2018-09-10: News Headlines

Whitney Webb (2018-09-11). Report: Trump May Strike Syria Even If No Chemical Weapons Accusation Is Made. iranian.com The U.S. government is so desperate to prevent the Syrian government from retaking Idlib that it is willing to launch unilateral military action with or without the smokescreen "chemical weapons" justification it has been working to develop in recent weeks. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the temperature of Syrian conflict is rising dramatically ahead of the Syrian government's anticipated […]

Christopher Ketcham (2018-09-10). New Information from Trump White House Insider. counterpunch.org Last week a man I'll call Guido Bartalucci, a former Trump White House insider, asked to meet with me at a bar in Queens to discuss his knowledge of the "Trump traitor" who inveighed against the president in the infamous New York Times op-ed now making the rounds. He was angry about the op-ed. "Listen, More

Chris Hedges (2018-09-10). Conjuring Up the Next Depression. truthdig.com The world's central banks have injected trillions in fabricated money into the global financial system. Now the only question is when the catastrophic explosion will occur.

Victor Wallis (2018-09-10). Wholesale Crimes. counterpunch.org In their 1979 book The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, Noam Chomsky and the late Edward S. Herman drew a distinction between retail and wholesale acts of terrorism. Retail acts were those carried out by individuals or small groups; wholesale, those committed by vast national military forces. Tom Engelhardt, in a recent column explaining More

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj (2018-09-10). Can Europe Defend Itself And Iran From U.S. Sanctions? mintpressnews.com The US and Europe have been drifting apart for years. Nowhere is this clearer than in the disagreement between the United States and Europe over the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-10). Iran Completes Facility To Build Centrifuges. iranian.com Iran has completed a facility to build advanced centrifuges, Iran's nuclear chief was quoted on Sunday as saying, as Tehran prepares to increase its uranium-enrichment capacity if the nuclear deal collapses after the United States exits, Reuters reports. In June, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said the facility at the […]

Robert Fisk (2018-09-10). What Will Follow the Battle of Idlib? counterpunch.org Wars are dodgy things to predict. And the vast plain below the battlefield of Idlib — not to mention the Syrian artillery battery of four 130mm guns on the heights of Mount Akrad pointing at the hot fields and deserted villages held by the Islamists to the east — bake under the white sun in silence. In More

Murtaza Hussain (2018-09-10). As Assad Claims Victory in Syrian Civil War, Families Learn Fates of Disappeared Loved Ones. theintercept.com Three years ago, Noura Ghazi's husband died in Assad's prisons. The government only gave notice of his death this year.

VIPFS (2018-09-10). Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria. globalresearch.ca As Syrian forces back by Russian launch the final showdown in Syria against jihadist extremists, the potential for a U.S.-Russia confrontation has never been greater, as VIPS warns in this memo …

Whitney Webb (2018-09-10). Report: Trump May Strike Syria Even if No Chemical Weapons Accusation is Made. mintpressnews.com The U.S. government is so desperate to prevent the Syrian government from retaking Idlib that it is willing to launch unilateral military action with or without the smokescreen "chemical weapons" justification it has been working to develop in recent weeks.

Eric Zuesse (2018-09-10). How the U.S. Does Propaganda. globalresearch.ca A typical example was on NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday," on September 8th, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama Administration's diplomat Robert Malley, in a segment titled "What's Next In

Eric Zuesse (2018-09-10). How The U.S. Does Propaganda. iranian.com A typical example was on NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday," on September 8th, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama Administration's diplomat Robert Malley, in a segment titled "What's Next In The Syrian War: Idlib". Simon's introduction said: "After this weekend, the last contested region of Syria may come under ferocious attack. After more than seven years of […]

The Independent (2018-09-10). US Senator Claims Britain's MI6 Is Planning A Fake Chemical Weapons Attack On Syria. iranian.com Fresh off a sitdown with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Virginia state senator Richard Black turned up on Arab TV last week making an extraordinary claim about one of the US' closest allies. Mr Black said Britain's MI6 intelligence service was planning a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, which it would then blame on Mr Assad. "Around four weeks ago, we […]

Whitney Webb (2018-09-10). Pompeo's Fingerprints Are All Over Trump's New Syria Regime Change Policy. globalresearch.ca Despite his having expressed his desire to get U.S. troops out of Syria only months ago, a report published Friday in The Washington Post claims that President Donald Trump is allegedly …

Democracy Now! (2018-09-10). Headlines for September 10, 2018. democracynow.org Activists Rally at Protests Worldwide to Demand Urgent Action on Climate Change | , Syrian and Russian Militaries Continue Offensive in Idlib, Obama Slams Trump as "Threat to Democracy", Trump Ex-Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days in Prison | , Senator Warren: Time to Use 25th Amendment to Remove Trump from Office | , U.S. to Adopt Aggressive Stance Against International Criminal Court, Israeli Soldiers Kill 2 Palestinian Protesters Friday | , NYT: U.S. Officials Met with Rebel Venezuelan Officials to Discuss Coup Against Maduro | , Egyptian Court Sentences 75 Muslim Brotherhood Members to…

VIPFS (2018-09-10). VIPS: Potential for U.S.-Russia Confrontation in Syria Has Never Been Greater. mintpressnews.com As Syrian forces backed by Russia launch the final showdown in Syria against jihadist extremists in Idlib province, the potential for a U.S.-Russia confrontation has never been greater, as VIPS warns in this memo to the president. September 9, 2018

Muraselon (2018-09-10). US Air Forces Strike Deir Ez-Zor with Banned Phosphorus Shells – Mod. globalresearch.ca The US Air forces " Two US F-15 jets " on September 8 carried out strikes using banned phosphorus bombs in Deir ez-Zor province, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said …

ZeroHedge (2018-09-10). Russia Accuses US of White Phosphorus Attack in Syria. mintpressnews.com President Trump has continued to threaten Syrian and Russian forces planning to take back the terrorist-controlled stronghold of Idlib in northwestern Syria, potentially bringing the world to the brink of World War III, as we explained yesterday. But Trump's tweets about the potential "humanitarian catastrophe" have exposed a guiding principle of the US's involvement in Syria (and indeed across the Middle East): A chemical weapons attack isn't a "catastrophe" if it's carried out by the US. | In what Russian officials warned could be a preamble to another US-approved false flag attack, US jets on Saturday reportedly dropped white phosphorus on Hajin, a Syrian town in the Deir Ez-Zor province. When it comes in contact with oxygen, white phosphorus can cause massive fires. Because of this, it's banned by the Geneva Convention for use in combat. Russian officials said they're still waiting…

William R. Polk (2018-09-10). A Trump War On Iran Would Destroy That Country, But Would It Bring Down The US As Well? iranian.com To engage in war with Iran, Mr. Trump would need an excuse. He would need to show that Iran is a mortal threat to America, but, at the same time, he and his military establishment need to show that Iran, unlike North Korea and Russia, would be quickly and easily overcome. After all, no one […]

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-09-10). Watch: Omarosa Manigault Newman Visits The View to Leak Audio of Trump Ranting About Hillary Clinton And Russia. alternet.org "The real Russia story is Hillary and collusion. " | Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman shared a new recording with "The View" of her time working for President Donald Trump. The recording shows Trump rambling about Hillary Clinton and the Russia investigation after interrupting a meeting about tax cut legislation in October 2017, shortly after reporting showed his rival's campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for opposition research b. . .

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-10). Turkey, Russia, Iran To Replace US Dollar With Local Currency In Trade. iranian.com Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed to use their local currencies in trade, instead of the US dollar, the Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday. The agency quoted the Governor of the Iran's Central Bank, Abdul-Nasser Hemmati as saying that commercial transactions would be conducted using specific exchange rates. The governor expected to meet with directors of the […]

ZeroHedge (2018-09-10). US Says Assad Has Approved Gas Attack In Idlib, Setting Stage For Major Military Conflict. mintpressnews.com With Russia and Iran now in the West's cross hairs over Idlib, indeed the entire world is again at the edge of the abyss.

Peyvand Khorsandi (2018-09-10). Nasrin Sotoudeh Is On Hunger Strike — But Why Does No One In Britain Care? iranian.com Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested after defending women who took their hijabs off in public. Why is her hunger strike now being met with silence by the UK's politicians and media? [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he very concept of going without food for more than about six hours (okay, minutes) upsets me. A good pizza, a nice kebab, a delicious curry is […]

Lamiya Adilgizi (2018-09-10). Azerbaijanis Dance To Support Their Kin In Iran. iranian.com The social media campaign spread from ethnic Azerbaijanis in Iran to the country of Azerbaijan. [dropcap]S[/dropcap]ocial media users in Azerbaijan are dancing on video to express solidarity with their ethnic kin in northern Iran. The campaign began among ethnic Azerbaijanis in Iran, who make […]

Jake Johnson (2018-09-10). Reinforcing US Status As 'Bully And Hegemon,' Bolton To Threaten ICC Over Probes Into America's War Crimes. iranian.com Human rights advocates decried the Trump administration's attack on the International Criminal Court as "another low point" in its effort to skirt accountability for war crimes [dropcap]R[/dropcap]einforcing the worldwide perception of the U.S. as "a bully and a hegemon" that will not tolerate attempts by the global community to hold it accountable for its deadly actions overseas, […]

wsws (2018-09-10). Grand Coalition adopts plan for historic rearmament of German military forces. wsws.org Behind the backs of the population, the Grand Coalition of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats is planning a massive arms drive.

wsws (2018-09-10). US officials met with Venezuelan military to discuss coup plot. wsws.org Washington's involvement in yet another Latin American coup plot makes plain the hypocrisy of the claims of Russian "meddling" by sections of the American bourgeoisie and media.

RT (2018-09-10). Bolton promises 'much stronger' response if chemical weapons used in Syria. rt.com US national security adviser John Bolton has warned that the US, France and UK will launch a 'much stronger' response to any chemical weapons attack in Syria, as the US bolsters its regional military presence in preparation. |

wsws (2018-09-10). US Marines deploy to Syria for live fire exercise. wsws.org The drill, which included air assaults backed by artillery fire, underscores that the seven-year war in Syria could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between the major powers.

Craig Baldwin (2018-09-10). Other Cinema – Girls' Choice: CHRISTIAN DIVINE's THE BLUE AGE OF VIDEO GAMES. indybay.org ATA Gallery / Other Cinema: 992 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110…

WIJ (2018-09-10). 17 Years Since 9/11 Inside Job. indybay.org One measure of the success of the 9/11 Truth Movement is that in this 17th year since the September 11, 2001 Inside Job, the capitalist class has had to resurrect the old pretext of anti-Russian hysteria with its mouthpiece of the Democratic Party, since the other mouthpiece, the Republican Party, failed to convince Americans that scapegoating Muslims and immigrants in the effort of the capitalist class to promote war and fascism to maximize profits was worthwhile policy. So now, the Democrats scapegoat Russians instead of promoting a serious anti-poverty plan.

RT (2018-09-10). Trump receives 'positive' letter from Kim Jong-un requesting new meeting — White House. rt.com Donald Trump has received a "warm" letter from North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un about scheduling a second meeting, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has confirmed, adding that conversations about a new summit are underway.

No Nukes Action (2018-09-10). Rally-Speakout: Stop Restarting Nuclear Plants & Defend The People of Fukushima. indybay.org Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St near California St. | San Francisco…

Eugene E Ruyle (2018-09-10). Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

wsws (2018-09-10). Syriza jails Syrian swimmer Sara Mardini for helping refugees in Greece. wsws.org This blatant attempt to criminalize humanitarian aid to refugees is a devastating exposure of the European Union and Greece's Syriza government.

Hassan Hakimian (2018-09-09). Can Trump's Sanctions Break Iran? iranian.com Iran and the US seem to have reversed roles with the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran's isolation before the agreement now contrasts with America's determination to swim against the global tide. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]ran and the US seem to have reversed roles with the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the […]

Frank Vyan Walton, Daily Kos (2018-09-09). The 'Deep State' Calls Are Coming From Inside Trump's White House. alternet.org Steve Bannon reportedly has told people he thinks President Donald Trump has just a 30% chance of completing his four-year term. | In the past 10 days we've seen unindicted co-conspirator Donald Trump's petulant and petty response to the press coverage of Sen. John McCain's death, how's he's exploded in reaction to early excerpts of Bob Woodward's latest book Fear, and his essentially nuclear meltdown in response to the Jason Ditz (2018-09-09). Trump Commits US to 'Indefinite' Military Presence in Syria. globalresearch.ca According to State Department officials, President Trump has recently abandoned his desire to "get out" of Syria and bring US troops home. He has signed a new strategy, which includes new

Consortiumnews (2018-09-09). Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria. consortiumnews.com As Syrian forces backed by Russia launch the final showdown in Syria against jihadist extremists in Idlib province, the potential for a U.S.-Russia confrontation has never been greater, as VIPS warns in this memo to the president. September 9, 2018 MEMORANDUM… Read more →

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-09). Russia and Iran Versus Turkey: Strange Bedfellows on Syria. globalresearch.ca Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and Turkish despot Recep Yayyip Erdogan met in Tehran on Syria. They agreed to disagree despite pretending otherwise in their communique following talks….

The Iranian (2018-09-09). Contacts Disclosed Between Houthis And Saudi Princes. iranian.com Houthi leader Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi has disclosed contacts with princes of the Saudi Arabian royal family, it has been reported. The head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee formed by Ansar Allah group in Yemen used Twitter for his disclosure. "Prince Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz's statements are positive and show a great sense of awareness from the […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-09). Iran Allows Money Exchange Houses To Import Foreign Bills As Rial Sinks. iranian.com Iran gave permission to money exchange offices on Saturday to start importing foreign currency banknotes, state media reported, in an apparent attempt to stop the rial from plunging to a new low against the dollar. Iran's currency has lost about two-thirds of its value this year, hitting a record low earlier this week of 150,000 […]

SouthFront (2018-09-09). Iranian Rockets Hit Iranian Kurdish Opposition Headquarters In Northern Iraq (Videos). iranian.com On September 8, heavy Iranian rockets stuck the headquarters of two Iranian Kurdish opposition parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in the northern Iraqi town of Koya. The KDPI said that the Iranian rocket strike targeted a conference held by the political office of the […]

Sputnik News (2018-09-09). Zarif To Trump Administration: 'Make Up Your Mind'. iranian.com Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, criticized the administration of US President Donald Trump for its inconsistent behavior, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that Iran does not do enough to support Palestine. Zarif posted a tweet calling the Trump administration's description of Iran's regional role "truly comical," outlining that while […]

Lindsey Hilsum (2018-09-09). A Look Inside MEK's Secretive Camp In Albania. iranian.com President Trump sees the Iran as America's biggest enemy. And before assuming office, his National Security Advisor John Bolton said US policy should be regime change in Iran. He and other Trump advisers have long touted a shadowy exiled cult as an alternative to the Iranian government. The Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) has had a very […]

RT (2018-09-09). Accused 'Russian agent' Butina didn't offer sex for job, prosecutors admit. rt.com US prosecutors have admitted that they wrongly accused Maria Butina, the Russian gun activist jailed in the US on charges of being an unregistered "foreign agent," of offering sex in exchange for a job.

Consortiumnews (2018-09-08). Consortium News on Flashpoints: 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 Flashpoints, Consortium… Read more →

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. |

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.

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.

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

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'

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."

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). '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.

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). '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.

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.

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…

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. |

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…