Links – Dec. 24, 2018

Trump’s Incoming Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Pushed Military to Buy Weapons It Didn’t Want Daily Beast

By tapping former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to temporarily replace famed former Marine Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, President Trump may have found a like-minded advocate for the U.S. weapons industry.

Fight racism

The cutting of a teenage wrestler’s hair was a familiar act of violence for black athletes Guardian

2 activists arrested at site of Alabama mall shooting MSN


We can end the U.S. war on Syria PopularResistance

Venezuela navy confronts Exxon oil ship in Guyana border dispute Reuters

Ecuador: Social Movements Mobilize Against Economic Measures Telesur

How the International Monetary Fund Imposes Its Economic Policies on Argentina Alternet

Afghanistan: Negotiations or a US Military Defeat? NEO

John Bolton Says He Wants to Protect Africa from ‘Predatory’ Chinese Behavior. What About Washington’s? Foreign Policy in Focus

Im/migrants and refugees

Girl Who Died on US Border Goes Home, But Family’s Not There Newser


France’s streets flooded with protest three days before Christmas Counterfire


Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Guardian

Wall Street Quietly Shelves Its Bitcoin Dreams Bloomberg

Gatwick police release arrested couple in “drone” incident, admit there may never have been a drone at all BBC

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