2019-12-10: News Headlines

Thomas M. Magstadt (2019-12-10). What's the Matter With America? counterpunch.org To impeach or not to impeach. A lot of decent voters don't know what to think. Kansas is no exception, but Kansas has a number of exceptional role models for our troubled times, leaders who demonstrated that it's okay to change one's mind in politics. In fact, it's a mark of true character. Changing Sides: Emporia's More

Jack Rasmus (2019-12-10). Trump vs. Democracy. counterpunch.org The US House of Representatives marked a milestone on November 6, 2019, as it decided to report out articles of impeachment on Trump. But there's a bigger picture to consider. The impeachment represents a new stage in the political 'food fight' between the two wings of the political-economic elite in the USA. It also represents More

Staff (2019-12-10). House Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment Against Trump. truthout.org House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in a historic announcement on Tuesday. | Democratic leaders announced at a news conference that the articles charge Trump with both abuse of power and obstruction of justice. | "Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the president of the U.S., Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,"

Nick Licata (2019-12-10). Was Trump Looking for Corruption or a Personal Favor? counterpunch.org Congress's first round of impeachment hearings wound up largely focused on whether President Trump had offered a quid pro quo for receiving a favor from Ukraine, i.e. Trump would release held up military aid and other signs of US support only after Ukraine investigated a particular company that employed Joe Biden's son, and the former More

Geoffrey Aronson (2019-12-10). China Just Opened "the Suez Canal of Our Era": China's Eurasian Rail "Middle Corridor" globalresearch.ca A hundred years from now, Donald Trump's looming impeachment and Syria's unending travails will be long forgotten. But just as we still celebrated the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869 without remembering who ruled …

Ron Jacobs (2019-12-10). Where Justice is a Game: Impeachment Hearings Redux. counterpunch.org The Monday, December 9th hearings were another repetition of the facts by Democrats and the ignoring of them by the trumpists. The hearings began with a so-called silent protest by the GOP. Despite this misappropriation of a popular tactic by the right wing, one has to admit it's nice when they keep their mouths shut. More

teleSUR (2019-12-10). US Democrats Announce Trump's Official Impeachment Charges. telesurenglish.net Democrats announced formal charges against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that accuse him of abusing power and obstructing Congress, making him only the third U.S. president in history to face impeachment. | RELATED: | US House Passes Resolution Breaking with Trump on Israel Policy | The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the charges, or articles of impeachment, next week. The chamber, controlled by Democrats, is almost certain to vote to impeach the Repub…

WSWS (2019-12-10). Thousands of children in New Jersey found to have elevated blood lead levels. wsws.org The New Jersey Department of Health's annual report shows that scandalous levels of lead contamination in public water are not limited to the city of Newark, where local officials' criminal response made headlines this year.

WSWS (2019-12-10). The "Afghanistan papers": the criminality and disaster of a war based upon lies. wsws.org The documents published by the Washington Post constitute a damning indictment of both major parties as well as the media for lying to the American people for two decades.

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-10). America's Lost War in Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca On Monday, a surprising Washington Post report headlined: | "The Afghanistan Papers — A secret history of the war. At War With the Truth," saying: | "US officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it." More …

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-12-10). I Knew the War in Afghanistan Was a Lie. truthdig.com A new bombshell report from The Washington Post merely confirms what those of us who served in Kandahar could see with our own eyes.

Jacob Hornberger (2019-12-10). Afghanistan: a Pentagon Paradise Built on Lies. counterpunch.org The Pentagon cannot be pleased with the Washington Post. That's because…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-10). Agreement on Ceasefire in Ukraine: Real or Illusion? globalresearch.ca On Monday, so-called Normandy Four leaders Putin, Merkel, Macron, and Ukraine's Zelensky met in Paris to discuss a ceasefire in Donbass, a prisoner exchange, and related issues after five-and-a-half years of US-orchestrated war. | Despite Russia's good faith conflict resolution efforts, …

South Front (2019-12-10). Video: Syria Army Increasing Its Presence Along Turkish Border. globalresearch.ca Over 100 Syrian and Russian airstrikes hit positions, weapon depots and infrastructure belonging to Idlib militant groups during the past few days. According to reports, most of the strikes were delivered in the surroundings of Kafr Nabl, al-Bara, Ehsim, Baluon, …

WSWS (2019-12-10). The Dirty War on the National Health Service: John Pilger documentary "goes to the heart of the struggle for democracy today" wsws.org Pilger's work is a deeply passionate appeal to working people in the UK to oppose the decades-long, covert assault on the NHS by all three major parties.

Staff (2019-12-10). Renewables Are Gaining Traction, But We Need to Be Able to Store the Energy. truthout.org The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' recent decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to scientists who developed rechargeable lithium-ion batteries reminded the world just how transformative they have been. Without them, we wouldn't have smartphones or electric cars. But it's their potential to store electricity generated by the sun and the wind at their peak that promises to be even more revolution…

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-10). Max Blumenthal: A Hero of Our Time. globalresearch.ca Even though the charges against him were just dropped, the thuggish arrest of investigative journalist Max Blumenthal by the DC police in late October on months-old charges of allegedly "assaulting" a counter-protester who forcibly prevented him and others from delivering …

Aaron Maté (2019-12-10). US drops false charge against journalist Max Blumenthal. thegrayzone.com The US government has dropped a false charge of assault against The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal stemming from an incident…

Christopher Black (2019-12-10). Trump: Bring Me the Head of Luis Obrador. Wage a "War on Drugs" to "Protect Mexico"? globalresearch.ca 15 days after Bolivian President Morales was overthrown in a US backed military coup d'état and granted asylum in Mexico on November 12, American President Trump announced his intention to wage war against Mexico. As soon as Morales arrived in …

Staff (2019-12-10). Indigenous Youth, Elders Protest Canada's Support of Tar Sands Projects at COP25. truthout.org Indigenous women protested outside the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday morning to demand action to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across North America. Madrid police shut down the protest within minutes. On Monday, indigenous youth and elders gathered outside the Canadian Embassy in Madrid to protest the Canadian government's support of the Alberta tar sands extraction and new fossil fuel infrastructure, including a pipeline that would cut th…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-12-10). U.S. Efforts to Force Iran Out of European Energy Markets Has Failed. globalresearch.ca Despite the European Union attempts to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which saw Iran reduce its low-enriched uranium by 98% and eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium in return for economic relief, JCPOA is hanging by a thread …

Rick Sterling (2019-12-10). A Beautiful but Deceptive Documentary: "For Sama" dissidentvoice.org The documentary movie "For Sama" has won a host of awards in Europe and North America. Its producers and protagonists, Syrians Waad Kateab and her husband Dr. Hamza Kateab plus English film-maker Edward Watts, have received gushing praise. And the awards will probably keep coming. Unfortunately, behind a human interest story, the movie "For Sama" …

WSWS (2019-12-10). Turkish government blocks care of Kurdish HDP's jailed ex-leader Demirtaş. wsws.org Ankara is broadly cracking down on Kurdish politicians, including Kurdish mayors elected this year, amid growing ethnic conflicts linked to the imperialist war in Syria.

Peter Koenig (2019-12-10). Russia—Israel Rapprochement for "Coordination" on Syria? globalresearch.ca Is Russia changing her position in the Middle East? — Not likely. To the contrary, Russia is ascertaining her role in the Middle East and assuring her allies of Russia's full and alert presence. | When reading a recent article in …

Agha Hussain (2019-12-10). The Israel Lobby's Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil. mintpressnews.com The outsized role of U.S. Israel lobby operatives in abetting the theft of Syrian and Iraqi oil reveals how this powerful lobby also facilitates more covert aspects of U.S.-Israeli cooperation and the implementation of policies that favor Israel.

teleSUR (2019-12-10). Chilean Military Aircraft Crashes Near Southern Coast: 38 Dead. telesurenglish.net A Chilean military plane disappeared on Monday after leaving the city of Punta Arenas (southern tip of Chile ). According to the Chilean authorities, the aircraft was bound for a base in Antarctica before the loss of communication. | RELATED: | Chile's Senate Commission Rejects Gov't 'Anti-Looting' Bill | The authorities declared a state of alert after the loss of communication with the C130 Hercules aircraft, which contained 38 people on board; this resulted in the Chilean military b…

John Feffer (2019-12-10). Soldiers Who Fight War. counterpunch.org One of the enduring myths connected to the Vietnam War is that the U.S. military could have won the war if the politicians and protestors back in Washington didn't somehow handicap the generals. When George H. W. Bush launched the first Gulf War in 1990, for instance, he said that "this will not be another More

Peter Koenig (2019-12-10). Latin America: Operation Condor 2.0 — "Expanded" globalresearch.ca According to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the US will help "legitimate governments" in Latin America, in order to prevent protests from "morphing into riots". | From what we are seeing this "legitimization" may be expanded to rest of …

Philip Giraldi (2019-12-10). Who Spied on Julian Assange? globalresearch.ca The Julian Assange drama drags on. Though he continues to sit in a top security British prison awaiting developments in his expected extradition to the United States, the Spanish High Court has been given permission to interview him. Assange …

WSWS (2019-12-10). SEP holds final UK election meeting in London. wsws.org Opening the rally, Thomas Scripps explained that one of the central pillars of the SEP's election campaign is the fight to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

WSWS (2019-12-10). Australian doctor condemns Britain's denial of adequate medical care to Julian Assange. wsws.org Dr Chesterfield-Evans said that prior to the Assange case, he had "never seen governments completely wipe their hands of an individual, lock people up and refuse to give them medical treatment."

Staff (2019-12-10). Barr: FBI's Russia Investigation Based on 'Bogus Narrative'. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr leveled blistering criticism at how the Russia investigation was conducted, saying Tuesday that it was based on a "bogus narrative" that the Trump campaign might have conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Barr spoke to NBC News one day after the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that found problems with the FBI's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, but also concluded that there was a proper basis for opening the probe and that it was free of political bias. | Barr, a vocal defender of Presid…

Staff (2019-12-10). Most Americans Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels. Isn't That Worth a Headline? truthout.org Last month, The Washington Post reported on the results of a poll it conducted with the Kaiser Family Foundation earlier this year. The poll had remarkable finding: nearly half — 46 percent — of American adults believe the U.S. needs to "drastically reduce" fossil fuel use in the near future to address the climate crisis, while ano…

Alan MacLeod (2019-12-10). 'Sexy Tricks': How Journalists Demonize Venezuela's Socialist Government, in Their Own Words. globalresearch.ca Journalists revealed to me the tactics they use to sell stories painting Venezuela as a socialist dystopia. One described himself as a "mercenary," explaining how he aims to please his employer's funders. | *** | It is clear that mainstream US media …

Staff (2019-12-10). Robert Reich: A Billionaire-Backed Moderate Will Hand Trump the 2020 Election. truthdig.com The former U.S. Labor Secretary explains his case for why Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren have the best chance of defeating Trump.

The Big Wobble (2019-12-10). Fish All Gone! Gulf of Alaska Fishery to Close for the First Time Ever: No More Cod: Salmon All but Gone: Millions of Small Sea Birds Died Since 2015. globalresearch.ca November 2019, thousands of short-tailed shearwaters birds migrating from Alaska were washing up dead on Sydney's iconic beaches. | Extremely low cod numbers have lead feds to close the Gulf of Alaska fishery for the first time ever. In an unprecedented …

Brian Tokar (2019-12-10). Climate Talks in Madrid: What Will It Take to Prevent Climate Collapse? counterpunch.org The two-week marathon of the annual UN climate conference is underway in Madrid, and the world's expectations have perhaps never been lower. The Amazon is burning and unprecedented storms are raging worldwide, but the world's climate diplomats are still mostly talking business-as-usual. Never mind that this year's 25th Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN More

Dahr Jamail (2019-12-10). Savoring What Remains: Taking in a Climate-Changed World. Alaska, "The End of Ice" globalresearch.ca Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice. Seconds after I had thanked those who brought me to the small University of Alaska campus there, overwhelmed with some mix of sadness, love, …

Fight Back (2019-12-10). Milwaukee: People's Climate Coalition marches on Wells Fargo, Chase Bank. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI — Several hundred people gathered on the morning of December 6 in downtown Milwaukee at Zeidler Park to demand that the big banks like Wells Fargo, Chase and other corporations divest from the fossil fuel industry. | Several classrooms worth of children from local public schools attended the event in support of a safe and livable planet for their futures. The People's Climate Coalition, consisting of local climate justice groups, put out the call and organized the event. | All representatives from the coalition and its allies were given an opportunity to speak. Each highlighted in different wa…

Staff (2019-12-10). Is the Pentagon Prepared for the Hellish Climate Future It Created? truthdig.com In a world in which all hell is going to break loose, everything will change and the military will be no exception.

WSWS (2019-12-10). Appreciative audience at Australian launch of Why Are They Back? wsws.org The Sydney event probed the political climate behind the re-emergence of fascism and militarism in Germany and internationally.

Karim Sharara (2019-12-10). A New Page in Iran's Political Landscape: The 2021 Presidential Elections. globalresearch.ca The 2021 presidential elections are already gaining momentum in Iran, and some prominent officials have already made their plans to take part in them. Whoever the next president may be, they have a lot riding on their shoulders following Rouhani's …

Staff (2019-12-10). US Border Officials Deny Request to Give Free Flu Vaccine to Detained Migrants. truthout.org A group of doctors seeking to vaccinate migrants detained by President Donald Trump's Customs and Border Patrol were denied at the gates of the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station in San Ysidro, San Diego Monday. | "Refusing to vaccinate is inhumane," tweeted Immigrant Families Together director Julie Schwietert Collazo. "The agency is willingly putting lives at risk of death." | It was the latest example of what cri…

The Canary (2019-12-10). Experience of four-year-old Jack example of what is happening in NHS — Corbyn. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has insisted the experience of a four-year-old boy lying on a pile of coats to keep warm while he waited for a hospital bed is a political issue.A photograph of Jack Williment-Barr, who was waiting for treatment for suspected pneumonia at Leeds General Infirmary, was widely circulated on social media.Boris Johnson came in for heavy criticism on Monday when he initially refused to look at the photo on an ITV reporter's phone before taking the phone and putting it in hi…

Amy Martyn (2019-12-10). Spokane vs. the Border Patrol: How Immigration Agents Stake Out a City Bus Station. theintercept.com Border Patrol agents have arrested 71 people at the Spokane bus depot this year, part of a nationwide increase in immigration enforcement on Greyhound buses.

Emily Apple (2019-12-10). The powerful letter that should be read by every voter who thinks Jeremy Corbyn is a racist. thecanary.co Red Pepper has published a powerful letter from "BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) representatives, organisations, anti-racist activists and individuals involved in local, national, and international campaigns". It urges people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday. | And it's a letter that every single person who's read or believed the racism smears against Corbyn should have a good look at. Because as the letter states, if we elect Corbyn, we will be electing "the Unit…

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-10). The Oligarch Who Financed Neo-Nazis Said Ukraine Could Join "A New Warsaw Pact" globalresearch.ca Igor Kolomoysky, the Ukrainian oligarch who financed Neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Donbas, told the New York Times last month that Ukraine could potentially join a "New Warsaw Pact", but his dramatic words should be seen through the prism of …

WSWS (2019-12-10). Paris summit in Ukraine overshadowed by inter-imperialist conflicts. wsws.org The escalation of warfare within the US ruling class and the intensification of the conflicts between the imperialist powers occur amid the unraveling of the strategy that US imperialism has pursued in the region since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

John Grant (2019-12-10). American Culture Loves a Good Killer. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's narcissistic, authoritarian instincts and the man's clear admiration of Vladimir Putin's gangster-capitalist leadership style makes me think of archetypal killers. During his campaign for president he spoke often of killing; he would anonymously refer to some of his business friends as "real killers," which was meant as a compliment on their skills and effectiveness. There was the remark he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. Lately, it's his public intervention in military discipline issues lionizing Seal Team Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, who's accused of being an ov…

Fréa Lockley (2019-12-10). A powerful show of solidarity for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party from America. thecanary.co With only 48 hours to go until the general election, the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) issued a powerful statement in support of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. The PDA's Alan Minsky sent this letter to The Canary and it's a powerful and important show of solidarity. | The Canary is sharing the letter in full: | "A clear pathway to a more just and equitable society": | "On Thursday, the British public has a historic opportunity to elect a truly pro-worker, pro-environment, anti-war and anti-ra…

Michael Barker (2019-12-10). Self-Defense in the Civil Rights Movement: the Lessons of Birmingham, 1963. counterpunch.org Hope is the fuel upon which working-class movements for social change draw their core strength. But hope divorced from solid organizing leads no-where. So, if we are to continue to propel our class forward it is vital that we learn the full lessons of how our sweetest victories are seized from the hands of our More

teleSUR, jg (2019-12-10). China Orders Removal of U.S. Computers from Government Offices. telesurenglish.net China has ordered that all hardware and software from the United States be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years. | RELATED: | US, China Trade Deal Likely After 2020 Elections: Trump | After little progress in the negotiations between the two countries, the government directive is likely to be a blow to U.S. multinational compan…

Sara Z. Kutchesfahani (2019-12-10). And the Prize for Global Nuclear Security Goes to… China. globalresearch.ca In the mass media lately—and in presidential tweets—China has often come off poorly, due in part to the Chinese government's authoritarian stance on human rights, its trade practices, its reliance on heavy-handed surveillance of its population, and …

Walden Bello (2019-12-10). Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics. counterpunch.org China's experiment with socialism was chaotic and failed to produce the much-desired transition to development and prosperity. When the country broke with socialism and cautiously ventured into market-led development in the countryside in the late 1970s, China was one of most equal societies on earth. It was also quite poor, with over 30 percent of More

Shane Quinn (2019-12-10). Human Rights and Belt and Road (BRI): China's Strategic Xinjiang Economic Corridor. globalresearch.ca Over recent weeks, the mass media has highlighted large-scale human rights violations carried out by China's government in the country's far north-west. The press attention on this occasion focused on seemingly plausible details, which relate mostly to Uyghur communities in …

Jason Ditz (2019-12-10). US Army Prepares Biggest Deployment to Europe in 25 Years. theantimedia.com In 2020, the US Army will be carrying out its biggest deployment in 25 years into Europe.

Brian Horejsi (2019-12-10). Citizens Are Never Trusted. counterpunch.org My personal impression of Canada is that of a tattered nation where social cohesiveness based on equality of all citizens in the eyes of the law and within our political system, and with a common-good agenda, has been in continuous decline since…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-10). A Troubled Family: NATO Turns 70. counterpunch.org Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting. While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are supposedly signatories to the same agreement, a casual glance would have suggested otherwise. This was a show of some bickering. France, never the most comfortable member, More

Staff (2019-12-10). In Wisconsin, the Teamsters Faced a Revolt From Below. truthout.org Every day, Nikki Sampson drives from her home in Portage to Madison, where she works as a dispatcher for the city's bus service. To get there, she drives along a 40-mile stretch of highway, which crosses the Wisconsin River twice and then slices south through farms and municipalities. That road lies at the heart of the region represented by Sampson's 4,256-strong union — Teamsters Local 695. | Sampson has worked for Metro transit for o…

Staff (2019-12-10). As Toys "R" Us Stages Holiday Comeback, Workers Organize to Protect Themselves. truthout.org For many years, Giovanna De La Rosa enjoyed working at Toys 'R' Us — especially during the holiday shopping season. "I loved bringing joy to families and to children," she shared at a recent congressional hearing. "I watched so m…

Staff (2019-12-10). Wealthy Cities Can Afford to Expand Pre-K. What About Everyone Else? truthout.org East St. Louis, Illinois—Gloria Hicks steered her minivan through East St. Louis, passing the relics of a bigger, busier city: the abandoned high school whose halls Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee once walked, the weedy lot that once held the club where Ike and Tina Turner met, the boarded-up public housing complex where her own daughter once lived. But Hicks, 59, and the two mothers who were riding with her were looking for the city's next generation. | Spotting a young woman pushing a stroller to…

Greek City Times (2019-12-10). Kalamata City Council Blocks 5G Pilot Program Due to Health Risks. globalresearch.ca Kalamata Council has decided to block further development and operation of the 5G network program, which is currently being piloted in the Peloponnesian city. | The council held a meeting and considered the radiation of the mobile network upgrade to be …

Kevin Reed (2019-12-10). Uranium Contaminated Site Collapsed into the Detroit River During the Thanksgiving Holiday. globalresearch.ca The shoreline of a Detroit, Michigan property contaminated by uranium and other chemicals dating back to the 1940s collapsed into the Detroit River during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The public was not alerted to the existence of the toxic spill …

Ulson Gunnar (2019-12-10). The American Empire Will Fall, Not America Itself. globalresearch.ca The collapse of an entire nation is as spectacular as it is rare. For a nation to simply cease to exist it must suffer such absolute defeat across the entire spectrum of what constitutes a nation; economically, militarily, culturally, socially …

Aaron Nelson (2019-12-10). Congress Is Trump's Co-Conspirator Against Liberty. globalresearch.ca Imagine that President Trump spent his phone call with the Ukrainian president threatening to withhold military aid unless the Ukrainian government agreed to use the money to purchase weapons from a US manufacturer. Does anyone seriously think that foreign service …

Tom Morrison (2019-12-10). Voices of Scotland: Labour Still Relies on the Organised Working Class. globalresearch.ca As many acknowledge, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity this Thursday to elect a left-led Labour government. The thought of waking up on Friday morning with Boris Johnson and his hard-right cabal celebrating victory is too much to …

Pandora TV (2019-12-10). Gli F-35 decollano con ali bipartisan. globalresearch.ca Il ministro della Difesa, Lorenzo Guerini (Pd), con il plauso della Lega, ha annunciato il passaggio alla fase 2 del programma di acquisto degli F-35. …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-12-10). NATO Summit Strengthens the 'War Party'. globalresearch.ca French President Macron spoke of the "brain death" of NATO, others called it "moribund." Is this military alliance, without a head of its own, crumbling as a result of internal fractures? The disputes at the [Dec. 3-4] London Summit seem …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-12-10). O uso militar escondido da tecnologia 5G. globalresearch.ca Na Cimeira de Londres, os 29 países da NATO comprometeram-se a "garantir a seguranàßa das nossas comunicaàßàµes, incluindo a 5G". Por que razà£o esta tecnologia da quinta geraàßà£o da transmissà£o móvel é tà£o importante para a NATO? | Embora as tecnologias …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-12-10). L'uso militare nascosto della tecnologia 5G. globalresearch.ca Al Summit di Londra i 29 paesi della Nato si sono impegnati a ´garantire la sicurezza delle nostre comunicazioni, incluso il 5G ª. Perché questa tecnologia di quinta generazione della trasmissione mobile di dati è cosਠimportante per la Nato? | Mentre …

Staff (2019-12-10). US Has Almost No Presence at COP25 But Is Still Obstructing Any Progress. truthout.org This week, Democracy Now! is broadcasting from inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, where representatives from almost 200 countries have gathered to negotiate solutions to the climate crisis. Known as COP25 for "conference of parties," the summit offers a rare opportunity for all countries, especially those on the front lines of the climate crisis, to have an equal say in negotiations. It comes four years after the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global temperature ris…

Staff (2019-12-10). The U.S. Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25 But Is Still "Obstructing Any Progress" democracynow.org This week, Democracy Now! is broadcasting from inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, where representatives from almost 200 countries have gathered to negotiate solutions to the climate crisis. Known as COP25 for "conference of parties," the summit offers a rare opportunity for all countries, especially those on the frontlines of the climate crisis, to have an equal say in negotiations. It comes four years after the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to "well below 2 degrees Celsius," or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. But as the summit heads into its final days, represen…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-12-10). "The Victory of Syria over Global Terrorism Will Benefit Humanity": Vanessa Beeley on Syria War. globalresearch.ca Mark Taliano: Why is the truth about Syria important? Vanessa Beeley: It is important because in Syria the "humanitarian" hybrid war strategy of the Globalist powers in the so-called civilised "global north" is being exposed real time as Syria …

Staff (2019-12-10). Headlines for December 10, 2019. democracynow.org House Democrats to Unveil Articles of Impeachment Today, WaPo: Secret Afghanistan Papers Reveal How U.S. Officials Lied About War, Sanders & Khanna Urge Lawmakers to Vote Against National Defense Authorization Act, Russia and Ukraine Agree to Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine, India's Lower House Passes "Anti-Muslim" Citizenship Bill, Protests Continue in Madrid, Spain, Amid COP25, Denmark Passes Climate Act to Reduce Emissions by 70% by 2030, More Than 100 Blazes Rage Across Australia Amid Worst Fire Season in History, Iraq: One Journalist Killed and a Second Disappeared After Covering Protests, Aung San Suu Kyi Arri…

Staff (2019-12-10). Asad Rehman on the U.K.'s "Climate Election" & Explosive Afghanistan Papers Revelations. democracynow.org We get response from London-based Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, on two major news developments: The United Kingdom — which will head the COP next year — is set to vote Thursday in what some are calling "the climate election," and the Washington Post has published a confidential trove of documents that reveal how senior U.S. officials have lied throughout the 18-year war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, while hiding evidence the war had become unwinnable.

Staff (2019-12-10). Indigenous Youth & Elders at COP25 Protest Canada's Support of Dirty Tar Sands Projects. democracynow.org Indigenous women protested outside the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday morning to demand action to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across North America. Madrid police shut down the protest within minutes. On Monday, indigenous youth and elders gathered outside the Canadian Embassy in Madrid to protest the Canadian government's support of the Alberta tar sands extraction and new fossil fuel infrastructure, including a pipeline that would cut through indigenous lands to carry tar sands oil from Alberta to Wisconsin. We speak with one of those demonstrators: Eriel Dera…

Staff (2019-12-10). "Listen to Mother Earth": Indigenous Youth Leaders at COP25 in Madrid Protest Fossil Fuel Extraction. democracynow.org "Our movements must be bigger than recycling and braver than holding signs," said Rose Whipple, a member of the Santee Dakota and Ho-Chunk, and youth delegate with SustainUS, who joined a panel of youth climate activists at the United Nations climate summit in Madrid, Spain. Indigenous peoples from Canada and the United States are at the summit, speaking out against extraction, new pipeline projects and the environmental devastation of their territories, and calling for movements to center the rights of indigenous peoples.

Staff (2019-12-10). Amazonian Forest Protectors Rally Outside COP25 Amid Death of Two Indigenous Chiefs. democracynow.org On Monday, indigenous activists from the Brazilian, Colombian and Ecuadorian Amazon rallied outside the COP25 venue to protest the targeting of indigenous forest protectors and the destruction of their lands, known as the "lungs of the Earth." Their protest came just days after two indigenous chiefs, Firmino Prexede Guajajara and Raimundo Guajajara, were gunned down in a drive-by shooting Saturday in Brazil.

Howie Wolke (2019-12-10). Willingness to Compromise Puts Wilderness at Risk. counterpunch.org Many wilderness advocates would be surprised to learn that some well-known conservation organizations that purport to protect wild nature, actually facilitate the destruction of wild nature. Specifically, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, The Wilderness Society and the Montana Wilderness Association, via the "Gallatin Forest Partnership" (GFP), support mechanized transportation and resource extraction for many of the More

Renee Parsons (2019-12-10). Will Pelosi Have the Votes to Impeach? globalresearch.ca Despite an inadequate performance last week by Constitutional law experts before the House Judiciary Committee, Chair Jerrold Nadler released a unilateral committee report on Saturday entitled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment." The Report came the day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

Global Research News (2019-12-10). Selected Articles: Will Pelosi Have the Votes to Impeach? globalresearch.ca Lying is a money making activity and lies are commodities. There is a profitable global market for media and public figures committed to spreading disinformation. | Needless to say, "Telling the Truth", on the other hand, Is Not a Money-Making Proposition. …

Staff (2019-12-10). The Battle Brewing Between Progressives and Pelosi Over Drug Pricing. truthdig.com A brewing standoff between the progressive and moderate wings of the majority Democratic party in the U.S. House of Representatives over a drug pricing bill is exposing a power struggle within the caucus and could preview larger ideological battles ahead. | That's according to reporting Monday from The Intercept's Ryan Grim and The American Prospect's David Dayen on the potential for a blowout fight between the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her mo…

Text: RR Photos: Leo Leung, Pro Bono Photo (2019-12-10). Palo Alto Youth Lead Local Protest during U.N. Climate Conference. indybay.org This year is the 25th meeting of the conference under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP25. The conference is being held December 2 through the 13th in Madrid. In Palo Alto, California on December 6th, youth activists led a Climate Strike, part of a coordinated international action timed to coincide with the U.N. Conference.

Impeach Piñera (2019-12-10). "The Oppressive State is a Macho Rapist" Chilean flashmob dance comes to San Francisco. indybay.org The viral anti-state, anti-femicide dance flashmob from Chile has come to San Francisco.

John Nichols (2019-12-10). The House Leadership Soberly Announces 2 Articles of Impeachment. thenation.com The House Leadership Soberly Announces 2 Articles of Impeachment…

NationAction (2019-12-10). Take Action Now: Stand Up for Our Climate. thenation.com Take Action Now: Stand Up for Our Climate…

Dahr Jamail (2019-12-10). Welcome to the Era of Climate Change-Induced PTSD. thenation.com Welcome to the Era of Climate Change-Induced PTSD…

James Risen (2019-12-10). U.S. Sanctions Are Driving Iran to Tighten Its Grip on Iraq. theintercept.com Iran was the great beneficiary of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which created an opportunity for Iraq's Shia majority to gain power in Baghdad.

RT (2019-12-10). 'Abuse of power' & 'obstruction of congress': Democrats unveil charges in Trump impeachment. rt.com US House Judiciary Panel chairman Jerry Nadler has announced that two articles of impeachment will be introduced against President Donald Trump, including one for abuse of power. | Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Nadler said Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine and that he has "declared himself above accountability." | No one, not even the president, is above the law. | The Democrat said the second article of impeachment will be for obstruction of Congress. The Judiciary Committee will meet later this week to consider the articles. | Nadler also claimed that lawmakers must "act now" because the integ…

RT (2019-12-10). 'Abuse of power' & 'obstruction of Congress': Democrats unveil charges in Trump impeachment. rt.com US House Judiciary Panel chairman Jerry Nadler has announced that two articles of impeachment will be introduced against President Donald Trump, including one for abuse of power. | Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Nadler said Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine and that he has "declared himself above accountability." | No one, not even the president, is above the law. | He said the second article of impeachment will be for obstruction of Congress. The Judiciary Committee will meet later this week to consider the articles. | Nadler also claimed that lawmakers must "act now" because the integrity of th…

RT (2019-12-10). 'What's next, accuse Russian diplomats of doping?' Lavrov mocks absurd media storm over his 'secret' meeting with Trump. rt.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took a moment to poke fun at US media and members of Congress obsessing about his 'secret' meeting with US President Donald Trump, while throwing shade on WADA for the Russian sports ban. | On a whirlwind trip to Washington, DC on Tuesday, Lavrov met with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo as well as Trump, behind closed doors at the White House. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California), House Democrats' point man for Trump impeachment, called it a "success of Russian propaganda." | pic.twitter.com/tHecH9a9ck— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) RT (2019-12-10). 'WADA ban will not affect Russian part of Euro 2020′: LOC chief Sorokin says St. Petersburg games safe despite sanctions. rt.com Russia's Euro 2020 Organizing Committee chief Alexey Sorokin says tournament matches held in St. Petersburg and the 2021 UEFA Champions League final in the city will not be affected by the 4-year WADA ban on Russia. | READ MORE: Russia banned from major sporting events for 4 years | On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee unanimously voted to uphold previously recommended sanctions against Russia levied in response to alleged manipulation of Moscow laboratory data, relating to…

RT (2019-12-10). Absolute power: How WADA became the judge, jury and executioner of world sports. rt.com Russia's four-year sporting ban has demonstrated the extent of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) ability to decide the fate of entire nations in the world of sport. How did a single bureaucracy gain such absolute power? | Earlier this week, WADA banned Russia from hosting or competing in international sporting events for four years, over alleged manipulation of data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory. The ban covers next summer's Olympics in Japan and the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It will affect thousands of professional athletes who never took any banned substances and only dreamed to win in a jer…

RT (2019-12-10). Georgian killed in Berlin was a murderer & terrorist, but 'I don't know what happened to him' — Putin. rt.com The Georgian national killed in Berlin was a murderous terrorist, but Russia had nothing to do with his death, President Vladimir Putin said. He was commenting on Germany's expulsion of two Russian diplomats. | Last week, the German government banished two Russian diplomats for insufficient cooperation with the police probe into the death of Tornike K, also known as Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian national gunned down in Berlin's Tiergarten Park in August. | Asked about it after the 'Normandy Four' meeting in Paris on Monday, Putin said that to call the man a "Georgian" is not quite right, as he is not an e…

RT (2019-12-10). Russian military delivers first humanitarian aid to Raqqa, left in ruins by US-led coalition (VIDEO). rt.com Russian military forces have delivered food and provided medical assistance to the residents of Raqqa in the first such humanitarian mission aimed at helping civilians who are struggling to survive in the city scarred by war. | The first column of Russian military trucks loaded with food and medical supplies entered the capital of Syria's northern province on Monday. | Once designated as the unofficial capital of the notorious Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), the city was recaptured by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in 2017 after spending three years under extremist rule. However, what wa…

RT (2019-12-10). 'Rules must be applied to all athletes, not only Russians,' Olympic medalist swimmer Yulia Efimova says. rt.com Russian swimming champion Yulia Efimova has shared her opinion on the newly-introduced sanctions against Russia, highlighting that similar harsh measures have not been applied to other athletes with doping suspensions. | Talking to RT, the six-time world champion revealed that she had expected such an outcome regarding the WADA ban, and recalled her own experience of being on the verge of an Olympic ban in 2016. | "Right after my race at the Rio Games, I said that this doping controversy was not over, it was just the…

RT (2019-12-10). Lavrov says US-Russia trade INCREASED to $27bn under Trump — all despite sanctions he intends to keep. rt.com Trade between the US and Russia has increased during the Donald Trump administration in spite of the sanctions levied on Moscow, the Russian FM has revealed. Washington sees it as an excuse to keep the sanctions in place, though. | "Regardless of the sanctions — which obviously hurt everyone — the trade between our two countries has grown during the Trump presidency from $20 billion, to which it was reduced under President Obama, to $27 billion this year," Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, told reporters in Washington, DC on Tuesday, after meeting with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. | Gre…

RT (2019-12-10). 'Always better to talk than not': Lavrov & Pompeo take on Russia-US problems in Washington, DC (VIDEO). rt.com Russian FM Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have briefed the media after talks in Washington, DC, the first such meeting since 2017. | Speaking at the press conference on Tuesday, Pompeo said the US was seeking a "better relationship" with Russia and that the two countries have been working on improving relations since his visit to Sochi in May. He said lines of communication between Moscow and Washington were open and relations were candid. | Lavrov echoed that, saying the two met regularly and also spoke frequently by phone. "It is useful to talk to each other," he said. "Always better tha…

RT (2019-12-10). WATCH LIVE: Lavrov speaks to media in Washington, DC. rt.com Russian FM Sergey Lavrov is holding a media conference after his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC.

RT (2019-12-10). Key suspect in 2017 St. Petersburg Metro blast sentenced to life. rt.com Russia's Second Western District Military Court on Tuesday found Abror Azimov guilty of bankrolling a terror attack in St. Petersburg in April 2017 and sentenced him to life in jail, TASS said. | Prosecutors earlier demanded a life sentence for Azimov, who was a key suspect in the metro blast, along with his brother Akram, and Ibragim and Mukhamadyusup Ermatov. | The court sentenced 10 other men to between 19 and 28 years in jail for the bombing. None of the suspects pleaded guilty. | The blast killed 15 people and injured 67 on April 3, 2017, after suicide bomber Akbarzhon Djalilov brought two explosive devic…