Daily Archives: January 15, 2019

2019-01-15: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Will Trump's AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain HIV-positive asylum seekers from Haiti. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blu…

Alastair Crooke (2019-01-15). Entering a Major Regional Re-set — The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started this War. globalresearch.ca The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump's foreign policy 'hawks' still try to stage 'old movies' in a new 'theatre'. | The 'old movie' is for the US to 'stand up' Sunni, Arab states, and lead them …

George Ochenski (2019-01-15). Trump's Wall and the Montana Senate's Theater of the Absurd. counterpunch.org Montana's Legislature convened its regular 90-day session last week. And while the thousands of bills introduced run the gamut from great ideas to really bad ones, Montana Senate President, Bozeman Republican Scott Sales, went over the edge into pure theater of the absurd when he suggested sending $8 million of Montanans' state tax dollars to More | Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort. Interest groups tinker.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-15). Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion. globalresearch.ca It's a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath were registered through the Washington establishment. Members of the military industrial complex …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Headlines for January 15, 2019. democracynow.org Over 30,000 Los Angeles Teachers Walk Out in First Strike in 30 Years, Barr Pledges to Protect Mueller Probe as He Faces Senate AG Hearings, NYC Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike, Feel Effect of Gov't Shutdown, Poland Mayor, Defender of Immigrant Rights, Dies After Public Stabbing, Afghanistan: Taliban Car Bomb Kills 5, Injures Over 100, Afghanistan: New Defense Minister Accused of War Crimes, Human Rights Abuses, Brexit: Lawmakers Set to Vote on Contested Brexit Deal, Pennsylvania Judge Blocks Trump's Birth Control Restrictions Nationwide, Justice Ginsburg Declared Cancer-Free, Reviews SCOTUS Cases from Home, SCOTUS…

WSWS (2019-01-15). US ratchets up threats against Iran, Turkey amid Syria withdrawal plans. wsws.org While the timetable for US troops to pull out of Syria remains unclear, Washington is steadily escalating tensions in the region.

RT (2019-01-15). Troops to stay at Mexican border through September — Pentagon. rt.com Troops sent to the Mexican border as reinforcements against the migrant caravans late last year will stay nine more months, according to the Pentagon, which announced their mission will shift toward surveillance.

Chris Hedges (2019-01-15). The 'Private Governments' that Subjugate U.S. Workers. globalresearch.ca Corporate dictatorships—which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security—rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans. | These corporations, …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-01-15). Refugees are in the Channel thanks to the Actions of the West. zcomm.org Though the US and its allies are unlikely to win victories against Iran or Bashar al-Assad, by keeping a permanent crisis simmering they ensure many civilians risk everything to flee to Europe…

Robert Reich (2019-01-15). Robert Reich: America Is Sliding Toward Dictatorship. truthdig.com By shutting down the government in a bid to accumulate power, Donald Trump has violated his fundamental oath to uphold the rule of law.

John W. Whitehead (2019-01-15). Beware the Emergency State. counterpunch.org "For seven decades we have been yielding our most basic liberties to a secretive, unaccountable emergency state — a vast but increasingly misdirected complex of national security institutions, reflexes, and beliefs that so define our present world that we forget that there was ever a different America. … Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness More

David Dayen (2019-01-15). Shuttered IRS Is Sending Automated Warnings of Asset Seizures. zcomm.org With Nobody to Call to Stop Them…

Eds. (2019-01-15). Britain robbed India of $45 trillion & Thence 1.8 billion Indians died from deprivation. mronline.org Eminent Indian economist Professor Utsa Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University) has estimated that Britain robbed India of $45 trillion between 1765 and 1938, however it is estimated that if India had remained free with 24% of world GDP as in 1700 then its cumulative GDP would have been $232 trillion greater (1700-2003) and $44 trillion greater (1700-1950). | Source

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-15). On the Picket Lines: Los Angeles Teachers Go On Strike for First Time in 30 Years. counterpunch.org On Monday, the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strike for the first time in 30 years. United Teachers of Los Angeles is demanding significantly lower class sizes and proper staffing of schools. LAUSD claims it agrees with most of our demands, but simply can't afford them. The "we have no money" mantra is so powerful, it's practically LAUSD's More

William Harrison (2019-01-15). Counterfeit Currencies and Banknote Forgeries, The Decline of Paper Money. globalresearch.ca Governments around the world have been fighting counterfeiters for several centuries. Eventually, the combined efforts of law enforcement agencies, banknote printing and minting works led to the fact that cost of fake money was high for most of the 20th …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-01-15). Democrats Prepare Hearings on "Rightwing Extremism" globalresearch.ca Prior to the 2018 midterm election, I speculated a Democrat-controlled House would result in hearings targeting "hate groups," that is to say anybody on the "right" who challenges official narratives, otherwise known as "conspiracy theories." | "Rep. Bennie Thompson, …

Andrew Stewart (2019-01-15). The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party. counterpunch.org This is the first of a three part series regarding the Green New Deal. I will argue in the course of this series the method by which the Green Party should articulate a Green New Deal proposal that is radically different and distinct from that proposed by the Democratic Party, even its Progressive Caucus. Green More

David William Pear (2019-01-15). Media Reports "Good News": Kids Are Dying in Venezuela, Sanctions are Working… globalresearch.ca The Guardian's Tom Phillips' article Venezuela Crisis Takes Deadly Toll on Buckling Health System (January 06, 2019) is more good news for US psychopaths, such as Trump, Bolton and Pompeo. Children are dying in Venezuela. Sanctions are working! | Tom is …

Edward Curtin (2019-01-15). A Gentrified Little Town Goes to Pot. globalresearch.ca "In my little town/ I grew up believing/God keeps his eye on us all." — Simon and Garfunkel, My Little Town | Hello my old friends Paul and Art, | I'm just sitting here chilling out in the silent darkness of a …

Myles Hoenig (2019-01-15). Labor in the Age of Trump. counterpunch.org If not now, when? The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 prevents federal employees from striking. Unions had a rally in DC on Thursday, Jan 10th. Some coverage. Mostly ignored. Not surprising. On to the Democrats. They are being quite sheepish in this. Strong words of dissatisfaction to Trump's national address. Strong Ma and Pa Kettle sternness! More

teleSUR (2019-01-15). Former Ivorian Leader Laurent Gbagbo Acquitted of War Crimes. telesurenglish.net International Criminal Court judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo of all war crimes charges and ordered his immediate release. | RELATED: | HSBC: War Crimes, Not BDS, Behind Divesting from Israeli Arms Maker | Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said that prosecutors failed to prove their case and Gbagbo and co-defendant Charles Blé Goudé, a close ally and former political youth leader, should be set free. | Gbagbo, who was president of Ivory Coast from 2…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-01-15). The Faux Political System by the Numbers. counterpunch.org It's sort of funny in a diabolical way: Trump a Russian agent. That's the line that readers might expect from a remake of Back to the Future 1, 2, or 3, or a possible article from the National Enquirer… the stuff of science fiction, or fiction, or gossip. But the FBI, our national police, seem to have not much else More

Jonah Raskin (2019-01-15). Love in a Cold War Climate. counterpunch.org It's not a Hollywood movie. That's clear from the start. Cold War (2018), the feature film made by the Polish-born director, Pawel Pawlikowski, is in black-and-white. The characters have names like Wiktor, Kaczmarek and Mazurek, and the actors include Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot and Borys Szyc to give just a few from a large cast of characters. More

Fight Back (2019-01-15). MN Black liberation movement holds 4-year anniversary vigil for Marcus Golden. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – On the eve of the anniversary of the murder of Marcus Golden by the Saint Paul police department, the Twin Cities Black liberation and anti-police terror movements gathered to hold a memorial vigil at the site where Golden was killed in 2015. Over 50 people were in attendance, representing many groups from the movement and family members of those lost to police crimes. | On the early morning of January 14, 2015, what likely began as a clumsy cop slipping on ice turned into belligerent gunfire by Saint Paul police officers, ending in the murder of a young Black man. The police department tried ha…

Jeff Cohen (2019-01-15). Mainstream Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear. counterpunch.org After having been a mainstream TV news pundit, I'm unfortunately addicted to cable news (mostly MSNBC and CNN) and all the blather and repetition — laughably overhyped as "breaking news." Even when it's the same news that's been breaking . . . and breaking . . . for hours or days. But I'm more bothered More

Lawrence Davidson (2019-01-15). Amos Oz and the Real Israel. counterpunch.org On 29 December 2018 the New York Times (NYT) reported the death of the charismatic Israeli writer Amos Oz. Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Oz was altogether Israeli. That is, he did not come to Palestine from somewhere else. Only nine years old when Israel came into being, Oz knew no other nationality. Nor did More

Dean Baker (2019-01-15). Will Paying for Kidneys Reduce the Transplant Wait List? counterpunch.org In a Washington Post column Megan McArdle suggests that we pay people to donate their kidneys as a way on increasing the number of donors and reducing the number of people who must rely on dialysis. Needless to say, to many folks it is attractive to get market relationships into ever more aspects of our More

John Laforge (2019-01-15). Loudmouths against Nuclear Lawlessness. counterpunch.org Hamburg You have to wonder if the Department of Homeland Security is insecure or just lame. On New Years' Eve, I was about to board a flight to Hamburg, when a pair of its officers stopped me to ask a few questions. My mistake was not to demand to know their names, their jobs, and More

amnesty (2019-01-15). Indonesia: Police must drop 'rebellion' charges against three Papuan political activists. amnesty.org Amnesty International and Yayasan Pusaka call on the Regional Papua Police Force (Polda) to drop the "rebellion (makar)" charges under Article 106 of Indonesia's Criminal Code against three Papuan political activists and immediately and unconditionally release them. They were charged and detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

amnesty (2019-01-15). Russian Federation: Homophobic crackdown in Chechnya resumes. amnesty.org The Chechen authorities have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least 40 individuals have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death.

WSWS (2019-01-15). US, Turkey clash over Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 missiles. wsws.org The US team is expected to warn Ankara that Washington will not tolerate a Turkish purchase of Russian air defence systems.

WSWS (2019-01-15). World Bank warns of "storm clouds" over global economy. wsws.org The bank cut its June forecast for global growth of 3 percent this year to 2.9 percent and warned that "the risks are growing that growth could be even weaker than anticipated."

WSWS (2019-01-15). One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. wsws.org The ruling class had to kill Luxemburg and Liebknecht to prevent the revolution, which spread like wildfire throughout Germany during November 1918, from overthrowing capitalism as it had done in Russia.

RT (2019-01-15). Dem Coalition head under fire after claim Sen. Graham 'blackmailed' by Trump over 'SEXUAL KINK'. rt.com A Democratic super PAC head is facing an online backlash after saying that Sen. Lindsey Graham is being "blackmailed" by Russians over something related to a "serious sexual kink."

aljazeera (2019-01-15). New UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen makes first visit to Syria. aljazeera.com Norwegian diplomat, who took over from Staffan de Mistura, visits Damascus in latest effort to end eight-year-long war.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Erdogan: Turkey to set up 'security zone' in Syria. aljazeera.com President's remarks come after a 'quite positive' phone call with Donald Trump over the situation in war-torn Syria.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Sculpture with Saudi flag to be removed from Ground Zero. aljazeera.com The sculpture is part of artwork 'Candy Nations' at the 9/11 attack site, but it will be taken away after intense criticism.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Melting away: Antarctica ice loss increases six-fold since 1979. aljazeera.com Alarming new study shows 252 billion tonnes of ice per year is disappearing in areas once considered stable.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). ICC acquits Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo of war crimes. aljazeera.com Former president to be provisionally released after judges say prosecutors failed to satisfy burden of proof.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Detroit Auto Show: Carmakers grapple with trade war. aljazeera.com The North American International Auto Show is the biggest and most closely watched car show in North America.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). New York hosts Iran's first film festival. aljazeera.com The organisers are hopeful it will help bridge the divide between the two countries.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Fatal blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul. aljazeera.com Taliban claims responsibility for explosion near compound housing international companies and NGO offices.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). 'Nothing to lose': Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed details family abuse. aljazeera.com After gaining asylum in Canada, Rahaf Mohammed says she was exposed to violence and locked up for months in the kingdom.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Canada issues China travel alert as tensions escalate. aljazeera.com Ottawa warns of risk of arbitrary detention after Robert Schellenberg given death penalty in sudden drug case retrial.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Iran says it's launched a satellite that didn't reach orbit. aljazeera.com Iran conducts one of at least two planned satellite launches amid US criticism, but the satellite failed to reach orbit.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Pompeo and MBS agree on 'importance' of Yemen de-escalation. aljazeera.com Top US diplomat and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet in Riyadh for talks on range of issues.

aljazeera (2019-01-15). Uncertainty and 'Brexit paralysis' fears in UK as deadline looms. aljazeera.com Theresa May's Brexit deal is coming to a vote before Parliament in the UK, but if it fails, the path forward becomes considerably less clear – and not just for Brexit.

Jason Ditz (2019-01-15). Israeli Army Chief Gadi Eisenkot: Israel Is Arming Syrian Rebels. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — While reports to that effect have been around for months, over the weekend, Israeli Army Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot finally confirmed that the Israeli military indeed provided weapons to Syrian rebels operating in Golan during the Syrian War. This was the first official confirmation from the army chief, but back in September Israeli media were reporting …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-15). Israeli Army Chief Admits to Waging a Secret War in Syria. theantimedia.com (ZH) — For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and in recent years military officials responded "no comment" even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked insurgents' hands, but this all changed in a new British Sunday Times interview with outgoing Israeli army commander …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-15). Venezuela and Turkey Unite to Refine Tons of Gold Amid US Sanctions. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Venezuela and Turkey are working on a deal to ship tonnes of gold to refine and certify in Turkish city of Corum this year. Facing sanctions and international pressure, Venezuela is increasingly turning to Turkey as a partner in the Middle East. Ankara will provide a host of services to Caracas, including building hospital and …

Randi Nord (2019-01-15). Yemen's Houthis Are Doxxing the US Troops Working With the Saudis. theantimedia.com (GPA) — In efforts to expose the criminals responsible for the ongoing genocide against Yemeni civilians, Yemeni Intelligence has started publishing the names and personal information of the US troops in charge of the Saudi command centers where airstrikes are ordered. Washington tries to keep a tight lid on the extent of its involvement in Yemen. However, …

Edward Escobar AIW founder GiGsUP (2019-01-15). 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 (2019-01-15). San Mateo: Women's Rally in Solidarity with Women's March. indybay.org 300 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-15). Media Whitewashing the Blood-Soaked US Military-Industrial Complex. therealnews.com Arms manufacturers are trying to rebrand as progressive and feminist, while the corporate media does PR for the military-industrial complex. CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin warns this pro-arms manufacturer campaign is infiltrating our schools.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-15). Risking Total Annihilation for the Sake of Profit — with Wilkerson and Jay (3/3). therealnews.com Larry Wilkerson says the US government is raising the danger of nuclear war by spending more than a trillion dollars to upgrade the American nuclear arsenal, with no real objective other than money making — with host Paul Jay

Shared by candice (2019-01-15). The Republican Party Is a Pack of Cowards. truthout.org Let me see if I have this straight: Over the course of this past weekend, the president of the United States of America was exposed as being the target of a 2017 counter-intelligence investigation by the FBI. The FBI initiated its unprecedented investigation after Donald Trump fired then-Director James Comey but before Robert Mueller was tapped to begin his own investigation, because the agency feared the president might be wo…

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 tens of thousands of dollars allegedly 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 misunders…

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…

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….

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 …

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 …

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). 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…

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

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

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 …

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

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…

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 …

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 …

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

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

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…

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 …

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

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 …

Paul Dobson (2019-01-14). Venezuela: Self-Proclaimed 'Interim President' Released After 'Irregular' Detention. venezuelanalysis.com The officers responsible have been detained and suspended, reportedly on Maduro's orders.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-14). A Workers' Struggle in India to 'Make the Land Proud' as Global Unrest Spreads. consortiumnews.com This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world, writes Vijay Prasad from Kerala, as social unrest grows in Morocco, Sudan, Nigeria and Los Angeles. Workers Around the World Greet 2019 With Wave of Demonstrations By Vijay Prashad… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-01-14). Ex-Argentine President Warns Against Interventionism. telesurenglish.net Colombian President Iván Duque announced in an interview to the radio program "Oye Calí" of the Colombian radio station 96.3 FM RadioPlay his intention, together with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, to dissolve the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). | The former president of Argentina, Eduardo Duhalde, who governed his country from January 2002 to May 2003, is the author of the book "Comunidad Sudamericana – Achievements and Challenges of Integration." In his book, he shares the intimacies of a dialogue with other presidents of Latin America at the moment of handing power over to his successor Nésto…

teleSUR (2019-01-14). Chilean Patagonia: an Open-air Lab to Study Global Warming. telesurenglish.net In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how global warming will affect the world's oceans. | RELATED: | Chile Increases Protected Natural Areas by 81% | The fjord currently produces the kind of conditions that should be seen in other marine systems in the next few decades, when dramatic changes are expected in the environment due to increased carbon dioxide emis…

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-14). The Infowar on China's Xinjiang-Uyghur Crisis. Now They're Targeting Pakistan and PM Imran Khan. globalresearch.ca The Western Mainstream Media's infowar about the true state of the anti-terrorist situation in Xinjiang failed after a group of diplomats and journalists were unprecedentedly allowed to visit some of the education and job-training facilities in the strategically located province, …

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 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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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

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

teleSUR (2019-01-14). 'Roma' Becomes First Foreign Film to Win Critics' Choice Award. telesurenglish.net The Mexican film 'Roma' triumphs again, making history as the first foreign film to take 'Best Picture" at Sunday's 24 Annual Critics' Choice Awards. | RELATED: | Mexico to Include Domestic Workers in Social Security Institute | In addition to the prestigious award, the film was recognized for best cinematography and best foreign film. | Inspired the Di…

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 …

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 …

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

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. …

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

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…

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…

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

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 …

2019-01-15: Social Media Postees

Troops to stay at Mexican border through September — Pentagon
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-15
Troops sent to the Mexican border as reinforcements against the migrant caravans late last year will stay nine more months, according to the Pentagon, which announced their mission will shift toward surveillance. | …
rt.com/usa/448822-pentagon-troops-surveillance-border/

US ratchets up threats against Iran, Turkey amid Syria withdrawal plans
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-15
While the timetable for US troops to pull out of Syria remains unclear, Washington is steadily escalating tensions in the region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
It's a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath were registered through the Washington establishment. Members of the military industrial complex … | The post Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/trump-bolton-syrian-confusion/5665559

Will Trump's AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-15
Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain HIV-positive asylum seekers from Haiti. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blu…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/15/w…

Trump's Wall and the Montana Senate's Theater of the Absurd
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
Montana's Legislature convened its regular 90-day session last week. And while the thousands of bills introduced run the gamut from great ideas to really bad ones, Montana Senate President, Bozeman Republican Scott Sales, went over the edge into pure theater of the absurd when he suggested sending $8 million of Montanans' state tax dollars to
Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort. Interest groups tinker.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/trumps-wall-and-the-montana-senates-theater-of-the-absurd/

Entering a Major Regional Re-set — The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started this War
Alastair Crooke | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump's foreign policy 'hawks' still try to stage 'old movies' in a new 'theatre'. | The 'old movie' is for the US to 'stand up' Sunni, Arab states, and lead them … | The post Entering a Major Regional Re-set — The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started this War appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/entering-a-major-regional-re-set-the-syria-outcome-will-haunt-those-who-started-this-war/5665566

Former Ivorian Leader Laurent Gbagbo Acquitted of War Crimes
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-15
International Criminal Court judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo of all war crimes charges and ordered his immediate release. | RELATED: | HSBC: War Crimes, Not BDS, Behind Divesting from Israeli Arms Maker | Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said that prosecutors failed to prove their case and Gbagbo and co-defendant Charles Blé Goudé, a close ally and former political youth leader, should be set free. | Gbagbo, who was president of Ivory Coast from 2…
telesurenglish.net/news/Former-Ivorian-Leader-Laurent-Gbagbo-Acquitted-of-War-Crimes-20190115-0007.html

Counterfeit Currencies and Banknote Forgeries, The Decline of Paper Money
William Harrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
Governments around the world have been fighting counterfeiters for several centuries. Eventually, the combined efforts of law enforcement agencies, banknote printing and minting works led to the fact that cost of fake money was high for most of the 20th … | The post Counterfeit Currencies and Banknote Forgeries, The Decline of Paper Money appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/counterfeit-currencies-and-banknote-forgeries-the-decline-of-paper-money/5665476

Refugees are in the Channel thanks to the Actions of the West
Patrick Cockburn | zcomm.org | 2019-01-15
Though the US and its allies are unlikely to win victories against Iran or Bashar al-Assad, by keeping a permanent crisis simmering they ensure many civilians risk everything to flee to Europe…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/refugees-are-in-the-channel-thanks-to-the-actions-of-the-west/

Shuttered IRS Is Sending Automated Warnings of Asset Seizures
David Dayen | zcomm.org | 2019-01-15
With Nobody to Call to Stop Them…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/shuttered-irs-is-sending-automated-warnings-of-asset-seizures/

A Gentrified Little Town Goes to Pot
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
"In my little town/ I grew up believing/God keeps his eye on us all." — Simon and Garfunkel, My Little Town | Hello my old friends Paul and Art, | I'm just sitting here chilling out in the silent darkness of a … | The post A Gentrified Little Town Goes to Pot appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/a-gentrified-little-town-goes-to-pot/5665503

Love in a Cold War Climate
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
It's not a Hollywood movie. That's clear from the start. Cold War (2018), the feature film made by the Polish-born director, Pawel Pawlikowski, is in black-and-white. The characters have names like Wiktor, Kaczmarek and Mazurek, and the actors include Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot and Borys Szyc to give just a few from a large cast of characters.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/love-in-a-cold-war-climate/

MN Black liberation movement holds 4-year anniversary vigil for Marcus Golden
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-15
Saint Paul, MN – On the eve of the anniversary of the murder of Marcus Golden by the Saint Paul police department, the Twin Cities Black liberation and anti-police terror movements gathered to hold a memorial vigil at the site where Golden was killed in 2015. Over 50 people were in attendance, representing many groups from the movement and family members of those lost to police crimes. | On the early morning of January 14, 2015, what likely began as a clumsy cop slipping on ice turned into belligerent gunfire by Saint Paul police officers, ending in the murder of a young Black man. The police department tried ha…
fightbacknews.org/2019/1/14/mn-black-liberation-movement-holds-4-year-anniversary-vigil-marcus-golden

Amos Oz and the Real Israel
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
On 29 December 2018 the New York Times (NYT) reported the death of the charismatic Israeli writer Amos Oz. Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Oz was altogether Israeli. That is, he did not come to Palestine from somewhere else. Only nine years old when Israel came into being, Oz knew no other nationality. Nor did…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/amos-oz-and-the-real-israel/

Robert Reich: America Is Sliding Toward Dictatorship
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-01-15
By shutting down the government in a bid to accumulate power, Donald Trump has violated his fundamental oath to uphold the rule of law. | The post Robert Reich: America Is Sliding Toward Dictatorship appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/robert-reich-america-is-sliding-toward-dictatorship/

Loudmouths against Nuclear Lawlessness
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
Hamburg You have to wonder if the Department of Homeland Security is insecure or just lame. On New Years' Eve, I was about to board a flight to Hamburg, when a pair of its officers stopped me to ask a few questions. My mistake was not to demand to know their names, their jobs, and…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/loudmouths-against-nuclear-lawlessness/

The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
This is the first of a three part series regarding the Green New Deal. I will argue in the course of this series the method by which the Green Party should articulate a Green New Deal proposal that is radically different and distinct from that proposed by the Democratic Party, even its Progressive Caucus. Green…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/the-green-new-deal-must-be-centered-on-african-american-and-indigenous-workers-to-differentiate-itself-from-the-democratic-party/

Mainstream Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear
Jeff Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
After having been a mainstream TV news pundit, I'm unfortunately addicted to cable news (mostly MSNBC and CNN) and all the blather and repetition — laughably overhyped as "breaking news." Even when it's the same news that's been breaking . . . and breaking . . . for hours or days. But I'm more bothered…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/mainstream-media-bias-on-2020-democratic-race-already-in-high-gear/

Will Paying for Kidneys Reduce the Transplant Wait List?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
In a Washington Post column Megan McArdle suggests that we pay people to donate their kidneys as a way on increasing the number of donors and reducing the number of people who must rely on dialysis. Needless to say, to many folks it is attractive to get market relationships into ever more aspects of our…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/will-paying-for-kidneys-reduce-the-transplant-wait-list/

Britain robbed India of $45 trillion & Thence 1.8 billion Indians died from deprivation
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-15
Eminent Indian economist Professor Utsa Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University) has estimated that Britain robbed India of $45 trillion between 1765 and 1938, however it is estimated that if India had remained free with 24% of world GDP as in 1700 then its cumulative GDP would have been $232 trillion greater (1700-2003) and $44 trillion greater (1700-1950). | Source…
mronline.org/2019/01/15/britain-robbed-india-of-45-trillion-thence-1-8-billion-indians-died-from-deprivation/

On the Picket Lines: Los Angeles Teachers Go On Strike for First Time in 30 Years
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
On Monday, the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strike for the first time in 30 years. United Teachers of Los Angeles is demanding significantly lower class sizes and proper staffing of schools. LAUSD claims it agrees with most of our demands, but simply can't afford them. The "we have no money" mantra is so powerful, it's practically LAUSD's…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/on-the-picket-lines-los-angeles-teachers-go-on-strike-for-first-time-in-30-years/

Labor in the Age of Trump
Myles Hoenig | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
If not now, when? The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 prevents federal employees from striking. Unions had a rally in DC on Thursday, Jan 10th. Some coverage. Mostly ignored. Not surprising. On to the Democrats. They are being quite sheepish in this. Strong words of dissatisfaction to Trump's national address. Strong Ma and Pa Kettle sternness!
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/labor-in-the-age-of-trump/

The 'Private Governments' that Subjugate U.S. Workers
Chris Hedges | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
Corporate dictatorships–which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security–rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans. | These corporations, … | The post The 'Private Governments' that Subjugate U.S. Workers appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-private-governments-that-subjugate-u-s-workers/5665548

The Faux Political System by the Numbers
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
It's sort of funny in a diabolical way: Trump a Russian agent. That's the line that readers might expect from a remake of Back to the Future 1, 2, or 3, or a possible article from the National Enquirer… the stuff of science fiction, or fiction, or gossip. But the FBI, our national police, seem to have not much else…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/the-faux-political-system-by-the-numbers/

Beware the Emergency State
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/beware-the-emergency-state/

Media Reports "Good News": Kids Are Dying in Venezuela, Sanctions are Working
David William Pear | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
The Guardian's Tom Phillips' article Venezuela Crisis Takes Deadly Toll on Buckling Health System (January 06, 2019) is more good news for US psychopaths, such as Trump, Bolton and Pompeo. Children are dying in Venezuela. Sanctions are working! | Tom is … | The post Media Reports "Good News": Kids Are Dying in Venezuela, Sanctions are Working… appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/media-reports-good-news-kids-are-dying-in-venezuela-sanctions-are-working/5665440

Democrats Prepare Hearings on "Rightwing Extremism"
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
Prior to the 2018 midterm election, I speculated a Democrat-controlled House would result in hearings targeting "hate groups," that is to say anybody on the "right" who challenges official narratives, otherwise known as "conspiracy theories." | "Rep. Bennie Thompson, | … | The post Democrats Prepare Hearings on "Rightwing Extremism" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/democrats-prepare-hearings-on-rightwing-extremism/5665497

Indonesia: Police must drop 'rebellion' charges against three Papuan political activists
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-15
Amnesty International and Yayasan Pusaka call on the Regional Papua Police Force (Polda) to drop the "rebellion (makar)" charges under Article 106 of Indonesia's Criminal Code against three Papuan political activists and immediately and unconditionally release them. They were charged and detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa21/9688/2019/en/

Russian Federation: Homophobic crackdown in Chechnya resumes
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-15
The Chechen authorities have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least 40 individuals have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/9686/2019/en/

World Bank warns of "storm clouds" over global economy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-15
The bank cut its June forecast for global growth of 3 percent this year to 2.9 percent and warned that "the risks are growing that growth could be even weaker than anticipated."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

US, Turkey clash over Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 missiles
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-15
The US team is expected to warn Ankara that Washington will not tolerate a Turkish purchase of Russian air defence systems.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-15
The ruling class had to kill Luxemburg and Liebknecht to prevent the revolution, which spread like wildfire throughout Germany during November 1918, from overthrowing capitalism as it had done in Russia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Dem Coalition head under fire after claim Sen. Graham 'blackmailed' by Trump over 'SEXUAL KINK'
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-15
A Democratic super PAC head is facing an online backlash after saying that Sen. Lindsey Graham is being "blackmailed" by Russians over something related to a "serious sexual kink." | …
rt.com/news/448852-gay-sex-kink-graham/

New UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen makes first visit to Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Norwegian diplomat, who took over from Staffan de Mistura, visits Damascus in latest effort to end eight-year-long war.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/special-envoy-geir-pederson-visit-syria-190115110754731.html

Erdogan: Turkey to set up 'security zone' in Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
President's remarks come after a 'quite positive' phone call with Donald Trump over the situation in war-torn Syria.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/erdogan-turkey-set-security-zone-syria-190115104659468.html

Fatal blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Taliban claims responsibility for explosion near compound housing international companies and NGO offices.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/afghanistan-blast-rocks-eastern-kabul-district-reuters-190114144830784.html

Canada issues China travel alert as tensions escalate
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Ottawa warns of risk of arbitrary detention after Robert Schellenberg given death penalty in sudden drug case retrial.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/canada-issues-china-travel-alert-tensions-escalate-190115010425685.html

Sculpture with Saudi flag to be removed from Ground Zero
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
The sculpture is part of artwork 'Candy Nations' at the 9/11 attack site, but it will be taken away after intense criticism.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/sculpture-saudi-flag-removed-ground-190115120612126.html

Melting away: Antarctica ice loss increases six-fold since 1979
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Alarming new study shows 252 billion tonnes of ice per year is disappearing in areas once considered stable.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/melting-antarctica-ice-loss-increases-fold-1979-190115112231852.html

New York hosts Iran's first film festival
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
The organisers are hopeful it will help bridge the divide between the two countries.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/york-hosts-irans-film-festival-190115103000876.html

Detroit Auto Show: Carmakers grapple with trade war
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
The North American International Auto Show is the biggest and most closely watched car show in North America.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/detroit-auto-show-carmakers-grapple-trade-war-190115091508917.html

Iran says it's launched a satellite that didn't reach orbit
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Iran conducts one of at least two planned satellite launches amid US criticism, but the satellite failed to reach orbit.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/iran-launched-satellite-didn-reach-orbit-190115062127995.html

ICC acquits Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo of war crimes
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Former president to be provisionally released after judges say prosecutors failed to satisfy burden of proof.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/icc-rule-release-ivory-coast-laurent-gbagbo-190115060413922.html

Pompeo and MBS agree on 'importance' of Yemen de-escalation
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Top US diplomat and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet in Riyadh for talks on range of issues.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/pompeo-mbs-agree-importance-yemen-de-escalation-190114085552762.html

'Nothing to lose': Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed details family abuse
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
After gaining asylum in Canada, Rahaf Mohammed says she was exposed to violence and locked up for months in the kingdom.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/lose-saudi-teen-rahaf-mohammed-details-family-abuse-190115054525213.html

Uncertainty and 'Brexit paralysis' fears in UK as deadline looms
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-15
Theresa May's Brexit deal is coming to a vote before Parliament in the UK, but if it fails, the path forward becomes considerably less clear – and not just for Brexit.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/uncertainty-brexit-paralysis-fears-uk-deadline-looms-190115105651277.html

Israeli Army Chief Admits to Waging a Secret War in Syria
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-15
(ZH) — For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and in recent years military officials responded "no comment" even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked insurgents' hands, but this all changed in a new British Sunday Times interview with outgoing Israeli army commander …

Israeli Army Chief Admits to Waging a Secret War in Syria

Israeli Army Chief Gadi Eisenkot: Israel Is Arming Syrian Rebels
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — While reports to that effect have been around for months, over the weekend, Israeli Army Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot finally confirmed that the Israeli military indeed provided weapons to Syrian rebels operating in Golan during the Syrian War. This was the first official confirmation from the army chief, but back in September Israeli media were reporting …

Israeli Army Chief Gadi Eisenkot: Israel Is Arming Syrian Rebels

Venezuela and Turkey Unite to Refine Tons of Gold Amid US Sanctions
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-15
(MEE) — Venezuela and Turkey are working on a deal to ship tonnes of gold to refine and certify in Turkish city of Corum this year. Facing sanctions and international pressure, Venezuela is increasingly turning to Turkey as a partner in the Middle East. Ankara will provide a host of services to Caracas, including building hospital and …

Venezuela and Turkey Unite to Refine Tons of Gold Amid US Sanctions

Yemen's Houthis Are Doxxing the US Troops Working With the Saudis
Randi Nord | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-15
(GPA) — In efforts to expose the criminals responsible for the ongoing genocide against Yemeni civilians, Yemeni Intelligence has started publishing the names and personal information of the US troops in charge of the Saudi command centers where airstrikes are ordered. Washington tries to keep a tight lid on the extent of its involvement in Yemen. However, …

Yemen's Houthis Are Doxxing the US Troops Working With the Saudis

Gov't Shutdown Driving Poverty: SF City Hall/Uber Protest
Edward Escobar AIW founder GiGsUP | indybay.org | 2019-01-15
San Francisco City Hall Rally – Goodlett Steps. | Then a March to Uber World HQ 1455 Market St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/13/18820329.php

San Mateo: Women's Rally in Solidarity with Women's March
San Mateo Peace Action | indybay.org | 2019-01-15
300 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/13/18820353.php

Risking Total Annihilation for the Sake of Profit — with Wilkerson and Jay (3/3)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-15
Larry Wilkerson says the US government is raising the danger of nuclear war by spending more than a trillion dollars to upgrade the American nuclear arsenal, with no real objective other than money making — with host Paul Jay | The post Risking Total Annihilation for the Sake of Profit — with Wilkerson and Jay (3/3) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Media Whitewashing the Blood-Soaked US Military-Industrial Complex
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-15
Arms manufacturers are trying to rebrand as progressive and feminist, while the corporate media does PR for the military-industrial complex. CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin warns this pro-arms manufacturer campaign is infiltrating our schools. | The post Media Whitewashing the Blood-Soaked US Military-Industrial Complex appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/media-whitewashing-the-blood-soaked-us-military-industrial-complex

The Republican Party Is a Pack of Cowards
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-01-15
Let me see if I have this straight: Over the course of this past weekend, the president of the United States of America was exposed as being the target of a 2017 counter-intelligence investigation by the FBI. The FBI initiated its unprecedented investigation after Donald Trump fired then-Director James Comey but before Robert Mueller was tapped to begin his own investigation, because the agency feared the president might be wo…
truthout.org/articles/the-republican-party-is-a-pack-of-cowards/

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.
globalresearch.ca/grim-middle-east-reality-permanent-us-occupation-american-forces-will-stay-indefinitely/5665399

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 tens of thousands of dollars allegedly 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 misunders…
theintercept.com/2019/01/14/irs-shutdown-federal-government-shut-down-irs-asset-seizures/

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.
globalresearch.ca/video-netanyahu-claims-depots-full-of-iranian-weapons-destroyed-in-syria/5665453

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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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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/the-chickens-come-home-to-roost-in-northern-syria/

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,…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/lessons-from-rojava/

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.
globalresearch.ca/trumps-hail-mary-becomes-boltons-nightmare/5665408

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. | …
rt.com/usa/448787-trump-warren-twitter-beer/

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.
globalresearch.ca/two-step-solution-for-the-american-government-shutdown/5665447

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/trumps-wall-a-death-sentence-for-wildlife/

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/how-will-trumps-presidency-end-seven-ways-it-may/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/who-are-northern-irelands-democratic-unionists/

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Threatens-Turkey-With-Economic-Devastation-Over-Kurds-20190114-0014.html

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.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-regime-change-in-america/5665477

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.
globalresearch.ca/political-prisoners-in-america/5665395

Chilean Patagonia: an Open-air Lab to Study Global Warming
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how global warming will affect the world's oceans. | RELATED: | Chile Increases Protected Natural Areas by 81% | The fjord currently produces the kind of conditions that should be seen in other marine systems in the next few decades, when dramatic changes are expected in the environment due to increased carbon dioxide emis…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chilean-Patagonia-an-Open-air-Lab-to-Study-Global-Warming-20190114-0025.html

Venezuela: Self-Proclaimed 'Interim President' Released After 'Irregular' Detention
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-14
The officers responsible have been detained and suspended, reportedly on Maduro's orders.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14218

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/ellen-perlo-102-advocate-for-equality-peace-justice-and-socialism/

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.
globalresearch.ca/a-new-narrative-control-firm-works-to-destroy-alternative-media/5665437

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/la-teachers-strike-the-country-is-watching/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/the-us-media-has-lost-one-of-its-sanest-voices-on-military-matters/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/here-is-the-progressive-agenda/

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.
globalresearch.ca/white-house-asked-for-options-to-strike-iran-after-baghdad-attack-report/5665471

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…
mronline.org/2019/01/14/how-a-neocon-backed-fact-checker-plans-to-wage-war-on-independent-media/

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…
truthdig.com/articles/radical-changes-are-coming-to-the-iowa-caucuses/

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.
globalresearch.ca/dances-of-disinformation-the-partisan-politics-of-the-integrity-initiative/5665401

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.
globalresearch.ca/campaign-finance-reform-helps-special-interests/5665455

A Workers' Struggle in India to 'Make the Land Proud' as Global Unrest Spreads
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-14
This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world, writes Vijay Prasad from Kerala, as social unrest grows in Morocco, Sudan, Nigeria and Los Angeles. Workers Around the World Greet 2019 With Wave of Demonstrations By Vijay Prashad… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/01/14/a-workers-struggle-in-india-to-make-the-land-proud-as-global-unrest-spreads/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/california-needs-a-10-year-green-new-deal/

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.
globalresearch.ca/long-nepal-blame-others-woes/5665412

'Roma' Becomes First Foreign Film to Win Critics' Choice Award
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
The Mexican film 'Roma' triumphs again, making history as the first foreign film to take 'Best Picture" at Sunday's 24 Annual Critics' Choice Awards. | RELATED: | Mexico to Include Domestic Workers in Social Security Institute | In addition to the prestigious award, the film was recognized for best cinematography and best foreign film. | Inspired the Di…
telesurenglish.net/news/Roma-Becomes-First-Foreign-Film-to-Win-Critics-Choice-Award-20190114-0021.html

Ex-Argentine President Warns Against Interventionism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-14
Colombian President Iván Duque announced in an interview to the radio program "Oye Calí" of the Colombian radio station 96.3 FM RadioPlay his intention, together with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, to dissolve the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). | The former president of Argentina, Eduardo Duhalde, who governed his country from January 2002 to May 2003, is the author of the book "Comunidad Sudamericana – Achievements and Challenges of Integration." In his book, he shares the intimacies of a dialogue with other presidents of Latin America at the moment of handing power over to his successor Nésto…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ex-Argentine-President-Warns-Against-Interventionism-20190114-0023.html

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Inequality-Down-Despite-Imperialist-Economic-Attacks-20190114-0013.html

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.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/a-green-future-is-one-without-war/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/declining-birth-rates-is-the-us-in-danger-of-running-out-of-people/

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-to-Treat-Landless-Workers-Activists-as-Terrorists-Govt-20190114-0016.html

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.
globalresearch.ca/canadas-trudeau-accused-of-violating-first-nations-rights-over-gas-pipeline/5665403

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/the-tears-of-justin-trudeau/

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.
globalresearch.ca/a-new-day-for-mexican-workers/5665459

The Infowar on China's Xinjiang-Uyghur Crisis. Now They're Targeting Pakistan and PM Imran Khan
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-14
The Western Mainstream Media's infowar about the true state of the anti-terrorist situation in Xinjiang failed after a group of diplomats and journalists were unprecedentedly allowed to visit some of the education and job-training facilities in the strategically located province, … | The post The Infowar on China's Xinjiang-Uyghur Crisis. Now They're Targeting Pakistan and PM Imran Khan appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/infowar-xinjiang-failed-now-theyre-targeting-pakistan-pm-imran-khan/5665499

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.
globalresearch.ca/italien-und-das-eu-votum-fur-us-raketen-in-europa/5665482

"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.
globalresearch.ca/chinas-nightmare-b-2-stealth-bombers-deployed-to-hawaii-on-watch-247/5665467

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/1/14/peace-walk-held-sleeping-man-killed-lapd

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/14/5-5-million-women-build-their-wall/

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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14217