Daily Archives: January 22, 2019

2019-01-22: News Headlines

Philip Giraldi (2019-01-22). A Tale of Two Walls. globalresearch.ca The demand of President Donald Trump that congress should appropriate money to build a wall securing the nation's southern border has resulted in the longest federal government shutdown in history with no end in sight. There is considerable opposition to …

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-01-22). Fire the Fed? globalresearch.ca President Trump's frustration with the Federal Reserve's (minuscule) interest rate increases that he blames for the downturn in the stock market has reportedly led him to inquire if he has the authority to remove Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. Chairman Powell …

Thomas Knapp (2019-01-22). Now More Than Ever, It's Clear the FBI Must Go. counterpunch.org The New York Times reports that "[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests." That's an interesting way of putting it, but let's try More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-22). Headlines for January 22, 2019. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Drags On as Dems Reject Trump DACA Proposal, Indigenous Elder and MAGA Hat-Wearing Student Face Off in Viral Video, Protesters Hit the Streets for 3rd Annual Women's March, Special Counsel Rebukes BuzzFeed Claim Trump Told Cohen to Lie to Congress, Sen. Merkley Calls for Probe into DHS Secretary over Family Separation, Afghanistan: Taliban Kill Dozens in Military Base Attack, Syria: Car Bomb Targets Kurds, as Israeli Airstrikes Kill At Least 21, Yemen: Saudi Airstrikes Pound Capital Sana'a, Reports: Shipwrecks in Mediterranean Kill 170 Migrants, Serbia: 10,000+ People Take to the Streets in 8th Wee…

Karl Grossman (2019-01-22). Darth Trump: From Space Force to Star Wars. counterpunch.org Beginning to fill in his declaration of last year about turning space into a war zone and establishing a U.S. Space Force, President Trump was at the Pentagon last week promoting a plan titled "Missile Defense Review." As The New York Times said in its headline on the scheme: : "Plans Evoke 1983 'Star Wars' Program." Bruce More

WSWS (2019-01-22). Amid mounting coup threats in Venezuela, Maduro begs Trump for dialog. wsws.org Venezuelan security and intelligence agents suppressed an abortive rebellion by a National Guard unit early Monday morning, provoking protests.

Dean Baker (2019-01-22). The Trump Tax Cut is Even Worse Than They Say. counterpunch.org Jim Tankersley had a nice piece in the New York Times last week pointing out that the tax cut pushed through by the Republicans in 2017 is leading to a sharp drop in tax revenue. While this was widely predicted by most analysts, it goes against the Trump administration's claims that the tax cut would More

WSWS (2019-01-22). Another 170 immigrants drown in the Mediterranean. wsws.org With the statement "The ports are and will remain closed!" Italian Interior Minister Salvini summed up the EU's contempt for human rights in its policies towards refugees.

Mark Taliano (2019-01-22). Ottawa's Support of US-led War, Opposition to BDS: More Admissions and Canada's National Disgrace. globalresearch.ca Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's own admission that Israel has a "permanent policy" to "oppose Iran's attempts to gain a foothold in Syria"[1] is in fact a public admission that Israel has a permanent policy to commit supreme international war …

James Carden (2019-01-22). Congressman Eliot Engel's Foreign Policy of Belligerence. thenation.com Congressman Eliot Engel's Foreign Policy of Belligerence…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-22). "I Was Absolutely Afraid": Indigenous Elder on "Mob Mentality" of MAGA Hat-Wearing Students in D.C. democracynow.org On Friday, thousands took part in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. The next day, video went viral of an interaction that took place soon after the march ended between an indigenous elder and a group of Catholic high school students from Kentucky who had attended a March for Life protest the same day. In the video, Omaha elder Nathan Phillips is seen peacefully playing his drum and singing while being encircled by the students—some of whom were wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats. The video appears to show the students taunting and mocking Phillips. Some of the students are seen makin…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-22). Trump's Midterm Electoral Defeat and Syria Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was reportedly made during a telephonic conversation with Turkish President Erdogan on December 14, before President Trump made the momentous announcement in a Tweet on December 19. The decision …

South Front (2019-01-22). Video: Kurdish Political Leadership Reveals Ten Demands to Damascus. globalresearch.ca On January 19, the so-called Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS), an entity established by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in attempt to legalize their control over a part of Syria, released a 10-points long list of demands to the Damascus …

Raouf Halaby (2019-01-22). The Little Brett Kavanaughs from Covington Catholic High. counterpunch.org On Friday, January 17, 2019, a sordid modern day short-lived tragedy unfolded in close proximity to the Lincoln Memorial. A national site that serves as an aide mémoire to the most divisive time in the nation's history and the subsequent slow healing process, the Lincoln Memorial is a hallowed tiny piece of ground that stands More

John Feffer (2019-01-22). The Next US-North Korea Summit. commondreams.org Trump is desperate to demonstrate that he can successfully negotiate with someone, anyone.(Photo: Marina Linchevska via Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

amnesty (2019-01-22). Will Human Rights turn around in 2019? amnesty.org 2018 has been a difficult year for human rights in South Asia. Crackdowns on the Right to Freedom of Expression intensified across the region. Enforced disappearances continued to scar communities in Pakistan and Bangladesh; civilian casualties remained at record highs in Afghanistan, civil society organisations continued to be harassed and shut down in almost every country. Journalists continued to be targeted, members of the political opposition were arbitrarily arrested, religious and ethnic minority groups and Indigenous Peoples continued to be demonised. | The year began with the tragic news of the death of…

Alvaro Huerta (2019-01-22). Mr. President, We Don't Need Your Stinking Wall. counterpunch.org As of January 20, 2019, the United States government remains partially shutdown for one month due to President Donald J. Trump's insistence of $5.7 billion from Congress to fund his racist and medieval border wall. When it comes to this ongoing debate, Trump, along with his Republican cronies, suffers from selective amnesia: he forgets what More

Robert Bridge (2019-01-22). Lindsey Graham Prophesies 'Iraq on Steroids' Syria Scenario. Israel Obliges with Attack on Damascus. mintpressnews.com Graham apparently fails to appreciate the fact, or is not paid enough to admit it, that had Washington never launched an unprovoked attack against Saddam Hussein in 2003 there would never be an Islamic State in Syria today.

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-22). Russia Might Return to the Balkans in a Big (But Controversial) Way. globalresearch.ca The highly influential and well-connected Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is proposing that Moscow organize a multilateral conference to re-divide the Balkans along ethnic lines, which would advance the controversial proposal made by former British diplomat Timothy Less in late …

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-22). Reality Is Starting to Creep Into the Billionaire Oasis of Davos. commondreams.org Davos Man will fight hard to protect the wealth that has been secreted away, wealth that people created, and that people are now denied. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

William Blum (2019-01-22). "US-Gate"? Overthrowing Other People's Governments: The Master List of U.S. "Regime Changes" globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | This incisive list countries by the late William Blum was first published in 2013, posted on Global Research in 2014. | In relation to recent developments in Latin America and the Middle East, it is worth recalling the …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-22). Israele, licenza di uccidere. globalresearch.ca ´Con una mossa davvero insolita, Israele ha ufficializzato l'attacco contro obiettivi militari iraniani in Siria e intimato alle autorità siriane di non vendicarsi contro Israele ª: cosਠi media italiani riportano l'attacco effettuato ieri da Israele in Siria con missili da …

teleSUR (2019-01-22). Radio Journalist Killed in Northern Mexico. telesurenglish.net Radio journalist José Rafael Murúa Manríquez was found stabbed to death Sunday, in the Mexican municipality of Mulege. | RELATED: | Libyan Journalist Killed By Shrapnel While Covering Clashes | Manríquez had been part of the country's witness protection program, and had received threats as recently as November, according to Mexican publication Capital. | 34 year-old Manríquez was director of Radio Kashara, a community station in Santa Rosalía, and was found among vegetation on the…

Nora McCurdy (2019-01-22). Another Defeat for Imperialist Feminism in Nicaragua. globalresearch.ca Thanks to Sandinista government policies of the last eleven years, Nicaragua is on track to become the first country in the world to achieve gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum. But the unrelenting counterfactual attacks on Nicaragua's government …

Haydar Khan (2019-01-22). The Double Bind of Human Senescence. counterpunch.org Why isn't innovative political thinking taken more seriously by more people? Why aren't authentically new ideas considered as a way to alter the current dismal state of affairs in the world? The political cemetery is full of freshly dug graves. There are representatives of the Left and the Right residing in their sepulchers. Why are More

Rosa Luxemburg (2019-01-22). The Socialization of Society. globalresearch.ca One hundred years ago this month, on January 15, 1919, the great revolutionary thinker and anti-war activist, Rosa Luxemburg, was murdered in Berlin by the Freikorps paramilitary group, with her body dumped into the Landwehr Canal. | Her comrade in …

George Selinsky (2019-01-22). Ten Reasons the Ecumenical Patriarchate Made a Huge Mistake in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Pretty soon, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is set to begin an information campaign of why its actions in Ukraine were justified, and how "bad information" in social networks is misportraying this master plan of creating unity and "peace and love in …

Paul Dobson (2019-01-22). Venezuela: Dozens Arrested in Short-Lived National Guard Mutiny. mintpressnews.com A small group of soldiers has been arrested in the San Jose de Cotiza barracks in Caracas after they reportedly stole armaments and attempted to raise a mutiny in the Venezuelan capital. | According to a statement released from the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), the mutiny began around 2: 50 am Monday morning, when several dozen soldiers from the 43th Command Post of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in Macarao, west Caracas, overpowered their superior officer, Capitan Gerson Soto Martinez. They then proceeded to hijack two military vehicles which they used to penetrate the Urban Security Barracks in P…

Karen J. Greenberg (2019-01-22). The Global War on Children. thenation.com The Global War on Children…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-01-22). Another Slugger from Louisville: Muhammad Ali. counterpunch.org Here's some good news. Louisville International Airport in Kentucky, Muhammad Ali's hometown, will be renamed the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all-time, a sport that has many features that readers may abhor. Airports are also great stains on the environment, with aircraft spewing tons of CO2 into the More

Andre Vltchek (2019-01-22). Does Our Civilization Have at Least A Chance of Survival? globalresearch.ca Lately, I have been asked this question on several occasions. "Can our humanity really survive?" "Am I an optimist or a pessimist?" | My replies vary, as I don't think there can ever be one single answer to this most urgent, …

Chris Jones (2019-01-22). The Day to Day Realities of the Refugee Crisis in Greece's Samos Island. globalresearch.ca The past few weeks have seen Samos island drenched by days of winter rain storms. Most of the farmers are happy. Winter soaking keeps Samos a green island and is essential if the fruits, vegetables, olives and vines are going …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-22). Michelle Alexander on Palestinian Suffering and Injustice. Accuses America of being Run by Criminals. globalresearch.ca Since UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour's 1917 call for establishing a nation for Jews in historic Palestine, their people have endured over a century of discriminatory injustice. | Israel's 1948 war of aggression stole 78% of their homeland, the rest …

Stanley L. Cohen (2019-01-22). The Brazen Detention of Marzieh Hashemi, America's Newest Political Prisoner. counterpunch.org Any discussion of the detention of journalist Marzieh Hashemi must begin in the historical context that all presidents have used the Department of Justice for constitutionally prohibited personal ends. The calculated seizure and political intimidation of Mrs. Hashemi and her family in the United States is but the most recent flagrant instance. Whether it's the More

Eds. (2019-01-22). Debris of INF treaty will fall far and wide. mronline.org The U.S.-Russia talks in Geneva regarding the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty have ended in failure. | Source

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2019-01-22). Paying Attention to the Real Voice of Martin Luther King. globalresearch.ca "Now That He Is Safely Dead" | By Carl Wendell Hines | Now that he is safely dead let us praise him, | build monuments to his glory, | sing hosannas to his name. | Dead men make such convenient heroes. | They cannot rise to …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-22). Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field. globalresearch.ca Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced excitement in anticipation of the 2020 elections. This early morning of the public holiday of …

teleSUR (2019-01-22). 'The Last Goodbye,' Argentine Record-Signing Sala Feared Dead. telesurenglish.net Emiliano Sala had just celebrated with his teammates at French club Nantes, posting a picture to his Instagram page with the caption "the last goodbye." He was about to embark on an exciting new journey as Cardiff City's record US$19M signing. Then tragedy struck. | RELATED: | Iran: Lone Survivor Critical As 15 Die in Plane Crash | 28 year-old Sala had boarded a private light aircraft, dubbed the Piper Malibu, alongside the pilot, and one other passenger in Nantes, a city on the Loire Riv…

NPHKTS (2019-01-22). The Scarlet "I": Climate Change, "Invasive" Plants and Our Culture of Domination. counterpunch.org This is part three of a three part series. Read part one & part two. The full series, along with additional material, is available as a zine, here. Changing plant communities at the local scale are symptomatic of the changing climate globally. Patterns of temperature, precipitation and seasonal timing are shifting, and with them, the More

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield (2019-01-22). The Part About MLK Many White People Don't Like to Talk About. commondreams.org Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shoved back by Mississippi patrolmen during the 1966 March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson (Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT News (2019-01-22). First Responder in Skripal Poisoning Turns Out to be Britain's Most Senior Military Nurse. globalresearch.ca Sergei and Yulia Skripal were given first aid by the British Army's most senior nurse, who just happened to be nearby, according to a new report — adding further intrigue to the highly controversial case. | The latest development in the …

Nick Cunningham (2019-01-22). Huge Backlog Could Trigger New Wave of Shale Oil. globalresearch.ca The number of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the U.S. shale patch has skyrocketed by roughly 60 percent over the past two years. That leaves a rather large backlog that could add a wave of new supply, even if …

teleSUR (2019-01-22). Venezuela: Vandals Burn Down Robert Serra Cultural Center in Caracas. telesurenglish.net The house of a well-known Chavista politician was burned down overnight. The Memorial Childhood Home of Robert Serra, a politician who died in 2014, had been converted into a cultural center showing contemporary art and a history of the port culture of the city of Caracas. | RELATED | Venezuelan Armed Forces Repels Group of Conspirators | On Tuesday, the house, located in the El Pastora neighborhood of Caracas, was brought down by a fire ignited by a group of young far-right protesters thr…

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-22). Indefinite Detention Uncharged and Untried a Crime Against Humanity. globalresearch.ca These are troubled times. Rule of law protections don't help. The US does whatever it pleases, operating by its own rules, inflicting harm on nations, groups and individuals, including its own citizens. | The UN, world community nations, and international courts …

Ingo Schmidt (2019-01-22). Markets Good, Public Bad: The False Promises of Market Populism. globalresearch.ca Ruling elites stand naked. No more hoping for a rising tide to lift all boats. No more waiting for the trickle down. Fears of drowning in the maelstroms of global finance abound. Feelings of powerlessness among the have-a-little-bits and have-nots …

Jonah Raskin (2019-01-22). Disposal Man Gets His Balls Back. counterpunch.org What happens when the revolution doesn't unfold as one expects and when disillusionment sets in? For Michael Levitin, who was a leader of the "leaderless" Occupy movement, it meant turning away from barricades and taking refuge in the love of writing, which came, in his case, from a place that preceded the love of revolution. More

Philip A Farruggio (2019-01-22). MLK Jr and "Ghetto America" globalresearch.ca Today is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. How appropriate to write about one of the most important issues he spoke and marched about: Ghettoes. The 1970s rock group War had a hit song in their 'The …

Thierry Meyssan (2019-01-22). An Unholy Alliance: The Use of Terrorism According to John Bolton. mintpressnews.com In 1978, President Carter's National Security Advisor, Zbignew Brzezinski, decided to use the Muslim Brotherhood against the Soviets, and sent Arab combatants to support the Afghan opposition against the Communist regime. Responding to a call for help from the Afghan government, the Red Army became bogged down in an unwinnable conflict. | In Afghanistan, the Muslim Brotherhood was not armed by the CIA, who were unable to obtain the authorization from Congress for an operation of that magnitude, but by Israel. In view of their success, the Arab-Afghans were later mobilized in many other theatres of operation. It f…

teleSUR (2019-01-22). Venezuelan Far-right Group linked to Rogue Soldiers: Gov't. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan right-wing Popular Voluntad group is linked to the assault perpetrated against a detachment of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in which the military stole weapons, said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez at a press conference Tuesday. | He said that this group seeks to generate violence during the demonstration called by the opposition for Jan. 23 and thus justify international interference. | The Venezuelan government warned opposition sectors about the carrying out of these violent plans during the mobilization, as happened in 2002 with an opposition march on its way to the presidenti…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-22). Israel, licenàßa para matar. globalresearch.ca "Com um movimento muito insólito, Israel oficializou o ataque contra alvos militares iranianos na Síria e intimou as autoridades sírias a nà£o se vingarem contra Israel": é assim que a comunicaàßà£o mediática italiana relata o ataque de ontem de Israel …

Josh Jones (2019-01-22). America at War: Infographic. zcomm.org

amnesty (2019-01-22). The Peace Process Should Not Be At The Cost Of Human Rights. amnesty.org There is suddenly a rush to establish a peace process in Afghanistan. The United States of America has installed Zalmay Khalilzad, a special envoy, who has been shuttling between various regional capitals, seeking to rally different stakeholders. At the same time, President Ashraf Ghani appears to be running a parallel effort, which began with his "Achieving Peace: The Next Chapter in the Afghan-lead Peace Process" proposal at the Geneva Conference late last year. Neither effort, however, has addressed key human rights concerns. There is scarcely any representation of women — just three women have been incl…

amnesty (2019-01-22). Sudan: 'Not guilty' verdict welcome but torture in prison must be investigated. amnesty.org Responding to the 'not guilty' verdict issued today at the re-trial of Sudanese student activist, Asim Omar Hassan, who was originally sentenced to death for allegedly killing a police officer during protests in 2016, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International's Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: |

amnesty (2019-01-22). Iran: Labour rights activists at imminent risk of further torture. amnesty.org Two labour rights activists who were rearrested after speaking out about beatings and other abuse they suffered in detention last year are at grave risk of further torture, Amnesty International has warned. | Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian were violently arrested in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, on 20 January in apparent reprisal for talking publicly about the torture they have said they endured in detention during November and December 2018, provoking a public outcry. | "There are real fears that Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian could be facing a second round of torture after their rearrest. The timing of the…

amnesty (2019-01-22). Algeria: Absurd conviction of journalist Adlène Mellah must be overturned. amnesty.org Algeria's Court of Appeal must end the ordeal of the journalist, Adlène Mellah, who was jailed simply for covering a peaceful public gathering last month, said Amnesty International today ahead of his appeal hearing on 23 January. | Adlène Mellah, director of news websites Algerie direct and Dzair Press has been held in solitary confinement since he was jailed in El Harrach prison on 11 December 2018. | "It is outrageous that a journalist has been imprisoned simply for carrying out his work and exercising his rights to freedom o…

amnesty (2019-01-22). Learn how to protect yourself online and promote digital security. amnesty.org Amnesty's latest course on digital security, launching on edX January 28th, will teach you about digital threats, how to strengthen your security online and to take action to promote digital security and human rights worldwide. | Malware. Phishing. Data retention. Mass surveillance. We know there are real risks in the digital world, but we don't always know what to do about them. How do these threats work? How important is digital security? Where do we even start? | This course is a starting place for learning more about digital threats and how…

Kim Tong-Hyung (2019-01-22). More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating. peoplesworld.org SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her. The announcement came amid a growing #MeToo movement in South Korea's elite sports scene, …

WSWS (2019-01-22). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Teachers in Venezuela participated in strikes and protests last week over pay, which is being decimated by hyperinflation; some 30,000 US oil refinery workers face a February 1 contract deadline.

WSWS (2019-01-22). Spain: Socialist Party government arrests Catalan activists. wsws.org Akin to an anti-terror operation, plainclothes police wearing balaclavas swooped in on the individuals and whisked them away in unmarked cars.

WSWS (2019-01-22). China records lowest growth rate since 1990. wsws.org National Bureau of Statistics head Ning Jizhe said the economy faced "downward pressure" and pointed to a "complicated and severe external environment" resulting from the US trade war.

WSWS (2019-01-22). Following strike, Bangladesh employers sack hundreds of garment workers. wsws.org The workers were not given any warnings and have not been paid outstanding wages and benefits in direct violation of Bangladesh's limited labour laws.

WSWS (2019-01-22). Tempe, Arizona police officer fatally shoots fleeing 14-year-old boy in the back. wsws.org The police claim that the youth made a move toward the officer after he stole an airsoft gun from a neighbor's truck is at odds with the bodycam footage and the testimony of the truck's owner.

WSWS (2019-01-22). Leeds' Opera North commemorates end of World War I—Part 1. wsws.org Opera North staged a week of performances November 30-December 7 to commemorate the end of World War I. Included were two new commissions by the company and the British premier of Silent Night.

WSWS (2019-01-22). Oxfam: 26 billionaires control as much wealth as poorest half of humanity. wsws.org The UK-based charity Oxfam International has reported that the wealth of the world's billionaires grew by $900 billion last year, a rise of 12 percent, while 3.8 billion people—half the world's population—saw their wealth decline by 11 percent.

Mat Ward (2019-01-22). 10 questions with Provocalz about his new EP, 'G.O.D.'. greenleft.org.au Radical Gamilaraay rapper Provocalz has released a new EP, just in time for Invasion Day, January 26. Green Left Weekly's Mat Ward, who made the music for it, asked him a few questions about it. | 1. You used to be prolific, releasing at least two albums a year including a huge compilation with more than 20 Aboriginal rappers on there. Yet this is your first release since 2016. What happened?: | I got sick of all the bullshit that comes with the hip-hop scene. We went hard for what we believed in with no affiliations…

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey (2019-01-22). Brexit: UK Caught Between the Past and the Future. globalresearch.ca The United Kingdom stands fatally divided between nations, regions, generations, on the edge of a critical fault line which threatens the future of the Union. | *** | Picture a hen-house with three hundred and fifty hens inside, and one rooster. The …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-01-22). On the Brink of Brexit: the Only Thing Most People Outside Westminster Know About Brexit is That It's a Mess. counterpunch.org Government, parliament and parts of the media are obsessed by Brexit, almost to the exclusion of all else. The last few weeks have produced a cascade of apocalyptic warnings about the calamity facing Britain if it fails to depart the EU, or does so with or without a deal. These forebodings may or may not be true, but does this sense of crisis reflect the feelings of the British people as a whole? More

RT (2019-01-22). 'Doing Putin's work'? Kamala Harris fans already claim her Twitter critics are agents of Russia. rt.com California Senator Kamala Harris, who announced her 2020 bid for the presidency on Monday, was instantly pegged a frontrunner — a distinction which has prompted some to assume this will make her the target of "Russian bots."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-22). 'We Are Watching the Ice Sheet Hit a Tipping Point': Greenland Melting Even Faster Than Feared. commondreams.org While climate scientists have repeatedly raised alarm about the how human-caused global warming is driving "off the charts" ice loss in Greenland that will contribute to devastating sea level rise, a new analysis of a less studied region has ramped up those concerns, revealing that Greenland's ice sheet is melting even faster than previously thought. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-22). Putting Tax Rates and Billionaire 'Excess' in Moral Terms, Ocasio-Cortez Asks 'What Kind of Society Do We Want to Live In?'. commondreams.org Appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Monday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) once again brought to prime time a discussion of the "immoral" economic system which has allowed an extreme wealth gap to widen in the United States, explaining her proposal to impose a far higher tax rate on the wealthiest Americans in order to even the playing field. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

aljazeera (2019-01-22). Car bomb kills one in Syria's Latakia province. aljazeera.com At least one killed, dozens injured in car bomb explosion in government stronghold of Latakia, Syrian state media says.

aljazeera (2019-01-22). More than 140 rescued migrants taken to Libya: UN. aljazeera.com Some 200 people have drowned in January and 4,507 reached Europe by sea despite 'great danger'.

aljazeera (2019-01-22). Sudan targets demonstrators, journalists as protests continue. aljazeera.com Al Jazeera journalists have accreditation revoked as President al-Bashir arrives in Qatar for talks.

aljazeera (2019-01-22). Ex-US marine held in Russia for spying was misled, says lawyer. aljazeera.com Lawyer claims USB drive given to his client was meant to contain information on Russian culture, not state secrets.

aljazeera (2019-01-22). Thousands flee Hodeidah as talks to salvage ceasefire fail. aljazeera.com Yemen's displaced struggle to survive as talks between warring sides break down.

Turkish Minute (2019-01-22). Former US Envoy: Most ISIS Support Comes From Turkey-Syria Border. theantimedia.com (TM) — "I probably spent most of my time in our first year on the job … in Ankara because most of the material coming to fuel the ISIS war machine frankly was coming across the border from Turkey to Syria," said former US envoy to the international anti-ISIS coalition Brett McGurk, the Rudaw new website reported. …

Jason Ditz (2019-01-22). Israel Destroyed Eight Syrian Military Targets, Killed at Least 11 Troops. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Despite claiming that their Sunday night airstrikes against Syria were exclusively targeting Iran's Quds Force, Israeli airstrikes against Syria appear to have almost exclusively hit Syrian military targets, particularly the nation's air defenses around Damascus airport. Israeli strikes destroyed eight Syrian air defense batteries, and killed at least 11 troops in the strikes. The batteries were mostly aging …

Labor Video Project (2019-01-22). Gov Newsom, Cancel The Tetra Tech Contract After The Criminal Fraud At SF Hunters Point. indybay.org On MLK's 2019 commemoration a press conference was held to demand that Governor Newsom cancel a state contract with the criminal company Tetra Tech. Tetra Tech has been convicted for fraud and falsification of testing of the radioactive nuclear dump at Treasure Island. Residents, healthcare and community advocates called for the cancellation and justice.

Third Time Marcher (2019-01-22). S.F. Women's March, 1/19/19. indybay.org For the third year in a row, San Francisco had a very large women's march on 1/19/19, a weekend when we celebrate 46 years since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in the US, with perhaps 100,000 people, wide enough to take up all lanes on Market Street, and long enough to go beyond 1 hour to pass a given point. It was a warm, sunny 65 degree day, a welcome change from the constant rain earlier in the week.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-22). Nathan Phillips: I Was Afraid of the Mob Mentality of MAGA Students. truthout.org On Friday, thousands took part in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC. The next day, video went viral of an interaction that took place soon after the march ended between an indigenous elder and a group of Catholic high school students from Kentucky who had attended a March for Life protest the same day. In the video, Omaha elder Nathan Phillips is seen peacefully playing his drum and singing while being encircled by the students — some of whom were wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats. The video appears to show the students taunting and mocking Phillips. Some of the students are seen m…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-22). Trump's Mocking Drives Anti-Native Racism. truthout.org As we continue to look at the video that has gone viral showing a group of Catholic high school students apparently mocking an indigenous tribal elder near the Lincoln Memorial, we speak to Chase Iron Eyes, an activist and lead attorney for the Lakota People's Law Project. He is a spokesperson for the Indigenous Peoples March. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman in Los Angeles, with Juan González in New York. | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We continue to look at the video that has gone viral showing a group of Catholic high sc…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-22). 'Inconvenient Truth': Without 'Bold Measures' the Chesapeake Bay Is in Dire Trouble (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Leading Bay activists take on Big Ag, developers, politicians and establishment environmental orgs, warning the Bay is dying while they're talking

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-22). 'Inconvenient Truth': Without 'Bold Measures' the Chesapeake Bay Is in Dire Trouble (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Leading Bay activists take on Big Ag, developers, politicians and establishment environmental orgs, warning the Bay is dying while they're talking

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-21). Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent. counterpunch.org The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of business of diplomacy has become a child's More

RT (2019-01-21). Twitter mobilizes meme army after Trump suggests snowstorms disprove global warming. rt.com A meme-wielding internet mob has descended on Donald Trump's Twitter account after the US president quipped that perhaps global warming could help alleviate harsh winter weather across the country.

Ed Corcoran (2019-01-21). Central America Needs a Marshall Plan. counterpunch.org Central America has lately been prominent in the news, with controversy over how to respond to migrant caravans arriving through Mexico at the U.S. border — up to 10,000 refugees may seek asylum in the United States, much to the chagrin of President Trump. Even U.S. border agents cruelly firing tear gas at women and More

Kit Knightly (2019-01-21). Buzzfeed, Question Time and the Purpose of Fake News. mintpressnews.com Careful "leaks", planted stories and social media witch-hunts remind Trump how precarious his position is, whilst simultaneously distracting the public — both pro-Trump and anti-Trump — from real issues.

teleSUR (2019-01-21). Italy Blames France's African Neocolonization for Migrant Crisis. telesurenglish.net France has summoned Italy's ambassador to protest against comments by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who accused Paris of continuing to colonize Africa and causing people to migrate from the continent, a government source told AFP. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Wave of Anti-Venezuelan Violence, Xenophobia Unleashed | The ambassador was summoned Monday after the "unacceptable and groundless" comments by Di Maio on Sunday, a source in the cabinet of France's Europe Minister Na…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-21). Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers. hrw.org

Rick Sterling (2019-01-21). Marie Colvin, Homs and Media Falsehoods about Syria. mintpressnews.com In April 2014 I was part of an international delegation which visited Syria for five days. The delegates came from many different countries. Among the notables were the Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, a Syrian-British heart surgeon, and Julian Assange's father. We spent time in Damascus and then traveled by bus to Latakia and then Homs. In each city we had meetings with political, religious and social leaders but also had time to wander about and talk with people on the streets. | In Latakia, I met Lilly Martin, an American woman who married a Syrian and has lived there, raising a family for the past twenty…

RT (2019-01-21). Gabbard stands her ground on Syria, says she doesn't regret meeting Assad. rt.com Democratic presidential challenger Tulsi Gabbard has refused to budge on her anti-war views and apologize for meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017, defending dialogue as the "only alternative" to "more war."

teleSUR (2019-01-21). Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will present an image of Brazil in the 49th World Economic Forum in Davos which will attempt to lure foreign investment in the country. | RELATED: | Brazil: Police Attack Protesters Against Bolsonaro Policies | This will be the maiden foreign visit of the president who took office on Jan. 1. He is scheduled to arrive in Switzerland Monday for the forum which will take place from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25. | He is accompanied by Paulo Guedes, the f…

Edward Curtin (2019-01-21). We Need a Martin Luther King Day of Truth. counterpunch.org As Martin Luther King's birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country — in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 — people will be encouraged to make the day one of service. Such More

Eds. (2019-01-21). Interview with Maduro. mronline.org Granma International reproduces excerpts from Ignacio Ramonet's interview with the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. | Source

Colin Todhunter (2019-01-21). Complaint Lodged with European Ombudsman: Regulatory Authorities Colluding with Agrochemicals Industry. counterpunch.org Back in 2016, I posed the question in The Ecologist whether regulators in the EU were acting as product promoters when it came to the relicensing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. The renewal of the license for glyphosate in the EU was being debated at the time and much evidence pointed to collusion More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-21). MLK Day Special: Rediscovered 1964 King Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa. democracynow.org As the nation marks 90 years since the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we air a rediscovered speech he delivered on December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In a major address in London, King spoke about segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein's recording was rediscovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-21). War on BDS: How AIPAC-Israel agenda became U.S. priority. mronline.org The Israeli-U.S. war declared on the Palestinian boycott movement is coming to a head, culminating in a well-orchestrated effort aimed at suffocating any form of tangible protest of the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-21). Philippines Seeks Peace with Muslim Self-rule Vote. telesurenglish.net A decades-long push to halt the violence that has claimed some 150,000 lives in the southern Philippines culminated Monday with a vote on giving the nation's Muslim minority greater control over the region. | RELATED: | Philippines: Storm Kills At Least 22, Thousands Evacuated | The country's largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has been a key force in an insurgency that has been going on since the 1970s. | Turnout was heavy in core areas of the proposed…

Jérà¥me Duval (2019-01-21). Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests. counterpunch.org According to Vincent Brengarth, a lawyer at the Paris Bar, in recent years we have been witnessing a disturbing drift in police repression in France, more specifically since November 2015 when the state of emergency was pronounced and extended several times, before being integrated into common law. We would henceforth be under "a state of emergency that does not say its name," with preventive arrests only based on suspicion, without concrete evidence of an offence. More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-01-21). Sana'a Civilians Killed as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemen's Capital. mintpressnews.com "Saudi fighter jets were hovering above our head and launching very violent raids, the likes of which we haven't seen since the war began three years ago. The neighboring houses shook so much we thought an earthquake hit the area." — Sana'a resident Ali Abdul Salam Damesh

2019-01-22: Social Media Postees

"I Was Absolutely Afraid": Indigenous Elder on "Mob Mentality" of MAGA Hat-Wearing Students in D.C
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-22
On Friday, thousands took part in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. The next day, video went viral of an interaction that took place soon after the march ended between an indigenous elder and a group of Catholic high school students from Kentucky who had attended a March for Life protest the same day. In the video, Omaha elder Nathan Phillips is seen peacefully playing his drum and singing while being encircled by the students–some of whom were wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats. The video appears to show the students taunting and mocking Phillips. Some of the students are seen makin…
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Congressman Eliot Engel's Foreign Policy of Belligerence
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-01-22
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Trump's Midterm Electoral Defeat and Syria Withdrawal
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was reportedly made during a telephonic conversation with Turkish President Erdogan on December 14, before President Trump made the momentous announcement in a Tweet on December 19. The decision … | The post Trump's Midterm Electoral Defeat and Syria Withdrawal appeared first on Global Research.
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Darth Trump: From Space Force to Star Wars
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
Beginning to fill in his declaration of last year about turning space into a war zone and establishing a U.S. Space Force, President Trump was at the Pentagon last week promoting a plan titled "Missile Defense Review." As The New York Times said in its headline on the scheme: : "Plans Evoke 1983 'Star Wars' Program." Bruce…
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Ottawa's Support of US-led War, Opposition to BDS: More Admissions and Canada's National Disgrace
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's own admission that Israel has a "permanent policy" to "oppose Iran's attempts to gain a foothold in Syria"[1] is in fact a public admission that Israel has a permanent policy to commit supreme international war … | The post Ottawa's Support of US-led War, Opposition to BDS: More Admissions and Canada's National Disgrace appeared first on Global Research.
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The Next US-North Korea Summit
John Feffer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-22
Trump is desperate to demonstrate that he can successfully negotiate with someone, anyone.(Photo: Marina Linchevska via Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Fire the Fed?
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
President Trump's frustration with the Federal Reserve's (minuscule) interest rate increases that he blames for the downturn in the stock market has reportedly led him to inquire if he has the authority to remove Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. Chairman Powell … | The post Fire the Fed? appeared first on Global Research.
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Lindsey Graham Prophesies 'Iraq on Steroids' Syria Scenario. Israel Obliges with Attack on Damascus
Robert Bridge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-22
Graham apparently fails to appreciate the fact, or is not paid enough to admit it, that had Washington never launched an unprovoked attack against Saddam Hussein in 2003 there would never be an Islamic State in Syria today. | The post Lindsey Graham Prophesies 'Iraq on Steroids' Syria Scenario. Israel Obliges with Attack on Damascus appeared first on MintPress News.
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Mr. President, We Don't Need Your Stinking Wall
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
As of January 20, 2019, the United States government remains partially shutdown for one month due to President Donald J. Trump's insistence of $5.7 billion from Congress to fund his racist and medieval border wall. When it comes to this ongoing debate, Trump, along with his Republican cronies, suffers from selective amnesia: he forgets what…
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Now More Than Ever, It's Clear the FBI Must Go
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
The New York Times reports that "[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests." That's an interesting way of putting it, but let's try…
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Amid mounting coup threats in Venezuela, Maduro begs Trump for dialog
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
Venezuelan security and intelligence agents suppressed an abortive rebellion by a National Guard unit early Monday morning, provoking protests.
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The Trump Tax Cut is Even Worse Than They Say
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
Jim Tankersley had a nice piece in the New York Times last week pointing out that the tax cut pushed through by the Republicans in 2017 is leading to a sharp drop in tax revenue. While this was widely predicted by most analysts, it goes against the Trump administration's claims that the tax cut would…
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Will Human Rights turn around in 2019?
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-22
2018 has been a difficult year for human rights in South Asia. Crackdowns on the Right to Freedom of Expression intensified across the region. Enforced disappearances continued to scar communities in Pakistan and Bangladesh; civilian casualties remained at record highs in Afghanistan, civil society organisations continued to be harassed and shut down in almost every country. Journalists continued to be targeted, members of the political opposition were arbitrarily arrested, religious and ethnic minority groups and Indigenous Peoples continued to be demonised. | The year began with the tragic news of the death of…
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Another 170 immigrants drown in the Mediterranean
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
With the statement "The ports are and will remain closed!" Italian Interior Minister Salvini summed up the EU's contempt for human rights in its policies towards refugees.
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A Tale of Two Walls
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
The demand of President Donald Trump that congress should appropriate money to build a wall securing the nation's southern border has resulted in the longest federal government shutdown in history with no end in sight. There is considerable opposition to … | The post A Tale of Two Walls appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Kurdish Political Leadership Reveals Ten Demands to Damascus
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
On January 19, the so-called Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS), an entity established by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in attempt to legalize their control over a part of Syria, released a 10-points long list of demands to the Damascus … | The post Video: Kurdish Political Leadership Reveals Ten Demands to Damascus appeared first on Global Research.
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The Little Brett Kavanaughs from Covington Catholic High
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
On Friday, January 17, 2019, a sordid modern day short-lived tragedy unfolded in close proximity to the Lincoln Memorial. A national site that serves as an aide mémoire to the most divisive time in the nation's history and the subsequent slow healing process, the Lincoln Memorial is a hallowed tiny piece of ground that stands…
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Russia Might Return to the Balkans in a Big (But Controversial) Way
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
The highly influential and well-connected Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is proposing that Moscow organize a multilateral conference to re-divide the Balkans along ethnic lines, which would advance the controversial proposal made by former British diplomat Timothy Less in late … | The post Russia Might Return to the Balkans in a Big (But Controversial) Way appeared first on Global Research.
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America at War: Infographic
Josh Jones | zcomm.org | 2019-01-22

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Israel, licenàßa para matar
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
"Com um movimento muito insólito, Israel oficializou o ataque contra alvos militares iranianos na Síria e intimou as autoridades sírias a nà£o se vingarem contra Israel": é assim que a comunicaàßà£o mediática italiana relata o ataque de ontem de Israel … | The post Israel, licenàßa para matar appeared first on Global Research.
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The Day to Day Realities of the Refugee Crisis in Greece's Samos Island
Chris Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
The past few weeks have seen Samos island drenched by days of winter rain storms. Most of the farmers are happy. Winter soaking keeps Samos a green island and is essential if the fruits, vegetables, olives and vines are going … | The post The Day to Day Realities of the Refugee Crisis in Greece's Samos Island appeared first on Global Research.
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Radio Journalist Killed in Northern Mexico
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-22
Radio journalist José Rafael Murúa Manríquez was found stabbed to death Sunday, in the Mexican municipality of Mulege. | RELATED: | Libyan Journalist Killed By Shrapnel While Covering Clashes | Manríquez had been part of the country's witness protection program, and had received threats as recently as November, according to Mexican publication Capital. | 34 year-old Manríquez was director of Radio Kashara, a community station in Santa Rosalía, and was found among vegetation on the…
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MLK Jr and "Ghetto America"
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Today is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. How appropriate to write about one of the most important issues he spoke and marched about: Ghettoes. The 1970s rock group War had a hit song in their 'The … | The post MLK Jr and "Ghetto America" appeared first on Global Research.
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Does Our Civilization Have at Least A Chance of Survival?
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Lately, I have been asked this question on several occasions. "Can our humanity really survive?" "Am I an optimist or a pessimist?" | My replies vary, as I don't think there can ever be one single answer to this most urgent, … | The post Does Our Civilization Have at Least A Chance of Survival? appeared first on Global Research.
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The Scarlet "I": Climate Change, "Invasive" Plants and Our Culture of Domination
NPHKTS | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
This is part three of a three part series. Read part one & part two. The full series, along with additional material, is available as a zine, here. Changing plant communities at the local scale are symptomatic of the changing climate globally. Patterns of temperature, precipitation and seasonal timing are shifting, and with them, the…
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Huge Backlog Could Trigger New Wave of Shale Oil
Nick Cunningham | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
The number of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the U.S. shale patch has skyrocketed by roughly 60 percent over the past two years. That leaves a rather large backlog that could add a wave of new supply, even if … | The post Huge Backlog Could Trigger New Wave of Shale Oil appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuela: Dozens Arrested in Short-Lived National Guard Mutiny
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-22
A small group of soldiers has been arrested in the San Jose de Cotiza barracks in Caracas after they reportedly stole armaments and attempted to raise a mutiny in the Venezuelan capital. | According to a statement released from the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), the mutiny began around 2: 50 am Monday morning, when several dozen soldiers from the 43th Command Post of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in Macarao, west Caracas, overpowered their superior officer, Capitan Gerson Soto Martinez. They then proceeded to hijack two military vehicles which they used to penetrate the Urban Security Barracks in P…
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Venezuela: Vandals Burn Down Robert Serra Cultural Center in Caracas
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-22
The house of a well-known Chavista politician was burned down overnight. The Memorial Childhood Home of Robert Serra, a politician who died in 2014, had been converted into a cultural center showing contemporary art and a history of the port culture of the city of Caracas. | RELATED | Venezuelan Armed Forces Repels Group of Conspirators | On Tuesday, the house, located in the El Pastora neighborhood of Caracas, was brought down by a fire ignited by a group of young far-right protesters thr…
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The Double Bind of Human Senescence
Haydar Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
Why isn't innovative political thinking taken more seriously by more people? Why aren't authentically new ideas considered as a way to alter the current dismal state of affairs in the world? The political cemetery is full of freshly dug graves. There are representatives of the Left and the Right residing in their sepulchers. Why are…
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Reality Is Starting to Creep Into the Billionaire Oasis of Davos
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-01-22
Davos Man will fight hard to protect the wealth that has been secreted away, wealth that people created, and that people are now denied. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Global War on Children
Karen J. Greenberg | thenation.com | 2019-01-22
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An Unholy Alliance: The Use of Terrorism According to John Bolton
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-22
In 1978, President Carter's National Security Advisor, Zbignew Brzezinski, decided to use the Muslim Brotherhood against the Soviets, and sent Arab combatants to support the Afghan opposition against the Communist regime. Responding to a call for help from the Afghan government, the Red Army became bogged down in an unwinnable conflict. | In Afghanistan, the Muslim Brotherhood was not armed by the CIA, who were unable to obtain the authorization from Congress for an operation of that magnitude, but by Israel. In view of their success, the Arab-Afghans were later mobilized in many other theatres of operation. It f…
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Michelle Alexander on Palestinian Suffering and Injustice. Accuses America of being Run by Criminals
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Since UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour's 1917 call for establishing a nation for Jews in historic Palestine, their people have endured over a century of discriminatory injustice. | Israel's 1948 war of aggression stole 78% of their homeland, the rest … | The post Michelle Alexander on Palestinian Suffering and Injustice. Accuses America of being Run by Criminals appeared first on Global Research.
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The Part About MLK Many White People Don't Like to Talk About
Zenobia Jeffries Warfield | commondreams.org | 2019-01-22
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shoved back by Mississippi patrolmen during the 1966 March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson (Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Indefinite Detention Uncharged and Untried a Crime Against Humanity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
These are troubled times. Rule of law protections don't help. The US does whatever it pleases, operating by its own rules, inflicting harm on nations, groups and individuals, including its own citizens. | The UN, world community nations, and international courts … | The post Indefinite Detention Uncharged and Untried a Crime Against Humanity appeared first on Global Research.
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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced excitement in anticipation of the 2020 elections. This early morning of the public holiday of … | The post Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field appeared first on Global Research.
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Israele, licenza di uccidere
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
´Con una mossa davvero insolita, Israele ha ufficializzato l'attacco contro obiettivi militari iraniani in Siria e intimato alle autorità siriane di non vendicarsi contro Israele ª: cosਠi media italiani riportano l'attacco effettuato ieri da Israele in Siria con missili da … | The post Israele, licenza di uccidere appeared first on Global Research.
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'The Last Goodbye,' Argentine Record-Signing Sala Feared Dead
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-22
Emiliano Sala had just celebrated with his teammates at French club Nantes, posting a picture to his Instagram page with the caption "the last goodbye." He was about to embark on an exciting new journey as Cardiff City's record US$19M signing. Then tragedy struck. | RELATED: | Iran: Lone Survivor Critical As 15 Die in Plane Crash | 28 year-old Sala had boarded a private light aircraft, dubbed the Piper Malibu, alongside the pilot, and one other passenger in Nantes, a city on the Loire Riv…
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Ten Reasons the Ecumenical Patriarchate Made a Huge Mistake in Ukraine
George Selinsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Pretty soon, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is set to begin an information campaign of why its actions in Ukraine were justified, and how "bad information" in social networks is misportraying this master plan of creating unity and "peace and love in … | The post Ten Reasons the Ecumenical Patriarchate Made a Huge Mistake in Ukraine appeared first on Global Research.
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Debris of INF treaty will fall far and wide
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-22
The U.S.-Russia talks in Geneva regarding the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty have ended in failure. | Source…
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Another Defeat for Imperialist Feminism in Nicaragua
Nora McCurdy | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Thanks to Sandinista government policies of the last eleven years, Nicaragua is on track to become the first country in the world to achieve gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum. But the unrelenting counterfactual attacks on Nicaragua's government … | The post Another Defeat for Imperialist Feminism in Nicaragua appeared first on Global Research.
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The Socialization of Society
Rosa Luxemburg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
One hundred years ago this month, on January 15, 1919, the great revolutionary thinker and anti-war activist, Rosa Luxemburg, was murdered in Berlin by the Freikorps paramilitary group, with her body dumped into the Landwehr Canal. | Her comrade in … | The post The Socialization of Society appeared first on Global Research.
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The Brazen Detention of Marzieh Hashemi, America's Newest Political Prisoner
Stanley L. Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
Any discussion of the detention of journalist Marzieh Hashemi must begin in the historical context that all presidents have used the Department of Justice for constitutionally prohibited personal ends. The calculated seizure and political intimidation of Mrs. Hashemi and her family in the United States is but the most recent flagrant instance. Whether it's the…
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Venezuelan Far-right Group linked to Rogue Soldiers: Gov't
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-22
The Venezuelan right-wing Popular Voluntad group is linked to the assault perpetrated against a detachment of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in which the military stole weapons, said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez at a press conference Tuesday. | He said that this group seeks to generate violence during the demonstration called by the opposition for Jan. 23 and thus justify international interference. | The Venezuelan government warned opposition sectors about the carrying out of these violent plans during the mobilization, as happened in 2002 with an opposition march on its way to the presidenti…
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Disposal Man Gets His Balls Back
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
What happens when the revolution doesn't unfold as one expects and when disillusionment sets in? For Michael Levitin, who was a leader of the "leaderless" Occupy movement, it meant turning away from barricades and taking refuge in the love of writing, which came, in his case, from a place that preceded the love of revolution.
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First Responder in Skripal Poisoning Turns Out to be Britain's Most Senior Military Nurse
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Sergei and Yulia Skripal were given first aid by the British Army's most senior nurse, who just happened to be nearby, according to a new report — adding further intrigue to the highly controversial case. | The latest development in the | … | The post First Responder in Skripal Poisoning Turns Out to be Britain's Most Senior Military Nurse appeared first on Global Research.
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Another Slugger from Louisville: Muhammad Ali
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
Here's some good news. Louisville International Airport in Kentucky, Muhammad Ali's hometown, will be renamed the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all-time, a sport that has many features that readers may abhor. Airports are also great stains on the environment, with aircraft spewing tons of CO2 into the…
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"US-Gate"? Overthrowing Other People's Governments: The Master List of U.S. "Regime Changes"
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
GR Editor's Note | This incisive list countries by the late William Blum was first published in 2013, posted on Global Research in 2014. | In relation to recent developments in Latin America and the Middle East, it is worth recalling the … | The post "US-Gate"? Overthrowing Other People's Governments: The Master List of U.S. "Regime Changes" appeared first on Global Research.
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Markets Good, Public Bad: The False Promises of Market Populism
Ingo Schmidt | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
Ruling elites stand naked. No more hoping for a rising tide to lift all boats. No more waiting for the trickle down. Fears of drowning in the maelstroms of global finance abound. Feelings of powerlessness among the have-a-little-bits and have-nots … | The post Markets Good, Public Bad: The False Promises of Market Populism appeared first on Global Research.
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Paying Attention to the Real Voice of Martin Luther King
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
"Now That He Is Safely Dead" | By Carl Wendell Hines | Now that he is safely dead let us praise him, | build monuments to his glory, | sing hosannas to his name. | Dead men make such convenient heroes. | They cannot rise to … | The post Paying Attention to the Real Voice of Martin Luther King appeared first on Global Research.
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The Peace Process Should Not Be At The Cost Of Human Rights
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-22
There is suddenly a rush to establish a peace process in Afghanistan. The United States of America has installed Zalmay Khalilzad, a special envoy, who has been shuttling between various regional capitals, seeking to rally different stakeholders. At the same time, President Ashraf Ghani appears to be running a parallel effort, which began with his "Achieving Peace: The Next Chapter in the Afghan-lead Peace Process" proposal at the Geneva Conference late last year. Neither effort, however, has addressed key human rights concerns. There is scarcely any representation of women — just three women have been incl…
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Algeria: Absurd conviction of journalist Adlène Mellah must be overturned
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-22
Algeria's Court of Appeal must end the ordeal of the journalist, Adlène Mellah, who was jailed simply for covering a peaceful public gathering last month, said Amnesty International today ahead of his appeal hearing on 23 January. | Adlène Mellah, director of news websites Algerie direct and Dzair Press has been held in solitary confinement since he was jailed in El Harrach prison on 11 December 2018. | "It is outrageous that a journalist has been imprisoned simply for carrying out his work and exercising his rights to freedom o…
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Iran: Labour rights activists at imminent risk of further torture
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-22
Two labour rights activists who were rearrested after speaking out about beatings and other abuse they suffered in detention last year are at grave risk of further torture, Amnesty International has warned. | Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian were violently arrested in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, on 20 January in apparent reprisal for talking publicly about the torture they have said they endured in detention during November and December 2018, provoking a public outcry. | "There are real fears that Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian could be facing a second round of torture after their rearrest. The timing of the…
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Learn how to protect yourself online and promote digital security
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-22
Amnesty's latest course on digital security, launching on edX January 28th, will teach you about digital threats, how to strengthen your security online and to take action to promote digital security and human rights worldwide. | Malware. Phishing. Data retention. Mass surveillance. We know there are real risks in the digital world, but we don't always know what to do about them. How do these threats work? How important is digital security? Where do we even start? | This course is a starting place for learning more about digital threats and how…
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More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating
Kim Tong-Hyung | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-22
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her. The announcement came amid a growing #MeToo movement in South Korea's elite sports scene, …
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Workers Struggles: The Americas
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
Teachers in Venezuela participated in strikes and protests last week over pay, which is being decimated by hyperinflation; some 30,000 US oil refinery workers face a February 1 contract deadline.
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Spain: Socialist Party government arrests Catalan activists
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
Akin to an anti-terror operation, plainclothes police wearing balaclavas swooped in on the individuals and whisked them away in unmarked cars.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Leeds' Opera North commemorates end of World War I–Part 1
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
Opera North staged a week of performances November 30-December 7 to commemorate the end of World War I. Included were two new commissions by the company and the British premier of Silent Night.
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Tempe, Arizona police officer fatally shoots fleeing 14-year-old boy in the back
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
The police claim that the youth made a move toward the officer after he stole an airsoft gun from a neighbor's truck is at odds with the bodycam footage and the testimony of the truck's owner.
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China records lowest growth rate since 1990
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
National Bureau of Statistics head Ning Jizhe said the economy faced "downward pressure" and pointed to a "complicated and severe external environment" resulting from the US trade war.
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Following strike, Bangladesh employers sack hundreds of garment workers
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
The workers were not given any warnings and have not been paid outstanding wages and benefits in direct violation of Bangladesh's limited labour laws.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Oxfam: 26 billionaires control as much wealth as poorest half of humanity
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-22
The UK-based charity Oxfam International has reported that the wealth of the world's billionaires grew by $900 billion last year, a rise of 12 percent, while 3.8 billion people–half the world's population–saw their wealth decline by 11 percent.
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10 questions with Provocalz about his new EP, 'G.O.D.'
Mat Ward | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-22
Radical Gamilaraay rapper Provocalz has released a new EP, just in time for Invasion Day, January 26. Green Left Weekly's Mat Ward, who made the music for it, asked him a few questions about it. | 1. You used to be prolific, releasing at least two albums a year including a huge compilation with more than 20 Aboriginal rappers on there. Yet this is your first release since 2016. What happened?: | I got sick of all the bullshit that comes with the hip-hop scene. We went hard for what we believed in with no affiliations…
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On the Brink of Brexit: the Only Thing Most People Outside Westminster Know About Brexit is That It's a Mess
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
Government, parliament and parts of the media are obsessed by Brexit, almost to the exclusion of all else. The last few weeks have produced a cascade of apocalyptic warnings about the calamity facing Britain if it fails to depart the EU, or does so with or without a deal. These forebodings may or may not be true, but does this sense of crisis reflect the feelings of the British people as a whole?
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Brexit: UK Caught Between the Past and the Future
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-22
The United Kingdom stands fatally divided between nations, regions, generations, on the edge of a critical fault line which threatens the future of the Union. | *** | Picture a hen-house with three hundred and fifty hens inside, and one rooster. The … | The post Brexit: UK Caught Between the Past and the Future appeared first on Global Research.
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'Doing Putin's work'? Kamala Harris fans already claim her Twitter critics are agents of Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-22
California Senator Kamala Harris, who announced her 2020 bid for the presidency on Monday, was instantly pegged a frontrunner — a distinction which has prompted some to assume this will make her the target of "Russian bots." | …
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'We Are Watching the Ice Sheet Hit a Tipping Point': Greenland Melting Even Faster Than Feared
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-22
While climate scientists have repeatedly raised alarm about the how human-caused global warming is driving "off the charts" ice loss in Greenland that will contribute to devastating sea level rise, a new analysis of a less studied region has ramped up those concerns, revealing that Greenland's ice sheet is melting even faster than previously thought. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Putting Tax Rates and Billionaire 'Excess' in Moral Terms, Ocasio-Cortez Asks 'What Kind of Society Do We Want to Live In?'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-22
Appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Monday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) once again brought to prime time a discussion of the "immoral" economic system which has allowed an extreme wealth gap to widen in the United States, explaining her proposal to impose a far higher tax rate on the wealthiest Americans in order to even the playing field. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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More than 140 rescued migrants taken to Libya: UN
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-22
Some 200 people have drowned in January and 4,507 reached Europe by sea despite 'great danger'.
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Car bomb kills one in Syria's Latakia province
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-22
At least one killed, dozens injured in car bomb explosion in government stronghold of Latakia, Syrian state media says.
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Ex-US marine held in Russia for spying was misled, says lawyer
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-22
Lawyer claims USB drive given to his client was meant to contain information on Russian culture, not state secrets.
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Sudan targets demonstrators, journalists as protests continue
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-22
Al Jazeera journalists have accreditation revoked as President al-Bashir arrives in Qatar for talks.
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Thousands flee Hodeidah as talks to salvage ceasefire fail
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-22
Yemen's displaced struggle to survive as talks between warring sides break down.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/thous…

Israel Destroyed Eight Syrian Military Targets, Killed at Least 11 Troops
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-22
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Despite claiming that their Sunday night airstrikes against Syria were exclusively targeting Iran's Quds Force, Israeli airstrikes against Syria appear to have almost exclusively hit Syrian military targets, particularly the nation's air defenses around Damascus airport. Israeli strikes destroyed eight Syrian air defense batteries, and killed at least 11 troops in the strikes. The batteries were mostly aging …

Israel Destroyed Eight Syrian Military Targets, Killed at Least 11 Troops

Former US Envoy: Most ISIS Support Comes From Turkey-Syria Border
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-22
(TM) — "I probably spent most of my time in our first year on the job … in Ankara because most of the material coming to fuel the ISIS war machine frankly was coming across the border from Turkey to Syria," said former US envoy to the international anti-ISIS coalition Brett McGurk, the Rudaw new website reported. …

Former US Envoy: Most ISIS Support Comes From Turkey-Syria Border

Gov Newsom, Cancel The Tetra Tech Contract After The Criminal Fraud At SF Hunters Point
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-01-22
On MLK's 2019 commemoration a press conference was held to demand that Governor Newsom cancel a state contract with the criminal company Tetra Tech. Tetra Tech has been convicted for fraud and falsification of testing of the radioactive nuclear dump at Treasure Island. Residents, healthcare and community advocates called for the cancellation and justice.
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S.F. Women's March, 1/19/19
Third Time Marcher | indybay.org | 2019-01-22
For the third year in a row, San Francisco had a very large women's march on 1/19/19, a weekend when we celebrate 46 years since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in the US, with perhaps 100,000 people, wide enough to take up all lanes on Market Street, and long enough to go beyond 1 hour to pass a given point. It was a warm, sunny 65 degree day, a welcome change from the constant rain earlier in the week.
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Nathan Phillips: I Was Afraid of the Mob Mentality of MAGA Students
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-01-22
On Friday, thousands took part in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC. The next day, video went viral of an interaction that took place soon after the march ended between an indigenous elder and a group of Catholic high school students from Kentucky who had attended a March for Life protest the same day. In the video, Omaha elder Nathan Phillips is seen peacefully playing his drum and singing while being encircled by the students — some of whom were wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats. The video appears to show the students taunting and mocking Phillips. Some of the students are seen m…
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Trump's Mocking Drives Anti-Native Racism
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-01-22
As we continue to look at the video that has gone viral showing a group of Catholic high school students apparently mocking an indigenous tribal elder near the Lincoln Memorial, we speak to Chase Iron Eyes, an activist and lead attorney for the Lakota People's Law Project. He is a spokesperson for the Indigenous Peoples March. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman in Los Angeles, with Juan González in New York. | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We continue to look at the video that has gone viral showing a group of Catholic high sc…
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'Inconvenient Truth': Without 'Bold Measures' the Chesapeake Bay Is in Dire Trouble (Pt 1/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-22
Leading Bay activists take on Big Ag, developers, politicians and establishment environmental orgs, warning the Bay is dying while they're talking | The post 'Inconvenient Truth': Without 'Bold Measures' the Chesapeake Bay Is in Dire Trouble (Pt 1/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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'Inconvenient Truth': Without 'Bold Measures' the Chesapeake Bay Is in Dire Trouble (Pt 2/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-22
Leading Bay activists take on Big Ag, developers, politicians and establishment environmental orgs, warning the Bay is dying while they're talking | The post 'Inconvenient Truth': Without 'Bold Measures' the Chesapeake Bay Is in Dire Trouble (Pt 2/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Buzzfeed, Question Time and the Purpose of Fake News
Kit Knightly | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-21
Careful "leaks", planted stories and social media witch-hunts remind Trump how precarious his position is, whilst simultaneously distracting the public — both pro-Trump and anti-Trump — from real issues. | The post Buzzfeed, Question Time and the Purpose of Fake News appeared first on MintPress News.
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Twitter mobilizes meme army after Trump suggests snowstorms disprove global warming
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-21
A meme-wielding internet mob has descended on Donald Trump's Twitter account after the US president quipped that perhaps global warming could help alleviate harsh winter weather across the country. | …
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Italy Blames France's African Neocolonization for Migrant Crisis
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
France has summoned Italy's ambassador to protest against comments by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who accused Paris of continuing to colonize Africa and causing people to migrate from the continent, a government source told AFP. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Wave of Anti-Venezuelan Violence, Xenophobia Unleashed | The ambassador was summoned Monday after the "unacceptable and groundless" comments by Di Maio on Sunday, a source in the cabinet of France's Europe Minister Na…
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Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of business of diplomacy has become a child's…
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'Fake news' is okay if it's about #RussiaGate: Top 7 fake 'collusion' stories the media pushed
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-21
BuzzFeed's 'bombshell' claim last week that Donald Trump told ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to congress is just the latest in a long line of 'Russiagate' stories that have later turned out to be false. | …
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Marie Colvin, Homs and Media Falsehoods about Syria
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-21
In April 2014 I was part of an international delegation which visited Syria for five days. The delegates came from many different countries. Among the notables were the Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, a Syrian-British heart surgeon, and Julian Assange's father. We spent time in Damascus and then traveled by bus to Latakia and then Homs. In each city we had meetings with political, religious and social leaders but also had time to wander about and talk with people on the streets. | In Latakia, I met Lilly Martin, an American woman who married a Syrian and has lived there, raising a family for the past twenty…
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Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-21

| January 21, 2019 Video | Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers: | European Union policies contribute to a cycle of extreme abuse against migrants in Libya. The EU and Italy's support for the Libyan Coast Guard contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya. |

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Gabbard stands her ground on Syria, says she doesn't regret meeting Assad
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-21
Democratic presidential challenger Tulsi Gabbard has refused to budge on her anti-war views and apologize for meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017, defending dialogue as the "only alternative" to "more war." | …
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Central America Needs a Marshall Plan
Ed Corcoran | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
Central America has lately been prominent in the news, with controversy over how to respond to migrant caravans arriving through Mexico at the U.S. border — up to 10,000 refugees may seek asylum in the United States, much to the chagrin of President Trump. Even U.S. border agents cruelly firing tear gas at women and…
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Kamala Harris Dons Progressive Mantle in Public, Strips it Off in Private as She Courts Israel Lobby
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-21
Kamala Harris has sought to publicly cast herself as progressive while privately catering to special interests, including the Israel lobby. | The post Kamala Harris Dons Progressive Mantle in Public, Strips it Off in Private as She Courts Israel Lobby appeared first on MintPress News.
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Cuba Regarding ELN Car Bombing: We Reject Terrorism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
Cuba is rejecting the act of terrorism exacted by members of Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) last week which left 21 people dead and aborted peace dialogues with Colombian officials. | RELATED: | ELN Takes Responsibility For Colombian Cadet School Attack | Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted Monday, "With the moral of having been a victim of state terrorism for decades and an impeccable record, we condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever t…
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MLK Jr. and NATO
Kevin Zeese | zcomm.org | 2019-01-21
In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., warned,…
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Despite offering significant benefits, Union membership continues to decline
Martin Hart-Landsberg | mronline.org | 2019-01-21
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just published its latest news release on union membership. Unfortunately, the downward trend continues. | Source…
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Venezuela: Dozens Arrested in Short-Lived National Guard Mutiny
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-21
The National Guardsmen who rebelled in Caracas early Monday morning have been arrested and are reportedly providing information to authorities.
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Philippines Seeks Peace with Muslim Self-rule Vote
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
A decades-long push to halt the violence that has claimed some 150,000 lives in the southern Philippines culminated Monday with a vote on giving the nation's Muslim minority greater control over the region. | RELATED: | Philippines: Storm Kills At Least 22, Thousands Evacuated | The country's largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has been a key force in an insurgency that has been going on since the 1970s. | Turnout was heavy in core areas of the proposed…
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Kenya: Police Prevent Another Suspected Attack by Al Shabaab
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
Kenyan police have thwarted an attack by suspected Somali militants al Shabaab on a Chinese-owned construction company in an eastern region, an official said Monday, days after the group killed 21 people in Nairobi. | RELATED: | NYT Faces Backlash Over Graphic Images of Nairobi Attack | The assailants wounded one person while they attempted to hit the site…
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Iranians Call For Protest Against Arrest of TV Anchor by FBI
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
Iranian netizens took to social media to call for a march in New York to demand freedom for Iranian TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi who was arrested last week by the FBI without any charges. | RELATED: | US: FBI Arrests Iran TV Anchor, Removes Hijab, Serves Her Pork | Using hashtags that quickly went viral, #FreeMarzieHashemi and # Pray4MaziehHashemi, Iranians called for a march next Friday at New York's Grand Central Station. The demonstrators will demand that the FBI free Hashemi who wo…
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We Need a Martin Luther King Day of Truth
Edward Curtin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
As Martin Luther King's birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country — in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 — people will be encouraged to make the day one of service. Such…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/21/we-n…

Sana'a Civilians Killed as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemen's Capital
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-21
"Saudi fighter jets were hovering above our head and launching very violent raids, the likes of which we haven't seen since the war began three years ago. The neighboring houses shook so much we thought an earthquake hit the area." — Sana'a resident Ali Abdul Salam Damesh | The post Sana'a Civilians Killed as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemen's Capital appeared first on MintPress News.
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