2019-11-14: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-11-14). At Least 12 Dead Following Coup in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net At least 12 Bolivians have been killed and more than 530 injured by the violence that escalated in Bolivia following the coup against constitutional president Evo Morales, denounced the Ombudsman's Office. | RELATED: | Argentina: Congress Rejects the Coup d'Etat in Bolivia | The human rights agency explained on its official website that among the injured are women, children, adolescents and journalists. | In turn, the institution – created in 1994 by constitutional mandate – posted on it…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-11-14). John Roberts Holds Dreamers' Lives in His Hands. truthdig.com The chief justice, who cast conflicting votes in two recent immigration cases, is the wild card in the Supreme Court case about DACA.

teleSUR (2019-11-14). Chile's Mapuche People Mourn the Death of Camillo Catrillanca. telesurenglish.net November 14 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Camilo Catrillanca, an Indigenous man who was shot to dead by a Military Police (Carabinero) officer in La Araucania. Social movements and progressive parties have called for demonstrations in more than 40 cities. | RELATED: | Interior Minister Responsible for Catrillanca Murder | This crime brought a political crisis for President Sebastian Piñera administration because police officers tried to misrepresent the facts s…

teleSUR (2019-11-14). Death Toll in Iraq Exceeds 300 Since Start of Protests. telesurenglish.net At least four protesters were killed and more than 65 wounded on Thursday in clashes with Iraqi security forces who were trying to push them back to their main camp in central Baghdad, police and medical sources said. | RELATED: | Protesters, Iraqi Police Continue Battle on Baghdad Streets | The protests erupted in early October over economic hardship and endemic graft. The government responded with some measures such as handouts for the poor but the protesters are now demanding an…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-11-14). Why Aren't People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World? commondreams.org Demonstrators wave flags as they take part during the day of cultural activities 'El Derecho a Vivir en Paz' called by 'Movimiento Unidad Social' at Plaza O'Higgins on October 27, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Unidad Social, an organization conformed by various social groups, has called society to be part of cultural activities in defence of human rights and against abuses, under the slogan #NoMasAbusos (No more abuses) people demand Sebastian Pi√±era's Government attention to issues such as health care, pension system, privatization of water, public transport, education, social mobili…

Max Blumenthal (2019-11-14). Golpe en Bolivia fue liderizado por dirigente cristiano paramilitar, fascista y millonario — con apoyo extranjero. thegrayzone.com Luis Fernando Camacho, el líder del golpe en Bolivia es un multimillonario de extrema derecha que emergió de los movimientos…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-11-14). Dreamers Tell Trump and SCOTUS They Are Here to Stay. commondreams.org Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 12, 2019. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jay Stanley (2019-11-14). Three Common Privacy Misconceptions That Companies Love. aclu.org A significant number of Americans hold significant misconceptions about their privacy, according to opinion research — misconceptions that privacy-invading companies love. That's according to research on American understandings of privacy carried out over the past couple decades by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, lead by Prof. Joseph Turow, whom I recently heard give a talk summarizing these studies. | Misconceptio…

Vijay Prashad (2019-11-14). Bolivia Does Not Exist. dissidentvoice.org On November 10, Bolivia's President Evo Morales Ayma was removed from office. Technically Morales resigned, but the conditions for his resignation had been set by the Bolivian oligarchy (egged on for thirteen years by the United States government, as Noam Chomsky and I indicated in this statement the day before the coup). Having won re-election …

Farooque Chowdhury (2019-11-14). Imperialist imprint in Bolivia coup. mronline.org Imperialist imprint in the just carried out Bolivia coup is visible. | Source

Eds. (2019-11-14). 5 fast facts about the military coup in Bolivia and what you can do. mronline.org Despite what the mainstream media headlines would have you believe, a coup is underway in Bolivia. | Source

Eoin Higgins (2019-11-14). "We Don't Want Any Dictators": Bolivians Flood Streets to Protest Military Coup. theantimedia.com Unrest continued in Bolivia Thursday as protests against the right-wing coup that unseated democratically-elected President Evo Morales on Sunday.

teleSUR (2019-11-14). Argentina: Congress Rejects the Coup d'Etat in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net Both chambers of the Argentine parliament on Wednesday passed resolutions to condemn the coup d'etat against Bolivia's President Evo Morales. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Over 4000 Twitter Accounts Created to Legitimize Coup | In the Senate, both the Left and the Right presented draft resolutions to condemn the ongoing political events in the neighboring Andean cou…

Jeb Sprague (2019-11-14). Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by U.S. military's School of the Americas, served as attachés in FBI police programs. mronline.org Commanders of Bolivia's military and police helped plot the coup and guaranteed its success. Before they were educated for insurrection through the US military's notorious School of the Americas and FBI training programs. | Source

Leonardo Flores (2019-11-14). US and OAS help overthrow another government: Behind the coup against Bolivia's Evo Morales. thegrayzone.com The US targeted Evo Morales for overthrow ever since he became president. And the Organization of American States helped set…

teleSUR (2019-11-14). Alberto Fernandez Offers Argentina as a Home to Evo Morales. telesurenglish.net "If I had been president, I would have offered (Evo) political asylum from the first day. Argentina is the house of all Bolivians," declared Alberto Fernandez in Montevideo, during his visit to support candidate Daniel Martinez from Frente Amplio, in the second round of general elections in Uruguay. | RELATED: | Argentina: Congress Rejects the Coup d'Etat in Bolivia | After meeting his homolog, Tabare Vazquez, Fernandez addressed media to express his solidarity and concerned about the pl…

Tamara Pearson (2019-11-14). US and Corporations Key Factors Behind Most Violent Year Yet in Mexico. counterpunch.org This year has been the most violent year on record for Mexico, with almost 26,000 intentional homicides between January and September. Following the murder of nine US citizens last week, US president Donald Trump offered to send the US army to "help" fight drug cartels in Mexico. The comment lacked awareness of the already disastrous More

Laura Carlsen (2019-11-14). Mexico's LeBaron Massacre and the War That Will Not Cease. counterpunch.org Murder by organized crime, the presumed culprit, is the stuff of daily news here since the drug war was launched in late 2006. But the massacre of women and children, members of a powerful and well-known agribusiness family, in a remote area on the border of Chihuahua and Sonora where they have lived for a century, on the surface makes no sense. A crime this notorious, involving US citizens, brings down major binational heat on a drug cartel, something they normally try to avoid. More

Andre Vltchek (2019-11-14). Abandoning Jakarta, Moving Capital to Borneo: Cynicism, Corruption, Murder. dissidentvoice.org Jakarta — polluted, unloved It is wrong, totally wrong, to abandon Jakarta and try to build some Potemkin village in the middle of Borneo, an island known in Indonesia as Kalimantan. There are many reasons why, and we will be addressing at least some of them here. But before we begin, let us state the …

David Rovics (2019-11-14). If I Had A Hammer. dissidentvoice.org Ôªø Can a hundred thousand people with sledgehammers change the world? The past few weeks have seen so many developments in the world. Such as absolutely massive, ongoing and very militant protests happening in a multitude of countries. Not just in capital cities, but throughout countries like Ecuador, Chile, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, in places …

teleSUR (2019-11-14). Turkey Wont Give Up Russian Missile System: Erdogan. telesurenglish.net Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan said Washington was not right to propose that Ankara get rid of the Russian S-400 missile defenses it purchased, calling it an infringement of sovereign rights, according to Turkish media. | RELATED: | Turkey's Erdogan Announces Capture of Al-Baghdadi's Wife | In a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump urged Erdogan to abandon the S-400 systems that began arriving in Turkey in July despite threats of sanctions from Washin…

RT (2019-11-14). Syria begins deploying troops in northeast along Turkish border — Damascus. rt.com Syrian state media is reporting that government forces have started deploying in areas close to the Turkish border in the northeast. Troops are deploying between the towns of Jawadiyeh and Malkiyeh, also known as Derik, according to SANA. | The deployment began on Thursday, and Syrian border guards will be positioned at six points near to the border, state TV reported. | The deployment is part of a deal reached between Russia and Turkey last month along much of the northeastern boundary that seeks to ensure Kurdish fighters leave the area, AP said. Russia and Turkey began joint patrols along a narrower strip d…

Reese Erlich (2019-11-14). Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq. progressive.org Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination.

RT (2019-11-14). Catapulting Hong Kong into democracy? Media glorifies ANARCHY & 'novel, defensive' anti-police weapons of protesters. rt.com As anti-China protesters transform Hong Kong universities into "weapons factories" and arm themselves with petrol bombs, mainstream media is increasingly impressed by their ingenious and "novel" methods of taking on riot police. | Universities across Hong Kong are shuttering their doors and foreign students fleeing the chaos, as protesters hurl bricks, fire javelins, construct "watchtowers" and start fires on campuses, insisting that they have "no choice" but to resort to the most violent methods. | students at the Chinese Unive…

RT (2019-11-14). Catapulting Hong Kong into democracy? Media glorifies ANARCHY & 'novel, defensive' anti-police weapons of protesters. rt.com As anti-China protesters transform Hong Kong universities into "weapons factories" and arm themselves with petrol bombs, mainstream media is increasingly impressed by their ingenious and "novel" methods of taking on riot police. | Universities across Hong Kong are shuttering their doors and foreign students fleeing the chaos, as protesters hurl bricks, fire javelins, construct "watchtowers" and start fires on campuses, insisting that they have "no choice" but to resort to the most violent methods. | pic.twitter.com/WKPPXvO0Wl

WSWS (2019-11-14). Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia. wsws.org The first day of public, televised hearings demonstrates that in the impeachment conflict two right-wing factions of the ruling class are fighting out differences over foreign policy.

RT (2019-11-14). Trump's V-Day visit to Moscow would be 'the right thing to do' even during election season — Putin. rt.com As Russia prepares to celebrate the May 2020 anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, President Vladimir Putin said that a visit from Donald Trump would be "the right thing to do," even during an election campaign.

RT (2019-11-14). 'I'd say he won, no doubt': Artem Lobov delivers verdict on Jason Knight's bathroom brawl ahead of bare-knuckle rematch. rt.com Artem Lobov has declared rival Jason Knight the winner of a bathroom brawl that caused a sensation on social media ahead of their much-anticipated rematch in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship on Saturday. | Fans are hoping for a classic to mirror their first encounter when American Knight aims for revenge against Russian-born Lobov, who enters as strong favorite having won their initial, bloody contest on the thinnest of judging margins earlier this year. | The second contest between the pair is being hyped as the most exciting fight since the championship launched in 2018, not least because its organizer…

RT (2019-11-14). Getting shirty: Russia refuse to wear new Adidas kit because manufacturer 'got flag the wrong way round'. rt.com Getting the flag colors the right way round might seem a fundamental requirement in manufacturing a kit for a national team, but that is reportedly the sticking point between the Russian football team and sportswear giant Adidas. | The Russian national side and German kit-maker unveiled team's new red home strip for next year's European Championships at a glitzy ceremony last week. | Stanislav Cherchesov's men, who have already qualified for the European showpiece, were due to wear the kit for their final two group games, against Belgium on Saturday and San Marino on Tuesday. | –ú—ã […

RT (2019-11-14). Houdini trick, but Russia-style? VIDEO shows 'suspect' jumping out of police station still handcuffed to RADIATOR. rt.com A stunt that Harry Houdini would've surely disapproved of was caught on video in Russia. Instead of escaping from his cuffs, a man jumps out of a police station's window onto a car roof — all that with the radiator still attached.

Staff (2019-11-14). Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Another Life-Changing Policy. truthdig.com Framing the climate crisis as both an existential threat and a "tremendous opportunity" to fundamentally transform American society, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday unveiled a Green New Deal for Public Housing that would eliminate carbon emissions from federal housing, invest $180 billion over ten years in retrofitting and repairs, and create nearly 250,000 decent-paying union jobs per year. | "Faced with the global crisis of climate change, the United States must lead the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy," Sanders, a 2020 Democr…

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-11-14). Social Media Censorship Reaches New Heights as Twitter Permanently Bans Dissent. mintpressnews.com | | It's an open secret. The deep state is wo…

Negin Owliaei (2019-11-14). It's time to ban the billionaires. peoplesworld.org Bill Gates wants you to know he pays taxes. "I've paid more than $10 billion in taxes. I've paid more than anyone in taxes," Gates told journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. "But when you say I should pay $100 billion, OK, then I'm starting to do a little math about what I have left over." Supposedly …

Robert Reich (2019-11-14). Robert Reich: Billionaires Don't Actually Like Capitalism. truthdig.com Billionaires are wailing that Elizabeth Warren's and Bernie Sanders's wealth tax proposals are attacks on free market capitalism. | Warren "vilifies successful people," says Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase. | Rubbish. There are basically only five ways to accumulate a billion dollars, and none of them has to do with being successful in free market capitalism. | Related Articles: …

Peter Koenig (2019-11-14). China's vision for the future is "Give Peace a Chance" dissidentvoice.org 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 Lennon was a peace activist. No wonder he was ostracized, considered enemy number one by …

Staff (2019-11-14). In Our Future Climate Dystopia, This Is What the Pentagon Will Do. truthdig.com The Situation Room, October 2039: the president and vice president, senior generals and admirals, key cabinet members, and other top national security officers huddle around computer screens as aides speak to key officials across the country. Some screens are focused on Hurricane Monica, continuing its catastrophic path through the Carolinas and Virginia; others are following Hurricane Nicholas, now pummeling Florida and Georgia, while Hurricane Ophelia lurks behind it in the eastern Caribbean. | On another bank of screens, officials are watching horrifying scenes from Los Angeles and San Diego, where millions of…

RT (2019-11-14). US oil prepares for 'Plan B' if Democrats take the White House. rt.com US oil producers are preparing for an abrupt change in federal government policies in case a Democrat wins the 2020 vote, with almost 3 million barrels in daily production at stake if this happens. | This is the average amount of oil produced on federal land, according to Rapidan Energy Group, which also said, as quoted by S&P Global Platts, any curb on oil production would also hamper the development of the Permian, the Bakken shale, and the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. | Such a curb would be all but certain. Climate change seems to be the top priority for Democratic voters, so candidates are deliver…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-14). Incinerating Logic: Bush Fires and Climate Change. counterpunch.org Despite the Internet, connectivity, and linking technologies, distance has not shrunk the Australian sense of self, an often provincial appraisal of the world seen in slow motion and stills. Whether it's the "flower revolution" or Michel Foucault, trends and ideas are often delayed, and seem almost cutely anachronistic by the time they make landfall down More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-14). Incinerating Logic: Bush Fires and Climate Change. dissidentvoice.org Despite the Internet, connectivity, and linking technologies, distance has not shrunk the Australian sense of self, an often provincial appraisal of the world seen in slow motion and stills. Whether it's the "flower revolution" or Michel Foucault, trends and ideas are often delayed, and seem almost cutely anachronistic by the time they make landfall down …

Ashley Curtin (2019-11-14). Italian mayor blames Venice flooding on climate change. nationofchange.org Venice saw the highest tide in 50 years on Tuesday night threatening many monuments throughout the historic city putting it in a state of emergency. With 45 percent of the city flooded, Venice is asking for the government's help, the Tide Forecasting and Reporting Center of Civil Protection reported. The high tide reached 6 feet, …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-11-14). Green Strategy: To beat climate change, humanity needs socialism. peoplesworld.org Marc Brodine, author of Green Strategy, will appear at a book talk on Nov. 14, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the People's Forum in New York, located at 320 West 37th Street. Copies of the book will be available. Humans may not survive. Reports from the UN's Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change provoke images of …

Robert Hunziker (2019-11-14). Climate Confusion, Angst, and Sleeplessness. counterpunch.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 More

W. T. Whitney (2019-11-14). To Confront Climate Change Humanity Needs Socialism. counterpunch.org Humans may not survive. Reports from the UN's Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change provoke images of land masses drowning, fleeing populations, starvation, terrible droughts, terrible storms, migrating diseases, new deserts, and intolerable heat. It's an "ecological Armageddon," says one expert. We hear about "the sixth extinction," the geologic epoch that is our own. It's called More

Eds. (2019-11-14). Extinction Rebellion: Rebellion against whom? mronline.org Through the global climate strike and mass demonstrations for the planet launched by Greta Thunberg, an entire generation has gotten a taste of political action, understanding the need for dramatic change to deal with environmental degradation. It is in this context that the group Extinction Rebellion (XR) has struck a chord. | Source

Lucas Koerner (2019-11-14). Venezuelan Embassy Attacked in Brazil. venezuelanalysis.com Bolsonaro denied any prior knowledge of the attack.

WSWS (2019-11-14). New Zealand cabinet minister echoes fascist gunman's manifesto. wsws.org The NZ First MP's calculated rant, with its fixation on "birth rates" and scare-mongering over "legions" of immigrants, mirror the Christchurch terrorist's fascist screed.

Robert C. Koehler (2019-11-14). Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress. commondreams.org In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peace and an end to war became a rally to "support the troops," a state and federal day off, and a platform for military recruitment. (Photo: Archive/File) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-14). North Korea Not Interested in December Peace Talks with US. telesurenglish.net North Korea said on Thursday it has been offered a fresh meeting with the United States, but is uninterested in more talks aimed at "appeasing us" ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in their negotiations. | RELATED: | North Korea Breaks off Nuclear Talks With US in Sweden | Kim Myong Gil, the North's nuclear negotiator, said in a report carried by state media that Stephen Biegun, his U.S. counterpart who jointly led last month's faile…

Ron Jacobs (2019-11-14). Trump's Drug Deal Goes to Congress: Impeachment, Day One. counterpunch.org Trump's primary defense as argued by his tools in Congress and through his own tweets seems to be "I know I am but what are you?" He isn't denying his misdeeds and abuses of power, just arguing that he can do whatever he wants because he's president and that every other politician does the same thing so what's the problem? It's not really much of a defense, but in the puerile world that is US politics and especially Trumpist politics, he could get away with it. Any explanation that Trump demanded what he did from Zelensky is because he is a businessman only serves to verify my understanding of Trump's businesses[…

John Wojcik, Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-14). Public impeachment hearing reveals new phone call confirming Trump conspiracy. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The nation watched the opening of public hearings yesterday in which, for only the fourth time in U.S. history, an imperiled president faced the prospect of impeachment and removal from office. William B. Taylor, Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, the State Department employee officially in charge of Ukraine policy, …

RT (2019-11-14). China hands Trump a victory in trade war by lifting 5-year-old poultry ban. rt.com China has lifted a ban on US poultry and poultry products that has been in place since the December 2014 avian flu outbreak, opening the door to a potential $1 billion worth of exports from the US to China. | Major US chicken processors like Sanderson Farms, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride saw their stock value climb to year highs on Thursday, following the announcement. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called the development "great news for both America's farmers and China's consumers", in a celebratory public statement. The US is the second largest poultry exporter in the world, behind Brazil, with…

RT (2019-11-14). 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Indonesia. rt.com An earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck in the Molucca Sea, some 134km northwest of the Indonesian island of Ternate, at 4: 18pm local time on Thursday. | A tsunami threat message was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) for all coasts within 300km of the epicenter, affecting a number of Indonesian islands within the hour. Residents were advised to remain alert and seek instructions from local authorities. | A tsunami alert was also issued by the Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology and Geophys…

Eric A. Gordon (2019-11-14). World-renowned singer Julia Migenes bids adieu with nostalgic French popular songs. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Grammy-winning opera singer Julia Migenes travels back to the Paris of Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway in this evening of nostalgic French chansons by Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferré, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak, La Vie en Rose …

RT (2019-11-14). Barr all things Chinese? AG calls Huawei & ZTE 'threat to our collective security'. rt.com Huawei and ZTE "cannot be trusted," US Attorney General William Barr has warned the Federal Communications Commission, calling for a ban on rural telecoms using the products of companies he views as an existential threat. | The Chinese telecoms' "track record, as well as the practices of the Chinese government, demonstrate that Huawei and ZTE cannot be trusted," Barr wrote to the FCC in a letter on Thursday. He urged the regulator to support a proposal to block rural carriers from dipping into an $8.5 billion federal fund to purchase services and equipment from the companies. | We should not signal that Huawei…

Staff (2019-11-14). Who Really Benefits From a Trump Tax Break for the Poor? truthdig.com The president overhauled the tax code in 2017, and a pair of wealthy Republican donors in West Palm Beach have been reaping the rewards.

RT (2019-11-14). With Harris & Booker polling single digits, Mass. ex-governor Deval Patrick joins 2020 race to salvage minority vote. rt.com Former Massachusetts governor and private equity fund manager Deval Patrick has jumped into the 2020 presidential race, his run a signal that the other establishment-friendly minority Democrats have crashed and burned. | Patrick announced his candidacy on Thursday, just three months before the start of primary season in Iowa. In an announcement video that avoids taking any strong stances on issues, he calls for moderation and healing, serving up a warmed-over slice of hope-and-change rhetoric that might trigger déja vu in voters who remember Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. | In a spirit of profound gratit…

Jonah Raskin (2019-11-14). Love and Death in the Age of Revolution. counterpunch.org "When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?' — Radical priest John Ball to English peasants, 1381 It's unlikely that many TV viewers will remember that veteran Welsh actor, Vincent Regan, played Colonel Edward ("Ned") Despard in the show Poldark, which is based on the novels of Winston Graham, and that traces the life and times of a British More

RT (2019-11-14). Messi or Ronaldo? Pele picks his perfect playing partner from current crop of stars. rt.com Legendary goalscorer Pele has said that Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are the best three players in the world, but picked Barcelona icon Messi as his choice of ideal strike partner. | Lamenting what he sees as a reduced number of greats around the world, Brazil's all-time top scorer suggested only three of the current generation could match the fabled likes of Eusébio, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Maradona and Garrincha. | Pele named Messi as the "most complete player" and said he had spoken to Neymar's father, who advises the Paris Saint-Germain striker, about the mercurial forwa…

RT (2019-11-14). Crimean amateur astronomer finds ANOTHER comet, after helping NASA find alien water on interstellar visitor. rt.com Not content with leading NASA to detect water from an alien star system on board an interstellar visitor, Crimean amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov has discovered another comet. | The new comet, traveling at roughly 30km per second in the patch of sky between the Lynx and Cancer constellations, marks the ninth stellar object Borisov has discovered. Unlike his previously discovered comet, dubbed 2I/Borisov, this one is a resident of our solar system. | "I discovered a new comet in early November. I have just received a letter from the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union. This is not an…

Cesar Chelala (2019-11-14). Soap Operas as Teaching Tools. counterpunch.org A friend of mine, a physician who works the longest hours of anybody I know, makes only one exception from her demanding schedule in New York. Once a week, she returns home early to watch a new episode of her favorite Brazilian soap opera. I cannot think of a more unlikely fan. It shows the More

John Feffer (2019-11-14). Examining Trump World's Fantastic Claims About Ukraine. counterpunch.org In fantasy sports, participants draft their own dream teams out of the rosters of existing players. That's what Donald Trump has done with Ukraine. He and his advisors have created a fantasy team involving a number of key players, including the Ukrainian president, the former U.S. ambassador, and the former vice president's son. Then they've More

John Horning (2019-11-14). The Joshua Tree is Us. counterpunch.org For hundreds of years, the Joshua tree has been a source of inspiration for not only Americans but people all around the world. Its branches reaching to the sky reminded early settlers of the biblical story of Joshua raising his arms in prayer. My prayer, today, is that it's not too late to save this More

Nicky Reid (2019-11-14). "What About the Children?" Youth Rights Before Parental Police States. counterpunch.org "What about the children?!" Some haggard disembodied voice wails from my flickering TV set, jerking me awake from the Ambien-grade slumber that any more than 15 minutes of C-Span inevitably delivers. It's happened a thousand times before. The voice almost always belongs to some sobbing middle-aged white woman, overdressed like June Cleaver for some senate More

Chelli Stanley (2019-11-14). In O'odham Land. counterpunch.org In O'odham Land As Trump greenlights the unpopular border wall construction, waiving 41 laws to try to do the utmost damage the area, and as Israeli surveillance groups erect spy towers throughout O'odham land, people continue organizing to protect the land and their communities, and to inform the nation of what is happening in Native More

RT (2019-11-14). 'Evil forces never stop attempts to smear God's servants': Patriarch Kirill urges all religions to unite in combating terrorism. rt.com A war is being waged against traditional religions. It goes on in cities and villages, in information space and, most importantly, in the minds of the people, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, warned. | "Enormous resources are being used for information wars nowadays. We, religious figures, are accustomed to constant attacks. The forces of evil never give up on attempts to smear those, who dedicated their lives to serving God," the Patriarch said as he took the stage at the Summit of World Religious Leaders in Baku. | The most alarming thing is that the younger generation is the one being…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-14). Senate Democrats Join GOP to Back 'Automatic Austerity' Bill That Would Gut Social Programs, Hamstring Bold Policies. commondreams.org "One priority of a Sanders or Warren White House absolutely must be politically crushing the deficit scolds within the Democratic Party." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-14). 'We Don't Want Any Dictators': Bolivians Flood Streets to Protest Right-Wing, Anti-Indigenous Coup. commondreams.org "Anti-Indigenous racism is at the heart of what's happening in Bolivia." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-14). New Global Health and Climate Crisis Report Warns of Future 'Where a Child Has to Fight Simply to Survive'. commondreams.org A report published Wednesday in medical journal The Lancet warns that the human-caused climate crisis is already disproportionately affecting children worldwide and "will define the health profile of current and future generations" if left unabated. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-14). 'Mother Nature Does a Mic Drop': Venice City Council Chamber Floods Minutes After Members Vote Down Climate Crisis Amendment. commondreams.org "From the 'you can't make this stuff up' department." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-14). Warren Suggests Corporate Media Ask Working People, Not Just the Very Rich, About Her Wealth Tax. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the news media on Wednesday evening for focusing coverage of her proposed Ultra-Millionaires Tax largely on wealthy CEOs' and investors' negative views of the plan—rather than those of the working families she says would benefit from its redistribution of wealth. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-14). As Superbugs Infect Millions and Kill Tens of Thousands Each Year, CDC Chief Warns Post-Antibiotic Era 'Already Here'. commondreams.org Bolstering concerns about the "continuing threat" that so-called superbugs pose to human health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Wednesday that found antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States alone each year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-14). 'Beginning of the End of Climate-Wrecking Fossil Fuel Finance': World's Largest Public Bank Ditches Oil and Coal. commondreams.org Environmentalist Bill McKibben called the decision a "truly amazing win." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-14). CodePink Founder Medea Benjamin Threatened with Arrest After Protesting U.S. Foreign Interventions. democracynow.org CodePink co-founder and longtime peace activist Medea Benjamin was threatened with arrest in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and accused of assaulting a sitting congressmember after being forcibly removed from a press conference for opposing the U.S.-backed coup and U.S. sanctions in Venezuela. Benjamin vehemently denies the accusations and says she was in fact the one assaulted when she and other activists demonstrated at a press conference hosted by Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida Republican Mario Díaz-Balart announcing the launch of a Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus. We speak with Me…

Staff (2019-11-14). Headlines for November 14, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Diplomats Testify Trump Pressured Ukraine to Dig Up Political Dirt on Bidens, Trump Claims He Was "Too Busy" to Watch Impeachment Inquiry, Trump Hosts President Erdogan at White House Amid Turkish Attacks in Syria, 34 Palestinians Killed in Two Days as Israel Bombs Gaza Strip, Exiled Bolivian President Evo Morales Calls for "National Dialogue", Protests Rage as Bolivia's Self-Proclaimed Interim President Swears In Cabinet, Lebanese Soldiers Shoot and Kill Man as Protests Enter Fifth Week, Zimbabwe: Millions at Risk of Starving Amid Climate Change-Fueled Drought, Hundreds of Elephants Die as Drought Grips Sou…

Staff (2019-11-14). In First Public Impeachment Hearing, Trump Implicated in Effort to Pressure Ukraine to Probe Bidens. democracynow.org The first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump was held Wednesday. Trump is just the fourth president in U.S. history to face impeachment. Two witnesses testified 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. They both said President Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure the country to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company. We play highlights from the hearing.

Staff (2019-11-14). "This Is Unacceptable": Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon Says Trump Is a Rogue President. democracynow.org The public phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump began Wednesday, with testimonies from two witnesses: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. The hearing brought forth new details about a previously unknown phone call in July between President Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Both Kent and Taylor expressed concern over the role President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had in dictating U.S. policy on Ukraine. We speak with Elizabeth Holtzman, a former U.S. congressme…

Joan Walsh (2019-11-14). Stop Comparing the Trump Impeachment Probe to Watergate. thenation.com Stop Comparing the Trump Impeachment Probe to Watergate…

Aaron Ross Coleman (2019-11-14). How Will Americans Remember Donald Trump? thenation.com How Will Americans Remember Donald Trump?

Arvind Dilawar (2019-11-14). A New Way to Memorialize Racial Violence. thenation.com A New Way to Memorialize Racial Violence…

United Nations (2019-11-14). Bolivia crisis: UN chief sends envoy to support peace, amidst renewed clashes. un.org UN chief António Guterres announced on Thursday that he had appointed a Personal Envoy who would be travelling to Bolivia later in the day, to offer support to national leaders, following the departure of former president, Evo Morales.

United Nations (2019-11-14). Renewal of cross-border aid operation critical to northern Syria: UN relief chief. un.org The top UN humanitarian official was in the Security Council on Wednesday to appeal for the renewal of an operation that delivers life-saving food and other aid relief to some four million civilians in northern Syria.

United Nations (2019-11-14). UN agency sounds alarm: Dwindling agrobiodiversity 'severe threat' to food security. un.org To help ensure the most-consumed foods don't disappear in the face of the climate crisis, farmers must cultivate crops able to resist environmental shocks and other stresses, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) highlighted in a new set of conservation guidelines published on Thursday.

Lynda Carson (2019-11-14). 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.

Michael Lyon (2019-11-14). 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 (2019-11-14). Zunzi (Â∞äÂ≠ê) Political Cartoon Expo. indybay.org Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall | 836 Stockton St, San Francisco, California…

Jon Britton (2019-11-14). 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 (2019-11-14). 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.

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2019-11-14). The tweet that shows just how cynical Rachel Riley's 'war on antisemitism' has become. thecanary.co Rachel Riley does the numbers on Countdown. But she's also appointed herself witchfinder general in a campaign to silence critics of Apartheid Israel with false accusations of antisemitism. (Full disclosure: she has dedicated a lot of that time smearing The Canary.) This is why we were somewhat shocked to find her promoting the views of an alleged antisemite. Why? Because…

The Canary (2019-11-14). Death toll rises in Australian wildfires with worsening weather forecast. thecanary.co The death toll in wildfires raging across Australia's most populous state has risen to four as authorities warned of worsening weather conditions to come. | A body was found late on 13 November in a scorched forest near the town of Kempsey in north-east New South Wales, police said. | He is suspected to be a 58-year-old man who lived in a nearby shed and had not been seen since 8 November when ferocious wildfires across the state killed three other people and destroyed at least 150 homes. | About 60 fires were burning around New South Wales on 14 November, with 27 uncontained. More than 1,000 firefighters are fig…

The Canary (2019-11-14). Trans and non-binary election candidates share fears over 'toxic' landscape. thecanary.co Transgender and gender non-binary politicians standing in December's general election have spoken of being worried about running due to abuse and intimidation. Four transgender or non-binary candidates told the PA news agency they were concerned about the "divided" political atmosphere.At the last general election, 45 lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) MPs were elected from across Labour, the Conservatives and the SNP, while PinkNews reported that seven transgender candidates had put themselves forward for the 2017 poll.Helen Belcher, standing for the second time as Lib Dem candidate for Chippenham, told PA: "I thin…

RT (2019-11-14). Russia-bashers eat their own? Ukrainian ex-minister accuses Bellingcat of being infiltrated by…Kremlin agents? rt.com A website obsessed with blaming Russia for everything — using Google Earth to support its airtight theories — has been infiltrated by Russian agents, according to a Ukrainian MP and former minister. But does it even make sense? | Our strange saga begins with a very level-headed Facebook post penned by Ukraine's former minister of veterans affairs and current member of parliament, Iryna Friz, who expressed deep displeasure with a recent Bellingcat 'investigation' revealing that Ukraine's Ministry of Veterans Affairs had ties to far-right figures (oh no, who could have guessed?). | In her post, Friz…

Andrew Stewart (2019-11-14). Noel Ignatiev and the Great Divide. counterpunch.org One of the finer scholars of his generation, a mighty class warrior, and an unapologetic emblem of his ideological tendency has joined the pantheon of great revolutionaries. Noel Ignatiev, whose classic monograph How the Irish Became White and an anthology co-edited with John Garvey, Race Traitor, belong on every shelf in Trumpland, passed away on More

RT (2019-11-14). 'Didn't match any known aircraft': Navy crew speaks out on 2004 UFO encounter, saw flying 'elongated egg' with 'phosphorus glow'. rt.com Crew members who were aboard a Navy warship during a freak encounter with unidentified flying objects in 2004 have come forward with new details about the mysterious episode, offering captivating first-hand accounts. | On a training mission with the Nimitz carrier group in November 2004 about 100 miles off the coast of Southern California, technicians on the USS Princeton began to notice anomalous "ghost tracks" and "clutter" on the ship's radars. | Concerned the Princeton's brand new AN/SPY-1B radar system was acting up, the crew recalibrated the high tech gear to clear the errors, but the ostensibly "false"

Duncan Roden (2019-11-14). Fires driven by climate change are the 'new normal'. greenleft.org.au Climate change Jim McIlroyIssue 1245 Australia bushfiresNovember 14, 2019Harry Creamer, a leading environment activist from Port Macquarie on the NSW central-north coast and longstanding member of Climate Change Hastings, acted for most most of us on November 10 when he ga…

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…

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…

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.

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

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…

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