2019-01-11: Social Media Postees

Government by Extortion
Mitchell Zimmerman | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
News outlets are treating the Trump shutdown as a power struggle between two willful forces, the president and the Democrats — rather than the president's disturbing rule-or-ruin strategy. Let's call it what it is: extortion, an attack on our democracy and the fundamental principle of majority rule. Under our constitution, the executive branch cannot simply…

Five Days after Bolton's Reversal, US Syrian Troop Withdrawal Sort of Back On
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-11
Though it is nearly impossible to say for sure what is really going on in the Trump administration at this point, on Friday the U.S.' Syria policy, specifically regarding the withdrawal of U.S. troops illegally occupying part of the country, experienced what appears to be yet another drastic reversal. | The post Five Days after Bolton's Reversal, US Syrian Troop Withdrawal Sort of Back On appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump vs. the Anti-Trumps: It's the System That Needs Changing Not Just the Personnel
Richard E. Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
Playing Trump's game is almost irresistible. At least, most of his opponents seem unable to resist it. The name of Trump's game is Personalistic Moralism. The President's politics are not policy-free, but policies in his political universe are inextricably wedded to personal moral characteristics. If you want the Wall ("border security"), for example, that means…

To Fund 'White Supremacist Vanity Project,' Trump Eyes Relief Funds Earmarked for Actual Disasters
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-11
While scientists warn that the climate crisis will continue to cause increasingly damaging weather events and disasters in American cities, President Donald Trump made clear Friday his focus on a separate, invented "crisis" as he ordered officials to redirect billions of dollars in disaster relief funds to pay for a wall at the southern U.S. border. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Roaming Charges: Que Syria, Syria
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
+ You believe pronouncements from this White House at your own peril. Two weeks ago it all seemed so clear. Trump announced out-of-the-blue that he was pulling US troops out of Syria immediately. Having "destroyed" ISIS (and killed several thousand innocent bystanders), the military's role was finished. It was time for the US troops to leave…

Video: Al-Qaeda Defeats Another Turkish-backed 'Opposition' Group
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-11
On January 9, Ahrar al-Sham groups in northwestern Hama surrendered and dissolved themselves under pressure from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), according to local sources. Thus, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) imposed full control over … | The post Video: Al-Qaeda Defeats Another Turkish-backed 'Opposition' Group appeared first on Global Research.

Syria: Deadly School Attack Was Unlawful
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-11
A photograph taken by a local anti-government media outlet of a remnant of a 240mm mortar projectile used in a deadly attack by Syrian government forces on Jarjanaz on November 24, 2018. | © 2016 Syria Now | (Beirut) — A November 24, 2018 attack by Syrian government forces near an elementary school that killed six children, a teacher, and a student's mother, appears to have been unlawful and indiscriminate. All parties to the conflict, including th…

The Scott Warren Case is Part of a Crackdown on Aid to Migrants
James Goodman | progressive.org | 2019-01-11
He offered food, water, and clothing to migrants on a deadly stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. Now he's facing twenty years in prison. Humanitarian groups fear the situation will only get worse.

Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-01-11
by Gregory Shupak | In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump's claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat's shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washingto…

US-led Coalition Claims Syria Withdrawal Begins
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
The United States-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing, a spokesperson said Friday. | RELATED: | Iraq: Children Tortured in Kurdish Jails, Activist Group Says | U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement last month to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops stunned allies who had joined Washington in an intervention in Syria against the Islamic State group and indirectly against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. | Senior U.S. offic…

Syria: US Withdrawal Does Not Erase Coalition's Duty Towards Raqqa's Devastated Civilians
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-11

GOP Plows Forward as Democrats Block Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Amid Gov't Shutdown
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-11
The Combating BDS Act has now become hostage to the dynamics of partisan contention within the U.S. Senate — a possible silver-lining to the ongoing drama surrounding the shutdown. | The post GOP Plows Forward as Democrats Block Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Amid Gov't Shutdown appeared first on MintPress News.

This Leaked Hillary Clinton Memo Killed Half a Million People
Daniel Lazare | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-11
A Hillary Clinton memo that Wikileaks made public in 2016 has not gotten the attention it deserves. It takes us back to 2012 and the early phase of the Syrian war. | At that point, it was largely an internal affair, although Saudi arms shipments were playing a greater and greater role in bolstering rebel forces. But once the Obama administration decided in favor of intervention, the conflict was quickly internationalized as thousands of holy warriors flooded in from as far away as western China. | The 1,200-word memo…

Trump's Deja Vu China Trade War (Part I)
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2019-01-11
Trade policy under Trump in 2018 is compared with similar US trade offensives under Nixon in the 1970s, targeting Europe, and Reagan in the 1980s targeting Japan…

Does Tucker Carlson's class politics raise any red flags?
Scott Hiley | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-11
What are we to make of Tucker Carlson's recent denunciation of free market fundamentalism in a diatribe against Mitt Romney? Has he gone from rallying red state voters to waving the red flag? Defending the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, Carlson accurately points out how "for generations, Republicans have considered it their duty to make the …

Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril. Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals, Donald Trump's "insane" border-wall gambit may be something of a winning play for him. Yes, the whole stunt is built on a fetid pile of falsehoods. The level of bullshit emanating from Trump's mouth…

Donald Trump Is Flirting With a Constitutional Crisis
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-11
As President Donald Trump continues to escalate his threat to declare a national emergency to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border–and amid reports that his administration is already laying the groundwork for the declaration–legal experts and progressive critics warned against the notion that the move would be a mere political "stunt" and argued it would spark a full-blown constitutional crisis. | "Th…

'One way or another': Trump inches toward emergency over wall & shutdown impasse
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-11
US President Donald Trump seems poised to declare a national emergency and redirect Pentagon resources towards building a wall on the border with Mexico, after his talks with congressional Democrats went nowhere. | …

How Trump's Insults and Lies are Harming America
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
Who is going to be the first reporter to stand up at a president's media harangue and ask the simple question "what benefit is there to the United States in insulting allied countries and their leaders?" Might anyone ask him why international approval ratings for his country are "much lower than during Barack Obama's presidency." And perhaps most…

Democrats Failed Their First Big Test on Climate
Basav Sen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
The science on climate change is clear: All countries desperately need to restructure fossil fuels out of their economies. Naturally, the Trump administration has recklessly ignored this evidence. In every way, it's tried to make it easier to extract and burn fossil fuels — and harder to hold polluters of all stripes accountable. But what…

The new Congress needs to create a green planet at peace
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2019-01-11
The time has come for a New Peace Deal that repudiates endless war and the threat of nuclear war…

Experts Warn Traditional Masculinity Hurts Men and Boys
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys, the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men, argues. | RELATED: | Argentina Already Has Its First Femicide in 2019 | Boys and men socialized to be competitive, dominant, and to hide their emotions (being though) are less likely to show vulnerability, seek help when needed, and practice self-care. Not surprisingly, men co…

Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before Congress
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-11
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo of a promised Democratic effort to scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia. | The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Thursday that Cohen will appear before that panel Feb. 7, a little more than a month after the Democrats took the House majority. | The hearing marks the latest step in Cohen's transformation from a trusted legal adviser to the president to a public antagonist who has cooperated ext…

Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries
Tamara Pearson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
If you want to find out what's happening in a poor country, be sure to add tourists to your Google News search. "Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso," was the recent headline in the BBC, a day after clashes there claimed 46 lives. The BBC didn't cover the clashes online, nor did they…

Video: The EU Votes for the Installation of New US Missiles in Europe
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-11
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF … | The post Video: The EU Votes for the Installation of New US Missiles in Europe appeared first on Global Research.

Venezuela Rejects 'Dangerous' Resolution by the OAS
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued an official statement Friday in response to a "dangerous" resolution approved Thursday during an extraordinary session of the Organization of American States (OAS). | IN PICTURES: | Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro Takes Office Amid Popular Support | "The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela condemns the measures of coercion used in our region by the United States regime to promote its criminal aggression campaign against the People and governm…

GospelbeacH — California Fantasy
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11

Who or What Brought Down Dag Hammarskjà∂ld?
Joseph Majerle III — Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
If you believe that Dag Hammarskjà∂ld was the victim of a plot, it can be concluded that the truth about his death has been covered up to shift the blame away from the usual suspects, including the CIA and various mercenary organizations that were then arming themselves across southern Africa. Hammarskjà∂ld and his liberal internationalism were getting in the way of corporate profits, if not Cold War politics, and it was decided–somewhere, somehow–to cut him down to size. Maybe the plotters did not intend to kill him? Maybe they simply wanted to scare him away? But the facts about the Hammar…

Leafcutter Ants Rival Cows in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
Leafcutter ants found in Central and South America rival cows for their greenhouse gas emissions of nitrous oxide, scientists at the University of Michigan report. | RELATED: | Climate Change: Warming Oceans Set Heat Record in 2018 | According to a study published Thursday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the insects create the largest natural nitrous oxide hotspots ever recorded in tropical forests. | This includes the type of nitrous oxide spikes often seen in…

The "Lima Group" Pretence to Be an International Body Is Irresponsible and Dangerous
Nino Pagliccia | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-11
At this time sixty years ago Cuba had just won its revolution through a popular uprising that overthrew a dictator. Two years later in 1961 the US masterminded a false flag invasion of Cuba that failed. Later, in 1962 the Organization of American States (OAS) turned against Cuba and expelled it from the organization isolating the country until 2009 when the OAS invited Cuba to join again. Cuba declined. The US has maintained a progressively squeezing unilateral trade and financial blockade on the island since 1960. | Since that January 1, 1959 Canada has taken mostly an independent stance on Cuba and has maintain…

Venezuela: President Maduro Meets With Global Social Movements
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Friday with representatives of social movements from Latin America and the world in the Casa Amarilla, the headquarters of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in Caracas. | RELATED: | Venezuelan President Renews Calls for Regional Integration Amid Diplomatic Attacks | According to Maduro, right-wing governments are persecuting Venezuela, "but they won't be able to defeat us… Venezuelan democracy is with the people and the Bo…

Brazil: Massive Protest Against Transport Fare Hikes
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
Amid strong police deployment, Brazilians demonstrated Thursday against increases in public transportation fares in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city. The protest was organized by the Passe Livre Movement (MPL) – Free Pass Movement – which rejected a 7.5% hike in the prices of train, metro and bus tickets. | RELATED: | Brazil's Indigenous Launch Global Campaign Against Bolsonaro | As a result of the new increase, public transport fare is currently US$1.16 a trip. The MPL march began…

The EPA Rule Change That Could Kill Thousands
Olivia Alperstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
While Americans were quietly preparing to ring in the New Year, the EPA gave families a deadly present to start the year off wrong. On December 28, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal that would effectively weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which protect American families from mercury and other harmful air…

How Tre Arrow Became America's Most Wanted Environmental "Terrorist"
Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | The following is an excerpt from the new book The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank. | That Tre Arrow, a tree-hugging vegan who espouses non-violence and lives by the airy and nebulous philosophy of Gaia, would top the FBI's Most Wanted list, only reaffirms the notion that the Bureau's energy is being exerted in specious directions. | On August 12, 2008, after a tumultuous seven-year investigation, Arrow was sentenced in Federal court to six-and-a-half years for lighting three cemen…

William Barr's Unsolicited Memo to Trump About Obstruction of Justice
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-11
Barr's critique of the Mueller investigation raises serious questions about his views of presidential power. Senators should demand answers. | Last month, news broke that in June 2018, President Trump's current nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, sent an unsolicited 20-page memo to the Justice Department critiquing special counsel Robert Mueller's current investigation into Russian election interference. | Barr, who previously served as attorney general under Preside…

PLO's Saeb Erekat Rejects Pompeo's 'Peace Plan' for Palestine
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat has reaffirmed the organization's position against the "peace plan" promoted by the United States in the Middle East. | RELATED: | Israel Opens Apartheid Road Cutting Palestinians From Jerusalem | Erekat's declarations came in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech in Cairo, Egypt, where he reiterated a strategy to internationally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Pompeo al…

Deaths of Women in Custody During Hurricane Florence Could Have Been Prevented
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-11
Law enforcement and corrections officials must have emergency plans in place to protect any person in their custody when extreme weather strikes. | Amid rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence in September, two women in the custody of the Horry County Sheriff's Office were left to drown in the back of a transport van. | The facts are as straightforward as they are damning. The two deputies, Joshua Bishop and Stephen Flood, transporting Nicolette Green and Wendy Newton to a hospital for mental health treatment disregarded roadblocks indicating flooded roadways. Floodwaters quickly overtook the van, and it was s…

Nicaragua — The Irony of the NICA Act Being Signed into Law by Trump
Lauren Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
On December 20, 2018, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 1918, the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018. It was introduced by Miami based, ardent anti-socialist Congresswomen Ros-Lehtinen in the House of Representatives on April 20, 2017 as the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017. Its short title was ramped-up to remove some of…

Juventus coach says Ronaldo 'calm' as rape case goes forward
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-11
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is "very calm" amid the latest developments in a case of alleged rape involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday. Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that …

What's DNA Got to Do with It
Starita Smith | progressive.org | 2019-01-11
I see similarities between Elizabeth Warren's situation and that of many black people.

Climate Change: Warming Oceans Set Heat Record in 2018
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
The oceans are warming faster than previously estimated, setting a new temperature record in 2018 in a trend that is causing major damage to marine life, a Science article published Thursday warns. | RELATED: | Climate Change Causing 'Vicious C02 Circle': New Report | "How fast are the oceans warming?" was the main question addressed by a team of Chinese and U.S. scientists in a research which demonstrates that "global warming is here and has major consequences already. There is no doubt,…

There Are More Important Things Than The Truth
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
All that I want Is to wake up fine Tell me that I'm alright That I ain't gonna die All that I want Is a hole in the ground You can tell me when it's alright For me to come out — Paramore, Hard Times We are living in times of mass inequality. The concerns…

Americans Need a Congress that Represents Americans
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-11
US Senator Marco Rubio poses as a representative of Florida Republicans, but in truth he represents the interests of Israel. He is sponsor of legislation that punishes Americans who boycott Israel as their way of protesting Israel's genocide of the … | The post Americans Need a Congress that Represents Americans appeared first on Global Research.

The "Lima Group" Pretense to be an International Body is Irresponsible and Dangerous
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
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 leading an illegitimate splinter of OAS countries, self-anointed as Lima Group, to push for regime…

A Walk in the Woods, Away from the Screens
Christopher Ketcham | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
The screen culture: I want to smash the screens into a thousand pieces. I want to take the computers, all of them, handheld, laptopped, deskbound, and break them into their component parts with a sledgehammer and a shotgun. I am tired, so exceedingly tired, of the fact that all journalism now happens on the machine…

Global Research: More Than Meets the Eye
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-11
At Global Research we have always sought out ways to expand our reach and make the information we publish accessible to as many people as possible. From humble beginnings, we have grown to encompass GlobalResearch.ca, Mondialisation.ca (in French), Globalizacion.ca (in … | The post Global Research: More Than Meets the Eye appeared first on Global Research.

A Potentially Tectonic Event Shakes up the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
In a huge potential break in the long-running and controversial case of Philadelphia journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, currently serving a life-without-parole term in a Pennsylvania state prison at Mahonoy, PA for murder conviction, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office says it has discovered six banker storage boxes of materials about the case in a locked storeroom of…

Mideast Fact Meets Fiction: Mike Pompeo Touts US Goodness and Threatens More of It
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-11
Pompeo's speech seems to have been a not-so-subtle means of putting the entire Mideast region and world on notice that the U.S. is poised to initiate a new era of military intervention in the Middle East in order to "liberate" nations that continue to resist U.S. influence and regional hegemony. | The post Mideast Fact Meets Fiction: Mike Pompeo Touts US Goodness and Threatens More of It appeared first on MintPress News.

US: 31,000 Strong LA Teachers' Union to Strike Next Week
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
A union representing over 30,000 teachers in Los Angeles, California has threatened a massive walkout to demand higher salaries, smaller class sizes, and a moratorium on new charter schools. The strike is expected to take place Monday. | RELATED: | US: Sanders Targets Big Pharma in Bill to Lower Drug Prices | United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) had warned they would strike in the city's 900 public schools Thursday if an agreement was not reached before then. On Wednesday, however, th…

Goodbye Middle East, Hello Latin America: The Coming Destruction of the Caribbean Basin
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-11
In a series of previous articles, we presented the SouthCom plan to provoke wars between the Latin-American nations in order to destroy the structures of all the States in the Caribbean Basin [1]. | Preparations for wars of this magnitude, intended to follow on from the conflicts in the "Greater Middle East" according to the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski strategy, requires a decade [2]. | After the period of economic destabilization [3] and that of military preparation, the actual operation should begin in the years to come by an attack on Venezuela by Brazil (supported by Israel), Colombia (an ally of the United States) an…

How a NeoCon-Backed "Fact Checker" Plans to Wage War on Independent Media
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-11
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 … | The post How a NeoCon-Backed "Fact Checker" Plans to Wage War on Independent Media appeared fi…

Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-11
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.

Peace in Afghanistan Will Come at a Price
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2019-01-11
The U.S. is now trying desperately to pull its forces from Afghanistan. Seventeen years of war is long enough. The human toll has been heavy, with more than 2,200 American lives lost and 20,000 soldiers wounded. This figure doesn't include the Afghan and Pakistani men, women and children who have suffered. Imperial powers still have to learn that it is easy to jump into another country that is weak and unstable–but to get out is a tougher job. And waging war…

Dealbreakers: The Democrats, Trump and His Wall
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
After all the votes were counted and the dust finally settled, it became clear that Democrats scored huge victories in the midterm elections last November. This wasn't clear right away because some of the contests in "red" states were close, but the "blue wave" actually did materialize. Even for those of us who thought at…

Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
I've been hearing about neoliberalism for a long time now and never could make much sense of it. It turns out the story we tell about neoliberalism is as contradictory as neoliberalism itself. Two currents within the critique of neoliberalism offer different analyses of the current economy and suggest different strategies for dealing with the gross exploitation, wealth inequality, climate destruction and dictatorial governance of the modern corporate order.

Technology And The Never-Ending Drive To "Progress"
Julian Vigo | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
In January 2010, I met with my dissertation director and mentor who, after our lunch, instructed me to see Tino Sehgal's installation entitled "This is Progress" at the Guggenheim. I inquired about the show and he said, "I'm in it…" and then wouldn't elaborate further not wanting to ruin my experience. This was a great…

Venezuelan President Renews Calls for Regional Integration
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-11
The newly-inaugurated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro issued a call for Latin American and Caribbean unity and proposed a special regional presidential summit to debate all issues of common interest. | RELATED: | UN Chief Assures Will Continue Working With Venezuelan Gov't | Since Maduro was sworn in Thursday, Venezuela has had to endure a series of diplomatic attacks from countries aligned to United States foreign policy in the region. Paraguay severe…

Will Trumpism Outlive Trump?
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
"[Y]ou shouldn't take irreversible steps as the result of a reversible Presidency." — Rob Malley, quoting the French view of President Trump, in Susan B. Glasser, "An Ocean Apart," The New Yorker, December 24, 2018 It is not crazy to say that right now the only ones who would like to see Trumpism outlive Trump are…

Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
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, Juan ("El Mejicano") Abrahantes, and William Alexander Morgan. Upon hearing the news of the defeat of his…

In defiance of imperialism, Venezuela's Maduro begins second term
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-11
Chicago, IL – On January 10, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated to his second term as president of a nation under siege. The United States and its puppets in the region (the 13 governments of the so-called Lima Group, led by Colombia and Brazil) have declared that they will not recognize Maduro as the head of the Venezuelan state. This is in contempt of the 67% of Venezuelans that voted for him in the May presidential election, widely recognized as free and fair by the international community. | | When Maduro took the reins of the national government, many analysts did not believe he had what it took to hold th…

Venezuela: Maduro Takes Office for Second Term Amid Rising International Tensions
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-11
The US State Department and the Organization of American States declared that they would not "recognize" Maduro's inauguration.

Beware of a Holy Heist
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
A wholesale robbery is being planned. In front of everyone. Shockingly, the intended theft is of a Christian denomination's identity and resources. And the "authority of the Scripture" is being used to justify the thievery. It is actually a holy heist, being strategized by so-called "Traditionalists" in The United Methodist Church. They hope to use…

When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are 'Brothers': Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
Newly-inaugurated Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is set to be the arch-enemy of the environment and of indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country. He also promises to be a friend of like-minded, far-right leaders the world over. It is, therefore, not surprising to see a special kind of friendship blossoming between Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime…

The GOP Tax Cut Is Just as Bad As We Feared it Would Be
Frank Clemente | commondreams.org | 2019-01-11
A staff member affixes the Presidential seal to a podium ahead of an event to mark the sixth-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passage in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 29, 2018. President Trump said his tax cuts "unleashed an economic miracle" and his tariffs are bringing "billions of dollars" to the U.S. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-11
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights. In September, the institute announced that it would award Davis the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, named after the civil rights icon. But last Friday, the institute voted to withdraw the award and cancel this year's gala event. The institute rescinded the award days after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to he…

As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, the Party's Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War Than Republicans
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-01-11
Democrats once favored an end to Middle East wars. Reflecting their Trump-era ethos, Democrats are now their primary proponents. | The post As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, the Party's Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War Than Republicans appeared first on The Intercept.

Ex-President Karzai Betrays Afghan Women
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-11
Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai speaks at a panel discussion titled 'Disrupting the Established Order' at the TRT World Forum, themed 'Envisioning Peace and Security in a Fragmented World' at the Swiss Hotel The Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey on October 3, 2018. | © 2018 Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images | After former Afghan President Hamid Karzai finished his remarks at the 2019 Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, a voice…

Venezuela's Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-11
Washington, the EU and the so-called Lima Group of right-wing Latin American governments have called Maduro's second term "illegitimate," inviting regime change.

Germany deports more refugees to Afghanistan
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-11
On Monday night, a further 36 refugees were deported to Kabul, including a number who had lived and worked for years in Germany and had no idea they were at risk.

1000s of minors in US subjected to child marriage due to 'loopholes' in law — govt report
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-11
Thousands of requests to bring child brides to the US were approved by immigration services between 2007 and 2017, a new government reports shows. The "loophole" bears grave dangers for minors, especially girls, the paper warns. | …

'Hiring flat-Earther to teach geography': Russiagater to lecture on 'hybrid warfare' at Georgetown
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-11
An "information warfare expert" spending her days spinning anti-Russian rhetoric on Twitter has now gotten the chance to do so in the name of 'education' — teaching a course on "hybrid warfare" at Georgetown University. | …

'Immoral, obscene, indecent': Sex toy denied robotics award on moral grounds
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-11
The management of US-based sex toy company Lora DiCarlo has accused one of the country's largest consumer electronics shows of gender bias, after it awarded, then revoked a prize for one of the company's devices. | …

Sexual Predators in the Era of Trump
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-11
Long after the Trump presidency passes into the historical graveyard, it will be recalled for the scandals involving sexual abuse that occurred during his tenure. These scandals bespeak the sexual pathology that long characterized the president himself. A series of revelations about men who take advantage of underage girls has placed the issue of sexual predators…

Six children die after fleeing Deir Az Zor amid heavy clashes: UN
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
About 8,500 civilians fleeing eastern Syria reach al-Hol camp and other settlements in desperate conditions, UN says.

Syria's war: Life in al-Bab after ISIL
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
The growing Syrian town is seen by Ankara as the gate to Turkey's security.

US to host Iran-focused summit in Poland next month
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
US state department says global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, will take place on February 13-14.

Sudan: Police fire tear gas as hundreds protest against al-Bashir
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
Protesters calling for 'freedom, peace, justice' march through Khartoum as police respond with volleys of tear gas.

Will there be justice for Jamal Khashoggi?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
Questions surrounding the murder of the Saudi journalist remain unanswered.

Baghdad's 'Green Zone' reopens
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
Also known as the International Zone, this area will now be open for Iraqis to pass through without checkpoints.

Inside the Yemeni school where childhood doesn't exist
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
Several schools in the capital have abandoned classes, serving as shelters for thousands of displaced families instead.

MBS in touch with 'former' Saudi royal adviser al-Qahtani: Report
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
MBS continues to seek advice from 'dismissed' adviser who is implicated in Khashoggi's murder, says Washington Post.

Canada grants asylum to Saudi teenager Rahaf Alqunun
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
The 18-year-old left Bangkok airport for Canada, officials confirmed, after her ordeal went viral on social media.

Venezuela congress leader challenges Maduro's right to presidency
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
Leader of the opposition-controlled parliament says he's ready to assume presidency until new elections are held.

Sudan protests: Amnesty decries government attack on hospital
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
Rights groups accuse the Sudanese government of using excessive force against demonstrators.

In Greece, Merkel embraces former Eurosceptics
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-11
The warm greeting for Merkel could signal a new push for Eurocentric parties ahead of European parliament elections.

US Military Occupations Now Supported by Far More Democrats Than Republicans
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-11
(CJ Opinion) — A new Politico/Morning Consult poll has found that there is much more support for ongoing military occupations among Democrats surveyed than Republicans. To the question "As you may know, President Trump ordered an immediate withdrawal of more than 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. Based on what you know, do you support or oppose President Trump's decision?", …

US Military Occupations Now Supported by Far More Democrats Than Republicans

"We Don't Take Orders From Bolton": US Withdrawal From Syria Begins
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-11
(ZH) — Contrary to assurances from Trump's National Security Advisor, neocon John Bolton, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who suggested earlier this week that US troops would remain in Syria for at least a little while longer, the Associated Press reported on Friday that the US has begun the process of removing the 2,000 soldiers based in northeastern …

"We Don't Take Orders From Bolton": US Withdrawal From Syria Begins

Pompeo Calls for Continued US Military Intervention in Middle East
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-11
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Some ten years after President Obama's Cairo speech, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in the city at American University presenting his own speech trying to contrast President Obama's policies to the Trump Administration's more heavily interventionist intentions in the Middle East. Pompeo argued that every instance in which President Obama ended a US …

Pompeo Calls for Continued US Military Intervention in Middle East

Fortnite Creator Buying Thousands of Acres of Forest to Stop It From Being Cut Down
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-11
(TMU) — Creator of the online video game Fortnite, Tim Sweeney, has been captivating audiences for decades by developing intricate and interactive digital worlds for players. However, it is his work away from the screen that is currently grabbing attention from gamers and non-gamers alike. Sweeney is best known for founding the video and 3-D software …

Fortnite Creator Buying Thousands of Acres of Forest to Stop It From Being Cut Down

Drone Attack on Saudi Military Parade in Yemen Kills Top Coalition Officials
Ahmed AbdulKareem | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-11
(MPN) — Yemen's military, loyal to the Houthis, launched a retaliatory drone attack against a Saudi-led coalition military parade at Saudi Arabia's Al-Anad airbase in Yemen's southern province of Lahejj, killing several military personnel. Saudi state-owned media confirmed that multiple high-ranking officials were killed and several others injured when a combat drone struck an airbase …

Drone Attack on Saudi Military Parade in Yemen Kills Top Coalition Officials

The Iron Wall – film and discussion with Dalit Baum, Ph.D
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-01-11
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Qilombo in Oakland Evicted by Sheriff's Deputies: Chaga Responds (video)
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-01-11
Qilombo members have been locked out of the community social center they've maintained for over four years. Landlords attempted to push Qilombo out almost as long as they've been there, with the current corporate landlord refusing to renew their lease since 2016. Qilombo resisted displacement, that is until deputies showed up without warning and padlocked the building.

Kevin Cooper: My thoughts on Gov. Brown's executive order
Kevin Cooper | indybay.org | 2019-01-11
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.

Angela Davis Speaks Out on BDS and Palestine After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-11
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights. The institute rescinded the award days after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Others in the Birmingham area criticized Davis for her support for the Black Panthers and Communist Party. We speak with Angela Davis in her first television interview since the contro…

AG Nominee William Barr Endorsed "More Incarceration"
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-11
After the tenure of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, advocates for civil rights, decarceration and police accountability are frustrated and furious. | Sessions jump-started the failed war on drugs, rescinded protections for transgender students and workplace protections for LGBTQ people,…

At Least 4,592 Migrants Died or Disappeared During 2018
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-10
According to information published by the International Organization for Migration (OIM), at least 4,592 people died or went missing trying to cross some of the main migratory routes across the world during 2018. | RELATED: | Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro Withdraws From UN Migration Pact | The organization, backed by the United Nations, published its report Tuesday, saying the number of dead or missing migrants surpassed the 3,000 mark for the fifth time. The list, however, is yet to be complet…

Pompeo Claims the US Destroyed 99% of the ISIS Caliphate — These Maps Show Otherwise
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-10
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. | The post Pompeo Claims the US Destroyed 99% of the ISIS Caliphate — These Maps Show Otherwise appeared first on MintPress News.

Video: Turkey Wants US Military Bases in Northern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-10
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 … | The post Video: Turkey Wants US Military Bases in Northern Syria appeared first on Global Research.

Trump's Steel Barrier Border Fortification, Partial Government Shutdown, "Where is the Emergency"?
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-10
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 … | The post Trump's Steel Barrier Border Fortification, Partial Government Shutdown, "Where is the Emergency"? appeared first on Global Research.

Thailand: Insurgents Bomb School, Attack Hospital
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-10
(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…