amnesty (2018-12-10). Violence Against Women Online in 2018. amnesty.org ...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Inequality in 2018 . amnesty.org ...

WSWS (2018-12-10). China summons American ambassador over detention of Huawei executive. wsws.org The highly provocative actions of the US are part of the Trump administration's wider campaign to prevent Chinese corporate giants from challenging American technological supremacy.

Tannery Arts Center (2018-12-10). Creativity, Spirituality and Social Justice. indybay.org Radius Gallery | 1050 River St, Unit 127, Santa Cruz...

WSWS (2018-12-10). Another house fire erupts in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. wsws.org The fire, which displaced several families, came less than four months after a house fire in the same area claimed the lives of ten children.

WSWS (2018-12-10). Neo-Nazi convicted for murdering antiracist protester in Charlottesville, Virginia. wsws.org 21-year-old James Fields, Jnr. faces sentencing on Monday, and a looming federal trial for hate crimes. A guilty verdict will carry the possibility of a death sentence.

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. |

WSWS (2018-12-10). Canada-China relations sour after Ottawa kidnaps Huawei executive. wsws.org At the express instructions of the federal Attorney-General, the Crown is arguing Meng Wanzhuo must remain in captivity pending the adjudication of her extradition to the US.

WSWS (2018-12-10). In name of fighting fascism, ISO promotes class collaboration and Democratic Party. wsws.org In an appeal to form an alliance with the "broadest social layers" against fascism, the International Socialist Organization seeks to subordinate the working class to the corporate-controlled two-party system.

United Public Workers For Action (2018-12-10). Macron Out NOW! And Trump Should Be Next! US Working People Support French People. indybay.org The French Consulate | 88 Kearny St near Market St., | San Francisco...

Cosecha Santa Cruz (2018-12-10). Solidarity Walk for Caravan Asylum Seekers. indybay.org Santa Cruz Town Clock | Water St. & Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Rights Today in the Middle East and North Africa - 2018. amnesty.org ...

APTP (2018-12-10). Fight back: Secret OPD pay raise. indybay.org City Hall | 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Rm 201 | Oakland...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-10). Israeli Settlers, Led by the Minister of Agriculture, Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO). imemc.org Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, accompanied by military reinforcement security from the Israeli occupation army. According to the sources of the Islamic Endowments Department, Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, was leading a group of Israeli extremist settlers who entered through the Mugrabi ...

WSWS (2018-12-10). German workers express solidarity with "yellow vest" protests in France. wsws.org German workers who spoke with Socialist Equality Party (SGP) candidates, expressed sympathy with the mass protests of the "yellow vests" in France. Many share the same grievances and confront the same inequities.

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 [...]

amnesty (2018-12-10). Arms Trade in 2018. amnesty.org ...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Rights Today in East Asia - 2018. amnesty.org ...

IMEMC News (2018-12-10). Seven Israeli Colonialist Settlers Injured In West Bank Shooting. imemc.org Israeli sources have reported that, on Sunday evening, seven settlers were injured, including a pregnant woman who was seriously wounded, in a shooting attack near the illegal colony of Ofra, which was built on Palestinian lands near Ramallah, in central West Bank. Israeli daily Haaretz said a pregnant woman, 21, ...

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.

Phyllis Bennis, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (2018-12-10). Marc Lamont Hill Was Arguing for the Rights of Humans, Not of States. thenation.com Phyllis Bennis, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Marc Lamont Hill Was Arguing for the Rights of Humans, Not of States...

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 ...

WSWS (2018-12-10). Indian workers face slave-like conditions in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Young men recruited from a Jharkhand village to work on a high-voltage power-line in Sri Lanka have not been paid for three months.

WSWS (2018-12-10). Spain: Rightist parties mull government role for fascist Vox in Andalusia. wsws.org The Spanish bourgeoisie is raising the profile of Vox, leading up to the Andalusian elections, with the country's establishment newspapers posting multiple articles—at least one a day—on the fascist party.

Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action (2018-12-10). Climate Town Hall. indybay.org 275 Main St, Watsonville, CA...

amnesty (2018-12-10). The Not Enough Impact Report 2018. amnesty.org ...

Alex Dudek (2018-12-10). The UN Security Council Resolution: Germany will be obliged to pay Poland for occupation. indybay.org As early as 2017, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, stated his intention to demand reparations from Germany for damage caused by its Nazi German occupation during the WWII.

Edu Montesanti (2018-12-10). Extradiąßą£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 inteligźncia dos EUA a revelar informaąßąµes sobre o uso de técnicas de tortura pela comunidade de inteligźncia norte-americana, comenta o caso ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-10). UNOCHA Report: 33 Palestinian-owned Structures Seized or Demolished in Area C and East Jerusalem. imemc.org A recent report issued, by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on the latest developments in Palestinian territories, published on December 6. According to the report, demonstrations in the context of the 'Great March of Return' continued for the 36th successive week, resulting in the ...

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.

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 [...]

East Bay Democratic Socialists of America (2018-12-10). East Bay DSA Stands With NUHW on Strike! indybay.org Oakland Medical Center 3600 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94611...

WSWS (2018-12-10). The "yellow vests": A movement of workers against social inequality. wsws.org In this video, workers participating in France's "yellow vests" demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

Dave Maass & Mike Katz-Lacabe, EFF (2018-12-10). Alameda and Contra Costa County Sheriffs Flew Drones Over Protests. indybay.org Interestingly, the mission logs show an exclusive focus on protesters associated with left-wing, anti-racist, anti-fascist, or other groups opposing the Trump presidency. There is little mention of the alt-right, nationalist, or pro-Trump groups also involved in the altercations.

Save Santa Cruz (2018-12-10). Pacific Front Development Hearing at Santa Cruz City Council. indybay.org City Hall, 809 Center St, Santa Cruz...

DJ Mouse (2018-12-10). JFK killer escapes justice...12-4-18 Mouse Report. indybay.org let's bury George...not praise him...but if he hadn't blown our brains out in '63 how would JFK have made his 'Rendesvous with Death'...and if he ducked they'd never have passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964...'happy hippies don't kill people or even think of death as punishment'...but good riddance warmonger's warmonger...(1 hr.)...

Animal Liberation Press Office (2018-12-10). German Poultry Farm Destroyed in ALF Arson. indybay.org Received anonymously: During the night of November 29-30, flames almost completely destroyed an empty barn at a chicken farm in Altenwahlingen (Lower Saxony).

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 [...]

Dolores Heilbron (2018-12-10). The Human Face of Hope. indybay.org FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF SAN FRANCISCO | 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary, San Francisco...

NUHW (2018-12-10). Three Labor Actions at Kaiser Hospitals, OUSD OEA and UBER/Lyft Drivers In SF. indybay.org Kaiser Hospitals bay area | Oakland OEA Oakland High | UBER/Lyft Workers Rally at SF City Hall...

WSWS (2018-12-10). German Christian Democrats select Merkel's favoured candidate as party leader. wsws.org The change in the leadership of Germany's main governing party takes place in the midst of a new eruption of class struggle in Europe.

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 ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-10). Senior Israeli Lawmaker: "The Israeli army has enough bullets for every Palestinian." imemc.org Chairman for the Defense Committee of the Israeli Parliament of the Knesset, Avi Dichter, recently made an underhanded remark expressing favor for killing all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. As he was commenting on the protests of the Great March of Return, taking place along the eastern fence of the ...

Save Santa Cruz (2018-12-10). Proposed Development on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean Street-Grove Room, Santa Cruz...

Center for Biological Diversity (2018-12-10). Judge Orders Kern County to Rescind Approvals for Grapevine Development. indybay.org Court Says Kern County Must Consider Air Pollution, Health Impacts...

WSWS (2018-12-10). Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat "sickout" wsws.org Teachers from over five schools carried out a coordinated "sick out" on Monday to protest low wages and millions of dollars in planned cuts to the district.

amnesty (2018-12-10). Rights Today in Southeast Asia - 2018. amnesty.org ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-10). Belgian City Votes to Ban Contracts with Companies that Violate Human Rights. imemc.org [Photo: City Hall in Ghent, Belgium] 12/08/18 Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Norway Last month, the City Council in Ghent, Belgium voted to ban companies involved in human rights violations from doing business with the the city. Palestinian solidarity activists with the group Ghent Action Platform Palestine (GAPP) were the driving force ...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-10). US Evangelicals Have Donated Some $65M to Illegal Settlements. imemc.org Right-wing evangelical organizations have raised tens of millions of dollars, over the past 10 years, to fund settlement projects in the West Bank, a report published by Haaretz newspaper reported, on Sunday. According to the PNN, the newspaper said that it had conducted an audit of the funds, estimated to ...

kathy_f (2018-12-10). Climate movement attracts new generation of activists. greenleft.org.au The latter part of 2018 will be remembered for the re-emergence of climate action on the national agenda. | Independent Kerryn Phelps' win in the Wentworth byelection promising "meaningful environmental action" and Labor's subsequent adoption of a 50% renewable energy policy by 2030 has come in the midst of researcher Rebecca Huntley's findings that "climate and environmental concerns" have increasingly become "a test of leadership" for voters. | These centrist platforms, however, have been rightly superseded by the newest base of the climate movement: high school students. | Tired of the "dinosaurs in parliament...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Refugee Rights in 2018. amnesty.org ...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Rights Today in Europe and Central Asia - 2018. amnesty.org ...

Melanie (2018-12-10). Pressure Nancy Pelosi to Create a Green New Deal. indybay.org Civic Center | San Francisco | California 94102...

Dan Bacher (2018-12-10). Brown administration withdraws key document necessary for Delta Tunnels approval. indybay.org "This is a great day for the Delta Protection Act," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "We are thrilled about DWR's withdrawal from the consistency determination process."

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). Australia: Thousands protest climate change and new Adani coal mine. wsws.org The environmental groups that organised the rally are seeking to subordinate an emerging movement of young people to the very parties responsible for environmental destruction.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2018-12-10). Israeli Military Opens Fire Toward Gaza Fishermen and Shepherds. imemc.org Israeli naval forces opened fire towards Palestinian fishermen, west of Rafah City and Khan Younis City, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, on Sunday. A Ma'an News Agency reporter said that naval forces repeatedly opened fire at fishermen within the permitted fishing zone, forcing them back to shore. Meanwhile, Israeli ...

Strike Debt Bay Area (2018-12-10). 'Doughnut Economics' Reading Group. indybay.org Omni Commons | 4799 Shattuck, Oakland, CA...

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 [...]

Santa Cruz Archaeological Society (2018-12-10). Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology in the City of Santa Cruz. indybay.org Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange | 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Rights Today in South Asia - 2018. amnesty.org ...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Rights Today in Africa - 2018. amnesty.org ...

Zine Fronteras (2018-12-10). Zine Fronteras Launch and Reading. indybay.org Santa Cruz Library-Live Oak Branch | 2380 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz...

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 Bą∂ll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972's overall 2018 budget as [...]

IMEMC News (2018-12-10). Israeli soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians In Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, ten Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of occupied East Jerusalem, and moved them to a number of detention and interrogation facilities. The soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in the al-'Isawiya town, in the center of Jerusalem, and abducted seven Palestinians. ...

Chris Hedges (2018-12-10). The Heresy of White Christianity. truthdig.com There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. | Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the impoverished son of a woodcutter who had only a sixth-grade education. With an almost superhuman will, Cone clawed his way up from the Arkansas cotton fields to implode theological studies in the United States with his withering critique of the white supremacy a...

SubRosa Community Space (2018-12-10). Rojava Solidarity Santa Cruz. indybay.org SubRosa Community Space | 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz...

Roy Zimmerman (2018-12-10). Roy Zimmerman: Rize Up. indybay.org Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org...

teleSUR (2018-12-10). Tanzania: Party Act Bill Aimed to Limit Political Freedom. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, politicians in Tanzania denounced the ruling party's proposed bill to amend the Political Parties Act threatens to restrict political freedoms and criminalize opposition parties. | RELATED: | Media Watchdog: Increased Persecution of African Journalists | "The proposed bill is against the constitution," and "If this bill is passed by the parliame...

amnesty (2018-12-10). A message from Kumi Naidoo on human rights in 2018. amnesty.org ...

Santa Cruz News (2018-12-10). Valentin Lopez Speaks on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. indybay.org Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, spoke at an event in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, hosted by the United Nations Association: USA Santa Cruz, CA Chapter on December 8 at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

James G. Jatras (2018-12-10). The 'America Last' Express Hurtles On. iranian.com As the faąßade 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). 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). No to the persecution of Eric Drouet. wsws.org Macron tries to intimidate the "yellow vests" by persecuting one of the founders of the movement.

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.

Uhuru Solidarity Movement (2018-12-10). Bush necro-worship should make it plain to see that the mainstream media lies in the filth. indybay.org TODAY AT 6PM EASTERN, JOIN US ON FACEBOOK, INVITE OTHERS, This week of Bush necro-worship should make it plain to see that the mainstream media lies in the filthy bed it makes with the white ruling class.

WSWS (2018-12-10). White House turmoil deepens after Kelly firing. wsws.org The circle of Trump's top aides is narrowing to include only his immediate family and those closest to them.

WSWS (2018-12-10). UK workers, young people defend Yellow Vest protests in France: "I only wish that we could do it here as well!" wsws.org WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth and Britain who support the Yellow Vest protests in France.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-10). United States: Deregulating Mountaintop Removal Threatens Drinking Water and Public Health. hrw.org ...

amnesty (2018-12-10). Rights Today in the Americas - 2018. amnesty.org ...

Lynda Carson (2018-12-10). Julia Vinograd a.k.a. the Bubble Lady passed away on December 6, 2018. indybay.org Below are a few poems that Julia Vinograd has published with Street Spirit.

WSWS (2018-12-10). Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures. wsws.org The attendees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for the formation of rank-and-file workplace and neighborhood committees to organize a struggle against plant closures.

Sharon Lerner (2018-12-09). Trump's Attack on the Clean Water Act Will Fuel Destructive Pipeline Boom. theintercept.com A new water rule that will strip federal protections from an estimated 60-90 percent of U.S. waterways will dramatically ease restrictions on how polluting industries do business. | According to the rule, which is due out next week, streams that don't run year-round and many wetlands will no longer be subject to the Clean Water Act. As a result, a wide range of industries — including agriculture, mining, waste management, chemical companies, real estate development, and road construction — will be free...

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...

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 [...]

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.

Miles Kampf-Lassin (2018-12-09). A Bold New Plan to Tackle Climate Change. zcomm.org In a livestreamed town hall event, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez laid out the best hope yet to stave off climate disaster and transform our economy: A Green New Deal. And now it's gaining support in Congress...

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...

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...

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-09). Progressive Activists Are Winning in Red States. truthout.org The tireless organizing of progressives in red states this fall did not just deliver one-time wins for progressive policies in areas controlled by Republican governments — it also established an infrastructure that could pave the way for progressive triumphs in the future. | The numerous progressive policy victories declared this November — including many in states where Republicans were victorious on election night — were a result of dogged campaigns and a variety of strategies. | Ballot minimum wages passed in Arkansas and Missouri. Voters expanded Medicaid in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska. Utah...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). London: Anti-Fascists Counter Far-Right 'Brexit Betrayal' March. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of counter-protesters and anti-fascists challenged thousands of far-right and right-wingers who rallied in London Sunday for a Pro- Brexit march. | RELATED: | Theresa May Held in Contempt for Hiding Brexit Details | Around 15,000 counter-protesters took to the streets to oppose the "Brexit Betrayal" led by Tommy Robinson and the United Kingdom...

IMEMC News (2018-12-09). Palestinian Man Seriously Injured After Being Rammed By A Colonists' Car. imemc.org Palestinian medical sources have reported that a man was injured, on Sunday evening, after an Israeli colonialist settler rammed a man him with his car near the entrance of Ni'lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the man, ...

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...

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 →

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-09). Philadelphia Just Passed the Strongest Fair Scheduling Law in the Nation. truthout.org Philadelphia, the poorest big city in the country, just enacted the most sweeping bill yet to give low-wage workers some control over their schedules. | The city's new law, which passed the city council on Thursday, will require businesses with more than 250 employees and more than 30 locations worldwide to provide employees their schedules at least 10 days in advance. If any changes are made to their schedules after that, employers will owe employees more money. Employers will also be required to offer more hours as they become available to existing employees who want them rather than hiring new people, and t...

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...

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-09). Swept Up in France's Yellow Vest Protests. truthout.org This story was originally published at Labor Notes.I've never been tear gassed before. The smell is similar to fireworks and the effect is explosive—and effective. I immediately wanted to get as far away as I could from the noxious source of burning eyes and throat. | I was in Paris when France's "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) movement shut down the center of the city. | There were thousands of demonstrators, all wearing the bright yellow safety vests drivers are required by law to have in their cars. | They had come from all over the country. The Paris demonstration...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Transgender Fighter Wins in Historic Pro Debut. telesurenglish.net Patricio Manuel made boxing history on Saturday night, becoming the first transgender male to fight professionally in the United States. | RELATED: | Chile Transgender Rights Bill is Now Law | After the fight, as he heard some detractors in the audience, Manuel vowed to continue fighting and try to win them over. | "I hear some fans aren't happy, it's OK, I'll be back. I'll make them happy then," Manuel said during his in-ring interview. | Manuel began his transition to male shortly after being elimin...

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. ...

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.

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...

Robert Fisk (2018-12-09). Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi. zcomm.org This is the dangerous world in which America and its allies now tread, disdainful of the thousands of Muslims who perish under our bombs and missiles and mortars...

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 [...]

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Peruvians Approve Majority of Anti-Corruption Reforms. telesurenglish.net Research shows that three of the four anti-corruption proposals of Peru's constitutional referendum were approved by citizens during Sunday's elections, America Television reports. | RELATED: | Peru: Odebrecht Cuts Plea Deal, Pays Fine, Continues Contracts | A survey released by the marketing research company, Ipsos, illustrates the over 80 percent support for the majority of initiatives. | Among the approved reforms were alterations to the National Council of the Magistracy (CNM),...

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 [...]

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.

Allen Barra (2018-12-09). Even the Latest Robin Hood Flop Can't Kill the Legend. truthdig.com There have been many renditions of the British folk tale, but none quite as terrible as Otto Bathurst's recent action flick.

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

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 Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-09). Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Roger Waters condemns the Ecuadorian Government's treatment of Julian Assange and its concessions to Big Oil

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,...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Thousands Protest Against 'Slave Law' in Budapest, Hungary. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest Saturday against a proposed new labor law that allows employers to ask for up to 400 hours of overtime work per year, a move critics have called the "slave law." | RELATED: | Far-Right Hungary Administration Ousts Progressive University | Trade unions members and their supporters marched with banners like "we protest against the slave law" and "force your mother to do overtime." Some trade union members wore yellow jackets inspired by...

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.

STAFF (2018-12-09). John Kelly Leaving as Trump's Chief of Staff. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House. | Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, is Trump's top choice to replace Kelly, and the two have held discussions for months about the job, a White House official said. An announcement was expected in the coming days, the president told reporters as he left the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Phi...

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-09). Indonesia: Papuan Militants Kill 17. hrw.org | | Cartoonist's depiction of Indonesian government restrictions on media freedom and rights monitoring in Papua. | © 2015 Toni Malakian for Human Rights Watch | (Jakarta) — Indonesian police should investigate a Papuan armed group's killing of at least 17 people, including a soldier, at a construction are...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Italy: Anti-immigrant Law Passes, Refugees Fear Repercussions. telesurenglish.net An Italian immigration law passed last week has the country's 640,000 migrants in the country on edge wondering if they will lose their humanitarian benefits that include housing, work permits, and Italian language classes. | RELATED: | Italy's Far-Right Matteo Salvini Declared Persona Non Grata by Spanish Island | Dubbed t...

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. |

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 ...

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). 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...

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"

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 ...

WSWS (2018-12-09). France's "yellow vest" protesters brave repression and mass arrests. wsws.org The French president's attempts to staunch the protests through a combination of phony concessions and state violence have clearly failed.

RT (2018-12-09). SANTA DENIER arrested after giving children the ultimate Christmas spoiler. rt.com A 31-year-old Texan has been arrested after telling children at a church breakfast that Santa Claus doesn't exist, refusing to leave even as police arrived.

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...

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...

Gilbert Mercier (2018-12-09). Are the Gilets Jaunes Today's Sans-Culottes? globalresearch.ca "Pour le peuple, il y a toujours la misŹre!" 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 ...

STAFF (2018-12-09). Scientists Propose Restoring Forests to Fight Climate Change. truthdig.com New research shows that going back to nature through more environmentally conscious land use could help the U.S. could cut a fifth of its greenhouse gas emissions.

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...

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.

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...

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 ...

STAFF (2018-12-09). What Trump and Drugs Have in Common. truthdig.com I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college. That little white pill — Dexedrine — was a revelation. It made whatever I was doing absolutely fascinating. Amphetamine sharpened my focus and banished all appetites except a hunger for knowledge. I spent that entire night writing 35 pages of hand-scrawled notes about a 35-page article by the philosopher Ludwig Feurbach, thereby convincing the professor wh...

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...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Peru: Odebrecht Cuts Plea Deal, Pays Fine, Continues Contracts. telesurenglish.net Odebrecht's Peru office agreed to pay authorities a multimillion-dollar fine in order to continue operating in the country. In exchange, the Brazilian construction company will provide evidence about officials it bribed, including two former Peruvian presidents. | RELATED: | Uruguay Denies Asylum to Former President of Peru Alan Garcia | Reuters says the f...

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 [...]

RT (2018-12-09). Ohio Senate passes bill to reintroduce handwriting into curriculum up to 5th grade. rt.com The skill of handwriting has become obsolete in the age of smartphones, with many children losing it entirely. Ohio lawmakers have now passed a bill to develop a course that would teach children how to write in cursive. |

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 ...

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...

RT (2018-12-09). K-9 conundrum: Police dog struggles to get to grips with new winter shoes (VIDEO). rt.com A police dog's battle with its new snow shoes is melting hearts across the internet, thanks to an adorable viral video shared by Rapid City police.

Carmen Segarra (2018-12-09). Wall Street's Corruption Runs Deeper Than You Can Fathom. zcomm.org "Changing the regulatory culture on U.S. governmental level is something that's going to take a decade, maybe two. And we need to start now, before things get worse."

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...

Donald Kaufman (2018-12-09). Snapshots from Saturday's Paris Protests. truthdig.com

RT (2018-12-09). 'System is broken': Medical researchers still routinely hiding funding from Big Pharma. rt.com A huge proportion of scientists and doctors publishing in major medical magazines continue to conceal ties to corporations relevant to their research, while punishment for not declaring interests remains weak, says a new report.

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

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). 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...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Pink Floyd Tribute Band Cancels Israel Shows at Waters' Request. telesurenglish.net A Pink Floyd cover band from the United Kingdom canceled three of its concerts in Israel at the request of Roger Waters, co-founder of the iconic psychedelic rock band. | RELATED: | Roger Waters: 'Do Human Rights Extend To Palestinians?' | The U.K. Pink Floyd Experience was scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Beersheba in Israel, in January. | "To sing my songs...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-09). Lopez Obrador's Plans to Lead Mexico out of Neoliberalism Will Mean Crossing Swords with the US. therealnews.com We now have a politically experienced president in Mexico — gone are the days when Mexico kowtows to the US. This will mean a more sovereign economic and foreign policy, says Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research

Naomi LaChance (2018-12-09). French Working-Class Protesters Demand Higher Standard of Living. truthdig.com Nearly 1,000 people are in police custody and at least 71 have been injured after protests that turned violent in France on Saturday. The grassroots protesters, called Gilets Jaunes—"Yellow Vests"—have expressed frustration with the high cost of living in France and the pro-business policies of centrist President Emmanuel Macron, called by some "the president of the rich." | Macron has proposed increasing taxes on diesel and gas, and although the government has since acquiesced and scrapped the proposal, many working-class people co...

Juan Gonzalez (2018-12-09). New Global Movement Against Far Right. zcomm.org Interview on launching a movement with Senator Bernie Sanders and others to fight right-wing forces around the globe...

IMEMC News (2018-12-09). Israeli Soldiers Invade Silwad. imemc.org Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at night, Silwad town, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at local protesters. Media sources in Ramallah has reported that the soldiers also closed the entrances of the village, ...

RT (2018-12-09). Trump's Chief of Staff post in the air after his top pick refuses to replace Kelly. rt.com Nick Ayers, Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence, says he will not take the position of Chief of Staff, after reportedly failing to agree with Trump about the terms.

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2018-12-09). 'Always Left of Center': Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' (Video). truthdig.com The musician's "emotion picture," a short film including songs from her latest album, is replete with queer imagery, repudiation of racism and a celebration of progressive American values.

RT (2018-12-09). Somber stats: 2018 sets alarming new record for gun violence in US schools. rt.com In a year where deadly mass shootings rocked the US, it is unsurprising that 2018 has been the worst year on record for gun violence in American schools.

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...

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 ...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Chile Joins Italy, US and Hungary To Reject UN Migrant Pact. telesurenglish.net Chile's government announced it will not sign the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, declaring Sunday that "migration is not a human right," adding, "if it were a human right, then we would be in a world without borders." | RELATED: | Chile's PiĖera: Blindly Trusting Carabineros Version a 'Mistake' | Chile's Undersecretary of Interior, Rodrigo Ubilla said Sunday: "Our position is clear. We say that migration is not a human right. Countries have the right to define the con...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Madrid: River Plate Takes Copa Libertadores Title after 3-1 Win. telesurenglish.net After a half hour of overtime, the River Plate rise triumphant over the Boca Juniors, bringing a close to a tense second leg of the 58 edition of the Copa Libertadores in Madrid Sunday with a final score of 3-1 or 5-3 aggregate. | RELATED: | Singer Manu Chao Dedicates Song to The Libertadores Final | With only seconds left in the game, Boca sent its whole team pummelling downfield, including goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, in a mad attempt to take the final goal. | However, a tragic fumbl...

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-09). North Carolina's Election Fiasco Is About Voter Suppression, Not Voter Fraud. truthout.org North Carolina voting issues are in the spotlight once again, thanks to swirling questions around the use of absentee ballots in the 9th Congressional district. | Last week, the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously not to certify the 9th District's US House race — in which Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by a slim margin — because of irregularities in the district's absentee ballots. | In particular, fewer ballots were returned in the 9th District than in the rest of the state. In addition, out of the 9th District ballots that were returned, there was a highe...

teleSUR (2018-12-09). Australian Conservative Government Headed for Defeat: Poll. telesurenglish.net Australia's conservative government is on course for a landslide election defeat, a widely watched survey showed on Monday, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison struggles to win favor with voters less than six months out from a national poll. | A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison's government was on course to lose 21 seats in the 150-seat lower house of parliament. | RELATED: | Australia: Students Protest Gov't Lack of Climate Policies | The Newspoll showed support of ju...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-09). Institutionalizing Lawlessness: Systematically Subverting Markets. therealnews.com Consumer advocate Ralph Nader gives the closing talk at the forum, "Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism," held in Washington DC, on October 19, 2018

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-09). Shark Fishing Tournaments Devalue Ocean Wildlife and Harm Conservation. truthout.org Just over three years ago, I was clinging to a rock in 20 meters of water, trying to stop the current from pulling me out to sea. I peered out into the gloom of the Pacific. Suddenly, three big dark shapes came into view, moving in a jerky, yet somehow smooth and majestic manner. I looked directly into the left eyes of hammerhead sharks as they swam past, maybe 10 meters from me. I could see the gill slits, the brown skin. But most of all, what struck me was just how big these animals are — far from the biggest sharks in the seas, but incredibly powerfully built and solid. These are truly magnificent cre...

Ted Glick (2018-12-09). McNamee Win a Pyrrhic Victory for Fossil Fuelers? zcomm.org For the first time in my memory, a critical mass of groups joined together, about ten national and many local, state and regional ones, to fight a FERC nomination...

Hatem Abudayyeh (2018-12-09). Marc Lamont Hill must be reinstated. zcomm.org Marc Lamont Hill is a principled friend and comrade to Palestinians across the world, and must be immediately reinstated as a commentator at CNN. Palestinians and Black people in the US demand nothing less...

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 ...

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

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-08). Michigan Is the Latest Example of the Restaurant Lobby Subverting Democracy. truthout.org This article was originally published at TalkPoverty.orgIt's been a bad week for democracy. While all eyes have been on a Republican power grab in Wisconsin, the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature quietly gutted its brand-new laws to increase the state's minimum wage and provide residents with paid sick leave. | Lawmakers initially passed the popular policies in September, after it became clear that ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022, phase out the tipped minimum wage, and guarantee 72 hours of paid sick leave were likely to be a...

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2018-12-08). The U.S. economy: monopolized product markets and precarious work. mronline.org Most economists and politicians sing the praises of competition. It is supposed to keep firms on their toes for the benefit of consumers and workers. Well, competition is certainly alive and well in the U.S., but the results are far from positive for working people. | Source

WSWS (2018-12-08). GM Oshawa workers speak out against plant closure. wsws.org WSWS reporters visited GM's Oshawa plant in Ontario Wednesday to discuss the company's plan to close the plant and how workers can fight back.

Robert Mackey (2018-12-08). Falling for "Les Fake News," Trump Spreads Lie French Protesters Chant His Name. theintercept.com Donald Trump is so vain he really thinks the protests in Paris are about him. As about 8,000 anti-government protesters wearing yellow safety vests dodged tear gas in the French capital on Saturday, the president of the United States fell for a social-media hoax, claiming that the demonstrators were chanting his name. pic.twitter.com/fxRBJMqJJG | — RFI (@RFI) December 8, 2018 | Writing on Twitter, the president claimed, falsely, that the protests had been inspired by his opposition to t...

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 ...

RT (2018-12-08). Snot funny: Endangered seals have an eely big problem (PHOTO). rt.com A breed of endangered Hawaiian seals are facing an unexpected — and unpleasant — new threat, as pesky eels keep getting mysteriously jammed in their nostrils.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-08). Making Global Climate Change Local. therealnews.com At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Abdul El-Sayed, the runner-up in Michigan's Democratic 2018 governor's race primary, talks about how to bridge fights for environmental health and justice with the global fight to reduce carbon emissions

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, ...

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

Prabhat Patnaik (2018-12-08). Contemporary capitalism and the world of work. mronline.org The most significant feature of contemporary capitalism which is of relevance to the world of work is its inability to provide work to a substantial proportion of persons looking for it. | Source

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-08). The Dead End of "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" truthout.org "La lucha obrera no tiene frontera." "The working class struggle has no borders." | That's a chant you'll often hear on an immigrant rights protest. But for too long, this sentiment has been absent from the mainstream debate around immigration. | That's because the movement for immigrant justice and equality has been damaged politically for over a decade by its support for the pro-corporate framework known as "comprehensive immigration reform" (CIR). | Comprehensive immigration reform takes as its starting point the need to offer enhanced border security and enforcement against "bad" immigrants as the precondi...

RT (2018-12-08). John Kelly to leave job as chief of staff by end of year - Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump has announced that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his post at the end of the year.

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―exemplified Read more...

RT (2018-12-08). Trump nominates Gen. Mark Milley as chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. rt.com Donald Trump has nominated Mark Milley as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The four-star general, who has said the US will "pay the butcher's bill in blood" if it becomes weak, is an advocate for increased military spending.

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.

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.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-08). Myanmar: Quash Conviction of Kachin Activists. hrw.org | | People displaced in the conflict between the Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army are seen at a church in Tanai Township, Kachin State, June 14, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (Bangkok) — Myanmar authorities should quash the convictions of three ethnic Kachin activists found guilty of defaming the military, Human Rights Watch said today. Zau Jat, Lum Zawng, and Nang Pu were each sentenced to six months in prison and a 500,000 kyat...

RT (2018-12-08). 'Socialists eat dogs' vs. 'subpoena power': Ocasio-Cortez & Trump Jr. dish it out on Twitter. rt.com Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Donald Trump Jr., tweeting a veiled legal threat after a meme he posted rehashing a tired trope about socialism was published in the Washington Post.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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). Facebook adopts bizarre new anti-sex speech code in secret. rt.com Facebook has opted to purge its platform of all sex-related content with a new policy banning everything from nude pictures to "sexualized slang," up to and including "vague suggestive statements" — without informing its users.

Eds. (2018-12-08). Yellow Vests rise against neo-liberal 'King' Macron. mronline.org For centuries, the "left" hoped popular movements would lead to changes for the better. Today, many leftists seem terrified of popular movements for change, convinced "populism" must lead to "fascism." But it needn't be so, says Diana Johnstone. | Source

Kate Aronoff (2018-12-08). Shell Oil Executive Boasts That His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement. theintercept.com Shell oil helped write the Paris climate agreement, according to a top Royal Dutch Shell executive. | They're also the world's ninth-largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. | The executive, Shell's Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone, made his comments at the international climate change conference COP 24 on Friday. Hone was candid about just how much of a hand his company — through their involvement with the Internation...

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.

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...

RT (2018-12-08). Crown to cuffs: Former Miss Kentucky arrested for 'sending topless pics to minor'. rt.com One might expect that a beauty queen and teacher would be a great source for positive messages. However, a former Miss Kentucky has reportedly been caught sending out something else - nude photos to a 15-year-old boy. |

LEILI (2018-12-08). German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly. bdsmovement.net German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly: In the NewsA German court confirms that advocating for BDS and Palestinian rights constitutes freedom of expression and assembly, rights that are protected by the German constitution and are essential for democracy. The court ruled that the German city of Oldenburg unlawfully violated these fundamental rights when it revoked a perm...

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 ...

Especial para Mundo Popular (2018-12-08). Declaración de Buenos Aires: V Reunión de la Coordinación Continental de ALBA Movimientos. peoplesworld.org Los movimientos populares de 17 países del continente nuestroamericano agrupados en ALBA Movimientos, nos encontramos en Buenos Aires, Argentina, los días 25, 26 y 27 de noviembre de 2018, en el marco del llamamiento internacional a movilizarnos contra el G20 y el FMI, para celebrar nuestra V Reunión de la Coordinación Continental. Por primera vez en ...

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...

splcenter (2018-12-08). A day after a neo-Nazi is convicted of murder, associates of the country's oldest, most violent skinhead groups charged with hate crimes. splcenter.org Individuals associated with some of the country's oldest and most violent racist skinhead groups have been charged with hate crimes in Washington state, just hours after a jury convicted a neo-Nazi of murder for his actions at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-08). The Lack of a Free Market for Executive Compensation. therealnews.com Steven Clifford the author of "The CEO Pay Machine," speaks at the forum, "Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism," held in Washington DC, on October 19, 2018

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.

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 ...

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

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-07). As Voter Fraud Scandal in North Carolina Deepens, Democrats Push Voting Rights Bill. therealnews.com Tar Heel Democrats are voting to expand voter rights, while Republicans push voter IDs to hold on to power. We speak to NC state representative Graig Meyer

RT (2018-12-07). Neti pot nightmare: BRAIN-EATING amoebas from tap water attack elderly woman. rt.com A woman who met a tragic fate after routinely rinsing out her sinuses is thought to have died because she put tap water in her neti pot. That tap water was filled with tiny amoebas that ate away at her brain cells.

CounterSpin (2018-12-07). Dave Lindorff on Pentagon Fraud. fair.org Media...

Eds. (2018-12-07). 'Civility' is for white people. mronline.org Even if the truth is unsavory, the dead deserve our condolences and respect. We must be civil. Especially if they are white. | Source

ACLU (2018-12-07). CIA Torture Killed My Father. I Want to Know What They Did With His Body. aclu.org The truth hurts, but it also helps. | This piece was originally published by The Washington Post. | I believe there are two paths in life — the paths of right and wrong — and that all people know the right path in their hearts. So I believe that people in America, if they can read this, will know the right thing for their government to do is tell me and my family what happened to my father's body. | My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen ye...

splcenter (2018-12-07). Weekend Read: Frank Earnest is the chief of 'heritage defense.' The question is, whose heritage? splcenter.org Even before neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was convicted of first-degree murder, no one disputed he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017.

John Nichols (2018-12-07). Noam Chomsky at 90: On Orwell, Taxi Drivers, and Rejecting Indoctrination. thenation.com Noam Chomsky at 90: On Orwell, Taxi Drivers, and Rejecting Indoctrination...

teleSUR Desk (2018-12-07). Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib to lead delegation to Palestine. mronline.org Tlaid , one of two Muslim women who are the first to be elected to U.S. Congress, says she supports BDS and intends to shift perspective on the Palestinian-Israel conflict. | Source

ACLU (2018-12-07). No Relief: William Barr Is as Bad as Jeff Sessions — if Not Worse. aclu.org Barr's record suggests he will continue the former attorney general's worst policies while promoting a sweeping view of executive power. | Donald Trump's nomination of William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general ought to raise alarm bells across the country. Barr is as bad as Sessions was on the full range of civil rights issues that fall with the Justice Department's purview. And he's a longstanding advocate of expansive executive power. | It's almost certainly the latter view that attracted President Trump, whose own power is likely to be called into question should the Mueller investigation...

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

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

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

Ajamu Baraka (2018-12-07). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! counterpunch.org "...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 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...

Sarah Marshall (2018-12-07). 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Makes a Spectacle of Nostalgia. thenation.com 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Makes a Spectacle of Nostalgia...

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

Eds. (2018-12-07). Analysis: fossil-fuel emissions in 2018 increasing at fastest rate for seven years. mronline.org Hopes that global CO2 emissions might be nearing a peak have been dashed by preliminary data showing that output from fossil fuels and industry will grow by around 2.7% in 2018, the largest increase in seven years. | Source

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.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-07). Climate Crisis Critical Issue in 2020 Elections — Jane Sanders. therealnews.com Jane Sanders tells Paul Jay that voters shouldn't support candidates who claim to be progressive, but don't prioritize the fight against fossil fuel interests

ACLU (2018-12-07). New NYPD Drone Policy Represents a Serious Threat to Privacy. aclu.org The police department's drone policy places no meaningful restrictions on the invasive technology's use and threatens New Yorkers' privacy. | The New York Police Department announced this week that it will deploy 14 new drones as part of its policing activities across New York City. The use of this highly invasive technology represents a new frontier for both public safety and abuses of power. | The department did reach out to the NYCLU to ask us for input on a draft of the policy governing the use of its dr...

Arun Gupta (2018-12-07). Let's Talk About George H.W. Bush's Role in the Iran-Contra Scandal. theintercept.com Hagiographies of the late president neglect his role in a secret war in Nicaragua and illegal weapons sales to Iran for the release of hostages.

Chris Gilbert (2018-12-07). Biplav's Communist Party of Nepal on the move. mronline.org A five-year-old revolutionary movement in Nepal brings together program and commitment in a way that powerfully prefigures communist society. | Source

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

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Poland Denies Entry to Environmental Activists to Attend Climate Talks. hrw.org When I traveled to Poland to attend the United Nations climate conference yesterday, I passed through immigration without any problems. But not all representatives of civil society groups participating in the negotiations have been that lucky. | | | Women climate change activists demand respect for rights at Paris Agreement signing ceremony outside the United Nations in New York, April 2016. | © 2016 Katharina Rall/Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch is aware of at least 13 people whom Polish authorities, over the pas...

Will Graves (2018-12-07). USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy after sex-abuse scandal. peoplesworld.org USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an attempt to ensure its survival. The embattled organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday in an effort to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to avoid its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics filed ...

Akeel Bilgrami (2018-12-07). Gandhi, Marx & the ideal of an 'unalienated life'. mronline.org In this in-depth interview, Akeel Bilgrami speaks on a wide range of issues of intellectual relevance and contemporary importance such as the relationship between Gandhi and Marx, issues of modernity, Chomsky's philosophy, personal influences, academic philosophy in India, secularism, caste and current politics in India, Hindutva politics and the criminal threat of the present government, [...] | Source

Anthony Galace (2018-12-07). Health Care Merger a Poison Pill for Patients. progressive.org CVS's recent merger will reduce competition among pharmacies significantly...

RT (2018-12-07). Prosecutors request 'substantial term of imprisonment' for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen. rt.com Trump lawyer turned federal informant Michael Cohen may be going to jail for a long time. New York prosecutors and "Russiagate" special counsel Robert Mueller both released their separate sentencing recommendations on Friday.

Consortiumnews (2018-12-07). Watch Vigil for Assange. consortiumnews.com ConsortiumNews broadcast the latest vigil for Julian Assange as the publisher comes under new pressure to be expelled from Ecuador's London embassy, while charges await him in the United States. The broadcast was Friday night. With Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges,... Read more →

Tyler Durden (2018-12-07). France Deploys 89,000 Cops Amid Fears of Yellow Vest Rebellion on Saturday. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — French authorities will deploy at least 8,000 riot police and gendarmes in Paris on Saturday, and 89,000 forces across the country according to the Prime Minister, as the Elysee prepares for "act four" of the Yellow Vest movement's violent protests against the Macron government. In addition to the closure of the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, several Paris museums have announced that they ...

Katha Pollitt (2018-12-07). Give Your Heart Out! thenation.com Give Your Heart Out!

Eric A. Gordon (2018-12-07). President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promises new hope for Mexico's future. peoplesworld.org ZACATECAS, MEXICO—With ceremonial dignity both traditional and novel, 65-year-old Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Morena candidate who won the election by a commanding margin after two previous attempts—both times marred by widespread accusations of fraud—took the reins of the 57th presidency of Mexico on Saturday, December 1. The July 1 elections for president and legislative offices ...

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

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

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.

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

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

Natasha Lennard (2018-12-07). Les Moonves Might Lose His Severance, but Don't Let the Corporate Culture That Enabled Him Off the Hook. theintercept.com After over a year of #MeToo stories pouring forth, it seems obvious that more than a few bad apples need removing — an entire orchard should be cleared.

RT (2018-12-07). 'Dumb as a rock' & 'lazy as hell': Trump destroys Rex Tillerson in tweet praising Pompeo. rt.com US President Donald Trump lashed out at his first secretary of state, calling Rex Tillerson dumb and lazy after an interview in which Tillerson complained about his time at the State Department.

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.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-07). Ecuadorian Ex-Diplomat: Report Claiming Assange Met Manafort Is False. therealnews.com The Guardian report claiming WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange met with Paul Manafort is fake news, says the former consul in Ecuador's London embassy, Fidel Narváez. But it is true that Trump's ex-campaign chairman met with new Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno to discuss handing Assange over to the US.

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

Cole Stangler (2018-12-07). What's Really Behind France's Yellow Vest Protest? thenation.com What's Really Behind France's Yellow Vest Protest?

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Somali Journalist Critically Hurt in Car Bombing. hrw.org On Tuesday evening, veteran Somali journalist and media rights activist Ismail Sheikh Khalifa was critically wounded when a bomb planted in his car exploded in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Ismail was leaving the TV studio where he hosts a weekly show, when the bomb detonated remotely. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. | | | Somali journalist and media rights activist Ismail Sheikh Khalifa. | © Radio...

Marc Cooper (2018-12-07). Armenia's Revolution: A Flickering Light in a Darkening Europe. thenation.com Armenia's Revolution: A Flickering Light in a Darkening Europe...

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

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Senegalese Students Open Up the Conversation About Sexual Abuses. hrw.org ...

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.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Russia: Human Rights Defender Jailed. hrw.org | | Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomarev at an All-Russian convention on the protection of human rights. | © 2017 Anton Novoderezhkin\TASS via Getty Images | Update: On December 7, the Moscow City Court reduced Ponomarev's sentence to 16 days detention, after hearing an appeal in his case. | (Moscow) — A Russian court has unjustly jailed one of the founders of Russia's human rights movement for a Facebook post about a peaceful protest, Hum...

Albert Bender (2018-12-07). Young Navajo woman brutally murdered in Kentucky. peoplesworld.org A young Navajo woman, 26-year-old Amanda Dakota Webster was slain December 1, at a hotel in Florence, Kentucky. A suspect, Jesse A. James, has been arrested. James, when questioned by police, admitted to stabbing and killing Webster, a Navajo woman from Cameron, Arizona on the reservation. He was later charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence ...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-07). The Deadly Cost of Pipelines in Native Land: Winona LaDuke on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. democracynow.org As the oil and gas pipeline boom crosses the United States and Canada, indigenous activists say the influx of male workers in Native communities has corresponded with a spike in the kidnapping and murder of indigenous women. We speak with Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe environmental leader and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

RT (2018-12-07). 'Grossly predatory': Sex professor points 'MeToo' finger at God over Virgin Mary. rt.com A Minnesota professor has taken aim at Christmas, putting the Bible under the MeToo spotlight by arguing that the virgin birth story shows God as the ultimate sexual predator.

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...

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-07). Neo-Nazi sympathizer found guilty in 'Unite the Right' trial of murdering Heather Heyer. splcenter.org James Alex Fields Jr., a young neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio, was found guilty of first-degree murder and multiple other charges on Friday in a trial stemming from last year's racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-07). Lame Duck Republican Legislature Tries to Strip Democrats' Power in Wisconsin. therealnews.com Since Democrats won all statewide races in Wisconsin, the Republican strategy is to illegally erase their loss by disempowering the offices that the Democrats won. The Nation's John Nichols discusses the situation

Whitney Webb (2018-12-07). While Israel Lobby Blocks BDS in Chile at the Local Level, National-Level BDS Looms. mintpressnews.com While Zionist groups celebrate the Valdivia outcome as a win, recent actions at the national level in Chile suggest that Chile could soon follow Ireland and become the next country to support BDS as a nation.

Dave Zirin (2018-12-07). A Team With a Racist Name Passes Judgment on Colin Kaepernick. thenation.com A Team With a Racist Name Passes Judgment on Colin Kaepernick...

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Cambodia: Repeal of Abusive Associations Rule. hrw.org | | Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives to attend the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) congress in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Samrang Pring / Reuters | (New York) — The Cambodian government's revocation of a repressive regulation on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should jump-start genuine efforts to repeal all laws that restrict basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today. | On November 27, 2018...

The Progressive Magazine (2018-12-07). The Will of the People, Ignored. progressive.org On power-grab bills, Wisconsin spoke, the GOP didn't listen. Here's the evidence.

RT (2018-12-07). SISTER ACT: Two nuns accused of stealing $500k from school for gambling escape trial. rt.com Two US nuns accused of stealing half a million dollars from an already cash-strapped school to squander it on casinos have been spared trial, US news outlet the Daily Breeze reports.

Mike Steere (2018-12-07). Ohio residents push hard for more solar and wind energy. peoplesworld.org COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) held a public hearing on a project proposed by American Electric Power (AEP), utility provider for Columbus and much of central Ohio. AEP's proposal includes the development in southeast Ohio of both wind and solar energy. Approval of the project would be a major step ...

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

Middle East Eye (2018-12-07). Trump Chooses Heather Nauert as Next UN Ambassador. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump has decided to appoint State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision said on Thursday. Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. Trump will ...

Sharon Lerner (2018-12-07). EPA's New Water Rule Will Gut the Clean Water Act. theintercept.com A new water rule will greatly reduce federal water protections, imperiling drinking water, endangered species, and ecosystems across the country. According to the rule that the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release next week — some details of which were leaked Thursday — streams that are dependent on rainfall and wetlands not physically connected to year-round waterways will no longer be covered by the Clean Water Act. | As a result of the change, an estimated 60-90 percent of U.S. waterways could lose federal protections that cu...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-07). Progressive International: Yanis Varoufakis & Bernie Sanders Launch New Global Mvt Against Far Right. democracynow.org The far right is rising in Europe, most recently in Spain, where the anti-immigrant, anti-abortion Vox party won multiple seats in a regional parliamentary election in Andalusia on Sunday. It was the first successful election for the far right in Spain since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s after the death of fascist military dictator Francisco Franco. We speak with economist and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who is launching a movement with Senator Bernie Sanders and others to fight right-wing forces around the globe.

kathy_f (2018-12-07). Australia should de-list PKK as a terrorist organisation. greenleft.org.au The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on November 22 that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was wrongly on the EU's list of terrorist organisations between 2014 and 2017. | The PKK is widely supported by Kurdish people as a legitimate liberation movement but has also been listed as a terrorist organisation by the US, Britain and Australia. | Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton re-listed the PKK as a terrorist organisation in June. This decision was based on inputs from ASIO and the Australian Government Solicitor. The PKK was initially listed in 2006 following a visit to Australia by the then...

Reed Richardson (2018-12-07). Factcheck False Equivalence - WaPo rates Ocasio-Cortez's misconstrued Pentagon study as bad as Trump's biggest lies. fair.org In an era when the president of the United States is an inveterate, habitual, daily liar, about all things great and small, and especially about himself, factchecking sites can provide an invaluable—if increasingly overwhelmed—public service. Though the siloing off of this core function of journalism still presents, I'd submit, something of a moral hazard—the implication being that the existence of a distinct factcheck team alleviates political beat reporters from the responsibility of meticulously calling out spin and falsehoods on a routine basis—there are resource benefits to having...

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

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

Randall Enos, Felipe Galindo, Ed Hall (2018-12-07). California's Paradise Lost. thenation.com Randall Enos, Felipe Galindo, Ed Hall California's Paradise Lost...

splcenter (2018-12-07). SPLC statement on Fields verdict. splcenter.org The Charlottesville jury has held James Alex Fields Jr. criminally responsible for the death of Heather Heyer and the lives he shattered in 2017.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-07). Slain Youth Advocate Sought Year-Round Jobs for Baltimore City's Young People. therealnews.com Councilman Zeke Cohen submitted a resolution to advance the BMORE Invested Fund to expand Baltimore's Youthworks program to year-round employment, honoring DaVonte Friedman

Democracy Now! (2018-12-07). Headlines for December 7, 2018. democracynow.org Yemen: U.N. Declares Famine as Warring Parties Meet in Sweden, North Carolina Democrat Withdraws Concession over Apparent Vote Fraud, U.S. and Canada Won't Explain Reasons for Chinese Executive's Arrest, Greenland Ice Sheet Melting at Fastest Pace in Centuries, Trump Rollback of Sage Grouse Protection to Open Millions of Acres to Drilling, BuzzFeed: Facebook Impostor Helped Organize Migrant Caravan, Robert Mueller to Submit Sentencing Guidelines for Manafort, Cohen, Trump Nominates Former Fox News Host Heather Nauert as U.N. Ambassador, Trump Considers Bringing Back William Barr as Attorney General, Trump Campaig...

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Family Planning Scholar Arrested on Vague Accusations in Tehran. hrw.org | | Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. | © 2012 Reuters | Two academics with ties to Australian universities are among those arrested or required to go to a police station to face questioning in Iran during a weeks-long crackdown. The Iranian authorities claim those arrested used scientific projects as a cover to infiltrate Iran and create obstacles for the country's plans to increase its birth rate. The accusation is another use by Iranian authorities of the vaguely defined wo...

peter_b (2018-12-07). Jury fails to agree on verdict in trial of Kurdish journalist. greenleft.org.au NSW Supreme Court judge Lucy McCallum discharged the jury on December 6 after it failed to agree on a verdict in the trial of Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan on "foreign fighter" charges under Australia's draconian "anti-terrorism" laws. | Lelikan denied this charge, insisting he was not a combatant but a journalist reporting on the Kurdish liberation struggle. | A February 15 hearing will be told if the prosecution intends to ask for a re-trial. Lelikan remains free on bail, with relaxed conditions. | The case had been going on for nine weeks, four of which have been taken up with the jury's deliberation. | Phi...

Michelle Zacarias (2018-12-07). Workers continue their strike at Cambria "Holdout" Hotel. peoplesworld.org ...

Liza Featherstone (2018-12-07). Your Ex Sucks, but Capitalism Sucks More. thenation.com Your Ex Sucks, but Capitalism Sucks More...

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Mali: Dangerous Upsurge in Abuse by Ethnic Militias. hrw.org | | Peuhl animal herders waiting to cross the Bani River, near Sofara, central Mali. On August 7, 2018, Dozo militia allegedly detained 11 Peuhl traders as they waited to cross the river to go to Sofara market, and later killed them. | © 2011 Tuul and Bruno Morandi / Alamy Stock Photo | Ethnic militias have killed over 200 civilians and burned dozens of villages in communal violence in central Mali during 2018, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Most victims have been ethnic Peuhl villagers targeted b...

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-12-07). Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush's Radioactive War on Iraq. counterpunch.org 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. More

John Dougherty (2018-12-07). Embattled Washington Rep. Matt Shea is skirting state law to funnel campaign funds to far-right groups. splcenter.org Embattled conspiracy theorist and Washington state Republican Rep. Matt Shea has been skirting Washington state law to funnel campaign contributions to far-right nonprofit groups in Colorado and Arizona, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

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

Democracy Now! (2018-12-07). Winona LaDuke Calls for Indigenous-Led "Green New Deal" as She Fights Minnesota Pipeline Expansion. democracynow.org While world leaders converge in Poland for the U.N. climate change summit, we look at the indigenous-led fight against destructive oil pipelines and the revolutionary potential of the Green New Deal with Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe environmental leader and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Jason Ditz (2018-12-07). Yemen Rivals Lash Out Before Peace Talks Begin in Sweden. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Yemen's high profile peace talks in Sweden are set to open, but already look to be on the brink of collapse, with both sides lashing out at one another, and Houthi officials openly questioning whether the talks are even serious and worth pursuing. The big stumbling block is that, having finally gotten both sides to the table to ...

Eric A. Gordon (2018-12-07). This week in history: Pearl Harbor antecedents, the attack, consequences. peoplesworld.org ...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-07). Stock Buybacks: Free-Market Ideology's License to Loot. therealnews.com William Lazonick, Professor Emeritus, U Mass Lowell, speaks at the forum, "Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism," held in Washington DC, on October 19, 2018

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.

Jeff Abbott (2018-12-07). The Other Americans: Violence Against LGBTQ at Home and on the Migrant Trail. progressive.org The Honduran government justifies the violence against the LGBTQ community by invoking article 142.3 of the Law of Police and Social Coexistence, which protects "good manners and public morals." This law cost twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Cruz his l...

Janine Jackson (2018-12-07). Clear-Eyed Antidotes to Soft-Focus Accolades for George H.W. Bush. fair.org The Daily Beast ( 12/3/18) marveled that discussion of the death of a US president could devolve into a political disagreement. | The Daily Beast ( 12/3/18) saw itself scoring easy points off TV chat show The View, chiding hosts for disagreeing in a discussion of recently deceased former president George H.W. Bush: If there was one thing it seemed most Americans could agree on this weekend, it was that fo...

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

Robert Fisk (2018-12-07). Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org Can I be the only one — apart from his own sycophants — to find the sight of America's finest Republicans and Democrats condemning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi a bit sickening? "Crazy". "Dangerous". A "wrecking ball". A "smoking saw". These guys are angry. CIA director Gina Haspel, who was More

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

Bernie Sanders (2018-12-06). 'We Are Facing a National and Planetary Crisis'. progressive.org An excerpt from a new book by Bernie Sanders.

Rachel Shabi (2018-12-06). Britain May Be Headed for a Constitutional Crisis Over Brexit. thenation.com Britain May Be Headed for a Constitutional Crisis Over Brexit...

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-06). Turkey: Seek UN Inquiry on Khashoggi. hrw.org ...

Middle East Eye (2018-12-06). Canada Arrests CFO of Chinese Telecom Giant for Violating US Sanctions on Iran. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Canada arrested China's Huawei Technology's chief financial officer for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Meng Wanzhou faces possible extradition to the US, WSJ added. A Canadian justice department spokesperson said she was arrested on 1 December. A Huawei spokesman said the arrest happened as Meng was transferring ...

NationAction (2018-12-06). Demand an End to US Support for the War in Yemen. thenation.com Demand an End to US Support for the War in Yemen...

Our Readers, Jon Wiener (2018-12-06). Letters From the December 31, 2018, Issue. thenation.com Letters From the December 31, 2018, Issue...

David Ruccio (2018-12-06). Tale of two depressions. mronline.org Mainstream economists continue to discuss the two great crises of capitalism during the past century just like the pillars of society performed in the brothel—a "house of infinite mirrors and theaters"—in Jean Genet's The Balcony. | Source

Liliana Segura (2018-12-06). Who Killed Donna Brown? theintercept.com In a section of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation website listing unsolved crimes, a few short paragraphs detail the death of a man in a small town more than 18 years ago. "On April 8, 2000, at approximately 1: 20 p.m., Shailesh Patel was found murdered at his brother-in-law's residence located on North Gordon Avenue, Adel, Cook County, Georgia," it reads. "Mr. Patel, who lived in Locust Grove in Henry County, GA., had been staying at this residence and managing the E Z Mart Convenience store while his brother-in-law and family were vacationing in...

Tyler Durden (2018-12-06). Chinese Gene-Editing Scientist He Jiankui Mysteriously Disappears. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — The Chinese researcher who shocked the scientific community with claims that he used cutting-edge gene-editing technology to alter the DNA of two babies and several embryos has mysteriously disappeared. Scientist He Jiankui has not been seen since Wednesday of last week, after he attended the Second International Summit on Human Genome editing in Hong Kong ...

Mark Gruenberg (2018-12-06). Unions seek probe of Sprint-T-Mobile merger. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Communications Workers, the Writers Guild of America-West and 10 other consumer and communications organizations are asking the incoming Democratic chairmen of U.S. House committees that handle anti-trust issues to call congressional hearings, soon, on the proposed Sprint merger with T-Mobile. In their letter, authored by CWA President Lonnie Shelton, the groups' leaders say the ...

Jessica Corbett (2018-12-06). Robot Accidentally Sets Off Bear Spray, Sending 24 Amazon Workers to Hospital. theantimedia.com (CD) — At least one person was in critical condition and 24 were hospitalized after a robot accidentally punctured a 9oz. aerosol can of bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey on Wednesday, causing dozens of employees to experience trouble breathing. All told, 54 Amazon employees received medical attention because of the ...

PEDRO (2018-12-06). Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance. bdsmovement.net Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance: BNC StatementWhile Brazil's new president wants to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump moving the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro's new governor wants to buy Israeli waponized drones, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro's favelas' social movements call for a joint and global struggle against...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-06). Bernie Sanders: Concentrated Wealth is Concentrated Power. therealnews.com Sen. Sanders joins Paul Jay who asks if breaking up the big banks is enough to weaken the power of Wall St.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-06). Hatewatch Headlines 12/7/2018. splcenter.org Fox News takes over for the alt-right; Civic groups want Colcom name removed; Undocumented Trump employee speaks out; and more.

Skanda Kadirgamar (2018-12-06). After 2 Brooklyn College Professors Spouted Hate, Students Want Restitution. thenation.com unfriendly to Latin American students and survivors of sexual assault. | The post After 2 Brooklyn College Professors Spouted Hate, Students Want Restitution...

Ed Rampell (2018-12-06). Triumph of the Swill: New Doc Puts Roger Ailes in the No Spin Zone. progressive.org The best exposé on Fox in years dives into its former chief's history of racism and the sexual misconduct that would ultimately be his undoing.

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). The fightback against Adani and Aurizon steps up. greenleft.org.au Adani CEO Lucas Dow's November 29 declaration that work on a scaled-down coalmine in Queensland's Galilee Basin would begin before Christmas was met with one of the most powerful nationwide protests against it so far as primary and high school students walking out of class the next day for the Student Strike 4 Climate Action. | A reported 20,000 students, many of them with their parents and grandparents in tow, took to the streets with a powerful message to Adani and policymakers: ignore us at your peril. | This was followed by a sit-in at Parliament House in Canberra on December 5. | Another round of #StopA...

Sam Biddle (2018-12-06). Here's Facebook's Former "Privacy Sherpa" Discussing How to Harm Your Facebook Privacy. theintercept.com In 2015, rising star, Stanford University graduate, winner of the 13th season of "Survivor," and Facebook executive Yul Kwon was profiled by the news outlet Fusion, which described him as "the guy standing between Facebook and its next privacy disaster," guiding the company's engineers through the dicey territory of personal data collection. Kwon described himself in the piece as a "privacy sherpa." But the day it published, Kwon was apparently chatting with other Facebook staffers about how the company could...

Laura Eve Engel (2018-12-06). If I Were to Rise Up All Colorless. thenation.com If I Were to Rise Up All Colorless,...

Eds. (2018-12-06). Scientists warn the UN of capitalism's imminent demise. mronline.org Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We're transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet's environmental resources. | Source

The Conversation (2018-12-06). US-China Trade War Truce: Two Reasons Why It's Going to Fail. theantimedia.com (CONVERSATION) — Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have agreed to a ceasefire in their increasingly painful trade war, yet their governments' differing depictions of the deal show just how far apart they really are. While the Trump administration emphasized trade issues such as a 90-day moratorium on raising tariffs and Xi's concession to buy "very substantial" amounts of U.S. goods, ...

Katie Fitzpatrick (2018-12-06). In America's Panopticon. thenation.com In America's Panopticon...

Consortium News (2018-12-06). The Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal 'King' of France. theantimedia.com For a couple of centuries, the "left" hoped popular movements would lead to changes for the better. Today, many leftists seem terrified of popular movements for change, convinced "populism" must lead to "fascism." But it needed be so, says Diana Johnstone. (CN Op-ed) — Every automobile in France is supposed to be equipped with a yellow vest. ...

H. Claire Brown (2018-12-06). Buried in Wisconsin Republicans' Lame-Duck Legislation: Drug Testing Requirements for Food Stamp Applicants. theintercept.com On Wednesday morning, after a closed-door meeting that lasted much of the night, both houses of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled state legislature passed a comprehensive set of measures limiting the incoming Democratic administration's power. The consequences of the many provisions are still coming into focus. Buried under controversial moves to curtail early voting and strip authority from Gov.-elect Tony Evers is a sweeping codification of welfare restrictions that Republicans across the country have long sought. | The new legislation enshrines in state law outgoing Gov. Scott Walker's controversial policy of...

Michelle Chen (2018-12-06). Mercury Poisoning Is Becoming a Global Public-Health Crisis. thenation.com Mercury Poisoning Is Becoming a Global Public-Health Crisis...

Korea Peace Network, Peace Treaty Now Network (2018-12-06). After More Than 6 Decades, It's Time to End the Korean War. thenation.com Korea Peace Network, Peace Treaty Now Network After More Than 6 Decades, It's Time to End the Korean War...

Hilary Allison (2018-12-06). Theres an App for Everything! thenation.com Theres an App for Everything!

Alexandra Tempus (2018-12-06). 'I Know There's a Path'. progressive.org San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on a post-Maria Puerto Rico in which residents are trained for transformation.

John Nichols (2018-12-06). The Republican Party Has Become 'a Conspiracy to Seize Power'. thenation.com The Republican Party Has Become 'a Conspiracy to Seize Power'

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-06). Public Goods: When Markets Fail. therealnews.com Prof. Joel Rogers, of University of Wisconsin Law School, speaks at the forum, "Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism," held in Washington DC, on October 19, 2018

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N...

Diana Johnstone (2018-12-06). Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal 'King' Macron. mintpressnews.com For centuries, the "left" hoped popular movements would lead to changes for the better. Today, many leftists seem terrified of popular movements for change, convinced "populism" must lead to "fascism." But it needn't be so, says Diana Johnstone.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-06). Will Green Growth Save Puerto Rico? therealnews.com The people of Puerto Rico are facing severe austerity measures; a new study, Austerity Versus Green Growth for Puerto Rico, presents a way out of the debt spiral says Professor Robert Pollin

Bill McKibben (2018-12-06). Climate Sanity—How We Get There from Here. progressive.org The path out of this nightmare is relatively clear—and communities on the frontlines are leading the way.

Deconstructed (2018-12-06). Is This the Democrat Who Can Beat Trump in the Rust Belt in 2020? theintercept.com Could Sen. Sherrod Brown, a left-wing, pro-labor senator who just won a third term in Ohio, be the Democrats' answer to Donald Trump in 2020?

Ann Wright (2018-12-06). Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen is No Friend of the Yemeni People. mintpressnews.com Confirming Christopher Henzel as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis.

Rebecca Gordon (2018-12-06). A Presidency on Drugs. thenation.com A Presidency on Drugs...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-06). Re-education Camps, Infiltration, Surveillance: China Criticized over Persecution of Uyghur Muslims. democracynow.org The United Nations and human rights groups have accused China's government of setting up massive anti-Muslim "re-education" camps in the northwest Xinjiang province to disappear, jail and brainwash Uyghur Muslims. Some estimates put the population in the camps at up to 2 million. After months of denials, China acknowledged their existence in October, saying they are part of efforts to counter extremism. But Uyghurs say it's a form of collective punishment—and that they live under a high-tech surveillance state designed to eradicate Islam. We speak to Rushan Abbas, a Uyghur-American activist based in Washing...

Eoin Higgins (2018-12-06). Antonio Delgado Backed a Green New Deal on the Campaign Trail, but Hasn't Since the Election. theintercept.com The Green New Deal has gained traction in the Democratic caucus in the weeks since last month's Democratic wave election.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-06). Pentagon Engaged in Unfathomable Financial Mismanagement. therealnews.com Around the same time that auditors declared that the Department of Defense's finances are unauditable, The Nation published an extensive exposé of just how deliberately falsified and mismanaged the Pentagon's accounts are. We speak to the report's author, investigative journalist David Lindorff

progressive (2018-12-06). On the Line: A Bright REDD+ Line. progressive.org Indigenous peoples fight schemes to buy and sell their land in the name of a climate change 'solution.'

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-06). Yemen: Talks Should Address Rights Concerns. hrw.org | | Imports sit destroyed in a damaged warehouse at the port in Hodeida city, Yemen. | © November 2016 Kristine Beckerle / Human Rights Watch | Participants to the Yemen talks in Sweden should prioritize key human rights issues, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Mwatana Organization for Human Rights said today. The issues should include removing impediments to the free flow of humanitarian aid and vital commercial goods such...

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-06). Is the Israeli Military Operation Along the Border With Lebanon for Real? theantimedia.com (MEMO Opinion) — The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) announced suddenly on Tuesday morning the start of a massive military operation along the border with Lebanon. The reason, said the IDF, is to search for "offensive" tunnels dug by Hezbollah which, according to a report on Israeli Army Radio, are "penetrating Israeli soil and have been prepared for carrying out terror ...

Miranda Spencer (2018-12-06). Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems. fair.org USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the...

Mike Ervin (2018-12-06). How George H.W. Bush and Other Conservatives Undermined his Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy. progressive.org Bush deserves credit for what he did to make the ADA happen. But federal civil rights laws are just empty symbolic gestures unless the executive branch vigorously enforces them and judges take them seriously.

Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto (2018-12-06). Puzzle No. 3484. thenation.com Puzzle No. 3484...

Daniel Judt (2018-12-06). A Conference on Climate Change Became a Conference on Coal. thenation.com A Conference on Climate Change Became a Conference on Coal...

Maeve Higgins (2018-12-06). Maeve in America: Why I'm a Tree Hugger. progressive.org The first tree huggers were incredibly brave.

Sam Biddle (2018-12-06). Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Warning Against Facial Scanning With a "Dangerous History" theintercept.com Facial recognition has quickly shifted from techno-novelty to fact of life for many, with millions around the world at least willing to put up with their faces scanned by software at the airport, their iPhones, or Facebook's server farms. But researchers at New York University's AI Now Institute have issued a strong warning against not only ubiquitous facial recognition, but its more sinister cousin: so-called affect recognition, technology that claims it can find hidden meaning in the shape of your nose, the contours of your mouth, and the way you smile. If that sounds like something dredged up from the 19th cen...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-06). Rattling the Bars: Stopping Corporate Exploitation in Prisons (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks with Bianca Tylek, founder of the Corrections Accountability Corporation about thousands of corporations funding private prisons and immigration detention centers and what citizens can do about it

Michael Sainato (2018-12-06). How Progressives Are Changing America's South. progressive.org "If we can progress in the belly of the beast, we can have progress anywhere."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-06). Black communities denied $156 billion in property value says new Brookings report. therealnews.com "The pipes in Flint, Michigan could have been replaced 3,000 times with that money" says lead study author Dr. Andre Perry

Democracy Now! (2018-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2018. democracynow.org Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rise to Record High in 2018, WHO Says Meeting Paris Climate Goal Would Save Millions of Lives, Quebec Youth Sue Canada, Citing Gross Negligence on Climate Change, Barclays Customers Demand Divestment from Tar Sands Pipelines, George H.W. Bush Remembered at Washington National Cathedral, Canada Arrests Huawei Executive for Extradition to U.S., Trump Praises Chinese Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Wisconsin Republicans Complete Legislative Power Grab, Michigan Republicans Move to Limit Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders, NYT: Paul Manafort Discussed Deal to Seize Julian Assange, Sa...

ACLU (2018-12-06). Americans Endorsed Voting Rights in 2018, but Some State Lawmakers Want to Sabotage These Victories. aclu.org State legislators are ignoring their voters' wishes and engaging in new tactics to suppress the vote. | The 2018 election ushered in a wave of voting rights victories. Voters in Florida, Michigan, Maryland, and Nevada all made it easier to register and vote, showing that voters reject voter suppression efforts and <...

Akela Lacy (2018-12-06). Pennsylvania Republicans, Thwarted in Court, Are Trying to Deny Seating the Democratic Winner of an Election. theintercept.com Republicans in Pennsylvania went to court during the midterm campaign to try to get Democratic candidate Lindsey Williams kicked off the ballot over alleged residency deficiencies. A judge threw their challenge out, and Williams went on to upset her opponent, flipping a seat tucked inside Conor Lamb's congressional district. | Now Senate Republicans, who still control the upper chamber despite losing five seats and the popular vote statewide, are trying to use the same residency argument to refuse seating the winner...

Bruce Bostick (2018-12-06). There is a working-class approach to immigration. peoplesworld.org "Like it was for generations before, the labor movement is the natural home for new immigrants struggling to achieve economic security and win social justice. We will fight with and for immigrant working people, whatever their status." — 2017 AFL-CIO Resolution—"Immigration and Citizenship" Trump and the right-wing sector of the U.S. ruling class have placed ...

Negin Farsad (2018-12-06). Hemming and Hawing: Getting Away with It. progressive.org I propose to all the women out there—take a page out of the dude book, and audaciously actualize those goals!

AlexBainbridge (2018-12-06). Ferry workers take strike action. greenleft.org.au Ferry workers went on strike on December 6 in a bid to secure a fair wage and job security which, until now, their employer Transdev has refused to guarantee in enterprise negotiations. | Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Queensland branch secretary Bob Carnegie told the hundreds of people gathered at the picket line that it was "a wonderful thing" to see ferry workers "standing up to a large transnational company that has been treating them like crap for a number of years". | Transdev has a record of offering pay rises on paper, but then reneging in practice. For example, one year workers won a travel allowance...

Jason Ditz (2018-12-06). US Commanders Seek Military Escalation in Afghanistan. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Increasingly resigned to the reality that the US simply isn't going to stumble into a military victory in Afghanistan, US military commanders are looking to redouble their efforts. The goal now is to not just kill people, but "shape the political environment" ahead of negotiations. Officials now see their goal increasingly as bolstering America's bargaining position in ...

Muhammad Shehada (2018-12-06). We Shouldn't Lie to Ourselves: Nonviolent Resistance Is Alive and Powerful in Gaza. thenation.com We Shouldn't Lie to Ourselves: Nonviolent Resistance Is Alive and Powerful in Gaza...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-06). "The Silence of Others": New Film Warns Against Spain's Fascist History Repeating Itself. democracynow.org A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets. Members of Spain's younger generation are too young to remember the brutal 40-year military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. But a remarkable new documentary titled "The Silence of Others," or "El Silencio de Otros," hopes to remind Spaniards of the country's fascist past, lest history repeat itself. The film follows several survivors of the Franco regime in their pursuit of justice. We speak with Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who, along with Robert Bahar...

Jen Sorensen (2018-12-06). The Refugee Cycle. thenation.com The Refugee Cycle...

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-06). Argentina: Modify Resolution on Use of Force. hrw.org | | A member of Argentine National Gendarmerie aims his gun to demonstrators during a protest against government-proposed pension reforms as protesters march to Argentine National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 14, 2017. | © 2017 Mariano Sanchez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images | (Washington, D.C.) — A new government resolution in Argentina to regulate the use of firearms by security agents runs counter to basic human rights standards and could enc...

Paul Dobson (2018-12-06). Venezuela's PDVSA Honours Dividend Payments, Relaunches Plans for Refinery in China. venezuelanalysis.com The joint Venezuelan-Chinese Guangdong refinery, to be completed in 2021, will cost PDVSA some $3.81 billion and will refine 400,000 bpd.

Calvin Trillin (2018-12-06). Staffing the Administration. thenation.com Staffing the Administration...

ACLU (2018-12-05). President Trump Is Accelerating the Militarization of the Southwest Border. aclu.org Under President Trump, the slide toward a fully militarized border between the U.S. and Mexico is happening rapidly to the detriment of civil rights. | For decades, the ACLU has fought back against the militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies and the use of the military in our communities. Nowhere is this militarization more pronounced than on the border between the U.S. and Mexico — and President Trump is only making it worse. | The creation of the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11 accelerated the government's operations on the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP...

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-05). Conflict on US-Mexico Border Intensifies, With No Clear Resolution Ahead. therealnews.com Thousands of asylum seekers are camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, near US border, as thousands more are making their way north, caught between the closed US border and US policies that forced them to flee

Julian Vasquez Heilig (2018-12-05). The Tide May Be Turning on Billionaire Backers of Charter Schools in California. progressive.org California's new superintendent of public instruction, Tony Thurmond, opposes the privatization of education.

Consortiumnews (2018-12-05). Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal 'King' Macron. consortiumnews.com For centuries, the "left" hoped popular movements would lead to changes for the better. Today, many leftists seem terrified of popular movements for change, convinced "populism" must lead to "fascism." But it needn't be so, says Diana Johnstone. By Diana... Read more →

ACLU (2018-12-05). This State Agency Is Refusing to Help a Trans Woman Who Says She Was Assaulted by Police. aclu.org New York's Division of Human Rights says it cannot investigate alleged police and corrections abuses because they are not public accommodations. | DeAnna LeTray of Watertown, New York, was arrested in September 2017 during a domestic dispute with her daughter's boyfriend, who she says pointed a gun at her. | LeTray, who is trans, says the Watertown police officers who arrested her mocked her gender expression and questioned her gender identity. Then, at the police station, LeTray says police ripped her hair off her head and, once she got to the jail, she was stripped naked and sexually assaulted. | LeTray filed...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-05). Sen. Graham Wants a More Reliable Fascist in Saudi Arabia — Paul Jay. therealnews.com Senator Lindsey Graham wants to overthrow the Saudi crown prince MBS in order to have a more reliable ally against Iran and to suppress the Arab masses

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-05). Amid Middle East Realignment & Saudi Blockade, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC. therealnews.com Qatar is withdrawing from oil organization OPEC, while Saudi Arabia continues its blockade. Colonel Larry Wilkerson says this is part of a larger realignment in the Middle East, as Turkey exerts more influence

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-05). Malaysia: Keep Moratorium on Abusive Laws. hrw.org | | Riot police members stand guard at the Seafield temple on November 27, 2018 in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. | © 2018 Chris Jung/NurPhoto via Getty Images | (Bangkok) — The Malaysian government should reconsider its decision to lift the moratorium on laws previously used to repress dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. The government announced on November 30,...

pip.hinman (2018-12-05). Community calls for a halt to Santos gas 'exploration' in Narrabri. greenleft.org.au The North West Alliance again called on the NSW Coalition government to stop Santos from stealthily proceeding with its yet-to-be approved Narrabri Gas Project expansion on December 4. Santos is laying kilometres of new pipeline to its Wilga Park power station in north-west NSW, allowing it to access gas from exploration wells, royalty free. | Alliance spokesperson Peter Small said: "This exploration has continued to be an open-ended invitation to conduct production under the guise of exploration." | The North West Alliance includes First Nations people, farmers and people from nearby towns who oppose Santos'...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-05). A Lame-Duck "Legislative Coup": Wisconsin GOP Stages Last-Minute Power Grab Before Dems Take Office. democracynow.org Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are orchestrating an unprecedented power grab to weaken incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers before he takes office. In an extraordinary move that some are calling a "legislative coup," Republican legislators worked throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to pass a sweeping package of lame-duck bills to give power to the Republican-controlled Legislature before Republican Governor Scott Walker leaves office in January. The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate passed a measure to limit the power of the Democratic governor and attorney general-elect and restrict ea...

Kate Aronoff (2018-12-05). Unhinged GDP Growth Could Actually Destroy the Economy, Economists Find. theintercept.com For decades, scientists have warned of the pending crisis for the planet and humanity in the event of runaway climate change. But a new paper from prominent economists frames the situation in language that people might actually understand: Not addressing climate change, they conclude, will lead inevitably to "worldwide economic collapse." | Researchers also have a warning for renewable energy evangelists and techno-optimists, concluding that it is a fantasy to believe that the economy can grow at a torrid pace — as measured by GDP — while simultaneously reducing or eliminating greenhouse gas. | That's...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-05). Headlines for December 5, 2018. democracynow.org Senators Say Crown Prince Is Guilty in Khashoggi Murder After CIA Briefing, Mueller Not Seeking Jail Time for Flynn, Cites "Substantial Assistance", Politico: NRCC Emails Hacked in 2018 Midterms, Georgia Voters Elect Republican Secretary of State, Congressmembers Call for Labor Sec. Acosta Probe over Epstein Plea Deal, DOJ Senior Official Allowed to Get Away with Sexual Assault, Federal Gov. Shuts Down for Nat'l Day of Mourning, Somalia: U.S. Reopens Permanent Diplomatic Presence, Pompeo Gives Russia 60 Days to Comply with Nuclear Treaty, West Bank: Israeli Forces Kill Disabled Palestinian in Overnight Raid, Moro...

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-05). GM Plants Close and Auto Workers Lose Jobs — but There Is an Alternative (Pt. 1/2). therealnews.com Responding to the five GM plant closings and 14,000 layoffs, former Canadian Auto Worker union Research Director Sam Gindin talks about alternative strategies to the neoliberal and right wing approaches that fail society

ACLU (2018-12-05). Does the Second Amendment Protect Only White Gun Owners? aclu.org Recent police killings of Black men for possessing guns they were legally carrying shows the racial double standards of "the good guy with a gun." | The most common refrain from gun rights supporters in the wake of mass shootings or other gun violence is that the best response to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Yet in recent weeks, we have seen two Black men, a group already disproportionately victimized by police use of lethal force, shot and killed by police while protecting those around them w...

ACLU (2018-12-05). Why I Ended the Horror of Long-Term Solitary in Colorado's Prisons. aclu.org Long-term isolation has disastrous physical and mental health effects that can amount to torture. The practice must be abandoned across the nation. | In Colorado, long-term solitary confinement used to be a tool that was regularly used in corrections. The problem is that it was not corrective at all. It was indiscriminate punishment that too often amounted to torture and did not make anyone safer. | The practice was pervasive because it was considered reasonable and effective. It was neither. In practice, long-term isolation punished people in a way that not only lacked humanity but sense. And when a program lack...

Ruth Conniff (2018-12-05). The Republican Strategy Against Democracy. progressive.org The Wisconsin GOP power grab is part of a larger national strategy that attacks the pillars of democratic governance. Progressive editor-at-large Ruth Conniff lays it all out on 'Democracy Now!'

Bill Lueders (2018-12-05). Wisconsin Republicans Spurn the Will of the People. progressive.org Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a Republican-controlled senate approved bills to restrict early voting and curb the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-05). Hatewatch Headlines 12/5/2018. splcenter.org Facebook lets users post about killing immigrants; Is ICE targeting activists? Tomi Lahren warns about 'caravan of diseases'; and more.

Norman Stockwell (2018-12-05). George H.W. Bush: Lying in State. progressive.org The term "lying in state" is used when former leaders are commemorated after death, and more rarely applied when leaders are in office. We look back on our coverage of the former President.

FAIR (2018-12-05). Can Corporate Media Be Any Worse... fair.org than they are during an election? Dear FAIR‚Äàsupporters, Elections are a challenging time for corporate media. And as FAIR points out in numerous posts and CounterSpin interviews recently—they fail to meet this challenge. Who, Us? Corporate Media Ignore Their Role in Trump's Refugee 'Invasion' Panic Blaming 'Both Sides' for Hate Plays Into Hands of ...

Consortiumnews (2018-12-05). The Bushes' 'Death Squads'. consortiumnews.com George H.W. Bush was laid to rest on Wednesday but some of his murderous policies lived on through his son's administration and until this day, as Robert Parry reported on January 11, 2005. How George W. Bush Learned From His... Read more →

Paul Dobson (2018-12-05). Venezuela's Maduro Seeks 'Golden Finish' to 2018 with International Offensive as Russia & Turkey Blast US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com Economic, financial, political, military, and counter-terrorism ties were strengthened between Caracas and both countries.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-05). Council Proposes Income-Based Water Billing Amid Rate Hikes. therealnews.com Just days after the city proposed another rate increase, Baltimore's Council President unveiled legislation that promises water bill affordability and accountability. The proposal will be taken up by the Council's Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee in the coming weeks

Movement leaders (2018-12-05). What Response to Climate Change Gives You Hope? progressive.org Movement leaders tells us about communities making concrete change in the face of planetary crisis.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-05). Hatewatch Headlines 12/6/2018. splcenter.org Ease up on white nationalists, VA diversity chief told; 'Religious Liberty' docs won't be released; QAnoners awaited Trump arrests at funeral; and more.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-05). How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush's War on Iraq. democracynow.org As the media memorializes George H.W. Bush, we look at the lasting impact of his 1991 invasion of Iraq and the propaganda campaign that encouraged it. Although the Gulf War technically ended in February of 1991, the U.S. war on Iraq would continue for decades, first in the form of devastating sanctions and then in the 2003 invasion launched by George W. Bush. Thousands of U.S. troops and contractors remain in Iraq. A largely forgotten aspect of Bush Sr.'s war on Iraq is the vast domestic propaganda effort before the invasion began. We look at the way U.S. media facilitated the war on Iraq with journalist John "Ri...

Consortiumnews (2018-12-05). Trump's Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook. consortiumnews.com With just a few days left before Congress adjourns, House Republicans, like their President, have pretty much let the clock run out. There's little chance now in "taking on the intelligence community," says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to... Read more →

Ruth Conniff (2018-12-04). Wisconsin Republicans Make Unprecedented Power Grab. The People Push Back. progressive.org Citizens jammed the halls and chanted outside locked hearing-room doors, while Republican legislators rushed through a series of bills designed to take power away from the incoming governor.

ACLU (2018-12-04). The Effects of the Muslim Ban One Year Later. aclu.org We've had one year of the Muslim ban. Congress must ensure it's the last. | Exactly one year ago today, the Supreme Court allowed the full implementation of Trump's Muslim ban. It would be months still before it heard oral arguments in Hawaii v. Trump and issued its ruling on June 26, allowing the ban to remain in place. But on Dec. 4, 2017, America began to ban millions of Muslims from the United States, even if they have family members, jobs, academic spots, or other compelling connections here, and even if they would otherwise be fully...

Adam Lee (2018-12-04). Thomas Farr's Judicial Nomination Defeated. naacp.org Late in the afternoon on Thursday, November 29, 2018, Senator Tim Scott (SC) announced that he intended to vote against NAACP-opposed Attorney Thomas Farr's nomination to a life-time appointment to the Federal Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Senator Scott's decision, along with the objections of 50 of his colleagues, was the deciding [...]

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). "AMLO Stands Alone in the Hemisphere": Mexico's President Takes Office with Ambitious Leftist Agenda. democracynow.org Mexico's new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was sworn in this weekend amid fanfare as tens of thousands gathered in the capital to celebrate the country's first leftist president in decades. In his inaugural speech, AMLO addressed security and vowed to end corruption and impunity. We speak with Greg Grandin, prize-winning author and professor of Latin American history at New York University. He says, "The crisis on the border that has been prompted by the Trump administration, but also has deep structural roots, will play out with this hope that AMLO represents. The Latin American left has been defeated...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Headlines for December 4, 2018. democracynow.org Wisconsin: Protesters Take to the Capitol to Oppose GOP Power Grab, North Carolina Investigating Election Fraud in Congressional Race, Trump Praises Stone for Refusal to Testify in Mueller Probe, CIA Director Haspel to Brief Top Senators on Khashoggi Murder, Spain: Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains in Regional Elections, France: Fuel Tax Hikes Suspended Amid Growing Unrest, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC, Mexico's AMLO Creates Truth Commission over 2014 Student Disappearance, Philippines: Indicted Rappler Editor Posts Bail, Vows to Keep Reporting, Reports: U.S Admiral in Middle East Died by Suicide, Texas: Calls Grow to...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: U.S. Owes Reparations to Panama over Bush's Invasion. democracynow.org Last month, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called on Washington to pay reparations to Panama over George H.W. Bush's illegal invasion there in 1989. We speak with international human rights attorney José Luis Morín, who has been working since 1990 to secure reparations for Panama. He is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and chairperson of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department.

Consortiumnews (2018-12-04). The Guardian's Vilification of Julian Assange. consortiumnews.com The Guardian did not make a mistake in vilifying Assange without a shred of evidence. It did what it is designed to do, says Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Johanthan-Cook.net It is welcome that finally there has been a little... Read more →

splcenter (2018-12-04). Five things to know from the third day of testimony in the 'Unite the Right' murder trial. splcenter.org The injuries that took Heather Heyer's life after last year's racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia captivated the court on the third day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of neo-Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr.

kathy_f (2018-12-04). Sorry To Bother You offers rich lessons in seeking radical social change. greenleft.org.au Sorry to Bother You
| Written & directed by Boots Riley
| In cinemas now | This review includes mild spoilers. | As an Australian living abroad, incidents of Australians being racist and/or misogynistisic that attract attention from international media outlets are frequently forwarded to me in anticipation of a seething refrain. | My response is typically motivated by a mix of rage and embarrassment, as well as a deep concern for how racial capitalism has been almost completely normalised. I am deeply concerned by the fact that not only is our social and political climate ill-equipped to address racism, i...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Greg Grandin: George H.W. Bush's 1989 Invasion of Panama Set the Stage for U.S. Wars to Come. democracynow.org 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 wit...

Consortiumnews (2018-12-04). On The Road to a Post-G20 World. consortiumnews.com The ascendence of China and multilateral trading blocs could eventually spell the doom of the G20 and U.S. global dominance, as Pepe Escobar explains. By Pepe Escobar in Moscow Special to Consortium News The trade war launched by the Trump... Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Ariel Dorfman: George H.W. Bush Is Alive in His Many Victims Across the Globe, Including Me. democracynow.org George H.W. Bush was the only president in U.S. history to serve as CIA director, a role that would come to define his career and politics. He once described the intelligence agency as "part of my heartbeat." Bush Sr. was at the helm of the CIA from January 1976 to January 1977. We speak with Ariel Dorfman, best-selling author, playwright, poet and activist, who teaches at Duke University. In 1973, he served as a cultural adviser to Chilean President Salvador Allende's chief of staff. He says George H.W. Bush was "presiding over the CIA when Pinochet, the dictator of Chile, had concentration camps open. They were...

Jim Hightower (2018-12-04). Free the Free Press from Wall Street Plunderers. progressive.org Local ownership of the press matters, as some 1,300 of our towns have learned after Wall Street's corporate demigods of greed swept in to seize their paper, gut its journalistic mission, and devour its assets.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). How George H.W. Bush's Pardons for Iran-Contra Conspirators Set the Stage for Trump's Impunity. democracynow.org As the media lauds George H.W. Bush's legacy, we look at his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. Bush Sr. was vice president when the Reagan administration conspired to deceive and defy Congress with its illegal arms sale to Iran in exchange for securing the release of American hostages in Lebanon. The proceeds from the sale were used to illegally fund the Nicaraguan Contras. In 1992, when Bush Sr. was president, he pardoned several Iran-Contra defendants, including Caspar Weinberger, Robert McFarlane and Elliott Abrams. We speak with Greg Grandin, prize-winning author and professor of Latin American history at New...

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-04). "Pistachio Wars": How the Resnicks' Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran. grayzoneproject.com A highly original documentary project reveals how a couple of Beverly Hills billionaires "are willing to risk war in Iran...

Jud Lounsbury (2018-12-03). Wisconsin's GOP Scheme to Keep Scott Walker as Zombie Governor. progressive.org Republicans are using their gerrymandered control of the state to push through a slew of power-grabbing bills before the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general can take office.

Alan MacLeod (2018-12-03). Misreporting Manafort: A Case Study in Journalistic Malpractice. fair.org The Guardian ( 11/27/18) added "sources say" to the headline after publication. | In what has been described as potentially the biggest story of the year, the Guardian's Luke Harding ( 11/27/18) reported last week that Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, he...

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-03). Hatewatch Headlines 12/3/2018. splcenter.org Black workers recount Tesla factory racism; Facebook report targeted George Soros; Milo's court documents reveal he is deep in debt; and more.

splcenter (2018-12-03). Five things to know from the second day of testimony in the 'Unite the Right' murder trial. splcenter.org Blood, crushed bones and hunks of flesh. The grim and gory toll of last year's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was in the spotlight on Friday in the second day of testimony in the murder trial of a young neo-Nazi sympathizer.

kathy_f (2018-12-03). NSW law will 'lead to a new stolen generation'. greenleft.org.au Another stolen generation appears certain to be created in NSW, after the Coalition government passed a new adoption law making it easier for a child to be adopted by a foster family without parental consent. | The new adoption law, Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill, passed on November 22 despite fierce opposition, imposes a two-year limit on fostering a child. The Children's Court now has the power to decide whether a birth parent should be rei...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-03). Mehdi Hasan on George H.W. Bush's Ignored Legacy: War Crimes, Racism and Obstruction of Justice. democracynow.org George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush's death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush's legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush's pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and ho...

Democracy Now! (2018-12-03). Headlines for December 3, 2018. democracynow.org George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies at 94, Mexico: AMLO Sworn In as President, Vows to Create New National Guard, China and U.S. Agree to Temporary Trade Truce, Trump Plans to Cancel NAFTA, Pushes for New USMCA Deal, France: Hundreds of Thousands Continue to Protest Fuel Hikes, Khashoggi WhatsApp Messages May Have Been Intercepted by Saudis, Leaders Urge Decisive Action as COP24 Kicks Off in Poland, Officer Who Killed Unarmed Black Man in His Own Apartment Indicted for Murder, Wisconsin GOP Tries to Force Through Bills Limiting Power of Elected Democrats, Three Women Accuse deGrasse Tyson...

ACLU (2018-12-03). There's No Real Difference Between Border Walls and Border Fences. aclu.org Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, are playing word games when it comes to funding Trump's border wall. | Sometime between now and Dec. 21*, when the current appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security will expire, Congress needs to provide the agency with another's year's funds. A single word has become a sticking point for the politicians who will vote on that funding: "wall," as in President Trump's border wall. | Trump and his Republican allies are demanding billions of dollars for walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats, wanting to be seen as opposing Trump, say that they won't vote for b...

Ricardo Vaz (2018-12-03). Venezuela: Maduro Announces Salary Increases, New Fixed Prices. venezuelanalysis.com Updated salaries and bonuses, a host of Christmas benefits and a renewed attempt to negotiate prices with the private sector were unveiled by the Venezuelan president.

splcenter (2018-12-03). With Rosa Parks Day, Alabama moves toward recognition of its true heroes. splcenter.org This past Saturday, the state of Alabama marked its first Rosa Parks Day.

kathy_f (2018-12-03). 'Power of the Documentary' highlighted in Sydney. greenleft.org.au "The issues raised in this film are vitally important: it is a history of the involvement of journalism and the mainstream media in not merely reporting on, but collaborating with, the making of wars," John Pilger, radical filmmaker, journalist and author, told the audience at a showing of his 2010 film The War You Don't See. | The film was part of the Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence film festival, curated by Pilger and showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney between November 28 and December 9. | The War You Don't See starts by exposing the official reporting on World War I, W...

splcenter (2018-12-03). SPLC brings first lawsuit challenging Florida sheriffs' latest collaboration agreements to detain people for ICE. splcenter.org The SPLC sued Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay today for illegally holding a U.S. citizen in the county jail on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold.

TeleSUR English (2018-12-03). Mexican Unions Show Solidarity with Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com "You are not alone," demonstrators cried, in a show of solidarity with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-03). Remembering George H.W. Bush's Inaction on AIDS at Home While Detaining HIV+ Haitians at Guantánamo. democracynow.org George H.W. Bush died on the eve of World AIDS Day, an irony not lost on many HIV/AIDS activists who remember the 41st president of the United States for his lack of action in the 1990s as the HIV/AIDS crisis raged on. Bush said little about the crisis during his years as vice president under Ronald Reagan, who didn't even mention AIDS until the penultimate year of his presidency. Despite promises to do more after he was elected president, George H.W. Bush refused to address and fund programs around HIV/AIDS education and prevention, as well as drug treatment. We speak with Steven Thrasher, journalist and doctora...

Reese Erlich (2018-12-03). Foreign Correspondent: Senate Tumult Reflects Popular Discontent with Yemen War. progressive.org 75 percent of Americans oppose the Yemen War and 57 percent oppose all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-03). Interview: Bernie Sanders on Ending Yemen War, Medicare for All, Green New Deal & the Stop BEZOS Act. democracynow.org Hundreds of international progressive leaders gathered in Burlington, Vermont, last weekend for an event hosted by The Sanders Institute. While there, Amy Goodman sat down with independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss his efforts to pass a Green New Deal, raise the minimum wage and protect Social Security. He also spoke about last week's historic Senate vote to advance a resolution he co-sponsored to end military support for the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war in Yemen.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-03). Hatewatch Headlines 12/4/2018. splcenter.org Apple chief deplatforms white supremacists; Far right continues to spread Soros conspiracies; 'QAnon' deputy at Pence event is demoted; and more.

Consortiumnews (2018-12-03). Bush-41's October Surprise Denials. consortiumnews.com "Deny everything," British traitor Kim Philby said as a way for the powerful can bluff past their crimes, something George H.W. Bush knew when he denied charges of his own near treason in the October Surprise case, wrote Robert Parry... Read more →

Anton Glaving (2018-12-02). Debunking the Times on Bush I:s foreign policy record. zcomm.org Below is a list of the most blatant pieces of deception concerning George H.W. Bush's foreign policy record, reported in Adam Nagourney's commemorative NYT piece. Nagourney writes that "Environmental groups praised Mr. Bush's record on climate change and the environment. As president, he signed the United States to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Read more...

Consortiumnews (2018-12-01). The Bushes: Fathers and Sons ( With Apologies to Turgenev). consortiumnews.com In a story worthy of the great Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, in the Bushes' case the sins of the son were visited upon the father, who neglected an opportunity to stop them from happening, as Ray McGovern explains. By Ray... Read more →

Mike Ervin (2018-12-01). Smart Ass Cripple: Getting In the Big Man's Face. progressive.org Not every public protest will entice change, but that doesn't mean our efforts are futile.

splcenter (2018-12-01). Weekend Read: Mississippi's future is brighter than we think. splcenter.org "Mississippi's past, not its future, won the election."

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Vivienne Westwood: Punk to the bone. greenleft.org.au Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
| Directed by Lorna Tucker
| In cinemas | In the 1970s, punks astounded Britain with their T-shirts worn inside out and torn clothes with safety pins. | Vivienne Westwood was the person responsible for most of that look. Not only did she tear clothing apart, she lived a similar life. | Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a raw, unpredictable and unapologetic documentary about the punk icon and fashion designer. | Watching it was a whirlwind. At times I was smiling, others I felt frustration. | I found it trying at times how little information the film actually shared. It was...

Ruth Conniff (2018-12-01). Middle America: How to Beat a Demagogue. progressive.org How Scott Walker's loss in Wisconsin gives the rest of the country hope.

Consortiumnews (2018-12-01). Taking a Bush Secret to the Grave. consortiumnews.com The National Archives approved Robert Parry's appeal on a 30-year-old secret: the address where George H.W. Bush supposedly went on an October 1980 weekend — when several witnesses put Bush in Paris meeting with Iranians, Parry reported on 9/27 2011.... Read more →

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Eight new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus offers up eight new books as recommended reading for ecosocialists. Inclusion does not imply agreement with a book's contents. | ***
1. The Biofuels Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet
| By Okbazghi Yohannes
| Monthly Review Press, 2018 | Eliminating fossil fuels is essential, but biofuels have far more to do with sating profit-hungry corporations than saving the Earth. Combining meticulous scientific narrative with devastating economic analy...

stuart_m (2018-12-01). 'Economics for the Many' offer a radical, democratic vision for a Corbyn gov't. greenleft.org.au Edited by John McDonnell
| Verso, 2018 | This book is a valuable collection of 16 short essays on the crisis facing modern Britain, coming up with progressive solutions which a Jeremy Corbyn-led government could usher in. | It is edited by and has an introduction by Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a long-time socialist and close collaborator of Corbyn's. He says: "We are seeking nothing less than to build a society that is radically fairer, more democratic and more sustainable, in which the wealth of society is shared by all." | The first piece, by Antonia Jennings who teaches at the London School...

stuart_m (2018-12-01). A true people's artist. greenleft.org.au Rock & Roll Harbour
| Exhibition by The Shop Gallery
| 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
| Thurs January 3 — Wed Jan 9 | Peter Gow is the people's artist. | His ouvre is driven by his down-to-earth, inner-city environment such as boathouses and the heritage-listed Sydney Harbour Bridge in various attitudes, all of which feature prominently in this exhibition. | Gow is a qualified electrician and builder as well, very handy for making the frames in his spare time that embrace his art. | His deep, rich, contrasting colours leap from his palette onto the canvas. His short brush strokes create a palindrom...

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Eye-opening look at the dark side of the 'aid industry'. greenleft.org.au Disaster Capitalism
| Written by Antony Loewenstein
| Directed by Thor Neureiter
www.disastercapitalismfilm.com | Disaster Capitalism is a groundbreaking documentary film about Bougainville, Haiti and Afghanistan, revealing the dark underbelly of the global aid and investment industry. The film offers important insights into a secret multi-billion dollar world by investigating how aid money is actually spent — or misspent. | Prominent journalist and author Antony Loewenstein joins award-winning filmmaker Thor Neureiter on a four-year journey...

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Israel escalating the demolition of Palestine. greenleft.org.au When it comes to the infrastructure of genocide, you could illustrate it using almost any photo of a school, house, shop or village in the West Bank. You could bookmark a Google maps page of a particular West Bank town — then look again in three or six months time and note the destruction wrought. | This is one way of keeping track of the demolitions of Palestinian homes and Israel's attempts to impose an "Israeli only" identity on the landscape. | There has been a redoubling of Israeli efforts to evict Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and deny remaining Palestinian residents the right to a livelihoo...

Democracy Now! (2018-11-30). Full Bernie Sanders Speech on Economic Justice, Healthcare, Opposing Trump & Ending the War in Yemen. democracynow.org Hundreds of international progressive leaders have traveled to Burlington, Vermont, for a gathering hosted by The Sanders Institute. Last night, former presidential candidate and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked the event off with a keynote speech on healthcare, raising the minimum wage and his bipartisan resolution to end military support for the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. He was introduced by Harvard professor Cornel West.

stuart_m (2018-11-30). US condemned for tear-gassing refugees, children. greenleft.org.au Legal experts and human rights advocates have denounced the tear gassing of children and other asylum seekers by US forces at the Mexico border on November 25. | "The migrants at our southern border include mothers and small children exercising their legal, human right to seek asylum," declared the ACLU in a tweet on November 26. It told the US Customs and Border Protection agency: "Tear gassing children is out...

CounterSpin (2018-11-30). Brian Mier on Brazil's Election and What Comes Next. fair.org Media...

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). Campaigners turn up the heat as Adani says mine ready to go. greenleft.org.au Indian mining giant Adani has announced that it is ready to self-fund a scaled-down coalmine and rail project in Queensland's Galilee Basin. The company said that construction on the mine would begin next year. | The November 29 announcement came in the midst of a "fortnight of heat" over November 19-December 1, in which Stop Adani activists hope to turn up the heat on local MPs before they returned to Canberra for the final sitting days of parliament. | Particular emphasis was placed on targeting Labor MPs in the lead up to the party's national conference in Adelaide in December, with activists protesting on Nov...

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Letter from the US: Midterms offer distorted picture of political state of play. greenleft.org.au Looking at elections in the United States, deeper trends in the population can be difficult to discern as the choices are between two capitalist parties that are both staunch defenders of capitalist rule and US imperialism. | There are no mass workers' parties of any stripe. If there were, we may be in a better position to understand the relation of class forces. | This is not to say there are no differences between the two parties. There clearly are. At present, President Donald Trump has the backing of Republican politicians, with a few exceptions. Democratic politicians are generally opposed to Trump's authori...

Democracy Now! (2018-11-30). Medicare for All: As Healthcare Costs Soar, Momentum Grows to Guarantee Healthcare for All Americans. democracynow.org As Democrats prepare to take control of the House, pressure is growing on the Democratic leadership to embrace Medicare for all. Nearly 50 newly Democratic members of Congress campaigned for Medicare for all. In the last year, 123 incumbent House Democrats also co-sponsored Medicare-for-all legislation, double the number who supported a Medicare-for-all bill in the previous legislative session. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical, insurance and hospital companies are paying close attention. As The Intercept's Lee Fang reports, over the summer the groups formed a partnership to fight the growing support for expanding Medica...

stuart_m (2018-11-30). New maps of land destruction show why people flee Central America. greenleft.org.au A new map developed at the University of Cincinnati illustrates one motivating force behind migrant caravans leaving Guatemala and Honduras to reach the United States. | UC geography professor Tomasz Stepinski has turned high-resolution satellite images from the European Space Agency into one of the most detailed looks so far at how people are reshaping the planet. | Stepinski said: "Right now there are caravans of people walking to the United States. Many of them are coming from Guatemala." | News agencies such as The Guardian have called some of the Central American migrants "climate-change refugees" since many...

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). An exceptional result for the Victorian Socialists. greenleft.org.au For a party only launched in May, Victorian Socialists achieved some exceptional results in the November 24 state elections. | In the Northern Metropolitan Region it won more than 4% of the votes and came fourth out of 19 parties in terms of first preference votes, behind only Labor, the Liberals and the Greens. | While the population in this inner Melbourne seat might be familiar with socialist and left ideas, the result represented something more as the campaign was able to engage a new range of activists. | In Western Victoria Region, having only decided in September to run, Victorian Socialists won 0.75% of t...

Brett Barroquere (2018-11-30). The five most compelling moments so far in the 'Unite the Right' murder trial. splcenter.org A juror clasped his hand over his mouth in court on Thursday as prosecutors played a video showing a young neo-Nazi sympathizer plowing his car into a group of anti-racist protestors after last year's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ben Norton (2018-11-30). At elite gala with ex-Bush official, Obama implores Wall Street to thank him for making them so much money. grayzoneproject.com "Just say thank you, please," former President Obama told a room full of bankers, and boasted of making the US the...

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Is Latin America still the US's 'backyard'? greenleft.org.au In 2008, the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations published a report titled US-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality. Timed to influence the foreign policy agenda of the next US administration, the report asserted: "the era of the US as the dominant influence in Latin America is over." | Then, at the Summit of the Americas the next year, then-president Barack Obama promised Latin American leaders a "new era" of "equal partnership" and "mutual respect". | Goodbye Monroe Doctrine?: | Four years later, Obama's second...

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). WA Labor opens the gate to fracking. greenleft.org.au The Western Australian Labor government announced it is opening up 5.2 million hectares — an area roughly the size of 75% of Tasmania — to potential fracking operations on November 27. | The decision follows advice from an inquiry carried out by the WA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that said fracking in the Kimberley, Mid-West and Gascoyne regions would not pose a serious threat to people, agriculture or the environment. | Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a dangerous process that involves fracturing rock with pressurised liquid to mine unconventional gas. | Prior to last year's state ele...

Democracy Now! (2018-11-30). Headlines for November 30, 2018. democracynow.org Former Trump Lawyer Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Cover for Trump, Trump Cancels G20 Meeting with Putin, Deutsche Bank Raided in Money Laundering Probe, Migrant Caravan Organizes for Fair Treatment as Members Start Hunger Strike, Reports: Tear Gas Used at Border Supplied by Co. Owned by Political Donor, U.S., Mexico and Canada Sign Trade Deal, Honduras: Court Convicts 7 Men for Murder of Activist Berta Cáceres, Body Search Ends in Paradise as Rains Batter Region, Zinke Promotes Logging While Visiting Wildfire-Devastated Area, Report: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure Last Months After Wildfires, CNN Fires Contri...

Reed Richardson (2018-11-30). Not So Black & White: NYT Touts Rural Voters, Buries Racism in Mississippi Election Analysis. fair.org The New York Times ( 11/24/18) warns that Democrats speaking "boldly" risk turning off approximately one-seventh of the electorate. | Stop me if you've heard this one before: During a high-profile election, a major newspaper decides to stubbornly focus its coverage on an increasingly narrow sliver of white voters, while minimizing the racism that colors the electorate and the eventual Republican victor's campaign. | If this sounds like a repeat of the mainstream press's response to Trump's 2016 campaign, well, it is.

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Wave of red as West Bengal farmers march for rights. greenleft.org.au Organised under the banners of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agricultural Workers' Union (AIAWU) of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), thousands of farmers began marching from Singur towards Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, on November 27. | The march culminated in front of Governor Raj Bhavan's house the next day to demand cultivable lands be returned to the farmers. | In 2006, the creation of a car plant in Singur made the lands uncultivable. The plant was later...

Jim Hightower (2018-11-30). Free the Free Press From Wall Street Plunderers. fair.org Texas populist Jim Hightower's columns have been distributed by Creators Syndicate for a decade—but the agency said they had to take a pass on this one. "The big, hedge-fund owned newspaper chains that Hightower calls out in his column are big customers of theirs, and as such, they don't want to risk offending them," says Hightower assistant Melody Byrd (Corporate Crime Reporter, 11/29/18). "While Creators' reluctance to anger these powerful interests is somewhat understandable, the implications are frightening. It's one...

Joe Emersberger (2018-11-30). "No Deal" Brexit predictions, GDP, average incomes, austerity and the CLIMATE CRISIS. zcomm.org If Bill Gates walks into a room full of factory workers then the average income of everybody in the room skyrockets. It would skyrocket even if everybody else in the room were going bankrupt as Gates entered. Similarly, the average income of the people in the room would plummet as Gates walked out the door even Read more...

Paul Dobson (2018-11-29). Indigenous Leaders Call for Justice After Landlord Violence Shakes Communities. venezuelanalysis.com The violence, which led to the kidnapping of Yukpa school teacher Mary Fernandez, comes amid land conflicts between cattle ranchers and indigenous communities.

splcenter (2018-11-29). SPLC wins stay of deportation for journalist whose work challenged ICE. splcenter.org The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of removal today for Spanish-language journalist Manuel Duran.

Adam Lee (2018-11-29). Farr vote at noon TODAY. naacp.org Despite the fact that a large number of North Carolina NAACPers, led by North Carolina State Conference of NAACP branches President Rev. Anthony Spearman, spent all day yesterday on a bus to come the Washington, DC, to join President Derrick Johnson and others to express their strong opposition to the confirmation of Thomas Farr to a [...]

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-29). Hatewatch Headlines 11/30/2018. splcenter.org Vote-suppressing judge's appointment falls shy; GOP offended by its racists being called out; Tucker Carlson is neo-Nazi site's favorite pundit; and more.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). Should Saudi Crown Prince Be Charged with War Crimes? G20 Host Argentina Considers Probe. democracynow.org Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could face prosecution in Argentina for alleged complicity in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led humanitarian crisis in Yemen. On Wednesday, an Argentine prosecutor reportedly accepted a request by Human Rights Watch to prosecute the crown prince, just hours after he landed in Argentina ahead of the G20 summit. Argentina recognizes universal jurisdiction for war crimes and torture, which means it is able to press charges against the crown prince while he is in the country. We speak with Reed Brody, counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, and...

Yanis Varoufakis (2018-11-29). On Julian Assange and the Political Economy & future of Europe. zcomm.org Interview on the socio-economic transformations taking place within the core of the European Union and how much time is left until it disintegrates...

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-11-29). NAACP Statement on Black Voter Turnout in Mississippi Elections. naacp.org The incredible Black voter turnout in Mississippi on November 6 — and again in the November 27 runoff election — provides a powerful example of what can happen when African Americans and other voters of color are encouraged to participate actively in our democracy. This election illustrates what can happen when voters and politicians alike [...]

Adam Lee (2018-11-29). Farr vote postponed until next week. naacp.org Due to a serious personal matter which has taken a solid vote in support of the Farr nomination out of Washington, DC, until next week, Senate leadership has postponed the final vote on the Thomas Farr confirmation until next week. This gives us more time to contact our Senators and let them know of our deep [...]

Janine Jackson (2018-11-29). 'This Is About Systematically Impoverishing People' - CounterSpin interview with Felicia Kornbluh on 'welfare reform'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Felicia Kornbluh about rethinking "welfare reform" for the November 23, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media...

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). George Monbiot: Ending Meat & Dairy Consumption Is Needed to Prevent Worst Impacts of Climate Change. democracynow.org We look at the link between climate change and meat consumption on the heels of a series of damning reports that say if humans don't act now to halt climate change, the results will be catastrophic. A new study by the World Meteorological Organization shows the past four years have been the hottest on record. On Tuesday, the United Nations reported that carbon emissions reached record highs in 2017 and are on the rise for the first time in four years. Radical reductions are necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, the level that would prevent the worst effects of catastrophic climate change. Livestock fo...

Regan Farley (2018-11-29). Statement of Derrick Johnson on Postponement of Vote on Thomas Farr. naacp.org "The NAACP is encouraged by the Senate's decision today to postpone the vote on Thomas Farr's nomination to the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Senate does not have the votes to confirm Farr, and it hopefully it will never will. This week, a smoking gun was uncovered demonstrating that Farr himself coordinated voter suppression [...]

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-28). Venezuela Reaches Settlement with Crystallex as Oil Production Further Tumbles. venezuelanalysis.com Caracas is looking to shield CITGO assets from seizure.

splcenter (2018-11-28). SPLC sues Florida school district for arming inadequately trained 'school safety assistants' with guns. splcenter.org M.D. is a fourth-grader who likes to play baseball, and science is his favorite subject.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-28). Hatewatch Headlines 11/29/2018. splcenter.org Border Patrol's use of tear gas an ill omen; High court poised to reverse LGBT rights; How Trump picked up a meme from 4chan on Twitter; and more.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-11-28). NAACP Statement on Recent Criminal Justice Reform Compromise Introduced in Senate. naacp.org NAACP released the following statement in support of the Crimianl Justice Reform Compromise: Our American criminal justice system is broken. Sentencing is disproportionately weighted against African Americans, and the current political climate continues to devalue black lives by reviving the same failed policies of the war on drugs that fueled mass incarceration," said NAACP President [...]

Paul Dobson (2018-11-27). UN Announces $9.2m of Funding Following Maduro's Request for Sanctions-Countering Assistance. venezuelanalysis.com The medical and nutritional supplies will reinforce existing UN support for government social programs targeting pregnant women, young children, and HIV carriers.

Chris Hedges (2018-11-26). Crucifying Julian Assange. zcomm.org Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria, journalist and editor-in-chief, Consortium, discuss efforts to force #WikiLeaks publisher, #JulianAssange, out of the Ecuador Embassy in London and extradite him to the USA to stand trial.

LEILI (2018-11-26). Palestinian Civil Society Urges World Governments to Impose a Military Embargo on Saudi Regime Over Khashoggi Murder and War Crimes in Yemen, On Israel for War Crimes and Apartheid Against Palestinians. bdsmovement.net Palestinian Civil Society Urges World Governments to Impose a Military Embargo on Saudi Regime Over Khashoggi Murder and War Crimes in Yemen, On Israel for War Crimes and Apartheid Against Palestinians: Update"We appeal to progressives and social movements everywhere to pressure their governments to impose strict military embargoes on all states that are perpetrating crimes against hu...

Steve Ellner (2018-11-25). Trump Putting Venezuela on 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' List? zcomm.org The Trump administration is actively exploring the option of placing Venezuela on the state sponsor of terrorism list, to further intensify sanctions that have already caused significant damage to Venezuela's economy...

TeleSUR English (2018-11-22). Venezuela Holds First International Meeting of Cryptoactives. venezuelanalysis.com The meeting was organized as Venezuela attempts to counter the effects of the U.S.-led economic blockade through its own cryptocurrency, the Petro.

Joe Emersberger (2018-11-22). Elected Constituent Assembly in Venezuela provoked International Outrage, not the illegal handpicked one in Ecuador. zcomm.org "CONAIE and CREO direct the new National Electoral Council" announces a headline yesterday in the rightwing Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo. CONAIE is a self-declared "left" federation representing indigenous peoples in Ecuador. CREO is the party of the "defeated" right wing presidential candidate in 2017. I put "defeated" in quotes because CREO's electoral defeat — which they stupidly Read more...

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-22). Venezuelan Campesinos Mobilize as Rural Violence Continues. venezuelanalysis.com Hundreds rallied for their rights in western Venezuela amid another campesino assassination.

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-22). Venezuela: Former Guerrilla and Bolivarian Leader Ali Rodriguez Dies at 81. venezuelanalysis.com A key figure on the Venezuelan left for decades, longtime revolutionary Ali Rodriguez passed away this week.

Paul Dobson (2018-11-21). Venezuela to Offer African American Course at US University. venezuelanalysis.com The "Africa and its Diaspora in Hispanic America" course will be run at the Southern University at New Orleans.

Paul Dobson (2018-11-21). Trump Ponders Putting Venezuela on Terrorism Blacklist. venezuelanalysis.com No evidence has been provided, and any inclusion on the list would be based on "hearsay" and "questionable sources," analysts suggest.

Huzaifa Zoomkawala (2018-11-21). An unhandsome toil. zcomm.org Here are poetic tangents — mine with Lorde's and Rukeyser's — to a podcast I heard last night: a tribute paid to Eqbal Ahmad by his friend, Edward Said. Said contrasted his personal 'filiation' with his 'affiliation' in relation to Ahmad and the world of idea(l)s, Ahmad's unceasing commitment to the creative versus mere politics, Read more...

ziyaad (2018-11-20). Airbnb's Decision to Exit Israel's Illegal Settlements: A Partial Victory for Human Rights & Accountability. bdsmovement.net Airbnb's Decision to Exit Israel's Illegal Settlements: A Partial Victory for Human Rights & Accountability: BNC StatementAirbnb's decision to end its business in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory is an important first step. It unfortunately fails to cover settlements in East Jerusalem, which is also occupied according to international law. All Isr...

Lawrence Wittner (2018-11-18). Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org In July 2017, by a vote of 122 to 1, with one abstention, nations from around the world attending a United Nations-sponsored conference in New York City voted to approve a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Although this Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received little coverage in the mass media, its passage was Read more...

Grayzone Project (2018-11-17). The Guardian Pushes More Lies on Nicaragua, Covering Up For Putschist Priests. grayzoneproject.com The Guardian continues its relentless campaign of demonization against Nicaragua's elected government with a falsehood-filled cover-up for the Catholic church...

Max Blumenthal (2018-11-15). Blowback: How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists. grayzoneproject.com Not only are white supremacists from across the West flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their...

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-15). Venezuela: Workers Rally to Demand 'Revolutionary Exit from Crisis'. venezuelanalysis.com The public sector in Venezuela has been mobilizing for revised wages and labor rights.

Phyllis Bennis (2018-11-14). The Crisis in Gaza and a Potential Ceasefire. zcomm.org Discussing the recent Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip that killed 7 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, as well as Israeli air strikes and a potential ceasefire...

Paul Dobson (2018-11-14). Maduro Calls on UN to Help Break US-led Blockade, Supply Medical Equipment. venezuelanalysis.com The Humanised Childbirth Program and Cuban medical mission are also to be expanded.

Joe Emersberger (2018-11-14). Open Letter to the CBC Ombudsman (Esther Enkin) about Venezuela. zcomm.org Dear Esther: I reply below to your review of my complaint about Evan Dyer's "analysis" piece about Venezuela. Your review begins as follows: COMPLAINT You took issue with a story published on the cbcnews.ca website entitled "Why some Venezuelans fear Maduro is selling them out to China" written by Ottawa-based reporter Evan Dyer. You corresponded Read more...

Huzaifa Zoomkawala (2018-11-12). Palestine: Fadwa Tuqan's poems and data on women's education. zcomm.org And here is my second attempt at bridging the three areas: poems, justice and data visualization. This time, it's the Palestinian poet, Fadwa Tuqan, whose poems I have highlighted alongside some charts depicting the progress over the years on a number of women's education indicators in the West Bank and Gaza. (Earlier, I had used Read more...

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-08). Caracas Metro Workers Protest Labor Conditions amid Private Transport Fare Hikes. venezuelanalysis.com Transportation has been one of the main issues in Caracas, with poor service and price hikes, as well as worker protests for better conditions.

Paul Dobson (2018-11-07). Venezuela Looks to Dodge Sanctions & Repatriate Gold from Bank of England. venezuelanalysis.com The reported measure will bring US $550m worth of national reserves back to Caracas only days after Washington announced new gold-targeting sanctions.

Paul Dobson (2018-11-07). Venezuela: Constituent Assembly Claims 90% of Grassroots Proposals for New Constitution Processed. venezuelanalysis.com Few details have been offered on the possible content of the new Magna Carta as pressure groups continue to campaign for same-sex marriage, legal abortion, and a prominent role for communes.

TeleSUR English (2018-11-06). Venezuela to Ramp-up Security After Three Soldiers Killed. venezuelanalysis.com After three soldiers were killed in an armed attack, Venezuela is deploying troops to its border with Colombia.

Paul Dobson (2018-11-05). Gasoline Shortages Hit Western Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Whilst the government hinted at import problems due to US sanctions, others have cited additional factors, including cross-border smuggling, poor maintenance and increased demand due to the upcoming price hike.

TeleSur English (2018-11-05). Maduro: Venezuela Sitting on 2nd Biggest Gold Reserve on Earth. venezuelanalysis.com President Nicolas Maduro described the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela as "crazy" and "criminal."

TeleSUR English (2018-11-05). Venezuela: Region Shifts Right, Maduro Calls for Stronger ALBA. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan president warned "U.S. imperialism is emboldened" and urged more unity for a peaceful Latin America.

Joe Emersberger (2018-11-04). Transcript of a talk I gave on fighting the media's propaganda campaign against Venezuela's govenment. zcomm.org Below is a slightly edited (and rushed) transcript of a talk I was asked to give. It was part of the webinar series organized by the Venezuela Solidarity Group and the Alliance for Global Justice. There were some minor technical glitches with the sound level but the recording is here. *** Ok we're here to Read more...

Sputnik International (2018-11-04). Trump's Latin American Sanctions: Clear 'Political Tactic' For Midterms. venezuelanalysis.com VA's Paul Dobson analyzes the latest US sanctions in this Sputnik News report.

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-01). Venezuela: Communist Campesino Leaders Assassinated as Land Struggles Continue. venezuelanalysis.com Luis Fajardo and Javier Aldana, from the Communist Party of Venezuela, had been actively involved in land struggles in the western Venezuelan region of Sur del Lago.

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-01). Venezuela: Former Guerrilla and Chavez Opponent Teodoro Petkoff Dies at 86. venezuelanalysis.com Petkoff was an "iconoclastic and anachronistic figure" who "shifted steadily to the right," according to George Ciccariello-Maher.

Glenn Greenwald (2018-10-30). The Lessons from the Victory of Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro. zcomm.org Bolsonaro's victory is highly consequential in its own right: for the 210 million people who live within the borders of the country he and his tyrannical movement now dominate, as well as for the region and the globe...

Ben Norton (2018-10-30). Violent Ukrainian Neo-Nazi Speaks at US Govt Org, Helps Kiev Police 'Purge' Roma. grayzoneproject.com An activist from violent Ukrainian neo-Nazi gang C14 spoke at the US government's America House Kyiv, and worked with Kiev...

Mark Ames (2018-10-29). ShamiWitness: How Bellingcat and Neocons Collaborated with the Most Influential ISIS Propagandist on Twitter. grayzoneproject.com How some of the best known Syria regime-change hustlers and "experts" helped transform the @ShamiWitness account from a cretinous troll into a...

Max Blumenthal (2018-10-28). Members of Netanyahu's Likud Blame Victims of Pittsburgh Pogrom and Echo the Killer's Rhetoric. grayzoneproject.com As Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett sets out to Pittsburgh, prominent members of the governing Likud Party have blamed...

Ben Norton (2018-10-26). Saudi Arabia Kills Yemeni Civilians with Another US-Made Raytheon Bomb. grayzoneproject.com Saudi Arabia attacked Yemenis in Hodeidah with a laser-guided bomb made by US military contractor Raytheon, as a civilian is...

Michael Albert (2018-10-23). Planting Seeds of the Future in the Present. zcomm.org This talk took place on 10th October 2018 at The Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow...

Max Blumenthal (2018-10-23). Facebook Censorship of Alternative Media "Just the Beginning," Says Top Neocon Insider. grayzoneproject.com At a Berlin security conference, hardline neocon Jamie Fly appeared to claim some credit for the recent coordinated purge of...

Norman Solomon (2018-10-23). On the Democratic Party. zcomm.org Interview on the sequel to a report on how the Democratic party can revitalize and compete in 2018 and beyond...

Ben Norton (2018-10-21). Imperial-Hipster Bible VICE Did Paid Propaganda for Saudi Arabia. grayzoneproject.com Hipster media giant VICE worked with Saudi Arabia's regime mouthpiece SRMG to create a video promoting tourism and a camel...

William Boardman (2018-10-18). Is The U.S. Voting System Secure? zcomm.org The degradation of American society since 1980 has been deliberate and ruthless...

Lawrence Wittner (2018-10-18). Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of American Politics by the Press. zcomm.org Ever since the foundation of the American Republic, there has been both praise for and suspicion of the press...

Claire Provost (2018-10-18). Trump Administration's Warped View of Religious Freedom Abroad. zcomm.org Religious freedom arguments are increasingly being used to challenge anti-discrimination policies and access to services...

Peter Cole (2018-10-18). A Tribute to Ron Dellums, Radical. zcomm.org Ron Dellums appreciated the struggle against racism is permanently joined with those against sexism, militarism, and capitalism...

Jack Rasmus (2018-10-18). Trade War for Real? Parts 2, 3. zcomm.org How China will respond to more U.S. tariffs and technology transfer is the crux of any U.S.-China trade agreement—or trade war...

Don Fitz (2018-10-18). Nuclear Power & Climate. zcomm.org The great environmental challenge of our time is to understand that the many sources of biodestruction are interconnected and must be confronted simultaneously, rather than disparaging one danger to focus on another...

Maya Evans (2018-10-18). Marching for Peace. zcomm.org As the "war on terror" generation comes of age, their status quo is perpetual war, a complete brainwashing that war is inevitable...

Steve Ellner (2018-10-14). Venezuela under siege. zcomm.org The siege-like conditions which Venezuela has been subjected to from both foreign interference and domestic opposition present a myriad of challenges for the country to move forward...

Vincent Emanuele (2018-10-03). Struggles in Organizing. zcomm.org Interview on different approaches to organizing, issues within the anti-war movement, and trying to make real change in society...