2019-01-07: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-01-07). Headlines for January 7, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens to Call Nat'l Emergency as Shutdown Shows No Sign of Abatement, Bolton Says Syria Troop Withdrawal Contingent on Defeating ISIS, Netanyahu Calls for U.S. to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights, Yemen: U.S. Airstrike Kills Plotter of 2000 USS Cole Attack, Pentagon Chief of Staff Resigns in Wake of Mattis Departure, France: Yellow Vests Protesters Take to Streets as Impasse with Gov't Persists, Intercept: Senate Set to Vote on Anti-Israeli Boycott Bill, 49 Migrants Stranded at Sea as European Countries Refuse to Host Them, Scientists Identify Recording of Noise Targeting U.S. Diplomats…

Mike Lofgren (2019-01-07). Extraordinary Popular Delusions. commondreams.org How childish belief masquerades as folk wisdom and warps our politics.

South Front (2019-01-07). Video: Russian Warplanes Strike Terrorists in Idlib De-escalation Zone. globalresearch.ca Starting from January 4th, the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on terrorists' positions in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The airstrikes targeted Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) forces in the towns of Darat Izza, Kafrnaha, Jamiat al-Rahal, Urum …

Prof. Sam Gindin (2019-01-07). NAFTA Renewed. Now What? globalresearch.ca On September 30, 2018, a month after the U.S. and Mexico moved toward replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada joined to produce a new continental trade agreement. The new pact, as highlighted in the article below (written …

Alison Weir (2019-01-07). First Senate Bill of 2019 Would Give Billions to Israel, Undermine BDS. mintpressnews.com The four-part bill, designated S.1, is composed of various measures on behalf of Israel that Congress tried and failed to pass in 2018. Some of which were pioneered by AIPAC.

Ben Lilliston (2019-01-07). Senator Warren's Push for Climate Risk Disclosure. commondreams.org While most of the focus on climate risk disclosure has been on the fossil fuel industry, few sectors face as much risk as food and agriculture—in particular, companies with long supply chains increasingly vulnerable to disruption.(Photo: shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-07). From "Bring Our Troops Home" to "Sykes-Picot on Acid": Neocons Get Their Way on Trump's Syria Policy. mintpressnews.com Everything seems to suggest that this new condition upon which troop withdrawal now hinges was intentionally set up to fail in order to ensure the enduring presence of a U.S. military occupation in a sizable portion of Syria, while saving face for the flip-flopping Trump.

CP Editor (2019-01-07). J Mascis — Live on KEXP. counterpunch.org

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Overnight Israeli Air Strikes in Gaza Cause Heavy Damage. telesurenglish.net Israeli warplanes made several air strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Monday. No injuries were reported but there was heavy damage to property. | RELATED | 8 Photos That Capture 2018's Global Resistance | According to the Wafa News Agency, two warplanes fired missiles norwest of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. The targeted structure was completely destroyed and homes were damaged. | Hours before, other Israeli air raids caused damage to other areas in Gaza, for Israel says is in r…

Tom Engelhardt (2019-01-07). US Policy Is Causing the Next Mass Extinction. thenation.com US Policy Is Causing the Next Mass Extinction…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-07). With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan. mintpressnews.com Understanding the significance of the Golan Heights is in many ways key to understanding why the Syrian conflict was engineered by foreign powers in the first place.

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Saudi Woman Pleas To Not Return To Family: 'They Will Kill Me'. telesurenglish.net An 18-year-old Saudi woman is in talks with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) after she fled from her family in Kuwait and locked herself in a Bangkok hotel to avoid being repatriated by Thai authorities. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia to Condemn 5 to Death Over Khashoggi Murder, Crown Prince MBS Shielded | Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun had barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel on Saturday placing chairs and mattresses against the door so as to p…

Olivia Rosane (2019-01-07). Brazil's Bolsonaro signs order endangering Amazon and indigenous rights. peoplesworld.org In his first day in office, right wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro realized the fears of environmentalists and Indigenous communities. They knew he would use his time in office to increase the access of extractive industries in the Amazon Rainforest. Within hours of taking power Tuesday, Bolsonaro transferred responsibility for recognizing Indigenous lands to the ministry of agriculture, The New York …

SouthFront (2019-01-07). Turkey's Top Brass in Conflict Over New Operation Against Kurds in Northern Syria. mintpressnews.com US plans to withdraw from Syria have sent Turkey scrambling to develop a winning strategy in northern Syria, and according to some analysts, have thrown Turkey's top military command into disarray.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-07). Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner? globalresearch.ca Three sturdy trekkers step out of a van and hoist top-heavy blue, green and orange rucksacks onto their backs. The two young women and a man then set off on foot, headed to one of Kathmandu's numerous backpackers' hotels. I …

Serge Halimi (2019-01-07). Forgotten France Rises Up. globalresearch.ca France's yellow vests, coming together in informally organised groups, took just one month to challenge policies on taxation, education, transport and environment, and make the Macron government back down. | *** | December 15, place de l'Opéra, Paris. Three yellow vests …

Danny Haiphong (2019-01-07). How the U.S. spent Billions to change the outcome of elections around the World. mronline.org The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests. | Source

Telesur (2019-01-07). Bolivia, Uruguay Reject Lima Group Intervention in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Bolivia and Uruguay have rejected interventionist declarations made by the Lima Group against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. | Bolivian President Evo Morales posted on Twitter on Saturday: | "Democracy is based upon peace, dialogue and self-determination …

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos (2019-01-07). Revolution Returns to Europe. How and Why. globalresearch.ca "Your heart | is too small to hold | this many people" | — lyrics to a song of the Yellow Vests addressed to Macron | "I am not a seed of Chance | I, the moulder of the new life | I am a child …

PressTV (2019-01-07). Iran Rejects Trump's Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as 'False Dreams'. mintpressnews.com Iran has categorically dismissed Donald Trump's new claims that Tehran is after talks with Washington, saying the US president is only giving voice to his "false and unattainable dreams."

Tom Engelhardt (2019-01-07). Is Donald Trump an Asteroid? commondreams.org Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis and the 1st Marine Division he commanded had just such an impact on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, leaving more than 75% of it in rubble. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

George D. O'Neill, Jr. (2019-01-07). $100 Billion in Weapons to the Saudis Buys a World Full of Hurt. globalresearch.ca On December 13, the United States Senate made history with a vote invoking the 1973 War Powers Act to stop America's military participation in, and support of, the unauthorized and immoral war against the desperate people in Yemen. | Never before …

Kevin Zeese (2019-01-07). What Would a Yellow Vest Movement Look Like in the United States? globalresearch.ca A truth about movements is, they move. They morph, evolve and move around a country or even around the globe. This occurs over months and often over years. | The US Occupy encampment era occurred ten months after the Arab Spring …

teleSUR (2019-01-07). 'A People That Chose to Be Free': Venezuela's Maduro Says as He Prepares for Jan. 10 Ingauration. telesurenglish.net President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela tweeted a message of unity just as he was about to take office for his second six-year term saying that the "Bolivarian Revolution is about more that one man: it's about a people that chose to be free." | RELATED | ALBA Countries Condemn Interference by US and Latam Allies | On Jan. 10, Maduro will assume his mandate as president for the 2019-2025 constitutional term, swearing his oath of office before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), after hi…

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Golden Globes Joy For 'Roma,' as it Scoops Best Foreign Film. telesurenglish.net The 76th anniversary of the Golden Globes had a Mexican flavor to it Sunday night, as Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" picked-up the award in the Best Foreign Film category, while Cuarón scooped the Best Director award, for the second time in his career. | RELATED: | Mexico: UN, NGOs Condemn Murder of Activist Sinar Corzo | In "Roma," the director uses the big screen to chronicle the life of several traditional women, in particular an indigenous girl working as a maid for a middle-class family in…

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Egypt's el-Sisi Tries to Hush Statement on Israel Cooperation. telesurenglish.net The President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi acknowledged a close cooperation held with Israel's government over security issues in the Sinai peninsula in an interview with a U.S. media agency, Sunday. | CBS reported that Sisi had asked them not to air the interview, but did not give further details on the matter. | Sisi has kept a low-profile Sinai-security-cooperation with Israel for some time. The peninsula became a demilitarized zone under the U.S.-sponsored 1979 peace treaty, w…

Nasim Ahmed (2019-01-07). Source of Pro-Israel Guerrilla Warriors on Social Media Exposed. globalresearch.ca A number of prominent Jewish-American leaders are funding covert, anonymous campaigns targeting pro-Palestinian student activists, The Forward has found. The Jewish daily newspaper, which has been publishing valuable information concerning the source of funding for these hyper-aggressive and shadowy groups …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-07). US Secretary of State Pompeo Enlists Allies to 'Return Democracy' to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Trump Warns of 'National Emergency' Over Border Wall. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump plans to deliver a prime-time address to the nation on immigration on Tuesday and visit the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, as his administration grapples with a partial federal shutdown that began 16 days ago over his demand for funding for a border wall. | RELATED: | Donald Trump Threatens To Close US-Mexico Border Over Wall | The Republican president showed no sign of backing off his pledge to build a wall, which he says is necessary to stem illegal immigration…

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Violent Outbreaks Continue in Brazil's Fortaleza. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian government deployed a new contingent of 300 elite troops to the northern city of Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceara, to attempt to quell the ongoing violence, Sunday. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Government to Purge State of Leftists and Centrists | The latest deployment of troops was ordered by Brazil's federal justice and Public Security Ministry, currently led by Sergio Moro. | Last week, a wave of violent attacks perpetrated by gangs against banks, transportatio…

J.P. Linstroth (2019-01-07). Preventing Brazilian Indigenous Genocide and Protecting the Amazon. counterpunch.org It is official. On the first of the year, Jair Bolsonaro, was inaugurated as the 38thPresident of Brazil. One of his 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. Bolsonaro transferred the More

Eds. (2019-01-07). Three years after being passed, Venezuela's Seed Law is being implemented from below. mronline.org Venezuelan grassroots organization Venezuela Libre de Transgenicos / Semillas del Pueblo (Venezuela Free from GMO / Seeds of the People) reports on the third anniversary of the passing of the Seed Law and the efforts driven from below to implement it. | Source

Daniel Larison (2019-01-07). An Iran Policy of Regime Change in All But Name. globalresearch.ca Mike Pompeo removes any doubt about the purpose of the administration's Iran policy of regime change in all but name: | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that "the sanctions on Iran have an ultimate goal" of "creating an …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-07). Biting into Apple: The Giant's Revenues Fall. counterpunch.org 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 as well as he would have hoped. Dreams of conquering Cathay (or, in modern terms, More

David Nibert, Taylor Ford (2019-01-07). It's Too Late for Trump's Wall. counterpunch.org As we watch the congregation of desperate people at the southern U.S. border, and the crisis generated by Trump's shutdown of the federal government, we have come to support the creation of a wall, an impenetrable barrier against those who should not cross it. Unfortunately, it is too late — much too late. The wall More

Kevin Zeese (2019-01-07). What Would a Yellow Vest Movement Look Like in the United States? mintpressnews.com A truth about movements is, they move. They morph, evolve and move around a country or even around the globe. This occurs over months and often over years. | The US Occupy encampment era occurred ten months after the Arab Spring and six months after the Spanish Indignado movement — early versions of occupy. It started in New York and then spread across the United States and to other countries. It was a global revolt against the 1% that changed politics in the United States and continues to have impacts today. | The Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France is having a major impact and gaining internati…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-01-07). With Ceasefire Faltering, Another Round of Yemen Peace Talks May Be on the Table. mintpressnews.com As long as the Saudi-led coalition refuses real negotiations and insists on unrealistic demands disconnected from the realities on the ground, there will be no negotiated peace.

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-07). Do We Really Need Billionaires? commondreams.org Three billionaire families–the Kochs, the Mercers, and the Adelsons–played a central role in bankrolling the Republican Party's shift to the far Right and its takeover of federal and state offices. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-07). AFRICOM Complicity in Gabon Coup Attempt? Trump Orders Deployment of 80 Military Personnel to Gabon. globalresearch.ca Trump's deployment of 80 military personnel to Gabon last week on the basis of preparing for a response to "violent protests" in the nearby Democratic Republic of the Congo might have been a ruse designed to cover up America's complicity …

Mel Gurtov (2019-01-07). Happy New Year from Kim Jong-un. counterpunch.org Long ago, US foreign aid programs honored the principle that humanitarian aid should be treated separately from economic and military assistance to governments. Public Law 480 (popularized as "Food for Peace"), which began under President Eisenhower in the 1960s and expanded under President Kennedy, was mainly intended (in Kennedy's words) to "narrow the gap between More

Conn Hallinan (2019-01-07). "Are You Serious?" Awards, 2018. counterpunch.org The Golden Sprocket Wrench Award goes to Lockheed Martin, the world's largest arms manufacturer, for its F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter, a fifth-generation interceptor said to be the best in the world. That is when it works, which isn't often. When Hurricane Michael swept through Florida this fall, 17 Raptors — $339 million apiece — were More

Tom Engelhardt (2019-01-07). Is Donald Trump an Asteroid? zcomm.org Honestly, This Could Get a Lot Uglier…

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-07). Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal "On Hold". Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border. globalresearch.ca The prospect of Washington turning a page for peace in Syria is highly unlikely. Syria remains in the eye of the storm. | On Friday, a State Department official said "(w)e have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from" …

Ralph Nader (2019-01-07). "It's Your Congress, People!" Make it Work for You! counterpunch.org Congress is the Constitutionally delegated repository of the sovereign authority of the people (the Constitution which starts with "We the People," not "We the Congress!"). Most of the changes, reforms, and improvements desired by a majority of people have to go through Congress. Incentives for change often start with Congressional elections or grass-roots organizing. But More

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-07). Do We Really Need Billionaires? zcomm.org According to numerous reports, the world's billionaires keep increasing in number and, especially, in wealth. In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories. Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year. Americans led the way with a Read more…

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Venezuelan President Makes New Announcement for Oil Sector. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro reported Sunday that his cabinet reached an agreement with a French private company who agreed to invest in the Venezuelan oil sector in order to increase the production in the western State of Zulia, as part of the international investments for the 2019-2025 period. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Maduro To Be Sworn at Top Court for 2nd Term | "We have had a positive meeting with French investors who have expressed their…

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-07). Is China Preparing for War? globalresearch.ca War with China is on the drawing board of the Pentagon. China has responded to US threats and military deployments in the Indo-Pacific region. President Xi Jinping has ordered the People's Liberation Army to prepare for a possible war….

Andrew Quilty (2019-01-07). Afghanistan in Photos: When a US Strike Hits a Family Home. globalresearch.ca The doors of Emergency Hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan's Helmand Province, swung open: Ehsanullah, 14, his face a swollen mess of flesh, was the first to be wheeled in. | His younger brother Hedayat, 4, was next. He …

Consortiumnews (2019-01-07). Everything That is Wrong with Mainstream Feminism. consortiumnews.com Women controlling the military-industrial complex is not feminism, it's toxic masculinity. The fruit of a sick valuing system that is poisoning our environment and risking nuclear annihilation, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Outlets like MSNBC and Politico have been excitedly… Read more →

Howard Lisnoff (2019-01-07). Nineteen Sixty-Nine: A Look Back at Protest. counterpunch.org Mass movements of 1968 in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Poland, Brazil, the United States, Pakistan, France, West Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and elsewhere made 1968 the year when the echoes of revolution and revolt were heard around the world: "And revolution in the air…" to quote a line from Bob Dylan, and so was rebellion. More

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-07). New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts. mintpressnews.com "It says quite a bit about the priorities of the new Congress when in the midst of a government shutdown, when federal workers are not receiving their paychecks, the new Congress is more concerned with curtailing the First Amendment rights of the people." — Chip Gibbons, U.S. Constitutional Law Expert

STAFF (2019-01-07). 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Stuns 'A Star Is Born' at Golden Globes. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Thunder bolt and lightning rocked the 76th Golden Globes where a string of upsets culminated with the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" winning best picture, drama, over another movie about musicians: Bradley Cooper's much more heavily favored "A Star Is Born." | "A Star Is Born" came into Sunday's ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, as the presumed heavyweight and Oscar favorite. But Cooper's remake went home with just one award, for the song "Shallow." Instead, the night's final two awards went to "Bohemian Rhapsody" — the popular but poorly reviewe…

teleSUR (2019-01-07). US Ships 'Infringe Chinese Sovereignty' As Trade Talks Begin. telesurenglish.net A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a "provocation" as U.S. officials joined talks in Beijing during a truce in a bitter trade war. | RELATED | China Creates History, Lands Probe on The Dark Side of The Moon | The USS McCampbell carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain, "to challenge excessive maritime claims," Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Rachel…

Dean Baker (2019-01-07). If China is Suffering So Much From Trump's Trade War, Why is Its Surplus Up So Much? counterpunch.org Donald Trump has made his tariffs against China and other countries a big part of his agenda as president. He even went so far as to dub himself "Tariff Man" on Twitter. The media have been quick to assume that Tariff Man is accomplishing his goals, especially with regard to China. It is standard for More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-07). Early Elections: Who Will Dethrone 'The King of Israel'? counterpunch.org "A historic mistake" is how Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu responded to calls for early elections last November. A few weeks later, he spoke, in exaggerated confidence of the "unanimous" agreement of his right-wing coalition that early elections must be held next April. So why the change of heart? Netanyahu may not be a good More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-07). After Promising More Jobs From Trump Tax Cuts, Report Shows AT&T Has 'Done Just the Opposite' by Slashing Over 10,000 Jobs in 2018. commondreams.org Adding to the list of corporate giants that have slashed jobs after pocketing massive windfalls from the GOP's $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) released a report on Monday detailing how the telecom behemoth AT&T cut over 10,000 jobs and announced the closure of three call centers in 2018 despite receiving a $20 billion boost from the deeply unpopular tax law. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-01-07). By Wide, Bipartisan Majority, New Poll Affirms Key Progressive Demand: Congress Should Act to Lessen Crushing Student Debt. commondreams.org A new poll out Monday points to a progressive mandate for the 116th Congress—it's "extremely important" to do something about the crushing student debt crisis, now at a record high $1.465 trillion, a bipartisan majority says. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-07). With Mueller Report Expected Soon, Trump Team May Claim Executive Privilege to Block Public Release. commondreams.org With Special Counsel Robert Mueller expected to put out a report detailing his findings from the ongoing probe into alleged Russian election interference and any collusion or obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump's campaign or administration as early as next month, the president's legal team may move to block parts of it from Congress and the public on the grounds of executive privilege. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-07). Supreme Court Blocks ExxonMobil's Effort to Conceal Decades of Documents in Probe of Oil Giant's Climate Deception. commondreams.org In a win for climate campaigners and Massachusetts' Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected ExxonMobil's attempt to block Healey's demand for documents related to her state's ongoing investigation into allegations that one of the world's largest oil and gas corporations deceived the public and investors for decades about how fossil fuels drive global warming. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-01-07). Sri Lankan Central Bank governor calls for extended IMF program. wsws.org The IMF suspended the final $500 million installment of its $1.5 billion loan to Sri Lanka last November after bitter infighting erupted within Colombo's political elite.

WSWS (2019-01-07). UK Integrity Initiative heavily involved in Skripal affair. wsws.org Leaked documents indicate that the moves against Russia over the Skripal affair were scripted well in advance.

WSWS (2019-01-07). Min Jin Lee's Pachinko: A novel of 20th century Korea and Japan—"History has failed us, but no matter" wsws.org Pachinko describes the struggles of four generations of Koreans in Japan. The New York Times named it one of the 10 best novels of 2017.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-07). NBC and MSNBC Blamed Russia for Using "Sophisticated Microwaves" to Cause "Brain Injuries" in U.S. "Diplomats" in Cuba. The Culprits Were Likely Crickets. theintercept.com We now have what might be the most vivid, reckless and dangerous illustration yet of how NBC functions.

SAM_W (2019-01-07). Can the Sudanese people bring down the dictator? greenleft.org.au In late December Green Left Weekly spoke to Younis Hamad Birama and Khalid Hassan from the Democratic Consciousness Forum, a Perth-based democratic and secular organisation founded by Sudanese refugees, about the wave of protests sweeping Sudan following the dramatic increase in the price of bread. Despite a brutal crackdown by security forces, including the killing of at least 40 people, the protests have spread and intensified, growing…

kathy_f (2019-01-07). Make 2019 the year of action on climate change. greenleft.org.au Australia is sweltering through another summer heatwave, with disastrous consequences for many vulnerable people. Walgett, in north-west NSW, ran out of water and catastrophic fires are threatening communities in Victoria and Tasmania. | As we make a plan for a new year of activism, we can take some heart from the growing student movement for real climate action. They are responding to the science and showing an awareness of the scale of the pending climate catastrophe. They know what needs to be done and are demonstrating that leadership comes from those who act. | Students 4 Climate Action have already agreed t…

RT (2019-01-07). Compulsory earthquake warnings are racist, Portland NAACP says. rt.com Protesters in Portland, Oregon have rallied against a city policy demanding that owners of brick houses post warnings of potential collapse in case of an earthquake. Civil rights activists say the order targets black people.

RT (2019-01-07). Warren wants Democrats to reject big lobby money, signaling division ahead of 2020. rt.com Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has closed her joint financing committee, lashing out against the influence of billionaires on both sides of the aisle ahead of coming elections, but is her party ready to follow?

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Saudi Arabia deports dozens of Rohingya to Bangladesh: MEE. aljazeera.com Video footage shows men handcuffed, lined up for deportation to Bangladesh, where they will become refugees.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Why has Ukraine's Orthodox church split from Russia?>. aljazeera.com After centuries of close ties, Orthodox churches in Ukraine have cut links with Russia.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Venezuela: Ex-Supreme Court judge flees to US, denounces Maduro. aljazeera.com Christian Zerpa says Venezuela's Supreme Court is 'an appendage' of Nicolas Maduro's government.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Brazil's environmental chief resigns after Bolsonaro criticism. aljazeera.com

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Top Khamenei aide says US sought his help for talks with Iran. aljazeera.com Ali Shamkhani says he was approached twice by US officials last month but rejected the requests to hold talks.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). US warship sails in South China Sea amid trade talks with Beijing. aljazeera.com China protests over US navy vessel sailing near disputed Paracel Islands as US officials join trade talks in Beijing.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Khashoggi case: Saudi refuses to confirm Qahtani's whereabouts. aljazeera.com After seven weeks of investigation, the former top aide to Saudi Crown Prince is still missing, Washington Post reports.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Bolton in Turkey to hammer out a deal for Syria's Kurds. aljazeera.com US national security adviser to seek assurances for Kurdish fighters in Syria as part of US troop withdrawal plan.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Rahaf Alqunun: Thailand admits Saudi woman seeking asylum. aljazeera.com Teenager seeking passage to asylum in Australia claims she was abused by her family and fears death if repatriated.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). More than 800 detained in ongoing Sudan protests: Minister. aljazeera.com Interior Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman says at least 816 arrested during anti-government protests raging since last month.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). Why is Netflix enabling the Saudi crackdown on press freedom?>. aljazeera.com Netflix's decision to take down an episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act show sets a bad precedent.

Jason Ditz (2019-01-07). US Quietly Deploys Troops to Gabon Amid Fears of Unrest in Congo. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — While the election in Congo was relatively quiet, the US is expecting that there will be protests when the results are announced. The anticipation is enough that President Trump has ordered to send troops to neighboring Gabon, and is warning the Congolese not to protest. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reporting that the US sent about 80 …

Danny Haiphong (2019-01-07). How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World. theantimedia.com (BAR) — The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests. "There is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous "meddler" in the affairs of other nations that history has ever known." Dan Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer, but most …

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2019-01-07). Someone Finally Explained the Trump-Russia Story and It Will Make You Question Everything. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Aaron Maté is a journalist known for his work as a former host/producer at the Real News, Democracy Now, and producer at Al Jazeera English. He is also a contributor at the Nation, who has recently been dedicating much of his column space to debunking claims that the Trump campaign colluded with the …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-07). Reasons to Believe Trump About Syria Are Vanishing. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — On the first of April last year I published an article titled "Ignore The Words Of US Presidents. Watch Their Actions Instead.", about Trump's claim that his administration would be pulling troops out of Syria "very soon". Watching the actions and ignoring the words is a personal policy I've found very useful …

Dave Id (2019-01-07). 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.

KPFA WorkWeek Radio (2019-01-07). 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…

Lloyd Hart (2019-01-07). 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.

Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel (2019-01-07). 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.

FN (2019-01-07). 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…

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (2019-01-07). 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.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-07). Standing Rock's Surprising Legacy: A Push for Public Banks. truthout.org In February 2017, Seattle became the first city to pass legislation to divest from a financial institution because of its role in funding the Dakota Access pipeline. | Months of rallies, public testimony at city council meetings, and protests at Wells Fargo branches across Seattle led to the unanimous vote to divest billions from the bank. Los Angeles and Philadelphia would follow. But when the time came to withdraw its money from the bank at the end of 2018, Seattle instead renewed its contract with Wells Fargo. The political decision to divest city money from one of the biggest banks funding DAPL was reverse…

Shared by trnn_cms_importer (2019-01-07). Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance — Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2. therealnews.com Paul Jay asks Senator Graham if a culture of "not wanting to know" was created to prevent the conspiracy from being uncovered and to protect the role of the Saudi government — a REPLAY of a 2013 interview by Paul Jay

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-07). "Surviving R. Kelly" Documents Decades of Abuse of Black Girls. truthout.org Content Warning: This video contains heavy discussions of sexual assault.We look at the shocking Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which chronicles two decades of allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against the celebrated R&B singer and producer. R. Kelly has been accused of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia throughout his career but has avoided criminal conviction despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses. We speak with Angelo Clary, whose daughter Azriel Clary met R. Kelly at the age of 17 and moved in with him with hopes of advancing her music career. He hasn't seen her i…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

teleSUR (2019-01-06). ALBA Countries Condemn Interference by US and Latam Allies. telesurenglish.net The Union for Social and Popular Movements (ALBA) issued on Sunday a statement admonishing U.S. actions against Venezuela and its people, and condemning the recent statement issued by the Lima Group. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects Interventionist Comments by Pompeo in Brazil | ALBA expressed "concerns" in a seven-point statement in support of "the unite…

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.

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, …

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, …

teleSUR (2019-01-06). US: Isis Sympathizers Await Extradition After Arrest in Syria. telesurenglish.net A pair of U.S. citizens are being detained by Kurdish military after attempting to aid the Islamic State militants to perpetrate an attack against refugees in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement. | RELATED: | US Military to Shift Focus From Syria And Somalia | "A group of terrorists who had been preparing to attack the civilians who were trying to…