2019-01-07: Social Media Postees

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

If China is Suffering So Much From Trump's Trade War, Why is Its Surplus Up So Much?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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…

From "Bring Our Troops Home" to "Sykes-Picot on Acid": Neocons Get Their Way on Trump's Syria Policy
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
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. | The post From "Bring Our Troops Home" to "Sykes-Picot on Acid": Neocons Get Their Way on Trump's Syria Policy appeared first on MintPress News.

Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner? appeared first on Global Research.

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

US Ships 'Infringe Chinese Sovereignty' As Trade Talks Begin
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

It's Too Late for Trump's Wall
David Nibert, Taylor Ford | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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…

Iran Rejects Trump's Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as 'False Dreams'
PressTV | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
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." | The post Iran Rejects Trump's Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as 'False Dreams' appeared first on MintPress News.

Everything That is Wrong with Mainstream Feminism
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-07
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 ?…

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

AFRICOM Complicity in Gabon Coup Attempt? Trump Orders Deployment of 80 Military Personnel to Gabon
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post AFRICOM Complicity in Gabon Coup Attempt? Trump Orders Deployment of 80 Military Personnel to Gabon appeared first on Global Research.

Brazil's Bolsonaro signs order endangering Amazon and indigenous rights
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-07
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 …

'A People That Chose to Be Free': Venezuela's Maduro Says as He Prepares for Jan. 10 Ingauration
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

Venezuelan President Makes New Announcement for Oil Sector
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

Do We Really Need Billionaires?
Lawrence Wittner | commondreams.org | 2019-01-07
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…

Biting into Apple: The Giant's Revenues Fall
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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,…

Early Elections: Who Will Dethrone 'The King of Israel'?
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
"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…

Turkey's Top Brass in Conflict Over New Operation Against Kurds in Northern Syria
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
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. | The post Turkey's Top Brass in Conflict Over New Operation Against Kurds in Northern Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Afghanistan in Photos: When a US Strike Hits a Family Home
Andrew Quilty | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post Afghanistan in Photos: When a US Strike Hits a Family Home appeared first on Global Research.

Senator Warren's Push for Climate Risk Disclosure
Ben Lilliston | commondreams.org | 2019-01-07
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…

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

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

Saudi Woman Pleas To Not Return To Family: 'They Will Kill Me'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

Egypt's el-Sisi Tries to Hush Statement on Israel Cooperation
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

NAFTA Renewed. Now What?
Prof. Sam Gindin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post NAFTA Renewed. Now What? appeared first on Global Research.

Overnight Israeli Air Strikes in Gaza Cause Heavy Damage
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

Three years after being passed, Venezuela's Seed Law is being implemented from below
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-07
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…

Do We Really Need Billionaires?
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-07
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…

Is China Preparing for War?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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…. | The post Is China Preparing for War? appeared first on Global Research.

Happy New Year from Kim Jong-un
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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…

First Senate Bill of 2019 Would Give Billions to Israel, Undermine BDS
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
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. | The post First Senate Bill of 2019 Would Give Billions to Israel, Undermine BDS appeared first on MintPress News.

Source of Pro-Israel Guerrilla Warriors on Social Media Exposed
Nasim Ahmed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post Source of Pro-Israel Guerrilla Warriors on Social Media Exposed appeared first on Global Research.

Preventing Brazilian Indigenous Genocide and Protecting the Amazon
J.P. Linstroth | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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…

What Would a Yellow Vest Movement Look Like in the United States?
Kevin Zeese | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
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…

"Are You Serious?" Awards, 2018
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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…

$100 Billion in Weapons to the Saudis Buys a World Full of Hurt
George D. O'Neill, Jr. | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post $100 Billion in Weapons to the Saudis Buys a World Full of Hurt appeared first on Global Research.

Nineteen Sixty-Nine: A Look Back at Protest
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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.

New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
"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 | The post New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts appeared first on MintPress News.

Golden Globes Joy For 'Roma,' as it Scoops Best Foreign Film
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal "On Hold". Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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" … | The post Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal "On Hold". Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border appeared first on Global Research.

With Ceasefire Faltering, Another Round of Yemen Peace Talks May Be on the Table
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
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. | The post With Ceasefire Faltering, Another Round of Yemen Peace Talks May Be on the Table appeared first on MintPress News.

Revolution Returns to Europe. How and Why
Dimitris Konstantakopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
"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 … | The post Revolution Returns to Europe. How and Why appeared first on Global Research.

"It's Your Congress, People!" Make it Work for You!
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-07
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…

With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-07
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. | The post With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan appeared first on MintPress News.

Video: Russian Warplanes Strike Terrorists in Idlib De-escalation Zone
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post Video: Russian Warplanes Strike Terrorists in Idlib De-escalation Zone appeared first on Global Research.

What Would a Yellow Vest Movement Look Like in the United States?
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post What Would a Yellow Vest Movement Look Like in the United States? appeared first on Global Research.

An Iran Policy of Regime Change in All But Name
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 | … | The post An Iran Policy of Regime Change in All But Name appeared first on Global Research.

Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?
Tom Engelhardt | commondreams.org | 2019-01-07
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…

Bolivia, Uruguay Reject Lima Group Intervention in Venezuela
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 | … | The post Bolivia, Uruguay Reject Lima Group Intervention in Venezuela appeared…

US Secretary of State Pompeo Enlists Allies to 'Return Democracy' to Venezuela
Ricardo Vaz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post US Secretary of State Pompeo Enlists Allies to 'Return Democracy' to Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Stuns 'A Star Is Born' at Golden Globes
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-07
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…

Forgotten France Rises Up
Serge Halimi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
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 … | The post Forgotten France Rises Up appeared first on Global Research.

Trump Warns of 'National Emergency' Over Border Wall
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

Violent Outbreaks Continue in Brazil's Fortaleza
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-07
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…

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
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-07
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…

By Wide, Bipartisan Majority, New Poll Affirms Key Progressive Demand: Congress Should Act to Lessen Crushing Student Debt
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-07
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…

With Mueller Report Expected Soon, Trump Team May Claim Executive Privilege to Block Public Release
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-07
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…

Supreme Court Blocks ExxonMobil's Effort to Conceal Decades of Documents in Probe of Oil Giant's Climate Deception
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-07
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…

Sri Lankan Central Bank governor calls for extended IMF program
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-07
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.

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

Min Jin Lee's Pachinko: A novel of 20th century Korea and Japan–"History has failed us, but no matter"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-07
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.

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

Can the Sudanese people bring down the dictator?
SAM_W | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-07
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…

Make 2019 the year of action on climate change
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-07
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…

Compulsory earthquake warnings are racist, Portland NAACP says
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-07
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. | …

Warren wants Democrats to reject big lobby money, signaling division ahead of 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-07
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? | …

Egypt: Little Truth in Al-Sisi's '60 Minutes' Responses
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-07

| August 13, 2018 Video | Egypt: No Justice For Rab'a Victims 5 Years On: | Egyptian authorities have failed to investigate or prosecute a single member of the security forces five years after their systematic and widespread killing of largely peaceful protesters in Rab'a Square in Cairo. Hundreds of protesters have been convicted under unfair charges in mass trials stemming from the protests. |


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

US Quietly Deploys Troops to Gabon Amid Fears of Unrest in Congo
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-07
(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 …

US Quietly Deploys Troops to Gabon Amid Fears of Unrest in Congo

How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World
Danny Haiphong | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-07
(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 …

How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World

Someone Finally Explained the Trump-Russia Story and It Will Make You Question Everything
Darius Shahtahmasebi | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-07
(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 …

Someone Finally Explained the Trump-Russia Story and It Will Make You Question Everything

Reasons to Believe Trump About Syria Are Vanishing
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-07
(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 …

Reasons to Believe Trump About Syria Are Vanishing

Oakland police chief Anthony Batts' "keep the peace" robocall (2010)
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-01-07
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.

Fed Gov Shutdown & SF Hunters Point Treasure Island Whistleblowers Face Cover-up/Corruption
KPFA WorkWeek Radio | indybay.org | 2019-01-07
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…

The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did!
Lloyd Hart | indybay.org | 2019-01-07
In the Reagan administration the Vulcans were even further empowered to greater heights of criminal behaviour.

Capitalism means Crisis and Trade War
Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel | indybay.org | 2019-01-07
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.

Canadian Government Of Trudeau And Its Murder Of Animals, Destruction Of Environment
FN | indybay.org | 2019-01-07
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 | 2019-01-07
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.

Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance — Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
Shared by trnn_cms_importer | therealnews.com | 2019-01-07
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 | The post Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance — Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2 appeared first on The Real News Network.

Standing Rock's Surprising Legacy: A Push for Public Banks
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-01-07
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…

"Surviving R. Kelly" Documents Decades of Abuse of Black Girls
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-01-07
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…

ALBA Countries Condemn Interference by US and Latam Allies
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-06
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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US: Isis Sympathizers Await Extradition After Arrest in Syria
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-06
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…

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.

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…