Daily Archives: January 23, 2019

2019-01-23: News Headlines

Whitney Webb (2019-01-23). Senator Kamala Harris Has Announced that She Will be Running for US President in 2020. globalresearch.ca Confirming long-held speculation, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced that she will be running for president in 2020, pitting her against other Democratic senators such as Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). …

teleSUR (2019-01-23). Venezuelan Top Court Calls for Probe of National Assembly. telesurenglish.net The coup agenda of the Venezuelan right-wing continues as opposition lawmaker Juan Guido unconstitutionally and illegally sworn himself in as president to boost "transitional council." | RELATED: | Venezuela's VP to Mike Pence: 'Yankee, Go Home' | In an act not contemplated by the Constitution of Venezuela, Guaido self-appointed himself to usurp the powers of the National Executive power. The head of the Executive Power corresponds to President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected with 67 percent of popu…

WSWS (2019-01-23). US government shutdown enters second month. wsws.org As another missed payday approaches, the warring factions of the American ruling class are no closer to settling the partial government shutdown.

Raouf Halaby (2019-01-23). In the Fray: Responses to Covington Catholic High. counterpunch.org It almost never fails. Within minutes or hours after hitting the send key for a submission to online blogs/magazines/journals, I find myself wishing I'd deleted, added, or changed some of the text, and that includes correcting typos, using different lexis, and occasionally verifying a certain date. And there's been many a time when I'd follow More

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-01-23). Chavez and the Continent of Politics: a Conversation with Chris Gilbert. counterpunch.org Creator and co-host of the Marxist educational program Escuela de Cuadros, Chris Gilbert has written about the Bolivarian Process's revolutionary approach to the past in Walter Benjamin in Venezuela, and Chavez's strategic vision in The Chavez Hypothesis. In this brief interview, Gilbert touches upon the importance of recovering a political discourse in Marxism, the battle More

WSWS (2019-01-23). The way forward for US government workers in the fight against the shutdown. wsws.org The anger of US government workers locked out or forced to work without pay is growing, but neither the AFL-CIO nor the government employee unions has called for independent action by workers to fight the shutdown.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-01-23). Speaking in Puerto Rico, Warren Says, 'With Trump, Cruelty Not an Accident' But 'Part of the Plan'. commondreams.org On the heels of a new study showing the federal government gave short shrift to Puerto Rico relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday delivered a speech on the island in which she blasted the Trump administration for its lack of respect and "cruelty" towards the Puerto Rican people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Prof. Tim Anderson (2019-01-23). WMD Take Two: Chemical Weapons Claims in Syria. globalresearch.ca How do we know that every single allegation of Syrian Government use of chemical weapons use (2013 to 2018) was a fabrication? By ignoring, so far as possible, the propaganda storm of the warring parties and focusing on independent evidence …

Popular Resistance (2019-01-23). Assange Takes Legal Action to Force Trump Administration to Reveal Charges Against Him. mintpressnews.com The Trump Administration is refusing to reveal details of the charges against Mr. Assange despite the fact that sources in the U.S. Department of Justice have confirmed to Associated Press and the New York Times that Mr. Assange has been charged under seal.

Fight Back (2019-01-23). Nicolás Maduro on the "Socialist Dystopia" fightbacknews.org The article was originally published on the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) website. It has been translated by Fight Back! staff. | They are fighting against a socialism that does not exist. They are fighting against an anti-utopia that does not relate to anyone. They imagine a world without families, without order, without markets, without freedom. The right-wing liberals of the world invented a ghost, they draped on the label of socialism and now they find it everywhere, among all, and every time they look at Venezuela. Enough with this. | Because this socialism against which they struggle is not the…

teleSUR (2019-01-23). Venezuela Cuts Relations with United States Over Coup Support. telesurenglish.net President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was cutting all diplomatic relations with the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized lawmaker Juan Gauido as interim president, after the opposition lawmaker illegally self-appointed himself as president of the country, breaking the constitution. | "They went too far. I have decided to break all diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist government of the United States. Out! They can all leave," Maduro said as he gave a speech from the presidential palace in Caracas.

RT (2019-01-23). 'I want the stage': McAfee will run for president 'in exile,' with 1,000s of masked doppelgangers. rt.com Antivirus magnate and cryptocurrency evangelist John McAfee says he will run for president in 2020 in exile, using masked doppelgangers to campaign in the US. McAfee has been filmed sailing to Venezuela, fleeing indictment. |

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-23). America has its gunsights on Venezuela. mronline.org It is plain as day that the United States wants to overthrow the government in Venezuela. | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-01-23). US VP Pence Urges Venezuelans to Oust Maduro, Caracas Says 'Yankee Go Home'. venezuelanalysis.com The comments from Trump's number two come as Venezuelans of both political bands are set to stage demonstrations on Wednesday, January 23.

South Front (2019-01-23). Video: Analysis of Israeli Strike on Syrian Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System. globalresearch.ca On January 21, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released a video showing the destruction of a Pantsir-S1 air defense system of the Syrian Air Defense Forces during the January 20 strike on Syria. | According to experts, during the strike, the …

David Swanson (2019-01-23). Shutdown Government Figuring Out New Ways to Recruit Soldiers. zcomm.org Shutdown or no shutdown, not a single war, base-construction project, or war ship has been halted in its course, and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released its "interim report" on Wednesday. The report comes after a lengthy period of collecting public comments and holding public hearings. At World BEYOND War we Read more…

South Front (2019-01-23). Video: ISIS Suicide Bomber Hits US-led Coalition Convoy in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca On January 21, a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded at a checkpoint of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria, when a column of the US-led coalition was passing it. | According to initial reports, 2 US service members …

Reed Richardson (2019-01-23). The $5.7 Billion Hole in Shutdown Coverage – The arbitrary, fanciful and contradictory nature of Trump's border wall demand goes unexamined. fair.org by Reed Richardson | In the standoff between the Democratic House and President Donald Trump over the latter's demand for border wall funding, the corporate press has done a passable job highlighting the unpopularity of Trump's border policy, as well as exploring the vast real-world impact of the shutdown. There have been notable low…

teleSUR (2019-01-23). Venezuelans March to Commemorate Popular Uprising of Jan 23. telesurenglish.net This Wednesday, thousands of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro and some on the opposition were marching on the date that commemorates 61 years from the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez. | RELATED: | Venezuela's VP to Mike Pence: 'Yankee, Go Home' | According to official information provided by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Chavista supporters were gathering with the aim of defending the country's sovereignty in the face of destabilizing attacks launched by righ…

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-23). Syrian "Threats" & "Israeli" Actions: Rhetoric vs. Reality. globalresearch.ca Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari provocatively remarked that his country might target the Tel Aviv airport the next time that "Israel" bombs the Damascus one, but far from the "threat" that it's …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-23). Is a Land Swap Between Turkey and Syria Being Brokered by Russia? globalresearch.ca The regions currently being administered by the Kurds in Syria include the Kurdish-majority Qamishli and al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria along the border with Iraq, and the Arab-majority towns of Manbij to the west of the Euphrates River in northern Syria …

SouthFront (2019-01-23). Pence Openly Declares Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Vice President Mike Pence released a video in support of the Venezuelan protesters, calling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator" who had allegedly never won a free and fair election.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-23). Headlines for January 23, 2019. democracynow.org Senators to Vote on Competing Funding Bills as Gov't Shutdown Drags On, Federal Agencies Call Out Consequences of Gov't Shutdown, SCOTUS Green-Lights Trump Ban on Transgender Servicemembers, SCOTUS Will Not Take on Trump's DACA Challenge For Now, SCOTUS to Hear Case Backed by Gun Advocates, DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Review Census Citizenship Case, GOP Considers "Nuclear Option" to Confirm Trump-Nominated Judges, L.A. Teachers End Strike After Agreeing to Contract Deal, Zimbabwe: Popular Protests Met with Violence by Military, Sudan: Authorities Crack Down on Press and Protesters, Venezuela: VP Pence Calls for Overthrow…

Ian Berman (2019-01-23). The Times of Israel's Flawed Attack on the NY Times' MLK and Palestinian Rights. mintpressnews.com Calling Michelle Alexander's editorial in the New York Times a "new low" was a hyperbolic act of click-bait to appeal to the Times of Israel's readers. One that lacked journalistic and editorial integrity.

Lee Camp (2019-01-23). A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria. truthdig.com Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their "news show" on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those stories splashed down into the middle of our cultural zeitgeist like a small meteor landing in the middle of an elite dinner party. | It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces. | But to talk about that, I have to talk about this: Last month we finally got to see the…

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2019-01-23). A Morally Right Decision: Support the BDS Movement, Do Not Allow Israelis to Enter Malaysia for Sport Event. globalresearch.ca The decision of the Malaysian government not to allow Israelis to enter the country to participate in the World Para Swimming Championships in Sarawak in July-August 2019 is both politically correct and morally right. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's firm …

Jason Unruhe (2019-01-23). The Abduction of Marzieh Hashemi and the Media Censorship Campaign. globalresearch.ca The US has been in a serious decline in political and journalistic freedom since the introduction of the war on terrorism in 2001. Year after year, an increasingly greater number of freedoms are being curtailed in favour of a tightly …

Leonard Peltier (2019-01-23). The History Behind Nate Phillips' Song. counterpunch.org I just saw the incident taking place in Washington, DC, in which a confrontation between the white Make America Great Again (MAGA) representatives and a Native Elder singing a religious song took a horrendous turn. There were threats and insults by the young punks wearing red MAGA hats, while an Elder, who happens to be More

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-23). Greater than Ever Super-Wealth Fuels Increasing Inequality. globalresearch.ca Super-rich individuals never had things better, benefitting at the expense of increased impoverishment — engineered by governments complicit with their privileged class, a high crime against humanity, ongoing worldwide. | According to its latest report last March, Forbes magazine said it …

Dan Glazebrook (2019-01-23). Libya: Another Year of Bloody Crisis Caused by Western Meddling. globalresearch.ca 2018 has been another rough year for Libya, which has seen no peace since its government was destroyed by NATO bombardment in 2011. | June saw battles for control of the country's "oil crescent" between Tobruk and Sidr, as militia leader…

Paul Street (2019-01-23). Time for the U.S. Yellow Vests. counterpunch.org Is the current shut-down not an exercise in "administrate state deconstruction" — something right out of the faux-libertarian (more on why I use that term in my next comment) fever dreams of a Norquist, a Bannon, a Charles Koch, a James McGill Buchanan, a Milton Friedman and others of their right wing and so-called free-market ilk? More

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-01-23). Global Economy on the Brink as Davos Crowd Parties On. globalresearch.ca At Davos, Switzerland every year the global capitalist elite gather to party…and to prepare for the year ahead. This year more than 1500 private jets will reportedly fly in. Thousands more of their underling staff will travel via business class …

Sam Pizzigati (2019-01-23). What LA Teachers Tell Us About Rising Inequality. commondreams.org Public education and plutocracy, educator activists in L.A. and nationwide increasingly understand, do not mix. Public schools do not thrive when billionaires prosper. (Photo: @magoo_tweets_2u/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Charles McKelvey (2019-01-23). Popular Democracy in Cuba. counterpunch.org The socialist governments of the Third World plus China have developed popular democracy, with structures that are alternatives to those of representative democracy. Laws and policies are decided by deputies of the people, and not by politicians dependent on the support of corporate and wealthy interests. Let us look at the historical development of the alternative political process in the case of Cuba. More

teleSUR (2019-01-23). Brazil Eyes Odebrecht for Dictatorship-era Road Privatization. telesurenglish.net Brazil will add the Trans-Amazonian Highway to the list of projects for privatization, its infrastructure minister said Tuesday, seeking new investment to pave part of a dictatorship-era roadway which was a reason for extensive deforestation. The Infrastructure Minister says corrupt construction companies have "good know-how." | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019 | The road concession will be added to a priority list for privatization at a meeting…

Vijay Prashad (2019-01-23). Reality Is Starting to Creep Into the Billionaire Oasis of Davos. zcomm.org Only 26 individuals have as much wealth as 3.8 billion people…

Mojmir Babacek (2019-01-23). Remote Control of the Brain and Human Nervous System. globalresearch.ca The USA and the European Union invest since the beginning of the millenium billions of dollars and euros into brain research. As a result of this research perfect maps of the brain were developed, including the areas of the brain …

teleSUR (2019-01-23). Rights Defenders Accuse Zimbabwe Security Forces of Torture. telesurenglish.net The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) denounced Thursday cases of torture and arbitrary detentions during the protests that have taken place since last week, warning that among the detainees are children as young as 11 years old. | RELATED: | Zimbabwe: 12 Dead in Protests, Gov't Crackdown to Intensify | "In the aftermath of Jan. 14 disturbances, armed and unifo…

The Global Research Team (2019-01-23). "Cracking Down" on Independent Media. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | We often receive words of encouragement from those of you who regularly check our website or are subscribed to our daily newsletter. As we do not follow a mainstream narrative, the recent trend has been to "crack down" …

Michael Doliner (2019-01-23). The Pros and Cons of Near Term Human Extinction. counterpunch.org Near term human extinction is not all bad. For one thing it's absolutely free. No need to break the piggy bank. And the whole family can go. It's gratis. Not only that, but you can even bring your pets. Cat, dog. parrot, termite you name it. No need for special carriers, quarantines, shots, whatever. None More

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-23). US Detention of American-Iranian Journalist Draws Local, International Protests. mintpressnews.com Iran's Foreign Ministry lodged a protest on Tuesday with the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, who has represented the U.S. in diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980, when diplomatic ties were severed between the countries.

Ted Rall (2019-01-23). Jury Trial? You Have No Right! counterpunch.org I was wronged. All I wanted was a trial by jury, a right enshrined in Anglo-Saxon legal tradition in the Magna Carta 903 years ago. Is this still America? No. America is dead. Not only have I been denied that fundamental right, I have been punished for having had the temerity to seek redress in More

Nellie Bailey (2019-01-23). Make MLK's teachings part of school curriculum. mronline.org Dr Martin Luther King's writings and speeches "should be a part of the curriculum of public schools," said Larry Hamm, chairman of the People's Organization for Progress, based in Newark, New Jersey. | Source

Marc Vandepitte (2019-01-23). 60 Years of Tropical Socialism. Assessment of the Cuban Revolution. globalresearch.ca On January 1, 2019 it was exactly 60 years ago that the Cuban people, led by the Castro brothers and Che Guevara, put an end to the dictatorship in their country. It was the beginning of a tumultuous and legendary …

George Wuerthner (2019-01-23). Forest Service Ignores Science to Justify Logging. counterpunch.org The Helena National Forest has released its Ten Mile-South Helena Project, which will include logging, prescribed burning on more than 17,500 acres including in roadless lands proposed for wilderness designation. Throughout its document, the FS ignores the preponderance of fire science to justify logging/thinning of the forest and ignores the many environmental impacts that result More

Jeff Cohen (2019-01-23). The System's Falling Apart: Were the Dogmatic Marxists Right After All? counterpunch.org As a young activist in the late 1960s and early '70s, I heard plenty of Marxist dogma from left-wing sects that proselytized in major colleges and cities about how "monopoly capitalism is entering its final crisis." The warnings of apocalyptic collapse were constant. They sounded absurd, more so as years passed with nothing close to More

Stanley Cohen (2019-01-23). The Brazen Detention of Marzieh Hashemi, America's Newest Political Prisoner. mintpressnews.com Today Marzieh Hashemi sits alone. Isolated and entombed deep in a government catacomb, she stands charged with no offense but in the eyes of this administration guilty as charged . . . a Muslim, a journalist, and a US ex-pat who has found shelter from its storm in Iran.

Dana Visalli (2019-01-23). Korea: A Brief History Explains Everything. globalresearch.ca As the time-honored saying goes, 'It ain't what you know that gets you in trouble, it's what you know that ain't so.' If Americans 'know' anything about Korea, it is that the North Koreans started the Korean War in 1950 …

Richard Gale (2019-01-23). How the Corruption of Science Contributes to the Collapse of Modern Civilization. globalresearch.ca Publication Prejudice, Fraud and Deceptive Favoritism | During the past decade, scientific prejudice, bias and outright deceit has been endemic to peer-reviewed scientific literature, especially in the medical and psychiatric fields. Medical journals have been thoroughly hijacked by the pharmaceutical industry …

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-01-23). The End of Russia's 'Democratic Illusions' About America. thenation.com The End of Russia's 'Democratic Illusions' About America…

Robert Reich (2019-01-23). The Fall of Davos Man. commondreams.org Oxfam reports that the wealth of the 2,200 billionaires across the globe increased by $900 billion last year — or $2.5 billion a day. (Cartoon credit: Khalil Bendib/OtherWords) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Brig. Imran Malik (2019-01-23). Pakistan's Choice, The US Afghan Campaign: Totally Out-maneuvered by The Taliban. globalresearch.ca US Afghan Campaign continues to totter along undefined paths towards an as yet undetermined end state. The US is now not the only power dominating the strategic environment in Afghanistan; the Afghan Taliban/Haqqani Network (TTA/HN) have staked competing claims too. …

Elliot Sperber (2019-01-23). The Ark Builders. counterpunch.org They're building arks in Brooklyn with the rising of the waters, the destruction of the biomes, disappearances of insects and amphibians, birds, and school children, neighborhoods and cities of engines' unceasing pollution that men with weapons ensure will not be shut ever more in the face of such thought how many lose all faith in More

teleSUR (2019-01-23). Saudis Scramble for Influence in Lebanon After Qatar Investment. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia will support Lebanon "all the way" to protect its stability, the Saudi finance minister said, after the kingdom's rival Qatar announced it would buy $500 million U.S. dollar bonds issued by Beirut to support the Lebanese economy. | RELATED | Lebanon: Urgent Action Needed to Avert 'Financial Crisis' | Lebanon has one of the world's highest levels of public debt as a proportion of national output and its economy is stagnant. International lenders are seeking urgent reforms bef…

Global Research News (2019-01-23). Selected Articles: Global Economy on the Brink as Davos Crowd Parties On. globalresearch.ca For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an …

Jon Schwarz (2019-01-23). Americans Finally Have Politician Who Agrees With Them About Taxes. zcomm.org The ferocious pushback against Ocasio-Cortez demonstrates the fear at the top that one day many other politicians will decide it's in their interest to side with the vast majority of Americans…

Glenn Michalchuk (2019-01-23). Canada Arrest of China's HuaWei CFO Meng Wanzhou: Diplomatic Blunder or Cold War Stratagem? globalresearch.ca The arrest and detention by Canadian authorities of one of China's most important business executives boggles the mind. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's CFO, was arrested as she changed planes at Vancouver International Airport en route to Mexico on December 1….

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-23). Disappearances of South Sudanese Critics Demand a Response. hrw.org | | Aggrey Ezbon Idri (L) and Dong Samuel Luak. | © Private/Human Rights Watch | Two years ago, South Sudanese lawyer Dong Samuel Luak disappeared off the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. I recently sat with Kur Lual, Dong's law partner, in South Sudan's capital, Juba. Holding his head in his hands, he asked me, "How does someone like Dong disappear just like that?" It's a question many others inside and outside of South Sudan are still asking themselves. | Dong fled South Sudan in August 2013, but continued to denounce huma…

Kenneth Surin (2019-01-23). Stalled Brexit Goings On. counterpunch.org The tumultuous last few days in Ukania's House of Commons have been bewildering even for those Brits used to the arcane fripperies and conventions of the supposed "mother" of all parliaments. 117 Tories rejected May last month in their intra-party vote on her leadership, which she survived by a slim majority. Faced with a vote More

Rachel Shabi (2019-01-23). Britain Is Stumbling Toward the Worst Possible Brexit. thenation.com Britain Is Stumbling Toward the Worst Possible Brexit…

RT (2019-01-23). 'Fake judicial case': Protesters demand US release detained Iranian journalist. rt.com Protests have broken out outside UN offices in Tehran, as a US-born Iranian journalist prepares for an appearance before a grand jury in America. The demonstrators are demanding the release of the detainee. |

RT (2019-01-23). Drone sightings temporarily ground flights at Newark airport. rt.com All traffic at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was temporarily halted after drones were seen flying over the nearby Teterboro Airport, disrupting air travel in the New York City area.

teleSUR (2019-01-23). Nigerian Rights Group Estimates 20,000 Kidnapped Girls in Mali. telesurenglish.net A Nigerian rights group is reporting that some 20,000 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by sex traffickers and made to work in 'slave-like' conditions in Mali. | RELATED: | Governor Removes Homicide Charges from Sex Trafficking Victim | "We received reports concerning the stranded girls and sent a team to find out," the director general of the Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Julie Okah-Donli said. | The trafficking discovery came to light after NAPTIP sen…

WSWS (2019-01-23). Leeds' Opera North commemorates end of World War I—Part 2. 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 (2019-01-23). The 2019 Academy Award nominations: Filmmaking, money and identity politics. wsws.org The 91st awards ceremony will be held February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

WSWS (2019-01-23). New Jersey state agency hands $11 billion in tax breaks to businesses and developers. wsws.org The Economic Development Authority has provided tax incentives, supposedly to promote more jobs, without verifying whether awardees have fulfilled their obligations.

WSWS (2019-01-23). Sri Lankan president praises Philippine-style "war on drugs" wsws.org Sirisena's support for Duterte's death squads and police-state violence points to Sri Lankan preparations for dictatorial methods of rule.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-23). 'Blatantly Unconstitutional' Abortion Ban Struck Down in Iowa as Pro-Choice Groups Vow to Defend Roe From Coordinated Attack. commondreams.org The United States' most restrictive abortion ban—which Republicans in Iowa explicitly put forward with the hope of triggering a U.S. Supreme Court fight over Roe vs. Wade—was struck down by a federal judge late Monday, with the Polk County District Court declaring the legislation unconstitutional. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

amnesty (2019-01-23). IAR Solidarity- Peter Biar Ajak. amnesty.org Peter Biar Ajak, is a prominent South Sudanese academic and activist. He was arrested by National Security Service (NSS) agents at Juba International Airport in the capital Juba on Saturday 28 July 2018 while preparing to travel to a youth forum he had organised in the north-western Aweil State. He remains arbitrarily detained at the NSS headquarters in Juba and has not been charged with a recognizable criminal offence in accordance with international law and standards. He is only allowed sporadic access to his family and has been denied access to his lawyer since 7 October 2018.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Rival protests held in Venezuela as pressure mounts on Maduro. aljazeera.com Pro- and anti-government demonstrators march nationwide as tensions between Caracas and Washington escalate.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Russia, Turkey agree to take steps to 'stabilise' Syria's Idlib. aljazeera.com Putin, Erdogan vow to battle 'terrorists' in Idlib, agree on safeguarding Turkey-Syria border.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). The US should rely on Turkey in Syria. aljazeera.com Recent attacks on US troops in Syria demonstrate the YPG is either unable or unwilling to thwart the ISIL threat.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Maduro to revise US diplomatic ties after Pence backs protesters. aljazeera.com Venezuela's Maduro accuses US of trying to force a coup after Mike Pence sends video message of support to opposition.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Venezuela opposition leader declares himself interim president. aljazeera.com US recognises Juan Guaido as Venezuela's acting president after the opposition leader swore himself in as leader.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). About 19 million lack access to clean water in Yemen. aljazeera.com According to the UN, two-thirds of the population of the war-torn country do not have access to safe drinking water.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Saudi Arabia planning 'bull run', rap concert and wax museum. aljazeera.com Kingdom unveils entertainment initiative amid controversy in order to become a 'top four entertainment destination'.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). US man admits to killing black man with sword for 'race war'. aljazeera.com James Jackson, who stabbed Timothy Caughman to death in March 2017, has pleaded guilty to murder as an act of terrorism.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Atiku Abubakar: How I will get the Nigerian economy working again. aljazeera.com Presidential candidate for the PDP says he has a plan to turbo-charge Nigeria's economy and generate millions of jobs.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Deaths of Saudi sisters found in New York river ruled suicide. aljazeera.com Medical examiners conclude that Rotana and Tala Farea bound themselves together and walked into the Hudson River.

aljazeera (2019-01-23). Nigeria finds more than 20,000 kidnapped girls in Mali. aljazeera.com Most of the victims were sold as sex slaves after false promises or kidnapping, Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency said.

Tyler Durden (2019-01-23). France and Germany Take Major Step Toward Creating a "Real European Army" theantimedia.com (ZH) — French President Emmanuel Macron's push for what he previously called "a real European army" got a big boost on Tuesday amid France and Germany signing an updated historic treaty reaffirming their close ties and commitment to support each other during a ceremony in the city of Aachen, a border town connected to Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire. …

Robert Norse (2019-01-23). Police-Led Martin Luther King Day March, Lots of Smiles, Little Substance. indybay.org I joined the MLK parade, annoyed at the annual pomp and ceremony, sterilizing, sanitizing, and snoozifying his real message-to act locally against war, racism, and poverty. The flyers I distributed lay out some of the specifics that I often echo on this website. At least one speaker at the civic Auditorium noted it was, for the second year, police-led–the final bitter icing on the fluffy cake of expropriating, transforming, and degrading King's original message and work.

jenny miller (2019-01-23). #MeToo! Believing Women and Freud's Assault on the Truth. indybay.org Over 100 years ago, Freud became aware that many patients had been sexually abused as children, but was forced to abandon this belief due to rejection by his professional peers. I interview author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson about this still-taboo subject.

Labor Video Project (2019-01-23). 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.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-23). Oceans Are Warming Far Faster Than Scientists Estimated. therealnews.com Scientist Zeke Hausfather explains a new study showing oceans are warming 40% faster than the IPCC estimated

CP Editor (2019-01-22). I Was Absolutely Afraid": Indigenous Elder on "Mob Mentality" of MAGA Hat-Wearing Students in D.C. counterpunch.org

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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.

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

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

Ilana Novick (2019-01-22). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tax Proposal Rattles Billionaires at Davos. truthdig.com Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., during a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper on Jan. 6, proposed a 70 percent marginal tax rate on income earned above $10 million. Cooper called this "radical." The proposal has earned extensive media coverage,…

STAFF (2019-01-22). Syria's Sunken Cost Fallacy: American Deaths Are Not a Reason to Stay. truthdig.com I'm just old enough to remember a time — before 9/11 — when the death of a US soldier in combat was an exceptionally rare thing. Indeed, its hard not to look back fondly on those days of relative peace. Since then, nearly 7000 Americans — and perhaps half a million local civilians — have been killed in the wars for the Greater Middle East. Most of our fallen troopers, and all of the indigenous victims, are essentially nameless, faceless, forgotten. Sure, Americans "thank" their veterans, and display diligent adulation rituals at weekly spo…

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.

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). 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.

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…

2019-01-23: Social Media Postees

Syrian "Threats" & "Israeli" Actions: Rhetoric vs. Reality
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari provocatively remarked that his country might target the Tel Aviv airport the next time that "Israel" bombs the Damascus one, but far from the "threat" that it's … | The post Syrian "Threats" & "Israeli" Actions: Rhetoric vs. Reality appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuelan Top Court Calls for Probe of National Assembly
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-23
The coup agenda of the Venezuelan right-wing continues as opposition lawmaker Juan Guido unconstitutionally and illegally sworn himself in as president to boost "transitional council." | RELATED: | Venezuela's VP to Mike Pence: 'Yankee, Go Home' | In an act not contemplated by the Constitution of Venezuela, Guaido self-appointed himself to usurp the powers of the National Executive power. The head of the Executive Power corresponds to President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected with 67 percent of popu…
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Video: ISIS Suicide Bomber Hits US-led Coalition Convoy in Northeastern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
On January 21, a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded at a checkpoint of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria, when a column of the US-led coalition was passing it. | According to initial reports, 2 US service members … | The post Video: ISIS Suicide Bomber Hits US-led Coalition Convoy in Northeastern Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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Speaking in Puerto Rico, Warren Says, 'With Trump, Cruelty Not an Accident' But 'Part of the Plan'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-23
On the heels of a new study showing the federal government gave short shrift to Puerto Rico relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday delivered a speech on the island in which she blasted the Trump administration for its lack of respect and "cruelty" towards the Puerto Rican people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The way forward for US government workers in the fight against the shutdown
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-23
The anger of US government workers locked out or forced to work without pay is growing, but neither the AFL-CIO nor the government employee unions has called for independent action by workers to fight the shutdown.
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Pence Openly Declares Support for Regime Change in Venezuela
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-23
Vice President Mike Pence released a video in support of the Venezuelan protesters, calling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator" who had allegedly never won a free and fair election. | The post Pence Openly Declares Support for Regime Change in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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Venezuela Cuts Relations with United States Over Coup Support
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-23
President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was cutting all diplomatic relations with the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized lawmaker Juan Gauido as interim president, after the opposition lawmaker illegally self-appointed himself as president of the country, breaking the constitution. | "They went too far. I have decided to break all diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist government of the United States. Out! They can all leave," Maduro said as he gave a speech from the presidential palace in Caracas.
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Shutdown Government Figuring Out New Ways to Recruit Soldiers
David Swanson | zcomm.org | 2019-01-23
Shutdown or no shutdown, not a single war, base-construction project, or war ship has been halted in its course, and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released its "interim report" on Wednesday. The report comes after a lengthy period of collecting public comments and holding public hearings. At World BEYOND War we Read…
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Venezuelans March to Commemorate Popular Uprising of Jan 23
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-23
This Wednesday, thousands of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro and some on the opposition were marching on the date that commemorates 61 years from the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez. | RELATED: | Venezuela's VP to Mike Pence: 'Yankee, Go Home' | According to official information provided by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Chavista supporters were gathering with the aim of defending the country's sovereignty in the face of destabilizing attacks launched by righ…
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US VP Pence Urges Venezuelans to Oust Maduro, Caracas Says 'Yankee Go Home'
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-23
The comments from Trump's number two come as Venezuelans of both political bands are set to stage demonstrations on Wednesday, January 23.
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US government shutdown enters second month
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-23
As another missed payday approaches, the warring factions of the American ruling class are no closer to settling the partial government shutdown.
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Senator Kamala Harris Has Announced that She Will be Running for US President in 2020
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
Confirming long-held speculation, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced that she will be running for president in 2020, pitting her against other Democratic senators such as Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). … | The post Senator Kamala Harris Has Announced that She Will be Running for US President in 2020 appeared first on Global Research.
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'I want the stage': McAfee will run for president 'in exile,' with 1,000s of masked doppelgangers
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-23
Antivirus magnate and cryptocurrency evangelist John McAfee says he will run for president in 2020 in exile, using masked doppelgangers to campaign in the US. McAfee has been filmed sailing to Venezuela, fleeing indictment. | …
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WMD Take Two: Chemical Weapons Claims in Syria
Prof. Tim Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
How do we know that every single allegation of Syrian Government use of chemical weapons use (2013 to 2018) was a fabrication? By ignoring, so far as possible, the propaganda storm of the warring parties and focusing on independent evidence … | The post WMD Take Two: Chemical Weapons Claims in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Analysis of Israeli Strike on Syrian Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
On January 21, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released a video showing the destruction of a Pantsir-S1 air defense system of the Syrian Air Defense Forces during the January 20 strike on Syria. | According to experts, during the strike, the … | The post Video: Analysis of Israeli Strike on Syrian Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System appeared first on Global Research.
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Chavez and the Continent of Politics: a Conversation with Chris Gilbert
Cira Pascual Marquina | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
Creator and co-host of the Marxist educational program Escuela de Cuadros, Chris Gilbert has written about the Bolivarian Process's revolutionary approach to the past in Walter Benjamin in Venezuela, and Chavez's strategic vision in The Chavez Hypothesis. In this brief interview, Gilbert touches upon the importance of recovering a political discourse in Marxism, the battle…
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Nicolás Maduro on the "Socialist Dystopia"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-23
The article was originally published on the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) website. It has been translated by Fight Back! staff. | They are fighting against a socialism that does not exist. They are fighting against an anti-utopia that does not relate to anyone. They imagine a world without families, without order, without markets, without freedom. The right-wing liberals of the world invented a ghost, they draped on the label of socialism and now they find it everywhere, among all, and every time they look at Venezuela. Enough with this. | Because this socialism against which they struggle is not the…
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The $5.7 Billion Hole in Shutdown Coverage – The arbitrary, fanciful and contradictory nature of Trump's border wall demand goes unexamined
Reed Richardson | fair.org | 2019-01-23
by Reed Richardson | In the standoff between the Democratic House and President Donald Trump over the latter's demand for border wall funding, the corporate press has done a passable job highlighting the unpopularity of Trump's border policy, as well as exploring the vast real-world impact of the shutdown. There have been notable low…
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Is a Land Swap Between Turkey and Syria Being Brokered by Russia?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
The regions currently being administered by the Kurds in Syria include the Kurdish-majority Qamishli and al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria along the border with Iraq, and the Arab-majority towns of Manbij to the west of the Euphrates River in northern Syria … | The post Is a Land Swap Between Turkey and Syria Being Brokered by Russia? appeared first on Global Research.
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In the Fray: Responses to Covington Catholic High
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
It almost never fails. Within minutes or hours after hitting the send key for a submission to online blogs/magazines/journals, I find myself wishing I'd deleted, added, or changed some of the text, and that includes correcting typos, using different lexis, and occasionally verifying a certain date. And there's been many a time when I'd follow…
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Assange Takes Legal Action to Force Trump Administration to Reveal Charges Against Him
Popular Resistance | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-23
The Trump Administration is refusing to reveal details of the charges against Mr. Assange despite the fact that sources in the U.S. Department of Justice have confirmed to Associated Press and the New York Times that Mr. Assange has been charged under seal. | The post Assange Takes Legal Action to Force Trump Administration to Reveal Charges Against Him appeared first on MintPress News.
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America has its gunsights on Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-01-23
It is plain as day that the United States wants to overthrow the government in Venezuela. | Source…
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60 Years of Tropical Socialism. Assessment of the Cuban Revolution
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
On January 1, 2019 it was exactly 60 years ago that the Cuban people, led by the Castro brothers and Che Guevara, put an end to the dictatorship in their country. It was the beginning of a tumultuous and legendary … | The post 60 Years of Tropical Socialism. Assessment of the Cuban Revolution appeared first on Global Research.
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The Fall of Davos Man
Robert Reich | commondreams.org | 2019-01-23
Oxfam reports that the wealth of the 2,200 billionaires across the globe increased by $900 billion last year — or $2.5 billion a day. (Cartoon credit: Khalil Bendib/OtherWords) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Make MLK's teachings part of school curriculum
Nellie Bailey | mronline.org | 2019-01-23
Dr Martin Luther King's writings and speeches "should be a part of the curriculum of public schools," said Larry Hamm, chairman of the People's Organization for Progress, based in Newark, New Jersey. | Source…
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The Pros and Cons of Near Term Human Extinction
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
Near term human extinction is not all bad. For one thing it's absolutely free. No need to break the piggy bank. And the whole family can go. It's gratis. Not only that, but you can even bring your pets. Cat, dog. parrot, termite you name it. No need for special carriers, quarantines, shots, whatever. None…
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Canada Arrest of China's HuaWei CFO Meng Wanzhou: Diplomatic Blunder or Cold War Stratagem?
Glenn Michalchuk | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
The arrest and detention by Canadian authorities of one of China's most important business executives boggles the mind. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's CFO, was arrested as she changed planes at Vancouver International Airport en route to Mexico on December 1…. | The post Canada Arrest of China's HuaWei CFO Meng Wanzhou: Diplomatic Blunder or Cold War Stratagem? appeared first on Global Research.
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The History Behind Nate Phillips' Song
Leonard Peltier | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
I just saw the incident taking place in Washington, DC, in which a confrontation between the white Make America Great Again (MAGA) representatives and a Native Elder singing a religious song took a horrendous turn. There were threats and insults by the young punks wearing red MAGA hats, while an Elder, who happens to be…
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How the Corruption of Science Contributes to the Collapse of Modern Civilization
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
Publication Prejudice, Fraud and Deceptive Favoritism | During the past decade, scientific prejudice, bias and outright deceit has been endemic to peer-reviewed scientific literature, especially in the medical and psychiatric fields. Medical journals have been thoroughly hijacked by the pharmaceutical industry … | The post How the Corruption of Science Contributes to the Collapse of Modern Civilization appeared first on Global Research…
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Korea: A Brief History Explains Everything
Dana Visalli | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
As the time-honored saying goes, 'It ain't what you know that gets you in trouble, it's what you know that ain't so.' If Americans 'know' anything about Korea, it is that the North Koreans started the Korean War in 1950 … | The post Korea: A Brief History Explains Everything appeared first on Global Research.
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Global Economy on the Brink as Davos Crowd Parties On
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
At Davos, Switzerland every year the global capitalist elite gather to party…and to prepare for the year ahead. This year more than 1500 private jets will reportedly fly in. Thousands more of their underling staff will travel via business class … | The post Global Economy on the Brink as Davos Crowd Parties On appeared first on Global Research.
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Popular Democracy in Cuba
Charles McKelvey | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
The socialist governments of the Third World plus China have developed popular democracy, with structures that are alternatives to those of representative democracy. Laws and policies are decided by deputies of the people, and not by politicians dependent on the support of corporate and wealthy interests. Let us look at the historical development of the alternative political process in the case of Cuba.
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Selected Articles: Global Economy on the Brink as Davos Crowd Parties On
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an … | The post Selected Articles: Global Economy on the Brink as Davos Crowd Parties On appeared first on Global Research.
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Brazil Eyes Odebrecht for Dictatorship-era Road Privatization
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-23
Brazil will add the Trans-Amazonian Highway to the list of projects for privatization, its infrastructure minister said Tuesday, seeking new investment to pave part of a dictatorship-era roadway which was a reason for extensive deforestation. The Infrastructure Minister says corrupt construction companies have "good know-how." | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019 | The road concession will be added to a priority list for privatization at a meeting…
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The Brazen Detention of Marzieh Hashemi, America's Newest Political Prisoner
Stanley Cohen | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-23
Today Marzieh Hashemi sits alone. Isolated and entombed deep in a government catacomb, she stands charged with no offense but in the eyes of this administration guilty as charged . . . a Muslim, a journalist, and a US ex-pat who has found shelter from its storm in Iran. | The post The Brazen Detention of Marzieh Hashemi, America's Newest Political Prisoner appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Times of Israel's Flawed Attack on the NY Times' MLK and Palestinian Rights
Ian Berman | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-23
Calling Michelle Alexander's editorial in the New York Times a "new low" was a hyperbolic act of click-bait to appeal to the Times of Israel's readers. One that lacked journalistic and editorial integrity. | The post The Times of Israel's Flawed Attack on the NY Times' MLK and Palestinian Rights appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Abduction of Marzieh Hashemi and the Media Censorship Campaign
Jason Unruhe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
The US has been in a serious decline in political and journalistic freedom since the introduction of the war on terrorism in 2001. Year after year, an increasingly greater number of freedoms are being curtailed in favour of a tightly … | The post The Abduction of Marzieh Hashemi and the Media Censorship Campaign appeared first on Global Research.
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Saudis Scramble for Influence in Lebanon After Qatar Investment
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-23
Saudi Arabia will support Lebanon "all the way" to protect its stability, the Saudi finance minister said, after the kingdom's rival Qatar announced it would buy $500 million U.S. dollar bonds issued by Beirut to support the Lebanese economy. | RELATED | Lebanon: Urgent Action Needed to Avert 'Financial Crisis' | Lebanon has one of the world's highest levels of public debt as a proportion of national output and its economy is stagnant. International lenders are seeking urgent reforms bef…
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Forest Service Ignores Science to Justify Logging
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
The Helena National Forest has released its Ten Mile-South Helena Project, which will include logging, prescribed burning on more than 17,500 acres including in roadless lands proposed for wilderness designation. Throughout its document, the FS ignores the preponderance of fire science to justify logging/thinning of the forest and ignores the many environmental impacts that result…
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A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria
Lee Camp | truthdig.com | 2019-01-23
Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their "news show" on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those stories splashed down into the middle of our cultural zeitgeist like a small meteor landing in the middle of an elite dinner party. | It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces. | But to talk about that, I have to talk about this: Last month we finally got to see the…
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Pakistan's Choice, The US Afghan Campaign: Totally Out-maneuvered by The Taliban
Brig. Imran Malik | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
US Afghan Campaign continues to totter along undefined paths towards an as yet undetermined end state. The US is now not the only power dominating the strategic environment in Afghanistan; the Afghan Taliban/Haqqani Network (TTA/HN) have staked competing claims too. … | The post Pakistan's Choice, The US Afghan Campaign: Totally Out-maneuvered by The Taliban appeared first on Global Research.
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Time for the U.S. Yellow Vests
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
Is the current shut-down not an exercise in "administrate state deconstruction" — something right out of the faux-libertarian (more on why I use that term in my next comment) fever dreams of a Norquist, a Bannon, a Charles Koch, a James McGill Buchanan, a Milton Friedman and others of their right wing and so-called free-market ilk?
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Americans Finally Have Politician Who Agrees With Them About Taxes
Jon Schwarz | zcomm.org | 2019-01-23
The ferocious pushback against Ocasio-Cortez demonstrates the fear at the top that one day many other politicians will decide it's in their interest to side with the vast majority of Americans…
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Reality Is Starting to Creep Into the Billionaire Oasis of Davos
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2019-01-23
Only 26 individuals have as much wealth as 3.8 billion people…
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"Cracking Down" on Independent Media
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
Dear Readers, | We often receive words of encouragement from those of you who regularly check our website or are subscribed to our daily newsletter. As we do not follow a mainstream narrative, the recent trend has been to "crack down" … | The post "Cracking Down" on Independent Media appeared first on Global Research.
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The End of Russia's 'Democratic Illusions' About America
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-01-23
The End of Russia's 'Democratic Illusions' About America…
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The Ark Builders
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
They're building arks in Brooklyn with the rising of the waters, the destruction of the biomes, disappearances of insects and amphibians, birds, and school children, neighborhoods and cities of engines' unceasing pollution that men with weapons ensure will not be shut ever more in the face of such thought how many lose all faith in…
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A Morally Right Decision: Support the BDS Movement, Do Not Allow Israelis to Enter Malaysia for Sport Event
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
The decision of the Malaysian government not to allow Israelis to enter the country to participate in the World Para Swimming Championships in Sarawak in July-August 2019 is both politically correct and morally right. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's firm … | The post A Morally Right Decision: Support the BDS Movement, Do Not Allow Israelis to Enter Malaysia for Sport Event appeared first on Global Research.
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Greater than Ever Super-Wealth Fuels Increasing Inequality
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
Super-rich individuals never had things better, benefitting at the expense of increased impoverishment — engineered by governments complicit with their privileged class, a high crime against humanity, ongoing worldwide. | According to its latest report last March, Forbes magazine said it … | The post Greater than Ever Super-Wealth Fuels Increasing Inequality appeared first on Global Research.
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Libya: Another Year of Bloody Crisis Caused by Western Meddling
Dan Glazebrook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
2018 has been another rough year for Libya, which has seen no peace since its government was destroyed by NATO bombardment in 2011. | June saw battles for control of the country's "oil crescent" between Tobruk and Sidr, as militia leader… | The post Libya: Another Year of Bloody Crisis Caused by Western Meddling appeared first on Global Research.
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Remote Control of the Brain and Human Nervous System
Mojmir Babacek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-23
The USA and the European Union invest since the beginning of the millenium billions of dollars and euros into brain research. As a result of this research perfect maps of the brain were developed, including the areas of the brain … | The post Remote Control of the Brain and Human Nervous System appeared first on Global Research.
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Rights Defenders Accuse Zimbabwe Security Forces of Torture
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-23
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) denounced Thursday cases of torture and arbitrary detentions during the protests that have taken place since last week, warning that among the detainees are children as young as 11 years old. | RELATED: | Zimbabwe: 12 Dead in Protests, Gov't Crackdown to Intensify | "In the aftermath of Jan. 14 disturbances, armed and unifo…
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What LA Teachers Tell Us About Rising Inequality
Sam Pizzigati | commondreams.org | 2019-01-23
Public education and plutocracy, educator activists in L.A. and nationwide increasingly understand, do not mix. Public schools do not thrive when billionaires prosper. (Photo: @magoo_tweets_2u/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Jury Trial? You Have No Right!
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
I was wronged. All I wanted was a trial by jury, a right enshrined in Anglo-Saxon legal tradition in the Magna Carta 903 years ago. Is this still America? No. America is dead. Not only have I been denied that fundamental right, I have been punished for having had the temerity to seek redress in…
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US Detention of American-Iranian Journalist Draws Local, International Protests
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-23
Iran's Foreign Ministry lodged a protest on Tuesday with the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, who has represented the U.S. in diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980, when diplomatic ties were severed between the countries. | The post US Detention of American-Iranian Journalist Draws Local, International Protests appeared first on MintPress News.
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The System's Falling Apart: Were the Dogmatic Marxists Right After All?
Jeff Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
As a young activist in the late 1960s and early '70s, I heard plenty of Marxist dogma from left-wing sects that proselytized in major colleges and cities about how "monopoly capitalism is entering its final crisis." The warnings of apocalyptic collapse were constant. They sounded absurd, more so as years passed with nothing close to…
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Disappearances of South Sudanese Critics Demand a Response
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-23
Aggrey Ezbon Idri (L) and Dong Samuel Luak. | © Private/Human Rights Watch | Two years ago, South Sudanese lawyer Dong Samuel Luak disappeared off the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. I recently sat with Kur Lual, Dong's law partner, in South Sudan's capital, Juba. Holding his head in his hands, he asked me, "How does someone like Dong disappear just like that?" It's a question many others inside and outside of South Sudan are still asking themselves. | Dong fled South Sudan in August 2013, but continued to denounce huma…
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Stalled Brexit Goings On
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-23
The tumultuous last few days in Ukania's House of Commons have been bewildering even for those Brits used to the arcane fripperies and conventions of the supposed "mother" of all parliaments. 117 Tories rejected May last month in their intra-party vote on her leadership, which she survived by a slim majority. Faced with a vote…
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Britain Is Stumbling Toward the Worst Possible Brexit
Rachel Shabi | thenation.com | 2019-01-23
Britain Is Stumbling Toward the Worst Possible Brexit…
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'Fake judicial case': Protesters demand US release detained Iranian journalist
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-23
Protests have broken out outside UN offices in Tehran, as a US-born Iranian journalist prepares for an appearance before a grand jury in America. The demonstrators are demanding the release of the detainee. | …
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Drone sightings temporarily ground flights at Newark airport
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-23
All traffic at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was temporarily halted after drones were seen flying over the nearby Teterboro Airport, disrupting air travel in the New York City area. | …
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Nigerian Rights Group Estimates 20,000 Kidnapped Girls in Mali
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-23
A Nigerian rights group is reporting that some 20,000 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by sex traffickers and made to work in 'slave-like' conditions in Mali. | RELATED: | Governor Removes Homicide Charges from Sex Trafficking Victim | "We received reports concerning the stranded girls and sent a team to find out," the director general of the Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Julie Okah-Donli said. | The trafficking discovery came to light after NAPTIP sen…
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New Jersey state agency hands $11 billion in tax breaks to businesses and developers
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-23
The Economic Development Authority has provided tax incentives, supposedly to promote more jobs, without verifying whether awardees have fulfilled their obligations.
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Sri Lankan president praises Philippine-style "war on drugs"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-23
Sirisena's support for Duterte's death squads and police-state violence points to Sri Lankan preparations for dictatorial methods of rule.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

The 2019 Academy Award nominations: Filmmaking, money and identity politics
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-23
The 91st awards ceremony will be held February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Leeds' Opera North commemorates end of World War I–Part 2
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-23
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

'Blatantly Unconstitutional' Abortion Ban Struck Down in Iowa as Pro-Choice Groups Vow to Defend Roe From Coordinated Attack
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-23
The United States' most restrictive abortion ban—which Republicans in Iowa explicitly put forward with the hope of triggering a U.S. Supreme Court fight over Roe vs. Wade—was struck down by a federal judge late Monday, with the Polk County District Court declaring the legislation unconstitutional. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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IAR Solidarity- Peter Biar Ajak
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-23
Peter Biar Ajak, is a prominent South Sudanese academic and activist. He was arrested by National Security Service (NSS) agents at Juba International Airport in the capital Juba on Saturday 28 July 2018 while preparing to travel to a youth forum he had organised in the north-western Aweil State. He remains arbitrarily detained at the NSS headquarters in Juba and has not been charged with a recognizable criminal offence in accordance with international law and standards. He is only allowed sporadic access to his family and has been denied access to his lawyer since 7 October 2018.
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Russia, Turkey agree to take steps to 'stabilise' Syria's Idlib
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Putin, Erdogan vow to battle 'terrorists' in Idlib, agree on safeguarding Turkey-Syria border.
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Rival protests held in Venezuela as pressure mounts on Maduro
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Pro- and anti-government demonstrators march nationwide as tensions between Caracas and Washington escalate.
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Venezuela opposition leader declares himself interim president
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
US recognises Juan Guaido as Venezuela's acting president after the opposition leader swore himself in as leader.
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Maduro to revise US diplomatic ties after Pence backs protesters
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Venezuela's Maduro accuses US of trying to force a coup after Mike Pence sends video message of support to opposition.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/madur…

The US should rely on Turkey in Syria
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Recent attacks on US troops in Syria demonstrate the YPG is either unable or unwilling to thwart the ISIL threat.
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US man admits to killing black man with sword for 'race war'
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
James Jackson, who stabbed Timothy Caughman to death in March 2017, has pleaded guilty to murder as an act of terrorism.
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About 19 million lack access to clean water in Yemen
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
According to the UN, two-thirds of the population of the war-torn country do not have access to safe drinking water.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/19-mi…

Saudi Arabia planning 'bull run', rap concert and wax museum
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Kingdom unveils entertainment initiative amid controversy in order to become a 'top four entertainment destination'.
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Deaths of Saudi sisters found in New York river ruled suicide
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Medical examiners conclude that Rotana and Tala Farea bound themselves together and walked into the Hudson River.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/death…

Atiku Abubakar: How I will get the Nigerian economy working again
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Presidential candidate for the PDP says he has a plan to turbo-charge Nigeria's economy and generate millions of jobs.
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Nigeria finds more than 20,000 kidnapped girls in Mali
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-23
Most of the victims were sold as sex slaves after false promises or kidnapping, Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency said.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/niger…

France and Germany Take Major Step Toward Creating a "Real European Army"
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-23
(ZH) — French President Emmanuel Macron's push for what he previously called "a real European army" got a big boost on Tuesday amid France and Germany signing an updated historic treaty reaffirming their close ties and commitment to support each other during a ceremony in the city of Aachen, a border town connected to Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire. …

France and Germany Take Major Step Toward Creating a "Real European Army"

Police-Led Martin Luther King Day March, Lots of Smiles, Little Substance
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2019-01-23
I joined the MLK parade, annoyed at the annual pomp and ceremony, sterilizing, sanitizing, and snoozifying his real message-to act locally against war, racism, and poverty. The flyers I distributed lay out some of the specifics that I often echo on this website. At least one speaker at the civic Auditorium noted it was, for the second year, police-led–the final bitter icing on the fluffy cake of expropriating, transforming, and degrading King's original message and work.
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#MeToo! Believing Women and Freud's Assault on the Truth
jenny miller | indybay.org | 2019-01-23
Over 100 years ago, Freud became aware that many patients had been sexually abused as children, but was forced to abandon this belief due to rejection by his professional peers. I interview author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson about this still-taboo subject.
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Gov Newsom, Cancel The Tetra Tech Contract After The Criminal Fraud At SF Hunters Point
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-01-23
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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Oceans Are Warming Far Faster Than Scientists Estimated
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-23
Scientist Zeke Hausfather explains a new study showing oceans are warming 40% faster than the IPCC estimated | The post Oceans Are Warming Far Faster Than Scientists Estimated appeared first on The Real News Network.
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I Was Absolutely Afraid": Indigenous Elder on "Mob Mentality" of MAGA Hat-Wearing Students in D.C
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
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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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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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Soldiers in custody after failed coup attempt in Venezuela
Gulistan Elidemir | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-22
A small group of soldiers were in custody today after a failed coup attempt yesterday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. They surrendered after an hour-long standoff with police. Violence had erupted in the streets, with protesters clashing with security forces. The Robert Serra cultural centre, named after a socialist leader, was left a burnt ruin. …
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Syria's Sunken Cost Fallacy: American Deaths Are Not a Reason to Stay
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-22
I'm just old enough to remember a time — before 9/11 — when the death of a US soldier in combat was an exceptionally rare thing. Indeed, its hard not to look back fondly on those days of relative peace. Since then, nearly 7000 Americans — and perhaps half a million local civilians — have been killed in the wars for the Greater Middle East. Most of our fallen troopers, and all of the indigenous victims, are essentially nameless, faceless, forgotten. Sure, Americans "thank" their veterans, and display diligent adulation rituals at weekly spo…
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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

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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Congressman Eliot Engel's Foreign Policy of Belligerence
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-01-22
Congressman Eliot Engel's Foreign Policy of Belligerence…
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Mexican President Who Launched 'War on Drugs' Starts New Party
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-22
Mexico's ex-president Felipe Calderon (2006-2012) and his wife Margarita Zavala registered a brand new conservative party called "Mexico Libre" (Free Mexico), aiming for a comeback to Mexican politics after they both left the right-wing National Action Party (PAN). | RELATED: | Mexico: 40,000 Factory Workers Strike for Better Wages | The new party aims to "restore politics" and "constructing the common well being instead of conquering power," Zavala told the press, the head of the organiza…
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Teachers Strike Dispatch #8: New Independent Study Confirms LAUSD Has the Money to Meet UTLA's Demands
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-22
The righteousness of our cause is becoming clearer ever day, and LAUSD is on the run. A new independent analysis from Capital & Main finds that funding exists that would more than cover UTLA's core demands without even touching the district's massive surplus. Capital & Main's Bill Raden just published a detailed analysis of LAUSD's finances that confirms United Teachers…
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