2019-11-19: News Headlines

RT (2019-11-19). Pentagon & war-hawks agree: US troops should stay in Syria – 'because ISIS'. rt.com The withdrawal of American troops from Syria has set the stage for a return of Islamic State, claims a new Pentagon report. The report aligns the Pentagon with war-hungry lawmakers who opposed the withdrawal from the outset. | In a report released on Tuesday, the Defense Department's Inspector General warns that without a US presence in northeastern Syria, the terror group will "likely be able to rebuild and carry out more sophisticated operations." | The withdrawal from Syria &#150…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-11-19). Erdogan's Ethnic Cleansing of the Kurds is Still Happening. counterpunch.org Mass expulsion or the physical extermination of an entire ethnic or religious community — ethnic cleansing — is usually treated by the media in one of two different ways: either it receives maximum publicity as a horror story about which the world should care and do something about, or it is ignored and never reaches More

Tom Anderson (2019-11-19). Resistance against Turkish-Russian patrols grows in northeast Syria as more protesters are injured. thecanary.co The people of northeast Syria [aka Rojava] are fiercely resisting against the patrols by Turkish and Russian occupation forces.They're facing the guns and armoured vehicles of two of the world's strongest militaries. Here in the UK we can stand in solidarity by demanding the UK stops its arms exports to Turkey.Fierce resistance: This video from Monday 18 November shows women and men throwing molotov cocktails at…

RT (2019-11-19). Israeli warplanes strike Damascus, air defenses destroy 'most' of hostile missiles (VIDEO). rt.com Syrian air defenses have repelled an Israeli raid, intercepting several "hostile missiles" over southern Damascus, and destroying majority of them before the projectiles hit the ground, state news agency SANA reported. | Also on rt.com | | Several blasts heard near Syria's Damascus airport — state media | Citing a Syrian military source, SANA reported on Tuesday night that Syrian missile defenses came under "a heavy attack" by Israeli warplanes that targeted the Damascus area from the Israeli-controlled part of the occupied Golan Heights a…

RT (2019-11-19). Monopoly? What monopoly? Big Tech defends itself from antitrust allegations with denial & doublespeak. rt.com Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple are pushing back against the US government's antitrust investigations, downplaying their dominance of the tech sector, playing dumb, and staying quiet where they can't obfuscate. | The Big Tech behemoths responded to written questions sent by the House Judiciary Committee – one of several antitrust probes targeting the four companies – with concerted efforts to tone down their monopolistic image – no easy feat for two trillion-dollar companies and two more that are approaching that figure. Answers were shared with reporters on Tuesday, according to Reuters. | Also on rt.com

South Front (2019-11-19). Video: Complex and Unstable Geopolitics in Syria. Further Escalation in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Over the past days, southern Idlib, southern Raqqah, northwestern al-Hasakah remained the main points of tensions in Syria. | On November 16, the Syrian Army repelled an attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies on the hill of Khaznah in …

Johanna Ross (2019-11-19). UK Government Accused of Covering Up War Crimes in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The UK is very keen at reminding certain countries — Syria, Russia, China — of their human rights abuses and yet, when it comes to looking closer to home, this current government quite frankly prefers not to, and in some …

Prof. Richard Hardigan (2019-11-19). Europe's Shameful Treatment of Refugees: Fire in Greece's Samos Island Refugee Camp. globalresearch.ca Last month a fire roared through the refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos, a few miles from the coast of Turkey. The immediate cause of the fire is unclear, but there were clashes between Afghan and Syrian refugees …

Tyler Durden (2019-11-19). ISIS Secrets Spilled in Rare On-Camera Interviews: "We Just Walked Into Syria" theantimedia.com Those interviewed confessed that their arrival in Syria years prior without a doubt had the cooperation of Turkish authorities.

commondreams (2019-11-19). 350 Action Endorses Ed Markey, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) for Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

IMEMC News (2019-11-19). Peace Now: "US Announcement on Softening Settlements Stance Marks a New Broadside on the Two-State Solution" imemc.org On the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo about dropping the US stance on settlements as inconsistent with international law, Peace Now has issued the following statement:…

United Nations (2019-11-19). Reconciliation helps 'repair fractures', enable lasting peace, Security Council hears. un.org The UN Security Council this Tuesday has been debating what one activist labeled "the toughest and arguably most important part of the peace-building cycle": reconciliation.

WSWS (2019-11-19). France to host "peace summit" with Germany, Ukraine and Russia. wsws.org The summit is part of the effort of French and German imperialism to play a bigger role in Eastern Europe as tensions with the US are rising.

Nauman Sadiq (2019-11-19). Release of Western Hostages and Prospects of Peace in Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Three Taliban commanders have been released today, on Tuesday, by the Afghan government as part of a prisoner swap involving two Western hostages. Reportedly, the militant leaders, including senior Taliban leader Anas Haqqani, had landed in Qatar, which hosts the …

United Nations (2019-11-19). UN updates guidelines to ensure successful return to civilian life for former combatants. un.org Increasing hurdles which prevent former combatants from returning to a peaceful civilian life have prompted the UN to update its standard practices, in an effort to ensure they remain "fit-for-purpose for years to come".

Fight Back (2019-11-19). Texas students say, "Defend DACA" fightbacknews.org Arlington, TX — The University of Texas at Arlington's Progressive Student Union (PSU) held a rally for DACA recipients, November 14. The group, led by PSU President Mark Napieralski, delivered a list of ten demands to the administration, marching across the campus chanting, "No protection, no peace," "Stand up, fight back," "Black and brown immigrants matter," and "Defend DACA." | PSU delivered their demands to President Karbhari's office, though he was available to receive them personally. Regardless, the office received the demands and promised to deliver them to Karbhari. | PSU's demands included more r…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-11-19). Congress Will Vote This Week to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and End Prohibition. theantimedia.com This has never happened in the history of our country!

Staff (2019-11-19). Noura Erakat: U.S. Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is "Entrenchment of an Apartheid Regime" democracynow.org The Trump administration has announced it no longer views Israel settlements in the occupied West Bank to be a violation of international law, in another blow to possible Israel-Palestine peace negotiations. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a reversal to the U.S. position, putting the U.S. at odds with the international community. A U.N. resolution in 2016 declared the settlements a "flagrant violation" of international law. Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pompeo's announcement as a historic day for Israel, but Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the…

Global Research News (2019-11-19). Selected Articles: UK Government Accused of Covering Up War Crimes in Iraq. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-19). Regardless of Party, Poll Shows 66% of Key Early State Voters Support 'Ending Production of Fossil Fuels'. commondreams.org "These results show that there is public support for a steadfast leader who is willing to take on the fossil fuel industry—so candidates shouldn't be afraid to put forth progressive policies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Miri Wood (2019-11-19). NATO Terrorism in Syria and Other War Crimes: 15 Martyred in Al-Bab. globalresearch.ca NATO terrorism was unleashed throughout Syria, on 16 November, beginning with the bombing in Al-Bab that martyred 15. While transatlantic Mockingbird teams oiled their spectator egos, watching the Schitt Show impeachment hearings, their adored 'freedom fighters' were busy slaughtering more …

RT (2019-11-18). Are we the baddies? NBC chief foreign correspondent tweets amazement to find US foreign policy not always great. rt.com Hearing that the Americans "have become the bad guys" on the world stage was a "gut punch" to NBC News reporter Richard Engel, but Twitter quickly set the astonished journalist straight with some history and facts. | Engel, NBC's chief foreign correspondent, was informed of this shocking news via various "sources" who complained to him about the Trump administration's recent betrayal of the Kurds in northern Syria and the alleged "misogynistic" firing of the US ambassador to Ukraine. | Such politically motivated actions "m…

RT (2019-11-18). Trump 'likes the idea' of testifying in impeachment 'hoax' to get Congress 'focused'. rt.com US President Donald Trump may testify in impeachment hearings after all, he tweeted, calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bluff after she broached the idea – though he also deemed the proceedings a "no due process hoax." | The president has warmed to the idea of testifying in the "phony impeachment Witch Hunt," he tweeted on Monday, explaining that "even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!" | Crediting his change of mind to "Crazy, Do Nothing Speaker of the House, Nervous…

Aaron Maté (2019-11-18). Whistleblower: OPCW suppressed Syria chemical evidence after US pressure. thegrayzone.com A second whistleblower from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has come forward to accuse top OPCW officials…

Ralph Nader (2019-11-18). The Most Impeachable President vs. The Most Hesitant Congress. What Are The Democrats Waiting For? counterpunch.org Amid the worst Republican President and Republican Party in modern times, the Democrats are playing the politics of low expectations. This is not the time for Democrats to be in disarray. On Capitol Hill, the prevailing view of most Democrats is that they will cling to their House majority and they shouldn't expect to regain More

Ryan Grim (2019-11-18). If You Care About Medicare for All or a Green New Deal, Here's the Senate Primary That Matters. theintercept.com Coons, a devotee of bipartisanship, is being challenged by Jess Scarane, who was inspired by progressive Kerri Harris's 2018 Senate campaign.

United Nations (2019-11-18). Libya 'in race against time', but dissolving conflict 'a realistic prospect', Security Council hears. un.org A recent resurgence of violence in Tripoli, means Libya is "ever more in a race against time" to reach peace, however, agreeing the way forward to ending the conflict "is a realistic prospect", the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday.

teleSUR (2019-11-18). US Says Israel Settlements Not Illegal Under International Law. telesurenglish.net The United States abandoned Monday its 40-year-long position announcing Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank are not "inconsistent with international law." In doing so the North-American country effectively endorsed Israel's right to build settlements, further hindering an already stuck peace process. | RELATED: | Trump 'Frustrated' With Netanyahu Amid Israel's Political Impasse | "The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with in…

teleSUR (2019-11-18). Trump Willing to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump indicated publicly Monday for the first time that he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. | RELATED: | Trump's Ukraine Phone Call 'Unusual, Inappropriate': VP Aide | "Even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly con…

Staff (2019-11-18). Massacre in Cochabamba: Anti-Indigenous Violence Escalates as Mass Protests Denounce Coup in Bolivia. democracynow.org In Bolivia, at least 23 people have died amid escalating violence since President Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous president, resigned at the demand of the military last week. Growing unrest quickly turned to violent chaos on Friday outside Cochabamba when military forces opened fire on indigenous pro-Morales demonstrators, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100. The violence began soon after thousands of protesters — many indigenous coca leaf growers — gathered for a peaceful march in the town of Sacaba and then attempted to cross a military checkpoint into Cochabamba. Ami…

Aaron Maté (2019-11-17). Jimmy Dore: until we fix Democratic Party elites' corruption, we won't defeat Trump's. thegrayzone.com Jimmy Dore pushes back on impeachment and Ukrainegate, Hillary Clinton's smear of Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian asset, the DNC's…

Fight Back (2019-11-17). Protesters demand end to Israeli attacks on Gaza. fightbacknews.org NY, New York – On the evening of November 15, over 150 people gathered on 42nd and Broadway to demand that Israel, backed by the United States government, stop the murder and occupation of Palestinians. | The emergency rally was called by several different organizations in New York City in response to Israel murdering 34 people, including eight children in Gaza. The organizations were Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, Labor for Palestine, Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, NY4Palestine, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, American Muslims for Palesti…

Aaron Maté (2019-11-16). Syria scandal: New whistleblower claims chemical weapons watchdog OPCW suppressed Douma evidence. thegrayzone.com A whistleblower from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is accusing top officials of tampering with evidence…

United Nations (2019-11-16). UN film festival encourages young people to promote peace, dialogue and empathy. un.org Demonstrating empathy, humour and intelligence, a group of young film-makers have been recognized for their short videos, which tackle the weighty issues of discrimination, intolerance and misogyny in a creative and entertaining way, at a ceremony held at UN Headquarters.

MBNJSD (2019-11-16). Why aren't Americans Rising up Like the People of Chile and Lebanon? dissidentvoice.org The waves of protests breaking out in country after country around the world beg the question: Why aren't Americans rising up in peaceful protest like our neighbors? We live at the very heart of this neoliberal system that is force-feeding the systemic injustice and inequality of 19th century laissez-faire capitalism to the people of the …

Susan Price (2019-11-16). Bolivia: Security forces open fire on protesters in Cochabamba. greenleft.org.au Bolivian elections Reposted from People's DispatchIssue 1246 Bolivia 2019 coup in Bolivia Movement Towards Socialism (MAS)November 16, 2019Bolivian security f…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-11-15). As Longest-Serving Senate President in U.S. History Steps Aside, Maryland Set for a Political Shakeup. theintercept.com Mike Miller has been a formidable barrier to progress for decades. He's being replaced as state Senate president by Baltimore progressive Bill Ferguson.

Lucas Koerner (2019-11-15). Western Media Whitewash Bolivia's Far-Right Coup. fair.org The phrase AP (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/13/19) is looking for is "self-declared." | Bolivia has a new US-backed puppet leader, and the Western media can hardly conceal their adulation. | Jeanine àÅñez declared herself "interim president" in a near-empty Senate chamber on November 12, proceeding to don the presidential sash with the assistance of uniformed soldiers. Despite a lack of quorum rendering the move nakedly unconstitutional, àÅñez was immediate…

Janine Jackson (2019-11-15). Missed Opportunity to Recall a Day to 'Perpetuate Peace'. fair.org CNN ( 11/11/19) offered vets a guide to "deals and freebies." | Media consumers were greeted on November 11 with stories like, "Veterans Served to Protect Our Country. Here's Where They Can Get Served With Deals and Freebies Today," on CNN ( 11/11/19). Newsweek ( 11/11/19) counseled readers thatunlike on Memorial Day, when i…

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-15). Israel Kills Over 30 In Gaza, Bolivia Coup About Lithium And More & Israeli Group Taking Syria's Oil. 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 (11/14/19). 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 …

Nausicaa Renner (2019-11-15). As House Impeaches Trump, Senate Carnage Plods Along. theintercept.com On Wednesday morning, the House of Representatives began public hearings into just the fourth impeachment inquiry on an American president in the nation's history. On the Senate side, it was business as usual. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, opened a hearing with a wry smile: "I'm not sure why you're not over on the House side," he told the audience. The room was not full. "Must have been paid staff." | When Johnson, back in July, gaveled in a hearing in this series, "Unprecedented Migration at the U.S. Southern Border," the subject was a nationally gal…

Susan Price (2019-11-15). Syria: People of Idlib resist Assad, Islamists. greenleft.org.au Syria Civil War Chris SleeIssue 1245 Syria Nusra SDF Islamic StateNovember 15, 2019A popular uprising has broken out in Idlib, a province in the north of…

Peter Koenig (2019-11-14). China's vision for the future is "Give Peace a Chance" dissidentvoice.org China's vision for the future is "Give Peace a Chance". It is also the title of one of John Lennon's most prominent songs. It became the anthem for the anti-war movement, at the time of the US-waged war against Vietnam. John Lennon was a peace activist. No wonder he was ostracized, considered enemy number one by …

Spencer Woodman (2019-11-14). New Senate Bill Would Curtail ICE's "Unnecessary Overuse of Solitary Confinement" theintercept.com A group of prominent U.S. senators introduced legislation Thursday that would dramatically curtail the use of solitary confinement inside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. | The bill, sponsored by Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, takes aim at a range of practices identified in Solitary Voices, an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Intercept investigation into the heavy use of solitary confinement by ICE. | Press releases from …

Jason Ditz (2019-11-14). Bolivia Police Forcibly Block Pro-Morales MPs From Legislature. theantimedia.com The legality of the move is in serious doubt, as Bolivian law allows senators from entering the Senate to meet whenever they want.

Staff (2019-11-14). CodePink Founder Medea Benjamin Threatened with Arrest After Protesting U.S. Foreign Interventions. democracynow.org CodePink co-founder and longtime peace activist Medea Benjamin was threatened with arrest in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and accused of assaulting a sitting congressmember after being forcibly removed from a press conference for opposing the U.S.-backed coup and U.S. sanctions in Venezuela. Benjamin vehemently denies the accusations and says she was in fact the one assaulted when she and other activists demonstrated at a press conference hosted by Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida Republican Mario Díaz-Balart announcing the launch of a Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus. We speak with Me…

Staff (2019-11-14). Chilean Activist: Same Elites Who Caused Social Crisis Can't Be Trusted to Write New Constitution. democracynow.org In Chile, protesters led a massive national strike Tuesday as they condemned the government's plans to rewrite the country's Constitution, which dates back to Augusto Pinochet's military regime. Chile's interior minister announced Sunday the government would draft a new constitution that Congress would then rewrite and put to a public referendum. But protesters say the people should be involved with the rewriting of the constitution from the beginning and that this is an attempt by Sebastián Piñera's government to delay political and social reforms in Chile. The Chilean authorities have killed at least 20 people…

Staff (2019-11-14). "This Is Unacceptable": Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon Says Trump Is a Rogue President. democracynow.org The public phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump began Wednesday, with testimonies from two witnesses: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. The hearing brought forth new details about a previously unknown phone call in July between President Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Both Kent and Taylor expressed concern over the role President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had in dictating U.S. policy on Ukraine. We speak with Elizabeth Holtzman, a former U.S. congressme…

Staff (2019-11-14). Headlines for November 14, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Diplomats Testify Trump Pressured Ukraine to Dig Up Political Dirt on Bidens, Trump Claims He Was "Too Busy" to Watch Impeachment Inquiry, Trump Hosts President Erdogan at White House Amid Turkish Attacks in Syria, 34 Palestinians Killed in Two Days as Israel Bombs Gaza Strip, Exiled Bolivian President Evo Morales Calls for "National Dialogue", Protests Rage as Bolivia's Self-Proclaimed Interim President Swears In Cabinet, Lebanese Soldiers Shoot and Kill Man as Protests Enter Fifth Week, Zimbabwe: Millions at Risk of Starving Amid Climate Change-Fueled Drought, Hundreds of Elephants Die as Drought Grips Sou…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-11-13). ISIS Captives Offer a Convenient Pawn in Turkey's Syria Chess Game. mintpressnews.com ISIS is the latest bogeyman in a global terror portfolio that serves a neoconservative agenda in the Middle East, and Turkey has been its midwife and curator.

2019-11-19: Social Media Postees

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Pentagon & war-hawks agree: US troops should stay in Syria – 'because ISIS'
rt.com | 2019-11-19
The withdrawal of American troops from Syria has set the stage for a return of Islamic State, claims a new Pentagon report. The report aligns the Pentagon with war-hungry lawmakers who opposed the withdrawal from the outset. | In a report released on Tuesday, the Defense Department's Inspector General warns that without a US presence in northeastern Syria, the terror group will "likely be able to rebuild and carry out more sophisticated operations." | The withdrawal from Syria &#150…
rt.com/usa/473836-pentagon-report-isis-s…

Europe's Shameful Treatment of Refugees: Fire in Greece's Samos Island Refugee Camp
Prof. Richard Hardigan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-19
Last month a fire roared through the refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos, a few miles from the coast of Turkey. The immediate cause of the fire is unclear, but there were clashes between Afghan and Syrian refugees …
globalresearch.ca/europe-shameful-treatment-refugees-fire-greek-camp-highlights-appalling-conditions/5695370

Resistance against Turkish-Russian patrols grows in northeast Syria as more protesters are injured
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-11-19
The people of northeast Syria [aka Rojava] are fiercely resisting against the patrols by Turkish and Russian occupation forces.They're facing the guns and armoured vehicles of two of the world's strongest militaries. Here in the UK we can stand in solidarity by demanding the UK stops its arms exports to Turkey.Fierce resistance: This video from Monday 18 November shows women and men throwing molotov cocktails at…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/11/19/resistance-against-turkish-russian-patrols-grows-in-northeast-syria-as-more-protesters-are-injured/

Israeli warplanes strike Damascus, air defenses destroy 'most' of hostile missiles (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-11-19
Syrian air defenses have repelled an Israeli raid, intercepting several "hostile missiles" over southern Damascus, and destroying majority of them before the projectiles hit the ground, state news agency SANA reported. | Also on rt.com | | Several blasts heard near Syria's Damascus airport — state media | Citing a Syrian military source, SANA reported on Tuesday night that Syrian missile defenses came under "a heavy attack" by Israeli warplanes that targeted the Damascus area from the Israeli-controlled part of the occupied Golan Heights a…
rt.com/news/473844-damascus-hostile-targ…

ISIS Secrets Spilled in Rare On-Camera Interviews: "We Just Walked Into Syria"
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-19
Those interviewed confessed that their arrival in Syria years prior without a doubt had the cooperation of Turkish authorities.

ISIS Secrets Spilled in Rare On-Camera Interviews: "We Just Walked Into Syria"

Video: Complex and Unstable Geopolitics in Syria. Further Escalation in Southern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-19
Over the past days, southern Idlib, southern Raqqah, northwestern al-Hasakah remained the main points of tensions in Syria. | On November 16, the Syrian Army repelled an attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies on the hill of Khaznah in …
globalresearch.ca/video-further-escalation-southern-idlib/5695363

UK Government Accused of Covering Up War Crimes in Iraq
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-19
The UK is very keen at reminding certain countries — Syria, Russia, China — of their human rights abuses and yet, when it comes to looking closer to home, this current government quite frankly prefers not to, and in some …
globalresearch.ca/uk-government-accused-covering-up-war-crimes-iraq/5695411

350 Action Endorses Ed Markey, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) for Congress
commondreams.org | 2019-11-19
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/11/19/350…

Reconciliation helps 'repair fractures', enable lasting peace, Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-19
The UN Security Council this Tuesday has been debating what one activist labeled "the toughest and arguably most important part of the peace-building cycle": reconciliation.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/11/1…

Release of Western Hostages and Prospects of Peace in Afghanistan
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-19
Three Taliban commanders have been released today, on Tuesday, by the Afghan government as part of a prisoner swap involving two Western hostages. Reportedly, the militant leaders, including senior Taliban leader Anas Haqqani, had landed in Qatar, which hosts the …
globalresearch.ca/release-western-hostages-prospects-peace-afghanistan/5695396

Texas students say, "Defend DACA"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-19
Arlington, TX — The University of Texas at Arlington's Progressive Student Union (PSU) held a rally for DACA recipients, November 14. The group, led by PSU President Mark Napieralski, delivered a list of ten demands to the administration, marching across the campus chanting, "No protection, no peace," "Stand up, fight back," "Black and brown immigrants matter," and "Defend DACA." | PSU delivered their demands to President Karbhari's office, though he was available to receive them personally. Regardless, the office received the demands and promised to deliver them to Karbhari. | PSU's demands included more r…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/18/texas-s…

France to host "peace summit" with Germany, Ukraine and Russia
wsws.org | 2019-11-19
The summit is part of the effort of French and German imperialism to play a bigger role in Eastern Europe as tensions with the US are rising.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/19/ukra…

UN updates guidelines to ensure successful return to civilian life for former combatants
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-19
Increasing hurdles which prevent former combatants from returning to a peaceful civilian life have prompted the UN to update its standard practices, in an effort to ensure they remain "fit-for-purpose for years to come".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/11/1…

Peace Now: "US Announcement on Softening Settlements Stance Marks a New Broadside on the Two-State Solution"
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2019-11-19
On the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo about dropping the US stance on settlements as inconsistent with international law, Peace Now has issued the following statement:…
imemc.org/article/peace-now-us-announcem…

Monopoly? What monopoly? Big Tech defends itself from antitrust allegations with denial & doublespeak
rt.com | 2019-11-19
Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple are pushing back against the US government's antitrust investigations, downplaying their dominance of the tech sector, playing dumb, and staying quiet where they can't obfuscate. | The Big Tech behemoths responded to written questions sent by the House Judiciary Committee – one of several antitrust probes targeting the four companies – with concerted efforts to tone down their monopolistic image – no easy feat for two trillion-dollar companies and two more that are approaching that figure. Answers were shared with reporters on Tuesday, according to Reuters. | Also on rt.com
rt.com/usa/473837-big-tech-answers-antit…

Congress Will Vote This Week to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and End Prohibition
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-19
This has never happened in the history of our country!

Congress Will Vote This Week to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and End Prohibition

Noura Erakat: U.S. Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is "Entrenchment of an Apartheid Regime"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-19
The Trump administration has announced it no longer views Israel settlements in the occupied West Bank to be a violation of international law, in another blow to possible Israel-Palestine peace negotiations. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a reversal to the U.S. position, putting the U.S. at odds with the international community. A U.N. resolution in 2016 declared the settlements a "flagrant violation" of international law. Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pompeo's announcement as a historic day for Israel, but Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the…
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/19/noura_er…

Selected Articles: UK Government Accused of Covering Up War Crimes in Iraq
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-19
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-uk-government-accused-covering-up-war-crimes-iraq/5695424

Regardless of Party, Poll Shows 66% of Key Early State Voters Support 'Ending Production of Fossil Fuels'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-19
"These results show that there is public support for a steadfast leader who is willing to take on the fossil fuel industry—so candidates shouldn't be afraid to put forth progressive policies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/11/19/regardl…

NATO Terrorism in Syria and Other War Crimes: 15 Martyred in Al-Bab
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-19
NATO terrorism was unleashed throughout Syria, on 16 November, beginning with the bombing in Al-Bab that martyred 15. While transatlantic Mockingbird teams oiled their spectator egos, watching the Schitt Show impeachment hearings, their adored 'freedom fighters' were busy slaughtering more …
globalresearch.ca/nato-terrorism-other-war-crimes-15-martyred-al-bab/5695216

Whistleblower: OPCW suppressed Syria chemical evidence after US pressure
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-11-18
A second whistleblower from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has come forward to accuse top OPCW officials…
thegrayzone.com/2019/11/18/whistleblower…

An important call for women worldwide to rise up against the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-11-18
WARNING: this story contains content that some readers may find distressing. | Women in northeast Syria are calling for feminists and women's organisations worldwide to take action on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.Turkish-led forces invaded Rojava on…
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Are we the baddies? NBC chief foreign correspondent tweets amazement to find US foreign policy not always great
rt.com | 2019-11-18
Hearing that the Americans "have become the bad guys" on the world stage was a "gut punch" to NBC News reporter Richard Engel, but Twitter quickly set the astonished journalist straight with some history and facts. | Engel, NBC's chief foreign correspondent, was informed of this shocking news via various "sources" who complained to him about the Trump administration's recent betrayal of the Kurds in northern Syria and the alleged "misogynistic" firing of the US ambassador to Ukraine. | Such politically motivated actions "m…
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The Most Impeachable President vs. The Most Hesitant Congress. What Are The Democrats Waiting For?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-18
Amid the worst Republican President and Republican Party in modern times, the Democrats are playing the politics of low expectations. This is not the time for Democrats to be in disarray. On Capitol Hill, the prevailing view of most Democrats is that they will cling to their House majority and they shouldn't expect to regain…
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If You Care About Medicare for All or a Green New Deal, Here's the Senate Primary That Matters
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-11-18
Coons, a devotee of bipartisanship, is being challenged by Jess Scarane, who was inspired by progressive Kerri Harris's 2018 Senate campaign.
theintercept.com/2019/11/18/chris-coons-…

Libya 'in race against time', but dissolving conflict 'a realistic prospect', Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-18
A recent resurgence of violence in Tripoli, means Libya is "ever more in a race against time" to reach peace, however, agreeing the way forward to ending the conflict "is a realistic prospect", the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday.
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US Says Israel Settlements Not Illegal Under International Law
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-18
The United States abandoned Monday its 40-year-long position announcing Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank are not "inconsistent with international law." In doing so the North-American country effectively endorsed Israel's right to build settlements, further hindering an already stuck peace process. | RELATED: | Trump 'Frustrated' With Netanyahu Amid Israel's Political Impasse | "The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with in…
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Trump Willing to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-18
United States President Donald Trump indicated publicly Monday for the first time that he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. | RELATED: | Trump's Ukraine Phone Call 'Unusual, Inappropriate': VP Aide | "Even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly con…
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Trump 'likes the idea' of testifying in impeachment 'hoax' to get Congress 'focused'
rt.com | 2019-11-18
US President Donald Trump may testify in impeachment hearings after all, he tweeted, calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bluff after she broached the idea – though he also deemed the proceedings a "no due process hoax." | The president has warmed to the idea of testifying in the "phony impeachment Witch Hunt," he tweeted on Monday, explaining that "even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!" | Crediting his change of mind to "Crazy, Do Nothing Speaker of the House, Nervous…
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Massacre in Cochabamba: Anti-Indigenous Violence Escalates as Mass Protests Denounce Coup in Bolivia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-18
In Bolivia, at least 23 people have died amid escalating violence since President Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous president, resigned at the demand of the military last week. Growing unrest quickly turned to violent chaos on Friday outside Cochabamba when military forces opened fire on indigenous pro-Morales demonstrators, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100. The violence began soon after thousands of protesters — many indigenous coca leaf growers — gathered for a peaceful march in the town of Sacaba and then attempted to cross a military checkpoint into Cochabamba. Ami…
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Jimmy Dore: until we fix Democratic Party elites' corruption, we won't defeat Trump's
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-11-17
Jimmy Dore pushes back on impeachment and Ukrainegate, Hillary Clinton's smear of Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian asset, the DNC's…
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Protesters demand end to Israeli attacks on Gaza
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-17
NY, New York – On the evening of November 15, over 150 people gathered on 42nd and Broadway to demand that Israel, backed by the United States government, stop the murder and occupation of Palestinians. | The emergency rally was called by several different organizations in New York City in response to Israel murdering 34 people, including eight children in Gaza. The organizations were Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, Labor for Palestine, Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, NY4Palestine, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, American Muslims for Palesti…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/16/protest…

Syria scandal: New whistleblower claims chemical weapons watchdog OPCW suppressed Douma evidence
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-11-16
A whistleblower from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is accusing top officials of tampering with evidence…
thegrayzone.com/2019/11/16/syria-scandal…

Why aren't Americans Rising up Like the People of Chile and Lebanon?
MBNJSD | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-16
The waves of protests breaking out in country after country around the world beg the question: Why aren't Americans rising up in peaceful protest like our neighbors? We live at the very heart of this neoliberal system that is force-feeding the systemic injustice and inequality of 19th century laissez-faire capitalism to the people of the …
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UN film festival encourages young people to promote peace, dialogue and empathy
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-16
Demonstrating empathy, humour and intelligence, a group of young film-makers have been recognized for their short videos, which tackle the weighty issues of discrimination, intolerance and misogyny in a creative and entertaining way, at a ceremony held at UN Headquarters.
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Israel Kills Over 30 In Gaza, Bolivia Coup About Lithium And More & Israeli Group Taking Syria's Oil
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-15
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/14/19). 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 …
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Western Media Whitewash Bolivia's Far-Right Coup
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-11-15
The phrase AP (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/13/19) is looking for is "self-declared." | Bolivia has a new US-backed puppet leader, and the Western media can hardly conceal their adulation. | Jeanine àÅñez declared herself "interim president" in a near-empty Senate chamber on November 12, proceeding to don the presidential sash with the assistance of uniformed soldiers. Despite a lack of quorum rendering the move nakedly unconstitutional, àÅñez was immediate…
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As House Impeaches Trump, Senate Carnage Plods Along
Nausicaa Renner | theintercept.com | 2019-11-15
On Wednesday morning, the House of Representatives began public hearings into just the fourth impeachment inquiry on an American president in the nation's history. On the Senate side, it was business as usual. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, opened a hearing with a wry smile: "I'm not sure why you're not over on the House side," he told the audience. The room was not full. "Must have been paid staff." | When Johnson, back in July, gaveled in a hearing in this series, "Unprecedented Migration at the U.S. Southern Border," the subject was a nationally gal…
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As Longest-Serving Senate President in U.S. History Steps Aside, Maryland Set for a Political Shakeup
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-11-15
Mike Miller has been a formidable barrier to progress for decades. He's being replaced as state Senate president by Baltimore progressive Bill Ferguson.
theintercept.com/2019/11/15/maryland-sta…

Missed Opportunity to Recall a Day to 'Perpetuate Peace'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-11-15
CNN ( 11/11/19) offered vets a guide to "deals and freebies." | Media consumers were greeted on November 11 with stories like, "Veterans Served to Protect Our Country. Here's Where They Can Get Served With Deals and Freebies Today," on CNN ( 11/11/19). Newsweek ( 11/11/19) counseled readers thatunlike on Memorial Day, when i…
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Syria: People of Idlib resist Assad, Islamists
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2019-11-15
Syria Civil War Chris SleeIssue 1245 Syria Nusra SDF Islamic StateNovember 15, 2019A popular uprising has broken out in Idlib, a province in the north of…
greenleft.org.au/content/syria-people-idlib-resist-assad-islamists

New Senate Bill Would Curtail ICE's "Unnecessary Overuse of Solitary Confinement"
Spencer Woodman | theintercept.com | 2019-11-14
A group of prominent U.S. senators introduced legislation Thursday that would dramatically curtail the use of solitary confinement inside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. | The bill, sponsored by Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, takes aim at a range of practices identified in Solitary Voices, an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Intercept investigation into the heavy use of solitary confinement by ICE. | Press releases from
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Bolivia Police Forcibly Block Pro-Morales MPs From Legislature
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-14
The legality of the move is in serious doubt, as Bolivian law allows senators from entering the Senate to meet whenever they want.

Bolivia Police Forcibly Block Pro-Morales MPs From Legislature

China's vision for the future is "Give Peace a Chance"
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-14
China's vision for the future is "Give Peace a Chance". It is also the title of one of John Lennon's most prominent songs. It became the anthem for the anti-war movement, at the time of the US-waged war against Vietnam. John Lennon was a peace activist. No wonder he was ostracized, considered enemy number one by …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/11/chinas-vision…

CodePink Founder Medea Benjamin Threatened with Arrest After Protesting U.S. Foreign Interventions
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-14
CodePink co-founder and longtime peace activist Medea Benjamin was threatened with arrest in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and accused of assaulting a sitting congressmember after being forcibly removed from a press conference for opposing the U.S.-backed coup and U.S. sanctions in Venezuela. Benjamin vehemently denies the accusations and says she was in fact the one assaulted when she and other activists demonstrated at a press conference hosted by Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida Republican Mario Díaz-Balart announcing the launch of a Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus. We speak with Me…
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/14/activist…

Chilean Activist: Same Elites Who Caused Social Crisis Can't Be Trusted to Write New Constitution
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-14
In Chile, protesters led a massive national strike Tuesday as they condemned the government's plans to rewrite the country's Constitution, which dates back to Augusto Pinochet's military regime. Chile's interior minister announced Sunday the government would draft a new constitution that Congress would then rewrite and put to a public referendum. But protesters say the people should be involved with the rewriting of the constitution from the beginning and that this is an attempt by Sebastián Piñera's government to delay political and social reforms in Chile. The Chilean authorities have killed at least 20 people…
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"This Is Unacceptable": Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon Says Trump Is a Rogue President
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-14
The public phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump began Wednesday, with testimonies from two witnesses: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. The hearing brought forth new details about a previously unknown phone call in July between President Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Both Kent and Taylor expressed concern over the role President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had in dictating U.S. policy on Ukraine. We speak with Elizabeth Holtzman, a former U.S. congressme…
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/14/elizabet…

ISIS Captives Offer a Convenient Pawn in Turkey's Syria Chess Game
Vanessa Beeley | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-13
ISIS is the latest bogeyman in a global terror portfolio that serves a neoconservative agenda in the Middle East, and Turkey has been its midwife and curator.
mintpressnews.com/isis-captives-pawn-tur…

Democracy on Trial: Bill Moyers on Impeachment Inquiry & Why PBS Should Air Hearings in Primetime
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-13
Televised impeachment hearings begin today in the inquiry into whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rivals. Two witnesses are testifying today before the House Intelligence Committee: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Both officials have privately told congressional investigators that Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Donald Trump is just the fourth U.S. presi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/13/bill_moy…

A Coup? A Debate on the Political Crisis in Bolivia That Led to Evo Morales's Resignation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-13
In Bolivia, right-wing Senator Jeanine àÅñez declared herself president Tuesday night despite a lack of quorum in Congress, amid a deepening political crisis in the country. Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, left the country Monday after being granted asylum in Mexico. Morales announced his resignation Sunday shortly after the Bolivian military took to the airwaves to call for his departure. His Movement Toward Socialism party is refusing to recognize àÅñez as president, calling her claim illegal and decrying Evo Morales's resignation over the weekend as a military coup. Last month, M…
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