2018-09-20: News Headlines

Kurt Nimmo (2018-09-20). Syria, the United Nations, and the "Slobodan Milosevic Treatment" globalresearch.ca It's long been obvious the United Nations is a rubber stamp lapdog of the United States. It set the stage for a decade of sanctions that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and piled sanctions of Libya that resulted in …

South Front (2018-09-20). Video: Russian Armed Forces Kick Off Snap Military Drills Off Syrian Coast. globalresearch.ca On September 19, multiple reports appeared in some Arab, Western and Russian media claiming that the Russian Military Police arrested all service members of the 44th brigade of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces in the Syrian province of Lattakia …

James Carden (2018-09-20). Tulsi Gabbard on the Administration's Push for War in Syria. thenation.com Tulsi Gabbard on the Administration's Push for War in Syria appeared first on The Nation.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-20). The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Just Suspended Aid for 8,000 Syria Families in Lebanon. mintpressnews.com In its 2017 report, the High Commission classified Syrian refugees in Lebanon as the poorest compared to their counterparts in other countries; 68 per cent of Syrians in Lebanon live in extreme poverty, defined as less than $2.87 a day.

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-09-20). Right-Wingers Are Spreading These False and Vicious Rumors About Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford. alternet.org It's the Republican way. | The charming folks of right-wing social media have predictably swung into gear to defame and smear Christine Blasey Ford for daring to come forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And as usual on the right, when the truth won't do, Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-20). Two Women Drown in Flood While Chained in Sheriff's Van. truthout.org Two women being transported by sheriff's deputies to a mental health facility drowned Tuesday in South Carolina when the van they were riding in was overcome by floodwaters. The two sheriff's deputies in the vehicle survived. Forty-five-year-old Wendy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green are two of at least 37 people killed by Hurricane Florence since the storm made landfall. Both women had gone to hospitals Tuesday morning when they were involuntarily committed and detained. Less than 24 hours later, they were dead. "There are a lot of questions remaining about why this had to occur, then, why there couldn't have been some sort of an emergency delay," says Meg Kinnard, South Carolina correspondent for the Associated Press, who has been following the story closely. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-20). The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights. globalresearch.ca It's fitting that the same society that produced George Orwell with his warnings of a totalitarian dystopia stacked with all-prying monitors, surveillance and paranoia should yield up some of the most invasive surveillance regimes imaginable. While some states have found …

Peter Koenig (2018-09-20). The United States of America – The Real Reason Why They Are Never Winning Their Wars. globalresearch.ca None of these wars, hot wars or cold wars, has ever been won. Nor were they intended to be won. And there are no signs that future US-led wars will ever be won; irrespective of the trillions of dollars spent on them, and irrespective of the trillions to come in the future to maintain these wars and to start new ones. Why?

Democracy Now! (2018-09-20). Right-Wing Network Spent Millions to Portray Questions for Kavanaugh on Abortion as "Anti-Religious" democracynow.org As Republicans charge forward with Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nominee hearing despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's claim that he raped her as a teenager, a new Nation investigation reveals a secret network of right-wing activists has spent millions of dollars attacking questions about Kavanaugh's stance on abortion, LGBTQ rights and executive privilege as "anti-religious bigotry." We speak with Sarah Posner about her explosive new report for The Nation, "The 'Anti-Catholic' Playbook." She is a reporting fellow at the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-20). Kavanaugh's Hearings Have an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy. truthout.org

| Janine Jackson: Media are certainly reporting the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But there's a case to be made that stories that just get views from various folks about what it would be like with Kavanaugh on the court, but sidestep serious questions about the process that would put him there, are doing less covering than covering up. | Media get things wrong all the time, but among the deepest damage they do is invisibilizing possibilities, making it seem that things they don't consider can't happen. It's a sort of implicit passivity that permeates corporate reporting, of which the air of "oh well, what's next" fatalism wafting off of much coverage…

Jim Naureckas (2018-09-20). Climate Change Made Florence a Monster—but Media Failed to Tell That Story. fair.org The Miami Herald never mentioned global warming in 21 stories on Hurricane Florence, Public Citizen found—despite being based in one of the US cities most vulnerable to climate change. | That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and South Carolina shouldn't be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States. One analysis released before the massive storm hit, by researchers at Stony Brook, Berkeley National Lab and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, projected that warming would cause Florence to bring twice as much rain compared to a similar storm with normal temperatures. | But news audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a study of hurricane coverage by Public Citizen. Less than…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-20). Learning the Power of Lies: Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump. truthout.org It's easy — and not wrong — to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump. | His own record of issuing breathtaking falsehoods from the exalted platform of the White House is unprecedented in American history. So is his consistent refusal to back down when a statement is proven false. In Trump's world, those who expose his lies are the liars and facts that show he was wrong are " fake news." | In this war on truth, Trump has several important allies. One is the shameful silence of Republican politicians who don't challenge his misstatements for fear of giving offense to his true-believing base. Another is a media environment far more cluttered and chaotic than in past decades, making it easier for people to find stories that fit their…

Rajan Menon (2018-09-20). Yemen's Descent Into Hell: a Saudi-American War of Terror. counterpunch.org 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. It's got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air More

Democracy Now! (2018-09-20). American Prison: Shane Bauer Traces History of U.S. For-Profit Prisons from Slavery to Today. democracynow.org "American Prison." That's the name of the new book by award-winning journalist Shane Bauer, who dives deep into the profit-earning motives of U.S. prisons, from convict labor in colonial-era settlements all the way to present-day mass incarceration, including Bauer's own stint as an undercover prison guard at the privately owned Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana. We speak with Shane Bauer in New York City.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-09-20). This Disturbing Video Shows a Father and Son Gun Down Their Neighbor During a Fight Over Trash. alternet.org "Video evidence like this is always graphic and very difficult to watch, but it is consistent with the charges," said district attorney Jim Hicks. | A father and son gunned down their neighbor in an alley behind their Texas homes during an argument over trash — and the victim's fiancée recorded the slaying on video. Johnnie, 67, and Michael Miller, 31, have been charged with murder in the Sept. 1 shooting of Aaron Howard as part of an. . .

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-20). Heightened Policing Keeps Farmworkers Vulnerable in the Wake of Florence. truthout.org The sky was blood red on Wednesday morning just after sunrise. For anyone with a working TV and the time and inclination to watch it, the warnings have been dire since Monday. A massive hurricane was fast approaching from the Atlantic Ocean, of a size and force never before seen in North Carolina. | The record breaking storm, which stalled over the port city of Wilmington for three days, had 100 mph winds and measured 500 miles in diameter, covering almost the entire state. Apart from the battering winds, an unprecedented amount of rain has dropped on North Carolina, filling its lakes and reservoirs to the brim, leading to widespread flooding. Even a portion of Interstate 95, the highway which runs from the northernmost corner of Maine to the end of the Keys in Florida, has been shut down as it turned into…

teleSUR (2018-09-20). Arbitrary Arrests, Brutality is Intolerable: Argentine Activist. telesurtv.net Grabois was detained after leading peaceful demonstration in Buenos Aires protesting the arrest of six Senegalese street workers.

RT (2018-09-20). 'Russians are coming for the Boy Scouts' says professor in warning to Americans. rt.com Not content with (alleged) efforts to destroy US democracy through election interference in 2016, Russia is now "likely" targeting American civic society groups like the Boy Scouts and local charities, a professor has suggested.

wsws (2018-09-20). The militarist component of Trump's trade war. wsws.org While China is at present the prime target, the Trump administration sees the US as being involved in an economic war against the rest of the world.

Ellen Schwartz (2018-09-20). Book talk: The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution. indybay.org Sierra 2 Center, Room 9, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.)…

RT (2018-09-20). Monsanto asks judge to overturn $289m cancer verdict, claims dying man presented lack of evidence. rt.com Agrochemical giant Monsanto has appealed to a California judge to throw out a $289 million jury verdict awarded to a man who claimed that the Bayer-owned company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, gave him cancer.

wsws (2018-09-20). Italian officials received prior warnings of catastrophic bridge collapse in Genoa. wsws.org The government and private bridge operator received repeated warnings about the bridge's structural integrity.

Cynthia Papermaster (2018-09-20). Free Workshop: Divest from War and Fossil Fuels. indybay.org Berkeley Library South Branch, 1901 Russell St. @ MLK Jr. Way.

RT (2018-09-20). US slaps Chinese arms procurer with sanctions for buying advanced Russian weapons. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the addition of 33 Russian defense and intelligence officials and entities to the ever-growing US sanctions list and also targeted a Chinese military entity for buying Russian arms.

wsws (2018-09-20). Russia implicates pro-NATO Ukrainian regime in MH17 shoot-down. wsws.org Using serial numbers provided by European investigators, Moscow gave evidence that the missile that shot down MH17 was held not by Russian, but Ukrainian forces.

RT (2018-09-20). Three killed in mass shooting in Harford County, Maryland. rt.com Three people have been killed and at least two injured in a shooting in Harford County, Maryland. The female suspect, a temporary employee at a Rite-Aid warehouse, is also dead in what appears to be suicide, authorities said.

wsws (2018-09-20). Over 5 million children face starvation as US-backed forces attack Yemeni aid port. wsws.org The aid group Save the Children warned that the US-Saudi war threatens to kill "an entire generation of Yemen's children."

wsws (2018-09-20). Korean summit yields new agreement, but few tangible results. wsws.org Regardless of the immediate results of the talks in Pyongyang, the deal does not address the underlying regional tensions fueled by the US war drive against China.

Lynda Carson (2018-09-20). International Criminal Court should investigate the US for war crimes. indybay.org National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened the International Criminal Court as recent as Monday, September 10, while giving a speech to the nefarious Federalist Society at the Mayflower Hotel!

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 | …

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 …

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 →

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

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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.

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

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…

Edward Hunt (2018-09-19). As More Yemenis Die, U.S. Support Keeps a Major Oil Trade Route "Open for Business" progressive.org "I don't think the Saudis would be conducting this level of atrocity if not for the support from the United States."

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.

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). 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.

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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

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?

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

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…

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

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

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.

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

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…

RT (2018-09-18). US aircraft carrier Truman crosses Atlantic after threats to Syria. rt.com USS 'Harry S. Truman' is crossing the Atlantic after leaving the US east coast following last week's drills. The movement of the carrier, used during the Middle East mission in April, comes in the wake of US threats to Damascus.

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). 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). 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). '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. |

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.

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.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-17). Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War. therealnews.com A look into how the military-industrial complex fuels endless war for corporate profits. CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin discusses her new report on the five largest US weapons manufacturers and their arms deals with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt

Democracy Now! (2018-09-17). Botham Jean's Family: Are Dallas Police Smearing His Reputation to Protect Officer Who Killed Him? democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-17). As Blasey Ford Alleges Kavanaugh Assaulted Her, Will Senate Repeat Mistakes Made with Anita Hill? democracynow.org 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…

Rob Urie (2018-09-17). American Fascism. counterpunch.org 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.

Janine Jackson (2018-09-17). 'This Is an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy and Non-Transparency'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Kim about Brett Kavanaugh and the antidemocratic Supreme Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

RT (2018-09-17). Republican congressman calls Syrian President Assad 'the Butcher of Baghdad' in war geography fail. rt.com 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".

RT (2018-09-17). Lisa Page reveals FBI had no evidence of collusion for 'Russiagate' probe. rt.com 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. |

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

RT (2018-09-17). Anne Hathaway denounces 'white privilege' at star-studded gala dinner. rt.com 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. |

RT (2018-09-17). Trump orders 'immediate' declassification of FISA documents, DOJ-FBI texts. rt.com 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.

RT (2018-09-17). 'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms. rt.com 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.

RT (2018-09-17). Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination. rt.com 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. |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RT (2018-09-14). US to bomb Syria to protect Al-Qaeda? Tucker Carlson marvels at Washington's Idlib logic (VIDEO). rt.com Washington's threats to take military action to deter a Syrian assault on Al-Qaeda-held Idlib province has prompted Fox News host Tucker Carlson to ask the obvious question: Why would the US bomb a country to protect terrorists?

Eric Ortiz (2018-09-13). Why the U.S. Seeks to Hem in Russia, China and Iran. consortiumnews.com America's three principal adversaries signify the shape of the world to come: a post-Western world of coexistence. But neoliberal and neocon ideology is unable to to accept global pluralism and multipolarity, argues Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-09-13). Big Coal Put Toxic Coal Ash in Unlined Dirt Ponds—Now a Hurricane Is Heading Directly Toward Them. democracynow.org As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, fear is growing that the storm could result in catastrophic waste spills. Twenty-four toxic coal ash containment ponds in the path of the storm are at risk of flooding in the extreme rainfall. We are joined by Will Hendrick, staff attorney with the Waterkeeper Alliance; Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center; and Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-13). NC Lagoons Hold Billions of Gallons of Hog Feces. The Hurricane May Blast That Waste into Waterways. democracynow.org In North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, millions of residents are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which meteorologists are warning could unleash life-threatening storm surges and historic flooding across a wide swath of the East Coast. Even if the storm weakens, experts warn Hurricane Florence could kill thousands of farm animals and trigger catastrophic waste spills from sewage treatment plants, hog waste lagoons and chicken farms. Many of the factory hog farms in North Carolina store their waste by spraying it on nearby fields and neighborhoods, or by depositing it in lagoons tha…

RT (2018-09-13). Washington's message is clear, do as we say or be punished — US Secretary of Energy Perry. rt.com A routine press conference of the US energy secretary and the Russian energy minister has surprisingly turned into a lecture on Washington's superiority and exceptionalism as the US official faced a question on sanctions.

TeleSur English (2018-09-12). Arreaza: Venezuela Will Continue to 'Fully Collaborate' With UN Human Rights Council. venezuelanalysis.com At the U.N., Venezuela's Jorge Arreaza compared the economic blockade to the economic war waged against Chile's socialist government in the seventies.

RT (2018-09-12). 'Don't test us': Haley threatens US strikes over any attack on Syria's Idlib. rt.com Any attack on Syria's Idlib province is going to be "dealt with," US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned, as Washington seeks to stop the Russian-backed Syrian army from retaking the last remaining jihadist stronghold.

RT (2018-09-12). Tulsi Gabbard calls out Trump's troubling double standard on Al-Qaeda. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard marked 9/11 by pointing out that Donald Trump paid tribute to the victims of Al-Qaeda even while protecting the terrorist group's last stronghold in Syria — sparking a range of responses online.

RT (2018-09-12). 'Same as 9/11': Edgy senator compares 'Russian meddling' to murder of 3,000 Americans. rt.com Angus King, an independent US Senator for Maine, told a crowd of first responders that Russia's alleged 'meddling' in the 2016 election was "the same kind of attack" that took place on 9/11. |

Democracy Now! (2018-09-11). Headlines for September 11, 2018. democracynow.org John Bolton Threatens International Criminal Court Judges with Sanctions, More Than 1 Million Ordered to Evacuate as Florence Barrels Toward East Coast, Trump Admin Plans to Roll Back Regulations Limiting Methane Gas Emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law to Move California to Carbon-Free Energy by 2045, In Urgent Plea, U.N. Secretary-General Warns of Risks of "Runaway Climate Change", Bill McKibben: More Than $6 Trillion Divested from Fossil Fuel Companies So Far, WaPo: 1,600 Federal Workers Have Departed EPA in Mass Exodus, U.N. Warns Offensive in Idlib Could Lead to Worst Loss of Life in 21st Century, Afghanist…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-11). Climate Change Supercharges Hurricane Florence as 1.5 Million Evacuate in Carolinas & Virginia. democracynow.org More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence continues to gain strength as it barrels toward the East Coast. The enormous Category 4 storm is projected to make landfall on Thursday or Friday, bringing with it heavy rains and high winds that could linger for days after hitting land. People up and down the coast are preparing for extreme flooding and what the National Hurricane Center is calling a "life-threatening storm surge." Experts are warning the damage could be catastrophic.