2018-11-26: News Headlines

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2018-11-26). Remembering Alger Hiss in the Age of Russia-Gate. counterpunch.org In January 1950, Alger Hiss, a former State Department employee and Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was convicted of perjury after being charged with spying for the Russians. He was sentenced to ten years in a federal penitentiary of which he served three and a half. The sentencing was the culmination of a frenzied political trial which catapulted Richard Nixon to fame and undergirded the advent of a period of domestic political repression known as McCarthyism. More

Alex Gorka (2018-11-26). Anonymous Exposes Clandestine UK Social Media Manipulation Campaign. mintpressnews.com Those who have been saying that the West has turned Russia into a scapegoat to be blamed for each and everything that goes wrong have been proved right. We have witnessed concocted stories invented to denigrate Moscow that has gone viral as directed by the secret services. The UK, the country that is spearheading the anti-Russian information campaign, offers a good example that illustrates how this is being done. | An online group of hackers known as Anonymous has just revealed covert UK activities in the EU. According to

wsws (2018-11-26). This week in history: November 26-December 2. wsws.org 25 years ago: Belgium rocked by general strikeThe biggest general strike in Belgium since 1936 paralyzed the country on Friday, November 27, as a wave of workers' struggles continues throughout western Europe. The strike was called by the social democratic and the Christian Union federations to protest the austerity measures adopted by a coalition government of Christian Democrats and social-democrats. The general strike was particularly effective in closing down all public transport. International trains had to be diverted. In most hospitals there was only emergency cover. The approach roads to Brussels airport…

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-26). Postcards from Popular Power in Venezuela. zcomm.org "Socialism still stands as a strategic horizon" — this was one of the conclusions of a recent conference on popular power and economic policy held in Caracas…

Staff (2018-11-26). Ukraine Mulls Martial Law After Russia Fires on Vessels. truthdig.com MOSCOW — Ukraine's president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern. | Ukrainian lawmakers were set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in the country on Monday following an incident in which Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels. | An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council was also called for Monday. The European Union and NATO called for restraint from both sides. | Ukrainian…

Jason Ditz (2018-11-26). Ukraine Set to Declare War on Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are once again soaring after this weekend, with reports that Russia has seized three Ukrainian navy vessels off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula. Crimea is de facto under Russian control, but Ukraine considers it part of their territory. Earlier in the day, Ukraine accused Russian ships of ramming their tugboat in the Sea …

The Iranian (2018-11-26). Iran Defends World Taekwondo Team Championship. iranian.com Defending men's champions Iran won a dramatic victory in the Taekwondo Team Championships at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, earning the winning points in a 32-31 score against Russia with just three seconds to spare. On the way to the final, Iran defeated Azerbaijan 66-58, China 45-44 and Uzbekistan 54-37 in Group B and […]

wsws (2018-11-26). Russia fires on and captures Ukrainian Navy ships. wsws.org A military escalation in the Azov Sea was prepared over months, with a series of provocations by the Ukrainian regime that enjoyed the support of the EU and US imperialism.

Arkady Savitsky (2018-11-25). UK Commits Extra Military Forces to Ukraine: Irresponsible Policy, Dangerous Repercussions. globalresearch.ca Ukraine's Constitutional Court green-lighted a bill on amending the country's main law by enshrining into it the final goal of obtaining NATO and EU membership. The decision was announced the next day after the UK and Ukraine's defense ministries made …

Staff (2018-11-25). Ukraine Says Russia Fired on Ships in Black Sea. truthdig.com The incident, in which two were wounded, follows a tense standoff over control of waters off the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine's navy reports.

Tehran Times (2018-11-25). Iran Beats Thailand In IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship Opener. iranian.com Iran started the 2018 IFCPF (International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football) Asia-Oceania Championship on a high note on Saturday. Team Melli defeated Thailand 7-1 in Kish Island in southern Iran in Persian Gulf. Iran captain Abdorreza Karimizadeh scored five goals and Mehdi Torabi was on target two times. Earlier in the day, Australia defeated South […]

Israel Shamir (2018-11-24). The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Schism. globalresearch.ca The Russian world is caught up in a drama. Its leading Orthodox Church faces a schism over the Ukraine's drive for its own independent church. If Kiev regime succeeds, the split between Russia proper and its breakaway Western part, the …

Fight Back (2018-11-24). A socialist look at the Florida 2018 midterm results: Part 2. fightbacknews.org This is part two of a two-part series. View part one here. | The specter of socialism in South Florida | It's notable that Gillum saw narrower margins of victory in the three largest counties in South Florida, which typically go big for Democrats. He won, but he needed to win bigger to overcome DeSantis' mega-margins in rural Florida. Some have pointed out that DeSantis' better-than-expected performance in Miami-Dade and Broward came from his Cuban-American, Spanish-speaking running mate, Representative Jeanette Nun…

Joseph Essertier (2018-11-23). The NYT's David Sanger, the Boy Who Cried "Nukes"! counterpunch.org Since the early 1990s the US mass media has consistently portrayed the government of North Korea as a "desperate rogue regime run by a paranoid dictator now threatening the world with nuclear attack," in the words of the American historian Bruce Cumings (North Korea: Another Country, 2003). Threatening. The world. The US has a population 13 More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-23). The Doomsday Machine and Nuclear Winter — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (11/12). therealnews.com An H Bomb first strike will create firestorms and smoke that ends most human life; this is a fact ignored by military planners and by the Trump administration which doesn't believe in climate science — says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Nick Pemberton (2018-11-23). How Liberals Got Seduced By Trump's Gifts To Private Prisons. counterpunch.org "The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property." — Karl Marx "Give the man his due: @realDonaldTrump is on his way to becoming the uniter-in-Chief on an issue that has divided America for generations. Congrats to everyone on both sides who fought for this." — Van Jones, of More

Fight Back (2018-11-23). Tallahassee celebrates 101st anniversary of Russian Revolution. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On November 7, students, activists and community members from around the Tallahassee area gathered at The Plant Arts Center to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. The event was organized by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). | FRSO member Regina Joseph introduced the event and then called on Zachary Schultz to give a short speech about the history of the revolution and its significance. "Under worker power, the Soviet Union used its wealth to help people instead of filling the pockets of the small minority. That's what we're trying to do here in…

amnesty (2018-11-23). Protect LGBTI activist Vitalina Koval. amnesty.org Vitalina Koval has been central to the LGBTI community in Ukraine. She helped set up a community centre – a safe space for LGBTI people within the growing hostility of the country. | During the International Women's Day March in Ukraine in 2017, Vitalina was attacked by a dozen young men, who charged at her and other protesters — tearing up their posters and shouting threats. Vitalina tried to file a police report. The police ignored her. | Vitalina wanted to attend the 2018 Women's March, this time going to the police in advance for protection. They said she'd be fine. But during the march, two men and fou…

Matt Vidal (2018-11-23). Was the gravedigger thesis central to Marx's theory of the working class? mronline.org This article summarizes Matt Vidal, "Was Marx wrong about the working class? Reconsidering the gravedigger thesis," International Socialism 2018. | Source

RT (2018-11-23). Will this one get to Trump? Author Jerome Corsi negotiating plea deal with Mueller. rt.com Prolific conspiracy theory author Jerome Corsi is negotiating a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, prompting excited speculation by the anti-Trump #Resistance and concerns over pressuring journalists.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-22). A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. democracynow.org President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia, in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We spoke with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky in October about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump's plan to…

Joe Emersberger (2018-11-22). Elected Constituent Assembly in Venezuela provoked International Outrage, not the illegal handpicked one in Ecuador. zcomm.org "CONAIE and CREO direct the new National Electoral Council" announces a headline yesterday in the rightwing Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo. CONAIE is a self-declared "left" federation representing indigenous peoples in Ecuador. CREO is the party of the "defeated" right wing presidential candidate in 2017. I put "defeated" in quotes because CREO's electoral defeat — which they stupidly Read more…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-11-21). A Strategy of War Crimes, Killing Civilians to Win a War — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (10/12). therealnews.com General Curtis LaMay, who directed the firebombing and nuclear attacks on Japan said, "War is killing people, when you kill enough of them, the other guy quits" — quotes Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Andrew J. Bacevich (2018-11-21). Zbigniew Brzezinski's Cold War. thenation.com Zbigniew Brzezinski's Cold War…

Stephen F. Cohen (2018-11-21). Russian Diplomacy Is Winning the New Cold War. thenation.com Russian Diplomacy Is Winning the New Cold War…

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-20). Russia: LGBT Conference Attacked, Disrupted. hrw.org | | Yulia Malygina and Anna Golubeva, directors of Resource LGBQIA Moscow. | © 2017 Resource LGBTQIA Moscow | (Moscow) — A prominent Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) support group had to cancel an annual Inclusive Family conference in Moscow after homophobic threats and an attack with pepper spray, Human Rights Watch said today. Police should conduct a thorough and effective investigation capable of identifying and holding those re…

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…

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 →

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…

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,…

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…

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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