2018-11-16: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-16). The Trump Regime Secretly Indicts Assange for the Crime of Truth-Telling. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange is an investigative journalist/whistleblower, publishing material supplied by sources believed to be credible, unidentified for their protection. | WikiLeaks is not an intelligence operation. Nor is it connected to Russia or any other country. Claims otherwise are fabricated. | Assange …

Max Blumenthal (2018-11-16). An Inside Look at How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Last month, an unsealed FBI indictment of four American white supremacists from the Rise Above Movement (RAM) declared that the defendants had trained with Ukraine's Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia officially incorporated into the country's national guard. The training took place after the white supremacist gang participated in violent riots in Huntington Beach and Berkeley, California …

Rob Urie (2018-11-16). Nuclear Weapons are a Nightmare Made in America. counterpunch.org What transforms American elections from participatory politics into farce is the exclusion of crucial issues. Environmental crisis, the threat of nuclear annihilation and the wildly skewed distribution of political and economic power will affect how people live in coming years, regardless of how effectively they are excluded from electoral consideration. Each of these are historical More

John Laforge (2018-11-16). Woolsey Fire Burns Toxic Santa Susana Reactor Site. counterpunch.org "A common denominator, in every single nuclear accident … is that before the specialists even know what has happened, they rush to the media saying, 'There's no danger to the public.' They do this before they themselves know what has happened…" — Jacque Cousteau The Woolsey fire in California began Nov. 8 near the Santa Susana More

John Mecklin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientis (2018-11-16). California Fire Near Nuclear Accident Site. indybay.org The Los Angeles Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility notes that the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site is contaminated in a variety of ways: "Decades of nuclear and rocket-engine testing activity, including nuclear reactor accidents and other toxic spills and releases, have resulted in widespread contamination throughout [the lab's] 2,850-acre facility."

Tom Capelle (2018-11-16). Kurt Volker. Being A Dear Friend of Ukraine. indybay.org Ukraine pays Americans for lobbying its interests.

Jonah Raskin (2018-11-16). A California Jew in a Time of Anti-Semitism. counterpunch.org When I was eleven-years-old, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, two American-born Jews, were sent to the electric chair after they were found guilty of stealing the secret of the atomic bomb and then handing it to the Soviets. That event seared my childhood more than any other; my parents were also Jewish and had belonged to the American Communist Party from 1938 to 1948. More

RRPTS (2018-11-16). In SF, Activists Along the Political Spectrum Protest Trump's Firing of Sessions. indybay.org On November 8 in hundreds of cities and towns across the nation, an estimated 100,000 Americans took to the streets to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's collusion with Russia in influencing the 2016 presidential race. In San Francisco a large crowd, from loyal Democratic Party members to participants from groups from the far left, gathered in Civic Center Plaza to be part of the national call to action. Photos by Rachel Podlishevsky and Terry Scussel. Please credit the photographers. Top photo by Terry Scussel.

stuart_m (2018-11-16). Out-of-control system burns California. greenleft.org.au 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…

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-16). The US "Leading From Behind" in Africa Lets Russia "Lead From the Front" globalresearch.ca The Pentagon's decision to downscale its footprint in Africa makes Russia's military efforts there more important than ever. | A Pentagon spokeswoman announced that the US will withdraw hundreds of troops from Africa in the next few years in order to …

South Front (2018-11-16). Money, Silver, Gold and Cars: ISIS Fighters Received "Bonuses" for Using Chemical Weapons — Report. globalresearch.ca Official ISIS documents, which have been obtained by the Russian RT TV, reveal that the terrorist group has financially motivated its fighters conducting attacks with chemical weapons. | According to the documents, many ISIS fighters received gold, silver and even …

wsws (2018-11-16). Bipartisan panel: US must prepare for "horrendous," "devastating" war with Russia and China. wsws.org A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress has provided the Democrats' rubber stamp to the Trump administration's plans to prepare for war between "great powers."

Max Blumenthal (2018-11-15). Blowback: An Inside Look at How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists. mintpressnews.com Not only are white supremacists from across the West flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms, they are doing so openly, under the nose of a shrugging law enforcement — chronicling their experiences on social media before they bring their lessons back home.

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

ZeroHedge (2018-11-15). NYT Expose Reveals Facebook Push To Label Liberal Critics as Soros Stooges. mintpressnews.com The New York Times has painted a 5,300-word picture of an out-of-control Facebook's desperate and incompetent damage control measures in the wake of multiple scandals. | Based on interviews with over 50 current and former company executives, lawmakers, government officials, lobbyists and congressional staff members — most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity — the Times illustrates how Facebook resorted to mercenary tactics when it came to combatting criticism over everything from Russian ad-spending during the 2016 U.S. election, to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to the platform's blind eye to…

RT (2018-11-15). A Fukushima waiting to happen? Huge stockpile of nuclear waste on California fault line threatens US. rt.com Millions of pounds of toxic waste are being buried under the site of a privately owned former nuclear power plant in California. The only problem? Experts warn that it sits on a major fault line — and in a tsunami zone.

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-15). Trump Escalates "New Cold War" with China. President Xi Refuses Washington's Demands. globalresearch.ca Cold war with Russia and China could turning hot. The risk of unthinkable war between nuclear armed states is real. | According to the Washington Post, | "(i)f China wants to avoid an all-out cold war with the United States and its …

Conn Hallinan (2018-11-15). Unwrapping Armageddon: The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Yuras Karmanau (2018-11-15). Ukraine's nationalist youth camps train next generation of fascists. peoplesworld.org KIEV, Ukraine (AP)—The campers, some clad in combat fatigues, carefully aim their assault rifles. Their instructor offers advice: "Don't think of your target as a human being." So when these boys and girls shoot, they will shoot to kill. Most are in their teens, but some are as young as eight. They are at a …

RT (2018-11-15). War hawks mourn 'underfunded' US military that could 'lose next war' against Russia or China. rt.com Although Washington spends more on its military than the next ten countries combined, a bipartisan commission now warns that the Pentagon needs even more money if the US is to maintain hegemony against threats by Russia and China.

RT (2018-11-15). Mueller again? Trump bashes 'disgraceful' Russia probe. rt.com As midterm-bolstered Democrats double down on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged 2016 'Russian collusion', President Donald Trump is lashing out, calling the probe a "disgrace" and "total witch hunt."

Tony Cartalucci (2018-11-15). Washington's Weak Hand in Syria. globalresearch.ca With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria's largest cities and the vast majority of Syrian territory west of the Euphrates – not only has the US-led proxy war against the nation failed – with Russian and Iranian …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-11-15). Washington's Weak Hand In Syria. iranian.com With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria's largest cities and the vast majority of Syrian territory west of the Euphrates — not only has the US-led proxy war against the nation failed — with Russian and Iranian forces involved indefinitely — the return of additional territory under Damascus' control seems all but […]

David Cortright (2018-11-14). The Peace Movement Won the INF Treaty. We Must Fight to Preserve It. thenation.com The Peace Movement Won the INF Treaty. We Must Fight to Preserve It.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-13). Acting AG Matt Whitaker Scrutinized over His Radical Judicial Beliefs & Past Dirty Work for GOP. democracynow.org Controversy is growing over President Trump's selection of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general following the ousting of Jeff Sessions. The state of Maryland is heading to court today to challenge the legality of Whitaker's appointment. The state contends that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should have been named acting attorney general instead of Whitaker, who was not confirmed by the Senate for his previous post—chief of staff to Sessions. Meanwhile, pressure is growing on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling i…

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 and anti-nuclear campaigner John Hallam, lawy…

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…

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 anniversary 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 nearly established a soviet republic. The failure of the workers' movement to win full power opened the way for a fasc…

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.

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…

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