2019-11-25: News Headlines

Richard Falk (2019-11-25). International Law Is Clear on One Point: Israel's Settlements Are Illegal. globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made headlines around the world this week in announcing that the US had shifted its position, and no longer viewed Israeli settlements as a violation of international law. | In one of the stupider public …

Alan MacLeod (2019-11-25). Bolivia's Coup Government Targets Alternative Media as Crackdown Turns Increasingly Violent. globalresearch.ca 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. | *** | Facing increased resistance to its rule, the new "transition" government of Jeanine …

Ralph Nader (2019-11-25). Beware of the Medicare Disadvantage Corporate Trap — Wake Up AARP. counterpunch.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 More

John Pilger (2019-11-25). The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now. counterpunch.org Newspapers and other media in the United States and Britain have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially theirright to publish freely. They are worried by the "Assange effect". It is as if the struggle of truth-tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is now a warning to them: that the thugs who dragged Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in April may one day come for them. More

John Pilger (2019-11-25). John Pilger: The Lies About Julian Assange Must Stop Now. mintpressnews.com 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 truth-tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is now a warning to them: that the thugs who dragged Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in April may one day come for them. | A common refrain was echoed by the Guardian last week. The extradition of Assange, said the paper, "is not a question of how wise Mr. Assange is, still less how likable. It's not about his charact…

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2019-11-25). Evidence Talks: US Government Propelled Coup in Bolivia. globalresearch.ca Bolivian armed forces commander in chief Williams Kaliman Romero on November 10 "suggested" that Morales resign. That was the coup de grace. Within 3 days, Kaliman himself resigned and moved to the US. Kaliman and other military chiefs each had received $1 million and that top police officers received $500,000 apiece.

Elson Concepción Pérez (2019-11-25). Conspiracy and Silence from the Organization of American States. globalresearch.ca It is time for the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean to stand together and say NO to coups and their sponsors in the Organization of American States (OAS). | *** | An organization created to protect the interests of the …

WSWS (2019-11-25). Canada's New Democrats and the Coup in Bolivia—A reply to a reader. wsws.org With phony rhetoric about Canada's role in promoting "democracy" and "human rights," the NDP aids and abets Canadian imperialist intrigue, aggression and war.

Jeb Sprague (2019-11-25). Conspirateurs derrière le coup d'état en Bolivie, formés à l'École militaire des Amériques, ont servi d'attachés dans des programmes du FBI. thegrayzone.com Les commandants de l'armée et de la police boliviennes ont contribué à la préparation du coup d'état et en ont…

CounterPunch News Service (2019-11-25). An Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Bolivia From Canadian Writers and Scholars. counterpunch.org The democratically elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, the very first indigenous president of the Americas, has been forced, at gunpoint, to flee the country. There have been on a 5-day stretch since October 20th, 23 deaths, 715 injured, total arrests of 1112 and the number of wounded are unknown (data from the Defensoría del More

Olivia Rosane (2019-11-25). Bolsonaro Dismisses Amazon Deforestation as 'Cultural'. globalresearch.ca Despite confirmation this week that the deforestation rate in the Amazon rainforest is at its highest in more than a decade, far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to take the problem seriously. | When confronted with findings from Brazil's National …

Staff (2019-11-25). Amazon's Labor Abuses Are More Appalling Than You Think. truthdig.com This story was produced by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization. Get their investigations emailed to you directly by signing up at revealnews.org/newsletter. | When Candice Dixon showed up for her first day of work at an Amazon warehouse in Eastvale, California, she stepped into a wonder of automation, efficiency and speed. Inside the sprawling four-story building in Southern California's Inland Empire, hundreds of squat orange robots whizzed acros…

Sílvia Lisboa (2019-11-25). Emboldened by Bolsonaro, Land-Hungry Ranchers Are Destroying a Pioneering Project to Help the Poor and Save the Amazon. theintercept.com The American Catholic nun Dorothy Stang died defending a sustainable development model for the Amazon. Can her legacy survive in Bolsonaro's Brazil?

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2019-11-25). Jeremy Corbyn's priceless response to a billionaire's act of 'charity'. thecanary.co On 22 November, Amazon CEO and arguably the richest person in the world Jeff Bezos announced a donation of $98.5m to help homeless peopl…

commondreams (2019-11-25). 15 Groups Call for a Full Congressional Investigation Into Amazon as Senators Demand Answers About Nonexistent Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Security Protections. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Aaron Maté (2019-11-25). How a grassroots Seattle movement delivered Amazon a major loss. thegrayzone.com In Seattle's recent election, Amazon spent $1.5 million to defeat a slate of progressive candidates — and lost. One of…

Kevin Zeese (2019-11-25). Militarizing America's Police: The Whole Damn System Is "Guilty as Hell": Taking Control of Police. globalresearch.ca The entire system of policing in the United States is in crisis. Police murdering civilians has become a too common nightmare across the United States. The police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York City, …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-11-25). The Whole Damn System Is Guilty As Hell: Taking Control Of Police. dissidentvoice.org Stop killings by police protest (Credit: William Widmer of the NY Times) The entire system of policing in the United States is in crisis. Police murdering civilians has become a too common nightmare across the United States. The police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York City, Walter Scott in …

teleSUR (2019-11-25). Colombia: Workers' Union Calls to Carry On Strike Into 5th Day. telesurenglish.net The Central Workers' Union of Colombia (CUT) called to continue this Monday, with massive protests against right-wing President Ivan Duque and his neoliberal policies, as well as in defense of peace in the South American nation. | RELATED: | Colombia: Curfew in Bogota On Nationwide Strike's Second Day | "Many sectors of the population continue to demonstrate through the extraordinary cacerolazos [banging of pots], vigils, sit-ins and other creative and peaceful ways of protesting,…

WSWS (2019-11-25). Strike wave in Peru stokes ruling class fears of Chilean "contagion" wsws.org In the midst of its deepest political crisis, Peru's economic indicators have dropped sharply and the class struggle is heating up.

teleSUR (2019-11-25). Peru Opposition Leader Accused of Graft Released From Jail. telesurenglish.net The Constitutional Court of Peru granted Monday a "habeas corpus" appeal to President of the Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) and opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, effectively nulling the preventive detention issued against her as part of the investigation for the alleged money laundering, criminal organization and obstruction of justice. | RELATED: | Peru: Judge in Keiko Case Ruled 'Partial' to State Prosecutors | With four votes in favor and three against, the judges approved the…

Conn Hallinan (2019-11-25). Nuclear Lies and Broken Promises. counterpunch.org When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an economic meeting in the city of Sivas this September that Turkey was considering building nuclear weapons, he was responding to a broken promise. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the government of Iran of lying about its nuclear program, he was concealing one of the greatest subterfuges in the history of nuclear weapons. And the vast majority of Americans haven't a clue about either. More

Abdallah Samir (2019-11-25). The White Helmets: How the U.S. Has Sponsored Terrorists in Syria. globalresearch.ca James Le Mesurier, the co-founder of the White Helmets, was found dead on November 11, 2019, in Istanbul. It is noteworthy that his body was discovered near one of the headquarters of the organization. This incident brought us once …

WSWS (2019-11-25). Leaked email on alleged chemical attack shows 2018 strikes against Syria based on lies. wsws.org A whistleblower's memo establishes that the July 2018 OPCW report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma falsified the findings of investigators to justify the attack on Syrian government forces carried out by the US, the UK and France.

Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels (2019-11-25). Why America Needs War. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by renowned historian and political scientist Dr. Jacques Pauwels, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization …

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-11-25). Iran Social Unrest: Protests and Carefully Planned Provocations. globalresearch.ca When protests in Hong Kong, Iraq, and Lebanon erupted, I was fully anticipating protests in Iran to follow. In 2018 alone, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) had spent millions of dollars in these countries (and elsewhere) to promote America's …

Matthew Hoh (2019-11-25). Repeal the Nearly Two-Decade-Old War Authorizations. counterpunch.org In 2001 and in 2002 Congress passed authorizations for war. While not declarations of war, these mandates, each titled an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) provided the legal framework for attacks against al-Qaeda in 2001 and in 2002 for the Iraq War. Both AUMFs are still in effect today. As Congress considers its More

Staff (2019-11-25). Who Is Overseeing $1 Billion in U.S. Aid to Iraq? truthdig.com A new watchdog report finds cuts by the Trump administration have had "significant adverse affects" on the management of government grants.

Dave Lindorff (2019-11-25). Sanctimonious US Senators Condemn Hong Kong Police Ignoring Far More Brutal US Cops. counterpunch.org The Senate, by a voice vote with no opposition yesterday passed a bill condemning the Hong Kong government and Hong Kong police for their brutal treatment of students in the supposedly autonomous Chinese city protesting threats to Hong Kong's freedoms and it's promise from China of self rule until 2047. The bill, if signed into More

Nick Licata (2019-11-25). The Battle for Seattle: A City Council Member Recalls the Protest That Rocked the World. counterpunch.org The freedom to dissent was tested as the US closed out the twentieth century with a demonstration that grabbed the world's attention. Forty thousand citizens marched through Seattle's downtown on November 30, 1999, to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization Ministerial (WTO.) Having decided to hold its third biannual meeting in the US, More

Alan Macleod (2019-11-25). Amnesty International Toes US Gov't Line in Urging Unrest in Iran. mintpressnews.com The US gov't has long attempted to foment popular uprisings and hijack or manipulate protests in Iran, now rights groups like Amnesty International, seem to be parroting the tactic.

WSWS (2019-11-25). German student organisation bombarded with far-right hate mail. wsws.org The University of Hamburg student organization has been bombarded with hate mail and threats of violence after students protested against a founding member of the far-right Alternative for Germany, Bernd Lucke, returning to his teaching post.

The Canary (2019-11-25). Landslide win for opposition in Hong Kong local elections 'a revolution'. thecanary.co Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition won a stunning landslide victory in weekend local elections in a clear rebuke to city leader Carrie Lam over her handling of violent protests that have divided the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.Wu Chi-wai, leader of the city's biggest pro-democracy party, said that the bloc swept nearly 90% of 452 district council seats, which will help it take unprecedented control of 17 out of 18 district councils.The results were based on official tallies announced by election officials. | Almost 3 million people voted. The opposition is winning 388 seats vs. 59 for the gov't (w/ a few…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-25). Torturing and Killing Julian Assange Slowly. globalresearch.ca In cahoots with the Trump regime, Britain is killing Assange slowly for the "crime" of truth-telling journalism the way it's supposed to be. | Isolated in maximum security solitary confinement, denied vitally needed medical and dental treatment, and reportedly given 3-quinuclidinyl …

Staff (2019-11-25). Julian Assange Could Die in Prison, Doctors Warn. truthdig.com More than 60 doctors have written an open letter saying they fear Julian Assange's health is so bad that the WikiLeaks founder could die inside a top-security British jail. | The 48-year-old Australian is still fighting a US bid to extradite him from Britain on charges filed under the Espionage Act that could see him given a sentence of up to 17…

WSWS (2019-11-25). Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson addresses public meetings in Australia. wsws.org Robinson warned that the US attempt to prosecute Assange for publishing the truth was setting a "terrifying precedent" for all journalists and media organisations.

WSWS (2019-11-25). An open letter from doctors: Julian Assange "could die in prison" wsws.org "Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison."

WSWS (2019-11-25). Doctors demand "urgent" medical intervention to save Julian Assange's life. wsws.org More than 65 eminent medical doctors from the UK and around the world have issued an open letter calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange.

WSWS (2019-11-25). Clinical Psychologist Lissa Johnson on Julian Assange: "A maximum security prison is no place to treat a torture victim" wsws.org Australian clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson is a lead signatory to the open letter by medical doctors in defence of Julian Assange.

Andrew Korybko (2019-11-25). Will the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Sanction Russia from the Olympics? globalresearch.ca The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) might declare Russia's national counterpart "non-compliant" with the international body's regulations early next month in a shameful move that could potentially make the country unable to compete in next year's Tokyo Olympics, thus continuing the …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-11-25). Surprise! MSM Spins OPCW Leak as Russian Disinfo. theantimedia.com So you know that Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) scandal we've been talking a lot about lately?>

Staff (2019-11-25). Police Raid Egypt's Last Independent News Outlet. truthout.org Egyptian security forces raided the office of Mada Masr, the country's last independent media outlet, and arrested three of its journalists this weekend. The raid began Sunday afternoon, when nine plainclothes security officers entered the Mada Masr office in Cairo, seizing phones and laptops and holding the staff in the building for more than three hours. They then arrested editor-in-chief Lina Attalah, managing editor Mohamed Hamama and reporter Rana Mamdouh. It came just a day after security forces arrested senior editor…

Delilah Boxstein (2019-11-25). Blinded Palestinian Journalist Exposes Israel's Increasing Violence Against Media. mintpressnews.com 2018 saw a 52 percent increase in the number of violations against Palestinian press, the majority of them comprised physical abuse, arrests or detentions, questioning, preventing coverage and shutting down websites and social media accounts.

Naomi Klein, Sivan Kartha (2019-11-25). The Realism of Bernie Sanders' Climate Policy. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduce public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rupert Read, Frank Scavelli (2019-11-25). Sanders' Green New Deal: A Realistic Response to the Emergency That Will Define Our Lifetimes. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attends a news conference to introduce legislation to transform public housing as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. The liberal legislators invited affordable housing advocates and climate change activists to join them for the announcement. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Koenig (2019-11-25). China Is Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind. globalresearch.ca "China's 70-Years Development and the Construction of a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind". This is the title of an International Conference, organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) which I was privileged to attend from 5-7 …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-25). Why many unions haven't come out for impeachment. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Following explosive testimony which definitely exposes GOP President Donald Trump's plan to literally bribe the Ukrainian government — using $391 million in taxpayer dollars — for his own political advantage in next year's campaign, the Democratic-run House is on the verge of drafting and voting on impeachment articles against him. A string of credible witnesses, …

The Canary (2019-11-25). Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere 'reach new record highs'. thecanary.co Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another record high, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has warned.Concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main gas driving global warming, reached new highs of 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, a report by the UN body shows.That is well above the level of around 280 ppm seen before the industrial revolution and the start of large scale burning of fossil fuels for energy and transport, which have driven up carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. | The rise is close to the increase seen between 2016 and 2017 an…

WSWS (2019-11-25). Billionaire Bloomberg enters race for Democratic presidential nomination. wsws.org Bloomberg has made a $37 million down-payment on what could well be a billion-dollar campaign.

commondreams (2019-11-25). Shareholders Urge 5 Major U.S. Banks to Act on Climate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Junaid S. Ahmad (2019-11-25). Turmoil or State Terror in Kashmir? India's "Hindutiva Project" globalresearch.ca "They weren't like us and for that reason deserved to be ruled" — Edward Said | The parallels with the Zionist state are impossible not to notice. This should be no surprise considering the close collaboration between Israel and India in …

Staff (2019-11-25). Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail. truthout.org Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the United States dropped the first atomic bombs in 1945, killing more than 200,000 people. Pope Francis said, "A world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary." The leader of the Catholic Church met with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and declared the possession of nuclear weapons to be immoral. The Pope's visit comes as a group of seven Catholic peace activists are awaiting sentencing for breaking in…

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2019-11-25). Tories call police on 'peaceful' inflatable badger. thecanary.co The Somerset Conservatives are in hot water after appearing to overreact to a potential meeting with an inflatable badger.A local campaign group and their mascot Percy Q'Ted spent the day with several candidates for local MP in efforts to convince them to oppose plans for a badger cull. While Labour and other parties held cordial meetings with the group, however, the Somerset Conservatives called the police.Percy Q'Ted: The West Somerset seat is currently held by Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger.

Paul Dobson (2019-11-25). Venezuela Unveils First Gold Processing Complex in Mining Arc. venezuelanalysis.com While already operational, the complex will reportedly be the 5th largest in the continent upon completion.

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-25). History of US-Israel Relations, The State Department's "Fact Sheet". A War of "Terror Alliance" globalresearch.ca The State Department's (SD below) so-called "fact sheet" on Israel mixes facts with fiction. | SD: "The United States was the first country to recognize Israel as a state in 1948, and the first to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of …

Al Neal (2019-11-25). Taking down "The Boss": RICO and the crimes of a corrupt president. peoplesworld.org Rep. Kevin Buck, R-Colo.: "Could you charge him (Trump) after he left office?" Robert Mueller: "Yes." Buck: "For obstruction of justice? Mueller: "Yes." Last week saw quite a whirlwind of testimony in the Trump impeachment hearings before the House Intelligence Committee. Former National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill and foreign service officer David Holmes closed out the final …

Staff (2019-11-25). Are Democrats Impeaching Trump For the Wrong Crimes? truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between author and activist David Samson and Marc Steiner of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Lamiat Sabin (2019-11-25). The Corbyn Manifesto: British Labour leader offers radical alternative. peoplesworld.org BIRMINGHAM, U.K.—British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn declared war on bankers, billionaires, bad bosses, dodgy landlords, media moguls, and tax-dodging corporations as he launched the party's transformative election manifesto last week. The Labour leader said the manifesto—the "most radical in decades"—offers Britain "hope and real change" with policies that the "political establishment" and the "most …

John Wojcik (2019-11-25). Trump's firing of Navy Secretary yet another threat to democracy. peoplesworld.org President Trump has been recognized as a leader of the authoritarian mindset that has been operating in this country to win Senate and House seats, to control state legislatures, and to take over the federal courts. His recent pardoning of war criminals in the military, capped by his firing of Secretary of the Navy Richard …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-25). Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian in Hebron. imemc.org A Palestinian was shot and injured, on Sunday evening, in the town of Beit Ummar, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Mohammed Awad, a media activist, said Israeli forces stationed near the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmi Tzur, fired …

IMEMC News (2019-11-25). Soldiers Injure Several Schoolchildren In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers Injured, Monday, dozens of Palestinian schoolchildren and residents, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers, stationed at Abu ar-Reesh military roadblock, at the southern entrance of the Old City of Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque, attacked dozens of …

IMEMC News (2019-11-25). Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Including A child, In Bethlehem And Tubas. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, a child and a young man in Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied East Jerusalem in the West Bank, and two near Tubas in northeastern West Bank. Several army jeeps invaded the al-'Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted Nour Mahmoud Abu Tarboush, 14, …

IMEMC News (2019-11-25). Likud MK: "Israelis Will Soon Be Able To Open Projects in Arab Gulf States" imemc.org Former Israeli Communications Minister, Ayyoub al-Qarra, an Arab Druze member of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, said that Israel was advancing its normalization ties with various Arab countries, and next year, Israelis will be able to open businesses and have normal political tries with Arab Gulf states. The Maan News agency …

IMEMC News (2019-11-25). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In Al-'Isawiya. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, nine Palestinians from their homes in the al-'Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and summoned several residents for interrogation, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported. Silwanic said the soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes and interrogated many Palestinians …

IMEMC News (2019-11-25). Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, three Palestinians, including a former political prisoner, in Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes and interrogated several Palestinians while …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-25). Popes Against Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca The Vatican comes with its ills, contradictions and blatant hypocrisies in the field of moral theology and human existence, but on the issue of atomic and nuclear weapons, the position has been fairly consistent, if marked by gradual evolution. On …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-25). Popes Against Nuclear Weapons. dissidentvoice.org The Vatican comes with its ills, contradictions and blatant hypocrisies in the field of moral theology and human existence, but on the issue of atomic and nuclear weapons, the position has been fairly consistent, if marked by gradual evolution. On February 8, 1948, Pope Pius XII held an audience with members of the Pontifical Academy …

Alan Macleod (2019-11-25). Establishment Dems Demands Trump be Impeached, but Not for War Crimes. mintpressnews.com UkraineGate has so far failed to capture the public imagination precisely because it does not go after Trump for his most egregious and impeachable domestic and foreign policies.

WSWS (2019-11-25). Madrid steps up repression in Catalonia after PSOE-Podemos government accord. wsws.org The Podemos-backed social-democratic government threatens to impeach the Catalan regional premier and reduce the use of the Catalan language in Catalonia's public schools.

Matthew Stevenson (2019-11-25). An Impeachment Hearings Libretto. counterpunch.org I have no doubt that House Democrats will vote articles of impeachment against Trump, just as I have no trouble imagining that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell will stage his own Netflix original and exonerate the president. So why plunge ahead to certain defeat in the Senate and give Trump an I-got-out-of-jail card in time for the election in 2020? | More

The Global Research Team (2019-11-25). For Those Who Value Global Research: We Need Your Support! globalresearch.ca We are — as a society — inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them with the aim of controlling public perception and justifying their agendas.

Sonja van den Ende (2019-11-25). MH17: Five Years of One-Sided Propaganda and Investigation from the Dutch Government's JIT Team. globalresearch.ca Five years ago on July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky while flying over Eastern Ukraine. It was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All 283 passengers (mainly Dutch) and 15 …

Comitato No Nato (2019-11-25). 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 …

Claire Edwards (2019-11-25). 5G Wireless Technology Is War against Humanity. globalresearch.ca This phoney war is also silent, but this time shots are being fired — in the form of laser-like beams of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from banks of thousands of tiny antennas[1] — and almost no one in the firing line knows that they are being silently, seriously and irreparably injured.

Julian Rose (2019-11-25). Why I Don't Have a Mobile Phone. globalresearch.ca In the late 1990's I bought an early model Ericsson mobile phone. Travelling around the UK countryside visiting farmers, it seemed quite useful, in spite of the very intermittent signal availability of that time. However, I found the masts which …

John Barnett (2019-11-25). John Barnett on Why He Won't Fly on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. globalresearch.ca For almost three decades, John Barnett was a quality manager at Boeing. | For 28 of those years, he was with Boeing in Everett, Washington. | Barnett loved Boeing. He loved Boeing planes. He loved his work. | Then, in 2010, Barnett was …

Greg Shupak (2019-11-25). Attacking Palestine's Future. "Omnipresent are the Prison Guard Towers, the Barbed Wire, the Israeli Soldiers" globalresearch.ca Traveling across Palestine, as I did to give lectures earlier this year, means following a perpetually fresh trail of repression. | Omnipresent are the prison guard towers, the barbed wire, the Israeli soldiers with their massive guns and the separation wall….

Richard Enos (2019-11-25). Mother Explains Why Her Daughter's Death from Vaccines Isn't Reported in the Statistics. globalresearch.ca It will be instructive for our conversation to understand exactly how the U. S. government's Vaccination Injury Compensation Program (VICP) works. This is what the government website tells us: | The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a no-fault alternative to …

Staff (2019-11-25). "Prison Gerrymandering" Could Inflate Population Counts During 2020 Census. truthout.org The South is home to several states with high rates of incarceration and criminal justice systems rooted in slavery and Jim Crow. People of color are disproportionately incarcerated across the region, as they are across the United States, and harsh sentencing laws have inflated the prison population exponentially over the past several decades. Though efforts to address mass incarceration have help…

Staff (2019-11-25). Warren's New Proposal for Prescription Drugs Is Flying Under the Radar. truthout.org Earlier this month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren put out a set of steps that she would put forward as president as part of a transition to Medicare for All. The items that got the most attention were including everyone over age 50 and under age 18 in Medicare, and providing people of all ages with the option to buy into the program. This buy-in would include large subsidies, and people with incomes of less than 200 percent of the poverty level would be able to enter the Medicare program at no cost. | These…

Staff (2019-11-25). More Students Are Voting — But Republicans Are Trying to Get in Their Way. truthout.org Students at the historically Black Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, lost their on-campus polling place this semester after the Republican-dominated state legislature outlawed polling places that do not stay open for the entire 12-day, early-voting period — commonly referred to as "pop-up" polls. The new law took effect in September, and Huston-Tillotson students who voted on November 5 had to trek over to the Austin Public Library's Carver Branch a half-mile away. | "The way I s…

Dan Bacher (2019-11-25). California to Sue Over Trump Water Plan. counterpunch.org The Gavin Newsom Administration today announced two separate but related actions that will have a big impact on protections for Delta smelt, Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon and other endangered fish species. First, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) issued a controversial draft Environmental Impact Report on the long term operations of the State Water Project (SWP). Second, the Newsom Administration More

CP Editor (2019-11-25). Why the NFL/Kaepernick Saga Is Bigger than Football. counterpunch.org

Mark Harris (2019-11-25). No Billionaires, No Fascists, No Warmongers To the Socialist Future. counterpunch.org There's probably no bigger sin in American politics than to imagine a world without war, inequality, and capitalism. Actually, imagining just a kinder, more equitable version of capitalism, one in which the existence of elite wealth is tempered by the peoples' right to health care, a college education, affordable housing, strong workplace unions, full reproductive More

Rivera Sun (2019-11-25). It's Time. End the Draft, Once and For All. counterpunch.org We may be months away from ending the US military draft, once and for all. After a court ruled that the male-only draft was unconstitutional, a Congress-appointed Commission has been studying whether or not to draft women into the US military. They make their report in March, and will likely either advocate for expanding draft More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-11-25). Australia's China Wars. counterpunch.org 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 visas to the country, something that has given reason to flash their plumage for the More

Rick Baum (2019-11-25). Most People Pay a Higher Wealth Tax Than the Wealthy. counterpunch.org A long overdue tax on the wealth of the wealthy is finally being put forward as a means to fund government services and reduce economic inequality.[1] At this point, among Democrats, the Sander's proposal goes the furthest and is estimated to raise $4.35 trillion over the next 10 years. As of the second quarter of More

WSWS (2019-11-25). South Korea extends military intelligence sharing agreement with Japan. wsws.org The US exerted a great deal of pressure on Seoul to ensure the tensions between South Korea and Japan do not affect Washington's war drive against China.

Andrea Mazzarino (2019-11-25). Bearing Witness to the Costs of War. commondreams.org In 2012, for the first time in our history, American service members began to die by suicide at higher rates than civilians. Today, they are more likely to take their own lives than to perish in combat. (Photo: Balazs Gardi/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-25). Uber Loses London License Over Safety Issues. telesurenglish.net Uber's license to carry passengers in London was not renewed Monday for the second time in just over two years over a "pattern of failures" on safety and security, according to the regulator Transport for London (TfL). | RELATED: | California Governor Signs Gig Economy Labor Law | TfL said it had "identified a pattern of failures by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk", as unauthorized drivers were able to upload their photos to others' accou…

teleSUR (2019-11-25). Right-Wing Candidate to Ring in Neoliberal Policies in Uruguay. telesurenglish.net The results of the second electoral round in Uruguay show a slight advantage for the National Party (PN) candidate, Luis Lacalle Pou, over the candidate for the Frente Amplio (FA) Daniel Martínez . | RELATED: | Too Close to Call It: Uruguay's Results to Be Announced Thursday, Friday | In an interview with teleSUR, analyst Pablo Kunich said that if Lacalle Pou's victory is confirmed, a series of neoliberal measures could be imposed in Uruguay that would undermine the social achieveme…

teleSUR, jg (2019-11-25). Netanyahu's Likud Party Agrees to Hold Leadership Primaries. telesurenglish.net The Likud Party, led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced Sunday that it will hold primary elections within six weeks while PM Netanyahu currently faces trial on three charges of corruption. | RELATED: | Israel 1st Western Democracy to Expel HRW Worker: HRW Director | According to Israeli media reports, Netanyahu has agreed with the head of Likud's central com…

Beyond Pesticides (2019-11-25). Brexit Predicted to Lead to Regulatory Decline and Increased Hazards from Pesticides. globalresearch.ca The potential exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) — aka "Brexit" — may portend greater pesticide use and exposures, according to a report from the Soil Association and the Pesticide Action Network UK. As covered by …

Staff (2019-11-25). The President is a Domestic Enemy of the Constitution: Ellsberg Slams Trump For Pardoning War Crimes. democracynow.org U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanded the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, one week after President Trump overruled military leaders and cleared three U.S. servicemembers accused or convicted of war crimes. The men included Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, who has been accused of multiple war crimes, including shooting two Iraqi civilians and fatally stabbing a captive teenager in the neck. Gallagher was convicted of posing with the teenage corpse but was acquitted of premeditated murder. Trump criticized the Navy on Thursday for moving toward holding a review hearing to decide if Gallagher should be…

Staff (2019-11-25). Headlines for November 25, 2019. democracynow.org Navy Secretary Ousted amid Dispute over Accused War Criminal Eddie Gallagher, Released State Dept. Emails Implicate Pompeo in Giuliani Ukraine Plot, Bloomberg Jumps into 2020 Race by Buying Millions in Campaign Ads, Sen. Graham Blocked Armenian Genocide Resolution at White House Request, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released from Hospital in Good Health, Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Candidates Win Nearly 90% Seats in Local Elections, Security Forces Raid Offices of Egypt's Last Independent Media Outlet, Iraqi Security Forces Kill 13 Protesters amid Anti-Government Demonstrations, Israel Deporting Head of Human Rights Watch's…

Staff (2019-11-25). Police Raid Egypt's Last Independent News Outlet Mada Masr Amid "Increasingly Hostile" Media Climate. democracynow.org Egyptian security forces raided the office of Mada Masr, the country's last independent media outlet, and arrested three of its journalists this weekend. The raid began Sunday afternoon, when nine plainclothes security officers entered the Mada Masr office in Cairo, seizing phones and laptops and holding the staff in the building for more than three hours. They then arrested editor-in-chief Lina Attalah, managing editor Mohamed Hamama and reporter Rana Mamdouh. It came just a day after security forces arrested senior editor Shady Zalat at his home. All four journalists were released from detention Sunday night. T…

Staff (2019-11-25). Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail For U.S. Nuke Base Action. democracynow.org Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the United States dropped the first atomic bombs in 1945, killing more than 200,000 people. Pope Francis said, "A world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary." The leader of the Cathoilc Church met with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and declared the possession of nuclear weapons to be immoral. The Pope's visit comes as a group of seven Catholic peace activists are awaiting sentencing for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7,…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-11-25). New Campaign Demands Congress Probe the 'Ever-Expanding Surveillance Empire' of Amazon. commondreams.org Over a dozen groups call for a full congressional investigation in the online giant citing threats to privacy, security, and civil liberties posed by Alexa, Ring, and Rekognition. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-25). Warning Julian Assange 'Could Die in Prison', 60+ Doctors Demand Immediate Medical Attention for WikiLeaks Founder. commondreams.org Following an urgent warning from the United Nations that Julian Assange's treatment in prison may amount to life-threatening torture, more than 60 doctors from around the world called on British officials to ensure the Wikileaks founder receives medical attention, at the risk that he may otherwise die in prison. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-25). 'Another Year. Another Record.': Levels of Key Climate-Heating Gases Hit New Highs in 2018, UN Reveals. commondreams.org In yet another signal to global governments that greater ambition is needed to combat the climate crisis, an annual United Nations report released Monday revealed that levels of long-lived greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached record highs last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…