2019-11-09: News Headlines

Debra Utacia Krol (2019-11-09). Beyond November, Indigenous Communities Honor Culture and Heritage Year-Round. commondreams.org We're rolling through November, recognized as Native American Heritage Month, when many of us celebrate the nation's rich and diverse Indigenous history. Tribal communities, as well as cities and states, host parades, powwows, art shows, award ceremonies and other events to spotlight Native cultures.

Staff (2019-11-09). Bolivian Vice President àÅlvaro García Linera on Marx and Indigenous Politics. truthout.org àÅlvaro García Linera has been vice president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia since 2006. He is one of the most original voices in the Latin American Left, whose works include Value Form and Community Form (1995) and Plebeian Power (2008). Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1962, Linera was very young when he first drew close to Marxism and the struggles of the Aymara people, an Indigenous nation in the Andes. In the early 1980s, he moved to Mexico to study mathematics, and he was in…

Staff (2019-11-09). The Most Active White Supremacist Group in the US Is Hiding in Plain Sight. truthout.org While much of the country reacted with a weary sense of sorrow and outrage, word of the mass killing was processed differently by members of Patriot Front, one of the more prominent white supremacist groups in the U.S. | In secret chat forums, some Patriot Front members embraced the spirit of the anti-immigrant manifesto left behind by the accused gunman. Others floated false conspiracy theories: the CIA was behind the murders; the accused killer was actually Jewish. Still other members caution…

South Front (2019-11-09). Video: Russia Setting Up Military Bases Across Northeastern Syria. To Undermine US Mission to Appropriate Syria's Oil? globalresearch.ca Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 40 airstrikes on militants' positions in southern Idlib, northern Lattakia and southwestern Aleppo. According to pro-government sources, the resumed airstrikes were a response to the recent offensive actions by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham …

Mark Taliano (2019-11-09). The War on Syria was Pre-Planned. ISIS Was Financed by the US and its Allies. globalresearch.ca How do we know that the War on Syria was pre-planned by imperial powers? Consider the following: | . | . | . | Still not convinced? Check out this admission from the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for President Mitterand. | General Flynn admitted …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-11-09). Geneva Is Key to Syria's Recovery. globalresearch.ca The political solution to the Syrian conflict is the task at hand for the constitutional committee that has been meeting in Geneva since October 30. The co-chairs are Ahmad Kuzbari from the Syrian government and Hadi Albahra from the opposition. …

WSWS (2019-11-09). Democratic Socialists of America "International Committee" denounces "reckless" withdrawal of US troops from Syria. wsws.org The response of the DSA to Trump's announced troop withdrawals from Syria is indistinguishable from that of the Democratic Party and Trump's critics within the military and intelligence apparatus.

G. Dunkel (2019-11-09). Massive people's protests continue in Algeria. workers.org Ever since Feb. 22, Hirak — the protest coalition in Algeria — has held a nationwide protest on Fridays, the day the weekend starts there. Students and youth generally hold their nationwide demonstrations on Tuesdays. This Nov. 1, Algeria marked the 65th anniversary of the start of its War of . . . | Continue reading Massive people's protests continue in Algeria at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-11-09). Build a mass movement to free class-war prisoners Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org Assange and Manning are being persecuted because the US and its imperialist allies are preparing for war and want to silence all honest journalists and fighter for the truth.

Michael Welch (2019-11-09). Never Again? Can We Stop the War When Big Business Profits from it? globalresearch.ca On the Global Research News we do our best to cover a wide spectrum of topics from the environmental crisis to economic and geopolitical analysis to debunking war pre-text narratives. | We welcome listener support to maintain and improve the quality …

Ryan Gunderson, Diana Stuart (2019-11-09). Corporate Climate Commitments: Who Should Lead Climate Action? commondreams.org Some argue that, given the lack of political leadership to enact climate policy, action by companies is a welcome path forward. However, the belief that corporations can respond effectively to climate change is questionable.

RT (2019-11-09). Not creepy at all: GIANT Greta Thunberg mural to grace downtown San Francisco (PHOTOS). rt.com A four-story mural of climate activist Greta Thunberg is set to be unveiled next week in San Francisco. Many, however, have already found the work unsettling, describing it as something straight out of a dystopian Sci-Fi movie. | The mural depicts the face of the 16-year-old media darling, gazing down at passersby on Union Square in San Francisco, with her signature tense expression. | Argentine artist Andreas Iglesias, who is putting the finishing touches on the massive work, said his ultimate goal is to raise awareness about climate issues. | "What I want from people is to realize [they] have to do something…

Staff (2019-11-09). Iran Offers Clue to Fate of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson, Missing for 12 Years. truthdig.com Levinson disappeared while on an unauthorized CIA mission in 2007. Iran has told the UN the case is "on going" but did offer details.

Canadian Peace Congress (2019-11-09). Defeating the US / EU / NATO Axis of Domination: A Global De-Colonial Imperative. globalresearch.ca The Canadian Peace Congress, in cooperation with a number of local peace and anti-imperialist organizations, is pleased to announce the upcoming tour of Ajamu Baraka from November 11-16, 2019. During his visit, Mr. Baraka will visit five urban centres across …

Victor Grossman (2019-11-09). The Wall and General Pyrrhus. mronline.org A stern, history-based evaluation awakens doubts that, despite the paeans in the world media, the fall of the Berlin Wall was not purely a peaceful revolution, a choice of freedom by the masses, another successful victory for freedom and justice as in past centuries. | Source

RT (2019-11-09). GOP wants Hunter Biden, whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe, Schiff seeks to shield them. rt.com House Republicans are on the offensive demanding Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian phone call whistleblower to testify for the impeachment inquiry. The idea did not sit well with Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat who leads the process. | Representative David Nunes (R-Ca) has revealed a list of witnesses the Republicans would like to see giving their testimonies at the upcoming public hearing on the impeachment inquiry against Trump. It includes includes among others Hunter Biden, the son of the former vice president and one of the Democratic frontrunners at the upcoming presidential elections, Joe Biden, as well as…

RT (2019-11-09). 'Reverse Pol Pot': Berkeley philosophy lecturer slammed after saying rural Americans made 'bad life decisions' & should be SHAMED. rt.com A Harvard-educated UC Berkeley philosophy lecturer is catching flak for bashing rural Americans as parasites on more "efficient" city-dwellers. He has since apologized for the tone of the original tweets, but not their substance. | Disdain for "flyover country" by the coastal elites is a trope of American politics and culture wars at this point, but Jackson Kernion apparently sought to embody it with a series of tweets this week, declaring that Americans living in the countryside should not be "subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life." | Pretty sure I did a bad tweet here. Gonna delete it.

WSWS (2019-11-09). Billionaire ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg takes steps to run for Democratic nomination. wsws.org Whether or not he decides to run, Bloomberg's move is clearly calculated to shift the Democratic campaign further to the right.

Jeff Ernsthausen and Justin Elliott (2019-11-09). Billionaires keep benefiting from a tax break to help the poor. Now, Congress wants to investigate. nationofchange.org "The Opportunity Zone program has been troubled from the start."

Richard Eskow (2019-11-09). Can Bloomberg Buy the Election for $12 Billion? If So, He Can Write the Check Today. commondreams.org Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire who bought himself a mayoralty, now has his sights set on higher office. He became mayor of New York City in 2001, after outspending his opponent five to one from his personal bank account. Could the same arithmetic apply to the presidential race?

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship (2019-11-09). Our Point Remains: PBS Should Broadcast Impeachment Hearings in Primetime. commondreams.org In this photo illustration the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) logo is displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-09). A Message to PBS: Televise the Trump Impeachment Hearings for All to See. truthout.org The House of Representatives has announced that public hearings in the impeachment inquiry will begin on Wednesday, November 13. We believe that for the sake of the nation, public television should not only broadcast them live as they happen but repeat them in primetime so that Americans who work during the day have a chance to watch and judge for themselves Donald Trump's guilt or innocence. | We believe this so strongly we took out an ad in Friday's edition of The New York Times. | We did it bec…

teleSUR (2019-11-09). Trump has Not Agreed to Roll Back Tariffs on Chinese Goods. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump on Friday said he has not agreed to rollbacks of U.S. tariffs sought by China, sparking fresh doubts about when the world's two largest economies may end a 16-month trade war that has slowed global growth. | RELATED: | Trump's Lawyer Waged Campaign Against Envoy to Ukraine: Impeachment Probe | Officials from both countries on Thursday had said China and the United States have agreed to roll back tariffs on each others' goods in a "phase one" trade deal. But the idea…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-11-09). Impeachment Must Be More Than Impeachment. commondreams.org House Democrats, apparently buoyed by last Tuesday's election results, are prepared to begin the public hearing phase of their Trump impeachment inquiry.

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship (2019-11-09). A message to PBS: Televise the Trump impeachment hearings for all to see. nationofchange.org Why we took out that ad in The New York Times.

Staff (2019-11-09). In Detroit, A New Type of Agricultural Neighborhood Has Emerged. truthout.org A decade ago, a resurgence of urban gardens and farms sprouted a new agricultural trend around the country. And while many of them continue to thrive, in the past five years, another trend has entered the urban agricultural scene: agrihoods, short for agricultural neighborhoods. | The term, trademarked in 2014 by South…

WSWS (2019-11-09). Measles epidemic spreads from New Zealand to Pacific Islands. wsws.org Scientists had been warning of the danger of an outbreak, but requests for a campaign to plug immunisation gaps were ignored.

John Atcheson (2019-11-09). The Neoliberal Assault on Warren's Plan to Pay for Medicare for All. commondreams.org Both Sanders and Warren have come up with viable plans for funding Medicare for all. The neoliberal establishment and the conservatives have been going after Sanders' approach by raising the specter of-middle class tax increases.

WSWS (2019-11-09). Macron warns Economist magazine of world war, collapse of NATO alliance. wsws.org Outlining escalating conflicts inside NATO, Macron admitted that for decades it has attacked countries and toppled their regimes without any popular support.

WSWS (2019-11-09). Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. wsws.org Thirty years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the GDR. We are republishing here an article by Peter Schwarz that first appeared on the WSWS five years ago, on November 8, 2014, under the headline, "25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall."

WSWS (2019-11-09). The "Irrepressible Conflict:" Slavery, the Civil War and America's Second Revolution. wsws.org The following is the second in a series of three lectures delivered in response to the New York Times' "1619 Project," which presents a falsified, racialist interpretation of American history.

teleSUR (2019-11-09). Brazil: Thousands Await Lula Da Silva's Speech Outside Union. telesurenglish.net After having spent 580 days as a political prisoner in Curitiba, Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday arrived at the ABC Union of Workers of Metallurgical Industry, which is located at Sao Bernardo do Campo, the city where he began his political life as a worker leader. | RELATED: | Lula is Free | Although the Workers' Party (PT) politician must defend himself against accusati…

Pepe Escobar (2019-11-09). A "Blue Dot" Barely Visible from China's "New Silk Roads" globalresearch.ca Chinese President Xi Jinping six years ago launched New Silk Roads, now better known as the Belt and Road Initiative, the largest, most ambitious, pan-Eurasian infrastructure project of the 21st century. | Under the Trump administration, Belt and Road has …

Ellen Brown (2019-11-09). Is the Run on the Dollar Due to Panic or Greed? globalresearch.ca What's going on in the repo market? Rates on repurchase agreements ("repo") should be around 2%, in line with the fed funds rate. But they shot up to over 5% on September 16 and got as high as 10% on …

Larry Romanoff (2019-11-09). The School of the Americas. globalresearch.ca | An integral part of America's brutal colonisation of undeveloped nations is the little-known US Army "School of the Americas" located in Fort Benning, Georgia, which trains Latin American military officers and soldiers to subvert their governments and kill hope in …

Sergei M. Eisenstein (2019-11-09). 102 Years Ago, The October Revolution: "Ten Days that Shook the World" globalresearch.ca Next week, November 7, 2017 is the 100 years anniversary of the October Revolution, November 7, 1917. | We bring to the attention of our readers Sergei Eisenstein's masterpiece: "Ten Days that Shook the World" (1928) | In documentary style, events …

Middle East Eye (2019-11-09). Twitter Boss Met Mohammed Bin Salman Six Months After Saudi Spy Discovered. theantimedia.com Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with Mohammed bin Salman months after learning that a spy, directed by Saudi Arabia, had infiltrated the company.

WSWS (2019-11-09). German Christian Democrats call for collaboration with the far-right AfD. wsws.org A leader of the CDU said in an interview that, in his opinion, the AfD was "a conservative party" and were "not all Nazis."

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-09). WATCH: Sanders Joined by Naomi Klein and Sunrise Movement at Climate Crisis Summit in Iowa. commondreams.org "The world is on fire and our most credible hope of beating the arsonists is Bernie Sanders." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-11-09). Erdogan quiere armas nucleares. workers.org Publicado el 21 de octubre en el periódico italiano Il Manifesto. "Algunos países tienen misiles nucleares, pero el Occidente insiste en que no podemos tenerlos. Esto es inaceptable". Esta declaración del presidente Erdogan revela que la crisis actual va más allá de lo que comenzó con la ofensiva turca en . . . | Continue reading Erdogan quiere armas nucleares at Workers.org

South Bay Indigenous Solidarity (2019-11-09). Saving An Eco-Sensitive Sacred Site: Meeting to Protect Juristac. indybay.org First Unitarian Church of San Jose | 160 North 3rd Street | San Jose, CA 95112…

Norman Solomon (2019-11-09). The Crass Warfare of Billionaires Against Sanders and Warren. indybay.org An existential crisis for ruling circles…

Dan Bacher (2019-11-09). Groups slam Trump administration's sweetheart water deal with Westlands Water District. indybay.org Interior's plan to "award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity" to Westlands has been proposed at a critical time for Delta smelt, Sacramento River winter Chinook salmon, steelhead and other fish populations that depend on a healthy Bay-Delta Estuary to survive and thrive.

repost (2019-11-09). Identity Fraud? Removed Pacifica National Board Chair Jacabs Still Chair? indybay.org Sabrina Jacobs who was part of a coup to shutdown WBAI continued to say she was chair of Pacifica after the Pacifica National Board remove her.

HEAT (2019-11-09). San Francisco City College Rallies Against Cuts. indybay.org San Francisco City College | Ocean Campus | Chinatown Campus…

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-09). Possible False Flag In Iraq, US Votes Against Anti-Nazi Res. & Pompeo's Iran Nuclear Lies Debunked. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/6/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Staff (2019-11-09). Democrats Should Abandon the Third-Party "Spoiler" Argument. truthout.org With the 2020 presidential primaries in full swing, a common narrative in U.S. politics has resurfaced. Recently, former Secretary of State and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suggested on the podcast " Campaign HQ" that current Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is part of Russian…

The Canary (2019-11-09). Matt Hancock accused of 'whitesplaining' by Baroness Warsi. thecanary.co Health secretary Matt Hancock has been accused of "whitesplaining" by Baroness Warsi after he said others in the party "take a more balanced approach" on Islamophobia than her. | Warsi, the former Tory party chairman who has led criticism of the Conservative hierarchy's response to Islamophobia within its ranks, said she was "glad" to have colleagues like Hancock to educate her on the issue. | Hancock said the Tories needed to hold an inquiry on Islamophobia within the party, but claimed others "take a more balanced approach" on the issue than Warsi. | It comes after Boris Johnson said the Conservatives would be…

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2019-11-09). A Guardian columnist had to eat his words after smearing an innocent Muslim Labour candidate. thecanary.co On 8 November, the Guardian reported on its website false accusations of antisemitism made by columnist Jonathan Freedland against prospective Labour candidate Majid Mahmood. Both the Guardian and Freedland have since taken down the potentially libellous reports. | It turns out Freedland made the accusations on his blue-tick Twitter account, to o…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-11-08). The Globalization of Poverty: What Is Neoliberalism? globalresearch.ca In these unprecedented economic times, the world is experiencing as a whole what most of the so-called "developing" countries have experienced over the past several decades. For a nuanced examination of the intricacies of the global political-economic landscape and the …

Ralph Nader (2019-11-08). America's Streets and Squares Are Waiting: Massive Rallies Work! counterpunch.org Around the world people are marching, rallying, and demonstrating in huge numbers. Some of these countries are ruled by dictators or plutocratic regimes, others are considered democracies. Despite the peril of protest, people are seeking justice, freedom, and decent livelihoods. Many boast about the United States being the oldest democracy in the world. While there More

Ben Norton (2019-11-08). US and Israel were lone votes against UN resolutions opposing space arms race, nuclear Middle East, Cuba embargo. thegrayzone.com The United States and Israel were the only countries that voted against UN General Assembly draft resolutions calling for a…

teleSUR (2019-11-08). Deadly Clashes Reignite in Iraq Despite Cleric's Call for Calm. telesurenglish.net Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters broke out on Friday killing at least three people, despite a call for calm by the country's top Shi'ite cleric, as authorities grapple with the nation's biggest crisis in years. | RELATED: | Over 100,000 Algerians Protest on Independence War's Anniversary | Security forces fired tear gas and threw stun grenades into crowds of demonstrators wearing helmets and makeshift body armor on a main road in central Baghdad,…

Dan Bacher (2019-11-08). Illegal Loggers Murder Indigenous Forest Guardian in Brazilian Amazon. counterpunch.org Maranhà£o state, Brazil On the morning of November 1, a group of illegal loggers in the Araribóia indigenous territory ambushed members of the Guajajara people's Forest Guardians, a volunteer land and environmental monitoring force, leaving one Guardian dead and another gravely wounded. The loggers killed forest defender Paulo Paulino Guajajara in a shot to the face, while they More

Steven Krichbaum (2019-11-08). Eating the Amazon. counterpunch.org Catastrophic fires have been burning all over the world, not just in Amazonia, but also in Siberia, Indonesia, and the Congo basin. These fires are ecological weapons of mass destruction and displacement resulting in habitat destruction and extermination of other species, violent land grabs from Indigenous peoples, murder of forest protectors, and climate refugees. Most of More

Staff (2019-11-08). 'Massacre' of Indigenous Leaders in Colombia Is Result of Broken Peace Agreement. therealnews.com Yet another massacre of indigenous leaders in Colombia has sparked outrage across the country, as the right-wing government of President Ivan Duque faces increasing challenges to his already weakened leadership.

Sarah Shenker (2019-11-08). My Friend Was Murdered for Trying to Save the Amazon. counterpunch.org One result of Jair Bolsonaro's presidency is that there are more eyes on the forest: of those wanting to steal it, but also of those wanting to protect it. It's buzzing with all the attention, and the fatal fires now ravaging vast areas are now drawing many more. All these eyes on the Amazon are provoking fights, grabbing headlines and building resistance. All of us can be allies in this resistance, but we will never truly know what people like the Guardians of the Amazon face on a daily basis. More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-08). Corporate Mammon: Amazon and the Seattle Council Elections. dissidentvoice.org An enduring US political tradition was in evidence in Seattle recently. Amazon had decided that the city council elections would be too important to leave alone. Seattle was their city after all. The aim of the company was much in keeping with the manor lord who prosecutes keen poachers: fund pro-business candidates sympathetic to its …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-11-08). Neoliberalism's Children Rise Up to Demand Justice in Chile and the World. counterpunch.org Uprisings against the corrupt, generation-long dominance of neoliberal "center-right" and "center-left" governments that benefit the wealthy and multinational corporations at the expense of working people are sweeping country after country all over the world. In this Autumn of Discontent, people from Chile, Haiti and Honduras to Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon are rising up against neoliberalism, More

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-08). Israel's Supreme Court — Upholding "Targeted Assassinations" and Torture. globalresearch.ca Time and again, Israel's high court upholds human and civil rights abuses committed by the state. | In 2006, the court upheld its targeted assassinations policy, claiming they're OK when no other choices exist to protect against dangers to national security …

Jeffery R. Webber (2019-11-08). Rebellion, reformism, and reaction in Latin America: An interview with Jeffery R. Webber. mronline.org From Chile to Ecuador, a wave of revolts against neoliberal austerity has swept through Latin America. Elections have brought the Peronists back to office in Argentina, and political crisis to Bolivia under Evo Morales. Brazil remains under the shadow of Jair Bolsonaro, but how enduring is his far-right politics, and what lessons does it signal […] | Source

Conn Hallinan (2019-11-08). Middle East: a Complex Re-alignment. counterpunch.org The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities—sometimes for new ones—and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may be that major regional players are contemplating some historic re-alignments. After More

teleSUR (2019-11-08). UN-Sponsored Syrian Peace Talks to Reconvene on November 25. telesurenglish.net A U.N. envoy concluded an opening round of talks on the political future of Syria on Friday meant to bring political reconciliation after 8-1/2 years of war, saying they went better than expected and would reconvene later this month. | RELATED: | Erdogan Says US is Not Fulfilling Agreement to Withdraw Kurds | Acknowledging that discussions were sometimes "very painful" Geir Pedersen said the delegates to the Constitutional Committee from the government, opposition and civil soci…

WSWS (2019-11-08). US seizure of oil fields escalates tensions in Syria. wsws.org Russia has issued a warning that it will not cooperate with US forces in the region, raising the threat of a military clash.

UNACpeace (2019-11-08). Syria: "U.S. Get Out!" globalresearch.ca The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) stands in solidarity with the long-suffering people of Syria. We oppose all foreign occupation of Syrian territory. Syria belongs to the Syrians. | The current Turkish incursion into northern Syria is in violation of Syrian …

Patrick Howlett-Martin (2019-11-08). Repatriate the Children of the Jihad. counterpunch.org "Listen! If all must suffer to pay for the eternal harmony, what have children to do with it, tell me, please? … And if it is really true that they must share responsibility for all their fathers' crimes, such a truth is not of this world and is beyond my comprehension. Some jester will say, More

Janice Kortkamp (2019-11-08). Syria: Where Have All the "Professional" Journalists Gone? globalresearch.ca I'm in Homs on my sixth visit to this vibrant city since May 2016 as an independent, self-funded activist and social media amateur journalist. | Since peace and stability have been restored and life is returning, the "professional news media" is …

WSWS (2019-11-08). Beijing looks to end Hong Kong protest movement. wsws.org Youth and students fighting to defend democratic rights in Hong Kong must turn to the international working class as their only allies in this struggle.

PCHR (2019-11-08). 82nd GMR: IOF Shot and Injured 104 Palestinian Civilians, Including 43 Children, a Woman and a Paramedic. imemc.org The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): 104 Palestinian civilians, including 43 children, a woman and a paramedic, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces' (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 82nd Great March of Return (GMR), this Friday, 08 November 2019. This week, IOF continued the use of …

Judy Greenspan (2019-11-08). Oakland teachers and parents condemn police brutality. workers.org Oct. 28 — At a vigil called by the Oakland Education Association, parents, teachers and community members denounced police brutality against demonstrators protesting school closures and consolidations. During a loud but peaceful protest Oct. 23 at an Oakland School Board meeting, Oakland city police and some of the school district's . . . | Continue reading Oakland teachers and parents condemn police brutality at Workers.org

John W. Whitehead (2019-11-08). A New Kind of Tyranny: The Global State's War on Those Who Speak Truth to Power. dissidentvoice.org What happens to Julian Assange and to Chelsea Manning is meant to intimidate us, to frighten us into silence. By defending Julian Assange, we defend our most sacred rights. Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny. The choice is ours. — John Pilger, investigative journalist …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-11-08). Microsoft Should Not Fund Israeli Spying on Palestinians. counterpunch.org The act of Palestinian activists covering their faces during anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an old practice that spans decades. The masking of the face, often by Kufyias — traditional Palestinian scarves that grew to symbolize Palestinian resistance — is far from being a fashion statement. Instead, it is a survival technique, without it, activists are More

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-11-08). New Chapter in Greek-Russian Relations? globalresearch.ca The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on November 6 amidst a string of events that have complicated relations between the two countries. Following official visits to Cyprus, Israel and the United …

WSWS (2019-11-08). White House appears increasingly isolated in impeachment crisis. wsws.org The CIA-instigated impeachment inquiry will begin public hearings next week with a parade of State Department witnesses.

Paul Street (2019-11-08). The Real Constitutional Crisis: The Constitution. counterpunch.org It has been amusing to hear liberal commentators say over and over that the malignant racist rogue president Donald "I am the World's Greatest Person" Trump is precisely the sort of terrible tyrant the United States Founding Fathers had in mind when they devised their "genius" Constitutional system of "checks and balances." The Tiny-fingered, Tangerine-Tinted, More

Staff (2019-11-08). US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Will Cause 'Real Harm'. therealnews.com Climate crisis scientist Michael Mann talks about how the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement will have an enormous impact on climate change, even though he says the agreement was quite bad to begin with…

Eds. (2019-11-08). How Gen-Z is dealing with a looming climate apocalypse. mronline.org Growing up in the midst of a climate crisis is pretty overwhelming. | Source

Leana Hosea (2019-11-08). Thirst for Justice: America's Struggle for Clean Water. globalresearch.ca Somehow I'd ended up on a plastic mattress in a tiny prison cell wearing the infamous orange jump suit. I'd been arrested once before in Egypt during the revolution as a journalist, but now I was in Wisconsin, America, where …

Peter Koenig (2019-11-08). China's Vision for the Future: "Give Peace a Chance" globalresearch.ca China's vision for the future is "Give Peace a Chance". It is also the title of one of John Lennon's most prominent songs. It became the anthem for the anti-war movement, at the time of the US-waged war against Vietnam. …

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-11-08). Flying Leaps, 30 Years Later. counterpunch.org I never imagined that the US would use the Stasi playbook as the template for its own state sponsored surveillance regime and turning not only its own citizens into virtual persons of interest, but also millions of citizens in the rest of the world. — NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake, testifying before the European Parliament Committee More

Robert Hunziker (2019-11-08). Ignoring Climate Catastrophes. counterpunch.org The planet is coming apart at the seams right before the eyes of scientists at work in remote fringe areas of the North where permafrost crumbles and collapses. It's abrupt climate change at work in real time, but the governing leaders of the world either don't care or don't know. If they did, there would More

Roger Harris (2019-11-08). Sierra Club Takes a Commendable Turn on Population, Climate Change, and Inequality. counterpunch.org The Sierra Club — long a retrograde proponent of saving the planet by driving a Tesla, eating wild caught salmon, and voting blue — took positive environmental leadership with their end of the year issue of the Sierra magazine. Stating it is "time to fix the population fixation," they examine the interactions of population, climate More

Robert Hunziker (2019-11-08). Ignoring Climate Catastrophes. dissidentvoice.org The planet is coming apart at the seams right before the eyes of scientists at work in remote fringe areas of the North where permafrost crumbles and collapses. It's abrupt climate change at work in real time, but the governing leaders of the world either don't care or don't know. If they did, there would …

teleSUR (2019-11-08). Iranian Forces Shoot Down 'Foreign' Drone in SW Iran. telesurenglish.net Iranian forces shot down a foreign drone over the port city of Mahshahr in its southern Khuzestan province on Friday, state news agency IRNA reported, quoting an Iranian official. | RELATED: | UK Lowers Security Level for Its Ships in Strait of Hormuz | "The downed drone definitely belonged to a foreign country. Its wreckage has been recovered and is being investigated," Khuzestan Governor Gholamreza Shariati, said, according to IRNA. | Iranian media earlier reported that the army…

Alicia Jrapko (2019-11-08). Hundreds Stand Tall in Solidarity with the People of Latin America at Havana Conference. dissidentvoice.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (Photo by Bill Hackwell) From November 1-3 more than 1,350 delegates from 86 countries representing 789 organizations, came to Havana to participate in the Anti-imperialist Conference of Solidarity, for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism. Delegates traveled from all continents, particularly from Latin …

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-08). China and US Agree on Phased Tariffs Rollback? globalresearch.ca According to US and Chinese media, negotiators of both countries agreed to partially roll back tariffs. | Spokesman for China's Commerce Ministry Gao Feng said the following: | "If the phase-one deal is signed, China and the US should remove the same …

Norman Solomon (2019-11-08). The Crass Warfare of Billionaires Against Sanders and Warren. counterpunch.org For many decades, any politician daring to fight for economic justice was liable to be denounced for engaging in "class warfare." It was always a grimly laughable accusation, coming from wealthy elites as well as their functionaries in corporate media and elective office. In the real world, class warfare — or whatever you want to More

Staff (2019-11-08). 30 Years After Berlin Wall Fell, Germany's Divide Persists. therealnews.com Despite billions of euros in subsidies and an overhaul of infrastructure in the east, economic differences between eastern and western Germany persist. And top jobs in the east are still filled by people from the west 30 years on.

Andrew Levine (2019-11-08). What Rises to the Level of Impeachability? counterpunch.org What is impeachable is whatever the House and Senate say is impeachable. According to any remotely plausible reading of a Constitution that all sides claim to regard as the supreme authority on the matter, there is no principled way to gainsay their judgment; they are, for all practical purposes, more infallible than the Pope. More

Matthew Hoh (2019-11-08). And the Armies That Remained Suffer'd: Veterans, Moral Injury and Suicide. counterpunch.org The mental, emotional and spiritual injuries that come with surviving war are not unique to the United States or the modern age. Disparate historical sources, such as Roman and Native American accounts, tell of the psychological and psychiatric wounds of war, and what was done for returning soldiers, while in both Homer and Shakespeare we find clear references to the lasting invisible wounds of war. More

Rob Urie (2019-11-08). Left is the New Right, or Why Marx Matters. counterpunch.org The American obsession with electoral politics is odd in that 'the people' have so little say in electoral outcomes and that the outcomes only dance around the edges of most people's lives. It isn't so much that the actions of elected leaders are inconsequential as that other factors— economic, historical, structural and institutional, do more to determine 'politics.' To use an agrarian metaphor, it's as if the miller was put forward as determining the harvest. More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-11-08). Growing Ecological Civilization in China. counterpunch.org The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences invited me to an international ecological conference in Jinan, Shandong Province. The Academy gave the conference a provocative and insightful title: a Paradigm Shift: Towards Ecological Civilization: China and the World. I listened to several Chinese and non-Chinese experts talk about a variety of issues (political, economic and ecological) More

RT (2019-11-08). 'Nazi turtles' with painted-on swastikas evade capture in Washington state park (PHOTOS). rt.com Police in Washington state are struggling to apprehend a pair of turtles spotted with swastikas painted on their shells in a bizarre act of vandalism. Despite their slow-moving reputation, the fugitive reptiles remain at large. | Startled visitors at Gene Coulon Park in the town of Renton notified police of the swastika-sporting reptiles earlier this week, but the Renton Police Department says it has been unable to catch the critters and wipe off the offensive symbols. | "Renton Police were made aware that two of our Gene Coulon turtles had some markings painted on their shells," the department said in a Faceb…

Staff (2019-11-08). Private Equity Firms are Modern Day Vampires Sucking the Lifeblood Out of Our Society. therealnews.com Deadspin is the latest victim of private equity. Labor writer and activist Kim Kelly warns us that these 21st century "private equity vampires" have to be controlled.

Morning Star (2019-11-08). Lula freed after surprise Brazilian Supreme Court ruling. peoplesworld.org UPDATE: This story was first published just hours before former Brazilian President Lula was freed from prison. It has been updated to reflect this breaking news. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was released from prison today after a key Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled by six judges to five on Thursday …

Pete Dolack (2019-11-08). Pacifica's WBAI Back on the Air But Fight for Non-Corporate Radio Continues. counterpunch.org New York City's Pacifica radio station, WBAI, was back on the air as of midnight this past Wednesday, but the struggle to keep it a community radio station is far from over. Three and a half weeks after a corporate coup abruptly shut down the listener-supported station, a favorable ruling by a state-court judge effectively More

Louis Proyect (2019-11-08). A Socialist Party in Our Time? counterpunch.org Nearly two years ago, Eric Blanc wrote an article for Jacobin that justified socialists running on the Democratic Party primary ballot as a "dirty break" from the two-party system. Eugene V. Debs's Socialist Party, to which Jacobin pays lip-service, instead supported a "clean break", as did the Communist Party until Stalin ordered it to back More

Kirkpatrick Sale (2019-11-08). 2020: The Incipient Bet. counterpunch.org In the fall of 1992, after I finished my second round of speeches for the Quincentennial of America's "discovery," drawing on my book about Columbus that had been published in 1990, I started on a book on a subject that had long fascinated me and I knew was just as timely as the Columbus book More

Ben Terrall (2019-11-08). Nelson Algren and the Pathologies of Life in the USA. counterpunch.org Colin Asher's Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren is both a top-notch work of research and an elegantly written profile of a great writer who is too little remembered today. Unlike too many contemporary biographies, which tend to be either research dumps badly in need of editing or axe-grinding More

John McMurtry (2019-11-08). From Canada's Election to Public Action: Beyond the Moral Tumor of Alberta Tar-Sands. counterpunch.org For months during and after Canada's 2019 federal election campaign, corporate media provided daily frontline news space for non-stop Alberta demands for more tar-sands export infrastructure through British Columbia, as well as discrediting stories on the Trudeau government for questionable legal protection of a Quebec big business to his playing blackface in a youthful costume. More