2019-11-22: News Headlines

Staff (2019-11-23). Colombia President Orders Curfew in Capital Following Unrest. truthdig.com The move follows a massive march that brought tens of thousands to the streets in a message of rejection of his conservative government.

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-23). Iran False Flag Prep, US Government's Staggering Bolivia Hypocrisy, Netanyahu Indicted & Patriot Act. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/22/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Mark Weisbrot (2019-11-22). The OAS Has Deceived the Public, Terribly, on the Bolivian Election. counterpunch.org 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 between the two, to the point where the distinction practically vanishes. And the consequences are More

Robert Fisk (2019-11-22). Pompeo Scorns the Law Because He's Never Had to Follow It. counterpunch.org Michael Pompeo — let's use his real name — was very revealing when he ripped up the latest bit of international law which didn't favour Donald Trump or Benjamin Netanyahu in the Middle East. Jewish colonies in the West Bank were not against international law. "Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law More

Medea Benjamin (2019-11-22). "They're Killing us Like Dogs" — A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help. counterpunch.org I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that More

Medea Benjamin (2019-11-22). They're Killing Us Like Dogs: A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help. mintpressnews.com I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power. | The coup has spawned massive protests, with blockades set up around the country as part of a national strike calling for the resignation of this new government. One well-organized blockade is in El Alto, where residents set u…

Medea Benjamin (2019-11-22). "They're killing us like dogs": A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help. dissidentvoice.org Photo by Medea Benjamin I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the …

Medea Benjamin (2019-11-22). "They're Killing Us Like Dogs"—A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help. commondreams.org Bolivian riot police breaks up a massive funeral procession that turned into an anti-government demonstration in La Paz on November 21, 2019. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Daniel Larison (2019-11-22). The Desolation of Yemen. The Forgotten War. globalresearch.ca [Ignored by much of the Western media], The Jerusalem Post reports on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen: | "There is nothing that shows any improvement," Hisham Al-Omeisy, an independent Yemeni political analyst, told The Media Line. "The only thing that …

Ralph Nader (2019-11-22). Beware of the Medicare Disadvantage Corporate Trap. dissidentvoice.org While the Democratic presidential candidates are debating full Medicare for All, giant insurance companies like UnitedHealthcare are advertising to the elderly in an attempt to lure them from Traditional Medicare (TM) to the so-called Medicare Advantage (MA) — a corporate plan that UnitedHealthcare promotes to turn a profit at the expense of enrollees. Almost one …

Max Blumenthal (2019-11-22). CIA helped shape 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' series into bigoted Venezuela regime change fantasy. thegrayzone.com Analysis by researcher Tom Secker reveals how Amazon's regime change fantasy "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" was shaped by CIA and…

Jefferson Morley (2019-11-22). JFK: What the CIA Hides. counterpunch.org My own JFK questions involve George Joannides, a decorated undercover officer who served as branch chief in the Miami station in 1963. He ran psychological warfare operations against Cuba. In 2003, I sued the CIA for Joannides' files. The lawsuit ended 15 years later in July 2018, when Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in his last opinion before ascending to the Supreme Court, tossed my case. Kavanaugh declared the agency deserved "deference upon deference" in its handling of Freedom of Information Act requests about JFK files. More

Laura Carlsen (2019-11-22). The Calling Cards of a Rightwing Coup. counterpunch.org The coup d'etat in Bolivia has divided not only that country but the world. The mainstream press, the Trump administration, the Washington-compliant Organization of American States, and right-wing governments have hailed the ousting of Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president. That's to be expected. The U.S. has long plotted regime change for a government that More

W. T. Whitney (2019-11-22). The Coup in Bolivia: Who is Responsible? counterpunch.org Brighter days were ahead for Bolivia in early 2006. Elected overwhelmingly, Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, took office in company with Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linare. They'd been candidates of the Movement toward Socialism party and would build a political revolution with socialist characteristics. It ended abruptly on November 10 with their forced removal. More

Paul Street (2019-11-22). Washington's Consensus on Neofascist Coups in Latin America. counterpunch.org The Obama-backed right-wing coup in Honduras helped fuel Central American migrant streams that the demented fascist oligarch Donald Trump railed against during his successful and Nativist presidential campaign. "Donito Assolini" has been mired in partisan turmoil since the beginning of his cancerous, white-nationalist presidency. The two major parties and their constituents disagree sharply over whether the tiny-fingered, tangerine-tinted, Twitter-tantruming tyrant Trump should be impeached and removed for trying to trade arms to Ukraine in exchange for political dirt on the ludicrous right-wing Democratic-presid…

Ed Rampell (2019-11-22). 'The Two Popes': The god couple. peoplesworld.org Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, who was Oscar-nominated for 2002's City of God and Golden Globe-nommed for 2005's The Constant Gardener, is back with another topical film, The Two Popes. At a gala in the TCL Chinese Theatre, 81-year-old Anthony Hopkins, who portrays Pope Benedict, told the American Film Institute audience Popes had a "message" of …

Fabio Resmini (2019-11-22). The Long Coup in Ecuador. globalresearch.ca Elected on a progressive platform, the Moreno government has resorted to the politicization of justice and the militarization of politics to repress its former allies and constituents. | *** | Ecuador is facing some of its darkest days. The country is …

Shamus Cooke (2019-11-22). What Bolivia Needs From Bernie. counterpunch.org Coups are delicate actions that require ideal conditions to congeal. As quickly as they spring into life they can dissolve into mush. When things hang in the balance a final push is still required, and Bolivia's far-right military coup is in jeopardy of failing. Mass protests have engulfed the nation to the point where food More

Alan Macleod (2019-11-22). Bolivia's Coup Gov't Targets Alternative Media as Crackdown Turns Increasingly Violent. mintpressnews.com Facing increased resistance to its rule, the new "coup" gov't in Bolivia is purging any potential threats to its authority, including teleSUR and other alternative media.

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-22). Bolivia's US Installed Coup d'Etat Regime Authorizes Brute Force. globalresearch.ca Following Evo Morales' democratic reelection on October 20, a CIA-orchestrated coup d'etat unconstitutionally replaced him with hard-right, political nobody senator Jeanine Anez. | Article 169 of Bolivia's Constitution states: | "In case of impediment or definitive absence of the president …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-11-22). The coup in Bolivia has U.S. fingerprints all over it. peoplesworld.org The socialist government of Bolivian President Evo Morales took power in February 2006. He and Vice President àÅlvaro García Linare on Oct. 20 had been elected to their fourth terms in office. A coup culminating on Nov. 10 removed them—a coup that the U.S. government had a big role in bringing it about. A motive …

Derek Royden (2019-11-22). A return to feudalism? The aftermath of Bolivia's coup. nationofchange.org This coup is a disaster, and besides Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, no major North American politician has pushed back against it.

Jason Hirthler (2019-11-22). Silencing the Beast of Bolivian Populism. counterpunch.org The risible tension between the tailored elitism of the Bolivian bourgeoisie and the restive pueblo of indigenous peasants was memorably captured in the 2005 film Our Brand Is Crisis. The documentary colorfully exposes the sleazy underbelly of American political influence. Yes, the very thing our wizened mandarins in Washington have been raising such a clamor over since the wrong candidate was elected by the dull, unseeing demos. Congressional luminaries like the walleyed Adam Schiff, presiding like a demented pontiff over his carnival of moral outrage, continually effect, with little effect, the most astonished…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-11-22). "Wipe the Soviet Union Off the Map", 204 Atomic Bombs against 66 Major Cities, US Nuclear Attack against USSR Planned During World War II. globalresearch.ca According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, "the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against 66 major urban areas.

Staff (2019-11-22). Hundreds of Thousands Join National Strike in Colombia. truthout.org In Colombia, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Thursday in the largest national strike the country has seen in years. Labor unions, students, teachers, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian activists joined in peaceful marches across urban and rural Colombia as anger mounts against right-wing President Iván Duque and his cabinet. The protests were triggered by Duque's proposed labor reforms and cuts to the pension system, as well as a recent military airstrike against a camp of alleged dissident rebel drug…

Alan Macleod (2019-11-22). The CIA's Jack Ryan Series Is 'Regime-Change' Propaganda Aimed At Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Dr. Matthew Alford of the University of Bath told MintPress that the new Amazon product is a "disgrace of a series," unfairly demonizing a nation at a time when the United States has its boot on the throat of Venezuelan society.

WSWS (2019-11-22). Trump overrides Navy's bid to evict war criminal from SEALS. wsws.org This was the fourth intervention by the US president in the case of Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with shooting civilians and murdering a prisoner during the 2017 siege of Mosul.

WSWS (2019-11-22). National strike shakes Colombia's right-wing government. wsws.org In the latest eruption of the global class struggle, hundreds of thousands marched in over 100 cities demanding the ouster of President Duque.

Telesur (2019-11-22). Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders Back Ecuador Anti-IMF Protests. globalresearch.ca U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have both sent messages of solidarity to the recent anti-IMF protests in Ecuador, which have succeeded in forcing the government to scrap a controversial austerity decree. | "Let's give a …

teleSUR (2019-11-22). María Fernanda Espinosa for Secretary-General of the OAS. telesurenglish.net María Fernanda Espinosa, former chancellor of Ecuador and former president of the UN General Assembly, will compete with Luis Almagro for the position of secretary general of the Organization of American States, the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, Ronald Sanders, told AFP on Thursday. | RELATED: | Dominica Rejects OAS Interference in Elections in Washington DC | "My government and several other governments have made this decision," said the diplomat who declined to specify…

Andre Vltchek (2019-11-22). Lies Which the West Manufactures and Then Consumes. globalresearch.ca After my work in the Middle East had finished, at least for the time being, I was waiting for my flight to Santiago de Chile. In Paris. I could count on a few 'free' days, processing what I had heard …

IMEMC News (2019-11-22). Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Beit Ummar. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, on Friday evening, many Palestinians in 'Aseeda area, in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and attacked dozens of protesters, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The soldiers first invaded the area, and installed a military roadblock, before …

IMEMC News (2019-11-22). Army Attacks Nonviolent Protesters In Surif. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, a nonviolent procession against the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands in Surif town, northwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, causing many injuries. The soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades, in addition to attacking protesters with clubs and batons. Many …

Staff (2019-11-22). A BDS Campaign Tackles the Sports Industry in Portland — and Wins. truthout.org Boycotting for Palestinian rights works. A reporter broke the news in late September that the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team ended their partnership with Leupold & Stevens, which makes rifle scopes for Israel's brutal occupying army, following a year-long protest campaign led by our Portland, Oregon, chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and many allies. | For nearly 10 years, Leupold & Stevens sponsored a "Hometo…

Chip Gibbons (2019-11-22). New Report on FBI Spying Shows Need for Congressional Investigation. globalresearch.ca Clearing the FOG (forces of greed) hosts Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers interviewed Chip Gibbons, an expert on Constitutional Law and the legal and policy counsel for Defending Rights and Dissent about a recent right to protest victory in Washington, …

Staff (2019-11-22). Biden Under Fire for Telling Immigrant Rights Activist to "Vote for Trump" truthout.org During a campaign event in Greenwood, South Carolina Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden told a protestor who confronted him over the Obama administration's mass deportation policies to "vote for Trump," prompting outrage from immigrant rights groups and activists. | "You should vote for Trump," Biden repeated as Carlos Rojas, an organizer with Movimiento Cosecha, urged the former Vice President to depart from the destructive record of the Obama White House and support a moratorium on…

WSWS (2019-11-22). Sydney Morning Herald columnist defends Swedish frame-up of Assange. wsws.org Miller's article had the character of a rearguard action, aimed at defending the discredited lies and slanders that have been used to justify the persecution of Julian Assange.

WSWS (2019-11-22). Attend "Free Assange and Manning" meetings this weekend in Australia and New Zealand. wsws.org All those who value and uphold core democratic principles, and who support the freedom of Assange and Manning, should attend the meetings this weekend.

Andrew Korybko (2019-11-22). Moscow's Russia-Pakistan Banking Proposal Hints at Big Things to Come. globalresearch.ca Yuri M. Kozlov, the Russian Trade Representative in Pakistan, suggested that Russia and Pakistan establish a "reliable and mutually acceptable banking system", which strongly hints at Moscow's desire to improve its commercial trade ties with Islamabad in order to …

Staff (2019-11-22). YouTube Is Breaking Its Own Rules About State-Sponsored Videos. truthdig.com ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published. | The hourlong show — not to be confused with the venerable CBS program — airs weeknights on the state-owned Russia 1 television network, which boasts the second-largest viewership in the country. Episodes can also be watched on YouTube, where the channel has 353,000 subscribers. Under a policy YouTube instituted last year, a box sh…

teleSUR (2019-11-22). Former Trump Aide Calls Ukraine Meddling Theory Fiction. telesurenglish.net At the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry session held on Thursday, President Donald Trump's former Russia Adviser Fiona Hill urged lawmakers not to promote the idea that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential elections. | RELATED: | US Secretary of State and VP at the Heart of Impeachment | "This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves," said Hill, who until July served as National Security Council's…

Robert Mackey (2019-11-22). "Are You Sure They Did That?" Even Fox Questions Trump's Ukraine Conspiracy Theory. theintercept.com The hosts of "Fox and Friends" appear to be losing patience with Donald Trump's conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election.

Patrick Martin (2019-11-22). The Impeachment Crisis and American Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Wednesday's public hearing on the impeachment of President Trump featured the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who testified that, contrary to the White House narrative, there had been a "quid pro quo" in Trump's dealings with …

Donald Donato (2019-11-22). Big pharma's new opium war: Exporting the addiction crisis to China. peoplesworld.org As the People's Republic of China's economy grows and integrates more fully into global commerce, so does the risk to its people's health. To meet the new demand for cancer and pain medications, China has had to harmonize its pharmaceutical regulatory structures with international ones and beef-up its investment in innovative biotech research and production. …

WSWS (2019-11-22). Australian bushfire crisis spreads as PM denies climate change link. wsws.org Apocalyptic scenes of raging walls of flames, orange skies and acrid smoke hazes in major cities have fuelled a political crisis.

Thomas Knapp (2019-11-22). Trump's Course Correction on E-Cigarettes: Great Idea, No Matter His Reasons. counterpunch.org Annie Karni, Maggie Haberman, and Sheila Kaplan of the New York Times describe US president Donald Trump's proposed ban on flavored e-cigarette products as "a swift and bold reaction to a growing public health crisis affecting teenagers" that Trump backed away from "under pressure from his political advisers and lobbyists to factor in the potential More

Glenn Greenwald (2019-11-22). Watch: Betsy Reed Talks to Glenn Greenwald About Our Brazil Exposés — With an Overview From Jeremy Scahill. theintercept.com Intercept editors and journalists discuss how our reporting has had an explosive impact on Brazilian politics and the Bolsonaro government.

Chris Wright (2019-11-22). Is Bernie Sanders Electable? dissidentvoice.org In his 2007 classic Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War—a book that, in the age of Donald Trump, is more relevant than ever—Joe Bageant makes an observation that cuts to the nub of the matter. America, he says, isn't composed of some great middle class; it is an overwhelmingly working-class country. "If …

Staff (2019-11-22). Mystery Grows Over Withholding of Aid to Lebanon. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday congratulated Lebanon as the country marked its independence day but made no mention of the hold-up in aid that State Department and Pentagon officials have complained about for weeks. | It came up in impeachment testimony by David Ha…

Julia Conley (2019-11-22). Watch: Viral animated video shows how just a fraction of Bill Gates' $110 billion could pay to replace Flint's water pipes. nationofchange.org "You'd have to save more than a $100,000 per year for a MILLION years to get there. So where's that wealth tax?"

Michael Welton (2019-11-22). Empowerment as an Ethical Endeavor. counterpunch.org By the 1980s empowerment was a very popular concept influencing the actions of all sorts of powerful companies. Everywhere corporations—from Kodak to Wal-Mart to Kentucky Fried Chicken—were implementing employee empowerment programs. Books extolling empowerment were selling millions of copies in a general atmosphere of corporate doubt and fear. Many fine ideas—freedom, dignity, and self-governance—swept into More

Staff (2019-11-22). How to Stop the Trump Administration's Latest Attempt to Undermine Science. truthout.org The Trump administration is proposing a rule that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from relying on research when crafting regulations unless the underlying data is publicly available. This is a problem because the data in studies showing how pollution harms people's health often includes individuals' confidential personal information — including medical records that are protected by privacy law. Wi…

Staff (2019-11-22). The Future of Meat. truthdig.com As people become aware of the effects of eating animals on climate change and human health, a new book asks whether we will see an end to it.

Tim Wheeler (2019-11-22). Fiona Hill and Fawn Hall: Witnesses to White House crimes present and past. peoplesworld.org Fiona Hill and Fawn Hall. Similar names, both assigned to the National Security Council. But how different these two women are. In 1987, Fawn Hall and Lt. Col. Oliver North spent hours shredding documents in the basement of the White House scrambling to conceal President Ronald Reagan's criminal Iran-Contra conspiracy. Granted immunity in exchange for …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-11-22). U.S. Opens Up Another Front in Its Cold War Against China as Congress Passes the "Hong Kong Democracy Act" globalresearch.ca The Trump impeachment hearings give the illusion that voters in the United States have a choice between two different political parties: the Democrats and Republicans. The daily impeachment hearings dominate news headlines. Meanwhile, politicians of both parties have unanimously passed …

Ajit Singh (2019-11-22). Hong Kong's opposition unites with Washington hardliners to 'preserve the US's own political and economic interests'. thegrayzone.com While claiming to fight for "self-determination," Hong Kong opposition leaders are collaborating with regime-change neoconservatives in Washington to "preserve the…

Simon Davis-Cohen (2019-11-22). The H-2A Farmworker Program's False "Compromise" progressive.org The Trump Administration's far-right vision for immigration involves a domestic work program for people facing the threat of deportation and the expansion of an exploitative "guest worker" arrangement.

Bill Meyer (2019-11-22). Latin America at the Toronto International Film Festival. peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Cuba, plagued by endless U.S. boycotts and sanctions, has little money left to sustain and develop their cultural exports. Films coming from Cuba dubbed or subtitled in English are becoming a rarity at film festivals in the U.S., even though there is still world interest in what's going on in Cuba. Instead, other countries are …

Staff (2019-11-22). Racist Stephen Miller Must Go, Activists and Lawmakers Say. truthout.org President Trump may be consumed by impeachment, but White House Adviser Stephen Miller remains laser-focused on executing his racist anti-immigrant agenda. Despite calls for Miller's removal by lawmakers and civil rights organizations, his oppressive policies and appointments continue to be rolled out at a frantic pace. | Last week, Hatewatch exposed hundreds of emails Miller sent to th…

teleSUR (2019-11-22). Greece: 1,200 More Guards To 'Shut The Door' On Migrants. telesurenglish.net In anticipation of what could be a new wave of migrant arrivals, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday announced that his administration will upgrade its patrolling operations and deploy 1,200 additional border guards to "shut the door" to migrants not entitled to stay. | RELATED: | 94 Refugees, Migrants Rescued Off Libya's Coast | "In Greece are welcomed only those we choose. Those who are not welcomed will be returned," PM Mitsotakis said and added that doors will remain close…

WSWS (2019-11-22). US activist who sheltered migrants found not guilty in second trial. wsws.org The verdict, after less than two hours of deliberation, reflects the broad support for humanitarian aid for immigrants.

The Global Research Team (2019-11-22). Dear Global Research Readers, Your Support Is Essential. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | Our team works tirelessly day in, day out, to promote peace and a world without war. Currently, however, peace is not a money making endeavour. Without financial support from our readers, we are faced with a monthly deficit….

Mattea Kramer (2019-11-22). Finding Peace Amid the New Opium Wars. counterpunch.org It was evening and we were in a windowless room in a Massachusetts jail. We had just finished a class — on job interview skills — and, with only a few minutes remaining, the women began voicing their shared fear. Upon their release, would someone really hire them? Beneath that concern lurked another one: Would More

Julie Hollar (2019-11-22). False Equivalence in the Age of Trump. fair.org Even in the Trump era, corporate media, forever insistent on an "objective" approach that always hears out "both sides," continue to exhibit a dangerous blindness to their own biases. | In "In Primetime, Two Versions of Impeachment for a Divided Nation" ( 11/16/19), the New York Times' Michael Grynbaum offered "a glimpse at the country's divided political reality"

The Canary (2019-11-22). Plaid Cymru promises 'green jobs revolution' at manifesto launch. thecanary.co Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has promised a "green jobs revolution" in Wales at his party's general election manifesto launch.He said plans for a green industrial revolution include significant investment in rail and bus travel, three tidal lagoons, a barrage and a new offshore wind farm.Price said Plaid would invest £20 billion over the next 10 years from a national reconstruction fund, which would include the electrification of all mainline rail lines, creating tens of thousands of jobs.Speaking from Coleg y Cymoedd college in Nantgarw near Cardiff, he said: "This transformative vision, central to the We…

Don McIntosh (2019-11-22). Jury decision could kill the dockworkers' union on West coast. peoplesworld.org PORTLAND — In a decision that threatens the survival of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), a federal jury Nov. 4 held the union responsible for economic harm caused by a sustained and intentional dockworker slowdown at Port of Portland Terminal 6, and recommended that the national union and Portland-based Local 8 be ordered …

Eds. (2019-11-22). 'Mumia Abu-Jamal is just one step away from freedom,' says Maureen Faulkner. mronline.org Join all of us. It is time to move this forward towards justice and freedom and bring Mumia home. | Source

Noyma Appelbaum (2019-11-22). A campus Communist headed toward a career with the 'Pennsylvania Worker'. peoplesworld.org This is the fifth in a series of excerpted stories from a memoir by Noyma Appelbaum, "Where Were You on May Day? Transitions in Red, 1930s-1960s." Earlier installments can be read here. During my first year in college, I had little contact with left-wing political activity. My family moved to a new home, a row …

IMEMC News (2019-11-22). Illegal Israeli Colonists Injure Eight Palestinians In Hebron. imemc.org A group of fanatic Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, attacked, on Friday evening, many Palestinians, including children, wounding eight. Palestinian activist Jamal Es'eifan said the colonists first attacked a shop, owned by Nasser Fahed al-Ja'bari, and smashed …

Sam Husseini (2019-11-22). Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons? commondreams.org Grady and the six others—the Kings Bay Plowshares 7—pleaded with the jury to look to their conscience. The activists were following the biblical edict to turn swords into plowshares, after all. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Fiore (2019-11-22). So You're Getting Impeached. progressive.org Don't worry, it's a normal part of our constitution—for men like you.

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-22). Israel's Attorney General Indicts Prime Minister Netanyahu. imemc.org According to Palestine News Network, Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to officially indict prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for fraud, bribery and breach of trust. Beginning in October, Netanyahu's defence team presented the prime minister's position to the state prosecution, accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-22). U.S. Congresswoman: "Israeli System of Military Detention of Palestinian Children is Immoral" imemc.org Ali Harb — Middle East Eye The Israeli army's mistreatment of Palestinian children is "completely preventable", a United States congresswoman said, as she urged other lawmakers to support a bill that would prevent American military aid to Israel from being used to abuse Palestinian minors. "The Israeli system of military …

IMEMC News (2019-11-22). Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. This week's procession also condemned the illegal policies of the United States, especially the …

Staff (2019-11-22). Wrapping Up Impeachment Early Is an Exceptionally Bad Idea. truthout.org Over the past two weeks of marathon testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, it can no longer be disputed that President Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and members of his administration engaged in a plot to bribe or extort Ukraine into helping the president smear his domestic political opponents. Witness after witness testified to what they saw and the conclusion was inescapable: The president broke the law and abused his power. | This is not really a big surprise, though, is it? After all, we saw…

David Rosen (2019-11-22). Impeachment and Trump's 2020 Campaign Takes Shape. counterpunch.org A truism of American politics assumes that a politician's reelection campaign begins the day after s/he wins an election. This has been especially the case for Donald Trump, the nation's 45th president. The current public phase of the Congressional impeachment hearings of Pres. Trump is a critical part of the 2020 election effort. At this time, More

Ron Jacobs (2019-11-22). Talking to Rudy, Trumpist Hand Grenade: Impeachment Days Four and Five. counterpunch.org The impeachment process is about power. Who has it and who gets to keep it? The trumpists, having taken over the Republican Party, the Senate and the White House, are determined to keep their hold on these points of power. Naturally, they hope to regain control of the House of Representatives and are most likely More

Joseph Natoli (2019-11-22). The Self-Unravelling Trump Cannot Avoid. counterpunch.org I. The Dangers of Autocracy Back in the Watergate hearings, I was rivetted by them and welcomed the distraction from writing my dissertation. These 2019 House impeachment hearings are just as riveting, and because I got that dissertation done and proceeded to teach courses like radical American thought since the Watergate days, I'm bringing a lot More

commondreams (2019-11-22). POLL: 42 Percent of Americans Want Congress to Expand the Scope of the Impeachment Inquiry Beyond Ukraine. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Karen Hobert Flynn (2019-11-22). Congress Has No Other Option Than to Impeach and Remove the President From Office. commondreams.org Trump has violated numerous campaign finance laws, including orchestrating hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush payments to individuals to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-22). Lula Defends PT's Candidacies for 2020 Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday promoted the candidates representing the Workers' Party (PT) of Brazil, of which he is a founder, ahead of the 2020 municipal elections, as well as a few dissenters. | RELATED: | Lula As Opposition To Bolsonaro, Right Wants Him Back In Jail | "Nobody is going to defend the PT like the PT itself," Lula stated in Sao Paulo, a day before the beginning of the seventh congress of the political party, which will close on Nove…

WSWS (2019-11-22). Former Australian spy chief steps up anti-China campaign. wsws.org After stoking paranoia over an purported Chinese "threat," Lewis called on members of the Chinese community to be recruited to assist the security agencies in the same way people in Islamic communities had been enlisted to inform on alleged "terrorist" risks.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-22). Through the Yellow Looking Glass: Australia's China Wars. globalresearch.ca This year, China as "Intimidating Monster" has become the popular motif in Canberra circles. Australian government members Andrew Hastie and Senator James Paterson have become vigorous moral, if hollow enthusiasts. Their criticism of China has led to the revocation of …

Miko Peled (2019-11-22). With No End in Sight, Israel's Election Soap Opera Rages On. mintpressnews.com The Israeli election process, like a bad soap opera, has been going on for many months now with no end in sight, and precisely like a poorly made soap opera, the squabbling, blaming, threatening, scare tactics and mudslinging have lead to nothing. | The Boss: | Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, assumed to be the "Boss" of Israeli politics, seems to have lost his touch. In two consecutive elections, he was unable to win a majority or form a coalition government. | The rise of a united opposition to run against him led by former IDF generals — who by the way at one point or another served him — is…

teleSUR (2019-11-22). African Union Urges Return of UK Colony to Mauritius. telesurenglish.net The African Union on Friday called on Britain to withdraw from the Chagos Islands and end its "continued colonial administration" there after a U.N. deadline for it to do so expired. | RELATED: | Indian Independence Day: A Nation Founded by Colonial Britain | The African Union urged Britain to comply with the U.N. resolution and reiterated the AU's support "for a complete decolonisation" of the Chagos Islands. | "The UK has no doubt as to our sovereignty over the British Indian…

teleSUR (2019-11-22). Macri Repealed Abortion Protocol: Rubinstein's Resigned. telesurenglish.net After the controversy unleashed nationwide in Argentina, after the publishing on the Official Gazette and immediately repealed by the Government, of the Care Protocol for the Legal Interruption of Pregnancy (ILE), the secretary of Health, Adolfo Rubinstein handed in his resignation. | RELATED: | Argentina: Rubinstein's Protocol Unleashes National Debate | His departure opens a new internal conflict in the governing coalition Cambiemos, which backs current President Mauricio Macri and…

Makia Freeman (2019-11-22). Mind Control or Controlling Your Mind — Which Do You Choose? globalresearch.ca Controlling your mind is key | as we head deeper into the 21st century. The mind is the new frontier — and from a military standpoint the new battleground — as governmental-military-corporate organizations become enmeshed with each other to push the …

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Alastair Crooke (2019-11-22). Is the Middle East Beginning a Self-Correction? globalresearch.ca "Two years, three years, five years' maximum from now, you will not recognize the same Middle East", says the former Egyptian FM, Arab League Secretary General and Presidential Candidate, Amr Moussa, in an interview with Al-Monitor. | Mousa made some …

Larry Romanoff (2019-11-22). Economic Upheaval and the Rise of the US Police State. globalresearch.ca By the end of the Vietnam War, US corporations were no longer competitive in the world economy and were losing the bulk of their domestic market to imports, leading to de-industrialisation and the large-scale relocation of manufacturing to Asia, primarily …

WSWS (2019-11-22). New Zealand military's unexploded bombs killed Afghan civilians. wsws.org Seven children were among 17 civilians killed or injured from unexploded bombs at New Zealand's firing ranges in Bamyan, Afghanistan.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-11-22). One of the President's Men: Ron Johnson's Key Role in Donald Trump's Extortion Scheme. progressive.org The Wisconsin Senator was not only aware of the extortion, but actively participated in it.

Karen Greenberg (2019-11-22). The War on Words in Donald Trump's White House: How to Fudge, Obfuscate, and Lie Our Way Into a New Universe. commondreams.org The Trump administration has little respect for the integrity of words, no respect for educating the public with the facts, and every intention of clouding the space between fact and fiction, certainty and uncertainty. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Levine (2019-11-22). What's Up With Trump and "The Deep State"? counterpunch.org Our Commander-in-Chief has attitudes that seldom rise to the level of ideas. For the most part, they are noxious and stupid, though the ones that descend from old fashioned "isolationism" are at least less lethal than the Cold War and empire-friendly attitudes that nearly all Democrats evince. Or rather they would be if anything ever More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-11-22). David Harris, Presente! counterpunch.org David Harris is a hero, and he is one of my heroes. While this may sound maudlin to some, it was David Harris who was there at the beginning of the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War and who preceded that era with his work in the civil rights movement in the US South. David Harris More

Danny Sjursen (2019-11-22). Trump's War Crime Pardons Will Forever Be a Stain on the United States. commondreams.org This week, by pardoning those U.S. soldiers of committing serious war crimes abroad, President Donald Trump has undercut the military justice system and endorsed American brutality.(Photo: DoD photo by EJ Hersom) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-22). Sasha Baron Cohen Delivers Blistering Takedown of Facebook. truthdig.com Sometimes the most trenchant commentary comes from the voices we'd least expect. Such was the case Thursday night when "Borat" actor and comedian Sasha Baron Cohen used his acceptance speech for an International Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League to address the dangers social media giants like Facebook pose to democracies the world over. | While acknowledging that his own body of work has been accused of perpetuating harmful stereotypes—a line of criticism he disputes—he blames the decline of global democracy on the proliferation of hate speech and conspiracy theories. The result, Baron…

Staff (2019-11-22). Ranked-Choice Voting "Allows You to Vote for the Person You Really Like" truthout.org Janine Jackson: As media critics in election season, our preeminent concern is less how fair the press are to this or that candidate, than how fair they are to the public. That means substantive reporting, not just on candidates, their records and proposals, but on the voting process itself, and specifically the distance between the system we have and the democracy we rhetorically invoke, and that some of us actually seek. If corporate media typically underserve such process questions, the public incr…

Sam Husseini (2019-11-22). Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons? counterpunch.org Pope Francis will travel to Hiroshima and Nagasaki this weekend. On Sunday, he will give a public address at the ground-zero site of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki. He is expected to give the clearest articulation yet of the Vatican's position, since 2017, that condemns the "very possession" of nuclear weapons. This is something Plowshares More

Amitai Ben-Abba (2019-11-22). A Nation of Surgeons. counterpunch.org A Nation of Surgeons Describe the area where the injustice happened in figurative language. A striated country, strapped down with wire and polyethylene wrap, butchered and sliced with fractal borders. Zoom into the bloodiest slice, a slab twenty-five miles long and four-to-seven miles wide, like the stretch between Queens and the Central Park Zoo. Pronounce More