Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Uprising News & Analysis (December 14th, 2017)

The following list of topics and links to news materials are related to a weekly FM Radio news program, with finished pages posted Tuesdays at [uprisingnews.blogspot.com].
This version updated (2017-12-07, for the News Cycle 2017-12-05 through 2017-12-11)




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InDIYpendent Media
Spotlight from the Northbay Uprising Media Collective 


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ACTION CALENDER
A list of gatherings, workshops, and educational events in the greater Bay Area region
 [indybay.org/calendar] [occupyoakland.org/calendar]


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ACTION HEADLINES!
Stories are reviewed and provided by Bay Area MPD Committees and Affiliates


BAY AREA SOLIDARITY
Updates on campaigns for Peace, Justice, & Freedom across the greater Bay Area, Norcal, and Socal


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BAY AREA SOLIDARITY
Updates on campaigns across the Nation! 


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"AntiFa"


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SOLANO PEACE & FREEDOM PARTY
Use the ballot for our own People's candidates and legislation, campaign for the future!
[SolanoPFP.blogspot.com] [PeaceAndFreedom.org] [facebook.com/Peace-and-Freedom-Party-45065449911


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TOWARDS REVOLUTIONARY SOLUTIONS


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CHICANO POWER! 
LUCHA PARA LA NUEVA AZTLAN!

* "Loneliness, poor ethnic identity contribute to suicide risks among Latinos: study" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/yU9UD]

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SOLIDARITY WITH THE NEW AFRICAN NATION!
Black Power! Revive the Community! Defend the Nation!
National News [blackagendareport.com] [atlantablackstar.com] [sfbayview.com]

* "School Officials Suspended as Students Protest Weak Response to Racist Threats; Both the principal and assistant principal at Tennessee's Haywood High School were suspended without pay Tuesday as the school district investigates racially charged threats made by student athletes at the school, the Jackson Sun reported" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/P00nH]

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STUDENT POWER! 
information collected by the Committee to Defend Public Education!



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WORKER'S POWER!
information collected by the Worker's Defense Committee [is.gd/VOkmLr]

* "U.S. Labor Department to scrap Obama era ban on tip pooling" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/kvUuK]

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WORKER'S POWER!
Updates from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
92 Million Strong, Worldwide! [wftucentral.org]



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WORKER'S POWER!
Updates from the UNI Global Union
Representing more than 20 million workers worldwide [uniglobalunion.org]


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WORKER'S POWER!
Updates from around the world
[global-unions.org]

* "Ugandan gov't appeals to nurses, midwives to call off planned strike" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/jtft3]

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HANDS OFF OUR HOMES!
[HandsOffHomes.blogspot.com][rentsandrants.blogspot.com]


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information collected by the Committee to
DEFEND THOSE WITHOUT HOMES! 



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COMMUNITY FASCISM WATCH


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Community Fascism in

/ itty-bitty Santa Cruz: 

/ Vallejo, the "City of God":


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Documenting human-rights abuse by domestic security agencies
NORTHBAY COPWATCH
[NorthbayCopwatch.blogspot.com] [copblock.org] [wecopwatch.org] [filmingcops.com] [mappingpoliceviolence.org], Berkeley Copwatch's "Know Your Rights" Pocket Card (.pdf) [is.gd/U20PRy] [berkeleycopwatch.org]

* "Gov’t Report Now Proves Cops Were Told to Stand Down in Charlottesville and They Covered It Up A damning report from city investigators in Charlottesville proves cops were told to abandon their posts and stand down, leading to deadly results" (2017-12-04, by Matt Agorist) [archive.is/AFDaJ]

* "A Cop Has Been Fired For Writing 'Hahahaha Love This' On A Facebook Post About The Deadly Car Attack In Charlottesville" (2017-12-04, filmingcops.com) [archive.is/oTCYK]
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* "Sheriff Shoots Unarmed Man in the Face With a Shotgun, All 7 Dashcams ‘Malfunction’ A sheriff is now being investigated for shooting a young man in the face with a shotgun and all 7 dashcams mysteriously malfunctioned" (2017-12-04, by Jack Burns) [archive.is/8WYJZ]

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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
"War Against The Police"
An archive of articles documenting the facts for the narrative, "FBI Report Blames Black Lives Matter, Media for Killings of Police Officers" [archive.fo/2Xj9w]


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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Judiciary Watch


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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Domestic Security Agencies and private-sector partners 
[icwatch.transparencytoolkit.org]; "The Gentleperson’s Guide To Forum Spies (Spooks, Feds, etc.)" [archive.fo/rBbXu]; ES/OH techniques [archive.is/HchTA]

* "Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics; The FBI relies on local law enforcement agencies to identify and report crimes motivated by bias, but many agencies fumble this task" (2017-12-04, propublica.org) [archive.is/dTTgM]
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* "US top court allows Trump travel ban go into full effect" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/1fnrn]
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* "Gov't building in U.S. state of Illinois evacuated over bomb threat: report" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/YyujZ]

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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Metadata source materials -
Private individuals accessing the mainframe can harvest any data inscribed in basic code... "Hackers" monetize metadata for security agencies.


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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
International Security Agencies, the Five-Eyes, and transnational partners

* "An attempt to assassinate British Prime Minister; The head of , the British MI5, said on Wednesday (December 6th) that, security services had thwarted an assassination of British Prime Minister Theresa May" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/jBRiO]:
Sky News said the police believed the plan was to throw an improvised explosive device at the May Downing Street residence and then use the ensuing chaos to launch an attack and kill the prime minister.
She said police and the ISI had been following the scheme for at least several weeks. Earlier in the day, a spokesman for Mai said Britain had foiled nine plots in the past 12 months.

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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Security updates in other parts of the world...

* "Facial recognition identifies unlicensed drivers in Shanghai" (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/akoCw]

* "Xinhua president stresses social responsibility in cyberspace communication" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/1g1Xb]

* "China turns space debris into in-orbit Internet of Things" (2017-12-08, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/lqYii]
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* "German police conduct nationwide raids in connection to G20 riots" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/GK6jL]
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* "2 men charged with plotting to kill British PM: media reports" (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/nSZLx]
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* "Brazil's Temer: criticism of social security reform is 'terrorism' " (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/StosD]

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from the Committee to
FREE 'EM ALL! 
[PoliticalPrisonersUSA.blogspot.comEnd the Drug War! Stop Jim Crow! Close the Torture Chambers! 
[solitarywatch.com] [facebook.com/incarceratedworkers] [supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org] [denverabc.wordpress.com] [prisonlegalnews.org] [prisonbooks.info] [nycabc.wordpress.com] [powmedicaljustice.com] [sacprisonersupport.wordpress.com]. Become a Human Rights Pen Pal! [link]. 

* "Police attacks on Leading Light: Recent events and confusions" (2017-08-01, thefounders.co) [archive.is/Y0F3L]
* "Who or what is the Leading Light?" (Army of the Leading Light, thefounders.co) [archive.is/EsaUf]:
(leadinglightarmy.com)
Leading Light is a breakthrough in revolutionary science. It is an all-round development in revolutionary thought that the world has not seen since the contributions of Karl Marx. Although Leading Light emerged from the most revolutionary currents of the twentieth century, Leninism and Maoism, it has gone far beyond them theoretically.  It is the foundation on which all true revolution is built. Leading Light is a revolution in epistemology, political economy, aesthetics, history, tactics and strategy, etc. There is no area that Leading Light has not revolutionized. If our world is to be saved, we must embrace, follow, and become Leading Lights. We are the future.
The gift of the Leading Light – the key to ending all social problems – was delivered to humanity by a single man living in the heart of Empire. “Leading Light” is one of the many pen names of  Brennen Ryan, “Prairie Fire, “PF,” “Commander,” “El Hector,” etc.
Brennen Ryan lived most of his life in poverty by First World standards. He spent most of his life involved in organized crime and revolutionary activity. He worked with numerous groups over the years, mostly in Mexico and the United States: the Zapatistas, Indigenous National Congress, Front for the Construction of a Broad National Liberation Movement – Organization of Peasants of the South Mountains, the American Indian Movement, Communist Party of Mexico (Maoist), Mexican Resistance-MNLM, Sol Rojo, and many others. He is the founder of Leading Light Communist Organization and the Army of the Leading Light.
Brennen Ryan was incarcerated in prison this past year. The state ran a campaign to smash Leading Light that resulted in all of our leading members being incarcerated or intimidated out of the movement. Our movement is currently infiltrated by a handful of individuals from online organizations hostile to our cause that are working hand-in-hand with the state whether consciously or not. Those same individuals have participated in a massive smear campaign against us. They have done everything in their power to destroy those who sacrificed the most. They are cowards. They will not win.
We live in very dark times, but we endure. With real honor, real bravery, real sacrifice, we shine!
Long Live Our Fighters! Long Live Our Soldiers! Long Live Our Prisoners! Long Live the Leading Light!
* "Interview with Leading Light Commander Prairie Fire (Brennen Ryan) on gender, sex, life" (2015-07-29, thefounders.co) [archive.is/yLnwU]

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LIBERATION FOR ALL!
THE HUMAN RIGHT TO EXISTENCE MUST BE PROTECTED!
With updates on the broader LGBT*QI+ gender revolution

* "Brazilian LGBT Center Vandalized, Urinated and Defecated On; Computer cables and telephone lines were cut, documents torn, office material overturned, and every faucet in the building was left running" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/sbf5i]

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WOMEN POWER!
END PATRIARCHY! COMBAT MISOGYNY! [rejectedprincesses.com]

* "Caribbean 'Needs Women's Desk to Combat Gender Violence' ; The Caribbean Women’s Association is also calling on individual governments to examine the economic impact of domestic violence across the Caribbean" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/Bo1os]
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* "It's a man's world: Women scarce in Nobel Prize annals" (2017-12-09, cgtn.com) [archive.is/Jtfjj]

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PATIENTS RIGHTS! 
THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY IS FOR LIFE, NOT FOR PROFIT!
Health Administration Responsibility Project [harp.org]. Get your medical records [archive.fo/FdGcJ]. Transparency against physician malpractice [archive.fo/Q9VFr[archive.fo/PEijF] [archive.fo/2sXwl] [archive.fo/hmWKp[archive.fo/4NPdK] [archive.is/551Us]! 

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articles recommended by the 
SAN PABLO BAY ECOLOGICAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION   
Campaigns, info, and more [SanPabloBayEPA.blogspot.com]. Science [discardstudies.com]. [blog.savesfbay.org] [ecowatch.com]

* "Glitter alert! Scientists call for ban to save oceans" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/NdNXh]

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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
Health and the Human Ecology
Monopolists enforce a regime that does not recognize the natural right to health and life. Info [detoxproject.org].

* "Unhealthy use of media devices may cause kids' relationship, conduct problems: study" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/TFFNY]
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* "Aluminium in brain tissue in autism" (2017-11-26, Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology) [archive.is/mjRdo], abstract: Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder of unknown aetiology. It is suggested to involve both genetic susceptibility and environmental factors including in the latter environmental toxins. Human exposure to the environmental toxin aluminium has been linked, if tentatively, to autism spectrum disorder. Herein we have used transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry to measure, for the first time, the aluminium content of brain tissue from donors with a diagnosis of autism. We have also used an aluminium-selective fluor to identify aluminium in brain tissue using fluorescence microscopy. The aluminium content of brain tissue in autism was consistently high. The mean (standard deviation) aluminium content across all 5 individuals for each lobe were 3.82(5.42), 2.30(2.00), 2.79(4.05) and 3.82(5.17) μg/g dry wt. for the occipital, frontal, temporal and parietal lobes respectively. These are some of the highest values for aluminium in human brain tissue yet recorded and one has to question why, for example, the aluminium content of the occipital lobe of a 15 year old boy would be 8.74 (11.59) μg/g dry wt.? Aluminium-selective fluorescence microscopy was used to identify aluminium in brain tissue in 10 donors. While aluminium was imaged associated with neurones it appeared to be present intracellularly in microglia-like cells and other inflammatory non-neuronal cells in the meninges, vasculature, grey and white matter. The pre-eminence of intracellular aluminium associated with non-neuronal cells was a standout observation in autism brain tissue and may offer clues as to both the origin of the brain aluminium as well as a putative role in autism spectrum disorder.
* "Compelling New Study Forces Mainstream Media to Report On Link Between Vaccines and Autism "Perhaps we now have the putative link between vaccination and ASD, the link being the inclusion of an aluminum adjuvant in the vaccine' " (2017-12-04, by Matt Agorist) [archive.is/kIYVY] [begin excerpt]: The evidence establishing a potential link between aluminum in vaccines and autism has become so prevalent that it is now being reported in the mainstream corporate media. The most recent study conducted by Keele University, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, provides the strongest indication yet that aluminum is a cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The new research found that autistic children have up to 10 times more aluminum in their brains than what is considered safe in adults. The study [archive.is/mjRdo] notes that the aluminum is crossing the blood-brain membrane and accumulating in cells involved in maintaining a constant internal environment such as temperature.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aluminum is present in U.S. childhood vaccines that prevent hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP, Tdap), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumococcus infection.
This aluminum is added, according to the CDC, “ to increase the body’s immune response to the vaccine.” [end excerpt]

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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
Anthropogenic Climatic Change!

* "UN Environment Assembly: Thousands expected to attend summit focused on pollution" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/ltJBi]
* "UN environment assembly starts drafting plan for 'pollution-free planet' " (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/rgnMw]

* "Air pollution: A make-or-break for sports events" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/MtR0W]
* "Sri Lankan bowler vomits in match due to New Delhi's polluted air: media" (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/to1Tm]

* "China's Saihanba Forest Farm wins prestigious UN award" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/tjWkO]

* "China, Canada agree to issue joint statement on climate change" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/jBJhG]

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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
International Ecological Protection News

* "UN official calls for land preservation to ensure sustainable development" (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/A0n2z]

* "Kenya's young green campaigner on frontlines to save planet amid grave threats" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/L2ybF]

* "Australian environmental group calls for cargo levies to help fight invasive species" (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/YfFmb]

* "Research shows rat poison taking toll on Australian owls" (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/91Fya]: Australia's use of rat poisons restricted in many other countries is behind the lethal toxins found in more than 70 percent of its smallest and most common owls, latest research has found.
The commercial rat poisons are "anti-coagulants that are very strong and chemically stable ... This means that when an owl or other predator consumes a rat or mouse that has fed on bait, they are consuming toxins that will stay in their system for a long time," a media release from Western Australia's Edith Cowan University on Wednesday quoted its researcher Michael Lohr as saying.
"The more they consume, the higher the toxic load in their liver, until they reach a fatal dose."
Lohr's work focused on the boobook owls but the "secondary poisoning also affects other animals, including cats, hawks and eagles", according to the university.
The boobook nocturnal bird of prey, measuring about the length of a dinner plate, can be found in almost all Australian landscapes, including urban areas.
Due to resistance, stronger versions of poison have been developed to kill rats more effectively with a single ingestion, said Lohr, whose work is expected to help with a review of second-generation pesticides in Australia.
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* "Vietnam succeeds in artificial reproduction in giant barb" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/OodV4]:
Vietnam has succeeded in artificial reproduction in the giant barb or Siamese giant carp, the largest species of cyprinid on Earth, which is now considered critically endangered in the world.
Vietnam's National Center for Southern Freshwater Fish Breeding has transferred giant barbs it has produced using artificial reproduction techniques to local farmers for breeding on a trial basis, according to the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of southern An Giang province on Tuesday.
Therefore, fishery bureaus in Vietnam's Mekong delta provinces have proposed the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development remove the giant barb from the Vietnamese list of valuable aquatic creatures on the verge of extinction.
The giant barb is found only in the Mae Klong, Mekong, and Chao Phraya River basins in Indochina. It has declined drastically due to habitat loss and overfishing.

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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
Save The Birds! and the Bees!
A campaign to preserve and expand the habitat and populations of pollinators in the San Pablo Bay Area.

* "Once-abundant bird almost extinct within 13 years" (2017-12-08, cgtn.com) [archive.is/lc4r6]

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articles recommended by the 
NO NUKES! campaign
[StopNuclearDeath.blogspot.com] [nuclear-news.net] [nukeresister.org] [nukefree.org]; National Radiation Map [radiationnetwork.com], depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute.

* "End of nuclear weapons or end of us; choice is ours: Anti-nuclear weapons group ICAN; A Nobel Peace Prize winning anti-nuclear weapons group has warned that the world is one 'tantrum' away from nuclear war" (2017-12-11, presstv.com) [archive.is/A3egU]


* "Nobel peace laureate group urges nuclear powers to adopt ban-the-bomb treaty" (2017-12-10, cgtn.com) [archive.is/yENTu]


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articles recommended by the 
SAN PABLO BAY SOVEREIGNTY Think-tank  
[SovereignSanPabloBay.blogspot.com] [permaculture.org]


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NORTHBAY ENTHEOGENIC FREEDOM
[NorthbayEntheogen.blogspot.com]


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articles recommended by the Committee for
ANIMAL RIGHTS 
Protect Earth's Sentient Life!

* "Pigeons can discriminate space, time: study" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/FtQ29]

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ANIMAL RIGHTS:
Preserve the Biosphere & Web of Life!

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ANIMAL RIGHTS
Save the Whales!
Information: [whales.org]

* "Whaling puts Norway on Anonymous hackers' attack list: report" (2017-12-08, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/6ezNU]

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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH
Documenting the process of fascism and for whom it benefits. [UnitedStatesFascism.blogspot.com[exposefacts.org] [ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/index.html]

* "How the U.S. Dictatorship Works" (2017-12-03, by Eric Zuesse) [archive.is/vfjPF]
* "Is Washington the Most Corrupt Government in History?" (20107-11-29, paulcraigroberts.org) [archive.is/GGehW]

* "The Real Causes of Deficits and the US Debt; Whatever financing issues exist for social security, Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance, food stamps, etc., they can be simply and easily adjusted" (2017-12-05, by Jack Rasmus, via telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/pNcZy]

* "After hot debate, US tax bill a boon to businesses" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/ZJJ5B]
* "U.S. stocks trade mixed after Senate passing tax bill" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/6TMpx]
* "U.S. dollar rises against most major currencies" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/1IePa]
* "U.S. dollar rises after Senate passing tax bill" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/IkStY]
* "Gold slips as U.S. dollar, equities rise over U.S. tax reform" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/mpdMj]


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH:
President Donald Trump's regime
:

* "Reported Trump Plan to Create Anti-Deep State Spy Network Sets Internet on Fire; Unconfirmed reports that the Trump administration is mulling the creation of a privately-run global spy network to counter the president's 'deep state' adversaries within the US intelligence community has set the internet ablaze with discussion over the move's implications for America's future" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/wBSzp]

* "Experts: Trump has ‘empowered extremism’ and ‘eroded US world leadership’ " (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/1ZjnI]

* "Forget Russia, Israel Actual Foreign Power Collaborating With Team Trump; While no compelling evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US election has been uncovered so far, the US' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has brought a different kind of relationship to the spotlight – the one between Washington and Tel Aviv" (2017-12-07, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/tvZSi]
* "Russiagate Becomes Israelgate Who was corrupting the American political system?" (2017-12-05, by Philip Giraldi) [archive.is/bawUB]

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* "Mike Pence's Wife Thinks Trump Is 'Totally Vile,' Ex-Campaign Aide Alleges; Donald Trump won the US presidential election in November last year in spite of a damaging scandal the previous month over comments he made on an "Access Hollywood tape." While the US public appeared not to hold the revelation against him, Mike Pence's wife is not so forgiving; according to a new report, she thinks Trump is "totally vile."" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/fCzjX]

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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
"Liberal" Capitalists:
Against Socialism, for War and Profit. What is Neoliberalism? [archive.is/iUyM].


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
"Libertarian" Capitalists & "Constitutionalist" constraints against democracy
[alibertarianfuture.com] [fff.org] [mises.org]


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
"Dominionist" Capitalism & the "Prosperity Gospel" ideology
Persecution Belief [archive.fo/raPTj]; Ideology [archive.is/rClcp]; Rejection of Christ's teachings [archive.is/VbO5F]

* "Trump Rally Cheers Because Jerusalem Move Will Launch Armageddon" (2017-12-09, patheos.com) [archive.is/GmJF7]

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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
The Military State
[archive.defense.gov/contracts]; [airforce.com] "Air, Space, Cyberspace"

* "US F-35 Reportedly Starts to Crumble in Okinawa in 'Routine Training Mission' ; The reputation of the most expensive plane in history has once again been tarnished" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/dtGCy]
* "What Breakdown? US Air Force Says No Issue With F-22 Raptors in Korea Drills; The US military found no issues with the F-22 Raptor it was forced to pull from a runway on Monday in South Korea, the Seventh US Air Force said Tuesday" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/R6ko5]

* "Off Target: US Navy’s $500 Million Electromagnetic Rail Gun on Chopping Block; The US Navy’s potentially game changing electromagnetic rail gun may wind up permanently shelved despite years of investment and research, according to a new report" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/A5fGx]

* "Navy to scrap $500mn next-generation railgun" (2017-12-06, rt.com) [archive.is/hocQT]


* "US Patriot May Have Failed to Shield Saudis From Houthi Rocket - Reports; US President Donald Trump has praised his country's Patriot interceptor missiles, but a new investigation into a recent attempted attack on Saudi Arabia casts shadow on his appraisal" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/Ca55z]
* "The Yemeni missile canceled the Patriot; The American newspaper “The New York Times” confirmed the failure of US Patriot missiles in intercepting the Yemeni missile that targeted Khaled airport near Riyadh at the beginning of last month, pointing out that this will have significant military repercussions on the defense of the United States than Saudi Arabia" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/vtvrW]
* "Yemeni missile beat US missile defense systems in Saudi Arabia: Research; Despite Saudi Arabia’s constant denials, new evidence shows that a Yemeni ballistic missile fired last month did hit the Riyadh airport a short while ago, according to a new report; Colonel Rashid: Israeli bases are in the range of Yemeni missiles" (2017-12-05, yemenpress.org) [archive.is/w66Cy]

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* "Why did the US command prevent its soldiers from drinking alcohol? The US military command in Japan issued a ban on drinking alcohol in Okinawa after a local resident died in a traffic accident with the participation of a drunk American soldier" (2017-11-20, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/0euXC]


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
Two Party Dictatorship


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
State Media Watch
Documenting propaganda issued by the monopolist media and members of the state security regime that uphold the economic dictatorship, imperialist wars, and the "New Jim Crow" regime [mediamatters.org] [onlinecensorship.org]

* "Doomsday on screen: How Hollywood & the Pentagon combine to sell new ‘axis of evil’ " (2017-12-09, rt.com) [archive.is/3owQ1]
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* "YouTube to expand teams to review extremist content" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/OgsXY]
* "YouTube pledges to purge extremist material" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/68mFs]
* "YouTube to hire 10,000 moderators in major clampdown on ‘bad actors’ " (2017-12-06, rt.com) [archive.is/XgUzm]

* "YouTube Channel Deleted" (2017-07-20, syrianews.cc) [archive.is/62LvY] [begin excerpt]:
Google owned YouTube have deleted our channel claiming we violated their ‘Community Standards’ [archive.is/yTTKl]; it turned out we were not the only victims, first they tried to rip us off from the revenues by striking most of our videos with their ‘not advertisers friendly’ claim [archive.is/rc4aD], while they continued to play ads on the same videos, then removing the whole channel.
We had over 500 very important videos, most of which were and still exist on terrorist groups channels but not addressed to the Western or the international societies as it is in Arabic or Urdu to help them recruit more radical graduates of Saudi sponsored ‘Madrassas’, and all we did was adding English subtitles to these videos so the world will realize who is killing the Syrian people, which made the propagandists work more difficult. [end excerpt]

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* "Vanity Fair’s Fairy Mossad Tale in Syria" (2017-11-27, syrianews.cc) [archive.is/BToYN]

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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
Artificial Poverty and Starvation
[talkpoverty.org]


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USA Homeland's resident nations:
Nations exist alongside the Federal [archive.fo/VXoPR], and State governance [archive.fo/Cz2uF]. Demographic maps: 2000 [archive.fo/nXHXz], 2010 [archive.fo/nKbSA], religion [archive.fo/XArBS]. The New Afrikan nation, and the nation of Nueva Aztlan, each have their own separate sections on this news page.



USA Homeland's resident nations:
Sovereign nations of the "Indian Country", and of traditional lodges.
Map [archive.fo/s4FYb]; News [indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com] [bsnorrell.blogspot.com]


* "US Indigenous Communities Vow to Sue Trump Over Shrinking National Monuments; The Navajo Nation has vowed to sue U.S. President Donald Trump over his decision to shrink Utah's Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent" (2017-12-04, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/eCEWh]
* "Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, tribes prepare to sue" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/eNYAo]
* "Utah's Native American tribes against mass reduction of two National Monuments" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/m89IE]

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USA Homeland's resident nations:
Kingdom of Hawai‘i / Occupied State of the Hawaiian Islands
[hawaiiankingdom.org/blog] [facebook.com/KamehamehaVIII]


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USA Homeland's resident nations:
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (USA territory) and the Boriqueno nation
[waragainstallpuertoricans.com]

* "IACHR to Investigate Human Rights Violations in Puerto Rico; The inquiry will be held in Washington and attended by Puerto Rican governmental representatives and 30 Puerto Rican social organizations" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/hrUT0]

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USA Homeland's resident nations:
American Nation, including the State Sovereignty campaigns, and Dominionist Campaigns. [tenthamendmentcenter.com]; "A Normie’s Guide to the Alt-Right" (2016-08-31, by Andrew Anglin) [archive.is/DyeDG]

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"Alt-Right"

* "Trump administration twists anti-discrimination law to claim the KKK is a protected class" (2017-12-06, rawstory.com) [archive.is/2h5fJ]

* "Weed tech CEO accused of being a secret neo-Nazi steps down after admitting to ‘white pride’ " (2017-12-06, rawstory.com) [archive.is/NSqOl]

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WORLD FASCISM WATCH 
Documenting the global economic dictatorship

* "Speech of DPRK Delegation Head at UNIDO General Conference" (2017-12-04, rodong.rep.kp) [archive.is/KimHE] [begin excerpt]: The head of the delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made a speech at the 17th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held in Vienna, Austria on Nov. 28.
He said that not a few practices of economic inequality, unemployment and poverty still remain in the world and they arise as a very dangerous social problem among developing countries being pushed out of the "globalization" whose process has become deepened.
Some specified countries violate the sovereignty and rights to development of developing countries incurring their displeasure and block their socio-economic development with sanctions and pressure, he noted, adding:
The present situation on the Korean peninsula is a typical example.
The hostile forces disregard the legitimate step for self-defence of a sovereign state and impose the harshest and inhumane sanctions upon its civilian industry and people's living under the pretence of implementing "sanctions resolution" of the UN Security Council.
Such indiscriminate sanctions and economic blockade should be no longer allowed as they are threatening the vital rights of an individual country and laying artificial hurdles in the way for sound and sustained development of the region.
All the facts more urgently require the UNIDO to create circumstances and conditions favorable for guaranteeing the inclusive and sustained industrial development of developing countries and serve as a practical companion able to fully satisfy the member nations' needs for development. [end excerpt]

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WORLD FASCISM WATCH
#OPDeathEaters
A study of the personal ideologies and social practices of those who benefit from the global capitalist regime, including illicit trafficking networks and cooperative ventures with government entities. [WorldFascists.blogspot.com]


* "Digital Danger: Young Children Sex Groomed via Smartphones; Children and young people should be educated in using smartphones to stop them being exploited by the rising tide of sex offenders attempting to groom and sexually abuse them via digital technology, a new UK report has suggested" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/Bwsyw]

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WORLD FASCISM WATCH
Vanguards of European racial supremacy 
Golden Dawn International [golden-dawn-international-newsroom.blogspot.com], European Knights Project [europeanknightsproject.com/category/ekp-news], English Asatru News [englishnews.org/news-central.html], Council of European Canadians [eurocanadian.ca], Albion's People [albionofengland.blogspot.com]. [saxonmessenger.christogenea.org]

* " 'European' Ukraine: Nazis instead of the law" (2017-12-05, dninews.com) [archive.is/HHX0d]
* "Crimean politician proposes to recognize Ukrainian nationalism as a form of Nazism" (2017-12-04, dninews.com) [archive.is/O371g]:
The head of the Crimean public chamber, Grigory Joffe, demanded that the international community recognize the extreme Ukrainian nationalism as a form of Nazism.
"The extreme, integral, as they themselves said, Ukrainian nationalism has crossed all the lines and turned into a Nazi movement. We can constantly observe its manifestation in modern Ukraine in the creation of volunteer battalions and various political structures such as The Right Sector, Svoboda, The Radical Party," Joffe said.
He stressed that these organizations are parts of the "Nazi extreme Ukrainian nationalism."
According to Joffe, the international community should give the Nazism in Ukraine a principled assessment and call things by their rightful names.
"The Nuremberg process has passed, and no such scale of processes is expected in the near future. Therefore, lawyers should consider a way to conduct some legal action and bring evidence so that it results in a decision of the created body that must be supranational, supra-state," he added.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov suggested holding an international conference in the Crimea on the crimes committed by the Banderites in different years.
Konstantinov said that Babi Yar, Khatyn, the Volyn massacre, Odessa, the Donbass and the blockade of the Crimea came as a consequence of the same criminal ideology.

* "No fascism in Ukraine: Bandera anthem to become new AFU march" (2017-12-07, dninews.com) [archive.is/vHNDE]: The anthem of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists will become a new march of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, People's Deputy of Ukraine Andrey Denisenko told on his Facebook page.
According to him, the relevant decision already exists at the level of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of Ukraine.
"The song with which the UPA soldiers gave battle to the Stalinist horde will now lead our troops to repulse the Putin's horde. This thought gives me goosebumps, and the march raises, spreads its wings, gives strength to live and fight for Ukraine," Denisenko added.
The People's Deputy noted that the first updated version of the song had been performed by Oleg Skrypka in Dnepropetrovsk [now Ukrainian Dnepr – ed.] on the Day of Unification, when the monument was opened to the "soldiers" of the UNR army.
* UAF Battalion propaganda (2017-12-03, Novorossia Today, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/Vk05I]:

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* "Jewish Cemetery in Poland Dug Up, Bodies Dumped to Make Way for Parking Lot; Poland's chief rabbi describes the excavation as the worst desecration of a Jewish cemetery he has seen during his 17 years as a rabbi" (2017-12-07, AP newswire, via haaretz.com) [archive.is/3BZVT]

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information collected by the exploratory committee towards a 
BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL 
[SolanoPeaceJustice.blogspot.com], for justice, dignity and human rights in accordance with the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (.pdf) [is.gd/TftqGs], and an end to the USA's endless wars, in harmony with Principle 1 & 6 of International Law [archive.fo/tmncz], the 5 protocols of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) [archive.fo/LhUTj], and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [archive.fo/U1Ota].
Peace News [peaceblog.wordpress.com], Costs of War (Brown University) [watson.brown.edu/costsofwar].



* "International Day for Human Rights" (2017-12-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/Yah7h], introduction: International Day for Human Rights is celebrated every year on Dec. 10.
Established by the United Nations in 1948, it was timed to coincide with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a 30-article document that fortifies the rights of human beings across the world. It was signed in the wake of the disasters that marked World War II.
Today, 69 years after this declaration was established, human rights remain an issue around the planet. Endless war, rampant poverty and institutional racism continues.
In Latin America, activists promoting human rights are frequently murdered in countries like Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Brazil and Argentina.
On the International Day for Human Rights, teleSUR takes a look at both victories and struggles in the quest for human rights in the region.
* "Capitalism, Corruption and the Impunity of the Right" (2017-12-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/rmOqH]
* "The Need to Strengthen Human Rights in Latin America; It is urgent to reiterate the need to strengthen the currently weakened Inter-American Human Rights System" (2017-12-09, by Andrea Reyes Blanco, via telesurtv.net) [archive.is/eQSin]



* "Human Rights Day, 70 years of standing up for the rights of all" (2017-12-10, cgtn.com) [archive.is/b0DaJ]:
As part of a year-long campaign to celebrate its 70th anniversary, the United Nations kicked off a campaign honoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, considered to be a foundational document.
The Universal Declaration is one of the most profound international agreements in human history, and has been translated into 500 languages.
It proclaims the inalienable rights of every human being.
Defining human rights -
The declaration establishes the equal dignity and worth of every individual and states that:
"Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty."
History of Human Rights Day -
According to the UN, Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
What has China done?
As a responsible country, China contributes to human rights development both domestically and internationally.
Themed "Building a Community of Shared Future for Human Beings: New Opportunity for South-South Human Rights Development," the very first South-South Human Rights Forum was held in Beijing on Thursday.
Minister of Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee Huang Kunming said "the Chinese people would like to work in concert with people in other developing countries and beyond to advance development and promote human rights through cooperation via development, and build a community with a shared future for human rights."
China has also enacted a series of laws protecting human rights.
In 2015, China enacted the first national law against domestic violence. The legislation not only covers married and cohabiting couples, but also those living in foster families.
Faith delivered by film and television program -
The film "Wolf Warrior 2" tells the story of a Chinese Special Forces soldier Leng Feng, who went into Africa's war-torn area and saved many Chinese and African workers with the help of Chinese government.
Based on a true story, the TV series "Last Visa" tells the  story of Chinese diplomats who made every effort to save Jews in Vienna during war time. These films emphasize the equal rights and freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration.
International Human Rights Day urges people to stand up for all human rights in all kinds of aspects, to make a fairer, safer and better world for all.
- Photo of Wolf Warrior 2 actors. /Chinadaily Photo

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* "Syria and Yemen: A tale of two conflicts; Over the past six years, the world has looked on in horror as a modern-day humanitarian crisis has unfolded in Syria" (2017-11-30, by Gavin O’Reilly, Al-Masdar News, via yemenextra.net) [archive.is/sMJhQ]
* "US-led coalition acknowledges killing 800+ civilians in Iraq & Syria airstrikes;" (2017-11-30, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/QswnJ]
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* "The Hague: Britain Could Have Committed War Crimes in Iraq; The UK is now facing a proper hearing in the international court over claims that its troops unlawfully killed and mistreated Iraqi citizens during the 2003-2011 War" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/6hNB3]
* "British Soldiers May Face New Probe for Iraqi War Crimes; Evidence released in 2014 revealed British forces had killed 52 Iraqi detainees and tortured at least 1,071 others" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/mpGhs]
* "British troops committed war crimes in Iraq: ICC; The International Criminal Court chief prosecutors says there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that British troops committed war crimes against detainees during the Iraq conflict" (2017-12-07, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/a4ytr]
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* "To a Communist, there is no more important issue than World Peace" (2017-11, by the Party of Communists USA, Office of the General Secretary) (.pdf) [is.gd/ba3aVw]:
INTRODUCTION -
We Communists have been peace activists all our political lives. That is why we find life today so troubling. The two parties of monopoly capitalism, the Democrats and Republicans, worship war and military spending. Along the way, they corrupt the minds of workers and promote hatred among peoples. It has been suggested that the leaders of these parties are addicts, that they are addicted to war. The truth is that the capitalist economic and social system that these parties represent cannot exist without war and conquest.
We founded the PCUSA in 2016 precisely because we saw the urgent need to build a strong Communist movement in the United States that would not tap dance around the peace issue. We need a fearless voice to represent the working class on the peace question. This is the job of every Communist.
By reading this brief statement, we hope that you will learn that Communists are the friends of the people. We seek to unite everyone in the working class against the war profiteers and parasites that live off your labor. We say, “a world without workers is impossible. A world without capitalism is necessary.” Workers should have it all- starting with a peaceful world.
SHIFT IN THE BALANCE OF FORCES -
Since the destruction of scientific socialism in the Soviet Union in 1992, the balance of forces has shifted away from any movement toward peace. The USSR served as a counterweight against imperialism. With the setback in socialist development, also came a tremendous setback in the world peace movement. This situation is further complicated by the positions of opportunist communist and workers parties that seek a compromise with capitalism. Newly emerging socialist movements within capitalist countries such as Venezuela and Brazil are confronted with an aggressive foreign policy of the United States known as “regime change.” For the record, it is the position of our Party, PCUSA, that both the Democratic and Republican parties are in the service of capitalism and imperialism and will never serve the interests of workers in general and peace particularly. That is a fact that has been demonstrated over and over throughout our history. While some parties refer to themselves as “communist” their political work consists of aiding Democrats and liberals that have proven themselves to be recalcitrant enemies of peace
and reconciliation, particularly regarding Russia and China, two former socialist states that now offer formidable competition with the U.S. in the global marketplace.
THE REMAINING SOCIALIST NATIONS -
In today’s world, there are still socialist nations fighting to survive. DPRK (Korea) is under constant threat from imperialist forces. Given the criminal attack on Korea by the United States, Korean reaction to U.S. aggression is understandable. As communists living in the USA, we must do everything we can to stop the unprovoked attacks against the Korean people.
We do not pretend to be all knowing and we never condemn the struggles of the Communists in other lands. Who can forget the heroism of the people of Spain in 1936-1939? Who can forget the tremendous struggle of the Chinese people, the Korean people, the Cuban people, or the people of Vietnam? This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917. This year also marks the 73rd anniversary of the victory over fascism, in which 28 million Soviet citizens lost their lives. We certainly can’t forget that! But what are the lessons of all these struggles? Self-determination, sovereignty, and peace! Proletarian internationalism!
A NEW AND MORE DANGEROUS STAGE: THE HIGHEST STAGE OF CAPITALISM -
Lenin wrote about this stage of capitalism in his famous pamphlet, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism. The Australian Marxist, L. Harry Gould, reminds us how Lenin illustrates its manifestation:
1, The concentration of production and capital developed to such a high stage that it has created monopolies which play a decisive role in economic life.
2. The merging of bank capital with industrial capital and the creation, on the basis of “finance-capital,” of a financial oligarchy.
3. The export of capital, as distinguished from the export of commodities, becomes of particularly great importance.
4. International monopoly combines of capitalists are formed which divide up the world.
5. The territorial division of the world by the greatest capitalist powers is completed. [1]
The territorial division of the world by the greatest capitalist powers took place after World War I, again after World War II, and continues today. The export of capital has replaced the need for the manufacture and export of commodities. Capitalists simply exchange currencies on the global exchanges, like FOREX for example. Trade imbalances create hostilities between nations and shortages of goods, as capitalists don’t manufacture for human need.
Of course, they manufacture for profit, and since the sole objective of the capitalist is profit, sometimes capitalists don’t manufacture anything, preferring to “park” their money in offshore banks. Poorer countries with underdeveloped economies are forced to operate by borrowing large sums of money from the world’s biggest banks at exorbitant rates. Big imperialist powers use this huge debt to hold smaller
countries hostage which allows them to set up strategic locations around the world to carry on their imperialist barbarity. For years, the small island nation of Ireland was considered “non-aligned,” meaning that they did not take sides in international disputes. Because of their huge debt to the European Union, Ireland has agreed to allow U.S. military planes to re-fuel at its Shannon airport, a clear violation of her military neutrality agreement. The Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) of Ireland [Comaontas na Síochana is Neodrachta] has been organized to oppose this travesty. [2]
THE U.S. AND THE MIDDLE EAST -
The middle east has long been one of the most hostile and volatile regions. U.S. imperialism continues to support reactionary regimes that foster and enable fundamentalist terrorism and Wahhabism. Working with their partners, Saudi-Arabia, Israel, and Turkey, the USA has done everything possible to perpetuate violence against Palestine, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Iran. It is our Party’s position that any settlement of the conflict in Palestine must contain a return to the borders of 1967, and that all settlements that have been built by Israel must be taken down. From the borders that existed in 1967, an independent, sovereign Palestinian state must be recognized throughout the world. Regarding Syria, we recognize Bashar al-Assad as the democratically elected President of Syria. Although we do not agree with his politics and policies 100%, we see the greater danger in the manufactured U.S. policy of regime change, which demands removal of the President of Syria before peace can be achieved. Unfortunately, many U.S. peace organizations have been duped into “going along” with U.S. regime change policies. They also call for President Assad’s removal as a condition of peace. This is something that we as communists, must contend with.
As a party of communists, we mourn the loss of the great Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who developed Libya economically and socially and fought against U.S. imperialism. Gaddafi is a hero on African continent. Since Gaddafi’s murder at the hands of the Clinton-Obama capitalist gang, AFRICOM has established its foothold in Africa so that the USA can control the rich natural resources there. The USA refers to themselves and their military missions as “keepers of the peace.” This is part of the Hitler “big lie” propaganda technique. And this imperialist adventurism continues under Trump. Anywhere the people declare their independence from capitalism and imperialism, the mighty armed forces appear to “preserve the peace.” In most of these places peace already exists. That’s when the U.S. Counter-intelligence operations use their industrial allies like George Soros, the Hungarian born millionaire anti-communist, to stir up racial and religious hatred, and to call for religious freedom and regime change. In Syria for example, the Soros backed group White Helmets attacks the government while President Assad acts to defend that portion of the population that is Christian, from fanatic fundamentalist Muslims that are attacking and killing Christians in large numbers.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA -
The U.S. government and Hillary Clinton herself are directly implicated in the assassination of Berta Cáceres Flores, a Honduran environmental activist, indigenous leader of her people, and co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras on March 3, 2016. The Mexican police and the President of México are directly implicated in the disappearance of 43 Normal school teachers studying in Ayotzinapa, which is another imperialist provocation. Two and a half years later, we still don’t know what has happened to these teachers. We take special note of the escalating harassment of the government of President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and the coup d’etat carried out by reactionary forces against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, and the constant threats made against
President Evo Morales in Bolivia. There is also counterinsurgency directed against the people of Ecuador, who have made their choice for a new President, Lenin Moreno. Clearly the U.S. is unhappy with the peoples’ choice. The U.S. propaganda ministry is working overtime to scandalize the popular leaders in Central and South America. They will not stop their counterinsurgency and sabotage until the strongest of these sovereign nations is overthrown. “Despite the political polarization that has gripped Venezuela, hatred and violence does not garner broad support in this Bolivarian Republic. According to an April 2017 Hinterlaces poll, 80% of Venezuelans are “in disagreement” with the violent demonstrations and guarimbas [street disturbances] as instruments of protest. Most Venezuelans want peace and support talks between the opposition and the government. Generalizing about either the opposition or Chavismo will inevitably distort the complex political landscape in Venezuela. The opposition to the Maduro administration includes a diversity of political orientations, from extreme right to social-democratic and many of the opposition parties come under the umbrella of the United Democratic Roundtable (MUD). There are also numbers of dissident groups on the left, including ones that consider themselves Chavista, but unlike the MUD, none of those groups are appealing for U.S. intervention to advance their agendas. Most anti-government demonstrators are expressing their dissent peacefully and have legitimate concerns and demands.” [3]
Their main goal of U.S. imperialism is to topple the government of Venezuela, which deserves all the support the world can offer her to protect democracy and peace, while in México the goal of the U.S. is to destroy PEMEX, the state-owned oil company, to open the Mexican energy market to foreign oil companies. Our solidarity for Venezuela, México, and the other nations in the region must be demonstrated by militant action here in the United States. A special responsibility falls on our comrades in the New York City area because the United Nations is headquartered there. The entire U.S. peace
movement needs to be ideologically swayed away from its CIA orientation to positions in favor of peace and democracy. This is not an easy task. It can only be accomplished by hard work and building relationships with honest forces like Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the World Peace Council (WPC). R. Palme Dutt describes similar conditions in England in the 1930’s: “Bourgeois pacifism, attached to the official League of Nations, and preaching passivity and non-resistance to the masses, becomes an indispensable part of the war-preparations of imperialism, and as such officially recognized and encouraged by all the war-making statesmen of imperialism. All the statesmen of imperialism, Roosevelt and MacDonald, Henderson and Paul-Boncour, Mussolini and Hitler, are to-day “pacifists” in their public utterances-and in their governmental roles actively press forward the building of armaments and the preparation of imperialist war.” [4]
THE PCUSA AND THE FIGHT FOR PEACE IN THE USA -
Throughout communist history there are examples of attempts to bring about a peaceful world. The most shining example was the successful Bolshevik revolution of 1917 that took place 100 years ago. The demands of that revolution were Peace, land, bread! The Bolsheviks wanted an end to Tsarist Russia’s involvement in World War I. The Tsar was overthrown by the Bolsheviks and a peace treaty known as Brest-Litovsk was signed between the Bolshevik government and Germany on March 3, 1918.
American communists, throughout their entire history, have been tireless fighters for world peace with their comrades throughout the world. U.S. Communists opposed entry into World War I, agreeing with comrade Lenin that the correct approach to was and is that the working class should not be used as cannon fodder for imperialism. A quote from a well-known imperialist shows us the total lack of empathy for working people shown by those who pursue war as a moneymaking strategy: “[T]he lower people everywhere desire war. Not so unwisely; there is then a demand for lower people-to be shot.” {Carlyle, Sartor Restarus} [5]
Since the day of the beginning of the decay of modern capitalism, which Lenin referred to as the epoch of imperialism, the world becomes much more dangerous, as the capitalists make more and more desperate attempts to hold onto power. Since the days of the League of Nations, when Maxim Litvinov proposed the doctrine of “collective security” to the world’s nations, the capitalists have expanded their quest for global domination. Weaponry has become more sophisticated, and global conflicts have become much more frequent, and the imperialist powers more intransigent.
In our country, we must learn from the examples of the past. We must study the doctrine of collective security, the United Front strategy of Georgi Dimitrov and other great anti-fascist fighters. Our approach must be to unite the peace forces and the trade union forces around an organization and a strategy that calls for closure of all U.S. military bases overseas, a halt to all nuclear weapons production
and weapons trading, a reduction of the Pentagon and State Department budgets which are used to finance war and instability, the abolition of the Central Intelligence Agency, and we must make the call for heavy expenditures in health care, education, public infrastructure (not money for luxury apartments and strip malls).
On the question of health care, our Party needs to say that “single payer” isn’t enough. Single-payer health care only fixes half of our health care crisis. What we need in this country is a National Health Service (NHS) the same as England has. What is the difference? A single-payer system still allows for private delivery of health care and invites corruption and cost over runs. A National Health Service is run by the Federal government, using our tax dollars. The system works in much the same way as the Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals, where doctors and staff are Federal employees, the facilities are Federal property, and the Federal government negotiates the price of medications with the various drug companies. This lowers costs substantially. This demand is directly linked to the struggle for peace because military expenditures are a drain on our health care delivery system. As a society, we simply cannot pour money down the military drain without sacrificing other essential services.
To jumpstart this ambitious United Front strategy, the PCUSA has initiated two new mass organizations, similar in style to earlier efforts by the Communist Parties to establish what comrade Lenin referred to as, “transmission belt” organizations. Labor United in Class Struggle (LUCS) http://labortoday.us works closely with the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to “organize the un-organized,” and to build militant trade unions that are class oriented, uniting, democratic, modern, and independent.
To compliment this approach in the broader peace and social justice community, the PCUSA has established the Movement for Peoples’ Democracy (MPD). http://movement4peoplesdemocracy.org. Under this umbrella, the working class can participate in the struggles for peace, labor rights, civil rights, the struggle to save our environment and planet, and much more. With MPD we can bring together the best and the brightest fighters in each area of the people’s struggle.
Both LUCS and MPD are mass organizations, and they are wide open! It is not necessary to be a communist to participate in these organizations. At the same time, communists are encouraged to join them and participate fully in the activities of both organizations. This allows the PCUSA to work in a way that is non-sectarian, and to provide ideological alternatives to the so-called “new left.” All the mass organizations that exist across the left are “anti-communist” in one way or another. This hinders the communists’ ability to represent the best interests of the working class. As Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto, “[T]his organization of the proletarians into a class, and subsequently into a political party, is continually being upset again by the competition between the workers themselves. But it ever rises up again, stronger, firmer, mightier. It compels legislative recognition of particular interests of the workers, by taking advantage of the divisions among the bourgeoisie itself.” [6]
Our Party starts from the premise that any legitimate peace movement must not be poisoned with anti-communism. Quoting the Communist Manifesto, “Of all the classes that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie to-day, the proletariat alone is a really revolutionary class. The other classes decay and finally disappear in the face of modern industry; the proletariat is its special and essential product.” [7]
A close friend of our Party, Professor Grover C. Furr, refers to the “anti-Stalin paradigm.” He is correct in pointing out how we must wage a battle for the truth based on real evidence to challenge this false
paradigm which has the full support of monopoly capital, which controls all of the press and mass media. Our Party believes that the anti-Stalin paradigm is much deeper than what Furr describes. We refer to it as the “anti-communist paradigm.” The basis of all leftist politics in the USA is based on this false paradigm. This false paradigm forms the basis for all war, regime change policies, imperialist intrigues, racism, sexism, homophobia, and attacks on disabled persons. It is the main obstacle to peace. It must be challenged by bold popular action led by the working class. It doesn’t require Party membership to join in this struggle. Not every working-class American is a communist! It takes years of development to overcome the damage done by the anti-communist paradigm! But every worker is a patriot, and knows that what is happening in our country is un-American. We encourage you to get involved and join us in the fight for peace. We owe it to each other to defeat fascism and save our nation.
For additional copies or for more information, please e-mail: info@partyofcommunistsusa.org
[1] Marxist Glossary, L. Harry Gould (1948) Reprinted by Red Star Publishers 14 March 2014
[2] Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance, http://pana.ie/
[3] Right-Wing Terrorism in Venezuela, By Frederick B. Mills, Guest Scholar at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, and William Camacaro, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, 27 May 2017
[4] R. Palme Dutt, Fascism and Social Revolution, p.90 (International Publishers, June 1935)
[5] K. Marx, F. Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (Foreign Languages Publishing House, Peking (1970) p. 36
[6] K. Marx, F. Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (Foreign Languages Publishing House, Peking (1970) p. 37
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* "SF’s War Reports Are Now Available In Farsi" (2017-11-30, southfront.org) [archive.is/JFq93]

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BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL
Justice for Refugees!

* "Lack of global compact on migration is "inhumane:" UN" (2017-12-06, xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/B223g]
* "Academic: US Exit From UN Refugee Pact Shows That 'Future is Very Bleak' ; The US' decision to exit the Global Compact on Migration will have repercussions for US policies, Vassilis Fouskas, professor of International Relations at the University of East London, the Editor of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies and the Director of the Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People told Radio Sputnik" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/xlOvK]

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BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL's 
NEW COLD WAR NEWS 

* "US would likely lose war with Russia, China: RAND; The United States will likely lose a military confrontation with either Russia and China, US think tank RAND Corporation says, warning about the US military’s insufficient training and readiness" (2017-12-10, presstv.com) [archive.is/AUKth]

The semantics of what constitutes "War"...


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NEW COLD WAR FrontlinePeople's Republic of China & the SCO

* "Sino-U.S. energy cooperation forum opens" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/ycZro]
* "Enhanced Cooperation: China, US reach agreement to share satellite signals" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/xysRD]
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* "Tensions Escalate As Indian Drone Crashes In China" (2017-12-07, zerohedge.com) [archive.is/9oki5]

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* "China High-sea Drills: Aircraft exercises conducted in Yellow Sea, East China Sea" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/BTma8]
* "People's Liberation Army: Air Force units explore new airspace" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/vs8Qf]: The People's Liberation Army Air Force has sent its reconnaissance planes to the Yellow and East China Seas for long-range training. The aircraft used a new route and expanded the reach of their activities to areas they had never been to before. In addition to the reconnaissance planes, fighter jets, early-warning aircraft and air-defense missile units were also dispatched to take part in the operation. According to the PLA Air Force spokesperson, the training aims to improve the air force's combat readiness and safeguard the country's strategic interests. In the past five years, China has advanced reform in national defense and the armed forces to build a system of strong military strength.
* "China's Territorial Sovereignty: Chinese FM: Face the facts, Diaoyu Islands belong to China" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/IhN2V]:
China is once again urging Japan to respect historical facts about the Diaoyu Islands. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has responded to the proposed name change of Diaoyu Islands by a Japanese mayor, saying it would not change the fact that the island chain belongs to China.
GENG SHUANG CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON "The Diaoyu Islands and its adjacent islets have always been an inherent part of Chinese territory, and China has unshakable will to protect its own sovereignty. Whatever tricks Japan plays, it will not change the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China. We urge the Japanese side to face up to history and reality, stop stirring up trouble on the issue and avoid harming the improvement of bilateral ties."

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineFederation of Russia & the Eurasian Union

* "Progress Report on the US-Russian War" (2017-12-01, by the Saker, unz.com) [archive.is/hIvBr]
* "Russia is being attacked from all the fronts" (2017-12-06, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/p34Hm]

* "Ukraine is not the main question in Russian-US talks" (2017-12-08, Novorossia Today, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/0yj9b]
* "Ceasefire in Donbass for the new year to be discussed in Minsk on December 20" (2017-12-07, Novorossia Today, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/eye7t]
* "DPR to raise issue of New Year ceasefire at Contact Group meeting" (2017-12-07, dninews.com) [archive.is/l07s3]
* "New wave of war in Donbass is expected in the middle of December" (2017-12-08, Novorossia Today, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/KrxAZ]
* "Russia is trying to win support of the USA to stop on resolving Donbass conflict by force" (2017-12-08, Novorossia Today, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/zSkI8]
* "Ukraine is the main obstacle to normalize relationships between Russia and US, Tillerson" (2017-12-08, Novorossia Today, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/yPFIr]
* "America supports Kiev's war in Donbass. AFU got 40 medical hummers from the USA" (2017-12-07, Novorossia Today, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/gDy8R]
* "Expert: dialogue between Moscow, Washington on Donbass can develop according to four scenarios" (2017-12-07, dninews.com) [archive.is/uE8CX]
* "Russia and West have different vision of UN mission to Donbass - German top diplomat" (2017-12-07, dninews.com) [archive.is/WnM3H]
* "US Does Not Reject Possibility Of Supplying Weapons To Ukraine" (2017-11-30, southfront.org) [archive.is/B340Q]

* "Russian Companies in US Trying to Remain in US Market Amid Sanctions - Envoy" (2017-12-04, Rossiya Segodnya newswire, via oananews.org) [archive.is/AivDx]

* "Rich Russians float new bond idea amid fear of new sanctions" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/NXJTC]

* "Moscow calls 'limited' U.S. visa services in Russia "regrettable"" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/bBJMA]

* "Russia lists US media organizations as foreign agents" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/PUezw]
* "Russia may ban access of U.S. media outlets to State Duma" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/iFMBw]
* "RT Editor-in-Chief Says US Taught Russia Foreign Agent Law Serves Transparency; The registration of RT America under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) prompted a mirror-like response in Moscow, with several media outlets funded from abroad being included in the Russian foreign agents list" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/U801S]
* "What is Russia’s requirement to lift restrictions on foreign media? Russia is ready at any time to lift restrictions on foreign media, but the first step must be taken by the West, said Valentina Matvienko, president of the Russian Federation Council" (2017-11-21, by Valentina Matvienko, via yemenextra.net) [archive.is/oPamh]
* "US Congress Withdraws RT America’s Capitol Credentials. Russia Plans To Retaliate" (2017-11-30, southfront.org) [archive.is/j16KH]

* "Russian Agricultural Watchdog Suspects PepsiCo Company of Cyberattack; PepsiCo, which currently holds leading positions in the Russian beverage market in segments such as carbonated, non-carbonated and energy drinks, tried to gain access to secret information of the Russian state bodies, according to Rosselkhoznadzor" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/2Kna5]

* "Russian journalists occurred under the pressure of the US security" (2017-12-06, nrt24.ru) [archive.is/2v4jo]:
US intelligence agencies are tightening the screws on Russian journalists and are trying to recruit them too, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
"Apart from legislative pressure, the country’s authorities actively use less formal but in their view, apparently more effective methods," Zakharova stressed.
"Lately, representatives of Russia’s mass media, including in the US, have come under severe pressure from US special services, which also attempted to recruit them," the diplomat said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will hold a meeting in Vienna on December 7 to discuss the pressure that US security services have been exerting on Russian journalists, Zakharova said
"Tomorrow, this information will be provided to the US side during the talks scheduled in Vienna between Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson," she noted. "So, they won’t be able to say that they haven’t got this information and they didn’t comment on this."
The diplomat explained that these attempts of putting pressure on journalists are "numerous and multi-faceted."
As an example, she said the US special services tried to persuade one Russian journalist to cooperate. "Their offer was roundly rejected, so they tried another approach through bribery. They later switched to psychological pressure and then just direct threats."
"We view all this as part of a large-scale crackdown against freedom of speech. This is hostility in terms of information not only against Russia, but we also regard this as an infringement upon freedom of speech in general," she said.
"It is terrible to imagine the situation of US mass media themselves because we understand that the special services may find some leverage against them," Zakharova noted.
The diplomat expressed hope that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media will "pay attention to this unacceptable situation and make certain conclusions."
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* "Pricey Apartment And Infiniti Car – Price Of Russia Doping Scandal" (2017-12-02, southfront.org) [archive.is/v31Un]
* "Russian Doping Scandal: IOC to decide on Russian doping ban for 2018 Olympics" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/p7lY9]
* "Russia Banned From 2018 Olympics, Clean Athletes May Compete Under Neutral Flag; The International Olympic Committee has ruled on Tuesday to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee immediately. The IOC's decision follows a probe into the country's alleged "systematic doping manipulation."" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/mVcoO]
* "Gerard Depardieu Demands Russia Be Allowed to Compete at 2018 Winter Olympics; Award-winning French actor Gerard Depardieu has joined the viral #NoRussiaNoGames campaign, voicing his support for the Russian Olympic team and stepping out against its suspension from the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/G2uGl]
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#RussiaGate

* " ‘Clinton fan club’: More links between ‘Russiagate’ probe team & Hillary surface" (2017-12-09, rt.com) [archive.is/EcpjE]

* "Russian Trolls Are Taking Over the World! Or Perhaps Not...; When I was growing up the only 'trolls' we heard about were the Moomins - Tove Jansson's very sweet fairytale family from Finland, who were featured in books and a television series. Such happy carefree days! Now of course, 'trolls' are in the news every day - and usually linked with the word 'Russia'. Poor old Moomintroll doesn't get a look in" (2017-12-05, by Neil Clark, via sputniknews.com) [archive.is/MUrgR]

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* "Norway's Dubious Russia Report Incites 'Friend or Foe' Debate; A contradictory new report on Russia by the Norwegian Defense Ministry's research institute has triggered polarizing reactions, entering an ongoing debate on whether Russia is a friend or a foe. Oslo's current take was challenged by researchers from the Nordic country's foreign policy institute" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/sM8Zk]

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineThe ALBA states

* "No Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela, Says UN Expert" (2017-12-05, plenglish.com) [archive.is/28KcA]
* "No Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela, says UN Expert, Condemning International Sanctions; The expert said that the international community must be made aware of the dismal impact U.S. sanctions have had on the country" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/WyYGG]

* "Venezuela Condemns 'Fresh Interference' From Spain; Venezuela accused Spain's minister of foreign affairs of demonstrating the "shameful subordination of the Spanish government to the Trump administration."" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/HEZsC]
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* "Cuba Denounces at UN in Geneva Negative Effects of the US Blockade" (2017-12-05, plenglish.com) [archive.is/4Vk9C]

* "US Stifles Scientific Research Collaboration With Cuba, Bars Scientists From Visiting Cuba; "Health knows no borders; nor do diseases," Gail Reed, founder of MEDICC, a nonprofit working for health equity, told Cuba's Granma" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/PglBP]

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineDemocratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

* "How close are the DPRK and the US to all-out war?" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/KZZ8g]
* "US senator on North Korea: 'Most Americans don’t realize how close we are to this war' ; If Sen. Tammy Duckworth is worried, you should be too" (2017-12-07, vox.com) [archive.is/KpdJi]
* "UN envoy warns DPRK 'miscalculation' could trigger conflict" (2017-12-10, cgtn.com) [archive.is/VZ6rV]
* "American provocateur: Why North Korea is going ballistic over missiles" (2017-12-09, rt.com) [archive.is/ONgHj]
* "North Korea claims new missile is capable of striking 'all of US' ; North Korea said it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of 'striking the whole US mainland' " (2017-11-29, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/mJQkT]
* "North Korea confirms nuclear statehood, says can now target anywhere in US; North Korea has confirmed that it has now achieved full nuclear statehood after successfully launching a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it says is capable of reaching anywhere in the United States" (2017-11-29, presstv.com, via yemenextra.net) [archive.is/8Sv7w], photo caption: South Korean President Moon Jae-in convenes an emergency meeting in the capital, Seoul, on November 29, 2017.

* "North Korea Prepares For New Missile Launch" (2017-12-01, southfront.org) [archive.is/ERzvt]
* "South Korea Unveils Plan To Strike North Korean Missile Launchers" (2017-12-01, zerohedge.com) [archive.is/I5Yo1]

* "In 'Largest-Ever' Military Drill, US Orders 16,000 Troops, 230 Jets To Simulate War With North Korea" (2017-12-03, zerohedge.com) [archive.is/f3lOt]

* "UN political affairs chief arrived in DPRK as nuclear tensions soar" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/0WEm1]

* "Dove of Peace: Senior UN Diplomat Makes a Rare Visit to N Korea Amid US Drills; The UN has dispatched one of its most influential officials to Pyongyang in an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/hQm8Y]
* "UN Political Affairs Official Arrives in North Korea for Rare Diplomatic Visit; The former U.S. State Department official is the first senior UN official to travel to North Korea since 2011" (2017-12-05, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/BRWfT]
* "UN under-secretary-general for political affairs to visit DPRK" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/T6SFX]
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: Top UN official arrives in Pyongyang for political dialogue" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/0Cvnq]
* "China pleased to see constructive UN role on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/SPPz6]
* "UN Delegation Visits DPRK to Discuss Issues of Mutual Interest" (2017-12-05, plenglish.com) [archive.is/R6FWW]

* "DPRK blasts U.S.-S. Korea joint air force exercises as "extremely reckless"" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/YOP20]
* "DPRK slams US-ROK drills as 'extremely reckless' " (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/wPBiG]
* "US-ROK Military Drills: Local media: Largest-ever exercise between the two sides" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/yLm83]
* "US-ROK Joint Drills: Many fear the drills further inflame tension on Korean Peninsula" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/J4oZX]
* "North Korean Media Denounces USA, South Korea Military Maneuvers" (2017-12-05, plenglish.com) [archive.is/lUEo4]

* "Fearing North Korean Missiles, Tokyo Plans Mass Evacuation Drills for Early 2018; Millions of residents of Tokyo will participate in mass evacuation drills sometime in the first quarter of 2018 to prepare for a potential North Korean nuclear attack on Japan’s capital city" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/0Iz5T]
* "Singapore Airlines Reroutes Flights Around North Korean Missile Paths; Singapore Airlines has changed the route of its Seoul-Los Angeles flights because of North Korean missile tests over the Sea of Japan, the airline revealed Tuesday" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/4Td8F]

* "ROK announces new independent sanctions on DPRK" (2017-12-10, cgtn.com) [archive.is/UXrre]

* "S. Korea, US, Japan holds missile tracking drill near Korean Peninsula" (2017-12-11, cgtn.com) [archive.is/8FWi7]
* "Japan, US, ROK to hold missile tracking drill amid DPRK crisis" (2017-12-10, cgtn.com) [archive.is/lP8GO]

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NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Arab Republic of Syria

* "Russia Inflicted a Major Defeat on the American Project: US Website; According to the US website “Salon” that Russia has inflicted a major defeat on the American project in the Middle East, based on the change of regulations through a policy of careful consideration, which was able to save Syria and strengthen relations with Turkey and Iran and other Middle Eastern countries" (2017-11-28, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/nMvlA]

* "Lavrov: U.S. Should Withdraw From Syria’s al-Tanaf" (2017-12-02, southfront.org) [archive.is/L0F88]

* "Can America be trusted to restore peace and stability in Syria?" (2017-12-07, insidesyriamc.com) [archive.is/B8fy6]
* "Who is Really Interested in Solution of Syrian Conflict?" (2017-12-05, insidesyriamc.com) [archive.is/PZzMt]
* "White House Officials Claim Damascus Lacks Resources to Win Civil War; The Syrian Army and its allies are getting closer to defeating terrorism in the region and bringing peace to the war-ravaged country. However, US President Donald Trump's administration believes that the Syrian government is no longer capable of ensuring victory in the ongoing civil war, amid serious material and human losses" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/JMseM]
* "What is the Result of U.S.-led Coalition Actions in Raqqa?" (2017-09-25, insidesyriamc.com) [archive.is/R4TNR]

* "Saudi stance against Hezbollah scenario for war on Lebanon: Analyst; Saudi Arabia’s pressures on the Lebanese government to disarm the Hezbollah resistance movement are part of a scenario to wage war against the country, a former US government adviser says" (2017-12-02, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/2ewzI]

* "Netanyahu Threatened Assad With Strike on Syria if Iran Sets Up Bases - Reports; Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that Tel Aviv is free to act in Syria for the sake of its security, while Damascus regards any foreign states' military actions in the country without Damascus' 'aggression' " (2017-12-04, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/HxxCz]
* "Syria Fires Missiles at Israeli Aircraft after Israeli Missiles Attacked near Damascus; The Syrian army has launched at least four surface-to-air missiles at Israeli aircraft as the regime waged an attack against the western countryside of Syria’s capital Damascus, reports say" (2017-12-02, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/AvR8Y]

* "Misdirected Western Funds in Syria Could 'Finance Return' of Daesh; BBC Panorama documentary Jihadis You Pay For claimed December 4 a British Foreign Office scheme funding a civilian police force in Syria resulted in cash being handed directly to violent extremists. Loretta Napoleoni, a leading analyst on terrorist financing, spoke exclusively to Sputnik about the scandal" (2017-12-05, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/vOpGS]

* "China wants to send troops to Syria to fight Chinese terrorists: Report; The Chinese military plans to send troops to Syria to fight against a group of Chinese terrorists fighting alongside with the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group, the official media page for the Hmaymim Airbase reported, as quoted by Telsur TV" (2017-11-30, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/f5QM5]


* "My Visit To Syria: Silence Is Not An Option" (2017-12-04, by Brandon Turbeville) [archive.is/9A3Sr] [begin excerpt]:
As I traveled across Syria in early October, 2017 [archive.is/60yvQ], I came across a myriad of stories, sights, experiences, people, and emotions that I had hoped to convey to my audience when I returned home. Although I spent days talking to Syrians of all backgrounds, interviewing them, and photographing them, I soon realized that there would be no way of accurately depicting what I saw in country either in words or in photographs.
The overwhelming hospitality and welcoming nature of the people I met while in Syria, I will never forget. But for someone who is merely reading the depiction of it, words are just that – words. I have been covering the Syrian crisis since the very beginning and even after six years of writing, there is no way to describe the warmth of the people who, suffering under one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the 21st Century, invited us in for tea and coffee, refused to let us pay for food, and who gave us gifts as if they were the ones who were honored by our time there.
I can never adequately describe what it is like to stare at the moon in the sky as it shines over the central park in Aleppo, the stars in Damascus, or constant sound of bombs and mortars falling among people who have lost so much already. Even the photos I brought home cannot adequately depict the children, who have no memories of anything except war, innocent but aged before their time, both molded by staying free of the dehumanizing propaganda of Western media and, at the same time, formed by loss of those closest to them far before their times. These are the prized little targets of America’s terrorists, hunted for years but thankfully still brightening Syria’s homes, schools, and streets.
I have pictures of their sadness and pictures of ordinary people who have picked up their lives from the ashes and moved on, refusing to submit to the will of imperialism and senseless destruction. I have pictures of their happiness, too, stolen moments of pleasure and appreciation honed by six years of the threat of annihilation. “For us,” one Syrian girl told me, “life is about living. We are surrounded by death so, for us, living is enough.” [end excerpt]
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* "SDF is Building New Bridges Between the Sides to spite the U.S.?" (2017-12-07, insidesyriamc.com) [archive.is/roUnO]:
According to Inside Syria Media Center military sources in SDF, the officials of the Syrian Democratic forces again thank the Russian army for its support in Deir Ezzor campaign that was completed recently. Kurdish Hawarnews confirms this [archive.is/Y9KFN].
Some SDF’s field commanders besides claims the more they cooperate with the Russians the more they immunize themselves [archive.is/rU37e]. They tried to explain their statement by telling our correspondents the nature of its concerns. The thing is, that Syrian Democratic forces are concerned that their cooperation with the U.S. may have implications for unification of Syria and for peace process. Kurdish people have had enough of war, they say, and cannot afford to fall under foreign influence. Many of Kurds nowadays suspect the U.S. pursue secret diplomacy and double games against Kurdistan, using common Kurds as pawns in the Syrian big game. The ladest statements on cooperations and joining the Syrian Arab army (SAA) can only prove this. Kurdish intentions to join SAA seem to be a secret deal against the U.S.?
* "Kurdish Intentions to Join SAA: Secret Deal Against the U.S.?" (2017-11-27, insidesyriamc.com) [archive.is/rU37e]

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* "Terrorist Groups Join FSA to Prevent Syrian Army Advance" (2017-12-06, insidesyriamc.com) [archive.is/2OeY9]
* "Syrian Woman Tells Story Of Torture, Rape, Oppression Under America’s Moderate FSA 'Rebels' In Syria" (2017-01-20, syrianews.cc) [archive.is/cf4zr]
* "The Trotskyist León Sedov Brigade in the Syrian Revolution" (2017-12-05, medium.com) [archive.is/OzAnQ]
[comments]:
- These renegade Trots participated in the overthrow of Qaddafi in Libya and attempted to overthrow Assad in Syria too. They’ve also clashed with the FSA and YPG. It’s almost like they’re trying to piss off everybody across the ideological spectrum while advancing counter-revolution under the dogmatic guise of, “Permanent Revolution”.
- 5th Column Trotskyites actually contributing to an armed struggle, not surprised its in the usual mindless militant counter revolutionary Trot tactics
- Why am I not surprised? I was following their publications during the Arap Spring scam and they were very enthusiastic and excited about the whole bullshit... all their Australian activists were constantly posting shit condemning the YPG and supporting the FSA.

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineIslamic Republic of Iran

* "Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani Refused To Read Letter Sent By CIA Director" (2017-12-04, southfront.org) [archive.is/Jh8vW]:
On December 2, US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo revealed that he has sent a letter to General Qassem Soleimani, a commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force to warn him that the US will hold Iran responsible for any attacks on its troops in Iraq, according to Reuters.
“What we were communicating to him in that letter was that we will hold he and Iran accountable for any attacks on American interests in Iraq by forces that are under their control… We wanted to make sure he and the leadership in Iran understood that in a way that was crystal clear,” Pompeo said during a Reagan National Defense Forum in Southern California.
However, according to Pompeo, Gen. Soleimani refused to receive or open his letter, in a move that shows high tensions between the US and Iran in Iraq and Syria.
On November 30, Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, head of the Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced that Soleimani refused to receive a letter that was sent by the CIA director thought a mediator. Back then, many news outlets doubted Golpayegani’s statement and described it as a propaganda.
“I will not take your letter nor read it and I have nothing to say to these people,” Golpayegani quoted Gen. Soleimani as saying, according to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV.
Al-Mayadeen revealed that Pompeo’s message was sent to Gen. Soleimani when he was leading the battle against ISIS in the Syrian city of al-Bukamal on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
The message timing reflects the US fear of the advance of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The liberation of al-Bukamal poses a great threat to the US and Israeli interests in the region, according to many experts, because it allows Iran to open a land route from Tehran to Beirut.
Tala Silo former spokesman of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) revealed during an interview with the Turkish Anadolu Agency that the US pushed the SDF to launch Deir Ezzor attack in order to capture the Syrian-Iraqi border before the SAA and its allies reached it [archive.is/1Vicy]. However, the US plan “failed” according to Silo.
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* "UK's Johnson in Iran talks to lobby for jailed aid worker" (2017-12-10, cgtn.com) [archive.is/W2LsC]


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NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Jurisdiction of Yemen

* "The Saudi Led Coalition is Killing Yemen Slowly, and Painfully; ‘Yemen is living the largest humanitarian crisis in the world’ as per the International Red Cross as 19 million Yemenis are living today on aid and famine is threatening 7 million more" (2017-08-10, syrianews.cc) [archive.is/KD8te]
* "UN wants Saudi-led siege on Yemen totally lifted; The chief of the United Nations’ humanitarian affairs office has stressed that the Saudi-led blockade of Yemen has to be totally lifted" (2017-12-01, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/QVQgF
* "What will happen if Saudi Arabia does not lift its siege on Yemen? Saudi Arabia seeks to adhere to the embargo imposed by its recent level by closing the crossings, the land and sea ports and the remaining airspace to become a comprehensive blockade of Yemen" (2017-12-03, by Zain Al-Abidin Othman, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/m9YPu]

* "Yemen under the siege! The recent closure of all Yemeni seaports is highly concerning. Even before the current blockade, Yemen already faced the largest food security emergency in the world, with more than 15 million people facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse food insecurity and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/uqQrf]:
Yemen is reliant on maritime imports for more than 80 percent of its annual staple food supply. Therefore, a prolonged closure of key ports risks an unprecedented deterioration in food security to Famine (IPC Phase 5) across large areas of the country.
If all ports remain closed, or re-open but are unable to support large-scale imports of essential goods, Famine is likely in many areas of the country within three to four months. In less accessible areas with the most severe current food insecurity, Famine could emerge even more quickly.
In this scenario, food availability would be severely constrained, as the potential for overland trade to offset the decline in maritime imports is extremely low. In addition, concurrent limitations on fuel imports would accelerate sharp increases in fuel and staple food prices, while the lack of imported medical supplies would jeopardize treatment options for life-threatening illness.

* "Yemen: Coalition Blockade Imperils Civilians; The Saudi-led coalition’s broad restrictions on aid and essential goods to Yemen’s civilian population are worsening the country’s humanitarian catastrophe, Human Rights Watch said today" (2017-12-07, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/coSa6]
* "Yemen: 2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/5Qa2A]:
NEEDS & KEY FIGURES:
More than two and a half years since the escalation of the conflict, Yemeni people continue to bear the brunt of ongoing hostilities and severe economic decline. People are increasingly exhausting their coping mechanisms, and as a result the humanitarian crisis remains extremely widespread: an estimated 22.2 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 11.3 million who are in acute need – an increase of more than one million people in acute need since June 2017. The escalation of the conflict since March 2015 has dramatically aggravated the protection crisis in which millions face risks to their safety and basic rights.
KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES:
1. Protection of civilians -
Yemen is one of the world’s largest protection crises, in which civilians face serious risks to their safety, well-being and basic rights. As of 15 October 2017, health facilities reported 8,757 conflict related deaths and over 50,610 injuries, and over three million people have been forced to flee from their homes. All parties to the conflict have repeatedly violated their obligations under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and civilian infrastructure, including schools, health facilities and markets have been subject to attack. Reports of grave violations of child rights and gender-based violence have increased.
2. Collapse of basic ser- vices and institutions -
Conflict, displacement, and economic decline are placing immense pressure on essential basic services and are accelerating the collapse of the institutions that provide them. The public budget deficit expanded significantly since the last quarter of 2016, leading to a discontinuation of the provision of operating costs for basic social service facilities. There have been major irregularities and disruptions in payment of public sector salaries since August 2016. As a result, humanitarian assistance is now forced to fill some of these gaps and is increasingly stretched beyond its scope and remit.
3. Basic survival -
Millions of people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance to ensure their basic survival. An estimated 17.8 million are food insecure, 16 million lack access to safe water and sanitation, and 16.4 million lack access to adequate healthcare. Needs across the country have grown more acute since June 2017, with 11.3 million in acute need of humanitarian assistance in order to survive – this is an increase of 15 per cent in five months
4. Loss of livelihoods and impacted private sector -
The economy has contracted sharply since the conflict escalated, and imports and internal movement of goods have become more difficult and costlier as a result of restrictions imposed on the economy. In this situation, even Yemenis not directly affected by the conflict may be in need of humanitarian assistance due to a lack of livelihood options and sharp economic decline. Enterprises have on average reduced operating hours by 50 per cent, leading to layoffs that are estimated at 55 percent of the workforce. The agriculture and fishery sectors, which employed more than 54 per cent of the rural workforce and was the main source of income for 73 per cent of the population prior to the escalation of conflict has been severely impacted. Consequently, the livelihoods of 1.7 million rural households engaged in crop and livestock production has been seriously compromised. An estimated 8.4 million affected people require livelihood assistance.

* "UNICEF: More than 11 million children in Yemen in acute need of aid; The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says more than 11 million Yemeni children in Yemen are in acute need of aid, stressing that it is estimated that every 10 minutes a child dies of a preventable disease there as Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with its devastating aerial bombardment campaign against the conflict-plagued Arab country" (2017-12-01, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/C4v3i]
* "Starvation and Cholera in Yemen; War is taking Yemen back to the dark ages, with US assistance" (2017-12-07, by Adil E. Shamoo, antiwar.com) [archive.is/2JXtB]
* "Conflict in Yemen Brings Devastating Consequences, Warns UN" (2017-12-05, plenglish.com) [archive.is/dgDfa]
* "Diphtheria cases rising in Yemen amid vaccine shortage: WHO; The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against the rising number of diphtheria cases in Yemen amid a dire shortage of vaccine caused by the Saudi-led blockade of the impoverished country" (2017-12-02, yemenpress.org) [archive.is/Av3fT]
* "WHO: Cholera Could Resurge in Yemen Due to Lack of Aid, Fuel; The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against a fresh wave of cholera in war-torn Yemen, where a crippling blockade imposed by the Saudi-led military coalition has cut off fuel for medical centers, and vital aid supplies for starving children" (2017-12-04, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/lpSa5]
* "Another wave of cholera may strike Yemen amid Saudi blockade: WHO; The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against a fresh wave of cholera in war-torn Yemen, where a crippling blockade imposed by the Saudi-led military coalition has cut off fuel for medical centers, and vital aid supplies for starving children" (2017-12-04, yemenpress.org) [archive.is/i5w8s]


* "Saudi war on Yemen was planned in Washington: Journalist; Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression against Yemen was planned and orchestrated in Washington, DC, according to Stephen Lendman, a journalist, writer and political analyst based in Chicago" (2017-12-09, presstv.com) [archive.is/Ow0bL]
* "UN agency calls for 'humanitarian pause' on attacks in Yemeni capital" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/rCwPM]
* "Yemen fighting casualties 'deeply disturbing': UN" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/hVQFb]
* "Saudi jets continue to bomb Sana’a despite calls for humanitarian ceasefire; The UN has stressed that despite calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen, Saudi Arabia continues to bomb the capital Sana’a" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/tobqy]
* "Child killed, 13 civilians wounded in a Saudi American raid on Hajjah; A little girl was killed and 13 citizens sustained injuries due to an airstrike launched by the Saudi-led coalition air force on Mabyan District of Hajjah Governorate on Wednesday" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/slwpR]: The Saudi-led coalition conducted a raid on a citizen’s home in Shamsan area of Mayan District, killing an eight-year-old girl and injuring 13 additional civilians, local source told YemenExtra.
The airstrike demolished the house and caused damages to the nearby houses, the source added.
The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, continues to target innocent civilians amid an international silence.

* "Coalition’s Crimes and Raids on Nov.28" (2017-12-02, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/gqGSo]:


* "India’s Secret Involvement in the War Against Yemen; Speculation has been rife over the past couple of years that Pakistan was clandestinely involved in the War on Yemen, but it turns out that it’s actually India which is the South Asian state playing a shadow role in this conflict" (2017-11-29, by Andrew Korybko) [archive.is/bikYu]

* "Saleh left a very unfortunate legacy: HRW; Human Rights Watch said the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh underscored the need to support an investigation into Yemen’s war violations" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/keJmL]
* "Sayyid A-Houthi: Saudi, US and UK regimes 'you have to die for your anger' " (2017-12-05, yemenpress.org) [archive.is/pvKtl]
* "Iran's Rouhani: Yemen's aggressors will regret their actions" (2017-12-05, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/kFVaU]

* "Yemeni Media Union Releases a Statement on Saudi Breaches Against Journalists; Yemeni Media Union released the following statement on World Press Freedom Day, exposing monitored Saudi war crimes against journalists" (2017-11-30, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/RnoGv]

* "A Delegation of Rights and Media Visits Neighborhoods Following Sana’a War; A delegation of rights and media visited the neighborhoods and areas that were attacked by Saleh militias and their neighborhoods and streets south of the capital Sana’a" (2017-12-05, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/Lp9GH]:
The delegation observed the demolition and damage caused by the attacks of the militias on the homes of citizens and their shops, hospitals and markets, whereas the delegation documented such humanitarian violations.
The delegation also listened to the explanations of various civilians regarding breaches and attacks, stressing that they are working to document all crimes and submit them to the legal bodies and finally prosecute criminals through Legal frameworks.


* "Threat of famine looms in war-torn Yemen: UN; Top officials from across the United Nations system called on Saturday for the coalition to fully lift its blockade of Yemen’s Red Sea ports, warning that unless commercial imports are resumed, the threat of widespread famine in a matter of months is very real" (2017-12-03, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/SujsV]: The officials also announced that the United Nations is sending a team to Riyadh to discuss any concerns the coalition and Saudi Arabia may have in relation to these ports. But we need the coalition to urgently grant unimpeded access for imports that are a lifeline for millions of people.

* "UN chief in call for ceasefire in Yemen; UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a ceasefire in Yemen in light of an ongoing humanitarian crisis, his spokesman said" (2017-12-04, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/9DRY6]: Mr Guterres “calls on all parties to the conflict to cease all air and ground assaults” and is “deeply concerned about the sharp escalation of armed clashes” over the past several days, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Even “Ambulances and medical teams cannot access the injured and people cannot go outside to buy food and other necessities.
As well as the war in Yemen has claimed more than 8,750 lives since an intervention by Riyadh and its allies in March 2015 .
* "France calls for immediate ceasefire in Yemen" (2017-12-05, yemenpress.org) [archive.is/vkvFw]
* "Russia calls for resumption of Yemeni dialogue as soon as possible; The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Wednesday for the resumption of comprehensive national dialogue in Yemen as soon as possible" (2017-12-06, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/C4RA9]:
“The dialogue must be under international auspices and on the basis of mutual respect and consideration of the interests of all parties,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry warned of developments in the situation and the danger of Yemen’s slide in what it called the political chaos, calling for the cessation of fighting and the resumption of dialogue.
Yemen’s AnsarAllah have frequently announced their readiness for dialogue after the cessation of Saudi bombardment and lifting the blockade imposed on Yemen.

* "Amnesty International urges Greece to scrap Saudi arms sale amid war on Yemen; Amnesty International has demanded that Greece scrap a controversial arms sale to Saudi Arabia as the Riyadh regime has been leading a brutal military campaign against Yemen for more than two years" (2017-12-01, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/E9P4G]

* "Will the missile of Riyadh ends UAE role in Yemen?" (2017-11-30, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/pdbPV]:
The UAE still continues its horrible crimes against Yemeni people both inside and outside the prisons, and today, the southerners are more hostile to UAE, especially after they have fallen as victim to the Zionist-American interests under the pretext of secession and return of legitimacy.
After nearly 1000 days from Saudi-US aggression with the military operation that called “firmness storm “, which raised the slogan of rescue of Yemen, but divided it to a Saudi-UAE influence areas, and UAE control the west and south coast and control ports and displacement of the people to establish military bases, Saudi busy on the southern border to protect the borders from Houthis and their ballistic missiles, and the Yemeni citizen became hungry, homeless , and the diseases, hunger and poverty began to destroy Yemeni people.
According to observers, UAE today turned from a participant in the coalition to a decision-maker, supports armed groups, practice illegal detentions and enforced disappearance in Yemen, while western and local reports have also revealed that UAE have established several secret prisons, where they practice torture of Yemenis only and nothing else.
There are also several armed groups working outside the framework of so-called Yemeni resistance for Al-Hadi and supported by UAE and Saudi Arabia, such as Abu Abbas Al-Salafiyyah group, Al-Hadramia forces, the security belt, Al-Sa’alik brigades and others, and these things indicate that UAE in the south deals as occupier with the southerners, and seeks to full control on Yemeni wealth, while UAE and its militias continue to push the sons of the southern tribes to prisons and commit various types of crimes in front of international community and Gulf Cooperation Council.
The strategic researches in the Arab world indicates to one of the most important cupidity and aims of UAE in Yemen, Salah Al-Qaderi confirmed that UAE has five strategic goals in Yemen; eliminating the reform movement as part of the Muslim Brotherhood, overthrow of Hadi’s legitimacy and thwart of the Arab alliance project to make Yemen as a strategic depth for Saudi Arabia, joining south of Yemen to the United Arab Emirates, establishment of a military bases to control Bab al-Mandab and Aden Gulf and control Aden port and neutralize it so as not to become a competitor to the port of Dubai.
The UAE control Yemeni islands such as Miyon island as type from Emirati expansion, some of analysts believe that the actions of UAE forces against Yemen and Yemenis and have taken their homes, their towns and strategic areas as military bases, ports and airports, are a message to the Saudi partner that it can be unique in its decisions.
The UAE exploited Saudi internal situation and the battles in its borders to extend its control and expand to be the strongest influence in the future, not only in Yemen but also in the region, so it decided to establish a military base in Miyon island without knowledge of the so-called legitimate government to control the entire island.
Finally;
We must wait the UAE consequence, while there are many questions about the UAE occupation in Yemen, Will the next target of the Yemeni missile force be UAE?, and the ballistic missile that targeted King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Riyadh and raised Bin Salman’s fears that Ansar Allah would turn to a new “Hezbollah”, will the next target be the UAE depth?


Meanwhile, somewhere else in diplomacy...
* "Report: U.S. ‘Concerned’ Saudi Arabia Slated to Free Yemeni Former Gitmo Prisoners; Saudi Arabia is quietly preparing to release a group of Yemenis once held in Guantánamo, the first non-Saudis to graduate from its 13-year-old deradicalization program. The imminent release of the nine Yemeni men, however, comes at a tense time for the kingdom and a potentially awkward moment for Washington" (2017-11-30, yemenextra.net) [archive.is/ZzRqz]

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BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL's
NATO Watch

* "US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map – December 1, 2017" (2017-12-01, southfront.org) [archive.is/NvAFn]

* "Mattis in Pakistan: US defense secretary, Pakistan army chief discuss counterterrorism" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/MLa93]

* "NATO foreign ministers discuss cooperation with EU" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/kfKWu]
* "US-EU Relations: Tillerson meets EU foreign policy chief Mogherini" (2017-12-05, broadcast transcript, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/nRMG2]

* "NATO official from US: Alliance wants to keep close ties with Azerbaijan" (2017-12-04, TREND newswire, via oananews.org) [archive.is/06YRd]

* "Adviser to Trump: US to continue strengthening Ukraine's defense capabilities" (2017-12-04, dninews.com) [archive.is/pqNBU]

* "NATO ‘Rebels’ Bomb Passenger Bus in Homs" (2017-12-05, syrianews.cc) [archive.is/SSIef]
* "James Mattis and Mohammed Bin Salman: Two (unhinged) Peas in a Pod; Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and US Defense Secretary James Mattis are both in denial at their respective regimes’ failures. While not many who analyze events in Syria and the Saudi exploits in the murderous war on Yemen, its attempted isolation of Qatar and threats to Lebanon, would disagree with such a diagnosis, these two power obsessed men seem intent on pushing ahead with their actions that have caused so much damage and chaos across the Middle East" (2017-12-07, syrianews.cc) [archive.is/uh2PA], photo caption: Saudi Arabia sponsor all manner of terror in Syria.


* "UK Amphibious Forces: Controversy And Beyond" (2017-11-30, translated by southfront.org) [archive.is/R0JfB]

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NATO Watch: 
Articles reflecting the views of war planners
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NATO Watch: 
Weapons for a New World Order & the Militarization of Space

* "U.S. military invests in ‘doomsday genetics’ technology" (2017-12-04, by Mac Slavo) [archive.is/0iXz5]
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* "Lightweight bullet-proof vest unveiled by scientists at British defense lab" (2017-12-05, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/N7Sc3]

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