2018-11-27: News Headlines

Whitney Webb (2018-11-27). With Tensions Mounting over Kerch Strait Incident, Will Ukraine Replace Syria as Focus for US' Russia Containment Strategy? globalresearch.ca Seemingly out of nowhere, Ukraine nearly declared war on Russia over the weekend after a confrontation in the Kerch Strait, which straddles Crimea and the Russian mainland, between Ukrainian naval boats and Russian authorities that resulted in Russia seizing three …

Marcus Papadopoulos (2018-11-27). Russia-Turkey Relations and the Kremlin's "Kurdish Card" globalresearch.ca Turkey involved itself in Syria without having properly thought-through all eventualities, and one of these eventualities was Russian military intervention, in support of the Syrian people, which, as we know, materialised in September 2015. | As a result of Moscow having …

Shared by trnn_cms_operator (2018-11-27). Dismantle the American Doomsday Machine — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (12/13). therealnews.com Congress should hold hearings into nuclear winter and eliminating the hair-trigger and obsolete ICBM's — says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-27). Ukraine Provocation in the Black Sea Directed against Russia. Was it a Staged Event? globalresearch.ca Ukraine is a virtual US colony — the way it's been since the Obama regime's February 2014 coup, replacing democratic governance with fascist tyranny in Europe's heartland. | Ukraine shares a near-1,500 mile land and sea border with the Russian Federation, …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-11-27). Ukraine Provokes Russia to What End? Growing Tensions in the Sea of Azov. globalresearch.ca Russia has seized three Ukrainian military vessels violating its territory near Russia's newly completed Crimean Bridge. The incident is a clear provocation carried out by Kiev and possibly engineered by Kiev's Western sponsors – particularly those in Washington and London….

South Front (2018-11-27). Video: Russia-Ukraine Black Sea Military Crisis: On the Brink of War? globalresearch.ca On November 25, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Service was forced to open fire on and damage Ukrainian warships, which were carrying out hostile actions and advancing in Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea off Crimea. | After …

wsws (2018-11-27). Russia-Ukraine stand-off over Azov Sea continues as Poroshenko declares martial law. wsws.org The dangerous developments in the Black Sea region underscore the danger of a Third World War.

Jason Ditz (2018-11-27). Ukraine Declares Martial Law as Tensions With Russia Soar. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Following up on Sunday's maritime incident in the Sea of Azov, the Ukrainian parliament voted Monday on a declaration of martial law. They are presenting this as a "partial mobilization" of the military as officials hype the possibility of war with Russia. The martial law will formally begin on Wednesday, and last for 30 days. President Petro Poroshenko said …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-27). Moscow & NATO Playing a 'Dangerous Tit-For-Tat Game' in the Ukraine. therealnews.com Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that the latest Ukraine crisis, in which Russia is holding Ukrainian navy boats, was foreseeable and likely, given NATO's constant encroachment on Russia's border region

RT (2018-11-27). Mueller claims Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to FBI. rt.com Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been accused of lying to the FBI in violation of his plea agreement, Manafort refutes the allegation, and elusive "Russian collusion" still nowhere in sight.

Alastair Crooke (2018-11-27). Gulf & Allies Sink In Quagmire As Erdogan Lifts Influence Of Turkey, Iran, Russia And Qatar. iranian.com It seems that the quartet (US, Israel, UAE and MbS himself, naturally), acting in the cause of 'exonerating MbS', think they have got their 'coup' with Trump's "maybe he did, but maybe he didn't", exculpation. They are probably quite pleased with themselves. MbS may stay for now, and embarrass everyone at the G20, by ostentatiously […]

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

Whitney Webb (2018-11-26). With Tensions Mounting over Kerch Strait Incident, Will Ukraine Replace Syria as Focus for US' Russia Containment Strategy? mintpressnews.com As has been the case in the past, it seems that the U.S.' botched proxy war in Syria will spur Washington to seek to revive the proxy war in Ukraine.

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

Telesur (2018-11-26). Tensions Increase Between Russia and Ukraine Over Kerch Strait. globalresearch.ca Russia calls for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council over a recent incident involving three Ukrainian vessels and its own navy and air force to stop the alleged illegal use of international waters. | On Sunday, three ships belonging …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-26). Headlines for November 26, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas at Families Seeking Asylum, Border Patrol Officer Who Shot Teen Acquitted of Manslaughter Charge, North Carolina: ICE Arrests Immigrant Who Left Church Sanctuary, White House Tries to Bury Climate Report With Devastating Conclusions, California: Camp Fire 100% Contained as Death Toll Climbs to 85, Russia Seizes Three Ukrainian Ships Near Crimean Peninsula, President Trump Contradicts CIA Findings on Jamal Khashoggi Murder, Yemen: U.N. Urges Warring Parties to Enter Peace Talks, UAE Pardons UK Academic of Spying After Months of Imprisonment, EU Approves Brexit Deal, France: Police…

DJMD (2018-11-26). Nuclear Power: Saudi Arabia's Coming Battle with Washington. mintpressnews.com Growing criticism and distrust of Saudi Arabia in the US are likely to strengthen efforts to thwart an agreement with the Kingdom to spearhead its own nuclear program.

Shared by candice (2018-11-26). California Wildfire Likely Spread Nuclear Contamination From Toxic Site. truthout.org The incredibly destructive Woolsey Fire in southern California has burned nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, killed three people, destroyed more than 400 structures, and at the time of this writing, was finally nearly completely contained. | The fire may also have released large amounts of radiation and toxins into the air after burning through a former rocket engine testing site where a partial nuclear meltdown took place nearly six decades ago. | "The Woolsey Fire has most likely released and sprea…

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.

Shared by candice (2018-11-26). A Step Forward for Conservation in Mongolia? truthout.org Balanced between the Russian and Chinese superpowers, both of which are mineral- and energy- hungry, Mongolia is rich in resources. Three million people share a landmass one-sixth the size of the United States. Because of the sparseness of the population, several of its ecosystems are complex enough to host rare and endangered large mammal species. Wild camels, for example — distinct from their domesticated cousins used for transport and food — shyly evade human contact in southern Mongolia. An aboriginal herding tradition is surviving even as it changes. Even though dirt bikes (rather than horses) ar…

amnesty (2018-11-26). Russia: Bail refusal for Chechen prisoner of conscience is latest affront to justice. amnesty.org Responding to the news that a court in Chechnya has refused to release human rights defender Oyub Titiev on bail, Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty International's Russia Researcher, said: | "The decision not to grant bail to Oyub Titiev once again demonstrates the political motivation of the case against him. He has committed no crime, having been jailed on completely fabricated drug charges, and must be released immediately and unconditionally. |

Glen Ford (2018-11-26). Malcolm X would say Russiagate is a fool's game. mronline.org "The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." —Malcolm X | Source

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 …

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…

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…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-23). The Doomsday Machine and Nuclear Winter — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (11/13). 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

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

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 (10/13). 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

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

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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