2019-01-01: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-01). Trump U-Turning on Syria Pullout? globalresearch.ca Whether Pentagon forces stay or leave Syria, whether some stay, others redeployed cross-border to Iraq or elsewhere, Washington's regional and overall imperial agenda remains unchanged | In its 18th year, the AfPak war rages endlessly, a forever war, an unwinnable …

RT (2019-01-01). 'Fired like a dog': Trump blasts 'dumb' Gen. McChrystal on Twitter after Syria criticism. rt.com US President Donald Trump has hit back at retired General Stanley McChrystal, who he said was known for his "big, dumb mouth" after the former army commander criticized his Syria policy and called him immoral.

Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone (2019-01-01). On Trump's Syrian Pullout. counterpunch.org In my view the anti-Trump media frenzy does reflect well-grounded worries about Trump's style and substance, yet it is failing to expose the citizenry to pluralist views, especially in foreign policy by shutting down almost completely progressive voices. The media is not guilty of fake news, but it is guilty of partisanship, and unfriendly to critics on the left. More

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-01-01). Iran Challenges Saudi Role In The Afghan Endgame. iranian.com As surely as night follows day, in the wake of Saudi Arabia assuming the lead role in the Afghan peace talks, Tehran has unveiled an analogous peace process involving the Taliban. (See my article in Asia Times Saudi Arabia takes charge of Afghan peace talks.) The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi made a dramatic announcement […]

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Germany: 'Xenophobic' Attacker Drives Into Crowd of Migrants. telesurenglish.net A 50-year-old man has been arrested after driving his car into a crowd of people in Germany in what police say appears to be a racist attack. | RELATED: | 'United Against Racism': 242,000 Germans Protest The Far-Right | A group of migrants from Syria and Afghanistan was attacked in the town of Bottrop, an area of western Germany. According to official report…

Jason Ditz (2019-01-01). Majority of Americans Back Trump's Drawdowns in Syria, Afghanistan. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In the weeks since the White House announced an upcoming withdrawal from Syria, media coverage and comments from lawmakers on the matter have been almost uniformly critical. In many cases, the coverage has been hysterically so, warning of an imminent second 9/11 over it. Yet this consistent narrative isn't informing the public nearly so much as opinion-makers likely …

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Netanyahu Says he Won't Resign if Indicted. telesurenglish.net The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not consider putting forth his resignation in the event that the attorney general accepts police recommendations to indict him. | RELATED: | Israel: Netanyahu's Coalition Collapses, Early Elections Called | Netanyahu seems concerned about allegations against him and is not willing to resign in c…

STAFF (2019-01-01). U.S. and Israel Exit U.N. Cultural Agency at Stroke of Midnight. truthdig.com While mainly procedural, the departure represents a major blow to UNESCO, which was established after World War II to foster peace.

Dan Corjescu (2019-01-01). Thinking about American Totalitarianism. counterpunch.org Totalitarianism evolves. Yet what remains the same through time is the attempt at total control. Today, control is veiled not overt. Control weaves its way both totally and surgically into our everyday lives. Totally, in the master narrative it weaves about "living in a democracy". Today, no one lives in a true democracy. Elections, parties, More

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Brazil's Lula: 2019 a Year of Great Resistance and Struggle. telesurenglish.net Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva affirmed Tuesday that 2019 will be a year of great resistance and struggle to prevent the Brazilian people from being punished even more than they have been. | RELATED: | Lula Pens Thank You Letter to Cuban People For Their Generosity | "They can arrest a person, as they did with me, but they can not imprison our ideas, much less impede the future," Lula wrote in a New Year message published by the Brasil 247 portal. | He pointed out th…

STAFF (2019-01-01). NASA Spacecraft Opens New Year With Most Distant Flyby Ever. truthdig.com LAUREL, Md.—NASA's New Horizons spacecraft pulled off the most distant exploration of another world Tuesday, skimming past a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles from Earth that looks to be shaped like a bowling pin. | Flight controllers in Maryland declared success 10 hours after the high-risk, middle-of-the-night encounter at the mysterious body known as Ultima Thule on the frozen fringes of our solar system, an astounding 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto. | "I don't know about all of you, but I'm really liking this 2019 thing so far," lead scientist Alan Stern of Southwest Research Insti…

STAFF (2019-01-01). Pentagon Rings In New Year With Heinous Joke on Twitter. truthdig.com While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the U.S. military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places. | In a since-deleted, U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation's strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of "the big ball" during the countdown to midnight, "we are ready to drop something much, much bigger." | Beneath the message was a video (see below), as the…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-01-01). Let's Make Ending Militarism Our New Year's Resolution. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on anti-war.com. | Most New Year's resolutions last but a few days. By late January, the crowd in the gym dwindles down to its normal size. Most resolutions are fantasy, a simple act of wishful thinking. We all know this. Still, dreams are what makes life tolerable. So, in that spirit, let's take a break from the standard critique of existing U.S. foreign policy and conjure a world as it should be, not as it is. Consider this the ultimate New Year's make believe — a resolution to swear off militarism and forever war in the Greater Middle East. | It would begin with a restructu…

Guy Rotella (2019-01-01). On the Ghazals of Ghalib. counterpunch.org I first encountered Ghalib in the early 1970s. I was in graduate school, studying poetry. Then, as now, I had no Urdu. The medium of transmission—translation—was Aijaz Ahmad's Ghazals of Ghalib, from Columbia University Press. It comprised versions of ghazals by W.S. Merwin, Adrienne Rich, William Stafford, Mark Strand, and others, all of them working More

The Global Research Team (2019-01-01). 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 …

STAFF (2019-01-01). Brazil's Bolsonaro Assumes Presidency, Promises Big Changes. truthdig.com BRASILIA, Brazil—Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. | For the far-right former army captain, the New Year's Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey from a marginalized and even ridiculed congressman to a leader who many Brazilians hope can combat endemic corruption as well as violence that routinely gives the nation the dubious distinction of being the world leader in total homicides. | A fan of U.S. Presi…

teleSUR (2019-01-01). US Nuclear Command Apologizes For Bomb-Dropping Tweet. telesurenglish.net The United States Strategic Command, which oversees the country's nuclear arsenal, apologized Monday for a Twitter message in which it said that it was ready, if necessary, to drop something "much, much bigger" than the New Year's Eve ball in New York. | RELATED: | Denuclearization: Kim Jong-un Ready to Talk to US 'Anytime' | "#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball … if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger," the tweet said, ho…

STAFF (2019-01-01). N. Korea's Kim Offers an Olive Branch and a Warning for 2019. truthdig.com Kim Jong Un expresses hope for continuation of nuclear talks with Trump but also warns the U.S. against further sanctions and pressure.

Raul Fernando (2019-01-01). New Era for Mexico's Zapatista Army 25 Years After Uprising. telesurenglish.net "We're the product of 500 years of struggles: first against slavery in the independence war led by insurgents against Spain, then avoiding being absorbed by North American expansionism, then for promulgating our Constitution and expelling the French Empire from our territory, then Porfirio's dictatorship denied the fair implementation of the Reform Laws and the people stood up with its own leaders…" | RELATED: | EZLN: 35 Anniversary of Its Foundation in a Chiapas Rainforest | Th…

Paul Tritschler (2019-01-01). A Break in Mumbai. counterpunch.org Slumped like a beached whale on a lounger slurping watermelon and guzzling cold beers day after day is not my idea of fun. You need only a basic level of physical but a high level of emotional fitness for my foreign forays: the perseverance to run in sweltering heat with seconds to spare for the More

Martin Varese (2019-01-01). Neoliberalism, Militarism Await Brazil as Bolsonaro Sworn in. telesurenglish.net Former army captain Jair Bolsonaro was sworn on Tuesday, in Brazilia, opening a new, rather dark, era for Brazil and for the whole Latin American region. | When he was a lawmaker, and then as a candidate and most recently as a president-elect, Bolsonaro, has regularly expressed far-right, neoliberal, racist, homophobic sentiments, the very same hate spee…

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Denuclearization: Kim Jong-un Ready to Talk to US 'Anytime'. telesurenglish.net During his New Year's address, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reiterated his commitment to working to denuclearize the North Korean peninsula and to keep up talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in efforts to achieve this goal, but warned that he could be forced to take a "new path" if the North American nation continued to impose sanctions on his regime. | RELATED: | North Korea Warns US Sanctions Could Derail Denuclearization | Kim Jong-un noted his willingness to talk to D…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-01). The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. counterpunch.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 more than two million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, and other modern More

ICFFMA (2019-01-01). The Judge Tucker Court of Appeal's Decision Opens the Door to Mumia Abu-Jamal's Freedom. globalresearch.ca Dear Comrades and Friends Across the Globe: | On December 27, 2018, in a historic action, Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker granted Mumia's petition for new appeal rights, over the opposition of "progressive DA" Larry Krasner. | This is the …

Madlen Davies (2019-01-01). Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic. globalresearch.ca Fahed Zuhud was shot in the thigh by Israeli soldiers in February 2018 but because of superbug infections the wound hasn't healed and he may still lose his leg. | Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank warn they are battling …

Susan Block (2019-01-01). GoBonobos in 2019! counterpunch.org Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners, welcome to the butt end of 2018 (Happy Nude Rear) and the exhilarating thrill of "new relationship energy" with 2019. After a year that was awesome and awful, terrific and terrible—and Trumpible, once again, with much of the trickled-down terror Trumped up from the top, whether you loved or More

John Atcheson (2019-01-01). The War for the Democratic Party Continues. commondreams.org Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (C), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (L), Vice Chair of the Conference Elizabeth Warren (2-L) and Chair of Outreach Bernie Sanders (R) talk following a press conference. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Rex) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-01-01). 2018: Year of the Rats and the Sinking Ships. counterpunch.org January 12 I am listening to Trump's incendiary speech in Seoul. He is standing at the dais in Proceeding Hall, the National Assembly building in South Korea. Perhaps it's the color saturation level on our old monitor, but on this night Trump looks like a grotesque figure from a George Grà∂sz painting. His face is More

Patrick Cockburn (2019-01-01). From Bizarre Rage Against James Joyce to MI5 Phone-Bugging: Why I Collect Snippets of Strangers' Conversations. counterpunch.org For many years I have collected snippets of conversation accidentally overheard or one side of a phone call that sounded comic, menacing or just plain mysterious. My collection is small because most of what is garnered through unintentional eavesdropping is dull and long-winded, but I occasionally hear something which is rivetingly interesting or bizarre. I More

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Sudan President Bashir: 3 Decades of Power and War Crimes. telesurenglish.net The last day of 2018 in Sudan was the scene of dramatic clashes as security forces arrested dozens of protesters and fired tear gas upon hundreds of others marching to President Omar al-Bashir's palace in Khartoum demanding his resignation and protesting against soaring prices and inflation. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Recruited Darfur Children for War on Yemen: Report | Armored vehicles decked out with machine guns lined the surrounding streets and officers observed the procession…

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Brasilia Militarized as Far-right Jair Bolsonaro Takes Oath. telesurenglish.net Far-right Jair Bolsonaro, who has vowed to crack down on left-wing opposition, progressive politics, and open up the Amazon harming the Indigenous population, was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday. | RELATED: | US: Mike Pompeo Starts Interventionist Latin American Tour | The neoliberal, racist, homophobic, and misogynistic former army captain scored the B…

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Russia Blast: Baby Boy Found Alive After 35 hours Under Rubble. telesurenglish.net A baby boy has been found alive after 35 hours spent in freezing cold in the rubble of a Russian apartment block that partially collapsed in an explosion, emergency officials reported, calling it a miracle. | RELATED: | Russia: Scores Dead, Dozens Trapped Under Rubble After Gas Blast | The blast, thought to have been caused by a gas leak, damaged 48 apartments in a 10-story building in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk on Monday, killing at least seven people with 36 people still mi…

Dr. Birsen Filip (2019-01-01). The 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: An Unprecedented Chapter in World History. globalresearch.ca Today, Cubans are commemorating the 60th anniversary of their independence. On this day in 1959, the Cuban Revolution was successfully conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement[i] and became an enduring symbol of resistance to neo-colonialism, capitalism, and …

Juan Cole (2019-01-01). Is the Mideast 'War on Terror' Paradigm Ending? zcomm.org Not only are there neo-isolationist currents in the American heartland and among the Libertarian fraction of the business classes, but the anti-imperialism of the 2018 New Left may also push in that direction…

Robert Reich (2019-01-01). Robert Reich: Trump Has to Go in 2019. truthdig.com After President Donald Trump's first bizarre year, his apologists told us he was growing into the job and that in his second year he'd be more restrained and respectful of democratic institutions. | Wrong. He's been worse. | Exhibit one: the "Wall." After torpedoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's temporary spending deal to avert a shutdown, he's holding hostage over 800,000 government employees ("mostly Democrats," he calls them, disparagingly) while subjecting the rest of America to untoward dangers. | On-site inspections at power plants have been halted. Hazardous waste cleanup efforts at Superfund si…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-01). STRATCOM Wishes You a Very Scary New Year. consortiumnews.com The U.S. Strategic Command has deleted a New Year's tweet that revealed its true values, as Caitlin Johnstone explains. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com U.S. Strategic Command (or "Stratcom" if you're trying to make a nuclear-capable arm of the U.S. Defense… Read more →

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-01). As UNESCO Says Its Only Wish for 2019 is World Peace, US and Israel Officially Ditch UN Body. commondreams.org Critics on Tuesday said the joint decision by the U.S. and Israel to leave the United Nations' organization dedicated to promoting peace and education speaks volumes about the two countries' current worldview, as they continue to defend ongoing attacks on the rights of Palestinians. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-01). 'What Kind of Maniacs Are Running This Country?': Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People. commondreams.org "Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you [Stratcom], the stoic guardians of several thousand nuclear missiles who definitely don't think raining death and destruction from above is some kind of joke." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-01-01). 'Like It Was Christmas All Year:' GOP Succeeded in Making 2018 Yet Another Year the Rich Got Richer. commondreams.org With year two of Republicans' Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) now underway and the party touting the $1.5 trillion tax plan's supposed successes, critics of the unpopular law are spotlighting the party's broken promises about the law and saying the so-called tax scam merely helped to make 2018 a year of fattening corporate profits and enriching the already wealthy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-01). 'You Are Courting a Fascist': Pompeo Gives Inauguration US Blessing as Brazilians Brace for 'Repugnant' Bolsonaro. commondreams.org While progressives, women's rights advocates, journalists, and the LGBTQ community were among the many mourning Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo angered critics Tuesday with a celebratory tweet congratulating the proud misogynist, who has defended Brazil's former military dictatorship. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-01-01). 'Ask her psychiatrist' — Trump on Warren believing she can win in 2020. rt.com President Trump laughed off Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's chances at a run for the presidency in 2020, telling Fox News to "ask her psychiatrist" if she thinks she can unseat him next year. |

RT (2019-01-01). 'The USA is with you!': Trump tweets congratulations as Bolsonaro sworn in as Brazilian president. rt.com Letters and official cables are so last year. Twitter is where world leaders of today go for some mutual back-slapping, as shown this week by US President Donald Trump and newly-sworn in Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-01). Human Rights Abuses: Israel Most Condemned Country At UN In 2018. iranian.com Israel was the most condemned country at the UN in 2018 with the General Assembly passing at least 20 resolutions against Tel Aviv for human rights abuses, illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory and its continued occupation of East Jerusalem says Anadolu Agency. At least six efforts passed at the end of November sought to draw attention to the […]

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Trump gives about four months for Syria troop pull-out: NYT. aljazeera.com US president says 'we're slowly sending our troops back home' after initially ordering a rapid withdrawal.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Syria's Idlib braces for government offensive. aljazeera.com The US troop withdrawal has set off a scramble for control in Syria's north and humanitarian workers warn an assault on Idlib could create a refugee crisis of historic proportions.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Family of American held in Russia for 'spying' says he's innocent. aljazeera.com Brother of Paul Whelan says the retired marine was in Moscow for a wedding.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Who is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new far-right president?>. aljazeera.com Former army captain rides wave of discontent over corruption, crime and economic downturn to win presidency.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Netflix removes episode of comedy show in Saudi Arabia: FT. aljazeera.com Removed episode of Patriotic Act with Hasan Minhaj criticised Saudi Arabia over journalist's killing and war in Yemen.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). UN: 85 FARC members killed in Colombia since peace deal. aljazeera.com Ex-FARC members and activists are being increasingly targeted despite a decrease in overall homicides in Colombia.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Revellers say hello to 2019, goodbye to an unsettling year. aljazeera.com Sydney put on its biggest-ever fireworks display, kicking off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Will there be a peaceful transfer of power in DRC?>. aljazeera.com Millions of Congolese have voted to choose Joseph Kabila's successor.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Rescuers pull baby boy alive from Russian apartment collapse. aljazeera.com Infant was rescued some 35 hours after a collapse that has killed at least seven people with dozens missing.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's far-right leader sworn in. aljazeera.com Far-right politician sworn in amid high hopes from supporters and fears from rights activists and minority groups.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Sudan: Calls grow for Omar al-Bashir to step down. aljazeera.com Twenty-two opposition parties and groups back protesters' call for president to resign, demand transitional government.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Hodeidah ceasefire accord failing Yemen's lifeline. aljazeera.com The UN has accused both sides of failing to honour the terms of the deal, calling for all sides to withdraw from the port city.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Yemen's Houthis deny WFP accusations of stealing aid. aljazeera.com Houthis say they are 'surprised' by accusations from UN food agency that they are stealing by diverting food deliveries.

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Netflix Bows to Saudi Pressure, Removes Episode on Khashoggi. telesurenglish.net Human rights' advocates Human Rights Watch has hit back at Netflix for removing an episode of the satirical show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj from its Saudi catalogue, citing "an undermining of the streaming service's claim to support artistic freedom." | RELATED: | Turkish TV Airs Video Purporting Transfer of Khashoggi Remains | Netflix removed the program after the Saudi Kingdom took offense to a segment in the show that criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's alleged in…

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-01-01). 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 (2019-01-01). 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 (2019-01-01). Amazon Emergency Die-in at Brazilian Embassies Save the Rainforest. indybay.org All Brazilian Consulates…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-01). Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People. truthout.org While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the US military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places. | In a since-deleted tweet, US Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation's strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of "the big ball" during the countdown to midnight, "we are ready to drop something much, much bigger." | Beneath the message was a video (see below), a…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-01). Dr. Cornel West on the Global Shift Right. therealnews.com From Trump in the U.S. to Bolsonaro in Brazil, ordinary people in large democracies are discontented and shifting right, what can progressives do about it? Cornel West in conversation with Sharmini Peries

Mark Taliano (2018-12-31). Syria: The Quest for Truth and Peace in the New Year. globalresearch.ca Canadians are being victimized by criminal war propaganda. War with Syria, (Russia, China etc.) IS NOT serving our interests. Politicians who demonize these countries, and support "regime change" wars of aggression, do not represent our interests. Nor do they represent …

Richard Falk (2018-12-31). In Praise of the Syria Withdrawal. zcomm.org Trump's withdrawal of American troops from Syria that defied the bipartisan consensus that has shaped U.S. foreign policy since 1945 poses the biggest challenge to the Trump presidency, especially as it shook Israel's confidence and coincides with woes of Wall Street…

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 […]

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 …

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 […]

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 …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-12-31). War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US. globalresearch.ca Despite president Trump's announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal interests.

Tyler Durden (2018-12-31). Mattis Quotes Lincoln in Farewell Letter, Urges Pentagon Staff to "Hold Fast" theantimedia.com (ZHE) — In a fitting tribute to his tenure as Secretary of Defense, James Mattis found himself at the butt-end of an oblique twitter attack launched by his soon-to-be-former boss on Monday. In a series of early morning tweets, Trump castigating the "failed generals" who opposed his decision to pull US troops from Syria and Afghanistan. But as Mattis …

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-31). Critics of Syria Withdrawal Fueled Rise of ISIS. globalresearch.ca 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 …

John Laforge (2018-12-31). Worse than Obsolete: NATO Creates Enemies. counterpunch.org NATO's and the US military's desecration of corpses, attacks on wedding parties, mosques, hospitals and market places — along with the bombing of allied troops, torture of prisoners, and their notoriously unaccountable drone warfare — are a few of the alliance's more infamous outrages in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. More

Fight Back (2018-12-31). Trump, the withdrawal of troops from Syria, and the strange world of U.S. liberalism. fightbacknews.org Trump's planned troop withdrawal from Syria is good news that reflects a major setback for U.S. attempts to dominate the Middle East, and is a real victory for the people of Syria and its anti-imperialist government. The anti-war movement, along with all progressive people, should insist that the Trump administration and the Pentagon follow through on this promise. | This is more than a redeployment of U.S. forces, and treating it so is like saying that U.S. forces in Southeast Asia were 'redeployed' after the defeat in Vietnam. To put it this way in the case of Syria negates the fact that the plans of Washington…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-12-31). Trump's Syrian Withdrawal: an Act of Political Realism. counterpunch.org President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is being denounced by an impressive range of critics claiming that it is a surrender to Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iran — as well as a betrayal of the Kurds and a victory for Isis. The pullout may be one or all of these things, but above all it is a recognition of what is really happening on the ground in Syria and the Middle East in general. More

Sabrina Hersi Issa (2018-12-31). The 'Year of the Woman' Forced Us to Take A Step Back for Every Step Forward. That Isn't Real Progress. commondreams.org Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee with her attorneys Debra Katz, left, and Michael Bromwich, right, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jordan Flaherty (2018-12-31). The Conscious Filmgoers Guide to the Best Films of 2018. counterpunch.org Peak TV is creating more opportunities for independent film directors, and for new stories to be told. More films from around the world are released on streaming every day, and Netflix spent an estimated 13 billion dollars on content just this year. More cash available can sometimes mean more stories by and about communities of color, women, transgender and gender More

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-31). The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. counterpunch.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 more than two million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, More

Patrick Martin (2018-12-31). Impact on Workers, Partial Shutdown of the US Federal Government. globalresearch.ca The partial shutdown of the US federal government entered its second week on Saturday, with thousands of workers receiving short paychecks December 28 and 800,000 set to receive no pay at all when the next paycheck is due on January …

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

Democracy Now! (2018-12-31). Noam Chomsky: The Future of Organized Human Life Is At Risk Thanks to GOP's Climate Change Denial. democracynow.org As the death toll from the climate change-fueled Camp Fire in California continues to rise and hundreds remain missing, we rebroadcast our conversation about climate change with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky from October. He says Republican Party leaders are dedicated to "enriching themselves and their friends" at the cost of the planet, and warns: "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form."

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 …

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 …

Reese Erlich (2018-12-31). Trump: The Sudden Anti-War Champion? commondreams.org Trump learning from his mistakes and acting diplomatically? Fat chance. But, hey, the US will have to withdraw from the region sooner or later. It may just start on Trump's watch.(Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Gareth Porter (2018-12-31). Is the End of the Brutal War in Yemen Finally at Hand? commondreams.org A girl eats boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation in the district of Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. (Photo: Hammadi Issa / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Global Research News (2018-12-31). Global Research Most Popular 2018 Articles. globalresearch.ca

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-12-31). Africa in Review 2018: Regional Instability and the Politics of Underdevelopment. globalresearch.ca Over the last twelve months events on the African continent have reinforced the centuries-long relationship with the imperialist nations through the process of economic exploitation of human and natural resources, fueling the profitability of the dominant forces within the world …

Andrew Bacevich (2018-12-31). Trump vs. the Foreign Policy Establishment. commondreams.org President Trump arrives to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Dec. 26. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2018-12-31). School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract. globalresearch.ca In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the Boycott, Divestment …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-12-31). The Worst "Fake News" Articles of 2018: New York Times Claims Russia Influenced African-Americans in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. globalresearch.ca If there was a Fake News of the Year Award, This New York Times article would be in the Top 5 category for running one of the worst stories and may I add, a conspiracy theory for 2018. On December …

Democracy Now! (2018-12-31). A Disaster for Brazil: Noam Chomsky on Brazil's New Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro. democracynow.org As Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take office on Tuesday, we return to our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky shortly after the election. Bolsonaro's impending presidency marks the most radical political shift Brazil since military rule ended more than 30 years ago. Bolsonaro is a former Army officer who has praised Brazil's former military dictatorship, spoken in favor of torture and threatened to destroy, imprison or banish his political opponents. Bolsonaro has also encouraged the police to kill suspected drug dealers, and once told a fem…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-31). A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. democracynow.org President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia, in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We spoke with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky in October about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump's plan to…

Jimmy Carter (2018-12-31). How to Repair the U.S.-China Relationship—and Prevent a Modern Cold War. commondreams.org President Jimmy Carter and Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping meet outside of the Oval Office on Jan. 30, 1979. (Photo: AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

South Front (2018-12-31). Video: Military and Political Trends that Will Shape 2019. Confrontation between Global Forces. globalresearch.ca 2018 was marked by notable and sometimes alarming political, military and security developments around the world. The Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and East Asia once again became the scenes of global and intra-regional standoffs. A characteristic …

Dean Baker (2018-12-31). Media Panic Over the Stock Market Plunge. counterpunch.org The media continue to be in a panic over the drop in the stock market over the last few weeks. Fortunately for political pundits, there is no expectation that they have any clue about the subjects on which they opine. For those more interested in economics than hysterics, the drop in the market is not More

Shane Quinn (2018-12-31). 'War on Terror' Has Left Millions Dead Across the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Middle Eastern citizens have long come under the Orwellian heading of "unpeople". Their existence is barely acknowledged even after they are killed. By contrast, mass shootings in the US receive enormous attention despite the minuscule death tolls in comparison.

Peter Certo (2018-12-31). Paul Ryan Was a Villain and No One Will Miss Him. counterpunch.org Each New Year's, my wife and I indulge one of our favorite traditions: the household purge. We scour our closets for stuff that's just taking up space, quietly draining our home's energy, and move it along. I can't recommend it enough. This year, America's doing the same thing — and putting House Speaker Paul Ryan More

The Siberian Times (2018-12-31). The 'Iron Lady' of Siberia Invites You to Visit Yakutsk, the World's Coldest City. globalresearch.ca Sardana Avksentyeva is now winning admirers nationwide, as she bans lavish town hall parties and sells off plush official cars. | Ruffling political feathers she certainly is, but the 48 year old mayor took time out from her war on waste …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-12-31). Africa in Review 2018: Electoral Politics, Social Stability and the Need for Genuine Economic Development. globalresearch.ca As 2018 concludes there is much to be learned from developments on the African continent where the nation-states and masses of people are continuing their quest for authentic national liberation and unity. This is a first in a series of …

Serge Halimi (2018-12-31). Prisoner for free speech. zcomm.org The US authorities' relentless pursuit of Assange is encouraged by the cowardice of many journalists who have abandoned him to his fate or even delight in his misfortune…

F. William Engdahl (2018-12-31). Whatever Happened to Peak Oil? Major New Shale Oil and Gas Discovery. globalresearch.ca Back during the early days of the Bush-Cheney administration, countless articles and even official statements by the International Energy Agency and various governments proclaimed the onset of what was termed Peak Oil. This was a time when former Halliburton CEO, …