2019-11-14: News Headlines

John Wojcik, Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-14). Public impeachment hearing reveals new phone call confirming Trump conspiracy. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The nation watched the opening of public hearings yesterday in which, for only the fourth time in U.S. history, an imperiled president faced the prospect of impeachment and removal from office. William B. Taylor, Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, the State Department employee officially in charge of Ukraine policy, …

Staff (2019-11-14). In Our Future Climate Dystopia, This Is What the Pentagon Will Do. truthdig.com The Situation Room, October 2039: the president and vice president, senior generals and admirals, key cabinet members, and other top national security officers huddle around computer screens as aides speak to key officials across the country. Some screens are focused on Hurricane Monica, continuing its catastrophic path through the Carolinas and Virginia; others are following Hurricane Nicholas, now pummeling Florida and Georgia, while Hurricane Ophelia lurks behind it in the eastern Caribbean. | On another bank of screens, officials are watching horrifying scenes from Los Angeles and San Diego, where millions of…

RT (2019-11-14). Getting shirty: Russia refuse to wear new Adidas kit because manufacturer 'got flag the wrong way round'. rt.com Getting the flag colors the right way round might seem a fundamental requirement in manufacturing a kit for a national team, but that is reportedly the sticking point between the Russian football team and sportswear giant Adidas. | The Russian national side and German kit-maker unveiled team's new red home strip for next year's European Championships at a glitzy ceremony last week. | Stanislav Cherchesov's men, who have already qualified for the European showpiece, were due to wear the kit for their final two group games, against Belgium on Saturday and San Marino on Tuesday. | –ú—ã […

RT (2019-11-14). Moldova MPs vote to back new technocrat-led govt. rt.com Moldova's parliament has voted to back a new technocratic government led by former finance minister. | Over 60 of 101 deputies voted in favor of Prime Minister Ion Chicu's cabinet, two days after the collapse of the short-lived administration headed by pro-Western Maia Sandu, AP said. | Six of 11 ministers in the new government, including Chicu, are former advisers to President Igor Dodon. | Chicu received support from Dodon's former party, the Socialists, whose dispute with Sandu over judicial reforms led to her government's fall.

RT (2019-11-14). 'The captain is well, very well': Cristiano Ronaldo 'very fit' despite Juventus saying he's nursing knee injury. rt.com Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has issued an assurance regarding his health ahead of a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier amid reports that Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has withdrawn him from recent games due to knee trouble. | Ronaldo was substituted during each of Juventus' last two games, with the player appearing unable to disguise his displeasure with his coach's decision during Sunday's 1-0 win against Milan. | Reports suggest that such was Ronaldo's unhappiness with the call that he disregarded convention and exited the stadium prior to the end of the game, a move which reportedly angered the club's hierar…

RT (2019-11-14). Russia-bashers eat their own? Ukrainian ex-minister accuses Bellingcat of being infiltrated by…Kremlin agents? rt.com A website obsessed with blaming Russia for everything — using Google Earth to support its airtight theories — has been infiltrated by Russian agents, according to a Ukrainian MP and former minister. But does it even make sense? | Our strange saga begins with a very level-headed Facebook post penned by Ukraine's former minister of veterans affairs and current member of parliament, Iryna Friz, who expressed deep displeasure with a recent Bellingcat 'investigation' revealing that Ukraine's Ministry of Veterans Affairs had ties to far-right figures (oh no, who could have guessed?). | In her post, Friz…

RT (2019-11-14). Syria begins deploying troops in northeast along Turkish border — Damascus. rt.com Syrian state media is reporting that government forces have started deploying in areas close to the Turkish border in the northeast. Troops are deploying between the towns of Jawadiyeh and Malkiyeh, also known as Derik, according to SANA. | The deployment began on Thursday, and Syrian border guards will be positioned at six points near to the border, state TV reported. | The deployment is part of a deal reached between Russia and Turkey last month along much of the northeastern boundary that seeks to ensure Kurdish fighters leave the area, AP said. Russia and Turkey began joint patrols along a narrower strip d…

RT (2019-11-14). Trump's V-Day visit to Moscow would be 'the right thing to do' even during election season — Putin. rt.com As Russia prepares to celebrate the May 2020 anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, President Vladimir Putin said that a visit from Donald Trump would be "the right thing to do," even during an election campaign.

RT (2019-11-14). 'I'd say he won, no doubt': Artem Lobov delivers verdict on Jason Knight's bathroom brawl ahead of bare-knuckle rematch. rt.com Artem Lobov has declared rival Jason Knight the winner of a bathroom brawl that caused a sensation on social media ahead of their much-anticipated rematch in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship on Saturday. | Fans are hoping for a classic to mirror their first encounter when American Knight aims for revenge against Russian-born Lobov, who enters as strong favorite having won their initial, bloody contest on the thinnest of judging margins earlier this year. | The second contest between the pair is being hyped as the most exciting fight since the championship launched in 2018, not least because its organizer…

teleSUR (2019-11-14). North Korea Not Interested in December Peace Talks with US. telesurenglish.net North Korea said on Thursday it has been offered a fresh meeting with the United States, but is uninterested in more talks aimed at "appeasing us" ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in their negotiations. | RELATED: | North Korea Breaks off Nuclear Talks With US in Sweden | Kim Myong Gil, the North's nuclear negotiator, said in a report carried by state media that Stephen Biegun, his U.S. counterpart who jointly led last month's faile…

John Feffer (2019-11-14). Examining Trump World's Fantastic Claims About Ukraine. counterpunch.org In fantasy sports, participants draft their own dream teams out of the rosters of existing players. That's what Donald Trump has done with Ukraine. He and his advisors have created a fantasy team involving a number of key players, including the Ukrainian president, the former U.S. ambassador, and the former vice president's son. Then they've More

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-11-14). Why Are We in Ukraine? thenation.com Why Are We in Ukraine?

teleSUR (2019-11-14). Turkey Wont Give Up Russian Missile System: Erdogan. telesurenglish.net Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan said Washington was not right to propose that Ankara get rid of the Russian S-400 missile defenses it purchased, calling it an infringement of sovereign rights, according to Turkish media. | RELATED: | Turkey's Erdogan Announces Capture of Al-Baghdadi's Wife | In a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump urged Erdogan to abandon the S-400 systems that began arriving in Turkey in July despite threats of sanctions from Washin…

WSWS (2019-11-14). Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia. wsws.org The first day of public, televised hearings demonstrates that in the impeachment conflict two right-wing factions of the ruling class are fighting out differences over foreign policy.

RT (2019-11-14). 'Evil forces never stop attempts to smear God's servants': Patriarch Kirill urges all religions to unite in combating terrorism. rt.com A war is being waged against traditional religions. It goes on in cities and villages, in information space and, most importantly, in the minds of the people, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, warned. | "Enormous resources are being used for information wars nowadays. We, religious figures, are accustomed to constant attacks. The forces of evil never give up on attempts to smear those, who dedicated their lives to serving God," the Patriarch said as he took the stage at the Summit of World Religious Leaders in Baku. | The most alarming thing is that the younger generation is the one being…

Staff (2019-11-14). "This Is Unacceptable": Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon Says Trump Is a Rogue President. democracynow.org The public phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump began Wednesday, with testimonies from two witnesses: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. The hearing brought forth new details about a previously unknown phone call in July between President Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Both Kent and Taylor expressed concern over the role President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had in dictating U.S. policy on Ukraine. We speak with Elizabeth Holtzman, a former U.S. congressme…

Staff (2019-11-14). In First Public Impeachment Hearing, Trump Implicated in Effort to Pressure Ukraine to Probe Bidens. democracynow.org The first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump was held Wednesday. Trump is just the fourth president in U.S. history to face impeachment. Two witnesses testified 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. They both said President Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure the country to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company. We play highlights from the hearing.

Staff (2019-11-14). Headlines for November 14, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Diplomats Testify Trump Pressured Ukraine to Dig Up Political Dirt on Bidens, Trump Claims He Was "Too Busy" to Watch Impeachment Inquiry, Trump Hosts President Erdogan at White House Amid Turkish Attacks in Syria, 34 Palestinians Killed in Two Days as Israel Bombs Gaza Strip, Exiled Bolivian President Evo Morales Calls for "National Dialogue", Protests Rage as Bolivia's Self-Proclaimed Interim President Swears In Cabinet, Lebanese Soldiers Shoot and Kill Man as Protests Enter Fifth Week, Zimbabwe: Millions at Risk of Starving Amid Climate Change-Fueled Drought, Hundreds of Elephants Die as Drought Grips Sou…

Brian Terrell (2019-11-13). A Doubtful Proposition: a Reflection on the Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. counterpunch.org "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 More

RT (2019-11-13). US & Turkey working on 'resolving S-400 issue,' but Trump & Erdogan tight-lipped on details. rt.com 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…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-11-13). ISIS Captives Offer a Convenient Pawn in Turkey's Syria Chess Game. mintpressnews.com 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.

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

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

WSWS (2019-11-13). Germany: Berlin rent cap—a deceptive manoeuvre. wsws.org 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.

teleSUR (2019-11-13). Venice Mayor Blames Climate Crisis for Historic Flooding. telesurenglish.net Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro expressed that the six feet of water that has flooded the city since Tuesday is not just "bad weather" but a climate emergency. | RELATED: | How Taricaya Turtles Try To Save the Amazon | The record water level, the highest in 50 years, led Brugnaro to ask Italy's government for assistance and to declare a state of emergency in the city after at least two people were reported dead in the flooding. | "These are the effects of climate change," the mayor tweeted. | Th…

Staff (2019-11-13). Democracy on Trial: Bill Moyers on Impeachment Inquiry & Why PBS Should Air Hearings in Primetime. democracynow.org 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…

RT (2019-11-12). Marco Rubio blames 'Putin's disinformation' for coverage of Bolivia coup that he doesn't like. rt.com 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…

RT (2019-11-11). 'Terrible mistake'? Polish PM slams Netflix over documentary implying Poland shared responsibility for Nazi crimes. rt.com 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…

RT (2019-11-11). Tulsi Gabbard lawyer demanding retraction from Hillary Clinton over 'defamatory' Russian asset smear. rt.com 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…

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-11). Turkey's Syria 'Ethnic Cleansing' In US Memo, US Can Shoot 'Any Syrian' Over Oil & A Bolivia Coup. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Staff (2019-11-08). Headlines for November 8, 2019. democracynow.org George Kent: Giuliani Carried Out Smear Campaign Against U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, U.S. and China Aim to Roll Back Some Tariffs, "A Warning": Anonymous Senior Official Slams Trump in New Book, Michael Bloomberg Preparing to Jump Into 2020 Race, Sanders Immigration Plan: Abolish ICE & Create Path to Citizenship, Undocumented Students to Stage Walkout to Support DACA, Report: DHS to Have Biometric Data on 260 Million People, Iraq: Security Forces Continue Bloody Crackdown on Anti-Government Protesters, Tensions Rise in Bolivia over Disputed Presidential Election, Brazil Sides with U.S. at U.N. Vote Condemning U.S…

Staff (2019-11-07). Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as Part of Kingdom's Growing Crackdown on Dissent. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-07). Algerian Protesters Are Still in the Streets, Months After Pushing Out Longtime President Bouteflika. democracynow.org 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…

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-03). "White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-26). Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon? thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

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

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-22). US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-21). Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

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

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-18). Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-12). Turkey Attacks US Troops, Iran Tanker Bombed No One Cares, CIA "Whistleblower" & Terrorism Vaccine. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Paul Dobson (2019-10-07). Venezuela Arrests Oil Exec for Corruption, Receives $4bn in Russian Investment. venezuelanalysis.com Moscow and Caracas are reportedly working on a long-term cooperation agreement set to last at least until 2030.

CounterSpin (2019-09-27). Shailly Gupta Barnes, Frances Fox Piven on Defining and Ending Poverty. fair.org Media…

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