2019-01-14: News Headlines

Al Neal (2019-01-14). Eric Reid's 'random' drug testing saga. peoplesworld.org When does a "random" workplace drug screen stop being a simple coincidence and instead becomes suspicious employer behavior? Seven times in the span of 11 weeks, according to Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid. Statistically it's not impossible, just improbable. "There's a .195 percent chance of flipping heads nine times in a row," said Nick Kapoor, …

Eric Blanc (2019-01-14). LA's Teachers' Strike Will Be the Toughest Yet. thenation.com LA's Teachers' Strike Will Be the Toughest Yet…

Global Research News (2019-01-14). Selected Articles: Regime Change in America? 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. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in an …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). Headlines for January 14, 2019. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Now Longest in U.S. History, Trump Admin Considered Disaster Relief Funds to Build Border Wall, Interior Dept. Pushes Ahead Plans for New Arctic Drilling Leases, Texas: Tornillo Immigrant Prison Camp Shuts Down, Los Angeles: Public Teachers Go on Strike, Dems Vow to Investigate After 2 New Reports on Trump's Relationship with Russia, WSJ: Nat'l Sec. Council Asked About Possible Military Strike on Iran in 2018, Trump Threatens to "Devastate Turkey Economically" If Syrian Kurds Targeted, Saudi Arabia: Sec. of State Pompeo Meets with Crown Prince 3 Months After Khashoggi Killing, Canada Grants Asylum…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-14). A New Narrative Control Firm Works to Destroy Alternative Media. globalresearch.ca The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative being promoted day in and day out by western mass media has had two of its major stories ripped to shreds in the last three days. | A report seeded throughout the mainstream media by anonymous …

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-01-14). Campaign Finance Reform Helps Special Interests. globalresearch.ca One of the new Democratic House majority's top priorities is so-called campaign finance reform legislation. Contrary to the claims of its supporters, campaign finance reform legislation does not limit the influence of powerful special interests. Instead, it violates the First …

David Bacon (2019-01-14). A New Day for Mexican Workers. globalresearch.ca NAFTA had been in effect for just a few months when Ruben Ruiz got a job at the Itapsa factory in Mexico City in the summer of 1994. Itapsa made auto brakes for Echlin, a U.S. manufacturer later bought out …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-14). White House Asked for Options to Strike Iran After Baghdad Attack: Report. globalresearch.ca The White House's national security team asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran, after a group aligned with Tehran fired mortars in September into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US embassy, a …

Zero Hedge (2019-01-14). France, Germany to Merge Economic and Defense Policies; Create Cross-Border "Eurodistricts" globalresearch.ca Germany and France are set to forge a pact aligning their defense, diplomatic and economic policies in an unprecedented "twinning" pact "regarded as a prototype for the future of the European Union," according to The Times' Oliver Moody. | German …

teleSUR (2019-01-14). El Salvador: Presidential Candidates Debate Before Feb Election. telesurenglish.net Three of the four candidates for president in El Salvador participated in a presidential debate Sunday night where issues like security, migration, education were debated. | RELATED: | Salvadoran Woman Set Free, Ruled Innocent of Abortion Charges | The three candidates were: Josue Alvarado, representing the newly-established VAMOS party, billing itself as "the only party without a dark past;" Hugo Martinez of the leftist Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN); and Car…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-01-14). Overcrowded classrooms, privatization schemes force LA teachers to strike. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Overcrowded classrooms and the schools' superintendent's push for charters and privatization were among the top reasons at least 31,000 unionized teachers and staffers in the nation's second largest school district, Los Angeles, had to strike on Jan. 14. The L.A. strike is the first there since 1989 and affects a district with 660,000 students. …

John Wojcik (2019-01-14). Ellen Perlo, 102; advocate for equality, peace, justice and socialism. peoplesworld.org When, as a student, she walked on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in the 1930s even her best friend didn't want to be seen with her. That was because Ellen Perlo often walked and talked with S.I. Hayakawa, a linguist who was, at that time, a young teacher at the university. It was …

Zero Hedge (2019-01-14). "China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Deployed to Hawaii, "On Watch" 24/7. globalresearch.ca The US Air Force is putting China on notice as it announced Friday a new deployment of three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific. The nuclear-capable aircraft departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and touched …

Massoud Nayeri (2019-01-14). Two-step Solution for the American Government Shutdown. globalresearch.ca Two-step solution: | 1) End the Government Shutdown; | 2) A (YES or NO) National Referendum on allocating a budget for a border Wall | Everyone agrees that if a contractor is hired for a certain job, they have to do that job …

J. B. Gerald (2019-01-14). Political Prisoners in America. globalresearch.ca Writing from another country I remember the Americans I'm supposed to forget, those forced into the lives that made them prisoners or simply targets of law enforcement programs. Some are religious people, Christians and Muslims. Many were Black Panthers. Some …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-14). Grim Middle East Reality. Permanent US Occupation. American Forces will Stay Indefinitely. globalresearch.ca US forces came to Syria, Iraq, elsewhere in the region, and virtually everywhere else worldwide to stay. Bolton and Pompeo made similar comments on Syria, indicating no timeline for withdrawal. | US forces will stay indefinitely — on the phony pretext …

Steven Singer (2019-01-14). LA Teachers Strike Is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing. commondreams.org Too many Democrats inside and outside the district don't support the very idea of public schools. They'd rather boost privatization. (Phooto: NPE Action/Twiiter) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/utla-strike.jpeg…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-14). Italien und das EU-Votum fàºr US-Raketen in Europa. globalresearch.ca In der Nà§he des Glaspalastes der Vereinten Nationen in New York befindet sich eine metallische Skulptur mit dem Titel "Evil Defeated by Good" [Das Bà∂se vom Guten besiegt], die den Heiligen Georg darstellt, der einen Drachen mit seiner Lanze durchbohrt. …

aljazeera (2019-01-14). LA teachers strike: Educators demand better conditions and pay. aljazeera.com More than 30,000 LA teachers walked off the job after negotiations for improved compensation and work conditions failed.

Pedro Noguera (2019-01-14). What the LA Teachers Strike Is All About. thenation.com What the LA Teachers Strike Is All About…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-14). A Workers' Struggle in India to 'Make the Land Proud'. consortiumnews.com This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world, writes Vijay Prasad from Kerala, in a roundup that also includes observations on Brazil and Palestine. By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Over two days—Jan. 8 and… Read more →

Tom Luongo (2019-01-14). Trump's "Hail Mary" Becomes Bolton's Nightmare. globalresearch.ca National Security Advisor John Bolton is making the rounds in the Middle East to try and salvage what's left of the long-standing plan to balkanize Syria and overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of President Trump's announced troop withdrawal….

Glenn Sacks (2019-01-14). LA Teachers' Strike: "The Country Is Watching" counterpunch.org The chair of UTLA at our high school today wrote: We are making history as this strike looms. Every school district in the country is watching what we are doing, and we are getting support from all over the country. We are not just fighting for us but for the future students of all school More

Andy Rowell (2019-01-14). Canada's Trudeau Accused of Violating First Nations Rights over Gas Pipeline. globalresearch.ca There are moments that define a politician. There are legacies that they leave. But the reality of high office is often so different from the easy promises of opposition. | As a poster boy politician, who entered office promising a new …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-14). How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes? globalresearch.ca "Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal's dysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million— either way, a sizable slice in a population of 28 million.) | Those …

South Front (2019-01-14). Video: Netanyahu Claims "Depots Full of Iranian Weapons" Destroyed in Syria. globalresearch.ca Early on January 12, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike on Syria. According to reports, Israeli warplanes, coming from the direction of Galilee, fired several missiles at a depot in the Damascus International Airport. The Syrian Air …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-14). Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the "Integrity Initiative" globalresearch.ca Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort. Interest groups tinker. Wars must be sold; deception must be perpetrated. Inconsistencies must be removed. There will be success, measured in small …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-14). Matthew Whitaker Is Shaping Immigration Law Per Trump's Agenda. truthout.org On December 3, 2018, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker took the statistically rare step of " self-referral": He assumed authority over a question of immigration law on which the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) had ruled, in its own normal course and purview, in 2017. | The BIA, the appellate panel that reviews decisions of the immigration courts, had, in the case Matter of L-E-A, dealt with the question that Whitaker is now positing for himself, issuing his referr…

amnesty (2019-01-14). Nepal: Authorities must proactively act to eradicate the harmful practice of banishing women and girls to insanitary and dangerous huts during their menstrual cycles. amnesty.org Responding to the death in Bajura district, Nepal, of a woman and her two young sons who had been forced to sleep in an outhouse during her menstruation, a practice known as Chhaupadi, Amnesty International said, the authorities must take urgent action to eradicate this discriminatory, harmful practice. | "In order to prevent further deaths, the Nepali authorities must immediately put in place a comprehensive strategy, designed in consultation with Nepali women's rights groups, to eliminate Chhaupadi. This should include effective enforcement of existing laws criminalizing Chhaupadi and widespread education progr…

Lynda Carson (2019-01-14). Some project-based housing projects may face bankruptcy if government shutdown continues. indybay.org San Rafael tenants meeting in 2004, teaching tenants how to fight back against HUD's funding cuts to the Section 8 voucher program (Housing Choice Voucher Program. Lydia Gans Photo.

Labor Video Project (2019-01-14). Get Up Get Down! Oakland Is A Union Town — Mass March and Rally To Defend Public Education. indybay.org On January 12, 2019 thousands of teachers, students and staff marched and rallied in Oakland to defend public education. The Oakland Education Association contract has expired and they are discussing striking in February.

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-01-14). Oakland Rally — Defend Public Education, Jan 12. indybay.org Large Oakland rally in support of public education.

Rogue One (2019-01-14). Concord committee discussing military research partnership. indybay.org Concord's campus visioning committee is contemplating military industrial partnerships for research and development labs. The public has the ability to speak at the next meeting against such a proposal. | January 17, 2019, 6: 00PM — 9: 00 PM | Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle (Concord)…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-14). Beginning Walkout, Los Angeles Teachers Find Support From Sanders—But Not Corporate Democrats. commondreams.org As more than 30,000 educators and supporters prepared Monday to protest the Los Angeles school district's overcrowded classrooms, low teacher salaries, and refusal to hire sufficient support staff, observers took note of which politicians were voicing support for the city's teachers and students—and which powerful figures were lining up behind the former investment banker who runs the district. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-01-14_at_9.05.21_am1.jpg…

RT (2019-01-14). Notorious Big-ot: Maryland school district investigating student's pro-slavery rap songs. rt.com A school district in Maryland is investigating a student who allegedly posted "extremely offensive," pro-slavery rap songs to music sharing platform SoundCloud. |

WSWS (2019-01-14). Los Angeles teachers strike in second largest school district in US. wsws.org Teachers across California and the nation looking for a way to defend public education are confronting the efforts of the unions to isolate them.

WSWS (2019-01-14). New year sees continuing strike wave in Portugal. wsws.org So far this year, strike action has taken place or is pending in the judicial system, dockyards, oil refineries and food industry and among teachers and nurses.

WSWS (2019-01-14). Massive campaign to defend Israeli religious students accused of killing Palestinian mother of nine. wsws.org The murder and its aftermath highlight the utter lawlessness and racism inherent in the Greater Israel project from which the settler movement stems.

Marinella Correggia (2019-01-13). Syria. The Force of Civilization. globalresearch.ca "Our millennial history will help us". Between street mosaics, archaeological assets to be restored, photovoltaic energy for reconstruction, and agriculture that calls for peace | Finding a place in the Guinness for making the largest wall mosaic in the world with …

Prof. James Petras (2019-01-13). Walls or Roads. globalresearch.ca History is told by Walls and Roads which have marked significant turning points in the relation between peoples and states. | We will discuss the story behind two walls and one road and the circumstances which surround them and their consequences….

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Egypt University Expels Woman Student for Hugging Male Friend. telesurenglish.net Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's reputation. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-01-13). Trump, The Manchurian Candidate: "Conspiracy" to Destabilize the Trump Presidency. Regime Change in America. globalresearch.ca We are dealing with a carefully planned operation, a "conspiracy" in the true sense of the word. In recent developments, the FBI investigation is being quoted by the media as evidence that Trump is "wittingly or unwittingly" an agent of the Kremlin

Frei Betto (2019-01-13). Brazil and the Illusion of the Rich: An Island of Prosperity Surrounded by Misery and Suffering. globalresearch.ca Frei Betto (Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo) was born in 1944 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He began his political engagement as Catholic student and was imprisoned by the military regime that seized power in 1964 and ruled until 1985. I interviewed …

Ezili Dantà≤ (2019-01-13). The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid. globalresearch.ca "For whose entertainment shall we sing our agony? In what hopes? That the destroyers, aspiring to extinguish us, will suffer conciliatory remorse at the sight of their own fantastic success?" — Ayi Kwei Armah, from the book "Two Thousand Seasons"…

WSWS (2019-01-12). US government workers call in sick, demand strike action against lockout and payless paydays. wsws.org The growing opposition of federal workers comes together with the preparations of Los Angeles teachers to strike, the mounting opposition of auto workers to plant closures, and a rising wave of class struggle internationally.

WSWS (2019-01-12). For a united struggle to defend public education in California and beyond! wsws.org As teachers in Los Angeles prepare to strike, they confront the fact that the unions are working to undermine and isolate their struggle against privatization and other attacks on public education.

FAIR (2019-01-11). Stronger in 2019! fair.org FAIR is ready for 2019! Dear FAIR friend, FAIR's year-end fundraiser was a complete success—barrelling past our $50,000 goal and setting us up for a strong 2019. Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve our target! It means so much to us to go to work knowing that people support the research and …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-11). Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked. democracynow.org In a Democracy Now! exclusive, legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights. In September, the institute announced that it would award Davis the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, named after the civil rights icon. But last Friday, the institute voted to withdraw the award and cancel this year's gala event. The institute rescinded the award days after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to he…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-11). China Leads the Way in Eradicating Extreme Poverty. therealnews.com Greatest contribution to global poverty reduction has come from China says Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-11). Syria: Deadly School Attack Was Unlawful. hrw.org | | A photograph taken by a local anti-government media outlet of a remnant of a 240mm mortar projectile used in a deadly attack by Syrian government forces on Jarjanaz on November 24, 2018. | © 2016 Syria Now | (Beirut) — A November 24, 2018 attack by Syrian government forces near an elementary school that killed six children, a teacher, and a student's mother, appears to have been unlawful and indiscriminate. All parties to the conflict, including th…