2018-12-31: News Headlines

Maysam Behravesh (2018-12-31). Iran's Policy In Post-US Syria Is To Block Kurdish Left. iranian.com US President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria caught many people off guard, including his own administration officials. It actually prompted the resignation of Defence Secretary James Mattis. The surprise, however, was perhaps greater in Tehran's corridors of power. Less than two months earlier, US national security advisor John Bolton […]

Tyler Durden (2018-12-31). Trump "Reconsidering" Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria Thanks to Lindsey Graham. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — President Trump is "reconsidering" his strategy to pull US forces out of Syria following an "eye-opening trip to Iraq" the day after Christmas, Bloomberg reports. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee — a harsh critic of Trump's announced pullout, said earlier Sunday that he would try to change Trump's mind during …

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-31). How Critics of Trump's Syria Withdrawal Fueled the Rise of ISIS. theantimedia.com Too many of those protesting the removal of U.S. forces are authors of the catastrophe that tore Syria to pieces. (CN Op-ed) — 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 …

Middle East Eye (2018-12-31). US Troops Still Patrolling Syria's Manbij Despite Trump's Order to Stop Being There. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Stars and Stripes fluttered above four US armoured vehicles driving through drizzle in the Syrian city of Manbij on Sunday, each visibly carrying an armed soldier on lookout duty. The US patrol inside the strategic city near the Turkish border comes despite President Donald Trump's shock announcement this month that he is pulling American …

Zero Hedge (2018-12-31). "The President Is Reconsidering": Syria Pullout On Thin Ice After Lunch With Lindsey Graham. iranian.com President Trump is "reconsidering" his strategy to pull US forces out of Syria following an "eye-opening trip to Iraq" the day after Christmas, Bloomberg reports. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee – a harsh critic of Trump's announced pullout, said earlier Sunday that he would try to change Trump's mind during […]

Ed Atkins (2018-12-31). Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil Would be a Disaster for the Amazon and Global Climate Change. globalresearch.ca It is perhaps a cruel irony that, on the same day the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a landmark call for urgent action, Jair Bolsonaro surged to victory in the first round of Brazil's presidential elections. Although the leader …

Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-31). The Hand that Won't Sign the Paper: Adani's Stalling Project. counterpunch.org 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 creation, Adani is yet to dig the earth of what would have been one of More

Elson Concepción Pérez (2018-12-31). Bolsonaro Against Cuba. globalresearch.ca It would be naive to believe that Jair Bolsonaro's assault on Cuban doctors, forcing their departure from Brazil, is not part of a larger plan, details of which are coming to light, even though he has yet to assume the …

WSWS (2018-12-31). India: Stalinist unions suppress Tamil Nadu auto strikes, promise "industrial peace" wsws.org The strikes' outcome is further proof that the Stalinist-led CITU serves as an industrial police force for big business, containing and suppressing working-class opposition.

WSWS (2018-12-31). Facing possible liquidation, Sears to close 80 more stores in March. wsws.org Hours after the announcement, Sears Holding chairman and hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert offered to buy the company, valued at $4.4 billion.

WSWS (2018-12-31). South Australian university partners with US defense contractor Lockheed Martin. wsws.org The decision by the University of Adelaide, behind the backs of students and staff, marks the further integration of Australian universities into the US-led war drive against China and Russia.

WSWS (2018-12-31). One sixth of world's people want to flee their home countries. wsws.org Some 750 million people, not including children, want to escape war, poverty, conflict and disease caused by capitalism.

WSWS (2018-12-31). US intelligence think tank conducted "false flag" operation impersonating Russian election interference. wsws.org New Knowledge sought to influence the 2017 Alabama election and make it appear that Russia was intervening to back the Republican candidate.

Tehran Times (2018-12-31). Iran's Khademalsharieh Wins Silver At World Chess Blitz Championship. iranian.com Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran claimed a silver medal at the World Blitz Chess Championship on Sunday. Russian Kateryna Lagno won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Khademalsharieh took the silver with 13 points and the bronze medal went to Chinese Lei Tingjie who scored 12.5 points. The chess […]

Oil Price (2018-12-31). Iran's Oil Exports To Asia Slump To Five-Year Low In November. iranian.com Iran's oil sales to the four major crude buyers in Asia plunged in November to the lowest level in more than five years, as Indian imports slumped and South Korea and Japan had halted purchases before the U.S. sanctions on the Iranian oil industry returned. The combined oil imports from Iran of China, India, South […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-31). Hardline Cleric Larijani Appointed To Head Powerful Iran Council. iranian.com Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani – chief of Iran's hardline judiciary who has been blacklisted by Washington – was appointed on Sunday as the new head of the powerful Expediency Council, state television reported. Larijani, 57, was appointed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who also made him a member of the Guardian Council, which […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-31). Khomeini's Grandson And Rafsanjani's Daughter Expect Iranian Regime To Collapse. iranian.com Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian regime, has said that he expects the Iranian regime to collapse, saying there is no guarantee the regime will survive. "The foundation of any society is to win people's satisfaction. There is no guarantee that we stay in power and the others go" […]

aljazeera (2018-12-31). Nukes, economy, Trump summit: What's on Kim Jong-un's 2019 agenda. aljazeera.com North Korean leader expected to give annual address on Tuesday laying out country's top priorities for year ahead.

aljazeera (2018-12-31). 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 (2018-12-31). Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

aljazeera (2018-12-31). Death toll in Philippines floods, landslides rises to 68. aljazeera.com Authorities warn number of victims to increase as thousands are forced from their homes by the bad weather.

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2018-12-31). 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 (2018-12-31). 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.

Extinction Rebellion (2018-12-31). Amazon Emergency Die-in at Brazilian Embassies Save the Rainforest. indybay.org All Brazilian Consulates…

Michael Steinberg (2018-12-31). Nuclear plant closures continue. indybay.org The pace of nuclear power plant shutdowns is increasing.

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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…

STAFF (2018-12-30). Is Saudi Arabia Hiring Sudanese Children to Fight in Yemen? truthdig.com The New York Times causes an international stir by estimating that 20 percent of Sudanese fighters in Yemen may be between 13 and 17.

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…

Mohammad H. Fadel (2018-12-30). Why Saudi Arabia is waging a war on Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. zcomm.org The shocking willingness to attack Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans and embrace American Islamophobia reveal a deeper and more depressing state of affairs between the Arab world and its expatriates…

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

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 …

STAFF (2018-12-30). N. Korean Leader Calls for More Talks With South in New Year. truthdig.com Kim Jong Un sends a letter to Moon Jae-in calling for more peace discussions between the leaders following their active engagement in 2018.

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…

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 …

Fight Back (2018-12-30). Cuba: "We will move forward. And we will continue to be victorious" fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Dec. 22 speech by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the close of the Second Ordinary Session of the National Assembly of People's Power's Ninth Legislature. | DEAR Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Party Central Committee; | Compañeros Machado and Lazo; | Deputies; | Compatriots: | Our first words on Educator's Day are to congratulate and recognize Cuban teachers who, more than their time, dedicate their life's purpose to us. | The year 2018 is almost at an end, and we gather again for the tra…

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 …

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…

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 …

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 …

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-30). Saudi Arabia Bought Sudanese Children to Use as Soldiers in Yemen: NYT. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — In 2016 Saudi Arabia offered around $10,000 for families in Darfur, Sudan affected by the Sudanese civil war to send their children to fight in Yemen, the New York Times claimed on Friday. In the article, "On the Front Line of the Saudi War in Yemen? Child Soldiers from Darfur," the newspaper quoted Hager Shomo Ahmed, 16, …

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 …

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). 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.

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.

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

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'.

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

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-30). Saudi Use of Child Soldiers in Yemen: US Tax Dollars "Help Pay for It" truthout.org "America is now aiding and abetting the use of child soldiers." | That was how Ari Rabin-Havt, deputy policy director for US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), responded to a New York Times report on Friday detailing Saudi Arabia's use of Sudanese child soldiers as young as 14 years old to wage its vicious assault on Yemen, which has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. | According to the Times, "Five fighters who have ret…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-30). Basing Air Force Jets in Vermont Violates US's Own Laws of War. truthout.org The US Air Force decision to base F-16 and F-35 jets at a civilian airport in a heavily populated area in Vermont violates multiple principles of long-established international humanitarian law codified in the 1,236-page US Department of Defense (DoD) " Law of War Manual." | The DoD first published its Manual in 2015, a time of growing recognition that the wanton killing and injuring of civilians in Iraq and the torturing of prisoners at Abu Ghraib was illegal, immoral,…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-30). Climate Denial Still Reigns in Louisiana Despite Scientists' Dire Warnings. truthout.org Louisiana is ground zero for the devastating impacts of climate change. Even though the state is already feeling the costly impacts to life and property due to extreme weather and an eroding coastline linked to a warming planet, its government continues to ignore the primary cause — human use of fossil fuels. | The impacts to the region, such as worsening floods, heat waves, and sea level rise, will only be intensified as the globe continues warming, warn federal scientists in the latest National Climate Assessment report. | But instead of heeding scientists' warnings, Louisiana's government continues to…

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"

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.

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."

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 →

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…

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…

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 […]

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 …

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…

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…

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). 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…

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). 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,…

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…

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 …

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, …

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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.

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. […]

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.

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…

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, 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 …

Democracy Now! (2018-12-28). Bring the Troops Home & Stop the Bombing: Medea Benjamin on U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan. democracynow.org As President Donald Trump makes a surprise visit to Iraq this week and defends his plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria and about half the nearly 7,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, we get response from leading antiwar activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink. "We want to challenge Donald Trump … by pointing out that he continues to support the war in Yemen and the repressive Saudi regime," Benjamin says. Her recent piece for Salon.com is titled "Bring the troops home—but stop the bombing too."

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

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 […]

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.

Bill Quigley (2018-12-28). Ten 2018 Extinction Awards. counterpunch.org Given the way people are transforming the earth into a place where the human species cannot survive, it is only right and just that we honor achievement in the race to extinction. Without further ado, here are the top eight Extinction Awards of 2018. 2018 Extinction Global Person of the Year Award: Donald J. Trump More

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…

Cole Stangler (2018-12-28). Erdogan's War on Workers. thenation.com Erdogan's War on Workers…

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.