2019-11-18: News Headlines

Olivia Arigho-Stiles (2019-11-18). Protestors Massacred in Post-Coup Bolivia. counterpunch.org Eight are dead and hundreds injured in a week of bloodshed after Bolivia's former President Evo Morales was forced to resign from power last Sunday. | In this slim window of time, an interim unelected president has been installed, anti-coup protesters have been shot dead by the police and hundreds of foreign citizens have been expelled from the country, including over 700 Cuban doctors and Venezuelan diplomats. In total, 24 have died in a month of protest and turmoil. More

Alan Macleod (2019-11-18). Media Silent as Bolivia's New Right-Wing Gov't Massacres Indigenous Protesters. mintpressnews.com Both the corporate media and human rights groups have been silent as journalists and indigenous protesters have been targeted as Bolivia's self-declared right-wing government uses violence to secure its tenuous hold on power.

teleSUR (2019-11-18). Dictatorship is Preparing for a State of Siege: Evo Morales. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian President in exile, Evo Morales, said on Monday that the de facto government established in his nation is preparing for a state of siege to contain the protests against the coup. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Arrested, Harassed In Bolivia Return Home Safely | "After massacreing 24 indigenous people, they now preparing for a State of Siege. It would be the confirmation that instead of respecting democracy, they installed a dictatorship," the Bolivian leader said via his Tw…

teleSUR (2019-11-18). Bolivia: More Than 68,000 Fake Twitter Accounts Supported Coup. telesurenglish.net More than 68,000 fake Twitter accounts were created to support the coup d'état in Bolivia, revealed a recent study by Julián Macías Tovar, head of social networks for the Spanish party Podemos. | RELATED: | Thousands March in Response to Cochabamba Massacre: Bolivia | The specialist found that these false accounts used several labels to try to legitimize…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-11-18). Bolivia's U.S.-backed Coup Government Has Given the Military a License to Kill Protestors. globalresearch.ca The de facto and unelected president of Bolivia, Jeanine àÅñez, signed a decree that exempts all military personnel from being criminally responsible, even in the cases of murder, in the midst of demonstrations against the coup d'etat that ousted …

Lucas Koerner (2019-11-18). Western Media Whitewash Bolivia's Far-Right Coup. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Common Dreams (2019-11-18). Bolivia's Coup Government Threatens to Arrest Leftist Lawmakers and Journalists. theantimedia.com "Bolivia is living through a violent, regressive, completely undemocratic power grab. All governments must sever relations with this illegal regime."

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-18). US Dirty Hands Escalate Hong Kong Violence. globalresearch.ca Months of violence and chaos in Hong Kong have US dirty hands all over them. | Orchestrated by the CIA in cahoots with other anti-democratic US agencies and anti-government Chinese hooligans, there's nothing spontaneous about what's going on endlessly. | Days earlier, …

Ralph Nader (2019-11-18). The Most Impeachable President vs. The Most Hesitant Congress. What Are The Democrats Waiting For? counterpunch.org Amid the worst Republican President and Republican Party in modern times, the Democrats are playing the politics of low expectations. This is not the time for Democrats to be in disarray. On Capitol Hill, the prevailing view of most Democrats is that they will cling to their House majority and they shouldn't expect to regain More

F. William Engdahl (2019-11-18). China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium. globalresearch.ca For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come into focus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2019-11-18). The US-Sponsored Coup that Ousted Evo Morales. Bolivia's Partnership with China in Lithium Production. globalresearch.ca Any human being who values justice and freedom would condemn the coup that ousted the Bolivian president Evo Morales on the 10th of November 2019. | Morales obtained 47.08 % of the vote to secure a fourth term as president …

Paul Dobson (2019-11-18). Venezuelans Protest Bolivia Coup After Diplomatic Break. venezuelanalysis.com The de facto government in La Paz has broken relations with Caracas and recognised Guaido.

Alan Macleod (2019-11-18). Another Failed US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela Goes Unnoticed. mintpressnews.com Despite heavy backing from US officials, the coup attempt fell completely flat as Venezuela's armed forces failed to defect to Juan Guaidó's side and few opposition protesters trickled into the streets.

Ashley Smith (2019-11-18). The Eighteenth Brumaire of Macho Camacho: Jeffery R. Webber and Forrest Hylton on the Coup in Bolivia. counterpunch.org The stakes in labelling what happened in Bolivia a coup are nothing less than political legitimacy. Former presidents Dilma Rousseff and Luis Ignacio da Silva in Brazil; former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and president-elect Alberto Fernández in Argentina; and the governments of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico and Tabaré Vásquez in Uruguay labelled it a coup, while the governments of Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia, to name only some of the countries in the US orbit, refused to do so. Brazil, perhaps the least legitimate government in the hemisphere today, was the first country to recognize…

Tatiana Cozzarelli (2019-11-18). Fight Bolivia's Coup, The Resistance: Indigenous Workers Build Self Defense Committees. globalresearch.ca After weeks of increasing right-wing protests, the Bolivian military demanded on Sunday that President Evo Morales resign. The protests had reached a fever pitch, with the police joining the side of the right-wing in the streets demanding the president's ouster….

Andrew Korybko (2019-11-18). Bolivia Faces Ethnic Cleansing, Racism and South African-Style Apartheid? globalresearch.ca Post-coup Bolivia is at risk of Croatian-style ethnic cleansing and South African-like apartheid unless the protesters succeed in putting substantial international pressure on the new "authorities" and ensuring that genuinely free and fair elections are held as soon as possible …

Orinoco Tribune (2019-11-18). Self-proclaimed Guaido Congratulates the New Self-proclaimed in Bolivia: Believe It or Not. globalresearch.ca Today Wednesday, the deputy president of the National Assembly in contempt and "self-proclaimed" Juan Guaidó congratulated the president in charge — and also " self-proclaimed " — of Bolivia, Jeanine àÅñez, after the coup d'etat was consummated in that …

Staff (2019-11-18). Anti-Indigenous Violence Escalates as Mass Protests Denounce Coup in Bolivia. truthout.org In Bolivia, at least 23 people have died amid escalating violence since President Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous president, resigned at the demand of the military last week. Growing unrest quickly turned to violent chaos on Friday outside Cochabamba when military forces opened fire on indigenous pro-Morales demonstrators, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100. The violence began soon after thousands of protesters — many indigenous coca leaf growers — ga…

Juan Cole (2019-11-18). Iran: Economic Blockade and Crowd Protests Were Also How the US Made the 1953 Coup. commondreams.org The situation in Iran eerily resembles that in summer, 1953. (Photo: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Gregory Shupak (2019-11-18). Unpacking Media Propaganda About Bolivia's Election – Pro-coup editorials rely on—and misreport—questionable evidence from the dubious OAS. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | To endorse the coup in Bolivia, numerous editorials in major US media outlets paint President Evo Morales as undemocratic. Exhibit A in their case is the Organization of American States' (OAS) claims that there was fraud in the October 20 Bolivian election in which Morales was elected for a fourth term. They also argue that he should not have been allowed to run again in the first place. | The New York Times' editorial ( 11/11/19) accused Morales of "brazenly abusing the power and institutions put in his care by…

John Steppling (2019-11-18). Baby Shark Coup. dissidentvoice.org I also write from time to time, and if any sweet breath fills my soul, it's the light of memory … Oh the memory in prison! How it gets here and falls upon the heart, which it oils with melancholy already so decomposed … In short, I don't know what these people will do. We …

Ed Sykes (2019-11-18). Brutal repression as Bolivian coup regime tries to defeat mass protests. thecanary.co For almost 14 years, Bolivia's government has been an example of how democratic socialism can be successful. For that reason, the US and its local allies have conspired to…

Sam Ordóñez (2019-11-18). Support the resistance to the coup in Bolivia. workers.org Nov. 15 — On Nov. 10, Evo Morales, president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, resigned, along with the vice president and the majority of his cabinet. This happened after the national police abandoned their defense of the elected government and joined right-wing protests, and the Armed Forces announced on . . . | Continue reading Support the resistance to the coup in Bolivia at Workers.org

Staff (2019-11-18). When Disaster Strikes, Indigenous Communities Receive Unequal Recovery Aid. truthout.org This story originally appeared on High Country News. | In the last decade, more than 70 natural disasters have occurred on tribal lands, with some communities being hit more than once a year. According to an analysis from the Center for Public Integrity, tribal nations were on average more vulnerable than the U.S. overall durin…

Alison Cagle (2019-11-18). Tribes stop major Arizona copper mine from ravaging ancestral land. peoplesworld.org Rising above the Arizona desert, the Santa Rita Mountains cradle 10,000 years of Indigenous history. The Tohono O'odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Hopi Tribe, among numerous other tribes, have worshiped, foraged, hunted and laid their ancestors to rest in the mountains for generations. Mining corporation Hudbay Minerals proposed to dig a mile-wide open-pit copper mine …

Native News Online (2019-11-18). Brazil's Amazon Guardians Respond to Killing of Paulo Paulino. globalresearch.ca We've lost a great warrior in our fight. They murdered our friend, our brother, our tireless companion in the defence of the forest, Paulo Paulino "Lobo" Guajajara. | We're mourning and our hearts are hurting. | Lobo was killed because he …

Dévora González (2019-11-18). Shut Down the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC. globalresearch.ca On November 16, 1989, the US-trained and funded Salvadoran Atlacatl Battalion entered the grounds of El Salvador's Central American University (UCA) and brutally murdered six Jesuit priests, sixteen-year-old Celina Ramos, and her mother, Elba Ramos. Nineteen of the twenty-five …

Staff (2019-11-18). With His Execution Blocked, Rodney Reed Has a Chance to Prove Innocence. truthout.org In a stunning decision handed down Friday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Rodney Reed, an African-American death row prisoner who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday for a murder he says he did not commit. The appeals court ordered a review of the case to examine claims of prosecutorial misconduct. Millions of people around the country had joined Reed's cause in recent weeks amid mounting evidence that another man may be responsible for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stit…

teleSUR (2019-11-18). Ecuador's Assembly Rejects President Moreno's Economic Reforms. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Assembly rejected Sunday a package of tax and monetary reforms presented by President Lenín Moreno, in a new blow to his attempts of obtaining fresh resources and reduce the bulky fiscal deficit. | RELATED: | Ecuador: 'Russia Today' Taken Off The Air by State Company | "With 70 affirmative votes, the National Assembly has decided to deny and file the…

WSWS (2019-11-18). Federal court strips citizenship from US-born woman held in Syrian detention camp. wsws.org Handing a victory to the far-right campaign to undermine the Fourteenth Amendment, a federal judge found that Hoda Muthana is not a citizen despite the fact that the State Department twice issued a passport listing her nationality as "United States of America."

Aaron Maté (2019-11-18). Whistleblower: OPCW suppressed Syria chemical evidence after US pressure. thegrayzone.com A second whistleblower from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has come forward to accuse top OPCW officials…

Tom Anderson (2019-11-18). An important call for women worldwide to rise up against the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria. thecanary.co WARNING: this story contains content that some readers may find distressing. | Women in northeast Syria are calling for feminists and women's organisations worldwide to take action on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.Turkish-led forces invaded Rojava on…

teleSUR (2019-11-18). Iraq Protests Block Road to Main Port, 3rd Bridge to Green Zone. telesurenglish.net Iraqi protesters blocked Sunday the third bridge leading to Baghdad's Green Zone as well as roads leading to oilfields and the main port in the country's south, gaining more ground in the largest and deadliest anti-government demonstrations in decades. | RELATED: | UK Hid War Crimes Committed in Afghanistan, Iraq: Investigation | Security forces used tear gas and stun bombs to stop protesters from crossing the Ahrar Bridge in central Baghdad, in part of a weeks-long attemp…

Betsy Reed (2019-11-18). The Story Behind the Iran Cables. theintercept.com The source said they wanted to "let the world know what Iran is doing in my country Iraq." They sent The Intercept 700 pages of secret intelligence reports from Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security, or MOIS, but never revealed their own identity. This kind of leak is unprecedented for Iran, a country with a highly secretive government and spy agencies that guard their confidential information zealously. | In the months after we received the intelligence reports, which are written in a highly bureaucratic and opaque style, we had them translated from Persian into English and then had the translations cross…

James Risen (2019-11-18). Leaked Iranian Intelligence Reports Expose Tehran's Vast Web of Influence in Iraq. theintercept.com In mid-October, with unrest swirling in Baghdad, a familiar visitor slipped quietly into the Iraqi capital. The city had been under siege for weeks, as protesters marched in the streets, demanding an end to corruption and calling for the ouster of the prime minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. In particular, they denounced the outsize influence of their neighbor Iran in Iraqi politics, burning Iranian flags and attacking an Iranian consulate. | The visitor was there to restore order, but his presence highlighted the protesters' biggest grievance: He was Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, head of Iran's powerful Quds Force, and h…

Jeremy Scahill (2019-11-18). From the Rubble of the U.S. War in Iraq, Iran Built a New Order. theintercept.com The chaos unleashed by the U.S. invasion allowed Iran to gain a level of influence in Iraq that was unfathomable during the reign of Saddam.

Staff (2019-11-18). Campus Under Siege as Hong Kong Police Battle Protesters. truthdig.com HONG KONG — As night fell on Hong Kong, police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. | The Asian financial center's workweek began Monday with multiple protests that disrupted traffic, while schools remained closed because of safety concerns stemming from the demonstrations, which began in June but have become increasingly violent in recent weeks. | The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been the cen…

WSWS (2019-11-18). Chinese soldiers appear on Hong Kong streets for first time since protests began. wsws.org The use of PLA troops to clear roadblocks in Hong Kong is a thinly veiled threat that the Chinese military could be used to violently suppress the protest movement.

CGTN (2019-11-18). Arrow-wielding Rioters Barricade in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. dissidentvoice.org All eyes are on Hong Kong as police and rioters remain locked in a standoff. Anti-government protesters have barricaded a university campus, attacking police forces who have closed in on them, with various weapons including bow and arrow.

Dave Lindorff (2019-11-18). Student protesters are walking a tightrope in Hong Kong. nationofchange.org The whole world is watching Hong Kong.

Robert Fisk (2019-11-18). Michael Lynk's UN Report on Israeli Settlements Speaks the Truth, But the World Refuses to Listen. counterpunch.org He's a very tall man with bright eyes and a broad smile, and he holds out a great paw when he greets you. But Michael Lynk is no gentle giant. He may teach human rights law at the Western University in London, Ontario, but as the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied More

Zero Hedge (2019-11-18). US Threatens Sanctions on Serbia, Scrambles to Thwart Possible Russian S-400 Missile Defense Purchase. globalresearch.ca In a largely unreported but hugely important story that played out this week in the Balkans, Washington is putting immense pressure on Serbia to shelve future plans for acquiring Russia's advanced S-400 air defense missile systems. | The controversy began …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2019-11-18). Russia-Africa Relations: Writing off Soviet Era Debts. Miltary-Technical Cooperation. globalresearch.ca Long seen as a strategic partner, Russia has opened a new chapter and started building better relations with Africa, and most significantly made its move by writing off Africa's debts accumulated from the Soviet era. After the Soviet collapse, Russia …

Sarah Abed (2019-11-18). Washington Threatens Egypt with Sanctions Over Russian Su-35 Fighter Jet Purchase. globalresearch.ca Washington's latest attempt to dissuade an ally from making arms deals with Russia came in the form of a letter sent on last Wednesday to Egyptian officials warning them that they could face sanctions if they continued with their $2 …

Michael Welch (2019-11-18). A History of U.S. Economic Warfare, from WWII to the Present. globalresearch.ca On the Global Research News Hour we do our best to cover a wide spectrum of topics from the environmental crisis to economic and geopolitical analysis to debunking war pre-text narratives. | We welcome listener support to maintain and improve the …

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-11-18). In a major win for the environment, world's largest bank says goodbye to fossil fuel financing. nationofchange.org The bank's decision to end all financing of oil, gas, and coal projects after 2021 will make it the first multilateral lender to rule out financing for projects that contribute to the climate crisis.

Tracy Keeling (2019-11-18). Ex-adviser to the Foreign Office drops a deadly truth bomb about the Tory government. thecanary.co Two ex-advisers have slammed the Conservative government over its environmental record. The criticisms from one of them, an ex-adviser to the Foreign Office, cut particularly deep. That's partly because the climate crisis is one of the most important issues in this election. But it's also because he identified a…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-11-18). Ending Endless War From the Right. truthdig.com They sure didn't look the part. These weren't a bunch of stereotypical hippie peaceniks. As I surveyed the room in the beautiful DC brownstone which hosted the BringOurTroopsHome.us opening night reception, I saw well-built, well-dressed men and women, many still sporting military-style haircuts (though often with a well-groomed beard). Instead of tie-dye shirts, I spied some flag-lapel pins, a few Trump 2020 ball caps, and even a big old cowboy hat. Yet all these relatively young combat veterans were gathered in the nation's capital last week with a common cause: endi…

Abraham AbdulKarim (2019-11-18). Yemen: Letter from a Father Who Calls for Justice. globalresearch.ca It's been a year and half since you left us but for your father and mother, it seems like forever. We miss hearing your beautiful baby voice in the morning that made us feel like the luckiest parents in the …

WSWS (2019-11-18). Obama joins effort to push Democratic primary campaign to the right. wsws.org Obama declared his opposition to anything "revolutionary" or "crazy" being put forward by presidential candidates whom he did not name, although he was clearly referring to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Bill Hatch (2019-11-18). A New Silence. counterpunch.org On a recent weekend there were worldwide, youth-led strikes involving millions of people, against climate change. Some residents of the San Joaquin Valley, the worst air-quality zone in the nation, were discussing it around the kitchen table of Lydia Miller, president of the San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center, who began speaking of the obvious loss More

commondreams (2019-11-18). New Study in Nature Climate Change Finds Nearly All US Endangered Species Sensitive to Climate Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Global Times (2019-11-18). US Politicians Ruthless in Pushing Hong Kong Bill in US Senate, Condone Mob Violence. globalresearch.ca A 70-year-old cleaner died Thursday night after being struck with a brick thrown by rioters during a Wednesday street clash. He was the first Hong Kong resident directly killed from street clashes since the unrest was sparked by the since-withdrawn …

Janine Jackson (2019-11-18). Missed Opportunity to Recall a Day to 'Perpetuate Peace'. commondreams.org A close-up of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jonathan Cutrer/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-18). US Says Israel Settlements Not Illegal Under International Law. telesurenglish.net The United States abandoned Monday its 40-year-long position announcing Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank are not "inconsistent with international law." In doing so the North-American country effectively endorsed Israel's right to build settlements, further hindering an already stuck peace process. | RELATED: | Trump 'Frustrated' With Netanyahu Amid Israel's Political Impasse | "The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with in…

Staff (2019-11-18). U.S. Angers Palestinians With Reversal on Israeli Settlements. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday softened the U.S. position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the effort to gain Palestinian statehood. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. is repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are "inconsistent with international law." Israeli leaders welcomed the decision while Palestinians and other nations warned that it undercut any chance of a broader peace deal. | Pompeo told reporters at…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-18). Hardline US Senators Call for Combatting China. globalresearch.ca On November 12, a joint press release by US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hardliners Chris Coons, Jeff Merkley, Marco Rubio, and Todd Young called for combatting China. | The so-called Global Economic Security Strategy Act of 2019 (GESS) is all about …

Staff (2019-11-18). Local Beauty Shops Talk Politics and Impeachment. therealnews.com Black women respond to the impeachment inquiry and to Trump.

Ron Jacobs (2019-11-18). Stefanik Stands By Her Man and Roger Stone Gets Convicted on All Counts: Impeachment Day Two. counterpunch.org The myth that the United States is a nation of laws provides the context for Friday's hearings, if not for the entire process. The most obvious irony is that this occurs while lawless acts by the president of this nation of laws are being discussed. It is the trumpist belief that Trump either did nothing illegal or that even if he did, it doesn't matter because he is president, As this process moves forward, it becomes clearer that many trumpists have little understanding of what is illegal. This is more than apparent just in their demands to name the whistleblower, which would be a blatant violation of the law s…

Stephen Cooper (2019-11-18). Another Death Penalty Horror: Stark Disparities in Media and Activist Attention. counterpunch.org On November 12, intrepid abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean tweeted to her legions of followers: "What do Sen. Ted Cruz, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and me all have in common? We're among a growing local and national movement asking Texas @GovAbbott to stop the scheduled Nov. 20 execution of #RodneyReed[.]" But for Twitter's More

CP Editor (2019-11-18). ROTPUNKT Full Film | Alex Megos. counterpunch.org

John Feffer (2019-11-18). The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Shock Therapy and the Rise of Trump. counterpunch.org The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. It was one of the few unambiguously joyous moments in modern history. This popular, nonviolent explosion of dissent effectively toppled East Germany's despotic regime. And it signaled, if only symbolically, the end of the Cold War that had divided Europe for nearly half a century. Thirty years later, More

David Penner (2019-11-18). The Killing Fields of American Health Care. dissidentvoice.org Hell is empty. And all the devils are here. — The Tempest (I.ii.) American health care is being crushed under the iron heel of a cabal of ruthless and merciless robber barons. Indeed, this primitive and backward system continues to be a source of horrendous suffering, as the health insurance companies, hospital executives, and pharmaceutical …

Jenny Farrell (2019-11-18). On her 80th birthday: Margaret Atwood points the way toward a new humanity. peoplesworld.org Margaret Atwood, who turns 80 on November 18, 2019, has written several novels that explore dystopian situations or circumstances where people are subjected to control and violence. The most famous of these is The Handmaid's Tale (1985). However, what distinguishes Atwood's work is that people resist such coercion, not just in individual acts but most …

Granma (2019-11-18). Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM): 20 Years True to Fidel's Humanist Thought. globalresearch.ca Cuba's President, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, presided the 20th anniversary celebration of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which he described as "a visionary project founded to improve the quality of life of those who were born and died …

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-11-18). Social Media Censorship Reaches New Heights as Twitter Permanently Bans Dissent. globalresearch.ca It's an open secret. The deep state is working hand in hand with Silicon Valley social media giants like Twitter, Facebook and Google to control the flow of information. That includes suppressing, censoring and sometimes outright purging dissenting voices — …

Richard Fidler (2019-11-18). "Unearthing Justice": Canada's Mining Industry, Environmental and Social Impacts. globalresearch.ca The mining industry continues to be at the forefront of colonial dispossession around the world. It controls information about its intrinsic costs and benefits, propagates myths about its contribution to the economy, shapes government policy and regulation, and deals ruthlessly …

Environmental Health Trust (2019-11-18). Ramazzini Study on Radiofrequency Cell Phone Radiation: The World's Largest Animal Study on Cell Tower Radiation Confirms Cancer Link. globalresearch.ca Scientists call on the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation after the Ramazzini Institute and US government studies report finding the same unusual cancers. | Watch Dr. Belpoggi describe the …

Staff (2019-11-18). North Korea Says It Won't Give Trump a Summit for Free. truthdig.com Foreign adviser puts conditions on future nuclear diplomacy: "We will no longer gift the U.S. president with something he can boast of."

WSWS (2019-11-18). Fire devastates student accommodation block covered in combustible cladding in Bolton, England. wsws.org The six-storey building was covered in HPL cladding that can heat 25 times faster and burn 115 times hotter than non-combustible products, according to a recent study.

teleSUR (2019-11-18). Trump Willing to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump indicated publicly Monday for the first time that he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. | RELATED: | Trump's Ukraine Phone Call 'Unusual, Inappropriate': VP Aide | "Even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly con…

Staff (2019-11-18). More Than Half of Americans Want Trump Impeached and Removed. truthout.org The first week of public impeachment hearings appears to have had a negative impact on Donald Trump, according to a new poll from ABC News. | More than half of Americans, or 51%, think Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to the poll. An even broader 70% think it was wrong for Trump to push for Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. | These numbers could spell dang…

Laura Flanders (2019-11-18). #SayHerName, Impeachment, and a Hawk. counterpunch.org I was thinking about impeachment when a bird fell out of the sky. I was thinking about quid pro quos and the using of the presidency for personal gain when I rounded a corner and saw a hawk, gray and crumpled. It was a bright blue day, and she seemed to have slammed herself into More

Tyler Durden (2019-11-18). Pompeo Issues Historic US Policy Reversal: Israeli West Bank Settlements "Not Illegal" theantimedia.com The Trump administration is reversing the official US stance on the illegality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Staff (2019-11-18). Even With a Wealth Tax, Economic Policy Ensures Billionaires Will Exist. truthout.org The Democratic presidential campaign has taken a strange twist in recent days, with candidates being asked whether we should have billionaires. While there may be some grand philosophical questions at stake here, I will stick to more mundane economic ones. The real question is: How do you want the economy to work? | The basic story is that if we have a market economy, some people can get very rich. If we buy the right-wing story, the superrich got their money from their great contribution to socie…

Gary Macfarlane (2019-11-18). The Future of Wilderness Under Trump: Recreation or Wreckreation? counterpunch.org Many wilderness advocates, scientists, and public land experts and professionals have recognized, for decades now, the growing problem of too much recreation use in Wilderness. Howard Zahniser, the Wilderness Act's author, recognized the purpose of the Wilderness Act is to protect Wilderness, not establish any particular use. As far back as 1956 he warned the More

IMEMC News (2019-11-18). Netanyahu: "Government With Arab Coalition Partners Is A Serious Threat To Israel" imemc.org In a video message, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "warned" that any government that has Arab (Palestinian) coalition partners "poses a serious threat to Israel." In his message, Netanyahu stated that the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin asked him not to head to a new election. "We do not want a …

WSWS (2019-11-18). German army recruits swear war oath in front of Reichstag building. wsws.org Both Schà§uble and Kramp-Karrenbauer have made clear in recent weeks that the time has come for the return of German imperialism to the world stage.

WSWS (2019-11-18). Louisiana governor wins re-election in blow to Trump. wsws.org Edwards won despite three campaign appearances by President Trump and an all-out effort by the Republican National Committee.

Fight Back (2019-11-18). Community celebrates opening of Jamar Clark Avenue. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On November 15, the community celebrated a "newly installed" Jamar Clark Avenue street sign on the former corner of Plymouth and James Avenues in North Minneapolis. The renaming was in honor of Jamar Clark, on the night that marked four years since November 15, 2015, when Jamar was shot in the head within 61 seconds of an encounter with Minneapolis Police Department officers Schwarze and Ringgenberg. In the 18 days that followed, community members occupied the 4th Precinct police station in North Minneapolis, demanding justice and calling for the prosecution of the two officers that killed Jamar…

WSWS (2019-11-18). Socialist Equality Party announces candidates in UK general election. wsws.org The SEP is waging a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

Ezekiel Edwards (2019-11-18). An Arizona Sheriff Deputy's Abuse of a Quadruple Amputee Teen Highlights a Policing Culture That Must Change. aclu.org Inhumane. Cruel. Abusive. What other words could possibly describe a Pima County, Arizona Sheriff Deputy placing a 15-year-old quadruple amputee who posed no threat into a headlock and then pinning him to the ground at a group home? What if the Deputy then screamed at another teenager videotaping the abuse and yelled at him repeatedly "shut the hell up" and, "Am I your bitch?" before slamming the teenager's head into the wall while handcuffed? | This is not another example…

Staff (2019-11-18). Headlines for November 18, 2019. democracynow.org Bolivian Military Massacres 9 People at Indigenous Pro-Morales March, Leak of Secret Iranian Documents Reveals Iranian Influence in Iraq, Former Ambassador Yovanovitch Testifies in Impeachment Hearings, Trump Ally Roger Stone Found Guilty of 7 Charges, Trump Pardons 3 Soldiers Accused or Convicted of War Crimes, Trump's Unplanned Medical Visit Sparks Questions About His Health, Tens of Thousands Mark 1-Month Anniversary of Protests in Lebanon, Police Besiege Student Protesters at Hong Kong University, Fears Mount About Possible Disappearance of Nigerian Journalist Omoyele Sowore, Prince Andrew Grilled on Friendsh…

Staff (2019-11-18). Massacre in Cochabamba: Anti-Indigenous Violence Escalates as Mass Protests Denounce Coup in Bolivia. democracynow.org In Bolivia, at least 23 people have died amid escalating violence since President Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous president, resigned at the demand of the military last week. Growing unrest quickly turned to violent chaos on Friday outside Cochabamba when military forces opened fire on indigenous pro-Morales demonstrators, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100. The violence began soon after thousands of protesters — many indigenous coca leaf growers — gathered for a peaceful march in the town of Sacaba and then attempted to cross a military checkpoint into Cochabamba. Ami…

Staff (2019-11-18). After Texas Court Blocks Execution, Rodney Reed Has a Chance to Prove His Innocence in 1996 Murder. democracynow.org In a stunning decision handed down Friday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Rodney Reed, an African-American death row prisoner who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday for a murder he says he did not commit. The appeals court ordered a review of the case to examine claims of prosecutorial misconduct. Millions of people around the country had joined Reed's 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 murder after his DNA…

Staff (2019-11-18). Leaked Cables Show Depth of Iranian Influence in Iraq After U.S. Invasion "Shattered" the Country. democracynow.org An unprecedented leak of secret intelligence reports from inside the Iranian government has shed new light on how Iran has taken control of much of the Iraqi government in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion. The documents from Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security were leaked to The Intercept, which then partnered with The New York Times on reporting the story. The leak includes 700 pages of intelligence documents from 2014 to 2015. The documents reveal that a number of Iraqis who once worked with the CIA went on to work with Iranian intelligence. We speak with Murtaza Hussain, a reporter at The Intercept…

RT (2019-11-18). Gavin Williamson and Brussels sprouts: The recipe for killing a joke stone dead. rt.com One of the most marked effects of the Beowulf-length saga that is Brexit is that, just like the epic old English poem about a brave warrior who fights monsters on his way to becoming king, there's very little humor in the saga.

United Nations (2019-11-18). Anti-terror measures against youngsters' online posts 'linked to spike in child detention globally'. un.org More than 5.4 million children are detained around the world, rights experts said on Monday, highlighting "aggressive" State counterterrorism measures for the spike in youngsters held for alleged links with armed conflict or national security concerns based on their social media posts.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-18). 'Pinochet-Style Dictatorship': Bolivia's Coup Government Threatens to Arrest Leftist Lawmakers and Journalists. commondreams.org "Bolivia is living through a violent, regressive, completely undemocratic power grab. All governments must sever relations with this illegal regime." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-18). House Impeachment Investigators Probing Whether Trump Lied to Mueller. commondreams.org "The House is trying to determine whether the current president should remain in office. This is unbelievably serious and it's happening right now, very fast." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-18). 'Fear of Victory' for Sanders or Warren in 2020 Driving Bloomberg and Patrick Bids, Say Progressive Critics. commondreams.org "There's clearly anxiety from parts of the Democratic Party establishment and donor class about becoming a party that is unapologetic about taking on oligarchs, whether they're Donald Trump or Jeff Bezos." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-11-18). Fueling Concerns of Approaching Catastrophic 'Tipping Point,' Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon Hit Highest Level in Decade. commondreams.org "These figures confirm what we feared, namely that 2019 has been a dark year for the rainforest in Brazil." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-18). Driven by Anti-Science Agenda, Trump Agencies Defying Mandate to Save Endangered Species From Climate Risk. commondreams.org A new study exposes serious gaps in the U.S. government's commitment to fighting the effects of the climate crisis on endangered species, which federal agencies are required by law to protect. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-18). 'Time Is Up': Campaigners Occupy Pelosi's Office, Launch Global Hunger Strike for Climate Action. commondreams.org The global grassroots movement Extinction Rebellion is resorting to a hunger strike Monday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as its primary target in the United States, demanding that the Democratic leader embrace bold climate action as progressive lawmakers have. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-18). 'There Is No More Two-State Solution': Trump Administration to Further Soften Opposition to West Bank Settlements. commondreams.org "How the hell is it possible for the U.S. policy to be any softer?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ryan Grim (2019-11-18). If You Care About Medicare for All or a Green New Deal, Here's the Senate Primary That Matters. theintercept.com Coons, a devotee of bipartisanship, is being challenged by Jess Scarane, who was inspired by progressive Kerri Harris's 2018 Senate campaign.

WSWS (2019-11-18). Former top military official wins Sri Lankan presidential election. wsws.org Gotabhaya Rajapakse's election marks a sharp shift towards autocratic forms of rule, amid a deepening crisis of Sri Lankan capitalism and the rising resistance of the working class to austerity measures.

Andy Rowell (2019-11-18). Major Victory as EIB Ends Fossil Fuel Financing by 2021. commondreams.org An Extinction Rebellion protester holds up a placard saying "Divest from climate change" on October 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Koehler (2019-11-18). Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress. counterpunch.org Veterans For Peace, an organization that speaks truth to war like nobody else, is attempting to reclaim Armistice Day, the Nov. 11 holiday that was flipped on its head 65 years ago when it was renamed Veterans Day — and became a celebration not of the end of war but of its perpetuity. The name More

RT (2019-11-18). Outrage erupts over Trump administration's 'legalization' of (still-illegal) Israeli settlements in West Bank. rt.com The US announcement that it will no longer view West Bank Israeli settlements as inconsistent with international law has provoked outrage in all corners of the globe, on humanitarian, legal, and common-sense grounds. | The Trump administration's controversial move on Monday reversed decades of US policy, contradicting numerous United Nations resolutions and international human rights conventions. In an effort to downplay the change, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the decision came as a result of a "legal review" of the State Department opinion on the settlements from 1978, but reactions exploded both dome…