2019-11-28: News Headlines

Sarah Abed (2019-11-29). Turkey Holds NATO Hostage Until Syria-related Demands Are Met. globalresearch.ca NATO is in a state of division and instability with the US, Turkey, and France at odds, providing President Trump with the perfect opportunity to pull out of both NATO and the UN. | Next week NATO will be holding its …

Philip Giraldi (2019-11-29). Iran May be the Only Winner in Iraq. globalresearch.ca Intelligence documents reveal how Tehran took advantage of US blundering | The American invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of that nation's government in 2003 has rightly been described as the greatest foreign policy disaster in the history of the United …

WSWS (2019-11-29). Australia: Queensland parliament forum reflects growing support for Assange. wsws.org While largely focussed on lobbying parliamentarians, the meeting gave expression to the deep-felt concern of working class and professional people over the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder.

WSWS (2019-11-29). Australian Labor Party shuts down parliamentary discussion on Assange. wsws.org It is a glaring exposure of the thoroughly rotten character of the Labor Party that, on the issue of Assange, it is well to the right of Joyce, a conservative nationalist and populist.

WSWS (2019-11-29). Delay in publication of UK security report used to feed anti-Russian campaign. wsws.org Allegations of Russian attempts to influence the UK's 2016 EU referendum and 2017 general election reveal sharp factional disputes within the British bourgeoisie.

Jonathan Cook (2019-11-29). Britain's Chief Rabbi Is Helping to Stoke Antisemitism against Corbyn. globalresearch.ca Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has not only misrepresented the known facts about Labour and its supposed antisemitism crisis. He has not only interfered in an overtly, politically partisan manner in the December 12 election campaign by suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn …

Yves Engler (2019-11-29). Alternative Media promotes Canadian Foreign Policy. dissidentvoice.org Why would an alternative media website that questions government and corporate policies about climate change and the environment have so much trouble understanding that the same sort of skepticism is necessary regarding Canadian foreign policy? Imagine a self-declared progressive media outlet saying they don't cover racism, patriarchy or the dispossession of First Nations because they …

Andrew Korybko (2019-11-29). The Hong Kong Local Elections Were a Monumental Defeat for Fake News, Not China. globalresearch.ca Marsha Blackburn, a Republican Senator from Tennessee, burnished her anti-China hawk credentials by ridiculously tweeting that the Hong Kong local elections were a "monumental defeat" for "pro-China lawmakers". The politician has been on a hostile anti-Chinese spree all this …

WSWS (2019-11-29). Trump signs Hong Kong "democracy" bill. wsws.org Entitled the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act"—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice in the House of Representatives so it was veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

WSWS (2019-11-29). Fire Brigades Union study exposes decades of deregulation and cost cutting that led to Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 1. wsws.org The FBU's study is all the more important in the context of a concerted smear campaign by the media and the official Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which have set out to cover up the principal causes of the fire and shift the blame towards the London Fire Brigade and firefighters.

WSWS (2019-11-29). Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam. wsws.org After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

David Walsh (2019-11-29). Modern-day Artistic Reaction: The New York Times Considers "Canceling" French Painter Paul Gauguin. globalresearch.ca According to Victoria Charles, a biographer of French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), the artist died in Atuona, in the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, "having lost a futile and fatally exhausting battle with colonial officials, threatened with a …

Andrew Korybko (2019-11-29). India's 'Military Diplomacy' Has Been a Mixed Bag of Success. globalresearch.ca India's practice of "military diplomacy" in holding joint drills with a variety of Great Powers and regional states has been a mixed bag of success since the former has resulted in sending positive signals about "multi-alignment" while the latter risks …

Global Justice Now (2019-11-29). Explosive Leaked US-UK Trade Papers: Lowering Food and Health Standards under Brexit, Britain's NHS, "Chlorinated Chicken" Already on Table in US Trade Talks. globalresearch.ca Trade campaigners have welcomed the release of leaked papers detailing trade talks between the Trump administration and British government officials, which show the US government pushing Britain into as hard a Brexit as possible because they see this as the …

United Nations (2019-11-29). COP25: UN climate change conference, 5 things you need to know. news.un.org Climate change is happening—the world is already 1.1 ∞C warmer than it was at the onset of the industrial revolution, and it is already having a significant impact on the world, and on people's lives. And if current trends persist, then global temperatures can be expected to rise by 3.4 to 3.9 ∞C this century, which would bring wide-ranging and destructive climate impacts. | That's the stark warning from the international community ahead of the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, which gets underway in the Spanish capital, Madrid, on 2 December. So, just two months after the Secre…

Susan Price (2019-11-29). The October uprising in Iraq. greenleft.org.au anti-government protest Susan Price Abeer Hasan AbdulazeezIssue 1247 Iraq 2019 Iraq protestsNovember 28, 2019Since early October, there has been a spontaneous wave of demonstr…

Fred_F (2019-11-29). The answer to the climate crisis is obvious: ban climate protests. greenleft.org.au environment Carlo SandsIssue 1247 Australia Carlo's CornerNovember 29, 2019As Australia burns amid record-breaking temperatures and ongoing drought, and report a…

Fred_F (2019-11-29). The media's Palestine problem. greenleft.org.au international solidarity Sue BoltonIssue 1247 Australia fighting fund PalestineNovember 29, 2019ABC's November 25 Q&A program discussed the push by the United States to recognise illegal Israeli…

J.B. Gerald (2019-11-28). On State Contravention of the Genocide Convention. dissidentvoice.org I'd like to note two articles by Professor Michel Chossudovsky published this November in Global Research: they help explain the current denigration of the Convention on Genocide. When we grow accustomed to our system's atrocities we lessen our humanity. In an article of November 13th, 20191 Chossudovsky outlines the history of George H.W. Bush's father, …

Ralph Nader (2019-11-28). Trump's Climate Recklessness Is Grounds for Impeachment. commondreams.org Members of the activist group Remove Trump unfurled a 600 sq ft banner with the impeachment clause from the U.S. Constitution as they marched on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower reciting Article II Section IV of the U.S. Constitution: "High Crimes and Misdemeanors". (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Norton (2019-11-28). Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia coup, Trump dubs Nicaragua 'national security threat' and targets Mexico. thegrayzone.com After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a "national security threat" and announced new sanctions,…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-11-28). US Is Again Complicit in an Illegal Coup, this Time in Bolivia. globalresearch.ca Once again, the United States is complicit in an illegal coup d'état in Latin America, this time in Bolivia. On November 10, a right-wing, anti-Indigenous group seized power after the Bolivian military's removal of President Evo Morales, who had …

Janine Jackson (2019-11-28). 'This Was a Test Case to See How a Couple of Photos Could Silence Women' – CounterSpin interview with Mallory McMaster on Katie Hill. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed reproductive rights advocate Mallory McMaster about Katie Hill for the November 22, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Joshua Cho (2019-11-28). Media wonder: Why can't Venezuela be more like Bolivia? mronline.org Western corporate media outlets have often cried foul when foreign elections don't go the way the U.S. empire wants them to, and find roundabout ways to label the violent attempts by vocal right-wing minorities to use military forces to overthrow leftist governments as "protests" rather than coups (FAIR.org, 5/16/18, 5/1/19). | Source

Celina Stien-della Croce (2019-11-28). Prompted by Local Activists, Congressman McGovern Condemns the Coup in Bolivia. counterpunch.org Thirteen of us squeezed into Congressman Jim McGovern's small office in Northampton, Massachusetts, far outnumbering the number of chairs available. At the head of the table sat Koby Gardner-Levine, the congressman's Northampton district representative. Outside, a couple dozen more stood in the near-freezing temperature chanting, "Evo, amigo, el pueblo está contigo" (Evo, brother, the people are More

Peter Koenig (2019-11-28). Iran's Barter Deals with China Help Decoupling from Western Economies. dissidentvoice.org According to a PressTV Report of 24 November, 2019, Iran and China are working on a trade or barter deal that would circumvent US sanctions. It would bypass US-dollar denominated transactions, exchanging Iranian oil for Chinese goods and services and investments. The head of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), Masoud …

Guillaume Long (2019-11-28). How the OAS, and the Media's Lack of Scrutiny, Caused a Violent Coup in Bolivia. counterpunch.org As often happens when an elite-driven coup leads to US-endorsed regime change, there are powerful attempts to disguise its real character. A recurrent method is to blame the coup on its victim. Of this, the November 10, 2019 coup in Bolivia is a textbook example. The narrative went as follows. Bolivian president Evo Morales, eager More

Staff (2019-11-28). Indigenous Resistance Might Just Save Our Lives. truthdig.com Thanksgiving is one of the great foundational myths of the United States, turning a single gathering of indigenous people in Massachusetts with English settler colonists in 1621 into one of the greatest whitewashes of genocide in world history. Even by that time, native people throughout the Western hemisphere had already suffered horrific violence for over a century, at the hands of Christopher Columbus and other European explorers intent on enslaving native people and exploiting the region's vast resources. Thanksgiving has morphed into an event celebrating family, feasting and football, a day off before the co…

Vijay Prashad (2019-11-28). How to Commit War Crimes and Get Away With It. counterpunch.org U.S. President Donald Trump sacked his Navy secretary on Twitter. The main reason is that the Navy secretary did not follow Trump's advice regarding Navy Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher. Trump wanted Gallagher to retain his position as a Navy Seal. Gallagher was accused of stabbing to death a wounded fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in 2017; he was also accused of other incidents of murder (of a schoolgirl and an elderly man), and then of obstruction of justice. In July 2019, a military court acquitted Gallagher of most of the charges but found him guilty of posing with the bod…

WSWS (2019-11-28). In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week. wsws.org In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

Arabi Souri (2019-11-28). Syrian Army Bombs Kurdish Tankers Smuggling Oil to Turkey, A Message to Trump. globalresearch.ca Oil tankers and oil makeshift refineries in northeast Syria were bombed by 'mysterious' planes yesterday morning, SANA later stated it was done by the Syrian Army regional command. | The statement conveyed Syrian Arab News Agency SANA was brief but very …

Alexander Cockburn (2019-11-28). A Humboldt Thanksgiving. counterpunch.org It's Thanksgiving here in America, a day of infamy for turkeys. At my place in Humboldt County, northern California, turkeys learned their lesson a few years ago, when five fine specimens of Meleagris gallopavo—wild turkey to you—wandered onto my property. I assume they forgot to check the calendar. Under California fish and game regulations, you can shoot them legally for two weeks around Thanksgiving. More

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2019-11-28). Why First Nations People Regard Thanksgiving Day as a National Day of Mourning. globalresearch.ca "The Sioux (aka Lakota) Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of the state." — Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey | We turkey-celebrating, obese, sports-addicted, shop-until-you-drop, historically-illiterate couch potatoes are all beneficiaries of the acts of our …

Jason Ditz (2019-11-28). Iran Says at Least 8 CIA Assets Arrested, Blames US for Torching Hundreds of Banks. theantimedia.com Hundreds of banks were attacked during recent major protests, and Iranian authorities say 7,000 demonstrators were arrested.

Ed Sykes (2019-11-28). Labour offers 'by far the most ambitious' pledges on tree planting ahead of climate debate. thecanary.co On 28 November, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn unveiled a commitment to create 10 new national parks to tackle the climate crisis. He also promised to set an example for his plans to sow two billion trees by 2040 by planting one given to him by Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists in Downing Street. | Speaking to supporters in Southampton FC's stadium, Corbyn revealed that he would plant a hornbeam tree he'd received from climate protesters in a "really nice place" in Number 10. This comes as seven XR hunger strikers remain ou…

Prof. Barbara Harriss-White (2019-11-28). The Sword, the Pen and the Law — On Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca "The more I pursued the question of why Assange has so little public support, the more disturbing the story became." | I follow the blog written by Craig Murray, a former British Ambassador with long experience of the UK's deep …

Kim Petersen (2019-11-28). Humans and Their Deadly Military Toys. Russia's Kinzhal and Zircon Hypersonic Missiles. globalresearch.ca On 1 March, Russian president Vladimir Putin delivered the annual address to Russia's Federal Assembly. The part of Putin's address that drew the most notice was his revealing the development of new hypersonic weaponry unmatched elsewhere: the Mach 10+ capable …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-11-28). Remember the Oath of the Elbe. progressive.org On April 25, 1945, American and Russian soldiers linked up at the Elbe River and made a pledge for peace that we should heed today.

Glen Black (2019-11-28). Johnson's climate debate snub is no surprise when you look at what went down in the leaked trade talks. thecanary.co New analysis of the leaked trade talk papers shows that climate change was off the table in discussions with the US. And the reasons behind it hint at why Boris Johnson has refused to appear on Channel 4's climate debate. | Avoiding the climate crisis: | Social justice group Global Justice Now (GJN) published its analysis of the secret trade talks between the Tories and the US government. And while much popular focus has been o…

The Canary (2019-11-28). Labour reveals major plan to restore Britain's 'vital' wildlife and tackle climate crisis. thecanary.co Labour is pledging to plant two billion trees by 2040 and create 10 new national parks as part of its plans to tackle the climate crisis. | Jeremy Corbyn is committing to spending £3.7bn in capital investment for the planting programme and habitat restoration if he wins the election. | Friends of the Earth welcomed the planting plan as "by far the most ambitious" of all the parties' tree pledges, which are aimed at capturing atmospheric carbon to offset emissions. | Labour wants the 10 new protected parks to be added to the 15 existing ones during its first term if Corbyn triumphs in the 12 December general…

Nick Beams (2019-11-28). Growing Concerns Over Stability of the International Monetary System. globalresearch.ca There are growing concerns, at least in some financial circles, that the monetary policies presently being pursued by the US Fed and the world's other major central banks could, at some point, result in a crisis of confidence in "fiat" …

Zero Hedge (2019-11-28). European and Middle Eastern Regulators Raise Scrutiny of 777X as Confidence in Boeing, FAA Plummets. globalresearch.ca Update: In the latest blow to Boeing, whose sagging shares are helping to weigh on the Dow in Wednesday's thin pre-holiday trade, WSJ has published a story claiming that regulators in Europe and the Middle East are ratcheting up their …

Alison Weir (2019-11-28). Occupied Palestine: The Most Enduring Media Cover-up. globalresearch.ca Clearing the FOG hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed Alison Weir, journalist and founder of If Americans Knew, a website that provides factual information about the Israeli State and Palestine. Weir describes how she learned firsthand that US …

Staff (2019-11-28). Retail Giants Gear Up for Black Friday — and Political Giving. truthout.org Ready, shoppers? Your long-awaited holidays are afoot — so are the countless deals up for grabs. | But as millions of Americans gear up to flood drop-in shops and online stores for Black Friday sales, some of the top retail giants are pouring big bucks into the political sphere. | In the wake of ongoing U.S-China trade tension, many corporate giants are ramping up lobbying efforts this year, hiri…

Staff (2019-11-28). Climate Tipping Points Could Hit Harder — and Sooner — Than We Think. truthout.org Citing an "existential threat to civilization," a group of top climate scientists have put out a new paper warning that the latest evidence related to climate tipping points—when natural systems reach their breaking point and cascading feedback loops accelerate collapse—could mean such dynamics are "more likely than was thought" and could come sooner as well. | In the paper, published as a commentary in the journal Nature on Wed…

Staff (2019-11-28). The DNC Refuses to Take Climate Change Seriously. truthdig.com The committee's chair told activists the issue would be discussed in the primary debates "early and often," but that has not been the case.

Kumar Venkat (2019-11-28). Eating Well Without Destroying the Climate. commondreams.org For an equal supply of protein, beef produces 20-25 times as much greenhouse gas emissions on average as beans, and about 12 times as much as tofu. (Photo: Neil H/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julie Hollar (2019-11-28). Dear DNC, What Happened to All Those 'Early and Often' Climate Debate Questions? commondreams.org DNC chairman Tom Perez speaks to a crowd at a Democratic National Committee event at Flourish in Atlanta on June 6, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-28). Beijing Slams US Anti-China Legislation. globalresearch.ca Time and again, the US unacceptably meddles in the internal affairs of other countries — what the UN Charter's principle of non-intervention prohibits. | House and Senate members unanimously passed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) of …

Lucas Koerner (2019-11-28). US Vows to 'Reinforce' Sanctions, Accuses Venezuela and Cuba of Stirring Regional 'Strife'. venezuelanalysis.com Elliott Abrams reiterated support for Guaido and denied that sanctions are damaging the Venezuelan economy.

WSWS (2019-11-28). Five dead in Minneapolis, Minnesota high-rise fire. wsws.org Most of the victims were Somali immigrants in a neighborhood near the city's downtown area.

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-28). Tory PM Johnson Wants Britain's National Health Service Privatized. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, Britain's Labor Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn released secret Tory/Trump regime trade documents, showing Britain's National Health Service (NHS) is on the table for privatization. | Does Tory leader Boris Johnson want healthcare in Britain transformed into a US …

The Canary (2019-11-28). Postal workers' union set to take strike injunction case to Court of Appeal. thecanary.co The trade union representing postal workers is set to challenge a High Court injunction to block potential strikes by members.Royal Mail was granted an injunction to prevent members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) from taking industrial action in a dispute over job security and employment terms.Giving his ruling two weeks ago, Justice Swift said there was "improper interference" by the union with a strike ballot, because members had been encouraged to remove their voting papers from work before they were delivered to their home addresses.CWU general secretary Dave Ward said the injunction was a 'massive…

Peter Maass (2019-11-28). The Nobel Prize, a Rape Camp in Bosnia, and Peter Handke. theintercept.com When Peter Handke visited Bosnia in 1998, he stayed at a horrifying landmark: a hotel used by Serbs during the war as a rape camp.

Staff (2019-11-28). Americans Must Choose Between Life and Death in 2020. truthdig.com We could continue to fund military boondoggles and fruitless wars, or invest our money in a policy that will benefit the whole country.

Dean Baker (2019-11-28). China Has Hugely Outgrown the US Under Trump. counterpunch.org This is one in the "whose is bigger?" category; which country has added the most to their GDP over the last three years. There is not any particular reason anyone should care about this, except that Donald Trump has made a big point of touting something about how no one says China will soon be More

George Wuerthner (2019-11-28). A Collective Ignorance of Ecosystems. counterpunch.org A researcher in California is collecting seeds of sugar pine that appear to have resistant to bark beetles. Her goal is to capture and propagate trees that can withstand beetle attacks. According to the article, past logging of sugar pine has dramatically reduced the genetic diversity of the sugar pine population. Loss of genetic diversity More

Elliot Murphy (2019-11-28). Labour's New Internationalism: Chagos and Western Sahara. counterpunch.org There are a number of issues pertaining to UK foreign policy which campaigners and activists have long believed will forever reside at the margins. Never to be taught in schools or discussed on panel shows, these sidelined issues affecting the 'unpeople' wordlessly trampled by consecutive British governments were assumed to remain hidden in little-reported legal More

Philip Giraldi (2019-11-28). Are We on the Path to War? — Middle East Heats Up While Viewers Watch the Impeachment. globalresearch.ca Americans and also much of the rest of the world have been watching or otherwise following the impeachment proceedings in Washington and not paying much attention to developments in the Middle East that could be setting the stage for a …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-28). Soldiers Uproot 30 Trees, Demolish 150 Walls And Wells, In Salfit. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the al-Jawareesh area, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit, before uprooting 30 olive trees, in addition to demolishing 150 sustaining walls and several water wells. The Palestinian Agriculture Ministry said the soldiers uprooted the trees, and carried the demolitions out without prior notice. …

Megan Giovannetti (2019-11-28). How the International Media Greenlights Israeli Aggression Toward Palestine. commondreams.org A study published in December 2018 found that the Israeli point of view dominated the U.S. mainstream media. (Image: khaleelq8/via The Progressive) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-11-28). US media ramps up anti-China campaign over Uyghur "human rights" wsws.org Washington has a long record of cynically exploiting "human rights" to justify regime-change operations, military provocations and wars, while ignoring the gross abuses of key allies.

John Feffer (2019-11-28). Will Impeachment Affect Trump's Re-Election Chances? counterpunch.org One of the hallmarks of a democratic political system is that voters change their minds. In North Korea, 100 percent of voters support the ruling party coalition in election after election. In South Korea since 1998, voters backed 10 years of progressive candidates followed by 10 years of conservative candidates. Then, after a dramatic turnaround More

Wim Laven (2019-11-28). A Meaningful Thanksgiving. counterpunch.org The impeachment proceedings to investigate allegations of impropriety in the Donald Trump presidency will impact many American households this Thanksgiving. Families will be confronted by political tensions of a profound nature this year. There is no sugar coating it, there is a base of people who believe Trump's lies and the absurd defenses offered for More

Sam Husseini (2019-11-28). How a Would-be Thanksgiving Argument Can Spawn a Revolution. counterpunch.org It's become something of a cliché: Many people dread Thanksgiving in part because they have to break bread with friends — and especially relatives — who they adamantly disagree with politically. One is pro-immigration, the other wants to build a bigger wall, etc. But what if this apparently annoying encounter was actually a blessing? I More

WSWS (2019-11-28). Australian establishment's anti-China campaign goes into overdrive. wsws.org There is little doubt that the anti-China barrage in Australia is the result of consultations with, and substantial pressure from, the US military and intelligence establishment.

Ron Jacobs (2019-11-28). Just Part of Doing Business. counterpunch.org Songwriter James McMurtry released a song several years ago that told the story of many working people in the United States. Titled "We Can't Make It Here Anymore," McMurtry's lyrics described broken lives in a broken town in a nation broken by an economic disaster engendered by the greed of the capitalist class. Describing broken More

George Ochenski (2019-11-28). Thankful for Montana and Much More. counterpunch.org Once a year Americans stop for a day and give thanks, share meals with friends and family, and generally leave aside the daily hubbub that surrounds modern life for a while. Without doubt, citizens in the U.S. have much for which to be thankful — and Montanans, living in the last best place, have even more. More

Nicky Reid (2019-11-28). Thanksgiving Should Be America's Day of the Dead. counterpunch.org Once upon a time, in a land far far away, There lived a group of magical white Christians called the Pilgrims. After growing weary of their King's discrimination against witch trials and buckle-hats, they climbed aboard a magic ship called the Mayflower and sailed the deadly Atlantic on a quest for religious freedom and laissez-faire More

Tweeti Blancett (2019-11-28). Why We Mu Permanently Safeguard Chaco Canyon. counterpunch.org In New Mexico, there are some places where oil and gas development makes sense. But there are others, like in the Greater Chaco area, where the risks of additional development are far too great. That is why I was so excited to see that the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Chaco Cultural Heritage More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-11-28). A Nation Run by Billionaires and Lobbyists. counterpunch.org In 1961, I left Greece for the United States. The reason for that life-changing decision was education. The University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin welcomed me and gave me a free education. I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Illinois and my doctorate from Wisconsin. In college My education was a mixture More

Sarah Gillespie (2019-11-28). Sarah Gillespie on "The Ballad of Standing Rock" counterpunch.org For Thanksgiving the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter is launching video for her song 'The Ballad of Standing Rock.' The song is written in first person narrative. Why did you decide to do that? I wanted to try find a way to evoke the ongoing barbarism in North Dakota that wasn't merely a form of placard waving More

Jonah Raskin (2019-11-28). Rabbi Michael Lerner: The Pied Piper of Love. counterpunch.org "The more civilization advances, the more it is compelled to cover the evils it necessarily creates with the cloak of love, to excuse them, or deny their existence." — Frederick Engels Few figures on the American left have elicited more antipathy than Rabbi Michael Lerner, and, at the same time, few figures have elicited more More

IMEMC News (2019-11-28). Soldiers Assault Three Palestinians, Abduct Them, In Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers assaulted, Thursday, three young Palestinian men, and abducted them, in the al-Waad Street, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped three young men, identified as Abada Najeeb, Mohammad Abu Sneina and Waleed Tuffaha, and started interrogating them while inspecting their ID cards. …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-28). Israel to Expand Illegal Settlement by 11,000 Housing Units. imemc.org The Israeli Ministry of Housing is working on re-planning the construction of a new settlement on the abandoned Qalandia airport to expand the settlement of Atarot, north of Jerusalem, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on its website, on Thursday. The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported that the settlement …

IMEMC News (2019-11-28). Israeli Armored Bulldozer Crashes Palestinian Car, Killing Father & Injuring Son. imemc.org Israeli forces exiting the city of Hebron after a massive demolition campaign before dawn on Thursday struck a Palestinian car in which a Palestinian father and son were driving, killing the father and severely injuring the son. Mohammad Nassar Al-Nawajaa, 56, from Yatta city, south of Hebron, was killed and …

IMEMC News (2019-11-28). Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Jenin And Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, five young Palestinian men from their homes in the Jenin and Hebron governorates, in the northern and southern parts of the occupied West Bank. Media sources in Jenin said several armored military jeeps invaded Jenin refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked …

IMEMC News (2019-11-28). Israeli Soldiers Uproot Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem. imemc.org On Thursday morning, Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Palestinian agricultural lands, west of Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and uprooted them. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission, said the military bulldozers uprooted dozens of Dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands, …

IMEMC News (2019-11-28). Israeli Soldiers Demolish Four Homes In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, on Thursday at dawn, four Palestinian homes in Beit Kahil town, northwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron; the demolished properties are owned by families of Palestinians accused of killing an Israeli soldier. Many military jeeps, accompanied by armored bulldozers, invaded the town, and forced …

IMEMC News (2019-11-28). Jordan Demands Israel To Release Corpse Of Detainee Who Died In Prison. imemc.org Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, has confirmed that the Kingdom has officially demanded Israel to release the corpse of detainee Sami Abu Diak, 37, who died in Israeli prisons, and to allow its transfer to Jordan to be buried by his family there. The Palestinian detainee carries what is known …

IMEMC News (2019-11-28). Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In Nablus. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, on Thursday morning, a Palestinian home in 'Aseera ash-Shamaliya village, northwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Media sources said the home, which was still-under-construction, was demolished because the so-called "Civil Administration Office," the executive branch of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, did not …

WSWS (2019-11-28). Renewed surge in US mergers. wsws.org Last Monday alone, takeover deals amounting to more than $70 billion were announced as multinational firms sought to tighten their grip on the markets in which they operate.

WSWS (2019-11-28). Trump threatens to designate Mexican cartels as "terrorists" wsws.org The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.

Andrea Germanos (2019-11-28). Just One Week After Trump Rolled Back Safety Measures, Chemical Plant Explosion Rocks Texas Town. globalresearch.ca Concerns about air quality lingered Wednesday following a major early morning explosion at a chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas that shot a fireball into the sky. | The disaster at the TPC Group-owned facility roughly 94 miles west of Houston …

F. William Engdahl (2019-11-28). Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation. globalresearch.ca "Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people."* -Henry Kissenger | "Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation" by F. William Engdahl is a skillfully researched book that …

Glen Ford (2019-11-28). American Thanksgiving: A Pure Glorification of Racist Barbarity. globalresearch.ca Thanksgiving 2019 | "The Thanksgiving story is an absolution of the Pilgrims, whose brutal quest for absolute power in the New World is made to seem both religiously motivated and eminently human…. The Mayflower's cultural heirs are programmed to find glory …

Staff (2019-11-28). Native Women Were Forcibly Sterilized — and They Fought Back. truthout.org I was 12 years old when I first heard about the forced sterilization of my people. A close friend of my family — the kind of person you call "auntie," even though you're not related — who was Menominee, like me, told me and my sister that she worried about Native girls who were registered tribal members. Even though we didn't live on a reservation, our "auntie" feared the reach of the government and the violence it had so often disguised as "health care." She came of age during the 1970s, at the he…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-11-28). New Online Tool Aims to Help You Have That Big Medicare for All Talk at This Year's Thanksgiving Feast. commondreams.org "Turkey, mashed potatoes, and arguing politics with your family: the holidays are just around the corner! But talking about politics doesn't have to get heated. The vast majority of people are unhappy with our hugely expensive, profit-driven health care system and are ready for a change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-11-28). EU Lawmakers Declare 'Climate Emergency,' But Campaigners Say Only 'Emergency Action' Will Prove They Mean It. commondreams.org After members of the European Parliament on Thursday voted 429 to 225—with 19 abstentions—to declare a climate emergency both on the continent and globally, activists called on the European Union to match those lofty words with deeds and take immediate action to combat the increasingly urgent crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-11-28). 'Existential Threat to Civilization': Planetary Tipping Points Make Climate Bets Too Dangerous, Scientists Warn. commondreams.org "I don't think people realize how little time we have left," said one co-author of a new paper warning that the systems of the natural world could cascade out of control sooner than was previously thought. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-11-28). 'Be on the Right Side of History': Ahead of COP 25, Demand for Govts to Break Free From Fossil Fuels. commondreams.org "We expect governments to come to these climate talks to live up to the moral urgency at hand." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-28). "God Bless Martin O'Malley": Former Maryland Governor Takes Trump Administration Immigration Hardliner Ken Cuccinelli to Task at DC Bar. commondreams.org "We all let him know how we felt about him putting refugee immigrant kids in cages." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-11-28). 'An Unjust Society Is Far Costlier': AOC Says Beware the Deficit Scolds Who Only Complain About Paying for Stuff When It Benefits People. commondreams.org "I see decisions made every day that cost the American public billions of dollars a year for bogus reasons and nobody asks how we pay for it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-11-28). Our History Is the Future: Lakota Historian Nick Estes on Thanksgiving & Indigenous Resistance. democracynow.org Lakota historian Nick Estes talks about Thanksgiving and his book "Our History Is the Future." He is a co-founder of the indigenous resistance group The Red Nation and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Staff (2019-11-28). Arundhati Roy: It's Hard to Communicate the Scale and the Shape of This Shadow Taking India Over. democracynow.org Human rights groups are condemning the Indian government for carrying out widespread torture, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and other crimes in Kashmir after the region's special status was revoked in August. We speak to the acclaimed Indian author Arundhati Roy about the crackdown in Kashmir, rising authoritarianism in India and other issues.

The Canary (2019-11-28). The climate election: Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage snub Channel 4 debate on the climate crisis. thecanary.co Climate change is taking centre stage in the election for all main party leaders except Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. Leaders will face questions about how they will tackle the issue in a TV debate on 28 November.Parties will vie for the votes of the many people concerned about the climate crisis. Despite subjects such as Brexit and the NHS, the general election has been dubbed by some as "the climate election".But prime minister Boris Johnson and the Brexit Party's Nigel Farage look set to snub the hour-long Emergency On Planet Earth debate on Channel 4 News.Channel 4 News said on Wednesday that invitations to…

Nick Dearden (2019-11-28). Leaked US Trade Talks Show How Trump Is Dictating Johnson's Approach to a Hard Brexit. globalresearch.ca The cat is out of the bag: Boris Johnson is dancing to Donald Trump's tune, regardless of the damage this might cause to Britain. His promises to maintain Britain's 'high standards' after Brexit are not worth the paper they're …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-11-28). "Coverups are the Rule": Washington Will Never Rat on Itself. globalresearch.ca Former US Attorney Joe diGenova predicts that US Justice (sic) Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the Obama regime's FISA court violations and US Attorney John Durham's criminal investigation of the Russiagate hoax perpetrated by the CIA, FBI, …

pip.hinman (2019-11-28). Trump's impeachment and the US 'national interest'. greenleft.org.au democracy Barry SheppardIssue 1247 United States Donald Trump impeachment Letter from the USNovember 28, 2019The Democratic impeachment inquiry began when a "whistleblower" revealed that US P…

Brenda Norrell (2019-11-28). Native leader says Trump's empty promises won't halt crisis of murdered Indigenous women. indybay.org Ohlone Chair Dee Dee Ybarra said Trump's empty promises to halt the ongoing genocide of missing and murdered Indigenous women is no more than political rhetoric aimed at getting votes.