‘World news’ is a newsroll page on A Socialist In Canada, commencing January 2018. It consists of headlines and weblinks, with occasional news summary and brief analysis by A Socialist In Canada [in square brackets]. Months preceding October 2018 are contained under ‘News pages archives’ which you can find in the listing of website categories. Beginning April 2018, headlines in red denote articles published on the website main page (also listed in their respective subject categories). To find past subjects on this and other news pages on this website, use the ‘find’ (word search) function on your web browser.
World news headlines on A Socialist In Canada, November 2018
Blowback: An inside look at how U.S.-funded fascists in Ukraine mentor U.S. white supremacists, by Max Blumenthal, published on Mint Press News, Nov 15, 2018 Also appearing on The Grayzone Project. Not only are white supremacists from across the West flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms, they are doing so openly, under the nose of a shrugging law enforcement — chronicling their experiences on social media before they bring their lessons back home… [Max Blumenthal is a founder and the editor of The Grayzone Project.]
* Ukraine’s most prominent ultranationalist group sets its sights on U.S., Europe, feature article by Christopher Miller, published in Radio Free Europe (anti-Russia outlet funded by U.S. government), Nov 14, 2018
* Ombudsperson for Donetsk republic in eastern Ukraine reports 148 deaths so far in 2018 from military aggression by Ukraine, Donetsk News Agency, Nov 16, 2018
* Training youth to kill at Ukrainian nationalist camp, by Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press, Nov 12, 2018
How Brexit debacle is uncovering and unraveling the dis-United Kingdom, by Finian Cunningham, columnist, RT, Nov 16, 2018
* In damning report, UN special rapporteur on poverty condemns UK government’s ‘mean-spirited and callous approach’ to poorest, by May Bulman, social affairs correspondent, The Independent, Nov 16, 2018 … The report documents a series of findings which combine to present a withering assessment of Britain’s approach to its poorest citizens, detailing a predicted seven per cent rise in child poverty, 60 per cent increase in homelessness and exponential growth in the number of food banks since 2010…
* Statement on visit to the United Kingdom by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published by Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights of the United Nations, Nov 16, 2018
Venezuelan government delivers on plan to build 2.3 million new houses, says goal of three million by end-2019 will be met, report by Telesur, Nov 16, 2018
Cuba withdraws from ‘More Doctors’ program in Brazil following derogatory and threatening comments by Jair Bolsonaro, Telesur, Nov 14, 2018
Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health announced on November 14 it is withdrawing from the Mais Medicos (More Doctors) cooperation program with Brazil which has functioned since August 2013 and ensured health coverage for over a hundred million Brazilians who had no prior access to healthcare. Cuban health authorities said they had notified the Pan-American Health Organization and its Brazilian counterparts of the decision to end its participation in the program.
The decision comes after Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro criticized the program, saying it was torture for Cuban mothers who were “not allowed” to go with their children and questioning diplomatic ties with the island…
Related: Brazil’s new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot, report in The Guardian, Nov 15, 2018
Denis Pushilin wins election as head of Donetsk People’s Republic, by Donetsk News Agency, Nov 12, 2018 and, Electoral commission of Lugansk People’s Republic declares acting head Leonid Pasechnik winner of Nov 11 election, TASS news agency, Nov 14, 2018
Related: Nov 11 elections in Donetsk and Lugansk republics in Donbass region helped avert chaos after assassination of Donetsk People’s Republic leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko on August 31, 2018, TASS Russian news agency, Nov 15, 2018
The unraveling of America: U.S. conditions on the eve of midterm elections to the House and Senate, by Jack Rasmus, published on his website, Nov 10, 2018 (Jack Rasmus, Ph.D in political economy, teaches economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California and has authored numerous books on the U.S. economy.).
Related: Analysis of the November 6, 2018 mid-term elections to the U.S. House and Senate, part one, by Jack Rasmus, published on his blog, Nov 8, 2018
Turkey tests waters for new offensive against YPG in Syria, by Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor, Nov 12, 2018
Related: Commercial and civilian border crossing opens near Idlib, Syria, by Khaled al-Khateb, Al-Monitor, Nov 15, 2018
The EU has built 1,000km of border walls since fall of Berlin Wall, by Jon Stone, The Independent, Nov 10, 2018 Researchers look at infrastructure that supports ‘Fortress Europe’
Newly-elected progressives in the U.S. Congress and the harsh, pro-Israel politics of their Democratic Party, by As’ad AbuKhalil, special to Consortium News, Nov 14, 2018 Following the primary contests earlier in 2018, Rashida Tlaib [Michigan], Ilhan Omar [Minnesota] and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [New York] softened their earlier statements critical of Israel. In a post-election victory interview, Tlaib said that both sides (occupiers and occupied?) have “so much more in common“. Ocasio-Cortez was quoted as favoring a two-state solution and believing “absolutely in Israel’s right to exist” (as an apartheid occupation state?).
The U.S. leads, but no one follows, by Patrick Lawrence, special to Consortium News, Nov 13, 2018 … The new book ‘The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership’ is a long lament that the United States is surrendering—supposedly—its position as No. 1 among nations. This is a misreading, perfectly upside down from reality. The United States is not surrendering anything. That is precisely the problem. It refuses to give up its long-asserted right to act unilaterally on the assumption other nations will either fall in line or silently acquiesce…
Joy in Gaza, anger in Israel after ceasefire, by Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada, Nov 14, 2018
* Bomb Egypt, behead disloyal Arabs: Israel parts ways with ‘Jewish ISIS’ defense chief Avigdor Lieberman, RT, Nov 14, 2018
* ‘Everything is a target’: Gaza residents decry Israeli strikes, by Farah Najjar and Maram Humaid, Al Jazeera, Nov 13, 2018 Civilians in besieged enclave express anger at ferocious Israeli attacks that targeted their homes and businesses.
* Israel pays dearly for botched raid on Gaza, by Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada, Nov 13, 2018
* Gaza burns hotter than California, but there’s nobody to put the fires out, commentary by George Galloway, in RT‘s ‘Op-Ed’ feature, Nov 12, 2018
* The American Jewish establishment is terrified of Palestinians, by Philip Weiss, published in Mondoweiss, Nov 11, 2018
Trump keeps up insults leveled at French government and people, report in RT, Nov 13, 2018 [The people of Canada and Germany and their elected leaders have also been the target of insults from the Trump regime. The three NATO members are utterly committed to their military and economic alliance with the U.S. in order to continue dominating the world. They opt to grin and suffer the insults.]
Illusion of democracy: If U.S. elections could change anything they wouldn’t be held, by Neil Clark, in RT‘s ‘Op-Ed’ feature, Nov 12, 2018 Last week’s U.S. midterm elections received saturated media coverage. Why? The reality is that elections in the U.S. don’t change much, if anything, because America has a regime and is not a genuine democracy…
‘Europe will be white’: Leaders of NATO-member Poland sanction massive far-right march in Warsaw, report by RT, Nov 11, 2018 (with video from Warsaw) Polish government officials have agreed to conduct a joint march with far-right organizations to commemorate Poland’s Independence Day, raising concerns that the ruling Law and Justice party is legitimizing fascist viewpoints. Since 2009, the celebration of Polish Independence Day has become a rallying point for far-right organizations from all over Europe, some of which openly describe themselves as fascists or Nazis. This year marks the centenary of the country’s independence, an occasion which is expected to draw massive crowds…
* Poland’s leaders join far-right groups on independence march, by Adam Forster, The Independent, Nov 11, 2018 More than 250,000 people gathered on the streets of Warsaw to mark the 100th anniversary of Poland’s rebirth as a state at the end of the First World War…
* Poland marks independence centenary amid tensions over role of the extreme-right in celebratory march to take place in Warsaw, report by Agence France presse, Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 The right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) government and President Andrzej Duda announced on November 7 that a state military parade would take place on November 11 and would have legal priority over a large march to be led by the extreme-right. But the far-right groups refused to back down after a court overruled a ban on the far-right march imposed by the Warsaw mayor who cited the risk of violence and hate speech. The PiS government spent Friday in a tug of war over the scheduling of the two events. The sides confirmed late on Friday that the two events would coincide…
* Polish government will now host planned far-right march on Nov 11 marking Polish independence, report by Harriet Agerholm, The Independent, Nov 8, 2018 [The mayor of Warsaw banned the far-right, ‘independence day’ march planned for November 11. Last year’s march drew 60,000 in Warsaw and embarrassed the country before European opinion. This year, Polish President Andrej Duda has stepped in to host the march, thus countering the Warsaw mayor’s ban.]
Trump and big media: Clash or collusion?, by Sam Husseini, special to Consortium News, Nov 11, 2018 Now that the media is protesting the suspension of White House credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta, Sam Husseini asks why he and the other journalists didn’t intervene on his behalf when he was expelled from a news conference in Helsinki in July 2018. (Sam Husseini is an independent journalist and senior analyst at the Institute for Public Accuracy.)
Western media attacks critics of the White Helmets, by Rick Sterling, MR Online, Nov 9, 2018 The October 16 issue of the New York Review of Books has an article by Janine di Giovani titled ‘Why Assad and Russia target the White Helmets‘. The article exemplifies how western media promotes the White Helmets uncritically and attacks those who challenge the myth…
Migrant caravan through Mexico to U.S.: Why no Nicaraguans on the march?, by Chuck Kaufman, published by Alliance For Global Justice, Nov 8, 2018
Related: More Guardian lies about Nicaragua, by Nora McCurdy and Nan McCurdy, Popular Resistance.org, Nov 9, 2018
UN pushes back Yemen peace talks, by Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor, Nov 8, 2018 The United Nations said today that it would push back plans for Yemen peace talks this month amid an escalation by Saudi- and Emirati-backed fighters toward the vital Red Sea port of Hodeidah, in what appeared to be a setback for recent US and UN calls on the Yemen parties to de-escalate fighting. But US officials said they were not overly concerned about the possible delay…
* U.S.-UK calls for a Yemen ceasefire is a cynical piece of political theatre, by Dan Glazebrook, Middle East Eye, Nov 6, 2018, (also published on the writer’s website, Nov 7, 2018)
* Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are starving Yemenis to death, by Radhya Almutawakel and Abdulrasheed Alfaqih, Foreign Policy Magazine, Nov 8, 2018 The world was rightly outraged by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but the bombs of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his Emirati allies are killing dozens each day in Yemen.
* Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they halted Saudi-led advance on port of Hodeida as fighting threatens hospital, report by Associated Press, Nov 7, 2018 * Attacks against Yemen increased after the U.S. began airing demands for ‘ceasefire’, reports Houthi-led government, report in Press TV, Nov 7, 2018 * Britain’s role exposed in training pilots for Saudi Arabia’s air force, RT, Nov 7, 2018
* As famine looms in Yemen, Saudi-led coalition redoubles attacks, by Mohammed Ali Kalfood and Declan Walsh, New York Times, Nov. 6, 2018 HUDAYDAH, Yemen — The fight in Yemen has escalated drastically over the past week, exacerbating a dire humanitarian crisis that the United Nations says could spiral into famine — despite, or even because of, a diplomatic push by the United States to get both sides to the peace table. The Saudi-led coalition, which the United States has armed and supported, has launched a punishing wave of airstrikes against the rebel Houthis. The warplanes have hit targets in the capital, Sana; in the mountainous northern provinces; and in the Red Sea port of Hudaydah where, aid workers warn, the country’s main humanitarian lifeline hangs by a thread…
Russia engaged in new diplomatic push on Syria, by Maxim A. Suchkov, Al-Monitor, Nov 8, 2018
Russia’s biggest problem, population decline, will soon be ours, by Matt Tabbibi, Rolling Stone, Oct 29, 2018
Kurds unite in new effort against linguistic assimilation in Turkey, by Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor, Nov 8, 2018
U.S. ‘war on terror’ has killed 500,000 people, reports updated study at Brown University in Washington DC, by Agence France presse, Nov 9, 2018 About half a million people have died violently in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan due to the US “war on terror” that was launched following the September 11 attacks in 2001, according to a study released Thursday. The report by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs [11 pages] puts the death toll at between 480,000 and 507,000 people. It says the actual number is likely higher. The new toll “is a more than 110,000 increase over the last count, issued just two years ago in August 2016,” Brown said in a statement…
France will honour WW2 Nazi collaborator Philippe Pétain as part of official WW1 ‘Remembrance Day’ event, report by France 24, Nov 8, 2018
Kurds unite in new effort against linguistic assimilation in Turkey, by Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor, Nov 8, 2018 Nine Kurdish parties in Turkey have joined forces in a fresh drive to fight for more language rights and shield Kurdish from what they see as the creeping danger of assimilation and oblivion. The initiative aims to revive the Kurds’ decades-long efforts to use their language freely, especially in education. The struggle has been in a lull since settlement talks between Ankara and the Kurds collapsed in 2015. The breakup of the peace process reignited clashes between the security forces and armed Kurdish militants, followed by a ferocious clampdown on Kurdish political quarters that saw the seizure of Kurdish-run local administrations and the arrest of dozens of senior Kurdish politicians, including parliament members…
Interview with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, published in Der Spiegel Online, Nov 9, 2018 [Nothing was asked and nothing was spoken of British imperialism’s engagement in war and rising militarism and its share of responsibility for the global warming emergency. Might the two be connected, and what would a Labour Party government do about this dual threat? We are left in the dark.]
Blood money: Taxpayers pick up the tab for police brutality in the USA, by Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine, print issue of November 2018
Ukraine 2018: Human rights nowhere, thuggery and corruption everywhere, commentary by John Wight, in RT‘s ‘Op-Ed’ feature, Nov 8, 2018
[Anti-Russia news outlets in the West that provide cover for the neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine, such as The Guardian, as well as European union officials are being obliged to acknowledge and voice concern over the growing number of anti-corruption journalists and citizen activists in Ukraine who are coming under attack by the neo-Nazis and Ukrainian government agencies. But the facts of why this is happening continue to be buried. Associated Press for example, publishes a brief report on Kateryna Handzyuk’s murder that gives prominence to a Ukrainian government official’s claim that “seperatists” in eastern Ukraine are “believed to be involved” in her killing!
[Anti-Russia leftists in the West provide their own version of cover for the extreme-rightists in Ukraine. They write more and more enough about the rise of the extreme-right in Europe while simultaneously choosing silence over the country in Europe where the extreme-right is most advanced–Ukraine. There, extreme-right leaders sit in government and occupy key positions in the police and armed forces, fully backed by the NATO powers. The anti-Russia leftists choose to avoid the ‘uncomfortable’ facts about the state of affairs in Ukraine as well as the NATO military buildup in eastern Europe and related economic sanctions, directed against Russia and Crimea.]
* Violent Ukrainian neo-Nazi speaks at U.S. gov’t organization’s office in Kyiv, boasts helping Kiev police ‘purge’ Roma people, by Ben Norton, The Grayzone Project, Oct 30, 2018 An activist from the violent Ukrainian neo-Nazi gang ‘C14’ spoke recently at the U.S. government’s America House Kyiv. Serhiy Bondar has worked with Kiev police to “purge” Roma citizens.
* Black sun over Kiev, by David Penner, published in Dissident Voice, Nov 4, 2018
Following two days of U.S.-Turkey meetings, U.S. offers rewards for information on whereabouts of top PKK leaders, Rudaw News Service, Nov 6, 2018 (and report in Turkish Minute, Nov 6, 2018) [U.S. and Syrian Kurd leaders claim to be in an alliance in fighting ISIS in Syria. Western media promotes a claim there are deep divisions between NATO members U.S. and Turkey due to this supposed alliance. The absurdity of the media claim comes at the expense of the Kurdish and other oppressed peoples of the Middle East, for whom ‘support’ by the U.S. is a kiss of death. Deliberations are ongoing by the Syrian government and people towards ammending the country’s constitution. Russia and other foreign governments are participating in these discussions in international forums such as the United Nations office in Geneva and the ‘Astana’ process that brings together the Syrian government and opposition forces and the governments of Russia, Turkey and Iran. Reporting of the constitutional discussions in Syria is all-but censored out of media in the West—corporate and anti-Russia alternative media alike. That’s because Russia has consistently argued in favour of political and constitutional reforms in that would grant cultural and political autonomy rights to the approximately 36 million Kurds who live in four neighbouring countries–Turkey (15 million), Iran (ten million), Iraq (eight million) and Syria (three million) [source]. This fact is censored due to the prevailing anti-Russia hysteria in the West.].
Iran and South Korea agree to use the S Korea currency in trade, RT, Nov 7, 2018
Related: South Korea and Japan granted waiver as allies in U.S. sanctions against Iran, by Park Min-hee and Choi Ha-yan, staff reporters, The Hankyoreh, Nov 6, 2018
Never have corporate profits outgrown employee compensation so clearly and for so long in the United States, by David Ruccio, published on his website blog Occasional Links And Commentary, Nov 5, 2018 (David Ruccio is a contributor to the Real-World Economics Review Blog.)
Putin sees and hears it all, by Professor Paul Robinson (University of Ottawa), published on his website Irrussionality, Nov 5, 2018
I’m not a fan of the Henry Jackson Society, a British think tank that has the reputation of consisting of uber-hawkish neo-conservatives. Henry Jackson members come across as the kind of guys who even now think that invading Iraq was the right thing to do. You can judge their credibility by the fact that their guest speaker today is Timothy Snyder, who’s giving a talk about his truly awful book The Road to Unfreedom – you know, the one which says that Putin’s a fascist because he quotes Ivan Ilyin. In short, the Henry Jackson Society isn’t the sort of place you should visit if you want to be well informed about Russia. Unfortunately, however, you have to pay a bit of attention to what it’s saying. For it represents the viewpoint of an extreme, but not unimportant, segment of Britain’s ruling elite.
The Society’s Russia & Eurasia Studies Centre has just come out with a new report. Its title Putin Sees and Hears it All: How Russia’s Intelligence Agencies Menace the UK gives the gist – Putin’s espionage network is massive and growing, and Russia’s evil dictator ‘sees and hears it all’. He truly is all knowing! …
Related: Half of the Russians in London are spies, claims new report, by Christopher Hope, chief political correspondent, The Telegraph (UK), Nov 5, 2018 Tens of thousands of Russian spies are living in Britain, a major report which has been endorsed by the former head of MI6 has warned. A new study from the Henry Jackson Society thinktank said there were as many as 75,000 informants in London – half the 150,000 Russians who live in the capital – who are actively helping Moscow’s secret service…
The troika of tyranny: The imperialist project in Latin America and its epigones, by Roger D. Harris, published in Dissident Voice, Nov 5, 2018 (Roger D. Harris is on the board of the Task Force on the Americas, a 32-year-old anti-imperialist human rights organization, and is active with the Campaign to End US-Canadian Sanctions Against Venezuela.)
Thousands participate in crafting Cuban constitution as process enters final stage, Telesur, Nov 5, 2018
Related: President Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba visits old allies Russia and China, making trade and investment deals, RT, Nov 1, 2018
Saudi Arabia ignores Trump administration on Yemen, by Bruce Riedel, Al Monitor, Nov 4, 2018 Saudi Arabia has responded to the Trump administration’s call for the end of hostilities in Yemen by ratcheting up the war. The war between the Saudi-led coalition backing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Iranian-supported Zaydi Shiite Houthis is a catastrophe for Yemen, the region and the United States, but Riyadh’s leaders do not want to be losers…
[Accurate news reporting of the growing assault by U.S.-backed, Saudi Arabia-led forces against the port city of Hodeidah in Yemen is almost non-existent in Western media. If it is reporting the assault, Western media absolves the criminal, U.S.-backed Saudi regime by using phrases such as this opening line from a November 4 report in Reuters: Thousands of Yemeni civilians are trapped on the southern outskirts of Hodeidah as forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition battle Houthi insurgents entrenched in the Red Sea port city…’ Thus does a U.S.-backed Saudi assault become a ‘battle between two opposing forces’. Fully three months ago, UN officials warned that an attack against Hodeidah would cause a humanitarian disaster.].
* The Saudi-U.S. crisis will pass, by As`ad AbuKhalil, special to Consortium News, Nov 5, 2018 Nobody in Washington, Republican or Democrat, welcomes the crisis in U.S.–Saudi relations prompted by the murder in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist, on October 2. Maintaining good relations with the Saudi royal family has been a high bipartisan priority since President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud made their Faustian bargain in 1945: The U.S. would shield the Saudi kingdom’s tyranny from criticism in exchange for a share of oil revenues and Riyadh’s political loyalty (and American arms sales)…
* Yemen’s civilians face ‘hell’ as Saudis launch last-ditch military effort to build leverage in looming talks, by Ahmed Abdulkareem, Mint Press News, Nov 5, 2018
* U.S.-led war coalition bombs Syrian town with banned white phosphorus munitions, report Syrian media, RT, Nov 5, 2018 * The world has left Yemen to die, photo essay by writer Nina Strochlic and photographer Matteo Bastianelli, published in National Geographic Magazine (monthly), issue of August 2018
33 trillion more reasons why the New York Times gets it wrong on Russia-gate, by Gareth Porter, special to Consortium News, Nov 2, 2018 Ever more damning evidence has come to light undermining The New York Times’ assertion in September that Russia used social media to steal the 2016 election for Donald Trump. Trump to reinstate all U.S. sanctions on Iran, targeting over 700 entities and individuals, RT, Nov 2, 2018
All sanctions on Iran lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal will be back in force on November 5, the U.S. administration has announced. The sweeping sanctions will see 700 people blacklisted, the U.S. Treasury has announced. These include persons that were granted relief under the 2015 deal, as well as over 300 new names, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters.
Sanctions will target payments through the special mechanism that the EU has been creating specifically to avoid Washington’s penalties and to keep buying Iranian oil. Mnuchin has also threatened sanctions against the financial transaction service SWIFT…
Related: New Iran sanctions by U.S. risk long-term isolation from its allies, by Patrick Lawrence, published in Consortium News, Nov 1, 2018
Police and immigration officials in Mexico harass two migrant caravans moving towards U.S. Mexico border, by Sonia Perez, Associated Press, Nov 1, 2018
* Mass migration brought down the Roman Empire, can it bring down the American Empire?, commentary by John Wight, columnist, published in RT‘s ‘Op-Ed’ feature, Nov 1, 2018
* Inside the corruption and repression forcing Hondurans to flee to the U.S., by Peter Tinti, VICE News, Oct 25 2018 [Missing from this informative report is any description of the criminal roles of the U.S. and Canada in providing vital support to the military/state coup in 2009 that overthrew the elected reform president Manuel Zelaya.]