Daily Archives: January 16, 2019

2019-01-16: News Headlines

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-16). Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion. counterpunch.org 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 were none too pleased. The President had seemingly made his case clear: US blood and More

Janine Jackson (2019-01-16). 'US Administrations Have Been Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least the Early 2000s' – CounterSpin interview with Alexander Main on Maduro's reelection. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Alexander Main about the Nicolás Maduro re-election for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Alvaro Huerta (2019-01-16). Brief History Notes on Mexican Immigration to the U.S. counterpunch.org The historical ties of Mexican immigrants to the U.S., specifically the Southwest, distinguishes people of Mexican origin from other immigrant groups, especially those from Europe. While Mexican immigrants continue to be demonized and characterized as "criminals," "drug dealers," "rapists," "illegal aliens" and "invaders" by American leaders and millions of white citizens, they have essentially become "foreigners in their own land." More

teleSUR (2019-01-16). China: Next Talks to End US Trade War to Be Held in Washington. telesurenglish.net The next round of negotiations to end U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war against China will be held in Washington on Jan. 30 and 31, the South China Morning Post reported. | RELATED: | High-level US-China Talks Aimed at Curbing Trade War Continue | Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who is one of the leading economic advisors of China's President Xi Jinping, will…

WSWS (2019-01-16). Amid stalled US-North Korean talks, second Trump-Kim summit mooted. wsws.org The unstated aim of Trump's diplomacy has been to "flip" North Korea—that is, to induce Pyongyang through threats and bribes to reorient away from Beijing and towards Washington.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-01-16). Let's Expose Congress Members for the Warhawks They Are. truthdig.com As the nation continued to reel from President Trump's shock decision last month to remove all U.S. troops from Syria, news came Wednesday that a n unknown number of U.S. soldiers were among at least 15 killed in a bombing in northern Syria. Amid such continued violence, one would think the president's withdrawal would have ever more urgency. And yet, just about everyone in Washington has attacked his decision to pull out.

STAFF (2019-01-16). Air Traffic Controllers Union Fears Catastrophe During Shutdown. truthdig.com With the record-long government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding now in its fourth week, an official representing the National Air Traffic Controllers Association appeared on CNN on Wednesday to issue an alarming warning: Flying is "absolutely" less safe now than it was before the shutdown began. | "Each day that this shutdown continues, the situation gets worse and worse," Trish Gilbert, executive vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told CNN in an interview. "There are…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-16). Consequences of Trump's 'Egregious' War on Science Mount as People and Planet Suffer. commondreams.org With the Trump administration regularly putting its right-wing ideology ahead of scientific data and the common good, scientists are taking stock of the tangible damage President Donald Trump has done to the environment and public health as a direct result of the War on Science, two years into his term. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Thomas Knapp (2019-01-16). Now More Than Ever, It's Clear the FBI Must Go. counterpunch.org The New York Times reports that "[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests." That's an interesting way of putting it, but let's try More

Whitney Webb (2019-01-16). Trump's Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind 'Inhumane' Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi. mintpressnews.com The government's failure to comment on Hashemi's detention makes it difficult to analyze specifically what her arrest means. However, her detainment should serve as a chilling wake-up call for journalists, Muslim Americans, and all U.S. citizens.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-16). Warning of 'Catastrophic Event,' Air Traffic Controllers Union Official Says Flying 'Absolutely' Less Safe Due to Trump Shutdown. commondreams.org "Each day that this shutdown continues, the situation gets worse and worse," says Trish Gilbert, executive vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-16). Could Trump's Attorney General Pick William Barr Be "Worse Than Jeff Sessions" on Civil Rights? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. 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 Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blueprint" for the National Security Agency'

Jacob Sugarman (2019-01-16). Did 'The Sopranos' Anticipate the Rise of Trump? truthdig.com In "The Sopranos' " controversial and relentlessly scrutinized final episode "Made in America," Tony's misfit son AJ makes a reluctant announcement: he's going to fight in Afghanistan because he believes the Army will improve his career prospects. "My ultimate goal is to qualify for helicopter pilot training," he tells an incredulous Tony. "Afterwards go to work for Trump or somebody. Be their personal pilot." (AJ ultimately accepts a position at "Little" Carmine Lupertazzi's production company, which is developing a movie about a private…

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Turkey threatens northeast Syria. greenleft.org.au US president Donald Trump announced by tweet on December 19 his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. This followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had often stated his intention to invade north-eastern Syria. | Trump's announcement was widely seen as giving a green light for the planned Turkish invasion. Trump's decision caused dissension within the US government. Defence secretary James Mattis resigned, as did some other prominent officials. | Later Trump backtracked. There have been contradictory statements by Trump and his advisors. It is now unclear if, and w…

RT (2019-01-16). 'When did the Democratic party become neocons?'— Tucker Carlson. rt.com After the mainstream media and establishment Democrats piled on President Trump for even considering pulling the US out of NATO, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked when the doves became cheerleaders for war. |

Jeff Mackler (2019-01-16). Trump's Syria Exit Tweet Provokes Washington Panic. counterpunch.org President Trump's unexpected December 19 twitter announcement ordering a 30-day timetable for the withdrawal of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan provoked a bipartisan panic in Washington. Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" James Mattis, "the butcher of Fallujah," resigned in protest stating, according to the New York Times, that More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-01-16). Trump recalls 50,000 workers without pay; shutdown costs hit $1 billion a week. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump called 50,000 federal workers back to their jobs, but without pay, even as the costs of his lockout/shutdown of their agencies and others hit $1 billion a week. The cost is so high that now even Trump's own top economist admits it could end U.S. economic growth and potentially send the nation …

teleSUR (2019-01-16). Bolivia: Neoliberals to Blame for US$22B in Economic Damage. telesurenglish.net Seven Bolivian governments fostered the privatization of 212 companies, which caused great economic damage, totaling some US$22 billion, according to a report prepared by a special commission that was presented Tuesday before the legislative plenary session. | RELATED: | 'Resources for the People': Bolivia to Open 17 Natural Gas Wells in 2019 | The chairman of the special commission, Senator Ruben Medinacelli, said that the investigation is "eminently technical" and studie…

Kim C. Domenico (2019-01-16). To Make a Vineyard of the Curse: Fate, Fatalism and Freedom. counterpunch.org "The exaggeration of the importance of choice in consumer societies is a weak [substitute] when compared to the old idea of a vocation that truly calls to the indwelling spirit in one's soul. In the long run, the point is more to be chosen than to simply learn to choose from a menu of options." More

teleSUR (2019-01-16). Venezuela: Opposition Former Campaign Manager Says 'Maduro Won'. telesurenglish.net Claudio Fermin, politician and the former campaign manager for Henri Falcon, the opposition candidate for president which now-President Nicolas Maduro won on May 20, made an appeal for people to respect the political process of Venezuela. | RELATED | Venezuela Rejects US Attempted Coup and 'Puppet Government' | On Tuesday, Fermin said, "we can't ignore reality. I'm making a call to get your head out of the clouds. This is not a case of a president pro tempore" and stressed that "a gov…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-16). AG Nominee Barr Set Up "HIV Concentration Camp," Supported President's Unilateral War Powers. mintpressnews.com Democrats are hammering Barr over an unsolicited memo he wrote to the president that slammed the Mueller probe as "fatally misconceived," while paying far less attention to far more troubling pieces of information about his past.

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-16). LA Teachers' Strike: When Just One Man Says, "No" counterpunch.org "When just one man says, 'No, I won't' Rome begins to fear" So said Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, the leader of the renowned ancient slave revolt, in the movie Spartacus. The closer we came to a strike, the more furious the conservative establishment's attacks on United Teachers of Los Angeles became. Their fear is palpable. Teachers More

David S. Foglesong (2019-01-16). Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia. thenation.com Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia…

Andrea Germanos (2019-01-16). United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index. mintpressnews.com A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States. | According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot. | The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final s…

teleSUR (2019-01-16). US: FBI Arrests Iran TV Anchor, Removes Hijab, Serves Her Pork. telesurenglish.net The United States arrested a U.S. born journalist working for Iran's state media Press TV on unspecified charges, the media house said Wednesday. | RELATED: | US: Pentagon Outlines Options for Military Strike in Iran | Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was arrested as soon as she arrived at St. Louis Lambert International airport, Missouri, Sunday and transferred by th…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-16). Is the US Planning to Wage War on Russia and China? globalresearch.ca The structure of military alliances; the evolving situation in the Middle East; a shift in geopolitical alliances; the global military agenda; review of wars since 2001; nonconventional hybrid warfare to undermine a country's financial structure; coalition of Turkey, Russia and …

Jerry White (2019-01-16). As Support Grows to Extend Los Angeles Teacher Strike, Unions Colluding with Democrats to End Walkout. globalresearch.ca Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers and their supporters manned picket lines and marched downtown yesterday on the second day of the strike by 33,000 educators in America's second largest school district. The walkout has generated widespread public support …

Joe Emersberger (2019-01-16). Was that the Onion or Reuters Quoting Mike Pompeo on Venezuela? zcomm.org This Reuters article says "The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country," Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries. " [emphasis added] The Onion might have simply changed "countries" above to "dictatorships" or, Read more…

Rosa Schwartzburg (2019-01-16). These Hungarian Students Are Fighting for Their Country's Democracy. thenation.com Though Orbán sought to stamp out dissent and free thought in Hungary, he only made us call out to one another in solidarity. | The post These Hungarian Students Are Fighting for Their Country's Democracy…

Patrick Bond (2019-01-16). Jim Yong Kim's Mixed Messages to the World Bank and the World. counterpunch.org World Bank president Jim Kim is an ex-leftist who claims that in the mid-1990s he wanted to shut down the Bank. At the time, it was an entirely valid, realistic goal of the 50 Years is Enough! Campaign and especially the World Bank Bonds Boycott. Kim's co-edited Dying for Growth (2000) book-length analysis of the Bank's attacks on Global-South public health offered very useful ammunition. However, not only did Kim subsequently make an ideological U-turn, as we see below, but more importantly, among the casualties of the 9/11 attacks were many such movement-building efforts aimed at a common international enemy. T…

Andrew Stewart (2019-01-16). The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party: Part Two. counterpunch.org This is the second 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

William Blum (2019-01-16). Thoughts about US Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca This article was originally posted on GR in November 2016. | William Blum was an important voice in the analysis of US foreign policy. His activism lives on. | *** | Louis XVI needed a revolution, Napoleon needed two historic military defeats, the …

teleSUR (2019-01-16). Huawei Founder: China 'Never Requested Company To Spy'. telesurenglish.net Technology company Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei is denying any claims that the Chinese government is using his company to spy. The father of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, said he misses his daughter who has been held by Canadian authorities on request from the United States for allegedly misleading banks about the company's operating a firm in Iran. | RELATED: | Canada Arrests Huawei CFO by US Request, Tensions Rise, Stocks Fall | "I still love my country,…

Elizabeth Henderson (2019-01-16). Why Sustainable Agriculture Should Support a Green New Deal. counterpunch.org "For Sale" signs have replaced "Dairy of Distinction" on the last two dairy farms on the road I drive to town. The farm crisis of the 1980's that never really went away has resurfaced with a vengeance. In 2013, aggregate farm earnings were half of what they were in 2012. Farm income has continued to More

Kenneth Surin (2019-01-16). A Great Speaker of the UK's House of Commons. counterpunch.org Unlike the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, given the essential place and nature of debate in the Commons, is expected (procedurally at any rate) to be a kind of neutral referee in recurrently adversarial situations. The Speaker of the House of Commons More

Global Research News (2019-01-16). Selected Articles: US War Agenda, Undemocratic Media, Worker's Rights. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as a research tool for future generations? Bringing you 24/7 updates from all …

John Grant (2019-01-16). Joe Biden, Crime Fighter from Hell. counterpunch.org I just listened to Joe Biden's seventeen-and-a-half minute 2003 eulogy for his political friend Strom Thurmond, the former Dixiecrat segregationist from South Carolina who became a Republican in 1964. It's clear Biden liked the man, who he worked closely with to pass crime bills in the early 1980s. As Thurmond's replacement as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden went on to push the now-controversial bill he proudly touts as "the 1994 Biden Crime Bill." More

Matt Agorist (2019-01-16). Independent Media Outlets Unite to Fight Back Against Corporate Censorship. mintpressnews.com During the summit, those who had potential solutions to fighting the censors presented their ideas to the group who then had a round table discussion to decide how best to move forward and carry out these solutions.

Eric Blanc (2019-01-16). Billionaires vs. LA Schools. zcomm.org The Los Angeles teachers' strike isn't all about wages. At its core, the strike is a fight against a hostile takeover of public schools by the superrich…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-16). Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record. consortiumnews.com Sam Husseini writes that the news agency ignored the nominee's link to a major U.S. scandal broken by its own investigative reporter at the time, the late Robert Parry, founder of Consortium News. By SamHusseini FAIR A president facing a… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-01-16). Venezuela: Arreaza Pursues Stronger Ties With UN's Guterres. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza met on Wednesday with Antonio Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations ( UN) for an important bilateral meeting. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects US Attempted Coup and 'Puppet Government' | Minister Arreaza thanked the UN secretary-general for "the cordial, respectful and warm meeting held minutes ago in…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-16). The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba. zcomm.org For Israel to be seeking compensation from Arab countries and Iran is a moral travesty, especially as Palestinians refugees continue to languish in refugee camps across Palestine and the Middle East…

Dean Baker (2019-01-16). The Next Recession: What It Could Look Like. zcomm.org If we rule out the collapsing bubble as the story for the next recession, we are left with the standard story that explains every recession since the end of World War II and before 2001…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-16). Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the Integrity Initiative. counterpunch.org 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 doses; failure, dispatched in grand servings. The nature of news, hollow as it is, is More

teleSUR (2019-01-16). Iran Says Ready for New Satellite Launch in a Few Months. telesurenglish.net Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months' time after a failed attempt this week, President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday, ignoring U.S. and European warnings to avoid such activity. | RELATED: | Iran: Lone Survivor Critical As 15 Die in Plane Crash | Iran's bid to send a satellite into orbit failed Tuesday as the space vehicle Payam did not reach adequate speed in the third stage of the launch. | "We have achieved great success in building satellites and launching them…

Kate Paarlberg-Kvam (2019-01-16). For Women, A Contradictory Peace in Colombia. zcomm.org So long as Colombia's peace accords fail to contend with the liberal economic order or challenge extractivism and militarism in the country, they will fall short of achieving true gender justice…

Paul Dobson (2019-01-16). Venezuela's Maduro Raises Wages, Promises a 'Shake Up' in Annual Address. venezuelanalysis.com Other announcements include expanding housing programs, extra funding for agriculture and "pragmatic" foreign investment in the oil industry.

Sam Husseini (2019-01-16). Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record. commondreams.org "If you all like him so much, I'll have what he had." (Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Kelly Trout (2019-01-16). The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Is Drilling Us Towards Climate Disaster. commondreams.org The United States is now the world's largest oil and gas producer and, increasingly, dumping our excess oil and gas into global markets, which drives down prices and undermines policies aimed at reducing demand for fossil fuels.(Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dave Lindorff (2019-01-16). Criminalizing BDS Trashes Free Speech & Association. counterpunch.org I have been boycotting products for political reasons since 1973, when the United Farmworkers (UFW), beset by a campaign by the then totally corrupt International Brotherhood of Teamsters to challenge their union in collusion with the California grape and lettuce growers, restarted their nationwide grape boycott, eventually adding lettuce and wine producers. I was living More

TeleSUR English (2019-01-16). Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue. venezuelanalysis.com "I hope the UN can help create the conditions for a great peace dialogue in Venezuela," said President Nicolas Maduro.

Edward Curtin (2019-01-16). A Gentrified Little Town Goes to Pot. counterpunch.org 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 late night spinning some discs and thinking your song is great but even great More

WSWS (2019-01-16). Bolivia's Morales and Brazil's Bolsonaro collaborate in rendition of Cesare Battisti to Italy. wsws.org Bolivia's role in what amounted to an extra-judicial rendition is emblematic of the sharp rightward turn of what remains of Latin America's "Pink Tide" governments.

WSWS (2019-01-16). Successful start for IYSSE election campaign at Berlin's Humboldt University. wsws.org Some 60 students attended the meeting at Humboldt University to discuss the rise of the Nazis, the lessons of history and a socialist perspective to oppose fascism and war today.

WSWS (2019-01-16). PG&E's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing: Corporate executives again to get away with murder. wsws.org The company faces widespread litigation, including government investigation into the deadly Californian wildfires over the past two years, lawsuits from victims and over $30 billion in potential liabilities.

RT (2019-01-16). Iranian PressTV journalist held by FBI, denied halal food, hijab removed against her will — network. rt.com A PressTV journalist has been mysteriously detained for over 48 hours by the FBI after she was apprehended at St. Louis Lambert International Airport while traveling to visit family, the network has learned.

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Brazilian official wants landless activists treated as terrorists. greenleft.org.au Brazil's far-right government of 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 January 14. | Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement (MST), one of Latin America's largest social movements, seeks to take over unproductive lands in the name of social and economic justice to more equally distribute rural wealth. | Luiz Antonio Nabhan Garcia, land issues secretary at the ministry, said: "It is the challenge of this government to demonstrate to Congress that this is a thing…

pip.hinman (2019-01-16). Lidia Thorpe: 'Sovereignty has never been ceded'. greenleft.org.au Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe is a life-long Indigenous activist who, among other things, helped lead the successful campaign to save Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland. She also recently served as a Victorian Greens MLA representing the state seat of Northcote. | In the lead up to Invasion Day, Thorpe spoke with 3CR's Green Left Radio presenter Jacob Andrewartha. Below is an abridged version of the interview. | With Invasion Day once again approaching, what are some of the key issues affecting Aboriginal people today? | We have never ceded sovereignty of our land, that's the biggest issue right now and h…

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Brazil shows how capitalism stamps out democracy. greenleft.org.au Brazil is going through a profound political crisis, probably more serious than the military coup in 1964 that ushered in 25 years of authoritarian rule, writes Sue Bradford. | After his election as president in October, the neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro began selecting his ministers. His most important decision — and one that will probably change the destiny of Brazil for many decades — was to choose Paulo Guedes, an advocate of extreme free-market economics, as a super-minister, responsible for a hugely-expanded finance ministry. | As Bryan Pitts, from Indiana University, has pointed out, Guedes is per…

kathy_f (2019-01-16). India: Huge general strike takes on anti-worker attacks. greenleft.org.au India was brought to a standstill for two days on January 8 and 9 as an estimated 200 million people nationwide took strike action against the right-wing government, Morning Star Online said. | Ten unions affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) called the action after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government rejected their 12-point charter of demands, which included a rise in the minimum wage and measures to boost the economy. | They are angry at "irrational" proposed amendments to the country's employment laws, warning that t…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-16). Studies Show Ice Melting and Ocean Warming Both Happening Much Faster Than Previously Thought. commondreams.org A multitude of new climate studies have painted a picture of the numerous factors that are simultaneously leading to rising sea levels, which could increase by more than 10 feet by the end of the century. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-16). As Planet Heats Further, Even Davos Elite Warns Humanity Is 'Sleepwalking Toward Catastrophe'. commondreams.org Ahead of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland next week—which convenes the world's wealthiest and most powerful for a summit that's been called both the "money Oscars" and a "threat to democracy"—the group published a report declaring, "Of all risks, it is in relation to the environment that the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Cesar Chelala (2019-01-16). Violence Against Women: A Pandemic No Longer Hidden. counterpunch.org Harvey Weinstein never imagined that actresses' complaints against his abusive behavior would trigger a worldwide movement for women's justice and fair treatment by men. Despite continued acceptance of physical and sexual violence against women, both women and men are now organizing across cultures and socioeconomic classes to challenge and change gender-based abuse and injustice. Recently, More

aljazeera (2019-01-16). Syria's Kurdish fighters ready to help set up 'safe zone'. aljazeera.com SDF says zone must come with guarantees to stop 'foreign intervention', in apparent reference to Turkey.

aljazeera (2019-01-16). Harsh winter takes deadly toll on Syrian refugees. aljazeera.com Fifteen children have died in IDP camps in Syria as the freezing winter rages on.

aljazeera (2019-01-16). Hundreds of new Honduran migrants begin journey to US. aljazeera.com Asylum seekers have crossed into Guatemala in the latest 'migrant caravan' heading towards the US.

aljazeera (2019-01-16). Civilians, US troops killed in blast in northern Syria. aljazeera.com Suicide bomber strikes area near a US-led coalition patrol in the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Manbij.

aljazeera (2019-01-16). Despite crackdown, Zimbabwe fuel protests continue. aljazeera.com Prominent protest leader Mawarire arrested as part of security crackdown after clashes enter third day.

aljazeera (2019-01-16). Clashes between rival groups kill at least two people in Libya. aljazeera.com Wednesday's fighting in Tripoli violated a UN-brokered ceasefire signed four months ago.

aljazeera (2019-01-16). Sudan police fire tear gas at protesters in Kassala: Witnesses. aljazeera.com People take to the streets in Kassala for the first time since protests began against President al-Bashir in December.

Jason Ditz (2019-01-16). Trump Pushed to Withdraw US From NATO Several Times in 2018: Report. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Adding significant detail to the July 2018 NATO summit, a number of Trump aides both current and former have told the press that Trump repeatedly pushed the idea of withdrawing the US from NATO in the lead-up to, and during, the summit. In the lead-up to the summit, President Trump reportedly told his top national security team …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-16). 4 US Soldiers Killed by ISIS-Claimed Bombing in Syria. theantimedia.com (MEE) — A deadly suicide attack, claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), has hit US-led coalition troops in a restaurant in north Syria's Manbij. Four US servicemen were killed and three more wounded, the Reuters news agency reported a US official as saying. Fourteen others died in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-16). Blackwater Founder: Private Contractors Could Replace US Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Controversial founder and ex-CEO of the private security firm Blackwater, Erik Prince told Fox Business this week that private military contractors could replace the U.S. troops that are withdrawing from Syria. Following a similar failed proposal Prince reportedly made through White House channels in 2017 to privatize the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan — which some contractor industry analysts have suggested Trump was "sympathetic" to— it appeared Prince was …

Kevin Gosztola (2019-01-16). Tulsi Gabbard's Presidential Campaign to Challenge US Military-Industrial Complex. theantimedia.com (SP) — Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii announced she will launch a presidential campaign for 2020. Her campaign is likely to distinguish itself from other Democratic campaigns by making wars and broader United States foreign policy a major issue. Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii state legislature in 2002. She joined the Hawaii Army National Guard …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-16). Iran's Press TV Reporter Arrested in US for No Specific Reason. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US officials have arrested a journalist who works for the Iranian government-backed English-language channel Press TV. She is being held without charge, the broadcaster said on Wednesday. No formal charges have been brought against her. Marzieh Hashemi, described by Press TV as "US-born", has been living in Iran for years and is a Muslim convert, according to …

San Mateo Peace Action (2019-01-16). San Mateo: Women's Rally in Solidarity with Women's March. indybay.org 300 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…

Joel Braunold (2019-01-16). Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace From The Ground Up. indybay.org 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City…

Kate Zeller (2019-01-16). PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt. indybay.org The Oversight Board in Puerto Rico has just filed for a dismissal of $6 billion of the island's debt because they say it was contracted unconstitutionally.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-16). William Barr Is a Danger to Civil Rights. truthout.org When William Barr served as attorney general in the early 1990s, the war on drugs and the public panic it generated was reaching a fever pitch. In the years that followed, intensifying law enforcement and mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes caused prison populations to explode, devastating communities of color and making the United States the most incarcerated country on the planet. Now, president Trump has nominated Barr to serve as attorney general again. | Has Barr changed since the early 1990s? Civil rights groups demanded to know in the lead-up to the confirmation hearing before the Senate Judici…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-16). Born Disposable: Trump's War on Youth. truthout.org We live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. In an age of growing fascism, those in power no longer view children as the promise of a future but as a threat to the present. | In particular, poor Black and Brown children are being treated as what Teju Cole calls " unmournable bodies." Rather than being educated, many are being imprisoned; rather than living in communities that are safe and clean, many are relegated to cities where the…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-16). Congress Considers Bill to Defend Freedom of People With Disabilities. truthout.org On January 15, disability justice activists celebrated the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act (DIA). This monumental piece of legislation is an important step forward for the full civil rights of those with disabilities. | The DIA would ensure that people with disabilities have the right to live in their homes and receive services to do so. Insurance companies and state governments would be barred from discriminating against people with disabilities through imposing what is essentially segregation. Far too many of those with disabilities are…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-16). Is Canada's 'Left' Marching To The Beat of America's Imperial Drum? (1/2). therealnews.com Canadian author Yves Engler discusses the New Democratic leadership's support for war, militarism and Israel

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-16). How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes? counterpunch.org "Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal'sdysfunctional 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 workers are migrants to Arab Gulf States, Malaysia and India. Their remittances, supporting millions of families More

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…

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 to do than to cook up schemes of intrigue and espionage. More

Mehdi Hasan (2019-01-15). John Bolton Wants to Bomb Iran — and He May Get What He Wants. theintercept.com Bolton has outlasted James Mattis and John Kelly, and the Trump administration is now filled with hard-liners who want to attack Iran.

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 …

Sam Husseini (2019-01-15). Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record. fair.org Lame duck President George Bush Sr. gave a Christmas present to Iran/Contra co-conspirators like Caspar Weinberger—and to himself (New York Times, 12/25/92). | A president facing a major scandal, just as the highest-profile trial is about to begin, pardons the indicted or convicted officials around him to effectively stop the investigation that's closing in on his own illegal conduct. | Trump soon? We'll see. But this actually describes what President George H.W. Bush did in 1992. | The Iran/Contra scandal revealed, among other things, that the Reagan/Bush White House had secretly sold missiles to Iran in…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-15). Outgoing IDF Chief Says Yes, We Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Syria. mintpressnews.com That Israel was assisting rebel groups with extremist ideologies in Syria has been widely believed by a number of observers, who were often derided as "conspiracy theorists" for floating the notion. Eisenkot's statements confirm those suspicions.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-15). Ray McGovern: Russia-gate Evidence, Please. consortiumnews.com Was former FBI Director James Comey pulling a Hoover on Trump to keep him in line? asks Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News For those interested in evidence — or the lack of it— regarding collusion between… Read more →

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.

James Risen (2019-01-15). Why Doesn't Donald Trump's Cozy Relationship With Vladimir Putin Worry His Supporters? Jefferson Davis's Treason Case Holds a Clue. theintercept.com Trump came to power thanks to some of the same factors that fueled the rise of Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-01-15). The US Institute of Peace… Promotes Endless Syrian War. globalresearch.ca An "independent national institute founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible," would be the last place you would expect to find calls for continued war. | Yet the United States Institute of …

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 …

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."

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…

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 …

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 …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-15). Il ´grande gioco ª delle basi in Africa. globalresearch.ca I militari italiani in missione a Gibuti hanno donato alcune macchine da cucire all'organizzazione umanitaria che assiste i rifugiati in questo piccolo paese del Corno d'Africa, situato in posizione strategica sulla fondamentale rotta commerciale Asia-Europa all'imboccatura del Mar Rosso di …

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

2019-01-16: Social Media Postees

Did 'The Sopranos' Anticipate the Rise of Trump?
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2019-01-16
In "The Sopranos' " controversial and relentlessly scrutinized final episode "Made in America," Tony's misfit son AJ makes a reluctant announcement: he's going to fight in Afghanistan because he believes the Army will improve his career prospects. "My ultimate goal is to qualify for helicopter pilot training," he tells an incredulous Tony. "Afterwards go to work for Trump or somebody. Be their personal pilot." (AJ ultimately accepts a position at "Little" Carmine Lupertazzi's production company, which is developing a movie about a private…
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Brief History Notes on Mexican Immigration to the U.S
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
The historical ties of Mexican immigrants to the U.S., specifically the Southwest, distinguishes people of Mexican origin from other immigrant groups, especially those from Europe. While Mexican immigrants continue to be demonized and characterized as "criminals," "drug dealers," "rapists," "illegal aliens" and "invaders" by American leaders and millions of white citizens, they have essentially become "foreigners in their own land."
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Consequences of Trump's 'Egregious' War on Science Mount as People and Planet Suffer
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
With the Trump administration regularly putting its right-wing ideology ahead of scientific data and the common good, scientists are taking stock of the tangible damage President Donald Trump has done to the environment and public health as a direct result of the War on Science, two years into his term. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Could Trump's Attorney General Pick William Barr Be "Worse Than Jeff Sessions" on Civil Rights?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-16
Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. 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 Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blueprint" for the National Security Agency'…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/16/c…

Amid stalled US-North Korean talks, second Trump-Kim summit mooted
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-16
The unstated aim of Trump's diplomacy has been to "flip" North Korea–that is, to induce Pyongyang through threats and bribes to reorient away from Beijing and towards Washington.
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Let's Expose Congress Members for the Warhawks They Are
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-01-16
As the nation continued to reel from President Trump's shock decision last month to remove all U.S. troops from Syria, news came Wednesday that a n unknown number of U.S. soldiers were among at least 15 killed in a bombing in northern Syria. Amid such continued violence, one would think the president's withdrawal would have ever more urgency. And yet, just about everyone in Washington has attacked his decision to pull out.
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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
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 were none too pleased. The President had seemingly made his case clear: US blood and…
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Trump recalls 50,000 workers without pay; shutdown costs hit $1 billion a week
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-16
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump called 50,000 federal workers back to their jobs, but without pay, even as the costs of his lockout/shutdown of their agencies and others hit $1 billion a week. The cost is so high that now even Trump's own top economist admits it could end U.S. economic growth and potentially send the nation …
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Turkey threatens northeast Syria
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
US president Donald Trump announced by tweet on December 19 his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. This followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had often stated his intention to invade north-eastern Syria. | Trump's announcement was widely seen as giving a green light for the planned Turkish invasion. Trump's decision caused dissension within the US government. Defence secretary James Mattis resigned, as did some other prominent officials. | Later Trump backtracked. There have been contradictory statements by Trump and his advisors. It is now unclear if, and w…
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'When did the Democratic party become neocons?'– Tucker Carlson
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-16
After the mainstream media and establishment Democrats piled on President Trump for even considering pulling the US out of NATO, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked when the doves became cheerleaders for war. | …
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China: Next Talks to End US Trade War to Be Held in Washington
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
The next round of negotiations to end U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war against China will be held in Washington on Jan. 30 and 31, the South China Morning Post reported. | RELATED: | High-level US-China Talks Aimed at Curbing Trade War Continue | Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who is one of the leading economic advisors of China's President Xi Jinping, will…
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Trump's Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind 'Inhumane' Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-16
The government's failure to comment on Hashemi's detention makes it difficult to analyze specifically what her arrest means. However, her detainment should serve as a chilling wake-up call for journalists, Muslim Americans, and all U.S. citizens. | The post Trump's Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind 'Inhumane' Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi appeared first on MintPress News.
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Now More Than Ever, It's Clear the FBI Must Go
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
The New York Times reports that "[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests." That's an interesting way of putting it, but let's try…
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Air Traffic Controllers Union Fears Catastrophe During Shutdown
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-16
With the record-long government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding now in its fourth week, an official representing the National Air Traffic Controllers Association appeared on CNN on Wednesday to issue an alarming warning: Flying is "absolutely" less safe now than it was before the shutdown began. | "Each day that this shutdown continues, the situation gets worse and worse," Trish Gilbert, executive vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told CNN in an interview. "There are…
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Trump's Syria Exit Tweet Provokes Washington Panic
Jeff Mackler | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
President Trump's unexpected December 19 twitter announcement ordering a 30-day timetable for the withdrawal of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan provoked a bipartisan panic in Washington. Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" James Mattis, "the butcher of Fallujah," resigned in protest stating, according to the New York Times, that…
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Warning of 'Catastrophic Event,' Air Traffic Controllers Union Official Says Flying 'Absolutely' Less Safe Due to Trump Shutdown
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
"Each day that this shutdown continues, the situation gets worse and worse," says Trish Gilbert, executive vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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For Women, A Contradictory Peace in Colombia
Kate Paarlberg-Kvam | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
So long as Colombia's peace accords fail to contend with the liberal economic order or challenge extractivism and militarism in the country, they will fall short of achieving true gender justice…
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Bolivia: Neoliberals to Blame for US$22B in Economic Damage
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
Seven Bolivian governments fostered the privatization of 212 companies, which caused great economic damage, totaling some US$22 billion, according to a report prepared by a special commission that was presented Tuesday before the legislative plenary session. | RELATED: | 'Resources for the People': Bolivia to Open 17 Natural Gas Wells in 2019 | The chairman of the special commission, Senator Ruben Medinacelli, said that the investigation is "eminently technical" and studie…
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Venezuela: Opposition Former Campaign Manager Says 'Maduro Won'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
Claudio Fermin, politician and the former campaign manager for Henri Falcon, the opposition candidate for president which now-President Nicolas Maduro won on May 20, made an appeal for people to respect the political process of Venezuela. | RELATED | Venezuela Rejects US Attempted Coup and 'Puppet Government' | On Tuesday, Fermin said, "we can't ignore reality. I'm making a call to get your head out of the clouds. This is not a case of a president pro tempore" and stressed that "a gov…
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Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia
David S. Foglesong | thenation.com | 2019-01-16
Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia…
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Independent Media Outlets Unite to Fight Back Against Corporate Censorship
Matt Agorist | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-16
During the summit, those who had potential solutions to fighting the censors presented their ideas to the group who then had a round table discussion to decide how best to move forward and carry out these solutions. | The post Independent Media Outlets Unite to Fight Back Against Corporate Censorship appeared first on MintPress News.
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As Support Grows to Extend Los Angeles Teacher Strike, Unions Colluding with Democrats to End Walkout
Jerry White | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-16
Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers and their supporters manned picket lines and marched downtown yesterday on the second day of the strike by 33,000 educators in America's second largest school district. The walkout has generated widespread public support … | The post As Support Grows to Extend Los Angeles Teacher Strike, Unions Colluding with Democrats to End Walkout appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/as-support-gro…

Iran Says Ready for New Satellite Launch in a Few Months
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months' time after a failed attempt this week, President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday, ignoring U.S. and European warnings to avoid such activity. | RELATED: | Iran: Lone Survivor Critical As 15 Die in Plane Crash | Iran's bid to send a satellite into orbit failed Tuesday as the space vehicle Payam did not reach adequate speed in the third stage of the launch. | "We have achieved great success in building satellites and launching them…
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To Make a Vineyard of the Curse: Fate, Fatalism and Freedom
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
"The exaggeration of the importance of choice in consumer societies is a weak [substitute] when compared to the old idea of a vocation that truly calls to the indwelling spirit in one's soul. In the long run, the point is more to be chosen than to simply learn to choose from a menu of options."
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/to-m…

Huawei Founder: China 'Never Requested Company To Spy'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
Technology company Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei is denying any claims that the Chinese government is using his company to spy. The father of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, said he misses his daughter who has been held by Canadian authorities on request from the United States for allegedly misleading banks about the company's operating a firm in Iran. | RELATED: | Canada Arrests Huawei CFO by US Request, Tensions Rise, Stocks Fall | "I still love my country,…
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AG Nominee Barr Set Up "HIV Concentration Camp," Supported President's Unilateral War Powers
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-16
Democrats are hammering Barr over an unsolicited memo he wrote to the president that slammed the Mueller probe as "fatally misconceived," while paying far less attention to far more troubling pieces of information about his past. | The post AG Nominee Barr Set Up "HIV Concentration Camp," Supported President's Unilateral War Powers appeared first on MintPress News.
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Venezuela's Maduro Raises Wages, Promises a 'Shake Up' in Annual Address
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-16
Other announcements include expanding housing programs, extra funding for agriculture and "pragmatic" foreign investment in the oil industry.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14231

Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-16
Sam Husseini writes that the news agency ignored the nominee's link to a major U.S. scandal broken by its own investigative reporter at the time, the late Robert Parry, founder of Consortium News. By SamHusseini FAIR A president facing a… Read more ?…
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'US Administrations Have Been Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least the Early 2000s' – CounterSpin interview with Alexander Main on Maduro's reelection
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-01-16
Janine Jackson interviewed Alexander Main about the Nicolás Maduro re-election for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-16
"I hope the UN can help create the conditions for a great peace dialogue in Venezuela," said President Nicolas Maduro.
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Is the US Planning to Wage War on Russia and China?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-16
The structure of military alliances; the evolving situation in the Middle East; a shift in geopolitical alliances; the global military agenda; review of wars since 2001; nonconventional hybrid warfare to undermine a country's financial structure; coalition of Turkey, Russia and … | The post Is the US Planning to Wage War on Russia and China? appeared first on Global Research.
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United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index
Andrea Germanos | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-16
A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States. | According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20–its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot. | The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final s…
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Criminalizing BDS Trashes Free Speech & Association
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
I have been boycotting products for political reasons since 1973, when the United Farmworkers (UFW), beset by a campaign by the then totally corrupt International Brotherhood of Teamsters to challenge their union in collusion with the California grape and lettuce growers, restarted their nationwide grape boycott, eventually adding lettuce and wine producers. I was living…
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Why Sustainable Agriculture Should Support a Green New Deal
Elizabeth Henderson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
"For Sale" signs have replaced "Dairy of Distinction" on the last two dairy farms on the road I drive to town. The farm crisis of the 1980's that never really went away has resurfaced with a vengeance. In 2013, aggregate farm earnings were half of what they were in 2012. Farm income has continued to…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/why-…

A Great Speaker of the UK's House of Commons
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
Unlike the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, given the essential place and nature of debate in the Commons, is expected (procedurally at any rate) to be a kind of neutral referee in recurrently adversarial situations. The Speaker of the House of Commons…
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These Hungarian Students Are Fighting for Their Country's Democracy
Rosa Schwartzburg | thenation.com | 2019-01-16
Though Orbán sought to stamp out dissent and free thought in Hungary, he only made us call out to one another in solidarity. | The post These Hungarian Students Are Fighting for Their Country's Democracy…
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The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
For Israel to be seeking compensation from Arab countries and Iran is a moral travesty, especially as Palestinians refugees continue to languish in refugee camps across Palestine and the Middle East…
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Selected Articles: US War Agenda, Undemocratic Media, Worker's Rights
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-16
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as a research tool for future generations? Bringing you 24/7 updates from all … | The post Selected Articles: US War Agenda, Undemocratic Media, Worker's Rights appeared first on Global Research.
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US: FBI Arrests Iran TV Anchor, Removes Hijab, Serves Her Pork
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
The United States arrested a U.S. born journalist working for Iran's state media Press TV on unspecified charges, the media house said Wednesday. | RELATED: | US: Pentagon Outlines Options for Military Strike in Iran | Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was arrested as soon as she arrived at St. Louis Lambert International airport, Missouri, Sunday and transferred by th…
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Billionaires vs. LA Schools
Eric Blanc | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
The Los Angeles teachers' strike isn't all about wages. At its core, the strike is a fight against a hostile takeover of public schools by the superrich…
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Was that the Onion or Reuters Quoting Mike Pompeo on Venezuela?
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
This Reuters article says "The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country," Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries. " [emphasis added] The Onion might have simply changed "countries" above to "dictatorships" or, Read…
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The Next Recession: What It Could Look Like
Dean Baker | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
If we rule out the collapsing bubble as the story for the next recession, we are left with the standard story that explains every recession since the end of World War II and before 2001…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-next-r…

Thoughts about US Foreign Policy
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-16
This article was originally posted on GR in November 2016. | William Blum was an important voice in the analysis of US foreign policy. His activism lives on. | *** | Louis XVI needed a revolution, Napoleon needed two historic military defeats, the … | The post Thoughts about US Foreign Policy appeared first on Global Research.
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Joe Biden, Crime Fighter from Hell
John Grant | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
I just listened to Joe Biden's seventeen-and-a-half minute 2003 eulogy for his political friend Strom Thurmond, the former Dixiecrat segregationist from South Carolina who became a Republican in 1964. It's clear Biden liked the man, who he worked closely with to pass crime bills in the early 1980s. As Thurmond's replacement as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden went on to push the now-controversial bill he proudly touts as "the 1994 Biden Crime Bill."
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Venezuela: Arreaza Pursues Stronger Ties With UN's Guterres
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza met on Wednesday with Antonio Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations ( UN) for an important bilateral meeting. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects US Attempted Coup and 'Puppet Government' | Minister Arreaza thanked the UN secretary-general for "the cordial, respectful and warm meeting held minutes ago in…
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A Gentrified Little Town Goes to Pot
Edward Curtin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
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 late night spinning some discs and thinking your song is great but even great…
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Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record
Sam Husseini | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
"If you all like him so much, I'll have what he had." (Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party: Part Two
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
This is the second 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…
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Jim Yong Kim's Mixed Messages to the World Bank and the World
Patrick Bond | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
World Bank president Jim Kim is an ex-leftist who claims that in the mid-1990s he wanted to shut down the Bank. At the time, it was an entirely valid, realistic goal of the 50 Years is Enough! Campaign and especially the World Bank Bonds Boycott. Kim's co-edited Dying for Growth (2000) book-length analysis of the Bank's attacks on Global-South public health offered very useful ammunition. However, not only did Kim subsequently make an ideological U-turn, as we see below, but more importantly, among the casualties of the 9/11 attacks were many such movement-building efforts aimed at a common international enemy. T…
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The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Is Drilling Us Towards Climate Disaster
Kelly Trout | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
The United States is now the world's largest oil and gas producer and, increasingly, dumping our excess oil and gas into global markets, which drives down prices and undermines policies aimed at reducing demand for fossil fuels.(Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the Integrity Initiative
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
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 doses; failure, dispatched in grand servings. The nature of news, hollow as it is, is…
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LA Teachers' Strike: When Just One Man Says, "No"
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
"When just one man says, 'No, I won't' Rome begins to fear" So said Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, the leader of the renowned ancient slave revolt, in the movie Spartacus. The closer we came to a strike, the more furious the conservative establishment's attacks on United Teachers of Los Angeles became. Their fear is palpable. Teachers…
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Bolivia's Morales and Brazil's Bolsonaro collaborate in rendition of Cesare Battisti to Italy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-16
Bolivia's role in what amounted to an extra-judicial rendition is emblematic of the sharp rightward turn of what remains of Latin America's "Pink Tide" governments.
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Successful start for IYSSE election campaign at Berlin's Humboldt University
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-16
Some 60 students attended the meeting at Humboldt University to discuss the rise of the Nazis, the lessons of history and a socialist perspective to oppose fascism and war today.
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PG&E's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing: Corporate executives again to get away with murder
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-16
The company faces widespread litigation, including government investigation into the deadly Californian wildfires over the past two years, lawsuits from victims and over $30 billion in potential liabilities.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Iranian PressTV journalist held by FBI, denied halal food, hijab removed against her will — network
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-16
A PressTV journalist has been mysteriously detained for over 48 hours by the FBI after she was apprehended at St. Louis Lambert International Airport while traveling to visit family, the network has learned. | …
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Lidia Thorpe: 'Sovereignty has never been ceded'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe is a life-long Indigenous activist who, among other things, helped lead the successful campaign to save Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland. She also recently served as a Victorian Greens MLA representing the state seat of Northcote. | In the lead up to Invasion Day, Thorpe spoke with 3CR's Green Left Radio presenter Jacob Andrewartha. Below is an abridged version of the interview. | With Invasion Day once again approaching, what are some of the key issues affecting Aboriginal people today? | We have never ceded sovereignty of our land, that's the biggest issue right now and h…
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Brazilian official wants landless activists treated as terrorists
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Brazil's far-right government of 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 January 14. | Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement (MST), one of Latin America's largest social movements, seeks to take over unproductive lands in the name of social and economic justice to more equally distribute rural wealth. | Luiz Antonio Nabhan Garcia, land issues secretary at the ministry, said: "It is the challenge of this government to demonstrate to Congress that this is a thing…
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Brazil shows how capitalism stamps out democracy
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Brazil is going through a profound political crisis, probably more serious than the military coup in 1964 that ushered in 25 years of authoritarian rule, writes Sue Bradford. | After his election as president in October, the neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro began selecting his ministers. His most important decision — and one that will probably change the destiny of Brazil for many decades — was to choose Paulo Guedes, an advocate of extreme free-market economics, as a super-minister, responsible for a hugely-expanded finance ministry. | As Bryan Pitts, from Indiana University, has pointed out, Guedes is per…
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India: Huge general strike takes on anti-worker attacks
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
India was brought to a standstill for two days on January 8 and 9 as an estimated 200 million people nationwide took strike action against the right-wing government, Morning Star Online said. | Ten unions affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) called the action after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government rejected their 12-point charter of demands, which included a rise in the minimum wage and measures to boost the economy. | They are angry at "irrational" proposed amendments to the country's employment laws, warning that t…
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As Planet Heats Further, Even Davos Elite Warns Humanity Is 'Sleepwalking Toward Catastrophe'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
Ahead of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland next week—which convenes the world's wealthiest and most powerful for a summit that's been called both the "money Oscars" and a "threat to democracy"—the group published a report declaring, "Of all risks, it is in relation to the environment that the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Studies Show Ice Melting and Ocean Warming Both Happening Much Faster Than Previously Thought
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
A multitude of new climate studies have painted a picture of the numerous factors that are simultaneously leading to rising sea levels, which could increase by more than 10 feet by the end of the century. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Violence Against Women: A Pandemic No Longer Hidden
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
Harvey Weinstein never imagined that actresses' complaints against his abusive behavior would trigger a worldwide movement for women's justice and fair treatment by men. Despite continued acceptance of physical and sexual violence against women, both women and men are now organizing across cultures and socioeconomic classes to challenge and change gender-based abuse and injustice. Recently,…
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Syria's Kurdish fighters ready to help set up 'safe zone'
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-16
SDF says zone must come with guarantees to stop 'foreign intervention', in apparent reference to Turkey.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/syria…

Civilians, US troops killed in blast in northern Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-16
Suicide bomber strikes area near a US-led coalition patrol in the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Manbij.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/blast…

Hundreds of new Honduran migrants begin journey to US
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-16
Asylum seekers have crossed into Guatemala in the latest 'migrant caravan' heading towards the US.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/hundr…

Harsh winter takes deadly toll on Syrian refugees
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-16
Fifteen children have died in IDP camps in Syria as the freezing winter rages on.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/harsh…

Sudan police fire tear gas at protesters in Kassala: Witnesses
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-16
People take to the streets in Kassala for the first time since protests began against President al-Bashir in December.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/sudan…

Despite crackdown, Zimbabwe fuel protests continue
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-16
Prominent protest leader Mawarire arrested as part of security crackdown after clashes enter third day.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/crack…

Clashes between rival groups kill at least two people in Libya
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-16
Wednesday's fighting in Tripoli violated a UN-brokered ceasefire signed four months ago.
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4 US Soldiers Killed by ISIS-Claimed Bombing in Syria
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(MEE) — A deadly suicide attack, claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), has hit US-led coalition troops in a restaurant in north Syria's Manbij. Four US servicemen were killed and three more wounded, the Reuters news agency reported a US official as saying. Fourteen others died in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human …

4 US Soldiers Killed by ISIS-Claimed Bombing in Syria

Trump Pushed to Withdraw US From NATO Several Times in 2018: Report
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Adding significant detail to the July 2018 NATO summit, a number of Trump aides both current and former have told the press that Trump repeatedly pushed the idea of withdrawing the US from NATO in the lead-up to, and during, the summit. In the lead-up to the summit, President Trump reportedly told his top national security team …

Trump Pushed to Withdraw US From NATO Several Times in 2018: Report

Blackwater Founder: Private Contractors Could Replace US Troops in Syria
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(ZH) — Controversial founder and ex-CEO of the private security firm Blackwater, Erik Prince told Fox Business this week that private military contractors could replace the U.S. troops that are withdrawing from Syria. Following a similar failed proposal Prince reportedly made through White House channels in 2017 to privatize the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan — which some contractor industry analysts have suggested Trump was "sympathetic" to– it appeared Prince was …

Blackwater Founder: Private Contractors Could Replace US Troops in Syria

Tulsi Gabbard's Presidential Campaign to Challenge US Military-Industrial Complex
Kevin Gosztola | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(SP) — Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii announced she will launch a presidential campaign for 2020. Her campaign is likely to distinguish itself from other Democratic campaigns by making wars and broader United States foreign policy a major issue. Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii state legislature in 2002. She joined the Hawaii Army National Guard …

Tulsi Gabbard’s Presidential Campaign to Challenge US Military-Industrial Complex

Iran's Press TV Reporter Arrested in US for No Specific Reason
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(MEE) — US officials have arrested a journalist who works for the Iranian government-backed English-language channel Press TV. She is being held without charge, the broadcaster said on Wednesday. No formal charges have been brought against her. Marzieh Hashemi, described by Press TV as "US-born", has been living in Iran for years and is a Muslim convert, according to …

Iran's Press TV Reporter Arrested in US for No Specific Reason

Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace From The Ground Up
Joel Braunold | indybay.org | 2019-01-16
800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City…
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San Mateo: Women's Rally in Solidarity with Women's March
San Mateo Peace Action | indybay.org | 2019-01-16
300 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…
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PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-01-16
The Oversight Board in Puerto Rico has just filed for a dismissal of $6 billion of the island's debt because they say it was contracted unconstitutionally.
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William Barr Is a Danger to Civil Rights
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-16
When William Barr served as attorney general in the early 1990s, the war on drugs and the public panic it generated was reaching a fever pitch. In the years that followed, intensifying law enforcement and mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes caused prison populations to explode, devastating communities of color and making the United States the most incarcerated country on the planet. Now, president Trump has nominated Barr to serve as attorney general again. | Has Barr changed since the early 1990s? Civil rights groups demanded to know in the lead-up to the confirmation hearing before the Senate Judici…
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Born Disposable: Trump's War on Youth
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-16
We live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. In an age of growing fascism, those in power no longer view children as the promise of a future but as a threat to the present. | In particular, poor Black and Brown children are being treated as what Teju Cole calls " unmournable bodies." Rather than being educated, many are being imprisoned; rather than living in communities that are safe and clean, many are relegated to cities where the…
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Congress Considers Bill to Defend Freedom of People With Disabilities
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-16
On January 15, disability justice activists celebrated the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act (DIA). This monumental piece of legislation is an important step forward for the full civil rights of those with disabilities. | The DIA would ensure that people with disabilities have the right to live in their homes and receive services to do so. Insurance companies and state governments would be barred from discriminating against people with disabilities through imposing what is essentially segregation. Far too many of those with disabilities are…
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Is Canada's 'Left' Marching To The Beat of America's Imperial Drum? (1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-16
Canadian author Yves Engler discusses the New Democratic leadership's support for war, militarism and Israel | The post Is Canada's 'Left' Marching To The Beat of America's Imperial Drum? (1/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
"Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal'sdysfunctional 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 workers are migrants to Arab Gulf States, Malaysia and India. Their remittances, supporting millions of families…
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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.
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Why Doesn't Donald Trump's Cozy Relationship With Vladimir Putin Worry His Supporters? Jefferson Davis's Treason Case Holds a Clue
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-15
Trump came to power thanks to some of the same factors that fueled the rise of Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America. | The post Why Doesn't Donald Trump's Cozy Relationship With Vladimir Putin Worry His Supporters? Jefferson Davis's Treason Case Holds a Clue. appeared first on The Intercept.
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John Bolton Wants to Bomb Iran — and He May Get What He Wants
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-01-15
Bolton has outlasted James Mattis and John Kelly, and the Trump administration is now filled with hard-liners who want to attack Iran. | The post John Bolton Wants to Bomb Iran — and He May Get What He Wants appeared first on The Intercept.
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The US Institute of Peace… Promotes Endless Syrian War
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
An "independent national institute founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible," would be the last place you would expect to find calls for continued war. | Yet the United States Institute of … | The post The US Institute of Peace… Promotes Endless Syrian War appeared first on Global Research.
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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." | …
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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.
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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 to do than to cook up schemes of intrigue and espionage.
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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!
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Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record
Sam Husseini | fair.org | 2019-01-15
Lame duck President George Bush Sr. gave a Christmas present to Iran/Contra co-conspirators like Caspar Weinberger–and to himself (New York Times, 12/25/92). | A president facing a major scandal, just as the highest-profile trial is about to begin, pardons the indicted or convicted officials around him to effectively stop the investigation that's closing in on his own illegal conduct. | Trump soon? We'll see. But this actually describes what President George H.W. Bush did in 1992. | The Iran/Contra scandal revealed, among other things, that the Reagan/Bush White House had secretly sold missiles to Iran in…
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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.
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Outgoing IDF Chief Says Yes, We Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Syria
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-15
That Israel was assisting rebel groups with extremist ideologies in Syria has been widely believed by a number of observers, who were often derided as "conspiracy theorists" for floating the notion. Eisenkot's statements confirm those suspicions. | The post Outgoing IDF Chief Says Yes, We Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.
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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…
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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. | …
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Ray McGovern: Russia-gate Evidence, Please
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-15
Was former FBI Director James Comey pulling a Hoover on Trump to keep him in line? asks Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News For those interested in evidence — or the lack of it– regarding collusion between… Read more ?…
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Democratic Media: For the People, By the People
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-15
Imagine joining the military thinking you're fighting ISIS/al Qaeda, only to find out you're supporting them. | Imagine paying your taxes thinking it is for the uplift of the community and country, only to find out it is for the uplift … | The post Democratic Media: For the People, By the People appeared first on Global Research.
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Beware the Emergency State
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-15
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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.
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