Daily Archives: January 2, 2019

2019-01-02: News Headlines

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

aljazeera (2019-01-02). US wants access to American held in Russia on spying charges. aljazeera.com US Secretary of State Pompeo says if Paul Whelan's 'detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return'.

STAFF (2019-01-02). 4 Ideas From Kim Jong Un's New Year Speech. truthdig.com TOKYO — Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gave his annual televised New Year's address on Tuesday. | The North Korean leader's big curtain-raiser for 2019 comes after a couple of very tumultuous years. In 2017, his rapid-fire missile tests brought him to the brink with President Donald Trump and 2018 saw his sudden rise on the world stage with hints of detente, summits with China and South Korea and an unprecedented meeting with Trump in Singapore. | What's ahead in 2019? Here are four big takeaways. | ___ | IT'S STILL ABOUT THE ECONOMY…

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…

STAFF (2019-01-02). The Collapse of the 'War on Terror' Paradigm. truthdig.com The primary post-9/11 paradigm of U.S. foreign policy has been the war on terrorism, which is to say a profound and kinetic military and counterinsurgency engagement of the U.S. 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 did. | There are some signs that the "war on terror" paradigm in U.S. foreign and military policy may be winding down. Donald Trump is trying to get out of Syria, and though the Washington establishment may succeed in putting some brakes on the withdrawal, it seems likely that Tru…

Adam Dick (2019-01-02). President Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump would do well to listen to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's Russiagate investigation lawyers, concerning the propriety of prosecuting Julian Assange of WikiLeaks who has lived in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012 to avoid …

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 […]

Lloyd Hart (2019-01-02). 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.

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 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 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…

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 →

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 …

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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

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 […]

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.

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…

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

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…

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, 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…

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…

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…

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…

2019-01-02: Social Media Postees

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President Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange
Adam Dick | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
President Donald Trump would do well to listen to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's Russiagate investigation lawyers, concerning the propriety of prosecuting Julian Assange of WikiLeaks who has lived in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012 to avoid … | The post President Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/president-trumps-lawye…

4 Ideas From Kim Jong Un's New Year Speech
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-02
TOKYO — Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gave his annual televised New Year's address on Tuesday. | The North Korean leader's big curtain-raiser for 2019 comes after a couple of very tumultuous years. In 2017, his rapid-fire missile tests brought him to the brink with President Donald Trump and 2018 saw his sudden rise on the world stage with hints of detente, summits with China and South Korea and an unprecedented meeting with Trump in Singapore. | What's ahead in 2019? Here are four big takeaways. | ___ | IT'S STILL ABOUT THE ECONOMY…
truthdig.com/articles/4-ideas-from-kim-j…

Communism, Fascism and Green Shaming
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
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)…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/02/communism-fa…

The Collapse of the 'War on Terror' Paradigm
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-02
The primary post-9/11 paradigm of U.S. foreign policy has been the war on terrorism, which is to say a profound and kinetic military and counterinsurgency engagement of the U.S. 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 did. | There are some signs that the "war on terror" paradigm in U.S. foreign and military policy may be winding down. Donald Trump is trying to get out of Syria, and though the Washington establishment may succeed in putting some brakes on the withdrawal, it seems likely that Tru…
truthdig.com/articles/the-end-of-the-mid…

US wants access to American held in Russia on spying charges
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-02
US Secretary of State Pompeo says if Paul Whelan's 'detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return'.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/access-americ…

Federal Employees' Union Sues Trump Administration as 420,000 Work Without Pay During Shutdown
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-02
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/2/federal_em…

Trump's America In 2019: Is The Mideast 'War On Terror' Paradigm Ending?
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2019-01-02
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 […] | The post Trump's America In 2019: Is The Mideast 'War On Terror' Paradigm Ending? appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2019/01/01/mideast-war-on-te…

The Russians didn't do it, the Vulcans did!
Lloyd Hart | indybay.org | 2019-01-02
In the Reagan administration the Vulcans were even further empowered to greater heights of criminal behaviour.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/02/1882005…

Wilkerson's Real "Vice" — Cheney's Cold War and Regime Change (3/4)
Shared by trnn_cms_operator | therealnews.com | 2019-01-02
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 | The post Wilkerson's Real "Vice" — Cheney's Cold War and Regime Change (3/4) appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/lwilkerson0525pt…

While Activists Mobilize for Lula, Right-wing Extremist is Inaugurated in Brazil
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-02
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 | The post While Activists Mobilize for Lula, Right-wing Extremist is Inaugurated in Brazil appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/while-activists-…

Federal Employees' Union Sues Trump Administration Over Work Without Pay
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-02
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…
truthout.org/video/federal-employees-uni…

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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/01/01/stratcom-w…

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…

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/report-from-cub…

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…

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-…

'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…
commondreams.org/news/2019/01/01/what-ki…

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…

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…

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_…

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…

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…

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…

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

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.
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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.
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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…
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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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