2018-09-11: News Headlines

Ron Paul (2018-09-12). Why Is The US Siding With Al-Qaeda In Syria And Yemen? iranian.com Last week, I urged the Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to stop protecting al-Qaeda in Syria by demanding that the Syrian government leave Idlib under al-Qaeda control. While it may seem hard to believe that the US government is helping al-Qaeda in Syria, it's not as strange as it may seem: our interventionist […]

RFE (2018-09-12). Protestors Attack Iranian Embassy In Finland. iranian.com Police in Helsinki, Finland, has arrested four demonstrators during a protest gathering in front of the Iranian embassy Monday afternoon September 10. "According to the local media and the police, the protestors snatched an Iranian flag from the embassy premises and set it on fire. They also pelted stones at police on duty at the […]

Aída Chávez (2018-09-11). Andrew Cuomo Keeps Hiring Republicans. theintercept.com Pressure from Cynthia Nixon's primary challenge has pushed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the left on a number of issues ahead of this Thursday's Democratic gubernatorial primary. Cuomo, though, has struggled to escape criticism for enabling the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of state Senate Democrats who caucused with the Republican minority to give them control of the chamber in a Democratic state. Notably, he only dissolved the alliance after Nixon's entry to the race. | But his choice to hire numerous staff from across the aisle has gone largely unexamined. | Cuomo has repeatedly touted his ability to work across party lines, and judging by the number of Republicans he's hired for key positions in his administration, he's right. | In 2017, Cuomo hired a top aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be his chief of staff.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-11). Leaked Clips from Censored Documentary on Israel Lobby Reveal Attacks on US Activists. therealnews.com Excerpts of the censored Al Jazeera undercover film on the Israel lobby in the US have started to be leaked. The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah and the Grayzone Project's Max Blumenthal explain how these clips show the Israeli government backing attacks on American pro-Palestinian activists and Black Lives Matter

Marilyn Bechtel (2018-09-11). Tens of thousands march for climate, jobs and justice. peoplesworld.org Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice march, with sweeping demands for racial and economic justice and transitioning to all-renewable energy in ways that benefit workers and communities, came just days before the city hosts the Global Climate Action Summit, bringing together public officials, corporate executives and other decision-makers from around the world on Sept. 12-14. | Marilyn Bechtel/PW | The broad spectrum of organizations bringing those demands included environmentalists, environmental justice advocates, indigenous organizations, anti-war and anti-nuclear weapons activists, labor unions, religious congregations, vegans, youth and women's organizations, single-payer health care advocates and more. | Indigenous activists from throughout the U.S. and beyond led the march. | Some contingents gathered earlier, for an opening speak-out. One, organized by the San Francisco Labor Council, brought together more than 700 unionists from over 50 Bay Area labor organizations. | The San Francisco unionists…

Andrew Bacevich, Tom Dispatch (2018-09-11). What Will Happen to America After Donald Trump? alternet.org Yet the cataclysm that Trump's ascendency was said to signify has yet to occur. Barring a nuclear war, it won't. | Donald Trump's tenure as the 45th U. S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months. However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S. S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term. Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that's gone aground, the Trump pres. . .

South Front (2018-09-11). Video: Washington Claims That Assad Government Wants to Bomb Schools, Hospitals and Homes in Idlib under the Guise of Counter-Terrorism. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The US-led propaganda campaign against the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance has reached a new level as the Syrian …

Whitney Webb (2018-09-11). 17 Years After 9/11, US Counts Al Qaeda Among Allies in Syria, Yemen. mintpressnews.com The U.S.' willingness to treat Al Nusra as an ally in Syria seems set to continue, given the Trump administration's ultimate goal of targeting Iran's influence in Syria as well as its newly "redefined" goal of regime change in Damascus.

Whitney Webb (2018-09-11). White Helmets Currently Staging "False Flag" Chemical Attack in Idlib. mintpressnews.com It seems that the millions of dollars the U.S. and its allied Western governments have paid to the White Helmets will now pay off with interest, as a staged provocation that is the group's specialty will offer a new justification for the continued military presence of these countries inside Syria.

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 […]

Federico Pieraccini (2018-09-11). US Efforts to Halt Eurasian Integration Are Failing Miserably. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The operation of the Syrian Arab Army in the province of Idlib represents the last step …

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-11). Merkel's Chasing a Failed Dream by Fantasizing About Bombing Syria. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Merkel is desperate to keep alive her failed dream that Germany is the world's foremost "normative | …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-11). Are Warnings About Chemical Warfare in Syria Another 'Weapon of Mass Distraction'? therealnews.com Col. Larry Wilkerson says that it was the plan of John Bolton and the neocons to take Iraq, then Syria, and then Iran. These false flag operations are all about maintaining the perpetual war in the region

Philip Giraldi (2018-09-11). Target Syria: Will a New War be the October Surprise? globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | It's official. The Syrian Army assisted by Russian air support is closing in on the last …

Juan Cole (2018-09-11). Did Trump Almost Start WW III With Russia? iranian.com According to Bob Woodward's just-released book, "Fear," Donald Trump had been pressed to use 200 cruise missiles to destroy the Syrian Air Force in 2017. Knowing that the Russian Aerospace Forces personnel were all over Syrian air bases, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis became alarmed, and shaped a limited response to the Syrian regime's use […]

Eric Zuesse (2018-09-11). Prelude To World War III. iranian.com Unless Syria will simply hand its most heavily pro-jihadist province, Idlib, to adjoining Turkey, which claims to have 30,000 troops there and is planning to add 20,000 more, World War III will probably happen soon, and here is why: Russia's troops are in Syria at the invitation of Syria's Government and they have provided crucial assistance […]

Mark Taliano (2018-09-11). Video: US Denies Use of White Phosphorus Bombs in Syria. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Tensions are growing in Syria as Turkey is reportedly increasing its troops stationed at the Syrian …

Defend Europa (2018-09-11). Dutch Government Provided Terrorists with Pickup Trucks and Cell Phones. Invested 25 Million Euros Supporting Jihadist Groups in Syria. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The Dutch government has supported an armed group in Syria, who by the Dutch Public Prosecution …

Kurt Nimmo (2018-09-11). Trump's Wars and the Threat to Free Speech. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | It looks like Trump will plunge us into war, either in Iran or Syria, and possibly …

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-11). Official: Iran Ready To Support Syria, Houthis Militarily If Asked. iranian.com A senior advisor to the Iranian Supreme leader on military industries affairs, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said his country is ready to support the Syrian government and Yemen's Houthi rebels if they asked for Tehran's support. "The Yemenis are defending themselves, and they will get any help for that, from anywhere. Naturally, anyone who wants […]

F. William Engdahl (2018-09-11). Behind the Anglo-American War on Russia. Prevent the Domination of Eurasia by Russia and China. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Perhaps they had a chance back during the Obama days when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…

Dana E. Abizaid (2018-09-11). Lifting Russia Off Its Knees. counterpunch.org "To lift Russia off its knees," the student said. We were standing in a corner of a lecture hall at Moscow State University where students had swarmed me after my first US History lecture in September 2002. "What do you think about Putin?" one asked. "What do you think about Chechnya?" asked another. "Why are More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-11). Former CIA Head Says Information In Trump-Russia Dossier 'Was In Line With' the Agency's 'Own Sources': Bob Woodward. alternet.org The Trump critic gave even more credence to the infamous dossier. | In his new book "Fear," veteran journalist Bob Woodward reports that former CIA Director John Brennan told him the information in the infamous Trump-Russia dossier "was in line" with the agency's "own sources. "Fox News' Ed Henry pointed out the claim Tuesday, noting that despite the Trump administration's relentless attacks on Woodward's new book, the veteran reporter actually rais. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-11). The View Corners Papadopoulos on Whether He Told Trump About Clinton Emails: 'No Recollection' and 'Not Doing It Are Two Different Things'. alternet.org "Why didn't you just go directly to the FBI with that information? " Joy Behar wondered. | "The View" co-hosts -on Tuesday cornered former Donald Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos over his "recollection" of the events leading to his guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Papadopoulos—who last week was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about his contact with people connected to Russia during the 2016 presidentia. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-11). Russia's Pivoting to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea via Eritrea and the UAE. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Featured image: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Eritrea's Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, August 31, 2018, …

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-09-11). Donald Trump Has A Long and Sordid History of Bizarre Behavior Around the 9/11 Attacks. alternet.org Trump boasted 10 years after the attacks that he had foreseen them. | President Donald Trump horrified social media users with a breezy note marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but he's got a long history of strange and inappropriate behavior on that occasion. Trump spent much of this anniversary morning complaining about the Russia investigation, but he made a couple of passing comments about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before heading of. . .

ZeroHedge (2018-09-11). Joint China-Russia Week Long War Games Signals Growing Military Ties. mintpressnews.com In total it's expected that 300,000 troops and close to 40,000 vehicles will participate in Vostok, which is to coincide with talks between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Vladivostok on Tuesday.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-11). US Judge Orders Iran To Pay $104.7 Million For 1996 Truck Bombing In Saudi Arabia. iranian.com A federal US judge has ordered Iran to pay $104.7 million to victims of a 1996 truck bombing in Saudi Arabia which killed 19 US military personnel. The Washington judge, Chief Judge Beryl Howell, ruled against the Islamic Republic and the country's Revolutionary Guards. No representative from Tehran was present during the case and Iran's […]

Mehr News (2018-09-11). Photos Of Drought In North Khorasan Province. iranian.com According to Iran's Meteorological Organization, 98.1 percent of the country suffers from varying degrees of drought. The following photos show drought in northeastern province of North Khorasan.

Brian Cloughley (2018-09-11). How To Lose Friends And Encourage Terrorism. iranian.com Quite a lot happened at the beginning of September, including threats by the US president against a mainstay American ally, Canada; the total cutting of US aid to Palestinians; and release of a national survey showing that 60 per cent of Americans disapprove of President Trump's performance. The President of the United States certainly shows the world that he […]

Farid Parsa (2018-09-11). Iranian Dogs In History. iranian.com The anonymity of Iranian dogs is not unrelated to the great animosity toward them over a prolonged period in history, mainly due to the coming of Islam to Iran. Islam was never an indigenous religion and with it brought a lot of cultural baggage belonging to the Arabs and their culture. Iranians loved dogs. This is […]

Eurasianet (2018-09-11). Iran Factor Seen In Tajikistan's Stranded Trucks. iranian.com For the last two weeks, around 50 trucks traveling to or from Tajikistan have lain stranded on the northern and southern borders of Turkmenistan in a standoff that defies immediate explanation. The trucks traveling from Tajikistan are carrying aluminum, produced at the country's giant Talco plant, to Turkey. The cargo coming in the other direction comprises […]

Shared by candice (2018-09-11). On Victim-Blaming in the War on Terror: Targeting Muslims 17 Years After 9/11. truthout.org Each year on September 11, the United States mourns the victims of the 9/11 attacks. With the mourning, however, comes attempted justification for the range of tactics that the United States has used to fight the global war on terror. In this way, the only victims mourned are those that died on 9/11. Opening the Guantánamo Bay prison to indefinitely house an exclusively Muslim male population, escalating drone strikes in Muslim-majority countries, facilitating and participating in proxy wars such as the Saudi offense against Yemen, and expanding the surveillance apparatus to target Muslim and other marginalized communities are among the counterterrorism tactics deemed "necessary" to curb the threat of "radical" Islam. | Denying Muslim victimhood in the context of the war on terror is based on the fundamental premise that Muslims cannot be victims of state violence, because they…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-11). Far-Right Gains in Swedish Election, Continuing European Trend. therealnews.com The far-right and anti-immigrant party, Swedish Democrats, increase their share of the vote from 13 to 18 percent, while neither of the two major party alliances, of the center-left and of the center-right has enough votes to form a government on its own. We analyze the result with Ali Esbati, an Iranian-Swedish member of parliament

Tehran Times (2018-09-11). Medical Tourist Arrivals In Iran Doubles. iranian.com Medical tourist arrivals in the country has nearly doubled in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year, corresponding to spring 2018, from a year earlier, said an official with the Ministry of Health. Saeid Hashemzadeh who presides over the ministry's medical tourism department told ISNA in an interview published on Sunday, "Based […]

Oil Price (2018-09-11). India Has No Deal To Replace Iranian Oil With U.S. Crude. iranian.com India will be looking at the economics—and not the politics—of importing U.S. crude oil, and Indian imports of American oil should not be seen as a replacement for Iranian barrels, India's BusinessLine reports, quoting a senior Indian government official. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—who met with top Indian officials to discuss Iranian oil, […]

wsws (2018-09-11). Venezuela and the hypocrisy of US imperialism. wsws.org While the US ruling establishment promotes aggression against Russia with claims of election "meddling," it plots the overthrow of elected governments and military invasions.

David (2018-09-11). The large Syrian city of Idlib is now the focal point for ending the war in Syria, on not. indybay.org What happens in Syria this week will determine how much longer the war there will continue. It's a sad and tragic situation, but of course the dark forces will always seek to drag it out and/or make it worse. The Syrian government has offered rebels safe passage and rehabilitation in the past. The international Jihadis should be offered safe passage out of the country, preferably to one of the countries who are sponsoring or supporting them.

RT (2018-09-11). Consular visits as proof of guilt? Russian Embassy slams Butina prosecutors & neo-McCarthyism. rt.com The Russian embassy has called "absurd" US claims that frequent visits of its officials to jailed gun activist Maria Butina mean she is a valuable Kremlin asset. The embassy says it treats all Russian citizens like that.

RT (2018-09-11). 'Deep state has full control': Crosstalk discusses the US strategy in Syria. rt.com Given President Trump's policy reversal on Syria, the US looks set to remain mired in the 7-year conflict indefinitely. With Syria in rubble, and with the risk of clashes with Russia, our panelists ask, what's the US strategy? |

David (2018-09-11). Syria will be heavy in the news this week. indybay.org As the Syrian Army attempts to take back Idlib from International Jihadis and Syrian rebels, we can expect an uptick in the news and the war-machine propaganda mill as well.

No Nukes Action (2018-09-11). Rally-Speakout: Stop Restarting Nuclear Plants & Defend The People of Fukushima. indybay.org Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St near California St. | San Francisco…

RT (2018-09-11). Is Russia behind 'attacks' on US diplomats in Cuba & China? Anonymous US officials obviously say yes. rt.com NBC has achieved the seemingly impossible, somehow managing to incorporate mysterious brain-zapping weapons, evidence-free accusations from anonymous US officials, and Russia, into a juicy smorgasbord of journalistic excellence.

Craig Baldwin (2018-09-11). 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…

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

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

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.

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.

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 […]

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…

Bill Blum (2018-09-10). Unequal Justice: From Russiagate to Trumpgate. progressive.org Impeachment is not limited to indictable offenses. As Alexander Hamilton wrote, impeachment extends to serious violations of "the public trust."

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, […]

RT (2018-09-10). Butina prosecutors wrote their own James Bond novel with sex allegations — and the media loved it. rt.com US prosecutors who wrongly accused Russian 'foreign agent' and gun activist Maria Butina of trading sex for influence peddled their own cheap James Bond fan fiction. No matter how incorrect, the media lapped it up.

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.

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. |

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.

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.

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 →

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 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.

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 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). '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.

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."

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.

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.

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 […]…

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…

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…

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