2019-11-15: Social Media Postees

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'What's a girl seeking, alone at night?' German mayor's 'victim-blaming' blasted as immigrants accused of gang-raping teenager
rt.com | 2019-11-15
The mayor of a German city was forced to apologize for his comments about a shocking gang rape case, which has drawn a new wave of criticism toward the country's lax immigration laws. | The crime occurred in the city of Ulm in the southwestern Baden-Wurttemberg state on Halloween but police only reported it this week. The 14-year-old victim was walking late and met with a group of teenage boys and men in their early 20s, one of whom she knew. She agreed to go to the home of one of the suspects and was gang-raped there. | Three suspects were subsequently arrested, while two more remain at large. At least two of…
rt.com/news/473553-germany-ulm-outrage-refugees/

Turkey sends 6,000 Syrians from Istanbul to temporary centers — governor
rt.com | 2019-11-15
Turkey has sent more than 6,000 Syrian migrants in Istanbul to temporary housing centers in other provinces since early July, the local governor's office said on Friday. His statement came two weeks after a deadline for Syrians not registered in the city to leave. | Authorities had given undocumented Syrians in Istanbul until October 30 to move to another province or face forced removal from the city. The Istanbul governor's office said 6,416 unregistered Syrians were removed from Istanbul since July 12. | Turkey hosts more than 3.6 million Syrians, the largest population of Syrians displaced by an eight-year…
rt.com/newsline/473562-turkey-syrians-istanbul-centers/

'Being in Quebec is something extraordinary': Thierry Henry aims to forget Monaco nightmare after taking charge at Montreal Impact
rt.com | 2019-11-15
After a disastrous brief reign at Monaco, Thierry Henry is hoping for a fresh start and improved fortunes when he takes over as manager of mid-table MLS side Montreal Impact. | Former France striker Henry will attempt to repair his reputation as a head coach at Montreal Impact, where the 42-year-old has agreed to resume his career in January, one year after he was sacked as manager of French side Monaco. | Henry won four and lost 11 of his 20 matches in charge of the Ligue 1 side, where his methods — including apparently lambasting his players in a style more becoming of a tempestuous teammate — came…
rt.com/sport/473545-thierry-henry-joins-mls-montreal-impact/

55 not out: Cristiano Ronaldo notches 55th hat-trick in Portugal's 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-11-15
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo produced another virtuoso performance for his country as he netted his 55th career hat-trick to help his side to a comfortable 6-0 win over Lithuania. | Ronaldo's treble in his side's Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night also took his tally of international goals for his country to 98 as he closes in on another remarkable career milestone. | If Ronaldo makes it to 100 goals, he'll become only the second player in football history to register a century of international goals for his country, joining Iran's Ali Daei. | Ronaldo's performance came in the wake of a turbulent…
rt.com/sport/473549-cristiano-ronaldo-55th-hat-trick-portugal/

Meet Ukraine: America's Newest "Strategic Ally"
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-15
When the dust settles in a month or two, the House of Representatives will have impeached President Donald Trump with a one-sided partisan vote and then the Senate will have exonerated Donald Trump with a similarly one-sided partisan vote. But at the end of the day, the United States will have acquired a new strategic ally in Central Europe: Ukraine. The very first day of the impeachment hearings in November has been responsible for an important national security decision that had no input from Trump's national security team or from the congressional foreign policy committees. The implications of this decision ar…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/15/meet-ukraine-americas-newest-strategic-ally/

White House releases text of 1st phone call between Trump & Zelensky
rt.com | 2019-11-15
The White House has released a memo of the first phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Although it details a predictably throwaway exchange, the search for the hidden meanings is on. | The call, made just a few hours after Zelensky was elected in Ukraine, is little more than a brief exchange of pleasantries, with Trump congratulating Zelensky on his presidency and the two heads of state talking about how great their respective countries are. Zelensky invites Trump to his inauguration, and Trump says they'll meet soon, whether at the inauguration or elsewhere. | p…
rt.com/usa/473564-trump-zelensky-phone-call-released/

White House releases text of 1st phone call between Trump & Zelensky
rt.com | 2019-11-15
The White House has released a memo of the first phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Although it details a predictably throwaway exchange, the search for the hidden meanings is on. | The call, made just a few hours after Zelensky was elected in Ukraine, is little more than a brief exchange of pleasantries, with Trump congratulating Zelensky on his presidency and the two heads of state talking about how great their respective countries are. Zelensky invites Trump to his inauguration, and Trump says they'll meet soon, whether at the inauguration or elsewhere. | N…
rt.com/usa/473564-trump-zelensky-phone-call-released/

Video: Key MH17 Witness Vladimir Tsemakh: Abduction, Ukrainian Special Services, and Conflict in Donbass
Vladimir Tsemakh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-15
On July 17, 2014, a Malaysian Boeing 777-200ER aircraft was conducting a scheduled passenger flight (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. During a transit flight over the territory of Ukraine, the Ukrainian air traffic control charted the plane directly over …
globalresearch.ca/video-key-mh17-witness-vladimir-tsemakh-abduction-ukrainian-special-services-conflict-donbass/5694840

Greece as the Centrepiece of China's BRI in the Eastern Mediterranean
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-15
A 2018 Pew Survey found that 89% of Greeks found their culture to be superior to others, by far the highest amount of people in Europe where it reached as low as 26% in Sweden, 23% in Estonia and Belgium, …
globalresearch.ca/greece-centrepiece-china-bri-eastern-mediterranean/5695024

German MPs vote to enshrine climate protection in law
rt.com | 2019-11-15
Germany's lower house of parliament on Friday voted to enshrine climate protection in law, setting specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its energy, transport and housing sectors. | The aim is to ensure Germany, Europe's largest economy, reaches its goal of cutting German greenhouse gas emissions to 55 percent of their 1990 level by 2030, Reuters said. | Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday the EU should increase its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if it wants to lead in the fight against climate change. | "Europe must lead, because only then other countrie…
rt.com/newsline/473532-germany-climate-protection-law/

Turkey's drill ship 'Fatih' begins operations off NE Cyprus — vice president
rt.com | 2019-11-15
The Turkish oil- and gas-drilling ship 'Fatih' has started operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay was quoted on Friday as saying, despite warnings from the EU that Ankara should stand down. | On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures against Ankara over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean. | Turkey, a formal candidate to join the EU despite worsening ties with the bloc, criticized the decision and said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or in areas where Turkis…
rt.com/newsline/473524-turkey-drill-fatih-cyprus/

Russia, Norway & Lithuania conduct exchange of spies
rt.com | 2019-11-15
Lithuania, Russia and Norway conducted an exchange of spies on Friday, the head of Lithuanian counter intelligence said. The three states each secured the return of several captured agents to their home countries, Reuters reported. | Earlier in the day, Lithuania's president pardoned two Russians jailed for espionage, and Moscow said it would reciprocate by releasing two Lithuanians. The moves paved the way for a three-way spy swap also involving Norway. | Lithuanian media said last month that discussions were under way on exchanging two Russians jailed in Lithuania, two Lithuanians sentenced for spying in Rus…
rt.com/newsline/473557-russia-norway-lithuania-spy/

With no alternative, NASA spent nearly $4 BILLION to fly astronauts aboard Russian Soyuz to ISS & "overpaid" Boeing for no reason
rt.com | 2019-11-15
US space explorers have added up exactly how much money has gone to buy 'seats' on Soyuz vehicles, as its partners SpaceX and "overpaid" Boeing failed to meet the deadlines on NASA's manned spaceflight programs. | Over the past two decades, NASA spent $3.9 billion to transport 70 astronauts aboard Soyuz spacecraft to and from the International Space Station (ISS), the agency said in its audit report, published on Thursday. | The US also had previously used the Space Shuttle to deliver crews to the station but that program was termi…
rt.com/news/473566-nasa-soyuz-money-spent/

As Brazil's ex-President Lula is Set Free and BRICS Leaders Summit, What Lessons From the Workers Party for Fighting Global Neoliberalism?
Patrick Bond | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-15
Just as Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) heads of state prepared to meet in Brasilia on November 13-14, hosted by Jair Bolsonaro, a double political earthquake hit: Lula's freedom from prison on November 8, followed by a coup against Bolivian president Evo Morales on November 11. Lula was central to BRICS' establishment a decade ago. Details about…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/15/as-brazils-ex-president-lula-is-set-free-and-brics-leaders-summit-what-lessons-from-the-workers-party-for-fighting-global-neoliberalism/

'May drive a bus but do not fine': 'Driver-in-chief' Brezhnev's license to drive is auctioned off
rt.com | 2019-11-15
Documents celebrating Leonid Brezhnev's lifelong love for posh cars and reckless driving have been sold at auction in Moscow. The big man's tastes were a nightmare for his guards and a driveway to his heart for foreign leaders. | Brezhnev's driving documents have changed ownership between two unidentified private collectors this week. What is known is that in exchange the buyer paid about $24,000. The laminated papers include a driver's license in Brezhnev's name — which also authorized him to take the wheel of pretty much any commercial ground transport — and a punch-through card that every Soviet d…
rt.com/russia/473561-brezhnev-driving-license-sold/

It's Still Not Too Late for Rojava
Edward Hunt | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-15
As Turkey continues its devastating military assault on Rojava, the Kurdish-led region of northeastern Syria, officials in Washington are facing a critical decision: allow Turkey to prevail in its campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Kurds or take action to protect them. The Turkish invasion, which began on October 9, has been devastating for Rojava.
counterpunch.org/2019/11/15/its-still-not-too-late-for-rojava/

Who Gets to Tell the Story of a Lost Music Culture?
David Hajdu | thenation.com | 2019-11-15
Who Gets to Tell the Story of a Lost Music Culture?
thenation.com/article/bulgarian-folk-smithsonian-review/

'Go Boris': Tommy Robinson endorses UK PM, saying 'if we believe in democracy, we have to have Brexit' (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-11-15
Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson has voiced his support for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and believes that attaining Brexit is crucial for British democracy. | Speaking outside a London courthouse, Robinson told Ruptly that he supported Nigel Farage's decision not to run Brexit Party candidates against Tory MPs and backed Farage and Johnson in their efforts to see Britain exit the European Union. | "If we want Brexit, if we believe in democracy, we have to have Brexit. So, yeah, go Boris," Robinson said with a wink. | He also urged the Conservatives and the Brexit Party to "attack the Labour heartland" i…
rt.com/uk/473546-tommy-robinson-endorses-boris-johnson/

Latin American Youth Demand Gender Equality, Sexual Rights
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-14
A group of young Latin American activists has called on world leaders to fight for sexual and reproductive health services, for the rights of people with disabilities and the right to abortion at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) in Kenya. | RELATED: | Latin American Women Mark International Safe Abortion Day | Working with Kenya and Denmark, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has organized the ICPD25 summit which runs until Thursday with represen…
telesurenglish.net/news/Latin-American-Youth-Demand-Gender-Equality-Sexual-Rights-20191114-0011.html

North Korea Not Interested in December Peace Talks with US
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-14
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/North-Korea-Not-Interested-in-December-Peace-Talks-with-US-20191114-0002.html

In Our Future Climate Dystopia, This Is What the Pentagon Will Do
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-14
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…
truthdig.com/articles/in-our-future-climate-dystopia-this-is-what-the-pentagon-will-do/

In 2039, How Will the US Military Fight a Climate Crisis Reality?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-14
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 anoth…
truthout.org/articles/in-2039-how-will-the-us-military-fight-a-climate-crisis-reality/

Spain's Far Right Wins Big, But Left Coalition Still Possible
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-11-14
Spain held its second parliamentary election this year last Sunday, and the anti-immigrant and nationalist Vox party doubled its representation. But the vote might not resolve Spain's political impasse.
therealnews.com/stories/spain-far-right-wins-big-left-coalition-still-possible

Getting shirty: Russia refuse to wear new Adidas kit because manufacturer 'got flag the wrong way round'
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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.com/sport/473467-russia-refuse-new-adidas-kit-flag/

'The captain is well, very well': Cristiano Ronaldo 'very fit' despite Juventus saying he's nursing knee injury
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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.com/sport/473484-cristiano-ronaldo-sarri-injury/

Why Are We in Ukraine?
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-11-14
Why Are We in Ukraine?
thenation.com/article/why-are-we-in-ukraine/

Russia-bashers eat their own? Ukrainian ex-minister accuses Bellingcat of being infiltrated by…Kremlin agents?
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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.com/news/473450-bellingcat-ukraine-fsb-infiltrated/

Public impeachment hearing reveals new phone call confirming Trump conspiracy
John Wojcik, Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-14
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, …
peoplesworld.org/article/public-impeachment-hearing-reveals-new-phone-call-confirming-trump-conspiracy/

Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon Says Trump Is a Rogue President
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-14
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 att…
truthout.org/video/ex-congresswoman-who-voted-to-impeach-nixon-says-trump-is-a-rogue-president/

Examining Trump World's Fantastic Claims About Ukraine
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-14
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/14/examining-trump-worlds-fantastic-claims-about-ukraine/

Can the EU's New Sanctions Against Turkey Force the Cyprus Issue to Finally be Resolved?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-14
Every year, on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, references are made with the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, the last divided capital city of Europe. In Berlin, the wall fell under the weight of a political cosmogony …
globalresearch.ca/can-eu-new-sanctions-against-turkey-force-cyprus-issue-resolved/5694991

Europe Has Developed Thanks to Africa's Wealth
Mamadou Mansaré | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-14
"You must know a great fighter, he is a personality in his country" — the French worker of North African origin who introduced him to me told me. It was rigorously true. For many years Mamadou Mansaré has embodied the …
globalresearch.ca/europe-developed-thanks-africa-wealth/5694953

Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia
wsws.org | 2019-11-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/14/impe-n14.html

Turkey Wont Give Up Russian Missile System: Erdogan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-14
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkey-Wont-Give-Up-Russian-Missile-System-Erdogan-20191114-0007.html

Syria begins deploying troops in northeast along Turkish border — Damascus
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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.com/newsline/473470-syria-troops-turkey-border/

Trump's V-Day visit to Moscow would be 'the right thing to do' even during election season — Putin
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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.com/news/473496-putin-trump-moscow-visit/

'I'd say he won, no doubt': Artem Lobov delivers verdict on Jason Knight's bathroom brawl ahead of bare-knuckle rematch
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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…
rt.com/sport/473477-artem-lobov-jason-knight-bareknuckle/

Houdini trick, but Russia-style? VIDEO shows 'suspect' jumping out of police station still handcuffed to RADIATOR
rt.com | 2019-11-14
A stunt that Harry Houdini would've surely disapproved of was caught on video in Russia. Instead of escaping from his cuffs, a man jumps out of a police station's window onto a car roof — all that with the radiator still attached. | …
rt.com/russia/473493-detainee-escape-radiator-handcuffs/

Moldova MPs vote to back new technocrat-led govt
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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.com/newsline/473454-moldova-technocrat-government-chicu/

Western Terrorists Are Coming Home to Roost
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-14
Turkey is deporting terrorists to their country of origin. President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said Tuesday, | "Some countries have started panicking after we began the repatriation process of foreign Daesh terrorists. Turkey has been worrying about this issue for years, let | …
globalresearch.ca/western-terrorists-coming-home-roost/5694946

'Evil forces never stop attempts to smear God's servants': Patriarch Kirill urges all religions to unite in combating terrorism
rt.com | 2019-11-14
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…
rt.com/news/473489-patriarch-kirill-terrorism-religion/

In First Public Impeachment Hearing, Trump Implicated in Effort to Pressure Ukraine to Probe Bidens
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-14
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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/14/trump_public_impeachment_hearings_william_taylor

"This Is Unacceptable": Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon Says Trump Is a Rogue President
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-14
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/14/elizabeth_holtzman_trump_impeachment_public_hearing

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.
mintpressnews.com/isis-captives-pawn-turkey-syria-chess-game/262814/

Venice Mayor Blames Climate Crisis for Historic Flooding
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-13
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/venice-mayor-blames-climate-crisis-for-historic-flooding–20191113-0022.html

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/13/a-doubtful-proposition-a-reflection-on-the-trial-of-the-kings-bay-plowshares-7/

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…
thegrayzone.com/2019/11/13/ukrainegate-impeachment-saga-worsens-us-russia-cold-war/

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…
rt.com/usa/473363-trump-erdogan-press-conference/

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.
theintercept.com/2019/11/13/trump-erdogan-turkey-f-35/

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/13/berl-n13.html

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