2019-11-13: News Headlines

Jesse Jackson (2019-11-13). Risking Lives in Endless Wars is Morally Wrong and a Strategic Failure. counterpunch.org We just celebrated Veterans Day, paying tribute to the young men and women who have served our country. Across the country, families gathered at the gravesites of those who gave their lives. Veterans drank toasts to their fellow soldiers. In football and basketball stadiums, crowds offered a moment of silence for the fallen. The rituals More

teleSUR (2019-11-13). Bolivian Senate's Leader Attacked By Police and Coup Supporters. telesurenglish.net The legitimate President of the Senate, Adriana Salvatierra, was violently assaulted by the police as she was trying to enter the Senate on Wednesday in order to comply with the constitutional rule that automatically proclaims the head of the upper chamber the Interim President when the President steps down, after Evo Morales was forced to resign on Sunday. | RELATED: | Soldiers Deployed in La Paz, Racism Rise Against Indigenous | In…

Staff (2019-11-13). The Bolivian Coup Comes Down to One Precious Mineral. truthdig.com Bolivia's President Evo Morales was overthrown in a military coup on November 10. He is now in Mexico. Before he left office, Morales had been involved in a long project to bring economic and social democracy to his long-exploited country. It is important to recall that Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but tin is no longer the main target in Bolivia. The main target is its massive deposits of lithium, crucial for the electric car. | Over the past 13 years, Morales has tried to bui…

RT (2019-11-13). Takeover of Venezuela's embassy in Brazil timed to coincide with launch of BRICS summit — Russia. rt.com The seizure of Venezuela's embassy in Brasilia was not only an attack on the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, but also an attempt to sow discord between the BRICS member states, Russia's Deputy FM told RT. | The Wednesday storming on the diplomatic mission by the supporters of US-backed Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido was "planned before and timed that it coincided with the first day of BRICS summit," Sergey Ryabkov said. | It took place on the same day as the leaders of Russia, China, India and South Africa arrived to the Brazilian capital for the high-profile BRICS summit. Members…

teleSUR (2019-11-13). Trespassers Forcibly Enter Venezuelan Embassy in Brasilia. telesurenglish.net A group of trespassers forced their way into the Venezuelan Embassy in Brasilia on Wednesday, resulting in the brief disruption of diplomatic affairs. | RELATED: | Trump Threatens Venezuela And Nicaragua After Coup in Bolivia | The Deputy Minister for Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela , Yván Gil, took to Twitter shortly after the incident to denounce the forcibly entry into the headquarters of the Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil by militants from the far-right…

Jeb Sprague (2019-11-13). Top Bolivian coup plotters were School of the Americas grads, served as attachés in FBI police programs. thegrayzone.com Commanders of Bolivia's military and police helped plot the coup and guaranteed its success. This investigation reveals that they were…

WSWS (2019-11-13). The US-backed coup in Bolivia. wsws.org Backed by Washington, the violent coup in Bolivia has been facilitated by the political cowardice and treachery of the Morales government and its ruling MAS party.

teleSUR (2019-11-13). Mexico Proud of Its Foreign Policy Principles. telesurenglish.net Mexico adheres to the principles of foreign policy, to our diplomatic tradition and that is a source of pride, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reiterated today regarding the case of Bolivia and the granting of asylum to ousted president Evo Morales. | RELATED: | Massive Mobilization in Buenos Aires Against Coup in Bolivia | The Mexican president stressed that no country in the world exhibits a history as consistent and worthy in th…

teleSUR (2019-11-13). 'OAS Is a Tool of the US Empire': Bolivia's Evo Morales. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Evo Morales denounced Wednesday the Organization of American States for being at the service of the United States and contributing to his country's political crisis. | RELATED: | Argentina's Congress to Discuss Texts Rejecting Coup in Bolivia | "The OAS is not at the service of the Latin American peoples and less of its social mov…

Dean Baker (2019-11-13). The Logic of Medical Co-Payments. counterpunch.org Aaron Carroll had a very useful NYT Upshot piece highlighting research showing that even modest co-payments discourage people from getting necessary medical care. The article is about co-payments for prescription drugs where it highlights research showing that people will often skip taking prescribed drugs to avoid co-payments. There are a couple of points worth making More

James Bovard (2019-11-13). The "Officer Friendly" Police Fantasy. counterpunch.org Police in Tempe, Arizona, announced plans in July for a "positive ticketing" campaign to pull over drivers who had violated no traffic laws. A Phoenix TV station reported that the police would give the people they targeted free soft-drink coupons for Circle K as a reward for their "good driving behavior." Police in other areas More

Leonardo Flores (2019-11-13). How the OAS and US Just Helped Overthrow Another Government. commondreams.org A supporter of former President Evo Morales hands over an indigenous flags "wiphala" to an anti-riot police officer during a protest in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 12, 2019. Protesters have been in the streets calling for Morales' resignation. He stepped down after the army requested he leave his post and requested political asylum from Mexico. (Photo: Marcelo Perez Del Carpio/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Anti-Media News Desk (2019-11-13). Bolivia: Coup or Revolt? A Battle of Narratives. theantimedia.com The New York Times subtle admission that this was indeed a coup is a sign that the narrative battle is already shifting in support of Evo Morales.

RT (2019-11-13). 'We freed ourselves of IMF & had big plans on exports': Exiled Bolivian president Morales blasts coup & hints at US role in it. rt.com Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales has accused the US-headquartered Organization of American States of making a political decision in backing the right-wing opposition, saying the coup continues to wreak havoc after his exile. | Speaking from Mexico a day after he fled Bolivia, Morales said: "The OAS is in the service of the North American empire." | Morales said he "could not understand" how his military commanders could show such "disloyalty." | "That confirms that my great crime is to be indigenous. It's a class problem," he said. | The exiled president said that after freeing itself from the Internatio…

teleSUR (2019-11-13). Bolivia: Over 4000 Twitter Accounts Created to Legitimize Coup. telesurenglish.net It ¥s becoming more and more clear the role of social media as yet another political party able to legitimize or remove any Government, especially through social networks. A few days after the consummated coup against Bolivian President Evo Morales, there have been more than 4500 new Twitter accounts created, without almost any followers, with the hashtag #BoliviaNoHayGolpe installed. | RELATED: | 'OAS Is a Tool of the US Empire': Bolivia's Evo Morales | Luciano Galup, director of th…

Dave Lindorff (2019-11-13). When an elected government falls in South America, as in Bolivia today, look for a US role. nationofchange.org History shows us that U.S. antipathy towards independent progressive leaders generally results in U.S.-sponsored subversion and military coups.

Frederic Mousseau, Elena Teare (2019-11-13). Ukraine, the Land of Quid Pro Quos. commondreams.org A couple walks along a line of tractors blocking the parliament in Kiev on November 12, 2019, during a rally to protest against government plans to lift the moratorium on agricultural land sales, a step long awaited by investors but opposed by the Ukrainians fearing a foreign land grab. The former Soviet country, whose stalling economy has been propped up by Western aid in recent years, is home to some of the largest swathes of cultivated land in Europe. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-11-13). 'Evo, I hope your exile is short': Roger Waters sends message of support to Bolivia's Morales (VIDEO). rt.com Bolivian President Evo Morales was "ripped away from his people by greed," former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters said in a message of support to the exiled leader, ousted in a coup and forced to seek asylum in Mexico. | "Evo Morales, if you see this, more power to you. I hope your exile is short, your people need you. They need a leader like you," Waters said in the video posted online, adding that the socialist leader had done a "great job" as the country's first indigenous leader. | "You've pulled so many of your people out of poverty and gave them a sense of dignity," the rock 'n' roll legend said. | Y…

C√©sar Chelala (2019-11-13). Coming to Terms With the U.S. Role in Central America. commondreams.org GUATEMALA COUP, 1954. Colonel Miguel Mendoza, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, and Major Julio Gaitan (foreground, left-to-right), three leaders of the rebel invasion force which overthrew the government of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman of Guatemala in 1954. Photographed 24 June 1954. (Photo: ullstein bild via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Emett (2019-11-13). Oklahoma cop arrested for murdering police chief. nationofchange.org According to officials, deputies responded to a report of a physical altercation at the hotel and discovered the police chief dead upon their arrival.

Nick Alexandrov (2019-11-13). Murder Like It's 1495: U.S.-Backed Counterinsurgency in the Philippines. counterpunch.org Two men, soldiers probably, noticed Bai Leah Tumbalang. This was last August. She was in Valencia City, in the Philippine province of Bukidnon. The men drew near on their motorcycle, followed her, then pulled up to shoot her in the forehead. She died immediately. But her death was not random, not senseless. With it her More

Vanessa Beeley (2019-11-13). ISIS Captives Offer a Convenient Pawn in Turkey's Syria Chess Game. mintpressnews.com ISIS is the latest bogeyman in a global terror portfolio that serves a neoconservative agenda in the Middle East, and Turkey has been its midwife and curator.

RT (2019-11-13). US wants Turkey 'back in the fold' as tensions mount between between NATO allies. rt.com The US wants to bring Turkey "back into the fold," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday as he warned again about Ankara drifting away from its NATO partners. | Washington is concerned that recent arms deals with Russia and its recent incursion into northern Syria mean Turkey is slipping away from the military bloc. Esper's comments came ahead of US President Donald Trump's meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Wednesday. | "We need Turkey back in the fold. They've been good allies for many years, all the way back to fighting alongside the United States in the Korean war, up t…

Alex Emmons (2019-11-13). As Trump and Erdogan Meet, the U.S. Hopes to Resume F?35 Arms Sales to Turkey. theintercept.com Despite Turkey's recent human rights abuses in Syria, the Trump administration would like Turkey to rejoin the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

RT (2019-11-13). US & Turkey working on 'resolving S-400 issue,' but Trump & Erdogan tight-lipped on details. rt.com US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said their countries were working to "resolve" the issue of Ankara purchasing Russian S-400 air defense systems, without going into any specifics. | Erdogan, who arrived in Washington on Wednesday for an official state visit, spent much of the day in meetings with Trump and several US senators critical of Turkey's recent actions in northern Syria. Appearing at a joint press conference in the late afternoon, he showed no sign of backing down from Ankara's current posture, saying that political concerns ought to be separate from matters o…

Charles Pierson (2019-11-13). How Not to End a Forever War. counterpunch.org I love "caper' movies. There's nothing like a gang of lovable rogues executing an elaborately planned, seemingly impossible crime. President Donald Trump, while in no way lovable, pulled off the perfect caper when he grabbed the White House three years ago. Now Trump has launched a new caper: stealing Syria's oil. Danny Ocean, eat your More

RT (2019-11-13). While Greta Thunberg hitches another top-dollar yacht ride to Europe, plebs will live with 'flight shame'. rt.com Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg has managed to find a ride across the Atlantic with a pair of sailing YouTubers. Once again, the activist will make her journey on a yacht far beyond the means of the ordinary working Joe. | After hitching a ride from Europe to New York aboard a €4 million racing yacht in August, Thunberg embarked on a whirlwind tour of climate change summits and street-level protests. However, when the UN's COP25 climate summit in Chile was moved to Spain due to political unrest, the Swedish activist was left marooned in the US. | Avoiding combustion-powered planes and boats, Thunberg'

WSWS (2019-11-13). Blairite MP Margaret Hodge refuses to back Corbyn as prime minister. wsws.org The measure of Corbyn's politics is that he enters his second general election at the head of the same party fundamentally that launched the 2003 war in Iraq, the 2008 bailout of the banks, and began the drive for austerity.

RT (2019-11-13). Anti-government rallies swell in Baghdad & south Iraq. rt.com Anti-government rallies swelled in Iraq's capital and south on Wednesday as Baghdad faced new pressure from both the street and the UN to respond seriously to weeks of demonstrations. | Protests demanding a new leadership have rocked the capital and Shiite-majority south for weeks. | Demonstrators appear to have been revived after the country's top Shiite religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani said they "cannot go home without sufficient reforms." | The head of the UN's mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, planned to address the main political blocs and brief lawmakers on her meeting w…

WSWS (2019-11-13). Hong Kong protests defy police violence and mass arrests. wsws.org Escalated police attacks appear to have reinforced the popular support for the protests, setting the stage for an even-more bloody confrontation.

RT (2019-11-13). Code Pink founder raided by DC police on dubious Venezuelan embassy 'assault' charges (VIDEO). rt.com Police have tried to detain Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin without a warrant on belated and mysterious charges of 'assaulting' a Democratic congresswoman during this summer's siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. | Benjamin was accused of assaulting Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida) — months after the alleged incident — when over a dozen officers surrounded her home on Wednesday in Washington, DC. | In footage she posted to Facebook, Benjamin strenuously denies the accusations, explaining that she was the one assaulted — pushed and pulled by right-wing Venezuelans ("b…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-11-13). The Real Reasons Behind Israel's Arrest of Two Jordanian Nationals. mintpressnews.com The release on November 6 of two Jordanian nationals, Heba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Mi'ri from Israeli prisons was a bittersweet moment. The pair were finally reunited with their families after harrowing experiences in Israel. Sadly, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are still denied their freedom, still subjected to all sorts of hardships at the hands of their Israeli jailers. | Despite the jubilant return of the two prisoners, celebrated in Jordan, Palestine and throughout the Arab world, several compelling questions remain unanswered: why were they held in the first place? Why were they released and what ca…

RT (2019-11-13). 'NATO will be soiling its pants': Ukrainian tycoon seen as power behind president calls for 'new Warsaw Pact' with Moscow. rt.com A tycoon who spent millions of dollars arming anti-Russian fighters in Ukraine has emerged from the shadows to blast the Europe he once idolized. The oligarch now sees alliance with Russia as the only option for his country. | Igor Kolomoysky, the oligarch seen by many as the shadow power behind Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has changed his tune sharply from the days of the 2014 Maidan rebellion. | Back then he was an ally of pro-European President Petro Poroshenko, who even appointed him governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region. Once installed there, Kolomoysky placed a bounty on captured fighters from…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-13). The ISC Report: Russian Connections in Albion? counterpunch.org The UK election campaign has kicked off, and merrily confused are the major candidates. The chaotic scene was made a touch more interesting with the refusal on the part of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to clear the release of a report by the intelligence and security committee on claimed Russian interference in British politics. More

Aaron Maté (2019-11-13). Ukrainegate impeachment saga worsens US-Russia Cold War. thegrayzone.com As the House opens impeachment hearings for President Trump, Professor Stephen F. Cohen warns that the US military assistance at…

RT (2019-11-13). Shooting NATO with its own bullet? What we know about Kalashnikov's new rifle, chambered in alliance-standard 7.62x51mm. rt.com As Russia marks famed Soviet inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov's centenary, we look at the newest incarnation of his time-tested rifle. The AK-308 fires NATO rounds, giving the Russian manufacturer an edge over western rivals. | Sitting along a lonely road near Russia's Kazakh border, the town of Kurya is a long way from the world's battlefields. The nearest major city, Novosibirsk, is a six-hour drive away. Yet, Kurya's most famous son devised an invention that would power revolutions, redraw national borders and reshape modern warfare. | Mikhail Kalashnikov was born in Kurya on November 10, 1919, to a peasant fam…

RT (2019-11-13). Khabib: 'Sometimes I go easy on my opponents, I don't want to hurt them' (VIDEO). rt.com UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant forces in the history of MMA, but has ominously suggested he has sometimes gone easy on his opponents to avoid doing even more damage. | Khabib stands 28-0 in professional MMA and has rarely looked troubled inside the cage. | But despite his dominance, the Dagestani grappling phenom has suggested that on occasion he has held back. | "I had fights in my career where I understood that I could hurt my opponent more, but I'd talk to him, tell him to give up so that I don't beat him too hard," Khabib told a group of schoolchildren in Russia.

RT (2019-11-13). Child prison & death in a blaze: Mother commits suicide after kids she kept in lockup for 10 years escape. rt.com No school, no IDs and constant CCTV surveillance. Nobody in town knew that they existed. Three kids were locked up behind the fence of a private home for a decade, as their mother tried to protect them from the 'cruel world.'

RT (2019-11-13). Russia to cut dollar share in National Wealth Fund in favor of yuan & other currencies. rt.com Russia wants to reduce the US dollar share in its National Wealth Fund, as it looks to invest in the Chinese yuan and other foreign currencies, Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev has announced. | "I can say with certainty that the share of the US dollar will be smaller," the official told reporters on Wednesday. "Different currencies are being considered, all the reserve ones… including the yuan." | While the deputy minister did not elaborate on the exact amount of the dollar cut, he said that the National Wealth Fund's currency structure will be similar to that of the Russian central bank's reserves.

RT (2019-11-13). Medvedev melts down as Nadal storms back to win ATP Finals clash. rt.com Daniil Medvedev suffered a third-set meltdown as he lost to Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in London, leaving the Russian staring at an early exit from the tournament. | Medvedev was leading 5-1 in the decisive third set and had match point but threw it away as Nadal rattled off five successive games to take the match into a tie-break, which he won to claim the contest 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). | The match was a re-run of the pair's epic US Open final which Nadal won, although in London both went into the meeting knowing it was likely make-or-break having lost their opening group encounters, with Nadal being…

RT (2019-11-13). 'There's no denying it, he choked': Tennis world reacts as Daniil Medvedev throws away lead to hand Rafael Nadal ATP Finals win. rt.com Russian star Daniil Medvedev is facing an early exit from the ATP Finals in London after throwing away a decisive lead in the final set of his match with world number one Rafael Nadal, prompting fans to accuse him of 'choking'.

Staff (2019-11-13). Cuba's Ingenious Lesson for Cities Facing Hunger. truthdig.com When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming. | That was the remedy Cuba seized with both hands 30 years ago when it was confronted with the dilemma of an end to its vital food imports. And what worked then for Cuba could have lessons today for the wider world, as it faces growing hunger in the face of the climate crisis. | When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, most of Cuba's food supplies went with it. To stave off severe malnutrition the people of the capital, Havana, found an imaginative answer: urban gardening. That's now seen as a possible bl…

George Ochenski (2019-11-13). Montana's Radioactive Waste Legacy. counterpunch.org One label Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock won't have to worry about being stuck with is "environmentalist." His outdated support for coal in the face of a global warming crisis and his "leadership" on the massive and ongoing deforestation of public lands under the phony rubric of the Bush-era "Healthy Forests Initiative" are bad enough. More

David Vine (2019-11-13). Reckoning With the Costs of War: It's Time to Take Responsibility. commondreams.org Entire neighborhoods, cities, societies have been shattered by war. The total number of injured and traumatized extends into the tens of millions. (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-13). Facebook Says It Axed 3.2 Billion Fake Accounts in Last Six Months. truthdig.com The company also says it removed 18.5 million instances of child nudity and sexual exploitation, an increase from the previous six months.

Robert Hunziker (2019-11-13). Climate Confusion, Angst, and Sleeplessness. dissidentvoice.org Climate change is a nagging issue for many people because it is so big, diverse, and overwhelming, as big as the planet itself. So, how to explain climate change? Sociologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and even anthropologists and economists have tackled the phenomenon of Climate Weltschmerz, meaning people experience angst as the enormity of climate change overrides …

Associated Press (2019-11-13). Violent riots force Chinese and foreign students to flee Hong Kong. peoplesworld.org HONG KONG (AP)—University students from mainland China and Taiwan are fleeing Hong Kong, while those from three Scandinavian countries have been moved or urged to leave as college campuses become the latest battleground in the city's 5-month-long anti-government unrest. Marine police used a boat Wednesday to help a group of mainland students leave the Chinese …

teleSUR (2019-11-13). US: No Work Permits to Asylum Seekers Who Enter 'Illegally'. telesurenglish.net The United States government proposed a new regulation Wednesday that would ban asylum seekers from applying for a work permit if they entered the U.S. without authorization. | RELATED: | Honduras Signs Safe Third Country-Type Deal with US | "Asylum law explicitly permits applications regardless of the manner of entry," an asylum officer told BuzzFeed, adding that "to single out those asylum seekers who couldn't afford a visa and prohibit them from obtaining lawful employment is cruel and…

Hugh Handeyside (2019-11-13). Federal Court Rules That Border Officers Can't Arbitrarily Search Our Electronic Devices. aclu.org In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court | has held that the federal government's suspicionless searches of smartphones, laptops, | and other electronic devices at airports or other U.S. ports of entry are | unconstitutional. The ruling in our | case is a recognition that the Constitution protects us even at the border, | and that traveling to or from the United States doesn't mean we give the g…

WSWS (2019-11-13). Arizona: Second trial begins of pro-immigrant "No More Deaths" volunteer. wsws.org The main accusation against Warren is that he provided two undocumented migrants with food, water and a place to sleep over three days.

PCHR (2019-11-13). PCHR: Israel's Extrajudicial Execution Policy Resumed. imemc.org Israel resumed its extrajudicial execution policy against Palestinians, as Israeli warplanes carried out a targeted attacks, one against a senior leader of a Palestinian resistance group at dawn, Tuesday. As a result, the targeted Palestinian was killed along with his wife, while 7 others sustained injuries including 4 of the …

Staff (2019-11-13). Israel Intensifies Strikes as Rockets Rain Down on Gaza. truthdig.com The death toll rises to 26 in the second day of the heaviest round of fighting in months between Israel and the Islamic Jihad.

IMEMC News (2019-11-13). Updated: Israeli Missiles Kill Two Palestinian, Injure Several Others, In Gaza. imemc.org The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli war jets fired, on Wednesday at dawn, several missiles into different parts of the Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinian and wounding several others. Twelve Palestinians have been killed by Israeli missiles since Tuesday. | Dr.

RT (2019-11-13). Nothing to see here: Rivers along Korean border run red with blood after massive pig cull (PHOTOS). rt.com Heavy rainfall has been blamed for the spread of vast amounts of pig's blood into rivers along the Korean border this week, following a cull of some 47,000 hogs amid an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). | A local NGO claims that blood from a nearby burial site, where some 47,000 pig carcasses had been disposed of, had seeped into the Imjin River due to heavy rainfall. South Korean authorities claim that the pigs had already been disinfected before being slaughtered and that there was a delay in the production of plastic containers for the carcasses. | | © Yeoncheon Imjin River Civic Network / AFP…

RT (2019-11-13). Pyongyang warns of retaliation against S. Korea-US military drills. rt.com Pyongyang threatened on Wednesday to retaliate if the United States goes ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korea, ramping up pressure on Washington to change course as a year-end North Korean deadline for U.S. flexibility approaches. | North Korea's statement came even though Washington said last week that the joint aerial exercise planned for next month would be reduced in scope from previous drills, Reuters reports. | "It is self-defense rights" to retaliate against any move which threatens the country's sovereignty and security, according to a statement from North Korea's State Affairs Commiss…

Kenneth Surin (2019-11-13). "We'll See You on the Barricades": Bojo Johnson's Poundshop Churchill Imitation. counterpunch.org Poundshop: British chain similar to the US's Dollar General I'm in London for a week to inhale the UK election vapours. Some scents reeked of the cheap knock-off perfumes— labelled "Chanel", "Dior", etc.— you can buy in shonky street markets in many cities. Others though had more in common with a leaking sewer pipe. BoJo More

Christina Larson, Emily Wang (2019-11-13). China creating "its own Yellowstone" park in Tibet to preserve ecosystem. peoplesworld.org XINING, China (AP)—There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags—a traditional landscape blessing—are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of Sinopec gas stations cast a red glow over newly built highways. Ringed by …

RT (2019-11-13). Ancient aliens? NASA's Mars 2020 mission landing site could contain fossilized signs of life. rt.com The landing site selected for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 rover could well be one of the best chances we have of discovering whether the Red Planet was once home to life and whether it could be again. | The 28-mile (45km) wide Jezero crater was selected as the landing site for the new rover in late 2018, and has been found to contain vast deposits of hydrated silica and minerals called carbonates, according to a newly published study. | Once the site of a lake more than 3.5 billion years ago, scientists now believe that Jezero, thanks…

Norman Solomon (2019-11-13). Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge. counterpunch.org The extremely rich Americans who are now frantically trying to figure out how to intervene in the Democratic presidential campaign make me wonder how different they are from the animated character who loved frolicking in money and kissing dollar bills while counting them. If Uncle Scrooge existed as a billionaire in human form today, it's easy to picture More

teleSUR (2019-11-13). Spain: Catalan Parliament Presses for Independence. telesurenglish.net Catalonia's Parliament approved on Tuesday a motion promoting self-determination which was introduced by the Popular Candidacy Unit (CUP), a pro-independence political organization. | RELATED: | Spain: Socialists Win But Miss Majority, Far-Right Becomes 3rd Political Force | "The Catalonian Parliament's plenary has approved the first point of the motion on self-determination presented by the CUP," the Parliament's authorities published. | This proposal was approved in a session th…

teleSUR (2019-11-13). Bolsonaro Threatens Lula With Activating National Security Law. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro decided to continue his campaign of aggression against the recently released Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and threatened Tuesday to use the National Security Law to repress possible demonstrations in favor of the former president. | RELATED: | Brazil: Lula Stands As Opposition To Bolsonaro, Right Wants Him Back In Jail | The law is designed to suppress "insurrections," therefore, for Bolsonaro, any demonstration in favor of the ex-pr…

Jeff Mackler (2019-11-13). Chicago Teachers Divided Over Strike Settlement. counterpunch.org Twenty five thousand Chicago teachers, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1, AFL-CIO, returned to work on October 31 following a divided vote of the Chicago Teacher Union's (CTU) 700-member Delegate Assembly (DA) to end the union's 11-day strike. The vote to accept the five-year tentative contract was 60 percent in favor and More

WSWS (2019-11-13). Trump threatens "substantial" increase in anti-China tariffs. wsws.org In a speech to the New York Economic Club, Trump claimed, amid falling GDP numbers, that his administration had "launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before."

John W. Whitehead (2019-11-13). Casualties of War: Military Veterans Have Become America's Walking Wounded. dissidentvoice.org Come you masters of war / You that build the big guns You that build the death planes / You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls / You that hide behind desks I just want you to know / I can see through your masks…. You fasten all the triggers / …

WSWS (2019-11-13). Public impeachment hearings to escalate political warfare in Washington. wsws.org The bitter conflict within the state is between two right-wing factions of the ruling class that have been battling one another over foreign policy questions since Trump's nomination as the Republican candidate for president.

Jill Richardson (2019-11-13). The EPA's War on Science Continues. commondreams.org When you can't do good science, you can't base your public health regulations—your pesticide bans, your pollution controls, your clean water rules, and whatever else—on good science. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett (2019-11-13). Experts warn this industry-backed attack on science at EPA would be among 'most damaging' of all Trump-era policies. nationofchange.org "Let's call this what it is: an excuse to abandon clean air, clean water, and chemical safety rules."

WSWS (2019-11-13). Podemos agrees to back Spanish social-democratic government. wsws.org Podemos is aware that the PSOE is organizing violent repression in Catalonia that strengthens the fascistic Vox party, and supports the PSOE on this basis.

WSWS (2019-11-13). Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate exposes pseudo-lefts' pro-capitalist program at university debate. wsws.org Wijesiriwardena explained the underlying principles of the Socialist Equality Party's socialist internationalism and the necessity for the independent mobilisation of the working class in every country.

Alan Hirsch (2019-11-13). Why This Impeachment Skeptic Changed His Mind. commondreams.org Chairman Adam Schiff (C), Democrat of California, speaks alongside Ranking Member Devin Nunes (2nd R), Republican of California, during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, with witnesses Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testifying, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-11-13). "Lead with Moral Courage," National Advocacy Groups Publish Draft Articles of Impeachment and Urge Congress Act as Representatives of the People. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Negin Owliaei (2019-11-13). Time for a Billionaire Ban. commondreams.org Their enormous wealth offers them an outlandishly oversized role in our democracy. It's poisoning both our politics and our media. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-13). Headlines for November 13, 2019. democracynow.org Televised Impeachment Hearings Begin Today, Right-Wing Senator Declares Herself President of Bolivia, Turkish President Erdogan Visiting Trump at White House, Supreme Court Heard Oral Arguments over DACA Program, Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case of Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent, Supreme Court Clears Way for Sandy Hook Families to Sue Gun Manufacturer, Federal Court Rules Warrantless Searches of Phones at Airport Are Unconstitutional, HHS Probes Google's Program to Collect Healthcare Data of Americans, U.S. Government Detained Record Number of Migrant Children in 2019, SPLC: Stephen Miller Sought t…

Staff (2019-11-13). A Coup? A Debate on the Political Crisis in Bolivia That Led to Evo Morales's Resignation. democracynow.org In Bolivia, right-wing Senator Jeanine àÅñez declared herself president Tuesday night despite a lack of quorum in Congress, amid a deepening political crisis in the country. Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, left the country Monday after being granted asylum in Mexico. Morales announced his resignation Sunday shortly after the Bolivian military took to the airwaves to call for his departure. His Movement Toward Socialism party is refusing to recognize àÅñez as president, calling her claim illegal and decrying Evo Morales's resignation over the weekend as a military coup. Last month, M…

Staff (2019-11-13). Bill Moyers on Impeachment: All Presidents Lie, But Trump Has Created a Culture of Lying. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with legendary journalist Bill Moyers, who covered impeachment proceedings against Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The first televised impeachment hearings into President Trump begin today. Moyers says the current administration and the media have created a "culture of lying" that goes beyond what other presidents have done. "All presidents lie. It's a defense they use. But not all presidents lie systemically," Moyers says.

Staff (2019-11-13). Democracy on Trial: Bill Moyers on Impeachment Inquiry & Why PBS Should Air Hearings in Primetime. democracynow.org Televised impeachment hearings begin today in the inquiry into whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rivals. Two witnesses are testifying today before the House Intelligence Committee: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Both officials have privately told congressional investigators that Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Donald Trump is just the fourth U.S. presi…

The Canary (2019-11-13). Ex-Tory minister warns voting Conservative will lead to 'disastrous' no-deal Brexit. thecanary.co A former Tory cabinet minister has warned a Conservative majority at the general election will result in a "disastrous" no-deal Brexit.David Gauke, the former justice secretary, suggested Tory supporters opposed to no-deal should consider "lending" their votes to the Liberal Democrats on 12 December.Gauke, who had the Tory whip withdrawn by Boris Johnson after rebelling over Brexit, confirmed he would now be standing as an independent in South West Hertfordshire — the seat he has held sine 2005.(PA Graphics)He said he feared if Johnson was returned with an overall majority it would lead to Britain leaving th…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-13). Sanders Has Denounced Coup, But Biden, Warren, and Buttigieg So Far Silent on Overthrow of Bolivia's Morales. commondreams.org "Why is Bernie Sanders the only one who has spoken out? Don't the other candidates have a position about a destabilizing, right-wing takeover of a neighboring country? We need to hear from them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-13). Declaring State of Emergency, Venice Mayor Blames Climate Crisis for Historic Flooding. commondreams.org Although residents and tourists in the ancient Italian city of Venice have become accustomed to flooding in recent decades, the six feet of water that inundated the city on Tuesday left Mayor Luigi Brugnaro clearly stating that the flooding should not be considered normal, and is the result of the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-13). New Analysis Shows Billionaires' Dream of Space Tourism Would Be Disaster for Emissions, Climate Crisis. commondreams.org One SpaceX rocket flight is equal to 395 one-way transatlantic flights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-11-13). 'Schools of Mass Destruction': 49 US Universities Reportedly Abetting Nuclear Weapons Complex. commondreams.org "Why would an institution of higher learning support weapons that cause terrible humanitarian consequences?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-13). The So-Called War on Terror Has Killed Over 801,000 People and Cost $6.4 Trillion: New Analysis. commondreams.org The so-called War on Terror launched by the United States government in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has cost at least 801,000 lives and $6.4 trillion according to a pair of reports published Wednesday by the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-13). Conservationist Warns 'Unnoticed Apocalypse' of Insects 'Should Set Alarms Ringing'. commondreams.org Conservationists on Wednesday called for immediate action by governments, industries, and the public to address a decades-long, human-caused insect "apocalypse" detailed in a new report and warned of the sweeping, serious consequences of inaction. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-11-13). Progressive Groups Release Draft Articles of Impeachment to Capture 'Smorgasbord' of Trump Abuses. commondreams.org "Trump's offenses related to Ukraine are not an aberration—they are the latest examples of him subverting our democracy to advance his own interests." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jacquelyn Kovarik (2019-11-13). Bolivia's Anti-Indigenous Backlash Is Growing. thenation.com Bolivia's Anti-Indigenous Backlash Is Growing…

John Nichols (2019-11-13). Impeachment Hearing Republicans Confirm There Is No Defense for Donald Trump. thenation.com Impeachment Hearing Republicans Confirm There Is No Defense for Donald Trump…

John Nichols (2019-11-13). Impeachment Is Ready for Prime Time. thenation.com Impeachment Is Ready for Prime Time…

Ben Freeman, Ryan Summers (2019-11-13). Governments Abroad Are Shaping Our Foreign Policy in Broad Daylight. thenation.com Governments Abroad Are Shaping Our Foreign Policy in Broad Daylight…

Jérà¥me Tubiana (2019-11-13). The EU's Shame Is Locked Away in Libya. thenation.com The EU's Shame Is Locked Away in Libya…

Lynda Carson (2019-11-13). 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.

the gray zone (2019-11-13). 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 (2019-11-13). 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…

Michael Lyon (2019-11-13). Joining Youth and Age on the Climate Crisis. indybay.org Street Level Community Room, Park Branch Library | 1833 Page St. San Francisco…

Northern California Hong Kong Club (2019-11-13). Zunzi (Â∞äÂ≠ê) Political Cartoon Expo. indybay.org Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall | 836 Stockton St, San Francisco, California…

Jon Britton (2019-11-13). Letter-Writing Session for Leonard Peltier; Demand an End to the Elder Unit Lockdown! indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center | 48 S Seventh St., San Jose, CA 95112…

Terranium 117 (2019-11-13). 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.

Matthias Rossbach and Mark Tushnet (2019-11-13). 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.

Brian Terrell (2019-11-13). A Doubtful Proposition: a Reflection on the Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. counterpunch.org "Whether nuclear weapons are actually illegal under international or domestic law (a doubtful proposition) is not relevant or an appropriate issue to litigate in this case," so ruled Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, late on Friday October 18. This last-minute order, restricting the defense of More

teleSUR (2019-11-13). FAO: Hunger Rises in Latin America, Affects 42.5 Million People. telesurenglish.net Hunger in Latin America increased in 2018 and affected 42.5 million people, 6.5 percent of the region's population, where food insecurity also spread and where obesity continues to be a critical problem, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned this Tuesday. | RELATED: | Rural Colombia and Central America Facing Hunger and Poverty | The 42.5 million Latin Americans who suffered from hunger in 2018 signified an increase of 4.5 million over the 38 milli…

United Nations (2019-11-13). Iraqis paying an 'unthinkable price' to be heard, UN envoy tells politicians in Baghdad. un.org Noting that the people of Iraq were at "a critical juncture", the top UN Envoy in the country told parliamentarians there on Thursday that over the past six weeks, hundreds of thousands have been peacefully voicing their "genuine, legitimate, demands, loud and clear".