Daily Archives: December 21, 2019

2019-12-21: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-12-21). Australia: Lauded military veteran subject of second police investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. wsws.org The special forces were used for some of the most brutal aspects of the war, particularly hunting down and capturing or killing alleged Taliban resistance fighters.

WSWS (2019-12-21). Assange gives evidence in Spanish case against security contractor. wsws.org David Morales, a former Spanish military officer, is accused of spying on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and was charged in October with privacy violation, bribery and money laundering.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-21). Medical Opinion, Torture, and Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org On November 27 this year, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, delivered an address to the German Bundestag outlining his approach to understanding the mental health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. These comprised two parts, the initial stage covering his diplomatic asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy, the second dealing with his formal detention in …

teleSUR (2019-12-21). Gender Parity and Indigenous Presence Passed for Constituent. telesurenglish.net In a 180-degree turn that changes the landscape of the constituent process, the Chilean Chamber of Deputies approved gender parity, seats for indigenous peoples and posts for independent candidates. | RELATED: | Anti-Government Protests Reach 2nd Month in Chile | The vote occurred which occurred Thursday night was radically different from the one taken just one day before, where those issues were blocked by right-wing lawmakers | However, in the second attempt, this time introduced as a co…

Ajit Singh (2019-12-21). China detaining millions of Uyghurs? Serious problems with claims by US-backed NGO and far-right researcher 'led by God' against Beijing. thegrayzone.com Claims that China has detained millions of Uyghur Muslims are based largely on two studies. A closer look at these…

Staff (2019-12-21). Millions of Dollars Poured Into Ads Fueling Trump Impeachment Fight. truthout.org Political candidates and groups shelled out millions on impeachment-related TV ads before the House impeached President Donald Trump Wednesday, according to a new report from the Wesleyan Media Project. | The analysis, produced in partnership with OpenSecrets, reveals tha…

WSWS (2019-12-21). Democratic debate: Candidates denounce Trump, ignore party votes for Trump's program. wsws.org The seven candidates said nothing about the fact that the impeachment of Trump was bracketed by congressional votes in which the Democratic Party endorsed Trump's key legislative priorities.

Staff (2019-12-21). McConnell Pushes Through 12 More Lifetime Trump Judges. truthdig.com This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. | The right-wing takeover of the U.S. courts continued apace Thursday as the Republican-controlled Senate, with the help of some Democrats, quietly confirmed a dozen more of President Donald Trump's lifetime judicial nominees hours before leaving for Christmas recess. | The confirmations received little media attention amid Trump's im…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-12-21). Hawaiian protestors stay firm at Mauna Kea. peoplesdispatch.org The indigenous inhabitants of the island state have opposed the telescope over what they consider to be a consistent desecration of the mountain, which already has 13 telescopes on the summit.

WSWS (2019-12-21). A magnificent account of Stalin's opponents in the USSR. wsws.org Stalin's rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

WSWS (2019-12-21). Trump signs Pentagon budget imposing new sanctions on Syria. wsws.org The record $738 billion National Defense Appropriations Act was passed with the overwhelming support of House and Senate Democrats.

WSWS (2019-12-21). Amazon Logistics set to surpass delivery volume of FedEx, UPS by 2022. wsws.org The advanced techniques of workplace exploitation along with low wages and breakneck conditions that have made Amazon notorious are being set as the standard for the entire logistics industry.

Staff (2019-12-21). Trump Labor Board Escalates War on Workers' Rights. truthout.org Between 2017 and 2018, workers in two hotels in Stamford, Connecticut voted to join UNITE HERE Local 217. Though they won both elections by a landslide — the Hilton vote count was 110 to 5 while the Sheraton was 69 to 32 — the elections were highly contested by the employers. The bosses did everything they could in the month-long election process to dissuade workers from voting yes, from threats and intimidation to bribes, lies, and promises. Each day was another opportunity for management and their "union…

Staff (2019-12-21). Doctors Prescribe More of a Drug If They Receive Money From Company Tied to It. truthout.org The financial interactions include payments for delivering promotional talks, consulting and receiving sponsored meals and travel. | The 50 drugs in our analysis include many popular and expensive ones. Thirty-eight of the drugs have yearly costs exceeding $1,000 per patient, and many topped the list that are most costly for the Medicare Part D drug program. | Take Linzess, a drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome and severe constipation. From 2014 to 2018, the drug's makers, Allergan and I…

Staff (2019-12-21). Trump Adviser Says Republicans Will Ramp Up Voter Suppression in 2020. truthout.org Reporting on Friday shows a top adviser for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign caught on tape in November bragging of the Republican Party's history of voter suppression — and promising to go on the offensive in 2020. | The revelation came from the Associated Press in a report Friday on comments by Trump re-election adviser Justin Clark at an event in Madison, Wisconsin. | "Traditionally it's always been Republicans s…

Staff (2019-12-21). We Must Address the Roots of Inequality to Keep It From Killing Us. truthout.org New data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirms that the gap between the richest and poorest households in the U.S. is the largest it has been in over 50 years, and that economic power is more concentrated than ever before. Democrats and Republicans may have different interpretations of these facts, but in public health, decades of research are coming to a consensus: Inequality kills. | Over the past five years, I have worke…

Staff (2019-12-21). No, McConnell — Biased Jurors and No Witnesses Do Not Make for a "Fair Trial" truthout.org In my decades as a criminal defense attorney, I have never seen a trial where the jurors admit they aren't impartial, coordinate the trial process with the defendant and then, as promised, find the defendant not guilty. And yet, that is exactly what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims to do. | Negating any semblance of conducting a fair trial, McConnell has brazenly declared his intention to violate the senators' oath of impartiality and deny the right to call witnesses to testify at the…

Staff (2019-12-21). People Power in Romania Stopped a Mining Project. Now the Corporation Is Suing. truthout.org Recently, a colorful group gathered outside a World Bank building in downtown Washington, D.C. to defend a community 5,000 miles away in Romania. Most had never met each other but when each pointed to her or his hand-drawn sign it was smiles and nods all round. And before you knew it, they were chanting slogans together as if they had done this before, including one in the Romanian language: "Uniti Salvam Rosia Montana!" | Several Romanian citizens were joined at the demonstration by activis…

Staff (2019-12-21). What Will It Take to Rid Our Store Shelves of BPA and Other Dangerous Chemicals? truthout.org This is part 4 of a 4-part investigation of the science surrounding the chemical BPA and the U.S. regulatory push to discredit independent evidence of harm while favoring pro-industry science despite significant shortcomings. | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — A percussion of metal-on-metal echoes through the lab as empty food cans drop one by one off a conveyor belt and into rounded poc…

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-21). "America the Shrunken" globalresearch.ca In May of 2014, Frank Bruni wrote an article for the NYT titled 'America the Shrunken', in which he detailed what he called "the downward arc of a diminished enterprise" that was the USA, quoting friends who claimed their children …

Scott Ritter (2019-12-21). The 'Whistleblower' and the Politicization of Intelligence. globalresearch.ca The whistleblower complaint has opened a window into the politicization of the intelligence community, and the corresponding weaponization of the national security establishment, argues Scott Ritter. | *** | The whistleblower. A figure of great controversy, whose actions, manifested in an 11-page

WSWS (2019-12-21). Hungary's government continues its assault on democratic rights. wsws.org Last week, the Hungarian parliament, dominated by the right-wing Fidesz party, passed bills that represent a further step towards dictatorial forms of rule.

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Large-scale local narco-terror op launched in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com Interior Ministry on Saturday said a narco-terror operation was launched in the southeastern Diyarbakir province of Turkey, with the participation of hundreds of security personnel.Operation "Kiran-11 Narco-Terror" seeks to hinder the PKK's winter preparations, neutralize its terrorists based in the region, arrest drug dealers and eliminate its financial sources.A total of 1,260 personnel — including the special gendarmerie, police forces, and local security personnel — participate in the operation.Turkey has been fighting narcoterrorism, and this year confiscated over 40 tons of marijuana and seized about 40 m…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Turkish jets 'neutralize' 3 PKK terrorists in N.Iraq. yenisafak.com A group of three PKK terrorists was neutralized as part of a Turkish counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.Three PKK terrorists preparing for an attack were neutralized in an air-backed operation held in northern Iraq's Zap and Sinat-Haftanin regions, the ministry said on Twitter.The statement added that counter-terrorism operations in the region would continue without slowing down.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in statements to imply terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.More than 400 YPG/PKK terrorists were…

RT (2019-12-21). Pakistani court sentences professor to death for blasphemy. rt.com An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a university professsor to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The trial has already seen his defense lawyer shot dead, under the Muslim world's harshest blasphemy regime. | Thirty-three-year-old Junaid Hafeez was arrested in 2013 and charged with making derogatory remarks about the Islamic Prophet Muhammed on social media. Under the country's harsh blasphemy law, he was sentenced on Saturday to death by hanging. | His lawyers claim he was framed by Islamic extremists for his liberal views, and said they plan to appeal the verdict. "There can't be a fair…

Chris Hartmann (2019-12-21). Bolivia's Plurinational Healthcare Revolution Will Not Be Defeated. zcomm.org Under the Morales administration, Indigenous healthcare beliefs and practices stepped out from long shadows cast by colonialism and racism. Those achievements are now under threat…

David Siever (2019-12-21). Thousands March To Support Trump's Impeachment. zcomm.org People turned out in over 600 communities all over the United States calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment…

Matthew Kimball (2019-12-21). Bike Ad More Newsworthy Than Pentagon Budget. zcomm.org What is more newsworthy—a decision to give the Pentagon three-quarters of a trillion dollars, or an ad for an exercise bike? If you picked the Pentagon spending, you may not have a future in corporate media…

RT (2019-12-21). Faran Balanced: Hanging out with wrong 'crowd'? Bad Santa US will give you SANCTIONS for Christmas. rt.com It's Christmastime and everybody is shopping for presents, but not the US, which has already given out its very special gift — sanctions — to those who it happens to dislike for the 'crime' of pursing an independent policy. | Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Germany— the list of countries who have been punished or threatened to be punished by the US for their "misbehavior" is longer than Santa's naughty list. But what have all these done to earn a lump of coal from the US? They have been doing business with China or Russia behind Washington's back, or dare to have their own policy.

RT (2019-12-21). Corbyn was 'smeared', Johnson is a 'buffoon': Roger Waters says information war won big in UK elections (VIDEO). rt.com Boris Johnson's victory over Labour illustrates the power of propaganda, Roger Waters told RT. The Pink Floyd frontman urged people around the world to rise up against the establishment before it's too late. | The new Tory majority in the UK Parliament is the result of a vast information war waged by the country's elite, Waters told Afshin Rattansi, host of RT's Going Underground. He went on to note that the manipulation of news and information has become "almost the most important thing in our lives." | Waters said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been "smeared beyond belief" by the media, paving the way…

RT (2019-12-21). 'Hope you understand as a Native Indian': Indian MP shreds Warren for criticizing canceled meeting with US reps over Kashmir. rt.com An Indian MP has taken US Senator Elizabeth Warren to task after she raised concerns about a canceled meeting between New Delhi and a fellow progressive lawmaker, poking fun at her self-declared Native American bona fides. | After Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar scrapped a scheduled meeting with US lawmakers — including Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) — during the 2+2 summit in Washington on Friday, Warren fired off a tweet calling "efforts to silence" the congresswoman "deeply troubling." The tweet prompted a swift mocking response from BJP lawmaker Rajeev Chandrasekhar, arguing t…

RT (2019-12-21). Bullion beats sanctions: Muslim states may switch to gold & barter trade. rt.com Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Qatar are looking into using gold and barter for trade to shield themselves from any future punitive economic measures, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced. | The idea was voiced as the leaders of many Islamic nations gathered for a four-day Islamic summit in Kuala Lumpur, which was boycotted by Saudi Arabia. In his address, the Malaysian prime minister said that while some of the states present at the meeting, such as Iran and Qatar, are facing economic restrictions due to "unilateral decisions" of some nations, others should remember that they can face the same…

RT (2019-12-21). 'Interference in domestic affairs': Germany fumes at US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 pipeline. rt.com Berlin has rejected a package of sweeping US sanctions meant to halt the construction of the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, denouncing it as interference in its domestic affairs. | Germany "has noticed with regret that the sanctions initiated by the US Congress against Nord Stream2 and Turkstream [pipelines] came into force after being signed by the US president," deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer tweeted on Saturday. | The federal government rejects such extraterritorial…

RT (2019-12-21). Trump signs off on sanctions targeting Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. rt.com President Donald Trump has approved US sanctions against companies developing a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, which Washington claims endangers national security. | The sanctions, part of a larger defense spending bill Trump signed on Friday, aim to halt the construction of the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea. | The new law will revoke US visas and freeze American properties owned by anyone who continues to work on the pipeline. | US lawmakers have argued that the project would make their European allies too dependent on Russian energy and give Moscow more leverage on the…

RT (2019-12-21). 'They'll soon demand we stop breathing': Moscow slams Nord Stream 2 sanctions, says US hinders economic growth. rt.com The US, a country with a mammoth national debt, is trying to prevent others from growing their economies, the Russian Foreign Ministry said following actions taking aim at the Russo-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. | Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova lashed out at the US' crippling sanctions regarding the pipeline this Friday. | "A state with a $22-trillion national debt prohibits creditworthy countries to develop the real sector of their economies!" she wrote in a Facebook post, adding…

RT (2019-12-21). EU companies legally doing business mustn't be targeted by any sanctions – European Commission on US move against Nord Stream 2. rt.com EU states are against any sanctions targeting its companies legally doing business, the EU Commission said, after the US rolled out a package of penalties against firms participating in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. | "At the moment, the [European] Commission is studying the potential impact of these measures on European companies," a spokesperson for the EU body was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. | Brussels opposes sanctions that affect European firms doing business according to the law, the official stressed. The statement comes just a day after US sanctions — meant to hamper construct…

RT (2019-12-21). Moscow anti-doping lab's data accessed from outside Russia, former director gave files of unknown origin to WADA — probe. rt.com Moscow anti-doping lab's files were remotely altered by its former director, Grigory Rodchenkov, and his unidentified associates from US and German IP addresses, Russian investigators confirmed. | Ex-boss of Moscow lab fled to US in November 2015 becoming a star witness and main source of information for World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in its case against Moscow. | Earlier in December, WADA introduced harsh sanctions against Russia over the alleged manipulations with the data handed over to it by Russian doping watchdog, RUSADA, as part of its reinstatement process. | But the laboratory information management…

RT (2019-12-21). Civilians left behind as bias & double standards of West ruin 2 UNSC resolutions on humanitarian aid for Syria — Moscow. rt.com As the mainstream media pounds Moscow for "vetoing aid for Syria," Russia's UN mission says there was no winner in the latest UN battle during which its own draft resolution was defeated by "bias and double standards." | The Russian mission to the UN has offered their take on two rival resolutions on Syria which the Security Council rejected during a contentious Friday vote. | Read more | | Russia & China veto UN Security Council resolution on Syria truce that would've protected terrorists from 'COMPLETE ANNIHILATION' | One, drafted by Belgium, Ger…

RT (2019-12-21). What we know so far about Russia-Ukraine gas transit deal. rt.com After multiple rounds of talks, Russia and Ukraine have finally hammered out an extension to the current gas agreement that is set to expire at the end of the year. | While the agreement "in principle" was reached earlier this week, the sides revealed the key points on Saturday. Here are the details of the breakthrough deal. | Terms of agreement: | The new contract will ensure gas supplies to Europe for the next five years, and the deal might be further prolonged for another ten years. The deal stipulates the transit of 65 billion cubic meters of gas next year, and 40 billion cubic meters per year for…

RT (2019-12-21). 'A snap-shot laser beam!' Alex Ovechkin scores stunning wrist shot as Caps beat Devils 6-3 (VIDEO). rt.com Russian hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin celebrated his 900th game played in tandem with Nicklas Backstrom with a stunning strike as the Washington Capitals blew past the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. | Backstrom had a big night, netting twice and assisting with two more as he registered the 900th point of his career. But, not to be upstaged, Ovechkin found time to produce a moment of magic of his own. | "Ovi" broke down the right and, after receiving the puck via a smart layoff from Backstrom, fired unerringly through the legs of his teammate and high into the top corner of the net. | Through the legs, ups…

RT (2019-12-21). Big bully at work: Firm laying Nord Stream 2 pipeline halts all 'activities' faced with 'crushing sanctions' by US. rt.com Allseas, a Swiss-Dutch company laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline off the Danish coast, has announced it is suspending its work and will pull out of the project after being faced with an avalanche of sanctions by the US. | The company, which operates two vessels installing deep-sea pipes for Nord Stream 2 on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, released its statement just before US President Donald Trump signed the mammoth 2020 National Defense Authorization Act into law on Friday night. The bill targets companies involved in the construction of the pipeline, giving them 30 days to wind down all operations unless they…

RT (2019-12-21). 'Sanctions just a hiccup': Nord Stream 2 will be completed, & US knows it but cannot bear the thought — former US diplomat. rt.com The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is going to be completed despite the latest US sanctions, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT, adding that the last-ditch attempt to derail its launch is a gesture of despair by Washington. | The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by US President Donald Trump into law on Friday, envisions harsh sanctions for the foreign contractors involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. | The bill gives the companies 30 days to wind down operations before they are put on a blacklist, their visas revoked and assets frozen. Allseas, a Swiss-Dutch company that has bee…

RT (2019-12-21). US State Department 'firmly opposes' ICC probe into Israeli war crimes allegations, insisting court lacks jurisdiction. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has voiced "firm" opposition to a bid in the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories. | After nearly four years of preliminary investigation, the ICC's top prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday that the war crimes probe would be expanded into a full-scale inquiry, looking into whether Israel has carried out atrocities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as Gaza. In a statement

RT (2019-12-21). Sleeping dragon no more: China about to replace US as strongest naval power and Washington is too late to stop it. rt.com China might soon shift the world naval balance and unseat the US as the modern master of the seas. The process appears to already be under way, and there is little that Washington can do about stopping it. | Visibly shaken by what it has seen on a photo showing just one of China's military shipyards near Shanghai, the business magazine Forbes recently told its readers an alarming story about the "impressive rate" and "vast scale" of Chinese naval modernization. | Today, China Changxing island pic.twitter.com/cxVmRiMjiQ— ÈæôÈæë&per…

RT (2019-12-21). Turkish parliament approves military cooperation with Libya — report. rt.com Turkish lawmakers have ratified a defense and security memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Libya, state media has reported. The MoU on defense and security was hammered on November 27 between the senior government officials from two countries along with another deal on the delimitation of the maritime jurisdiction areas in the Mediterranean. The agreement outlines cooperation in defense and security, including establishing defense offices in each other's countries. The agreement also provides for training, the transfer of military hardware, and allows for joint exercises and intelligence. Ankara had signale…

RT (2019-12-21). CIA torture is 'snow secret': Edward Snowden roasts CIA's feelgood holiday tweet. rt.com Every now and again the CIA does its best to appear relatable, and every time the agency gets put back in its place. Now, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hijacked a festive tweet to slam the CIA's torture practices. | "It's *snow secret* that we love winter," the clandestine agency tweeted on Saturday, marking the first day of winter in the US. | Snowden was acerbic in his response. "It's *snow secret* that you tortured Gul Rahman for weeks at a black site, then chained him naked to a concrete floor until he died in the near-winter cold," he tweeted. | t.co/UjwEE3GXjb RT (2019-12-21). CIA torture is 'snow secret': Edward Snowden roasts CIA's feelgood holiday tweet. rt.com Every now and again the CIA does its best to appear relatable, and every time the agency gets put back in its place. Now, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hijacked a festive tweet to slam the CIA's torture practices. | "It's *snow secret* that we love winter," the clandestine agency tweeted on Saturday, marking the first day of winter in the US. | Snowden was acerbic in his response. "It's *snow secret* that you tortured Gul Rahman for weeks at a black site, then chained him naked to a concrete floor until he died in the near-winter cold," he tweeted. | It's *snow secret* you tortured Gul Rahman for weeks at a…

John Catalinotto (2019-12-21). Trump impeached: What next? — a WW commentary. workers.org Dec. 20 — The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach the president on two counts late on the evening of Dec. 18. All Republicans and one Democratic House member voted against impeachment. As of today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not yet released the orders of impeachment . . . | Continue reading Trump impeached: What next? — a WW commentary at Workers.org

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Iraqi demonstrators torch political party offices. yenisafak.com Protestors set fire to offices of political parties Friday in the southern Iraqi province of Dhi Qar to protest the killing of a demonstrator a day earlier.Offices of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa Party and the Badr Organization, headed by former Transportation Minister Hadi Al-Amiri, were among those set ablaze, according to a security officer who did not want to be named due to security concerns.The officer did not provide further detail of the conditions of the buildings.Mohammed al-Isami was shot dead Thursday by unidentified attackers. Attempts to kill two other protestors were also made…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Russia to go ahead with gas pipe project despite US sanctions. yenisafak.com "Russia has implemented and will continue to implement its economic projects regardless of anyone's sanctions," the ministry said in the statement.A U.S. bill signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday included legislation imposing sanctions on companies laying pipe for Nord Stream 2, which aims to double gas capacity along the northern Nord Stream 1 pipeline route to Germany.

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Locals in Syria's Ras al-Ayn expose YPG/PKK oppression. yenisafak.com A Syrian woman displaced by the YPG/PKK terror group in northern Syria exposed the true colors of the terror group by telling how it persecuted the locals using violence."YPG/PKK forcibly evicted us out of our homes, they said 'get out, get out!' They forced us out of homes at night by beating us," the weary woman said in a video posted by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense on Twitter on Saturday."They didn't even allow us to bring our belongings with us. They've also burnt our homes," she added.She went on to say that Turkish soldiers looked out for the Syrians upon their arrival in the region and they ext…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Syria says rockets damage Homs refinery, disrupt production. yenisafak.com Rockets were fired overnight at Syria's main Homs refinery and two gas units causing minor damage and disrupting production, oil officials said on Saturday, calling it a "terrorist attack".Fires were extinguished after several hours and maintenance engineers had begun repair work, the refinery head, Haitham Musawkar, was quoted as saying on state media.The refinery, located west of Homs, is one of two main refineries covering most domestic demand for diesel, heating fuel, gasoline and other products, industry experts say.

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Pakistan's new chief justice takes oath. yenisafak.com Justice Gulzar Ahmed took oath as Pakistan's 27th Chief Justice on Saturday amid an ongoing political chaos that has gripped the nation over conviction of the former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a high treason case earlier this week.President Arif Alvi administered oath to the new Chief Justice at a ceremony at the President House in capital Islamabad, which was also attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the air force and naval chiefs, as well as the cabinet members, state-run Pakistan Television reported.Justice Ahmed, who has replaced his predecessor Justice Asif S…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Turkish parliament ratifies 2020 budget. yenisafak.com Turkish lawmakers ratified the 2020 budget Saturday following a 12-day marathon session in the general assembly.Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop announced the budget was supported by 329 lawmakers while 159 voted against it in the 600-seat chamber.Lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) approved budget.Turkey earmarked 88.5 billion liras ($15 billion) for public investment in transportation, industry, health and education.Expenditures were projected at 1.095 trillion liras ($0.19 trillion). Also, non-interest expenses will round up at 956.5 bil…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Trump signs defense bill establishing US Space Force. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump signed an annual defense bill that includes the creation of a Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, for fiscal year 2020 at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.The NDAA authorizes a top-line budget of $738 billion."We will create a brand new American military service. With my signature today you will witness the birth of the Space Force," said Trump before signing. "There'll be a lot of things happening in space."The initial announcement of a Space Force to protect America's assets in space, including satellites t…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Turkey not to allow violations in East Med: Official. yenisafak.com Foreign remarks on Turkey's recent maritime deal with the UN-recognized government of Libya will not prevent Turkish government from pursuing its own agenda in the Eastern Mediterranean, country's communications director said on Saturday.Fahrettin Altun issued an article on micro blogging platform Medium where he discussed Turkey-Libya maritime jurisdiction pact and how it confirms the sovereignty of Turkey in the region.Altun said the maritime pact demonstrated that Ankara administration would never turn a blind eye to any fait-accompli in the Eastern Mediterranean, and it ensured that Turkey was an actor that…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). 'Turkey to act if Libya greenlights troop deployment'. yenisafak.com Turkey is ready to take necessary steps if the UN-recognized government of Libya makes a request, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Saturday, referring to the deployment of Turkish soldiers in Libya."If our Libyan brothers make such a request, Turkey is ready to do what is necessary," Oktay said, speaking at a trade and cooperation meeting held in Istanbul.On Nov. 27, Ankara and Tripoli reached two separate memorandums of understanding, one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.Following the military cooperation deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Turkey-Israel relations following Libya deal: ANALYSIS. yenisafak.com Turkey was at the center of some head-spinning developments in the Eastern Mediterranean in the last few days.In fact, the world and especially the riparian states are closely following these "events," which could also be named "belated decisions from Turkey."One of these states is Israel, which has been for a long time looking for ways to transport to Europe the natural gas that will be gathered from the hydrocarbon fields in the Eastern Mediterranean.After a long period of political distance, Turkey and Israel signed a normalization deal in June 2016 to cooperate on a pipeline project, to transfer natural gas f…

yenisafak (2019-12-21). Three killed in UAE drone attacks in Libya. yenisafak.com Three people were killed in raids by drones operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Libya on Saturday, the UN-recognized government said.UAE-operated drones carried out 10 airstrikes on the town of Msallata, east of Tripoli, the media office of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a statement.It said three people were killed in the attacks.According to the statement, drones also carried out two airstrikes on the town of Zliten.No information was yet available about casualties.On April 4, military commander Khalifa Haftar, who commands forces based in eastern Libya, launched an offensive to captur…

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-21). ICC To Investigate Israeli Government War Crimes & UN Again Contradicts US Claims Of Iran "Proof" thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/20/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo (2019-12-21). Everything You Wanted to Know about Climate Change, but Were Afraid to Ask. indybay.org Half Moon Bay Library, 620 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019…

Citizens' Climate Lobby (2019-12-21). 2020 Citizens' Climate Lobby Northern California Regional Conference. indybay.org Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611…

Youth V Apocalypse, PlantingJustice, Mycelium (2019-12-21). Climate Strike: SF Bay Area Youth Strike in Oakland. indybay.org Plaza outside Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612…

Citizens' Climate Lobby (2019-12-21). 2020 Citizens' Climate Lobby Northern CA Regional Conference, Day 2. indybay.org Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611…

Brenda Norrell (2019-12-21). Buffy Sainte Marie Truthtelling Indigenous Genocide. indybay.org Buffy Sainte Marie described the genocide, slavery, murder and rape of Indigenous Peoples, that the kings and queens, military, churches and banks are responsible for, speaking with AIM West's Tony Gonzales, during the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz.

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-12-21). Oaklanders Hold Powerful "Impeach And Remove" Demonstration. indybay.org Photos: Leon Kunstenaar. Pro Bono Photo | Hundreds of rallies throughout the country in support of House vote to impeach Trump…

Brenda Norrell (2019-12-21). Blood Memory Rising, Book Review of Standing with Standing Rock. indybay.org 'Standing with Standing Rock,' is an encyclopedia of resistance, which chronicles the Water Protector movement from the first run to Washington, and on to the camps, and the surveillance by TigerSwan, to the ultimate international divestment campaign. In its 29 chapters are poetry, essays and discussions of Indigenous rights and Treaties.

Lynda Carson (2019-12-21). Muhammad Ali an activist to help MIAs/POWs in Vietnam. indybay.org Cathy A. Lundy was only around 4 years old when she was aboard the Yacht Sequoia as a guest of former disgraced President Richard Nixon (a.k.a. Tricky Dick). Unfortunately, her father was reported killed in action in Laos during the Vietnam War during 1970. The cruise certificate hangs on the wall of my apartment. Photo by Paulo Kesete…

Kate Zeller (2019-12-21). Congress Passes Somalia Debt Relief. indybay.org As part of the Federal government's year-end spending package or "minibus," Congress passed the first phase of debt relief for Somalia.

Medea Benjamin (2019-12-20). The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is that Regime Change Does Not Work. globalresearch.ca The trove of U.S. "Lessons Learned" documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The "Lessons Learned" papers, however, are based on …

Andrea Mazzarino (2019-12-20). "The Shooters are Coming!" War on Terror, War on Education. counterpunch.org One day in October 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, I stood at the front of a private high school classroom. As a new social studies teacher, I had been tasked with describing violence against women in that country. I showed the students an article from the front page of the New York Times featuring More

Medea Benjamin (2019-12-20). The Real Lesson of Afghanistan? Regime Change Does Not Work. mintpressnews.com The debacle in Afghanistan is only one case in a fundamentally flawed U.S. policy with worldwide consequences. New quasi-governments installed by U.S. "regime change" in country after country have proven more corrupt, less legitimate and less able to control their nation's territory than the ones the U.S. has destroyed.

Richard Becker (2019-12-20). Impeachment: The road to nowhere leads to . . . nowhere. liberationnews.org Capping months of mind-numbingly repetitive "debates," the Democrats in the House of Representatives voted on Dec. 17 to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-12-20). The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work. counterpunch.org The trove of U.S. "Lessons Learned" documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The "Lessons Learned" papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies will keep intervening militarily in other countries, More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-20). War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US. globalresearch.ca Despite president Trump's announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal interests.

Philip Giraldi (2019-12-20). The Afghanistan Fiasco and the Decline and Fall of the American Military. globalresearch.ca A devastating investigative report was published in the Washington Post on December 9th. Dubbed the "Afghanistan Papers" in a nod to the Vietnam War's famous "Pentagon Papers," the report relied on thousands of documents to similarly expose how …

Kit Knightly (2019-12-20). The "Afghanistan Papers": Deep State Narrative Management. globalresearch.ca The Big Reveal for the Washington Post this week is the release of the Afghanistan Papers. A series of interviews and documents "compiled in secret" and then the subject of a "legal challenge" from the US government. | The WaPo baldly

MBNJSD (2019-12-20). The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work. dissidentvoice.org The trove of U.S. "Lessons Learned" documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The "Lessons Learned" papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies will keep intervening militarily in other countries, …

Staff (2019-12-20). Joe Biden Criticized at Democratic Debate over Iraq, Afghanistan Wars & Failure to Close Gitmo. democracynow.org Former Vice President Joe Biden sparred with Senator Bernie Sanders about his support for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and faced scrutiny over his failure to close Guantánamo Bay during President Obama's tenure in the White House at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles. We look at the candidates' foreign policy stances with award-winning investigative reporter Azmat Khan, a New York Times Magazine contributing writer and a Future of War fellow at the New America Foundation.

WSWS (2019-12-20). Medical observers blocked from attending Assange hearing. wsws.org Dr. David Morgan and Dr. Marco Chiesa are among the more than 100 doctors from around the world who have issued three open letters to the UK and Australian governments protesting Assange's brutal persecution.

Linda Ford (2019-12-20). Women Politicals: Still Defiant. dissidentvoice.org As Australian activist John Pilger recounts his visit to the world's most abused US/UK political prisoner, Julian Assange, he gives us the brutal details of how the friends and families of political prisoners also face punishment, gauntlets, humiliation. And he tells of the terrible conditions and terrible treatment meted out to Assange, and the weakened, …

WSWS (2019-12-20). Judge says Assange extradition hearing will take "three to four weeks" as political opposition mounts. wsws.org Assange appeared physically unwell, but followed the proceedings carefully via videolink from Belmarsh maximum security prison.

Matthew Stevenson (2019-12-20). Across the Balkans: Assassination in Sarajevo. counterpunch.org On one of my days in Sarajevo—in lingering snow and ice—I went in search of Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who killed Franz Ferdinand and his wife, touching off the crisis that led to World War I, and the end of many empires. In summer 1976, on my first visit to Sarajevo, I had seen More

teleSUR (2019-12-20). Colombia's FARC Demands Implementation of Peace Agreement. telesurenglish.net In the midst of today's persistent violence against former guerrillas, the Colombian FARC party demanded the "real implementation of the Peace Agreement" signed in 2016 by the Colombian State and the decommissioned FARC-EP. | RELATED: | Colombian Police to be Investigated for Excessive Use of Force | The recurrent demand followed the assassination o…

Tom Anderson (2019-12-20). BDS movement defiant after Tories announce anti-boycott measures and threaten international solidarity. thecanary.co Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners have responded defiantly to Tory plans to pass an anti-BDS law. | The law is a threat to any international solidarity campaign which seeks to boycott companies or products because of the state policies of another country. As such, it presents a threat to international solidarity efforts as a whole. | Boycotting Israeli apartheid: | BDS is an international movement calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. It also calls for grassroots groups to initiate boycott campaigns against companies complicit in Israel…

Richard Ward (2019-12-20). The Fix is In. counterpunch.org The impeachment and trial of Donald Trump is aimed as much at Bernie Sanders (and, to a lesser extent, Liz Warren, though she's rapidly falling in line with the establishment) as it is at the President, if indeed it is aimed at him at all. As is often said, the Democratic Party establishment would rather More

Staff (2019-12-20). DNC Should Change Its Process to Stop Shutting Out Candidates of Color. truthout.org Within a day of President Trump's impeachment, the Democratic presidential candidates held their final debate of the year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. On the stage were Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang. Amna Nawaz, the first Pakistani American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential primary debate, questioned Yang about being the only no…

Staff (2019-12-20). Bernie Sanders' Climate Change Message Cheered in L.A. Debate. truthdig.com The Vermont senator receives widespread applause when he challenges what he considers a flimsy question on the issue of the climate crisis.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-12-20). The United States of Impeachment. truthdig.com How, exactly, did I get here? My political journey has somehow taken me from canvassing for Obama north of Fort Knox, KY in 2008, to voting for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary outside of West Point, NY in 2016, to — gulp! — "defending" Trump against impeachment in 2019. What a long, strange, trip it has been, as they say. Truth is, I couldn't sleep last night and have been watching CNN's wall-to-wall impeachment coverage since 4AM. When the clock struck a reasonable hour on East Coas…

Staff (2019-12-20). As Democratic Field Gets Whiter, DNC Should "Press Pause" & Fix Process Shutting Out People of Color. democracynow.org Within a day of President Trump's impeachment, the Democratic presidential candidates held their final debate of the year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. On the stage were Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang. Amna Nawaz, the first Pakistani American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential primary debate, questioned Yang about being the only nonwhite candidate on the stage. We get response from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers'

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-20). Church of Scotland Calls on Israel to Make Holy Sites Accessible to Gazans during Holidays. imemc.org The Church of Scotland, today, called on Israel to affirm the right of Palestinian Christians in the blockaded Gaza Strip to visit their holy sites and families, during the Christmas holiday. "At this time of year, when Christians from across the world will be looking to, and visiting, Bethlehem and …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-20). Report: UN Body Criticizes Israel's Racial Segregation Policies. imemc.org A United Nations human rights committee has called on Israel to "ensure equal treatment for all persons on the territories under its effective control and subject to its jurisdiction" — inside Israel, in the Occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, and in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to a press …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-12-20). Hawaii governor issues ultimatum to Mauna Kea protesters. peoplesdispatch.org Indigenous Hawaiian activists have been blockading the entrance to the Mauna Kea summit for the past five months in order to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The proposed construction of the TMT observatory at the site considered sacred by Native Hawaiians, has been heavily opposed by the Indigenous population and environmentalists alike. | On December 19, Hawaiian governor David Ige issued an ultimatum to the protesters participating in the blockade, demanding that they leave the…

Brian Mier (2019-12-20). Chronicle of a Coup Foretold. counterpunch.org Will the US left work to normalize the impending coup attempt in Mexico the way it did for Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil and Nicaragua? Last July I gave a speech in the Left Forum in Brooklyn. When it was over, A young activist stood up and announced, in perfect English, that they were an anarchist from More

teleSUR (2019-12-20). Baltasar Garzon to Be Evo Morales' Lawyer to Invalidate Warrant. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President in exile Evo Morales Thursday announced that Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon will represent him in the efforts to invalidate the arrest warrant issued by the coup-born government. | RELATED: | Coup Leaders in Bolivia Issue Arrest Warrant for Evo Morales | "We formed an international team with Baltasar Garzon… We will act legally against t…

teleSUR (2019-12-20). Bolivia: De-Facto Govt Continues Political Persecution. telesurenglish.net Since the coup d'état of Nov. 10, the de facto government in Bolivia has been carrying out political persecution against members of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party and its supporters, including its leader, the former president, now a political refugee in Argentina, Evo Morales. | RELATED: | Coup Leaders in Bolivia Issue Arrest Warrant for Evo Morales | On Friday, the attack on the physical integrity and property of three members related to the MAS party was made public…

teleSUR (2019-12-20). Coup Plotters Seek To Eliminate Inclusive Education in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net De facto Bolivian Minister of Education, Virginia Patty, urged today a repeal the Avelino Siñani Law enacted by Evo Morales in 2010, which proposes decolonizing the country through a revolutionary and liberating educational system. | RELATED: | Deadlines Adjusted, Bolivian TSE To Call For Elections In 2020 | She also announced that in the coming days s…

Alan Macleod (2019-12-20). Media, Human Rights Groups Silent Over Politically-Motivated Murder of Journalist in Bolivia. mintpressnews.com Sebastian Moro's last known words before he was found were denouncing the kidnappings of government officials and mob attacks on journalists and media outlets.

Carl Boggs (2019-12-20). Capitalism and the Limits of Greening. counterpunch.org The idea of a Green New Deal, including the one proposed by a group of Democrats led by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is hardly novel on the world scene, though potentially consequential for American politics. European Green parties, for example, introduced far-reaching policies in support of an ecological (sustainable) model of development as early as 1980. A few other European leftist parties later arrived at their own "greening" initiatives to mitigate climate disruption. The much-smaller U.S. Greens followed suit. Even the authoritarian Chinese government has introduced its own program to curb green…

Stephen Corry (2019-12-20). Diversity Rules Environment, OK? counterpunch.org Could some of the most talked of solutions to climate chaos have the reverse effect and make things worse? Some critics think so, and they aren't "deniers" who think climate change isn't real. The concept of "net zero" carbon emissions, for example, might actually help industry pollute, because one of the commonest ways to reach for it is through "carbon offsets." This means that if a corporation is responsible for a ton of carbon dioxide emissions — which is bad — but at the same time it funds a project which "captures" (or "sequesters") a ton of carbon — which is good — then the "net emi…

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Australia: Lauded military veteran subject of second police investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan
wsws.org | 2019-12-21
The special forces were used for some of the most brutal aspects of the war, particularly hunting down and capturing or killing alleged Taliban resistance fighters.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/21/smit…

Assange gives evidence in Spanish case against security contractor
wsws.org | 2019-12-21
David Morales, a former Spanish military officer, is accused of spying on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and was charged in October with privacy violation, bribery and money laundering.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/21/ucgl…

Medical Opinion, Torture, and Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-21
On November 27 this year, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, delivered an address to the German Bundestag outlining his approach to understanding the mental health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. These comprised two parts, the initial stage covering his diplomatic asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy, the second dealing with his formal detention in …
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Gender Parity and Indigenous Presence Passed for Constituent
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-21
In a 180-degree turn that changes the landscape of the constituent process, the Chilean Chamber of Deputies approved gender parity, seats for indigenous peoples and posts for independent candidates. | RELATED: | Anti-Government Protests Reach 2nd Month in Chile | The vote occurred which occurred Thursday night was radically different from the one taken just one day before, where those issues were blocked by right-wing lawmakers | However, in the second attempt, this time introduced as a co…
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China detaining millions of Uyghurs? Serious problems with claims by US-backed NGO and far-right researcher 'led by God' against Beijing
Ajit Singh | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-21
Claims that China has detained millions of Uyghur Muslims are based largely on two studies. A closer look at these…
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China detaining millions of Uyghurs? Serious problems with claims by US-backed NGO and far-right researcher 'led by God' against Beijing
Ajit Singh | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-21
Claims that China has detained millions of Uyghur Muslims are based largely on two studies. A closer look at these…
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Millions of Dollars Poured Into Ads Fueling Trump Impeachment Fight
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
Political candidates and groups shelled out millions on impeachment-related TV ads before the House impeached President Donald Trump Wednesday, according to a new report from the Wesleyan Media Project. | The analysis, produced in partnership with OpenSecrets, reveals tha…
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Democratic debate: Candidates denounce Trump, ignore party votes for Trump's program
wsws.org | 2019-12-21
The seven candidates said nothing about the fact that the impeachment of Trump was bracketed by congressional votes in which the Democratic Party endorsed Trump's key legislative priorities.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/21/dems…

Hawaiian protestors stay firm at Mauna Kea
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-21
The indigenous inhabitants of the island state have opposed the telescope over what they consider to be a consistent desecration of the mountain, which already has 13 telescopes on the summit.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/12/21/hawaiian-…

A magnificent account of Stalin's opponents in the USSR
wsws.org | 2019-12-21
Stalin's rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/21/rogo…

Trump signs Pentagon budget imposing new sanctions on Syria
wsws.org | 2019-12-21
The record $738 billion National Defense Appropriations Act was passed with the overwhelming support of House and Senate Democrats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/21/ndaa…

Amazon Logistics set to surpass delivery volume of FedEx, UPS by 2022
wsws.org | 2019-12-21
The advanced techniques of workplace exploitation along with low wages and breakneck conditions that have made Amazon notorious are being set as the standard for the entire logistics industry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/21/amzn…

What Will It Take to Rid Our Store Shelves of BPA and Other Dangerous Chemicals?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
This is part 4 of a 4-part investigation of the science surrounding the chemical BPA and the U.S. regulatory push to discredit independent evidence of harm while favoring pro-industry science despite significant shortcomings. | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — A percussion of metal-on-metal echoes through the lab as empty food cans drop one by one off a conveyor belt and into rounded poc…
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Doctors Prescribe More of a Drug If They Receive Money From Company Tied to It
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
The financial interactions include payments for delivering promotional talks, consulting and receiving sponsored meals and travel. | The 50 drugs in our analysis include many popular and expensive ones. Thirty-eight of the drugs have yearly costs exceeding $1,000 per patient, and many topped the list that are most costly for the Medicare Part D drug program. | Take Linzess, a drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome and severe constipation. From 2014 to 2018, the drug's makers, Allergan and I…
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People Power in Romania Stopped a Mining Project. Now the Corporation Is Suing
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
Recently, a colorful group gathered outside a World Bank building in downtown Washington, D.C. to defend a community 5,000 miles away in Romania. Most had never met each other but when each pointed to her or his hand-drawn sign it was smiles and nods all round. And before you knew it, they were chanting slogans together as if they had done this before, including one in the Romanian language: "Uniti Salvam Rosia Montana!" | Several Romanian citizens were joined at the demonstration by activis…
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We Must Address the Roots of Inequality to Keep It From Killing Us
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirms that the gap between the richest and poorest households in the U.S. is the largest it has been in over 50 years, and that economic power is more concentrated than ever before. Democrats and Republicans may have different interpretations of these facts, but in public health, decades of research are coming to a consensus: Inequality kills. | Over the past five years, I have worke…
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No, McConnell — Biased Jurors and No Witnesses Do Not Make for a "Fair Trial"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
In my decades as a criminal defense attorney, I have never seen a trial where the jurors admit they aren't impartial, coordinate the trial process with the defendant and then, as promised, find the defendant not guilty. And yet, that is exactly what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims to do. | Negating any semblance of conducting a fair trial, McConnell has brazenly declared his intention to violate the senators' oath of impartiality and deny the right to call witnesses to testify at the…
truthout.org/articles/no-mcconnell-biase…

Trump Labor Board Escalates War on Workers' Rights
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
Between 2017 and 2018, workers in two hotels in Stamford, Connecticut voted to join UNITE HERE Local 217. Though they won both elections by a landslide — the Hilton vote count was 110 to 5 while the Sheraton was 69 to 32 — the elections were highly contested by the employers. The bosses did everything they could in the month-long election process to dissuade workers from voting yes, from threats and intimidation to bribes, lies, and promises. Each day was another opportunity for management and their "union…
truthout.org/articles/trump-labor-board-…

Trump Adviser Says Republicans Will Ramp Up Voter Suppression in 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-21
Reporting on Friday shows a top adviser for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign caught on tape in November bragging of the Republican Party's history of voter suppression — and promising to go on the offensive in 2020. | The revelation came from the Associated Press in a report Friday on comments by Trump re-election adviser Justin Clark at an event in Madison, Wisconsin. | "Traditionally it's always been Republicans s…
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The 'Whistleblower' and the Politicization of Intelligence
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-21
The whistleblower complaint has opened a window into the politicization of the intelligence community, and the corresponding weaponization of the national security establishment, argues Scott Ritter. | *** | The whistleblower. A figure of great controversy, whose actions, manifested in an 11-page …
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The 'Whistleblower' and the Politicization of Intelligence
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-21
The whistleblower complaint has opened a window into the politicization of the intelligence community, and the corresponding weaponization of the national security establishment, argues Scott Ritter. | *** | The whistleblower. A figure of great controversy, whose actions, manifested in an 11-page …
globalresearch.ca/whistleblower-politici…

"America the Shrunken"
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-21
In May of 2014, Frank Bruni wrote an article for the NYT titled 'America the Shrunken', in which he detailed what he called "the downward arc of a diminished enterprise" that was the USA, quoting friends who claimed their children …
globalresearch.ca/america-shrunken/56980…

Hungary's government continues its assault on democratic rights
wsws.org | 2019-12-21
Last week, the Hungarian parliament, dominated by the right-wing Fidesz party, passed bills that represent a further step towards dictatorial forms of rule.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/21/hung…

McConnell Pushes Through 12 More Lifetime Trump Judges
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-21
This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. | The right-wing takeover of the U.S. courts continued apace Thursday as the Republican-controlled Senate, with the help of some Democrats, quietly confirmed a dozen more of President Donald Trump's lifetime judicial nominees hours before leaving for Christmas recess. | The confirmations received little media attention amid Trump's im…
truthdig.com/articles/mcconnell-pushes-t…

Large-scale local narco-terror op launched in SE Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Interior Ministry on Saturday said a narco-terror operation was launched in the southeastern Diyarbakir province of Turkey, with the participation of hundreds of security personnel.Operation "Kiran-11 Narco-Terror" seeks to hinder the PKK's winter preparations, neutralize its terrorists based in the region, arrest drug dealers and eliminate its financial sources.A total of 1,260 personnel — including the special gendarmerie, police forces, and local security personnel — participate in the operation.Turkey has been fighting narcoterrorism, and this year confiscated over 40 tons of marijuana and seized about 40 m…
yenisafak.com/en/news/large-scale-local-…

Turkish jets 'neutralize' 3 PKK terrorists in N.Iraq
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
A group of three PKK terrorists was neutralized as part of a Turkish counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.Three PKK terrorists preparing for an attack were neutralized in an air-backed operation held in northern Iraq's Zap and Sinat-Haftanin regions, the ministry said on Twitter.The statement added that counter-terrorism operations in the region would continue without slowing down.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in statements to imply terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.More than 400 YPG/PKK terrorists were…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-jets-neutr…

Pakistani court sentences professor to death for blasphemy
rt.com | 2019-12-21
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a university professsor to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The trial has already seen his defense lawyer shot dead, under the Muslim world's harshest blasphemy regime. | Thirty-three-year-old Junaid Hafeez was arrested in 2013 and charged with making derogatory remarks about the Islamic Prophet Muhammed on social media. Under the country's harsh blasphemy law, he was sentenced on Saturday to death by hanging. | His lawyers claim he was framed by Islamic extremists for his liberal views, and said they plan to appeal the verdict. "There can't be a fair…
rt.com/news/476575-palistan-blasphemy-de…

Bolivia's Plurinational Healthcare Revolution Will Not Be Defeated
Chris Hartmann | zcomm.org | 2019-12-21
Under the Morales administration, Indigenous healthcare beliefs and practices stepped out from long shadows cast by colonialism and racism. Those achievements are now under threat…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/bolivias-plurinati…

Thousands March To Support Trump's Impeachment
David Siever | zcomm.org | 2019-12-21
People turned out in over 600 communities all over the United States calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/thousands-march-to…

Bike Ad More Newsworthy Than Pentagon Budget
Matthew Kimball | zcomm.org | 2019-12-21
What is more newsworthy–a decision to give the Pentagon three-quarters of a trillion dollars, or an ad for an exercise bike? If you picked the Pentagon spending, you may not have a future in corporate media…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/bike-ad-more-newsw…

Faran Balanced: Hanging out with wrong 'crowd'? Bad Santa US will give you SANCTIONS for Christmas
rt.com | 2019-12-21
It's Christmastime and everybody is shopping for presents, but not the US, which has already given out its very special gift — sanctions — to those who it happens to dislike for the 'crime' of pursing an independent policy. | Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Germany– the list of countries who have been punished or threatened to be punished by the US for their "misbehavior" is longer than Santa's naughty list. But what have all these done to earn a lump of coal from the US? They have been doing business with China or Russia behind Washington's back, or dare to have their own policy.
rt.com/news/476538-sanctions-us-christma…

Corbyn was 'smeared', Johnson is a 'buffoon': Roger Waters says information war won big in UK elections (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Boris Johnson's victory over Labour illustrates the power of propaganda, Roger Waters told RT. The Pink Floyd frontman urged people around the world to rise up against the establishment before it's too late. | The new Tory majority in the UK Parliament is the result of a vast information war waged by the country's elite, Waters told Afshin Rattansi, host of RT's Going Underground. He went on to note that the manipulation of news and information has become "almost the most important thing in our lives." | Waters said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been "smeared beyond belief" by the media, paving the way…
rt.com/uk/476555-boris-johnson-roger-wat…

'Hope you understand as a Native Indian': Indian MP shreds Warren for criticizing canceled meeting with US reps over Kashmir
rt.com | 2019-12-21
An Indian MP has taken US Senator Elizabeth Warren to task after she raised concerns about a canceled meeting between New Delhi and a fellow progressive lawmaker, poking fun at her self-declared Native American bona fides. | After Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar scrapped a scheduled meeting with US lawmakers — including Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) — during the 2+2 summit in Washington on Friday, Warren fired off a tweet calling "efforts to silence" the congresswoman "deeply troubling." The tweet prompted a swift mocking response from BJP lawmaker Rajeev Chandrasekhar, arguing t…
rt.com/news/476543-warren-kashmir-meetin…

Bullion beats sanctions: Muslim states may switch to gold & barter trade
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Qatar are looking into using gold and barter for trade to shield themselves from any future punitive economic measures, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced. | The idea was voiced as the leaders of many Islamic nations gathered for a four-day Islamic summit in Kuala Lumpur, which was boycotted by Saudi Arabia. In his address, the Malaysian prime minister said that while some of the states present at the meeting, such as Iran and Qatar, are facing economic restrictions due to "unilateral decisions" of some nations, others should remember that they can face the same…
rt.com/business/476548-muslim-states-gol…

Moscow anti-doping lab's data accessed from outside Russia, former director gave files of unknown origin to WADA — probe
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Moscow anti-doping lab's files were remotely altered by its former director, Grigory Rodchenkov, and his unidentified associates from US and German IP addresses, Russian investigators confirmed. | Ex-boss of Moscow lab fled to US in November 2015 becoming a star witness and main source of information for World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in its case against Moscow. | Earlier in December, WADA introduced harsh sanctions against Russia over the alleged manipulations with the data handed over to it by Russian doping watchdog, RUSADA, as part of its reinstatement process. | But the laboratory information management…
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'They'll soon demand we stop breathing': Moscow slams Nord Stream 2 sanctions, says US hinders economic growth
rt.com | 2019-12-21
The US, a country with a mammoth national debt, is trying to prevent others from growing their economies, the Russian Foreign Ministry said following actions taking aim at the Russo-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. | Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova lashed out at the US' crippling sanctions regarding the pipeline this Friday. | "A state with a $22-trillion national debt prohibits creditworthy countries to develop the real sector of their economies!" she wrote in a Facebook post, adding…
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'Interference in domestic affairs': Germany fumes at US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 pipeline
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Berlin has rejected a package of sweeping US sanctions meant to halt the construction of the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, denouncing it as interference in its domestic affairs. | Germany "has noticed with regret that the sanctions initiated by the US Congress against Nord Stream2 and Turkstream [pipelines] came into force after being signed by the US president," deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer tweeted on Saturday. | The federal government rejects such extraterritorial…
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Trump signs off on sanctions targeting Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
rt.com | 2019-12-21
President Donald Trump has approved US sanctions against companies developing a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, which Washington claims endangers national security. | The sanctions, part of a larger defense spending bill Trump signed on Friday, aim to halt the construction of the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea. | The new law will revoke US visas and freeze American properties owned by anyone who continues to work on the pipeline. | US lawmakers have argued that the project would make their European allies too dependent on Russian energy and give Moscow more leverage on the…
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EU companies legally doing business mustn't be targeted by any sanctions – European Commission on US move against Nord Stream 2
rt.com | 2019-12-21
EU states are against any sanctions targeting its companies legally doing business, the EU Commission said, after the US rolled out a package of penalties against firms participating in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. | "At the moment, the [European] Commission is studying the potential impact of these measures on European companies," a spokesperson for the EU body was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. | Brussels opposes sanctions that affect European firms doing business according to the law, the official stressed. The statement comes just a day after US sanctions — meant to hamper construct…
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Civilians left behind as bias & double standards of West ruin 2 UNSC resolutions on humanitarian aid for Syria — Moscow
rt.com | 2019-12-21
As the mainstream media pounds Moscow for "vetoing aid for Syria," Russia's UN mission says there was no winner in the latest UN battle during which its own draft resolution was defeated by "bias and double standards." | The Russian mission to the UN has offered their take on two rival resolutions on Syria which the Security Council rejected during a contentious Friday vote. | Read more | | Russia & China veto UN Security Council resolution on Syria truce that would've protected terrorists from 'COMPLETE ANNIHILATION' | One, drafted by Belgium, Ger…
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'A snap-shot laser beam!' Alex Ovechkin scores stunning wrist shot as Caps beat Devils 6-3 (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Russian hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin celebrated his 900th game played in tandem with Nicklas Backstrom with a stunning strike as the Washington Capitals blew past the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. | Backstrom had a big night, netting twice and assisting with two more as he registered the 900th point of his career. But, not to be upstaged, Ovechkin found time to produce a moment of magic of his own. | "Ovi" broke down the right and, after receiving the puck via a smart layoff from Backstrom, fired unerringly through the legs of his teammate and high into the top corner of the net. | Through the legs, ups…
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What we know so far about Russia-Ukraine gas transit deal
rt.com | 2019-12-21
After multiple rounds of talks, Russia and Ukraine have finally hammered out an extension to the current gas agreement that is set to expire at the end of the year. | While the agreement "in principle" was reached earlier this week, the sides revealed the key points on Saturday. Here are the details of the breakthrough deal. | Terms of agreement: | The new contract will ensure gas supplies to Europe for the next five years, and the deal might be further prolonged for another ten years. The deal stipulates the transit of 65 billion cubic meters of gas next year, and 40 billion cubic meters per year for…
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'Sanctions just a hiccup': Nord Stream 2 will be completed, & US knows it but cannot bear the thought — former US diplomat
rt.com | 2019-12-21
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is going to be completed despite the latest US sanctions, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT, adding that the last-ditch attempt to derail its launch is a gesture of despair by Washington. | The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by US President Donald Trump into law on Friday, envisions harsh sanctions for the foreign contractors involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. | The bill gives the companies 30 days to wind down operations before they are put on a blacklist, their visas revoked and assets frozen. Allseas, a Swiss-Dutch company that has bee…
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Big bully at work: Firm laying Nord Stream 2 pipeline halts all 'activities' faced with 'crushing sanctions' by US
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Allseas, a Swiss-Dutch company laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline off the Danish coast, has announced it is suspending its work and will pull out of the project after being faced with an avalanche of sanctions by the US. | The company, which operates two vessels installing deep-sea pipes for Nord Stream 2 on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, released its statement just before US President Donald Trump signed the mammoth 2020 National Defense Authorization Act into law on Friday night. The bill targets companies involved in the construction of the pipeline, giving them 30 days to wind down all operations unless they…
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US State Department 'firmly opposes' ICC probe into Israeli war crimes allegations, insisting court lacks jurisdiction
rt.com | 2019-12-21
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has voiced "firm" opposition to a bid in the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories. | After nearly four years of preliminary investigation, the ICC's top prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday that the war crimes probe would be expanded into a full-scale inquiry, looking into whether Israel has carried out atrocities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as Gaza. In a statement…
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Sleeping dragon no more: China about to replace US as strongest naval power and Washington is too late to stop it
rt.com | 2019-12-21
China might soon shift the world naval balance and unseat the US as the modern master of the seas. The process appears to already be under way, and there is little that Washington can do about stopping it. | Visibly shaken by what it has seen on a photo showing just one of China's military shipyards near Shanghai, the business magazine Forbes recently told its readers an alarming story about the "impressive rate" and "vast scale" of Chinese naval modernization. | Today, China Changxing island pic.twitter.com/cxVmRiMjiQ– ÈæôÈæë&per…
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Turkish parliament approves military cooperation with Libya — report
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Turkish lawmakers have ratified a defense and security memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Libya, state media has reported. The MoU on defense and security was hammered on November 27 between the senior government officials from two countries along with another deal on the delimitation of the maritime jurisdiction areas in the Mediterranean. The agreement outlines cooperation in defense and security, including establishing defense offices in each other's countries. The agreement also provides for training, the transfer of military hardware, and allows for joint exercises and intelligence. Ankara had signale…
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CIA torture is 'snow secret': Edward Snowden roasts CIA's feelgood holiday tweet
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Every now and again the CIA does its best to appear relatable, and every time the agency gets put back in its place. Now, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hijacked a festive tweet to slam the CIA's torture practices. | "It's *snow secret* that we love winter," the clandestine agency tweeted on Saturday, marking the first day of winter in the US. | Snowden was acerbic in his response. "It's *snow secret* that you tortured Gul Rahman for weeks at a black site, then chained him naked to a concrete floor until he died in the near-winter cold," he tweeted. | It's *snow secret* you tortured Gul Rahman for weeks at a…
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CIA torture is 'snow secret': Edward Snowden roasts CIA's feelgood holiday tweet
rt.com | 2019-12-21
Every now and again the CIA does its best to appear relatable, and every time the agency gets put back in its place. Now, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hijacked a festive tweet to slam the CIA's torture practices. | "It's *snow secret* that we love winter," the clandestine agency tweeted on Saturday, marking the first day of winter in the US. | Snowden was acerbic in his response. "It's *snow secret* that you tortured Gul Rahman for weeks at a black site, then chained him naked to a concrete floor until he died in the near-winter cold," he tweeted. | t.co/UjwEE3GXjb

Trump impeached: What next? — a WW commentary
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2019-12-21
Dec. 20 — The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach the president on two counts late on the evening of Dec. 18. All Republicans and one Democratic House member voted against impeachment. As of today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not yet released the orders of impeachment . . . | Continue reading Trump impeached: What next? — a WW commentary at Workers.org
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Iraqi demonstrators torch political party offices
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Protestors set fire to offices of political parties Friday in the southern Iraqi province of Dhi Qar to protest the killing of a demonstrator a day earlier.Offices of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa Party and the Badr Organization, headed by former Transportation Minister Hadi Al-Amiri, were among those set ablaze, according to a security officer who did not want to be named due to security concerns.The officer did not provide further detail of the conditions of the buildings.Mohammed al-Isami was shot dead Thursday by unidentified attackers. Attempts to kill two other protestors were also made…
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Russia to go ahead with gas pipe project despite US sanctions
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
"Russia has implemented and will continue to implement its economic projects regardless of anyone's sanctions," the ministry said in the statement.A U.S. bill signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday included legislation imposing sanctions on companies laying pipe for Nord Stream 2, which aims to double gas capacity along the northern Nord Stream 1 pipeline route to Germany.
yenisafak.com/en/news/russia-to-go-ahead…

Syria says rockets damage Homs refinery, disrupt production
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Rockets were fired overnight at Syria's main Homs refinery and two gas units causing minor damage and disrupting production, oil officials said on Saturday, calling it a "terrorist attack".Fires were extinguished after several hours and maintenance engineers had begun repair work, the refinery head, Haitham Musawkar, was quoted as saying on state media.The refinery, located west of Homs, is one of two main refineries covering most domestic demand for diesel, heating fuel, gasoline and other products, industry experts say.
yenisafak.com/en/world/syria-says-rocket…

Locals in Syria's Ras al-Ayn expose YPG/PKK oppression
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
A Syrian woman displaced by the YPG/PKK terror group in northern Syria exposed the true colors of the terror group by telling how it persecuted the locals using violence."YPG/PKK forcibly evicted us out of our homes, they said 'get out, get out!' They forced us out of homes at night by beating us," the weary woman said in a video posted by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense on Twitter on Saturday."They didn't even allow us to bring our belongings with us. They've also burnt our homes," she added.She went on to say that Turkish soldiers looked out for the Syrians upon their arrival in the region and they ext…
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Pakistan's new chief justice takes oath
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Justice Gulzar Ahmed took oath as Pakistan's 27th Chief Justice on Saturday amid an ongoing political chaos that has gripped the nation over conviction of the former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a high treason case earlier this week.President Arif Alvi administered oath to the new Chief Justice at a ceremony at the President House in capital Islamabad, which was also attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the air force and naval chiefs, as well as the cabinet members, state-run Pakistan Television reported.Justice Ahmed, who has replaced his predecessor Justice Asif S…
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Turkish parliament ratifies 2020 budget
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Turkish lawmakers ratified the 2020 budget Saturday following a 12-day marathon session in the general assembly.Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop announced the budget was supported by 329 lawmakers while 159 voted against it in the 600-seat chamber.Lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) approved budget.Turkey earmarked 88.5 billion liras ($15 billion) for public investment in transportation, industry, health and education.Expenditures were projected at 1.095 trillion liras ($0.19 trillion). Also, non-interest expenses will round up at 956.5 bil…
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Trump signs defense bill establishing US Space Force
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
President Donald Trump signed an annual defense bill that includes the creation of a Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, for fiscal year 2020 at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.The NDAA authorizes a top-line budget of $738 billion."We will create a brand new American military service. With my signature today you will witness the birth of the Space Force," said Trump before signing. "There'll be a lot of things happening in space."The initial announcement of a Space Force to protect America's assets in space, including satellites t…
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Turkey not to allow violations in East Med: Official
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Foreign remarks on Turkey's recent maritime deal with the UN-recognized government of Libya will not prevent Turkish government from pursuing its own agenda in the Eastern Mediterranean, country's communications director said on Saturday.Fahrettin Altun issued an article on micro blogging platform Medium where he discussed Turkey-Libya maritime jurisdiction pact and how it confirms the sovereignty of Turkey in the region.Altun said the maritime pact demonstrated that Ankara administration would never turn a blind eye to any fait-accompli in the Eastern Mediterranean, and it ensured that Turkey was an actor that…
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Three killed in UAE drone attacks in Libya
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Three people were killed in raids by drones operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Libya on Saturday, the UN-recognized government said.UAE-operated drones carried out 10 airstrikes on the town of Msallata, east of Tripoli, the media office of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a statement.It said three people were killed in the attacks.According to the statement, drones also carried out two airstrikes on the town of Zliten.No information was yet available about casualties.On April 4, military commander Khalifa Haftar, who commands forces based in eastern Libya, launched an offensive to captur…
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'Turkey to act if Libya greenlights troop deployment'
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Turkey is ready to take necessary steps if the UN-recognized government of Libya makes a request, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Saturday, referring to the deployment of Turkish soldiers in Libya."If our Libyan brothers make such a request, Turkey is ready to do what is necessary," Oktay said, speaking at a trade and cooperation meeting held in Istanbul.On Nov. 27, Ankara and Tripoli reached two separate memorandums of understanding, one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.Following the military cooperation deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-to-act-if-l…

Turkey-Israel relations following Libya deal: ANALYSIS
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-21
Turkey was at the center of some head-spinning developments in the Eastern Mediterranean in the last few days.In fact, the world and especially the riparian states are closely following these "events," which could also be named "belated decisions from Turkey."One of these states is Israel, which has been for a long time looking for ways to transport to Europe the natural gas that will be gathered from the hydrocarbon fields in the Eastern Mediterranean.After a long period of political distance, Turkey and Israel signed a normalization deal in June 2016 to cooperate on a pipeline project, to transfer natural gas f…
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ICC To Investigate Israeli Government War Crimes & UN Again Contradicts US Claims Of Iran "Proof"
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/20/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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Everything You Wanted to Know about Climate Change, but Were Afraid to Ask
Citizens' Climate Lobby San Mateo | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
Half Moon Bay Library, 620 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019…
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2020 Citizens' Climate Lobby Northern CA Regional Conference, Day 2
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611…
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2020 Citizens' Climate Lobby Northern California Regional Conference
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611…
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Climate Strike: SF Bay Area Youth Strike in Oakland
Youth V Apocalypse, PlantingJustice, Mycelium | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
Plaza outside Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612…
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Buffy Sainte Marie Truthtelling Indigenous Genocide
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
Buffy Sainte Marie described the genocide, slavery, murder and rape of Indigenous Peoples, that the kings and queens, military, churches and banks are responsible for, speaking with AIM West's Tony Gonzales, during the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz.
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Oaklanders Hold Powerful "Impeach And Remove" Demonstration
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
Photos: Leon Kunstenaar. Pro Bono Photo | Hundreds of rallies throughout the country in support of House vote to impeach Trump…
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Blood Memory Rising, Book Review of Standing with Standing Rock
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
'Standing with Standing Rock,' is an encyclopedia of resistance, which chronicles the Water Protector movement from the first run to Washington, and on to the camps, and the surveillance by TigerSwan, to the ultimate international divestment campaign. In its 29 chapters are poetry, essays and discussions of Indigenous rights and Treaties.
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Muhammad Ali an activist to help MIAs/POWs in Vietnam
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
Cathy A. Lundy was only around 4 years old when she was aboard the Yacht Sequoia as a guest of former disgraced President Richard Nixon (a.k.a. Tricky Dick). Unfortunately, her father was reported killed in action in Laos during the Vietnam War during 1970. The cruise certificate hangs on the wall of my apartment. Photo by Paulo Kesete…
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Congress Passes Somalia Debt Relief
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-12-21
As part of the Federal government's year-end spending package or "minibus," Congress passed the first phase of debt relief for Somalia.
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Impeachment: The road to nowhere leads to . . . nowhere
Richard Becker | liberationnews.org | 2019-12-20
Capping months of mind-numbingly repetitive "debates," the Democrats in the House of Representatives voted on Dec. 17 to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
liberationnews.org/impeachment-the-road-…

"The Shooters are Coming!" War on Terror, War on Education
Andrea Mazzarino | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-20
One day in October 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, I stood at the front of a private high school classroom. As a new social studies teacher, I had been tasked with describing violence against women in that country. I showed the students an article from the front page of the New York Times featuring…
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The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-20
The trove of U.S. "Lessons Learned" documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The "Lessons Learned" papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies will keep intervening militarily in other countries,…
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The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is that Regime Change Does Not Work
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-20
The trove of U.S. "Lessons Learned" documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The "Lessons Learned" papers, however, are based on …
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The Real Lesson of Afghanistan? Regime Change Does Not Work
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-12-20
The debacle in Afghanistan is only one case in a fundamentally flawed U.S. policy with worldwide consequences. New quasi-governments installed by U.S. "regime change" in country after country have proven more corrupt, less legitimate and less able to control their nation's territory than the ones the U.S. has destroyed.
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The Afghanistan Fiasco and the Decline and Fall of the American Military
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-20
A devastating investigative report was published in the Washington Post on December 9th. Dubbed the "Afghanistan Papers" in a nod to the Vietnam War's famous "Pentagon Papers," the report relied on thousands of documents to similarly expose how …
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The "Afghanistan Papers": Deep State Narrative Management
Kit Knightly | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-20
The Big Reveal for the Washington Post this week is the release of the Afghanistan Papers. A series of interviews and documents "compiled in secret" and then the subject of a "legal challenge" from the US government. | The WaPo baldly …
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War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-20
Despite president Trump's announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal interests.
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War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-20
Despite president Trump's announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal interests.
globalresearch.ca/war-is-good-for-busine…

The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work
MBNJSD | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-20
The trove of U.S. "Lessons Learned" documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The "Lessons Learned" papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies will keep intervening militarily in other countries, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/the-real-less…

Joe Biden Criticized at Democratic Debate over Iraq, Afghanistan Wars & Failure to Close Gitmo
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-20
Former Vice President Joe Biden sparred with Senator Bernie Sanders about his support for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and faced scrutiny over his failure to close Guantánamo Bay during President Obama's tenure in the White House at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles. We look at the candidates' foreign policy stances with award-winning investigative reporter Azmat Khan, a New York Times Magazine contributing writer and a Future of War fellow at the New America Foundation.
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Women Politicals: Still Defiant
Linda Ford | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-20
As Australian activist John Pilger recounts his visit to the world's most abused US/UK political prisoner, Julian Assange, he gives us the brutal details of how the friends and families of political prisoners also face punishment, gauntlets, humiliation. And he tells of the terrible conditions and terrible treatment meted out to Assange, and the weakened, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/women-politic…

Judge says Assange extradition hearing will take "three to four weeks" as political opposition mounts
wsws.org | 2019-12-20
Assange appeared physically unwell, but followed the proceedings carefully via videolink from Belmarsh maximum security prison.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/20/assa…

Medical observers blocked from attending Assange hearing
wsws.org | 2019-12-20
Dr. David Morgan and Dr. Marco Chiesa are among the more than 100 doctors from around the world who have issued three open letters to the UK and Australian governments protesting Assange's brutal persecution.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/20/doct…

Across the Balkans: Assassination in Sarajevo
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-20
On one of my days in Sarajevo–in lingering snow and ice–I went in search of Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who killed Franz Ferdinand and his wife, touching off the crisis that led to World War I, and the end of many empires. In summer 1976, on my first visit to Sarajevo, I had seen…
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Across the Balkans: Assassination in Sarajevo
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-20
On one of my days in Sarajevo–in lingering snow and ice–I went in search of Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who killed Franz Ferdinand and his wife, touching off the crisis that led to World War I, and the end of many empires. In summer 1976, on my first visit to Sarajevo, I had seen…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/20/across-the-b…

Colombia's FARC Demands Implementation of Peace Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-20
In the midst of today's persistent violence against former guerrillas, the Colombian FARC party demanded the "real implementation of the Peace Agreement" signed in 2016 by the Colombian State and the decommissioned FARC-EP. | RELATED: | Colombian Police to be Investigated for Excessive Use of Force | The recurrent demand followed the assassination o…
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BDS movement defiant after Tories announce anti-boycott measures and threaten international solidarity
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-12-20
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners have responded defiantly to Tory plans to pass an anti-BDS law. | The law is a threat to any international solidarity campaign which seeks to boycott companies or products because of the state policies of another country. As such, it presents a threat to international solidarity efforts as a whole. | Boycotting Israeli apartheid: | BDS is an international movement calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. It also calls for grassroots groups to initiate boycott campaigns against companies complicit in Israel…
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The Fix is In
Richard Ward | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-20
The impeachment and trial of Donald Trump is aimed as much at Bernie Sanders (and, to a lesser extent, Liz Warren, though she's rapidly falling in line with the establishment) as it is at the President, if indeed it is aimed at him at all. As is often said, the Democratic Party establishment would rather…
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DNC Should Change Its Process to Stop Shutting Out Candidates of Color
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-20
Within a day of President Trump's impeachment, the Democratic presidential candidates held their final debate of the year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. On the stage were Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang. Amna Nawaz, the first Pakistani American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential primary debate, questioned Yang about being the only no…
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DNC Should Change Its Process to Stop Shutting Out Candidates of Color
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-20
Within a day of President Trump's impeachment, the Democratic presidential candidates held their final debate of the year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. On the stage were Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang. Amna Nawaz, the first Pakistani American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential primary debate, questioned Yang about being the only no…
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Bernie Sanders' Climate Change Message Cheered in L.A. Debate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-20
The Vermont senator receives widespread applause when he challenges what he considers a flimsy question on the issue of the climate crisis.
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As Democratic Field Gets Whiter, DNC Should "Press Pause" & Fix Process Shutting Out People of Color
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-20
Within a day of President Trump's impeachment, the Democratic presidential candidates held their final debate of the year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. On the stage were Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang. Amna Nawaz, the first Pakistani American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential primary debate, questioned Yang about being the only nonwhite candidate on the stage. We get response from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers'…
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The United States of Impeachment
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-12-20
How, exactly, did I get here? My political journey has somehow taken me from canvassing for Obama north of Fort Knox, KY in 2008, to voting for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary outside of West Point, NY in 2016, to — gulp! — "defending" Trump against impeachment in 2019. What a long, strange, trip it has been, as they say. Truth is, I couldn't sleep last night and have been watching CNN's wall-to-wall impeachment coverage since 4AM. When the clock struck a reasonable hour on East Coas…
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Report: UN Body Criticizes Israel's Racial Segregation Policies
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-20
A United Nations human rights committee has called on Israel to "ensure equal treatment for all persons on the territories under its effective control and subject to its jurisdiction" — inside Israel, in the Occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, and in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to a press …
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Church of Scotland Calls on Israel to Make Holy Sites Accessible to Gazans during Holidays
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-20
The Church of Scotland, today, called on Israel to affirm the right of Palestinian Christians in the blockaded Gaza Strip to visit their holy sites and families, during the Christmas holiday. "At this time of year, when Christians from across the world will be looking to, and visiting, Bethlehem and …
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Hawaii governor issues ultimatum to Mauna Kea protesters
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-20
Indigenous Hawaiian activists have been blockading the entrance to the Mauna Kea summit for the past five months in order to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The proposed construction of the TMT observatory at the site considered sacred by Native Hawaiians, has been heavily opposed by the Indigenous population and environmentalists alike. | On December 19, Hawaiian governor David Ige issued an ultimatum to the protesters participating in the blockade, demanding that they leave the…
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Chronicle of a Coup Foretold
Brian Mier | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-20
Will the US left work to normalize the impending coup attempt in Mexico the way it did for Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil and Nicaragua? Last July I gave a speech in the Left Forum in Brooklyn. When it was over, A young activist stood up and announced, in perfect English, that they were an anarchist from…
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Coup Plotters Seek To Eliminate Inclusive Education in Bolivia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-20
De facto Bolivian Minister of Education, Virginia Patty, urged today a repeal the Avelino Siñani Law enacted by Evo Morales in 2010, which proposes decolonizing the country through a revolutionary and liberating educational system. | RELATED: | Deadlines Adjusted, Bolivian TSE To Call For Elections In 2020 | She also announced that in the coming days s…
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