Daily Archives: December 28, 2019

2019-12-28: News Headlines

Michael Welch (2019-12-29). Austerity and its Consequences. America Threatens to Self-destruct if Other Countries don't Obey it. globalresearch.ca "If the free-traders cannot understand how one nation can grow rich at the expense of another, we need not wonder, since these same gentlemen also refuse to understand how within one country one class can enrich itself at the …

RT (2019-12-29). 'No joke, intruders will be shot!' Iran warns spies to keep clear of its joint drills with China & Russia. rt.com As Iran, China and Russia are holding unprecedented joint naval drills that focus on honing anti-piracy and ant-terrorist tactics, Tehran has warned potential adversaries against nearing the war game zone for military espionage. | "A joint war game is no joke, and this is no joking matter for us either," the deputy chief of Iran's army for coordination, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, told reporters on Saturday. "Many countries are definitely…

PCHR (2019-12-28). PCHR: "86th GMR: IOF Shot and Injured 39 Palestinian Civilians, Including 11 Children and a Woman" imemc.org The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR): Thirty-nine Palestinian civilians, including 11 children and a woman, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces' (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 86th Great March of Return (GMR) in eastern Gaza Strip, this Friday, 27 December 2019. Despite of general calmness …

news.un (2019-12-28). Secretary-General condemns 'horrendous' Somalia car bomb attack. news.un.org Perpetrators behind the deadly terrorist attack in Somalia on Saturday must be brought to justice, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Staff (2019-12-28). Death Toll Rises in Massive Truck Bombing in Somalia. truthdig.com MOGADISHU, Somalia—A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia's capital Saturday morning, killing at least 78 people including many students, authorities said. It was the worst attack in Mogadishu since the devastating 2017 bombing that killed hundreds. | The explosion ripped through rush hour as Somalia returned to work after its weekend. At least 125 people were wounded, Aamin Ambulance service director Abdiqadir Abdulrahman said, and hundreds of Mogadishu residents donated blood in response to desperate appeals. | President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed condemned the attack as a "heinous…

Staff (2019-12-28). Israeli Troops Attack Non-Violent 'March of Return' Protests in Gaza. imemc.org Israeli forces attacked Palestinians taking part in the weekly 'March of Return' protests near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, leaving a number of protesters injured. This will be the last official protest until March, according to organizers in Gaza, who are temporarily suspending the weekly protests. Palestinian …

WSWS (2019-12-28). Julian Assange "slowly dying" and "often sedated" in Belmarsh prison. wsws.org Assange's phone call highlights the danger that he could die in jail, effectively at the hands of the British, US and Australian governments.

Wyatt Reed (2019-12-28). Evo Morales' potential successor speaks out after far-right Bolivia coup: Interview with union leader Andrónico Rodríguez. thegrayzone.com Andrónico Rodríguez could be the next president of Bolivia. The 30-year-old labor organizer speaks about the far-right US-backed coup, repression…

Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi (2019-12-28). Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview. globalresearch.ca The amount of devastation caused by the Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry used against Iraq during the consecutive US led wars is historically unprecedented in modern warfare. Information revealed about the 'Gulf War Syndrome' enabled Iraqi researchers to understand the nature of these weapons.

teleSUR (2019-12-28). India: Hundreds of Women Camp Against the Citizenship Law. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of women Friday night remained protesting in a camp built in the Shaheen Bagh neighborhood in New Delhi where Muslim immigrants have been gathering for 13 consecutive days to protest against a legal amendment that denies them citizenship. | RELATED: | India Approves Funds for Population Survey Amid Protests Over Citizenship Law | "This is the first time in my life that I participate in a protest," said 48-year-old woman Romanian Khan, who remains in the…

Staff (2019-12-28). WaPo's Afghan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry. truthout.org In an earlier article (FAIR.org, 12/18/19) regarding the Washington Post's Afghanistan Papers ( 12/9/19), I discussed how…

teleSUR (2019-12-28). Chile: 6 Military Police Detained for Sexual Abuse in Protests. telesurenglish.net The 10th Guarantees Court of Santiago Friday issued preventive detention for six Military police accused of torturing and sexually abusing a young man during the curfew that President Sebastian Piñera ordered during the first days of the social outbreak in Chile. | RELATED: | Chile: Piñera Signs Decree Calling Constitutional Referendum | The six members o…

F. William Engdahl (2019-12-28). Climate and the Money Trail. globalresearch.ca The very mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy who have wreaked so much damage to our environment are the leading backers of the "grassroots" climate movement. Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and more?

Jordan Davidson (2019-12-28). Oil companies were not held accountable for 10.8 million gallons of oil spilled in Gulf of Mexico. nationofchange.org Scientists predict that future storms, which will increase in intensity due to the climate crisis, will exacerbate environmental damage.

Staff (2019-12-28). Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires. truthdig.com PERTH, Australia—Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country's east on Saturday as temperatures soared. | The mid-northern coast of New South Wales was home to up to 28,000 koalas, but wildfires have significantly reduced their population in recent months. Koalas are native to Australia and are one of the country's most beloved animals, but they've been under threat due to a loss of habitat. | "Up to 30% of their habitat has been destroyed," Australia's environment min…

Martha Grevatt (2019-12-28). After millions strike Nov. 21, Colombian people stay in the streets. workers.org A powerful strike rocked Colombia on Nov. 21, with millions participating across the country of 50 million people. The National Strike Committee initially called only a one-day strike to oppose anti-worker legislation. Dec. 21, "Medellin resists singing" concert supports weeks of strikes and protests. But masses of people have stayed . . . | Continue reading After millions strike Nov. 21, Colombian people stay in the streets at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-12-28). The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism. wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is holding public meetings on the Labour Party's general election debacle and the way forward for the working class based on the fight to build a new, genuinely socialist party.

teleSUR (2019-12-28). Pabon: Fear and Persecution Can Hurt the Pillars of Democracy. telesurenglish.net The Prefect of Pichincha, Paola Pabon expressed, in an exclusive interview with Telesur, her concern about how hatred and political persecution in Ecuador have wounded the most important motivation of democracy: the confrontation of ideas and thoughts, and freedom to think. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Judge Releases Leftist Activists Accused of Rebellion | Pabon affirmed that her case proves the harassment that many of the leaders of the Revolución Ciudadana have suffered this last tw…

Janine Jackson (2019-12-28). 'We Need to Do Everything We Can on All Fronts' – CounterSpin interview with Dorothee Benz on impeachment protests. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed organizer Dorothee Benz about impeachment protests for the December 20, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Janine Jackson (2019-12-28). 'No Jury Ever Announces a Not Guilty Verdict Before the Trial' – CounterSpin interview with Marjorie Cohn on Trump's impeachment. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed legal scholar Marjorie Cohn about the impeachment of Donald Trump for the December 20, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

teleSUR (2019-12-28). Mexico: Zapatista Meeting of Women Who Fight Starts in Chiapas. telesurenglish.net Around 3,200 women from all over the world are gathered in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, to participate in the "Second International Meeting of Women who Fight," which has been convened by the Indigenous political group Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). | RELATED: | Mexico: EZLN Announces Creation of New Rebel Municipalities | Women from countries such as Argentina, Germany, Peru, Spain, and the United States are gathered at "The Footprints of Commander Ramona" ven…

Israel Shahak (2019-12-28). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

Stacy Bannerman (2019-12-28). In 2020, Live Your Prayer. commondreams.org Stacy Bannerman, foreground, second from right, a peace activist married to a National Guard soldier who fought in Iraq, has written about unusual relationship between warrior and anti-war activist in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 13, 2006. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels (2019-12-28). Why America Needs War. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by renowned historian and political scientist Dr. Jacques Pauwels, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization …

Washington's Blog (2019-12-28). The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS. globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …

Makia Freeman (2019-12-28). ISIS Is a US-Israeli Creation. Top Ten "Indications" globalresearch.ca Relevant article first posted on GR in April 2016. | ISIS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue. It's a truth as black and white as the colors on their flag. For many alternative news …

teleSUR (2019-12-28). Maduro: Armed Forces, Commitment and Loyalty. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro led Saturday the act of salutation to the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), where he highlighted the loyalty and commitment of the military in defense of the country's sovereignty and peace. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Armed Forces Denounce Attack on Military Base | "I come today on my feet, more optimistic than ever about the future of our nation and more grateful than ever for the loyalty, professionalism and cohesion of the Bolivarian…

WSWS (2019-12-28). Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accepts Nobel Peace Prize. wsws.org In accepting the prize, Ahmed joins a rogues' gallery of imperialists, militarists, petty bourgeois nationalists, ethnic cleansers, and war criminals.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-28). A Year In Review: Will 2020 Be A Game Changer In Palestine? imemc.org by Ramzy Baroud This has been a defining year for Palestine and Israel. Despite the usual political stagnation of the Palestinian leadership, two factors contributed to making 2019 particularly eventful and, looking ahead, consequential as well: The unprecedented political power struggle in Israel, and the total US retreat from its …

WSWS (2019-12-28). Trump issues hypocritical threat over Syrian offensive. wsws.org Syrian government troops backed by Russian air power have advanced on the last redoubt of Al Qaeda-linked militias in Idlib province.

WSWS (2019-12-28). Billionaires' wealth surged in 2019. wsws.org The wealth of the world's 500 richest people rose 25 percent in 2019, reaching a combined net worth of $5.9 trillion.

WSWS (2019-12-28). New WikiLeaks documents expose doctoring of chemical weapons report to justify 2018 US attack on Syria. wsws.org Just as extraordinary as the leaks themselves is the complete blackout observed by the mainstream media in the United States and Europe.

John Bellamy Foster (2019-12-28). A culture of reconciliation with nature. mronline.org Christopher Caudwell, who died at age 29 fighting with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War, wrote: "Either the devil has come amongst us having great power, or there is a causal explanation for a disease common to economics, science, and art." That disease, he recognized, was the self-alienation of humanity under capitalism | Source

Staff (2019-12-28). Edward Gallagher, Pardoned by Trump, Called 'Evil' by Navy SEALs. truthdig.com Leaked videos of interviews with SEALs paint a picture of their former platoon leader as "perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving."

Workers World New York bureau (2019-12-28). Rally defends special education in Puerto Rico and U.S. workers.org Austerity imposed on Puerto Rico ¥s educational system by the unelected colonialist fiscal board was the target of a street rally in New York City on Dec. 14. The rally was called by the New York chapter of the Timón Committee, which works to raise awareness of special education rights — . . . | Continue reading Rally defends special education in Puerto Rico and U.S. at Workers.org

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (2019-12-28). Preparing the Chessboard for the "Clash of Civilizations": Divide, Conquer and Rule the "New Middle East" globalresearch.ca The ripple effects of the US-NATO Invasion of Libya. Redefining and Destabilsing the Arab World…

WSWS (2019-12-28). The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times' reply to five historians. wsws.org New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein, reviving discredited racialist distortions of the American Revolution and Civil War, refuses to correct historical errors in the 1619 Project.

Staff (2019-12-28). Voter Suppression Exposes the Paradox of Black Citizenship in a Racist Society. truthout.org Black citizenship has always been up for debate in the United States. The conditions in which Black people live — or survive — are a testament to this. Whether rich or poor, Black people live under the constant threat of state violence. There is no escape from it, and any Black person can fall victim to it. For many, citizenship can feel like a saving grace, despite continually being subject to constant threats. But the category of citizenship itself is a contradiction when we t…

Staff (2019-12-28). Stop the Spread of Liquefied Natural Gas — Before It's Too Late. truthout.org Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a potential disaster in the making. That's the conclusion of a new report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, which surveyed an abundance of research on LNG's threats to public health. | LNG is natural gas that is filtered and supercooled to -260 ∞ F, tu…

Staff (2019-12-28). Binational Effort Seeks to Give Asylum Seekers Agency in the Aid Process. truthout.org "It's not dignified to have to wait on somebody to feed you," says Gaby Zavala, looking up from a barrage of texts to answer questions. Her desk, in a small office overlooking the camp of asylum seekers along the Rio Grande just past the Gateway International Bridge, is stacked with folders of receipts and paperwork brought to her by camp residents she employs as volunteers. | As of mid-December, the Resource Center for Asylum Seekers in Mexico, co-founded by Brownsville resident Zavala and her c…

Staff (2019-12-28). Court Upholds Ruling Protecting Marine Area Against Oil and Fishing Interests. truthout.org Defenders of ocean habitats celebrated Friday after a federal court upheld a lower court ruling defending the right of the U.S. executive branch to set aside marine areas as national monuments. | Citing the authority found under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish marine national monuments, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia sided against a lawsuit brought by large fishing industry interests that challenged President Barack Obama's designation of the Northeast Cany…

Common Dreams staff (2019-12-28). Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires. commondreams.org Record wildfires continue: "I think this is the single loudest alarm bell I've ever heard on global heating." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Christopher Brauchli (2019-12-28). Trump and Mormon Tutors. commondreams.org A City Creek Center sign outside the World Trade Center Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nonprofit investment arm, Ensign Peak Advisors offices are located on December 17, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. An inside whistleblower has alleged the Mormon Church used 1.4 billion of a $100 billion tax-free investment fund to pay cost overruns on the for-profit church-owned high-end shopping center. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-28). After Nearly 100 Days Of Hunger Strike, Ahmad Zahran Still Imprisoned Without Charge. imemc.org After almost a record 100 days of hunger strike, Israel insists on keeping Ahmad Zahran behind bars, without charge or trial and based on secret evidence. The Palestinian Prisoners' Commission said in a statement, today, that Zahran, 42, has been on hunger strike for 97 consecutive days, demanding a fair …

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2019-12-28). Palestinian officials: Israeli plan on land registration proves the ICC is on the right track. imemc.org RAMALLAH, Saturday, December 28, 2019 (WAFA) — Palestinian officials said today that an Israeli plan made public by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to enable settlers to register Palestinian lands in occupied West Bank areas classified as "C" in the land registry of the Israeli Ministry of Justice proves that the …

IMEMC News (2019-12-28). Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Hebron, Search Dozens Of Cars Northwest Of Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, one Palestinian west of Hebron city, in southern West Bank, and searched dozens of cars northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said several army vehicles invaded Tarqoumia town, west of Hebron, and searched a few homes. They added that the soldiers abducted Raed Ibrahim Tneina …

teleSUR (2019-12-28). France: Unions, Yellow Vests, Transporters Take to the Streets. telesurenglish.net Despite the calls of President Emmanuel Macron to a truce, thousands of French Saturday took to the streets of Paris where workers, students, retirees, and yellow vests came together in common action against the pension reform, which citizens have been rejecting during 24 days on a row. | RELATED: | French Workers Stand Firm: No 'Christmas Truce' for Macron | "If the government exp…

Linda McQuaig (2019-12-28). How $15 Billion in Bonuses Leaves Canada's Bankers Gloomy. commondreams.org The Toronto Dominion Bank (TD) held it's annual general meeting on March 26, 2015 at the John Bassett Theatre in the Metro Convention Centre. The meeting was run by President and CEOI Bharat Masrani. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-12-28). US military contractors sued for funding terrorism in Afghanistan with 'protection' payments to Taliban. rt.com Bribes paid by international military contractors in Afghanistan were used by the Taliban to fund attacks on companies that didn't make the payments, according to a lawsuit filed by families of those injured or killed as a result. | "Large corporations that had lucrative businesses in Afghanistan" paid off the Taliban through a series of subcontractors, bribing the Afghan militants in order to save money on security, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday in federal court by the families of 143 US soldiers and contractors injured and killed during the longest war in American history. The 288-page civil suit …

Maurice Mitchell (2019-12-28). From denialism to eco-fascism. zcomm.org The right's new climate change blame game…

Sanjay Kak (2019-12-28). Kashmir in Crisis. zcomm.org On August 5 the Hindu-nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took unprecedented steps. Key provisions of the Indian Constitution dealing with Kashmir, articles 370 and 35A, have been revoked. The little autonomy Kashmir had is now evaporated…

Valentina Tamborra (2019-12-28). Young Iraqis are hungry for a revolution, at all costs. zcomm.org The average age of the demonstrators is between 15 and 25, but even younger children have made their voices heard in the squares of Nassiriya…

Luiz ignacio lula Da silva (2019-12-28). Prison gave me a greater will to fight. zcomm.org Interview on the reality that Brazil is experiencing and the social protests that have occurred in several Latin American countries…

Kshama Sawant (2019-12-28). Tax Amazon: Strike While the Iron is Hot. zcomm.org Our goal should be to build the broadest possible grassroots struggle to win a strong Amazon Tax, without limiting ourselves to what is acceptable to the political establishment…

Staff (2019-12-28). Netanyahu Vows to Annex All Israeli Settlements in West Bank if Re-elected. truthout.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated a campaign pledge Thursday to annex all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley if he is re-elected in March, noting that the Trump administration supports the move. | Speaking after scoring a landslide victory in a primary race for leadership of the Likud Party, Netanyahu, who was indicted…

pip.hinman (2019-12-28). Farewell to Australian hero Bill Ryan 1922-2019. greenleft.org.au obituary David LoweIssue 1248 Australia coal seam gas Environment climate emergencyDecember 28, 2019One of Australia's foremost env…

CP Editor (2019-12-28). Ralph Nader on Impeachment: Democrats Should Go After Trump's Full Corruption, Not Just Ukraine. counterpunch.org

CP Editor (2019-12-28). Ralph Nader on Impeachment: Democrats Should Go After Trump's Full Corruption, Not Just Ukraine. counterpunch.org

yenisafak (2019-12-28). Pakistan, Afghanistan reopen consulates after three months. yenisafak.com Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday announced the mutual resumption of visa services after a three-month diplomatic row over the alleged harassment of diplomats.In a statement on Twitter, Pakistan's Embassy in Kabul said: "Pakistan Embassy @PakEmbKabul is happy to announce that it would be resuming its full consular services with effect from Sunday, 29 December, 2019."Afghan authorities also announced the reopening of its Peshawar consulate after nearly three months closed.Tension mounted between the two countries after Afghanistan closed its consulate in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa border pr…

yenisafak (2019-12-28). ANALYSIS-Why do Muslims oppose citizenship engineering in India? yenisafak.com India's Hindu nationalist government recently passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, paving the way for granting Indian citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Those listed as eligible to become Indians in the new law are Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. Only Muslims have been deliberately excluded, a move seen as part of the Indian government's Hindu supremacist agenda in which ethnic and communal engineering play a key role. | Those opposing the new law have no objection to Indian citizenship being granted to asylum s…

yenisafak (2019-12-28). Hong Kong police arrest protesters in shopping mall. yenisafak.com Hong Kong police arrested about a dozen protesters and used pepper spray on Saturday to break up a protest in a shopping mall aimed at disrupting retail businesses near the border with mainland China.Demonstrators have been targeting malls across Hong Kong since earlier this week and more than a hundred protesters, many dressed in black with face masks, marched through a mall in Sheung Shui on Saturday, chanting "Go back to China".Sheung Shui, which is just over the border from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, is popular with so-called parallel traders who buy large volumes of duty-free goods in Hong Kong and then s…

yenisafak (2019-12-28). Hong Kong police paid $17 mln in allowances related to protests. yenisafak.com Hong Kong police have earned a total of HK$135 million ($17.3 million) in allowances during the past six months of anti-government protests, government figures show.The meal and work-related allowances were on top of HK$950 million overtime pay that police have earned since the protests intensified in June, according to the figures released to city legislators on Friday.The Chinese-ruled city has been convulsed by more than 900 often violent protests since June, the security bureau said earlier, as public opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill developed into demands for greater freedoms.The protests have…

yenisafak (2019-12-28). TOGG: | All you need to know about Turkey's first fully indigenous car. yenisafak.com Turkey unveiled the prototype of its first fully domestically-produced car on Friday with a grand ceremony in the industrial province of Kocaeli.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showcased a red SUV model and another grey sedan model of the automobile and shared a footage on social media in which he took a test-drive of the first-ever electric car.The project is seen as a significant step forward to realizing a long-held dream of manufacturing Turkey's first "national" automobile.TOGG CEO Gàºrcan Karaka≈ü said on Saturday that the car's official brand name and emblem will be determined by the end of…

yenisafak (2019-12-28). Senior Daesh/ISIS terrorist arrested in Mosul. yenisafak.com Among terrorists was a so-called senior operative responsible for the financial affairs of the terror group in Mosul, the ministry said in a statement.In mid-2014, Daesh/ISIS overran roughly one-third of Iraq, including Mosul.By late 2017, the Iraqi army — with the help of the U.S.-led military coalition — recovered most if not all the territories lost to the terrorist group.Although officials in Baghdad say Daesh/ISIS presence in the country has been largely eradicated, the terrorist group has continued to stage sporadic attacks in Iraq's Nineveh, Kirkuk, Diyala, Saladin and Anbar provinces.

yenisafak (2019-12-28). Two dead in fire at Russia's Novatek oil and gas field: reports. yenisafak.com Two people have been killed and one injured in a fire in an elevator at Russia's Novatek northern oil and gas field, news agencies reported on Saturday citing emergency ministry officials.The fire broke out at East-Tarkosalinskoye field, Novatek's most mature oil and gas field, in Yamal Nenets region, the Interfax news agency said .The blaze had been put out, it said.Novatek did not reply to a request for comment, the emergency ministry office in the region did not respond to phone calls.

yenisafak (2019-12-28). Japan police find human remains in boat suspected from North Korea. yenisafak.com Japanese police found the remains of at least five people in a wooden boat suspected to be from North Korea on the coast of one of Japan's outlying islands on Saturday, a Coast Guard official said.Police made the discovery in the wooden boat's stem around 9: 30 a.m. (0030 GMT) on Saturday on Sado island, which is off the coast of Japan's northwestern prefecture of Niigata, Coast Guard official Kei Chinen said.Police found the heads of two persons, as well as five bodies, Chinen said, adding that the cause of death is under investigation.The official could not immediately confirm whether the heads belonged to the f…

Viva Evo (2019-12-28). Bolivia a military coup. Coup leader Fernando Camacho boasting. indybay.org It was a military coup. Coup leader Fernando Camacho boasting about how his father coordinated with military so they wouldn't be mobilised against the anti-Evo protests before the coup.

R. Robertson (2019-12-28). Iranian Americans in Palo Alto Join Day Honoring Iran's Deceased Demonstrators. indybay.org On December 26, Iranian government security forces deployed en masse to keep people off the streets across Iran. Despite this, protesters gathered in small groups, at cemeteries but also on the streets in many cities in the Islamic Republic. In Palo Alto, California, protesters in solidarity with Iranian demonstrators gathered in a downtown plaza.

R. Robertson (2019-12-28). "Get Up, Stand Up for Your Rights" at Demo: Justice for Killed Protesters in Iran. indybay.org 13 second video. | Photos and full text at | www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/12/26/188…

Dave Id (2019-12-28). Housing Justice Village Arrestees Respond to Jailing by City of Oakland. indybay.org In a political show of force, the city of Oakland directed a small army of police to mass arrest and jail 22 housing rights demonstrators on November 24, for nothing more than setting up tents in front of city hall to protest the city's never ending war against the homeless. Most arrestees spent at least 24 hours in Santa Rita, and some remained jailed for over two days, on what would otherwise be a citable infraction. On December 2, arrestees held a press conference to address the city's attack and why they protested in the first place.

Lynda Carson (2019-12-28). Tenant screening companies wage war on tenants with blacklists. indybay.org Tenant screening companies and landlords depend on Experian, Equinox, and TransUnion to get the information they depend on to be able to blacklist tenants all across the nation, resulting in tenants becoming homeless and living in tent cities!

Dave Id (2019-12-28). Energetic Solidarity with the Moms 4 Housing the Day After Christmas. indybay.org Hundreds showed up for court support at the Hayward Hall of Justice and for home defense at the Moms4Housing home on December 26. Speaking in West Oakland after the court hearing were Misty Cross and Dominique Walker of Moms for Housing, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., and Carroll Fife.

RT (2019-12-28). ARTIFICIAL snow and Christmas trees in pots — did you ever imagine Russian winter holidays looking like THIS? rt.com As a snowless Moscow winter defies the image of the traditional Russian-style holiday season, piles of artificial snow have been brought to a central park in a last-ditch effort to raise local citizens' spirits. | With temperatures of just -1 Celsius (33 Fahrenheit) on the streets of the Russian capital on Saturday, artificial snow had to be imported for a Christmas market at the Zaryadye Park, which is adjacent to the iconic Red Square and the Kremlin. | –ï–¥–∏–Ω—Å—Ç–≤–µ–Ω–Ω—ã–&…

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-28). Potential False Flag In Iraq Kills American & New OPCW Leak Exposes Deliberate Coverup And Deception. 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 (12/27/19). 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 …

Staff (2019-12-28). Is California Saving Higher Education? truthout.org San Jose, California — Jaelyn Deas and her four best friends shared everything, including late-night study sessions in the library at San Jose State University and a never-ending preoccupation with how they'd pay for their tuition there. | The one thing they didn't do together? Graduate. | While she was juggling a major in international business, a minor in Japanese and a job to help keep up with her expenses, Deas fell behind, and her friends put on their caps and gowns and walked across the stage in May without her. | It w…

RT (2019-12-28). 'It's about Trump, not me!' Biden explains his plan to ditch Senate's subpoena in impeachment trial. rt.com Democratic presidential race front-runner Joe Biden said that he would snub a subpoena by the Republican-controlled Senate to testify in the impeachment trial because it would allegedly draw attention away from Donald Trump. | On Friday, Biden said he would defy an order of the US Senate to testify as a witness during the impeachment process that was started after Democrats had accused the US President of pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart to start probe into the activities of Hunter Biden who got at a cushy job at a local oil company while his father served as vice president for Barack Obama. | Also on rt.c…

RT (2019-12-28). 'Indian lobby is far more powerful!' Imran Khan urges Pakistani-Americans to ramp up propaganda efforts. rt.com Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged a powerful US-based association of Pakistani medics to step up their lobbying and propaganda efforts, setting an ultimate example by once again comparing Modi's India with Hitler's Nazi Germany. | "You are the most educated, with the most awareness," Khan to members of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), who gathered for an annual meeting in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Saturday. | India's lobby in America right now is far more powerful than Pakistan's. India's point of view always overshadows that of Pakistan and American policies for Paki…

RT (2019-12-28). MSM silence on OPCW Douma scandal 'ridiculous', says journalist gagged by Newsweek after scandalous leak. rt.com The refusal of almost every Western media outlet to cover the leaks implicating the chemical weapons watchdog of doctoring its Syria report has become ridiculous, says a journalist who was barred from reporting it by Newsweek. | "These documents are very conclusive in what they show," Tareq Haddad told RT after the latest release of internal emails from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday. The latest batch indicated an effort by the OPCW management to silence dissenting voices and cover up the very fact that there was evidence contradicting the West-favored narrative about…

RT (2019-12-28). Ride's too hot? Stolen STALIN LIMO found in Moscow day after the heist. rt.com A luxurious, heavily-armored limousine that purportedly carried around Joseph Stalin himself was reportedly found stashed in a garage in Moscow. The armored vehicle is estimated to be worth $2.8 million. | The grand theft rocked the Russian media on Friday, when it emerged that the ZIS-115 was snatched by a crew of six from a garage in the north of Russia's capital. The suspects broke into an ordinary car shed where the limo sat and towed the 4.2-ton vehicle away. | But they apparently did not make it far. The car was recovered on Saturday in another garage in the capital, social media outlet BAZA reported.

RT (2019-12-28). 'I have to be ready and good in the playoffs': Alex Ovechkin declines NHL All-Star Game invite to stay fit for Caps' playoff run. rt.com Washington Capitals star and Russian hockey icon Alex Ovechkin has once again taken the decision to decline his invitation to play in the NHL All-Star Game. | Ovechkin's decision follows on from his move to miss the league's annual showcase game last year, and means he will be handed a one-game suspension, which will be served either immediately before or immediately after the All-Star weekend. | The punishment mirrors the sanction imposed on Ovechkin last season, and means he will miss either the Jan. 18 road game at the New York Islanders, or the Jan. 27 clash at the Montreal Canadiens. | Also on rt.com

RT (2019-12-28). Perfect start! Russia's Sergey Ustiugov wins first stage of FIS Tour de Ski. rt.com Russian cross-country skier Sergey Ustiugov got off to a perfect start at the prestigious International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup event — Tour de Ski — confidently winning the first stage of the seven-tour event on Saturday. | The two-time world champion dominated the men's 14km freestyle mass start race in Switzerland clocking a time of 33 minutes 19.1 seconds. | READ MORE: 'I don't see anything bad in it': Russian biathlete says she'd race in lingerie | The reigning Tour de Ski champio…

RT (2019-12-28). 'Democratic talks to replace club interests': UNGA approves Russian-drafted resolution against cybercrime despite US opposition. rt.com A new resolution paving the way for experts from around the world to work together on a new treaty combating cybercrimes was passed by the UN General Assembly despite strong opposition from the US and its allies. | The document drafted jointly by Russia and 47 other nations has been adopted by the 193-member international body with 79 votes in favor and 60 votes against as well as 33 abstentions. The resolution calls on the General Assembly to form a committee of experts representing all parts of the world to "elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communica…

Peter Dreier (2019-12-28). These Are A Few Of My Favorite Jews. commondreams.org Eugene Debs delivers an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio on June 16, 1918. In 1920, when only 3 percent of Americans voted for Debs, the Socialist Party candidate for president, Jews gave him 38 percent of their votes. (Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-27). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19 — 25 December 2019). imemc.org Summary This week, PCHR documented 224 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This week witnessed an increase of Israeli violation regarding demolition and settlement activities in addition to settlers' attacks and …

Eds. (2019-12-27). Bolivia's free territory of Chapare has ousted the coup regime and is bracing for a bloody re-invasion. mronline.org Spending time with the union members of Chapare, who run society in a collective fashion, offers special insights into the resistance to the coup. They succeeded in expelling the police, but now fear a bloodbath in retaliation. | Source

Alan Macleod (2019-12-27). Wikileaks Still Holding Powerful to Account as Founder Julian Assange "Slowly Dies" in Prison. mintpressnews.com Julian Assange is dying inside Belmarsh Prison in London. Those are his own words, relayed through English journalist Vaughan Smith, who revealed that the Wikileaks founder called him on Christmas Eve to share his greetings. Smith also divulged that Assange told him he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day and is often sedated. | His treatment has elicited protests around the world, from journalists, news organizations, human rights groups and celebrities. Last week a group of Australian doctors asked Foreign Minister Marise Pay…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-12-27). Six social leaders assassinated in past week in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The humanitarian tragedy in Colombia continues. In the past five days, too many families and communities have been shaken by the loss of loved ones who were targeted because of their commitment to fighting for peace and justice in the country. | Despite constant demands from movements to the government to take measures to protect the lives of social leaders, assassinations continue to occur with impunity. | Reinaldo Carrillo Vera: | Early on Christmas morning, while Reinaldo Carrillo Vera was celebrating with his family, three armed men came to his home on motorcycles and shot at him. He was immediately t…

teleSUR (2019-12-27). Venezuela: Social Program Meets Goal, Delivers 3 Million Homes. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday announced that the Venezuelan Great Housing Mission (GMVV) achieved its 2019 goal by completing the delivery of 3 million dwellings to the Bolivarian people as planned. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Economy Will Grow in 2020 Despite US Blockade | "Despite the Imperialist economic, trade and financial blockade, which robbed us…

teleSUR (2019-12-27). Venezuela's Economy Will Grow in 2020 Despite US Blockade. telesurenglish.net In an interview with the international news agency Xinhua, the Venezuelan economist, Jesus Faria said that economic recovery is the number one issue on the country's agenda for 2020. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Oil Production Sets Historical Record in November | The also former Minister of Foreign Trade and International Investment of Venezuela (2016-2017) stated that "there is a perceived activation of trade and some productive activities as well as a stabilization of the oil activi…

Staff (2019-12-27). Headlines for December 27, 2019. democracynow.org In Confidential Videos, Navy SEALs Say Gallagher Was "Toxic" & "Freaking Evil", Hospitals & Health Clinics Shuttered by Heavy Bombing in Idlib, Syria, Japan to Deploy Destroyer to Middle East Amid Rising Tensions in Gulf of Oman, Nigerian-American Journalist Omoyele Sowore Released from Prison, In India, Protests Rage Against "Anti-Muslim" Citizenship Law, Netanyahu Staves Off Party Leadership Challenge Ahead of General Election, Mexico to Bring Complaint Against Bolivia's Interim Government to ICJ, Congolese Asylum Seeker Died in Border Patrol Custody on Christmas Day, Los Angeles Prosecutors Consider Filing Cri…

teleSUR (2019-12-27). Bolivia's De Facto Regime Harasses Spanish Diplomats. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Ambassador to Bolivia Teresa Mercado reported that Bolivian security officers harassed Spanish diplomats as they were trying to enter her official residence in La Paz on Friday morning. | RELATED: | Mexico Reiterates Demand that Bolivia End Siege on Embassy | "I am with the Spanish consul and charge d'affaires at the residence. Besides having assaulted them, they stopped their car, which has diplomatic plates," the Mexican ambassador tweeted. | The diplomats were accompan…

teleSUR (2019-12-27). Cuba: "We Condemn the Aggression of the Mexican Embassy" telesurenglish.net The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, condemned the aggression to the Mexican embassy in Bolivia and reiterated his support for the Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Government. | RELATED: | Mexico Reiterates Demand that Bolivia End Siege on Embassy | Díaz-Canel shared in his official Twitter account an article from the Cuban press that stated that the "police operation before the Mexican embassy in Bolivia 'is out of proportion." | The Aztec nation has denounced the siege of its di…

Ron Jacobs (2019-12-27). The Power of Song. counterpunch.org Woody Guthrie wrote the words "This guitar kills fascists" on his guitar. Victor Jara was murdered by the Chilean military authorities during the 1973 CIA-assisted coup in Chile; his hands were severed and then he was murdered. Phil Ochs, a folksinger and agitator for popular resistance to war and racism considered Jara his inspiration and More

Vijay Prashad (2019-12-27). The People of India Are Taking It to the Streets to Challenge Modi's Bigoted and Dishonest Government. counterpunch.org Every day and in every part of India, hundreds of thousands of people—mainly young people—gather on the streets to express their anger at the government. Their protests, like those of the protests in Chile, emerged out of one particular grievance but then have cascaded outward. They are angry at the government's attempt to define citizenship More

Ron Jacobs (2019-12-27). The Power of Song. counterpunch.org Woody Guthrie wrote the words "This guitar kills fascists" on his guitar. Victor Jara was murdered by the Chilean military authorities during the 1973 CIA-assisted coup in Chile; his hands were severed and then he was murdered. Phil Ochs, a folksinger and agitator for popular resistance to war and racism considered Jara his inspiration and More

Prof. Vijay Prashad (2019-12-27). The People of India Are Taking It to the Streets. globalresearch.ca Every day and in every part of India, hundreds of thousands of people — mainly young people — gather on the streets to express their anger at the government. Their protests, like those of the protests in Chile, emerged out …

J. B. Gerald (2019-12-27). Human Rights and Political Conflict in Cameroon: The Anglophone Secessionist State of "Ambazonia" globalresearch.ca On an ugliness scale of one to ten, if the U.S. Guantanamo prison is 7, the French military in Algeria 8, Pinochet's controls of Chile 9, and the Inquisition 10, the severity, scale and number of Cameroon military human rights …

teleSUR (2019-12-27). Chile: Piñera Signs Decree Calling Constitutional Referendum. telesurenglish.net Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Friday signed the decree that summons the constitutional plebiscite on April 26, 2020, which will allow Chileans to decide whether or not they want a new constitution. | RELATED: | Victims of Eye Trauma in Chile Demand Reparations | "We are going to live a transcendent period in these 121 days that we have until the plebiscite," P…

news.un (2019-12-27). The 2010 — 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part three. news.un.org The final part of our look back over the past decade takes in the launch of the 2030 Agenda, the UN's blueprint for a better future for all; the humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis; the successful end to the mandate of the UN Liberia Mission; and fresh momentum in the fight against the climate crisis, despite disappointment over the COP25 climate conference in Madrid.

Shalini Singh (2019-12-27). Big City, Small Farmers, and a Dying River. counterpunch.org "Insaan ab na jhagde se marega na ragade se marega tho bhook aur pyas se." "Humankind will now die not of conflict or stress But of hunger and thirst." So, it's not just science ringing alarm bells about climate change then. India's literary epics had it nailed down ages ago, asserts 75-year-old Delhi farmer Shiv More

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Austerity and its Consequences. America Threatens to Self-destruct if Other Countries don't Obey it
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
"If the free-traders cannot understand how one nation can grow rich at the expense of another, we need not wonder, since these same gentlemen also refuse to understand how within one country one class can enrich itself at the …
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Austerity and its Consequences. America Threatens to Self-destruct if Other Countries don't Obey it
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
"If the free-traders cannot understand how one nation can grow rich at the expense of another, we need not wonder, since these same gentlemen also refuse to understand how within one country one class can enrich itself at the …
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'No joke, intruders will be shot!' Iran warns spies to keep clear of its joint drills with China & Russia
rt.com | 2019-12-29
As Iran, China and Russia are holding unprecedented joint naval drills that focus on honing anti-piracy and ant-terrorist tactics, Tehran has warned potential adversaries against nearing the war game zone for military espionage. | "A joint war game is no joke, and this is no joking matter for us either," the deputy chief of Iran's army for coordination, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, told reporters on Saturday. "Many countries are definitely…
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Death Toll Rises in Massive Truck Bombing in Somalia
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-28
MOGADISHU, Somalia–A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia's capital Saturday morning, killing at least 78 people including many students, authorities said. It was the worst attack in Mogadishu since the devastating 2017 bombing that killed hundreds. | The explosion ripped through rush hour as Somalia returned to work after its weekend. At least 125 people were wounded, Aamin Ambulance service director Abdiqadir Abdulrahman said, and hundreds of Mogadishu residents donated blood in response to desperate appeals. | President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed condemned the attack as a "heinous…
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Secretary-General condemns 'horrendous' Somalia car bomb attack
news.un.org | 2019-12-28
Perpetrators behind the deadly terrorist attack in Somalia on Saturday must be brought to justice, the UN Secretary-General has said.
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PCHR: "86th GMR: IOF Shot and Injured 39 Palestinian Civilians, Including 11 Children and a Woman"
PCHR | imemc.org | 2019-12-28
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR): Thirty-nine Palestinian civilians, including 11 children and a woman, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces' (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 86th Great March of Return (GMR) in eastern Gaza Strip, this Friday, 27 December 2019. Despite of general calmness …
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Israeli Troops Attack Non-Violent 'March of Return' Protests in Gaza
Staff | imemc.org | 2019-12-28
Israeli forces attacked Palestinians taking part in the weekly 'March of Return' protests near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, leaving a number of protesters injured. This will be the last official protest until March, according to organizers in Gaza, who are temporarily suspending the weekly protests. Palestinian …
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Julian Assange "slowly dying" and "often sedated" in Belmarsh prison
wsws.org | 2019-12-28
Assange's phone call highlights the danger that he could die in jail, effectively at the hands of the British, US and Australian governments.
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Evo Morales' potential successor speaks out after far-right Bolivia coup: Interview with union leader Andrónico Rodríguez
Wyatt Reed | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-28
Andrónico Rodríguez could be the next president of Bolivia. The 30-year-old labor organizer speaks about the far-right US-backed coup, repression…
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Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview
Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-28
The amount of devastation caused by the Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry used against Iraq during the consecutive US led wars is historically unprecedented in modern warfare. Information revealed about the 'Gulf War Syndrome' enabled Iraqi researchers to understand the nature of these weapons.
globalresearch.ca/depleted-uranium-and-r…

India: Hundreds of Women Camp Against the Citizenship Law
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-28
Hundreds of women Friday night remained protesting in a camp built in the Shaheen Bagh neighborhood in New Delhi where Muslim immigrants have been gathering for 13 consecutive days to protest against a legal amendment that denies them citizenship. | RELATED: | India Approves Funds for Population Survey Amid Protests Over Citizenship Law | "This is the first time in my life that I participate in a protest," said 48-year-old woman Romanian Khan, who remains in the…
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WaPo's Afghan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-28
In an earlier article (FAIR.org, 12/18/19) regarding the Washington Post's Afghanistan Papers ( 12/9/19), I discussed how…
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Chile: 6 Military Police Detained for Sexual Abuse in Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-28
The 10th Guarantees Court of Santiago Friday issued preventive detention for six Military police accused of torturing and sexually abusing a young man during the curfew that President Sebastian Piñera ordered during the first days of the social outbreak in Chile. | RELATED: | Chile: Piñera Signs Decree Calling Constitutional Referendum | The six members o…
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Oil companies were not held accountable for 10.8 million gallons of oil spilled in Gulf of Mexico
Jordan Davidson | nationofchange.org | 2019-12-28
Scientists predict that future storms, which will increase in intensity due to the climate crisis, will exacerbate environmental damage.
nationofchange.org/2019/12/28/oil-compan…

Climate and the Money Trail
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-28
The very mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy who have wreaked so much damage to our environment are the leading backers of the "grassroots" climate movement. Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and…
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After millions strike Nov. 21, Colombian people stay in the streets
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2019-12-28
A powerful strike rocked Colombia on Nov. 21, with millions participating across the country of 50 million people. The National Strike Committee initially called only a one-day strike to oppose anti-worker legislation. Dec. 21, "Medellin resists singing" concert supports weeks of strikes and protests. But masses of people have stayed . . . | Continue reading After millions strike Nov. 21, Colombian people stay in the streets at Workers.org
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The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism
wsws.org | 2019-12-28
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is holding public meetings on the Labour Party's general election debacle and the way forward for the working class based on the fight to build a new, genuinely socialist party.
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Pabon: Fear and Persecution Can Hurt the Pillars of Democracy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-28
The Prefect of Pichincha, Paola Pabon expressed, in an exclusive interview with Telesur, her concern about how hatred and political persecution in Ecuador have wounded the most important motivation of democracy: the confrontation of ideas and thoughts, and freedom to think. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Judge Releases Leftist Activists Accused of Rebellion | Pabon affirmed that her case proves the harassment that many of the leaders of the Revolución Ciudadana have suffered this last tw…
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'No Jury Ever Announces a Not Guilty Verdict Before the Trial' – CounterSpin interview with Marjorie Cohn on Trump's impeachment
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-12-28
Janine Jackson interviewed legal scholar Marjorie Cohn about the impeachment of Donald Trump for the December 20, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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'We Need to Do Everything We Can on All Fronts' – CounterSpin interview with Dorothee Benz on impeachment protests
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-12-28
Janine Jackson interviewed organizer Dorothee Benz about impeachment protests for the December 20, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/we-need-to-do-everything-w…

Mexico: Zapatista Meeting of Women Who Fight Starts in Chiapas
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-28
Around 3,200 women from all over the world are gathered in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, to participate in the "Second International Meeting of Women who Fight," which has been convened by the Indigenous political group Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). | RELATED: | Mexico: EZLN Announces Creation of New Rebel Municipalities | Women from countries such as Argentina, Germany, Peru, Spain, and the United States are gathered at "The Footprints of Commander Ramona" ven…
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"Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
Israel Shahak | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-28
When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…
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In 2020, Live Your Prayer
Stacy Bannerman | commondreams.org | 2019-12-28
Stacy Bannerman, foreground, second from right, a peace activist married to a National Guard soldier who fought in Iraq, has written about unusual relationship between warrior and anti-war activist in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 13, 2006. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Why America Needs War
Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-28
GR Editor's Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by renowned historian and political scientist Dr. Jacques Pauwels, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization …
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ISIS Is a US-Israeli Creation. Top Ten "Indications"
Makia Freeman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-28
Relevant article first posted on GR in April 2016. | ISIS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue. It's a truth as black and white as the colors on their flag. For many alternative news …
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The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS
Washington's Blog | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-28
Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accepts Nobel Peace Prize
wsws.org | 2019-12-28
In accepting the prize, Ahmed joins a rogues' gallery of imperialists, militarists, petty bourgeois nationalists, ethnic cleansers, and war criminals.
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Maduro: Armed Forces, Commitment and Loyalty
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-28
The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro led Saturday the act of salutation to the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), where he highlighted the loyalty and commitment of the military in defense of the country's sovereignty and peace. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Armed Forces Denounce Attack on Military Base | …
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A Year In Review: Will 2020 Be A Game Changer In Palestine?
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-28
by Ramzy Baroud This has been a defining year for Palestine and Israel. Despite the usual political stagnation of the Palestinian leadership, two factors contributed to making 2019 particularly eventful and, looking ahead, consequential as well: The unprecedented political power struggle in Israel, and the total US retreat from its …
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Trump issues hypocritical threat over Syrian offensive
wsws.org | 2019-12-28
Syrian government troops backed by Russian air power have advanced on the last redoubt of Al Qaeda-linked militias in Idlib province.
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Billionaires' wealth surged in 2019
wsws.org | 2019-12-28
The wealth of the world's 500 richest people rose 25 percent in 2019, reaching a combined net worth of $5.9 trillion.
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New WikiLeaks documents expose doctoring of chemical weapons report to justify 2018 US attack on Syria
wsws.org | 2019-12-28
Just as extraordinary as the leaks themselves is the complete blackout observed by the mainstream media in the United States and Europe.
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Preparing the Chessboard for the "Clash of Civilizations": Divide, Conquer and Rule the "New Middle East"
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-28
The ripple effects of the US-NATO Invasion of Libya. Redefining and Destabilsing the Arab World…
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A culture of reconciliation with nature
John Bellamy Foster | mronline.org | 2019-12-28
Christopher Caudwell, who died at age 29 fighting with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War, wrote: "Either the devil has come amongst us having great power, or there is a causal explanation for a disease common to economics, science, and art." That disease, he recognized, was the self-alienation of humanity under capitalism | Source…
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Edward Gallagher, Pardoned by Trump, Called 'Evil' by Navy SEALs
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-28
Leaked videos of interviews with SEALs paint a picture of their former platoon leader as "perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving."
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The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times' reply to five historians
wsws.org | 2019-12-28
New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein, reviving discredited racialist distortions of the American Revolution and Civil War, refuses to correct historical errors in the 1619 Project.
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Rally defends special education in Puerto Rico and U.S
Workers World New York bureau | workers.org | 2019-12-28
Austerity imposed on Puerto Rico ¥s educational system by the unelected colonialist fiscal board was the target of a street rally in New York City on Dec. 14. The rally was called by the New York chapter of the Timón Committee, which works to raise awareness of special education rights — . . . | Continue reading Rally defends special education in Puerto Rico and U.S. at Workers.org
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Voter Suppression Exposes the Paradox of Black Citizenship in a Racist Society
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-28
Black citizenship has always been up for debate in the United States. The conditions in which Black people live — or survive — are a testament to this. Whether rich or poor, Black people live under the constant threat of state violence. There is no escape from it, and any Black person can fall victim to it. For many, citizenship can feel like a saving grace, despite continually being subject to constant threats. But the category of citizenship itself is a contradiction when we t…
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Court Upholds Ruling Protecting Marine Area Against Oil and Fishing Interests
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-28
Defenders of ocean habitats celebrated Friday after a federal court upheld a lower court ruling defending the right of the U.S. executive branch to set aside marine areas as national monuments. | Citing the authority found under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish marine national monuments, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia sided against a lawsuit brought by large fishing industry interests that challenged President Barack Obama's designation of the Northeast Cany…
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Stop the Spread of Liquefied Natural Gas — Before It's Too Late
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-28
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a potential disaster in the making. That's the conclusion of a new report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, which surveyed an abundance of research on LNG's threats to public health. | LNG is natural gas that is filtered and supercooled to -260 ∞ F, tu…
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Netanyahu Vows to Annex All Israeli Settlements in West Bank if Re-elected
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-28
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated a campaign pledge Thursday to annex all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley if he is re-elected in March, noting that the Trump administration supports the move. | Speaking after scoring a landslide victory in a primary race for leadership of the Likud Party, Netanyahu, who was indicted…
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Binational Effort Seeks to Give Asylum Seekers Agency in the Aid Process
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-28
"It's not dignified to have to wait on somebody to feed you," says Gaby Zavala, looking up from a barrage of texts to answer questions. Her desk, in a small office overlooking the camp of asylum seekers along the Rio Grande just past the Gateway International Bridge, is stacked with folders of receipts and paperwork brought to her by camp residents she employs as volunteers. | As of mid-December, the Resource Center for Asylum Seekers in Mexico, co-founded by Brownsville resident Zavala and her c…
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Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-12-28
Record wildfires continue: "I think this is the single loudest alarm bell I've ever heard on global heating." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump and Mormon Tutors
Christopher Brauchli | commondreams.org | 2019-12-28
A City Creek Center sign outside the World Trade Center Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nonprofit investment arm, Ensign Peak Advisors offices are located on December 17, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. An inside whistleblower has alleged the Mormon Church used 1.4 billion of a $100 billion tax-free investment fund to pay cost overruns on the for-profit church-owned high-end shopping center. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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After Nearly 100 Days Of Hunger Strike, Ahmad Zahran Still Imprisoned Without Charge
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-28
After almost a record 100 days of hunger strike, Israel insists on keeping Ahmad Zahran behind bars, without charge or trial and based on secret evidence. The Palestinian Prisoners' Commission said in a statement, today, that Zahran, 42, has been on hunger strike for 97 consecutive days, demanding a fair …
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Palestinian officials: Israeli plan on land registration proves the ICC is on the right track
The Palestinian News & Info Agency | imemc.org | 2019-12-28
RAMALLAH, Saturday, December 28, 2019 (WAFA) — Palestinian officials said today that an Israeli plan made public by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to enable settlers to register Palestinian lands in occupied West Bank areas classified as "C" in the land registry of the Israeli Ministry of Justice proves that the …
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Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Hebron, Search Dozens Of Cars Northwest Of Jerusalem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-12-28
Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, one Palestinian west of Hebron city, in southern West Bank, and searched dozens of cars northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said several army vehicles invaded Tarqoumia town, west of Hebron, and searched a few homes. They added that the soldiers abducted Raed Ibrahim Tneina …
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France: Unions, Yellow Vests, Transporters Take to the Streets
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-28
Despite the calls of President Emmanuel Macron to a truce, thousands of French Saturday took to the streets of Paris where workers, students, retirees, and yellow vests came together in common action against the pension reform, which citizens have been rejecting during 24 days on a row. | RELATED: | French Workers Stand Firm: No 'Christmas Truce' for Macron | "If the government exp…
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How $15 Billion in Bonuses Leaves Canada's Bankers Gloomy
Linda McQuaig | commondreams.org | 2019-12-28
The Toronto Dominion Bank (TD) held it's annual general meeting on March 26, 2015 at the John Bassett Theatre in the Metro Convention Centre. The meeting was run by President and CEOI Bharat Masrani. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US military contractors sued for funding terrorism in Afghanistan with 'protection' payments to Taliban
rt.com | 2019-12-28
Bribes paid by international military contractors in Afghanistan were used by the Taliban to fund attacks on companies that didn't make the payments, according to a lawsuit filed by families of those injured or killed as a result. | "Large corporations that had lucrative businesses in Afghanistan" paid off the Taliban through a series of subcontractors, bribing the Afghan militants in order to save money on security, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday in federal court by the families of 143 US soldiers and contractors injured and killed during the longest war in American history. The 288-page civil suit
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From denialism to eco-fascism
Maurice Mitchell | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
The right's new climate change blame game…
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Kashmir in Crisis
Sanjay Kak | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
On August 5 the Hindu-nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took unprecedented steps. Key provisions of the Indian Constitution dealing with Kashmir, articles 370 and 35A, have been revoked. The little autonomy Kashmir had is now evaporated…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/kashmir-in-crisis/

Young Iraqis are hungry for a revolution, at all costs
Valentina Tamborra | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
The average age of the demonstrators is between 15 and 25, but even younger children have made their voices heard in the squares of Nassiriya…
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Prison gave me a greater will to fight
Luiz ignacio lula Da silva | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
Interview on the reality that Brazil is experiencing and the social protests that have occurred in several Latin American countries…
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Tax Amazon: Strike While the Iron is Hot
Kshama Sawant | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
Our goal should be to build the broadest possible grassroots struggle to win a strong Amazon Tax, without limiting ourselves to what is acceptable to the political establishment…
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Farewell to Australian hero Bill Ryan 1922-2019
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-12-28
obituary David LoweIssue 1248 Australia coal seam gas Environment climate emergencyDecember 28, 2019One of Australia's foremost env…
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Ralph Nader on Impeachment: Democrats Should Go After Trump's Full Corruption, Not Just Ukraine
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-28
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Pakistan, Afghanistan reopen consulates after three months
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday announced the mutual resumption of visa services after a three-month diplomatic row over the alleged harassment of diplomats.In a statement on Twitter, Pakistan's Embassy in Kabul said: "Pakistan Embassy @PakEmbKabul is happy to announce that it would be resuming its full consular services with effect from Sunday, 29 December, 2019."Afghan authorities also announced the reopening of its Peshawar consulate after nearly three months closed.Tension mounted between the two countries after Afghanistan closed its consulate in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa border pr…
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ANALYSIS-Why do Muslims oppose citizenship engineering in India?
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
India's Hindu nationalist government recently passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, paving the way for granting Indian citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Those listed as eligible to become Indians in the new law are Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. Only Muslims have been deliberately excluded, a move seen as part of the Indian government's Hindu supremacist agenda in which ethnic and communal engineering play a key role. | Those opposing the new law have no objection to Indian citizenship being granted to asylum s…
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Hong Kong police arrest protesters in shopping mall
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
Hong Kong police arrested about a dozen protesters and used pepper spray on Saturday to break up a protest in a shopping mall aimed at disrupting retail businesses near the border with mainland China.Demonstrators have been targeting malls across Hong Kong since earlier this week and more than a hundred protesters, many dressed in black with face masks, marched through a mall in Sheung Shui on Saturday, chanting "Go back to China".Sheung Shui, which is just over the border from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, is popular with so-called parallel traders who buy large volumes of duty-free goods in Hong Kong and then s…
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Hong Kong police paid $17 mln in allowances related to protests
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
Hong Kong police have earned a total of HK$135 million ($17.3 million) in allowances during the past six months of anti-government protests, government figures show.The meal and work-related allowances were on top of HK$950 million overtime pay that police have earned since the protests intensified in June, according to the figures released to city legislators on Friday.The Chinese-ruled city has been convulsed by more than 900 often violent protests since June, the security bureau said earlier, as public opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill developed into demands for greater freedoms.The protests have…
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TOGG: | All you need to know about Turkey's first fully indigenous car
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
Turkey unveiled the prototype of its first fully domestically-produced car on Friday with a grand ceremony in the industrial province of Kocaeli.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showcased a red SUV model and another grey sedan model of the automobile and shared a footage on social media in which he took a test-drive of the first-ever electric car.The project is seen as a significant step forward to realizing a long-held dream of manufacturing Turkey's first "national" automobile.TOGG CEO Gàºrcan Karaka≈ü said on Saturday that the car's official brand name and emblem will be determined by the end of…
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Senior Daesh/ISIS terrorist arrested in Mosul
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
Among terrorists was a so-called senior operative responsible for the financial affairs of the terror group in Mosul, the ministry said in a statement.In mid-2014, Daesh/ISIS overran roughly one-third of Iraq, including Mosul.By late 2017, the Iraqi army — with the help of the U.S.-led military coalition — recovered most if not all the territories lost to the terrorist group.Although officials in Baghdad say Daesh/ISIS presence in the country has been largely eradicated, the terrorist group has continued to stage sporadic attacks in Iraq's Nineveh, Kirkuk, Diyala, Saladin and Anbar provinces.
yenisafak.com/en/news/senior-daesh-isis-…

Two dead in fire at Russia's Novatek oil and gas field: reports
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
Two people have been killed and one injured in a fire in an elevator at Russia's Novatek northern oil and gas field, news agencies reported on Saturday citing emergency ministry officials.The fire broke out at East-Tarkosalinskoye field, Novatek's most mature oil and gas field, in Yamal Nenets region, the Interfax news agency said .The blaze had been put out, it said.Novatek did not reply to a request for comment, the emergency ministry office in the region did not respond to phone calls.
yenisafak.com/en/world/two-dead-in-fire-…

Japan police find human remains in boat suspected from North Korea
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-28
Japanese police found the remains of at least five people in a wooden boat suspected to be from North Korea on the coast of one of Japan's outlying islands on Saturday, a Coast Guard official said.Police made the discovery in the wooden boat's stem around 9: 30 a.m. (0030 GMT) on Saturday on Sado island, which is off the coast of Japan's northwestern prefecture of Niigata, Coast Guard official Kei Chinen said.Police found the heads of two persons, as well as five bodies, Chinen said, adding that the cause of death is under investigation.The official could not immediately confirm whether the heads belonged to the f…
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Bolivia a military coup. Coup leader Fernando Camacho boasting
Viva Evo | indybay.org | 2019-12-28
It was a military coup. Coup leader Fernando Camacho boasting about how his father coordinated with military so they wouldn't be mobilised against the anti-Evo protests before the coup.
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Iranian Americans in Palo Alto Join Day Honoring Iran's Deceased Demonstrators
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-12-28
On December 26, Iranian government security forces deployed en masse to keep people off the streets across Iran. Despite this, protesters gathered in small groups, at cemeteries but also on the streets in many cities in the Islamic Republic. In Palo Alto, California, protesters in solidarity with Iranian demonstrators gathered in a downtown plaza.
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"Get Up, Stand Up for Your Rights" at Demo: Justice for Killed Protesters in Iran
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-12-28
13 second video. | Photos and full text at | www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/12/26/188…
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Housing Justice Village Arrestees Respond to Jailing by City of Oakland
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-12-28
In a political show of force, the city of Oakland directed a small army of police to mass arrest and jail 22 housing rights demonstrators on November 24, for nothing more than setting up tents in front of city hall to protest the city's never ending war against the homeless. Most arrestees spent at least 24 hours in Santa Rita, and some remained jailed for over two days, on what would otherwise be a citable infraction. On December 2, arrestees held a press conference to address the city's attack and why they protested in the first place.
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Energetic Solidarity with the Moms 4 Housing the Day After Christmas
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-12-28
Hundreds showed up for court support at the Hayward Hall of Justice and for home defense at the Moms4Housing home on December 26. Speaking in West Oakland after the court hearing were Misty Cross and Dominique Walker of Moms for Housing, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., and Carroll Fife.
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Tenant screening companies wage war on tenants with blacklists
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-12-28
Tenant screening companies and landlords depend on Experian, Equinox, and TransUnion to get the information they depend on to be able to blacklist tenants all across the nation, resulting in tenants becoming homeless and living in tent cities!
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/12/25/1882917…

ARTIFICIAL snow and Christmas trees in pots — did you ever imagine Russian winter holidays looking like THIS?
rt.com | 2019-12-28
As a snowless Moscow winter defies the image of the traditional Russian-style holiday season, piles of artificial snow have been brought to a central park in a last-ditch effort to raise local citizens' spirits. | With temperatures of just -1 Celsius (33 Fahrenheit) on the streets of the Russian capital on Saturday, artificial snow had to be imported for a Christmas market at the Zaryadye Park, which is adjacent to the iconic Red Square and the Kremlin. | –ï–¥–∏–Ω–Å–Ç–≤–µ–Ω–Ω–ã–&…
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ARTIFICIAL snow and Christmas trees in pots — did you ever imagine Russian winter holidays looking like THIS?
rt.com | 2019-12-28
As a snowless Moscow winter defies the image of the traditional Russian-style holiday season, piles of artificial snow have been brought to a central park in a last-ditch effort to raise local citizens' spirits. | With temperatures of just -1 Celsius (33 Fahrenheit) on the streets of the Russian capital on Saturday, artificial snow had to be imported for a Christmas market at the Zaryadye Park, which is adjacent to the iconic Red Square and the Kremlin. | –ï–¥–∏–Ω–Å–Ç–≤–µ–Ω–Ω–ã–&…
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Potential False Flag In Iraq Kills American & New OPCW Leak Exposes Deliberate Coverup And Deception
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-28
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 (12/27/19). 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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Is California Saving Higher Education?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-28
San Jose, California — Jaelyn Deas and her four best friends shared everything, including late-night study sessions in the library at San Jose State University and a never-ending preoccupation with how they'd pay for their tuition there. | The one thing they didn't do together? Graduate. | While she was juggling a major in international business, a minor in Japanese and a job to help keep up with her expenses, Deas fell behind, and her friends put on their caps and gowns and walked across the stage in May without her. | It w…
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'It's about Trump, not me!' Biden explains his plan to ditch Senate's subpoena in impeachment trial
rt.com | 2019-12-28
Democratic presidential race front-runner Joe Biden said that he would snub a subpoena by the Republican-controlled Senate to testify in the impeachment trial because it would allegedly draw attention away from Donald Trump. | On Friday, Biden said he would defy an order of the US Senate to testify as a witness during the impeachment process that was started after Democrats had accused the US President of pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart to start probe into the activities of Hunter Biden who got at a cushy job at a local oil company while his father served as vice president for Barack Obama. | Also on rt.c…
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'It's about Trump, not me!' Biden explains his plan to ditch Senate's subpoena in impeachment trial
rt.com | 2019-12-28
Democratic presidential race front-runner Joe Biden said that he would snub a subpoena by the Republican-controlled Senate to testify in the impeachment trial because it would allegedly draw attention away from Donald Trump. | On Friday, Biden said he would defy an order of the US Senate to testify as a witness during the impeachment process that was started after Democrats had accused the US President of pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart to start probe into the activities of Hunter Biden who got at a cushy job at a local oil company while his father served as vice president for Barack Obama. | Also on rt.c…
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'Indian lobby is far more powerful!' Imran Khan urges Pakistani-Americans to ramp up propaganda efforts
rt.com | 2019-12-28
Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged a powerful US-based association of Pakistani medics to step up their lobbying and propaganda efforts, setting an ultimate example by once again comparing Modi's India with Hitler's Nazi Germany. | "You are the most educated, with the most awareness," Khan to members of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), who gathered for an annual meeting in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Saturday. | India's lobby in America right now is far more powerful than Pakistan's. India's point of view always overshadows that of Pakistan and American policies for Paki…
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MSM silence on OPCW Douma scandal 'ridiculous', says journalist gagged by Newsweek after scandalous leak
rt.com | 2019-12-28
The refusal of almost every Western media outlet to cover the leaks implicating the chemical weapons watchdog of doctoring its Syria report has become ridiculous, says a journalist who was barred from reporting it by Newsweek. | "These documents are very conclusive in what they show," Tareq Haddad told RT after the latest release of internal emails from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday. The latest batch indicated an effort by the OPCW management to silence dissenting voices and cover up the very fact that there was evidence contradicting the West-favored narrative about…
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MSM silence on OPCW Douma scandal 'ridiculous', says journalist gagged by Newsweek after scandalous leak
rt.com | 2019-12-28
The refusal of almost every Western media outlet to cover the leaks implicating the chemical weapons watchdog of doctoring its Syria report has become ridiculous, says a journalist who was barred from reporting it by Newsweek. | "These documents are very conclusive in what they show," Tareq Haddad told RT after the latest release of internal emails from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday. The latest batch indicated an effort by the OPCW management to silence dissenting voices and cover up the very fact that there was evidence contradicting the West-favored narrative about…
rt.com/news/477018-media-silence-opcw-ri…

Ride's too hot? Stolen STALIN LIMO found in Moscow day after the heist
rt.com | 2019-12-28
A luxurious, heavily-armored limousine that purportedly carried around Joseph Stalin himself was reportedly found stashed in a garage in Moscow. The armored vehicle is estimated to be worth $2.8 million. | The grand theft rocked the Russian media on Friday, when it emerged that the ZIS-115 was snatched by a crew of six from a garage in the north of Russia's capital. The suspects broke into an ordinary car shed where the limo sat and towed the 4.2-ton vehicle away. | But they apparently did not make it far. The car was recovered on Saturday in another garage in the capital, social media outlet BAZA reported.
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Ride's too hot? Stolen STALIN LIMO found in Moscow day after the heist
rt.com | 2019-12-28
A luxurious, heavily-armored limousine that purportedly carried around Joseph Stalin himself was reportedly found stashed in a garage in Moscow. The armored vehicle is estimated to be worth $2.8 million. | The grand theft rocked the Russian media on Friday, when it emerged that the ZIS-115 was snatched by a crew of six from a garage in the north of Russia's capital. The suspects broke into an ordinary car shed where the limo sat and towed the 4.2-ton vehicle away. | But they apparently did not make it far. The car was recovered on Saturday in another garage in the capital, social media outlet BAZA reported.
rt.com/russia/476984-stolen-stalin-limo-…

Perfect start! Russia's Sergey Ustiugov wins first stage of FIS Tour de Ski
rt.com | 2019-12-28
Russian cross-country skier Sergey Ustiugov got off to a perfect start at the prestigious International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup event — Tour de Ski — confidently winning the first stage of the seven-tour event on Saturday. | The two-time world champion dominated the men's 14km freestyle mass start race in Switzerland clocking a time of 33 minutes 19.1 seconds. | READ MORE: 'I don't see anything bad in it': Russian biathlete says she'd race in lingerie | The reigning Tour de Ski champio…
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'Democratic talks to replace club interests': UNGA approves Russian-drafted resolution against cybercrime despite US opposition
rt.com | 2019-12-28
A new resolution paving the way for experts from around the world to work together on a new treaty combating cybercrimes was passed by the UN General Assembly despite strong opposition from the US and its allies. | The document drafted jointly by Russia and 47 other nations has been adopted by the 193-member international body with 79 votes in favor and 60 votes against as well as 33 abstentions. The resolution calls on the General Assembly to form a committee of experts representing all parts of the world to "elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communica…
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'I have to be ready and good in the playoffs': Alex Ovechkin declines NHL All-Star Game invite to stay fit for Caps' playoff run
rt.com | 2019-12-28
Washington Capitals star and Russian hockey icon Alex Ovechkin has once again taken the decision to decline his invitation to play in the NHL All-Star Game. | Ovechkin's decision follows on from his move to miss the league's annual showcase game last year, and means he will be handed a one-game suspension, which will be served either immediately before or immediately after the All-Star weekend. | The punishment mirrors the sanction imposed on Ovechkin last season, and means he will miss either the Jan. 18 road game at the New York Islanders, or the Jan. 27 clash at the Montreal Canadiens. | Also on rt.com
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'I have to be ready and good in the playoffs': Alex Ovechkin declines NHL All-Star Game invite to stay fit for Caps' playoff run
rt.com | 2019-12-28
Washington Capitals star and Russian hockey icon Alex Ovechkin has once again taken the decision to decline his invitation to play in the NHL All-Star Game. | Ovechkin's decision follows on from his move to miss the league's annual showcase game last year, and means he will be handed a one-game suspension, which will be served either immediately before or immediately after the All-Star weekend. | The punishment mirrors the sanction imposed on Ovechkin last season, and means he will miss either the Jan. 18 road game at the New York Islanders, or the Jan. 27 clash at the Montreal Canadiens. | Also on rt.com
rt.com/sport/477007-nhl-all-star-game-al…

'Democratic talks to replace club interests': UNGA approves Russian-drafted resolution against cybercrime despite US opposition
rt.com | 2019-12-28
A new resolution paving the way for experts from around the world to work together on a new treaty combating cybercrimes was passed by the UN General Assembly despite strong opposition from the US and its allies. | The document drafted jointly by Russia and 47 other nations has been adopted by the 193-member international body with 79 votes in favor and 60 votes against as well as 33 abstentions. The resolution calls on the General Assembly to form a committee of experts representing all parts of the world to "elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communica…
rt.com/news/477024-un-russia-resolution-…

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Jews
Peter Dreier | commondreams.org | 2019-12-28
Eugene Debs delivers an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio on June 16, 1918. In 1920, when only 3 percent of Americans voted for Debs, the Socialist Party candidate for president, Jews gave him 38 percent of their votes. (Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19 — 25 December 2019)
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-27
Summary This week, PCHR documented 224 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This week witnessed an increase of Israeli violation regarding demolition and settlement activities in addition to settlers' attacks and …
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Bolivia's free territory of Chapare has ousted the coup regime and is bracing for a bloody re-invasion
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-12-27
Spending time with the union members of Chapare, who run society in a collective fashion, offers special insights into the resistance to the coup. They succeeded in expelling the police, but now fear a bloodbath in retaliation. | Source…
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Wikileaks Still Holding Powerful to Account as Founder Julian Assange "Slowly Dies" in Prison
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-12-27
Julian Assange is dying inside Belmarsh Prison in London. Those are his own words, relayed through English journalist Vaughan Smith, who revealed that the Wikileaks founder called him on Christmas Eve to share his greetings. Smith also divulged that Assange told him he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day and is often sedated. | His treatment has elicited protests around the world, from journalists, news organizations, human rights groups and celebrities. Last week a group of Australian doctors asked Foreign Minister Marise Pay…
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Six social leaders assassinated in past week in Colombia
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-27
The humanitarian tragedy in Colombia continues. In the past five days, too many families and communities have been shaken by the loss of loved ones who were targeted because of their commitment to fighting for peace and justice in the country. | Despite constant demands from movements to the government to take measures to protect the lives of social leaders, assassinations continue to occur with impunity. | Reinaldo Carrillo Vera: | Early on Christmas morning, while Reinaldo Carrillo Vera was celebrating with his family, three armed men came to his home on motorcycles and shot at him. He was immediately t…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/12/27/six-socia…

Venezuela: Social Program Meets Goal, Delivers 3 Million Homes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-27
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday announced that the Venezuelan Great Housing Mission (GMVV) achieved its 2019 goal by completing the delivery of 3 million dwellings to the Bolivarian people as planned. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Economy Will Grow in 2020 Despite US Blockade | "Despite the Imperialist economic, trade and financial blockade, which robbed us…
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Venezuela's Economy Will Grow in 2020 Despite US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-27
In an interview with the international news agency Xinhua, the Venezuelan economist, Jesus Faria said that economic recovery is the number one issue on the country's agenda for 2020. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Oil Production Sets Historical Record in November | The also former Minister of Foreign Trade and International Investment of Venezuela (2016-2017) stated that "there is a perceived activation of trade and some productive activities as well as a stabilization of the oil activi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelas-Econo…

Bolivia's De Facto Regime Harasses Spanish Diplomats
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-27
Mexico's Ambassador to Bolivia Teresa Mercado reported that Bolivian security officers harassed Spanish diplomats as they were trying to enter her official residence in La Paz on Friday morning. | RELATED: | Mexico Reiterates Demand that Bolivia End Siege on Embassy | "I am with the Spanish consul and charge d'affaires at the residence. Besides having assaulted them, they stopped their car, which has diplomatic plates," the Mexican ambassador tweeted. | The diplomats were accompan…
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Cuba: "We Condemn the Aggression of the Mexican Embassy"
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-27
The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, condemned the aggression to the Mexican embassy in Bolivia and reiterated his support for the Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Government. | RELATED: | Mexico Reiterates Demand that Bolivia End Siege on Embassy | Díaz-Canel shared in his official Twitter account an article from the Cuban press that stated that the "police operation before the Mexican embassy in Bolivia 'is out of proportion." | The Aztec nation has denounced the siege of its di…
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The People of India Are Taking It to the Streets to Challenge Modi's Bigoted and Dishonest Government
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-27
Every day and in every part of India, hundreds of thousands of people–mainly young people–gather on the streets to express their anger at the government. Their protests, like those of the protests in Chile, emerged out of one particular grievance but then have cascaded outward. They are angry at the government's attempt to define citizenship…
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The Power of Song
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-27
Woody Guthrie wrote the words "This guitar kills fascists" on his guitar. Victor Jara was murdered by the Chilean military authorities during the 1973 CIA-assisted coup in Chile; his hands were severed and then he was murdered. Phil Ochs, a folksinger and agitator for popular resistance to war and racism considered Jara his inspiration and…
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The Power of Song
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-27
Woody Guthrie wrote the words "This guitar kills fascists" on his guitar. Victor Jara was murdered by the Chilean military authorities during the 1973 CIA-assisted coup in Chile; his hands were severed and then he was murdered. Phil Ochs, a folksinger and agitator for popular resistance to war and racism considered Jara his inspiration and…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/27/the-power-of…

Human Rights and Political Conflict in Cameroon: The Anglophone Secessionist State of "Ambazonia"
J. B. Gerald | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-27
On an ugliness scale of one to ten, if the U.S. Guantanamo prison is 7, the French military in Algeria 8, Pinochet's controls of Chile 9, and the Inquisition 10, the severity, scale and number of Cameroon military human rights …
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