Daily Archives: December 29, 2019

2019-12-29: News Headlines

Staff (2019-12-29). Here Are Five Ways to Support Chelsea Manning in 2020. truthout.org The year 2019 has been a nightmare for whistleblower Chelsea Manning and her supporters. While Donald Trump cleared three members of the United States Army who reportedly murdered Afghani civilians, Manning is, once again, confined for acting in accord with her own principles. In 2010, she was imprisoned for leaking classified military and diplomatic documents that exposed U.S. war crimes, including the murder of Iraqi and Afghani civilians. | This time, Manning is not charged with or convicted of a crime. On March…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-29). Global War on Humanity: America's Unceasing Pursuit of Hegemony. globalresearch.ca Essentially what we're looking at is a broader historical perspective on how the US de facto supported Nazi Germany with a view to destroying the Soviet Union as well as weakening the British Empire and competing empires including of course France, Belgium, Holland, etc. And those countries today are no longer colonial powers.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-12-29). Global Warming: "Fixing the Climate Data around the Policy" globalresearch.ca Both the concepts and the data have been adjusted and shaped to fit the agenda of the UN Panel on Climate Change.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-12-29). Get Ready to Fight Israel's Next War. Asking America to do the "Dirty Work" globalresearch.ca It will be up to you, the clueless American citizen, to fight and pay for Israel's war against its neighbors. This coming war was announced this week by Aviv Kochavi, the Israel Defense Force chief of staff. | Max Blumenthal …

Staff (2019-12-29). The Climate Crisis Escalated in 2019. So Did the Climate Justice Movement. truthout.org 2019 is slated to be the second-warmest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This means that, come year's end, all of the top 10 warmest recorded years will have happened in the last two decades. The climate is worsening as we speak…

Common Dreams staff (2019-12-29). A Call to Action as World is Rapidly Depleting Essential Groundwater. commondreams.org We are rapidly depleting a relatively non-renewable natural resource that is essential for our survival. And the climate crisis is making it worse. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ellen Brown (2019-12-29). The Key to the Environmental Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet. globalresearch.ca The Green New Deal resolution that was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in February hit a wall in the Senate, where it was called unrealistic and unaffordable. In a Washington Post article titled " The Green New Deal

teleSUR (2019-12-29). Venezuelan Diplomat Demands EU Abandon Regime Change Policy. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Ambassador to France, Michel Mujica, called on the European Union to respect international law and halt their support for self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | Maduro: Armed Forces, Commitment and Loyalty | Speaking Prensa Latina on Sunday, Mujica said that Venezuela rejects the European Union's interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic. The Venezuelan diplomat said the EU's regime change policy is a clear violation of international proto…

teleSUR (2019-12-29). US Aircraft Bombs Base of Iranian-Backed Forces in Iraq. telesurenglish.net The U.S. military carried out a new attack against the Iranian-backed forces in Iraq's Al-Anbar province, the Popular Mobilization Forces announced on Sunday. | RELATED: | Iraqi Parliament Approves New Electoral Law, Deadlock Persists | In a statement via their official Twitter account, the Popular Mobilization Forces said, "U.S. planes bombed sites belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces in western Al-Anbar." | The Pentagon has since confirmed the strikes as well, claimin…

Staff (2019-12-29). U.S. Strikes Militia Targets in Iraq and Syria. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The U.S. carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting a militia blamed for an attack that killed an American contractor, a Defense Department spokesman said Sunday. | U.S. forces conducted "precision defensive strikes" against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement. | The U.S. blames the militia for a rocket barrage Friday that killed a U.S. defense contractor at a military compound near Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. | Officials said attackers fired as many as 30 rockets in Friday's assault. | The…

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 …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-29). New Evidence of OPCW Manufactured Nonexistent Douma Chemical Weapons Incident, Syria Report, Promoted "Fake News" globalresearch.ca The so-called OPCW chemical watchdog lost all credibility, breaching its mandate time and again, operating as a pro-Western imperial agent, not a Chemical Weapons Convention implementing body. | The Nobel committee should order the organization to return its 2013 peace prize, …

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-29). The Criminalisation of Protest in America. globalresearch.ca The US today freely interferes in the governments of so many other nations, fueling unrest and financing violence, seeking to impose on these countries a peculiarly American form of "open government" which it can control, but has always severely restricted …

Matt Field (2019-12-29). As the US, China, and Russia Build New Nuclear Weapons Systems, How Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) be Built in? What are the Dangers? globalresearch.ca Researchers in the United States and elsewhere are paying a lot of attention to the prospect that in the coming years new nuclear weapons—and the infrastructure built to operate them—will include greater levels of artificial intelligence and automation. …

Guy Mettan (2019-12-29). The Long History of Russophobia, Starting with Its Religious Roots. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on June 9, 2016. | The former editor of the Tribune de Genève, [Guy Mettan-RI] visited Moscow and presented his new book Russia and the West: A Thousand Year War, which reviews the phenomenon of Russophobia: …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-29). Turkey Sending Troops to Libya? Erdogan Supported Tripoli Forces to Fight Trump Supported Haftar Forces? globalresearch.ca It appears likely. According to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, President Erdogan will send troops to Libya to support the Tripoli-based/UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). | It's combatting Trump-supported/longtime CIA asset/warlord Khalifa Haftar for control of the country. | Anadolu news said …

teleSUR (2019-12-29). Turkey Transfers Syrian Rebels to Libya for Tripoli Battle. telesurenglish.net Turkey is transferring Syrian rebel fighters to Libya to protect the capital city of Tripoli from the forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Bloomberg News reported on Friday. | The report, which claims fighters from the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army are deploying to Libya, was later corroborated by several publications, including the Syrian Observation for Human Rights and the Middle East Eye. | Citing a senior Turkish official, the Bloomberg report alleges that these rebel fighters are being tasked with defending Tripoli, while also coordinating with the forces loyal to Prime Minister Fayez Al-…

Staff (2019-12-29). Edward Snowden Sets the Record Straight. truthdig.com "Permanent Record" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | I generally care relatively little for the personal lives of people of note, but something that always nagged me just slightly about Edward Snowden's 2013 revelations that the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone was — how angry was his girlfriend? | After all, we all knew Snowden had a girlfriend, since it didn't take long for the media to uncover that her name was Lindsay Mills, that (much to their infinite delight) she had photos of herself in lingerie, and that her significant other h…

Robert Reich (2019-12-29). The Biggest Business Con of 2019: Fleecing Workers While Bosses Get Rich. commondreams.org Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is another member of the Business Roundtable. Just weeks after he made the commitment to all his stakeholders, Whole Foods, an Amazon subsidiary, announced it would be cutting medical benefits for its entire part-time workforce. (Fight for 15) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-29). The Burkina Faso Time Bomb Is About to Blow, and It Might Take Down West Africa. globalresearch.ca The landlocked West African nation of Burkina Faso is a time bomb that's about to explode as evidenced by the drastic increase in terrorist-related violence there over the past year and its attendant humanitarian consequences, yet both the region and …

Middle East Eye (2019-12-29). Israel's Strike that Killed Nine Members of al-Sawarka Family. Mistakenly "Categorized as a Military Compound" globalresearch.ca Israel has said that an attack on the Gaza Strip which killed nine Palestinians from the same family happened after the premises were mistakenly categorised as a "military compound" used by Islamic Jihad. | In November, Israel conducted a series of …

Staff (2019-12-29). Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires. truthout.org Australia is still on fire. | And now thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney. | "Up to 30 percent of their habitat has been destroyed," Environment Minister Sussan Ley told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Friday. "We'll know more when the fires are calmed down and a proper assessment can be made." Land clearing and development over time has meant a loss of habitat for the tree-dwelling koalas. | Last year, a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia report s…

Staff (2019-12-29). How Schools Can Sustain Students' Cultures. truthout.org High school students enter a classroom at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle on an October morning. They sit at their desks, but they're soon asked to rearrange their chairs into a circle. Today is Thursday, which means they'll be having their weekly class in restorative justice. | James Williams, the teacher, leads the students in a warmup game: the students pair off and play rock, paper, scissors—except when one student wins, the other becomes their cheerleader. This repeats through several rounds until teams of stud…

teleSUR (2019-12-29). Five People Stabbed at Hanukkah Celebration in New York. telesurenglish.net Five people were injured on Saturday after a knife attack took place inside of a synagogue in a suburb of New York. According to reports, the attack occurred around 10 P.M. (EST), when visitors were attending a Hanukkah service at the Monsey Synagogue in Rockland County. | RELATED: | US-China Trade Deal and OPEC Cuts Make Oil Prices Rise | Rockland County police said an unidentified man pulled out a knife and attacked several people before running out of the temple and leaving the cr…

True Publica (2019-12-29). British Democracy on Death Row. globalresearch.ca It's all over the internet — you must have read about it by now. It's all about Page 48 — and it is here that democracy dies in Britain. It was in the Conservative Manifesto. But the country voted for …

Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad M. Khan (2019-12-29). Warming Ocean Currents Affect Weather and Environment. commondreams.org Strands of kelp at Shelly Point in Beaumaris, Tasmania on September 7, 2019. The Tasman Sea is warming and once plentiful kelp forests have rapidly declined. The kelp rising in 30-foot high stalks has been habitat for rare ocean life through recorded history. Once present along the whole length of Tasmania's east coast, now little is left. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Yanis Varoufakis (2019-12-29). Imagining a World Without Capitalism. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a campaign stop at The River Center on December 28, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Warren wants to rein in capitalism's excesses but calls for a gentler capitalism are mere fads. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-12-29). 'No Jury Ever Announces a Not Guilty Verdict Before the Trial'. zcomm.org Interview on Trump's impeachment…

Pete Dolack (2019-12-29). Never have so many governments done so little for so many. zcomm.org An economic system geared toward nothing but massive profits for a tiny percentage of people and based on ruthless competition and exploitation, in which corporations can shift the costs of their behavior onto the public and the environment, can't save us…

RT (2019-12-29). Putin thanks Trump for information that helped prevent acts of terrorism in Russia in phone call. rt.com Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have talked on the phone, with the Russian president thanking his US counterpart for sharing intelligence that allowed terrorist attacks to be prevented in Russia, the Kremlin said. | A "range of issues of mutual interest" was discussed during the conversation, which was initiated by Moscow. | The Federal Security Service later said that the information provided by their US counterparts led to the arrest of two Russian citizens who planned terrorist attacks at public places in St. Petersburg during New Year's celebrations. | The two leaders agreed to maintain bilateral cooperati…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Turkey hails UK arresting father of YPG/PKK terrorist. yenisafak.com Turkey on Sunday praised British judicial authorities for the recent arrest of the father of an accused YPG/PKK terrorist on charges of bankrolling terrorism.Hami Aksoy, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Turkey welcomed the arrest of Paul Newey as well as the reasoning behind the arrest.Calling the case important for designating the YPG as the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist group PKK, Aksoy said Ankara expects this case to set an example for all foreign terrorists operating under the terrorist YPG/PKK banner and those funding terrorism.The EU and Western countries have recognized the PKK as a terrorist g…

RT (2019-12-29). Stabbing at rabbi's home is 'act of domestic terrorism' — New York Governor Cuomo. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the stabbing in a rabbi's home next to a synagogue in Monsey, NY that left five people wounded is "an act of domestic terrorism" fueled by intolerance. | Five Hasidic Jews were stabbed by a machete-wielding attacker who broke into the house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg late on Saturday night. The perpetrator, allegedly a black male, slashed at victims indiscriminately as they attempted to flee the chaotic scene. | "This is intolerance meets ignorance meets illegality," Cuomo told reporters on Sunday, calling the attack the 13th incidence of anti-Semitism in recent weeks. "Th…

RT (2019-12-29). Hong Kong economy will inevitably shrink further as protests show no sign of abating. rt.com Hong Kong's economy is on the path to face another contraction in the fourth quarter, the financial secretary has warned as raging protests continue to take a toll on the city. | "Judging from the situation in the past months, continued negative growth is unavoidable," Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said on Sunday. | Read more | | Is Trump using Hong Kong unrest as leverage in trade talks with China? | While the official economic results will be released only early next year, Chan could already cite some gloomy statistics. The city's retail s…

RT (2019-12-29). Indian govt issues 'RED WARNING' for Delhi as capital & adjacent states shiver in 'extreme cold'. rt.com The government's meteorological office issued the highest-level warning for the capital as Indians continue to struggle through what has been described as the second coldest December in a century. | The recent "red warning" by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) came as temperatures in Delhi plummeted to 2.8 Celsius (37.04 Fahrenheit) and is likely to drop further. 'Red' usually means "extreme weather conditions," according to the agency. | It warned that "severe cold wave conditions," dense fog, and hailst…

RT (2019-12-29). 'Americans have to leave the region': Iran says 1st joint drills with China & Russia send a message to US. rt.com Tehran's joint naval drills with Moscow and Beijing are sending a bold message to Washington and its allies to keep out its "undesirable security arrangements," Iran's naval forces commander stated. | "The era of inroads by the Americans in the region has ended and they have to gradually leave the region," Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi proclaimed, as cited by local media. | The trilateral naval exercise is being held to "boost security in the region." But aside from that, it has sent "a highly significant message" to the US "and their sidekicks," the top officer added. | | China has se…

RT (2019-12-29). Iran lashes out at French 'interference' over jailed academic accused of espionage. rt.com Tehran has accused Paris of interfering in the case of an Iranian-French academic who has been arrested over accusations of spying. | France's protests against the imprisonment of Fariba Adelkhah and another academic, Roland Marchal, constitute an "act of interference" that has "no legal basis," Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement on Sunday. | "Creating hype cannot stop Iran's judiciary from handling the case, especially considering the security charges the two face," Mousavi said. | France announced on Friday that it had summoned Iran's ambassador in order to protest against Ad…

RT (2019-12-29). US strikes Kataib Hezbollah HQ in Iraq, Syria. rt.com US airstrikes have pounded three Kataib Hezbollah military facilities near the town of Qaim, Iraq, as well as two targets in Syria, in response to the group's alleged bombing of an Iraqi military base on Friday. | The US carried out "defensive strikes" against the supposed Kataib Hezbollah facilities on Sunday, US officials told Reuters. The targets included weapons storage locations and command and control stations, and drones were likely used in the attack. Three locations near Qaim, on the Iraq/Syria border, and two locations in Syria were hit. | Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statemen…

RT (2019-12-29). Putin & Merkel agree to keep supporting Nord Stream 2 project amid sanctions pressure from Washington. rt.com President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel have reiterated their support for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, the Kremlin says, as the US seeks to curb the project with sanctions. | "The attitude for further support of the Nord Stream 2 project was confirmed" during a phone call which was initiated by the German side on Sunday, according to a statement on the Kremlin website. Earlier this week, the US State Department issued an ultimatum to European companies taking part in the project, threatening them with sanctions if they do not cease their work by January 20. | Als…

RT (2019-12-29). Putin & Merkel agree to keep supporting Nord Stream 2 project amid sanctions pressure from Washington. rt.com President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel have reiterated their support for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, the Kremlin says, as the US seeks to curb the project with sanctions. | "The attitude for further support of the Nord Stream 2 project was confirmed" during a phone call which was initiated by the German side on Sunday, according to a statement on the Kremlin website. | Earlier this month, the US State Department issued an ultimatum to European companies taking part in the project, threatening them with sanctions if they do not cease their work by January 20.

RT (2019-12-29). Russian security forces prevent New Year terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg based on US tip-off. rt.com Two people, who planned to stage terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg during the New Year holidays, have been detained by Russia's security services. The arrests were made after a tip-off from US intelligence agencies. | The suspects were detained on Friday, Russia's Security Service (FSB) announced. They were planning to target "crowded areas" in the country's second largest city. | The operatives acted on "information earlier received from the American partners," it added. | Earlier on Sunday, Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for sharing intelligence that allowed them to prevent terrorist attacks on Russia…

RT (2019-12-29). 'Classless & disrespectful': Canadian hockey player under fire for failing to remove helmet during Russian anthem (VIDEO). rt.com Arizona Coyotes rookie and captain of Canada's national junior team Barrett Hayton has come under fire for not taking off his helmet during…

RT (2019-12-29). Turkish FM warns of impending 'chaos' in Libya and pushes to send troops quickly. rt.com Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has expressed concern over the security situation in Libya, as Ankara steps up its efforts to seek parliamentary approval to send troops to the North African nation. | "We need to do whatever is needed to prevent Libya from being divided and sliding into chaos, and that is what we are doing," the foreign minister told the ruling AK Party, warning that the region would face grave security threats if Libya "becomes like Syria". | Cavusoglu is scheduled to meet with opposition party leaders on Monday. | The Turkish parliament has already approved a security cooperation ag…

RT (2019-12-29). Trump's tariffs hurt more than helped, leading to job losses & higher prices – Fed study. rt.com US tariffs meant to boost the US economy by eliminating "unfair" trade practices, primarily by China, actually took a toll on manufacturing sector jobs and hiked prices, a study by the US Federal Reserve Board has concluded. | The Fed has become the latest body to stress the damaging consequences of "unprecedented" punitive tariffs unleashed by US President Donald Trump on China and other trade partners – including Canada, Mexico and the EU – at the beginning of 2018. In a recently released report, Fed economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce said that the negative effects of the measure outweighed the benefi…

Viva Evo (2019-12-29). 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 (2019-12-29). 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 (2019-12-29). "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 (2019-12-29). 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.

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-29). US Military Contractors Exposed For Paying Taliban At US Gov Instruction & Iran False Flag Continues. 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 (12/28/19). 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 …

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Turkey to evacuate wounded after deadly Mogadishu blast. yenisafak.com A Turkish military cargo plane landed in the Somali capital on Sunday to evacuate people badly wounded in a devastating truck bombing in the city a day earlier that killed at least 90 people including two Turkish nationals.The plane also brought emergency medical staff and supplies, according to a tweet from the Turkish embassy, adding these had been transferred to a Turkish-run hospital in Mogadishu.Somali Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayir Mareye told state media that 10 badly injured Somalis would be evacuated to Turkey. He added that Turkey had sent 24 doctors to treat those wounded who would not be evac…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Pakistan urges OIC to raise voice for Indian Muslims. yenisafak.com Pakistan's foreign minister on Sunday urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to bring together its foreign ministers to help defend Indian Muslims."We hope the OIC will convene its foreign ministers meeting in [the capital] Islamabad and jointly raise their voices for Indian Muslims," Qureshi told reporters in his hometown Multan, a city in the northeastern Punjab province.On the India citizenship law, Qureshi said India appears to be divided into secularists and the "Hindutva Supremacy," as minorities and educated Hindus are also protesting the controversial law.Citing the lockdown in Indian-admini…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Tourists stay away from Taj Mahal, other Indian attractions as protests flare. yenisafak.com India's tourism industry has been hit by a wave of violent anti-government protests against a new citizenship law that have rocked several cities this month, with at least seven countries issuing travel warnings.At least 25 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters, and demonstrations against the law continue.Officials estimate about 200,000 domestic and international tourists cancelled or postponed their trip to the Taj Mahal in the past two weeks, one of the world's most popular tourist attractions."There has been a 60% decline in visitor footfalls in December this year," said Dinesh Kuma…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Yemen's Houthis list 6 targets in Saudi, 3 in UAE. yenisafak.com Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis said six "sensitive" locations in Saudi Arabia and three in the United Arab Emirates are on a list of strike targets, the group's al-Masirah TV reported on Sunday, quoting a Houthi military spokesman.The Houthis in September said they would stop attacking Saudi Arabia with missiles and drones if their adversaries attacking Yemen did the same.

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Iraq's exports, production not affected by halting Nassiriya oilfield. yenisafak.com Halting production from Iraq's southern Nassiriya oilfield on Saturday by protesters will not affect the country's exports and production operations, the oil ministry said on Sunday.Iraq will use additional output from southern oilfields in Basra to make up for the missing shipments from Nassirya field, the ministry said in a statement.Protesters broke into Iraq's southern Nassiriya oilfield on Saturday and forced employees to cut off electricity from its control station, taking the field offline.

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Four Arab leaders deposed by popular protests this year. yenisafak.com Succeeding the 2011 Arab Spring, in 2019 another wave of major protests forced a quartet of leaders in the Middle East to step down, as aspirations for change reverberate across the region.Protesters managed to cast aside the shadow of fear to oust leaders in Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, and Lebanon. The demonstrators remain determined to push through genuine reforms, not just cosmetic changes.In December 2018, the Sudanese people took to the streets over the dire economy in protests that escalated into demands for major change.On April 11, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir stepped down following months of popular demons…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Egypt and Sudan to operate joint electricity grid from Jan. 12. yenisafak.com Egypt and Sudan will begin operating a joint electricity grid from Jan. 12 with a capacity of 50 megawatts, Egypt's state news agency MENA said on Sunday.The project's cost has reached 509 million Egyptian pounds ($31.74 million) and spans 1,000 km (621 miles), MENA said, citing Egypt's energy minister. ($1 = 16.0375 Egyptian pounds)…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). UN-recognized Libyan leader denies presence of Syrians. yenisafak.com Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Sunday hit back at social media allegations on the presence of "Syrian elements" in the military headquarters in the capital.According to a statement by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj's office, the reports — issued by social media accounts affiliated with warlord Khalifa Haftar, commanding eastern forces opposing the GNA — suggesting a Syrian presence in the capital Tripoli do not reflect the truth.The statement said such baseless reports are nothing but smear campaigns targeting the UN-recognized government of the war-weary country.Since the ouster a…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker ends Mohammad cartoon contest within hours. yenisafak.com Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said on Sunday he had ended a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad, only hours after announcing the contentious event.In a tweet posted on Sunday morning, Wilders said international attention on the contest had enabled him to make a point about the importance of freedom of speech."Mission accomplished. End of contest", he wrote above a picture of what he said was the winning drawing, depicting an angry-looking man with a beard.Images of the Prophet Mohammad are traditionally forbidden in Islam as idolatrous. Caricatures are regarded by most Muslims as high…

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Saudi state security: two men planning 'terrorist operation' killed in Dammam. yenisafak.com Saudi state security on Sunday said two men who had planned an "imminent terrorist operation" were killed by security forces in the eastern city of Dammam, Saudi state agency SPA said.During the operation 5 kilogrammes of explosive materials were seized, SPA said.It was not immediately clear whether this was the same incident as reported by Saudi state media on Wednesday, in which two "terrorists" were killed by security forces after a shooting in a residential neighbourhood of Dammam.

yenisafak (2019-12-29). Turkey to host games for athletes with Down syndrome. yenisafak.com Turkey is set to host 2020 Trisome Games, a global competition for the athletes with Down syndrome in the spring.The tournament will be held in Antalya, a Mediterranean resort city, between March 31-April 7.A total of 1,000 athletes from 37 countries will compete in the tournament, according to Ensar Kurt, the vice president of the Turkish Special Athletes Sports Federation.Turkey will join the event with 120 athletes in eight categories.The event will involve various competitions, including athletics, basketball, gymnastics, futsal, judo, tennis, table tennis and swimming.Kurt told Anadolu Agency that Turkey is…

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…

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). 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 …

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 …

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?

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…

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.

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). '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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

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 …

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 am standing today, more optimistic than ever about the future of our Nation and more grateful than ever for the loyalty, professionalism and cohesion of the Bolivarian Nat…

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.

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."

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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Here Are Five Ways to Support Chelsea Manning in 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-29
The year 2019 has been a nightmare for whistleblower Chelsea Manning and her supporters. While Donald Trump cleared three members of the United States Army who reportedly murdered Afghani civilians, Manning is, once again, confined for acting in accord with her own principles. In 2010, she was imprisoned for leaking classified military and diplomatic documents that exposed U.S. war crimes, including the murder of Iraqi and Afghani civilians. | This time, Manning is not charged with or convicted of a crime. On March…
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Global Warming: "Fixing the Climate Data around the Policy"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
Both the concepts and the data have been adjusted and shaped to fit the agenda of the UN Panel on Climate Change.
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Global War on Humanity: America's Unceasing Pursuit of Hegemony
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
Essentially what we're looking at is a broader historical perspective on how the US de facto supported Nazi Germany with a view to destroying the Soviet Union as well as weakening the British Empire and competing empires including of course France, Belgium, Holland, etc. And those countries today are no longer colonial powers.
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Get Ready to Fight Israel's Next War. Asking America to do the "Dirty Work"
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
It will be up to you, the clueless American citizen, to fight and pay for Israel's war against its neighbors. This coming war was announced this week by Aviv Kochavi, the Israel Defense Force chief of staff. | Max Blumenthal …
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The Climate Crisis Escalated in 2019. So Did the Climate Justice Movement
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-29
2019 is slated to be the second-warmest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This means that, come year's end, all of the top 10 warmest recorded years will have happened in the last two decades. The climate is worsening as we speak…
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A Call to Action as World is Rapidly Depleting Essential Groundwater
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-12-29
We are rapidly depleting a relatively non-renewable natural resource that is essential for our survival. And the climate crisis is making it worse. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Key to the Environmental Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
The Green New Deal resolution that was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in February hit a wall in the Senate, where it was called unrealistic and unaffordable. In a Washington Post article titled " The Green New Deal …
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Venezuelan Diplomat Demands EU Abandon Regime Change Policy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-29
The Venezuelan Ambassador to France, Michel Mujica, called on the European Union to respect international law and halt their support for self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | Maduro: Armed Forces, Commitment and Loyalty | Speaking Prensa Latina on Sunday, Mujica said that Venezuela rejects the European Union's interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic. The Venezuelan diplomat said the EU's regime change policy is a clear violation of international proto…
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US Aircraft Bombs Base of Iranian-Backed Forces in Iraq
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-29
The U.S. military carried out a new attack against the Iranian-backed forces in Iraq's Al-Anbar province, the Popular Mobilization Forces announced on Sunday. | RELATED: | Iraqi Parliament Approves New Electoral Law, Deadlock Persists | In a statement via their official Twitter account, the Popular Mobilization Forces said, "U.S. planes bombed sites belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces in western Al-Anbar." | The Pentagon has since confirmed the strikes as well, claimin…
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U.S. Strikes Militia Targets in Iraq and Syria
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-29
WASHINGTON–The U.S. carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting a militia blamed for an attack that killed an American contractor, a Defense Department spokesman said Sunday. | U.S. forces conducted "precision defensive strikes" against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement. | The U.S. blames the militia for a rocket barrage Friday that killed a U.S. defense contractor at a military compound near Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. | Officials said attackers fired as many as 30 rockets in Friday's assault. | 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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New Evidence of OPCW Manufactured Nonexistent Douma Chemical Weapons Incident, Syria Report, Promoted "Fake News"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
The so-called OPCW chemical watchdog lost all credibility, breaching its mandate time and again, operating as a pro-Western imperial agent, not a Chemical Weapons Convention implementing body. | The Nobel committee should order the organization to return its 2013 peace prize, …
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The Criminalisation of Protest in America
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
The US today freely interferes in the governments of so many other nations, fueling unrest and financing violence, seeking to impose on these countries a peculiarly American form of "open government" which it can control, but has always severely restricted …
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As the US, China, and Russia Build New Nuclear Weapons Systems, How Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) be Built in? What are the Dangers?
Matt Field | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
Researchers in the United States and elsewhere are paying a lot of attention to the prospect that in the coming years new nuclear weapons–and the infrastructure built to operate them–will include greater levels of artificial intelligence and automation. …
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The Long History of Russophobia, Starting with Its Religious Roots
Guy Mettan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
This article was originally published on June 9, 2016. | The former editor of the Tribune de Genève, [Guy Mettan-RI] visited Moscow and presented his new book Russia and the West: A Thousand Year War, which reviews the phenomenon of Russophobia: …
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Turkey Sending Troops to Libya? Erdogan Supported Tripoli Forces to Fight Trump Supported Haftar Forces?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
It appears likely. According to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, President Erdogan will send troops to Libya to support the Tripoli-based/UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). | It's combatting Trump-supported/longtime CIA asset/warlord Khalifa Haftar for control of the country. | Anadolu news said …
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Turkey Transfers Syrian Rebels to Libya for Tripoli Battle
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-29
Turkey is transferring Syrian rebel fighters to Libya to protect the capital city of Tripoli from the forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Bloomberg News reported on Friday. | The report, which claims fighters from the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army are deploying to Libya, was later corroborated by several publications, including the Syrian Observation for Human Rights and the Middle East Eye. | Citing a senior Turkish official, the Bloomberg report alleges that these rebel fighters are being tasked with defending Tripoli, while also coordinating with the forces loyal to Prime Minister Fayez Al-…
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The Biggest Business Con of 2019: Fleecing Workers While Bosses Get Rich
Robert Reich | commondreams.org | 2019-12-29
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is another member of the Business Roundtable. Just weeks after he made the commitment to all his stakeholders, Whole Foods, an Amazon subsidiary, announced it would be cutting medical benefits for its entire part-time workforce. (Fight for 15) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Burkina Faso Time Bomb Is About to Blow, and It Might Take Down West Africa
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
The landlocked West African nation of Burkina Faso is a time bomb that's about to explode as evidenced by the drastic increase in terrorist-related violence there over the past year and its attendant humanitarian consequences, yet both the region and …
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Israel's Strike that Killed Nine Members of al-Sawarka Family. Mistakenly "Categorized as a Military Compound"
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
Israel has said that an attack on the Gaza Strip which killed nine Palestinians from the same family happened after the premises were mistakenly categorised as a "military compound" used by Islamic Jihad. | In November, Israel conducted a series of …
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Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-29
Australia is still on fire. | And now thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney. | "Up to 30 percent of their habitat has been destroyed," Environment Minister Sussan Ley told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Friday. "We'll know more when the fires are calmed down and a proper assessment can be made." Land clearing and development over time has meant a loss of habitat for the tree-dwelling koalas. | Last year, a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia report s…
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How Schools Can Sustain Students' Cultures
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-29
High school students enter a classroom at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle on an October morning. They sit at their desks, but they're soon asked to rearrange their chairs into a circle. Today is Thursday, which means they'll be having their weekly class in restorative justice. | James Williams, the teacher, leads the students in a warmup game: the students pair off and play rock, paper, scissors–except when one student wins, the other becomes their cheerleader. This repeats through several rounds until teams of stud…
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Five People Stabbed at Hanukkah Celebration in New York
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-29
Five people were injured on Saturday after a knife attack took place inside of a synagogue in a suburb of New York. According to reports, the attack occurred around 10 P.M. (EST), when visitors were attending a Hanukkah service at the Monsey Synagogue in Rockland County. | RELATED: | US-China Trade Deal and OPEC Cuts Make Oil Prices Rise | Rockland County police said an unidentified man pulled out a knife and attacked several people before running out of the temple and leaving the cr…
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British Democracy on Death Row
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-29
It's all over the internet — you must have read about it by now. It's all about Page 48 — and it is here that democracy dies in Britain. It was in the Conservative Manifesto. But the country voted for …
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Warming Ocean Currents Affect Weather and Environment
Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad M. Khan | commondreams.org | 2019-12-29
Strands of kelp at Shelly Point in Beaumaris, Tasmania on September 7, 2019. The Tasman Sea is warming and once plentiful kelp forests have rapidly declined. The kelp rising in 30-foot high stalks has been habitat for rare ocean life through recorded history. Once present along the whole length of Tasmania's east coast, now little is left. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Edward Snowden Sets the Record Straight
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-29
"Permanent Record" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | I generally care relatively little for the personal lives of people of note, but something that always nagged me just slightly about Edward Snowden's 2013 revelations that the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone was — how angry was his girlfriend? | After all, we all knew Snowden had a girlfriend, since it didn't take long for the media to uncover that her name was Lindsay Mills, that (much to their infinite delight) she had photos of herself in lingerie, and that her significant other h…
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Imagining a World Without Capitalism
Yanis Varoufakis | commondreams.org | 2019-12-29
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a campaign stop at The River Center on December 28, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Warren wants to rein in capitalism's excesses but calls for a gentler capitalism are mere fads. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'No Jury Ever Announces a Not Guilty Verdict Before the Trial'
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2019-12-29
Interview on Trump's impeachment…
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Never have so many governments done so little for so many
Pete Dolack | zcomm.org | 2019-12-29
An economic system geared toward nothing but massive profits for a tiny percentage of people and based on ruthless competition and exploitation, in which corporations can shift the costs of their behavior onto the public and the environment, can't save us…
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Putin thanks Trump for information that helped prevent acts of terrorism in Russia in phone call
rt.com | 2019-12-29
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have talked on the phone, with the Russian president thanking his US counterpart for sharing intelligence that allowed terrorist attacks to be prevented in Russia, the Kremlin said. | A "range of issues of mutual interest" was discussed during the conversation, which was initiated by Moscow. | The Federal Security Service later said that the information provided by their US counterparts led to the arrest of two Russian citizens who planned terrorist attacks at public places in St. Petersburg during New Year's celebrations. | The two leaders agreed to maintain bilateral cooperati…
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Turkey hails UK arresting father of YPG/PKK terrorist
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Turkey on Sunday praised British judicial authorities for the recent arrest of the father of an accused YPG/PKK terrorist on charges of bankrolling terrorism.Hami Aksoy, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Turkey welcomed the arrest of Paul Newey as well as the reasoning behind the arrest.Calling the case important for designating the YPG as the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist group PKK, Aksoy said Ankara expects this case to set an example for all foreign terrorists operating under the terrorist YPG/PKK banner and those funding terrorism.The EU and Western countries have recognized the PKK as a terrorist g…
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Stabbing at rabbi's home is 'act of domestic terrorism' — New York Governor Cuomo
rt.com | 2019-12-29
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the stabbing in a rabbi's home next to a synagogue in Monsey, NY that left five people wounded is "an act of domestic terrorism" fueled by intolerance. | Five Hasidic Jews were stabbed by a machete-wielding attacker who broke into the house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg late on Saturday night. The perpetrator, allegedly a black male, slashed at victims indiscriminately as they attempted to flee the chaotic scene. | "This is intolerance meets ignorance meets illegality," Cuomo told reporters on Sunday, calling the attack the 13th incidence of anti-Semitism in recent weeks. "Th…
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Hong Kong economy will inevitably shrink further as protests show no sign of abating
rt.com | 2019-12-29
Hong Kong's economy is on the path to face another contraction in the fourth quarter, the financial secretary has warned as raging protests continue to take a toll on the city. | "Judging from the situation in the past months, continued negative growth is unavoidable," Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said on Sunday. | Read more | | Is Trump using Hong Kong unrest as leverage in trade talks with China? | While the official economic results will be released only early next year, Chan could already cite some gloomy statistics. The city's retail s…
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Indian govt issues 'RED WARNING' for Delhi as capital & adjacent states shiver in 'extreme cold'
rt.com | 2019-12-29
The government's meteorological office issued the highest-level warning for the capital as Indians continue to struggle through what has been described as the second coldest December in a century. | The recent "red warning" by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) came as temperatures in Delhi plummeted to 2.8 Celsius (37.04 Fahrenheit) and is likely to drop further. 'Red' usually means "extreme weather conditions," according to the agency. | It warned that "severe cold wave conditions," dense fog, and hailst…
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'Americans have to leave the region': Iran says 1st joint drills with China & Russia send a message to US
rt.com | 2019-12-29
Tehran's joint naval drills with Moscow and Beijing are sending a bold message to Washington and its allies to keep out its "undesirable security arrangements," Iran's naval forces commander stated. | "The era of inroads by the Americans in the region has ended and they have to gradually leave the region," Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi proclaimed, as cited by local media. | The trilateral naval exercise is being held to "boost security in the region." But aside from that, it has sent "a highly significant message" to the US "and their sidekicks," the top officer added. | | China has se…
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Iran lashes out at French 'interference' over jailed academic accused of espionage
rt.com | 2019-12-29
Tehran has accused Paris of interfering in the case of an Iranian-French academic who has been arrested over accusations of spying. | France's protests against the imprisonment of Fariba Adelkhah and another academic, Roland Marchal, constitute an "act of interference" that has "no legal basis," Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement on Sunday. | "Creating hype cannot stop Iran's judiciary from handling the case, especially considering the security charges the two face," Mousavi said. | France announced on Friday that it had summoned Iran's ambassador in order to protest against Ad…
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US strikes Kataib Hezbollah HQ in Iraq, Syria
rt.com | 2019-12-29
US airstrikes have pounded three Kataib Hezbollah military facilities near the town of Qaim, Iraq, as well as two targets in Syria, in response to the group's alleged bombing of an Iraqi military base on Friday. | The US carried out "defensive strikes" against the supposed Kataib Hezbollah facilities on Sunday, US officials told Reuters. The targets included weapons storage locations and command and control stations, and drones were likely used in the attack. Three locations near Qaim, on the Iraq/Syria border, and two locations in Syria were hit. | Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statemen…
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Russian security forces prevent New Year terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg based on US tip-off
rt.com | 2019-12-29
Two people, who planned to stage terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg during the New Year holidays, have been detained by Russia's security services. The arrests were made after a tip-off from US intelligence agencies. | The suspects were detained on Friday, Russia's Security Service (FSB) announced. They were planning to target "crowded areas" in the country's second largest city. | The operatives acted on "information earlier received from the American partners," it added. | Earlier on Sunday, Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for sharing intelligence that allowed them to prevent terrorist attacks on Russia…
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Putin & Merkel agree to keep supporting Nord Stream 2 project amid sanctions pressure from Washington
rt.com | 2019-12-29
President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel have reiterated their support for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, the Kremlin says, as the US seeks to curb the project with sanctions. | "The attitude for further support of the Nord Stream 2 project was confirmed" during a phone call which was initiated by the German side on Sunday, according to a statement on the Kremlin website. Earlier this week, the US State Department issued an ultimatum to European companies taking part in the project, threatening them with sanctions if they do not cease their work by January 20. | Als…
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Putin & Merkel agree to keep supporting Nord Stream 2 project amid sanctions pressure from Washington
rt.com | 2019-12-29
President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel have reiterated their support for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, the Kremlin says, as the US seeks to curb the project with sanctions. | "The attitude for further support of the Nord Stream 2 project was confirmed" during a phone call which was initiated by the German side on Sunday, according to a statement on the Kremlin website. | Earlier this month, the US State Department issued an ultimatum to European companies taking part in the project, threatening them with sanctions if they do not cease their work by January 20.
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'Classless & disrespectful': Canadian hockey player under fire for failing to remove helmet during Russian anthem (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-12-29
Arizona Coyotes rookie and captain of Canada's national junior team Barrett Hayton has come under fire for not taking off his helmet during…
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Turkish FM warns of impending 'chaos' in Libya and pushes to send troops quickly
rt.com | 2019-12-29
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has expressed concern over the security situation in Libya, as Ankara steps up its efforts to seek parliamentary approval to send troops to the North African nation. | "We need to do whatever is needed to prevent Libya from being divided and sliding into chaos, and that is what we are doing," the foreign minister told the ruling AK Party, warning that the region would face grave security threats if Libya "becomes like Syria". | Cavusoglu is scheduled to meet with opposition party leaders on Monday. | The Turkish parliament has already approved a security cooperation ag…
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Trump's tariffs hurt more than helped, leading to job losses & higher prices – Fed study
rt.com | 2019-12-29
US tariffs meant to boost the US economy by eliminating "unfair" trade practices, primarily by China, actually took a toll on manufacturing sector jobs and hiked prices, a study by the US Federal Reserve Board has concluded. | The Fed has become the latest body to stress the damaging consequences of "unprecedented" punitive tariffs unleashed by US President Donald Trump on China and other trade partners – including Canada, Mexico and the EU – at the beginning of 2018. In a recently released report, Fed economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce said that the negative effects of the measure outweighed the benefi…
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Post-Conflict Recovery Depends Largely on Women's Unrecognized Work
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-29
Sri Lanka 2011. It is two years since a brutal civil war ended, with the UN reporting tens of thousands of civilians killed in the final months of battle, mostly by the state military. In the formerly contested territory in the north-east of the island, a refugee called Padmagowry (not her real name) has recently been resettled in a new village. It's not her land; hers is still occupied by the army. | The governmen…
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Bolivia a military coup. Coup leader Fernando Camacho boasting
Viva Evo | indybay.org | 2019-12-29
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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"Get Up, Stand Up for Your Rights" at Demo: Justice for Killed Protesters in Iran
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-12-29
13 second video. | Photos and full text at | www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/12/26/188…
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Iranian Americans in Palo Alto Join Day Honoring Iran's Deceased Demonstrators
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-12-29
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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Energetic Solidarity with the Moms 4 Housing the Day After Christmas
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-12-29
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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US Military Contractors Exposed For Paying Taliban At US Gov Instruction & Iran False Flag Continues
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-29
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 (12/28/19). 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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Turkey to evacuate wounded after deadly Mogadishu blast
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
A Turkish military cargo plane landed in the Somali capital on Sunday to evacuate people badly wounded in a devastating truck bombing in the city a day earlier that killed at least 90 people including two Turkish nationals.The plane also brought emergency medical staff and supplies, according to a tweet from the Turkish embassy, adding these had been transferred to a Turkish-run hospital in Mogadishu.Somali Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayir Mareye told state media that 10 badly injured Somalis would be evacuated to Turkey. He added that Turkey had sent 24 doctors to treat those wounded who would not be evac…
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Pakistan urges OIC to raise voice for Indian Muslims
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Pakistan's foreign minister on Sunday urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to bring together its foreign ministers to help defend Indian Muslims."We hope the OIC will convene its foreign ministers meeting in [the capital] Islamabad and jointly raise their voices for Indian Muslims," Qureshi told reporters in his hometown Multan, a city in the northeastern Punjab province.On the India citizenship law, Qureshi said India appears to be divided into secularists and the "Hindutva Supremacy," as minorities and educated Hindus are also protesting the controversial law.Citing the lockdown in Indian-admini…
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Tourists stay away from Taj Mahal, other Indian attractions as protests flare
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
India's tourism industry has been hit by a wave of violent anti-government protests against a new citizenship law that have rocked several cities this month, with at least seven countries issuing travel warnings.At least 25 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters, and demonstrations against the law continue.Officials estimate about 200,000 domestic and international tourists cancelled or postponed their trip to the Taj Mahal in the past two weeks, one of the world's most popular tourist attractions."There has been a 60% decline in visitor footfalls in December this year," said Dinesh Kuma…
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Yemen's Houthis list 6 targets in Saudi, 3 in UAE
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis said six "sensitive" locations in Saudi Arabia and three in the United Arab Emirates are on a list of strike targets, the group's al-Masirah TV reported on Sunday, quoting a Houthi military spokesman.The Houthis in September said they would stop attacking Saudi Arabia with missiles and drones if their adversaries attacking Yemen did the same.
yenisafak.com/en/world/yemens-houthis-li…

Four Arab leaders deposed by popular protests this year
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Succeeding the 2011 Arab Spring, in 2019 another wave of major protests forced a quartet of leaders in the Middle East to step down, as aspirations for change reverberate across the region.Protesters managed to cast aside the shadow of fear to oust leaders in Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, and Lebanon. The demonstrators remain determined to push through genuine reforms, not just cosmetic changes.In December 2018, the Sudanese people took to the streets over the dire economy in protests that escalated into demands for major change.On April 11, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir stepped down following months of popular demons…
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Iraq's exports, production not affected by halting Nassiriya oilfield
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Halting production from Iraq's southern Nassiriya oilfield on Saturday by protesters will not affect the country's exports and production operations, the oil ministry said on Sunday.Iraq will use additional output from southern oilfields in Basra to make up for the missing shipments from Nassirya field, the ministry said in a statement.Protesters broke into Iraq's southern Nassiriya oilfield on Saturday and forced employees to cut off electricity from its control station, taking the field offline….
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Egypt and Sudan to operate joint electricity grid from Jan. 12
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Egypt and Sudan will begin operating a joint electricity grid from Jan. 12 with a capacity of 50 megawatts, Egypt's state news agency MENA said on Sunday.The project's cost has reached 509 million Egyptian pounds ($31.74 million) and spans 1,000 km (621 miles), MENA said, citing Egypt's energy minister. ($1 = 16.0375 Egyptian pounds)…
yenisafak.com/en/world/egypt-and-sudan-t…

UN-recognized Libyan leader denies presence of Syrians
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Sunday hit back at social media allegations on the presence of "Syrian elements" in the military headquarters in the capital.According to a statement by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj's office, the reports — issued by social media accounts affiliated with warlord Khalifa Haftar, commanding eastern forces opposing the GNA — suggesting a Syrian presence in the capital Tripoli do not reflect the truth.The statement said such baseless reports are nothing but smear campaigns targeting the UN-recognized government of the war-weary country.Since the ouster a…
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Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker ends Mohammad cartoon contest within hours
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said on Sunday he had ended a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad, only hours after announcing the contentious event.In a tweet posted on Sunday morning, Wilders said international attention on the contest had enabled him to make a point about the importance of freedom of speech."Mission accomplished. End of contest", he wrote above a picture of what he said was the winning drawing, depicting an angry-looking man with a beard.Images of the Prophet Mohammad are traditionally forbidden in Islam as idolatrous. Caricatures are regarded by most Muslims as high…
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Saudi state security: two men planning 'terrorist operation' killed in Dammam
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Saudi state security on Sunday said two men who had planned an "imminent terrorist operation" were killed by security forces in the eastern city of Dammam, Saudi state agency SPA said.During the operation 5 kilogrammes of explosive materials were seized, SPA said.It was not immediately clear whether this was the same incident as reported by Saudi state media on Wednesday, in which two "terrorists" were killed by security forces after a shooting in a residential neighbourhood of Dammam.
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Turkey to host games for athletes with Down syndrome
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-29
Turkey is set to host 2020 Trisome Games, a global competition for the athletes with Down syndrome in the spring.The tournament will be held in Antalya, a Mediterranean resort city, between March 31-April 7.A total of 1,000 athletes from 37 countries will compete in the tournament, according to Ensar Kurt, the vice president of the Turkish Special Athletes Sports Federation.Turkey will join the event with 120 athletes in eight categories.The event will involve various competitions, including athletics, basketball, gymnastics, futsal, judo, tennis, table tennis and swimming.Kurt told Anadolu Agency that Turkey is…
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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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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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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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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/assa…

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…
thegrayzone.com/2019/12/28/andronico-rod…

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.
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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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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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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…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/meet…

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…
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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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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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"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…
globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zio…

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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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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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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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/nobe…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/syri…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/pers…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/opcw…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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