2019-01-05: News Headlines

South Front (2019-01-05). Video: Military Situation in Syria, Intra-militant Struggle for Idlib Enters New Stage. globalresearch.ca In early January 2019, the military situation in Syria continued to develop in the framework of the existing trend with the terrorist threat in the Idlib de-escalation zone and the Turkish-Kurdish conflict as two main sources of tensions. | Over the …

Joao Marcio (2019-01-05). The economic and social plan of the Bolsonaro government. mronline.org "Reformed" captain Jair Bolsonaro already committed to the "market" the handover of all decisions in the economic area to large capital, under the hegemony of financial capital and foreign corporations (as personified in Paulo Guedes and his Chicago Boys, including Levy in the Brazilian Development Bank-BNDES). | Source

J. B. Gerald (2019-01-05). Canadian Political Prisoners. Human Rights and the Persecution of Canadian Muslims. globalresearch.ca Disproportionate numbers of First Peoples are in Canadian prisons. The society arranges this fact to not seem that extraordinary. It could be argued that aboriginal peoples are political prisoners in North America, in or out of prison. Or that this …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-05). Biting into Apple: The Giant's Revenues Fall. globalresearch.ca The worm has gotten into Apple, and is feasting with some consistency. Revenue has fallen. Chief executive Tim Cook is cranky. The celebrated front of Apple's wealth — the iPhone with its range of glittering models — has not done …

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Colombia: Third Social Leader Killed in First 4 Days of 2019. telesurenglish.net Wilmer Antonio Miranda, a Campesino and social leader of Colombia's Cauca region was shot to death Friday. He is the third social leader to be killed since 2019 started. | RELATED: | Two Colombian Social Leaders Lost in the First Days of the Year | According to the political movement Marcha Patriotica (Patriotic March) at 6 p.m. four men in civilian clothing approached Miranda and shot him repeatedly, killing him on the spot. | Miranda was an active member of the Association of…

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Officials: Gunmen Storm Palestine TV, Destroy Equipment. telesurenglish.net According to officials, tensions between Palestinian Authority and Hamas could escalate after the offices of Palestine TV in Gaza was raided by armed men. | RELATED: | HSBC: War Crimes, Not BDS, Behind Divesting from Israeli Arms Maker | The Palestinian Broadcast Corporation (PBC) issued a statement saying the attack was a…

J.P. Linstroth (2019-01-05). Preventing Brazilian Indigenous Genocide and Protecting the Amazon. zcomm.org One of Bolsonaro's first official acts as a newly inaugurated president was doing away with demarcation of indigenous territories in Brazil. All of us living on this planet should be fearful of this act…

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Sudan: Anti-Government Protests Demand President to Step Down. telesurenglish.net Dozens of protesters chanted anti-government slogans as they left Friday prayers at a major mosque near Sudan's capital, one day after a prominent figure in President Omar al-Bashir's party called for him to resign after 30 years in power. | RELATED: | Sudan President Orders Probe Into Deaths of Protesters | Security forces fired teargas to disperse crowds in Omdurman, Sudan's second-largest city which sits on the western banks of the Nile across from the capital, Khartoum, as demonstrat…

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Bolsonaro Government to Purge State of Leftists and Centrists. telesurenglish.net Brazil's newly-inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro announced a purge of government contractors who do not share the new administration's far-right ideology. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Seeks to Grant Police Impunity Over Violence | Days after assuming the presidency, Bolsonaro has authorized the dismissal of some 300 state workers on temporary contracts. | "It's the only way to govern with our ideas, our concepts and to carry out what Brazil's society decided in its majority…

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Trump Says 'National Emergency' An Option As Shutdown Continues. telesurenglish.net Friday President Donald Trump threatened to maintain the partial closure of the U.S. government for months or years, after once again failing to reach an agreement with Democratic leaders to resolve a dispute over a US$5.7-billion funding to build a wall at the country's border with Mexico. | RELATED: | Trump Calls Last-minute Meeting With Lawmakers Over Border Wall | After…

STAFF (2019-01-05). Jailed American Spent Years Collecting Russian Contacts. truthdig.com Paul Whelan's social media history shows most of his contacts have at least some connection to the military. He is a citizen of four countries.

RT (2019-01-05). Russiagate 'fluff' helped bury 2018's most censored news stories — Lee Camp (VIDEO). rt.com The growing opioid epidemic; US cities "relocating" the homeless; $21 trillion unaccounted for at the Pentagon — US comedian Lee Camp rang in the New Year by reviewing 2018's most censored stories, and why they were ignored.

WSWS (2019-01-05). India's unions to hold two-day "general strike" next week. wsws.org While millions of workers will join the protest strike to oppose Modi and his class-war policies, the Stalinists and their union allies are intent on channelling social opposition behind the Congress and other rightwing parties.

aljazeera (2019-01-05). Manbij residents in limbo amid US withdrawal uncertainty. aljazeera.com Residents in the Kurdish-controlled city fear the planned US withdrawal from Syria will leave a security vacuum.

aljazeera (2019-01-05). Turkey seeks 'major' US military assistance in Syria: WSJ. aljazeera.com News report comes as Turkey plans to spearhead the fight against ISIL in Syria amid expected withdrawal of US troops.

aljazeera (2019-01-05). Tourists robbed in Brazil near Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue. aljazeera.com Rising violence in Rio de Janeiro has reduced tourism, costing $200m in lost revenue in 2017.

aljazeera (2019-01-05). Historic year of inter-Korea relations sees drop in tensions. aljazeera.com After a year of improving relations between North and South Korea, many Koreans are both hopeful and cautious about what the future may bring.

aljazeera (2019-01-05). Ebrahim Raisi: The cleric who could end Iranian hopes for change. aljazeera.com The conservative hardliner is the most likely successor of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Common Dreams (2019-01-05). Trump Threatens to Declare National Emergency to Build Wall. theantimedia.com (CD) — Speaking outside of the White House on Friday as the government shutdown continued with no funding agreement in sight, President Donald Trump threatened to declare a national emergency to build his "border wall" if he doesn't receive the more than $5 billion in funding he's demanding from Congress. "I can do it if I want," …

Dave Id (2019-01-05). Oakland police chief Anthony Batts' "keep the peace" robocall (2010). indybay.org 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.

Lloyd Hart (2019-01-05). The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did! indybay.org In the Reagan administration the Vulcans were even further empowered to greater heights of criminal behaviour.

KPFA WorkWeek Radio (2019-01-05). Fed Gov Shutdown & SF Hunters Point Treasure Island Whistleblowers Face Cover-up/Corruption. indybay.org 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…

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (2019-01-05). Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Tour Recap: Fall 2018. indybay.org 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.

FN (2019-01-05). Canadian Government Of Trudeau And Its Murder Of Animals, Destruction Of Environment. indybay.org Seal clubbing, trophy hunting profiteering, cattle ranching, dairy product marketing, collateral damage of war, dearth of animal protection laws for lab animals or animals factory farmed or in cattle ranches etc by Canada…

Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel (2019-01-05). Capitalism means Crisis and Trade War. indybay.org 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.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-05). Durham NC Becomes First City to Ban Training By Israeli Police and Then be Forced to Reconsider It. therealnews.com Jazmynne Williams of Jewish Voices for Peace discusses the organizing efforts underway to ensure the ban remains

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-05). Kim Jong Un's New Year Address: Did the Corporate Media Miss the Point? therealnews.com Simone Chun discusses the substance of Chairman Kim Jong Un's speech, analyzing his vision for relations with North and South Korea as well as the United States

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-04). US Delivers Weapons & Ammo To Kurds Ahead of Syria Withdrawal. mintpressnews.com Ahead of the imminent US troop withdrawal, the US is sending large shipments of weapons to Kurdish rebel groups who have recently requested a no-fly zone be established over parts of Syria.

Stephen Zunes (2019-01-04). Despite Everything, the US Troops Should Leave Syria. counterpunch.org 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. More

Pete Dolack (2019-01-04). Why Are Leftists Cheering the Potential Demise of Rojava's Socialist Experiment? counterpunch.org 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 More

Andre Vltchek (2019-01-04). Syria and Afghanistan: Two Different Realities. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Sen. Richard Black (2019-01-04). Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal? globalresearch.ca 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 …

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

Bruce Neuburger (2019-01-04). Migration, Injustice and the Horrific Irony of It All. counterpunch.org 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 More

Peter Koenig (2019-01-04). Peace for Syria and a "New Kurdistan" as Regional Stabilizing Factor? globalresearch.ca 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 …

David Penner (2019-01-04). Mass Psychosis and the Church of Humanitarian Interventionism. mintpressnews.com 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.

Sam Husseini (2019-01-04). Elizabeth Warren Pierces Through Rhetoric on Economy, Muddles on Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org 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 More

teleSUR (2019-01-04). Brazil's Bolsonaro Seeks to Grant Police Impunity Over Violence. telesurenglish.net 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…

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

Gabriel Kuhn — Micke Nordin (2019-01-04). Class War in Sweden. counterpunch.org 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 More

Dave Lindorff (2019-01-04). Surprise Ruling Opens New Avenue for Mumia to Win New Trial on his Murder Conviction. counterpunch.org In a surprise order signed Dec. 27, a Philadelphia Common Pleas supervising judge has offered a new chance for Mumia Abu-Jamal to challenge his 1982 conviction for the murder of white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Specifically, Judge Leon Tucker has ordered the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reconsider four Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) hearings More

Zero Hedge (2019-01-04). Everything Is Plunging: Stocks, Yields, Dollar Tumble as ISM, Apple Panic Spreads. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-01-04). Venezuela Rejects Lima Group's Interventionism. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has released a statement warning against interventionism after several member countries of the so-called Lima Group declared the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro "illegitimate." | RELATED: | 'Humiliating Subordination': Lima Group, US Meet to 'Free' Venezu | Arreaza said he regrets that the members "agreed to foster a coup in Venezuela" by "not recognizing the democratically elected government" after "receiving…

ACLU (2019-01-04). Rhode Island Supreme Court Allows Unfairly Shutdown Strip Club to Reopen. aclu.org Providence's licensing board, we argue, violated the club's rights when it was shut down based solely on allegations of solicitation of prostitution. | Imagine a symphony orchestra barred by the state from performing again because a musician was found to have sold marijuana to a colleague backstage. Imagine a bookstore being shuttered by the government because peace activists planned acts of civil disobedience in a backroom. Imagine a movie theater permanently closed because an employee assaulted a patron. | In Providence, Rhode Island, you don't have to imagine it, because it happened to a strip club c…

Rob Urie (2019-01-04). Capitalism and Race Redux. counterpunch.org 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. More

Anthony Torres (2019-01-04). French Police Arrest "Yellow Vest" Spokesman Eric Drouet. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Umberto Pascali (2019-01-04). A Gaullist Reflex? General de Villiers and the Yellow Vest Movement. globalresearch.ca 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 …

James J. Zogby (2019-01-04). Looking Backward (2018) and Forward (2019). Trump's Unpredictable Behavior. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Nick Pemberton (2019-01-04). Will Bernie Sanders Will Be Our President in 2020? counterpunch.org 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 More

CounterPunch (2019-01-04). Our Top Stories of 2018. counterpunch.org 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 More

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-01-04). The Shutdown as Fascist Creep: Profiling Right-Wing Extremism in America. counterpunch.org 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…

Judith Deutsch (2019-01-04). A Tale of Two Toilets: Profiting from Necessity? counterpunch.org 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 "A Tale of Two More

STAFF (2019-01-04). U.S. Employers Add Stellar 312,000 Jobs in December. truthdig.com 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…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-04). Pompeo Tours Latin America with an Eye on Venezuela Regime Change. mintpressnews.com 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…

Bruce Allen (2019-01-04). NAFTA 2.0: Nothing for Workers. globalresearch.ca 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, …

teleSUR (2019-01-04). Brazil: Governor Gives Shoot-To-Kill Order Against Criminals. telesurenglish.net Activists in Brazil have expressed outrage after the recently sworn-in governor of Rio de Janeiro state authorized police to use lethal force against criminals. | RELATED: | Brazil: Deaths Related to Military Intervention in Rio de Janeiro Increase 150 Percent in August | Wilson Witzel, sworn i…

teleSUR (2019-01-04). HSBC: War Crimes Behind Divesting from Israeli Arms Maker. telesurenglish.net 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…

Emile Schepers (2019-01-04). Sudan: A dictator on the ropes hits back viciously. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Andy Rowell (2019-01-04). Within Hours of Taking Office, "Trump of the Tropics" Starts Assault on the Amazon. commondreams.org 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…

teleSUR (2019-01-04). Mexico Snubs Lima Group Interventionism in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Mexico has refused to sign a joint declaration by the so-called Lima Group that describes the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro as "illegitimate," preferring instead to maintain good diplomatic relations with the Venezuelan government. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects Lima Group's Interventionism | "Mexico firmly promotes dialogue with all involved parties to find peace and reconciliation, for which we reiterate our rejection of any initiative that includes measures that obstruct a dialogue t…

Eds. (2019-01-04). The art of the revolution will be internationalist. mronline.org 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

Katie Halper (2019-01-04). The Factual Reporting About Beto by David Sirota That Stirred Epic Freakout. commondreams.org 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…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-04). Elizabeth Warren Nails Economy, Muddles Foreign Policy. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Laurent Ross (2019-01-04). In defense of socialist meritocracy. peoplesworld.org 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 …

teleSUR (2019-01-04). 'Humiliating Subordination': Lima Group, US Meet to 'Free' Venezuela. telesurenglish.net 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…

Mike McCabe (2019-01-04). Why We Don't Need a Wall. progressive.org 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.

Louis Proyect (2019-01-04). Sanders, Warren and the DSA. counterpunch.org 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 More

Nicolas J S Davies (2019-01-04). The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire. counterpunch.org 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 More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-04). Headlines for January 4, 2019. democracynow.org 116th Congress Sworn In as Nancy Pelosi Elected House Speaker, House Democrats Adopt PAYGO Austerity Spending Rule, House Democrats Approve New Ethics Rules, Form Climate Committee, Trump Repeats Border Wall Demands as Gov't Shutdown Enters 14th Day, Trump Admin Wants to Send More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Brazil: President's Assault on Indigenous Rights Threatens Amazon, Mexico: Mayor Assassinated Hours After Taking Office, Trump Administration Threatens Iran over Its Space Program, Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Faces Criminal Inquiry, Google Uses "Double Irish Dutch Sandwich" Scheme to Avoid Taxes, P…

Gavin Mendel-Gleason (2019-01-04). Soviet socialism more popular than ever among Russians. peoplesworld.org live-peoples-world.pantheonsite…. | 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 …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-04). The Demise of the West. Western Elites Are Anti-Democratic. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-04). Elizabeth Warren and the Military Industrial Complex. mintpressnews.com Warren's views on countries in the crosshairs of the US State Department largely conform to those of her colleagues on Capitol Hill: Iran is a "bad actor," Russia and China "are working to undermine the basic human rights we hold dear," and so on.

David Rosen (2019-01-04). The Biden Band-Aid: Will Democrats Contain the Insurgency? counterpunch.org 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 More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-01-04). How I Fell in Love With Greek Art. counterpunch.org 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 More

Jesse Logan (2019-01-04). There's Got to be a Better Way: Of Friends, Science, Politics and Bears. counterpunch.org 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 More

Michael Berkowitz (2019-01-04). 'My Country No More': PBS asks, Whose land is it? peoplesworld.org 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 …

Robert Fisk (2019-01-04). Judge Richard Goldstone Suffered for Turning His Back on Gaza, But Not as Much as the Palestinians He Betrayed. counterpunch.org 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 More

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

Graham Peebles (2019-01-04). Tribal Nationalism vs Global Unity. counterpunch.org 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 More

Andrew Levine (2019-01-04). Russia and the Liberals. counterpunch.org 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 More

Kenn Orphan (2019-01-04). Burning Books, Banning Art, and the Persistence of American Puritanism. counterpunch.org "Puritanism has made life itself impossible. More than art, more than estheticism, life represents beauty in a thousand variations; it is indeed, a gigantic panorama of eternal change. Puritanism, on the other hand, rests on a fixed and immovable conception of life; it is based on the Calvinistic idea that life is a curse, imposed More

Creston Davis (2019-01-04). Things Hidden from the Beginning of the World: Between Ozymandias and Gaia. counterpunch.org 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 More

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

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-01-04). Elizabeth Warren's Presidential Bid Leaves Questions to Be Answered. commondreams.org 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…

Fight Back (2019-01-04). Stock hammered amidst more signs of a coming recession. fightbacknews.org 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…

Chris Orlet (2019-01-04). On Pocahontas: Democrats, Press Must Stop Playing Into the Master Manipulator's Hands. counterpunch.org 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 More

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-04). Bolsonaro Unveils Mass Privatization Plan for Brazil While Slashing Taxes for Rich and Wages for Poor. commondreams.org 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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-04). Bernie Sanders Reminds Liz Cheney of Iraq War Lies After Daughter of Bush VP Attacks So-Called 'Fraud of Socialism'. commondreams.org 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…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-04). Slamming Joe Lieberman for Joining Chinese Telecom Giant, Warren Calls for 'Lifetime Ban' on Members of Congress Becoming Lobbyists. commondreams.org "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…

RT (2019-01-04). Trump mulls ex-senator Jim Webb, opponent of Middle East wars, as Mattis replacement — reports. rt.com 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.

RT (2019-01-04). Girl power to kill: Women now control America's military-industrial complex. rt.com 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? |

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-04). Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week. hrw.org Trending rights tweets this week: Netflix agreed to censor a comedy episode because Saudi Arabia complained about it; powerful film showing China's detention of upwards of one million Uighur Muslims for forced indoctrination; the Democratic Republic of Congo's elections marred by systemic irregularities; and everyday people who inspired HRW in 2018.

WSWS (2019-01-04). The global slowdown: US trade war comes home. wsws.org 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.

Jason Ditz (2019-01-04). Under Pressure, Trump Sought Pledges From Erdogan About Fate of Syrian Kurds. theantimedia.com (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 …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-04). AI Should Improve Quality of Life, Not Make Capitalists Rich — Lester Earnest on RAI (5/5). therealnews.com 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

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-04). Economy Adds 312,000 Jobs in December and Wage Growth Creeps Upward. truthout.org 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…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-04). Is 2019 the Year Maryland Finally Fully Funds its Public Schools? therealnews.com 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

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-04). House Democrats Release Sweeping Legislation to Drain the Swamp. truthout.org Unlike President Donald Trump's campaign trail vow to "drain the swamp" that never came to fruition—in fact, he has somehow managed to make Washington even swampier—House Democrats on Friday officially introduced sweeping legislation that progre…

teleSUR (2019-01-04). Japan to Push for WWII-Era Peace Treaty with Russia. telesurenglish.net 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…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-03). Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal? consortiumnews.com 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 →