2019-11-30: Social Media Postees

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50,000 Rally & March In Berlin To Defend Planet From Global Warming
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-11-30
50,000 rallied and marched through Berlin, Germany to protest the growing dangers of global warming and continued use of oil and gas around the world.

US envoy spews vitriol as 6 more EU nations defy sanctions bypass device INSTEX & urge saving Iran nuclear deal
rt.com | 2019-11-30
Six European countries, among them US NATO allies, have joined an EU scheme to bypass Donald Trump's sweeping sanctions, which ban all trade activities with Iran, raising the ire of a notorious American ambassador in Berlin. | Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden released a joint statement relating their intent to connect to INSTEX, short for the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, a European special-purpose vehicle. The move is to "facilitate legitimate trade between Europe a…

Thanks, but we'll keep 'mother' & 'father': Putin rejects politically correct 'parent #1 & #2' titles
rt.com | 2019-11-30
During a discussion on Russian national identity, President Vladimir Putin made sure to politely but firmly reject any notion of replacing traditional family structures with more "progressive" examples implemented in the West. | "You said the word 'mother' cannot be replaced. Turns out maybe it can: they've replaced it in some countries with 'parent number one' and 'parent number two.' I hope that never happens here," Putin said on Friday at the meeting of the Council for Interethnic Relations, a Kremlin advisory body. | His remarks came in response to lawmaker Viktor Vodolatsky, who talked about efforts to cu…

Why the UkraineGate Hearings Didn't Move the Dial
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-29
CNN and MSDNC's talking heads seemed surprised and disappointed that the recent televised impeachment hearings do not appear to have moved any but a small number of Republicans into supporting the impeachment and removal of the demented fascist oligarch Donald Trump. Liberals roll their eyes while discussing surveys showing that Republican voters are unmoved by…

Across the Balkans: Banja Luka
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-29
An account of a journey from Croatia to Kosovo, by way of Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia, and with a detour into Montenegro. This is part II of a series. The bus to Banja Luka, presumably filled with Bosnian Serbs (perhaps the most unloved people in the Balkans), departed on-time around 3: 00 p.m. On the way to…

Eastern Europe Is Turning into an Energy Battleground
RFE | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-29
Bulgaria has agreed to allow NATO to use its Black Sea port for naval coordination efforts as tensions rise between the Western military alliance and Russia. | The agreement was reached following a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Bulgarian…

Christians In Syria: From Killed Armenian Priest in Syria to the Roots of Hatred and Genocide
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-29
Father Hovsep Bedoyan, the head of the Armenian Catholic community in Qamishli, and the priest's father, Abraham Bedoyan, were killed November 11, on the road leading from Qamishli to Deir Ez Zor, were they were headed to …

The West Has Two Liberalism Problems, and Burning the Quran Is Just One of Them
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-29
The disgusting burning of a Quran in Norway last week was a rabidly Islamophobic act of hatred that highlighted one of the West's two liberalism problems, with the first being that the aforementioned stunt is supposedly protected by the principle …

Tell AXA: Stop Financing Israel's Climate Apartheid
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-11-29
Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / France AXA invests hundreds of millions of dollars in fossil fuels, insures polluting businesses, and invests $91 million in Israel's weapons and its expanding settlements, which destroy the environment. The 4th global Climate Strike today falls on the same day as the UN Day of …

What is Happening in Spain?
Vicente Navarro | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-29
The transition from dictatorship to democracy in Spain (1978) was carried out under conditions very favorable to the profoundly conservative forces that controlled the Spanish state and the majority of the media. The democratic forces (lead by the clandestine left wing parties) were institutionally weak. It is true that popular resistance against the dictatorship had been strong primarily among the working class, the base of these parties. Spain had the largest number of political strikes in Europe during the transition period (1975-1979), which played an important role in forcing the end of the extremely repress…

Cuba and EU Share Positions About US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-29
With similar positions of rejection of the resurgence of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S, the second round of dialogues between the European Union (EU) and Cuba on unilateral coercive measures was developed Friday at the National Hotel. | The delegation of the European bloc was headed by Katja Afheldt, head of the Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Division of the European External Action Service, while Rodolfo Reyes, director of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of the Cuban Chancellery. | After welcoming their counterpart, Reyes denounced the significant resurg…

Video: Is Northeastern Syria Turning into A Death Trap for Russia?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-29
The northeastern part of Syria remains one of the main hot points of the conflict despite the ceasefire regime formally declared in the region. | Clashes between Turkish-backed armed groups, on the one side, and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) …

Delay in publication of UK security report used to feed anti-Russian campaign
wsws.org | 2019-11-29
Allegations of Russian attempts to influence the UK's 2016 EU referendum and 2017 general election reveal sharp factional disputes within the British bourgeoisie.

Apartheid Free Zone Campaign in Italy Has Grown by 50 Percent Since Launch in June
Wiepke | bdsmovement.net | 2019-11-29
Apartheid Free Zone Campaign in Italy Has Grown by 50 Percent Since Launch in June: Update150 commercial, cultural and sporting activities in Italy have declared themselves free of Israeli apartheid Apartheid Free ZonesNovember 29, 2019 | By: | | BDS Italy …

3 injured in stabbing attack on shopping street in the Hague (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2019-11-29
Three people have been injured in a stabbing attack in The Hague. The incident took place on a busy shopping street in the center of the city. | Police are still on the lookout for the attacker, who struck at the heart of the city's shopping district during the Black Friday rush. | The suspect is described as a lightly colored man, between 45 and 50 years old, dressed in a gray tracksuit. In the Netherlands, "lightly colored" usually refers to a person of North African or Middle Eastern descent. | Videos…

Tech companies ask Putin to veto new law banning sales of smartphones without Russian software
rt.com | 2019-11-29
A major industry body, with Google, Apple and Samsung in its ranks, has written a letter to President Putin, warning that a new law will force major players to reconsider their Russian market strategies, and will harm consumers. | A bill obligating all devices sold in Russia to have local applications pre-installed on them has already passed both chambers of the parliament and is only awaiting a signature from the president to become law. | The initiative has been welcomed by Russian internet giants, such as Yandex, Mail.ru and VK, while foreign companies actively have lobbied against it. Fears were voiced tha…

Black Friday Protests Across Europe Demand Amazon 'Start Treating Workers Like Humans—Not Robots'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-29
"Workers are breaking bones, being knocked unconscious, and being taken away in ambulances." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/amazon_7.jpg

Italian Authorities Uncover Plot to Create New Nazi Party
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-28
Italian police said on Thursday they uncovered a plot to form a new Nazi party and seized a cache of weapons during searches across the country. | RELATED: | Spanish Ship Arrives in Italy With 62 Rescued Migrants | Police in 16 towns and cities from the Mediterranean island of Sicily to the Alps in northern Italy took part in the investigation, which was launched two years. | The probe revealed a "huge and varied array of subjects, residents in different places, united by the same ide…

Remember the Oath of the Elbe
Jeremy Kuzmarov | progressive.org | 2019-11-28
On April 25, 1945, American and Russian soldiers linked up at the Elbe River and made a pledge for peace that we should heed today.

France Debates Single Women's and Lesbians' Access to IVF
Isabel Kaplan | thenation.com | 2019-11-28
France Debates Single Women's and Lesbians' Access to IVF…

Europe Participates in Lunar Orbital Station Construction
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-28
Soon enough, space "will change our daily lives much faster than we can imagine," Jorge Potti, General Director of Space of the GMV company, predicted adding that among other things, satellite navigation will make possible the expansion of autonomous vehicles with sensors guided from outer space. | RELATED: | Polar Bears in Arctic Forced to Feed on Plastic | In Sevilla the ministers responsible for space activities in European countries have negotiated during the last days the budgets of the…

Spain: ERC Ratifies Abstention to Sanchez Investiture
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-28
The first meeting between the delegations of Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and Esquerra Republicana de Cataluña (ERC) held in Congress has concluded after two and a half hours of negotiations, made up of three representatives from each party. | RELATED: | Spain: Catalan Leaders Demand Dialogue to Support PM Sanchez | The result of the encounter was as expected: the abstention of the Republicans to the investiture of Pedro Sánchez. Both groups explained, through communiqués that…

America's presidential candidates hide the knives to deliver Thanksgiving messages
rt.com | 2019-11-28
They say politics is a subject best avoided at the dinner table, and America's presidential hopefuls have taken this advice on board: abandoning the usual attacks to deliver the blandest Thanksgiving messages possible. | First into the dining room was President Trump – America's rowdy, unpredictable uncle. Though Trump seemingly out of nowhere tweeted a meme of his head photoshopped onto Sylvester Stallone's ripped 1980s body on Wednesday, and lit on Democrats during the traditional turkey pardoning, his Than…

EU Lawmakers Declare 'Climate Emergency,' But Campaigners Say Only 'Emergency Action' Will Prove They Mean It
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-28
After members of the European Parliament on Thursday voted 429 to 225—with 19 abstentions—to declare a climate emergency both on the continent and globally, activists called on the European Union to match those lofty words with deeds and take immediate action to combat the increasingly urgent crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/climate_emergency_foe.jpg

New Online Tool Aims to Help You Have That Big Medicare for All Talk at This Year's Thanksgiving Feast
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-28
"Turkey, mashed potatoes, and arguing politics with your family: the holidays are just around the corner! But talking about politics doesn't have to get heated. The vast majority of people are unhappy with our hugely expensive, profit-driven health care system and are ready for a change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/medicare_for_all_thanksgiving.jpg

WHO working to save lives following powerful earthquake in Albania
United Nations | news.un.org | 2019-11-27
Staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) are assisting authorities in Albania following an earthquake which killed at least 25 people and left more than 650 injured.

A National Day of Mourning for U.S. Indigenous
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-27
American history books discuss the "Thanksgiving" that took place between the Pilgrims and the Indigenous people in the now-Northeast United States. It can seem consoling, particularly in these times of apparent rising racial conflict, to read stories of Native people and settlers breaking bread, feasting on turkey, cranberry sauce, and other foods from the bounty …

Humans and Their Deadly Military Toys
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-26
On 1 March, Russian president Vladimir Putin delivered the annual address to Russia's Federal Assembly. The part of Putin's address that drew the most notice was his revealing the development of new hypersonic weaponry unmatched elsewhere: the Mach 10+ capable Kinzhal and the Mach 9 capable Zircon. Russian military and naval expert Andrei Martyanov examines …

Nuclear lies and broken promises: Will Turkey get the bomb next?
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-26
When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan told an economic meeting in the city of Sivas on Sept. 4 that Turkey was considering building nuclear weapons, he was responding to a broken promise. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the government of Iran of lying about its nuclear program, he was concealing one of the …

Talking Turkey About Impeachment Hearings – NYT coverage teaches us how not to discuss the end of democracy
Dorothee Benz | fair.org | 2019-11-26
Congratulations, you made it through the public hearings of the impeachment inquiry, one eye on the livestream and one eye on your work email, and somehow you met your deadlines even as you followed along blow by blow. So what are you going to say about it around the Thanksgiving dinner table? | There were certainly some moments designed to stoke feelings of patriotism as we head into the heavily mythologized, uniquely American holiday this week. Alexander Vindman (New York Times, 11/19/19): "The uniform I…

"An Attack on the Human Rights Movement": Israel Deports Human Rights Watch Monitor
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-26
The Israeli government deported the director of Human Rights Watch's Israel and Palestine office, Omar Shakir, on Monday. The organization said the move places Israel in an "ugly club" of authoritarian regimes. Israel has accused Shakir of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a nonviolent global campaign aiming to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. A 2017 Israeli law bans foreigners from Israel if they publicly support the BDS movement. Omar Shakir joins us from Stockholm to discuss his recent deportation and his plans to address the European Parliament regarding Israel's sy…

PETA mocked over demand for University of Georgia to retire 'miserable' bulldog mascot
rt.com | 2019-11-26
The militant animal rights group PETA has called for the retirement of University of Georgia's bulldog mascot, posting a video supposedly showing him looking miserable. The message backfired among the offended Dawgs fans. | "He looks miserable," tweeted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Monday, posting a video of Uga X at a rainy-day football game. Uga was sitting dry in a dog house while people around him endured the wet and cold weather. | HE LOOKS MISERABLE! | No dog deserves to be packed up, carted from state to state, and paraded in front of a stadium full of screaming fans. | Animals…

Sending your kid to college is like playing 'Russian roulette' — 'No Safe Spaces' star Dennis Prager
rt.com | 2019-11-26
Conservative radio host Dennis Prager says respect for free speech in America is dwindling and the roots of this trend is in colleges, so sending your kids there is like playing Russian roulette with their values. | Prager is one of the stars of 'No Safe Spaces', a new documentary lighting up the box office that takes a firsthand look at the erosion of free speech on the modern day US college campus. | The film also stars podcaster Adam Carolla, comedian Tim Allen, and conser…

Fox's Tucker Carlson questions Douma 'chemical attack proof' and roots for Russia on air. Off with his head, cry MSM
rt.com | 2019-11-26
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has crossed an MSM Rubicon and questioned the Douma "gas attack" fraud on air, bringing up the OPCW whistleblower. Then he "rooted for Russia" over Ukraine. Was it a "betrayal," or epic truth-trolling? | Carlson boldly went where no mainstream TV host had gone before, unpacking the explosive story of April 2018's Douma "chemical weapons attack." While the "attack" was attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by an altered report from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, two whistleblowers within the group accused it of omitting evidence to craft a misleadi…

'Erdogan thumbs his nose at Trump': US senator says Turkey crossed 'another red line' with S-400 test, calls for new sanctions
rt.com | 2019-11-26
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is mocking the US and has crossed a new "red line" as Ankara decided to start testing its S-400 air defense systems, a US senator said, calling for new sanctions against Turkey. | Turkey's persistence in its desire to actually use the armaments it procured from Russia was bemoaned by US Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen in a bitter tweet.The official said that Ankara's push for testing radars of the S-400 systems just two weeks a…

'Vultures' already subpoenaed by Schiff: Trump trolls media & Democrats at traditional turkey pardoning ceremony
rt.com | 2019-11-26
While "pardoning" a turkey ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, US President Donald Trump got in a few jabs at the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry and the media. | Two turkeys, named Bread and Butter, were presented to the president on Tuesday at the White House Rose Garden, and Butter received the traditional presidential pardon. With the ceremony itself being tongue-in-cheek, Trump used it to needle the impeachment inquiry, led by House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California). | Bread and Butter "have already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff's basement on Thursday," he said. "It see…

Monday's Daily Brief: Colombia marches, major mine action summit, violence against women a barrier to peace, South Sudan update
United Nations | news.un.org | 2019-11-25
A recap of Monday's stories in brief: ‚ÄØGuterres holds "focused and frank" informal talks over Cyprus, responds to Colombia protests; Violence targeting women impedes peace; UN Mission, community condemn South Sudan violence; UN weather watchdog sounds climate alarm; Norway hosts anti-landmine summit.

Guterres holds 'focused and frank' informal discussions over future of Cyprus
United Nations | news.un.org | 2019-11-25
The UN Secretary-General held "focused and frank" informal talks with the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Monday in order to "take stock of efforts" to finally reach a settlement over the divided Mediterranean island.

Surprise! MSM Spins OPCW Leak as Russian Disinfo
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-25
So you know that Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) scandal we've been talking a lot about lately?>…

Surprise! MSM Spins OPCW Leak as Russian Disinfo

Establishment Dems Demands Trump be Impeached, but Not for War Crimes
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-25
UkraineGate has so far failed to capture the public imagination precisely because it does not go after Trump for his most egregious and impeachable domestic and foreign policies.

Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail For U.S. Nuke Base Action
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-25
Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the United States dropped the first atomic bombs in 1945, killing more than 200,000 people. Pope Francis said, "A world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary." The leader of the Cathoilc Church met with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and declared the possession of nuclear weapons to be immoral. The Pope's visit comes as a group of seven Catholic peace activists are awaiting sentencing for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7,…

Yes, Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election
Yasha Levine | thegrayzone.com | 2019-11-23
Meddling in the 2016 US presidential election by Ukrainian politicians and government agencies did indeed happen. No amount of denial…

"Are You Sure They Did That?" Even Fox Questions Trump's Ukraine Conspiracy Theory
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-11-22
The hosts of "Fox and Friends" appear to be losing patience with Donald Trump's conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election.

U.N. Rapporteur: Julian Assange Has Faced Psychological Torture; He Should Not Be Extradited to U.S
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-22
This week Swedish prosecutors dropped an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, stemming from 2010. Assange, who has always denied the allegations, took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden on the charges. British authorities dragged him out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April and he has since been jailed in London's Belmarsh prison on charges related to skipping of bail in 2012, when he first entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over the now-dropped sexual assault charges. The United States…

"In Defense of Julian Assange": Why WikiLeaks Founder's Case Threatens Press Freedom
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-22
This week Swedish prosecutors dropped an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, stemming from 2010. Assange, who has always denied the allegations, took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden on the charges. British authorities dragged him out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April and he has since been jailed in London's Belmarsh prison on charges related to skipping of bail in 2012, when he first entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over the now-dropped sexual assault charges. The United States…

Alex Gibney's Cinematic Notes from Underground: Russia's Dissident Oligarch
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2019-11-21
The title refers to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oil oligarch who burst upon…

Sondland Pressed Ukraine to Smear Biden at Trump's Direction, Diplomat Says
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-11-21
Donald Trump's point man on Ukraine, Gordon Sondland, admitted during a conversation in July that the president had directed him to press Ukraine's leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, to open a sham investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a State Department official testified on Thursday to the House impeachment inquiry. | The official, David Holmes, is a career foreign service officer who said in his opening statement that Sondland, the U.S.

Bernie Sanders Criticizes U.S. Relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel at Democratic Debate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-21
Ten Democratic candidates took the stage in Atlanta, Georgia, Wednesday for the party's fifth presidential debate, co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. Toward the end of the evening, Senator Bernie Sanders criticized former Vice President Joe Biden's support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and laid out his foreign policy vision, including strong criticism of traditional U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Israel. "It is no longer good enough for us to be pro-Israel — I am pro-Israel — but we must treat the Palestinians with the dignity they deserve," he said. We speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at th…

Julián Castro: Gordon Sondland's Testimony Is "Nail in the Coffin" of Trump's Defense
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-21
During Wednesday's impeachment hearing, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told lawmakers that he was ordered by Trump to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Sondland also acknowledged there was a quid pro quo tying U.S. military aid to investigations, and said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the Ukraine pressure campaign. Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro joins us to discuss these latest developments in the impeachment inquiry, which he describes as "blockbuster testimony" that could serve…

2020 Candidates' Focus on Inequality Shows "Shift in the Conversation" Within Democratic Party
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-21
Ten Democratic candidates took the stage Wednesday for the party's fifth presidential debate, held in Atlanta, Georgia, and co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. One of the most memorable moments of the night was a disagreement between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker over Warren's proposed tax on the wealthiest Americans. Her proposed wealth tax would kick in on assets of $50 million and higher. Both candidates agreed that inequality is a major issue in the U.S., but Booker said wealth taxes in other countries have not been effective and that there are better ways to raise revenue. The issue of ec…