2019-12-14: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2019-12-14). Indigenous Bolivia Ready to go to War Against Fascism. dissidentvoice.org Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup. It is devilishly cold. My comrade's car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance. The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always somehow hostile, silent, impenetrable. So many times in the past I came close to death …

Andre Vltchek (2019-12-14). Nunca vi o Mundo tà£o fragmentado! globalresearch.ca É impressionante a facilidade com que o império ocidental está a conseguir destruir os países "rebeldes" que està£o no seu caminho, sem que haja resistência. | Trabalho em todos os cantos do planeta, onde os "conflitos" kafkianos forem desencadeados por Washington, …

WSWS (2019-12-14). US tests INF-banned missile after Democrats rubber-stamp Trump's nuclear build-up. wsws.org The test comes just days after congressional Democrats voted for a massive military spending bill that stripped out language limiting the development of dangerous new nuclear weapons.

Ben Norton (2019-12-14). Gobierno de EEUU retira los cargos falsos contra periodista Max Blumenthal. thegrayzone.com El gobierno estadounidense desistió la causa basada en falsas acusaciones de agresión contra el editor de The Grayzone Max Blumenthal…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-14). The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 "Protest Movement"? globalresearch.ca It was not a protest movement, it was an armed insurgency integrated by US-Israeli & allied supported "jihadist" death squads. From Day One, the Islamist "freedom fighters" were supported, trained & equipped by NATO & Turkey's High Command.

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-14). China-US "Phase One" Trade Deal: The Devil in the Unannounced Details and Implementation. globalresearch.ca According to China's official People's Daily broadsheet, Beijing and Washington "agreed on the text of a phase one economic and trade agreement based on the principle of equality and mutual respect," adding: | "The text includes nine chapters: the preface, intellectual …

Staff (2019-12-14). House Judiciary Committee Recommends Impeachment of Donald Trump. truthout.org On Friday the 13th of December, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. After a 14-hour hearing, the committee voted 23-17, along party lines, to recommend to the House of Representatives that Trump be impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. | Article I: Abuse of Power: | Article I charges: "Usin…

South Front (2019-12-14). Video: Latin America, Geopolitical Battlefield. U.S. Threatens Military Intervention. globalresearch.ca Latin America has long been regarded as the exclusive stomping ground of US economic interests, US military, and US intelligence services for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, to the point that the US public has grown to view …

teleSUR (2019-12-14). Venezuelan Government Denounces Right-Wing Terrorist Plan. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Communication Minister, Jorge Rodriguez, revealed Saturday details of a terrorist operation that was intended to be perpetrated against the Gran Mariscal Sucre Headquarters and the Zonal Command No. 53 of the Bolivarian National Guard in the state of Sucre. | RELATED: , Colombia: TIAR Ministers to Plan New Actions Against Venezuela | This operation was carried out by members of the right-wing party, 'Voluntad Popular,' led by Leopoldo Lopez and Juan Guaido, and organize…

Staff (2019-12-14). Climate Policy Should Reflect the Resilience of Northern Indigenous Communities. truthout.org This year, Canada experienced record-breaking temperatures across the nation, with a larger increase above normal temperatures in the north than in the south. Canada's annual average temperature has warmed 1.7C since 1948, but in northern Canada it has increased by 2.3C. | The Canadian North is feeling t…

Susie Gardner (2019-12-14). American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. truthdig.com

Nauman Sadiq (2019-12-14). "The Good Terrorists": How U.S. Airstrikes Helped Prop Al-Qaeda in Syria's Idlib? globalresearch.ca Al-Qaeda in Syria has two noteworthy apologists. One is the jihadist propagandist Bilal Abdul Kareem, a former correspondent for CNN, often seen in videos sporting a long beard and reporting from the ground in the al-Nusra Front strongholds in …

Staff (2019-12-14). U.N. Climate Talks in Limbo as Chair Chile Bids for Compromise. truthdig.com Rules for carbon markets and a system to help poor countries cope with the economic impact of climate change are key unresolved issues.

Fight Back (2019-12-14). Hong Kong local election results: Remarkably unremarkable and counter-revolutionary to boot. fightbacknews.org On November 24, Hong Kong held local elections for all 18 district councils in the city, with 452 of the 479 council seats up for grabs. Amid the polarized political atmosphere created by the protests and riots that gripped the city this year, turnout was much higher than past local elections. In total, 2,931,745 people cast ballots for their local district councils; about 71% of the 4,132,977 registered voters. | The U.S. and its allies in the corporate news media were quick to trumpet the results as a smashing success for the pro-Western protest movement, which elected 388 candidates to district councils. In co…

IMEMC News (2019-12-14). Over 2000 Palestinians Participate in Peaceful Protest at Gaza Border. imemc.org Over 2,000 Palestinians gathered in various parts of the Gaza Strip on Friday to take part in the weekly 'March of Return' protests. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that five Palestinians were shot with live rounds fired by the army across the perimeter fence. One of the wounded Palestinians …

IMEMC News (2019-12-14). Soldiers Attack Palestinian Protesters Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinian protesters near Beit El military roadblock, north of Ramallah in central West Bank. Eyewitnesses said dozens of Palestinians marched in the area of Beit El illegal colony, and were chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation, its escalating violations against the people, their homes …

Staff (2019-12-14). ALEC Behind Ohio Bill Criminalizing Protests Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure. truthout.org When anti-protest legislation pushed by oil, gas and utility interests was introduced in the Ohio state Senate this year, it met a receptive audience and passed easily on a mostly party-line vote. It has since moved to the state House, where almost one-third of legislators are ALEC members, and will likely pass at the beginning of 2020. | The legislation, SB 33, is modeled…

WSWS (2019-12-14). Julian Assange denied access to lawyers and vital evidence in US extradition case. wsws.org It is clear that the fundamental legal rights of the WikiLeaks founder and world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition.

WSWS (2019-12-14). SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo: Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning! wsws.org We urge all workers, youth and all those who cherish democratic rights to come forward and defeat the attack on Assange and Manning.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-12-14). Someone Interfered in the UK Election, and It Wasn't Russia. globalresearch.ca Ladies and gentlemen I have here at my fingertips indisputable proof that egregious election meddling took place in the United Kingdom on Thursday. | Before you get all excited, no, it wasn't the Russians. It wasn't the Chinese, the Iranians, Cobra …

teleSUR (2019-12-14). Venezuela: Maduro Attends Anti-Neoliberal ALBA Summit in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends the 17th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America (ALBA-TCP), which is taking place in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Oil Production Sets Historical Record in November | "At such a complex time for Latin America and the Caribbean, this ALBA summit brings a message of ho…

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-14). Prime Minister Modi Triggers Political Instability in India's Northeastern States. globalresearch.ca Indian Prime Minister Modi has a huge crisis on his hands entirely of his own making after some of the ethno-religiously diverse Northeastern States of the so-called 'Seven Sisters' are erupting in rage after the passage of the 'Citizenship (Amendment) …

Staff (2019-12-14). Following Warren and Sanders, Candidates Vow Not to Cross Picket Line for Debate. truthout.org As the hospitality workers' union Unite Here Local 11 said that next week's Democratic presidential debate could be threatened by stalled contract negotiations for workers at Loyola Marymount University, which is hosting the debate, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders led the Democratic field in announcing they would be on the side of the workers if a deal is not reached in the coming days. | Warren tweeted early Friday afternoon that she would "not cross the union's picket line even…

Michael T. Hertz (2019-12-14). Water waste must stop. nationofchange.org The whole wastewater system is contributing to climate change.

WSWS (2019-12-14). Southern Poverty Law Center report highlights abusive conditions in US immigration detention centers. wsws.org The report was based on a comprehensive study of four adult immigrant detention facilities in southern Florida.

William T. Hathaway (2019-12-14). The Mother of Us All: Ancient India's Vedic Civilization. dissidentvoice.org Researchers have determined that the Vedic culture of India was the first global civilization. They have uncovered archeological and historical evidence indicating that the society which began millennia ago in the Indus Valley grew to encompass all of South Asia, then spread peacefully to many parts of the world. Science and technology in ancient India …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-14). No Visits to Holy Sites for Christians in Gaza. imemc.org Christians from the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, the so-called Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Thursday. Only Christians over the age of 45 will be eligible for a permit to travel …

Staff (2019-12-14). Fighting Rages Near Libya's Capital Amid Push by Rebel Army. truthdig.com The country may be plunged into a bout of violence rivaling the scale of the 2011 conflict that ousted and killed Moammar Gadhafi.

The Canary (2019-12-14). Nicola Sturgeon warns Johnson he cannot 'bludgeon Scotland into accepting his view'. thecanary.co Boris Johnson cannot "bludgeon" Scotland into seeing the world in the same way that he does, Nicola Sturgeon has said.She spoke with Johnson in a phone call on Friday following the election in which the SNP won 48 of the 59 Scottish seats.Downing Street said that in the call, Johnson "made clear how he remained opposed to a second independence referendum".However, speaking at the V&A Museum in Dundee on Saturday as she joined her party's newly-elected MPs, Sturgeon insisted it is unsustainable for the Tories to keep saying no to a fresh vote. | Of her phone call with the PM, she added: I wasn't sure how much he'd…

Danica Jorden (2019-12-14). Bolsonaro's Revisionist History of Brazil. commondreams.org Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's administration is embarking on a project of cultural and historical revision.

WSWS (2019-12-14). Queen & Slim: An African-American couple on the run. wsws.org In Queen & Slim, a racist white policeman is killed in the act of assaulting two young black people. Relying on certain aspects of reality, the film creates a largely mythological picture to justify a strand of rabid identity politics.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-14). 200 International Organizations Support Call to ICC on Palestine. imemc.org An impressive international coalition of 185 civil society organizations has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a formal investigation, into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, without further delay. The ICC has been engaged in a preliminary investigation for almost …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-14). A Mined History: The Bougainville Referendum. dissidentvoice.org It would be an understatement to claim that Bougainville, that blighted piece of autonomous territory in Papua New Guinea, had been through a lot. Companies have preyed upon its environment with extractive hunger. Wars and civil strife have beset its infrastructure and economy. Some 900 kilometres from the PNG mainland, it has been what might …

IMEMC News (2019-12-14). Illegal Colonists Hurl Stones At Palestinian Cars Near Bethlehem. imemc.org A group of fanatic Israeli colonialist settlers, squatting on illegally confiscated Palestinian lands, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, hurled stones at Palestinian cars, causing damage. Thiab Masha'la, the head of the al-Jab'a Village Council, southwest of Bethlehem, said the Israeli assailants came from the illegal Beit Ayin …

IMEMC News (2019-12-14). Soldiers Abduct The Head Of Shu'fat Town Council. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, the head of Shu'fat Town Council, and a member of the council, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said the soldiers abducted the head of the Town Council, Ishaq Abu Khdeir, and a member of the council, Nasser Abu Khdeir. The two were apparently taken …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-14). Canada's Latest UN Stance Fails To Affirm Commitment To Palestinians' Political Rights. imemc.org by Ramona Wadi, Days of Palestine UN resolutions on Palestine are given more prominence than the Palestinian people themselves. What happens within the UN premises sets an agenda that is difficult to challenge, mainly because international consensus rarely makes it beyond resolution texts to implementation. As a result, an unexpected …

Saed Bannoura (2019-12-14). Israeli Soldiers Attack Several Palestinians In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday evening, several Palestinians at the entrance of the Shuhada Street, in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers, stationed on the permanent military roadblock at the entrance of Shuhada Street, assaulted with clubs …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-14). Samidoun Releases Statement in Support of SAIA York and Palestinian Students' Right to Organize. imemc.org Photo credit: Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses our strongest solidarity with Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University (SAIA York) and denounces the decision of York University president Rhonda Lenton to suspend SAIA as an organization after its members were the victim …

WSWS (2019-12-14). NDP props up Trudeau, joins Conservatives in demanding tougher anti-China stance. wsws.org The true character of the NDP's "opposition" to the Liberals and the Conservatives—the Canadian ruling class' traditional parties of national government—was laid bare in two recent parliamentary votes.

Joseph Thomas (2019-12-14). US Seeks Thai Opposition for Anti-China Alliance at ASEAN Summit. globalresearch.ca Why is the US talking "democracy, human rights and justice" with an opposition who lost recent elections, abuses human rights and works daily to undermine and evade justice? | Time was precious at the 35th ASEAN Summit. Leaders from across Southeast …

Staff (2019-12-14). Ukrainian Foreign Influence Operation Bankrolled by Secret Donors. truthout.org Foreign agents peddling influence for a controversial Ukraine politician were part of a coordinated effort bankrolled through a secretive network of shell companies and offshore entities, according to new foreign lobbying records. | The foreign influence operation centered around Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, who ran against now-President Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine's 2019 pre…

John LaForge (2019-12-14). O Juiz que criticou o "culto da Bomba" globalresearch.ca Numa dada circunstância, o Juiz do Distrito Federal, Miles Lord, que faleceu em 10 de Dezembro de 2016, aos 97 anos de idade, poderia ter-me aplicado uma sentenàßa de dez anos. Longe disso, o famoso Juiz sem rodeios, que era …

Johanna Ross (2019-12-14). UK Election — Victory for English Nationalism Under the Banner of Brexit. globalresearch.ca Overnight the electoral map of the UK has changed significantly. Scotland is once again bathed in a sea of yellow, as England has been shrouded in blue. With the Scottish National Party obtaining 45% of the vote north of the …

Marcus Lowth (2019-12-14). Ten Bush-Bin Laden Connections that Raised a Few Eyebrows. globalresearch.ca First published by listverse.com in January 2018 | * | When the name bin Laden is mentioned today, the first thing that comes to most people's minds would be terrorism—particularly against the United States. Similarly, the name George Bush (the father or …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-12-14). In Final Hours, COP 25 Denounced as 'Utter Failure' as Deal Is Stripped of Ambition and US Refuses to Accept Liability for Climate Crisis. commondreams.org After the COP 25 climate talks on the Paris climate agreement went into overtime Friday night amid a stalled agreement on wealthy countries' contributions to greatly reducing their climate-warming carbon emissions, civil society groups and climate scientists were shocked by the weak language that emerged from the late-night talks on Saturday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-12-14). Ilhan Omar Joins Sanders in Drawing 1,300 People to Largest New Hampshire Rally of 2020 Primary So Far. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders held his largest rally yet in the key state of New Hampshire on Friday night, joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has faced racist attacks since taking office earlier this year but who received a warm welcome from the crowd of more than 1,300 people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-12-14). Jumping sinking ship or saving seat in Congress? Anti-impeachment Democrat Van Drew may go GOP. rt.com Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), vocally opposed to President Donald Trump's impeachment, is reportedly planning to switch parties. While many rejoiced at his 'brave' move, others called him a 'traitor' desperate to save his seat. | While the House is preparing to vote for the impeachment next week, Van Drew, one of the two Democrats who rejected the process, met with Trump on Friday, several news outlet reported citing sources. | Van Drew explained in earlier interviews that he went against the party because he believed it was up for Americans to decide Trump's fate next November and said he would not vote for impe…

RT (2019-12-14). 'We must show US that the jokes are over': Top German MP says Berlin shouldn't sit idle as Washington hampers its energy projects. rt.com As the US braces to slap sanctions on European firms building the last leg of the Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a senior MP in Berlin argues that formal protests don't work anymore — but a strong response could. | Germany may follow America's lead in foreign policy and defense expenditures, but it is less submissive when it comes to energy security, which is sacrosanct for Europe's economic powerhouse. This week, US lawmakers introduced a bill tightening the chokehold on Germany's flagship energy project it jointly runs with Russia, targeting European companies laying underwater tubes for the mu…

RT (2019-12-14). Pity that reference to human rights sometimes serves as basis to interfere in other states' domestic issues — Hungarian FM to RT. rt.com The EU's policy regarding sanctions and restrictive measures is sometimes marked with double standards, Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto told RT, stressing that even an issue of human rights can be seen differently inside the bloc. | Budapest is committed to upholding human rights, the Hungarian foreign minister said, adding that unfortunately, sometimes a reference to this matter serves as a basis to persecute some political interest. | Sometimes the reference to human rights serves as a basis to interfere into domestic issues of other countries on an ideological basis, on a political basis, without any good reas…

RT (2019-12-14). Widow of tragic boxer Maxim Dadashev sues Maryland State Athletic Commission seeking compensation. rt.com Elizaveta Apushkina, widow of Maxim Dadashev, the Russian boxer who tragically died of injuries following a fight in July, has filed a lawsuit against Maryland State Athletic Commission, which organized the bout. | The woman opened legal proceedings against the commission seeking compensation for alleged violations that might have led to the boxer's death. | READ MORE: Tragic Patrick Day's death demonstrates the deadly lure of boxing cannot be curtailed | Dadashev, known as 'Mad Max', died on July 23 after…

RT (2019-12-14). Clint Eastwood hounded for 'sexist' movie, but is the director a misogynist or a master troll? rt.com Clint Eastwood's 'Richard Jewell' tells the story of an innocent man whose life is ruined by a media witch hunt, featuring a reporter who sleeps with sources for gossip. To say journalists are offended is an understatement. | Journalists are used to movies that portray them as heroes. As champions of justice who speak truth to power, and against all odds reveal the crimes the powerful want to keep hidden. 'Spotlight' told the story of the Boston Globe's investigative unit revealing systemic child abuse by the Catholic Church. 'All the President's Men' recounted how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein caught Richar…

RT (2019-12-14). Sudan's ex-president receives 2-year detention for corruption. rt.com Former Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has been sentenced to two years in a "rehabilitation facility" for possession of illegal foreign currency, after the ex-leader stood trial on corruption charges. | Bashir was overthrown by the army in April after months of unrest triggered by growing economic instability. He was accused of stashing away millions of dollars' worth of foreign currency, as well as 5.7 million Sudanese pounds ($128,000). The trial, which began in August, did not touch upon the war crime allegations against Bashir brought by the International Criminal Court (ICC). | The ex-president is wante…

RT (2019-12-14). US sanctions targeting Iran violate international law — Malaysian PM. rt.com The United Sates' unilateral sanctions regime imposed on Iran violates the UN charter and international law, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said. | Speaking at a conference in Qatar on Saturday, Mahathir stressed that his country does not support Washington's measures against Tehran, and that the sanctions have resulted in a "big market" loss for Iran's trading partners. | "Such sanctions clearly violate the United Nations charter and international law; sanctions can only be applied by the United Nations in accordance with the charter," he noted.

RT (2019-12-14). From Facebook as govt tool to Israeli lobby in US: Lee Camp dives into 25 MOST CENSORED STORIES of 2019. rt.com Did you know that Big Pharma denies Americans access to affordable drugs or that slavery is still a thing, even in the US? Those and other stories were shushed in the media, but Lee Camp is here to fill in the gaps.

RT (2019-12-14). 'Luxury cars & beautiful women': Top Ukrainian athletes pose for men's magazine calendar (PHOTOS). rt.com Ukrainian athletes and stars of show business have taken part in an erotic photoshoot for a special 2020 calendar produced by Ukraine's XXL magazine. | The 'Drive Time' calendar features well-known Ukrainian sport figures wearing lingerie with luxury car brands in the background. | READ MORE: Brazilian freestyle queens show off incredible chest control — and one of them is so good she's beaten Neymar (VIDEO) | "Luxurious cars and beautiful women have always made gentlemen feel excited.

RT (2019-12-14). Hockey is having its #MeToo moment — but should 'bullying' old-school NHL coaches be judged by today's softer standards? rt.com Racism towards your charges is never acceptable, but is the NHL really an unreformed old boy's club, and should all suddenly-surfacing accusations be taken at face value? | Babcock — from legend to outcast in a week : | The firing of Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs in late November turned out to be far from the run-of-the-mill coaching dismissal in the National Hockey League. Normally, when a long-time coach gets cashiered, several of his peers and some of his former players speak about his talent and ability, and that it won't be long before he gets another job. | | © Getty Images…

RT (2019-12-14). The good, the bad & the ugly about US-China trade breakthrough. rt.com The limited deal between the world's two largest economies was welcomed by the stock markets and international organizations, but there are concerns that the deal is far from flawless and lacks necessary details. | Washington and Beijing announced on Friday that they finally reached a "historic and enforceable agreement" on a phase-one deal that cancels looming tariff hikes, which were set to kick in on Sunday, as well as lowering some of the existing ones. | Read more | | US stocks surge even HIGHER after 'Phase One' deal with China news | What's in t…

RT (2019-12-14). WATCH Geminid meteor shower send off 2019 in dazzling light show. Here's how not to miss it. rt.com The yearly Geminid meteor shower has once again arrived to Earth's skies, offering a remarkable sight for those lucky enough to catch it. This time around, however, stargazers have only a brief window to see the show. | While the highly anticipated shower is set to hit its peak this weekend, a full Moon could drown out the rare display regardless of one's vantage point. Those wishing to catch a glimpse will have the best odds before moonrise, between 6 and 7pm in their locality, where lucky onlookers could in theory see up to 88 meteors per hour streak across the night sky. | The meteor shower occurs annually…

RT (2019-12-14). Which Korea?! Seoul shows 'preemptive strike' with F-35s & boasts of 'glorious victory' over Pyongyang in holiday propaganda VIDEO. rt.com The South Korean Air Force has put out an incendiary video simulating a preemptive attack on its northern neighbor using a high-tech arsenal of US-supplied weapons. Pyongyang is unlikely to receive the clip in holiday spirits. | The promotional video depicts computer generated F-35 fighters and other jets launching strikes on North Korean positions, clearly marked with bright red stars — in case there was any mystery about who the message was intended for. | Published earlier this week, the four-minute video begins with a US-made Global Hawk spy drone detecting enemy activity, at one point showing what ap…

RT (2019-12-14). Christmas gift they promised? N. Korea carries out 'crucial test' to bolster 'NUCLEAR deterrent' as deadline for US talks looms. rt.com Pyongyang's military carried out a test at a satellite launch site in order to boost "the reliable nuclear deterrent," just days ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea to revive denuclearization talks with the US. | A "crucial test" was carried out on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site located in the western part of North Korea, state-run KCNA news agency reported Saturday. Pyongyang usually isn't too shy to brag about their launches, but this report was light on detail. | It only said that the test was a success, and the outcome of it will be used for "further bolstering… the reliable nuclea…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-14). NAFTA 2.0: Revising the 1994 Agreement. globalresearch.ca According to the Wall Street Journal, it's a "template for deals to come," adding: | "The new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (has) implications for agreements beyond North America, including new bilateral deals being contemplated for China, Japan, the European Union, and the UK." …

Indivisible SF Peninsula and CA-14 (2019-12-14). Impeach and Remove Rally. indybay.org In front of Ana Furniture Across the street from the Hillsdale Mall | 3011 S El Camino Real | San Mateo, CA 94403…

Moveon (2019-12-14). Impeach and Remove Events in Wine Country (Sonoma & Napa Counties). indybay.org Events in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Napa, Healdsburg…

MoveOn (2019-12-14). Impeach & Remove Demonstration in Cupertino. indybay.org Cupertino City Center (out front of building), south east intersection of Stevens Creek and De Anza Blvd., Cupertino 95014…

Moveon (2019-12-14). Impeach & Remove Events in East Bay Area Cities. indybay.org Events in East Bay cities: El Cerrtio, Walnut Creek, Emeryville, San Ramon, Castro Valley…

Patty Hoyt (2019-12-14). Impeach and Remove Rally, San Rafael. indybay.org San Rafael's City Plaza (1000 4th St. between "A" St. & Lootens near Arizmendi Bakery)…

Moveon (2019-12-14). Impeach & Remove Trump Rally in Palo Alto. indybay.org Lytton Plaza, University Ave. & Emerson Street, Palo Alto 94301…

SF Indivisible, Progressive Democrats, others (2019-12-14). Impeach & Remove: Rally and March in San Francisco. indybay.org San Francisco Federal Building @ 90 7th Street, on the corner of Mission and 7th streets, San Francisco, CA 94103…

Moveon.org, and others (2019-12-14). National Impeach & Remove Rallies, Marches, Vigils in Bay Area and beyond. indybay.org National marches, rallies, vigils in the San Francisco Bay Area, State of California, and throughout nation…

MoveOn Sacramento (2019-12-14). Impeach and Remove Rally in Sacramento. indybay.org California State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, California 95814…

MoveOn (2019-12-14). Impeach & Remove Rally in Livermore (Tri Valley). indybay.org Flagpole Plaza, intersection of First St and S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, CA 94550…

Moveon (2019-12-14). Impeach & Remove Demonstration in Oakland. indybay.org Grand Lake Theater Intersection, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610…

Dan Bacher (2019-12-14). Central Valley Water Board Approves Grasslands Water District Permit. indybay.org "Toxins in water impact fish, divide indigenous families from traditional foods, and can cause permanent learning disabilities in children," stated Sherri Norris, executive director of the California Indian Environmental Alliance. "Many of these toxins cannot be removed from water once it enters into the system. It's imperative that we protect all of California's water from these toxins."

Anthony Ravlich (2019-12-14). Becoming backward or taking society forward. indybay.org The human rights omissions of the United Nations has determined western civilization and global freedom for decline. There is a desperate need for intelligent males from a western culture to take society forward. The UN agenda aims to eliminate freedom of thought which led to major human accomplishments and the dominance of western culture.

Staff (2019-12-14). NAFTA 2.0 Does Little to Reverse the Damage of Its Predecessor. truthout.org On Tuesday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats had reached a deal with the Trump administration to advance the United States—Mexico—Canada Agreement (USMCA), also referred to as "NAFTA 2.0." In explaining the deal, she said: "There is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA." | Progressives have criticized Pelosi for potentially handing President Trump a political victory during both an impeachment process and an approachin…

Eurasia Diary (2019-12-14). Arms Control. UN General Assembly Adopts Five Russian Resolutions. globalresearch.ca The United Nations General Assembly voted in favour of five draft resolutions addressing arms control, disarmament and international security earlier submitted by Russia at the UN's First Committee, Eurasia Diary reports citing Sputnik. | Three of the documents adopted late Thursday …

Brian Cloughley (2019-12-13). Human Rights and Humbug in Washington. counterpunch.org It has recently been announced that "a confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable." Fascinating, of course, but the underlying message More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-12-13). Afghanistan Papers Confirm That the Longest War Is a Lie. commondreams.org U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2019-12-13). Judiciary Committee sends 2 articles of impeachment to the full House. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — A massive coalition of progressive groups, led by MoveOn.org, and including sponsors such as the Service Employees, United We Dream, Indivisible and its Chicago affiliate, the Women's March, NOW, Democracy 21 and Credo, plan mass rallies in more than 440 cities nationwide on the eve of the upcoming U.S. House vote to impeach …

Dave Lindorff (2019-12-13). The Perils of Embedded Journalism: 'Afghan Papers' Wouldn't Be Needed If We Had a Real Independent News Media. counterpunch.org In 1966, during the early years of the America's war against Vietnam, Congress passed and President Johnson signed into law a Freedom of Information Act. It wasn't all that great at the time, though. Indeed, it took the courageous act of two men, Daniel Ellsberg and his co-conspirator, Anthony Russo, to steal and then copy More

Alan Macleod (2019-12-13). Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to Step Down After UK Election Catastrophe. mintpressnews.com Corbyn easily won his own seat, but many of his party members did not share the same fortune, as Labour's heartlands were lost on a dark day for the British left.

Andre Vltchek (2019-12-13). Indigenous Bolivia Ready to Go to War Against Fascism. globalresearch.ca Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup. It is devilishly cold. My comrade's car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance. | The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always …

Janine Jackson (2019-12-13). 'It's Not Just About Sanders and Warren, It's About the Issues They Represent' – CounterSpin interview with Julie Hollar about Election 2020. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed FAIR's Julie Hollar about the 2020 election for the December 6, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

EWG (2019-12-13). New York Becomes Third State To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide. globalresearch.ca Beginning next year, a neurotoxic pesticide that at low doses can trigger brain and behavioral damage in children will be banned from use by agricultural operations in New York State. | Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state's Department of Environmental …

Vijay Prashad (2019-12-13). If you want peace, you get war; if you want war, you get rich. mronline.org A quarter century ago, Victoria Sandino Palmera joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (FARC-EP). She had previously been a militant in the Communist Party and—when FARC-EP was above ground in the 1990s—joined the Patriotic Pole. But the repression of what she calls the 'traditional oligarchy' sent her back to the jungle over and […] | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-13). Trump Wants Criticism of Israel Equated with Anti-Semitism. globalresearch.ca Trump wants anti-Semitism redefined. An executive order perhaps already signed is all about stifling legitimate criticism of Israel. | It's about wanting the Jewish state absolved of occupation, colonialism, and apartheid crimes against humanity. | The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-13). Conservative Landslide: Boris Johnson's Tories Triumph Over Progressive Change in UK Elections. globalresearch.ca With ballot counting nearly completed, Boris Johnson-led Tories appear to have won a near 80-seat House of Commons majority — 364 seats to Labor's 203, Sottish National Party's 48, Liberal Dems 11, DUP 8, Sinn Fein 7, other small parties …

teleSUR (2019-12-13). U.S. House Committee Approves Charges For Trump Impeachment. telesurenglish.net Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives took Republican President Donald Trump to the brink of impeachment by approving two charges against him over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden. | RELATED: | "Chill Greta!" Trump Attacks Teen Swedish Climate Activist | The result was 23-17 votes in a divided House Judiciary Committee along party lines to approve articles of impeachment charging Trump with both abusing the power of his of…

Paul Street (2019-12-13). Midnight Ramble: A Fascist Rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. counterpunch.org At one of his permanent fascist-style campaign rallies on December 10, 2019, the day the U.S. House of Representatives rolled out Articles of Impeachment, United States President Donald J. Trump told an adoring Pennsylvania crowd that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren "has a fresh mouth." The meaning of this insult was understood by his audience. It More

teleSUR (2019-12-13). Madonna: "I say, impeach Donald Trump" telesurenglish.net Pop icon Madonna talked to a crowd of concert-goers in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for "not supporting the constitution" and called for his impeachment. | RELATED: , U.S. House Committee Approves Charges For Trump Impeachment | During her concert, the singer spoke to her audience in Philadelphia, a historic city for the various representative events of the American revolution, and ended her monologue with "I say, impeach Donald Trump.", , Madon…

Staff (2019-12-13). McConnell Vows "Total Coordination" With Trump on Senate Impeachment Process. truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Thursday night that while he has "no choice" but to hold a trial if the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, that does not mean the process will be in any way impartial. | "Everything I do during this I'm coordinating with White House counsel," said the Kentucky Republican. "There will be no difference between the president's position and our position as to how to handle this." | McConnell noted that with "typical" legislative issue…

Donald Monaco (2019-12-13). The Politics of Impeachment. globalresearch.ca The decision by Democrats sitting on the House Judiciary Committee to approve Articles of Impeachment that will be affirmed in a full vote of the House of Representatives just handed Donald Trump a probable victory in the 2020 election barring …

WSWS (2019-12-13). House Judiciary Committee votes to approve articles of impeachment against Trump. wsws.org The debate has underscored the right-wing basis of the Democrats' impeachment drive.

Paul Street (2019-12-13). Midnight Ramble: A Fascist Rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. counterpunch.org At one of his permanent fascist-style campaign rallies on December 10, 2019, the day the U.S. House of Representatives rolled out Articles of Impeachment, United States President Donald J. Trump told an adoring Pennsylvania crowd that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren "has a fresh mouth." The meaning of this insult was understood by his audience. It More

teleSUR (2019-12-13). Chile's Communists Lawmakers Warn About Dangers for Democracy. telesurenglish.net Chile's Communist lawmakers criticized the rejection by the Chamber of Deputies of a constitutional accusation against President Sebastian Piñera, as a mean of supporting continued impunity in Chile. | RELATED: , Chile Denounces Over 350 Eye Injuries On Human Rights Day | Communist legislator Boris Barrera said that the government and the right wing fail to r…

Joseph Natoli (2019-12-13). Equally Determined: To Impeach/To Support. counterpunch.org "A federal appeals court on Wednesday evening stayed a lower-court ruling that former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena after the administration appealed, arguing the battle poses great consequences for the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches". — Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2019 There are three obvious reasons More

Joseph Natoli (2019-12-13). Equally Determined: To Impeach/To Support. counterpunch.org "A federal appeals court on Wednesday evening stayed a lower-court ruling that former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena after the administration appealed, arguing the battle poses great consequences for the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches". — Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2019 There are three obvious reasons More

commondreams (2019-12-13). Common Cause Presses House to Impeach and McConnell to Recuse from Senate Trial. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-12-13). Stand Up America Implores Lawmakers to Impeach Donald Trump. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Todd Smith (2019-12-13). "Deep State" or Quid pro Coup? dissidentvoice.org Whether seen as a shadowy, villainous presence or, possibly, a heretofore tight-lipped benefactor, the "Deep State" has recently risen from the far-fringed depths of obscure conspiracies to seize the public discourse with a Leviathan-like tentacle. On the surface, President Trump, the quid pro quo'ster boy of impeachable note, either looks like a paid clown of …