2019-01-08: News Headlines

Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck (2019-01-08). A Foreign Affair: Trump's Dominican Republic Deal. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump is pursuing what appears to be a new business deal in the Dominican Republic despite pledging no new foreign deals — a deal which may be in violation of the U.S. Constitution | *** | Almost two years after Donald …

Nathan Legrand (2019-01-08). Nicaragua: The Other Revolution Betrayed. globalresearch.ca The violent repression against demonstrators protesting brutal neoliberal policies, which resulted in more than 300 people being killed by regime forces since April 2018, is just one of the reasons why different leftist social movements have condemned the Nicaraguan regime …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-08). Israel Seeks $250 Billion Compensation Related to Stealing Historic Palestine. globalresearch.ca The Jewish state gives chutzpah new meaning. It seeks $250 billion from seven Arab states and Iran in connection to its theft of historic Palestine — one of history's great crimes. | It took 78% in 1948, the Palestinian Nakba, the …

Paul Buhle (2019-01-08). Who Would Believe It? Annals of the New Left Era. counterpunch.org You Say You Want a Revolution: SDS, PL, and Adventures in Building a Worker-Student Alliance. Edited by John F. Levin and Earl Silbar. San Francisco: 1741 Press, 2019. 364pp, $18.95. Of the various factions that sundered the Students for a Democratic Society at its most promising moment, 1969, when it had perhaps a hundred thousand More

Caleb Maupin (2019-01-08). Trump Against the Pentagon? Possible Shifting of White House Alliances. globalresearch.ca The line from James Mattis that seemed to stand out the most was "Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is …

Patrick Martin (2019-01-08). Trump Escalates Confrontation over Federal Shutdown. globalresearch.ca With the partial shutdown of the federal government in its third week, and 800,000 workers facing the prospect of a payless payday Friday, President Trump has stepped up his campaign to spread fear and whip up bigotry against immigrants and …

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-08). LA Teachers' Strike: Dispatch #1. zcomm.org Absent a dramatic change in the Los Angeles Unified School District's bargaining position, over 30,000 Los Angeles teachers will strike on Thursday, January 10…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-08). The Latest US Job Report Is Another Fiction. globalresearch.ca There were not 312,000 new jobs created in December. | Nevermind. Where does the Bureau of Labor Statistics tell us the jobs are. | Health care and social assistance together with leisure and hospitality account for 36% of the new jobs, with …

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-08). LA Teachers' Strike: Dispatch #1. counterpunch.org Absent a dramatic change in the Los Angeles Unified School District's bargaining position, over 30,000 Los Angeles teachers will strike on Thursday, January 10. With nearly half a million students at over 1,000 schools, LAUSD is America's second largest school district. LAUSD and United Teachers of Los Angeles have been negotiating since April, 2017 and More

CFJPIME (2019-01-08). CBC Scrutiny of Jewish National Fund (JNF). Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the Canadian media's scrutiny of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) — Canada. On Friday, the CBC's Evan Dyer published a thorough article exposing how the JNF-Canada is in contravention …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-08). Oaked Fires in Serbia. "For the Slavs, the Tree Remains all Central and Bearing" globalresearch.ca They set out early in the morning, men with axes, boys in tow and, for some, the odd girl champing at the bit. The woods are some way from Bujanovac, but these columns of individuals resembled statues who have moved …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-01-08). Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise. Social Inequality and Cuba's Dual Currency System. The Creation of a Well-Off Middle Class. globalresearch.ca January the 1st 2019 marked the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Back in December 1958 the city of Santa Clara fell to the combined forces of Che Guevara, Cienfuegos, and Revolutionary Directorate (RD) rebels led by Comandantes Rolando Cubela, …

Serge Halimi (2019-01-08). Forgotten France rises up. zcomm.org France's yellow vests, coming together in informally organized groups, took just one month to challenge policies on taxation, education, transport and environment, and make the Macron government back down…

ACLU (2019-01-08). My Child Has to Show Her Entire School That She's Failing With a 'Scarlet Badge'. aclu.org A mother of an Arizona high school student responds to the school's policy of publicly shaming students who are struggling academically. | When my daughter Jordan began her junior year at Mingus High School in Cottonwood, Arizona, she immediately felt stigmatized. On her first day of school, the school's administration forced Jordan to wear a bright red identification badge. Everyone on campus knows what this "scarlet badge" means. Upperclassmen at Mingus wear grey colored badges, but any junior or senior student with missing credits are given a red badge, and it doesn't signify courage. | Publicly shaming my chi…

Edward Curtin (2019-01-08). What Are We Working For? The Economic System is a Labyrinthine Trap. globalresearch.ca "One also knows from his letters that nothing appeared more sacred to Van Gogh than work." — John Berger, "Vincent Van Gogh," Portraits | Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work …

Global Research News (2019-01-08). Selected Articles: US Aggression, Ukraine Crisis. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as an independent media and research tool. Bringing you 24/7 updates from all …

STAFF (2019-01-08). Drug Ads Surge as U.S. Medical Marketing Hits $30 Billion. truthdig.com Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. | The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Their numbers soared over 20 years as part of broad health industry efforts to promote drugs, devices, lab tests and even hospitals. | The researchers estimated that medical marketing reached $30 billion in 2016, up from $18 billion in 1997. Spending on consumer-focused ads climbed fastest. But marketing to doctors and other health professionals still grabbed the bigg…

David Hill (2019-01-08). Illegal Logging in Peru. globalresearch.ca Stand at a certain point along the dusty highway on the northern outskirts of Puerto Maldonado, a town in the Peruvian Amazon, and you'll see trucks transporting huge quantities of wood regularly pulling up and stopping. | Sometimes there …

Eric Toussaint (2019-01-08). The Doctrine of Odious Debt. Break the Taboo on Odious Debts and Their Repudiation. globalresearch.ca This English version of the interview originally published in French by the independent online journal Le Vent Se Lève (LVSL) has been fully revised and complemented by Eric Toussaint. The original French version is available here. | Éric Toussaint has …

aljazeera (2019-01-08). German student admits to data hack that hit Angela Merkel. aljazeera.com Suspect says he leaked private data on politicians and others because he was 'annoyed' by some of their statements.

Jerry White (2019-01-08). Los Angeles Teachers Prepare for Strike. globalresearch.ca More than 33,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are set to strike Thursday in what would be the largest walkout by educators in the US since last year's statewide strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona. Like …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-08). A Itália e a Unià£o Europeia votam a favor dos mísseis USA na Europa. globalresearch.ca No Palácio de Vidro das Naàßàµes Unidas, em Nova York, há uma escultura de metal intitulada "O Bem Derrota o Mal", representando Sà£o Jorge que trespassa um dragà£o com a sua lanàßa. Foi doada pela URSS, em 1990, para celebrar …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-08). 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

commondreams (2019-01-08). 350.org Responds to Research Showing Sharp Rise in Carbon Emissions in the United States. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-08). Italia e Ue votano per i missili Usa in Europa. globalresearch.ca Presso il Palazzo di Vetro delle Nazioni Unite, a New York, c'è una scultura metallica intitolata ´il Bene sconfigge il Male ª, raffigurante San Giorgio che trafigge un drago con la sua lancia. Fu donata dall'Urss nel 1990 per celebrare il …

Christopher Black (2019-01-08). Crisis in Ukraine: Religious Schism and War. globalresearch.ca The signing of the Tomos or note of Autocephaly for the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine is not a church but a political act which may have catastrophic consequences for Ukraine. | So said the head of the Russian Federation …

Labor Video Project (2019-01-08). Oakland 2019 Teachers Contract Fight, The OEA, CTA, Charters & Privatization. indybay.org An educational panel was held on January 5, 2019 about the likely strike of Oakland teachers and the OEA. Panelists included Keith Brown, President of the Oakland Education Association (OEA); Michael Shane, Teacher (OEA. member), and member of Classroom Struggle; Bob Mandel, active in 1996 strike, later elected to exec-board of the OEA; Jack Gerson, OEA executive board and bargaining team member from 2007 to 2011. Video of the event: https://youtu.be/BHYee0-el4A…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-08). 'Scary': Warming of Oceans Is Equivalent to 1.5 Atomic Bombs Every Second Over Past 150 Years. commondreams.org Carbon emissions are affecting life in all of Earth's ecosystems—contributing to drought, flooding, and the melting of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But a new study by researchers at Oxford University details how the planet's oceans are by far the climate crisis's biggest victim, with implications for the global population. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/28078237476_73b68e2a55_k_0.jpg…

WSWS (2019-01-08). On eve of strike, union drops LA teachers' demands against school privatization. wsws.org The United Teachers Los Angeles has signaled that it is preparing to betray this critical battle over the privatization of public education.

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-07). AFRICOM Complicity in Gabon Coup Attempt? Trump Orders Deployment of 80 Military Personnel to Gabon. globalresearch.ca Trump's deployment of 80 military personnel to Gabon last week on the basis of preparing for a response to "violent protests" in the nearby Democratic Republic of the Congo might have been a ruse designed to cover up America's complicity …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-07). Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal "On Hold". Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border. globalresearch.ca Iraqi media said the Pentagon has 14 military bases in the country — along with a reported 18 in Syria. The US is highly unlikely to abandon them, especially ones considered most strategically important.

Michelle Chen (2019-01-07). A Labor Strike at a Charter School? thenation.com A Labor Strike at a Charter School?

Steven Greenhouse (2019-01-07). The Return of the Strike. zcomm.org This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Fight Back (2019-01-07). Boyle Heights families file lawsuit against mega KIPP Charter School, urge support for UTLA teachers strike. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA — Residents of the Boyle Heights neighborhood, joined by families of students of local public schools, announced, at a January 5 press conference and picket, the filing of a lawsuit in Superior Court against the city of Los Angeles and KIPP Promesa charter school to stop the mega project. KIPP Promesa wants to build a large charter school at the former Lincoln Hospital in Boyle Heights. | On January 4, attorneys with Advocates for the Environment filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the city for failing to conduct an Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and asking to halt pr…

Fight Back (2019-01-07). Familias de Boyle Heights presentan demanda legal contra la mega KIPP escuela Charter, piden apoyo para la huelga de maestros de UTLA. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Los residentes del vecindario de Boyle Heights, acompañados por familias de estudiantes de escuelas públicas locales, anunciaron, en una conferencia de prensa el 5 de enero y piquete, la presentación de una demanda en el Tribunal Superior contra la ciudad de Los àÅngeles y la escuela "charter" KIPP Promesa para detener el mega proyecto. KIPP Promesa quiere construir una gran escuela "charter" en el antiguo Hospital Lincoln en Boyle Heights. | El 4 de enero, los abogados de Defensores del Medio Ambiente presentaron una demanda en el Tribunal Superior de Los àÅngeles contra la ciudad…

Fight Back (2019-01-07). Movies in 2018: Capitalist art cannibalizing itself. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – In 2018, I saw fewer movies in theaters than any time since age 3 or 4. It wasn't just because the high price of tickets and snacks practically requires taking out a small loan. There's a real lack of original storytelling in American films — especially horror and science fiction — and I've gotten tired of countless remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, sequels to prequels, and so on. | It wasn't all bad. 2018 gave us some solid films worth watching, and I'll highlight a few of my favorites, admittedly, mostly sci-fi and horror, below. But in general, Hollywood continues to cannibali…

WSWS (2019-01-07). Austin Beutner—Wall Street's Superintendent of Education in Los Angeles. wsws.org Beutner is renowned as a financier who has had a lucrative career extracting huge profits by privatizing public assets and slashing the wages and benefits of workers.

WSWS (2019-01-07). Los Angeles teachers prepare for strike. wsws.org More than 33,000 teachers in the nation's second largest school district are set to strike Thursday in a battle that pits educators against the Democratic Party establishment.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-07). China's Xinjiang Tour Should Have Fooled No One. hrw.org | | Officials unveil a new political education camp in Bayingolin, Xinjiang. | © Yuli County, Xinjiang | China's authorities recently escorted diplomats from a dozen countries and a handful of foreign journalists on a highly controlled visit to Xinjiang, the northwestern region where an estimated one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily and indefinitely detaine…

kathy_f (2019-01-07). Make 2019 the year of action on climate change. greenleft.org.au Australia is sweltering through another summer heatwave, with disastrous consequences for many vulnerable people. Walgett, in north-west NSW, ran out of water and catastrophic fires are threatening communities in Victoria and Tasmania. | As we make a plan for a new year of activism, we can take some heart from the growing student movement for real climate action. They are responding to the science and showing an awareness of the scale of the pending climate catastrophe. They know what needs to be done and are demonstrating that leadership comes from those who act. | Students 4 Climate Action have already agreed t…

RT (2019-01-06). Teacher who fed puppy to snapping turtle found not guilty of animal cruelty. rt.com Jurors in Idaho have found a science teacher not guilty of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle as students looked on. The incident sparked huge public outcry and spawned a petition to have the teacher fired.

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

Democracy Now! (2018-12-31). Noam Chomsky: Members of Migrant Caravan Are Fleeing from Misery & Horrors Created by the U.S. democracynow.org 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…

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…

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…

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.