2018-12-08: Social Media Postees

Yemen: Houthis Urge Transitional Gov't With All Parties
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
The Houthi's main negotiator, Mohammed Abdusalam, said Saturday that any political solution to the Saudi-led war on Yemen should start with outlining a transitional period with an exact timeframe that should include all political parties. | RELATED: | Yemen: Peace Talks Start in Sweden, Aim to End a 'Catastrophe' | Abdusalam also said the city of Hodeidah should be declared a "neutral zone" and that the United Nations could play a role in managing the Sanaa airport. His comments wer…
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Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-12-08
In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read…
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Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-08
As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue | The post Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Auschwitz Survivor Supports BDS: 'I Have Experienced Fascism'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
Auschwitz survivor, 94-year-old Esther Bejarano, expressed support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement because she has "experienced what fascism is." | RELATED: | This is What Solidarity Looks Like: Major BDS Victories in 2018 | Bejarano was sent to Auschwitz in the early 1940s. She escaped death thanks to her musical talents and mixed Jewish-Aryan ancestry. After World War II she emigrated to Palestine but 15 years later she returned to Ger…
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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-08
From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord | The post Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018 appeared first on The Real News Network.
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China's Ban on Imports of "Foreign Garbage": No More of Your Junk
Adam Liebman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Last year, China announced a ban on imports of 'foreign garbage'. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman explains why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our … | The post China's Ban on Imports of "Foreign Garbage": No More of Your Junk appeared first on Global Research.
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OPEC, Allies Agree to Cut Oil Production Despite US Pressure
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC oil producers led by Russia agreed Friday to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day (bdp) from January 2019, despite pressure from the U.S. President Donald Trump to not decrease global oil supply. | RELATED: | OPEC, Russia to Decide Daily Global Oil Output Cut | The block will lower its prod…
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France's Yellow Vest Rebellion: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
Richard Galustian | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
There has always been a tradition of rebellion and revolution in France. | The above headline is the instantly recognised phrase that is the most significant National motto of France. | Not only the obvious famous 18th Century Revolution, but in the … | The post France's Yellow Vest Rebellion: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité appeared first on Global Research.
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The Deathly Insect Dilemma. "It is not Normal for 50%-to-90% of a Species to Drop Dead"
Robert Hunziker | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
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 … | The post The Deathly Insect Dilemma. "It is not Normal for 50%-to-90% of a Species to Drop Dead" appeared first on Global Research.
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US Led War in Somalia: U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Airstrikes Allegedly "Against Terrorists"
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Somalia has been the focus of oil and natural gas exploration. This coupled with its geographically strategic location on the Indian Ocean and near the Gulf of Aden, which is one of the most lucrative shipping lanes in the world,… | The post US Led War in Somalia: U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Airstrikes Allegedly "Against Terrorists" appeared first on Global Research.
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Canada Arrests Meng Wanzhou, CFO of HuaWei, China's Global Cell Phone Competitor
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
It is clear the US is pushing the battle line to our door … We can completely regard the US arrest of Meng Wanzhou as a declaration of war against China." | So read an editorial in the Global Times … | The post Canada Arrests Meng Wanzhou, CFO of HuaWei, China's Global Cell Phone Competitor appeared first on Global Research.
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Towards a Russia-Pakistan Railway Corridor?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
The establishment of a financial consortium and joint working group between the railway administrations of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan could one day lead to the creation of a Russia-Pakistan (RuPak) railway via Central Asia that would complement the … | The post Towards a Russia-Pakistan Railway Corridor? appeared first on Global Research.
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Italy: Several Minors Dead in Nightclub Stampede
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
Italian authorities are reporting that six people have died and some 100 others injured following a nightclub stampede Saturday. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Tear Gas Explosion, Stampede at Caracas Nightclub Leaves 17 Dead | Reports are that a substance similar to pepper spray was released in the Lanterna Azzurra venue, causing panic and a subsequent stampede, according to Italian fire officials and ANSA news agency. | "Team's engaged in rescue in a disco. Perhaps because o…
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Trump Regime "Revolving Door" Changes: William Barr as Attorney General
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Trump has nominated former Bush Senior attorney general (from 1991 — 1993) William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as AG, saying he was his "first choice since day one." | Barr confirmed acceptance of the nomination, the post requiring Senate confirmation, … | The post Trump Regime "Revolving Door" Changes: William Barr as Attorney General appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump Made Illegal Hush Payments, US Prosecutors Find
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
United States President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, federal prosecutors said Friday. Prosecutors also detailed an attempt by a Russian individual to assist the Trump campaign, which was previously unknown. | RELATED: | Trump Organization Showered in Subpoenas in Emolument Lawsuit | In court fi…
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US billionaires fuelling hard-right cause in Britain
George Monbiot | zcomm.org | 2018-12-08
Dark money enables very rich people and corporations to influence politics without showing their hands…
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Indigenous Governor, Edwin Dagua, Murdered in Colombia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
The Colombian senator and Indigenous leader Feliciano Valencia confirmed Friday that Edwin Dagua, governor of the Indigenous territory Huellas, in the department of Cauca, was murdered. | RELATED: | Colombia: Awa Community Mourns Loss of Two Social Leaders | "Today the cowards, murderers, the state's politics of death and its neoliberal model of extermination took your life but your seed will sprout and we will honor your name comrade," the statement issued by the Regional Indigenous…
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Germany Faces Rail Strike After Wage Negotiations Failed
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
Germany's EVG railway workers' union plans to stage warning strikes over the Christmas period after wage talks with rail operator Deutsche Bahn broke down Saturday. | RELATED: | Amazon Workers Strike in Spain and Germany on Black Friday | Germans can expect heavy delays starting Monday, when the strike is set to begin. "Warning strikes will now be the unavoidable consequence," said EVG leader Torsten Westphal in a statement. The union represents around 200,000 railway-related worker…
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Queer, Gifted, and Black: Janelle Monae Nominated for Grammys
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
Musician and activist Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer has been nominated for Album of the Year and her song "PYNK" for Best Music Video at 61st Annual Grammys. The awards will be announced Feb. 10. | RELATED: | Peru: 'Wiñaypacha' First Film in Aymara Recommended to Oscars | Monae, who comes from a working class background, came out as queer in an interview with Rolling Stone the same month she released her third studio album and a 46-minute companion film by the same name she refers t…
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Energy Transfer and Big Banks Lost Billions From Dakota Access Pipeline
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-12-08
Roughly four years ago, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) filed a federal application to build a 1,172 mile oil pipeline from North Dakota's Bakken shale across the US to Illinois at a projected cost of $3.8 billion. | Before that application was filed, on September 30, 2014, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met with ETP to express concerns about the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) and fears of water contamination. Though the company, now known as Energy Transfer, had re-routed a river crossing to protect the…
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Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-12-08
Although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster…
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The Hague to Review Humanitarian Crimes Suit Against Peña Nieto
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-08
The Hague will move forward to review a lawsuit against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to Gilberto Lozano, founder of the National Citizen Congress. | RELATED: | Mexico: Peña Nieto Sends Last Message To Nation On Twitter | Peña Nieto is accused of being responsible for crimes against humanity and systematized corruption in the atrocities involving or committed in Tlatlaya, Apatzingan, Tanhuato, Ostula and Iguala regions. | "The office is analyzing the allegations id…
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'Decimated': Germany's Birds Disappear as Insect Abundance Plummets 76%
Morgan Erickson-Davis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Originally published by Mongabay.com and Global Research on November 2, 2017 | A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany's flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country's bird abundance has | … | The post 'Decimated': Germany's Birds Disappear as Insect Abundance Plummets 76% appeared first on Global Research.
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How George HW Bush's 1989 invasion of Panama set the stage for US wars to come
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-08
The death of George H.W. Bush has dominated the U.S. news for days, but little attention has been paid to the defining event of Bush's first year in office: the invasion of Panama. On December 19, 1989, Bush Sr. sent tens of thousands of troops into Panama, ostensibly to execute an arrest warrant against its leader, Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. General Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and on the CIA payroll. | In a nationally televised address, Bush claimed the invasion was needed to defend democracy in Panama. During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped w…
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Former Trump campaign adviser targeted by Mueller for his appearances on RT
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
London-based academic Ted Malloch has come under scrutiny by Russiagate investigators for his appearances on RT, the Guardian reports. Malloch denies the claim. | …
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Mueller accuses Manafort of 'multiple discernible lies' & plea violation
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort of making false statements in the "Russiagate" investigation, including about a man Mueller insinuated might be a Russian spy. | …
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FISA abuse accusations 'nonsense' says Comey, dodging dossier question
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
Former FBI Director James Comey called "nonsense" the accusations that the bureau or Department of Justice acted inappropriately in obtaining a warrant to spy on the Trump presidential campaign. | …
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Trump's attempt to revive asylum ban struck down in appeals court
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
Trump's bid to delay efforts pulling the plug on his asylum ban have been thwarted by a San Francisco court, signaling a major loss in the Trump administration's ongoing battle over immigration policy. | …
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Free Syrian Army And Other Rebel Groups Claim Iranian Troops Disguising As Russians To Trick Israel
SouthFront | iranian.com | 2018-12-08
Colonel Mustafa Bakkor, a spokesman for Jaysh al-Izza, claimed that Iranian forces in northern Hama are raising Russian flags over their positions in order to "protect themselves from Israeli bombardment." "All the military positions of the Assad regime in the norther Hama countryside are hosting Iranian militias from the 313 Brigade –Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps […] | The post Free Syrian Army And Other Rebel Groups Claim Iranian Troops Disguising As Russians To Trick Israel a…
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A Brilliant Comedy Set By The Very Talented Omid Djalili
The Iranian | iranian.com | 2018-12-08
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Washington's Incoming UN Ambassador Sign Of Declining Diplomatic Clout
Ali Harb | iranian.com | 2018-12-08
Nikki Haley has been described as moderate, pragmatic, powerful and fearless – and for two years, the outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations spearheaded some of US President Donald Trump's most nationalistic and controversial policies on the world stage. On Friday, Trump revealed Haley's replacement at the international body, confirming that he intends to appoint US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, […] | The post Washington's Incoming UN Ambassador Sign Of Declining Diplomatic Clout appeared firs…
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Netanyahu, Facing Legal Battle, Claims 'Witch Hunt'
Asia Times | iranian.com | 2018-12-08
There were no surprises on Sunday as the Israeli police recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of public trust charges in yet another corruption investigation case. The police allege that as communications minister, Netanyahu ordered the ministry to improperly favor the interests of Israeli communications […] | The post Netanyahu, Facing Legal Battle, Claims 'Witch Hunt' appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Significance Of The US Israel Failure At The UN General Assembly
Motasem Dalloul | iranian.com | 2018-12-08
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. US-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and other Palestinian factions has failed to get the […] | The post The Significance Of The US Israel Failure At The UN General Assembly appeared first on The Iranian.
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U.S. Wants Huawei CFO To Face Fraud Charges — Court Hearing
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-08
U.S. prosecutors want a top executive of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to face charges of fraud linked to the skirting of Iran sanctions, a Vancouver court heard on Friday. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 46, who is also the daughter of the company founder, was arrested on Dec. 1 at the request of the United […] | The post U.S. Wants Huawei CFO To Face Fraud Charges — Court Hearing appeared first on The Iranian.
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Trump's Pick for Attorney General Pushed for Military Strikes on Drug Traffickers, Questioned Asylum Law
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-12-08
President Donald Trump's pick to serve as his next attorney general, William Barr, pushed repeatedly to expand the role of the military to strike drug traffickers during his last stint at the Justice Department, while serving in President George H.W. Bush's administration. | "Oh, yes, using the military in drugs was always under discussion. I personally was of the view it was a national security problem. I personally likened it to terrorism," Barr recalled during an oral history…
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How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2018-12-08
The killing of a CIA agent in Greece was used to thwart reforms as Bush became the first openly partisan director of the spy agency in 1976. | The post How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA appeared first on The Intercept.
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French government threatens bloody crackdown on "yellow vest" protest
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-08
Amid rising popular support for demonstrations against austerity and inequality, French officials are warning they will stop at nothing to halt the protests.
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Mueller lauds former Trump lawyer Cohen for providing "useful and relevant" information
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-08
The central concern of the Democrats is to force Trump to assume an even more belligerent and aggressive posture toward Moscow.
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Wall Street Journal warns of stock "stampede"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-08
The longest bull market in history has rested on the suppression of the class struggle by the trade union bureaucracy, which is breaking apart.
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Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen Is No Friend of the Yemeni People
Colonel Ann Wright | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
While the press has closely followed the Senate efforts to stop US support for the Saudi war in Yemen in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a December 4 Senate Foreign Affairs Committee meeting introducing Donald Trump's nominee … | The post Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen Is No Friend of the Yemeni People appeared first on Global Research.
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Saudi Arabia: The Sacred Relationship
San Jose Peace & Justice Cente | indybay.org | 2018-12-08
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Discussion: New U.S. Climate Report: Dire Warning from the Scientific Community
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2018-12-08
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NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-07
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 … | The post NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters appeared first on Global Research.
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A Two-Pronged Policy Needed to Stem the Flow of Migrants: Poverty Alleviation, Economic and Social Development
Prof. Alon Ben-Meir | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-07
To dramatically slow the flow of illegal immigration and even end it does not rest on building walls or sending troops to the border, or by heartlessly snatching children from their mothers' arms, or by incarceration, deportation, or prosecution. A … | The post A Two-Pronged Policy Needed to Stem the Flow of Migrants: Poverty Alleviation, Economic and Social Development appeared first on Global Research.
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Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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.
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The Deathly Insect Dilemma
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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The History of War: What the 'Neocon Chickenhawks' Have Wrought. One Trillion Annual Military Spending
John Duncan | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-07
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 … | The post The History of War: What the 'Neocon Chickenhawks' Have Wrought. One Trillion Annual Military Spending appeared first on Global Research.
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The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
"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…
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Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou Faces Iran Fraud Charges, Court Hears
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-07
The chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been charged with fraud for allegedly breaking U.S. sanctions on Iran. | RELATED: | Canada Arrests Huawei CFO by US Request, Tensions Rise, Stocks Fall | Meng Wanzhou, daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver, B.C. Saturday and faces extradition to the U.S. | The court is yet to decide whether or not to allow bail, while China has demanded Ms Meng's release, insisting she has not violate…
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Noam Chomsky Turns 90
Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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Two Years and Colombia's Peace Agreement is in Shreds
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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.
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Gene Editing and "Genetically Modified Humans": China's "Golem Babies". There Is Another Agenda
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-07
The shocking news that a team of Chinese scientists have managed to gene-edit the DNA of recently-born human twins is more than bizarre and irresponsible. It suggests that certain researchers are making dangerous experiments to create ultimately the eugenics master dream: custom-designed humans. | The post Gene Editing and "Genetically Modified Humans": China's "Golem Babies". There Is Another Agenda appeared first on Global Research.
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Thoughts on Strategy for a Left Opposition
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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The Return of the Nicaraguan Contras, and the Rise of the Pro-Contra Left
Dan Kovalik | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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The Case For Chuck Mertz (Not Noam Chomsky) as America's Leading Intellectual
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia's Anti-Encryption Law
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-07
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 … | The post The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia's Anti-Encryption Law appeared first on Global Research.
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Wages Are Growing, But Involuntary Part-Time Workers Are Increasing
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-12-07
The annual rate of wage growth in last quarter compared to the prior quarter was 3.3 percent. | The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 155,000 jobs in November, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7 percent. With a modest downward revision to the job growth reported for the prior two months, the average over the last three months was 170,000, a clear slowing from the 204,000 average rate over the last year. Both the overall and prime age (ages 25–54) employment-to-population ratios (EPOP) were unchanged in November at their highs for the recovery. | Within the prime-age population t…
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The Nauseating Spectacle of George H.W. Bush's Funeral
Dan O'Sullivan | truthdig.com | 2018-12-07
You will often find mentioned, in history books recounting the grim march of the 20th century, the 1910 funeral of King Edward VII. A clownish panoply paraded through the streets of London: nine monarchs, a small army of minor royals, a wire fox terrier named Caesar. These honored guests, the great potentates of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Strelitz, were already dead, and did not know it. Ridiculous relics of an age that had already elapsed–of swordsmen, doffed hats, and fur-hatted hussars–their kind would soon be incinerated in the trenches of World War I. | The same stench is in the air over…
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With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
While many may welcome the deplatforming of far-right provocateurs, the deplatforming of certain individuals from social media and crowdfunding platforms is a slippery slope that, in the past, has translated into the censorship of dissident voices and independent media. | The post With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship appeared first on MintPress News.
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Bolsonaro Abolishes Human Rights Ministry For 'Family Values'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-07
The transition team of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has named the evangelical pastor Damares Alves – an ardent critic of the abortion rights movement, as the future minister of human rights, family and women, which will also oversee indigenous communities and their territories. | RELATED: | Brazilian President-Elect Adds 5th Military Man to Cabinet | Alves, currently an adviser of an evangelical group of legislators and far-right senator and pastor Magno Malta, has been pa…
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Questions for Vice-President Bush on Posada Carriles
Senator Tom Harkin | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
REFERENCE: Vol. 134 No. 131 TEXT: [*S13037] Mr. [Tom]HARKIN [Senator, Dem. Iowa]. 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…
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
"…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…
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The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq
Jeffrey St. Clair | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
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. | The post Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq appeared first on MintPress News.
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Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map. | The post Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship appeared first on MintPress News.
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What If We Just Buy Off Big Fossil Fuel? A Novel Plan to Mitigate the Climate Calamity
Steve Hendricks | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Photo Source Food & Water Watch | CC BY 2.0 | 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 carbon from the ground in wondrous quantities. It was once astonishing that in the U.S. alone they could extract 55 quadrillion BTUs worth of oil, gas, and coal each ye…
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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of CNN Offices
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-07
NEW YORK — Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation of CNN's offices in New York. | Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. | Police said the building was evacuated and building security did a preliminary search. Police units then swept the building with the NYPD bomb squad on standby. | Outside the building, CNN's Brian Stelter and Don Lemon continued to broadcast. Lemon said fire alarms rang and a loudspeaker told…
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The Conspiracy Against Refugees
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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13-year-old Gaza Artist Shot by Israeli Soldiers While "Calling for Our Basic Right to Live a Decent Life"
Wafa Aludaini | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-07
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 … | The post 13-year-old Gaza Artist Shot by Israeli Soldiers While "Calling for Our Basic Right to Live a Decent Life" appeared first on Global Research.
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Degrowth: Toward a Green Revolution
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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An Inverted Bond Yield Curve: Is a Recession Coming?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
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. | The post A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico appeared first on MintPress News.
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New Book about Ethics and Whistleblowing for Engineers Affects Us All!
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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In 1991 George H.W. Bush Took on the Israel Lobby, and Paid for It
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
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… | The post In 1991 George H.W. Bush Took on the Israel Lobby, and Paid for It appeared first on MintPress News.
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Unist'ot'en Camp is Under Threat in Northern Canada
Macdonald Stainsby | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
I've been asked this so many times. It's the question that often flusters a social justice organizer working in North America. If I had to guess, I'd say I've been fielding this question since being involved in so-called "anti-globalization" protests of the late nineties. It seemed such a rude question to ask– I mean, why…
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The Swamp Stinks: Trump & Washington's Rot
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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:…
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Dead of Night Redux: A Zombie Rises, A Spook Falls
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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The Significance of the US Israel Failure at the UN General Assembly
Motasem Dalloul | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
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. | The post The Significance of the US Israel Failure at the UN General Assembly appeared first on MintPress News.
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Jury fails to agree on verdict in trial of Kurdish journalist
peter_b | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-07
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…
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Australia should de-list PKK as a terrorist organisation
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-07
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…
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Poland Denies Entry to Environmental Activists to Attend Climate Talks
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-07
When I traveled to Poland to attend the United Nations climate conference yesterday, I passed through immigration without any problems. But not all representatives of civil society groups participating in the negotiations have been that lucky. | Women climate change activists demand respect for rights at Paris Agreement signing ceremony outside the United Nations in New York, April 2016. | © 2016 Katharina Rall/Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch is aware of at least 13 people whom Polish authorities, over the pas…
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Russia: Human Rights Defender Jailed
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-07
Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomarev at an All-Russian convention on the protection of human rights. | © 2017 Anton Novoderezhkin\TASS via Getty Images | Update: On December 7, the Moscow City Court reduced Ponomarev's sentence to 16 days detention, after hearing an appeal in his case. | (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, Hum…
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Somali Journalist Critically Hurt in Car Bombing
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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Family Planning Scholar Arrested on Vague Accusations in Tehran
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-07
Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. | © 2012 Reuters | Two academics with ties to Australian universities are among those arrested or required to go to a police station to face questioning in Iran during a weeks-long crackdown. The Iranian authorities claim those arrested used scientific projects as a cover to infiltrate Iran and create obstacles for the country's plans to increase its birth rate. The accusation is another use by Iranian authorities of the vaguely defined wo…
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Trump warned of 'disaster' if he makes cuts to 2020 defense budget
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-07
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. | …
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Prosecutors request 'substantial term of imprisonment' for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-07
Trump lawyer turned federal informant Michael Cohen may be going to jail for a long time. New York prosecutors and "Russiagate" special counsel Robert Mueller both released their separate sentencing recommendations on Friday. | …
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy award nominations with 8 nods, Drake has 7
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-07
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. | …
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Russia Agree To Slash Oil Output Despite Trump Pressure
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-07
OPEC and its Russia-led allies agreed on Friday to slash oil production by more than the market had expected despite pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce the price of crude. The producer club will curb output by 0.8 million barrels per day from January while non-OPEC allies contribute an additional 0.4 million bpd […] | The post Russia Agree To Slash Oil Output Despite Trump Pressure appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran Agrees To OPEC Oil Cut
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-12-07
Iran gave OPEC the green light today to reduce oil output by around 0.8 million barrels per day from 2019 after finding a compromise with rival Saudi Arabia over a possible exemption from the cuts, an OPEC source said. Tehran has emerged as a key sticking point for a deal but sources said the difficulties were […] | The post Iran Agrees To OPEC Oil Cut appeared first on The Iranian.
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Why Iraq Is Crucial To U.S. Sanctions On Iran
Irina Slav | iranian.com | 2018-12-07
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 […] | The post Why Iraq Is Crucial To U.S. Sanctions On Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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Let's Talk About George H.W. Bush's Role in the Iran-Contra Scandal
Arun Gupta | theintercept.com | 2018-12-07
Hagiographies of the late president neglect his role in a secret war in Nicaragua and illegal weapons sales to Iran for the release of hostages. | The post Let's Talk About George H.W. Bush's Role in the Iran-Contra Scandal appeared first on The Intercept.
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Yemen Rivals Lash Out Before Peace Talks Begin in Sweden
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-07
(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 …

Yemen Rivals Lash Out Before Peace Talks Begin in Sweden

Former US State and Defense Department officials discuss prospects for nuclear war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-07
The Council on Foreign Relations' forum on "Do Nuclear Weapons Matter" was held against the backdrop of rising global military tensions.
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Canada arrests top Chinese executive for "sanctions busting"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-07
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.
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Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
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…
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Sean Penn Smeared In Arabic Press As "Muslim Brotherhood" Agent
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-12-07
The October 2 murder of dissident Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is still shrouded in some mystery despite extensive leaks by Turkish intelligence and the CIA/ NSA. The Arabic press is reporting that actor Sean Penn has shown up outside the consulate where Khashoggi was murdered with a film crew of ten. They are […] | The post Sean Penn Smeared In Arabic Press As "Muslim Brotherhood" Agent appeared first on The Iranian.
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While Israel Lobby Blocks BDS in Chile at the Local Level, National-Level BDS Looms
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
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. | The post While Israel Lobby Blocks BDS in Chile at the Local Level, National-Level BDS Looms appeared first on MintPress News.
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Brexit Threats: Tory MP Suggests Using Possible 'No-deal' Food Shortages in Ireland to Drop the Backstop
Gráinne Ní Aodha | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-07
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 … | The post Brexit Threats: Tory MP Suggests Using Possible 'No-deal' Food Shortages in Ireland to Drop the Backstop appeared first on Global Research.
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