2018-10-18: News Headlines

Pepe Escobar (2018-10-18). Welcome to the G-20 From Hell. globalresearch.ca The G-20 in Buenos Aires on November 30 could set the world on fire – perhaps literally. Let's start with the US-China trade war. Washington won't even start discussing trade with China at the G-20 unless Beijing comes up with …

Michael Kazin (2018-10-18). Hubert Humphrey and the Unmaking of Cold War Liberalism. thenation.com Hubert Humphrey and the Unmaking of Cold War Liberalism…

Steve Kelly (2018-10-18). Quiet, Please! The Latest Threat to the Big Wild. counterpunch.org It was another long summer of smoke-filled eyes in the West. An early snow storm in the Northern Rockies ushers in a season of peace and solitude. Wildfires frighten tourists, excite the media and reacquaint homeowners who built in the forest to Mother Nature's laws. Hey, I get it, fires are deadly and sexy — good More

Dave Lindorff (2018-10-18). US 'Outrage' Over Slaying of US Residents Depends on the Nation Responsible. counterpunch.org Although the Trump administration is soft-pedaling its concern, with Trump comparing the accusations against the Saudi government to accusations of sexual abuse leveled against his latest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and even suggesting "rogue killers" outside the government might have been responsible, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying he has insisted the Saudis conduct a "transparent" investigation into the murder, it has been forced by public and media outrage to at least pretend to be troubled by Khashoggi's slaying. Telesur (2018-10-18). ICC Prosecutor Warns Israeli Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar 'Constitutes War Crime'. globalresearch.ca The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement Wednesday reminding Israel that the demolition of Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank, would constitute a war crime. | "I have been following with concern the | …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2018-10-18). Syria: One Year Since the Battle for Raqqa and the US and UK Refuse to Accept Responsibility for Civilian Deaths. globalresearch.ca A year ago the US led Coalition played a leading role in the battle for the Syrian city of Raqqa. Coalition forces carried out thousands of air and artillery strikes upon the city that left hundreds dead and helped destroy …

teleSUR (2018-10-18). Fujimori's Former Minister of Economy, Dead at 68. telesurtv.net An Economist by trade, Carlos Boloña supported the stricken former Peruvian president, who is being charged with War Crimes.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-10-18). Embassy Disappearances: Jamal Khashoggi and the Foreign Policy Web. globalresearch.ca "Do this outside. You will put me into trouble." — Mohammad al-Otaibi, Saudi consul, to Saudi agents, Istanbul, October 2, 2018 | It smells, but anything wedged between the putrefaction of Saudi foreign policy, the ambition of Turkish bellicosity, and …

Staff (2018-10-18). Sanders and Warren Demand Answers on Amazon's Union Busting. truthdig.com The senators have sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos expressing alarm over the company's "potentially illegal" tactics.

Sarah Aziza (2018-10-18). 'On Her Shoulders' Honors the Courage and Tenacity of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad. thenation.com 'On Her Shoulders' Honors the Courage and Tenacity of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad…

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-18). The Chinese-Indian "Great Game" in East Africa. globalresearch.ca Introduction | China and India are actively competing with one another in East Africa, though this struggle for influence has largely failed to attract significant global attention. Both Great Powers are reluctant to recognize this in order to preserve their …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-10-18). Video: US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … against Russia. globalresearch.ca The B61-12, the new US nuclear bomb which replaces the B-61 deployed in Italy and other European countries, will begin production in less than a year. The announcement was made officially by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It reveals …

Nino Pagliccia (2018-10-18). Economic and Judicial War Tools to Subvert Democracy. globalresearch.ca This is the edited version of a panel presentation by the same title that took place in Toronto, Canada on October 13, 2018 The Event was sponsored by a number of progressive organizations | *** | I think this is a very …

Barry Schwabsky (2018-10-18). A History of Salvage. thenation.com The Met's "History Refused to Die" exhibition rewrites the art history of the American South through a group of self-taught practitioners. | The post A History of Salvage…

David Hearst (2018-10-18). Breaking: Seven of Bin Salman's Bodyguards Among Khashoggi Suspects. globalresearch.ca Seven of the 15 men suspected of being involved in an operation to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi belong to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's personal security and protection detail, Middle East Eye can reveal. | The suspects went and …

teleSUR (2018-10-18). Caribbean Countries to Test Ocean Acidity Link to Greenhouse Gases. telesurtv.net

Staff (2018-10-18). 19 Dead, More Than 50 Wounded in Crimea College Shooting. truthdig.com MOSCOW — The Latest on the deadly explosion at a college in Crimea (all times local): | 9: 40 p.m. | Officials in Crimea say the casualty toll at a vocational school shooting in Kerch now stands at 19 dead and more than 50 wounded, many of them severely. | Sergei Astrankin, the director of emergency medicine for Crimea, was cited by Russian state television as saying the death toll from Wednesday's attack had risen to 19. The shooter, who committed suicide afterward, apparently was not included in that number. | Crimea's regional chief, Sergei Aksyonov, told the state news channel Rossiya-24 that 53 people w…

Consortiumnews (2018-10-18). AUDIO: Shady Claims by NYT on Russia-gate: Peter B. Collins interviews Gareth Porter. consortiumnews.com Gareth Porter discusses with radio host Peter B. Collins his Consortium News article exposing exaggerated claims of Russian skulduggery on Facebook in 2016. By Peter B. Collins Journalist and historian Gareth Porter returned to the Peter B. Collins show to discuss his… Read more →

Lawrence Davidson (2018-10-18). Israel's "Psychological Obstacles to Peace" counterpunch.org Understanding is Not Excusing There is a difference between understanding and excusing. I might understand the arguments of Donald Trump and John Bolton, but by virtue of that very understanding I find their arguments inexcusable. The same goes for the arguments of the Israeli leadership and their diaspora allies. I hear their words and find More

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-18). Moving Toward Plutocracy: Bill Moyers Talks to Ben Fountain About the Trump Age. truthout.org Ben Fountain's "Beautiful Country Burn Again" is a bold, brave book about the state of politics in the era of Trump.

RT (2018-10-18). Pompeo warned Saudis they have 72 hrs to finish probe into Khashoggi case, or risk blowback — report. rt.com Mike Pompeo told Saudi Arabia's crown prince that he had 72 hours to finish his probe into the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi if he wanted to avoid tarnishing the kingdom's "place on the world stage," according to Axios.

RT (2018-10-18). Twitter & NATO think tanks publish database of tweets, pics… and GIFs by 'Russian trolls'. rt.com Ahead of midterm elections, Twitter has reminded Americans that democracy is still under threat by releasing millions of tweets by pesky Russians (and Iranians) from the past decade. How do they know? Well, that's the question.

Juan Cole (2018-10-18). Yes, Sen. Lindsey Graham, You Have Iranian Ancestry And Should Be Proud. iranian.com Sen. Lindsay Graham joked on Fox Cable News that he might do a genetic test to see if he has Native American ancestry, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren does. Then he added that it might show he has Iranian ancestry. "That," he observed, "would be terrible." Florida house candidate, Iranian-American Anna Eskamani, denounced the senator's bigotry. There […]

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-18). The Upcoming Putin-Netanyahu Summit Will Seek To Strike A Balance In Syria. iranian.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will see each other during an upcoming summit, which will be their first meeting since last month's tragedy The Israeli premier said that he spoke to President Putin on 7 October, which just so happened to be the Russian leader's birthday, and announced that they'll meet face-to-face […]

RT (2018-10-18). 'Spooky' cop who warned suspects about 'trigger happy' habits is fired (VIDEO). rt.com A Connecticut police officer who warned suspected trespassers not to run because he felt "trigger happy" has been fired from the force after video footage revealed him saying that he gets paid overtime if he shoots someone.

wsws (2018-10-18). The way forward in the struggle against the far-right danger in Germany. wsws.org Last weekend's massive demonstration in Berlin expressed widespread popular opposition to the return of fascism and militarism in Germany.

RT (2018-10-18). US troops fear new major war is on the horizon, list Russia & China as top threats — poll. rt.com Almost half of military service members believe that the US will be dragged into a new war within the next 12 months, according to a Military Times poll, with Russia and China topping the list of likely nemeses.

VFPC (2018-10-18). 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day — Ring a Bell for Peace! indybay.org City Hall Plaza | Corner of Fourth & Santa Clara Streets | San Jose , CA 95112…

RT (2018-10-18). Testing presidential waters? Haley spoke to secretive conservative group before resigning UN. rt.com A week before leaving the Trump administration, Nikki Haley spoke to the neocon group – Council for National Policy – lending weight to the prospect of a 2020 candidacy while touting her record as a warmonger's warmonger.

wsws (2018-10-18). Feigning moral outrage, the Times' Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime. wsws.org Friedman poses the problem of how to respond to the murder of Khashoggi from the "practical" standpoint of imperialist Realpolitik.

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-10-18). Is MBS Saudi Arabia's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Of Disaster? iranian.com Notwithstanding his self-projection as a moderate Saudi, Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, has already established a personal long list of failures within only one and a half year of his rise to power. Starting from his adventures in Yemen, where Saudi has been blamed, rather held responsible, many times by the […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-18). Zarif: US Addiction To Sanctions Shows Disregard For Human Rights Of All Iranians. iranian.com The United States' latest economic sanctions against Iran display a disregard for the human rights of all Iranians, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The US Treasury on Tuesday sanctioned two Iranian banks, and a handful of companies it says are linked to Iran's Basij militia. "Latest US sanctions violate 2 ICJ orders: […]

RT (2018-10-18). 'Loser award': Defeated gamer who dumped 'hottest weather girl' to focus on career makes excuses. rt.com A YouTube star who dumped both the 'world's hottest weather girl' and his career as a professional gamer in less than three months has been mocked as the 'loser of the year.' Now he's saying his girlfriend was really no saint. |

RT (2018-10-18). Treasury official charged with leaking classified info to feed 'Russia meddling' narrative. rt.com A US Treasury official was arrested and charged with conspiracy for leaking secret banking documents to the press, feeding a everlasting stream of often bogus 'bombshell' reports about Mueller's notorious 'Russian meddling' probe.

All Day, All Night (2018-10-18). SF Hotel Picketline Support Needed. indybay.org The way we will end the Trump/Pence Regime, defeat the war machine, end homelessness, achieve free medical care for all, raise the education level, and much more is by supporting labor. You are needed NOW to walk the hotel picket lines in San Francisco, even for just 15 minutes. The hotels provide no room service, very little cleanliness, very little conference room amenities, yet apparently educated people are crossing the picket lines. They need to be told PICKETLINES MEAN DON'T CROSS!

RT (2018-10-18). Veteran broadcaster Rick Sanchez goes primetime on RT America. rt.com RT America will premiere "The News with Rick Sanchez" on Monday, October 22nd at 7pm EST. Award-winning American journalist and author Rick Sanchez will make his RT America debut as the host of daily prime-time news show.

Michael Krieger (2018-10-18). Saudi Arabia Considers Itself Untouchable Due To Oil And Money. iranian.com The roots of that lobby's rise to prominence in Washington lie in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As you may remember, with 15 of those 19 suicidal hijackers being citizens of Saudi Arabia, it was hardly surprising that American public opinion had soured on the Kingdom. In response, the worried […]

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-17). When Saudi Arabia's Credibility is Damaged, So is America's. counterpunch.org Photo Source POMED | CC BY 2.0 | The Khashoggi affair has weakened President Trump's campaign to impose stringent economic sanctions on Iran aimed at reducing its influence or forcing regime change. Saudi Arabia is America's main ally…

Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate (2018-10-17). Khashoggi Murder Reveals Unpleasant Truths About the Saudi Regime — And Its Enablers in Trump's White House. alternet.org Is anyone still surprised when he shames us? | The apparent murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, aWashington Postcontributing columnist and U. S. resident, should force Americans to confront unpleasant truths about the Saudi regime — and its enablers in the White House. Let's understand first that there is nothing truly unusual about the Khashoggi crime, except for its location in a consulate on foreign soil. Putting dissidents to de. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-17). The Upcoming Putin-Netanyahu Summit Will Seek to Strike a Balance in Syria. globalresearch.ca Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will see each other during an upcoming summit, which will be their first meeting since last month's tragedy. | The Israeli premier said that he spoke to President Putin on 7 …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-17). Rod Rosenstein Delivers a Forceful Rebuttal to Trump and Other Critics of the Russia Probe in New Interview. alternet.org Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt. " | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered a direct repudiation in a new interview for those who attack and denigrate the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team on the Russia investigation. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Rosenstein said the inv. . .

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2018-10-17). Neo-Ottomanism Surges in Middle East Politics. globalresearch.ca The fate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hangs in the balance. The common perception is that everything depends on which way President Donald Trump moves – go by his own preference to bury the scandal over Jamal Khashoggi…

Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-17). It's Not Just Trump — Saudi Arabia Has Been Bribing the US with Arms Sales for Years. alternet.org Could Khashoggi's disappearance bring attention back to the devastating Saudi war on Yemen? | By now, few doubt that Jamal Khashoggi is dead. It is most likely that the Saudi journalist—who once advised kings and billionaires—was killed by an interrogation team sent from Saudi Arabia to meet him in Turkey. If this was the case, then it is impossible for the hit on Khashoggi to have taken place without a green light from the Crown Prince, Mo. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-17). MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Mocks Conservative Anti-Voting Rights Group for Fearmongering About High Voter Registration Rates. alternet.org These people have a distorted sense of reality. | MSNBC's Rachel Maddow mocked a conservative group known as "True the Vote" for its ridiculous efforts to scare potential donors into giving it money because. . . people are registering to vote. Seriously. In a fundraising letter Maddow shared from the group, recipients are warned that "state officials have notified us that counties are being buried under hundreds of thousands of incoming voter r. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-10-17). Jamal Elshayyal: Response to Khashoggi's Death Will Determine Future of Saudi Arabia & Middle East. democracynow.org New details have emerged in the disappearance and probable death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly still alive when his body was dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago. A Turkish source says it took Khashoggi seven minutes to die. The New York Times reports four of the 15 Saudi men implicated in the killing are directly linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's security detail. We speak with Jamal Elshayyal, an international award-winning senior correspondent for Al Jazeera. He wrote a piece for the Middle East Eye last year titled "The rise o…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-17). 'A License to Kill': Conservative Writer Argues Trump Is Empowering Dictators Abroad — Here's How. alternet.org "This is a good time to be a dictator — and a dangerous time to be a dissident. " | Why would Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at a crucial time in his assent, risk it all with a precarious scheme to murder a critical journalist — as multiple reports suggest he has? Perhaps he thought he could get away with it. After all, Pr. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-10-17). Investigation: As U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired U.S. Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders. democracynow.org A shocking new investigation has revealed that the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out assassinations of political and clerical leaders in Yemen. The former elite U.S. special operations fighters were paid to take part in missions to kill those deemed to be "terrorists" by the UAE. The UAE worked with the U.S. company Spear Operations Group, founded by an Israeli-American man named Abraham Golan, who told BuzzFeed, "There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it." The group's first target in Yemen was a local leader of al-Islah, a political party whose members include N…

INA (2018-10-17). Press Release by Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions on Israeli Attacks on Gaza. imemc.org On the heels of the Israeli arbitrary bombardment on the Gaza Strip, this morning, the Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Factions state the following, Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency has reported: The Palestinian people have been involved in their peaceful battle against the Israeli occupation through the Great Return […]…

Jake Johnson (2018-10-17). 'Groveling' Before Murderous Kingdom, Trump Complains Saudis Deemed 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' Like Kavanaugh. mintpressnews.com "The president is willingly and knowingly doing the counter messaging for the Saudi kingdom. He floated the 'rogue attackers' theory and [is] now vouching for their transparent denials and vows to investigate."

Rohullah Naderi (2018-10-17). Why Afghan Girls Are Out of School? counterpunch.org The agenda of education in Afghanistan got added attention from the international community due to the Taliban's notoriety vis-à -vis girls' education. The extremist group's inclination toward a religious-oriented educational system, and its detrimental policy of excluding girls from getting an education, made them infamous both in the eyes of the Afghan people and the international More

Roy Gutman (2018-10-17). Syria Moves One Step Closer to Ending the Civil War. thenation.com Syria Moves One Step Closer to Ending the Civil War…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-17). A Senior Trump Administration Official Was Just Arrested for Allegedly Leaking Info on Key Russia Probe Targets. alternet.org She appears to have leaked reports to BuzzFeed News. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official in the Treasury Department, has been arrested and faces criminal charges for leaking confidential reports related to several key figures in the Russia investigation, Justice Department officials revealed Wednesday. U. S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman explained: Natalie Mayflower. . .

Prof. James Petras (2018-10-17). Trump's Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers: Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Israel. globalresearch.ca Trump's intimate ties with the world's most unsavory regimes flows from several strategic interests. In the case of Saudi Arabia, it includes military bases; the financing of international mercenaries and terrorists; multi-billion-dollar arms sales and oil profits

aclu (2018-10-17). A Confederate Portrait, Racial Bias, and the Death Penalty in Virginia. aclu.org A portrait of Robert E. Lee on display in a Virginia court where a Black man faces the death penalty reveals an abhorrent racial injustice. | In Louisa County, Virginia, a Black man stands trial for his life. When he looks around to see who is presiding over his trial he will see the picture of another man besides the judge staring down at him from above— Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. | This isn't the post-war South of the late 19th century or even the first six decades or so of the 20th century. This is Virginia in 2018. And this is the court where the defendant, Darcel Murphy, is expected to receive ju…

INA (2018-10-17). ICC Prosecutor: Eviction of Civilians under Occupation Constitutes War Crime. imemc.org The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has warned that transfer of population in an occupied territory constitute war crime. "I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and […]…

Dan Corjescu (2018-10-17). Green Tsunami in Bavaria? counterpunch.org It's been an unusually hot summer and fall in Bavaria this year. Politically, it got even hotter this Sunday night when Bavaria's Green party became the second strongest party in the region. Their stunning success was at the same time a dire warning for other left leaning parties such as the SPD and Die Linke. More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-17). These 5 Senators Are Demanding Answers About Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance — Here's Why. alternet.org The Trump administration's botched response has been shameful. | When it comes to the shocking disappearance of veteran Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi—who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2—Saudi Arabia's government can't keep its story straight. First, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a. k. a. MBS, insiste. . .

Janine Jackson (2018-10-17). 'Their Policies Toward Indigenous People and Toward the Land Need to Change' – CounterSpin interview with Amrah Salomon on Indigenous Peoples Day. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Amrah Salomón about the limits of Indigenous Peoples Day for the October 12, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Washington's Blog (2018-10-17). Drug War? American Troops Are Protecting Afghan Opium. U.S. Occupation Leads to All-Time High Heroin Production. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in November 2013. | It is well-documented that the U.S. government has – at least at some times in some parts of the world – protected drug operations. | (Big American banks also launder money for …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-17). Leading Christian Evangelist Dismisses Khashoggi Disappearance: Not Worth Jeopardizing '$100 Billion Worth of Arms Sales'. alternet.org What would Jesus do? Sell arms to despotic states, apparently! | The disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate in Turkey, and the subsequent evidence that he was murdered by the Saudi government and possibly even cut to pieces with a bone saw while he was still alive, has been met with horror and outrage around the world. But to Stephen F. Cohen (2018-10-17). Inconvenient Thoughts on Cold War and Other News. thenation.com Inconvenient Thoughts on Cold War and Other News…

Media Lens (2018-10-17). Phillip Cross: The Mystery Wikipedia Editor Targeting Anti-War Sites. mintpressnews.com 133,612 edits to Wikipedia have been made in the name of "Philip Cross" over 14 years, most of them targeting left-leaning anti-war websites and activists.

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-17). Trump Complains Saudi Crown Prince Is Deemed "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" truthout.org As a new flurry of evidence from the Turkish government established direct ties between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and those who allegedly carried out the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US President Donald Trump continued " groveling" at the feet of the murderous kingdom Tuesday night by claiming that the Saudis have been deemed "guilty until proven innocent" just like newly confirmed Supreme Court Justi…

W. T. Whitney (2018-10-17). Colombian Lawyer Diego Martinez Needs Solidarity Now. counterpunch.org More than two years after the signing of a peace agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government, lawyer Diego Martínez is under attack. In a recent open letter to Colombia's attorney general, he protested against possible legal action against him and surveillance of his movements. He reported threats of More

Muhammad Othman (2018-10-17). What You Can Do About the Saudi Atrocities in Yemen. counterpunch.org Since the war criminality embedded in U.S. complicity in Yemen is no less than what was represented at the Nuremberg Trials, it is incumbent upon us to take action. U.S. citizens — no matter what their politics are — must do something about the horror we're inflicting upon the innocent citizens of Yemen. After all, More

Democracy Now! (2018-10-17). Headlines for October 17, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Refuses to Condemn Saudis over Khashoggi Disappearance, Reports Link Suspects in Khashoggi Case to Saudi Crown Prince, Somalia: Pentagon Claims U.S. Drone Strike Kills 60 Al-Shabab Fighters, China: 1 Million Uyghurs Imprisoned Under Guise of "Job Training", Suspended EPA Official: "Our Kids Will Continue to Be Poisoned" Under Trump, New Head of Federal Medicaid Worked to Slash Program in Maine, McConnell Blames Deficit on Entitlements, Not GOP Tax Cuts for the Rich, Trump Attacks Stormy Daniels on Twitter After Defamation Suit Dismissed, Sen. Heitkamp Apologizes After Publishing Names of Sexual Assault Surv…

Shared by Paul JayBen Norton (2018-10-17). Paul Jay on the US-Saudi 'Special Relationship'. therealnews.com The likely murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has inspired a new debate about the US's "special relationship" with Saudi Arabia. TRNN's Paul Jay and Ben Norton discuss why America sees the Saudi monarchy as a key player in its global empire, and the key role of arms sales and fossil fuels in geopolitics.

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-17). As US-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired US Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders. truthout.org A shocking new investigation has revealed that the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out assassinations of political and clerical leaders in Yemen. The former elite U.S. special operations fighters were paid to take part in missions to kill those deemed to be "terrorists" by the UAE. The UAE worked with the U.S. company Spear Operations Group, founded by an Israeli-American man named Abraham Golan, who told BuzzFeed, "There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it." The group's first target in Yemen was a local leader of al-Islah, a political party whose members includ…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-10-17). Saudi Arabia Financed the Killers of American Troops I Commanded. truthdig.com It's time to ask an uncomfortable question: What exactly is the U.S. getting out of its partnership with Saudi Arabia? The answer is: nothing but headaches, human rights abuses and national embarrassment. In the cynical past, the U.S. could at least argue that it needed Saudi oil, but that's no longer the case, due to the shale-oil boom (though that fact is not necessarily good for an ever-warming planet). | Recently, the crimes of the Saudi government managed to pierce the Trump-all-the-time-Kanye-West-sometimes media-entertainment complex due to Riyadh's likely Jacob Bacharach (2018-10-17). Elizabeth Warren's DNA Fiasco Bodes Ill for All of Us. truthdig.com In her attempt to call Donald Trump's bluff, the Massachusetts senator has inadvertently reified neo-eugenics. Where does it end?

Democracy Now! (2018-10-17). A History of Crushing Dissent: Before Khashoggi, Saudis Targeted Feminists Demanding Right to Drive. democracynow.org As international outcry grows louder amid new revelations about the shocking death of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, we speak with investigative journalist Sarah Aziza about Saudi Arabia's long history of targeting dissidents. Just weeks before the ban was lifted on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government arrested several of the country's most prominent feminist activists, including women who had been campaigning for decades for the right to drive. Sarah Aziza has been reporting from Saudi Arabia with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Her latest piece for The I…

Cesar Chelala (2018-10-17). Is China Winning the War for Africa? counterpunch.org While traveling in Africa in the 1980 and 1990s, I was surprised to see Chinese crews building roads, schools, and houses. Although at the time this meant little to me, I later realized it was part of a policy of Chinese insertion into the African countries' economies. Historically, the African continent has been plundered by More

Mel Gurtov (2018-10-17). Getting Away with Murder. counterpunch.org In March I wrote about the visit to Washington of Saudi Arabia's new leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At the time most of the media were reporting uncritically about him and his regime. In fact, most were glowing in their praise of Salman as a "reformer" and "modernizer," citing his allowing women to drive More

wsws (2018-10-17). Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war? wsws.org While admitting the WSWS accurately reports US military measures aimed at Russia and China, Libération claims that we are overstating US preparations for "total war."

Bahman Aghai Diba (2018-10-17). Iran And The Convention On The Legal Status Of The Caspian Sea. iranian.com On 12 August 2018, five littoral states of the Caspian Sea (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) signed a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This convention should be approved by the legislative bodies in all five states before it becomes officially binding. The Caspian Convention has determined certain important points and […]

wsws (2018-10-17). Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen. wsws.org While leading Democrats and Republicans have called for sanctions over the Saudi journalist's killing, Washington has maintained a discreet silence over the US-backed mass murder in Yemen.

RT (2018-10-17). 'I don't give a damn': Secret service agent blocks reporter's Kushner-Saudi questions (VIDEO). rt.com US secret service agents are expected to take a bullet for those they've sworn to protect. But in a bizarre exchange a bodyguard for White House senior advisor Jared Kushner swooped in to block a reporter's questions.

Juan Cole (2018-10-17). Why A US Divorce From Saudi Arabia Would Be Good For Us And Them. iranian.com Voices from the Right wing, prominently featured in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, are warning that the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a hit squad made up of persons close to crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman should not mean the end of the close US relationship with Saudi Arabia. I would concur with one […]

wsws (2018-10-17). The "new cold war," censorship, and the future of the Internet. wsws.org The Internet is becoming a battleground for economic and geopolitical conflict, while states, acting on behalf of capitalist elites, are seeking to censor online information.

wsws (2018-10-17). Police raid on Mélenchon: The state attacks the Unsubmissive France party. wsws.org The political targeting of a party that received 20 percent of the vote, including most left-wing voters, marks a major step toward authoritarian rule.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-17). Saudi Arabia Retaliates, Pulls HyperLoop Funding As Silicon Valley Startups Quake. iranian.com Anybody who understands the temperament of Mohammad bin Salman probably suspected that the Saudi Crown Prince wasn't just going to throw his hands up in despair when confronted by the embarrassing wave of cancellations by Western business executives whom he had enlisted to attend his Future Investment Initiative – better known as "Davos in the […]

Middle East Eye (2018-10-17). Turkish Sources: Jamal Khashoggi's Killing Took Seven Minutes. iranian.com It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist's last moments told Middle East Eye. Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul General's office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the […]

Ali Nejad (2018-10-17). Trump's New Plan To Drive Iran Out Of Syria. iranian.com The Trump administration is said to be developing a new strategy to focus more heavily on pushing Iran's military and its proxy forces out of Syria. According to an NBC News report, five people familiar with the new plan said that it will further increase of political, economic and diplomatic efforts to force Iran out of […]

Oil Price (2018-10-17). The Implications Of A Fractured U.S., Saudi Alliance. iranian.com After the resurgence of the U.S. oil industry in recent years due to hydraulic fracking and the shale oil revolution, most thought the days of Middle Eastern oil producers, Saudi Arabia in particular, being able to threaten use of the so-called oil weapon as geopolitical leverage or even coercion were over. But that couldn't be […]

Tehran Times (2018-10-17). Japanese Companies To Remain In Iran Despite US Sanctions. iranian.com A senior official of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced that the country will not alter its supportive policies towards Iran after implementation of the US sanctions on November 4. "JICA always supports development of mutual cooperation in the private sector and it will use its utmost efforts to return the Japanese companies to the […]

RT (2018-10-17). US doctors baffled as rare spinal disease spreads across 22 states. rt.com US health officials have issued a warning about a rare condition which attacks the nervous system and spinal cord after 62 new cases of the little-known disease were confirmed across 22 states.

wsws (2018-10-17). Australia backs Trump as US ramps up anti-China drive. wsws.org There is an intense discussion in Australian think tanks and military and intelligence circles over the need to accelerate preparations for regional and global war.

Wayne Madsen (2018-10-17). The Arabian Game Of Thrones Heats Up. iranian.com The reported torture, murder, and dismemberment of Washington-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate-general in Istanbul reminded the world that an intense power play is now taking place within the monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula and between them. In November 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the arrest and detention […]

wsws (2018-10-17). Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Survivor's statement reveals disdain for residents by the political and corporate elites. wsws.org The statement by Edward Daffarn further demonstrates how residents were kept in the dark about decisions regarding the Tower and their fatal consequences.

wsws (2018-10-17). Australian housing market slumps toward potential crash. wsws.org Many borrowers face becoming "mortgage prisoners," condemned to paying off loans greater than the value of their homes.

SouthFront (2018-10-17). US Imposes New Sanctions On Entities That Support Iran's Use Of 'Child Soldiers'. iranian.com On October 16, the Trump administration blacklisted some 20 Iranian companies, including banks, steel mills, zinc mines, and manufacturers of cars, buses and tractors accusing them of supporting recruitment of "child soldiers" for Iran. "This vast network provides financial infrastructure to the Basij's efforts to recruit, train, and indoctrinate child soldiers who are coerced into […]

Intercepted (2018-10-17). Upheaval: Brazil on the Brink. The Saudi Regime Under Fire. theintercept.com Glenn Greenwald hosts this week's episode, and is joined by Brazilian Worker's Party vice presidential candidate Manuela d'àÅvila and journalist Sarah Aziza.

Andrew J. Bacevich (2018-10-16). So, Senator Warren: You're Clearly Running for President. thenation.com So, Senator Warren: You're Clearly Running for President…

Shared by Richard D. Wolff (2018-10-16). Economic Update: The Immigration Issue and Capitalism. therealnews.com This week: Updates on UK's Liberal Democrats advocating serious reduction of wealth and income inequality; Sears CEO blames pensions for Sears' problems; JP Morgan predicts next financial collapse in 2020; failure to deal with opioid crisis; G-20 meeting in Argentina evades real issues; Europeans clash with U.S. over trade with Iran; and a trivial SEC…

Andrew Bacevich (2018-10-16). Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate: a Letter to Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org Senator Elizabeth Warren 317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. Dear Senator Warren: As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will "take a hard look" at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month. Forgive me for saying that I interpret that More

Asad AbuKhalil (2018-10-16). Loyal to the Saudi Regime, Jamal Khashoggi Was No Campaigner for Truth or Democracy. mintpressnews.com Jamal Khashoggi's vision was an "Arab uprising" led by the Saudi regime. In his Arabic writings he backed MBS's "reforms" and even his "war on corruption," derided in the region and beyond.

Erin Schwartz (2018-10-16). The Curdled Worldview of Matthew Weiner's 'The Romanoffs'. thenation.com The Curdled Worldview of Matthew Weiner's 'The Romanoffs'

CP Editor (2018-10-16). The War On Drugs — Live on KEXP. counterpunch.org

Kenneth Surin (2018-10-16). On Reading the Diaries of Tony Benn, Britain's Greatest Labour Politician. counterpunch.org I received the Tony Benn Diaries as a gift last Christmas, and have been working my way through them a few pages at a time each day. Tony Benn (1925-2014) was Britain's most enduring and influential postwar socialist politician. Born into an aristocratic family, he first made his name for his long and ultimately successful More

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-10-16). Two Koreas Advance Peace Without Trump's 'Approval'. therealnews.com North and South Korea are moving ahead with plans to build road and rail links as part of their historic peace talks. But the U.S. is standing in the way, as Trump refuses to lift sanctions and claims that the South Koreans "do nothing without our approval." We speak to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

2018-10-18: Social Media Postees

Fujimori's Former Minister of Economy, Dead at 68
teleSUR | telesurtv.net | 2018-10-18
An Economist by trade, Carlos Boloña supported the stricken former Peruvian president, who is being charged with War Crimes.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/F…

19 Dead, More Than 50 Wounded in Crimea College Shooting
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-18
MOSCOW — The Latest on the deadly explosion at a college in Crimea (all times local): | 9: 40 p.m. | Officials in Crimea say the casualty toll at a vocational school shooting in Kerch now stands at 19 dead and more than 50 wounded, many of them severely. | Sergei Astrankin, the director of emergency medicine for Crimea, was cited by Russian state television as saying the death toll from Wednesday's attack had risen to 19. The shooter, who committed suicide afterward, apparently was not included in that number. | Crimea's regional chief, Sergei Aksyonov, told the state news channel Rossiya-24 that 53 people w…
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Syria: One Year Since the Battle for Raqqa and the US and UK Refuse to Accept Responsibility for Civilian Deaths
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-18
A year ago the US led Coalition played a leading role in the battle for the Syrian city of Raqqa. Coalition forces carried out thousands of air and artillery strikes upon the city that left hundreds dead and helped destroy … | The post Syria: One Year Since the Battle for Raqqa and the US and UK Refuse to Accept Responsibility for Civilian Deaths appeared first on Global Research
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Economic and Judicial War Tools to Subvert Democracy
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-18
This is the edited version of a panel presentation by the same title that took place in Toronto, Canada on October 13, 2018 The Event was sponsored by a number of progressive organizations | *** | I think this is a very … | The post Economic and Judicial War Tools to Subvert Democracy appeared first on Global Research.
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Welcome to the G-20 From Hell
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-18
The G-20 in Buenos Aires on November 30 could set the world on fire – perhaps literally. Let's start with the US-China trade war. Washington won't even start discussing trade with China at the G-20 unless Beijing comes up with … | The post Welcome to the G-20 From Hell appeared first on Global Research.
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Embassy Disappearances: Jamal Khashoggi and the Foreign Policy Web
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-18
"Do this outside. You will put me into trouble." — Mohammad al-Otaibi, Saudi consul, to Saudi agents, Istanbul, October 2, 2018 | It smells, but anything wedged between the putrefaction of Saudi foreign policy, the ambition of Turkish bellicosity, and … | The post Embassy Disappearances: Jamal Khashoggi and the Foreign Policy Web appeared first on Global Research.
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Moving Toward Plutocracy: Bill Moyers Talks to Ben Fountain About the Trump Age
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-10-18
Ben Fountain's "Beautiful Country Burn Again" is a bold, brave book about the state of politics in the era of Trump. | The post Moving Toward Plutocracy: Bill Moyers Talks to Ben Fountain About the Trump Age appeared first on Truthout.
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'On Her Shoulders' Honors the Courage and Tenacity of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad
Sarah Aziza | thenation.com | 2018-10-18
'On Her Shoulders' Honors the Courage and Tenacity of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad…
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Israel's "Psychological Obstacles to Peace"
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-18
Understanding is Not Excusing There is a difference between understanding and excusing. I might understand the arguments of Donald Trump and John Bolton, but by virtue of that very understanding I find their arguments inexcusable. The same goes for the arguments of the Israeli leadership and their diaspora allies. I hear their words and find…
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ICC Prosecutor Warns Israeli Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar 'Constitutes War Crime'
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-18
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement Wednesday reminding Israel that the demolition of Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank, would constitute a war crime. | "I have been following with concern the | … | The post ICC Prosecutor Warns Israeli Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar 'Constitutes War Crime' appeared first on Global Research.
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AUDIO: Shady Claims by NYT on Russia-gate: Peter B. Collins interviews Gareth Porter
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-18
Gareth Porter discusses with radio host Peter B. Collins his Consortium News article exposing exaggerated claims of Russian skulduggery on Facebook in 2016. By Peter B. Collins Journalist and historian Gareth Porter returned to the Peter B. Collins show to discuss his… Read more ?…
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Sanders and Warren Demand Answers on Amazon's Union Busting
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-18
The senators have sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos expressing alarm over the company's "potentially illegal" tactics. | The post Sanders and Warren Demand Answers on Amazon's Union Busting appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Breaking: Seven of Bin Salman's Bodyguards Among Khashoggi Suspects
David Hearst | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-18
Seven of the 15 men suspected of being involved in an operation to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi belong to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's personal security and protection detail, Middle East Eye can reveal. | The suspects went and … | The post Breaking: Seven of Bin Salman's Bodyguards Among Khashoggi Suspects appeared first on Global Research.
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Hubert Humphrey and the Unmaking of Cold War Liberalism
Michael Kazin | thenation.com | 2018-10-18
Hubert Humphrey and the Unmaking of Cold War Liberalism…
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Video: US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … against Russia
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-18
The B61-12, the new US nuclear bomb which replaces the B-61 deployed in Italy and other European countries, will begin production in less than a year. The announcement was made officially by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It reveals … | The post Video: US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … against Russia appeared first on Global Research.
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Quiet, Please! The Latest Threat to the Big Wild
Steve Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-18
It was another long summer of smoke-filled eyes in the West. An early snow storm in the Northern Rockies ushers in a season of peace and solitude. Wildfires frighten tourists, excite the media and reacquaint homeowners who built in the forest to Mother Nature's laws. Hey, I get it, fires are deadly and sexy — good…
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Feigning moral outrage, the Times' Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-18
Friedman poses the problem of how to respond to the murder of Khashoggi from the "practical" standpoint of imperialist Realpolitik.
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'Spooky' cop who warned suspects about 'trigger happy' habits is fired (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
A Connecticut police officer who warned suspected trespassers not to run because he felt "trigger happy" has been fired from the force after video footage revealed him saying that he gets paid overtime if he shoots someone.
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100th Anniversary of Armistice Day — Ring a Bell for Peace!
VFPC | indybay.org | 2018-10-18
City Hall Plaza | Corner of Fourth & Santa Clara Streets | San Jose , CA 95112…
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US troops fear new major war is on the horizon, list Russia & China as top threats — poll
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
Almost half of military service members believe that the US will be dragged into a new war within the next 12 months, according to a Military Times poll, with Russia and China topping the list of likely nemeses.
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Saudi Arabia Considers Itself Untouchable Due To Oil And Money
Michael Krieger | iranian.com | 2018-10-18
The roots of that lobby's rise to prominence in Washington lie in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As you may remember, with 15 of those 19 suicidal hijackers being citizens of Saudi Arabia, it was hardly surprising that American public opinion had soured on the Kingdom. In response, the worried […] | The post Saudi Arabia Considers Itself Untouchable Due To Oil And Money appeared first on The Iranian.
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Testing presidential waters? Haley spoke to secretive conservative group before resigning UN
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
A week before leaving the Trump administration, Nikki Haley spoke to the neocon group – Council for National Policy – lending weight to the prospect of a 2020 candidacy while touting her record as a warmonger's warmonger.
rt.com/usa/441595-nikki-haley-ca…

Treasury official charged with leaking classified info to feed 'Russia meddling' narrative
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
A US Treasury official was arrested and charged with conspiracy for leaking secret banking documents to the press, feeding a everlasting stream of often bogus 'bombshell' reports about Mueller's notorious 'Russian meddling' probe.
rt.com/usa/441570-treasury-offic…

'Loser award': Defeated gamer who dumped 'hottest weather girl' to focus on career makes excuses
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
A YouTube star who dumped both the 'world's hottest weather girl' and his career as a professional gamer in less than three months has been mocked as the 'loser of the year.' Now he's saying his girlfriend was really no saint.
rt.com/news/441625-gamer-dumps-h…

Zarif: US Addiction To Sanctions Shows Disregard For Human Rights Of All Iranians
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-10-18
The United States' latest economic sanctions against Iran display a disregard for the human rights of all Iranians, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The US Treasury on Tuesday sanctioned two Iranian banks, and a handful of companies it says are linked to Iran's Basij militia. "Latest US sanctions violate 2 ICJ orders: […] | The post Zarif: US Addiction To Sanctions Shows Disregard For Human Rights Of All Iranians appeared first on
iranian.com/2018/10/18/us-addict…

Pompeo warned Saudis they have 72 hrs to finish probe into Khashoggi case, or risk blowback — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
Mike Pompeo told Saudi Arabia's crown prince that he had 72 hours to finish his probe into the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi if he wanted to avoid tarnishing the kingdom's "place on the world stage," according to Axios.
rt.com/usa/441618-pompeo-warned-…

Twitter & NATO think tanks publish database of tweets, pics… and GIFs by 'Russian trolls'
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
Ahead of midterm elections, Twitter has reminded Americans that democracy is still under threat by releasing millions of tweets by pesky Russians (and Iranians) from the past decade. How do they know? Well, that's the question.
rt.com/usa/441571-twitter-russia…

The way forward in the struggle against the far-right danger in Germany
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-18
Last weekend's massive demonstration in Berlin expressed widespread popular opposition to the return of fascism and militarism in Germany.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

SF Hotel Picketline Support Needed
All Day, All Night | indybay.org | 2018-10-18
The way we will end the Trump/Pence Regime, defeat the war machine, end homelessness, achieve free medical care for all, raise the education level, and much more is by supporting labor. You are needed NOW to walk the hotel picket lines in San Francisco, even for just 15 minutes. The hotels provide no room service, very little cleanliness, very little conference room amenities, yet apparently educated people are crossing the picket lines. They need to be told PICKETLINES MEAN DON'T CROSS!
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Is MBS Saudi Arabia's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Of Disaster?
Salman Rafi Sheikh | iranian.com | 2018-10-18
Notwithstanding his self-projection as a moderate Saudi, Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, has already established a personal long list of failures within only one and a half year of his rise to power. Starting from his adventures in Yemen, where Saudi has been blamed, rather held responsible, many times by the […] | The post Is MBS Saudi Arabia's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Of Disaster? appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/10/18/saudi-ara…

Veteran broadcaster Rick Sanchez goes primetime on RT America
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
RT America will premiere "The News with Rick Sanchez" on Monday, October 22nd at 7pm EST. Award-winning American journalist and author Rick Sanchez will make his RT America debut as the host of daily prime-time news show.
rt.com/usa/441612-rick-sanchez-n…

Press Release by Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions on Israeli Attacks on Gaza
INA | imemc.org | 2018-10-17
On the heels of the Israeli arbitrary bombardment on the Gaza Strip, this morning, the Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Factions state the following, Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency has reported: The Palestinian people have been involved in their peaceful battle against the Israeli occupation through the Great Return …

Press Release by Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions on Israeli Attacks on Gaza

Phillip Cross: The Mystery Wikipedia Editor Targeting Anti-War Sites
Media Lens | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-17
133,612 edits to Wikipedia have been made in the name of "Philip Cross" over 14 years, most of them targeting left-leaning anti-war websites and activists. | The post Phillip Cross: The Mystery Wikipedia Editor Targeting Anti-War Sites appeared first on MintPress News.
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What You Can Do About the Saudi Atrocities in Yemen
Muhammad Othman | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-17
Since the war criminality embedded in U.S. complicity in Yemen is no less than what was represented at the Nuremberg Trials, it is incumbent upon us to take action. U.S. citizens — no matter what their politics are — must do something about the horror we're inflicting upon the innocent citizens of Yemen. After all,…
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Colombian Lawyer Diego Martinez Needs Solidarity Now
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-17
More than two years after the signing of a peace agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government, lawyer Diego Martínez is under attack. In a recent open letter to Colombia's attorney general, he protested against possible legal action against him and surveillance of his movements. He reported threats of…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/17/colo…

A Confederate Portrait, Racial Bias, and the Death Penalty in Virginia
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-10-17
A portrait of Robert E. Lee on display in a Virginia court where a Black man faces the death penalty reveals an abhorrent racial injustice. | In Louisa County, Virginia, a Black man stands trial for his life. When he looks around to see who is presiding over his trial he will see the picture of another man besides the judge staring down at him from above– Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. | This isn't the post-war South of the late 19th century or even the first six decades or so of the 20th century. This is Virginia in 2018. And this is the court where the defendant, Darcel Murphy, is expected to receive ju…
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'Their Policies Toward Indigenous People and Toward the Land Need to Change' – CounterSpin interview with Amrah Salomon on Indigenous Peoples Day
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-10-17
Janine Jackson interviewed Amrah Salomón about the limits of Indigenous Peoples Day for the October 12, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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As US-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired US Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-10-17
A shocking new investigation has revealed that the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out assassinations of political and clerical leaders in Yemen. The former elite U.S. special operations fighters were paid to take part in missions to kill those deemed to be "terrorists" by the UAE. The UAE worked with the U.S. company Spear Operations Group, founded by an Israeli-American man named Abraham Golan, who told BuzzFeed, "There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it." The group's first target in Yemen was a local leader of al-Islah, a political party whose members includ…
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'Groveling' Before Murderous Kingdom, Trump Complains Saudis Deemed 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' Like Kavanaugh
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-17
"The president is willingly and knowingly doing the counter messaging for the Saudi kingdom. He floated the 'rogue attackers' theory and [is] now vouching for their transparent denials and vows to investigate." | The post 'Groveling' Before Murderous Kingdom, Trump Complains Saudis Deemed 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' Like Kavanaugh appeared first on MintPress News.
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Trump's Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers: Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Israel
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-17
Trump's intimate ties with the world's most unsavory regimes flows from several strategic interests. In the case of Saudi Arabia, it includes military bases; the financing of international mercenaries and terrorists; multi-billion-dollar arms sales and oil profits | The post Trump's Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers: Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Israel appeared first on Global…
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It's Not Just Trump — Saudi Arabia Has Been Bribing the US with Arms Sales for Years
Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-10-17
Could Khashoggi's disappearance bring attention back to the devastating Saudi war on Yemen? | By now, few doubt that Jamal Khashoggi is dead. It is most likely that the Saudi journalist–who once advised kings and billionaires–was killed by an interrogation team sent from Saudi Arabia to meet him in Turkey. If this was the case, then it is impossible for the hit on Khashoggi to have taken place without a green light from the Crown Prince, Mo. . .
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Green Tsunami in Bavaria?
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-17
It's been an unusually hot summer and fall in Bavaria this year. Politically, it got even hotter this Sunday night when Bavaria's Green party became the second strongest party in the region. Their stunning success was at the same time a dire warning for other left leaning parties such as the SPD and Die Linke.
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Khashoggi Murder Reveals Unpleasant Truths About the Saudi Regime — And Its Enablers in Trump's White House
Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate | alternet.org | 2018-10-17
Is anyone still surprised when he shames us? | The apparent murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, aWashington Postcontributing columnist and U. S. resident, should force Americans to confront unpleasant truths about the Saudi regime — and its enablers in the White House. Let's understand first that there is nothing truly unusual about the Khashoggi crime, except for its location in a consulate on foreign soil. Putting dissidents to de. . .
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The Upcoming Putin-Netanyahu Summit Will Seek to Strike a Balance in Syria
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-17
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will see each other during an upcoming summit, which will be their first meeting since last month's tragedy. | The Israeli premier said that he spoke to President Putin on 7 … | The post The Upcoming Putin-Netanyahu Summi…
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A History of Crushing Dissent: Before Khashoggi, Saudis Targeted Feminists Demanding Right to Drive
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-17
As international outcry grows louder amid new revelations about the shocking death of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, we speak with investigative journalist Sarah Aziza about Saudi Arabia's long history of targeting dissidents. Just weeks before the ban was lifted on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government arrested several of the country's most prominent feminist activists, including women who had been campaigning for decades for the right to drive. Sarah Aziza has been reporting from Saudi Arabia with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Her latest piece for The I…
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Elizabeth Warren's DNA Fiasco Bodes Ill for All of Us
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2018-10-17
In her attempt to call Donald Trump's bluff, the Massachusetts senator has inadvertently reified neo-eugenics. Where does it end? | The post Elizabeth Warren's DNA Fiasco Bodes Ill for All of Us appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Inconvenient Thoughts on Cold War and Other News
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2018-10-17
Inconvenient Thoughts on Cold War and Other News…
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Rod Rosenstein Delivers a Forceful Rebuttal to Trump and Other Critics of the Russia Probe in New Interview
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-17
Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt. " | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered a direct repudiation in a new interview for those who attack and denigrate the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team on the Russia investigation. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Rosenstein said the inv. . .
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Jamal Elshayyal: Response to Khashoggi's Death Will Determine Future of Saudi Arabia & Middle East
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-17
New details have emerged in the disappearance and probable death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly still alive when his body was dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago. A Turkish source says it took Khashoggi seven minutes to die. The New York Times reports four of the 15 Saudi men implicated in the killing are directly linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's security detail. We speak with Jamal Elshayyal, an international award-winning senior correspondent for Al Jazeera. He wrote a piece for the Middle East Eye last year titled "The rise o…
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When Saudi Arabia's Credibility is Damaged, So is America's
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-17
Photo Source POMED | CC BY 2.0 | The Khashoggi affair has weakened President Trump's campaign to impose stringent economic sanctions on Iran aimed at reducing its influence or forcing regime change. Saudi Arabia is America's main ally…
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'A License to Kill': Conservative Writer Argues Trump Is Empowering Dictators Abroad — Here's How
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-17
"This is a good time to be a dictator — and a dangerous time to be a dissident. " | Why would Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at a crucial time in his assent, risk it all with a precarious scheme to murder a critical journalist — as multiple reports suggest he has? Perhaps he thought he could get away with it. After all, Pr. . .
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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Mocks Conservative Anti-Voting Rights Group for Fearmongering About High Voter Registration Rates
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-17
These people have a distorted sense of reality. | MSNBC's Rachel Maddow mocked a conservative group known as "True the Vote" for its ridiculous efforts to scare potential donors into giving it money because. . . people are registering to vote. Seriously. In a fundraising letter Maddow shared from the group, recipients are warned that "state officials have notified us that counties are being buried under hundreds of thousands of incoming voter r. . .
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Investigation: As U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired U.S. Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-17
A shocking new investigation has revealed that the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out assassinations of political and clerical leaders in Yemen. The former elite U.S. special operations fighters were paid to take part in missions to kill those deemed to be "terrorists" by the UAE. The UAE worked with the U.S. company Spear Operations Group, founded by an Israeli-American man named Abraham Golan, who told BuzzFeed, "There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it." The group's first target in Yemen was a local leader of al-Islah, a political party whose members include N…
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Neo-Ottomanism Surges in Middle East Politics
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-17
The fate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hangs in the balance. The common perception is that everything depends on which way President Donald Trump moves – go by his own preference to bury the scandal over Jamal Khashoggi… | The post Neo-Ottomanism Surges in Middle East Politics appeared first on Global Research.
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Is China Winning the War for Africa?
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-17
While traveling in Africa in the 1980 and 1990s, I was surprised to see Chinese crews building roads, schools, and houses. Although at the time this meant little to me, I later realized it was part of a policy of Chinese insertion into the African countries' economies. Historically, the African continent has been plundered by…
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Trump Complains Saudi Crown Prince Is Deemed "Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-10-17
As a new flurry of evidence from the Turkish government established direct ties between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and those who allegedly carried out the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US President Donald Trump continued " groveling" at the feet of the murderous kingdom Tuesday night by claiming that the Saudis have been deemed "guilty until proven innocent" just like newly confirmed Supreme Court Justi…
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Syria Moves One Step Closer to Ending the Civil War
Roy Gutman | thenation.com | 2018-10-17
Syria Moves One Step Closer to Ending the Civil War…
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Why Afghan Girls Are Out of School?
Rohullah Naderi | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-17
The agenda of education in Afghanistan got added attention from the international community due to the Taliban's notoriety vis-à -vis girls' education. The extremist group's inclination toward a religious-oriented educational system, and its detrimental policy of excluding girls from getting an education, made them infamous both in the eyes of the Afghan people and the international…
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These 5 Senators Are Demanding Answers About Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance — Here's Why
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-17
The Trump administration's botched response has been shameful. | When it comes to the shocking disappearance of veteran Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi–who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2–Saudi Arabia's government can't keep its story straight. First, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a. k. a. MBS, insiste. . .
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ICC Prosecutor: Eviction of Civilians under Occupation Constitutes War Crime
INA | imemc.org | 2018-10-17
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has warned that transfer of population in an occupied territory constitute war crime. "I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and …

ICC Prosecutor: Eviction of Civilians under Occupation Constitutes War Crime

A Senior Trump Administration Official Was Just Arrested for Allegedly Leaking Info on Key Russia Probe Targets
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-17
She appears to have leaked reports to BuzzFeed News. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official in the Treasury Department, has been arrested and faces criminal charges for leaking confidential reports related to several key figures in the Russia investigation, Justice Department officials revealed Wednesday. U. S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman explained: Natalie Mayflower. . .
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Getting Away with Murder
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-17
In March I wrote about the visit to Washington of Saudi Arabia's new leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At the time most of the media were reporting uncritically about him and his regime. In fact, most were glowing in their praise of Salman as a "reformer" and "modernizer," citing his allowing women to drive…
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Upheaval: Brazil on the Brink. The Saudi Regime Under Fire
Intercepted | theintercept.com | 2018-10-17
Glenn Greenwald hosts this week's episode, and is joined by Brazilian Worker's Party vice presidential candidate Manuela d'àÅvila and journalist Sarah Aziza. | The post Upheaval: Brazil on the Brink. The Saudi Regime Under Fire. appeared first on The Intercept.
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Police raid on Mélenchon: The state attacks the Unsubmissive France party
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-17
The political targeting of a party that received 20 percent of the vote, including most left-wing voters, marks a major step toward authoritarian rule.
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Why A US Divorce From Saudi Arabia Would Be Good For Us And Them
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
Voices from the Right wing, prominently featured in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, are warning that the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a hit squad made up of persons close to crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman should not mean the end of the close US relationship with Saudi Arabia. I would concur with one […] | The post Why A US Divorce From Saudi Arabia Would Be Good For Us And Them appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran And The Convention On The Legal Status Of The Caspian Sea
Bahman Aghai Diba | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
On 12 August 2018, five littoral states of the Caspian Sea (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) signed a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This convention should be approved by the legislative bodies in all five states before it becomes officially binding. The Caspian Convention has determined certain important points and […] | The post Iran And The Convention On The Legal Status Of The Caspian Sea appeared first on The Iranian.
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The "new cold war," censorship, and the future of the Internet
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-17
The Internet is becoming a battleground for economic and geopolitical conflict, while states, acting on behalf of capitalist elites, are seeking to censor online information.
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Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Survivor's statement reveals disdain for residents by the political and corporate elites
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-17
The statement by Edward Daffarn further demonstrates how residents were kept in the dark about decisions regarding the Tower and their fatal consequences.
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US doctors baffled as rare spinal disease spreads across 22 states
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-17
US health officials have issued a warning about a rare condition which attacks the nervous system and spinal cord after 62 new cases of the little-known disease were confirmed across 22 states.
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The Arabian Game Of Thrones Heats Up
Wayne Madsen | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
The reported torture, murder, and dismemberment of Washington-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate-general in Istanbul reminded the world that an intense power play is now taking place within the monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula and between them. In November 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the arrest and detention […] | The post The Arabian Game Of Thrones Heats Up appeared first on The Iranian.
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'I don't give a damn': Secret service agent blocks reporter's Kushner-Saudi questions (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-17
US secret service agents are expected to take a bullet for those they've sworn to protect. But in a bizarre exchange a bodyguard for White House senior advisor Jared Kushner swooped in to block a reporter's questions.
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The Implications Of A Fractured U.S., Saudi Alliance
Oil Price | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
After the resurgence of the U.S. oil industry in recent years due to hydraulic fracking and the shale oil revolution, most thought the days of Middle Eastern oil producers, Saudi Arabia in particular, being able to threaten use of the so-called oil weapon as geopolitical leverage or even coercion were over. But that couldn't be […] | The post The Implications Of A Fractured U.S., Saudi Alliance appeared first on The Iranian.
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Australian housing market slumps toward potential crash
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-17
Many borrowers face becoming "mortgage prisoners," condemned to paying off loans greater than the value of their homes.
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Turkish Sources: Jamal Khashoggi's Killing Took Seven Minutes
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist's last moments told Middle East Eye. Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul General's office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the […] | The post Turkish Sources: Jamal Khashoggi's Killing Took Seven Minutes appeared first on The Iranian.
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Japanese Companies To Remain In Iran Despite US Sanctions
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
A senior official of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced that the country will not alter its supportive policies towards Iran after implementation of the US sanctions on November 4. "JICA always supports development of mutual cooperation in the private sector and it will use its utmost efforts to return the Japanese companies to the […] | The post Japanese Companies To Remain In Iran Despite US Sanctions appeared first on The Iran…
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Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war?
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-17
While admitting the WSWS accurately reports US military measures aimed at Russia and China, Libération claims that we are overstating US preparations for "total war."
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Australia backs Trump as US ramps up anti-China drive
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-17
There is an intense discussion in Australian think tanks and military and intelligence circles over the need to accelerate preparations for regional and global war.
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Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-17
While leading Democrats and Republicans have called for sanctions over the Saudi journalist's killing, Washington has maintained a discreet silence over the US-backed mass murder in Yemen.
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Saudi Arabia Retaliates, Pulls HyperLoop Funding As Silicon Valley Startups Quake
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
Anybody who understands the temperament of Mohammad bin Salman probably suspected that the Saudi Crown Prince wasn't just going to throw his hands up in despair when confronted by the embarrassing wave of cancellations by Western business executives whom he had enlisted to attend his Future Investment Initiative – better known as "Davos in the […] | The post Saudi Arabia Retaliates, Pulls HyperLoop Funding As Silicon Valley Startups Quake appeared first on The…
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US Imposes New Sanctions On Entities That Support Iran's Use Of 'Child Soldiers'
SouthFront | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
On October 16, the Trump administration blacklisted some 20 Iranian companies, including banks, steel mills, zinc mines, and manufacturers of cars, buses and tractors accusing them of supporting recruitment of "child soldiers" for Iran. "This vast network provides financial infrastructure to the Basij's efforts to recruit, train, and indoctrinate child soldiers who are coerced into […] | The post US Imposes New Sanctions On Entities That Support Iran's Use Of 'Child Soldiers'
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Trump's New Plan To Drive Iran Out Of Syria
Ali Nejad | iranian.com | 2018-10-17
The Trump administration is said to be developing a new strategy to focus more heavily on pushing Iran's military and its proxy forces out of Syria. According to an NBC News report, five people familiar with the new plan said that it will further increase of political, economic and diplomatic efforts to force Iran out of […] | The post Trump's New Plan To Drive Iran Out Of Syria appeared first on The Iranian.
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Indigenous Suicide in Canada
Greg Macdougall | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
On Tuesday October 16, award-winning Indigenous investigative journalist and author Tanya Talaga starts her five-city CBC Massey Lectures series focusing on Indigenous suicide in Canada. The accompanying book of the same name, All Our Relations: Finding The Way Forward, also officially launches that day; the set of lectures then airs on Canada's public broadcaster's evening…
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Economic Update: The Immigration Issue and Capitalism
Shared by Richard D. Wolff | therealnews.com | 2018-10-16
This week: Updates on UK's Liberal Democrats advocating serious reduction of wealth and income inequality; Sears CEO blames pensions for Sears' problems; JP Morgan predicts next financial collapse in 2020; failure to deal with opioid crisis; G-20 meeting in Argentina evades real issues; Europeans clash with U.S. over trade with Iran; and a trivial SEC… | The post Economic Update: The Immigration Issue and Ca…
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On Reading the Diaries of Tony Benn, Britain's Greatest Labour Politician
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
I received the Tony Benn Diaries as a gift last Christmas, and have been working my way through them a few pages at a time each day. Tony Benn (1925-2014) was Britain's most enduring and influential postwar socialist politician. Born into an aristocratic family, he first made his name for his long and ultimately successful…
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Alabama's War on Marijuana
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2018-10-16
Kiasha Hughes dreamed of becoming a medical assistant. Now, she works an overnight shift at a chicken plant to support her children. | Nick Gibson was on track to graduate from the University of Alabama. Now, he works at a fast-food restaurant. | Wesley Shelton spent 15 months in jail and ended up with a felony conviction — for having $10 worth of marijuana.
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So, Senator Warren: You're Clearly Running for President
Andrew J. Bacevich | thenation.com | 2018-10-16
So, Senator Warren: You're Clearly Running for President…
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Here Cochise Everywhere
Martin Billheimer | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
Canst thou remember a time before we came unto this cell? — Prospero to Miranda Sacred Smokes, an extraordinary anti-memoir by Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.,is the perfect cure for the current poisonous trade in subprime autobiography — a humorless confessional fad that has snuffed out anything left over from better days in US print, from…
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The Curdled Worldview of Matthew Weiner's 'The Romanoffs'
Erin Schwartz | thenation.com | 2018-10-16
The Curdled Worldview of Matthew Weiner's 'The Romanoffs'…
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Fifty Years of Mexican October
Kent Paterson | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
In understanding contemporary Mexican politics and society, the careful observer might well draw a line before and after October 2, 1968. That was the day when Mexican soldiers killed, wounded and detained hundreds of students and civilians who had peacefully assembled in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City to demand a more democratic government and…
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The War On Drugs — Live on KEXP
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
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Will Scott Morrison Move Australia's Embassy to Jerusalem?
Al Akhbar | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-16
Like the United States, Australia's Prime Minister announced today that his country is considering the possibility of transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement has been said to be geared towards internal elections in Canberra, an attempt to win the votes of Jewish voters in the district. | Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference that he was "open" to proposals to formally recognize Jerusalem as "the capital of Israel" and move his country's embassy there, just as the United States did in May. Hours after announcing the idea, Morrison said he wanted…
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Loyal to the Saudi Regime, Jamal Khashoggi Was No Campaigner for Truth or Democracy
Asad AbuKhalil | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-16
Jamal Khashoggi's vision was an "Arab uprising" led by the Saudi regime. In his Arabic writings he backed MBS's "reforms" and even his "war on corruption," derided in the region and beyond. | The post Loyal to the Saudi Regime, Jamal Khashoggi Was No Campaigner for Truth or Democracy appeared first on MintPress News.
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Pompeo Took 12-Hour Flight To Saudi Arabia For '15 Minute Meeting' With King Salman
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-16
It's looking more likely that neither the US nor the rest of the Western world will do much to punish the world's most important oil exporter, which can "weaponize" the oil market seemingly on a whim. | The post Pompeo Took 12-Hour Flight To Saudi Arabia For '15 Minute Meeting' With King Salman appeared first on MintPress News.
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Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy Survive Maximum Pressure?
Gregory Elich | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
South Korean President Moon Jae-in's meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un on September 18-20 culminated in the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration, which marked a significant advance towards peace and heralded a welcome warming in relations. Since that time, however, contradictions within the Trump administration's North Korea policy threaten to forestall further progress and…
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Khashoggi Picked the Wrong Prince
Shared by Sharmini Peries | therealnews.com | 2018-10-16
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi should be denounced. Professor As`ad AbuKhalil says western media's uncritical praise of Khashoggi is unworthy, he was a loyal member of the Saudi propaganda apparatus and chose the wrong side of the House of Saud | The post Khashoggi Picked the Wrong Prince appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics: How the US Weaponizes Them to Accuse China of Debt Trap Diplomacy
Gerry Brown | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
With China and Russia named as the two greatest threats to continuing American hegemony end of last year, the velvet gloves have come off the Washington establishment, baring their knuckles against the Middle Kingdom in plain view of the entire world. In recent weeks, anti-China rhetorics and vitriol emanating from the Oval Office and Capitol…
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Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate: a Letter to Elizabeth Warren
Andrew Bacevich | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
Senator Elizabeth Warren 317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. Dear Senator Warren: As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will "take a hard look" at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month. Forgive me for saying that I interpret that…
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Saudi War on Yemen: World's Worst Famine in a Century Could Claim 13 Million
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-16
The United Nations coordinator for Yemen has warned that the world has only 3 months to halt the slide toward catastrophe in Yemen | The post Saudi War on Yemen: World's Worst Famine in a Century Could Claim 13 Million appeared first on MintPress News.
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Trump, Iran and Sanctions
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-16
Representatives from the nations that, along with the United States, signed on to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPOA), are still trying desperately to salvage the agreement, which is on life support since the U.S. pulled out of it. The latest attempt concerns SWIFT, and Iranian access to it. SWIFT, officially the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is a secure messaging service that transmits millions of instructions per day to banks and other financial institutions. Among the many sanctions that Trump is re-imposing on November 5, in violation of an international agreement to w…
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It takes a neocon: DC hawk reinvents self as trans woman
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-16
A neoconservative policy hawk has brought the transgender revolution to the world of Washington, DC think tanks, suggesting that having the "right" politics goes a long way towards acceptance – unlike, say, Chelsea Manning.
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