2019-01-17: News Headlines

aljazeera (2019-01-17). US rejects Russia's offer to save key missile treaty. aljazeera.com Washington is set to withdraw from the 1987 accord that keeps nuclear missiles out of Europe in February as talks fail.

Fight Back (2019-01-17). Federal airport workers across Pennsylvania among 800,000 nationwide not getting paid during shutdown. fightbacknews.org Pittsburgh, PA — As the partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight, federal workers across the country are facing the reality of missed paychecks and the impact that will have on their lives, their families, and their communities. | American Federation of Government Employees Local 332, which represents about 500 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at Pittsburgh International Airport and airports across Pennsylvania, is calling lawmakers and the administration to end this shutdown. | "We have members across the state who are worried about feeding their families and paying…

Jason Ditz (2019-01-17). US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with US officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month. The US has been accusing Russia of violating the INF for years related to a single missile design, called …

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Ukraine: Human Rights Backsliding as Election Looms. hrw.org | | Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin. | © 2016 Private | (Kyiv) — Attacks on activists and government critics proliferated in Ukraine during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. | The Ukrainian government did little to prevent or punish the attacks or to stem rising violence against minority communities, including Roma and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Russia: Bleak Year for Human Rights. hrw.org | | Oyub Titiev stands in front of a portrait of his murdered colleague, Natalia Estemirova, in Memorial's Grozny office, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. | © 2011 Maria Chichtchenkova | (Moscow) — The Russian government relentlessly reduced space for peaceful dissent, political opposition, and civic activism in Russia during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.

Thomas Knapp (2019-01-16). Now More Than Ever, It's Clear the FBI Must Go. counterpunch.org The New York Times reports that "[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests." That's an interesting way of putting it, but let's try More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-16). Is the US Planning to Wage War on Russia and China? globalresearch.ca Shifts in geopolitical alliances; the global military agenda, the danger of nuclear war. "All sectors of society will have to join in and understand that a $1.2 trillion nuclear weapons program could lead to the unthinkable, which is the destruction of humanity."

David S. Foglesong (2019-01-16). Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia. thenation.com Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia…

Fight Back (2019-01-16). The WFTU stands on the side of the Los Angeles teachers. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers in 130 countries across the globe, sends its internationalist and militant greetings to the teachers of Los Angeles who took the streets and organized a huge strike in order to defend their labor rights. | During their mobilizations more than 30,000 teachers signed in on picket lines across Los Angeles, more than 900 schools sites also participated while more than 10,000 parents, students and working people showed their soli…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-15). Ray McGovern: Russia-gate Evidence, Please. consortiumnews.com Was former FBI Director James Comey pulling a Hoover on Trump to keep him in line? asks Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News For those interested in evidence — or the lack of it— regarding collusion between… Read more →

Fight Back (2019-01-15). 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg. fightbacknews.org The following is an excerpt from Rosa Luxemburg's work Reform or Revolution. Luxemburg, an outstanding leader in the world socialist movement, was murdered by German counter-revolutionaries in Berlin on January 15, 1919. | Capitalism and the State | The second condition of the gradual realization of socialism is according to Bernstein, the evolution of the State in society. It has become a commonplace to say that the present State is a class State. This, too, like referring to capitalist society, should not be understood in a rigorous absolute manner, but dialectically. | The State became capitalist with the poli…

RT (2019-01-15). Dem Coalition head under fire after claim Sen. Graham 'blackmailed' by Trump over 'SEXUAL KINK'. rt.com A Democratic super PAC head is facing an online backlash after saying that Sen. Lindsey Graham is being "blackmailed" by Russians over something related to a "serious sexual kink."

amnesty (2019-01-15). Russian Federation: Homophobic crackdown in Chechnya resumes. amnesty.org The Chechen authorities have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least 40 individuals have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death.

James Risen (2019-01-15). Why Doesn't Donald Trump's Cozy Relationship With Vladimir Putin Worry His Supporters? Jefferson Davis's Treason Case Holds a Clue. theintercept.com Trump came to power thanks to some of the same factors that fueled the rise of Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-15). Risking Total Annihilation for the Sake of Profit — with Wilkerson and Jay (3/3). therealnews.com Larry Wilkerson says the US government is raising the danger of nuclear war by spending more than a trillion dollars to upgrade the American nuclear arsenal, with no real objective other than money making — with host Paul Jay

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). Headlines for January 14, 2019. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Now Longest in U.S. History, Trump Admin Considered Disaster Relief Funds to Build Border Wall, Interior Dept. Pushes Ahead Plans for New Arctic Drilling Leases, Texas: Tornillo Immigrant Prison Camp Shuts Down, Los Angeles: Public Teachers Go on Strike, Dems Vow to Investigate After 2 New Reports on Trump's Relationship with Russia, WSJ: Nat'l Sec. Council Asked About Possible Military Strike on Iran in 2018, Trump Threatens to "Devastate Turkey Economically" If Syrian Kurds Targeted, Saudi Arabia: Sec. of State Pompeo Meets with Crown Prince 3 Months After Khashoggi Killing, Canada Grants Asylum…

amnesty (2019-01-14). Russia: Chechen authorities resume homophobic crackdown. amnesty.org Amnesty International has received credible information that the authorities in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia, have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death since December 2018. | | The Russian LGBT Network has verified reports that the Chechen authorities have detained arou…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-14). The FBI's Investigation of Trump as a "National Security Threat" is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic. theintercept.com Did the FBI investigate Trump due to disagreements with his policy views on Russia? If so, it would not be the first time the bureau abused its powers this way.

ACLU (2019-01-11). William Barr's Unsolicited Memo to Trump About Obstruction of Justice. aclu.org Barr's critique of the Mueller investigation raises serious questions about his views of presidential power. Senators should demand answers. | Last month, news broke that in June 2018, President Trump's current nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, sent an unsolicited 20-page memo to the Justice Department critiquing special counsel Robert Mueller's current investigation into Russian election interference. | Barr, who previously served as attorney general under Preside…

Dave Markland (2019-01-10). Farewell to bblum6. zcomm.org Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read more…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). Headlines for January 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Delivers Error-Filled Border Security Address to Nation, Senate Blocks Anti-BDS Bill Amid Ongoing Gov't Shutdown, Carbon Emissions Spiked in 2018 Despite Coal Plant Closures, Deputy AG Rosenstein to Depart After Confirmation of New AG, Court Filings Show Manafort Shared Trump Campaign Info with Russian Operative, Documents Reveal Russian Lawyer at 2016 Trump Tower Mtg Had Ties to Kremlin, Turkey: Pres. Erdogan Blasts U.S. Changes in Syria Withdrawal Plan, Sudan: Anti-Gov't Protests Result in Mass Arrests, Press Censorship, Los Angeles: Dead Man Found in Home of Top Democratic Donor, Texas: Second Man Arrest…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-29). The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. zcomm.org Maybe those delirious crowds chanting "USA, USA" have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018: "The United States has the strongest military in the world," with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, Read more…

Dan Cohen (2018-12-25). Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation'. grayzoneproject.com Hailed by Congress and the media as defenders of democracy, high-tech Russiagate hustlers Jonathon Morgan and Ryan Fox have been…

TeleSUR English (2018-12-12). Russia Rejects US Reaction to Military Cooperation with Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The deployment of the Russian warplanes follows Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's visit to Russia last week.

Ben Norton (2018-12-10). NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier. grayzoneproject.com Ukraine President Poroshenko promoted a photo of himself posing next to a soldier wearing a Nazi SS totenkopf patch. By…

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

Paul Kawika Martin (2018-12-04). With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — December 4, 2018 — In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. will formally announce its intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days if Russia does not come into compliance with the treaty by then, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy […]

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

2019-01-17: Social Media Postees

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US rejects Russia's offer to save key missile treaty
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Washington is set to withdraw from the 1987 accord that keeps nuclear missiles out of Europe in February as talks fail.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/rejects-russi…

Federal airport workers across Pennsylvania among 800,000 nationwide not getting paid during shutdown
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-17
Pittsburgh, PA — As the partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight, federal workers across the country are facing the reality of missed paychecks and the impact that will have on their lives, their families, and their communities. | American Federation of Government Employees Local 332, which represents about 500 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at Pittsburgh International Airport and airports across Pennsylvania, is calling lawmakers and the administration to end this shutdown. | "We have members across the state who are worried about feeding their families and paying…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/16/federal-…

US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with US officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month. The US has been accusing Russia of violating the INF for years related to a single missile design, called …

US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty

Ukraine: Human Rights Backsliding as Election Looms
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin. | © 2016 Private | (Kyiv) — Attacks on activists and government critics proliferated in Ukraine during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. | The Ukrainian government did little to prevent or punish the attacks or to stem rising violence against minority communities, including Roma and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/ukraine-human-ri…

Russia: Bleak Year for Human Rights
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Oyub Titiev stands in front of a portrait of his murdered colleague, Natalia Estemirova, in Memorial's Grozny office, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. | © 2011 Maria Chichtchenkova | (Moscow) — The Russian government relentlessly reduced space for peaceful dissent, political opposition, and civic activism in Russia during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/russia-bleak-yea…

Now More Than Ever, It's Clear the FBI Must Go
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
The New York Times reports that "[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests." That's an interesting way of putting it, but let's try…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/now-more-tha…

Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia
David S. Foglesong | thenation.com | 2019-01-16
Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia…
thenation.com/article/heres-how-democrat…

The WFTU stands on the side of the Los Angeles teachers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-16
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers in 130 countries across the globe, sends its internationalist and militant greetings to the teachers of Los Angeles who took the streets and organized a huge strike in order to defend their labor rights. | During their mobilizations more than 30,000 teachers signed in on picket lines across Los Angeles, more than 900 schools sites also participated while more than 10,000 parents, students and working people showed their soli…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/16/wftu-sta…

Is the US Planning to Wage War on Russia and China?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-16
Shifts in geopolitical alliances; the global military agenda, the danger of nuclear war. "All sectors of society will have to join in and understand that a $1.2 trillion nuclear weapons program could lead to the unthinkable, which is the destruction of humanity." | The post Is the US Planning to Wage War on Russia and China? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/is-the-us-planning-to-…

Ray McGovern: Russia-gate Evidence, Please
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-15
Was former FBI Director James Comey pulling a Hoover on Trump to keep him in line? asks Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News For those interested in evidence — or the lack of it– regarding collusion between… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/01/15/russia-gat…

100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-15
The following is an excerpt from Rosa Luxemburg's work Reform or Revolution. Luxemburg, an outstanding leader in the world socialist movement, was murdered by German counter-revolutionaries in Berlin on January 15, 1919. | Capitalism and the State | The second condition of the gradual realization of socialism is according to Bernstein, the evolution of the State in society. It has become a commonplace to say that the present State is a class State. This, too, like referring to capitalist society, should not be understood in a rigorous absolute manner, but dialectically. | The State became capitalist with the poli…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/15/100th-an…

Dem Coalition head under fire after claim Sen. Graham 'blackmailed' by Trump over 'SEXUAL KINK'
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-15
A Democratic super PAC head is facing an online backlash after saying that Sen. Lindsey Graham is being "blackmailed" by Russians over something related to a "serious sexual kink." | …
rt.com/news/448852-gay-sex-kink-graham/

Russian Federation: Homophobic crackdown in Chechnya resumes
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-15
The Chechen authorities have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least 40 individuals have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/9686/2019…

Why Doesn't Donald Trump's Cozy Relationship With Vladimir Putin Worry His Supporters? Jefferson Davis's Treason Case Holds a Clue
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-15
Trump came to power thanks to some of the same factors that fueled the rise of Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America. | The post Why Doesn't Donald Trump's Cozy Relationship With Vladimir Putin Worry His Supporters? Jefferson Davis's Treason Case Holds a Clue. appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/15/trump-russia…

Risking Total Annihilation for the Sake of Profit — with Wilkerson and Jay (3/3)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-15
Larry Wilkerson says the US government is raising the danger of nuclear war by spending more than a trillion dollars to upgrade the American nuclear arsenal, with no real objective other than money making — with host Paul Jay | The post Risking Total Annihilation for the Sake of Profit — with Wilkerson and Jay (3/3) appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/risking-total-an…

Russia: Chechen authorities resume homophobic crackdown
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-14
Amnesty International has received credible information that the authorities in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia, have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death since December 2018. | | The Russian LGBT Network has verified reports that the Chechen authorities have detained arou…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/chech…

The FBI's Investigation of Trump as a "National Security Threat" is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-01-14
Did the FBI investigate Trump due to disagreements with his policy views on Russia? If so, it would not be the first time the bureau abused its powers this way. | The post The FBI's Investigation of Trump as a "National Security Threat" is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/14/the-fbis-inv…

William Barr's Unsolicited Memo to Trump About Obstruction of Justice
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-11
Barr's critique of the Mueller investigation raises serious questions about his views of presidential power. Senators should demand answers. | Last month, news broke that in June 2018, President Trump's current nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, sent an unsolicited 20-page memo to the Justice Department critiquing special counsel Robert Mueller's current investigation into Russian election interference. | Barr, who previously served as attorney general under Preside…
aclu.org/blog/executive-branch/william-b…

Farewell to bblum6
Dave Markland | zcomm.org | 2019-01-10
Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/farewell-to-bblum6/

The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-12-29
Maybe those delirious crowds chanting "USA, USA" have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018: "The United States has the strongest military in the world," with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/the-united-states-is-fi…

Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation'
Dan Cohen | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-12-25
Hailed by Congress and the media as defenders of democracy, high-tech Russiagate hustlers Jonathon Morgan and Ryan Fox have been… | The post Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation' appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/12/25/senate-re…