2019-01-09: News Headlines

Colin Todhunter (2019-01-09). GM Crops, Pesticides, Corporate Duplicity: Bayer Has Never Been Transparent in Its Life! globalresearch.ca "This charming company operated a factory and camp at Auschwitz during the WW2. The UK and US governments are now allowing it to control global farming methods, GM crops, so-called 'advanced technologies' and pesticides." — Rosemary Mason | Tireless campaigner and …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-09). Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner? globalresearch.ca Three sturdy trekkers step out of a van and hoist top-heavy blue, green and orange rucksacks onto their backs. The two young women and a man then set off on foot, headed to one of Kathmandu's numerous backpackers' hotels. I …

STAFF (2019-01-09). Los Angeles Teachers Are Ready for First Strike in 30 Years. truthdig.com United Teachers Los Angeles says its 35,000 members could walk off the job if a deal isn't reached on higher pay and smaller class sizes.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-09). Gabon and Coup Mania. globalresearch.ca It starts with a presumption, makes its way through a discussion, and becomes a set, moulded stereotype: Africa is the continent of tin pot dictatorships, unstable leaderships, and coups. Latin America, attuned to brigandage and frontier mentalities, is not far …

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-01-09). How to get Venezuela's economy going again. mronline.org In this interview with Venezuelanalysis, an independent researcher speaks frankly about the roots of the country's economic crisis and outlines a series of policies to revert it. | Source

Al Arabiya (2019-01-09). Why Did Tripoli Issue Arrest Warrants for Libya's Top Post-2011 Actors? globalresearch.ca The Libyan Public Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant of the Chairman of the Wattan Party Abdelhakim Belhaj and the former commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard Ibrahim Jadran, according to Libyan Express. | The warrants included four other Libyan …

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-01-09). Trump's Neocons Reverse His Syria Withdrawal Plan. globalresearch.ca I'm starting to wonder whether President Trump has any power over US foreign policy at all. Many people believe that the US president is just a figurehead, with actual foreign policy firmly in the hands of the deep state. Trump's …

Mark Taliano (2019-01-09). The War on Syria: Are the White Helmets preparing another Chemical Weapons False Flag? globalresearch.ca It should be clear to anyone who is paying attention that the war on Syria is not based on humanitarian issues. | It should also be clear that the war is not a War on Terror, since the Western-supported terrorist forces …

Ben Cowles (2019-01-09). In Pictures: The Largest Strike in History Is Happening in India Right Now. globalresearch.ca Around 150 million people began a two-day general strike in India today against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's anti-Labour and anti-trade union policies in India. | Workers from both the public and private sectors were joined by teachers and students from …

Alex Lantier (2019-01-09). French Prime Minister Proposes Government Registry of Demonstrators. globalresearch.ca Following the large turnout throughout France for the eighth week of "yellow vest" (Gilets jaunes) protests this past Saturday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on French television Monday night the imposition of an extraordinary law to suppress the demonstrations. …

Dr. Daniele Ganser (2019-01-09). War Criminals at Large. globalresearch.ca Because mass media does not openly address and criticize these crimes and because so far the responsible politicians have not been convicted by a court, a stubborn misconception persists in the populations of these aggressor states that democracies never start wars and also never use terror as a political instrument.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-01-09). Typhoid John Bolton Spreads "Neocon Infection" at the White House. globalresearch.ca While the corporate media doubled down on the prospect of Trump's wall emergency, the neocon infection inside the floundering Trump administration spread. John Bolton appointed one of his buddies from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) to a key …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-09). Nonexistent US-Mexico Border Crisis. Shutting Down the Government. Bipartisan Political Standoff. globalresearch.ca No border crisis exists, no justification for partially shutting down government. What's going on is a bipartisan political standoff unrelated to national security. | Trump, the GOP, and the Dems share blame. There's plenty of it to go around in Washington, …

Danny Haiphong (2019-01-09). How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World. globalresearch.ca The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests. | "There is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous "meddler" in the affairs of other nations that …

South Front (2019-01-09). Video: Al Qaeda in Syria Expands Further in Idlib De-escalation Zone. globalresearch.ca Units of the Russian Military Police have started patrolling the surroundings of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo governorate, near the border with Turkey, spokesman Yusup Mamatov told media on January 8. | "Today we started patrolling the …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-09). To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a "Soft Coup"? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals. globalresearch.ca The Cuban Revolution constitutes a fundamental landmark in the history of humanity, which challenges the legitimacy of global capitalism. In all major regions of the World, the Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration and struggle…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-01-09). US Snatches Chinese Executive — Sets Dangerous Precedent. "Trying to Provoke, Humiliate China" globalresearch.ca Claiming that prominent Chinese telecommunications company Huawei had violated US sanctions on Iran — Canada was requested to arrest and hand over Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was transferring planes in Vancouver. | The arrest was described even …

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-09). Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan Slams LA Teachers for Strike. counterpunch.org The closer we get to a strike, the more pressure is put on us to call it off. In a recent article in The Hill, pro-charter/anti-union former Education secretary Arne Duncan criticizes United Teachers of Los Angeles, citing the Los Angeles Unified School District's alleged financial problems. Yet the neutral, state-appointed factfinder on the dispute contradicts many of LAUSD's More

Gillian Russom (2019-01-09). Will Parents Stand with L.A. Teachers? progressive.org Despite negative press, parents say they support a strike by United Teachers Los Angeles.

Prof. James Petras (2019-01-09). President Trump's Losing Strategy: Embracing Bolsonoro's Brazil and Confronting China. globalresearch.ca Introduction | The US embraces a regime doomed to failure and threatens the world's most dynamic economy. President Trump has lauded Brazil's newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro and promises to promote close economic, political, social and cultural ties. In contrast the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-09). Mixed Results from Latest Sino/US Trade Talks. globalresearch.ca Three days of talks in Beijing ended Wednesday afternoon local time, details so far not released by either side. | Media reports are mixed. Increased Chinese purchases of US products and cutting import duties, reportedly offered, leave major differences between both …

Roy Keene (2019-01-09). Why are We Still Logging Our Forests? counterpunch.org Anyone who accepts true science realizes that today's big forest fires are driven far more by climate warming than by a lack of "active forest management" as claimed in previous editorial opinions. Active forest management, more honestly called "logging," has always been the timber industry's cure-all for every perceived problem in our forests. Until science More

Jim Miles (2019-01-09). The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World. globalresearch.ca It is always an interesting ride to read a Robert Kagan book as it is a journey into wonderland where things aren't really what they seem. His most recent work, The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World, is …

Russell Mokhiber (2019-01-09). Center for Science in the Public Interest Greg Jaffe Cornell and GMOs. counterpunch.org The Center for Science in the Public Interest is known in public interest circles as one of the premiere food safety public interest groups in Washington, D.C. But that reputation has suffered over the years because of the group's stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — including its opposition to mandatory labeling of GMO foods. More

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-09). A Majority of Americans Do Not Believe the Official 9/11 Story. globalresearch.ca TruePublica, a British website that has avoided the 9/11 issue, has had its fill of ignorant journalists at the BBC, Huffington Post and other propagandists for the military/security complex. The constant, shrill demeaning of experts and distinguished people who have …

Tamara Pearson (2019-01-09). Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries. globalresearch.ca If you want to find out what's happening in a poor country, be sure to add -tourists to your Google News search. | "Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso," was the recent headline in the BBC, a day …

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Brazil's Temer Closed 130 Community Radios Before Leaving. telesurenglish.net Former Brazilian President, Michel Temer, suspended the licenses for about 130 community radios across the South American country on the last day of his government, just before handing over the presidency to Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Shuts Down Official Indigenous Cryptocurrency Project | The Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-09). 30,000 LA Teachers 'Strike Ready' as District Refuses to Spend $1.86 Billion Reserve on Better Pay, Smaller Class Sizes. commondreams.org The second-largest school district in the nation may be thrown into disarray this week as more than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers prepare to go on strike, after the school district has refused to use its nearly $2 billion dollar reserve to provide educators with raises and much-needed support. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-01-09_at_11.57.14_am1.jpg…

WSWS (2019-01-09). Los Angeles and the billionaires' plan to destroy public education. wsws.org Los Angeles teachers are in the front line of the battle against Wall Street interests seeking to privatize education.

WSWS (2019-01-09). Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike. wsws.org Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are engaged in a critical battle to defend the right to public education.

WSWS (2019-01-09). Scientific breakthrough promises to increase agricultural productivity by 40 percent. wsws.org Newly announced research on photosynthesis in plants, the basis of nearly the entire food chain on the planet, shows that advances in science and technology can abolish hunger and the danger of famine.

Labor Video Project (2019-01-09). 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…

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-08). US Israel-Palestine "Peace Deal": $250bn Compensation by Arab States for "Jewish Property Left Behind" globalresearch.ca The prospective American peace deal, dubbed as the "deal of the century", is to include that $250 billion be paid by Arab states in compensation for Jewish property left behind after the creation of Israel, Al-Wattan Voice said yesterday. | Reporting …

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

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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

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…

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…

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

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.