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Greta Thunberg Has Sailed Back to Europe for Climate Talks
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-03
From Stockholm, Sweden, we're covering the 40th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Awards, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." This year's recipients include 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who arrived Tuesday in Lisbon, Portugal, after traveling for three weeks across the Atlantic in the 48-foot catamaran La Vagabonde, refusing to fly because of the high carbon footprint of air travel. Thunberg was on her way to attend COP25 in Santiago, Chile, when the conference was abruptly re…

Companies Planning 5G Satellites. Global Day of Protest against 5G: January 25, 2020
IASEIS | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
So far, groups in the following countries have announced that they are organizing events on January 25, 2020 as part of the Global Day of Protest against 5G: | . | . | Australia | Austria | Canada | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | France | Germany | Ireland…

Failed Action on the Climate Crisis Makes Resistance Imperative. Worldwide Protest against Neoliberalism
Margaret Flowers | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
On December 2, the 25th two-week long United Nations climate conference begins in Madrid, Spain. The stated task of the conference, referred to as COP 25 (Conference Of Parties), is to make sure there are plans to meet the goals …

Reporting Syria: I Talked to Everyone, Except Assad
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-03
I've spent months these past eight years in Syria's amputated cities. They are a scar on all our lives — the Russians, the Syrians, the armed Islamists, the western powers that spent more time trying to destroy Syria than the Syrian regime. The bodies buried deep within these heaps of concrete, the survivors, and those invisibly…

Indigenous Land Protectors Are Defending the Amazon and Paying With Their Lives
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-03
This week we're on the road in Stockholm, Sweden, where we're covering the 40th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." One of this year's recipients of the award is Yanomami indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, Hutukara Yanomami Association. The Right Livelihood Foundation has praised them for "their courageous determination to protect the forests and biodiversity of the Amazon, and the lands and culture of its…

Think You're Tired of the Ukraine Scandal? So Are the Ukrainians!
Brendan Oswald | progressive.org | 2019-12-03
Biden, Burisma, and the US impeachment hearings have crowded out media coverage of pressing domestic issues in Ukraine.

Trump Impeachment Report Released by Dem. House Panel
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-03
The United States House Intelligence Committee released Tuesday the report documenting the impeachment case against President Donald Trump, laying out the conclusions of its inquiry into allegations that he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. | RELATED: | White House Won't Participate In Next Trump Impeachment Hearing…

UK climbs rankings for maths, science and reading — but students are 'less happy'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-03
Students in the UK are continuing to lag behind their peers from smaller European countries such as Estonia and Finland when it comes to maths, reading and science, a bellwether study of global education trends has suggested.Asian nations, including Singapore and Hong Kong, continue to dominate the latest triennial Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) report, a survey of 15-year-old students from around the world to assess the extent to which they have acquired key skills and knowledge.And while the UK's ranking across the three disciplines has improved on the score from three years ago, the coun…

Humanity Is Riding Delusion to Extinction
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-12-03
Horses sporting gas masks. That, of all things, has been on my mind lately. Bear with me, now. Gaze at the ever-so-cockamamie photo. A horse, wearing a gas mask. Nothing so illustrates the rank absurdity and irrationality of the human condition. It was during World War I–which killed an unheard-of nine million soldiers in just four years–that the armies of Europe still employed horses in an age of machine guns, airplanes (eventually), tanks and poison gas attacks. Rather than call a halt to the inane slaughter in the trenches, the world's great powers fought that wildly nationalistic war to its macabr…

France Fights Back Over U.S. Tariff Threat to 63 Types of Goods
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-03
France and the European Union (EU) Tuesday said they are ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acted on a threat to impose taxes of up to 100 percent on imports of champagne, handbags and other French products worth US$2.4 billion. | RELATED: | French National Assembly Approves GAFA Tax to Big Tech Firms | "The EU will act and react as one and remain united. We are coordinating with France the next steps," EU spokesperson Daniel Rosario said and explained that the U.S…

Bilateral Trade Relations Between Iran and EU Suffer Under Harsh US Sanctions
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
Trade between the European Union (EU) and the Islamic Republic of Iran has dropped roughly 74.92% percent this year from January to September compared to last year during the same timeframe, due to US-imposed sanctions, according to the European statistical …

Trump Slams European Allies Ahead of NATO Anniversary
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-03
U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at European allies before a NATO anniversary summit in London on Tuesday, singling out France's Emmanuel Macron for "very nasty" comments on the alliance and Germany for spending too little on defense. | RELATED: | Netanyahu, Trump Discuss 'Opportunity' to Seize Jordan Valley | Underlning the breadth of strife in a transatlantic bloc hailed by its backers as the most successful military alliance in history, Trump demanded that Europe pay…

NATO's Continuing Enlargement Aims at Further Weakening of Russian Influence in the Balkans
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
Of the 29 NATO member states, 22 have already ratified the accession protocol of North Macedonia into the anti-Russian alliance. The ratification process will likely be completed before the end of NATO's summit taking place in London this week, which …

Humanity Is Riding Delusion to Extinction
Danny Sjursen | commondreams.org | 2019-12-03
World War I-era photo of a mounted lance corporal of the Household Cavalry wearing a gas mask, Windsor, United Kingdom. His horse is also wearing a gas mask. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screenshot.png

Al Jazeera Investigative Report Exposes Israeli Spy Mission
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-12-03
A new investigative report by Al Jazeera revealed, on Sunday, that an international humanitarian aid agency helped the Israeli army in a failed spy mission in the Gaza strip, Quds News Network reported Humedica International Aid is a non-governmental organization based in Germany, providing humanitarian and medical aid for Palestinians …

Bolivia's Russiagate Scandal. Alleged Moscow "Meddling" in Bolivia Election
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
The fake news allegations that Russia "meddled" in Bolivia's recent election in order to help ("former") President Morales win and the more recent claims late last month that its soldiers are supposedly "waiting for his return" in order to presumably …

My Generation Needs to Say "Enough": A Swedish Climate Striker Speaks Out About Fridays For Future
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-03
From Stockholm, Sweden, we're covering the 40th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Awards, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." This year's recipients include 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose school strike for climate started in Stockholm when she began standing outside the Parliament building every school day to demand bold climate action more than a year ago. Her act of resistance soon became a global movement, with millions of youth around the world leaving school and taking to the streets to demand swift action to halt the climate crisis. Greta has just arrived in Lisbon,…

"We Are Facing a Global Emergency": Greta Thunberg Arrives Back in Europe to Attend Climate Talks
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-03
From Stockholm, Sweden, we're covering the 40th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Awards, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." This year's recipients include 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who arrived Tuesday in Lisbon, Portugal, after traveling for three weeks across the Atlantic in the 48-foot catamaran La Vagabonde, refusing to fly because of the high carbon footprint of air travel. Thunberg was on her way to attend COP25 in Santiago, Chile, when the conference was abruptly relocated due to mass demonstrations against a proposed subway fare hike. She sounded a rallying cry to…

Indigenous Protectors Are Defending the Amazon and "Paying With Their Lives"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-03
This week we're on the road in Stockholm, Sweden, where we're covering the 40th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." One of this year's recipients of the award is Yanomami indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, Hutukara Yanomami Association. The Right Livelihood Foundation has praised them for "their courageous determination to protect the forests and biodiversity of the Amazon, and the lands and culture of its indigenous peoples." The award comes as indigenous forest protectors and uncontacted tribes in Brazil are increasingly unde…

Dueling impeachment reports: Democrats claim 'evidence' of Trump misconduct, Republicans say there isn't any (READ HERE)
rt.com | 2019-12-03
Impeachment hearings have shown evidence that US President Donald Trump solicited election interference from Ukraine for personal gain, says a new report by the House Democrats. Republicans say that no such evidence was given. | House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California) published a 300-page report on Tuesday, as part of the official impeachment inquiry authorized in October despite bipartisan opposition. The report claims that both the secret depositions and the public hearings held over the past month have shown ev…

Russian driver dodges death as bridge COLLAPSES in front of his vehicle (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2019-12-03
The chilling moment of an overpass collapse has been captured on dash camera by a lucky Russian driver who managed to narrowly dodge the falling concrete. While he escaped in one piece, two other people were injured. | The freak incident occurred in Orenburg, in the Russian Urals, late on Monday. The massive car overpass, measuring more than 100 meters (328 feet) in length, abruptly fell to its side, plummeting onto the road below. | –í–á–µ–Ä–∞ –≤ –û–Ä–µ–Ω–±–É–&Au…

Who's the bigger Russian agent, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn? Depends who (and when) you ask!
rt.com | 2019-12-03
Britain's election is fast-approaching and that can mean only one thing; the race is on to cast anyone and everyone in the role of secret Russian agent. One minute it's Boris Johnson, the next it's Jeremy Corbyn. Can you keep up? | …

'Some good things can happen': At NATO, Trump talks nuclear deals with Russia & China but his record tells another story
rt.com | 2019-12-03
US President Donald Trump once again brought up the possibility of a nuclear proliferation agreement between Washington, Moscow and Beijing, claiming that Russia and China are eager for it. Yet his own country doesn't seem to be. | "As recently as, like, two weeks ago, Russia wants to make a deal very much on arms control and nuclear. And that's smart. And so do we. We think it would be a good thing," Trump said on Tuesday, in a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. | Russia wants to do something badly and so do we. It would be a great thing to do. | The deal would either involve Chin…

Russian investigators wrap up Sheremetyevo Superjet crash probe
rt.com | 2019-12-03
Investigators have completed a probe into a plane crash at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow that resulted in the deaths of 41 people. Authorities are charging pilot Denis Yevdokimov with improper operation of the plane's control during landing. | The SSJ-100, operated by Aeroflot, was bound for Murmansk on May 5. Approximately 30 minutes after departure, it returned to the airport, made an emergency landing, and burst into flames. There were 73 passengers and five crew members on board the aircraft. Forty-one people were killed and 10 were injured. | Yevdokimov, the captain of the Sukhoi Superjet-100, has pleade…

Serbia has no plans to join NATO as majority of citizens oppose the idea — FM
rt.com | 2019-12-03
Serbia has no plans to become a NATO member state since the overwhelming majority of citizens oppose this idea, Serbian Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic told TASS. The statement comes ahead of the Serbian president's visit to Russia. | "We don't want to become a member of the alliance and the overwhelming majority of our citizens does not want this either," the minister said. "Both Serbia and NATO are satisfied by the current level of cooperation, which is very good and is constantly developing. But we don't have any ambitions of turning it into a permanent membership," Dacic added.

'Trump's demeaning me!' Lisa Page's new victim narrative is just a media-backed PR move ahead of FBI misconduct report
rt.com | 2019-12-03
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page's interview isn't about clawing back the dignity Donald Trump's insults have denied her — it's damage control before a likely damning DOJ report about the agency's Russian collusion investigation. | In an interview published late Sunday in the Daily Beast, Page claimed that Trump's " demeaning fake orgasm"

More than 100 Jewish graves desecrated near Strasbourg (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2019-12-03
Anti-Seimitic graffiti appeared on more than 100 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery located in a small village near the French eastern city of Strasbourg as the region faces an upsurge of anti-Jewish sentiment. | As many as 107 graves out of a total of 700 have been desecrated in the small village of Westhoffen, a home for just 1,600 people, located 25 kilometers west of Strasbourg. The tombstones were covered with swastika and anti-Jewish symbols. The number '14' considered to be a white supremacist symbol was also found on one of the graves. | "It's a shock," Maurice Dahan, the president of the Jewish consistor…

'Terminator will never march down Champs-Elysees': French defense minister against deploying 'killer robots' in combat
rt.com | 2019-12-03
French Defense Minister Florence Parly insisted in an op-ed that the country would not allow advance military AIs to become fully automatic and end up making life-and-death decisions without human input. | Parly came out strongly against "lethal autonomous weapon systems that some call 'killer robots'" in an opinion piece published by Defense News. | She said France "refuses to entrust the decision of life or death to a machine that would act fully autonomously and escape any form of human control," and will not send such machines into combat. | Such systems are fundamentally contrary to all our principles…

Unworthy winner? Fans claim Rapinoe Ballon d'Or award based on politics rather than performances
rt.com | 2019-12-03
Football fans and pundits have questioned US forward Megan Rapinoe's Ballon d'Or prize for the world's best female player, claiming it was based on "politics" and "a popularity contest" rather than performances on the pitch. | Rapinoe, 34, was named the second recipient of France Football magazine's top women's accolade at a glitzy ceremony in Paris on Monday night. | The star herself was not in attendance, instead sending a video message to the assembled great and the good of the football world. | "It's absolutely incredible, congrats to the other nominees," Rapinoe said. "I can't believe I'm the one winning…

'People Are Underestimating the Force of Angry Kids': Greta Thunberg Returns to Europe for Climate Summit
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-12-03
After three weeks of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Spain, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived Tuesday in neighboring Portugal, where she was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11916808391.jpg

Bloomberg for President? God No!
Dave Lindorff | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-02
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 …

Ukraine, the New Cold War and the Politics of Impeachment
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-02
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.

Political solution 'long overdue' to protect the children of eastern Ukraine
United Nations | news.un.org | 2019-12-02
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.

Washington's Grand Design: Draw NATO into Confronting Russia and China
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-02
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 …

Germany's budget for 2020: Billions for rearmament and war
wsws.org | 2019-12-02
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.

Russia, China Launch Gas Pipeline Connecting Both Countries
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-02
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping supervised Monday the inauguration of a historic gas pipeline that will transport natural gas from Siberia to northeastern China, which is an economic and political boost to relations between Moscow and Beijing. | RELATED: | China's Xi Praised for Promoting Multilateralism at Import Expo | Both heads of state stated that this new pipeline is "a historic project of bilateral energy cooperation" and an "example of…

Russia, Venezuela Have An Exemplary Relationship: Maduro
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-02
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro bestowed the Russian Ambassador in Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky with the Order Francisco de Miranda, the country's highest honor, and bequeathed a replica of Simon Bolivar's sword from the victorious battle of Carabobo, for a decade of work in the Latin American country. | RELATED: | There Can Be No Climate Justice Without Social Justice: Maduro | From the Simon Bolivar room at the presidential Miraflores Palace, Maduro expressed that "it is a d…

There Can Be No Climate Justice Without Social Justice: Maduro
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-02
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…

Can the Italian 'sardines' movement put an end to right-wing hegemony?
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2019-12-02
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…

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

US Enraged After 6 More EU Nations Join Effort to Bypass Iran Sanctions

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 …

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…

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.

Headlines for November 27, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-27
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…

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…

Headlines for November 25, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-25
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…

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…

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…