Daily Archives: December 13, 2019

2019-12-13: News Headlines

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-12-13). Afghanistan Papers Confirm That the Longest War Is a Lie. commondreams.org U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/afghanistansonali2.jpeg

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2019-12-13). Judiciary Committee sends 2 articles of impeachment to the full House. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — A massive coalition of progressive groups, led by MoveOn.org, and including sponsors such as the Service Employees, United We Dream, Indivisible and its Chicago affiliate, the Women's March, NOW, Democracy 21 and Credo, plan mass rallies in more than 440 cities nationwide on the eve of the upcoming U.S. House vote to impeach …

Staff (2019-12-13). Judiciary Committee Sends 2 Articles of Impeachment to Full House. truthdig.com The vote on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress splits along party lines, with 23 Democrats in favor and 17 Republicans opposed.

Eds. (2019-12-13). Evo Morales on prohibition to wear Indigenous garments in Ministry HQ. mronline.org Bolivia 's leader Evo Morales reacted to an internal memo from the foreign ministry of the de facto government in Bolivia, prohibiting personal use of traditional Indian attire inside the headquarters of the ministry during the workday. | Source

Eds. (2019-12-13). Limits of the Green New Deal. mronline.org The Green New Deal is an exciting social program generating a great deal of interest on the left. Like its predecessor, the New Deal of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the GND holds out the promise of preventing the worst effects of anthropogenic climate change, and guaranteeing a better standard of living for its participants. | Source

Donald Donato (2019-12-13). Winning the Green New Deal on the road toward socialism. peoplesworld.org This is the second part of a 2-article series. Read Part 1 here. In this second of two articles on the Green New Deal and the problem of profit, we will explore the remaining major policy areas targeted by the Green New Deal resolution put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and …

WSWS (2019-12-13). Warrant targeting Assange supporter reveals scope of US government campaign against WikiLeaks. wsws.org As part of the FBI probe into supposed Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the entire contents of a Google account belonging to Somerset Bean, a WikiLeaks supporter and graphic designer, was subpoenaed by the American government.

Vijay Prashad (2019-12-13). If you want peace, you get war; if you want war, you get rich. mronline.org A quarter century ago, Victoria Sandino Palmera joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (FARC-EP). She had previously been a militant in the Communist Party and—when FARC-EP was above ground in the 1990s—joined the Patriotic Pole. But the repression of what she calls the 'traditional oligarchy' sent her back to the jungle over and […] | Source

Saad Hafiz (2019-12-13). Pakistan Must Face Its Past. counterpunch.org I have often wondered if Pakistan would have been a better country and South Asia a more peaceful region if the crisis that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 had been handled differently. As we know that did not happen when Pakistani forces went to war to prevent the secession of East Pakistan. More

news.un (2019-12-13). A year on from Yemen talks breakthrough, top UN Envoy hails 'shift' towards peace, despite setbacks. news.un.org When warring parties in Yemen met in a renovated castle outside the Swedish capital last December for UN-brokered talks, they showed that perhaps there could be a way out of brutal conflict and the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the UN Special Envoy for the country said this week.

teleSUR (2019-12-13). Colombians Protest Against Tax Reform in Front of Congress. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Congress Thursday began to debate President Ivan Duque's "Economic Growth" bill, a policy package that aims at benefiting big companies, which mobilized hundreds of people to protest at the Bolivar Square in Bogota.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Colombian Police to be Investigated for Excessive Use of Force | Through this economic reform, Duque seeks to establ…

teleSUR (2019-12-13). Algeria: Former PM Elected With the Greatest Abstention Ever. telesurenglish.net Algeria's Independent National Electoral Authority (ANIE) Friday declared former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as the winner of the presidential election, which was held amid massive protests and with the greatest abstention in the history of the country. | RELATED: | Algeria: Presidential Elections Close With Very Low Attendance | According to the ANIE, the 74-year-old candidate won 58.15 percent of the vote, which prevented a second round. In the electoral process, howev…

Nino Pagliccia (2019-12-13). Colombia and The Revolutionary Process. globalresearch.ca In order to have a revolutionary process, it is necessary to go through revolutionary stages. First, what's needed is a raised consciousness that may trigger some outrage by a sector of society which may subsequently grow into sustained protests. The …

WSWS (2019-12-13). Australia: Thousands attend climate change rally in Sydney. wsws.org While bushfires ravaged the state, workers and students gathered to protest government inaction on climate change.

Paul Street (2019-12-13). Midnight Ramble: A Fascist Rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. counterpunch.org At one of his permanent fascist-style campaign rallies on December 10, 2019, the day the U.S. House of Representatives rolled out Articles of Impeachment, United States President Donald J. Trump told an adoring Pennsylvania crowd that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren "has a fresh mouth." The meaning of this insult was understood by his audience. It More

Dave Lindorff (2019-12-13). The Perils of Embedded Journalism: 'Afghan Papers' Wouldn't Be Needed If We Had a Real Independent News Media. counterpunch.org In 1966, during the early years of the America's war against Vietnam, Congress passed and President Johnson signed into law a Freedom of Information Act. It wasn't all that great at the time, though. Indeed, it took the courageous act of two men, Daniel Ellsberg and his co-conspirator, Anthony Russo, to steal and then copy More

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-13). Temporary Ceasefire? China and US Agree on Phase One Trade Deal? globalresearch.ca According to the Wall Street Journal, China and the US agreed on "roll(ing) back existing tariffs on Chinese goods and cancel(led) new (15%) levies" on another $156 billion worth of its imports scheduled to be imposed on December 15. | The …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-13). Conservative Landslide: Boris Johnson's Tories Triumph Over Progressive Change in UK Elections. globalresearch.ca With ballot counting nearly completed, Boris Johnson-led Tories appear to have won a near 80-seat House of Commons majority — 364 seats to Labor's 203, Sottish National Party's 48, Liberal Dems 11, DUP 8, Sinn Fein 7, other small parties …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-13). Trump Wants Criticism of Israel Equated with Anti-Semitism. globalresearch.ca Trump wants anti-Semitism redefined. An executive order perhaps already signed is all about stifling legitimate criticism of Israel. | It's about wanting the Jewish state absolved of occupation, colonialism, and apartheid crimes against humanity. | The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed …

Nefta Freeman (2019-12-13). Abstract Leftism Leaves Bolivia and Global South in Crosshairs of Imperialism. globalresearch.ca "Progressive leftists" in the U.S., also known as liberals who claim to oppose U.S. Empire but tolerate all of its crimes, cannot be described as anything less than nauseating. Anything short of outright U.S. military invasion or bombing of a …

Thomas Knapp (2019-12-13). JEDI Mind Tricks: Amazon Versus the Pentagon and Trump. counterpunch.org Amazon is one of the largest companies in the world, boasting revenues of more than $230 billion last year. But last month the company sued the US Department of Defense over a paltry potential $10 billion spread over ten years. Amazon lost out to Microsoft in bidding for the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (yes, More

Charles Pierson (2019-12-13). The National Defense Authorization Act Perpetuates the Destruction of Yemen. counterpunch.org The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released on December 9, signals that the US will continue to render assistance to the coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which has killed 100,000 Yemenis, including 12,000 civilians. The bill gives the Pentagon $738 billion. The best reaction came from The More

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-13). UN Counters US Claims Of "Proof" Iran Attacked Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu Impunity & Turkey Sanctions. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 (12/12/19). 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 …

Jeet Heer (2019-12-13). Where Is the Outrage Over the War in Afghanistan? thenation.com Where Is the Outrage Over the War in Afghanistan?

Brian Cloughley (2019-12-13). Human Rights and Humbug in Washington. counterpunch.org It has recently been announced that "a confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable." Fascinating, of course, but the underlying message More

Danny Sjursen (2019-12-13). We Have Just Been Handed the Pentagon Papers of Our Generation. thenation.com We Have Just Been Handed the Pentagon Papers of Our Generation…

WSWS (2019-12-13). US to impose sanctions on companies involved in European Nord Stream 2 pipeline. wsws.org The sanctions against the joint Russian-Western Europe energy project underscores just how conflict-riven the relations between the members of the world's largest military alliance are.

WSWS (2019-12-13). Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years. wsws.org Less than two months after Trump's demagogic announcement of a full withdrawal from Syria, the US military has made clear that it has no plans to leave.

Bill Van Auken (2019-12-13). Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years. globalresearch.ca Barely two months after US President Donald Trump's demagogic announcement that he was pulling US troops out of northeastern Syria to fulfill his campaign promise to bring a halt to Washington's "endless wars," the senior civilian and uniformed Pentagon chiefs …

Andrew Levine (2019-12-13). A Plague on Both Their Houses, Plus a Dozen Poxes on Trump's. counterpunch.org Nancy Pelosi should thank Donald Trump for helping her get over a bad case of IAS, Impeachment Aversion Syndrome. We all should. Had she not come down with that malady years ago, after the 2006 midterm election made her Speaker of the House the first time, she could now be looking forward, when the time More

commondreams (2019-12-13). Common Cause Presses House to Impeach and McConnell to Recuse from Senate Trial. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2019-12-13). House Judiciary Committee nears vote to approve articles of impeachment against Trump. wsws.org The debate has underscored the right-wing basis of the Democrats' impeachment drive.

John Nichols (2019-12-13). Representative Jamie Raskin Is Congress' Impeachment Scholar. thenation.com Representative Jamie Raskin Is Congress' Impeachment Scholar…

Todd Smith (2019-12-13). "Deep State" or Quid pro Coup? dissidentvoice.org Whether seen as a shadowy, villainous presence or, possibly, a heretofore tight-lipped benefactor, the "Deep State" has recently risen from the far-fringed depths of obscure conspiracies to seize the public discourse with a Leviathan-like tentacle. On the surface, President Trump, the quid pro quo'ster boy of impeachable note, either looks like a paid clown of …

Donald Monaco (2019-12-13). The Politics of Impeachment. globalresearch.ca The decision by Democrats sitting on the House Judiciary Committee to approve Articles of Impeachment that will be affirmed in a full vote of the House of Representatives just handed Donald Trump a probable victory in the 2020 election barring …

Joseph Natoli (2019-12-13). Equally Determined: To Impeach/To Support. counterpunch.org "A federal appeals court on Wednesday evening stayed a lower-court ruling that former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena after the administration appealed, arguing the battle poses great consequences for the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches". — Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2019 There are three obvious reasons More

commondreams (2019-12-13). Stand Up America Implores Lawmakers to Impeach Donald Trump. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-12-13). Boris Johnson's Right-Wing Populism Prevails in UK Election. truthout.org Sometimes election nights contain great drama; other times, the exit polls, released the moment the polls close, shut down all argument. | Thursday's election in the U.K. was among the latter. When the voting places closed at 10 p.m., the exit polls released immediately predicted a huge Conservative majority and a catastrophic breakdown of the Labour Party's support in its traditional northern England citadels. | What does this mean? Firstly, much a…

Andre Vltchek (2019-12-13). Indigenous Bolivia Ready to Go to War Against Fascism. globalresearch.ca Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup. It is devilishly cold. My comrade's car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance. | The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always …

commondreams (2019-12-13). COP25: Climate Talks 'Out of Touch With Reality' As Rich Countries Seek to Gut Paris Agreement, Says Friends of the Earth International. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Zoà´ Carpenter (2019-12-13). Exxon Won a Major Climate Change Lawsuit—but More Are Coming. thenation.com Exxon Won a Major Climate Change Lawsuit—but More Are Coming…

Stephen Leas (2019-12-13). Hungry for a Livable Planet: Why I Occupied Pelosi's Office for 13 Days. counterpunch.org I occupied Nancy Pelosi's office and went on hunger strike for 13 days. Still she wouldn't meet us. Instead she flew off to attend the UN Climate Conference in Spain. That's not enough. I went 13 days without food. I lost 22.8 pounds, 10.6% of my weight. I had to stand up slowly because otherwise More

Lawrence Davidson (2019-12-13). Deteriorating Climates: Home and Abroad. counterpunch.org Here in the United States, the socio-political climate has never been pristine. Normally, it amounts to maintaining an environment wherein the rich stay rich and all others stay hopeful—except for the segregated and downtrodden. Therefore, it is notable that between the 1960s and early 2000s, the social environment did improve: it got more equalitarian—the social More

Rivera Sun (2019-12-13). Beyond Changing Light Bulbs: 21 Ways You Can Stop the Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org Here's the good news: The debate is over. 75% of US citizens believe climate change is human-caused; more than half say we have to do something and fast. Here's even better news: A new report shows that more than 200 cities and counties, and 12 states have committed to or already achieved 100 percent clean electricity. This means that More

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-12-13). Someone Interfered in the UK Election, and It Wasn't Russia. theantimedia.com Hardly anyone will care because this election interference has been happening right out in the open, and was perfectly legal.

Cal Winslow (2019-12-13). The End of the Era: Nineteen Nineteen. counterpunch.org "To be a red in the summer of 1919 was worse than being a Hun in the summer of 1917," reckoned Dos Passos, in Nineteen Nineteen, his novel of the war years. The nation was war weary as the year began, still reeling from the deadly influenza— the "Spanish Flu." It yearned, and deserved, politicians More

Jesse Jackson (2019-12-13). Trump's War on the Poor. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is famed for his head-snapping reversals. One day he's taking troops out of the Middle East; the next he's sending more in. One day he's on the verge of an agreement with China on trade; the next he's tweeting about holding off until after the election. On one thing, however, Trump and his More

Thomas Drake (2019-12-13). Kafka Down Under: the Threat to Whistleblowers and Press Freedom in Australia. counterpunch.org It was the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre who finally admitted before an Australian Parliament committee that she had unilaterally directed and pressured CyberCon to drop myself and an academic research professor (an Australian citizen) from the University of Melbourne as speakers. I viewed the extraordinary pressure exerted by the Australian Cyber Security Centre More

Louis Proyect (2019-12-13). If Time Magazine Celebrates Greta Thunberg, Why Should We? counterpunch.org In just over 6,500 words, Time Magazine makes the case for Greta Thunberg being 2019's Person of the Year. For much of the left, this confirms that she is a corporate tool. Founded in 1923 by Henry Luce, Time was the flagship of the Luce empire. Print newsmagazines have gone into a steep decline with More

Joan Roelofs (2019-12-13). The Science of Lethality. counterpunch.org While the Pentagon's preeminent mission is to increase lethality of the forces, DARPA notes that its cyborg technology is also used to "augment the loss of functionality from injury or disease," such as implants controlling the use of prosthetics. Nevertheless, it sees a great need for social research to dispel resistance to cyborgs or robots (synthetic autonomous agents) on ethical grounds. More

2019-12-13: Social Media Postees

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Warrant targeting Assange supporter reveals scope of US government campaign against WikiLeaks
wsws.org | 2019-12-13
As part of the FBI probe into supposed Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the entire contents of a Google account belonging to Somerset Bean, a WikiLeaks supporter and graphic designer, was subpoenaed by the American government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/13/bean-d13.html

If you want peace, you get war; if you want war, you get rich
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-12-13
A quarter century ago, Victoria Sandino Palmera joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People's Army (FARC-EP). She had previously been a militant in the Communist Party and–when FARC-EP was above ground in the 1990s–joined the Patriotic Pole. But the repression of what she calls the 'traditional oligarchy' sent her back to the jungle over and […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/12/13/if-you-want-peace-you-get-war-if-you-want-war-you-get-rich/

Winning the Green New Deal on the road toward socialism
Donald Donato | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-13
This is the second part of a 2-article series. Read Part 1 here. In this second of two articles on the Green New Deal and the problem of profit, we will explore the remaining major policy areas targeted by the Green New Deal resolution put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and …
peoplesworld.org/article/winning-the-green-new-deal-on-the-road-toward-socialism/

Pakistan Must Face Its Past
Saad Hafiz | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
I have often wondered if Pakistan would have been a better country and South Asia a more peaceful region if the crisis that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 had been handled differently. As we know that did not happen when Pakistani forces went to war to prevent the secession of East Pakistan.
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/pakistan-must-face-its-past/

A year on from Yemen talks breakthrough, top UN Envoy hails 'shift' towards peace, despite setbacks
news.un.org | 2019-12-13
When warring parties in Yemen met in a renovated castle outside the Swedish capital last December for UN-brokered talks, they showed that perhaps there could be a way out of brutal conflict and the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the UN Special Envoy for the country said this week.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/12/1053431

Algeria: Former PM Elected With the Greatest Abstention Ever
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-13
Algeria's Independent National Electoral Authority (ANIE) Friday declared former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as the winner of the presidential election, which was held amid massive protests and with the greatest abstention in the history of the country. | RELATED: | Algeria: Presidential Elections Close With Very Low Attendance | According to the ANIE, the 74-year-old candidate won 58.15 percent of the vote, which prevented a second round. In the electoral process, howev…
telesurenglish.net/news/Algeria-Former-PM-Elected-With-the-Greatest-Abstention-Ever-20191213-0001.html

Colombians Protest Against Tax Reform in Front of Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2019-12-13
Colombia's Congress Thursday began to debate President Ivan Duque's "Economic Growth" bill, a policy package that aims at benefiting big companies, which mobilized hundreds of people to protest at the Bolivar Square in Bogota.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Colombian Police to be Investigated for Excessive Use of Force | Through this economic reform, Duque seeks to establ…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombians-protest-against-tax-reform-in-front-of-congress-20191212-0019.html

Colombia and The Revolutionary Process
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
In order to have a revolutionary process, it is necessary to go through revolutionary stages. First, what's needed is a raised consciousness that may trigger some outrage by a sector of society which may subsequently grow into sustained protests. The …
globalresearch.ca/colombia-revolutionary-process/5697571

Australia: Thousands attend climate change rally in Sydney
wsws.org | 2019-12-13
While bushfires ravaged the state, workers and students gathered to protest government inaction on climate change.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/13/clim-d13.html

Midnight Ramble: A Fascist Rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
At one of his permanent fascist-style campaign rallies on December 10, 2019, the day the U.S. House of Representatives rolled out Articles of Impeachment, United States President Donald J. Trump told an adoring Pennsylvania crowd that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren "has a fresh mouth." The meaning of this insult was understood by his audience. It…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/midnight-ramble-a-fascist-rally-in-hershey-pennsylvania/

The Perils of Embedded Journalism: 'Afghan Papers' Wouldn't Be Needed If We Had a Real Independent News Media
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
In 1966, during the early years of the America's war against Vietnam, Congress passed and President Johnson signed into law a Freedom of Information Act. It wasn't all that great at the time, though. Indeed, it took the courageous act of two men, Daniel Ellsberg and his co-conspirator, Anthony Russo, to steal and then copy…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/the-perils-of-embedded-journalism-afghan-papers-wouldnt-be-needed-if-we-had-a-real-independent-news-media/

Temporary Ceasefire? China and US Agree on Phase One Trade Deal?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
According to the Wall Street Journal, China and the US agreed on "roll(ing) back existing tariffs on Chinese goods and cancel(led) new (15%) levies" on another $156 billion worth of its imports scheduled to be imposed on December 15. | The | …
globalresearch.ca/temporary-ceasefire-china-and-us-agree-on-phase-one-trade-deal/5697605

Trump Wants Criticism of Israel Equated with Anti-Semitism
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
Trump wants anti-Semitism redefined. An executive order perhaps already signed is all about stifling legitimate criticism of Israel. | It's about wanting the Jewish state absolved of occupation, colonialism, and apartheid crimes against humanity. | The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed …
globalresearch.ca/trump-wants-criticism-israel-equated-anti-semitism/5697562

Conservative Landslide: Boris Johnson's Tories Triumph Over Progressive Change in UK Elections
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
With ballot counting nearly completed, Boris Johnson-led Tories appear to have won a near 80-seat House of Commons majority — 364 seats to Labor's 203, Sottish National Party's 48, Liberal Dems 11, DUP 8, Sinn Fein 7, other small parties | …
globalresearch.ca/conservative-landslide-boris-johnsons-tories-triumph-over-progressive-change-in-uk-elections/5697597

Abstract Leftism Leaves Bolivia and Global South in Crosshairs of Imperialism
Nefta Freeman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
"Progressive leftists" in the U.S., also known as liberals who claim to oppose U.S. Empire but tolerate all of its crimes, cannot be described as anything less than nauseating. Anything short of outright U.S. military invasion or bombing of a | …
globalresearch.ca/abstract-leftism-leaves-bolivia-and-global-south-in-crosshairs-of-imperialism/5697604

JEDI Mind Tricks: Amazon Versus the Pentagon and Trump
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
Amazon is one of the largest companies in the world, boasting revenues of more than $230 billion last year. But last month the company sued the US Department of Defense over a paltry potential $10 billion spread over ten years. Amazon lost out to Microsoft in bidding for the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (yes,…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/jedi-mind-tricks-amazon-versus-the-pentagon-and-trump/

UN Counters US Claims Of "Proof" Iran Attacked Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu Impunity & Turkey Sanctions
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-12-13
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 (12/12/19). 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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/un-counters-us-claims-of-proof-iran-attacked-saudi-arabia-netanyahu-impunity-turkey-sanctions/

The National Defense Authorization Act Perpetuates the Destruction of Yemen
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released on December 9, signals that the US will continue to render assistance to the coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which has killed 100,000 Yemenis, including 12,000 civilians. The bill gives the Pentagon $738 billion. The best reaction came from The…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/the-national-defense-authorization-act-perpetuates-the-destruction-of-yemen/

We Have Just Been Handed the Pentagon Papers of Our Generation
Danny Sjursen | thenation.com | 2019-12-13
We Have Just Been Handed the Pentagon Papers of Our Generation…
thenation.com/article/afghanistan-papers-forever-war/

Where Is the Outrage Over the War in Afghanistan?
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-12-13
Where Is the Outrage Over the War in Afghanistan?
thenation.com/article/afghanistan-papers-lies-war/

Afghanistan Papers Confirm That the Longest War Is a Lie
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-12-13
U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/afghanistansonali2.jpeg
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Human Rights and Humbug in Washington
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
It has recently been announced that "a confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable." Fascinating, of course, but the underlying message…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/human-rights-and-humbug-in-washington/

US to impose sanctions on companies involved in European Nord Stream 2 pipeline
wsws.org | 2019-12-13
The sanctions against the joint Russian-Western Europe energy project underscores just how conflict-riven the relations between the members of the world's largest military alliance are.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/13/nord-d13.html

Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
Barely two months after US President Donald Trump's demagogic announcement that he was pulling US troops out of northeastern Syria to fulfill his campaign promise to bring a halt to Washington's "endless wars," the senior civilian and uniformed Pentagon chiefs …
globalresearch.ca/pentagon-chiefs-say-us-troops-to-stay-in-syria-for-years/5697599

Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years
wsws.org | 2019-12-13
Less than two months after Trump's demagogic announcement of a full withdrawal from Syria, the US military has made clear that it has no plans to leave.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/13/syri-d13.html

A Plague on Both Their Houses, Plus a Dozen Poxes on Trump's
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
Nancy Pelosi should thank Donald Trump for helping her get over a bad case of IAS, Impeachment Aversion Syndrome. We all should. Had she not come down with that malady years ago, after the 2006 midterm election made her Speaker of the House the first time, she could now be looking forward, when the time…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/a-plague-on-both-their-houses-plus-a-dozen-poxes-on-trumps/

Stand Up America Implores Lawmakers to Impeach Donald Trump
commondreams.org | 2019-12-13
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/12/13/stand-america-implores-lawmakers-impeach-donald-trump?cd-origin=rss

Judiciary Committee Sends 2 Articles of Impeachment to Full House
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-13
The vote on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress splits along party lines, with 23 Democrats in favor and 17 Republicans opposed.
truthdig.com/articles/judiciary-committee-sends-2-articles-of-impeachment-to-full-house/

Representative Jamie Raskin Is Congress' Impeachment Scholar
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-12-13
Representative Jamie Raskin Is Congress' Impeachment Scholar…
thenation.com/article/jamie-raskin-impeachment-scholar/

Equally Determined: To Impeach/To Support
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
"A federal appeals court on Wednesday evening stayed a lower-court ruling that former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena after the administration appealed, arguing the battle poses great consequences for the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches". — Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2019 There are three obvious reasons…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/equally-determined-to-impeach-to-support/

House Judiciary Committee nears vote to approve articles of impeachment against Trump
wsws.org | 2019-12-13
The debate has underscored the right-wing basis of the Democrats' impeachment drive.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/13/impe-d13.html

Common Cause Presses House to Impeach and McConnell to Recuse from Senate Trial
commondreams.org | 2019-12-13
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Judiciary Committee sends 2 articles of impeachment to the full House
Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-13
WASHINGTON — A massive coalition of progressive groups, led by MoveOn.org, and including sponsors such as the Service Employees, United We Dream, Indivisible and its Chicago affiliate, the Women's March, NOW, Democracy 21 and Credo, plan mass rallies in more than 440 cities nationwide on the eve of the upcoming U.S. House vote to impeach …
peoplesworld.org/article/judiciary-committee-sends-2-articles-of-impeachment-to-the-full-house/

The Politics of Impeachment
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
The decision by Democrats sitting on the House Judiciary Committee to approve Articles of Impeachment that will be affirmed in a full vote of the House of Representatives just handed Donald Trump a probable victory in the 2020 election barring …
globalresearch.ca/the-politics-of-impeachment/5697613

"Deep State" or Quid pro Coup?
Todd Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-13
Whether seen as a shadowy, villainous presence or, possibly, a heretofore tight-lipped benefactor, the "Deep State" has recently risen from the far-fringed depths of obscure conspiracies to seize the public discourse with a Leviathan-like tentacle. On the surface, President Trump, the quid pro quo'ster boy of impeachable note, either looks like a paid clown of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/deep-state-or-quid-pro-coup/

Boris Johnson's Right-Wing Populism Prevails in UK Election
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-12-13
Sometimes election nights contain great drama; other times, the exit polls, released the moment the polls close, shut down all argument. | Thursday's election in the U.K. was among the latter. When the voting places closed at 10 p.m., the exit polls released immediately predicted a huge Conservative majority and a catastrophic breakdown of the Labour Party's support in its traditional northern England citadels. | What does this mean? Firstly, much a…
truthout.org/articles/boris-johnsons-right-wing-populism-prevails-in-uk-election/

Indigenous Bolivia Ready to Go to War Against Fascism
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-13
Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup. It is devilishly cold. My comrade's car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance. | The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always …
globalresearch.ca/indigenous-bolivia-ready-go-war-against-fascism/5697576

Evo Morales on prohibition to wear Indigenous garments in Ministry HQ
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-12-13
Bolivia 's leader Evo Morales reacted to an internal memo from the foreign ministry of the de facto government in Bolivia, prohibiting personal use of traditional Indian attire inside the headquarters of the ministry during the workday. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/12/13/evo-morales-on-prohibition-to-wear-indigenous-garments-in-ministry-hq/

Exxon Won a Major Climate Change Lawsuit–but More Are Coming
Zoà´ Carpenter | thenation.com | 2019-12-13
Exxon Won a Major Climate Change Lawsuit–but More Are Coming…
thenation.com/article/exxon-lawsuit-climate-change/

Beyond Changing Light Bulbs: 21 Ways You Can Stop the Climate Crisis
Rivera Sun | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
Here's the good news: The debate is over. 75% of US citizens believe climate change is human-caused; more than half say we have to do something and fast. Here's even better news: A new report shows that more than 200 cities and counties, and 12 states have committed to or already achieved 100 percent clean electricity. This means that…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/beyond-changing-light-bulbs-21-ways-you-can-stop-the-climate-crisis/

Limits of the Green New Deal
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-12-13
The Green New Deal is an exciting social program generating a great deal of interest on the left. Like its predecessor, the New Deal of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the GND holds out the promise of preventing the worst effects of anthropogenic climate change, and guaranteeing a better standard of living for its participants. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/12/13/limits-of-the-green-new-deal/

COP25: Climate Talks 'Out of Touch With Reality' As Rich Countries Seek to Gut Paris Agreement, Says Friends of the Earth International
commondreams.org | 2019-12-13
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Deteriorating Climates: Home and Abroad
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
Here in the United States, the socio-political climate has never been pristine. Normally, it amounts to maintaining an environment wherein the rich stay rich and all others stay hopeful–except for the segregated and downtrodden. Therefore, it is notable that between the 1960s and early 2000s, the social environment did improve: it got more equalitarian–the social…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/deteriorating-climates-home-and-abroad/

Hungry for a Livable Planet: Why I Occupied Pelosi's Office for 13 Days
Stephen Leas | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
I occupied Nancy Pelosi's office and went on hunger strike for 13 days. Still she wouldn't meet us. Instead she flew off to attend the UN Climate Conference in Spain. That's not enough. I went 13 days without food. I lost 22.8 pounds, 10.6% of my weight. I had to stand up slowly because otherwise…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/hungry-for-a-livable-planet-why-i-occupied-pelosis-office-for-13-days/

Someone Interfered in the UK Election, and It Wasn't Russia
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-12-13
Hardly anyone will care because this election interference has been happening right out in the open, and was perfectly legal.

Someone Interfered in the UK Election, and It Wasn’t Russia

The End of the Era: Nineteen Nineteen
Cal Winslow | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
"To be a red in the summer of 1919 was worse than being a Hun in the summer of 1917," reckoned Dos Passos, in Nineteen Nineteen, his novel of the war years. The nation was war weary as the year began, still reeling from the deadly influenza– the "Spanish Flu." It yearned, and deserved, politicians…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/the-end-of-the-era-nineteen-nineteen/

The Science of Lethality
Joan Roelofs | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
While the Pentagon's preeminent mission is to increase lethality of the forces, DARPA notes that its cyborg technology is also used to "augment the loss of functionality from injury or disease," such as implants controlling the use of prosthetics. Nevertheless, it sees a great need for social research to dispel resistance to cyborgs or robots (synthetic autonomous agents) on ethical grounds.
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/the-science-of-lethality/

Kafka Down Under: the Threat to Whistleblowers and Press Freedom in Australia
Thomas Drake | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
It was the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre who finally admitted before an Australian Parliament committee that she had unilaterally directed and pressured CyberCon to drop myself and an academic research professor (an Australian citizen) from the University of Melbourne as speakers. I viewed the extraordinary pressure exerted by the Australian Cyber Security Centre…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/kafka-down-under-the-threat-to-whistleblowers-and-press-freedom-in-australia/

If Time Magazine Celebrates Greta Thunberg, Why Should We?
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
In just over 6,500 words, Time Magazine makes the case for Greta Thunberg being 2019's Person of the Year. For much of the left, this confirms that she is a corporate tool. Founded in 1923 by Henry Luce, Time was the flagship of the Luce empire. Print newsmagazines have gone into a steep decline with…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/if-time-magazine-celebrates-greta-thunberg-why-should-we/

Mortality Rising: Trump and the Death of the "American Dream"
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-13
Donald Trump's 2016 electoral slogan was "Make America Great Again" and it was supposed to foreshadow his promise — if elected — to recapture the promise that…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/13/mortality-rising-trump-and-the-death-of-the-american-dream/