2019-11-21: News Headlines

RT (2019-11-22). WATCH Bolivian police fire tear gas at mourners carrying coffins of protesters killed in previous clashes. rt.com A march in Bolivia's de facto capital was met with a harsh police response, with security forces firing tear gas on a procession of mourners bearing the caskets of fallen demonstrators, who were forced to drop them in the street. | As unrest grips Bolivia after the ouster of socialist leader Evo Morales earlier this month, violent crackdowns on protests against the country's post-coup government have only grown more frequent. Scenes from La Paz on Thursday showed armor-clad riot police repelling a protest that doubled as a funeral cortège, compelling mourners to abandon the coffins they carried. | #Boli…

RT (2019-11-22). Police fire tear gas & water cannons as mass anti-govt protests in Colombia's capital turn violent (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in cities across Colombia in a mass strike against the government of President Ivan Duque. While largely peaceful, clashes with riot police broke out as some of the protests dispersed. | Sparked by general dissatisfaction with government policies, including a recent proposal to cut pensions, some 207,000 Colombians joined the massive demonstrations on Thursday, according to Interior Minister Nancy Patricia Gutierrez. | COLOMBIA! ‚ù§Ô∏è | Tens of thousands across Colombia have taken to the streets to protest the government of Ivan Duq…

RT (2019-11-22). 'Delete WhatsApp unless you OK with surveillance,' founder of rival Telegram messenger warns. rt.com WhatsApp is a "Trojan horse" exploited to snoop on millions of users naàØve enough to believe that the Facebook-owned messenger differs from its parent company, long beset by privacy scandals, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said. | In a lengthy post on his Telegram channel on Wednesday, Durov took aim at one of his brainchild's biggest rivals — WhatsApp, the world's leading messaging app, which became a Facebook subsidiary in 2014 and boasts some 1.5 billion monthly active users. | "Regardless of the underlying intentions of WhatsApp's parent company, the advice for their end-users is the same: unles…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-11-21). The OAS Lied about the Bolivian Election and Coup, Deliberately… globalresearch.ca What is the difference between an outright lie — stating something as a fact while knowing that it is false — and a deliberate material representation that accomplishes the same end? Here is an example that really pushes the boundary …

WSWS (2019-11-21). Patriot Act extension concealed in funding bill passed by House Democrats. wsws.org Coming in the midst of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, the extension of the Patriot Act underscores the absence of any democratic content in the opposition to Trump.

Eds. (2019-11-21). 'Orwellian absurdity': U.S. reversal on settlements draws international outrage. mronline.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the U.S. was softening its position on Israel's network of settlements in the occupied Palestinain territory, saying it was revoking the notion that settlements are illegal under international law—a notion recognized by the rest of the world as factual and true. | Source

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-11-21). Trump's New Policy on Israeli Settlements Is Illegal and Self-Serving. globalresearch.ca 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. …

Graham Holton (2019-11-21). Bolivia coup: Personal memories of an earlier military massacre. peoplesworld.org In January 1974, I was standing outside the Presidential Palace in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. The president was General Hugo Bánzer Suárez, of German ancestry, who held old Nazi ideals. A group of Indigenous protesters demanded the end to 200% inflation, low wages, and no rice or sugar. A truckload of soldiers pulled …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-11-21). Leaked Memo Shows the U.S. Still Does Not Understand Turkey's Syria Operation. globalresearch.ca An 'internal memo' that was intentionally leaked has blasted U.S. President Donald Trump's decision for the U.S. military to withdraw from Syria, or more accurately, relocate from northern Syria to the oilfields in the east, as well as his …

Joshua Hanks (2019-11-21). Bolivia, lithium and China's BRI. workers.org Details are still emerging about the recent coup in Bolivia, which removed President Evo Morales from power. Under Morales, the first Indigenous president in Bolivia and in South America, the government nationalized key industries and raw materials, directing profits to social programs that benefited the poor, largely Indigenous population. The . . . | Continue reading Bolivia, lithium and China's BRI at Workers.org

Peter Koenig (2019-11-21). China-Bolivia — A Lithium Deal, No More? globalresearch.ca China has by far the largest lithium market. China produces already today the most electric cars, about 1 million in 2018, and will at least triplicate their production by 2025 — and in the following decade or two, demand is …

Jesse Jackson (2019-11-21). The Right to Vote Should not Fall Victim to Partisan Battles. counterpunch.org The right to vote is fundamental to any democracy. Protecting that right — and making it easier to exercise it — ought to be a priority across partisan lines. Instead, in states across the country — particularly in the five years since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act — it has become a More

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Evo Denounces Set Up to Prosecute Him Internationally. telesurenglish.net President Evo Morales denounced the coup regime in Bolivia, headed by Jeanine Añez, for trying to create a set up with the intention of creating an international trial to discredit him, reported Prensa Latina. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Police Attack Protesters Carrying Coffins of Killed | In a tweet from his asylum in Mexico, the leader of Movement to Socialism said that they will appeal against judicial manipulation to imprison anti-imperialist, leftist and progressive figures, somet…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Bolivia: Police Attack Protesters Carrying Coffins of Killed. telesurenglish.net Supporters of ousted Bolivian leader Evo Morales marched into the capital La Paz on Thursday carrying coffins of people killed in clashes with the military and police, condemning the coup d'etat and drawing attention to the human cost of the crisis gripping the South American nation. | RELATED: | Bolivian Senate Approves Debate for New Presidential Elections | Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowds according to eyewitnesses and local media. | Roadblocks were rep…

PAI (2019-11-21). World Federation of Trade Unions and Canadian Labour Congress denounce Bolivian coup. peoplesworld.org Two more big union federations, the Athens-based World Federation of Trade Unions and the Canadian Labour Congress, have joined the chorus of international union protests of the coup which ousted pro-worker Bolivian President Evo Morales. Their statements join those from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, National Nurses United, the Brazilian nurses' union, and the Trade Union …

Janine Jackson (2019-11-21). 'Years From Now, It'll Be Clear to Everyone There Was a Coup in Bolivia' – CounterSpin interview with Alex Main on Bolivia coup. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed CEPR's Alex Main about the Bolivian coup for the November 15, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Staff (2019-11-21). The "Free" Flu Shot Comes at a Startlingly High Cost. truthout.org In the Byzantine world of health care pricing, most people wouldn't expect that the ubiquitous flu shot could be a prime example of how the system's lack of transparency can lead to disparate costs. | The Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to cover all federally recommended vaccines at no charge to patients, including flu immunizations. Although people with insurance pay nothing when they get their shot, many don't realize that their insurers foot the bill — and that those companies will recoup their c…

WSWS (2019-11-21). Protests continue across Bolivia as the MAS submits to coup. wsws.org The response by MAS and the trade union bureaucracy demonstrates that no section of the ruling establishment is willing to oppose US imperialism's installation of a puppet regime.

Ben Norton (2019-11-21). Elizabeth Warren endorses Trump's economic war on Venezuela, then soft-pedals far-right Bolivia coup. mronline.org In a nauseating interview on Pod Save America, Elizabeth Warren endorsed suffocating US sanctions on Venezuela, backing Trump's strategy to stop its "ability to have an economy" while parroting neocon regime-change myths. She then whitewashed the far-right military coup in Bolivia. | Source

Special to Workers World (2019-11-21). U.S. activists unite to say "NO to fascist coup in Bolivia!'. workers.org As news of the U.S.-backed coup d'état in Bolivia and the Nov. 10 forced resignation of President Evo Morales hit the airwaves and social media, activists around the globe took to the streets to demand Morales' return to office. Protests began on Nov. 11 in multiple cities in the U.S., . . . | Continue reading U.S. activists unite to say "NO to fascist coup in Bolivia!' at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Bolivian Senate Approves Debate for New Presidential Elections. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian Senate began a debate on Wednesday to discuss the "exceptional and transitory law " for the general elections, with the intention of ending the political crisis unleashed after the October elections. | RELATED: | Last Group of 228 Cuban Doctors Arrive Home From Bolivia | "We consider two projects that are fundamentally coincidental. The deadlines must be cut, so that we can eliminate primary elections, qualification deadlines and other issues so that this law can be pa…

Global Research (2019-11-21). The Globalization of War and the Global Economic Crisis. Is There a Relationship? globalresearch.ca Professor Chossudovsky's most recent book describes America's hegemonic project in…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Colombian Police Clashes with Protesters After Massive March. telesurenglish.net Colombia's militarized anti-riot Police (Esmad) violently dispersed protesters with tear gas on Thursday in the Plaza de Bolívar de Bogotá as they were blocking roads at the end of the demonstrations against the economic and social policy of the Government of President Iván Duque. | RELATED: | Colombia Scandal: Diplomats Evidence Plot Against Venezuela | In other departments of the country, organizations of students, indigenous people, campesinos and workers also took part of the anti-…

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan (2019-11-21). A Violent Epidemic Is Taking American Lives. commondreams.org From Oct 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019, they documented 331 murders of trans and gender-diverse people around the world. (Photo: kthtrnr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Colombian Artists Join the Demonstrations Against Ivan Duque. telesurenglish.net Colombian artists have joined the national strike by supporting mobilizations taking place in the different cities of the country. The list includes names like Chocquibtown, Andrea Echeverry (Aterciopelados), Santiago Cruz, Carlos Vives, Adriana Lucía, Juanes, Mario Muñoz (Doctor Krápula) and La Derecha. | RELATED: | Thousands of Colombians Demonstrate Amid Duque's Militarization | The members of Chocquibtown (Goyo, Tostao Valencia and "Slow Mike") reiterated their commitment i…

Lucas Koerner (2019-11-21). Colombia's US Ambassador Advocates "Covert Actions" Against Venezuela in Leaked Audio. venezuelanalysis.com Top Colombian officials acknowledged failure of regime change in Venezuela and total disarray in Washington.

South Front (2019-11-21). Video: Israel Conducts Wide-scale Strikes on Syria. globalresearch.ca On November 20, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they had carried out "wide-scale strikes" on the "Iranian Quds Force" and the Syrian Armed Forces in Syria. The IDF claimed that the strikes were carried out in response to …

WSWS (2019-11-21). Israeli airstrikes on Syria threaten wider Mideast war. wsws.org The air raids follow by barely a week a bombing campaign against Gaza that killed 34, including an entire family of eight.

Tim Hayward (2019-11-21). OPCW Must Come Clean: Grave Flaws in Syria Report. Open Letter To States' Representatives. globalresearch.ca Following revelations of grave flaws in its Syria reporting, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons must allow whistleblowers' evidence to be heard at the coming OPCW Conference of States Parties. That's the message from the following public …

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Chile: Most Vulnerable Victims of State Violence are Minors. telesurenglish.net From October 18 to November 15, Chile's military police (Carabineros) violated the human rights of at least 327 children and adolescents. They physically hit 118 children, wounded 48 with pellets and shot at 11 with bullets, as Ombudsman for Children Patricia Muñoz reported on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Chile: Thousands Take to Streets to Mark One Month of Protests | As a reaction to this situation, she decided not to celebrate Universal Children's Day on November 20, a holiday tha…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Four Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Continue in Iraq. telesurenglish.net Four people were killed and 48 wounded early on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at protesters near two key bridges in Baghdad, security and medical sources said. | RELATED: | ICC May Investigate British War Crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan | The cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly at the head, the sources said. | Police said earlier one protester was killed near Sinak bridge and one near the adjacent Ahrar bridge,…

South Front (2019-11-21). Video: Protest Movements in Iran. globalresearch.ca Iran has been swept by protests since November 15th, with banks, stores and gas stations being set on fire. So far, more than 1,000 have been arrested and upwards of 12 people have died. Iranian authorities said 87,400 …

Peter Koenig (2019-11-21). Video:"Der IWF ist ein Kriegsinstrument der USA" — àñkonom Peter Kà∂nig zu Protesten in Sàºdamerika. globalresearch.ca Welche Rolle spielt der Internationale Wà§hrungsfonds (IWF) bei den zahlreichen gegenwà§rtigen Protesten in Sàºdamerika? Eine groàüe, aber keine gute — so das Fazit von Peter Kà∂nig, der àºber zwanzig Jahre lang als àñkonom fàºr die Weltbank tà§tig war. | Im Interview …

WSWS (2019-11-21). Striking university workers speak out: "Assange won't be defended by the rich, it must be the working people!" wsws.org WSWS reporters spoke to striking outsourced workers at University College London, on Tuesday.

John Shipton (2019-11-21). Video: An Interview with John Shipton, Father of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca * | Note to readers: please click the share buttons above or below. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc….

RT (2019-11-21). Craig Murray on Assange: "Swedes should be ashamed of the way they've been played by the CIA" dissidentvoice.org "The Swedish people should be ashamed of the way they've been played by the CIA." | Craig Murray reacts to the prosecutor dropping the rape case against Julian Assange which he believes was a "political fit up from the start."

WSWS (2019-11-21). Conference at European Parliament defends Julian Assange. wsws.org Speakers warned that the persecution of Assange was creating a precedent for the suppression of press freedom and for the application of repressive US laws all over the world.

Staff (2019-11-21). Former White House Aide / Russia Analyst Testifies. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — They have heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump's Ukraine policy. Now House impeachment investigators are hearing from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense former White House national security adviser who was alarmed by what she saw unfolding around her. | Hill, who speaks rapid-fire and in the distinctive accent of the coal country of northeastern England where she grew up, is testifying Thursday about what she witnessed insi…

Staff (2019-11-21). WATCH: Trump Impeachment Inquiry Hearings. truthout.org The fifth day of televised impeachment hearings have begun into whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son. It is only the third time in U.S. history there have been televised impeachment hearings. | On Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 9 AM E.T., the House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill, Former Senior Director for Europe and Russia, National Security Council and Mr. David Holmes, Political Coun…

WSWS (2019-11-21). Russia's Gazprom offers Ukraine short-term gas deal. wsws.org Disputes over gas and energy are central to the inter-imperialist conflicts over Ukraine and Russia.

Ed Rampell (2019-11-21). Alex Gibney's Cinematic Notes from Underground: Russia's Dissident Oligarch. progressive.org The title refers to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oil oligarch who burst upon…

WSWS (2019-11-21). The impeachment crisis and American imperialism. wsws.org The principal crime revealed in the impeachment hearings is how American imperialism conducts itself towards smaller and less powerful nations such as Ukraine.

(2019-11-21). Lawsuit Launched to Save 274 Species From Extinction Crisis. globalresearch.ca In one of the largest lawsuits ever launched under the Endangered Species Act, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to decide whether 274 imperiled animals and

Julie Hollar and Jim Naureckas (2019-11-21). Sanders' plan to fight global climate disaster too ambitious, says NYT. nationofchange.org Until media start to treat the climate crisis with the urgency the scientific community continually tells us it requires, they will continue to be a major part of the problem.

Staff (2019-11-21). Michael Moore: 'I'm the Mainstream Now of the Democratic Party'. truthdig.com During a panel discussion Wednesday night following the 2020 Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, filmmaker Michael Moore pushed back against MSNBC pundits for suggesting that a "moderate" candidate would be more likely to defeat President Donald Trump and said the majority of U.S. voters favor progressive solutions to the nation's most pressing issues, from healthcare to the climate crisis. | "I am the center. I am the mainstream now of the Democratic Party. The majority of Americans agree with me and Bernie on all the issues," Moore, who has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, said to the panel, w…

Steve Brown (2019-11-21). Why Did MSNBC Spend So Much Time Bashing Gabbard? counterpunch.org I couldn't believe my ears. I thought Tulsi Gabbard gave her best performance during Wednesday night's Democratic party debate. She swiftly demolished Mayor Pete and Kamala Harris to their faces, then attacked every prior Republican and Democratic administration (including Clinton's, although she did timidly omit Obama's) for wasteful and deceitful war-making and subservience to the More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-21). At Democratic debate, all candidates agree: Trump must go. peoplesworld.org ATLANTA—When it comes to GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump, the ten Democratic hopefuls on stage in Atlanta on Nov. 20 all agree: Impeach him. None of the ten—former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New …

The Canary (2019-11-21). Labour puts tackling the climate emergency at the heart of its manifesto. thecanary.co Labour is promising to deliver the "substantial majority" of the emissions cuts needed to tackle the climate emergency by 2030. | The party's manifesto has a strong focus on the environment, amid widespread concern over the issue, with a majority of people in a recent poll saying climate change would influence their vote in the next general election. | Labour is promising a "green industrial revolution" to deliver a million jobs, and says its "green new deal" aims to achieve the substantial majority of greenhouse gas reductions by 2030 in a way that is fair to workers and communities. | The manifesto also contain…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Australian Women Win Vaginal Mesh Landmark Class Action. telesurenglish.net More than 1,350 women who have suffered debilitating side effects of pelvic mesh implants won a landmark class-action lawsuit against multinational giant Johnson & Johnson on Thursday in Sydney. | RELATED: | Australia's Premier to Ban Climate Boycotts | The case, which began in 2012, has been described by the prosecution as the biggest class action concerning women's health in Australia's history. | The Federal Court of Australia held the behavior of the American mul…

Common Dreams staff (2019-11-21). Is Greta Thunberg a Time Traveler 'Here to Save Us' From Climate Emergency'? 120-Year-Old Photo Sparks Flood of Conspiracy Theories. commondreams.org "Wishing her all the best and success in her mission to save the Earth. We can use [all] the help we can get!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-21). EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. | And while the administration says it's focusing on quality over quantity in pollution cases, using its enforcement resources to go after the biggest and worst offenders, an Associated Press analysis found little sign of that so far in court cases closed in 2019. | The criminal pollution cases initiated, and won this year, under the Trump administ…

Jonathan Cook (2019-11-21). Capitalism's Suicidal Trajectory can't be ignored. dissidentvoice.org If we make it out of the climate emergency, we may come to view the few decades usually described simply as the Cold War that followed the Second World War as halcyon days — at least relative to what we are facing now. The Cold War was a power struggle between two economic empires for …

The Canary (2019-11-21). Corbyn vows to take on the 'vested interests' with a manifesto of hope. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to take on "vested interests" in society as he set out a radical programme to invest in public services, tackle climate change and re-nationalise key utilities. | Launching Labour's General Election manifesto in Birmingham, Corbyn said they were offering an agenda for "real change" with policies the "political establishment" had blocked for a generation. | The 105-page document set out plans for what the party said was the "largest scale investment programme in modern times" to fund the jobs and industries of the future. | It includes: | — A "green industrial revolution" to tackle cl…

commondreams (2019-11-21). Over 150 Members of Congress Introduce Groundbreaking Climate Bill. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Michael Snyder (2019-11-21). U.S. Relations with China Were Just Destroyed, and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same Again. globalresearch.ca Our relationship with China just went from bad to worse, and most Americans don't even realize that we just witnessed one of the most critical foreign policy decisions of this century. The U.S. Senate just unanimously passed the "Hong Kong

Robert C. Koehler (2019-11-21). Ilhan Omar's Call for Restorative Justice Gives Me Profound Hope for the Future. commondreams.org Omar understands that punishment perpetuates crime; that healing, repairing harm and creating peace are not simplistic matters to be dumped into the trash bin of the prison-industrial complex. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-21). 'Corruption' Probe Meant Bidens, Impeachment Witnesses Say. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Key impeachment witnesses said Thursday it was clear that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was pursuing political investigations of Democrats in Ukraine, in testimony undercutting Trump's argument that he only wanted to root out Ukrainian corruption. | State Department official David Holmes said he understood that Giuliani's push to investigate "Burisma," the Ukrainian gas company where Joe Biden's son Hunter served on the board, was code for the former vice president and his family. Former White House adviser Fiona Hill warned that Giuliani had been making "explosive" and…

Eds. (2019-11-21). Jobs for All Manifesto. mronline.org What is needed is a program directed toward an intermediate goal which both rejects the existing social order and at the same time is attainable without overthrowing it. —Leo Huberman and Paul M. Sweezy | Source

Eric A. Gordon (2019-11-21). World premiere play with music 'Salvage' launches in Los Angeles. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—What a nice little discovery, this new one-act play with music now at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood! Salvage has a book by Tim Alderson, with music and lyrics by himself, Pat Terry, and the late Mark Heard and Randy VanWarmer. It's this collection of intimate narrative songs, splendidly performed, that are the heart …

Staff (2019-11-21). Noam Chomsky: Democratic Party Centrism Risks Handing Election to Trump. truthout.org As the 2020 election race heats up, U.S. politics, the nation's political culture as a whole, and even the future of organized human life are at a crossroads. Another four years of Donald Trump would deliver nightmarish blows to democracy and social rights, handing an unthinkable mandate to a president who has become notorious for undermining virtually everything of decent value to humanity. | Yet, the question remains as to whether this dangerous man will actually be defeated in 2020. At the Democ…

Norman Solomon (2019-11-21). Joe Biden's AstroTurf Campaign. counterpunch.org Last week, I attended Joe Biden's first rally in California since he launched his presidential campaign more than six months ago. It was revealing. The Biden for President campaign had been using social media and its email list in the Los Angeles area to urge attendance. Under sunny skies, near abundant free parking, the outdoor More

Ted Rall (2019-11-21). Billionaires and Corporations Love Anti-SLAPP Laws, Why Does John Oliver? counterpunch.org John Oliver recently dedicated his HBO show to why we need a federal anti-SLAPP law. Like most of his stuff, the episode was witty and engaging. It was also sloppy, thoughtless and poorly researched. From now on, I'll wonder whether I can trust anything he says. An anti-SLAPP motion is a powerful legal maneuver available More

Philip Giraldi (2019-11-21). Rethinking National Security: CIA and FBI Are Corrupt, but What About Congress? globalresearch.ca The developing story about how the US intelligence and national security agencies may have conspired to influence and possibly even reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election is compelling, even if one is disinclined to believe that such a …

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Portugal: Police Demand Better Working Conditions, Higher Wages. telesurenglish.net Shouting "Zero Tolerance", thousands of members of the Public Security Police (PSP) and the Republican National Guard (GNR) on Thursday gathered outside the Parliament in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, to demand higher salaries and better working conditions. | RELATED: | Portugal PM Set for Election Win Without Majority: Exit Polls | "We ask for salary increases, risk subsidies, and sanitary improvements at our facilities," t…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Brazil's Bolsonaro Pushes for Bill to Protect Police Who Kill. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro sent Thursday to Congress a proposal that seeks to extensively protect the police and soldiers who kill while on specific operations. | RELATED: Bolsonaro Leaves PSL to Create Own Far-Right Political Party | The proposal would represent a "shift" in the fight against violence in Brazil, the far-right president said Thursday in Brasilia as he defended his proposal. | "We will now depend on lawmakers, congressmen, and senators to approve this," he added.

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Argentina: Rubinstein's Protocol Unleashes National Debate. telesurenglish.net Just a few hours after passing the protocol that facilitated access to legal abortion for girls between 13 and 16 years old in Argentina, the government repealed it. The decision has generated strong differences within the coalition headed by still President Mauricio Macri, when there are less than 20 days left before he leaves power. | RELATED: | Buenos Aires Subway Workers on Strike Over Asbestos Presence | Representatives from the different parties that conformed Cambiemos, th…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). U.S Prepares to Send Asylum Seekers to Guatemala. telesurenglish.net The Trump administration has concieved a program to send some asylum seekers encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border to Guatemala, a move that promises to transform the U.S. asylum system, according to three officials briefed on the initiative and related training materials. | RELATED: | US Secretary of State and VP at the Heart of Impeachment | This new effort began after the Trump administration brokered an agreement with the Guatemalan government in July. The deal will allow U.S. im…

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Israel's PM Netanyahu Charged in 3 Corruption Cases. telesurenglish.net Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with bribery, breach of trust and fraud on Thursday, the first of its kind against a serving Israeli prime minister. | RELATED: | 3rd Israeli Election Likely as Gantz Fails to Form Gov't | The indictment, announced by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, poses no immediate threat to Netanyahu's decade-long hold on power, a grip loosened by elections in April and September in which neith…

Craig Collins (2019-11-21). Open Letter to the People of Planet Earth. counterpunch.org The Galactic Gardeners' Forum This may not be the best time to contact you, but waiting may only make things worse. Since we're your first neighbors in the galaxy to make contact, we hope you'll consider us a welcoming committee with a warning. We've hacked into all your major channels of communication to transmit our More

Bob Lord (2019-11-21). Health Care and "Head Taxes": an Unhealthy Combination. counterpunch.org The divide in the health care policy debate couldn't be any clearer. On one side: the Medicare for All proponents. On the other: the Obamacare with a Public Option proponents Americans see the divide. But are we seeing the fundamental issues at play here? I don't think so. We've been largely ignoring the huge historic More

Priti Gulati Cox (2019-11-21). One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and an Impeachment. counterpunch.org (includes a recipe brought to you by Discomfort Foods) In February 2018 on Fox News, Laura Ingraham ended her interview with former CIA director James Woolsey by asking him if the United States continues to "mess around in other people's elections." To which Woolsey, as though tasting the tasty lie in his mouth, replied: "Welllllllll More

Jenna Orkin (2019-11-21). Overtunring WI v. Yoder: Making Education a Federal Right for All Children (and Bringing the MeToo Movement to Fundamentalist Communities). counterpunch.org "Schpring! Schpring zu de velschken feldt!" shouted one of the Amish parents gathered to see their children off for their first day in an Iowa state or "English" school. The year was 1965, the bus had just arrived and the parent was urging the kids to, "Run! Run to the cornfields!" A photographer present to More

Steven Gorelick (2019-11-21). Thinking Outside the Grid. counterpunch.org If our electric needs were sourced locally or regionally we'd have to balance our desire for power with costs that we and our neighbors largely bear ourselves. One can imagine lively debates in communities everywhere about what mix of local power sources — small-scale hydro, wind, biomass, solar — should be employed. Each of these has trade-offs that might be difficult to balance, but most of the costs and benefits would accrue to the same community. If the economic, ecological, and aesthetic costs were too high, many communities would find ways to limit their use of energy — for example by reje…

David Schultz (2019-11-21). The Democratic Party's Missing Electoral College Game Plan. counterpunch.org Rule number one of politics: The first step in exercising political power is to get elected. Somewhere along the line the Democratic Party has forgotten this. Why this is important is that right now it looks that Democrats are on the road to another 2020 presidential popular vote victory and a loss in the electoral More

Michael Welton (2019-11-21). Christianity is the Religion of Imperialism. counterpunch.org Saba Mahmood is a very talented scholar who has assimilated a post-colonial sensibility. She has learned to look at the world through the eyes of those who have been the pedagogical objects of European colonialism. The literature on Orientalism is vast; and the evidence suggests that Europe cannot easily shake off the deep-seated assumption that More

Thomas Knapp (2019-11-21). Voters Say They Want a Third Party, They Should Vote Accordingly. counterpunch.org According to an October Rasmussen poll, 38% of likely voters say they intend to vote for "someone other than President Trump or the Democratic presidential nominee" in the 2020 US presidential election. In a three-way presidential race, 38% constitutes a winning plurality, assuming it's distributed among the states such that the Electoral College outcome reflects More

Staff (2019-11-21). Democrats Must Expand Impeachment Beyond Ukraine to Counter Right-Wing Lies. truthout.org After weeks of taking depositions behind closed doors, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee probably knew they would get what they wanted out of the public impeachment hearings over the past week. Republicans are betting none of it will be enough to cancel the Trump Show. | The icing on the cake for Democrats came on Wednesday, when Gordon Sondland, President Trump's ambassador to the European Union, said he and other top diplomats understood that the White House withheld military aid…

Staff (2019-11-21). Mike Pompeo Reportedly Plans to Quit to Run for Senate. truthout.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Republican colleagues that he plans to resign and run for Senate in his home state of Kansas next year. | Pompeo had long been rumored to be eyeing the Kansas Senate seat now held by Republican Pat Roberts, who will retire in 2020. Pompeo planned to depart the Trump administration in the spring, but the impeachment proceedings have hurt him politically,…

Staff (2019-11-21). Last Night's Debate Was Likely the Farewell for Several Campaigns. truthout.org After 11 hours of impeachment hearings earlier in the day, the seemingly endless spectacle of the Democratic presidential debates continued last night. It was, in contrast to some of the previous contests, a relatively muted affair. Certainly, it didn't have the fireworks quality that the day's impeachment hearing testimonies provided. | By and large, there weren't the sorts of nasty personal attacks that marked some of the earlier debates and which risk providing the Republicans with ready-made sound bi…

Staff (2019-11-21). Trump Has Made 13,435 False or Misleading Claims While in Office. truthout.org These days, witnessing the administration's never-ending cruelty at the border, the shenanigans of a White House caught red-handed in attempted bribery in Ukraine, and the disarray of this country's foreign policy, I feel like I'm seeing a much-scarier remake of a familiar old movie. The cast of characters and the headlines are different, but the thinking underlying it all is, in many ways, eerily reminiscent of what we as a nation experienced during the early years of the Global War on Terror, particular…

Staff (2019-11-21). Donald Trump Is Annihilating Truth Itself. truthdig.com These days, witnessing the administration's never-ending cruelty at the border, the shenanigans of a White House caught red-handed in attempted bribery in Ukraine, and the disarray of this country's foreign policy, I feel like I'm seeing a much-scarier remake of a familiar old movie. The cast of characters and the headlines are different, but the thinking underlying it all is, in many ways, eerily reminiscent of what we as a nation experienced during the early years of the Global War on Terror, particularly when it comes to the interactions between the White House and the public. As then, so today, there is distr…

Renee Parsons (2019-11-21). The Schiff Committee Finds No Impeachable Offense against Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca After several days of unremarkable testimony by assorted State Department functionaries the Democrats continue to struggle with ferreting out a legally defensible impeachable offense to warrant the three ring circus currently being conducted by Rep. Adam Schiff, Chair of …

IMEMC News (2019-11-21). Army Demolishes A Home Near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, Thursday, a Palestinian home in Khallet ad-Dabe area, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular Committees in southern West Bank, said the soldiers demolished the home, made of bricks and a …

IMEMC News (2019-11-21). College Student, 18, Shot With Gas Bomb In Her Face, Suffers Jaws Fractures, Burns. imemc.org This item is about a female university student, studying Information Technology in Palestine Technical University — Kadoorie, in Tulkarem in northern West Bank. An Israeli soldier shot her in the college campus with a high-velocity gas bomb which struck her face, fracturing her jaw, and causing burns to her face …

IMEMC News (2019-11-21). PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians, Including Jerusalem Governor, One Woman, In West Bank" imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, at least eight Palestinians, including a young woman and the Governor of occupied Jerusalem, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has confirmed. The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded Beit Ummar …

IMEMC News (2019-11-21). Illegal Colonists Burn Palestinian Lands Near Nablus. imemc.org A group of fanatic illegal colonialist settlers invaded, Thursday, Palestinian agricultural lands in Burqa village, north of Nablus in northern West Bank, and set them ablaze. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailants set lands ablaze close to the …

Nick Cunningham (2019-11-21). The Worst Is Over for Oil Markets. globalresearch.ca Some analysts see the world dodging a recession next year, which provides some upward room for oil prices. | Last week, the IEA warned last week that "the hefty supply cushion" building up in the first half of 2020 will cause

Johanna Ross (2019-11-21). Anti-Corbyn Propaganda on Full Blast as UK Election Nears. globalresearch.ca With less than a month to go before the UK general election, all efforts are being made by political parties to further their agendas. Naturally each side is launching attacks on the other, but perhaps the most virulent campaign is …

Saul McLeod (2019-11-21). The Milgram Shock Experiment: "Obedience to Authority" globalresearch.ca One of the most famous studies of obedience in psychology was carried out by Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University. He conducted an experiment focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. | Milgram (1963) examined justifications …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-11-21). Chicago Teachers Union Ratifies Contract in the Aftermath of 11 Day Strike. globalresearch.ca Chicago educators on November 16 approved by a wide margin the contract negotiated by their union leadership. | On October 17, 25,000 Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members walked off the job demanding better salaries and working conditions among other issues. | The …

Denis Rancourt (2019-11-21). Dear Young Progressives: The White-Supremacist Anti-Immigration Anti-Political-Correctness Free-Speech Fascists Are Your Friends. dissidentvoice.org Yup. The ruling elite are doing everything they can to divide you. They are doing everything they can to promote hate between you. In this article, I argue that the real enemy is the ruling elite, which manipulates us all. I explain that the Western USA-based ruling elite is desperate these days, and exceptionally adversarial, …

WSWS (2019-11-21). Trump repeats threat to escalate tariffs if no China trade deal is reached. wsws.org A major source of conflict is the maintenance of existing tariffs, with China demanding that all tariffs imposed after negotiations collapsed in May be removed and a mechanism be put in place to roll back those imposed before then.

WSWS (2019-11-21). Australian Strategic Forum tries to downplay danger of US-China conflict. wsws.org Warnings that US-China tensions could lead to war were largely dismissed by the majority of the forum speakers.

Staff (2019-11-21). Push to Mine Minerals for "National Security" Is Creating New Market for Coal. truthout.org With the backing of the mining industry and anti-regulatory groups, the Trump administration has been seeking to expand mining on public lands and further loosen environmental rules under the banner of weaning the United States off importing minerals deemed "critical" to national security. | This move may have particular implications for the struggling U.S. coal industry and its…

Staff (2019-11-21). Joe Biden's and Pete Buttigieg's Records on Race Under Scrutiny During Debate. truthout.org Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed on the Democratic debate stage Wednesday that he has broad support from black voters and the only black woman elected to the Senate, seemingly forgetting that 2020 candidate Kamala Harris is a California senator. Biden's comment came amid multiple blunders during the debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post in Atlanta. For more on the 2020 candidates' discussion of race in their campaigns, we speak with Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color o…

WSWS (2019-11-21). IYSSE holds meeting on "Race, Class, and the fight for Socialism" at New York University. wsws.org The meeting was addressed by socialist scholar Tom Mackaman who responded to the historical falsifications put forward by the New York Times' 1619 Project.

WSWS (2019-11-21). Naval command challenges President Trump's war crimes pardon. wsws.org In an extraordinary and open conflict between the leadership of the US Navy and the White House, Rear Admiral Collin Green pressed forward on Wednesday with plans to remove Edward Gallagher from the SEALs following his exoneration by President Trump.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-11-21). America Will Never Live Down Trump's War Crime Pardons. truthdig.com Not only do they encourage military indiscipline and stain the country's reputation, but they are guaranteed to make us all less safe.

Ruth Conniff (2019-11-21). Klobuchar, Booker, Harris Turn Up the Temp in Democratic Debate Number Five. progressive.org In the most watchable of the five Democratic candidate debates so far, three candidates who have been running toward the back of the pack put in the best performances.

Staff (2019-11-21). Headlines for November 21, 2019. democracynow.org Gordon Sondland Says Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, Top 10 Democratic Candidates Hold Presidential Debate in Atlanta, Dozens of Guatemalan Migrants Freed from Locked Truck in Mexico, Humanitarian Volunteer Scott Warren Not Guilty of Felonies for Aiding Migrants, Ex-Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to Probation for Running Over Migrant, Syria: 22 Civilians Killed in Idlib; Israel Bombs Iranian Forces Near Damascus, Israel Headed for Another Election After Benny Gantz Fails to Form Government, U.S. Isolated at U.N. Security Council After Declaring Israeli Settlements Legal, U.N. Warns Planned Fossil Fuel Product…