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  • Germany’s CDU Already Has Plan for Merkel’s Midterm Resignation – Report
    The German chancellor announced her resignation as CDU chief and her decision not to run for another term as chancellor in November at a party meeting. In December, the CDU elected a new head, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is considered to be Merkel's protégé and future replacement. ... ...
  • ‘Strasbourg Radicalized Killer’ Could Already Be in Brussels – MP on Shooter
    Three people were killed and 13 others sustained injuries on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire near the landmark Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. The shooter is still on the loose. Aldo Carcaci, a Belgian member of parliament for the People's Party (PP) has given his take on the issue to Sputnik. ... ...
  • Academic on Kelly’s Departure: Who Wants to be the Executive on a Sinking Ship?
    John Francis Kelly, a retired US Marine Corps general and former White House chief of staff for President Donald Trump, has resigned, prompting speculation about growing turbulence in the administration. Speaking to Sputnik, Professor Daniel P. Franklin shared his views on the reasons behind Kelly quitting and the White House's political future. ... ...
  • ‘Titanic’s Deck as It’s Sinking’: US TV Host Volunteers as New WH Chief of Staff
    Late-night TV hosts have enthusiastically looked at the White House’s continuous search for a replacement for John Kelly as Trump’s chief of staff. ... ...
  • Iran to Foil All Hostile Plots
    Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the stormy situation in the global politics has now reached Europe and engulfed France but Iran is on a “safe ship” and will thwart all hostile plots. ... ...
  • Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists
    Time on Tuesday named a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and two Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as “Person of the Year” and warned the idea of truth as critical to democracy is under assault. ... ...
  • Lebanon’s Border Witnessing More Scenes of Victory over Zionist Enemy
    The Lebanese southerners continued challenging the Israeli enemy in the border area, honoring Al-Manar correspondent Ali Shoaib. The families visited the border area to inspect the situation amid protective measures taken by the Lebanese army whose units are deployed directly in face of the enemy troops. The Lebanese kids got toy bulldozers to mock the Zionist bulldozers digging in the occupied Palestinian territories and challenge the Israeli will. A delegation representing the Islamic Resistance Support Association inspected the area, honoring Al-Manar Channel’s correspondent Ali Shoaib for his major role in the media warfare launched against the Israeli enemy. ... ...
  • What To Know About The No-Confidence Vote Facing British Prime Minister Theresa May
    Britain's prime minister faces a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday evening. Why do members of her own party want to sack her?(Image credit: Tim Ireland/AP) ... ...
  • Brexit in VIDEO: Special RT series brings a fresh look at countdown to EU exit
    As the clock ticks down towards the UK exiting the European Union, RT’s new Brexit video series will cut through all the jargon and the horse-trading to bring you the news of developments that really matter. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • I will stand down before the next general election, May tells Tory MPs ahead of no-confidence vote
    UK Prime Minister Theresa May has told Tory MPs that she will stand down before the next general election, in a bid to win their support ahead of a no-confidence vote later this evening. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Moving beyond Guptas: SA mining assets attract R3.05bn bid, Oakbay opposes
    JOHANNESBURG — Finding closure is important in order to leave the past behind, and while South Africans would rather see the Guptas in orange overalls, moving forward is vital. At the heart of the state capture claims lies Optimum Coal, an asset forcibly sold by Glencore with the help of then Zuptoid mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane. The contracts were re-signed with Eskom, only once the sale had gone to the Guptas has gone through. Fast forward almost a year later, and these assets have been sold to the highest bidder, after being put into business rescue. Eskom may also breathe ... ...
  • Cheers, tears and f*ck you’s!…UEFA Champions League round up (PHOTOS/VIDEO)
    Missed the action from Tuesday's UEFA Champions League games? Have no fear, RT Sport have picked out the best, brightest and ballsiest moments of the last round of games in Groups A to D. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Army foils Saudi-paid mercenaries attacks in all fronts, killed dozens
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  • Saudi-led aggression fighter jets continue in targeting civil areas over 24 hours: Army Spokesman
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  • Groundbreaking poll: American support for one democratic state equal to support for two state solution
    A new poll conducted by Shibley Telhami at the University of Maryland shows unprecedented support among Americans for the one-state solution in Israel/Palestine, stronger sanctions against Israel for the occupation, as well as growing criticism of the Israeli role in U.S. politics. Here are some of the findings of the poll (PDF), which was conducted in September and October among 2,352 Americans: 35 percent support a single democratic state in which both Jews and Arabs are full and equal citizens; 36 percent support Israeli and Palestinian states side by side; 11 percent support maintaining the occupation indefinitely; 8 percent support ... ...
  • Former Trump lawyer sentenced to 3 years in prison: AFP
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  • Redefining The Kilogram: Turning A Piece Of Metal Into A Math Problem
    Patrick Abbott, a physicist at the National Institute of Science and Technology, explains to Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson what the change means. ... ...
  • Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison Following Plea That Implicated Trump
    The onetime fixer for Trump has admitted that not only did he commit financial crimes but also that Trump directed him to arrange hush-money payments to two women. Cohen also says he lied to Congress.(Image credit: Julio Cortez/AP) ... ...
  • Quake-Up Call: Magnitude 4.4 Temblor Rattles People Out Of Bed Across Southeast U.S.
    The earthquake struck eastern Tennessee before dawn Wednesday. As mild as it was, its effects were felt far and wide — from eastern Kentucky all the way to Atlanta.(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey) ... ...
  • Germany Opens Negligent Homicide Probe in Mali Airbus Chopper Crash
    German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali. “A case on the suspicion of negligent homicide has been opened against three people who are said to have carried out” work on the Airbus helicopter, prosecutors in the town of Kempten said. Earlier, European aircraft maker Airbus said a probe had found that “an improper setting of the helicopter controls was identified by the investigation as one of the factors in the chain of events which have led to ... ...
  • Israeli Knesset rejects bill to ‘maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens’
    The Knesset voted down today, by a margin of 71-38, the Basic Law: Equality bill, tabled by MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: “The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex.” This is a direct quote from Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Following the resignation of Defense Minister Lieberman a few weeks back, the governing coalition has a razor-thin margin of one vote: it controls 61 one votes out of 120. However, the coalition enjoyed the support of Yesh Atid, led ... ...
  • A Tragedy in Yemen, Made in America: NYT
    The New York Times posted an article in which it showed how the United States of America has been behind the ongoing tragedy in Yemen as Pentagon has been providing the Saudi-led aggression forces with the needed weapons to commit genocides. “When the Saudis buy weapons, they prefer to use the Foreign Military Sales program (F.M.S.), meaning that the United States Department of Defense serves as their broker. For a 2 percent administrative fee tacked on to the purchase price, the Pentagon handles the logistics and liaises with the private companies to fulfill the order. F.M.S., the mission of which ... ...
  • Nikki Haley: Cheerleader for Apartheid Israel, Swan-song at the United Nations, an Embarrassment
    The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. The announcement was cheered by … The post Nikki Haley: Cheerleader for Apartheid Israel, Swan-song at the United Nations, an Embarrassment appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • In Early Holiday ‘Gift to Polluters,’ Trump Guts Protections for 60 Percent of Nation’s Streams, Wetlands, and Waterways
    Sixty percent of U.S. waterways will be at risk for pollution from corporate giants, critics say, following the Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that it will roll back an Obama-era water rule meant to protect Americans’ drinking water and all the … The post In Early Holiday ‘Gift to Polluters,’ Trump Guts Protections for 60 Percent of Nation’s Streams, Wetlands, and Waterways appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Video: Mopping Up ISIS and Al Qaeda Terror Groups: 96.5% of Syrian Territory Retaken by Pro-Government Forces and Russia Military?
    1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of … The post Video: Mopping Up ISIS and Al Qaeda Terror Groups: 96.5% of Syrian Territory Retaken by Pro-Government Forces and Russia Military? appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Welcome to Trump Budget Management: A Week after Decrying a $716 Billion Defense Budget, Trump Agrees to $750 Billion Defense Budget
    President Donald Trump has agreed to a request from Defense Secretary James Mattis to propose a defense budget of $750 billion for the coming year, reports CNN. Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defense Department budget of $716 billion … The post Welcome to Trump Budget Management: A Week after Decrying a $716 Billion Defense Budget, Trump Agrees to $750 Billion Defense Budget appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Inflation climbs to 18 month high; all eyes turn to Jan rate decision
    By Gordon Bell Lesetja Kganyago speaks during a news conference to unveil commemorative banknotes and coins in Pretoria. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg(Bloomberg) – South Africa’s inflation rate jumped to the highest level since May last year as surging transport costs continue to weigh on the economy. Consumer prices rose 5.2% from a year earlier compared with 5.1% in October, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said in a statement Wednesday. The median estimate of 17 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for 5.1%. Key insights The unexpected acceleration in inflation may ease criticism of the central bank’s decision to raise interest rates last ... ...
  • Parliament discusses report on oil derivatives crisis
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  • How a High Court ripped into ‘abusive’ Tom Moyane: Pierre de Vos
    JOHANNESBURG — Tom Moyane received a takedown of note in Tshwane’s North Gauteng High Court this week. Described as “vexatious and abusive”, the court threw out Moyane’s bid to fight the Nugent Inquiry and President Cyril Ramaphosa. In turn, the court found that Ramaphosa was totally justified in firing Moyane and getting rid of him. No doubt, Moyane will try appeal and take his fight to the courts again. But as Pierre de Vos explains below, this court judgment was a major blow to Moyane. This article was first published on the Daily Maverick. – Gareth van Zyl By Pierre ... ...
  • Voter apathy could hammer Nigeria growth prospects – Economist
    A closely fought presidential election in Nigeria will fail to convince voters that anything much will change, says The Economist. This article is exclusive to Biznews Premium. Members please login here. Not yet subscribed? Taste before you eat by signing up here for free 30 day trial (card details required). ... ...
  • We want to avoid Britain leaving the EU without an agreement : Ireland
    SANAA, Dec. 12 (Saba) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Tuesday that Britain could withdraw or extend the deadline for formal notification of exit from the European Union to avoid a possible exit without an agreement. ... ...
  • War, Anniversaries and Lessons Never Learned
    Photo Source NARA FILE #: 208-YE-7 | CC BY 2.0 On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered the Second World War. A war of horrors, it normalized the intensive, barbaric bombing of civilian populations. If the Spanish Civil War gave us Guernica and Picasso’s wrenching painting, WW2 offered up worse: London, Berlin, Dresden to name a few, the latter eloquently described in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughter House Five.” Against Japan, the firebombing of Tokyo, and above all the revulsion of Hiroshima and Nagasaki radiated a foretaste of ending life on the planet. Reparations demanded from Germany ... ...
  • Blacking Out the Yellow Vests on Cable News: Corporate Media Doing its Job
    Photo Source Dmitry Dzhus | CC BY 2.0 The deletion of events that don’t fit with the reigning ideology is part of how ruling class-owned media works to manufacture mass consent to unjust hierarchy. I spent much of last week in a cable-television-equipped U.S.-American apartment with CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News at my fingertips. As I inhabited this abode, flicking between sports and cable news, a political crisis of the state was unfolding in one of the world’s richest and most powerful states.  France was gripped by an historic working- and middle-class uprising.  In the biggest popular unrest seen there ... ...
  • The Brexit Shambles Rambles On
    This week was meant to be the denouement of the UK’s divorce from the EU, as the House of Commons was due to vote on the final EU divorce deal Theresa May had hammered out with EU leaders. May however postponed the vote the day before it was due to be held, saying that “if we went ahead and held the vote tomorrow the deal would be rejected by a significant margin”. Allegedly May wanted more time to return to Brussels to plead with EU leaders for concessions that would sweeten her deal, even if only cosmetically. More than 100 ... ...
  • Stacking the Deck Against Democracy in Wisconsin
    Photo Source Fibonacci Blue | CC BY 2.0 The power grab by Wisconsin Republicans to limit the incoming authority of the Democratic Attorney General and Governor is about pettiness and being a sore loser.  But it is not the only instance of such pettiness–Michigan too is experiencing this, as did North Carolina a few years ago when the Democratic governor ousted the Republican. Pettiness seems to be de rigueur, inspired by Donald Trump’s brand of politics, violating two norms, one informal, the other constitutional. Pettiness and being a sore loser is not a unique feature of contemporary American politics–it tradition ... ...
  • Interview 1405 – Gerry Docherty on the Hidden History of WWI
    [audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-12-12%20Gerry%20Docherty.mp3"][/audio]Gerry Docherty, co-author with Jim MacGregor of Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, joins us for an in-depth discussion about the real origins of WWI. In this wide-ranging discussion, Docherty reveals the machinations of the Secret Elite that ensnared Europe, and, ultimately, the world, in war. We also talk about the teaching of history and who controls the historical narrative on key global events. ... ...
  • The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?
    How does one explain Canada’s contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canada’s commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But there is little worth praising here. … Continue reading "The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?" The post The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Militants Attack Federal Police Unit; Seven Killed in Iraq
    Militants attacked the police in Diyala province. The post Militants Attack Federal Police Unit; Seven Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Sent to prison for trespassing on his own land
    Israeli authorities have demolished Al-Araqib over 100 times. Before heading to prison for rebuilding and staying on his land, the village’s leader says he knows justice is on his side. Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi’am in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, which Israeli authorities have demolished 136 times. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) “I have a good feeling I’ll be in prison alongside Netanyahu,” Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi’am jokes, sitting in a tent in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, which Israeli authorities have demolished well over 100 times — 136 times, to be exact. [tmwinpost] Later this month, Abu Madi’am is supposed to begin ... ...
  • UN: 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to homeland next year
    The United Nations’ refugee agency says up to 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to Syria as most of once militant-held regions are now under the control of the country’s army troops. ... ...
  • Palestinicide(s)
    While apartheid, military occupation, and even ethnic cleansing, have at times surfaced in mainstream discussions, these phenomena are not Israel’s ultimate crimes. They are means to control Palestinian lives and, as such, symptoms of the ongoing Nakba. But they are effectively part of a structure that is rarely verbalized: Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian population. Genocidal intent has been present in Zionist thought and practice. Like Jabotinsky’s fantasy of the iron wall, the early Zionists’ dreams of removing Palestinians physically and discursively have realized to a certain extent and continue to threaten Palestinian survival. As the fulfillment of Zionism and ... ...
  • Religion as a tool of colonialist power in WWI
    As leaders from all around the world gathered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of a war meant to end all wars, the aftermath of the bloody conflict nevertheless continue to resonate in many parts of the globe today. Author and researcher Hanief Haider traces some of the trends and maneuvers from the pre-World War I era, such as Great Britain’s use of religious fervor to influence affairs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which persist today. In all of this, the Palestinian issue has been slowly marginalized from mainstream discourse by Western media while it ... ...
  • Alan Dershowitz defends Dan Gertler, the Israeli criminal billionaire who has looted the DR Congo
    Dan Gertler, the criminal Israeli billionaire who is responsible for untold misery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest nations on earth, has an influential new supporter: Alan Dershowitz. In a front page report on today’s New York Times, Dershowitz speaks up for Gertler, who was sanctioned last year by the U.S. government, as “a very good person.” In fact, Dan Gertler is too corrupt for even the Trump administration to accept. Here’s what the Treasury Department said a year ago about why the U.S. was punishing him under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act:  ... ...
  • Iran’s Missile Program Not Prohibited by UNSC Resolution
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underscored that the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 has not prohibited Iran’s missile activities. ... ...
  • New videos contradict IDF claims about West Bank killing
    Footage from four separate cameras appears to show Israeli soldiers were not in any danger when they shot a mentally challenged Palestinian man in the back of the head in Tulkarm last week. By +972 Magazine Staff CCTV footage of Israeli soldiers shooting Muhammad Habali in the West Bank city of Tulkarm on Dec. 4, 2018. (Photo: Screenshot of footage released by B’Tselem) CCTV footage of Israeli soldiers shooting a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Tulkarm last week appears to contradict the army’s claims about the killing. [tmwinpost] The footage, taken from four separate cameras, appears to show that, ... ...
  • Who is violating Resolution 1701? Israel or Lebanon?
    This photo was taken on 4 December in Kfar Kila (Lebanon). To the right you'll see several vehicles of the Blue Helmets of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL). To the left, between the Palestine flags and the flags of Resistance, you see a placard that pays homage to a young Hezbollah combatant now a martyr, and the flags of the Lebanese Resistance and the Palestine. In this area, the road signs to the Israeli border do not mention “Israel”, but rather “Palestine”. UNIFL is not (...) ... ...
  • Has Hezbollah built a tunnel to Israel? Israel has not provided enough evidence
    For the third consecutive day, the Israeli defence forces are continuing operation “Northern Shield”. The project is under the command of the Head of the North Region, General Yoël Strick, and is being supervised by the Head of the General Staff, General Gadi Eizenkot. Tsahal has declared that it discovered two of Hezbollah's tunnels that penetrate into Israeli territory. The Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, Ambassador Danny Danon, has denounced this as a violation of Resolution (...) ... ...
  • Five Eyes Against Huawei
    Washington has asked Ottawa to arrest Meng Wanzhou and to extradite her. This young woman is the financial director and daughter of the founder of Huawei, the Chinese Telecom Giant. She was arrested on 6 December in Canada. The motive for the war undertaken by Washington against Huawei is deep-rooted and spurious are the justifications. The heart of the problem is that the Chinese firm uses a system of encryption that prevents the NSA from intercepting its communications. A number of (...) ... ...
  • Who does Emmanuel Macron owe?, by Thierry Meyssan
    President Macron is often presented as a Rothschild Boy. This is true, but secondary. Thierry Meyssan demonstrates that he owes his electoral campaign mostly to Henry Kravis, the boss of one of the world's largest financial companies, and to NATO – a considerable debt which weighs heavily today on the solution to the Yellow Vests crisis. ... ...
  • Go With Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending “Crazy,” and You Were Dead On
    When he’s right, he’s right. Look, I’ve been critical of this president too many times to count, but – unlike most mainstream media pundits – I’m willing to give credit when it’s due. Last week, in a surprise morning tweet, President Trump called U.S. defense spending, which topped out at a record $716 billion this … Continue reading "Go With Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending “Crazy,” and You Were Dead On" The post Go With Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending “Crazy,” and You Were Dead On appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...

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