2019-01-12: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-01-12). Corporate Media Condemns Potential Syria Withdrawal. truthdig.com 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 Washington's alleged right an…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-01-12). If Trump Declares a National Emergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Ragip Soylu (2019-01-12). The US Five-point 'Non-Paper' for Syria Delivered by Bolton to Turkey. globalresearch.ca US diplomats and military officials failed to present any specific details to their Turkish counterparts about Washington's plans to withdraw its forces from northern Syria during National Security Adviser John Bolton's visit to Ankara on Tuesday, Middle East Eye …

RT (2019-01-12). 'Putin puppet' vs 'Assad shill': Dems & Reps unite in panic over Gabbard challenging Trump in 2020. rt.com With Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) entering the 2020 presidential fray, establishment figures on both Right and Left are scrambling to smear the anti-war congresswoman with impeccable identity-politics bona fides.

Gregory Shupak (2019-01-12). Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever. commondreams.org "One consistent theme in the coverage was the view that U.S. troops need to stay in Syria because ISIS still exists. Another is that U.S. forces must remain there because the governments of Russia, Syria and Iran want the US to leave." (Image: FAIR) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Gareth Porter (2019-01-12). Why Are the Media So Eager to Declare Trump's Syria Withdrawal Dead? truthdig.com Predictably, the mainstream media has issued a collective pronouncement about the president's pullout plan that fails to reflect the facts.

teleSUR (2019-01-12). US-led Coalition Withdrawing Equipment From Syria. telesurenglish.net The United States-led coalition in Syria created greater confussion on their status Friday by saying it had started the pullout process. Officials later clarified that only equipment, not troops, were being withdrawn. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Claims Syria Withdrawal Begins | President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had decided to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-12). Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Is Running for President With Focus on 'War and Peace'. commondreams.org Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), in a video circulated by CNN on Friday night, announced her plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020—a revelation that was met with mixed responses from progressives. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-01-12). Making Sense of Trump's Foreign Policy. Understanding How He Operates. globalresearch.ca As was to be expected, the announcement that the US was withdrawing troops from Syria has served to provoke numerous reactions in the Middle East and beyond. Following the removal of Mattis, Pompey and Bolton embarked on a whirlwind Middle …

Shane Quinn (2019-01-12). Reckless Path to Nuclear Weapons Leaves Us Looking Over the Edge. globalresearch.ca After two years of analysis and inquiries, Roosevelt formally established America's nuclear program on 19 January 1942, called the Manhattan Project — with a final $2 billion budget supporting it ($36 billion today) and employing over 130,000 people.

Diana Johnstone (2019-01-12). Gilets Jaunes in 2019: French Democracy Dead or Alive? globalresearch.ca Or perhaps one should say, buried or revived? Because for the mass of ordinary people, far from the political, financial, media centers of power in Paris, democracy is already moribund, and their movement is an effort to save it. Ever …

Glen Ford (2019-01-12). Ocasio-Cortez, socialism, war and austerity. mronline.org It's good that there are now plenty of young people that like the idea of socialism. But if they don't really know what socialism is, they also don't know what capitalists will do to resist it. | Source

True Publica (2019-01-12). UK: The 2018 State of the Nation Report. globalresearch.ca Britain does produce an annual state of the nation report other than one referring to social mobility. The Social Mobility Commission's 2017 report (see link below) starts with the words: "Britain is a deeply divided nation." Their report is interesting …

Sharon Kelly (2019-01-12). Fracked Shale Oil Wells Drying Up Faster Than Predicted, Wall Street Journal Finds. globalresearch.ca In 2015, Pioneer Natural Resources filed a report with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, in which the shale drilling and fracking company said that it was "drilling the most productive wells in the Eagle Ford Shale" in Texas. | That …

Margery Eagan (2019-01-12). 'Extremists' Like Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Are Actually Closer to What Most Americans Want. commondreams.org "Socialist." "Radical." "Extreme." Google U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the whirling, twirling, dancing phenom out of the Bronx. You'll see words like those. But are Ocasio-Cortez's positions all that "fringe" in 2019? I don't think so.

Karsten Riise (2019-01-12). The Middle East: A Review of Geopolitical Structures, Vectors of Power Dynamic. globalresearch.ca The Middle East is of essential importance to the world. It serves as a center for the world's energy balance and for the transit of goods through the Suez. It harbors the Holy City of three world religions. It is …

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-12). Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons. zcomm.org The Party's Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War Than Republicans…

teleSUR (2019-01-12). Violence in Colombia Unhindered: A Massacre, A Leader Killed. telesurenglish.net Violence in Colombia continues unhindered as the government of President Ivan Duque is focused on its northern neighbor Venezuela. After a massacre and eight social leaders killed, President Duque is yet to announce effective measures to prevent the systematic murder of Campesino and community leaders in rural Colombia. | RELATED: | 6 Days, 6 Deaths: More Murder of Social Leaders in Colombia | In a public statement, Duque said more citizen participation was necessary for state securit…

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-12). Who's Trying to Pull a "Russiagate" on Netanyahu? globalresearch.ca The narrative has suddenly sprung up that Russia is supposedly planning to meddle in "Israel's" upcoming elections to support the incumbent, but this is nothing more than an attempt by the most pro-American factions of "Israeli" society and its "deep …

Craig Murray (2019-01-12). Richard Dearlove Helped Blair Kill Millions. The Security Services Are a Danger to Our State and Society. globalresearch.ca When Sir Richard Dearlove was Head of MI6, the Blairites adored him as he approved the lying Dossier on Iraqi WMD which led to wars, invasion, the death of millions and the destabilisation which continues to wreck the entire Middle …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-12). Ice Matters: A Meditation on Snow. globalresearch.ca Most speak of floods in the age of climate change, when the cooked and the roasted take precedence over the snowed in and the freezing, and the parliaments of lost islands shall be convened in the sea. Comparatively cruel fates …

STAFF (2019-01-12). FBI Investigated Whether Trump Secretly Worked for Russia: Report. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reported Friday. | The report cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. | The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potenti…

The Local (2019-01-12). New Mural in Paris Celebrates 'Yellow Vest' Revolt. globalresearch.ca Street artist Pascal Boyart created the work, based on Eugene Delacroix's monumental canvass "Liberty Leading the People", which glorified the revolution of July 1830 in which the people of Paris drove King Charles X from power. | The mural can be …

teleSUR (2019-01-12). Venezuela: 'Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace Has Triumphed'. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza announced President Nicolas Maduro decided to allow more time for Paraguay and Canada to rectify their position after signing the Lima Group declaration on Jan. 4, which included a provision against Venezuela's territorial jurisdiction. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects 'Dangerous' Resolution by the OAS | "The Bolivarian diplomacy of peace has triumphed," Arreaza said in a press conference Saturday, confirming the foreign affairs ministry had r…

WSWS (2019-01-12). Pompeo in Cairo: The ugly face of US imperialism. wsws.org Reflecting US imperialism's priorities in the region, Pompeo mentioned Iran 25 times in his speech, compared to a mere dozen references to "terrorism."

WSWS (2019-01-12). Financial warnings point to Australia's economic and political instability. wsws.org Two reports raise the spectre of a financial crisis that would blow up the pre-election claims of both the Coalition government and the Labor Party.

Murtaza Hussain (2019-01-12). Study: U.S. Newspapers Are More Than Twice As Likely to Cite Israeli Sources in Headlines Than Palestinian Ones. theintercept.com The study analyzed 50 years of news headlines on the Israel-Palestine conflict and found an overwhelming slant toward the Israeli point of view.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-12). New Afghan Defense Minister Should Face Investigation, Sanctions. hrw.org Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's appointment in December of Asadullah Khalid as defense minister should have rung alarm bells not only in Kabul, but in the capitals of Afghanistan's major donors. That it didn't says a lot about how little human rights matter to an increasingly shaky government, and to donors looking for an exit from the long Afghan war. | | | Defense Minister of Afghanistan, Asadullah Khalid. | © US Department of State file photo | Credible evidence of serious human rights abuses and war crimes linked to K…

RT (2019-01-12). 'Like virus telling you not to wash hands': Lee Camp checks WHO's behind Senate Russiagate report. rt.com A recent report for US Senate claimed that the apparently all mighty 'Russian trolls' had their fingers in 2016 elections, even using Pokemon Go for their cause. Lee Camp takes on the supposedly biased free 'bombshell.'

RT (2019-01-12). Twitter erupts after NYT reveals FBI probe into Trump-Russia links that lead… nowhere. rt.com Russiagate disciples are squealing with joy after the New York Times wrote about the FBI apparently probing if Trump was secretly working for the Russians. In fact, the article states there is no evidence to support the theory.

RT (2019-01-12). Awkward! WikiLeaks calls out US concern for journalists with reminder of Collateral Murder video. rt.com WikiLeaks has called out VP Mike Pence over his concern for jailed Reuters journalists, reminding him of the Reuters staff killed by US fire in the infamous Collateral Murder video leaked by Chelsea Manning.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Syria's war: SDF confronts ISIL in last Syrian stronghold. aljazeera.com Hajin, the last sliver of land controlled by ISIL in eastern Syria, is under attack by Kurdish and US forces.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Sudan: Police fire tear gas as hundreds protest against al-Bashir. aljazeera.com Protesters calling for 'freedom, peace, justice' march through Khartoum as police respond with volleys of tear gas.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Anti-Trump, pro-war: An insider's critique of the US media. aljazeera.com An NBC News reporter's resignation letter excoriates US media coverage of the foreign policy. Plus, conspiracy theories.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Canada grants asylum to Saudi teenager who fled her family. aljazeera.com Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will accept Rahaf Alqunun as a refugee.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Achim Steiner: Yemen, Libya and why the UN can't perform miracles. aljazeera.com The head of the UN Development Programme talks about countries hit by crises and what it takes to rebuild them.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Brazil state governor to continue prison reforms despite attacks. aljazeera.com In Brazil's Ceara state, the local government has been attacked and threatened by drug gangs after implementing prison reforms intended to curtail their influence, but the governor vows to fight on.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Maduro opponents hold protest, call for new Venezuela elections. aljazeera.com The president of Venezuela's National Assembly says he is ready to assume leadership of the country and call for new elections to remove President Nicolas Maduro.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). Dozens feared dead in Nigeria after leaking oil tanker explodes. aljazeera.com Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents, as people risk their lives to collect fuel leaking from pipelines.

aljazeera (2019-01-12). 'This is a brave new Canadian': Canada welcomes Rahaf Alqunun. aljazeera.com The 18-year-old Saudi woman captured global attention this week when she fled her family and sought asylum overseas.

Veterans for Peace (2019-01-12). Vets for Peace Statement on U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria. indybay.org Online statement from Vets for Peace approves of Pres. Trump's decision to bring home troops from Syria, ending this illegal military intervention incorrectly labeled "fighting terrorism" by corporate media.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-01-12). The Iron Wall – film and discussion with Dalit Baum, Ph.D. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Tom Gallagher (2019-01-12). The Yemen Tragedy: America's Role –a free public forum. indybay.org Park Branch Public Library, Community Room | 1833 Page Street, San Francisco…

Dave Id (2019-01-12). Qilombo in Oakland Evicted by Sheriff's Deputies: Chaga Responds (video). indybay.org 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.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-12). Marching Towards a Fighting Women's Movement. truthout.org From the beginning, the Trump administration has waged a ruthless assault on women — from our right to workplaces free of sexual harassment to the ability to make our own decisions about reproductive rights. | It was hardly a surprise that, once in office, the candidate who was exposed on tape bragging about sexual assault would also be the president who denied the claims of survivors and nominated Brett Kavanaugh, an opponent of abortion also accused of sexual violence, for the Supreme Court. | Since the 2016 election, Trump and the conservatives who emboldened by him have acted like they have a mandate…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-12). Health Care Industry Spends $30 Billion a Year Pushing Its Wares. truthout.org Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to do-it-yourself genetic tests and unapproved stem cell treatments. | Spending on health care marketing nearly doubled from 1997 to 2016, soaring to at least $30 billion a year, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA. | "Marketing drives more testing. It…

Gregory Shupak (2019-01-11). Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever. fair.org 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…

Brian Cloughley (2019-01-11). How Trump's Insults and Lies are Harming America. counterpunch.org 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 More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-01-11). Roaming Charges: Que Syria, Syria. counterpunch.org + 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 More

RT (2019-01-11). 'One way or another': Trump inches toward emergency over wall & shutdown impasse. rt.com 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.

Daniel Lazare (2019-01-11). This Leaked Hillary Clinton Memo Killed Half a Million People. mintpressnews.com 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…

Scott Hiley (2019-01-11). Does Tucker Carlson's class politics raise any red flags? peoplesworld.org 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 …

Mitchell Zimmerman (2019-01-11). Government by Extortion. counterpunch.org 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 More

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-11). Syria: Deadly School Attack Was Unlawful. hrw.org | | 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…

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

Elliott Gabriel (2019-01-11). GOP Plows Forward as Democrats Block Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Amid Gov't Shutdown. mintpressnews.com 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.

Jack Rasmus (2019-01-11). Trump's Deja Vu China Trade War (Part I). zcomm.org 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…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-11). Five Days after Bolton's Reversal, US Syrian Troop Withdrawal Sort of Back On. mintpressnews.com 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.

James Goodman (2019-01-11). The Scott Warren Case is Part of a Crackdown on Aid to Migrants. progressive.org 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.

Paul Street (2019-01-11). Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times. counterpunch.org 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 More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-11). Headlines for January 11, 2019. democracynow.org Protests Target Shutdown as Federal Employees Miss First Paycheck, Trump May Raid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Funds for Border Wall, Protesters Gather on Both Sides of U.S.-Mexico Border as Trump Visits, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Blocks Vote on Bill to Fund Government, Study Finds Oceans Are Absorbing Far More Heat Than Previously Known, Pentagon Says It's Withdrawing from Syria as Turkey Readies Invasion, In Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State Rebukes Obama and Threatens Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder an "Atrocity", Protests Outside Supreme Court Demand Closure of Guantánamo Prison…

Richard E. Rubenstein (2019-01-11). Trump vs. the Anti-Trumps: It's the System That Needs Changing Not Just the Personnel. counterpunch.org 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 More

South Front (2019-01-11). Video: Al-Qaeda Defeats Another Turkish-backed 'Opposition' Group. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Nino Pagliccia (2019-01-11). The "Lima Group" Pretence to Be an International Body Is Irresponsible and Dangerous. mintpressnews.com 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…

Associated Press (2019-01-11). Juventus coach says Ronaldo 'calm' as rape case goes forward. peoplesworld.org 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 …

The Global Research Team (2019-01-11). Global Research: More Than Meets the Eye. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Tamara Pearson (2019-01-11). Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries. counterpunch.org 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 More

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

Julian Vigo (2019-01-11). Technology And The Never-Ending Drive To "Progress" counterpunch.org 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 More

teleSUR (2019-01-11). US: 31,000 Strong LA Teachers' Union to Strike Next Week. telesurenglish.net 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…

teleSUR (2019-01-11). Venezuelan President Renews Calls for Regional Integration. telesurenglish.net 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…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-11). Americans Need a Congress that Represents Americans. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Richard Moser (2019-01-11). Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power? counterpunch.org 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. More

Nick Pemberton (2019-01-11). There Are More Important Things Than The Truth. counterpunch.org 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 More

teleSUR (2019-01-11). Venezuela Rejects 'Dangerous' Resolution by the OAS. telesurenglish.net 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…

Rev. William Alberts (2019-01-11). Beware of a Holy Heist. counterpunch.org 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 More

Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank (2019-01-11). How Tre Arrow Became America's Most Wanted Environmental "Terrorist" counterpunch.org 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…

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-01-11). Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise. counterpunch.org 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 More

ACLU (2019-01-11). William Barr's Unsolicited Memo to Trump About Obstruction of Justice. aclu.org 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…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-11). When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are 'Brothers': Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model. counterpunch.org 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 More

Zubeida Mustafa (2019-01-11). Peace in Afghanistan Will Come at a Price. truthdig.com 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…

teleSUR (2019-01-11). Experts Warn Traditional Masculinity Hurts Men and Boys. telesurenglish.net 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…

Christopher Ketcham (2019-01-11). A Walk in the Woods, Away from the Screens. counterpunch.org 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 More

teleSUR (2019-01-11). PLO's Saeb Erekat Rejects Pompeo's 'Peace Plan' for Palestine. telesurenglish.net 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…

teleSUR (2019-01-11). Leafcutter Ants Rival Cows in Greenhouse Gas Emissions. telesurenglish.net 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…

Nino Pagliccia (2019-01-11). The "Lima Group" Pretense to be an International Body is Irresponsible and Dangerous. counterpunch.org 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 More

Dave Lindorff (2019-01-11). A Potentially Tectonic Event Shakes up the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case. counterpunch.org 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 More

Basav Sen (2019-01-11). Democrats Failed Their First Big Test on Climate. counterpunch.org 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 More

Whitney Webb (2019-01-11). Mideast Fact Meets Fiction: Mike Pompeo Touts US Goodness and Threatens More of It. mintpressnews.com 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.

Thierry Meyssan (2019-01-11). Goodbye Middle East, Hello Latin America: The Coming Destruction of the Caribbean Basin. mintpressnews.com 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…

teleSUR (2019-01-11). Venezuela: President Maduro Meets With Global Social Movements. telesurenglish.net 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…

Joseph Majerle III — Matthew Stevenson (2019-01-11). Who or What Brought Down Dag Hammarskjà∂ld? counterpunch.org 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…

Lauren Smith (2019-01-11). Nicaragua — The Irony of the NICA Act Being Signed into Law by Trump. counterpunch.org 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 More

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

ACLU (2019-01-11). Deaths of Women in Custody During Hurricane Florence Could Have Been Prevented. aclu.org 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…

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

Andrew Levine (2019-01-11). Dealbreakers: The Democrats, Trump and His Wall. counterpunch.org 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 More

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-11). Video: The EU Votes for the Installation of New US Missiles in Europe. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Olivia Alperstein (2019-01-11). The EPA Rule Change That Could Kill Thousands. counterpunch.org 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 More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-11). Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked. democracynow.org 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…