2018-11-17: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2018-11-17). US-Funded Neo-Nazis in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists. consortiumnews.com Short-sighted U.S. foreign policy that backs jihadists in the Middle East and neo-Nazis in Ukraine is once again blowing back on the United States, as Max Blumenthal explains. FBI: Azov Battalion Trained Rise Above Movement By Max Blumenthal Last month,… Read more →

wsws (2018-11-17). Britain: Reading University flags article on "ethics of revolution" under anti-terror policy. wsws.org The banning of Norman Geras' essay under anti-terrorism legislation is a police state measure that has, for the first time, targeted an article discussing socialism and revolution.

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

RRPTS (2018-11-17). 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.

RT (2018-11-17). 'Government has nukes': Democrat congressman tells gun owners to disarm, or else. rt.com California Congressman with 2020 presidential aspirations Eric Swalwell has confirmed he favored confiscating guns and even had a 'nuclear' take on what the government would do if it faced resistance.

John Mecklin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientis (2018-11-17). 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 (2018-11-17). Kurt Volker. Being A Dear Friend of Ukraine. indybay.org Ukraine pays Americans for lobbying its interests.

John Feffer (2018-11-17). Is Korea's Cold War About to End? zcomm.org The media is missing the real story on the peninsula. If that gives Koreans space to lead, maybe that's not such a bad thing.

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

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 …

Shane Quinn (2018-11-16). War Very Rarely Unfolds as Planned. The Soviet-Afghan War. globalresearch.ca The USSR's Christmas 1979 intervention into Afghanistan was foreseen as a swift, near-costless and necessary conflict. Days after the military move, Soviet president Leonid Brezhnev assured his diplomat Anatoly Dobrynin that, "we will end this war in three or four …

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

RT (2018-11-16). Trump says he answered questions for Mueller's Russia probe, but hasn't submitted them yet. rt.com President Trump has said that he has answered questions for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' investigation, but has not submitted those answers yet. |

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 …

Kurt Nimmo (2018-11-16). Here's What You'll Pay for Neocon Wars: $5,900,000,000,000. globalresearch.ca More evidence the "war on terror," now shifted over to a New Cold War against Russia and China, is nothing if not a money-maker for the merchants of death and the usury banksters. | According to a study produced by Brown

Democracy Now! (2018-11-16). NYT Investigation: How Facebook Used a Republican Firm to Attack Critics & Spread Disinformation. democracynow.org "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,…

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…

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."

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

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…

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.

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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