2019-11-16: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-11-16). Morales' MAS in talks with Bolivia coup regime on how to quell unrest. wsws.org The agreement to enter discussions came as masses of workers and peasants continue to stream into La Paz demanding the downfall of the self-proclaimed "interim president."

RT (2019-11-16). 'Stop the massacre!' Evo Morales appeals to Bolivian military as 5 killed in crackdown by 'interim' government (GRAPHIC). rt.com Bolivia's ousted leader Evo Morales pleaded with his country's military to stop firing on unarmed demonstrators protesting the coup-imposed interim leadership, after several activists were killed in clashes with security forces. | "We ask the armed forces and the Bolivian Police to stop the massacre," Morales said in a tweet late on Friday. "The uniform of the institutions of the Homeland cannot be stained with the blood of our people." | Pedimos a las FFAA y a la Policía Boliviana que paren la masacre. El uniforme de las instituciones de la Patria no puede mancharse con la sangre de nuestro pueblo.— Evo…

RT (2019-11-16). Bomb attack kills 10 in Syrian city south of Turkish border (VIDEOS). rt.com At least 10 people have been reported killed in a car bombing attack in al-Bab, a city in Syria's Aleppo governorate that is controlled by the Turkey-backed militias. | The city is located some 30 km South of Turkish border and has remained under Turkish control since late 2016. | Ÿäÿß ŸÑÿ∑ŸäŸÅ ŸÑÿ∑ŸÅŸÉ Ÿäÿß ÿ±ÿ® | 12 ÿ¥ŸáŸäÿØÿß ŸàÿπÿØÿØ ŸÉÿ®&Yuml…

South Front (2019-11-16). Video: With Russia's Support Syrian Army Kicks Off New Offensive in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca On November 14, the Syrian Army backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a limited offensive on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its Turkish-backed allies in southern Idlib. Government forces liberated the town of Luwaybidah and the nearby …

RT (2019-11-16). Iran-Iraq border crossing reportedly closed due to ongoing protests in both countries. rt.com The Shalamcheh border crossing between Iraq and Iran was shut down on Saturday, Reuters has reported. The move was made at Tehran's request and in response to the ongoing mass protests in both countries. | The crossing will remain closed for travel in either direction, the news agency said, citing an Iraqi security source and an Iranian diplomat, without naming either. However, goods will be allowed to travel through. | Iraq has been gripped for weeks by violent street protests against the government's policies. Over 300 people have been killed. The wave of public anger spread from the capital Baghdad to the s…

RT (2019-11-16). Palestinian journalist loses an eye after being hit by Israeli rubber bullet at West Bank land seizure protest (GRAPHIC). rt.com A Palestinian journalist lost his eye after being hit by an Israeli rubber-coated bullet. Moath Amarneh was mutilated despite wearing a 'Press' vest while covering a protest in the West Bank's Hebron governorate. | The incident happened on Friday near the town of Surif in Hebron, where dozens of Palestinians were protesting against the latest confiscation of land for the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied territory. | My Friend journalist Moath Amarneh, I am very sad about the bad news I got now, he lost his left Eye today, the army shot him today during his work to cover a peaceful protest in…

RT (2019-11-16). Twitter's 'ban' on political ads has a gaping, legacy media-shaped loophole. rt.com Trying to stay ahead of spurious allegations of enabling 'Russian meddling' into US elections, Twitter has outlawed all political advertising — but left an exemption most US legacy media, though partisan, will easily sail through. | "Twitter globally prohibits the promotion of political content. We have made this decision based on our belief that political message reach should be earned, not bought," the company announced Friday, sharing the details of its ad ban. | Elaborating on the decision in a thread, Twitter's head of legal, policy and Trust & Safety Vijaya Gadde effectively admitted that the ban w…

RT (2019-11-16). Arizona border patrol SHOOTS Russian citizen 'suspected' of crossing from Mexico into US illegally. rt.com A Russian citizen was shot and wounded by a US Border Patrol agent who claims he suspected the man of sneaking into the country illegally. The Russian consulate has confirmed his identity and requested access to the man. | "A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent discharged his service-issued firearm in an incident near Lukeville, Arizona," the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said in a statement on Friday, adding the wounded man was then transported to a hospital in Phoenix by helicopter for treatment of "non-life threatening injuries." | @CBPArizona says an WSWS (2019-11-16). The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine. wsws.org The public hearings on impeachment have brought to light bitter recriminations within the US ruling elite sparked by the failure of its anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine.

RT (2019-11-16). Make Americans exceptional again? Trump trumps Pentagon, pardons 2 soldiers charged with war crimes. rt.com President Donald Trump has pardoned two soldiers charged for war crimes in Afghanistan, suggesting that US troops are immune even in the face of their own military justice system, let alone the International Criminal Court. | The president signed a clemency order on Friday granting full pardons to two Army officers facing war crimes charges — one awaiting trial and the other already behind bars — and reinstating the rank of a Navy Seal demoted earlier this year over similar war crimes accusations. | Can't overstate how damaging this is. Trump tells troops, & allies/enemies, that committing war crimes…

WSWS (2019-11-16). Parasite: An unusual director with his antenna attuned to social class. wsws.org Parasite is a dark comedy from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho that concerns itself with income inequality and its implications. The Lighthouse is a pointless horror film set in the late 1800s in New England.

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-11-16). Ending Violence, Exploitation, Ecological Destruction and War. dissidentvoice.org The date 11 November is well known and commemorated in many parts of the world because it marks the Armistice ending World War I — 'the Great War' — in 1918. In the evocative words used by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., an atheist humanist, in his novel Breakfast of Champions, the day is remembered thus: When …

WSWS (2019-11-16). Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of "catastrophic" conflict between US and China. wsws.org Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable "conflict" between the US and China that "will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation."

WSWS (2019-11-16). Seeking to cultivate fascistic base, Trump pardons two war criminals and promotes a third. wsws.org Trump's unprecedented pardoning of war criminals highlights the authoritarian character of his administration.

WSWS (2019-11-16). Sri Lankan presidential election: Workers must prepare to fight moves towards police-state rule. wsws.org Calls by the major candidates for "strong government"—code-words for the development of dictatorial methods—are a response to the growing opposition of workers and the poor to government austerity.

WSWS (2019-11-16). Germany: Left Party parliamentary group elects new leadership. wsws.org The trench warfare within the Left Party expresses tensions and friction stemming inevitably from the right-wing turn undertaken by the whole party.

(2019-11-16). Trump Weakens Protections for Toxic Pyrethroid Pesticides. globalresearch.ca Trump's Environmental Protection Agency proposed today to weaken protections for 23 pyrethroids, a class of insecticides linked to autism, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and known to be highly toxic to bees and fish. | These reduced safeguards were requested by a …

WSWS (2019-11-16). New Zealand police introduce new armed units. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government is exploiting the Christchurch terrorist attack to further arm the police and increase their anti-democratic powers.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-11-16). 'Grand American Tradition of Immunizing Its War Criminals' Continues as Trump Pardons US Soldiers. commondreams.org "A shameful use of presidential powers," said the ACLU. "It sends a clear message of disrespect for the law, morality, the military justice system, and those in the military who abide by the laws of war." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

True Publica (2019-11-16). Where the Vulture Funds Nest in Brexit Britain. globalresearch.ca The UK economy has seen a spike in corporate insolvencies, particularly in the retail, manufacturing and travel sectors since the EU referendum, and the heavy debt burden imposed by private equity has often been a factor. Vulture funds are …

John Malkin (2019-11-16). Syrian War Refugee Mother & Daughter in Canada Want to Bring Family to Ottawa. indybay.org Interview with Syrian war refugee Walaa Ibrahim, who emigrated to Ottawa, Canada with her young daughter in November, 2018. Activists are now raising funds to bring Walaa's parents and brother to Canada. Includes interviews with activists who helped bring Walaa and Kadar to Canada.

Dan Bacher (2019-11-16). Hundreds pack hearing to protest Trump administration proposal to dredge San Francisco Bay. indybay.org "Deepening the Bay to accommodate bigger vessels carrying dirty tar sands crude oil puts communities along the water and near the refineries at risk," said Isabella Zizi, Climate Campaigner at Stand.earth and member of Protect the Bay.

Michael Lyon (2019-11-16). Joining Youth and Age on the Climate Crisis. indybay.org Street Level Community Room, Park Branch Library | 1833 Page St. San Francisco…

Ryan Gopar (2019-11-16). Immigrants Feel Broaden Risk During Fires. indybay.org This is an opinion piece on the anxiety endured by the immigrant population. While referencing events in northern California, the climate of fear is throughout all of the United States. This piece is meant to raise awareness of and for immigrants, in relation to the Public Charge Rules.

Northern California Hong Kong Club (2019-11-16). Zunzi (Â∞äÂ≠ê) Political Cartoon Expo. indybay.org Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall | 836 Stockton St, San Francisco, California…

Jon Britton (2019-11-16). 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…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-11-16). It's Official: Dysfunctional Impeachment Resolution against Donald J. Trump. H. RES. 13. globalresearch.ca According to Rep.Sherman: "Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump's campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia." The NYT candidly states without a shred of evidence that the Russian lawyer is "connected the Russian government" intimating that she is a stooge of the Kremlin.

RT (2019-11-16). 'He told me to shut my mouth': Lionel Messi and Brazil coach Tite exchange heated words during Argentina-Brazil clash. rt.com Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil head coach Tite exchanged words on the sideline during Argentina's 1-0 win over their South American rivals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday | Apparently angered by comments that were coming from the Brazil dugout, Messi raised his finger to his own lips in a mime for Tite to be quiet and also making another hand sign to suggest that the Brazilian was very overly-vocal. | Also on rt.com | | Mother of all insults: English comedian mocks Messi over bizarre tattoo likeness to his mom (VIDEO) | Speaking to report…

United Nations (2019-11-16). UN film festival encourages young people to promote peace, dialogue and empathy. un.org Demonstrating empathy, humour and intelligence, a group of young film-makers have been recognized for their short videos, which tackle the weighty issues of discrimination, intolerance and misogyny in a creative and entertaining way, at a ceremony held at UN Headquarters.

RT (2019-11-16). Why so serious?! UFC fighter Markus Perez dons Joker-inspired makeup at UFC Sao Paulo weigh-ins (VIDEO). rt.com We are a couple of weeks past Halloween but UFC fighter Markus Perez would have scored top marks for this costume as he pulled out all the stops in Sao Paulo by walking to the scales in full Heath Ledger-inspired Joker makeup.

Susan Price (2019-11-16). Bolivia: Security forces open fire on protesters in Cochabamba. greenleft.org.au Bolivian elections Reposted from People's DispatchIssue 1246 Bolivia 2019 coup in Bolivia Movement Towards Socialism (MAS)November 16, 2019Bolivian security f…

Fred_F (2019-11-16). The climate canary in the coal mine. greenleft.org.au Climate Zane AlcornIssue 1245 AustraliaNovember 16, 2019If you thought extreme weather and climate events would eventually force politicians to wake up — that notion should now be definitely put to bed. | Not only did the Coalition fail to acknowledge climate change makes it more likely that extreme weather events will be more frequent…

RT (2019-11-16). Could Saudi Aramco IPO kill OPEC? rt.com The global oil market could be entering unchartered waters in the coming weeks. After the US shale revolution, which threatened OPEC's hold on and the stability of the market, a new danger is lurking around the corner. | The Aramco IPO, the largest IPO in history, will not only impact OPEC but will also have repercussions for the Kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the entire GCC region. | Most analysts have pointed out that there are some major issues with the company's financials, its valuation and possible returns for the Kingdom. International banks are presenting their own IPO valuations, indic…

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

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…

Lucas Koerner (2019-11-15). Western Media Whitewash Bolivia's Far-Right Coup. fair.org The phrase AP (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/13/19) is looking for is "self-declared." | Bolivia has a new US-backed puppet leader, and the Western media can hardly conceal their adulation. | Jeanine àÅñez declared herself "interim president" in a near-empty Senate chamber on November 12, proceeding to don the presidential sash with the assistance of uniformed soldiers. Despite a lack of quorum rendering the move nakedly unconstitutional, àÅñez was immediate…

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

Staff (2019-11-15). Corporate Media Whitewashes Its Role in Lula's Imprisonment. truthdig.com The Brazilian Supreme Court reversed a 2018 ruling on November 7, upholding the principle of innocent until proven guilty in the 1988 Constitution and declaring it illegal to jail defendants before their appeals processes have been exhausted. Within 24 hours, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was released to an adoring crowd of hundreds of union members and social movement activists who had maintained a camp outside the police station where he was held, shouting "good morning," "good afternoon" and "good night" to him for 580 consecutive days. | The Supreme Court had previously ruled, on April 5, 2018[md…

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.

Eoin Higgins (2019-11-15). Massive Anti-Coup Protests Explode Across Bolivia. theantimedia.com Video and photographs show tens of thousands of people waving the Indigenous flag and calling for Añez to step down.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-15). AFL-CIO President Trumka and other union leaders condemn Bolivian coup. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has come out against the military coup that ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales earlier this week. Trumka tweeted that the nation's largest labor federation is joining national and international labor organizations "in condemning the military interference in Bolivia's election process. Morales reduced widespread poverty and fought for the inclusion of the …

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

WSWS (2019-11-15). Canada abets US-sponsored coup in Bolivia. wsws.org Canada's union-backed, ostensibly "progressive" Liberal government is once again assisting Washington in ousting a Latin American government deemed insufficiently pliant to imperialist interests.

Fight Back (2019-11-15). Evo's Bolivia is not over. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Events have not gone well for the coalition of generals and reactionaries that overthrew Evo Morales on November 10. Far from consolidating their control over the government and the country, the right-wing forces now stand on the back foot, facing the full force of an organized and enraged mass movement ready to defend their constitution and their elected government. | The first setback for the coup was their failure to assassinate Evo. On the morning of November 12, Bolivia's overthrown president, along with his vice president àÅlvaro García Linera, arrived in Mexico where they had been…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-15). Russia Denounces Bolivia Coup, Moscow's Ambiguous Statement Regarding Illegitimate Self-Proclaimed President. globalresearch.ca Time and again, Russia stressed that it supports the sovereign independence and territorial integrity of other countries. | On Monday, its Foreign Ministry denounced the toppling of Bolivia's Evo Morales, a statement saying: | "We are alarmed by the dramatic developments …

Eds. (2019-11-15). The Bolivian coup is not a coup—because U.S. wanted it to happen. mronline.org Army generals appearing on television to demand the resignation and arrest of an elected civilian head of state seems like a textbook example of a coup. And yet that is certainly not how corporate media are presenting the weekend's events in Bolivia. | Source

Elise Swain (2019-11-15). The Coup That Ousted Bolivia's Evo Morales Is Another Setback for Latin American Socialism. theintercept.com A socialist president from Bolivia is sent into exile as another member of the Latin American left is freed from prison in Brazil.

WSWS (2019-11-15). Popular resistance mounts against Bolivian coup. wsws.org Thousands of workers and peasants in Bolivia's capital of La Paz, the neighboring district of El Alto and in Cochabamba have taken to the streets in defiance of police-military repression.

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 …

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 …

Vijay Prashad (2019-11-15). "Bolivia does not exist": Neocolonial rule reasserted by racist 'General's Coup'. peoplesworld.org On Nov. 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 13 years by the United States government. Having won re-election for the fourth time, Morales faced an open insurrection from his opponent—former President Carlos …

Fight Back (2019-11-15). MN says: "No to U.S. coup in Bolivia" fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 50 protesters rallied at the intersection of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis on November 14 in response to a call for emergency response protests. On November 8, Bolivia's military staged a coup and ousted democratically elected President Evo Morales. Even though Morales accepted asylum in Mexico, the people's movements have refused to back down and have been protesting in the capital. Protests internationally have been organized to show solidarity with the indigenous and workers' movements opposing U.S. interference in Bolivia. | Thousands of drivers returning home from work…

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 …

teleSUR (2019-11-15). Cuba: Stop Harassment Against Cuban Doctors in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Government denounced the arbitrary detention of the chief its the Medical Brigade in Bolivia, Yoandra Muro Valle, as well as of Jacinto Alfonso Pérez, in charge of logistics of the group, said Eugenio Martínez Enriquez, General Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the island. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Coup-Born Government Threatens Independent Journalists | In a press conference, the diplomat called on the authorities of the Plur…

Eds. (2019-11-15). Behind the racist coup in Bolivia. mronline.org Sunday November the 10th, at approximately 4pm (eastern standard time) the democratically elected president and vice president of Bolivia, Evo Morales and àÅlvaro García respectively, were forced to resign from power. | Source

teleSUR (2019-11-15). Bolivia: Coup-Born Government Threatens Independent Journalists. telesurenglish.net Independent journalists who are covering protests in Bolivia were accused of carrying out "sedition" by Communications Minister Roxana Lizarraga, who was paradoxically appointed by a US-backed government that emerged from a coup d'etat against the socialist President Evo Morales. | RELATED: | ALBA-TCP Debates Coup in Bolivia | "Law will be fully enforced against th…

CounterSpin (2019-11-15). Alex Main on Bolivia Coup. fair.org Media…

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

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 …

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

Chris Wright (2019-11-15). The Life and Times of Jimmy Hoffa. dissidentvoice.org Jimmy Hoffa used to say he'd be forgotten ten years after his death. This was an uncharacteristically unintelligent judgment. Forty-four years after his murder on July 30, 1975, Hoffa is still famous enough that one of the most celebrated movies of the year is about the man who claims to have killed him, Frank Sheeran. …

teleSUR (2019-11-15). Cuban Collaborators Return After Ecuador Cancels Agreement. telesurenglish.net The Government of Ecuador ended the six agreements signed with the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, which allowed hiring the Caribbean doctors in the Latin American country. The decision was announced by Minister of Government, María Paula Romo, last Tuesday, November 12th, at the Carondelet Palace, in Quito. The representative ratified that there will be no renewal or no new agreements in this modality. | RELATED: | Ecuador: 'Russia Today' Taken Off The Air by State Company | "In t…

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

Tony Cartalucci (2019-11-15). Karma: British "White Helmets" Co-Founder Dead in Turkey. globalresearch.ca Former British military officer James Le Mesurier suspected of ties to MI6 and the co-founder of the so-called "White Helmets" front was found dead this month in Turkey from an apparent fall from his residence. | The Western media wasted no …

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 …

Staff (2019-11-15). Israel Says It Has Completed Gaza Strikes After Rocket Fire. truthdig.com GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel said early Friday it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. | The Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, who kept to the sidelines of this week's fighting, cancelled the weekly protests they organize along the perimeter fence without explanation — apparently in an effort to preserve the calm. | Israel reiterated that it was willing to abide by the cease-fire if there are no additional rocket attacks. The army said in a statement that it struck a military c…

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). Here's what happens to a car in a nuclear-force blast (VIDEO). rt.com A nuclear strike is the ultimate attack, annihilating all in its path. Yet modern military hardware must be able to survive this force and it turns out Russia has the perfect place to test if its latest gear meets this challenge.

Staff (2019-11-15). The Ukraine Scandal Isn't Just About Politics — It's About Money. truthout.org This story was co-published with WNYC. | On this week's episode of "Trump, Inc.," we follow the money. | First, Let's Meet Our Cast of Ukraine Players: | Richest among them is Dmitry Firtash, an oligarch who has been battling to avoid an extradition flight to Chicago, where he faces federal charges of bribery. The Department of Justice has described Firtash as an "upper-echelon" associate "of Russian orga…

RT (2019-11-15). Roger Stone conviction: Trump attacks double-standards on LYING while media repurposes a disproved 'WikiLeaks insider' connection. rt.com Former Donald Trump campaign strategist Roger Stone has been found guilty of all felony charges over his false claim of having an inside contact at WikiLeaks (he didn't). Trump said those who lied under oath against him walk free. | Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction, all charges centered around misrepresenting the nature of his contacts with WikiLeaks during intelligence committee hearings related to the special counsel's 'Russian collusion' inquiry. Not only did Stone falsely claim comedian and former friend Randy Credico was the "intermediary" discussed in emails wi…

Tom Weis (2019-11-15). DNC Dithers While the World Burns. commondreams.org The youth-led Sunrise Movement launched a campaign earlier this year to urge the Democratic Party to hold a 2020 presidential primary debate about the climate crisis. (Photo: Sunrise Movement/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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 …

Staff (2019-11-15). Twitter Details Political Ads Ban, Issue Ads Allowed. truthdig.com Twitter says its new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content. | Twitter is defining political content to include any ad that references a candidate, political party, government official, ballot measure, or legislative or judicial outcome. The ban also applies to all ads — even nonpolitical ones — from candidates, political parties and elected or appointed government officials. | However, Twitter is allowing ads related to social causes such as climate change, gun control and abortion. People and groups running such ads won't…

Staff (2019-11-15). Cap and Trade Can't Be the Answer to Climate Change. truthdig.com A new report find that it's as susceptible to lobbying as any other legislation, with pollution up in California since it took effect.

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

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

Janine Jackson (2019-11-15). Missed Opportunity to Recall a Day to 'Perpetuate Peace'. fair.org CNN ( 11/11/19) offered vets a guide to "deals and freebies." | Media consumers were greeted on November 11 with stories like, "Veterans Served to Protect Our Country. Here's Where They Can Get Served With Deals and Freebies Today," on CNN ( 11/11/19). Newsweek ( 11/11/19) counseled readers thatunlike on Memorial Day, when i…

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 …

Lyn Neeley (2019-11-15). Interview with a Chavista: Temir Porras. workers.org Hands Off Venezuela PDX sponsored an Oct. 9 skype event with Temir Porras, a revolutionary Chavista who served as a former chief of staff to both President Hugo Chavez and President Nicolás Maduro. He is a knowledgeable economist, who also served as Venezuelan deputy minister for higher education and in . . . | Continue reading Interview with a Chavista: Temir Porras at Workers.org

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-15). Israel and Gaza Exchange Fire Hours After Ceasefire Declared. imemc.org Two Palestinians were injured in new Israeli airstrikes in the southern Gaza Strip, Days of Palestine reported. The names of the injured were not available at the time of reporting. Israel occupation warplanes attacked a resistance site west of Khan Younis, as well as targeting agricultural lands northwest of Rafah …

PCHR (2019-11-15). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 — 13 November). imemc.org Summary This week, Israeli occupation Forces (IOF) escalated the situation across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and committed war crimes. IOF started a two-day large-scale aggression on the Gaza Strip, deployed its naval, air and artillery forces and carried out 73 targeted airstikes against residential buildings, civilian establishments and …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-15). Israel Launches New Airstrikes on Gaza. imemc.org Israel's army said early Friday it had launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, despite a ceasefire in place since Thursday morning. In a WhatsApp message to reporters, Israeli military claimed it was "striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in the Gaza strip," The New Arab (Al-Araby) reported. Israel …

RT (2019-11-15). Wrong Abu? IDF 'investigating' after wiping out Gaza family of EIGHT, incl. 5 kids, in raid on presumed Islamic Jihad commander. rt.com The Israeli Defense Force is investigating whether it killed eight innocent Palestinian family members, including five children, while targeting a militant leader in Gaza. It insists the building they lived in was thought empty. | Israel bombed a family home in Deir al-Balah in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing Rasmi Abu Malhous, his wife, his brother's wife, and five of their children. While the IDF claimed Abu Malhous was an Islamic Jihad rocket squadron commander and acknowledged he was the target of the strike, the family's neighbors say the photo the IDF published of Abu Malhous is a different…

Eric A. Gordon (2019-11-15). Two new Black-themed plays in L.A.: A history and a comedy. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—What are the odds, at any given moment of theatre history in this city, of having two plays running simultaneously, both set during World War II with young Black men trying to enlist in the armed forces? That's what's on the boards right now, in two world premieres: Carole Eglash-Kosoff's The Double V, directed …

RT (2019-11-15). High anxiety: American Airlines staff 'begging' not to fly on 737 MAX. rt.com Some flight attendants with American Airlines remain fearful of flying the Boeing 737 MAX, despite the plane-maker nearing regulatory approval for a software update. The jet has been grounded after two fatal crashes left 346 dead. | According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), they want to be fully versed on what has happened and why the plane is safe to fly now. The union said it will consider information from Boeing, US regulators, American Airlines, the carrier's pilots and others before making a final decision. | "I hear from some flight attendants every day and they are begging m…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

Brian Mier (2019-11-15). As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There. commondreams.org Former President of Brazil Lula da Silva speaking in front of the Metalworkers union on November 9, 2019, after his release from prison. (Photo: Brian Mier) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-11-15). Corbyn and main union backer McCluskey oppose Labour conference free movement pledge on immigration. wsws.org McCluskey intervened to ensure that it is the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's position that is reflected in this year's election manifesto.

WSWS (2019-11-15). Leaked emails reveal Trump aide Stephen Miller's fascist politics. wsws.org Emails published by the Southern Poverty Law Center show Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser in charge of immigration policy, espousing racist views and promoting white supremacist and neo-Nazi publications.

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