Daily Archives: January 17, 2019

2019-01-17: News Headlines

David Schultz (2019-01-17). Trump vs the Constitution: Why He Cannot Invoke the Emergencies Act to Build a Wall. counterpunch.org The more President Trump changes his mind about declaring a national emergency to build his wall the less likely it is that he has the authority to do it. But even if he had declared a national emergency immediately, it is unlikely the Constitution or congressional statute allows him to do it. That is perhaps More

Matt Johnson (2019-01-17). The Wall Already Exists — In Our Hearts and Minds. counterpunch.org My favorite album of all time is Pink Floyd's The Wall. It should be re-released given the current (manufactured) crisis. I'm not surprised that Roger Waters is planning a show on the border to protest Trump's continued government shutdown over funding for an ill-defined barrier that has come to represent everything wrong with his presidency: More

Zero Hedge (2019-01-17). Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets of "Invisible War" in Syria. globalresearch.ca For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and more often military officials responded "no comment" even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked …

WSWS (2019-01-17). Killing of US troops in Syria feeds furor over withdrawal. wsws.org The suicide bomb attack took place in Manbij, the flashpoint in the multi-sided conflict created by the US intervention in Syria.

Federico Pieraccini (2019-01-17). Final Steps in Syria's Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib …

STAFF (2019-01-17). Trump Grounds Pelosi After She Imperils His Big Speech. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her an aircraft to visit troops abroad. | The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinksmanship, with both flexing their political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled. | In dramatic fashion, Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, just before she and other lawmakers were set to depart on the previously undisclosed trip to Afghanistan and Brussels.

RT (2019-01-17). 'Russiagate' investigator crowdfunds 'fact-finding' trip…to Hawaii. rt.com One 'Russiagate' researcher wants to crowdfund a trip to "investigate" 2020 Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard in sunny Hawaii. Some critics say it's a ploy to grab a free vacation. |

Democracy Now! (2019-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2019. democracynow.org Speaker Pelosi to Trump: Cancel or Postpone State of the Union, Federal Employees and Contractors Demand End to Government Shutdown, Trump to Propose Biggest Space-Based Missile Program Since "Star Wars", Andrew Wheeler, at EPA Confirmation Hearing, Downplays Climate Risks, Climate Study Finds Ocean Temperatures Hit Record High in 2018, Syria: Four Americans Among 19 Killed in ISIS Suicide Attack, Zimbabwe: Five Killed as Government Attacks Fuel Hike Protesters, Kenya: Death Toll in al-Shabab Attack on Nairobi Hotel Rises to 21, British PM Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote, NYT: Trump Inaugural Committee To…

teleSUR (2019-01-17). US Helms Burton Act is a Violation of International Law: Cuba. telesurenglish.net Cuba rejects U.S. President Trump's decision to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Law for 45 days as the newest threat to Cuba's economic, commercial, financial stability. | RELATED: | Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations | "We strongly reject this new interventionist provocation, threatening, arrogant, violating international law. The US government shows its contempt for the rest of the world…Political blackmail and irresponsible hostility just to harden a blockad…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-01-17). Venezuela: Trump Considers 'Recognizing' Opposition Leader as President, Government Denounces 'Coup Attempt'. venezuelanalysis.com The move would be a significant escalation of the political crisis that has exploded with Maduro's second term.

John Feffer (2019-01-17). Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over. mintpressnews.com With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily and he'll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Peter Koenig (2019-01-17). Europe on the Brink of Collapse? globalresearch.ca The Empire's European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals — Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn't care what they think …

Paul Cochrane (2019-01-17). Europe's Strategic Humanitarian Aid: Yemen vs. Syria. counterpunch.org The Syrian conflict will soon be into its ninth year, and the Yemen conflict into its fifth year. Both are major humanitarian disasters, with millions displaced amid unimaginable suffering. An estimated half a million have been killed in Syria, and over 100,000 in Yemen. The West is deeply involved in both conflicts — supporting the More

teleSUR (2019-01-17). Palestine Rejects US Peace Draft on Shared Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) responding to multiple reports of a United States-drafted Peace Plan, said that "any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state — with all of East Jerusalem as its capital — on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail." | RELATED: | Palestinians Launch Bid for Full UN Membership | The U.S. Israel-Palestinian plan will reportedly propose that Jerusalem be divided into territories, designating some annexed Palestine regio…

David Swanson (2019-01-17). Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO. globalresearch.ca The New York Times loves NATO, but should you? | Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO …

Jesse Jackson (2019-01-17). Trump's Flailing will get More Desperate and More Dangerous. counterpunch.org Since the striking victories of Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018, President Donald Trump has been flailing more and more wildly. He's setting new records for the length of the government shutdown, watched his defense secretary resign after suddenly announcing the withdrawal of troops from Syria, forced his attorney general to resign, found More

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-01-17). Martin Luther King Commemorations Take Place Amid Government Shutdown and Worsening Capitalist Crisis. globalresearch.ca Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and grew into maturity in the Deep South city of Atlanta, Georgia during the Great Depression of the 1930s and early 1940s. | Therefore King witnessed firsthand the racism and …

RT (2019-01-17). 'Reschedule your excursion': Trump cancels Pelosi's foreign trips over shutdown. rt.com President Donald Trump has canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's upcoming trips to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan, citing the ongoing government shutdown, one day after Pelosi threatened to cancel his State of the Union address. |

RT News (2019-01-17). Fake Washington Post Copies Announcing Trump's Resignation Handed Out in Washington, DC. globalresearch.ca Taking the art of fake news to new heights, a non-profit has circulated mock Washington Post issues near the White House, telling readers that President Donald Trump fled to Crimea on the back of women-led protests. | Activists giving out fake …

RT (2019-01-17). Transcripts reveal FBI & DOJ were warned in 2016 about 'bias' in Steele dossier & 'links' to Clinton. rt.com FBI and DOJ officials were warned in 2016 that the infamous anti-Trump Steele dossier was likely biased, but they ignored the warning and used the document to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign official.

Patrick Walker (2019-01-17). Referendum 2020: A Green New Deal vs. Racist, Classist Climate Genocide. counterpunch.org Introduction: "Nuking" the Dem Leadership's Anti-Climate Obstinacy Perverse as it may seem, I as a climate justice activist am extremely glad the corrupt corporate, militarist Democratic Party leadership has repeatedly expressed its contempt for the Sunrise Movement's much-needed, potentially game-changing call for a Green New Deal. Three recent, egregious instances of that contempt are 1) Chuck Schumer's criminally insane promotion of Trump-supporting More

WSWS (2019-01-17). The US boosts military ties with Sri Lanka. wsws.org US Navy moves to establish a logistics hub at Trincomalee port come as the Trump administration ratchets up its trade war measures against China.

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-17). America Has Its Gunsights on Venezuela. commondreams.org Maduro said, "this presidential sash is yours. The power of this sash is yours. It does not belong to the oligarchy or to imperialism. It belongs to the sovereign people of Venezuela."(Photo: Noticia al D√≠a) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-01-17). Iran Newspapers, Minister Criticize U.S. Arrest of Newscaster. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran kept up its criticism Thursday of the FBI's apparent arrest of an American anchorwoman from Iran's state-run English-language TV channel, with its foreign minister saying "she's done nothing but journalism." | The hard-line Vatan-e Emrooz paper criticized the detention of Press TV's Marzieh Hashemi as "Saudi-style behavior with a critical journalist." That's a reference to the Oct. 2 assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. | Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Press TV that "we have a right to…

John Clarke (2019-01-17). A Tale of Two Austerities. globalresearch.ca The greatly intensified austerity that has been imposed in the UK since 2010 has been looked to with considerable approval by right wing imitators. Among countries that had developed a relatively adequate 'welfare state', the attack on social provision in …

Jorge Martín (2019-01-17). Washington moves towards "regime change" in Venezuela. zcomm.org Apart from being a totally illegal decision, taken by a body that is in contempt and also without following any constitutional precept, this amounts to a call for the armed forces to overthrow the elected president. Such an action has a name: coup d'etat…

John G. Russell (2019-01-17). Just Another Brick in the Wall of Lies. counterpunch.org It's time to bring back the original Nightline. For those of you too young to remember, Nightline was born almost 40 years ago during the "Iranian Hostage Crisis." Each nightly broadcast began with the words "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage" that would eventually be followed by the numbers of days that had elapsed since their More

Hanne Heszlein-Lossius (2019-01-17). Medical Consequences of Drone Attacks against Gaza: Amputation Injuries. globalresearch.ca Below is the Summary of a detailed report entitled: | Traumatic Amputations Caused by Drone Attacks in the Local Population in Gaza: A Retrospective Cross-sectional Study | Background | Little data exist to describe the use and medical consequences of drone strikes on …

Fight Back (2019-01-17). Venezuela: Who is Juan Guaidó? fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On January 11, the illegal National Assembly of Venezuela decided to ignore the inauguration of Nicolás Maduro and appointed Juan Guaidó, their leader, as the true president of the country. They say that the Constitution grants the nation's highest legislative body the right to appoint a president in the event of a power "vacuum." This move has won the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), the fascist president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. | Guaidó embraced the appointment and has called on the Venezuelan military and the people to support his cl…

Dahr Jamail (2019-01-17). A Planet in Crisis: The Heat's on Us. globalresearch.ca I'm standing atop Rush Hill on Alaska's remote St. Paul Island. While only 665 feet high, it provides a 360-degree view of this tundra-covered, 13-mile-long, seven-mile-wide part of the Pribilof Islands. While the hood of my rain jacket flaps in …

Tom Clifford (2019-01-17). China: An Ancient Country, Getting Older. counterpunch.org Beijing. Saudi Arabia, rolling dunes, endless desert, little rain. Northern China. Verdant hills, green fields and this time of year, heavy snow. Yet there is less water available in northern China per head of population than in Saudi Arabia. With a fifth of the world's population, China has about 7 per cent of the planet's More

teleSUR (2019-01-17). Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations. telesurenglish.net Cuba and Iran signed multiple memoranda of understanding (MOUs) Wednesday as pledges to collaborate in the areas including trade, sports, agriculture, health and biotechnology. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | Iran's Deputy Minister of Health, Mohsen Asadi Lari, and Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, inked the MOUs at the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation,…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-17). The War on BDS: How Israel's Agenda Became a US Priority. mintpressnews.com Cheered on by American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other pro-Israel lobbies, the US Congress is now leading Israel's war on Palestinians and their supporters. In the process, they are attempting to demolish the very core of American democratic values.

Global Research News (2019-01-17). Selected Articles: US-NATO Military Bases, Mass Demonstrations, Climate Change. 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 …

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-17). LA Teachers Strike: Black Smoke Pouring Out of LAUSD Headquarters. counterpunch.org LAUSD headquarters at Beaudry are ablaze from attacks on all sides: + The head of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, which represents the LAUSD school administrators, sent a letter to Beutner and his schoolboard ally Nick Melvoin saying AALA demands a district strategy to "immediately end the strike." + LAUSD school board member Scott More

Fight Back (2019-01-17). Prominent Iranian jailed by FBI: Demand her freedom. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — A well-known Iranian journalist, Marzieh Hashemi, has been jailed by the FBI. Hashemi is an anchor on Iran's English language Press TV and has interviewed many progressive U.S. activists. According to credible reports, Hashemi was taken into custody at the Saint Louis, Missouri area's Louis Lambert International Airport on January 13. The FBI has since moved her to a detention facility near Washington DC. | There is no indication that Hashemi has been charged with anything. | Hashemi, who was born in the United States but resides in Iran, was on a visit to family members, including a broth…

Andrew Stewart (2019-01-17). The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party: Part Three. counterpunch.org This is the third 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

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2019-01-17). Uniting for a Green New Deal. counterpunch.org Support is growing in the United States for a Green New Deal. Though there are competing visions for what that looks like, essentially, a Green New Deal includes a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, a jobs program and a stronger social safety net. We need a Green New Deal for many reasons, most More

Julian Vigo (2019-01-17). Haiti's Forgotten Women and Children. truthdig.com I lived in Haiti in 2010, arriving six weeks after the January earthquake. I initially worked at a children's hospital, where I was assigned to a ward full of toddlers, all but one of whom were female, most of them abandoned. I was to change diapers, feed and bathe the children, and do whatever else the staff nurses needed. | On my third day, a woman from an American nongovernmental organization (NGO) came to our wing and ordered the Haitian nurses about in a troubling manner. She instructed them to prepare the children for photo shoots. She then walked through the ward as a photographer clicked away, while she p…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-17). Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration with UK & US Intelligence. mintpressnews.com Some troubling connections contradict Amnesty's image as a benevolent defender of human rights and reveal key figures at the organization during its early years to be less concerned with human dignity and more concerned with the dignity of the US and UK's image in the world.

Pepe Escobar (2019-01-17). Talk of Western Intervention in the Black Sea Is Pure Fantasy. globalresearch.ca Crimea is essential to Russia strategically and economically, but speculation over Ankara helping to boost the US presence in the Black Sea is far-fetched given Turkey's energy deals with Moscow | *** | A power struggle over the Black Sea between Russia …

Sarah Anderson, Sam Pizzigati (2019-01-17). Tax The Gap! thenation.com Tax The Gap!

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-01-17). Human Beings Are Destroying Life on Earth. The Biosphere and Endless Wars. globalresearch.ca It is easy to identify the ongoing and endless violence being inflicted on life on Earth. This ranges from the vast multiplicity of assaults inflicted on our children and the biosphere to the endless wars and other military violence as …

Eric A. Gordon (2019-01-17). L.A. students back teachers; won't let billionaires kill public education. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—On Wednesday, Day Three of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District LAUSD), UTLA called a 7: 30 a.m. press conference in front of West L.A.'s Hamilton H.S.—more of a rally, really, but which the media came out in force to cover. It's the hottest story in town. …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-17). Russia's Interest in Pakistani Power Projects Could Portend CPEC Investments. globalresearch.ca Reports are circulating in the Pakistani press that the Russian company is interested in several power projects in the country, which could pave the way for Moscow to unofficially invest in CPEC without angering its Indian partners. | Many Pakistanis are …

teleSUR (2019-01-17). CNN Brazil Will Have an Evangelical Pastor as CEO. telesurenglish.net Edir Macedo, an evangelist pastor will be the CEO of CNN Brazil. The United States media giant Cable News Network (CNN) will open for the first time in the Latin American country during the first year of the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's administration. | RELATED: | Brazil: Police Attack Protesters Against Bolsonaro Policies | Edir Macedo is the fo…

STAFF (2019-01-17). The U.S. Has Venezuela in Its Crosshairs. truthdig.com Last Thursday—on January 10—Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for his second term as president of Venezuela. "I tell the people," Maduro said, "this presidential sash is yours. The power of this sash is yours. It does not belong to the oligarchy or to imperialism. It belongs to the sovereign people of Venezuela." | These two terms—oligarchy and imperialism—define the problems faced by Maduro's new government. | Oligarchy | Despite 10 years of governance by the socialist forces—first led by Hugo Chavez and now by Maduro—the Venezuelan oligarchy remains firmly intact. It dominates larg…

Tapani Lausti (2019-01-17). British media's role as the guardian of elite interests. zcomm.org By Tapani Lausti David Edwards & David Cromwell, Propaganda Blitz: How the Corporate Media Distort Reality. Foreword by John Pilger. Pluto Press 2018. The heated debate about fake news supposedly separates "real journalists" from writers who try to confuse people's views about what is really happening in the world. If only it was that simple. Read more…

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-17). Al Shabaab Terror Attacks on Kenya. Geopolitical Implications. globalresearch.ca This week's Al Shabaab attack on a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital wasn't the first time that the terrorists struck the comparatively prosperous East African country, but it more than likely won't be the last since such …

True Publica (2019-01-17). In Which War-torn City in a Third-world Country Was This Man Starving to Death in? globalresearch.ca I need not comment on the following social media post that was published on Christmas Eve. Tom Pride from Pride's Purge asks the question: Which war-torn city in a third-world country was this man starving to death in? The answer …

Ted Rall (2019-01-17). Our Pointless, Very American Culture of Shame. counterpunch.org Puritanism's obsession with guilt and shame, Nathaniel Hawthorne believed, was America's original sin. We haven't made much progress since "The Scarlet Letter." Do the crime do the time, goes the cliché. In the United States, when the time ends the shaming begins. It starts when you look for a job. At least 65% of Americans have a More

Steve Sweeney (2019-01-17). Pence Supports Unelected Politician's Claim to be Venezuela's 'Acting President'. globalresearch.ca Washington has moved to delegitimise democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with US Vice-President Mike Pence offering support to an opposition politician claiming to be the country's real leader. | In a phone call to National Assembly speaker Juan Guaido,…

Daneil Haiphong (2019-01-17). The Democratic Party Obsession Militarism Will Only Grow Worse by 2020. mintpressnews.com For a movement, especially a Black left movement that has yet to emerge in this period, the critical task is to develop mass consciousness of the fact that U.S. imperialism is incapable of providing concessions to the poor and oppressed. History has shown that the Black left has always been in the most favorable position for bringing this reality to light. After all, Black workers struggled to throw off the yoke of slavery only to find themselves mired in the murderous jaws of Jim Crow and mass Black incarceration. A significant shift occurred in the Obama period, one that ultimately marked the culmination of thr…

Yoo Kang-moon (2019-01-17). ROK Defense Ministry's Latest White Paper Omits Language Describing N. Korea as "The Enemy" globalresearch.ca The first defense white paper released during the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in deleted a phrase about the North Korean regime and military being the "enemy" of South Korea. The white paper placed new emphasis on South and …

Cory Doctorow (2019-01-17). The Global Internet Is Facing a Catastrophe for Free Expression. globalresearch.ca The new EU Copyright Directive is progressing at an alarming rate. This week, the EU is asking its member-states to approve new negotiating positions for the final language. Once they get it, they're planning to hold a final vote before …

Theodore A. Postol (2019-01-17). Is Russia Solely to Blame for Violations of the INF Treaty? thenation.com Is Russia Solely to Blame for Violations of the INF Treaty?

Temir Porras (2019-01-17). "Escalation Could Lead to a Catastrophic Outcome" zcomm.org For Venezuela, the worst-case scenario of a US military intervention remains a potent threat. A long-time advisor to Hugo Chavez offers his thoughts on the country's crisis…

Prof. Erin McHenry-Sorber (2019-01-17). 3 Reasons to Pay Attention to the LA Teacher Strike. globalresearch.ca The first mass teacher labor action of 2019 is unfolding in California as the United Teachers Los Angeles walked out for the first time in 30 years. | This strike, which began on Jan. 14, isn't just important to people …

WSWS (2019-01-17). A fighting strategy for California teachers. wsws.org After the initial exhilaration of the first few days of the strike, teachers in Los Angeles are now discussing and debating the way forward in this historic battle to defend public education.

amnesty (2019-01-17). Putin has given Chechnya free rein to persecute LGBTI people. amnesty.org By Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International | For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. Earlier this week the Russian LGBT Network confirmed reports that the Chechen authorities have resumed large-scale arrests of individuals believed to be gay or lesbian, imprisoning and torturing them. | According to the organization's protected sources, around 40 people have been arrested since De…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-17). No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit. globalresearch.ca Theresa May's prime ministership remains one of torment, drawn out, and weakened daily. But does it really matter? If it is true to claim that people deserve the government they elect, then there is something madly representative of the …

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Russia: Bleak Year for Human Rights. hrw.org | | Oyub Titiev stands in front of a portrait of his murdered colleague, Natalia Estemirova, in Memorial's Grozny office, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. | © 2011 Maria Chichtchenkova | (Moscow) — The Russian government relentlessly reduced space for peaceful dissent, political opposition, and civic activism in Russia during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Mauritania: Repressive Laws Restrict Peaceful Speech. hrw.org | | People wait to cast their vote on September 1, 2018 outside a polling station in Nouakchott for the country's legislative, regional and local elections. | © 2018 Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj/AFP/Getty Images | (Geneva) — Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and politica…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). UAE: Injustice, Intolerance, Repression. hrw.org | | A convoy of UAE military vehicles and personnel travels from Al Hamra Military Base to Zayed Military City, marking the return of the first batch of UAE Armed Forces military personnel from Yemen, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. | © 2015 AP Images | (Beirut) — The United Arab Emirates in 2018 handed down draconian prison sentences to an Emirati activist and a British academic following deeply flawed trials, Human Rig…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Iran: Unrelenting Repression . hrw.org | | Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. | © 2017 Getty Images | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and so…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). World Report 2019: Reversing Autocrats' Attacks on Rights. hrw.org | | Anti-government protestors in Venezuela take to the streets for a candlelight vigil in honor of protesters killed in clashes with security forces. | © 2017 Associated Press | (Berlin) — There is a growing global trend to confront the abuses of headline-grabbing autocrats, Human Rights Watch said today in launching its World Report 2019. Within the European Union, at the Unit…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Bahrain: Unabated Repression . hrw.org | | Demonstrations after the death of a young Bahraini after being shot outside the home of the Shiite leader in Bahrain on March 25, 2017. | © 2017 Sayed Baqer AlKamel/NurPhoto via Getty Images | (Beirut) — Bahrain cracked down on peaceful dissent during 2018, virtually eliminating all opposition, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. No independent med…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Yemen: Civilians Bombed, Shelled, Starved. hrw.org | | People are seen near a bus destroyed by an airstrike that killed dozens of children, in a photograph taken on August 12, 2018 in Saada, Yemen. | © 2018 Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images | (Beirut) — The Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi armed group engaged in a conflict in Yemen which have turned the country's humanitarian crisis into a full-blown catast…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Libya: Civilians Under Threat from Militias. hrw.org | | Armed forces allied to internationally recognized government fight with armed group in Tripoli, Libya September 22, 2018. | © 2018 Hani Amara/Reuters | (Geneva) — Unaccountable and violent armed groups maintain a stranglehold on Libya, while civilians pay the price in the divided country, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Libyan authorities should prioritize ju…

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Lebanon summit reveals Arab divisions over Syria, Iran. aljazeera.com Several heads of state have pulled out of an Arab economic summit in Beirut this weekend.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Houthis illegally detaining, torturing women: Yemeni activists. aljazeera.com Sanaa-based monitor says Houthi rebels are holding dozens of women without trial and often torturing the detainees.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). As gold trade booms, Venezuela eyes stronger Turkey ties. aljazeera.com Facing multiple domestic crises and international isolation, Venezuela has found an unlikely ally in Turkey.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Qatar beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 to top Group E in Asian Cup. aljazeera.com Almoez Ali scores two goals for the Maroons as they secure a crucial win over the Green Falcons in Abu Dhabi.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Doctor and child killed as protests break out across Sudan. aljazeera.com Police fire tear gas as demonstrations calling for President Bashir's resignation try to march on presidential palace.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). #10YearChallenge: Hashtag used to highlight war and suffering. aljazeera.com Viral craze used by social media users to highlight the destruction across several Middle East countries.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-17). War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means US Troops Must Remain. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — A suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria has reportedly killed 19 people including four Americans, two of whom were US soldiers and two of whom worked with the US military. ISIS, which has an extensive history of falsely claiming responsibility for attacks it had nothing to do with, has claimed responsibilityfor the attack. Despite the fact that ISIS would claim …

Jason Ditz (2019-01-17). US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with US officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month. The US has been accusing Russia of violating the INF for years related to a single missile design, called …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-17). Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Amnesty International, the eminent human-rights non-governmental organization, is widely known for its advocacy in that realm. It produces reports critical of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the Saudi-led war on Yemen. But it also publishes a steady flow of indictments against countries that don't play ball with Washington — countries like Iran, China, Venezuela, …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-17). Over 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords Have Been Leaked Online. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Security expert Troy Hunt has exposed a the largest publication of breached data in history, affecting over 770 million email addresses and 21 million passwords. The new finding, called "Collection #1" by Hunt, consists of 2.6 billion rows and is made up of "many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources." New breach: The "Collection #1" …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-17). American CEO Who Worked at Building 7 on 9/11 Killed in Nairobi Terror Attack. theantimedia.com (ZH) — In a shocking new development regarding Tuesday's brazen terror attack on an upscale hotel in Kenya's capital of Nairobi which left 15 dead as Somali-based al-Shabab militants stormed through the complex with automatic weapons, the lone American citizen identified among the dead was a 9/11 survivor. The victim, Jason Spindler, was confirmed by family members to have …

Lynda Carson (2019-01-17). Trump's government shutdown & Jan. 15 notice from HUD to Public Housing Authorities. indybay.org

Joel Braunold (2019-01-17). Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace From The Ground Up. indybay.org 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City…

Kate Zeller (2019-01-17). 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 Cherise (2019-01-17). Ground Zero Nagasaki: Living the Nuclear Past — and Future. truthout.org Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and friends. I wondered how many of them remembered or thought about the nuclear annihilation of this city 73 years ago — within, that is, their own lifetimes or those of their parents or grandparents. | From the airport, I took a bus along the jagged coast through small mountain villages toward Nagasaki, entering the city from the north on a route used by rescue and relief workers on August…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-17). New Study Concludes Greenland Ice Sheet Is Melting Even In Winter. therealnews.com Dr. Neil Fraser explains that warm water below the surface enters Greenland's fjords in winter-time

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-17). Ocasio-Cortez Is on the Financial Committee, and Banks Are Afraid. truthout.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's assignment to the powerful House Financial Services Committee has triggered a fresh round of handwringing, this time with some merit. Banks are afraid of her — and they should be. The addition of Ocasio-Cortez, an outspoken advocate for financial reform, to the committee represents one of the greatest challenges to big banks' interests since the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Though she joins other strong voices like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, on the committee, Ocasio-Cortez will give a voice to her generation, which came of age…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-17). Temporary Arrest of Venezuelan Opposition Leader was "Unauthorized" therealnews.com Does the brief unauthorized arrest of National Assembly president Juan Guaido, who suggested that he take over from Nicolas Maduro, signal growing divisions within the government? We discuss the current situation in Venezuela after President Maduro's recent inauguration with Lucas Koerner

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-17). L.A. Teachers to Billionaires: Stop Privatizing Our Schools. therealnews.com The L.A. teacher strike entered its third day as contract negotiations broke down between district officials and union leadership

John Zangas (2019-01-17). Okinawa Activists Petition White House to Stop Military Base Construction. globalresearch.ca Peace activists are calling for the U.S. government to call off plans for a massive military construction project on the Japanese island of Okinawa. On January 7, a fourth generation Okinawan-American and local peace groups staged a demonstration and delivered …

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

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. |

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.

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…

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

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 …

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…

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

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'

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…

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

2019-01-17: Social Media Postees

The Wall Already Exists — In Our Hearts and Minds
Matt Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
My favorite album of all time is Pink Floyd's The Wall. It should be re-released given the current (manufactured) crisis. I'm not surprised that Roger Waters is planning a show on the border to protest Trump's continued government shutdown over funding for an ill-defined barrier that has come to represent everything wrong with his presidency:…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/the-wall-already-exists-in-our-hearts-and-minds/

Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets of "Invisible War" in Syria
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and more often military officials responded "no comment" even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked … | The post Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets of "Invisible War" in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/israels-top-commander-finally-spills-secrets-of-invisible-war-in-syria/5665721

Fake Washington Post Copies Announcing Trump's Resignation Handed Out in Washington, DC
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Taking the art of fake news to new heights, a non-profit has circulated mock Washington Post issues near the White House, telling readers that President Donald Trump fled to Crimea on the back of women-led protests. | Activists giving out fake | … | The post Fake Washington Post Copies Announcing Trump's Resignation Handed Out in Washington, DC appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/fake-washington-post-copies-announcing-trumps-resignation-handed-out-in-washington-dc/5665736

Killing of US troops in Syria feeds furor over withdrawal
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
The suicide bomb attack took place in Manbij, the flashpoint in the multi-sided conflict created by the US intervention in Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Trump vs the Constitution: Why He Cannot Invoke the Emergencies Act to Build a Wall
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
The more President Trump changes his mind about declaring a national emergency to build his wall the less likely it is that he has the authority to do it. But even if he had declared a national emergency immediately, it is unlikely the Constitution or congressional statute allows him to do it. That is perhaps…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/trump-vs-the-constitution-why-he-cannot-invoke-the-emergencies-act-to-build-a-wall/

Trump's Flailing will get More Desperate and More Dangerous
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Since the striking victories of Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018, President Donald Trump has been flailing more and more wildly. He's setting new records for the length of the government shutdown, watched his defense secretary resign after suddenly announcing the withdrawal of troops from Syria, forced his attorney general to resign, found…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/trumps-flailing-will-get-more-desperate-and-more-dangerous/

Final Steps in Syria's Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib … | The post Final Steps in Syria's Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/final-steps-in-syrias-successful-struggle-for-peace-and-sovereignty/5665705

Referendum 2020: A Green New Deal vs. Racist, Classist Climate Genocide
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Introduction: "Nuking" the Dem Leadership's Anti-Climate Obstinacy Perverse as it may seem, I as a climate justice activist am extremely glad the corrupt corporate, militarist Democratic Party leadership has repeatedly expressed its contempt for the Sunrise Movement's much-needed, potentially game-changing call for a Green New Deal. Three recent, egregious instances of that contempt are 1) Chuck Schumer's criminally insane promotion of Trump-supporting…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/referendum-2020-a-green-new-deal-vs-racist-classist-climate-genocide/

'Russiagate' investigator crowdfunds 'fact-finding' trip…to Hawaii
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-17
One 'Russiagate' researcher wants to crowdfund a trip to "investigate" 2020 Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard in sunny Hawaii. Some critics say it's a ploy to grab a free vacation. | …
rt.com/usa/449041-gabbard-russia-hawaii-vacation/

Europe's Strategic Humanitarian Aid: Yemen vs. Syria
Paul Cochrane | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
The Syrian conflict will soon be into its ninth year, and the Yemen conflict into its fifth year. Both are major humanitarian disasters, with millions displaced amid unimaginable suffering. An estimated half a million have been killed in Syria, and over 100,000 in Yemen. The West is deeply involved in both conflicts — supporting the…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/europes-strategic-humanitarian-aid-yemen-vs-syria/

Trump Grounds Pelosi After She Imperils His Big Speech
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-17
WASHINGTON — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her an aircraft to visit troops abroad. | The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinksmanship, with both flexing their political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled. | In dramatic fashion, Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, just before she and other lawmakers were set to depart on the previously undisclosed trip to Afghanistan and Brussels.
truthdig.com/articles/trump-grounds-pelosi-after-she-imperils-his-big-speech/

Palestine Rejects US Peace Draft on Shared Jerusalem
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) responding to multiple reports of a United States-drafted Peace Plan, said that "any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state — with all of East Jerusalem as its capital — on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail." | RELATED: | Palestinians Launch Bid for Full UN Membership | The U.S. Israel-Palestinian plan will reportedly propose that Jerusalem be divided into territories, designating some annexed Palestine regio…
telesurenglish.net/news/Palestine-Rejects-US-Peace-Draft-on-Shared-Jerusalem-20190117-0003.html

The US boosts military ties with Sri Lanka
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
US Navy moves to establish a logistics hub at Trincomalee port come as the Trump administration ratchets up its trade war measures against China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

'Reschedule your excursion': Trump cancels Pelosi's foreign trips over shutdown
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-17
President Donald Trump has canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's upcoming trips to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan, citing the ongoing government shutdown, one day after Pelosi threatened to cancel his State of the Union address. | …
rt.com/usa/449067-trump-denies-plane-pelosi-trip/

Venezuela: Trump Considers 'Recognizing' Opposition Leader as President, Government Denounces 'Coup Attempt'
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-17
The move would be a significant escalation of the political crisis that has exploded with Maduro's second term.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14233

Transcripts reveal FBI & DOJ were warned in 2016 about 'bias' in Steele dossier & 'links' to Clinton
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-17
FBI and DOJ officials were warned in 2016 that the infamous anti-Trump Steele dossier was likely biased, but they ignored the warning and used the document to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign official. | …
rt.com/usa/449064-bruce-ohr-fbi-steele-dossier/

Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over
John Feffer | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-17
With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily and he'll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia. | The post Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/trump-punts-on-syria-the-forever-war-in-the-middle-east-is-far-from-over/253967/

US Helms Burton Act is a Violation of International Law: Cuba
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
Cuba rejects U.S. President Trump's decision to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Law for 45 days as the newest threat to Cuba's economic, commercial, financial stability. | RELATED: | Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations | "We strongly reject this new interventionist provocation, threatening, arrogant, violating international law. The US government shows its contempt for the rest of the world…Political blackmail and irresponsible hostility just to harden a blockad…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Helms-Burton-Act-is-a-Violation-of-International-Law-Cuba-20190117-0015.html

Europe on the Brink of Collapse?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The Empire's European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals — Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn't care what they think … | The post Europe on the Brink of Collapse? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/europe-brink-collapse/5665679

Martin Luther King Commemorations Take Place Amid Government Shutdown and Worsening Capitalist Crisis
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and grew into maturity in the Deep South city of Atlanta, Georgia during the Great Depression of the 1930s and early 1940s. | Therefore King witnessed firsthand the racism and … | The post Martin Luther King Commemorations Take Place Amid Government Shutdown and Worsening Capitalist Crisis appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/mlk-commemorations-take-place-amid-government-shutdown-worsening-capitalist-crisis/5665690

Washington moves towards "regime change" in Venezuela
Jorge Martín | zcomm.org | 2019-01-17
Apart from being a totally illegal decision, taken by a body that is in contempt and also without following any constitutional precept, this amounts to a call for the armed forces to overthrow the elected president. Such an action has a name: coup d'etat…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/washington-moves-towards-regime-change-in-venezuela/

Uniting for a Green New Deal
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Support is growing in the United States for a Green New Deal. Though there are competing visions for what that looks like, essentially, a Green New Deal includes a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, a jobs program and a stronger social safety net. We need a Green New Deal for many reasons, most…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/uniting-for-a-green-new-deal/

Tax The Gap!
Sarah Anderson, Sam Pizzigati | thenation.com | 2019-01-17
Tax The Gap!
thenation.com/article/inequality-tax-poverty-billionaire/

A Tale of Two Austerities
John Clarke | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The greatly intensified austerity that has been imposed in the UK since 2010 has been looked to with considerable approval by right wing imitators. Among countries that had developed a relatively adequate 'welfare state', the attack on social provision in … | The post A Tale of Two Austerities appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/a-tale-of-two-austerities/5665728

Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration with UK & US Intelligence
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-17
Some troubling connections contradict Amnesty's image as a benevolent defender of human rights and reveal key figures at the organization during its early years to be less concerned with human dignity and more concerned with the dignity of the US and UK's image in the world. | The post Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration with UK & US Intelligence appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/amnesty-international-troubling-collaboration-with-uk-us-intelligence/253939/

Our Pointless, Very American Culture of Shame
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Puritanism's obsession with guilt and shame, Nathaniel Hawthorne believed, was America's original sin. We haven't made much progress since "The Scarlet Letter." Do the crime do the time, goes the cliché. In the United States, when the time ends the shaming begins. It starts when you look for a job. At least 65% of Americans have a…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/our-pointless-very-american-culture-of-shame/

3 Reasons to Pay Attention to the LA Teacher Strike
Prof. Erin McHenry-Sorber | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The first mass teacher labor action of 2019 is unfolding in California as the United Teachers Los Angeles walked out for the first time in 30 years. | This strike, which began on Jan. 14, isn't just important to people … | The post 3 Reasons to Pay Attention to the LA Teacher Strike appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/3-reasons-to-pay-attention-to-the-la-teacher-strike/5665713

CNN Brazil Will Have an Evangelical Pastor as CEO
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
Edir Macedo, an evangelist pastor will be the CEO of CNN Brazil. The United States media giant Cable News Network (CNN) will open for the first time in the Latin American country during the first year of the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's administration. | RELATED: | Brazil: Police Attack Protesters Against Bolsonaro Policies | Edir Macedo is the fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/CNN-Brazil-Will-Have-an-Evangelical-Pastor-as-CEO–20190117-0011.html

Venezuela: Who is Juan Guaidó?
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-17
Chicago, IL – On January 11, the illegal National Assembly of Venezuela decided to ignore the inauguration of Nicolás Maduro and appointed Juan Guaidó, their leader, as the true president of the country. They say that the Constitution grants the nation's highest legislative body the right to appoint a president in the event of a power "vacuum." This move has won the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), the fascist president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. | Guaidó embraced the appointment and has called on the Venezuelan military and the people to support his cl…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/16/…

The Global Internet Is Facing a Catastrophe for Free Expression
Cory Doctorow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The new EU Copyright Directive is progressing at an alarming rate. This week, the EU is asking its member-states to approve new negotiating positions for the final language. Once they get it, they're planning to hold a final vote before … | The post The Global Internet Is Facing a Catastrophe for Free Expression appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-global-internet-is-facing-a-catastrophe-for-free-expression/5665664

Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO
David Swanson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The New York Times loves NATO, but should you? | Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO … | The post Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/top-10-reasons-not-to-love-nato/5665733

A Planet in Crisis: The Heat's on Us
Dahr Jamail | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
I'm standing atop Rush Hill on Alaska's remote St. Paul Island. While only 665 feet high, it provides a 360-degree view of this tundra-covered, 13-mile-long, seven-mile-wide part of the Pribilof Islands. While the hood of my rain jacket flaps in … | The post A Planet in Crisis: The Heat's on Us appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/a-planet-in-crisis-the-heats-on-us/5665652

Selected Articles: US-NATO Military Bases, Mass Demonstrations, Climate Change
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
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: US-NATO Military Bases, Mass Demonstrations, Climate Change appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-us-nato-military-bases-mass-demonstrations-climate-change/5665748

Just Another Brick in the Wall of Lies
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
It's time to bring back the original Nightline. For those of you too young to remember, Nightline was born almost 40 years ago during the "Iranian Hostage Crisis." Each nightly broadcast began with the words "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage" that would eventually be followed by the numbers of days that had elapsed since their…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/just-another-brick-in-the-wall-of-lies/

America Has Its Gunsights on Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-01-17
Maduro said, "this presidential sash is yours. The power of this sash is yours. It does not belong to the oligarchy or to imperialism. It belongs to the sovereign people of Venezuela."(Photo: Noticia al D√≠a) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/17/america-has-its-gunsights-venezuela?cd-origin=rss

Al Shabaab Terror Attacks on Kenya. Geopolitical Implications
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
This week's Al Shabaab attack on a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital wasn't the first time that the terrorists struck the comparatively prosperous East African country, but it more than likely won't be the last since such … | The post Al Shabaab Terror Attacks on Kenya. Geopolitical Implications appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/al-shabaab-terror-attacks-on-kenya/5665617

British media's role as the guardian of elite interests
Tapani Lausti | zcomm.org | 2019-01-17
By Tapani Lausti David Edwards & David Cromwell, Propaganda Blitz: How the Corporate Media Distort Reality. Foreword by John Pilger. Pluto Press 2018. The heated debate about fake news supposedly separates "real journalists" from writers who try to confuse people's views about what is really happening in the world. If only it was that simple. Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/british-medias-role-as-the-guardian-of-elite-interests/

Medical Consequences of Drone Attacks against Gaza: Amputation Injuries
Hanne Heszlein-Lossius | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Below is the Summary of a detailed report entitled: | Traumatic Amputations Caused by Drone Attacks in the Local Population in Gaza: A Retrospective Cross-sectional Study | Background | Little data exist to describe the use and medical consequences of drone strikes on | … | The post Medical Consequences of Drone Attacks against Gaza: Amputation Injuries appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/medical-consequences-of-drone-attacks-against-gaza-amputation-injuries/5665644

Is Russia Solely to Blame for Violations of the INF Treaty?
Theodore A. Postol | thenation.com | 2019-01-17
Is Russia Solely to Blame for Violations of the INF Treaty?
thenation.com/article/russia-inf-nuclear-treaty-aegis/

The Democratic Party Obsession Militarism Will Only Grow Worse by 2020
Daneil Haiphong | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-17
For a movement, especially a Black left movement that has yet to emerge in this period, the critical task is to develop mass consciousness of the fact that U.S. imperialism is incapable of providing concessions to the poor and oppressed. History has shown that the Black left has always been in the most favorable position for bringing this reality to light. After all, Black workers struggled to throw off the yoke of slavery only to find themselves mired in the murderous jaws of Jim Crow and mass Black incarceration. A significant shift occurred in the Obama period, one that ultimately marked the culmination of thr…
mintpressnews.com/democratic-party-obsession-militarism-will-only-grow-worse-by-2020/253959/

Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
Cuba and Iran signed multiple memoranda of understanding (MOUs) Wednesday as pledges to collaborate in the areas including trade, sports, agriculture, health and biotechnology. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | Iran's Deputy Minister of Health, Mohsen Asadi Lari, and Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, inked the MOUs at the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Iran-Sign-Multiple-MOUs-to-Strengthen-Relations-20190117-0005.html

The U.S. Has Venezuela in Its Crosshairs
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-17
Last Thursday–on January 10–Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for his second term as president of Venezuela. "I tell the people," Maduro said, "this presidential sash is yours. The power of this sash is yours. It does not belong to the oligarchy or to imperialism. It belongs to the sovereign people of Venezuela." | These two terms–oligarchy and imperialism–define the problems faced by Maduro's new government. | Oligarchy | Despite 10 years of governance by the socialist forces–first led by Hugo Chavez and now by Maduro–the Venezuelan oligarchy remains firmly intact. It dominates larg…
truthdig.com/articles/the-u-s-has-venezuela-in-its-crosshairs/

Prominent Iranian jailed by FBI: Demand her freedom
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-17
Minneapolis, MN — A well-known Iranian journalist, Marzieh Hashemi, has been jailed by the FBI. Hashemi is an anchor on Iran's English language Press TV and has interviewed many progressive U.S. activists. According to credible reports, Hashemi was taken into custody at the Saint Louis, Missouri area's Louis Lambert International Airport on January 13. The FBI has since moved her to a detention facility near Washington DC. | There is no indication that Hashemi has been charged with anything. | Hashemi, who was born in the United States but resides in Iran, was on a visit to family members, including a broth…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/16/…

Iran Newspapers, Minister Criticize U.S. Arrest of Newscaster
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-17
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran kept up its criticism Thursday of the FBI's apparent arrest of an American anchorwoman from Iran's state-run English-language TV channel, with its foreign minister saying "she's done nothing but journalism." | The hard-line Vatan-e Emrooz paper criticized the detention of Press TV's Marzieh Hashemi as "Saudi-style behavior with a critical journalist." That's a reference to the Oct. 2 assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. | Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Press TV that "we have a right to…
truthdig.com/articles/iran-newspapers-minister-criticize-u-s-arrest-of-newscaster/

Human Beings Are Destroying Life on Earth. The Biosphere and Endless Wars
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
It is easy to identify the ongoing and endless violence being inflicted on life on Earth. This ranges from the vast multiplicity of assaults inflicted on our children and the biosphere to the endless wars and other military violence as … | The post Human Beings Are Destroying Life on Earth. The Biosphere and Endless Wars appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/human-beings-are-destroying-life-on-earth-the-biosphere-and-endless-wars/5665684

In Which War-torn City in a Third-world Country Was This Man Starving to Death in?
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
I need not comment on the following social media post that was published on Christmas Eve. Tom Pride from Pride's Purge asks the question: Which war-torn city in a third-world country was this man starving to death in? The answer … | The post In Which War-torn City in a Third-world Country Was This Man Starving to Death in? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/which-war-torn-city-in-a-third-world-country-was-this-man-starving-to-death-in/5665669

ROK Defense Ministry's Latest White Paper Omits Language Describing N. Korea as "The Enemy"
Yoo Kang-moon | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The first defense white paper released during the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in deleted a phrase about the North Korean regime and military being the "enemy" of South Korea. The white paper placed new emphasis on South and … | The post ROK Defense Ministry's Latest White Paper Omits Language Describing N. Korea as "The Enemy" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/defense-ministrys-latest-white-paper-omits-language-describing-n-korea-as-the-enemy/5665686

Pence Supports Unelected Politician's Claim to be Venezuela's 'Acting President'
Steve Sweeney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Washington has moved to delegitimise democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with US Vice-President Mike Pence offering support to an opposition politician claiming to be the country's real leader. | In a phone call to National Assembly speaker Juan Guaido,… | The post Pence Supports Unelected Politician's Claim to be Venezuela's 'Acting President' appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/pence-supports-unelected-politicians-claim-to-be-venezuelas-acting-president/5665725

LA Teachers Strike: Black Smoke Pouring Out of LAUSD Headquarters
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
LAUSD headquarters at Beaudry are ablaze from attacks on all sides: + The head of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, which represents the LAUSD school administrators, sent a letter to Beutner and his schoolboard ally Nick Melvoin saying AALA demands a district strategy to "immediately end the strike." + LAUSD school board member Scott…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/la-teachers-strike-black-smoke-pouring-out-of-lausd-headquarters/

Haiti's Forgotten Women and Children
Julian Vigo | truthdig.com | 2019-01-17
I lived in Haiti in 2010, arriving six weeks after the January earthquake. I initially worked at a children's hospital, where I was assigned to a ward full of toddlers, all but one of whom were female, most of them abandoned. I was to change diapers, feed and bathe the children, and do whatever else the staff nurses needed. | On my third day, a woman from an American nongovernmental organization (NGO) came to our wing and ordered the Haitian nurses about in a troubling manner. She instructed them to prepare the children for photo shoots. She then walked through the ward as a photographer clicked away, while she p…
truthdig.com/articles/haitis-forgotten-women-and-children/

Russia's Interest in Pakistani Power Projects Could Portend CPEC Investments
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Reports are circulating in the Pakistani press that the Russian company is interested in several power projects in the country, which could pave the way for Moscow to unofficially invest in CPEC without angering its Indian partners. | Many Pakistanis are … | The post Russia's Interest in Pakistani Power Projects Could Portend CPEC Investments appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/russias-interest-in-pakistani-power-projects-could-portend-cpec-investments/5665708

China: An Ancient Country, Getting Older
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Beijing. Saudi Arabia, rolling dunes, endless desert, little rain. Northern China. Verdant hills, green fields and this time of year, heavy snow. Yet there is less water available in northern China per head of population than in Saudi Arabia. With a fifth of the world's population, China has about 7 per cent of the planet's…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/china-an-ancient-country-getting-older/

The War on BDS: How Israel's Agenda Became a US Priority
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-17
Cheered on by American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other pro-Israel lobbies, the US Congress is now leading Israel's war on Palestinians and their supporters. In the process, they are attempting to demolish the very core of American democratic values. | The post The War on BDS: How Israel's Agenda Became a US Priority appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/the-war-on-bds-how-israels-agenda-became-a-us-priority/253972/

The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party: Part Three
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
This is the third 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/2019/01/17/the-green-new-deal-must-be-centered-on-african-american-and-indigenous-workers-to-differentiate-itself-from-the-democratic-party-part-three/

"Escalation Could Lead to a Catastrophic Outcome"
Temir Porras | zcomm.org | 2019-01-17
For Venezuela, the worst-case scenario of a US military intervention remains a potent threat. A long-time advisor to Hugo Chavez offers his thoughts on the country's crisis…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/escalation-could-lead-to-a-catastrophic-outcome/

L.A. students back teachers; won't let billionaires kill public education
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-17
LOS ANGELES–On Wednesday, Day Three of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District LAUSD), UTLA called a 7: 30 a.m. press conference in front of West L.A.'s Hamilton H.S.–more of a rally, really, but which the media came out in force to cover. It's the hottest story in town. …
peoplesworld.org/article/l-a-students-back-teachers-wont-let-billionaires-kill-public-education/

Talk of Western Intervention in the Black Sea Is Pure Fantasy
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Crimea is essential to Russia strategically and economically, but speculation over Ankara helping to boost the US presence in the Black Sea is far-fetched given Turkey's energy deals with Moscow | *** | A power struggle over the Black Sea between Russia … | The post Talk of Western Intervention in the Black Sea Is Pure Fantasy appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/talk-of-western-intervention-in-the-black-sea-is-pure-fantasy/5665710

A fighting strategy for California teachers
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
After the initial exhilaration of the first few days of the strike, teachers in Los Angeles are now discussing and debating the way forward in this historic battle to defend public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Putin has given Chechnya free rein to persecute LGBTI people
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-17
By Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International | For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. Earlier this week the Russian LGBT Network confirmed reports that the Chechen authorities have resumed large-scale arrests of individuals believed to be gay or lesbian, imprisoning and torturing them. | According to the organization's protected sources, around 40 people have been arrested since De…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/putin-has-given-chechnya-free-rein-to-persecute-lgbti-people/

No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Theresa May's prime ministership remains one of torment, drawn out, and weakened daily. But does it really matter? If it is true to claim that people deserve the government they elect, then there is something madly representative of the … | The post No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/no-confidence-survivor-theresa-may-and-brexit/5665703

Bahrain: Unabated Repression
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Demonstrations after the death of a young Bahraini after being shot outside the home of the Shiite leader in Bahrain on March 25, 2017. | © 2017 Sayed Baqer AlKamel/NurPhoto via Getty Images | (Beirut) — Bahrain cracked down on peaceful dissent during 2018, virtually eliminating all opposition, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. No independent med…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/bahrain-unabated-repression

Iran: Unrelenting Repression
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. | © 2017 Getty Images | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and so…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/iran-unrelenting-repression

World Report 2019: Reversing Autocrats' Attacks on Rights
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Anti-government protestors in Venezuela take to the streets for a candlelight vigil in honor of protesters killed in clashes with security forces. | © 2017 Associated Press | (Berlin) — There is a growing global trend to confront the abuses of headline-grabbing autocrats, Human Rights Watch said today in launching its World Report 2019. Within the European Union, at the Unit…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/world-report-2019-reversing-autocrats-attacks-rights

UAE: Injustice, Intolerance, Repression
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
A convoy of UAE military vehicles and personnel travels from Al Hamra Military Base to Zayed Military City, marking the return of the first batch of UAE Armed Forces military personnel from Yemen, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. | © 2015 AP Images | (Beirut) — The United Arab Emirates in 2018 handed down draconian prison sentences to an Emirati activist and a British academic following deeply flawed trials, Human Rig…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/uae-injustice-intolerance-repression

Mauritania: Repressive Laws Restrict Peaceful Speech
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
People wait to cast their vote on September 1, 2018 outside a polling station in Nouakchott for the country's legislative, regional and local elections. | © 2018 Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj/AFP/Getty Images | (Geneva) — Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and politica…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/mauritania-repressive-laws-restrict-peaceful-speech

Russia: Bleak Year for Human Rights
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Oyub Titiev stands in front of a portrait of his murdered colleague, Natalia Estemirova, in Memorial's Grozny office, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. | © 2011 Maria Chichtchenkova | (Moscow) — The Russian government relentlessly reduced space for peaceful dissent, political opposition, and civic activism in Russia during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/russia-bleak-year-human-rights

Yemen: Civilians Bombed, Shelled, Starved
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
People are seen near a bus destroyed by an airstrike that killed dozens of children, in a photograph taken on August 12, 2018 in Saada, Yemen. | © 2018 Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images | (Beirut) — The Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi armed group engaged in a conflict in Yemen which have turned the country's humanitarian crisis into a full-blown catast…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/yemen-civilians-bombed-shelled-starved

Libya: Civilians Under Threat from Militias
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Armed forces allied to internationally recognized government fight with armed group in Tripoli, Libya September 22, 2018. | © 2018 Hani Amara/Reuters | (Geneva) — Unaccountable and violent armed groups maintain a stranglehold on Libya, while civilians pay the price in the divided country, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Libyan authorities should prioritize ju…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/libya-civilians-under-threat-militias

Lebanon summit reveals Arab divisions over Syria, Iran
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Several heads of state have pulled out of an Arab economic summit in Beirut this weekend.
aljazeera.com/indepth/features/lebanon-summit-reveals-arab-divisions-syria-iran-190117092010924.html

As gold trade booms, Venezuela eyes stronger Turkey ties
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Facing multiple domestic crises and international isolation, Venezuela has found an unlikely ally in Turkey.
aljazeera.com/indepth/features/gold-trade-booms-venezuela-eyes-stronger-turkey-ties-190117084423511.html

Houthis illegally detaining, torturing women: Yemeni activists
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Sanaa-based monitor says Houthi rebels are holding dozens of women without trial and often torturing the detainees.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/houthis-illegally-detaining-torturing-women-yemeni-activists-190117135833595.html

Doctor and child killed as protests break out across Sudan
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Police fire tear gas as demonstrations calling for President Bashir's resignation try to march on presidential palace.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/sudan-protesters-face-tear-gas-march-presidential-palace-190117134610821.html

Qatar beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 to top Group E in Asian Cup
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Almoez Ali scores two goals for the Maroons as they secure a crucial win over the Green Falcons in Abu Dhabi.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/qatar-beat-saudi-arabia-2-0-top-group-asian-cup-190117174234367.html

#10YearChallenge: Hashtag used to highlight war and suffering
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Viral craze used by social media users to highlight the destruction across several Middle East countries.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/10yearchallenge-hashtag-highlight-war-suffering-190117151029234.html

War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means US Troops Must Remain
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(CJ Opinion) — A suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria has reportedly killed 19 people including four Americans, two of whom were US soldiers and two of whom worked with the US military. ISIS, which has an extensive history of falsely claiming responsibility for attacks it had nothing to do with, has claimed responsibilityfor the attack. Despite the fact that ISIS would claim …

War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means US Troops Must Remain

US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with US officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month. The US has been accusing Russia of violating the INF for years related to a single missile design, called …

US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty

Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(MPN) — Amnesty International, the eminent human-rights non-governmental organization, is widely known for its advocacy in that realm. It produces reports critical of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the Saudi-led war on Yemen. But it also publishes a steady flow of indictments against countries that don't play ball with Washington — countries like Iran, China, Venezuela, …

Amnesty International’s Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence

Over 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords Have Been Leaked Online
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(ZH) — Security expert Troy Hunt has exposed a the largest publication of breached data in history, affecting over 770 million email addresses and 21 million passwords. The new finding, called "Collection #1" by Hunt, consists of 2.6 billion rows and is made up of "many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources." New breach: The "Collection #1" …

Over 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords Have Been Leaked Online

American CEO Who Worked at Building 7 on 9/11 Killed in Nairobi Terror Attack
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(ZH) — In a shocking new development regarding Tuesday's brazen terror attack on an upscale hotel in Kenya's capital of Nairobi which left 15 dead as Somali-based al-Shabab militants stormed through the complex with automatic weapons, the lone American citizen identified among the dead was a 9/11 survivor. The victim, Jason Spindler, was confirmed by family members to have …

American CEO Who Worked at Building 7 on 9/11 Killed in Nairobi Terror Attack

Trump's government shutdown & Jan. 15 notice from HUD to Public Housing Authorities
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-01-17


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Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace From The Ground Up
Joel Braunold | indybay.org | 2019-01-17
800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City…
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PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-01-17
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/16/18820405.php

Ground Zero Nagasaki: Living the Nuclear Past — and Future
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-17
Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and friends. I wondered how many of them remembered or thought about the nuclear annihilation of this city 73 years ago — within, that is, their own lifetimes or those of their parents or grandparents. | From the airport, I took a bus along the jagged coast through small mountain villages toward Nagasaki, entering the city from the north on a route used by rescue and relief workers on August…
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Ocasio-Cortez Is on the Financial Committee, and Banks Are Afraid
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-17
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's assignment to the powerful House Financial Services Committee has triggered a fresh round of handwringing, this time with some merit. Banks are afraid of her — and they should be. The addition of Ocasio-Cortez, an outspoken advocate for financial reform, to the committee represents one of the greatest challenges to big banks' interests since the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Though she joins other strong voices like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, on the committee, Ocasio-Cortez will give a voice to her generation, which came of age…
truthout.org/articles/ocasio-cortez-is-on-the-finance-committee-and-banks-are-afraid/

New Study Concludes Greenland Ice Sheet Is Melting Even In Winter
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-17
Dr. Neil Fraser explains that warm water below the surface enters Greenland's fjords in winter-time | The post New Study Concludes Greenland Ice Sheet Is Melting Even In Winter appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/new-study-concludes-greenland-ice-sheet-is-melting-even-in-winter

Temporary Arrest of Venezuelan Opposition Leader was "Unauthorized"
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-17
Does the brief unauthorized arrest of National Assembly president Juan Guaido, who suggested that he take over from Nicolas Maduro, signal growing divisions within the government? We discuss the current situation in Venezuela after President Maduro's recent inauguration with Lucas Koerner | The post Temporary Arrest of Venezuelan Opposition Leader was "Unauthorized" appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/temporary-arrest-of-venezuelan-opposition-leader-was-unauthorized

L.A. Teachers to Billionaires: Stop Privatizing Our Schools
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-17
The L.A. teacher strike entered its third day as contract negotiations broke down between district officials and union leadership | The post L.A. Teachers to Billionaires: Stop Privatizing Our Schools appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/l-a-teachers-to-billionaires-stop-privatizing-our-schools

Okinawa Activists Petition White House to Stop Military Base Construction
John Zangas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
Peace activists are calling for the U.S. government to call off plans for a massive military construction project on the Japanese island of Okinawa. On January 7, a fourth generation Okinawan-American and local peace groups staged a demonstration and delivered … | The post Okinawa Activists Petition White House to Stop Military Base Construction appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/okinawa-activists-petition-white-house-to-stop-military-base-construction/5665719

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-recalls-50000-workers-without-pay-shutdown-costs-hit-1-billion-a-week/

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.
mintpressnews.com/presstv-american-citizen-detained/253904/

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…

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/trumps-syria-exit-tweet-provokes-washington-panic/

'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. | …
rt.com/usa/448979-tucker-carlson-gabbard-trump-neocons/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/trump-bolton-and-the-syrian-confusion/

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-threatens-northeast-syria

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."
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/brief-history-notes-on-mexican-immigration-to-the-u-s/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/a-great-speaker-of-the-uks-house-of-commons/

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…
thenation.com/article/these-hungarian-students-are-fighting-for-their-countrys-democracy/

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-sustainable-agriculture-should-support-a-green-new-deal/

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.
mintpressnews.com/independent-media-unites-censorship/253912/