The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered
Alan Mosley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
In the summer of 1945, President Harry Truman (image right) found himself searching for a decisive blow against the Empire of Japan. Despite the many Allied victories during 1944 and 1945, Truman believed Emperor Hirohito would urge his generals to | … | The post The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered appeared first on Global Research.
Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa!
Ann Garrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Geopolitics trumped international justice again–just in time for Christmas. On December 21, a French court closed the long-running case against Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his inner circle for assassinating Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira on … | The post Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! appeared first on Global Research.
The Great Myth of the Anti-War Left Exposed
Andrew Moran | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Otto von Bismarck once said, "People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election." For decades, a common myth pervading the American political arena has been that the left is anti-war. But they … | The post The Great Myth of the Anti-War Left Exposed appeared first on Global Research.
The Hidden Structure of US Empire
Nicolas J S Davies | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
My father was a doctor in the British Royal Navy, and I grew up traveling by troop-ship between the last outposts of the British Empire — Trincomalee, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Malta, Aden, Singapore — and living in and around naval … | The post The Hidden Structure of US Empire appeared first on Global Research.
The World Known to Me Is Fading Away. Towards the Virtual Era of Holograms
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
In a few hours it will be another new year, 2019. I can remember when 1984 seemed far in the future, both as a calendar date and George Orwell's predicted dystopia, to which 9/11 and the digital revolution gave birth … | The post The World Known to Me Is Fading Away. Towards the Virtual Era of Holograms appeared first on Global Research.
Indonesian Tsunami — Thievery, Ineptness and Presidential Elections
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
How low can a country governed by an unbridled greed, a notorious lack of morals and ubiquitous servility to its neo-colonialist masters, really sink? | And how can people tolerate lies, the naked cynicism and fanatical incompetence of the rulers? Can … | The post Indonesian Tsunami — Thievery, Ineptness and Presidential Elections appeared first on Global Research.
Scientists: East Africa is Source of Yemeni Cholera Epidemic
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-03
Researchers at Britain's Wellcome Sanger Institute and France's Institut Pasteur found that a strain of cholera that is causing an epidemic in Yemen came from eastern Africa and likely transferred through migration. | RELATED: | 'Grim Irony': Saudi Strikes Uses British Intel to Destroy UK Aid Facilities in Yemen | "Knowing how cholera moves globally, gives us the opportunity to better prepare for future outbreaks," said Nick Thomson, a professor at Sanger who c…
Speaking Truth to Empire: The Legacy of William Blum
Alison Banville | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
On December 9 William Blum died. He was one of the great truth-tellers of this or any other era and an example of everything a real journalist should be. | Blum began working for the US State Department as a computer … | The post Speaking Truth to Empire: The Legacy of William Blum appeared first on Global Research.
"Persian Gulf of Tonkin" Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran?
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
With the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident as historical precedent, there's a real possibility that the U.S. government could stage an incident in the Persian Gulf that would allow the Trump administration to push for military intervention in the Persian … | The post "Persian Gulf of Tonkin" Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran? appeared first on Global Research.
Israel Is Bad for America. The Gush of "Fake News" Regarding Israel
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
American journalism has become in its mainstream exponents a compendium of half-truths and out-and-out lies. The public, though poorly informed on most issues as a result, has generally figured out that it is being hoodwinked and trust in the Fourth … | The post Israel Is Bad for America. The Gush of "Fake News" Regarding Israel appeared first on Global Research.
The Tory Descent into Oblivion
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
The Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, and Defence Secretary are all fighting fires of their own making, whilst stabbing each other in the back. The Tory leadership battle is definitely underway and demonstrates their continued descent into what very soon might … | The post The Tory Descent into Oblivion appeared first on Global Research.
Bangladesh polls: Awami League denies voter intimidation charges
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-03
Awami League's student movement dismisses opposition claims of election violence and voter intimidation.
NATO Member-states to be Sued for 1999 Attack on Serbia
Srdjan Aleksic | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
A legal team is being put together in order to file lawsuits against NATO countries that took part in the 1999 bombing of Serbia. The team of experts is led by Mr Srdjan Aleksic, a well known Nis-based … | The post NATO Member-states to be Sued for 1999 Attack on Serbia appeared first on Global Research.
On the Origins and Legacies of Really Existing Capitalism: In Conversation with Prof. Kari Polanyi Levitt
Kari Polanyi Levitt | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
Kari Polanyi Levitt is Emeritus Professor of Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She was born in Vienna in 1923 to the well‚Äêknown intellectual Karl Polanyi, and grew up there during the famous years of Red Vienna. She was … | The post On the Origins and Legacies of Really Existing Capitalism: In Conversation with Prof. Kari Polanyi Levitt appeared first on Global Research.
Why France's Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored by "The Resistance" in the U.S
Max Parry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
""The rich are only defeated when running for their lives." — C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins | In less than two months, the yellow vests ("gilets jaunes") movement in France has reshaped the political landscape in Europe. For a seventh straight … | The post Why France's Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored by "The Resistance" in the U.S. appeared first on Global Research.
Fight for Net Neutrality Continues as Congress Exposes Its Own Corruption
Fight for the Future | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-03
As the new Congress is sworn in, the clock has run out for sitting lawmakers to sign on to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the FCC's resoundingly unpopular repeal of net neutrality. But the fight to restore … | The post Fight for Net Neutrality Continues as Congress Exposes Its Own Corruption appeared first on Global Research.
How Activists Are Moving the Dial on Student Loan Debt
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-03
Student loan debt has just reached an all-time high of $1.465 trillion. That's double the $675 billion in loan debt amassed in June 2009, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. With more than 44.5 million people in some type of student loan debt, it's increasingly becoming part of the platforms of high-profile progressive policymakers. | The national conversation has come a long way in the years sin…
The Crisis in Public Education and How to Solve It!
Eugene Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-01-03
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Loving Me Was Easier: A Parable for the Perplexed, Confusing Times
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Individualism, Loving Oneself… A few years ago "I married myself", but we've reconsidered and have filed for divorce. It's no one's fault really, but we are emotionally devastated nevertheless. At least we have no children. Sologamy didn't seem to suit … | The post Loving Me Was Easier: A Parable for the Perplexed, Confusing Times appeared first on Global Research.
Selected Articles: America's Wars, Coups and Sanctions in 2019
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
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…. | The post Selected Articles: America's Wars, Coups and Sanctions in 2019 appeared first on Global Research.
The Anti-Base Movement: Reflections on the Okinawa Resistance to the U.S. Military Base
Prof. C. Douglas Lummis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
On 14 December, the Okinawa Defense Agency officially began reclamation work in preparation for the building of a massive US Marine Corps airbase at Henoko, in Northern Okinawa. I use the word "officially" advisedly: they announced it well in advance, … | The post The Anti-Base Movement: Reflections on the Okinawa Resistance to the U.S. Military Base appeared first on Global Research.
Do Sleeping Bears Hold Secrets for Human Health?
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-02
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…
LA Teachers To Strike This Week, District Hires Subs
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-02
Los Angeles school district teachers are going on strike Jan. 10 if a new contract is not reached with L.A. officials who are hiring hundreds of non-union substitutes to fill in for boycotting educators. | RELATED: | Arizona Teachers Get A Raise, But Not The One They Wanted | Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker, said the nation's second-largest district, with more than 640,000 students, was hiring about 400 substitutes to keep schools open. | "We have hired substi…
Keeping GlobalResearch.ca Online in 2019 and Beyond
The Global Research Team | 2019-01-02
Dear Readers, | As we enter the New Year we wish you all a happy and healthy 2019. Support from our readers has always played a key role in keeping GlobalResearch.ca online, especially since we refuse to take any form of … | The post Keeping GlobalResearch.ca Online in 2019 and Beyond appeared first on Global Research.
China's Long Term Trade and Currency Goals: The Belt and Road Initiative
John A. Mathews | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
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 … | The post China's Long Term Trade and Currency Goals: The Belt and Road Initiative appeared first on Global Research.
Saudi Arabia and the West's Right Wing: A Dubious Alliance
James M. Dorsey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-02
Traditionally focused on ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam, Saudi funding in the era of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has been streamlined and finetuned to ensure that it serves his geopolitical ambitions, primarily stymying the expansion of Iranian influence in the … | The post Saudi Arabia and the West's Right Wing: A Dubious Alliance appeared first on Global Research.
As Brazil's Bolsonaro Takes Office, Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Threat of Dictatorship
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-02
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.
A Q&A With Nicaraguan Student Activists Jeancarlo López and Lesther Alemán
Andrés S. Pertierra | thenation.com | 2019-01-02
A Q&A With Nicaraguan Student Activists Jeancarlo López and Lesther Alemán…
With Deadline Looming, Groups Urge Public to Speak Out Against DeVos' Plan to Steamroll Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-02
With the deadline for public comment fast approaching, advocacy groups are urging their supporters to let the Trump administration know its proposed changes to the federal law that bars sex-based discrimination in schools are unacceptable as they would "make it easier for schools to sweep campus sexual assault under the rug." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/deadline-looms-devos-titleix-proposal.jpg…
Public Health Workers Must Join the Struggle for Immigrant Justice
Shared by williampitt | truthout.org | 2019-01-02
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…
Noam Chomsky: Members of Migrant Caravan Are Fleeing from Misery & Horrors Created by the U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-31
Days after a federal judge in California temporarily halted Trump's asylum ban, we revisit our conversation with world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky about U.S. foreign policy in Central America. He joins us in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches at the University of Arizona. Chomsky is also institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for 50 years. We ask him about the Central American caravan and national security adviser John Bolton declaring Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be part of a "troika of tyranny" and a "triangle of terror" earl…
Strike looms in Los Angeles as struggles by educators set to continue in 2019
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-31
The new year promises to inaugurate growing struggles in defense of public education, as teachers around the world prepare strikes and protests.
Teacher unions in Washington state back Democrats' regressive school taxes
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-31
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.
Cuba: "We will move forward. And we will continue to be victorious"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-12-30
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…
LA teachers blast LAUSD plan to hire scabs
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-12-30
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,…
Prison Programs That Work
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-30
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… | The post Prison Programs That Work appeared first on The Real News Network.
Medicare for All — How Can We Pay for It?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-30
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 | The post Medicare for All — How Can We Pay for It? appeared first on The Real News Network.
'Communism for Kids'–but mostly for grownups with imagination
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-27
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 …
The STATUTES of the UDNG: on the search of political excellence
fernando_santamaria | zcomm.org | 2018-12-25
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…
Charles Dickens Could Teach Trump a Thing or Two About how to 'Keep Christmas Well'
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-12-24
Charles Dickens Could Teach Trump a Thing or Two About how to 'Keep Christmas Well'…
SPLC: Trump's school safety commission recommendations would make schools less safe
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2018-12-18
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.
Push for profit: Births, babies and the bottom dollar
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-13
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…
Oppose nuclear weapons? Stop backing the companies that produce them
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-11
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…
Climate movement attracts new generation of activists
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-10
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…
The fightback against Adani and Aurizon steps up
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-06
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…