2019-12-01: News Headlines

Staff (2019-12-01). House Panel to Vote on Ukraine Report as Trump Mulls Defense. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial. | A draft report will be available for members of the House Intelligence Committee to view in a secure location before their planned vote on Tuesday, which would send their findings to the House Judiciary Committee to consider actual charges. | Majority Democrats say the report…

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-01). Turkish Ethnic Cleansing in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Launched cross-border on October 9, east of the Euphrates River, Turkish aggression is all about President Erdogan's aim to annex northern Syrian territory. | So-called "Operation Peace Spring" has nothing to do with peace, nothing to do with protecting Turkey from …

South Front (2019-12-01). Video: Syrian Military Bombs Oil Smuggling Infrastructure in Turkish-Occupied Areas. globalresearch.ca On November 26, Kurdish rebels from the so-called Afrin Liberation Forces announced that their forces had eliminated 5 Turkish-backed militants and injured 6 others in an attack near Tuweys in northern Aleppo. The killed and injured militants were reportedly belonging …

Kate Oh (2019-12-01). It's Past Time Congress Reined in the President's Emergency Powers. commondreams.org President Donald Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-12-01). High Representative to the EU: Settlements are an Obstacle to Peace. imemc.org Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stated, on Thursday, that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank threaten to make a two-state solution impossible, the Palestine News Network reported. "Settlement activity in East Jerusalem seriously jeopardizes the possibility of Jerusalem serving …

Staff (2019-12-01). Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills. truthout.org Texas' bipartisan effort to shield patients from surprise medical bills could be weaker than lawmakers intended when it takes effect Jan. 1. | Earlier this year, lawmakers from both parties came together on legislation to protect people in state-regulated health plans from getting outrageous bills for out-of-network care. The new law, known as Senate Bill 1264, creates an arbitration process for insurers and providers to negotiate fair prices in those cases. The intention of the law is to estab…

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 …

Staff (2019-11-30). Impeachment's Influence Hazy as Issue in Congressional Races. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats' majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts loaded with moderate voters. | It could work, especially in Democratic-held districts Trump carried in 2016 with throngs of independent voters who polls shows are closely divided over his removal. Or it could flop, in an era when news zooms by so swiftly that today's concerns m…

Reese Erlich (2019-11-30). What's Next for Bolivia After Military Coup? commondreams.org Bolivia's interim president Jeanine A√±ez speaks during a press conference to announce that the Senate approved a bill that could open the door to new elections without ex-president Evo Morales, as the caretaker government prepared to meet with protesters to end weeks of unrest, in La Paz on Nov. 23, 2019. (Photo: Jorge Bernal/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-11-30). Colombia: One Dead, More Than 700 Injured in 1 Week of Protests. telesurenglish.net More than 700 people have been injured and one young man killed by Colombian security forces is the result of the first week of the National Strike against right-wing President Ivan Duque and his neoliberal policies, as well as in defense of peace in the South American nation. | RELATED: | Colombia's Indigenous Peoples Join National Strike in Bogota | According to the National Police, of the 769 injured, 379 are members of the Public Force and 390 protesters. | Th…

Barry Mayhew (2019-11-29). The American Health Care Dilemma. dissidentvoice.org That the U.S. is a nation divided is a statement few knowledgeable individuals would challenge. These divisions have been exacerbated, to some degree, by the impending 2020 election wherein Americans will go to the polls to elect their next President and a cadre of senators, congressmen and a multitude of lesser known local politicians. These …

Paul Street (2019-11-29). Why the UkraineGate Hearings Didn't Move the Dial. counterpunch.org CNN and MSDNC's talking heads seemed surprised and disappointed that the recent televised impeachment hearings do not appear to have moved any but a small number of Republicans into supporting the impeachment and removal of the demented fascist oligarch Donald Trump. Liberals roll their eyes while discussing surveys showing that Republican voters are unmoved by More

Andrew Levine (2019-11-29). Thanksgiving 2019: Where Are We Now? counterpunch.org Thanksgiving is a fine time to take stock. As it happens, this year, with Congress in recess and the president spending more time than usual mentally decomposing and sending out tweets too absurd to warrant a passing comment, it is an especially fine time to take stock of how matters stand with Democrats and Republicans, More

WSWS (2019-11-29). Trump signs Hong Kong "democracy" bill. wsws.org Entitled the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act"—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

William Cohn (2019-11-29). The House Is Not a Home: A Common Sense Impeachment Proposition. commondreams.org Make your case for impeachment directly to the people rather than to a corrupted Congress. (Photo: Thinkstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-11-28). Remember the Oath of the Elbe. progressive.org On April 25, 1945, American and Russian soldiers linked up at the Elbe River and made a pledge for peace that we should heed today.

RT (2019-11-28). Trump backs Hong Kong protesters, signs 'human rights' bill… 'out of respect for President Xi'? rt.com President Donald Trump has approved legislation backing Hong Kong's 'pro-democracy' protest movement, disregarding Beijing's repeated warnings for Washington to mind its own business and stop meddling in China's internal affairs. | Dubbed the 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,' the bill blazed through both houses of Congress earlier this month with virtually unanimous consent from lawmakers. In addition to threatening sanctions over human rights violations, the law requires the State Department to "certify" once a year whether Hong Kong enjoys sufficient "autonomy," though exactly how officials will qu…

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…

Charles Glass (2019-11-27). With American Help, Lebanon Once Again Nears the Abyss. thenation.com With American Help, Lebanon Once Again Nears the Abyss…

Tobita Chow, Jake Werner (2019-11-27). Congress's Hong Kong Bill Is Giving Cover to Nationalism. thenation.com Congress's Hong Kong Bill Is Giving Cover to Nationalism…

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…

RT (2019-11-27). Americans are 'sick and tired' of impeachment and 'grandstanding & chicanery' of both parties — Ron Paul. rt.com The Democrats are desperately trying to remove President Donald Trump from office or at least win back the presidency in 2020. Yet, all their efforts are seemingly having the opposite effect, former congressman Ron Paul told RT. | Under the present circumstances, the impeachment would be a "total negative for the Democrats" as it would be "squelched in the Senate," even if the Democrat-majority House approves it, Paul said on Tuesday. | More importantly, the whole process is apparently losing steam because people are "sick and tired" of the latest of many attempts to impeach Trump. | There is less enthusiasm f…

Alan Macleod (2019-11-27). Tucker Carlson is the Only Mainstream Pundit Properly Covering OPCW Bombshell. mintpressnews.com That Tucker Carlson is one of the few pundits willing to report on a bombshell revelation about a chemical attack in Syria, may say more about the state of the corporate press than it does about Carlson's character.

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…

Strategic Culture (2019-11-26). Netanyahu's Get-Out-of-Jail Card… War With Iran. theantimedia.com The temptation will be ever-stronger for the hot-headed commando-turned-politician to rile up security tensions with Iran and Syria.

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…

United Nations (2019-11-26). UN chief hails 'positive developments' towards ending political crisis in Bolivia. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed recent steps towards a peaceful resolution to the political turmoil in Bolivia.

David Armiak (2019-11-26). Wisconsin's Democratic Governor Signs Anti-Protest Bill into Law. progressive.org Peaceful protestors can now be charged with a felony if they trespass on property owned, leased, or operated by companies engaged in the distribution of oil or petroleum.

United Nations (2019-11-26). UN working to prevent attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo. news.un.org Peacekeepers from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were conducting extensive patrols in the east of the country on Tuesday, one day after demonstrators set fire to buildings to protest lack of civilian protection in the face of attacks by armed groups.

RT (2019-11-26). Fox's Tucker Carlson questions Douma 'chemical attack proof' and roots for Russia on air. Off with his head, cry MSM. rt.com Fox News host Tucker Carlson has crossed an MSM Rubicon and questioned the Douma "gas attack" fraud on air, bringing up the OPCW whistleblower. Then he "rooted for Russia" over Ukraine. Was it a "betrayal," or epic truth-trolling? | Carlson boldly went where no mainstream TV host had gone before, unpacking the explosive story of April 2018's Douma "chemical weapons attack." While the "attack" was attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by an altered report from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, two whistleblowers within the group accused it of omitting evidence to craft a misleadi…

Alex Kane (2019-11-25). Washington's Right-Wing Consensus on Israel Faces a Reckoning in Three New York Congressional Races. theintercept.com Eliot Engel and Jerry Nadler, among the most pro-Israel Democrats, are facing primaries from the left. Nita Lowey, another pro-Israel hawk, is retiring.

United Nations (2019-11-25). Monday's Daily Brief: Colombia marches, major mine action summit, violence against women a barrier to peace, South Sudan update. news.un.org A recap of Monday's stories in brief: ‚ÄØGuterres holds "focused and frank" informal talks over Cyprus, responds to Colombia protests; Violence targeting women impedes peace; UN Mission, community condemn South Sudan violence; UN weather watchdog sounds climate alarm; Norway hosts anti-landmine summit.

United Nations (2019-11-25). UN mission in DR Congo appeals for calm as violent protests continue. news.un.org The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has met with national authorities in the wake of an attack against its headquarters in Beni on Monday, which left the building badly damaged.

Staff (2019-11-25). Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail For U.S. Nuke Base Action. democracynow.org Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the United States dropped the first atomic bombs in 1945, killing more than 200,000 people. Pope Francis said, "A world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary." The leader of the Cathoilc Church met with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and declared the possession of nuclear weapons to be immoral. The Pope's visit comes as a group of seven Catholic peace activists are awaiting sentencing for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7,…

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 …

Staff (2019-11-22). Hundreds of Thousands Join National Strike in Colombia in Rebuke to Right-Wing President Iván Duque. democracynow.org In Colombia, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Thursday in the largest national strike the country has seen in years. Labor unions, students, teachers, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian activists joined in peaceful marches across urban and rural Colombia as anger mounts against right-wing President Iván Duque and his cabinet. The protests were triggered by Duque's proposed labor reforms and cuts to the pension system, as well as a recent military airstrike against a camp of alleged dissident rebel drug traffickers, which killed eight children. Police responded to the movements with repressive tactic…

Staff (2019-11-22). Headlines for November 22, 2019. democracynow.org Ex-White House Adviser Warns Impeachment Probe of GOP's "Fictional Narrative" on Ukraine, Senate Republicans May Limit Trump's Impeachment Trial to Two Weeks, Mass Protests in Colombia Oppose Right-Wing Government, Bolivian Soldiers Tear Gas Funeral Procession for Slain Protesters, Iran Continues Internet Blackout After Violently Repressing Protests, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges, Protesters Confront Joe Biden Over Obama-Era Deportations, Over 100 Lawmakers Call on President Trump to Fire Stephen Miller, Seven Arrested at UC Berkeley Protest of Ann Coulter Speech, Syracu…

Neema Singh Guliani (2019-11-21). Congress Just Temporarily Extended the Government's Spying Powers. aclu.org Congress today temporarily extended the NSA's spying powers that time and again have been used to violate our rights. Disturbingly, this three-month extension was snuck into a broader funding bill, forcing members of Congress to choose between extending this program and causing a government shutdown. The extension is an unnecessary lifeline to spying programs that are plagued with compliance violations, have no proven intelligence value, and violate our rights. | Under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, one of the spying | powers extended, the government believes it has the right to collect our | personal inform…

Staff (2019-11-21). Joe Biden's and Pete Buttigieg's Records on Race Come Under Scrutiny at 5th Democratic Debate. democracynow.org Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed on the Democratic debate stage Wednesday that he has broad support from black voters and the only black woman elected to the Senate, seemingly forgetting that 2020 candidate Kamala Harris is a California senator. Biden's comment came amid multiple blunders during the debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post in Atlanta. For more on the 2020 candidates' discussion of race in their campaigns, we speak with Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, and Ryan Grim, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept.

Staff (2019-11-21). Headlines for November 21, 2019. democracynow.org Gordon Sondland Says Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, Top 10 Democratic Candidates Hold Presidential Debate in Atlanta, Dozens of Guatemalan Migrants Freed from Locked Truck in Mexico, Humanitarian Volunteer Scott Warren Not Guilty of Felonies for Aiding Migrants, Ex-Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to Probation for Running Over Migrant, Syria: 22 Civilians Killed in Idlib; Israel Bombs Iranian Forces Near Damascus, Israel Headed for Another Election After Benny Gantz Fails to Form Government, U.S. Isolated at U.N. Security Council After Declaring Israeli Settlements Legal, U.N. Warns Planned Fossil Fuel Product…

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 …

Stephen Zunes (2019-11-20). House of Representatives Finally Recognizes Armenian Genocide. progressive.org It is shocking that it has taken this long for even one house of the U.S. Congress to recognize this historic tragedy. Somehow it is always a "bad time" to upset the government of Turkey.

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 …

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