2019-01-03: Social Media Postees

Syria: The Western Rogue States Must Confess Their Crimes Against Humanity and be Held Accountable
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
The West and its allies in the Gulf States, Turkey and Israel have waged an eight year war against the Syrian people. The West has besieged, starved and deprived the Syrian people of humanitarian aid while pouring "aid" into the … | The post Syria: The Western Rogue States Must Confess Their Crimes Against Humanity and be Held Accountable appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/syria-the-western-rogue-states-must-confess-their-crimes-against-humanity-and-be-held-accountable/5664521

The Hidden Structure of US Empire
Nicolas J S Davies | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
My father was a doctor in the British Royal Navy, and I grew up traveling by troop-ship between the last outposts of the British Empire — Trincomalee, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Malta, Aden, Singapore — and living in and around naval … | The post The Hidden Structure of US Empire appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-hidden-structure-of-us-empire/5664602

NATO Member-states to be Sued for 1999 Attack on Serbia
Srdjan Aleksic | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
A legal team is being put together in order to file lawsuits against NATO countries that took part in the 1999 bombing of Serbia. The team of experts is led by Mr Srdjan Aleksic, a well known Nis-based … | The post NATO Member-states to be Sued for 1999 Attack on Serbia appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/nato-member-states-to-be-sued-for-1999-attack-on-serbia/5664603

On the Origins and Legacies of Really Existing Capitalism: In Conversation with Prof. Kari Polanyi Levitt
Kari Polanyi Levitt | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Kari Polanyi Levitt is Emeritus Professor of Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She was born in Vienna in 1923 to the well‚Äêknown intellectual Karl Polanyi, and grew up there during the famous years of Red Vienna. She was … | The post On the Origins and Legacies of Really Existing Capitalism: In Conversation with Prof. Kari Polanyi Levitt appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/on-the-origins-and-legacies-of-really-existing-capitalism-in-conversation-with-kari-polanyi-levitt/5664584

Why France's Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored by "The Resistance" in the U.S
Max Parry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
""The rich are only defeated when running for their lives." — C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins | In less than two months, the yellow vests ("gilets jaunes") movement in France has reshaped the political landscape in Europe. For a seventh straight … | The post Why France's Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored by "The Resistance" in the U.S. appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/why-frances-yellow-vest-protests-have-been-ignored-by-the-resistance-in-the-u-s/5664454

"Persian Gulf of Tonkin" Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran?
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
With the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident as historical precedent, there's a real possibility that the U.S. government could stage an incident in the Persian Gulf that would allow the Trump administration to push for military intervention in the Persian … | The post "Persian Gulf of Tonkin" Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/persian-gulf-of-tonkin-ingredients-all-in-place-for-us-war-on-iran/5662075

Brazil: Bolsonaro Slashes Minimum Wage by Executive Order
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-03
Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro lowered the minimum wage. He signed a decree that sets the minimum wage to 998 Brazilian reais (approximately US$257) from 1,006 Brazilian reais (approximately US$267) as estimated by former President Michel Temer. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Gives Agriculture Ministry Power Over Indigenous Land | This action will be transitory as it has to be approved by the Congress within the next 60 days. | Taking the helm of their ministries Wednes…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Bolsonaro-Slashes-Minimum-Wage-by-Executive-Order-20190103-0009.html

Saudi Arabia to Condemn 5 to Death Over Khashoggi Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-03
Saudi Arabian prosecutors will seek the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects detained over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported Thursday, as a Saudi court held a first hearing on the case. | RELATED | Netflix Bows to Saudi Pressure, Removes Episode on Khashoggi | Saudi Arabia said it also sent new letters to the Turkish public prosecutor asking for "any evidence connected to this case," which has rattled the Saudi royal court and
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Arabia-to-Condemn-5-to-Death-Over-Khashoggi-Murder-Crown-Prince-MBS-Shielded-20190103-0008.html

Russiagate vs. Climate Genocide: How Democrats Cover Up Trump's Worst Crime
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
Russiagate's Beauty for Dems: Dissing Trump without Discussing Issues The more important an issue is to humanity, the likelier it is Democrats don't want to discuss it. Thus, it's hardly surprising that Noam Chomsky felt obliged to point out the "moral depravity" of both major parties for discussing neither climate change nor the increasing risk…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/russiagate-vs-climate-genocide-how-democrats-cover-up-trumps-worst-crime/

Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa!
Ann Garrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Geopolitics trumped international justice again–just in time for Christmas. On December 21, a French court closed the long-running case against Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his inner circle for assassinating Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira on … | The post Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/liberte-egalite-imperialisme-vive-la-france-in-black-africa/5664654

The Chinese Economy at 70: Slowing Down Amid a Protracted Trade War
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
Beijing. There is no future in predictions, as common as they are at this time of year. Add China into the mix and fate will be tempted to a dangerous degree. But there is one thing we can say for definite … the party will celebrate its 70th anniversary of coming to power in October, 2019. That could…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/the-chinese-economy-at-70-slowing-down-amid-a-protracted-trade-war/

Mumia Abu-Jamal Wins Major Court Victory
Jeff Mackler | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
On December 27, Philadelphia Superior Court Judge Leon Tucker ruled in favor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, holding that the actions of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge Ronald Castille demonstrated a "lack of impartiality" and "the appearance of bias." Tucker's decision represents a major victory for Abu-Jamal that opens the door to a new trial–or dismissal of…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/mumia-abu-jamal-wins-major-court-victory/

Democrats vs. Trump: Why Status Quo Ante and Obamaism are Not Enough
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
Beginning January 3, the Democrats have a choice: Do they act simply as anti-Trumps, seeking to reverse his policies and revert to status quo ante Obama- politics, or do they move toward something more transformational? If they are politically smart, they do the latter and build policies and a coalition more permanent. If they do…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/democrats-vs-trump-why-status-quo-ante-and-obamaism-are-not-enough/

What If Bernie Sanders Opposed Sanctions Against Venezuela?
Steve Ellner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-03
The politically-charged questions Sanders would likely get from the press, along with his possible responses…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/what-if-bernie-sanders-opposed-sanctions-against-venezuela/

The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered
Alan Mosley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
In the summer of 1945, President Harry Truman (image right) found himself searching for a decisive blow against the Empire of Japan. Despite the many Allied victories during 1944 and 1945, Truman believed Emperor Hirohito would urge his generals to | … | The post The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-atomic-bombing-of-japan-reconsidered/5664641

Fight for Net Neutrality Continues as Congress Exposes Its Own Corruption
Fight for the Future | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
As the new Congress is sworn in, the clock has run out for sitting lawmakers to sign on to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the FCC's resoundingly unpopular repeal of net neutrality. But the fight to restore … | The post Fight for Net Neutrality Continues as Congress Exposes Its Own Corruption appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/fight-for-net-neutrality-continues-as-congress-exposes-its-own-corruption/5664626

What Kind of Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine Do We Want?
Blake Alcott | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
In CounterPunch on 12 October 2018 Jeff Halper presented the thinking of a new group of Israelis, both Jewish and Palestinian, promoting One Democratic State in Palestine (or Israel/Palestine, as Halper prefers) called the ODS Campaign. While any support for ODS is welcome, I believe Halper's version contains some problems, while in any case offering a…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/what-kind-of-single-democratic-state-in-israel-palestine-do-we-want/

Iraq Vows to Buck US Sanctions on Iran and End US Troop Presence
James Carey | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-03
Many Iraqi leaders called Trump's recent surprise visit to their country a violation of their nation's sovereignty. This has ended up leading to a wider backlash and resulted in multiple Iraqi politicians demanding a complete end to the US military presence in the country. | The post Iraq Vows to Buck US Sanctions on Iran and End US Troop Presence appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/iraq-vows-to-buck-us-sanctions-on-iran-and-us-troop-presence/253489/

Scientists: East Africa is Source of Yemeni Cholera Epidemic
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-03
Researchers at Britain's Wellcome Sanger Institute and France's Institut Pasteur found that a strain of cholera that is causing an epidemic in Yemen came from eastern Africa and likely transferred through migration. | RELATED: | 'Grim Irony': Saudi Strikes Uses British Intel to Destroy UK Aid Facilities in Yemen | "Knowing how cholera moves globally, gives us the opportunity to better prepare for future outbreaks," said Nick Thomson, a professor at Sanger who c…
telesurenglish.net/news/Scientists-East-Africa-is-Source-of-Yemeni-Cholera-Epidemic-20190103-0002.html

The World Known to Me Is Fading Away. Towards the Virtual Era of Holograms
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
In a few hours it will be another new year, 2019. I can remember when 1984 seemed far in the future, both as a calendar date and George Orwell's predicted dystopia, to which 9/11 and the digital revolution gave birth … | The post The World Known to Me Is Fading Away. Towards the Virtual Era of Holograms appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-world-known-to-me-is-fading-away/5664460

Speaking Truth to Empire: The Legacy of William Blum
Alison Banville | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
On December 9 William Blum died. He was one of the great truth-tellers of this or any other era and an example of everything a real journalist should be. | Blum began working for the US State Department as a computer … | The post Speaking Truth to Empire: The Legacy of William Blum appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/speaking-truth-to-empire-the-legacy-of-william-blum/5664465

The Great Myth of the Anti-War Left Exposed
Andrew Moran | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Otto von Bismarck once said, "People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election." For decades, a common myth pervading the American political arena has been that the left is anti-war. But they … | The post The Great Myth of the Anti-War Left Exposed appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-great-myth-of-the-anti-war-left-exposed/5664624

A Loose Cannon for Peace?
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2019-01-03
"Humanity remains trapped in a cage sometimes called 'the war system,' which has the semblance of a permanent lockup."(Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Ecuador Welcomes New Year With 'Dance With the Devil'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-03
The new year arrives in Pillaro, a colorful city in the Tungurahua province of Ecuador, with devils dancing non-stop to a contagious rhythm throughout the week, calling out for renewal and purification of the soul. | RELATED: | Brazil Honors African Goddess Yemanya in New Year Ceremonies | This is the "Diablada of Pillaro," a celebration in which dancers become characters disguised in devil masks that, far from frightening, call out for participants to relish in the thousand-year-o…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuador-Welcomes-New-Year-With-Dance-With-the-Devil-20190103-0006.html

Of Color, Crime and Punishment
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
Trump, who has not been sworn to truthfulness, has sworn to uphold the Constitution, though he has spent virtually every day in office conspiring to assault it, without facing any real political or legal consequences, because he knows that in Washington, as in Hollywood, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley, "when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." In this, Trump is not alone and joins a notorious roster of deceptive oligarchs, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Colin Powell whose deluded search for WMDs in Iraq not only mislead the American people but destabilized an entire region and re…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/of-color-crime-and-punishment/

The Tory Descent into Oblivion
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
The Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, and Defence Secretary are all fighting fires of their own making, whilst stabbing each other in the back. The Tory leadership battle is definitely underway and demonstrates their continued descent into what very soon might … | The post The Tory Descent into Oblivion appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-tory-descent-into-oblivion/5664618

The Great Myth of the Anti-War Left Exposed
Andrew Moran | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Otto von Bismarck once said, "People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election." For decades, a common myth pervading the American political arena has been that the left is anti-war. But they … | The post The Great Myth of the Anti-War Left Exposed appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-great-myth-of-the-anti-war-left-exposed/5664624

The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered
Alan Mosley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
In the summer of 1945, President Harry Truman (image right) found himself searching for a decisive blow against the Empire of Japan. Despite the many Allied victories during 1944 and 1945, Truman believed Emperor Hirohito would urge his generals to | … | The post The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-atomic-bombing-of-japan-reconsidered/5664641

Israel Is Bad for America. The Gush of "Fake News" Regarding Israel
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
American journalism has become in its mainstream exponents a compendium of half-truths and out-and-out lies. The public, though poorly informed on most issues as a result, has generally figured out that it is being hoodwinked and trust in the Fourth … | The post Israel Is Bad for America. The Gush of "Fake News" Regarding Israel appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/israel-is-bad-for-america-the-gush-of-fake-news-regarding-israel/5664481

Indonesian Tsunami — Thievery, Ineptness and Presidential Elections
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
How low can a country governed by an unbridled greed, a notorious lack of morals and ubiquitous servility to its neo-colonialist masters, really sink? | And how can people tolerate lies, the naked cynicism and fanatical incompetence of the rulers? Can … | The post Indonesian Tsunami — Thievery, Ineptness and Presidential Elections appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/indonesian-tsunami-thievery-ineptness-and-presidential-elections/5664586

The Danish Dilemma
Tim Ross | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
For rock music aficionados, the name Billy Cross might ring a bell. This hip, shaggy-haired New Yorker played guitar way back when with Bob Dylan on two records (Bob Dylan at Budokan, Street-Legal). Cross parted ways with Dylan in the late 1970s and quickly landed on his feet in Denmark, where he's resided ever since.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/the-danish-dilemma/

Censoring Commentary on War Crimes and Mass Starvation Is No Joke
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-03
Netflix's censorship of an episode of Hasan Minhaj's show within Saudi Arabia has implications that go far beyond the dictatorship's borders. | The post Censoring Commentary on War Crimes and Mass Starvation Is No Joke appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Venezuela Slams Pompeo, Duque Over Rewriting Region's History
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-03
The Venezuelan government condemned Thursday the position of Colombian President Ivan Duque, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, "whose governments intend to subjugate and violate the sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people." | RELATED: | US: Mike Pompeo Starts Interventionist Latin American Tour | "It is a historical aberration the subordination of the current government of Colombia to U.S. interests, to the point of attempting to twist the heroic Bolivarian…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Slams-Pompeo-Duque-Over-Fake-Claim-US-Helped-Colombia-Achieve-Independence-20190103-0012.html

How War Propaganda in the Film Industry Really Works
Tom Secker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-03
As the co-authors of National Security Cinema, we have become known — rather inaccurately — for encouraging two major ideas: 1. That the government is really important in making movies more militaristic. 2. That Hollywood doesn't produce dissenting films. While the first of these is somewhat true it is a simplification, the second is a falsehood. | The government is involved in as wide a range of entertainment projects as you can imagine, from video games to chat shows to blockbusters to docudramas. While many of these were militaristic from conception, before the government got involved, there is no…
mintpressnews.com/how-war-propaganda-in-the-film-industry-really-works/253465/

Selected Articles: Empire-Building Continues in 2019
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, … | The post Selected Articles: Empire-Building Continues in 2019 appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-empire-building-continues-in-2019/5664666

Brazil's Bolsonaro Targets Minorities on 1st Day in Office
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-03
SAO PAULO–Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil's indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America's largest nation. | Sao Paulo's stock market, meanwhile, jumped 3.56 percent to a record closing of 91,012 points as new Cabinet ministers reinforced the intent to privatize state-owned companies and a Brazilian arms maker benefited from Bolsonaro's plans to loosen gun controls. Simi…
truthdig.com/articles/brazils-bolsonaro-targets-minorities-on-1st-day-in-office/

Resolutions to Improve Debates on Economic Policy in 2019
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-03
Okay, it's that time of year when we are all supposed to commit ourselves to performing nearly impossible tasks over the next twelve months. I will play the game. Here is the list of areas where I will try to bring economics into economic policy debates in 2019. 1) Patent and copyright monopolies are government…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/resolutions-to-improve-debates-on-economic-policy-in-2019/

A Loose Cannon For Peace?
Robert Koehler | zcomm.org | 2019-01-03
What has to happen next is that building peace becomes the norm…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-loose-cannon-for-peace/

As Trump Applauds Brazil's New Fascist President, Bolsonaro Wastes No Time Attacking Environment and Marginalized Brazilians
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-03
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro—whose inauguration on New Year's Day was lauded by U.S. President Donald Trump—wasted no time Wednesday introducing policies targeting the environment, indigenous Brazilians, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized populations, realizing the worst fears of progressives who have protested the openly misogynist, pro-torture president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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As Trump Applauds Brazil's New Pro-Fascist President, Bolsonaro Wastes No Time Attacking Environment and Marginalized Brazilians
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-03
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro—whose inauguration on New Year's Day was lauded by U.S. President Donald Trump—wasted no time Wednesday introducing policies targeting the environment, indigenous Brazilians, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized populations, realizing the worst fears of progressives who have protested the openly misogynist, pro-torture president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Veteran NBC Commentator Rips Failures, Pro-War Posture of Corporate Media in Scathing Resignation Letter
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-03
In a biting resignation letter published in full by CNN on Wednesday, longtime NBC News reporter, commentator, and military analyst William "Bill" Arkin blasted the corporate media network for embracing U.S. "national security leaders and generals" while "ignoring the empirical truth of what they have wrought: There is not one county in the Middle East that is safer today than it was 18 years ago. Indeed the world becomes ever more polarized and dangerous." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Veteran NBC/MSNBC Journalist Blasts the Network for Being Captive to the National Security State and Reflexively Pro-War to Stop Trump
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-01-03
A new generation of Democrats is being instilled with formerly right-wing Cold Warrior values of jingoism, àºber-patriotism, reverence for security state agencies and prosecutors, | The post Veteran NBC/MSNBC Journalist Blasts the Network for Being Captive to the National Security State and Reflexively Pro-War to Stop Trump appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/03/veteran-nbcmsnbc-journalist-blasts-the-network-for-being-captive-to-the-national-security-state-and-reflexively-pro-war-to-stop-trump/

Bolsonaro inaugurated as head of Brazil's most right-wing government since dictatorship
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-03
To mark his installation as president, the ex-army captain delivered a fascistic rant claiming his rise signaled Brazil's "liberation" from socialism and "political correctness."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-03
The year 2019 begins amidst the explosive interaction of geopolitical, economic and social crises. All over the world the ruling class is turning to ultra-right and neo-fascist politicians and organizations to defend the capitalist system. The threat of dictatorship and war can be defeated only through the political mobilization of the working class on the basis of an international socialist strategy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Amazon worker describes brutal conditions at Tracy, California warehouse during Camp Fire
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-03
Amazon workers in Tracy were forced to continue laboring in the smoke-filled air produced by the fire, making working conditions even worse than usual.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

German army plans recruitment of EU foreigners
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-03
Berlin is now using the lack of prospects and sheer desperation of young people to recruit cannon fodder for the German war policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Clint Eastwood's The Mule: The world's oldest drug courier
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-03
Eastwood's latest film fictionally dramatizes the potentially intriguing true story of Leo Sharp, an elderly World War II veteran and horticulturist who smuggled drugs for a Mexican cartel. However, it is a conformist and clichéd work.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Cuba deepens austerity in response to continued economic stagnation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-03
The Cuban government is cutting back on the consumption of energy and other goods as a result of stagnant growth, a fall in exports and the decline in oil subsidies from Venezuela.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

In deleted tweet, US nuclear command declares itself "ready" to "drop something"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-03
On New Year's Eve, the US Strategic Command, which oversees the United States' nuclear arsenal, posted a tweet declaring its readiness to "drop something much, much bigger" than the "big ball" at Times Square in New York.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Pro-war 'Trump circus': Veteran reporter quits NBC with biting critique of corporate newsroom
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-03
NBC News has given endless war and 'destructive' intelligence agencies a free pass, all while fixating on around-the-clock Trump hysteria, a veteran national security reporter wrote in a biting farewell message to his colleagues. | …
rt.com/usa/448005-william-arkin-nbc-war-news/

India responds to Trump's 'Afghan library' dig at PM Modi
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
Trump suggested India's contribution to development in Afghanistan was minimal, compared with that of the US.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/india-responds-trump-afghan-library-dig-pm-modi-190103134757592.html

Trump gives no timetable for pullout from 'sand and death' Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
US president continues to back off from initial order for rapid exit, says he wants to protect Kurdish fighters.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/trump-timetable-syria-troop-withdrawal-190102193953768.html

Trump gives no timetable for pullout from 'sand and death' Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
US president continues to back off from initial order for rapid exit, says he wants to protect Kurdish fighters.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/trump-timetable-syria-troop-withdrawal-190102193953768.html

Saudi Arabia puts Jamal Khashoggi murder suspects on trial
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
Saudi state media says prosecutor has demanded death penalty for five of the 11 defendants.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/saudi-arabia-puts-jamal-khashoggi-murder-suspects-trial-190103100349820.html

North Korea's envoy in Italy 'in hiding': South Korean MP
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
Pyongyang's acting ambassador and his family are reportedly seeking asylum in a Western country.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/north-korea-envoy-italy-hiding-south-korean-mp-190103092313747.html

Nigeria's Calabar Carnival defies financial woes
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
Harsh economic realities in Nigeria have forced government to cut spending but Calabar Carnival defies those challenges.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/nigerias-calabar-carnival-defies-financial-woes-190103104458179.html

Comedian Hasan Minhaj pokes fun at Saudi Netflix ban
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
US-based comic breaks silence after video streaming service blocked episode of his show Patriot Act for Saudi audiences.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/comedian-hasan-minhaj-pokes-fun-saudi-netflix-ban-190103052750782.html

Comedian Hasan Minhaj pokes fun at Saudi Netflix ban
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
US-based comic breaks silence after video streaming service blocked episode of his show Patriot Act for Saudi audiences.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/comedian-hasan-minhaj-pokes-fun-saudi-netflix-ban-190103052750782.html

Sudan's opposition calls for more protests against Omar al-Bashir
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
Sudanese president promises wage hikes in an attempt to stem demonstrations.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/sudan-opposition-calls-protests-omar-al-bashir-190103134058164.html

Al Jazeera captures evidence of food aid stolen in Yemen war
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
The WFP has accused both Houthis and Saudi-UAE coalition backed forces of diverting aid in areas under their control.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/al-jazeera-captures-evidence-food-aid-stolen-yemen-war-190103161522796.html

It's May's plan or 'no deal', Brexit minister warns
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
Brexit minister Stephen Barclay urges MPs to back PM Theresa May's divorce agreement with EU amid deep divisions.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/plan-deal-brexit-minister-warns-190103082439622.html

Oakland police chief Anthony Batts' "keep the peace" robocall (2010)
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-01-03
Oaklanders with a landline telephone in 2010 received this "keep the peace" robocall from Oakland police chief Anthony Batts in advance of Mehserle's sentencing.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/02/18820061.php

Amazon Emergency Die-in at Brazilian Embassies Save the Rainforest
Extinction Rebellion | indybay.org | 2019-01-03
All Brazilian Consulates…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/30/18820033.php

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Tour Recap: Fall 2018
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief | indybay.org | 2019-01-03
At the end of a long year, our second workshop tour is complete! Over the course of three months, we worked our way from Albuquerque to San Diego, then north toward Seattle, and across the midwest into Wisconsin, making a total of 21 stops.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/02/18820066.php

Capitalism means Crisis and Trade War
Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel | indybay.org | 2019-01-03
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/02/18820058.php

The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did!
Lloyd Hart | indybay.org | 2019-01-03
In the Reagan administration the Vulcans were even further empowered to greater heights of criminal behaviour.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/02/18820056.php

Fed Gov Shutdown &SF Hunters Point Treasure Island Whistleblowers Face Cover-up/Corruption
KPFA WorkWeek Radio | indybay.org | 2019-01-03
KPFA WorkWeek radio covers the government shutdown and threats to our public services and health and safety in the air transportation system. Next it looks at the growing scandal and cover-up of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island cleanup. Over $1 billion has been spent to supposedly remediate the sites but there continue to be dangerous radioactive contamination and Tetra Tech and Test American fired OSHA and health and safety whistleblowers. The program looks at the failure of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and California State Department of Public Health that will now be run by…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/02/18820075.php

How Activists Are Moving the Dial on Student Loan Debt
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-03
Student loan debt has just reached an all-time high of $1.465 trillion. That's double the $675 billion in loan debt amassed in June 2009, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. With more than 44.5 million people in some type of student loan debt, it's increasingly becoming part of the platforms of high-profile progressive policymakers. | The national conversation has come a long way in the years sin…
truthout.org/articles/how-activists-are-moving-the-dial-on-student-loan-debt/

Wilkerson's Real "Vice" — Cheney Moved GOP to Far Right (4/4)
Shared by trnn_cms_operator | therealnews.com | 2019-01-03
In 2005, the Iraq War debacle weakens Cheney's influence in the White House, but in and out of office, he continued to help create conditions for far-right control of the Republican Party — says Larry Wilkerson, depicted in the film VICE and former Chief of Staff to Sec. State Colin Powell — a REPLAY of… | The post Wilkerson's Real "Vice" — Cheney Moved GOP to Far Right (4/4) appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/wilkersons-real-vice-cheney-moved-gop-to-far-right-4-4

The Left Is on a Roll, and Trump Is Beatable in 2020
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-03
One constant theme of the Trump era is an unspecified anxiety about whether anything matters. Throughout 2017, Trump lied at an unprecedented scale. Did any of it matter? Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey, then confessed on NBC News that he did so to relieve pressure from the Russia probe. Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, and each passing week gave the public a small glimpse into what his office was looking into. But with every breaking news story, the inevitable follow-up question was: Does any of this matter? | The 2018 midterms gave the public a clear sign that yes, Trump's reprehensibl…
truthout.org/articles/the-left-is-on-a-roll-and-trump-is-beatable-in-2020/

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…
mintpressnews.com/iran-offers-an-alternative-to-us-occupation-in-afghanistan/253425/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/02/the-new-congress-and-the-rolling-catastrophe-of-the-us-body-politic/

UK Minister Questions Iranian and Syrian Asylum-Seeking Claims
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
Britain's interior minister on Wednesday questioned if asylum seekers increasingly using small boats to cross the Channel from France were genuinely fleeing persecution — drawing immediate criticism from asylum advocates. | RELATED: | Germany: 'Xenophobic' Attacker Drives Into Crowd of Migrants | During a visit to the southeastern English port town of Dover, where asylum requests have spiked in recent months, Home Secretary Sajid Javid questioned why people had not already claim…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Minister-Questions-Iranian-and-Syrian-Asylum-Seeking-Claims-20190102-0017.html

Trump wants 'insane' public releases of Pentagon watchdog reports to end
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-02
US President Donald Trump has slammed the Pentagon's inspector-general for releasing reports about Iraq and Afghanistan to the public, demanding even less transparency from one of the country's least transparent agencies. | …
rt.com/usa/447970-trump-public-watchdog-insane/

Trump wants 'insane' public releases of Pentagon watchdog reports to end
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-02
US President Donald Trump has slammed the Pentagon's inspector-general for releasing reports about Iraq and Afghanistan to the public, demanding even less transparency from one of the country's least transparent agencies. | …
rt.com/usa/447970-trump-public-watchdog-insane/

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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14199

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.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-americas-wars-coups-and-sanctions-in-2019/5664552

Yemen's Hodeida Region Rocked by New Saudi Attack as Fragile Truce is Shaken
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-02
The Houthis have called on the United Nations to pressure the Saudi-led coalition to abide by the recent UN-brokered peace agreement reached in Sweden but there thus far has been no UN comment on the new Saudi attack. | The post Yemen's Hodeida Region Rocked by New Saudi Attack as Fragile Truce is Shaken appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/yemenshodeida-region-rocked-by-new-saudi-attack-as-fragile-truce-is-shaken/253456/

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.
mintpressnews.com/land-of-the-free-unless-you-want-to-criticize-israel/253430/

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.
mintpressnews.com/un-panel-details-organ-theft-staged-attacks-white-helmets/253441/

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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/2/as…

Venezuela Lost Billions 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-billion 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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Lost-Billions-as-Result-of-US-led-Sanctions-Maduro-20190102-0013.html

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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/02/who-isnt-running-democratic-presidential-nomination?cd-origin=rss

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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/02/who-isnt-running-democratic-presidential-nomination?cd-origin=rss

Dominican Republic Takes UN Security Council Seat as President
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
For the first time in the nation's history, the Dominican Republic is joining the United Nations Security Council as a non-parliamentary member, U.N. officials announced Tuesday. | RELATED: | Somalia: UN Envoy's Expulsion Follows al-Shabab Attack on Base | The Caribbean country begins its two-year term with a strong start, assuming the rotating role…
telesurenglish.net/news/Dominican-Republic-Takes-UN-Security-Council-Seat-as-President-20190102-0019.html

2018: A Year of Forever War in Review According to the "Adults in the Room"
Major Danny Sjursen | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-02
Call it the deep state, the swamp, or whatever you like, but bottom line: during Trump's first two years in office, there wasn't, until now, any serious rethinking of American foreign and military policy, not in terms of peaceableness anyway. | The post 2018: A Year of Forever War in Review According to the "Adults in the Room" appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/2018-a-year-of-forever-war-in-review-according-to-the-adults-in-the-room/253447/

Loving Me Was Easier: A Parable for the Perplexed, Confusing Times
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Individualism, Loving Oneself… A few years ago "I married myself", but we've reconsidered and have filed for divorce. It's no one's fault really, but we are emotionally devastated nevertheless. At least we have no children. Sologamy didn't seem to suit … | The post Loving Me Was Easier: A Parable for the Perplexed, Confusing Times appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/loving-me-was-easier-a-parable-for-the-perplexed-confusing-times/5664530

Keeping GlobalResearch.ca Online in 2019 and Beyond
The Global Research Team | 2019-01-02
Dear Readers, | As we enter the New Year we wish you all a happy and healthy 2019. Support from our readers has always played a key role in keeping GlobalResearch.ca online, especially since we refuse to take any form of … | The post Keeping GlobalResearch.ca Online in 2019 and Beyond appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/keeping-globalresearch-ca-online-in-2019-and-beyond/5664568

Loving Me Was Easier: A Parable for the Perplexed, Confusing Times
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Individualism, Loving Oneself… A few years ago "I married myself", but we've reconsidered and have filed for divorce. It's no one's fault really, but we are emotionally devastated nevertheless. At least we have no children. Sologamy didn't seem to suit … | The post Loving Me Was Easier: A Parable for the Perplexed, Confusing Times appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/loving-me-was-easier-a-parable-for-the-perplexed-confusing-times/5664530

Saudi Arabia: Censorship of Netflix Is Latest Proof of Crackdown on Freedom of Expression
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-02
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/01/02/saudi-arabia-censorship-netflix-latest-proof-crackdown-freedom-expression?cd-origin=rss

Amos Oz Remembered: The Sharp Talons of a Zionist "Dove"
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-02
It is wrong to speak ill of the dead. Amos Oz, however, was not a private man, not just an individual but an icon. He thrived and benefited greatly from his image as a Zionist, a patriot, and with that, a peace-loving man, a true "dove." Oz was the icon of the culture of the colonizer. | The post Amos Oz Remembered: The Sharp Talons of a Zionist "Dove" appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/manufactured-legacy-israeli-activist-amos-oz/253413/

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…
mintpressnews.com/rudy-giuliani-julian-assange-not-prosecuted/253420/

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.
globalresearch.ca/chinas-long-term-trade-and-currency-goals-the-belt-and-road-initiative/5664526

Venezuela Rejects Interventionist Comments by Pompeo in Brazil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela issued a statement Wednesday rejecting the interventionist nature of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Latin America tour that he began in Brazil this week. | RELATED: | Venezuelan President Maduro Gives Last 2018 National Address | Pompeo traveled to Brazil for far-right Jair Bolsonaro'…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Rejects-Interventionist-Comments-by-Pompeo-in-Brazil-20190102-0014.html

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.
mintpressnews.com/un-panel-details-organ-theft-staged-attacks-white-helmets/253441/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/02/a-road-trip-across-the-american-south-with-politics-in-mind/

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/only-billionaires-will-miss-paul-ryan/

10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don't Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius
Lorraine Chow | commondreams.org | 2019-01-02
A major IPCC special report released in October warns that even just a half-degree more of warming could be disastrous. (Photo: via Earth Island Journal) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/02/10-worst-case-climate-predictions-if-we-dont-keep-global-temperatures-under-15?cd-origin=rss

Foiled New Year 'Terror Attack' in Venezuelan Oil Plant Leaves Two Dead
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-02
Oil Minister Quevedo claimed the attack forms part of a plan to sabotage the oil industry.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14200

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/02/doing-business-with-tyrants/