2018-12-01: News Headlines

David Penner (2018-12-01). Is Nuclear War Our Destiny? globalresearch.ca When evaluating the behavior of a sociopath, what constitutes success and failure can prove quite challenging. The US wars against Syria and Iraq were largely failures, as Washington failed to oust Assad and also failed to install a puppet government …

South Front (2018-12-01). Video: 15,000 Al-Qaeda-linked Terrorists Remain in Idlib Province. globalresearch.ca There are about 15,000 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorists in the province of Idlib and Russia is ready to provide the Syrian government with help to eliminate them, Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian presidential envoy for Syria, announced during …

RT (2018-12-01). George H.W. Bush, last Cold War-era US president, dead at 94. rt.com Former US President George H.W. Bush, credited for helping to end the Cold War, passed away on Friday at the age of 94, a family spokesperson confirmed. Bush governed the nation from 1989 to 1993.

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Eight new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus offers up eight new books as recommended reading for ecosocialists. Inclusion does not imply agreement with a book's contents. | ***
1. The Biofuels Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet
| By Okbazghi Yohannes
| Monthly Review Press, 2018 | Eliminating fossil fuels is essential, but biofuels have far more to do with sating profit-hungry corporations than saving the Earth. Combining meticulous scientific narrative with devastating economic analy…

wsws (2018-12-01). Special counsel, Democrats step up pressure on Trump over Russia, Assange. wsws.org This week's moves by Mueller highlight the reactionary character of the Democratic Party's opposition to the right-wing Trump administration.

wsws (2018-12-01). As G20 summit opens, US political establishment brays for trade war and military escalation. wsws.org Trump's trip to the G20 summit in Argentina has been proceeded by demands for trade war and military escalation against Russia and China.

wsws (2018-12-01). Merkel backs Ukrainian provocations against Russia. wsws.org Chancellor Angela Merkel has sharply attacked Russia at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum, declaring that Putin is fully responsible for the present conflict.

wsws (2018-12-01). Ukraine: Poroshenko declares martial law to crack down on political and social opposition. wsws.org The army has been put on high alert and the presence of police has been substantially increased in major cities.

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

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…

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 …

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, …

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…

Aaron Maté (2018-11-30). Mueller Takes Aim, but Is Trump in Trouble? thenation.com Mueller Takes Aim, but Is Trump in Trouble?

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

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 …

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

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.

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 […]

James Risen (2018-11-30). As the Mueller Probe Heats Up, Donald Trump's Lies Are Giving Way to the Truth. theintercept.com

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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 …

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…

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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