2019-11-12: Social Media Postees

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French riot police join Catalan cops harshly DRAGGING independence protesters blocking border crossing (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-11-12
Catalan independence protesters who blocked a border crossing with France were routed — in some cases physically dragged away — by French riot police working with Catalan police, just a day into a planned three-day protest. | Hundreds of heavily-armored French riot cops descended on La Jonquera border crossing on Tuesday, arresting 18 protesters and reportedly using pepper spray and tear gas to disperse scores more manning a large roadblock spanning both sides of the normally-busy highway. The Catalan autonomous police (Mosses d'Esquadra) have also arrested at least one protester, reportedly for at…

Marco Rubio blames 'Putin's disinformation' for coverage of Bolivia coup that he doesn't like
rt.com | 2019-11-12
Eager to find some way to implicate Russia in Bolivia's political crisis and control of the US narrative, Republican senator Marco Rubio branded any skeptical coverage of events as an example of how "Putin uses disinformation." | Rubio, an early and avid supporter of protests that ousted former Bolivian President Evo Morales this week, tweeted that those wishing to understand Russian disinformation should "study current coverage" of Bolivia. | In Rubio's world, Russia has created "fake news" on Bolivia and is spreading it via a "vast network of outlets" and "social media actors" before it is "echoed in mainstr…

Back on track: Federer rescues ATP Finals hopes with win over Berrettini
rt.com | 2019-11-12
Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer picked up his first win at the Nitto ATP Finals, beating debutant Matteo Berrettini of Italy in two straight sets to keep his tournament hopes alive. | Berrettini ,the first Italian to qualify for the season-ending event since 1978, showed tough resistance in the opening set, stretching it to a tie-break where the more experienced Swiss got the upper hand 7-2. | READ MORE: False start: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Russia's Daniil Medvedev in ATP Finals opener | How…

Virtue-signalling or vehicular sense? Netherlands to lower speed limits to cut emissions – report
rt.com | 2019-11-12
The government of the Netherlands will reportedly slash highway speed limits from 130 km/h (80mph) to 100 km/h (60mph) in a bid to curb nitrogen emissions. The move has been received with mixed feelings. | Dutch broadcaster NOS reported on Tuesday that the center-right/center-left coalition government will unveil the lowered speed limit on Wednesday morning. Prime Minister Mark Rutte did not confirm the news, telling reporters to wait overnight for the official word. | The drastically lowered speed limit will b…

Europeans failed to fulfill their commitments to Iran nuclear deal — FM Zarif
rt.com | 2019-11-12
Europeans have failed to fulfill their own commitments to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. The statement came in response to a warning by the EU that urged Tehran to stick to the pact or face consequences, Reuters said. | European states have been trying to persuade Tehran to stick to the deal, under which it agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions, despite a decision last year by US President Donald Trump to abandon it. | Iran has long blamed the Europeans for failing to provide the economic benefits it was meant to receive u…

Mystery as 'thousands' of birds found DEAD on shores of Indian lake
rt.com | 2019-11-12
The shocking discovery of more than 1,000 dead birds of various species along the shores of India's biggest inland salt lake has left authorities scratching their heads. | The corpses of more than a dozen species of migratory birds were found littered around Sambhar Lake, in the northern state of Rajasthan, in recent days. | The lake is a favored winter spot of migratory birds from Europe and China and is a recognized wetland of international importance, so the unexplained mass death has sparked serious concern among officials. | "We have never seen anything like this," Abhinav Vaishnav, a local bird-watche…

Social inequality in Early Bronze Age Europe
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
Genetic and archaeological data indicate that social stratification in Europe during the third and second millennium BC was more complex than previously thought, and may indicate the origins of later, slave-based ancient societies.

The Spanish elections and the rise of the fascistic Vox party
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
Vox is part of a broad trend in European capitalist politics toward the promotion of neo-fascist parties, nationalism and the furious public legitimization of fascist dictators.

Far-right Vox declares itself main opposition party as Spanish government talks begin
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
Sunday's elections resulted once again in a hung parliament, the fourth in as many elections in Spain since 2015.

Cuba: Spanish Royalty Attends the 500th Anniversary of Havana
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-12
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain on Monday arrived in Havana to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the capital of Cuba, a Caribbean island that remained as a Spanish colony until 1898. | RELATED: | UN Overwhelmingly Votes in Favor of Resolution Ending US Blockade Against Cuba | During their visit, the Spanish mo…

Spain's Socialists, Podemos Reach Deal to Form Coalition Gov't
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-12
Spain's Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) and the left-wing Unidas Podemos party agreed on the basis of a coalition government Tuesday, just two days after a parliamentary election delivered a highly fragmented parliament and a surge in right-wing MPs. | RELATED: | Spain: Socialists Win But Miss Majority, Far-Right Becomes 3rd Political Force | "It's a deal…

Trump administration helps Perry and pals pocket Ukraine gas profits
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-12
KIEV, Ukraine (AP)–Two political supporters of Donald Trump's U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president. Perry's efforts to influence Ukraine's energy policy came earlier this year, just as …

Trump's Syrian See-Saw: From Pullout to Pillage
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-12
To withdraw, or not to withdraw? That is the question Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way, has answered both ways. | First came the withdrawal. It was real, and had a significant effect. Trump ordered the removal of US troops from Kurdish areas, putting an end to the prospect of an independent Kurdish statelet, split off from Syria. Such a partition was always implausible, given the general balance of forces in the region and the specific refusal of NATO-member Turkey to accept any such thing. (Turkey had already invaded Syria in 2016, and the Obama-Biden administration ordered the Kurds to accept it.) It was…

French police close beaches & set up patrols as cocaine packages keep washing ashore
rt.com | 2019-11-12
Beaches in south west France have been closed as blocks of high-quality cocaine continue to wash ashore prompting a major police operation to retrieve the powdery packages before the opportunistic public snaps them up. | The packages, some of which are labeled 'diamante' or 'brilliante', have been washing up on French beaches since the end of October and tests have shown they contain 80-90 percent pure cocaine. | This has naturally prompted intense interest from the public, forcing police to close beaches and set up patrols to watch fo…

Germany's pyrrhic victory over the Berlin Wall
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-12
Victor Grossman is the author of A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee. He defected from the U.S. Army in 1952 to escape the Cold War repression of the Red Scare. He lived in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) from then until the country went out of existence in 1990. He continues to live in …

Socialist Equality Party (Germany) holds meeting on anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei held a meeting in Berlin-Schà∂neberg City Hall attended by dozens of workers and young people.

'Bird of the Year' flap: More Russian meddling in wildlife contest?
rt.com | 2019-11-12
New Zealand is home to over 200 bird species and most of them are unique to the north and south islands where they have lived for millions of years. But while the Dodo might be dead, modern day drama and meddling certainly isn't. | …

Competition for Moscow? UK election meddling accusations spread from Russia, to India…to Hillary
rt.com | 2019-11-12
If you believe the daily reports, Britain's ongoing election campaign is facing more interference than an old analogue television during a rainstorm, and amazingly, it's not just Russians being accused of being behind it. | A sense of old world grandeur is easily inflated by convincing yourself that you're so important that the whole world wants to swing your election. | Of course, it is still mainly Russia which stands accused in Britain, because that is just the easiest option available, but now there are also indications of supposed Indian meddling going on, and an election wouldn't be an election if the US…

Tens of thousands in Russia face medicine shortages as a result of Western sanctions
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
Between April and August 2019, two women from Moscow and one from Yekaterinburg were temporarily arrested and charged for illegally obtaining unregistered medicine.

'Never forget what your enemy looks like': MPs allow use of swastika to condemn Nazi ideology
rt.com | 2019-11-12
The swastika and other symbols of the Third Reich can be used, but only if it's done to condemn Nazism, the State Duma ruled. The previous legislation was too harsh, even making addressing classic WWII movies a problem. | There was an outright ban on Nazi symbols in Russia due to them offending the memory of the grave losses suffered by the country during the Great Patriotic War against the German invaders in 1941-45. | But the amendments to the relevant law, which MPs passed in the second reading on Tuesday, allow for the restrictions to be lifted in cases when those symbols are used "to form a negative attit…

China & Russia's 'worst nightmare'? National Interest piece fantasizing sale of US nuke subs to allies is an 'exaggeration'
rt.com | 2019-11-12
The National Interest magazine claimed that a potential sale of US nuclear subs to allies may become a "nightmare" for Russia and China. Military analysts told RT there could be a fallout but a grim prospect is an exaggeration. | The executive editor of the Washington-based outlet, Harry J. Kazianis, recently published an article revealing what would become "China and Russia's worst nightmare." In the piece, he floated the idea of selling or leasing 10 or 12 Virginia-Class attack subs to Australia and other allies into the minds of the decision makers in the Pentagon. | Kazianis wrote that such a move will all…

EU pushes Britain to name new commissioner despite Brexit plans
rt.com | 2019-11-12
The European Union pressed Britain on Tuesday to name a representative for the new executive European Commission, despite the country's planned departure from the bloc. | The British government has so far shown little interest in the matter after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to delay Brexit for a third time, until January 31, and campaigning is underway for a national election on December 12. | However, the EU is keen to press ahead with the launch of its new commission on December 1, Reuters reports. The executive body will be headed by Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman to hold that post. | The…

'Terrible mistake'? Polish PM slams Netflix over documentary implying Poland shared responsibility for Nazi crimes
rt.com | 2019-11-11
Netflix is "urgently" looking into complaints from Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki that a new Holocaust documentary is "rewriting history" by implying that Poland shared responsibility for death camp murders on its soil. | Morawiecki is pressuring the US streaming giant to modify the documentary, which shows the World War II-era Nazi death camps on a map of Poland, but drawn inside the country's modern borders. | In a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the Polish PM said that the map shown in the documentary series 'The Devil Next Door' implies that Poland existed as an independent nation and thu…

How the Syrian Democratic Forces Were Suddenly Transformed into "Kurdish Forces"
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-11
That wars end very differently to our own expectations — or our plans — was established long ago. That "we" won the Second World War did not mean the Americans would win the Vietnam war, or that France would vanquish its enemies in Algeria. Yet the moment we decide who the good guys are, and who the evil…

Tulsi Gabbard lawyer demanding retraction from Hillary Clinton over 'defamatory' Russian asset smear
rt.com | 2019-11-11
A lawyer for presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is demanding that Hillary Clinton retract her "defamatory" comments alleging that the anti-war Democrat is a Russian asset and Moscow's "favorite" for the 2020 election. | In a letter to Clinton seen by the Hill, Gabbard's legal counsel said Clinton "knew it was false" when she accused the Hawaii congresswoman of being a Russian asset. "Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately," Gabbard's lawyer wrote in the letter, demanding a verbal response from Clinton. | This fabricated story is so facially improbable that it is actionabl…

Turkey's Syria 'Ethnic Cleansing' In US Memo, US Can Shoot 'Any Syrian' Over Oil & A Bolivia Coup
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-11
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/6/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Turkey's Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water
Alexandra Marvar | thenation.com | 2019-11-11
Turkey's Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water…

Four Russia-linked tycoons donated around £2.7m to Tories. Putin must be delighted
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-11-11
While the Intelligence and Security Committee ( ISC) report on alleged Russian interference in UK elections continues to languish, The Canary has conducted a search of the UK Electoral Commission database. The search was on political donations by four Russia-linked oligarchs. | From this source, the total donations came to a whopping £2,578,909.38 (or £2,768.909.38 if including what appear to be additional payments by Lubov Chernukhin). Nearly all the donations went to the Conservative Party or in…

US Would Attack Even Its Friends To Keep Its Hegemony: Assad
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-11
Syria became a testing ground for the United States as it prepares its tools to safeguard world hegemony, Syrian President Bashar Assad told RT's Afshin Rattansi in an exclusive interview Monday. | RELATED: | US Military Says 500 to 600 Troops to Remain in Syria | According to the head of state, Washington sees that its former dominant role is fading and is trying to preserve it using all available means, they would "fight the Russians, the Iranians, the Syrians, whoever said…

Leave.EU app would tell Brexiteers to vote Boris Johnson over Nigel Farage
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-11-11
Millionaire and former Nigel Farage ally Arron Banks is set to advise voters in hundreds of seats to vote Conservative rather than Brexit Party.One of the self-styled "Bad Boys of Brexit", Banks is preparing to unveil a tactical voting app in a bid to give the prime minister a majority of pro-Brexit MPs in order to push his Withdrawal Agreement through.A spokesman for Leave.EU confirmed a Times report that suggested a new app will tell voters in Stoke-on-Trent, which voted 70% in favour of leaving the European Union, to vote Tory at the general election on 12 December to ensure that Brexit goes ahead. | That advi…

US National Security Officials Shared Concern Over Ukraine Aid
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-11
A senior Pentagon official testified Monday that confusion and concern were shared by United States national security officials after the White House blocked aid to Ukraine without explanation, according to testimony released from the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | US Envoy to EU Confirms Ukraine Quid Pro Quo in New Testimony | "My sense is that all of the senior leaders of the U.S. national security departments and agencies were all unified i…

Leaked US Memo Confirms NATO Ally Turkey Pursuing "Ethnic Cleansing" in Syria
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-10
Everyone in Washington knows NATO's second largest military is now engaged in ongoing ethnic cleansing.

Leaked US Memo Confirms NATO Ally Turkey Pursuing "Ethnic Cleansing" in Syria

60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-08
United Nations agencies on Friday highlighted the dire needs of thousands of unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in Italy as refugees, lacking the proper support to transition through to adulthood.

Friday's Daily Brief: Syria war update as talks continue, 'credible evidence' Morsi death due to prison conditions, force condemned in Chile protests
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-08
A recap of Friday's stories in brief: Ongoing upheaval threatens civilians in Syria; 'Brutal' prison conditions may have prompted Morsi's death; Rights experts condemn use of force in Chile protests; ICJ will hear claims by Ukraine; 60,000 youth refugees who travelled alone, in need across Italy.

Top UN court will consider Ukraine allegations against Russia of treaty violations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-08
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.

Algerian Protesters Are Still in the Streets, Months After Pushing Out Longtime President Bouteflika
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
In Algeria, protests against corruption, the jailing of opposition leaders and the army's powerful role in national politics have entered their ninth month. Tens of thousands filled the streets of the capital Algiers last Friday to mark the 65th anniversary of the war of independence from France and to demand a "new revolution" rather than an upcoming election they say will be rigged. Over 100 student protesters were arrested last night as the Algerian government intensified its crackdown on demonstrators ahead of the upcoming polls. Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced the country will hold a presiden…

Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as Part of Kingdom's Growing Crackdown on Dissent
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two former Twitter employees with helping Saudi Arabia spy on thousands of the kingdom's critics. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo are accused of giving the Saudi government detailed information about users, including telephone numbers and email addresses linked to the accounts, as well as internet protocol addresses that could be used to identify a user's location. The charges are being filed just over a year after the brutal murder of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. A new report by Human Rights Watch fin…

The Persistent Influence of Trump's "Shadow Adviser" Erik Prince
Jeremy Scahill | theintercept.com | 2019-11-06
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the Trump administration approached Blackwater founder and Trump shadow adviser Erik Prince about potentially buying a Ukrainian aerospace company that the U.S. government wants to prevent the Chinese government from acquiring. "Motor Sich is a leading maker of helicopter and airplane engines and the U.S. wants to scuttle its pending sale to a group of Chinese companies to keep Beijing from acqu…

Why Did Nobel Winner Peter Handke Have a Secret Passport From Milosevic-Era Yugoslavia?
Peter Maass | theintercept.com | 2019-11-06
The spring of 1999 was a busy time for Peter Handke, the controversial Austrian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month. | Back then, Handke was already criticized for several books that were regarded as denying the Serb genocide of Muslims in Bosnia. But after the U.S. and its NATO allies began a bombing campaign against Serb targets on March 25, Handke stepped even more deeply into wartime politics by traveling to Belgrade to express his solidarity with the isolated country and its strongman, Slobodan Milosevic. "My place is in Serbia if th…

"Release My Mother": A Yale Student Fights to Halt Deportation of His Mother with Stage IV Cancer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Tania Romero, an undocumented mother from Honduras and survivor of stage IV cancer, is fighting to remain in the United States with her four children. Two months ago, Romero was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, interrupting her life-saving medical treatments. In mid-August, Romero was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and arrested for not having a driver's license. Tania Romero's attorney requested a stay of deportation on humanitarian grounds because of her fragile health, but it was denied in September. Her son, Cristian…

"White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-03
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/2/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Abortion is Legal in All 50 States, and We Intend to Keep It That Way
Alexa Kolbi-Molinas | aclu.org | 2019-10-31
On | Tuesday, a federal court issued a decision in our challenge to Alabama's | near-total ban on abortion blocking the law from taking effect. The decision | comes on the heels of similar rulings blocking abortion bans in Arkansas, | Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah. In other words, the ACLU has an | undefeated, 7-0 record challenging state abortion bans in court. None of the state abortion bans passed | earlier this year will be permitted to take effect. Abortion is — and will | remain — legal in all 50 states. | The | Alabama ban, like all the others, is the anti-abortion movement's t…

Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon?
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

US Renews Chevron License as European Refiner Cuts Venezuela Ties over Sanctions
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-10-23
Finnish-Venezuelan refiner Nynas is one of PDVSA's few remaining cash buyers.

US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-22
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/21/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/19/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Khury Petersen-Smith on Turkey & the Kurds, Alex Vitale on the Purpose of Policing
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-10-18

Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-18
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/17/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Turkey Attacks US Troops, Iran Tanker Bombed No One Cares, CIA "Whistleblower" & Terrorism Vaccine
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-12
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/11/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …