2019-01-04: Social Media Postees

Syria and Afghanistan: Two Different Realities
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
Two terrible wars, two mighty destructions, but two absolutely opposite outcomes. | In Syria, it may be autumn now, but almost the entire country is blossoming again, literally rising from ashes. Two thousand miles east from there, Afghanistan is smashed against … | The post Syria and Afghanistan: Two Different Realities appeared first on Global Research.

Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal?
Sen. Richard Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
Trump's possible backtracking on withdrawal from Syria means he may have been once again outmaneuvered by the Deep State, says Virginia State Senator Dick Black. | Following the outcry after President Donald Trump's announcement that he was pulling U.S. troops from … | The post Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal? appeared first on Global Research.

Migration, Injustice and the Horrific Irony of It All
Bruce Neuburger | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
When Jimmy Gomez, U.S. Congressman, accompanied a group of recently arrived migrants to the U.S. border in San Isidro, he got a revealing, first hand glimpse of ICE policy. The group went to the border to inquire as to how they could apply for asylum. They were no sooner at the border when, in the Congressman's…

Why Are Leftists Cheering the Potential Demise of Rojava's Socialist Experiment?
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
Lost in the discussions of Donald Trump's abrupt announcement of the withdrawal of United States troops from Rojava is the possible fate of the democratic and cooperative experiment of the Syrian Kurds. Threatened with annihilation at the hands of Turkish invaders, should we simply wipe our hands and think nothing of an interesting experiment in…

Peace for Syria and a "New Kurdistan" as Regional Stabilizing Factor?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
The US will withdraw her troops from Syria. Will they really? — Let's take Trump at his word, just for argument's sake. Though in the meantime, RT reports that the withdrawal may be slower than anticipated, to allow Erdogan making … | The post Peace for Syria and a "New Kurdistan" as Regional Stabilizing Factor? appeared first on Global Research.

Despite Everything, the US Troops Should Leave Syria
Stephen Zunes | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
Donald Trump's sudden decision to remove U.S. forces from Syria appears to have been impetuous and ill-considered — apparently a result of a conversation with Turkey's autocratic president Recep Erdoƒüan. That doesn't mean, however, that the United States should remain in that country. It's quite reasonable to question how and why Trump made his choice.

Analysts Confirm: Israel Used Civilian Airliners as Cover in Christmas Day Airstrikes in Syria
Philip M. Giraldi | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-04
Analysts have confirmed that the Israelis carried out the strikes in Syria by deliberately using scheduled airline departures and arrivals as cover to foil the improved and upgraded Syrian air defenses. | The post Analysts Confirm: Israel Used Civilian Airliners as Cover in Christmas Day Airstrikes in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump says there is no set date for Syria troop withdrawal
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-04
While Trump bemoaned Washington's "never-ending war," his acting Defense Secretary told the Pentagon to focus on "China, China, China."

Will Bernie Sanders Will Be Our President in 2020?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
The 2016 Presidential election had two starkly different primaries. Inspired by hatred of Barack Obama, every Republican, big hands and small, came out to run. The 17 candidates in the field were all, at least relatively speaking, establishment candidates, save one Donald J. Trump. We now know, and we should have seen then, that Donald…

CIA Head Turned Stooge: Pompeo Preaches Trump Dogma to World
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
Bouncing between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru and inflamed with a mission to strengthen international relations, the right hand of U.S. President Donald Trump, State Secretary Mike Pompeo, has been causing a stir across the Latin American continent; his very presence a constant reminder of Trump's threat of military intervention. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects Interventionist Comments by Pompeo in Brazil | With an extensive resume and an aggressive stance on foreign policy, the 54…

A Gaullist Reflex? General de Villiers and the Yellow Vest Movement
Umberto Pascali | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
Very interesting interview with the Russian Sputnik of Jean-Louis Esquivié a General of the gendarmerie and right-hand man of the anti-terrorist unit of the Elysee in the 1980s. First of all, notice the following question asked by Sputnik. | Notice the | … | The post A Gaullist Reflex? General de Villiers and the Yellow Vest Movement appeared first on Global Research.

Reprieve Comment on Bolsonaro Ally's Call for Brazil to "Open Its Own Guantanamo"
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-04

The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire
Nicolas J S Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
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 dockyards in England and Scotland. The British naval bases where I grew up and the…

Brazil: Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Dictatorship
Fernando Haddad | zcomm.org | 2019-01-04
Bolsonaro's election marks the most radical political shift in the country since military rule ended more than 30 years ago…

Capitalism and Race Redux
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
Race is among the more tortured axes of American social relations. The nation was formed from slavery and genocide and no redistribution of political and economic power has been made to rectify the imbalance that resulted. And less formalized types of violence and exploitation have persisted into the present. The same is true of treatment of the indigenous population— as late as the 1970s indigenous women of childbearing age were still being forcibly sterilized.

There's Got to be a Better Way: Of Friends, Science, Politics and Bears
Jesse Logan | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
My Canadian friend Barrie Gilbert was visiting Yellowstone Country recently, just like he does every spring and every fall. I look forward to Barrie's visits — we have a lot of fun getting together with other close friends, usually at the Chico Saloon, but best of all, Barrie and I get out for some serious…

How I Fell in Love With Greek Art
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
I rarely paid attention to images or pictures. My focus was always the written word. My mind built the gods, heroes, and material artifacts, including temples and the Parthenon. I had to do that because the country of my birth, Greece, in the twentieth century, was largely without the statues of ancient Greek gods and…

The Demise of the West. Western Elites Are Anti-Democratic
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
It is customary to speak of Western countries as democracies. In actual fact, the countries are oligarchies in which voting, which conveys the semblance that government is accountable to the people, seldom changes anything as elected officials are constrained by … | The post The Demise of the West. Western Elites Are Anti-Democratic appeared first on Global Research.

Within Hours of Taking Office, "Trump of the Tropics" Starts Assault on the Amazon
Andy Rowell | commondreams.org | 2019-01-04
We must all bear witness to what is happening in the Amazon. For the sake of its people, for the sake of the forest as well as for the sake of the climate. (Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The art of the revolution will be internationalist
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-04
The ideological battle must be fought not only with words but also with the production of images and visuals that propel the work of movements forward. | Source…

Judge Richard Goldstone Suffered for Turning His Back on Gaza, But Not as Much as the Palestinians He Betrayed
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
When a hero lets you down, the betrayal lasts forever. I'm not alone, I know, when I say that Richard Goldstone was a hero of mine — a most formidable, brilliant and brave judge who finally spoke truth to power in the Middle East. And then recanted like a frightened political prisoner, with protestations of love for…

'Humiliating Subordination': Lima Group, US Meet to 'Free' Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
The foreign affairs ministers of the countries that make up the Lima Group met Friday with the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to determine the next set of actions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, ahead of his inauguration on Jan. 10. | ANALYSIS: | How Lima Group Undermines Unasur's Regional Sovereignty Mission | "What we have said since the creation of this group of governments joined against Venezuela, to which the U.S., in theo…

Sanders, Warren and the DSA
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
For the past few months, dating back at least to Bhaskar Sunkara's October 23rd Guardian op-ed piece titled "Think Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the same? They aren't", the "democratic socialist" wing of the Democratic Party has mounted an ideological offensive against the Senator from Massachusetts, laying the groundwork for Sanders's 2020 presidential campaign. Though…

Everything Is Plunging: Stocks, Yields, Dollar Tumble as ISM, Apple Panic Spreads
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
It did not take long for the market to flush today, when after a tentative drop following last night's AAPL revenue guidance cut and the FX multi-flash crash, stocks took lows with the Dow plunging over 650 points this morning … | The post Everything Is Plunging: Stocks, Yields, Dollar Tumble as ISM, Apple Panic Spreads appeared first on Global Research.

Tribal Nationalism vs Global Unity
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
Change, discontent and uncertainty are some of the most prominent characteristics of the times. These interconnected terms are routinely used to describe global affairs and are key factors animating the global protest movement as well as the growing tide of nationalism: Both movements arise from the same seed, one is progressive and in harmony with…

Our Top Stories of 2018
CounterPunch | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
What Brett Kanavaugh Really Learned in High School by JoAnn Wypijewski Ghosts in the Propaganda Machine by Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank Capitalism as an Obstacle to Equality and Democracy by Richard D. Wolff The Mind-Benders: How to Harvest Facebook Data, Brainwash Voters, and Swing Elections by Roberto Gonzales Trump's Travesty of Protectionism by…

NAFTA 2.0: Nothing for Workers
Bruce Allen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
The year 2019 begins with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 already standing exposed as another corporate trade agreement with no one, including union leaders, having paid attention to what has just happened with respect to it. Specifically, … | The post NAFTA 2.0: Nothing for Workers appeared first on Global Research.

The Factual Reporting by David Sirota That Stirred an Epic Freakout
Katie Halper | commondreams.org | 2019-01-04
Journalist David Sirota "reportedly" started a war by writing a piece of journalism based on a congressman's voting record and a single tweet based on some campaign finance data he found surprising. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Soviet socialism more popular than ever among Russians
Gavin Mendel-Gleason | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-04
live-peoples-world.pantheonsite.io/?post_type=article&p=81902 | Even before George Herbert Walker Bush's cadaver was cold last Nov. 30, as accolades came heaping upon the one-term president (1989-1993), I wondered who were they talking about? The dictum "Do not speak ill of the dead," attributed to the 6th century BCE philosopher Chilon of Sparta, may be appropriate at your uncle's funeral. But …

The Shutdown as Fascist Creep: Profiling Right-Wing Extremism in America
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
The government shutdown over Trump's proposed southern border wall is a teachable moment, speaking to the danger of rising fascism in America. Contrary to prominent scholarly efforts, I do not believe it is useful to draw a dividing line between Trump's politics on the one hand, and white supremacy and fascist ideology on the other. Trump may not officially call for an exclusively white ethno-state in his speeches or proposals, but he has long straddled the line between hateful far-right ideology and fascism in his rhetoric and policies. Considering his flirtation with the white supremacist "alt-right" movement a…

Elizabeth Warren's Presidential Bid Leaves Questions to Be Answered
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-01-04
if this nation is to ever have a female president, Warren would be a good first choice, and certainly a much better one than Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Screen shot / YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Elizabeth Warren Nails Economy, Muddles Foreign Policy
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-04
It's imperative to criticize presumable progressive politicians and parse their words carefully. It might open the door to actual improvements in policy, writes Sam Husseini. By Sam Hussein Post Haven In her New Year's Eve announcement about forming an… Read more ?…

Russia and the Liberals
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
Hillary Clinton and the people around her did not revive the Cold War on their own, but they did play a significant role. As a general rule, HRC's initiatives turn out badly. As First Lady, she set the cause of health care reform back a generation — or longer, inasmuch as the Affordable Care Act…

Stock hammered amidst more signs of a coming recession
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-04
San José, CA – The New Year is starting off much the way 2018 ended: with U.S. stocks being hammered again. On Thursday, January 3, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell more than 600 points, the technology heavy NASDAQ fell more than 200, and the broad S&P 500 fell more than 60 points. All the averages fell more than 2% to put the year into the red. | Apple Corporation, which just a few months ago was the first company to rise above $1 trillion in stock market value, fell more than 8% after reporting that sales and profits were down for the last three months of the year. Delta Airlines also cut back on th…

Brazil's Bolsonaro Seeks to Grant Police Impunity Over Violence
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro urged Friday the urgent approval of a bill to protect police officers in the country from being prosecuted over crimes committed while on duty. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Open to Hosting US Military Base | The far-right president, elected on a law-and-order platform, warned in a tweet that sky-high violence would only slow if laws were passed to provide police and soldiers freedom from prosecution when on active duty. "The legislative, executive and judici…

The Biden Band-Aid: Will Democrats Contain the Insurgency?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
The 2020 election horse race is beginning to take shape. Unless something unexpected happens (e.g., impeachment, resignation), Trump will likely seek reelection as the Republican candidate. A number of independents will seek third-party (e.g., Greens, Socialists) candidacy. And then there are the Democrats. Numerous Democratic politicos are beginning to cluster behind the starting gate considering a primary run…

What It Means to Put Class First
Michael Schwalbe | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
Analysts of capitalist society who give primacy to class relations–sometimes branded "class firsters"–have been met with a mix of false and contradictory charges. Michael Yates's CounterPunch (12/24/18) essay, based on his book Can the Working Class Change the World? (Monthly Review Press, 2018), is a good example of this muddled criticism. Yates's piece warrants a close look…

'My Country No More': PBS asks, Whose land is it?
Michael Berkowitz | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-04
Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling's PBS Independent Lens film My Country No More is an absorbing, mannered modern range war. This story of oil development in the upper Midwest harkens back to and beyond 19th-century homesteading. Even as ranchers and developers haggle over land use, the long shadow of original users raises the fundamental questions …

Brazil's road to neo-fascism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-04
Pedro Rocha de Oliveira considers the context of Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power in Brazil. | Source…

Sudan: A dictator on the ropes hits back viciously
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-04
Since he took power in a military coup back in 1989, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir has ruled Sudan with a combination of corruption and repression. Up to now, he has fended off armed rebellions, massive labor and other protests, and international attempts to prosecute him for genocide and other horrific crimes. The Trump administration had …

A Tale of Two Toilets: Profiting from Necessity?
Judith Deutsch | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities famously opens with the lines "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…" Reflecting extremes in wealth and well-being, a number of current publications mirror Dickens: Andrew Levine's…

French Police Arrest "Yellow Vest" Spokesman Eric Drouet
Anthony Torres | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
Wednesday night, as he went to Paris's Concord Square to light candles to commemorate "yellow vest" protesters who have died during the movement, police arrested Eric Drouet. The pretext for this arrest, which tramples underfoot the constitutionally protected right … | The post French Police Arrest "Yellow Vest" Spokesman Eric Drouet appeared first on Global Research.

HSBC: War Crimes Behind Divesting from Israeli Arms Maker
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
HSBC issued a statement Friday clarifying that its decision to pull out of the Israeli defense company Elbit Systems a few weeks ago was not related to the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, but instead with the company's decision to produce the widely-banned and deadly Cluster munitions. | RELATED: | BDS Victory: Banking Giant Pulls Support From Israeli Arms Firm | "HSBC's decision to divest from Elbit Systems was not the result of campaigning by the Boy…

Why We Don't Need a Wall
Mike McCabe | progressive.org | 2019-01-04
When we are at our best, we don't spend billions of dollars building monuments to paranoia. And we sure don't allow fixation on the erection of such a monument — call it a wall, call it a fence — to bring useful functions of government to a halt.

U.S. Employers Add Stellar 312,000 Jobs in December
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-04
WASHINGTON–U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government. | The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent, but that reflected a surge in job seekers–a positive for growth. | Average hourly pay improved 3.2 percent from a year ago. | The health care, food services, construction, and manufacturing sectors were the primary contributors to last month's hiring. | The strong job gains sug…

Russiagate vs. Climate Genocide
Patrick Walker | zcomm.org | 2019-01-04
How Democrats Cover Up Trump's Worst Crime…

Peru: Thousands Demand Top Prosecutor's Resignation
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
Thousands in Peru took to the streets Thursday to demand the resignation of the country's top prosecutor Pedro Chavarry after he dismissed two key prosecutors in the corruption probe against Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. | RELATED: | Peru President Requests State of Emergency as Odebrecht Prosecutors Dismissed | Major demonstrations were organized on Jan. 1 in support of prosecutors Jose Perez and Rafael Vela, who denounced Chavarry's move as "illegal" T…

Mass Psychosis and the Church of Humanitarian Interventionism
David Penner | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-04
Like the proverbial general always fighting the last war, liberals remain trapped in the past, unable to adapt to rapidly unfolding kinetic developments. The problem is that not only is this general fighting the last war, but the general can no longer distinguish between right and left and has lost any semblance of a moral compass. | The post Mass Psychosis and the Church of Humanitarian Interventionism appeared first on MintPress News.

Elizabeth Warren Pierces Through Rhetoric on Economy, Muddles on Foreign Policy
Sam Husseini | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
In her New Year's Eve announcement forming an exploratory committee for the presidency, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a great point: "Right now, Washington works great for the wealthy and the well-connected. It's just not working for anyone else." In case you missed that, she pointedly did not say "the economy isn't working well" or such, as…

Looking Backward (2018) and Forward (2019). Trump's Unpredictable Behavior
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-04
Many years ago, I came across a pre-Islamic Arabic poem describing a camel running across the desert. Suddenly, the camel freezes in mid-stride. First, it looks backward in fear of what it was running from, and then it turns its … | The post Looking Backward (2018) and Forward (2019). Trump's Unpredictable Behavior appeared first on Global Research.

Pompeo Tours Latin America with an Eye on Venezuela Regime Change
Ricardo Vaz | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-04
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with allies in a tour of Latin America this week, in which he talked about stepping up US-led efforts against Venezuela. | The Trump administration has been increasingly hostile towards the Caribbean nation, escalating sanctions and even threatening a military "option." | Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is due to start his second term on January 10, having won re-election on May 20, but Washington and several right-wing regional governments have refused to recognize…

On Pocahontas: Democrats, Press Must Stop Playing Into the Master Manipulator's Hands
Chris Orlet | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
The day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced that she was launching an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential race, National Public Radio reported that President Donald Trump had responded to the news by again referring to the Massachusetts senator as "Pocahontas" and ridiculing her recent attempt to prove her Native American ancestry via a DNA…

Class War in Sweden
Gabriel Kuhn — Micke Nordin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
The "Peace Obligation" Proposal The resurgence of — true or self-proclaimed — socialist movements in the Global North has implied very generous interpretations of life in the Nordic countries. Sweden, in particular, has often been hailed as a model for the "democratic socialism" espoused by Bernie Sanders and others. It is true that the legacy…

Things Hidden from the Beginning of the World: Between Ozymandias and Gaia
Creston Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
The Veil of Isis is said to hide all the secrets of nature, secrets that remain forever beyond the reach of mortals. Legend has it that the words, "I am all that has been and is and shall be; and no mortal has ever lifted my veil."are inscribed on Isis' original statue. These days we're…

Burning Books, Banning Art, and the Persistence of American Puritanism
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04

In defense of socialist meritocracy
Laurent Ross | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-04
This op-ed is a response to a Dec. 19, 2018 article, Universal Basic Income: Ruling class scam or step toward socialism?, by Tim Libretti. Tim Libretti writes a wonderful article on various proposals for a universal basic income. At first, it's great, going into the argument that the fact major capitalists are supporting this idea …

North Korean Envoy to Italy Vanishes; Did He Defect?
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-04
According to South Korea's spy agency, Jo Song Gil and his wife went into hiding in November. A defection would embarrass leader Kim Jong Un. | The post North Korean Envoy to Italy Vanishes; Did He Defect? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Trump mulls ex-senator Jim Webb, opponent of Middle East wars, as Mattis replacement — reports
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-04
The Trump administration is reportedly considering Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator opposed to the Iraq war who served as Navy secretary under Reagan, to replace Jim Mattis as Defense Secretary on a permanent basis. | …

Girl power to kill: Women now control America's military-industrial complex
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-04
It's not just Congress that's seeing more and more female faces as of late. Women have taken control of the US' multibillion dollar military-industrial complex too. Who said that war is only a man's business? | …

Slamming Joe Lieberman for Joining Chinese Telecom Giant, Warren Calls for 'Lifetime Ban' on Members of Congress Becoming Lobbyists
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-04
"Corruption in Washington isn't about a single president or political party. It runs deep. We should call it out—and we should pass my sweeping anti-corruption reforms." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Bernie Sanders Reminds Liz Cheney of Iraq War Lies After Daughter of Bush VP Attacks So-Called 'Fraud of Socialism'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-04
After Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)—daughter of the notorious warmonger former Vice President Dick Cheney—attacked the so-called "fraud of socialism" in a "Trumpism-inflected" speech on the U.S. House floor on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) clapped back with a reference to what has been called her father's "biggest lie." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Bolsonaro Unveils Mass Privatization Plan for Brazil While Slashing Taxes for Rich and Wages for Poor
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-04
Ending his first week in office by quickly putting into action the far-right agenda he promoted during his campaign, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday unveiled economic proposals that critics says will worsen inequality across Brazil, putting corporate profits above the well-being of middle- and lower-class families. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The global slowdown: US trade war comes home
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-04
The economic warfare pursued by the Trump administration with the support of broad sections of the US political establishment is coming home to roost in the form of a global slowdown spreading to the United States.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-04
Workers at Ryanair in Spain are preparing for strike action January 8,9 and 11 while Nigeria continues to be hit by a wave of strikes including doctors and academics.

New Horizons completes flyby of Ultima Thule
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-04
Ultima Thule is 6.4 billion kilometers from Earth, the most distant astronomical body ever explored by a spacecraft.

Pompeo to push for GCC unity, press Saudis on Khashoggi on visit
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-04
In first trip to the Middle East since Trump ordered US troops out of Syria, top US diplomat will visit eight countries.

Iraq's Dama board game struggles to survive in digital era
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-04
The 5,000-year-old board game – easy to learn, but difficult to master – is in danger of being forgotten by the youth.

Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-04
Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Lima Group won't recognise new Maduro government in Venezuela
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-04
The rebuke comes as President Nicolas Maduro is due to start a second term, following a controversial election.

Shutdown talks to continue as WH warns Trump won't 'back off'
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-04
Top politicians, Trump to meet as shutdown hits two-week mark without signs that either side will budge on wall funding.

'Not sufficient': UN on Saudi trial into Jamal Khashoggi killing
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-04
UN human rights office questions fairness of the Saudi trial, calling for probe 'with international involvement'.

Iraq: Several killed in Baghdad women's shelter fire
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-04
At least six killed, 22 injured after riot in Baghdad's women shelter causes fire, says official.

Under Pressure, Trump Sought Pledges From Erdogan About Fate of Syrian Kurds
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — After announcing the US withdrawal from Syria in the wake of a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Trump held a second call days later seeking assurances from Erdogan about what would happen to the Syrian Kurdish territory Turkey is about to invade. Trump told Erdogan he was "under pressure," and needed a …

Under Pressure, Trump Sought Pledges From Erdogan About Fate of Syrian Kurds

Oakland police chief Anthony Batts' "keep the peace" robocall (2010)
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-01-04
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.

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Tour Recap: Fall 2018
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief | indybay.org | 2019-01-04
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.

Capitalism means Crisis and Trade War
Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel | indybay.org | 2019-01-04
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.

The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did!
Lloyd Hart | indybay.org | 2019-01-04
In the Reagan administration the Vulcans were even further empowered to greater heights of criminal behaviour.

Amazon Emergency Die-in at Brazilian Embassies Save the Rainforest
Extinction Rebellion | indybay.org | 2019-01-04
All Brazilian Consulates…

Fed Gov Shutdown & SF Hunters Point Treasure Island Whistleblowers Face Cover-up/Corruption
KPFA WorkWeek Radio | indybay.org | 2019-01-04
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…

AI Should Improve Quality of Life, Not Make Capitalists Rich — Lester Earnest on RAI (5/5)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-04
Artificial Intelligence can make the world better or be a tool for war — says Lester Earnest, founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford, on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay | The post AI Should Improve Quality of Life, Not Make Capitalists Rich — Lester Earnest on RAI (5/5) appeared first on The Real News Network.

Is 2019 the Year Maryland Finally Fully Funds its Public Schools?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-04
The state is headed towards a major showdown between the Republican Governor, Democratic leadership of the legislature, and education advocates over the future of the state's public schools | The post Is 2019 the Year Maryland Finally Fully Funds its Public Schools? appeared first on The Real News Network.

Economy Adds 312,000 Jobs in December and Wage Growth Creeps Upward
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-04
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 312,000 jobs in December. It also revised upward the reported job growth for the prior two months by 58,000, bringing the three-month average to 254,000. In spite of the strong job growth, the unemployment rate edged up to 3.9 percent. This was due to a rise in the labor force participation rate of 0.2 percentage points, as the labor force grew by 419,000. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) was unchanged at 60.6 percent. | Job gains were widespread across sectors. The biggest job gainer was health care, which added 50,200 jobs, well above its ave…

Japan to Push for WWII-Era Peace Treaty with Russia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he intends to move towards a World War II peace treaty with Russia during a summit in Russia later this month. The treaty has been hindered for decades by a territorial dispute. | RELATED: | Tokyo: 8 Injured as Vehicle Plows into New Year's Crowd | Abe is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 25th summit where they are expected to end a disagreement over a collection of islands seized by Soviet troops in the final days of the wa…

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.

U.S. Ramps Up Bombing of ISIS in Eastern Syria Following Trump Withdrawal Announcement
Trevor Aaronson | theintercept.com | 2019-01-03
The fiercest attacks have occurred in Al Kashmah, a village on the Euphrates River near the border with Iraq, according to three sources in eastern Syria. | The post U.S. Ramps Up Bombing of ISIS in Eastern Syria Following Trump Withdrawal Announcement appeared first on The Intercept.

Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal?
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-03
Trump's possible backtracking on withdrawal from Syria means he may have been once again outmaneuvered by the Deep State, says Virginia State Senator Dick Black. Following the outcry after President Donald Trump's announcement that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria,… Read more ?…

Far-right survivalist and icon of 'Patriot' movement predicts religious civil war
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-01-03
The framer of a far-right survivalist movement in the Pacific Northwest rang in the new year by warning of religious civil war.

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.

Brazil to Move Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, 'No Date Yet'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-03
The national security adviser to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the leader wants to move Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but that logistical considerations were standing in the way. | RELATED: | US And Israel Quit UNESCO, Citing 'Anti-Israel' Bias | Retired Army General Augusto Heleno, Bolsonaro's top adviser on security, did not el…

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.

Dow Falls 660 Points Amid Investor Fears on Apple Sales
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-03
NEW YORK — Stocks tumbled Thursday on Wall Street, with technology companies suffering their worst loss in seven years, after Apple reported that iPhone sales are slipping in China. | The rare warning of disappointing results from Apple stoked investors' fears that the world's second-biggest economy is losing steam and that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing are making things worse. The sell-off also came after a surprisingly weak report on U.S. manufacturing. | The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 660 points, or 2.8 percent, and the broader S&P 500 index fell 2.5 percent. | Apple stock plumm…

2019, The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington's Military Design in the Asia-Pacific
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Pivot to Asia: China is threatened by the US military in the South and East China Sea. War with China is currently on the drawing board of the Pentagon as outlined in a Rand Report commissioned by the US Army | The post 2019, The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington's Military Design in the Asia-Pacific appeared first on Global Research.

On Her Shoulders: Stunning Film Follows Nobel Peace Winner Nadia Murad's Fight to End Sexual Violence
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-03
We look at the remarkable story of Nadia Murad, the Yazidi human rights activist from Iraq who was recently awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Murad was kidnapped by the Islamic State in 2014 and repeatedly raped as she was held in captivity. After managing to escape, Murad fled Iraq and has dedicated her life to drawing international attention to the plight of the Yazidi people. The documentary "On Her Shoulders" follows Murad as she shares her story with the world. The documentary has been shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and recently received the Columbia Journalism duPont Award. We speak…

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.

US Secretary of State Pompeo Enlists Allies to 'Return Democracy' to Venezuela
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-03
US allies Brazil and Colombia have repeatedly voiced support for regime change efforts.

If You Pave It, They Will Come – As climate teeters, Washington Post pushes for more highway
Pete Tucker | fair.org | 2019-01-03
As world leaders gathered in Poland for the UN climate conference, the Washington Post threw its support behind a $9 billion plan to add over 100 miles of toll lanes to Maryland highways in the traffic-choked DC region. The Post offered its hearty initial support, despite the fact that studies show adding more lanes …

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.

Netflix Censors Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia, Sparking Backlash over Khashoggi Killing, War in Yemen
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-03
Netflix is under fire for pulling an episode of U.S. comedian Hasan Minhaj's show "Patriot Act" from Saudi Arabia, after officials from the kingdom complained to the streaming company that it violated Saudi cybercrime laws. The episode was posted in late October, a few weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Hasan Minhaj sharply criticized the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The censored episode has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube, where it remains available to viewers in Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, Minhaj tweeted, "Clea…

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.

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…