2019-01-13: News Headlines

Marinella Correggia (2019-01-13). Syria. The Force of Civilization. globalresearch.ca "Our millennial history will help us". Between street mosaics, archaeological assets to be restored, photovoltaic energy for reconstruction, and agriculture that calls for peace | Finding a place in the Guinness for making the largest wall mosaic in the world with …

STAFF (2019-01-13). Spring's Early Arrival Poses Deadly Threat to Migrant Birds. truthdig.com Biologists have identified another tale of conflict and bloodshed as African migrant birds compete with European natives for resources in a fast-warming world. | Death rates among male pied flycatchers — African carnivores that migrate each spring to the Netherlands to breed — have risen in the 10 years between 2007 and 2016, as winters have warmed and springs have arrived earlier. | And in some years, almost one in 10 of the male migrant flycat…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-13). The Memo That Helped Kill a Half Million People in Syria. consortiumnews.com The memo shows the advice Hillary Clinton was getting to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war. As Trump seeks to extricate the U.S. the memo has again become relevant, writes Daniel Lazare By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium… Read more →

Marjorie Cohn (2019-01-13). If Trump Declares a National Emergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law. zcomm.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 Read more…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Israel Confirms Air Strike on Iranian Arms Warehouse in Syria. telesurenglish.net Israel acknowledged Sunday that it carried out a weekend air strike on what it called an Iranian arms cache in Syria in a rare public confirmation. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Withdrawing Equipment From Syria | "We have been taking action with impressive success to arrest Iran's military entrenchment in Syria," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabi…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Study: Killing of Colombian Social Leaders Is 'Systematic'. telesurenglish.net Colombian Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez says that the greatest number of Colombians murdered over the past two years since the peace agreement was signed are social leaders who serve on Communal Action Boards (JAC). | RELATED: | AWOL Former FARC Leader Ivan Marquez Returns From Obscurity | "The greatest number of (murders) are of members of Com…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Egypt University Expels Woman Student for Hugging Male Friend. telesurenglish.net Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's reputation. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal.

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Don't Play Into the Hands of Fuel Thieves, Mexico: AMLO. telesurenglish.net Mexicans should beware of "fuel thieves" taking advantage of rural oil reserves, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said Sunday in Acambay. | RELATED: | AMLO: Previous Governments 'Completely Destroyed Mexico' | "I ask the people to not entertain these corrupt people who say 'here you have gas' and then take advantage; I ask that people do not protect these crimina…

Fight Back (2019-01-13). FRSO congratulates Nicolás Maduro on his second term. fightbacknews.org On the occasion of the inauguration to a second term as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) sends its warmest congratulations and solidarity to Nicolás Maduro and the people's movement of Venezuela. | We salute the heroic achievements of the Venezuelan people and its political leadership, as you continue their project of building a sovereign nation, independent of imperialism and able to meet the needs of its own people. President Maduro's re-election confirms that the Bolivarian Revolution speaks to the felt wants and needs of the vast majority o…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). AWOL Former FARC Leader Ivan Marquez Returns From Obscurity. telesurenglish.net Ivan Marquez, who used to be second-in-command of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its acronym in Spanish), reappeared for the first time in a video after going into hiding six months after renouncing to his seat in the Colombian Senate. | RELATED: | Ex-FARC Leader Bashes Colombia's Meddling in Venezuelan Affairs | "To the revolutio…

STAFF (2019-01-13). Report: Trump Military Adviser Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran. truthdig.com Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, " a reckless advocate of military force," the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton "asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department." | "It definitely rattled people," a former U.S. official said of the request, which Bolton…

Danny Feingold (2019-01-13). Battle Lines in U.S. Public Education War. zcomm.org Superintendent Austin Beutner and his allies have made it clear they do not believe that the LA Unified School District in its current incarnation is worth investing in—or even preserving…

Michael Welch (2019-01-13). Climate Disruption: "The End of Ice" and Other Threats to the Planet. globalresearch.ca "We're not going to stop this train wreck. We are not even trying to slow down the production of CO2, and there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere. We are going to see the consequences, and they will …

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Venezuela: Lawmaker Juan Guaido Released, Rogue Officers Fired. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez announced Sunday that a group of rogue police officers took it upon themselves to detain Juan Guaido, a lawmaker in Venezuela's National Assembly, and that those officials have been dismissed and the lawmaker released. | RELATED | Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue | "An irregular situation was called to our attention regarding a group of officials acting who unilaterally carried out an irregular procedure against…

Philip Giraldi (2019-01-13). Russiagate: Is Paul Whelan a Spy? globalresearch.ca The media has a new bit of speculation that fits neatly into the flagging Russiagate narrative. It concerns Paul Whelan, a high school graduate Marine Corps dishonorable discharge, who is currently working in corporate security for a Michigan-based auto …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-13). Trump, The Manchurian Candidate: "Conspiracy" to Destabilize the Trump Presidency. Regime Change in America. globalresearch.ca in the wake of the historic Trump-Putin Helsinki summit, we have reached a new threshold. The "Impeachment" agenda seems to have been scrapped in favor of an "unconstitutional change in government". Trump is now accused of treason including "high crimes and misdemeanors".

Prof. James Petras (2019-01-13). Walls or Roads. globalresearch.ca History is told by Walls and Roads which have marked significant turning points in the relation between peoples and states. | We will discuss the story behind two walls and one road and the circumstances which surround them and their consequences….

Andre Vltchek (2019-01-13). Why Is Japan so Bitter About The Unstoppable Rise of China? globalresearch.ca There used to be a pair of beautiful swings for children, not far from an old rural temple in Mie Prefecture, where I used to frequently powerwalk, when searching for inspiration for my novels. Two years ago, I noticed that …

Ezili Dantà≤ (2019-01-13). The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid. globalresearch.ca "For whose entertainment shall we sing our agony? In what hopes? That the destroyers, aspiring to extinguish us, will suffer conciliatory remorse at the sight of their own fantastic success?" — Ayi Kwei Armah, from the book "Two Thousand Seasons"…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Assassination Attempt on Brazilian Legislator, Driver Injured. telesurenglish.net An assassination attempt took place on a Brazilian labor party legislator Martha Rocha Sunday in Rio de Janeiro as several armed men opened fire on the car she was riding. Rocha got away physically unscathed but the driver of the vehicle, former legislator Geonisio Medeiros was shot in the lower leg. | RELATED: | Bigotry Reigns in Brazil Just 10 Days into Bolsonaro's 'Fascist' Gov't | Local reports say that an unidentified vehicle blocked the Rio representative's car when…

Ian Sinclair (2019-01-13). The Original 'Fake News'? The BBC and the Information Research Department. globalresearch.ca IAN SINCLAIR reveals the hidden history of the BBC's relationship with the secret state, suppression of 'subversives' and support for military intervention overseas | *** | Last month Ritula Shah presented a BBC World Service discussion programme entitled Is "Fake News" A …

Frei Betto (2019-01-13). Brazil and the Illusion of the Rich: An Island of Prosperity Surrounded by Misery and Suffering. globalresearch.ca Frei Betto (Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo) was born in 1944 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He began his political engagement as Catholic student and was imprisoned by the military regime that seized power in 1964 and ruled until 1985. I interviewed …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-13). 'A Reckless Advocate of Military Force': Demands for John Bolton's Dismissal After Reports He Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran. commondreams.org Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, "a reckless advocate of military force," the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton "asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-01-13). WaPo recycles old Russiagate memes in latest gossip piece about Trump-Putin secret collusion. rt.com Donald Trump's reluctance to provide unfettered access to his conversations with Vladimir Putin has upset nameless American officials, the Washington Post has revealed. The US president dismissed the story as absurd and offensive.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Netanyahu confirms weekend strike on 'Iranian weapons' in Syria. aljazeera.com Syrian state media reported on Sunday one missile fired towards Damascus struck a warehouse at the city's airport.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Should ex-ISIL fighters be rehabilitated?>. aljazeera.com As ISIL clings to its last stronghold in the country, Syria must decide what to do, and how to handle, the armed group's former fighters.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Sudan police fire tear gas at protesters: Witnesses. aljazeera.com Protest organisers vow to stage new demonstrations, including for the first time in the region of war-torn Darfur.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Iran artist puts spotlight on water shortage through music. aljazeera.com Electronic musician Saba Alizadeh hosts shows at dried-up reservoirs to call attention to growing scarcity of water.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Nuclear chief: Iran advances technology to enrich uranium. aljazeera.com Ali Akbar Salehi says Iranian scientists 'on the threshold' of modernising production of 20 percent uranium.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido briefly detained. aljazeera.com Leader of National Assembly briefly detained by Venezuelan intelligence agents, before being released.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). What does Rahaf's case say about social reform in Saudi Arabia?>. aljazeera.com Canada has granted asylum to Rahaf al-Qunun, who fled Saudi Arabia to escape alleged abuse.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Tehran files protest against Poland hosting 'anti-Iran' summit. aljazeera.com Polish diplomat says meeting not aimed against Iran, as Tehran threatens retaliation if Warsaw does not back down.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Canada: Saudi accused of sexual assault disappears before trial. aljazeera.com Authorities fear Mohammed Zuraibi al-Zoabi, 28, may have left the country with help from the Saudi embassy.

Middle East Eye (2019-01-13). Saudi Teenager Rahaf al-Qunun Lands in Canada After Offer of Asylum. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Teenage Saudi asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun landed in Canada on Saturday to an official welcome after fleeing her home country last week. Upon her arrival at the Toronto airport, Qunun, wearing a Canada hoodie and a UN High Commission for Refugees cap, posed for photographs with Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, but did …

Veterans for Peace (2019-01-13). 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.

Edward Escobar AIW founder GiGsUP (2019-01-13). Gov't Shutdown DRIVING Poverty. indybay.org Government shutdown severely impacting drivers and gig workers into poverty and suicide. Calling for a CAP on new Drivers and cars in major cities…

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-01-13). 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 (2019-01-13). The Yemen Tragedy: America's Role –a free public forum. indybay.org Park Branch Public Library, Community Room | 1833 Page Street, San Francisco…

Shared by britney (2019-01-13). Five Forces Driving the Rise of Fascism in 2019. truthout.org The New Year's Day inauguration of avowed authoritarian strongman Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil signaled an ominous start to 2019. Brazil, as the fifth-largest country by landmass (larger than the Australian continent), the sixth-largest by population (larger than Russia) and the ninth-largest economy (larger than Canada), represents global fascism's biggest gain in recent history. The rise of Bolsonaro follows the recent consolidation of power by reactiona…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-13). The Biggest Issues for Wildlife and Endangered Species in 2019. truthout.org Wildlife didn't have an easy go of it in 2018. We lost the last male northern white rhino, the vaquita porpoise continued its slide toward extinction, poachers kept targeting pangolins and other rare creatures, and through it all the Trump administration kept trying to whittle away at key protections for endangered species. | So with that rough bit of recent history, what does 2019 hold? | Well, in most cases it won't be pretty. There will be more blood, more habitat loss, more legislative attacks and more extinctions —…

RT (2019-01-12). Border wall GoFundMe raises $20mn out of 1-billion goal, campaigners pledge to build wall themselves. rt.com After collecting a staggering $20 million, a fundraiser to help build a wall along the US southern border is being shut down because it failed to reach its target. However campaigners are now pledging to build the wall themselves.

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 …

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…

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-12). The Great US Border Crisis Hoax. Partial Shutdown of US Government. Trump Mulls Emergency Declaration. globalresearch.ca On Friday, partial shutdown entered its 21st day, matching the longest previous one in 1995-96. Unlike then, there are no signs of imminent resolution. | Both sides of the aisle share blame for what's going on. Things could go on much …

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 …

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…

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.

South Front (2019-01-12). Video: 5 British Soldiers Reportedly Killed in ISIS Attack. globalresearch.ca At least five British soldiers were killed in a rocket attack by ISIS in the village of al-Shaafah in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, al-Watan newspaper reported on January 9. Several more soldiers were reportedly injured in the incident. …

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 …

Gilbert Mercier (2019-01-12). The Global Rise of Fascism: Capitalism End Game? globalresearch.ca It is everywhere. In a few years, it has metastasized like a cancer, on all continents. Its fervent proponents and ill-informed supporters call it populism or nationalism. In the Italy, Germany, or Spain of the 1930s, however, this ideology of …

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 …

Juan Cole (2019-01-12). Pompeo's US Jingoism and Anti-Iran Warmongering Rejected by Mideast Public. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mrs. Susan Pompeo speak to staff and family members of U.S. Embassy Cairo in Egypt, on Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo: U.S. State Department) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-12). Social Media Might Ban the Pakistani Map at India's Behest. globalresearch.ca An alarming piece of legislation is about to enter into force in India next month mandating that social media platforms such as Facebook remove "unlawful content" such as posts that affect the "sovereignty and integrity of India", meaning that this …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

teleSUR (2019-01-12). Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has requested the support of the United Nations in launching a peace dialogue with opposition sectors. | RELATED: | Venezuela: 'Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace Has Triumphed' | Speaking Saturday during a meeting at Miraflores Palace, the government headquarters in Caracas, Maduro said: "Peace, justice and solid institutions, the sustain…

teleSUR (2019-01-12). Spain: Sanchez Compares Far-Right Opposition To Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net Pedro Sanchez, Spain's socialist president, has compared the right-wing opposition to far-right Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro known for his racist, homophobic and misogynist remarks. | RELATED: | Post-Franco First for Spain: Far-Right 'Kingmaker' in Andalusia | "Today in Spain there are three right wings with one objective, which is involution: they are the 'Voxona…

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 …

teleSUR (2019-01-12). Colombia: ELN Calls for Bilateral Ceasefire, Resuming Talks. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) is asking for a bilateral ceasefire and to resume the peace dialogue with the government, halted since President Ivan Duque took office last August. | RELATED: | Colombian Congress Requests President Duque to Meet with ELN | "We are asking the government to sit down an negotiation, to immediately resume the dialogue table, to retake the already agreed upon agenda and address all the issues, without any restriction, that concern or interest…

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.

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."

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.

RT (2019-01-12). Security breach: Woman unknowingly brings gun and bullets onto Delta flight to Japan. rt.com In a worrying and awkward story for airport security, a woman managed to board a flight from the US to Japan whilst packing a handgun and some bullets.

Jason Ditz (2019-01-12). Israeli Airstrikes Pound Warehouse at Syria's Damascus Airport. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Syrian air defenses came to life around the Damascus airport on Friday night, as Israeli warplanes carried out attacks in the area. Reports from Syrian state media say that the attacks centered on a warehouse outside of the airport. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the warehouse was hit and said a second target …

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

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

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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…

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

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 …

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

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

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

Joseph Natoli (2019-01-11). Will Trumpism Outlive Trump? counterpunch.org "[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 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

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

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…

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