2018-12-31: News Headlines

Blooming Barricade (2018-12-31). The New York Times and Rouzan al-Najjar. indybay.org The Times did a valuable service by investigating the murder of a Palestinian medic by Israeli snipers, but undermined their own work with pro-apartheid framing and both-sides tropes.

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-31). Khomeini's Grandson And Rafsanjani's Daughter Expect Iranian Regime To Collapse. iranian.com Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian regime, has said that he expects the Iranian regime to collapse, saying there is no guarantee the regime will survive. "The foundation of any society is to win people's satisfaction. There is no guarantee that we stay in power and the others go" […]

Middle East Eye (2018-12-31). Hardline Cleric Larijani Appointed To Head Powerful Iran Council. iranian.com Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani – chief of Iran's hardline judiciary who has been blacklisted by Washington – was appointed on Sunday as the new head of the powerful Expediency Council, state television reported. Larijani, 57, was appointed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who also made him a member of the Guardian Council, which […]

Zero Hedge (2018-12-31). "The President Is Reconsidering": Syria Pullout On Thin Ice After Lunch With Lindsey Graham. iranian.com President Trump is "reconsidering" his strategy to pull US forces out of Syria following an "eye-opening trip to Iraq" the day after Christmas, Bloomberg reports. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee – a harsh critic of Trump's announced pullout, said earlier Sunday that he would try to change Trump's mind during […]

Tehran Times (2018-12-31). Iran's Khademalsharieh Wins Silver At World Chess Blitz Championship. iranian.com Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran claimed a silver medal at the World Blitz Chess Championship on Sunday. Russian Kateryna Lagno won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Khademalsharieh took the silver with 13 points and the bronze medal went to Chinese Lei Tingjie who scored 12.5 points. The chess […]

Maysam Behravesh (2018-12-31). Iran's Policy In Post-US Syria Is To Block Kurdish Left. iranian.com US President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria caught many people off guard, including his own administration officials. It actually prompted the resignation of Defence Secretary James Mattis. The surprise, however, was perhaps greater in Tehran's corridors of power. Less than two months earlier, US national security advisor John Bolton […]

Oil Price (2018-12-31). Iran's Oil Exports To Asia Slump To Five-Year Low In November. iranian.com Iran's oil sales to the four major crude buyers in Asia plunged in November to the lowest level in more than five years, as Indian imports slumped and South Korea and Japan had halted purchases before the U.S. sanctions on the Iranian oil industry returned. The combined oil imports from Iran of China, India, South […]

Jessica Corbett (2018-12-31). Leaked Documents Expose Facebook's Ever-Changing Rulebook for Censoring Content. theantimedia.com (CD) — After the New York Times on Thursday published an exposé of Facebook's global censorship rulebook, journalist Rania Khalek called out the social media giant for taking down a video in which she explains how, "on top of being occupied, colonized territory, Palestine is Israel's personal laboratory for testing, refining, and showcasing methods and weapons of domination and control." Tweeting out the Times report—and noting that while, …

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-31). How Critics of Trump's Syria Withdrawal Fueled the Rise of ISIS. theantimedia.com Too many of those protesting the removal of U.S. forces are authors of the catastrophe that tore Syria to pieces. (CN Op-ed) — President Donald Trump's announcement of an imminent withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria summoned a predictable paroxysm of outrage from Washington's foreign policy establishment. Former secretary of state and self-described "hair icon" Hillary …

Tyler Durden (2018-12-31). Trump "Reconsidering" Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria Thanks to Lindsey Graham. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — President Trump is "reconsidering" his strategy to pull US forces out of Syria following an "eye-opening trip to Iraq" the day after Christmas, Bloomberg reports. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee — a harsh critic of Trump's announced pullout, said earlier Sunday that he would try to change Trump's mind during …

Middle East Eye (2018-12-31). US Troops Still Patrolling Syria's Manbij Despite Trump's Order to Stop Being There. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Stars and Stripes fluttered above four US armoured vehicles driving through drizzle in the Syrian city of Manbij on Sunday, each visibly carrying an armed soldier on lookout duty. The US patrol inside the strategic city near the Turkish border comes despite President Donald Trump's shock announcement this month that he is pulling American …

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Israel protests against Jordan minister stepping on Israeli flag. aljazeera.com Minister Jumana Ghuneimat was pictured last week stepping on Israeli flag when entering trade union complex in Amman.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Netanyahu: Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem. aljazeera.com Israeli leader claims Brazilian president told him that embassy relocation from Tel Aviv is a matter of 'when, not if'.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Israel's Bennett and Shaked announce 'New Right' political party. aljazeera.com Hayemin Hehadash, or 'New Right', will be a partnership between right-wing secular and religious politicians.

Marjorie Cohn (2018-12-30). School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract. zcomm.org In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the BDS movement…

teleSUR (2018-12-30). Netanyahu: Brazil's Bolsonaro To Move Embassy to Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net During a meeting with members of the Jewish community in Rio de Janeiro, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Brazil will move its embassy to Jerusalem, with the date yet to be decided. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu' | In Netanyahu's own words, Bolsonaro told him that it was "when, not if," regarding the embassy move. | "We attach enormous importance to Brazil, and Brazil in the context of Latin America," the Israeli prime minis…

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Six Iranians cross English Channel in inflatable boat from France. aljazeera.com Number of migrants making the risky crossing from France to UK in small boats since October continues to rise.

Telesur (2018-12-30). Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu'. globalresearch.ca Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to deepen ties during a meeting Friday. However, Bolsonaro did not confirm whether his government will move the Brazilian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city …

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-30). "Sleeping with the Enemy" in Northern Syria? The Putin-Erdogan "Demilitarized Zone" globalresearch.ca They're strange bedfellows — Putin-led democratic Russia v. fantasy democracy Turkey under tinpot despot/wannabe sultan Erdogan. | The aims of both countries in Syria are world's apart, squaring the circle between them no simple task. | Last September, Putin let Erdogan deceive …

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-12-30). The Syrian Army Enters Manbij as Trump Follows Through on Withdrawal: Iraq Is Next. globalresearch.ca The US presidential plane landed in the darkness of the Iraqi military base of Ayn al-Assad in west Anbar with Donald Trump onboard. But by the time his plane took off three hours later, Trump left behind a protocol-political-parliamentary storm …

STAFF (2018-12-30). Is Saudi Arabia Hiring Sudanese Children to Fight in Yemen? truthdig.com The New York Times causes an international stir by estimating that 20 percent of Sudanese fighters in Yemen may be between 13 and 17.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). Damascus allows Iraq to hit ISIL targets in Syria: State media. aljazeera.com Syrian state media says Iraqi forces can now attack ISIL targets inside Syria without getting approval from Damascus.

aljazeera (2018-12-30). The events that shook the Palestinian territories in 2018. aljazeera.com With little reason for optimism for 2019, here are the main events that rocked the West Bank, Gaza and Israel this year.

teleSUR (2018-12-30). Mexico: MORENA Council Woman Shot Dead. telesurenglish.net Maria Ascension Cruz Torres, councilwoman elected for the party of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, National Regeneration Movement (Morena), was killed by a gunman in Mazatepec in the Morelos state on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Journalist Dies in Northern Mexico, Activists Demand Justice | According to local media, an armed man shot the…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-30). Saudi Use of Child Soldiers in Yemen: US Tax Dollars "Help Pay for It" truthout.org "America is now aiding and abetting the use of child soldiers." | That was how Ari Rabin-Havt, deputy policy director for US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), responded to a New York Times report on Friday detailing Saudi Arabia's use of Sudanese child soldiers as young as 14 years old to wage its vicious assault on Yemen, which has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. | According to the Times, "Five fighters who have ret…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-30). Let's Remember the Social Justice Organizers We Lost in 2018. truthout.org There were thousands of organizers, activists and local social justice leaders around the world who died in 2018. These people may not have made the headlines, but they did crucial work in their local communities. Making Contact brings you some of the voices and stories of this year's Fallen Heroes. | Special thanks to Discover Nikkei. | Featuring: | Dorothy Cotton, civil rights pioneer | Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, researcher and Japanese internment survivor — remembered by Karen Ishizuka, chief curator at the Japanese American National Museum | Muhiyidin Moye aka D'Baha, Black Lives Matter Charleston leader…

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-12-30). Iraq Is Next: Here's Why All US Troops Could Be Out By End Of Trump's 1st Term. iranian.com The US presidential plane landed in the darkness of the Iraqi military base of Ayn al-Assad in west Anbar with Donald Trump onboard. But by the time his plane took off three hours later, Trump left behind a protocol-political-parliamentary storm in Mesopotamia as Iraqi members of parliament requested the departure of the 5200 US forces […]

Federico Pieraccini (2018-12-30). The West Is in Disarray, and It Will Only Get Worse. Crisis of Political Leadership in US and EU. globalresearch.ca We are witnessing the withdrawal from Syria of the American military contingent, protests in France, the prospect of a British hard Brexit, the political decline of Angela Merkel in Germany, Netanyahu in crisis, and Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia …

RT (2018-12-30). Yemeni toddler dies in US hospital days after desperate mother defeats travel ban to say goodbye. rt.com A heartbroken Yemeni mother, who fought for an American visa for months so she could see her dying son, got to spend just 10 days with him before the two-year-old passed away in a US hospital.

RT (2018-12-30). Retired Gen. McChrystal slams 'immoral liar' Trump for pulling out of Syria, says ISIS on the rise. rt.com Retired General Stanley McChrystal became the latest military heavyweight to round on the US president for curtailing American army presence in Afghanistan and Syria.

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-30). Saudi Arabia Bought Sudanese Children to Use as Soldiers in Yemen: NYT. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — In 2016 Saudi Arabia offered around $10,000 for families in Darfur, Sudan affected by the Sudanese civil war to send their children to fight in Yemen, the New York Times claimed on Friday. In the article, "On the Front Line of the Saudi War in Yemen? Child Soldiers from Darfur," the newspaper quoted Hager Shomo Ahmed, 16, …

Middle East Eye (2018-12-30). US Commanders Recommend Letting Syrian Kurds Keep US-Supplied Weapons. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US commanders planning for the withdrawal of their troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) be allowed to keep US-supplied weapons, four American officials have said, a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey. Three of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the recommendations were part of …

Consortiumnews (2018-12-29). Local Forces Who Defeated ISIS in Syria Defend Their Territory. consortiumnews.com The outcry against Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria reveals an appetite for regional hegemony, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. It also minimizes the capacity of native militia to defend territory for which they fought and died. A Wise and… Read more →

Sarah Abed (2018-12-29). The Decade-Long U.S. Campaign To Foment Syria's "Revolution" And Unseat Assad. mintpressnews.com As the US prepares to pull out of Syria, we revisit Sarah Abed's account of the US campaign to foment regime change in the country."

Medea Benjamin (2018-12-29). 10 Good Things About 2018. commondreams.org Protesters from the Sunrise Movement, an environmental advocacy group, staged a protest inside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2018-12-29). Yemeni Boy Whose Mother Fought Trump Travel Ban, Dies. telesurenglish.net Two year-old Abdullah Hassan, the Yemeni boy who struggled for life while his mother valiantly fought the Trump travel ban in order to see her son, has tragically passed away after being on life support for over a month. | RELATED: | Trump Travel Ban Prevents Yemeni Mother From Seeing Dying Son | Hassan succumbed to a genetic brain condition Friday at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations. | His mother,…

Hassina MechaàØ (2018-12-29). "The Surgeon of Gaza": Providing Care to the Wounded of Palestine. globalresearch.ca French surgeon Christophe Oberlin has spent 17 years travelling to Gaza. He tells MEMO about the evolution of wounds throughout the years as a result of the changes in weaponry | * | He is nicknamed the "surgeon of Gaza". It was …

Juan Cole (2018-12-29). Biggest Stories of 2018: Israel Announced Apartheid, Shot Thousands of Civilians. globalresearch.ca 2018 was in many ways a turning point for the position of Israel in the system of Western, liberal, capitalist democracies. It had long sat uneasily among France, Britain, and the United States, inasmuch as it was founded on a …

Medea Benjamin (2018-12-29). On the U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan. zcomm.org "We want to challenge Donald Trump … by pointing out that he continues to support the war in Yemen and the repressive Saudi regime"

Ruth Conniff (2018-12-29). Redrawing the Political Map: Gerrymandering Fights Set the Stage for 2019 and Beyond. commondreams.org "Democrats and good-government activists are trying to build momentum to oppose gerrymandering in all the states—even when Democrats are the ones drawing the maps," Conniff writes. (Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Iranian (2018-12-29). Last Sassanids And The Anti-Caliphate Alliance With Tang (Video). iranian.com The Sassanid Empire was weakened after the war of 602-628 against the Byzantine Empire and their defeats at al-Qadisiyyah and Nahavand at the hands of the Caliphate forces effectively ended the empire. Still, representatives of the House of Sasan continued resisting and found allies – the Tang dynasty in China.

Moon of Alabama (2018-12-29). Syria To Regain Northeastern Territory. Political Isolation Ends. iranian.com The fallout from U.S. president Trump's decision to retreat from Syria develops as expected. Trump had announced a rapid draw down of U.S. troops in Syria. Later he spoke of a controlled process that would allow Turkey to take over the U.S. occupied areas in northeast Syria. That plan, probably initiated by National Security Advisor John […]

James M. Dorsey (2018-12-29). U.S. Military Posture In The Persian Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes For Iran's Chabahar Port. iranian.com The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that the Trump administration's exemption of the port of Chabahar from sanctions against the Islamic republic would help it tighten economic relations with Central Asia and further regional integration. […]

RT (2018-12-29). Pentagon mulls allowing Kurdish militias to keep weapons after US withdrawal from Syria — report. rt.com The Pentagon is considering allowing Kurdish fighters to keep their US-supplied weapons after American forces withdraw from northern Syria, breaking a promise it had made to Turkey, a media report reveals.

The Intercept (2018-12-29). Seeing Is Believing: The Intercept's 2018 Visual Journalism. theintercept.com Visual journalism, in its many forms, is a vital part of news: It can provide evidence that allows us to hold people and institutions accountable, and it can help us build empathy for the plight of others. This year, The Intercept sent photographers and video journalists into the field to bring viewers to places they might not otherwise see, and to move them with human stories — from the release of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi to the reunification of families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Our illustrations and data visualizations helped elucidate complex issues, from the scope of sexual abuse in…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2018-12-29). Following Report on Saudi Use of Child Soldiers in Yemen, Anti-War Voices Offer This Reminder: American Tax Dollars 'Help Pay for It'. commondreams.org "Children paid to kill children. This is how our 'ally,' Saudi Arabia, wages its disgusting war in Yemen." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-12-28). A Question Every American Must Confront: Apartheid Israel or US Democracy? counterpunch.org Bahia Amawai is a US citizen and Texas-based language specialist who helps autistic and speech-impaired children overcome their impairment. Despite the essential and noble nature of her work, she was fired by the Pflugerville Independent School District, which serves the Austin area. Every year, Amawai signs an annual contract that allows her to carry on More

Ariel Gold (2018-12-28). Elections Don't Make Israel a Democracy. commondreams.org Let's not forget that the right to vote is only granted to 60% of the total population and only one third of Palestinians who live under Israeli rule. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ron Jacobs (2018-12-28). Trump's Military Moves. counterpunch.org The establishment response to Trump's announcement that he plans to withdraw US ground forces from Syria borders on hysteria. Defense Secretary Jame Mattis resignation fostered a similar response. Most mainstream media is screaming that chaos now reigns in Washington and that decades of US alliances are being discarded. As has been noted by others, liberals More

Consortiumnews (2018-12-28). Critics of Syria Withdrawal Fueled Rise of ISIS. consortiumnews.com Too many of those protesting the removal of U.S. forces are authors of the catastrophe that tore Syria to pieces, reports Max Blumenthal for Consortium News. By Max Blumenthal Special to Consortium News President Donald Trump's announcement of an imminent… Read more →

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