Daily Archives: December 5, 2019

2019-12-05: News Headlines

Ann Garrison (2019-12-05). Congo: Millions Die While the "UN Keeps the Peace" globalresearch.ca In its most recent report to the UN Security Council, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) blandly recounted "progress" in service to their mission, but what is their mission? Up until 2013, MONUSCO had …

Doctors for Assange (2019-12-05). Medical Doctors Protest Failure of UK Home Secretary to Act on Mr Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Medical doctors who wrote to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel last month calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have today issued a further urgent appeal. | Despite worldwide media coverage of their open …

Sara Flounders (2019-12-05). Crimes against Humanity: US Sanctions Harm One Third of World's People. globalresearch.ca The most insidious and pervasive form of modern warfare by Wall Street and the Pentagon, acting in coordination, is passing largely unnoticed and unchallenged. This calculated attack is rolling back decades of progress in health care, sanitation, housing, essential infrastructure …

Ben Norton (2019-12-05). Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia Coup, Trump Dubs Nicaragua 'National Security Threat' and Targets Mexico. globalresearch.ca Note from The Grayzone's editor: This article was updated on November 29 with more information about US sanctions against Nicaragua. | After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a "national security threat" and announced new sanctions, …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-05). Global Warming and the Ozone Layer: What's More Dangerous, CO2 or Nuclear War? globalresearch.ca Prof. Max Gluckman (1911-1975) showed how ritualized forms of rebellion against those in power "through a controlled expression of hostility" ultimately leads to the reinforcement of the established structures of authority. Is that not what is happening today? The movement against capitalism is funded and supported by capitalism.

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Trump Administration Passes Bill to Eliminate Food Stamps. telesurenglish.net The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday a bill that could eliminate the federal food stamp program for nearly 700,000 people by strictly enforcing work requirements. | RELATED: | Trump Blasts 'Two Faced' Trudeau Over Leaked NATO Summit Video | The measure, which was proposed by the Department of Agriculture in February, will require eligible adults without children to work at least 20 hours a week so as not to lose their benefits under the Supplem…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-12-05). When imperialism targets Cuban doctors, it targets human solidarity. peoplesworld.org News item: Three right-wing Latin American governments have forced out Cuban doctors working in their countries. Over 8,000 of them departed from Brazil in late 2018 and 382 doctors left Ecuador in mid-November 2019. Some 700 Cuban doctors exited Bolivia after the coup there on Nov. 10. Brazilian President Bolsonaro alleged that Cuban doctors were …

Wyatt Reed (2019-12-05). How middle class Bolivia learned to stop worrying and love the coup. thegrayzone.com In and around La Paz, middle class Bolivians have fallen under the spell of the junta's propaganda campaign against Evo…

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Indigenous People Reaffirm Support for Protests in Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) reaffirmed on Thursday its support for the anti-government protests that have been taking place in Colombia for the last two weeks. | RELATED: | Disapproval Rating for Colombia's Duque Reaches 70 Percent | He said that the Indigenous peoples who traveled to Bogota from different departments in order to suppo…

Staff (2019-12-05). Edward Snowden: In the US, I Would Likely Die in Prison for Telling the Truth. truthout.org The Right Livelihood Awards celebrated their 40th anniversary Wednesday at the historic Cirkus Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, where more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate this year's four laureates: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Chinese women's rights lawyer Guo Jianmei, Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, the Yanomami Hutukara Association; and Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar, who has challenged the Moroccan occupation of We…

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Disapproval Rating for Colombia's Duque Reaches 70 Percent. telesurenglish.net The disapproval towards the government of Colombian President, Ivan Duque, has reached 70 percent, a survey from the Invamer group read on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombians Make Third National Strike in Less Than Two Weeks | The survey, made at the end of November, highlighted that 79 percent of respondents believe that the situation in the country is getting worse and only 11 percent feel optimistic about the way the government has handle the crises inside the South American na…

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Ecuadorean Gov't Slams UN Report About Repressing Protesters. telesurenglish.net The government of Ecuador justified onThursday, through a statement, the repression of protesters who took to the streets in October for ten days to reject the economic reform that Lenin Moreno's regime intended to impose. | RELATED: | UN: Unnecessary and Disproportionate Repression in Ecuador | The text, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, questions the report presented by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirming the unnecessary and…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-05). Spying on Assange: the Spanish Case Takes a Turn. counterpunch.org Judge José de la Mata of Spain's High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, had been facing a good deal of stonewalling on the part of his British colleagues. He is overseeing an investigation into the surveillance activities of a Spanish security firm aimed at WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, during his stay at the Ecuadorean embassy in More

teleSUR (2019-12-05). US Military Finishes Pullback From Northeast Syria. telesurenglish.net The United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country after repositioning and reducing forces, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during an interview with Reuters. | RELATED: | Turkey Stands Its Ground Against NATO Over Syria Dispute | Esper explained that this could signal the end of a period of turbulence and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. military presence in Syria after Pres…

Staff (2019-12-05). U.S. Considers Sending Several Thousand More Troops to Mideast. truthdig.com The news comes amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.

teleSUR (2019-12-05). French Police Fire Tear Gas at Workers Protesting Macron Reform. telesurenglish.net Police fired tear gas at protesters in the center of Paris on Thursday and public transport ground to a near halt in one of the biggest strikes in France for decades, aimed at forcing President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned reform of pensions. | RELATED: | Spain, UK, France to 'Advise' Chile's Police on Public Order | Video captured by Reuters showed tear gas canisters and firecrackers also being thrown back towards police as a crowd of protesters passed along the street, ch…

Janine Jackson (2019-12-05). 'Giuliani Did All the Wrong Things on That Day' – CounterSpin interview with Wayne Barrett on Rudy Giuliani and 9/11. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed the Village Voice's Wayne Barrett about Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 for the August 17, 2007, episode of CounterSpin; that conversation was rebroadcast for the November 29, 2019, show. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

William J. Astore (2019-12-05). How American Exceptionalism is Killing the Planet. counterpunch.org Ever since 2007, I've been arguing against America's forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it's no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign peoples pay a far higher price in lives lost More

Matthew Cole (2019-12-05). Donald Trump Keeps Navy SEALs Above the Law. theintercept.com Rear Admiral Collin Green had a problem. Green, a Navy SEAL and commander of Naval Special Warfare, knew that his community — 3,000 active duty SEALs, their families, and the several thousand former and retired SEALs who make up their elite military tribe — was locked in a culture war over one notorious SEAL. What could he do about Eddie Gallagher? | Gallagher, a sniper and medic, had stabbed an injured and unarmed ISIS detainee who may have been as young as 14 during a deployment in Mosul, Iraq, in 2017. The case had made headlines internationally, and Gallagher had won prominent support from Preside…

Brett Wilkins (2019-12-05). ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture. commondreams.org By 2006, at least 100 prisoners had died in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of them violently, according to government data. (Photo: US torture Image by Witness Against Torture) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-12-05). ALEC-Crafted Laws Could Send Me to Prison for a Decade for My Activism. truthout.org This week, corporate executives and legislators from around the country are gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) annual States and Nation Policy Summit, where they will craft policies to introduce into state legislatures. More than a dozen groups have protested outside the meeting. ALEC is a shadowy group — meeting in secret, hiding its membership, and prohibiting journalists and the public from observing its activities. Various watchdogs ha…

IMEMC News (2019-12-05). Soldiers Abduct One Palestinian, Injure Many Schoolgirls, In Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday afternoon, one Palestinian and injured many schoolgirls in Anata Palestinian town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. Najwa Refa'ey, the principal of Anata H School for Girls, said many army jeeps invaded the street in front of the school, and attacked many young men who protested the …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-05). Great March of Return to Resume Next Friday. imemc.org The High National Committee for the March of Return and Breaking the Siege in the Gaza Strip has announced that the border protests will resume next Friday, Days of Palestine reported. In a meeting held on Monday, members of the National Committee discussed several important issues and affirmed in a …

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-05). Biased Media Coverage of Iranian Unrest and Protest Movement. globalresearch.ca The Mainstream Media is pushing forth the weaponized narrative that the Iranian government is carrying out a cover-up of mass killings that supposedly occurred during its recent unrest, though this is nothing more than an infowar conspiracy designed to make …

Ben Chacko (2019-12-05). Indian Communists fighting against Modi government's racist citizenship bill. peoplesworld.org The Narendra Modi government's approval of a racist citizenship law shows that it has "no idea about the history and the sacrifices of our freedom struggle," leading Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politician Brinda Karat has charged. Karat denounced the ruling BJP's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which the cabinet approved on Wednesday, and warned the …

WSWS (2019-12-05). Doctors condemn failure of British government to answer letter demanding medical care for Julian Assange. wsws.org The doctors state that "the UK government's refusal to take the required measures to protect Mr Assange's rights, health and dignity appears…unlawfully and unnecessarily exposes Mr Assange to potentially irreversible medical risks."

WSWS (2019-12-05). Australian teenagers call for support for Julian Assange. wsws.org "The only way to help Assange is a mass of people having his back and supporting him so that they have to release him because the people are against it."

WSWS (2019-12-05). Mueller probe accessed the Google account of Assange supporter Somerset Bean. wsws.org Somerset Bean, an artist and political activist, who has been a staunch supporter of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, revealed on Monday that Google was compelled by court order to provide the US authorities access to his online account.

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Russia Is Willing to Extend START III Without Preconditions. telesurenglish.net The Russian Federation is willing to extend the term of the Strategic Weapons Reduction Treaty (START III) with the U.S. without preconditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared at a Defense meeting, in Moscow. | RELATED: | Russia, China Launch Gas Pipeline Connecting Both Countries | "Russia is ready immediately, as soon as possible, even before the end of this year, without any prior condition, to extend the START II…

WSWS (2019-12-05). Impeachment hearing opens with Democratic Party blast against Russia. wsws.org The opening statement by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler set the tone for a hearing that repeatedly returned to the bogus allegations of massive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Staff (2019-12-05). Today's Republican Party Preserves US Legacy of Slavery and Imperialism. truthout.org On the Thursday of the second week of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment hearings, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had a special guest on his weekly podcast, Carl Bernstein. It was Bernstein, with fellow Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, whose reporting broke open the story of how the…

Staff (2019-12-05). Sweden Offers Free Higher Ed, Universal Health Care, Daycare — Why Can't the US? truthout.org Medicare for All and tuition-free universities have been at the core of the 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns, creating a stark division between progressive candidates and their centrist counterparts. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have proposed to make Medicare for All and public universities cost-free by taxing massive corporations and the super wealthy, and earlier this year, Sanders introduced legislation that would cancel student loan debt. His plan would be paid for with a…

Staff (2019-12-05). Bernie Sanders Pulls Ahead in Crucial Primary. truthdig.com A new poll released Thursday found that Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field in California—but you wouldn't have known it by reading the Los Angeles Times' original headline on the survey, which mentioned Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, but not the senator from Vermont. | "Warren and Biden lose ground in California's shifting 2020 Democratic race," read the newspaper's initial…

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Mexico's Govt Launches Massive Auction For 'Robin Hood' Program. telesurenglish.net Mexico's government announced on Wednesday an auction of 600 lots consisting in more than 4,000 seized jewels, vehicles and residences,‚Äã officials said on Wednesday, as part of a "Robin Hood" program to use millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains to aid the poor. | RELATED: | 70 Percent of Mexico's Illegal Weapons Come From US: Report | The announcement was made by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at his morning press conference in the National Palace where…

Jason Ditz (2019-12-05). Trump Seeks Another $250 Million in Lethal Aid for Ukraine. theantimedia.com With other nations trying to help Ukraine negotiate a deal to end that situation peacefully, the US keeps pouring weapons into the country.

Staff (2019-12-05). As Abortion Access Dwindles, App Offers Safe and Discreet Options. truthout.org Each year, 25 million unsafe abortions are performed around the world. The rate of unsafe abortions is higher where access to skilled providers and effective contraception is limited or unavailable, or where sexual education is lacking. | Accessing medically accurate information about abortion can be a sensitive pursuit for people desperate for answers; it's particularly dire if they're pregnant without wanting to be. Decisions based on misinformation can lead to disability — and even death. | Earl…

Staff (2019-12-05). Wealthy Nations Are Condemning Hundreds of Millions to Suffer. truthdig.com Only by sharing technologies and giving trillions to the U.N. can the West protect developing countries from the effects of climate change.

commondreams (2019-12-05). New Report Confirms: Human Rights Are Integral to Climate Action. commondreams.org ______________________________…

George Stacey (2019-12-05). All you need to know about cryosphere and why it's important for earth? nationofchange.org The scientists at Norvergence found that the interactions between ices cover and snow make the cryosphere very important for the global climate.

Ashley Curtin (2019-12-05). Los Angeles school board commits to renewable energy after months of grassroots campaigning. nationofchange.org "This 100% Clean Energy school district commitment demonstrates what can happen when students, parents, teachers and school district leaders work to move the needle on climate."

Eoin Higgins (2019-12-05). Big polluters must be 'held liable' for destruction of climate, campaigners say at COP 25. nationofchange.org "For decades, big polluters have gone to any lengths to block, weaken, and delay policy. That time is over."

commondreams (2019-12-05). Countries Have a Duty to Pursue Disability-Inclusive Climate Action, According to New Report. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-12-05). Venezuela: Guaido Embattled as Opposition Splits over New Corruption Scandal. venezuelanalysis.com The latest scandal has further called into doubt Guaido's credibility as leader of the opposition.

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-05). International Support Growing for BDS Movement. imemc.org European Union (EU) countries' are taking steps towards boycotting the Israeli apartheid system, using its legal, legislative and parliamentary institutions to oppose the occupation, Palestine News Network reported. The EU condemned the Trump administration's positions and policies carried out in the Palestinian Territories, occupied by Israel since 1967, especially in …

WSWS (2019-12-05). Pompeo vows intervention against "riots" in Washington's "own backyard" wsws.org Immediately following Pompeo's provocative speech, the US slapped new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, which the secretary of state accused of fomenting violence.

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Brazil: Judge Acquits Lula, Dilma of Alleged Illicit Financing. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Federal Justice Wednesday acquitted former leftist presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff of accusations of being part of a criminal organization whose purpose was to divert public funds to the Workers' Party (PT).‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED:…

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-05). Family of Sami Abu Diak Demand Israel Release Body. imemc.org The family of prisoner Sami Abu Diak, who recently died from cancer while in Israeli custody, called on human rights and humanitarian institutions to promptly intervene, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The family appealed to human rights and humanitarian organizations to pressure the Israeli authorities to release …

Bob Lord (2019-12-05). The U-Turn That Made America Staggeringly Unequal. counterpunch.org Wealth in America has concentrated — and dramatically so — over the past four decades. Since 1980, note wealth researchers Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the top 0.1 percent share of the nation's total wealth has more than doubled, from under 10 percent in 1980 to over 20 percent today. In a nation of over More

Dean Baker (2019-12-05). The Big Deal in Warren's Prescription Drug Plan. counterpunch.org Earlier this month, Senator Warren put out a set of steps that she would put forward as president as part of a transition to Medicare for All. The items that got the most attention were including everyone over age 50 and under age 18 in Medicare, and providing people of all ages with the option More

Colin Todhunter (2019-12-05). Don't Look, Don't See: Time for Honest Media Reporting on Impacts of Pesticides. counterpunch.org The UK-based Independent online newspaper recently published an article about a potential link between air pollution from vehicles and glaucoma. It stated that according to a new study air pollution is linked to the eye condition that causes blindness. The report explained that researchers had looked at vision tests carried out on more than 111,000 people across Britain between 2006 and 2010 and cross-referenced results against levels of air pollution in their neighbourhoods. Those living in areas with higher amounts of fine particulate matter were at least 6% more likely to have glaucoma than those in the least…

Josh White (2019-12-05). The Most Important Election in British History. counterpunch.org Democracy in Britain has never been particularly strong or vibrant. Yet, for the first time in decades, the British people face a real choice at the ballot box in December. It wasn't long ago that any possibility of radical change was excluded from the outset. | More

George Ochenski (2019-12-05). Another Utility Disaster Headed Our Way. counterpunch.org Twenty years ago Montana's Republicans enacted the worst and most costly public policy decision in the state's history. Overwhelming Republican majorities in the state legislature and Republican Gov. Marc Racicot colluded to launch a very complex bill hundreds of pages long near the very end of the legislative session that would overturn the historic regulation More

Andrés Castro (2019-12-05). Look Out for the Drift. counterpunch.org In the mid-nineties, after receiving a BA in psychology, psychopathology was on my mind daily. I worked at a group home for psychiatrically diagnosed teens in Queens, New York; later as a psychiatric rehab counselor for adults transitioning from group homes to independent living in the South Bronx. My experiences were disturbing enough to make More

Daniel Warner (2019-12-05). The Hillsborough Soccer Tragedy: Who is Responsible? counterpunch.org Who was responsible for the deaths of 96 people and the hundreds injured in the collapse of stands at a soccer match in England in 1989? A jury at the Preston Crown Court in England last week exonerated David Duckenfield for responsibility for the Hillsborough tragedy. A 1991 inquiry said it was accidental and not More

The Canary (2019-12-05). Harry Dunn's parents write to Dominic Raab seeking an 'urgent' meeting to 'find a way forward'. thecanary.co The parents of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn have written to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a bid to reach "common ground".The 19-year-old's mother Charlotte Charles and father Tim Dunn have requested a further meeting with Mr Raab "urgently" and would attend in "good faith".In the letter, Harry's family have said their position is that the Foreign Secretary should be approaching them for a meeting, but they have reached out to "find a way forward" after their recent public exchanges.Last month, Harry's father travelled to Raab's constituency in Esher and Walton in order to confront him over his handling of…

John Bachtell (2019-12-05). Ukraine scandal involves a trifecta of unconstitutional Trump abuses. peoplesworld.org The impeachment of a U.S. president for the fourth time in history is more serious than any of the three that have gone before it. This time there is before the American people proof that Donald Trump is guilty of a trifecta of "high crimes and misdemeanors" stipulated in the Constitution as impeachable offenses. He …

Janine Jackson (2019-12-05). 'It's This Culture of Secrecy That's Pervading the Courts' – CounterSpin interview with Melissa Goodman on the PATRIOT Act. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed the ACLU's Melissa Goodman about the PATRIOT Act for the September 30, 2005, episode of CounterSpin—a conversation that was reaired on the November 29, 2019, show. This is a lightly edited transcript of the rebroadcast. | Media…

IMEMC News (2019-12-05). Army Demolishes A Garage, Carwash Structure, Near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the village of al-Walaja, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, before demolishing a garage, and a carwash facility. Nonviolent activist, Ibrahim Awad, said the two demolished structures are owned by a local man, identified as Husam Khalifa. He added that the …

Susie Day (2019-12-05). The Mad Activist Impeaches Western Culture. counterpunch.org Dear Hot-to-Impeach Congressional Democrats, I thought of you when I read "Why the Ukraine Scheme Matters," the November 25 editorial in the New York Times. As usual, Times syntax and grammar are superb and the editors' argumentation skills fully justify the current high tuition rates at name universities. So, congrats, Impeacho-crats! The Times delivered your More

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Dominica's UWP Violence Causes Disruptive Impact, Expert Says. telesurenglish.net Polling expert, Peter Wickham was interviewed by teleSUR and exposed his criteria on polls results regarding Dominica's current situation with just a few hours away from a general election. | RELATED: | Dominica: Court Rejects Opposition Attempt to Stop Election | Peter Wickham, from the Caribbean Development Research Services, told teleSUR that during p…

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Mexican Gov't Pushes Social Security Bill for Domestic Workers. telesurenglish.net Zoe Robledo, director general of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, explained today the scope of a civic security pilot plan that seeks to benefit the domestic sector, one of the most forgotten in the country and mostly composed by women. | RELATED: | Mexico Seeking Cooperation With US to Cease Arms Flow | The official was one of the many guests invited to the morning press conference at the National Palace for a round of presentations led by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…

teleSUR (2019-12-05). Mexico Seeking Cooperation With US to Cease Arms Flow. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday his government will seek to strengthen cooperation with the United States to control the flow of "arms and dollars" during meetings this week with U.S. Attorney General William Barr. | RELATED: | 70 Percent of Mexico's Illegal Weapons Come From US: Report | "Two issues that must be discussed are the introduction of arms and dollars, and of course drugs," Lopez Obrador said during his regular morning news conference. "Th…

Tyler Durden (2019-12-05). Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Reveal How Much He Made at Ukrainian Oil Company. theantimedia.com Hunter Biden has been ordered by an Arkansas judge to produce five years of financial records in his paternity case.

Staff (2019-12-05). Impeachment of Trump Appears Inevitable in the House. truthout.org The House Judiciary Committee convened Wednesday for eight and a half hours of testimony to discuss what the Constitution requires for impeachment. It was an exercise that didn't reveal any new information on the investigation, but rather laid out the legal justification for Trump's potential impeachment. The hearing underscored that any eventual impeachment will most likely be partisan. Judiciary Committee Republicans continued the House GOP's approach of raising procedural complaints and bad-faith attacks on the D…

Staff (2019-12-05). Mexican Immigration Officials Destroy Asylum Seekers' Tents. truthout.org Mexican immigration officials arrived at a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico early Tuesday morning bearing machetes used to destroy unoccupied tents left behind by Mexican asylum seekers, according to multiple camp residents who witnessed the event. | Both refugees and volunteers said that an estimated 60 families, all Mexican nationals, were granted permission by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to cross the bridge and begin processing in the middle of the night on Monday. | Guidelines provided by CBP ind…

Staff (2019-12-05). DeVos Accused of Scheming to Stop Next President From Canceling Student Debt. truthout.org Billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week proposed handing over the federal government's $1.5 trillion student loan portfolio to a "stand-alone government corporation," a move observers condemned as a corrupt ploy to strip the next president of the ability to cancel student loan debt. | "This very much appears to be a Betsy DeVos scheme to block the next president from unilaterally forgiving f…

IMEMC News (2019-12-05). Soldiers Abduct Fourteen Palestinians In West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, at least fourteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the soldiers invaded and violently searched homes, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has confirmed. The PPS said the soldiers abducted Sufian an-Natsha, Islam Rajabi and Mohammad Rajabi, …

IMEMC News (2019-12-05). Soldiers Destroy Machines In Industrial Structure, Demolish Four Rooms, Near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron in southern West Bank, and destroyed machines in a blacksmith and lathe workshop, in addition to demolishing four residential rooms in Yatta nearby town. The soldiers invaded the ath-Thaheriyya town, before storming a blacksmith and a lathe workshop, and deliberately …

IMEMC News (2019-12-05). Illegal Israeli Colonists Install Mobile Home, Burn Tires, Near Jenin. imemc.org Many fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed, Thursday, a mobile home on Palestinian lands in Burqa village, north of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and burnt tires on the man Jenin-Nablus road. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities, said the colonists invaded private …

Pepe Escobar (2019-12-05). New Silk Roads in Action at China-Kazakh Border. globalresearch.ca We are cruising on a pristine, 380 km-long four-lane superhighway from Almaty to Khorgos — finished in 2016 for $1.25 billion, 85% of the cost covered by a World Bank loan. And then, suddenly, riding parallel to us, there's the …

L. Ali Khan (2019-12-05). A Playboy Misrules Pakistan. counterpunch.org Unlike Western press practices, Pakistan's privacy traditions constrain a robust discussion of the private lives of celebrities in electronic or print media. However, hush-hush gossip, group text messages, and social media in Pakistan are as brutal as anywhere else in the world. As such private lives of political leaders, such as Prime Minister Imran Khan More

Josh White (2019-12-05). The Most Important Election in British History. counterpunch.org Democracy in Britain has never been particularly strong or vibrant. Yet, for the first time in decades, the British people face a real choice at the ballot box in December. It wasn't long ago that any possibility of radical change was excluded from the outset. | More

Bob Lord (2019-12-05). The U-Turn That Made America Staggeringly Unequal. counterpunch.org Wealth in America has concentrated — and dramatically so — over the past four decades. Since 1980, note wealth researchers Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the top 0.1 percent share of the nation's total wealth has more than doubled, from under 10 percent in 1980 to over 20 percent today. In a nation of over More

Victor Grossman (2019-12-05). Big Rallies and Big Differences in Germany. counterpunch.org Looking out my window at the wide Karl Marx Allee boulevard below, I have seen many a big May Day parade march by in the old GDR days, and many a passing bicycle race or Marathon. Recently, for the first time, I saw a slow, endless column of green or yellow tractors. I learned later More

Daniel Warner (2019-12-05). The Hillsborough Soccer Tragedy: Who is Responsible? counterpunch.org Who was responsible for the deaths of 96 people and the hundreds injured in the collapse of stands at a soccer match in England in 1989? A jury at the Preston Crown Court in England last week exonerated David Duckenfield for responsibility for the Hillsborough tragedy. A 1991 inquiry said it was accidental and not More

Andrés Castro (2019-12-05). Look Out for the Drift. counterpunch.org In the mid-nineties, after receiving a BA in psychology, psychopathology was on my mind daily. I worked at a group home for psychiatrically diagnosed teens in Queens, New York; later as a psychiatric rehab counselor for adults transitioning from group homes to independent living in the South Bronx. My experiences were disturbing enough to make More

Dean Baker (2019-12-05). The Big Deal in Warren's Prescription Drug Plan. counterpunch.org Earlier this month, Senator Warren put out a set of steps that she would put forward as president as part of a transition to Medicare for All. The items that got the most attention were including everyone over age 50 and under age 18 in Medicare, and providing people of all ages with the option More

Colin Todhunter (2019-12-05). Don't Look, Don't See: Time for Honest Media Reporting on Impacts of Pesticides. counterpunch.org The UK-based Independent online newspaper recently published an article about a potential link between air pollution from vehicles and glaucoma. It stated that according to a new study air pollution is linked to the eye condition that causes blindness. The report explained that researchers had looked at vision tests carried out on more than 111,000 people across Britain between 2006 and 2010 and cross-referenced results against levels of air pollution in their neighbourhoods. Those living in areas with higher amounts of fine particulate matter were at least 6% more likely to have glaucoma than those in the least…

George Ochenski (2019-12-05). Another Utility Disaster Headed Our Way. counterpunch.org Twenty years ago Montana's Republicans enacted the worst and most costly public policy decision in the state's history. Overwhelming Republican majorities in the state legislature and Republican Gov. Marc Racicot colluded to launch a very complex bill hundreds of pages long near the very end of the legislative session that would overturn the historic regulation More

Douglas Valentine (2019-12-05). Inside the CIA: An Interview with Douglas Valentine. globalresearch.ca In the following interview, Valentine reflects on a variety of issues including the Phoenix Program, plausible deniability, paramilitary wars, drug trafficking, sabotage, blackmail, propaganda, Operation GLADIO, class interests of the CIA establishment, Trump, the Mueller Report and the Bidens. | Heidi …

Tracy Keeling (2019-12-05). Jeremy Corbyn makes a stunning proposal that could fix British politics for good. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has proposed a stunning change to parliamentary rules. The party has pledged to ban MPs from having second jobs if elected to government. It has also said it will bring in " sweeping" changes to rules on lobbying and donations, among other things. | These plans could fix British politics for good. Here's why. | The establishment: | Currently, British politicians are allowed to earn f…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-12-05). Harriet Tubman Film Highlights the Leading Role of Africans in Their Own Liberation. globalresearch.ca Title: Harriet | Director: Kasi Lemmons | Producers: Gregory Allen Howard, Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg | Screenplay: Gregory Allen Howard, Kasi Lemmons | Starring: Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman along with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monáe | Since the conclusion …

commondreams (2019-12-05). Investments in Oil and Gas Production Over the Next Five Years Will Lock-In More than 1.5 ∞C of Global Warming. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2019-12-05). SEP candidate Thomas Scripps addresses UK Somali community hustings. wsws.org The November 30 meeting was attended by representatives of voluntary and campaigning organisations. The Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties and Plaid Cymru also sent representatives.

WSWS (2019-12-05). Honduran court sentences seven men for killing of Berta Cáceres. wsws.org The court ruling provides window-dressing for the authoritarian forms of rule introduced with the 2009 coup backed by the Obama administration.

commondreams (2019-12-05). Public Citizen Supports Call for Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Hank Edson (2019-12-05). Professor Turley Is Dead Wrong on Impeachment and Here's Why. commondreams.org Professor Jonathan Turley testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Microwave News (2019-12-05). The Relationship between Cell Phones and Cancer? The Health Impacts of RF Radiation. WHO Report. globalresearch.ca After eight years of work, the World Health Organization ( WHO) is reopening its review of the health effects of RF radiation for a summary report intended to serve as a benchmark for its more than 150 member countries. …

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-05). Arbitrary Law Enforcement in the US. globalresearch.ca Glenn Greenwald wrote that "the most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The US administration has not only asserted …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-12-05). Detroit Demolition Bond Proposal Defeated Amid Mass Discontent. globalresearch.ca On November 19, the Detroit City Council voted down a bond proposal advanced by corporate-imposed Mayor Mike Duggan ostensibly designed to eliminate blighted residential properties in this overwhelmingly impoverished African American municipality. | The latest bond initiative came to the city's …

Western Values Project (2019-12-05). Grand Canyon Under Threat as Trump's Nuclear Working Group Considers Allowing Uranium Mining. globalresearch.ca Right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation have previously recommended revoking the mineral withdrawal area, which would again allow dangerous uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. Meanwhile, the White House Nuclear Fuel Working Group — a working group reviewing how …

Equipe Phonegate (2019-12-05). Increased Incidence of Brain Cancer. Caused by Exposure to Pesticides and Electromagnetic Fields? globalresearch.ca In July 2019 (updated in September 2019), the French Public Health Agency " Santé Publique France", together with the Francim cancer registries, the Hospices Civils de Lyon and the Institut National du Cancer, published national estimates of cancer incidence …

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-05). China's High-Speed Trains. globalresearch.ca One of the great advantages of train travel compared to flying is the saving in wasted time. A flight in most any country normally involves a one-hour trip to the airport with a requirement to arrive at least 1.5 hours …

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-12-05). Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World. globalresearch.ca 62 individuals — 388 in 2010 — now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.

WSWS (2019-12-05). Australian media's "Chinese spy defection" story unravels. wsws.org The collapse of Wang Liqiang's story, and the revelation that he is most likely "the spy who wasn't," is an object lesson in the fraudulent character of the entire anti-China campaign.

Rachel Shabi (2019-12-05). It's a Race Against Time for Labour in Next Week's Momentous UK Elections. thenation.com It's a Race Against Time for Labour in Next Week's Momentous UK Elections…

CGTN (2019-12-05). Extremism Strikes Xinjiang. dissidentvoice.org Countless terrorist attacks occurred in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang from 1990 to 2016. Terrorism has destroyed many innocent lives, similar to what has happened around the world. Such extremism has uprooted the peaceful lives of local residents in the region.

RT (2019-12-05). RT's Ruptly video agency producer detained at NATO summit in London & questioned under Terrorism Act. rt.com The accreditation of RT's Ruptly video agency at the NATO summit in London was withdrawn without any explanation, while its producer was detained by UK police and questioned under the Terrorism Act. | NATO's 70th anniversary gathering, which took place in the British capital on Tuesday and Wednesday, was a big event and Ruptly, of course, couldn't ignore it. The agency applied for press credentials beforehand and received an accreditation approval letter via email. | So the assigned producer went to routinely pick up his pass to be able to film at the summit. The organizers asked him to wait in the lobby where…

Staff (2019-12-05). Edward Snowden: If I Came Back to the U.S., I Would Likely Die in Prison for Telling the Truth. democracynow.org The Right Livelihood Awards celebrated their 40th anniversary Wednesday at the historic Cirkus Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, where more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate this year's four laureates: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Chinese women's rights lawyer Guo Jianmei, Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, the Yanomami Hutukara Association; and Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar, who has challenged the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara for decades. The Right Livelihood Award is known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." Over the past four deca…

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Fall 1941: Pearl Harbor and The Wars of Corporate America
Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-06
Washington knew a Japanese fleet was on its way to Pearl Harbor, but welcomed the attack since a Japanese aggression would make it possible to "sell" the war to an anti-war American public.
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Congo: Millions Die While the "UN Keeps the Peace"
Ann Garrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
In its most recent report to the UN Security Council, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) blandly recounted "progress" in service to their mission, but what is their mission? Up until 2013, MONUSCO had …
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Medical Doctors Protest Failure of UK Home Secretary to Act on Mr Julian Assange
Doctors for Assange | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
Medical doctors who wrote to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel last month calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have today issued a further urgent appeal. | Despite worldwide media coverage of their open …
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Crimes against Humanity: US Sanctions Harm One Third of World's People
Sara Flounders | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
The most insidious and pervasive form of modern warfare by Wall Street and the Pentagon, acting in coordination, is passing largely unnoticed and unchallenged. This calculated attack is rolling back decades of progress in health care, sanitation, housing, essential infrastructure …
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Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia Coup, Trump Dubs Nicaragua 'National Security Threat' and Targets Mexico
Ben Norton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
Note from The Grayzone's editor: This article was updated on November 29 with more information about US sanctions against Nicaragua. | After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a "national security threat" and announced new sanctions, …
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Global Warming and the Ozone Layer: What's More Dangerous, CO2 or Nuclear War?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
Prof. Max Gluckman (1911-1975) showed how ritualized forms of rebellion against those in power "through a controlled expression of hostility" ultimately leads to the reinforcement of the established structures of authority. Is that not what is happening today? The movement against capitalism is funded and supported by capitalism.
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Trump Administration Passes Bill to Eliminate Food Stamps
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday a bill that could eliminate the federal food stamp program for nearly 700,000 people by strictly enforcing work requirements. | RELATED: | Trump Blasts 'Two Faced' Trudeau Over Leaked NATO Summit Video | The measure, which was proposed by the Department of Agriculture in February, will require eligible adults without children to work at least 20 hours a week so as not to lose their benefits under the Supplem…
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When imperialism targets Cuban doctors, it targets human solidarity
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-05
News item: Three right-wing Latin American governments have forced out Cuban doctors working in their countries. Over 8,000 of them departed from Brazil in late 2018 and 382 doctors left Ecuador in mid-November 2019. Some 700 Cuban doctors exited Bolivia after the coup there on Nov. 10. Brazilian President Bolsonaro alleged that Cuban doctors were …
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How middle class Bolivia learned to stop worrying and love the coup
Wyatt Reed | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-05
In and around La Paz, middle class Bolivians have fallen under the spell of the junta's propaganda campaign against Evo…
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Indigenous People Reaffirm Support for Protests in Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
The Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) reaffirmed on Thursday its support for the anti-government protests that have been taking place in Colombia for the last two weeks. | RELATED: | Disapproval Rating for Colombia's Duque Reaches 70 Percent | He said that the Indigenous peoples who traveled to Bogota from different departments in order to suppo…
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Edward Snowden: In the US, I Would Likely Die in Prison for Telling the Truth
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
The Right Livelihood Awards celebrated their 40th anniversary Wednesday at the historic Cirkus Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, where more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate this year's four laureates: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Chinese women's rights lawyer Guo Jianmei, Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, the Yanomami Hutukara Association; and Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar, who has challenged the Moroccan occupation of We…
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Disapproval Rating for Colombia's Duque Reaches 70 Percent
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
The disapproval towards the government of Colombian President, Ivan Duque, has reached 70 percent, a survey from the Invamer group read on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombians Make Third National Strike in Less Than Two Weeks | The survey, made at the end of November, highlighted that 79 percent of respondents believe that the situation in the country is getting worse and only 11 percent feel optimistic about the way the government has handle the crises inside the South American na…
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Ecuadorean Gov't Slams UN Report About Repressing Protesters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
The government of Ecuador justified onThursday, through a statement, the repression of protesters who took to the streets in October for ten days to reject the economic reform that Lenin Moreno's regime intended to impose. | RELATED: | UN: Unnecessary and Disproportionate Repression in Ecuador | The text, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, questions the report presented by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirming the unnecessary and…
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Spying on Assange: the Spanish Case Takes a Turn
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Judge José de la Mata of Spain's High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, had been facing a good deal of stonewalling on the part of his British colleagues. He is overseeing an investigation into the surveillance activities of a Spanish security firm aimed at WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, during his stay at the Ecuadorean embassy in…
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US Military Finishes Pullback From Northeast Syria
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
The United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country after repositioning and reducing forces, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during an interview with Reuters. | RELATED: | Turkey Stands Its Ground Against NATO Over Syria Dispute | Esper explained that this could signal the end of a period of turbulence and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. military presence in Syria after Pres…
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U.S. Considers Sending Several Thousand More Troops to Mideast
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-05
The news comes amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.
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French Police Fire Tear Gas at Workers Protesting Macron Reform
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
Police fired tear gas at protesters in the center of Paris on Thursday and public transport ground to a near halt in one of the biggest strikes in France for decades, aimed at forcing President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned reform of pensions. | RELATED: | Spain, UK, France to 'Advise' Chile's Police on Public Order | Video captured by Reuters showed tear gas canisters and firecrackers also being thrown back towards police as a crowd of protesters passed along the street, ch…
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ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture
Brett Wilkins | commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
By 2006, at least 100 prisoners had died in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of them violently, according to government data. (Photo: US torture Image by Witness Against Torture) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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How American Exceptionalism is Killing the Planet
William J. Astore | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Ever since 2007, I've been arguing against America's forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it's no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign peoples pay a far higher price in lives lost…
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Donald Trump Keeps Navy SEALs Above the Law
Matthew Cole | theintercept.com | 2019-12-05
Rear Admiral Collin Green had a problem. Green, a Navy SEAL and commander of Naval Special Warfare, knew that his community — 3,000 active duty SEALs, their families, and the several thousand former and retired SEALs who make up their elite military tribe — was locked in a culture war over one notorious SEAL. What could he do about Eddie Gallagher? | Gallagher, a sniper and medic, had stabbed an injured and unarmed ISIS detainee who may have been as young as 14 during a deployment in Mosul, Iraq, in 2017. The case had made headlines internationally, and Gallagher had won prominent support from Preside…
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ALEC-Crafted Laws Could Send Me to Prison for a Decade for My Activism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
This week, corporate executives and legislators from around the country are gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) annual States and Nation Policy Summit, where they will craft policies to introduce into state legislatures. More than a dozen groups have protested outside the meeting. ALEC is a shadowy group — meeting in secret, hiding its membership, and prohibiting journalists and the public from observing its activities. Various watchdogs ha…
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Great March of Return to Resume Next Friday
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
The High National Committee for the March of Return and Breaking the Siege in the Gaza Strip has announced that the border protests will resume next Friday, Days of Palestine reported. In a meeting held on Monday, members of the National Committee discussed several important issues and affirmed in a …
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Soldiers Abduct One Palestinian, Injure Many Schoolgirls, In Jerusalem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday afternoon, one Palestinian and injured many schoolgirls in Anata Palestinian town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. Najwa Refa'ey, the principal of Anata H School for Girls, said many army jeeps invaded the street in front of the school, and attacked many young men who protested the …
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Biased Media Coverage of Iranian Unrest and Protest Movement
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
The Mainstream Media is pushing forth the weaponized narrative that the Iranian government is carrying out a cover-up of mass killings that supposedly occurred during its recent unrest, though this is nothing more than an infowar conspiracy designed to make …
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Australian teenagers call for support for Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
"The only way to help Assange is a mass of people having his back and supporting him so that they have to release him because the people are against it."
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Mueller probe accessed the Google account of Assange supporter Somerset Bean
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
Somerset Bean, an artist and political activist, who has been a staunch supporter of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, revealed on Monday that Google was compelled by court order to provide the US authorities access to his online account.
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Doctors condemn failure of British government to answer letter demanding medical care for Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
The doctors state that "the UK government's refusal to take the required measures to protect Mr Assange's rights, health and dignity appears…unlawfully and unnecessarily exposes Mr Assange to potentially irreversible medical risks."
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Russia Is Willing to Extend START III Without Preconditions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
The Russian Federation is willing to extend the term of the Strategic Weapons Reduction Treaty (START III) with the U.S. without preconditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared at a Defense meeting, in Moscow. | RELATED: | Russia, China Launch Gas Pipeline Connecting Both Countries | "Russia is ready immediately, as soon as possible, even before the end of this year, without any prior condition, to extend the START II…
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Impeachment hearing opens with Democratic Party blast against Russia
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
The opening statement by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler set the tone for a hearing that repeatedly returned to the bogus allegations of massive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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Today's Republican Party Preserves US Legacy of Slavery and Imperialism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
On the Thursday of the second week of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment hearings, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had a special guest on his weekly podcast, Carl Bernstein. It was Bernstein, with fellow Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, whose reporting broke open the story of how the…
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Sweden Offers Free Higher Ed, Universal Health Care, Daycare — Why Can't the US?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
Medicare for All and tuition-free universities have been at the core of the 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns, creating a stark division between progressive candidates and their centrist counterparts. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have proposed to make Medicare for All and public universities cost-free by taxing massive corporations and the super wealthy, and earlier this year, Sanders introduced legislation that would cancel student loan debt. His plan would be paid for with a…
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Bernie Sanders Pulls Ahead in Crucial Primary
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-05
A new poll released Thursday found that Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field in California–but you wouldn't have known it by reading the Los Angeles Times' original headline on the survey, which mentioned Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, but not the senator from Vermont. | "Warren and Biden lose ground in California's shifting 2020 Democratic race," read the newspaper's initial…
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Mexico's Govt Launches Massive Auction For 'Robin Hood' Program
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
Mexico's government announced on Wednesday an auction of 600 lots consisting in more than 4,000 seized jewels, vehicles and residences,‚Äã officials said on Wednesday, as part of a "Robin Hood" program to use millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains to aid the poor. | RELATED: | 70 Percent of Mexico's Illegal Weapons Come From US: Report | The announcement was made by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at his morning press conference in the National Palace where…
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Trump Seeks Another $250 Million in Lethal Aid for Ukraine
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-12-05
With other nations trying to help Ukraine negotiate a deal to end that situation peacefully, the US keeps pouring weapons into the country.

Trump Seeks Another $250 Million in Lethal Aid for Ukraine

As Abortion Access Dwindles, App Offers Safe and Discreet Options
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
Each year, 25 million unsafe abortions are performed around the world. The rate of unsafe abortions is higher where access to skilled providers and effective contraception is limited or unavailable, or where sexual education is lacking. | Accessing medically accurate information about abortion can be a sensitive pursuit for people desperate for answers; it's particularly dire if they're pregnant without wanting to be. Decisions based on misinformation can lead to disability — and even death. | Earl…
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Wealthy Nations Are Condemning Hundreds of Millions to Suffer
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-05
Only by sharing technologies and giving trillions to the U.N. can the West protect developing countries from the effects of climate change.
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Los Angeles school board commits to renewable energy after months of grassroots campaigning
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-12-05
"This 100% Clean Energy school district commitment demonstrates what can happen when students, parents, teachers and school district leaders work to move the needle on climate."
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Big polluters must be 'held liable' for destruction of climate, campaigners say at COP 25
Eoin Higgins | nationofchange.org | 2019-12-05
"For decades, big polluters have gone to any lengths to block, weaken, and delay policy. That time is over."
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Countries Have a Duty to Pursue Disability-Inclusive Climate Action, According to New Report
commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
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New Report Confirms: Human Rights Are Integral to Climate Action
commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
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All you need to know about cryosphere and why it's important for earth?
George Stacey | nationofchange.org | 2019-12-05
The scientists at Norvergence found that the interactions between ices cover and snow make the cryosphere very important for the global climate.
nationofchange.org/2019/12/05/all-you-ne…

Venezuela: Guaido Embattled as Opposition Splits over New Corruption Scandal
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-12-05
The latest scandal has further called into doubt Guaido's credibility as leader of the opposition.
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International Support Growing for BDS Movement
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
European Union (EU) countries' are taking steps towards boycotting the Israeli apartheid system, using its legal, legislative and parliamentary institutions to oppose the occupation, Palestine News Network reported. The EU condemned the Trump administration's positions and policies carried out in the Palestinian Territories, occupied by Israel since 1967, especially in …
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Pompeo vows intervention against "riots" in Washington's "own backyard"
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
Immediately following Pompeo's provocative speech, the US slapped new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, which the secretary of state accused of fomenting violence.
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Brazil: Judge Acquits Lula, Dilma of Alleged Illicit Financing
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
Brazil's Federal Justice Wednesday acquitted former leftist presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff of accusations of being part of a criminal organization whose purpose was to divert public funds to the Workers' Party (PT).‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED:…
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Family of Sami Abu Diak Demand Israel Release Body
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
The family of prisoner Sami Abu Diak, who recently died from cancer while in Israeli custody, called on human rights and humanitarian institutions to promptly intervene, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The family appealed to human rights and humanitarian organizations to pressure the Israeli authorities to release …
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Army Demolishes A Garage, Carwash Structure, Near Bethlehem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the village of al-Walaja, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, before demolishing a garage, and a carwash facility. Nonviolent activist, Ibrahim Awad, said the two demolished structures are owned by a local man, identified as Husam Khalifa. He added that the …
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The Mad Activist Impeaches Western Culture
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Dear Hot-to-Impeach Congressional Democrats, I thought of you when I read "Why the Ukraine Scheme Matters," the November 25 editorial in the New York Times. As usual, Times syntax and grammar are superb and the editors' argumentation skills fully justify the current high tuition rates at name universities. So, congrats, Impeacho-crats! The Times delivered your…
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Dominica's UWP Violence Causes Disruptive Impact, Expert Says
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
Polling expert, Peter Wickham was interviewed by teleSUR and exposed his criteria on polls results regarding Dominica's current situation with just a few hours away from a general election. | RELATED: | Dominica: Court Rejects Opposition Attempt to Stop Election | Peter Wickham, from the Caribbean Development Research Services, told teleSUR that during p…
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Mexican Gov't Pushes Social Security Bill for Domestic Workers
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
Zoe Robledo, director general of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, explained today the scope of a civic security pilot plan that seeks to benefit the domestic sector, one of the most forgotten in the country and mostly composed by women. | RELATED: | Mexico Seeking Cooperation With US to Cease Arms Flow | The official was one of the many guests invited to the morning press conference at the National Palace for a round of presentations led by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…
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Mexico Seeking Cooperation With US to Cease Arms Flow
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-05
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday his government will seek to strengthen cooperation with the United States to control the flow of "arms and dollars" during meetings this week with U.S. Attorney General William Barr. | RELATED: | 70 Percent of Mexico's Illegal Weapons Come From US: Report | "Two issues that must be discussed are the introduction of arms and dollars, and of course drugs," Lopez Obrador said during his regular morning news conference. "Th…
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Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Reveal How Much He Made at Ukrainian Oil Company
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-12-05
Hunter Biden has been ordered by an Arkansas judge to produce five years of financial records in his paternity case.

Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Reveal How Much He Made at Ukrainian Oil Company

Mexican Immigration Officials Destroy Asylum Seekers' Tents
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
Mexican immigration officials arrived at a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico early Tuesday morning bearing machetes used to destroy unoccupied tents left behind by Mexican asylum seekers, according to multiple camp residents who witnessed the event. | Both refugees and volunteers said that an estimated 60 families, all Mexican nationals, were granted permission by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to cross the bridge and begin processing in the middle of the night on Monday. | Guidelines provided by CBP ind…
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Impeachment of Trump Appears Inevitable in the House
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
The House Judiciary Committee convened Wednesday for eight and a half hours of testimony to discuss what the Constitution requires for impeachment. It was an exercise that didn't reveal any new information on the investigation, but rather laid out the legal justification for Trump's potential impeachment. The hearing underscored that any eventual impeachment will most likely be partisan. Judiciary Committee Republicans continued the House GOP's approach of raising procedural complaints and bad-faith attacks on the D…
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DeVos Accused of Scheming to Stop Next President From Canceling Student Debt
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-05
Billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week proposed handing over the federal government's $1.5 trillion student loan portfolio to a "stand-alone government corporation," a move observers condemned as a corrupt ploy to strip the next president of the ability to cancel student loan debt. | "This very much appears to be a Betsy DeVos scheme to block the next president from unilaterally forgiving f…
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Soldiers Abduct Fourteen Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, at least fourteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the soldiers invaded and violently searched homes, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has confirmed. The PPS said the soldiers abducted Sufian an-Natsha, Islam Rajabi and Mohammad Rajabi, …
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Soldiers Destroy Machines In Industrial Structure, Demolish Four Rooms, Near Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron in southern West Bank, and destroyed machines in a blacksmith and lathe workshop, in addition to demolishing four residential rooms in Yatta nearby town. The soldiers invaded the ath-Thaheriyya town, before storming a blacksmith and a lathe workshop, and deliberately …
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Illegal Israeli Colonists Install Mobile Home, Burn Tires, Near Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-05
Many fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed, Thursday, a mobile home on Palestinian lands in Burqa village, north of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and burnt tires on the man Jenin-Nablus road. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities, said the colonists invaded private …
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New Silk Roads in Action at China-Kazakh Border
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
We are cruising on a pristine, 380 km-long four-lane superhighway from Almaty to Khorgos — finished in 2016 for $1.25 billion, 85% of the cost covered by a World Bank loan. And then, suddenly, riding parallel to us, there's the …
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Look Out for the Drift
Andrés Castro | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
In the mid-nineties, after receiving a BA in psychology, psychopathology was on my mind daily. I worked at a group home for psychiatrically diagnosed teens in Queens, New York; later as a psychiatric rehab counselor for adults transitioning from group homes to independent living in the South Bronx. My experiences were disturbing enough to make…
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The U-Turn That Made America Staggeringly Unequal
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Wealth in America has concentrated — and dramatically so — over the past four decades. Since 1980, note wealth researchers Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the top 0.1 percent share of the nation's total wealth has more than doubled, from under 10 percent in 1980 to over 20 percent today. In a nation of over…
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The Hillsborough Soccer Tragedy: Who is Responsible?
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Who was responsible for the deaths of 96 people and the hundreds injured in the collapse of stands at a soccer match in England in 1989? A jury at the Preston Crown Court in England last week exonerated David Duckenfield for responsibility for the Hillsborough tragedy. A 1991 inquiry said it was accidental and not…
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A Playboy Misrules Pakistan
L. Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Unlike Western press practices, Pakistan's privacy traditions constrain a robust discussion of the private lives of celebrities in electronic or print media. However, hush-hush gossip, group text messages, and social media in Pakistan are as brutal as anywhere else in the world. As such private lives of political leaders, such as Prime Minister Imran Khan…
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The Most Important Election in British History
Josh White | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Democracy in Britain has never been particularly strong or vibrant. Yet, for the first time in decades, the British people face a real choice at the ballot box in December. It wasn't long ago that any possibility of radical change was excluded from the outset. |…
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Don't Look, Don't See: Time for Honest Media Reporting on Impacts of Pesticides
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
The UK-based Independent online newspaper recently published an article about a potential link between air pollution from vehicles and glaucoma. It stated that according to a new study air pollution is linked to the eye condition that causes blindness. The report explained that researchers had looked at vision tests carried out on more than 111,000 people across Britain between 2006 and 2010 and cross-referenced results against levels of air pollution in their neighbourhoods. Those living in areas with higher amounts of fine particulate matter were at least 6% more likely to have glaucoma than those in the least…
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Another Utility Disaster Headed Our Way
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Twenty years ago Montana's Republicans enacted the worst and most costly public policy decision in the state's history. Overwhelming Republican majorities in the state legislature and Republican Gov. Marc Racicot colluded to launch a very complex bill hundreds of pages long near the very end of the legislative session that would overturn the historic regulation…
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The Big Deal in Warren's Prescription Drug Plan
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Earlier this month, Senator Warren put out a set of steps that she would put forward as president as part of a transition to Medicare for All. The items that got the most attention were including everyone over age 50 and under age 18 in Medicare, and providing people of all ages with the option…
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Big Rallies and Big Differences in Germany
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Looking out my window at the wide Karl Marx Allee boulevard below, I have seen many a big May Day parade march by in the old GDR days, and many a passing bicycle race or Marathon. Recently, for the first time, I saw a slow, endless column of green or yellow tractors. I learned later…
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Indian Communists fighting against Modi government's racist citizenship bill
Ben Chacko | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-05
The Narendra Modi government's approval of a racist citizenship law shows that it has "no idea about the history and the sacrifices of our freedom struggle," leading Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politician Brinda Karat has charged. Karat denounced the ruling BJP's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which the cabinet approved on Wednesday, and warned the …
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Investments in Oil and Gas Production Over the Next Five Years Will Lock-In More than 1.5 ∞C of Global Warming
commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
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Harry Dunn's parents write to Dominic Raab seeking an 'urgent' meeting to 'find a way forward'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-05
The parents of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn have written to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a bid to reach "common ground".The 19-year-old's mother Charlotte Charles and father Tim Dunn have requested a further meeting with Mr Raab "urgently" and would attend in "good faith".In the letter, Harry's family have said their position is that the Foreign Secretary should be approaching them for a meeting, but they have reached out to "find a way forward" after their recent public exchanges.Last month, Harry's father travelled to Raab's constituency in Esher and Walton in order to confront him over his handling of…
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Inside the CIA: An Interview with Douglas Valentine
Douglas Valentine | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
In the following interview, Valentine reflects on a variety of issues including the Phoenix Program, plausible deniability, paramilitary wars, drug trafficking, sabotage, blackmail, propaganda, Operation GLADIO, class interests of the CIA establishment, Trump, the Mueller Report and the Bidens. | Heidi …
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Harriet Tubman Film Highlights the Leading Role of Africans in Their Own Liberation
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
Title: Harriet | Director: Kasi Lemmons | Producers: Gregory Allen Howard, Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg | Screenplay: Gregory Allen Howard, Kasi Lemmons | Starring: Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman along with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monáe | Since the conclusion …
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SEP candidate Thomas Scripps addresses UK Somali community hustings
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
The November 30 meeting was attended by representatives of voluntary and campaigning organisations. The Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties and Plaid Cymru also sent representatives.
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Honduran court sentences seven men for killing of Berta Cáceres
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
The court ruling provides window-dressing for the authoritarian forms of rule introduced with the 2009 coup backed by the Obama administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/05/bert…

Ukraine scandal involves a trifecta of unconstitutional Trump abuses
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-05
The impeachment of a U.S. president for the fourth time in history is more serious than any of the three that have gone before it. This time there is before the American people proof that Donald Trump is guilty of a trifecta of "high crimes and misdemeanors" stipulated in the Constitution as impeachable offenses. He …
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Public Citizen Supports Call for Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
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Professor Turley Is Dead Wrong on Impeachment and Here's Why
Hank Edson | commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
Professor Jonathan Turley testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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China's High-Speed Trains
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
One of the great advantages of train travel compared to flying is the saving in wasted time. A flight in most any country normally involves a one-hour trip to the airport with a requirement to arrive at least 1.5 hours …
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Arbitrary Law Enforcement in the US
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
Glenn Greenwald wrote that "the most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The US administration has not only asserted …
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The Relationship between Cell Phones and Cancer? The Health Impacts of RF Radiation. WHO Report
Microwave News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
After eight years of work, the World Health Organization ( WHO) is reopening its review of the health effects of RF radiation for a summary report intended to serve as a benchmark for its more than 150 member countries. …
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Grand Canyon Under Threat as Trump's Nuclear Working Group Considers Allowing Uranium Mining
Western Values Project | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
Right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation have previously recommended revoking the mineral withdrawal area, which would again allow dangerous uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. Meanwhile, the White House Nuclear Fuel Working Group — a working group reviewing how …
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Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World
Prof. John McMurtry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
62 individuals — 388 in 2010 — now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.
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Increased Incidence of Brain Cancer. Caused by Exposure to Pesticides and Electromagnetic Fields?
Equipe Phonegate | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
In July 2019 (updated in September 2019), the French Public Health Agency " Santé Publique France", together with the Francim cancer registries, the Hospices Civils de Lyon and the Institut National du Cancer, published national estimates of cancer incidence …
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Detroit Demolition Bond Proposal Defeated Amid Mass Discontent
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
On November 19, the Detroit City Council voted down a bond proposal advanced by corporate-imposed Mayor Mike Duggan ostensibly designed to eliminate blighted residential properties in this overwhelmingly impoverished African American municipality. | The latest bond initiative came to the city's …
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Australian media's "Chinese spy defection" story unravels
wsws.org | 2019-12-05
The collapse of Wang Liqiang's story, and the revelation that he is most likely "the spy who wasn't," is an object lesson in the fraudulent character of the entire anti-China campaign.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/05/wang…

It's a Race Against Time for Labour in Next Week's Momentous UK Elections
Rachel Shabi | thenation.com | 2019-12-05
It's a Race Against Time for Labour in Next Week's Momentous UK Elections…
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Extremism Strikes Xinjiang
CGTN | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-05
Countless terrorist attacks occurred in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang from 1990 to 2016. Terrorism has destroyed many innocent lives, similar to what has happened around the world. Such extremism has uprooted the peaceful lives of local residents in the region.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/extremism-str…

RT's Ruptly video agency producer detained at NATO summit in London & questioned under Terrorism Act
rt.com | 2019-12-05
The accreditation of RT's Ruptly video agency at the NATO summit in London was withdrawn without any explanation, while its producer was detained by UK police and questioned under the Terrorism Act. | NATO's 70th anniversary gathering, which took place in the British capital on Tuesday and Wednesday, was a big event and Ruptly, of course, couldn't ignore it. The agency applied for press credentials beforehand and received an accreditation approval letter via email. | So the assigned producer went to routinely pick up his pass to be able to film at the summit. The organizers asked him to wait in the lobby where…
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Edward Snowden: If I Came Back to the U.S., I Would Likely Die in Prison for Telling the Truth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-05
The Right Livelihood Awards celebrated their 40th anniversary Wednesday at the historic Cirkus Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, where more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate this year's four laureates: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Chinese women's rights lawyer Guo Jianmei, Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, the Yanomami Hutukara Association; and Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar, who has challenged the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara for decades. The Right Livelihood Award is known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." Over the past four deca…
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Aminatou Haidar Honored For Decades of Peaceful Resistance in Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-05
In Stockholm, Democracy Now! sat down with one of the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award: Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar. For over three decades, Haidar has led a peaceful campaign to resist the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, which is often called Africa's last colony. Morocco has occupied Western Sahara — a small region just south of Morocco in northwest Africa — since 1975. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the occupation. Peaceful protesters, led by women, are routinely beaten in the streets. Despite this violent repress…
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Sweden Provides Free Higher Education, Universal Healthcare, Free Daycare — Why Can't the U.S.?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-05
Medicare for All and tuition-free universities have been at the core of the 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns, creating a stark division between progressive candidates and their centrist counterparts. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have proposed to make Medicare for All and public universities cost-free by taxing massive corporations and the super wealthy, and earlier this year, Sanders introduced legislation that would cancel student loan debt. His plan would be paid for with a new tax on Wall Street, he says. It would also make public universities and community colleges free — a key pil…
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People Who Want to Ban Fracking Immediately, Says Joe Biden, 'Oughta Vote for Someone Else'
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
"Might I recommend Bernie Sanders: the climate candidate," responds Vermont senator's press secretary. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Impeach Trump for This': Video Shows Final Hours of Teen's Horrible Death in US Immigration Detention Center
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
Contrary to claims by Border Patrol, "they didn't take him to the hospital. They didn't release him. They didn't even seem to check on him as he was dying on the floor of his cell." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'All roads lead to Putin!' Pelosi tells Americans impeachment not really about Ukraine but all about… Russia
rt.com | 2019-12-05
For Americans still confused why exactly Democrats want to impeach President Donald Trump — something about Ukraine, maybe? — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has helpfully clarified that it's all about Russia and always has been. | Briefing reporters on the impeachment inquiry on Thursday, Pelosi (D-California) made sure to point out that "this isn't about Ukraine, this is about Russia." | Russia. It's about Russia. Russia invading eastern Ukraine …all roads lead to Putin. Understand that. | That may come as a surprise given the Democrats' recent line of argument that Trump must be impeached because h…
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Pelosi calls upon House Judiciary Committee to write articles of impeachment
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-05
In an historic address to the nation this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the Congress of the United States is moving forward for the fourth time in the nation's history to impeach the president of the United States. Her announcement was a rejection of the argument mounted yesterday before the Judiciary Committee by …
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'Cruel coward' Trump versus 'nervous wreck' Pelosi: Impeachment drama heats up (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-12-05
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had barely announced the impeachment of President Donald Trump, before the California Democrat and the embattled president were verbally clubbing each other — and in Pelosi's case, the media. | After the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry against Trump wrapped up, and a report was sent to the Judiciary Committee, Pelosi announced on Thursday that she would instruct the Democrat-led committee to draft articles of impeachment against the president, bringing Trump one step closer to a Senate trial. | With the issue of whether or not Trump actually committed the "hi…
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Pelosi says Trump to be impeached, Trump says 'do it fast, but I'll win'
rt.com | 2019-12-05
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, following a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry. | Pelosi — who has until recently been cautious about the political ramifications of impeaching the president — announced the decision on Thursday. Two days earlier, the House Intelligence Committee voted to send a report to the Judiciary Committee. The document alleges that the evidence of Trump's misconduct is "overwhelming." | Today, Pelosi echoed this sentiment, telling reporters that "the president's actions have se…
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'If you're going to impeach me, do it fast': Trump challenges Dems to get moving
rt.com | 2019-12-05
US President Donald Trump has called on House Democrats to move quickly if they are going to impeach him at all, so that "we can have a fair trial in the Senate" and the country can move on. | In a series of tweets sent early on Thursday, Trump repeated his view that Democrats "have no impeachment case", and adding that they "are demeaning our country." | …..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to "Clean the Swamp," and that's wh…
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Speaker Pelosi Seeks Articles of Impeachment
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-12-05
Speaker Pelosi Seeks Articles of Impeachment…
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