2018-11-20: News Headlines

Staff (2018-11-21). Trump Provides Written Responses to Mueller Questions. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It's the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation. | The step is a milestone in the negotiations between Trump's attorneys and special counsel Robert Mueller's team over whether and when the president might sit for an interview. | The compromise outcome, nearly a year in the making, offers some benefit to both sides. Tr…

RT (2018-11-21). Trump hands over written responses to Mueller's Russia probe questions. rt.com A lawyer for Donald Trump has confirmed that the US President has submitted answers to the questions penned by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. The questions refer to the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Moscow.

Jake Johnson (2018-11-21). Trump Pledges Never-Ending Support For Saudi Arabia. Blames Iran For Every Middle East Problem. iranian.com In a bizarre, exclamation point-riddled statement on Tuesday that one critic said reads more "like a 6th grader's school report" than an official White House press release, President Donald Trump shrugged at the CIA's conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi—"maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"—and declared that the U.S. will […] | The post

Alastair Crooke (2018-11-21). The Iranian Albatross That Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck. iranian.com Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck. Mr. Trump, nor anyone else in his administration, has announced any conclusions about […]

RT (2018-11-21). Disgusting Puppets: Joe Biden HONORS George W. Bush. iranian.com

RT (2018-11-21). 'Put down the lettuce. Please move away from the lettuce.' E.coli scare casts pall over Thanksgiving. rt.com An E.coli outbreak has Americans terrified of lettuce for the second time this year as they prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. The Centers for Disease Control warned Tuesday to avoid romaine lettuce after a rash of infections.

Gareth Porter (2018-11-20). North Korea 'Deception': US Media, Malpractice or Laziness? globalresearch.ca Major news outlets have resumed efforts to pressure President Donald Trump to pull back from trying to negotiate a deal with Pyongyang. In their latest salvo last week, The New York Times and CNN completely misrepresented the findings of a …

Robert Fisk (2018-11-20). We Remember the Great War, While Palestinians Live It. zcomm.org For these refugees, still in their hovels and shacks as you read these words, the First World War never ended — not even now, today, on the hundredth anniversary of the "end" of the First World War…

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-20). Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Apartheid Rule. globalresearch.ca Repressive Israeli rule way exceeds the worst of South African apartheid. The Occupied Territories are virtual battlegrounds, Gaza most of all. | Palestinians are terrorized daily by Israeli soldiers and police, along with PA security forces, acting as the Jewish state's …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-20). The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break Out? globalresearch.ca Corporations invest in the art of destruction. It is a lucrative trade. Nuclear war has become a multi-billion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright "privatization of nuclear war". A 1.3 trillion nuclear weapons program launched under Obama, and approved under Trump is underway. | The post

Laura Cappon (2018-11-20). Eight Million Tonnes of Unexploded Mines and Munitions Endanger All Children in Northern Iraq. globalresearch.ca "I was playing football with friends when a bomb exploded right under my feet. They took me to the hospital: both my legs and also the lower part of my left arm were amputated." | Kaum was just 14 when in …

Alan Robock (2018-11-20). Video: Nuclear Winter. Even a Smaller Nuclear War Would be Devastating. globalresearch.ca Alan Robock discusses his research into nuclear winter and considers how devastating even a small nuclear war could be for our climate and for human survival. | . …

F. William Engdahl (2018-11-20). Yemen Genocide About Oil Control. globalresearch.ca The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the …

Mairead Maguire (2018-11-20). Abolish Militarism and War: Towards a Shared Vision of a Demilitarized World. globalresearch.ca Dear Friends, | It is good to be here with you all. I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to address the conference. Firstly I thank you all for your work for peace. It is good that we …

Caoimhghin ó Croidheáin (2018-11-20). First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases. globalresearch.ca At the recent International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases (held on November 16-18, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland), David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War, noted that when: | "last year the Irish Ambassador to the United States came to …

Press TV (2018-11-20). US Warns of 'Consequences' as Palestine Joins International Bodies including the ICC. globalresearch.ca The United States has threatened "consequences" as Palestinians step up efforts for statehood demanding accession to almost a dozen international bodies and conventions. | The threat came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the documents on Thursday to join the Universal …

South Front (2018-11-20). Video: Turkey Attacks Own Proxies in Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister. globalresearch.ca From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah …

South Front (2018-11-20). Video: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket in Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca On November 17th, the Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies regained control of al-Safa after the collapse of ISIS defense in the area. An SAA source told SouthFront that heavy rain had destroyed most of the fortifications and …

Alastair Crooke (2018-11-20). The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck. mintpressnews.com Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck.

Clark T. Scott (2018-11-20). Our Most Stalwart Company. counterpunch.org I do not think that I have ever experienced a fall in which so many of the trees, shrubs, forbs, and grasses have looked more luminous. The slow draining away of chlorophyll in the area where I live has revealed the most vivid temporary tissues in what seems like a wider spectrum than my declining More

Edward Hunt (2018-11-20). With Nearly 400,000 Dead in South Sudan, Will the US Finally Change Its Policy? counterpunch.org The Trump administration has remained largely silent about the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, maintaining a quiet diplomacy with the country's leaders despite a recent report that nearly 400,000 people have died in the country's civil war. This figure of nearly 400,000 deaths is comparable to the estimated number of deaths in the war in More

Democracy Now! (2018-11-20). Headlines for November 20, 2018. democracynow.org California Judge Halts Trump's New Asylum Ban, U.S. Troops to Start Leaving Southern Border, CNN: Trump to Authorize Border Troops to Use Force Against Migrants, Mexicans Protest Central American Migrants in Tijuana, Chicago: Gunman Kills 3, Including Ex-Partner, at Mercy Hospital, Doctors Share Photos of Gun Violence in Response to NRA Attack, NorCal Camp Fire Death Toll at 79 as Flash Floods Warnings Are Issued, Report: DOJ Considered Sharing Confidential Census Data with Law Enforcement, Sackler Family Could Face Criminal Investigation over Opioid Crisis, WaPo: Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email Account for Offi…

Labor Video Project (2018-11-20). Somalians Rally In Paris To Protest Genocide Of Their Families and Communities In Somalia. indybay.org Over two hundred Somalians protested in Paris, France on November 17 2018 against the continuing genocide against their family and communities. The US, France and NATO helped lead to this crisis by the bombing and destruction of Libya in 2011.

Zero Hedge (2018-11-20). Iraqi Dinar May Replace Dollar And Euro In Iran's 2nd Largest Export Market. iranian.com Amidst continuing talks between Iran and Iraq over how to settle payments for Iraq's natural gas imports from Iran in the face of Washington sanctions, Iranian officials are mulling over Iraq's offer to pay in Iraqi Dinars instead of the dollar or Euro, according to Iranian state media. This follows the September announcement by Iran that it planned […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-20). Global War to Infinity and Beyond. truthout.org American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the US military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Back in 2008, when I was still a captain newly returned from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called security and stabilization…

Ilana Novick (2018-11-20). Trump Fans Place Their Bets on Iraqi Dinar Scam. truthdig.com Early buyers are dreaming of being millionaires based on rumors and hoax articles spawned by rambling statements by the president in 2017.

RFE (2018-11-20). More US Sanctions. This Time, An Alleged Russia-Iran Scheme To Send Oil To Syria. iranian.com The United States on Tuesday said it sanctioned six individuals and three entities to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that it said was providing millions of barrels of oil to the Syrian government and funding militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. U.S. officials said Russia facilitated the delivery of oil from Iran to Syria, and that a variety of […]

RT (2018-11-20). A conspiracy theory is born: US comedian calls Ocasio-Cortez 'a Russian tool'. rt.com 'Russiagate' seems to have claimed another victim. Comedian Jen Kirkman went into a full meltdown, starting by branding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a Russian tool and ending with blaming Putin for messing up her life.

RT (2018-11-20). US promises to 'disrupt' oil shipments to Syria, sanctions Russian & Iranian companies. rt.com The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports.

RT (2018-11-20). MbS 'could very well' have known of Khashoggi killing, but Saudi Arabia still a 'great ally' — Trump. rt.com US President Trump has said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "could very well" have known in advance about the plan to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but the US will remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-20). Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi. therealnews.com CIA officials are signaling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must be replaced. Is this all about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Professor Asad AbuKhalil says there are other political reasons

Middle East Eye (2018-11-20). Pompeo Handed Riyadh A Plan To Shield MBS From Khashoggi Fallout. iranian.com US secretary of state gave Mohammed bin Salman a roadmap to insulate himself from the scandal, a senior Saudi source tells MEE Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince are shielding themselves from the Jamal Khashoggi murder scandal by using a roadmap drawn up by the US secretary of state, a senior Saudi source has told […]

repost (2018-11-20). Trump Accomplice To Murder-Still Doing Damage Control For Khashoggi Murderers. indybay.org President Trump is still doing damage control for the Saudi royal family prince that were personally involved in this assassination in Instanbul, Turkey of Amal Khashoggi…

RT (2018-11-20). Trump mocked for exclamation point frenzy in statement on Saudi Arabia & Khashoggi murder. rt.com It's often assumed that statements from the US president are drafted and edited by writers, but Trump's most recent public release seems to read just like his tweets — and the internet was quick to tear it apart.

Murtaza Hussain (2018-11-20). The Saudi Crown Prince's PR Campaign Has Totally Failed. Only Donald Trump Still Buys It. theintercept.com A wall mural displays the "2030 Vision" logo and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 4, 2018. | odes penned by Thomas Friedman to articles comparing the crown prince to despised dictators-in-waiting, like Saif Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi, and Syri…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-11-20). The Cynical Saudi-Israeli Alliance and the Reshaping of the Middle East. truthdig.com Since at least 2001, the Saudis and Israelis have successfully reframed American policy in the Greater Middle East, and the results have been disastrous.

Eds. (2018-11-20). The global rise of fascism: capitalism end game? mronline.org It is everywhere. In a few years, it has metastasized like a cancer, on all continents. Its fervent proponents and ill-informed supporters call it populism or nationalism. In the Italy, Germany, or Spain of the 1930s, however, this ideology of exclusion and fear, defined by a hatred of the other, together with a tyrannical executive power, was called […] | Source

RFE (2018-11-20). Iran To Cap Gasoline Sales To Curb Smuggling. iranian.com Iran is reintroducing fuel cards that will cap petrol purchases in a bid to combat rampant smuggling, state media reported on Tuesday. Smuggling has boomed in recent months as the rial has plummeted against the dollar in the face of the reimposition of crippling US sanctions following Washington's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal […]

Philip Giraldi (2018-11-20). The Only Regime Change that Is Needed Is In Washington. iranian.com One of the things to look forward to in the upcoming holiday season is the special treats that one is allowed to sample. Fruitcake and nuts are Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. They usually come in tins or special packages but it seems that this season some of the nuts have escaped and have fled to […]

Scheherezade Faramarzi (2018-11-20). Iran's Khuzestan Arabs. iranian.com The September gunfire assault on a military parade in the predominantly Arab Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran and the alleged Iranian retaliatory assassination plot in Denmark shed rare light on the plight of Khuzestan's estimated four million ethnic Shia Arab minority. The Arabs of mostly Shia Khuzestan, unlike their Sunni counterparts who are scattered around […]

Tehran Times (2018-11-20). Iran's Wildlife Population Shrinking At Alarming Rate. iranian.com The country's wild species population is shrinking at an alarming rate as many of the species are facing a decline being killed in car crashes as a result of road construction in the middle of forests and depletion of their habitats, chief of Alborz province department of environment (DOE) has said. "Unfortunately, most of the […]

RFE (2018-11-20). Iran's Foreign Ministry Rejects Rumors About Zarif Resignation. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is taking heat from conservatives over his recent remark that "money laundering is rampant in the Islamic Republic." The pressure has increased to a level that the spokesman of the foreign ministry, Bahram Ghasemi had to react on Monday in his press briefing. "For sure, I reject this rumor. These […]

Farid Parsa (2018-11-20). It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Vita Sackville-West (1892 — 1962). iranian.com Vita Sackville-West was a poet, novelist, travel writer, diarist and garden designer. Her travels to Persia came about as the result of her husband accepting a diplomatic post in Iran (called Persia in 1925). Never happy with her husband's occupation Harold deliberately picked Tehran over Peking knowing Vita would have the least objection to and […]

Juan Cole (2018-11-20). Israel Seeks To Undermine US 1st Amendment, Will Sue Airbnb. iranian.com Airbnb, the giant online apartment rental site will delist 200 apartments of Israeli squatters on the Palestinian West Bank. The company has long been criticized for violating international law by dealing with the illegal colonists. Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza in 1967, and has introduced Apartheid rule there, keeping the Palestinians stateless. By […]

Revolution Books (2018-11-20). Delicious Homemade Iranian Dinner! A Benefit for the Revolution. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-20). Climate Change Denial Is Raking the Ashes of Paradise. truthout.org It began on the morning of November 8, with 50 mile-per-hour winds roaring through Jarbo Gap near the Feather River, not far from the northern California town of Paradise. Just after 6 am, two PG&E power lines that should have been shut down because of the wind malfunctioned, and minutes later the Camp Fire was born. The fire was eating 80 acres a minute before long, and thousands were forced to flee a wall of flames that moved faster than any warnings ever could. People were incinerated in their homes,…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-20). New American Nazis: Inside the White Supremacist Movement That Fueled Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting. democracynow.org Neo-Nazis are on the rise in America. Nearly a month after a gunman killed eleven Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we look at the violent hate groups that helped fuel the massacre. On the same day that shooter Robert Bowers opened fire in the synagogue, a neo-Nazi named Edward Clark that Bowers had been communicating with online took his own life in Washington, D.C. The man's brother, Jeffrey Clark, has since been arrested on weapons charges. The brothers were both linked to the violent white supremacist group Atomwaffen. We speak with A.C. Thompson, correspondent for FRONTLINE PBS a…

wsws (2018-11-20). US vice president beats war drums in Asia. wsws.org Mike Pence in effect issued an ultimatum to China: either accept a subservient, semi-colonial status, or confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.

Yemeni Alliance Committee, Action Corps (2018-11-20). Rallies to End Yemen War at Rep Nancy Pelosi's Office. indybay.org SF Federal Building, 90 7th St., SF, CA 94103…

wsws (2018-11-20). US-China trade conflict leads to Wall Street sell-off. wsws.org The sell-off was led by hi-tech stocks which are sensitive to heightened trade war tensions that impact on their global supply chains and could lessen demand for their products.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-20). Scientists Warned This Weed Killer Would Destroy Crops. EPA Approved It Anyway. truthout.org This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. | This article was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent nonprofit news organization. | Every August, Andrew Joyce used to hunker down in the field beside his house, picking…

Bradley Allen (2018-11-20). Public Risks from the Woolsey Fire and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory: A Letter to DTSC. indybay.org On November 19, representatives Henry Stern and Jesse Gabriel authored a joint letter to Barbara Lee, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). In their letter, Senator Stern and Assemblymember Gabriel call for "full transparency" to "ensure the public is fully aware of any public health risks posed by the Woolsey Fire on Santa Susana Field Laboratory." | Prior to the first round of data analysis, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control reported that its scientists "do not believe the fire caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exp…

RT (2018-11-20). 'You give him all day!' Pelosi is irritated that press 'loves' MSM-bashing Trump. rt.com House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scolded media for giving President Donald Trump too much airtime, and also compared the President to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Trump has been in a state of war with the press.

Pauline Murphy (2018-11-20). Mimicking Mussolini: Trump's war on the First Amendment. peoplesworld.org The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a …

Bryce Covert (2018-11-20). All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis. thenation.com All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis…

Lee Fang (2018-11-20). Lobbyist Documents Reveal Health Care Industry Battle Plan Against "Medicare for All" theintercept.com Now that the midterms are finally over, the battle against "Medicare for All" that has been quietly waged throughout the year is poised to take center stage. | Internal strategy documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented reveal the strategy that private health care interests plan to use to influence Democratic Party messaging and stymie the momentum toward achieving universal health care coverage. | At least 48 incoming freshman lawmakers campaigned on enacting "Medicare for All" or similar efforts to expand access to Medicare. And over the last year, 123 incumbent Ho…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-20). How America's Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling an Increase in White Supremacist Violence in U.S. democracynow.org America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, "Documenting Hate: New American Nazis," which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the U.S. between the aftermath of war and the rise of white s…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-20). How Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling White Supremacist Violence in the US. truthout.org America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the US between the aftermath of war and the rise of white su…

Reader (2018-11-20). 5 Republican Private Citizens Became Presidents Through Treason. indybay.org The political party of the war profiteering plutocracy deals the tricks of the night.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-20). Opioid Crisis: Purdue Pharma Billionaire Owners to be Sued. therealnews.com Suffolk County in New York is suing the Sackler family, which owns the maker of OxyContin, one of the main drugs behind the opioid drug overdose crisis. Just how responsible is the family and might the lawsuit achieve? We speak to Sam Pizzigati of IPS

Mark Gruenberg (2018-11-20). TV chain Nexstar splits workers with different raise offers, shifts cash to shareholders. peoplesworld.org In another example of enormous corporate greed, a rich Texas-based TV chain—one whose own financial statements point to close to $2 billion in revenue in the first nine months of this year—is offering raises of 1 percent to workers at one of its New York state TV stations, and 0.1 percent to workers at KOIN-TV …

Briahna Gray (2018-11-20). Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying, But Comes at a Cost. zcomm.org The question of how politicians should characterize Trump supporters is a different matter altogether. Some Trump voters are certainly racist. But is it worth the strategic risk for politicians to call them out?>

RT (2018-11-20). Fired Chipotle manager offered job back after being wrongfully accused of racism. rt.com Chipotle has offered to rehire a manager in St. Paul, Minnesota, three days after bowing to social media pressure and terminating the employee over internet-fueled accusations of racism. Spoiler alert: the internet was wrong.

RT (2018-11-20). US Senator Rubio pushes for Venezuela to be placed on US state terrorism sponsors list — report. rt.com The prospect of Venezuela being included on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism is looming as a result of increased lobbying from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), WaPo reports.

Juan Cole (2018-11-20). On How Everything Sam Harris Says about Islam is Wrong. zcomm.org If we take Europe over the past 20 years, separatist, right wing and leftist terrorist groups have carried out more actual terrorist operations than have Muslim or other religious groups in most years (2015 was a tragic exception)…

Robert Fisk (2018-11-19). We Remember the Great War, While Palestinians Live It. counterpunch.org There was something gruesomely familiar about the way we commemorated the supposed end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Not just the waterfalls of poppies and the familiar names — Mons, the Somme, Ypres, Verdun — but the almost total silence about all those who died in the First World War, whose eyes were More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-11-19). The Tide Is Turning: Israel Is Losing On Two War Fronts. iranian.com The botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on 12 November is delineating Tel Aviv's failure to utilise its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Now that Palestinian popular resistance has gone global through the exponential rise and growing success of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, the Israeli government […]

Whitney Webb (2018-11-19). Report: 1 in 3 Deaths Caused by US Drone Strikes this Year in Yemen Were Civilians. mintpressnews.com While AQAP has benefitted from U.S. "counterterrorism" policies in the country, Yemen's civilians have found little to no reprieve, as they are either targets of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Western Yemen or targeted by drone strikes in the areas of Yemen under coalition control.

Whitney Webb (2018-11-19). Idlib's Rebels Unite Under Al Qaeda Banner While Syria Prepares Offensive. mintpressnews.com The U.S. will likely do all it can to prevent an upcoming Syrian military offensive in Idlib, with the aim of protecting its own interests in Syria, even if it means backing a force of rebels united in their allegiance to al Qaeda.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-11-19). In Hodeida — A Truce is Called but Saudi Coalition Attacks Continue. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies have failed in their offensive against Yemen's strategic port city. The offensive, which began in earnest earlier this year, hit an unexpected wall of resistance put up by the Yemeni Army, supported by local volunteer fighters and Ansar Allah.

Randi Nord (2018-11-19). With Saudis' Global Backers Backing Away, Yemeni Factions Prepare for Peace Talks. mintpressnews.com Following the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, much of the West has started turning its back on Saudi Arabia, and on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-11-19). Responding to UN Envoy, Yemen's Houthis Announce End to Attacks on Saudi Forces. mintpressnews.com UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said both the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis have shown a "renewed commitment to work on a political solution and have given firm assurances that they will attend the talks."

Thomas Scott Tucker (2018-11-19). Trump, World War I and the Lessons of Poetry. counterpunch.org This Latin inscription is carved on various war memorials, including the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater: DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI The words come from one of the Odes of the ancient Roman poet Horace: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori: mors et fugacem persequitur virum nec parcit inbellis iuventae poplitibus timidoque tergo. In More

Newton Finn (2018-11-19). On Earth, as in Heaven: the Utopianism of Edward Bellamy. counterpunch.org What did Jesus mean by the Kingdom of God, when he prayed two thousand years ago for it to come on earth? What might this Kingdom look like if it came much later than expected, long after the Roman Empire had faded into history, nation states had emerged as the new centers of earthly power, More

wsws (2018-11-19). Congressional Democrats push Russia probe, censorship. wsws.org With virtually all results of the November 6 election determined, the Democratic Party has cemented control over the House of Representatives with a gain of nearly 40 seats.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-19). The Discovery That Should Have Changed the Cold War — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (9/12). therealnews.com In 1958, then Senator John F. Kennedy claimed there was a "missile gap", saying the USSR was far ahead in ICBM weapons; when satellite photos showed the astounding true number, it meant the USSR did not have plans for global domination, but it remained a secret, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-19). US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11. therealnews.com The Watson Institute released its report 'Costs of War,' showing astronomical costs of $5.9 trillion and at least 500,000 killed due to the never-ending war on terror. Is there an alternative? The report was published on the heels of the news that the Pentagon failed its first and only audit

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-11-19). The US Is Recklessly Stoking The Fire Of A Sunni-Shia War. iranian.com All wars initiated or supported by the US establishment — from the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, the regime-change in Syria in 2011 and the occupation of a third of Iraq in 2014 — have failed in their goal of stoking the fire of sectarian war between Sunni and […]

Murtaza Hussain (2018-11-19). It's Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars. theintercept.com At least half a million people have been killed in the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, a new study by Brown University researchers finds.

Jason Ditz (2018-11-19). US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday's US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children. Saturday's attacks were against the village of Abu al-Hassan, along the Iraq border. It …

Jason Ditz (2018-11-19). Trump Calls CIA Conclusion on Khashoggi Murder "Premature," Promises Full Report. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump says he will be releasing a "very full report" on the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate within the next two days. Trump promised the report will include "who did it." The odds are this official report won't implicate the Saudi crown prince, as the CIA already did that in …

Middle East Eye (2018-11-19). Why the UAE and Saudi Arabia Are Reaching Out to Syria's Assad. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Last week the United Arab Emirates announced it was negotiating the reopening of its embassy in Damascus and restoring full ties with Syria. After the opening of the Nassib border crossing on the Jordan-Syria border, for the first time since the war began, Syria now has a through road linking Turkey to Jordan. At the same time the Israelis …

aclu (2018-11-19). The Fatal Flaws in a Congressional Resolution to End US Support for the Saudi-Led Yemen War. aclu.org The resolution's language would have mistakenly resulted in extending Yemeni suffering instead of ending it. | One consequence of the Saudi government's horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a renewed congressional focus on ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led war against an anti-government movement in Yemen. This has to be somewhat bittersweet for many Yemenis, who have been pleading for the world to help…

wsws (2018-11-19). Thousands attend anti-fascist protest in London. wsws.org The nationalist and pro-capitalist programme of rally organisers provided no basis for workers and youth to fight fascism and the far right.

wsws (2018-11-19). London demonstrators speak out against racism and fascism. wsws.org A number of those interviewed spoke of the parallels with the 1930s and the need to oppose the scapegoating of migrants and refugees.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-19). Filipino Reporter Maria Ressa on Duterte's Targeting of the Press & How Facebook Aids Authoritarians. democracynow.org As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International Jo…

Jake Johnson (2018-11-19). Trump Is Attacking Free Press "in a Way We Haven't Seen in Modern American History" theantimedia.com (CD) — Speaking from his years of experience being pursued by the Obama Justice Department for simply practicing journalism and refusing to reveal his confidential sources, Intercept reporter James Risen told The Hill on Monday that President Donald Trump is building on his predecessor's war on the free press by "demagoguing" the media "in a way we haven't seen in modern American history." "Obama tried …

Tyler Durden (2018-11-19). "It Will Be a Cold War": Summit Ends in Unprecedented Chaos After US-China Showdown. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — One day after vice president Mike Pence and China's president Xi Jinping clashed after exchanging sharply worded barbs in a showdown between the two superpowers, on Sunday the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended in unprecedented chaos and disarray, without agreement on a joint communique for the first time in its history as the escalating rivalry between the …

Fight Back (2018-11-19). Jacksonville high school, police, fair management target Black youth with racist dress code. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — Students at a local Jacksonville high school are calling foul on a racist dress code policy implemented by administration last week. | On November 14, administrators at Robert E. Lee High School issued a new interpretation of the dress code that prohibits students from wearing memorial clothing on campus or at school-sponsored events. Citing prohibitions of "gang-related paraphernalia," the school administrators banned any clothing with the acronym "RIP," or "Rest in Peace," even if the person commemorated has no proven gang affiliations. | The move comes on the heels of a major local con…

Briahna Gray (2018-11-18). Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying. But It Comes at a Political Cost. theintercept.com The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an election night party for 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Hilton Midtown hotel in N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2016. | racist?" and you'll find that just within the last week, at least three major news outlets have taken on that very question. | At the Chicago Tribune

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…

Anti-Media News Desk (2018-11-18). What NYTimes Called Israel's "1st Incursion" Was Actually at Least Its 263rd. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — In a piece headlined "Deadly Gaza Raid by Israel Threatens Nascent Ceasefire" (11/11/18), the New York Times described an Israeli assault near the city of Khan Yunis that killed seven Palestinians as the first known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza since Operation Protective Edge, in July 2014, set off a seven-week war. This depiction of the attack as …

Murtaza Hussain (2018-11-18). "Of Fathers and Sons" — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria. theintercept.com A new documentary by Talal Derki explores the lives of extremists in Syria — their cruelties, failures, and hopes in a shattered country.

Amanda Sperber (2018-11-17). U.S. Returns to Mogadishu With Revamped Diplomatic Outpost, 25 Years After "Black Hawk Down" Battle. theintercept.com In a sign of greater U.S. diplomatic activity in Somalia, the State Department is opening a new outpost in the capital's international zone.

Eds. (2018-11-17). Fascists in training: Ukraine's nationalist youth camps. mronline.org The camps organised by nationalist parties train children as young as 8 to hate Russians, foreigners and gay people—and they now receive considerable government money to do so, reports YURAS KARMANAU | Source

Colin Jenkins (2018-11-17). Prisoner prophet: revisiting George Jackson's analysis of systemic fascism. mronline.org The rise of Donald Trump has brought talk of fascism to the forefront. While comparing U.S. Presidents to Hitler is certainly nothing new—both Obama and W. Bush were regularly characterized as such by their haters—Trump's emergence on the national political scene comes at a very peculiar moment in U.S. history. | Source

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-17). Thousands in London March Against Racism and the Far Right. therealnews.com Thousands took to the streets of London to protest xenophobia , and linked the rise of the far-right with austerity and the false promises of Brexit

Reese Erlich (2018-11-16). Foreign Correspondent: Israel Wins a Battle, But Is Losing the War. progressive.org In Gaza this week, Israeli and Palestinian groups clashed and ultimately agreed to a ceasefire.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-16). Headlines for November 16, 2018. democracynow.org Deadly NorCal Wildfire Kills At Least 63; 631 Reported Missing, Wildfire Smoke Creates Hazardous Air Quality in NorCal, DOJ Accidentally Reveals Indictments Against WikiLeaks' Assange, Florida Senate Race Heads to Manual Recount, Democrats Score House Wins in Maine, California, U.S. Sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi Murder, White House Weighing Extradition of Exiled Turkish Cleric, Central American LGBTQ Migrants Face Additional Hurdles on Journey to U.S. Border, North Korea Deports U.S. Citizen as Kim Jong-un Oversees Weapon Test, Bangladesh Delays Plans to Repatriate Rohingya to Burma Amid Uproar, Renowned Ban…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-16). Exclusive: WikiLeaks Lawyer Warns U.S. Charges Against Assange Endanger Press Freedom Worldwide. democracynow.org The Justice Department has inadvertently revealed that it has prepared an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In an unusual development, language about the charges against Assange was copied and pasted into an unrelated court filing that was recently unsealed. In the document, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote, "Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged." The news broke on Thursday night just hours after The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Departme…

2018-11-20: Social Media Postees

Trump Provides Written Responses to Mueller Questions
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-11-21
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It's the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation. | The step is a milestone in the negotiations between Trump's attorneys and special counsel Robert Mueller's team over whether and when the president might sit for an interview. | The compromise outcome, nearly a year in the making, offers some benefit to both sides. Tr…
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Trump hands over written responses to Mueller's Russia probe questions
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-21
A lawyer for Donald Trump has confirmed that the US President has submitted answers to the questions penned by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. The questions refer to the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Moscow. | …
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Trump Pledges Never-Ending Support For Saudi Arabia. Blames Iran For Every Middle East Problem
Jake Johnson | iranian.com | 2018-11-21
In a bizarre, exclamation point-riddled statement on Tuesday that one critic said reads more "like a 6th grader's school report" than an official White House press release, President Donald Trump shrugged at the CIA's conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi–"maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"–and declared that the U.S. will […] | The post Trump Pledges Never-Ending Support For Saudi Arabia. Blame…
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The Iranian Albatross That Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck
Alastair Crooke | iranian.com | 2018-11-21
Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck. Mr. Trump, nor anyone else in his administration, has announced any conclusions about […] | The post The Iranian Albatross That Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck appeared first on The Irania…
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Disgusting Puppets: Joe Biden HONORS George W. Bush
RT | iranian.com | 2018-11-21
The post Disgusting Puppets: Joe Biden HONORS George W. Bush appeared first on The Iranian.
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'Put down the lettuce. Please move away from the lettuce.' E.coli scare casts pall over Thanksgiving
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-21
An E.coli outbreak has Americans terrified of lettuce for the second time this year as they prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. The Centers for Disease Control warned Tuesday to avoid romaine lettuce after a rash of infections. | …
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North Korea 'Deception': US Media, Malpractice or Laziness?
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Major news outlets have resumed efforts to pressure President Donald Trump to pull back from trying to negotiate a deal with Pyongyang. In their latest salvo last week, The New York Times and CNN completely misrepresented the findings of a … | The post North Korea 'Deception': US Media, Malpractice or Laziness? appeared first on Global Research.
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We Remember the Great War, While Palestinians Live It
Robert Fisk | zcomm.org | 2018-11-20
For these refugees, still in their hovels and shacks as you read these words, the First World War never ended — not even now, today, on the hundredth anniversary of the "end" of the First World War…
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Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Apartheid Rule
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Repressive Israeli rule way exceeds the worst of South African apartheid. The Occupied Territories are virtual battlegrounds, Gaza most of all. | Palestinians are terrorized daily by Israeli soldiers and police, along with PA security forces, acting as the Jewish state's … | The post Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Apartheid Rule appeared first on Global Research.
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The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break Out?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Corporations invest in the art of destruction. It is a lucrative trade. Nuclear war has become a multi-billion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright "privatization of nuclear war". A 1.3 trillion nuclear weapons program launched under Obama, and approved under Trump is underway. | The post The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break…
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Eight Million Tonnes of Unexploded Mines and Munitions Endanger All Children in Northern Iraq
Laura Cappon | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
"I was playing football with friends when a bomb exploded right under my feet. They took me to the hospital: both my legs and also the lower part of my left arm were amputated." | Kaum was just 14 when in … | The post Eight Million Tonnes of Unexploded Mines and Munitions Endanger All Children in Northern Iraq appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Nuclear Winter. Even a Smaller Nuclear War Would be Devastating
Alan Robock | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Alan Robock discusses his research into nuclear winter and considers how devastating even a small nuclear war could be for our climate and for human survival. | . | … | The post Video: Nuclear Winter. Even a Smaller Nuclear War Would be Devastating appeared first on Global Research.
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First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases
Caoimhghin ó Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
At the recent International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases (held on November 16-18, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland), David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War, noted that when: | "last year the Irish Ambassador to the United States came to | … | The post First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases appeared first on Global Research.
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Abolish Militarism and War: Towards a Shared Vision of a Demilitarized World
Mairead Maguire | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
Dear Friends, | It is good to be here with you all. I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to address the conference. Firstly I thank you all for your work for peace. It is good that we … | The post Abolish Militarism and War: Towards a Shared Vision of a Demilitarized World appeared first on Global Research.
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Yemen Genocide About Oil Control
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the … | The post Yemen Genocide About Oil Control appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Turkey Attacks Own Proxies in Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah … | The post Video: Turkey Attacks Own Proxies in Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket in Southern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
On November 17th, the Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies regained control of al-Safa after the collapse of ISIS defense in the area. An SAA source told SouthFront that heavy rain had destroyed most of the fortifications and … | The post Video: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket in Southern Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-20
Trump's policy of not just exiting JCPOA, but of going that 'mile' further in seeking to overthrow Iran as well, through sanctions will eventually become seen as 'the Albatross' which Trump injudiciously — and without compelling need — hung about his own neck. | The post The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck appeared first on MintPress News.
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Our Most Stalwart Company
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-20
I do not think that I have ever experienced a fall in which so many of the trees, shrubs, forbs, and grasses have looked more luminous. The slow draining away of chlorophyll in the area where I live has revealed the most vivid temporary tissues in what seems like a wider spectrum than my declining…
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With Nearly 400,000 Dead in South Sudan, Will the US Finally Change Its Policy?
Edward Hunt | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-20
The Trump administration has remained largely silent about the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, maintaining a quiet diplomacy with the country's leaders despite a recent report that nearly 400,000 people have died in the country's civil war. This figure of nearly 400,000 deaths is comparable to the estimated number of deaths in the war in…
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Somalians Rally In Paris To Protest Genocide Of Their Families and Communities In Somalia
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2018-11-20
Over two hundred Somalians protested in Paris, France on November 17 2018 against the continuing genocide against their family and communities. The US, France and NATO helped lead to this crisis by the bombing and destruction of Libya in 2011.
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Trump Fans Place Their Bets on Iraqi Dinar Scam
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-11-20
Early buyers are dreaming of being millionaires based on rumors and hoax articles spawned by rambling statements by the president in 2017. | The post Trump Fans Place Their Bets on Iraqi Dinar Scam appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Iraqi Dinar May Replace Dollar And Euro In Iran's 2nd Largest Export Market
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Amidst continuing talks between Iran and Iraq over how to settle payments for Iraq's natural gas imports from Iran in the face of Washington sanctions, Iranian officials are mulling over Iraq's offer to pay in Iraqi Dinars instead of the dollar or Euro, according to Iranian state media. This follows the September announcement by Iran that it planned […] | The post Iraqi Dinar May Replace Dollar And Euro In Iran's 2nd Largest Export Market appeared first on The…
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Global War to Infinity and Beyond
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-20
American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the US military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Back in 2008, when I was still a captain newly returned from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called security and stabilization…
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US promises to 'disrupt' oil shipments to Syria, sanctions Russian & Iranian companies
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports. | …
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A conspiracy theory is born: US comedian calls Ocasio-Cortez 'a Russian tool'
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
'Russiagate' seems to have claimed another victim. Comedian Jen Kirkman went into a full meltdown, starting by branding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a Russian tool and ending with blaming Putin for messing up her life. | …
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Pompeo Handed Riyadh A Plan To Shield MBS From Khashoggi Fallout
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
US secretary of state gave Mohammed bin Salman a roadmap to insulate himself from the scandal, a senior Saudi source tells MEE Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince are shielding themselves from the Jamal Khashoggi murder scandal by using a roadmap drawn up by the US secretary of state, a senior Saudi source has told […] | The post Pompeo Handed Riyadh A Plan To Shield MBS From Khashoggi Fallout appeared first on The Iranian.
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Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-20
CIA officials are signaling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must be replaced. Is this all about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Professor Asad AbuKhalil says there are other political reasons | The post Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Cynical Saudi-Israeli Alliance and the Reshaping of the Middle East
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2018-11-20
Since at least 2001, the Saudis and Israelis have successfully reframed American policy in the Greater Middle East, and the results have been disastrous. | The post The Cynical Saudi-Israeli Alliance and the Reshaping of the Middle East appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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MbS 'could very well' have known of Khashoggi killing, but Saudi Arabia still a 'great ally' — Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
US President Trump has said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "could very well" have known in advance about the plan to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but the US will remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia. | …
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Trump Accomplice To Murder-Still Doing Damage Control For Khashoggi Murderers
repost | indybay.org | 2018-11-20
President Trump is still doing damage control for the Saudi royal family prince that were personally involved in this assassination in Instanbul, Turkey of Amal Khashoggi…
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The Saudi Crown Prince's PR Campaign Has Totally Failed. Only Donald Trump Still Buys It
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2018-11-20
A wall mural displays the "2030 Vision" logo and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 4, 2018. | odes penned by Thomas Friedman to articles comparing the crown prince to despised dictators-in-waiting, like Saif Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi, and Syri…
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Trump mocked for exclamation point frenzy in statement on Saudi Arabia & Khashoggi murder
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
It's often assumed that statements from the US president are drafted and edited by writers, but Trump's most recent public release seems to read just like his tweets — and the internet was quick to tear it apart. | …
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The global rise of fascism: capitalism end game?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2018-11-20
It is everywhere. In a few years, it has metastasized like a cancer, on all continents. Its fervent proponents and ill-informed supporters call it populism or nationalism. In the Italy, Germany, or Spain of the 1930s, however, this ideology of exclusion and fear, defined by a hatred of the other, together with a tyrannical executive power, was called […] | Source…
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Iran To Cap Gasoline Sales To Curb Smuggling
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Iran is reintroducing fuel cards that will cap petrol purchases in a bid to combat rampant smuggling, state media reported on Tuesday. Smuggling has boomed in recent months as the rial has plummeted against the dollar in the face of the reimposition of crippling US sanctions following Washington's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal […] | The post Iran To Cap Gasoline Sales To Curb Smuggling appeared first on The Iranian.
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Israel Seeks To Undermine US 1st Amendment, Will Sue Airbnb
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Airbnb, the giant online apartment rental site will delist 200 apartments of Israeli squatters on the Palestinian West Bank. The company has long been criticized for violating international law by dealing with the illegal colonists. Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza in 1967, and has introduced Apartheid rule there, keeping the Palestinians stateless. By […] | The post Israel Seeks To Undermine US 1st Amendment, Will Sue Airbnb appeared first on The Iranian…
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Iran's Khuzestan Arabs
Scheherezade Faramarzi | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
The September gunfire assault on a military parade in the predominantly Arab Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran and the alleged Iranian retaliatory assassination plot in Denmark shed rare light on the plight of Khuzestan's estimated four million ethnic Shia Arab minority. The Arabs of mostly Shia Khuzestan, unlike their Sunni counterparts who are scattered around […] | The post Iran's Khuzestan Arabs appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Only Regime Change that Is Needed Is In Washington
Philip Giraldi | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
One of the things to look forward to in the upcoming holiday season is the special treats that one is allowed to sample. Fruitcake and nuts are Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. They usually come in tins or special packages but it seems that this season some of the nuts have escaped and have fled to […] | The post The Only Regime Change that Is Needed Is In Washington appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran's Wildlife Population Shrinking At Alarming Rate
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
The country's wild species population is shrinking at an alarming rate as many of the species are facing a decline being killed in car crashes as a result of road construction in the middle of forests and depletion of their habitats, chief of Alborz province department of environment (DOE) has said. "Unfortunately, most of the […] | The post Iran's Wildlife Population Shrinking At Alarming Rate appeared first on The Iranian.
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Delicious Homemade Iranian Dinner! A Benefit for the Revolution
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2018-11-20
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Iran's Foreign Ministry Rejects Rumors About Zarif Resignation
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is taking heat from conservatives over his recent remark that "money laundering is rampant in the Islamic Republic." The pressure has increased to a level that the spokesman of the foreign ministry, Bahram Ghasemi had to react on Monday in his press briefing. "For sure, I reject this rumor. These […] | The post Iran's Foreign Ministry Rejects Rumors About Zarif Resignation appeared first on The Iranian.
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It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Vita Sackville-West (1892 — 1962)
Farid Parsa | iranian.com | 2018-11-20
Vita Sackville-West was a poet, novelist, travel writer, diarist and garden designer. Her travels to Persia came about as the result of her husband accepting a diplomatic post in Iran (called Persia in 1925). Never happy with her husband's occupation Harold deliberately picked Tehran over Peking knowing Vita would have the least objection to and […] | The post It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Vita Sackville-West (1892 — 1962) appeared first on The Iranian.
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US-China trade conflict leads to Wall Street sell-off
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-20
The sell-off was led by hi-tech stocks which are sensitive to heightened trade war tensions that impact on their global supply chains and could lessen demand for their products.
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Mimicking Mussolini: Trump's war on the First Amendment
Pauline Murphy | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-20
The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a …
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Rallies to End Yemen War at Rep Nancy Pelosi's Office
Yemeni Alliance Committee, Action Corps | indybay.org | 2018-11-20
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'You give him all day!' Pelosi is irritated that press 'loves' MSM-bashing Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scolded media for giving President Donald Trump too much airtime, and also compared the President to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Trump has been in a state of war with the press. | …
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Public Risks from the Woolsey Fire and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory: A Letter to DTSC
Bradley Allen | indybay.org | 2018-11-20
On November 19, representatives Henry Stern and Jesse Gabriel authored a joint letter to Barbara Lee, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). In their letter, Senator Stern and Assemblymember Gabriel call for "full transparency" to "ensure the public is fully aware of any public health risks posed by the Woolsey Fire on Santa Susana Field Laboratory." | Prior to the first round of data analysis, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control reported that its scientists "do not believe the fire caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exp…
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5 Republican Private Citizens Became Presidents Through Treason
Reader | indybay.org | 2018-11-20
The political party of the war profiteering plutocracy deals the tricks of the night.
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All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis
Bryce Covert | thenation.com | 2018-11-20
All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America's Housing Crisis…
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Scientists Warned This Weed Killer Would Destroy Crops. EPA Approved It Anyway
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-20
This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. | This article was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent nonprofit news organization. | Every August, Andrew Joyce used to hunker down in the field beside his house, picking…
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How Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling White Supremacist Violence in the US
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-20
America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the US between the aftermath of war and the rise of white su…
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US vice president beats war drums in Asia
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-20
Mike Pence in effect issued an ultimatum to China: either accept a subservient, semi-colonial status, or confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can't Run for President in 2020. Trump Should Be Relieved
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-11-20
Then-New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez participates in a a town hall held in support of Kerri Evelyn Harris, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, on Aug. 31, 2018, in Newark, Del. | race for 2020 is in full swing. | There's one name missing from the long lists of runners and riders on the Democratic side: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | There are a numb…
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New American Nazis: Inside the White Supremacist Movement That Fueled Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-20
Neo-Nazis are on the rise in America. Nearly a month after a gunman killed eleven Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we look at the violent hate groups that helped fuel the massacre. On the same day that shooter Robert Bowers opened fire in the synagogue, a neo-Nazi named Edward Clark that Bowers had been communicating with online took his own life in Washington, D.C. The man's brother, Jeffrey Clark, has since been arrested on weapons charges. The brothers were both linked to the violent white supremacist group Atomwaffen. We speak with A.C. Thompson, correspondent for FRONTLINE PBS a…
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Lobbyist Documents Reveal Health Care Industry Battle Plan Against "Medicare for All"
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-11-20
Now that the midterms are finally over, the battle against "Medicare for All" that has been quietly waged throughout the year is poised to take center stage. | Internal strategy documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented reveal the strategy that private health care interests plan to use to influence Democratic Party messaging and stymie the momentum toward achieving universal health care coverage. | At least 48 incoming freshman lawmakers campaigned on enacting "Medicare for All" or similar efforts to expand access to Medicare. And over the last year, 123 incumbent Ho…
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How America's Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling an Increase in White Supremacist Violence in U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-20
America's perpetual warfare abroad has led to an increase in white supremacist violence at home. That's one of the key findings in Frontline PBS and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson's new investigation, "Documenting Hate: New American Nazis," which premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. The documentary reveals the deep ties between the military and white supremacy, as Thompson examines the Pittsburgh shooting and the rise of violent hate groups such as Atomwaffen. Thompson interviews historian Kathleen Belew, who says there has always been a correlation in the U.S. between the aftermath of war and the rise of white s…
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Climate Change Denial Is Raking the Ashes of Paradise
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-20
It began on the morning of November 8, with 50 mile-per-hour winds roaring through Jarbo Gap near the Feather River, not far from the northern California town of Paradise. Just after 6 am, two PG&E power lines that should have been shut down because of the wind malfunctioned, and minutes later the Camp Fire was born. The fire was eating 80 acres a minute before long, and thousands were forced to flee a wall of flames that moved faster than any warnings ever could. People were incinerated in their homes,…
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TV chain Nexstar splits workers with different raise offers, shifts cash to shareholders
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-20
In another example of enormous corporate greed, a rich Texas-based TV chain–one whose own financial statements point to close to $2 billion in revenue in the first nine months of this year–is offering raises of 1 percent to workers at one of its New York state TV stations, and 0.1 percent to workers at KOIN-TV …
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Opioid Crisis: Purdue Pharma Billionaire Owners to be Sued
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-20
Suffolk County in New York is suing the Sackler family, which owns the maker of OxyContin, one of the main drugs behind the opioid drug overdose crisis. Just how responsible is the family and might the lawsuit achieve? We speak to Sam Pizzigati of IPS | The post Opioid Crisis: Purdue Pharma Billionaire Owners to be Sued appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying, But Comes at a Cost
Briahna Gray | zcomm.org | 2018-11-20
The question of how politicians should characterize Trump supporters is a different matter altogether. Some Trump voters are certainly racist. But is it worth the strategic risk for politicians to call them out?>…
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Fired Chipotle manager offered job back after being wrongfully accused of racism
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
Chipotle has offered to rehire a manager in St. Paul, Minnesota, three days after bowing to social media pressure and terminating the employee over internet-fueled accusations of racism. Spoiler alert: the internet was wrong. | …
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On How Everything Sam Harris Says about Islam is Wrong
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2018-11-20
If we take Europe over the past 20 years, separatist, right wing and leftist terrorist groups have carried out more actual terrorist operations than have Muslim or other religious groups in most years (2015 was a tragic exception)…
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US Senator Rubio pushes for Venezuela to be placed on US state terrorism sponsors list — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
The prospect of Venezuela being included on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism is looming as a result of increased lobbying from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), WaPo reports. | …
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The Tide Is Turning: Israel Is Losing On Two War Fronts
Ramzy Baroud | iranian.com | 2018-11-19
The botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on 12 November is delineating Tel Aviv's failure to utilise its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Now that Palestinian popular resistance has gone global through the exponential rise and growing success of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, the Israeli government […] | The post The Tide Is Turning: Israel Is Losing On Two War Fronts appeared first on The Iranian.
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We Remember the Great War, While Palestinians Live It
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-19
There was something gruesomely familiar about the way we commemorated the supposed end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Not just the waterfalls of poppies and the familiar names — Mons, the Somme, Ypres, Verdun — but the almost total silence about all those who died in the First World War, whose eyes were…
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Report: 1 in 3 Deaths Caused by US Drone Strikes this Year in Yemen Were Civilians
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
While AQAP has benefitted from U.S. "counterterrorism" policies in the country, Yemen's civilians have found little to no reprieve, as they are either targets of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Western Yemen or targeted by drone strikes in the areas of Yemen under coalition control. | The post Report: 1 in 3 Deaths Caused by US Drone Strikes this Year in Yemen Were Civilians appeared first on MintPress News.
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Idlib's Rebels Unite Under Al Qaeda Banner While Syria Prepares Offensive
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
The U.S. will likely do all it can to prevent an upcoming Syrian military offensive in Idlib, with the aim of protecting its own interests in Syria, even if it means backing a force of rebels united in their allegiance to al Qaeda. | The post Idlib's Rebels Unite Under Al Qaeda Banner While Syria Prepares Offensive appeared first on MintPress News.
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In Hodeida — A Truce is Called but Saudi Coalition Attacks Continue
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies have failed in their offensive against Yemen's strategic port city. The offensive, which began in earnest earlier this year, hit an unexpected wall of resistance put up by the Yemeni Army, supported by local volunteer fighters and Ansar Allah. | The post In Hodeida — A Truce is Called but Saudi Coalition Attacks Continue appeared first on MintPress News.
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Responding to UN Envoy, Yemen's Houthis Announce End to Attacks on Saudi Forces
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said both the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis have shown a "renewed commitment to work on a political solution and have given firm assurances that they will attend the talks." | The post Responding to UN Envoy, Yemen's Houthis Announce End to Attacks on Saudi Forces appeared first on MintPress News.
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With Saudis' Global Backers Backing Away, Yemeni Factions Prepare for Peace Talks
Randi Nord | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-19
Following the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, much of the West has started turning its back on Saudi Arabia, and on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular. | The post With Saudis' Global Backers Backing Away, Yemeni Factions Prepare for Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.
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Trump, World War I and the Lessons of Poetry
Thomas Scott Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-19
This Latin inscription is carved on various war memorials, including the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater: DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI The words come from one of the Odes of the ancient Roman poet Horace: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori: mors et fugacem persequitur virum nec parcit inbellis iuventae poplitibus timidoque tergo. In…
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On Earth, as in Heaven: the Utopianism of Edward Bellamy
Newton Finn | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-19
What did Jesus mean by the Kingdom of God, when he prayed two thousand years ago for it to come on earth? What might this Kingdom look like if it came much later than expected, long after the Roman Empire had faded into history, nation states had emerged as the new centers of earthly power,…
counterpunch.org/2018/11/19/on-e…

Congressional Democrats push Russia probe, censorship
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-19
With virtually all results of the November 6 election determined, the Democratic Party has cemented control over the House of Representatives with a gain of nearly 40 seats.
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The Discovery That Should Have Changed the Cold War — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (9/12)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-19
In 1958, then Senator John F. Kennedy claimed there was a "missile gap", saying the USSR was far ahead in ICBM weapons; when satellite photos showed the astounding true number, it meant the USSR did not have plans for global domination, but it remained a secret, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul… | The post The Discovery That Should Have Changed the Cold War — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (9/12) appeared first on The Real News Net…
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US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-19
The Watson Institute released its report 'Costs of War,' showing astronomical costs of $5.9 trillion and at least 500,000 killed due to the never-ending war on terror. Is there an alternative? The report was published on the heels of the news that the Pentagon failed its first and only audit | The post US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11 appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The US Is Recklessly Stoking The Fire Of A Sunni-Shia War
Elijah J. Magnier | iranian.com | 2018-11-19
All wars initiated or supported by the US establishment — from the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, the regime-change in Syria in 2011 and the occupation of a third of Iraq in 2014 — have failed in their goal of stoking the fire of sectarian war between Sunni and […] | The post The US Is Recklessly Stoking The Fire Of A Sunni-Shia War appeared first on The Iranian.
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It's Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2018-11-19
At least half a million people have been killed in the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, a new study by Brown University researchers finds. | The post It's Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/11/19/civi…

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday's US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children. Saturday's attacks were against the village of Abu al-Hassan, along the Iraq border. It …

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria

Trump Calls CIA Conclusion on Khashoggi Murder "Premature," Promises Full Report
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — President Trump says he will be releasing a "very full report" on the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate within the next two days. Trump promised the report will include "who did it." The odds are this official report won't implicate the Saudi crown prince, as the CIA already did that in …

Trump Calls CIA Conclusion on Khashoggi Murder "Premature," Promises Full Report

Why the UAE and Saudi Arabia Are Reaching Out to Syria's Assad
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(MEE) — Last week the United Arab Emirates announced it was negotiating the reopening of its embassy in Damascus and restoring full ties with Syria. After the opening of the Nassib border crossing on the Jordan-Syria border, for the first time since the war began, Syria now has a through road linking Turkey to Jordan. At the same time the Israelis …

Why the UAE and Saudi Arabia Are Reaching Out to Syria's Assad

The Fatal Flaws in a Congressional Resolution to End US Support for the Saudi-Led Yemen War
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-11-19
The resolution's language would have mistakenly resulted in extending Yemeni suffering instead of ending it. | One consequence of the Saudi government's horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a renewed congressional focus on ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led war against an anti-government movement in Yemen. This has to be somewhat bittersweet for many Yemenis, who have been pleading for the world to help…
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London demonstrators speak out against racism and fascism
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-19
A number of those interviewed spoke of the parallels with the 1930s and the need to oppose the scapegoating of migrants and refugees.
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Thousands attend anti-fascist protest in London
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-19
The nationalist and pro-capitalist programme of rally organisers provided no basis for workers and youth to fight fascism and the far right.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11…

"It Will Be a Cold War": Summit Ends in Unprecedented Chaos After US-China Showdown
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(ZHE) — One day after vice president Mike Pence and China's president Xi Jinping clashed after exchanging sharply worded barbs in a showdown between the two superpowers, on Sunday the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended in unprecedented chaos and disarray, without agreement on a joint communique for the first time in its history as the escalating rivalry between the …

"It Will Be a Cold War": Summit Ends in Unprecedented Chaos After US-China Showdown

Trump Is Attacking Free Press "in a Way We Haven't Seen in Modern American History"
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-19
(CD) — Speaking from his years of experience being pursued by the Obama Justice Department for simply practicing journalism and refusing to reveal his confidential sources, Intercept reporter James Risen told The Hill on Monday that President Donald Trump is building on his predecessor's war on the free press by "demagoguing" the media "in a way we haven't seen in modern American history." "Obama tried …

Trump Is Attacking Free Press "in a Way We Haven't Seen in Modern American History"

Filipino Reporter Maria Ressa on Duterte's Targeting of the Press & How Facebook Aids Authoritarians
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-19
As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International Jo…
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Jacksonville high school, police, fair management target Black youth with racist dress code
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-11-19
Jacksonville, FL — Students at a local Jacksonville high school are calling foul on a racist dress code policy implemented by administration last week. | On November 14, administrators at Robert E. Lee High School issued a new interpretation of the dress code that prohibits students from wearing memorial clothing on campus or at school-sponsored events. Citing prohibitions of "gang-related paraphernalia," the school administrators banned any clothing with the acronym "RIP," or "Rest in Peace," even if the person commemorated has no proven gang affiliations. | The move comes on the heels of a major local con…
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Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying. But It Comes at a Political Cost
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2018-11-18
The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an election night party for 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Hilton Midtown hotel in N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2016. | racist?" and you'll find that just within the last week, at least three major news outlets have taken on that very question. | At the Chicago Tribune…
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Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-11-18
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…
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"Of Fathers and Sons" — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2018-11-18
A new documentary by Talal Derki explores the lives of extremists in Syria — their cruelties, failures, and hopes in a shattered country. | The post "Of Fathers and Sons" — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/11/18/syri…

What NYTimes Called Israel's "1st Incursion" Was Actually at Least Its 263rd
Anti-Media News Desk | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-18
(FAIR) — In a piece headlined "Deadly Gaza Raid by Israel Threatens Nascent Ceasefire" (11/11/18), the New York Times described an Israeli assault near the city of Khan Yunis that killed seven Palestinians as the first known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza since Operation Protective Edge, in July 2014, set off a seven-week war. This depiction of the attack as …

What NYTimes Called Israel’s "1st Incursion" Was Actually at Least Its 263rd

U.S. Returns to Mogadishu With Revamped Diplomatic Outpost, 25 Years After "Black Hawk Down" Battle
Amanda Sperber | theintercept.com | 2018-11-17
In a sign of greater U.S. diplomatic activity in Somalia, the State Department is opening a new outpost in the capital's international zone. | The post U.S. Returns to Mogadishu With Revamped Diplomatic Outpost, 25 Years After "Black Hawk Down" Battle appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/11/16/us-s…

Fascists in training: Ukraine's nationalist youth camps
Eds. | mronline.org | 2018-11-17
The camps organised by nationalist parties train children as young as 8 to hate Russians, foreigners and gay people–and they now receive considerable government money to do so, reports YURAS KARMANAU | Source…
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Prisoner prophet: revisiting George Jackson's analysis of systemic fascism
Colin Jenkins | mronline.org | 2018-11-17
The rise of Donald Trump has brought talk of fascism to the forefront. While comparing U.S. Presidents to Hitler is certainly nothing new–both Obama and W. Bush were regularly characterized as such by their haters–Trump's emergence on the national political scene comes at a very peculiar moment in U.S. history. | Source…
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Thousands in London March Against Racism and the Far Right
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-11-17
Thousands took to the streets of London to protest xenophobia , and linked the rise of the far-right with austerity and the false promises of Brexit | The post Thousands in London March Against Racism and the Far Right appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Foreign Correspondent: Israel Wins a Battle, But Is Losing the War
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2018-11-16
In Gaza this week, Israeli and Palestinian groups clashed and ultimately agreed to a ceasefire.
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Exclusive: WikiLeaks Lawyer Warns U.S. Charges Against Assange Endanger Press Freedom Worldwide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-16
The Justice Department has inadvertently revealed that it has prepared an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In an unusual development, language about the charges against Assange was copied and pasted into an unrelated court filing that was recently unsealed. In the document, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote, "Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged." The news broke on Thursday night just hours after The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Departme…
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At its convention, Portugal's Left Bloc gears up for year of crucial fights
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-16
In 2019, European and legislative elections will take place in Portugal in a national political context different from anywhere else in the European Union (EU), where austerity policies still reign and the racist and xenophobic right is rising, writes Dick Nichols from Lisbon. | Over the past three years in Portugal, the minority Socialist Party (PS) government has been supported from outside by the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal (PCP) and the Ecologist Party-The Greens (PEV). | During that time wages and welfare payments have risen, privatisations have stopped, unemployment has halved to 6.3%, casual…
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NYT Investigation: How Facebook Used a Republican Firm to Attack Critics & Spread Disinformation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-16
"Delay, Deny and Deflect." That's the name of a new bombshell investigation by The New York Times revealing that Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, were aware of a Russian misinformation campaign on the social media network and took a series of extraordinary private actions to preserve the company's reputation, launching an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat critics and spread misinformation. The New York Times investigation reveals that Facebook hired the Republican opposition-research firm Definers Public Affairs to discredit critics of Facebook,…
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Out-of-control system burns California
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-16
A combination of real estate capitalism and climate change has unleashed murderous fires in California, writes Phil Hearse. | Things are getting serious. On November 15, at least are 56 were confirmed dead with hundreds missing. Thousands of homes and businesses have burned down. Two major fires, in the north and south of the state, were still not under control. | The scenes could be the aftermath of a US or Russian bombing raid in the Middle East — bodies littered on the ground, people burned to death in their cars, families devastated with grief at the loss of homes and loved ones. | United States Preside…
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