2018-09-08: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2018-09-08). Consortium News on Flash Points: Max Blumenthal, As'ad AbuKhalil and Diana Johnstone. consortiumnews.com The second episode of Consortium News on Flash Points focuses on two different perspectives on John McCain and the real meaning of Russian interference in U.S. politics. In collaboration with Dennis Bernstein, host of Pacifica Radio's syndicated show Flash Points,… Read more →

RFE (2018-09-08). Iran Says U.S. Making 'Daily' Overtures For New Negotiations. iranian.com In a speech broadcast on Iranian state television, President Hassan Rouhani said his country receives message "every day" from the United States seeking negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. "From one side, they try to pressure the people of Iran," he said on September 8. "From the other, they send us messages every day through various […]

Whitney Webb (2018-09-08). Looking For Cooperative Iran Hawk: Trump "Actively Discussing" Mattis Replacement. iranian.com Mattis is the last remaining high-ranking member of the Trump cabinet who has publicly opposed the President's Iran policy, particularly the U.S.' unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. [dropcap]M[/dropcap]edia reports emerged this week that suggest that U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis may soon find […]

SouthFront (2018-09-08). Iran, Russia And Turkey Meet To Discuss Future Of Syria Ahead Of Battle For Last Rebel Stronghold. iranian.com The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran met in the Iranian capital of Tehran on September 7 to discuss the issue of the northern Syrian governorate of Idlib, which is controlled by several radical groups, including the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). During the meeting, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan said […]

RFE (2018-09-08). Khamenei Tells Putin Iran And Russia Should 'Restrain' The U.S. iranian.com Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Friday after a trilateral summit with Turkey about Syria, Fars News reported. [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he summit focused on a looming military operation in the Syrian province of Idlib, the last major stronghold of active opposition to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, who […]

Mohsen Abdelmoumen (2018-09-08). "The Ruling Elite Has Long Believed That America Has Been Chosen By History To Guide The World." iranian.com Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Israel continues to massacre the Palestinian people with the utmost impunity. Is not Israel a rogue state? Sheldon Richman: That would depend on your definition of "rogue state," about which I would not expect broad agreement. I'd prefer to analyze the Israeli government's conduct without looking for a contentious label. The policies and conduct of […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-08). Iraqi Protesters Torch The Iranian Consulate In Basra. iranian.com Iraqi demonstrators on Friday set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Basra, local sources have said. According to witnesses in the area, an angry mob stormed the consulate on Friday evening before setting the building alight. Only one day earlier, demonstrators had attacked several government buildings in the city, including Basra's […]

RT (2018-09-08). Pentagon designing 'Glide Breaker' interceptor to hit enemy hypersonic missiles — media. rt.com The Pentagon's DARP agency has started to develop a hard-kill interceptor capable of hitting incoming hypersonic projectiles. The move follows news of Russia's success in building top-class high-speed weapons. |

Christy Funsch (2018-09-08). Golden Bull. indybay.org Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street at Mission Street in San Francisco.

RT (2018-09-08). Pentagon 'routinely' briefs Trump on 'military options' in case of chemical attack in Syria. rt.com While no final decision has yet been made, a top US general says he's involved in "routine dialogue" with Donald Trump to keep him informed about "military options" for retaliation in case "chemical weapons are used" in Syria.

RT (2018-09-08). Pentagon to present its own plan of 'effective war on terror' in Syria — without Russia. rt.com Washington has its own plan on how to "effectively" combat terrorism in Syria, the Pentagon has said, adding that the US is not planning to cooperate with Moscow on the issue.

Christy Rodgers (2018-09-07). The Fires This Time. counterpunch.org This is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it. — James Baldwin, The Fire More

Whitney Webb (2018-09-07). Trump "Actively Discussing" Mattis Replacement, Looking for Cooperative Iran Hawk. mintpressnews.com Mattis is the last remaining high-ranking member of the Trump cabinet who has publicly opposed the President's Iran policy, particularly the U.S.' unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

ZeroHedge (2018-09-07). Nikki Haley: "US Will Not Remain A Passive Observer As Nicaragua Becomes Another Venezuela Or Syria" mintpressnews.com Meanwhile, the Russian Mission to the UN urged "Washington to abandon the colonial-style attempts to influence the situation in Nicaragua" via Twitter.

INA (2018-09-07). Krà§henbàºhl: UNRWA Will Overcome US Obstacles. imemc.org UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krà§henbàºhl said that his agency will overcome US obstacles after Trump's decision to suspend aid to the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. | Krà§henbàºhl stressed, in a press release to Palestinians, that UNRWA will continue to work with […]…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-07). Idlib on Brink of "Humanitarian Catastrophe" as Syrian Military Threatens to Invade Rebel-Held City. democracynow.org The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey are meeting today in Tehran as the Syrian military is threatening a massive invasion of the rebel-held city of Idlib. Russia and Iran are close allies to Syria, while Turkey has been a key supporter of the opposition. This comes as the United States will chair a U.N. Security Council meeting today on the crisis in Syria. The U.N. is warning that an assault on Idlib could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. U.N. special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that if talks in Tehran fail, as many as 800,000 citizens may flee the region and that panic is spreading among Idlib'

Tyler Durden (2018-09-07). U-Turn: Trump Puts Regime Change War In Syria Back On The Table. iranian.com Will the war in Syria never end? Will the international proxy war and stand-off between Russia, the United States, Iran, and Israel simply continue to drift on, fueling Syria's fires for yet more years to come? It appears so according to an exclusive Washington Post report which says that President Trump has expressed a desire for complete 180 […]

SouthFront (2018-09-07). Watch | Israel Censors News on IDF Funding and Support of Syrian Rebels. mintpressnews.com This incident once again demonstrates that all claims of Tel Aviv that it is not involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria are false. | Israel Censors News on IDF Funding and Support of Syrian Rebels appeared first on MintPress News.

Whitney Webb (2018-09-07). Report: Russia May Soon Attack US Military Base in Occupied Syria. mintpressnews.com Russia has warned the U.S. that the Russian and Syrian militaries are prepared to launch an offensive on the U.S.-controlled Al-Tanf military base in Syria.

Whitney Webb (2018-09-07). Report: Russia May Soon Attack US Military Base In Occupied Syria. iranian.com Russia has warned the U.S. that the Russian and Syrian militaries are prepared to launch an offensive on the U.S.-controlled Al-Tanf military base in Syria. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s things in Syria seem poised to heat up dramatically in the coming weeks, CNN has reported that Russia has warned the U.S. that the Russian and Syrian militaries are prepared to launch […]

Mark Taliano (2018-09-07). Civilization Versus Barbarism. Why Does the West Support Al Qaeda? globalresearch.ca The civilized world should be celebrating the fact that Syria and its allies are on the cusp of defeating al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria. | If Canada, the West, and their allies conducted …

Whitney Webb (2018-09-07). Pompeo's Fingerprints Are All Over Trump's New Syria Regime Change Policy. mintpressnews.com Mike Pompeo's fingerprints are all over Trump's new Syria policy, including the Washington Post's main source for details on the changes, James Jeffrey, Pompeo's "representative for Syria engagement."

Zero Hedge (2018-09-07). Russia's Alleged Skripal 'Assassins' Caught Breaking the Laws of Physics. globalresearch.ca As we detailed earlier, in what appears to be the latest escalation in the UK government's campaign to blame Russia for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, …

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-09-07). About That Anonymous NY Times Op-Ed: We Are Being Played. iranian.com If any evidence existed to be found that Donald Trump had illegally colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 presidential election, that evidence would have been picked up by the sprawling surveillance networks of the US and its allies and leaked to the Washington Post before Obama left office. Russiagate is like a mirage. From […]

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-07). 'I Can't Guarantee It': George Papadopoulos Admits He Might Have Told Trump Campaign Russia Had Dirt On Hillary Clinton. alternet.org Trump's former foreign policy adviser just made a startling admission to Jake Tapper. | On Friday, CNN is airing an exclusive interview between George Papadopoulos and Jake Tapper. And during the course of that interview, Papadopoulos has made an astonishing confession: despite his repeated denials that he informed anyone on the campaign that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, he "can't guarantee" he did not tell someone. "There are going to be people. . .

Tehran Times (2018-09-07). Iranian Actor Sends Anti-War Message To Trump At Venice International Film Festival. iranian.com Iranian actor Vahid Rad used a photocall for his latest movie "As I Lay Dying" at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on Thursday to convey an anti-war message to U.S. President Donald Trump. During the photocall, Rad showed his palm bearing an inscription in English reading, "I don't have a gun in my hand […]

Jim Naureckas (2018-09-07). Thomas Friedman's Crazy Poor Middle Easterners. iranian.com Thomas Friedman (New York Times, 9/4/18) went to the movies and his takeaway from seeing Crazy Rich Asians is that if they made a film about the Middle East, it could be called Crazy Poor Middle Easterners: The region of the world that should be naturally rich has made itself poor by repeatedly letting the past bury the future […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-07). Gulf Military Spending To Hit $100 Billion By 2019. iranian.com A leading defence analyst company expects Gulf states to increase their defence spending to some $100 billion by 2019. According to a new report published by Jane's by IHS Markit yesterday, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries registered a six per cent growth in military spending in 2018. "The six per cent growth that we've seen […]

Reza Mazaheri (2018-09-07). Iran Detente After Trump's JCPOA Pull Out? We Can Wait 2 More Years, Or 6, Or… iranian.com Unfortunately, the final part in this 11-part series on modern Iran arrives at a time of major economic instability, perhaps the worst since the end of the Iran-Iraq War. For the sake of argument, let's be honest about what concrete steps Iran would have to take in order to finally get the sanctions called off. […]

Paul Craig Roberts (2018-09-07). I Know Who The "Senior Official" Is Who Wrote The NY Times Op-Ed. iranian.com I know who wrote the anonymous "senior Trump official" op-ed in the New York Times. The New York Times wrote it. The op-ed is an obvious forgery. As a former senior official in a presidential administration, I can state with certainty that no senior official would express disagreement anonymously. Anonymous dissent has no credibility. Moreover, the dishonor of […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-07). Tony Blair Confirms Receiving $12 Million Dollars From Saudi Arabia. iranian.com Tony Blair's relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under scrutiny following the revelation that the non-government organisation set up under his name has received millions of pounds from Riyadh. Accounts published yesterday by the Tony Blair Institute confirmed earlier reports that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the Kingdom. The Saudi […]

wsws (2018-09-07). UK "identifies" Russian agents in attempted Skripal assassination. wsws.org The government's narrative, supplied by the same security services that faked "evidence" of Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction," cannot be taken at face value.

wsws (2018-09-07). Leader of breakaway republic in Ukraine assassinated. wsws.org The 42-year-old head of the Russian-backed rebel state in eastern Ukraine died in an explosion at a café in Donetsk last Friday.

RT (2018-09-07). Trump says he could meet Russia investigation special counsel 'under certain circumstances'. rt.com Donald Trump has said he could meet with the special counsel investigating Russia's supposed meddling in US elections. It would require "certain circumstances," as the president doesn't want "to be set up with a perjury trap."

RT (2018-09-07). 'Not Watergate, just gossip': Pulitzer winner on Bob Woodward's new anti-Trump bombshell. rt.com The paradoxical era of anonymous anti-Trump reporting has turned once-solid journalism into a carnival of unverifiable accusations. True or not, they distract from real issues, says Pulitzer prize winning journalist Chris Hedges.

Christopher Black (2018-09-06). Donbass Leader Zakharchenko: A Hero Is Dead. Killing the Minsk Peace Initiative. Kiev Troop Movements Near Donbass. globalresearch.ca The cruel assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the Donetsk Republic, in Donetsk on August 31 by elements of the Kiev regime's forces backed by NATO, and the wounding of …

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-06). Dirty Open Secret: Israel's Military (IDF) Admits Aiding Al Qaeda Terrorists in Syria. globalresearch.ca image: Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front | All wars are unjustifiably justified by Big Lies, drowning out hard truths — perpetrators falsely pretending that military aggression is about democracy building and/or …

Democracy Now! (2018-09-06). Headlines for September 6, 2018. democracynow.org Unnamed Trump Official Cites "Quiet Resistance" Within Administration, Trump Blasts "Gutless" Writer of Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed, Kavanaugh Won't Rule Out Presidential Self-Pardon, Roe v. Wade Reversal, Trump Suggests Banning Protests as 73 Arrested Amid Kavanaugh Hearing, Afghanistan: 20 Dead, 70 Wounded in Kabul Twin Bomb Attack, Iraq: Government Building Torched as Basra Protests Continue, Spain Cancels Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen Civilian Deaths, Syria: 800,000 More Civilians Could Be Displaced by Idlib Fighting, Trump Denies Report He Wanted to Assassinate Syria's Bashar al-Assad, Kim Jong-un…

RT (2018-09-06). Pentagon has 'zero intelligence' on Syrian militants' chemical weapons capabilities — Mattis. rt.com Despite having a "fairly good penetration" of the Syrian opposition groups, the US has not seen any evidence suggesting that the militants in Idlib are capable of staging a chemical attack, the US defense secretary claimed. |

RT (2018-09-06). Psychic Haley knows 'exactly' who's responsible for the next chemical attack in Syria. rt.com Nikki Haley has stated that she knows "exactly" who is going to use chemical weapons in Syria's Idlib. The prophecy comes amid warnings that the terrorists are preparing a false flag attack to trigger a US-coalition intervention.

RT (2018-09-06). 'Trump will go nuclear': Pundits respond to anonymous 'coup' published by NYT. rt.com Pundits are lining up to weigh in on a salacious New York Times op-ed allegedly penned by an anonymous #Resister in the Trump administration, with some experts on television calling the piece an all-out coup against the president.

Max Blumenthal (2018-09-05). Censored Documentary Exposes the Israeli Government's Attack on Black Lives Matter. grayzoneproject.com Exclusive footage from the censored Al Jazeera documentary, "The Lobby — USA," shows Israeli government officials taking credit for attacks…

Richard Salame (2018-09-05). The Syrian War Is Still Raging, but the Battle Over Reconstruction Has Already Begun. thenation.com The Syrian War Is Still Raging, but the Battle Over Reconstruction Has Already Begun appeared first on The Nation.

RT (2018-09-05). Satire nose no bounds: Mattis didn't avert nuclear war by grabbing Trump's nostrils, journo confirms. rt.com In a comical reflection of the current US political climate, a sports journalist has been forced to admit that James Mattis did not, in fact, grab US President Donald Trump's nose during a heated exchange over nuking North Korea.

Christophe Jaffrelot (2018-09-04). Imran Khan, the Army's Choice. thenation.com Imran Khan, the Army's Choice appeared first on The Nation.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). Headlines for September 4, 2018. democracynow.org Confirmation Hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh Begin Today, Trump Attacks Sessions for Filing Charges Against 2 Republican Congressmen, Father of Mollie Tibbetts: Don't Use Her Death to Promote Xenophobia and Racism, Trump Warns Syrian Government Not to Attack Idlib, Reuters Journalists Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison After Investigating Burmese Military Massacre, Saudi-Led Coalition Says Bombing of School Bus, Killing 40 Children, Was "Unjustified", Germany: 50,000 Attend Anti-Racism Concert in Chemnitz, Brazil: Fire at National Museum Destroys Millions of Pieces of Art and History, Canadian Court Rejects Effort…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-04). What Does The Intercept's NSA Leak Say About Russian Vote Hacking? therealnews.com With Reality Winner sentenced to five years behind bars, The Intercept's Jim Risen joins Aaron Maté to discuss the NSA leaker's harsh sentence and what the document she revealed actually says. Is there solid evidence of Russian vote hacking?

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-03). How Bannon Bought Brexit. therealnews.com Journalist and author Peter Jukes talks Cambridge Analytica, Hybrid Warfare, Brexit, Trump, Tax Havens, and Russia

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-03). Economic Update: Capitalism's Problems Provoke Opposition. therealnews.com This week: Updates on Missouri vote for union position; the irrationality of student debt; economic sanction of Iran isolates and costs U.S. for Trump political gains; Monsanto puts profits over cancer risks; Louisiana legislature punishes big banks for lending to assault rifle producers; special guest: Troy Walcott, a Spectrum Cable technician on strike in New…

RT (2018-09-03). Trump warns Assad against 'reckless' attack on Syria's militant-held Idlib. rt.com US President Donald Trump has warned Syrian leader Bashar Assad not to attack Idlib province, one of the last terrorist hideouts in the country, also advising Iran and Russia against taking part in the "potential human tragedy." |

RT (2018-09-03). 'Aid-delivering' Syrian rebels: NYT shows warm, fuzzy side of Al-Qaeda in Idlib. rt.com A New York Times report warning of an impending bloodbath in Idlib downplays the fact that the Syrian province is controlled by Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists, portraying the "rebels" as humanitarian-minded administrators.

RT (2018-09-02). Desperate for collusion proof, FBI 'tried & failed to recruit Russian oligarchs' — report. rt.com FBI agents tried to turn Russia's once-richest man into a US mole, according to an explosive NYT report. It claims that Oleg Deripaska was one of six oligarchs targeted for information in a Russiagate-related intelligence flop.

RT (2018-09-02). 'Photo coming soon': White House coin marks Trump-Putin Helsinki summit as 'historic moment'. rt.com Although US President Donald Trump has come under fire for daring to have a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House is making no apologies. It's even released a commemorative coin marking the event.

RT (2018-09-01). MSM one step away from McCain myth-making — well, you can learn from Lenin classic! rt.com With the US media venerating the late John McCain, one can only wonder if the stories will soon cross into the realm of pure mythology. If so, Russia's Soviet history may offer the MSM some quality myth-making inspiration. |

RT (2018-09-01). 2 bads make a good? US eyeing F-22/F-35 hybrid to counter 'Russian & Chinese threats' — report. rt.com The US is reportedly looking into a hybrid of two 5th generation fighter jets — the F-22 and F-35 — to help counter "Russian and Chinese threats." The two machines, both riddled with technical issues, might not mix well.

Joe Emersberger (2018-08-31). From Venezuela to McCain, Media and Human Rights Industry on Same Page. fair.org On August 20, the Economist ran an article on Venezuela saying that "forced migration from the country might surpass the Syria crisis." The magazine reported: The UN's International Organization for Migration estimates that at the end of 2017 approximately 1.6 million Venezuelans were living outside their country. Today that number is likely to be far […]…

RT (2018-08-31). US has already drafted list of targets for potential strike in Syria — report. rt.com The US military and intelligence have already compiled a list of preliminary targets they would strike in response to another chemical-weapons incident in Syria, CNN reported, citing US administration officials. |

RT (2018-08-31). Trump legal team to challenge Mueller probe legitimacy in counter-report. rt.com US President Donald Trump's legal team, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, is working on a comprehensive report intended as a response to the conclusions of the "Russia collusion" probe, which are yet to be released.

RT (2018-08-31). 'Smart' Putin & election loans: 5 must-read Clinton-Yeltsin exchanges released. rt.com Election influence, NATO expansion and Vladimir Putin were just some of the hot button topics discussed twenty years ago by US President Bill Clinton and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, newly released transcripts reveal. |

RT (2018-08-31). China Daily derides Trump's Twitter rants as 'messages from some alternative universe'. rt.com In a Friday editorial, China Daily said that US President Donald Trump's social media rants are "from some alternative universe," following his claim that China hacked Hillary Clinton's email server.

Loubna Mrie (2018-08-30). Syria's Government Is Preparing a Climactic Attack on the Last Rebel Stronghold. thenation.com Syria's Government Is Preparing a Climactic Attack on the Last Rebel Stronghold appeared first on The Nation.

Max Blumenthal (2018-08-29). Leaked Scenes from Censored Documentary Reveal Israel Lobbyist Noah Pollak Astroturfing an Anti-Palestinian Protest. grayzoneproject.com Exclusive leaked scenes from Al Jazeera's "The Lobby — USA" documentary show how Emergency Committee for Israel Executive Director Noah…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-28). Headlines for August 28, 2018. democracynow.org U.N. Accuses U.S.-Backed, Saudi-led Coalition of Possible War Crimes in Yemen, North Korea Warns Denuclearization Talks in Jeopardy, Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Gerrymandered Voting Map, U.S. Student Loan Watchdog Accuses Trump Administration of Siding with Predatory Lenders, Facebook Bans Burmese Army Commander-in-Chief After U.N. Genocide Report, U.S. and Mexico Reach Agreement to Revise Portions of NAFTA | , Trump Breaks Near-Silence on Death of Sen. John McCain, Study Links Air Pollution to Reduction in Intelligence, Bloomberg Reassigns Journalist Who Exposed Wells Fargo's Ties to Gun Industry…

Ben Norton (2018-08-24). Big Tech Corporations Are Now Banning Iranian Social Media Accounts — A Censored Student Journalist Speaks out. grayzoneproject.com Google, Facebook, and Twitter are removing social media accounts of real life Iranians who are falsely dubbed as "government trolls."…

Max Blumenthal (2018-08-21). Inside America's Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe. grayzoneproject.com Filmed inside the Capitol, this Grayzone special explores the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a taxpayer-funded organization that has interfered…

Christopher Dale (2018-08-15). Soaring Defense Budget Shortchanges our Future. progressive.org Viewed through a global lens, our defense budget looks obscene.

Max Blumenthal (2018-08-15). How Nicaragua's 'Left-Wing' Opposition MRS Are NGO Opportunists Lobbying the West for Regime Change. grayzoneproject.com The Sandinista Renovation Movement (Movimiento Renovador Sandinista — MRS) is the intellectual, left-sounding arm of reactionary politics in Nicaragua. Its…

Junaid Ahmad (2018-08-13). Pakistan's 'Russiagate' Elections: Imran Khan and the Rational 'Villains' the West Loves to Hate. grayzoneproject.com The post-election despair of Pakistan's Western-oriented elites echoes the American establishment's moral panic over Russian meddling. By Junaid S. Ahmad…