2019-11-12: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-12). Unions fight for DACA recipients as Supreme Court tackles their fate. peoplesworld.org AUSTIN, Texas—"P.V.," an assistant county attorney in Austin, Texas, knows many facets of the immigration issue, and particularly about the "Dreamers." P.V., you see, is an AFSCME member, and a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In other words, he too is a Dreamer. Now his fate, and that of the …

teleSUR (2019-11-12). Supreme Court Leans Toward Trump on Ending 'Dreamers' Program. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Court's conservative majority signaled support on Tuesday for President Donald Trump's bid to kill a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants – dubbed "Dreamers" – who entered the United States undocumented as children, even as liberal justices complained that the move would destroy lives. | RELATED: | Forsaken by Trump, DACA Dreamers Seek US Supreme Court Reprieve | The court's ideological divisions were on full display as it heard the administrati…

Max Blumenthal (2019-11-12). Bolivia coup led by Christian fascist paramilitary leader and millionaire — with foreign support. thegrayzone.com Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region,…

Ana Paula Vargas — Vijay Prashad (2019-11-12). Lula is Free: Can Socialism Be Restored? counterpunch.org Just before 5 p.m. on Friday the 8th of November, Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked out of his prison in Curitiba, Brazil. Lula went to prison in April last year on a 12-year sentence. Five-hundred and eighty days of prison are now over, as the Federal Supreme Court ruled that inmates who have not yet exhausted their appeals More

Staff (2019-11-12). Supreme Court Lets Sandy Hook Shooting Lawsuit Go Forward. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people. | The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms, which argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law preventing most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers when their products are used in crimes. | The case is being watched by gun control advocates, gun rights supporters and gun manufacturers across the country because it has the potential to provide a road map for victims of other mass sh…

CP Editor (2019-11-12). "This Is a Military Coup": Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Calls For His Ouster. counterpunch.org

Nino Pagliccia (2019-11-12). Bolivia and Venezuela: Two Countries, But Same Hybrid War. counterpunch.org A coup took place in Bolivia on November 10. The fact that the president of the country, Evo Morales, resigned it does not contradict the fact that a coup has taken place. Morales resigned forced by the military. The perpetrators of the Hybrid War were envisioning this same scenario for Venezuela but failed while they succeed in Bolivia. What made the difference? More

Alan Macleod (2019-11-12). Bolivia Is the Latest Successful US-Backed Coup in Latin America. mintpressnews.com There is a perfect word in the English language for when army generals appear on television demanding the resignation of an elected head of state while their allies detain and torture government officials.

Alan Macleod (2019-11-12). Bolivia is Just the Latest US-Backed Coup in Latin America. theantimedia.com Bolivian President Evo Morales "resigned" at gunpoint Sunday, after army generals demanded his resignation, despite winning re-election.

teleSUR (2019-11-12). Bolivia's Evo Morales Lands In Mexico As A Political Refugee. telesurenglish.net A Mexican Air Force G550 aircraft landed on Tuesday in Mexico City with Bolivia's Evo Morales, who was granted political asylum by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Monday. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Police Shoot Anti-Coup Protesters in El Alto | During his morning press conference, the Mexican president revealed that the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) leader's air travel was a real odyssey. | "A journey through different spaces and political decisions", AMLO commented while…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-11-12). Trump Applauds Bolivia's Military Coup As US Establishment Media Blame Morales For Turmoil. commondreams.org Moments after Trump's statement praising the Bolivian military, Mexico announced it had granted Morales political asylum. Around two dozen lawmakers and officials from Bolivia already had sought refuge from Mexico. (Photo: Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-11-12). Marco Rubio blames 'Putin's disinformation' for coverage of Bolivia coup that he doesn't like. rt.com Eager to find some way to implicate Russia in Bolivia's political crisis and control of the US narrative, Republican senator Marco Rubio branded any skeptical coverage of events as an example of how "Putin uses disinformation." | Rubio, an early and avid supporter of protests that ousted former Bolivian President Evo Morales this week, tweeted that those wishing to understand Russian disinformation should "study current coverage" of Bolivia. | In Rubio's world, Russia has created "fake news" on Bolivia and is spreading it via a "vast network of outlets" and "social media actors" before it is "echoed in mainstr…

Yves Engler (2019-11-12). Canada Backs Coup Against Bolivia's President. counterpunch.org In yet another example of the Liberals saying one thing and doing another, Justin Trudeau's government has supported the ouster of Evo Morales. The Liberals' position on Bolivia's first-ever indigenous president stands in stark contrast with their backing of embattled pro-corporate presidents in the region. Hours after the military command forced Morales to resign as More

Eoin Higgins (2019-11-12). Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Lithium Deal. theantimedia.com The military coup in Bolivia has put in place a government which appears likely to reverse a decision by Morales to cancel a lithium deal.

Common Dreams (2019-11-12). Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia After Morales Ousted in Coup. theantimedia.com The coup against Morales in Bolivia cannot be understood without a glance at the new Cold War between the West and China.

Akio Tanaka (2019-11-12). Response to Pete Dolack Articles on WBAI and Pacifica. counterpunch.org Recently, CounterPunch published two articles by Pete Dolack on WBAI Pacifica. Oct 18: 'The Fight to Overturn the Latest Corporate Coup at Pacifica Has Only Begun' Nov 8: 'Pacifica's WBAI Back on the Air but Fight for Non-Corporate Radio Continues' In the Oct 18 article, Mr. Dolack wrote, "So what is the takeover really about? More

Vijay Prashad (2019-11-12). After Morales Ousted in Coup, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia. commondreams.org Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales, take part in a march in downtown La Paz on November 12, 2019, after he left in exile to Mexico. – Bolivia's Evo Morales was en route to exile in Mexico on Tuesday, leaving behind a country in turmoil after his abrupt resignation as president. The senator set to succeed Morales as interim president, Jeanine Anez, pledged to call fresh elections to end the political crisis. (Photo: Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-11-12). Bolivia's Evo Morales forced out by coup. wsws.org After three weeks of protests following the October 20 presidential elections, the imperialist powers and their Bolivian client elite have overthrown the three-time elected government of Morales.

RT (2019-11-12). Evo's odyssey: Morales endures banned airspace, unplanned pit stop during flight to political asylum in Mexico. rt.com Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has landed safely in Mexico, but his journey to political asylum had twists and turns as neighboring states reacted to the ongoing turmoil back home. | After landing in the North American country Morales said that Mexico saved his life and vowed to continue in politics as long as he is alive. He also told reporters that his home in Bolivia has been ransacked along with his sister's house. | The Mexican Air Force aircraft ferrying Morales to safety made a stop in Paraguay to refuel on Tuesday, after reportedly being denied permission to land in Peru. The plane had been allo…

Alan Macleod (2019-11-12). The Antisemitism Allegations Against Ilhan Omar Mask An Ugly Agenda. mintpressnews.com Many have claimed that the fixation on anti-Semitism isn't about anti-Semitism at all, it is an attempt to derail any form of progressive or anti-war politics.

WSWS (2019-11-12). Amazon-led corporate purge of Seattle City Council fails. wsws.org Five of six city council members targeted for supporting higher taxes on Amazon won reelection, including Kshama Sawant, a member of the pseudo-left Socialist Alternative group.

IMEMC News (2019-11-12). Israeli Army Assassinates Senior Islamic Jihad Leader, And His Wife, In Gaza. imemc.org The Israeli army killed, on Tuesday at dawn, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, and his wife, after firing several missiles into a building in the Sheja'eyya area, east of Gaza city, also wounding many members of their family, in addition to a female neighbor. The Al-Quds Brigades, …

Jim Kavanagh (2019-11-12). Trump's Syrian See-Saw: From Pullout to Pillage. counterpunch.org To withdraw, or not to withdraw? That is the question Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way, has answered both ways. | First came the withdrawal. It was real, and had a significant effect. Trump ordered the removal of US troops from Kurdish areas, putting an end to the prospect of an independent Kurdish statelet, split off from Syria. Such a partition was always implausible, given the general balance of forces in the region and the specific refusal of NATO-member Turkey to accept any such thing. (Turkey had already invaded Syria in 2016, and the Obama-Biden administration ordered the Kurds to accept it.) It was…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-11-12). How Iran-Backed Forces Are Taking Over Iraq. counterpunch.org The protests — and the merciless government attempt to stamp them out — are the biggest threat to the power of the Iraqi political establishment since Isis was advancing on Baghdad in 2014. In many respects, the danger to the status quo is greater now because Isis was an existential threat to the Shia majority who had no choice but to support their ruling elite, however predatory and incompetent they had proved in office. More

RT (2019-11-12). Battleground Hong Kong: Rioters armed with catapults & javelins destroy university campuses & metro stations, clashing with police. rt.com Protests in Hong Kong have reached new heights of violence, with bomb-throwing rioters seizing control of university campuses and pushing out police while authorities admit that the riot-ravaged city hangs by a thread. | Demonstrators armed to the teeth with molotov cocktails, javelins, and (in one case, at least) a chainsaw have seized control of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), pushing riot police off the campus on Tuesday night and leaving a shocking amount of destruction in their wake. | Rioters armed with catapults & javelins destroy university campuses & metro stations, clashing with police in…

RT (2019-11-12). Wait, what? Campus newspaper apologizes for DOING JOURNALISM, calls protest coverage 'retraumatizing and invasive'. rt.com A US college newspaper has apologized for photographing and talking to protesters who picketed a speech by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The paper claims that standard journalistic practice hurt their feelings. | Sessions was invited to Northwestern University last week by the College Republicans. Northwestern being an American campus, protesters turned out to heckle Sessions, in particular for his role in implementing President Donald Trump's administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies last year. | The social justice crowd booing a Republican is nothing new, but the college newspaper, the…

RT (2019-11-12). China & Russia's 'worst nightmare'? National Interest piece fantasizing sale of US nuke subs to allies is an 'exaggeration'. rt.com The National Interest magazine claimed that a potential sale of US nuclear subs to allies may become a "nightmare" for Russia and China. Military analysts told RT there could be a fallout but a grim prospect is an exaggeration. | The executive editor of the Washington-based outlet, Harry J. Kazianis, recently published an article revealing what would become "China and Russia's worst nightmare." In the piece, he floated the idea of selling or leasing 10 or 12 Virginia-Class attack subs to Australia and other allies into the minds of the decision makers in the Pentagon. | Kazianis wrote that such a move will all…

WSWS (2019-11-12). Tens of thousands in Russia face medicine shortages as a result of Western sanctions. wsws.org Between April and August 2019, two women from Moscow and one from Yekaterinburg were temporarily arrested and charged for illegally obtaining unregistered medicine.

RT (2019-11-12). 'Bird of the Year' flap: More Russian meddling in wildlife contest? rt.com New Zealand is home to over 200 bird species and most of them are unique to the north and south islands where they have lived for millions of years. But while the Dodo might be dead, modern day drama and meddling certainly isn't.

RT (2019-11-12). 'Never forget what your enemy looks like': MPs allow use of swastika to condemn Nazi ideology. rt.com The swastika and other symbols of the Third Reich can be used, but only if it's done to condemn Nazism, the State Duma ruled. The previous legislation was too harsh, even making addressing classic WWII movies a problem. | There was an outright ban on Nazi symbols in Russia due to them offending the memory of the grave losses suffered by the country during the Great Patriotic War against the German invaders in 1941-45. | But the amendments to the relevant law, which MPs passed in the second reading on Tuesday, allow for the restrictions to be lifted in cases when those symbols are used "to form a negative attit…

RT (2019-11-12). Back on track: Federer rescues ATP Finals hopes with win over Berrettini. rt.com Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer picked up his first win at the Nitto ATP Finals, beating debutant Matteo Berrettini of Italy in two straight sets to keep his tournament hopes alive. | Berrettini ,the first Italian to qualify for the season-ending event since 1978, showed tough resistance in the opening set, stretching it to a tie-break where the more experienced Swiss got the upper hand 7-2. | READ MORE: False start: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Russia's Daniil Medvedev in ATP Finals opener | How…

Colin Todhunter (2019-11-12). Agrarian Crisis and Malnutrition: GM Agriculture Is Not the Answer. counterpunch.org M S Swaminathan is often referred to as the 'father' of India's Green Revolution. In 2009, he said that no scientific evidence had emerged to justify concerns about genetically modified (GM) crops, often regarded as stage two of the Green Revolution. In a December 2018 paper in the journal Current Science, however, it was argued More

RT (2019-11-12). Canada's identity crisis: Wokeness clashes with WWI remembrance in Don Cherry scandal. rt.com Calling out immigrants who do not wear a poppy in memory of WWI veterans got legendary Canadian sportscaster Don Cherry fired and further polarized the nation struggling to reconcile "woke" values with its history and tradition. | Red poppy badges are a must-have accessory around Remembrance Day — November 11 — across the British Commonwealth, symbolizing the armistice that ended the First World War. When Cherry — the octogenarian sports commentator and former hockey coach — called out immigrants who refused to wear the badge, however, he was fired from Sportsnet and accused of being xenoph…

teleSUR (2019-11-12). UN Steps in to Urge Lebanon to Form New Government. telesurenglish.net Lebanon's banks and schools were shut on Tuesday in a new wave of disruption as politicians struggled to agree on a new government to steer the country out of its worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war. | RELATED: | Thousands of Lebanese Demonstrate Awaiting a New Government | The top U.N. official in Lebanon called for the urgent formation of a cabinet made up of people known for their competence, which he said would be in a better position to appeal for international…

Marie O'Reilly (2019-11-12). Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt Women. progressive.org "Maximum pressure" sanctions have failed to change policies in Pyongyang, and have had grave human costs.

Ilana Novick (2019-11-12). Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think. commondreams.org In another poll from a crucial state, California, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 39% of Latinos in California said they prefer Sanders, compared to 21% for Biden and 5% for Warren. (Photo: Mark Makela / Stringer/ Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-12). Communications Workers demand release of Philippine activists, end to U.S. military aid. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Communications Workers are demanding release of pro-democracy Philippine activists, including at least one U.S. citizen, and an end to the $193 million in U.S. military aid which the nation's authoritarian president, Rodrigo Duterte, uses to oppress opposition. And to make their point, the union joined a phalanx of Filipino-American groups in a 2-hour-long demonstration …

WSWS (2019-11-12). Australian bushfire emergency worsens but government denounces climate change warnings. wsws.org Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack caused outrage by attacking "raving inner city lunatics" for linking global warming to the bushfires.

Staff (2019-11-12). 11,000 Scientists Warn We're Headed Toward 'Untold Suffering'. truthdig.com In an unprecedented step, more than 11,000 scientists from 153 nations have united to warn the world that, without deep and lasting change, the climate emergency promises humankind unavoidable "untold suffering." | And as if to underline that message, a US research group has predicted that — on the basis of experiments so far — global heating could reduce rice yields by 40% by the end of the century, and at the same time intensify levels of ar…

RT (2019-11-12). Europeans failed to fulfill their commitments to Iran nuclear deal — FM Zarif. rt.com Europeans have failed to fulfill their own commitments to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. The statement came in response to a warning by the EU that urged Tehran to stick to the pact or face consequences, Reuters said. | European states have been trying to persuade Tehran to stick to the deal, under which it agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions, despite a decision last year by US President Donald Trump to abandon it. | Iran has long blamed the Europeans for failing to provide the economic benefits it was meant to receive u…

Staff (2019-11-12). Israel Targets Islamic Jihad Leader, Sending Message to Iran. truthdig.com A senior commander from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad is killed in the Gaza Strip; Israel is hit with retaliatory rocket fire.

RT (2019-11-12). Mystery as 'thousands' of birds found DEAD on shores of Indian lake. rt.com The shocking discovery of more than 1,000 dead birds of various species along the shores of India's biggest inland salt lake has left authorities scratching their heads. | The corpses of more than a dozen species of migratory birds were found littered around Sambhar Lake, in the northern state of Rajasthan, in recent days. | The lake is a favored winter spot of migratory birds from Europe and China and is a recognized wetland of international importance, so the unexplained mass death has sparked serious concern among officials. | "We have never seen anything like this," Abhinav Vaishnav, a local bird-watche…

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-11-12). Bigotry and Ideology in India and Kashmir: the Legacy of the Babri Masjid Mosque. counterpunch.org With the imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code of 1973, (which authorizes an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in any area), in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, mainland India gets a small smattering of what Kashmir has been facing since August 5. A disused sixteenth-century mosque in Ayodhya, More

Albert Bender (2019-11-12). Nashville immigrant and refugee community celebrates "huge victory" over ICE. peoplesworld.org NASHVILLE—On Friday, Nov. 1, the immigrant and refugee community here celebrated a decision by the Davidson County Sheriff's Department to terminate its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Sheriff's Department will no longer house ICE detainees at its detention center in Nashville. The termination of the policy with ICE was hailed by community advocates as a "huge …

Wim Laven (2019-11-12). Serve With Honor, Honor Those Who Serve; or Support Trump? counterpunch.org Starting as Armistice Day, celebrated for the first time November 11, 1919—the first anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918—what we now call Veterans Day is the observance of thanks to those who have served military duty. It acknowledges the living and the dead for honorably representing the country during peacetime and More

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-11-12). On Armistice Day, Work For And Celebrate Peace. dissidentvoice.org Today is Armistice Day — the day that World War I, a brutal and devastating war, ended. After World War I, people hoped nothing like that would ever happen again and a large peace movement developed in the United States. Sadly, just over two decades later, World War II began. The US arose in the …

RT (2019-11-12). Leaders address global challenges at Paris Peace Forum in absence of US. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders have called for greater international cooperation to ease the world's tensions at a forum in Paris that was notable for the absence of the US, AP reports. | Some 30 heads of state or government, high-level officials from other countries and the leaders of 10 international organizations on Tuesday joined hundreds of activists, entrepreneurs and others at the Paris Peace Forum. The US did not send a government official to the event. | In his opening speech, Macron advocated for multilateralism and a "balanced cooperation" between the nations. In an apparent refe…

Jonathan Cook (2019-11-12). Israel is Silencing the Last Voices Trying to Stop Abuses Against Palestinians. counterpunch.org It has been a week of appalling abuses committed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank — little different from the other 2,670 weeks endured by Palestinians since the occupation began in 1967. The difference this past week was that several entirely unexceptional human rights violations that had been caught on film went viral on social media. One shows a Palestinian father in the West Bank city of Hebron leading his son by the hand to kindergarten. The pair are stopped by two heavily armed soldiers, there to help enforce the rule of a few hundred illegal Jewish settlers over the city's Palestinian population.

Susan Babbitt (2019-11-12). Fidel, Three Years Later. counterpunch.org Fidel Castro, dead three years this month, resisted US power in a way that could be learned from. I don't mean the Revolution. It began earlier. Castro insisted on that. Thus, the old flag and anthem were retained. The country was not renamed. It was respect for history: of dead ends. More

Dean Baker (2019-11-12). A Bold Plan to Strengthen and Improve Social Security is What America Needs. counterpunch.org The Social Security 2100 Act proposed by Connecticut Representative John Larson is getting closer to being passed by the House of Representatives. It now has more than 200 co-sponsors. If it were to be approved and become law, it would both improve the program's benefit structure and its financial picture. The biggest item on the More

Staff (2019-11-12). Mulvaney Won't Sue Over Impeachment, Declines to Cooperate. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that he no longer plans to sue over the House impeachment proceedings and will instead follow President Donald Trump's directions and decline to cooperate. | It's the latest reversal in position by Mulvaney, who last week asked to join the lawsuit of another Trump adviser before changing his mind Monday and saying that he intended to bring his own case. It appears to resolve once and for all a four-day legal dispute that exposed divisions among current and former Trump administr…

Staff (2019-11-12). Sanford Suspends GOP Presidential Primary Challenge to Trump. truthdig.com CONCORD, N.H. — Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it difficult for his campaign to gain traction. | "You've got to be a realist," Sanford said outside the New Hampshire statehouse. "What I did not anticipate is an impeachment." | The former South Carolina governor and congressman announced his decision to suspend his campaign on the eve of televised impeachment hearings in the U.S. House. He centered his campaign on warnings about the national debt but emphasized that the impeachment ef…

Staff (2019-11-12). The Perfectly Legal Ways Foreign Powers Subvert American Democracy. truthdig.com Foreign influence in America is the topic du jour. From the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's request that a foreign power investigate a political opponent to the indictment of associates of his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. elections, the nation has been transfixed by news of illegal foreign influence in the political process. While such efforts to subvert American elections garner…

Victor Grossman (2019-11-12). Germany's pyrrhic victory over the Berlin Wall. peoplesworld.org Victor Grossman is the author of A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee. He defected from the U.S. Army in 1952 to escape the Cold War repression of the Red Scare. He lived in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) from then until the country went out of existence in 1990. He continues to live in …

RT (2019-11-12). South Carolina nuclear power plant operator insists 'no danger to public' after 'small leak' forces reactor SHUTDOWN. rt.com A nuclear power plant in South Carolina was forced to halt operations indefinitely to repair a "small" coolant leak in its reactor. The plant operator insists the incident is so minor there was no need to inform the public. | The coolant leak at the VC Summer nuclear plant in Jenkinsville, South Carolina had been discovered several weeks ago and last week engineers were forced to shut its sole reactor down. The company in charge of the plant, Dominion Energy, says no nuclear material has escaped the facility | Plant operators "have been monitoring a very small leak in the reactor coolant system," Dominion Ener…

commondreams (2019-11-12). Categorizing Feminism, Atheism, Homosexuality as Crimes Exposes Saudi Arabia's Dangerous Intolerance. commondreams.org ______________________________…

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2019-11-12). Trump's Crime Against Humanity. counterpunch.org There is a different and better case to be made for the impeachment of President Trump than what we have seen so far. The current charges against Trump raised by the Democrats—collusion with foreign governments to subvert American elections, obstruction of justice, emoluments, tax evasion, etc.—are serious enough, if proven. But there's a far worse More

Yoko Liriano (2019-11-12). De Facto Martial Law in the Philippines. counterpunch.org In 2010, I was a summer intern for the largest, progressive human rights organization in the Philippines, Karapatan: Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples Rights. As a non-Filipino, I never imagined that I would become so involved in the Filipino cause. Faced, however, with the dire human rights situation as well as the fervor of More

Thomas Knapp (2019-11-12). Explainer: No, House Democrats Aren't Violating Trump's Rights. counterpunch.org "If the facts are your side," famed attorney and former law professor Alan Dershowitz instructed his students, "pound the facts into the table. If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table." As Republican attacks on the More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-12). Walls in the Head: "Ostalgia" and the Berlin Wall Three Decades Later. counterpunch.org Walls have always served a dual purpose: they keep people in, and others out. The mentality of the wall is one of imprisonment and exclusion. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we see such infrastructure, both symbolically and in actuality, potent. On August 13, 1961, the German Democratic Republic began construction of More

Victor Grossman (2019-11-12). The Wall and General Pyrrhus. counterpunch.org Media jubilation reaches a climax on November 9th, thirty years after the bumbling, perhaps even misunderstood decision to open the gate for all East Germans to stream through, hasten to the nearest West Berlin bank for their "welcome present" of 100 prized West German marks, and taste the joys of the western free market system. More

Danica Jorden (2019-11-12). Lula Free, Bolsonaro in Rage. commondreams.org Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva passing through the crowd of his supporters after his speech in front of ABC Metallurgists Unionin San Bernardo do Campo, Brazil November 9, 2019. (Photo: Felipe Beltrame/NurPhoto/PA Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-11-12). Corbyn refuses to fight ramped-up bogus "anti-Semitism" witch-hunt. wsws.org The frenzied media campaign branding Corbyn, the Labour Party and its left-wing members above all as anti-Semitic is the "push back" demanded by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

WSWS (2019-11-12). "Give me a call": NDP MP offers to join Canada's pro-austerity, pro-war Liberal government. wsws.org The Alberta MP's offer to join Trudeau's cabinet was in keeping with the entire NDP election campaign, which was directed towards forming a governmental alliance with the big-business Liberals.

Michelle Chen (2019-11-12). Can Google's Soul Be Saved? progressive.org Rank-and-file Silicon Valley tech workers are using their leverage to push companies toward more ethical business models, or at least away from destroying the environment and undermining human rights.

WSWS (2019-11-12). The Spanish elections and the rise of the fascistic Vox party. wsws.org Vox is part of a broad trend in European capitalist politics toward the promotion of neo-fascist parties, nationalism and the furious public legitimization of fascist dictators.

WSWS (2019-11-12). Sri Lankan daily interviews SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena. wsws.org Below is the text of Pani Wijesiriwardena's interview by Sri Lanka's leading newspaper, the Daily Mirror, which published it last week under the title "Capitalism offers no solutions to the dangers facing workers: Pani Wijesiriwardena"

Ben Freeman , Ryan Summers (2019-11-12). The Perfectly Legal Ways Foreign Powers Subvert USDemocracy. commondreams.org This Facebook screen shot provided by The Campaign Legal Center, shows from left, Donald Trump, Jr., Tommy Hicks, Jr., Lev Parnas, and Igor Fruman. Scrutiny placed on malign actors like Rudy Giuliani's associates and their alleged dealings with Ukrainian elites to compromise an American election is certainly warranted. Seldom, however, does anyone even think about the influence operations of foreign powers—operations that are perfectly legal and don't garner headlines. (Photo: Facebook/Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-11-12). Vote for Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election! Rally to fight for international socialism! wsws.org Pani Wijesiriwardena is standing on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka on a revolutionary socialist and internationalist program, against imperialist war, social inequality and authoritarian rule.

Michael Edison Hayden, SPLC (2019-11-12). Top Trump Aide Stephen Miller's Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails. commondreams.org "What Stephen Miller sent [in these] emails has become policy at the Trump administration," says former editor for the far-right Breitbart news outlet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-11-12). Far-right Vox declares itself main opposition party as Spanish government talks begin. wsws.org Sunday's elections resulted once again in a hung parliament, the fourth in as many elections in Spain since 2015.

teleSUR (2019-11-12). Spain's Socialists, Podemos Reach Deal to Form Coalition Gov't. telesurenglish.net Spain's Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) and the left-wing Unidas Podemos party agreed on the basis of a coalition government Tuesday, just two days after a parliamentary election delivered a highly fragmented parliament and a surge in right-wing MPs. | RELATED: | Spain: Socialists Win But Miss Majority, Far-Right Becomes 3rd Political Force | "It's a deal…

teleSUR (2019-11-12). Saudi Arabia Convicts 38 People on Terrorism-Related Charges. telesurenglish.net A Saudi Arabian court charged 38 people Tuesday of financing "terrorism" and declaring other Muslims as non-believers, handing out sentences ranging from 30 months to 25 years. | RELATED: | Repression Deepened Under Saudi Crown Prince MBS: Report | The state-run news outlet Al Ekhbariya did not give the nationalities or names of those convicted out of the 41 people in total on trial. | Although it reported one of those sentenced had set up a "terrorist organization" while in prison a…

Staff (2019-11-12). Headlines for November 12, 2019. democracynow.org Longtime Bolivian President Evo Morales Takes Asylum in Mexico, Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on DACA Cases, Televised Impeachment Hearings to Start Tomorrow, Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick May Jump Into 2020 Race, NY Republican Congressman Peter King Retires, Donald Trump Jr. Heckled Off Stage by His Own Supporters, EPA to Restrict Scientific Research Used to Write Public Health Regulations, Israeli Military Kills Palestinian Commander in Targeted Assassination in Gaza, Afghan Government & Taliban Agree on Prisoner Exchange, Chilean Government Bows to Protests & Agrees to Rewrite Constitution, 260 Arrested in…

Staff (2019-11-12). The Edge of Democracy: Lula Is Freed in Brazil in Victory for Movement to Resist Bolsonaro. democracynow.org In Brazil, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was freed from prison Friday after 580 days behind bars. Lula's surprise release came after the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled to end the mandatory imprisonment of people convicted of crimes who are appealing their cases. He was serving a 12-year sentence over a disputed corruption and money laundering conviction handed down by conservative Judge Sérgio Moro, an ally of current far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and has long maintained his innocence. Lula has vowed to challenge Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections. At the time of his imprisonment in April…

Staff (2019-11-12). "Seattle Is Not For Sale": Voters Rebuke Amazon, Re-electing Socialist Kshama Sawant. democracynow.org In Seattle, Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has been re-elected in a race that pitted her against Amazon — Seattle's largest private employer and one of the most powerful companies in the world. Overall, Amazon poured $1.5 million into Seattle's City Council election and backed Sawant's opponent, Egan Orion, with nearly half a million dollars. Kshama Sawant is Seattle's first Socialist politician elected in nearly a century. She has successfully pushed a number of progressive policies, including making Seattle the first major American city to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Kshama Sawant joins…

Staff (2019-11-12). Vowing to End Cash Bail & Reform Justice System, Chesa Boudin Wins San Francisco DA Race. democracynow.org In a stunning victory, public defender Chesa Boudin has been declared the winner of a hotly contested district attorney's race in San Francisco. Boudin ran on a platform to end cash bail and dismantle the war on drugs, and was endorsed by Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. His win sends a pointed message to the Democratic establishment, which had mobilized in full force against his campaign. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris all endorsed Boudin's opponent, Suzy Loftus. Boudin is the child of Weather Underground…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-12). Latest Israeli Assault on Gaza Continuation of 'Torture and Torment of Palestinians,' Says Jewish Voice for Peace. commondreams.org "The illegal blockade of Gaza by Israel imprisons every aspect of life for Palestinians in Gaza, and the inhumane restrictions on food, electricity, and healthcare are all forms of violence, carried out daily for the past 11 years by Israel." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-12). 350 Action Endorses Three 'Progressive Climate Champions' in 2020 House Races Against Establishment Democrats. commondreams.org Three progressive challengers to establishment House Democrats won endorsements from the climate action group 350 Action on Tuesday in their 2020 campaigns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-12). A Refrain of 'Drop the Charges' Rises as Scott Warren Faces Retrial for Giving Aid to Migrants in Need. commondreams.org Human rights advocates and family members gathered outside a federal courthouse in Arizona on Tuesday as the retrial began for Scott Warren, who faces up to a decade behind bars for providing humanitarian aid to migrants in the Sonoran Desert. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-12). Greenpeace Report Offers Vision of 'Smart Supermarkets' and a Future Free of Single-Use Plastics. commondreams.org "This report should serve as a model for retailers to follow, and shows that it is possible to end our throwaway culture for the sake of our oceans, waterways, and communities." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-12). 'That's Ridiculous,' Says Billionaire After Sanders Campaign Returns Her $470 Donation. commondreams.org "What's ridiculous is billionaires existing," responded grassroots group People for Bernie. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-12). Experts Warn This Industry-Backed Attack on Science at EPA Would Be Among 'Most Damaging' of All Trump-Era Policies. commondreams.org Advocates of strong public health protections responded with alarm to a Monday night New York Times report on the Environmental Protection Agency's new draft proposal for the Trump administration's drawn-out effort to dramatically scale back the scientific research that can be used in government policymaking. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lynda Carson (2019-11-12). The fate of DACA recipients goes before the US Supreme Court. indybay.org According to government sources, there were around 15,500 active DACA recipients in the San Francisco metropolitan area (San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward) as of September 4, 2017.

ANSWER Coalition (2019-11-12). No U.S.-backed fascist coup in Bolivia! indybay.org 24th + Mission Street, San Francisco…

the gray zone (2019-11-12). Overthrown Honduran President Zelaya interviewed. indybay.org He discusses the extreme violence, drug trafficking, economic depression, migration crisis, Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH), WikiLeaks, Venezuela, and more. | Video by Ben Norton…

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-11-12). Questioning war within the military; resistance from Vietnam to Iraq. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…

Queer Ecojustice Project and others (2019-11-12). Fire & Flood Film: Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change. indybay.org Positive Images, 200 Montgomery Dr suite C, Santa Rosa 95404…

City of Oakland, Oak.Climate Action Coalition (2019-11-12). Oakland 2030 Equitable Climate Action Town Hall (2 of 2). indybay.org Lincoln Square Recreation Center, 250 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607…

Friends of Sausal Creek (2019-11-12). Wildfire to Wildflowers: Restoring California Lands for Climate Justice. indybay.org Oakland Public Library: Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland 94602…

Napa Climate NOW (2019-11-12). SoMa Piano Trio presents a Concert for the Climate. indybay.org Napa Methodist Church, 625 Randolph St, Napa 94559…

Norman Solomon (2019-11-12). Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge. indybay.org For billionaires, sometimes good flunky candidates are hard to find…

Matthias Rossbach and Mark Tushnet (2019-11-12). Impeaching a President and Impeachment and Corruption. indybay.org Resisting "corruption" has occupied the American republic since its origin – along with the search for "virtuous leaders." The impeachment process was understood as a remedy for corruption. The violation of the people's trust through abuse of office – the misuse of power for one's enrichment, the missing orientation in the common good – is the reason for removal.

Terranium 117 (2019-11-12). From Where Rock Oil on Brazilian Beaches (Also Far to the USA?). indybay.org Places of beach oil pollutions in Brazil suggest that oil have come with the South-Equatorial Ocean Stream, even from region of the African Oil Shore. And it come from the lithospherical expansional rock cracks or widened mining drill slots. Big quantity of this sea oil may be here later the critical evidence of new phenomenon.

Ilana Novick (2019-11-12). Horrifying Emails Reveal Stephen Miller's White Nationalism. truthdig.com Trump White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, as The Washington Post reported in August, " rarely puts anything in writing, eschewing email in favor of phone calls." Despite making extensive anti-immigration comments in high school, and being, as the Guardian pointed out in 2017, " the architect of the first travel ban," there ha…

John McEvoy (2019-11-12). Fear, confusion, and resistance after far-right coup in Bolivia. thecanary.co On the evening of 10 November, sections of the Bolivian military and police launched a successful coup against left-wing president Evo Morales. Though Morales had agreed to hold new elections, the military demanded he step aside. Sources close to Morales claim that he did so in an attempt to prevent more violence, and opposition lawmaker Jeanine An…

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2019-11-12). The video of Boris Johnson endorsing Jeremy Corbyn as PM is not a deepfake. thecanary.co The BBC has released footage of Boris Johnson appearing to endorse Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister. It comes amid efforts to raise awareness of the power of 'deepfake' videos. But this video is not actually a deepfake. It would have been a much scarier, more effective story if it was.The endorsements: The BBC's Catrin Nye teamed up with Future Advocacy to produce two so-called deepfakes. The videos show Johnson and Corbyn seemingly endorsing one another for prime minister in the upcoming general el…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-11-12). Once more, UN General Assembly rejects U.S. blockade of Cuba. peoplesworld.org It happened again. For the 28th consecutive year, a Cuban resolution calling for an end to the U.S. economic blockade of that island was approved overwhelmingly in the United Nations General Assembly. The vote on Nov. 7 was 187 votes in favor, three votes against—the United States, Israel, and Brazil—and two nations abstaining, Colombia and …

United Nations (2019-11-12). UN chief welcomes decision to delay formation of South Sudan unity government. un.org The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the decision to push back the deadline for the formation of a unity Government in South Sudan.

United Nations (2019-11-12). Australia wildfires: communities must stay vigilant, urges UN weather agency. un.org As Australia's "catastrophic" and deadly wildfire emergency continues, UN weather experts on Tuesday echoed Government warnings for people to remain vigilant in the face of the fast-moving threat and tinderbox conditions.