2018-09-19: News Headlines

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-19). Watch: Anita Hill Explains Why Brett Kavanaugh Has 'Burden of Persuasion' in Sexual Assault Allegation. alternet.org The woman who became famous for standing up to sexual harassment has a powerful message for the Senate GOP, and for America. | In a new interview on ABC's Good Morning America, Brandeis University Professor Anita Hill — who famously testified about her sexual harassment at the hands of Clarence Thomas as he was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1991 [mdash. . .

C.J. Atkins (2018-09-19). We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. peoplesworld.org Death threats and vicious harassment. Forced to flee her home with her family. That's what Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has faced since she came forward with her allegation that Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, physically and sexually assaulted her in the 1980s. S…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-19). 'Her Worst Fears Are Coming True': Christine Blasey Ford Receiving Death Threats And Abuse from Kavanaugh Supporters. alternet.org "In the 36 hours since her name became public Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country. " | When Christine Blasey Ford sent a confidential letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo alleging that U. S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her when they were teenagers back in 1982, the 51-year-old psychology professor requested anonymity. And since changing her mind and deciding to reveal. . .

Christopher Bertram (2018-09-19). Should Immigration Laws Be Respected? thenation.com Should Immigration Laws Be Respected? appeared first on The Nation.

Rodney Atkinson (2018-09-19). IMF (Again) Makes a Fool of Itself Over Brexit. globalresearch.ca Joining that merry band of doom mongers (HM Treasury, the Bank of England and Chancellor Hammond) the IMF's Christine Lagarde has again warned of "substantial costs" of a no deal Brexit. In fact of course there is no such thing …

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-09-19). Conservatives Aren't Afraid of Anita Hill Redux: They Know That Power Matters More Than Truth. alternet.org Republicans aren't worried the Kavanaugh hearing will backfire, because in 2018 the facts almost don't matter | It was genuinely surprising, at least to most on the left, when the Republicans who run the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to hold another hearing next week to assess the accusation of attempted rape made by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. There's no way, of course, that Repub. . .

AFSCME en Español (2018-09-19). Secretaria-Tesorera McBride: 'Escuchemos la verdad' sobre el pasado de Kavanaugh. peoplesworld.org La Secretaria-Tesorera de AFSCME, Elissa McBride, insistió en 'escuchar la verdad' sobre el pasado del candidato al Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos, Brett Kavanaugh. | McBride se unió a líderes y activistas en los escalones del Tribunal Supremo esta semana para hacer un llamado a que se realice una investigación completa luego de que la Dra. Christine Blasey Ford, profesora de psicología en California, acusara a Kavanaugh de acosarla sexualmente hace más de tres décadas. | "Tenemos tiempo de realizar un proceso justo, completo y no partidista porque hay mucho en juego. Este es un cargo de por vida. Las vidas de las mujeres serán afectadas por décadas. øQué decimos a acelerar este proceso? Decimos, 'No, definitivamente no'. Estamos aquí para decir que queremos escuchar la verdad", dijo McBride. | Ella reiteró la posición de AFSCME sobre Kavanaugh, enfatizando que sus fallos…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-19). 'Poppy, You're Better Than This': GOP Senator Lashes Out at Female CNN Host Before Recognizing the 'Fair Question' When Jim Sciutto Asks It. alternet.org "I really want to get to Jim's important question," CNN's Poppy Harlow said. | As he tried to explain why Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, should adhere to the timeline set forth by all-male Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) repeatedly cut off CNN's Poppy Harlow—before acknowledging the "fair question" once co-host Jim Sciutto. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-19). Rev. William Barber: Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court Would Endanger Rights of Women, Workers & Voters. democracynow.org Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh have cast doubt on whether President Trump's Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed by the Senate. "The process was bad from the beginning," says Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach. "We are poised to have two presidents that did not win the popular vote, now will have appointed four extreme members to the Supreme Court." Barber says Kavanaugh will be dangerous to voting rights, to labor rights, to healthcare and to women's rights.

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-09-19). High School Classmate Who Remembers 'Incident' With Kavanaugh and Ford Says She's Overwhelmed by Media Requests. alternet.org "This incident did happen," Christina King said in a letter circulating on social media. | A high school classmate who claims to remember an "incident" involving Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said on Wednesday that she may not come forward because she has been overwhelmed by media requests. On Tuesday, a woman named Christina King said on Twitter that she was a former classmate of Kavanaugh's and had Rafia Zakaria (2018-09-19). The Fate and Future of Christine Blasey Ford. thenation.com The Fate and Future of Christine Blasey Ford appeared first on The Nation.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-19). Michael Moore: Senate Must Take Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Seriously & Postpone Kavanaugh Hearing. democracynow.org A Senate hearing with Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may not move forward, as Blasey Ford asks for the FBI to investigate her claims that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her as a teenager before she testifies. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley had invited Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh to both testify on Monday, but Blasey Ford's attorneys are declining the offer. Her lawyers wrote in a letter to Grassley, "While Dr. Ford's life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in fr…

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-19). Nomination by Death Threat: Picking a Justice in the Age of Trump. truthout.org Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has leveled a sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is facing doxxing, death threats, online stalking and an intense media spotlight. This is now the world we live in. Stand up, and you are instantly freckled with the laser dots of a million internet rifles. | The political implications of a failed Kavanaugh nomination have motivated Donald Trump's supporters into a mob action that is terrifying in its speed and scope. In addition to receiving multiple death threats, Blasey Ford's home address was posted online, and she and her family have been forced to relocate. | In other words, Blasey Ford is facing exactly what she feared would happen if she came forward. Her vivid safety concerns have called into question whether or not she will participate in…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-19). Headlines for September 19, 2018. democracynow.org North and South Korea Vow to Denuclearize, Co-Host 2032 Olympics, Kavanaugh Accuser Faces Death Threats, Asks for FBI Investigation Before Testifying, Florence Death Toll Rises to 35, Includes 2 Detainees in Police Custody, Trump Considers Building Permanent Military Base in Poland, NATO Building Permanent Military Structures in Afghanistan as 17th Anniversary of War Approaches, Yemen: New Evidence of U.S.-Made Bombs; Charity Warns of Starvation on "Unprecedented Scale", Israeli Forces Kill 2 Men in Gaza Protest and 1 Palestinian in Occupied East Jerusalem, U.N. Report Condemns Burma for Genocide and Crimes Again…

Staff (2018-09-19). North Korea's Kim Agrees to Dismantle Main Nuke Site if U.S. Takes Steps Too. truthdig.com The leaders of North and South Korea reach a summit agreement with many tantalizing offers, but Kim's premier pledge on denuclearization contains a big condition about unspecified corresponding measures.

Adam Dick (2018-09-19). 'The Evidence Is Very Clear': The US Has Aligned Itself with Al-Qaeda in Syria. Ron Paul. globalresearch.ca "This isn't the first time that the evidence is very clear that we have aligned ourselves with al-Qaeda when we think it's temporarily of benefit to our foreign policy," declared former United States House of Representatives member and presidential candidate …

Zero Hedge (2018-09-19). Israel "Expresses Sorrow" Over Russian Plane Downing, But Blames Assad And Iran For Incident. iranian.com In a series of statements via the official Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account, Israel has said it "expresses sorrow" over the deaths of the 15 Russian crew members aboard a maritime surveillance plane that was shot down near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia Monday night. While expressing regret towards the Russian loss of the aircraft […]

DPCR (2018-09-19). Can Russia Survive Her "Partnerships"? Has Putin Made a Strategic Miscalculation? globalresearch.ca In an act of intentional deception, Israel used a Russian airplane to cloak an Israeli attack on a Syrian ground position, with the consequence that Syrian air defense missiles downed the Russian airplane with the lost of 15 Russian military …

South Front (2018-09-19). Russia Defense Minister: Israel Bears Full Responsibility for Downing of IL-20 Off Syrian Coast. globalresearch.ca Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu officially stated that Israel bears full responsibility for the downning of Russian IL-20 plane off Syrian coast because its actions had led to this situation. | "The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and | …

Zero Hedge (2018-09-19). Trump: Expect Decision On US Role in Syria Soon. iranian.com President Trump indicated that a decision on the future of US policy in Syria is coming soon in remarks made at a press conference with his Polish counterpart. Speaking alongside President Andrzej Duda, Trump said the Monday night downing of a Russian maritime surveillance plane by accidental Syrian friendly fire was "a very sad thing". […]

Federico Pieraccini (2018-09-19). The West Hates Peace in Syria: From De-Escalation to Almost World War III in Just Two Hours. globalresearch.ca On the 17th of September, an important meeting was held in Sochi between Erdogan and Putin to discuss Syria, in particular Idlib. A few hours after the agreement between the two leaders was reached, there was a French-Israeli strike …

Mohamed Elmaazi (2018-09-19). US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Blasts America's Support for Al-Qaeda in Syria, as Trump Threatens Further Military Action. globalresearch.ca US military veteran and congresswomen for Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, has slammed US foreign policy in Syria. | Arming al-Qaeda | On the 13th of September, Gabbard told [23: 06] comedian and satirist Jimmy Dore: | "Since 2011 both overtly and covertly, the United States | …

Peter Ford (2018-09-19). Idlib: Lull Before the Hurricane. New US Military Doctrine for Intervention in Syria. globalresearch.ca It appears that the Russians have pressed the pause button on their plans for an offensive alongside the Syrian government to retake Idlib. By the time they return to play mode the martial music may have changed. | New US policies …

Strategic Culture Foundation (2018-09-19). Israel's Failed Attempt to Start WWIII is the Beginning of the End. mintpressnews.com Israel finally admitted to carrying out over 200 missions over the past 18 months, only a few of which ever made international media.

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-09-19). Russia-USA-Iran and Syria – A Continuous Struggle to Avoid War. globalresearch.ca The Syrian defence system shot down by mistake a Russian Ilyushin IL-20M 90924 surveillance plane in Syria with 15 servicemen on board on Monday evening, the day after an Israeli F-16 destroyed an Iranian military cargo plane on the Damascus …

Tom Luongo (2018-09-19). Israel's Failed Attempt To Start WWIII Is The Beginning Of The End In Syria. iranian.com There is one thing that Israel fears more than anything else in Syria. The loss of its ability to fly its F-16's with impunity and hit whatever targets it wants claiming defensive measures to stop Iran, their existential enemy. Israel finally admitted to carrying out over 200 such missions over the past 18 months, only […]

Tony Cartalucci (2018-09-19). Syrian-Russian Victory Only Way to Avenge Israeli-French Strikes. globalresearch.ca Western and Russian media sources have reported an alleged joint Israeli-French strike on Syria on September 17. The attack included Israeli warplanes and French missile frigates operating in the Mediterranean off Syria's coast. Amid the attack, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance …

Alex Gordon (2018-09-19). NATO's Fascist Wedge in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca The latest advert for Ukraine's armed forces depicts chiselled military hunks over a caption: "THEY WILL PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENTS — Ukrainian Army: protecting the borders of civilisation." | In reality, Russia was Ukraine's largest single investor in the first six months …

South Front (2018-09-19). Video: Al Qaeda Militants Reject Demilitarization Zone Agreement in Idlib. globalresearch.ca An implementation of the demilitarized zone agreement in Idlib reached during face-to-face talks between Russian and Turkish presidents on September 17 has appeared to be not a simple task as it has been pointed out by many experts. | On September …

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-19). Trump's Dump of FBI Documents: More Fuel for Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory. truthout.org Way back at the beginning of the year, when the infamous "Nunes memo" was being flogged as the smoking gun that would blow the lid off of the Russia investigation by exposing the entire Department of Justice and FBI as the Hillary-loving traitors they are, President Trump played a rare clever hand. Instead of releasing the classified information himself, he played Pontius Pilate and pretended he had no choice in the matter, allowing the Republicans in Congress to do the dirty work. But that was before he decided that destroying the independent legal and intelligence institutions of the United States would become his proudest personal legacy. | Trump told The Hill TV on Tuesday that he sees his battle against what he calls the "corrupt" Department of Justice, FBI and intelligence community's investigation into Russian interference in America's electoral system…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-19). 'One-Man Wrecking Ball': Trump Hopes One of His 'Crowning Achievements' Will Be Exposing 'Cancer' of FBI. alternet.org In a new interview, the president went completely off the rails in his attacks on federal investigators. | It is no secret that President Donald Trump resents the FBI for opening the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia — a case since taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller. But in a new interview with The. . .

Pepe Escobar (2018-09-19). Russia Reveals the MH17 'Smoking Gun'. globalresearch.ca The Russian Defense Ministry may have finally unveiled the "smoking gun" able to solve the mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down on July 17, 2014 over the Donetsk Oblast, a province in eastern Ukraine. | The MH17 crash killed …

Cesar Chelala (2018-09-19). The Afghan Morass. counterpunch.org On learning that he was from Afghanistan, I asked my Afghan taxi driver in New York his opinion about the situation in his country. "Americans don't get it," he said. "They are not going to succeed in Afghanistan. My father was a warlord who fought the Russians, and I grew up in Afghanistan, so I More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-19). Ex-Assistant AG for National Security Slams Trump's Decision to Release Russia Documents 'Solely in Pursuit of His Own Personal Interest'. alternet.org David Kris called Trump's declassification order "a radical departure from the traditions that governed" national security. | Former United States Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump's decision to release portions of the FISA application used to surveil former campaign aide Cater Page, calling it "a radical departure from the traditions that governed" national security. "We have never released to the publ. . .

Consortiumnews (2018-09-19). Justice Dept Likely to Slow-Walk Declassification. consortiumnews.com President Trump has ordered Russia-gate data to be declassified but will likely be stonewalled, raising questions about whether Trump is his own man, writes Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News Don't hold your breath. While the media… Read more →

Elliott Gabriel (2018-09-19). As Twitter Purges Real Iranians, US-Backed MEK Cult Revealed to Run Anti-Iran Troll Farm. mintpressnews.com While "actual" Iranians face social media bans, countless bots and anti-government accounts belonging to the US-backed former terror group, MEK, have been permitted to run rampant across Twitter and other platforms.

Joobin Bekhrad (2018-09-19). Marriage, Iranian Revolution-Style. iranian.com Forty years ago in 1978, my parents decided to get hitched in Iran. Dad had met Mum — then only seventeen — in the States when they were both studying at the University of Portland, and, after only a month or so, popped the question. Not having many friends or relatives in the States, they […]

Mehr News Agency (2018-09-19). Zarif Says His Meetings With Kerry Were 'Public, Pre-Announced'. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said that his meetings with US former Secretary of State John Kerry has been public, pre-scheduled and announced. "The visit to New York is a very good opportunity for the country's diplomacy and is at the highest level of presidency," said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Tuesday, touching upon […]

Farid Parsa (2018-09-19). It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Isabella Bird (1831-1904). iranian.com I think the label 'traveler' is not accurate when describing Isabella Bird. She was an explorer, writer, naturalist and photographer who was born in England. Despite suffering from headaches, insomnia and back pain which later was operated on and a tumour removed from her spinal area she set out to travel extensively around the globe […]

Peter Koenig (2018-09-19). Iran Hawks In Washington. iranian.com No doubt, anti-Iran propaganda out of Washington abounds. There are numerous Zionist-run think-tanks (sic) that make US Foreign Policy — and are ratcheting up anti-Iran anger in the US, but targeting especially the Iranian population at home, in Iran. The notorious chief-villain of these agencies, by the way, highly subsidized by the US State Department, […]

Natalya Zamarayeva (2018-09-19). Pakistan And Iran Are Strengthening The Centre-Oriented Trends In The Region. iranian.com The Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Islamabad in late August 2018 was the first meeting conducted by the new Pakistani leadership headed by the Prime Minister Imran Khan and high-ranking foreign guests. The agreements reached confirmed the trend towards consolidating the forces in the region. The ad hoc nature of […]

Eric A. Gordon (2018-09-19). 'Gloria': A shocking tragicomedy of contemporary white collar workplace mores. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—In Mel Brooks's 1987 Star Wars parody, called Spaceballs, the character Yogurt reveals the true secret of success in Hollywood—and by inference, in life: "Moichandising! Moichandising! Where the real money from the movie is made. Spaceballs: the T-shirt, Spaceballs: the Coloring Book, Spaceball…

Janine Jackson (2018-09-19). 'When Governments Fail to Take Action, They Step In'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Jamil Dakwar on the International Criminal Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Jim Hightower, Creators (2018-09-19). Trump Is Feeding into the American War Machine Through His Neglect and Childish Whims. alternet.org If we're only there because we're "there," it's way past time to leave. | War is hell. We've learned that over and over from the hundreds of thousands of deaths, uncountable maimings, torturings and other horrors our soldiers have experienced in the multitude of wars in this century alone. America is now militarily involved in 76 countries! Yet, the war machine — including a massive army of profiteering corporate contractors and the politicia. . .

Reed Richardson (2018-09-19). As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Howard Lisnoff (2018-09-19). The Beat Goes On Against Protest in Saudi Arabia. counterpunch.org It has always been dangerous to be a protester and activist for human rights in Saudi Arabia. Readers will recall that Saudi Arabia was a nation created out of whole cloth by the West once its deposits of oil were discovered. Many died during World War II for Winston Churchill's objectives of exploiting the Middle More

Whitney Webb (2018-09-19). Amid Renewed Saudi Offensive, 5.2 Million Children in Yemen Now Face Starvation. mintpressnews.com As the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.K. and the U.S. launched a new campaign to capture the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, through which over 90% of Yemen's food is imported, Save the Children warns 5.2 million children in Yemen are now facing starvation.

teleSUR (2018-09-19). Mexico's AMLO Starts Oil Contract Reviews to Tackle Corruption. telesurtv.net The texts of the more than 100 exploration and production contracts are all accessible online and the rolling auctions that awarded them have been lauded by sector analysts for their transparency.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-19). Violence in Yemen Won't End if the US Continues to Support Saudi Arabia. truthout.org

| 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…

Staff (2018-09-19). Florence Death Toll Climbs to 37; Trump Visits Stricken Area. truthdig.com As the president helps volunteers at a church in the hard-hit town of New Bern, North Carolina, that state's governor warns evacuees to not return home because the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-19). Sesame Street Issues Statement Denying Bert and Ernie Are a Gay Couple — And That's a Problem. alternet.org The Internet over the past few days has exploded — mostly with joy. | Are Bert and Ernie a same-sex couple? According to their award-winning Sesame Street writer, yes. According to the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, no. And that's a problem. "I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were" a gay couple, writer Mark Saltzman told Staff (2018-09-19). A Saudi-American War of Terror. truthdig.com It's the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore.

Lyle Jeremy Rubin (2018-09-19). The Forever War's Cheerleaders. thenation.com The Forever War's Cheerleaders appeared first on The Nation.

teleSUR (2018-09-19). North and South Korea Vow to "Eliminate All the Danger of War" mintpressnews.com The Koreas agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone, by December, and to establish a no-fly zone above the military demarcation line.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-09-19). Hurricane Florence Unleashes Coal Ash, Sending Toxic Warning to EPA. truthout.org Just as environmentalists feared, Hurricane Florence has compromised coal ash storage sites near retired and aging power plants in North and South Carolina as the storm pounded the states with high winds and record amounts of rain. Environmentalists now fear that nearby waterways will be contaminated with heavy metals and toxic sludge. | Rain eroded a portion of at least one coal ash landfill over the weekend, creating "waterfalls" of contaminated water upriver from the battered coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to independent monitors. As of Tuesday, environmentalists and first responders were still monitoring several other coal ash ponds and dumps in the region that appeared to be flooded or threatened by swollen rivers. | Near Conway, South Carolina, the National Guard was preparing to drop sandbags and rocks from a helicopter if necessary to prevent floodwaters in the rapidly rising…

Prof. Rajan Menon (2018-09-19). Yemen's Descent into Hell. globalresearch.ca It's the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon …

RT (2018-09-19). Marvel's Kremlin connection? Elizabeth Olsen teaches Conan to curse in Russian (VIDEO). rt.com Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel cinematic universe, spent her study-abroad in Russia and picked up some rather interesting language skills, she revealed to late-night host Conan O'Brien.

wsws (2018-09-19). UK: Fresh novichok allegations used to escalate anti-Russia offensive. wsws.org The crucial question is not to uncover every aspect of the dealings between spies of capitalist states, but to understand to what ends the British narrative of the Skripal affair is being pursued.

RT (2018-09-19). US can spy on journalists domestically using FISA warrants, declassified guidelines show. rt.com Newly declassified Department of Justice memos show guidelines for the US government spying on journalists and their sources using FISA warrants — the same method used to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

RT (2018-09-19). Kavanaugh accuser 'not ready' to speak to Senate, wants FBI to probe sex assault claims first. rt.com Christine Blasey Ford, who accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, will not appear at the hearing scheduled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, her lawyer said.

Intercepted (2018-09-19). Hurricane Colonialism: The Economic, Political, and Environmental War on Puerto Rico. theintercept.com The Intercept's Naomi Klein, veteran journalist Juan González, and musician Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar, better known as iLe, are this week's guests.

wsws (2018-09-19). Labour's John McDonnell embraces Blairite "new economy" plan. wsws.org Labour's endorsement of the IPPR plan makes clear that, behind the talk about governing "for the many, not the few," Corbyn and his allies are adopting trade war policies.

wsws (2018-09-19). China retaliates against US trade war measures. wsws.org The escalating trade war is heightening economic instability and fueling geo-political tensions, not only between the US and China, but internationally.

wsws (2018-09-19). Australia's financial newspaper warns of another global crash. wsws.org The prospect of a financial meltdown is propelling a drive to refashion the political establishment to suppress the anticipated eruption of working-class unrest.

wsws (2018-09-19). Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli "provocation" wsws.org The killing of 15 Russian military personnel off the coast of Latakia has ratcheted up dangerous military tensions in Syria.

Cynthia Papermaster (2018-09-19). Free Workshop: Divest from War and Fossil Fuels. indybay.org Berkeley Library South Branch, 1901 Russell St. @ MLK Jr. Way.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-18). Here Are 5 of the Most Appalling Far-Right Reactions to the Brett Kavanaugh Accusations. alternet.org The reactions have shown exactly why abuse survivors struggle to speak up. | When news broke that Christine Blasey Ford—a 51-year-old professor of psychology at Palo Alto University in Northern California—had accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a party back in 1982, many of the responses were fair-minded and even-handed. A long list of people have stressed that while Kavanaugh hasn't been convicted of a. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-09-18). Kavanaugh Friend Stumbles Through Fox News Interview After Refusing to Say Christine Blasey Ford is Lying. alternet.org Legendary high school partier "Bart O'Kavanaugh" was, according to this friend, never out of control. | On Tuesday, "Fox & Friends" interviewed one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's "best friends," Meghan McCaleb. Like Kavanaugh and Professor Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who stepped forward to share her story of surviving a violent rape attempt by the judge, McCaleb attended an elite prep school in Washington, D. C. McCaleb says she was not at the party wh. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-18). Intercept Report Reveals Senate Ignored Federal Court Employees Willing to Testify Against Kavanaugh. democracynow.org Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley has announced that the committee will hold another hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh next Monday in light of accusations that he attempted to rape a 15-year-old girl at a party while he was in high school. Both Kavanaugh and his accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, will testify under oath. As the allegations against Kavanaugh gain steam, a new report from Ryan Grim for The Intercept has revealed that attorney Cyrus Sanai tried multiple times to reach out to Senators Charles Grassley and Dianne Feinstein on behalf of federal court employees also w…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-18). Headlines for September 18, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Administration Slashes Number of Permitted Refugees in U.S. to Historic Low, Kavanaugh & Christine Ford to Testify at New Hearing on Attempted Rape Allegation, Syrian Missile Downs Russian Military Aircraft, Killing 15, Russia and Turkey Announce Plan to Create Demilitarized Zone in Idlib, Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Accused of Deadly Bombing of Radio Station, Pyongyang: North and South Korean Leaders Reportedly Preparing to Declare End of Korean War, Hurricane Florence Death Toll Reaches 32 as Threat of Toxic Coal Ash Release Looms, Death Toll from Typhoon Mangkhut Tops 74 with 3 Million Displaced i…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-18). Kavanaugh Character Witness Mark Judge in 1983 Yearbook: 'Certain Women Should Be Struck Regularly, Like Gongs'. alternet.org Judge's Georgetown Prep 1983 yearbook page has a few astonishing quotes. | In her once-confidential letter Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said there was a witness to the alleged sexual assault and attempted rape by Brett Kavanaugh: Mark Judge, who she said w. . .

Hatewatch Staff (2018-09-18). The strange alliance between Russian Orthodox monarchists, American Christian Evangelicals and European fascists. splcenter.org A former French militia leader who prepared youth for an impending religious war, the son of an Italian fascist, a Bilderberg-going cardinal, an aspiring king and the Italian deputy prime minister … welcome to the strange universe of the World Congress of Families.

CP Editor (2018-09-18). "The Assad Regime is a Moral Disgrace": Noam Chomsky on Ongoing Syrian War. counterpunch.org

WSWS (2018-09-18). Russian Aircraft Shot Down During Israeli Missile Attack On Main Syrian Government Port. iranian.com 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 […]

Elliott Gabriel (2018-09-18). Russian Military Fumes Over Israel's 'Deliberate Provocation,' as Putin Sighs Over 'Tragic Circumstances' in IL-20 Downing. mintpressnews.com Russian MoD: "Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-18). Bolton Mobilizes the Coalition of the Willing — This Time for Syria. therealnews.com 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?

RFE (2018-09-18). Israel Rejects Russian Blame For Deadly Downing Of Surveillance Plane By Syria. iranian.com Syrian air defenses inadvertently shot down a Russian surveillance plane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Moscow said on September 18, blaming what it called reckless actions by Israel that led to the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that Israeli pilots conducting attacks on targets in Syria "used […]

Zero Hedge (2018-09-18). A Major Attack On Syria Followed Putin-Erdogan Agreement For Demilitarized Zone In Idlib. iranian.com 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 […]

Alastair Crooke (2018-09-18). The Saudi-Israeli Alliance Against Iran, Two Major Middle East Projects Are About To Collide. iranian.com 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. [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ut from the ashes of the two mega projects of […]

Tehran Times (2018-09-18). Iranian Scholar Working On Persian-Ottoman Turkish Dictionary. iranian.com 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 […]

MRTS (2018-09-18). The Oldest Magic Book In The World. iranian.com 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 […]

Press TV (2018-09-18). Iran's Persepolis Cruises To ACL Semis After Beating Qatar's al-Duhail. iranian.com Iran's professional soccer club Persepolis has put on a dazzling performance in the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, advancing to the semi-finals after beating al-Duhail of Qatar. [dropcap]P[/dropcap]ersepolis soccer team beat al-Duhail 3-1 in the second leg of the 2018 AFC Champions League quarter-finals at the Azadi Stadium in the Iranian capital of Tehran […]

Richard Moser (2018-09-18). Both the Commune and Revolution. counterpunch.org 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 More

aclu (2018-09-18). How Facebook Is Giving Sex Discrimination in Employment Ads a New Life. aclu.org 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…

John Kendall Hawkins (2018-09-18). Seymour Hersh: a Life of Adversarial Democracy at Work. counterpunch.org 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: "We should take nothing for granted: Only an alert More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-18). How Global Warming and Arctic Ice Melt Intensifies Hurricanes. therealnews.com 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

SouthFront (2018-09-18). Trump Imposes New Tariffs on Chinese Goods. mintpressnews.com In the escalating US-China Trade war, US President Donald Trump announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, which are to come into effect on September 24th. | Nearly 200 pages long, the list covers almost 6,000 individual items. Some are quite common, such as coal, printing ink, pneumatic tires and spark plugs. Others are more exotic, from live eels and frogs' legs to rail locomotives and chandeliers. | This comes in addition to tariffs on approximately $53 billion of Chinese goods. China retaliated with tariffs on $53 billion of US goods. | Trump also threatened for the tariffs to be raised to 25% in 2019 if no deal is reached to ease trade tensions between the countries. He also threatened of tariffs on another roughly $267 billion more if China retaliated against the US action. | On September 18th, China said…

Rajan Menon (2018-09-18). The War From Hell—Supported by the United States. thenation.com The War From Hell—Supported by the United States appeared first on The Nation.

INA (2018-09-18). 4 Injured in Peaceful Rally to Protest US Cuts to UNRWA. imemc.org At least four Palestinians, Tuesday, were shot and injured with live fire as Israeli forces attacked a peaceful rally near Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing with the besieged Gaza Strip, said WAFA sources. Four Palestinians were admitted into the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza, with live-bullet wounds, after […]…

INA (2018-09-18). Settlement Construction Tripled in 2nd Quarter of 2018. imemc.org Israeli "Peace Now" movement, on Tuesday, said that Israeli construction of settlements has tripled in the second quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter. The movement said, in a statement published on Monday, that during the second quarter of 2018, 794 settlement units were built, compared to 279 settlement […]…

Samuel Oakford (2018-09-18). Trump Administration Plans U.N. Meeting to Ramp Up the International Drug War. theintercept.com Donald Trump plans to open the U.N. General Assembly with a meeting to rally likeminded countries to crack down on drugs.

RT (2018-09-18). Liberal stars land sick burns on Trump & Kavanaugh at Emmys… get worst-ever ratings. rt.com Hosts and nominees alike paraded their views on a constellation of political issues — from sexual harassment to Supreme Court nominations — throughout the most prestigious US TV awards. Not many tuned in to watch.

RT (2018-09-18). 'A form of warfare': Senate passes anti-opioid bill as overdoses ravage America. rt.com The Senate has passed a bill aimed at combating the influx of synthetic opioids into the US, as the nation grapples with soaring overdose rates. |

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

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

wsws (2018-09-18). Economist magazine calls for soldier MPs to lead UK. wsws.org 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."

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

wsws (2018-09-18). Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin. wsws.org 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.

RT (2018-09-18). Top 5 Russia-conspiracy fails of Rachel 'highest-ratings-ever' Maddow. rt.com MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has just enjoyed her most-watched week of all-time for her self-titled Rachel Maddow Show — proving once and for all that fake news and conspiracy are no hindrance to soaring ratings.

WSWS (2018-09-18). Russian Aircraft Shot Down During Israeli Missile Attack On Main Syrian Government Port. iranian.com 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 […]

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