2019-12-04: News Headlines

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 …

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

South Front (2019-12-04). Video: Russian Military Police Under Attack in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Three Russian military police officers received light injuries when an improvised explosive device went off near their armored vehicle in northeastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on December 2. The incident happened when the Russian Military Police were fulfilling …

Gwyneth Bernier (2019-12-04). The New Stateless Peoples: Confronting US Culpability in the Climate Refugee Crisis. commondreams.org A group of Syrian refugees arrives on the island of Lesbos after traveling in an inflatable raft from Turkey near Skala Sikaminias, Greece on July 15, 2015. (Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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

Lynda Carson (2019-12-04). Right-wing extremist Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter is expected to plead guilty. indybay.org According to the Department of Justice on August 21, 2018, "U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret E. Hunter, were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges that they converted more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and filed false campaign finance records with the Federal Election Commission.

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 …

Staff (2019-12-04). Georgia Governor Picks Political Newcomer for U.S. Senate. truthdig.com ATLANTA — Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban voters. | Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler on Wednesday, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump's staunchest defenders in Congress. | Kemp and Loeffler moved quickly to extinguish the rebellion from the right, pitching the little-known candidate as a Trump supporte…

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…

Andrew Emett (2019-12-04). Congressman pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds. nationofchange.org "This is not a case about mismanagement, or sloppy accounting, or 'mistakes,' Duncan Hunter intentionally took money that did not belong to him and used it for his own benefit."

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 …

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…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-12-04). Watergate Teaches Us That Democrats Should Broaden the Impeachment Charges. commondreams.org Hundreds of activists attend a rally in New York City on October 13, 2019 demanding that Congress fulfill its constitutional duty and impeach President Donald Trump. "Broadening the impeachment makes constitutional sense," writes Isaac, "and it makes political sense, too." (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-12-04). Trump's Rightward Shift of Federal Courts Advances as Senate Confirms Anti-Choice Sarah Pitlyk. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

RT (2019-12-04). US envoy on Afghanistan peace talks makes surprise stop in Kabul. rt.com Washington's special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital on Wednesday "to discuss the latest in peace efforts," a former Afghan deputy foreign minister said. | Hekmat Karzai, chairman of the Kabul-based Center for Conflict and Peace Studies, tweeted photographs of his meeting with Khalilzad in Kabul, saying they "spoke about the way forward." | A Taliban official said the group has held informal talks with the Americans, without specifying where or who participated, AP reported. | Khalilzad's visit comes days after President Donald Trump visited US troops in Afghanistan for the Thanksgiving…

RT (2019-12-04). Turkey-NATO spat over Kurds resolved? Stoltenberg says bloc greenlighted Baltics & Poland defense plan. rt.com NATO countries have agreed to revise defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, the bloc's chief said, signaling that Turkey backed off with its threats to block the initiative unless it received support for its operation in Syria. | "Today, we have agreed to the updated plan for the Baltic countries and Poland. So, I welcome that and it shows that we are able to also move forward and update and revise plans, including the defense plans for the Baltic countries and Poland, as we did today," NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the 70th anniversary summit of the alliance leaders in London. | Also…

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…

Steven Sahiounie (2019-12-03). Syria's Pharmaceutical Industry Rebuilds Following the Defeat of US-NATO Sponsored Terrorists. globalresearch.ca The first factory of its kind in Syria and the Arab world opened November 21, 2019, in Damascus. Central Pharmaceutical Industries Company, 'Mainpharma', celebrated the opening of its factory for the manufacturing of anticancer drugs at Adra Industrial City, in …

Robert Fisk (2019-12-03). Reporting Syria: I Talked to Everyone, Except Assad. counterpunch.org I've spent months these past eight years in Syria's amputated cities. They are a scar on all our lives — the Russians, the Syrians, the armed Islamists, the western powers that spent more time trying to destroy Syria than the Syrian regime. The bodies buried deep within these heaps of concrete, the survivors, and those invisibly More

Arabi Souri (2019-12-03). Syria's Post-War Reconstruction: 600 Establishments Resume Work at Aleppo Industrial City, Sheikh Najjar. globalresearch.ca Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city and the region's economic power horse is getting back on its feet again, despite all the efforts by the US and its NATO stooges and terrorists. | It's moving forward slowly but steadily, with over 600 establishments …

Stephen Lendman (2019-12-03). China Retaliates Against Hostile US Legislation. globalresearch.ca In late November, House and Senate members unanimously passed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) of 2019. | Trump signed the measure into law, along with a companion bill, restricting exports of US crowd control devices to …

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 …

WSWS (2019-12-03). US carries out fresh massacre in Afghanistan, killing entire family with drone strike. wsws.org The bloody attack came in the wake of Trump's claim that peace talks with the Taliban had resumed.

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.

Global Research News (2019-12-03). Selected Articles: A Future Without NATO? 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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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). 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 (2019-10-26). 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 (2019-10-25). 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 …

2019-12-04: Social Media Postees

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The New Stateless Peoples: Confronting US Culpability in the Climate Refugee Crisis
Gwyneth Bernier | commondreams.org | 2019-12-04
A group of Syrian refugees arrives on the island of Lesbos after traveling in an inflatable raft from Turkey near Skala Sikaminias, Greece on July 15, 2015. (Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/12/04/new-st…

Video: Russian Military Police Under Attack in Northern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-04
Three Russian military police officers received light injuries when an improvised explosive device went off near their armored vehicle in northeastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on December 2. The incident happened when the Russian Military Police were fulfilling …
globalresearch.ca/video-russian-military-police-came-under-attack-northern-syria/5696693

'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 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…

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

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…
thenation.com/article/collins-mcmurray-c…

Georgia Governor Picks Political Newcomer for U.S. Senate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-12-04
ATLANTA — Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban voters. | Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler on Wednesday, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump's staunchest defenders in Congress. | Kemp and Loeffler moved quickly to extinguish the rebellion from the right, pitching the little-known candidate as a Trump supporte…
truthdig.com/articles/georgia-governor-p…

Watergate Teaches Us That Democrats Should Broaden the Impeachment Charges
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-12-04
Hundreds of activists attend a rally in New York City on October 13, 2019 demanding that Congress fulfill its constitutional duty and impeach President Donald Trump. "Broadening the impeachment makes constitutional sense," writes Isaac, "and it makes political sense, too." (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/12/04/waterg…

Right-wing extremist Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter is expected to plead guilty
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-12-04
According to the Department of Justice on August 21, 2018,…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/12/03/1882856…

Congressman pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-12-04
"This is not a case about mismanagement, or sloppy accounting, or 'mistakes,' Duncan Hunter intentionally took money that did not belong to him and used it for his own benefit."
nationofchange.org/2019/12/04/congressma…

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…
thenation.com/article/obstruction-congre…

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

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…
mronline.org/2019/12/04/peace-neoliberal…

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/nato-gathering-…

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…
rt.com/news/475037-karlan-testimony-figh…

Trump's Rightward Shift of Federal Courts Advances as Senate Confirms Anti-Choice Sarah Pitlyk
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-12-04
commondreams.org/sites/default/files/sty…

"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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/12/4/right_liv…

Turkey-NATO spat over Kurds resolved? Stoltenberg says bloc greenlighted Baltics & Poland defense plan
rt.com | 2019-12-04
NATO countries have agreed to revise defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, the bloc's chief said, signaling that Turkey backed off with its threats to block the initiative unless it received support for its operation in Syria. | "Today, we have agreed to the updated plan for the Baltic countries and Poland. So, I welcome that and it shows that we are able to also move forward and update and revise plans, including the defense plans for the Baltic countries and Poland, as we did today," NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the 70th anniversary summit of the alliance leaders in London. | Also…
rt.com/news/475026-turkey-nato-kurds-row…

US envoy on Afghanistan peace talks makes surprise stop in Kabul
rt.com | 2019-12-04
Washington's special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital on Wednesday "to discuss the latest in peace efforts," a former Afghan deputy foreign minister said. | Hekmat Karzai, chairman of the Kabul-based Center for Conflict and Peace Studies, tweeted photographs of his meeting with Khalilzad in Kabul, saying they "spoke about the way forward." | A Taliban official said the group has held informal talks with the Americans, without specifying where or who participated, AP reported. | Khalilzad's visit comes days after President Donald Trump visited US troops in Afghanistan for the Thanksgiving…
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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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Syria's Pharmaceutical Industry Rebuilds Following the Defeat of US-NATO Sponsored Terrorists
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
The first factory of its kind in Syria and the Arab world opened November 21, 2019, in Damascus. Central Pharmaceutical Industries Company, 'Mainpharma', celebrated the opening of its factory for the manufacturing of anticancer drugs at Adra Industrial City, in …
globalresearch.ca/syrias-pharmaceutical-industry-rebuilds-following-the-defeat-of-us-nato-sponsored-terrorists/5696647

Reporting Syria: I Talked to Everyone, Except Assad
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-03
I've spent months these past eight years in Syria's amputated cities. They are a scar on all our lives — the Russians, the Syrians, the armed Islamists, the western powers that spent more time trying to destroy Syria than the Syrian regime. The bodies buried deep within these heaps of concrete, the survivors, and those invisibly…
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Syria's Post-War Reconstruction: 600 Establishments Resume Work at Aleppo Industrial City, Sheikh Najjar
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city and the region's economic power horse is getting back on its feet again, despite all the efforts by the US and its NATO stooges and terrorists. | It's moving forward slowly but steadily, with over 600 establishments …
globalresearch.ca/600-establishments-resume-work-aleppo-industrial-city-sheikh-najjar/5696467

China Retaliates Against Hostile US Legislation
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
In late November, House and Senate members unanimously passed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) of 2019. | Trump signed the measure into law, along with a companion bill, restricting exports of US crowd control devices to …
globalresearch.ca/china-retaliates-against-hostile-us-legislation/5696675

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 …
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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…
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US carries out fresh massacre in Afghanistan, killing entire family with drone strike
wsws.org | 2019-12-03
The bloody attack came in the wake of Trump's claim that peace talks with the Taliban had resumed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/03/afgh…

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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Selected Articles: A Future Without NATO?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-12-03
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-future-without-nato/5696678

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/how-we-win-vi…

Trump backs Hong Kong protesters, signs 'human rights' bill… 'out of respect for President Xi'?
rt.com | 2019-11-28
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…
rt.com/usa/474514-trump-signs-hong-kong-…

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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Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail For U.S. Nuke Base Action
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-25
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,…
www.democracynow.org/2019/11/25/pope_fra…

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/constitution…

Congress Just Temporarily Extended the Government's Spying Powers
Neema Singh Guliani | aclu.org | 2019-11-21
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…
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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 …
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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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"White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-03
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 …
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