2018-12-08: News Headlines

Tehran Times (2018-12-09). Iran Risks FIFA Ban. iranian.com Iran could be banned from international football ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup over a law interfering in the national football federation's independence. Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) president Mehdi Taj must leave his post due to the law barring the employment of retirees in government, state or public institutions which use […]

teleSUR (2018-12-08). Trump Made Illegal Hush Payments, US Prosecutors Find. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, federal prosecutors said Friday. Prosecutors also detailed an attempt by a Russian individual to assist the Trump campaign, which was previously unknown. | RELATED: | Trump Organization Showered in Subpoenas in Emolument Lawsuit | In court fi…

Andrew Korybko (2018-12-08). Towards a Russia-Pakistan Railway Corridor? globalresearch.ca The establishment of a financial consortium and joint working group between the railway administrations of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan could one day lead to the creation of a Russia-Pakistan (RuPak) railway via Central Asia that would complement the …

teleSUR (2018-12-08). OPEC, Allies Agree to Cut Oil Production Despite US Pressure. telesurenglish.net The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC oil producers led by Russia agreed Friday to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day (bdp) from January 2019, despite pressure from the U.S. President Donald Trump to not decrease global oil supply. | RELATED: | OPEC, Russia to Decide Daily Global Oil Output Cut | The block will lower its prod…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-08). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal. zcomm.org In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that "humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war." Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger‚Äïexemplified Read more…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-08). Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement. zcomm.org Although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster…

RT (2018-12-08). 'Socialists eat dogs' vs. 'subpoena power': Ocasio-Cortez & Trump Jr. dish it out on Twitter. rt.com Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Donald Trump Jr., tweeting a veiled legal threat after a meme he posted rehashing a tired trope about socialism was published in the Washington Post.

RT (2018-12-08). Mueller accuses Manafort of 'multiple discernible lies' & plea violation. rt.com Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort of making false statements in the "Russiagate" investigation, including about a man Mueller insinuated might be a Russian spy.

RT (2018-12-08). Former Trump campaign adviser targeted by Mueller for his appearances on RT. rt.com London-based academic Ted Malloch has come under scrutiny by Russiagate investigators for his appearances on RT, the Guardian reports. Malloch denies the claim.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2018-12-08). Socialist Analysis & Discussion "Wildfires Caused by Capitalist Neglect" indybay.org 2969 Mission St. btwn 25th and 26th St.

SouthFront (2018-12-08). Free Syrian Army And Other Rebel Groups Claim Iranian Troops Disguising As Russians To Trick Israel. iranian.com Colonel Mustafa Bakkor, a spokesman for Jaysh al-Izza, claimed that Iranian forces in northern Hama are raising Russian flags over their positions in order to "protect themselves from Israeli bombardment." "All the military positions of the Assad regime in the norther Hama countryside are hosting Iranian militias from the 313 Brigade —Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps […]

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

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 …

RT (2018-12-07). Prosecutors request 'substantial term of imprisonment' for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen. rt.com Trump lawyer turned federal informant Michael Cohen may be going to jail for a long time. New York prosecutors and "Russiagate" special counsel Robert Mueller both released their separate sentencing recommendations on Friday.

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 | Update: On December 7, the Moscow City Court reduced Ponomarev's sentence to 16 days detention, after hearing an appeal in his case. | (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, Hum…

RFE (2018-12-07). Russia Agree To Slash Oil Output Despite Trump Pressure. iranian.com OPEC and its Russia-led allies agreed on Friday to slash oil production by more than the market had expected despite pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce the price of crude. The producer club will curb output by 0.8 million barrels per day from January while non-OPEC allies contribute an additional 0.4 million bpd […]

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…

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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