2018-12-14: News Headlines

teleSUR (2018-12-14). Cuba, Venezuela Stress Importance of ALBA at 16th Summit. telesurenglish.net The countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) gather in Cuba Thursday to celebrate 14 years since its creation, to defend regional peace, and consolidate Latin American and Caribbean integration. | RELATED: | ALBA Salutes Women Fighting Against Patriarchy, Capitalism | Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel kicked off the summit by delivering a speech that stressed the importance of ALBA for re…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-14). I Witnessed the Horror of Border Militarization, and Vow to Fight It. truthout.org I 've just returned from the San Diego-Tijuana border where I had the honor of participating in " Love Knows No Borders" — an interfaith action sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and co-sponsored by a myriad of faith organizations from across the country. As a staffer for AFSC and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (one of the many co-sponsoring organizations), I took a special pride in this interfaith mobilizati…

teleSUR (2018-12-14). Venezuela's Maduro Says John Bolton Was Behind his Assassination Attempt. mintpressnews.com The Venezuelan president also warned against military provocations coming from Brazil at Venezuela's southern border. President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's vice-president, retired General Hamilton Mourao, had previously stated that "there will be a coup in Venezuela" and that Brazil would lead a "force for peace."

aljazeera (2018-12-14). Is an end in sight for the war in Yemen?>. aljazeera.com We ask the UN special envoy for Yemen after the latest peace talks, and debate who should be Nigeria's next president.

Zero Hedge (2018-12-14). In Stinging Rebuke To Trump, Senate Votes To End Support For Saudi War. iranian.com "This vote immediately diminishes U.S. political support for the war and puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to end their brutal tactics and negotiate an end to the war." – Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action's senior director for policy and political affairs. The US Senate approved a resolution to end U.S. […]

Democracy Now! (2018-12-14). Headlines for December 14, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Saudi Crown Prince for Khashoggi Murder, 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl Dies in U.S. Border Agents' Custody, Trump's 2016 Inauguration Being Probed for Misuse of Funds and Illegal Donations, Russian Gun Activist Pleads Guilty to Acting as Foreign Agent, Global Calls Mount to Release Burmese Journalists, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Addresses Iraqi Officials, Argentina: Ex-Ford Execs Convicted of Kidnapping & Torture During Dirty War, France: Police Kill Suspect of Strasbourg Mass Shooting, Bolton Calls for Western…

Middle East Eye (2018-12-14). MBS Said To Be Plotting Camp David-Style Handshake With Netanyahu. iranian.com Task force dealing with Khashoggi fallout working on 'game-changing' photo with Israeli PM that would cast prince as peacemaker, sources say. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is reported to be "seriously considering" setting up a "game-changing" Camp David-style summit meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with US President Donald Trump playing host. The crown […]

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-14). France: Police Crowd Control Methods Maim People. hrw.org | | Riot police barricade, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, December 8, 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | (Paris) — French police used crowd control and anti-riot tactics during demonstrations in Paris in November and December 2018 that caused physical harm to peaceful demonstrators, including high-school students, and journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. Law enforcement should exercise greater restraint in demonstrations planned to take place on D…

amnesty (2018-12-14). CAR: Up to 100 civilians shot and burnt alive as UN peacekeepers leave posts in Alindao. amnesty.org The United Nations must carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops' response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said today in a new report. | According to multiple eyewitnesses, UN peacekeepers did not engage an attack by an armed group but instead retreated in an armoured vehicle to their central base, leaving thousands of civilians unprotected at the camp in Alindao on 15 November. | An immediate and impartial inquiry m…

amnesty (2018-12-14). Police must end use of excessive force against protesters and high school children in France. amnesty.org French authorities must exercise restraint when policing demonstrations expected on Saturday and avoid any repetition of the injuries caused by their extremely heavy-handed response to protests by the "gilets jaunes" and high school movements, said Amnesty International. | Police used rubber bullets, sting-ball grenades and tear gas against largely peaceful protesters who did not threaten public order and the organisation has documented numerous instances of excessive use of force by police. |

Ahmed AbdulKareem (2018-12-14). Hodeida Ceasefire Signals Hope for Yemen Peace. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Following three years of one of the bloodiest battles of the 21st century, the Saudi assault on Yemen's key port city of Hodeida may be nearing its end. The Saudi-led coalition and Ansar Allah, the political wing of the Houthi resistance movement, have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida and in the Taiz Province of …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-12-13). Prisoner Swap, Hodeida Ceasefire Mark Successful First Step in Yemen Peace Talks. mintpressnews.com The Saudi-led coalition and Ansar Allah, the political wing of the Houthi resistance movement, have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida and in the Taiz Province of northwestern Yemen.

Jon Queally (2018-12-13). 'What a Despicable Sham': Five House Democrats Help GOP Block Yemen Vote. iranian.com While a vote in the U.S. Senate to push forward a War Powers Resolution on Wednesday resulted in applause from peace advocates and critics of U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen, five Democrats in the U.S. House stirred outrage as they helped Republicans in the chamber pass a rule—attached to massive Farm Bill […]

amnesty (2018-12-13). Bahrain: Further Information: Expected Verdict For Human Rights Defender: Nabeel Rajab. amnesty.org On 31 December Bahrain's Cassation Court is expected to issue its verdict in the case of prominent human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in June 2018 in relation to peaceful tweets about the conflict in Yemen and torture allegations in Jaw prison.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-13). Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows. therealnews.com Ali Abunimah discusses a leaked report from Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), a front for Israel government-backed lobby group StandWithUs, which admits the cultural boycott is "constantly growing" and "innovative."

Consortiumnews (2018-12-12). A Concise History of Consortium News by Robert Parry. consortiumnews.com During the 2011 Winter Fund Drive, ex-CIA analyst (and peace activist) Ray McGovern suggested that the late Bob Parry write a brief narrative to explain Consortium News' history and goals. (If you want to donate to our end-of-year fund drive,… Read more →

Fight Back (2018-12-12). New Yorkers march against repression in Philippines on Human Rights Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Around 60 New Yorkers gathered in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines, December 10, in Manhattan to mark the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). | The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) called for the rally on the cold December evening. Chants could be heard throughout the streets, such as, "No justice! No peace! Stop the killings in the Philippines!" and "Defend democracy! Rise, resist, unite against Duterte's tyranny!" | The spirited g…

Vijay Prashad (2018-12-11). Imagine a World Without War, Where Migrants Are Welcomed, Where Women Are Not Targets. commondreams.org The horror of war is unimaginable. Those who have been to a battlefield know its terrors: the sounds, the smells, the casualness of the killing, the hunger, the uncertainty, the peril. (Photo: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad/ Getty Images ) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ryan Gallagher (2018-12-11). Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan. theintercept.com Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company's secretive plan to launch a censored search engine in China. | During a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Pichai faced sustained questions over the China plan, known as Dragonfly, which would blacklist broad categories of information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | The hearing began with an opening statement from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said launching a censored search engine in China would "strengthen China's system of surveillance and repression." McCarthy questioned whether it was…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-11). Headlines for December 11, 2018. democracynow.org U.K.: Prime Minister May to Hold Emergency Talks with EU over Brexit, France: President Macron Offers Concessions to Protesters in TV Address, EPA Proposes Rollback of Water Protection Laws, Youth Climate Activists Flood Congress, Demanding "Green New Deal", COP24: Activists Take Over Trump Administration's Pro-Fossil Fuels Event, The Intercept: Shell Oil Helped Draft Paris Agreement, U.S. Rejects U.N. Migration Deal Backed by 164 Countries, U.K.: "Stansted 15" Activists Convicted of Terrorism for Preventing Deportation, California: Faith Leaders Arrested at Gathering to Support Migrants, Yemen Peace Talks Take P…

Paul Kawika Martin (2018-12-04). With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — December 4, 2018 — In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. will formally announce its intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days if Russia does not come into compliance with the treaty by then, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy […]

Jon Rainwater (2018-11-20). Trump's Indefensible Defense of Saudi Arabia Is Aimed at Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — November 20, 2018 — In response to a statement from President Trump in support of Saudi Arabia, which came ahead of a vote expected in the Senate as soon as next week on whether or not to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace […]

Kevin Martin (2018-11-09). Facing Mounting Pressure, Trump Administration to End Mid-Air Refuelings in Yemen War. peaceaction.org (Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — November 9, 2018 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is ending U.S. refueling of Saudi coalition aircraft participating in the war in Yemen, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, released the following statement: "If confirmed, this change represents the single greatest step to date to curtail […]

Paul Kawika Martin (2018-11-07). Peace Candidates Win Elections. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — November 7, 2018 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, works each election cycle to help elect pro-peace candidates to Congress. In the 2018 election cycle, Peace Action endorsed dozens of candidates for Congress, many of whom won their races and others of whom are still counting votes. You can […]

Maya Evans (2018-10-18). Marching for Peace. zcomm.org As the "war on terror" generation comes of age, their status quo is perpetual war, a complete brainwashing that war is inevitable…

2018-12-14: Social Media Postees

Cuba, Venezuela Stress Importance of ALBA at 16th Summit
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-14
The countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) gather in Cuba Thursday to celebrate 14 years since its creation, to defend regional peace, and consolidate Latin American and Caribbean integration. | RELATED: | ALBA Salutes Women Fighting Against Patriarchy, Capitalism | Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel kicked off the summit by delivering a speech that stressed the importance of ALBA for re…
telesurenglish.net/news/ALBAs-16th-Summi…

Venezuela's Maduro Says John Bolton Was Behind his Assassination Attempt
teleSUR | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-14
The Venezuelan president also warned against military provocations coming from Brazil at Venezuela's southern border. President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's vice-president, retired General Hamilton Mourao, had previously stated that "there will be a coup in Venezuela" and that Brazil would lead a "force for peace." | The post Venezuela's Maduro Says John Bolton Was Behind his Assassination Attempt appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/venezuela-maduro-says-…

Is an end in sight for the war in Yemen?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2018-12-14
We ask the UN special envoy for Yemen after the latest peace talks, and debate who should be Nigeria's next president.
aljazeera.com/programmes/upfront/2018/12…

In Stinging Rebuke To Trump, Senate Votes To End Support For Saudi War
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-12-14
"This vote immediately diminishes U.S. political support for the war and puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to end their brutal tactics and negotiate an end to the war." – Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action's senior director for policy and political affairs. The US Senate approved a resolution to end U.S. […] | The post In Stinging Rebuke To Trump, Senate Votes To End Support For Saudi War appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/13/senate-votes-to-e…

MBS Said To Be Plotting Camp David-Style Handshake With Netanyahu
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-12-14
Task force dealing with Khashoggi fallout working on 'game-changing' photo with Israeli PM that would cast prince as peacemaker, sources say. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is reported to be "seriously considering" setting up a "game-changing" Camp David-style summit meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with US President Donald Trump playing host. The crown […] | The post MBS Said To Be Plotting Camp David-Style Handshake With Netanyahu appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/13/mbs-handshake-net…

France: Police Crowd Control Methods Maim People
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-14
Riot police barricade, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, December 8, 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | (Paris) — French police used crowd control and anti-riot tactics during demonstrations in Paris in November and December 2018 that caused physical harm to peaceful demonstrators, including high-school students, and journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. Law enforcement should exercise greater restraint in demonstrations planned to take place on D…
hrw.org/news/2018/12/14/france-police-cr…

CAR: Up to 100 civilians shot and burnt alive as UN peacekeepers leave posts in Alindao
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2018-12-14
The United Nations must carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops' response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said today in a new report. | According to multiple eyewitnesses, UN peacekeepers did not engage an attack by an armed group but instead retreated in an armoured vehicle to their central base, leaving thousands of civilians unprotected at the camp in Alindao on 15 November. | An immediate and impartial inquiry m…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/12/car-u…

I Witnessed the Horror of Border Militarization, and Vow to Fight It
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-12-14
I 've just returned from the San Diego-Tijuana border where I had the honor of participating in " Love Knows No Borders" — an interfaith action sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and co-sponsored by a myriad of faith organizations from across the country. As a staffer for AFSC and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (one of the many co-sponsoring organizations), I took a special pride in this interfaith mobilizati…
truthout.org/articles/i-witnessed-the-ho…

Hodeida Ceasefire Signals Hope for Yemen Peace
Ahmed AbdulKareem | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-14
(MPN) — Following three years of one of the bloodiest battles of the 21st century, the Saudi assault on Yemen's key port city of Hodeida may be nearing its end. The Saudi-led coalition and Ansar Allah, the political wing of the Houthi resistance movement, have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida and in the Taiz Province of …

Hodeida Ceasefire Signals Hope for Yemen Peace

Prisoner Swap, Hodeida Ceasefire Mark Successful First Step in Yemen Peace Talks
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-13
The Saudi-led coalition and Ansar Allah, the political wing of the Houthi resistance movement, have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida and in the Taiz Province of northwestern Yemen. | The post Prisoner Swap, Hodeida Ceasefire Mark Successful First Step in Yemen Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/hodeida-ceasefire-mark…

Cops in France brutalize high school students who join Yellow Vest protests
Eds. | mronline.org | 2018-12-13
A scene of ordinary life in France, in these times of conflict: On Thursday, Dec. 6, late morning, in front of the gates of a secondary school in a very peaceful town in the Paris suburbs, about 100 students aged 15-17 are strolling from their high school to go to lunch, chatting, joking and relieved […] | Source…
mronline.org/2018/12/13/cops-in-france-b…

'What a Despicable Sham': Five House Democrats Help GOP Block Yemen Vote
Jon Queally | iranian.com | 2018-12-13
While a vote in the U.S. Senate to push forward a War Powers Resolution on Wednesday resulted in applause from peace advocates and critics of U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen, five Democrats in the U.S. House stirred outrage as they helped Republicans in the chamber pass a rule–attached to massive Farm Bill […] | The post 'What a Despicable Sham': Five House Democrats Help GOP Block Yemen Vote appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/13/five-house-democr…

Colombia: New Armed Groups Plague Afro-Colombian Zone
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-13

| December 13, 2018 Video | Colombia: Rape, Kidnapping and Murder Continue After Peace Agreement: | Groups that emerged from the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are terrorizing the mostly Afro-Colombian municipality of Tumaco. |

| (Bogotá) — Groups that emerged from the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are terrorizing…
hrw.org/news/2018/12/13/colombia-new-arm…

Bahrain: Further Information: Expected Verdict For Human Rights Defender: Nabeel Rajab
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2018-12-13
On 31 December Bahrain's Cassation Court is expected to issue its verdict in the case of prominent human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in June 2018 in relation to peaceful tweets about the conflict in Yemen and torture allegations in Jaw prison.
amnesty.org/en/documents/mde11/9566/2018…

Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-13
Ali Abunimah discusses a leaked report from Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), a front for Israel government-backed lobby group StandWithUs, which admits the cultural boycott is "constantly growing" and "innovative." | The post Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/pro-israel-lobby…

New Yorkers march against repression in Philippines on Human Rights Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-12-12
New York, NY – Around 60 New Yorkers gathered in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines, December 10, in Manhattan to mark the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). | The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) called for the rally on the cold December evening. Chants could be heard throughout the streets, such as, "No justice! No peace! Stop the killings in the Philippines!" and "Defend democracy! Rise, resist, unite against Duterte's tyranny!" | The spirited g…
www.fightbacknews.org/2018/12/11/new-yor…

A Concise History of Consortium News by Robert Parry
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-12
During the 2011 Winter Fund Drive, ex-CIA analyst (and peace activist) Ray McGovern suggested that the late Bob Parry write a brief narrative to explain Consortium News' history and goals. (If you want to donate to our end-of-year fund drive,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/12/12/fund-drive…

Imagine a World Without War, Where Migrants Are Welcomed, Where Women Are Not Targets
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2018-12-11
The horror of war is unimaginable. Those who have been to a battlefield know its terrors: the sounds, the smells, the casualness of the killing, the hunger, the uncertainty, the peril. (Photo: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad/ Getty Images ) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2018/12/11/imagin…

Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-12-11
Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company's secretive plan to launch a censored search engine in China. | During a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Pichai faced sustained questions over the China plan, known as Dragonfly, which would blacklist broad categories of information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | The hearing began with an opening statement from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said launching a censored search engine in China would "strengthen China's system of surveillance and repression." McCarthy questioned whether it was…
theintercept.com/2018/12/11/google-congr…

With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2018-12-04
Washington, D.C. — December 4, 2018 — In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. will formally announce its intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days if Russia does not come into compliance with the treaty by then, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy […] | The post With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again appeared first on Peace Action…
peaceaction.org/2018/12/04/with-inf-ulti…

Trump's Indefensible Defense of Saudi Arabia Is Aimed at Congress
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2018-11-20
Washington, D.C. — November 20, 2018 — In response to a statement from President Trump in support of Saudi Arabia, which came ahead of a vote expected in the Senate as soon as next week on whether or not to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace […] | The post Trump's Indefensible Defense of Saudi Arabia Is Aimed at Congress appeared first on Peace Action.
peaceaction.org/2018/11/20/trumps-indefe…