2019-11-20: News Headlines

Staff (2019-11-20). Trump's New Policy on Israeli Settlements Is Illegal and Self-Serving. truthout.org Thumbing his nose at the Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute, the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and the International Court of Justice, Donald Trump decided that Israel's unlawful construction of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory is lawful. This policy change is part of Trump's pattern of seeking to legalize illegal Israeli practices. It panders to Israel at the expense of the Palestinians while aiming to burnish Trump's bona fides with his Christian Zionist base. Ch…

IMEMC News (2019-11-20). Israeli Prime Minister Approves Settlement Expansion in Jordan Valley Following US Announcement. imemc.org After Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, made a statement Monday reversing decades of US policy, and contradicting international law, by saying that the US did not consider Israel's colonial takeovers of Palestinian land to be illegal, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved a massive expansion of colonial settlements. …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-20). International Law Experts: United States Has No Legal Capacity To Legalize Settlements. imemc.org Aseel Akhras/Days of Palestine International law experts agree that the US administration does not have the legal capacity to legalize settlements, and that the recent announcement by its secretary of state comes in response to the European Court of Justice's decision to label settlement goods and the international consensus to …

Sara Flounders (2019-11-20). New York City protest: Let Gaza live! workers.org A couple of hundred activists held an emergency rally in New York's Times Square on Nov. 15 to protest recent Israeli massacres in Gaza of 34 Palestinians, including eight children. The rally included continual chants, mic check, brief speeches and a militant march down Broadway to Herald Square. Participating groups . . . | Continue reading New York City protest: Let Gaza live! at Workers.org

John Catalinotto (2019-11-20). Bolivian leaders denounce U.S. role in coup. workers.org Nov. 18 ‚àí Despite massacres in the major cities of El Alto, La Paz and Cochabamba that killed 24 people in the last five days, the resistance to the pro-imperialist coup regime has grown and spread to other areas and major cities in Bolivia, including Santa Cruz, which is a . . . | Continue reading Bolivian leaders denounce U.S. role in coup at Workers.org

Andrew Moss (2019-11-20). Raising the Stakes in the Struggle Over Immigration Detention. counterpunch.org As the struggle for immigrant rights continues to be fought across America, new battlegrounds may come into view, then fade from public attention. For many months, our border drew intense scrutiny, as family separations shocked and horrified millions. Recently, the fate of DACA and 700,000 Dreamers moved back briefly into headlines, as the Supreme Court More

James C. Nelson (2019-11-20). How Trump is Warping the Federal Courts: the Case Against Lawrence VanDyke. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's nominations to the federal courts are deteriorating faster than his party can lower its standards to approve his picks. Case in point—Lawrence VanDyke, former Montana solicitor general and failed candidate for the Montana Supreme Court. Mr. Trump has nominated Mr. VanDyke to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of More

Ben Norton (2019-11-20). Elizabeth Warren endorses Trump's economic war on Venezuela, then soft-pedals far-right Bolivia coup. thegrayzone.com In a nauseating interview on Pod Save America, Elizabeth Warren endorsed suffocating US sanctions on Venezuela, backing Trump's strategy to…

Alan Macleod (2019-11-20). Elizabeth Warren's Support for Bolivia Coup Consistent With Other Hawkish Foreign Policy Positions. mintpressnews.com The opposing positions of Warren and her primary opponent Bernie Sanders on Bolivia highlight an increasingly clear policy gap between the two Democratic frontrunners.

Jeff Abbott (2019-11-20). The Other Americans: Indigenous Guatemalans Mobilize to Denounce Coup in Bolivia. commondreams.org Guatemalan civilian and peasants organizations demonstrate in front of US Embassy in support of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, in Guatemala City, on November 14, 2019. (Photo: ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Chandra Muzaffar (2019-11-20). The Coup That Ousted Morales. counterpunch.org 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 in the election held on the 20th of October. Since his vote was more than 10% More

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Bolivia: Military Operation in Senkata Left 8 Dead, 30 Wounded. telesurenglish.net At least eight people were shot dead and another 30 were seriously injured during a joint operation whereby the army and police expelled citizens who were demonstrating near a fuel refinery in Senkata, a highland city located about 25 miles from La Paz. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Reiterates That There Was a Coup in Bolivia | By mid-morning on Tuesday, with the support of a helicopter that was monitoring civilians, a caravan of armored vehicles managed to reach the state-owned refi…

Morning Star (2019-11-20). Twitter flooded with thousands of fake accounts supporting Bolivia coup. peoplesworld.org Tens of thousands of fake Twitter accounts were created to support the military coup against Bolivia's elected president Evo Morales, a new study suggests. Spanish party Podemos's head of social networks Julian Macias Tovar says that over 68,000 false accounts were set up to try to legitimize the army's overthrow of Morales following his re-election …

Vijay Prashad (2019-11-20). The coup in Bolivia has everything to do with the screen you're using to read this. mronline.org The nationalization efforts of Evo Morales ensured that the State controlled 51 percent of all private energy firms that operated in Bolivia, which allowed the State's coffers to fill rapidly. It was this money that was invested to go after poverty, hunger, and illiteracy. | Source

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Last Group of 228 Cuban Doctors Arrive Home From Bolivia. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez received Wednesday the last group of 228 Cuban doctors who were offering their services in Bolivia but had to leave due to harassment against hem and violence in the Andean nation. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Arrested, Harassed In Bolivia Return Home | "It is an honor to participate in the welcoming of the last flight of 228 collaborators from Bolivia, who arrive in Cuba with the certainty that the Homeland proudly welcomes them, f…

Peter Koenig (2019-11-20). Bolivia: A Color Revolution or a New Surge for Latin American Independence? dissidentvoice.org Like Túpac Katari, indigenous Aymara leader more than 200 years ago, confronting the Spaniards, Evo Morales was betrayed and 'dismembered' by his own people, recruited and paid by the agents of the most destructive, nefarious and murderous dark elite that governs and has governed for over two hundred years our planet, the United States of …

Beatriz Mart√≠nez Saavedra (2019-11-20). Protests in the Global South: Ecuador and Chile Facing an Uncertain Economic Order. commondreams.org 13 October 2019, Ecuador, Quito: Demonstrators cheer on the government's decision to withdraw the controversial increase in fuel prices. This was agreed by the government and the leadership of the indigenous peoples after lengthy negotiations. (Photo by Juan Diego Montenegro/picture alliance via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-20). The Spirit of the Indigenous Occupation of Alcatraz Lives On, 50 Years Later. truthout.org For most people, Alcatraz Island is nothing more than a San Francisco tourist destination — home to the infamous penitentiary and Al Capone's jail cell. But for Kris Longoria, who prefers to be known by her artist name, UrbanRezLife, Alcatraz Island is home. | From 1969 to 1971, when UrbanRezLife was eight years old, she and her family were among a group of nearly a hundred indigenous activists who occupied the island, protesting treaty violations and boldly demanding sovereignty. Eventu…

Sam Biddle (2019-11-20). Senators Press Amazon for Answers on Ring's Sloppy Security Practices. theintercept.com This past year has been chock full of uncomfortable revelations about Ring, the surveillance social network and home security hardware company acquired by Amazon for a reported $800 million, including r…

commondreams (2019-11-20). Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-11-20). Honoring Murdered Trans People Isn't Enough. We Must End the Killing. truthout.org Today marks the 21st time that transgender people in the United States, as well as their allies, have gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance. This annual coming together honors the members of our community who have been lost over the past year to anti-trans violence. Though accurate numbers are difficult to ascertain due to misgendering by local authorities, we know of at least 21 trans people who have been murdered this year. All were either Black or Lat…

Robert Hunziker (2019-11-20). Neoliberalism's Dirty Little Secrets Backfire. dissidentvoice.org Nick Hanauer, a self-professed capitalist billionaire, spoke at a TED conference only recently. He exposed neoliberalism's brand of capitalism getting away with murder in plain sight. Mr. Hanauer described himself: After a 30-year career in capitalism spanning three dozen companies, generating tens of billions of dollars in market value, I'm not in the top one …

The Canary (2019-11-20). Malta arrests businessman 'over murder of investigative reporter'. thecanary.co Maltese authorities have arrested a prominent businessman who appears to be a "person of interest" in the assassination of a leading investigative reporter.Yorgen Fenech was on a yacht that was intercepted sailing northwards away from Malta by the military early on Wednesday and forced back to port.In remarks to reporters, prime minister Joseph Muscat did not directly tie the arrest to the murder of 53-year-old Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bombing in October 2017, but he said it appeared to result from comments he made a day earlier about the possibility of a pardon for an alleged middleman who had offered to…

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Colombia Scandal: Diplomats Evidence Plot Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The release of the audios of the conversation between Ambassador Francisco (Pacho) Santos and Foreign Minister Claudia Blum in a Washington restaurant, has caused a national uproar in Colombia, according to daily Semana. Proof is that President Ivan Duque, himself, has asked the Ambassador to travel to Bogota to personally discuss the issue. | RELATED: | Colombia: Workers Denounce Raids on Organizations Before Strike | During the controversial dialogue, revealed by Publimetro,…

Andrew Korybko (2019-11-20). Turkey's 'White Elephants': S-400s or Patriots? globalresearch.ca Turkish President Erdogan reaffirmed to his American counterpart that his country won't completely abandon its purchase of Russia's S-400s like Washington wants but that Ankara would buy its Patriot competitor as well if an offer was made "under suitable conditions", …

Stephen Zunes (2019-11-20). House of Representatives Finally Recognizes Armenian Genocide. progressive.org It is shocking that it has taken this long for even one house of the U.S. Congress to recognize this historic tragedy. Somehow it is always a "bad time" to upset the government of Turkey.

South Front (2019-11-20). Video: Kurdish Radicals Try to Burn Russian-Turkish Patrol. globalresearch.ca Kurdish provocateurs have tried to burn a Typhoon MRAP vehicle of the Russian Military Police and a Kirpi MRAP vehicle of the Turkish Army in northern Syria. The incident happened during a joint Russian-Turkish patrol, which was conducted in the …

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Israeli Warplanes Carry Out Airstrikes Over Syria's Damascus. telesurenglish.net "At exactly 1: 20 a.m. today, Israeli warplanes from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights and the Lebanese Marjayoun targeted the perimetre of the city of Damascus with a number of rockets," a Syrian military source was quoted as saying by the Syrian state news agency SANA. Marjayoun is a city in the south of Lebanon.

RT (2019-11-20). Chemical Watchdog Manipulated Douma Attack Report — Whistleblower. dissidentvoice.org The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has signed an open letter urging his own watchdog to give two whistleblowers a platform at its next conference. They claim the #OPCW suppressed evidence when conducting a probe into an alleged #chemicalattack on the Syrian city of #Douma in April 2018.

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Chile: Thousands Take to Streets to Mark One Month of Protests. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people returned to the streets Monday to mark the first month of the most serious civil unrest of Chilean democracy and show their distrust of both the social agenda announced by the government and the parliamentary agreement on a new constitution. | RELATED: | Chile: Human Rights Violations May Lead to Piñera's Impeachment | What began on Oct. 14 as a call by Chilean university students to sneak into the Santiago subway to protest against the increase in the ticket…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-11-20). The Folly of the Iraq War Has Never Been Clearer. truthdig.com New Iranian intelligence leaks have laid bare just how pointless the invasion truly was. As a former soldier, it's almost too much to bear.

Staff (2019-11-20). In Iran, Over 100 Feared Dead in Protest Crackdown. truthout.org In Iran, Amnesty International reports over 100 protesters have been killed in 21 cities by security forces during ongoing nationwide demonstrations sparked by a sudden hike in fuel prices last week. The death count may be much higher, the report warns, with some suggesting as many as 200 have been killed. According to Iranian state media, over 1,000 people have been arrested. On Thursday, Iran announced a rise in the cost of gas ranging from 50% to 300%. Soon after protests broke out on Sunday, Iran imposed an almost com…

Thomas S. Harrington (2019-11-20). Let's Give Three Cheers for Those "Western Ears" counterpunch.org Yesterday, I happened to catch a radio report by NPR's Julie McCarthy on the latest round of protests in Hong Kong. While listening, I could not help but see the similarities between what is going on in that corner of Asia and what has been going on in the streets of Catalonia during the last month…. but More

Richard Greeman (2019-11-20). One Year of the Yellow Vests in France. globalresearch.ca Converge With Planned Labour Strikes | This past weekend the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) celebrated their first birthday, with convivial barbeques on traffic circles (roundabouts) all over France followed by direct actions like liberating tollbooths. Although number of protestors has declined …

WSWS (2019-11-20). Collapse of Swedish "sexual misconduct" frame-up exposes political conspiracy against Assange. wsws.org The discrediting of the Swedish investigation, which played a linchpin role in the US-led pursuit of Assange, exposes the lawless character of the entire operation against the WikiLeaks founder.

Nozomi Hayase (2019-11-20). The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public's Defense of Free Speech. commondreams.org The US government has been waging a war against the First Amendment. Assange has become a political prisoner of this war. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-20). North Korea Wont Attend Trump Summit Over US' 'Hostile Policy'. telesurenglish.net A senior North Korean official said on Wednesday that the United States must drop its "hostile policy" towards Pyongyang in order to restart stalled denuclearisation talks, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. | RELATED: | North Korea Not Interested in December Peace Talks with US | Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters after meeting Russian officials in Moscow it would be "impossible" to hold another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. Preside…

WSWS (2019-11-20). Impeachment hearing highlights conflict over US policy in Ukraine. wsws.org The driving force of the Democratic Party inquiry is the US effort to use Ukraine as a base of operations and front-line state in the confrontation with Russia.

Ruth Milka (2019-11-20). Today's children will face lifelong health effects from the climate crisis. nationofchange.org "Without immediate action from all countries climate change will come to define the health of an entire generation."

Timothy M. Gill (2019-11-20). Towards a Democratic Socialist Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Over the past few years, democratic socialists have rightfully spent a considerable amount of time honing their arguments on domestic policies, such as healthcare, education, and criminal justice reform. Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution and Bhaskar Sunkara's recently released The Socialist Manifesto are two good examples of this focus on the domestic. On the foreign policy More

Julie Hollar (2019-11-20). Sanders' Plan to Fight Global Climate Disaster Too Ambitious, Says NYT. fair.org by Julie Hollar and Jim Naureckas When Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his $16.3 trillion climate plan, corporate media were quick to throw cold water on it, arguing that the Democratic presidential candidate's plan was too expensive, and logistically and politically impossible (FAIR.org, 9/6/19). As Sanders fleshed out his plan in more detail, the media pushback continued: "Sanders' Climate Ambitions Thrill Supporters, but Experts Aren't Impressed," announced a recent New York…

C.J. Atkins (2019-11-20). Trump's million-dollar donor Sondland testifies: "We followed the president's orders." peoplesworld.org I was only following orders. It's the classic defense offered by someone further down the chain of command who gets caught up in the nefarious deeds of their superiors. And it's exactly the mea culpa offered by Gordon Sondland, Trump's Ambassador to the European Union, when he testified at the House Intelligence Committee's public impeachment …

Julia Conley (2019-11-20). Climate groups applaud Newsom's temporary fracking ban in California, but say other 'critical next steps' still needed. nationofchange.org "Relentless organizing" by climate action groups across California forced the governor to call for a moratorium on fracking, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said.

Kate Yoder (2019-11-20). More than Venice: Climate change imperils ancient treasures worldwide. peoplesworld.org Saltwater rushed into St. Mark's Basilica in Venice last week, submerging marble tombs, intricate mosaics, and centuries-old columns. A man was spotted swimming across St. Mark's Square, normally bustling with tourists, as the highest tide in 50 years swept through. The "Floating City" of bridges, vaporetti, and gondolas is hardly a stranger to high tides. Venetians are …

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Mexico: Central American Mothers Looking For Missing Relatives. telesurenglish.net Accompanied by the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement (MMM), about 50 women from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua on Tuesday arrived in San Cristobal de Las Casas, in Chiapas, to search for their missing relatives. | RELATED: | US Detained About 70,000 Migrant Children in 2019: Report | "Son, listen, your mother keeps fighting. I want you to know that I am looking for you," was the slogan that mothers shouted when they entered the Mexican city holding their relatives' photog…

Paul Street (2019-11-20). Trump's Removal Can't Wait for Impeachment. truthdig.com The most powerful position in the world's most powerful nation is occupied by a demented fascist oligarch. | He demonizes and scapegoats minorities and immigrants. He provides dog-whistle cover for white supremacists. He sparks racist hate crimes with his vicious nativist words. He speaks with disdain about inner-city…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-20). House and Senate Unanimously Support Destabilizing China. globalresearch.ca Non-intervention by nations in the internal affairs of others is fundamental international law. | In Nicaragua v. United States (1986), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled against Washington for breaching international law and violating Nicaraguan sovereignty by supporting Contra death …

Deirdre Griswold (2019-11-20). Koreans say no to Trump. workers.org The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has rejected the latest proposal by the Trump administration for a summit meeting. On Nov. 18, the DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "Three rounds of DPRK-U.S. summit meetings and talks were held since June last year, but no particular improvement has been . . . | Continue reading Koreans say no to Trump at Workers.org

Ron Jacobs (2019-11-20). The Trumpists' Attempts at Snark Define Their Day: Impeachment Day Three. counterpunch.org Monday AM. Trump says he might consider testifying in writing. I'm not sure how that is testifying and it seems that it's just a way for Trump to try and control the conversation. More delightful news involved a newly released poll that says 58% of voters between 18 and 30 years of age want Trump impeached and removed from office. At least the youngsters don't have their heads where the sun don't shine. Soon after this news comes a story that Trump is being investigated for lying to Congress in the written testimony he provided to the Mueller investigators. It's not like he's going to change his stripes this time…

Michelle Renee Matisons (2019-11-20). Freedom, Valor, Love: On Snowden's Permanent Record. counterpunch.org "The computer guy [sic]…can know everything…" —Edward Snowden, Permanent Record We all know someone who has suffered explicit privacy violations through data breaches, has been censored, or has valiantly fought for press, Internet, and telecommunications freedoms at a time of deep political polarities and culture war divisions. Edward Snowden's life reveals it's not just "the More

Peter Maass (2019-11-20). Stockholm Syndrome: The Nobel Prize Organization Is Now Fully Engaged in the Business of Genocide Denial. theintercept.com The Swedish Academy, which chose Peter Handke for the Nobel literature prize, issued a letter casting his Bosnia war books as reasonable.

Eric A. Gordon (2019-11-20). 'Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room': How Warren G. Harding became president. peoplesworld.org BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—"Yes, ladies and gentlemen," the radio announcer opened his news report, "another day, another scandal! It seems like nothing can prevent further improprieties from staining President Harding and his administration prior to this year's midterm elections. The blazing spotlight of impropriety has now focused its glare on Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty…. Congressmen …

Ed Sykes (2019-11-20). Labour's business stance is so sensible that even business people have to applaud it. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has proposals for improving the UK for the many, not just the super-rich few. And the party's moderate stance…

Staff (2019-11-20). Impeachment Witnesses Decry Trump's Pressure on Ukraine to Probe the Bidens. truthout.org "I couldn't believe what I was hearing." Those were the words of Army Lieutenant Colonel Alex Vindman during Tuesday's House impeachment inquiry hearings, describing his reaction to a July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma. Vindman, who is the director for European affairs at the N…

Staff (2019-11-20). I've Given Up All Hope in Senate Republicans Voting to Impeach. truthout.org Before Tuesday's impeachment proceedings unfolded, I was clinging to a shred of hope in the power of shame and self-interest. After Tuesday, that slim hope has fallen to dust, and I suspect Wednesday will not improve matters in any measurable sense. | Before Tuesday, I believed it possible that enough Republican senators would see the vivid, unmistakable and indefensible evidence of Donald Trump's impeachable…

Staff (2019-11-20). On Trans Day of Resilience, Artists Show Us a Future of Liberation. truthout.org The first time I seriously considered being an artist as a profession was when I witnessed Alexandra Billings conduct a movement workshop at California State University, Long Beach. I was a high school senior and it was 2013, long before Alexandra was cast in the widely popular TV series "Transparent." She was the first openly trans woman I had shared space with. As a Vietnamese American student who would later come to identify as a trans woman of color, I was deeply inspired by an unapologetic Black tr…

Staff (2019-11-20). House Lawmakers Extend Illegal Collection of Americans' Sensitive Data. truthout.org With federal agencies set to run out of money this week, House lawmakers yesterday passed a short—term funding bill that contained a nasty surprise. Tucked into the end of this must—pass legislation, in a section titled "Other Matters," is language reauthorizing three Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities currently set to expire on December 15, 2019. The new expiration date would…

Helena Cobban (2019-11-20). Pompeo Casts International Law Aside On Israeli Settlement Policy. commondreams.org The Israeli West Bank settlement of Beitar Ilit (Photo: Yoninah via Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tracy Keeling (2019-11-20). The 10 most disturbing words of ITV's election coverage weren't uttered by a candidate, but by the show's host. thecanary.co There were a number of disturbing aspects to ITV's debate and interviews on 19 November. But none were more perplexing than host Nina Hossain's reaction to Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson's position on using nuclear weapons. | WTAF?: | I for one found the fury Boris Johnson managed to affect in defence of the NHS (after Jeremy Corbyn brandished a heavily redacted government document on the subject) quite alarming. Corbyn said the documents showed that Johnson's government had: a series…

Fréa Lockley (2019-11-20). Muslim votes put Tory Islamophobia in the spotlight for crucial marginal seats. thecanary.co The Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND) advocacy organisation has released important information about 50 marginal seats. As it notes, "50 seats in a 'hung parliament' could prove critical", and Muslim votes are significant in these areas. | MEND has asked all the political parties to respond to a request for policies to tackle Islamophobia. The results could be crucial to secure support from Muslim voters. | Muslim voters could "hold the balance of power": | As MEND stated in a press release: | From the current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in Uxbridge and South Ruislip to former Conservative Party l…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-20). UAE Issues Stamp Depicting Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital. imemc.org Emirates Post issued a commemorative stamp in support of Palestine featuring the Dome of the Rock, and stresses that Jerusalem al-Quds is the capital of Palestine. The stamp features the Dome of the Rock, located at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, along with the flag of […] | | Israeli occupation authorities, on Wednesday, closed several official and non-official Palestinian…

IMEMC News (2019-11-20). Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, three Palestinians from Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Qussai Ziad al-Alama, 22, from Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, while walking at the main entrance of the city. They added that the …

IMEMC News (2019-11-20). Soldiers Demolish Two Palestinian Homes Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, two Palestinian homes in Shuqba village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Media sources said several army jeeps, and bulldozers, invaded the village and demolished the homes, reportedly for being built without a permit from the so-called "Civil Administration Office," the executive branch …

IMEMC News (2019-11-20). Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians in West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, eight Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in the al-'Arroub refugee camp, north of the city, …

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-11-20). Some Midday Thoughts About Sondland Testimony and Impeachment. commondreams.org US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies during the House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 20, 2019. – The US ambassador to the European Union told an impeachment hearing Wednesday that he was following the orders of President Donald Trump in seeking a "quid pro quo" from Ukraine. Gordon Sondland — whose appearance before Congress is being watched especially closely as he was a Trump ally — said he believed the president was pressing Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 riva…

John W. Whitehead (2019-11-20). Impeach the Government: Rogue Agencies Have Been Abusing Their Powers for Decades. globalresearch.ca "When a man unprincipled in private life[,] desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper . . . despotic in his ordinary demeanour — known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty — when such a man …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-11-20). "Asset Bubbles" and an Economy Ready to Crash and Burn? globalresearch.ca Obama knows Democrats will lose next November if they keep pushing "socialism" as a campaign objective. Americans on the coasts may support a command economy, control freak regulations, legalized theft—larger theft than now—and a braindead wad of social justice idiocy …

Claire Edwards (2019-11-20). Video: The Madness of Putting 53,000 5G Satellites in Space. globalresearch.ca Claire Edwards was speaking at a seminar in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday 26 October 2019. | Elon Musk has now applied to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to launch a further 30,000 satellites into Earth orbit, bringing the current total …

Global Research (2019-11-20). Global Research: Independent, Incisive News and Analysis…With Your Support! globalresearch.ca At a time when the world is facing the threat of war alongside unprecedented economic uncertainty, when job loss is rampant, and people across the globe awake to the grim reality of financial instability, it can be difficult to find …

Claire Edwards (2019-11-20). Video: The 5G Space Weapon, Mind Control Agenda & Kill Grid. globalresearch.ca An important and informative interview on the topic of 5G and the "International Appeal To STOP 5G on Earth and in Space". Spokesperson for the Appeal to STOP 5G, Claire Edwards is the guest on this eye-opening, in-depth and compelling …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-11-20). United States Imperialism in North Africa: Continued Military and Economic Subversion. globalresearch.ca Note: This paper was presented in part at a public meeting held by the Communist Workers League (CWL) in Detroit. In addition to the presentation by Abayomi Azikiwe, Yusuf Mshahwar, a student at Wayne State University, spoke on the current …

True Publica (2019-11-20). 10 Downing Street — Abusing Its Power. globalresearch.ca The scandals erupting within No. 10 Downing street are seriously undermining any remaining confidence in the government. It doesn't matter where you look — mutual respect, tolerance, the rule of law, liberty and democracy are now just thin veils covering …

Lawrence Wittner (2019-11-20). The People of the World. counterpunch.org The world owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson, and other heroic rulers of our glorious nations. Not only are they hard at work making their respective countries great again, but they are providing you, the people of the world, with a choice between two More

Mike Garrity (2019-11-20). Trump Administration Ignores Court Order Stopping 85,000 Acre Payette Forest Logging and Burning Project, Conservation Groups Sue. counterpunch.org The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in August of 2018 ruled in favor of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Idaho Sporting Congress, and Native Ecosystems Council and halted a massive Forest Service timber sale that would have logged a mammoth 40,000 acres — over 62 square miles! It would have "thinned" the forest so More

Dean Baker (2019-11-20). Making Andrew Yang Smarter. counterpunch.org The New York Times ran a column by Andrew Yang, one of the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Mr. Yang used the piece to repeat his claim that automation is leading to massive job loss. His one piece of evidence is a study that purports to find that 88 percent of job loss between More

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Buenos Aires Subway Workers on Strike Over Asbestos Presence. telesurenglish.net Subway workers in Buenos Aires interrupted services on Wednesday in several lines to denounce the health hazards they face at work due to the presence of carcinogenic materials. | RELATED: | Argentinian Cumbia Song Goes Viral To Rally Against Macri | The Union of Subway Workers (AGTSyP) stated that due to a lack of response from the government and the company to their demands due to the presence of asbestos, which has affected several employees, they decided to stage a strike on Wed…

WSWS (2019-11-20). Elizabeth Warren backpedals on "Medicare for All" wsws.org Less than three weeks after presenting her "Medicare for All" proposal, Warren is backtracking on virtually all of its components.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-20). Dropped Investigations: Julian Assange, Sex and Sweden. globalresearch.ca Sex, the late Gore Vidal astutely observed, is politics, and not merely from the vantage point of those who wish to police it. In the case of whistleblowers, claims of aberrant, unlawful sex serves the purpose of diminishing credibility, tarring …

Kenneth Surin (2019-11-20). Labor and the UK General Election. counterpunch.org The media focus in the UK general election has tended, understandably, to be on BoJo Johnson, the latest prime (un)mover of Ukania's protracted and bizarre Brexit ordeal. BoJo also draws attention for his antics, gaffes, endlessly contradictory hot-air pledges, and torrid love life. By contrast, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, comes across as a benign More

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2019-11-20). Watch a GP demolish Boris Johnson's NHS lies in 64 seconds. thecanary.co During the first leader's debate of the 2019 general election, Boris Johnson made a string of promises about the NHS. The morning afterwards, a GP has fact-checked them. Spoiler alert: they're all lies. | Promises, promises: | Healthcare is the single biggest issue for voters this election, bar Brexit. During the debate, Jeremy Corbyn and Johnson were asked if the NHS was up for sale. They both categorically denied it. But Joh…

Staff (2019-11-20). Headlines for November 20, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Key Witnesses Testify in Impeachment Hearings, Amnesty Says Iranian Security Forces Killed Over 100 Protesters, Bolivian Military Carries Out Second Massacre Against Morales Supporters, Senate Approves Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, U.N. Affirms It Still Considers Israeli Settlements Violation of International Law, Pentagon Says ISIS Is Rebuilding in Northern Syria, NYT: Navy SEALs Expected to Oust Gallagher, Despite Trump Restoring His Rank, Report: Mike Pompeo Planning to Resign as Secretary of State, Trump Administration Can Now Send Asylum Seekers to Guatemala, Sweden Drops Sexual Assault Investi…

Staff (2019-11-20). Iran: Over 100 Feared Dead in Protest Crackdown as Authorities Impose Internet Blackout. democracynow.org In Iran, Amnesty International reports over 100 protesters have been killed in 21 cities by security forces during ongoing nationwide demonstrations sparked by a sudden hike in fuel prices last week. The death count may be much higher, the report warns, with some suggesting as many as 200 have been killed. According to Iranian state media, over 1,000 people have been arrested. On Thursday, Iran announced a rise in the cost of gas ranging from 50% to 300%. Soon after protests broke out on Sunday, Iran imposed an almost complete internet blackout, making it nearly impossible for protesters use social media to share…

Staff (2019-11-20). Unusual. Improper. Inappropriate. Wrong: Officials Decry Trump's Pressure on Ukraine to Probe Bidens. democracynow.org "I couldn't believe what I was hearing." Those were the words of Army Lieutenant Colonel Alex Vindman during Tuesday's House impeachment inquiry hearings, describing his reaction to a July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma. Vindman, who is the director for European affairs at the National Security Council, testified along with Jennifer Williams, a Russia adviser for Vice President Pence, in the fi…

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Colombia: Workers Denounce Raids on Organizations Before Strike. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Central Union of Workers (CUT) on Tuesday announced that the police raided the social organizations' facilities two days before the general strike that will take place on Thursday. | RELATED: | 187 Ex-FARC Members Killed Since Signing of Peace Deal: Gov't | "Police arrived at homes with search warrants for investigations related to terrorism and explosives manufacture," CUT said about what happened to the People's Congress militants in Bogota. | "On Tuesday morning…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-20). Evo Morales Calls for 'Truth Commission' to Expose Deceitful Role of US-Backed OAS in Bolivia Coup. commondreams.org "We invite international organizations, Pope Francis, to form a truth commission about the October 20 elections." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-20). How Does Amazon Ring Protect User Privacy? "Basically, They Don't," Senator's Investigation Finds. commondreams.org Months after a security industry trade group joined civil liberties advocates in warning about the privacy violations inherent in the use of Amazon's Ring home surveillance system, the company confirmed critics' worst fears in its responses to Sen. Ed Markey's investigation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-20). Projected Fossil Fuel Production 'Dangerously Out of Step' With Global Climate Goals, UN Report Reveals. commondreams.org A United Nations report released Wednesday warns that worldwide projections for fossil fuel production over the next decade indicate that the international community is on track to fail to rein in planet-heating emissions and prevent climate catastrophe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-20). 'Climate Emergency. Look It Up.': Activists and Experts Celebrate New Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. commondreams.org Climate advocates and experts celebrated Oxford Dictionaries' announcement Wednesday that "climate emergency" is the Oxford Word of the Year 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-20). Ex-Republican Justin Amash Says There's Not a Jury in Country That Wouldn't Indict Trump Based on Impeachment Testimony So Far. commondreams.org "Impeachment in the House is an indictment, said the Michigan congressman. "If this were an ordinary prosecution, there's no grand jury in America that would not return an indictment on the facts and evidence presented in these hearings." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-11-20). 'One of Those Bombshell Days': Like Nixon in '74, Ken Starr Wonders If GOP Senators Ready to Call for Trump Resignation. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-20). Medicare for All Advocate Ady Barkan Endorses Warren, Praises Her Understanding of the 'Central Challenge of Our Time'. commondreams.org Medicare for All advocate Ady Barkan on Wednesday announced his endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Democratic primary, applauding her plan to expand healthcare coverage to all Americans as quickly as possible by using legislative tools other Democratic leaders have shied away from. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-11-20). Houthis release S. Korean, Saudi vessels captured in Yemen. rt.com Yemen's Houthi movement released three vessels and 16 people it had seized, South Korea's Foreign Ministry and a Houthi military source in Yemen said on Wednesday. | The seizure on Sunday was the latest incident at sea around Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab states against the Houthis, who control the capital and most population centers and have been accused of attacking shipping, Reuters said. | Of the vessels freed on Tuesday, two were South Korean and one was Saudi Arabia-flagged, the South Korean ministry said. The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday the incident was over and the…

teleSUR (2019-11-20). Saudi King Blams Iran for 'Chaos' in the Middle East. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia's King Salman blasted Iran in a statement on Wednesday, as he accused the Islamic Republic of being behind the 'chaos' in the Middle East region. | RELATED: | Trump Increases US Military Presence in Saudi Arabia | In a defiant note against the kingdom's enemies, King Salman said that the missile and drone strikes on the Aramco facilities, which he blames on Iran, had not halted development and reiterating that Riyadh will not hesitate to defend itself. | In an annual addres…

RT (2019-11-20). So much for the #Resistance! While all eyes were on impeachment hearing, House re-authorized PATRIOT Act. rt.com House Democrats have slipped an unqualified renewal of the draconian PATRIOT Act into an emergency funding bill — voting near-unanimously for sweeping surveillance carte blanche that was the basis for the notorious NSA program. | A three-month reauthorization of the notorious PATRIOT Act was shoehorned into a last-minute continuing resolution (CR) funding the US government, bundling measures needed to avert yet another government shutdown with a continuation of the wildly-intrusive surveillance powers passed after the 9/11 terror attacks. Democrats voted almost unanimously for it, granting the far-reachi…

RT (2019-11-20). Arab League to hold urgent meeting over US support for Israeli settlements. rt.com The Arab League said it will hold an urgent meeting Monday on the US announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank illegal. | Hossam Zaki, the pan-Arab body's deputy secretary general, said several members had backed a Palestinian Authority call for a ministerial meeting. | The PA's permanent representative to the Arab League has condemned Washington's change of position — announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — as "illegal." | Pompeo said on Monday that, after legal consultations, the US had concluded the establishment of settlements was "not, per se…

RT (2019-11-20). 'Stop the massacre': Ousted Morales calls for UN to intervene in Bolivia. rt.com Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for the UN to denounce and "stop this massacre" of indigenous Bolivians by the "dictatorship" currently in charge, saying that 30 people have already been killed. | Tweeting from Mexico, where he was given political asylum after being forced to resign by the Bolivian military on November 10, Morales described the current authorities as the "dictatorship of Áñez, Camacho and Mesa," referring to the self-proclaimed "interim president" and opposition leaders who lost the election to him last month. | La dictadura de àÅñez, Camacho y Mesa ya ha p…

RT (2019-11-20). 'Military mutiny key factor in Bolivia's coup & main reason Venezuela's Guaido can't oust Maduro'. rt.com The ouster of Bolivian President Evo Morales was only possible with the support of the country's military, and Venezuela's opposition is unlikely to effect its own putsch plot while the army has Caracas's back, an analyst told RT. | After another lackluster attempt to launch mass demonstrations to depose Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday, opposition figurehead Juan Guaido may be wondering how his counterparts in Bolivia obtained their coup with such speed. But Lucas Koerner, independent political analyst and editor of Venezuelanalysis.com, says it's all about the guns. | "The key factor are the arme…

RT (2019-11-20). Alliance life after 'brain death': NATO focuses on outer space, compares army spending with Russia. rt.com Though most members can barely afford to cough up their required military spending, and with European leaders questioning the venerable alliance, why is NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talking about expanding into space? | Jens Stoltenberg is an unlikely Darth Vader. Beginning his political career with left-wing protests against the Vietnam war, Stoltenberg would go on to join the machine he once railed against, overseeing an expansion of Norway's military while Prime Minister from 2005 to 2013, and then leading the world's largest military alliance from 2014 onwards. | But his ambitions are galactic,…

RT (2019-11-20). 'Death sentence for telling the truth': Fashion icon Joe Corré urges immediate action to prevent Assange's extradition to US. rt.com Julian Assange is being persecuted for speaking the truth, and the UK public must mobilize to shield him from the 'death sentence' awaiting him in the United States, activist and Agent Provocateur co-founder Joe Corré told RT. | The politically-active entrepreneur, and son of another fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, has been an outspoken advocate for Assange. The imprisoned Wikileaks chief is currently battling his extradition to the United States, where he faces 175 years in prison for obtaining and publishing secret documents. Recounting a recent visit he made to Belmarsh prison, Corré told Going Under…

RT (2019-11-20). The law is thrown out of the window in Assange's case, Roger Waters tells RT (VIDEO). rt.com Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has condemned Swedish prosecutors who yesterday dropped a rape investigation into WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, saying the whole thing was "a complete bogus set-up" from the beginning. | Rogers told RT that the statement from Swedish prosecutors claiming that the evidence against Assange had "weakened" since 2010 was a "mealy-mouthed bunch of bullsh*t" and that there was "no evidence to support the idea that [Assange] injured anybody." | It's partly because of this whole "set-up" that Assange is still suffering in London's Belmarsh Prison with no real process of law…