2019-01-08: Social Media Postees

Persecution, torture, global warming: The health challenges of an asylum-seeker
Marc Lavietes | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-08
NEW YORK–In the process of gaining asylum and transitioning to the United States, immigrants cope with many health-related issues. Post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, as well as many often indolent (slowly progressing) infectious diseases, are common among the immigrant population. Professional organizations are taking note of these health care needs. My professional organization, the …

Trump Escalates Confrontation over Federal Shutdown
Patrick Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
With the partial shutdown of the federal government in its third week, and 800,000 workers facing the prospect of a payless payday Friday, President Trump has stepped up his campaign to spread fear and whip up bigotry against immigrants and … | The post Trump Escalates Confrontation over Federal Shutdown appeared first on Global Research.

American Civil Rights Institute Rescinds Angela Davis Honor
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-08
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Black activists on Monday called for leadership changes and protests at an Alabama civil rights museum after it rescinded an award for political activist Angela Davis, a move the mayor said followed complaints from the Jewish community. | Speaking outside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, located in the same downtown area where civil rights violence once shocked the nation, organizers told a news conference that Davis, a Birmingham native, was wronged by the decision to rescind the honor. | Davis, a longtime activist who has supported Palestinian rights and criticized Israeli policy,…

China To Send Special Envoy to Attend Maduro Inauguration
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Han Changfu will attend the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. | RELATED: | World Leaders Declare Support For Venezuelan Leader Maduro | "At the invitation of the Venezuelan government, Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Changfu will attend the inauguration ceremony of President Maduro i…

Claiming a 'National Emergency' to Justify Building a $5-Billion Wall
Dave Lindorff | commondreams.org | 2019-01-08
The thing is, this president has lied so routinely that we tend to forget that some lies have consequences, and here is one that clearly does. (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

A Itália e a Unià£o Europeia votam a favor dos mísseis USA na Europa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
No Palácio de Vidro das Naàßàµes Unidas, em Nova York, há uma escultura de metal intitulada "O Bem Derrota o Mal", representando Sà£o Jorge que trespassa um dragà£o com a sua lanàßa. Foi doada pela URSS, em 1990, para celebrar … | The post A Itália e a Unià£o Europeia votam a favor dos mísseis USA na Europa appeared first on Global Research.

Pompeo's Middle East Visit Contradicts Trump Admin Policy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
In what appears to be another move that undermines U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in the Middle East to prevent what CNBC are calling, "influencing the region through its state-sponsored terrorism operations." | RELATED: | CIA Head Turned Stooge: Pompeo Preaches Trump Dogma to World | The trip comes at a time of conflicting Trump administration statements about a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. | Prior to touching down in Jordan, Po…

CBC Scrutiny of Jewish National Fund (JNF). Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the Canadian media's scrutiny of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) — Canada. On Friday, the CBC's Evan Dyer published a thorough article exposing how the JNF-Canada is in contravention … | The post CBC Scrutiny of Jewish National Fund (JNF). Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East appeared first on Global Research.

A Foreign Affair: Trump's Dominican Republic Deal
Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Donald Trump is pursuing what appears to be a new business deal in the Dominican Republic despite pledging no new foreign deals — a deal which may be in violation of the U.S. Constitution | *** | Almost two years after Donald | … | The post A Foreign Affair: Trump's Dominican Republic Deal appeared first on Global Research.

Drug Ads Surge as U.S. Medical Marketing Hits $30 Billion
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-08
Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. | The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Their numbers soared over 20 years as part of broad health industry efforts to promote drugs, devices, lab tests and even hospitals. | The researchers estimated that medical marketing reached $30 billion in 2016, up from $18 billion in 1997. Spending on consumer-focused ads climbed fastest. But marketing to doctors and other health professionals still grabbed the bigg…

Italia e Ue votano per i missili Usa in Europa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Presso il Palazzo di Vetro delle Nazioni Unite, a New York, c'è una scultura metallica intitolata ´il Bene sconfigge il Male ª, raffigurante San Giorgio che trafigge un drago con la sua lancia. Fu donata dall'Urss nel 1990 per celebrare il … | The post Italia e Ue votano per i missili Usa in Europa appeared first on Global Research.

Crisis in Ukraine: Religious Schism and War
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The signing of the Tomos or note of Autocephaly for the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine is not a church but a political act which may have catastrophic consequences for Ukraine. | So said the head of the Russian Federation … | The post Crisis in Ukraine: Religious Schism and War appeared first on Global Research.

The 2019 Iranian Film Festival
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
Ever since 2014, I have made the case for Iranian films on CounterPunch (see links to the articles below). At the risk of sounding like one of those reviewers addicted to superlatives for Hollywood films that appear in full-page ads in the NY Times, let me say that the five films I have seen in…

Oaked Fires in Serbia. "For the Slavs, the Tree Remains all Central and Bearing"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
They set out early in the morning, men with axes, boys in tow and, for some, the odd girl champing at the bit. The woods are some way from Bujanovac, but these columns of individuals resembled statues who have moved … | The post Oaked Fires in Serbia. "For the Slavs, the Tree Remains all Central and Bearing" appeared first on Global Research.

The Latest US Job Report Is Another Fiction
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
There were not 312,000 new jobs created in December. | Nevermind. Where does the Bureau of Labor Statistics tell us the jobs are. | Health care and social assistance together with leisure and hospitality account for 36% of the new jobs, with … | The post The Latest US Job Report Is Another Fiction appeared first on Global Research.

Who Would Believe It? Annals of the New Left Era
Paul Buhle | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
You Say You Want a Revolution: SDS, PL, and Adventures in Building a Worker-Student Alliance. Edited by John F. Levin and Earl Silbar. San Francisco: 1741 Press, 2019. 364pp, $18.95. Of the various factions that sundered the Students for a Democratic Society at its most promising moment, 1969, when it had perhaps a hundred thousand…

World Leaders Declare Support For Venezuelan Leader Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
President Nicolás Maduro will be sworn in on January 10 before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) for his next term, which will run from 2019-2025, and several world leaders have declared a public show of faith for the Venezuelan leader. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Maduro To Be Sworn at Top Court for 2nd Term | Several world leaders will be in attendance at the event, including Bolivian President Evo Morales, confirmed Foreign Minister Diego Pary during…

600 Artists, Activists, Academics Show Solidarity with Maduro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
On Monday, a group of intellectuals, artists, and activists came together to support the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | RELATED: | World Leaders Declare Support For Venezuelan Leader Maduro | The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity published a statement which called for respecting the sovereignty of Venezuela and its people. It also rejected the continuous attempts by the United States and its fellow right-wing governments to undermine t…

Angela Davis is latest Black target of Israel lobby
Ali Abunimah | zcomm.org | 2019-01-08
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has canceled its annual gala at which iconic Black scholar and activist Angela Davis was to receive a prestigious human rights award…

Australian Government Under Pressure to Take In Saudi Woman
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
Australian and British legislators and activists called on their governments to grant asylum to 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun who is fleeing from her family. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Pleas To Not Return To Family: 'They Will Kill Me' | "They won't let me drive or travel. I am oppressed. I love life and work and I am very ambitious but my family is preventing me from living," said Qanun, referring to her motives for escaping from her home. | There is sufficient evid…

#ShutdownStories: Americans Become Intimately Familiar with U.S. Government Form of Repression
Chelli Stanley | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
As the #shutdownstories pour in, a different picture of America emerges than the one commonly seen in the TV news. This America lives paycheck to paycheck, worries about how to juggle debt and bills, and feels a deep insecurity about their well-being. Many of the #shutdownstories speak about "elitist" politicians who are out of touch…

2019, The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington's Military Design in the Asia-Pacific
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Pivot to Asia: China is threatened by the US military in the South and East China Sea. War with China is currently on the drawing board of the Pentagon as outlined in a Rand Report commissioned by the US Army | The post 2019, The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington's Military Design in the Asia-Pacific appeared first on Global Research.

The Doctrine of Odious Debt. Break the Taboo on Odious Debts and Their Repudiation
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
This English version of the interview originally published in French by the independent online journal Le Vent Se Lève (LVSL) has been fully revised and complemented by Eric Toussaint. The original French version is available here. | Éric Toussaint has … | The post The Doctrine of Odious Debt. Break the Taboo on Odious Debts and Their Repudiation appeare…

What Are We Working For? The Economic System is a Labyrinthine Trap
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
"One also knows from his letters that nothing appeared more sacred to Van Gogh than work." — John Berger, "Vincent Van Gogh," Portraits | Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work … | The post What Are We Working For? The Economic System is a Labyrinthine Trap appeared first on Global Research.

Four Pro-Democratic Disinformation Campaigns Uncovered in 2017 Alabama Senate Election
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-08
The strange saga of pro-Democratic activists meddling in the Alabama election began last month with leaked documents exposing the Roy Moore "Russian bot" scandal to be a false-flag operation. | The post Four Pro-Democratic Disinformation Campaigns Uncovered in 2017 Alabama Senate Election appeared first on MintPress News.

Bolsonaro Shuts Down Official Indigenous Cryptocurrency Project
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
In another blow to Brazil's Indigenous people just one week after taking office, the newly-elected President Jair Bolsonaro's administration has blocked an initiative of the previous government that would create a cryptocurrency intended to facilitate transactions between Indigenous communities. | RELATED: Brazil: Environment Agency Head Resigns After Bolsonaro's Trump-like Tweetstorm Attack | Damares Alves, the head of the newly-established Ministry of Women…

Break the Cycle: Say No to the Government's Cruelty, Brutality and Abuse
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." –Edmund Burke Folks, it's time to break the cycle. Let's make 2019 the year we say no to the laundry list of abuses–cruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional and unacceptable–that have been heaped upon us by the government for way too long. Let's make 2019 the year we…

Nigerian cinema breaks out to wide audience with Netflix's "Lionheart"
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-08
Popular Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has made history with her film Lionheart, as the first original Nigerian movie distributed exclusively on the global streaming giant Netflix. Showcasing at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2018, the comedic film made its wide release debut at Netflix on January 4 this year, making it available in …

On the Eve of Maduro's Inauguration, A New Phase in the Campaign Against Venezuela
Frederick B. Mills | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-08
The campaign to bring about regime change enters a new phase with the inauguration of President Maduro for a second term. With no legal standing or representation inside Venezuela, the Lima Group has now become a major protagonist of a soft coup in Venezuela. | The post On the Eve of Maduro's Inauguration, A New Phase in the Campaign Against Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.

Venezuelan Top Court Formally Summons Maduro for Swearing In
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela formally asked Tuesday President Nicolas Maduro to present himself at the court to be sworn in for his new term Thursday, Jan. 10 before the country's top court, as the National Assembly remains in contempt of court. | RELATED: | 600 Artists, Activists, Academics Show Solidarity with Maduro | The president of the Venezuelan Supreme Court said that the re-elected president must appear at the headquarters of the highest court in Caracas,…

Turkey Slams U.S. Request for Assurances on Syrian Kurds
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-08
SHANNON, Ireland–Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. national security adviser of making "a very serious mistake" Tuesday by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria before the U.S. withdraws its troops from the war-torn country. | A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey. The diplomatic setback raised fresh questions about how the U.S. would protect its allies in the fight…

Art of the Monstrous: Burtynsky and the Anthropocene
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
The National Art Gallery in Ottawa currently hosts a sensational exhibition called "Anthropocene." Edward Burtynsky and his associates Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a multi-media mind-boggling representation of the transformation of the earth by humans. Their work has the shock-effect similar to the famous 1969 photograph of the earth taken from outer…

Selected Articles: US Aggression, Ukraine Crisis
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as an independent media and research tool. Bringing you 24/7 updates from all … | The post Selected Articles: US Aggression, Ukraine Crisis appeared first on Global Research.

Brazil: Environment Agency Head Resigns After Bolsonaro Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
Suely Araujo, the head of Brazil's environmental protection agency the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) resigned Monday after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro criticized the amount of money it spends to rent vehicles, his latest attack on the agency. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Defends Indigenous People After Bolsonaro Ally's Racist Slur | An Ibama spokeswoman said that Araujo, who led the agency since 2016, resigned after Bolsona…

North Korea's Kim Visits China Again Committed To Diplomacy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
As China hosts North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the next two day its foreign ministry says China is in full support of dialogue between its neighboring country and the United States. | RELATED: | South Korea Apologizes for Rapings Amid 1980 Military Crackdown | At a Tuesday night press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the g…

Do We Really Need Billionaires?
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-08
82 percent of the global wealth generated in 2017 went to the wealthiest one percent…

A Look Back at Clapper's Jan. 2017 'Assessment' on Russia-gate
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-08
On the 2nd anniversary of the "assessment" blaming Russia for "collusion" with Trump there is still no evidence other than showing the media "colluded" with the spooks, says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News The banner headline… Read more ?…

Nicaragua: The Other Revolution Betrayed
Nathan Legrand | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The violent repression against demonstrators protesting brutal neoliberal policies, which resulted in more than 300 people being killed by regime forces since April 2018, is just one of the reasons why different leftist social movements have condemned the Nicaraguan regime | … | The post Nicaragua: The Other Revolution Betrayed appeared first on Global Research.

Israel Seeks $250 Billion Compensation Related to Stealing Historic Palestine
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The Jewish state gives chutzpah new meaning. It seeks $250 billion from seven Arab states and Iran in connection to its theft of historic Palestine — one of history's great crimes. | It took 78% in 1948, the Palestinian Nakba, the … | The post Israel Seeks $250 Billion Compensation Related to Stealing Historic Palestine appeared first on Global Research.

Yemen: Vague UN-brokered Deal 'Unravels' Peace, Says Aid Group
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
According to the British aid agency Oxfam, the United Nations-brokered peace deal in Yemen's port city Hodeidah is already unraveling due to the vagueness of the text. | RELATED: | Yemen: Houthis Retreat from Hodeidah Adhering to UN Peace Deal | A major problem with the peace deal, Oxfam said, is that text does not specify the manner in which the Houthi rebel forces should vacate the city. | "There is an issue with the actual agreement, which is actually quite vague," Dina el-Mamo…

The Quintessential American
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
The difference between having lived in a foreign country (particularly while you're young, relatively poor, keenly observant, and ever so slightly insecure) and NOT having lived in a foreign country is profound. If you were paying attention, the experience was life-altering. It made you realize there were no absolutes, that almost everything you previously took…

Trump Against the Pentagon? Possible Shifting of White House Alliances
Caleb Maupin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The line from James Mattis that seemed to stand out the most was "Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is … | The post Trump Against the Pentagon? Possible Shifting of White House Alliances appeared first on Global Research.

Argentina Covets US Police State, Lists Unwanted Foreigners
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
Argentina's government is trying to move forward with security measures, including deporting 1,000 foreigners, as President Mauricio Macri gears up to run for a second term next October. | RELATED: | Argentine Unions Make X-mas Feast Protest In Front of Congress | Security Minister Patricia Bullrich says that the administration is planning to expel foreigners with criminal records or who have entered the country without proper documentation. She is also working on a bill to lower…

Bernie Sanders Slams 'Absurd' Anti-BDS Bill Amid Gov't Shutdown
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
As the United States government shutdown enters its third week, Republican senators Marco Rubio and James Risch proposed a bill targeting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a move representatives Bernie Sanders and Rashida Tlaib, among others, heavily criticized. | RELATED: | HSBC: War Crimes, Not BDS, Behind Divesting from Israeli Arms Maker | "It's absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their con…

For the First Time Since 9/11, There are a Few Hopeful Signs in the Preemptive Prosecutions of Muslims
Kathy Manley | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
I have been studying the prosecution of Muslims in the "war on terror" since 2006, and the courts have been consistently and resoundingly unfair. Constitutional protections under the First Amendment; Fourth Amendment (illegal wiretapping); Fifth Amendment (tortured confessions); Sixth Amendment (secret evidencegiven to the judge but not the defense, anonymous witnesses), and Eighth Amendment (long…

Venezuela VP Exposes Guyana's False Version on Exxon Ships
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-08
On Tuesday, Delcy Rodriguez, vice president of Venezuela, presented concrete evidence contradicting Guyana's version in the case of the two Exxon Mobile vessels in the Esequibo area, which took place in December 2018. | RELATED | Venezuela: US Comments on Guyana Affair are Interventionist | The presence of Exxon Mobile ships, sent by Guyana into Venezuelan waters, was characterized by Vice President Delcy Rodríguez as a very serious event and a provocation. | Rodriguez showed officia…

Bases, Bases, Everywhere… Except in the Pentagon's Report
Nick Turse | commondreams.org | 2019-01-08
These days, it's even difficult to obtain accurate manpower numbers for the military personnel in America's war zones, let alone the number of bases in each of them. (Photo: Book cover detail/Metropolitan Press) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Forgotten France Rises Up
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
December 15, place de l'Opéra, Paris. Three yellow vests read out an address 'to the French people and the president of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron' saying: 'This movement belongs to no one and to everyone. It gives voice to a people who for 40 years have been dispossessed of everything that enabled them to believe in their future and their greatness.'…

Los Angeles Teachers Prepare for Strike
Jerry White | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
More than 33,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are set to strike Thursday in what would be the largest walkout by educators in the US since last year's statewide strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona. Like … | The post Los Angeles Teachers Prepare for Strike appeared first on Global Research.

Rashida Tlaib: The Senate's Anti-BDS Bill Is an Unconstitutional Attack on Free Speech
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08

"Crime + Punishment" Exposes Racial Quotas in the NYPD & Retaliation Against Officers Who Speak Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-08
A group of New York Police Department officers are challenging what they call a racially charged policy of quotas for arrests and summonses. Known as the "NYPD 12," they risked their reputations and livelihoods to confront their superiors, fight illegal quotas and demand a more just police force. We look at a film following their story called "Crime + Punishment." It has just been shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. We speak with Stephen Maing, the film's director and producer, and Lieutenant Edwin Raymond, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the NYPD 12.

LA Teachers' Strike: Dispatch #1
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
Absent a dramatic change in the Los Angeles Unified School District's bargaining position, over 30,000 Los Angeles teachers will strike on Thursday, January 10. With nearly half a million students at over 1,000 schools, LAUSD is America's second largest school district. LAUSD and United Teachers of Los Angeles have been negotiating since April, 2017 and…

Donald Trump's Mythical Terrorist Tide from Mexico
Associated Press | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-08
Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States." | The post Donald Trump's Mythical Terrorist Tide from Mexico appeared first on MintPress News.

Things That Could Trouble Investors in 2019
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
The NYT ran a piece that mentions four factors that could be bad news for investors in 2019. While returns to investors are not my major economic concern, the piece left out what I would consider to be the biggest risk: a profit squeeze. The low unemployment rate is finally leading to some acceleration in…

Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise. Social Inequality and Cuba's Dual Currency System. The Creation of a Well-Off Middle Class
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
January the 1st 2019 marked the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Back in December 1958 the city of Santa Clara fell to the combined forces of Che Guevara, Cienfuegos, and Revolutionary Directorate (RD) rebels led by Comandantes Rolando Cubela, … | The post Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise. Social Inequality and Cuba's Dual Currency System. The Creation of a Well-Off Middle Class app…

The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace
Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater | commondreams.org | 2019-01-08
We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next ten years. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Detained Children Tortured
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-08
Exterior of the Women and Children's Reformatory in Erbil, where several dozen children are held in pre-trial detention or are serving sentences for alleged ISIS affiliation. | © 2018 Jo Becker/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq is torturing children to confess to involvement with the Islamic State (ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. | Children told Human Rights Watch tha…

'Shameful Day for Canada': First Nations Encampment Violently Raided, Land Protectors Arrested
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-08
"Is this a normal way to respond to Indigenous people who are peacefully protecting their drinking water from fracking pipelines?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

'Scary': Warming of Oceans Is Equivalent to 1.5 Atomic Bombs Every Second Over Past 150 Years
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-08
Carbon emissions are affecting life in all of Earth's ecosystems—contributing to drought, flooding, and the melting of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But a new study by researchers at Oxford University details how the planet's oceans are by far the climate crisis's biggest victim, with implications for the global population. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Too anti-Israel? Birmingham institute abruptly revokes Angela Davis' civil rights award
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-08
Alabama-based Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has changed its mind about honoring civil rights activist Angela Davis, without much of an explanation. Critics are pointing to Davis's positions on Israel and Palestine for clues. | …

Stormy days for weatherman: New York TV presenter fired for using 'racial slur' on air
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-08
A New York weatherman has been fired after seeming to utter a commonly used racial slur for Martin Luther King on air. In a video defending himself online, the meteorologist apologized, saying he'd simply "jumbled" his words. | …

Military prepare for post-Brexit civil war in Britain and Northern Ireland
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-08
Preparations involve 50,000 troops in mainland Britain and 1,000 more police in Northern Ireland–close to half the current size of the British Army and more than the force sent by the government to invade Iraq.

Bolton walks back Trump's Syria troop withdrawal
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-08
Whatever the intent of Trump's demagogic promise to "bring the troops home," the ruling establishment is determined to continue the US wars for hegemony in the Middle East.

"We Want to Survive": Afghans Warily Anticipate Trump's Withdrawal of 7,000 U.S. Troops
Bilal Sarwary | theintercept.com | 2019-01-08
Some Afghans fear that fewer U.S. troops will lead to more violence, while others hope the pullout will give the country a better shot at peace. | The post "We Want to Survive": Afghans Warily Anticipate Trump's Withdrawal of 7,000 U.S. Troops appeared first on The Intercept.

How we can defeat the neo-Nazis
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-08
On January 5, convicted neo-Nazi criminals Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and their followers, gathered on the foreshore of St Kilda Beach to vilify Sudanese Australians and once again scapegoat that community as "African gangs". | The group of 100 to 150 predominantly white males from various neo-Nazi gangs — The Lads, Soldiers of Odin and the Proud Boys — were racist and hostile towards the gathering counter protesters. | Erikson, a convicted stalker and former head of the neo-Nazi group the United Patriot Front, knows how to do hate speech and play the game on social media. The rally to "reclaim St K…

Erdogan: US' Bolton 'seriously mistaken' on Syrian Kurd fighters
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Turkish leader blasts US adviser Bolton over security demands for Kurdish militia in Syria in turn for US withdrawal.

Germany declares state of emergency over snow storms
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Second-highest avalanche warning level in force across German Alps after seven people died during weekend of heavy snow.

Australia to 'consider' Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun's asylum plea
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Canberra says Alqunun's humanitarian visa application will be 'carefully considered' as UNHCR looks into her case.

Why did the UAE and Bahrain re-open their embassies in Syria?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
The official justification that the embassies were opened to counter Iranian influence is hardly believable.

Nigeria 'failing' to implement increased minimum wage
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
There has been a two-and-a-half year delay in implementing Nigeria's new, increased minimum wage.

Pompeo: US to boost efforts to counter Iran's 'malign influence'
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Top diplomat says US will redouble diplomatic and commercial efforts against Iran as he kicks off Middle East tour.

Two largest rebels groups in northern Syria clash
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Free Syrian Army deployed fighters on front lines in western Aleppo to stop rapid advance of Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham.

Children 'still tortured' in Iraq's Kurdish regions: HRW report
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Human Rights Watch report says teenage boys falsely confessed to joining ISIL while under torture by the authorities.

Lebanon: Winter storm adds to Syrian refugees' suffering
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
At least 170,000 registered refugees are particularly vulnerable because they live in informal shelters.

Iran 'responsible for killing' two dissidents in the Netherlands
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Dutch intelligence agency says Tehran ordered the killing of two opposition figures as EU announces targeted sanctions.

US slaps sanctions on Venezuelan media magnate
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Raul Gorrin allegedly led a currency exchange network, which the Treasury says stole $2.4bn.

US Approves Missile Defense Upgrades for Saudi Arabia Despite Khashoggi Outrage
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-08
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Anger at the Saudi government's murder of Jamal Khashoggi had many in the US Congress saying that they intend to limit arms sales to the kingdom. The Trump Administration appears to be ignoring that, however, and continuing with Saudi arms deals. The State Department has notified Congress that Saudi Arabia will be receiving major upgrades …

US Approves Missile Defense Upgrades for Saudi Arabia Despite Khashoggi Outrage

With Golan Heights at Stake, Netanyahu and Bolton Set Trump Straight on Syria
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-08
(MPN) — The state of Israel seems to share at least some of the responsibility for the latest shift of U.S. Syria policy — as National Security Adviser John Bolton announced on Sunday that President Donald Trump's call to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria would now be "coordinated" with Israel, after meeting with top Israeli officials including Israeli Prime …

With Golan Heights at Stake, Netanyahu and Bolton Set Trump Straight on Syria

Canadian Government Of Trudeau And Its Murder Of Animals, Destruction Of Environment
FN | indybay.org | 2019-01-08
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…

Andy Lopez settlement reached, after five years
Carole Hyams-Howard, SF Bayview | indybay.org | 2019-01-08
On Oct 22, 2013, two days after Big Man's 47th Black Panther Party Anniversary Celebration, held in Santa Rosa, ended, a beautiful child,13-year-old Andy Lopez, was gunned down and shot to death by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus.

ICE Raids Make Families Afraid to Leave Their Homes
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-01-08
With the recent large-scale work raids at sites like Bean Station, Tennessee, or Sumner, Texas, in which ICE agents arrested upwards of 100 community members at a time, it is easy to forget that immigration home raids happen all year, all over the country. These raids are happening not only in Chicago, Los Angeles, or other cities with large immigrant communities, but also in small West Mi…

Pro-Corbyn UK Labour Councillor on Hunger Strike to Protest British Role in Yemen War
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-08
Maya Evans, a Labour councillor in Hastings, Britain, is refusing food for two weeks in a hunger strike protest against the war on Yemen. She was inspired to enter politics after Jeremy Corbyn's historic leadership victory | The post Pro-Corbyn UK Labour Councillor on Hunger Strike to Protest British Role in Yemen War appeared first on The Real News Network.

Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-08
While Trump claimed US troops will leave Syria in 30 days, his neoconservative national security adviser John Bolton suggested otherwise, imposing conditions for withdrawal. Journalist Patrick Cockburn says mainstream corporate media reporting has been misleading and "childish." | The post Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria appeared first on The Real News Network.

Despite Shutdown, Trump Is Pushing Forward Plans to Drill in Arctic
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-08
The Bureau of Land Management has confirmed that it is moving forward with public meetings to rework management plans for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite many other Interior Department activities remaining frozen, according to Alaska Public Media. | The Trump administration is thus ensuring that many other employees within the Interior Department continue working toward opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, even as national par…

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.

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…

"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…

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.

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…

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 ?…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Venezuelan Ex-Magistrate Flees to Miami, Pledges to 'Collaborate' with US Authorities
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-07
Venezuela's Supreme Court claims Christian Zerpa fled a sexual harassment investigation.

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,…

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 …

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…