2018-12-30: News Headlines

Federico Pieraccini (2018-12-30). The West Is in Disarray, and It Will Only Get Worse. Crisis of Political Leadership in US and EU. globalresearch.ca We are witnessing the withdrawal from Syria of the American military contingent, protests in France, the prospect of a British hard Brexit, the political decline of Angela Merkel in Germany, Netanyahu in crisis, and Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia …

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-30). "Sleeping with the Enemy" in Northern Syria? The Putin-Erdogan "Demilitarized Zone" globalresearch.ca They're strange bedfellows — Putin-led democratic Russia v. fantasy democracy Turkey under tinpot despot/wannabe sultan Erdogan. | The aims of both countries in Syria are world's apart, squaring the circle between them no simple task. | Last September, Putin let Erdogan deceive …

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-12-30). The Syrian Army Enters Manbij as Trump Follows Through on Withdrawal: Iraq Is Next. globalresearch.ca The US presidential plane landed in the darkness of the Iraqi military base of Ayn al-Assad in west Anbar with Donald Trump onboard. But by the time his plane took off three hours later, Trump left behind a protocol-political-parliamentary storm …

Juan Escalante (2018-12-30). 2018 Was the Year Donald Trump Declared Total War on Immigrants. commondreams.org "After enduring this year of fear, I'm afraid to even imagine what 2019 will bring," Escalante writes. (Photo: OverpassLightBrigade/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2018-12-30). Retired Gen. McChrystal slams 'immoral liar' Trump for pulling out of Syria, says ISIS on the rise. rt.com Retired General Stanley McChrystal became the latest military heavyweight to round on the US president for curtailing American army presence in Afghanistan and Syria.

Middle East Eye (2018-12-30). US Commanders Recommend Letting Syrian Kurds Keep US-Supplied Weapons. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US commanders planning for the withdrawal of their troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) be allowed to keep US-supplied weapons, four American officials have said, a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey. Three of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the recommendations were part of …

George Wuerthner (2018-12-30). Wolf Killing is an Unfair and Destructive Subsidy. counterpunch.org The killing of a wolf pup near Corral Creek outside Sun Valley, Idaho was done to protect John Peavy's business, Flat Top Sheep Company. Once again this raises the question of why public wildlife should be killed to increase the profitability of private enterprises operating on our public lands. It is especially disconcerting that Peavy More

teleSUR (2018-12-30). Venezuela Addresses Complaint on Duque Assassination Attempt. telesurenglish.net The Minister of Foreign Relations of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, informed that his government intends on cooperating in any investigations related to the possible assassination attempts on Colombian President Ivan Duque. | RELATED: | Venezuela Requests Extradition of Maduro Assassination Suspects | This Saturday, the complaint about the assassination attempt was communicated by the Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo. | Holmes Trujillo announced through a video on so…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-30). The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. commondreams.org "Despite the fact that the United States is the world's richest nation, it also has an unusually high level of poverty," Wittner writes. (Photo: Peace Education Center/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2018-12-30). Netanyahu: Brazil's Bolsonaro To Move Embassy to Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net During a meeting with members of the Jewish community in Rio de Janeiro, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Brazil will move its embassy to Jerusalem, with the date yet to be decided. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu' | In Netanyahu's own words, Bolsonaro told him that it was "when, not if," regarding the embassy move. | "We attach enormous importance to Brazil, and Brazil in the context of Latin America," the Israeli prime minis…

Michael Snyder (2018-12-30). 28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Note: 7 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, we bring to the attention of our readers this piece originally published in October 2013. The situation today is far more serious …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-30). "Environmental Buccaneering": Adani's Stalling Mega-Mining Project in Northern Australia. globalresearch.ca It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australia's political classes. Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job …

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-30). The Geopolitics of Border Walls and Fences. Russia's Crimea-Ukraine Fence. globalresearch.ca Walls are about exclusion, not inclusion, often falling way short of security they're built to provide. | The Great Wall of China fortifications is best known, construction begun over 2,000 years ago, most of it dating from the Ming dynasty (1368 …

Imtiaz Akhtar (2018-12-30). Reinventing Marxism for Our Times. globalresearch.ca Karl Marx (1818-1883) was one of the most prescient philosophers, whose influence is felt even today. It could be said about him that he is read wherever printed literature or optical fiber has reached. But what does Marx mean to …

Telesur (2018-12-30). Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu'. globalresearch.ca Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to deepen ties during a meeting Friday. However, Bolsonaro did not confirm whether his government will move the Brazilian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city …

Philip A Farruggio (2018-12-30). This Lie Called Democracy. globalresearch.ca Well, another year stumbles out the door and a new one is pushed in. This procedure is emulated by the consistency of this lie we call democracy. | Everybody participates in it. | The politicians who need the lie to get them …

Kristy Dahl (2018-12-30). Feeling Blue About Climate Change? You're Not Alone. commondreams.org Environmental protesters take part in a Greenpeace-organized march to call for the political and economic reforms needed to combat climate change while the COP24 summit takes place in Katowice, Poland. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-12-30). Iraq Is Next: Here's Why All US Troops Could Be Out By End Of Trump's 1st Term. iranian.com The US presidential plane landed in the darkness of the Iraqi military base of Ayn al-Assad in west Anbar with Donald Trump onboard. But by the time his plane took off three hours later, Trump left behind a protocol-political-parliamentary storm in Mesopotamia as Iraqi members of parliament requested the departure of the 5200 US forces […]

RT (2018-12-30). Foreign hackers disrupted distribution of multiple US newspapers — report. rt.com Foreign hackers reportedly crashed vital software at the Los Angeles Times and several other US newspapers, triggering delays in production and widespread distribution problems.

RT (2018-12-30). Yemeni toddler dies in US hospital days after desperate mother defeats travel ban to say goodbye. rt.com A heartbroken Yemeni mother, who fought for an American visa for months so she could see her dying son, got to spend just 10 days with him before the two-year-old passed away in a US hospital.

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-30). Furious Iraqi Politicians Demand Withdrawal of 5,200 US Troops. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Iraqi MPs have condemned the surprise visit of US President Donald Trump to American troops stationed in the country, calling for them to leave. MPs from the two largest parliamentarian blocs condemned Trump's visit, which was not arranged with the Iraqi government, considering it a "violation of Iraq's sovereignty". They also set a date to discuss …

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Six Iranians cross English Channel in inflatable boat from France. aljazeera.com Number of migrants making the risky crossing from France to UK in small boats since October continues to rise.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Damascus allows Iraq to hit ISIL targets in Syria: State media. aljazeera.com Syrian state media says Iraqi forces can now attack ISIL targets inside Syria without getting approval from Damascus.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Heavy rains, floods displace thousands of refugees in Syria. aljazeera.com Two days of torrential rain in northern Syria caused major flooding in Idlib and Aleppo.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Taliban dismisses Afghanistan's peace talk offer. aljazeera.com Taliban refuses to hold formal talks with the 'Western-backed' Afghan government next month in Saudi Arabia.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Colombia condemns 'plot' to kill president, arrests Venezuelans. aljazeera.com Minister says 'internal and external actors' were responsible for threats to President Ivan Duque's life.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Kim calls for more Korea talks with Moon in new year. aljazeera.com Kim's letter comes days before he is expected to announce major policy decisions and goals in a New Year's speech.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Russia's Putin says he is 'open for dialogue' with United States. aljazeera.com In a New Year's letter to US President Donald Trump, Putin says Moscow ready for dialogue on a 'wide-ranging agenda'.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Video shows bags believed to contain Khashoggi's remains: report. aljazeera.com Footage shows Saudi hit team carrying bags believed to contain body parts of murdered journalist, Turkish reports say.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Top 10 countries most at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019. aljazeera.com 2019 to be another arduous year for millions globally as wars, famines and other disasters loom over several countries.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Arif Alvi: 'We want peaceful relations with India'. aljazeera.com The Pakistani president talks about geopolitical dynamics, internal challenges and a peaceful outlook for the future.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Brazilian social group alleges witch-hunt since Bolsonaro's win. aljazeera.com Describing the Landless Workers Movement as 'terrorists', Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to crack down on the group.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Sudan's al-Bashir tells police to limit force against protesters. aljazeera.com UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals 'for calm and restraint' while calling for government probe into deaths.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Morocco: 15 suspects face judge over Scandinavian hiker murders. aljazeera.com Prosecution asks for terrorism probe of suspects linked to the beheading of two female tourists in Atlas Mountains.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Yemen truce: Houthi rebels give control of Hodeidah port to navy. aljazeera.com The transfer of the port of Hodeidah and two others is part of a peace deal reached in Sweden earlier in December.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Netanyahu: Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem. aljazeera.com Israeli leader claims Brazilian president told him that embassy relocation from Tel Aviv is a matter of 'when, not if'.

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2018-12-30). Journalist Peter Byrne on the 'Forever War'. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…

khubaka, michael harris (2018-12-30). 7th Day of Kwanzaa is Faith, Freedom is never Free… Honoring US Colored Troops. indybay.org Stockton Black Leadership Council, President, Ralph Lee White continues an amazing walk sharing his vision and actions that honor GOD for using a man with a Biblical name, Abraham, to provide leadership to free people of African ancestry from bondage. Genesis 15: 12-14 provides for a new way forward, seen in the scriptures.

Michael Steinberg (2018-12-30). Nuclear plant closures continue. indybay.org The pace of nuclear power plant shutdowns is increasing.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-30). Canada's Barbaric Policies Toward Native Peoples (2/2). therealnews.com MP Niki Ashton tells Paul Jay that Canadian government policy in Indigenous communities must be premised on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the principle of respect for free, prior, and informed consent in cases of land development

RT (2018-12-29). Pentagon mulls allowing Kurdish militias to keep weapons after US withdrawal from Syria — report. rt.com The Pentagon is considering allowing Kurdish fighters to keep their US-supplied weapons after American forces withdraw from northern Syria, breaking a promise it had made to Turkey, a media report reveals.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2018-12-29). 'No to $5 Billion, No to $2.1 Billion, No to $1.6 Billion': Progressive Groups Pressure Democrats to Reject Any Funding for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda. commondreams.org The ACLU and dozens of other advocacy groups urged Democrats to "reject any additional funding for detention beds, ICE and Border Patrol agents, or other harmful enforcement." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Madhuri Grewal, Chris Rickerd (2018-12-29). How to Fund the Government Without Paying for Trump's Border Wall. commondreams.org "Congress has a way out, and it doesn't involve rewarding the Trump administration for its attacks on immigrants," write Grewal and Rickerd. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Consortiumnews (2018-12-29). Local Forces Who Defeated ISIS in Syria Defend Their Territory. consortiumnews.com The outcry against Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria reveals an appetite for regional hegemony, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. It also minimizes the capacity of native militia to defend territory for which they fought and died. A Wise and… Read more →

Moon of Alabama (2018-12-29). Syria To Regain Northeastern Territory. Political Isolation Ends. iranian.com The fallout from U.S. president Trump's decision to retreat from Syria develops as expected. Trump had announced a rapid draw down of U.S. troops in Syria. Later he spoke of a controlled process that would allow Turkey to take over the U.S. occupied areas in northeast Syria. That plan, probably initiated by National Security Advisor John […]

RT (2018-12-29). Trump hasn't ordered Afghan troop withdrawal yet, WH official says. rt.com The US president has "no determination" to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, a White House official has said following media reports that suggested Donald Trump was considering bringing the American contingent home. |

Medea Benjamin (2018-12-29). On the U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan. zcomm.org "We want to challenge Donald Trump … by pointing out that he continues to support the war in Yemen and the repressive Saudi regime"

Sarah Abed (2018-12-29). The Decade-Long U.S. Campaign To Foment Syria's "Revolution" And Unseat Assad. mintpressnews.com As the US prepares to pull out of Syria, we revisit Sarah Abed's account of the US campaign to foment regime change in the country."

WSWS (2018-12-29). Syrian government troops deployed to flashpoint city of Manbij. wsws.org Turkey and Russia are staging high-level talks on the future of Syria's northeast following the US troop withdrawal.

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Russia and Turkey Prep Ground for US Withdrawal from Syria. telesurenglish.net Russia and Turkey agreed Saturday, during a high-level meeting in Moscow, to coordinate actions on the ground once the United States fulfills President Donald Trump's promise to withdraw troops from Syria. | RELATED: | Syrian Army Enters Manbij as YPG Withdraws, Asks for Protection | Both sides agreed that, whatever they do in Syria, they will respect the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, a promise that Ankara has not always complied with, especially when it comes…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-29). The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. zcomm.org Maybe those delirious crowds chanting "USA, USA" have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018: "The United States has the strongest military in the world," with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, Read more…

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Yemen: Houthis Retreat from Hodeidah Adhering to UN Peace Deal. telesurenglish.net Yemen's Houthi forces have started to redeploy from the port of the Red Sea city of Hodeidah Saturday as part of a United Nations-sponsored peace agreement signed in Sweden earlier in December. | RELATED: | Yemenis Hope 'Complete Calm' Holds As Ceasefire Begins | The redeployment of forces comes after Houthis agreed with the Saudi-backed government to implement a ceasefire in Hodeidah province and withdraw their respective forces. | Under the deal, international monitors are to be deploye…

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Brazil: Bolsonaro Promises Decree To Allow Gun Possession. telesurenglish.net Three days before being sworn-in, Brazil's far-right President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro stated on Saturday that he intends to sign a decree to allow people with no criminal record to buy guns. | RELATED: | Brazil: Groups Pledge to Oppose Bolsonaro's 'Hateful Rhetoric' | "By decree, we intend to guarantee the POSSESSION of firearms for the citizen without criminal ante…

teleSUR (2018-12-29). 600 Venezuelans Returning Home Through Government Plan. telesurenglish.net A total of 600 Venezuelans will arrive in Venezuela this Saturday, December 29, from Ecuador and Peru, thanks to a special working day of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria (Return to the Homeland Plan), launched and sponsored by President Nicolás Maduro's government. | RELATED: | 600 Venezuelans Return Home Thanks to Maduro's Patria Plan | Of those returning, 300 co…

STAFF (2018-12-29). Mass Extinction 252 Million Years Ago May Be Warning for Today. truthdig.com Ocean temperatures are beginning to approach levels that occurred during the Permian Era, when the majority of animals on earth were killed.

Victoria Grant (2018-12-29). Video: 13 Year Old Girl Victoria Grant: "Extreme Corruption" is the Cause of "Extreme Poverty" globalresearch.ca Victoria Grant focusses on extreme corruption in the banking system. | The death of children in the Middle East. | Power and Profit instead of people. | The banking structure is the cause of poverty. | Corruption prevails in the banking system, with the …

Fight Back (2018-12-29). Top Fight Back! articles of 2018: Deepening the struggle in the era of Trump. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – There was a high tide of struggle on many fronts in 2018. With so much going on, it can be easy to forget some of the things our movements have accomplished. That makes it all the more important to look back and review the lessons from this year's resistance so we can move forward stronger. | Since there were so many Fight Back! articles covering important struggles this year, there's no way we can include everything that was important in this review. So we'll do the best we can by highlighting five of the most popular articles from each month. | There were many excellent Fight Back! articles that…

Andrew Korybko (2018-12-29). 2019 Forecast for Afro-Eurasia. globalresearch.ca The fast-moving and full-spectrum paradigm changes catalyzed by the emerging Multipolar World Order accelerated in 2018 and are poised to continue dramatically reshaping Afro-Eurasian geopolitics across the next year. | The Significance Of End-Of-The-Year Strategic Forecasting | 2018 was the year when …

Yves Engler (2018-12-29). Imperialist Aggression against Venezuela: Canada Tries to Use International Law to Justify Interventionism. globalresearch.ca Like the shopkeeper in the Monty Python dead parrot sketch who insists a deceased bird is actually alive, imperialist aggression against Venezuela is turned into promotion of the "international rules-based order". | At the opening of the UN assembly in September…

Andrew Korybko (2018-12-29). Will 2019 Change the World Just Like 1979 Did? globalresearch.ca Five geopolitically seismic events forever changed the world back in 1979, and it's worth reminding everyone about them 40 years after the fact. | 2019 will mark exactly four decades since one of the most geopolitically seismic years of the 20…

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-29). US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in the New Year. The Danger of Nuclear War is Real. globalresearch.ca Washington's hegemonic aims represent the greatest threat to world peace and humanity's survival. | At his annual marathon Q & A news conference last week, Vladimir Putin warned about possible nuclear war, a growing threat because of Washington's reckless geopolitical agenda, …

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Egypt Kills 40 'Militants' After Deadly Bomb Attack Near Giza. telesurenglish.net Egyptian security forces killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the ministry of interior said Saturday, a day after a deadly bombing on a tourist bus in Giza killed four people. | RELATED: | Egyptian Court Orders Activist Amal Fathy's Release | The ministry did not say whether the suspected militants were connected to Friday's attack, but said its forces killed 30 people during raids on their hideouts in Giza where it said "terrorist elements" wer…

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Russia Slams Berlin and Paris Over Ukraine 'Demands'. telesurenglish.net Russia dismissed Saturday a statement by the leaders of France and Germany accusing it of using military force and carrying out illegitimate checks on Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea. | RELATED: | The UK and the US Ramp up Tensions with Russia over Ukraine | On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron demanded Moscow to release the 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured last month near the Kerch Strait, which adjoins Crimea and gives Ukrainian…

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu'. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to deepen ties during a meeting Friday. However, Bolsonaro did not confirm whether his government will move the Brazilian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city of Jerusalem. | RELATED: | Brazil: Groups Pledge to Oppose Bolsonaro's 'Hateful Rhetoric' | Netanyahu, a right-wing politician and the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil, visited Rio de Janeiro to meet with Bo…

Hassina MechaàØ (2018-12-29). "The Surgeon of Gaza": Providing Care to the Wounded of Palestine. globalresearch.ca French surgeon Christophe Oberlin has spent 17 years travelling to Gaza. He tells MEMO about the evolution of wounds throughout the years as a result of the changes in weaponry | * | He is nicknamed the "surgeon of Gaza". It was …

Juan Cole (2018-12-29). Biggest Stories of 2018: Israel Announced Apartheid, Shot Thousands of Civilians. globalresearch.ca 2018 was in many ways a turning point for the position of Israel in the system of Western, liberal, capitalist democracies. It had long sat uneasily among France, Britain, and the United States, inasmuch as it was founded on a …

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Yemeni Boy Whose Mother Fought Trump Travel Ban, Dies. telesurenglish.net Two year-old Abdullah Hassan, the Yemeni boy who struggled for life while his mother valiantly fought the Trump travel ban in order to see her son, has tragically passed away after being on life support for over a month. | RELATED: | Trump Travel Ban Prevents Yemeni Mother From Seeing Dying Son | Hassan succumbed to a genetic brain condition Friday at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations. | His mother,…

Harvey Wasserman (2018-12-29). The Green New Deal Promises Peace and Progress. zcomm.org Will Nuclear Advocates Undermine it?>

Ellen Brown (2018-12-29). Universal Basic Income Is Easier Than It Looks. globalresearch.ca Calls for a Universal Basic Income have been increasing, most recently as part of the Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and supported in the last month by at least 40 members of Congress. A Universal Basic …

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Saudi Arabia Recruited Darfur Children for War on Yemen: Report. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia recruited children from Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region to fight in the Yemeni war. | RELATED: | Yemen: UN Monitoring Team Arrives to Uphold Ceasefire | The kingdom offered as much as US$10,000 to Sudanese families facing economic hardship to enlist their children to fight against the Houthis in the now four-year-long war, the New York Times reported Friday. | "Families know that the only way their lives will change is if their sons join the war and bring them back money,"

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Brazil: Groups Pledge to Oppose Bolsonaro's 'Hateful Rhetoric'. telesurenglish.net Forty-six environmental groups, academic organizations, human rights organizations, labor unions, religious groups and other civil society organizations – in a statement Friday – have pledged to oppose any "hateful rhetoric and acts of violence, intimidation or persecution" by the incoming administration of Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Pompeo, Netanyahu To Meet At Bolsonaro's Swearing-In Ceremony | "President-elect [Bolsonaro] positions pose a serious threat to democracy, h…

The Iranian (2018-12-29). Last Sassanids And The Anti-Caliphate Alliance With Tang (Video). iranian.com The Sassanid Empire was weakened after the war of 602-628 against the Byzantine Empire and their defeats at al-Qadisiyyah and Nahavand at the hands of the Caliphate forces effectively ended the empire. Still, representatives of the House of Sasan continued resisting and found allies – the Tang dynasty in China.

James M. Dorsey (2018-12-29). U.S. Military Posture In The Persian Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes For Iran's Chabahar Port. iranian.com The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that the Trump administration's exemption of the port of Chabahar from sanctions against the Islamic republic would help it tighten economic relations with Central Asia and further regional integration. […]

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2018-12-29). Following Report on Saudi Use of Child Soldiers in Yemen, Anti-War Voices Offer This Reminder: American Tax Dollars 'Help Pay for It'. commondreams.org "Children paid to kill children. This is how our 'ally,' Saudi Arabia, wages its disgusting war in Yemen." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2018-12-29). Democratic operative who bragged about Russian bot 'false flag' issues contradiction-filled denial. rt.com The Democratic operative who boasted about orchestrating a "false flag" operation that used fake Russian bots to swing a US Senate race has issued a farcical denial in which he backpedals on his own publicly available statements.

WSWS (2018-12-29). Dozens killed in protests against austerity and repression in Sudan. wsws.org That Sudan's ruling elite has responded with such ferocity to these demonstrations testifies to the depth of the economic and political crisis.

WSWS (2018-12-29). Japan plans for massive military build-up aimed at China. wsws.org In clear violation of Japan's constitution, the Abe administration is proceeding with a pro-war agenda which will only further exacerbate tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

aljazeera (2018-12-29). Can Syria protect the Kurds?>. aljazeera.com Abandoned by the US and threatened by Turkey, the Kurds turn to Bashar al-Assad for protection.

aljazeera (2018-12-29). Two Saudi families purchased 62 Maltese passports: report. aljazeera.com Malta launched its controversial cash for passports scheme in 2013 to sell Maltese citizenship for $743,000.

aljazeera (2018-12-29). Two-year-old Yemeni boy whose mother sued US to see him dies. aljazeera.com Abdullah Hassan died on Friday in a hospital in Oakland, 10 days after her mother was granted a visa to visit him.

aljazeera (2018-12-29). Sudan professionals call for New Year's Eve march to presidency. aljazeera.com March to presidency, the second since protests began, coincides with Sudan's 63 years of independence celebrations.

Roy Gutman (2018-12-28). In Syria, U.S.-Backed Kurdish Fighters Face Trump's Withdrawal — and the Legacy of Their Own Mistakes. theintercept.com Cornered in Syria, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, has relied on forced conscription and police state methods in its governance.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2018-12-28). Syrian Kurds Throw Americans Under The Bus. iranian.com The Syrian government forces have entered the northern town of Manbij on the Turkish border earlier today. The Syrian military command announced in Damascus that the operation stemmed from the commitment to "impose sovereignty to each inch of Syrian territories and in response to calls of locals of Manbij city." The announcement reiterated Damascus' twin objective of […]

WSWS (2018-12-28). Trump's visit to Iraq and Washington's never-ending war in the Middle East. wsws.org Trump's buffoonish performance in Iraq carried one serious message: With or without troops in Syria, the decades-long US war for hegemony in the Middle East goes on.

Daniel Lazare (2018-12-28). Democrats and Neocons Are the Biggest Losers of Trump's Syria Withdrawal. truthdig.com The president has radically redrawn the Middle East with a single tweet. Here's who stands to benefit from his decision—and who does not.

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-28). How Critics of Trumps' Syria Withdrawal Fueled the Rise of ISIS. mintpressnews.com President Donald Trump's announcement of an imminent withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria summoned a predictable paroxysm of outrage from Washington's foreign policy establishment. Former Secretary of State and self-described "hair icon" Hillary Clinton perfectly distilled the bipartisan freakout into a single tweet, accusing Trump of "isolationism" and "playing into Russia and Iran's hands." | December 21, 2018 | Michelle Flournoy, the DC apparatchik who would have been Hillary's Secretary of Defense, Consortiumnews (2018-12-28). Critics of Syria Withdrawal Fueled Rise of ISIS. consortiumnews.com Too many of those protesting the removal of U.S. forces are authors of the catastrophe that tore Syria to pieces, reports Max Blumenthal for Consortium News. By Max Blumenthal Special to Consortium News President Donald Trump's announcement of an imminent… Read more →

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-28). Trump's Military Moves. counterpunch.org The establishment response to Trump's announcement that he plans to withdraw US ground forces from Syria borders on hysteria. Defense Secretary Jame Mattis resignation fostered a similar response. Most mainstream media is screaming that chaos now reigns in Washington and that decades of US alliances are being discarded. As has been noted by others, liberals More

Democracy Now! (2018-12-28). Headlines for December 28, 2018. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Set to Extend into 2019 over Border Wall Impasse, Mother of Migrant Boy Who Died in U.S. Custody Speaks Out, DHS Secretary Visits Border Amid Calls for Investigations into Migrant Children's Deaths, D.C. Judge Denies DOJ Request to Delay Deadline in Asylum Ban Case, Saudi Arabia: Cabinet Reshuffle Consolidates Power for Crown Prince, DRC: Political Unrest Ahead of Presidential Elections, Sudan: Deadly Anti-Government Protests Flare Amid Economic & Political Turmoil, PA Judge: Mumia Abu-Jamal Can Reargue Appeal in 1981 Police Killing Case, Ohio GOP Fails to Pass "Heartbeat Bill" But Kasich Signs Bil…

Jim Carey (2018-12-28). Ukraine Prepares for War with Russia. theantimedia.com (GPA) — While western media frets over Trump's withdrawal from Syria, Ukraine is trying to start a war with Russia. While much of the western media is fretting over the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from northern Syria there is another potential conflict brewing. This time, the trouble is, once again, coming …

Martin Berger (2018-12-28). Is There a Way Out of the Afghan Deadlock? globalresearch.ca Afghanistan has always been of particular interest to world powers and they would most certainly try to conquer it. But not for the sake of earning bragging rights, but to secure control over a bridgehead connecting the countries of Central …

ANIS SHIVANI (2018-12-28). Quit America! The Case for Moral Disengagement from American Politics. counterpunch.org "There are a lot of killers. What, you think our country's so innocent?" — Donald J. Trump, Feb. 6, 2017 There continues to be a gross underestimation, even amongst politically aware liberals, of what we are really up against, and how to counter it. Increasingly, our fellow citizens are resorting to the concepts of fascism More

Dawn Stover (2018-12-28). Facing Nuclear Reality: 35 Years after "The Day After" globalresearch.ca In 1982, a 40-year-old insurance salesman who sold policies to professional athletes traveled from his home in Lawrence, Kansas, to New York City on a business trip. Shortly before he left, Bob Swan, Jr.—the father of two young daughters, and …

David Cooper (2018-12-28). Over 5 Million Workers Will Have Higher Pay on January 1 Thanks to State Minimum Wage Increases. commondreams.org Raising the minimum wage is one of the most straightforward ways to lift pay for the lowest-paid workers in the economy. (Photo: SEIU) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-28). The Totem Thieves. counterpunch.org In 1899, railroad tycoon Edward Harriman put together an expedition of naturalists, scientists, painters and fellow robberbarons to explore the coast of southeast Alaska. The shrewd Harriman, head of the Union Pacific, even rented the services of John Muir, the father of environmentalism and founder of the Sierra Club, thus striking a bond between corporate villains and mainstream greens that thrives to this day. More

Joseph Natoli (2018-12-28). What is It About the American Character? counterpunch.org "What is it . . . about the American character that allows the long con of our politics to go on and on. . .?" — Ben Fountain, Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion and Revolution, 2018. What indeed can we say about the American character that clarifies the tribal state in which we now More

The Global Research Team (2018-12-28). Turning the Page on 2018: Our Hopes for the New Year. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | 2018 has been one of the toughest years GlobalResearch.ca has seen since its inception in 2001. "Telling the truth" is the object of outright censorship. Search engines and social media categorization highlight the corporate media narrative at the …

Miko Peled (2018-12-28). How Israel's Conscription Law Assaults its Own Ultra-Orthodox Community. mintpressnews.com Not unlike the Palestinian people whose stance against Zionism is anchored in historical and moral rights, the Haredi community's heroic stance on military conscription is anchored in faith and principle that no power has been able to defeat.

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-12-28). Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship. mintpressnews.com Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map.

Kim C. Domenico (2018-12-28). The Cure for White Supremacy Lies in Religion and Art. counterpunch.org For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard, there isn't any other tale to tell, and it's the only light we've got in all this darkness. — James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues I believe that until Americans, especially More