Democrats Should Abandon the Third-Party "Spoiler" Argument
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-09
With the 2020 presidential primaries in full swing, a common narrative in U.S. politics has resurfaced. Recently, former Secretary of State and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suggested on the podcast " Campaign HQ" that current Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is part of Russian…
"Lord, Let Your Arm Strengthen Trump": A Televangelist Is on White House Payroll
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-09
Then the Lord said to me, 'The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries, and the delusions of their own minds.' | — Jeremiah 14: 14 | The latest bright idea from Donald Trump's increasingly desperate congressional Republican defenders? Blame the entire Ukraine fiasco on Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland and acting W…
Germany, Allies Celebrate 30 Years Since Berlin Wall Fell
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-09
Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders place flowers on the remains of the wall that divided the German capital for 28 years.
Video: Russia Setting Up Military Bases Across Northeastern Syria. To Undermine US Mission to Appropriate Syria's Oil?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-09
Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 40 airstrikes on militants' positions in southern Idlib, northern Lattakia and southwestern Aleppo. According to pro-government sources, the resumed airstrikes were a response to the recent offensive actions by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham …
Spain's November 10 elections and the fight against authoritarian rule
wsws.org | 2019-11-09
On Sunday, Spain will hold its fourth general elections in as many years, six months after the last elections this April.
U.S. Congress Initiative May Launch a Political Crisis in Ukraine
Jorge Wilson | indybay.org | 2019-11-09
Ukraine's permanent cooperation with the international community makes it impossible to imagine that changes in the Ukrainian policy wouldn't affect the US and the EU foreign agenda.
Trump has Not Agreed to Roll Back Tariffs on Chinese Goods
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-09
President Donald Trump on Friday said he has not agreed to rollbacks of U.S. tariffs sought by China, sparking fresh doubts about when the world's two largest economies may end a 16-month trade war that has slowed global growth. | RELATED: | Trump's Lawyer Waged Campaign Against Envoy to Ukraine: Impeachment Probe | Officials from both countries on Thursday had said China and the United States have agreed to roll back tariffs on each others' goods in a "phase one" trade deal. But the idea…
The School of the Americas
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-09
| An integral part of America's brutal colonisation of undeveloped nations is the little-known US Army "School of the Americas" located in Fort Benning, Georgia, which trains Latin American military officers and soldiers to subvert their governments and kill hope in | …
French Paper: French Woman Claims Rape by Polanski in 1975
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-09
The filmmaker pleaded guilty in the U.S. in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old, then fled to Europe the following year.
60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-08
United Nations agencies on Friday highlighted the dire needs of thousands of unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in Italy as refugees, lacking the proper support to transition through to adulthood.
Catalan Leader Will Not Participate in Sunday's Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-08
Spain's Central Electoral Board (JEC) on Friday dismissed the possibility that Oriol Junqueras, a Catalan pro-independence leader, can stand as a candidate for Sunday's election as he had requested. | RELATED: | Thousands of Catalan Activists Protest Spain's Royal Visit | The JEC supported its decision on the grounds that Catalonia's former Vice-President i…
New Chapter in Greek-Russian Relations?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-08
The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on November 6 amidst a string of events that have complicated relations between the two countries. Following official visits to Cyprus, Israel and the United …
Polls: A Closer Look to the Future of Spain After Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-08
Spain is about to face general elections next November 10th, fourth round in four years, after the absence of political agreement back in September didn't allow Pedro Sanchez to assume the presidency. It's the first time something like this takes place in the history of Europe. | RELATED: | Catalan Leader Will Not Participate in Sunday's Elections | This period of political instability was defined by the rise of new political forces that broke the historic rivalry of power between P…
30 Years Ago Eastern Europeans Tore Down Walls. Now They Write Pop Songs to Putin
Lev Golinkin | thenation.com | 2019-11-08
30 Years Ago Eastern Europeans Tore Down Walls. Now They Write Pop Songs to Putin.
Flying Leaps, 30 Years Later
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-08
I never imagined that the US would use the Stasi playbook as the template for its own state sponsored surveillance regime and turning not only its own citizens into virtual persons of interest, but also millions of citizens in the rest of the world. — NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake, testifying before the European Parliament Committee…
US seizure of oil fields escalates tensions in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-11-08
Russia has issued a warning that it will not cooperate with US forces in the region, raising the threat of a military clash.
Top UN court will consider Ukraine allegations against Russia of treaty violations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-08
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.
Looks Like GOP Might Run With the "Moron Defense" for Trump
Heather Digby Parton | commondreams.org | 2019-11-08
Lindsey Graham says Trump's Ukraine policy was incoherent. It wasn't. He knew what he wanted. But the strategy to defend the president in this impeachment proceeding is certainly incoherent at this point. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/graham-mcconnell-gettyimages-849665944.jpeg …
Middle East: a Complex Re-alignment
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-08
The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities–sometimes for new ones–and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may be that major regional players are contemplating some historic re-alignments. After…
Thoughts on the Berlin Wall 30 years after its demise
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-08
This weekend, there are events in Germany commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the pages of the press, prominent persons–from former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker to current German Chancellor Angela Merkel to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev–are all weighing in with their commentaries on the significance …
30 Years After Berlin Wall Fell, Germany's Divide Persists
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-11-08
Despite billions of euros in subsidies and an overhaul of infrastructure in the east, economic differences between eastern and western Germany persist. And top jobs in the east are still filled by people from the west 30 years on.
This footage of an incoherent, rambling Boris Johnson could lose him the election
Kerry-anne Mendoza | thecanary.co | 2019-11-08
Footage of an incoherent, rambling Boris Johnson at a campaign event has been viewed over 2 million times on social media. And it might just lose him the upcoming general election. Goodness knows, elections have been lost over far less than this. | The footage: | The prime minister was speaking at the Northern Ireland Conservatives' meeting on 7 November. The atmosphere should be electric. But the behaviour of Boris Johnson is so bizarre, the bystanders look visibly uncomfortable and attempt to avoid eye contact. Perhaps they're hoping if they look away long enough, he'll go away. | Most of the video (lim…
'The Business of Building Walls': New Report Shows Companies Cashing In on Europe's Expanding Anti-Migrant Barriers
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-08
"As we celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is tragic that so many new walls have been built across Europe to keep out the most vulnerable people on our planet." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/europe-new-walls-business.jpg …
Roaming Charges: Enter Sondland
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-08
+ One of the useful life-lessons Roy Cohn taught the young Donald Trump was always to have a fall guy, a patsy on retainer to take the blame when a deal goes sour. In the Ukraine extortion scheme, the patsy was supposed to be Gordon Sondland. Sondland was a guy who, though not exactly an…
NATO Experiencing 'Brain Death': French President Macron
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-07
French President Emmanuel Macron questioned Thursday the United States' commitment with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in an interview with the British magazine The Economist, saying Washington's lack of will to defend its allies has put Europe "on the edge of a precipice." | RELATED: | US Imposes Tariffs to EU Worth $7.5 Billion | "What we are currently experiencing is NATO's brain death," he said warning European countries that they can no longer rely on America to defend its allies. In addit…
'Terminator' warlord Bosco Ntaganda sentenced to 30 years in prison for DR Congo atrocities
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-07
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday handed down a maximum 30-year prison sentence for mass murder and numerous other atrocities, to Bosco Ntaganda, the heaviest sanction yet imposed by judges at The Hague, in the Netherlands.
102 years since October Revolution
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-07
This paper prepared collectively by the central leadership of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and was presented by leading member of FRSO, Frank Chapman, at the Centennial Commemoration of the October Revolution, held in New York City, July 2017. The event was sponsored by People's Response for International Solidarity and Mass Mobilization (PRISM) in cooperation with the U.S. member organizations of the International League of People's Struggle (ILPS-US). | | Introduction | As communists and revolutionaries, we welcome this opportunity to mark the 100th anniversary of Russia's 1917 October Revolution,…
The Soul of the Russian Revolution
Eugene V. Debs | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-07
Eugene V. Debs, leading American socialist of early 20th century and frequent Socialist presidential candidate, wrote "The Soul of the Russian Revolution" for The Call magazine. It was originally published on April 21, 1918. Though the revolution in Russia eventually succumbed to pressures from both within and without, this article offers a view into the excitement and …
Transcript of US ambassador to Ukraine reveals leaked 'smoking gun' testimony based on hearsay & 'fake news' media
rt.com | 2019-11-07
Impeachment testimony from former US ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor reveals the fatal 'quid pro quo' at the center of the probe rests on mere hearsay, even as Taylor's words are held up as a smoking gun by Trump's enemies. | In the course of his October 22 deposition, made public on Wednesday, Taylor explains it was his "clear understanding" that "security assistance money would not come" until Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "committed to pursue the investigation" of natural gas firm Burisma Hol…
Trump's Lawyer Waged Campaign Against Envoy to Ukraine: Probe
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-07
A top United States diplomat told congressional investigators that President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani conducted a "campaign full of lies" against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine before she was recalled from her post, according to a transcript of his testimony released Thursday. | RELATED: | US Envoy to EU Confirms Ukraine Quid Pro Quo in New Testimony | Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told the Trump impeachment inquiry that he was also subject to atta…
Johnson boards 'Con Air' for Tory campaign tour
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-11-07
Boris Johnson has taken to the skies aboard "Con Air" as part of a three-nation campaign trip.The prime minister landed in Teesside for the opening stop on the first full day of his general election tour.He will leave England for Scotland before a further stop in the north of Ireland on Thursday.Boris Johnson on the production line at the Tetley Tea factory in Stockton (Stefan Rousseau/PA)Arriving on board the plane, Johnson said hello to those travelling with him and repeatedly remarked it was "Con Air" — an apparent nickname for the Conservative campaign plane rather than a direct reference to the 1997 act…
Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as Part of Kingdom's Growing Crackdown on Dissent
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two former Twitter employees with helping Saudi Arabia spy on thousands of the kingdom's critics. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo are accused of giving the Saudi government detailed information about users, including telephone numbers and email addresses linked to the accounts, as well as internet protocol addresses that could be used to identify a user's location. The charges are being filed just over a year after the brutal murder of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. A new report by Human Rights Watch fin…
Algerian Protesters Are Still in the Streets, Months After Pushing Out Longtime President Bouteflika
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
In Algeria, protests against corruption, the jailing of opposition leaders and the army's powerful role in national politics have entered their ninth month. Tens of thousands filled the streets of the capital Algiers last Friday to mark the 65th anniversary of the war of independence from France and to demand a "new revolution" rather than an upcoming election they say will be rigged. Over 100 student protesters were arrested last night as the Algerian government intensified its crackdown on demonstrators ahead of the upcoming polls. Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced the country will hold a presiden…
'I served in the war she championed!': Tulsi & The View's Behar face off in tense exchange over Clinton & 'Russian asset' smears
rt.com | 2019-11-06
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard faced off in a fiery exchange with The View's Joy Behar after taking issue with being branded a "useful idiot" by the co-host on a previous episode of the show. | A clearly fed up Gabbard confronted the hosts who have previously maligned her as a Russian asset and "Assad apologist" over her views on the war in Syria. The anti-Gabbard media hysteria was kicked up a notch after failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also suggested she was being groomed by Moscow to run as a third party disrupter candidate. | "You are implying that I am too stupid, and too na…
The Persistent Influence of Trump's "Shadow Adviser" Erik Prince
Jeremy Scahill | theintercept.com | 2019-11-06
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the Trump administration approached Blackwater founder and Trump shadow adviser Erik Prince about potentially buying a Ukrainian aerospace company that the U.S. government wants to prevent the Chinese government from acquiring. "Motor Sich is a leading maker of helicopter and airplane engines and the U.S. wants to scuttle its pending sale to a group of Chinese companies to keep Beijing from acqu…
Why Did Nobel Winner Peter Handke Have a Secret Passport From Milosevic-Era Yugoslavia?
Peter Maass | theintercept.com | 2019-11-06
The spring of 1999 was a busy time for Peter Handke, the controversial Austrian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month. | Back then, Handke was already criticized for several books that were regarded as denying the Serb genocide of Muslims in Bosnia. But after the U.S. and its NATO allies began a bombing campaign against Serb targets on March 25, Handke stepped even more deeply into wartime politics by traveling to Belgrade to express his solidarity with the isolated country and its strongman, Slobodan Milosevic. "My place is in Serbia if th…
International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-05
Current trends and public pronouncements by some political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina indicate an effort to roll back reforms implemented since the end of the Balkan wars two decades ago, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday.
Is collusion still a thing? Washington Post publishing 'illustrated Mueller report' book
rt.com | 2019-11-05
Haven't got enough 'Russiagate' already? Need the ideal Christmas gift for the unsatisfied Democrat in your life? Well how about a copy of the Mueller report, soon available in graphic novel form! | Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year probe found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, and insufficient evidence that Trump obstructed the investigation itself. Though Trump declared "case closed," the mainstream media that banked on Mueller so heavily isn't quite ready to let it go yet. | Case in point: 'The Mueller Report Illustrated,' a graphic no…
Diplomat suddenly 'remembers' personally delivering Ukrainian 'quid pro quo' AFTER reading Trump impeachment testimonies
rt.com | 2019-11-05
The US ambassador to the EU has suddenly remembered he did notify Kiev that military aid was contingent on launching a corruption probe into the gas company that employed Hunter Biden, his memory jogged by impeachment testimonies. | Ambassador Gordon Sondland said he did, after all, tell an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that US military aid to the country depended on Zelensky publicly pledging to open a corruption investigation into Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company which had hired Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's son onto its board of directors. Sondland recalled this i…
"Release My Mother": A Yale Student Fights to Halt Deportation of His Mother with Stage IV Cancer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Tania Romero, an undocumented mother from Honduras and survivor of stage IV cancer, is fighting to remain in the United States with her four children. Two months ago, Romero was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, interrupting her life-saving medical treatments. In mid-August, Romero was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and arrested for not having a driver's license. Tania Romero's attorney requested a stay of deportation on humanitarian grounds because of her fragile health, but it was denied in September. Her son, Cristian…
GOP Voter Suppression Campaign Continues in Georgia
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-11-04
The GOP barely won the Georgia statehouse despite their campaign of suppressing 1.4 million votes. Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about how a new round of voter registration purges is a continuation of the same campaign.
"White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-03
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/2/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
Chicago Teachers and UAW Members Show That Labor Movement Is Back After "Decades of Concessions"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
The end of the Chicago teachers' strike comes amid a wave of labor movements, including the longest United Auto Workers strike in almost 50 years. We speak with labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about the historical importance of unions, the rise of worker participation in strike actions and the significance of the Labour Party's organizing in the United Kingdom. Jaffe says workers "are fighting back in the face of decades and decades of concessions, decades and decades of give-backs," and "understanding that unionizing is a way that they have power on the job." She is the author of _Necessary Trouble: Americans in Re…
Abortion is Legal in All 50 States, and We Intend to Keep It That Way
Alexa Kolbi-Molinas | aclu.org | 2019-10-31
On | Tuesday, a federal court issued a decision in our challenge to Alabama's | near-total ban on abortion blocking the law from taking effect. The decision | comes on the heels of similar rulings blocking abortion bans in Arkansas, | Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah. In other words, the ACLU has an | undefeated, 7-0 record challenging state abortion bans in court. None of the state abortion bans passed | earlier this year will be permitted to take effect. Abortion is — and will | remain — legal in all 50 states. | The | Alabama ban, like all the others, is the anti-abortion movement's t…
Trump gives $4.5 million to Syria's White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey's ethnic cleansing
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-28
While touting his efforts to end US involvement in Syria, Trump approved $4.5 million more for the White Helmets. This…
Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon?
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
US Renews Chevron License as European Refiner Cuts Venezuela Ties over Sanctions
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-10-23
Finnish-Venezuelan refiner Nynas is one of PDVSA's few remaining cash buyers.
US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-22
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/21/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/19/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
Khury Petersen-Smith on Turkey & the Kurds, Alex Vitale on the Purpose of Policing
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-10-18