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Pentagon Rings In New Year With Heinous Joke on Twitter
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-01
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…
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Report from Cuba: Insights from a visitor after 60 years of socialism
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-01
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 …
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STRATCOM Wishes You a Very Scary New Year
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-01
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 ?…
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Family of American held in Russia for 'spying' says he's innocent
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-01
Brother of Paul Whelan says the retired marine was in Moscow for a wedding.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/family-americ…

Russia Blast: Baby Boy Found Alive After 35 hours Under Rubble
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
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The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-01
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/01/the-united-s…

N. Korea's Kim Offers an Olive Branch and a Warning for 2019
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-01
Kim Jong Un expresses hope for continuation of nuclear talks with Trump but also warns the U.S. against further sanctions and pressure. | The post N. Korea's Kim Offers an Olive Branch and a Warning for 2019 appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/n-koreas-kim-offer…

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

AFGE sues over government shut down
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-01
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/1/afge-sues…

Denuclearization: Kim Jong-un Ready to Talk to US 'Anytime'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Denuclearization…

US Nuclear Command Apologizes For Bomb-Dropping Tweet
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
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…
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'What Kind of Maniacs Are Running This Country?': Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-01
"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…
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Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-01
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…
truthout.org/articles/pentagon-rings-in-…

The Worst "Fake News" Articles of 2018: New York Times Claims Russia Influenced African-Americans in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-31
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 … | The post The Worst "Fake News" Articles of 2018: New York Times Claims Russia Influenced African-Americans in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-worst-fake-news-ar…

The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-31
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,…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/31/the-united-s…

Syria: The Quest for Truth and Peace in the New Year
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-31
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 … | The post Syria: The Quest for Truth and Peace in the New Year appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/quest-truth-peace-new-…

War and Climate Change: Did Bombing During Second World War Cool Global Temperatures?
Alan Robock | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-31
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 … | The post War and Climate Change: Did Bombing During Second World War Cool Global Temperatures? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/war-and-climate-change…

How to Repair the U.S.-China Relationship—and Prevent a Modern Cold War
Jimmy Carter | commondreams.org | 2018-12-31
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…
commondreams.org/views/2018/12/31/how-re…

Trump's Syrian Withdrawal: an Act of Political Realism
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-31
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.
counterpunch.org/2018/12/31/trumps-syria…

A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-31
President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia, in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We spoke with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky in October about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump's plan to…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/31/a_march_…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

"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…

Headlines for December 27, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-27
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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/27/headline…

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…

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…

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…

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…

'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…

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…

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.
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Headlines for December 21, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-21
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"
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/21/headline…

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…
peaceaction.org/2018/12/04/with-inf-ulti…

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