2019-11-24: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-11-24). US: House Democrats Extend Patriot Act in Concealed Bill. telesurenglish.net The United States House of Representatives passed a short-term funding bill in an effort to avert a government shutdown Tuesday, which included an extension, buried in the legislation, to the Bush-era Patriot Act. | RELATED: | Trump Accuses Impeachment Witness Of Lying, Defends Giuliani | The funding bill was approved by the Senate earlier on Thursday, hours before President Donald Trump signed the document. With a vote of 231-192, the Democrat-led House passed the bill effectively…

Prof. Stephen Zunes (2019-11-24). Trump's Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is Rooted in Bipartisan Support. globalresearch.ca Three previous U.S. administrations all ignored the gross power asymmetry between the Palestinians under occupation and the Israeli occupiers—an imbalance compounded by the fact that as the chief mediator in negotiations, the U.S. is also the primary military, economic, and …

Massoud Nayeri (2019-11-24). America Supports Fascism: Repulsive Display of Hypocrisy on Ukraine, Concealing the U.S. Coup in Bolivia! globalresearch.ca Political Background | The House Impeachment Inquiry Hearing has dominated the news in the U.S. for the past few weeks as if the whole world is on the edge of its seat following this saga. However, these TV shows are nothing …

Staff (2019-11-24). Scholars and Activists Demand U.S. End Support for Bolivia's Right-Wing Coup Regime. truthdig.com More than 800 academics, activists, and public figures published an open letter Sunday demanding that the United States and the international community end its support for the right-wing, anti-Indigenous regime in Bolivia that seized power following the military's ouster of former President Evo Morales. | "What is happening in Bolivia is highly undemocratic and we are witnessing some of the worst human rights violations at the hands of the military and the police since the transition to civilian government in the earl…

Michael Welch (2019-11-24). Deep State Coup D'Etat: Subverting the U.S. Presidency from JFK to Trump. globalresearch.ca On the Global Research News Hour we do our best to cover a wide spectrum of topics from the environmental crisis to economic and geopolitical analysis to debunking war pre-text narratives. | We welcome listener support to maintain and improve the …

teleSUR (2019-11-24). OAS Seeks to Divide Latin American Countries: Zapatero. telesurenglish.net The former President of Spain , José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, said on Saturday in Brazil that the Organization of American States ( OAS ) is seeking to divide Latin America, as part of a policy that has been a repeated failure. | RELATED: | Bolivian Congress Approves Law to Call For New Elections | "The only thing that it has done is to deepen divisions in the Latin American continent. That organization needs a process of integration and recovery of the great dialogues, and not exclusion,"

Yara Hawari (2019-11-24). It Is Time to Stop Lecturing Palestinians and to Start Listening. commondreams.org "It is time for the world to listen to the Palestinians who have been saying from day one that the State of Israel is an apartheid one, bent on keeping indigenous Palestinians permanently contained and oppressed," writes Hawari. (Photo: rpb1001/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-24). Mexico's President Pledged to Defend Indigenous Rights, But He's Attacking Them. truthout.org In the early hours of February 20, 2019, Náhuatl activist Samir Flores was gunned down in front of his house in the Mexican state of Morelos. | Since 2011, Flores had been a vocal opponent of the Morelos Integral Project — a government-backed development plan to construct new energy infrastructure, including two thermoelectric plants and a massive gas pipeline running directly through his hometown of Amilcingo. | The day before he was killed, Flores attended a public forum organized by…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-24). WikiLeaks Exposes Doctored OPCW Report on Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria. globalresearch.ca On November 23, WikiLeaks accused the OPCW "of doctoring (its Douma, Syria) chemical weapons report." | It published email information from an OPCW whistleblower, a member of its fact finding mission to Douma, expressing "his gravest concern over intentional bias introduced …

South Front (2019-11-24). Video: Syrian Army Uses Tactical Ballistic Missiles against Al Qaeda Militants Weapons' Depots. globalresearch.ca Late on November 20, the Syrian Army launched an OTR-21 Tochka missile at a weapon depot of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near the town of Khan, located close to the Turkish border. As always, pro-militant sources immediately claimed that the strike …

Jason Ditz (2019-11-24). OPCW Caught Manipulating Syrian Chemical Attack Report to Blame Assad. theantimedia.com OPCW leadership is accused by OPCW scientist of misleading the public with the information it was omitting from the report it was drafting.

teleSUR (2019-11-24). Iraq: 13 Dead As Security Forces Open Fire on Protesters. telesurenglish.net At least 13 people died and 150 were injured this Sunday in Baghdad and the southern cities of Basra and Nasiriya, as a result of clashes with security forces in one of the "worst" days since protests began. | RELATED: | Four Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Continue in Iraq | According to the Iraqi Human Rights Council, "three demonstrators were killed…

Staff (2019-11-24). The Trump Administration Gutted the Staff Overseeing $1 Billion in Aid to Iraq. truthout.org Iraq is one of the top recipients of American assistance, and the U.S. foreign aid agency manages more than $1 billion in projects there, including funding for Iraqi religious minorities pushed by Vice President Mike Pence. But increasingly, the agency doesn't have people on the ground to make sure the money is being well-spent. | The U.S. Agency for International Development has been forced to cut nearly 80% of its non-Iraqi staff in Iraq in the last year, even as the agency funds large, am…

teleSUR (2019-11-24). Iraqi Security Forces Kill 9 People During Sunday Protest. telesurenglish.net Security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad and several cities in southern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens of others, police and medical sources said, the latest violence in weeks of unrest. | RELATED: | Four Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Continue in Iraq | Anti-government protests erupted in early October and have swollen into the largest demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. A Reuters tally of the dead as given by…

The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute (2019-11-24). The Rockefeller Way: The Family's Covert 'Climate Change' Plan. globalresearch.ca First published in December 2016, this article is of relevance to an understanding of the ongoing Climate, Extinction Rebellion debate. | Who is funding the "Protest Movement" | "Beginning in the 1980s, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund became leading advocates of the global …

Staff (2019-11-24). Massive Turnout in Hong Kong Vote Seen as Pro-Democracy Test. truthdig.com HONG KONG — Vote counting was underway in Hong Kong early Monday after a massive turnout in district council elections seen as a barometer of public support for pro-democracy protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for more than five months. | The Electoral Affairs Commission said 71% of the city's 4.1 million registered voters had cast ballots when polls closed at 10: 30 p.m. Sunday. That sharply exceeded the 47% turnout in the same election four years ago. | Early results showed at least a dozen pro-democracy candidates winning, including former student leaders. Among them was a can…

Staff (2019-11-24). As Internet Restored, Online Iran Protest Videos Show Chaos. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Machine gun fire answers rock-throwing protesters. Motorcycle-riding Revolutionary Guard volunteers chase after demonstrators. Plainclothes security forces grab, beat and drag a man off the street to an uncertain fate. | As Iran restores the internet after a weeklong government-imposed shutdown, new videos purport to show the demonstrations over gasoline prices rising and the security-force crackdown that followed. | The videos offer only fragments of encounters, but to some extent they fill in the larger void left by Iran's state-controlled television and radio channels. On th…

Staff (2019-11-24). Lebanon's Uprising Remains United Against Political Elite. truthout.org Holding a megaphone, a women chants to the crowds gathered at Martyrs' Square in the middle of central Beirut, "We are the revolution of the people, you are the civil war!" The people, filling up the entire square and streets leading up to Lebanon's parliament, repeat the words in unison. "You are the civil war," they chant, "we are the revolution." | It is an afternoon in early November, more than three weeks since the uprising against political corruption began in mid-October. Unlike previous protest movements…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-11-24). Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug. globalresearch.ca Important article first published by Global Research on May 8, 2019 | Retired USAF lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski writes in an article posted at Lew Rockwell's website that Julian Assange is receiving the same treatment as suspected terrorists while in captivity …

John Pilger (2019-11-24). The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now. globalresearch.ca Newspapers and other media in the United States, Britain and Australia have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the "Assange effect". | It is as if the struggle of …

Peter Koenig (2019-11-24). China — The Belt and Road Initiative — The Bridge that Spans the World. globalresearch.ca The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also called the New Silk Road, is based on a 2,100-year-old trade route between the Middle East and Eastern Asia, called the Silk Road. It wound its ways across the huge landmass Eurasia to …

Colin Todhunter (2019-11-24). Hunger Games: Food Abundance and Twisted Truths. globalresearch.ca The world already produces enough food to feed 10 million people but over two billion are experiencing micronutrient deficiencies (of which 821 million were classed as chronically undernourished in 2018). However, supporters of genetic engineering (GE) crops continually push the …

Staff (2019-11-24). Billionaire Businessman Michael Bloomberg Enters 2020 Democratic Race. truthout.org Billionaire businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday officially announced he is entering the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, launching a $30 million ad blitz in which he presents himself as "jobs creator" and a "middle class kid who made good." | "Mike Bloomberg started as a middle class kid who had to work his way through college, then built a business from a single room to a global entity…

Matt Kasper (2019-11-24). While Wisconsin Residents Object to a $700 Million Gas Power Plant, Their Public Officials Submit Supportive Comments Ghostwritten by Industry. globalresearch.ca As the public comment period for a new natural gas power plant drew to a close last month, several state lawmakers filed comments urging the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to approve the project. The lawmakers' letters, however, appear to have …

Staff (2019-11-24). A Trump White House Proposal Could Boost Corporate Dark Money in Elections. truthout.org The Trump administration is pushing a proposal that could change how much untraceable " dark money" corporations pour into future elections. | The draft rule change was unveiled by the Securities and Exchange Commission this mont…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-24). UK Jeremy Corbyn's Progressive Manifesto. Reversing Neoliberal Harshness. globalresearch.ca On December 12, UK general elections will be held — a referendum on progressive change v. continued Tory-led neoliberal harshness, along with whether most Brits still support leaving the EU. | Labor's Jeremy Corbyn called next month's elections "a once in …

teleSUR (2019-11-24). Uruguayan Presidential Elections are Under Way. telesurenglish.net The Electoral Court of Uruguay formally opened the voting stations on Sunday to elect the next head-of-state for the second round of the 2020 elections. | RELATED: | Uruguay: Far-Right Calls Armed Forces to Vote Against Leftists | As provided for in the electoral law of Uruguay, the voting centers will remain open from 8: 00 A.M. to 7: 30 P.M. (local time). The electoral authorities have organized since last Friday the ballots for today's election. | In Uruaguay, it is mandatory…

Staff (2019-11-24). Michael Bloomberg Launches Democratic Presidential Bid. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the world's richest men, has formally launched a Democratic bid for president. | Ending weeks of speculation, the 77-year-old former Republican announced his candidacy Sunday in a written statement posted on a campaign website describing himself as uniquely positioned to defeat President Donald Trump. He will quickly follow with a massive advertising campaign blanketing airways in key primary states across the U.S. | "I'm running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America," Bloomberg wrote. | Related Articles

Comitato No Nato (2019-11-24). The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War: NATO Is Born from the Bomb. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 1 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | First published by Global Research in April 2019 | Documentation presented at the International Conference on …

Kristina Kristen (2019-11-24). Japan Leads the Way in Child Health: No Compulsory Vaccines. Banned Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Important article first published by Children's Health Defense, posted on Global Research on April 28, 2019 | In the United States, many legislators and public health officials are busy trying to make vaccines de facto compulsory—either by removing parental/personal choice …

Middle East Eye (2019-11-24). Zionist Rewriting of History of Palestine by Israel's Ministry of Defense. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in July 2019 | In explosive investigation, Haaretz reports that Israeli defence officials have been sealing off historical files about the mass expulsion of Palestinians in 1948 | *** | Israel's Ministry of Defence has been systematically sealing …

Prof Peter Dale Scott (2019-11-24). Donald J. Trump and The Deep State. globalresearch.ca First published by WhoWhatWhy and Global Research at the outset of the Trump Administration in February 2017 | When the uninitiated think of the "Deep State," they tend to imagine a group of men getting together in a room, smoking cigars …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-11-24). Is Vietnam Taking Action against the US Dollar? globalresearch.ca Vietnam, a historically resistant nation against foreign interventions like the one that started in the Gulf of Tonkin is soon to be in another type of war, a currency war. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened Vietnam with tariffs in …

Brian Finlay (2019-11-24). Nicola Sturgeon sets out exactly why nuclear weapons have no place in Scotland. thecanary.co On 24 November, leader of the SNP and first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon appeared on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday. And she explained exactly why there's no place for nuclear weapons in Scotland. | "Weapons of mass destruction": | Sturgeon said a Jeremy Corbyn-led minority UK government scrapping its nuclear weapons would be a "red line" for SNP support. | Scrapping Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent is a "red line" for the SNP supporting a minority Labour gov…

Staff (2019-11-24). Corporate Media Ignore Historic Inequality in Reports of "Strong Economy" truthout.org Last month, CNBC ( 10/7/19) reassured us that fears of a potential recession are "overblown," because the "hard data" shows that the "US economy remains strong." | If you've been keeping track of corporate media coverage of the US economy over the past several years, you might have noticed a contradictory pattern. You'll find that corporate media make ubiquitous references to a "strong economy," while…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-11-24). November 4: See Naples and Die. NATO-US Command Headquarters Settle in Naples. globalresearch.ca It was Naples, not Rome, which was the centre of National Unity and Armed Forces Day on 4 November [1], when five battalions paraded along the Caracciolo Sea Front. | But the most important point of the event was …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-24). New Trove of Ukraine Documents Exposes 'Clear Paper Trail From Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo'. commondreams.org "We can see why Mike Pompeo has refused to release this information to Congress. The evidence is only going to get worse." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-24). Billionaire Businessman Michael Bloomberg Enters 2020 Democratic Presidential Race. commondreams.org The former New York City mayor launched a $30 million ad campaign presenting himself as a "middle class kid who made good." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-24). More Than 800 Scholars and Activists Sign Open Letter Demanding US End Support for Bolivia's Right-Wing Coup Regime. commondreams.org "What is happening in Bolivia is highly undemocratic and we are witnessing some of the worst human rights violations at the hands of the military and the police since the transition to civilian government in the early 1980s." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-24). UK PM Johnson Offers New Brexit Promise For Christmas. telesurenglish.net The ongoing Brexit story lived another "get Brexit done" chapter after Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Sunday to bring his deal to leave the European Union back to parliament before Christmas. | RELATED: | Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage Will Not Run In UK Election | As the Dec.12 election looms closer, the Conservatives have come up with a man…

Christine Prat (2019-11-24). Wampanoag Hartman Deetz 'No thanks no giving' history in Paris. indybay.org As AIM West prepares its annual Un-Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco, and Native Americans gather for the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, Hartman Deetz, Wampanoag, shares the real origin of Thanksgiving, the history of murderers and thieves from the Pilgrims to the Trump administration.

Harald Neuber (2019-11-24). Sanctions Are Like Bombs. indybay.org Venezuela is one of 41 states that depend on external food assistance to avoid a humanitarian crisis. The US government is copying its blockade policy against Cuba since the beginning of the 1960s. There is hardly any criticism of the US sanctions. Six million households, more than 60% of the population, are sustained by the food program.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-11-24). 11th Annual Peace and Justice Awards Dinner. indybay.org Diablo Room – Hillside Clubhouse – Rossmoor | 3400 Golden Rain Rd | Walnut Creek, CA 94597…

People's Park Committee & Suitcase Clinic (2019-11-24). Legacy of Past and Present Anti-War Actions: Strategies to Consider for the Future. indybay.org UC Berkeley, Barrows Hall 126…

Joshua Cho (2019-11-24). After Al-Baghdadi's Death, Media Failed to Ask Where 'War on Terror' Is Going. commondreams.org "U.S. officials have known for more than half a century that U.S. Mideast policies engender hatred against the U.S., and consciously pursued them anyway," writes Cho. (Photo: Screengrab/NBC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-11-24). Surrounded? Netanyahu faces internal party dissent while arch-rival Gantz accuses him of inciting 'CIVIL WAR' in Israel. rt.com Hit with a corruption probe, Benjamin Netanyahu seemingly can't catch a break. His rival Benny Gantz wants him ousted for leading Israel to the brink of "civil war," all while dissent grows within the embattled PM's Likud party. | The defiant reaction to the corruption indictment has apparently done more harm than good to Netanyahu. Dismissing it as an "attempted coup" and alleging that the judicial authorities might have been following "foreign interests" with their three-year quest to dig into Bibi's dirty laundry, the Prime Minister has played into the hands of his political rivals. | Also on rt.com

RT (2019-11-24). Boeing 737 scrapes runway in a sea of sparks after landing gear COLLAPSES during Colombia touch-down (VIDEOS, PHOTOS). rt.com A Boeing 737 with 88 people on board suffered a serious landing gear malfunction when touching down in Bogota, Colombia, on Saturday, causing it to list to one side, with one engine scraping the ground. | The landing gear on the right side of the Venezuelan Avior Airlines plane collapsed, causing the aircraft to tilt dramatically and drag the engine on one wing along the ground, throwing up a shower of fiery sparks as horrified passengers looked on. | #Avior pic.twitter.com/RagUtRa1Zz— LECU [e] (@lecu12) RT (2019-11-24). Asylum seeker accused of attempted arson after smashing alcohol bottles in German store & trying to IGNITE them (VIDEO). rt.com An asylum seeker who ransacked the alcohol aisle of a German supermarket, causing ‚Ǩ1,000 ($1,100) worth of damage, is being investigated for attempted arson after allegedly trying to set the flammable spillage alight. | The 24-year-old Afghan "rioted" in a supermarket in Nordhausen, central Germany on Thursday, local police said, sweeping scores of wine and spirit bottles off a shelf. According to Nordhauser Kriminalpolizei investigators, he then tried to ignite the alcohol. | Footage from the store's CCTV system shows the man walking up and down the aisle, apparently perusing the wares, bef…

RT (2019-11-24). OPCW report on Douma chemical incident omitted & misrepresented key facts, leaked email by dissenting inspector shows. rt.com An internal OPCW email indicates that the chemical weapons watchdog's leadership doctored a report on the 2018 Douma incident to bring it in line with West-favored claim that it was an attack by the Syrian government. | A newly published internal email seriously undermines the justification for the show of force conducted by the US, Britain and France in response to the alleged attack. The three NATO allies unleashed barrages of cruise missiles at targets in Syria, which they claimed…

RT (2019-11-24). 'Better Red Than Dead', literally: Lavrov remembers the Soviet diplomat who turned Cold-War slogan into UN meme. rt.com Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oleg Troyanovsky, a sharp-witted diplomat who famously was painted red by Chinese protesters, only to snidely remark in response that it was better to be 'red than dead.' | Troyanovsky, the son of the Soviet Union's first ambassador to the US, picked his father's profession and represented his home country in several senior diplomatic positions. He served as the Soviet ambassador to Japan and China, as well as the envoy to the UN, a role that he held for a decade, starting in 1976. | The current Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the same role eight y…

John W. Whitehead (2019-11-24). A New Kind of Tyranny: The Global State's War on Those Who Speak Truth to Power. globalresearch.ca First published on November 6, 2019 | "What happens to Julian Assange and to Chelsea Manning is meant to intimidate us, to frighten us into silence. By defending Julian Assange, we defend our most sacred rights. Speak up now or wake

RT (2019-11-24). Anti-Russian sanctions based on fraudster's tales? Spiegel finds Magnitsky narrative fed to West by Browder is riddled with lies. rt.com British investor Bill Browder has made a name for himself in the West through blaming Moscow for the death of his auditor, Sergey Magnitsky. Der Spiegel has picked apart his story and uncovers it has major credibility problems. | For years Browder — Russian President Vladimir Putin's self-proclaimed "enemy number one" and head of the Hermitage Capital Management fund — has been waging what can only be described as his personal anti-Russian campaign. | The passionate Kremlin critic relentlessly lobbied for sanctions against Russian officials everywhere from the US to Europe — all under the premis…

RT (2019-11-24). 'Window is closing': US Senate makes last-ditch effort to ax Nord Stream 2 pipeline. rt.com After failing to persuade allies in Europe to scrap the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is set to transport natural gas from Europe to Russia, US lawmakers are planning to roll a new batch of sanctions into a defense spending bill.

RT (2019-11-24). WATCH and enjoy: Russian TANK pulls passenger bus from ditch on icy country road. rt.com A commuter bus looked helpless while stuck in a snowy ditch in the middle of a country road in Russia — until an army tank came to the rescue. | The bus effectively blocked access to a small village in the Amur Region of Russia's Far East, and regular tow trucks were no good on the slippery road. | The local military academy came to help. They supplied a heavy army tow truck. It wasn't enough either, so a T-80BV main battle tank rolled up as well, finally pulling the bus out. | Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

RT (2019-11-24). WATCH and enjoy: Russian TANK pulls passenger bus from ditch on icy country road. rt.com A commuter bus looked helpless while stuck in a snowy ditch in the middle of a country road in Russia — until an army tank came to the rescue. | The bus effectively blocked access to a small village in the Amur Region of Russia's Far East, and regular tow trucks were no good on the slippery road. | The local military academy came to help. They supplied a heavy army tow truck. It wasn't enough either, so a T-72 main battle tank rolled up as well, finally pulling the bus out. | Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

RT (2019-11-24). 'Any doctors here?' Crew calls for help as co-pilot falls ill MID-FLIGHT in Russia and DIES just after emergency landing. rt.com The crew of a Russian passenger plane desperately appealed for medical help after a pilot suffered from an acute health problem mid-flight. He died shortly after the jet made an emergency landing. | An Aeroflot Airbus 320 took off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday morning, bound for Anapa, a Black Sea resort. The aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Rostov-on-Don, however, after its first officer was suddenly struck by a health issue. | The cause of death is unclear but it is believed to have been a heart attack or blood clot. A source told RIA Novosti that the co-pilot had earlier complaine…

RT (2019-11-24). Deutsche Bank deploys an army of robots to replace 18,000 workers. rt.com As part of a radical $8.3 billion restructuring plan, the multinational Deutsche bank has so far axed over 4,000 jobs, with some 18,000 more staff cuts to come by 2022. | The use of artificial intelligence has "massively increased productivity" in certain sectors of the business, according to Mark Matthews, the head of operations for Deutsche's corporate and investment bank. | He told the Financial News that so far "680,000 hours of manual work" has already been saved.The bank has "used bots to process 5 million transactions in its corporate bank and perform 3.4 million checks within its investment bank." | Al…

RT (2019-11-24). US to launch new media network to provide Chinese diaspora with 'alternative' news — report. rt.com The US-funded broadcasters Voice of America and Radio Free Asia are about to join forces to establish a new media structure, tasked with providing Chinese citizens with an 'alternative' to their own state media, a report claims. | Against the background of a seemingly never-ending US-China trade war, Washington has, apparently, decided to reach out to some ordinary Chinese people and to provide them with no less than a brand new "alternative" to their domestic state media, which, it says, only promote Beijing's "narratives, values and misinformation." | At least that's what a report in the Hong Kong-based Sout…

RT (2019-11-24). Indian police accidentally reveal they monitor tweets on Kashmir, and Imran Khan's absolutely on the list. rt.com A botched press release by Indian police showed that they keep a close eye on what Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is tweeting about Kashmir and have a list of other accounts they keep track of. | Police in India's Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state sent out a seemingly standard press release about arresting three drug dealers on Friday. But the email, received by local media outlets, had a Microsoft Word file attached that had nothing to do with the story. | The eight-page document contained screenshots of tweets about the situation in the Kashmir Valley, including those with allegations of human rights violat…

RT (2019-11-24). Global economy will remain fragile next year, Moody's says. rt.com The world economy has witnessed the lowest global growth this year since the 2009 recession, according to international rating agency Moody's. It expects the economy to stay fragile as risks to credit conditions rise. | Although Moody's does not forecast recession in 2020, it has warned that such risks are building amid a worldwide backdrop of trade policy uncertainty. | "Recession risks will remain elevated in Europe and the US, while in China domestic rebalancing will continue to create challenges in maintaining the country's rapid growth," it said.The agency noted the risks will be centered around the US-Ch…

RT (2019-11-24). 28yo K-pop idol found dead at home, tragedy may be 2nd industry SUICIDE in just a few weeks. rt.com K-pop star Goo Hara has been found dead, just a little over a month after another popular South Korean singer ended her life by suicide, sparking debates about cyberbullying and hateful comments online. | Goo Hara, an ex-member of girl group Kara, was found dead in her home in Seoul around 6pm local time on Sunday, police said. They did not reveal any more details, saying that an investigation into the cause of the 28-year-old's death is underway. | The singer had been hospitalized in May following an apparent suicide attempt, when she was discovered unconscious in her home by her manager. Before that she post…

RT (2019-11-24). Gigantic, 500ft asteroid to fly past Earth on Monday & come BACK in 7 years. rt.com Traveling more than 60 times faster than a Boeing jet, a huge asteroid is on course to skirt by Earth only to return seven years later. | The space rock, called 2019 VF1, was discovered this year and will pass Earth at about 4: 09am GMT on Monday. | The asteroid is 492 feet in diameter and travels more than 60 times faster than a Boeing 747 jet. | NASA has officially registered it as a "near-Earth object" bound to make a "close approach" to our planet. But not too close, the space agency reassured. The asteroid is set to swoosh by at a distance that is around 13 times farther from Earth than the Moon. | It will…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-23). Kairos Palestine Denounces Pompeo's Illegitimate Legalization of Settlements. imemc.org Kairos Palestine expresses deep disappointment that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced—in a statement that disregards the Geneva Conventions, international law and widespread global consensus—a radical departure from U.

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-23). U.S. Congress Members Urge Pompeo to Reverse Decision on Settlements. imemc.org More than 120 U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen have sent an urgent letter to U.

Peter Koenig (2019-11-23). China, Bolivia: A Lithium Deal No More? dissidentvoice.org 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 expected to increase exponentially. Bolivia has the world's largest by far known lithium reserves. A long-term …

Max Blumenthal (2019-11-23). CIA ayudó a convertir a serie 'Jack Ryan' en fantasía sobre cambio de régimen en Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Un análisis del investigador Tom Secker revela cómo la serie de Amazon sobre un cambio de régimen en Venezuela, "Jack…

Max Blumenthal (2019-11-23). La CIA ayudó a convertir a la serie 'Jack Ryan' en una fantasía intolerante sobre un cambio de régimen en Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Un análisis del investigador Tom Secker revela cómo la fantasía de Amazon sobre un cambio de régimen, "Jack Ryan", fue…

WSWS (2019-11-23). Leaked audio of top Colombian officials exposes failure of US coup operation in Venezuela. wsws.org The picture that emerges is that of a US vassal state panicking that, amid growing opposition from below, it also faces a civil war within Washington's foreign-policy establishment.

teleSUR (2019-11-23). Democratic Lawmakers Criticize US Stance Towards Bolivia's Coup. telesurenglish.net James McGovern, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized President Donald Trump administration for its stance regarding what is happening in Bolivia. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Ilegitimate Government Attempts to Sue Evo Morales | "We are troubled by statements from administration officials, including President Trump,…

teleSUR (2019-11-23). Bolivian Congress Approves Law to Call For New Elections. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian Congress Saturday approved the law of "Exceptional and Transitory Regime for the holding of General Elections," which calls for new general elections in the country. | RELATED: | Democratic Lawmakers Criticize US Stance Towards Bolivia's Coup | The sessions, both in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, were set up with a regulatory quorum and the debate focused on the electoral exercise in order to pacify the country. It is expected that the general elections will t…

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.

The Canary (2019-11-23). Corbyn issues clear warning that multinationals must 'pay their fair share' of tax. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to stop multinational companies offshoring their tax bills to "lower tax regimes" with measures to force them to pay their fair share in the UK. | The Labour leader met workers at an Amazon depot in Sheffield as he warned big companies they would have to pay taxes on all operations in the UK. | Labour expects the measures would raise £6.3bn for the exchequer in 2024 to help pay for its manifesto plans to nationalise key utilities in a "green industrial revolution". | Corbyn and shadow employment rights secretary Laura Pidcock set out plans to clamp down on "enablers of tax dodging",…

Elizabeth Woodworth (2019-11-23). JFK, MLK, RFK, 50 Years of Suppressed History: New Evidence on Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. globalresearch.ca Fifty years of research shows that three humane visions of global peace were thwarted by three covert assassinations. In each case eyewitness accounts were written out of history. In each case the "lone gunman" fiction denied society a true understanding of the deep politics of history…

teleSUR (2019-11-23). Colombia: Curfew in Bogota On Nationwide Strike's Second Day. telesurenglish.net Making noise by banging pots to call for attention, thousands of people gathered on Friday afternoon at the Bolivar Square in Bogota to reject President Ivan Duque and his neoliberal policies. | RELATED: | Colombia: 3 Dead, 122 Civilians Injured At Strike Against Duque | "We are here to protest against Duque's government," art student Katheryn Martinez…

teleSUR (2019-11-23). Chile Police Continue to Use Pellet Rounds Despite Ban. telesurenglish.net Chilean police continue to implement pellets despite the official suspension of their use this week in all but the most extreme situations, according to health officials reported by Al Jazeera Saturday. | RELATED: | Chile's Police Suspend Use of Pellets After 270 Eye Injuries | "They are still using the projectiles," Francisco Sepulveda told Al Jazeera in Antofagasta, a city 1,400km (860 miles) north of Santiago, adding that "the suspension changed nothing." | The health official i…

Raed Jarrar (2019-11-23). What Do Iraqi Protesters Want? commondreams.org Protesters stand amidst tear gas fumes as they clash with Iraqi riot police during a demonstration against state corruption and poor services, between the capital Baghdad's Tahrir Square and the high-security Green Zone district on October 1, 2019. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-23). Nearly 300 US Cities Will Mobilize to Demand Impeachment on Eve of House Vote. truthout.org As corporate media focus on the dramatic impeachment hearings being conducted in Washington, D.C., another impeachment story is unfolding: Activists around the country are preparing to mobilize on the eve of the U.S. House of Representatives' vote on impeaching President Trump. As witnesses testify in the nation's capital, activists are making signs, getting protest permits and drafting speeches. | On the night before what will be a historic vote, people throughout the country will pick up t…

WSWS (2019-11-23). Interviews with Alice Springs workers and youth about public meeting to defend Assange and Manning. wsws.org Popular support in Alice Springs for imprisoned journalist Julian Assange is matched by a deep distrust of government authorities and the major parliamentary parties.

WSWS (2019-11-23). Who decided the US should fight a "hot war" with Russia? wsws.org The impeachment inquiry has exposed a US conspiracy to spend billions of dollars to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and foment a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

Larry Romanoff (2019-11-23). How Does China Evaluate and Choose its Leaders? Understanding China's University System. globalresearch.ca Many Westerners have at least a dim awareness of China's Gaokao, the system of annual university entrance examinations, taken by about 10 million students each year. This set of examinations is quite stiff and perhaps even harsh, covering many subjects …

Staff (2019-11-23). U.S. Judge Awards $180 Million to Post Reporter Held by Iran. truthdig.com The nation is ordered to pay Jason Rezaian after he spent 544 days in captivity and was tortured on still-unexplained espionage charges.

Ruth Milka (2019-11-23). "It wasn't just big oil that knew about climate change decades ago": New report reveals coal knew too. nationofchange.org The coal industry knew about the danger of rising greenhouse gas emissions as early as 1966.

The Canary (2019-11-23). Young adults urged to sign up to vote in the 'climate election'. thecanary.co Young adults are being urged by under-18s and celebrities to sign up to vote so they can use the power of the ballot box to tackle the climate and nature crises.The call comes after the Electoral Commission reveals that a third of young people are not registered to vote, with only 66% of 18 to 19-year-olds and 68% of those aged 20-24 correctly signed up.Students who are too young to vote are helping launch #ItsOurTime, a politically neutral campaign which aims to motivate young people concerned about climate change to sign up before the registration deadline on November 26.Celebrities including bands The Foals an…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-23). Maritime Union of Australia — Sydney Branch Endorses Boycott HP Campaign. imemc.org Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Australia In keeping with its history of solidarity with global struggles for justice and equality, the Maritime Union of Australia's Sydney Branch joined the international Boycott HP campaign in its meeting on 29th October. Members pledged to not buy HP products and called for a complete boycott of …

WSWS (2019-11-23). Trump administration begins deporting asylum seekers to Guatemala. wsws.org Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador will be forced to seek asylum in Guatemala, even if they make it to an official US port of entry.

PCHR (2019-11-23). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14— 20 November 2019). imemc.org Summary After Israel's military aggression on the Gaza Strip last week, that caused dozens of civilian casualties, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued their violations of human rights and international law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) this week as PCHR documented 157 violations by IOF and Israeli settlers. In terms …

Ryan Devereaux (2019-11-23). Humanitarian Volunteer Scott Warren Reflects on the Borderlands and Two Years of Government Persecution. theintercept.com A jury found Scott Warren not guilty in the government's second attempt to lock him up for providing humanitarian aid on the border in Arizona.

teleSUR (2019-11-23). Uruguay: Far-Right Calls Armed Forces to Vote Against Leftists. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Minister of Defense Jose Bayardi denounced Saturday former army general and far-right presidential candidate Guido Manini for inciting confrontations and rebellion of the military against democratic institutions, through a video on social media. | RELATED: | Uruguay: Martinez, Lacalle Pou Close Campaigns Prior to Ballot | The far-right politician who belongs to the Cabildo Abierto party published a video addressed to members of the armed forces, calling for them…

The Canary (2019-11-23). Muslim woman defends Jewish children from antisemitic abuse. thecanary.co A man has been arrested after antisemitic abuse was directed towards Jewish children on the London Underground.The suspect was held in Birmingham on 23 November on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence and he remains in custody.His arrest came after a man was filmed reading anti-Jewish bible passages to two young boys while they were travelling with their family on the Northern Line.Asma Shuweikh came to the defence of the family, who were travelling on the Northern Line on Friday (Chris Atkins/PA)Wearing a cap and hoody, the man is seen in the video threatening a man off-camera after…

Juan Cole (2019-11-23). What Does Fraud and Bribery Trial of Israeli PM Netanyahu Tell Us About Trump Impeachment? commondreams.org "In the case of both men, if they are removed from office for corruption, they will be succeeded by political figures even farther to their right and more dangerous to the world," writes Cole. (Photo: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-23). Human Rights Organizations Condemn Pompeo for "Gross Misrepresentation of International Law" imemc.org Al Mezan Center For Human Rights published a press release stating that the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), the Palestinian Coalition for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ADALAH), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) condemn as a gross misrepresentation of international law. The recent statement by the Secretary of …

Staff (2019-11-23). Brazil's Lula Vows to Make Life 'Hell' for Bolsonaro Government. truthdig.com The ex-president, out of jail for charges he disputes, says at Workers' Party event he is more willing than ever to fight for the country.

The Canary (2019-11-23). Jeremy Corbyn offers a vision of 'hope' and builds support for a 'red Christmas'. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has offered students a vision for "hope" as he unveiled a youth manifesto pledging £1 billion investment and votes at 16. | The Labour leader received huge applause when he told supporters at Loughborough University on Saturday of plans to end pay "discrimination" and give a £10 minimum wage to all. | And to energise his campaign further, he encouraged the crowd to hit the streets campaigning ahead of the election on 12 December in order to bring a "red Christmas". | Addressing the packed student union club lined with red neon lights, he said: This election is all about the future and hop…

WSWS (2019-11-23). Netanyahu, indicted on corruption charges, refuses to resign. wsws.org The prime minister's aim has been to incite his far-right supporters and encourage them to take to the streets on his behalf.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-11-23). JFK Files: US Officials Plotted Destruction of Cuban Crops with Biological Agents. globalresearch.ca Today, November 22, 2019, we commemorate the passing of JFK. | Why was he killed? | He opposed the Deep State? | He was opposed to waging war on Cuba. | He favored dialogue rather than war with the Soviet Union. | *** | Several of …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-23). U.K. Labor Party Vows to Suspend Arms to Israel. imemc.org Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom, hailed the U.K. Labor Party, the main opposition in the U.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-23). Video Shows Israeli Soldiers Abducting 13-year-old Boy in Hebron. imemc.org A video footage recently released by Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, showed Israeli soldiers detaining a 13-year-old Palestinian boy in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and, while blindfolded, walking him through the streets. On November 3 at about 11: 30 am local time, soldiers detained Abed al-Razeq Idris, 13, put him …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-23). Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges But Won't Step Down. imemc.org Is this the end of the 13-year Netanyahu era? What is Trump learning from Netanyahu's unprecedented response to the charges against him? | (No transcript available.

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-23). Illegal Israeli Settlers Torch Palestinian Vehicles, Vandalize Vehicles and Homes. imemc.org According to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA), 50 Palestinian vehicles were vandalized in the latest series of Israeli settler attacks in the West Bank district of Salfit. Mayor of Kufur Ad-Dik, Ibrahim Issa Ad-Dik stated that a group of Israeli settlers sneaked their way into the Palestinian village, …

WSWS (2019-11-23). Allegations of racist incidents lead to virtual shutdown of campus at Syracuse University. wsws.org The university has accepted the demands of students, including moves toward the segregation of dorms based on race, but the campus has been effectively closed through the end of the semester.