The Vela Incident: South Atlantic Mystery Flash in September 1979 Raised Questions about Nuclear Test

8 December 2016 — National Security Archive

CIA Panel Found Evidence “Consistent” with a “Nuclear Explosion in Outer Space” But White House Board Later Disagreed

  • Critics Labeled White House Report a “Whitewash”
  • New Declassified Records Deepen the Debate on the 22 September 1979 Event – Including Whether Israel and South Africa Were Involved

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 570

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ICH News Headlines 8 December 2016

8 December 2016 — ICH

Rolling Back the Empire
By Mike Whitney

Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo. Continue reading this...

Lethal War Propaganda, Total Surveillance UK, Cashless EU, Ontario Attacks BDS: selected Articles

8 December 2016 — Global Research

How War Propaganda Keeps on Killing

By Robert Parry, December 08 2016

A key reason why American foreign debacles have been particularly destructive mostly to the countries attacked but also to the United States is that these interventions are always accompanied by major U.S. government investments in propaganda. So, even when officials recognize a misjudgment has been made, the propaganda machinery continues to grind on to prevent a timely reversal. Continue reading this...

Rather Than Exposing Propaganda, WaPo Shows How It’s Done

9 December 2016 — FAIR

As the Hillary Clinton campaign slogged toward victory in the long primary campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders, word came from WikiLeaks that it had scored a trove of hacked emails to and from the Democratic National Committee. Among other things, they proved that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, along with their organizations, had been working hand-in-glove to skew the primaries in Clinton’s favor.

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Trump: Radical Militarization, Arctic Policy, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Selected Articles

7 December 2016 — Global Research

Trump Cabinet Selections: Radical Militarization, A Country to be Governed by Generals and Billionaires

By Eric Sommer, December 07 2016

The incoming Trump administration is placing unprecedented political power in the U.S. state in the hands of military generals. The U.S. constitution enacted in 1789 – the basic law of the country – was in important respects intended to ensure civilian oversight and control of the U.S. military.  It provides that only the civilian law-making congress can declare war, and that the President – a civilian- is the top   commander of all military forces. Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report for December 8, 2016: More on the Stein Recount, Capitalist Propaganda IS Fake News, Black Fear in the Age of Trump

8 December 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Are Jill Stein and the Green Party Being Played By Democrats? Will the Recount Split the Green Party?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Are Jill Stein and the Greens carrying sludge for Democrats? Doesn’t the failure to seek recounts in any state Hillary won prove she and the Greens are being played? Is there a difference between the ways Republicans and Democrats steal elections? Didn’t the Green Party itself refuse to endorse the recount? And what’s this about alleging “foreign operators” being responsible for electoral fraud? Surely Greens don’t believe that nonsense.

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ICH News Headlines 7 December 2016

7 December 2016 — ICH

The Current Phase of Conflict in Syria
By Giancarlo Elia Valori

The Al Nusra Front, namely the “Syrian section” of Al Qaeda, has now been ousted from the Southern districts of Aleppo. Continue reading this...

The Next Frontier: Trump and Space Weapons By Karl Grossman

7 december 2016 — Counterpunch

It is highly likely that the Trump administration will move to have the U.S. deploy weapons in space. If this happens, it will be profoundly destabilizing, setting off an arms race and, also likely, leading to war in space.

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We have to stop the Merger of Bayer and Monsanto!

7 December 2016 — SumOfUs

More than 600,000 people have joined our campaign to stop the dangerous merger between agrochemical giants Bayer and Monsanto. With a Trump U.S. presidency on the horizon, we must pressure antitrust regulators now to block the deal before it’s too late. Trump has already proven himself to be a corporate stooge by appointing billionaires and former lobbyists to senior cabinet team. So we need to act now to stop this merger from hell. 

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Media: ‘Castro Was a Living Reminder of the Limits of American Power’

7 December 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Louis Pérez about the death of Fidel Castro for the December 2, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Louis PerezLouis Pérez: “If the Cuban Revolution is about anything, it’s about self-determination and national sovereignty.” Continue reading this...

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Media: Naureckas: Trump Son-in-Law’s Paper Outlines ‘a Complete Crackdown on Dissent’

7 December 2016 — FAIR

Observer: Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums

Trump’s son-in-law’s paper calls for “a thorough probe of the protests—to include possible ties to organizations demanding vote recounts”—that “continue to mar the presidential election’s aftermath.”

AlterNet‘s Sarah Lazare (12/6/16) quotes Jim Naureckas on a call for an FBI crackdown on protesters appearing in the New York Observer (12/2/16), the paper owned by Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner:

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Housmans Radical Books – Seasonal Gifts and a Roundup of 2016

7 December 2016 — Housmans

SEASONAL GIFTS AND BOOK ROUND-UP OF 2016
A round-up of some books and diaries that you might be interested in at this time of the year! Includes our Top 10 Bestsellers of 2016…. Continue reading this...

Mass Protests in South Korea, Political Crisis in Italy, Housing Crisis in America: Selected Articles

6 December 2016 — Global Research

South Korea Influence-Peddling Scandal, Mass Protests, Impeachment Process

By SooKyung Nam, December 06 2016

For the sixth straight weekend, hundreds of thousands of Koreans came out in Seoul (and with other Korean cities estimates approaching 2 million people on the streets) to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye. This Saturday December 3, the protests marched on the Presidential Blue House. The three opposition parties introduced a bill last week to impeach the President, supported by a majority of the parliament (171 of 300 members), for abuse of power in an influence-peddling scandal. But the vote needs a 2/3 majority and requires a rump of Park’s Saenuri party to break and support the opposition to pass the bill.

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Video: Part 1 – The Empire Files: Home Demolitions for Illegal Settlements Surging

31 October 2016 — Youtube

The demolition of Palestinian homes for Israeli settlements reached a ten-year high in 2016. While this activity led by the fanatical settler movement is illegal under international law, it is completely aided and abetted by the Israeli government.

With hundreds on notice to be evicted and their homes destroyed, Abby Martin goes on-the-ground throughout the West Bank investigating this dire human rights situation. She speaks to residents living under regular settler attacks from encroaching settlements and outposts illegal even under Israeli law, and sees first-hand how this crisis is worsening. http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/v/the-empire-files-608068/

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