2018-12-07: News Headlines

Andrew Levine (2018-12-07). Thoughts on Strategy for a Left Opposition. counterpunch.org The time to resume using words like "resistance" and "revolution" in philosophically sound and historically accurate ways was long ago. And while the Sanders campaign deserves praise for bringing the word "socialism" back into mainstream political discourse, for reasons other than to disparage it, some precision would be welcome in that domain as well. For More

Paul Street (2018-12-07). The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler. counterpunch.org The prolonged nationally televised commemorations of the racist, corporatist, and imperialist killers John McCain and George H.W. Bush — both privileged sons of the United States military industrial complex — have been nauseating for any decent and historically knowledgeable human being to behold. But the national rituals attached to the deaths of these monstrous butchers More

Tony Cartalucci (2018-12-07). NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters. globalresearch.ca The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward. | The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating the protocol for passing through …

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2018-12-07). Socialist Analysis & Discussion "Wildfires Caused by Capitalist Neglect" indybay.org 2969 Mission St. btwn 25th and 26th St.

WSWS (2018-12-07). Former US State and Defense Department officials discuss prospects for nuclear war. wsws.org The Council on Foreign Relations' forum on "Do Nuclear Weapons Matter" was held against the backdrop of rising global military tensions.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-07). Russia: Human Rights Defender Jailed. hrw.org | | Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomarev at an All-Russian convention on the protection of human rights. | © 2017 Anton Novoderezhkin\TASS via Getty Images | (Moscow) — A Russian court has unjustly jailed one of the founders of Russia's human rights movement for a Facebook post about a peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 5, 2018, a court in Moscow sentenced Lev Ponomarev, 77, to 25 days in jail for alleged repeated violat…

Jipson John (2018-12-06). New Cold War & looming threats. mronline.org John Pilger, investigative journalist and documentary film-maker, talks about the U.S.' aggression in the Asia-Pacific region and the decline of its global dominance and says that a "new Cold War beckons isolation for the U.S. and danger for the rest of us". | Source

RT (2018-12-06). US demands Russia 'end or modify' missile it doesn't like to save INF treaty. rt.com Washington is demanding that Moscow scrap or modify a missile dubbed "non-compliant" with the landmark INF nuclear arms treaty by US intelligence. Russia has repeatedly said the missile falls well within the range allowed.

WSWS (2018-12-06). Washington's ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war. wsws.org While charging Moscow with violating the accord, US imperialism's real aim is to build up its own forces for aggressive war against both Russia and China.

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-06). Russia: US Wants To Establish Kurdish Entity North Of Syria. iranian.com Russian Chief of Staff, General Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov on Wednesday has accused the United States of trying to establish a quasi-state entity for Syrian Kurds that is independent of Damascus on the eastern Euphrates River. "The situation on the eastern Euphrates River is escalating, where the US, using the Syrian Kurds, is trying to create […]

Paul Dobson (2018-12-05). Venezuela's Maduro Seeks 'Golden Finish' to 2018 with International Offensive as Russia & Turkey Blast US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com Economic, financial, political, military, and counter-terrorism ties were strengthened between Caracas and both countries.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-05). Headlines for December 5, 2018. democracynow.org Senators Say Crown Prince Is Guilty in Khashoggi Murder After CIA Briefing, Mueller Not Seeking Jail Time for Flynn, Cites "Substantial Assistance", Politico: NRCC Emails Hacked in 2018 Midterms, Georgia Voters Elect Republican Secretary of State, Congressmembers Call for Labor Sec. Acosta Probe over Epstein Plea Deal, DOJ Senior Official Allowed to Get Away with Sexual Assault, Federal Gov. Shuts Down for Nat'l Day of Mourning, Somalia: U.S. Reopens Permanent Diplomatic Presence, Pompeo Gives Russia 60 Days to Comply with Nuclear Treaty, West Bank: Israeli Forces Kill Disabled Palestinian in Overnight Raid, Moro…

Ron Paul (2018-12-05). Trump Foreign Policy: Doing the Same Thing And Expecting A Different Result. iranian.com After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian […]

Consortiumnews (2018-12-01). The Bushes: Fathers and Sons ( With Apologies to Turgenev). consortiumnews.com In a story worthy of the great Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, in the Bushes' case the sins of the son were visited upon the father, who neglected an opportunity to stop them from happening, as Ray McGovern explains. By Ray… Read more →

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…

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 Last Months After Wildfires, CNN Fires Contri…

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…

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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