Monthly Archives: December 2018

2018-12-31: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-12-31). US intelligence think tank conducted "false flag" operation impersonating Russian election interference. wsws.org New Knowledge sought to influence the 2017 Alabama election and make it appear that Russia was intervening to back the Republican candidate.

WSWS (2018-12-31). South Australian university partners with US defense contractor Lockheed Martin. wsws.org The decision by the University of Adelaide, behind the backs of students and staff, marks the further integration of Australian universities into the US-led war drive against China and Russia.

Michael Steinberg (2018-12-31). Nuclear plant closures continue. indybay.org The pace of nuclear power plant shutdowns is increasing.

Tehran Times (2018-12-31). Iran's Khademalsharieh Wins Silver At World Chess Blitz Championship. iranian.com Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran claimed a silver medal at the World Blitz Chess Championship on Sunday. Russian Kateryna Lagno won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Khademalsharieh took the silver with 13 points and the bronze medal went to Chinese Lei Tingjie who scored 12.5 points. The chess […]

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-30). The Geopolitics of Border Walls and Fences. Russia's Crimea-Ukraine Fence. globalresearch.ca Walls are about exclusion, not inclusion, often falling way short of security they're built to provide. | The Great Wall of China fortifications is best known, construction begun over 2,000 years ago, most of it dating from the Ming dynasty (1368 …

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-30). "Sleeping with the Enemy" in Northern Syria? The Putin-Erdogan "Demilitarized Zone" globalresearch.ca They're strange bedfellows — Putin-led democratic Russia v. fantasy democracy Turkey under tinpot despot/wannabe sultan Erdogan. | The aims of both countries in Syria are world's apart, squaring the circle between them no simple task. | Last September, Putin let Erdogan deceive …

Michael Snyder (2018-12-30). 28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Note: 7 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, we bring to the attention of our readers this piece originally published in October 2013. The situation today is far more serious …

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Trump Administration to Veto Cuba Baseball Deal. telesurenglish.net Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio is attempting to veto an Obama-era ruling allowing Cuban athletes to join Major League Baseball without first having to defect to the United States. | RELATED: | Cuban, US Leagues Ink Deal to Protect Cuban Baseball Players | Rubio has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to rule that the Cuban government controls the island baseball league, therefore nullifying the deal. | "The deal between MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation is both illegal…

Harvey Wasserman (2018-12-29). The Green New Deal Promises Peace and Progress. zcomm.org Will Nuclear Advocates Undermine it?>

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-29). US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in the New Year. The Danger of Nuclear War is Real. globalresearch.ca Washington's hegemonic aims represent the greatest threat to world peace and humanity's survival. | At his annual marathon Q & A news conference last week, Vladimir Putin warned about possible nuclear war, a growing threat because of Washington's reckless geopolitical agenda, …

Vijay Prashad (2018-12-29). The butcher washes his hands before weighing the meat. mronline.org It has been almost a year since we got off the ground. Our offices across the world humming with activity. You have received forty-four newsletters from us, eleven dossiers and one notebook and one working document. More is on the way as we enter our second calendar year. | Source

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-29). The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. zcomm.org Maybe those delirious crowds chanting "USA, USA" have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018: "The United States has the strongest military in the world," with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, Read more…

RT (2018-12-29). Democratic operative who bragged about Russian bot 'false flag' issues contradiction-filled denial. rt.com The Democratic operative who boasted about orchestrating a "false flag" operation that used fake Russian bots to swing a US Senate race has issued a farcical denial in which he backpedals on his own publicly available statements.

Eds. (2018-12-28). "In Hungary, there is no way forward but strikes" mronline.org Guzslován Gábor of the Federation of Metal Workers Union of Hungary talks about the impact of the 'slave law' passed by the far-right government of Viktor Orbán and the massive protests against it. | Source

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-28). How Critics of Trumps' Syria Withdrawal Fueled the Rise of ISIS. mintpressnews.com President Donald Trump's announcement of an imminent withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria summoned a predictable paroxysm of outrage from Washington's foreign policy establishment. Former Secretary of State and self-described "hair icon" Hillary Clinton perfectly distilled the bipartisan freakout into a single tweet, accusing Trump of "isolationism" and "playing into Russia and Iran's hands." | December 21, 2018 | Michelle Flournoy, the DC apparatchik who would have been Hillary's Secretary of Defense, Louis Proyect (2018-12-28). Putin and Russia's Turn to Capitalism. counterpunch.org For the longest time Vladimir Putin has assumed the role of an Ian Fleming super-villain in the imaginations of both liberal and neoconservative pundits. Like one of those well-worn set pieces in a James Bond novel, he sits opposite our British super-spy in a chess game with the world hegemony awarded to the winning side. More

Aaron Maté (2018-12-28). New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics. thenation.com New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics…

RT (2018-12-28). Alien invasion? Russian hackers? New York City skyline flickers in surreal neon blue (VIDEOS). rt.com A transformer explosion at the Consolidated Edison energy company has lit up the skies over New York city, shocking witnesses and prompting wild theories ranging from an alien invasion to a Russian cyber-attack on the power grid.

RT (2018-12-28). The only 'Russian bots' to meddle in US elections belonged to Democrat-linked 'experts'. rt.com US cyber-security experts have blamed Russia for meddling in American elections since 2016. Now it has emerged that authors of a Senate report on 'Russian' meddling actually ran a "false flag" meddling operation themselves.

Jim Carey (2018-12-28). Ukraine Prepares for War with Russia. theantimedia.com (GPA) — While western media frets over Trump's withdrawal from Syria, Ukraine is trying to start a war with Russia. While much of the western media is fretting over the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from northern Syria there is another potential conflict brewing. This time, the trouble is, once again, coming …

Finian Cunningham (2018-12-27). Washington Just Injected Serious Cash and Weapons into Ukraine's Far-Right Regime. mintpressnews.com It doesn't seem to bother US lawmakers that the government of Ukraine is dominated by Neo-Nazi demagogues and paramilitaries who worship Stepan Bandera and other Ukrainian collaborators in the Third Reich's Final Solution.

Dan Cohen (2018-12-27). Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation'. mintpressnews.com Hailed by Congress and the media as defenders of democracy, high-tech Russiagate hustlers Jonathon Morgan and Ryan Fox have been exposed for waging "an elaborate 'false flag' operation" to swing the 2017 Alabama senate race.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-27). Headlines for December 27, 2018. democracynow.org President Trump Makes Surprise Visit to U.S. Military Base in Iraq, NYT: Queens Podiatrist Helped Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam in 1968, Trump Says No End in Sight to Partial Government Shutdown, Violence Against Women Act Expires Due to Government Shutdown, Texas: Hundreds More Migrants Released by ICE at El Paso Bus Station, Guatemala: Funeral Held for 7-Year-Old Girl Who Died in U.S. Custody, ProPublica: Sexual Assaults Pervasive Inside Jails for Migrant Children, Sudan: 37 Killed as Protests Call for an End to Omar al-Bashir's Rule, Russia Tests New "Hypersonic" Nuclear-Capable Missile, Yemen: U.N. Team Tasked w…

Eric A. Gordon (2018-12-27). 'Communism for Kids'—but mostly for grownups with imagination. peoplesworld.org This short book (101 pages with lots of illustrations, presumably by the author) in a pocket-sized edition is ostensibly aimed at teaching young readers to: 1) critique capitalism for its many-faceted injustices and 2) conceive of a humanistic communism true to some of the founders' original stateless principles. "Before attempting to show that communism might …

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2018-12-27). The Facts of Russiagate Have Been Obvious for a Long Time. thenation.com The Facts of Russiagate Have Been Obvious for a Long Time…

Harvey Wasserman (2018-12-27). The Green New Deal Promises Peace and Progress. Will Nuclear Advocates Undermine it? progressive.org The environmental policy centerpiece of the incoming Democratic House of Representatives has ignited tremendous grassroots enthusiasm.

Sarah Lindemann-Komarova (2018-12-26). Maria Butina and the Criminalization of Citizen Diplomacy. thenation.com Maria Butina and the Criminalization of Citizen Diplomacy…

Dan Cohen (2018-12-25). Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation'. grayzoneproject.com Hailed by Congress and the media as defenders of democracy, high-tech Russiagate hustlers Jonathon Morgan and Ryan Fox have been…

The Intercept (2018-12-25). The Double Games of Foes and Friends: The Intercept's 2018 National Security Coverage. theintercept.com From government eavesdropping on private citizens to revelatory details about Russian interference in the 2016 election to Washington's draconian efforts to track and punish whistleblowers and journalists, surveillance and spying have been recurring themes this year. Influence-peddling has been rampant, with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies cozying up to the Trump administration in exchange for insider information, freedom to silence dissidents, and crucial assistance for their brutal war in Yemen. The U.S. government, meanwhile, has been up to its old tricks, honoring war criminals and promoting a notorious over…

amnesty (2018-12-24). Russian Federation: The Network case, shrouded in secrecy and marred by numerous torture allegations. amnesty.org Amnesty International is concerned about the ongoing prosecution of at least 10 young men from Penza and St Petersburg, mostly left-wing political activists describing themselves as antifascists and anarchists, in connection with the so called "Network" (Set') case. It is particularly concerning that the complaints, made by several of the co-accused, about torture and other ill-treatment allegedly being used to extract "confessions", are not being investigated effectively.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-24). Cold War Radar System a Trillion Dollar Fraud — Lester Earnest on RAI (1/4). therealnews.com Profit and deception drove cold-war militarization, says Lester Earnest, founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford; Earnest says the anti-nuclear bomber SAGE radar system never worked and carried on for 25 years — Lester Earnest on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Democracy Now! (2018-12-21). Headlines for December 21, 2018. democracynow.org Secretary of Defense Mattis Resigns in Rebuke of Trump Foreign Policy, Trump & Senate at Impasse over Border Wall Funding as Shutdown Looms, Acting AG Whitaker Rejected Advice of DOJ to Recuse Himself from Mueller Probe, U.S. Plans to Send Asylum Seekers Back to Mexico While Awaiting Claims Processing, Treasury Dept. Lifts Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Business Empire, DOJ Charges 2 Chinese Nationals over Massive Hacking Campaign, Yemeni Mother Reunites with Dying Son After Travel Ban Waiver, Egypt: Court Acquits 40 NGO Workers over 2013 Illegal Funding Charges, Pope Francis: Catholic Church Will "Never Again"

Reese Erlich (2018-12-14). Foreign Correspondent: Sex, Russia, and Impeachment. progressive.org Trump has committed multiple impeachable offenses. Colluding with Putin isn't one of them.

TeleSUR English (2018-12-12). Russia Rejects US Reaction to Military Cooperation with Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The deployment of the Russian warplanes follows Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's visit to Russia last week.

pip.hinman (2018-12-11). Oppose nuclear weapons? Stop backing the companies that produce them. greenleft.org.au Research published by Don't Bank on the Bomb Scotland in September revealed the extent of Scotland's investments in nuclear weapons companies, including shares worth nearly £300 million held by the Scottish local government pension funds. | This week, new analysis by The Ferret showed that the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme (SPPS) holds shares worth £2 million in fossil fuels, arms and tobacco companies. This includes £175,495 in Rolls Royce, one of four key contractors involved in Britain's Trident nuclear…

Ben Norton (2018-12-10). NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier. grayzoneproject.com Ukraine President Poroshenko promoted a photo of himself posing next to a soldier wearing a Nazi SS totenkopf patch. By…

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…

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.

Paul Kawika Martin (2018-12-04). With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — December 4, 2018 — In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. will formally announce its intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days if Russia does not come into compliance with the treaty by then, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy […]

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…

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…

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…

2018-12-31: Social Media Postees

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South Australian university partners with US defense contractor Lockheed Martin
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-31
The decision by the University of Adelaide, behind the backs of students and staff, marks the further integration of Australian universities into the US-led war drive against China and Russia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/31/univ…

US intelligence think tank conducted "false flag" operation impersonating Russian election interference
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-31
New Knowledge sought to influence the 2017 Alabama election and make it appear that Russia was intervening to back the Republican candidate.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/31/know…

Nuclear plant closures continue
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2018-12-31
The pace of nuclear power plant shutdowns is increasing.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/27/1881999…

Iran's Khademalsharieh Wins Silver At World Chess Blitz Championship
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-12-31
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran claimed a silver medal at the World Blitz Chess Championship on Sunday. Russian Kateryna Lagno won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Khademalsharieh took the silver with 13 points and the bronze medal went to Chinese Lei Tingjie who scored 12.5 points. The chess […] | The post Iran's Khademalsharieh Wins Silver At World Chess Blitz Championship appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/31/irans-khademalsha…

28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-30
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Note: 7 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, we bring to the attention of our readers this piece originally published in October 2013. The situation today is far more serious … | The post 28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/28-signs-that-the-west…

The Geopolitics of Border Walls and Fences. Russia's Crimea-Ukraine Fence
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-30
Walls are about exclusion, not inclusion, often falling way short of security they're built to provide. | The Great Wall of China fortifications is best known, construction begun over 2,000 years ago, most of it dating from the Ming dynasty (1368 … | The post The Geopolitics of Border Walls and Fences. Russia's Crimea-Ukraine Fence appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-geopolitics-of-bor…

"Sleeping with the Enemy" in Northern Syria? The Putin-Erdogan "Demilitarized Zone"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-30
They're strange bedfellows — Putin-led democratic Russia v. fantasy democracy Turkey under tinpot despot/wannabe sultan Erdogan. | The aims of both countries in Syria are world's apart, squaring the circle between them no simple task. | Last September, Putin let Erdogan deceive … | The post "Sleeping with the Enemy" in Northern Syria? The Putin-Erdogan "Demilitarized Zone" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/sleeping-with-the-enem…

US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in the New Year. The Danger of Nuclear War is Real
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-29
Washington's hegemonic aims represent the greatest threat to world peace and humanity's survival. | At his annual marathon Q & A news conference last week, Vladimir Putin warned about possible nuclear war, a growing threat because of Washington's reckless geopolitical agenda, … | The post US Rage for Endless Wars Threatens World Peace in the New Year. The Danger of Nuclear War is Real appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/us-rage-for-endless-wa…

The Green New Deal Promises Peace and Progress
Harvey Wasserman | zcomm.org | 2018-12-29
Will Nuclear Advocates Undermine it?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-green-new-deal…

Trump Administration to Veto Cuba Baseball Deal
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-29
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio is attempting to veto an Obama-era ruling allowing Cuban athletes to join Major League Baseball without first having to defect to the United States. | RELATED: | Cuban, US Leagues Ink Deal to Protect Cuban Baseball Players | Rubio has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to rule that the Cuban government controls the island baseball league, therefore nullifying the deal. | "The deal between MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation is both illegal…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Administra…

The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-12-29
Maybe those delirious crowds chanting "USA, USA" have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018: "The United States has the strongest military in the world," with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/the-united-states-is-fi…

Democratic operative who bragged about Russian bot 'false flag' issues contradiction-filled denial
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-29
The Democratic operative who boasted about orchestrating a "false flag" operation that used fake Russian bots to swing a US Senate race has issued a farcical denial in which he backpedals on his own publicly available statements. | …
rt.com/usa/447682-jonathon-morgan-russia…

"In Hungary, there is no way forward but strikes"
Eds. | mronline.org | 2018-12-28
Guzslován Gábor of the Federation of Metal Workers Union of Hungary talks about the impact of the 'slave law' passed by the far-right government of Viktor Orbán and the massive protests against it. | Source…
mronline.org/2018/12/28/in-hungary-there…

New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2018-12-28
New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics…
thenation.com/article/russiagate-electio…

Putin and Russia's Turn to Capitalism
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-28
For the longest time Vladimir Putin has assumed the role of an Ian Fleming super-villain in the imaginations of both liberal and neoconservative pundits. Like one of those well-worn set pieces in a James Bond novel, he sits opposite our British super-spy in a chess game with the world hegemony awarded to the winning side.
counterpunch.org/2018/12/28/putin-and-ru…

Alien invasion? Russian hackers? New York City skyline flickers in surreal neon blue (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-28
A transformer explosion at the Consolidated Edison energy company has lit up the skies over New York city, shocking witnesses and prompting wild theories ranging from an alien invasion to a Russian cyber-attack on the power grid. | …
rt.com/usa/447561-new-york-astoria-explo…

The only 'Russian bots' to meddle in US elections belonged to Democrat-linked 'experts'
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-28
US cyber-security experts have blamed Russia for meddling in American elections since 2016. Now it has emerged that authors of a Senate report on 'Russian' meddling actually ran a "false flag" meddling operation themselves. | …
rt.com/usa/447619-new-knowledge-russia-b…

Ukraine Prepares for War with Russia
Jim Carey | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-28
(GPA) — While western media frets over Trump's withdrawal from Syria, Ukraine is trying to start a war with Russia. While much of the western media is fretting over the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from northern Syria there is another potential conflict brewing. This time, the trouble is, once again, coming …

Ukraine Prepares for War with Russia

The Green New Deal Promises Peace and Progress. Will Nuclear Advocates Undermine it?
Harvey Wasserman | progressive.org | 2018-12-27
The environmental policy centerpiece of the incoming Democratic House of Representatives has ignited tremendous grassroots enthusiasm.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-green-new…

The Facts of Russiagate Have Been Obvious for a Long Time
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2018-12-27
The Facts of Russiagate Have Been Obvious for a Long Time…
thenation.com/article/russiagate-trump-k…

Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation'
Dan Cohen | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-27
Hailed by Congress and the media as defenders of democracy, high-tech Russiagate hustlers Jonathon Morgan and Ryan Fox have been exposed for waging "an elaborate 'false flag' operation" to swing the 2017 Alabama senate race. | The post Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation' appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/senate-report-russia-i…

'Communism for Kids'–but mostly for grownups with imagination
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-27
This short book (101 pages with lots of illustrations, presumably by the author) in a pocket-sized edition is ostensibly aimed at teaching young readers to: 1) critique capitalism for its many-faceted injustices and 2) conceive of a humanistic communism true to some of the founders' original stateless principles. "Before attempting to show that communism might …
peoplesworld.org/article/communism-for-k…

Washington Just Injected Serious Cash and Weapons into Ukraine's Far-Right Regime
Finian Cunningham | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-27
It doesn't seem to bother US lawmakers that the government of Ukraine is dominated by Neo-Nazi demagogues and paramilitaries who worship Stepan Bandera and other Ukrainian collaborators in the Third Reich's Final Solution. | The post Washington Just Injected Serious Cash and Weapons into Ukraine's Far-Right Regime appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/washington-injects-cas…

Maria Butina and the Criminalization of Citizen Diplomacy
Sarah Lindemann-Komarova | thenation.com | 2018-12-26
Maria Butina and the Criminalization of Citizen Diplomacy…
thenation.com/article/maria-butina-russi…

Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation'
Dan Cohen | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-12-25
Hailed by Congress and the media as defenders of democracy, high-tech Russiagate hustlers Jonathon Morgan and Ryan Fox have been… | The post Senate Report on Russian Interference Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Behind Alabama 'False Flag Operation' appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/12/25/senate-re…

The Double Games of Foes and Friends: The Intercept's 2018 National Security Coverage
The Intercept | theintercept.com | 2018-12-25
From government eavesdropping on private citizens to revelatory details about Russian interference in the 2016 election to Washington's draconian efforts to track and punish whistleblowers and journalists, surveillance and spying have been recurring themes this year. Influence-peddling has been rampant, with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies cozying up to the Trump administration in exchange for insider information, freedom to silence dissidents, and crucial assistance for their brutal war in Yemen. The U.S. government, meanwhile, has been up to its old tricks, honoring war criminals and promoting a notorious over…
theintercept.com/2018/12/25/the-intercep…

Russian Federation: The Network case, shrouded in secrecy and marred by numerous torture allegations
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2018-12-24
Amnesty International is concerned about the ongoing prosecution of at least 10 young men from Penza and St Petersburg, mostly left-wing political activists describing themselves as antifascists and anarchists, in connection with the so called "Network" (Set') case. It is particularly concerning that the complaints, made by several of the co-accused, about torture and other ill-treatment allegedly being used to extract "confessions", are not being investigated effectively.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/9625/2018…

Cold War Radar System a Trillion Dollar Fraud — Lester Earnest on RAI (1/4)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-24
Profit and deception drove cold-war militarization, says Lester Earnest, founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford; Earnest says the anti-nuclear bomber SAGE radar system never worked and carried on for 25 years — Lester Earnest on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay | The post Cold War Radar System a Trillion Dollar Fraud — Lester Earnest on RAI (1/4) appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/cold-war-radar-s…

NAACP Launches Boycott of Facebook: Platform Is Unhealthy for African Americans & U.S. Democracy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-20
Facebook is under fire again, this time for new revelations that Russian trolls targeted African Americans on social media in an effort to influence the vote ahead of the 2016 election. A pair of bipartisan reports published by the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday claim the Russian government focused on African Americans in its effort to suppress the turnout of voters likely to cast ballots for Hillary Clinton, spreading fake news and sowing discord in the run-up to the election. The NAACP has launched a Facebook boycott in response, demanding the social media giant be held responsible. We speak with Derrick…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/20/naacp_la…

Foreign Correspondent: Sex, Russia, and Impeachment
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2018-12-14
Trump has committed multiple impeachable offenses. Colluding with Putin isn't one of them.
progressive.org/dispatches/sex-russia-an…

Russia Rejects US Reaction to Military Cooperation with Venezuela
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-12-12
The deployment of the Russian warplanes follows Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's visit to Russia last week.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14182

Oppose nuclear weapons? Stop backing the companies that produce them
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-11
Research published by Don't Bank on the Bomb Scotland in September revealed the extent of Scotland's investments in nuclear weapons companies, including shares worth nearly £300 million held by the Scottish local government pension funds. | This week, new analysis by The Ferret showed that the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme (SPPS) holds shares worth £2 million in fossil fuels, arms and tobacco companies. This includes £175,495 in Rolls Royce, one of four key contractors involved in Britain's Trident nuclear…
greenleft.org.au/content/oppose-nuclear-weapons-stop-backing-companies-produce-them

NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-12-10
Ukraine President Poroshenko promoted a photo of himself posing next to a soldier wearing a Nazi SS totenkopf patch. By… | The post NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/12/10/nato-ukra…

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-12-08
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…
zcomm.org/zblogs/reviving-the-nuclear-di…

Venezuela's Maduro Seeks 'Golden Finish' to 2018 with International Offensive as Russia & Turkey Blast US Sanctions
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-12-05
Economic, financial, political, military, and counter-terrorism ties were strengthened between Caracas and both countries.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14175

With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2018-12-04
Washington, D.C. — December 4, 2018 — In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. will formally announce its intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days if Russia does not come into compliance with the treaty by then, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy […] | The post With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again appeared first on Peace Action…
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