2019-12-02: News Headlines

Ed Rampell (2019-12-02). Borderline 'Ivana the Terrible': A chip off of Dusan Makavejev's cinematic block. peoplesworld.org Serbian co-writer/director Ivana Mladenoviƒá's Ivana the Terrible (seen at this year's American Film Institute film festival) is many things, but one thing it most definitely is not is a sequel to Sergei Eisenstein's 1940s Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II. The cinematic style of this funny semi-autobiographical film is interesting in that Ivana plays …

Staff (2019-12-02). China's Climate Paradox: A Leader in Coal and Clean Energy. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. | China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world's total. Yet it's also the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, and it manufactures about two-thirds of solar cells installed worldwide. | "We are witnessing many contradictions in China's energy development," said Kevin Tu, a Beijing-based…

Dave Lindorff (2019-12-02). Bloomberg for President? God No! dissidentvoice.org Billionaire on the mayoral campaign trail in New York. (Mike Bloomberg is the turkey to the right of the chicken and eagle.) Michael Bloomberg, according to Forbes Magazine the 9th richest man in the world with a net worth this year of $54.7 billion, isn't just the real billionaire candidate for President in 2020 (Donald …

Ian Goodrum (2019-12-02). Protest hypocrisy: U.S. media's double standard on Hong Kong and Bolivia demos. peoplesworld.org All over the world, protest movements are on the march. In places as diverse as Chile, Haiti, Iraq, Ecuador, France, and Bolivia, people are taking to the streets to make their voices heard. Their demands are varied, but all have come to the conclusion they must engage in direct action to get what they believe …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-12-02). The Spanish Case Takes a Turn, Activities of Security Outfit Aimed at Wikileaks. Julian Assange in Video Conference? globalresearch.ca Judge José de la Mata of Spain's High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, had been facing a good deal of stonewalling on the part of his British colleagues. He is overseeing an investigation into the surveillance activities of a Spanish security …

WSWS (2019-12-02). IYSSE, student unions defend students in Germany against right-wing attacks. wsws.org Last week, nearly 100 students at Berlin's Humboldt University and representatives of student organisations from numerous other universities met to protest against right-wing and militaristic teaching and defend students who criticize it from right-wing attacks.

Staff (2019-12-02). UN Climate Convention Switch From Chile to Spain May Hinder Climate Justice. truthout.org In October, as scientists, policymakers and civil society leaders geared up to travel to Chile for the 25th Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25), which begins today, the country was making headlines for different reasons. | In mid-October, school students began jumping the gates of Santiago's subways in protest of fare increases, eventually shutting down the entire Metro system fo…

Chris Jones (2019-12-02). Greece's Samos Island Refugees: A Reluctant Update on Enduring Cruelties. globalresearch.ca Over the past few months I have been asked by various groups and individuals to provide an update on the refugee situation on Samos. | Until now I have not responded to these requests for the simple reason I have nothing …

Andrew Korybko (2019-12-02). Pakistan's Foreign Relations and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). globalresearch.ca The following article was written in response to a question asked by Ms. Sheila Khalid, a Ph.D. student working on the topic "Pakistan-Russia Relations in…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-12-02). Washington's Grand Design: Draw NATO into Confronting Russia and China. globalresearch.ca The December 3-4 summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in London resembles a family reunion after the acrimony over the issue of military spending by America's European allies. | The trend is up for defence spending across European Allies …

WSWS (2019-12-02). Germany's budget for 2020: Billions for rearmament and war. wsws.org Five years ago the grand coalition announced Germany's return to an aggressive foreign and great power policy. The far-reaching consequences of such a policy are increasingly reflected in the current budget.

teleSUR (2019-12-02). There Can Be No Climate Justice Without Social Justice: Maduro. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro issued on Sunday a letter addressed to the heads of state and government meeting in Spain as they participate in the 25th conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25). | RELATED: | Morales Vows To Do What's Best for Bolivia, Not Afraid of Jail | In the letter, the Venezuelan leader stressed that "there can be no climate justice without social justice", and mentioned that problems such as defores…

United Nations (2019-12-02). Political solution 'long overdue' to protect the children of eastern Ukraine. news.un.org Nearly half a million children in eastern Ukraine continue to face "grave risks" to their physical health and psychological well-being, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.

Rob Urie (2019-12-02). Ukraine, the New Cold War and the Politics of Impeachment. counterpunch.org In October 2019, with the impeachment of Donald Trump already underway, wealthy 'centrist' Democratic Party donors began to fret over the Democrat's prospects in the 2020 election. Since then Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick, both Wall Street Democrats with deep pockets, have entered the race. Meanwhile, the Senate impeachment schedule will keep Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in Washington— and away from the campaign trail, well into the early state primaries. More

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-02). Film Trailer — "Fedayin: The Struggle of Georges Abdallah" imemc.org 12/01/19 Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network This upcoming documentary film about the critically important case of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah includes interviews with Samidoun international coordinator Charlotte Kates, Samidoun Europe coordinator Mohammed Khatib, Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat coordinator Khaled Barakat and many others, including Robert and Maurice Abdallah (Georges' brothers), Jean-Louis Chalanset (Georges' lawyer), …

RT (2019-12-02). Former Yazidi slave confronts her ISIS rapist on Iraqi TV after meeting him as a 'refugee' in German street (DRAMATIC VIDEO). rt.com Kidnapped and sold into slavery at 14, one former Yazidi sex slave finally had the chance to confront her brutal Islamic State captor in a heartwrenching moment that has gone viral. Her story also had a disturbing European twist. | Standing before her abuser, Ashwaq Haji Hamid demanded answers, while the captured militant stood with his head bowed, refusing to look his victim in the eye for the entire confrontation. "Why did you do that to me?" she asked in a video filmed by Iraqi TV, demanding that he raise his…

Susan Price (2019-12-02). Can the Italian 'sardines' movement put an end to right-wing hegemony? greenleft.org.au ant-racism Daniele FulviIssue 1248 Italy rise of the far rightDecember 2, 2019About 15,000 people gathered in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, on November 14, for a flash mob to countermobilise against right-wing politician Matteo Salvini's assembly nearby. | The mobilisation was…

RT (2019-12-02). 'Car crash interview': UKIP interim leader ridiculed online after calling her own party 'RACIST' on TV. rt.com The new interim leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has been widely mocked on social media after a "car crash" TV interview saw her accidentally let it slip out that her pro-Brexit party was "racist." | During an interview with Sky News on Monday, Pat Mountain appeared particularly flustered discussing UKIP's links to convicted criminal Stephen Yaxley-Lennon — more commonly known as Tommy Robinson. | While attempting to explain how some party members were "sympathetic" to Robinson's current predicament, Mountain appeared to get herself into a muddle and suggested UKIP is a racist party,…

Staff (2019-12-02). Headlines for December 2, 2019. democracynow.org COP25 Opens in Madrid Amid Dire Warnings About Climate Change, House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing in Impeachment Inquiry, 3 Women Accuse Ambassador Sondland of Sexual Misconduct, Iraqi Prime Minister Resigns Amid Anti-Government Protests, Malta Prime Minister Resigns amid Probe of Journalist's Murder, Three More Egyptian Journalists Arrested, Attack on London Bridge Kills 2 Cambridge Graduates, Trump Visits Afghanistan in Surprise Thanksgiving Trip, Supreme Court to Hear First Major Gun Case in Nearly a Decade, Twitter Suspends Account of Ilhan Omar's Challenger, Sestak and Bullock Drop Out of 2020 Preside…

RT (2019-12-02). Putin signs bill on mandatory Russian-made software for electronic devices. rt.com President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill mandating Russian-made software for any electronic device sold in the country. Big tech companies have opposed the legislation and petitioned the Kremlin against it. | The idea of having Russian applications pre-installed on any smartphone, computer or smart TV sold in Russia to make them more attractive for the locals and give customers a broader choice was welcomed by several Russian internet giants. However, the legislation provoked quite a stir from a number of foreign companies, some of which even came together to send Putin a letter, outright asking him…

RT (2019-12-02). Hungary's FM criticizes EU's failure to agree enlargement talks. rt.com Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has criticized the EU's former executive branch and Finland, which currently holds the rotating presidency, for failing to push on with enlarging the bloc. | Szijjarto said on Monday that "one of the most significant failures" of the outgoing European Commission was the EU's failure in October to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, AP reported. | The minister was talking in Prague after meeting his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Together the four countries form an informal grouping known as the Viseg…

RT (2019-12-02). WATCH: Camera captures adorable reaction of Messi's 4yo son Mateo as his dad wins Ballon d'Or for record 6th time. rt.com Lionel Messi collected a record sixth Ballon d'or accolade in Paris on Monday night – much to the delight of his four-year-old son Mateo. | Messi pipped Netherlands and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to the most prestigious individual prize in football, while longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo – a five-time winner of the accolade – finished third. | Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi bags record SIXTH award as no-show Cristiano Ronaldo finishes third | Messi had arrived at the glitzy bash at Théâtr…

RT (2019-12-02). Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi bags record SIXTH award as no-show Cristiano Ronaldo finishes third. rt.com Lionel Messi has won a record sixth Ballon d'Or award, moving him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and further cementing his place among the greatest ever to play the game. | Messi pipped Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk to the award, as well as five-time winner Ronaldo, for his first win of football's top individual honor since 2015 to pull one win ahead of the Portuguese in their back-and-forth tussle for the title of the best player of their generation. | Portugal and Juventus star Ronaldo finished third, deciding to snub the ceremony in Paris after perhaps being tipped off that he would miss out on the top prize.

RT (2019-12-02). 'Inspirational & humbling': Indians won over by Swedish royal carrying own bags off plane in Delhi (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden touched down in India for their third royal visit to the country and won the admiration of many locals online with one simple gesture: they carried their own bags. | The royal couple flew on Air India from Stockholm to Delhi for their five-day visit, kicking off in the Indian capital before heading to Mumbai and Uttarakhand in the coming days. National carrier Air India shared a snap soon after landing, and the adoration was palpable as people noticed that King Gustaf arrived carrying his own bags. | Royal Visit by a king and Queen and they carry their own bags!!

RT (2019-12-02). US may sanction $2.4bn worth of French products over digital tax, some duties to reach 100%. rt.com The US has proposed new tariffs on over two billion dollars in French goods, retaliating to a "digital tax" which it says "discriminates" against American products. Some of the products could be penalized by 100 percent. | The new levies could target trade in handbags, sparkling wines, cheeses, makeup products and other household goods, valued at $2.4 billion in total, the office of the US trade representative said on Monday. | Also on rt.com | | 'Completely moronic': French minister slams Trump's plan to tax wine | "France's Digital Services Tax is…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-01). Six European Nations Join Worthless INSTEX's Trade Mechanism with Iran. globalresearch.ca The EU Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) with Iran became operational in June — a smoke and mirrors scheme to bypass dollar transactions, unrelated to restoring normal European trade with Iran. | It's an illusory financial transactions mechanism, pretending to …

teleSUR (2019-12-01). Malta's PM to Quit Amid Crisis Over Murdered Journalist Probe. telesurenglish.net Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced Sunday he plans to step down, saying he would ask his ruling Labour Party to start choosing a new leader for the country next month, amid the crisis over the probe into the murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. | RELATED: | One of Malta's Wealthiest Men Charged With Complicity in Journalist's Murder | "I will write to the president of the Labour Party so that the process for a new leader is set for Jan. 12 2020. O…

Julian Rose (2019-12-01). Poland Proposes Raising Carcinogenic 5G Emission Levels as a "National Norm" globalresearch.ca Hundreds of letters are pouring into the office of Polish Minister of Health, Lukaz Szumowski, from Polish citizens and people all over the world, responding to Mr Szumowski's proposition to exponentially raise the officially recognised limit for cell phone …

teleSUR (2019-12-01). Over 5,000 Police Deployed to Monitor Climate Summit in Spain. telesurenglish.net Spain's authorities have deployed over 5,000 officers to monitor the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) to be held in Madrid from Monday. | RELATED: | Global Strikes to Pressure U.N. Climate Summit COP25 | While the Civil Guard will control vehicular traffic and airport security, the Defense Ministry will supervise air safety. | For its part, Madrid's Municipal Police will control urban mobility and support government delegations in their movements. | This spec…

teleSUR (2019-12-01). 'Venezuela Faces Media Warfare for 20 Years', Gil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice-Chancellor for Europe Yvan Gil on Saturday denounced that his nation has been facing a media warfare for the last 20 years, which aims to distort what is happening in this South American country and minimize the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution. | RELATED: | Maduro Warns About Actions Against Venezuela From Colombia | According to this diplomat, owners of transnational media are the main responsible for the systematic misrepresentation of the Venezuelan re…

The Canary (2019-11-30). Labour pledges to make England more cycling-friendly. thecanary.co England would become one of the best countries in the world for walking and cycling if Labour wins the general election, the party has promised.A new healthy streets programme, modelled on towns in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, would aim to make towns and cities cleaner and greener.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: I love walking and cycling so I'm proud of the policies we've announced today to give millions of people the freedom to walk and cycle along convenient, attractive routes, safe from traffic danger. | These policies will slash carbon emissions, tackle air pollution, save our NHS billions and boos…

teleSUR (2019-11-30). 'Black Friday' Protests: Amazon Needs to Work for Labor Rights. telesurenglish.net The demonstrations against 'Black Friday' multiplied in several countries Friday to denounce consumption and its climatic consequences, with strikes in Germany, United Kingdom, France and others focusing their complaint against the Amazon company. | RELATED: | Amazon Employees to Strike over Company's Climate Policies | Labor rights activists and climate campaigners across Europe used the occasion of 'Black Friday,' the busiest shopping day of the year, to call attention to and pr…

Tyler Durden (2019-11-30). US Enraged After 6 More EU Nations Join Effort to Bypass Iran Sanctions. theantimedia.com Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden issued a bombshell joint statement of "the utmost importance."

teleSUR (2019-11-30). One of Malta's Wealthiest Men Charged in Journalist's Murder. telesurenglish.net One of Malta's wealthiest men Yorgen Fenech was charged Saturday in a Valletta court with complicity to murder in the car bomb killing of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana in 2017. | RELATED: | Malta: 3 on Trial for Murdering Anti-Corruption Journalist | Fenech pleaded not guilty to the charge of complicity to murder and to other charges related to the case, which include membership of a criminal gang, and conspiracy to cause an explosion. | Caruana, 53, was killed…

Wiepke (2019-11-29). Apartheid Free Zone Campaign in Italy Has Grown by 50 Percent Since Launch in June. bdsmovement.net 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

Paul Street (2019-11-29). Why the UkraineGate Hearings Didn't Move the Dial. counterpunch.org 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 More

Vicente Navarro (2019-11-29). What is Happening in Spain? counterpunch.org 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…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-11-28). Remember the Oath of the Elbe. progressive.org 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.

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

RT (2019-11-28). America's presidential candidates hide the knives to deliver Thanksgiving messages. rt.com 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…

Albert Bender (2019-11-27). A National Day of Mourning for U.S. Indigenous. peoplesworld.org 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 …

United Nations (2019-11-27). WHO working to save lives following powerful earthquake in Albania. news.un.org 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.

Staff (2019-11-27). Headlines for November 27, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Knew of Whistleblower Complaint When He Released Ukraine Aid, Colombian Protesters Call for Second General Strike, Chilean President Seeks to Deploy Military to Streets Amid Protests, IACHR Says Commission Should Investigate Human Rights Abuse in Bolivia, Pompeo Calls on Egypt to Respect Press Freedom, After Raid of Mada Masr, Videos Emerge of Iran's Bloody Crackdown Against Protesters, Jeremy Corbyn Condemns Anti-Semitism, After Criticism from Top Rabbi, Chemical Plant Explodes in Texas; Wildfires Rage near Santa Barbara, CA, New York City Council Votes to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes…

Staff (2019-11-26). "An Attack on the Human Rights Movement": Israel Deports Human Rights Watch Monitor. democracynow.org 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…

RT (2019-11-26). PETA mocked over demand for University of Georgia to retire 'miserable' bulldog mascot. rt.com 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…

RT (2019-11-26). Sending your kid to college is like playing 'Russian roulette' — 'No Safe Spaces' star Dennis Prager. rt.com 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…

RT (2019-11-26). 'Vultures' already subpoenaed by Schiff: Trump trolls media & Democrats at traditional turkey pardoning ceremony. rt.com 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…

Dorothee Benz (2019-11-26). Talking Turkey About Impeachment Hearings – NYT coverage teaches us how not to discuss the end of democracy. fair.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-25). Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail For U.S. Nuke Base Action. democracynow.org 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,…

Staff (2019-11-25). Headlines for November 25, 2019. democracynow.org Navy Secretary Ousted amid Dispute over Accused War Criminal Eddie Gallagher, Released State Dept. Emails Implicate Pompeo in Giuliani Ukraine Plot, Bloomberg Jumps into 2020 Race by Buying Millions in Campaign Ads, Sen. Graham Blocked Armenian Genocide Resolution at White House Request, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released from Hospital in Good Health, Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Candidates Win Nearly 90% Seats in Local Elections, Security Forces Raid Offices of Egypt's Last Independent Media Outlet, Iraqi Security Forces Kill 13 Protesters amid Anti-Government Demonstrations, Israel Deporting Head of Human Rights Watch's…

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