2019-01-02: Social Media Postees

Iran Offers an Alternative to US Occupation in Afghanistan
Nikolai Bobkin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-02
The full-court press on Iran that President Donald Trump has put into play has not yet resulted in changes to Tehran's regional strategy. Iran's influence in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen is growing, and now Tehran intends to outplay Trump in Afghanistan. | Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (NSC), spoke in this vein during his visit to Kabul on Dec. 26 for talks with his Afghan counterpart, Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan president's national security advisor. | Ali Shamkhani was the first Iranian leader to publicly confirm the fact that Tehran is conducting negotiatio…
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America's Defeat In Syria Is A Crisis Of Empire
Tom Luongo | iranian.com | 2019-01-02
The U.S. lost in Syria. Donald Trump finally had the courage to admit that to the world when he ordered the pull out of all U.S. troops there. Syria was to be the sparkling jewel in the Empire of Chaos' Crown. A masterstroke of realpolitik which would advance every major U.S., Israeli and Saudi objective […] | The post America's Defeat In Syria Is A Crisis Of Empire appeared first on The Iranian.
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The New Congress and the Rolling Catastrophe of the US Body Politic
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
Bathed in the soothing waters of the Blue Wave, such that it was, a new US Congress will be baptized on January 3rd. But what portends when "Mad Dog" Mattis, arch racist Jeff Sessions, and deep state spooks are canonized by self-identified liberals and leftists as bulwarks against fascism? When all mainstream "opposition" politics can be reduced to a single issue: Trump. And when the midterm elections ignored deepening impoverishment at home, endless wars abroad, and climate calamity — let alone the tax cut for the super-rich — and instead focused on the "threat" posed by (take your pick) immigrants o…
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Christmas Colors Light Up a Diverse Syria as Peace and Stability Return — and the West Barely Noticed
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Christmas celebrations have literally radiated out across Syria and western media was curiously silent in the face of such displays of unity and solidarity among Syria's diverse peoples. | Syrians saw off the year 2018 under a glittering canopy of festive | … | The post Christmas Colors Light Up a Diverse Syria as Peace and Stability Return — and the West Barely Noticed appeared first on Global Research.
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Israeli General Sees Possible Threat From Iraq As Iran's Influence Grows
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2019-01-02
Iran could use its growing clout in Iraq to turn it into a springboard for attacks against Israel, the chief of Israeli military intelligence said on Monday, reports Reuters. Israel sees the spread of Tehran's influence in the region as a growing threat and has carried out scores of air strikes in civil war-torn Syria against […] | The post Israeli General Sees Possible Threat From Iraq As Iran's Influence Grows appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Collapse of the 'War on Terror' Paradigm
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-02
The primary post-9/11 paradigm of U.S. foreign policy has been the war on terrorism, which is to say a profound and kinetic military and counterinsurgency engagement of the U.S. Pentagon, CIA and State Department in the Greater Middle East. This paradigm succeeded the Cold War paradigm of 1946-1991, which collapsed when the Soviet Union did. | There are some signs that the "war on terror" paradigm in U.S. foreign and military policy may be winding down. Donald Trump is trying to get out of Syria, and though the Washington establishment may succeed in putting some brakes on the withdrawal, it seems likely that Tru…
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The Decade-Long U.S. Campaign to Foment Syria's "Revolution" and Unseat Assad
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
The main organizers and leaders of this so-called protest movement have been revealed to be U.S.-backed insurgents and foreign militants who have been armed, trained & funded by U.S. & NATO proxies for the purpose of destabilizing Syria though sectarianism. | The post The Decade-Long U.S. Campaign to Foment Syria's "Revolution" and Unseat Assad appeared first on Global Research.
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Somalia: UN Envoy's Expulsion Follows al-Shabab Attack on Base
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
Somalian authorities have ordered special representative of the United Nations (UN) secretary-general for the country, Nicholas Haysom, to end his diplomatic duties, citing intercession. | RELATED: | Somalia: Car Bomb Kills 13 in Mogadishu, al-Shabab Claims Responsibility | "The decision came after the highest UN diplomat in Somalia violated the agency's standards and…
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A Road Trip Across the American South With Politics in Mind
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
The holiday period is when we usually take a road trip. This time we took a leisurely drive from Appalachian Virginia to Houston, stopping off each night at Knoxville, Tennessee, then Birmingham, Alabama, before spending our last night on the road in New Orleans. It has become clear from this and previous road trips over…
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Who Isn't Running for the Democratic Presidential Nomination?
Eugene Robinson | commondreams.org | 2019-01-02
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at the National Press Club in Washington in August. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The True Nature of US Interventions
John Perry | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
'Make America Great Again': Trump's slogan seems both to yearn for a time when the United States had more influence, and to call for its pre-eminence to be restored. In its own way, it asserts that the US is — or should be — different. In fact it was only Trump's predecessor, Obama, who was…
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Doing Business with Tyrants
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
On the front page of the New York Times (NYT) of 16 December 2018, above the fold, there is a long article entitled "Turning Tyranny Into a Client." It tells how the management, and a good part of the staff, of McKinsey & Co., a worldwide management firm, goes about the business of burnishing the reputations and increasing…
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"Liberals" and "Progressives" Resist Ending America's Wars
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Liberal interventionists in the media want America's wars to continue forever. Last Thursday I actually turned on "PBS Newshour" with Judy Woodruff, which I never watch, but the other offerings on television were dismal, and I was flipping channels. She … | The post "Liberals" and "Progressives" Resist Ending America's Wars appeared first on Global Research.
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Netflix Removed Clip That Criticized Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record
Naomi LaChance | commondreams.org | 2019-01-02
The November episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" addressed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo: YouTube screen grab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Amid Global Crackdown on Refugees: One Sixth of World's People Want to Flee Their Home Countries
Eric London | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
The world is pulsing with hundreds of millions of people desperate to flee their homes under the weight of the crisis of world capitalism. According to a recent Gallup study, a sixth of the world's adult population–some 750 million people, … | The post Amid Global Crackdown on Refugees: One Sixth of World's People Want to Flee Their Home Countries appeared first on Global Research.
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China Is Starting to Grasp the Cost of Climate Change
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-02
As the Earth warms humans will reach for the air conditioning, meaning more electricity demand and higher household bills in China's cities. | The post China Is Starting to Grasp the Cost of Climate Change appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Nixon and Trump: Bookends to the Culture Wars
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
Presidents Richard Nixon and Donald Trump are bookends to the culture wars. They personify how two opportunist politicians can effectively exploit critical social issues — racism and patriarchy, among others — for personal gain. The year 2020 will be the year that Trump may likely seek re-election as president — and will mark a half-century of…
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The New Year Past and Future. Multiple Wars, Coups, Sanctions and Trade Disputes
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Introduction | They year 2018 ended with bitter partisan conflicts over narrow issues. Over seventy percent of the federal budget was approved by both parties and another twenty-nine percent was delayed because of a conflict over 'border security' involving expenditures of … | The post The New Year Past and Future. Multiple Wars, Coups, Sanctions and Trade Disputes appeared first on Global Research.
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The Broader U.S. Movement for Peace, Economic Justice, Civil Rights and the Environment
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
There will be important opportunities in the next few years to advance the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. This article will focus on three opportunities: the 2020 elections, the decline of US empire and … | The post The Broader U.S. Movement for Peace, Economic Justice, Civil Rights and the Environment appeared first on Global Research.
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4 Ideas From Kim Jong Un's New Year Speech
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-02
TOKYO — Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gave his annual televised New Year's address on Tuesday. | The North Korean leader's big curtain-raiser for 2019 comes after a couple of very tumultuous years. In 2017, his rapid-fire missile tests brought him to the brink with President Donald Trump and 2018 saw his sudden rise on the world stage with hints of detente, summits with China and South Korea and an unprecedented meeting with Trump in Singapore. | What's ahead in 2019? Here are four big takeaways. | ___ | IT'S STILL ABOUT THE ECONOMY…
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China's Long Term Trade and Currency Goals: The Belt and Road Initiative
John A. Mathews | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Introduction | The evolving US-China trade war, which reached a dangerous level of US tariffs being imposed on $200 billion worth of imports from China, has been holding center stage in international relations discussions in 2018. But Beijing's tit-for-tat response to … | The post China's Long Term Trade and Currency Goals: The Belt and Road Initiative appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: Cuban Revolution 'Will Continue to Light the Way During this Challenging and Complex 21st Century'
TFMBRV | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-02
The Venezuelan government congratulated its Cuban counterpart on the 60th anniversary of their Revolution.
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Federal Employees' Union Sues Trump Administration as 420,000 Work Without Pay During Shutdown
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-02
The government shutdown continues as President Trump prepares to meet with congressional leaders just one day before Democrats take control of the House. President Trump has insisted on including $5 billion for border wall funding before he'll agree to sign any spending measure. Eight hundred thousand government workers' lives have been thrown into disarray by the shutdown, with 380,000 workers on furlough and 420,000 who have worked without pay since December 22. We speak with a federal workers' union that is suing the Trump administration over the shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees, or AF…
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Only billionaires will miss Paul Ryan
Peter Certo | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-02
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 out on …
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As Brazil's Bolsonaro Takes Office, Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Threat of Dictatorship
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-02
Far-right former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as president of Brazil on New Year's Day. His election marks the most radical political shift in the country since military rule ended more than 30 years ago. We speak with Fernando Haddad, former Brazilian presidential candidate on the Workers' Party ticket who lost in a runoff to Jair Bolsonaro. Haddad is the former mayor of Sà£o Paulo and served as education minister under former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
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The Global Crisis. War, Ecology and the Global Economy: Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. | Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing … | The post The Global Crisis. War, Ecology and the Global Economy: Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019 appeared first on Global Research.
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Greta "Joan of Arc" Thunberg Shames Leaders at COP24
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
In 1429 Joan of Arc (17) led French troops to victory over English forces at the Siege of Orleans after she had a vision. Today, eco warrior Greta Thunberg (15) is leading the battle against the ravages of climate change. Greta has vision. She's taken the leadership mantle from Joan of Arc whether she knows…
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Rudy Giuliani: Julian Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted
Joe Lauria | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-02
Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, said Monday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange had not done "anything wrong" and should not go to jail for disseminating stolen information just as major media does. | "Let's take the Pentagon Papers," Giuliani told Fox News. "The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren't they? It was in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Nobody went to jail at The New York Times and The Washington Post." | Giuliani said there were "revelations during the Bush administration" such…
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Communism, Fascism and Green Shaming
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis." — Michael Parenti (Blackshirts and Red)…
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Do Sleeping Bears Hold Secrets for Human Health?
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
By now most of Yellowstone's grizzly bears are snug hibernating in winter dens, safe at last from human dangers. But in the darkness below the snow, mysteries and miracles unfold, apropos of our Christmas season. Researchers have long known the basics of bear hibernation. These bruins don't eat or drink or excrete waste for between…
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Venezuelan Housing Mission Passes 'Milestone' with 2.5M Homes
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-02
The goal of Venezuela's Great Housing Mission (GMVV) is to build at least five million homes by the end of 2025.
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Brazil's road to neo-fascism
Pedro Rocha de Oliveira | zcomm.org | 2019-01-02
Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power in Brazil…
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President Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange
Adam Dick | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
President Donald Trump would do well to listen to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's Russiagate investigation lawyers, concerning the propriety of prosecuting Julian Assange of WikiLeaks who has lived in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012 to avoid … | The post President Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange appeared first on Global Research.
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Saudi Arabia muscles Netflix
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-01-02
Netflix has been forced to pull Episode 2 of comedian Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" for Saudi viewers because it criticizes the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi…
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Austria: First Same-Sex Couple Weds Following Court Deadline
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
Following years of legal battles by Austrian LGBT rights groups, in the predominantly Catholic nation, two women have become the first same-sex couple to wed. | RELATED: | Brazil: 38 Couples Married Collectively by Fear of Bolsonaro | On Tuesday, the pair – Nicole Kopaunik and Daniela Paier – tied the knot in the southern region of the country in a…
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UN Panel Details Organ Theft, Staged Attacks by the White Helmets
Eva Bartlett | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-02
As 2018, a year of staggering corporate media fake news drew to a close, so do the last vestiges of credibility of media lauding the White Helmets. | The post UN Panel Details Organ Theft, Staged Attacks by the White Helmets appeared first on MintPress News.
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Bolsonaro Gives Agriculture Ministry Power Over Indigenous Land
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
Brazil's newly-inaugurated president issued an executive order Wednesday making the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for deciding on lands inhabited by Indigenous peoples. The move will allow vested interests to exploit the Indigenous population and bring environmental disaster to its Amazon region. | ANALYSIS: | Grim Neoliberalism, Militarism Await Brazil and Region as Bolsonaro Takes Office | During his presidential campaign, then-far-right candidate Jair B…
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Land of the Free — Unless You Want to Criticize Israel
Philip Roddis | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-02
The Jewish State is approaching a position once the preserve of South Africa. It is vulnerable, despite the support of Western ruling elites, to grassroots boycott. | The post Land of the Free — Unless You Want to Criticize Israel appeared first on MintPress News.
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Venezuela Lost Millions as Result of US-led Sanctions: Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro pointed out that the international sanctions applied by the United States and its allies against his country have caused multi-million dollar losses in 2018 in an effort to suffocate the Venezuelan economy. | RELATED: | Venezuelan President Denounces Int'l Attacks to 'Steal Wealth' | "We have a fierce battle against international sanctions that have caused Venezuela to lose at least 20 billion dollars in 2018," said the Venezuelan leader. | Maduro…
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Africa in Review 2018: Imperialist Militarism and the Quest for Reconstruction
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Bombing operations by the United States military against the Horn of Africa state of Somalia have escalated during the course of 2018. | Once the administration of President Donald Trump came into office nearly two years ago, purported "restrictions" placed on … | The post Africa in Review 2018: Imperialist Militarism and the Quest for Reconstruction appeared first on Global Research.
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Selected Articles: America's Wars, Coups and Sanctions in 2019
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | In 2019, we call upon our readers to participate in an important endeavor…. | The post Selected Articles: America's Wars, Coups and Sanctions in 2019 appeared first on Global Research.
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Saudi Arabia: Censorship of Netflix Is Latest Proof of Crackdown on Freedom of Expression
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-02
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The Gathering Climate Storm and the Media Cover-up
Dr. Andrew Glikson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
"Earth is now substantially out of energy balance. The amount of solar energy that Earth absorbs exceeds the energy radiated back to space. The principal manifestations of this energy imbalance are continued global warming on decadal time scales and continued … | The post The Gathering Climate Storm and the Media Cover-up appeared first on Global Research.
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Brazil: How A Modern Democracy Collapses
Travis Waldron | zcomm.org | 2019-01-02
Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazilian democracy — and a model for authoritarianism that leaders around the world will follow…
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Trump's America In 2019: Is The Mideast 'War On Terror' Paradigm Ending?
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2019-01-02
The primary post 9/11 paradigm of US foreign policy has been the war on terrorism, which is to say a profound and kinetic military and counter-insurgency engagement of the US Pentagon, CIA and State Department in the Greater Middle East. This paradigm succeeded the Cold War paradigm of 1946-1991, which collapsed when the Soviet Union […] | The post Trump's America In 2019: Is The Mideast 'War On Terror' Paradigm Ending? appeared first on The Iranian.
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University Of Tehran Improves Ranking Among World's Leading Universities
The Iranian | iranian.com | 2019-01-02
Data released by the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) shows that the University of Tehran (UT) has moved up 10 spots up among the world's leading universities during the current academic year (2018-19). According to URAP's rankings, the University of Tehran is now ranked 299th (compared to 309th in 2017-2018) from a list of the […] | The post University Of Tehran Improves Ranking Among World's Leading Universities appeared first on The Iranian…
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Applause as Warren Shows Support for Green New Deal—the Plan 'Every Serious Presidential Contender Should Embrace'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-02
After garnering some criticism from progressives for leaving her plans to combat the climate crisis out of her announcement regarding a potential 2020 presidential run, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) indicated Wednesday that she broadly supports the Green New Deal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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High debt, low deposits – Nigeria's banks on the line
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-02
Why millions of Nigerians are losing faith in their banking system?>…
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US wants access to American held in Russia on spying charges
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-02
US Secretary of State Pompeo says if Paul Whelan's 'detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return'.
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Somalia orders UN envoy to leave country
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-02
UN official Nicholas Haysom accused of interfering in national sovereignty, as officials declare him persona non-grata.
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Israeli settlement activity surged in Trump era: Monitor group
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-02
Peace Now data for the first nine months of 2018 shows the highest level of construction and planning since 2013.
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Trump's Slowing Syria Pullout Raises Many Serious Questions
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-02
(ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump's decision to slow the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, after initial reports that he planned for a "rapid" withdrawal, are raising a lot of questions. These center heavily on how this apparently unilateral slowing of the pullout is reconciled with previous promises to closely coordinate with Turkey. The decision to withdraw, after all, …

Trump’s Slowing Syria Pullout Raises Many Serious Questions

Outrage After Netflix Blocks Comedy Show Critical of Saudi Crown Prince
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-02
(MEE) — Netflix has removed an episode of comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj for viewers in Saudi Arabia after the country complained about the host's criticism of its war in Yemen and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. According to the FT, the streaming site confirmed it had removed the episode, which is …

Outrage After Netflix Blocks Comedy Show Critical of Saudi Crown Prince

UAE Arms Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen: Report
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-02
(MEMO) — A Yemeni warlord who has also been a fundraiser for Al-Qaeda and at one point is believed to have belonged to Daesh is being armed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the Washington Post has discovered. In a startling interview, Abu Al-Abbas revealed that he has received millions of dollars in weapons and financial support for his …

UAE Arms Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen: Report

Journalist Peter Byrne on the 'Forever War'
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-01-02
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The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did!
Lloyd Hart | indybay.org | 2019-01-02
In the Reagan administration the Vulcans were even further empowered to greater heights of criminal behaviour.
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Capitalism means Crisis and Trade War
Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel | indybay.org | 2019-01-02
Capitalism contains crisis as rainclouds contain rain, said Jean Jaures, 19th-century French socialist. Big Pharma, Big Wall Street, and Big Military Industrial Complex have armies of lobbyists. False concepts that financial markets are efficient and tend to equilibrium still rule economics. We the People should govern and politics should control economics. Fighting poverty should be part of public interest.
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Amazon Emergency Die-in at Brazilian Embassies Save the Rainforest
Extinction Rebellion | indybay.org | 2019-01-02
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Wilkerson's Real "Vice" — Cheney's Cold War and Regime Change (3/4)
Shared by trnn_cms_operator | therealnews.com | 2019-01-02
Cheney killed an Iranian peace offer, pushed a New Cold War with China, and planned regime change in Iraq, Iran and North Korea — says Larry Wilkerson, depicted in the film VICE and former Chief of Staff to Sec. State Colin Powell — a REPLAY of a 2010 interview by Paul Jay | The post Wilkerson's Real "Vice" — Cheney's Cold War and Regime Change (3/4) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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While Activists Mobilize for Lula, Right-wing Extremist is Inaugurated in Brazil
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-02
January 1st was the inauguration of Brazil's new right-wing extremist president Jair Bolsonaro. In his speech he promised to rid Brazil of socialism. Meanwhile, at a prison in Curitiba, thousands gathered in support of former Workers Party President Lula. Mike Fox reports from Brazil | The post While Activists Mobilize for Lula, Right-wing Extremist is Inaugurated in Brazil appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Billionaires Shouldn't Control Artificial Intelligence — Lester Earnest on RAI (4/5)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-02
"Patents block progress" — says Lester Earnest, founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford, on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay | The post Billionaires Shouldn't Control Artificial Intelligence — Lester Earnest on RAI (4/5) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Federal Employees' Union Sues Trump Administration Over Work Without Pay
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-02
The government shutdown continues as President Trump prepares to meet with congressional leaders just one day before Democrats take control of the House. President Trump has insisted on including $5 billion for border wall funding before he'll agree to sign any spending measure. Eight hundred thousand government workers' lives have been thrown into disarray by the shutdown, with 380,000 workers on furlough and 420,000 who have worked without pay since December 22. We speak with a federal workers' union that is suing the Trump administration over the shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees, or…
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Louisiana Offers Fossil Fuel Exporter Largest Local Tax Giveaway in History
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-02
Louisiana plans to collect no industrial property tax from the $15.2 billion Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal planned for its southwest corner, state officials announced in December. | Critics say this tax break is worth $1.4 to $2.4 billion, making it one of the largest local corporate tax exemptions in American history — even larger than those offered to Amazon for its much sought-after second headquarters. | Proposed by the natural gas firm Tellurian, the Driftwood terminal, which would liquefy and export 4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, is one of over a dozen gas export…
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On Trump's Syrian Pullout
Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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.
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Trump U-Turning on Syria Pullout?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-01
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 … | The post Trump U-Turning on Syria Pullout? appeared first on Global Research.
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Iran Challenges Saudi Role In The Afghan Endgame
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2019-01-01
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 […] | The post Iran Challenges Saudi Role In The Afghan Endgame appeared first on The Iranian.
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'Fired like a dog': Trump blasts 'dumb' Gen. McChrystal on Twitter after Syria criticism
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-01
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. | …
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Germany: 'Xenophobic' Attacker Drives Into Crowd of Migrants
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
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The Judge Tucker Court of Appeal's Decision Opens the Door to Mumia Abu-Jamal's Freedom
ICFFMA | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-01
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 … | The post The Judge Tucker Court of Appeal's Decision Opens the Door to Mumia Abu-Jamal's Freedom appeared first on Global Research.
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Neoliberalism, Militarism Await Brazil as Bolsonaro Sworn in
Martin Varese | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
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The 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: An Unprecedented Chapter in World History
Dr. Birsen Filip | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-01
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 … | The post The 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: An Unprecedented Chapter in World History appeared first on Global Research.
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The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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Brasilia Militarized as Far-right Jair Bolsonaro Takes Oath
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
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US And Israel Quit UNESCO, Citing 'Anti-Israel' Bias
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her disappointment in a statement to Reuters, saying "At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack." | RELATED: | Israel Rattled By UNESCO's Palestinian Protection Pledges | Israel followed its political ally in quitting the heritage agency at the stroke…
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Netflix Bows to Saudi Pressure, Removes Episode on Khashoggi
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
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Thinking about American Totalitarianism
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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,…
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The War for the Democratic Party Continues
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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On the Ghazals of Ghalib
Guy Rotella | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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A Break in Mumbai
Paul Tritschler | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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Turning the Page on 2018: Our Hopes for the New Year
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-01
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 … | The post Turning the Page on 2018: Our Hopes for the New Year appeared first on Global Research.
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GoBonobos in 2019!
Susan Block | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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2018: Year of the Rats and the Sinking Ships
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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STRATCOM Wishes You a Very Scary New Year
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-01
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 ?…
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Peru: Once Considered Dead, Muchik Language Now Has 80 Speakers
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
Once considered a dead language, Muchik now has about 80 speakers and is being taught at 38 schools in Peru, revitalizing one of the most important pre-Columbian tongues in the region. | RELATED: | Unesco: 190 Languages at Risk of Extinction in Brazil | Muchik, also known as mochica, yunga or yunka, was the main language for many people on the northern coast of what is now Peru, including the La Libertad, Lambayeque, Piura and Cajamarca regions. | It was considered dead at the beginning of…
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From Bizarre Rage Against James Joyce to MI5 Phone-Bugging: Why I Collect Snippets of Strangers' Conversations
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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Zapatistas Warn Mexico: 'We Won't Back AMLO Projects'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
Mexico's National Liberation Zapatista Army (EZLN) has declared it won't allow the "death projects" of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in its territory, vowing to maintain autonomy based on Indigenous customs. | RELATED: | New Era for Mexico's Zapatista Army 25 Years After Uprising | "We will fight, we will face, we won't allow him to come here with his destructive projects," said Subcomandante Moises, without naming Lopez Obrador directly, at the closing ceremony of the 25th…
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Is the Mideast 'War on Terror' Paradigm Ending?
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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Sudan President Bashir: 3 Decades of Power and War Crimes
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
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Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic
Madlen Davies | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-01
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 … | The post Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic appeared first on Global Research.
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'Ask her psychiatrist' — Trump on Warren believing she can win in 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-01
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. | …
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'The USA is with you!': Trump tweets congratulations as Bolsonaro sworn in as Brazilian president
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-01
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. | …
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Human Rights Abuses: Israel Most Condemned Country At UN In 2018
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2019-01-01
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 […] | The post Human Rights Abuses: Israel Most Condemned Country At UN In 2018 appeared first on The Iranian.
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As UNESCO Says Its Only Wish for 2019 is World Peace, US and Israel Officially Ditch UN Body
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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'Like It Was Christmas All Year:' GOP Succeeded in Making 2018 Yet Another Year the Rich Got Richer
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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'You Are Courting a Fascist': Pompeo Gives Inauguration US Blessing as Brazilians Brace for 'Repugnant' Bolsonaro
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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'What Kind of Maniacs Are Running This Country?': Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-01
"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…
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Majority of Americans Back Trump's Drawdowns in Syria, Afghanistan
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-01
(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 …

Majority of Americans Back Trump’s Drawdowns in Syria, Afghanistan

Dr. Cornel West on the Global Shift Right
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-01
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 | The post Dr. Cornel West on the Global Shift Right appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-01
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…
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War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-31
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. | The post War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US appeared first on Global Research.
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