Daily Archives: December 30, 2019

2019-12-30: News Headlines

Zoe PC (2019-12-30). The continuing struggle for justice for Berta Cáceres. peoplesdispatch.org Berta Cáceres was assassinated nearly four years ago by hitmen in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, despite overwhelming evidence linking the most powerful families in Honduras to the crime, justice has yet to be served…

Zoe PC (2019-12-30). Venezuela 2019: Yankees go home! peoplesdispatch.org 2019 saw a series of desperate attempts coordinated by the US to overthrow democratically elected president Nicolás Maduro and engender chaos in Venezuela, but the unity of the Venezuelan people and the strength of the Bolivarian Revolution persevered…

Norman Solomon (2019-12-30). Get Ready for a Stop-Bernie Onslaught Like You've Never Seen. counterpunch.org A central premise of conventional media wisdom has collapsed. On Thursday, both the New York Times and Politico published major articles reporting that Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic presidential nomination. Such acknowledgments will add to the momentum of the Bernie 2020 campaign as the new year begins — but they foreshadow a massive escalation of anti-Sanders misinformation More

Kevin Zeese (2019-12-30). We Are the Majority; We Must Turn that into Power. globalresearch.ca Over the last decade, a national consensus has developed for a progressive left agenda on the economy, social services, the climate crisis and ending wars but the movement has not yet built the power to make that a reality. The …

Sam Finkelstein (2019-12-30). The spooks' choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Pete Buttigieg's list of national security endorsers. thegrayzone.com Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy…

Staff (2019-12-30). Headlines for December 30, 2019. democracynow.org Man Stabs 5 Jewish Worshipers Celebrating Hanukkah at Rabbi's Home in New York, Gunman Shoots and Kills 2 Worshipers During Church Service in Texas, U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Iraq & Syria After U.S. Contractor Killed in Iraq, 250,000 People Flee Syrian Government Offensive in Idlib, Bombing Kills 79 in Mogadishu, Somalia, Taliban Agrees to Temporary Ceasefire in Afghanistan, 10 Killed in Strike on Military Parade in Southern Yemen, Politico: Democratic Party Insiders Now Think Sanders Could Win Nomination, WaPo: Giuliani Held Back-Channel Call with Maduro, France: Strikes Against Pension Overhaul Enter 25th Day…

Joshua Cho (2019-12-30). Washington Post's Afghanistan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry. globalresearch.ca In an earlier article (FAIR.org, 12/18/19) regarding the Washington Post's Afghanistan Papers ( 12/9/19), I discussed how…

WSWS (2019-12-30). Australia: Julian Assange support group formed in Alice Springs. wsws.org The central Australian group points to the sort of formations workers and youth around the world need to establish in order to secure the release of Assange and Manning.

WSWS (2019-12-30). Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement by Eric London — How Leon Trotsky's Assassination was prepared. wsws.org The assassination of Leon Trotsky in 1940 by the Stalinist secret police was perpetrated by a network of agents infiltrated into the Fourth International. | Last week of half-price sale! Available for $8.48 through January 5.

Naqi Jaffery (2019-12-30). Did Sanders Play a Role in Hillary's 2016 Defeat? counterpunch.org Hillary Clinton has once again stirred the pot. In an appearance on the Howard Stern show on December 4, 2019, she claimed — without any substantiation — that Bernie Sanders hurt her chances of being elected in 2016. In effect, Hillary regurgitated the flawed talking point of the Democratic establishment that Bernie somehow contributed to her defeat More

Jorge Capelan (2019-12-30). Beating the Western Media Blockade — Ideas, Infrastructure, Solidarity. globalresearch.ca So much confusion and bad faith prevails in the current global information chaos that getting back to basics sometimes seems impossible. But fundamentals never change and merit constant repetition. Above all, anti-imperialist defense of majority world peoples' right to development …

teleSUR (2019-12-30). Bolivia Expels Mexican Ambassador Amid Ongoing Diplomatic Row. telesurenglish.net The de-facto regime of Jeanine àÅñez ordered the expulsion on Monday morning of the Mexican Ambassador, María Teresa Mercado, and two Spanish diplomats. The move was conveyed to the Mexican Ambassador by the Bolivian Foreign Minister, Karen Longaric, prior to the self-proclaimed president's announcement. | RELATED: | Cuban Hero Harry Villegas Survivor of Che's Guerrilla in Bolivia Dies | àÅñez explained at a press conference that her regime "has decided to oppose people pleasing" t…

Staff (2019-12-30). Democrats Are Using 'Russiagate' to Push For Fracking. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between climate reporter Steve Horn and Lisa Snowden-McCray of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

WSWS (2019-12-30). Worsening Australian fires pose the need for urgent action on climate change. wsws.org No region or nation-state on the planet is immune to the impact of climate change.

Staff (2019-12-30). Democrats Are Using 'Russiagate' to Push for Fracking. truthdig.com Climate reporter Steve Horn reports on the European Energy Security and Diversification Act and how Donald Trump came to sign it into law.

Samuel D. Finkelstein (2019-12-30). The spooks' choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Pete Buttigieg's list of national security endorsers. thegrayzone.com Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy…

Gary Leupp (2019-12-30). The Main Result of the Impeachment Process. counterpunch.org The House Democrats have impeached the president, but the Senate will surely acquit him Thus the wistful plan to turn enough Republicans to make a difference won't work. Meanwhile, Trump's base has remained at around 42% throughout. The hearings appear to have consolidated the Trump base. Fundraising has reportedly "gone through the roof." In short, More

Staff (2019-12-30). 2019 Wasn't Just About Trump. It Will Be Remembered for Global Resistance. truthout.org For the dominant media, the biggest political story of 2019 was undoubtedly the impeachment of President Trump. After all, impeachment is an all-consuming force on Capitol Hill, where the debate over Trump's dealings with Ukraine devolved into partisan blood sport over the past few months. Meanwhile, the world continues to turn, and it would be a disservice to the millions of people doing remarkable things to simply remember 2019 as the year the Trump Show finally aired its impeachment episode.

Dean Baker (2019-12-30). The Future of Trade Deals. counterpunch.org Last week, to take some of the sting off his impeachment, Donald Trump was celebrating his trade deals as evidence of the great success of his presidency. Specially, he has touted his revised NAFTA, which the Democratic leadership agreed to, and his first round trade agreement with China. Neither deal is likely to have a More

WSWS (2019-12-30). Iran, Russia and China hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean amid US war threats. wsws.org The exercises are a signal that a US-led war targeting Iran could rapidly escalate into a global conflict involving the major nuclear powers.

WSWS (2019-12-30). UK Muslims demand investigation of Conservative Party's Islamophobia. wsws.org Johnson put racism and Islamophobia at the heart of his election campaign, pitting Indian Hindu voters against Pakistani Muslim voters.

Franklin Frederick (2019-12-30). Nestlé and the Privatization of Water: A Tale of Many Cities. globalresearch.ca On November 14th the Canadian group Wellington Water Watchers organized the "All Eyes on Nestlé" conference in the city of Guelph, Ontario, bringing together indigenous' peoples and citizens' movements fighting Nestlé's water takings from Canada, the US, France and Brazil. …

Staff (2019-12-30). Iraqi Prime Minister Condemns US Airstrikes and Threats to Iran. truthout.org Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday accused the Trump administration of violating his nation's sovereignty and further heightening tensions in the region after the U.S. bombed several targets in Iraq and Syria, killing at least 25 fighters and injuring dozens more. | "We have previously confirmed our rejection of any unilateral action by the coalition forces or any other fo…

teleSUR (2019-12-30). Iraq Warns US Of Strained Relations After Overnight Strikes. telesurenglish.net One of the paramilitary leaders of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces has warned the U.S. that they will issue a strong response to the latest provocation, which was carried out on Sunday evening. | RELATED: | US Aircraft Bombs Base of Iranian-Backed Forces in Iraq | The attack, which was killed as many as 25 people, targeted the bases of Kata'ib Hezbollah, one of the largest factions in the Popular Mobilization Forces. | The leader of Kata'ib Hezbollah, Jamal Ja'afar Ibrahimi (AKA A…

WSWS (2019-12-30). Japan to deploy military forces to aid US operations against Iran. wsws.org Tokyo's decision is part of its efforts to remilitarize and normalize overseas military action in violation of Article 9 of its constitution.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-12-30). Political Instability and the Protest Movement: President of Iraq — The Decision Is Mine. globalresearch.ca Iraqi President Barham Salih has shown that he is in control of the country and has made a show of his contempt for the Iraqi constitution. In a dramatic gesture, Salih made a play for public support by declaring his …

Staff (2019-12-30). The Looming US Water Crisis. truthout.org According to the World Economic Forum, the global water crisis is the fourth major threat of our civilization. In fact, studies warn that two-thirds of the global population could be living in water-stressed countries by 2025 — just a few short years away. | When we think about water scarcity, many Americans may immediately call to mind countries in Africa, the Middle East, or Asia. But Europe and North America are also facing unprecedented water shortage issues — and the United States stands out of the crowd. | One study publis…

John Clarke (2019-12-30). Holding Pens for the Homeless. globalresearch.ca Homelessness is spinning out of control in many places, not least right here in Toronto. However, in California, the situation is now generating an acute political crisis. So great is the problem of mass destitution in that state that …

Scott Ritter (2019-12-30). The OPCW Whistleblower Scandal: A Newsweek Reporter Resigns, A Counter-Narrative Won't Die. globalresearch.ca It is perhaps the least reported media scandal about the least reported international controversy in recent times—the resignation of Tareq Haddad, a well-regarded journalist from Newsweek, a mainstay of the mainstream media. | At issue was what he said …

Rafiq Kathwari (2019-12-30). Blazing a Trail From Kashmir. counterpunch.org An elderly Jewish man with a prosperous belly and a trim, young Muslim man walk into a New York delicatessen … and 55 years later the Muslim man writes a trailblazing autobiography. He's in his early 20s, slim and strong, when he leaves his native home in the Vale of Kashmir, a disputed land in More

Tim Korso (2019-12-30). Trump Wants to Keep the Oil: Syria Mulls Suing US in International Court over 'Stealing' Country's Oil. globalresearch.ca The US recently announced its intent to stay in the Arab Republic in order to "keep the oil" and channel revenues from it to the local Kurdish militia, despite protests from Damascus. | Syria is considering filing an international suit against …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-30). Russia's Newborn Avangard Hypersonic Weaponry. Towards a New Perilous Arms Race? globalresearch.ca Weapons of dazzling murderousness have always thrilled military industrial establishments. They make money; they add to the accounts; and they tickle the pride of States who manufacture them. From time to time, showy displays of restraint through arms limitation agreements …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-12-30). Georgia and Ukraine Joining NATO Will Likely Have the Opposite Effect Against Russia. globalresearch.ca Back in April, during a ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting in Washington, it was agreed that a package of measures to strengthen support for Georgia and Ukraine, particularly in the area of ‚Äã‚Äãmaritime defense, would be …

Chelli Stanley (2019-12-30). The Tail Don't Wag the Dog: Israel and the United States. counterpunch.org The tail don't wag the dog, and the United States government was not somehow infiltrated and manipulated into supporting the capitalistic, ever-expansive, angry, and war-like successive governments in Israel, nor was it manipulated into supporting the right-wing Israeli settlers who undermined every attempt at peace any Israeli president ever made. The United States government did these More

Fight Back (2019-12-30). 2019: sounds like an upsurge. fightbacknews.org In 2019, we saw workers take to picket lines and we saw mass movements hit the streets in the U.S. and around the world. And when there's an upsurge with lots of people hitting the streets, you can bet it will be accompanied by protest music. This year has been no exception. | Here are my favorite political songs of 2019. Some give voice to a specific struggle, while others tackle more general themes. | I'm sure I missed out on some good ones – add more in the comments. | (Content warning: some of these songs contain profane language and…

teleSUR, jg (2019-12-30). Ukraine And Pro-Russian Separatists Complete Prisoner Swap. telesurenglish.net The Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have completed a full prisoner exchange, exchanging all remaining detainees from the five-year conflict. | RELATED: | 'Russia Rejects Deployment of Turkish Troops to Libya' Peskov | The Ukrainian presidency reported on Sunday in a facebook statement that "the mutual release o…

teleSUR (2019-12-30). Putin Sends Congratulations to Maduro and Venezuela on New Year. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his congratulations to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro on the occasion of the New Year, RT Spanish reported on Monday. | RELATED: | Brazil to Grant Refuge to Attackers of Venezuelan Military Base | "In his message addressed to the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Putin stressed that the talks held last September in Moscow confirmed the agreement of positions between Russia and Venezuela on key issues," RT Spanish said. | Putin reaffirmed his confidence that, by 2020, Moscow and Caracas will continue to develop their strategic political and ec…

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-30). Economic Globalization: Russia, China, and the US' "Integration Models" Aren't Mutually Exclusive. globalresearch.ca Russia, China, and the US are each promoting three separate integration models emphasizing conservatism, connectivity, and competitiveness, respectively, but each of their defining characteristics don't make them mutually exclusive of one another, and it would be to the benefit of …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-30). Al Qaeda's Idlib Stronghold: The Battle to Liberate Syria's Idlib Province from US Supported Terrorists. globalresearch.ca Syria's Idlib province in the country's northwest borders Turkey. | Infested with US-supported jihadists, the Erdogan regime lets them move back and forth cross-border between both countries while pretending to oppose them — supplying them with heavy and other weapons, along …

Staff (2019-12-30). This Court Case Could Be a Turning Point in Tackling Gun Violence. truthout.org The decision by the Supreme Court last month to allow a major case against the gun industry to go forward is setting the stage for what could finally be a turning point in the fight to hold gun manufacturers accountable for gun violence. The case was brought by family members of people who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. | At issue in the case, called Remington Arms Co. v. Soto, is whether a law passed…

Niles Niemuth (2019-12-30). New WikiLeaks Documents Expose Doctoring of Chemical Weapons Report to Justify 2018 US Attack on Syria. globalresearch.ca A fourth round of leaked internal documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was published by WikiLeaks Friday, further exposing the official report on an alleged 2018 chemical weapons attack in Douma—a suburb of Damascus then …

Cassandra Fairbanks (2019-12-30). WikiLeaks: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Ordered Deletion of 'All Traces' of Findings that Syrian 'Chemical Attack' May Have Been Staged. globalresearch.ca Wikileaks has published shocking leaked documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in which they covered up a dissenting report that concluded chemical weapons were not used in the Syrian city of Duoma last year. | *** | The …

Sarah Abed (2019-12-30). Syria Considers Suing Washington for Syrian Oil Theft and Violating Syria's Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca Six years ago, at the age of 95, the revolutionary, outspoken, anti-apartheid former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela passed away. During his lifetime Mandela was a fierce skeptic of American power, U.S. imperialism, policies and ideology. | When the United …

Alan MacLeod (2019-12-30). Pro-Coup Venezuelan Soldiers Who Fled to the US Now Locked Up in ICE Immigration Detention Center. globalresearch.ca The Venezuelan soldiers who participated in the U.S.-backed coup attempt in April of this year and subsequently fled to the U.S. have been incarcerated in ICE detention camps ever since. Telemundo, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, secured an interview …

Staff (2019-12-30). Statistic of the Decade: The Massive Deforestation of the Amazon. truthout.org This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society's International Statistic of the Decade. | Much like Oxford English Dictionary's "Word of the Year" competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this decade. The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for a statistic that shines a light on the decade's most pressing issues. | On Dec. 23, we…

Chris Hedges (2019-12-30). Onward, Christian Fascists. truthdig.com The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. By tolerating the intolerant it ceded religious legitimacy to an array of con artists, charlatans and demagogues and their cultish supporters. It stood by as the core Gospel message—concern for the poor and the oppressed—was perverted into a magical world where God and Jesus showered believers with material wealth and power. The white race, especially in the United States, became God's chosen agent. Imperialism and wa…

Chris Hedges (2019-12-30). Onward, Christian Fascists. truthdig.com The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. By tolerating the intolerant it ceded religious legitimacy to an array of con artists, charlatans and demagogues and their cultish supporters. It stood by as the core Gospel message—concern for the poor and the oppressed—was perverted into a magical world where God and Jesus showered believers with material wealth and power. The white race, especially in the United States, became God's chosen agent. Imperialism and wa…

Staff (2019-12-30). The Mount Sinai Scandal Shows Everything Wrong With US Health Care. truthout.org Left Voice speaks with a physician who has worked for several years in hospitals throughout New York City. With the physician's experience as a healthcare provider, they give a riveting account of everything that is wrong with the U.S. healthcare system and how capitalism creates these conditions. | What do you make of the recent scandal involving the Mount Sinai Emergency Department? | As a physician who has worked countless hours in Mount Sinai Hospital's emergency department (ED), the term "war zone…

WSWS (2019-12-30). Washington state legislator investigated for ties with violent far-right groups. wsws.org Representative Matthew Shea mobilized support for armed militia standoffs, and drafted a document of rules for militia-based war during his time in office.

Howard Lisnoff (2019-12-30). Self-Enlightenment v. Social Change. counterpunch.org Baba Ram Dass (ne: Richard Alpert) was different from the host of gurus and their followers who came out of the 1960s and 1970s. He worked with prisoners and the dying for a time, but was part of the self-enlightenment ethos that enticed so many from the generation of baby boomers (Dass was older than More

Nino Pagliccia (2019-12-30). Cuba's Revolutionary Beginning Started 61 Years Ago. globalresearch.ca Some time ago in another late December my partner in life commented that she liked beginnings in reference to the approaching new year. I became immediately aware that other traditions may have a calendar different from the Gregorian calendar and …

Claire Edwards (2019-12-30). 5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People. globalresearch.ca The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the most powerful entities on the planet.

Staff (2019-12-30). The Mount Sinai Scandal Shows Everything That's Wrong With US Health Care. truthout.org Left Voice speaks with a physician who has worked for several years in hospitals throughout New York City. With the physician's experience as a healthcare provider, they give a riveting account of everything that is wrong with the U.S. healthcare system and how capitalism creates these conditions. | What do you make of the recent scandal involving the Mount Sinai Emergency Department? | As a physician who has worked countless hours in Mount Sinai Hospital's emergency department (ED), the term "war zone…

WSWS (2019-12-30). Edward Gallagher, Donald Trump and America's criminal wars. wsws.org A new report documents the gruesome record of the Navy Seal commander Trump has praised and pardoned.

Abdul Rahman (2019-12-30). Imperialism's strategy today: After me, the deluge! peoplesdispatch.org The year 2019 has revealed the rising vulnerability of Pax Americana forcing imperialism to resort to a strategy of constant war and chaos in order to avoid all kinds of potential challenges to its exploitative mission across the globe…

Staff (2019-12-30). Women Farmworkers Fight to Secure Their Rights and End Sexual Harassment. truthout.org Editor's Note: For this article, New Labor Forum's Working-Class Voices columnist Kressent Pottenger interviewed three women who are members of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas ("Alianza de Campesinas"), the first national women's farmworker organization in the United States created by current and former women farmworkers, along with women who hail from farmworker families. Dolores Bustamante is both a farmworker and a board member of the organization, Elvira Carvajal is co-founder and board presid…

Prof. Karl Grossman (2019-12-30). Trump Signs Measure Enabling Establishment of a U.S. Space Force. globalresearch.ca President Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 that establishes a U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces—despite the Outer Space Treaty designating space as a global commons to be used …

Alan Macleod (2019-12-30). New York Hanukkah Stabbing Latest in Wave of Trump-Era Anti-Semitic Attacks. mintpressnews.com While poverty, inequality and social and economic dislocation that breed fear and resentment of the other continue to grow, the problem of racist attacks is bound to increase.

Alex Kimani (2019-12-30). 2020: The Year of the Oil Bankruptcies. globalresearch.ca A bankruptcy boom has hit the oil and gas industry, and it's just getting started. Investors have lost their appetite for shale, and energy debt has become among the least desirable in the market. | The industry has been teetering on …

Allen L Roland (2019-12-30). Rex 84: FEMA's Blueprint for Martial Law in America. globalresearch.ca We are dangerously close to a situation where ~ if the American people took to the streets in righteous indignation or if there were another 9/11 ~ a mechanism for martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX 84.

Microwave News (2019-12-30). Open Season on Critics of 5G Cell Phone Technology: Media Censorship And Smear Campaigns against Prominent Scientists and Physicians. globalresearch.ca Last May, the New York Times tried to take down David Carpenter, a public health physician and the country's most prominent 5G critic. Veteran science writer William Broad painted Carpenter as a willing tool of a disinformation campaign promoted …

Jon Queally (2019-12-30). 'Victory for Our Oceans': US Court Upholds Ruling on Vast Marine Monument Established by Obama. globalresearch.ca "This decision upholds protections for one of the most fragile and scientifically important areas in the North Atlantic from destructive activities like oil drilling and industrial fishing." | *** | Defenders of ocean habitats celebrated Friday after a federal court upheld a …

Stephen Sefton (2019-12-30). The West — Full Spectrum Dementia: Bogus News Media, Corruption of Academic Research, Irrational Lies Fed into the Educational System. globalresearch.ca First published in May 2019 | "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." — Henry Wallace, New York Times, April 9th 1944. | Journalism has never been free of …

Global Research News (2019-12-30). Most Popular GR Articles of 2019. globalresearch.ca

Larry Romanoff (2019-12-30). The Crumbling of America. globalresearch.ca In June of 2013 an Interstate bridge on a main commercial corridor between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada, collapsed and fell into the river below after being hit by a truck. This was not a high-speed collision; the truck simply …

Left in New Zealand (2019-12-30). Britain Dutifully Bows Down to the Ruling Elite. globalresearch.ca Congratulations to the people of 'Great' Britain for voting the ruling elite into power yet again. You certainly do know your place. Now they have a mandate to treat people with disdain and contempt, for the next five years. I …

Thomas M. Magstadt (2019-12-30). Trump and Machiavelli: Does Morality Matter? counterpunch.org Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr, The Children of Light And the Children of Darkness To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record . . . Remember who you are and whom you serve. — More

Thomas M. Magstadt (2019-12-30). Trump and Machiavelli: Does Morality Matter? counterpunch.org It's a kind of a moral trap all-too-easy to fall into, but it is simply not true. It has not always been this way. In fact, it has arguably never before been this way before, not even in the most corrupt times in America's checkered political history. More

Staff (2019-12-30). Iran Denounces U.S. Bombings as Acts of 'Terrorism'. truthdig.com Iran's foreign ministry on Monday condemned the Trump administration's deadly airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend as a "clear example of terrorism" and demanded that the U.S. end its occupation of the region. | "We strongly condemn this aggression on Iraqi soil," Abbas Mousavi, a spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry, said in a statement. "The U.S. has…

RT (2019-12-30). Iran lashes out at US strikes as a 'clear example of terrorism' after attacks on Iraq & Syria announced. rt.com Tehran has described recent US strikes as an "act of terrorism," after the Pentagon announced attacks on Hezbollah targets in Iraq and Syria. | "US military aggression against Iraq and Iraqi forces is direct evidence of US terrorism, [Tehran] condemns it", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday. | "With these attacks, the United States has shown its strong support for terrorism and disregard for the sovereignty of countries, and must accept responsibility for the consequences of this unlawful act". | He called on Washington to stop interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and "cease its…

Staff (2019-12-30). Iran Denounces Deadly U.S. Bombings as Act of 'Terrorism'. truthdig.com Iran's foreign ministry on Monday condemned the Trump administration's deadly airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend as a "clear example of terrorism" and demanded that the U.S. end its occupation of the region. | "We strongly condemn this aggression on Iraqi soil," Abbas Mousavi, a spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry, said in a statement. "The U.S. has…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-12-30). US Strategy and What the Gas Pipeline War Is Costing Us. globalresearch.ca Heavy sanctions on the companies participating in the construction of North Stream 2, the pipeline which delivers Russian gas to Germany across the Baltic Sea. The main victims were the European companies which had helped finance the $11 billion project with the Russia's Gazprom.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-12-30). Screen Test: The 20 Best Films of 2019. counterpunch.org 1) Monos Director: Alejandro Landes 2) Sea of Shadows Director: Richard Ladkani 3) The Report Director: Scott Z. Burns 4) Her Smell Director: Alex Ross Perry 5) The Image Book Director: Jean-Luc Godard 6) Midsommar Director: Ari Aster 7) Booksmart Director: Olivia Wilde 8) Transit Director: Christian Petzold 9) Diego Maradona Director: Asif Kapadia 10) The More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-12-30). Screen Test: The 20 Best Films of 2019. counterpunch.org I don't think 2019 was a particularly good year for film. But it wasn't noticeably worse than the last few years and there were a few surprises that made up for some pretty dull screen time, including Monos (Apocalypse Now meets Lord of the Flies meets Fitzcarraldo), the pervasive dissipation of Her Smell, the acerbic More

Global Research News (2019-12-30). Selected Articles: Establishment of a U.S. Space Force. globalresearch.ca We have made some progress in our campaign to meet our running costs and put an end to our monthly deficit, but we still need your help. As grateful as we are to those who have given so far, the …

Staff (2019-12-30). Michael Moore: Democrats Must Not Ignore Voters of Color. truthout.org Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore predicted Donald Trump would win re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the workin…

Staff (2019-12-30). Michael Moore: Democrats Must Not Ignore Voters of Color. truthout.org Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore predicted Donald Trump would win-re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the workin…

Staff (2019-12-30). Michael Moore on Trump, 2020 & Why "the Old, Angry White Guy" Doesn't Represent the Working Class. democracynow.org Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker "Michael Moore predicted": www.democracynow.org/2019/12/26/michael_… Donald Trump would win re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the working class in the United States is mostly women, people of color and young people — all groups who tend to v…

Staff (2019-12-30). Michael Moore on Trump, 2020 & Why "the Old, Angry White Guy" Doesn't Represent the Working Class. democracynow.org Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker "Michael Moore predicted": www.democracynow.org/2019/12/26/michael_… Donald Trump would win-re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the working class in the United States is mostly women, people of color and young people — all groups who tend to v…

Dave Id (2019-12-30). 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.

Viva Evo (2019-12-30). 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.

Moms 4 Housing (2019-12-30). Emergency Eviction Support: Hold Down the House / Pack the Courtroom. indybay.org Courtroom: | Hayward Hall of Justice | 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544 | Moms' House: | 2928 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94608…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). I wouldn't have wasted my time on Trump, says Greta Thunberg. yenisafak.com Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said on Monday that talking to U.S. President Donald Trump at a United Nations summit on global warming would have been a waste of time since he would not have paid any attention.In an interview with BBC radio's Today programme, for which she was the guest editor on Monday, Thunberg also said she regarded personal attacks on her as funny and that she hoped to go back to having a normal life.A video of the 16-year-old Swedish campaigner giving Trump what media described as a "death stare" at a U.N. climate summit in New York in September went viral on social media. Tr…

teleSUR (2019-12-30). Greta Thunberg Says Meeting Trump Would've Been Waste of Time. telesurenglish.net The teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said she was not phased by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to not listen to her speech at the United States, pointing out that if she met with him, it would have been a waste of her time. | RELATED: | Sweden: World Leaders Given an 'F' on Solving Climate Change | Thunberg was asked by BBC Radio on Monday what she would have said to President Trump if they spoke; however, she responded that it was not a big deal because he is…

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-30). US Gov Bombs Iraq & Syria Citing Baseless Claims That Iran Fired ROCKETS At US Locations. 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 (12/29/19). 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 …

Sam Finkelstein (2019-12-30). The spook's choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Mayor Pete's list of national security endorsers. thegrayzone.com Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy…

Nick Pemberton (2019-12-30). Red No Matter Who. counterpunch.org We all know the question one is asked by liberal Democrats during the primary season. It is not: which candidate do you support? It is rather: will you vote for the Democratic candidate, no matter who it is? Now this presumes two unexpected assumptions, both of which are in support of Bernie Sanders. The first assumption is that you (common person) support Bernie Sanders. The second assumption is that even though this is true Bernie will not win the nomination (the system is not democratic). More

Nick Pemberton (2019-12-30). Red No Matter Who. counterpunch.org We all know the question one is asked by liberal Democrats during the primary season. It is not: which candidate do you support? It is rather: will you vote for the Democratic candidate, no matter who it is? Now this presumes two unexpected assumptions, both of which are in support of Bernie Sanders. The first More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-30). Scapegoats for Jamal Khashoggi. globalresearch.ca The hit squad that went about its deadly business with varying degrees of competence in Istanbul last year is set to be thinned. Five members of the group tasked with strangling and carving up the Saudi journalist and out-of-favour Jamal …

commondreams (2019-12-30). CODEPINK Statement in Response to the Hanukkah Stabbing Attack in Monsey, New York. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-12-30). NIAC Urges US-Iran Descalation in Iraq. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-12-30). The External Costs of Human Activity Are Killing the Planet. globalresearch.ca Humans are exterminating themselves by exterminating other life forms. As a person committed to free thought, I sometimes catch myself wondering if what is really needed is a form of Borg Star Trek mind control to stop us from destroying …

yenisafak (2019-12-30). US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Ukraine in new year. yenisafak.com U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he will be traveling to Ukraine and a few other countries in the new year to meet with counterparts there."Excited to travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus in the new year to meet with counterparts and affirm U.S. priorities across Europe and South Central Asia", Pompeo said in a tweet.Pompeo's planned visit comes after the Democratic-led House of Representatives impeached U.S. President Donald Trump this month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges stemming from his effort to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). Use of facial recognition in Delhi rally sparks privacy fears. yenisafak.com Police in Delhi used facial recognition software to screen crowds at a recent political rally – a first for India – raising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance amidst nationwide protests against a new citizenship law.The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) software that the Delhi Police had installed to identify missing children, was used at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally on Dec. 22, a police spokesman said on Monday, without giving further details.It was the first time the technology – which is increasingly deployed in airports, offices and cafes in India – was used to screen the crowd at a…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). Battle to save Australian wildlife as bushfires rage. yenisafak.com A possum severely burnt by bushfires in Australia's Blue Mountains laps water from a bowl as her rescuer holds her gently in a towel, while at a nearby home a kangaroo with bandaged feet is rocked like a baby by another carer.As Australia battles wildfires that have razed more than 4 million hectares (10 million acres) across five states, volunteers are trying to save wild animals caught in the inferno.Australia's bushland is home to a range of indigenous fauna, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats and echidnas. Officials fear that 30% of one koala colony on the country's northeast coast, or b…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). Top Iraq militia chief warns of tough response to US air strikes. yenisafak.com A top Iraqi militia leader warned of a strong response against U.S. forces in Iraq following air strikes in Iraq and Syria overnight that hit several bases of his Iranian-backed group and killed at least 25 people.The U.S. military carried out air strikes on Sunday against the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said.Iraqi security and militia sources said at least 25 militia fighters were killed and at least 55 wounded following three U.S. air strikes in Iraq."The blood of the martyrs will n…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). Half | a million Muslim Uighur children placed in indoctrination camps in | China. yenisafak.com A recent article penned by Amy Qin from The New York Times sheds light on the struggles of nearly "half a million Uighur children" who have been seperated from their parents, expressing concerns of families waiting frantically to be reunited with their kids.It includes interviews with Uighur parents living in exile, documents published online, government notices, state media reports and the blogs of teachers assigned at these schools.Abdurahman Tohti, a 30-year-old Uighur living in Turkey, hasn't heard from his wife and kids since they vanished after a visit to Xinjiang in 2016. At the beginning of 2019, he spott…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). Russia marks 'significant success' in ties with Turkey. yenisafak.com Russia's president marked "a significant success" in Turkish-Russian relations in his New Year greetings to his Turkish counterpart on Monday.According to the Kremlin website, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the most often contacted counterpart for Vladimir Putin in 2019.In his address published on the Kremlin website, Putin noted that Turkey and Russia "had managed to achieve significant success in the implementation of mutually beneficial strategic projects, including in energy and military and technical cooperation."He said that in 2019 the two countries outlined "new prospective areas for the development of Russian-…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). 'Libya's Khalifa Haftar should be declared a war criminal'. yenisafak.com Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala slammed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) due to its lack of action on Khalifa Haftar, who is attempting to overthrow the Tripoli government, calling for the east Libyan commander to be prosecuted as a war criminal.Haftar committed "crimes against humanity" when he bombed civilians in Zawiya and Tajoura two days ago, Siala said in a letter addressed to the council.In April, Haftar's forces launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli from the GNA but have so far failed to progress beyond the city's outskirts."We cannot comprehend the helplessness of the UNSC…

yenisafak (2019-12-30). Turkey's FM briefs opposition on Libya. yenisafak.com Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday met the main opposition party leader to discuss the upcoming parliament session on possible military deployment in Libya.Cavusoglu informed Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) about the motion to be submitted in the parliament when it opens after recess.The closed-door meeting lasted for 50 minutes, according to the party officials.Cavusoglu subsequently met the opposition Iyi Party leader to discuss the troop deployment bill. Erdogan has said the bill will be presented to parliament in early January.Speaking to reporters after the meeting…

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The continuing struggle for justice for Berta Cáceres
Zoe PC | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-30
Berta Cáceres was assassinated nearly four years ago by hitmen in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, despite overwhelming evidence linking the most powerful families in Honduras to the crime, justice has yet to be served…
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Venezuela 2019: Yankees go home!
Zoe PC | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-30
2019 saw a series of desperate attempts coordinated by the US to overthrow democratically elected president Nicolás Maduro and engender chaos in Venezuela, but the unity of the Venezuelan people and the strength of the Bolivarian Revolution persevered…
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Get Ready for a Stop-Bernie Onslaught Like You've Never Seen
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
A central premise of conventional media wisdom has collapsed. On Thursday, both the New York Times and Politico published major articles reporting that Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic presidential nomination. Such acknowledgments will add to the momentum of the Bernie 2020 campaign as the new year begins — but they foreshadow a massive escalation of anti-Sanders misinformation…
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We Are the Majority; We Must Turn that into Power
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Over the last decade, a national consensus has developed for a progressive left agenda on the economy, social services, the climate crisis and ending wars but the movement has not yet built the power to make that a reality. The …
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The spooks' choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Pete Buttigieg's list of national security endorsers
Sam Finkelstein | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-30
Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy…
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Washington Post's Afghanistan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry
Joshua Cho | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
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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Australia: Julian Assange support group formed in Alice Springs
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
The central Australian group points to the sort of formations workers and youth around the world need to establish in order to secure the release of Assange and Manning.
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Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement by Eric London — How Leon Trotsky's Assassination was prepared
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
The assassination of Leon Trotsky in 1940 by the Stalinist secret police was perpetrated by a network of agents infiltrated into the Fourth International. | Last week of half-price sale! Available for $8.48 through January 5.
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Did Sanders Play a Role in Hillary's 2016 Defeat?
Naqi Jaffery | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
Hillary Clinton has once again stirred the pot. In an appearance on the Howard Stern show on December 4, 2019, she claimed — without any substantiation — that Bernie Sanders hurt her chances of being elected in 2016. In effect, Hillary regurgitated the flawed talking point of the Democratic establishment that Bernie somehow contributed to her defeat…
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Beating the Western Media Blockade — Ideas, Infrastructure, Solidarity
Jorge Capelan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
So much confusion and bad faith prevails in the current global information chaos that getting back to basics sometimes seems impossible. But fundamentals never change and merit constant repetition. Above all, anti-imperialist defense of majority world peoples' right to development …
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Bolivia Expels Mexican Ambassador Amid Ongoing Diplomatic Row
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-30
The de-facto regime of Jeanine àÅñez ordered the expulsion on Monday morning of the Mexican Ambassador, María Teresa Mercado, and two Spanish diplomats. The move was conveyed to the Mexican Ambassador by the Bolivian Foreign Minister, Karen Longaric, prior to the self-proclaimed president's announcement. | RELATED: | Cuban Hero Harry Villegas Survivor of Che's Guerrilla in Bolivia Dies | àÅñez explained at a press conference that her regime "has decided to oppose people pleasing" t…
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Democrats Are Using 'Russiagate' to Push for Fracking
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-30
Climate reporter Steve Horn reports on the European Energy Security and Diversification Act and how Donald Trump came to sign it into law.
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Democrats Are Using 'Russiagate' to Push For Fracking
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-30
What follows is a conversation between climate reporter Steve Horn and Lisa Snowden-McCray of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…
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Worsening Australian fires pose the need for urgent action on climate change
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
No region or nation-state on the planet is immune to the impact of climate change.
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The spooks' choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Pete Buttigieg's list of national security endorsers
Samuel D. Finkelstein | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-30
Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy…
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The Main Result of the Impeachment Process
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
The House Democrats have impeached the president, but the Senate will surely acquit him Thus the wistful plan to turn enough Republicans to make a difference won't work. Meanwhile, Trump's base has remained at around 42% throughout. The hearings appear to have consolidated the Trump base. Fundraising has reportedly "gone through the roof." In short,…
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The Future of Trade Deals
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
Last week, to take some of the sting off his impeachment, Donald Trump was celebrating his trade deals as evidence of the great success of his presidency. Specially, he has touted his revised NAFTA, which the Democratic leadership agreed to, and his first round trade agreement with China. Neither deal is likely to have a…
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2019 Wasn't Just About Trump. It Will Be Remembered for Global Resistance
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
For the dominant media, the biggest political story of 2019 was undoubtedly the impeachment of President Trump. After all, impeachment is an all-consuming force on Capitol Hill, where the debate over Trump's dealings with Ukraine devolved into partisan blood sport over the past few months. Meanwhile, the world continues to turn, and it would be a disservice to the millions of people doing remarkable things to simply remember 2019 as the year the Trump Show finally aired its impeachment episode.
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Iran, Russia and China hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean amid US war threats
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
The exercises are a signal that a US-led war targeting Iran could rapidly escalate into a global conflict involving the major nuclear powers.
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UK Muslims demand investigation of Conservative Party's Islamophobia
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
Johnson put racism and Islamophobia at the heart of his election campaign, pitting Indian Hindu voters against Pakistani Muslim voters.
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Nestlé and the Privatization of Water: A Tale of Many Cities
Franklin Frederick | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
On November 14th the Canadian group Wellington Water Watchers organized the "All Eyes on Nestlé" conference in the city of Guelph, Ontario, bringing together indigenous' peoples and citizens' movements fighting Nestlé's water takings from Canada, the US, France and Brazil. …
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Iraqi Prime Minister Condemns US Airstrikes and Threats to Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday accused the Trump administration of violating his nation's sovereignty and further heightening tensions in the region after the U.S. bombed several targets in Iraq and Syria, killing at least 25 fighters and injuring dozens more. | "We have previously confirmed our rejection of any unilateral action by the coalition forces or any other fo…
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Iraq Warns US Of Strained Relations After Overnight Strikes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-30
One of the paramilitary leaders of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces has warned the U.S. that they will issue a strong response to the latest provocation, which was carried out on Sunday evening. | RELATED: | US Aircraft Bombs Base of Iranian-Backed Forces in Iraq | The attack, which was killed as many as 25 people, targeted the bases of Kata'ib Hezbollah, one of the largest factions in the Popular Mobilization Forces. | The leader of Kata'ib Hezbollah, Jamal Ja'afar Ibrahimi (AKA A…
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Japan to deploy military forces to aid US operations against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
Tokyo's decision is part of its efforts to remilitarize and normalize overseas military action in violation of Article 9 of its constitution.
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Political Instability and the Protest Movement: President of Iraq — The Decision Is Mine
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Iraqi President Barham Salih has shown that he is in control of the country and has made a show of his contempt for the Iraqi constitution. In a dramatic gesture, Salih made a play for public support by declaring his …
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The Looming US Water Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
According to the World Economic Forum, the global water crisis is the fourth major threat of our civilization. In fact, studies warn that two-thirds of the global population could be living in water-stressed countries by 2025 — just a few short years away. | When we think about water scarcity, many Americans may immediately call to mind countries in Africa, the Middle East, or Asia. But Europe and North America are also facing unprecedented water shortage issues — and the United States stands out of the crowd. | One study publis…
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Holding Pens for the Homeless
John Clarke | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Homelessness is spinning out of control in many places, not least right here in Toronto. However, in California, the situation is now generating an acute political crisis. So great is the problem of mass destitution in that state that …
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The OPCW Whistleblower Scandal: A Newsweek Reporter Resigns, A Counter-Narrative Won't Die
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
It is perhaps the least reported media scandal about the least reported international controversy in recent times–the resignation of Tareq Haddad, a well-regarded journalist from Newsweek, a mainstay of the mainstream media. | At issue was what he said …
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Blazing a Trail From Kashmir
Rafiq Kathwari | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
An elderly Jewish man with a prosperous belly and a trim, young Muslim man walk into a New York delicatessen … and 55 years later the Muslim man writes a trailblazing autobiography. He's in his early 20s, slim and strong, when he leaves his native home in the Vale of Kashmir, a disputed land in…
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Trump Wants to Keep the Oil: Syria Mulls Suing US in International Court over 'Stealing' Country's Oil
Tim Korso | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
The US recently announced its intent to stay in the Arab Republic in order to "keep the oil" and channel revenues from it to the local Kurdish militia, despite protests from Damascus. | Syria is considering filing an international suit against …
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Russia's Newborn Avangard Hypersonic Weaponry. Towards a New Perilous Arms Race?
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Weapons of dazzling murderousness have always thrilled military industrial establishments. They make money; they add to the accounts; and they tickle the pride of States who manufacture them. From time to time, showy displays of restraint through arms limitation agreements …
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Georgia and Ukraine Joining NATO Will Likely Have the Opposite Effect Against Russia
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Back in April, during a ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting in Washington, it was agreed that a package of measures to strengthen support for Georgia and Ukraine, particularly in the area of ‚Äã‚Äãmaritime defense, would be | …
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The Tail Don't Wag the Dog: Israel and the United States
Chelli Stanley | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
The tail don't wag the dog, and the United States government was not somehow infiltrated and manipulated into supporting the capitalistic, ever-expansive, angry, and war-like successive governments in Israel, nor was it manipulated into supporting the right-wing Israeli settlers who undermined every attempt at peace any Israeli president ever made. The United States government did these…
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2019: sounds like an upsurge
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-12-30
In 2019, we saw workers take to picket lines and we saw mass movements hit the streets in the U.S. and around the world. And when there's an upsurge with lots of people hitting the streets, you can bet it will be accompanied by protest music. This year has been no exception. | Here are my favorite political songs of 2019. Some give voice to a specific struggle, while others tackle more general themes. | I'm sure I missed out on some good ones – add more in the comments. | (Content warning: some of these songs contain profane language and…
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Ukraine And Pro-Russian Separatists Complete Prisoner Swap
teleSUR, jg | telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-30
The Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have completed a full prisoner exchange, exchanging all remaining detainees from the five-year conflict. | RELATED: | 'Russia Rejects Deployment of Turkish Troops to Libya' Peskov | The Ukrainian presidency reported on Sunday in a facebook statement that "the mutual release o…
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Putin Sends Congratulations to Maduro and Venezuela on New Year
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-30
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his congratulations to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro on the occasion of the New Year, RT Spanish reported on Monday. | RELATED: | Brazil to Grant Refuge to Attackers of Venezuelan Military Base | "In his message addressed to the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Putin stressed that the talks held last September in Moscow confirmed the agreement of positions between Russia and Venezuela on key issues," RT Spanish said. | Putin reaffirmed his confidence that, by 2020, Moscow and Caracas will continue to develop their strategic political and ec…
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Economic Globalization: Russia, China, and the US' "Integration Models" Aren't Mutually Exclusive
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Russia, China, and the US are each promoting three separate integration models emphasizing conservatism, connectivity, and competitiveness, respectively, but each of their defining characteristics don't make them mutually exclusive of one another, and it would be to the benefit of …
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Al Qaeda's Idlib Stronghold: The Battle to Liberate Syria's Idlib Province from US Supported Terrorists
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Syria's Idlib province in the country's northwest borders Turkey. | Infested with US-supported jihadists, the Erdogan regime lets them move back and forth cross-border between both countries while pretending to oppose them — supplying them with heavy and other weapons, along …
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This Court Case Could Be a Turning Point in Tackling Gun Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
The decision by the Supreme Court last month to allow a major case against the gun industry to go forward is setting the stage for what could finally be a turning point in the fight to hold gun manufacturers accountable for gun violence. The case was brought by family members of people who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. | At issue in the case, called Remington Arms Co. v. Soto, is whether a law passed…
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Syria Considers Suing Washington for Syrian Oil Theft and Violating Syria's Sovereignty
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Six years ago, at the age of 95, the revolutionary, outspoken, anti-apartheid former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela passed away. During his lifetime Mandela was a fierce skeptic of American power, U.S. imperialism, policies and ideology. | When the United …
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WikiLeaks: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Ordered Deletion of 'All Traces' of Findings that Syrian 'Chemical Attack' May Have Been Staged
Cassandra Fairbanks | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Wikileaks has published shocking leaked documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in which they covered up a dissenting report that concluded chemical weapons were not used in the Syrian city of Duoma last year. | *** | The …
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New WikiLeaks Documents Expose Doctoring of Chemical Weapons Report to Justify 2018 US Attack on Syria
Niles Niemuth | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
A fourth round of leaked internal documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was published by WikiLeaks Friday, further exposing the official report on an alleged 2018 chemical weapons attack in Douma–a suburb of Damascus then …
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Pro-Coup Venezuelan Soldiers Who Fled to the US Now Locked Up in ICE Immigration Detention Center
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
The Venezuelan soldiers who participated in the U.S.-backed coup attempt in April of this year and subsequently fled to the U.S. have been incarcerated in ICE detention camps ever since. Telemundo, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, secured an interview …
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Statistic of the Decade: The Massive Deforestation of the Amazon
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society's International Statistic of the Decade. | Much like Oxford English Dictionary's "Word of the Year" competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this decade. The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for a statistic that shines a light on the decade's most pressing issues. | On Dec. 23, we…
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Onward, Christian Fascists
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-12-30
The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. By tolerating the intolerant it ceded religious legitimacy to an array of con artists, charlatans and demagogues and their cultish supporters. It stood by as the core Gospel message–concern for the poor and the oppressed–was perverted into a magical world where God and Jesus showered believers with material wealth and power. The white race, especially in the United States, became God's chosen agent. Imperialism and wa…
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The Mount Sinai Scandal Shows Everything That's Wrong With US Health Care
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
Left Voice speaks with a physician who has worked for several years in hospitals throughout New York City. With the physician's experience as a healthcare provider, they give a riveting account of everything that is wrong with the U.S. healthcare system and how capitalism creates these conditions. | What do you make of the recent scandal involving the Mount Sinai Emergency Department? | As a physician who has worked countless hours in Mount Sinai Hospital's emergency department (ED), the term "war zone…
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Imperialism's strategy today: After me, the deluge!
Abdul Rahman | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-12-30
The year 2019 has revealed the rising vulnerability of Pax Americana forcing imperialism to resort to a strategy of constant war and chaos in order to avoid all kinds of potential challenges to its exploitative mission across the globe…
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Washington state legislator investigated for ties with violent far-right groups
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
Representative Matthew Shea mobilized support for armed militia standoffs, and drafted a document of rules for militia-based war during his time in office.
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Self-Enlightenment v. Social Change
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
Baba Ram Dass (ne: Richard Alpert) was different from the host of gurus and their followers who came out of the 1960s and 1970s. He worked with prisoners and the dying for a time, but was part of the self-enlightenment ethos that enticed so many from the generation of baby boomers (Dass was older than…
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Cuba's Revolutionary Beginning Started 61 Years Ago
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Some time ago in another late December my partner in life commented that she liked beginnings in reference to the approaching new year. I became immediately aware that other traditions may have a calendar different from the Gregorian calendar and …
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Edward Gallagher, Donald Trump and America's criminal wars
wsws.org | 2019-12-30
A new report documents the gruesome record of the Navy Seal commander Trump has praised and pardoned.
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The Mount Sinai Scandal Shows Everything Wrong With US Health Care
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
Left Voice speaks with a physician who has worked for several years in hospitals throughout New York City. With the physician's experience as a healthcare provider, they give a riveting account of everything that is wrong with the U.S. healthcare system and how capitalism creates these conditions. | What do you make of the recent scandal involving the Mount Sinai Emergency Department? | As a physician who has worked countless hours in Mount Sinai Hospital's emergency department (ED), the term "war zone…
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5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People
Claire Edwards | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the most powerful entities on the planet.
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Women Farmworkers Fight to Secure Their Rights and End Sexual Harassment
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
Editor's Note: For this article, New Labor Forum's Working-Class Voices columnist Kressent Pottenger interviewed three women who are members of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas ("Alianza de Campesinas"), the first national women's farmworker organization in the United States created by current and former women farmworkers, along with women who hail from farmworker families. Dolores Bustamante is both a farmworker and a board member of the organization, Elvira Carvajal is co-founder and board presid…
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Trump Signs Measure Enabling Establishment of a U.S. Space Force
Prof. Karl Grossman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
President Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 that establishes a U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces–despite the Outer Space Treaty designating space as a global commons to be used | …
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New York Hanukkah Stabbing Latest in Wave of Trump-Era Anti-Semitic Attacks
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-12-30
While poverty, inequality and social and economic dislocation that breed fear and resentment of the other continue to grow, the problem of racist attacks is bound to increase.
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2020: The Year of the Oil Bankruptcies
Alex Kimani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
A bankruptcy boom has hit the oil and gas industry, and it's just getting started. Investors have lost their appetite for shale, and energy debt has become among the least desirable in the market. | The industry has been teetering on …
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Britain Dutifully Bows Down to the Ruling Elite
Left in New Zealand | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Congratulations to the people of 'Great' Britain for voting the ruling elite into power yet again. You certainly do know your place. Now they have a mandate to treat people with disdain and contempt, for the next five years. I …
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Open Season on Critics of 5G Cell Phone Technology: Media Censorship And Smear Campaigns against Prominent Scientists and Physicians
Microwave News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Last May, the New York Times tried to take down David Carpenter, a public health physician and the country's most prominent 5G critic. Veteran science writer William Broad painted Carpenter as a willing tool of a disinformation campaign promoted …
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'Victory for Our Oceans': US Court Upholds Ruling on Vast Marine Monument Established by Obama
Jon Queally | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
"This decision upholds protections for one of the most fragile and scientifically important areas in the North Atlantic from destructive activities like oil drilling and industrial fishing." | *** | Defenders of ocean habitats celebrated Friday after a federal court upheld a …
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The Crumbling of America
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
In June of 2013 an Interstate bridge on a main commercial corridor between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada, collapsed and fell into the river below after being hit by a truck. This was not a high-speed collision; the truck simply …
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Most Popular GR Articles of 2019
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
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Rex 84: FEMA's Blueprint for Martial Law in America
Allen L Roland | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
We are dangerously close to a situation where ~ if the American people took to the streets in righteous indignation or if there were another 9/11 ~ a mechanism for martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX 84.
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The West — Full Spectrum Dementia: Bogus News Media, Corruption of Academic Research, Irrational Lies Fed into the Educational System
Stephen Sefton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
First published in May 2019 | "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." — Henry Wallace, New York Times, April 9th 1944. | Journalism has never been free of …
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Trump and Machiavelli: Does Morality Matter?
Thomas M. Magstadt | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
It's a kind of a moral trap all-too-easy to fall into, but it is simply not true. It has not always been this way. In fact, it has arguably never before been this way before, not even in the most corrupt times in America's checkered political history.
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Trump and Machiavelli: Does Morality Matter?
Thomas M. Magstadt | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr, The Children of Light And the Children of Darkness To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record . . . Remember who you are and whom you serve. –…
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Iran lashes out at US strikes as a 'clear example of terrorism' after attacks on Iraq & Syria announced
rt.com | 2019-12-30
Tehran has described recent US strikes as an "act of terrorism," after the Pentagon announced attacks on Hezbollah targets in Iraq and Syria. | "US military aggression against Iraq and Iraqi forces is direct evidence of US terrorism, [Tehran] condemns it", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday. | "With these attacks, the United States has shown its strong support for terrorism and disregard for the sovereignty of countries, and must accept responsibility for the consequences of this unlawful act". | He called on Washington to stop interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and "cease its…
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Iran Denounces Deadly U.S. Bombings as Act of 'Terrorism'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-30
Iran's foreign ministry on Monday condemned the Trump administration's deadly airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend as a "clear example of terrorism" and demanded that the U.S. end its occupation of the region. | "We strongly condemn this aggression on Iraqi soil," Abbas Mousavi, a spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry, said in a statement. "The U.S. has…
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Iran Denounces U.S. Bombings as Acts of 'Terrorism'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-30
Iran's foreign ministry on Monday condemned the Trump administration's deadly airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend as a "clear example of terrorism" and demanded that the U.S. end its occupation of the region. | "We strongly condemn this aggression on Iraqi soil," Abbas Mousavi, a spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry, said in a statement. "The U.S. has…
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US Strategy and What the Gas Pipeline War Is Costing Us
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Heavy sanctions on the companies participating in the construction of North Stream 2, the pipeline which delivers Russian gas to Germany across the Baltic Sea. The main victims were the European companies which had helped finance the $11 billion project with the Russia's Gazprom.
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Screen Test: The 20 Best Films of 2019
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
I don't think 2019 was a particularly good year for film. But it wasn't noticeably worse than the last few years and there were a few surprises that made up for some pretty dull screen time, including Monos (Apocalypse Now meets Lord of the Flies meets Fitzcarraldo), the pervasive dissipation of Her Smell, the acerbic…
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Screen Test: The 20 Best Films of 2019
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
1) Monos Director: Alejandro Landes 2) Sea of Shadows Director: Richard Ladkani 3) The Report Director: Scott Z. Burns 4) Her Smell Director: Alex Ross Perry 5) The Image Book Director: Jean-Luc Godard 6) Midsommar Director: Ari Aster 7) Booksmart Director: Olivia Wilde 8) Transit Director: Christian Petzold 9) Diego Maradona Director: Asif Kapadia 10) The…
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Selected Articles: Establishment of a U.S. Space Force
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
We have made some progress in our campaign to meet our running costs and put an end to our monthly deficit, but we still need your help. As grateful as we are to those who have given so far, the …
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Michael Moore on Trump, 2020 & Why "the Old, Angry White Guy" Doesn't Represent the Working Class
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-30
Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker "Michael Moore predicted": www.democracynow.org/2019/12/26/michael_… Donald Trump would win-re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the working class in the United States is mostly women, people of color and young people — all groups who tend to v…
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Michael Moore on Trump, 2020 & Why "the Old, Angry White Guy" Doesn't Represent the Working Class
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-30
Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker "Michael Moore predicted": www.democracynow.org/2019/12/26/michael_… Donald Trump would win re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the working class in the United States is mostly women, people of color and young people — all groups who tend to v…
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Michael Moore: Democrats Must Not Ignore Voters of Color
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore predicted Donald Trump would win re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the workin…
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Michael Moore: Democrats Must Not Ignore Voters of Color
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-30
Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore predicted Donald Trump would win-re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the workin…
truthout.org/video/michael-moore-democra…

Energetic Solidarity with the Moms 4 Housing the Day After Christmas
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-12-30
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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Bolivia a military coup. Coup leader Fernando Camacho boasting
Viva Evo | indybay.org | 2019-12-30
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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Emergency Eviction Support: Hold Down the House / Pack the Courtroom
Moms 4 Housing | indybay.org | 2019-12-30
Courtroom: | Hayward Hall of Justice | 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544 | Moms' House: | 2928 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94608…
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Greta Thunberg Says Meeting Trump Would've Been Waste of Time
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-30
The teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said she was not phased by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to not listen to her speech at the United States, pointing out that if she met with him, it would have been a waste of her time. | RELATED: | Sweden: World Leaders Given an 'F' on Solving Climate Change | Thunberg was asked by BBC Radio on Monday what she would have said to President Trump if they spoke; however, she responded that it was not a big deal because he is…
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I wouldn't have wasted my time on Trump, says Greta Thunberg
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said on Monday that talking to U.S. President Donald Trump at a United Nations summit on global warming would have been a waste of time since he would not have paid any attention.In an interview with BBC radio's Today programme, for which she was the guest editor on Monday, Thunberg also said she regarded personal attacks on her as funny and that she hoped to go back to having a normal life.A video of the 16-year-old Swedish campaigner giving Trump what media described as a "death stare" at a U.N. climate summit in New York in September went viral on social media. Tr…
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US Gov Bombs Iraq & Syria Citing Baseless Claims That Iran Fired ROCKETS At US Locations
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-30
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 (12/29/19). 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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The spook's choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Mayor Pete's list of national security endorsers
Sam Finkelstein | thegrayzone.com | 2019-12-30
Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy…
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Red No Matter Who
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
We all know the question one is asked by liberal Democrats during the primary season. It is not: which candidate do you support? It is rather: will you vote for the Democratic candidate, no matter who it is? Now this presumes two unexpected assumptions, both of which are in support of Bernie Sanders. The first assumption is that you (common person) support Bernie Sanders. The second assumption is that even though this is true Bernie will not win the nomination (the system is not democratic).
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Red No Matter Who
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-30
We all know the question one is asked by liberal Democrats during the primary season. It is not: which candidate do you support? It is rather: will you vote for the Democratic candidate, no matter who it is? Now this presumes two unexpected assumptions, both of which are in support of Bernie Sanders. The first…
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Scapegoats for Jamal Khashoggi
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
The hit squad that went about its deadly business with varying degrees of competence in Istanbul last year is set to be thinned. Five members of the group tasked with strangling and carving up the Saudi journalist and out-of-favour Jamal …
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CODEPINK Statement in Response to the Hanukkah Stabbing Attack in Monsey, New York
commondreams.org | 2019-12-30
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NIAC Urges US-Iran Descalation in Iraq
commondreams.org | 2019-12-30
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The External Costs of Human Activity Are Killing the Planet
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-30
Humans are exterminating themselves by exterminating other life forms. As a person committed to free thought, I sometimes catch myself wondering if what is really needed is a form of Borg Star Trek mind control to stop us from destroying …
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US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Ukraine in new year
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he will be traveling to Ukraine and a few other countries in the new year to meet with counterparts there."Excited to travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus in the new year to meet with counterparts and affirm U.S. priorities across Europe and South Central Asia", Pompeo said in a tweet.Pompeo's planned visit comes after the Democratic-led House of Representatives impeached U.S. President Donald Trump this month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges stemming from his effort to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe…
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Use of facial recognition in Delhi rally sparks privacy fears
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
Police in Delhi used facial recognition software to screen crowds at a recent political rally – a first for India – raising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance amidst nationwide protests against a new citizenship law.The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) software that the Delhi Police had installed to identify missing children, was used at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally on Dec. 22, a police spokesman said on Monday, without giving further details.It was the first time the technology – which is increasingly deployed in airports, offices and cafes in India – was used to screen the crowd at a…
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Battle to save Australian wildlife as bushfires rage
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
A possum severely burnt by bushfires in Australia's Blue Mountains laps water from a bowl as her rescuer holds her gently in a towel, while at a nearby home a kangaroo with bandaged feet is rocked like a baby by another carer.As Australia battles wildfires that have razed more than 4 million hectares (10 million acres) across five states, volunteers are trying to save wild animals caught in the inferno.Australia's bushland is home to a range of indigenous fauna, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats and echidnas. Officials fear that 30% of one koala colony on the country's northeast coast, or b…
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Top Iraq militia chief warns of tough response to US air strikes
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
A top Iraqi militia leader warned of a strong response against U.S. forces in Iraq following air strikes in Iraq and Syria overnight that hit several bases of his Iranian-backed group and killed at least 25 people.The U.S. military carried out air strikes on Sunday against the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said.Iraqi security and militia sources said at least 25 militia fighters were killed and at least 55 wounded following three U.S. air strikes in Iraq."The blood of the martyrs will n…
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Half | a million Muslim Uighur children placed in indoctrination camps in | China
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
A recent article penned by Amy Qin from The New York Times sheds light on the struggles of nearly "half a million Uighur children" who have been seperated from their parents, expressing concerns of families waiting frantically to be reunited with their kids.It includes interviews with Uighur parents living in exile, documents published online, government notices, state media reports and the blogs of teachers assigned at these schools.Abdurahman Tohti, a 30-year-old Uighur living in Turkey, hasn't heard from his wife and kids since they vanished after a visit to Xinjiang in 2016. At the beginning of 2019, he spott…
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Russia marks 'significant success' in ties with Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
Russia's president marked "a significant success" in Turkish-Russian relations in his New Year greetings to his Turkish counterpart on Monday.According to the Kremlin website, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the most often contacted counterpart for Vladimir Putin in 2019.In his address published on the Kremlin website, Putin noted that Turkey and Russia "had managed to achieve significant success in the implementation of mutually beneficial strategic projects, including in energy and military and technical cooperation."He said that in 2019 the two countries outlined "new prospective areas for the development of Russian-…
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Bill for troop deployment to Libya to be sent to Turkish parliament on Monday: FM
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
The bill to allow the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya will be sent to the parliament today, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu said on Monday.
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'Libya's Khalifa Haftar should be declared a war criminal'
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala slammed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) due to its lack of action on Khalifa Haftar, who is attempting to overthrow the Tripoli government, calling for the east Libyan commander to be prosecuted as a war criminal.Haftar committed "crimes against humanity" when he bombed civilians in Zawiya and Tajoura two days ago, Siala said in a letter addressed to the council.In April, Haftar's forces launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli from the GNA but have so far failed to progress beyond the city's outskirts."We cannot comprehend the helplessness of the UNSC…
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Turkey's FM briefs opposition on Libya
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday met the main opposition party leader to discuss the upcoming parliament session on possible military deployment in Libya.Cavusoglu informed Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) about the motion to be submitted in the parliament when it opens after recess.The closed-door meeting lasted for 50 minutes, according to the party officials.Cavusoglu subsequently met the opposition Iyi Party leader to discuss the troop deployment bill. Erdogan has said the bill will be presented to parliament in early January.Speaking to reporters after the meeting…
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Canadians ride wild rollercoaster in 2019
yenisafak.com | 2019-12-30
The year 2019 was a series of peaks and valleys for Canada marked by fractious relations with China, the Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA title outside the U.S., revelations that the prime minister wore blackface and the re-election of Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, but with a minority rather than a majority.The following are some of the year's top Canadian news stories.January: 11 — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, a Saudi teen who fled her family fearing for her life, has been granted asylum. She is greeted at Toronto airport by Canada's foreign minister an…
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