2019-11-13: Social Media Postees

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'DISLIKE': Russia's Facebook rival VK to roll out this ONE button FB users always wanted but never got
rt.com | 2019-11-14
Russian social network VKontakte has unveiled the upcoming 'dislike' button, a simple feature that has been cruelly denied to Facebook users despite years of begging. Now Mark Zuckerberg can claim it was a Russian plot all along! | The feature was announced on Wednesday at VK's Content Day conference in Moscow, and the company thinks it will help "invigorate" the comment section. | VK has answered its users' prayers with the button, which will appear as an option next to the 'like' button on comments, giving users the ability to regi…

While Greta Thunberg hitches another top-dollar yacht ride to Europe, plebs will live with 'flight shame'
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg has managed to find a ride across the Atlantic with a pair of sailing YouTubers. Once again, the activist will make her journey on a yacht far beyond the means of the ordinary working Joe. | After hitching a ride from Europe to New York aboard a €4 million racing yacht in August, Thunberg embarked on a whirlwind tour of climate change summits and street-level protests. However, when the UN's COP25 climate summit in Chile was moved to Spain due to political unrest, the Swedish activist was left marooned in the US. | Avoiding combustion-powered planes and boats, Thunberg'…

Ukraine, the Land of Quid Pro Quos
Frederic Mousseau, Elena Teare | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
A couple walks along a line of tractors blocking the parliament in Kiev on November 12, 2019, during a rally to protest against government plans to lift the moratorium on agricultural land sales, a step long awaited by investors but opposed by the Ukrainians fearing a foreign land grab. The former Soviet country, whose stalling economy has been propped up by Western aid in recent years, is home to some of the largest swathes of cultivated land in Europe. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage

ISIS Captives Offer a Convenient Pawn in Turkey's Syria Chess Game
Vanessa Beeley | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-13
ISIS is the latest bogeyman in a global terror portfolio that serves a neoconservative agenda in the Middle East, and Turkey has been its midwife and curator.

Khabib: 'Sometimes I go easy on my opponents, I don't want to hurt them' (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-11-13
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant forces in the history of MMA, but has ominously suggested he has sometimes gone easy on his opponents to avoid doing even more damage. | Khabib stands 28-0 in professional MMA and has rarely looked troubled inside the cage. | But despite his dominance, the Dagestani grappling phenom has suggested that on occasion he has held back. | "I had fights in my career where I understood that I could hurt my opponent more, but I'd talk to him, tell him to give up so that I don't beat him too hard," Khabib told a group of schoolchildren in Russia.

The ISC Report: Russian Connections in Albion?
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-13
The UK election campaign has kicked off, and merrily confused are the major candidates. The chaotic scene was made a touch more interesting with the refusal on the part of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to clear the release of a report by the intelligence and security committee on claimed Russian interference in British politics.

US wants Turkey 'back in the fold' as tensions mount between between NATO allies
rt.com | 2019-11-13
The US wants to bring Turkey "back into the fold," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday as he warned again about Ankara drifting away from its NATO partners. | Washington is concerned that recent arms deals with Russia and its recent incursion into northern Syria mean Turkey is slipping away from the military bloc. Esper's comments came ahead of US President Donald Trump's meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Wednesday. | "We need Turkey back in the fold. They've been good allies for many years, all the way back to fighting alongside the United States in the Korean war, up t…

'NATO will be soiling its pants': Ukrainian tycoon seen as power behind president calls for 'new Warsaw Pact' with Moscow
rt.com | 2019-11-13
A tycoon who spent millions of dollars arming anti-Russian fighters in Ukraine has emerged from the shadows to blast the Europe he once idolized. The oligarch now sees alliance with Russia as the only option for his country. | Igor Kolomoysky, the oligarch seen by many as the shadow power behind Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has changed his tune sharply from the days of the 2014 Maidan rebellion. | Back then he was an ally of pro-European President Petro Poroshenko, who even appointed him governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region. Once installed there, Kolomoysky placed a bounty on captured fighters from…

Ukrainegate impeachment saga worsens US-Russia Cold War
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-11-13
As the House opens impeachment hearings for President Trump, Professor Stephen F. Cohen warns that the US military assistance at…

Medvedev melts down as Nadal storms back to win ATP Finals clash
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Daniil Medvedev suffered a third-set meltdown as he lost to Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in London, leaving the Russian staring at an early exit from the tournament. | Medvedev was leading 5-1 in the decisive third set and had match point but threw it away as Nadal rattled off five successive games to take the match into a tie-break, which he won to claim the contest 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). | The match was a re-run of the pair's epic US Open final which Nadal won, although in London both went into the meeting knowing it was likely make-or-break having lost their opening group encounters, with Nadal being…

Russia to cut dollar share in National Wealth Fund in favor of yuan & other currencies
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Russia wants to reduce the US dollar share in its National Wealth Fund, as it looks to invest in the Chinese yuan and other foreign currencies, Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev has announced. | "I can say with certainty that the share of the US dollar will be smaller," the official told reporters on Wednesday. "Different currencies are being considered, all the reserve ones… including the yuan." | While the deputy minister did not elaborate on the exact amount of the dollar cut, he said that the National Wealth Fund's currency structure will be similar to that of the Russian central bank's reserves.

'There's no denying it, he choked': Tennis world reacts as Daniil Medvedev throws away lead to hand Rafael Nadal ATP Finals win
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Russian star Daniil Medvedev is facing an early exit from the ATP Finals in London after throwing away a decisive lead in the final set of his match with world number one Rafael Nadal, prompting fans to accuse him of 'choking'. | …

US & Turkey working on 'resolving S-400 issue,' but Trump & Erdogan tight-lipped on details
rt.com | 2019-11-13
US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said their countries were working to "resolve" the issue of Ankara purchasing Russian S-400 air defense systems, without going into any specifics. | Erdogan, who arrived in Washington on Wednesday for an official state visit, spent much of the day in meetings with Trump and several US senators critical of Turkey's recent actions in northern Syria. Appearing at a joint press conference in the late afternoon, he showed no sign of backing down from Ankara's current posture, saying that political concerns ought to be separate from matters o…

Shooting NATO with its own bullet? What we know about Kalashnikov's new rifle, chambered in alliance-standard 7.62x51mm
rt.com | 2019-11-13
As Russia marks famed Soviet inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov's centenary, we look at the newest incarnation of his time-tested rifle. The AK-308 fires NATO rounds, giving the Russian manufacturer an edge over western rivals. | Sitting along a lonely road near Russia's Kazakh border, the town of Kurya is a long way from the world's battlefields. The nearest major city, Novosibirsk, is a six-hour drive away. Yet, Kurya's most famous son devised an invention that would power revolutions, redraw national borders and reshape modern warfare. | Mikhail Kalashnikov was born in Kurya on November 10, 1919, to a peasant fam…

Child prison & death in a blaze: Mother commits suicide after kids she kept in lockup for 10 years escape
rt.com | 2019-11-13
No school, no IDs and constant CCTV surveillance. Nobody in town knew that they existed. Three kids were locked up behind the fence of a private home for a decade, as their mother tried to protect them from the 'cruel world.' | …

Takeover of Venezuela's embassy in Brazil timed to coincide with launch of BRICS summit — Russia
rt.com | 2019-11-13
The seizure of Venezuela's embassy in Brasilia was not only an attack on the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, but also an attempt to sow discord between the BRICS member states, Russia's Deputy FM told RT. | The Wednesday storming on the diplomatic mission by the supporters of US-backed Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido was "planned before and timed that it coincided with the first day of BRICS summit," Sergey Ryabkov said. | It took place on the same day as the leaders of Russia, China, India and South Africa arrived to the Brazilian capital for the high-profile BRICS summit. Members…

A Doubtful Proposition: a Reflection on the Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7
Brian Terrell | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-13
"Whether nuclear weapons are actually illegal under international or domestic law (a doubtful proposition) is not relevant or an appropriate issue to litigate in this case," so ruled Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, late on Friday October 18. This last-minute order, restricting the defense of…

Venice 'on Its Knees' After Worst Flood in 5 Decades
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-13
VENICE, Italy–The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. | The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 7 centimeters (2 Ω inches) lower than the historic 1966 flood. Another wave of exceptionally high water followed Wednesday. | "Venice is on its knees," Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Twitter. "St. Mark's Basilica has sustained serious damage, like the entire…

Man City's Silva banned over 'racist' tweet comparing teammate Mendy to cartoon
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Bernardo Silva will miss one game and has been fined $64,000 amid a furore regarding a supposedly racially insensitive tweet in which he compared Manchester City teammate Benjamin Mendy to a character from a brand of chocolates. | Silva compared Mendy to a dark-skinned character used to promote a brand of confectionary in Portugal and Spain – a move which drew criticism from several figures within the sport, particularly given the wave of racist fan behavior which has blighted football in recent months. | Silva, however, has vigorously denied that there was a racist undertone in his social media message which,…

Germany: Berlin rent cap–a deceptive manoeuvre
wsws.org | 2019-11-13
The rent cap will not stop the enrichment of the rent sharks, provide affordable housing for all, or hide the right-wing and anti-social policies of the parties controlling the Berlin Senate.

Spain: Catalan Parliament Presses for Independence
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-13
Catalonia's Parliament approved on Tuesday a motion promoting self-determination which was introduced by the Popular Candidacy Unit (CUP), a pro-independence political organization. | RELATED: | Spain: Socialists Win But Miss Majority, Far-Right Becomes 3rd Political Force | "The Catalonian Parliament's plenary has approved the first point of the motion on self-determination presented by the CUP," the Parliament's authorities published. | This proposal was approved in a session th…

Chile: Repression Reaches Levels Similar to Pinochet Era
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-13
After completing an "emergency mission" in Chile, European Parliament Members Miguel Urban and Idoia Villanueva on Wednesday reported that this South American country suffers repression levels similar to those seen in the last three years of the Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). | RELATED: | Chile: Opposition Unites Calling For New Constituent Assembly | Besides preparing a mission report, the leftist MEPs wrote an open letter adressing Federica Mogherini, the European…

Trespassers Forcibly Enter Venezuelan Embassy in Brasilia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-13
A group of trespassers forced their way into the Venezuelan Embassy in Brasilia on Wednesday, resulting in the brief disruption of diplomatic affairs. | RELATED: | Trump Threatens Venezuela And Nicaragua After Coup in Bolivia | The Deputy Minister for Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela , Yván Gil, took to Twitter shortly after the incident to denounce the forcibly entry into the headquarters of the Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil by militants from the far-right…

As Trump and Erdogan Meet, the U.S. Hopes to Resume F?35 Arms Sales to Turkey
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-11-13
Despite Turkey's recent human rights abuses in Syria, the Trump administration would like Turkey to rejoin the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Democracy on Trial: Bill Moyers on Impeachment Inquiry & Why PBS Should Air Hearings in Primetime
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-13
Televised impeachment hearings begin today in the inquiry into whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rivals. Two witnesses are testifying today before the House Intelligence Committee: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Both officials have privately told congressional investigators that Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Donald Trump is just the fourth U.S. presi…

Progressive Groups Release Draft Articles of Impeachment to Capture 'Smorgasbord' of Trump Abuses
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
"Trump's offenses related to Ukraine are not an aberration—they are the latest examples of him subverting our democracy to advance his own interests." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/impeachment-for-the-people.jpg

'Absolutely Devastating' Testimony by Bill Taylor Recounts Direct Role Trump Took in Pressing Ukraine for Biden Probe
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
"Ambassador Taylor's testimony leaves no doubt that President Trump was using official acts to pressure Ukraine for interference on our elections," said Rep. Ted Lieu. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bill_taylor.jpg

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…

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.

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 …

Ecuador Recovers 530 Indigenous Artifacts From German Heir
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-12
Ecuador has recovered hundreds of historic artifacts after a German man who inherited them voluntarily returned them. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Prison Ordered For Another Leftist Opposition Leader | In 2015, Josef Rettinger contacted the Ecuadorian embassy in Germany to find out where to send a collection of artifacts that his uncle, who lived in the Andean country between 1985-2005, gave to him. | "We cannot determine how, when or where," the goods came from because…

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.

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.

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…

'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…

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 …

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

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…

"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

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