Daily Archives: January 14, 2019

2019-01-14: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-14). Grim Middle East Reality. Permanent US Occupation. American Forces will Stay Indefinitely. globalresearch.ca US forces came to Syria, Iraq, elsewhere in the region, and virtually everywhere else worldwide to stay. Bolton and Pompeo made similar comments on Syria, indicating no timeline for withdrawal. | US forces will stay indefinitely — on the phony pretext …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). Headlines for January 14, 2019. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Now Longest in U.S. History, Trump Admin Considered Disaster Relief Funds to Build Border Wall, Interior Dept. Pushes Ahead Plans for New Arctic Drilling Leases, Texas: Tornillo Immigrant Prison Camp Shuts Down, Los Angeles: Public Teachers Go on Strike, Dems Vow to Investigate After 2 New Reports on Trump's Relationship with Russia, WSJ: Nat'l Sec. Council Asked About Possible Military Strike on Iran in 2018, Trump Threatens to "Devastate Turkey Economically" If Syrian Kurds Targeted, Saudi Arabia: Sec. of State Pompeo Meets with Crown Prince 3 Months After Khashoggi Killing, Canada Grants Asylum…

David Dayen (2019-01-14). Shuttered IRS Is Sending Automated Warnings of Asset Seizures, With Nobody to Call to Stop Them. theintercept.com The letter from the IRS is dated December 24, 2018, the Monday after the start of the government shutdown. The headline reads, "Notice of intent to seize (levy) your property or rights to property." It describes how the recipient, Aaron Caddel, owner of a small chain of boutique bakeries called Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, has 30 days to pay the $86,296.40 owed the government or face seizure of the funds from his company's bank account. | Caddel, who has two stores in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, insists that the entire issue is a misunderstanding, one he had been wor…

Blake Skylar (2019-01-14). Trump's wall: A death sentence for wildlife. peoplesworld.org President Trump's dream of a border wall is a nightmare for the U.S. Most agree it's a dangerous idea rooted in xenophobia, but should it be built, endangered wildlife might be among its first casualties. It would also pose a significant threat to the climate. In a nation already being ravaged by global warming, it …

Tom Luongo (2019-01-14). Trump's "Hail Mary" Becomes Bolton's Nightmare. globalresearch.ca National Security Advisor John Bolton is making the rounds in the Middle East to try and salvage what's left of the long-standing plan to balkanize Syria and overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of President Trump's announced troop withdrawal….

STAFF (2019-01-14). The Border Wall Is Symbolic of a Nation Trapped by History. truthdig.com Even some of the most outward-looking U.S. presidents presided over the erection of a deadly run of barriers separating the U.S. from Mexico.

RT (2019-01-14). Trump savages 'Elizabeth Warren beer catastrophe,' as shutdown debate drags on. rt.com Against the backdrop of a government shutdown and withdrawal from Syria, President Trump still found time to engage in his favorite, least presidential hobby: insulting political rival and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. |

Greg Grandin (2019-01-14). How Not to Build a "Great, Great Wall". commondreams.org This timeline illustrates how some of the most outward-looking presidents, men who insisted that the prosperity of the nation was inseparable from the prosperity of the world, also presided over the erection of a deadly run of border barriers, be they called fences or walls, that would come to separate the United States from Mexico. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-14). Bolton's Radical Reshaping Plan for Mideast Included "Mind Boggling" Strikes on Iran, Syria, and Iraq. mintpressnews.com Bolton's willingness to bring Syria and Iraq into the fray along with Iran betrays the fact that he is not just seeking regime change in individual countries but seeking to remake the Middle East as a whole.

Sam Gordon (2019-01-14). Who Are Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists? counterpunch.org As the United Kingdom marches, shuffles, even stumbles towards the exit door of the European Union a small Northern Ireland party commands an increasing share of media attention. The name Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has become associated with a new lexicon of the exiting process; hard border, backstop, supply and demand. But what is the More

Alastair Crooke (2019-01-14). A Major Regional Reset: The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War. mintpressnews.com The US and their Gulf Countries and scrambling to salvage what's left of their diplomatic clout following their failed venture in Syria.

South Front (2019-01-14). Video: Netanyahu Claims "Depots Full of Iranian Weapons" Destroyed in Syria. globalresearch.ca Early on January 12, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike on Syria. According to reports, Israeli warplanes, coming from the direction of Galilee, fired several missiles at a depot in the Damascus International Airport. The Syrian Air …

Ed Rampell (2019-01-14). How will Trump's presidency end? Seven ways it may. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump's campaign and presidency have been marked by extreme controversy, divisiveness, and partisan polarization. Many contend America hasn't been this divided since the Civil War. Shortly after the 2016 election, comedian Cecily Strong played CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger in an SNL skit, repeatedly complaining Trump "is not normal." In fact, one of the …

teleSUR (2019-01-14). Trump Threatens Turkey With Economic 'Devastation' Over Kurds. telesurenglish.net The United States President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara Monday and reviving fears of another downturn in relations between the NATO allies. | RELATED: | Turkey Says Military Operations in Syria Not Dependent on US | Relations between the United States and Turkey have long been strained by Washington's support for the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey views as an extension o…

Nicky Reid (2019-01-14). Lessons From Rojava. counterpunch.org This holiday season was unusually kind to the anti-imperialists among us or at least it could have been. Trump shocked the world the week before Christmas by actually putting America first for a change and calling for the immediate withdrawal of the some 2000 troops still illegally occupying North Eastern Syria. Regardless of his motives, More

Gary Leupp (2019-01-14). The Chickens Come Home to Roost….in Northern Syria. counterpunch.org The fact is, the U.S. interventions in the Middle East since 9/11—-especially the illegal, immoral war on Iraq based on lies—has, as regional leaders predicted it would, generally "destabilized" the area, and nearby regions. The ruination of the Baathist Iraqi state has by this point produced a Sadrist-led regime that must maintain a degree of More

Zero Hedge (2019-01-14). France, Germany to Merge Economic and Defense Policies; Create Cross-Border "Eurodistricts" globalresearch.ca Germany and France are set to forge a pact aligning their defense, diplomatic and economic policies in an unprecedented "twinning" pact "regarded as a prototype for the future of the European Union," according to The Times' Oliver Moody. | German …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). As Gov't Shutdown Drags On, IRS Continues to Aid the Rich & Corporations While Targeting the Poor. democracynow.org As 800,000 federal workers remain furloughed or working without pay in the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, we look at how the Trump administration has restarted a division of the Internal Revenue Service to help corporate lenders. The Washington Post reports that an appeal from the mortgage industry has resulted in hundreds of IRS staffers returning to the agency to carry out income verifications for lenders. This process earns the $1.3 trillion mortgage banking industry millions of dollars in fees. We speak with Paul Kiel, a reporter for ProPublica and contributor to the series "Gutting the IRS." Hi…

Massoud Nayeri (2019-01-14). Two-step Solution for the American Government Shutdown. globalresearch.ca Two-step solution: | 1) End the Government Shutdown; | 2) A (YES or NO) National Referendum on allocating a budget for a border Wall | Everyone agrees that if a contractor is hired for a certain job, they have to do that job …

Badri Raina (2019-01-14). Hurry Up please, No Time. zcomm.org Remember the days, not too far back, Although eons in consequence, When there were coffee houses in town, And we dawdled for interminable hours, Over interminable cups, without A bouncer's hint that we must leave. In the coldest chill and penury, The warmth of our converse made Everything rich. And, gadgetless, We pined to see Read more…

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-01-14). Campaign Finance Reform Helps Special Interests. globalresearch.ca One of the new Democratic House majority's top priorities is so-called campaign finance reform legislation. Contrary to the claims of its supporters, campaign finance reform legislation does not limit the influence of powerful special interests. Instead, it violates the First …

teleSUR (2019-01-14). Maduro: Inequality Down Despite Imperialist Economic Attacks. telesurenglish.net President re-elect Nicolas Maduro addressed the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Monday as the body officially ratified his presidency (2019-2025). He used the opportunity to present parts of his six-year Plan of the Homeland for his new term. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects US Attempted Coup and 'Puppet Government' | "Inequality has been reduced in 2018 despite the brutal imperialist economic attacks," Maduro said during his speech to the assembly. He also said: "As I soon as I wa…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-14). A Workers' Struggle in India to 'Make the Land Proud'. consortiumnews.com This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world, writes Vijay Prasad from Kerala, in a roundup that also includes observations on Brazil and Palestine. By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Over two days—Jan. 8 and… Read more →

Zero Hedge (2019-01-14). "China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Deployed to Hawaii, "On Watch" 24/7. globalresearch.ca The US Air Force is putting China on notice as it announced Friday a new deployment of three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific. The nuclear-capable aircraft departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and touched …

David Bacon (2019-01-14). A New Day for Mexican Workers. globalresearch.ca NAFTA had been in effect for just a few months when Ruben Ruiz got a job at the Itapsa factory in Mexico City in the summer of 1994. Itapsa made auto brakes for Echlin, a U.S. manufacturer later bought out …

STAFF (2019-01-14). Radical Changes Are Coming to the Iowa Caucuses. truthdig.com The Iowa Democratic Party is preparing to implement the most sweeping and radical changes to its first-in-the-nation caucuses in 50 years, including potentially adopting online elements that could increase participation by upward of 100,000 voters, according to party leaders. | "We have spent many, many months and thousands of hours of conversations with a whole lot of different folks about what is the best solution. And we're in the process right now, literally this month, of crafting that into a draft of a delegate selection plan," Iowa Democratic Party executive director Kevin Geiken said Thursday. | "We're do…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-14). How a neocon-backed "fact checker" plans to wage war on independent media. mronline.org 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. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-14). Iran: Lone Survivor Critical As 15 Die in Plane Crash. telesurenglish.net An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane crashed Monday west of the capital of Tehran killing nearly all passengers. The plane landed at the Revolutionary Guard-run Fath airport but skidded off the 1,100 meter runway and into an adjacent neighborhood, bursting into flames. | RELATED: | Iran: 10 Suspects Arrested After Suicide Bombing | Fifteen people on board were killed and one survived the crash. | The plane, which was transporting meat from Kyrgyzstan, was meant to land at the Payam International…

Richard Falk (2019-01-14). Toward Geopolitical Disengagement: Uncertain yet Desirable. zcomm.org For the first time in the 21stCentury it is possible to envision positive developments in the region as reducing the level of violence and turbulence…

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-14). LA Teachers' Strike: "The Country Is Watching" counterpunch.org The chair of UTLA at our high school today wrote: We are making history as this strike looms. Every school district in the country is watching what we are doing, and we are getting support from all over the country. We are not just fighting for us but for the future students of all school More

Andy Rowell (2019-01-14). Canada's Trudeau Accused of Violating First Nations Rights over Gas Pipeline. globalresearch.ca There are moments that define a politician. There are legacies that they leave. But the reality of high office is often so different from the easy promises of opposition. | As a poster boy politician, who entered office promising a new …

David William Pear (2019-01-14). Kids are Dying: The Guardian Reports More "Good News" from Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The United States is intentionally creating chaos and crisis as an excuse for intervention in Venezuela, and the Guardian is working as its unofficial stenographer.

Julia Stein (2019-01-14). California Needs a 10-Year Green New Deal. counterpunch.org As global warming makes California warmer and drier, its wildfires worsen and more people have died. California has the biggest economy in the United States and now has the 5th largest economy in the world. What California does affects the globe. For three years the New York state assembly had passed the Climate and Community Protection More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-14). Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the "Integrity Initiative" globalresearch.ca Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort. Interest groups tinker. Wars must be sold; deception must be perpetrated. Inconsistencies must be removed. There will be success, measured in small …

STAFF (2019-01-14). Our Government's Insane War Machine Is Headed for Space. truthdig.com Maintaining our branches of the military on earth costs over $700 billion a year. Donald Trump wants to blast those costs into space.

Global Research News (2019-01-14). Selected Articles: Regime Change in America? globalresearch.ca For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an …

Ted Rall (2019-01-14). Here is the Progressive Agenda. counterpunch.org Clintonite corporatists still control the Democratic National Committee despite their long string of failure at the polls. But the overwhelming majority of Democratic Party voters—72%—are self-identified progressives. 44% of House primary candidates in 2018 self-IDed as progressive. If you're after the Democratic nomination for president you have to be—or pretend to be—progressive. Even Hillary Clinton More

Robert Koehler (2019-01-14). A Green Future is One Without War. counterpunch.org Donald Trump and his base — the leftover scraps of Jim Crow, the broken shards of racist hatred that once were the American mainstream and made the country seem "great" to those who weren't its victims — have, it appears, a crucial role to play in our future. President Trump is the increasingly naked truth. More

Dean Baker (2019-01-14). Declining Birth Rates: Is the US in Danger of Running Out of People? counterpunch.org There have been several pieces in recent weeks about the drop in birth rates in recent years. Birth rates declined in the recession and they have not recovered even as the economy has improved. As these pieces point out, economics plays a big role in the drop in birth rates. Young adults often are having More

John Wojcik (2019-01-14). Ellen Perlo, 102; advocate for equality, peace, justice and socialism. peoplesworld.org When, as a student, she walked on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in the 1930s even her best friend didn't want to be seen with her. That was because Ellen Perlo often walked and talked with S.I. Hayakawa, a linguist who was, at that time, a young teacher at the university. It was …

teleSUR (2019-01-14). Brazil to Treat Landless Workers Activists as Terrorists: Govt. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right government under President Jair Bolsonaro will seek to classify "invasions" of farmland by landless workers as akin to terrorism, with harsher penalties for the activists, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Monday. | RELATED: | Italian Leftist Detained in Bolivia as Part of Brazil's 'Red Purge' | Nabhan Garcia, land issues secretary at the ministry, said the government must convince the National Congress to change the law to give police broader autonomy…

Alison Weir (2019-01-14). House Bill Forces Trump to Nominate "Anti-Semitism Envoy" Who Would Monitor Criticism of Israel. mintpressnews.com The position of anti-Semitism envoy was created in 2004 over the objections of the State Department, which said it wasn't needed. It was urged by Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky, who had formulated a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel.

Robert Fisk (2019-01-14). The US Media has Lost One of Its Sanest Voices on Military Matters. counterpunch.org I hate television "experts", the infamous "analysts" who know all — and support all — about the military, the televisual ex-generals with vain presidential ambitions and the infamous American "think tank" personnel whose right-wing, pro-Israeli beliefs are carefully shielded from viewers by the US networks who employ them. I always characterise the antiseptic and pseudo-academic More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-01-14). Hoping for Control Over its Oil, Saudi Arabia Is Trying to Hijack Yemen's Parliament. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia hopes the move, which will see a separate Saudi-backed Yemeni parliament meeting in Aden or in Saudi Arabia in early 2019, will force a moratorium on Yemen's domestic energy development, as the Saudis hope to secure control of Yemen's substantial oil reserves for themselves.

teleSUR (2019-01-14). US Playing Blame Game With Saudis Over Khashoggi. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week called for Saudi Arabia to be held accountable for the barbaric murder of Washington-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed and allegedly dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. | RELATED: | Pompeo's Middle East Visit Contradicts Trump Admin Policy | Pompeo was en route to Doha, Qatar to meet with…

Juan Cole (2019-01-14). Who's Running John Bolton to Start a War With Iran? He Worried Even Mad Dog Mattis. commondreams.org Trump picked up Bolton for the post of national security adviser from the Gatestone Institute, a known hate group dedicated to spreading disinformation about Muslims and Islam, which he chaired. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-14). How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes? globalresearch.ca "Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal's dysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million— either way, a sizable slice in a population of 28 million.) | Those …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-14). Italien und das EU-Votum fàºr US-Raketen in Europa. globalresearch.ca In der Nà§he des Glaspalastes der Vereinten Nationen in New York befindet sich eine metallische Skulptur mit dem Titel "Evil Defeated by Good" [Das Bà∂se vom Guten besiegt], die den Heiligen Georg darstellt, der einen Drachen mit seiner Lanze durchbohrt. …

J. B. Gerald (2019-01-14). Political Prisoners in America. globalresearch.ca Writing from another country I remember the Americans I'm supposed to forget, those forced into the lives that made them prisoners or simply targets of law enforcement programs. Some are religious people, Christians and Muslims. Many were Black Panthers. Some …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-14). A New Narrative Control Firm Works to Destroy Alternative Media. globalresearch.ca The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative being promoted day in and day out by western mass media has had two of its major stories ripped to shreds in the last three days. | A report seeded throughout the mainstream media by anonymous …

TeleSur English (2019-01-14). Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil. venezuelanalysis.com Two thousand-five hundred cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and general doctors arrived to Venezuela Friday.

Jeff Cohen (2019-01-14). Corporate Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former vice president Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-01-14). John Bolton Aims to Plunge Us Into Another Generation of War. truthdig.com The national security adviser has been agitating for a war on Iran for two decades, and if he's not reined in, he could soon get his way.

teleSUR (2019-01-14). Bolivia to Open 17 Natural Gas Wells in 2019. telesurenglish.net Bolivia plans to drill 17 natural gas wells in the departments of Chuquisaca, Tarija, Santa Cruz, Pando, Beni and La Paz in 2019. The gas potential will be at least 13 trillion cubic feet (TCF). | RELATED: | Evo Morales Defends Indigenous People After Bolsonaro Ally's Racist Slur | The Minister of Hydrocarbons, Luis Alberto Sanchez announced Monday that the drilling will start in two weeks at the àëancahuasu-X1 well, (Chuquisaca), and then more throughout the year,…

Kenn Orphan (2019-01-14). The Tears of Justin Trudeau. counterpunch.org On January 7th the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) swept into a non-violent checkpoint set up by the Unist'ot'en and Gidimt'en clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. Fourteen people were violently arrested in the ambush by the militarized colonial forces. The camp was set up by hereditary leaders to defend the ancestral lands of the Unist'ot'en and More

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-14). 5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall. counterpunch.org On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state of Kerala (population 35 million) built a 386-mile wall with their bodies. They stood from one end to the other of this long state in southwestern India. The women gathered at 4 p.m. and took a vow to defend the renaissance traditions of their state and More

STAFF (2019-01-14). Judge Blocks Trump Birth Control Coverage Rules in 13 States. truthdig.com OAKLAND, Calif.—A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. | Judge Haywood Gilliam granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward. | But Gilliam limited the scope of the ruling to the plaintiffs, rejecting their request that he block the rules nationwide. | Th…

Fight Back (2019-01-14). Peace walk held for sleeping man killed by LAPD. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA — Chanting, "Say his name! Christian Escobedo!" and "If we don't get no justice, then they don't get no peace! No justice! No peace! No trigger-happy police!" on January 12 over 60 neighbors, family members, friends and allies gathered on Galena Street and Amethyst Street — where Escobedo was shot and killed. | In the early hours of January 14 the year before, Christian Escobedo, who was 22 years old at the time, and a friend were asleep on the street. Someone called LAPD and the officers walked up to confront Escobedo, shooting him without provocation. LAPD claims they saw a gun, the…

Middle East Eye (2019-01-14). White House Asked for Options to Strike Iran After Baghdad Attack: Report. globalresearch.ca The White House's national security team asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran, after a group aligned with Tehran fired mortars in September into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US embassy, a …

teleSUR (2019-01-14). US: Pentagon Outlines Options for Military Strike in Iran. telesurenglish.net For the first time a request made by the White House on "military options to strike Iran" was reported on Sunday by the Wall Street Journal. | RELATED: | Pompeo's Middle East Visit Contradicts Trump Admin Policy | The request was initiated by President Trump's National Security Council which asked the Pentagon to produce the report, a move which seemed unusual, "It definitely rattled people," stated a former senior U.S. administration official describing the hawkish intentions behind t…

RT (2019-01-14). Commander of US nuclear sub demoted for hiring 10 Filipina prostitutes as 'accompaniment'. rt.com An American submarine commander has been relieved of duty after he hired a horde of "provocatively dressed females" to entertain himself and his sailors while being stationed in the Philippines.

RT (2019-01-14). 'Dirty cops': Trump slams FBI agents who wanted to investigate him over alleged Russia ties. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that FBI agents who wanted to investigate him over unproven collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election are just "dirty cops."

RT (2019-01-14). Fixated on collusion, Dems seeking (again) to subpoena interpreter present at Trump-Putin meeting. rt.com Convinced of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Democrats want to subpoena an interpreter present at a 2017 meeting between Trump and Putin, in what would be a highly controversial and unprecedented move.

amnesty (2019-01-14). Russia: Chechen authorities resume homophobic crackdown. amnesty.org Amnesty International has received credible information that the authorities in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia, have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death since December 2018. | | The Russian LGBT Network has verified reports that the Chechen authorities have detained arou…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-14). Human Rights Council Membership Has Its Consequences. hrw.org This month, a new group of countries took their place as members of the world's top human rights body. | For the next three years, those sitting on the United Nations Human Rights Council will include the likes of the Philippines, where thousands have been killed in the name of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs"; Eritrea, found by a UN inquiry to have committed crimes against humanity; and Bahrain, which routinely retaliates against rights activists who raise concerns about government abuses. | | | Overview of the Uni…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-14). Russian Authorities Increase Pressure on Crimean Human Rights Lawyer. hrw.org | | Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov's office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017. | © 2017 Anton Naumlyik (RFE/RL) | Few human rights lawyers are brave enough to work in Crimea these days. A recent letter from Russia's Ministry of Justice to Crimean defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov threatening his profession is yet another stark reminder that Ru…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-14). The FBI's Investigation of Trump as a "National Security Threat" is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic. theintercept.com Did the FBI investigate Trump due to disagreements with his policy views on Russia? If so, it would not be the first time the bureau abused its powers this way.

WSWS (2019-01-14). We The Workers: A limited documentary about labour rights groups in China. wsws.org The main problem of We The Workers is not the director's stylistic approach but the film's uncritical attitude towards the political agenda of the labour activists.

WSWS (2019-01-14). The FBI's police state operation against Trump. wsws.org A New York Times report aimed at reviving the anti-Russia campaign against Trump exposes a conspiracy by the political police of the FBI to negate the results of the 2016 election.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-01-14). 'Make No Mistake. People Will Die': Backlash Against 'Relentless War on Medicaid' Waged by Trump. commondreams.org Following reporting that the Trump administration is planning an attack on Medicaid by seeking key changes in how the program is financed—changes it wants to make without Congressional approval—Democratic lawmakers and healthcare advocates are warning the proposal means healthcare for millions of Americans will be threatened as states will be forced to "make draconian cuts." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

aljazeera (2019-01-14). Erdogan speaks with Trump, says Turkey has no issue with Kurds. aljazeera.com Trump stressed on safety of its Kurdish allies as the two leaders agree on setting up of secure zone in northern Syria.

aljazeera (2019-01-14). 'Can't feel my feet anymore': Syrian refugees brave harsh weather. aljazeera.com Refugees in Lebanon say they have received little help as rains and flooding have submerged their settlements.

aljazeera (2019-01-14). Fatal blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul. aljazeera.com Scores injured in explosion near compound housing international company and NGO offices, officials say.

aljazeera (2019-01-14). What's the US plan for Iran?>. aljazeera.com Donald Trump sends his Secretary of State to the Middle East to drum up support against Iran.

aljazeera (2019-01-14). China's export fall in December amid ongoing US-China trade war. aljazeera.com Despite the lagging exports, China announced it had recorded a trade surplus with the United States of $323bn in 2018.

aljazeera (2019-01-14). Jailed British-Iranian begins prison hunger strike protest. aljazeera.com Dual citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to protest for 72 hours over lack of access to medical treatment, husband says.

Tyler Durden (2019-01-14). "China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Sent to Hawaii, "on Watch 24/7" theantimedia.com (ZH) — The US Air Force is putting China on notice as it announced Friday a new deployment of three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific. The nuclear-capable aircraft departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and touched down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, along with 200 support personnel airmen, as part of a U.S …

Veterans for Peace (2019-01-14). Vets for Peace Statement on U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria. indybay.org Online statement from Vets for Peace approves of Pres. Trump's decision to bring home troops from Syria, ending this illegal military intervention incorrectly labeled "fighting terrorism" by corporate media.

Edward Escobar AIW founder GiGsUP (2019-01-14). Gov't Shutdown Driving Poverty: SF City Hall/Uber Protest. indybay.org San Francisco City Hall Rally – Goodlett Steps. | Then a March to Uber World HQ 1455 Market St.

San Mateo Peace Action (2019-01-14). San Mateo: Women's Rally in Solidarity with Women's March. indybay.org 300 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…

Tom Gallagher (2019-01-14). The Yemen Tragedy: America's Role –a free public forum. indybay.org Park Branch Public Library, Community Room | 1833 Page Street, San Francisco…

Shared by candice (2019-01-14). After a Weekend of Explosive Revelations, How Much More Is Trump Hiding? truthout.org The lede in Peter Baker's story in the Sunday New York Times was one I don't think anyone ever expected to see: | So it has come to this: The president of the United States was asked over the weekend whether he is a Russian agent. And he refused to answer. | That comment specifically refers to a question posed to…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-14). Will the Longest Shutdown in US History End in a Power Grab? truthout.org On Saturday, the government shutdown reached day 22 and became the longest government shutdown in US history. | Since the 1970s, government shutdowns have been a way of life in Washington, occurring every few years. The current intractable shutdown over the president's demand for $5 billion for a border wall has been marked by repeated failed negotiations, and it's increasingly hard to see where th…

Shared by candice (2019-01-14). As Government Shutdown Drags On, IRS Continues to Aid the Rich. truthout.org As 800,000 federal workers remain furloughed or working without pay in the longest government shutdown in US history, we look at how the Trump administration has restarted a division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help corporate lenders. The Washington Post reports that an appeal from the mortgage industry has resulted in hundreds of IRS staffers returning to the agency to carry out income verifications for lenders. This process earns the $1.3 trillion mortgage banking industry millions of dollars in fees. We speak with Paul Kiel, a reporter for ProPublica and contributor to the series "Gutting the I…

Shared by candice (2019-01-14). From Beto to Oprah, Undeclared 2020 Candidates Already Backed by Outside Groups. truthout.org As a growing number of potential 2020 Democratic candidates weigh their chances, various PACs have appeared hoping to demonstrate grassroots support and "draft" their favored candidate into running. | Already attracting a lot of attention is unsuccessful 2018 Senate candidate and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas). A Politico report claims he is "leaning toward running for president," and several unaffiliated PACs have been laun…

Shared by candice (2019-01-14). The Green New Deal Is Happening in China. truthout.org One of the Trump administration's talking points about global warming is that we're reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while the countries that remain in the Paris accord are not. Well, the first part of this story is clearly not true, as data for 2018 show a large rise in emissions for the United States. The second part is also not very accurate, as most other countries are taking large steps to reduce emissions. | At the top of the list is China. The country has undertaken a massive push to convert to electric pow…

Marinella Correggia (2019-01-13). Syria. The Force of Civilization. globalresearch.ca "Our millennial history will help us". Between street mosaics, archaeological assets to be restored, photovoltaic energy for reconstruction, and agriculture that calls for peace | Finding a place in the Guinness for making the largest wall mosaic in the world with …

Consortiumnews (2019-01-13). The Memo That Helped Kill a Half Million People in Syria. consortiumnews.com The memo shows the advice Hillary Clinton was getting to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war. As Trump seeks to extricate the U.S. the memo has again become relevant, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Chinese Police Begin New Probe into Expired Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Police in China's eastern province of Jiangsu has begun an investigation after at least 145 children received expired polio vaccines, the Global Times said on Monday, a new blow to a sector hit by a series of scandals last year. | RELATED: | High-level US-China Talks Aimed at Curbing Trade War Continue | Residents, including the children's parents, blocked traffic and disrupted public order as they gathered outside Jinhu county offices on Friday, said the paper, which is published…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Virus Kills 10th Victim in Argentina and Chile, Likely Mutated. telesurenglish.net Argentina's authorities reported Sunday the tenth victim of the potentially fatal, rodent-borne Hantavirus pandemic spreading from the southern province of Chubut to Chile, with a total of at least 28 contaminated people according to the official estimate. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | The victim, a 29-year-old woman, died in Santiago de Chile in the afternoon. She had just returned from the small town of Epuyen in Chubut, where the pandemic appeared…

Fight Back (2019-01-13). FRSO congratulates Nicolás Maduro on his second term. fightbacknews.org On the occasion of the inauguration to a second term as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) sends its warmest congratulations and solidarity to Nicolás Maduro and the people's movement of Venezuela. | We salute the heroic achievements of the Venezuelan people and its political leadership, as you continue their project of building a sovereign nation, independent of imperialism and able to meet the needs of its own people. President Maduro's re-election confirms that the Bolivarian Revolution speaks to the felt wants and needs of the vast majority o…

Ezili Dantà≤ (2019-01-13). The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid. globalresearch.ca "For whose entertainment shall we sing our agony? In what hopes? That the destroyers, aspiring to extinguish us, will suffer conciliatory remorse at the sight of their own fantastic success?" — Ayi Kwei Armah, from the book "Two Thousand Seasons"…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil. telesurenglish.net Over 2,000 Cuban doctors are setting up practice in Venezuela after being kicked out of Brazil by President Jair Bolsonaro, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said this weekend. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Lawmaker Juan Guaido Released, Rogue Officers Fired | Two-thousand-five-hundred cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and general doctors arrived in the South…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Don't Play Into the Hands of Fuel Thieves, Mexico: AMLO. telesurenglish.net Mexicans should beware of "fuel thieves" taking advantage of rural oil reserves, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said Sunday in Acambay. | RELATED: | AMLO: Previous Governments 'Completely Destroyed Mexico' | "I ask the people to not entertain these corrupt people who say 'here you have gas' and then take advantage; I ask that people do not protect these crimina…

Frei Betto (2019-01-13). Brazil and the Illusion of the Rich: An Island of Prosperity Surrounded by Misery and Suffering. globalresearch.ca Frei Betto (Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo) was born in 1944 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He began his political engagement as Catholic student and was imprisoned by the military regime that seized power in 1964 and ruled until 1985. I interviewed …

Prof. James Petras (2019-01-13). Walls or Roads. globalresearch.ca History is told by Walls and Roads which have marked significant turning points in the relation between peoples and states. | We will discuss the story behind two walls and one road and the circumstances which surround them and their consequences….

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-13). Trump, The Manchurian Candidate: "Conspiracy" to Destabilize the Trump Presidency. Regime Change in America. globalresearch.ca We are dealing with a carefully planned operation, a "conspiracy" in the true sense of the word. In recent developments, the FBI investigation is being quoted by the media as evidence that Trump is "wittingly or unwittingly" an agent of the Kremlin

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Egypt University Expels Woman Student for Hugging Male Friend. telesurenglish.net Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's reputation. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal.

RT (2019-01-13). WaPo recycles old Russiagate memes in latest gossip piece about Trump-Putin secret collusion. rt.com Donald Trump's reluctance to provide unfettered access to his conversations with Vladimir Putin has upset nameless American officials, the Washington Post has revealed. The US president dismissed the story as absurd and offensive.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-13). 'A Reckless Advocate of Military Force': Demands for John Bolton's Dismissal After Reports He Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran. commondreams.org Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, "a reckless advocate of military force," the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton "asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

2019-01-14: Social Media Postees

Two-step Solution for the American Government Shutdown
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
Two-step solution: | 1) End the Government Shutdown; | 2) A (YES or NO) National Referendum on allocating a budget for a border Wall | Everyone agrees that if a contractor is hired for a certain job, they have to do that job … | The post Two-step Solution for the American Government Shutdown appeared first on Global Research.
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France, Germany to Merge Economic and Defense Policies; Create Cross-Border "Eurodistricts"
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
Germany and France are set to forge a pact aligning their defense, diplomatic and economic policies in an unprecedented "twinning" pact "regarded as a prototype for the future of the European Union," according to The Times' Oliver Moody. | German … | The post France, Germany to Merge Economic and Defense Policies; Create Cross-Border "Eurodistricts" appea…
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Trump savages 'Elizabeth Warren beer catastrophe,' as shutdown debate drags on
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-14
Against the backdrop of a government shutdown and withdrawal from Syria, President Trump still found time to engage in his favorite, least presidential hobby: insulting political rival and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. | …
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As Gov't Shutdown Drags On, IRS Continues to Aid the Rich & Corporations While Targeting the Poor
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-14
As 800,000 federal workers remain furloughed or working without pay in the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, we look at how the Trump administration has restarted a division of the Internal Revenue Service to help corporate lenders. The Washington Post reports that an appeal from the mortgage industry has resulted in hundreds of IRS staffers returning to the agency to carry out income verifications for lenders. This process earns the $1.3 trillion mortgage banking industry millions of dollars in fees. We speak with Paul Kiel, a reporter for ProPublica and contributor to the series "Gutting the IRS." Hi…
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How Not to Build a "Great, Great Wall"
Greg Grandin | commondreams.org | 2019-01-14
This timeline illustrates how some of the most outward-looking presidents, men who insisted that the prosperity of the nation was inseparable from the prosperity of the world, also presided over the erection of a deadly run of border barriers, be they called fences or walls, that would come to separate the United States from Mexico. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Who Are Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists?
Sam Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
As the United Kingdom marches, shuffles, even stumbles towards the exit door of the European Union a small Northern Ireland party commands an increasing share of media attention. The name Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has become associated with a new lexicon of the exiting process; hard border, backstop, supply and demand. But what is the…
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Shuttered IRS Is Sending Automated Warnings of Asset Seizures, With Nobody to Call to Stop Them
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-14
The letter from the IRS is dated December 24, 2018, the Monday after the start of the government shutdown. The headline reads, "Notice of intent to seize (levy) your property or rights to property." It describes how the recipient, Aaron Caddel, owner of a small chain of boutique bakeries called Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, has 30 days to pay the $86,296.40 owed the government or face seizure of the funds from his company's bank account. | Caddel, who has two stores in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, insists that the entire issue is a misunderstanding, one he had been wor…
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Lessons From Rojava
Nicky Reid | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
This holiday season was unusually kind to the anti-imperialists among us or at least it could have been. Trump shocked the world the week before Christmas by actually putting America first for a change and calling for the immediate withdrawal of the some 2000 troops still illegally occupying North Eastern Syria. Regardless of his motives,…
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A Major Regional Reset: The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-14
The US and their Gulf Countries and scrambling to salvage what's left of their diplomatic clout following their failed venture in Syria. | The post A Major Regional Reset: The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War appeared first on MintPress News.
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Video: Netanyahu Claims "Depots Full of Iranian Weapons" Destroyed in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
Early on January 12, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike on Syria. According to reports, Israeli warplanes, coming from the direction of Galilee, fired several missiles at a depot in the Damascus International Airport. The Syrian Air … | The post Video: Netanyahu Claims "Depots Full of Iranian Weapons" Destroyed in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump Threatens Turkey With Economic 'Devastation' Over Kurds
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
The United States President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara Monday and reviving fears of another downturn in relations between the NATO allies. | RELATED: | Turkey Says Military Operations in Syria Not Dependent on US | Relations between the United States and Turkey have long been strained by Washington's support for the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey views as an extension o…
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The Border Wall Is Symbolic of a Nation Trapped by History
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-14
Even some of the most outward-looking U.S. presidents presided over the erection of a deadly run of barriers separating the U.S. from Mexico. | The post The Border Wall Is Symbolic of a Nation Trapped by History appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump's wall: A death sentence for wildlife
Blake Skylar | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-14
President Trump's dream of a border wall is a nightmare for the U.S. Most agree it's a dangerous idea rooted in xenophobia, but should it be built, endangered wildlife might be among its first casualties. It would also pose a significant threat to the climate. In a nation already being ravaged by global warming, it …
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How will Trump's presidency end? Seven ways it may
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-14
Donald Trump's campaign and presidency have been marked by extreme controversy, divisiveness, and partisan polarization. Many contend America hasn't been this divided since the Civil War. Shortly after the 2016 election, comedian Cecily Strong played CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger in an SNL skit, repeatedly complaining Trump "is not normal." In fact, one of the …
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Trump's "Hail Mary" Becomes Bolton's Nightmare
Tom Luongo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
National Security Advisor John Bolton is making the rounds in the Middle East to try and salvage what's left of the long-standing plan to balkanize Syria and overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of President Trump's announced troop withdrawal…. | The post Trump's "Hail Mary" Becomes Bolton's Nightmare appeared first on Global Research.
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Grim Middle East Reality. Permanent US Occupation. American Forces will Stay Indefinitely
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
US forces came to Syria, Iraq, elsewhere in the region, and virtually everywhere else worldwide to stay. Bolton and Pompeo made similar comments on Syria, indicating no timeline for withdrawal. | US forces will stay indefinitely — on the phony pretext … | The post Grim Middle East Reality. Permanent US Occupation. American Forces will Stay Indefinitely appeared first on Global Research.
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The Chickens Come Home to Roost….in Northern Syria
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
The fact is, the U.S. interventions in the Middle East since 9/11—especially the illegal, immoral war on Iraq based on lies–has, as regional leaders predicted it would, generally "destabilized" the area, and nearby regions. The ruination of the Baathist Iraqi state has by this point produced a Sadrist-led regime that must maintain a degree of…
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Bolton's Radical Reshaping Plan for Mideast Included "Mind Boggling" Strikes on Iran, Syria, and Iraq
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-14
Bolton's willingness to bring Syria and Iraq into the fray along with Iran betrays the fact that he is not just seeking regime change in individual countries but seeking to remake the Middle East as a whole. | The post Bolton's Radical Reshaping Plan for Mideast Included "Mind Boggling" Strikes on Iran, Syria, and Iraq appeared first on MintPress News.
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Hoping for Control Over its Oil, Saudi Arabia Is Trying to Hijack Yemen's Parliament
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-14
Saudi Arabia hopes the move, which will see a separate Saudi-backed Yemeni parliament meeting in Aden or in Saudi Arabia in early 2019, will force a moratorium on Yemen's domestic energy development, as the Saudis hope to secure control of Yemen's substantial oil reserves for themselves. | The post Hoping for Control Over its Oil, Saudi Arabia Is Trying to Hijack Yemen's Parliament appeared first on MintPress News.
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Selected Articles: Regime Change in America?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an … | The post Selected Articles: Regime Change in America? appeared first on Global Research.
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Corporate Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear
Jeff Cohen | commondreams.org | 2019-01-14
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former vice president Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Judge Blocks Trump Birth Control Coverage Rules in 13 States
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-14
OAKLAND, Calif.–A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. | Judge Haywood Gilliam granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward. | But Gilliam limited the scope of the ruling to the plaintiffs, rejecting their request that he block the rules nationwide. | Th…
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Brazil to Treat Landless Workers Activists as Terrorists: Govt
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
Brazil's far-right government under President Jair Bolsonaro will seek to classify "invasions" of farmland by landless workers as akin to terrorism, with harsher penalties for the activists, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Monday. | RELATED: | Italian Leftist Detained in Bolivia as Part of Brazil's 'Red Purge' | Nabhan Garcia, land issues secretary at the ministry, said the government must convince the National Congress to change the law to give police broader autonomy…
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The US Media has Lost One of Its Sanest Voices on Military Matters
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
I hate television "experts", the infamous "analysts" who know all — and support all — about the military, the televisual ex-generals with vain presidential ambitions and the infamous American "think tank" personnel whose right-wing, pro-Israeli beliefs are carefully shielded from viewers by the US networks who employ them. I always characterise the antiseptic and pseudo-academic…
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Hurry Up please, No Time
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2019-01-14
Remember the days, not too far back, Although eons in consequence, When there were coffee houses in town, And we dawdled for interminable hours, Over interminable cups, without A bouncer's hint that we must leave. In the coldest chill and penury, The warmth of our converse made Everything rich. And, gadgetless, We pined to see Read…
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A Green Future is One Without War
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
Donald Trump and his base — the leftover scraps of Jim Crow, the broken shards of racist hatred that once were the American mainstream and made the country seem "great" to those who weren't its victims — have, it appears, a crucial role to play in our future. President Trump is the increasingly naked truth.
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Canada's Trudeau Accused of Violating First Nations Rights over Gas Pipeline
Andy Rowell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
There are moments that define a politician. There are legacies that they leave. But the reality of high office is often so different from the easy promises of opposition. | As a poster boy politician, who entered office promising a new … | The post Canada's Trudeau Accused of Violating First Nations Rights over Gas Pipeline appeared first on Global Research.
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A Workers' Struggle in India to 'Make the Land Proud'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-14
This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world, writes Vijay Prasad from Kerala, in a roundup that also includes observations on Brazil and Palestine. By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Over two days–Jan. 8 and… Read more ?…
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White House Asked for Options to Strike Iran After Baghdad Attack: Report
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
The White House's national security team asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran, after a group aligned with Tehran fired mortars in September into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US embassy, a … | The post White House Asked for Options to Strike Iran After Baghdad Attack: Report appeared first on Global Research.
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John Bolton Aims to Plunge Us Into Another Generation of War
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-14
The national security adviser has been agitating for a war on Iran for two decades, and if he's not reined in, he could soon get his way. | The post John Bolton Aims to Plunge Us Into Another Generation of War appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Political Prisoners in America
J. B. Gerald | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
Writing from another country I remember the Americans I'm supposed to forget, those forced into the lives that made them prisoners or simply targets of law enforcement programs. Some are religious people, Christians and Muslims. Many were Black Panthers. Some … | The post Political Prisoners in America appeared first on Global Research.
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Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the "Integrity Initiative"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort. Interest groups tinker. Wars must be sold; deception must be perpetrated. Inconsistencies must be removed. There will be success, measured in small … | The post Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the "Integrity Initiative" appeared first on Global Research.
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The Tears of Justin Trudeau
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
On January 7th the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) swept into a non-violent checkpoint set up by the Unist'ot'en and Gidimt'en clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. Fourteen people were violently arrested in the ambush by the militarized colonial forces. The camp was set up by hereditary leaders to defend the ancestral lands of the Unist'ot'en and…
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A New Narrative Control Firm Works to Destroy Alternative Media
Caitlin Johnstone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative being promoted day in and day out by western mass media has had two of its major stories ripped to shreds in the last three days. | A report seeded throughout the mainstream media by anonymous … | The post A New Narrative Control Firm Works to Destroy Alternative Media appeared first on Global Research.
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Kids are Dying: The Guardian Reports More "Good News" from Venezuela
David William Pear | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-14
The United States is intentionally creating chaos and crisis as an excuse for intervention in Venezuela, and the Guardian is working as its unofficial stenographer. | The post Kids are Dying: The Guardian Reports More "Good News" from Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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Ellen Perlo, 102; advocate for equality, peace, justice and socialism
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-14
When, as a student, she walked on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in the 1930s even her best friend didn't want to be seen with her. That was because Ellen Perlo often walked and talked with S.I. Hayakawa, a linguist who was, at that time, a young teacher at the university. It was …
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"China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Deployed to Hawaii, "On Watch" 24/7
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
The US Air Force is putting China on notice as it announced Friday a new deployment of three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific. The nuclear-capable aircraft departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and touched … | The post "China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Deployed to Hawaii, "On Watch" 24/7 appeared first on Global Research.
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US Playing Blame Game With Saudis Over Khashoggi
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week called for Saudi Arabia to be held accountable for the barbaric murder of Washington-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed and allegedly dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. | RELATED: | Pompeo's Middle East Visit Contradicts Trump Admin Policy | Pompeo was en route to Doha, Qatar to meet with…
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LA Teachers' Strike: "The Country Is Watching"
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
The chair of UTLA at our high school today wrote: We are making history as this strike looms. Every school district in the country is watching what we are doing, and we are getting support from all over the country. We are not just fighting for us but for the future students of all school…
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Radical Changes Are Coming to the Iowa Caucuses
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-14
The Iowa Democratic Party is preparing to implement the most sweeping and radical changes to its first-in-the-nation caucuses in 50 years, including potentially adopting online elements that could increase participation by upward of 100,000 voters, according to party leaders. | "We have spent many, many months and thousands of hours of conversations with a whole lot of different folks about what is the best solution. And we're in the process right now, literally this month, of crafting that into a draft of a delegate selection plan," Iowa Democratic Party executive director Kevin Geiken said Thursday. | "We're do…
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Iran: Lone Survivor Critical As 15 Die in Plane Crash
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane crashed Monday west of the capital of Tehran killing nearly all passengers. The plane landed at the Revolutionary Guard-run Fath airport but skidded off the 1,100 meter runway and into an adjacent neighborhood, bursting into flames. | RELATED: | Iran: 10 Suspects Arrested After Suicide Bombing | Fifteen people on board were killed and one survived the crash. | The plane, which was transporting meat from Kyrgyzstan, was meant to land at the Payam International…
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Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-14
Two thousand-five hundred cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and general doctors arrived to Venezuela Friday.
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Maduro: Inequality Down Despite Imperialist Economic Attacks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
President re-elect Nicolas Maduro addressed the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Monday as the body officially ratified his presidency (2019-2025). He used the opportunity to present parts of his six-year Plan of the Homeland for his new term. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects US Attempted Coup and 'Puppet Government' | "Inequality has been reduced in 2018 despite the brutal imperialist economic attacks," Maduro said during his speech to the assembly. He also said: "As I soon as I wa…
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Peace walk held for sleeping man killed by LAPD
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-14
Los Angeles, CA — Chanting, "Say his name! Christian Escobedo!" and "If we don't get no justice, then they don't get no peace! No justice! No peace! No trigger-happy police!" on January 12 over 60 neighbors, family members, friends and allies gathered on Galena Street and Amethyst Street — where Escobedo was shot and killed. | In the early hours of January 14 the year before, Christian Escobedo, who was 22 years old at the time, and a friend were asleep on the street. Someone called LAPD and the officers walked up to confront Escobedo, shooting him without provocation. LAPD claims they saw a gun, the…
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House Bill Forces Trump to Nominate "Anti-Semitism Envoy" Who Would Monitor Criticism of Israel
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-14
The position of anti-Semitism envoy was created in 2004 over the objections of the State Department, which said it wasn't needed. It was urged by Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky, who had formulated a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel. | The post House Bill Forces Trump to Nominate "Anti-Semitism Envoy" Who Would Monitor Criticism of Israel appeared first on MintPress News…
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US: Pentagon Outlines Options for Military Strike in Iran
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
For the first time a request made by the White House on "military options to strike Iran" was reported on Sunday by the Wall Street Journal. | RELATED: | Pompeo's Middle East Visit Contradicts Trump Admin Policy | The request was initiated by President Trump's National Security Council which asked the Pentagon to produce the report, a move which seemed unusual, "It definitely rattled people," stated a former senior U.S. administration official describing the hawkish intentions behind t…
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California Needs a 10-Year Green New Deal
Julia Stein | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
As global warming makes California warmer and drier, its wildfires worsen and more people have died. California has the biggest economy in the United States and now has the 5th largest economy in the world. What California does affects the globe. For three years the New York state assembly had passed the Climate and Community Protection…
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How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
"Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal's dysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million– either way, a sizable slice in a population of 28 million.) | Those … | The post How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes? appeared first on Global Research.
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5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state of Kerala (population 35 million) built a 386-mile wall with their bodies. They stood from one end to the other of this long state in southwestern India. The women gathered at 4 p.m. and took a vow to defend the renaissance traditions of their state and…
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How a neocon-backed "fact checker" plans to wage war on independent media
Whitney Webb | mronline.org | 2019-01-14
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. | Source…
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Here is the Progressive Agenda
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
Clintonite corporatists still control the Democratic National Committee despite their long string of failure at the polls. But the overwhelming majority of Democratic Party voters–72%–are self-identified progressives. 44% of House primary candidates in 2018 self-IDed as progressive. If you're after the Democratic nomination for president you have to be–or pretend to be–progressive. Even Hillary Clinton…
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Italien und das EU-Votum fàºr US-Raketen in Europa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
In der Nà§he des Glaspalastes der Vereinten Nationen in New York befindet sich eine metallische Skulptur mit dem Titel "Evil Defeated by Good" [Das Bà∂se vom Guten besiegt], die den Heiligen Georg darstellt, der einen Drachen mit seiner Lanze durchbohrt. … | The post Italien und das EU-Votum fàºr US-Raketen in Europa appeared first on Global Research.
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Declining Birth Rates: Is the US in Danger of Running Out of People?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-14
There have been several pieces in recent weeks about the drop in birth rates in recent years. Birth rates declined in the recession and they have not recovered even as the economy has improved. As these pieces point out, economics plays a big role in the drop in birth rates. Young adults often are having…
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Toward Geopolitical Disengagement: Uncertain yet Desirable
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2019-01-14
For the first time in the 21stCentury it is possible to envision positive developments in the region as reducing the level of violence and turbulence…
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Who's Running John Bolton to Start a War With Iran? He Worried Even Mad Dog Mattis
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-01-14
Trump picked up Bolton for the post of national security adviser from the Gatestone Institute, a known hate group dedicated to spreading disinformation about Muslims and Islam, which he chaired. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Campaign Finance Reform Helps Special Interests
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
One of the new Democratic House majority's top priorities is so-called campaign finance reform legislation. Contrary to the claims of its supporters, campaign finance reform legislation does not limit the influence of powerful special interests. Instead, it violates the First … | The post Campaign Finance Reform Helps Special Interests appeared first on Global Research.
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Our Government's Insane War Machine Is Headed for Space
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-14
Maintaining our branches of the military on earth costs over $700 billion a year. Donald Trump wants to blast those costs into space. | The post Our Government's Insane War Machine Is Headed for Space appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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A New Day for Mexican Workers
David Bacon | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
NAFTA had been in effect for just a few months when Ruben Ruiz got a job at the Itapsa factory in Mexico City in the summer of 1994. Itapsa made auto brakes for Echlin, a U.S. manufacturer later bought out … | The post A New Day for Mexican Workers appeared first on Global Research.
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Bolivia to Open 17 Natural Gas Wells in 2019
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
Bolivia plans to drill 17 natural gas wells in the departments of Chuquisaca, Tarija, Santa Cruz, Pando, Beni and La Paz in 2019. The gas potential will be at least 13 trillion cubic feet (TCF). | RELATED: | Evo Morales Defends Indigenous People After Bolsonaro Ally's Racist Slur | The Minister of Hydrocarbons, Luis Alberto Sanchez announced Monday that the drilling will start in two weeks at the àëancahuasu-X1 well, (Chuquisaca), and then more throughout the year,…
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Commander of US nuclear sub demoted for hiring 10 Filipina prostitutes as 'accompaniment'
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-14
An American submarine commander has been relieved of duty after he hired a horde of "provocatively dressed females" to entertain himself and his sailors while being stationed in the Philippines. | …
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Fixated on collusion, Dems seeking (again) to subpoena interpreter present at Trump-Putin meeting
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-14
Convinced of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Democrats want to subpoena an interpreter present at a 2017 meeting between Trump and Putin, in what would be a highly controversial and unprecedented move. | …
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'Dirty cops': Trump slams FBI agents who wanted to investigate him over alleged Russia ties
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-14
US President Donald Trump has said that FBI agents who wanted to investigate him over unproven collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election are just "dirty cops." | …
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Russia: Chechen authorities resume homophobic crackdown
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-14
Amnesty International has received credible information that the authorities in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia, have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death since December 2018. | | The Russian LGBT Network has verified reports that the Chechen authorities have detained arou…
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Human Rights Council Membership Has Its Consequences
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-14
This month, a new group of countries took their place as members of the world's top human rights body. | For the next three years, those sitting on the United Nations Human Rights Council will include the likes of the Philippines, where thousands have been killed in the name of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs"; Eritrea, found by a UN inquiry to have committed crimes against humanity; and Bahrain, which routinely retaliates against rights activists who raise concerns about government abuses. | Overview of the Uni…
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Russian Authorities Increase Pressure on Crimean Human Rights Lawyer
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-14
Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov's office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017. | © 2017 Anton Naumlyik (RFE/RL) | Few human rights lawyers are brave enough to work in Crimea these days. A recent letter from Russia's Ministry of Justice to Crimean defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov threatening his profession is yet another stark reminder that Ru…
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The FBI's Investigation of Trump as a "National Security Threat" is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-01-14
Did the FBI investigate Trump due to disagreements with his policy views on Russia? If so, it would not be the first time the bureau abused its powers this way. | The post The FBI's Investigation of Trump as a "National Security Threat" is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic appeared first on The Intercept.
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We The Workers: A limited documentary about labour rights groups in China
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-14
The main problem of We The Workers is not the director's stylistic approach but the film's uncritical attitude towards the political agenda of the labour activists.
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The FBI's police state operation against Trump
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-14
A New York Times report aimed at reviving the anti-Russia campaign against Trump exposes a conspiracy by the political police of the FBI to negate the results of the 2016 election.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

'Make No Mistake. People Will Die': Backlash Against 'Relentless War on Medicaid' Waged by Trump
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-14
Following reporting that the Trump administration is planning an attack on Medicaid by seeking key changes in how the program is financed—changes it wants to make without Congressional approval—Democratic lawmakers and healthcare advocates are warning the proposal means healthcare for millions of Americans will be threatened as states will be forced to "make draconian cuts." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Erdogan speaks with Trump, says Turkey has no issue with Kurds
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-14
Trump stressed on safety of its Kurdish allies as the two leaders agree on setting up of secure zone in northern Syria.
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'Can't feel my feet anymore': Syrian refugees brave harsh weather
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-14
Refugees in Lebanon say they have received little help as rains and flooding have submerged their settlements.
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Jailed British-Iranian begins prison hunger strike protest
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-14
Dual citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to protest for 72 hours over lack of access to medical treatment, husband says.
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Fatal blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-14
Scores injured in explosion near compound housing international company and NGO offices, officials say.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/afgha…

China's export fall in December amid ongoing US-China trade war
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-14
Despite the lagging exports, China announced it had recorded a trade surplus with the United States of $323bn in 2018.
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What's the US plan for Iran?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-14
Donald Trump sends his Secretary of State to the Middle East to drum up support against Iran.
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"China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Sent to Hawaii, "on Watch 24/7"
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-14
(ZH) — The US Air Force is putting China on notice as it announced Friday a new deployment of three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific. The nuclear-capable aircraft departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and touched down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, along with 200 support personnel airmen, as part of a U.S …

"China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Sent to Hawaii, "on Watch 24/7"

Gov't Shutdown Driving Poverty: SF City Hall/Uber Protest
Edward Escobar AIW founder GiGsUP | indybay.org | 2019-01-14
San Francisco City Hall Rally – Goodlett Steps. | Then a March to Uber World HQ 1455 Market St.
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Vets for Peace Statement on U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria
Veterans for Peace | indybay.org | 2019-01-14
Online statement from Vets for Peace approves of Pres. Trump's decision to bring home troops from Syria, ending this illegal military intervention incorrectly labeled "fighting terrorism" by corporate media.
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San Mateo: Women's Rally in Solidarity with Women's March
San Mateo Peace Action | indybay.org | 2019-01-14
300 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…
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The Yemen Tragedy: America's Role –a free public forum
Tom Gallagher | indybay.org | 2019-01-14
Park Branch Public Library, Community Room | 1833 Page Street, San Francisco…
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As Government Shutdown Drags On, IRS Continues to Aid the Rich
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-01-14
As 800,000 federal workers remain furloughed or working without pay in the longest government shutdown in US history, we look at how the Trump administration has restarted a division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help corporate lenders. The Washington Post reports that an appeal from the mortgage industry has resulted in hundreds of IRS staffers returning to the agency to carry out income verifications for lenders. This process earns the $1.3 trillion mortgage banking industry millions of dollars in fees. We speak with Paul Kiel, a reporter for ProPublica and contributor to the series "Gutting the I…
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Will the Longest Shutdown in US History End in a Power Grab?
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-14
On Saturday, the government shutdown reached day 22 and became the longest government shutdown in US history. | Since the 1970s, government shutdowns have been a way of life in Washington, occurring every few years. The current intractable shutdown over the president's demand for $5 billion for a border wall has been marked by repeated failed negotiations, and it's increasingly hard to see where th…
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The Green New Deal Is Happening in China
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-01-14
One of the Trump administration's talking points about global warming is that we're reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while the countries that remain in the Paris accord are not. Well, the first part of this story is clearly not true, as data for 2018 show a large rise in emissions for the United States. The second part is also not very accurate, as most other countries are taking large steps to reduce emissions. | At the top of the list is China. The country has undertaken a massive push to convert to electric pow…
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From Beto to Oprah, Undeclared 2020 Candidates Already Backed by Outside Groups
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-01-14
As a growing number of potential 2020 Democratic candidates weigh their chances, various PACs have appeared hoping to demonstrate grassroots support and "draft" their favored candidate into running. | Already attracting a lot of attention is unsuccessful 2018 Senate candidate and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas). A Politico report claims he is "leaning toward running for president," and several unaffiliated PACs have been laun…
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After a Weekend of Explosive Revelations, How Much More Is Trump Hiding?
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-01-14
The lede in Peter Baker's story in the Sunday New York Times was one I don't think anyone ever expected to see: | So it has come to this: The president of the United States was asked over the weekend whether he is a Russian agent. And he refused to answer. | That comment specifically refers to a question posed to…
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The Memo That Helped Kill a Half Million People in Syria
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-13
The memo shows the advice Hillary Clinton was getting to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war. As Trump seeks to extricate the U.S. the memo has again become relevant, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium… Read more ?…
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Syria. The Force of Civilization
Marinella Correggia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-13
"Our millennial history will help us". Between street mosaics, archaeological assets to be restored, photovoltaic energy for reconstruction, and agriculture that calls for peace | Finding a place in the Guinness for making the largest wall mosaic in the world with … | The post Syria. The Force of Civilization appeared first on Global Research.
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Walls or Roads
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-13
History is told by Walls and Roads which have marked significant turning points in the relation between peoples and states. | We will discuss the story behind two walls and one road and the circumstances which surround them and their consequences…. | The post Walls or Roads appeared first on Global Research.
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Virus Kills 10th Victim in Argentina and Chile, Likely Mutated
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-13
Argentina's authorities reported Sunday the tenth victim of the potentially fatal, rodent-borne Hantavirus pandemic spreading from the southern province of Chubut to Chile, with a total of at least 28 contaminated people according to the official estimate. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | The victim, a 29-year-old woman, died in Santiago de Chile in the afternoon. She had just returned from the small town of Epuyen in Chubut, where the pandemic appeared…
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Brazil and the Illusion of the Rich: An Island of Prosperity Surrounded by Misery and Suffering
Frei Betto | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-13
Frei Betto (Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo) was born in 1944 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He began his political engagement as Catholic student and was imprisoned by the military regime that seized power in 1964 and ruled until 1985. I interviewed … | The post Brazil and the Illusion of the Rich: An Island of Prosperity Surrounded by Misery and Suffering appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump, The Manchurian Candidate: "Conspiracy" to Destabilize the Trump Presidency. Regime Change in America
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-13
We are dealing with a carefully planned operation, a "conspiracy" in the true sense of the word. In recent developments, the FBI investigation is being quoted by the media as evidence that Trump is "wittingly or unwittingly" an agent of the Kremlin | The post Trump, The Manchurian Candidate: "Conspiracy" to Destabilize the Trump Presidency. Regime Change in America appeared first on Global Research.
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FRSO congratulates Nicolás Maduro on his second term
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-13
On the occasion of the inauguration to a second term as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) sends its warmest congratulations and solidarity to Nicolás Maduro and the people's movement of Venezuela. | We salute the heroic achievements of the Venezuelan people and its political leadership, as you continue their project of building a sovereign nation, independent of imperialism and able to meet the needs of its own people. President Maduro's re-election confirms that the Bolivarian Revolution speaks to the felt wants and needs of the vast majority o…
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Don't Play Into the Hands of Fuel Thieves, Mexico: AMLO
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-13
Mexicans should beware of "fuel thieves" taking advantage of rural oil reserves, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said Sunday in Acambay. | RELATED: | AMLO: Previous Governments 'Completely Destroyed Mexico' | "I ask the people to not entertain these corrupt people who say 'here you have gas' and then take advantage; I ask that people do not protect these crimina…
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Chinese Police Begin New Probe into Expired Vaccines
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-13
Police in China's eastern province of Jiangsu has begun an investigation after at least 145 children received expired polio vaccines, the Global Times said on Monday, a new blow to a sector hit by a series of scandals last year. | RELATED: | High-level US-China Talks Aimed at Curbing Trade War Continue | Residents, including the children's parents, blocked traffic and disrupted public order as they gathered outside Jinhu county offices on Friday, said the paper, which is published…
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The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid
Ezili Dantà≤ | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-13
"For whose entertainment shall we sing our agony? In what hopes? That the destroyers, aspiring to extinguish us, will suffer conciliatory remorse at the sight of their own fantastic success?" — Ayi Kwei Armah, from the book "Two Thousand Seasons"… | The post The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-13
Over 2,000 Cuban doctors are setting up practice in Venezuela after being kicked out of Brazil by President Jair Bolsonaro, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said this weekend. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Lawmaker Juan Guaido Released, Rogue Officers Fired | Two-thousand-five-hundred cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and general doctors arrived in the South…
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Egypt University Expels Woman Student for Hugging Male Friend
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-13
Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's reputation. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal.
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WaPo recycles old Russiagate memes in latest gossip piece about Trump-Putin secret collusion
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-13
Donald Trump's reluctance to provide unfettered access to his conversations with Vladimir Putin has upset nameless American officials, the Washington Post has revealed. The US president dismissed the story as absurd and offensive. | …
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'A Reckless Advocate of Military Force': Demands for John Bolton's Dismissal After Reports He Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-13
Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, "a reckless advocate of military force," the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton "asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Saudi Teenager Rahaf al-Qunun Lands in Canada After Offer of Asylum
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-13
(MEE) — Teenage Saudi asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun landed in Canada on Saturday to an official welcome after fleeing her home country last week. Upon her arrival at the Toronto airport, Qunun, wearing a Canada hoodie and a UN High Commission for Refugees cap, posed for photographs with Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, but did …

Saudi Teenager Rahaf al-Qunun Lands in Canada After Offer of Asylum