2019-01-06: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-01-06). US Military to Shift Focus From Syria And Somalia. telesurenglish.net Recently, U.S. officials have announced changes in troop allocation both in the Middle East and in Africa, alerting experts of possible shifts in focus towards combating its alleged 'adversaries' around the world. | RELATED: | UK Minister Questions Iranian and Syrian Asylum-Seeking Claims | An official traveling with U.S. National Security adviser John Bolton told reporters that the President is considering leaving some troops behind in Syria after the announced withdrawal, accor…

STAFF (2019-01-06). Trump Aide: Syria Withdrawal Waiting on 'Conditions'. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said Sunday that the U.S. military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group, and on Turkey assuring the safety of Kurdish fighters allied with the United States. | Bolton, who traveled to Israel to reassure the U.S. ally of the Trump-ordered withdrawal, said there is no timetable for the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria, but insisted it's not an unlimited commitment. | "There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal," Bolton…

teleSUR (2019-01-06). Bolivia Becomes Natural Gas Powerhouse, Expands Exports To Peru. telesurenglish.net Bolivia is expanding its natural gas market in Latin America by exporting to its northern neighbor, Peru. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Morales Asks for 'Just and Accurate' Ruling in Sea Access Claim | Peru is now the fourth South American country that Bolivia is exporting its refined and contained natural gas to, after Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. | President Evo M…

Middle East Eye (2019-01-06). 'The Decision Is Taken': Brazil to Move Its Embassy to Jerusalem, Says Bolsonaro. globalresearch.ca Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed that the South American country will move its embassy to Jerusalem, following an earlier statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Brazil this week to attend the new Brazilian leader's …

Prof. Ian Crawford (2019-01-06). China's Spacecraft Chang'e-4: 'First Landing on the Dark Side of the Moon: 'Milestone in Space Exploration'. globalresearch.ca Chinese aircraft Chang'e-4 is set to land on the dark side of the moon for the first time. Radio Sputnik discussed the mission with Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck University of London. | Sputnik: So, …

Paul R. Pillar (2019-01-06). Bolsonaro and the Rainforest. globalresearch.ca Newly inaugurated Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro lives up to the label "Trump of the tropics" in many ways, including his misogynistic comments and a racist streak that surfaces in his disparaging treatment of minorities. But the similarity that is likely …

Yves Engler (2019-01-06). Canada's CBC Exposes Jewish National Fund's Support of Israeli Military, Where Does The NDP Stand. globalresearch.ca An explosive CBC expose Friday on the Jewish National Fund should be the beginning of the end for this powerful organization's charitable status. But, unless the NDP differentiates itself from the Liberals and Conservatives by standing up for Canadian and …

Marcus Papadopoulos (2019-01-06). Kosovo Wants to Establish its Own Armed Forces. Kosovo is a De Facto "NATO Protectorate" globalresearch.ca RT: Kosovo wants to establish an army and has received several Humvee armoured vehicles from the USA. Although there was official NATO restraint, how much is the establishment of a Kosovo Army a fixed development? | Marcus Papadopoulos: Kosovo is, effectively, …

Belen Fernandez (2019-01-06). A Tough Time to Be a Spy, NPR Reports – Current and former CIA officials are only sources for story on espionage getting harder. fair.org by Belén Fernández NPR ( 1/3/19) reports on the CIA finding it harder to sneak into other countries to commit espionage. | Imagine, for a moment, that a prominent media outlet in Iran decided to produce a story about the trials of being an Iranian spy in this technological day and age—in which the all-pervasiveness of surveillance mechanisms and social media complicates slightly the process of entering other countries under false identities. | It's safe to assume that the United State…

Global Research News (2019-01-06). Selected Articles: Global Economy, Geo-Politics, Militarization. globalresearch.ca Consider Making a Donation to Global Research | While "Truth" is a powerful instrument, "the Lie" is generously funded by the lobby groups and corporate charities. And that is why we need the support of our readers. | When the Lie becomes …

Andy Rowell (2019-01-06). Within Hours of Taking Office, "Trump of the Tropics" Starts Assault on the Amazon. globalresearch.ca Within hours of taking office, the Trump of the Tropics, aka the new President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, launched an all-out assault against the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous communities yesterday, potentially paving the way for large scale deforestion …

Juan Cole (2019-01-06). Tlaib and Working Class Authenticity v. Trump's Plutocrat Pretense. zcomm.org The Trumps may not be classy, but they wouldn't know working-class if it fell on them like a meteor…

Nina Cross (2019-01-06). Britain's Foreign Policy Meddling in Venezuela, Supportive of Washington's Aggressive Stance. globalresearch.ca A wide-scale Washington-driven aggression against Venezuela is underway, imperialist and anti-democratic at its core, and it has the full backing of the British government. British meddling in Venezuela is packaged in human rights and democracy rhetoric, the same way it …

teleSUR (2019-01-06). Saudi Arabia: 'Ghosting' Divorces End, Women Must Be Informed. telesurenglish.net Starting Sunday, courts in Saudi Arabia are required to notify wives by text on any rulings confirming their divorces. However, women still remain subject to male guardianship laws within the Islamic monarchy. | RELATED: | India Criminalizes Triple Talaq But Muslim Women Find No Relief | "The new measure ensures women get their [alimony] rights when they're divorced," Saudi lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi told Bloomberg. "It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before th…

Philip A Farruggio (2019-01-06). Down with Dictators! Fake Democracy in America. globalresearch.ca This writer just loves it when our USA mainstream (embedded in empire) media, and of course our Two Party/One Party politicians, rant and rave about dictators. They lash out at the preposterous comical assertions by the leaders of many countries, …

Elias Davidsson (2019-01-06). Ten Irrefutable, Devastating 9/11 Facts. globalresearch.ca There is actually no need to resort to speculative arguments that the official account of 9/11 is a fraud since there are hard facts that support this conclusion. Here are 10 such undisputed facts.

Roy Morrison (2019-01-06). Addressing Urban Pollution, Reversing Climate Change: Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen Powered Cars. globalresearch.ca Increasing gasoline taxes drove the now aggrieved French Yellow Vest movement into the streets to protest the Macron government responding to climate change at the expense of the already economically struggling. Instead, we need to shape climate solutions to improve …

Niles Niemuth (2019-01-06). As Government Shutdown Enters Third Week, Trump Threatens to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump declared his right as president to unilaterally build a border wall on "national security" grounds during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden Friday. He spoke after a meeting with congressional leadership on the ongoing …

STAFF (2019-01-06). In the Face of Climate Disaster, Washington Post Advocates Suicidal Approach. truthdig.com The Washington Post ( 12/8/18) argues that "Mr. Hogan's plan…makes sense," given that "car usage nationally is expanding at roughly twice the rate of population growth." | 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 i…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-06). Thailand: Allow Fleeing Saudi Woman to Seek Refuge. hrw.org (Bangkok) — Thailand authorities should immediately halt the planned deportation of a Saudi woman who says she is fleeing domestic abuse and fears for her safety if forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should also allow her unrestricted access to make a refugee claim with the Bangkok office of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and should respect UNHCR's decision under the agency's protection mandate. | Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, told Human Rig…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-06). Bold Progressive Agenda AND Serious Talk of Impeachment: Democrats 'Must Do Both,' Says Rep. Rashida Tlaib. commondreams.org "We must do both because we cannot normalize this President's actions. As we fight his backward policies, history is depending on us to right this ship and foster accountability for rampant law breaking and attacks on democratic norms." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-06). With Shutdown Talks at Standstill, Trump Declares: "I May Declare National Emergency" to Build Wall. commondreams.org With negotiations between Congressional Democrats, Republican lawmakers, and President Donald Trump at a deadlock over the president's demand for $5.6 billion to build what he insistes is an actual "wall" along the U.S./Mexico border, Trump on Sunday morning again threatened to declare national emergency if he does not get what he wants in the coming days. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-01-06). 'I'm not a person of color!' DNA test haunts Warren as she kicks off 2020 campaign. rt.com It seems like Sen. Elizabeth Warren will never be able to catch a break from being grilled about her presumed Cherokee heritage. During a campaign stop in Iowa, she defended her decision to undergo a DNA test.

RT (2019-01-06). Pelosi thinks two superpower leaders talking to each other is 'dangerous'. rt.com Just after reclaiming the gavel in the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has stoked anti-Russian sentiment and so-far unvindicated claims of collusion, calling the US president's contacts with Russian leader Vladimir Putin "dangerous."

RT (2019-01-06). Trump says military killed USS 'Cole' bombing 'leader' Jamal al-Badawi. rt.com Having managed to flee a Yemeni prison before being released following his surrender, convicted Al-Qaeda member and USS 'Cole' bombing suspect Jamal al-Badawi has been killed by the US military, US President Donald Trump has said.

Graham Vanbergen (2019-01-06). Brexit — The Silencing of Business Leaders. globalresearch.ca Part of the role of a CEO of any company amongst other important tasks is assessing risks to the organisation and ensuring they are monitored and minimized. The CEO must be constantly communicating, on behalf of the company and its …

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Dozens of gold miners killed in collapse in Afghanistan. aljazeera.com At least 30 workers died and seven others were injured when a gold mine caved in in northern Badakhshan province.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). John Bolton: US to leave Syria once ISIL beaten, Kurds safe. aljazeera.com Trump's national security adviser says US withdrawal from Syria is conditioned on ISIL defeat, safety of Kurdish allies.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Ukraine Orthodox Christians mark independence from Russian branch. aljazeera.com The Tomos was delivered to the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church during a service in Istanbul in what is being described as one of the biggest rifts in Christianity in recent times.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). 'We have to build the wall': Trump digs in heels on US shutdown. aljazeera.com US president warns 'we have no choice' as he threatens to invoke emergency powers to get wall built on US-Mexico border.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). UN envoy arrives in Yemen's capital to salvage Hodeidah ceasefire. aljazeera.com Martin Griffiths to meet Houthi officials before travelling to Saudi Arabia for talks with the Yemeni government.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Al-Qaeda operative linked to USS Cole attack killed: Trump. aljazeera.com Jamal al-Badawi, blamed for the deadly 2000 USS Cole bombing, was killed in a US air raid in Yemen.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport fears death if repatriated. aljazeera.com Woman, 18, said she is in transit to seek asylum in Australia, fleeing from family abuse.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with US to Qatar. aljazeera.com Taliban leaders reject Kabul government's offer for direct talks in Saudi Arabia despite growing international pressure.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Sudan arrests Khartoum University lecturers amid fresh protests. aljazeera.com Security forces arrest eight and disperse anti-government protesters marching towards presidential palace.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Top 10 countries most at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019. aljazeera.com 2019 to be another arduous year for millions globally as wars, famines and other disasters loom over several countries.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Malaysia's king steps down, cutting short his five-year term. aljazeera.com Palace statement didn't give a reason for the 49-year-old royal's sudden move amid rumours he married a Russian model.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). British PM warns of 'uncharted territory' if Brexit deal rejected. aljazeera.com Theresa May urges MPs to honour the UK's EU referendum result as parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal approaches.

aljazeera (2019-01-06). Brexit: Nigerians in London hope for split. aljazeera.com Many African expatriates in London are pleased with the prime minister' visit to both Kenya and Nigeria last May.

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-06). US Attacks in Syria Increased After Trump's Withdrawal Announcement. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Despite US President Donald Trump's announcement that he will withdraw US troops from Syria, American strikes in the east of the country have increased. This was revealed Thursday by an investigation conducted by Al Jazeera and The Intercept, which found that there are about 50,000 to 60,000 people stuck in eastern Syria — which is dominated by Daesh — …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-06). All Hell Breaks Loose in France After Yellow Vest Movement Founder Arrested. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — More violence has erupted across France just days after French authorities arrested a key organizer of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement. After the protests began peacefully, Paris police deployed teargas and batons as protesters began to riot during the so-called 'Act VIII" Day of Rage, while marches were underway in several other cities across France and London. Protesters in …

Julia Conley (2019-01-06). Brazil's Bolsonaro Unveils Privatization Plan While Slashing Wages for Poor, Taxes for Rich. theantimedia.com (CD) — 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 say will worsen inequality across Brazil, putting corporate profits above the well-being of middle- and lower-class families. Privatization of airports and seaports, tax cuts for the …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-06). Iran to Deploy Warships in Atlantic to Counter US Influence in the Gulf. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Iranian navy will deploy warships to the Atlantic in March, a top commander has said, as the Islamic Republic seeks to increase the operating range of its naval forces to the backyard of the United States. Iran sees the presence of US aircraft carriers in the Gulf as a security concern, and its navy …

Dave Id (2019-01-06). 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.

FN (2019-01-06). 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 (2019-01-06). 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.

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (2019-01-06). 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.

Lloyd Hart (2019-01-06). 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 (2019-01-06). 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…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-06). Will the New Congress End U.S. Allegiance to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen? therealnews.com Rep. Tulsi Gabbard questions the policy of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, a country that is dropping bombs on innocent people and carrying out genocide on Yemeni People

Shared by trnn_cms_importer (2019-01-06). Investigating the Saudi Government's 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment — Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt 1. therealnews.com On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham explains why he persists in making the case that facts directly connect the Saudi government with 9/11 conspirators — a REPLAY of a 2013 interview by Paul Jay

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-06). Activists on Hunger Strike Demanding an End to US-Saudi War on Yemen. therealnews.com A dozen peace activists in NYC are refusing food for two weeks in a hunger strike calling for an end to US support for the war on Yemen and arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-01-06). FBI-CIA Collaboration Reveals Blatant Illegitimacy of Guantánamo Trials. truthout.org Earlier last month, lawyers for Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, a Yemeni citizen who's been detained in Guantánamo since January 16, 2002, petitioned the Supreme Court to review his case. His legal team argues that the US government lacks the authority to detain al-Alwi under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and that indefinite detention is illegal. Previously, the district and circuit courts den…

Telesur (2019-01-06). Japan to Push for WWII-Era Peace Treaty with Russia. globalresearch.ca 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. | Abe …

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 …

STAFF (2019-01-05). U.S. Sends Troops for Possible 'Violent' Congo Vote Protests. truthdig.com KINSHASA, Congo — On the eve of the first expected results of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations," while the country's powerful Catholic church warned of a popular "uprising" if untrue results are announced. | Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, but election observers and the opposition have raised concerns about voting irregularities as the country chooses a successor to longtime Pr…

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Colombia: Four Social Leaders Killed in First Four Days of 2019. telesurenglish.net Colombian campesino activist Wilmer Antonio Miranda and Jose Rafael Solano, president of the Community Action Board (JAC), were fatally shot in the Cauca region Friday; the third and fourth social leaders murdered since January 1. | 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 ins…

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 …

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…

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 …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-05). 9/11: Finally the Truth Comes Out? globalresearch.ca Although the United States is allegedly a democracy with a rule of law, it has taken 17 years for public pressure to bring about the first grand jury investigation of 9/11. Based on the work of Architects & Engineers for …

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Bolivia, Uruguay Reject Lima Group Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Bolivia and Uruguay have rejected interventionist declarations made by the Lima Group against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Mexico Snubs Lima Group Interventionism in Venezuela | Bolivian President Evo Morales posted on Twitter on Saturday: "Democracy is based upon peace, dialogue and self-determination of peoples.

Stephen Sefton (2019-01-05). Nicaragua and the Corruption, Co-optation of Human Rights. globalresearch.ca Since the demise of the Soviet Union, almost 30 years ago, abuse and debasement of human rights concerns have served increasingly to create pretexts promoting Western dominance around the world. From former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, to Iraq and Sudan, to …

teleSUR (2019-01-05). Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Rallies Support Against OAS Actions. telesurenglish.net Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada has issued an open letter in Managua, addressing his Latin American counterparts and calling on them to not give in to new actions taken by the secretary general of the Organization of American States, the OAS. | RELATED: | Luis Almagro Calls for Foreign Intervention in Nicaragua Again | The letter from Moncada argues that the OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro's intention in applying the Democratic Charter is unwarranted and contains…

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…

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

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). Despite US Sanctions Iran Finds New 'Potential' Oil Buyers. telesurenglish.net "Despite U.S. pressures on the Iranian oil market, the number of potential buyers of Iranian oil has significantly increased due to a competitive market, greed, and pursuit of more profit," Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Iran's deputy oil minister for trade and international affairs, said Saturday. | RELATED: | Iran: Rouhani Says US Sanctions Won't Bring Gov't to Knees While Presenting New Budget | Although countries granted waivers from the United States to continu…

Jim Carey (2019-01-05). Iraq Rejects Iran Sanctions and US Troop Presence. globalresearch.ca Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim laid out the latest step on the path to independence for Baghdad from the US concerning sanctions on Iran by Washington. Although Iraq currently has a 90-day waiver to …

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.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-05). Ocasio-Cortez's "Not At All Outlandish" Proposal for 70% Tax Rate on Uber-Wealthy Could Raise $720 Billion Over Decade. commondreams.org "So even as [Republicans] dunk on AOC as stupid or ignorant," Paul Krugman concluded, "she's talking sense based on reputable economic research, while the whole GOP is talking nonsense from charlatans and cranks." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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.

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," …

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

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 …

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."

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.

Philip M. Giraldi (2019-01-04). Analysts Confirm: Israel Used Civilian Airliners as Cover in Christmas Day Airstrikes in Syria. mintpressnews.com 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 Husseini Post Haven In her New Year's Eve announcement about forming an… Read more →

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 …

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

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.

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

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…

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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

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