Daily Archives: January 18, 2019

2019-01-18: News Headlines

Gerry Condon (2019-01-18). The Wall, The Endless War, and the Troops Who Pay. commondreams.org An image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV on January 16, 2019, shows U.S. armoured vehicles at the scene of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Fight Back (2019-01-18). Fight Back! heading to the Women's Marches. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — A large turnout is expected for the Women's Marches this weekend and Fight Back! will be there. Thousands of copies of the Fight Back! print edition will be distributed in Washington DC and at other marches across the U.S. | Jerrica Hoey, a member of the ten-person Washington DC distribution team states, "It's important that we continue to build the struggle against Trump. This movement showed from the outset that the people will not stand for the Trump administration's war on women. We're excited to hit the streets to get the word out on #MeToo, to put out a call for Intern…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-18). Headlines for January 18, 2019. democracynow.org Watchdog: Trump Admin Vastly Underreported Migrant Family Separations, Trump Grounds Flight of Congressmembers to Visit NATO, Afghanistan, Government Shutdown Threatens Safety Net Programs for Millions, As Shutdown Grinds On, Senate Debates Anti-Abortion Bill, Trump Admin Recalls Workers to Assist in Offshore Oil Projects, BuzzFeed: Trump Ordered Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress, WSJ: Trump Paid Cohen to Rig Polls in Likely Campaign Finance Violation, Colombia: Suicide Car Bomber Kills 21 at Bogotá Police Academy, Sudan: Security Forces Fire on Anti-Government Protesters, U.S. Citizen and Iranian TV News Anchor M…

Askiah Adam (2019-01-18). Is US Hubris Taking the World to the Edge? globalresearch.ca Another US regime change undertaking is about to begin. Meanwhile, the Syrian misadventure will, hopefully, end soon and Bashar Al Assad's enduring presence in Damascus is Washington's failure writ large. | But that is not stopping the neoconservatives. Washington is …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-18). Rep. Ro Khanna: U.S. Troops Are a "Sitting Target" in Syria; It's Time to Bring Them Home. democracynow.org In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were U.S. soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday's attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks—both Republicans and Democrats—to reverse Trump's Syria withdrawal. The U.S…

Melvin Goodman (2019-01-18). Star Wars Revisited: One More Nightmare From Trump. counterpunch.org Donald Trump and his "war cabinet" have struck again. In the wake of record defense spending; the creation of a Space Force that would violate the Outer Space Treaty agreed to fifty years ago; the abrogation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty from thirty years ago; and the chaos of random decision making for use More

amnesty (2019-01-18). EU leaders must fix "broken system" that leaves people adrift at sea. amnesty.org European leaders must urgently act to fix a system which deters states from assisting refugees and migrants in peril at sea, said Amnesty International in an analysis published today. | Cut adrift in the Mediterranean outlines how the outsourcing of European border control to the Libyan authorities, in combination with a system which fails to share responsibility for asylum-seekers fairly across Europe, has created a situation where people are frequently stranded in the Mediterranean. It also sets out steps to ensure situati…

Nick Pemberton (2019-01-18). Human Trafficking Should Be Illegal. counterpunch.org "Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work." —Frederick Douglass Donald Trump comes under fire from the neoliberal establishment whenever he does something digestible. I am amazed the liberals are mad at him so often, considering 99.9% of the time he is doing something awful. Anytime Trump has a unique thought about More

Kevin Martin (2019-01-18). Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2018 — In response to the administration's announcement that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit meeting near the end of February, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "After months of scant visible progress in negotiations […]

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2019-01-18). MLK Warned Us of the Well-Intentioned Liberal. thenation.com Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove MLK Warned Us of the Well-Intentioned Liberal…

Steve Early, Suzanne Gordon (2019-01-18). Did Donald Get The Memo? Trump's VA Secretary Denounces 'Veteran as Victim' Stereotyping. counterpunch.org Amid a controversial government shutdown, affecting 800,000 thousand federal employees, you would think that the agency headed by Robert Wilkie would be an oasis of tranquility. His Department of Veterans Affairs is, like the Pentagon, largely exempt from the shutdown. Due to prior budget approval, its funding for the current fiscal year is unaffected by More

amnesty (2019-01-18). Release of Syrian man wrongly convicted of terrorism in Hungary an "overwhelming relief" amnesty.org Ahead of tomorrow's early release of Ahmed H, a Syrian man who was unfairly jailed for "complicity in an act of terror" during clashes with police at the Serbia-Hungary border in September 2015, Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International's Europe Counter Terrorism Campaigner, said: | | "After spending three-and-a-half years behind bars, Ahmed will finally be reunited with his wife and two young daughters. His…

John W. Whitehead (2019-01-18). The Danger Within: Border Patrol is Turning America into a Constitution-Free Zone. counterpunch.org "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." — William Pitt How far would you really go to secure the nation's borders against illegal aliens? Would you give the government limitless amounts of money to fight yet another endless war? Surround More

amnesty (2019-01-18). Lebanon: Migrant Domestic Workers Abused, A Scripted Reality. amnesty.org "Stop don't go to Lebanon!". A member of the audience stepped forward to interfere with one of the scenes on stage, in which Nday is seen to be packing her bags to catch a flight to Lebanon. Despite knowing what awaits Nday in the form of multiple human rights violations, I could see that stopping her from seeking her awaited job opportunity in a time where she was in desperate need to make a living, was not a solution. | Amnesty International marked the International Migrants Day on 18 December 2018 with an interactive theatre performance, Chebbak, in collaboration with Wasl; a theatre collective that uses theat…

Cesar Chelala (2019-01-18). President Donald Trump's "Magical Realism" counterpunch.org It is possible that President Donald Trump never suspected this, but among his many yet never-acknowledged talents is that of being a novelist. A novelist in the Latin American tradition of magic or "magical realism." Magical realism is a style of fiction writing that combines a realistic view of the modern world while also adding More

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-18). The U.S. Has Venezuela in Its Crosshairs. zcomm.org Trump's national security adviser—John Bolton—coined the phrase "troika of tyranny" that includes Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela…

John Feffer (2019-01-18). Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War is Far From Over. counterpunch.org Donald Trump wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it's Wednesday, so that's what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he'll insist that Syria pay for the pullout. Maybe Trump will decide to hold a summit with Bashar al-Assad after deciding that the Syrian leader's not such More

RT (2019-01-18). What evidence? BuzzFeed fuels 'Russiagate' with bombshell report on Trump and Cohen. rt.com A bombshell report from BuzzFeed accused President Donald Trump of directing his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress — but was unable to provide any evidence to back the claim.

John Davis (2019-01-18). "Weather Terrorism:" a National Emergency. counterpunch.org As Trump projects his Imperial power in the direction of our southern border, demanding to reinforce its security by building a wall, the real threat to America's safety – weather terrorism (Bruno Latour's term for the biospheric backlash aimed at the vast hubris of humanity) – goes unheeded. Trump's posturing with regard to establishing a national emergency to facilitate wall building, obscures a genuine emergency in just one more case of the Fake eclipsing the Real. More

David Rosen (2019-01-18). The Biden Band-Aid: Will Democrats Contain the Insurgency? counterpunch.org The 2020 election horse race is beginning to take shape. Unless something unexpected happens (e.g., impeachment, resignation), Trump will likely seek reelection as the Republican candidate. A number of independents will seek third-party (e.g., Greens, Socialists) candidacy. And then there are the Democrats. Numerous Democratic politicos are beginning to cluster behind the starting gate considering a primary run More

Andrew Levine (2019-01-18). The Tulsi Gabbard Factor. counterpunch.org Too much light blinds us," Pascal wrote; "if the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise," wrote William Blake. The idea that, when pushed to extremes, things turn into their opposites seems to have arisen in one form or another many times and in many cultures. It is epitomized in the Western philosophical More

STAFF (2019-01-18). Congress to Probe Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Democratic chairmen of two House committees pledged Friday to investigate a report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney to lie to Congress about negotiations over a real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 election. | House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said "we will do what's necessary to find out if it's true." He said the allegation that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie in his 2017 testimony to Congress "in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date." | The…

Simona Foltyn (2019-01-18). ISIS Fighters in Syria Are Trying to Push Into Iraq, Where U.S.-Backed Forces Can't Get Along With Militias Supported by Iran. theintercept.com In Al Qaim, Iraq's U.S.-backed security forces and the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces are increasingly distrustful of each other.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-01-18). Roaming Charges: Sometimes an Establishment Hack is Just What You Need. counterpunch.org Trump had to reach pretty deep into the recycling bin to extract the rusty figure of William Barr as a loyal replacement for J. Beauregard Sessions at the Justice Department. After he dusted him off, what did Trump see in this relic from the Poppy Bush era, that shining reign of triumphant globalists that Trump publicly claims to loath? A cursory scan of Barr's CV, which is about as deep a look as Trump is likely to have given, shows all the field marks of a well-worn grey man of Swamptown, a malted Scotch institutionalist, if not an honorary member of the Deep State itself. Surely Trump hesitated when he read, o…

Jeremy Scahill (2019-01-18). One Wall, Supersized, Extra Racism, Hold the Wars. zcomm.org Discussion on Trump saying he wants to end U.S. wars abroad, while he threatens to use emergency powers to further militarize U.S. immigration enforcement…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-18). Narrative Control Firm Targeting Alternative Media. consortiumnews.com NewsGuard is led by some of the most virulently pro-imperialist individuals in America and its agenda to shore up narrative control for the ruling power establishment is clear, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative… Read more →

Robert Fisk (2019-01-18). Bernie Sanders, Israel and the Middle East. counterpunch.org If you're an American, he's still out there among the "maybe" candidates. But if you live in the Middle East — whether you're Arab or Israeli, Muslim, Jew or Christian — you should keep your eye on Bernie Sanders. He's no shoo-in, of course — certainly not after his pitiful handover to the awful Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential More

teleSUR (2019-01-18). Colombians Call on Duque to Maintain Peace Process With ELN. telesurenglish.net After the attack in Bogota that left 21 dead and 68 wounded, hundreds of Colombians are demanding that President Iván Duque not give up on the agreements for the cessation of violence with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, and insist on maintaining the dialogue table the leftist guerrilla group. | RELATED: | Death Toll from Colombia Car Bomb Rises to 21: Police | T…

teleSUR (2019-01-18). Sudan: Protesters Urge President Omar al-Bashir to Step Down. telesurenglish.net Sudanese citizens marched to the government palace in Khartoum, the country's capital Thursday to attempt to give President Omar al-Bashir a memorandum demanding his exit from office and a peaceful transition of power. | RELATED: | Sudan: 30 Consecutive Days of Protests Besiege President | More than a thousand people chanted slogans such as "The revolutio…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-01-18). The L.A. Teachers' Strike Is About So Much More Than Wages. truthdig.com Los Angeles public school teachers began a historic strike on Monday, for the first time in 30 years. Members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out of contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that had dragged on for nearly two years. The specific battle is being fought over LAUSD's refusal to tap into its record $1.86 billion reserve in order to reduce class sizes, hire more support staff, including counselors and nurses, improve infrastructure and more. But more broadly speaking,…

Thierry Meyssan (2019-01-18). Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions. mintpressnews.com It is difficult to anticipate what form this future colonization will take. Long ago, it was made possible by the huge differences in the level of education. But today?

Alison Weir (2019-01-18). Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court. mintpressnews.com Hashemi was held 48 hours before being allowed to contact her family. She has complained of ill-treatment. Authorities forcibly removed her headscarf and took her away in handcuffs.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-18). Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions. mintpressnews.com Newly released documents show that the U.S. has been secretly training airmen from the United Arab Emirates (UAE ), a major partner in the Saudi-led coalition that is waging war on the poorest nation in the Middle East.

Dahr Jamail (2019-01-18). A Planet in Crisis: The Heat's On Us. counterpunch.org 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 cold wind, I gaze in wonder at the silvery waters of the Bering Sea. More

Dana E. Abizaid (2019-01-18). Kafka's Grave: a Pilgrimage in Prague. counterpunch.org An Arab-American might at first glance appear an ironic pilgrim in Prague's main Jewish Cemetery. Stereotypically anyway, Arabs and Jews find very little to respect in each other, let alone travel thousands of miles to admire. Adding to the irony, in Europe these days there are hardly two peoples more reviled than Americans and Arabs. More

teleSUR (2019-01-18). Colombian Gov't Ends Peace Process with ELN. telesurenglish.net The Colombian government announced the end of the peace process and dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN) after accusing the leftist group of being behind the bombing at the Santander General Police School, which left 21 dead and 68 wounded in Bogota. | RELATED: | Colombians Call on Duque's Gov't to Maintain Peace Process With ELN | President Ivan Duque will give the official announcement after a meeting with the Security Council. | In a press conference Friday, Def…

William Blum (2019-01-18). United States Bombings of Other Countries. America's "Bombing List" globalresearch.ca The important legacy of the late William Blum will live. This article was first posted on GR in June 2016. | *** | It is a scandal in contemporary international law, don't forget, that while "wanton destruction of towns, cities and villages" …

South Front (2019-01-18). Video: 4 Americans Killed, 3 Injured in ISIS Attack in Manbij. globalresearch.ca On January 16, a suicide bombing attack hit the center of Manbij in the province of Aleppo. According to initial reports, over 25 people were killed or injured in the attack, which also caused casualties among US service members. Minutes …

Damian Carrington (2019-01-18). Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change — study. zcomm.org Scientists say it may still technically be possible to limit warming to 1.5C if drastic action is taken now…

Mark Ashwill (2019-01-18). The Metamorphosis of International Students Into Honorary US Nationalists: a View from Viet Nam. counterpunch.org We would ensure not only that Vietnam's tens of millions of students, but also their education-obsessed parents, see the United States as a key partner in their personal and collective futures. — US-Viet Nam Education Memo, Spring 2008 This fly-on- the-wall quote is from a US Embassy-Hanoi diplomatic cable that was leaked over a More

Victor Grossman (2019-01-18). Red Flowers for Rosa and Karl. counterpunch.org Red flags everywhere, hundreds, more hundreds, thousands marched along through the drizzly weather and puddled streets. Many bent figures hobbled with canes, some were in wheelchairs next to a younger set sitting proudly on their fathers' shoulders or in strollers. Then another big group of young people arrived, some singing or chanting leftist demands. Most More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-18). The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba. counterpunch.org The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful exodus of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s. The events that Israel is citing allegedly occurred at a time when Zionist Jewish militias were More

CP Editor (2019-01-18). Red Aunts — RIP Debi Martini. counterpunch.org

Louisa Willcox (2019-01-18). Sky Bears, Earth Bears: Finding and Losing True North. counterpunch.org Stars and the heavens have long captured the human imagination. During long nights of star gazing — before TV and the internet — ancient peoples invented fascinating stories about constellations that reflected their aspirations and relationships with the natural world and each other. The dramas that played out in the heavens unified their world and More

Sarawak Report (2019-01-18). Malaysia's 1MDB Financial Scandal: Stolen Money Must Not Place Culprits Above the Law. globalresearch.ca Malaysians have over the past few hours been treated to a disgraceful display of mutual finger pointing and denial by the entities and individuals most culpable over 1MDB, as they seek to blame each other and get off the hook. …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-18). Video: The "Great Game" of Military Bases in Africa. globalresearch.ca Italian soldiers on mission in Djibouti have offered sewing machines to the humanitarian organisation which aids the refugees in this tiny country in the Horn of Africa. It is situated in a strategic position on the most important commercial Asia-Europe …

Jake Johnston (2019-01-18). Haiti by the Numbers. counterpunch.org Years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti: 9 Estimated number of aftershocks that measured 4.5 or greater: 59 Number of people who died in the earthquake, according to Haitian government: 316,000 Number of people displaced: 1,300,000 Number of people who remained in internally displaced persons camps, as of September 2017: 37,867 Estimated population of More

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-18). LA Teachers' Strike: Student Voices of the Los Angeles Education Revolt. counterpunch.org We live in an era where teachers unions are attacked and scapegoated, our schools are starved of funds, and private charter operators are allowed to choose which students they want to educate and exclude those they don't—and use desperately needed funds from the public school system to do so. It is said that the end More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-18). A Coup in Progress? Venezuelan Foreign Minister Decries U.S. & Brazil-Backed Effort to Oust Maduro. democracynow.org The United States and allied nations in Latin America are ratcheting up pressure on Venezuela in what appears to be a coordinated effort to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. Maduro was sworn in last week to a second 6-year term following his victory in last May's election, which was boycotted by the opposition. Days before Maduro was sworn in, opposition figure Juan Guaidó became head of the National Assembly, which soon voted to declare Maduro a "usurper" in an effort to remove him from office. The United States, Brazil and other nations have welcomed the effort. As the political crisis int…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-18). Twitter Calls on US to #FreeMarziehHashemi as Lawyers Attempt to Unseal Case. mintpressnews.com One may be inclined to think that the arrest of Hashemi on Sunday would infuriate those who uphold the sanctity of the fourth estate. But Hashemi, a black American Muslim woman who works for Iran's state-funded Press TV, is no friend of the establishment media.

Dave Lindorff (2019-01-18). Shut Down the War Machine! counterpunch.org The time has come to cut the US military down to size. Last November, the Pentagon admitted what critics have known for years: It cannot pass an audit that would let Congress, the media and taxpayers know what it does with the trillions of dollars that have been lavished on war and preparing for war More

Eric A. Gordon (2019-01-18). 'Period. End of Sentence.' Short documentary about menstruation and sanitary pads. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—I had the unexpected pleasure of attending a private Jan. 11 screening of this unusual 26-minute documentary film at an event sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club. Hosted by Sophia Bush and Poorna Jaganathan, it featured a Q&A afterward with director Rayka Zehtabchi, moderated by film commentator Shaniqua McClendon. Period. End of Sentence. …

Robert Fantina (2019-01-18). Pompeo, the U.S. and Iran. counterpunch.org The United States' international windbag, Secretary of Defense (read: War) Mike Pompeo has been acting the imperial blowhard throughout the Middle East. With his boss busy denying that he's a Russian agent, watching advisors and cabinet members come and go with dizzying alacrity, and dodging porn-star accusations, Pompeo is trotting through the Middle East, sounding More

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-18). With Students 'Getting Ripped Off' by Wells Fargo, Elizabeth Warren Calls for Kicking Big Bank Off Campus. commondreams.org Nearly a year after angrily grilling Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan over his exorbitant compensation following several scandals at the bank, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took aim at the institution again Thursday with a letter attacking its practice of offering bank accounts to college students and then hitting them with steep fees—which have had what the senator calls "disastrous effects" on students. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-18). No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit. counterpunch.org 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 debacle of May's leadership, one where problems are sought for any possible solutions. Steering through the More

Rebecca Lee (2019-01-18). Punishment Through Humiliation: Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors. counterpunch.org Humiliation can always be used as a form of entertainment when coupled with a sense of moral justice. Even before Jerry Springer and Divorce Court, watching someone squirm could be appealing when well-deserved. After Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose, the definition of "schadenfreude" is public shame. Shaming was seen as an effective way More

Ron Jacobs (2019-01-18). Allen Ginsberg Takes a Trip. counterpunch.org When poet Allen Ginsberg journeyed to Cuba, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Britain in 1964, homosexuality was illegal in most of the world. So was marijuana. Furthermore, those laws were usually enforced by those in power. Ginsberg was already an internationally known figure because of his poetry and the obscenity trials some of those More

RT (2019-01-18). Washington Post columnist compares Putin-supporting American Jews to Stalinists. rt.com A Washington Post columnist is being put on blast for a tweet that apparently rolls 'Russiagate' hysteria, anti-Semitism, and Nazi-esque conspiracy theory together. |

WSWS (2019-01-18). US-born anchor for Iranian TV jailed without charges. wsws.org The police state style abduction and imprisonment of Marzieh Hashemi is part of Washington's wider preparations for war against Iran.

WSWS (2019-01-18). The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards "great power" conflict: Part One. wsws.org The latest CBO report emphasizes the need to fund ever-expanding wars while outlining various "options" for eviscerating social services and public education.

amnesty (2019-01-18). Ten things you should know about the latest protests in Sudan. amnesty.org Today marks one month since the ongoing protests in Sudan broke out. Here are ten facts you should know about the protests that have engulfed the eastern African country: | 1. This is the largest wave of protests against the economic policies and allegations of human rights violations by the government of President Omar al-Bashir since he came to power in 1989. | 2. There have been more than 300 protests in 15 out of Sudan's 18 states since the protests began. | 3. The protests were sparked by high school students protest in Atbara city, River Nile state, who were challenging the steep rise in the cost of bread.

amnesty (2019-01-18). Morocco: Conviction of Hirak El-Rif protest leader Nawal Benaissa upheld. amnesty.org Responding to the news that the appeals court in Al Hoceima has upheld the conviction of Nawal Benaissa, confirming her 10-month suspended prison sentence with a fine, Heba Morayef Amnesty International's Director for the Middle East and North Africa said: | "This verdict is an appalling miscarriage of justice. Nawal Benaissa's only 'crime' was to join peaceful protests to demand the rights of people in the Rif region. The Moroccan authorities are blatantly targeting Nawal Benaissa for her role in the Hirak El-Rif movement and are making an example of her to intimidate others who may wish to speak out. Instead of…

amnesty (2019-01-18). Sudan: Security forces continue deadly onslaught on protestors and medical personnel. amnesty.org Sudan's security forces must stop their ongoing deadly onslaught on protesters and medical personnel, Amnesty International said today following the death of a doctor, a man and a child from gunshot wounds inflicted during the 17 January protests in Khartoum's Burri district. | The organization also received reports of further raids of medical facilities by security personnel, who fired teargas inside hospitals and assaulted doctors. |

amnesty (2019-01-18). European leaders are manufacturing a "migration crisis" for political gain. amnesty.org "We have a safe port," a crew member tells dozens of despondent asylum seekers crammed into a cabin aboard the Sea-Watch 3 NGO rescue ship. After almost three weeks of being stranded in the Mediterranean, the news takes a moment to sink in. "We're going in," he explains. "C'est fini." Within seconds the room erupts in unrestrained relief and joy. | This was the end of an ordeal, last week, for 49 women, men and children aboard the Sea-Watch 3 and Professor Albrecht Penck NGO vessels, who were finally disembarked in Malta. | They had been rescued in December after fleeing Libya, but the ships were denied permissio…

amnesty (2019-01-18). Nigeria: Satellite imagery shows charred remains of Rann after Boko Haram attack. amnesty.org New satellite images analyzed by Amnesty International show the horrific aftermath of a Boko Haram attack that devastated in Rann, north-east Nigeria, displacing more than 9,000 people earlier this week. | The satellite images reveal the true extent of the devastating attack which took place on 14 January in the Borno State town, which hosted thousands of civilians internally displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram. According to Amnesty International's analysis, the attack resulted in large areas being burnt in the west and south of Rann, with more than 100 structures destroyed or heavily damaged by fire. | "Am…

Ryan Gallagher (2019-01-18). Google Faces Renewed Protests and Criticism Over China Search Project. theintercept.com Google is facing a new campaign of global protests over its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. | On Friday, a coalition of Chinese, Tibetan, Uighur, and human rights groups organized demonstrations outside Google's offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark. | Google designed the Chinese search engine, code-named Dragonfly, to blacklist information about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, in accordance with strict rules on censorship in China that are enforced by the country's authoritarian Communist Part…

Sérgio Ramalho (2019-01-18). Who Killed Marielle Franco? An Ex-Rio de Janeiro Cop With Ties to Organized Crime, Say Six Witnesses in Police Report. theintercept.com The shocking murder was carried out by a former special operations officer from Rio's military police force, according to a report by investigators.

aljazeera (2019-01-18). Lebanon urges Arab League to readmit Syria. aljazeera.com Lebanese FM Gebran Bassil calls decision to keep Syria out of upcoming Arab economic summit an 'historic shame'.

aljazeera (2019-01-18). Trump, Kim to hold 2nd summit near end of February: White House. aljazeera.com White House says US continues to make progress in denuclearisation talks, after North Korean envoy visits Washington.

aljazeera (2019-01-18). Is there hope for peace in Afghanistan?>. aljazeera.com The US wants to renew efforts to persuade the Taliban to have direct talks with the Afghan government.

aljazeera (2019-01-18). Sudan police fire live rounds outside home of slain protester. aljazeera.com About 2,000 people gather in a Khartoum suburb where a man was killed for allegedly sheltering demonstrators.

aljazeera (2019-01-18). EU countries could snub US-Poland summit over Iran concerns. aljazeera.com EU diplomats raise questions about summit's agenda, noting that Iran did not appear to be invited.

aljazeera (2019-01-18). US confirms jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime. aljazeera.com Marzieh Hashemi was taken to a court to testify before a grand jury as a material witness, court papers said.

Jason Ditz (2019-01-18). 'Star Wars' Returns: US Military to Develop Space-Based Missile Defense System. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In what looks to be a highly ambitious and even more highly cost prohibitive scheme, President Trump has announced his intention to greatly expand US missile defense systems, with a major focus on putting them in space. During his announcement Thursday at the Pentagon, Trump set out his goals, saying that he wants "to ensure that …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-18). US Military Caught Teaching Saudi Coalition Troops How to Drop Bombs on Yemen. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Newly obtained documents revealed that the United States, despite past denials, was involved in training United Arab Emirates troops for combat in Yemen, where the UAE is fighting as part of a Saudi-led coalition, Yahoo News reported. The US Air Forces Central Command documents specifically state that units at the US's Air Warfare Center …

The Mind Unleashed (2019-01-18). Facebook Accused of Using '10-Year Challenge' Meme to Improve Facial Recognition. theantimedia.com (TMU) — While the "10-Year Challenge" spreading across social media may appear to be the latest innocuous viral phenomenon, sweeping upwards of 5 million users and multiple celebrities into the challenge, privacy experts and technology analysts are sounding the alarm about the social engineering motives behind the trend. According to the theory, the meme — …

Lynda Carson (2019-01-18). Trump's government shutdown & Jan. 15 notice from HUD to Public Housing Authorities. indybay.org

Joel Braunold (2019-01-18). Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace From The Ground Up. indybay.org 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City…

repost (2019-01-18). Oakland Teachers "Day without Educators" 1 Day Work Action To Protest Attack On Pub Ed. indybay.org Educators and community members from schools all over Oakland will rally at Oakland Technical High School 2101 35th Ave. from 8: 00 am until 9: 00 am. At 9: 00 am, educators will march down Broadway towards the OUSD office at 1000 Broadway and converge there until approximately 1: 00pm.

Kate Zeller (2019-01-18). 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.

Kate Zeller (2019-01-18). Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance. indybay.org On Thursday, Judge Laura Taylor Swain delayed approval of a $17 billion debt deal between Puerto Rico "COFINA" creditors and the island's oversight board.

Michael Harris (2019-01-18). Come celebrate the 170th Anniversary of the 1849 est. of Negro Bar, California. indybay.org Together, we are poised for a special yearlong 170th Anniversary of Negro Bar, Sacramento County by utilizing both private and public resources to forever preserve and interpret our unique contributions to the forward flow of humanity.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-18). Trump's Space Force: A Dangerous Lunacy. therealnews.com Donald Trump announced a large expansion of space-based nuclear missile defense technology; Daniel Ellsberg says it won't work and makes a nuclear armageddon more likely

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-18). US Troops Are a "Sitting Target" in Syria — It's Time to Bring Them Home. truthout.org In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were US soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered US troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday's attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks — both Republicans and Democrats — to reverse Trump's Syria withdrawal. The…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-18). What Activists Need to Understand About Fascism. truthout.org Shane Burley's Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It looks at the rise of fascist politics in the US, how the different strands work, and the different, intersecting movements that have arrived to confront fascist violence. In the below excerpt, Burley discusses what exactly fascism is beyond the hype and misinformation.Building on a wealth of scholarship and research, Burley analyzes the foundational principles of fascism that tie together the battles of World War II to the neo-fascist "alt-ri…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-18). To Stop Bolton's Fire and Fury, Fire Bolton. truthout.org "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran," read the headline of a 2015 New York Times op-ed by now National Security Adviser John Bolton. Writing at the height of nuclear negotiations with Iran, Bolton argued that, "Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed." Almost four years later, all of Iran's potential pathways to a bomb remain blocked by the very deal Bolton would have traded for war. But like nonbiodegradable plastic adrift at sea, undeterred by the damage left in its wake, Bolton's views haven't changed. | On…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-18). How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes? globalresearch.ca "Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal's dysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million— either way, a sizable slice in a population of 28 million.) | Those …

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 …

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 …

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.

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. |

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). 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.

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. |

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.

2019-01-18: Social Media Postees

Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War is Far From Over
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Donald Trump wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it's Wednesday, so that's what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he'll insist that Syria pay for the pullout. Maybe Trump will decide to hold a summit with Bashar al-Assad after deciding that the Syrian leader's not such…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/trump-punts-on-syria-the-forever-war-is-far-from-over/

EU leaders must fix "broken system" that leaves people adrift at sea
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
European leaders must urgently act to fix a system which deters states from assisting refugees and migrants in peril at sea, said Amnesty International in an analysis published today. | Cut adrift in the Mediterranean outlines how the outsourcing of European border control to the Libyan authorities, in combination with a system which fails to share responsibility for asylum-seekers fairly across Europe, has created a situation where people are frequently stranded in the Mediterranean. It also sets out steps to ensure situati…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/eu-leaders-must-fix-broken-system-that-leaves-people-adrift-at-sea/

The U.S. Has Venezuela in Its Crosshairs
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2019-01-18
Trump's national security adviser–John Bolton–coined the phrase "troika of tyranny" that includes Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-u-s-has-venezuela-in-its-crosshairs/

Human Trafficking Should Be Illegal
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
"Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work." –Frederick Douglass Donald Trump comes under fire from the neoliberal establishment whenever he does something digestible. I am amazed the liberals are mad at him so often, considering 99.9% of the time he is doing something awful. Anytime Trump has a unique thought about…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/human-trafficking-should-be-illegal/

Release of Syrian man wrongly convicted of terrorism in Hungary an "overwhelming relief"
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
Ahead of tomorrow's early release of Ahmed H, a Syrian man who was unfairly jailed for "complicity in an act of terror" during clashes with police at the Serbia-Hungary border in September 2015, Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International's Europe Counter Terrorism Campaigner, said: | | "After spending three-and-a-half years behind bars, Ahmed will finally be reunited with his wife and two young daughters. His…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/release-of-syrian-man-wrongly-convicted-of-terrorism-in-hungary-an-overwhelming-relief/

The Biden Band-Aid: Will Democrats Contain the Insurgency?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
The 2020 election horse race is beginning to take shape. Unless something unexpected happens (e.g., impeachment, resignation), Trump will likely seek reelection as the Republican candidate. A number of independents will seek third-party (e.g., Greens, Socialists) candidacy. And then there are the Democrats. Numerous Democratic politicos are beginning to cluster behind the starting gate considering a primary run…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-biden-band-aid-will-democrats-contain-the-insurgency-2/

Fight Back! heading to the Women's Marches
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-18
Minneapolis, MN — A large turnout is expected for the Women's Marches this weekend and Fight Back! will be there. Thousands of copies of the Fight Back! print edition will be distributed in Washington DC and at other marches across the U.S. | Jerrica Hoey, a member of the ten-person Washington DC distribution team states, "It's important that we continue to build the struggle against Trump. This movement showed from the outset that the people will not stand for the Trump administration's war on women. We're excited to hit the streets to get the word out on #MeToo, to put out a call for Intern…
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Roaming Charges: Sometimes an Establishment Hack is Just What You Need
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Trump had to reach pretty deep into the recycling bin to extract the rusty figure of William Barr as a loyal replacement for J. Beauregard Sessions at the Justice Department. After he dusted him off, what did Trump see in this relic from the Poppy Bush era, that shining reign of triumphant globalists that Trump publicly claims to loath? A cursory scan of Barr's CV, which is about as deep a look as Trump is likely to have given, shows all the field marks of a well-worn grey man of Swamptown, a malted Scotch institutionalist, if not an honorary member of the Deep State itself. Surely Trump hesitated when he read, o…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/roaming-charges-sometimes-an-establishment-hack-is-just-what-you-need/

One Wall, Supersized, Extra Racism, Hold the Wars
Jeremy Scahill | zcomm.org | 2019-01-18
Discussion on Trump saying he wants to end U.S. wars abroad, while he threatens to use emergency powers to further militarize U.S. immigration enforcement…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/one-wall-supersized-extra-racism-hold-the-wars/

What evidence? BuzzFeed fuels 'Russiagate' with bombshell report on Trump and Cohen
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-18
A bombshell report from BuzzFeed accused President Donald Trump of directing his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress — but was unable to provide any evidence to back the claim. | …
rt.com/usa/449158-buzzfeed-trumo-cohen-no-evidence/

The Tulsi Gabbard Factor
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Too much light blinds us," Pascal wrote; "if the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise," wrote William Blake. The idea that, when pushed to extremes, things turn into their opposites seems to have arisen in one form or another many times and in many cultures. It is epitomized in the Western philosophical…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-tulsi-gabbard-factor/

Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress
Kevin Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-01-18
Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2018 — In response to the administration's announcement that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit meeting near the end of February, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "After months of scant visible progress in negotiations […] | The post Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress appeared first on Peace Action.
peaceaction.org/2019/01/18/second-trump-kim-summit-hints-at-progress/

Congress to Probe Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-18
WASHINGTON — The Democratic chairmen of two House committees pledged Friday to investigate a report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney to lie to Congress about negotiations over a real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 election. | House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said "we will do what's necessary to find out if it's true." He said the allegation that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie in his 2017 testimony to Congress "in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date." | The…
truthdig.com/articles/congress-to-probe-report-that-trump-directed-cohen-to-lie/

"Weather Terrorism:" a National Emergency
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
As Trump projects his Imperial power in the direction of our southern border, demanding to reinforce its security by building a wall, the real threat to America's safety – weather terrorism (Bruno Latour's term for the biospheric backlash aimed at the vast hubris of humanity) – goes unheeded. Trump's posturing with regard to establishing a national emergency to facilitate wall building, obscures a genuine emergency in just one more case of the Fake eclipsing the Real.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/weather-terrorism-a-national-emergency/

Is US Hubris Taking the World to the Edge?
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-18
Another US regime change undertaking is about to begin. Meanwhile, the Syrian misadventure will, hopefully, end soon and Bashar Al Assad's enduring presence in Damascus is Washington's failure writ large. | But that is not stopping the neoconservatives. Washington is … | The post Is US Hubris Taking the World to the Edge? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/is-us-hubris-taking-the-world-to-the-edge/5665750

Did Donald Get The Memo? Trump's VA Secretary Denounces 'Veteran as Victim' Stereotyping
Steve Early, Suzanne Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Amid a controversial government shutdown, affecting 800,000 thousand federal employees, you would think that the agency headed by Robert Wilkie would be an oasis of tranquility. His Department of Veterans Affairs is, like the Pentagon, largely exempt from the shutdown. Due to prior budget approval, its funding for the current fiscal year is unaffected by…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/did-donald-get-the-memo-trumps-va-secretary-denounces-veteran-as-victim-stereotyping/

Lebanon: Migrant Domestic Workers Abused, A Scripted Reality
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
"Stop don't go to Lebanon!". A member of the audience stepped forward to interfere with one of the scenes on stage, in which Nday is seen to be packing her bags to catch a flight to Lebanon. Despite knowing what awaits Nday in the form of multiple human rights violations, I could see that stopping her from seeking her awaited job opportunity in a time where she was in desperate need to make a living, was not a solution. | Amnesty International marked the International Migrants Day on 18 December 2018 with an interactive theatre performance, Chebbak, in collaboration with Wasl; a theatre collective that uses theat…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/lebanon-migrant-domestic-workers-abused-a-scripted-reality/

ISIS Fighters in Syria Are Trying to Push Into Iraq, Where U.S.-Backed Forces Can't Get Along With Militias Supported by Iran
Simona Foltyn | theintercept.com | 2019-01-18
In Al Qaim, Iraq's U.S.-backed security forces and the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces are increasingly distrustful of each other. | The post ISIS Fighters in Syria Are Trying to Push Into Iraq, Where U.S.-Backed Forces Can't Get Along With Militias Supported by Iran appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/18/isis-iraq-syria-us-iran/

Star Wars Revisited: One More Nightmare From Trump
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Donald Trump and his "war cabinet" have struck again. In the wake of record defense spending; the creation of a Space Force that would violate the Outer Space Treaty agreed to fifty years ago; the abrogation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty from thirty years ago; and the chaos of random decision making for use…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/star-wars-revisited-one-more-nightmare-from-trump/

The Danger Within: Border Patrol is Turning America into a Constitution-Free Zone
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." — William Pitt How far would you really go to secure the nation's borders against illegal aliens? Would you give the government limitless amounts of money to fight yet another endless war? Surround…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-danger-within-border-patrol-is-turning-america-into-a-constitution-free-zone/

The Wall, The Endless War, and the Troops Who Pay
Gerry Condon | commondreams.org | 2019-01-18
An image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV on January 16, 2019, shows U.S. armoured vehicles at the scene of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Rep. Ro Khanna: U.S. Troops Are a "Sitting Target" in Syria; It's Time to Bring Them Home
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-18
In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were U.S. soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday's attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks–both Republicans and Democrats–to reverse Trump's Syria withdrawal. The U.S…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/18/r…

Is US Hubris Taking the World to the Edge?
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-18
Another US regime change undertaking is about to begin. Meanwhile, the Syrian misadventure will, hopefully, end soon and Bashar Al Assad's enduring presence in Damascus is Washington's failure writ large. | But that is not stopping the neoconservatives. Washington is … | The post Is US Hubris Taking the World to the Edge? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/is-us-hubris-taking-the-world-to-the-edge/5665750

MLK Warned Us of the Well-Intentioned Liberal
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | thenation.com | 2019-01-18
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove MLK Warned Us of the Well-Intentioned Liberal…
thenation.com/article/martin-luther-king-trump-wall-jim-crow/

President Donald Trump's "Magical Realism"
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
It is possible that President Donald Trump never suspected this, but among his many yet never-acknowledged talents is that of being a novelist. A novelist in the Latin American tradition of magic or "magical realism." Magical realism is a style of fiction writing that combines a realistic view of the modern world while also adding…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/president-donald-trumps-magical-realism/

Sky Bears, Earth Bears: Finding and Losing True North
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Stars and the heavens have long captured the human imagination. During long nights of star gazing — before TV and the internet — ancient peoples invented fascinating stories about constellations that reflected their aspirations and relationships with the natural world and each other. The dramas that played out in the heavens unified their world and…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/sky-bears-earth-bears-finding-and-losing-true-north/

The L.A. Teachers' Strike Is About So Much More Than Wages
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-01-18
Los Angeles public school teachers began a historic strike on Monday, for the first time in 30 years. Members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out of contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that had dragged on for nearly two years. The specific battle is being fought over LAUSD's refusal to tap into its record $1.86 billion reserve in order to reduce class sizes, hire more support staff, including counselors and nurses, improve infrastructure and more. But more broadly speaking,…
truthdig.com/articles/the-l-a-teachers-strike-is-about-so-much-more-than-wages/

The Metamorphosis of International Students Into Honorary US Nationalists: a View from Viet Nam
Mark Ashwill | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
We would ensure not only that Vietnam's tens of millions of students, but also their education-obsessed parents, see the United States as a key partner in their personal and collective futures. — US-Viet Nam Education Memo, Spring 2008 This fly-on- the-wall quote is from a US Embassy-Hanoi diplomatic cable that was leaked over a…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-metamorphosis-of-international-students-into-honorary-us-nationalists-a-view-from-viet-nam/

The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful exodus of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s. The events that Israel is citing allegedly occurred at a time when Zionist Jewish militias were…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-moral-travesty-of-israel-seeking-arab-iranian-money-for-its-alleged-nakba/

Video: 4 Americans Killed, 3 Injured in ISIS Attack in Manbij
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-18
On January 16, a suicide bombing attack hit the center of Manbij in the province of Aleppo. According to initial reports, over 25 people were killed or injured in the attack, which also caused casualties among US service members. Minutes … | The post Video: 4 Americans Killed, 3 Injured in ISIS Attack in Manbij appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-4-americans-killed-3-injured-in-isis-attack-in-manbij/5665758

Twitter Calls on US to #FreeMarziehHashemi as Lawyers Attempt to Unseal Case
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-18
One may be inclined to think that the arrest of Hashemi on Sunday would infuriate those who uphold the sanctity of the fourth estate. But Hashemi, a black American Muslim woman who works for Iran's state-funded Press TV, is no friend of the establishment media. | The post Twitter Calls on US to #FreeMarziehHashemi as Lawyers Attempt to Unseal Case appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/twitter-calls-on-us-to-marzieh-hashemi-as-lawyers-move-to-unseal-case/254030/

Haiti by the Numbers
Jake Johnston | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti: 9 Estimated number of aftershocks that measured 4.5 or greater: 59 Number of people who died in the earthquake, according to Haitian government: 316,000 Number of people displaced: 1,300,000 Number of people who remained in internally displaced persons camps, as of September 2017: 37,867 Estimated population of…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/haiti-by-the-numbers-2/

Sudan: Protesters Urge President Omar al-Bashir to Step Down
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-18
Sudanese citizens marched to the government palace in Khartoum, the country's capital Thursday to attempt to give President Omar al-Bashir a memorandum demanding his exit from office and a peaceful transition of power. | RELATED: | Sudan: 30 Consecutive Days of Protests Besiege President | More than a thousand people chanted slogans such as "The revolutio…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudan-Protesters-Urge-President-Omar-al-Bashir-to-Step-Down-20190118-0003.html

Pompeo, the U.S. and Iran
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
The United States' international windbag, Secretary of Defense (read: War) Mike Pompeo has been acting the imperial blowhard throughout the Middle East. With his boss busy denying that he's a Russian agent, watching advisors and cabinet members come and go with dizzying alacrity, and dodging porn-star accusations, Pompeo is trotting through the Middle East, sounding…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/pompeo-the-u-s-and-iran/

Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-18
It is difficult to anticipate what form this future colonization will take. Long ago, it was made possible by the huge differences in the level of education. But today? | The post Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/re-colonization-france-turkey-england-return-thier-collision/254016/

Red Flowers for Rosa and Karl
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Red flags everywhere, hundreds, more hundreds, thousands marched along through the drizzly weather and puddled streets. Many bent figures hobbled with canes, some were in wheelchairs next to a younger set sitting proudly on their fathers' shoulders or in strollers. Then another big group of young people arrived, some singing or chanting leftist demands. Most…
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Red Aunts — RIP Debi Martini
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
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'Period. End of Sentence.' Short documentary about menstruation and sanitary pads
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-18
LOS ANGELES–I had the unexpected pleasure of attending a private Jan. 11 screening of this unusual 26-minute documentary film at an event sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club. Hosted by Sophia Bush and Poorna Jaganathan, it featured a Q&A afterward with director Rayka Zehtabchi, moderated by film commentator Shaniqua McClendon. Period. End of Sentence. …
peoplesworld.org/article/period-end-of-sentence-short-documentary-about-menstruation-and-sanitary-pads/

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change — study
Damian Carrington | zcomm.org | 2019-01-18
Scientists say it may still technically be possible to limit warming to 1.5C if drastic action is taken now…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/immediate-fossil-fuel-phaseout-could-arrest-climate-change-study/

Malaysia's 1MDB Financial Scandal: Stolen Money Must Not Place Culprits Above the Law
Sarawak Report | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-18
Malaysians have over the past few hours been treated to a disgraceful display of mutual finger pointing and denial by the entities and individuals most culpable over 1MDB, as they seek to blame each other and get off the hook. … | The post Malaysia's 1MDB Financial Scandal: Stolen Money Must Not Place Culprits Above the Law appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/malaysias-1mdb-financial-scandal-stolen-money-must-not-place-culprits-above-the-law-comment/5665766

Colombian Gov't Ends Peace Process with ELN
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-18
The Colombian government announced the end of the peace process and dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN) after accusing the leftist group of being behind the bombing at the Santander General Police School, which left 21 dead and 68 wounded in Bogota. | RELATED: | Colombians Call on Duque's Gov't to Maintain Peace Process With ELN | President Ivan Duque will give the official announcement after a meeting with the Security Council. | In a press conference Friday, Def…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-With-History-of-False-Positives-Ends-Dialogue-with-ELN-over-Alleged-Link-to-Bomb-Attack-20190118-0007.html

Colombians Call on Duque to Maintain Peace Process With ELN
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-18
After the attack in Bogota that left 21 dead and 68 wounded, hundreds of Colombians are demanding that President Iván Duque not give up on the agreements for the cessation of violence with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, and insist on maintaining the dialogue table the leftist guerrilla group. | RELATED: | Death Toll from Colombia Car Bomb Rises to 21: Police | T…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombians-Call-on-Duques-Govt-to-Maintain-Peace-Process-With-ELN-20190118-0006.html

Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-18
Hashemi was held 48 hours before being allowed to contact her family. She has complained of ill-treatment. Authorities forcibly removed her headscarf and took her away in handcuffs. | The post Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/detained-american-iranian-tv-anchor-marzieh-hashemi-to-appear-in-court/253993/

Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-18
It is difficult to anticipate what form this future colonization will take. Long ago, it was made possible by the huge differences in the level of education. But today? | The post Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/re-colonization-france-turkey-england-return-thier-collision/254016/

Kafka's Grave: a Pilgrimage in Prague
Dana E. Abizaid | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
An Arab-American might at first glance appear an ironic pilgrim in Prague's main Jewish Cemetery. Stereotypically anyway, Arabs and Jews find very little to respect in each other, let alone travel thousands of miles to admire. Adding to the irony, in Europe these days there are hardly two peoples more reviled than Americans and Arabs.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/kafkas-grave-a-pilgrimage-in-prague/

Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-18
Newly released documents show that the U.S. has been secretly training airmen from the United Arab Emirates (UAE ), a major partner in the Saudi-led coalition that is waging war on the poorest nation in the Middle East. | The post Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/pentagon-lies-about-training-airmen-from-country-accused-of-war-crimes-for-combat-missions/254003/

A Coup in Progress? Venezuelan Foreign Minister Decries U.S. & Brazil-Backed Effort to Oust Maduro
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-18
The United States and allied nations in Latin America are ratcheting up pressure on Venezuela in what appears to be a coordinated effort to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. Maduro was sworn in last week to a second 6-year term following his victory in last May's election, which was boycotted by the opposition. Days before Maduro was sworn in, opposition figure Juan Guaidó became head of the National Assembly, which soon voted to declare Maduro a "usurper" in an effort to remove him from office. The United States, Brazil and other nations have welcomed the effort. As the political crisis int…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/18/a…

LA Teachers' Strike: Student Voices of the Los Angeles Education Revolt
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
We live in an era where teachers unions are attacked and scapegoated, our schools are starved of funds, and private charter operators are allowed to choose which students they want to educate and exclude those they don't–and use desperately needed funds from the public school system to do so. It is said that the end…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/la-teachers-strike-student-voices-of-the-los-angeles-education-revolt/

Colombians Call on Duque to Maintain Peace Process With ELN
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-18
After the attack in Bogota that left 21 dead and 68 wounded, hundreds of Colombians are demanding that President Iván Duque not give up on the agreements for the cessation of violence with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, and insist on maintaining the dialogue table the leftist guerrilla group. | RELATED: | Death Toll from Colombia Car Bomb Rises to 21: Police | T…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombians-Call-on-Duques-Govt-to-Maintain-Peace-Process-With-ELN-20190118-0006.html

United States Bombings of Other Countries. America's "Bombing List"
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-18
The important legacy of the late William Blum will live. This article was first posted on GR in June 2016. | *** | It is a scandal in contemporary international law, don't forget, that while "wanton destruction of towns, cities and villages" … | The post United States Bombings of Other Countries. America's "Bombing List" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/united-states-bombings-of-other-countries-americas-bombing-list/5533371

Narrative Control Firm Targeting Alternative Media
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-18
NewsGuard is led by some of the most virulently pro-imperialist individuals in America and its agenda to shore up narrative control for the ruling power establishment is clear, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/01/18/narrative-control-firm-targeting-alternative-media/

Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-18
Newly released documents show that the U.S. has been secretly training airmen from the United Arab Emirates (UAE ), a major partner in the Saudi-led coalition that is waging war on the poorest nation in the Middle East. | The post Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/pentagon-lies-about-training-airmen-from-country-accused-of-war-crimes-for-combat-missions/254003/

A Planet in Crisis: The Heat's On Us
Dahr Jamail | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
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 cold wind, I gaze in wonder at the silvery waters of the Bering Sea.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/a-planet-in-crisis-the-heats-on-us/

Shut Down the War Machine!
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
The time has come to cut the US military down to size. Last November, the Pentagon admitted what critics have known for years: It cannot pass an audit that would let Congress, the media and taxpayers know what it does with the trillions of dollars that have been lavished on war and preparing for war…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/shut-down-the-war-machine/

Video: The "Great Game" of Military Bases in Africa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-18
Italian soldiers on mission in Djibouti have offered sewing machines to the humanitarian organisation which aids the refugees in this tiny country in the Horn of Africa. It is situated in a strategic position on the most important commercial Asia-Europe … | The post Video: The "Great Game" of Military Bases in Africa appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-great-game-military-bases-africa/5665757

Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-18
Hashemi was held 48 hours before being allowed to contact her family. She has complained of ill-treatment. Authorities forcibly removed her headscarf and took her away in handcuffs. | The post Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/detained-american-iranian-tv-anchor-marzieh-hashemi-to-appear-in-court/253993/

Bernie Sanders, Israel and the Middle East
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
If you're an American, he's still out there among the "maybe" candidates. But if you live in the Middle East — whether you're Arab or Israeli, Muslim, Jew or Christian — you should keep your eye on Bernie Sanders. He's no shoo-in, of course — certainly not after his pitiful handover to the awful Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/bernie-sanders-israel-and-the-middle-east/

With Students 'Getting Ripped Off' by Wells Fargo, Elizabeth Warren Calls for Kicking Big Bank Off Campus
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-18
Nearly a year after angrily grilling Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan over his exorbitant compensation following several scandals at the bank, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took aim at the institution again Thursday with a letter attacking its practice of offering bank accounts to college students and then hitting them with steep fees—which have had what the senator calls "disastrous effects" on students. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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With Students 'Getting Ripped Off' by Wells Fargo, Elizabeth Warren Calls for Kicking Big Bank Off Campus
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-18
Nearly a year after angrily grilling Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan over his exorbitant compensation following several scandals at the bank, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took aim at the institution again Thursday with a letter attacking its practice of offering bank accounts to college students and then hitting them with steep fees—which have had what the senator calls "disastrous effects" on students. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/01/18/students-getting-ripped-wells-fargo-elizabeth-warren-calls-kicking-big-bank-campus?cd-origin=rss

No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
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 debacle of May's leadership, one where problems are sought for any possible solutions. Steering through the…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/no-confidence-survivor-theresa-may-and-brexit/

Punishment Through Humiliation: Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors
Rebecca Lee | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
Humiliation can always be used as a form of entertainment when coupled with a sense of moral justice. Even before Jerry Springer and Divorce Court, watching someone squirm could be appealing when well-deserved. After Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose, the definition of "schadenfreude" is public shame. Shaming was seen as an effective way…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/punishment-through-humiliation-justice-for-sexual-assault-survivors/

Allen Ginsberg Takes a Trip
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-18
When poet Allen Ginsberg journeyed to Cuba, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Britain in 1964, homosexuality was illegal in most of the world. So was marijuana. Furthermore, those laws were usually enforced by those in power. Ginsberg was already an internationally known figure because of his poetry and the obscenity trials some of those…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/allen-ginsberg-takes-a-trip/

Washington Post columnist compares Putin-supporting American Jews to Stalinists
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-18
A Washington Post columnist is being put on blast for a tweet that apparently rolls 'Russiagate' hysteria, anti-Semitism, and Nazi-esque conspiracy theory together. | …
rt.com/usa/449150-washington-post-jews-putin/

Washington Post columnist compares Putin-supporting American Jews to Stalinists
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-18
A Washington Post columnist is being put on blast for a tweet that apparently rolls 'Russiagate' hysteria, anti-Semitism, and Nazi-esque conspiracy theory together. | …
rt.com/usa/449150-washington-post-jews-putin/

US-born anchor for Iranian TV jailed without charges
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-18
The police state style abduction and imprisonment of Marzieh Hashemi is part of Washington's wider preparations for war against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards "great power" conflict: Part One
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-18
The latest CBO report emphasizes the need to fund ever-expanding wars while outlining various "options" for eviscerating social services and public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Morocco: Conviction of Hirak El-Rif protest leader Nawal Benaissa upheld
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
Responding to the news that the appeals court in Al Hoceima has upheld the conviction of Nawal Benaissa, confirming her 10-month suspended prison sentence with a fine, Heba Morayef Amnesty International's Director for the Middle East and North Africa said: | "This verdict is an appalling miscarriage of justice. Nawal Benaissa's only 'crime' was to join peaceful protests to demand the rights of people in the Rif region. The Moroccan authorities are blatantly targeting Nawal Benaissa for her role in the Hirak El-Rif movement and are making an example of her to intimidate others who may wish to speak out. Instead of…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/morocco-conviction-of-hirak-el-rif-protest-leader-nawal-benaissa-upheld/

Ten things you should know about the latest protests in Sudan
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
Today marks one month since the ongoing protests in Sudan broke out. Here are ten facts you should know about the protests that have engulfed the eastern African country: | 1. This is the largest wave of protests against the economic policies and allegations of human rights violations by the government of President Omar al-Bashir since he came to power in 1989. | 2. There have been more than 300 protests in 15 out of Sudan's 18 states since the protests began. | 3. The protests were sparked by high school students protest in Atbara city, River Nile state, who were challenging the steep rise in the cost of bread.
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/01/ten-things-you-should-know-about-the-latest-protests-in-sudan/

European leaders are manufacturing a "migration crisis" for political gain
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
"We have a safe port," a crew member tells dozens of despondent asylum seekers crammed into a cabin aboard the Sea-Watch 3 NGO rescue ship. After almost three weeks of being stranded in the Mediterranean, the news takes a moment to sink in. "We're going in," he explains. "C'est fini." Within seconds the room erupts in unrestrained relief and joy. | This was the end of an ordeal, last week, for 49 women, men and children aboard the Sea-Watch 3 and Professor Albrecht Penck NGO vessels, who were finally disembarked in Malta. | They had been rescued in December after fleeing Libya, but the ships were denied permissio…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/european-leaders-are-manufacturing-a-migration-crisis-for-political-gain/

Nigeria: Satellite imagery shows charred remains of Rann after Boko Haram attack
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
New satellite images analyzed by Amnesty International show the horrific aftermath of a Boko Haram attack that devastated in Rann, north-east Nigeria, displacing more than 9,000 people earlier this week. | The satellite images reveal the true extent of the devastating attack which took place on 14 January in the Borno State town, which hosted thousands of civilians internally displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram. According to Amnesty International's analysis, the attack resulted in large areas being burnt in the west and south of Rann, with more than 100 structures destroyed or heavily damaged by fire. | "Am…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/nigeria-satellite-imagery-shows-charred-remains-of-rann-after-boko-haram-attack/

Google Faces Renewed Protests and Criticism Over China Search Project
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-01-18
Google is facing a new campaign of global protests over its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. | On Friday, a coalition of Chinese, Tibetan, Uighur, and human rights groups organized demonstrations outside Google's offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark. | Google designed the Chinese search engine, code-named Dragonfly, to blacklist information about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, in accordance with strict rules on censorship in China that are enforced by the country's authoritarian Communist Part…
theintercept.com/2019/01/18/google-dragonfly-project-protests/

Who Killed Marielle Franco? An Ex-Rio de Janeiro Cop With Ties to Organized Crime, Say Six Witnesses in Police Report
Sérgio Ramalho | theintercept.com | 2019-01-18
The shocking murder was carried out by a former special operations officer from Rio's military police force, according to a report by investigators. | The post Who Killed Marielle Franco? An Ex-Rio de Janeiro Cop With Ties to Organized Crime, Say Six Witnesses in Police Report appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/17/marielle-franco-brazil-assassination-suspect/

Lebanon urges Arab League to readmit Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
Lebanese FM Gebran Bassil calls decision to keep Syria out of upcoming Arab economic summit an 'historic shame'.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/lebanon-urges-arab-league-readmit-syria-190118171620303.html

Lebanon urges Arab League to readmit Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
Lebanese FM Gebran Bassil calls decision to keep Syria out of upcoming Arab economic summit an 'historic shame'.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/lebanon-urges-arab-league-readmit-syria-190118171620303.html

Trump, Kim to hold 2nd summit near end of February: White House
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
White House says US continues to make progress in denuclearisation talks, after North Korean envoy visits Washington.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/north-korean-envoys-discuss-trump-kim-summit-190118174203022.html

Trump, Kim to hold 2nd summit near end of February: White House
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
White House says US continues to make progress in denuclearisation talks, after North Korean envoy visits Washington.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/north-korean-envoys-discuss-trump-kim-summit-190118174203022.html

US confirms jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
Marzieh Hashemi was taken to a court to testify before a grand jury as a material witness, court papers said.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/confirms-jailed-iranian-tv-anchor-charged-crime-190118195633306.html

EU countries could snub US-Poland summit over Iran concerns
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
EU diplomats raise questions about summit's agenda, noting that Iran did not appear to be invited.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/eu-countries-snub-poland-summit-iran-concerns-190118134940270.html

Sudan police fire live rounds outside home of slain protester
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
About 2,000 people gather in a Khartoum suburb where a man was killed for allegedly sheltering demonstrators.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/sudan-police-fire-live-rounds-home-slain-protester-190118093023028.html

Is there hope for peace in Afghanistan?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
The US wants to renew efforts to persuade the Taliban to have direct talks with the Afghan government.
aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/01/hope-peace-afghanistan-190118171234537.html

EU countries could snub US-Poland summit over Iran concerns
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-18
EU diplomats raise questions about summit's agenda, noting that Iran did not appear to be invited.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/eu-countries-snub-poland-summit-iran-concerns-190118134940270.html

'Star Wars' Returns: US Military to Develop Space-Based Missile Defense System
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-18
(ANTIWAR.COM) — In what looks to be a highly ambitious and even more highly cost prohibitive scheme, President Trump has announced his intention to greatly expand US missile defense systems, with a major focus on putting them in space. During his announcement Thursday at the Pentagon, Trump set out his goals, saying that he wants "to ensure that …

‘Star Wars’ Returns: US Military to Develop Space-Based Missile Defense System

US Military Caught Teaching Saudi Coalition Troops How to Drop Bombs on Yemen
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-18
(MEE) — Newly obtained documents revealed that the United States, despite past denials, was involved in training United Arab Emirates troops for combat in Yemen, where the UAE is fighting as part of a Saudi-led coalition, Yahoo News reported. The US Air Forces Central Command documents specifically state that units at the US's Air Warfare Center …

US Military Taught Saudi Coalition Troops How to Drop Bombs on Yemen

Facebook Accused of Using '10-Year Challenge' Meme to Improve Facial Recognition
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-18
(TMU) — While the "10-Year Challenge" spreading across social media may appear to be the latest innocuous viral phenomenon, sweeping upwards of 5 million users and multiple celebrities into the challenge, privacy experts and technology analysts are sounding the alarm about the social engineering motives behind the trend. According to the theory, the meme — …

Facebook Accused of Using '10-Year Challenge' Meme to Improve Facial Recognition

Trump's government shutdown & Jan. 15 notice from HUD to Public Housing Authorities
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-01-18


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Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace From The Ground Up
Joel Braunold | indybay.org | 2019-01-18
800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City…
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Oakland Teachers "Day without Educators" 1 Day Work Action To Protest Attack On Pub Ed
repost | indybay.org | 2019-01-18
Educators and community members from schools all over Oakland will rally at Oakland Technical High School 2101 35th Ave. from 8: 00 am until 9: 00 am. At 9: 00 am, educators will march down Broadway towards the OUSD office at 1000 Broadway and converge there until approximately 1: 00pm.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/17/18820436.php

PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-01-18
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

Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-01-18
On Thursday, Judge Laura Taylor Swain delayed approval of a $17 billion debt deal between Puerto Rico "COFINA" creditors and the island's oversight board.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/18/18820444.php

Come celebrate the 170th Anniversary of the 1849 est. of Negro Bar, California
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-01-18
Together, we are poised for a special yearlong 170th Anniversary of Negro Bar, Sacramento County by utilizing both private and public resources to forever preserve and interpret our unique contributions to the forward flow of humanity.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/18/18820447.php

Trump's Space Force: A Dangerous Lunacy
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-18
Donald Trump announced a large expansion of space-based nuclear missile defense technology; Daniel Ellsberg says it won't work and makes a nuclear armageddon more likely | The post Trump's Space Force: A Dangerous Lunacy appeared first on The Real News Network.
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US Troops Are a "Sitting Target" in Syria — It's Time to Bring Them Home
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-18
In Syria, a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the northern city of Manbij Wednesday, killing 19 people including four Americans. Two of them were US soldiers. The bombing was claimed by ISIS and came just weeks after President Trump declared victory over the group and ordered US troops to withdraw from Syria, prompting the resignation of Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Just hours after the attack, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that ISIS has been defeated. Wednesday's attack drew renewed calls from congressional hawks — both Republicans and Democrats — to reverse Trump's Syria withdrawal. The…
truthout.org/video/us-troops-are-a-sitting-target-in-syria-its-time-to-bring-them-home/

What Activists Need to Understand About Fascism
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-18
Shane Burley's Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It looks at the rise of fascist politics in the US, how the different strands work, and the different, intersecting movements that have arrived to confront fascist violence. In the below excerpt, Burley discusses what exactly fascism is beyond the hype and misinformation.Building on a wealth of scholarship and research, Burley analyzes the foundational principles of fascism that tie together the battles of World War II to the neo-fascist "alt-ri…
truthout.org/audio/what-activists-need-to-understand-about-fascism/

To Stop Bolton's Fire and Fury, Fire Bolton
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-18
"To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran," read the headline of a 2015 New York Times op-ed by now National Security Adviser John Bolton. Writing at the height of nuclear negotiations with Iran, Bolton argued that, "Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed." Almost four years later, all of Iran's potential pathways to a bomb remain blocked by the very deal Bolton would have traded for war. But like nonbiodegradable plastic adrift at sea, undeterred by the damage left in its wake, Bolton's views haven't changed. | On…
truthout.org/articles/to-stop-boltons-fire-and-fury-fire-bolton/

How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-18
"Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal's dysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million– either way, a sizable slice in a population of 28 million.) | Those … | The post How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/long-nepal-blame-others-woes/5665412

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

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

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.
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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.
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