2019-01-03: News Headlines

Heidi Burakiewicz (2019-01-03). Federal Employees' Union Sues Trump Administration. zcomm.org The American Federation of Government Employees, or AFGE, says it is illegal for federal workers to work without pay…

Patrick Walker (2019-01-03). Russiagate vs. Climate Genocide: How Democrats Cover Up Trump's Worst Crime. counterpunch.org Russiagate's Beauty for Dems: Dissing Trump without Discussing Issues The more important an issue is to humanity, the likelier it is Democrats don't want to discuss it. Thus, it's hardly surprising that Noam Chomsky felt obliged to point out the "moral depravity" of both major parties for discussing neither climate change nor the increasing risk More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-03). Why are People Talking About Socialism? — with Paul Jay. therealnews.com From Donald Trump, Karl Rove, and Fox News to an invigorated progressive movement and many newly elected members of Congress, many are saying that socialism will be the issue in the 2020 elections — a viewer mailbag segment with Dharna Noor and Paul Jay

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-03). The Left Is on a Roll, and Trump Is Beatable in 2020. truthout.org One constant theme of the Trump era is an unspecified anxiety about whether anything matters. Throughout 2017, Trump lied at an unprecedented scale. Did any of it matter? Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey, then confessed on NBC News that he did so to relieve pressure from the Russia probe. Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, and each passing week gave the public a small glimpse into what his office was looking into. But with every breaking news story, the inevitable follow-up question was: Does any of this matter? | The 2018 midterms gave the public a clear sign that yes, Trump's reprehensibl…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-03). Veteran NBC/MSNBC Journalist Blasts the Network for Being Captive to the National Security State and Reflexively Pro-War to Stop Trump. theintercept.com A new generation of Democrats is being instilled with formerly right-wing Cold Warrior values of jingoism, àºber-patriotism, reverence for security state agencies and prosecutors,

WSWS (2019-01-03). Bolsonaro inaugurated as head of Brazil's most right-wing government since dictatorship. wsws.org To mark his installation as president, the ex-army captain delivered a fascistic rant claiming his rise signaled Brazil's "liberation" from socialism and "political correctness."

WSWS (2019-01-03). In deleted tweet, US nuclear command declares itself "ready" to "drop something" wsws.org On New Year's Eve, the US Strategic Command, which oversees the United States' nuclear arsenal, posted a tweet declaring its readiness to "drop something much, much bigger" than the "big ball" at Times Square in New York.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-01-03). Socialist Analysis & Discussion – Trump & the Fight Within the Ruling Elite. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. between 25th and 26th Sts. in San Francisco…

Lloyd Hart (2019-01-03). The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did! indybay.org In the Reagan administration the Vulcans were even further empowered to greater heights of criminal behaviour.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-02). Federal Employees' Union Sues Trump Administration as 420,000 Work Without Pay During Shutdown. democracynow.org The government shutdown continues as President Trump prepares to meet with congressional leaders just one day before Democrats take control of the House. President Trump has insisted on including $5 billion for border wall funding before he'll agree to sign any spending measure. Eight hundred thousand government workers' lives have been thrown into disarray by the shutdown, with 380,000 workers on furlough and 420,000 who have worked without pay since December 22. We speak with a federal workers' union that is suing the Trump administration over the shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees, or AF…

John Steppling (2019-01-02). Communism, Fascism and Green Shaming. counterpunch.org In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis." — Michael Parenti (Blackshirts and Red) "…the totality of which the psyche is a part becomes to an increasing extent less 'society' than 'politics' . More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-02). While Activists Mobilize for Lula, Right-wing Extremist is Inaugurated in Brazil. therealnews.com January 1st was the inauguration of Brazil's new right-wing extremist president Jair Bolsonaro. In his speech he promised to rid Brazil of socialism. Meanwhile, at a prison in Curitiba, thousands gathered in support of former Workers Party President Lula. Mike Fox reports from Brazil

Shared by trnn_cms_operator (2019-01-02). Wilkerson's Real "Vice" — Cheney's Cold War and Regime Change (3/4). therealnews.com Cheney killed an Iranian peace offer, pushed a New Cold War with China, and planned regime change in Iraq, Iran and North Korea — says Larry Wilkerson, depicted in the film VICE and former Chief of Staff to Sec. State Colin Powell — a REPLAY of a 2010 interview by Paul Jay

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-02). Federal Employees' Union Sues Trump Administration Over Work Without Pay. truthout.org The government shutdown continues as President Trump prepares to meet with congressional leaders just one day before Democrats take control of the House. President Trump has insisted on including $5 billion for border wall funding before he'll agree to sign any spending measure. Eight hundred thousand government workers' lives have been thrown into disarray by the shutdown, with 380,000 workers on furlough and 420,000 who have worked without pay since December 22. We speak with a federal workers' union that is suing the Trump administration over the shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees, or…

Juan Cole (2019-01-02). Trump's America In 2019: Is The Mideast 'War On Terror' Paradigm Ending? iranian.com The primary post 9/11 paradigm of US foreign policy has been the war on terrorism, which is to say a profound and kinetic military and counter-insurgency engagement of the US Pentagon, CIA and State Department in the Greater Middle East. This paradigm succeeded the Cold War paradigm of 1946-1991, which collapsed when the Soviet Union […]

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

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 …

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 →

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…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-31). A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. democracynow.org 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…

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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