2018-11-13: News Headlines

kathy_f (2018-11-13). Peace activists mark centenary of Armistice Day. greenleft.org.au The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, November 11, was commemorated in Sydney with a series of events highlighting the struggles of the peace movement over the past century. | Armistice Day marks the date of the ceasefire between the opposing imperialist powers that officially ended World War I. | Armistice Day 2018 was marked with a community remembrance ceremony at the entrance to the Addison Road Community Centre (ARCC), with the presentation of 20 new plaques celebrating the achievements of noted campaigners for peace over the years. Recipients included anti-war activists, anti-nuclear campaigner John Halla…

Cillian Doyle (2018-11-13). Fictitious Assets, Hidden Losses and the Collapse of MDM Bank. counterpunch.org Off Balance Sheet Shenanigans in the Irish Financial Services Centre Introduction In November 2016, two of Russia's largest banks MDM and B&N completed a merger. This new entity now ranked (by size of assets) in the top 10 of all Russian banks and the top 5 for private lenders. Following the merger CEO Mikail Shishkhanov More

TRPLL (2018-11-13). Alamedans Say Protect Mueller's Investigation. indybay.org On November 8, a rapid response action in Alameda called for the protection of Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is overseeing the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Photos by Lynn LaRocca, please credit the photographer.

RT (2018-11-13). 'Well-informed' Stanford Professor McFaul scoffs at idea of checking sources before tweeting. rt.com Ex-envoy to Russia Michael McFaul has shrugged off criticism he received after being duped by a well-known parody account, arguing that checking sources on Twitter is often too time consuming. Sage words from a Stanford professor?

wsws (2018-11-13). New York teachers union pushes through concessions contract. wsws.org The United Federation of Teachers rammed through a contract that includes below inflation rate wages in order to prevent a strike in the largest school district in America.

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles (2018-11-13). Woolsey Fire Burns Nuclear Meltdown Site that State Toxics Agency Failed to Clean Up. indybay.org The Woolsey Fire began on the property of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), a former nuclear and rocket engine testing site. | SSFL is one of the most contaminated sites in the nation, subject of a promised but long-delayed state and federal cleanup; it is heavily contaminated with well documented nuclear and chemical contamination, from, among other things, a partial nuclear meltdown.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-12). World War I Commemoration: Macron Blasts Trump's "America First", Putin and Trump Shake Hands, Putin and Netanyahu Meet "Unofficially", Netanyahu Orders Gaza Strikes. globalresearch.ca

Whitney Webb (2018-11-12). John Bolton Wins "Defender of Israel" Award from Zionist Lobby Group that Helped Appoint Him. mintpressnews.com The ZOA, Bolton's enthusiastic sponsor, led the campaign to remove former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from his post after railing against McMaster's "anti-Israel" positions, most notably his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-11-12). Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca Today, people are finally waking up to the dangers of a world war, which might emanate from the highest levels of the US government. | We are no longer dealing with a hypothetical scenario. The threat of World War III is …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-12). A Century After End of WWI, Trump Snubs Peace Summit While Macron Warns of Growing Nationalism. democracynow.org The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—that's when World War I ended in 1918, 100 years ago this weekend. On Sunday, world leaders gathered in Paris to pay tribute to the dead, marking the anniversary of the armistice of what had been described as the "war to end all wars." Following the formal ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a peace conference with dozens of heads of state, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump was reportedly the only one among 72 leaders to skip the meeting. Trump also face…

Eva Bartlett (2018-11-12). Media Ignores the Plight of Kirill Vyshinsky: A Russian Journalist Imprisoned Without Trial in Ukraine. mintpressnews.com Eva Bartlett speaks with journalist Vladimir Rodzianko on the detention of Kirill Vyshinsky by Ukraine since May 2018. Ukrainian authorities accuse Vyshinsky of "treason" and have delayed his trials twice.

RT (2018-11-12). US diplomats fall for parody North Korean account in their rush to pick on Trump. rt.com Obama-era UN envoy Samantha Power and former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul have been caught falling for a parody of North Korea's official Twitter account, retweeting its praise of Kim Jong-un to spite the US President. |

Conn Hallinan (2018-11-12). Nuclear Treaties: Unwrapping Armageddon. counterpunch.org The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Force Agreement (INF) appears to be part of a broader strategy aimed at unwinding over 50 years of agreements to control and limit nuclear weapons, returning to an era characterized by the unbridled development weapons of mass destruction. More

RFE (2018-11-12). Iran Honoring Nuclear Deal As New Sanctions Hit, IAEA Report Shows. iranian.com Iran has continued to implement the main nuclear restrictions set by its 2015 deal with major powers, a quarterly U.N. watchdog report shows, though several items were verified shortly before reimposed U.S. sanctions took effect. Iran has kept its stock of low-enriched uranium as well as the level to which it enriches uranium within the […]

stuart_m (2018-11-11). How a workers' revolt ended World War I, and opened way to revolution. greenleft.org.au November 11 marks the 100th anniversay of the end of World War I, but not before tens of millions died in the four-year-long unprecedented industrial carnage. Amid all the media coverage, almost entirely missing is the actual story of how such bloodshed and misery was ended: by a mass popular rebellion in Germany that brought down the monarchy and established a republic. | The rebellion did not end in Germany on November 11, but continued for a further five years in revolutionary waves that nearl established a soviet republic. The failure of the workers' movement to win full power opened the way for a fascis…

RFE (2018-11-11). OPEC, Non-Cartel Partners Meet In U.A.E. To Consider Output Cuts. iranian.com OPEC and other large producers, including Russia, are meeting in the United Arab Emirates to consider output cuts to reverse a fall in crude prices. Oil ministers from Saudi Arabia and Russia will play key roles at the gathering of the so-called monitoring committee in Abu Dhabi on November 11. "We are worried about the […]

Fight Back (2018-11-10). Lenin's view of World War I and the tasks of socialists. fightbacknews.org To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Fight Back! is reprinting some excerpts from the outstanding Russian revolutionary V.I. Lenin on the class nature of the war and what socialists should do about it. When the war broke out in 1914, the leadership of most socialist parties at the time often supported their 'own' governments. | Lenin and other revolutionaries put forward the correct proposition that the war was a battle between imperialist powers, in which working-class movement should work for the defeat of their 'own' rulers, and, where possible, take advantage of those defeats, turn the im…

Fight Back (2018-11-10). Venezuela and the fight for working-class power. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 1, John Bolton gave perhaps the sharpest anti-communist speech by a U.S. National Security Advisor since the end of the Cold War. While celebrating the election of far-right thug Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil as a "positive sign" for South America, he condemned Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as "the Troika of Tyranny… the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere." He declared that all peoples of Latin America should "look to the north, look to our flag" and that soon "the Troika will crumble, the people will triumph, and the righteous flame of freedom will burn brigh…

Whitney Webb (2018-11-09). Post-MidTerm Democrats Raise Jeff Sessions to the Level of a Mueller-Style "Hero" mintpressnews.com Coverage of the Mueller probe and the closely related "Russiagate" controversy has been central to the Democrats' strategy of casting themselves as the antithesis to Trump.

Ed Rampell (2018-11-09). Politicon 2018: Socialism without socialists, free speech for the few? peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Politicon is to politics what San Diego's annual Comic-Con is to comic books and superheroes—a convention geared for news junkies, avid followers of current affairs, talking points and of the talking heads who spew them in the rarefied realm of cable TV, talk radio, ripped-from-the-headlines books, newspapers, magazines, the Internet and beyond. This fourth …

Whitney Webb (2018-11-09). FBI: Neo-Nazi Militia Trained by US Military in Ukraine Now Training US White Supremacists. mintpressnews.com The training the U.S. provided to the Azov Battalion is coming back to roost in the U.S. as the neo-Nazi group is training and radicalizing U.S.-based groups with similar ideologies steeped in hatred and a belief in white racial supremacy.

Jason Ditz (2018-11-08). State Department: US Will Soon Impose More Sanctions Against Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The US State Department has announced that they intend to soon impose additional sanctions against Russia, after demanding that Russia provide them with a statement offering very specific "assurances" on the use of chemical weapons. This all goes back to the allegations of a March Novichok attack in Salisbury, England. The British government blamed Russia for the …

FPIF (2018-11-08). US Air Force Preparing for War Against Russia and China. theantimedia.com The Air Force is undergoing its biggest expansion since the end of the Cold War, and the reasons are clear. (FPIF Op-ed) — In September, at the Air Force Association's annual Space & Cyber ‚Äã‚ÄãConference, Heather Wilson — Donald Trump's Secretary of the U.S. Air Force — presented the Trump administration's new roadmap for the U.S. Air Force: the …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-08). Trump Fires AG Sessions, Installs New Loyalist Whitaker to Oversee Mueller Probe. democracynow.org President Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him with a Trump loyalist who has called special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation a "witch hunt." Matthew Whitaker, formerly Jeff Sessions's chief of staff, will now take charge of the Russia inquiry, prompting questions about the future of the Russia investigation and whether Trump will target Robert Mueller next. Some experts are raising questions about the legality of putting Whitaker in charge rather than Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the Russia probe. The ACLU wrote in a statement, "Jeff…

Consortiumnews (2018-11-07). Ukraine-Russia Tensions Rise in Church Row. consortiumnews.com With an apparent nod from the U.S., the Ecumenical Patriarch's ruling from Istanbul severed 1000-year ties between Moscow and the Orthodox church in Ukraine, raising further tensions between Kiev and Moscow, as Dmitry Babich reports. Moscow's Role in Ukraine Orthodox… Read more →

TEV (2018-10-31). Venezuelan Vice President Cements Economic Ties During Asian Tour. venezuelanalysis.com Rodriguez met with Chinese and Russian economic specialists during the final day of a regional Asiatic tour.

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