2018-09-18: Social Media Postees

Russian Aircraft Shot Down During Israeli Missile Attack On Main Syrian Government Port
WSWS | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
Latakia, Syria's major port city and a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad's government, came under a missile attack on Monday, apparently downing a Russian military plane with 14 military personnel aboard. The strikes came within hours of Russia and Turkey announcing a joint agreement to forestall a Russian-backed government offensive in the northwestern province of […] | The post Russian Aircraft Shot Down During Israeli Missile Attack On Main Syrian Government P…

Putin And Erdogan Plan Syria-Idlib DMZ As I Recommended
Eric Zuesse | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
As I recommended in a post on September 10th, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan jointly announced on September 17th, "We've agreed to create a demilitarized zone between the government troops and militants before October 15. The zone will be 15-20km wide," which compares to the Korean DMZ's 4-km width. I had had in mind the […] | The post Putin And Erdogan Plan Syria-Idlib DMZ As I Recommended appeared first on The Iranian.

Inside Israel's New Iran strategy
Maysam Behravesh | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
In a rare admission, Israel has broken its "no-comment" policy on air strikes to confirm that it has carried out over 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria over the last two years. In addition to those attacks, a new report claims that Israel has secretly armed and funded at least 12 Syrian rebel groups […] | The post Inside Israel's New Iran strategy appeared first on The Iranian.

Offensive In Syria's Idlib Canceled After Russia, Turkey Reach Deal
Anti War | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
A widely expected military offensive against rebel-held Idlib Province in northern Syria has been canceled, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. This follows a deal reached between Russia and Turkey to establish a new buffer zone in the area. The deal will see a 15-25 km wide buffer zone established between government and rebel territory, inside Idlib Province. […] | The post Offensive In Syria's Idlib Canceled After Russia, Turkey Reach Deal appeared first on The Irania…

Syrian Air Defenses Intercepted Missiles Fired at Latakia
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-18
The missiles targeted ammunition depots of the Technical Industry Institution in the eastern outskirts of Latakia, the Observatory said. It was not immediately clear what activities the state institution was engaged in. | The post Syrian Air Defenses Intercepted Missiles Fired at Latakia appeared first on MintPress News.

Bolton Mobilizes the Coalition of the Willing — This Time for Syria
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-18
John Bolton warns of joint action in Syria, calling on the UK and France to join. Talk of regime change. The excuse: weapons of mass destruction. Sounds familiar? | The post Bolton Mobilizes the Coalition of the Willing — This Time for Syria appeared first on The Real News Network.

A Major Attack On Syria Followed Putin-Erdogan Agreement For Demilitarized Zone In Idlib
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
The world once again was taken to the brink of World War 3 Monday night, and the situation is still extremely dangerous. A massive wide-ranging assault on multiple Syrian provinces, including the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, occurred Monday evening reportedly by Israel and possibly with the help of France or the US, though the Pentagon is […] | The post A Major Attack On Syria Followed Putin-Erdogan Agreement For Demilitarized Zone In Idlib appeared first o…

Moon and Kim Arrive at Guesthouse for Luncheon
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-18
The North Korean leader and the South Korean president arrive in Pyongyang, where they are expected to have talks over lunch. | The post Moon and Kim Arrive at Guesthouse for Luncheon appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

La nuova cortina di ferro
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-18
La Lettonia sta costruendo una recinzione metallica di 90 km, alta 2,5 metri, lungo il confine con la Russia, che sarà ultimata entro l'anno. Sarà estesa nel 2019 su oltre 190 km di confine, con un costo previsto di 17 … | The post La nuova cortina di ferro appeared first on Global Research.

The Oldest Magic Book In The World
MRTS | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
The ancient Greeks and Romans rightly believed that magic were invented by the Persians. The 1st-century Roman writer Pliny the Elder (CE 23 — AD CE) has written that magic was first discovered by the Persian prophet Zoroaster around the year 1700 BC. Indeed magic is a word derived from magos (Greek) which was derived in turn from the Persian word magus (plural magusan […] | The post The Oldest Magic Book In The World appeared first on The Iranian.

Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure
Shireen Hunter | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran's minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait out the remaining years of the Trump administration before engaging in new talks with a Democratic successor. Actually what […] | The post Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure appeared first on The Iranian.

Iranian Scholar Working On Persian-Ottoman Turkish Dictionary
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
An Iranian scholar is working on a dictionary that will contain over 15,000 Ottoman Turkish words and phrases originating from the Persian language. "I never missed the book market of Istanbul on any of my trips to the city," Farrokh Mostofi told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday. "Rare antique books are offered at […] | The post Iranian Scholar Working On Persian-Ottoman Turkish Dictionary appeared first on The Iranian.

The Saudi-Israeli Alliance Against Iran, Two Major Middle East Projects Are About to Collide
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-18
Israel has ineluctably allied itself with Saudi Arabia and Sunni Islam. So too, the US has taken Israel's and Saudi's partisan position against Iran. Both have their shoulders behind the Saudi king's back — pushing him into leading a hybrid war against his powerful neighbor. | The post The Saudi-Israeli Alliance Against Iran, Two Major Middle East Projects Are About to Collide appeared first on Mi…

Trade With Iraq Grows By 30%
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
Trade between Iran and its western neighbor Iraq has grown 30 percent during the first five months of the Iranian calendar year (March 21- August 22, 2018), director of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Al-e Es'haq told Mehr news agency in an interview published on Monday. "Considering oil, gas, and energy exports besides exports of […] | The post Trade With Iraq Grows By 30% appeared first on The Iranian.

Seymour Hersh: a Life of Adversarial Democracy at Work
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
Looking back, it's almost as if President Dwight D. Eisenhower were trying to warn the American public, in his Farewell speech of 1961, of mad doctors at work in the labs of our exceptional democracy — what we've come to call the Deep State. Said Ike:…

Mobile Morgue Angers Mexicans as Drug War Corpses Accumulate
teleSUR | telesurtv.net | 2018-09-18
Mexican media reported that the mobile morgue held 157 bodies, but an official count had not yet been announced by officials.

How Facebook Is Giving Sex Discrimination in Employment Ads a New Life
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-09-18
We're taking on Facebook and 10 companies for using the social platform to direct job ads toward men, excluding others. | In 1967, the newly formed National Organization for Women staged a weeklong protest of The New York Times and other newspapers. Their demonstration targeted the long-standing practice of printing classified listings in two separate columns: "Help wanted: Male" and "Help wanted: Female," which of course resulted in the exclusion of women from high-paying jobs and indust…

Both the Commune and Revolution
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
The environmental crisis grows ever more dire but we are no closer to a grand political solution because that requires nothing less than a revolution: we must replace corporate power with economic democracy and war with peace. In the US we are caught between the reckless climate denial of the Republican Party and the opiate incrementalism…

Army Kills Two Palestinians In Gaza
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-09-18
Updated: The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported, late on Monday at night, that an Israeli war jet fired a missile at Palestinians, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing two young men. Their bodies have been severely mutilated, and it took the …

Army Kills Two Palestinians In Gaza

How Global Warming and Arctic Ice Melt Intensifies Hurricanes
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-18
Arctic ice melt, due to global warming, not only intensifies hurricanes, but also steers them in previously uncommon directions, which is why Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, says Prof. Jennifer Francis | The post How Global Warming and Arctic Ice Melt Intensifies Hurricanes appeared first on The Real News Network.

Hungrier Insects Will Bite Into World's Crops
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-18
Researchers have confirmed, once again, that a warmer world is likely to have hungrier insects. The new predators could increase their share of the harvest of wheat, rice and maize by up to 25%. | That is, for every 1 ∞C rise in average temperature, aphids, beetles, borers, caterpillars and other crop pests could increase their consumption of grain by between one tenth and one quarter. | And with a 2 ∞C rise above the average temperature for most of human history — the target set by 195 nations in Paris in 2015 — additional global losses of grain to insect pests could reach 213 million tonnes a year. | For once, the steepest losses could be experienced in the temperate zones, home to the richest nations, rather than in the poorest communities. The reasoning is simple, and the…

German Holocaust Controversy Reveals Brazil's Growing Alt-Right
teleSUR | telesurtv.net | 2018-09-18
Brazil has a long history of German migration that dates back to the 19th century. Many Nazis fled to southern Brazil and other South American countries after World War II, including Josef Mengele of Auschwitz notoriety.

Nothing Will End if the US Continues to Support Saudi Arabia
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-18

| Janine Jackson: It is disheartening that with tens of thousands of people killed, millions in need of assistance, at least a million affected by the largest cholera outbreak in history, and no clear end in sight to the violence behind it all, that the Washington Post would feel a need to run a piece headed "Five Reasons the Crisis in Yemen Matters." | Coverage is better than silence, of course, but as the war on Yemen is in its third year now, one would hope that US media would be in the business of regularly illustrating why the crisis matters, and specifically why it should matter to people in the US, whose government continues to play…

The implications of US-China trade war
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-18
The world's two largest economies have entered a rapidly-escalating trade war with vast global consequences.

Possible persons of interest if the ICC investigates war crimes involving Americans
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2018-09-18
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!

Gypsy Taub | indybay.org | 2018-09-18
The very first in human history (as far as we know) rally to legalize psychedelic medicine was followed by our 3rd annual Nude Summer of Love Parade. It took place in San Francisco on August 19, 2018. The parade marched from the Castro to the Haight. Gypsy Taub made a speech about her own experience with psychedelic medicine, and about the benefits of psychedelics. The reason they are illegal has to nothing to do with public health nor safety and has everything to do with psychedelics being a threat to the war machine. Next rally and nude love parade are scheduled for Saturday, September 29th @ 11 am in front of…

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-18
On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Vadim Rogovin, we republish two tributes to the greatest Soviet and Russian Marxist sociologist and historian of the second half of the twentieth century.

South Korean president in Pyongyang for summit on denuclearization
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-18
Whatever the result of this week's talks, it will do nothing to resolve the dangerous tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

STEP 3:The SFCC HR Hearing Of SEIU1021 Potrero Hill Health Center Steward Cheryl Thornton
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2018-09-18
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.

Socialist Analysis & Discussion on US War Drive in Middle East
PFSL | indybay.org | 2018-09-18
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Russian Aircraft Shot Down During Israeli Missile Attack On Main Syrian Government Port
WSWS | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
Latakia, Syria's major port city and a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad's government, came under a missile attack on Monday, apparently downing a Russian military plane with 14 military personnel aboard. The strikes came within hours of Russia and Turkey announcing a joint agreement to forestall a Russian-backed government offensive in the northwestern province of […] | The post Russian Aircraft Shot Down During Israeli Missile Attack On Main Syrian Government P…

Economist magazine calls for soldier MPs to lead UK
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-18
The Bagehot column celebrates that the tradition of soldier-statesman is "now being renewed, after a succession of wars in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan."

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-18
Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.

Accuser coming forward could doom Kavanaugh confirmation
Darlene Superville | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-17
WASHINGTON (AP) — The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were in high school has come forward, alleging in an interview that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she tried to scream. | "I thought he might inadvertently kill me," Christine Blasey Ford told The Washington Post in her first interview. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing." | Ford, now 51 and a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, says she was able to get away after Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled. | Kavanaugh, now 53 and a federal appeals judge in Washington, has denied the allegation. He repeated that denial again Sunday through the White House. "I categorically and unequivocally deny…

As Blasey Ford Alleges Kavanaugh Assaulted Her, Will Senate Repeat Mistakes Made with Anita Hill?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-17
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, throwing his nomination into question in the days before the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on it. Blasey Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University in California and says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. She at first expected her story to be kept confidential, but changed her mind after it leaked. She now says she is willing to testify about her experience. In an interview published Sunday by The Washington Post, Ford said that in the…

Rape Culture: Prominent Conservatives Rush to the Defense of Brett Kavanaugh in Wake of Sexual Assault Allegation
Taylor Link, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Prominent conservatives and right-wing pundits have been up in arms over the revelation. | On Sunday, Brett Kavanaugh's accuser ditched her anonymity, putting a name behind the allegations whispered around Washington, D. C. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, came. . .

A Traditional Right: Jimmie àÖkesson and the Sweden Democrats
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of…

Hatewatch Headlines 9/18/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-09-17
U.S.'s refugee limit cut to lowest level on record, again; Inside a 'Davos for Fascists' in St. Louis; Christian nationalists in Moldova say they're not extremist; and…

Syria's Christian City: Seven Years Under Fire at the Idlib Frontline
Tom Westcott | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Each night, the streets of the Christian town of Mhardeh teem with life. | Young people in trendy attire drink beer and smoke Shisha pipes, shyly eyeing up attractive passersby and posing for group selfies, while off-duty soldiers with their girlfriends … | The post Syria's Christian City: Seven Years Under Fire at the Idlib Frontline appeared first on Global Research.

Charges 'Without Merit' — Jeremy Corbyn, Antisemitism, Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky
Media Lens | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-17
It really is remarkable that Corbyn's speeches and off-the-cuff comments are being scoured far into the past in search of signs of racism when a far more lethal form of prejudice is clearly informing current US-UK foreign policy devastating entire countries | The post Charges 'Without Merit' — Jeremy Corbyn, Antisemitism, Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky appeared first on MintPress News.

Hurricane Florence: Sixty Foot Flood to Inundate Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Cape Fear River NC
Roy Morrison | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
On Saturday morning, CNN reports that National Weather Service forecast flood waters on Cape Fear River in Wilmington N.C. to crest at 60 feet (sixty feet) early next week. Wilmington is near Southport, home of two reactor Brunswick nuclear plant | … | The post Hurricane Florence: Sixty Foot Flood to Inundate Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Cape Fear River NC appeared first on Global Research.

'All Night Long': Blowing up the nuclear family
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-17
LOS ANGELES–Genre spoofs are among my favorite types of productions, the paragons being Mel Brooks's parodies, such as his loopy lampooning of the Western in Blazing Saddles. In John O'Keefe's wonderfully, wildly witty and wry All Night Long the conventions of 1950s and '60s sitcoms such as The Do…

The Bluffer's Guide to Bombing Syria
Peter Ford | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
The propaganda mills of the British and American governments – spokespersons, media, think tanks – are working overtime churning out 'talking points' to justify the upcoming large scale bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons. | Here … | The post The Bluffer's Guide to Bombing Syria appeared first on Global Research.

The Liberation of Idlib: Turkey Is in the Way, with Russia Slowing Down
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Turkey is pushing further reinforcements of troops, commando units and tanks into the northern Syrian city of Idlib and around it, for a specific objective: to disrupt the attack against the city by the Syrian forces and their allies supported … | The post The Liberation of Idlib: Turkey Is in the Way, with Russia Slowing Down appeared first on Global Research.

Pence exposed as part of Manafort's right-wing trans-atlantic conspiracy
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-17
WASHINGTON–It's not the "vast right-wing conspiracy" Hillary Clinton once railed against, but the employees — and clients — of uber-lobbyist Paul Manafort show the extent of right-wing ties stretching across the Atlantic Ocean. | And though he isn't a Manafort client or fixer, you can add GOP President Donald Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, to the mix, too. He owes his current job to Paul Manafort. | Manafort was Trump's campaign manager during the key period in 2016 when top Trump officials and confidantes met with Russians who were trying to fix the 2016 presidential election in the Manhattan mogul's favor. | But before that, Manafort was a fixer, propagandist and virtual campaign manager for then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych — and he illegally hid that work from the Justice Department and hid his millions in earnings from the IRS. | Yanukovych heads one…

Ex-DOJ Director Explains Why Trump's Russia Declassification Order May Put Him in Legal Jeopardy: 'There's No Exception' for the President
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
"Public interest is not an exception. " | With Donald Trump's decision on Monday to release texts from former FBI Director James Comes and 20 portions of a surveillance application on former campaign adviser Carter Page, Dan Metcalfe, there former co-director of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy, warns the president may be putting himself in legal jeopardy. The order, which Trump announced Monday, includes a demand for 20 pages of the Page surveillance applicati. . .

Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era
Mairead Maguire | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
In examining the future, we must look to the past. As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full faith that our government is keeping us safe from the unknown. But by looking at…

Trump's Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Good work Mr. President! You have now managed to lay the groundwork for a grand Chinese-Russian alliance. The objective of intelligent diplomacy is to divide one's foes, not to unite them. | This epic blunder comes at a time when the … | The post Trump's Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia appeared first on Global Research.

Iranian Embassy In Athens Attacked By Greek Anarchists
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
A group of anarchists has attacked the Iranian Embassy in Athens to protest Tehran's treatment of its Kurdish population, Greek authorities say. Police officials said that about 10 people armed with iron bars early on September 17 smashed windows in the embassy's waiting room and threw red paint into the courtyard. Nobody was reported hurt in the […] | The post Iranian Embassy In Athens Attacked By Greek Anarchists appeared first on The Iranian.

Iran Accuses Twitter Of Allowing 'Regime Change' Propaganda Accounts Backed By US
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing anti-government ones backed by the United States, Reuters reports. In August, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation. "Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, […] | The post Iran Accuses Twitter Of Allowing 'Regime Change' Propaganda Acco…

Al Qaeda & Hollywood: The American Film Industry Is Promoting War
The Grayzone Project | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
An exclusive Grayzone investigative documentary rips the cover off of the most sophisticated and expensive campaign of humanitarian interventionist propaganda in modern history. or decades, Western governments, corporate media and Hollywood have engaged in a project of mass deception to manufacture consent for military interventions. Waged in the name of lofty ideals like freedom, human […] | The post Al Qaeda & Hollywood: The American Film Industry Is Promoting War appeared first on…

How Donald Trump Desecrates America's Founders
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
George Washington's Farewell Address — one of the most important documents of America's Founders — warned against any and all permanent alliances; he said, on 19 September 1796: | The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a … | The post How Donald Trump Desecrates America's Founders appeared first on Global Research.

This week in history: Working Women's Association established 150 years ago
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-17
The Revolution, a women's rights newspaper established earlier that year by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Its stated purpose was to create "an association of working-women which might act for the interests of its members, in the same manner as the associations of workingmen now regulate the wages, etc., of those belonging to them." Shortly afterwards Anthony was seated as a delegate of the WWA at the annual congress of the National Labor Union (NLU), the first national labor federation in the U.S. | The WWA's membership grew to include over 100 wage-earning women in addition to journalists and other women whose work was more intellectual than manual. Concentrated in the printing industry in its early days, WWA members included women who were or had been employed in printing shops (and their female employers in some cases) and also…

US War Strategists: Military Defeats and Political Success
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Introduction | In a previous article (" US: The Century of Lost Wars") I recorded the repeated US military defeats over the past two decades. In this discussion I will describe the role of military strategists who bear responsibility for … | The post US War Strategists: Military Defeats and Political Success appeared first on Global Research.

The 'War on Terror' Has Utterly Failed — Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Since 9/11, the regions where the U. S. military has been most active–countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia–have seen a five-fold increase in violent attacks | In the 17 years since the events of Sept. 11 2001, after which the United States declared a "global war on terror," there has not been a terrorist attack of similar size or magnitude on American soil. However, according to findings in a new co. . .

American Fascism
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Fascism is a loaded topic for Americans. The term is usually put forward as oppositional, as the flip side of representative democracy, e.g. authoritarian. Left unaddressed is whose interests' American representative democracy represents. Twenty years of research by political scientist Thomas Ferguson strongly supports the conclusion that it is monied interests (a/k/a the rich) that determines public policy. And while this isn't the authoritarian leader alluded to with the charge of fascism, neither does it contrast with it in the sense implied.

Illegal Jewish Settlements Surge By 187% As Israel Eyes Formal Annexation of Occupied Palestine
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-17
The jump in construction comes just a few months after the United Nations warned that Israel is seeking to formally annex Palestine's West Bank. | The post Illegal Jewish Settlements Surge By 187% As Israel Eyes Formal Annexation of Occupied Palestine appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump Slaps China With $200 Billion More in Tariffs
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-17
The move could escalate a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raise prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. | The post Trump Slaps China With $200 Billion More in Tariffs appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Botham Jean's Family: Are Dallas Police Smearing His Reputation to Protect Officer Who Killed Him?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-17
Protests continue in Dallas after the shooting and killing of a 26-year-old black man in his own apartment by a white Dallas police officer. Police officer Amber Guyger has been charged with manslaughter after she entered Botham Shem Jean's apartment about two weeks ago and opened fire, killing him. Police claim she believed it to be her apartment. Questions are growing over why there was a three-day delay in charging Guyger and how she failed to know she was not in her own apartment when she killed Jean. Jean's family is also criticizing police for issuing and making public information from a search warrant on J…

Facebook Censors Kavanaugh Story After a Conservative Site Calls It "Fake News"
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-17
Last week, ThinkProgress published a report by Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser headlined "Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed." But then a Facebook fact-checker with the conservative outlet the Weekly Standard declared it "fake news," leading the piece to be targeted and demoted by the social media site. The Intercept then re-published Millhiser's piece, with editor-in-chief Betsy Reed writing, "The story was effectively nuked from Facebook, with other outlets threatened with traffic and monetary consequences if they shared it." We speak with Ian Millhiser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the justice editor for ThinkProgress. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. | Last week ThinkProgress published a report by Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser that…

Sustainability and Ecological Civilization: An Outline for Getting From Here to There
Roy Morrison | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Industrialism and business as usual is the path to ecological destruction. | Imperative task for the 21st century is to move toward a sustainable ecological civilization. | Working definition in a market society of ecological civilization (or ecocivilization) is to make … | The post Sustainability and Ecological Civilization: An Outline for Getting From Here to There appeared first on Global Research.

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With
Amanda Froelich | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
This article was first posted on Global Research in September 2017. | For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled 'Agent Orange,' to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were … | The post Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With appeared first on Global Research.

The Long Fall of Bob Woodward: From Nixon's Nemesis to Cheney's Savoir
Jeffrey St. Clair, Alexander Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Bob Woodward's new book Fear: Trump in the White House is selling faster than any book in the last 50 years, stampeding across the records set by Dan Brown and JK Rowling. Woodward can thank Trump for helping to promote the book. Trump's weeklong meltdown fooled readers into believing there might be something really explosive inside…

After Peace Talks Fail, Saudi Coalition Reverts to Scorched-Earth Campaign Against Civilians in Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-17
After UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen and the Saudi coalition in Geneva failed last week, the Saudi-led coalition renewed its offensive to capture Yemen's strategic port of Hodeida, leaving scores of dead civilians in its wake. | The post After Peace Talks Fail, Saudi Coalition Reverts to Scorched-Earth Campaign Against Civilians in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.

This week in history: September 17-23
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
25 years ago: Yeltsin assumes dictatorial powers in RussiaOn September 21, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament, suspended the constitution and assumed dictatorial powers, blowing to pieces the pretense that his regime represented the development of "democracy" in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR. The action was the first in a series leading up to the bombardment of the Russian parliament building in October.

Anne Hathaway denounces 'white privilege' at star-studded gala dinner
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway took to the stage to bash white, straight, cisgender privilege, at an awards ceremony attended by a who's-who of Democrats, celebrities, and activists.

Silicon Valley's corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association's annual conference embodies the fusion of America's technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.

Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has revealed her name and said she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Democrats fight to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Flood waters leave workers stranded at North Carolina nuclear plant
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina declared a state of emergency after flood waters isolated the facility and left 300 workers cut off from the outside world.

Lisa Page reveals FBI had no evidence of collusion for 'Russiagate' probe
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
By the time special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, the FBI had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 US presidential election, according to agency lawyer Lisa Page.

Attorney Sent Letter to Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein Claiming Federal Court Employees Willing to Speak About Brett Kavanaugh
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-09-17
Federal court employees, under the right circumstances, are willing to speak to the Judiciary Committee about Brett Kavanaugh and Alex Kozinski. | The post Attorney Sent Letter to Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein Claiming Federal Court Employees Willing to Speak About Brett Kavanaugh appeared first on The Intercept.

Republican congressman calls Syrian President Assad 'the Butcher of Baghdad' in war geography fail
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
In a clumsy attempt to attack a non-interventionist congressional colleague, Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger got his war geography mixed up — referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad as "the Butcher of Baghdad".

Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
Washington supports Israel's aggression in Syria as part of its strategy to drive back Iranian influence in the country and throughout the Middle East.

Trump orders 'immediate' declassification of FISA documents, DOJ-FBI texts
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
US President Donald Trump has ordered the "immediate declassification" of materials related to the surveillance of his campaign aide Carter Page, as well all text messages related to the Russia investigation.

Japanese prime minister seeks improved relations with Russia
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
Japan is coming under increased pressure as a result of Washington's protectionist measures, which are compounding instability throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Hatewatch Headlines 9/17/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-09-16
Sessions might OK investigating social media giants; the Christian Right allies with Putin's Russia; Bannon creates a furor in London over remarks; and…

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

Annie Leonard: Governor Jerry Brown Doesn't Care About Climate Justice
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-16
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 | The post Annie Leonard: Governor Jerry Brown Doesn't Care About Climate Justice appear…

ISIS Has Not Vanished. It Is Fighting a Guerrilla War Against the Iraqi State
Simona Foltyn | theintercept.com | 2018-09-16
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,…

DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate
Daniel A. Medina | theintercept.com | 2018-09-15
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…

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

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

Obama's Imperial Presidency
Carl Boggs | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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"

A Murder in Aleppo
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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…

As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed
Reed Richardson | fair.org | 2018-09-14
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…

Fascism and Islamic Fundamentalism
Farhang Jahanpour | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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…

From CO2 to Methane, Trump's Hurricane of Destruction
Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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: | The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. | — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 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

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-14
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…

US-Europe Alliance Will Outlast Trump, No Matter What He Does
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-14
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 | The post US-Europe Alliance Will Outlast Trump, No Matter What He Does appeared first on The Real News Network.

Hubris on and Off the Court
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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…

A Bulwark Against the Idiocy of Conservatives Like Brett Kavanaugh
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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…

Invade The Hague! Bolton vs. the ICC
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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…

Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a "License to Pollute"? A Debate on Cap and Trade
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-14
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…

After 9/11: The Staggering Economic and Human Cost of the War on Terror
Ben Dangl | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
"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…

The Elite World Order in Jitters
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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…

Richard Kim on Brett Kavanaugh, Jamil Dakwar on John Bolton
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-09-14

Freedom Flotilla Missions Will Continue 'Until Palestine Is Free'
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-14
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 ?…

The Veiled Danger of the 'Dead' Oslo Accords
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
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…

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-09-14
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…

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