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2018-12-10: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-12-10). Protest at Whitney Museum in New York calls for ouster of trustee who owns tear gas firm. wsws.org Warren B. Kanders is the chairman and founder of Safariland, a defense firm that produces the tear gas used in the police-military attack on migrant workers at the US-Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro on November 25.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-10). Exhuming Franco: Spain's Immemorial Divisions. globalresearch.ca "Of course there's one Spain. If there was another, we'd all be in that one." — Joke on Franco's Spain, in London Review of Books, 37, July, 2015 | Beware the corpse that never truly expires. General Francisco Franco might …

Edu Montesanti (2018-12-10). Extradiàßà£o de Assange Seria Ilegal, 'Jornalista Fazendo Seu Trabalho': John Kiriakou. globalresearch.ca Enquanto se acredita que o Equador extradite Assange aos EUA, John Kiriakou, "denunciante relutante" considerado o primeiro oficial de inteligência dos EUA a revelar informaàßàµes sobre o uso de técnicas de tortura pela comunidade de inteligência norte-americana, comenta o caso …

Shane Quinn (2018-12-10). The Yellow Vests Movement: Another Indicator of Disillusionment of the Masses. globalresearch.ca The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement which originated online during late May 2018 in France, has now spread to other European regions, and even as far as the beleaguered Middle East nation of Iraq. The campaign, uniquely spurred by social …

RT (2018-12-10). Trump commits to record $750bn defense budget days after saying $716bn was too much — reports. rt.com Despite tweeting just last week that a $716bn defense budget was 'crazy', US President Donald Trump has reportedly reversed course and instead committed to the highest budget in history. |

RFE (2018-12-10). Saudi King Attacks Iran At Gulf Summit, As Qatar Emir Fails To Show Up. iranian.com Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened the annual one-day summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, urging fellow member states Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar to maintain a united front against Iran and terrorism. "This requires all of us to maintain our countries' gains and to work with our partners to preserve security and stability […]

Zero Hedge (2018-12-10). Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge. iranian.com The White House wants to stay the course in Yemen even as the Senate is set to push back against US military support to the Saudi-led bombing campaign. But now a bombshell report reveals the Pentagon has been fueling Saudi and UAE jets free of charge due to "errors in accounting where DoD failed to charge" according […]

Rohollah Faghihi (2018-12-10). For Iran, Chabahar Bombing Threatens Crucial Economic Stakes. iranian.com On Thursday, a suicide car bomb detonated outside the police headquarters in the Iranian port city of Chabahar, killing two police officers and wounding more than 40. While the bombing was claimed by local militant group Ansar al-Furqan, the location is far from innocuous in the context of renewed US sanctions on the country, leading Iranians to conjecture […]

972 Magazine (2018-12-10). Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine. iranian.com Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Bà∂ll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972's overall 2018 budget as […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-10). Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption. iranian.com Fast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for as long as 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed US sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption. The new Islamic revolutionary courts – whose rulings cannot be appealed, except for death […]

James G. Jatras (2018-12-10). The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On. iranian.com As the faàßade of 2016 Candidate Donald Trump's promised "America First" continues to crumble away, the baked-into-the-cake pathologies of the foreign and security policy "experts" who monopolize President Trump's administration plunge forward along their predetermined paths. Any realistic notion of American national interests comes last after the priorities of — well, pretty much everyone else with […]

WSWS (2018-12-10). Which way forward for France's "yellow vest" protests? wsws.org The critical question is the independent organization of the working class, in France and internationally, in the preparation of a European general strike.

WSWS (2018-12-10). This week in history: December 10-16. wsws.org 25 years ago: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout, according to congressional report released on December 15, 1993. The General Accounting Office conducted a nearly two-year investigation into the radiation releases, which took place in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and its findings were confirmed by officials of the Department of Energy, which operates the US nuclear weapons production and testing system.

WSWS (2018-12-10). Huffington Post renews smear campaign against UK Professor Piers Robinson. wsws.org Robinson is being attacked for his research on Syria, including probing questions regarding the predatory imperialist aims of the "war on terror," which is verboten for the official state propagandists in Britain and the US.

WSWS (2018-12-10). Jeffrey Epstein case exposes how US justice works for the rich. wsws.org The billionaire hedge fund manager avoided human trafficking charges due to his vast wealth and political connections.

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Mexico: Attack on Migrants, Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured. telesurenglish.net On Saturday, an attack by hooded men on a group of Central American undocumented migrants traveling north by truck through Veracruz left one woman dead, and three injured, including a child. | RELATED: | Mexico's Court Blocks AMLO Bill to Cut Public Sector Salaries | María Herlinda was killed; Karen Paola Benavides, 31; Rosalia Lopez, 32…

Carla Stea (2018-12-09). Kiev Provocations directed against Russia, Ukraine Attempts to Usurp UN Security Council Agenda, Martial Law. globalresearch.ca Russia does not need any more problems, a fact of which President Putin is all too well aware. Therefore, the likelihood is nil to zero of Russia's having initiated the November 25 incident in the Kerch Strait, which culminated in …

STAFF (2018-12-09). Israel's War on Protesting Children and Other Civilians. truthdig.com GAZA CITY, Gaza — Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel's long-running blockade of Gaza began in March. | And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part of the body more than any other — the legs. | The Israeli army says it is responding to weekly assaults on its frontier by Palestinians armed with stones, grenades and firebombs. The military says it opens fire only as a last resort, and considers firing at the lower limbs an act of restraint. | Still, 1…

Federico Pieraccini (2018-12-09). Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire. globalresearch.ca On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. …

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Two Members Of Brazil's MST Landless Movement Murdered. telesurenglish.net Two members of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) of Brazil were killed Saturday night in a rural area in the coastal state of Paraiba, gunned down by two hooded individuals. | RELATED: | Brazil President-elect's Aide Faces Campaign Funding Probe | Jose Bernardo da Silva and Rodrigo Celestino, both leaders from the MST, were gunned down by two hooded people at the Jose Maria Pires camp i…

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Venezuela Municipal Elections Continue, 25th Bolivarian Election. telesurenglish.net Municipal elections began in Venezuela at 6: 00 a.m. in which about 4,900 councilor's post are up for election, as well as their deputy posts. Results are being primed with the national electoral body telling Venezuelans to watch them on social media for official updates on the results. | RELATED | Venezuelans Are Ready for Sunday's Municipal Elections | The National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) announced the opening of most of the electoral centers authorized for this new elector…

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Venezuelans Are Ready for Sunday's Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net Venezuela enters the last day of electoral campaigns Thursday ahead of Venezuela's municipal elections. On Dec. 9, Venezuelans will head to the polls to elect over 4,000 municipal representatives across the country. | RELATED: | Putin Meets Maduro, Denounces Intervention in Venezuela | Almost 21 million people are enabled to vote in Sunday's election, including 230,000 residents. There are over 13,000 candidates from 21 national political parties, 11 regional parties, five nationa…

Jessica Corbett (2018-12-09). In Another Blow to Keystone XL, Judge Rules TransCanada Can't Conduct Pre-Construction Work. globalresearch.ca Opponents of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline—from indigenous and environmental groups to local farmers and ranchers—celebrated a win in court after a federal judge ruled on Friday that the fossil fuel giant cannot conduct pre-construction work on the pipeline until the …

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Iran: 10 Suspects Arrested After Suicide Bombing. telesurenglish.net Iranian security forces detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide attack involving a car bomb attack that killed at least two policemen this week, police chief Hossein Ashtari said Sunday. | RELATED: | OPEC, Allies Agree to Cut Oil Production Despite US Pressure | "Good clues have been obtained and hopefully with the public's cooperation … we will get to the main leads," Ashtari told the state news agency IRNA. He added that more suspects have been identified and are bein…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-12-09). VIDEO: Hinter dem US-Angriff auf chinesische Smartphones. globalresearch.ca Nachdem Prà§sident Trump auf chinesische Waren hohe Steuern erhoben hatte — 250 Milliarden Dollar -, akzeptierte er beim G-20 einen ‚ÄûWaffenstillstand", indem er weitere Maàünahmen aufschob, vor allem weil die US-Wirtschaft von den chinesischen Vergeltungsmaàünahmen getroffen wurde. | Aber neben diesen …

teleSUR, MB (2018-12-09). Armenia Elections: My Step Alliance to Take Over Parliament. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Armenians began an early parliamentary election nine months after protests brought about peaceful regime change in the country. | RELATED: | Armenian PM Sargsyan Quits After 11 Days of Street Protests | "I think these elections should not only be the best in the history of the second republic but also meet the highest international standards," s…

STAFF (2018-12-09). Democrats Raise Prospect of Impeachment, Jail for Trump. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. | "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House intelligence committee. "The bigger pardon ques…

Consortiumnews (2018-12-09). Kwiatkowski Gets 2018 Sam Adams Award. Read the Citation and Her Acceptance Speech Here. consortiumnews.com Here is Karen Kwiatowski's acceptance speech for the 2018 Sam Adams Award at a ceremony in Washington on Saturday night, preceded by the citation, that was read by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Citation Karen Kwiatkowski "If you see… Read more →

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Prizes are Worthless Without Global Action: Prize Nobel Laureates. telesurenglish.net The laudable accomplishments of Nobel Prize winners Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are worthless without global action, the pair said Sunday, 24 hours before accepting their awards in Oslo. | RELATED: | 18 Dead in East DR Congo, Elections Approach | "This prize, one prize cannot remove all the violence and all the attacks on pregnant women, on…

Stefania Maurizi (2018-12-09). The Trials of Julian Assange. Why Washington Sees Wikileaks as an Existential Threat. globalresearch.ca Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist working for the Italian daily La Repubblica. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden Files about Italy. She has authored two books—Dossier …

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Huawei Arrest: Canada Faces 'Serious Consequences' Says China. telesurenglish.net The Chinese vice foreign minister, Le Yucheng, issued a fresh warning to Canadian authorities demanding the release of Huawei's CFO, saying there would be "serious consequences" for failing to do so. | RELATED: | Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou Faces Iran Fraud Charges, Court Hears | "China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detaine…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-09). Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the Murder of Marielle Franco

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2018-12-09). The Significance of Human Duties and Responsibilities. globalresearch.ca As we observe the 70th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948, it is imperative that we remind ourselves of …

Gilbert Mercier (2018-12-09). Are the Gilets Jaunes Today's Sans-Culottes? globalresearch.ca "Pour le peuple, il y a toujours la misère!" Anonymous Gilet Jaune | From the Island of La Reunion to the Napoleonic symbol that is the Arc de Triomphe, through big and small towns, as well as the usually bucolic countryside …

Global Research News (2018-12-09). Selected Articles: Assaults on Freedom of Speech. globalresearch.ca For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an …

Venezuelanalysis (2018-12-09). December 9: Municipal Council Elections in Venezuela – Live Rolling Coverage. venezuelanalysis.com VA brings you the only English-language round-the-clock live coverage of Venezuela's fifth election in eighteen months, with 2,549 local councillors due to be elected today.

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Libya: Fezzan Movement Threatens Shutdown of Largest Oilfield. telesurenglish.net On Saturday, the security forces working for the State oil company National Oil Corporation (NOC) threatened a shutdown of the El Sharara oil field, in Libya. | RELATED: | UN Security Council Extends Sanctions on Libya Until 2020 | "We as the force securing the field inform you that the Fezzan Anger Movement entered the field and stopped the production in li…

Michael Welch (2018-12-09). A People's History of George H. W. Bush. "Soldier Statesman" or Criminal War Profiteer? globalresearch.ca "The Bush bank helped the Thyssens make the Nazi steel that killed Allied solders. As bad as financing the Nazi war machine may seem, aiding and abetting the Holocaust was worse. Thyssen's coal mines used Jewish slaves as if they …

teleSUR (2018-12-09). PSUV Wins Majority in Local Elections: Venezuelan Authorities. telesurenglish.net The National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) announced that out of the 335 electoral lists across the country, 156 of them had been designated, and of those 142 were won by the governing United Socialist Party on Sunday, with 92 percent of the vote counted by 10.30 p.m. local time. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Are Ready for Sunday's Municipal Elections | The local elections recorded a 27,4 percent of turnout in total, CNE President Tibisay Lucena also added that 467 out of 449 available…

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Top Democrats: Trump May Face Impeachment, Jail over Hush Money. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump could face impeachment and jail time if hush money payments reported by his former lawyer are proven to be campaign finance violations, Democratic lawmakers said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Trump Announces Chief of Staff Kelly Will Leave End of The Year | Court filings on Friday in cases that stemmed from a federal probe into Russian a…

John Pilger (2018-12-09). New Cold War & looming threats. zcomm.org Interview on U.S.' aggression in the Asia-Pacific region and the decline of its global dominance and says that a "new Cold War beckons isolation for the U.S. and danger for the rest of us"

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-09). Carbon Emissions Will Reach a Record High of 37 Billion Tons in 2018. truthout.org Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise more than 2% (range 1.8% to 3.7%) in 2018, taking global fossil CO₂ emissions to a new record high of 37.1 billion tonnes. | The strong growth is the second consecutive year of increasing emissions since the 2014-16 period when emissions stabilised, further slowing progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement that require a peak in greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. Strong growth in emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural gas suggests CO₂ emissions are likely to increase further in 2019…

Sam Biddle (2018-12-09). AI Experts Issue Warning Against Facial Scanning. zcomm.org What's worse than bad science passing judgment on anyone within camera range is that the algorithms making these decisions are kept private by the firms that develop them,…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-12-09). France's Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt. globalresearch.ca President Emmanuel Macron is an instrument of the financial establishment, a former employee of the Rothschilds, acting on their behalf, enforcing a profit driven macro-economic agenda as well boosting the revenues of the military contractors.

RT (2018-12-09). Hypnosis, truth drugs and remote-operated dogs: Declassified papers on CIA's 'mind control' research. rt.com A renowned government secret hunter has published new documents detailing the CIA's Cold War "behavioral modification" experiments (ranging from the bizarre to the stomach-churning), released under the Freedom of Information Act.

RT (2018-12-09). Comey admits FBI failed to verify Steele Dossier it used to obtain a spy warrant on Trump's aide. rt.com Former FBI Director James Comey has admitted the Steele dossier was still uncorroborated by the FBI at the time he left the bureau. The infamous dossier was used by the FBI to monitor Trump aide Carter Page. |

RT (2018-12-09). Renters forever? 89% of US millennials want to own a home but student debt is stopping them — survey. rt.com Achieving the American dream seems unattainable to many millennials, with 48 percent lacking any savings for a home down payment. Many have student loan debt to blame, which has reached a collective $1.3 trillion in the US.

Al-Masdar News (2018-12-09). U.S. Super Carrier Arrives In Middle East As A "Message" To Tehran. iranian.com A carrier strike group led by the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS John C. Stennis has arrived in the Middle East, ending an eight month period without a US carrier based in the region, the US Navy has reported. The carrier group will be based with the 5th Fleet, whose zone of responsibility includes the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, and will be […]

Tehran Times (2018-12-09). Iran Risks FIFA Ban. iranian.com Iran could be banned from international football ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup over a law interfering in the national football federation's independence. Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) president Mehdi Taj must leave his post due to the law barring the employment of retirees in government, state or public institutions which use […]

Tasnim News (2018-12-09). Iran Unveils Blueprint For Military Trimaran. iranian.com During a visit to an exhibition of the Iranian Navy's achievements, Deputy Chief of the Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Sayyari unveiled the scheme for the new homegrown vessel, dubbed the "Safineh (ship) project". The Iranian trimaran will have low hydrodynamic resistance in high velocities, have appropriate hydrostatic balance, and enjoy a large deck, twice […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-09). Iran Arrests 10 Suspects In Suicide Bombing That Killed Two. iranian.com Iranian security forces have detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide car bomb attack this week that killed at least two policemen, police chief Hossein Ashtari said on Sunday. "Good clues have been obtained and hopefully with the public's cooperation … we will get to the main leads," Ashtari was quoted by the […]

James Risen (2018-12-09). Is There Anything Trump, Cohen, and Manafort Didn't Lie About? theintercept.com The drip, drip of documents from Mueller's inquiry into the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia exposes a dizzying number of lies by the president and his associates.

Bruna de Lara (2018-12-09). Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet. theintercept.com "Our government departments will not be led by anyone who's been convicted of corruption," said Jair Bolsonaro on October 31, three days after being elected president of Brazil. The goal of his statement, published on his social media feeds, was clear: to deny accusations in the press that he had asked Alberto Fraga, a member of Congress who was convicted of taking bribes, to join his administration. | A week earlier, a video had emerged on the Brazilian website R7 with Bolsonaro singing a different tune than his post-election statement. Sur…

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-09). A Tribute to Ludmila Mikhailovna Alexeeva. hrw.org (Moscow) — Human Rights Watch bids farewell to Ludmila Alexeeva, the doyenne of Russia's human rights movement, who died on December 8 in Moscow. She will forever be a towering figure for human rights activists everywhere: a clear, moral voice for freedom and dignity. | | | Ludmila Alexeeva. | © Platon, Moscow 2011 | Ludmila gave her energy and her soul to many cases and issues, from the persecution of ordinary people, to civilian carnage in the war in Chechnya, to the Kremlin's crackdown on civil society that gathe…

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-09). Giving North Korea Abuses a Free Pass. hrw.org | | Kim Jong-Un watches a performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, on February 23, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/KCNA | It is a bitter irony that on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Security Council will give North Korea's atrocious human rights record a free pass. | In 2014, a blistering UN commission of inquiry report found the North Korean government responsible for a laundry…

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Saudi Arabia Refuses to Extradite Khashoggi Suspects to Turkey. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia will not be extraditing its suspects being investigated for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Foreign Minister Abdel al-Jubeir said Sunday. | RELATED: | Turkish Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant Over Khashoggi Murder | The Saudi Arabian officials have remained resolute, despite the pair arrest warrants filed by Turkish prosecutors against Saud al-Qahtani, the former top-aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, ex-head of foreig…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-08). Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018. therealnews.com From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord

Robert Hunziker (2018-12-08). The Deathly Insect Dilemma. "It is not Normal for 50%-to-90% of a Species to Drop Dead" globalresearch.ca Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature's normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary. | Moreover, there …

Richard Galustian (2018-12-08). France's Yellow Vest Rebellion: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. globalresearch.ca There has always been a tradition of rebellion and revolution in France. | The above headline is the instantly recognised phrase that is the most significant National motto of France. | Not only the obvious famous 18th Century Revolution, but in the …

Christopher Black (2018-12-08). Canada Arrests Meng Wanzhou, CFO of HuaWei, China's Global Cell Phone Competitor. globalresearch.ca It is clear the US is pushing the battle line to our door … We can completely regard the US arrest of Meng Wanzhou as a declaration of war against China." | So read an editorial in the Global Times …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-08). Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich. therealnews.com As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue

Andrew Korybko (2018-12-08). Towards a Russia-Pakistan Railway Corridor? globalresearch.ca The establishment of a financial consortium and joint working group between the railway administrations of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan could one day lead to the creation of a Russia-Pakistan (RuPak) railway via Central Asia that would complement the …

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-08). Trump Regime "Revolving Door" Changes: William Barr as Attorney General. globalresearch.ca Trump has nominated former Bush Senior attorney general (from 1991 — 1993) William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as AG, saying he was his "first choice since day one." | Barr confirmed acceptance of the nomination, the post requiring Senate confirmation, …

Adam Liebman (2018-12-08). China's Ban on Imports of "Foreign Garbage": No More of Your Junk. globalresearch.ca Last year, China announced a ban on imports of 'foreign garbage'. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman explains why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our …

Morgan Erickson-Davis (2018-12-08). 'Decimated': Germany's Birds Disappear as Insect Abundance Plummets 76%. globalresearch.ca Originally published by Mongabay.com and Global Research on November 2, 2017 | A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany's flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country's bird abundance has …

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-08). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal. zcomm.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read more…

RT (2018-12-08). Mueller accuses Manafort of 'multiple discernible lies' & plea violation. rt.com Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort of making false statements in the "Russiagate" investigation, including about a man Mueller insinuated might be a Russian spy.

RT (2018-12-08). Former Trump campaign adviser targeted by Mueller for his appearances on RT. rt.com London-based academic Ted Malloch has come under scrutiny by Russiagate investigators for his appearances on RT, the Guardian reports. Malloch denies the claim.

RT (2018-12-08). FISA abuse accusations 'nonsense' says Comey, dodging dossier question. rt.com Former FBI Director James Comey called "nonsense" the accusations that the bureau or Department of Justice acted inappropriately in obtaining a warrant to spy on the Trump presidential campaign.

RT (2018-12-08). Trump's attempt to revive asylum ban struck down in appeals court. rt.com Trump's bid to delay efforts pulling the plug on his asylum ban have been thwarted by a San Francisco court, signaling a major loss in the Trump administration's ongoing battle over immigration policy.

stuart_m (2018-12-08). How George HW Bush's 1989 invasion of Panama set the stage for US wars to come. greenleft.org.au The death of George H.W. Bush has dominated the U.S. news for days, but little attention has been paid to the defining event of Bush's first year in office: the invasion of Panama. On December 19, 1989, Bush Sr. sent tens of thousands of troops into Panama, ostensibly to execute an arrest warrant against its leader, Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. General Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and on the CIA payroll. | In a nationally televised address, Bush claimed the invasion was needed to defend democracy in Panama. During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped w…

Lee Fang (2018-12-08). Trump's Pick for Attorney General Pushed for Military Strikes on Drug Traffickers, Questioned Asylum Law. theintercept.com President Donald Trump's pick to serve as his next attorney general, William Barr, pushed repeatedly to expand the role of the military to strike drug traffickers during his last stint at the Justice Department, while serving in President George H.W. Bush's administration. | "Oh, yes, using the military in drugs was always under discussion. I personally was of the view it was a national security problem. I personally likened it to terrorism," Barr recalled during an oral history…

James Risen (2018-12-08). How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA. theintercept.com The killing of a CIA agent in Greece was used to thwart reforms as Bush became the first openly partisan director of the spy agency in 1976.

WSWS (2018-12-08). French government threatens bloody crackdown on "yellow vest" protest. wsws.org Amid rising popular support for demonstrations against austerity and inequality, French officials are warning they will stop at nothing to halt the protests.

WSWS (2018-12-08). Wall Street Journal warns of stock "stampede" wsws.org The longest bull market in history has rested on the suppression of the class struggle by the trade union bureaucracy, which is breaking apart.

Paul Street (2018-12-07). The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler. counterpunch.org The prolonged nationally televised commemorations of the racist, corporatist, and imperialist killers John McCain and George H.W. Bush — both privileged sons of the United States military industrial complex — have been nauseating for any decent and historically knowledgeable human being to behold. But the national rituals attached to the deaths of these monstrous butchers More

Alison Weir (2018-12-07). In 1991 George H.W. Bush Took on the Israel Lobby, and Paid for It. mintpressnews.com In 1991 President George H.W. Bush held up a $10 billion loan guarantee to Israel over Israel's continued settlement building. Bush won the battle, but eventually lost the war, a lesson that politicians have remembered ever since…

Andrew Levine (2018-12-07). Thoughts on Strategy for a Left Opposition. counterpunch.org The time to resume using words like "resistance" and "revolution" in philosophically sound and historically accurate ways was long ago. And while the Sanders campaign deserves praise for bringing the word "socialism" back into mainstream political discourse, for reasons other than to disparage it, some precision would be welcome in that domain as well. For More

Whitney Webb (2018-12-07). With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship. mintpressnews.com While many may welcome the deplatforming of far-right provocateurs, the deplatforming of certain individuals from social media and crowdfunding platforms is a slippery slope that, in the past, has translated into the censorship of dissident voices and independent media.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-12-07). The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian. counterpunch.org "This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the 'Hitler Diaries.'" — WikiLeaks, Twitter, Nov 27, 2018 Those at The Guardian certainly felt they were onto something. It would be a scoop that would have consequences on a range of fronts featuring President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul More

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-07). Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff. counterpunch.org The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is not More

W. T. Whitney (2018-12-07). Two Years and Colombia's Peace Agreement is in Shreds. counterpunch.org Having negotiated for four years, the Colombia government on November 24, 2016 signed a peace agreement with guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Photo Source SSatMIT16 | CC BY 2.0 (FARC). Over 50 years of civil war had ended. The war took 200,000 Colombian lives and displaced seven million from their land. More

Dan Kovalik (2018-12-07). The Return of the Nicaraguan Contras, and the Rise of the Pro-Contra Left. counterpunch.org According to our nation's paper of record, the New York Times, the Nicaraguan Contras re-activated some time ago in order to take on their old foe, Daniel Ortega, who had been re-elected in 2007 after a long hiatus of 17 years. One may recall that it was the pressure of the Contras, and their brutal More

Robert Hunziker (2018-12-07). The Deathly Insect Dilemma. counterpunch.org Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature's normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary. Moreover, there is no quick and easy explanation for this sudden emergence of massive loss around the More

Senator Tom Harkin (2018-12-07). Questions for Vice-President Bush on Posada Carriles. counterpunch.org REFERENCE: Vol. 134 No. 131 TEXT: [*S13037] Mr. [Tom]HARKIN [Senator, Dem. Iowa]. Mr. President, as the American people prepare to make their final judgment on the two Presidential candidates, they deserve to know where the candidates stand on important foreign policy issues. At the top of the list should be international terrorism and the candidate's More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-07). Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq. mintpressnews.com If George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Bill Clinton are still casting about for a legacy, there's a grim one that will stay around for an eternity.

Rob Urie (2018-12-07). Degrowth: Toward a Green Revolution. counterpunch.org The Americanism that people will never voluntarily give up the consumption that is killing the planet represents the triumph of a long con. The problem that consumed (apologies) economists in the early twentieth century was how to get people to want the stuff that capitalism produces. Past the point of meeting basic needs, people really More

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-12-07). Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship. mintpressnews.com Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map.

Motasem Dalloul (2018-12-07). The Significance of the US Israel Failure at the UN General Assembly. mintpressnews.com The US and Israel exerted a lot of effort in trying to ensure that the resolution was passed because while General Assembly resolutions are non-binding on member states, they are considered to be a barometer of world opinion.

Daniel Falcone (2018-12-07). Noam Chomsky Turns 90. counterpunch.org I want to wish a happy birthday to Professor Noam Chomsky, who turns 90. He was born in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, PA and received a Deweyite education as a youngster. He often states that the progressive education he received in his formative years was so effective that he didn't even realize that he was a More

Nick Pemberton (2018-12-07). The Case For Chuck Mertz (Not Noam Chomsky) as America's Leading Intellectual. counterpunch.org Noam Chomsky turns 90! Congratulations Professor. Even at his advanced age, Mr. Chomsky remains the second smartest person in America. The smartest is Chuck Mertz. Now I have no idea when Chuck's birthday is, but it does seem likely that he was born about the same time as Christ (both guys have a flair for More

Dean Baker (2018-12-07). An Inverted Bond Yield Curve: Is a Recession Coming? counterpunch.org An NYT article on the stock market's plunge also noted that the yield curve, defined as the gap between the interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds and two-year notes, is close to being inverted. The interest rate on 10-year bonds was just 0.12 percentage points higher than the interest rate on 2-year notes. The piece More

Jennifer Matsui (2018-12-07). Dead of Night Redux: A Zombie Rises, A Spook Falls. counterpunch.org Instead of participating in a televised gathering of un-dead presidents and plutocrats for a Deep State funeral, we should be watching 'Dead of Night' (1974). It's hard to think of another film that so precisely (and presciently) envisioned the unintended consequences of war, namely its pox on casualties and survivors alike. So just what does More

Macdonald Stainsby (2018-12-07). Unist'ot'en Camp is Under Threat in Northern Canada. counterpunch.org I've been asked this so many times. It's the question that often flusters a social justice organizer working in North America. If I had to guess, I'd say I've been fielding this question since being involved in so-called "anti-globalization" protests of the late nineties. It seemed such a rude question to ask— I mean, why More

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-07). Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff. counterpunch.org The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is More

Ralph Nader (2018-12-07). New Book about Ethics and Whistleblowing for Engineers Affects Us All! counterpunch.org It's tough to be an engineering student these days, with so many new developments in modern technology and technological knowledge. The course curricula are more crowded than ever and the impact of emerging technologies is monumental. Some engineering professors worry that their students' busy course schedules prevents them from adequately exploring the liberal arts. Without More

Steve Hendricks (2018-12-07). What If We Just Buy Off Big Fossil Fuel? A Novel Plan to Mitigate the Climate Calamity. counterpunch.org Photo Source Food & Water Watch | CC BY 2.0 | As the nations of the world are gathered in Poland to fret about the state of the climate, there's an unpleasant truth—one might say an inconvenient truth—that climate advocates have long refused to face: Big Fossil Fuel has beaten us. | We've done our damnedest to stop them from wrecking the climate, but they're nonetheless pulling carbon from the ground in wondrous quantities. It was once astonishing that in the U.S. alone they could extract 55 quadrillion BTUs worth of oil, gas, and coal each ye…

David Rosen (2018-12-07). The Swamp Stinks: Trump & Washington's Rot. counterpunch.org Corruption is endemic to the American political system and gets uglier when rooted in a sexual scandal. During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would "drain the swamp" of Washington's corrupt politics. In one of his numerous Tweets, he promised: "I will Make Our Government Honest Again — believe me. But More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-12-07). The Conspiracy Against Refugees. counterpunch.org Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America. In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the seemingly More

Jimmysllama (2018-12-07). A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico. mintpressnews.com Credico has taken a beating from both sides of the political spectrum, with the left blaming him for Donald Trump's ascension to the White House while the far-right has condemned him for the troubles that seem to be brewing for Trump and their fallen hero, Roger Stone.

2018-12-10: Social Media Postees

Protest at Whitney Museum in New York calls for ouster of trustee who owns tear gas firm
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-10
Warren B. Kanders is the chairman and founder of Safariland, a defense firm that produces the tear gas used in the police-military attack on migrant workers at the US-Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro on November 25.
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The Yellow Vests Movement: Another Indicator of Disillusionment of the Masses
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-10
The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement which originated online during late May 2018 in France, has now spread to other European regions, and even as far as the beleaguered Middle East nation of Iraq. The campaign, uniquely spurred by social … | The post The Yellow Vests Movement: Another Indicator of Disillusionment of the Masses appeared first on Global Research.
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Extradiàßà£o de Assange Seria Ilegal, 'Jornalista Fazendo Seu Trabalho': John Kiriakou
Edu Montesanti | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-10
Enquanto se acredita que o Equador extradite Assange aos EUA, John Kiriakou, "denunciante relutante" considerado o primeiro oficial de inteligência dos EUA a revelar informaàßàµes sobre o uso de técnicas de tortura pela comunidade de inteligência norte-americana, comenta o caso … | The post Extradiàßà£o de Assange Seria Ilegal, 'Jornalista Fazendo Seu Trabalho': John Kiriakou appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/extradicao-de-…

Exhuming Franco: Spain's Immemorial Divisions
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-10
"Of course there's one Spain. If there was another, we'd all be in that one." — Joke on Franco's Spain, in London Review of Books, 37, July, 2015 | Beware the corpse that never truly expires. General Francisco Franco might … | The post Exhuming Franco: Spain's Immemorial Divisions appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump commits to record $750bn defense budget days after saying $716bn was too much — reports
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-10
Despite tweeting just last week that a $716bn defense budget was 'crazy', US President Donald Trump has reportedly reversed course and instead committed to the highest budget in history. | …
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Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
The White House wants to stay the course in Yemen even as the Senate is set to push back against US military support to the Saudi-led bombing campaign. But now a bombshell report reveals the Pentagon has been fueling Saudi and UAE jets free of charge due to "errors in accounting where DoD failed to charge" according […] | The post Yemen War: Pentagon Has Been Fueling Saudi And UAE Jets Free Of Charge appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/pentagon-…

Saudi King Attacks Iran At Gulf Summit, As Qatar Emir Fails To Show Up
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened the annual one-day summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, urging fellow member states Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar to maintain a united front against Iran and terrorism. "This requires all of us to maintain our countries' gains and to work with our partners to preserve security and stability […] | The post Saudi King Attacks Iran At Gulf Summit, As Qatar Emir Fails To Show Up appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/09/saudi-kin…

Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
Fast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for as long as 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed US sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption. The new Islamic revolutionary courts – whose rulings cannot be appealed, except for death […] | The post Iran Jails 30 Men For Economic Crimes After Public Outcry Against Corruption appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/09/iran-jail…

Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine
972 Magazine | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Bà∂ll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972's overall 2018 budget as […] | The post Israel Trying To Defund +972 Magazine appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/israel-de…

For Iran, Chabahar Bombing Threatens Crucial Economic Stakes
Rohollah Faghihi | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
On Thursday, a suicide car bomb detonated outside the police headquarters in the Iranian port city of Chabahar, killing two police officers and wounding more than 40. While the bombing was claimed by local militant group Ansar al-Furqan, the location is far from innocuous in the context of renewed US sanctions on the country, leading Iranians to conjecture […] | The post For Iran, Chabahar Bombing Threatens Crucial Economic Stakes appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/09/for-iran-…

The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On
James G. Jatras | iranian.com | 2018-12-10
As the faàßade of 2016 Candidate Donald Trump's promised "America First" continues to crumble away, the baked-into-the-cake pathologies of the foreign and security policy "experts" who monopolize President Trump's administration plunge forward along their predetermined paths. Any realistic notion of American national interests comes last after the priorities of — well, pretty much everyone else with […] | The post The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/10/the-ameri…

Which way forward for France's "yellow vest" protests?
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-10
The critical question is the independent organization of the working class, in France and internationally, in the preparation of a European general strike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

This week in history: December 10-16
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-10
25 years ago: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout, according to congressional report released on December 15, 1993. The General Accounting Office conducted a nearly two-year investigation into the radiation releases, which took place in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and its findings were confirmed by officials of the Department of Energy, which operates the US nuclear weapons production and testing system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

Huffington Post renews smear campaign against UK Professor Piers Robinson
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-10
Robinson is being attacked for his research on Syria, including probing questions regarding the predatory imperialist aims of the "war on terror," which is verboten for the official state propagandists in Britain and the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

Jeffrey Epstein case exposes how US justice works for the rich
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-10
The billionaire hedge fund manager avoided human trafficking charges due to his vast wealth and political connections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

Kiev Provocations directed against Russia, Ukraine Attempts to Usurp UN Security Council Agenda, Martial Law
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
Russia does not need any more problems, a fact of which President Putin is all too well aware. Therefore, the likelihood is nil to zero of Russia's having initiated the November 25 incident in the Kerch Strait, which culminated in … | The post Kiev Provocations directed against Russia, Ukraine Attempts to Usurp UN Security Council Agenda, Martial Law appeared first on Global Research.
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Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. … | The post Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire appeared first on Global Research.
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Israel's War on Protesting Children and Other Civilians
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-09
GAZA CITY, Gaza — Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel's long-running blockade of Gaza began in March. | And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part of the body more than any other — the legs. | The Israeli army says it is responding to weekly assaults on its frontier by Palestinians armed with stones, grenades and firebombs. The military says it opens fire only as a last resort, and considers firing at the lower limbs an act of restraint. | Still, 1…
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Selected Articles: Assaults on Freedom of Speech
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an … | The post Selected Articles: Assaults on Freedom of Speech appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/selected-artic…

Venezuelans Are Ready for Sunday's Municipal Elections
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
Venezuela enters the last day of electoral campaigns Thursday ahead of Venezuela's municipal elections. On Dec. 9, Venezuelans will head to the polls to elect over 4,000 municipal representatives across the country. | RELATED: | Putin Meets Maduro, Denounces Intervention in Venezuela | Almost 21 million people are enabled to vote in Sunday's election, including 230,000 residents. There are over 13,000 candidates from 21 national political parties, 11 regional parties, five nationa…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuel…

Carbon Emissions Will Reach a Record High of 37 Billion Tons in 2018
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-12-09
Carbon dioxide (CO?) emissions from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise more than 2% (range 1.8% to 3.7%) in 2018, taking global fossil CO? emissions to a new record high of 37.1 billion tonnes. | The strong growth is the second consecutive year of increasing emissions since the 2014-16 period when emissions stabilised, further slowing progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement that require a peak in greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. Strong growth in emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural gas suggests CO? emissions are likely to increase further in 2019…
truthout.org/articles/carbon-emi…

Top Democrats: Trump May Face Impeachment, Jail over Hush Money
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
U.S. President Donald Trump could face impeachment and jail time if hush money payments reported by his former lawyer are proven to be campaign finance violations, Democratic lawmakers said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Trump Announces Chief of Staff Kelly Will Leave End of The Year | Court filings on Friday in cases that stemmed from a federal probe into Russian a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Top-Demo…

Libya: Fezzan Movement Threatens Shutdown of Largest Oilfield
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
On Saturday, the security forces working for the State oil company National Oil Corporation (NOC) threatened a shutdown of the El Sharara oil field, in Libya. | RELATED: | UN Security Council Extends Sanctions on Libya Until 2020 | "We as the force securing the field inform you that the Fezzan Anger Movement entered the field and stopped the production in li…
telesurenglish.net/news/Libya-Fe…

The Significance of Human Duties and Responsibilities
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
As we observe the 70th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948, it is imperative that we remind ourselves of … | The post The Significance of Human Duties and Responsibilities appeared first on Global Research.
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AI Experts Issue Warning Against Facial Scanning
Sam Biddle | zcomm.org | 2018-12-09
What's worse than bad science passing judgment on anyone within camera range is that the algorithms making these decisions are kept private by the firms that develop them,…
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Armenia Elections: My Step Alliance to Take Over Parliament
teleSUR, MB | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
On Sunday, Armenians began an early parliamentary election nine months after protests brought about peaceful regime change in the country. | RELATED: | Armenian PM Sargsyan Quits After 11 Days of Street Protests | "I think these elections should not only be the best in the history of the second republic but also meet the highest international standards," s…
telesurenglish.net/news/Armenia-…

Are the Gilets Jaunes Today's Sans-Culottes?
Gilbert Mercier | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
"Pour le peuple, il y a toujours la misère!" Anonymous Gilet Jaune | From the Island of La Reunion to the Napoleonic symbol that is the Arc de Triomphe, through big and small towns, as well as the usually bucolic countryside … | The post Are the Gilets Jaunes Today's Sans-Culottes? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/are-the-gilets…

New Cold War & looming threats
John Pilger | zcomm.org | 2018-12-09
Interview on U.S.' aggression in the Asia-Pacific region and the decline of its global dominance and says that a "new Cold War beckons isolation for the U.S. and danger for the rest of us"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/new-cold-w…

Venezuela Municipal Elections Continue, 25th Bolivarian Election
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
Municipal elections began in Venezuela at 6: 00 a.m. in which about 4,900 councilor's post are up for election, as well as their deputy posts. Results are being primed with the national electoral body telling Venezuelans to watch them on social media for official updates on the results. | RELATED | Venezuelans Are Ready for Sunday's Municipal Elections | The National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) announced the opening of most of the electoral centers authorized for this new elector…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuel…

Two Members Of Brazil's MST Landless Movement Murdered
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
Two members of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) of Brazil were killed Saturday night in a rural area in the coastal state of Paraiba, gunned down by two hooded individuals. | RELATED: | Brazil President-elect's Aide Faces Campaign Funding Probe | Jose Bernardo da Silva and Rodrigo Celestino, both leaders from the MST, were gunned down by two hooded people at the Jose Maria Pires camp i…
telesurenglish.net/news/Two-Memb…

Prizes are Worthless Without Global Action: Prize Nobel Laureates
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
The laudable accomplishments of Nobel Prize winners Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are worthless without global action, the pair said Sunday, 24 hours before accepting their awards in Oslo. | RELATED: | 18 Dead in East DR Congo, Elections Approach | "This prize, one prize cannot remove all the violence and all the attacks on pregnant women, on…
telesurenglish.net/news/Prizes-a…

A People's History of George H. W. Bush. "Soldier Statesman" or Criminal War Profiteer?
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
"The Bush bank helped the Thyssens make the Nazi steel that killed Allied solders. As bad as financing the Nazi war machine may seem, aiding and abetting the Holocaust was worse. Thyssen's coal mines used Jewish slaves as if they … | The post A People's History of George H. W. Bush. "Soldier Statesman" or Criminal War Profiteer? appeared first on Global Research.
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The Trials of Julian Assange. Why Washington Sees Wikileaks as an Existential Threat
Stefania Maurizi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist working for the Italian daily La Repubblica. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden Files about Italy. She has authored two books–Dossier … | The post The Trials of Julian Assange. Why Washington Sees Wikileaks as an Existential Threat appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-trials-of-…

December 9: Municipal Council Elections in Venezuela – Live Rolling Coverage
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-12-09
VA brings you the only English-language round-the-clock live coverage of Venezuela's fifth election in eighteen months, with 2,549 local councillors due to be elected today.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14177

Democrats Raise Prospect of Impeachment, Jail for Trump
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-09
WASHINGTON–Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. | "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House intelligence committee. "The bigger pardon ques…
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Kwiatkowski Gets 2018 Sam Adams Award. Read the Citation and Her Acceptance Speech Here
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-09
Here is Karen Kwiatowski's acceptance speech for the 2018 Sam Adams Award at a ceremony in Washington on Saturday night, preceded by the citation, that was read by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Citation Karen Kwiatkowski…
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In Another Blow to Keystone XL, Judge Rules TransCanada Can't Conduct Pre-Construction Work
Jessica Corbett | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
Opponents of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline–from indigenous and environmental groups to local farmers and ranchers–celebrated a win in court after a federal judge ruled on Friday that the fossil fuel giant cannot conduct pre-construction work on the pipeline until the … | The post In Another Blow to Keystone XL, Judge Rules TransCanada Can't Conduct Pre-Construction Work appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/in-another-blo…

PSUV Wins Majority in Local Elections: Venezuelan Authorities
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
The National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) announced that out of the 335 electoral lists across the country, 156 of them had been designated, and of those 142 were won by the governing United Socialist Party on Sunday, with 92 percent of the vote counted by 10.30 p.m. local time. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Are Ready for Sunday's Municipal Elections | The local elections recorded a 27,4 percent of turnout in total, CNE President Tibisay Lucena also added that 467 out of 449 available…
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France's Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
President Emmanuel Macron is an instrument of the financial establishment, a former employee of the Rothschilds, acting on their behalf, enforcing a profit driven macro-economic agenda as well boosting the revenues of the military contractors. | The post France's Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt appeared first on Global Research.
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Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism (Pt 1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-09
After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the Murder of Marielle Franco | The post Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism (Pt 1/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/roger-wa…

Huawei Arrest: Canada Faces 'Serious Consequences' Says China
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
The Chinese vice foreign minister, Le Yucheng, issued a fresh warning to Canadian authorities demanding the release of Huawei's CFO, saying there would be "serious consequences" for failing to do so. | RELATED: | Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou Faces Iran Fraud Charges, Court Hears | "China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detaine…
telesurenglish.net/news/Huawei-A…

VIDEO: Hinter dem US-Angriff auf chinesische Smartphones
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
Nachdem Prà§sident Trump auf chinesische Waren hohe Steuern erhoben hatte — 250 Milliarden Dollar -, akzeptierte er beim G-20 einen ‚ÄûWaffenstillstand", indem er weitere Maàünahmen aufschob, vor allem weil die US-Wirtschaft von den chinesischen Vergeltungsmaàünahmen getroffen wurde. | Aber neben diesen … | The post VIDEO: Hinter dem US-Angriff auf chinesische Smartphones appeared first on Global Research.
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Iran: 10 Suspects Arrested After Suicide Bombing
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
Iranian security forces detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide attack involving a car bomb attack that killed at least two policemen this week, police chief Hossein Ashtari said Sunday. | RELATED: | OPEC, Allies Agree to Cut Oil Production Despite US Pressure | "Good clues have been obtained and hopefully with the public's cooperation … we will get to the main leads," Ashtari told the state news agency IRNA. He added that more suspects have been identified and are bein…
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Hypnosis, truth drugs and remote-operated dogs: Declassified papers on CIA's 'mind control' research
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-09
A renowned government secret hunter has published new documents detailing the CIA's Cold War "behavioral modification" experiments (ranging from the bizarre to the stomach-churning), released under the Freedom of Information Act. | …
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Comey admits FBI failed to verify Steele Dossier it used to obtain a spy warrant on Trump's aide
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-09
Former FBI Director James Comey has admitted the Steele dossier was still uncorroborated by the FBI at the time he left the bureau. The infamous dossier was used by the FBI to monitor Trump aide Carter Page. | …
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Renters forever? 89% of US millennials want to own a home but student debt is stopping them — survey
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-09
Achieving the American dream seems unattainable to many millennials, with 48 percent lacking any savings for a home down payment. Many have student loan debt to blame, which has reached a collective $1.3 trillion in the US. | …
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U.S. Super Carrier Arrives In Middle East As A "Message" To Tehran
Al-Masdar News | iranian.com | 2018-12-09
A carrier strike group led by the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS John C. Stennis has arrived in the Middle East, ending an eight month period without a US carrier based in the region, the US Navy has reported. The carrier group will be based with the 5th Fleet, whose zone of responsibility includes the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, and will be […] | The post U.S. Super Carrier Arrives In Middle East As A "Message" To Tehran appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran Unveils Blueprint For Military Trimaran
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2018-12-09
During a visit to an exhibition of the Iranian Navy's achievements, Deputy Chief of the Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Sayyari unveiled the scheme for the new homegrown vessel, dubbed the "Safineh (ship) project". The Iranian trimaran will have low hydrodynamic resistance in high velocities, have appropriate hydrostatic balance, and enjoy a large deck, twice […] | The post Iran Unveils Blueprint For Military Trimaran appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran Arrests 10 Suspects In Suicide Bombing That Killed Two
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-12-09
Iranian security forces have detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide car bomb attack this week that killed at least two policemen, police chief Hossein Ashtari said on Sunday. "Good clues have been obtained and hopefully with the public's cooperation … we will get to the main leads," Ashtari was quoted by the […] | The post Iran Arrests 10 Suspects In Suicide Bombing That Killed Two appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran Risks FIFA Ban
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-12-09
Iran could be banned from international football ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup over a law interfering in the national football federation's independence. Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) president Mehdi Taj must leave his post due to the law barring the employment of retirees in government, state or public institutions which use […] | The post Iran Risks FIFA Ban appeared first on The Iranian.
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Is There Anything Trump, Cohen, and Manafort Didn't Lie About?
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2018-12-09
The drip, drip of documents from Mueller's inquiry into the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia exposes a dizzying number of lies by the president and his associates. | The post Is There Anything Trump, Cohen, and Manafort Didn't Lie About? appeared first on The Intercept.
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Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet
Bruna de Lara | theintercept.com | 2018-12-09
"Our government departments will not be led by anyone who's been convicted of corruption," said Jair Bolsonaro on October 31, three days after being elected president of Brazil. The goal of his statement, published on his social media feeds, was clear: to deny accusations in the press that he had asked Alberto Fraga, a member of Congress who was convicted of taking bribes, to join his administration. | A week earlier, a video had emerged on the Brazilian website R7 with Bolsonaro singing a different tune than his post-election statement. Sur…
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A Tribute to Ludmila Mikhailovna Alexeeva
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-09
(Moscow) — Human Rights Watch bids farewell to Ludmila Alexeeva, the doyenne of Russia's human rights movement, who died on December 8 in Moscow. She will forever be a towering figure for human rights activists everywhere: a clear, moral voice for freedom and dignity. | Ludmila Alexeeva. | © Platon, Moscow 2011 | Ludmila gave her energy and her soul to many cases and issues, from the persecution of ordinary people, to civilian carnage in the war in Chechnya, to the Kremlin's crackdown on civil society that gathe…
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Giving North Korea Abuses a Free Pass
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-09
Kim Jong-Un watches a performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, on February 23, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/KCNA | It is a bitter irony that on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Security Council will give North Korea's atrocious human rights record a free pass. | In 2014, a blistering UN commission of inquiry report found the North Korean government responsible for a laundry…
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Saudi Arabia Refuses to Extradite Khashoggi Suspects to Turkey
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-09
Saudi Arabia will not be extraditing its suspects being investigated for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Foreign Minister Abdel al-Jubeir said Sunday. | RELATED: | Turkish Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant Over Khashoggi Murder | The Saudi Arabian officials have remained resolute, despite the pair arrest warrants filed by Turkish prosecutors against Saud al-Qahtani, the former top-aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, ex-head of foreig…
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France's Yellow Vest Rebellion: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
Richard Galustian | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
There has always been a tradition of rebellion and revolution in France. | The above headline is the instantly recognised phrase that is the most significant National motto of France. | Not only the obvious famous 18th Century Revolution, but in the … | The post France's Yellow Vest Rebellion: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-08
As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue | The post Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Deathly Insect Dilemma. "It is not Normal for 50%-to-90% of a Species to Drop Dead"
Robert Hunziker | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature's normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary. | Moreover, there … | The post The Deathly Insect Dilemma. "It is not Normal for 50%-to-90% of a Species to Drop Dead" appeared first on Global Research.
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Towards a Russia-Pakistan Railway Corridor?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
The establishment of a financial consortium and joint working group between the railway administrations of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan could one day lead to the creation of a Russia-Pakistan (RuPak) railway via Central Asia that would complement the … | The post Towards a Russia-Pakistan Railway Corridor? appeared first on Global Research.
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Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-12-08
In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read…
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China's Ban on Imports of "Foreign Garbage": No More of Your Junk
Adam Liebman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Last year, China announced a ban on imports of 'foreign garbage'. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman explains why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our … | The post China's Ban on Imports of "Foreign Garbage": No More of Your Junk appeared first on Global Research.
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'Decimated': Germany's Birds Disappear as Insect Abundance Plummets 76%
Morgan Erickson-Davis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Originally published by Mongabay.com and Global Research on November 2, 2017 | A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany's flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country's bird abundance has | … | The post 'Decimated': Germany's Birds Disappear as Insect Abundance Plummets 76% appeared first on Global Research.
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Canada Arrests Meng Wanzhou, CFO of HuaWei, China's Global Cell Phone Competitor
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
It is clear the US is pushing the battle line to our door … We can completely regard the US arrest of Meng Wanzhou as a declaration of war against China." | So read an editorial in the Global Times … | The post Canada Arrests Meng Wanzhou, CFO of HuaWei, China's Global Cell Phone Competitor appeared first on Global Research.
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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-08
From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord | The post Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018 appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Trump Regime "Revolving Door" Changes: William Barr as Attorney General
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-08
Trump has nominated former Bush Senior attorney general (from 1991 — 1993) William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as AG, saying he was his "first choice since day one." | Barr confirmed acceptance of the nomination, the post requiring Senate confirmation, … | The post Trump Regime "Revolving Door" Changes: William Barr as Attorney General appeared first on Global Research.
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Mueller accuses Manafort of 'multiple discernible lies' & plea violation
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort of making false statements in the "Russiagate" investigation, including about a man Mueller insinuated might be a Russian spy. | …
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Former Trump campaign adviser targeted by Mueller for his appearances on RT
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
London-based academic Ted Malloch has come under scrutiny by Russiagate investigators for his appearances on RT, the Guardian reports. Malloch denies the claim. | …
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FISA abuse accusations 'nonsense' says Comey, dodging dossier question
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
Former FBI Director James Comey called "nonsense" the accusations that the bureau or Department of Justice acted inappropriately in obtaining a warrant to spy on the Trump presidential campaign. | …
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Trump's attempt to revive asylum ban struck down in appeals court
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-08
Trump's bid to delay efforts pulling the plug on his asylum ban have been thwarted by a San Francisco court, signaling a major loss in the Trump administration's ongoing battle over immigration policy. | …
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How George HW Bush's 1989 invasion of Panama set the stage for US wars to come
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-08
The death of George H.W. Bush has dominated the U.S. news for days, but little attention has been paid to the defining event of Bush's first year in office: the invasion of Panama. On December 19, 1989, Bush Sr. sent tens of thousands of troops into Panama, ostensibly to execute an arrest warrant against its leader, Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. General Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and on the CIA payroll. | In a nationally televised address, Bush claimed the invasion was needed to defend democracy in Panama. During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped w…
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Trump's Pick for Attorney General Pushed for Military Strikes on Drug Traffickers, Questioned Asylum Law
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-12-08
President Donald Trump's pick to serve as his next attorney general, William Barr, pushed repeatedly to expand the role of the military to strike drug traffickers during his last stint at the Justice Department, while serving in President George H.W. Bush's administration. | "Oh, yes, using the military in drugs was always under discussion. I personally was of the view it was a national security problem. I personally likened it to terrorism," Barr recalled during an oral history…
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How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2018-12-08
The killing of a CIA agent in Greece was used to thwart reforms as Bush became the first openly partisan director of the spy agency in 1976. | The post How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/12/08/geor…

French government threatens bloody crackdown on "yellow vest" protest
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-08
Amid rising popular support for demonstrations against austerity and inequality, French officials are warning they will stop at nothing to halt the protests.
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Wall Street Journal warns of stock "stampede"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-08
The longest bull market in history has rested on the suppression of the class struggle by the trade union bureaucracy, which is breaking apart.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12…

Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil fields, clotting the air with poisonous clouds of black smoke and saturating the ground with swamps of crude. It was justly called an environmental war crime.
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The Swamp Stinks: Trump & Washington's Rot
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Corruption is endemic to the American political system and gets uglier when rooted in a sexual scandal. During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would "drain the swamp" of Washington's corrupt politics. In one of his numerous Tweets, he promised:…
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Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is not…
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The Deathly Insect Dilemma
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of nature's normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary. Moreover, there is no quick and easy explanation for this sudden emergence of massive loss around the…
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Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map. | The post Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Significance of the US Israel Failure at the UN General Assembly
Motasem Dalloul | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
The US and Israel exerted a lot of effort in trying to ensure that the resolution was passed because while General Assembly resolutions are non-binding on member states, they are considered to be a barometer of world opinion. | The post The Significance of the US Israel Failure at the UN General Assembly appeared first on MintPress News.
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Questions for Vice-President Bush on Posada Carriles
Senator Tom Harkin | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
REFERENCE: Vol. 134 No. 131 TEXT: [*S13037] Mr. [Tom]HARKIN [Senator, Dem. Iowa]. Mr. President, as the American people prepare to make their final judgment on the two Presidential candidates, they deserve to know where the candidates stand on important foreign policy issues. At the top of the list should be international terrorism and the candidate's…
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With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
While many may welcome the deplatforming of far-right provocateurs, the deplatforming of certain individuals from social media and crowdfunding platforms is a slippery slope that, in the past, has translated into the censorship of dissident voices and independent media. | The post With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship appeared first on MintPress News.
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Thoughts on Strategy for a Left Opposition
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
The time to resume using words like "resistance" and "revolution" in philosophically sound and historically accurate ways was long ago. And while the Sanders campaign deserves praise for bringing the word "socialism" back into mainstream political discourse, for reasons other than to disparage it, some precision would be welcome in that domain as well. For…
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
"…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." These are the words in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated 70 years ago on December 10, 1948. They were…
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In 1991 George H.W. Bush Took on the Israel Lobby, and Paid for It
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
In 1991 President George H.W. Bush held up a $10 billion loan guarantee to Israel over Israel's continued settlement building. Bush won the battle, but eventually lost the war, a lesson that politicians have remembered ever since… | The post In 1991 George H.W. Bush Took on the Israel Lobby, and Paid for It appeared first on MintPress News.
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New Book about Ethics and Whistleblowing for Engineers Affects Us All!
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
It's tough to be an engineering student these days, with so many new developments in modern technology and technological knowledge. The course curricula are more crowded than ever and the impact of emerging technologies is monumental. Some engineering professors worry that their students' busy course schedules prevents them from adequately exploring the liberal arts. Without…
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A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
Credico has taken a beating from both sides of the political spectrum, with the left blaming him for Donald Trump's ascension to the White House while the far-right has condemned him for the troubles that seem to be brewing for Trump and their fallen hero, Roger Stone. | The post A Doer of Good among Rats and Snakes: The Vindication of Activist and Journalist Randy Credico appeared first on MintPress News.
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Unist'ot'en Camp is Under Threat in Northern Canada
Macdonald Stainsby | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
I've been asked this so many times. It's the question that often flusters a social justice organizer working in North America. If I had to guess, I'd say I've been fielding this question since being involved in so-called "anti-globalization" protests of the late nineties. It seemed such a rude question to ask– I mean, why…
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The Conspiracy Against Refugees
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America. In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the seemingly…
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Getting Pushed Off the Capitalist Cliff
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
The statement, "If democracy is indispensable, capitalism must be dispensable" appears on page two of Alan Nasser's recently published study of US capitalism, Overripe Capitalism: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He continues by telling the reader that without popular, leftist and militant working class resistance, the likely future for the United States is…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/07/gett…

The Case For Chuck Mertz (Not Noam Chomsky) as America's Leading Intellectual
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Noam Chomsky turns 90! Congratulations Professor. Even at his advanced age, Mr. Chomsky remains the second smartest person in America. The smartest is Chuck Mertz. Now I have no idea when Chuck's birthday is, but it does seem likely that he was born about the same time as Christ (both guys have a flair for…
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What If We Just Buy Off Big Fossil Fuel? A Novel Plan to Mitigate the Climate Calamity
Steve Hendricks | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Photo Source Food & Water Watch | CC BY 2.0 | As the nations of the world are gathered in Poland to fret about the state of the climate, there's an unpleasant truth–one might say an inconvenient truth–that climate advocates have long refused to face: Big Fossil Fuel has beaten us. | We've done our damnedest to stop them from wrecking the climate, but they're nonetheless pulling carbon from the ground in wondrous quantities. It was once astonishing that in the U.S. alone they could extract 55 quadrillion BTUs worth of oil, gas, and coal each ye…
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Noam Chomsky Turns 90
Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
I want to wish a happy birthday to Professor Noam Chomsky, who turns 90. He was born in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, PA and received a Deweyite education as a youngster. He often states that the progressive education he received in his formative years was so effective that he didn't even realize that he was a…
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Dead of Night Redux: A Zombie Rises, A Spook Falls
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Instead of participating in a televised gathering of un-dead presidents and plutocrats for a Deep State funeral, we should be watching 'Dead of Night' (1974). It's hard to think of another film that so precisely (and presciently) envisioned the unintended consequences of war, namely its pox on casualties and survivors alike. So just what does…
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Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq
Jeffrey St. Clair | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-07
If George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Bill Clinton are still casting about for a legacy, there's a grim one that will stay around for an eternity. | The post Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq appeared first on MintPress News.
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The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
The prolonged nationally televised commemorations of the racist, corporatist, and imperialist killers John McCain and George H.W. Bush — both privileged sons of the United States military industrial complex — have been nauseating for any decent and historically knowledgeable human being to behold. But the national rituals attached to the deaths of these monstrous butchers…
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The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
"This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the 'Hitler Diaries.'" — WikiLeaks, Twitter, Nov 27, 2018 Those at The Guardian certainly felt they were onto something. It would be a scoop that would have consequences on a range of fronts featuring President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul…
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The Return of the Nicaraguan Contras, and the Rise of the Pro-Contra Left
Dan Kovalik | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
According to our nation's paper of record, the New York Times, the Nicaraguan Contras re-activated some time ago in order to take on their old foe, Daniel Ortega, who had been re-elected in 2007 after a long hiatus of 17 years. One may recall that it was the pressure of the Contras, and their brutal…
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An Inverted Bond Yield Curve: Is a Recession Coming?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
An NYT article on the stock market's plunge also noted that the yield curve, defined as the gap between the interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds and two-year notes, is close to being inverted. The interest rate on 10-year bonds was just 0.12 percentage points higher than the interest rate on 2-year notes. The piece…
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Degrowth: Toward a Green Revolution
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
The Americanism that people will never voluntarily give up the consumption that is killing the planet represents the triumph of a long con. The problem that consumed (apologies) economists in the early twentieth century was how to get people to want the stuff that capitalism produces. Past the point of meeting basic needs, people really…
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