Daily Archives: December 9, 2019

2019-12-09: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-09). Israel's War Minister Naftali Bennett Threatens Iran. globalresearch.ca Israeli ruling authorities are the most extremist in Jewish state history. Arab MKs aside, the vast majority of Knesset members are militantly hardline racists, threatening regional peace and stability. | New Right party head Naftali Bennett earlier held various ministries, including …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-09). Banning Russian Athletes? Politicized International Sports Competition Rears Its Ugly Head Again. globalresearch.ca Olympism and other major international sports events are all about profiteering, exploiting athletes, scandalous wheeling, dealing, collusion, and bribery, marginalizing the poor, other disenfranchised groups, and affected communities, sticking taxpayers with the bill, and providing nothing in return but hype …

Ralph Nader (2019-12-09). Why Not Also Go With "The Kitchen Table" Impeachable Offenses for Removal? counterpunch.org Will the Democrats move to impeach Trump for a narrow brace of violations and accept that the Senate Republicans will keep this outlaw in the White House? Or will they present the Senate with the President's many proven impeachable offenses, thereby requiring the Senate Republicans, before live national television, in a public trial to defend More

W. T. Whitney (2019-12-09). Hitting at Cuban Doctors and at Human Solidarity. counterpunch.org News item: Three rightwing Latin American governments have forced out Cuban doctors working in their countries. Over 8000 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 November 10. Brazilian President Bolsonaro alleged that Cuban doctors were More

teleSUR, jg (2019-12-09). Brazil: Hundreds Of At-Risk Families Moved From Collapsing Dams. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian media said on Sunday that hundreds of families were evacuated away from their homes because four dams from the mining company VALE are in great risk of collapse. | RELATED: | Brazil: Attack on Guajajara Indigenous People Leaves 1 Dead | According to the mining company, returning the families to their homes can take years because occupation o…

commondreams (2019-12-09). Native American COP25 Delegation Demands United States Take Action to Protect Indigenous Women. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-12-09). NATO Doesn't Care that Montenegro Is a Haven for Crime and Corruption. globalresearch.ca There was international jubilation when Montenegro seceded from its union with Serbia in 2006 after a controversial referendum. The Referendum Law prevented Montenegrins living and registered in Serbia from voting in the referendum, ensuring that tens of thousands of Montenegrins, …

Alan Macleod (2019-12-09). UPS Joins Media Chorus In Thanking Police For Murder of Frank Ordonez. mintpressnews.com In a clear example of a US establishment shielding police from brutality, UPS released a bizarre statement thanking police for killing their driver, while CNN and NBC obscured officers from any wrongdoing.

teleSUR (2019-12-09). Colombia National Strike Committee Announces More Protests. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Strike Committee announced Monday that they will continue to protest against right-wing President Ivan Duqueas as peacefull demonstrations will keep on until Dec. 10. | RELATED: | 'A Song for Colombia' Gathers Thousands as Protests Continue | "I repeat the strike has organization and direction throughout the country, objectives that represent millions of Colombians and a massive, peaceful and creative line of action," Central Workers' Union's President Diogenes…

Alan Macleod (2019-12-09). Newsweek Journalist Quits After Editors Kill Report on Syria Chemical Attack Scandal. theantimedia.com It is rare that the world gets to see so publicly the myth of a free and independent press busted.

Alan Macleod (2019-12-09). Newsweek Journo Quits After Editors Kills Report On Syria Chemical Attack Scandal. mintpressnews.com "I have collected evidence of how they [Newsweek] suppressed the story in addition to evidence from another case where info inconvenient to US government was removed, though it was factually correct."

Rick Sterling (2019-12-09). A Beautiful but Deceptive Documentary: "For Sama" globalresearch.ca The documentary movie "For Sama" has won a host of awards in Europe and North America. Its producers and protagonists, Syrians Waad Kateab and her husband Dr. Hamza Kateab plus English film-maker Edward Watts, have received gushing praise. And …

Arabi Souri (2019-12-09). Syria Will Not Cooperate with the OPCW New Investigation Team. globalresearch.ca OPCW was used before to justify the invasion of Iraq, providing a temporary cover before exposed, to the pariah states in the world is at it again, this time willingly and without death threats to its teams, and this time …

Rick Sterling (2019-12-09). For Sama: A Beautiful Yet Deceptive Documentary That Betrays Reality in Syria. mintpressnews.com The documentary movie "For Sama" has won a host of awards in Europe and North America. Its producers and protagonists, Syrians Waad Kateab and her husband Dr. Hamza Kateab plus English film-maker Edward Watts, have received gushing praise. And the awards will probably keep coming. | Unfortunately, behind the human interest story, the film "For Sama" is little more than propaganda: biased, misleading, and politically partisan. | Hiding Basic Facts about Aleppo: | "For Sama" is a full-length documentary with a moving personal story. It combines…

teleSUR (2019-12-09). Chile's Senate Commission Rejects Gov't 'Anti-Looting' Bill. telesurenglish.net The Security Commission of the Chilean Senate decided Monday to make corrections to the text of an 'anti-looting' law, a draft bill proposed by right-wing Sebastian Piñera's government to punish more harshly the crimes committed in the frame of social protests. | RELATED: | Social Inequality is Generating Conflict in Latin America: UNDP | The initiative, which was approved last Wednesday by the Chamber of Deputies, will be debated by the Senate starting from zero because they c…

Staff (2019-12-09). Chemical Companies Are Building Their Plants Overseas and Shipping Them Back In. truthout.org This article was produced in partnership with The Times-Picayune and The Advocate, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. | Twice during the last decade, chemical giant Methanex has disassembled a massive methanol plant located at the southern tip of Chile and moved it to Louisiana. | The ship traveled through the Strait of Magellan, along the east coast of South America, into the Gulf of Mexico and up…

Norman Solomon (2019-12-09). Kerry's Endorsement of Biden Fits: Two Deceptive Supporters of the Iraq War. globalresearch.ca The spectacle of Kerry praising Biden as a seasoned leader amounts to one supporter of the Iraq catastrophe attesting to the character and experience of another supporter of the same catastrophe. | *** | On Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post sent out …

Kirkpatrick Sale (2019-12-09). Political Collapse: The Center Cannot Hold. counterpunch.org Have you noticed? From Hong Kong to Baghdad, Paris to Tehran, 2019 is shaping up to be, as the New York Times dubbed it, "the year of the protest." Violent—and often deadly—anti-government protests are breaking out throughout the world in an unprecedented fashion, in rich countries as well as poor, as people everywhere are expressing their anger at corrupt, inefficient, brutal, and unresponsive regimes. More

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-09). Hunger-striker in Serious Condition. imemc.org Ahmad Zahran, a Palestinian administrative detainee held in Israeli jails who has been on hunger strike for 78 consecutive days, in protest against his incarceration without charge or trial, is in serious health condition and has been admitted to an Israeli hospital, today, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS). Zahran, …

Pepe Escobar (2019-12-09). What Really Happened in Iran? Wave of Protests in 100 Cities. globalresearch.ca On November 15, a wave of protests engulfed over 100 Iranian cities as the government resorted to an extremely unpopular measure: a fuel tax hike of as much as 300%, without a semblance of a PR campaign to explain the …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-12-09). What Have the US and Protesters in Lebanon Achieved over Iran and Its Allies? globalresearch.ca For several weeks now, much of the Lebanese population has turned on the country's traditional political leaders and wrought havoc on the corrupt domestic political system. Those who have ruled the country for decades have offered little in the way …

WSWS (2019-12-09). Youth demonstrating in Australia speak out against climate change and war. wsws.org Students attended climate change protests in major cities in solidarity with rallies organised globally on November 29.

Fréa Lockley (2019-12-09). Here's more proof that Johnson doesn't give a s*** about the climate emergency. thecanary.co On 9 December, Boris Johnson showed once again that he really doesn't care about the climate emergency. | Jet set: | In a last-minute effort to woo voters, Johnson visited Labour strongholds in the north of England. But following a trip to a fish market in Grimsby, he took a private jet from Doncaster to Teeside. This is an 84-mile t…

WSWS (2019-12-09). UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer: "With censorship inevitably comes tyranny" wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Nils Melzer, who denounced the role of governments and the mainstream media in the persecution of Julian Assange and warned of the dangerous consequences of the erosion of democratic rights.

Heather Stroud (2019-12-09). Question for Kirbymoorside UK Hustings Meeting: Would you stand up for Julian Assange? dissidentvoice.org To those candidates who are putting themselves forward as MPs to become a voice within the UK Parliament — would you stand up for Julian Assange and for those who. in speaking truth, have the audacity to challenge the dialogue of power? I am disappointed that my question relating to the arbitrary detention of Julian …

WSWS (2019-12-09). Exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden condemns persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org Edward Snowden gave an interview via live video link to The Right Livelihood Awards in Stockholm, in which he categorically defended WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

WSWS (2019-12-09). Hundreds of journalists around the world sign open letter demanding freedom for Assange. wsws.org The signatories declare: "As journalists and journalists' organizations that believe in human rights, freedom of information and of the public's right to know, we demand the immediate release of Julian Assange."

Ramzy Baroud (2019-12-09). Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost. mintpressnews.com Honest, objective and trust-worthy journalism in the Middle East is suffering a long, agonizing death, thanks not only to crackdowns on the media but also to well-financed propaganda empires.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-12-09). Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost. dissidentvoice.org It is hardly surprising to see Middle Eastern countries at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, as the worst violators of freedom of the press. But equally alarming is the complete polarization of public opinion as a result of self-serving media and, bankrolled by rich Arab countries, whose only goal is to serve …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-12-09). Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost. commondreams.org All state-run media throughout the Arab world were stuffed with loyalists. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Fisk (2019-12-09). Meet the Controversial Actor and Businessman Standing Up Against Egypt's el-Sisi. counterpunch.org Mohamed Ali infuriates Field Marshal President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt. His waspish, cruel, outrageously funny, solemnly pedantic videos and social media messages transmitted from his self-exile in Spain, mocking the man who overthrew Egypt's first elected president, even brought demonstrators back on to the streets of Cairo in September. But the 45-year-old actor and More

Staff (2019-12-09). Watchdog Report on Russia Probe Finds No Political Bias. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump's claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters. | The report, as described by people familiar with its findings, is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history and one that Trump has denounced as a witch hunt. It began…

Staff (2019-12-09). Anti-Doping Agency Slaps 4-Year Ban on Russia. truthdig.com The ruling means that its flag and anthem won't appear at next summer's Tokyo Olympics, but its athletes may still be able to compete.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-09). Paranoias of Interference: Russia, Reddit and the British Election. globalresearch.ca In some ways, it is a very British thing: fair play is expected; the reasonable person with all faculties intact, going about the business of living and voting. Little thought is given to the fact that these assumptions are as …

teleSUR (2019-12-09). Russia Banned for 4 Years From Olympics, 2022 World Cup. telesurenglish.net The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) handed a four-year ban to Russia Monday from the world's top sporting events, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 football World Cup. | RELATED: | Four New Sports to Appear at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games | "Wada Executive Committee unanimously endorses a four-year period of non-compliance for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency," the agency said in a statement following a meeting of its executive committee in Switzerland. | The de…

WSWS (2019-12-09). This week in history: December 9-15. wsws.org 25 years ago: Yeltsin launches First Chechen WarOn December 11, 1994, Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered troops into Chechnya, a province in the Caucuses that had been part of the Russian Federation but had declared independence in 1991 amidst the breakup of the Soviet Union. By the end of the evening, Russian forces had advanced against several thousand Chechen defenders to the outskirts of the capital, Grozny, population 400,000. Thousands of civilians were killed in the initial week-long artillery and bombing campaign.

IMEMC News (2019-12-09). Including One Journalist, Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least nine Palestinians, including one journalist, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army stormed and ransacked dozens of homes. In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdullah Abu Ibrahim, from his home in …

Alan MacLeod (2019-12-09). 'Sexy tricks': How journalists demonize Venezuela's socialist government, in their own words. thegrayzone.com Journalists revealed to me the tactics they use to sell stories painting Venezuela as a socialist dystopia. One described himself…

Paul Dobson (2019-12-09). Venezuela's Civilian Militia Surpasses Target, Reaches 3.3 Million Members. venezuelanalysis.com The body is due to be legally incorporated into the Armed Forces as a "combat unit."

Great Game India (2019-12-09). Winston Churchill and "the Indian Holocaust": The Bengal Famine of 1943. globalresearch.ca A new study by Indian and American researchers confirm how Winston Churchill caused the Bengal Famine and starved over 3 million Indians to death. Glorified as the "Saviour of the World" in the west and dubbed the "Butcher of Bengal" …

Tyler Durden (2019-12-09). Controversy Erupts After Elizabeth Warren Reveals Millions in Corporate Consulting Income. theantimedia.com Elizabeth Warren revealed on Sunday night that she made nearly $2 million from legal consulting for corporate clients.

Staff (2019-12-09). Police Halt Activist-Led "Toxic Tour" of Corporate Polluters Sponsoring COP25. truthout.org In Spain, the country's biggest fossil fuel polluters are also some of the most generous sponsors for this year's U.N. climate talks. On Saturday, we joined activists on a "toxic tour" of Madrid from the Madrid stock exchange to Santander Bank. Activists explained that when Spanish President Pedro Sánchez announced that Spain would host COP25, he went to IBEX 35 — the 35 biggest listed companies in the Spanish stock exchange — offering them a 90% tax break on a $2 million sponsorship.

Fight Back (2019-12-09). Arizona educators, progressives confront ALEC summit and Betsy DeVos. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – On December 4, a coalition of union educators, immigrant rights, police crimes, and climate change activists confronted the agenda of corporations like UPS and energy industry giants and billionaires like Charles Koch and Sheldon Achelson. At its height the crowd numbered around 200 with signs reading: "ALEC: Oligarchy in progress" and "Privatization, criminalization, incarceration, climate change, imperialism: #ALECisBehindIt." | The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a notorious organization of hardcore conservatives, was holding its States and Nation Policy Summit in Arizona. ALEC hoste…

Staff (2019-12-09). Alaska Is Already Irreparably Changed by Climate Disruption. truthout.org Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice. Seconds after I had thanked those who brought me to the small University of Alaska campus there, overwhelmed with some mix of sadness, love and grief about my adopted state — and the planet generally — I wept. | I tried to speak but could only apologize and take a few moments to collect myself. It's challenging for me, ev…

news.un (2019-12-09). Monday's Daily Brief: increasing inequality, human rights and climate, civil war crimes, Ethiopia reforms. news.un.org New UN development report warns global inequality breeding a "new generation of inequalities"; human rights linked to climate change by senior UN official; intentional starvation in civil wars classified as a war crime, UN rights expert calls for Ethiopia reform support.

news.un (2019-12-09). COP25: Global investors urge countries to meet climate action goals. news.un.org More than 630 investors who collectively manage over $37 trillion in assets are calling on governments across the world to step up action to address climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Dahr Jamail (2019-12-09). Savoring What Remains: Dealing With Climate PTSD. counterpunch.org Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice. Seconds after I had thanked those who brought me to the small University of Alaska campus there, overwhelmed with some mix of sadness, love, and grief about my adopted state — and the planet generally — I wept. I tried More

The Canary (2019-12-09). Scottish Greens outline importance of 'climate election'. thecanary.co Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said the UK "can't afford" for the general election not to be climate focused.Harvie, speaking to the PA news agency ahead of polling day on 12 December, said the world had been given about a decade to take radical action.And he outlined the importance of having strong Green voices in the room at Westminster, to push the other parties beyond their "comfort zone" on taking climate action.Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie speaking at a climate strike in Glasgow's George Square (Lewis McKenzie/PA)"People on pretty much every doorstep that I've knocked on have been…

Staff (2019-12-09). Grief Over Climate Hits More of Us Each Day. truthdig.com It's no secret that many scientists are mourning for the planet's future, with some calling their symptoms a climate-change version of PTSD.

Dahr Jamail (2019-12-09). Dealing with climate PTSD. nationofchange.org Alaska, in other words, is suffering climate death by a thousand cuts, while I struggle daily to accept the new reality: that the state is already irreparably changed.

Dahr Jamail (2019-12-09). Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD. commondreams.org Symphony Lake, near Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: mcav0y/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-12-09). 500 Groups Call for Next President to Declare National Climate Emergency. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Press TV (2019-12-09). Israel Tests Nuke-capable Missile System Aimed at Iran: Report. globalresearch.ca The Israeli military has reportedly tested a propulsion system used for carrying nuclear-capable and other missiles, with the occupying entity's media billing the alleged display as "a show of force aimed at Iran." | The test was carried out at Palmachim …

Steve Brown (2019-12-09). Target… Iran!? 74,000 U.S. Troops in the Middle East and Eurasia. globalresearch.ca In June of this year we examined why the United States will not attack Iran subsequent to raised tensions in the region. Six months later on the cusp of 2020, the United States has not attacked Iran militarily … yet. …

Robert Koehler (2019-12-09). Envisioning a United World. counterpunch.org Let's bomb Iowa! Or maybe Texas or Michigan or Nebraska . . . Oh wait, I got confused for a second. Those places are part of America and we love them. We would never bomb them. These are places we would bomb: Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, Panama, More

Naureen Shah (2019-12-09). Under Attack by Trump, Immigrant Justice is Advancing in the States. aclu.org This year was another of devastating attacks on immigrants' rights | by the Trump administration. However, in both red and blue states, we fought | and won new measures that stymie Trump's deportation machine. These local wins, | though often overshadowed by the president's xenophobia, are powerful. Here are | some of the most surprising and significant of our 2019 immigrant justice victories | in the states. | In | Michigan, a former marine's arrest prompts police reform | Grand Rapids, Michigan police kept veteran and U.S. citizen Jilmar | Ramos-Gomez in immigration detention for 3 days — even though <...

Matthew Segal (2019-12-09). Immigrants have been denied due process for years. In New England, that's about to change. aclu.org One of the bedrock principles of our judicial | system is that the government can't just lock people up without showing why | it's necessary. | For noncitizens caught up in Trump's deportation | machine, though, that principle doesn't always apply. But now because of our | litigation in New England that's about to change. | Gilberto Pereira Brito was detained in March by ICE | — snatched from his wife and three children, all of whom are U.S. citizens — and | brought before an immigration judge for a bond hearing. To keep him in | detention, the government had to prove nothing, whereas Gilberto had…

Thomas Knapp (2019-12-09). Meet Virgil Griffith: America's Newest Political Prisoner. counterpunch.org On November 29, FBI agents arrested hacker and cryptocurrency developer Virgil Griffith. His alleged crime: Talking. Yes, really. The FBI alleges that Griffith "participated in discussions regarding using cryptocurrency technologies to evade sanctions and launder money." Griffith, a US citizen who lives in Singapore, gave a talk at conference on blockchain technology in April. Because More

Teresa Teran (2019-12-09). International Communication Congress for the People in Caracas Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The first international Communication Congress of the People was held in Caracas Venezuela from the second to the fourth of December 2019, with the motto! It is the Time for the people to speak! | The idea for this Congress took …

Martin Fleck (2019-12-09). On Human Rights Day, Let's Abolish Nuclear Weapons. progressive.org A nuclear war would create one of the worst humanitarian crises imaginable, one for which no nation would have an adequate emergency or health response.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-12-09). AFT's Weingarten urges members: Push lawmakers to impeach Trump. peoplesworld.org

Richard Grassl (2019-12-09). Time to move U.S.-Cuba relations forward again—despite Trump. peoplesworld.org Cuba gained international prominence when their government consolidated political power after the defeat of U.S. mercenary forces in 1961 at the Bay of Pigs. With the victory of the Cuban revolution assured, these two events altered the course of history in Latin America. Cuba was no longer a U.S. semi-colony. Cuba's status as a pseudo-republic …

IMEMC News (2019-12-09). Israeli Soldiers Demolish Shed, Uproot Lands, Near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, a shed and uprooted six Dunams (1.48 Acres) of Palestinian farmlands in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media activist, Mohammad Awad, said the soldiers demolished a shed, owned by a Palestinian, identified as Ahmad Bader Abu …

Scott Tucker (2019-12-09). Premature Democratic Socialists: Reasons for Hope and Change. counterpunch.org In the United States there was a time in the previous century when a political campaign was waged against "premature antifascists," namely against members of the socialist left who warned and fought against fascism well before World War II. In the wake of that war, the leading career politicians also worked within a corporate consensus More

Common Dreams staff (2019-12-09). WATCH LIVE: House Democrats Lay Out Their Case for Impeachment of President Donald Trump. commondreams.org "We need to make it clear within those articles that there is a pattern of conduct here, that Ukraine was the most egregious example of the president abusing his office while he was president of the United States," said committee member Rep. Pramila Jayapal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-12-09). Wisconsin Democrats double down on Foxconn con job. wsws.org Despite campaigning in 2018 against the largest state subsidy in US history, Governor Tony Evers has bent over backwards to accommodate the multibillion dollar company at the expense of the working class.

Sarah Anderson (2019-12-09). Toys R Us Worker: Wall Street Billionaires Should Not Be Making Money By Putting People Out of Work. commondreams.org Giovanna De La Rosa (center) at a United for Respect demonstration. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ilana Novick (2019-12-09). Proof the Rich Have Decisively Won America's Class War. truthdig.com Throughout the year, a barrage of studies has uncovered the breathtaking scope of wealth inequality all over the world. Among them was " Public Good or Private Wealth," the British charity Oxfam's annual study of global inequality that revealed, among other disheartening statistics, that the fortunes of billionaires increased by 12% in 2018—or $2.5 billion a day. In the same year, the wealth of the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity dropped by 11%. I…

IMEMC News (2019-12-09). Illegal Israeli Colonists Puncture Tires Of Dozens Of Cars In Occupied Jerusalem. imemc.org Updated: Illegal Israeli colonists infiltrated, on Monday at dawn, into Shu'fat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and punctured the tires of many Palestinian cars, in addition to writing racist graffiti. Locals in Shu'fat said the colonists puncture the tires of nearly 200 Palestinian cars in the town.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-09). Luxembourg Pushes for European Recognition of Palestine. imemc.org Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday Feb.

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-09). Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Youth at Checkpoint in Hebron. imemc.org According to the Palestine News Network (PNN), Israeli occupation forces arrested a 14 year old female student, on Sunday morning, as she attempting to cross the Abu al-Reesh checkpoint, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of Hebron. Israeli media quoted a statement from the occupation army that its soldiers …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-09). Israel Threatens to Destroy All Palestinian Structures in Area C. imemc.org Israeli Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, has threatened to destroy all Palestinian structures in West Bank areas under complete Israeli control (Area C), including those which were funded by Europeans, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. According to Days of Palestine, Bennett made the threat during a meeting with ambassadors …

IMEMC News (2019-12-09). Israeli Soldiers Abduct One Palestinian, Confiscate Car, Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, a Palestinian man, and confiscated a car, in Betunia town, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Abdullah Abu Ibrahim, after storming and ransacking his home. They added that the soldiers also invaded and searched the home of Saed Abu …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-09). Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards. imemc.org 39 Israeli settlers, on Monday morning, stormed the Islamic court yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, guarded by Israeli occupation police. Local media sources reported that police opened the Moroccan Gate in front of 36 settlers, who broke into the mosque in four groups. Police escorted the settlers while they toured the …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-09). Brown University Corporate Responsibility Committee Votes to Divest from Companies Connected to Israeli Occupation. imemc.org December 2019 / Mondoweiss / United States Michael Arria On Dec 2, Brown University's Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies (ACCRIP) voted to recommend that the school divest from companies that facilitate Israeli human rights violations. Six ACCRIP members voted in favor of divestment, two voted against it, and …

teleSUR (2019-12-09). Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa is Named Miss Universe. telesurenglish.net Zozibini Tunzi, a 26-year-old model and beauty queen from South Africa, was chosen as Miss Universe 2019 during the contest's Sunday night gala in the American city of Atlanta, becoming the third representative from that country to earn the prestigious title. | RELATED: | African Union Urges Return of UK Colony to Mauritius | Tunzi, who was born in Tsolo (Eastern Cape) and graduated in public relations from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, was crowned by her predecessor, Catr…

teleSUR (2019-12-09). US Deceived Public on War in Afghanistan: Documents Reveal. telesurenglish.net In the course of three administrations, the United States government lied to the public about missteps and failures during the 18 year-long Afghanistan war and suggested successes that did not exist, The Washington Post revealed Monday publishing thousands of pages of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and lawsuits. | RELATED: | US Resumes Negotiations With Taliban to End 18-Year Afghan War | Despite U.S. officials' continuing statements that progress in…

teleSUR (2019-12-09). Over Two Dozen Missing After Volcano Erupts in New Zealand. telesurenglish.net More than two dozen people were feared missing on Tuesday, a day after a volcano that is a tourist attraction suddenly erupted off the coast of New Zealand's North Island, killing at least five people and injuring up to 20. | RELATED: | New Zealand Man Accused of Mosque Shootings Sent Racist Letters | Police said early on Tuesday they did not expect to find any more survivors from the volcanic eruption, which occurred on White Island on Monday at about 2: 11 p.m. (0111 GMT), sp…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-12-09). West Seeks Control over Asian Rivers. globalresearch.ca At first glance the human rights and environmental issues surrounding a proposed dam seem like serious objections to their construction. In some cases they may be. | In other cases — these concerns are manufactured, promoted, and cynically exploited by foreign …

The Global Research Team (2019-12-09). "Cracking Down" on Independent Media: Global Research Needs Your Support. globalresearch.ca We often receive words of encouragement from our readership, praising our comprehensive coverage and our efforts to inform without trying to divide. We appreciate the moral support all the more so in the face of the current online trend to …

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-09). "The American Love Affair with the Automobile": The Unspoken History of the Electric Car. globalresearch.ca This story begins in the early 1900s. Gasoline-powered transportation, whether by private auto or mass transit, was on its way out. Electric automobiles were rapidly gaining ground over their gas-powered rivals. By 1900, nearly 40% of all US cars were electric…

Bill Van Auken (2019-12-09). The Holocaust, "The Evil One", Fascism and the Bush Family. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2003. | "History is a reminder of what's possible." These were the words spoken by President George W. Bush as he emerged from a guided tour of the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The former Nazi …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-12-09). On Those Questionable US Jobs Numbers… Again! globalresearch.ca This past friday, December 6, the BLS reported a jobs gain in November of 266,000, surprising just about every estimated forecast. At least 70,000 or so were not actually 'new' jobs, but the return to work of GM auto workers …

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-09). "The American Love Affair with the Automobile": The Unspoken History of the Electric Car. globalresearch.ca A study of gasoline-powered automobiles reveals one of the greatest corporate frauds and resulting environmental disasters to ever have been inflicted on human society. There are three distinct but interwoven themes in this story: the promotion of gasoline-powered transportation by …

WSWS (2019-12-09). Democrats, White House position themselves for impeachment vote. wsws.org The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote articles of impeachment against Trump this week.

Staff (2019-12-09). WATCH LIVE: House Democrats Lay Out Case for Impeaching Trump. truthout.org Members and legal staff of the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committees on Monday will lay out their case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in a hearing scheduled to begin at 9: 00am EST. | According to the New York Times: | After hearing from constitutional scholars last week, the House Judiciary Committee turns f…

David Rovics (2019-12-09). An Australian Tourist, a Bulgarian Prison, and a Recording Session. dissidentvoice.org Bulgaria, it appears, is a captured state. I'll get to that in a minute. I first heard about Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a lengthy prison sentence in Bulgaria, through a fellow Australian. The context was a message from my friend Kamala that was straightforward, to the effect of, "would you write a song about …

John Feffer (2019-12-09). How the New Right Went Global — and How to Stop It. counterpunch.org A succession of social upheavals over the last decade has radically realigned political power throughout the world. As a result of these tectonic shifts, what had once been on the furthest fringes of the right has now moved toward the center while the left has been pushed to the margins. "Things fall apart; the centre More

Tracy Keeling (2019-12-09). Group backed by Rachel Riley exploits veteran to spread smears about Jeremy Corbyn. thecanary.co A group called Mainstream UK has exploited a veteran to spread vicious smears against Jeremy Corbyn. The group, which has attracted support from serial Corbyn critic Rachel Riley and a number of disgruntled ex-Labour MPs, paid to spread a video around Facebook about the Labour leader on 7 December. | Mai…

news.un (2019-12-09). Inequality threatening human development, new global UN report warns. news.un.org Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a "new generation of inequalities" indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday.

Staff (2019-12-09). Trump Is Raising Taxes on Middle-Class Consumers With His Trade War. truthout.org Just when many policy types thought that Donald Trump was about to wind down his trade war with China and work out a deal, he announced that he was in no rush to reach an agreement. He said that he might wait until after the election next year, boasting about the "massive" amount of money he was pulling in from his tariffs. | In addition to his China attack, Trump also …

news.un (2019-12-09). 'World has failed' victims of genocide too often: Guterres. news.un.org Too often, "the world has failed" populations under threat of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide on Monday.

Staff (2019-12-09). Big Energy Front Group Launches Push for Troubled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. truthout.org A lobbying group formed by oil and gas industry insiders to push for increased fossil fuel production has turned its focus from promoting offshore drilling in the Atlantic to championing Dominion Energy's and Duke Energy's controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). It's doing so under the guise of being a pro-consumer group concerned about energy justice, even while its members include major gas production companies as well as Dominion Energy. | Last week, the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) ha…

Staff (2019-12-09). From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller. truthout.org "I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences." | That's Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for CIGNA. As the executive spin doctor for one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country, he was responsible for concocting tales that enabled CIGNA to deny coverage, discredit critics, and otherwise cast the corporate health insurance machine in a positive light. That was until the numbers in his spreadsheets became actual people…

Ishmael Reed (2019-12-09). Bloomberg Condoned Sexual Assault by NYPD. counterpunch.org Sunday, Nov. 24, I watched some white media women led by Stephanie Ruhle, a former Bloomberg employee, gush all over Bloomberg's announcement that he was running for president. When the interviewer asked about Bloomberg's condoning Stop and Frisk, Ms. Ruhle said that it brought down the crime rate. She probably had black and Latinx men in mind, whom bourgeois feminists regard as disposable because they're in no position to advance their careers. More

Jefferson Morley (2019-12-09). Trump's Hand-Picked Prosecutor John Durham Cleared the CIA Once, Will He Again? counterpunch.org For months, the names of Michael Horowitz and John Durham have figured in the pounding rhythms of right-wing media in which a heroically afflicted president faces down his perfidious enemies. A steady drumbeat of reports from Fox News, echoed by President Trump and Republican loyalists in Congress, proclaimed these two obscure Justice Department officials would get to the bottom of an alleged conspiracy against the Trump presidency. More

Dean Baker (2019-12-09). Coal and the Regions Left Behind. counterpunch.org The NYT had an article that focused on Buchanan County, Virginia as an example of a left behind area in the United States. The county's economy had centered on coal. While the discussion implies that its downturn is a recent story, the data presented in the piece shows that most of the decline occurred more More

Louisa Willcox (2019-12-09). The Grizzly Cost of Coexistence. counterpunch.org Airedales to deter grizzly bears from coming into camp? This was one of several novel recommendations made at a recent meeting of Yellowstone grizzly bear managers in Cody, Wyoming, during a lively brainstorming session about ways to reduce human-bear conflicts. Another was establishing an academy where citizens could learn from each other by exchanging stories More

George Wuerthner (2019-12-09). Bison Slaughter in Yellowstone…Again. counterpunch.org State, federal and tribal representatives voted again to slaughter 600-900 Yellowstone Park bison this winter. The agencies and tribes use the less offensive sounding euphemism "cull". But let's be honest, what happens is nothing more than butchery done to appease the livestock industry. It is shameful that these agencies and tribes legitimize the annual butchery More

Julian Rose (2019-12-09). Polish Minister of Health Proposes Carcinogenic 5G Emission Levels as National Norm. counterpunch.org Hundreds of letters are pouring into the office of Polish Minister of Health, Lukaz Szumowski, from Polish citizens and people all over the world, responding to Mr Szumowski's proposition to exponentially raise the officially recognized limit for cell phone emissions. Under the proposed change, new emission levels will be aligned with the introduction of 5G More

2019-12-09: Social Media Postees

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Israel's War Minister Naftali Bennett Threatens Iran
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
Israeli ruling authorities are the most extremist in Jewish state history. Arab MKs aside, the vast majority of Knesset members are militantly hardline racists, threatening regional peace and stability. | New Right party head Naftali Bennett earlier held various ministries, including …
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Banning Russian Athletes? Politicized International Sports Competition Rears Its Ugly Head Again
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
Olympism and other major international sports events are all about profiteering, exploiting athletes, scandalous wheeling, dealing, collusion, and bribery, marginalizing the poor, other disenfranchised groups, and affected communities, sticking taxpayers with the bill, and providing nothing in return but hype …
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Why Not Also Go With "The Kitchen Table" Impeachable Offenses for Removal?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Will the Democrats move to impeach Trump for a narrow brace of violations and accept that the Senate Republicans will keep this outlaw in the White House? Or will they present the Senate with the President's many proven impeachable offenses, thereby requiring the Senate Republicans, before live national television, in a public trial to defend…
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Hitting at Cuban Doctors and at Human Solidarity
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
News item: Three rightwing Latin American governments have forced out Cuban doctors working in their countries. Over 8000 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 November 10. Brazilian President Bolsonaro alleged that Cuban doctors were…
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Brazil: Hundreds Of At-Risk Families Moved From Collapsing Dams
teleSUR, jg | telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-09
The Brazilian media said on Sunday that hundreds of families were evacuated away from their homes because four dams from the mining company VALE are in great risk of collapse. | RELATED: | Brazil: Attack on Guajajara Indigenous People Leaves 1 Dead | According to the mining company, returning the families to their homes can take years because occupation o…
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Native American COP25 Delegation Demands United States Take Action to Protect Indigenous Women
commondreams.org | 2019-12-09
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NATO Doesn't Care that Montenegro Is a Haven for Crime and Corruption
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
There was international jubilation when Montenegro seceded from its union with Serbia in 2006 after a controversial referendum. The Referendum Law prevented Montenegrins living and registered in Serbia from voting in the referendum, ensuring that tens of thousands of Montenegrins, …
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UPS Joins Media Chorus In Thanking Police For Murder of Frank Ordonez
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-12-09
In a clear example of a US establishment shielding police from brutality, UPS released a bizarre statement thanking police for killing their driver, while CNN and NBC obscured officers from any wrongdoing.
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Colombia National Strike Committee Announces More Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-09
Colombia's National Strike Committee announced Monday that they will continue to protest against right-wing President Ivan Duqueas as peacefull demonstrations will keep on until Dec. 10. | RELATED: | 'A Song for Colombia' Gathers Thousands as Protests Continue | "I repeat the strike has organization and direction throughout the country, objectives that represent millions of Colombians and a massive, peaceful and creative line of action," Central Workers' Union's President Diogenes…
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Newsweek Journo Quits After Editors Kills Report On Syria Chemical Attack Scandal
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-12-09
"I have collected evidence of how they [Newsweek] suppressed the story in addition to evidence from another case where info inconvenient to US government was removed, though it was factually correct."
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Syria Will Not Cooperate with the OPCW New Investigation Team
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
OPCW was used before to justify the invasion of Iraq, providing a temporary cover before exposed, to the pariah states in the world is at it again, this time willingly and without death threats to its teams, and this time …
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Newsweek Journalist Quits After Editors Kill Report on Syria Chemical Attack Scandal
Alan Macleod | theantimedia.com | 2019-12-09
It is rare that the world gets to see so publicly the myth of a free and independent press busted.

Newsweek Journalist Quits After Editors Kill Report on Syria Chemical Attack Scandal

For Sama: A Beautiful Yet Deceptive Documentary That Betrays Reality in Syria
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2019-12-09
The documentary movie "For Sama" has won a host of awards in Europe and North America. Its producers and protagonists, Syrians Waad Kateab and her husband Dr. Hamza Kateab plus English film-maker Edward Watts, have received gushing praise. And the awards will probably keep coming. | Unfortunately, behind the human interest story, the film "For Sama" is little more than propaganda: biased, misleading, and politically partisan. | Hiding Basic Facts about Aleppo: | "For Sama" is a full-length documentary with a moving personal story. It combines…
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A Beautiful but Deceptive Documentary: "For Sama"
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
The documentary movie "For Sama" has won a host of awards in Europe and North America. Its producers and protagonists, Syrians Waad Kateab and her husband Dr. Hamza Kateab plus English film-maker Edward Watts, have received gushing praise. And …
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Chile's Senate Commission Rejects Gov't 'Anti-Looting' Bill
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-09
The Security Commission of the Chilean Senate decided Monday to make corrections to the text of an 'anti-looting' law, a draft bill proposed by right-wing Sebastian Piñera's government to punish more harshly the crimes committed in the frame of social protests. | RELATED: | Social Inequality is Generating Conflict in Latin America: UNDP | The initiative, which was approved last Wednesday by the Chamber of Deputies, will be debated by the Senate starting from zero because they c…
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Chemical Companies Are Building Their Plants Overseas and Shipping Them Back In
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-09
This article was produced in partnership with The Times-Picayune and The Advocate, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. | Twice during the last decade, chemical giant Methanex has disassembled a massive methanol plant located at the southern tip of Chile and moved it to Louisiana. | The ship traveled through the Strait of Magellan, along the east coast of South America, into the Gulf of Mexico and up…
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Kerry's Endorsement of Biden Fits: Two Deceptive Supporters of the Iraq War
Norman Solomon | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
The spectacle of Kerry praising Biden as a seasoned leader amounts to one supporter of the Iraq catastrophe attesting to the character and experience of another supporter of the same catastrophe. | *** | On Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post sent out …
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Political Collapse: The Center Cannot Hold
Kirkpatrick Sale | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Have you noticed? From Hong Kong to Baghdad, Paris to Tehran, 2019 is shaping up to be, as the New York Times dubbed it, "the year of the protest." Violent–and often deadly–anti-government protests are breaking out throughout the world in an unprecedented fashion, in rich countries as well as poor, as people everywhere are expressing their anger at corrupt, inefficient, brutal, and unresponsive regimes.
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Hunger-striker in Serious Condition
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
Ahmad Zahran, a Palestinian administrative detainee held in Israeli jails who has been on hunger strike for 78 consecutive days, in protest against his incarceration without charge or trial, is in serious health condition and has been admitted to an Israeli hospital, today, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS). Zahran, …
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What Really Happened in Iran? Wave of Protests in 100 Cities
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
On November 15, a wave of protests engulfed over 100 Iranian cities as the government resorted to an extremely unpopular measure: a fuel tax hike of as much as 300%, without a semblance of a PR campaign to explain the …
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What Have the US and Protesters in Lebanon Achieved over Iran and Its Allies?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
For several weeks now, much of the Lebanese population has turned on the country's traditional political leaders and wrought havoc on the corrupt domestic political system. Those who have ruled the country for decades have offered little in the way …
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Youth demonstrating in Australia speak out against climate change and war
wsws.org | 2019-12-09
Students attended climate change protests in major cities in solidarity with rallies organised globally on November 29.
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Hundreds of journalists around the world sign open letter demanding freedom for Assange
wsws.org | 2019-12-09
The signatories declare: "As journalists and journalists' organizations that believe in human rights, freedom of information and of the public's right to know, we demand the immediate release of Julian Assange."
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Question for Kirbymoorside UK Hustings Meeting: Would you stand up for Julian Assange?
Heather Stroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-09
To those candidates who are putting themselves forward as MPs to become a voice within the UK Parliament — would you stand up for Julian Assange and for those who. in speaking truth, have the audacity to challenge the dialogue of power? I am disappointed that my question relating to the arbitrary detention of Julian …
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Exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden condemns persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
wsws.org | 2019-12-09
Edward Snowden gave an interview via live video link to The Right Livelihood Awards in Stockholm, in which he categorically defended WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
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UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer: "With censorship inevitably comes tyranny"
wsws.org | 2019-12-09
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Nils Melzer, who denounced the role of governments and the mainstream media in the persecution of Julian Assange and warned of the dangerous consequences of the erosion of democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/09/melz…

Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-12-09
Honest, objective and trust-worthy journalism in the Middle East is suffering a long, agonizing death, thanks not only to crackdowns on the media but also to well-financed propaganda empires.
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Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost
Ramzy Baroud | commondreams.org | 2019-12-09
All state-run media throughout the Arab world were stuffed with loyalists. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-09
It is hardly surprising to see Middle Eastern countries at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, as the worst violators of freedom of the press. But equally alarming is the complete polarization of public opinion as a result of self-serving media and, bankrolled by rich Arab countries, whose only goal is to serve …
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Meet the Controversial Actor and Businessman Standing Up Against Egypt's el-Sisi
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Mohamed Ali infuriates Field Marshal President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt. His waspish, cruel, outrageously funny, solemnly pedantic videos and social media messages transmitted from his self-exile in Spain, mocking the man who overthrew Egypt's first elected president, even brought demonstrators back on to the streets of Cairo in September. But the 45-year-old actor and…
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This week in history: December 9-15
wsws.org | 2019-12-09
25 years ago: Yeltsin launches First Chechen WarOn December 11, 1994, Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered troops into Chechnya, a province in the Caucuses that had been part of the Russian Federation but had declared independence in 1991 amidst the breakup of the Soviet Union. By the end of the evening, Russian forces had advanced against several thousand Chechen defenders to the outskirts of the capital, Grozny, population 400,000. Thousands of civilians were killed in the initial week-long artillery and bombing campaign.
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Anti-Doping Agency Slaps 4-Year Ban on Russia
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-09
The ruling means that its flag and anthem won't appear at next summer's Tokyo Olympics, but its athletes may still be able to compete.
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Russia Banned for 4 Years From Olympics, 2022 World Cup
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-09
The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) handed a four-year ban to Russia Monday from the world's top sporting events, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 football World Cup. | RELATED: | Four New Sports to Appear at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games | "Wada Executive Committee unanimously endorses a four-year period of non-compliance for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency," the agency said in a statement following a meeting of its executive committee in Switzerland. | The de…
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Paranoias of Interference: Russia, Reddit and the British Election
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
In some ways, it is a very British thing: fair play is expected; the reasonable person with all faculties intact, going about the business of living and voting. Little thought is given to the fact that these assumptions are as …
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Watchdog Report on Russia Probe Finds No Political Bias
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-09
WASHINGTON–The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump's claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters. | The report, as described by people familiar with its findings, is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history and one that Trump has denounced as a witch hunt. It began…
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Including One Journalist, Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least nine Palestinians, including one journalist, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army stormed and ransacked dozens of homes. In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdullah Abu Ibrahim, from his home in …
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'Sexy tricks': How journalists demonize Venezuela's socialist government, in their own words
Alan MacLeod | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-09
Journalists revealed to me the tactics they use to sell stories painting Venezuela as a socialist dystopia. One described himself…
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Venezuela's Civilian Militia Surpasses Target, Reaches 3.3 Million Members
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-12-09
The body is due to be legally incorporated into the Armed Forces as a "combat unit."
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Winston Churchill and "the Indian Holocaust": The Bengal Famine of 1943
Great Game India | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
A new study by Indian and American researchers confirm how Winston Churchill caused the Bengal Famine and starved over 3 million Indians to death. Glorified as the "Saviour of the World" in the west and dubbed the "Butcher of Bengal" …
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Controversy Erupts After Elizabeth Warren Reveals Millions in Corporate Consulting Income
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-12-09
Elizabeth Warren revealed on Sunday night that she made nearly $2 million from legal consulting for corporate clients.

Controversy Erupts After Elizabeth Warren Reveals Millions in Corporate Consulting Income

Police Halt Activist-Led "Toxic Tour" of Corporate Polluters Sponsoring COP25
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-09
In Spain, the country's biggest fossil fuel polluters are also some of the most generous sponsors for this year's U.N. climate talks. On Saturday, we joined activists on a "toxic tour" of Madrid from the Madrid stock exchange to Santander Bank. Activists explained that when Spanish President Pedro Sánchez announced that Spain would host COP25, he went to IBEX 35 — the 35 biggest listed companies in the Spanish stock exchange — offering them a 90% tax break on a $2 million sponsorship.
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Arizona educators, progressives confront ALEC summit and Betsy DeVos
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-12-09
Tucson, AZ – On December 4, a coalition of union educators, immigrant rights, police crimes, and climate change activists confronted the agenda of corporations like UPS and energy industry giants and billionaires like Charles Koch and Sheldon Achelson. At its height the crowd numbered around 200 with signs reading: "ALEC: Oligarchy in progress" and "Privatization, criminalization, incarceration, climate change, imperialism: #ALECisBehindIt." | The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a notorious organization of hardcore conservatives, was holding its States and Nation Policy Summit in Arizona. ALEC hoste…
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Monday's Daily Brief: increasing inequality, human rights and climate, civil war crimes, Ethiopia reforms
news.un.org | 2019-12-09
New UN development report warns global inequality breeding a "new generation of inequalities"; human rights linked to climate change by senior UN official; intentional starvation in civil wars classified as a war crime, UN rights expert calls for Ethiopia reform support.
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Alaska Is Already Irreparably Changed by Climate Disruption
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-09
Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice. Seconds after I had thanked those who brought me to the small University of Alaska campus there, overwhelmed with some mix of sadness, love and grief about my adopted state — and the planet generally — I wept. | I tried to speak but could only apologize and take a few moments to collect myself. It's challenging for me, ev…
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COP25: Global investors urge countries to meet climate action goals
news.un.org | 2019-12-09
More than 630 investors who collectively manage over $37 trillion in assets are calling on governments across the world to step up action to address climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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Savoring What Remains: Dealing With Climate PTSD
Dahr Jamail | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice. Seconds after I had thanked those who brought me to the small University of Alaska campus there, overwhelmed with some mix of sadness, love, and grief about my adopted state — and the planet generally — I wept. I tried…
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Scottish Greens outline importance of 'climate election'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-09
Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said the UK "can't afford" for the general election not to be climate focused.Harvie, speaking to the PA news agency ahead of polling day on 12 December, said the world had been given about a decade to take radical action.And he outlined the importance of having strong Green voices in the room at Westminster, to push the other parties beyond their "comfort zone" on taking climate action.Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie speaking at a climate strike in Glasgow's George Square (Lewis McKenzie/PA)"People on pretty much every doorstep that I've knocked on have been…
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Dealing with climate PTSD
Dahr Jamail | nationofchange.org | 2019-12-09
Alaska, in other words, is suffering climate death by a thousand cuts, while I struggle daily to accept the new reality: that the state is already irreparably changed.
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Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD
Dahr Jamail | commondreams.org | 2019-12-09
Symphony Lake, near Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: mcav0y/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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500 Groups Call for Next President to Declare National Climate Emergency
commondreams.org | 2019-12-09
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Here's more proof that Johnson doesn't give a s*** about the climate emergency
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-12-09
On 9 December, Boris Johnson showed once again that he really doesn't care about the climate emergency. | Jet set: | In a last-minute effort to woo voters, Johnson visited Labour strongholds in the north of England. But following a trip to a fish market in Grimsby, he took a private jet from Doncaster to Teeside. This is an 84-mile t…
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Grief Over Climate Hits More of Us Each Day
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-09
It's no secret that many scientists are mourning for the planet's future, with some calling their symptoms a climate-change version of PTSD.
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Israel Tests Nuke-capable Missile System Aimed at Iran: Report
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
The Israeli military has reportedly tested a propulsion system used for carrying nuclear-capable and other missiles, with the occupying entity's media billing the alleged display as "a show of force aimed at Iran." | The test was carried out at Palmachim …
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Target… Iran!? 74,000 U.S. Troops in the Middle East and Eurasia
Steve Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
In June of this year we examined why the United States will not attack Iran subsequent to raised tensions in the region. Six months later on the cusp of 2020, the United States has not attacked Iran militarily … yet. …
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Envisioning a United World
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Let's bomb Iowa! Or maybe Texas or Michigan or Nebraska . . . Oh wait, I got confused for a second. Those places are part of America and we love them. We would never bomb them. These are places we would bomb: Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, Panama,…
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Under Attack by Trump, Immigrant Justice is Advancing in the States
Naureen Shah | aclu.org | 2019-12-09
This year was another of devastating attacks on immigrants' rights | by the Trump administration. However, in both red and blue states, we fought | and won new measures that stymie Trump's deportation machine. These local wins, | though often overshadowed by the president's xenophobia, are powerful. Here are | some of the most surprising and significant of our 2019 immigrant justice victories | in the states. | In | Michigan, a former marine's arrest prompts police reform | Grand Rapids, Michigan police kept veteran and U.S. citizen Jilmar | Ramos-Gomez in immigration detention for 3 days — even though
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Immigrants have been denied due process for years. In New England, that's about to change
Matthew Segal | aclu.org | 2019-12-09
One of the bedrock principles of our judicial | system is that the government can't just lock people up without showing why | it's necessary. | For noncitizens caught up in Trump's deportation | machine, though, that principle doesn't always apply. But now because of our | litigation in New England that's about to change. | Gilberto Pereira Brito was detained in March by ICE | — snatched from his wife and three children, all of whom are U.S. citizens — and | brought before an immigration judge for a bond hearing. To keep him in | detention, the government had to prove nothing, whereas Gilberto had…
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Meet Virgil Griffith: America's Newest Political Prisoner
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
On November 29, FBI agents arrested hacker and cryptocurrency developer Virgil Griffith. His alleged crime: Talking. Yes, really. The FBI alleges that Griffith "participated in discussions regarding using cryptocurrency technologies to evade sanctions and launder money." Griffith, a US citizen who lives in Singapore, gave a talk at conference on blockchain technology in April. Because…
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International Communication Congress for the People in Caracas Venezuela
Teresa Teran | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
The first international Communication Congress of the People was held in Caracas Venezuela from the second to the fourth of December 2019, with the motto! It is the Time for the people to speak! | The idea for this Congress took …
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On Human Rights Day, Let's Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Martin Fleck | progressive.org | 2019-12-09
A nuclear war would create one of the worst humanitarian crises imaginable, one for which no nation would have an adequate emergency or health response.
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Israeli Soldiers Demolish Shed, Uproot Lands, Near Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, a shed and uprooted six Dunams (1.48 Acres) of Palestinian farmlands in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media activist, Mohammad Awad, said the soldiers demolished a shed, owned by a Palestinian, identified as Ahmad Bader Abu …
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Premature Democratic Socialists: Reasons for Hope and Change
Scott Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
In the United States there was a time in the previous century when a political campaign was waged against "premature antifascists," namely against members of the socialist left who warned and fought against fascism well before World War II. In the wake of that war, the leading career politicians also worked within a corporate consensus…
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WATCH LIVE: House Democrats Lay Out Their Case for Impeachment of President Donald Trump
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-12-09
"We need to make it clear within those articles that there is a pattern of conduct here, that Ukraine was the most egregious example of the president abusing his office while he was president of the United States," said committee member Rep. Pramila Jayapal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Proof the Rich Have Decisively Won America's Class War
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-12-09
Throughout the year, a barrage of studies has uncovered the breathtaking scope of wealth inequality all over the world. Among them was " Public Good or Private Wealth," the British charity Oxfam's annual study of global inequality that revealed, among other disheartening statistics, that the fortunes of billionaires increased by 12% in 2018–or $2.5 billion a day. In the same year, the wealth of the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity dropped by 11%. I…
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Toys R Us Worker: Wall Street Billionaires Should Not Be Making Money By Putting People Out of Work
Sarah Anderson | commondreams.org | 2019-12-09
Giovanna De La Rosa (center) at a United for Respect demonstration. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Wisconsin Democrats double down on Foxconn con job
wsws.org | 2019-12-09
Despite campaigning in 2018 against the largest state subsidy in US history, Governor Tony Evers has bent over backwards to accommodate the multibillion dollar company at the expense of the working class.
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Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Youth at Checkpoint in Hebron
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
According to the Palestine News Network (PNN), Israeli occupation forces arrested a 14 year old female student, on Sunday morning, as she attempting to cross the Abu al-Reesh checkpoint, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of Hebron. Israeli media quoted a statement from the occupation army that its soldiers …
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Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
39 Israeli settlers, on Monday morning, stormed the Islamic court yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, guarded by Israeli occupation police. Local media sources reported that police opened the Moroccan Gate in front of 36 settlers, who broke into the mosque in four groups. Police escorted the settlers while they toured the …
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Illegal Israeli Colonists Puncture Tires Of Dozens Of Cars In Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
Updated: Illegal Israeli colonists infiltrated, on Monday at dawn, into Shu'fat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and punctured the tires of many Palestinian cars, in addition to writing racist graffiti. Locals in Shu'fat said the colonists puncture the tires of nearly 200 Palestinian cars in the town.
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Luxembourg Pushes for European Recognition of Palestine
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday Feb.
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Israel Threatens to Destroy All Palestinian Structures in Area C
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
Israeli Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, has threatened to destroy all Palestinian structures in West Bank areas under complete Israeli control (Area C), including those which were funded by Europeans, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. According to Days of Palestine, Bennett made the threat during a meeting with ambassadors …
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct One Palestinian, Confiscate Car, Near Ramallah
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, a Palestinian man, and confiscated a car, in Betunia town, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Abdullah Abu Ibrahim, after storming and ransacking his home. They added that the soldiers also invaded and searched the home of Saed Abu …
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Brown University Corporate Responsibility Committee Votes to Divest from Companies Connected to Israeli Occupation
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-09
December 2019 / Mondoweiss / United States Michael Arria On Dec 2, Brown University's Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies (ACCRIP) voted to recommend that the school divest from companies that facilitate Israeli human rights violations. Six ACCRIP members voted in favor of divestment, two voted against it, and …
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Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa is Named Miss Universe
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-09
Zozibini Tunzi, a 26-year-old model and beauty queen from South Africa, was chosen as Miss Universe 2019 during the contest's Sunday night gala in the American city of Atlanta, becoming the third representative from that country to earn the prestigious title. | RELATED: | African Union Urges Return of UK Colony to Mauritius | Tunzi, who was born in Tsolo (Eastern Cape) and graduated in public relations from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, was crowned by her predecessor, Catr…
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Over Two Dozen Missing After Volcano Erupts in New Zealand
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-09
More than two dozen people were feared missing on Tuesday, a day after a volcano that is a tourist attraction suddenly erupted off the coast of New Zealand's North Island, killing at least five people and injuring up to 20. | RELATED: | New Zealand Man Accused of Mosque Shootings Sent Racist Letters | Police said early on Tuesday they did not expect to find any more survivors from the volcanic eruption, which occurred on White Island on Monday at about 2: 11 p.m. (0111 GMT), sp…
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US Deceived Public on War in Afghanistan: Documents Reveal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-09
In the course of three administrations, the United States government lied to the public about missteps and failures during the 18 year-long Afghanistan war and suggested successes that did not exist, The Washington Post revealed Monday publishing thousands of pages of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and lawsuits. | RELATED: | US Resumes Negotiations With Taliban to End 18-Year Afghan War | Despite U.S. officials' continuing statements that progress in…
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"The American Love Affair with the Automobile": The Unspoken History of the Electric Car
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
This story begins in the early 1900s. Gasoline-powered transportation, whether by private auto or mass transit, was on its way out. Electric automobiles were rapidly gaining ground over their gas-powered rivals. By 1900, nearly 40% of all US cars were electric…
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West Seeks Control over Asian Rivers
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
At first glance the human rights and environmental issues surrounding a proposed dam seem like serious objections to their construction. In some cases they may be. | In other cases — these concerns are manufactured, promoted, and cynically exploited by foreign …
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"Cracking Down" on Independent Media: Global Research Needs Your Support
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
We often receive words of encouragement from our readership, praising our comprehensive coverage and our efforts to inform without trying to divide. We appreciate the moral support all the more so in the face of the current online trend to …
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On Those Questionable US Jobs Numbers… Again!
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
This past friday, December 6, the BLS reported a jobs gain in November of 266,000, surprising just about every estimated forecast. At least 70,000 or so were not actually 'new' jobs, but the return to work of GM auto workers …
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The Holocaust, "The Evil One", Fascism and the Bush Family
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
This article was originally published in 2003. | "History is a reminder of what's possible." These were the words spoken by President George W. Bush as he emerged from a guided tour of the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The former Nazi …
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"The American Love Affair with the Automobile": The Unspoken History of the Electric Car
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-09
A study of gasoline-powered automobiles reveals one of the greatest corporate frauds and resulting environmental disasters to ever have been inflicted on human society. There are three distinct but interwoven themes in this story: the promotion of gasoline-powered transportation by …
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WATCH LIVE: House Democrats Lay Out Case for Impeaching Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-09
Members and legal staff of the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committees on Monday will lay out their case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in a hearing scheduled to begin at 9: 00am EST. | According to the New York Times: | After hearing from constitutional scholars last week, the House Judiciary Committee turns f…
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Democrats, White House position themselves for impeachment vote
wsws.org | 2019-12-09
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote articles of impeachment against Trump this week.
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AFT's Weingarten urges members: Push lawmakers to impeach Trump
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-09
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In Kurdistan, Women Are Coming Into Their Own
Julie Bindel | truthdig.com | 2019-12-09
In a restaurant off a busy road in Sulaymaniyah, in the south of Kurdistan, dozens of women sit in a group, talking animatedly and drinking glasses of black, sweet tea. The women, some wearing headscarves, others in jeans and colorful nail polish, are part of a feminist organization called the Sofia Society. | Ranging in age from 16 to 60, the women are there to talk about raising awareness about sexual violence and harassment of girls in school. It is a tall order, but the Sofia Society women are used to challenges–they have even received death threats from men who consider it an act of dishonor merely to…
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Inequality threatening human development, new global UN report warns
news.un.org | 2019-12-09
Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a "new generation of inequalities" indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday.
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'World has failed' victims of genocide too often: Guterres
news.un.org | 2019-12-09
Too often, "the world has failed" populations under threat of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide on Monday.
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An Australian Tourist, a Bulgarian Prison, and a Recording Session
David Rovics | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-09
Bulgaria, it appears, is a captured state. I'll get to that in a minute. I first heard about Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a lengthy prison sentence in Bulgaria, through a fellow Australian. The context was a message from my friend Kamala that was straightforward, to the effect of, "would you write a song about …
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Time to move U.S.-Cuba relations forward again–despite Trump
Richard Grassl | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-09
Cuba gained international prominence when their government consolidated political power after the defeat of U.S. mercenary forces in 1961 at the Bay of Pigs. With the victory of the Cuban revolution assured, these two events altered the course of history in Latin America. Cuba was no longer a U.S. semi-colony. Cuba's status as a pseudo-republic …
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How the New Right Went Global — and How to Stop It
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
A succession of social upheavals over the last decade has radically realigned political power throughout the world. As a result of these tectonic shifts, what had once been on the furthest fringes of the right has now moved toward the center while the left has been pushed to the margins.
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Trump Is Raising Taxes on Middle-Class Consumers With His Trade War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-09
Just when many policy types thought that Donald Trump was about to wind down his trade war with China and work out a deal, he announced that he was in no rush to reach an agreement. He said that he might wait until after the election next year, boasting about the "massive" amount of money he was pulling in from his tariffs. | In addition to his China attack, Trump also
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Big Energy Front Group Launches Push for Troubled Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-09
A lobbying group formed by oil and gas industry insiders to push for increased fossil fuel production has turned its focus from promoting offshore drilling in the Atlantic to championing Dominion Energy's and Duke Energy's controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). It's doing so under the guise of being a pro-consumer group concerned about energy justice, even while its members include major gas production companies as well as Dominion Energy. | Last week, the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) ha…
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From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-09
"I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences." | That's Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for CIGNA. As the executive spin doctor for one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country, he was responsible for concocting tales that enabled CIGNA to deny coverage, discredit critics, and otherwise cast the corporate health insurance machine in a positive light. That was until the numbers in his spreadsheets became actual people…
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Polish Minister of Health Proposes Carcinogenic 5G Emission Levels as National Norm
Julian Rose | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Hundreds of letters are pouring into the office of Polish Minister of Health, Lukaz Szumowski, from Polish citizens and people all over the world, responding to Mr Szumowski's proposition to exponentially raise the officially recognized limit for cell phone emissions. Under the proposed change, new emission levels will be aligned with the introduction of 5G…
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Bison Slaughter in Yellowstone…Again
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
State, federal and tribal representatives voted again to slaughter 600-900 Yellowstone Park bison this winter. The agencies and tribes use the less offensive sounding euphemism "cull". But let's be honest, what happens is nothing more than butchery done to appease the livestock industry. It is shameful that these agencies and tribes legitimize the annual butchery…
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Trump's Hand-Picked Prosecutor John Durham Cleared the CIA Once, Will He Again?
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
For months, the names of Michael Horowitz and John Durham have figured in the pounding rhythms of right-wing media in which a heroically afflicted president faces down his perfidious enemies. A steady drumbeat of reports from Fox News, echoed by President Trump and Republican loyalists in Congress, proclaimed these two obscure Justice Department officials would get to the bottom of an alleged conspiracy against the Trump presidency.
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Coal and the Regions Left Behind
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
The NYT had an article that focused on Buchanan County, Virginia as an example of a left behind area in the United States. The county's economy had centered on coal. While the discussion implies that its downturn is a recent story, the data presented in the piece shows that most of the decline occurred more…
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Bloomberg Condoned Sexual Assault by NYPD
Ishmael Reed | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Sunday, Nov. 24, I watched some white media women led by Stephanie Ruhle, a former Bloomberg employee, gush all over Bloomberg's announcement that he was running for president. When the interviewer asked about Bloomberg's condoning Stop and Frisk, Ms. Ruhle said that it brought down the crime rate. She probably had black and Latinx men in mind, whom bourgeois feminists regard as disposable because they're in no position to advance their careers.
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The Grizzly Cost of Coexistence
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-09
Airedales to deter grizzly bears from coming into camp? This was one of several novel recommendations made at a recent meeting of Yellowstone grizzly bear managers in Cody, Wyoming, during a lively brainstorming session about ways to reduce human-bear conflicts. Another was establishing an academy where citizens could learn from each other by exchanging stories…
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