2019-12-04: News Headlines

John Nichols (2019-12-04). Ukraine? Yes. But Trump Must Also Be Impeached for Obstruction. commondreams.org If a president can get away with obstructing an inquiry, he can avoid accountability. If that prospect exists for a president, any president, then the system of checks and balances collapses. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/impeach_trump_climate_0.jpeg

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-12-04). Failed Action on the Climate Crisis Makes Resistance Imperative. dissidentvoice.org 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 of the Paris Climate Agreement. The goals of that agreement, which are nonbinding, are: Reduce …

Vijay Prashad (2019-12-04). Wealthy Countries' Approach to Climate Change Condemns Hundreds of Millions of People to Suffer. counterpunch.org In Madrid, Spain, the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference—known as COP25—began on December 2. Representatives of the world's countries gathered to discuss what is decidedly a serious problem for the planet; no one, except dangerous political forces in the neofascist right, denies the reality of climate change. More

teleSUR (2019-12-04). Italy: EU Countries to Receive 121 Migrants Rescued at Sea. telesurenglish.net Italy's Interior Minister Wednesday announced that it will allow the landing of 121 migrants who remained aboard the Alan Kurdi and Ocean Viking vessels. Subsequently, they will be relocated to other European Union (EU) countries. | RELATED: | Italian Authorities Uncover Plot to Create New Nazi Party | Both the Sea Eye's vessel (Alan Kurdi) and the Doctors Without Borders' ship (Ocean Viking) waited more than five days for authorization to disembark in the port of Sicily. | The lan…

teleSUR (2019-12-04). French Left Calls Protest Against Pension Reform This Thursday. telesurenglish.net The French Communist Party (PCF) and La France Insoumise (LFI) on Wednesday called on citizens to participate in the national anti-pension reform strike to be held on Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump Slams European Allies Ahead of NATO Anniversary | LFI leader Jean-Luc Melenchon called for a massive mobilization tomorrow, to reject a reform with which 'everyone is going to lose.' | Regarding the promise of guaranteeing pensions above 1,000 euros with the si…

Richard Greeman (2019-12-04). French Unions and Yellow Vests Converge, Launch General Strike. counterpunch.org Montpellier, France. On the eve of an "unlimited" (open-ended) General Strike called for Dec. 5, more and more unions and protest groups are pledging join it. Two things are unusual about this strike. The first is that it is open-ended, rather than the usual one-day of ritualistic protest marches, and may be prolonged from day More

South Front (2019-12-04). Video: The New Arms Race. Is Russia Overtaking the US in the Realm of Strategic Bombers? globalresearch.ca The Russian Armed Forces put into action an ambitious program to modernize and expand the strategic bomber fleet. | In March 2018, Russia announced that it would completely overhaul its entire Tu-160 long-range strategic bomber fleet by 2030. According to Deputy …

South Front (2019-12-04). Video: Russian Military Police Under Attack in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Three Russian military police officers received light injuries when an improvised explosive device went off near their armored vehicle in northeastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on December 2. The incident happened when the Russian Military Police were fulfilling …

Staff (2019-12-04). Republicans' Alternative "Report" Does Nothing to Refute Impeachment Report. truthout.org After an Autumn of accusation and acrimony that included two damning weeks of testimony from a variety of witnesses, the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon released its report documenting the impeachment investigation into the activities of Donald Trump in Ukraine. The information contained within is intended as a bas…

WSWS (2019-12-04). Democrats' report confirms anti-Russia axis of impeachment inquiry. wsws.org The Democrats' 300-page report is all about Ukraine and the central role it occupies in the geo-strategic operations of the United States directed against Russia.

teleSUR (2019-12-04). 70 Percent of Mexico's Illegal Weapons Come From US: Report. telesurenglish.net The Secretary of National Defense of Mexico, Luis Sandoval, reported on Wednesday that the 19,317 firearms that have been seized inside 26 states of the country have recently been destroyed. | RELATED: | Morales Accuses Bolivian Gov't of Blocking His Migratory Status | Based on the statistics, 70 percent of the weapons that enter Mexico come from the U.S., while 30 percent come from Spain, Austria and other countries, the official said during the morning press conference with P…

WSWS (2019-12-04). Germany: Far-right AfD's party conference strengthens và∂lkisch-nationalist "wing" wsws.org The nationalist "wing" group (Der Flàºgel) in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) around Bjà∂rn Hà∂cke and Andreas Kalbitz has emerged strengthened from its federal party conference.

WSWS (2019-12-04). Trump denounces Macron's criticisms of NATO at London summit. wsws.org Bitter conflicts between the United States and the major European powers erupted into the open yesterday, at the start of the two-day NATO summit in London.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-12-04). Abbas Discusses Latest with Irish Foreign Minister. imemc.org Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas discussed, with Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, the Israeli measures against the Palestinian people, their land and holy sites, and the American bias toward the Israeli occupation. This came during a meeting held in the presidential headquarters …

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-12-04). Is Corbyn for Christmas Just Another Stove Pipe-Dream? counterpunch.org Incorporating polling over the last week up through Monday night, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and smaller center-left parties have taken over the lead in twenty-five additional United Kingdom constituency seats in the most recent update to CounterPunch's #10at10 election modelling. In order to allow Corbyn a real chance to become Prime Minister, Labour and the More

Jason Ditz (2019-12-04). NATO Names China as New Enemy, Alongside Russia. theantimedia.com China's sheer size makes its an attractive target to justify NATO's continued existence.

Arabi Souri (2019-12-04). Russia-China Cooperation, The Power of Siberia Project, Strategic Gas Pipelines. globalresearch.ca The inauguration of the Power of Siberia project to transport gas from Russia to China will strengthen Russia's position as the world's first gas exporter and boost economic relations between the two countries in an unprecedented way. | Thanks to the …

Gwyneth Bernier (2019-12-04). The New Stateless Peoples: Confronting US Culpability in the Climate Refugee Crisis. commondreams.org A group of Syrian refugees arrives on the island of Lesbos after traveling in an inflatable raft from Turkey near Skala Sikaminias, Greece on July 15, 2015. (Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/refugeeswarming_0.jpg

Staff (2019-12-04). Georgia Governor Picks Political Newcomer for U.S. Senate. truthdig.com ATLANTA — Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban voters. | Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler on Wednesday, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump's staunchest defenders in Congress. | Kemp and Loeffler moved quickly to extinguish the rebellion from the right, pitching the little-known candidate as a Trump supporte…

Staff (2019-12-04). Iceland Fights Climate Change the Same Way It Beat the Banking Crisis. truthdig.com The small nation island knows exactly what to do to avoid total collapse. Just look at how it handled the 2008 banking crisis.

RT (2019-12-04). The '80s called! Impeachment witness Karlan mocked for suggesting Ukrainians are helping prevent Russian invasion of US. rt.com Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan raised eyebrows online for suggesting during congressional impeachment hearings that the US must keep Ukraine strong "so they fight the Russians there and we don't have to fight them here." | Yes, you read that right. It seems in Karlan's mind, all that's stopping "the Russians" from invading the US is the Ukrainian army, which must be kept strong to stave off the ultimate disaster. The law professor made the baffling comment during the House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing on Wednesday. | Karlan's emphatic doomsday warning produced stunned reaction online, with con…

RT (2019-12-04). 'No evidence of govt involvement' in Berlin incident, Russian Embassy says after diplomats expelled. rt.com The Russian ambassador in Berlin said on Wednesday there has been no evidence of government involvement in the August incident in Berlin in which a Georgian citizen was allegedly killed by a Russian citizen. Earlier in the day, the German Foreign Ministry declared as personae non gratae two staffers of the Russian Embassy. | "We are deeply disappointed by the approach of the German side," Ambassador Sergey Nechayev said. "We consider this step as groundless and unfriendly. There was no evidence of Russian government involvement in this incident." | "This is an unmotivated politicization of the crime, the inves…

RT (2019-12-04). 'We can't exist in a vacuum': Kremlin agrees with Macron's proposal to include Western Europe in talks on INF Treaty replacement. rt.com Russia has backed French President Emmanuel Macron's push for European states to join talks on a 'new' strategic arms control agreement after the demise of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). | Talks on the replacement of the defunct INF Treaty cannot be focused only on the prospects of China joining in, the Kremlin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Wednesday. | "First, we need to talk about the Western European countries, on whose territories the mid-range and short-range missiles are also located," he said. "We need a new treaty because the old one, unfortunately, i…

RT (2019-12-04). Had Putin been Russian president in 1999, Serbia wouldn't have been bombed — Vucic. rt.com NATO would not have bombed Serbia in 1999 if Vladimir Putin had been the Russian president then, said Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic praising friendly relations between Moscow and Belgrade. | Vucic believes Serbians value the current Russian leader more than any in recent history, as they are confident of Moscow's steadfast support of their nation's sovereignty. | "We believe that in 1999, if Putin had already been president there would have never been a bombing of Serbia," Vucic told journalists at a press conference following his talks with the Russian leader in Sochi on Wednesday. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2019-12-04). Cheeky conman erects fake Russia-Finland border, tricks illegal migrants into paying him to cross it. rt.com An industrious conman made a hefty sum of money from four illegal migrants for a walk in the forest, making them believe they were crossing the Russian border. The group, however, was later nabbed by legit Russian border guards. | Read more | | Entrapment? ICE created fake universities to lure foreign students before arresting & deporting them | Details of the bizarre affair were revealed to the media by the Border Service of the Federal Security Service on Tuesday. The incident occurred last week when the border guards apprehended a group of fo…

RT (2019-12-04). Unknown soldiers' deeds won't be forgotten: Millions lost in chaos and brutality of WWII honored throughout the world. rt.com Solemn ceremonies and religious services have been held across the world to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives during WWII, and whose ultimate fate was never established. | The USSR paid by far the largest cost in human lives during WWII, both military and civilian. Amid the hardships of hostilities, vast territories involved, and the sheer number of fallen, it's no surprise that many of those deaths were never recorded in detail. Graves of soldiers and partisans found in the aftermath often could not be linked to names in the lists of casualties. | | Unknown soldiers remembered in Berlin | &copy…

RT (2019-12-04). Putin: Russia is against militarization of space but US sees it as theater of war. rt.com Russia has consistently opposed the idea of space militarization, but the actions of the US and its allies force Moscow to counterbalance this growing threat, President Vladimir Putin has said. | "Russia has always opposed and continues to oppose the militarization of space," the president told a government meeting on military policies. Putin expressed concern over world powers increasing the capabilities of their space systems which have both military and dual-use applications. | "The US political and military leadership openly consider space a war theater," he said."Developments demand that we pay increased…

RT (2019-12-04). Turkey-NATO spat over Kurds resolved? Stoltenberg says bloc greenlighted Baltics & Poland defense plan. rt.com NATO countries have agreed to revise defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, the bloc's chief said, signaling that Turkey backed off with its threats to block the initiative unless it received support for its operation in Syria. | "Today, we have agreed to the updated plan for the Baltic countries and Poland. So, I welcome that and it shows that we are able to also move forward and update and revise plans, including the defense plans for the Baltic countries and Poland, as we did today," NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the 70th anniversary summit of the alliance leaders in London. | Also…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-12-04). 'People Here Will Start Dying': Dire Warnings as Stranded Refugees Freeze in Hellish Conditions Near Bosnia-Croatia Border. commondreams.org The conditions of the refugee camp are being decried as "not for human beings" as officials demanded immediate relief for those languishing there. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/refugees_croatia.jpg

Staff (2019-12-04). Headlines for December 4, 2019. democracynow.org House Impeachment Report Accuses Trump of Soliciting Foreign Interference in 2020 Election, Report: Europe Could Face Annual Extreme Heat Waves Due to Climate Change, Kamala Harris Ends Her 2020 Presidential Campaign, ProPublica: McKinsey Helped Trump Speed Up Mass Deportation Program, Detained Asylum Seekers Protest in Winnfield, Louisiana, House Votes for Bill to Punish China over Mass Imprisonment of Muslims, ICC Begins Hearing over Alleged U.S. Military Torture in Afghanistan, Rikers Island Officers Stood By as Teenager Attempted to Hang Himself, Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Assassination of Fred Hampton…

The Canary (2019-12-03). UK climbs rankings for maths, science and reading — but students are 'less happy'. thecanary.co 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…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-12-03). After His Mysterious Death, the Media Scrambles to Get its Story Straight About White Helmets Founder James Le Mesurier. mintpressnews.com Almost immediately after Le Mesurier's alleged plunge to his death, reports began to emerge of tampering and the removal of details about the controversial "private security" operative's career.

Robert Fisk (2019-12-03). Reporting Syria: I Talked to Everyone, Except Assad. counterpunch.org 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 More

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-12-03). NATO's Continuing Enlargement Aims at Further Weakening of Russian Influence in the Balkans. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-12-03). With Climate Change Victims Are the Poorest: Venezuela Gov't. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sent a letter Tuesday to the leaders of more than 196 countries gathered for two weeks at the Climate Summit (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain denouncing the effects of climate change on the global south. | RELATED: | There Can Be No Climate Justice Without Social Justice: Maduro | In his letter was read by Venezuelan Minister…

teleSUR (2019-12-03). Trump Impeachment Report Released by Dem. House Panel. telesurenglish.net 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

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

teleSUR (2019-12-03). Trump Slams European Allies Ahead of NATO Anniversary. telesurenglish.net 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 more…

teleSUR (2019-12-03). France Fights Back Over U.S. Tariff Threat to 63 Types of Goods. telesurenglish.net 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…

RT (2019-12-03). Dueling impeachment reports: Democrats claim 'evidence' of Trump misconduct, Republicans say there isn't any (READ HERE). rt.com 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…

RT (2019-12-03). 'Trump's demeaning me!' Lisa Page's new victim narrative is just a media-backed PR move ahead of FBI misconduct report. rt.com 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"

Staff (2019-12-03). My Generation Needs to Say "Enough": A Swedish Climate Striker Speaks Out About Fridays For Future. democracynow.org 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,…

Staff (2019-12-03). Indigenous Protectors Are Defending the Amazon and "Paying With Their Lives" democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-12-03). "We Are Facing a Global Emergency": Greta Thunberg Arrives Back in Europe to Attend Climate Talks. democracynow.org 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…

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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."

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 12, 2019 | By: | | BDS Italy

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