2018-12-13: News Headlines

STAFF (2018-12-13). Pelosi Agrees to Limit Her Tenure as Speaker to Four Years. truthdig.com The announcement quells a revolt among House Democrats and all but ensures that the former speaker will be elected to the post again.

Whitney Webb (2018-12-13). Child Sex Slavery Ring Run by Former Israeli Soldier Dismantled by Police. theantimedia.com (MPN) — A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly "recruited" young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or …

Fred_F (2018-12-13). Births, babies and the push for profits. greenleft.org.au Rigorous, extensive and reliable research into safe and healthy childbirth is largely ignored by maternal hospitals in Australia. | Women are not told of the adverse effects of current interventions and practices in childbirth, or that not a single long-term study exists of the almost 50 childbirth drugs currently being used. | The majority of birthing mothers are drugged in some way and one in three women describes their birthing experience as "deeply horrifying". | Viable alternatives, such as homebirth or birth centres, are systematically defunded, demonised by the media and discredited by the medical estab…

WSWS (2018-12-13). Time magazine honors journalists facing repression—but snubs Julian Assange. wsws.org The magazine's "Person of the Year" went to journalists facing persecution for their efforts to uncover the truth, but only those whose efforts were aligned with US foreign policy.

WSWS (2018-12-13). Democrats downplay Google censorship at congressional hearing. wsws.org The principal targets of censorship by the Internet companies, working with the US intelligence agencies, are left-wing, anti-war and socialist political viewpoints.

STAFF (2018-12-12). Chuck Schumer Earns Progressive Ire With Joe Manchin Promotion. truthdig.com Activists warn that placing a champion of Big Coal atop a crucial energy committee is "at odds with any plans for real climate action."

STAFF (2018-12-12). The IRS Has Been Weaponized Against the Working Poor. truthdig.com A new ProPublica report finds recipients of the earned income tax credit are more likely to be audited than those earning 20 times as much.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-12). The Trump Administration Just Killed Net Neutrality for Text Messages. truthout.org The Trump administration just made it a lot easier for big wireless providers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to interfere with texting, all in the name of protecting consumers from spam, according Democrats and digital rights groups. | Have you ever signed up to receive text blasts from an activist campaign? Does your doctor's office text you reminders about upcoming appointments? | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines on Wednesday to classify SMS and MMS text messaging as a Title I "information service" rather than a Title II "telecommunications service" under federal law, a mo…

Sandy Tolan (2018-12-12). Censoring This Documentary Only Plays Into AIPAC's Hands. truthdig.com On Wednesday, in keeping with its image as a progressive leader in social policy, the City of West Hollywood, Calif., was scheduled to host a film screening and panel discussion on the painful birth of Israel and the Palestinian refugee crisis. Instead, the city is playing censor, "postponing" the event until further notice. | The screening of the new documentary, "1948: Creation and Catastrophe," and panel, which I was invited to join, are part of West Hollywood's Human Rights Speaker Series, co-sponsored by PBS SoCal. But after spurious allegations of anti-Semitism by local rabbi Denise Eger, the city pulled th…

STAFF (2018-12-12). Trump Comments Upend U.S. Approach to Huawei, Trade Talks. truthdig.com Trump says he'll wade into the case against Meng Wanzhou, CFO of telecommunications giant Huawei, if it helps produce a trade agreement with China.

Bill Blum (2018-12-12). Will the Supreme Court Come to Trump and Manafort's Rescue? truthdig.com A new case could change the rules of double jeopardy, potentially to the benefit of the president and his former campaign manager.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-12). There's a Hunger Crisis in North Carolina. truthout.org We have a hunger epidemic in North Carolina, and it's getting worse. | North Carolina is the ninth-hungriest state in the nation, with 16.2 percent of residents receiving some amount of federal assistance to buy food in the form of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). | One in eight individuals in the state were food insecure last year — food insecurity is defined as not having reliable access to your next meal. According to the North Carolina Department of Housing and Human Services, 56 percent of public-school children are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and one in five children fa…

STAFF (2018-12-12). Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would "take a bullet" for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump. | The sentence was in line with what federal prosecutors asked for. Sentencing guidelines called for around four to five years behind bars, and prosecutors asked in court papers that Cohen be given only a slight break. He is ordered to surrender March 6. | Cohen, standing alone at the defense ta…

Shared by Lauren Walker (2018-12-12). Unindicted and Excited. truthout.org Gotta respect those norms!

AE911Truth (2018-12-12). 9/11 Truth Movement: Towards A Successful Grand Jury Investigation. globalresearch.ca What transpired last month is without question the greatest step forward the 9/11 Truth Movement has ever taken toward bringing about a real investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. | In a letter dated November 7, 2018, the U.S.

STAFF (2018-12-12). Health Care Sign-Ups Lag as Saturday Deadline Looms. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act, even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. | Barring an enrollment surge, the nation's uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage expansion that has seen about 20 million people obtain health insurance. | A status report Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sh…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-12). Tijuana Crossing: Asylum Seekers Hold Out Hope in the Face of Trumpism. truthout.org Fear and caution are drawn in the face of Efraín. It's 7: 00 am. A man's voice announces "480" while the people around listen attentively for their turn outside the sentry box of San Ysidro in Tijuana, Mexico. Efraín asks others for the waiting time regarding the numbering running daily — his family got the number 512 — and someone told them that, if luck smiles at them, they will soon have made it. At the site, dozens of parents and children, especially mothers and children, are added to a notebook containing numbers and names. | Efraín, his wife and their three children under…

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-12). Typhoon Haiyan Survivor: Fossil Fuel Companies Killed My Family. truthout.org As we broadcast from the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, world leaders and officials from nearly 200 countries are here to negotiate how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement. But three years after Paris, they appear no closer to curbing global emissions and halting catastrophic climate change. New studies show global carbon emissions may have risen as much as 3.7 percent in 2018, marking the second annual increase in a row. As the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate climate change or face global catastrophe, we speak with Joanna Sustento…

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-12). Trump Guts Protections for 60 Percent of US's Streams, Wetlands and Waterways. truthout.org Sixty percent of US waterways will be at risk for pollution from corporate giants, critics say, following the Trump administration's announcement Tuesday that it will roll back an Obama-era water rule meant to protect Americans' drinking water and all the waterways that flow into it. | The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Obama administration's 2015 Waters of the US rule (WOTUS) rule would be redefined and no longer protect many of the nation's streams and wetlands. | "Thi…

Global Research News (2018-12-12). Selected Articles: "French Revolution 2.0"? globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

STAFF (2018-12-12). Palestinians Offer New Details of Israel's Botched Gaza Raid. truthdig.com GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside. | The answers didn't add up. | With their covers about to be blown, the Israeli undercover forces inside the vehicle opened fire, setting off a fierce battle that left eight people dead and triggered a brief but intense round of cross-border fighting. | A month after the exchange, the raid remains clouded i…

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-12). Will Trump Dump Pence for Nikki Haley? truthout.org It looks as if The Trump Show will take some interesting turns in the new season, which begins Jan. 3. The teaser we saw on Tuesday was a doozy. Minority Leader and soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went up to the White House to meet with the president about the looming government shutdown and all hell broke loose before the meeting even started. When the fur starts flying at the photo-op, you know that things are going to get crazy. | Trump did his normal thing: Lying, exaggerating, threatening, bragging, complaining. But instead of the usual GOP sycophants clappin…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-12). Fascists Find Fertile Recruitment Ground in Anti-Choice Movement. truthout.org Those on the far right who have long discussed and acted upon their desire to dominate women's sexual and reproductive rights are pushing that agenda into the political mainstream with help from the anti-choice movement. | The traditional right wing in the United States tries to distance itself from fascists, but far-right groups are weaponizing traditionalism and "normie optics" to infiltrate anti-choice platforms to recruit and organize young white men. | Attacks on reproductive rights are nothing new, but fascist groups' infiltration of anti-choice groups and recruiting around anti-choice organizing in thei…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-12). Sheriff's Deputies Protect Corporate Interests in Bayou Bridge Case. truthout.org Iraq war veteran and pipeline opponent Ramon Mejia was trying to stop Energy Transfer Partners from illegally constructing a pipeline on a cypress tree-covered swath of land deep in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin when St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputies arrived. | Mejia had a letter dated July 25 confirming he and other activists had been invited to the property by one of the hun…

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-12-12). Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship. mintpressnews.com Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map.

Stephen Lendman (2018-12-12). Time's "Person of the Year Hypocrisy" globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, Time magazine announced its annual Person of the Year Award, honoring what it called "Guardians…who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths." | Time's editors ignored the most highly deserving investigative, muckraking, truth-telling journalists of our time, …

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-12). Trump's Energy Adviser Runs Away at UN Climate Talks. truthout.org The Trump administration is promoting fossil fuels at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, despite outcry from climate activists and world leaders concerned about the devastating threat of climate change. Chief among Trump's representatives at the climate summit is Wells Griffith, special assistant to the president for international energy and environment. He is a longtime Republican operative who served as deputy chief of staff to Reince Priebus when Priebus was chair of the Republican National Committee. Amy Goodman attempted to question Griffith about the Trump administration's climate policy at the U…

Jessica Corbett (2018-12-12). Human Rights Groups Slam Google for "Aiding China's Censorship and Surveillance" theantimedia.com (CD) — In an open letter addressed to Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai, a coalition of human rights groups and advocates are raising alarm about the company "actively aiding China's censorship and surveillance regime" with its work on a search engine project called Dragonfly. The letter (pdf) came ahead of Pichai's Tuesday morning testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Google's data collection, …

STAFF (2018-12-12). U.K.'s May Wins No-Confidence Vote by MPs Unhappy Over Brexit. truthdig.com LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a political crisis over her Brexit deal Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country. | But the margin of victory — 200 votes to 117 — leaves May a weakened leader who has lost the support of a big chunk of her party over her handling of Britain's exit from the European Union. It also came at a steep price as she promised not to run for re-election in 2022. Britain's Brexit problem, meanwhile, remains unsolved as May seeks changes to her EU divorce deal in order to…

RT (2018-12-12). Bomb threat triggers evacuation at Facebook Menlo Park campus. rt.com A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of at least one building at Facebook's Menlo Park office campus.

The Iranian (2018-12-12). Whistleblower Exposes Facebook Censorship Techniques. iranian.com

Brett Barrouquere (2018-12-11). Jury recommends life plus 419 years for James Alex Fields in Unite the Right attack. splcenter.org A jury in Charlottesville has handed up a life prison sentence plus 419 years behind bars for a neo-Nazi sympathizer convicted of driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally.

Media Lens (2018-12-11). The Limits Of Dissent — Glenn Greenwald And The Guardian. mintpressnews.com Even a comparatively honest, Chomskyite journalist like Glenn Greenwald is either not willing or not able to tell the whole truth about a paper that has done enormous harm in promoting Perpetual War with endless nonsense about 'our' supposed 'responsibility to protect' civilians in oil-rich countries like Iraq and Libya.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-11). Hatewatch Headlines 12/12/2018. splcenter.org Conspiracy theories still thriving on YouTube; Columbia student's race rant goes viral; Trump's 'disease' attack echoes Nazi propaganda; and more.

Matthew Johnson (2018-12-11). See No Evil, See No Good: The Truth Is Not Black and White. counterpunch.org It is hard to watch TV these days without seeing reports pertaining to the recent death of the elder George Bush — former president, CIA director, and whitewashed war criminal. I call him a "whitewashed war criminal" because there are inconvenient truths that the mainstream media would rather ignore in favor of the usual hero More

Ryan Gallagher (2018-12-11). Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan. theintercept.com Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company's secretive plan to launch a censored search engine in China. | During a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Pichai faced sustained questions over the China plan, known as Dragonfly, which would blacklist broad categories of information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | The hearing began with an opening statement from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said launching a censored search engine in China would "strengthen China's system of surveillance and repression." McCarthy questioned whether it was…

Ryan Gallagher (2018-12-11). Rights Groups Turn Up Pressure on Google Over China Censorship Ahead of Congressional Hearing. theintercept.com Google risks being "complicit in human rights violations" if it brings censored search back to China, said a global coalition of over 60 groups.

RT (2018-12-11). Pompeo blasted for hypocrisy on Twitter after saying Russia 'squandering' public funds on military. rt.com A tweet posted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemning the landing of two Russian bombers in Venezuela as a "squandering" of public money, has quickly backfired, with many eager to point out some glaring hypocrisies.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-11). Russia: 'Gay Propaganda' Law Endangers Children. hrw.org | | Russian blogger, Zhenya Svetski, wearing a rainbow scarf in Moscow, December 2018. | © 2018 Dmitry Belyakov for Human Rights Watch | (New York) — Russia's "gay propaganda" law is having a negative impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 2013 law exacerbated the hostility LGBT people in Russia have long suffered, and also stifled access to LGBT-inclusive education and support services, with harmful consequences for children. | The…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-10). Hatewatch Headlines 12/11/2018. splcenter.org Terror plots targeted bar, synagogue; McInnes banned from YouTube now; Miami Proud Boys hoping to take hate mainstream; and more.

splcenter (2018-12-10). How the 'Unite the Right' murder trial helped debunk alt-right myths. splcenter.org Within hours of the arrest of neo-Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr. and the death of 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the racist "alt-right" began spinning conspiracy theories about the collision that killed Heyer and wounded multiple other people.

Ben Norton (2018-12-10). NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier. grayzoneproject.com Ukraine President Poroshenko promoted a photo of himself posing next to a soldier wearing a Nazi SS totenkopf patch. By…

RT (2018-12-10). 'Hold your nose and look for hate speech' — Breitbart says Google tried to slash its ad revenue. rt.com Leaked emails purportedly show that Google officials plotted to choke conservative news site Breitbart of advertising revenue, by combing the site for evidence of "hate speech" and "fake news." |

splcenter (2018-12-08). A day after a neo-Nazi is convicted of murder, associates of the country's oldest, most violent skinhead groups charged with hate crimes. splcenter.org Individuals associated with some of the country's oldest and most violent racist skinhead groups have been charged with hate crimes in Washington state, just hours after a jury convicted a neo-Nazi of murder for his actions at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Robert Mackey (2018-12-08). Falling for "Les Fake News," Trump Spreads Lie French Protesters Chant His Name. theintercept.com Donald Trump is so vain that he really thinks the protests in Paris are about him. As about 8,000 anti-government protesters wearing yellow safety vests dodged tear gas in the French capital on Saturday, the president of the United States fell for a social media hoax, claiming that the demonstrators were chanting his name. pic.twitter.com/fxRBJMqJJG | — RFI (@RFI) December 8, 2018 | Writing on Twitter, the president claimed, falsely, that the protests had been inspired by his opposition…

ACLU (2018-12-07). CIA Torture Killed My Father. I Want to Know What They Did With His Body. aclu.org The truth hurts, but it also helps. | This piece was originally published by The Washington Post. | I believe there are two paths in life — the paths of right and wrong — and that all people know the right path in their hearts. So I believe that people in America, if they can read this, will know the right thing for their government to do is tell me and my family what happened to my father's body. | My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen ye…

splcenter (2018-12-07). Weekend Read: Frank Earnest is the chief of 'heritage defense.' The question is, whose heritage? splcenter.org Even before neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was convicted of first-degree murder, no one disputed he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-07). Neo-Nazi sympathizer found guilty in 'Unite the Right' trial of murdering Heather Heyer. splcenter.org James Alex Fields Jr., a young neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio, was found guilty of first-degree murder and multiple other charges on Friday in a trial stemming from last year's racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

John Dougherty (2018-12-07). Embattled Washington Rep. Matt Shea is skirting state law to funnel campaign funds to far-right groups. splcenter.org Embattled conspiracy theorist and Washington state Republican Rep. Matt Shea has been skirting Washington state law to funnel campaign contributions to far-right nonprofit groups in Colorado and Arizona, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

2018-12-13: Social Media Postees

Pelosi Agrees to Limit Her Tenure as Speaker to Four Years
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-13
The announcement quells a revolt among House Democrats and all but ensures that the former speaker will be elected to the post again. | The post Pelosi Agrees to Limit Her Tenure as Speaker to Four Years appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/pelosi-agrees-to-l…

Child Sex Slavery Ring Run by Former Israeli Soldier Dismantled by Police
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-13
(MPN) — A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly "recruited" young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or …

Child Sex Slavery Ring Run by Former Israeli Soldier Dismantled by Police

Time magazine honors journalists facing repression–but snubs Julian Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-13
The magazine's "Person of the Year" went to journalists facing persecution for their efforts to uncover the truth, but only those whose efforts were aligned with US foreign policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/13/time…

Democrats downplay Google censorship at congressional hearing
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-13
The principal targets of censorship by the Internet companies, working with the US intelligence agencies, are left-wing, anti-war and socialist political viewpoints.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/13/cens…

Sheriff's Deputies Protect Corporate Interests in Bayou Bridge Case
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
Iraq war veteran and pipeline opponent Ramon Mejia was trying to stop Energy Transfer Partners from illegally constructing a pipeline on a cypress tree-covered swath of land deep in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin when St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputies arrived. | Mejia had a letter dated July 25 confirming he and other activists had been invited to the property by one of the hun…
truthout.org/articles/sheriffs-deputies-…

Tijuana Crossing: Asylum Seekers Hold Out Hope in the Face of Trumpism
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
Fear and caution are drawn in the face of Efraín. It's 7: 00 am. A man's voice announces "480" while the people around listen attentively for their turn outside the sentry box of San Ysidro in Tijuana, Mexico. Efraín asks others for the waiting time regarding the numbering running daily — his family got the number 512 — and someone told them that, if luck smiles at them, they will soon have made it. At the site, dozens of parents and children, especially mothers and children, are added to a notebook containing numbers and names. | Efraín, his wife and their three children under…
truthout.org/articles/at-tijuana-familie…

Selected Articles: "French Revolution 2.0"?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-12
Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, … | The post Selected Articles: "French Revolution 2.0"? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-fren…

Trump's Energy Adviser Runs Away at UN Climate Talks
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
The Trump administration is promoting fossil fuels at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, despite outcry from climate activists and world leaders concerned about the devastating threat of climate change. Chief among Trump's representatives at the climate summit is Wells Griffith, special assistant to the president for international energy and environment. He is a longtime Republican operative who served as deputy chief of staff to Reince Priebus when Priebus was chair of the Republican National Committee. Amy Goodman attempted to question Griffith about the Trump administration's climate policy at the U…
truthout.org/video/trumps-energy-adviser…

Unindicted and Excited
Shared by Lauren Walker | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
Gotta respect those norms! | The post Unindicted and Excited appeared first on Truthout.
truthout.org/art/unindicted-and-excited/

Fascists Find Fertile Recruitment Ground in Anti-Choice Movement
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
Those on the far right who have long discussed and acted upon their desire to dominate women's sexual and reproductive rights are pushing that agenda into the political mainstream with help from the anti-choice movement. | The traditional right wing in the United States tries to distance itself from fascists, but far-right groups are weaponizing traditionalism and "normie optics" to infiltrate anti-choice platforms to recruit and organize young white men. | Attacks on reproductive rights are nothing new, but fascist groups' infiltration of anti-choice groups and recruiting around anti-choice organizing in thei…
truthout.org/articles/fascists-find-fert…

9/11 Truth Movement: Towards A Successful Grand Jury Investigation
AE911Truth | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-12
What transpired last month is without question the greatest step forward the 9/11 Truth Movement has ever taken toward bringing about a real investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. | In a letter dated November 7, 2018, the U.S. … | The post 9/11 Truth Movement: Towards A Successful Grand Jury Investigation appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/911-truth-movement-tow…

Health Care Sign-Ups Lag as Saturday Deadline Looms
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
WASHINGTON — With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act, even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. | Barring an enrollment surge, the nation's uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage expansion that has seen about 20 million people obtain health insurance. | A status report Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sh…
truthdig.com/articles/health-care-sign-u…

Will the Supreme Court Come to Trump and Manafort's Rescue?
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
A new case could change the rules of double jeopardy, potentially to the benefit of the president and his former campaign manager. | The post Will the Supreme Court Come to Trump and Manafort's Rescue? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/will-the-supreme-c…

Typhoon Haiyan Survivor: Fossil Fuel Companies Killed My Family
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
As we broadcast from the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, world leaders and officials from nearly 200 countries are here to negotiate how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement. But three years after Paris, they appear no closer to curbing global emissions and halting catastrophic climate change. New studies show global carbon emissions may have risen as much as 3.7 percent in 2018, marking the second annual increase in a row. As the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate climate change or face global catastrophe, we speak with Joanna Sustento…
truthout.org/video/typhoon-haiyan-surviv…

Time's "Person of the Year Hypocrisy"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-12
On Tuesday, Time magazine announced its annual Person of the Year Award, honoring what it called "Guardians…who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths." | Time's editors ignored the most highly deserving investigative, muckraking, truth-telling journalists of our time, … | The post Time's "Person of the Year Hypocrisy" appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/times-person-of-the-ye…

Palestinians Offer New Details of Israel's Botched Gaza Raid
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside. | The answers didn't add up. | With their covers about to be blown, the Israeli undercover forces inside the vehicle opened fire, setting off a fierce battle that left eight people dead and triggered a brief but intense round of cross-border fighting. | A month after the exchange, the raid remains clouded i…
truthdig.com/articles/palestinians-offer…

Will Trump Dump Pence for Nikki Haley?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
It looks as if The Trump Show will take some interesting turns in the new season, which begins Jan. 3. The teaser we saw on Tuesday was a doozy. Minority Leader and soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went up to the White House to meet with the president about the looming government shutdown and all hell broke loose before the meeting even started. When the fur starts flying at the photo-op, you know that things are going to get crazy. | Trump did his normal thing: Lying, exaggerating, threatening, bragging, complaining. But instead of the usual GOP sycophants clappin…
truthout.org/articles/will-trump-dump-pe…

Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-12
Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map. | The post Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/help-mintpress-news-fi…

Trump Guts Protections for 60 Percent of US's Streams, Wetlands and Waterways
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
Sixty percent of US waterways will be at risk for pollution from corporate giants, critics say, following the Trump administration's announcement Tuesday that it will roll back an Obama-era water rule meant to protect Americans' drinking water and all the waterways that flow into it. | The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Obama administration's 2015 Waters of the US rule (WOTUS) rule would be redefined and no longer protect many of the nation's streams and wetlands. | "Thi…
truthout.org/articles/trump-guts-protect…

Censoring This Documentary Only Plays Into AIPAC's Hands
Sandy Tolan | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
On Wednesday, in keeping with its image as a progressive leader in social policy, the City of West Hollywood, Calif., was scheduled to host a film screening and panel discussion on the painful birth of Israel and the Palestinian refugee crisis. Instead, the city is playing censor, "postponing" the event until further notice. | The screening of the new documentary, "1948: Creation and Catastrophe," and panel, which I was invited to join, are part of West Hollywood's Human Rights Speaker Series, co-sponsored by PBS SoCal. But after spurious allegations of anti-Semitism by local rabbi Denise Eger, the city pulled th…
truthdig.com/articles/censoring-this-doc…

The IRS Has Been Weaponized Against the Working Poor
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
A new ProPublica report finds recipients of the earned income tax credit are more likely to be audited than those earning 20 times as much. | The post The IRS Has Been Weaponized Against the Working Poor appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would "take a bullet" for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump. | The sentence was in line with what federal prosecutors asked for. Sentencing guidelines called for around four to five years behind bars, and prosecutors asked in court papers that Cohen be given only a slight break. He is ordered to surrender March 6. | Cohen, standing alone at the defense ta…
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Trump Comments Upend U.S. Approach to Huawei, Trade Talks
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
Trump says he'll wade into the case against Meng Wanzhou, CFO of telecommunications giant Huawei, if it helps produce a trade agreement with China. | The post Trump Comments Upend U.S. Approach to Huawei, Trade Talks appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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There's a Hunger Crisis in North Carolina
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
We have a hunger epidemic in North Carolina, and it's getting worse. | North Carolina is the ninth-hungriest state in the nation, with 16.2 percent of residents receiving some amount of federal assistance to buy food in the form of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). | One in eight individuals in the state were food insecure last year — food insecurity is defined as not having reliable access to your next meal. According to the North Carolina Department of Housing and Human Services, 56 percent of public-school children are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and one in five children fa…
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The Trump Administration Just Killed Net Neutrality for Text Messages
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
The Trump administration just made it a lot easier for big wireless providers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to interfere with texting, all in the name of protecting consumers from spam, according Democrats and digital rights groups. | Have you ever signed up to receive text blasts from an activist campaign? Does your doctor's office text you reminders about upcoming appointments? | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines on Wednesday to classify SMS and MMS text messaging as a Title I "information service" rather than a Title II "telecommunications service" under federal law, a mo…
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Chuck Schumer Earns Progressive Ire With Joe Manchin Promotion
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
Activists warn that placing a champion of Big Coal atop a crucial energy committee is "at odds with any plans for real climate action." | The post Chuck Schumer Earns Progressive Ire With Joe Manchin Promotion appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Human Rights Groups Slam Google for "Aiding China's Censorship and Surveillance"
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-12
(CD) — In an open letter addressed to Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai, a coalition of human rights groups and advocates are raising alarm about the company "actively aiding China's censorship and surveillance regime" with its work on a search engine project called Dragonfly. The letter (pdf) came ahead of Pichai's Tuesday morning testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Google's data collection, …

Human Rights Groups Slam Google for "Aiding China's Censorship and Surveillance"

U.K.'s May Wins No-Confidence Vote by MPs Unhappy Over Brexit
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-12
LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a political crisis over her Brexit deal Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country. | But the margin of victory — 200 votes to 117 — leaves May a weakened leader who has lost the support of a big chunk of her party over her handling of Britain's exit from the European Union. It also came at a steep price as she promised not to run for re-election in 2022. Britain's Brexit problem, meanwhile, remains unsolved as May seeks changes to her EU divorce deal in order to…
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Bomb threat triggers evacuation at Facebook Menlo Park campus
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-12
A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of at least one building at Facebook's Menlo Park office campus. | …
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Whistleblower Exposes Facebook Censorship Techniques
The Iranian | iranian.com | 2018-12-12
The post Whistleblower Exposes Facebook Censorship Techniques appeared first on The Iranian.
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Hatewatch Headlines 12/12/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-12-11
Conspiracy theories still thriving on YouTube; Columbia student's race rant goes viral; Trump's 'disease' attack echoes Nazi propaganda; and…
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The Limits Of Dissent — Glenn Greenwald And The Guardian
Media Lens | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-11
Even a comparatively honest, Chomskyite journalist like Glenn Greenwald is either not willing or not able to tell the whole truth about a paper that has done enormous harm in promoting Perpetual War with endless nonsense about 'our' supposed 'responsibility to protect' civilians in oil-rich countries like Iraq and Libya. | The post The Limits Of Dissent — Glenn Greenwald And The Guardian appeared first on MintPress News.
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See No Evil, See No Good: The Truth Is Not Black and White
Matthew Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-11
It is hard to watch TV these days without seeing reports pertaining to the recent death of the elder George Bush — former president, CIA director, and whitewashed war criminal. I call him a "whitewashed war criminal" because there are inconvenient truths that the mainstream media would rather ignore in favor of the usual hero…
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Jury recommends life plus 419 years for James Alex Fields in Unite the Right attack
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2018-12-11
A jury in Charlottesville has handed up a life prison sentence plus 419 years behind bars for a neo-Nazi sympathizer convicted of driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally.
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Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-12-11
Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company's secretive plan to launch a censored search engine in China. | During a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Pichai faced sustained questions over the China plan, known as Dragonfly, which would blacklist broad categories of information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | The hearing began with an opening statement from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said launching a censored search engine in China would "strengthen China's system of surveillance and repression." McCarthy questioned whether it was…
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Rights Groups Turn Up Pressure on Google Over China Censorship Ahead of Congressional Hearing
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-12-11
Google risks being "complicit in human rights violations" if it brings censored search back to China, said a global coalition of over 60 groups. | The post Rights Groups Turn Up Pressure on Google Over China Censorship Ahead of Congressional Hearing appeared first on The Intercept.
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Pompeo blasted for hypocrisy on Twitter after saying Russia 'squandering' public funds on military
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-11
A tweet posted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemning the landing of two Russian bombers in Venezuela as a "squandering" of public money, has quickly backfired, with many eager to point out some glaring hypocrisies. | …
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Russia: 'Gay Propaganda' Law Endangers Children
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-11
Russian blogger, Zhenya Svetski, wearing a rainbow scarf in Moscow, December 2018. | © 2018 Dmitry Belyakov for Human Rights Watch | (New York) — Russia's "gay propaganda" law is having a negative impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 2013 law exacerbated the hostility LGBT people in Russia have long suffered, and also stifled access to LGBT-inclusive education and support services, with harmful consequences for children. | The…
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Hatewatch Headlines 12/11/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-12-10
Terror plots targeted bar, synagogue; McInnes banned from YouTube now; Miami Proud Boys hoping to take hate mainstream; and…
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How the 'Unite the Right' murder trial helped debunk alt-right myths
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2018-12-10
Within hours of the arrest of neo-Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr. and the death of 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the racist "alt-right" began spinning conspiracy theories about the collision that killed Heyer and wounded multiple other people.
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NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-12-10
Ukraine President Poroshenko promoted a photo of himself posing next to a soldier wearing a Nazi SS totenkopf patch. By… | The post NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier appeared first on Grayzone Project.
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'Hold your nose and look for hate speech' — Breitbart says Google tried to slash its ad revenue
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-10
Leaked emails purportedly show that Google officials plotted to choke conservative news site Breitbart of advertising revenue, by combing the site for evidence of "hate speech" and "fake news." | …
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A day after a neo-Nazi is convicted of murder, associates of the country's oldest, most violent skinhead groups charged with hate crimes
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2018-12-08
Individuals associated with some of the country's oldest and most violent racist skinhead groups have been charged with hate crimes in Washington state, just hours after a jury convicted a neo-Nazi of murder for his actions at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Falling for "Les Fake News," Trump Spreads Lie French Protesters Chant His Name
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2018-12-08
Donald Trump is so vain that he really thinks the protests in Paris are about him. As about 8,000 anti-government protesters wearing yellow safety vests dodged tear gas in the French capital on Saturday, the president of the United States fell for a social media hoax, claiming that the demonstrators were chanting his name. pic.twitter.com/fxRBJMqJJG | — RFI (@RFI) December 8, 2018 | Writing on Twitter, the president claimed, falsely, that the protests had been inspired by his opposition…
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Weekend Read: Frank Earnest is the chief of 'heritage defense.' The question is, whose heritage?
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2018-12-07
Even before neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was convicted of first-degree murder, no one disputed he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017.
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Embattled Washington Rep. Matt Shea is skirting state law to funnel campaign funds to far-right groups
John Dougherty | splcenter.org | 2018-12-07
Embattled conspiracy theorist and Washington state Republican Rep. Matt Shea has been skirting Washington state law to funnel campaign contributions to far-right nonprofit groups in Colorado and Arizona, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.
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CIA Torture Killed My Father. I Want to Know What They Did With His Body
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-07
The truth hurts, but it also helps. | This piece was originally published by The Washington Post. | I believe there are two paths in life — the paths of right and wrong — and that all people know the right path in their hearts. So I believe that people in America, if they can read this, will know the right thing for their government to do is tell me and my family what happened to my father's body. | My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen ye…
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Neo-Nazi sympathizer found guilty in 'Unite the Right' trial of murdering Heather Heyer
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-12-07
James Alex Fields Jr., a young neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio, was found guilty of first-degree murder and multiple other charges on Friday in a trial stemming from last year's racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush's War on Iraq
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-05
As the media memorializes George H.W. Bush, we look at the lasting impact of his 1991 invasion of Iraq and the propaganda campaign that encouraged it. Although the Gulf War technically ended in February of 1991, the U.S. war on Iraq would continue for decades, first in the form of devastating sanctions and then in the 2003 invasion launched by George W. Bush. Thousands of U.S. troops and contractors remain in Iraq. A largely forgotten aspect of Bush Sr.'s war on Iraq is the vast domestic propaganda effort before the invasion began. We look at the way U.S. media facilitated the war on Iraq with journalist John "Ri…
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Can Corporate Media Be Any Worse
FAIR | fair.org | 2018-12-05
than they are during an election? Dear FAIR‚Äàsupporters, Elections are a challenging time for corporate media. And as FAIR points out in numerous posts and CounterSpin interviews recently–they fail to meet this challenge. Who, Us? Corporate Media Ignore Their Role in Trump's Refugee 'Invasion' Panic Blaming 'Both Sides' for Hate Plays Into Hands of …
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