2018-11-30: News Headlines

Craig Collins (2018-11-30). Democratic Socialism: The Impossible Dream? counterpunch.org The founders of "scientific socialism," Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, assumed it was quite possible, even historically inevitable, for working people to democratically govern an industrial society. However, they never went into detail about how this would work. Even today, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many orthodox Marxists persist in believing that vast, complex, More

Craig Collins (2018-11-30). Democratic Socialism: The Impossible Dream? counterpunch.org The founders of "scientific socialism," Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, assumed it was quite possible, even historically inevitable, for working people to democratically govern an industrial society. However, they never went into detail about how this would work. Even today, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many orthodox Marxists persist in believing that vast, complex, More

Andrew Korybko (2018-11-30). Russia's Strategic Waterways and the Northeast Arctic Passage. globalresearch.ca Russia would have obviously preferred that the Kerch Strait Crisis with Ukraine never happened, but since it did, Moscow's wasting no time in taking advantage of the highly publicized defense of its maritime borders in the Black Sea to promote …

Brian Cloughley (2018-11-30). Washington is Ramping Up Military Confrontation With Russia and China. counterpunch.org On November 26 the New York Times asserted that "Russia's seizure [on November 25] of three Ukrainian naval vessels was the first overt armed conflict between the two since 2014, when Russian forces occupied Crimea." There was no armed conflict in Crimea and not a drop of blood was spilled. There was no "occupation" because, under treaty, over More

Stephen Lendman (2018-11-30). Trump Caves to Russophobes, Cancels G20 Meeting with Putin. globalresearch.ca Let's see if I've got this straight. US-installed Ukrainian putschist leader, in cahoot with US and UK Russophobes, staged last Sunday's anti-Russia provocation in the Black Sea's Kerch Strait, Russian waters. | Entering them without permission violates Articles 19 and 21 …

Bryant Brown (2018-11-30). "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin": Book Review. globalresearch.ca In the mid 1950's I was a teen, the cold war was at its peak and I subscribed to Pravda, The Russian newspaper to learn about propaganda. That turned out to be good training for understanding the news today. As …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-30). Headlines for November 30, 2018. democracynow.org Former Trump Lawyer Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Cover for Trump, Trump Cancels G20 Meeting with Putin, Deutsche Bank Raided in Money Laundering Probe, Migrant Caravan Organizes for Fair Treatment as Members Start Hunger Strike, Reports: Tear Gas Used at Border Supplied by Co. Owned by Political Donor, U.S., Mexico and Canada Sign Trade Deal, Honduras: Court Convicts 7 Men for Murder of Activist Berta Cáceres, Body Search Ends in Paradise as Rains Batter Region, Zinke Promotes Logging While Visiting Wildfire-Devastated Area, Report: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure Lasts Months After Wildfires, CNN Fires Contr…

Thierry Meyssan (2018-11-30). US Sanctions Have Become Little More Than Medieval-Style Siege Warfare. mintpressnews.com The new unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran, Russia and Syria add to the previous actions concerning the same three targets. They now form the most unforgiving embargo in History. The way in which they have been organized is illegal according to the definition of the Charter of the United Nations — these are weapons of war, designed for killing. | For his visit to Moscow on 8 November, ambassador James Jeffrey was tasked with explaining the current US obsession with the expansion of Persian influence in the Arab world (Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen). Washington now wi…

Jason Ditz (2018-11-30). Ukraine Urges NATO to Send Warships to Confront Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Still bound and determined that the maritime incident last weekend in the Sea of Azov portends a full-scale war with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on all NATO nations and other allied states to start relocating warships en masse to the sea to "assist Ukraine" in a conflict. Poroshenko singled out Germany as nation that …

Mojmir Babacek (2018-11-30). Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | This article was originally published on January 31, 2013. | *** | In March 2012 the Russian defense minister Anatoli Serdjukov said: | "The development of weaponry based on new physics principles; direct-energy weapons, …

John Laforge (2018-11-30). Woolsey Fire Started at Santa Susana Field Lab — Site of "[fourth] largest release of iodine-131 in the history of nuclear power" counterpunch.org In my Nov. 16 column, I reported on potential radiation risks posed by California's Woolsey wildfire having burned over parts or all of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory—south of Simi Valley, Calif., 30 miles outside Los Angeles—site of at least four partial or total nuclear reactor meltdowns. The field laboratory operated 10 experimental reactors and More

DPCR (2018-11-30). Russia Is Disadvantaged by Her Belief That the West Is Governed by Law. globalresearch.ca Ukrainian military ships have violated Russian restrictions in the Sea of Azov and Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Ukrainian Navy crossed the Russian sea border and entered a closed area …

RT (2018-11-30). Michael Cohen's plea: 'End of Trump' or another Russiagate fizzle? rt.com His former attorney Michael Cohen's guilty plea deal is bad news for President Donald Trump, but hardly the end of the world. You wouldn't know that if you were only paying attention to mainstream media, though.

RT (2018-11-30). 'Vladimir Trump': Wall Street Journal issues multiple corrections over epic editing gaffe. rt.com The Wall Street Journal has issued a correction after incorrectly identifying the president of Russia as 'Vladimir Trump'. They then appeared to edit their own correction in an effort to cover up the almighty gaffe.

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-30). Trump Tower Trifecta of Bad News. truthout.org Donald Trump ran into a trifecta of bad news before noon on Thursday, all seemingly related to his Trump Tower business ventures. | First, his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen made a surprise appearance in federal court to plead guilty to lying to Congress in the Russia investigation, a strong indication that he is still cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller (although they have no official agreement). President Trump, to non one's surprise…

wsws (2018-11-30). Trump cancels G20 meeting with Putin amid rising tensions. wsws.org The United States is on a course for conflict not just with Russia, but with China and the European Union.

Robert Mackey (2018-11-30). Donald Trump Claims Everyone Knew About Secret Russian Deal No One Knew About. theintercept.com "Everybody knew about it, it was written about in newspapers, it was a well-known project," Trump claimed, falsely, about his company's covert Moscow deal.

James Risen (2018-11-30). As the Mueller Probe Heats Up, Donald Trump's Lies Are Giving Way to the Truth. theintercept.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller, center, after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, on June 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. | . During the Trump Tower meeting, Veselnitskaya claimed to have derogatory material about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. | Faced with Cohen's admissions in court on Thursday, Trump at first tried to bully his way out of the corner by saying that Cohen was a "weak person and not a very smart person." But he quickly switched gears and effectively confirme…

Irina Slav (2018-11-30). The Oil Powerhouses Replacing OPEC. iranian.com Three countries currently account for close to 40 percent of global crude oil production and only one of these countries is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The three are Russia, the United States, and Saudi Arabia and as their clout over oil markets increases with rising production rates, OPEC's is set to decline, at least […]

Thierry Meyssan (2018-11-30). When The US Wants To Sanction States, They Call Them "Terrorists" iranian.com The new unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran, Russia and Syria add to the previous actions concerning the same three targets. They now form the most unforgiving embargo in History. The way in which they have been organised is illegal according to the definition of the Charter of the United Nations — these […]

New Pakistan (2018-11-30). Russia Accepts Iran In Eurasian Economic Union. iranian.com Russia has accepted Iran's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty for three years, thus Iranian exporters can utilize the special tariffs for exporting to the region, said the Head of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce. "Iran's membership can lead to the export of the commodities that did not have economic feasibility due to the […]

PFSL (2018-11-30). "Reading Between the Headlines" Workshop on Russia/Ukraine Conflict. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. btwn 25th and 26th Sts.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-11-29). The commune and 21st century socialism: A conversation with Robert Longa of El Panal Commune. mronline.org In this interview, VA talks with a key cadre of the Alexis Vive Patriotic Force, an organization based in the 23 Enero barrio that has worked to build Venezuela's most emblematic urban commune. | Source

Tyler Durden (2018-11-29). Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Trump and Russia. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — Four months after he pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has copped to new charges of lying to congressional committees investigating Trump-Russia collusion, according to ABC. His latest plea is part of a new deal reached with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which had been said to be winding down before its latest …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). Headlines for November 29, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Votes to Advance Resolution to End War in Yemen, White House Blocks CIA Director From Briefing Senate on Khashoggi Murder, Senate Blocks Vote to Protect Special Counsel Mueller's Probe, Trump: A Pardon for Ex-Campaign Chair Manafort is "Not Off The Table", Tension Escalates Between Russia & Ukraine, Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Worked to Suppress Black Votes, House Dems Nominate Rep. Pelosi for House Speaker, Afghanistan: U.S. Airstrikes Kill at Least 30 Civilians, U.N. Report: Malnutrition On the Rise Worldwide, Public Outrage After Right-Wing Sinclair Airs Anti-Immigrant Piece, Senate Delays Vote…

WTWJ (2018-11-29). Cuba's president travels abroad, firms up relations, gains economic support. peoplesworld.org Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel returned to Havana November 15 after a multi-nation trip to Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Laos. He and his delegation had also stopped in Paris and London. In late September in New York, he had introduced himself to the world community at the United Nations General Assembly. Spanish Prime Minister …

Common Dreams (2018-11-29). The Guardian Continues to Escalate Its Vilification of Julian Assange. theantimedia.com (CD) — It is welcome that finally there has been a little pushback, including from leading journalists, to the Guardian's long-running vilification of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. Reporter Luke Harding's latest article, claiming that Donald Trump's disgraced former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly visited Assange in Ecuador's embassy in London on three occasions, is so full of …

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2018-11-29). A New Report Charts the Increase in Limitations on Free Speech in Russia. thenation.com A New Report Charts the Increase in Limitations on Free Speech in Russia…

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-29). Ukraine: Barriers to Free Movement for Older People. hrw.org | | An older man with a disability sits on an old luggage cart preparing to cross the Stanitsa Luhanska border point in Eastern Ukraine. With wheelchairs rarely available, older people and others with mobility disabilities may resort to crossing by carts or sleds pushed by strangers, for a fee. April 6, 2018. | © 2018 John Wendle for Human Rights Watch | (Kyiv) — Older people who need to travel between the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine and governme…

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Privatisation leaves Northern Beaches Hospital in critical situation. greenleft.org.au The NSW Coalition government's privatisation of the Northern Beaches Hospital on the city's upper North Shore has created a crisis situation with the cancellation of elective surgery and doctors threatening to strike over staff shortages and a lack of vital medical supplies. | The failure to provide adequate facilities and resources since its opening in November has created a shortage in syringes, IV lines, medical swabs, saline bags, needles, wash cloths and alcohol rub and maternity pads. | The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation NSW has expressed its "grave concerns" about the situation t…

wsws (2018-11-29). Ukraine's provocation in the Azov Sea. wsws.org The Ukrainian military, with the support of high-level figures within the US state, has instigated a major international crisis ahead of this week's G20 summit.

Nicolai N. Petro (2018-11-28). Ukraine's Pinochet Scenario. thenation.com Ukraine's Pinochet Scenario…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-28). Headlines for November 28, 2018. democracynow.org U.N. Report Warns World Falling Far Behind on Paris Climate Goals, Mexico Agrees to U.S. Demand to Hold Asylum Seekers While Claims Are Decided, Trump Administration Defends Tear Gas Use at U.S.-Mexico Border, Border Patrol Fired Tear Gas Dozens of Times Under President Obama, U.S. Waived Background Checks for Staff at Jail for Migrant Children, Mississippi: GOP's Cindy Hyde-Smith, Who Posed as Confederate Soldier, Wins Senate Seat, Ukraine's President Warns of "Full-Fledged War" with Russia, Trump "Not Even a Little Bit Happy" with Fed Chair Jerome Powell, Trump Says "We're Not Necessarily Such Believers" in Cli…

Whitney Webb (2018-11-28). With tensions mounting over Kerch Strait incident, will Ukraine replace Syria as focus for U.S.' Russia containment strategy? mronline.org 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. | Source

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-28). Russian Rap Under Fire. hrw.org | | Husky singing to his fans from the top of a car. Krasnodar, 2018. | © Screengrab from YouTube | Last week, Husky, a popular Russian rapper, was detained by police for singing to his fans in the street — one of the latest in a growing list of Russian musicians suffering from a crackdown by authorities. | His arrest in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar came after several of his shows in different cities had been cancelled through the intervent…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-27). Headlines for November 27, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Defends Tear Gassing of Migrants, Blames Parents and "Grabbers", GM To Cut 15,000 Jobs Across North America, Trump Denies Findings of National Climate Report, Turkey Searches Saudi-Owned Villas for Jamal Khashoggi's Body, Saudi Crown Prince May Meet with Erdogan as G20 Host Argentina Mulls Criminal Charges, Report: Kushner Urged Administration to Inflate Saudi Arms Deals, CNN: U.S. "Slams Brakes" on U.N. Yemen Ceasefire Resolution, Afghanistan: IED Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers, Ukraine Declares Martial Law over Russian Naval Attack, Mueller Says Paul Manafort Lied in Russia Inquiry After Plea Deal, Rep. Mia Love B…

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

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

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-27). Important that Ukraine Respects Human Rights under New Martial Law. hrw.org | | Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, May 12, 2016. | © 2016 Reuters | The Ukrainian parliament has voted to enforce the declaration of martial law in Ukraine's 10 regions that border Russia, following clashes between the two countries' forces earlier this week. | According to numerous media reports, on November 25, Russian forces …

Human Rights Watch (2018-11-27). Russian National Dies After Detention by US Immigration. hrw.org | | Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. | © Nathalie Graham/The Stranger | Over Thanksgiving weekend, another person who was in US immigration detention died. | Mergensana Amar, a Russian national who had been detained at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, was taken off life support on Saturday, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE stated he had attempted suicide on November 15; the…

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…

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…

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…

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 →

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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