2019-01-10: News Headlines

SouthFront (2019-01-10). Pompeo Claims the US Destroyed 99% of the ISIS Caliphate — These Maps Show Otherwise. mintpressnews.com While there are little doubts that ISIS was largely defeated in both Syria and Iraq, Pompeo's "99%" is probably based on some false data or he just forgot to take a look at some maps which could be easily found online.

RT (2019-01-10). Collusion with… Ukraine? NY Times corrects its bombshell 'Russiagate' report. rt.com It was supposed to be a slam-dunk proof of "collusion" with Russia: President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort shared polling data with a "Kremlin-linked oligarch," the NY Times reported. Except he hadn't.

Dan Corjescu (2019-01-10). Slip of the Imperial Mask. counterpunch.org O'Reilly then said about Putin: "But he's a killer, though. Putin's a killer." Trump responded: "There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"—Feb 4, 2017 I remember the day well. It was the day when the leader "of the free world" gave a More

STAFF (2019-01-10). Networks Should Have Refused to Run Trump's Address. truthdig.com Way back in 2014 — a century ago, it feels like — President Barack Obama requested time on major networks for an Oval Office address on immigration reform. | Fearing the subject was too "political," the broadcast networks declined, plying viewers instead with The Big Bang Theory and Bones. Few Americans saw the speech. Immigration reform withered on the vines, which were then burned to the ground in the next election. | Flash forward to January 8, 2019. | At 8: 31 a.

Nick Turse (2019-01-10). Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon's Report. counterpunch.org The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf. You know, the place that the Syrian government long claimed was a training ground for Islamic State (ISIS) fighters; the land corridor just inside Syria, near both the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, that Russia has called a terrorist hotbed (while floating the More

Jesse Jackson (2019-01-10). Trump Administration is Intent on Weakening Civil Rights Enforcement. counterpunch.org When new U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked on "60 Minutes" whether she thinks President Donald Trump is a racist, she responded with the candor that makes her a compelling force in Washington: "Yeah, yeah, no question." This, of course, lit up the social media, with Trump supporters denouncing Ocasio-Cortez and progressives praising her. One would think More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). National Parks Overflow with Trash, Human Waste as Gov't Shutdown Approaches 3 Weeks. democracynow.org National parks around the country have seen overflowing toilets and trash piling up since the government shutdown began nearly three weeks ago. Park experts are now warning that the damage may take years to undo. We speak with Jonathan Asher, government relations manager at The Wilderness Society.

Marjorie Cohn (2019-01-10). Notorious CIA-Backed Units Will Remain in Afghanistan. zcomm.org Politicians and pundits alike have roundly criticized Donald Trump for stating he will pull our troops out of Syria and cut US forces in Afghanistan by half. James Mattis immediately resigned as secretary of defense, writing in a letter to Trump, "you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better Read more…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). Headlines for January 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Walks Out of Shutdown Negotiations After "Temper Tantrum", Unions for Federal Workers to Protest as Shutdown Enters 20th Day, Donald Trump Jr. Compares Immigrants to Zoo Animals, Trump Nominates Ex-Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as Permanent EPA Head, Congo: Felix Tshisekedi Declared Provisional President-Elect, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Meets Egyptian Leader el-Sisi, Campaigners Mark 100 Days Since Jamal Khashoggi's Assassination, After Weeks Stranded at Sea, Asylum Seekers Granted Access to Malta, Lebanon: Winter Storms Bring Death and Misery to Syrian Refugees, Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Ex-Manag…

Ashley Smith (2019-01-10). The Wrong Kind of Unity Against Trump. counterpunch.org The political establishment, which had until recently tolerated Trump's impulsive statements and erratic policy swings, decisively turned against him over his surprise announcement to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria and half of the 14,000 occupying Afghanistan. Everyone from the generals in his cabinet to the state bureaucracy, the corporate media and both the Republican and Democratic Parties have denounced Trump's withdrawal as nothing less than the abandonment of U.S. imperialism's bipartisan strategy to defend global capitalism through a system of alliances against terrorism, so-called rogue states, and g…

John Feffer (2019-01-10). Will Trump Rule by Decree? counterpunch.org The Republican Party, since its takeover by Reaganauts in the 1980s, has long favored shrinking the federal government to the point at which it can be "drowned in the bathtub," to use Grover Norquist's colorful phrase. Tax cuts reduce the federal budget. Budget cuts weaken social programs. Even cutting remarks have their effect. Reagan got More

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-01-10). Trump's Déjà Vu China Trade War. globalresearch.ca The past three days US and China negotiators have met in Beijing to try one last time before a true trade war erupts between them in March 2019. Higher level trade negotiators will follow up in Washington in coming weeks. …

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-10). Thailand: Insurgents Bomb School, Attack Hospital. hrw.org (New York) — Separatist insurgents in Thailand's southern border provinces targeted a school and a hospital in renewed attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Deliberate attacks on civilian structures are war crimes. | | | Family photo of police medic Capt. Sineenath Kongput, who was seriously wounded in a car bombing in Thepa district, Songkhla province, Thailand, on January 8, 2019. | © Private | On the morning of January 8, insurgents detonated a bomb outside Thairath Wi…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-10). Trump's Steel Barrier Border Fortification, Partial Government Shutdown, "Where is the Emergency"? globalresearch.ca New year occasions, given the pleasant fiction it entails, are times to change. Resolutions are made by that delightful species Homo sapiens, hope packaged for quick delivery to those who promise change. The weak will become stronger; the strong will …

South Front (2019-01-10). Video: Turkey Wants US Military Bases in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Ankara has asked the US to hand over 16 of its military bases in northern Syria to Turkey or to local authorities in the region after the U.S. withdraws, presidential spokesperson ƒ∞brahim Kalƒ±n said on January 8 after discussions with …

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Turkey Says Military Operations in Syria Not Dependent on US. telesurenglish.net A Turkish military operation against the Kurdish People ¥s Protection Units (YPG) militia, which Ankara has pledged to carry out in northern Syria, is not dependent on a United States withdrawal of troops from the region, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. | RELATED: | Pompeo's Middle East Visit Contradicts Trump Admin Policy | In an i…

RT (2019-01-10). Hubble loses main camera, unlikely to be repaired soon amid US govt shutdown. rt.com The Hubble Telescope lost its main instrument — Wide Field Camera 3 — due to an unspecified hardware problem. NASA engineers, however, are unlikely to address the satellite's troubles immediately due to the government shutdown.

RT (2019-01-10). Trump is willing to take military action in Syria again if needed — Pompeo. rt.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump is willing to take action in Syria again but hopes he won't have to. It comes as the US prepares to withdraw troops, which Pompeo says will go ahead, despite criticism.

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Venezuela: Armed Forces Pledge Allegiance to President Maduro. telesurenglish.net After his swearing-in ceremony at Venezuela's Supreme Court (TSJ), the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) pledged allegiance to Nicolas Maduro as president and commander-in-chief for the 2019-2025 term. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro Takes Office Amid Popular Support | "With the heart I accept the sacred oath you've ma…

Dave Markland (2019-01-10). Farewell to bblum6. zcomm.org Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read more…

Eds. (2019-01-10). "Activists shall not fear, we are fighting for justice" — MST's Stedile. mronline.org Landless leader told Brasil de Fato that, despite threats, MST will not back off from social struggle. | Source

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-10). When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are 'Brothers': Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model. commondreams.org Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with newly-elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. (Photo: Leo Correa/Haaretz) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Katha Pollitt (2019-01-10). The End of Likability Politics. thenation.com The End of Likability Politics…

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Colombia's Inspector General Says Activist Murders Need Probe. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Procurador (or Inspector General) Fernando Carrillo announced Wednesday that he will convene a "reunion for life" to address the situation of social leaders, following the murders registered at the beginning of this year. | RELATED: | Colombia: Senate Peace Commission Demands State Action Against Murder of Social Leaders

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Yemen Attack Kills Several, Injures Top Military Officials. telesurenglish.net Several military officials were killed and the Yemeni army chief of staff among dozens of other prominent personnel are believed to have been injured in a drone attack Thursday, according to an RT report. | RELATED: | Yemen: Vague UN-brokered Deal 'Unravels' Peace, Says Aid Group | The target of the strike was a military parade on the airbase in the southern al-Anad region of the Lahij Province. | Al Arabiya news reported that five people were killed. The attack has been confirmed b…

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2019-01-10). Kim Jong-un's 2019 New Year Speech: What Did He Say? And Why? globalresearch.ca The massage of Chairman Kim Jong-un's 2019 New Year speech was mainly addressed to the people of North Korea; he was telling his people the need for constructing a "New Socialism" that can allow North Korea to survive and …

Edward Curtin (2019-01-10). What Are We Working For? counterpunch.org Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work they do. I sensed early on that the economic system was a labyrinthine trap devised to imprison people in work they hated but needed for survival. It seemed like common sense to a child when you simply looked and listened to the adults around you. Karl Marx wasn't necessary for understanding the nature of alienated labor; hearing adults declaim "Thank God It's Friday" spoke volumes. More

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Zimbabwe Doctors End Strike Without A Deal Amid Cash Crisis. telesurenglish.net Zimbabwean doctors Thursday ended a 40-day strike for better pay and conditions that affected public hospitals. They ended the strike without a deal on salary increases, their union said, but warned that members may not report for daily work due to acute fuel shortages. | RELATED: | Zimbabwe: Doctors Demand Better Pay and Conditions, Ignored | The announcement by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) came just hours before public sector unions were to meet with the governme…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-10). Gabon and Coup Mania. counterpunch.org It starts with a presumption, makes its way through a discussion, and becomes a set, moulded stereotype: Africa is the continent of tin pot dictatorships, unstable leaderships, and coups. Latin America, attuned to brigandage and frontier mentalities, is not far behind. Such instances lend themselves to the inevitable opportunity to exploit the exception. Gabon, ruled More

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Venezuela: 94 Delegates Attend Nicolas Maduro's Inauguration. telesurenglish.net World leaders and international delegations attended the swearing-in ceremony of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro for his second term (2019 – 2025) Thursday. | RELATED: | The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term | Delegations from 94 countries and several international organizations were present during the inauguration in Cara…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-01-10). Houthi Drone Attack on Saudi Military Parade in Yemen Kills Top Coalition Officials. mintpressnews.com Saudi coalition military officials say the dead and wounded include officers and senior military leaders, cohorts that in southern Yemen contain a strong contingent from the United Arab Emirates.

Linda Ford (2019-01-10). Women Politicals of the American Empire. counterpunch.org There have been many women dissenters who have been jailed by the American government as political prisoners. There are women in jail now who are undergoing punishment as perceived enemies of the American Empire. Two such women are nuclear resister Elizabeth McAlister and alleged "terrorist" Aafia Siddiqui. When I wrote about Pakistani-born Aafia Siddiqui as More

teleSUR (2019-01-10). UN Chief Assures Will Continue Working With Venezuelan Gov't. telesurenglish.net The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres assured Thursday that it will continue working with the Venezuelan government during the second term of Nicolas Maduro and stressed that it is not his task to recognize or not recognize heads of state. | RELATED: | The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term | "We have seen the decisions taken by a number of countries, the secretary general, the secretariat, we are not dedicated to recognize heads of state or not to recognize heads of state…

Ivan Kesic (2019-01-10). An Agenda Unveiled: How Reuters Joined the US Government's Offensive Against Iran. mintpressnews.com A 2013 Reuters report on Iran's Setad has been cited in four books and was recently used to justify more sanctions on Iran by Mike Pompeo, but a look into the report's sources and accuracy reveal questionable journalism and a clear agenda.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-01-10). French Government Moves to Impose a Police State in Response to Gilets Jaunes. globalresearch.ca Marking up the Arc de Triomphe, smashing the face of the Marianne statue, a symbol of the French state, and trashing private property along the Champs-Elysees will be considered minor incidents if the Yellow Vests pull off their next move—an …

Gilbert Mercier (2019-01-10). Gilets Jaunes: Catalyst for a Global Movement? globalresearch.ca France is at a crossroad. A fairly benign bread-and-butter protest has turned into a major popular dissent putting in question France's political system. It is new, unheard of, and because we live in the digital age, with immediate communication, the …

Stephen Zunes (2019-01-10). Rescinding a Human Rights Award to Angela Davis Was Cowardly and Unfair. progressive.org One would think that opposing Israel control of Palestinian territories seized in the 1967 war, which the international community recognizes as a foreign belligerent occupation, would not be particularly controversial.

Global Research News (2019-01-10). Selected Articles: Media Disinformation and The Protest Movement. globalresearch.ca Global Research has over 50,000 subscribers to our Newsletter. | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-10). When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are 'Brothers'. zcomm.org Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model…

Julian Rose (2019-01-10). 'The Fusion Doctrine' A Totalitarian Takeover. counterpunch.org It has become increasingly apparent throughout the past decade that the nation state, and the traditional notion that it represents a culturally cohesive citizen's platform, is no longer a valid supposition. In Europe, countries have been stripped of their status as individual nations overseen by elected governments. They have been turned into corporatist fiefdoms having More

Nuclear Industries (2019-01-10). Nuclear Weapons Tests in the Enewetak Atol: Rising Sea Levels Add to the Toxic Legacy. globalresearch.ca The Enewetak Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, is about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. After WWII, the atoll came under control of the US, and in 1948 the first nuclear test was carried out. For 10 years, as part of …

Nino Pagliccia (2019-01-10). The "Lima Group" Mandate to Trigger Regime Change in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Sixty years ago Canada did not break diplomatic relations with Cuba while the OAS expelled Cuba from the organization after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Today the OAS remains firm with its mandate of no interference while Canada is …

Bruce E. Levine (2019-01-10). Uncommon U.S. Justice: The 100th Anniversary of a Tough Lefty's Victory. counterpunch.org The 1919 misfortune of Woodrow Wilson and good fortune of Scott Nearing are nowhere near enough evidence for the existence of God or for even karma, but these 1919 events do provide some therapy for me—a reminder that life, occasionally, is not completely unjust. In 1919, Wilson—who earlier in his administration had racially resegregated several federal government agencies, and then successfully pissed on the First Amendment so as to make anti-war speech illegal—suffered a debilitating stroke. Also in 1919, the tough Lefty warrior Scott Nearing (1883—1983), unlike many other Wilson victims…

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Sudan: 3 More Anti-Bashir Protesters Killed by Police. telesurenglish.net Sudanese police used tear gas to disperse "illegal" protests against the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir in the city of Omdurman in which three people were killed, state news agency SUNA said Thursday. | RELATED: | Sudan President Orders Probe Into Deaths of Protesters | Sudan's second-largest city "witnessed riots and illegal gatherings" Wednesday, SUNA said, amid weeks of demonstrations. | SUNA quoted police as saying that they knew of three deaths and several people being wou…

Russell Mokhiber (2019-01-10). Center for Science in the Public Interest, Greg Jaffe, Cornell and GMOs. counterpunch.org The Center for Science in the Public Interest is known in public interest circles as one of the premiere food safety public interest groups in Washington, D.C. But that reputation has suffered over the years because of the group's stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — including its opposition to mandatory labeling of GMO foods. More

Judith Deutsch (2019-01-10). A Tale of Two Toilets: Profiting from A Public Health Necessity? globalresearch.ca Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities famously opens with the lines "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…" Reflecting extremes in wealth …

Tomasz Pierscionek (2019-01-10). "Capitalism Is a Failing System Unable to Solve Major Global Problems" globalresearch.ca Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You have worked on the theme of the Western Left. According to you, can we say that this left is in crisis? | Dr. Tomasz Pierscionek: The past decade of austerity, which has seen the rich get richer at …

Robert C. Koehler (2019-01-10). A Green Future Is One Without War. commondreams.org The Green New Deal resonates with awareness and awakened conscience, with transcendent vision and, hallelujah, youthful determination. (Photo: Archive / History Channel) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Live Updates: Maduro Sworn In for 2nd Presidential Term. telesurenglish.net This Thursday the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, will be sworn in before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) for a second six-year term. | RELATED: | The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term | Maduro will assume a new term for which he has committed to "promote the changes that are needed in Venezuela, to defend the right to peace and respect for the Constitution." | On May 20 last year, Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president of Venezuela with 67.7 percent of the vote | T…

Dawn Paley (2019-01-10). Will Mexico's New President Seek Justice for the Disappeared? thenation.com Will Mexico's New President Seek Justice for the Disappeared?

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Venezuela: Maduro Sworn In for Second Presidential Term. telesurenglish.net Venezuela President Maduro began his second term in office Thursday after he was sworn in at the country's supreme court as leaders and delegations from 94 nations from around the globe attended the event along with representatives from OPEC, the African Union. UNASUR, Caricom and CELAC attended the swearing-in ceremony. | RELATED: | The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term | Maduro assumes a new term for which he has committed to "promote the changes that are needed in Venezuela,…

pip.hinman (2019-01-10). NSW government to blame for Walgett water crisis. greenleft.org.au The NSW government is siphoning off water for cotton farms, and coal and gas mines. It is robbing communities of precious water, while the climate is warming and drought is becoming more frequent. | These rotten priorities are being played out in Walgett, a small town in NSW's north-west that is home more than 2000 people. It is suffering from a human-made disaster, on top of the long-running drought. Residents are having to truck in water because the town's bore system broke down. | In the local Gamilaroi language, Walgett means "a meeting of two rivers". Right now, the Namoi and Barwon Rivers are running d…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-10). A Bloody Day of Protest in Sudan. hrw.org | | This picture taken on January 9, 2019 shows tear gas fumes erupting during a protest in the Sudanese capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman. | © 2019 AFP/Getty Images | Yesterday's protest in the Sudanese city of Omdurman was particularly bloody. Government security forces responded to peaceful demonstrations with live ammunition, rubber bullets, and tear gas, killing at least three protesters and injuring several others, in broad daylight. As in pr…

WSWS (2019-01-10). Six killed in "preemptive" security operation in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. wsws.org The bloody repression in the predominantly Shia oil-producing region is another indication of the deep crisis of Washington's principal ally in the Arab world.

RT (2019-01-10). Resignations rock US civil rights institute after it strips Angela Davis of award over pro-BDS views. rt.com Three members quit the board of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute after its controversial decision to first award, then to rescind an award for iconic activist Angela Davis, following objections to her anti-Israel statements.

RT (2019-01-10). We shall overcomb? Ted Cruz says rabbi thinks his beard 'might bring peace to Middle East'. rt.com Senator Ted Cruz says an unidentified rabbi in Israel thinks his beard could "put the fear of the Lord in Israel's enemies and promote Middle East peace." The internet reacted accordingly.

RT (2019-01-10). US defenses no match for Russian hypersonic missiles – retired general. rt.com A retired general and chief of staff has warned that the US' missile defense systems are "simply incapable" of stopping the latest generation of Russian hypersonic missiles — some of which fly at 27 times the speed of sound. |

aljazeera (2019-01-10). US to pull forces from Syria, continue fight against ISIL: Pompeo. aljazeera.com US Secretary of State assures allies Washington will remain a steadfast partner, despite pulling troops out of Syria.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). In Cairo, Pompeo delivers Trump's vision: Confrontation with Iran. aljazeera.com Describing the US as a 'force for good' in the Middle East, top US diplomat rallies allies against Iran, ISIL threats.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). Syrian refugees at risk as extreme weather hits Lebanon. aljazeera.com According to the UN, 40,000 children's lives are at risk, as Lebanon faces harsh winter storms.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). Justice still elusive 100 days after Khashoggi's murder. aljazeera.com People have been gathering outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where the Saudi journalist was murdered.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). Venezuela: Maduro begins second term amid increasing isolation. aljazeera.com Several countries have said they will not recognise President Nicolas Maduro's new term in Venezuela.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). Peru, Paraguay recall diplomats over Maduro inauguration. aljazeera.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's new term has been widely condemned as illegitimate.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). Qatar's beIN Sports asks Italy to move football game from Saudi. aljazeera.com Broadcaster demands Italian clubs not play in Saudi Arabia, which it accuses of supporting illegal streaming.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). Alleged war criminal named second-in-command of Sri Lanka army. aljazeera.com Silva took part in a massive assault in 2009, during which the Sri Lankan army committed gross abuses against civilians.

aljazeera (2019-01-10). Fears grow of new 'Cod Wars' under no-deal Brexit. aljazeera.com Fishermen worry that without terms of exit, European boats will test UK's resolve to take back its territorial waters.

Middle East Eye (2019-01-10). Turkey Threatens to Launch Major Attack on US-Backed Forces in Syria. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Turkey will still launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, its foreign minister has said. "If the [pullout] is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision," Mevlut …

Jason Ditz (2019-01-10). Turkish-Backed Syrian Rebels Just Made a Deal With Al-Qaeda. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — After almost a solid week of losses at the hands of al-Qaeda, the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front has reached a deal with al-Qaeda on a 15-day truce. Both seem to be expecting this to lead to more fighting, and are using it to shore up their forces on their new frontier with one another. That fighting …

Whitney Webb (2019-01-10). NewsGuard Launches War on Alternative Media. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Soon after the social media "purge" of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was "just the beginning" of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence …

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-10). Source of Pro-Israel Keyboard Warriors on Social Media Finally Exposed. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — 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 — which spearhead coordinated hate campaigns against critics of the Zionist state — has uncovered the identities …

Kevin Cooper (2019-01-10). Kevin Cooper: My thoughts on Gov. Brown's executive order. indybay.org I write this missive to you so that you will hear from me about how I feel and what I think going forward in this fight for my life. Like all of you, I am happy that we have finally "won" something from some entity in this state. But after learning what exactly outgoing Gov. Brown wrote in that executive order I am not as excited as I was at first, or should be.

Carole Hyams-Howard, SF Bayview (2019-01-10). Andy Lopez settlement reached, after five years. indybay.org 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.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-10). As a Result of Shutdown, National Parks Overflow With Trash and Human Waste. truthout.org National parks around the country have seen overflowing toilets and trash piling up since the government shutdown began nearly three weeks ago. Park experts are now warning that the damage may take years to undo. We speak with Jonathan Asher, government relations manager at The Wilderness Society. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: But before we go there, I want to go to what's happening in the national parks. Since the shutdown began, they, around the country, have seen overflowing toilets, trash piling up. Park experts are warning that the damage may take years to undo. On Tuesday afternoon, Democratic Rep…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-10). If Trump Declares a National Emergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law. truthout.org Congress refuses to enact legislation containing the nearly $6 billion that Donald Trump is demanding for an unnecessary wall on the southern US border. In response, Trump is considering whether to declare a national emergency, take money Congress has appropriated for other purposes, and divert it to build his wall. But under US law, the president cannot usurp the spending power the Constitution grants only to Congress. | Desperate to appease his right-wing base and Fox News pundits, Trump backed off his commitment to sign a bill that would have reopened the government that has been shuttered for 20 days. Alth…

Shared by trnn_cms_importer (2019-01-10). Sen. Bob Graham: FBI Covered Up Role of Bandar and Saudis in 9/11 Attacks (Pt.1/2). therealnews.com Senator Bob Graham, former Co-Chair of the Joint Congressional Committee investigating 9/11, says there is evidence in the "28 redacted pages" that the FBI knew of Saudi Ambassador Bandar's links to Al Qaida terrorists before the attacks — a REPLAY of a 2016 interview by Paul Jay

RT News (2019-01-10). "Great Dollar Dump": Russia Shifts $100bn of Its Reserves into Yuan, Yen and Euro. globalresearch.ca The Central Bank of Russia has moved further away from reliance on the US dollar and has axed its share in the country's foreign reserves to a historic low, transferring about $100 billion into euro, Japanese yen and Chinese yuan….

Kurt Nimmo (2019-01-09). Typhoid John Bolton Spreads "Neocon Infection" at the White House. globalresearch.ca While the corporate media doubled down on the prospect of Trump's wall emergency, the neocon infection inside the floundering Trump administration spread. John Bolton appointed one of his buddies from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) to a key …

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-09). Wall Can't Fix Problems at Southern US Border. hrw.org | | View of a part of the Benito Juarez stadium in Tijuana, Mexico, November 25, 2018. | © 2018 Jonathan Pedneault/Human Rights Watch | In his speech to the American public on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump put forward a nonsensical argument that the construction of some kind of barrier on the US-Mexico border would fix an incredible range of wildly exaggerated problems. There is a crisis on the border and throughout the…

South Front (2019-01-09). Video: Al Qaeda in Syria Expands Further in Idlib De-escalation Zone. globalresearch.ca Units of the Russian Military Police have started patrolling the surroundings of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo governorate, near the border with Turkey, spokesman Yusup Mamatov told media on January 8. | "Today we started patrolling the …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). Headlines for January 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Delivers Error-Filled Border Security Address to Nation, Senate Blocks Anti-BDS Bill Amid Ongoing Gov't Shutdown, Carbon Emissions Spiked in 2018 Despite Coal Plant Closures, Deputy AG Rosenstein to Depart After Confirmation of New AG, Court Filings Show Manafort Shared Trump Campaign Info with Russian Operative, Documents Reveal Russian Lawyer at 2016 Trump Tower Mtg Had Ties to Kremlin, Turkey: Pres. Erdogan Blasts U.S. Changes in Syria Withdrawal Plan, Sudan: Anti-Gov't Protests Result in Mass Arrests, Press Censorship, Los Angeles: Dead Man Found in Home of Top Democratic Donor, Texas: Second Man Arrest…

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Trump Threatens to Cut Emergency Aid to California Fire Victims. telesurenglish.net Amid the U.S. government shutdown, President Donald Trump is again threatening to revoke federal aid to California fire victims, citing mismanagement of state funds. | California no longer needs the "billions of dollars" allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Trump tweeted Wednesday. | "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen," the president wrote, misspelling the word 'forest' twice. | Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, woul…

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-01-09). What Trump's Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals. thenation.com What Trump's Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals…

George Ochenski (2019-01-09). The Return of Constitutional Government? counterpunch.org The partial shutdown of the federal government is about to set a new and dubious record for the longest in our nation's history. Amazingly, this happened while one party controlled Congress and the presidency, illustrating the Republicans' incredible failure to successfully govern during Donald Trump's two-year tenure. But all that changed with the historic re-ascendency More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). "A Racist, Xenophobic Attack": Immigrant Rights Activist Decries Trump Remarks About Southern Border. democracynow.org President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congress to approve $5.7 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but he opted not to declare a national emergency to force construction of the wall, in a xenophobic speech riddled with falsehoods. We speak with Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant rights group based in Chicago.

ACLU (2019-01-09). William Barr Helped Build America's Surveillance State. aclu.org Senators should ask Barr about his support for unconstitutional spying that endangers our rights. | William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, has a history of getting it wrong. From designing warrantless surveillance programs to justifying the president's power to disregard acts of Congress, Barr has advanced dubious legal theories that have been rejected by the courts, Congress, and the public. | As Barr begins the confirmation process, senators must question Barr on his record regarding the right to privacy and the Fourth Amendment — which raises serious concerns about his suitability…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-01-09). Trump's speech: Even Fox called out his lies. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Even GOP President Donald Trump's normal mouthpiece, Fox News, called out Trump's lies in his Jan. 8 speech promoting his Mexican Wall and justifying shutting down part of the government to force Congress to give him $5.7 billion for that scheme. Fox anchor Shepard Smith — who has a reputation, unusual there, for straight news …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-09). Nonexistent US-Mexico Border Crisis. Shutting Down the Government. Bipartisan Political Standoff. globalresearch.ca No border crisis exists, no justification for partially shutting down government. What's going on is a bipartisan political standoff unrelated to national security. | Trump, the GOP, and the Dems share blame. There's plenty of it to go around in Washington, …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). Longtime Reporter Leaves NBC Saying Media Is "Trump Circus" That Encourages Perpetual War. democracynow.org "Prisoners of Donald Trump." That's how longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin described the mainstream media in a scathing letter last week announcing he would be leaving the network, accusing the media of warmongering while ignoring the "creeping fascism of homeland security." He issued the blistering critique after a 30-year relationship with NBC, calling for "Trump-free" media days and a reckoning about how the network encourages a state of perpetual warfare. We speak with Arkin, whose award-winning reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post. He is the author…

Nick Turse (2019-01-09). The Pentagon's Shadow Military Bases. thenation.com The Pentagon's Shadow Military Bases…

WSWS (2019-01-09). US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan. wsws.org Turkey's president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.

Trevor Aaronson (2019-01-09). Defense Department Abruptly Stopped Releasing Key Details on Strikes in War Against ISIS. theintercept.com The Defense Department quietly announced that it would be paring back its "strike releases," which watchdogs use to corroborate reports of civilian harm.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). William Arkin on Homeland Security's Creeping Fascism and Why the CIA & FBI Won't Save Us from Trump. democracynow.org Longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin announced he was leaving the network last week in a blistering letter that took aim at the mainstream media for encouraging perpetual warfare and bolstering the national security state. In his letter, Arkin writes of Trump, "Of course he is an ignorant and incompetent impostor. And yet I'm alarmed at how quick NBC is to mechanically argue the contrary, to be in favor of policies that just spell more conflict and more war. Really? We shouldn't get out Syria? We shouldn't go for the bold move of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula? Even on Russia, though we should be…

Edward Hunt (2019-01-09). Is There Still Hope for Rojava? counterpunch.org As the U.S. foreign policy establishment grapples with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, officials in Washington are overlooking what could be the biggest impact of his decision: the effect on the revolution in Rojava, the most promising democratic experiment in the Middle East. Since Trump announced on December 19 that U.S. forces More

Dave Lindorff (2019-01-09). At Last! A Workable Reason to Impeach the MFer. counterpunch.org Liberals have been calling for the new Democratic House to file articles of impeachment against Donald Trump ever since winning the House in the Nov. 8 election in 2016, but there has been this obstacle: Nobody believes that Republicans who control the Senate will allow a House impeachment to move to a trial in the More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-01-09). Land Grabbers: the Threat of Giant Agriculture. counterpunch.org In the 1980s, I met a retired general at a Borders bookstore in northern Virginia. He used to buy tons of military history books. I used to buy environmental and classics books. We started talking about books. But, slowly, in our discussion of Latin America, I criticized American policies, especially the immoral support of landlords against landless peasants. "If I knew you a few years ago, I would take you outside the town and shoot you," he said to me. More

Tom Engelhardt (2019-01-09). Living on a Quagmire Planet: This Could Get a Lot Uglier. counterpunch.org Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what's now Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged out a crater 150 kilometers wide and put so much soot and sulfur into the atmosphere that it created what was essentially a prolonged "nuclear winter." During that time, among so More

Scott Tucker (2019-01-09). Abolish Wage Slavery: Productivism as an Extractive Industry. counterpunch.org The alienation of labor takes many forms, including the outright ownership of slaves. When big mills and factories were introduced under systems of waged labor, elements of judgment and craft were still preserved among workers because otherwise the machinery would not run at all. Streamlining assembly lines became one of the innovations of the Ford More

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-09). A Majority of Americans Do Not Believe the Official 9/11 Story. globalresearch.ca TruePublica, a British website that has avoided the 9/11 issue, has had its fill of ignorant journalists at the BBC, Huffington Post and other propagandists for the military/security complex. The constant, shrill demeaning of experts and distinguished people who have …

Al Arabiya (2019-01-09). Why Did Tripoli Issue Arrest Warrants for Libya's Top Post-2011 Actors? globalresearch.ca The Libyan Public Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant of the Chairman of the Wattan Party Abdelhakim Belhaj and the former commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard Ibrahim Jadran, according to Libyan Express. | The warrants included four other Libyan …

Alex Lantier (2019-01-09). French Prime Minister Proposes Government Registry of Demonstrators. globalresearch.ca Following the large turnout throughout France for the eighth week of "yellow vest" (Gilets jaunes) protests this past Saturday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on French television Monday night the imposition of an extraordinary law to suppress the demonstrations. …