December 15, 2018

Russian Bombers Landing in Venezuela: A Reaction to US Threats



While the US tried to portray the landing of Russian nuclear weapons capable bombers in Venezuela as a threat, Venezuela clearly sees the US as the threat, which is why the Russian military was invited, say Steve Ellner and Greg Wilpert.

TRNN

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Russian nuclear-capable bomber aircraft fly to Venezuela, angering U.S. - Reuters
Venezuela welcomes Russian bombers in show of support for Maduro - Guardian

December 10, 2018

Yemen: Ansarullah says open for more talk if Sweden process yields

Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement says it is open for more talks with representatives of the country’s former Saudi Arabia-backed government if underway negotiations in Sweden make progress.

“If we leave these consultations having made progress -- progress in building confidence and finding a framework -- we can hold a new round of talks" in the coming months, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the movement said on Sunday." Read more.

PressTV

Lost Treasures of the Yangtze Valley

Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich



As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? 

CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue.

TRNN

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China lodges solemn representations against U.S. for Huawei senior executive's detention - Xinhua
Huawei denies any wrongdoing by company CFO - Xinhua

Lopez Obrador’s Plans to Lead Mexico out of Neoliberalism Will Mean Crossing Swords with the US



We now have a politically experienced president in Mexico – gone are the days when Mexico kowtows to the US. This will mean a more sovereign economic and foreign policy, says Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research

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Mexico's new president throws down gauntlet to oil majors - Reuters

Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism



After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the Murder of Marielle Franco

TRNN

December 9, 2018

Why America? Mass Shootings & White Nationalism Share Roots



Since October 2017, America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history. This epidemic coincides with a frightening resurgence of white nationalism. Sometimes the two trends overlap.

But why here? Both phenomena can be explained by a common historical thread—to unravel it Abby Martin sits down with indigenous scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss her latest book “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment”.

teleSUR

Bye-bye dollar: India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies

New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have inked a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency like the US dollar.

The swap is for an amount of two billion UAE dirham or 35 billion Indian rupees (US$495 million), according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Read more.

RT

India set to ban use of “last hope” antibiotic to fatten livestock after Bureau story

The Indian government is set to ban the “last hope” antibiotic colistin from being used to make livestock grow faster, in an effort to tackle the rise of superbugs.

Colistin has been used for years on farm animals despite being one of the most important drugs in human medicine. It is known as the “last resort” drug as it is given to patients seriously ill with infections which have become resistant to most other antibiotics. Read more.

TBIJ

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‘India’s unapproved drug combinations are risky -SciDev.Net
Dangerous new superbug confirmed in India as antibiotic resistance spreads - Telegraph

Shell Oil Executive Boasts That His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement

SHELL OIL HELPED write the Paris climate agreement, according to a top Royal Dutch Shell executive. They’re also the world’s ninth-largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions.

The executive, Shell’s Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone, made his comments at the international climate change conference COP 24 on Friday. Hone was candid about just how much of a hand his company — through their involvement with the International Emissions Trading Association — had in writing the Paris agreement. Read more.

Intercept

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Shell verbindt beloningsbeleid topmedewerkers aan CO2-doelen - NU
Wereldleiders bijeen op klimaattop over broeikasgas: 'Het wordt spannend' - RTL

December 4, 2018

Parts Unknown: Bhutan by Late Anthony



Documentary by Late Anthony Borden Zero Point Zero - CNN

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King of Bhutan gives up his absolute monarchy - Independent

December 3, 2018

Pakistan's New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict



Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to reach a historic peace deal with rival India, opening a border crossing for Sikh pilgrims.

Journalist Munizae Jahangir says this is the first time in years that civilian and military leadership are on the same page, but Delhi’s 2019 election could derail the efforts

TRNN

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War no option for India and Pakistan, says Imran Khan - News24
- Not in Pakistan's interest to allow use of our soil for terrorism: Imran Khan - India Times

Ready to hold talks with Modi: Imran Khan - The Week
America’s imperial hubris is pushing Pakistan into the arms of Russia & China - RT

Israel’s opposition urges Benjamin Netanyahu to resign amid bribery charges

Israel’s opposition leader has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down after the Israeli police recommended indicting him and his wife, Sara, for bribery and other corruption charges.

Tzipi Livni, the leader of the opposition in the Knesset, made the comment in a Twitter post on Sunday. Read more.

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Opposition: 'Mob boss' Netanyahu must quit (video)- JPost
Opposition excoriates PM for saying criminal probes were ‘skewed from the start’ - Times of Israel

Israeli Opposition Calls on Netanyahu to Resign After Police Recommend Bribery Charges - Haaretz
- 'Witch Hunt': Netanyahu Blasts 'Tainted' Investigation After Police Recommend Bribery Charges - Haaretz

- Netanyahu: Polici reconmmendations to indict me are 'nothing' - JPost
‘What a Hanukkah gift’: Bitter PM slams police call to charge him with bribery - Times of Israel

Fatah: Hamas is not a terrorist group

Fatah, he said, was prepared to lay aside its differences with Hamas in order to reject the resolution against the terrorist group that has been ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction is opposed to an American proposal to condemn Hamas at the United Nations General Assembly, Osama Qawassmeh, a spokesman for the group, said on Sunday. Read more.

JPost

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Hamas: We are not terrorists - Arutz Sheva
Fatah slams US-sponsored anti-Hamas UN draft resolution - Peninsula

Hamas: Truce with Israel Ongoing Regardless of Stalled Reconciliation - Al-Awsat

Moscow hosts Fatah, Hamas members amid Palestinian unity efforts - JPost
Hamas Leader Says He Has Been Invited to Moscow - NY Times

How Israel helped create Hamas - Washington Post
Blowback: How Israel Went From Helping Create Hamas to Bombing It - Intercept

Microsoft vows to hand over all its technologies to ‘ethical & honorable’ US military

As big tech in the US faces increased opposition from its own employees over Pentagon contracts, the head of Microsoft Corporation appears to have decided to throw his weight behind the US military and to offer them full support.

Microsoft is “going to provide the US military with access to the best technology ... all the technology we create. Full stop,” Brad Smith, the president of the tech giant, said at the Reagan National Defense Forum, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Read more.

RT

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Microsoft Will Give US Military Access to 'All the Technology We Create' - Military.com
Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to 'all the technology we create' - LA Times

Continuing on the path toward digital peace - Microsoft
Microsoft vows to hand over all its technologies to ‘ethical & honorable’ US military (video) - Anon News Feeds