2019-12-05: News Headlines

Staff (2019-12-05). U.S. Considers Sending Several Thousand More Troops to Mideast. truthdig.com The news comes amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.

John Wojcik (2019-12-05). Pelosi calls upon House Judiciary Committee to write articles of impeachment. peoplesworld.org In an historic address to the nation this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the Congress of the United States is moving forward for the fourth time in the nation's history to impeach the president of the United States. Her announcement was a rejection of the argument mounted yesterday before the Judiciary Committee by …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-12-05). Union member Cirincione challenges Medicare For All opponent Pallone in N.J. peoplesworld.org (PAI)—Rep. Frank Pallone, a powerful Democratic U.S. representative from New Jersey, sees sidetracking Medicare For All as one of his main tasks in this Congress. Union member Russ Cirincione is going to challenge him on it. Which is why Cirincione, a government housing attorney and member of AFSCME Local 1359, is running against 15-term incumbent …

commondreams (2019-12-05). Government Drops Plan for Mandatory Face Scans for Travelers. Now Congress Needs to Ban Facial Recognition. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-12-05). Pelosi Asks House Democrats to Draft Articles of Impeachment. truthdig.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared President Donald Trump to a despotic tyrant in a press conference Thursday and announced she has asked House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare articles of impeachment. | "The facts are uncontested," said Pelosi, a California Democrat. "The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security." | Watch Pelosi's announcement: | The House Intelligence Committee released its 300-page report on the president's abuse of power on Tuesday. The document details how Trump used the release of Congressionally-approved militar…

Susie Day (2019-12-05). The Mad Activist Impeaches Western Culture. counterpunch.org Dear Hot-to-Impeach Congressional Democrats, I thought of you when I read "Why the Ukraine Scheme Matters," the November 25 editorial in the New York Times. As usual, Times syntax and grammar are superb and the editors' argumentation skills fully justify the current high tuition rates at name universities. So, congrats, Impeacho-crats! The Times delivered your More

S. Brian Willson (2019-12-05). The Grotesque Immorality of the US War Against Vietnam. Veterans For Peace Brian Willson. globalresearch.ca First published in May 2016 | Celebration of Memorial Day in the US, originally Decoration Day, commenced shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War. This is a national holiday to remember the people who died while serving in the armed …

Ann Garrison (2019-12-05). Congo: Millions Die While the "UN Keeps the Peace" globalresearch.ca In its most recent report to the UN Security Council, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) blandly recounted "progress" in service to their mission, but what is their mission? Up until 2013, MONUSCO had …

Jason Ditz (2019-12-05). Trump Seeks Another $250 Million in Lethal Aid for Ukraine. theantimedia.com With other nations trying to help Ukraine negotiate a deal to end that situation peacefully, the US keeps pouring weapons into the country.

DARIN (2019-12-05). Chuck Herrick Peace and Freedom Memorial Park. indybay.org Clearly Indybay media should also topic Anarcho-Geography* as well as Anarcho-Urban Studies**. Berkeley, California. Consider this to be under the topical influence of Urban Direct Action within a their-storical contemplative premise. [*For more on this topic see Prof. Simon Springer.] [**On this topic I would personally field any inquiry.]…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-12-05). Investigation Uncovers Israel-Based Group Behind Bigoted Facebook Smear Campaign Aimed at US Muslim Congresswomen. commondreams.org "The goal of these anti-Muslim hate campaigns is clear—they put Muslim lives here and around the world at risk and undermine our country's commitment to religious pluralism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CGTN (2019-12-05). Extremism Strikes Xinjiang. dissidentvoice.org Countless terrorist attacks occurred in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang from 1990 to 2016. Terrorism has destroyed many innocent lives, similar to what has happened around the world. Such extremism has uprooted the peaceful lives of local residents in the region.

RT (2019-12-05). Allies must support Turkey in conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters as it approved NATO plan — Erdogan. rt.com NATO allies should support Turkey in its conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters after Ankara dropped its objections to the alliance's defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, NTV quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Thursday. | Ahead of Wednesday's summit, Turkey had angered other NATO members by saying it would block the defense plan until they designated the Kurdish YPG militia, against which Ankara waged a military offensive two months ago, a terrorist organization. | Erdogan told reporters in London that Turkey dropped its objection to the Baltics plan after NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg…

RT (2019-12-05). Mortars hit Iraqi airbase that houses US forces outside Baghdad — reports. rt.com Two mortar rounds have struck the Balad air base north of Baghdad on Thursday, agencies reported citing Iraqi military sources. There were no casualties. | Balad is located approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad. In addition to Iraqi security forces, it is home to an unknown number of US troops and contractors involved in the fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, who once controlled large portions of Iraq and Syria. | Thursday's mortar attack comes just two days after five rockets struck another Iraqi base housing US forces. The attack on Al-Asad airbase in the Anbar p…

RT (2019-12-05). 'Cruel coward' Trump versus 'nervous wreck' Pelosi: Impeachment drama heats up (VIDEO). rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had barely announced the impeachment of President Donald Trump, before the California Democrat and the embattled president were verbally clubbing each other — and in Pelosi's case, the media. | After the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry against Trump wrapped up, and a report was sent to the Judiciary Committee, Pelosi announced on Thursday that she would instruct the Democrat-led committee to draft articles of impeachment against the president, bringing Trump one step closer to a Senate trial. | With the issue of whether or not Trump actually committed the "hi…

RT (2019-12-05). 'If you're going to impeach me, do it fast': Trump challenges Dems to get moving. rt.com US President Donald Trump has called on House Democrats to move quickly if they are going to impeach him at all, so that "we can have a fair trial in the Senate" and the country can move on. | In a series of tweets sent early on Thursday, Trump repeated his view that Democrats "have no impeachment case", and adding that they "are demeaning our country." …..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to "Clean the Swamp," and that's wh…

Staff (2019-12-05). Aminatou Haidar Honored For Decades of Peaceful Resistance in Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony. democracynow.org In Stockholm, Democracy Now! sat down with one of the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award: Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar. For over three decades, Haidar has led a peaceful campaign to resist the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, which is often called Africa's last colony. Morocco has occupied Western Sahara — a small region just south of Morocco in northwest Africa — since 1975. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the occupation. Peaceful protesters, led by women, are routinely beaten in the streets. Despite this violent repress…

The Tricontinental (2019-12-04). Dossier 23: Peace, neoliberalism and political shifts in Colombia. mronline.org Once again, the people of Colombia straddle two realities—the drums of war and the hope of peace. This tension has along, complex, and multi-dimensional historical process. This dossier from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research examines the root causes of the crisis and the two realities of war and peace. | Source

John Wojcik (2019-12-04). NATO gathering this week did nothing for world peace and progress. peoplesworld.org This week, the heads of the NATO countries have been meeting in London to "celebrate" the 70th anniversary of the military alliance. The main news coverage coming out of the gathering revolves around Trump demanding that the members up their contributions to the alliance piggy bank, tales of how leaders of many countries are gossiping …

Mark Fiore (2019-12-04). The DNC: Finding Your Perfect Match! progressive.org We're in the business of creating the perfect Democratic nominee.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-12-04). 'NATO is a threat to the very survival of life on earth', says peace campaigner Medea Benjamin. thecanary.co Medea Benjamin, of the US-based peace group CODEPINK, joined hundreds of people in bitterly cold London on 3 December to denounce US president Donald Trump and the western military alliance of NATO. The demonstration and speeches began in Trafalgar Square and then slowly moved to Buckingham Palace where leaders of NATO countries, including president Trump, were reportedly having dinner. | 'NATO always needs an enemy': | Benjamin, a veteran peace activist, told The Canary she came to the UK to 'Say No to NATO' because: NATO is all about militarism and it [always] nee…

Brian Cloughley (2019-12-04). Rioting in Hong Kong and Iraq: Human Rights and Hypocrisy in the White House and Congress. globalresearch.ca For months Western media outlets have been retailing stories about riots in Hong Kong. With lip-smacking relish there have been such reports as "On October 1, China's National Day, the first live round to hit a protester was fired by …

Raina Lipsitz (2019-12-04). Nate McMurray Wants To Un-Trump Upstate New York. thenation.com Nate McMurray Wants To Un-Trump Upstate New York…

John Nichols (2019-12-04). Trump's Cover-Up Is Fully and Necessarily Impeachable. thenation.com Trump's Cover-Up Is Fully and Necessarily Impeachable…

Gerald E. Scorse (2019-12-04). The IRS Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers. dissidentvoice.org The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) struggles every day with an infernal problem. It's expected to separate taxpayers from their hard-earned money and leave them feeling well-treated at the same time. They don't feel well-treated, far from it. According to the 2019 report to Congress by the National Taxpayer Advocate: "The current state of IRS customer …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-12-04). Iraq Protests: Who Holds the Initiative and Who Has the Power. globalresearch.ca There is little doubt that Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr controls the streets in Iraq and can make peaceful protests violent when he chooses. Notwithstanding the presence of several smaller players and those genuinely asking for serious reforms, Sayyed Moqtada can move …

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

RT (2019-12-04). Another 'deplorables' moment? Surging in Democrat polls, Buttigieg calls all Trump supporters racist. rt.com Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor suddenly leading in polls for the DNC presidential nomination in early primary states, has accused supporters of President Donald Trump "at best looking the other way on racism." | Campaigning in South Carolina on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's Democrat debate, the South Bend mayor was was filmed accusing "anyone who supported this president" of either being racist or unacceptably tolerant of it. | BUTTIGIEG: "Anyone who supported this President is at best looking the other way on racism, at best." pic.twitter.com/6NbCxBwC4X— Benny (@b…

Staff (2019-12-04). "Alternative Nobel Prize:" Right Livelihood Award Celebrates 40 Years Honoring Grassroots Activists. democracynow.org The Right Livelihood Award is marking its 40th anniversary. The award was established in 1980 to honor and support those "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us." It has since become known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." Over the past four decades, the award has been given to activists and grassroots leaders around the globe. A number of them have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This year's winners are: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar, who has challenged the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara for decades; Chi…

Sonia Gill (2019-12-03). Congress Must Act to Protect the Right to Vote. aclu.org Read the ACLU's report to Congress on the importance of restoring the Voting Rights Act. | This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019. The bill would help ensure racial barriers to voting are removed from elections across the country. Passing the VRAA will advance needed protections for people whose right to vote is under attack based on the color of their skin. | This will be the first time Congress votes on a bill to restore and update the protections of the Voting Rights Act since the Supreme Court…

John W. Whitehead (2019-12-03). Betraying the Constitution: Who Will Protect Us from an Unpatriotic Patriot Act? dissidentvoice.org While Congress subjects the nation to its impeachment-flavored brand of bread-and-circus politics, our civil liberties continue to die a slow, painful death by a thousand cuts. Case in point: while Americans have been fixated on the carefully orchestrated impeachment drama that continues to monopolize headlines, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law legislation extending …

United Nations (2019-12-03). South Sudan: UN calls for end to inter-communal clashes, attacks against aid workers. news.un.org Peacekeepers have been sent to the northern Lakes region in South Sudan in a bid to deter further violence between communities there, the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, said on Tuesday.

John Nichols (2019-12-01). Ilhan Omar and the Politics of 'Radical Love'. progressive.org The Minnesota Congresswoman wants to redefine U.S. foreign policy as we know it.

Ted Glick (2019-12-01). How We Win via NVDA Campaigning. dissidentvoice.org Long-time peace, justice, democracy and lgbtq activist and trainer George Lakey has written a book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, about the strategic centrality to movement-building of the approach of nonviolent direct action campaigning. Built upon his decades of organizing experience going back to the '60s civil rights movement, there …

Julie Hollar (2019-11-27). We're Still Waiting for 'Early and Often' Climate Debate Questions. fair.org As the Democratic Party prepared for its first presidential primary debates in June, climate activists pushed the DNC to schedule a single-issue debate on the climate crisis, given the urgency of the problem and the lack of attention given to it in previous debates. DNC chair Tom Perez refused, saying he had "the utmost confidence" that climate disruption would be discussed in the debates "early and often" (FAIR.org, 6/18/19). | Now that seven nights of debates have passed, and multiple…

Staff (2019-11-27). 20 Years After The Battle of Seattle: Vandana Shiva & Lori Wallach on Historic 1999 WTO Protests. democracynow.org Twenty years ago this week, tens of thousands of activists gathered in Seattle to shut down a ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization. Grassroots organizers successfully blocked world leaders, government trade ministers and corporate executives from meeting to sign a global trade deal that many called deeply undemocratic, harmful to workers' rights, the environment and Indigenous people globally. On November 30, 1999, activists formed a human chain around the Seattle convention center and shut down the city's downtown. Police responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the mostly peaceful cro…

Aaron Maté (2019-11-26). White Helmets Whitewash: founder's death, OPCW scandal lift mask on al-Qaeda's ally in Syria. thegrayzone.com The recent death of White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier, and an unfolding cover-up at the OPCW of an apparently…

Kate Oh (2019-11-26). It's Past Time Congress Reined in the President's Emergency Powers. aclu.org The full Senate could soon consider legislation that would rein in the | president's emergency powers and bolster the principle of separation of | powers that underpins American democracy. This legislation, the ARTICLE | ONE Act as amended by a Senate committee, contains sensible reforms of the | National Emergencies Act of 1976 (NEA), the flawed and outdated law that | governs the emergency declaration process. | Under | the current national emergencies declaration process, Congress must muster a | veto-proof two-thirds supermaj…

Activist Post (2019-11-22). Congress Quietly Unites To Extend "Temporary" Patriot Act Under Cover Of The Impeachment Distraction. thelastamericanvagabond.com The only time Republicans and Democrats can agree is when they are discussing the expansion of the permanent war and surveillance state. The Last American Vagabond takes a closer look at the many layers of deception about how legislation gets pushed through which contains buried provisions that further erode the U.S. Constitution and liberty. This is …

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-20). Israel Carries Out 'Wide-Scale Strikes' In Syria, US Gov Withholds Food/Meds From Iran & Patriot Act. 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 (11/20/19). 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 …

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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-11). Turkey's Syria 'Ethnic Cleansing' In US Memo, US Can Shoot 'Any Syrian' Over Oil & A Bolivia Coup. 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 (11/6/19). 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 …

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-03). "White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation. 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 (11/2/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-02). Baghdadi Deception Exposed, Israel Bombs Gaza After Phantom Rocket & US Violates Own Syria 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 (11/1/19). 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-29). Distracting With Baghdadi Psyop, US Sends "Withdrawn" Troops Back Into Syria, Along With MANY More. 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 (10/28/19). 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-26). Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon? 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 (10/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-26). More Troops/Tanks To Syria Confirmed, OPCW Whistleblower, Barr's PreCrime & Mossad Clinton Blackmail. 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 (10/25/19). 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-25). Trump To Send Possibly Thousands Of Troops & Tanks To "Secure Syria's Oil" & Iraq Goes To UN Over US. 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 (10/24/19). 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 …

Paul Dobson (2019-10-21). Venezuela Government Hosts International Commune Congress. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro affirmed that popular power is "the soul" of the Bolivarian project.

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U.S. Considers Sending Several Thousand More Troops to Mideast
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-05
The news comes amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-considers-send…

Government Drops Plan for Mandatory Face Scans for Travelers. Now Congress Needs to Ban Facial Recognition
commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
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The Mad Activist Impeaches Western Culture
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-05
Dear Hot-to-Impeach Congressional Democrats, I thought of you when I read "Why the Ukraine Scheme Matters," the November 25 editorial in the New York Times. As usual, Times syntax and grammar are superb and the editors' argumentation skills fully justify the current high tuition rates at name universities. So, congrats, Impeacho-crats! The Times delivered your…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/05/the-mad-acti…

Pelosi calls upon House Judiciary Committee to write articles of impeachment
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-05
In an historic address to the nation this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the Congress of the United States is moving forward for the fourth time in the nation's history to impeach the president of the United States. Her announcement was a rejection of the argument mounted yesterday before the Judiciary Committee by …
peoplesworld.org/article/pelosi-calls-up…

Pelosi Asks House Democrats to Draft Articles of Impeachment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-05
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared President Donald Trump to a despotic tyrant in a press conference Thursday and announced she has asked House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare articles of impeachment. | "The facts are uncontested," said Pelosi, a California Democrat. "The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security." | Watch Pelosi's announcement: | The House Intelligence Committee released its 300-page report on the president's abuse of power on Tuesday. The document details how Trump used the release of Congressionally-approved militar…
truthdig.com/articles/pelosi-asks-house-…

Union member Cirincione challenges Medicare For All opponent Pallone in N.J
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-05
(PAI)–Rep. Frank Pallone, a powerful Democratic U.S. representative from New Jersey, sees sidetracking Medicare For All as one of his main tasks in this Congress. Union member Russ Cirincione is going to challenge him on it. Which is why Cirincione, a government housing attorney and member of AFSCME Local 1359, is running against 15-term incumbent …
peoplesworld.org/article/union-member-ci…

Congo: Millions Die While the "UN Keeps the Peace"
Ann Garrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
In its most recent report to the UN Security Council, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) blandly recounted "progress" in service to their mission, but what is their mission? Up until 2013, MONUSCO had …
globalresearch.ca/congo-millions-die-while-un-keeps-peace/5696797

Trump Seeks Another $250 Million in Lethal Aid for Ukraine
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-12-05
With other nations trying to help Ukraine negotiate a deal to end that situation peacefully, the US keeps pouring weapons into the country.

Trump Seeks Another $250 Million in Lethal Aid for Ukraine

Chuck Herrick Peace and Freedom Memorial Park
DARIN | indybay.org | 2019-12-05
Clearly Indybay media should also topic Anarcho-Geography* as well as Anarcho-Urban Studies**. Berkeley, California. Consider this to be under the topical influence of Urban Direct Action within a their-storical contemplative premise. [*For more on this topic see Prof. Simon Springer.] [**On this topic I would personally field any inquiry.]…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/12/05/1882863…

The Grotesque Immorality of the US War Against Vietnam. Veterans For Peace Brian Willson
S. Brian Willson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-05
First published in May 2016 | Celebration of Memorial Day in the US, originally Decoration Day, commenced shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War. This is a national holiday to remember the people who died while serving in the armed …
globalresearch.ca/us-war-against-vietnam/5696831

Investigation Uncovers Israel-Based Group Behind Bigoted Facebook Smear Campaign Aimed at US Muslim Congresswomen
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-12-05
"The goal of these anti-Muslim hate campaigns is clear—they put Muslim lives here and around the world at risk and undermine our country's commitment to religious pluralism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/12/05/investi…

Extremism Strikes Xinjiang
CGTN | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-05
Countless terrorist attacks occurred in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang from 1990 to 2016. Terrorism has destroyed many innocent lives, similar to what has happened around the world. Such extremism has uprooted the peaceful lives of local residents in the region.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/extremism-str…

Mortars hit Iraqi airbase that houses US forces outside Baghdad — reports
rt.com | 2019-12-05
Two mortar rounds have struck the Balad air base north of Baghdad on Thursday, agencies reported citing Iraqi military sources. There were no casualties. | Balad is located approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad. In addition to Iraqi security forces, it is home to an unknown number of US troops and contractors involved in the fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, who once controlled large portions of Iraq and Syria. | Thursday's mortar attack comes just two days after five rockets struck another Iraqi base housing US forces. The attack on Al-Asad airbase in the Anbar p…
rt.com/newsline/475136-mortars-balad-bas…

Allies must support Turkey in conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters as it approved NATO plan — Erdogan
rt.com | 2019-12-05
NATO allies should support Turkey in its conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters after Ankara dropped its objections to the alliance's defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, NTV quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Thursday. | Ahead of Wednesday's summit, Turkey had angered other NATO members by saying it would block the defense plan until they designated the Kurdish YPG militia, against which Ankara waged a military offensive two months ago, a terrorist organization. | Erdogan told reporters in London that Turkey dropped its objection to the Baltics plan after NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg…
rt.com/newsline/475125-nato-turkey-kurdi…

'If you're going to impeach me, do it fast': Trump challenges Dems to get moving
rt.com | 2019-12-05
US President Donald Trump has called on House Democrats to move quickly if they are going to impeach him at all, so that "we can have a fair trial in the Senate" and the country can move on. | In a series of tweets sent early on Thursday, Trump repeated his view that Democrats "have no impeachment case", and adding that they "are demeaning our country." | …..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to "Clean the Swamp," and that's wh…
rt.com/usa/475102-trump-urges-democrats-…

'Cruel coward' Trump versus 'nervous wreck' Pelosi: Impeachment drama heats up (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-12-05
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had barely announced the impeachment of President Donald Trump, before the California Democrat and the embattled president were verbally clubbing each other — and in Pelosi's case, the media. | After the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry against Trump wrapped up, and a report was sent to the Judiciary Committee, Pelosi announced on Thursday that she would instruct the Democrat-led committee to draft articles of impeachment against the president, bringing Trump one step closer to a Senate trial. | With the issue of whether or not Trump actually committed the "hi…
rt.com/usa/475131-nancy-pelosi-hate-trum…

Aminatou Haidar Honored For Decades of Peaceful Resistance in Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-05
In Stockholm, Democracy Now! sat down with one of the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award: Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar. For over three decades, Haidar has led a peaceful campaign to resist the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, which is often called Africa's last colony. Morocco has occupied Western Sahara — a small region just south of Morocco in northwest Africa — since 1975. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the occupation. Peaceful protesters, led by women, are routinely beaten in the streets. Despite this violent repress…
www.democracynow.org/2019/12/5/aminatou_…

The DNC: Finding Your Perfect Match!
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2019-12-04
We're in the business of creating the perfect Democratic nominee.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-dnc-findi…

'NATO is a threat to the very survival of life on earth', says peace campaigner Medea Benjamin
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-12-04
Medea Benjamin, of the US-based peace group CODEPINK, joined hundreds of people in bitterly cold London on 3 December to denounce US president Donald Trump and the western military alliance of NATO. The demonstration and speeches began in Trafalgar Square and then slowly moved to Buckingham Palace where leaders of NATO countries, including president Trump, were reportedly having dinner. | 'NATO always needs an enemy': | Benjamin, a veteran peace activist, told The Canary she came to the UK to 'Say No to NATO' because: NATO is all about militarism and it [always] nee…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/12/04/nato-is-a-threat-to-the-very-survival-of-life-on-earth-says-peace-campaigner-medea-benjamin/

The IRS Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-04
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) struggles every day with an infernal problem. It's expected to separate taxpayers from their hard-earned money and leave them feeling well-treated at the same time. They don't feel well-treated, far from it. According to the 2019 report to Congress by the National Taxpayer Advocate: "The current state of IRS customer …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/the-irs-deser…

Nate McMurray Wants To Un-Trump Upstate New York
Raina Lipsitz | thenation.com | 2019-12-04
Nate McMurray Wants To Un-Trump Upstate New York…
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Rioting in Hong Kong and Iraq: Human Rights and Hypocrisy in the White House and Congress
Brian Cloughley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-04
For months Western media outlets have been retailing stories about riots in Hong Kong. With lip-smacking relish there have been such reports as "On October 1, China's National Day, the first live round to hit a protester was fired by …
globalresearch.ca/human-rights-hypocrisy-white-house-congress/5696749

Trump's Cover-Up Is Fully and Necessarily Impeachable
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-12-04
Trump's Cover-Up Is Fully and Necessarily Impeachable…
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Dossier 23: Peace, neoliberalism and political shifts in Colombia
The Tricontinental | mronline.org | 2019-12-04
Once again, the people of Colombia straddle two realities–the drums of war and the hope of peace. This tension has along, complex, and multi-dimensional historical process. This dossier from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research examines the root causes of the crisis and the two realities of war and peace. | Source…
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NATO gathering this week did nothing for world peace and progress
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-12-04
This week, the heads of the NATO countries have been meeting in London to "celebrate" the 70th anniversary of the military alliance. The main news coverage coming out of the gathering revolves around Trump demanding that the members up their contributions to the alliance piggy bank, tales of how leaders of many countries are gossiping …
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Iraq Protests: Who Holds the Initiative and Who Has the Power
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-04
There is little doubt that Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr controls the streets in Iraq and can make peaceful protests violent when he chooses. Notwithstanding the presence of several smaller players and those genuinely asking for serious reforms, Sayyed Moqtada can move …
globalresearch.ca/who-holds-initiative-who-has-power-mobilise-street-iraq/5696738

The '80s called! Impeachment witness Karlan mocked for suggesting Ukrainians are helping prevent Russian invasion of US
rt.com | 2019-12-04
Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan raised eyebrows online for suggesting during congressional impeachment hearings that the US must keep Ukraine strong "so they fight the Russians there and we don't have to fight them here." | Yes, you read that right. It seems in Karlan's mind, all that's stopping "the Russians" from invading the US is the Ukrainian army, which must be kept strong to stave off the ultimate disaster. The law professor made the baffling comment during the House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing on Wednesday. | Karlan's emphatic doomsday warning produced stunned reaction online, with con…
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Another 'deplorables' moment? Surging in Democrat polls, Buttigieg calls all Trump supporters racist
rt.com | 2019-12-04
Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor suddenly leading in polls for the DNC presidential nomination in early primary states, has accused supporters of President Donald Trump "at best looking the other way on racism." | Campaigning in South Carolina on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's Democrat debate, the South Bend mayor was was filmed accusing "anyone who supported this president" of either being racist or unacceptably tolerant of it. | BUTTIGIEG: "Anyone who supported this President is at best looking the other way on racism, at best." pic.twitter.com/6NbCxBwC4X– Benny (@b…
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"Alternative Nobel Prize:" Right Livelihood Award Celebrates 40 Years Honoring Grassroots Activists
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-12-04
The Right Livelihood Award is marking its 40th anniversary. The award was established in 1980 to honor and support those "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us." It has since become known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." Over the past four decades, the award has been given to activists and grassroots leaders around the globe. A number of them have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This year's winners are: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar, who has challenged the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara for decades; Chi…
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Betraying the Constitution: Who Will Protect Us from an Unpatriotic Patriot Act?
John W. Whitehead | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-03
While Congress subjects the nation to its impeachment-flavored brand of bread-and-circus politics, our civil liberties continue to die a slow, painful death by a thousand cuts. Case in point: while Americans have been fixated on the carefully orchestrated impeachment drama that continues to monopolize headlines, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law legislation extending …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/betraying-the…

Congress Must Act to Protect the Right to Vote
Sonia Gill | aclu.org | 2019-12-03
Read the ACLU's report to Congress on the importance of restoring the Voting Rights Act. | This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019. The bill would help ensure racial barriers to voting are removed from elections across the country. Passing the VRAA will advance needed protections for people whose right to vote is under attack based on the color of their skin. | This will be the first time Congress votes on a bill to restore and update the protections of the Voting Rights Act since the Supreme Court…
aclu.org/news/voting-rights/congress-mus…

South Sudan: UN calls for end to inter-communal clashes, attacks against aid workers
United Nations | news.un.org | 2019-12-03
Peacekeepers have been sent to the northern Lakes region in South Sudan in a bid to deter further violence between communities there, the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, said on Tuesday.
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Ilhan Omar and the Politics of 'Radical Love'
John Nichols | progressive.org | 2019-12-01
The Minnesota Congresswoman wants to redefine U.S. foreign policy as we know it.
progressive.org/magazine/ilhan-omar-poli…

How We Win via NVDA Campaigning
Ted Glick | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-01
Long-time peace, justice, democracy and lgbtq activist and trainer George Lakey has written a book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, about the strategic centrality to movement-building of the approach of nonviolent direct action campaigning. Built upon his decades of organizing experience going back to the '60s civil rights movement, there …
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We're Still Waiting for 'Early and Often' Climate Debate Questions
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-11-27
As the Democratic Party prepared for its first presidential primary debates in June, climate activists pushed the DNC to schedule a single-issue debate on the climate crisis, given the urgency of the problem and the lack of attention given to it in previous debates. DNC chair Tom Perez refused, saying he had "the utmost confidence" that climate disruption would be discussed in the debates "early and often" (FAIR.org, 6/18/19). | Now that seven nights of debates have passed, and multiple…
fair.org/home/were-still-waiting-for-ear…

20 Years After The Battle of Seattle: Vandana Shiva & Lori Wallach on Historic 1999 WTO Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-27
Twenty years ago this week, tens of thousands of activists gathered in Seattle to shut down a ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization. Grassroots organizers successfully blocked world leaders, government trade ministers and corporate executives from meeting to sign a global trade deal that many called deeply undemocratic, harmful to workers' rights, the environment and Indigenous people globally. On November 30, 1999, activists formed a human chain around the Seattle convention center and shut down the city's downtown. Police responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the mostly peaceful cro…
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/27/1999_wto…

White Helmets Whitewash: founder's death, OPCW scandal lift mask on al-Qaeda's ally in Syria
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-11-26
The recent death of White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier, and an unfolding cover-up at the OPCW of an apparently…
thegrayzone.com/2019/11/26/white-helmets…

It's Past Time Congress Reined in the President's Emergency Powers
Kate Oh | aclu.org | 2019-11-26
The full Senate could soon consider legislation that would rein in the | president's emergency powers and bolster the principle of separation of | powers that underpins American democracy. This legislation, the ARTICLE | ONE Act as amended by a Senate committee, contains sensible reforms of the | National Emergencies Act of 1976 (NEA), the flawed and outdated law that | governs the emergency declaration process. | Under | the current national emergencies declaration process, Congress must muster a | veto-proof two-thirds supermaj…
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Congress Quietly Unites To Extend "Temporary" Patriot Act Under Cover Of The Impeachment Distraction
Activist Post | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-22
The only time Republicans and Democrats can agree is when they are discussing the expansion of the permanent war and surveillance state. The Last American Vagabond takes a closer look at the many layers of deception about how legislation gets pushed through which contains buried provisions that further erode the U.S. Constitution and liberty. This is …
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Israel Carries Out 'Wide-Scale Strikes' In Syria, US Gov Withholds Food/Meds From Iran & Patriot Act
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-20
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 (11/20/19). 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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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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Turkey's Syria 'Ethnic Cleansing' In US Memo, US Can Shoot 'Any Syrian' Over Oil & A Bolivia Coup
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-11
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 (11/6/19). 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-u…

Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-11-07
Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …
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