2019-01-06: Social Media Postees

US Military to Shift Focus From Syria And Somalia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-06
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…

Trump Aide: Syria Withdrawal Waiting on 'Conditions'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-06
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…

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

Britain's Foreign Policy Meddling in Venezuela, Supportive of Washington's Aggressive Stance
Nina Cross | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Britain's Foreign Policy Meddling in Venezuela, Supportive of Washington's Aggressive Stance appeared first on Global Research.

'The Decision Is Taken': Brazil to Move Its Embassy to Jerusalem, Says Bolsonaro
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post 'The Decision Is Taken': Brazil to Move Its Embassy to Jerusalem, Says Bolsonaro appeared first on Global Research.

A Tough Time to Be a Spy, NPR Reports – Current and former CIA officials are only sources for story on espionage getting harder
Belen Fernandez | fair.org | 2019-01-06
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…

Saudi Arabia: 'Ghosting' Divorces End, Women Must Be Informed
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-06
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…

In the Face of Climate Disaster, Washington Post Advocates Suicidal Approach
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-06
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…

Selected Articles: Global Economy, Geo-Politics, Militarization
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Selected Articles: Global Economy, Geo-Politics, Militarization appeared first on Global Research.

Ten Irrefutable, Devastating 9/11 Facts
Elias Davidsson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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. | The post Ten Irrefutable, Devastating 9/11 Facts appeared first on Global Research.

Kosovo Wants to Establish its Own Armed Forces. Kosovo is a De Facto "NATO Protectorate"
Marcus Papadopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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, | … | The post Kosovo Wants to Establish its Own Armed Forces. Kosovo is a De Facto "NATO Protectorate" appeared first on Global Research.

Bolsonaro and the Rainforest
Paul R. Pillar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Bolsonaro and the Rainforest appeared first on Global Research.

Addressing Urban Pollution, Reversing Climate Change: Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen Powered Cars
Roy Morrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Addressing Urban Pollution, Reversing Climate Change: Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen Powered Cars appeared first on Global Research.

China's Spacecraft Chang'e-4: 'First Landing on the Dark Side of the Moon: 'Milestone in Space Exploration'
Prof. Ian Crawford | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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, | … | The post China's Spacecraft Chang'e-4: 'First Landing on the Dark Side of the Moon: 'Milestone in Space Exploration' appeared first on Global Research.

Bolivia Becomes Natural Gas Powerhouse, Expands Exports To Peru
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-06
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…

Canada's CBC Exposes Jewish National Fund's Support of Israeli Military, Where Does The NDP Stand
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Canada's CBC Exposes Jewish National Fund's Support of Israeli Military, Where Does The NDP Stand appeared first on Global Research.

As Government Shutdown Enters Third Week, Trump Threatens to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall
Niles Niemuth | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post As Government Shutdown Enters Third Week, Trump Threatens to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall appeared first on Global Research…

Within Hours of Taking Office, "Trump of the Tropics" Starts Assault on the Amazon
Andy Rowell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Within Hours of Taking Office, "Trump of the Tropics" Starts Assault on the Amazon appeared first on Global Research.

Down with Dictators! Fake Democracy in America
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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, … | The post Down with Dictators! Fake Democracy in America appeared first on Global Research.

Thailand: Allow Fleeing Saudi Woman to Seek Refuge
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-06
(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…

Bold Progressive Agenda AND Serious Talk of Impeachment: Democrats 'Must Do Both,' Says Rep. Rashida Tlaib
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-06
"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…

With Shutdown Talks at Standstill, Trump Declares: "I May Declare National Emergency" to Build Wall
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-06
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…

'I'm not a person of color!' DNA test haunts Warren as she kicks off 2020 campaign
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-06
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. | …

Pelosi thinks two superpower leaders talking to each other is 'dangerous'
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-06
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." | …

Trump says military killed USS 'Cole' bombing 'leader' Jamal al-Badawi
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-06
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. | …

Brexit — The Silencing of Business Leaders
Graham Vanbergen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Brexit — The Silencing of Business Leaders appeared first on Global Research.

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

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

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

Ukraine Orthodox Christians mark independence from Russian branch
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-06
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Attacks in Syria Increased After Trump's Withdrawal Announcement
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-06
(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 — …

US Attacks in Syria Increased After Trump’s Withdrawal Announcement

All Hell Breaks Loose in France After Yellow Vest Movement Founder Arrested
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-06
(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 …

All Hell Breaks Loose in France After Yellow Vest Movement Founder Arrested

Brazil's Bolsonaro Unveils Privatization Plan While Slashing Wages for Poor, Taxes for Rich
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-06
(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 …

Brazil's Bolsonaro Unveils Privatization Plan While Slashing Wages for Poor, Taxes for Rich

Iran to Deploy Warships in Atlantic to Counter US Influence in the Gulf
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-06
(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 …

Iran to Deploy Warships in Atlantic to Counter US Influence in the Gulf

Oakland police chief Anthony Batts' "keep the peace" robocall (2010)
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-01-06
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.

Canadian Government Of Trudeau And Its Murder Of Animals, Destruction Of Environment
FN | indybay.org | 2019-01-06
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…

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Tour Recap: Fall 2018
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief | indybay.org | 2019-01-06
At the end of a long year, our second workshop tour is complete! Over the course of three months, we worked our way from Albuquerque to San Diego, then north toward Seattle, and across the midwest into Wisconsin, making a total of 21 stops.

Capitalism means Crisis and Trade War
Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel | indybay.org | 2019-01-06
Capitalism contains crisis as rainclouds contain rain, said Jean Jaures, 19th-century French socialist. Big Pharma, Big Wall Street, and Big Military Industrial Complex have armies of lobbyists. False concepts that financial markets are efficient and tend to equilibrium still rule economics. We the People should govern and politics should control economics. Fighting poverty should be part of public interest.

The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did!
Lloyd Hart | indybay.org | 2019-01-06
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 | 2019-01-06
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…

Will the New Congress End U.S. Allegiance to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-06
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 | The post Will the New Congress End U.S. Allegiance to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen? appeared first on The Real News Network.

Investigating the Saudi Government's 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment — Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt 1
Shared by trnn_cms_importer | therealnews.com | 2019-01-06
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 | The post Investigating the Saudi Government's 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment — Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt 1 appeared first on The Real News Network.

Activists on Hunger Strike Demanding an End to US-Saudi War on Yemen
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-06
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 | The post Activists on Hunger Strike Demanding an End to US-Saudi War on Yemen appeared first on The Real News Network.

FBI-CIA Collaboration Reveals Blatant Illegitimacy of Guantánamo Trials
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-01-06
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…

Japan to Push for WWII-Era Peace Treaty with Russia
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-06
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 … | The post Japan to Push for WWII-Era Peace Treaty with Russia appeared first on Global Research.

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.

Colombia: Four Social Leaders Killed in First Four Days of 2019
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

U.S. Sends Troops for Possible 'Violent' Congo Vote Protests
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-05
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…

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…

Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Rallies Support Against OAS Actions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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…

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.

Despite US Sanctions Iran Finds New 'Potential' Oil Buyers
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
"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…

Bolivia, Uruguay Reject Lima Group Intervention in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-05
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.

Nicaragua and the Corruption, Co-optation of Human Rights
Stephen Sefton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-05
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 … | The post Nicaragua and the Corruption, Co-optation of Human Rights appeared first on Global Research.

Iraq Rejects Iran Sanctions and US Troop Presence
Jim Carey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-05
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 … | The post Iraq Rejects Iran Sanctions and US Troop Presence appeared first on Global Research.

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…

9/11: Finally the Truth Comes Out?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-05
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 … | The post 9/11: Finally the Truth Comes Out? appeared first on Global Research.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's "Not At All Outlandish" Proposal for 70% Tax Rate on Uber-Wealthy Could Raise $720 Billion Over Decade
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-05
"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…

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. | …

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 Husseini 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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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

The 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…

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

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

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…

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…