2019-01-05: Social Media Postees

Video: Military Situation in Syria, Intra-militant Struggle for Idlib Enters New Stage
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-05
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 … | The post Video: Military Situation in Syria, Intra-militant Struggle for Idlib Enters New Stage appeared first on Global Research.

Preventing Brazilian Indigenous Genocide and Protecting the Amazon
J.P. Linstroth | zcomm.org | 2019-01-05
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…

Colombia: Third Social Leader Killed in First 4 Days of 2019
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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…

Trump Says 'National Emergency' An Option As Shutdown Continues
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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…

Biting into Apple: The Giant's Revenues Fall
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-05
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 … | The post Biting into Apple: The Giant's Revenues Fall appeared first on Global Research.

Bolsonaro Government to Purge State of Leftists and Centrists
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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…

Officials: Gunmen Storm Palestine TV, Destroy Equipment
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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…

The economic and social plan of the Bolsonaro government
Joao Marcio | mronline.org | 2019-01-05
"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…

Sudan: Anti-Government Protests Demand President to Step Down
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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…

Jailed American Spent Years Collecting Russian Contacts
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-05
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. | The post Jailed American Spent Years Collecting Russian Contacts appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Canadian Political Prisoners. Human Rights and the Persecution of Canadian Muslims
J. B. Gerald | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-05
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 … | The post Canadian Political Prisoners. Human Rights and the Persecution of Canadian Muslims appeared first on Global Research.

Russiagate 'fluff' helped bury 2018's most censored news stories — Lee Camp (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-05
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. | …

India's unions to hold two-day "general strike" next week
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-05
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.

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Threatens to Declare National Emergency to Build Wall
Common Dreams | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-05
(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," …

Trump Threatens to Declare National Emergency to Build Wall

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

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

Fed Gov Shutdown & SF Hunters Point Treasure Island Whistleblowers Face Cover-up/Corruption
KPFA WorkWeek Radio | indybay.org | 2019-01-05
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 Tour Recap: Fall 2018
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief | indybay.org | 2019-01-05
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.

Canadian Government Of Trudeau And Its Murder Of Animals, Destruction Of Environment
FN | indybay.org | 2019-01-05
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…

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

Durham NC Becomes First City to Ban Training By Israeli Police and Then be Forced to Reconsider It
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-05
Jazmynne Williams of Jewish Voices for Peace discusses the organizing efforts underway to ensure the ban remains | The post Durham NC Becomes First City to Ban Training By Israeli Police and Then be Forced to Reconsider It appeared first on The Real News Network.

Kim Jong Un's New Year Address: Did the Corporate Media Miss the Point?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-05
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 | The post Kim Jong Un's New Year Address: Did the Corporate Media Miss the Point? appeared first on The Real News Network.

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.

US Delivers Weapons & Ammo To Kurds Ahead of Syria Withdrawal
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-04
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. | The post US Delivers Weapons & Ammo To Kurds Ahead of Syria Withdrawal appeared first on MintPress News.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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."

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…

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 …

Mexico Snubs Lima Group Interventionism in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
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…

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.

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…

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

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…

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…

Rhode Island Supreme Court Allows Unfairly Shutdown Strip Club to Reopen
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-04
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…

The Factual Reporting About Beto by David Sirota That Stirred 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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

Elizabeth Warren and the Military Industrial Complex
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-04
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. | The post Elizabeth Warren and the Military Industrial Complex appeared first on MintPress News.

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 …

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

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.

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.

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…

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…

Brazil: Governor Gives Shoot-To-Kill Order Against Criminals
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

'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…

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.

'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 …

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…

Venezuela Rejects Lima Group's Interventionism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-04
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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 ?…

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.

Surprise Ruling Opens New Avenue for Mumia to Win New Trial on his Murder Conviction
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-04
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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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? | …

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-04
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.

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.

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

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.

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 ?…