2019-11-21: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-11-21). At Democratic debate, all candidates agree: Trump must go. peoplesworld.org ATLANTA—When it comes to GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump, the ten Democratic hopefuls on stage in Atlanta on Nov. 20 all agree: Impeach him. None of the ten—former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New …

RT (2019-11-21). Trump asked Tim Cook if Apple could 'get involved' in building 5G networks in US. rt.com US President Donald Trump wants Apple CEO Tim Cook to "get involved" in developing 5G across the US in an apparent bid by Washington to push against the "threat" of Chinese tech giants. | Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that he had asked Cook about becoming involved with 5G during his visit to Austin, Texas, where he visited Apple facilities and discussed the construction of a new $1 billion, three-million-square-foot campus. | "I asked Tim Cook to see if he could get Apple involved in building 5G in the US. They have it all — Money, Technology, Vision & Cook!" Trump tweeted. | During my visit yesterday…

RT (2019-11-21). Bolivia coup ended a period of stability the country hadn't seen for over 180 years, Evo Morales tells Rafael Correa on RT. rt.com Deposed Bolivian president Evo Morales, speaking exclusively to RT Spanish, has predicted a return to turbulent times for his country. He'd had a long-term development plan but the 'coup' ended a rare period of stability, he says. | "There had never been political calm in Bolivia, with the exception of the time when Andrés de Santa Cruz was in power, between 1829 and 1838… It was the period of the greatest prosperity for the country. It used to be one of the leaders in the region," Morales was speaking with Ecuador's former president, Rafael Correa, on his show Conversation with Correa, aired on RT Sp…

RT (2019-11-21). 'Assassination attempt': Bolivia's Morales is certain helicopter malfunction was bid to kill him. rt.com Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales said he has "zero doubt" that a mechanical failure that occurred on a helicopter he was traveling on last month was an "assassination attempt" and no accident. | In an exclusive interview with former leader of Ecuador Rafael Correa on RT Spanish, Morales said the incident — apparently a mechanical fault with the tail rotor — happened while he was flying to the opening ceremony for a new road. | At first, I thought it was an accident, but now I have zero doubt that it was an assassination attempt. | Morales, who fled Bolivia for asylum in Mexico last week after be…

RT (2019-11-21). Bolivian coup was all about the lithium & OAS had a hand in it, ousted president Morales tells RT. rt.com Bolivia's ousted president, Evo Morales, has told RT that the Organization of American States played a key role in deposing him, and that Bolivia's huge reserves of lithium had spurred on the coup. | Morales fled Bolivia earlier this month shortly after winning re-election to the presidency. Opponents claimed that the election was fraudulent and, though Morales offered to hold a fresh vote, he lost the support of his police and military then sought asylum in Mexico. | Morales was among a handful of leftist leaders remaining in Latin America and, speaking to former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on RT Spani…

RT (2019-11-21). Hammered & beheaded: Investigative paper wants atrocities of alleged Russian mercenaries in Syria probed after graphic VIDEO. rt.com A disturbing clip of an execution in Syria has prompted a Russian newspaper to investigate links between the torturers and the shadowy Wagner Group. Claiming to have uncovered one of the "mercenaries," it wants Moscow to step in. | The extremely graphic footage, said to have been filmed in Syria in 2017, documents the brutal torture and murder of an alleged Syrian deserter by Russian-speaking men dressed in tactical clothing. The man is accused of fighting for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). | The video, which triggered the Novaya Gazeta (NG) investigation, had surfaced in the media before but its full…

Eds. (2019-11-21). Jobs for All Manifesto. mronline.org What is needed is a program directed toward an intermediate goal which both rejects the existing social order and at the same time is attainable without overthrowing it. —Leo Huberman and Paul M. Sweezy | Source

Jonathan Cook (2019-11-21). Capitalism's Suicidal Trajectory can't be ignored. dissidentvoice.org If we make it out of the climate emergency, we may come to view the few decades usually described simply as the Cold War that followed the Second World War as halcyon days — at least relative to what we are facing now. The Cold War was a power struggle between two economic empires for …

Staff (2019-11-21). 'Corruption' Probe Meant Bidens, Impeachment Witnesses Say. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Key impeachment witnesses said Thursday it was clear that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was pursuing political investigations of Democrats in Ukraine, in testimony undercutting Trump's argument that he only wanted to root out Ukrainian corruption. | State Department official David Holmes said he understood that Giuliani's push to investigate "Burisma," the Ukrainian gas company where Joe Biden's son Hunter served on the board, was code for the former vice president and his family. Former White House adviser Fiona Hill warned that Giuliani had been making "explosive" and…

Eds. (2019-11-21). BBC attacks Corbyn over his correct stance on foreign wars. mronline.org Corbyn's position on Britain's military adventures has been right on every occasion, argues Chris Nineham. | Source

Eric A. Gordon (2019-11-21). World premiere play with music 'Salvage' launches in Los Angeles. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—What a nice little discovery, this new one-act play with music now at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood! Salvage has a book by Tim Alderson, with music and lyrics by himself, Pat Terry, and the late Mark Heard and Randy VanWarmer. It's this collection of intimate narrative songs, splendidly performed, that are the heart …

Joshua Hanks (2019-11-21). Bolivia, lithium and China's BRI. workers.org Details are still emerging about the recent coup in Bolivia, which removed President Evo Morales from power. Under Morales, the first Indigenous president in Bolivia and in South America, the government nationalized key industries and raw materials, directing profits to social programs that benefited the poor, largely Indigenous population. The . . . | Continue reading Bolivia, lithium and China's BRI at Workers.org

Staff (2019-11-21). EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. | And while the administration says it's focusing on quality over quantity in pollution cases, using its enforcement resources to go after the biggest and worst offenders, an Associated Press analysis found little sign of that so far in court cases closed in 2019. | The criminal pollution cases initiated, and won this year, under the Trump administ…

Jon Gold (2019-11-21). The US Government Continues To Side With Saudi Arabia Over 9/11 Families. mintpressnews.com For years, the U.S. government's handling of the investigation surrounding the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks has been a slap in the face for the families of victims.

RT (2019-11-21). Schiff brings lip-reading witnesses and angry bureaucrats into impeachment theater. rt.com The impeachment circus remains in full swing on Capitol Hill, with the Democrats' latest star witness apparently overhearing an incriminating phone call and raging at Trump daring to set his own foreign policy agenda. | David Holmes, a low-level staffer at the US embassy in Kiev, appeared on Capitol Hill for questioning on Thursday. Holmes provided no direct evidence of a 'quid-pro-quo' arrangement between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but told lawmakers that he managed to overhear Trump demand "investigations" into Joe Biden while in a restaurant in Kiev. | Holmes claimed…

John Wojcik (2019-11-21). Hearings yield more evidence of Trump's threat to national security. peoplesworld.org In the midst of explosive testimony at the impeachment inquiry in Congress this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the press that by using his office for personal gain it is clear now that President Trump has "undermined the national security of the United States." She said that no decision has yet been made though …

RT (2019-11-21). 'Sums it up perfectly!' Donald Trump Jr uses 'Russian Slapping Champion' to mock Democrats & impeachment inquiry into his dad. rt.com Donald Trump Jr used a video of 'Russian Slap Champion' Vasilii Khamotskiy slapping an opponent unconcious to mock an impeachment inquiry into his father US President Donald Trump, and smash Democrats with his Trump 2020 campaign. | READ MORE: 'I didn't know I could knock him out with a slap!' Russian slapping champ on viral victory (VIDEO) | Trump Jr. used a clip of Khamotskiy, nicknamed 'Dumpling' and hailing from Siberia, withstanding a feeble slap, representing the reaction of 'Patriots' to the…

Staff (2019-11-21). Former White House Aide / Russia Analyst Testifies. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — They have heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump's Ukraine policy. Now House impeachment investigators are hearing from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense former White House national security adviser who was alarmed by what she saw unfolding around her. | Hill, who speaks rapid-fire and in the distinctive accent of the coal country of northeastern England where she grew up, is testifying Thursday about what she witnessed insi…

PAI (2019-11-21). World Federation of Trade Unions and Canadian Labour Congress denounce Bolivian coup. peoplesworld.org Two more big union federations, the Athens-based World Federation of Trade Unions and the Canadian Labour Congress, have joined the chorus of international union protests of the coup which ousted pro-worker Bolivian President Evo Morales. Their statements join those from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, National Nurses United, the Brazilian nurses' union, and the Trade Union …

Special to Workers World (2019-11-21). U.S. activists unite to say "NO to fascist coup in Bolivia!'. workers.org As news of the U.S.-backed coup d'état in Bolivia and the Nov. 10 forced resignation of President Evo Morales hit the airwaves and social media, activists around the globe took to the streets to demand Morales' return to office. Protests began on Nov. 11 in multiple cities in the U.S., . . . | Continue reading U.S. activists unite to say "NO to fascist coup in Bolivia!' at Workers.org

RT (2019-11-21). 'Attempted coup': Defiant Netanyahu slams corruption indictment, says probe 'tainted by foreign interests'. rt.com Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tore into the judicial authorities, calling the bribery indictment against him an "attempted coup" and hinting at the presence of "foreign interests" behind the three-year investigation. | Netanyahu denounced the "tainted procedure," claiming it was the product of "foreign interests" trying to "carry out a legal revolution," after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit released his indictment on Thursday. | Tonight we witness an attempted coup against a right-wing Prime Minister | Netanyahu has been charged with bribery, fraud, and abuse of trust in three separate corruption cases.

Janine Jackson (2019-11-21). 'Years From Now, It'll Be Clear to Everyone There Was a Coup in Bolivia' – CounterSpin interview with Alex Main on Bolivia coup. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed CEPR's Alex Main about the Bolivian coup for the November 15, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Graham Holton (2019-11-21). Bolivia coup: Personal memories of an earlier military massacre. peoplesworld.org In January 1974, I was standing outside the Presidential Palace in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. The president was General Hugo Bánzer Suárez, of German ancestry, who held old Nazi ideals. A group of Indigenous protesters demanded the end to 200% inflation, low wages, and no rice or sugar. A truckload of soldiers pulled …

RT (2019-11-21). Journalist cries troll after finding 'Russian quotation marks' in story about Biden's illegitimate child. rt.com A journalist called out an Arkansas paper for running a story about Hunter Biden's illegitimate child, pointing to a "Russian quotation mark" the account had used in its tweet promoting the article. Also known as an arrow. | Journalist Julia Ioffe, a Russiagate true-believer who covers foreign policy and national security topics for mainstream US publications like WaPo and The Atlantic, immediately smelled a rat when the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette tweeted an article claiming that "DNA testing has established that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby," with what she — a Russian speaker — call…

RT (2019-11-21). Flight Interrupted: Russian security forces may now shoot illegal drones out of the sky. rt.com Parliament has granted the security forces a wide range of powers to protect the skies from dangerous or illegally operated drones, including shooting down such Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. | MPs at the State Duma have ratified the legislation in the final reading on Thursday. From now on, Russian law enforcement would be able to remotely take control of suspect UAVs and ground them, or to shoot them down if other means prove ineffective. Identifying the pilot and seizing control of the UAV from him or her is also an option. | Drones pose real dangers to planes as a collision caused by a hapless or a malicious qu…

RT (2019-11-21). 'Destroy, return, get rid of S-400'? Nope, Turkey says we'll activate Russian missiles instead. rt.com Washington officials are reportedly demanding that Turkey "destroy or return" its Russian-made S-400 air defense systems to get back in the good books and rejoin the F-35 fighter program — but Ankara has no intention of complying. | After a meeting between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House last week, Erdogan noted that Trump's attitude to resolving the F-35 standoff was "positive," but offered no specifics. An unnamed State Department official, however, told Reuters on Thursday that ditching the S-400 is a precondition for rejoining the F-35 program. | "

RT (2019-11-21). Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe to start operating in mid-2020. rt.com The Nord Stream 2 project designed to deliver Russian natural gas to Germany and other European customers will start working in the middle of next year, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Thursday. | He gave no other details about the exact date of the pipeline's launch. Earlier, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters that gas deliveries via the undersea pipeline could start in the coming months.The offshore and land sections of the pipeline were connected on the German side last year. The project only needed approval from Danish authorities. Other countries on the route of the pipeline…

RT (2019-11-21). Brazil's President Bolsonaro launches his own party. rt.com Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro launched a new political party on Thursday, the Alliance for Brazil (APB), under the banner of fighting graft and advancing Christian values. | Bolsonaro led the party's first meeting in Brasilia, appointing its executive committee, powers he lacked in the right-wing Social Liberal Party (PSL). | The move to ditch the PSL is seen as a risky one for the former army captain, who rode a wave of conservative sentiment in Brazil to win last year's election. It may take months to formalize the new party and deadlines loom for next year's elections, Reuters said. | Bolsonaro's relati…

Eds. (2019-11-21). 'Orwellian absurdity': U.S. reversal on settlements draws international outrage. mronline.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the U.S. was softening its position on Israel's network of settlements in the occupied Palestinain territory, saying it was revoking the notion that settlements are illegal under international law—a notion recognized by the rest of the world as factual and true. | Source

Norman Solomon (2019-11-21). Joe Biden's AstroTurf Campaign. counterpunch.org Last week, I attended Joe Biden's first rally in California since he launched his presidential campaign more than six months ago. It was revealing. The Biden for President campaign had been using social media and its email list in the Los Angeles area to urge attendance. Under sunny skies, near abundant free parking, the outdoor More

Denis Rancourt (2019-11-21). Dear Young Progressives: The White-Supremacist Anti-Immigration Anti-Political-Correctness Free-Speech Fascists Are Your Friends. dissidentvoice.org Yup. The ruling elite are doing everything they can to divide you. They are doing everything they can to promote hate between you. In this article, I argue that the real enemy is the ruling elite, which manipulates us all. I explain that the Western USA-based ruling elite is desperate these days, and exceptionally adversarial, …

WSWS (2019-11-21). Conference at European Parliament defends Julian Assange. wsws.org Speakers warned that the persecution of Assange was creating a precedent for the suppression of press freedom and for the application of repressive US laws all over the world.

John Shipton (2019-11-21). Video: An Interview with John Shipton, Father of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca * | Note to readers: please click the share buttons above or below. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc….

RT (2019-11-21). Craig Murray on Assange: "Swedes should be ashamed of the way they've been played by the CIA" dissidentvoice.org "The Swedish people should be ashamed of the way they've been played by the CIA." | Craig Murray reacts to the prosecutor dropping the rape case against Julian Assange which he believes was a "political fit up from the start."

WSWS (2019-11-21). Striking university workers speak out: "Assange won't be defended by the rich, it must be the working people!" wsws.org WSWS reporters spoke to striking outsourced workers at University College London, on Tuesday.

Robert C. Koehler (2019-11-21). Ilhan Omar's Call for Restorative Justice Gives Me Profound Hope for the Future. commondreams.org Omar understands that punishment perpetuates crime; that healing, repairing harm and creating peace are not simplistic matters to be dumped into the trash bin of the prison-industrial complex. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ilhan_2.jpeg

Ben Norton (2019-11-21). Elizabeth Warren endorses Trump's economic war on Venezuela, then soft-pedals far-right Bolivia coup. mronline.org In a nauseating interview on Pod Save America, Elizabeth Warren endorsed suffocating US sanctions on Venezuela, backing Trump's strategy to stop its "ability to have an economy" while parroting neocon regime-change myths. She then whitewashed the far-right military coup in Bolivia. | Source

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-11-21). Sheepdogs Sanders & Warren Support Anti-Abortion Democrats. indybay.org Despite the Democratic Party having as part of its party platform that it supports the right to abortion, the Democrats have the two alleged progressives running for president, the Democrats' sheepdogs Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, stating at the latest Democrats' "debate" that they would support anti-abortion Democrats! See | "Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders Wouldn't Rule Out Supporting Anti-Abortion Democrats" by Jenavieve Hatch, 11/21/19 at | www.huffpost.com/entry/warren-sanders-abortion-debate_n_5dd6150be4b010f3f1d27940

Peter Koenig (2019-11-21). Video:"Der IWF ist ein Kriegsinstrument der USA" — àñkonom Peter Kà∂nig zu Protesten in Sàºdamerika. globalresearch.ca Welche Rolle spielt der Internationale Wà§hrungsfonds (IWF) bei den zahlreichen gegenwà§rtigen Protesten in Sàºdamerika? Eine groàüe, aber keine gute — so das Fazit von Peter Kà∂nig, der àºber zwanzig Jahre lang als àñkonom fàºr die Weltbank tà§tig war. | Im Interview …

South Front (2019-11-21). Video: Protest Movements in Iran. globalresearch.ca Iran has been swept by protests since November 15th, with banks, stores and gas stations being set on fire. So far, more than 1,000 have been arrested and upwards of 12 people have died. Iranian authorities said 87,400 …

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Four Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Continue in Iraq. telesurenglish.net Four people were killed and 48 wounded early on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at protesters near two key bridges in Baghdad, security and medical sources said. | RELATED: | ICC May Investigate British War Crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan | The cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly at the head, the sources said. | Police said earlier one protester was killed near Sinak bridge and one near the adjacent Ahrar bridge,…

WSWS (2019-11-21). Protests continue across Bolivia as the MAS submits to coup. wsws.org The response by MAS and the trade union bureaucracy demonstrates that no section of the ruling establishment is willing to oppose US imperialism's installation of a puppet regime.

teleSUR (2019-11-21). Chile: Most Vulnerable Victims of State Violence are Minors. telesurenglish.net From October 18 to November 15, Chile's military police (Carabineros) violated the human rights of at least 327 children and adolescents. They physically hit 118 children, wounded 48 with pellets and shot at 11 with bullets, as Ombudsman for Children Patricia Muñoz reported on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Chile: Thousands Take to Streets to Mark One Month of Protests | As a reaction to this situation, she decided not to celebrate Universal Children's Day on November 20, a holiday tha…

Ted Rall (2019-11-21). Billionaires and Corporations Love Anti-SLAPP Laws, Why Does John Oliver? counterpunch.org John Oliver recently dedicated his HBO show to why we need a federal anti-SLAPP law. Like most of his stuff, the episode was witty and engaging. It was also sloppy, thoughtless and poorly researched. From now on, I'll wonder whether I can trust anything he says. An anti-SLAPP motion is a powerful legal maneuver available More

Mark Weisbrot (2019-11-21). The OAS Lied about the Bolivian Election and Coup, Deliberately… globalresearch.ca What is the difference between an outright lie — stating something as a fact while knowing that it is false — and a deliberate material representation that accomplishes the same end? Here is an example that really pushes the boundary …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-11-21). Trump's New Policy on Israeli Settlements Is Illegal and Self-Serving. globalresearch.ca Thumbing his nose at the Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute, the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and the International Court of Justice, Donald Trump decided that Israel's unlawful construction of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory is lawful. …

Staff (2019-11-21). Noam Chomsky: Democratic Party Centrism Risks Handing Election to Trump. truthout.org As the 2020 election race heats up, U.S. politics, the nation's political culture as a whole, and even the future of organized human life are at a crossroads. Another four years of Donald Trump would deliver nightmarish blows to democracy and social rights, handing an unthinkable mandate to a president who has become notorious for undermining virtually everything of decent value to humanity. | Yet, the question remains as to whether this dangerous man will actually be defeated in 2020. At the Democ…

Steve Brown (2019-11-21). Why Did MSNBC Spend So Much Time Bashing Gabbard? counterpunch.org I couldn't believe my ears. I thought Tulsi Gabbard gave her best performance during Wednesday night's Democratic party debate. She swiftly demolished Mayor Pete and Kamala Harris to their faces, then attacked every prior Republican and Democratic administration (including Clinton's, although she did timidly omit Obama's) for wasteful and deceitful war-making and subservience to the More

Philip Giraldi (2019-11-21). Rethinking National Security: CIA and FBI Are Corrupt, but What About Congress? globalresearch.ca The developing story about how the US intelligence and national security agencies may have conspired to influence and possibly even reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election is compelling, even if one is disinclined to believe that such a …

William Hartung (2019-11-21). America's Arms Sales Addiction. counterpunch.org It's no secret that Donald Trump is one of the most aggressive arms salesmen in history. How do we know? Because he tells us so at every conceivable opportunity. It started with his much exaggerated "$110 billion arms deal" with Saudi Arabia, announced on his first foreign trip as president. It continued with his White More

2019-11-21: Social Media Postees

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Joe Biden's AstroTurf Campaign
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
Last week, I attended Joe Biden's first rally in California since he launched his presidential campaign more than six months ago. It was revealing. The Biden for President campaign had been using social media and its email list in the Los Angeles area to urge attendance. Under sunny skies, near abundant free parking, the outdoor…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/joe-bidens-astroturf-campaign/

Dear Young Progressives: The White-Supremacist Anti-Immigration Anti-Political-Correctness Free-Speech Fascists Are Your Friends
Denis Rancourt | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-21
Yup. The ruling elite are doing everything they can to divide you. They are doing everything they can to promote hate between you. In this article, I argue that the real enemy is the ruling elite, which manipulates us all. I explain that the Western USA-based ruling elite is desperate these days, and exceptionally adversarial, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/11/dear-young-progressives-the-white-supremacist-anti-immigration-anti-political-correctness-free-speech-fascists-are-your-friends/

Video: An Interview with John Shipton, Father of Julian Assange
John Shipton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
* | Note to readers: please click the share buttons above or below. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc….
globalresearch.ca/interview-john-shipton-father-julian-assange/5695539

Conference at European Parliament defends Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-11-21
Speakers warned that the persecution of Assange was creating a precedent for the suppression of press freedom and for the application of repressive US laws all over the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/21/brus-n21.html

Striking university workers speak out: "Assange won't be defended by the rich, it must be the working people!"
wsws.org | 2019-11-21
WSWS reporters spoke to striking outsourced workers at University College London, on Tuesday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/21/ints-n21.html

Craig Murray on Assange: "Swedes should be ashamed of the way they've been played by the CIA"
RT | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-21
"The Swedish people should be ashamed of the way they've been played by the CIA." | Craig Murray reacts to the prosecutor dropping the rape case against Julian Assange which he believes was a "political fit up from the start."
dissidentvoice.org/2019/11/craig-murray-on-assange-swedes-should-be-ashamed-of-the-way-theyve-been-played-by-the-cia/

Ilhan Omar's Call for Restorative Justice Gives Me Profound Hope for the Future
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2019-11-21
Omar understands that punishment perpetuates crime; that healing, repairing harm and creating peace are not simplistic matters to be dumped into the trash bin of the prison-industrial complex. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ilhan_2.jpeg
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Elizabeth Warren endorses Trump's economic war on Venezuela, then soft-pedals far-right Bolivia coup
Ben Norton | mronline.org | 2019-11-21
In a nauseating interview on Pod Save America, Elizabeth Warren endorsed suffocating US sanctions on Venezuela, backing Trump's strategy to stop its "ability to have an economy" while parroting neocon regime-change myths. She then whitewashed the far-right military coup in Bolivia. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/11/21/elizabeth-warren-endorses-trumps-economic-war-on-venezuela-then-soft-pedals-far-right-bolivia-coup/

U.S. activists unite to say "NO to fascist coup in Bolivia!'
Special to Workers World | workers.org | 2019-11-21
As news of the U.S.-backed coup d'état in Bolivia and the Nov. 10 forced resignation of President Evo Morales hit the airwaves and social media, activists around the globe took to the streets to demand Morales' return to office. Protests began on Nov. 11 in multiple cities in the U.S., . . . | Continue reading U.S. activists unite to say "NO to fascist coup in Bolivia!' at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/11/44497/

Sheepdogs Sanders & Warren Support Anti-Abortion Democrats
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-11-21
Despite the Democratic Party having as part of its party platform that it supports the right to abortion, the Democrats have the two alleged progressives running for president, the Democrats' sheepdogs Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, stating at the latest Democrats' "debate" that they would support anti-abortion Democrats! See | "Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders Wouldn't Rule Out Supporting Anti-Abortion Democrats" by Jenavieve Hatch, 11/21/19 at | www.huffpost.com/entry/warren-sanders-abortion-debate_n_5dd6150be4b010f3f1d27940
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/20/18828333.php

'It's Time For a Real Change', Labour Party Vows the British
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-21
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday unveiled his election manifesto in Birmingham, where he announced plans to transform the United Kingdom with higher taxes on companies, more "green jobs," and nationalization of infrastructure. | RELATED: | A Left Labour Gov't Would Weaken Imperialism, Work for Peace | "Labor's manifesto is a manifesto for hop…
telesurenglish.net/news/Its-Time-For-a-Real-Change-Labour-Party-Vows-the-British-20191121-0005.html

Video:"Der IWF ist ein Kriegsinstrument der USA" — àñkonom Peter Kà∂nig zu Protesten in Sàºdamerika
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
Welche Rolle spielt der Internationale Wà§hrungsfonds (IWF) bei den zahlreichen gegenwà§rtigen Protesten in Sàºdamerika? Eine groàüe, aber keine gute — so das Fazit von Peter Kà∂nig, der àºber zwanzig Jahre lang als àñkonom fàºr die Weltbank tà§tig war. | Im Interview …
globalresearch.ca/videoder-iwf-ist-ein-kriegsinstrument-der-usa-okonom-peter-konig-zu-protesten-in-sudamerika/5695535

Four Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Continue in Iraq
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-21
Four people were killed and 48 wounded early on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at protesters near two key bridges in Baghdad, security and medical sources said. | RELATED: | ICC May Investigate British War Crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan | The cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly at the head, the sources said. | Police said earlier one protester was killed near Sinak bridge and one near the adjacent Ahrar bridge,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Four-Protesters-Killed-as-Demonstrations-Continue-in-Iraq-20191121-0004.html

Video: Protest Movements in Iran
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
Iran has been swept by protests since November 15th, with banks, stores and gas stations being set on fire. So far, more than 1,000 have been arrested and upwards of 12 people have died. Iranian authorities said 87,400 …
globalresearch.ca/video-hybrid-war-iran-increases-chances-retaliatory-strike-israel/5695513

Protests continue across Bolivia as the MAS submits to coup
wsws.org | 2019-11-21
The response by MAS and the trade union bureaucracy demonstrates that no section of the ruling establishment is willing to oppose US imperialism's installation of a puppet regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/21/boli-n21.html

Bolivia coup: Personal memories of an earlier military massacre
Graham Holton | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-21
In January 1974, I was standing outside the Presidential Palace in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. The president was General Hugo Bánzer Suárez, of German ancestry, who held old Nazi ideals. A group of Indigenous protesters demanded the end to 200% inflation, low wages, and no rice or sugar. A truckload of soldiers pulled …
peoplesworld.org/article/bolivia-coup-personal-memories-of-an-earlier-military-massacre/

World Federation of Trade Unions and Canadian Labour Congress denounce Bolivian coup
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-21
Two more big union federations, the Athens-based World Federation of Trade Unions and the Canadian Labour Congress, have joined the chorus of international union protests of the coup which ousted pro-worker Bolivian President Evo Morales. Their statements join those from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, National Nurses United, the Brazilian nurses' union, and the Trade Union …
peoplesworld.org/article/world-federation-of-trade-unions-and-canadian-labour-congress-denounce-bolivian-coup/

Chile: Most Vulnerable Victims of State Violence are Minors
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-21
From October 18 to November 15, Chile's military police (Carabineros) violated the human rights of at least 327 children and adolescents. They physically hit 118 children, wounded 48 with pellets and shot at 11 with bullets, as Ombudsman for Children Patricia Muñoz reported on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Chile: Thousands Take to Streets to Mark One Month of Protests | As a reaction to this situation, she decided not to celebrate Universal Children's Day on November 20, a holiday tha…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Most-Vulnerable-Victims-of-State-Violence-are-Minors-20191121-0003.html

Billionaires and Corporations Love Anti-SLAPP Laws, Why Does John Oliver?
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
John Oliver recently dedicated his HBO show to why we need a federal anti-SLAPP law. Like most of his stuff, the episode was witty and engaging. It was also sloppy, thoughtless and poorly researched. From now on, I'll wonder whether I can trust anything he says. An anti-SLAPP motion is a powerful legal maneuver available…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/billionaires-and-corporations-love-anti-slapp-laws-why-does-john-oliver/

The OAS Lied about the Bolivian Election and Coup, Deliberately
Mark Weisbrot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
What is the difference between an outright lie — stating something as a fact while knowing that it is false — and a deliberate material representation that accomplishes the same end? Here is an example that really pushes the boundary …
globalresearch.ca/the-oas-lied-about-the-bolivian-election-and-coup-deliberately/5695499

Trump's New Policy on Israeli Settlements Is Illegal and Self-Serving
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
Thumbing his nose at the Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute, the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and the International Court of Justice, Donald Trump decided that Israel's unlawful construction of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory is lawful. …
globalresearch.ca/trump-new-policy-israeli-settlements-illegal-self-serving/5695562

Noam Chomsky: Democratic Party Centrism Risks Handing Election to Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-21
As the 2020 election race heats up, U.S. politics, the nation's political culture as a whole, and even the future of organized human life are at a crossroads. Another four years of Donald Trump would deliver nightmarish blows to democracy and social rights, handing an unthinkable mandate to a president who has become notorious for undermining virtually everything of decent value to humanity. | Yet, the question remains as to whether this dangerous man will actually be defeated in 2020. At the Democ…
truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-democratic-party-centrism-risks-handing-election-to-trump/

Why Did MSNBC Spend So Much Time Bashing Gabbard?
Steve Brown | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
I couldn't believe my ears. I thought Tulsi Gabbard gave her best performance during Wednesday night's Democratic party debate. She swiftly demolished Mayor Pete and Kamala Harris to their faces, then attacked every prior Republican and Democratic administration (including Clinton's, although she did timidly omit Obama's) for wasteful and deceitful war-making and subservience to the…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/why-did-msnbc-spend-so-much-time-bashing-gabbard/

Rethinking National Security: CIA and FBI Are Corrupt, but What About Congress?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
The developing story about how the US intelligence and national security agencies may have conspired to influence and possibly even reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election is compelling, even if one is disinclined to believe that such a …
globalresearch.ca/rethinking-national-security-cia-fbi-corrupt-what-about-congress/5695574

America's Arms Sales Addiction
William Hartung | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
It's no secret that Donald Trump is one of the most aggressive arms salesmen in history. How do we know? Because he tells us so at every conceivable opportunity. It started with his much exaggerated "$110 billion arms deal" with Saudi Arabia, announced on his first foreign trip as president. It continued with his White…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/americas-arms-sales-addiction/

Trump asked Tim Cook if Apple could 'get involved' in building 5G networks in US
rt.com | 2019-11-21
US President Donald Trump wants Apple CEO Tim Cook to "get involved" in developing 5G across the US in an apparent bid by Washington to push against the "threat" of Chinese tech giants. | Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that he had asked Cook about becoming involved with 5G during his visit to Austin, Texas, where he visited Apple facilities and discussed the construction of a new $1 billion, three-million-square-foot campus. | "I asked Tim Cook to see if he could get Apple involved in building 5G in the US. They have it all — Money, Technology, Vision & Cook!" Trump tweeted. | During my visit yesterday…
rt.com/usa/473996-trump-tim-cook-apple/

Bolivian coup was all about the lithium & OAS had a hand in it, ousted president Morales tells RT
rt.com | 2019-11-21
Bolivia's ousted president, Evo Morales, has told RT that the Organization of American States played a key role in deposing him, and that Bolivia's huge reserves of lithium had spurred on the coup. | Morales fled Bolivia earlier this month shortly after winning re-election to the presidency. Opponents claimed that the election was fraudulent and, though Morales offered to hold a fresh vote, he lost the support of his police and military then sought asylum in Mexico. | Morales was among a handful of leftist leaders remaining in Latin America and, speaking to former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on RT Spani…
rt.com/news/474022-morales-bolivia-coup-lithium/

Bolivia coup ended a period of stability the country hadn't seen for over 180 years, Evo Morales tells Rafael Correa on RT
rt.com | 2019-11-21
Deposed Bolivian president Evo Morales, speaking exclusively to RT Spanish, has predicted a return to turbulent times for his country. He'd had a long-term development plan but the 'coup' ended a rare period of stability, he says. | "There had never been political calm in Bolivia, with the exception of the time when Andrés de Santa Cruz was in power, between 1829 and 1838… It was the period of the greatest prosperity for the country. It used to be one of the leaders in the region," Morales was speaking with Ecuador's former president, Rafael Correa, on his show Conversation with Correa, aired on RT Sp…
rt.com/news/474016-morales-correa-bolivia-stability/

'Assassination attempt': Bolivia's Morales is certain helicopter malfunction was bid to kill him
rt.com | 2019-11-21
Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales said he has "zero doubt" that a mechanical failure that occurred on a helicopter he was traveling on last month was an "assassination attempt" and no accident. | In an exclusive interview with former leader of Ecuador Rafael Correa on RT Spanish, Morales said the incident — apparently a mechanical fault with the tail rotor — happened while he was flying to the opening ceremony for a new road. | At first, I thought it was an accident, but now I have zero doubt that it was an assassination attempt. | Morales, who fled Bolivia for asylum in Mexico last week after be…
rt.com/news/474020-evo-morales-helicopter-assassination/

Missile strike kills at least 12 civilians, including children, in Syria's Idlib: UN humanitarians
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-21
Violence in Syria continues to kill and maim civilians with reports that missiles fired into settlements for people fleeing conflict in the country's northwest on Wednesday night, killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more, including children, UN humanitarians said on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/11/1051841

Hammered & beheaded: Investigative paper wants atrocities of alleged Russian mercenaries in Syria probed after graphic VIDEO
rt.com | 2019-11-21
A disturbing clip of an execution in Syria has prompted a Russian newspaper to investigate links between the torturers and the shadowy Wagner Group. Claiming to have uncovered one of the "mercenaries," it wants Moscow to step in. | The extremely graphic footage, said to have been filmed in Syria in 2017, documents the brutal torture and murder of an alleged Syrian deserter by Russian-speaking men dressed in tactical clothing. The man is accused of fighting for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). | The video, which triggered the Novaya Gazeta (NG) investigation, had surfaced in the media before but its full…
rt.com/news/473989-syria-beheading-alleged-wagner-mercenaries/

Video: Israel Conducts Wide-scale Strikes on Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
On November 20, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they had carried out "wide-scale strikes" on the "Iranian Quds Force" and the Syrian Armed Forces in Syria. The IDF claimed that the strikes were carried out in response to …
globalresearch.ca/video-israel-conducts-wide-scale-strikes-syria/5695592

OPCW Must Come Clean: Grave Flaws in Syria Report. Open Letter To States' Representatives
Tim Hayward | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
Following revelations of grave flaws in its Syria reporting, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons must allow whistleblowers' evidence to be heard at the coming OPCW Conference of States Parties. That's the message from the following public …
globalresearch.ca/opcw-must-come-clean-grave-flaws-in-syria-report-open-letter-to-states-representatives/5695506

Israeli airstrikes on Syria threaten wider Mideast war
wsws.org | 2019-11-21
The air raids follow by barely a week a bombing campaign against Gaza that killed 34, including an entire family of eight.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/21/syri-n21.html

Leaked Memo Shows the U.S. Still Does Not Understand Turkey's Syria Operation
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
An 'internal memo' that was intentionally leaked has blasted U.S. President Donald Trump's decision for the U.S. military to withdraw from Syria, or more accurately, relocate from northern Syria to the oilfields in the east, as well as his …
globalresearch.ca/leaked-memo-shows-u-s-does-not-understand-turkey-syria-operation/5695570

The Democratic Party's Missing Electoral College Game Plan
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
Rule number one of politics: The first step in exercising political power is to get elected. Somewhere along the line the Democratic Party has forgotten this. Why this is important is that right now it looks that Democrats are on the road to another 2020 presidential popular vote victory and a loss in the electoral…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/the-democratic-partys-missing-electoral-college-game-plan/

The Right to Vote Should not Fall Victim to Partisan Battles
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
The right to vote is fundamental to any democracy. Protecting that right — and making it easier to exercise it — ought to be a priority across partisan lines. Instead, in states across the country — particularly in the five years since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act — it has become a…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/the-right-to-vote-should-not-fall-victim-to-partisan-battles/

Overtunring WI v. Yoder: Making Education a Federal Right for All Children (and Bringing the MeToo Movement to Fundamentalist Communities)
Jenna Orkin | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
"Schpring! Schpring zu de velschken feldt!" shouted one of the Amish parents gathered to see their children off for their first day in an Iowa state or "English" school. The year was 1965, the bus had just arrived and the parent was urging the kids to, "Run! Run to the cornfields!" A photographer present to…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/overtunring-wi-v-yoder-making-education-a-federal-right-for-all-children-and-bringing-the-metoo-movement-to-fundamentalist-communities/

Health Care and "Head Taxes": an Unhealthy Combination
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
The divide in the health care policy debate couldn't be any clearer. On one side: the Medicare for All proponents. On the other: the Obamacare with a Public Option proponents Americans see the divide. But are we seeing the fundamental issues at play here? I don't think so. We've been largely ignoring the huge historic…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/health-care-and-head-taxes-an-unhealthy-combination/

Thinking Outside the Grid
Steven Gorelick | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
If our electric needs were sourced locally or regionally we'd have to balance our desire for power with costs that we and our neighbors largely bear ourselves. One can imagine lively debates in communities everywhere about what mix of local power sources — small-scale hydro, wind, biomass, solar — should be employed. Each of these has trade-offs that might be difficult to balance, but most of the costs and benefits would accrue to the same community. If the economic, ecological, and aesthetic costs were too high, many communities would find ways to limit their use of energy — for example by reje…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/thinking-outside-the-grid/

Christianity is the Religion of Imperialism
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
Saba Mahmood is a very talented scholar who has assimilated a post-colonial sensibility. She has learned to look at the world through the eyes of those who have been the pedagogical objects of European colonialism. The literature on Orientalism is vast; and the evidence suggests that Europe cannot easily shake off the deep-seated assumption that…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/christianity-is-the-religion-of-imperialism/

One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and an Impeachment
Priti Gulati Cox | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
(includes a recipe brought to you by Discomfort Foods) In February 2018 on Fox News, Laura Ingraham ended her interview with former CIA director James Woolsey by asking him if the United States continues to "mess around in other people's elections." To which Woolsey, as though tasting the tasty lie in his mouth, replied:…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/one-pound-capitalism-a-pinch-of-democracy-and-an-impeachment/

Voters Say They Want a Third Party, They Should Vote Accordingly
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
According to an October Rasmussen poll, 38% of likely voters say they intend to vote for "someone other than President Trump or the Democratic presidential nominee" in the 2020 US presidential election. In a three-way presidential race, 38% constitutes a winning plurality, assuming it's distributed among the states such that the Electoral College outcome reflects…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/voters-say-they-want-a-third-party-they-should-vote-accordingly/

Open Letter to the People of Planet Earth
Craig Collins | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-21
The Galactic Gardeners' Forum This may not be the best time to contact you, but waiting may only make things worse. Since we're your first neighbors in the galaxy to make contact, we hope you'll consider us a welcoming committee with a warning. We've hacked into all your major channels of communication to transmit our…
counterpunch.org/2019/11/21/open-letter-to-the-people-of-planet-earth/

The Worst Is Over for Oil Markets
Nick Cunningham | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
Some analysts see the world dodging a recession next year, which provides some upward room for oil prices. | Last week, the IEA warned last week that "the hefty supply cushion" building up in the first half of 2020 will cause …
globalresearch.ca/worst-over-oil-markets/5695554

Naval command challenges President Trump's war crimes pardon
wsws.org | 2019-11-21
In an extraordinary and open conflict between the leadership of the US Navy and the White House, Rear Admiral Collin Green pressed forward on Wednesday with plans to remove Edward Gallagher from the SEALs following his exoneration by President Trump.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/21/pard-n21.html

America Will Never Live Down Trump's War Crime Pardons
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-11-21
Not only do they encourage military indiscipline and stain the country's reputation, but they are guaranteed to make us all less safe.
truthdig.com/articles/america-will-never-live-down-trumps-war-crime-pardons/

UK Government Hid Torture and Killing of Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq by British Soldiers
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-21
The United Kingdom's government and its armed forces hid solid evidence of war crimes committed by British soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq against civilians among them children, an investigation led by the BBC and the Sunday Times revealed Sunday. | The …
globalresearch.ca/uk-government-hid-torture-and-killing-of-civilians-in-afghanistan-and-iraq-by-british-soldiers/5695508

Backfire — LaNada War Jack's 'Native Resistance' chronicles Alcatraz to Standing Rock
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2019-11-21
Dr. LaNada War Jack, Shoshone Bannock, released her new book this week in Berkeley, as the 50th Anniversary of Alcatraz events begin. The book, Native Resistance, an Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life, chronicles Native American resistance from Alcatraz to Standing Rock, and the longstanding struggle for land rights and civil rights.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/20/18828314.php

IYSSE holds meeting on "Race, Class, and the fight for Socialism" at New York University
wsws.org | 2019-11-21
The meeting was addressed by socialist scholar Tom Mackaman who responded to the historical falsifications put forward by the New York Times' 1619 Project.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/21/iyss-n21.html