2019-01-04: News Headlines

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-01-04). The Shutdown as Fascist Creep: Profiling Right-Wing Extremism in America. counterpunch.org The government shutdown over Trump's proposed southern border wall is a teachable moment, speaking to the danger of rising fascism in America. Contrary to prominent scholarly efforts, I do not believe it is useful to draw a dividing line between Trump's politics on the one hand, and white supremacy and fascist ideology on the other. Trump may not officially call for an exclusively white ethno-state in his speeches or proposals, but he has long straddled the line between hateful far-right ideology and fascism in his rhetoric and policies. Considering his flirtation with the white supremacist "alt-right" movement a…

Bruce Allen (2019-01-04). NAFTA 2.0: Nothing for Workers. globalresearch.ca The year 2019 begins with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 already standing exposed as another corporate trade agreement with no one, including union leaders, having paid attention to what has just happened with respect to it. Specifically, …

Peter Koenig (2019-01-04). Peace for Syria and a "New Kurdistan" as Regional Stabilizing Factor? globalresearch.ca The US will withdraw her troops from Syria. Will they really? — Let's take Trump at his word, just for argument's sake. Though in the meantime, RT reports that the withdrawal may be slower than anticipated, to allow Erdogan making …

Anthony Torres (2019-01-04). French Police Arrest "Yellow Vest" Spokesman Eric Drouet. globalresearch.ca Wednesday night, as he went to Paris's Concord Square to light candles to commemorate "yellow vest" protesters who have died during the movement, police arrested Eric Drouet. The pretext for this arrest, which tramples underfoot the constitutionally protected right …

Sen. Richard Black (2019-01-04). Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal? globalresearch.ca Trump's possible backtracking on withdrawal from Syria means he may have been once again outmaneuvered by the Deep State, says Virginia State Senator Dick Black. | Following the outcry after President Donald Trump's announcement that he was pulling U.S. troops from …

Andre Vltchek (2019-01-04). Syria and Afghanistan: Two Different Realities. globalresearch.ca Two terrible wars, two mighty destructions, but two absolutely opposite outcomes. | In Syria, it may be autumn now, but almost the entire country is blossoming again, literally rising from ashes. Two thousand miles east from there, Afghanistan is smashed against …

Frances Moore Lapp√© (2019-01-04). What Could the French "Yellow Vests" Teach Us about Ourselves? commondreams.org French protesters wear yellow vests as they march in Paris against rising oil prices and living costs near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees. (Photo: Olivier Coret/News Pictures/REX/Shutterstock 11/24/18) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-01-04). Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal as Germany's Main Power Source. telesurenglish.net Renewable energy in Germany surpassed coal in 2018, becoming Germany's biggest source of electricity for the first time. | RELATED: | German Leftists to Replicate Yellow Vest Protests in 2019 | The shift is in part due to a surge in solar panel installations and coal-plant closures, research showed Thursday. | The predominance of renewable energy in 2018 brings Germany's goal for renewable sources to provide 65 percent of its energy by 2030 closer. It is part of an organized, long-ter…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-04). The Demise of the West. Western Elites Are Anti-Democratic. globalresearch.ca It is customary to speak of Western countries as democracies. In actual fact, the countries are oligarchies in which voting, which conveys the semblance that government is accountable to the people, seldom changes anything as elected officials are constrained by …

James J. Zogby (2019-01-04). Looking Backward (2018) and Forward (2019). Trump's Unpredictable Behavior. globalresearch.ca Many years ago, I came across a pre-Islamic Arabic poem describing a camel running across the desert. Suddenly, the camel freezes in mid-stride. First, it looks backward in fear of what it was running from, and then it turns its …

Umberto Pascali (2019-01-04). A Gaullist Reflex? General de Villiers and the Yellow Vest Movement. globalresearch.ca Very interesting interview with the Russian Sputnik of Jean-Louis Esquivié a General of the gendarmerie and right-hand man of the anti-terrorist unit of the Elysee in the 1980s. First of all, notice the following question asked by Sputnik. | Notice the …

Zero Hedge (2019-01-04). Everything Is Plunging: Stocks, Yields, Dollar Tumble as ISM, Apple Panic Spreads. globalresearch.ca It did not take long for the market to flush today, when after a tentative drop following last night's AAPL revenue guidance cut and the FX multi-flash crash, stocks took lows with the Dow plunging over 650 points this morning …

Jesse Logan (2019-01-04). There's Got to be a Better Way: Of Friends, Science, Politics and Bears. counterpunch.org My Canadian friend Barrie Gilbert was visiting Yellowstone Country recently, just like he does every spring and every fall. I look forward to Barrie's visits — we have a lot of fun getting together with other close friends, usually at the Chico Saloon, but best of all, Barrie and I get out for some serious More

RT (2019-01-04). 'Trafficking at its worst:' Texas teacher arrested for attempting to sell underage girl to Morocco. rt.com A teacher in a Texas junior high school was making arrangements for her young relative to be shipped to Morocco allegedly for prostitution. The would-be pimp was arrested upon returning from Morocco after a tip by family.

Eugene Ruyle (2019-01-04). 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…

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-04). Israeli Soldier Shoots Live Ammunition and Tear Gas at Palestinian Students. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — An Israeli soldier shot live ammunition and tear-gas bombs at Palestinian students who were leaving their school in the northern occupied West Bank village of Tell in Nablus yesterday. Palestinian security sources said Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles as they traveled along the main Nablus-Qalqilya road near the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar. No …

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-04). Economy Adds 312,000 Jobs in December and Wage Growth Creeps Upward. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 312,000 jobs in December. It also revised upward the reported job growth for the prior two months by 58,000, bringing the three-month average to 254,000. In spite of the strong job growth, the unemployment rate edged up to 3.9 percent. This was due to a rise in the labor force participation rate of 0.2 percentage points, as the labor force grew by 419,000. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) was unchanged at 60.6 percent. | Job gains were widespread across sectors. The biggest job gainer was health care, which added 50,200 jobs, well above its ave…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-04). Is 2019 the Year Maryland Finally Fully Funds its Public Schools? therealnews.com The state is headed towards a major showdown between the Republican Governor, Democratic leadership of the legislature, and education advocates over the future of the state's public schools

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-04). I Am a Teacher in Los Angeles and I Am Ready to Go on Strike. truthout.org When I started teaching in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I was teaching at Harrison Elementary/Middle School in East Los Angeles. I started my career teaching 8th graders. It was a year-round school, and my classroom was in the bungalows overlooking the asphalt playground and Interstate 10 freeway. It was my first year teaching and everything was new to me. I learned that the bungalows had been condemned and reopened five times. When I was teaching there, I would break out into rashes. I didn't know what was normal, and being a new teacher, I was trying to survive. There was a sink and a drinkin…

WSWS (2019-01-04). Los Angeles school officials hire strikebreakers as teachers prepare for walkout. wsws.org Teachers in Los Angeles should reach out to educators in Oakland and across California to prepare a statewide walkout to defend the right to high quality public education.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-03). 2019, The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington's Military Design in the Asia-Pacific. globalresearch.ca Pivot to Asia: China is threatened by the US military in the South and East China Sea. War with China is currently on the drawing board of the Pentagon as outlined in a Rand Report commissioned by the US Army

teleSUR (2019-01-03). Gene Engineering Boosts Plant Production by 40 Percent: Study. telesurenglish.net Genetic engineering may be the answer to nature's imperfections, scientists say, after finding a way to modify food crops to increase production by 40 percent. | RELATED: | Famine Will Be Next Scourge to Hit Central African Republic: UN | A research team working at the University of Illinois's Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) program say they're "hacking photosynthesis." | Experimenting on tobacco shoots, researchers dissected two vitally important processes b…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-01-03). Syria: The Western Rogue States Must Confess Their Crimes Against Humanity and be Held Accountable. globalresearch.ca The West and its allies in the Gulf States, Turkey and Israel have waged an eight year war against the Syrian people. The West has besieged, starved and deprived the Syrian people of humanitarian aid while pouring "aid" into the …

Andrew Moran (2019-01-03). The Great Myth of the Anti-War Left Exposed. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Ann Garrison (2019-01-03). Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! globalresearch.ca 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 …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-03). The World Known to Me Is Fading Away. Towards the Virtual Era of Holograms. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Fight for the Future (2019-01-03). Fight for Net Neutrality Continues as Congress Exposes Its Own Corruption. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Global Research News (2019-01-03). Selected Articles: Empire-Building Continues in 2019. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Max Parry (2019-01-03). Why France's Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored by "The Resistance" in the U.S. globalresearch.ca ""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 …

Kari Polanyi Levitt (2019-01-03). On the Origins and Legacies of Really Existing Capitalism: In Conversation with Prof. Kari Polanyi Levitt. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Srdjan Aleksic (2019-01-03). NATO Member-states to be Sued for 1999 Attack on Serbia. globalresearch.ca 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 …

True Publica (2019-01-03). The Tory Descent into Oblivion. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Alan Mosley (2019-01-03). The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered. globalresearch.ca 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 …

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…

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.

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…

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, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Fraga?wprov…), 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…

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.

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