2019-12-06: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-12-06). Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Flock to the Hong Kong Protest Movement. globalresearch.ca Ukrainian fascists who previously fought in a US-backed neo-Nazi militia joined the anti-China protests in Hong Kong, sharing their tactics and showing off their tattoos. | *** | Neo-Nazis from Ukraine have flown to Hong Kong to participate in the anti-Chinese insurgency, …

Peter Koenig (2019-12-06). Hong Kong: Pure Western Insanity. dissidentvoice.org The impunity with which the US aggresses Hong Kong is insane. Equally or more insane is western media coverage of what is going on in Hong Kong. Not one word on how the incredible "pro-democracy" vote of the rather unimportant District Council Elections was achieved. Of the 18 District Councils, 452 of 479 seats (71%) …

Forrest Hylton (2019-12-06). Bolivia's Coup Government: a Far-Right Horror Show. counterpunch.org Since coming to power on November 12, Bolivia's right-wing coup government, led by interim president Jeanine Añez, has quickly consolidated power and achieved international legitimacy. So far, the Añez government has succeeded in calling elections for 2020; persecuting journalists, political opponents, and human rights activists; and, following two massacres of unarmed, mainly indigenous protesters that More

Jon Schwarz (2019-12-06). The Supreme Court Case That Made Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Possible — and Doomed Kamala Harris. theintercept.com Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California suspended her presidential campaign on Tuesday. Why? Because, she said, she did not "have the financial resources we need to continue. I'm not a billionaire. I can't fund my own campaign." | Meanwhile, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who definitely is a billionaire, has spent at least $57 million of his own money since he jumped into the race on Novem…

Alan Macleod (2019-12-06). Bolivia's New Right-Wing Gov't Targets Foreigners With "Anti-Terror" Death Squads. mintpressnews.com The new move creating an unaccountable armed security force directly aimed at foreign terror will do little to quash fears that Bolivia is heading down the road to a totalitarian dictatorship.

teleSUR (2019-12-06). Bolivia: Chamber of Deputies Approves "Guarantees Law" telesurenglish.net The Chamber of Deputies of Bolivia announced Friday the approval of the Law of Guarantees for the Full Exercise of Constitutional Rights, a project that seeks to avoid persecution and indiscriminate judicial prosecution against social leaders who staged protests against the coup d'état last Nov. 10. | RELATED: | Crimes Against Humanity Reported in Bolivia: Int'l Delegation | The president of the Chamber, Sergio Choque of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) declared that the project complies…

Alan MacLeod (2019-12-06). With People in the Streets Worldwide, Media Focus Uniquely on Hong Kong. fair.org Unlike protests against US client states, the Hong Kong demonstrations were frequently given the approving "pro-democracy" label (CNN, 8/30/19). | 2019 may be remembered as the year of the protest, as demonstrations are engulfing the world. From the Yellow Vests in France to demonstrations in Lebanon, Gaza, Chile, Ecuador and Haiti, sustained movements all over the planet have taken to the street demanding change. Yet US corporate media have been disproportionately interested in only one: the Hong Kong protests.

WSWS (2019-12-06). Colombian trade unions working with President Duque to shut down national strike movement. wsws.org Despite brutal police repression, tens of thousands carried out a third national strike on Wednesday in Colombia.

Jefferson Morley (2019-12-06). Why the Douma Chemical Attack Wasn't a 'Managed Massacre'. counterpunch.org In the long-running nightmare of the Syrian civil war, the attack at Douma was a déjà vu atrocity with big consequences in Washington. On April 7, 2018, a working-class neighborhood in greater Damascus suffered a chemical attack that killed at least 43 people. Six days later, President Trump ordered a cruise missile attack on a More

Juan Cole (2019-12-06). Trump Fails Again to Bring Our Troops Home From Mideast: Mulling Escalation of 14,000 US Troops to the Middle East to Counter Iran. commondreams.org A new contingent of 14,000 troops would double the extra total sent in 2019 alone and bring the over-all number to 74,000. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-12-06). Chilean Mothers Perform Feminist Dance Act to Protest "Historic Abuse" telesurenglish.net About ten thousands of Chilean senior women took part Wednesday in the "Un violador en tu camino" campaign ("A rapist in your way"), a made-in-Chile dance routine that has spread worldwide as a powerful tool of protest against "historic abuse suffered by women in a patriarchal system." | RELATED: | Chile: Municipalities Call Citizens to Independent Consultation | Organized by the women's group "Las Tesis Senior" at the gates of the National Stadium — located in Santiago's…

WSWS (2019-12-06). French public sector strikers call to free Julian Assange. wsws.org Strikers denounced the imprisonment of the Australian journalist under appalling conditions in Britain, for having revealed imperialist war crimes in Iraq.

Norman Solomon (2019-12-06). Kerry's Endorsement of Biden Fits: Two Deceptive Supporters of the Iraq War. counterpunch.org On Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post sent out a news alert headlined "John Kerry Endorses Biden in 2020 Race, Saying He Has the Character and Experience to Beat Trump, Confront the Nation's Challenges." Meanwhile, in Iowa, Joe Biden was also touting his experience. "Look," Biden said as he angrily lectured an 83-year-old farmer at a campaign stop, "the reason More

Norman Solomon (2019-12-06). Of Course John Kerry Endorsed Joe Biden. truthdig.com Both have repeatedly lied about their support for the war in Iraq. Is it any surprise that the one is now backing the other for president?

teleSUR (2019-12-06). COP25: Thousands Raise Their Voice Against Climate Change. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people demonstrated in Madrid, in a festive environment, to warn the politicians and powerful men that despite their attempt to "silence" the cry against climate change is an irreversible fact. | RELATED: | UN: Human Health Still at Stake Because of Climate Change | Summoned by more than 850 civil and environmental organizations, the protesters spoke out about the destruction of the planet and the future of humanity launched a unitary message to the public leaders who m…

Staff (2019-12-06). Why Are Some of the World's Biggest Polluters Sponsoring UN Climate Summit? truthout.org A group of climate activists walked out of a panel at the U.N. climate summit in Madrid on Thursday to protest the presence of Shell, BP and Chevron. Representatives from the oil companies were taking part in an event organized by the International Emissions Trading Association. This comes as the Spanish government is facing criticism for reaching out to Endesa, Spain's biggest corporate greenhouse gas polluter, to sponsor the U.N. climate talks. We speak with Pascoe Sabido, a researcher and campai…

IMEMC News (2019-12-06). Soldiers Seriously Injure A Palestinian Teen Near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured, Friday, a Palestinian teen in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after the army invaded the town, and attacked Palestinians protesting the invasion. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided the essential treatment to the …

teleSUR (2019-12-06). Algeria: Thousands Hold Last Rally Before Presidential Election. telesurenglish.net Thousands marched in different cities of Algeria to demand the presidential election scheduled for Dec. 12 to be canceled. They took to the streets on the 42nd consecutive Friday of protests against the "shadowy" ruling elite, which has been controlling Algeria since its independence in 1962. | RELATED: | Tens of Thousands of Algerians March To Cancel Election | "Down with the military regime!", "We want a civil state and a true transition!" and "No to the elections as long as the maf…

teleSUR (2019-12-06). Live Updates: Dominica: Citizens Head to Polling Stations. telesurenglish.net Dominica's polling centers Friday opened their doors to over 70,000 people who will cast their vote in the general elections to decide the new government that will rule over the next five years. | The Dominica Labor Party (DLP) candidate Roosevelt Skerrit and the United Workers' Party (UWP) candidate Lennox Linton appear as top political figures in elections in wh…

WSWS (2019-12-06). Meeting of Australian teachers passes resolutions in defence of Julian Assange. wsws.org The teachers have taken an important stand which points the way forward for other educators, and for all sections of the working class, in the fight for democratic rights and against the persecution of Assange.

Robert Scheer (2019-12-06). The Plot to Discredit and Destroy Julian Assange. truthdig.com A day after dozens of doctors around the world released a statement about their mounting concerns regarding Julian Assange's health as he's detained in a British prison, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer spoke with Tariq Ali, a renowned British journalist and co-editor of a recent collection of essays titled " In Defense of Julian Assange." To Scheer, Ali and the book's many contributors, the case agains…

Staff (2019-12-06). We Must Overcome Our Atomization to Beat Back Neoliberal Fascism. truthout.org This week in the United States, the impeachment hearings made clear that President Trump abused his office and committed a crime against the Constitution. Not only did he attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government into investigating his presidential political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in exchange for military aid, Trump also used the power of his administration to pressure loyal followers, such as Rudy Giuliani (his personal lawyer) to claim that Ukraine, not Russia, had intervened in th…

Ed Rampell (2019-12-06). The new Belorussian film 'Debut': Crime and punishment and art therapy. peoplesworld.org Anastasiya Miroshnichenko's well-made, touching documentary Debut provides viewers with a rare glimpse behind the "Iron Curtain." By this I'm not merely referring to the fact that this 80-minute film was shot in Belarus, formerly known as Byelorussia or Belorussia and, like Ukraine, an erstwhile Soviet republic. Rather, more to the point, Debut was largely filmed …

Monika Zgustova (2019-12-06). Chernobyl, Lies and Messianism in Russia. counterpunch.org "How much are these lies going to cost?" asks the nuclear physicist Legasov, as played by Jared Harris in the American series Chernobyl. This HBO series, broadcast a few months ago and based partly on Svetlana Alexievich's book Voices from Chernobyl, reveals how the Soviet state tried to cover up the lethal explosion of the More

news.un (2019-12-06). UN agency hails Brazil 'milestone' decision over Venezuelan refugees. news.un.org Brazil's move to recognize thousands of refugees from crisis-wracked Venezuela through a new accelerated procedure, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

news.un (2019-12-06). Rise in Caribbean children displaced by storms shows climate crisis is a child rights issue: UNICEF. news.un.org The number of Caribbean children displaced by storms has risen approximately six-fold in the past five years, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reveals in a new report released on Friday.

Torsten Bewernitz — Gabriel Kuhn (2019-12-06). Syndicalism for the Twenty-First Century: From Unionism to Class-Struggle Militancy. counterpunch.org The capitalism we grew up in has collapsed. Its democratic mask has become transparent and its social pretensions hollow. In times of crisis, capitalism resembles a wounded predator and attacks indiscriminately. Crises also open up new possibilities for workers' resistance, but this needs organizations that can sustain it. The last decade has painfully shown that More

Alan Macleod (2019-12-06). Study Reveals How UK Intelligence Works with Media to Smear Jeremy Corbyn. mintpressnews.com The United Kingdom goes to the polls December 12 in a pivotal vote that will decide the future of the country. Like in 2017, the Labour Party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, is surging towards the ruling Conservative Party in the last weeks of campaigning. But he will not become Prime Minister if the UK's security services have anything to do with it. Corbyn, frequently compared to Bernie Sanders in terms of ideology, spent decades in the political wilderness, a lonely leftist voice among a party embracing neol…

commondreams (2019-12-06). Bernie Sanders Joins Des Moines Climate Strike, Young People In 20 States Begin Sit-Ins Demanding Green New Deal Support From Establishment Dems. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Linda Pentz Gunter (2019-12-06). Why Do We Punish the Peacemakers? counterpunch.org You're liable to run into trouble if you try to suggest there is a greater threat to planetary survival than climate change. But there is. It's called nuclear war. Granted — and thank goodness — climate change is finally all the rage now. Rage has taken over, and rightly so, especially among the young whose More

Manuel García, Jr. (2019-12-06). From Caesar's Last Breath to Ours. counterpunch.org Human Life is a sexually transmitted planetary disease, Climate Change is the disinfectant that will cure it. (I'll explain myself on this later.) Sam Kean's concluding 5 paragraphs, on CO2 in the atmosphere, from his book Caesar's Last Breath (And Other True Tales of History, Science, and the Sextillions of Molecules in the Air Around More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-12-06). Amazon Abuses Workers and the Climate—Because It Can. commondreams.org Amazon relies on taxpayers subsidizing its workers' livelihoods, but it also refuses to pay its fair share of taxes. (Photo: Tony Webster / Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

James Goodman (2019-12-06). goodman climate refugees teaser. progressive.org Climate change, pollution, and violence drive people to the U.S. border, even with no promise of a path to citizenship.

WSWS (2019-12-06). US prepares to deploy thousands more troops against Iran. wsws.org While the Pentagon denied a report that 14,000 more troops are being sent to the Persian Gulf, it made clear that a major escalation is under discussion.

Robert Fantina (2019-12-06). Is Kashmir India's Palestine? counterpunch.org In August of this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India suspended Article 370 of the constitution, the provision that granted some level of autonomy to Kashmir. Already heavily policed by Indian soldiers, nearly 40,000 additional troops were deployed to 'calm' (read: further oppress) the population following Modi's repressive and illegal decision. Travel in and More

patrick (2019-12-06). Brown University corporate responsibility committee votes to divest from companies connected to Israeli occupation. bdsmovement.net Brown University corporate responsibility committee votes to divest from companies connected to Israeli occupation: In the NewsMichael Arria Economic Boycott Student solidarityDecember 6, 2019 | By: | | Mondoweiss

patrick (2019-12-06). Success: Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Texas Anti-BDS Law To Proceed. bdsmovement.net Success: Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Texas Anti-BDS Law To Proceed: In the News A federal district court rejected efforts by the state of Texas to evade judicial review of a law that punishes boycott advocates, and allowed a lawsuit against the anti-BDS law to proceed. | Right To BoycottJuly 25, 2019 | By: | | Palestine Legal

patrick (2019-12-06). UK Labour Party votes to stop arms trade with Israel, apply international law to trade, and support refugee return. bdsmovement.net UK Labour Party votes to stop arms trade with Israel, apply international law to trade, and support refugee return: In the NewsAt the UK Labour party's annual conference, the party voted overwhelmingly for refugees right to return, to stop "any arms trade with Israel that is used in violation of the human rights of Palestinians" and to apply international law to UK trade wi…

patrick (2019-12-06). Fordham University Students Win Landmark Legal Fight to Establish Palestine Club. bdsmovement.net Fordham University Students Win Landmark Legal Fight to Establish Palestine Club: In the News | Contact: Right To Boycott Student solidarityAugust 6, 2019 | By: | | Palestine Legal

James Goodman (2019-12-06). 'Fleeing Not Migrating'. commondreams.org A river at risk of drying up near the agricultural village of Guapinol, Honduras. The phrase "Cuidemos los bosques," painted onto a rock by villagers, translates to "Protect the forests." (Photo: Lawyers for Civil Rights) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

M. G. Piety (2019-12-06). A Lesson From the Danes on Immigration. counterpunch.org Denmark is in the news now because of its purported hostility to immigrants. Brooke Harrington, a sociology professor at Dartmouth, published an op ed in the New York Times on Tuesday about how she was nearly carted off to a Danish prison for giving invited guest lectures to the Danish parliament. Danes had tightened up More

news.un (2019-12-06). UN evaluates progress in improving peacekeeping performance. news.un.org The international community on Friday took stock of action to improve UN peacekeeping in line with a Security Council resolution aimed at enhancing performance at all levels, both at Headquarters in New York and in the field.

teleSUR (2019-12-06). Dominica's Labor Party Wins Landslide Victory. telesurenglish.net Dominica's ruling Labor Party won a landslide victory as the results are just being released by electoral authorities on Friday, winning 18 out of the 21 constituencies that were up for grabs in this general election. Winning candidate Roosevelt Skerrit said that "The elections are over now. The UWP failed to delay them, they failed to cause chaos in our society and they have failed in the ballot boxes" in speaking of the opposition Skerrit said "I call to the UWP and its supporters to hold their conduct and behavior of the last few weeks, concede the election and work for peace" and reiterated his call "give…

teleSUR (2019-12-06). Philippines' Duterte Offers 'Dialogue' to Banned Communists. telesurenglish.net The president of the Philippines has expressed willingness to reopen the peace process with the Communist Party — declared illegal in the country — and its armed wing, the New People's Army guerrillas, after disbanding his negotiating team in March. | RELATED: | Philippines Deadliest Place for Land Activists: Global Witness | Rodrigo Duterte announced that he will send the government's chief negotiator, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, to speak with Communist Party F…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-06). Presidential Pardon for Netanyahu? globalresearch.ca Is a deal in the works for Netanyahu to step down as prime minister in return for a presidential pardon — with the aim of avoiding a third election next year? More on this below. | *** | Netanyahu faces prosecution for …

Palestine Post 24 (2019-12-06). Denied Entry to Gaza for Breast Cancer Mission. globalresearch.ca Israeli occupation has denied permission for British lawmaker, Philippa Whitford, who is a doctor, from entering Gaza to offer help for patients of breast cancer. | Over the past two and half years[1], I have been working with Medical Aid …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-06). Lawyers for Mavi Marmara Raid Victims to Appeal Recent ICC Decision. imemc.org Families of those killed by Israeli forces, aboard an aid flotilla heading for the besieged Gaza Strip, in 2010, will appeal the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s recent decision not to press charges against Tel Aviv. Their lawyers announced the news on Thursday, three days after the ICC's Chief Prosecutor, Fatou …

PCHR (2019-12-06). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Nov. — 04 Dec. 2019). imemc.org Summary This week, PCHR documented 159 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity: In terms of excessive use …

Alan Macleod (2019-12-06). The Faux Generosity of the Super-Wealthy: Why Bill Gates is a Menace to Society. mintpressnews.com If Gates represents a net negative force in world politics, why does he receive such good press? For starters, he makes sizeable donations to a host of mainstream corporate media outlets.

Michael Steven Smith and Heidi Boghosian (2019-12-06). Inside the Organized Crime Syndicate Known as the CIA. dissidentvoice.org Douglas Valentine is an investigator and author with a rare and tenacious approach toward research. His writing results in uniquely incisive and revealing books on the dark side of U.S. intelligence activities and the National Security State. His latest book, The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, draws parallels between CIA operations …

Dave Lindorff (2019-12-06). Conviction and Removal Aren't the Issue; It's Impeachment of Trump That is Essential. counterpunch.org A lot of pundit verbiage and Democratic Party internal debate as well is being wasted on the question of whether Trump could be convicted successfully in a Senate currently run by a lickspittle Republican majority afraid of their shadows and devoid of any concern for the fate of Constitutional government. Let's accept that the 20-plus More

Brett Wilkins (2019-12-06). The International Criminal Court (ICC) Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture. globalresearch.ca The current hearing will examine allegations that US troops and intelligence operatives tortured, raped and abused Afghan prisoners between 2003 and 2004. | *** | The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a three-day hearing in the The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday at …

Ron Jacobs (2019-12-06). Law Seminar in the Hearing Room: Impeachment Day Six. counterpunch.org The week began with a few tweets from ignorant congresspeople and the president decrying the supposed unfairness of the proceedings. Pompeo chimed in with a remark that the timing was "unfortunate." His reasoning was that Trump had important business to take care of in Britain at the NATO meeting. You know, the North Atlantic Treaty More

Media Lens (2019-12-06). Reopening Auschwitz — The Conspiracy to Stop Corbyn. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Matthew Hoh (2019-12-06). Authorizations for Madness; The Effects and Consequences of Congress' Endless Permissions for War. counterpunch.org I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can…Its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. — Dwight Eisenhower. For the first time in decades, passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been delayed due to disagreements between Democrats and Republicans. The disagreements at the center of the delay in Congress are, as usual, partisan in nature: funding for the President's border wall More

Staff (2019-12-06). Despite Strong Job Growth, Wage Growth Isn't Accelerating. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 266,000 jobs in November. While this figure is inflated by the return of roughly 50,000 striking GM autoworkers, upward revisions to the prior two months' data brought the three-month average to a solid 205,000. The unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent, returning to a 50-year low. | The job growth was widely spread across industries. Manufacturing added 54,000 jobs, somewhat more than the number of returning strikers. It appears that the sector…

Al-Shabaka (2019-12-06). The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli Detention. imemc.org by Yara Hawari, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli Security Agency has been torturing Palestinians. Al-Shabaka Senior Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argues that the use of torture in Israeli detention is systematic and legitimized through domestic law, and outlines steps for the …

WSWS (2019-12-06). SPD youth leader defends Germany's grand coalition government. wsws.org In a long interview with the Rheinische Post, Kàºhnert warned "of the consequences of a hasty exit" from the ruling grand coalition.

Staff (2019-12-06). Trump-Appointed Judges Will Imperil Progressive Change "for as Long as We Live" truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rammed through eight of President Donald Trump's lifetime judicial picks in just three days this week, accelerating the far-right court takeover that one commentator warned is "absolutely going to hamstring efforts to make the U.S. into a responsible, civilized country, for as lo…

Aurélien Barrau (2019-12-06). The Conquest of Space is Turning into a Nightmare. globalresearch.ca We are fascinated by space. Rockets and space shuttles are the stuff of our dreams. But the dream is rapidly turning to nightmare and we may justifiably wonder where it is taking us. Strangely, questioning the merits of space activities …

Global Research (2019-12-06). Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price. globalresearch.ca Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : …

Leo Panitch (2019-12-06). The Vilification of Jeremy Corbyn. globalresearch.ca The vilification of the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as an antisemite has intensified in the run up to the December 12 election in Britain. What makes this especially troubling, not to say bizarre, is that …

Joseph Thomas (2019-12-06). Asia Unites Against US Coup Attempt. Decades of US Meddling in Cambodia. globalresearch.ca The nations of Southeast Asia have united in efforts to prevent a US-backed coup aimed at fellow-Southeast Asian state Cambodia. | Through a combination of travel bans and detentions across the region in late October and early November, Southeast Asia may …

(2019-12-06). Trump Administration OKs 'Cyanide Bombs' Despite Indiscriminate Killing of Thousands of Animals a Year. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration today announced it will reauthorize use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These "cyanide bombs" received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have …

S. Brian Willson (2019-12-06). US America Needs No Fixing — It Is Already "Totally Fixed" globalresearch.ca It continues to be very difficult for we US Americans to acknowledge that our political system and its capitalist economy is deeply corrupt and fixed, that we find it easier to always distract ourselves by demonizing others. | In some ways, …

Jacob G. Hornberger (2019-12-06). The Pentagon's Destruction of the Bill of Rights. globalresearch.ca It is supremely ironic that Pentagon officials take an oath to support and defend the Constitution because they intentionally destroyed the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution when they set up their "judicial" system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In …

Tamasin Cave (2019-12-06). Donald Trump, the US Private Health Giant, and Top British NHS Officials — Special Relationships? globalresearch.ca In the UK, we have a simple take on the US healthcare system as a for-profit, private system that fleeces its customers and fails the poor. | But here's the secret: the US has its own 'mini NHS'. Smaller than the …

Shane Quinn (2019-12-06). The Pentagon's 36 Military Bases in Africa. America's Growing Military Presence. globalresearch.ca Africa now contains 1.3 billion inhabitants, almost twice that of Europe's population, and the number of African people continues expanding rapidly in what comprises the world's second biggest continent. | Following five centuries of pillage and exploitation by Western imperial powers, …

Staff (2019-12-06). Fastest-Growing DC Lobbying Firms Benefit From Trump Ties. truthout.org For many well-connected Washington lobbying firms, business is booming after President Donald Trump's 2016 election. | At least 22 lobbying firms saw revenue more than double in the Trump era compared to the previous three years, with many signing high-dollar contracts with big-name clients, an OpenSecrets analysis found. | The reasons for the revenue spikes vary. Some lobbying firms simply received a bigger check from exist…

Staff (2019-12-06). Harvard Grad Workers Are Striking Over Medical Debt and Sexual Harassment. truthout.org Graduate students at the wealthiest university in the world said they are foregoing dental care, facing thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs and struggling to get by on salaries as low as $18,000 in Boston, one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. | The unionized graduate workers at Harvard University went on strike Tuesday after more than a year of trying to negotiate a contract. On the picket line at Harvard's medical campus on Wednesday, Tessa Green, a biophysics Ph.D. stud…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-06). Palestine TV Crew Detained in Jerusalem. imemc.org The Palestinian Authority, today, condemned the detention of Palestine TV crew members in Jerusalem. The Presidency slammed the detention of the crew as a part of the Israeli government's scheme to entrench Israeli control over the occupied city of Jerusalem and its holy sites. It called out Israeli violations that …

Saed Bannoura (2019-12-06). Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Bethlehem And Tulkarem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday at dawn, four Palestinians from their homes in the West Bank governorates on Bethlehem and Tulkarem, and summoned a young man for interrogation, after the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that several army jeeps invaded 'Aida refugee …

teleSUR, ao-JF (2019-12-06). Over 3,000 Sexual Assault in US Uber Rides in 2018: Report. telesurenglish.net Multinational ride-hailing company Uber Technologies released Thursday a first-ever safety report related to its trips in the United States in 2018. | RELATED: | California Governor Signs Gig Economy Labor Law | The report reveals that more than 3,000 sexual assaults, including rape, took place during Uber trips, at a time when it carried out about 1.3 billion rides.

teleSUR (2019-12-06). Dominica's General Elections: Who Are The Main Candidates?>. telesurenglish.net As Dominica's general elections will be held on Friday, some 70,000 people are expected to head to the polls to determine the country's next 21 members of the House of Assembly, as well as the nine senators, in a process that is highly anticipated. | RELATED: | Dominica's UWP Violence Causes Disruptive Impact, Expert Says | The Caribbean island's const…

teleSUR (2019-12-06). US House Passes Resolution Breaking with Trump on Israel Policy. telesurenglish.net The U.S. House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution on Friday backing a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, following initiatives from President Donald Trump heavily favoring the Jewish state. | RELATED: | Israeli Occupation Cost Palestine $48b Between 2000-2017: UN | The resolution, introduced by Democra…

Charles McKelvey (2019-12-06). A Theory of Truth From the South. counterpunch.org The Section on Political Science from the South of the University of Havana in Cuba is now working on a project dedicated to the formulation of a theory of truth, in order to respond to the lies that are the foundation of imperialist policies. The lie is fundamental to the historical development of domination. In More

Robert Hunziker (2019-12-06). Permafrost Hits a Grim Threshold. counterpunch.org For tens of thousands of years the Arctic's carbon sink has been a powerful dynamic in functionality of the Earth System. However, that all-important functionality has been crippled and could be permanently severed. According to new research based upon field observations conducted from 2003 to 2017, a large-scale carbon emission shift in the Earth System More

Thomas Knapp (2019-12-06). NATO is a Brain Dead, Obsolete, Rabid Dog. Euthanize It. counterpunch.org In early November, French president Emmanuel Macron complained that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is experiencing "brain death" as its member states go their own ways, with "no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making." US president Donald Trump's reply: "Nobody needs NATO more than France." The two continued their duel over NATO's future at an More

Ellen Isaacs (2019-12-06). The Audacity of Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org It is the era of disavowal of Trump. Long despised by anti-racists and humanists of many stripes, his foreign policy has now even offended US empire builders, leaving us with an overlap of interests between those who wish to scuttle Trump's overt policies of hate and those who hate to see US power decrease in More

Andrew Levine (2019-12-06). Whatever Happened to the Obama Coalition? counterpunch.org Kamala Harris is out. This makes me almost sad; she was a snarky debater and, for a "moderate," she wasn't all that bad. Perhaps her managers ought to have stressed that point: "Better Than Booker" would have been a fine slogan for her to run on. Now, with Harris gone, it falls to that dreadful Obama wannabe to take the lead in keeping talk of "reviving the Obama coalition" on the front burner. More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-12-06). Global Poison Spring. counterpunch.org The power of the chemical industry in the United States all but wiped out the US EPA. The politicized department administers laws and regulations that prescribe what it can do. However, in practice, it's the political appointees that decide what EPA does. Related to this political reality, and knowing the deep roots of industry influence More

Louis Proyect (2019-12-06). Michael Bloomberg and Me. counterpunch.org In 1975, I took a job as a Cobol programmer at Salomon Brothers in New York, mainly on the buzz generated by a N.Y. Times profile of its star block trader Michael Bloomberg. The November 9th article noted that "The single‚Äêminded dedication of Mr. Bloomberg's pressure‚Äêcooker life goes hand in glove with the aggressive business More

Evan Jones (2019-12-06). BNP Before a French Court. counterpunch.org A court case is currently running in France that is of relevance to more than the French. During two weeks to 29 November, Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas is being sued in the Tribunal correctionnel of Paris (a mid-level criminal court) by lawyers representing borrowers of loans denominated in foreign currency. The issue is of More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-12-06). Eat an Impeachment. counterpunch.org Impeachment is the most under-utilized, but politically potent check on executive power in the Constitution. It's there for a reason and the authors of our organizational parchment surely envisioned it being used more frequently than once every 60 years. Indeed, impeachment may well be the only defense we have against the rising authoritarian powers of a presidency which seeks to impose its will under the cover of the Unified Theory of the Executive. And let us not forget that impeachment is a more democratic form of deposing of a ruler than the process that put him or her into power, since both the congressional…

Staff (2019-12-06). Are Democrats Blowing Trump's Impeachment? truthdig.com This article originally appeared on Salon. | Thursday's announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Democrats are ready to vote articles of impeachment against President Trump — presumably on the narrowest possible terms, after a constrained and foreshortened process — is hardly surprising. It is, however, disheartening. Why they would even consider moving to a floor vote on impeachment wit…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-12-06). As Press Swarm Greta, Fellow Youth Activists Stage 'Powerful and Strong' Silent Protest at COP 25. commondreams.org "We need climate action and we need change right now. And the time to act is now." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-12-06). A 'No-Brainer': Anti-Nuclear Movement Urges Trump to Accept Putin Offer to Renew START Treaty. commondreams.org "Losing New START would set the United States and Russia on a path to nuclear anarchy: a state of affairs where legal constraints of nuclear arsenals has ended and norms of voluntary restraint are weak or nonexistent. We'd all be flying blind into a nuclear arms race." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-12-06). Calling Him Only 2020 Candidate Whose Plan 'Can Save Our Planet,' US Youth Climate Strike Leaders Endorse Bernie Sanders for President. commondreams.org As sit-ins targeted establishment Democrats nationwide to demand the Green New Deal, Sanders stood with climate campaigners in Iowa on Friday and applauded striking youth worldwide who are saying: "Hey, we want a planet that we can grow up in and have kids in that is healthy and inhabitable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-12-06). Even as 500,000 March in Madrid, Greta Thunberg Warns Climate Movement Has 'Achieved Nothing' Until Emissions Fall. commondreams.org "We cannot afford more days going by without real action being taken." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-12-06). Trump-Led Shift Away From Multilateralism Risks Survival of Future Generations and Planet, Warn The Elders. commondreams.org World leaders working to promote peace, justice, and human rights warned that their mission and the joint goals of people around the world have been seriously impeded by a shift away from multilateralism in recent years, especially since President Donald Trump took office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-12-06). Demand Grows for Buttigieg to Come Clean About His Time at 'Corporate Greed Machine' McKinsey. commondreams.org Days after reports surfaced about the global consulting firm McKinsey's work advising the Trump administration on immigration policy, calls grew on Thursday for South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to disclose details about the work he did for the company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-06). Trump's "Economic Terrorism" Directed against Venezuela and Bolivia. globalresearch.ca Trump regime economic terrorism on Venezuela includes multiple rounds of illegal sanctions and an embargo — war by other means. | Nations and media supporting hostile US actions against the Bolivarian Republic and other countries are complicit in its crimes against …

Derek Royden (2019-12-06). Protest as domestic terrorism? The threat to dissent. nationofchange.org With activism more and more referred to as a form of terrorism on the right, the left will need to take local and state elections more seriously to halt the trend.

Democracy Now! (2019-12-06). Edward Snowden: If I Came Back to the U.S., I Would Likely Die in Prison for Telling the Truth. commondreams.org At Wednesday's The Right Livelihood Awards, Amy Goodman interviewed Snowden in front of the award ceremony's live audience via video link from Moscow. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-12-06). Great Uncertainties in UK Election Polls Suggest Fight Against Brexit Isn't Over. truthout.org With barely one week to go until the U.K. votes in its general election, opinion polls show Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives out in front. But most of them also show that the race has tightened somewhat in the past couple of weeks. Increasingly, what once looked likely to be a multiparty free-for-all is reverting to the historic norm: a two-way fight between Conservatives and Labour for most voters' loyalties. | Yet, e…

Staff (2019-12-06). "It's Our Future": Meet the Youth Activists Behind Fridays for Future Movements in Uganda and Chile. democracynow.org In Spain, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in Madrid to take part in today's strike as well as a major march set for 6 p.m. local time. Greta began the climate strike movement last year when she started skipping school every Friday to stand in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent catastrophic climate change. Her protest spread, quickly going global. We speak with two youth climate strikers: Hilda Flavia Nakabuye is the founder of Fridays for Future Uganda and Angela Valenzuela is a coordinator with Fridays for Future in Chile, where this year's U.N. clima…

Staff (2019-12-06). COP25: Alternative Climate Summit Honors Those "Suffering the Crimes of Transnational Corporations" democracynow.org We broadcast from Madrid, Spain, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, began Monday and will continue through next week, as environmental leaders from around the world gather to negotiate global solutions to the climate crisis. Activists have converged on Madrid for the conference and are hosting an alternative summit of their own: Cumbre Social por el Clima — the Social Summit for the Climate. The alternative summit has been organized by social justice and environmental groups to draw attention to the ongoing political repression in Chile, corporate influence on the climate su…

Staff (2019-12-06). Why Are Some of Spain's Biggest Polluters Sponsoring U.N. Climate Summit? democracynow.org A group of climate activists walked out of a panel at the U.N. climate summit in Madrid on Thursday to protest the presence of Shell, BP and Chevron. Representatives from the oil companies were taking part in an event organized by the International Emissions Trading Association. This comes as the Spanish government is facing criticism for reaching out to Endesa, Spain's biggest corporate greenhouse gas polluter, to sponsor the U.N. climate talks. We speak with Pascoe Sabido, a researcher and campaigner for the Corporate Europe Observatory, who has been organizing toxic tours of Madrid to expose the corporations a…

Staff (2019-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Calls On Democrats to Proceed With Drafting Articles of Impeachment, Joe Biden Lashes Out at Iowa Town Hall over His Son Hunter's Work in Ukraine, Pentagon Weighs Sending Up to 14,000 More U.S. Troops to Middle East, Saudi Aramco Raises $25.6 Billion in Historic IPO, 140,000 Died Globally from Measles in 2018, 62 Refugees Died after Boat Capsized off Coast of Mauritania, Shocking Video Shows How Border Patrol Let Teenage Asylum Seeker Die in Custody, French Workers Continue National Strike into Second Day, Uber Says It Received 3,000 Reports of Sexual Assault in U.S. in 2018, The Guardian: Ilhan Omar and R…

WSWS (2019-12-06). Pelosi announces Democrats to begin drafting impeachment charges against Trump. wsws.org The House Speaker announced Thursday plans to draw up articles of impeachment for President Trump.