but they're nonetheless pulling More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-07). The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian. counterpunch.org "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 that would have consequences on a range of fronts featuring President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul More

teleSUR (2018-12-07). Myanmar: 3 Peace Activists Jailed For 'Defaming' the Military. telesurenglish.net A Myanmar court jailed three activists Friday for defaming the military during anti-war protests. A judge in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state, found two men and one woman guilty of defamation, sentencing them to six months in prison and a fine of US$320 each. | RELATED: | Bangladesh Creating Island 'Prison Camps' for Rohingya Refugees | Lum Zawng, Nang Pu, and Zau Jat took part in demonstrations in war-torn Kachin in April, when an army offensive against ethnic minority gue…

Jimmysllama (2018-12-07). A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico. mintpressnews.com Credico has taken a beating from both sides of the political spectrum, with the left blaming him for Donald Trump's ascension to the White House while the far-right has condemned him for the troubles that seem to be brewing for Trump and their fallen hero, Roger Stone.

Alison Weir (2018-12-07). In 1991 George H.W. Bush Took on the Israel Lobby, and Paid for It. mintpressnews.com In 1991 President George H.W. Bush held up a $10 billion loan guarantee to Israel over Israel's continued settlement building. Bush won the battle, but eventually lost the war, a lesson that politicians have remembered ever since…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-07). The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia's Anti-Encryption Law. globalresearch.ca Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, when …

Daniel Falcone (2018-12-07). Noam Chomsky Turns 90. counterpunch.org I want to wish a happy birthday to Professor Noam Chomsky, who turns 90. He was born in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, PA and received a Deweyite education as a youngster. He often states that the progressive education he received in his formative years was so effective that he didn't even realize that he was a More

Jennifer Matsui (2018-12-07). Dead of Night Redux: A Zombie Rises, A Spook Falls. counterpunch.org Instead of participating in a televised gathering of un-dead presidents and plutocrats for a Deep State funeral, we should be watching 'Dead of Night' (1974). It's hard to think of another film that so precisely (and presciently) envisioned the unintended consequences of war, namely its pox on casualties and survivors alike. So just what does More

Shane Quinn (2018-12-07). Mainstream Media Assaults on Freedom of Speech. "The Truth" is No Longer "Important" globalresearch.ca The New York Times unveiled a new slogan early in 2017 titled, "The truth is more important now than ever." It has acquired a seemingly noble motto but a perhaps contentious one if we examine the Times' recent history. Two …

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-07). Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff. counterpunch.org The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is not More

teleSUR (2018-12-07). US and Israel Fail to Win UN Support to Condemn Hamas. telesurenglish.net The United Nations rejected a United States draft resolution condemning Hamas Thursday, a move the Palestinian government celebrated as a signal of a shift in international alignment towards the support for Palestinian rights. | RELATED: | Hamas Military Leader Killed in Gaza Strip | "It is a slap in the face for the United States which is just pursuing the foreign poli…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2018-12-07). Exposing the Crimes of the CIAs Fair-Haired Boy, Paul Kagame, and the Rwandan Patriotic Front. counterpunch.org Rwanda has served as an important metaphor in American foreign policy for the failure to act to intervene in genocide. Presidents ordering bombing attacks or Special Forces operations have frequently said that they could not allow another Rwanda on their watch. According to Samantha Power's Pulitzer-prize winning book, A Problem From Hell: America in the More

Rob Urie (2018-12-07). Degrowth: Toward a Green Revolution. counterpunch.org The Americanism that people will never voluntarily give up the consumption that is killing the planet represents the triumph of a long con. The problem that consumed (apologies) economists in the early twentieth century was how to get people to want the stuff that capitalism produces. Past the point of meeting basic needs, people really More

Motasem Dalloul (2018-12-07). The Significance of the US Israel Failure at the UN General Assembly. mintpressnews.com The US and Israel exerted a lot of effort in trying to ensure that the resolution was passed because while General Assembly resolutions are non-binding on member states, they are considered to be a barometer of world opinion.

Dean Baker (2018-12-07). An Inverted Bond Yield Curve: Is a Recession Coming? counterpunch.org An NYT article on the stock market's plunge also noted that the yield curve, defined as the gap between the interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds and two-year notes, is close to being inverted. The interest rate on 10-year bonds was just 0.12 percentage points higher than the interest rate on 2-year notes. The piece More

David Rosen (2018-12-07). The Swamp Stinks: Trump & Washington's Rot. counterpunch.org Corruption is endemic to the American political system and gets uglier when rooted in a sexual scandal. During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would "drain the swamp" of Washington's corrupt politics. In one of his numerous Tweets, he promised: "I will Make Our Government Honest Again — believe me. But More

Nick Pemberton (2018-12-07). The Case For Chuck Mertz (Not Noam Chomsky) as America's Leading Intellectual. counterpunch.org Noam Chomsky turns 90! Congratulations Professor. Even at his advanced age, Mr. Chomsky remains the second smartest person in America. The smartest is Chuck Mertz. Now I have no idea when Chuck's birthday is, but it does seem likely that he was born about the same time as Christ (both guys have a flair for More

Andrew Levine (2018-12-07). Thoughts on Strategy for a Left Opposition. counterpunch.org The time to resume using words like "resistance" and "revolution" in philosophically sound and historically accurate ways was long ago. And while the Sanders campaign deserves praise for bringing the word "socialism" back into mainstream political discourse, for reasons other than to disparage it, some precision would be welcome in that domain as well. For More

Wafa Aludaini (2018-12-07). 13-year-old Gaza Artist Shot by Israeli Soldiers While "Calling for Our Basic Right to Live a Decent Life" globalresearch.ca Majd al-Madhoun, a young, 13-year old Palestinian artist, was shot for the second time by an Israeli soldier while protesting peacefully in the Great March of Return protest near the fence which separates Gaza from Israel. Majd's first …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-07). Israeli Government-Linked Creative Community for Peace's Confidential Report. imemc.org 12/06/18 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / US, UK The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights continues to make long strides in effectively challenging Israel's regime of occupation and apartheid. The cultural boycott of Israel is supported by thousands of artists around the world, with pledges to uphold …

Ajamu Baraka (2018-12-07). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! counterpunch.org "…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." These are the words in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated 70 years ago on December 10, 1948. They were More

F. William Engdahl (2018-12-07). Gene Editing and "Genetically Modified Humans": China's "Golem Babies". There Is Another Agenda. globalresearch.ca The shocking news that a team of scientists working in China have managed to gene-edit the DNA of recently-born human twins to allegedly make them genetically immune to a HIV infection is more than bizarre and irresponsible. It suggests that …

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-07). New Trump Immigration Rule Could Devastate Rural Hospitals. truthout.org This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. | According to a recent report, the Trump administration's proposed change to what's known as the "public charge" immigration rule would endanger $17 billion in Medicaid reimbursements for hospitals across the United States. This could threaten some rural hospitals, which are already facing an epidemic…

Ralph Nader (2018-12-07). New Book about Ethics and Whistleblowing for Engineers Affects Us All! counterpunch.org It's tough to be an engineering student these days, with so many new developments in modern technology and technological knowledge. The course curricula are more crowded than ever and the impact of emerging technologies is monumental. Some engineering professors worry that their students' busy course schedules prevents them from adequately exploring the liberal arts. Without More

teleSUR (2018-12-07). OPEC: No Agreement to Cut Global Oil Production Yet. telesurenglish.net The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will resume discussions Friday in Vienna, Austria to reach an agreement regarding cutting the global oil supply in 2019. | RELATED: | OPEC, Russia to Decide Daily Global Oil Output Cut | On Thursday, OPEC tentatively agreed to an oil output cut. However, the energy organization could not decide on concrete reductions as it was awaiting Russia's definitions. | Iran, which came under U.S. sanctions in November, was also holding up a f…

Robert Hunziker (2018-12-07). The Deathly Insect Dilemma. counterpunch.org Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature's normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary. Moreover, there is no quick and easy explanation for this sudden emergence of massive loss around the More

Dan Kovalik (2018-12-07). The Return of the Nicaraguan Contras, and the Rise of the Pro-Contra Left. counterpunch.org According to our nation's paper of record, the New York Times, the Nicaraguan Contras re-activated some time ago in order to take on their old foe, Daniel Ortega, who had been re-elected in 2007 after a long hiatus of 17 years. One may recall that it was the pressure of the Contras, and their brutal More

Senator Tom Harkin (2018-12-07). Questions for Vice-President Bush on Posada Carriles. counterpunch.org REFERENCE: Vol. 134 No. 131 TEXT: [*S13037] Mr. [Tom]HARKIN [Senator, Dem. Indiana]. Mr. President, as the American people prepare to make their final judgment on the two Presidential candidates, they deserve to know where the candidates stand on important foreign policy issues. At the top of the list should be international terrorism and the candidate's More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-12-07). The Conspiracy Against Refugees. counterpunch.org Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America. In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the seemingly More

W. T. Whitney (2018-12-07). Two Years and Colombia's Peace Agreement is in Shreds. counterpunch.org Having negotiated for four years, the Colombia government on November 24, 2016 signed a peace agreement with guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Photo Source SSatMIT16 | CC BY 2.0 (FARC). Over 50 years of civil war had ended. The war took 200,000 Colombian lives and displaced seven million from their land. More

WSWS (2018-12-07). Former US State and Defense Department officials discuss prospects for nuclear war. wsws.org The Council on Foreign Relations' forum on "Do Nuclear Weapons Matter" was held against the backdrop of rising global military tensions.

WSWS (2018-12-07). More warnings of an Australian property market crash. wsws.org Sydney's house prices registered their sharpest monthly decline in 14 years, accompanied by rising mortgage stress and indications of a broader economic slowdown.

WSWS (2018-12-07). Canada arrests top Chinese executive for "sanctions busting" wsws.org The arrest and impending extradition to the US of Meng Wanzhou is a diplomatic and geopolitical provocation that has effectively blown up the US-China trade-war "truce" after less than a week.

Irina Slav (2018-12-07). Why Iraq Is Crucial To U.S. Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com Iraq, OPEC's second-largest oil producer and one of Iran's largest trade partners might come to enjoy even longer sanction waivers from Washington than the eight countries that scored a 180-day sanction relief last month. The reason: curbing Iran's influence over its neighbor is a long-term goal, not something that could be done with sanctions inside a […]

True Publica (2018-12-07). Brexit — Is the Final Tory Implosion Now Just Days Away? globalresearch.ca When considering Brexit and the current constitutional and political crisis Britain finds itself in, it is interesting to note some of the words in the 2002 Conservative chairwoman's speech to the party conference in Bournemouth. It included such phrases …

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Somali Journalist Critically Hurt in Car Bombing. hrw.org On Tuesday evening, veteran Somali journalist and media rights activist Ismail Sheikh Khalifa was critically wounded when a bomb planted in his car exploded in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Ismail was leaving the TV studio where he hosts a weekly show, when the bomb detonated remotely. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. | | | Somali journalist and media rights activist Ismail Sheikh Khalifa. | © Radio…

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Russia: Human Rights Defender Jailed. hrw.org | | Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomarev at an All-Russian convention on the protection of human rights. | © 2017 Anton Novoderezhkin\TASS via Getty Images | (Moscow) — A Russian court has unjustly jailed one of the founders of Russia's human rights movement for a Facebook post about a peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 5, 2018, a court in Moscow sentenced Lev Ponomarev, 77, to 25 days in jail for alleged repeated violat…

RT (2018-12-07). Trump warned of 'disaster' if he makes cuts to 2020 defense budget. rt.com A group of 70 lawmakers have urged President Donald Trump to avoid defense cuts that would see a whopping $733 billion budget requested by Pentagon downsized by about 5%, unless he wants to compromise US safety.

RT (2018-12-07). Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy award nominations with 8 nods, Drake has 7. rt.com Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for more Grammy awards than any other entertainer, with eight nods. Drake is trailing just behind, with seven nominations.

RT (2018-12-07). Amazon warehouse robot sends 24 human employees to hospital. rt.com Two dozen Amazon employees were hospitalized when one of their robot coworkers malfunctioned, spraying their workplace (and 30 more workers) with caustic bear repellent and putting one in critical condition.

kathy_f (2018-12-07). Australia should de-list PKK as a terrorist organisation. greenleft.org.au The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on November 22 that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was wrongly on the EU's list of terrorist organisations between 2014 and 2017. | The PKK is widely supported by Kurdish people as a legitimate liberation movement but has also been listed as a terrorist organisation by the US, Britain and Australia. | Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton re-listed the PKK as a terrorist organisation in June. This decision was based on inputs from ASIO and the Australian Government Solicitor. The PKK was initially listed in 2006 following a visit to Australia by the then…

peter_b (2018-12-07). Jury fails to agree on verdict in trial of Kurdish journalist. greenleft.org.au NSW Supreme Court judge Lucy McCallum discharged the jury on December 6 after it failed to agree on a verdict in the trial of Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan on "foreign fighter" charges under Australia's draconian "anti-terrorism" laws. | Lelikan denied this charge, insisting he was not a combatant but a journalist reporting on the Kurdish liberation struggle. | A February 15 hearing will be told if the prosecution intends to ask for a re-trial. Lelikan remains free on bail, with relaxed conditions. | The case had been going on for nine weeks, four of which have been taken up with the jury's deliberation. | Phi…

Jason Ditz (2018-12-07). Yemen Rivals Lash Out Before Peace Talks Begin in Sweden. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Yemen's high profile peace talks in Sweden are set to open, but already look to be on the brink of collapse, with both sides lashing out at one another, and Houthi officials openly questioning whether the talks are even serious and worth pursuing. The big stumbling block is that, having finally gotten both sides to the table to …

Robert Fisk (2018-12-07). Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org Can I be the only one — apart from his own sycophants — to find the sight of America's finest Republicans and Democrats condemning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi a bit sickening? "Crazy". "Dangerous". A "wrecking ball". A "smoking saw". These guys are angry. CIA director Gina Haspel, who was More

Whitney Webb (2018-12-07). While Israel Lobby Blocks BDS in Chile at the Local Level, National-Level BDS Looms. mintpressnews.com While Zionist groups celebrate the Valdivia outcome as a win, recent actions at the national level in Chile suggest that Chile could soon follow Ireland and become the next country to support BDS as a nation.

Gráinne Ní Aodha (2018-12-07). Brexit Threats: Tory MP Suggests Using Possible 'No-deal' Food Shortages in Ireland to Drop the Backstop. globalresearch.ca As UK Prime Minister Theresa May has just five days to try to rally support for her Brexit deal, a Tory MP has suggested using the possibility of food shortages to Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit to …

San Jose Peace & Justice Cente (2018-12-07). 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…

Revolution Books (2018-12-07). Discussion: New U.S. Climate Report: Dire Warning from the Scientific Community. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-06). New Film Warns Against Spain's Fascist History Repeating Itself. truthout.org A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets. Members of Spain's younger generation are too young to remember the brutal 40-year military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. But a remarkable new documentary titled The Silence of Others, or El Silencio de Otros, hopes to remind Spaniards of the country's fascist past, lest history repeat itself. The film follows several survivors of the Franco regime in their pursuit of justice. We speak with Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who, along with Robert Bahar,…

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 …

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 …

Democracy Now! (2018-12-06). "The Silence of Others": New Film Warns Against Spain's Fascist History Repeating Itself. democracynow.org A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets. Members of Spain's younger generation are too young to remember the brutal 40-year military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. But a remarkable new documentary titled "The Silence of Others," or "El Silencio de Otros," hopes to remind Spaniards of the country's fascist past, lest history repeat itself. The film follows several survivors of the Franco regime in their pursuit of justice. We speak with Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who, along with Robert Bahar…

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 …

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

teleSUR (2018-12-06). Brazilians Will Invade The Streets To Say 'Free Lula'. telesurenglish.net Around 80 social and political organizations, among them the Free Lula National Committee and the Popular Brazil Front, have called people to take the streets of Sao Paulo, and other cities of Brazil, to claim for the freedom of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. | RELATED: | Brazil: Former President Lula's Historic Speech In Full | The demonstration starting…

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

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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

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.

teleSUR (2018-12-06). OAS Head Almagro Seeks Re-Election With US, Colombian Support. telesurenglish.net After the governments of the United States and Colombia expressed their support, Luis Almagro announced his intentions to run for reelection as Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) 2020, continuing with its current trend in regional policy | RELATED: | OAS Chief Threatens Military Force Against Venezuela | On his Twitter account, Almagro said on Thursday he "accepted the responsibility" conferred to him by the U.

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.

teleSUR (2018-12-06). Venezuelans Are Ready for Sunday's Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net Venezuela enters the last day of electoral campaigns Thursday ahead of Venezuela's municipal elections. On Dec. 9, Venezuelans will head to the polls to elect over 4,000 municipal representatives across the country. | RELATED: | Putin Meets Maduro, Denounces Intervention in Venezuela | Almost 21 million people are enabled to vote in Sunday's election, including 230,000 residents. There are over 13,000 candidates from 21 national political parties, 11 regional parties, five nationa…

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-06). Russia: US Wants To Establish Kurdish Entity North Of Syria. iranian.com Russian Chief of Staff, General Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov on Wednesday has accused the United States of trying to establish a quasi-state entity for Syrian Kurds that is independent of Damascus on the eastern Euphrates River. "The situation on the eastern Euphrates River is escalating, where the US, using the Syrian Kurds, is trying to create […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). 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 […]

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," […]

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 […]

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…

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…

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…

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). 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. |

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.

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