2019-11-15: News Headlines

RT (2019-11-15). 'Meant to intimidate': Code Pink's Medea Benjamin slams bogus police raid as crackdown on peace activism. rt.com Peace activist Medea Benjamin slammed a recent police raid on her home after she was accused of "assaulting" a Democratic congresswoman, calling it an act of "intimidation" against those opposing US interventionist policies. | Over a dozen officers from the US Capitol Police surrounded Benjamin's home on Wednesday, alleging the activist assaulted Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida) at a press conference earlier that day, but Benjamin says the charge is phoney. | "This is selective prosecution and it's bogus," she told RT, adding "I'm a peace activist, I don't assault anyone." | They make up thin…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-11-15). Why Aren't Americans Rising up Like the People of Chile and Lebanon? counterpunch.org The waves of protests breaking out in country after country around the world beg the question: Why aren't Americans rising up like our neighbors? We live at the very heart of this neoliberal system that is force-feeding the systemic injustice and inequality of 19th-century laissez-faire capitalism to the people of the 21st century. So we More

Nino Pagliccia (2019-11-15). Morales: Bolivia Suffers an Assault on the Power of the People. counterpunch.org As the military coup continues to entrench itself in Bolivia, the first goal of the perpetrators is to appear to be following the constitutional process. But the faàßade is not enough to hide the real disaster of yet another self-proclaimed president in Latin America. When you thought that the Juan Guaido experiment in Venezuela was More

Patrick Bond (2019-11-15). As Brazil's ex-President Lula is Set Free and BRICS Leaders Summit, What Lessons From the Workers Party for Fighting Global Neoliberalism? counterpunch.org Just as Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) heads of state prepared to meet in Brasilia on November 13-14, hosted by Jair Bolsonaro, a double political earthquake hit: Lula's freedom from prison on November 8, followed by a coup against Bolivian president Evo Morales on November 11. Lula was central to BRICS' establishment a decade ago. Details about More

John Grant (2019-11-15). Drones, Guns and Abject Heroes in America. counterpunch.org A couple Saturdays ago I attended the monthly protest near the drone base located on what used to be the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Horsham, PA, outside Philadelphia. The vigil has been going on monthly for a number of years, peopled by some of the most spiritual, peace-loving people I know. I'd say More

Atilio A. Boron (2019-11-15). The Coup in Bolivia: Five Lessons. globalresearch.ca The Bolivian tragedy teaches us various lessons that our people and the peoples social and political forces must learn from and record in our consciences forever. Here is a brief list, jotted down quickly, and as a prelude to …

Jeb Sprague (2019-11-15). Top Bolivian Coup Plotters Trained by US Military's School of the Americas, Served as Attachés in FBI Police Programs. globalresearch.ca Commanders of Bolivia's military and police helped plot the coup and guaranteed its success. They were previously educated for insurrection in the US government's notorious School of the Americas and FBI training programs. | *** | The United States played a key …

Nino Pagliccia (2019-11-15). Morales: Bolivia Suffers an Assault on the Power of the People. Self Appointed "President Jeanine Añez. globalresearch.ca As the military coup continues to entrench itself in Bolivia, the first goal of the perpetrators is to appear to be following the constitutional process. But the faàßade is not enough to hide the real disaster of yet another self-proclaimed …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-11-15). "Crime Against Democracy": U.S. Backed Fascist Coup in Bolivia. globalresearch.ca Bolivia's legitimate President, Evo Morales now in exile in Mexico said that the "The OAS is in the service of the North American empire" and that he "could not understand" how his military leaders betrayed Bolivia.

Dave Lindorff (2019-11-15). When an Elected Government Falls in South America, as in Bolivia, Look For a US Role. counterpunch.org When it comes to politics in Latin America, what initially seems clear is usually anything but. And when that some complicated political event happens and is reported about in the US, the last place to look for clarity is the US media, which almost universally parrots the Washington line — an imperialist one that takes More

Clark T. Scott (2019-11-15). Bolivia and the Loud Silence. counterpunch.org The lack of criticism about the destruction of democracy in Bolivia from the presidential candidates in the so-called democratic party of the faking United States of America is possibly the single most revealing non-event in the charade of the 2020 electoral scheming. It is more telling than all of their words. The only one of More

Kathleen Wallace (2019-11-15). A Gangster for Capitalism: Next Up, Bolivia. counterpunch.org "War is a racket. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses." This sounds like a modern day comment from the US far left, but the source is hardly that. It's from a man who was the most decorated Marine ever at the time of his death. More

Danny Haiphong (2019-11-15). In Bolivia, the American Empire Strikes Back. globalresearch.ca Evo Morales' fourth term was over before it began. After winning the latest presidential election by over 600,000 votes, a flurry of violence on the part of the U.S.-backed opposition in Bolivia pressured Evo to step down. Evo's home was …

RT (2019-11-15). Indians irate at Amazon for selling capsules of 'blood' so women could fake their virginity. rt.com Amazon found itself at the receiving end of a wave of backlash from irate customers in India after it emerged that the online retailer was selling capsules of fake blood as an "alternative" for women facing virginity tests. | 'Blood for the First Night', sold by 'i-Virgin' is a small capsule containing fake, soluble 'blood' powder that is designed to be inserted into a woman's vagina on her wedding night should she need to fake virginity and pass the still-somewhat-common "character test." | | © Amazon.in | The company claims there are no "No side effects. No needles," and that the powder is "not toxic.

Jordan Riefe (2019-11-15). Watch the CIA Get Away With Torture. truthdig.com In the aftermath of 9/11, Americans might generously attribute their embrace of the "dark side," as former Vice President Dick Cheney described torture, to a collective nervous breakdown. It's a chapter in our recent history detailed in Jane Mayer's bestseller, " The Dark Side," and more broadly in the entertaining and fallacious movie, " Zero Dark Thirty," but it remains a national shame yet to be confronted by holding those responsible accountable. The end credits of Scott Z. B…

RT (2019-11-15). Turkey sends 6,000 Syrians from Istanbul to temporary centers — governor. rt.com Turkey has sent more than 6,000 Syrian migrants in Istanbul to temporary housing centers in other provinces since early July, the local governor's office said on Friday. His statement came two weeks after a deadline for Syrians not registered in the city to leave. | Authorities had given undocumented Syrians in Istanbul until October 30 to move to another province or face forced removal from the city. The Istanbul governor's office said 6,416 unregistered Syrians were removed from Istanbul since July 12. | Turkey hosts more than 3.6 million Syrians, the largest population of Syrians displaced by an eight-year…

Edward Hunt (2019-11-15). It's Still Not Too Late for Rojava. counterpunch.org As Turkey continues its devastating military assault on Rojava, the Kurdish-led region of northeastern Syria, officials in Washington are facing a critical decision: allow Turkey to prevail in its campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Kurds or take action to protect them. The Turkish invasion, which began on October 9, has been devastating for Rojava. More

RT (2019-11-15). Turkey's drill ship 'Fatih' begins operations off NE Cyprus — vice president. rt.com The Turkish oil- and gas-drilling ship 'Fatih' has started operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay was quoted on Friday as saying, despite warnings from the EU that Ankara should stand down. | On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures against Ankara over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean. | Turkey, a formal candidate to join the EU despite worsening ties with the bloc, criticized the decision and said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or in areas where Turkis…

Jonathan Steele (2019-11-15). The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors. counterpunch.org Claims that President Bashar al-Assad's forces have used chemical weapons are almost as old as the Syrian civil war itself. They have produced strong reactions, and none more so than in the case of the alleged attack in April last year on the opposition-controlled area of Douma near Damascus in which 43 people are said More

Mark Taliano (2019-11-15). Syria's Opposing Parties. globalresearch.ca A Canadian political commentator and author of "Voices from Syria" said if a new constitution is approved by the Syrian Constitutional Committee, the foreign-backed "unelected" opposition cannot guarantee to adhere to it. | "Unelected opposing parties cannot guarantee anything," Mark Taliano …

Alison Bodine (2019-11-15). Chile Despertó! Chile Has Woken Up! The Rising Battle Against Neoliberalism. globalresearch.ca °Chile despertó! | °Piñera, renuncia! | °Piñera ya fue! | °Que se vayan los milicos! | Chile Has Woken Up! | Piñera Resign! | Piñera Has Gone! | Let the "Milicos" leave! ("Milicos" is a derogatory word for police and military personnel) | These are some the powerful …

RT (2019-11-15). Iraq 'will never be the same' after recent protests, top Shiite cleric Sistani says. rt.com Iraq will be deeply marked by the recent weeks of demonstrations demanding sweeping reforms, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani said on Friday, in some of his strongest remarks yet on the protest movement. | In his weekly sermon delivered by a representative in Karbala, the country's top Shiite cleric piled pressure on authorities to enact sweeping reforms in response to the deadly rallies, AFP reports. | "If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional," Sistani said. "What comes after these protests will not be the same as before." | Sistan…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-11-15). A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: Real Reasons behind Israel's Arrest and Release of Labadi, Mi'ri. counterpunch.org 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 More

RT (2019-11-15). With no alternative, NASA spent nearly $4 BILLION to fly astronauts aboard Russian Soyuz to ISS & "overpaid" Boeing for no reason. rt.com US space explorers have added up exactly how much money has gone to buy 'seats' on Soyuz vehicles, as its partners SpaceX and "overpaid" Boeing failed to meet the deadlines on NASA's manned spaceflight programs. | Over the past two decades, NASA spent $3.9 billion to transport 70 astronauts aboard Soyuz spacecraft to and from the International Space Station (ISS), the agency said in its audit report, published on Thursday. | The US also had previously used the Space Shuttle to deliver crews to the station but that program was termi…

RT (2019-11-15). 'May drive a bus but do not fine': 'Driver-in-chief' Brezhnev's license to drive is auctioned off. rt.com Documents celebrating Leonid Brezhnev's lifelong love for posh cars and reckless driving have been sold at auction in Moscow. The big man's tastes were a nightmare for his guards and a driveway to his heart for foreign leaders. | Brezhnev's driving documents have changed ownership between two unidentified private collectors this week. What is known is that in exchange the buyer paid about $24,000. The laminated papers include a driver's license in Brezhnev's name — which also authorized him to take the wheel of pretty much any commercial ground transport — and a punch-through card that every Soviet d…

RT (2019-11-15). Russia, Norway & Lithuania conduct exchange of spies. rt.com Lithuania, Russia and Norway conducted an exchange of spies on Friday, the head of Lithuanian counter intelligence said. The three states each secured the return of several captured agents to their home countries, Reuters reported. | Earlier in the day, Lithuania's president pardoned two Russians jailed for espionage, and Moscow said it would reciprocate by releasing two Lithuanians. The moves paved the way for a three-way spy swap also involving Norway. | Lithuanian media said last month that discussions were under way on exchanging two Russians jailed in Lithuania, two Lithuanians sentenced for spying in Rus…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-11-15). Who Was the Founder of the White Helmets? Was He Killed by the Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh)? globalresearch.ca The founder of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, was found dead on November 11 in suspicious circumstances after falling off a two-story apartment building in downtown Istanbul. He was a former British army veteran and a private security …

Nicolas Lalaguna (2019-11-15). Voting on the Future of Life on Earth. counterpunch.org One of the key research facilities leading the discussion on the climate crisis is the National Centre for Climate Restoration in Melbourne, Australia, whose work is arguably a major plank underpinning the Extinction Rebellion mindset. Over the last few years, the team there has been analyzing a lot of the leading climate research and issuing More

Jason Ditz (2019-11-15). The Costs of an Illegal Military Occupation: Trump Demands Five-Fold Increase in Payments from South Korea. globalresearch.ca South Korea has historically paid an unusually large percentage of the cost of keeping US forces there, and under pressure from President Trump, agreed earlier this year to a substantial increase, with South Korea agreeing to pay $924 million …

RT (2019-11-15). German MPs vote to enshrine climate protection in law. rt.com Germany's lower house of parliament on Friday voted to enshrine climate protection in law, setting specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its energy, transport and housing sectors. | The aim is to ensure Germany, Europe's largest economy, reaches its goal of cutting German greenhouse gas emissions to 55 percent of their 1990 level by 2030, Reuters said. | Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday the EU should increase its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if it wants to lead in the fight against climate change. | "Europe must lead, because only then other countrie…

Manuel García, Jr. (2019-11-15). The Truthiest Reality of Global Warming. counterpunch.org An omniscient individual on my electronic social media splattergram expressed skepticism that the 0.04% of the atmosphere made up of CO2 could possibly have any responsibility for causing global warming, now also known as climate change. It seems clear to me now that with each passing day more people will stumble upon this startling insight, More

RT (2019-11-15). 55 not out: Cristiano Ronaldo notches 55th hat-trick in Portugal's 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania (VIDEO). rt.com Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo produced another virtuoso performance for his country as he netted his 55th career hat-trick to help his side to a comfortable 6-0 win over Lithuania. | Ronaldo's treble in his side's Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night also took his tally of international goals for his country to 98 as he closes in on another remarkable career milestone. | If Ronaldo makes it to 100 goals, he'll become only the second player in football history to register a century of international goals for his country, joining Iran's Ali Daei. | Ronaldo's performance came in the wake of a turbulent…

Charles McKelvey (2019-11-15). The USA "Defends" Its Blockade, and Cuba Responds. counterpunch.org The annual vote on the Cuban resolution at the UN General Assembly on "the need to end the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba" is a time of celebration in Cuba, for it is a time in which the governments of the world nearly unanimously support the More

RT (2019-11-15). 'What's a girl seeking, alone at night?' German mayor's 'victim-blaming' blasted as immigrants accused of gang-raping teenager. rt.com The mayor of a German city was forced to apologize for his comments about a shocking gang rape case, which has drawn a new wave of criticism toward the country's lax immigration laws. | The crime occurred in the city of Ulm in the southwestern Baden-Wurttemberg state on Halloween but police only reported it this week. The 14-year-old victim was walking late and met with a group of teenage boys and men in their early 20s, one of whom she knew. She agreed to go to the home of one of the suspects and was gang-raped there. | Three suspects were subsequently arrested, while two more remain at large. At least two of…

Gershon Baskin (2019-11-15). Encountering Peace — A Personal Note of an Israeli Peace Activist During the Gaza Rockets. globalresearch.ca What does an Israeli peace activist do when the rockets are flying and the bombs are falling? | I have been going to demonstrations since I was 12 years old — that was 51 years ago. I can easily say that …

RT (2019-11-15). Israel 'has completed' Gaza strikes after rocket fire — military. rt.com Israel said early on Friday that it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic jihad militant group in Gaza, after rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. | The military's statement indicated that Israel was willing to abide by the ceasefire if there are no additional rocket attacks. It said Israel struck a military compound, a rocket-manufacturing site and a militant headquarters in the town of Khan Younis, AP reports. | The airstrikes came after a barrage of rockets late Thursday. There were no immediate reports of casualties from either side. | The situation was calm Friday morn…

RT (2019-11-15). Major defense technology leak? Israeli missile interceptor reportedly falls in Gaza Strip and is intact. rt.com A crucial part of Israel's Tamir interceptor, which is used in the middle-range Iron Dome air defense system, seems to have fallen intact in the Gaza Strip, potentially creating a major leak of secret rocket technology. | Like many other interceptors, the Tamir missile destroys enemy projectiles by approaching them mid-course and detonating its warhead to send out an expanding ring of shrapnel. The tricky part is correctly identifying the right time for the detonation and executing the defensive explosion exactly when needed. | The timing must be perfect, considering the astounding speeds at which both the…

RT (2019-11-15). Global debt on track to exceed $250 TRILLION this year. rt.com A new report by the International Institute of Finance (IIF) shows the world's debt climbed by $7.5 trillion in the first six months of 2019 to a record high of over $250 trillion. It was driven by borrowings in the US and China.

Melvin Goodman (2019-11-15). Meet Ukraine: America's Newest "Strategic Ally" counterpunch.org When the dust settles in a month or two, the House of Representatives will have impeached President Donald Trump with a one-sided partisan vote and then the Senate will have exonerated Donald Trump with a similarly one-sided partisan vote. But at the end of the day, the United States will have acquired a new strategic ally in Central Europe: Ukraine. The very first day of the impeachment hearings in November has been responsible for an important national security decision that had no input from Trump's national security team or from the congressional foreign policy committees. The implications of this decision ar…

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Thomas Knapp (2019-11-15). Trump's Democratic Critics Want it Both Ways on Biden, Clinton. counterpunch.org US president Donald Trump "elevated his political interest above the national interest and demanded foreign interference in an American election," Peter Beinart asserts at The Atlantic. "What's received less attention is what the scandal reveals about Joe Biden: He showed poor judgment because his staff shielded him from hard truths. If that sounds faintly familiar, More

Ipek S. Burnett (2019-11-15). The United States Needs Citizens Like You, Dreamer. counterpunch.org Dear Dreamer, You may not even remember the journey across the border. Maybe you tracked through a desert. Maybe you hid in a trunk. Maybe you arrived in an airport, your passport stamped with a visa. Maybe you came here all by yourself to reunite with your mom or dad. Maybe you were excited, maybe More

Rob Urie (2019-11-15). Wall Street and the Frankenstein Economy. counterpunch.org The term 'income inequality' suggests the inevitability of a natural process, a division of winners from losers along the lines of hair loss or disproportionate body mass that corporate researchers are working to solve for the sake of the self-esteem of the losers. Some people are tall, others short, some people have pleasant dispositions, others not so much. Otherwise, it almost certainly isn't the 'winners' for whom inequality is a problem, is it? More

David Rosen (2019-11-15). A Century of Prohibition. counterpunch.org We live in the shadow of the past; it haunts the present like the memory of a dead relative who can't be forgotten or forgiven. Prohibition is a dead historically moment that can't be forgotten. Prohibition was established with the adoption of the 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919, and was implemented through the National Prohibition Act, popularly known as the Volstead Act. It was first More

Andrew Levine (2019-11-15). Get Trump First, But Then… counterpunch.org Were Donald Trump and the Republicans who support him slightly less relentless in giving reasons to despair for the human race, it would be a lot harder than it now is to maintain a proper perspective. Trump and those hideous GOP House members defending him on TV are so execrable and pose such a clear More

RT (2019-11-15). 'Crucial source of intelligence': Indian Army urges officers to wipe Facebook accounts & avoid WhatsApp over security gaps. rt.com The Indian Army has warned its officers to stay away from Facebook and WhatsApp, arguing the popular US-based social media platforms are vulnerable to hacks and a "crucial source" for hostile intelligence-gathering. | An army advisory strongly encourages soldiers, especially those holding "sensitive posts," to avoid WhatsApp for any official communications and to consider deactivating their Facebook accounts, following a military assessment finished last month which flagged a number of…

RT (2019-11-15). Pump it up! US Fed adds $104 billion in liquidity to markets in just one day. rt.com The Federal Reserve, which has been boosting liquidity since mid-September, injected $104.293 billion to the financial markets on Thursday. | The addition of liquidity came in two parts, with one happening via overnight repurchase agreements totaling $73.593 billion. The other was from a $30.7 billion 13-day repo operation. In both interventions, dealers took less money than the Fed was willing to provide. | Also on rt.com | | US Federal Reserve's monetary policy is a BLACK HOLE that will swallow up everyone — RT's Keiser Report | The US C…

RT (2019-11-15). 'The boos were on another level': Fans lash out at ex-New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis on return to Madison Square Garden (VIDEO). rt.com The New York Knicks fanbase made sure former player Kristaps Porzingis was aware of their displeasure as he laced up his shoes for the Dallas Mavericks for the first time in MSG after ending a four-year stint in the Big Apple.

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-11-15). Greece as the Centrepiece of China's BRI in the Eastern Mediterranean. globalresearch.ca A 2018 Pew Survey found that 89% of Greeks found their culture to be superior to others, by far the highest amount of people in Europe where it reached as low as 26% in Sweden, 23% in Estonia and Belgium, …

Pete Dolack (2019-11-15). Resisting Misleading Narratives About Pacifica Radio. counterpunch.org The counter-narratives about the recent takeover, and restoration, of New York City's Pacifica radio station, WBAI, have apparently begun. Thus far we have no new offerings but rather restatements of previously given excuses, ones that wilt in the face of reasoned critique. Here I am referring specifically to Akio Tanaka's November 12 article in CounterPunch. Mr. Tanaka leads More

Louis Proyect (2019-11-15). Noel Ignatiev: Remembering a Comrade and a Friend. counterpunch.org For all of the opprobrium Facebook deserves, it is still essential for building ties on the left when there are so few opportunities for networking in real space as opposed to cyberspace. Just checking now, it seems that I became a FB friend with Noel Ignatiev sometime in 2015. It was worth it to me More

Alexandra Early (2019-11-15). Labor Opponents of Single Payer Don't Speak For Low Wage Union Members. counterpunch.org As popular support grows for replacing private insurance plans with Medicare for All, critics of the single-payer approach have been playing up the fact that some top union officials, and their political allies, don't want to do away with job-based medical coverage. "There's no question that ultimately we need to establish a single payer system," More

John W. Whitehead (2019-11-15). Casualties of War: Military Veterans Have Become America's Walking Wounded. counterpunch.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 For the others to fire More

Vladimir Tsemakh (2019-11-15). Video: Key MH17 Witness Vladimir Tsemakh: Abduction, Ukrainian Special Services, and Conflict in Donbass. globalresearch.ca On July 17, 2014, a Malaysian Boeing 777-200ER aircraft was conducting a scheduled passenger flight (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. During a transit flight over the territory of Ukraine, the Ukrainian air traffic control charted the plane directly over …

Staff (2019-11-15). Sen. Cory Booker on Environmental Justice, Nuclear Power & "Savage Racial Disparities" in the U.S. democracynow.org The first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice, co-moderated by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and former EPA official Mustafa Santiago Ali, was held last Friday at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey was one of six Democratic candidates to share his plans to confront environmental injustices and the climate crisis. Booker spoke about racial disparities in the U.S., the creation of renewable energy jobs and the water contamination crises in cities across the country, including his hometown of Newark. "My community is not alone," Booker said. "Lead service…

Staff (2019-11-15). Headlines for November 15, 2019. democracynow.org Two Killed as 16-Year-Old Student Opens Fire at L.A. County High School, El Paso Walmart Reopens, Three Months After Massacre by Racist Gunman, House Speaker Pelosi Accuses Trump of Bribery, an Impeachable Offense, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine to Testify She Felt Threatened by Trump, Chile to Hold Referendum on Rewriting Pinochet-Era Constitution, Chilean Protesters Mark Anniversary of Police Killing of Indigenous Activist, Mon Laferte Holds Topless Protest Against Chilean State Violence at Latin Grammys, Indigenous Bolivians Protest as Interim President Orders Evo Morales Silenced, Israel Resumes Bombing as…

Staff (2019-11-15). Justice for Rodney Reed: Millions Urge Texas to Halt Execution Amid New Evidence of His Innocence. democracynow.org The Supreme Court considers Friday whether to take up the case of Rodney Reed, an African-American death row prisoner in Texas who is scheduled to be executed in less than a week for a murder he says he did not commit. On Thursday, Reed's family braved the cold to camp outside the Supreme Court for a vigil asking the justices to help halt the execution. Millions of people around the country have joined their cause in recent weeks amid mounting evidence that another man may be responsible for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, a 19-year-old white woman. In 1998, an all-white jury sentenced Reed to die for Stites's…

Jacob Sugarman (2019-11-15). Errol Morris Is as Scared as You Are. truthdig.com Nearly midway through his new film about Breitbart co-founder and former White House adviser Steve Bannon, "American Dharma" director Errol Morris makes a familiar confession. Their roles as documentarian and subject briefly reversed, Bannon asks, "How could you possibly make 'Fog of War,' and how could you make 'What Known Unknowns' [sic]? How could you make this, and then vote for Hillary Clinton?" To which Morris replies, "Because I was afraid of you guys. I still am!" He adds, "I thought that she was the best hope of defeating Trump…

Lynda Carson (2019-11-15). 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 (2019-11-15). 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 (2019-11-15). Zunzi (Â∞äÂ≠ê) Political Cartoon Expo. indybay.org Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall | 836 Stockton St, San Francisco, California…

Jon Britton (2019-11-15). 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 (2019-11-15). 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.

Global Research News (2019-11-15). Selected Articles: The Costs of Post 9/11 Wars: $6.4 Trillion. globalresearch.ca Lying is a money making activity and lies are commodities. There is a profitable global market for media and public figures committed to spreading disinformation. | Needless to say, "Telling the Truth", on the other hand, Is Not a Money-Making Proposition. …

Elie Mystal (2019-11-15). Five Ways to Debunk the GOP's Defense of Donald Trump. thenation.com Five Ways to Debunk the GOP's Defense of Donald Trump…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-11-15). The Democrats Have the Country on a Slippery Slope. globalresearch.ca The fake "whistleblower's name— Eric Ciamerella—has been known for a long time, but not officially. Now it is official. Senator Rand Paul has officially released his name. Funny, isn't it, that only the Republicans want Ciamerella to testify. The …

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.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-11-14). The Rights of Undocumented Immigrants: DACA Arguments in US Supreme Court Leave Outcome in Doubt. globalresearch.ca After the arguments before the Supreme Court in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case, it is difficult to predict the outcome. Justices often play devil's advocate when questioning the lawyers, so reading the tea leaves about how a …

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…

Enzo Pellegrin (2019-11-14). The Strategic Battle for Lithium. Huge Reserves in Bolivia, Argentina, Chile. globalresearch.ca On March 15, 2018, Maurizio Stefanini, reporter of an italian right think-tank, complained that the huge reserve of Lithium present in Bolivia was in the hands of the State"" and of the bad example"" of Evo Morales. (1) In the …

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…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-14). Media Support for the CIA Coup in Bolivia. globalresearch.ca Without establishment media support, US planned aggression, color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, and other hostile to peace, equity and justice actions wouldn't get out of the starting gate. | Propaganda support is crucial, manipulating the public mind. Media operate as gatekeepers, proliferating …

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). 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…

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

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…

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

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

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 …

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…

BDS South Africa (2019-11-14). Bolivia's Evo Morales Receives Support from South Africa. globalresearch.ca BDS SA, COSATU, SACP, SSN, FOCUS-SA and others join South Africa's ruling party, the ANC, in pledging solidarity with the Nelson Mandela of Latin America, President Evo Morales of Bolivia. | Over the weekend, in a shock to all peace loving …

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…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-11-14). Can the EU's New Sanctions Against Turkey Force the Cyprus Issue to Finally be Resolved? globalresearch.ca Every year, on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, references are made with the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, the last divided capital city of Europe. In Berlin, the wall fell under the weight of a political cosmogony …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-11-14). Western Terrorists Are Coming Home to Roost. globalresearch.ca Turkey is deporting terrorists to their country of origin. President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said Tuesday, | "Some countries have started panicking after we began the repatriation process of foreign Daesh terrorists. Turkey has been worrying about this issue for years, let …

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). 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.