2019-12-04: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-05). Global Warming and the Ozone Layer: What's More Dangerous, CO2 or Nuclear War? globalresearch.ca Prof. Max Gluckman (1911-1975) showed how ritualized forms of rebellion against those in power "through a controlled expression of hostility" ultimately leads to the reinforcement of the established structures of authority. Is that not what is happening today? The movement against capitalism is funded and supported by capitalism.

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-12-05). Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World. globalresearch.ca 62 individuals — 388 in 2010 — now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.

RT (2019-12-05). VIDEO of Christmas market in Damascus shows the side of Syria you won't see in Western media. rt.com After almost a decade of war, the very name Syria seems synonymous with conflict and destruction. Yet a short video filmed at a Christmas market in Damascus reveals that peace — and joy — are making a comeback. | The video shows a cozy Christmas bazaar inside a church, where the believers traded homemade sweets, decorations, ornaments and even locally made wine. | Santa Claus and the elves are among the decorations, and several costumed Santas can be seen both inside and outside. Several trees strung with flashing lights and ornaments are also on display. It could be a scene from anywhere in the We…

Vijay Prashad (2019-12-04). Wealthy Countries' Approach to Climate Change Condemns Hundreds of Millions of People to Suffer. counterpunch.org In Madrid, Spain, the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference—known as COP25—began on December 2. Representatives of the world's countries gathered to discuss what is decidedly a serious problem for the planet; no one, except dangerous political forces in the neofascist right, denies the reality of climate change. More

Brian Cloughley (2019-12-04). Rioting in Hong Kong and Iraq: Human Rights and Hypocrisy in the White House and Congress. globalresearch.ca For months Western media outlets have been retailing stories about riots in Hong Kong. With lip-smacking relish there have been such reports as "On October 1, China's National Day, the first live round to hit a protester was fired by …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-04). Does the US Military "Own the Weather"? "Weaponizing the Weather" as an Instrument of Modern Warfare? globalresearch.ca Weather-modification, according to the US Air Force document AF 2025 Final Report, "offers the war fighter a wide range of possible options to defeat or coerce an adversary", capabilities, it says, extend to the triggering of floods, hurricanes, droughts and earthquakes…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). 70 Percent of Mexico's Illegal Weapons Come From US: Report. telesurenglish.net The Secretary of National Defense of Mexico, Luis Sandoval, reported on Wednesday that the 19,317 firearms that have been seized inside 26 states of the country have recently been destroyed. | RELATED: | Morales Accuses Bolivian Gov't of Blocking His Migratory Status | Based on the statistics, 70 percent of the weapons that enter Mexico come from the U.S., while 30 percent come from Spain, Austria and other countries, the official said during the morning press conference with P…

Maria Paez Victor (2019-12-04). Indians Shall Not Govern. counterpunch.org "The Indian is good for nothing. But he represents in Bolivia a living force, a mass of passive resistance, a concrete tumor in the entrails of the social organism…The Indian race and the Mestizo caste will have to perish in the struggle for existence." — Nicodemos Antelo, Bolivian writer, circa 1860 It was a fundraiser More

Peter Lackowski (2019-12-04). Bolivia's Five Hundred-Year Rebellion. counterpunch.org In 1781, the Bolivian indigenous leader Tupac Katari led a rebellion in which La Paz, the Spanish colonial capital of "Upper Peru," was besieged for 109 days.The siege ended with the arrival of a Spanish army. Katari was captured, he and his wife, Bartolina Sisa, were gruesomely executed, and thousands of indigenous people were massacred. More

WSWS (2019-12-04). Australian coronial inquiry clears prison officers in death of young Aboriginal man. wsws.org References to the need for "greater training" are aimed at covering up the systemic character of state violence against working class, poor and indigenous people thrown into the prison system.

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-12-04). Erdogan Opened a Pandora's Box in Libya that Will be Difficult to Close. globalresearch.ca Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean are rapidly rising after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan met with a Libyan official of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, in Ankara last week. They …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-12-04). Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries lobby lawmakers for permanent right to stay. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Jose Palma and his family came to the U.S., legally, from El Salvador, decades ago. He wants to stay. So does Rena Sorto, another Salvadoran. So does Emanuel Baraq, who came from Haiti and now lives in Florida. Bricklayers' union president Jim Boland wants to ensure they—and 400,000 other people from 14 countries overall—stay here …

Staff (2019-12-04). George Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin's Parents, Others for $100 Million. truthdig.com George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, is suing the victim's family, prosecutors, and the media for $100 million in damages. Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Martin in 2013. "Imagine killing an unarmed child and then suing his parents," tweeted Center for Policing Equity president Phillip Atiba …

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Another Brutal Gang Rape and Murder Shakes India. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of women from different age-groups gathered in the center of the national capital, after a young veterinarian was brutally gang-raped and murdered last week in the southern city Hyderabad, sparking nationwide outrage. | RELATED: | Protesters Condemn Spanish Assault Ruling in Rape Case | Dozens of students participated in another demonstration in the southern city of Bengaluru demanding capital punishment for rapists. | Similar demonstrations were held on Monday in o…

Ted Pearson (2019-12-04). The short story of Fred Hampton, assassinated Black Panther leader. peoplesworld.org This is an excerpted version of an article that originally appeared in People's World's predecessor publication, Daily World, on January 17, 1970. The short political biography appeared just weeks after the assassination of Fred Hampton, a leader of the Black Panther Party. It is reprinted now on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his …

Jefferson Morley (2019-12-04). RIP Fred Hampton: a Black Visionary Assassinated by the FBI. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago this week, a squad of Chicago police officers killed Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a pre-dawn raid on the apartment where they were sleeping. In the decades since, a revealing body of evidence has emerged showing that Hampton was the victim of a political assassination, sanctioned at the highest levels of the U.S. government. More

Prensa Latina (2019-12-04). Colombia: Miles de personas marchan contra políticas del Gobierno. peoplesworld.org Bogotá — Miles de personas se movilizan hoy en Colombia en rechazo a políticas del Gobierno, contra la violencia y por la paz, como parte de las protestas que se realizan desde el 21 de noviembre último. Sindicatos, maestros, indígenas, estudiantes, entre otros, manifiestan su descontento por la gestión gubernamental y piden reformas profundas en …

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Venezuelan FM Condemns New Sanctions Imposed by TIAR Nations. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign MinisterJorge Arreaza condemned on Tuesday the activation of measures on sanctions against officials of the Venezuelan government during the meeting of the Inter – American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance ( Rio Treaty ), which was held in Bogotá, Colombia on December 3. | RELATED: | With Climate Change the Victims Are Always the Poorest: Venezuelan Gov't | Arreaza said that some of the allied regional governments of the United States seek to push for war again…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Colombians Make Third National Strike in Less Than Two Weeks. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Colombians Wednesday took to the streets to reject President Ivan Duque and perform their third nationwide strike in the last 14 days, which sets an unprecedented record in Latin America. | RELATED: | Colombia: TIAR Ministers to Plan New Actions Against Venezuela | In Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Nieva, Bucaramanga, Barranquilla, Cartagena, a…

The Tricontinental (2019-12-04). Dossier 23: Peace, neoliberalism and political shifts in Colombia. mronline.org Once again, the people of Colombia straddle two realities—the drums of war and the hope of peace. This tension has along, complex, and multi-dimensional historical process. This dossier from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research examines the root causes of the crisis and the two realities of war and peace. | Source

Gwyneth Bernier (2019-12-04). The New Stateless Peoples: Confronting US Culpability in the Climate Refugee Crisis. commondreams.org A group of Syrian refugees arrives on the island of Lesbos after traveling in an inflatable raft from Turkey near Skala Sikaminias, Greece on July 15, 2015. (Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

South Front (2019-12-04). Video: Russian Military Police Under Attack in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Three Russian military police officers received light injuries when an improvised explosive device went off near their armored vehicle in northeastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on December 2. The incident happened when the Russian Military Police were fulfilling …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-12-04). Iraq Protests: Who Holds the Initiative and Who Has the Power. globalresearch.ca There is little doubt that Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr controls the streets in Iraq and can make peaceful protests violent when he chooses. Notwithstanding the presence of several smaller players and those genuinely asking for serious reforms, Sayyed Moqtada can move …

Ross Miller (2019-12-04). Yale-Harvard football game protesters demand divestment from fossil fuels. peoplesworld.org NEW HAVEN — The movement calling on universities to divest from fossil fuels got international attention during the Yale-Harvard football game, as hundreds of spectators left the stands and ran onto the field during halftime in a protest on Nov. 24. The 136th historic Yale vs. Harvard football game, also known as simply, "The Game," …

teleSUR (2019-12-04). French Left Calls Protest Against Pension Reform This Thursday. telesurenglish.net The French Communist Party (PCF) and La France Insoumise (LFI) on Wednesday called on citizens to participate in the national anti-pension reform strike to be held on Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump Slams European Allies Ahead of NATO Anniversary | LFI leader Jean-Luc Melenchon called for a massive mobilization tomorrow, to reject a reform with which 'everyone is going to lose.' | Regarding the promise of guaranteeing pensions above 1,000 euros with the si…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Dominica: What Is Behind the Conflict Over Friday's Elections. telesurenglish.net Dominica, a former French and British colony of about 75,000 residents, is holding new general elections on Dec. 6. However, the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has been pushing Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to enact reforms in a bid to gain a better electoral advantage. | Who is really behind the protests in Dominica? | The right-wing opposition UWP party, which is led by Lennox Linton, is not the only sector behind the call for electoral reform. | The first group to…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). 'US Is Responsible for Discontent in Latin America' Cuba Blames. telesurenglish.net Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday rejected the "sanctions, threats, and slander" of the United States against his country and held Washington and the conservative Latin American elites responsible for social protests. | RELATED: | Cuba and EU Share Positions About US Blockade | "We do not comply with sanctions, threats, or slander from the U.S. government,…

Richard Greeman (2019-12-04). French Unions and Yellow Vests Converge, Launch General Strike. counterpunch.org Montpellier, France. On the eve of an "unlimited" (open-ended) General Strike called for Dec. 5, more and more unions and protest groups are pledging join it. Two things are unusual about this strike. The first is that it is open-ended, rather than the usual one-day of ritualistic protest marches, and may be prolonged from day More

Fight Back (2019-12-04). Immigrant rights activists protest ICE detention at Sherburne County commissioners' meeting. fightbacknews.org Elk River, MN – Immigrant rights activists mobilized to the Sherburne County commissioners' meeting at 9: 00 in the morning Tuesday, December 3 in Elk River, a town of around 20,000 people an hour northwest of Minneapolis. They held signs throughout the meeting, and several of them spoke passionately during the public comment section of the agenda, appealing to the commissioners to stop participating in and profiting from immigrant detention in the Sherburne County Jail. | The Sherburne County Jail has a contract for 300 beds to detain immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), making it the la…

IMEMC News (2019-12-04). Palestinian Detainees In Asqalan Prison Declare Hunger Strike. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that 33 detainees, held by Israel in the infamous Asqalan Israeli Prison, have started a hunger strike, rejected a series of punitive measures against them. The PPS said that the detainees decided to start the strike to protest the bad living conditions, but …

WSWS (2019-12-04). Catalan nationalists negotiate over support for PSOE-led Spanish government. wsws.org The Catalan nationalist parties are negotiating with the social democrats, even as the social democrats assault mass protests in Catalonia and target the nationalist parties.

WSWS (2019-12-04). Protesters against London NATO summit speak in defence of Julian Assange. wsws.org At the Socialist Equality Party's stall in Trafalgar Square, many were attracted by posters calling for Assange's freedom.

Fredrik S. Heffermehl (2019-12-04). Julian Assange: An Appeal From International Lawyers. globalresearch.ca The ongoing proceedings against Australian citizen Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, presently held in Belmarsh Prison near London, display a grave erosion of time-honoured principles of human rights, the rule of law, and the democratic freedom to gather and …

WSWS (2019-12-04). WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson addresses the Australian press club. wsws.org Hrafnsson said Assange's "rendition" was not taking place "with a sack over the head and an orange jumpsuit, but with the enabling of the UK legal system and with the apparent support of the Australian government."

Robert Fisk (2019-12-04). The Remembrance Poppy is Becoming a Weapon Against Immigrants to Canada. counterpunch.org Canada's "diversity" is famous — or a bit infamous for the redneckers in a country larger than the US who still cannot quite accept that this is an immigrant nation. On a Toronto tram, I've often found myself the only Anglo-Saxon aboard. But I don't find this odd. I am not a Canadian, but my Canadian More

Jason Ditz (2019-12-04). NATO Names China as New Enemy, Alongside Russia. theantimedia.com China's sheer size makes its an attractive target to justify NATO's continued existence.

Arabi Souri (2019-12-04). Russia-China Cooperation, The Power of Siberia Project, Strategic Gas Pipelines. globalresearch.ca The inauguration of the Power of Siberia project to transport gas from Russia to China will strengthen Russia's position as the world's first gas exporter and boost economic relations between the two countries in an unprecedented way. | Thanks to the …

South Front (2019-12-04). Video: The New Arms Race. Is Russia Overtaking the US in the Realm of Strategic Bombers? globalresearch.ca The Russian Armed Forces put into action an ambitious program to modernize and expand the strategic bomber fleet. | In March 2018, Russia announced that it would completely overhaul its entire Tu-160 long-range strategic bomber fleet by 2030. According to Deputy …

WSWS (2019-12-04). Democrats' report confirms anti-Russia axis of impeachment inquiry. wsws.org The Democrats' 300-page report is all about Ukraine and the central role it occupies in the geo-strategic operations of the United States directed against Russia.

Staff (2019-12-04). Iceland Fights Climate Change the Same Way It Beat the Banking Crisis. truthdig.com The small nation island knows exactly what to do to avoid total collapse. Just look at how it handled the 2008 banking crisis.

Tia Schwab (2019-12-04). If factory farm conditions are unhealthy for animals, they're bad for people too. nationofchange.org Lack of governmental oversight of factory farms has created a public health crisis of antibiotic-resistance diseases in people.

Ilana Novick (2019-12-04). Bernie Sanders Has the Backing of Leftists Worldwide. commondreams.org Sanders' commitment to worldwide leftism was apparent even before he announced his second run for president. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Macri Faces Lawsuit for Irregularities in Agreement With IMF. telesurenglish.net Just a week away from the ending of his administration, the soon to be the former president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, was accused of "crimes of breach of the duties of a public official" when the millionaire agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was achieved. | RELATED: | CFK To Argentinian Court: I'm a Victim of Persecution | The lawsuit was filed by Claudio Raúl Lozano, of Popular Unity, and Jonatan Emanuel Baldiviezo, of the Observatory of the Right to the City, who…

Alan Macleod (2019-12-04). Insurance Companies Are Spending Millions on Attack Ads Against Medicare for All. mintpressnews.com Healthcare corporations are spending millions of dollars on astroturfed attack ads against Medicare for All. The Partnership for America's Healthcare Future, for example, a coalition of hospitals and insurance companies, has spent $1 million on a television campaign against changes to the current healthcare system they profit from. | The commercial presents the Partnership as a grassroots organization of concerned citizens, rather than that corporate front group exposed by The Intercept that it is. It features a range of actors of different races, ages and occupations expressing their concern over Medicare for Al…

Fight Back (2019-12-04). Activists decry Minnesota investments in border militarization, climate destruction. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) held its quarterly meeting at the State Capitol December 2 and got sharp criticism from immigrant rights and anti-war activists, as new documents revealed a nearly $1 million increase in investment in a controversial military technology company. Youth climate strikers also highlighted the SBI's inaction over state ties to environmental destruction. Both groups were met with vacillation and excuses from the board which is tasked with the responsible investment of public pensions and related funds. | At issue was Elbit Systems, an Israel-based manufacture…

Prof. Martin Makary (2019-12-04). Medical Error: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2016. | Introduction | "2.6 million people die annually in low-and middle-income countries from medical errors, and that most of those deaths are related to misdiagnosis and administration of pharmaceutical products…Medication errors alone cost an estimated …

John Nichols (2019-12-04). Ukraine? Yes. But Trump Must Also Be Impeached for Obstruction. commondreams.org If a president can get away with obstructing an inquiry, he can avoid accountability. If that prospect exists for a president, any president, then the system of checks and balances collapses. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

F. William Engdahl (2019-12-04). Climate and the Money Trail. globalresearch.ca The very mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy who have wreaked so much damage to our environment are the leading backers of the "grassroots" climate movement. Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and more?

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Italy: EU Countries to Receive 121 Migrants Rescued at Sea. telesurenglish.net Italy's Interior Minister Wednesday announced that it will allow the landing of 121 migrants who remained aboard the Alan Kurdi and Ocean Viking vessels. Subsequently, they will be relocated to other European Union (EU) countries. | RELATED: | Italian Authorities Uncover Plot to Create New Nazi Party | Both the Sea Eye's vessel (Alan Kurdi) and the Doctors Without Borders' ship (Ocean Viking) waited more than five days for authorization to disembark in the port of Sicily. | The lan…

Ian MacDougall, ProPublica (2019-12-04). Consulting Giant McKinsey Suggested "Detention Savings Opportunities" That Even ICE Staff Viewed as Too Harsh on Immigrants. commondreams.org How McKinsey helped the Trump Administration detain and deport immigrants. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Wojcik (2019-12-04). NATO gathering this week did nothing for world peace and progress. peoplesworld.org This week, the heads of the NATO countries have been meeting in London to "celebrate" the 70th anniversary of the military alliance. The main news coverage coming out of the gathering revolves around Trump demanding that the members up their contributions to the alliance piggy bank, tales of how leaders of many countries are gossiping …

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Large Majority of Afghans Support Peace Talks with Taliban. telesurenglish.net An overwhelming majority of Afghans support the peace process with the Taliban to end an 18-year-long war in the country, according to a new survey published on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Afghanistan Peace Talks More Likely Than Before: US Top General | The Asia Foundation poll found that 88.7 percent of respondents say that they "strongly or somewhat…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-04). House Dems Release Sham Impeachment Inquiry Report. globalresearch.ca Make no mistake. What's going on is one of the most disturbing political spectacles in US history — one right wing of the one-party state trying to defrock the other wing's leader for politicized reasons, not legitimate ones. | Daily theater …

Special to People's World (2019-12-04). People's World Awards Gala to honor Chicago Teachers. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—The annual People's World Awards Gala, to be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, will honor Stacy Davis Gates, vice-president of the Chicago Teachers Union, and feature Howard Kling as keynote speaker. Gates will receive the Frank Lumpkin-Rudy Lozano award at the dinner. The Chicago Teachers Union, AFT Local 1, and the Chicago Public School system …

Special to People's World (2019-12-04). Fundraising appeal to restore Marx Memorial Library after flood damage. peoplesworld.org A fundraising appeal to help renovate the Marx Memorial Library in London will be officially launched this week after the building sustained serious damage following a flood. The library's collection of 60,000 books was put at risk on Sept. 24 after heavy rainfall led to water gushing through the building. Library staff and trustees will …

Media Lens (2019-12-04). The Conspiracy to Stop Corbyn: Reopening Auschwitz. dissidentvoice.org Thoreau got it right: 'Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.' (Thoreau, 'Walden', Penguin, 1983, p.68) The same is certainly true of propaganda. We can laugh now at McCarthyite paranoia warning of Soviet tentacles threatening every aspect of Western life during the Cold War. In the 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-04). Myanmar, Genocide, and Aung San Suu Kyi's Gamble. dissidentvoice.org Leaders currently in office rarely make an appearance before either the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court. International law remains affixed to the notion that heads-of-state are, at least for the duration of their time in office, safe from prosecution. Matters change once the time in office expires. Be that as it …

Dean Baker (2019-12-04). Moving Jobs to Mexico Was a Feature, Not a Bug, of NAFTA. fair.org The Washington Post ( 11/21/19) tells readers that "NAFTA was meant to expand trade…but it also proved disruptive in terms of…relocating businesses and jobs. | The Washington Post ( 11/21/19) gave readers the official story about NAFTA, diverging seriously from reality, in a piece on the status of negotiati…

Lee Camp (2019-12-04). The Left Is Finally Winning the War of Ideas. commondreams.org Our media is owned and operated by the largest, most aggressive corporations in the world leaving little to no room on the air for the anti-war activists offering free hugs and senseless acts of kindness. But that's why it's all the more impressive that in so many areas, we are winning the seemingly endless battle for the mindscape of our country. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-12-04). Watergate Teaches Us That Democrats Should Broaden the Impeachment Charges. commondreams.org Hundreds of activists attend a rally in New York City on October 13, 2019 demanding that Congress fulfill its constitutional duty and impeach President Donald Trump. "Broadening the impeachment makes constitutional sense," writes Isaac, "and it makes political sense, too." (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dave Lindorff (2019-12-04). Billionaire Entitlement Run Amok: the Case of Michael Bloomberg. counterpunch.org Michael Bloomberg, according to Forbes Magazine the 9th richest man in the world with a net worth this year of $54.7 billion, isn't just the real billionaire candidate for President in 2020 (Donald Trump's net worth is almost certainly not counted in the billions, and could be negative for all we know, since he won't release his tax records) Bloomberg More

Kasia Anderson (2019-12-04). Two Balls and No Strikes. truthdig.com

Staff (2019-12-04). McKinsey Has Its Fingerprints All Over Trump's Immigration Policy. truthdig.com ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published. | This article is co-published with The New York Times. | Just days after he took office in 2017, President Donald Trump set out to make good on his campaign pledge to halt illegal immigration. In a pair of executive orders, he ordered "all legally available resources" to be shifted to border detention facilities and called for hiring 10,000 new immigration officers. | The logistical challenges were daunting, but as luck w…

Staff (2019-12-04). End the Wars, Win the Antiwar Vote. truthdig.com Like anyone else who was around that day, I can tell you exactly where I was on 9/11. | I was a Catholic school eighth grader, fresh off my 14th birthday. The school day lurched along for a while, but eventually we dropped the pretense of carrying on. Teachers ushered us into the adjoining church for a prayer service, then sent us home early. | Later on, in the car with my dad, we heard what sounded like an explosion — a sonic boom from the nearby air base. My dad pulled over alongside other panicked drivers, all of us scanning the sky. In our agitated state, we genuinely believed that our little corner of…

Staff (2019-12-04). Georgia Governor Picks Political Newcomer for U.S. Senate. truthdig.com ATLANTA — Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban voters. | Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler on Wednesday, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump's staunchest defenders in Congress. | Kemp and Loeffler moved quickly to extinguish the rebellion from the right, pitching the little-known candidate as a Trump supporte…

Staff (2019-12-04). America's Approach to Marijuana Is a Gateway to Misery. truthdig.com The so-called "gateway drug" is a gateway to pain relief for me. For others, its prohibition is a gateway to mass incarceration.

Gerald E. Scorse (2019-12-04). The IRS Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers. dissidentvoice.org The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) struggles every day with an infernal problem. It's expected to separate taxpayers from their hard-earned money and leave them feeling well-treated at the same time. They don't feel well-treated, far from it. According to the 2019 report to Congress by the National Taxpayer Advocate: "The current state of IRS customer …

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Jair Bolsonaro's Son Has Been Suspended From Brazil's PSL Party. telesurenglish.net Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's lawmaker son Eduardo, once considered for…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). NASA: Space Ship Enters the Sun for the First Time. telesurenglish.net For the first in history, a spaceship has entered the atmosphere of the Sun and has survived to tell about it and data reveals a much more violent and enigmatic star, NASA's Parker Solar Probe gave information about the scientific results of the first two approaches to the star. | RELATED: | Europe Participates in Lunar Orbital Station Construction | The main mission of the Parker probe is to understand why the most superficial layers of the solar atmosphere can reach temperatures…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Trump Blasts 'Two Faced' Trudeau Over Leaked NATO Summit Video. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump denounced Justin Trudeau as "two-faced" on Wednesday after the Canadian prime minister was caught on camera laughing over Trump's press appearances during a chat with other leaders at a Buckingham Palace reception. | RELATED: | U.S. Sends First Salvadoran To Guatemala Under Asylum Agreement | The incident came at a reception on Tuesday evening, after Trump had criticized French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders during long question-and-answe…

Sarah Jaffe (2019-12-04). What the U.K. Election Tells Us About Universal Health Care. commondreams.org Trump-style politics, and particularly American-style privatized healthcare, are the bogeymen of the U.K. election. (Photo: The Progressive) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-12-04). Judiciary Committee Hearing Puts Clear Legal Framework Around "Devastating" Facts. commondreams.org ______________________________…

David Solnit (2019-12-04). A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future. commondreams.org We were part of the People's Global Action network, which came out of a series of Zapatista-initiated "Encuentro" gatherings. We used the phrase, "Our resistance will be as transnational as capital." (Photo: David Solnit) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shawn Fremstad (2019-12-04). Modern Family Progressive Values Put Conservatives to Shame. commondreams.org Liberals are much more concerned about the quality of family relationships. (Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-12-04). Grand Canyon Under Threat As Trump's Nuclear Working Group Considers Allowing Uranium Mining. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-12-04). Earthjustice and National Butterfly Center Urge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Shut Down Illegal Private Border Wall Construction in Texas. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-12-04). Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Secretive ALEC Meeting. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Common Dreams staff (2019-12-04). WATCH LIVE: Day 6 of Trump Impeachment Hearings. commondreams.org Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the hearing would offer an opportunity to "discuss the constitutional framework through which the House may analyze the evidence gathered in the present inquiry." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sam Pizzigati (2019-12-04). Football Without Billionaires? Why Not? counterpunch.org For fans of Washington's NFL pro football franchise, this has been the autumn of their discontent. On gameday Sundays, their soulless stadium sits half empty. Their losing team is once again wasting away a season. Their best player won't play — after team management mishandled his potentially life-threatening tumor. Their rookie quarterback is making bonehead More

Anthony Giattino (2019-12-04). Royal Forests of America. counterpunch.org He made great protection for the game And imposed laws for the same.[1] -The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in reference to William the Conqueror Medieval kings of England loved to hunt. In the 11th century, William the Conqueror designated certain English forests as his hunting preserves. At a time of large-scale deforestation and land clearance for sheep-grazing, More

Kenneth Surin (2019-12-04). The Tory Election "Campaign" to Date. counterpunch.org The Tory election "campaign" has been precisely that– a non-campaign in which BoJo Johnson has declined to debate with his opponents or be interviewed on TV by a figure (Andrew Neil) noted for asking difficult questions and persisting with them. BoJo's public appearances are now confined to staged photo ops in which the man who has never done a real day's work in his life dons a hard hat, protective goggles, and high-visibility jacket, and poses with sheep and bulls on visits to agricultural shows and farms. More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-04). Legitimised Surveillance: Kim Dotcom's Case Against GCSB. counterpunch.org Surveillance activities and the law are often at loggerheads. The former specialises in destroying privacy; the latter, in so far as it might be adequate, sometimes furnishes a means of preserving it. When it comes to exposing overly-eager surveillance activity, obstacles arise. Ironically, the privacy of agents, and the sacrosanct nature of their abuse, become More

Dean Baker (2019-12-04). NAFTA was About Redistributing Wealth Upwards. counterpunch.org The Washington Post gave readers the official story about NAFTA, diverging seriously from reality, in a piece on the status of negotiations on the new NAFTA. The piece tells readers: "NAFTA was meant to expand trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico by removing tariffs and other barriers on products as they were shipped More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-12-04). Elizabeth Warren: Savior of a Fallen System? counterpunch.org Elizabeth Warren is a neoliberal in the service of the oligarchs and plutocrats: the few and the wealthy! She stands in a long line of neoliberals who join the contemporary liberal populist parade. Long gone are the New Deal and Great Society days when at least a few social programs were enacted for some. Of More

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-12-04). Is Corbyn for Christmas Just Another Stove Pipe-Dream? counterpunch.org Incorporating polling over the last week up through Monday night, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and smaller center-left parties have taken over the lead in twenty-five additional United Kingdom constituency seats in the most recent update to CounterPunch's #10at10 election modelling. In order to allow Corbyn a real chance to become Prime Minister, Labour and the More

CP Editor (2019-12-04). Fred Hampton on Racism and Capitalism. counterpunch.org

NationofChange Staff (2019-12-04). Demand A/C in all postal trucks. nationofchange.org Sign now and demand all mail carriers provide A/C to all delivery vehicles.

Andrew Emett (2019-12-04). Congressman pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds. nationofchange.org "This is not a case about mismanagement, or sloppy accounting, or 'mistakes,' Duncan Hunter intentionally took money that did not belong to him and used it for his own benefit."

Arnold R. Isaacs (2019-12-04). Moral injury and America's endless conflicts. nationofchange.org Moral injury is not a recognized psychiatric diagnosis. Yet the concept began to take root among mental health specialists.

Johanna Ross (2019-12-04). Is Boris Johnson a Liar? Denies He Will Sell Off UK National Health Service to Trump. globalresearch.ca 'A plot against the whole country' declared Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he brandished a wad of leaked documents last week which he said proves that the UK National Health Service would indeed be 'on the table' when it came …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-04). Going to the ICJ: Myanmar, Genocide and Aung San Suu Kyi's Gamble. globalresearch.ca Leaders currently in office rarely make an appearance before either the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court. International law remains affixed to the notion that heads-of-state are, at least for the duration of their time in office, …

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-04). The Theology of Politics. globalresearch.ca This is a serious discussion, so let's be sure we are on the same page by ensuring we apply the same meanings to our words. "Democracy" is NOT government. It is not freedom, it is not human rights, it is …

Jonathan Burden (2019-12-04). Swarm Drone Technology and Military Escalation. Will US Drones Push the Middle East Past the Point of No Return? globalresearch.ca Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) or drones, both armed and unarmed, have altered how states and insurgents conduct warfare in the Middle East. The widespread proliferation of these weapons, combined with the range of capabilities they confer and their potential to …

splcenter (2019-12-04). SPLC lawsuit seeks to restore Mississippi citizens' right to vote. splcenter.org When they were children, Herman Parker and his three sisters went to their grandparents' house every election day.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-04). Jerusalem: New Settlement Operations to Alter Historical Features. imemc.org The National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements stated, in its latest weekly report , that the Israeli Housing Ministry and the Israeli Occupation Municipality in Jerusalem have launched a large settlement scheme aim toward the construction of 11,000 settlement units on Qalandia's airport lands in order to expand …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-04). Palestinian Foreign Minister Urges Urgent Criminal Investigation of Israeli Crimes. imemc.org Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riad al-Malki, discussed with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, the developments of ICC's preliminary examinations in light of US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo declaration on settlements, warning against Israel's exploitation of this declaration by taking illegal actions to …

IMEMC News (2019-12-04). Soldiers Abduct Two Schoolchildren, Shut Down Their School Near Nablus. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, a Palestinian school in Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, abducted two children and forced the school shut until further notice. Media sources said dozens of soldiers surrounded the school before invading it, and abducted two children, identified as Dia' Shehada …

IMEMC News (2019-12-04). Illegal Israeli Colonists Bulldoze Palestinian Lands, South of Nablus. imemc.org Several fanatic Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, south of Nablus in northern West Bank, invaded and bulldozed the lands, on Wednesday morning, to prepare for a new segregated road. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailant …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-04). Malaysia Opens Palestinian Embassy in Amman. imemc.org Malaysia has opened an "Embassy to Palestine" in Jordan, after Israeli authorities purportedly refused to grant officials from the Southeast Asian country access to the seat of the Palestinian Authority, in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli English-language broadsheet newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, reported that the …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-04). Abbas Discusses Latest with Irish Foreign Minister. imemc.org Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas discussed, with Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, the Israeli measures against the Palestinian people, their land and holy sites, and the American bias toward the Israeli occupation. This came during a meeting held in the presidential headquarters …