2018-09-16: News Headlines

Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-16). Kavanaugh Accuser Goes Public With Her Story. alternet.org Christine Blasey Ford claimed Bret Kavanaugh assaulted her when she was 17. | The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault has gone public, detailing what happened to her in high school in the early 1980s in an exposé in Staff (2018-09-16). Kavanaugh's Accuser Comes Forward. truthdig.com Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University, alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her in high school, a charge he denies.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-16). Europe Must Offset US Pullout From Nuclear Deal — Zarif. iranian.com Europe should take action to neutralise the consequences of the US decision to quit a 2015 Iran nuclear accord to ensure its own long-term economic interests, Iran's Foreign Minister said in an interview published on Saturday. Mohammed Javad Zarif told Germany's Der Spiegel news magazine that Iran could "reduce its implementation" of the agreement and possibly increase […]

Adam Dick (2018-09-16). Lawrence Wilkerson On The Neocons Plan: War In Syria, Then Iran. iranian.com Interviewed Tuesday by host Sharmini Peries at The Real News, Lawrence Wilkerson, a College of William & Mary professor and former chief of staff for United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned that "the neoconservative agenda" for an escalated United States war on Syria followed by war on Iran has had a "resurrection" in President […]

Dan Cohen (2018-09-16). Presenting The Syria Deception: Al Qaeda Goes to Hollywood (VIDEO). grayzoneproject.com An exclusive Grayzone investigative documentary rips the cover off of the most sophisticated and expensive campaign of humanitarian interventionist propaganda…

Miko Peled (2018-09-16). Forget Putin, Trump Is Acting In Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate. iranian.com Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; pulling out of the Iran agreement; defunding UNRWA, and closing the PLO mission in D.C.: every Trump administration move satisfies the objectives of the Israeli government while not benefiting the United States in the least. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the months leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Oslo […]

RFE (2018-09-16). Defying Trump, Iraq Parliament Elects Pro-Iran Candidates. iranian.com Iran on Sunday hailed the selections made by Iraq's parliament a day after the body elected candidates backed by a pro-Tehran bloc as speaker and first deputy. "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports decisions made by the (Iraqi) people's elected representatives," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said. "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported […]

Middle East Eye (2018-09-16). The Middle East According To Trump: Seven Things We Learned From Woodward's 'Fear'. iranian.com Bob Woodward made his name exposing Watergate — can he do similar with his book about Trump and his relationship with the Middle East? [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s with anything inflammatory and Trump-related, Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward's new book about the president, is causing a stir. Woodward, the Washington Post journalist who made his name […]

The Iranian (2018-09-16). Iranian Embassy Attacked In Paris: Tehran Critical Of French Police. iranian.com Iran has accused French police of failing to respond quickly to what it called an attack against its embassy in the French capital by Kurdish activists. "Unfortunately, the French police forces were not present when assailants affiliated to a terrorist group attacked the embassy. The issues of attack and the police force's slow reaction are […]

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-09-16). The Currency War Will Escalate as China's 'Petro-Yuan' Challenges the U.S. Military-Backed 'Petro-Dollar'. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the ongoing currency war, first published in November 2017 | One quote that always crosses my mind regarding the decline of the U.S. dollar and the state of geopolitics associated with it, is by Gerald Celente, founder …

Staff (2018-09-16). Grim Warnings for White House, GOP Ahead of Election. truthdig.com A top Republican pollster reportedly cites voters' feelings about President Trump as the determining factor in the November midterms, amid a darkening mood over prospects for holding the House and even the Senate.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-16). Trump Is Giving Protectionism a Bad Name. truthout.org While it might not seem like it now, President Donald Trump is a gift to free market—oriented economists and policymakers. His clumsy approach to protectionism has ignited a trade war that inevitably will harm the US economy. When the pendulum inexorably swings the other way after the Trump fiasco, free-trade ideology will return with a vengeance. This is a potential tragedy for left-leaning policy analysts who have long been concerned about the excesses of neoliberalism and argued for a more measured use of tariffs to foster local economic development. As such, it is critical that we distinguish between Trump's right-wing nationalist embrace of tariffs and the more nuanced use of this tool to support infant industries. | As a development geographer and an Africanist scholar, I have long been critical of unfettered free trade because of its deleterious economic impacts on African countries.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-16). Nobody in the White House Is Part of "the Resistance" truthout.org Last week, the White House continued its furious hunt for the anonymous official who proclaimed themselves part of "The Resistance" in a New York Times op-ed. Unsurprisingly, the president was "obsessed" with it, CNN reports. | What really set Trump off — perhaps understandably — was the suggestion that aides were deliberately undermining orders. "We want the administration to succeed," the author said, before describing a coordinated effort to "thwart parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations." | But not all of that agenda. The author praised Trump's commitment to "effective deregulation, historic tax reform, [and] a more robust military," and even complained about "near-ceaseless negative coverage" obscuring those supposed accomplishments. | The president's behavior in pursuit of that agenda may be "detrimental to…

INA (2018-09-16). Closure of DC PLO Office Will Impact 600,000 Palestinian-Americans. imemc.org The Palestinian Council in the United States of America said that the decision to close the PLO office in Washington will harm some 600,000 citizens of Palestinian origin. In a statement issued on Sunday, the Palestinian Council said that the closure is yet another American step toward attempts to liquidate […]…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-16). Annie Leonard: Governor Jerry Brown Doesn't Care About Climate Justice. therealnews.com Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard says to be a climate leader, California Governor Jerry Brown must stop issuing new fossil fuel permits, protect frontline communities instead of the oil and gas industry, and begin a just transition to sustainable energy

Lynda Carson (2018-09-16). Possible persons of interest if the ICC investigates war crimes involving Americans. indybay.org Because the United States government fails to convict those in its ranks that are involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity, the world awaits to see if the ICC will investigate the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed by US Forces and its allies!

Labor Video Project (2018-09-16). STEP 3:The SFCC HR Hearing Of SEIU1021 Potrero Hill Health Center Steward Cheryl Thornton. indybay.org SEIU 1021 SF Potrero Hill Health Center steward Cheryl Thornton is a whistleblower and has been fighting to defend the clinic against racism and gentrification. The city is planning to close the community clinics down in their privatization drive. She talks about the frame-up against her and also others discuss the racist attack on African American workers and ethnic cleansing in San Francisco.

OACC (2018-09-16). 2018 Oakland Peace Lantern Ceremony. indybay.org Lake Merritt Amphitheater | Lake Merritt Boulevard | Oakland, CA 94612…

Simona Foltyn (2018-09-16). ISIS Has Not Vanished. It Is Fighting a Guerrilla War Against the Iraqi State. theintercept.com The knock came one night late last year, a persistent bang on the metal door. The family inside shuddered as the sound echoed through the sparsely furnished farmhouse. Officially, their village had been liberated from the so-called Islamic State in October 2017, along with the nearby town of Hawija. But the military campaign had been hasty. The militants had sought refuge in the nearby mountains, leaving Iraqi forces to sweep through the area unchallenged. | Now it was November, a month after ISIS had ostensibly been vanquished, and the militants were back. The elite Iraqi units that had fought ISIS on the battlefield were gone, and the forces who had replaced them were poorly trained and thinly spread across these vast, hilly areas, honeycombed with riverbeds and irrigation channels that offered the insurgents plenty of hideouts. | On that fall night near Hawija,…

PFSL (2018-09-16). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on US War Drive in Middle East. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. between 25th and 26th Sts.

DLi (2018-09-16). Agent Orange is the Symptom, Unbridled Capitalism's the Disease! (Part I). indybay.org Across the entire NeoLiberal "free world," the feverish anti-T-rump crusade has recently reached a crescendo. Not that the toxic T-rump doesn't deserve the multi-pronged attack on his dystopian swamp of Neanderthal Robber Barons and Bolton-esque warmongers. But almost all of his harshest critics are focusing on the proverbial trees, while missing out on the forest of a Clunkered and Collapsing Capitalist Calamity that had been the "Sole Superpower" of a Globalized world order since 1898.

Daniel A. Medina (2018-09-15). DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate. theintercept.com As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. | "Oh, my God," Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for state Senate had done what socialists do not typically do in American politics: She'd won, and won big, knocking off longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan. | Her 18-point victory over the four-term establishment incumbent was another watershed moment for the Democratic Socialists of America, whose rise in American politics in the Donald Trump era went into hyperdrive in June with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory. | "This is a victory for workers," said a still-startled Salazar in her short victory speech. "This is a victory for the…

RFE (2018-09-15). Lavrov Says Russia To Keep Bombing Militant Targets In Syria's Idlib. iranian.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow would keep bombing militant targets in Syria's Idlib Province if need be, but would also open humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to flee. Lavrov was speaking in Berlin on September 14 ahead of a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Quoted by the Interfax news […]

Kurt Nimmo (2018-09-15). Marines Team Up with Islamists in Syria. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Trump and the Pentagon have sent a number of Marines to al-Tanf in Syria where they …

Tim Anderson (2018-09-15). New Colonialism And The Colonial Media. iranian.com The seven Middle East wars of the last two decades mark a new colonial era, driven by a failing empire. But colonization is banned these days, so an ideological cover is needed, and with today's highly literate populations that cover is provided by an embedded colonial media, backed up by a well-paid NGO sector. This colonial media is required […]

Eric Zuesse (2018-09-15). America Is Today's Nazi Germany. iranian.com It's not against Jews this time; it's against, especially, Houthis. The U.S. and its allies — in this case mainly the Saud family who own Saudi Arabia — are systematically blocking food from reaching tens of millions of people, Houthis, who live in Yemen and are surrounded by the U.S. alliance's engines of death. The U.S. […]

Zee News (2018-09-15). India's Vision For Chabahar Port In Iran Under American Scrutiny. iranian.com An American government official has said that while Iran's 'malign behaviour' is unacceptable, the US does not wish to punish or imperil its partners. [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Trump administration, which is determined to impose fresh set of sanctions on Iran and countries and entities engaged in business with Tehran, is currently reviewing India's development of the strategically […]

Middle East Eye (2018-09-15). Trump Administration Outraged at John Kerry for Talking to Iran. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday lambasted his predecessor, John Kerry, for meeting …

Miko Peled (2018-09-15). Forget Putin, Trump is Acting in Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate. mintpressnews.com Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; pulling out of the Iran agreement; defunding UNRWA, and closing the PLO mission in D.C.: every Trump administration move satisfies the objectives of the Israeli government while not benefiting the United States in the least.

RFE (2018-09-15). Iranian Military Officials Discount The Possibility Of A U.S. Attack. iranian.com Claiming that Iran has the "upper hand" in the region, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has dismissed the possibility of a U.S. attack against Iran. "The United States will be the loser of any war that it might initiate against Iran due to preparedness of the country's armed forces and […]

Whitney Webb (2018-09-15). Kim Kardashian Inks Deal As New Face Of Israeli Eyewear Co., Triggers BDS Response. iranian.com During their past trip to Israel in 2015, Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West, were criticized along similar lines for acknowledging and decrying the Armenian genocide while ignoring the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people. American reality-TV star and model Kim Kardashian finalized a deal on Wednesday to serve as the new "face" of the Israeli […]

Reed Richardson (2018-09-15). As Trump Commits To Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed. iranian.com The anonymous New York Times op-ed (9/5/18), purportedly written by a senior Trump administration official, coupled with the release of Bob Woodward's new book, Fear—itself full of White House back-stabbing and anonymous quotes—unleashed a veritable tsunami of breathless press speculation last week. But lost amidst the deluge was a Trump administration story that will have deadly, far-reaching consequences […]

Politico (2018-09-15). Pompeo, Kerry Clash In Remarkable Stand-Off Over Iran. iranian.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his predecessor John Kerry clashed Friday over the latter's private meetings with Iranian officials, a remarkable war of words that had both sides accusing the other of dishonesty. Pompeo alleged that, by holding "beyond inappropriate" meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Kerry was undermining U.S. foreign policy in […]

Aftab Committee (2018-09-15). Celebrating The Transformative Power Of The Arts In Education In America. iranian.com This year, the Aftab Committee is partnering up with Americans for the Arts for Arts in Education Week that takes place between 9-15th of September, 2018. National Arts in Education Week is a Congressionally designated celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education. Each year, the cultural and education communities come together to celebrate […]

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-09-15). Fox News Fact-Checks a False Economic Claim Made by a Trump — For a Second Time This Week. alternet.org The president's son also repeated an anti-Semitic slur he had previously used regarding Bob Woodward's book "Fear | Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, was fact-checked Thursday by Republican-friendly Fox News after he mischaracterized the health of the economy under former President Barack Obama in order to play up his father's record. During an appearance on. . .

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-15). National Park Officials Removed Climate Change From Report Due to "Sensitivity" truthout.org

| Park officials scrubbed all mentions of climate change from a key planning document for a New England national park after they were warned to avoid "sensitive language that may raise eyebrows" with the Trump administration. | The superintendent of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in Massachusetts had signed off a year ago on a 50-page document that outlines the park's importance to American history and its future challenges. But then the National Park Service's regional office sent an email in January suggesting edits: References to climate change and its increasing role in threats to the famous whaling…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-09-15). American History for Truthdiggers: The Slow, Perilous Shift to Emancipation. truthdig.com In 1861-65, Americans waged a war among themselves that remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. It began as a fight to preserve the Union but morphed into an abolitionist war to free 4 million men, women and children from bondage.

Kurt Nimmo (2018-09-15). Freedom of Expression in the UK: Prominent British Scientist and Critic of the Skripal Poisoning Story Arrested. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The UK government is now targeting critics of the fake chemical attack in Salisbury it has …

Ellen Brown (2018-09-15). Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Central bankers are now aggressively playing the stock market. To say they are buying up the …

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-15). The Flag War: Ethiopia's Competing Nationalisms. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The Ethiopian capital is on edge as Oromo from the surrounding region flock to Addis Ababa …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-15). A Traditional Right: Jimmie Akesson and the Sweden Democrats. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, …

Alexander Petrov (2018-09-15). Skripal Case Suspects, CCTV Camera Footage, Official UK Statement and Timeline, RT Interview with Petrov and Boshirov. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Global Research Introductory Note | We bring to the attention of our readers three videos pertaining to …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-15). Does the US Military "Own the Weather"? "Weaponizing the Weather" as an Instrument of Modern Warfare? globalresearch.ca Weather-modification, according to the US Air Force document AF 2025 Final Report, "offers the war fighter a wide range of possible options to defeat or coerce an adversary", capabilities, it says, extend to the triggering of floods, hurricanes, droughts and earthquakes

Craig Murray (2018-09-15). Lynch Mob Mentality. The Boshirov and Petrov story. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | I was caught in a twitterstorm of hatred yesterday, much of it led by mainstream media …

DDYS (2018-09-15). Washington's "Divide and Rule Strategy" in Basra, Home of Iraq's Biggest Oil Fields. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Basra is supposed to be a prosperous province for its citizens. The province is a home …

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-09-15). Botham Jean — And How Black Men Shot By the Police Are Dehumanized After Death. alternet.org A search warrant says police found a small amount of marijuana — a detail that many see as completely irrelevant | Attorneys representing the family of Botham Jean, the black man who was killed by an off-duty Dallas police officer in his own apartment, claim authorities are trying to discredit the victim. Jean was shot dead on S. . .

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-15). Haiti's Founding Father's Black Revolution Was Too Radical for Thomas Jefferson. truthout.org Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned revolutionary general. | When Dessalines declared Haiti's independence from France in 1804 after a 13-year slave uprising and civil war, he became the Americas' first Black head of state. | Supporting the French colonial perspective, leaders across the Americas and Europe immediately demonized Dessalines. Even in the United States, itself newly independent from Britain, newspapers recounted horrific stories of the final years of the Haitian Revolution, a war for independence that took the lives of some 50,000 French soldiers and over 100,000 Black and mixed-race Haitians. | For more than two centuries, Dessalines was memorialized as a ruthless brute. | Now, say…

Whitney Webb (2018-09-15). WikiLeaks Associate Kamphuis' Belongings Found Floating in Sea, Sparking Homicide Fears. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The belongings of Arjen Kamphuis, a Dutch cybersecurity expert closely associated with the transparency organization …

wsws (2018-09-15). New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria. wsws.org Columnist Bret Stephens, who penned the Times article demanding escalation in Syria, is a longtime Republican neocon who fervently supported the Iraq war.

wsws (2018-09-15). Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation. wsws.org Turkey and the major NATO imperialist powers made clear that they are ready to counterattack against Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib.

Prof. Christopher Busby (2018-09-14). Video: Dr. Chris Busby on Novichoks and the Skripal Russia Poisoning Affair. globalresearch.ca This report by prominent British Scientist Dr. Chris Busby was published in April 2018. | In recent developments, Chris Busby's home was raided by police. He was arrested on trumped up charges. | See screenshot below. | This arrest points to the suppression …

John Colarusso, The Conversation (2018-09-14). How Putin Could Be Planning to Make a Fool Out of Trump — And Throw the United States into Chaos. alternet.org Three top Russian officials came to the U. S. capital in January for a mysterious visit. | Like a modern, dark inversion of the fable of the Three Wise Men from the east, the end of last January saw the three heads of Russian intelligence Christopher Brauchli (2018-09-14). Stormy's Disclosures. counterpunch.org The law can be confusing, and I am happy to offer an explanation of one legal concept that has confused many readers untutored in its ways. The concept for which I hope to provide clarity is known as "non-disclosure." Agreements dealing with non-disclosure known as "non-disclosure agreements" may be created when two people have been More

Carl Boggs (2018-09-14). Obama's Imperial Presidency. counterpunch.org Photo Source The U.S. Army | CC BY 2.0 | Could Donald Trump already be the worst of all American presidents? In less than two years his record on the world scene has been frightening enough: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accords, scuttling of the Iran nuclear treaty, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, unjustifiably punitive sanctions against Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, terror bombing of Mosul and other Iraq cities, bombastic threats against friends and enemies alike — not to mention a $54 billion gift to the Pentagon and stepped-up nuclear "modernization". Hard to imagine much worse. | One article of faith among liberals and the corporate media is that Trump's presidency stands alone as a house or horrors, unprecedented in its fascistic authoritarianism, crazy pronouncements, and ideological blend of xenophobia, racism, sexism, and sheer extremism. Those in the "resistance"

Louis Proyect (2018-09-14). On the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism. counterpunch.org Rohini Hensman's recently published Indefensible: Democracy, Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism is an important contribution to the debate that has divided the left since 2011, the year that Syria became a litmus test. For some, support for Bashar al-Assad became tantamount to backing Franco in the Spanish Civil War while others saw my perspective as More

Firas Samuri (2018-09-14). Counter-Terrorism Operation against Al Qaeda's Stronghold in Northern Syria: The Liberation of Idlib. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The successful actions of the Syrian Arab Army led to the almost total liberation of the …

Reed Richardson (2018-09-14). As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed. fair.org Corporate media obsessed over the whodunit of an anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times ( 9/5/18). | The anonymous New York Times op-ed ( 9/5/18), purportedly written by a senior Trump administration official, coupled with the release of Bob Woodward's new book, Fear—itself full of White House back-stabbing and anonymous quotes—unleashed a veritable tsunami of breathless press speculation last week. But lost amidst the deluge was a Trump administration story that will have deadly, far-reaching consequences long after the Times op-ed is forgotten and Woodward's book hits the discount pile. That's because Trump effectively endorsed endless US war in Syria last week, and almost no one in the press noticed. | There were a few lonely exceptions. The Washington Post ( 9/6/18) spelled out the new Trump administration policy quite clearly, though the banality with which US foreign…

Robert Fisk (2018-09-14). A Murder in Aleppo. counterpunch.org The Syrian government has been advertising its victories of late. A vast international fair in Damascus, the reconstruction of the old city of Homs — though it has a long, long way to go — and a spankingly restored Sheraton Hotel next to the still sepulchral ruins of eastern Aleppo. But you cannot wash away either More

ZeroHedge (2018-09-14). U.S. Conducts Live-Fire Drills With Syrian 'Rebels' in Rare Display Aimed at Russia. mintpressnews.com The eight days of "live-fire and ground assault" drills involve "hundreds" of U.S. troops and allied Syrian insurgents cooperating together.

Farhang Jahanpour (2018-09-14). Fascism and Islamic Fundamentalism. counterpunch.org The rise of Fascism and Totalitarianism Just over 100 years ago, Britain, France, Germany and Russia ruled half of the world — most of Europe, all of Africa, South Asia, most of Southeast Asia, and most of the Pacific region. They dominated China and were of course influential everywhere else. During the past century, including the More

Joshua Frank (2018-09-14). From CO2 to Methane, Trump's Hurricane of Destruction. counterpunch.org Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 | While the Trump administration swirls around in a vortex of Tweets, lies and Russiagate, one thing is for certain, while we are all distracted and perplexed by the daily mayhem, Trump and his fossil fuel buddies are getting away with environmental plunder. | It's not a surprise, really, given that Trump believes man-made climate change is a bunch of stale chow mein, as he notoriously tweeted: | November 6, 2012 | Unfortunately, Trump has moved beyond his wacky conspiracy theory and sparked a full-on assault on the environmental laws, science and regulatory apparatus which act as our best hope to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In documents uncovered by the New York Times earlier this week, the paper revealed the Trump gang is going to announce a proposal that will make it far…

Craig Murray (2018-09-14). The Strange Russian Alibi. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Like many, my first thought at the interview of Boshirov and Petrov – which apparently are …

Associated Press (2018-09-14). Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's Russia probe. The move allows him to avoid a second criminal trial and ends…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-14). 'They Did Not See It Coming': MSNBC Host Says Manafort Might Have Been 'Actively Duping' Trump About His Plea Deal. alternet.org MSNBC host Ari Melber has an interesting theory about why Trump and his team appeared to be caught off guard by the Manafort plea. | The decision of Donald Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort to accept a plea bargain from Special Counsel Robert Mueller ahead of his second trial in the Russia investigation in return for his cooperation was a shocking development. Am. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-09-14). Amid Yemen Bloodbath and Riyadh's Fears, Reports of New Israel-Saudi Arms Deal. mintpressnews.com Israel and Saudi Arabia have no official diplomatic ties. Yet last year Israeli military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot gave a shocking interview to a Saudi newspaper, in which he strongly advocated an Israeli-Saudi alliance versus Iran and its alleged "assets" in the Middle East.

South Front (2018-09-14). Video: Turkey Deploys Battle Tanks at Observation Post in Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | On September 13, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) deployed several battle tanks and armoured vehicles at …

Charles Pierson (2018-09-14). Invade The Hague! Bolton vs. the ICC. counterpunch.org Picture this on a movie poster: "The International Criminal Court Wants to Put America on Trial. They Didn't Count on John Bolton." The Ramboesque Bolton, hawk to end all hawks, has declared war on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The reason: ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensudahas requested authority for an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan More

Hans Stehling (2018-09-14). The Two Most Dangerous Warmongers in Political Office Today. globalresearch.ca image: Trump and Netanyahu | Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | They work in concert to carefully lay the foundations and propaganda for …

Andrew Levine (2018-09-14). A Bulwark Against the Idiocy of Conservatives Like Brett Kavanaugh. counterpunch.org Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 | In his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Brett Kavanaugh put on a prodigious display of vacuity and mendacity. Kavanaugh is the retrograde jurist picked by Donald Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that arose when the Court's "swing vote," Anthony Kennedy, retired. | His politics is god awful, but that is hardly news. It was a sure thing that Trump would nominate someone with god-awful politics. Because he knows little and cares less about the judicial system, except when it impinges on his financial shenanigans, and because, as part of his pact with "conservatives" Trump outsourced judicial appointments to the Federalist Society, anyone he would nominate was bound to come with god-awful politics. | At least, this particular god-awful jurist is well schooled, well spoken (in the way that lawyers…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-14). Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a "License to Pollute"? A Debate on Cap and Trade. democracynow.org Protesters disrupted the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, criticizing California Governor Jerry Brown in part for his support for cap and trade. Cap and trade is a market-driven strategy in which governments cap emission levels, then allow companies to buy and sell permits to pollute. California has the most far-reaching cap-and-trade program in the United States. Last year Governor Brown signed an extension to the state's cap-and-trade law, which began under Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Brown has credited cap and trade with limiting the state's greenhouse gas emissions, but the issue…

David Yearsley (2018-09-14). Did Bach Lose the Cold War? counterpunch.org Can the credits wreck a film? I'm not talking about choking on a popcorn kernel when you see that the best boy happens to be the same guy who ran off with your wife. The problem can be far more serious than that: after the story has been told in image and sound, some directors More

Casey Williams (2018-09-14). What happens when the 'alt-right' starts believing in climate change? peoplesworld.org asked its readers a question: "What does it mean for whites if climate change is real?" | In its bombastic response, the magazine bucked two decades of conservative dogma to offer an ethno-nationalist take on planetary warming. Conceding that scientists might be right about climate change, it worried that shifting weather patterns could drive more black and brown people to the Global North, where whites will face a choice: stem the migrant tide or die. | "The population explosion in the global south combined with climate change and liberal attitudes towards migration are the single greatest external threat to Western civilization," AmRen wrote. "[It's] more serious than Islamic terrorism or Hispanic illegal immigration." | White supremacists like Jared Taylor are pushing the far right to prepare for the reality of climate change, but they are using it to argue for stricter immigration controls…

Brett Wilkins (2018-09-14). Why John Bolton Really Hates the International Criminal Court. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | When Bolton expresses his desire to "strangle the ICC in its cradle," what he really means …

CounterSpin (2018-09-14). Richard Kim on Brett Kavanaugh, Jamil Dakwar on John Bolton. fair.org Media…

Prof. Alon Ben-Meir (2018-09-14). Turkey's Political Agenda in the Balkans. Erdogan's Islamic Influence in Bosnia. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Turkey's Political Agenda in the Balkans. Erdogan's Islamic Influence in Bosnia appeared first on Global Research.

Elias Atienza (2018-09-14). Racism Toward Asian-Americans isn't Restricted to the Ivy Leagues. counterpunch.org On August 30, the Department of Justice chose to side with a coalition of Asian-American students who sued Harvard University, alleging that the university was discriminating against applicants based on race. The coalition argued that Harvard was ranking Asian-American applicants lower on applications in personality traits such as likeability, resulting in fewer Asian-Americans being accepted More

RS Ahthion (2018-09-14). Two Long-Standing American Traditions: Committing War Crimes & Ignoring International Law. counterpunch.org The United States threatened Monday to arrest and prosecute judges and officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American convicted of war crimes in Afghanistan.(2) The United States (and it's vassal states that make up NATO) has long shifted to a permanent war doctrine. Under the guise of fighting "communism" More

Robert Hunziker (2018-09-14). The Elite World Order in Jitters. counterpunch.org According to a brand new book by Peter Phillips, the world is now controlled by a handful (actually several handfuls) of powerful/rich elites via interlocking capital exchanges spanning the globe. This ultra small coterie dictates world events and expects results. However, they are painfully aware that forces from down below are growling, growing restless, very More

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-14). Facebook's Pathetic Attempts to Appease Conservatives Is Backfiring Spectacularly and Could Harm Progressive News Sources. alternet.org What do you achieve when you let the Weekly Standard operate as a fact-checker for one of the internet's most powerful platforms? "You achieve bullshit. " | When Facebook selected the right-wing, Iraq War-boosting magazine The Weekly Standard as an official fact-checking partner last year as part of its effort to combat "

Julia Conley (2018-09-14). Number of Children in Immigrant Detention Facilities Explodes to Record Levels. mintpressnews.com Thanks to Trump's crackdown, fewer immigrant families are coming forward to sponsor children who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border—leaving more than 12,000 minors in U.S. government custody.

Ben Dangl (2018-09-14). After 9/11: The Staggering Economic and Human Cost of the War on Terror. counterpunch.org "Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there," President George W. Bush announced on September 20th, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. Bush's "War on Terror" did not end with Al Qaeda — it has roared on into an endless conflict spanning the globe, costing hundreds of thousands of lives and More

Boing Boing (2018-09-14). Europe Just Voted to Wreck the Internet, Spying on Everything and Censoring Vast Swathes of Our Communications. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Lobbyists for "creators" threw their lot in with the giant entertainment companies and the newspaper proprietors …

Peter Korzun (2018-09-14). US Biological Warfare Program in the Spotlight Again. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | This is a scoop to bring the US biological warfare effort back into the spotlight. On …

Arnold August (2018-09-14). Cuba's 'Sonic Attacks' vs Edinburgh University: The 40% Mystery. counterpunch.org On August 15, 2018, the U.S. State Department announced yet another measure toward reducing its Havana embassy staff and its effectiveness by limiting the diplomats' stays to one year. This extremely limited affectation category is normally applied to countries at war, such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The change in U.S. policy is based on a More

Robin Lustig (2018-09-14). Criticising Israel: A Lesson From the Past. Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat Shake Hands. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Twenty-five years ago, on 13 September 1993, the then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and the …

Whitney Webb (2018-09-14). After Cutting All UNWRA Humanitarian Aid, US to Award Israel with $3.3B/Year in Military Aid. mintpressnews.com The bill, combined with even more aid given to Israeli missile defense, would give $38 billion to Israel over the next ten years, roughly equivalent to $23,000 for every Jewish family living in Israel over the next decade.

Daniel Warner (2018-09-14). Hubris on and Off the Court. counterpunch.org The ancient Greeks used hubris to describea personality of exaggerated pride or overconfidence. Often the hubristic person went so far as to challenge the gods, which inevitably led to that person's downfall. The recent performance of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open and the exaggerated narrative of America's greatness at John McCain's funeral ceremony demonstrate More

Thomas Knapp (2018-09-14). John Bolton Versus the International Criminal Court: A Simple Solution. counterpunch.org In a September 10 speech to the Federalist Society, National Security Advisor John Bolton offered "a major announcement on US policy toward the International Criminal Court." The US government, per Bolton, considers the court "fundamentally illegitimate. … We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not More

Kim C. Domenico (2018-09-14). How to Keep Going by Knowing the Apocalypse is Now: a Lesson From the Pig Farm. counterpunch.org "Yet one thing I fight for, tooth and nail, all the time. And that is my bit of inward peace, where I am at one with myself." — D.H. Lawrence, "What Would You Fight For?" "We've been hearing from shamanic healers for decades about "connecting to spirit," but their message sidesteps industrial capitalism… and open, More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-14). US-Europe Alliance Will Outlast Trump, No Matter What He Does. therealnews.com Trump's erratic behavior towards allies is causing pundits in the US and abroad to worry about the future of the Transatlantic Alliance between the US and Europe. The concern is misplaced, however, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

Eric Ortiz (2018-09-14). Freedom Flotilla Missions Will Continue 'Until Palestine Is Free'. consortiumnews.com The bold journey of the 2018 Freedom Flotilla Coalition dared Palestinians and the world to dream of peace, dignity and freedom for all. Now, we must keep working to build a culture of nonviolence, writes Elizabeth Murray. By Elizabeth Murray… Read more →

Ryan Gallagher (2018-09-14). Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers. theintercept.com Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people's queries, The Intercept can reveal. | The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | Previously undisclosed details about the plan, obtained by The Intercept on Friday, show that Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as "human rights," "student protest," and "Nobel Prize" in Mandarin. | Leading human rights groups have criticized Dragonfly, saying that it could result in the company "directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations." A central concern expressed by the groups is…

Sandy Tolan (2018-09-14). After Oslo: How Peace Became a Dirty Word in the Middle East. counterpunch.org When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I'd watched on television at home. The emotional welcoming of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat back to Palestine. The massive demonstrations for peace on the More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-09-14). The Veiled Danger of the 'Dead' Oslo Accords. counterpunch.org Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli 'peacemaker' is like the mythical phoenix, constantly resurrecting from its own ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. A confederation "could prevent the need to evacuate settlers and allow those interested to live in More

RT (2018-09-14). In Idlib it's different? For US, 'humanitarian' concerns supersede rooting out Al-Qaeda (VIDEO). rt.com With Al-Qaeda's last major foothold in Syria now under threat, the US has suddenly become deeply concerned about civilians that could be caught in the crossfire — even as the US military loosens its own rules of engagement.

wsws (2018-09-14). Grenfell Fire: Fire Brigades Union warned of cladding dangers 19 years ago. wsws.org The FBU report proves that every aspect of fire safety had failed at Grenfell Tower, due to decades of deregulation and cuts, long before the fire broke out.

wsws (2018-09-14). Scandal erupts over Dutch state's funding of Islamist terror group in Syria. wsws.org The Dutch government spent nearly 70 million euros to fund jihadist groups as part of the US-NATO led regime change war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

RT (2018-09-14). #Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars. rt.com Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT. |

wsws (2018-09-14). Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin. wsws.org Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.

RT (2018-09-14). Paul Manafort pleads guilty to two criminal charges, will cooperate with Mueller. rt.com Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges, and will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' investigation as part of a plea deal. |

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