2018-12-27: Social Media Postees

Apartheid Israel or US Democracy?
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2018-12-27
Is protecting Israeli Apartheid more important to Americans than preserving the fundamental nature of their own democracy?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/apartheid-israel-or-us-democracy/

The 8 Most Important Labor Stories of 2018
Rebecca Burns | commondreams.org | 2018-12-27
McDonald's workers are joined by other activists as they march toward the company's headquarters to protest sexual harassment at the fast food chain's restaurants on September 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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There Is No Marshall Plan for Iraq. The Cruel Legacy of America's War Machine
Greta Berlin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
On June 5, 1947, in an address at Harvard University, Secretary of State George C. Marshall introduced a European self-help program financed by the United States to the tune of 13 billion dollars (about $110 billion by 2018 estimates), | … | The post There Is No Marshall Plan for Iraq. The Cruel Legacy of America's War Machine appeared first on
globalresearch.ca/there-is-no-marshall-plan-for-iraq-the-cruel-legacy-of-americas-war-machine/5664067

'Israel meant to kill more': Gaza 10 years after Op Cast Lead
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-27
Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008, began with targeting a graduation ceremony for police cadets.
aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/meant-kill-gaza-10-years-op-cast-lead-181227150517608.html

Selected Articles: US Troop Withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
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 … | The post Selected Articles: US Troop Withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-us-troop-withdrawals-from-syria-and-afghanistan/5664122

In Bethlehem, I Had a Vivid Experience of What Israel's Occupation Feels Like
Ghada Karmi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
"O little town of Bethlehem/How still we see thee lie/Above thy deep and dreamless sleep/The silent stars go by," runs the famous Christmas carol sung all over the English-speaking world as it celebrates Christmas. | On Christmas Eve midnight mass will … | The post In Bethlehem, I Had a Vivid Experience of What Israel's Occupation Feels Like appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/in-bethlehem-i-had-a-vivid-experience-of-what-israels-occupation-feels-like/5664052

Trump May be Seeking a Win-Win Outcome in Syria
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
"The Axis of Resistance is effectively wiping out terrorism in Syria — terrorism supported by the West — and for this, we should all be grateful," Mark Taliano said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency. | "Did the on-going … | The post Trump May be Seeking a Win-Win Outcome in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/trump-may-be-seeking-a-win-win-outcome-in-syria/5664027

An End to Empires
Richard Galustian | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
President Trump's announcement, seemingly unilaterally, without advice from his military advisors or the Pentagon, has shocked and rocked American Military's status quo strategy that has failed us all since post 9/11, yet the overwhelming majority of the American people and … | The post An End to Empires appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/an-end-to-empires/5664107

Banned: The Smear Campaign Against British-Israeli Peace Activist Gilad Atzmon
Richard Hugus | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-27
Jazz saxophonist and writer Gilad Atzmon was recently banned from playing at an assembly hall in Islington, a borough of London, by order of the Islington Town Council. This came about as a result of an e-mail from one person — Martin Rankoff — saying nothing more than that if Atzmon was going to be […] | The post Banned: The Smear Campaign Against British-Israeli Peace Activist Gilad Atzmon appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/the-smear-campaign-against-british-israeli-peace-activist-gilad-atzmon/253344/

A Reuters Report on Iran That Fueled US Diatribes
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-27
This year, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made speeches about corruption and property confiscation in Iran that borrowed animating details from a skewed, 5-year-old story that is gaining influence, writes Ivan Kesic. By Ivan Kesic in Zagreb, Croatia Special to… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/12/27/a-reuters-report-on-iran-that-fueled-us-diatribes/

Trump's Big Pullout
Chandra Muzaffar | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-27
It is significant that US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw his troops from Syria. The 14thDecember decision was followed immediately by another announcement by the President to pull out a sizeable number of soldiers from Afghanistan where the US has been involved in a war for the last 17 years — the longest…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/27/trumps-big-pullout/

Saudi King Salman Reshuffles Cabinet in Blow to MBS
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-27
Saudi King Salman has issued a series of royal decrees that has the effect of creating a major cabinet reshuffle. | RELATED | Saudi Arabia Says US Senate Vote on Yemen War an 'Interference' | The appointments make former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf as the new foreign minister and also include changes to key national security posts, state media reported Thursday. | The reshuffle comes after the Saudi government faces intense international pressure over the killing of Saudi jo…
telesurenglish.net/news/After-Khashoggi-Killing-Saudi-King-Salman-Reshuffles-Cabinet-in-Blow-to-MBS-20181227-0012.html

Anti-war protesters demand end to U.S. militarism abroad and on the border
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-12-27
Minneapolis, MN – On Sunday, December 23, 30 people gathered to demonstrate against U.S. wars, at an action titled "Send an Anti-War Message for the Holidays – Stop Endless Wars." The protest took place in Uptown Minneapolis near a commercial node full of holiday shoppers, as well as the busy Uptown Transit Station where eight different bus routes converge. | Demonstrators demanded immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from all foreign wars and interventions, questioning whether President Trump's recent announcement that he had ordered thousands of troops out of Syria and Afghanistan would truly end illegal U.S. in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2018/12/27/anti-wa…

A Skewed 5-year-old Reuters Report on Iran Fueled Mike Pompeo's Latest Diatribe
Ivan Kesic | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-27
This year, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made speeches about corruption and property confiscation in Iran that borrowed animating details from a skewed, 5-year-old story that is gaining influence, writes Ivan Kesic. | The post A Skewed 5-year-old Reuters Report on Iran Fueled Mike Pompeo's Latest Diatribe appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/the-5-year-old-reuters-report-on-iran-that-fueled-mike-pompeos-diatribe/253316/

What's Behind U.S. Troop Withdrawals Announced for Syria and Afghanistan?
Sara Flounders | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
The announced withdrawal of the remaining 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria and a partial withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean an end to the Pentagon's aggressive militarism and endless U.S. wars — in Syria, in Afghanistan, in the region or … | The post What's Behind U.S. Troop Withdrawals Announced for Syria and Afghanistan? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/whats-behind-u-s-troop-withdrawals-announced-for-syria-and-afghanistan/5664075

HSBC divests from Israeli arms company Elbit Systems
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-27
Bank faced pressure from pro-Palestinian activists over its dealings with firm, which makes drones and weapons systems.
aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/hsbc-divests-israeli-arms-company-elbit-systems-181227152127652.html

UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after seven years
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-27
Move seen as boost to Syrian government from an Arab country which once funded opposition fighters.
aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/uae-reopen-damascus-embassy-years-181227114344549.html

Trump Is Leaving Behind a Trap for Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
The US executive order of withdrawal from Syria has been signed off on, indicating that President Trump is determined to recall the few thousands US troops in Syria back home. It is well known that regular troops are much more … | The post Trump Is Leaving Behind a Trap for Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/trump-is-leaving-behind-a-trap-for-russia-turkey-and-iran-in-syria/5664045

What is Trump's strategy for Syria and the region?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-27
US President Donald Trump defends his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria…
aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2018/12/trump-strategy-syria-region-181227185231544.html

Video: Israel Strikes Syria. Russia's S-300 Air Defense System Was Not Used against Israeli War Planes
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
Late on December 25, the Israeli Air Force carried out a missile strike on targets in the Damascus International Airport area. According to reports, Israeli F-16I jets launched at least 16 missiles from Lebanese airspace. | The Syrian media stressed that … | The post Video: Israel Strikes Syria. Russia's S-300 Air Defense System Was Not Used against Israeli War Planes appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-israel-strikes-syria-russias-s-300-air-system-was-not-used-against-israeli-war-planes/5664042

Israel's Airstrikes on Syria Threatened 2 Civilian Flights Landing in Beirut and Damascus. Russian Report
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-27
Russia's Defense Ministry has said Israel carried out airstrikes on Syrian targets as two civilian flights were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting passengers at risk. | The Israeli military put two civilian airliners in immediate danger, Igor Konashenkov, the | … | The post Israel's Airstrikes on Syria Threatened 2 Civilian Flights Landing in Beirut and Damascus. Russian Report appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/israels-airstrikes-on-syria-threatened-2-civilian-flights-landing-in-beirut-damascus-russia/5664088

Sudan journalists strike in support of protests
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-27
Activists and opposition groups have called on people to take to the streets again over the next few days.
aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sudan-journalists-strike-support-protests-181227101202722.html

Muslim Ban: Meet the Yemeni Americans Suing Trump in an Attempt to Reunite with Loved Ones
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-27
counterpunch.org/2018/12/27/muslim-ban-meet-the-yemeni-americans-suing-trump-in-an-attempt-to-reunite-with-loved-ones/

Turkish-Backed Fighters Preparing to Replace US Forces in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-27
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Turkey-backed rebel fighters in Syria are gearing up for a major deployment into northeastern Syria, with an eye on replacing the US ground troops in the area. Turkey is planning to invade in the course of this replacement, and is coordinating with the US and the pullout and deployment. President Trump has said the withdrawal …

Turkish-Backed Fighters Preparing to Replace US Forces in Syria

Since When Did the Irish Words "Sinn Féin" Mean Pro-Empire?
Aidan O'Brien | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-27
Brexit has exposed Ireland as much as it has exposed Britain. In the on and off deal between the UK and the EU, the future of the Irish border, and therefore the future of Ireland, is being decided by faceless bureaucrats in Britain and Brussels. This is yet more proof – if any more proof was needed – of Ireland's dependent status. After the Irish banking disaster, this is the latest ignominy "Independent Ireland" must bear.
counterpunch.org/2018/12/27/since-when-did-the-irish-words-sinn-fein-mean-pro-empire/

Israeli premier demands German government stop funding Jewish Museum Berlin
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-27
Benjamin Netanyahu's letter accuses the museum of "anti-Israel activities" for seeking to engage in dialogue with Muslims and others.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/27/jewi…

Israel's Netanyahu calls early election amid corruption charges
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-27
While Netanyahu will have to fight the election under a cloud, he sees this as preferable to doing so as an indicted crook.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/27/isra…

Trump stages visit to Iraq amid mounting crisis over Syria troop withdrawal
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-27
The surprise visit appeared aimed at mollifying sections of the military-intelligence apparatus and reasserting Trump's commitment to US militarism in the Middle East.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/27/syri…

Despite U.S. Sanctions Iran's Budget Projects Higher Oil Revenues
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-27
As Iran's oil exports have halved due to U.S. sanctions, the government has set 1,425 trillion rials income from oil, petroleum products and natural gas exports in the next year budget bill, which indicates a 32% growth year-on-year. Iran's fiscal year starts on March 21. The projected increase of oil revenues is odd since Iran's […] | The post Despite U.S. Sanctions Iran's Budget Projects Higher Oil Revenues appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/26/despite-u-s-sanctions-irans-budget-projects-higher-oil-revenues/

We Can End the US War on Syria
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-26
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 with war anyway. It has been a disaster. The war has resulted in hundreds of thousands of…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/26/we-can-end-the-us-war-on-syria/

Is Kissing a "State Sponsor of Terrorism" a "Terrorist Act"?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-26
There are now "'good guy terrorists" and "bad guy terrorists". John Kerry concurs: financial aid to Syria's Al Nusra, an affiliate of Al Qaeda is part of NATO's "Responsibility to Protect" mandate. | The post Is Kissing a "State Sponsor of Terrorism" a "Terrorist Act"? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/is-kissing-a-state-sponsor-of-terrorism-a-terrorist-act/5332856

Israel Advances Plans for Nearly 2,200 Settler Homes: NGO
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-26
Israeli authorities have advanced plans for nearly 2,200 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now non profit said Wednesday, the first such approvals since snap polls were called earlier this week. | RELATED: | Airbnb Will Continue to Profit in Israeli- Ocuppied West Bank | A defense ministry committee with responsibility for such projec…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israel-Advances-Plans-for-Nearly-2200-Settler-Homes-NGO-20181226-0024.html

Trump Grasps for Positive Headlines, Visits Troops in Iraq
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-26
President Donald Trump made a surprise Christmas visit to U.S. troops in Iraq Wednesday, his first trip to a conflict zone nearly two years into his presidency and days after announcing a pullout of American troops from Syria. | RELATED | US Border Wall No Match for Mexican Girl's Santa Wish List | Air Force One touched down at the Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad after an overnight flight from Washington with first lady Melania Trump, a small group of aides and Secret Service agents,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Grasps-for-Positive-Headlines-Visits-Troops-in-Iraq-20181226-0016.html

Israel launches Christmas missile attack on Damascus
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-12-26
Washington, DC – The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is reporting that Israel struck the region around Damascus, December 25. | According to the report, "Syrian air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes from over the Lebanese territories and downed most of them before reaching their targets, affirming that the damages of the aggression were limited to a munition warehouse and the injury of three soldiers." | U.S. and Israeli-backed forces in Syria are in the final stages of defeat.
www.fightbacknews.org/2018/12/26/israel-…

Video: Who Are the White Helmets? Fake News and Staged Rescues
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-26
Maxim Grigoriev of the "Foundation for the Study of Democracy", discussed this and other findings gleaned from interviews with numerous individuals, including former terrorists, in Syria, during a video-taped presentation entitled, "Roundtable Discussion on the Middle East Issues: Activities of … | The post Video: Who Are the White Helmets? Fake News and Staged Rescues appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-who-are-the-white-helmets-fake-news-and-staged-rescues/5663906

Moscow Accuses Israel of Huge Violation of Sovereignty in Syria
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-26
Moscow on Wednesday said Israel had violated Syria's sovereignty with airstrikes the day before, after Israel and Damascus blamed each other for the hostilities. | RELATED: | Israel: Netanyahu's Coalition Collapses, Early Elections Called…
telesurenglish.net/news/Moscow-Accuses-Israel-of-Huge-Violation-of-Sovereignty-in-Syria-20181226-0018.html

Obama, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. The PSD-11 "Secret Blueprint" to Implement Regime Change across the Middle East
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-26
There is a great uproar over the recent decision by US President Trump to pull US troops out of Syria, announcing his reason for doing so is that ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, has largely been defeated. What lies behind … | The post Obama, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. The PSD-11 "Secret Blueprint" to Implement Regime Change across the Middle East appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/obama-isis-and-the-muslim-brotherhood-the-psd-11-secret-blueprint-to-implement-regime-change-across-middle-east/5663991

Muslim Ban: Meet the Yemeni Americans Suing Trump in an Attempt to Reunite with Loved Ones
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-26
A group of Yemeni Americans have filed a new federal lawsuit over President Trump's Muslim ban. The suit alleges the State Department has revoked previously approved visas, preventing many Yemenis from reuniting with their families living in the United States. We speak to two of the plaintiffs and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which brought the lawsuit.
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/26/muslim_b…

Mattis Signs Order to Withdraw US Troops From Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-26
(ANTIWAR.COM) — With just a week left before his new departure date, Defense Secretary James Mattis has signed the official order to withdraw US troops from Syria. Mattis had opposed the withdrawal, and it is seen as a major reason for his resignation. The withdrawal will see some 2,000 US troops removed from Syria, a plan announced …

Mattis Signs Order to Withdraw US Troops From Syria

Israel Preparing for Comprehensive War in Syria: Report
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-26
(MEMO) — Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that Israel is preparing for a comprehensive war on Syria following the US' withdrawal from the country. The newspaper said that the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has left Israel forced to face the Iranian presence in Syria with its troops alone. The newspaper quoted Israel's former defence …

Israel Preparing for Comprehensive War in Syria: Report

Russia: Israeli Attack on Syria "Directly Threatened" Two Civilian Flights
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-26
(MEE) — Russia's Ministry of Defence claimed on Wednesday that Israeli missile strikes near Damascus the previous day had directly threatened two civilian flights, saying the actions were "a gross violation of the sovereignty of Syria". "The provocative actions of the Israeli air force… directly threatened two airliners," ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement. Konashenkov said the attack …

Russia: Israeli Attack on Syria "Directly Threatened" Two Civilian Flights

Israel Strikes Syria on Christmas in First Attack Since US Troops Ordered to Withdraw
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-26
(ZHE) — That didn't take long. On Christmas Day, Israel launched what Bloomberg described as its first airstrike in Syria since President Trump's "shocking"announcement that he would withdraw all US troops from Syrian territory (to the disgust of US national security officials and every neo-con anywhere). The strike targeted an ammunition depot in the Damascus countryside believed to …

Israel Strikes Syria on Christmas in First Attack Since US Troops Ordered to Withdraw

China: Trial of lawyer Wang Quanzhang a "cruel charade"
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2018-12-26
The trial of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is a cruel charade and he should be immediately and unconditionally released, Amnesty International said. | Wang is one of the few lawyers still held in detention after the Chinese government's mass crackdown in 2015, which targeted nearly 250 lawyers and activists. He is on trial at the Tianjin Municipal No.2 Intermediate People's Court accused of "subverting state power," which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. | "This is a sham trial in which Wang Quanzhang is being persecuted only for peacefully defending human rights," said Doriane Lau, C…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/12/china-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-trial-cruel-charade/

Iran To "Build A Force Of 100,000 Ground Troops" In Syria, Claims Israeli Defense Chief
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-12-26
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to intensify military action in Syria after the White House's order for all US troops to pullout out of the country — expected to be complete within months — and now Israel's outgoing defense chief, Gadi Eisenkot, has revealed more details of what's driving Israel's thinking. Gen. Eisenkot, who is set to complete his four-year tenure next month, warned […] | The post Iran To "Build A Force Of 100,000 Ground Troops" In Syria, Claims Israeli Defense Chief appeared fir…
iranian.com/2018/12/26/iran-ground-troops-in-syria/

War: The Dark Side Of Hollywood
Mohammad Ala | iranian.com | 2018-12-26
In recent news, Hollywood is acting upset at the decision to pull US troops from Syria. Perhaps, instead of US troops, Hollywood should send Chuck Norris, Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger to fight in their place. That would be a battle worthy of media attention! Although some good movies have been produced by the Hollywood […] | The post War: The Dark Side Of Hollywood appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/26/war-the-dark-side-of-hollywood/

Oil Minister: Private Buyers Of Iran Crude Have No Problems Exporting It
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-26
Iran said on Wednesday private exporters have had "no problems" selling Iranian oil, and 3 million barrels of crude could be sold soon to non-government traders, state media reported, despite U.S. sanctions targeting Tehran's oil sales. Iran began selling crude oil to private companies for export in late October, just ahead of U.S. sanctions on […] | The post Oil Minister: Private Buyers Of Iran Crude Have No Problems Exporting It appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/26/private-buyers-of-iran-crude-have-no-problems-exporting-it/

Syrian Army Downs Missiles From Israeli Air Strike, State Media Says
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-12-26
An arms depot was hit and three soldiers were injured due to the attack, which was launched from Lebanon's airspace, state media said Syrian air defences on Tuesday confronted Israeli missiles above Damascus and downed most of them before reaching their targets, state TV quoted a military source as saying. "Our air defences confronted hostile […] | The post Syrian Army Downs Missiles From Israeli Air Strike, State Media Says appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/26/syrian-army-downs-missiles-from-israeli-air-strike-state-media-says/

Iran's Judiciary Signals A Less Restrictive Position On Women Attending Men's Sports
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-12-26
The deputy head of Iran's judiciary says women can be allowed to go to stadiums to watch men's sports if certain "conditions" are met. "Women attending matches at the sports arenas, is not a problem, per se," says mid-ranking cleric Hadi Sadeqi, adding, "They are allowed to go to sports arenas, as men are, provided […] | The post Iran's Judiciary Signals A Less Restrictive Position On Women Attending Men's Sports appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/25/less-restrictive-position-on-women-attending-mens-sports/

Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-25
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/25/bring-the-troops-home-but-also-stop-the-bombing/

The Double Games of Foes and Friends: The Intercept's 2018 National Security Coverage
The Intercept | theintercept.com | 2018-12-25
From government eavesdropping on private citizens to revelatory details about Russian interference in the 2016 election to Washington's draconian efforts to track and punish whistleblowers and journalists, surveillance and spying have been recurring themes this year. Influence-peddling has been rampant, with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies cozying up to the Trump administration in exchange for insider information, freedom to silence dissidents, and crucial assistance for their brutal war in Yemen. The U.S. government, meanwhile, has been up to its old tricks, honoring war criminals and promoting a notorious over…
theintercept.com/2018/12/25/the-intercept-2018-national-security/

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