2018-12-23: News Headlines

teleSUR (2018-12-23). Banksy's 'Season's Greeting' 'Guerrilla Art' Monitored 24 Hours. telesurenglish.net Banksy's new artwork appeared on a wall in the Welsh town of Port Talbot, drawing thousands of visitors and causing the local police to bring in guards and to place fencing around it for security. | RELATED: | Israeli Art Collector Criticizes Banksy's Pro-Palestine Poster | The artist claimed responsibility for the work titled "Season's Greetings" by p…

aljazeera (2018-12-23). Turkey and US to coordinate Syria withdrawal and avoid vacuum. aljazeera.com The announced US troops withdrawal from Syria leads to worries of a power vacuum, with multiple parties looking on with interest.

aljazeera (2018-12-23). Turkey FM labels Netanyahu 'a cold-blooded killer'. aljazeera.com Israel, Turkey in new war of words on social media after a year of tense relations over multiple issues.

aljazeera (2018-12-23). Hamas rejects Abbas's plan to dissolve Palestinian parliament. aljazeera.com Gaza-based movement warns that the move called for by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will bring chaos.

STAFF (2018-12-23). U.S. Envoy to Anti-IS Coalition Quits Over Trump's Syria Move. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a U.S. official said, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. | Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be "reckless" to consider IS defeated and therefore would be unwise to bring American forces home. McGurk decided to speed up his original plan to leave his post in mid-February. | Appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2015…

Michael Welch (2018-12-23). The Real Reason Behind Canada's Arrest of China's Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou. globalresearch.ca "Canadians should be angry that these traitors are isolating Canada from China, from Russia, from Iran and their great cultures, and condemning Canada to be nothing more than an outpost of the American empire. For traitors they are as they …

aljazeera (2018-12-23). Turkey increases military deployment to Syrian border. aljazeera.com Despite plans to postpone military operation on Kurdish YPG forces, Ankara sends more armoured vehicles to its border.

RT (2018-12-23). Trump says anyone else but himself would be media's 'hero' for Syria withdrawal. rt.com US President Donald Trump has complained that he receives the wrong kind of special treatment from the mainstream media. Anybody else, he says, would be hailed a hero for pulling 2,000 US troops out of the war in Syria.

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-12-23). Endless War Has Been Normalized And Everyone Is Crazy. iranian.com Since I last wrote about the bipartisan shrieking, hysterical reaction to Trump's planned military withdrawal from Syria the other day, it hasn't gotten better, it's gotten worse. I'm having a hard time even picking out individual bits of the collective freakout from the political/media class to point at, because doing so would diminish the frenetic white noise […]

Mehr News (2018-12-23). India To Continue Iranian Oil Imports Via Rupees. iranian.com India's ambassador Saurabh Kumar said on Saturday that his country will continue importing Iranian oil with the help of the new payment mechanism agreed between the two sides. Kumar told ISNA that India's oil imports from the Islamic Republic has not been cut, and the country has been purchasing an average of 1.25 million tons […]

RFE (2018-12-23). Zarif Claims No One In Islamic Republic Has Ever Called For Israel's Destruction. iranian.com While "Death to Israel" is globally recognized as one of the trademark slogans of the Islamic Republic, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insists that nobody in Tehran has ever threatened Israel with destruction. Speaking to the French weekly, Le Point, Zarif fires back at a question, demanding, "When did we say we want to […]

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-23). The Real Problem Is the US-Saudi Relationship, Not Just Crown Prince MBS. therealnews.com Peace activist Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK says US support for the Saudi monarchy must be fundamentally challenged. Some American officials want a cosmetic change, simply replacing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but the problem runs much deeper

Leighton Akio Woodhouse (2018-12-23). They Rescued Pigs and Turkeys From Factory Farms — and Now Face Decades in Prison. theintercept.com In the fall of 2017, Glenn Greenwald reported on a nationwide FBI manhunt for two pigs named Lily and Lizzie. The pigs had been removed from a factory farm in Utah by animal rights activists from a group called Direct Action Everywhere. From the perspective of the activists, the pigs were rescued. From the perspective of Smithfield Farms, the Chinese-owned multinational corporation that owns the factory farm, they were stolen. | Direct Action Everywhere, also known as DxE, engages in a practice calle…

ACLU (2018-12-23). Congress Is Trying to Use the Spending Bill to Criminalize Boycotts of Israel. indybay.org According to recent reports, congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle are planning to sneak a bill criminalizing politically motivated boycotts of Israel into the end-of-the-year omnibus spending bill.

Philip A Farruggio (2018-12-22). Hide in Plain Sight. Both Parties Vote for War. globalresearch.ca Out of all the crap that we ' Who know better' have to endure with this empire, sometimes we catch a break. For years we had the famous ' Two Party Monte' being played before us. You know, the liberal …

aljazeera (2018-12-22). US envoy for anti-ISIL coalition McGurk resigns: reports. aljazeera.com Brett McGurk, the top US envoy in ISIL fight, quits over Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria, US media report…

Eds. (2018-12-22). Every woman is a working woman. mronline.org In 1972 feminists from Italy, England, and the United States convened in Padova, Italy, for a two-day conference. Associated with the extra-parliamentary left, anti-colonial struggles, and alternatives to the communist party, these activists composed a declaration for action, the "Statement of the International Feminist Collective." | Source

teleSUR (2018-12-22). The March For Return Is Not Over: Death Toll in Gaza Increases. telesurenglish.net The death toll of the 39th Great March of Return protest reached four after the Ministry of Health confirmed that 18-year-old Ayman Munir Shbeir succumbed Saturday morning to wounds he sustained during Friday protests. | RELATED: | Israeli Forces Detain Palestine Reporters Filming Land Razing | At least 47 Palestinians were injured with live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets, including two journalists and four paramedics. | On Friday, Gaza's Health Ministry confirmed Muhamm…

Black Alliance for Peace (2018-12-22). Black Internationalists: It's About Time for the U.S. to Exit Syria and Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca A real panic among the militarists and flunkeys of the military-industrial complex: They are concerned the U.S. president has gone completely off the ruling-class imperialist script. We find that hard to believe, since a move away from militarism and violence …

teleSUR (2018-12-22). Russia Offers to Host Palestine-Israel Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow is offering to host meetings between chief Palestinian and Israeli officials in a bid to resolve the ongoing conflict between the two countries. | RELATED: | Israeli Forces Detain Palestine Reporters Filming Land Razing | "Given our special relations not only with Palestine but Israel as well, we want…

teleSUR (2018-12-22). Turkey Will Take Over Fight with IS After US Pulls Out of Syria. telesurenglish.net Turkey will take over the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as the United States withdraws its troops, President Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, generating more uncertainties for Kurdish groups who were fundamental in the struggle against the IS group. | RELATED: | France Counters US: Troops To Stay in Syria, IS 'Not Wiped Out' | Turkey has welcomed the surprise announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that he would withdraw roughly 2,000 troops from a Syria, which…

Veterans for Peace (2018-12-22). Veterans For Peace Supports Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Syria. globalresearch.ca Veterans For Peace is pleased to hear that President Trump has ordered a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, where they had no legal right to be in the first place. Whatever the reasoning, withdrawing U.S. troops is the …

Eric Margolis (2018-12-22). Time to Get Out of Syria. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

TRT World (2018-12-22). Video: School Pathologist Loses Her Job for Refusing to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath. globalresearch.ca Bahia Amawi, an American citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her job in a Texas school because she refused to sign a pro-Israel oath. | She is now filing a lawsuit in the Federal District Court in Austin. | . | * | Note to …

RT (2018-12-22). Top US spy says Russia, China & Iran ran 'influence activities' during midterms. rt.com No US election systems were compromised, but Russia and other countries did run influence and messaging campaigns on social media during the 2018 midterms, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reported to the White House.

RT (2018-12-22). US anti-ISIS coalition envoy quits amid apparent split in Trump admin over Syria pullout. rt.com Days after calling the idea of the defeat of Islamic State in Syria "reckless," Brett McGurk, the American envoy to the US-led coalition, has resigned. AP says he did so in protest of Donald Trump's decision to pull out of Syria.

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-22). Trump Syria Pullout 'A Major Blow' To Israel: Experts. iranian.com US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has come as a "major blow" to Tel Aviv, according to Israeli analysts, Anadolu Agency reports. On Wednesday, Trump — citing the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group — announced that US troops would be withdrawn from the war-torn country. "It's time for our troops to come […]

Anti War (2018-12-22). Officials: US Warplanes Will Stop Bombing Syria After Troops Leave. iranian.com According to officials familiar with the situation, the announcement that the US is ending its war in Syria and withdrawing all ground troops also applies to the air war. US warplanes will stop striking Syria after the troops have left. The Pentagon refused to confirm the decision officially, saying that they will keep conducting airstrikes so long […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-22). US Extends Waiver To Allow Iraq To Keep Importing Iranian Gas. iranian.com The United States extended an exemption allowing Iraq to continue importing Iranian oil and gas despite US sanctions on Tehran, a US State Department spokesman confirmed. The spokesman said on Friday that the 90-day extension would allow Baghdad to keep importing Iranian gas that is crucial for Iraqi power production. "A 90-day waiver was granted […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-22). Germany To Ban Iran's US-Sanctioned Mahan Air. iranian.com Germany is to ban flights in and out of the country by Iran's Mahan Air, which is under US sanctions over allegations it ferries troops and supplies into Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a newspaper reported on Friday, Reuters reports. Bild said the German government had taken the decision to stop Mahan Air from operating […]

Oil Price (2018-12-22). French Court Fines Oil Major Total Over 1997 Bribery Case In Iran. iranian.com A court in Paris fined on Friday France's oil and gas major Total with US$572,330 (500,000 euro) for having bribed public officials in 1997 in exchange for securing oil and gas contracts in Iran. Total has been accused of paying US$30 million in bribes under the cover of a consultancy contract to obtain a deal to develop […]

Tehran Times (2018-12-22). Team Melli Ends Year As Top Ranked Asian Football Team In FIFA. iranian.com The Iran national football team remained the top ranked Asian football team in FIFA's last ranking of 2018, released on Thursday. Team Melli is currently ranked 29th in the world, followed by Australia (41st), Japan (50th) and South Korea (53rd) in the ranking. Belgium will begin 2019 at the top of the rankings, having preserved […]

Olsi Jazexhi (2018-12-22). Has Donald Trump Appointed Madam Maryam Rajavi As Foreign Minister Of Albania? iranian.com The news of the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats caught everybody by surprise in Tirana on December 20. The Iranian embassy and its ambassador Gholamhossein Mohammandia have kept a very low profile in Tirana in the past months. While Iran has been very upset with Albania, which since 2013 is hosting on its soil a […]

Jessica Corbett (2018-12-22). 10 Takeaways on Mattis Exit and Possible US Withdrawal From Syria and Afghanistan. theantimedia.com (CD) — Journalist Jeremy Scahill—who has built a career reporting on American militarism and imperialism across the globe—turned to Twitter on Friday to weigh in on a few major foreign policy developments over the past 24 hours: the resignation of Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis, and President Donald Trump's consideration of withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Mattis will …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-22). Gideon Levy has No Sympathy for Colonists as a Group. therealnews.com Gideon Levy: all colonists and all Israelis share responsibility for the occupation and apartheid system in Palestine. There is sympathy for individuals, but there is no symmetry: the power is on the Israeli side

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-22). Hungarians Rise up Against Anti-Worker 'Slave Law' and Growing Authoritarianism. therealnews.com Protests have rocked Hungary after the passage of what labor activists call a "slave law," which lets employers demand 400 hours of overtime and no pay for 3 years. Journalist Benjamin Novak says the opposition is in a rare moment of unity

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-22). Burma Debates Women's Rights Amid Pervasive Sexual and Domestic Violence. truthout.org For years, feminists in Burma have been fighting to gain even the most basic legal rights for women. | Spousal abuse is still legal in the isolated country. Even criminal sexual assault is rarely punished. | Activists' patient efforts to change that are starting to pay off. | In late November, officials announced that the Prevention and Protection of Violence Against Women Act, long stalled in Parliament, may finall…

James Carden (2018-12-21). For Once, Trump Isn't Wrong. thenation.com For Once, Trump Isn't Wrong…

Gary Leupp (2018-12-21). No Reason to Oppose Trump's Withdrawal from Syria. counterpunch.org There are many reasons to oppose Donald Trump and to seek his fall from power. His current stance on Syria is not one of them. I've long feared that the campaign to topple Trump, so apparent in the CNN and MSNBC coverage of everything pertaining to Trump, will strengthen the dangerous, ugly, irrational Russophobia that More

Democracy Now! (2018-12-21). Andrew Bacevich on Mattis & Why We Need to End Our Self-Destructive, Mindless Wars in Middle East. democracynow.org Secretary of Defense James Mattis has announced he will resign at the end of February, in a letter publicly rebuking President Trump's foreign policy. Mattis resigned one day after President Trump ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria and on the same day that reports emerged that Trump has ordered the withdrawal of about 7,000 troops from Afghanistan. The New York Times reports Mattis is the first prominent Cabinet member to resign in protest over a national security issue in almost 40 years. Much of the Washington establishment expressed shock over Mattis's resignation. We speak with Andrew…

commondreams (2018-12-21). Donorbox Suspends BDS National Committee's Account After Threats from Israeli Legal Group. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-12-21). Trump's Abrupt Withdrawal From Syria Might Provide Exactly the Anarchic Conditions in Which ISIS has Always Flourished. counterpunch.org American armoured vehicles with their Stars and Stripes flying were patrolling today close to the Turkish-Kurdish frontline west of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. But how long will they go on doing so in the wake of the decision by President Trump to pull 2,000 US troops from Syria, claiming there is no reason for them to More

AP (2018-12-21). Donorbox Shutters BDS Fundraising After Complaint by Israeli-Government Linked Group. mintpressnews.com JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. software company said Friday it blocked the fundraising account of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel following a complaint by a pro-Israel group that the campaign has links to militant organizations. | Donorbox, which makes fundraising management software, confirmed that the BDS campaign's account was temporarily blocked while it investigates the allegations. | The BDS movement called the Israeli move "McCarthyite." | The decision came in response to a complaint from Shurat HaDin, an Israeli advocacy group that files lawsuits around the world against Israel's foes,…

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-12-21). Burying the Axe of War: The Arabs Will Recognize Assad, and Arab Investment Will Help Rebuild Syria. globalresearch.ca Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir made a historical visit to Syria, the first for an Arab leader since war was imposed on Syria in 2011. El-Bashir landed onboard a Russian airplane at Damascus airport, an indication of Moscow's efforts to bring …

ZeroHedge (2018-12-21). Turkey's Erdogan Vows "All Measures" To Circumvent Sanctions On Iran. mintpressnews.com Hawks in Congress and in the president's own administration will use Erdogan's Thursday announcement to "stand by Iran" as fodder for arguing against bringing the troops home, and continuing Syria ground operations in order to counter Iranian expansion.

Alex Kane (2018-12-21). States Are Cracking Down on the Movement for Palestinian Rights—but Cities Are Pushing Back. thenation.com States Are Cracking Down on the Movement for Palestinian Rights—but Cities Are Pushing Back…

John Bachtell (2018-12-21). Syria troop withdrawal welcomed, but Trump's aim unclear. peoplesworld.org The announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. military personnel from Syria by President Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 19, along with the pull out of 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, has precipitated a new and deeper crisis in the administration. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned late in the evening on Thursday, Dec. 20, in protest over the decisions. …

Gunar Olsen (2018-12-21). Chaos in Yemen: A Conversation With Isa Blumi. thenation.com Chaos in Yemen: A Conversation With Isa Blumi…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2018-12-21). Withdrawal from Syria? globalresearch.ca According to various news reports, the validity of which is always questionable, US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from the portion of Syria illegally occupied by US troops. | This report is surprising as only …

Craig Murray (2018-12-21). Continued US Occupation of the Middle East Does Not Suppress Terrorism, It Causes It. mintpressnews.com The secret to ending the strength of ISIS in Syria is not the continued presence of American troops. It is for America's ever closer allies in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf to cut off the major artery of money and arms, which we should never forget in origin and for a long time had a strong US component.

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