2019-01-02: News Headlines

Andrés S. Pertierra (2019-01-02). A Q&A With Nicaraguan Student Activists Jeancarlo López and Lesther Alemán. thenation.com A Q&A With Nicaraguan Student Activists Jeancarlo López and Lesther Alemán…

aljazeera (2019-01-02). Famed Dutch artist Escher's exhibit launches in US. aljazeera.com One of his largest collections of art with a unique brush of science goes on display in New York.

Philip Giraldi (2019-01-02). "Liberals" and "Progressives" Resist Ending America's Wars. globalresearch.ca Liberal interventionists in the media want America's wars to continue forever. Last Thursday I actually turned on "PBS Newshour" with Judy Woodruff, which I never watch, but the other offerings on television were dismal, and I was flipping channels. She …

Kevin Zeese (2019-01-02). The Broader U.S. Movement for Peace, Economic Justice, Civil Rights and the Environment. globalresearch.ca There will be important opportunities in the next few years to advance the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. This article will focus on three opportunities: the 2020 elections, the decline of US empire and …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-01-02). Africa in Review 2018: Imperialist Militarism and the Quest for Reconstruction. globalresearch.ca Bombing operations by the United States military against the Horn of Africa state of Somalia have escalated during the course of 2018. | Once the administration of President Donald Trump came into office nearly two years ago, purported "restrictions" placed on …

Adam Dick (2019-01-02). President Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump would do well to listen to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's Russiagate investigation lawyers, concerning the propriety of prosecuting Julian Assange of WikiLeaks who has lived in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012 to avoid …

John A. Mathews (2019-01-02). China's Long Term Trade and Currency Goals: The Belt and Road Initiative. globalresearch.ca Introduction | The evolving US-China trade war, which reached a dangerous level of US tariffs being imposed on $200 billion worth of imports from China, has been holding center stage in international relations discussions in 2018. But Beijing's tit-for-tat response to …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-01-02). The Gathering Climate Storm and the Media Cover-up. globalresearch.ca "Earth is now substantially out of energy balance. The amount of solar energy that Earth absorbs exceeds the energy radiated back to space. The principal manifestations of this energy imbalance are continued global warming on decadal time scales and continued …

Eric London (2019-01-02). Amid Global Crackdown on Refugees: One Sixth of World's People Want to Flee Their Home Countries. globalresearch.ca The world is pulsing with hundreds of millions of people desperate to flee their homes under the weight of the crisis of world capitalism. According to a recent Gallup study, a sixth of the world's adult population—some 750 million people, …

Louisa Willcox (2019-01-02). Do Sleeping Bears Hold Secrets for Human Health? counterpunch.org By now most of Yellowstone's grizzly bears are snug hibernating in winter dens, safe at last from human dangers. But in the darkness below the snow, mysteries and miracles unfold, apropos of our Christmas season. Researchers have long known the basics of bear hibernation. These bruins don't eat or drink or excrete waste for between More

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-01-02). The Global Crisis. War, Ecology and the Global Economy: Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019. globalresearch.ca In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. | Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing …

Sarah Abed (2019-01-02). The Decade-Long U.S. Campaign to Foment Syria's "Revolution" and Unseat Assad. globalresearch.ca The main organizers and leaders of this so-called protest movement have been revealed to be U.S.-backed insurgents and foreign militants who have been armed, trained & funded by U.S. & NATO proxies for the purpose of destabilizing Syria though sectarianism.

Prof. James Petras (2019-01-02). The New Year Past and Future. Multiple Wars, Coups, Sanctions and Trade Disputes. globalresearch.ca Introduction | They year 2018 ended with bitter partisan conflicts over narrow issues. Over seventy percent of the federal budget was approved by both parties and another twenty-nine percent was delayed because of a conflict over 'border security' involving expenditures of …

Global Research News (2019-01-02). Selected Articles: America's Wars, Coups and Sanctions in 2019. globalresearch.ca For seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | In 2019, we call upon our readers to participate in an important endeavor….

Hilary Klein (2019-01-02). Lessons to Learn on the 25th Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising. zcomm.org I believe the Zapatista movement has much to teach us about the enduring nature of this work and the patience that comes along with that understanding…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-02). As Brazil's Bolsonaro Takes Office, Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Threat of Dictatorship. democracynow.org Far-right former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as president of Brazil on New Year's Day. His election marks the most radical political shift in the country since military rule ended more than 30 years ago. We speak with Fernando Haddad, former Brazilian presidential candidate on the Workers' Party ticket who lost in a runoff to Jair Bolsonaro. Haddad is the former mayor of Sà£o Paulo and served as education minister under former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Vanessa Beeley (2019-01-02). Christmas Colors Light Up a Diverse Syria as Peace and Stability Return — and the West Barely Noticed. globalresearch.ca Christmas celebrations have literally radiated out across Syria and western media was curiously silent in the face of such displays of unity and solidarity among Syria's diverse peoples. | Syrians saw off the year 2018 under a glittering canopy of festive …

Shared by williampitt (2019-01-02). Public Health Workers Must Join the Struggle for Immigrant Justice. truthout.org Immigration researchers have often taken a bird's eye view of migratory patterns across the globe, or considered the ways in which newly arrived immigrants "assimilate" into their new communities. | Given the increased immigration enforcement actions under former President Obama and current President Trump, many immigration researchers have focused on local immigration issues, and come to advocacy organizations and networks to guide and shape the implications of their work in their home communities. | As a public health researcher who aims to understand local policies in a broader context, I sat down with Lili…

Eugene Ruyle (2019-01-02). The Crisis in Public Education and How to Solve It! indybay.org Starry Plough Pub | 3101 Shattuck Avenue at Prince Street | 2 blocks from Ashby BART in Berkeley…

ICFFMA (2019-01-01). The Judge Tucker Court of Appeal's Decision Opens the Door to Mumia Abu-Jamal's Freedom. globalresearch.ca Dear Comrades and Friends Across the Globe: | On December 27, 2018, in a historic action, Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker granted Mumia's petition for new appeal rights, over the opposition of "progressive DA" Larry Krasner. | This is the …

Madlen Davies (2019-01-01). Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic. globalresearch.ca Fahed Zuhud was shot in the thigh by Israeli soldiers in February 2018 but because of superbug infections the wound hasn't healed and he may still lose his leg. | Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank warn they are battling …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-01). Trump U-Turning on Syria Pullout? globalresearch.ca Whether Pentagon forces stay or leave Syria, whether some stay, others redeployed cross-border to Iraq or elsewhere, Washington's regional and overall imperial agenda remains unchanged | In its 18th year, the AfPak war rages endlessly, a forever war, an unwinnable …

teleSUR (2019-01-01). US And Israel Quit UNESCO, Citing 'Anti-Israel' Bias. telesurenglish.net UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her disappointment in a statement to Reuters, saying "At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack." | RELATED: | Israel Rattled By UNESCO's Palestinian Protection Pledges | Israel followed its political ally in quitting the heritage agency at the stroke…

The Global Research Team (2019-01-01). Turning the Page on 2018: Our Hopes for the New Year. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | 2018 has been one of the toughest years GlobalResearch.ca has seen since its inception in 2001. "Telling the truth" is the object of outright censorship. Search engines and social media categorization highlight the corporate media narrative at the …

Dr. Birsen Filip (2019-01-01). The 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: An Unprecedented Chapter in World History. globalresearch.ca Today, Cubans are commemorating the 60th anniversary of their independence. On this day in 1959, the Cuban Revolution was successfully conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement[i] and became an enduring symbol of resistance to neo-colonialism, capitalism, and …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-01). As UNESCO Says Its Only Wish for 2019 is World Peace, US and Israel Officially Ditch UN Body. commondreams.org Critics on Tuesday said the joint decision by the U.S. and Israel to leave the United Nations' organization dedicated to promoting peace and education speaks volumes about the two countries' current worldview, as they continue to defend ongoing attacks on the rights of Palestinians. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump-ditches-unesco_0.jpg…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-12-31). War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US. globalresearch.ca Despite president Trump's announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal interests.

Global Research News (2018-12-31). Global Research Most Popular 2018 Articles. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2018-12-31). Strike looms in Los Angeles as struggles by educators set to continue in 2019. wsws.org The new year promises to inaugurate growing struggles in defense of public education, as teachers around the world prepare strikes and protests.

WSWS (2018-12-31). Academics and students oppose Cambridge University appointment of eugenicist Noah Carl—Part 2. wsws.org This is the second and concluding part of a series on the political significance of the appointment by Cambridge University of eugenicist Noah Carl as a research fellow.

WSWS (2018-12-31). South Australian university partners with US defense contractor Lockheed Martin. wsws.org The decision by the University of Adelaide, behind the backs of students and staff, marks the further integration of Australian universities into the US-led war drive against China and Russia.

WSWS (2018-12-31). Teacher unions in Washington state back Democrats' regressive school taxes. wsws.org Months after the statewide teachers' struggle, the Democratic Party, unions and pseudo-left groups are uniting to implement regressive taxes in the name of funding public education.

Fight Back (2018-12-30). LA teachers blast LAUSD plan to hire scabs. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – The union made up of LA educators, United Teachers of LA (UTLA), is blasting plans by the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) to hire temporary replacement teachers in the event of a strike. | According to a statement from the UTLA, "United Teachers Los Angeles proudly represents more than 2000 substitutes in our bargaining unit, and we are fighting for improvements for them and all of our members. More than 34,000 experienced educators are prepared to go on strike if we have to, including our substitute members. It is outrageously irresponsible for Supt. Austin Beutner to force this strike when…

Fight Back (2018-12-30). Cuba: "We will move forward. And we will continue to be victorious" fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Dec. 22 speech by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the close of the Second Ordinary Session of the National Assembly of People's Power's Ninth Legislature. | DEAR Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Party Central Committee; | Compañeros Machado and Lazo; | Deputies; | Compatriots: | Our first words on Educator's Day are to congratulate and recognize Cuban teachers who, more than their time, dedicate their life's purpose to us. | The year 2018 is almost at an end, and we gather again for the tra…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-30). Medicare for All — How Can We Pay for It? therealnews.com Prof. Robert Pollin and Michael Lighty discuss the findings of a new study by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst. The study finds Medicare for All could reduce total healthcare spending by 10 percent, while creating stable access to good care and improving the health of all U.S. residents

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-30). Prison Programs That Work. therealnews.com Even though the cost of educating prisoners is less than housing prisoners and reduces recidivism, the federal government cut the Pell grant which helped to fund educational programs in prison. Recidivism is the goal for corporations that continue to fund prison labor. However, volunteers continue to create programs that work, but which need funding to…

Eds. (2018-12-28). Scope and militancy of teachers' strike shakes the ruling class. mronline.org Lithuania is being shaken by an unprecedented teachers strike, which has now entered its fourth week and is causing severe anxiety, distress and panic among the ruling class and its political representatives. Already, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has been forced to sack not only the hated Education Minister, Petrauskienƒó, but also two other Ministers: for […] | Source

Eric A. Gordon (2018-12-27). 'Communism for Kids'—but mostly for grownups with imagination. peoplesworld.org This short book (101 pages with lots of illustrations, presumably by the author) in a pocket-sized edition is ostensibly aimed at teaching young readers to: 1) critique capitalism for its many-faceted injustices and 2) conceive of a humanistic communism true to some of the founders' original stateless principles. "Before attempting to show that communism might …

fernando_santamaria (2018-12-25). The STATUTES of the UDNG: on the search of political excellence. zcomm.org In April 2001 I was mandatorily retired by the Department of Education of the Galician Administration, (then leaded by General Franco's former minister, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Fraga?wprov=sfti1), due to "serious mental issues." Some time later, on June 14th, 2006, I legalized and registered in the Political Parties Registry of the Spanish Ministry of Interior a Read more…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-25). TRNN Doesn't Have Stances, but the Reporters Do — Q&A with Paul Jay. therealnews.com Paul Jay and Dharna Noor respond to viewer comments that ask the Real News to engage with a wider variety of political opinion and question climate science

John Nichols (2018-12-24). Charles Dickens Could Teach Trump a Thing or Two About how to 'Keep Christmas Well'. thenation.com Charles Dickens Could Teach Trump a Thing or Two About how to 'Keep Christmas Well'

splcenter (2018-12-18). SPLC: Trump's school safety commission recommendations would make schools less safe. splcenter.org The Federal Commission on School Safety—established by President Trump following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos—released a report today that recommends withdrawing the 2014 Department of Justice and Department of Education legal guidance on discriminatory discipline.

Fred_F (2018-12-13). Push for profit: Births, babies and the bottom dollar. greenleft.org.au Reliable research into safe and healthy childbirth is being ignored by maternal hospitals in Australia. | Women are not told of the adverse effects of current interventions and practices in childbirth, or that not a single long-term study exists of the almost 50 childbirth drugs currently being used. | The majority of birthing mothers are drugged in some way and one in three women describes their birthing experience as "deeply horrifying". | Viable alternatives, such as homebirth or birth centres, are systematically defunded, demonised by the media and discredited by the medical establishment. | If mothers an…

pip.hinman (2018-12-11). Oppose nuclear weapons? Stop backing the companies that produce them. greenleft.org.au Research published by Don't Bank on the Bomb Scotland in September revealed the extent of Scotland's investments in nuclear weapons companies, including shares worth nearly £300 million held by the Scottish local government pension funds. | This week, new analysis by The Ferret showed that the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme (SPPS) holds shares worth £2 million in fossil fuels, arms and tobacco companies. This includes £175,495 in Rolls Royce, one of four key contractors involved in Britain's Trident nuclear…

kathy_f (2018-12-10). Climate movement attracts new generation of activists. greenleft.org.au The latter part of 2018 will be remembered for the re-emergence of climate action on the national agenda. | Independent Kerryn Phelps' win in the Wentworth byelection promising "meaningful environmental action" and Labor's subsequent adoption of a 50% renewable energy policy by 2030 has come in the midst of researcher Rebecca Huntley's findings that "climate and environmental concerns" have increasingly become "a test of leadership" for voters. | These centrist platforms, however, have been rightly superseded by the newest base of the climate movement: high school students. | Tired of the "dinosaurs in parliament…

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). The fightback against Adani and Aurizon steps up. greenleft.org.au Adani CEO Lucas Dow's November 29 declaration that work on a scaled-down coalmine in Queensland's Galilee Basin would begin before Christmas was met with one of the most powerful nationwide protests against it so far as primary and high school students walking out of class the next day for the Student Strike 4 Climate Action. | A reported 20,000 students, many of them with their parents and grandparents in tow, took to the streets with a powerful message to Adani and policymakers: ignore us at your peril. | This was followed by a sit-in at Parliament House in Canberra on December 5. | Another round of #StopA…

stuart_m (2018-12-01). 'Economics for the Many' offer a radical, democratic vision for a Corbyn gov't. greenleft.org.au Edited by John McDonnell
| Verso, 2018 | This book is a valuable collection of 16 short essays on the crisis facing modern Britain, coming up with progressive solutions which a Jeremy Corbyn-led government could usher in. | It is edited by and has an introduction by Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a long-time socialist and close collaborator of Corbyn's. He says: "We are seeking nothing less than to build a society that is radically fairer, more democratic and more sustainable, in which the wealth of society is shared by all." | The first piece, by Antonia Jennings who teaches at the London School…

Paul Dobson (2018-11-29). Indigenous Leaders Call for Justice After Landlord Violence Shakes Communities. venezuelanalysis.com The violence, which led to the kidnapping of Yukpa school teacher Mary Fernandez, comes amid land conflicts between cattle ranchers and indigenous communities.