2018-12-25: News Headlines

teleSUR (2018-12-25). Libya: 3 Dead and 6 Injured in Attack on Foreign Ministry. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, suicide bombers targeted the foreign ministry of Libya killing at least three people and injuring six. | RELATED: | UN Security Council Extends Sanctions on Libya Until 2020 | Smokestacks rose from the building where multiple bomb attacks were carried out. | RELATED | Libya: Fezzan Movement Threatens Shutdown of Largest Oilfield | Two of the pe…

Medea Benjamin (2018-12-25). Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing. zcomm.org As our nation debates the merits of President Trump's call for withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, absent from the debate is the more pernicious aspect of US military involvement overseas: its air wars. Trump's announcement and General Mattis' resignation should unleash a national discussion about US involvement in overseas conflicts, but no evaluation Read more…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2018-12-25). Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing. counterpunch.org As our nation debates the merits of President Trump's call for withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, absent from the debate is the more pernicious aspect of US military involvement overseas: its air wars. Trump's announcement and General Mattis' resignation should unleash a national discussion about US involvement in overseas conflicts, but no evaluation More

aljazeera (2018-12-25). Trump: Saudi to pay 'necessary money' to help rebuild Syria. aljazeera.com Without offering details, US president thanks Riyadh for stepping in to support Syria following US military withdrawal.

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-25). Ex-Israel PM: Netanyahu Not Fit To Remain Prime Minister. iranian.com Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak said yesterday that Benjamin Netanyahu is not fit to continue to serve in his position as prime minister, Quds Press reported. "Netanyahu cannot concentrate on anything and does not remember whether his wife was in Nicaragua or Guatemala," Barak said. "Netanyahu is no more trusted." He added: "Netanyahu's role is to […]

ACLU (2018-12-25). 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.

Kevin Zeese (2018-12-24). Hands Off Syria: We Can End The US War On Syria. globalresearch.ca The US war against Syria was one that people almost stopped. President Obama was unable to get Congress to authorize the war in 2013, but the Pentagon and foreign policy establishment, who have long wanted to control Syria, pushed forward …

South Front (2018-12-24). France Plans to Replace the US in Syria, Alongside Proxy Forces from Saudi Arabia and UAE. globalresearch.ca Syrian government and pro-Iranian sources have increased their activity in the eastern part of Syria in response to the announced decision of the US administration to withdraw troops from the country. | On December 22, a spokesperson for Iraq's Kata'ib Hezbollah, …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2018-12-24). Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing. commondreams.org As our nation debates the merits of President Donald Trump's call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, absent from the debate is the more pernicious aspect of U.S. military involvement overseas: its air wars. Trump's announcement and General James Mattis' resignation should unleash a national discussion about U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts, but no evaluation can be meaningful without a clear understanding of the violence that U.S air wars have unleashed on the rest of the world for the past 17 years.

Siona Peterous (2018-12-24). How Activists Are Moving the Dial on Student Loan Debt. commondreams.org The national conversation has come a long way in the years since activists started pushing the issue of student debt during the 2008 recession.

Richard Falk (2018-12-24). Can Yemen Be Saved? zcomm.org At this point, according to the most reliable international sources, 17.8 million Yemenis out of a population of 22.2 million are on the brink of starvation…

STAFF (2018-12-24). Bringing Home the Troops Is Not Enough. truthdig.com As our nation debates the merits of President Trump's call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, absent from the debate is the more pernicious aspect of U.S. military involvement overseas: its air wars. Trump's announcement and General Mattis' resignation should unleash a national discussion about U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts, but no evaluation can be meaningful without a clear understanding of the violence that U.S. air wars have unleashed on the rest of the world for the past 17 years. | By our calculations, in this "war on terror," the U.S. and its allies have dropped a staggering 2…

teleSUR (2018-12-24). Honduras Aims to Move Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net Honduras is in the midst of negotiations with Israel over a possible move of its embassy to Jerusalem. | RELATED: | Colombia: President-Elect Duque Considers Embassy Move to Jerusalem in Support of Israel | The Central American country, who's neoliberal President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) is known for often capitulating to theUnited States interests, has sent a delegation to meet Israeli officials Sunday to talk about the potential move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…

aljazeera (2018-12-24). Bangladesh opposition alleges mass arrests ahead of polls. aljazeera.com About 7,000 activists and leaders have been arrested since November, the opposition alliance says.

Bill McKibben (2018-12-24). At last, divestment is hitting the fossil fuel industry where it hurts. zcomm.org Trillions of dollars of investments are being taken out of carbon-intensive companies. Governments must now take notice…

Fight Back (2018-12-24). Israel tries to wreck Christmas for Palestinians. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — The Ma'an press agency is reporting, December 23, that once again Israeli authorities are refusing to give Palestinian Christians in Gaza travel permits that would allow them to celebrate Christmas with loved ones in other parts of Palestine, or to visit Bethlehem. | The Ma'an article states "The Israeli occupation annually obstructs the travel of Palestinian Christians from Gaza to Bethlehem and Jerusalem to attend Christmas celebrations and be reunited with their families in the occupied West Bank." | In a related development, Israeli troops shot and killed four demonstrators in Gaza, Fr…

Kevin Zeese (2018-12-24). We Can End The US War On Syria. zcomm.org The people of the United States must rise up to finish the job we started in 2013 — stop the war on Syria, a war that never should have occurred…

LH Sartori (2018-12-24). Imperial Interventions, Withdrawal from Syria and Self-Determination. counterpunch.org Trump's sudden announcement to withdraw US troops from Syria is a good development that should be welcomed by everyone who proclaims to care about what the US does in their name around the world. American interference in that country starting in 2011 was never authorized by the UN according to international law and therefore has More

Raouf Halaby (2018-12-24). The Pernicious Walls in Bethlehem, Palestine, and Around the World. counterpunch.org As the countdown for the 2018 Christmas festivities begins, the tiny Palestinian village of Beit Lahem (Arabic for Bethlehem/House of Bread), is in its 51st year of a brutal occupation. Not unlike previous occupiers, the Israelis, employing the most sophisticated surveillance technology, are ruling Palestine with the harshest, most hateful, and most egregiously atrocious laws More

teleSUR (2018-12-24). Israel: Netanyahu's Coalition Collapses, Early Elections Called. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition collapsed Monday and an early general election was decided for April 9. The elections were supposed to be held in November. | RELATED | Israeli Soldiers Fire on Unknown Gunmen at Syria Border | A common refrain made by Netanyahu since the last elections in 2015 is that his coalition will last for four years, a fact that has not yet materialized. | "With God's help, we will win," said the prime minister who wants to form the same coa…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-24). Angela Davis on Running from the FBI, Lessons from Prison and How Aretha Franklin Got Her Free. democracynow.org For more than four decades, Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the black liberation movement, Davis's work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a prisoner and fugitive on the FBI's top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Once caught, she faced the death penalty in California. After being acquitted, she has spent her life fighting to change the criminal justic…

Arn Menconi (2018-12-24). Yemen and the War Powers Act. counterpunch.org There are two things you never let your children see being made. One is sausage. The other is policy. The House & Senate War Powers Resolutions were complicated as hell so most journalists and politicians are not able to explain half of it. For the wonkiest of wonks here is some information about the two separate More

Kary Love (2018-12-24). A Christmas Miracle? USA Stopping a War? counterpunch.org President Trump has "commander in chiefed" an end to the illegal US role in the war in Syria. And there are reports the Commander in Chief may order a draw down in Afghanistan, the war that keeps on giving! Knock me down with a feather! Turns out it ain't that hard to end a war! More

teleSUR (2018-12-24). Israeli Soldiers Fire on Unknown Gunmen at Syria Border. telesurenglish.net Israeli troops fired at alleged "gunmen" near the Syrian border without knowing exactly if they had intentions to enter their territory. | RELATED: | US: Trump's New Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan A War Hawk | News agencies reported that Israeli soldiers have fired on "several gunmen" at the border with Syria in the Golan Heights. | The Israeli Defe…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2018-12-24). Watch: Doc Follows Six Activists Facing Felonies for Exposing Animal Cruelty at Utah Factory Farms. commondreams.org A documentary published Sunday by The Intercept follows the story of six animal rights activists with the group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) who are facing felony charges—which could result in decades behind bars—for rescuing sickly animals from two factory farms in Utah. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-12-24). Trump's Syria Withdrawal Is A Simple Case Of Foreign Policy Realism. iranian.com President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is being denounced by an impressive range of critics claiming that it is a surrender to Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iran — as well as a betrayal of the Kurds and a victory for Isis. The pullout may be one or all of these things, but […]

The Iranian (2018-12-24). Turkish President Erdogan Slams Netanyahu On Twitter. iranian.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked on a new war of words, with the two heads trading insults again on Sunday. Erdogan slammed Netanyahu as an "oppressor", following the Israeli Prime Minister's claim that he had massacred Kurds. "You are an oppressor, cruel and at the head of state terror," […]

Tehran Times (2018-12-24). Uh-Oh, 65% Of Iranian Population Overweight, Obese. iranian.com Obesity and overweight have affected about 65 percent of the country's population, while physical inactivity is the main reason behind, the Health Ministry's director for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has said. Over 55 percent of the population are physically inactive, which means not having at least 150 minutes of physical activity during the week, ISNA quoted […]

Juan Cole (2018-12-24). With Trump Leaving, Syrian Kurds Seeking Support Of Damascus, Moscow Against Turkey. iranian.com Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigned on Thursday in part because he felt his president was violating the code of the Marines, that no man should be left behind. In abruptly pulling out of Syria, Trump was abandoning the Syrian Kurds, the only allies the US could find in the Middle East against ISIL. The […]

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2018-12-24). Why Mattis' Exit Is A Defining Moment In US Foreign Policy. iranian.com Within the week, President Trump's sudden announcement of "total" troop withdrawal from Syria has ripped apart the American political system and exposed its fault lines. Trump's decision is intrinsically a sound one. He didn't start the Syrian conflict and he has been on record repeatedly that the US had no business to intervene in it militarily. But […]

WSWS (2018-12-24). European powers condemn Trump's withdrawal from Syria. wsws.org Trump's planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the subsequent resignation of defence secretary James Mattis have provoked a fierce response from European leaders.

RT (2018-12-24). Rand Paul owns warmongers in epic 'Festivus Twitterstorm'. rt.com Taking a break from the busy legislative season, US Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) had a field day on Twitter, roasting President Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham and John Bolton among others.

RT (2018-12-24). Is new acting Pentagon boss a 'fox in henhouse' or easily bullied yes-man? rt.com Patrick Shanahan will become acting defense secretary as of January 1, after President Donald Trump hastened the departure of Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis over the Syria withdrawal. But who is the former Boeing executive?

amnesty (2018-12-24). Russian Federation: The Network case, shrouded in secrecy and marred by numerous torture allegations. amnesty.org Amnesty International is concerned about the ongoing prosecution of at least 10 young men from Penza and St Petersburg, mostly left-wing political activists describing themselves as antifascists and anarchists, in connection with the so called "Network" (Set') case. It is particularly concerning that the complaints, made by several of the co-accused, about torture and other ill-treatment allegedly being used to extract "confessions", are not being investigated effectively.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-24). Dem. Rep. of Congo Postpones Election While US Props up President Kabila. therealnews.com After 58 years of repression, the battle for democracy picks up in the DRC, while PResident Joseph Kabila continues to enjoy unquestioned support from the US and has an Israeli security company working for him. We speak to Maurice Carney

Alan Macleod (2018-12-24). Our Poor, Defenseless Military Industrial Complex. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — It is a sign of our times that our media attempt to decipher future government policy by analyzing the president's tweets, like some bizarre game of telephone. Throughout November, there was speculation of a coming reduction in military spending, and when Donald Trump took to Twitter (12/3/18) to describe the $716 billion budget as "crazy," media took …

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 …

Abdel Bari Atwan (2018-12-23). Trump's Retreat from Syria: Why Is the US Withdrawing Its Forces? globalresearch.ca There is a military rule that says: if you are facing defeat and want to cut your losses, the shortest way out is to declare victory and promptly retreat. | US President Donald Trump may not be familiar with this dictum, …

Philip Giraldi (2018-12-23). Why The United States Has Not Won A Real War Since 1945. iranian.com If anyone is still wondering why the United States has not won a real war since 1945, I offer up the example of retired U.S. Army Colonel Wes Martin (pictured above), who writes for Town Hall and reportedly also has appeared as an expert commentator on Fox. Town Hall is a purveyor of a certain type of "American conservatism." It […]

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 […]

Clio Chang (2018-12-23). Major Liberal Groups Sat on Sidelines as Senate Passed Historic Resolution on Yemen War. theintercept.com The Senate vote this month to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen marked a historic break from a bipartisan embrace of a pro-war foreign policy, yet it was accomplished without strong backing from Washington's liberal foreign policy infrastructure. | The resolution, co-sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., invokes the rights laid out in the War Powers Act of 1973 that assert Congress's authority over war, and it was the result of many months of work by a coalition of progressive activists and anti-war lawmakers. The war is Saudi-led, but the U.S. has provided cri…

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…

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.

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

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-12-23). Endless War Has Been Normalized and Everyone Is Crazy. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — 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 …

Middle East Eye (2018-12-23). Turkey Bolsters Troop Levels in Syria, Threatens to Eliminate Syrian Kurds. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Turkey on Saturday sent military reinforcements to northern Syria near an area controlled by Kurdish forces as Ankara threatens to carry out a fresh offensive to wipe them out, a war monitor said. The move comes after US President Donald Trump's surprise announcement on Wednesday of the withdrawal of American troops stationed in northeastern Syria …

Jason Ditz (2018-12-23). Democrats and Republicans Unite in Panic Over Syria Pullout, Afghanistan Drawdown. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Open-ended war continuation has so much momentum in the US that President Trump's announced pullout from Syria shocked the nation. Followed up the same week with a drawdown from Afghanistan, the mainstream is now completely apoplectic. On the left and right, comfort with the status quo was virtually uniform. The arguments behind condemning the drawdowns vary …

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

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