2018-09-20: Social Media Postees

Moon to Carry Private Message From Kim Jong Un to Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-20
The South Korean president says his North Korean counterpart is eager to have another summit with President Donald Trump and he wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks. | The post Moon to Carry Private Message From Kim Jong Un to Trump appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

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

Video: Russian Armed Forces Kick Off Snap Military Drills Off Syrian Coast
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-20
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 … | The post Video: Russian Armed Forces Kick Off Snap Military Drills Off Syrian Coast appeared first on Global Research.

Syria, the United Nations, and the "Slobodan Milosevic Treatment"
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-20
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 … | The post Syria, the United Nations, and the "Slobodan Milosevic Treatment" appeared first on Global Research.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Just Suspended Aid for 8,000 Syria Families in Lebanon
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-20
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. | The post The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Just Suspended Aid for 8,000 Syria Families in Lebanon appeared first on MintPress News.

Right-Wing Network Spent Millions to Portray Questions for Kavanaugh on Abortion as "Anti-Religious"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-20
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.

Climate Change Made Florence a Monster–but Media Failed to Tell That Story
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-09-20
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…

Yemen's Descent Into Hell: a Saudi-American War of Terror
Rajan Menon | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-20
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…

Learning the Power of Lies: Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-20
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…

This Disturbing Video Shows a Father and Son Gun Down Their Neighbor During a Fight Over Trash
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-09-20
"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. . .

Mercenaries Leading Assault on Yemen Port City Were Trained by IDF in Israel
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-20
Foreign mercenaries, trained covertly at secret IDF camps in the Negev desert, are now leading the new assault on the Yemen port city of Hodeida, an assault that observers warns threatens to dramatically worsen Yemen's already catastrophic humanitarian crisis. | The post Mercenaries Leading Assault on Yemen Port City Were Trained by IDF in Israel appeared first on MintPress News.

Heightened Policing Keeps Farmworkers Vulnerable in the Wake of Florence
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-20
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…

American Prison: Shane Bauer Traces History of U.S. For-Profit Prisons from Slavery to Today
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-20
"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.

Two Women Drown in Flood While Chained in Sheriff's Van
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-20
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…

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

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

Korean summit yields new agreement, but few tangible results
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-20
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.

Monsanto asks judge to overturn $289m cancer verdict, claims dying man presented lack of evidence
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-20
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.

US slaps Chinese arms procurer with sanctions for buying advanced Russian weapons
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-20
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.

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

'Russians are coming for the Boy Scouts' says professor in warning to Americans
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-20
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.

The militarist component of Trump's trade war
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-20
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.

International Criminal Court should investigate the US for war crimes
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2018-09-20
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!

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

Russia implicates pro-NATO Ukrainian regime in MH17 shoot-down
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-20
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.

Three killed in mass shooting in Harford County, Maryland
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-20
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.

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

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Blasts America's Support for Al-Qaeda in Syria, as Trump Threatens Further Military Action
Mohamed Elmaazi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-19
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 | … | The post US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Blasts…

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

Justice Dept Likely to Slow-Walk Declassification
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-19
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 ?…

Video: Al Qaeda Militants Reject Demilitarization Zone Agreement in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-19
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 … | The post Video: Al Qaeda Militants Reject Demilitarization Zone Agreement in Idlib appeared first on Global Research.

Russia Reveals the MH17 'Smoking Gun'
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-19
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 … | The post Russia Reveals the MH17 'Smoking Gun' appeared first on Global Research.

Michael Moore: Senate Must Take Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Seriously & Postpone Kavanaugh Hearing
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-19
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…

'When Governments Fail to Take Action, They Step In'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-09-19
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…

Amid Renewed Saudi Offensive, 5.2 Million Children in Yemen Now Face Starvation
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-19
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. | The post Amid Renewed Saudi Offensive, 5.2 Million Children in Yemen Now Face Starvation appeared first on MintPress News.

We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-19
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…

North and South Korea Vow to "Eliminate All the Danger of War"
teleSUR | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-19
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. | The post North and South Korea Vow to "Eliminate All the Danger of War" appeared first on MintPress News.

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

The Beat Goes On Against Protest in Saudi Arabia
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-19
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…

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

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

Marvel's Kremlin connection? Elizabeth Olsen teaches Conan to curse in Russian (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-19
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.

UK: Fresh novichok allegations used to escalate anti-Russia offensive
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-19
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.

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

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

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

Labour's John McDonnell embraces Blairite "new economy" plan
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-19
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.

US can spy on journalists domestically using FISA warrants, declassified guidelines show
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-19
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.

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.

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

The strange alliance between Russian Orthodox monarchists, American Christian Evangelicals and European fascists
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-09-18
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.

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…

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.

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…

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:…

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

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.

Liberal stars land sick burns on Trump & Kavanaugh at Emmys… get worst-ever ratings
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
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.

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.

US aircraft carrier Truman crosses Atlantic after threats to Syria
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
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.

'A form of warfare': Senate passes anti-opioid bill as overdoses ravage America
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
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.

Top 5 Russia-conspiracy fails of Rachel 'highest-ratings-ever' Maddow
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
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.

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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.

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…

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 ?…

Paul Manafort pleads guilty to two criminal charges, will cooperate with Mueller
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
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.

#Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
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.

US to bomb Syria to protect Al-Qaeda? Tucker Carlson marvels at Washington's Idlib logic (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
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?

In Idlib it's different? For US, 'humanitarian' concerns supersede rooting out Al-Qaeda (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
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.

Why the U.S. Seeks to Hem in Russia, China and Iran
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-13
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 ?…

NC Lagoons Hold Billions of Gallons of Hog Feces. The Hurricane May Blast That Waste into Waterways
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-13
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…

Oslo Turns 25, Proves BDS Critical For A Free and Just Future
leili | bdsmovement.net | 2018-09-13
Oslo Turns 25, Proves BDS Critical For A Free and Just Future: UpdateAs the Oslo Accords turn 25, we see that the "peace process" has served as cover for Israel to steal more Palestinian land, expel more Palestinians from their homes and commit war crimes against Palestinians without accountability. It's more important tha…

Big Coal Put Toxic Coal Ash in Unlined Dirt Ponds–Now a Hurricane Is Heading Directly Toward Them
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-13
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.

Washington's message is clear, do as we say or be punished — US Secretary of Energy Perry
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-13
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.

Arreaza: Venezuela Will Continue to 'Fully Collaborate' With UN Human Rights Council
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-09-12
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.

'Don't test us': Haley threatens US strikes over any attack on Syria's Idlib
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-12
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.

Tulsi Gabbard calls out Trump's troubling double standard on Al-Qaeda
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-12
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.

'Same as 9/11': Edgy senator compares 'Russian meddling' to murder of 3,000 Americans
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-12
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.

Trump Admin Punishes PLO for Trying to Prosecute Alleged Israeli War Crimes in International Court
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-11
On Monday, President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, announced the administration will close the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington as retaliation for the Palestinians' efforts to bring alleged Israeli military war crimes to the International Criminal Court. Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat called the move "an affirmation of the U.S. administration's determination to continue its policies of blackmail and extortion and undermining the peace process and the two state solution." We speak with Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Human Rights Program.

Climate Change Supercharges Hurricane Florence as 1.5 Million Evacuate in Carolinas & Virginia
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-11
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.

Sexism at U.S. Open: Serena Williams' Treatment Lays Bare Double Standard Black Women Face
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-11
We look at fallout from the women's U.S. Open final Saturday, where tennis star Serena Williams lost to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka, after accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism. On Monday, the Women's Tennis Association came out in support of Williams, with chief executive Steve Simon suggesting the umpire showed a different level of tolerance to Williams because she is a woman. During the final, Ramos gave Williams a code violation after he deemed a gesture made toward her by her coach to be "coaching," which is banned during a game. Ramos then penalized Williams a point after she destroyed her racket in anger, and…

John Bolton Threatens International Criminal Court Judges for Probing U.S. Torture in Afghanistan
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-11
President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, has threatened U.S. sanctions against International Criminal Court judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In 2016 an ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report also accused the CIA of subjecting at least 27 prisoners to torture, including rape, at CIA prison sites in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania. Bolton said in a speech at the Federalist Society Monday, "We will let the ICC die on its own. After…

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