2019-01-01: News Headlines

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-01-01). Report from Cuba: Insights from a visitor after 60 years of socialism. peoplesworld.org Richard Grassl lives in Washington State. He first went to Cuba in 1997 to attend a U.S./Cuba Labor Conference in Havana and has returned periodically, most recently in August 2018. Richard's wife is Cuban. His visits there with her family have allowed him to see Cuba in ways quite different from those of most North …

STAFF (2019-01-01). N. Korea's Kim Offers an Olive Branch and a Warning for 2019. truthdig.com Kim Jong Un expresses hope for continuation of nuclear talks with Trump but also warns the U.S. against further sanctions and pressure.

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Rescuers pull baby boy alive from Russian apartment collapse. aljazeera.com Infant was rescued some 35 hours after a collapse that has killed at least seven people with dozens missing.

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Denuclearization: Kim Jong-un Ready to Talk to US 'Anytime'. telesurenglish.net During his New Year's address, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reiterated his commitment to working to denuclearize the North Korean peninsula and to keep up talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in efforts to achieve this goal, but warned that he could be forced to take a "new path" if the North American nation continued to impose sanctions on his regime. | RELATED: | North Korea Warns US Sanctions Could Derail Denuclearization | Kim Jong-un noted his willingness to talk to D…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-01). The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. counterpunch.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 more than two million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, and other modern More

aljazeera (2019-01-01). Family of American held in Russia for 'spying' says he's innocent. aljazeera.com Brother of Paul Whelan says the retired marine was in Moscow for a wedding.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-01). STRATCOM Wishes You a Very Scary New Year. consortiumnews.com The U.S. Strategic Command has deleted a New Year's tweet that revealed its true values, as Caitlin Johnstone explains. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com U.S. Strategic Command (or "Stratcom" if you're trying to make a nuclear-capable arm of the U.S. Defense… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Russia Blast: Baby Boy Found Alive After 35 hours Under Rubble. telesurenglish.net A baby boy has been found alive after 35 hours spent in freezing cold in the rubble of a Russian apartment block that partially collapsed in an explosion, emergency officials reported, calling it a miracle. | RELATED: | Russia: Scores Dead, Dozens Trapped Under Rubble After Gas Blast | The blast, thought to have been caused by a gas leak, damaged 48 apartments in a 10-story building in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk on Monday, killing at least seven people with 36 people still mi…

Fight Back (2019-01-01). AFGE sues over government shut down. fightbacknews.org Washington D.C. — On December 31, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch (KCNF DC) sued the federal government on behalf of AFGE members and federal employees being forced to work without pay. The lawsuit alleges that the federal government is violating the law by requiring some federal employees to work without pay during a shutdown. | "Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe," said J. David Cox Sr., national president, American Federation of Government Employees. | "The harm to federal employees began at the first moment of the…

teleSUR (2019-01-01). US Nuclear Command Apologizes For Bomb-Dropping Tweet. telesurenglish.net The United States Strategic Command, which oversees the country's nuclear arsenal, apologized Monday for a Twitter message in which it said that it was ready, if necessary, to drop something "much, much bigger" than the New Year's Eve ball in New York. | RELATED: | Denuclearization: Kim Jong-un Ready to Talk to US 'Anytime' | "#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball … if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger," the tweet said, ho…

STAFF (2019-01-01). Pentagon Rings In New Year With Heinous Joke on Twitter. truthdig.com While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the U.S. military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places. | In a since-deleted, U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation's strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of "the big ball" during the countdown to midnight, "we are ready to drop something much, much bigger." | Beneath the message was a video (see below), as the…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-01). 'What Kind of Maniacs Are Running This Country?': Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People. commondreams.org "Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you [Stratcom], the stoic guardians of several thousand nuclear missiles who definitely don't think raining death and destruction from above is some kind of joke." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-01). Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People. truthout.org While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the US military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places. | In a since-deleted tweet, US Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation's strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of "the big ball" during the countdown to midnight, "we are ready to drop something much, much bigger." | Beneath the message was a video (see below), a…

Mark Taliano (2018-12-31). Syria: The Quest for Truth and Peace in the New Year. globalresearch.ca Canadians are being victimized by criminal war propaganda. War with Syria, (Russia, China etc.) IS NOT serving our interests. Politicians who demonize these countries, and support "regime change" wars of aggression, do not represent our interests. Nor do they represent …

Jimmy Carter (2018-12-31). How to Repair the U.S.-China Relationship—and Prevent a Modern Cold War. commondreams.org President Jimmy Carter and Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping meet outside of the Oval Office on Jan. 30, 1979. (Photo: AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alan Robock (2018-12-31). War and Climate Change: Did Bombing During Second World War Cool Global Temperatures? globalresearch.ca Between 3 February and 9 August 1945 during the second world war, an area of 461 square kilometres in 69 Japanese cities was burned by US bombing raids. This included the nuclear bombs dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and …

Patrick Cockburn (2018-12-31). Trump's Syrian Withdrawal: an Act of Political Realism. counterpunch.org President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is being denounced by an impressive range of critics claiming that it is a surrender to Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iran — as well as a betrayal of the Kurds and a victory for Isis. The pullout may be one or all of these things, but above all it is a recognition of what is really happening on the ground in Syria and the Middle East in general. More

Lawrence Wittner (2018-12-31). The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization. counterpunch.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 more than two million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, More

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-12-31). The Worst "Fake News" Articles of 2018: New York Times Claims Russia Influenced African-Americans in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. globalresearch.ca If there was a Fake News of the Year Award, This New York Times article would be in the Top 5 category for running one of the worst stories and may I add, a conspiracy theory for 2018. On December …

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.

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.

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 […]

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…

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

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, 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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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