Daily Archives: January 9, 2019

2019-01-09: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-01-09). Trump's speech: Even Fox called out his lies. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Even GOP President Donald Trump's normal mouthpiece, Fox News, called out Trump's lies in his Jan. 8 speech promoting his Mexican Wall and justifying shutting down part of the government to force Congress to give him $5.7 billion for that scheme. Fox anchor Sherwood Smith — who has a reputation, unusual there, for straight news …

Nick Turse (2019-01-09). The Pentagon's Shadow Military Bases. thenation.com The Pentagon's Shadow Military Bases…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-09). Wall Can't Fix Problems at Southern US Border. hrw.org | | View of a part of the Benito Juarez stadium in Tijuana, Mexico, November 25, 2018. | © 2018 Jonathan Pedneault/Human Rights Watch | In his speech to the American public on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump put forward a nonsensical argument that the construction of some kind of barrier on the US-Mexico border would fix an incredible range of wildly exaggerated problems. There is a crisis on the border and throughout the…

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-01-09). What Trump's Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals. thenation.com What Trump's Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-01-09). Land Grabbers: the Threat of Giant Agriculture. counterpunch.org In the 1980s, I met a retired general at a Borders bookstore in northern Virginia. He used to buy tons of military history books. I used to buy environmental and classics books. We started talking about books. But, slowly, in our discussion of Latin America, I criticized American policies, especially the immoral support of landlords against landless peasants. "If I knew you a few years ago, I would take you outside the town and shoot you," he said to me. More

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Brazil's Bolsonaro to Privatize Almost 100 Public Companies. telesurenglish.net Brazil's public works minister says that the Bolsonaro administration is looking to privatize or close at least 100 public companies in a bid to reduce the national debt. | RELATED: | Brazil: Environment Agency Head Resigns After Bolsonaro's Trump-like Tweetstorm Attack | Public Works Minister of Brazil Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas said that the newly-inaugurated government of Jair Bolsonaro wants to shut down or privatize about 100 publicly-owned companies.

Edward Hunt (2019-01-09). Is There Still Hope for Rojava? counterpunch.org As the U.S. foreign policy establishment grapples with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, officials in Washington are overlooking what could be the biggest impact of his decision: the effect on the revolution in Rojava, the most promising democratic experiment in the Middle East. Since Trump announced on December 19 that U.S. forces More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). William Arkin on Homeland Security's Creeping Fascism and Why the CIA & FBI Won't Save Us from Trump. democracynow.org Longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin announced he was leaving the network last week in a blistering letter that took aim at the mainstream media for encouraging perpetual warfare and bolstering the national security state. In his letter, Arkin writes of Trump, "Of course he is an ignorant and incompetent impostor. And yet I'm alarmed at how quick NBC is to mechanically argue the contrary, to be in favor of policies that just spell more conflict and more war. Really? We shouldn't get out Syria? We shouldn't go for the bold move of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula? Even on Russia, though we should be…

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-09). Nonexistent US-Mexico Border Crisis. Shutting Down the Government. Bipartisan Political Standoff. globalresearch.ca No border crisis exists, no justification for partially shutting down government. What's going on is a bipartisan political standoff unrelated to national security. | Trump, the GOP, and the Dems share blame. There's plenty of it to go around in Washington, …

ACLU (2019-01-09). William Barr Helped Build America's Surveillance State. aclu.org Senators should ask Barr about his support for unconstitutional spying that endangers our rights. | William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, has a history of getting it wrong. From designing warrantless surveillance programs to justifying the president's power to disregard acts of Congress, Barr has advanced dubious legal theories that have been rejected by the courts, Congress, and the public. | As Barr begins the confirmation process, senators must question Barr on his record regarding the right to privacy and the Fourth Amendment — which raises serious concerns about his suitability…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). "A Racist, Xenophobic Attack": Immigrant Rights Activist Decries Trump Remarks About Southern Border. democracynow.org President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congress to approve $5.7 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but he opted not to declare a national emergency to force construction of the wall, in a xenophobic speech riddled with falsehoods. We speak with Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant rights group based in Chicago.

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-01-09). Trump's Neocons Reverse His Syria Withdrawal Plan. globalresearch.ca I'm starting to wonder whether President Trump has any power over US foreign policy at all. Many people believe that the US president is just a figurehead, with actual foreign policy firmly in the hands of the deep state. Trump's …

John Washington (2019-01-09). There Is a Real Border Crisis. A Wall Would Only Make It Worse. zcomm.org On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump used his first Oval Office address to speak to the nation of a "crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul" on America's southern border. His proposed solution is a "wall" and he's threatening to keep the government shut down until he gets over $5 billion dollars to Read more…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). Headlines for January 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Delivers Error-Filled Border Security Address to Nation, Senate Blocks Anti-BDS Bill Amid Ongoing Gov't Shutdown, Carbon Emissions Spiked in 2018 Despite Coal Plant Closures, Deputy AG Rosenstein to Depart After Confirmation of New AG, Court Filings Show Manafort Shared Trump Campaign Info with Russian Operative, Documents Reveal Russian Lawyer at 2016 Trump Tower Mtg Had Ties to Kremlin, Turkey: Pres. Erdogan Blasts U.S. Changes in Syria Withdrawal Plan, Sudan: Anti-Gov't Protests Result in Mass Arrests, Press Censorship, Los Angeles: Dead Man Found in Home of Top Democratic Donor, Texas: Second Man Arrest…

teleSUR (2019-01-09). High-level US-China Talks Aimed at Curbing Trade War Continue. telesurenglish.net The meeting between the governments of China and the United States in Beijing, which seeks to end President Donald Trump's trade war, will continue at least one day longer than expected, reports the official daily Global Times. | RELATED: | US Ships 'Infringe Chinese Sovereignty' As Trade Talks Begin | The round of talks ended on Tuesday night without major results…

South Front (2019-01-09). Video: Al Qaeda in Syria Expands Further in Idlib De-escalation Zone. globalresearch.ca Units of the Russian Military Police have started patrolling the surroundings of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo governorate, near the border with Turkey, spokesman Yusup Mamatov told media on January 8. | "Today we started patrolling the …

George Ochenski (2019-01-09). The Return of Constitutional Government? counterpunch.org The partial shutdown of the federal government is about to set a new and dubious record for the longest in our nation's history. Amazingly, this happened while one party controlled Congress and the presidency, illustrating the Republicans' incredible failure to successfully govern during Donald Trump's two-year tenure. But all that changed with the historic re-ascendency More

Kurt Nimmo (2019-01-09). Typhoid John Bolton Spreads "Neocon Infection" at the White House. globalresearch.ca While the corporate media doubled down on the prospect of Trump's wall emergency, the neocon infection inside the floundering Trump administration spread. John Bolton appointed one of his buddies from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) to a key …

Trevor Aaronson (2019-01-09). Defense Department Abruptly Stopped Releasing Key Details on Strikes in War Against ISIS. theintercept.com The Defense Department quietly announced that it would be paring back its "strike releases," which watchdogs use to corroborate reports of civilian harm.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-09). Demanding Trump and McConnell #StopTheShutdown, Dozens of Unions to Rally for Struggling Federal Workers. commondreams.org As the partial government shutdown entered its 19th day on Wednesday—well on its way to becoming the longest in U.S. history—dozens of unions are planning a rally in Washington, D.C., adding to mounting pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to stand up to President Donald Trump, who is refusing to back a budget bill without $5.7 billion in funding for his "ridiculous" border wall. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). Longtime Reporter Leaves NBC Saying Media Is "Trump Circus" That Encourages Perpetual War. democracynow.org "Prisoners of Donald Trump." That's how longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin described the mainstream media in a scathing letter last week announcing he would be leaving the network, accusing the media of warmongering while ignoring the "creeping fascism of homeland security." He issued the blistering critique after a 30-year relationship with NBC, calling for "Trump-free" media days and a reckoning about how the network encourages a state of perpetual warfare. We speak with Arkin, whose award-winning reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post. He is the author…

Dave Lindorff (2019-01-09). At Last! A Workable Reason to Impeach the MFer. counterpunch.org Liberals have been calling for the new Democratic House to file articles of impeachment against Donald Trump ever since winning the House in the Nov. 8 election in 2016, but there has been this obstacle: Nobody believes that Republicans who control the Senate will allow a House impeachment to move to a trial in the More

WSWS (2019-01-09). US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan. wsws.org Turkey's president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.

Prof. James Petras (2019-01-09). President Trump's Losing Strategy: Embracing Bolsonoro's Brazil and Confronting China. globalresearch.ca Introduction | The US embraces a regime doomed to failure and threatens the world's most dynamic economy. President Trump has lauded Brazil's newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro and promises to promote close economic, political, social and cultural ties. In contrast the …

Mark Taliano (2019-01-09). The War on Syria: Are the White Helmets preparing another Chemical Weapons False Flag? globalresearch.ca It should be clear to anyone who is paying attention that the war on Syria is not based on humanitarian issues. | It should also be clear that the war is not a War on Terror, since the Western-supported terrorist forces …

Susan Roberts (2019-01-09). Is the Historical Subject Returning, Wearing a Yellow Vest? counterpunch.org If someone were to ask me the meaning of politics, I would say that it is concerned with the contestation of power; that it is agonistic, even antagonistic. And that it has to be, because what it contests is the balance of power wielded by different class interests. As Marx recognised, the underlying purpose of the social, political, economic and even legal institutions of capitalist society is to preserve the monopoly of power enjoyed by the capital-owning class. And, consequently, any attempt to challenge that monopoly, in whatever sphere, is going to be countered, as the yellow-vested protesters are currently…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-09). The Future is Female (Death Merchants): MSM Celebrates Women in the War Machine. mintpressnews.com While it's significant that Winiecki was the first female F-35 test pilot to complete a mission, it is also significant that the accident-prone, $1.5 trillion dollar boondoggle that is the F-35 completed a mission.

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Venezuela Delivers Protest Note to 'Lima Group' Countries. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza will deliver a protest note on Wednesday to 12 of the 14 countries of the so-called Lima Group for their interventionist declaration made in the framework of the inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | 600 Artists, Activists, Academics Show Solidarity with Maduro | The Top Venezuelan diplomat said the protest note communicates Venezuela's rejection of the interventionist actions of this group, sponsored by the U…

Andrew Stewart (2019-01-09). Professors Protest the CCRI J-Term: a Symptom of What is Changing in the Democratic Party. counterpunch.org For some time now, I have argued that neoliberalism as a system of governance has a talent for co-opting the vocabulary and grammar of Left-leaning projects so to further their own designs for those they govern. This was brought home to me on January 2, 2019 at a picket line held by the faculty of More

teleSUR (2019-01-09). DR Congo: Opposition Not to Accept Negotiated Election Results. telesurenglish.net Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Wednesday that he will not accept a "negotiated result" of the presidential elections held on Dec. 30. | RELATED: | Congo Election Results Postponed, Says Official | "We firmly believe that the results of the elections are not negotiable and that in no case will the Congolese p…

Dr. Daniele Ganser (2019-01-09). War Criminals at Large. globalresearch.ca Because mass media does not openly address and criticize these crimes and because so far the responsible politicians have not been convicted by a court, a stubborn misconception persists in the populations of these aggressor states that democracies never start wars and also never use terror as a political instrument.

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Brazil's Temer Closed 130 Community Radios Before Leaving. telesurenglish.net Former Brazilian President, Michel Temer, suspended the licenses for about 130 community radios across the South American country on the last day of his government, just before handing over the presidency to Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Shuts Down Official Indigenous Cryptocurrency Project | The Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations…

Ben Cowles (2019-01-09). In Pictures: The Largest Strike in History Is Happening in India Right Now. globalresearch.ca Around 150 million people began a two-day general strike in India today against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's anti-Labour and anti-trade union policies in India. | Workers from both the public and private sectors were joined by teachers and students from …

Tim Lau (2019-01-09). Flawed Terrorism Report Shows Administration's Skewed Priorities. commondreams.org The Justice Department needs to correct or retract the DHS-DOJ terrorism report because it is both methodologically flawed and tied to a xenophobic agenda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-09). Mixed Results from Latest Sino/US Trade Talks. globalresearch.ca Three days of talks in Beijing ended Wednesday afternoon local time, details so far not released by either side. | Media reports are mixed. Increased Chinese purchases of US products and cutting import duties, reportedly offered, leave major differences between both …

Frederick B. Mills, William Camacaro and Roger D. Harris (2019-01-09). Multifaceted Attack Against Venezuela on Eve of Maduro Inauguration. counterpunch.org Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro's inauguration for his second term on January 10 is targeted by the US, the allied Lima Group, and the hardline Venezuelan opposition. They have demanded that Maduro refuse inauguration. A multifaceted attack aimed at regime change is underway using sanctions, military threats, and a campaign of delegitimization to replace the democratically elected More

Tony Cartalucci (2019-01-09). US Snatches Chinese Executive — Sets Dangerous Precedent. "Trying to Provoke, Humiliate China" globalresearch.ca Claiming that prominent Chinese telecommunications company Huawei had violated US sanctions on Iran — Canada was requested to arrest and hand over Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was transferring planes in Vancouver. | The arrest was described even …

Danny Haiphong (2019-01-09). How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World. globalresearch.ca The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests. | "There is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous "meddler" in the affairs of other nations that …

Max S. Kim (2019-01-09). The Fight to End South Korea's 'Blood-Stained' National-Security Act. thenation.com As Seoul and Pyongyang inch toward peace, an alleged North Korean spy goes on trial. | The post The Fight to End South Korea's 'Blood-Stained' National-Security Act…

Robert Reich (2019-01-09). Robert Reich: America's Tax System Is Perfectly Backward. truthdig.com The rich were once relied upon to finance the federal government. Now, the government pays the rich ever-more interest on a swelling debt.

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-09). Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan Slams LA Teachers for Strike. counterpunch.org The closer we get to a strike, the more pressure is put on us to call it off. In a recent article in The Hill, pro-charter/anti-union former Education secretary Arne Duncan criticizes United Teachers of Los Angeles, citing the Los Angeles Unified School District's alleged financial problems. Yet the neutral, state-appointed factfinder on the dispute contradicts many of LAUSD's More

Alex Lantier (2019-01-09). French Prime Minister Proposes Government Registry of Demonstrators. globalresearch.ca Following the large turnout throughout France for the eighth week of "yellow vest" (Gilets jaunes) protests this past Saturday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on French television Monday night the imposition of an extraordinary law to suppress the demonstrations. …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-09). Gabon and Coup Mania. globalresearch.ca It starts with a presumption, makes its way through a discussion, and becomes a set, moulded stereotype: Africa is the continent of tin pot dictatorships, unstable leaderships, and coups. Latin America, attuned to brigandage and frontier mentalities, is not far …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-09). To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a "Soft Coup"? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals. globalresearch.ca The Cuban Revolution constitutes a fundamental landmark in the history of humanity, which challenges the legitimacy of global capitalism. In all major regions of the World, the Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration and struggle…

TeleSur English (2019-01-09). Venezuela's Maduro to Be Sworn in for 2nd Term. venezuelanalysis.com Despite US-led pressure for him not to do so, 600 of the world's activists and academics have shown their support for the President in a collective statement.

Al Arabiya (2019-01-09). Why Did Tripoli Issue Arrest Warrants for Libya's Top Post-2011 Actors? globalresearch.ca The Libyan Public Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant of the Chairman of the Wattan Party Abdelhakim Belhaj and the former commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard Ibrahim Jadran, according to Libyan Express. | The warrants included four other Libyan …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-09). Iranian FM Slams Bolton, Pompeo's "Psychotic," "Pure Obsession" With Iran. mintpressnews.com "While ordinarily it might be flattering, [Secretary Pompeo] and [John Bolton's] pure obsession with Iran is more and more like the behavior of persistently failing psychotic stalkers." – Javad Zarif

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-01-09). How to get Venezuela's economy going again. mronline.org In this interview with Venezuelanalysis, an independent researcher speaks frankly about the roots of the country's economic crisis and outlines a series of policies to revert it. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Mozambique Ex-Minister Faces Fraud Charge Extradition Hearing. telesurenglish.net Mozambique's former Finance Minister Manuel Chang's legal team argued Tuesday that his detention in South Africa, related to a US$2 billion of fraudulent loans, is illegal and demanded his release. | RELATED: | Mozambique: China Helps Fund US$2.7B Railway Coal Project | Chang, who denied any wrongdoing, in court, has been detained in South Africa since Dec. 29 as part of a United States case involving several arrests made in London and New York and eventually stretching to Mozambique.

Jim Miles (2019-01-09). The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World. globalresearch.ca It is always an interesting ride to read a Robert Kagan book as it is a journey into wonderland where things aren't really what they seem. His most recent work, The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World, is …

Colin Todhunter (2019-01-09). GM Crops, Pesticides, Corporate Duplicity: Bayer Has Never Been Transparent in Its Life! globalresearch.ca "This charming company operated a factory and camp at Auschwitz during the WW2. The UK and US governments are now allowing it to control global farming methods, GM crops, so-called 'advanced technologies' and pesticides." — Rosemary Mason | Tireless campaigner and …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-09). A Majority of Americans Do Not Believe the Official 9/11 Story. globalresearch.ca TruePublica, a British website that has avoided the 9/11 issue, has had its fill of ignorant journalists at the BBC, Huffington Post and other propagandists for the military/security complex. The constant, shrill demeaning of experts and distinguished people who have …

David Schultz (2019-01-09). Tax the Rich? History Proves Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May be Correct. counterpunch.org Taxes impede economic growth and high taxes kill the economy, right?. This is the belief among many who criticize Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to 70% or more. But what does the evidence really tell us? | Do high taxes really hurt the economy as much as they believe, and will lowering them have much of an impact on stimulating it? The economic literature is clear — tax breaks to encourage economic relocation or investment decisions are inefficient and wasteful. Hundreds of studies reach this conclusion. When businesses are surveyed regarding factors importa…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-09). How a NeoCon-Backed "Fact Checker" Plans to Wage War on Independent Media. mintpressnews.com As Newsguard's project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site's ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States.

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Saudi Woman Fleeing Family Granted UN Asylum Status. telesurenglish.net The United Nations granted refugee status to an 18-year-old Saudi woman Wednesday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun has sought asylum in Australia since Saturday when she fled her family fearing for her life. | RELATED: | Australian Government Under Pressure to Take In Saudi Woman | Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room Monday to avoid being repatriated by Thai authorities after escaping alone from a family gathering in Kuwait. | Thai immigration officials had pla…

Paul Dobson (2019-01-09). Venezuela Assumes OPEC Presidency, Unveils Foreign Oil Investment Deals. venezuelanalysis.com One of the deals – which the signing firm claim is in the national interest of the US – seems to go against the 2001 Hydrocarbons Law and has worried many Venezuela commentators.

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Russia Warns US: Military Action In Venezuela 'Catastrophic'. telesurenglish.net The Russian government warned the United States against taking any military action in Venezuela Wednesday. | RELATED: | Venezuela: ANC Formally Rejects Lima Group's Interference | "We warn 'hotheads' in Washington against such temptations," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters in a press conference while in India. | Ryabkov expressed his concern about Washington's attempts "to consolidate an anti-Chavez front among Latin American states," in a reference to the r…

Roy Keene (2019-01-09). Why are We Still Logging Our Forests? counterpunch.org Anyone who accepts true science realizes that today's big forest fires are driven far more by climate warming than by a lack of "active forest management" as claimed in previous editorial opinions. Active forest management, more honestly called "logging," has always been the timber industry's cure-all for every perceived problem in our forests. Until science More

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Brazil: Bolsonaro Backtracks, Says No US Military Base. telesurenglish.net President Jair Bolsonaro, in what seems like an about-face, promises the Brazilian Armed Forces that he will not approve the opening of any United States military base during his term, according to a report in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Open to Hosting US Military Base to Advance Brazil's Military Supremacy | The Brazilian newspaper stated that the Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo conferred the message from the president to army ge…

Scott Tucker (2019-01-09). Abolish Wage Slavery: Productivism as an Extractive Industry. counterpunch.org The alienation of labor takes many forms, including the outright ownership of slaves. When big mills and factories were introduced under systems of waged labor, elements of judgment and craft were still preserved among workers because otherwise the machinery would not run at all. Streamlining assembly lines became one of the innovations of the Ford More

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Uruguay Defends Presence at Maduro's Inauguration in Caracas. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Foreign Minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa said the Uruguayan business representative at the embassy in Caracas, Jose Luis Remedi will attend the inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Thursday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Delivers Protest Note to 'Lima Group' Countries | Uruguay "has no competence to classify governments as legitimate or illegitimate," Novoa explained. | "We recognize states, and Venezuela is a state with which we maintain relations. We think that a policy o…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-09). Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner? globalresearch.ca Three sturdy trekkers step out of a van and hoist top-heavy blue, green and orange rucksacks onto their backs. The two young women and a man then set off on foot, headed to one of Kathmandu's numerous backpackers' hotels. I …

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Iraq: Children Tortured in Kurdish Jails, Activist Group Says. telesurenglish.net Human Rights Watch (HRW) report stated that security forces in Kurdish regions of Iraq have been and continue to torture children in order to gain confessions regarding links to ISIS. | RELATED: | Iraqi Lawmakers Demand Vote to Expel US Military | The report is based on interviews conducted with 20 boys between the ages of 14 and 17 who have either been charged or conv…

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Maduro: Venezuela Faces Coup Ordered by US, Lima Group. telesurenglish.net In a press conference delivered to local and international media, the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that a coup against the country is underway. | RELATED: | Venezuela Delivers Protest Note to 'Lima Group' Countries | "A coup is underway, ordered from Washington (capital of the U.S.), ordered from the Lima Cartel (Lima Group), in Venezuela, and I tell you: the Venezuelan people will know how to respond to any attempt, any intentions that are intended today or tomo…

Russell Mokhiber (2019-01-09). Center for Science in the Public Interest Greg Jaffe Cornell and GMOs. counterpunch.org The Center for Science in the Public Interest is known in public interest circles as one of the premiere food safety public interest groups in Washington, D.C. But that reputation has suffered over the years because of the group's stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — including its opposition to mandatory labeling of GMO foods. More

commondreams (2019-01-09). Thailand: Amnesty Welcomes Saudi Woman's Refugee Protection. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-01-09). Wheeler's Acts to Protect Polluters Shouldn't be Rewarded. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-09). Do We Really Need Billionaires? counterpunch.org In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories. Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year. Americans led the way with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China which, despite its professed commitment to Communism, had More

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Sudanese President Rejects Calls to Step Down As Protests Mount. telesurenglish.net Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is facing the most persistent protests since he seized power in 1989, dismissed calls for him to step down Tuesday. | RELATED: | Sudan President Omar al-Bashir: 3 Decades of Power and War Crimes | Addressing soldiers at a military base near Atbara, northeast of the capital Khartoum, Bashir scoffed at calls by de…

Martin Varese (2019-01-09). The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros will be sworn-in for his second mandate (2019-2025) on Thursday, Jan. 10, in front of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in Caracas. Days before being inaugurated, Maduro has called for unity among Venezuelans and against clear interventionist attempts. "The Bolivarian Revolution is about more that one man: it's about a people that chose to be free," he tweeted. | RELATED: | Consistent, Free, Fair: Venezuela's Election History Analyzed | T…

Mark Ames (2019-01-09). New Documents Reveal Covert UK Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In US Politics. mintpressnews.com The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive "political smear unit" is infiltrating the US.

Tamara Pearson (2019-01-09). Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries. globalresearch.ca If you want to find out what's happening in a poor country, be sure to add -tourists to your Google News search. | "Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso," was the recent headline in the BBC, a day …

Tom Engelhardt (2019-01-09). Living on a Quagmire Planet: This Could Get a Lot Uglier. counterpunch.org Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what's now Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged out a crater 150 kilometers wide and put so much soot and sulfur into the atmosphere that it created what was essentially a prolonged "nuclear winter." During that time, among so More

WSWS (2019-01-09). Los Angeles and the billionaires' plan to destroy public education. wsws.org Los Angeles teachers are in the front line of the battle against Wall Street interests seeking to privatize education.

WSWS (2019-01-09). South Park episodes dramatize plight of Amazon workers, ridicule Jeff Bezos. wsws.org The two comic episodes, Unfulfilled and Bike Parade, sympathize with rebellious Amazon workers while depicting billionaire Jeff Bezos as a Talosian, an alien from Star Trek bent on the enslavement of humanity.

WSWS (2019-01-09). US Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, murder, pleads not guilty. wsws.org Navy prosecutors allege Edward Gallagher stabbed and killed a 15-year-old boy being treated for injuries sustained during the "Mosul Massacre."

Kenneth Surin (2019-01-09). "Invasions": the Desperate Need to Distract From the Brexit Shambles. counterpunch.org In these days of the 24/7 news cycle— with virtually instantaneous spin on the part of politicians and their slick media gurus, and ever-gullible segments of social media— it's become easy to plant stories that can soon be shown to be false flags. | One of these false flags occurred in the UK in the recent holiday season. As I mentioned in a CounterPunch article a couple of weeks ago, Gatwick, the UK's second largest airport, located 30 miles south of London and serving 43 million passengers a year, was cl…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-09). Venezuela: Suspected Plotters Tortured. hrw.org

RT (2019-01-09). Arizona cops collect clinic staff DNA in hunt for father of comatose woman's baby. rt.com Police are rounding up the DNA of all male employees of the Arizona healthcare facility where an Apache woman who spent the last 14 years in a vegetative state recently gave birth to a healthy boy.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-09). 30,000 LA Teachers 'Strike Ready' as District Refuses to Spend $1.86 Billion Reserve on Better Pay, Smaller Class Sizes. commondreams.org The second-largest school district in the nation may be thrown into disarray this week as more than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers prepare to go on strike, after the school district has refused to use its nearly $2 billion dollar reserve to provide educators with raises and much-needed support. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-09). Voted Down on Tuesday Night, McConnell Raises Alarm by Forcing Second Vote on 'Unconstitutional' Anti-Boycott Bill. commondreams.org "When was the last time the Senate voted twice in less than 24 hours to consider the same bill? They're doing it right now on S.1, a bill to authorize $38 billion in weapons for Israel and encourage states to deny contracts to people who support boycotts for Palestinian rights." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Pompeo says Syria's Kurdish fighters will be protected. aljazeera.com The Secretary of State visits Baghdad and Erbil as part of his trip to reassure allies on planned US troop pullout.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). HTS offensive could draw in Syria and Turkey. aljazeera.com As Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham captures towns in north Syria, residents fear group's presence may lead to government assault.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Iran confirms arrest of US Navy veteran Michael White. aljazeera.com Foreign ministry says 46-year-old US Navy veteran was arrested in Mashhad, denies media reports of mistreatment.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Saudi corruption crackdown stalls kingdom's private jet industry. aljazeera.com Saudis fear taking off in private jets as the government aims to collect over $100bn from wealthy citizens.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Military personnel, relatives tortured in Venezuela: HRW. aljazeera.com New report says detainees were strangled, deprived of food and had the soles of their feet cut with razor blades.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Bolsonaro threatens to withdraw Brazil from UN migration pact. aljazeera.com Brazilian president slams freshly-minted global accord, saying rules will be made 'without external influence'.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Iran defiant amid US warnings against space programme. aljazeera.com Foreign Minister Zarif says leaving nuclear deal an option as Tehran rules out talks with US on its ballistic missiles.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Yemen needs 'substantial progress' to further peace: UN envoy. aljazeera.com Both the Houthis and government loyalists have violated a fragile ceasefire agreement, though it still largely holds.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Sudan's Omar al-Bashir vows to stay in power as protests rage. aljazeera.com Police tear gas anti-government protesters in Omdurman as president greets thousands of supporters in Khartoum.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-09). The Age of Trump Clearly Shows That Narrative is Everything. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted the following: "Endless Wars, especially those which are fought out of judgement mistakes that were made many years ago, & those where we are getting little financial or military help from the rich countries that so greatly benefit from what we are doing, will eventually come to a …

Jake Johnson (2019-01-09). Corporate Media Condemned for Handing Trump Megaphone to Spout Harmful Lies. theantimedia.com (CD) — After President Donald Trump exploited the enormous free platform he was needlessly granted by America's major television networks Tuesday night to deliver an immigration address replete with the same disinformation and dehumanizing rhetoric he has deployed since stepping foot on the campaign trail, critics denounced the corporate media's continued role in amplifying Trump's speeches despite knowing they will be …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-09). UN Refers Saudi Teenager to Australia for Refugee Resettlement. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand at the weekend saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government has said. "The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement," Australia's Department of Homeland Security said …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-09). Zuckerberg Distracts From Privacy Scandals With Pedantic "Personal Challenge" theantimedia.com (ZH) — Mark Zuckerberg gingerly flipped the page from 2018 to 2019 on Tuesday with a progressive and forward-looking blog post — as if his company's ongoing data scandals didn't just shave off 25% of his company's market cap over the last year. The Facebook CEO posted a plucky "personal challenge" for the new year — committing to "host a series of …

Brittany Hunter (2019-01-09). Greedy Politicians Are Already Wrecking the Legalized Cannabis Industry. theantimedia.com (FEE) — On New Year's Day 2018, California became the sixth state to end prohibition by legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis. In addition to striking a blow against the disastrous War on Drugs, the full-fledged legalization of marijuana was also expected to trigger an economic boom throughout the Golden State, as it did in …

Carole Hyams-Howard, SF Bayview (2019-01-09). Andy Lopez settlement reached, after five years. indybay.org On Oct 22, 2013, two days after Big Man's 47th Black Panther Party Anniversary Celebration, held in Santa Rosa, ended, a beautiful child,13-year-old Andy Lopez, was gunned down and shot to death by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-09). End Trump's Deportation Terror to Raise Wages. therealnews.com Dr. Susan Pozo, the former president of The American Society of Hispanic Economists, responds to Trump's accusation that illegal immigration lowers wages — with Paul Jay

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-09). Donald Trump Is the Damn Emergency. truthout.org Donald Trump still has vast power at his immediate disposal. He can hire the worst people to fill vital posts. He can sign Executive Orders that allow the dumping of toxic chemicals into aquifers. He can continue to rip families apart at the southern border. He can ruin longstanding international relationships and cuddle up with despots and dictators. He can ignore the climate even as it comes crashing down around him. He can order an airstrike against any point on the map. He can peel the crust off the Earth with nuclear weapons if he so chooses. | That is an emergency. | Trump's Oval Office address last nigh…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-09). Paul Manafort's Accidental Reveal: He Shared Trump Campaign Data With Russia. truthout.org President Trump gave his first prime-time Oval Office address on Tuesday evening, and it was as wooden and predictable as expected. He's not a good teleprompter reader and his speechwriters rarely offer up any lines worth remembering. This speech was especially vapid since it basically just reiterated what he's been saying in rallies and press avails for three years now — unauthorized immigrants and refugees are flooding into our country, bringing violent crime and disease with them, and we have to build a great big wall to stop them. These charges are either outrageously misleading or outright false, wh…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-09). Immigrant Rights Activist Decries Trump Remarks About Southern Border. truthout.org President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congress to approve $5.7 billion to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, but he opted not to declare a national emergency to force construction of the wall, in a xenophobic speech riddled with falsehoods. We speak with Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant rights group based in Chicago. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congre…

2019-01-09: Social Media Postees

The Pentagon's Shadow Military Bases
Nick Turse | thenation.com | 2019-01-09
The Pentagon's Shadow Military Bases…
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Typhoid John Bolton Spreads "Neocon Infection" at the White House
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
While the corporate media doubled down on the prospect of Trump's wall emergency, the neocon infection inside the floundering Trump administration spread. John Bolton appointed one of his buddies from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) to a key … | The post Typhoid John Bolton Spreads "Neocon Infection" at the White House appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Al Qaeda in Syria Expands Further in Idlib De-escalation Zone
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Units of the Russian Military Police have started patrolling the surroundings of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo governorate, near the border with Turkey, spokesman Yusup Mamatov told media on January 8. | "Today we started patrolling the | … | The post Video: Al Qaeda in Syria Expands Further in Idlib De-escalation Zone appeared first on Global Research.
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The Return of Constitutional Government?
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
The partial shutdown of the federal government is about to set a new and dubious record for the longest in our nation's history. Amazingly, this happened while one party controlled Congress and the presidency, illustrating the Republicans' incredible failure to successfully govern during Donald Trump's two-year tenure. But all that changed with the historic re-ascendency…
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Demanding Trump and McConnell #StopTheShutdown, Dozens of Unions to Rally for Struggling Federal Workers
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-09
As the partial government shutdown entered its 19th day on Wednesday—well on its way to becoming the longest in U.S. history—dozens of unions are planning a rally in Washington, D.C., adding to mounting pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to stand up to President Donald Trump, who is refusing to back a budget bill without $5.7 billion in funding for his "ridiculous" border wall. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Wall Can't Fix Problems at Southern US Border
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-09
View of a part of the Benito Juarez stadium in Tijuana, Mexico, November 25, 2018. | © 2018 Jonathan Pedneault/Human Rights Watch | In his speech to the American public on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump put forward a nonsensical argument that the construction of some kind of barrier on the US-Mexico border would fix an incredible range of wildly exaggerated problems. There is a crisis on the border and throughout the…
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William Barr Helped Build America's Surveillance State
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-09
Senators should ask Barr about his support for unconstitutional spying that endangers our rights. | William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, has a history of getting it wrong. From designing warrantless surveillance programs to justifying the president's power to disregard acts of Congress, Barr has advanced dubious legal theories that have been rejected by the courts, Congress, and the public. | As Barr begins the confirmation process, senators must question Barr on his record regarding the right to privacy and the Fourth Amendment — which raises serious concerns about his suitability…
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Land Grabbers: the Threat of Giant Agriculture
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
In the 1980s, I met a retired general at a Borders bookstore in northern Virginia. He used to buy tons of military history books. I used to buy environmental and classics books. We started talking about books. But, slowly, in our discussion of Latin America, I criticized American policies, especially the immoral support of landlords against landless peasants. "If I knew you a few years ago, I would take you outside the town and shoot you," he said to me.
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Nonexistent US-Mexico Border Crisis. Shutting Down the Government. Bipartisan Political Standoff
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
No border crisis exists, no justification for partially shutting down government. What's going on is a bipartisan political standoff unrelated to national security. | Trump, the GOP, and the Dems share blame. There's plenty of it to go around in Washington, … | The post Nonexistent US-Mexico Border Crisis. Shutting Down the Government. Bipartisan Political Standoff appeared first on Global Research.
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There Is a Real Border Crisis. A Wall Would Only Make It Worse
John Washington | zcomm.org | 2019-01-09
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump used his first Oval Office address to speak to the nation of a "crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul" on America's southern border. His proposed solution is a "wall" and he's threatening to keep the government shut down until he gets over $5 billion dollars to Read…
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High-level US-China Talks Aimed at Curbing Trade War Continue
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
The meeting between the governments of China and the United States in Beijing, which seeks to end President Donald Trump's trade war, will continue at least one day longer than expected, reports the official daily Global Times. | RELATED: | US Ships 'Infringe Chinese Sovereignty' As Trade Talks Begin | The round of talks ended on Tuesday night without major results…
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President Trump's Losing Strategy: Embracing Bolsonoro's Brazil and Confronting China
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Introduction | The US embraces a regime doomed to failure and threatens the world's most dynamic economy. President Trump has lauded Brazil's newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro and promises to promote close economic, political, social and cultural ties. In contrast the … | The post President Trump's Losing Strategy: Embracing Bolsonoro's Brazil and Confronting China appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump's speech: Even Fox called out his lies
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-09
WASHINGTON–Even GOP President Donald Trump's normal mouthpiece, Fox News, called out Trump's lies in his Jan. 8 speech promoting his Mexican Wall and justifying shutting down part of the government to force Congress to give him $5.7 billion for that scheme. Fox anchor Sherwood Smith — who has a reputation, unusual there, for straight news …
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The War on Syria: Are the White Helmets preparing another Chemical Weapons False Flag?
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
It should be clear to anyone who is paying attention that the war on Syria is not based on humanitarian issues. | It should also be clear that the war is not a War on Terror, since the Western-supported terrorist forces … | The post The War on Syria: Are the White Helmets preparing another Chemical Weapons False Flag? appeared first on Global Research.
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Defense Department Abruptly Stopped Releasing Key Details on Strikes in War Against ISIS
Trevor Aaronson | theintercept.com | 2019-01-09
The Defense Department quietly announced that it would be paring back its "strike releases," which watchdogs use to corroborate reports of civilian harm. | The post Defense Department Abruptly Stopped Releasing Key Details on Strikes in War Against ISIS appeared first on The Intercept.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro to Privatize Almost 100 Public Companies
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Brazil's public works minister says that the Bolsonaro administration is looking to privatize or close at least 100 public companies in a bid to reduce the national debt. | RELATED: | Brazil: Environment Agency Head Resigns After Bolsonaro's Trump-like Tweetstorm Attack | Public Works Minister of Brazil Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas said that the newly-inaugurated government of Jair Bolsonaro wants to shut down or privatize about 100 publicly-owned companies.
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"A Racist, Xenophobic Attack": Immigrant Rights Activist Decries Trump Remarks About Southern Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-09
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congress to approve $5.7 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but he opted not to declare a national emergency to force construction of the wall, in a xenophobic speech riddled with falsehoods. We speak with Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant rights group based in Chicago.
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Trump's Neocons Reverse His Syria Withdrawal Plan
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
I'm starting to wonder whether President Trump has any power over US foreign policy at all. Many people believe that the US president is just a figurehead, with actual foreign policy firmly in the hands of the deep state. Trump's … | The post Trump's Neocons Reverse His Syria Withdrawal Plan appeared first on Global Research.
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At Last! A Workable Reason to Impeach the MFer
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
Liberals have been calling for the new Democratic House to file articles of impeachment against Donald Trump ever since winning the House in the Nov. 8 election in 2016, but there has been this obstacle: Nobody believes that Republicans who control the Senate will allow a House impeachment to move to a trial in the…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/09/at-l…

What Trump's Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-01-09
What Trump's Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals…
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Longtime Reporter Leaves NBC Saying Media Is "Trump Circus" That Encourages Perpetual War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-09
"Prisoners of Donald Trump." That's how longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin described the mainstream media in a scathing letter last week announcing he would be leaving the network, accusing the media of warmongering while ignoring the "creeping fascism of homeland security." He issued the blistering critique after a 30-year relationship with NBC, calling for "Trump-free" media days and a reckoning about how the network encourages a state of perpetual warfare. We speak with Arkin, whose award-winning reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post. He is the author…
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US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-09
Turkey's president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.
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William Arkin on Homeland Security's Creeping Fascism and Why the CIA & FBI Won't Save Us from Trump
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-09
Longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin announced he was leaving the network last week in a blistering letter that took aim at the mainstream media for encouraging perpetual warfare and bolstering the national security state. In his letter, Arkin writes of Trump,…
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Is There Still Hope for Rojava?
Edward Hunt | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
As the U.S. foreign policy establishment grapples with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, officials in Washington are overlooking what could be the biggest impact of his decision: the effect on the revolution in Rojava, the most promising democratic experiment in the Middle East. Since Trump announced on December 19 that U.S. forces…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/09/is-t…

Uruguay Defends Presence at Maduro's Inauguration in Caracas
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Uruguay's Foreign Minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa said the Uruguayan business representative at the embassy in Caracas, Jose Luis Remedi will attend the inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Thursday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Delivers Protest Note to 'Lima Group' Countries | Uruguay "has no competence to classify governments as legitimate or illegitimate," Novoa explained. | "We recognize states, and Venezuela is a state with which we maintain relations. We think that a policy o…
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The Fight to End South Korea's 'Blood-Stained' National-Security Act
Max S. Kim | thenation.com | 2019-01-09
As Seoul and Pyongyang inch toward peace, an alleged North Korean spy goes on trial. | The post The Fight to End South Korea's 'Blood-Stained' National-Security Act…
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Sudanese President Rejects Calls to Step Down As Protests Mount
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is facing the most persistent protests since he seized power in 1989, dismissed calls for him to step down Tuesday. | RELATED: | Sudan President Omar al-Bashir: 3 Decades of Power and War Crimes | Addressing soldiers at a military base near Atbara, northeast of the capital Khartoum, Bashir scoffed at calls by de…
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Mixed Results from Latest Sino/US Trade Talks
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Three days of talks in Beijing ended Wednesday afternoon local time, details so far not released by either side. | Media reports are mixed. Increased Chinese purchases of US products and cutting import duties, reportedly offered, leave major differences between both … | The post Mixed Results from Latest Sino/US Trade Talks appeared first on Global Research.
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Maduro: Venezuela Faces Coup Ordered by US, Lima Group
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
In a press conference delivered to local and international media, the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that a coup against the country is underway. | RELATED: | Venezuela Delivers Protest Note to 'Lima Group' Countries | "A coup is underway, ordered from Washington (capital of the U.S.), ordered from the Lima Cartel (Lima Group), in Venezuela, and I tell you: the Venezuelan people will know how to respond to any attempt, any intentions that are intended today or tomo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-V…

Professors Protest the CCRI J-Term: a Symptom of What is Changing in the Democratic Party
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
For some time now, I have argued that neoliberalism as a system of governance has a talent for co-opting the vocabulary and grammar of Left-leaning projects so to further their own designs for those they govern. This was brought home to me on January 2, 2019 at a picket line held by the faculty of…
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Thailand: Amnesty Welcomes Saudi Woman's Refugee Protection
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-09
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New Documents Reveal Covert UK Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In US Politics
Mark Ames | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-09
The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive "political smear unit" is infiltrating the US. | The post New Documents Reveal Covert UK Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In US Politics appeared first on MintPress News.
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US Snatches Chinese Executive — Sets Dangerous Precedent. "Trying to Provoke, Humiliate China"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Claiming that prominent Chinese telecommunications company Huawei had violated US sanctions on Iran — Canada was requested to arrest and hand over Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was transferring planes in Vancouver. | The arrest was described even … | The post US Snatches Chinese Executive — Sets Dangerous Precedent. "Trying to Provoke, Humiliate China" appeared first on Global Research.
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How to get Venezuela's economy going again
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-01-09
In this interview with Venezuelanalysis, an independent researcher speaks frankly about the roots of the country's economic crisis and outlines a series of policies to revert it. | Source…
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Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Three sturdy trekkers step out of a van and hoist top-heavy blue, green and orange rucksacks onto their backs. The two young women and a man then set off on foot, headed to one of Kathmandu's numerous backpackers' hotels. I … | The post Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner? appeared first on Global Research.
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Why are We Still Logging Our Forests?
Roy Keene | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
Anyone who accepts true science realizes that today's big forest fires are driven far more by climate warming than by a lack of "active forest management" as claimed in previous editorial opinions. Active forest management, more honestly called "logging," has always been the timber industry's cure-all for every perceived problem in our forests. Until science…
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The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term
Martin Varese | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros will be sworn-in for his second mandate (2019-2025) on Thursday, Jan. 10, in front of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in Caracas. Days before being inaugurated, Maduro has called for unity among Venezuelans and against clear interventionist attempts. "The Bolivarian Revolution is about more that one man: it's about a people that chose to be free," he tweeted. | RELATED: | Consistent, Free, Fair: Venezuela's Election History Analyzed | T…
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Venezuela Delivers Protest Note to 'Lima Group' Countries
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
The Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza will deliver a protest note on Wednesday to 12 of the 14 countries of the so-called Lima Group for their interventionist declaration made in the framework of the inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | 600 Artists, Activists, Academics Show Solidarity with Maduro | The Top Venezuelan diplomat said the protest note communicates Venezuela's rejection of the interventionist actions of this group, sponsored by the U…
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Venezuela Assumes OPEC Presidency, Unveils Foreign Oil Investment Deals
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-09
One of the deals – which the signing firm claim is in the national interest of the US – seems to go against the 2001 Hydrocarbons Law and has worried many Venezuela commentators.
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Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan Slams LA Teachers for Strike
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
The closer we get to a strike, the more pressure is put on us to call it off. In a recent article in The Hill, pro-charter/anti-union former Education secretary Arne Duncan criticizes United Teachers of Los Angeles, citing the Los Angeles Unified School District's alleged financial problems. Yet the neutral, state-appointed factfinder on the dispute contradicts many of LAUSD's…
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Iranian FM Slams Bolton, Pompeo's "Psychotic," "Pure Obsession" With Iran
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-09
"While ordinarily it might be flattering, [Secretary Pompeo] and [John Bolton's] pure obsession with Iran is more and more like the behavior of persistently failing psychotic stalkers." – Javad Zarif | The post Iranian FM Slams Bolton, Pompeo's "Psychotic," "Pure Obsession" With Iran appeared first on MintPress News.
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Brazil: Bolsonaro Backtracks, Says No US Military Base
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
President Jair Bolsonaro, in what seems like an about-face, promises the Brazilian Armed Forces that he will not approve the opening of any United States military base during his term, according to a report in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Open to Hosting US Military Base to Advance Brazil's Military Supremacy | The Brazilian newspaper stated that the Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo conferred the message from the president to army ge…
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Gabon and Coup Mania
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
It starts with a presumption, makes its way through a discussion, and becomes a set, moulded stereotype: Africa is the continent of tin pot dictatorships, unstable leaderships, and coups. Latin America, attuned to brigandage and frontier mentalities, is not far … | The post Gabon and Coup Mania appeared first on Global Research.
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Multifaceted Attack Against Venezuela on Eve of Maduro Inauguration
Frederick B. Mills, William Camacaro and Roger D. Harris | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro's inauguration for his second term on January 10 is targeted by the US, the allied Lima Group, and the hardline Venezuelan opposition. They have demanded that Maduro refuse inauguration. A multifaceted attack aimed at regime change is underway using sanctions, military threats, and a campaign of delegitimization to replace the democratically elected…
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Venezuela's Maduro to Be Sworn in for 2nd Term
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-09
Despite US-led pressure for him not to do so, 600 of the world's activists and academics have shown their support for the President in a collective statement.
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Iraq: Children Tortured in Kurdish Jails, Activist Group Says
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Human Rights Watch (HRW) report stated that security forces in Kurdish regions of Iraq have been and continue to torture children in order to gain confessions regarding links to ISIS. | RELATED: | Iraqi Lawmakers Demand Vote to Expel US Military | The report is based on interviews conducted with 20 boys between the ages of 14 and 17 who have either been charged or conv…
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Flawed Terrorism Report Shows Administration's Skewed Priorities
Tim Lau | commondreams.org | 2019-01-09
The Justice Department needs to correct or retract the DHS-DOJ terrorism report because it is both methodologically flawed and tied to a xenophobic agenda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World
Danny Haiphong | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests. | "There is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous "meddler" in the affairs of other nations that … | The post How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World appeared first on Global Research.
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War Criminals at Large
Dr. Daniele Ganser | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Because mass media does not openly address and criticize these crimes and because so far the responsible politicians have not been convicted by a court, a stubborn misconception persists in the populations of these aggressor states that democracies never start wars and also never use terror as a political instrument. | The post War Criminals at Large appeared first on Global Research.
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Living on a Quagmire Planet: This Could Get a Lot Uglier
Tom Engelhardt | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what's now Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged out a crater 150 kilometers wide and put so much soot and sulfur into the atmosphere that it created what was essentially a prolonged "nuclear winter." During that time, among so…
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French Prime Minister Proposes Government Registry of Demonstrators
Alex Lantier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Following the large turnout throughout France for the eighth week of "yellow vest" (Gilets jaunes) protests this past Saturday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on French television Monday night the imposition of an extraordinary law to suppress the demonstrations. … | The post French Prime Minister Proposes Government Registry of Demonstrators appeared first on Global Research.
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Tax the Rich? History Proves Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May be Correct
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
Taxes impede economic growth and high taxes kill the economy, right?. This is the belief among many who criticize Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to 70% or more. But what does the evidence really tell us? | Do high taxes really hurt the economy as much as they believe, and will lowering them have much of an impact on stimulating it? The economic literature is clear — tax breaks to encourage economic relocation or investment decisions are inefficient and wasteful. Hundreds of studies reach this conclusion. When businesses are surveyed regarding factors importa…
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A Majority of Americans Do Not Believe the Official 9/11 Story
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
TruePublica, a British website that has avoided the 9/11 issue, has had its fill of ignorant journalists at the BBC, Huffington Post and other propagandists for the military/security complex. The constant, shrill demeaning of experts and distinguished people who have … | The post A Majority of Americans Do Not Believe the Official 9/11 Story appeared first on Global Research.
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Why Did Tripoli Issue Arrest Warrants for Libya's Top Post-2011 Actors?
Al Arabiya | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
The Libyan Public Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant of the Chairman of the Wattan Party Abdelhakim Belhaj and the former commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard Ibrahim Jadran, according to Libyan Express. | The warrants included four other Libyan … | The post Why Did Tripoli Issue Arrest Warrants for Libya's Top Post-2011 Actors? appeared first on Global Research.
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Is the Historical Subject Returning, Wearing a Yellow Vest?
Susan Roberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
If someone were to ask me the meaning of politics, I would say that it is concerned with the contestation of power; that it is agonistic, even antagonistic. And that it has to be, because what it contests is the balance of power wielded by different class interests. As Marx recognised, the underlying purpose of the social, political, economic and even legal institutions of capitalist society is to preserve the monopoly of power enjoyed by the capital-owning class. And, consequently, any attempt to challenge that monopoly, in whatever sphere, is going to be countered, as the yellow-vested protesters are currently…
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Do We Really Need Billionaires?
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories. Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year. Americans led the way with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China which, despite its professed commitment to Communism, had…
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Center for Science in the Public Interest Greg Jaffe Cornell and GMOs
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is known in public interest circles as one of the premiere food safety public interest groups in Washington, D.C. But that reputation has suffered over the years because of the group's stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — including its opposition to mandatory labeling of GMO foods.
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Saudi Woman Fleeing Family Granted UN Asylum Status
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
The United Nations granted refugee status to an 18-year-old Saudi woman Wednesday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun has sought asylum in Australia since Saturday when she fled her family fearing for her life. | RELATED: | Australian Government Under Pressure to Take In Saudi Woman | Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room Monday to avoid being repatriated by Thai authorities after escaping alone from a family gathering in Kuwait. | Thai immigration officials had pla…
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Russia Warns US: Military Action In Venezuela 'Catastrophic'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
The Russian government warned the United States against taking any military action in Venezuela Wednesday. | RELATED: | Venezuela: ANC Formally Rejects Lima Group's Interference | "We warn 'hotheads' in Washington against such temptations," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters in a press conference while in India. | Ryabkov expressed his concern about Washington's attempts "to consolidate an anti-Chavez front among Latin American states," in a reference to the r…
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The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
It is always an interesting ride to read a Robert Kagan book as it is a journey into wonderland where things aren't really what they seem. His most recent work, The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World, is … | The post The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World appeared first on Global Research.
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How a NeoCon-Backed "Fact Checker" Plans to Wage War on Independent Media
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-09
As Newsguard's project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site's ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States. | The post How a NeoCon-Backed "Fact Checker" Plans to Wage War on Independent Media appeared first on MintPress News.
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Abolish Wage Slavery: Productivism as an Extractive Industry
Scott Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
The alienation of labor takes many forms, including the outright ownership of slaves. When big mills and factories were introduced under systems of waged labor, elements of judgment and craft were still preserved among workers because otherwise the machinery would not run at all. Streamlining assembly lines became one of the innovations of the Ford…
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GM Crops, Pesticides, Corporate Duplicity: Bayer Has Never Been Transparent in Its Life!
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
"This charming company operated a factory and camp at Auschwitz during the WW2. The UK and US governments are now allowing it to control global farming methods, GM crops, so-called 'advanced technologies' and pesticides." — Rosemary Mason | Tireless campaigner and … | The post GM Crops, Pesticides, Corporate Duplicity: Bayer Has Never Been Transparent in Its Life! appeared first on Global Research.
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Brazil's Temer Closed 130 Community Radios Before Leaving
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Former Brazilian President, Michel Temer, suspended the licenses for about 130 community radios across the South American country on the last day of his government, just before handing over the presidency to Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Shuts Down Official Indigenous Cryptocurrency Project | The Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations…
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Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries
Tamara Pearson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
If you want to find out what's happening in a poor country, be sure to add -tourists to your Google News search. | "Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso," was the recent headline in the BBC, a day … | The post Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries appeared first on Global Research.
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The Future is Female (Death Merchants): MSM Celebrates Women in the War Machine
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-09
While it's significant that Winiecki was the first female F-35 test pilot to complete a mission, it is also significant that the accident-prone, $1.5 trillion dollar boondoggle that is the F-35 completed a mission. | The post The Future is Female (Death Merchants): MSM Celebrates Women in the War Machine appeared first on MintPress News.
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Mozambique Ex-Minister Faces Fraud Charge Extradition Hearing
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Mozambique's former Finance Minister Manuel Chang's legal team argued Tuesday that his detention in South Africa, related to a US$2 billion of fraudulent loans, is illegal and demanded his release. | RELATED: | Mozambique: China Helps Fund US$2.7B Railway Coal Project | Chang, who denied any wrongdoing, in court, has been detained in South Africa since Dec. 29 as part of a United States case involving several arrests made in London and New York and eventually stretching to Mozambique.
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DR Congo: Opposition Not to Accept Negotiated Election Results
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-09
Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Wednesday that he will not accept a "negotiated result" of the presidential elections held on Dec. 30. | RELATED: | Congo Election Results Postponed, Says Official | "We firmly believe that the results of the elections are not negotiable and that in no case will the Congolese p…
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Wheeler's Acts to Protect Polluters Shouldn't be Rewarded
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-09
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Robert Reich: America's Tax System Is Perfectly Backward
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-01-09
The rich were once relied upon to finance the federal government. Now, the government pays the rich ever-more interest on a swelling debt. | The post Robert Reich: America's Tax System Is Perfectly Backward appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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In Pictures: The Largest Strike in History Is Happening in India Right Now
Ben Cowles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
Around 150 million people began a two-day general strike in India today against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's anti-Labour and anti-trade union policies in India. | Workers from both the public and private sectors were joined by teachers and students from … | The post In Pictures: The Largest Strike in History Is Happening in India Right Now appeared first on Global Research.
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To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a "Soft Coup"? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-09
The Cuban Revolution constitutes a fundamental landmark in the history of humanity, which challenges the legitimacy of global capitalism. In all major regions of the World, the Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration and struggle… | The post To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a "Soft Coup"? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals appeared first on Global Research.
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Los Angeles and the billionaires' plan to destroy public education
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-09
Los Angeles teachers are in the front line of the battle against Wall Street interests seeking to privatize education.
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South Park episodes dramatize plight of Amazon workers, ridicule Jeff Bezos
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-09
The two comic episodes, Unfulfilled and Bike Parade, sympathize with rebellious Amazon workers while depicting billionaire Jeff Bezos as a Talosian, an alien from Star Trek bent on the enslavement of humanity.
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US Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, murder, pleads not guilty
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-09
Navy prosecutors allege Edward Gallagher stabbed and killed a 15-year-old boy being treated for injuries sustained during the "Mosul Massacre."
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"Invasions": the Desperate Need to Distract From the Brexit Shambles
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-09
In these days of the 24/7 news cycle– with virtually instantaneous spin on the part of politicians and their slick media gurus, and ever-gullible segments of social media– it's become easy to plant stories that can soon be shown to be false flags. | One of these false flags occurred in the UK in the recent holiday season. As I mentioned in a CounterPunch article a couple of weeks ago, Gatwick, the UK's second largest airport, located 30 miles south of London and serving 43 million passengers a year, was cl…
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Venezuela: Suspected Plotters Tortured
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-09

| January 9, 2019 Video | Video: Venezuelan Military Officers and Families Detained, Tortured: | Venezuelan intelligence and security forces have detained and tortured military personnel suspected of plotting against the government. |

| (Washington, DC) — Venezuelan intelligence and security forces have detained a…
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Arizona cops collect clinic staff DNA in hunt for father of comatose woman's baby
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-09
Police are rounding up the DNA of all male employees of the Arizona healthcare facility where an Apache woman who spent the last 14 years in a vegetative state recently gave birth to a healthy boy. | …
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Voted Down on Tuesday Night, McConnell Raises Alarm by Forcing Second Vote on 'Unconstitutional' Anti-Boycott Bill
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-09
"When was the last time the Senate voted twice in less than 24 hours to consider the same bill? They're doing it right now on S.1, a bill to authorize $38 billion in weapons for Israel and encourage states to deny contracts to people who support boycotts for Palestinian rights." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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30,000 LA Teachers 'Strike Ready' as District Refuses to Spend $1.86 Billion Reserve on Better Pay, Smaller Class Sizes
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-09
The second-largest school district in the nation may be thrown into disarray this week as more than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers prepare to go on strike, after the school district has refused to use its nearly $2 billion dollar reserve to provide educators with raises and much-needed support. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Pompeo says Syria's Kurdish fighters will be protected
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
The Secretary of State visits Baghdad and Erbil as part of his trip to reassure allies on planned US troop pullout.
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HTS offensive could draw in Syria and Turkey
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
As Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham captures towns in north Syria, residents fear group's presence may lead to government assault.
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Sudan's Omar al-Bashir vows to stay in power as protests rage
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
Police tear gas anti-government protesters in Omdurman as president greets thousands of supporters in Khartoum.
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Saudi corruption crackdown stalls kingdom's private jet industry
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
Saudis fear taking off in private jets as the government aims to collect over $100bn from wealthy citizens.
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Yemen needs 'substantial progress' to further peace: UN envoy
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
Both the Houthis and government loyalists have violated a fragile ceasefire agreement, though it still largely holds.
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Bolsonaro threatens to withdraw Brazil from UN migration pact
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
Brazilian president slams freshly-minted global accord, saying rules will be made 'without external influence'.
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Iran defiant amid US warnings against space programme
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
Foreign Minister Zarif says leaving nuclear deal an option as Tehran rules out talks with US on its ballistic missiles.
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Iran confirms arrest of US Navy veteran Michael White
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
Foreign ministry says 46-year-old US Navy veteran was arrested in Mashhad, denies media reports of mistreatment.
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Military personnel, relatives tortured in Venezuela: HRW
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-09
New report says detainees were strangled, deprived of food and had the soles of their feet cut with razor blades.
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The Age of Trump Clearly Shows That Narrative is Everything
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-09
(CJ Opinion) — On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted the following: "Endless Wars, especially those which are fought out of judgement mistakes that were made many years ago, & those where we are getting little financial or military help from the rich countries that so greatly benefit from what we are doing, will eventually come to a …

The Age of Trump Clearly Shows That Narrative is Everything

UN Refers Saudi Teenager to Australia for Refugee Resettlement
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-09
(MEE) — The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand at the weekend saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government has said. "The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement," Australia's Department of Homeland Security said …

UN Refers Saudi Teenager to Australia for Refugee Resettlement

Zuckerberg Distracts From Privacy Scandals With Pedantic "Personal Challenge"
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-09
(ZH) — Mark Zuckerberg gingerly flipped the page from 2018 to 2019 on Tuesday with a progressive and forward-looking blog post — as if his company's ongoing data scandals didn't just shave off 25% of his company's market cap over the last year. The Facebook CEO posted a plucky "personal challenge" for the new year — committing to "host a series of …

Zuckerberg Distracts From Privacy Scandals With Pedantic "Personal Challenge"

Greedy Politicians Are Already Wrecking the Legalized Cannabis Industry
Brittany Hunter | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-09
(FEE) — On New Year's Day 2018, California became the sixth state to end prohibition by legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis. In addition to striking a blow against the disastrous War on Drugs, the full-fledged legalization of marijuana was also expected to trigger an economic boom throughout the Golden State, as it did in …

Greedy Politicians Are Already Wrecking the Legalized Cannabis Industry

Andy Lopez settlement reached, after five years
Carole Hyams-Howard, SF Bayview | indybay.org | 2019-01-09
On Oct 22, 2013, two days after Big Man's 47th Black Panther Party Anniversary Celebration, held in Santa Rosa, ended, a beautiful child,13-year-old Andy Lopez, was gunned down and shot to death by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus.
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End Trump's Deportation Terror to Raise Wages
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-09
Dr. Susan Pozo, the former president of The American Society of Hispanic Economists, responds to Trump's accusation that illegal immigration lowers wages — with Paul Jay | The post End Trump's Deportation Terror to Raise Wages appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Longtime Reporter Leaves NBC Calling Media a "Trump Circus"
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-09
"Prisoners of Donald Trump." That's how longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin described the mainstream media in a scathing letter last week announcing he would be leaving the network, accusing the media of warmongering while ignoring the "creeping fascism of homeland security." He issued the blistering critique after a 30-year relationship with NBC, calling for "Trump-free" media days and a reckoning about how the network encourages a state of perpetual warfare. We speak with Arkin, whose award-winning reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post. He is the aut…
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Immigrant Rights Activist Decries Trump Remarks About Southern Border
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-09
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congress to approve $5.7 billion to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, but he opted not to declare a national emergency to force construction of the wall, in a xenophobic speech riddled with falsehoods. We speak with Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant rights group based in Chicago. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congre…
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Donald Trump Is the Damn Emergency
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-09
Donald Trump still has vast power at his immediate disposal. He can hire the worst people to fill vital posts. He can sign Executive Orders that allow the dumping of toxic chemicals into aquifers. He can continue to rip families apart at the southern border. He can ruin longstanding international relationships and cuddle up with despots and dictators. He can ignore the climate even as it comes crashing down around him. He can order an airstrike against any point on the map. He can peel the crust off the Earth with nuclear weapons if he so chooses. | That is an emergency. | Trump's Oval Office address last nigh…
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Paul Manafort's Accidental Reveal: He Shared Trump Campaign Data With Russia
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-09
President Trump gave his first prime-time Oval Office address on Tuesday evening, and it was as wooden and predictable as expected. He's not a good teleprompter reader and his speechwriters rarely offer up any lines worth remembering. This speech was especially vapid since it basically just reiterated what he's been saying in rallies and press avails for three years now — unauthorized immigrants and refugees are flooding into our country, bringing violent crime and disease with them, and we have to build a great big wall to stop them. These charges are either outrageously misleading or outright false, wh…
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A Look Back at Clapper's Jan. 2017 'Assessment' on Russia-gate
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-08
On the 2nd anniversary of the "assessment" blaming Russia for "collusion" with Trump there is still no evidence other than showing the media "colluded" with the spooks, says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News The banner headline… Read more ?…
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