2018-09-22: News Headlines

Nidal Rahawi (2018-09-22). Syrian Activist Nidal Rahawi Provides Rare Insight into the Deteriorating Conditions in the Northeastern Region. globalresearch.ca In part I of this article we spoke with Mr. Nidal Rahawi about life under Kurdish rule and some of the most recent tragic events that have taken place. In part II we will expand on the topic of education …

Sputnik News (2018-09-22). Iranian Army Spokesman: Ahvaz Military Parade Attackers Linked To US, Israel. iranian.com Iranian Armed Forces spokesman, Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, told IRNA that the militants who had committed a terrorist attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday were linked to the United States and Israel. "These terrorists are not members of the Daesh* [terrorist group, banned in Russia] and do not belong to groups […]

Manlio Dinucci (2018-09-22). Video: The New Iron Curtain. globalresearch.ca Latvia is presently building a metal fence, 90 kilometres long and 2.5 metres high, along its frontier with Russia. It will be finished before the end of the year, and will be extended in 2019 along more than 190 kilometres …

Consortiumnews (2018-09-22). The New York Times as Judge and Jury. consortiumnews.com Seeking to maintain its credibility, The New York Times dispenses with the criminal justice system and basic principles of journalism to weigh in again on Russia-gate, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News We've seen it before: … Read more →

EuroNews (2018-09-22). Major Powers, Except U.S. Try To Keep Iran Nuclear Deal Alive. iranian.com Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November. Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran will gather in New York […]

Askiah Adam (2018-09-22). Can the Downing of Russia's IL-20 be the Beginning of the End for Israeli Hubris? globalresearch.ca None of us would be cheering on a war that could easily be the absolutely final one if President Putin had not defused the situation while clearly signalling that he holds Israel accountable for downing the Russian IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft …

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-09-22). Kavanaugh Ally Did Online Searches for Christine Ford Before She Was Revealed As Accuser: Report. alternet.org The ally came under fire earlier in the week after he posted a conspiracy theory on Twitter claiming Ford mixed up the nominee with another classmate. | A conservative lobbyist friend of Brett Kavanaugh's searched for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on LinkedIn before she was outed as the person who accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault. The Washington Post reported that on Sunday, Ford forwarded an email to an associate showing that Ethics and Public Policy Center president Ed Whalen had been looking at her LinkedIn profile. According to the report, Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after the Post shared her name with the White House — but before the newspaper posted a story revealing her name on Monday. In a statement, the White House claimed that neither Kavanaugh nor anyone within the administration shared the accuser's name with Whelan. The EPPC president and Kavanaugh ally came under fire earlier in the week after he posted a conspiracy theory on Twitter claiming Ford mixed up the nominee with another classmate.

David Ray Griffin (2018-09-22). 9/11 Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation. globalresearch.ca "9/11 ushered in a generation of war and destruction. And yet, despite its importance, much of the event remains poorly understood. 9/11 Unmasked provides an authoritative and carefully argued exposition of key problems with the official narrative. Nearly 20 years …

PKVDP (2018-09-22). Flight MH17, Ukraine and the Civil War. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | The July Offensive and NATO Monitoring | On the margins of D-Day celebrations in Normandy in June …

Jim Naureckas, FAIR (2018-09-22). They Think It Would Be Fun to Run a Newspaper: Billionaires Buying Up Media Is Another Step Toward Oligarchy. alternet.org A handful of super-wealthy individuals are assuming power over crucial news outlets, both locally and nationally. | The announcement that Time magazine would be bought by software CEO Marc Benioff highlighted the growing trend of billionaires buying up media outlets. While media moguls have always been wealthy—with press barons ( Rupert Murdoch, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-22). As Right-Wingers Push Trump to Fire Rosenstein, Here's What to Do If He Does. alternet.org "Our response in the hours following a potential power grab will dictate what happens next—whether Congress will stand up to Trump or allow him to move our democracy toward authoritarianism. " | As prominent right-wing provocateurs immediately took to social media on Friday to call on President Donald Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-22). If Democrats Win in November, Will There Be a Reckoning With Trump? truthout.org November is coming. I know, because a tree told me. The stout maple outside my office window has grown a beard of red, like the first flecks of gray in a young man's whiskers. The trees outside Donald Trump's windows aren't changing yet — it's a muggy 81 down there compared to my foggy 58 — but to crib a line from Melville, it is already a damp and drizzly November in his soul. | The 2018 midterm elections are six weeks and an eyelash away. It will be another two months after that before the 116th Congress is sworn in. If the political prognosticators are right about November and the ultimate constitution of that new legislative body, the next three months may well be the last peaceful ones Trump will ever know. It is hard to say for certain if he knows…

RFE (2018-09-22). Dozens Killed In Iran Military Parade: Arab Group Takes Responsibility For Attack. iranian.com The death toll in the Iran military parade attack has risen to 24, according to the Iranian state news agency IRNA. State media said gunmen opened fire at the event in the southwest city of Ahvaz on September 22. State television said the assault targeted a stand where Iranian officials were gathered to watch an […]

Middle East Eye (2018-09-22). Gunmen Attack Army Parade in Iran Leaving Dozens Dead. globalresearch.ca Iran president Hassan Rouhani has vowed a "crushing response" after four gunmen attacked a military parade in the city of Ahwaz, killing at least 25 people, including soldiers and civilians. | The fighters opened fire on a large crowd of spectators …

SouthFront (2018-09-22). Netanyahu: Israel To Deliver 'Crushing Blow' To Hezbollah If It Uses Its 'Precision Rockets'. iranian.com On September 20th, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a "crushing blow" if Hezbollah uses its "precision rockets." Netanyahu's promise came in response to the words of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. Nasrallah (pictured above) said that despite Israel's best efforts to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced armaments, the militia possesses "precision and non-precision rockets and […]

wsws (2018-09-22). New documents on Yeltsin-Clinton conversations further expose US "meddling" in Russian politics. wsws.org The Clinton Foundation has released hundreds of pages of documents about conversations between US president Bill Clinton and Russian president Boris Yeltsin.

Labor Video Project (2018-09-22). SF City Hall Rally Before Audit Hearing: If We Don't Get No Justice You Don't Get No Peace. indybay.org SEIU 1021 San Francisco city workers rallied at City Hall on 9/19/18 to protest the systemic racism, workplace bullying and illegal discrimination and termination of African American and other workers in the City. The rally was called prior to a audit hearing of the SF Board Of Supervisors to hear from witnesses and the Department of Human Resources run by Micki Callahan. Workers said that she had been personally involved in managing the illegal discrimination and retaliation against African American and other city workers.

Cynthia Papermaster (2018-09-22). Free Workshop: Divest from War and Fossil Fuels. indybay.org Berkeley Library South Branch, 1901 Russell St. @ MLK Jr. Way.

Lynda Carson (2018-09-22). 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!

Ellen Schwartz (2018-09-22). 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.)…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-21). In Viral Video, Medea Benjamin Confronts Trump Official on Iran. therealnews.com At a public event in Washington, DC, CodePink's Medea Benjamin confronted Brian Hook, the head of Trump's Iran Action Group, over the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and re-imposing crippling sanctions on the Iranian people. Benjamin joins us to discuss her action, which went viral online

Press TV (2018-09-21). Marines Hold Eight Days of Drills with Militants in Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca US marines have held eight days of unprecedented military exercises with US-backed militants in southern Syria in an attempt to send a "strong message" to Iran and Russia, a senior military official said. | Colonel Sean Ryan, a US military …

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-09-21). What the Idlib Deal Means for the Syrian War. globalresearch.ca While a crisis has been prevented in Idlib through a deal between Russia and Turkey, the deal in itself also contains sufficient substance that brings America's role in Syria down to zero. This becomes particularly evident when we compare the …

South Front (2018-09-21). Video: Threat of Staged Chemical Weapons Attack in Idlib Remains. globalresearch.ca Jaysh al-Izza, one of the biggest Free Syrian Army groups in northwestern Syria has welcomed an implementation of the de-escalation zone agreement in Idlib, which was reached by Turkey and Russia earlier this month, the pro-opposition media outlet Enab Baladi …

George Capaccio (2018-09-21). Iran: "Snapping Back" Sanctions and the Threat of War. counterpunch.org During his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, President George W. Bush named Iran as one of three countries forming an "axis of evil." The other two were North Korea and Iraq. According to Bush and his neocon backers, these three nations posed a threat to our security and the security of More

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-21). US Sanctions China for Buying Russian War Planes and Missiles. mintpressnews.com The sanctions are related to China's purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018, the State Department said.

Tasnim News (2018-09-21). Iranian Official: High-Level Nuclear Cooperation With Russia In Progress. iranian.com Spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said Tehran and Moscow are working in close cooperation in various fields of the nuclear industry. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]sked by Sputnik about the latest developments in Iran-Russia nuclear cooperation, Behrouz Kamalvandi (above photo) said, "Nuclear cooperation between Iran and Russia is in progress at high level in diverse […]

Paul Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Gould (2018-09-21). Weaponized Dreams? The Curious Case of Robert Moss. counterpunch.org After recently finishing a multi-part series on the long history of "fake" news propaganda behind America's current anti-Russia hysteria, a friend sent an email she'd received from "Bestselling author & Dream Shaman Robert Moss." Robert Moss currently leads seminars and workshops at some of the best known New Age institutions, such as Omega and Esalen. He More

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-21). Oil-Producing Countries Seek Increased Production. iranian.com A ministerial committee of oil producing countries agreeing to the reduction of production held a meeting in Algeria on Sunday under the chairmanship of the two most important oil states: Saudi Arabia and Russia, represented by the two countries' energy ministers, Khalid Al-Falih and Alexander Novak. The two became work partners to prevent the decline […]

SouthFront (2018-09-21). Iran Vows To Boost Missile Capabilities, Claims Its 'S-300 Version' Is Better Than Russia's. iranian.com Iran made several interesting military claims in September 2018, as reported by PressTV. The most significant is probably the claim that the US would lose any war it starts with Iran. On September 14th, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the IRGC's second-in-command, said in a speech that Washington knows "it will be on the losing side […]

Rick Rozoff (2018-09-21). Poland May Become Next Nation to Shoot Down Russian Military Plane? US Planning to Establish a Permanent Military Base in Poland. globalresearch.ca The US is looking to establish a permanent US military base in Poland. This is what President Donald Trump said on Tuesday following a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House. Sputnik discussed the potential establishment of …

ZeroHedge (2018-09-21). US Overlooked Mass Civilian Deaths in Yemen to Preserve Arms Sales. mintpressnews.com A leaked classified memo which shows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to continue US military involvement in the Saudi war on Yemen in order to preserve a massive $2 billion weapons deal with Riyadh.

Jim Naureckas (2018-09-21). They Think It Would Be Fun to Run a Newspaper. fair.org New Time owner Marc Benioff (cc photo: Fortune Global Forum) | The announcement that Time magazine would be bought by software CEO Marc Benioff highlighted the growing trend of billionaires buying up media outlets. While media moguls have always been wealthy—with press barons ( Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg, Donald Newhouse, etc.) still well-represented on Forbes' running list of the world's billionaires—what distinguishes this new breed of press magnate is that they bought their media properties with fortunes made in other industries. | Some, like Benioff, come out of the tech industry; tech tycoons like Amazon's Jeff Bezos, eBay's Pierre Omidyar and Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs have profited from a tech boom (or bubble) that gives them plenty of cash to spend. Others come out of the financial sector, which has doubled its share of the…

Robert Hunziker (2018-09-21). Is Paris 2015 Already Underwater? counterpunch.org The Paris Agreement of 2015 remarkably brought together all of the nations of the world, except for the United States after Trump cancelled, in a concerted effort to combat the dire consequences of global warming, which on a worst-worst-worst case basis could lead to human extinction; although, not many climate scientists discuss that possibility. But, More

Vern Loomis (2018-09-21). Has Something Evil This Way Come? counterpunch.org It sounds like a partisan question: Is Donald Trump evil? Maybe it has to be a partisan question; can anyone truly be unbiased towards him, and who in his camp would pose the question? So, bias admitted, it's still a necessary question: Is Donald Trump evil and what does it matter? He's already been labeled with so many More

Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-21). Trump Thinks He Has the Advantage in His Trade War with China — But It Could Backfire in a Big Way. alternet.org In winning the trade battle with China, Trump may lose the war against inflation. | Contrary to what President Trump thinks, trade wars are neither good, nor easy to win. But ultimately, as in any war, there are winners and losers. In that respect, the U. S. president is probably right in his implicit assumption that the U. S. , not China, is likely to come out ahead in its steadily intensifying trade conflict with Beijing—at least in the short term,. . .

Ben Dangl (2018-09-21). The Zapatistas' Dignified Rage: Revolutionary Theories and Anticapitalist Dreams of Subcommandante Marcos. counterpunch.org Reviewed: The Zapatistas' Dignified Rage: Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos. By Subcommander Marcos. Introduction by Nick Henck. Translation by Henry Gales. (AK Press, 2018). Beyond the city streets and markets of San Cristóbal de las Casas, steep roads wind into the misty mountains of Chiapas, past the Mexican state's military outposts, and toward the autonomous More

Jill Richardson (2018-09-21). Why Women Don't Report Sexual Assault. counterpunch.org When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn't she speak out then? Why didn't she go to the police? There's a long, long list of reasons why a woman wouldn't speak out even now, and More

Eugene V. Debs (2018-09-21). 'While there is a lower class, I am in it': Eugene Debs sedition centennial. peoplesworld.org The history books tell us that World War I was: 1) The "war to end all wars" (tell that to the tens of millions who have died in the century since). And 2) that President Woodrow Wilson declared the United States to be on a mission to "make the world safe for democracy." The reality, however, was far different from the rhetoric. The ruling classes made out very well from the fighting. World War I proved to be very good for finance capital as profits reached new heights. | But not everyone among the working class agreed. Strong opposition to the war among the population led the federal government to set up a sophisticated propaganda effort to bolster public support and to minimize opposition. | Along these lines, Congress passed several laws limiting the rights of those who were against the war.

Dave Clennon (2018-09-21). A Victory for Historical Accuracy and the Peace Movement: Not One Emmy for Ken Burns and "The Vietnam War" counterpunch.org Ken Burns, branded as "America's Storyteller," was shut out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 9. (The "primetime," higher-profile Emmys were awarded later, on September 17.) Burns's latest project, the mammoth PBS series, "The Vietnam War," was nominated for Emmys in four categories. One by one, through the evening, all four More

Ron Jacobs (2018-09-21). Faith, Madness, or Death. counterpunch.org Rashomon is one of Japanese film director A. Kurosawa's most well-known films. It is based on the short story "In a Grove" by the Japanese short story writer Ry≈´nosuke Akutagawa. Akutagawa lived and wrote his fiction in the years before World War Two. He committed suicide at age thirty-five, leaving behind at least one hundred More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-21). Puerto Rico Has Not Recovered From Hurricane Maria. truthout.org Puerto Rico was in crisis long before Hurricane Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017. | For years, this US territory had been struggling with debt, economic crisis and drought. In May 2017, the government defaulted on US$73 billion in loans and declared bankruptcy. | Then Hurricane Maria slammed the island with 155-mph winds and coastal flooding that rose to 6 feet within 30 minutes of landfall. The storm caused the longest power blackout in US history. | Sixty-four Puerto Ricans died during Maria and an estimated 2,975 Puerto Ricans perished from hurricane-related problems in the five months afterwards — many from treatable chronic illnesses because the power outage prevented them from getting antibiotics, insulin and other medical care. | To say that the island of 3.3 million has not yet recovered — from the damage or…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-21). New US Sexual Misconduct Rules Are Designed to Deter Survivors From Reporting. truthout.org

| Janine Jackson: Headlines can do a lot of work. Take the August 29 New York Times news story, for example, headed " New US Sexual Misconduct Rules Bolster Rights of Accused and Protect Colleges." Readers are tipped, you might say, that previous to proposed rules by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, those accused of rape, sexual assault or harassment on college campuses had weak or inadequate rights, and that colleges faced some sort of danger or vulnerability, presumably to being unfairly portrayed as places where such acts occur. | What's missing between the prevalent presentation of new rules on sexual assault in schools as a common-sense move towards fairness, and the fact that no sexual assault…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-09-21). North and South Korea Steer Toward Peace Despite Heavy US Foot on the Brakes. mintpressnews.com "We had lived together for five thousand years but apart for just 70 years. Here, at this place today, I propose we move forward toward the big picture of peace in which the past 70-year-long hostility can be eradicated and we can become one again." — South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Whitney Webb (2018-09-21). Mercenaries Leading Assault on Yemen Port City Were Trained by IDF in Israel. globalresearch.ca 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. | A…

Staff (2018-09-21). A Red State Victory for Voting Rights. truthdig.com This technical snafu—where one state agency has not been sharing its latest information with another; in this case, the driver bureau not sharing the latest address information with statewide election officials—is not simply bureaucratic bungling. | It is willfully turning what should be a simple matter—transferring data—into a potential voter suppression tactic. That's because it could complicate the process for hundreds of thousands of people in states with close races, starting with U.S. Senate contests. | Slightly different variations of this problem have surfaced in Missouri and Arizona. | In Arizona, civil rights groups have been frustrated by its state Motor Vehicle Division refusal to forwarded address changes for an estimated 384,000 people to election offices. That number comes from people who did not check a box on a form agreeing to forward the change of address information, a Secretary of State spokesman…

Jim Hightower (2018-09-21). Amazon is Making Workers Tweet About How Great It is to Work There. counterpunch.org In Corporate World, when trouble pops up and things get sticky, CEOs don't wring their hands and try to dodge the issue. No-sir-ee, the chief gets paid the big bucks to step forward confidently and seize control… by ringing up the company's PR consultants and having them try to dodge the issue. Amazon CEO Jeff More

Democracy Now! (2018-09-21). Trump Warned Michael Moore Not to Make a Film About Him in 1998 Interview on Roseanne Show. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Michael Moore about his interaction with Donald Trump on Roseanne Barr's talk show in November 1998. Moore had released the film "Roger & Me" nine years earlier. Trump was upset to learn the two would be appearing together and threatened to leave, Moore says. Michael Moore negotiated with Trump, asked him not to leave, and promised not to "go after" him over real estate dealings and charges of racism—and now says he was "played."

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-21). Red State Victory for Voting Rights: Federal Court Blocks a Massive Potential Voter Suppression Tactic. alternet.org Missouri's state motor vehicle agency was stonewalling, which is still happening in Arizona. | Voting rights advocates won a major victory in Missouri late on Friday, when a federal district court ordered the state's Driver License Bureau to promptly forward address change information for an estimated 200,000 people who recently moved to election officials to update voter rolls before the midterm election. This technical snafu—where on. . .

True Publica (2018-09-21). The Nuclear War You Didn't Know About. globalresearch.ca This article first appeared on 7th August 2015 – Since this article was published, the stockpiling and distribution of nuclear weapons around the world has significantly worsened. The United States maintains an arsenal of about 1,650 active, ready to fire …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-21). Bernie Sanders to Pompeo: Yemeni Lives Are Worth More Than Contractor Profits. truthout.org American-made bombs are being used to massacre large numbers of civilians in Yemen, and new reporting shows that the Trump administration is allowing this carnage to continue and escalate in order to protect the profits of defense contractors. | Just days after the Yemen-based human rights group Mwatana gave CNN exclusive access to documents showing that US-manufactured bomb fragments have been found at the scene of at least 11 separate Saudi-led attacks on Yemeni civilians since 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opted to continue American military support for Saudi Arabia over the objections of his staff in an effort to preserve $2 billion in weapons sales to the brutal monarchy. | "Pompeo overruled concerns from most of the State Department specialists involved in the debate who were worried about the…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-21). Conservative Columnist Jennifer Rubin Warns Republicans: 'The Senate Really Is in Play'. alternet.org "[One] can imagine thousands of women rolling their eyes in disgust (or yelling at their TVs), vowing to head for the polls in November to vote out Republicans. " | Political pundits have been much more bullish on Democrats' chances of retaking the House of Representatives in 2018 than their chances of retaking the Senate, where gaining a majority on Tuesday, November 6 would mean keeping every seat a Democratic incumbent is defending while taking at le. . .

Nick Pemberton (2018-09-21). With or Without Kavanaugh, The United States Is Anti-Choice. counterpunch.org As the midterm elections speed towards us, defeated Americans hope for a 'blue wave' of Democrats to save us. Republicans, who align across the board with President Trump's corporate ecocide agenda, want to push through Trump's despicable Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before a potential blue wave. Republicans may not trust Donald Trump, but they agree with him on the issues and will take whatever gains he has provided the party. More

Roger Kimmel Smith (2018-09-21). Randy Forsberg and the Quest for Peace on Earth. progressive.org On the International Day of Peace, remembering a pioneer in nuclear disarmament and the evolution of humanity away from war.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-21). Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: It is Outrageous that the US is Supporting a Genocidal War in Yemen. therealnews.com Over 5 million children are facing starvation and a cholera outbreak is raging in Yemen, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, yet the US continues to support the Saudi bombing and destruction of the country, says Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Democracy Now! (2018-09-21). Michael Moore vs. Donald Trump in "Fahrenheit 11/9": New Film Warns Our Democracy Is At Risk. democracynow.org "Fahrenheit 11/9″—That's the name of the new documentary premiering today by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, a stunning retelling of the 2016 election and its aftermath. 11/9. That's November 9, the day Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. In the film, Michael crosses the country, documenting not only the rise of Trumpism but also the teachers' strikes sweeping the nation, the "blue wave" of progressive candidates in the 2018 primaries, the rise of student activism after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Moore spares no one…

William Boardman (2018-09-21). The Shame of Dianne Feinstein, the Courage of Christine Blasey Ford. counterpunch.org Any talk of a hearing on Monday, frankly, is premature, because she just came forward with these allegations 48 hours ago. And since that time, she has been dealing with hate mail, harassment, death threats. So she has been spending her time trying to figure out how to put her life back together, how to More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-09-21). Roaming Charges: the Chickenhawks Have Finally Come Back Home to Roost! counterpunch.org + The transformation of the Democrats into the party of the neocons is now complete. The Senate just passed a $674 billion military budget, the largest since the peak of Iraq War and a $17 billion increase from last year. There were only seven "No" votes, none of them Democrats: Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Ben More

Staff (2018-09-21). Our Tendency to Believe Comfortable Lies. truthdig.com 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…

John Pilger (2018-09-21). Hold the Front Page: The Reporters are Missing. mintpressnews.com So much of mainstream journalism has descended to the level of a cult-like formula of bias, hearsay and omission. Subjectivism is all; slogans and outrage are proof enough. What matters is "perception."

W. T. Whitney (2018-09-21). US Harasses Cuba Amid Mysterious Circumstances. counterpunch.org An altered style of U.S. aggression against Cuba emerged one year ago. Those in charge seem to have added new elements of meanness and improvisation to their accustomed ways of waging all-but-war against Cuba. They've demonstrated muddled ideas of danger from Cuba and taken advantage of a situation remarkable for its obscure origins. The alarm sounded More

Graham Peebles (2018-09-21). Priorities of the Time: Peace. counterpunch.org For as long as anyone can remember violence and conflict have been part of daily life: humanity appears incapable of living peacefully together. There are the brutal cries of war, the vile acts of terror, homicides, rapes and assaults of all kinds. People everywhere long for an end to such conflicts, and are crying out More

Prof. Alon Ben-Meir (2018-09-21). The Deal or the Debacle of the Century? globalresearch.ca As we wait for Trump to unveil his peace plan to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, he has in fact made the prospect of achieving "the deal of the century" far more remote than it was already. His recognition of | …

PCHR (2018-09-21). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13 — 19 September 2018). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 13 — 19 September, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 7 civilians, including 2 children, were killed, while a third child succumbed […]…

Steve Baggarly (2018-09-21). Disarm Trident Walk Ends in Georgia. counterpunch.org Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, September 12th marked the end of the Disarm Trident Peace Walk. Some 50 people in all took part in the walk from Savannah to Kings Bay, Georgia, in support of the 7 Catholic peace activists of the Kings Bay Plowshares. On April 4th, the 50th anniversary of the More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-09-21). Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide. counterpunch.org Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14, recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located East of Jerusalem, are all-too familiar. The strategic location of Khan Al-Ahmar makes the story behind the imminent Israeli demolition of the peaceful village unique amid the ongoing destruction of More

Jonathan Cook (2018-09-21). Palestine: The Testbed for Trump's Plan to Tear up the Rules-Based International Order. counterpunch.org Nazareth Washington's decision to intensify swingeing aid cuts to the Palestinians — the latest targets include cancer patients and peace groups — reveals more than a simple determination to strong-arm the Palestinian leadership to the negotiating table. Under cover of a supposed peace effort, or "deal of the century", the Trump administration hopes to solve More

FHRII (2018-09-21). Rouhani Should Be Called To Account For Human Rights Abuses In Iran At UN Gathering. iranian.com As President Hassan Rouhani comes to NY to attend the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the international community to directly address the worsening human rights situation in Iran with the Iranian president. Diplomats should raise the issue of the arrests of peaceful activists, lawyers and […]

Brad Evans (2018-09-21). What Does It Mean to Celebrate International Peace Day? counterpunch.org We know the world continues to be dangerous. We know our cities are continued targets for indiscriminate attacks. We know we continue to sell arms to brutal dictators on the basis that if we don't others will. We know we continue to invest heavily in military research and development because that's just the established order of things. We know there are groups in the world like Islamic State, which revel in the most abhorrent and intimately barbaric acts of killing upon anybody who doesn't fit into their dystopian visions. Juan Cole (2018-09-21). The GOP Is After Kerry For Iran Meetings, But Has A Long History Of Covert Foreign Scandals. iranian.com Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and now Florida Senator Mario Rubio this week attacked former Secretary of State John Kerry for meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif this past winter and spring for conversations about ways of preserving the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). Former secretaries of state such […]

Younes Zangiabadi (2018-09-21). Has The Gulf Cooperation Council Been The Biggest Loser Of Trump's Iran Policy? iranian.com For the second time, the Trump administration announced its postponing of the October summit with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) unit next year. The stated agenda for the summit was to reunify the GCC against Iran's influence in the region. This event is another example of Trump administration's failure in rallying the GCC countries […]

Abbas Djavadi (2018-09-21). Ancient Persian Ruins Discovered In Turkey Come As A Big Surprise. iranian.com Recent excavations by Turkish archeologists near the northern Anatolian city of Amasya have unveiled the remains of a 2,500-year-old Persian Achaemenid palace, a reception hall, a throne chamber, and a fire temple, Turkish media has reported. "We were not expecting to see this big surprise," Professor ≈ûevket Donmez of the University of Istanbul Archaeological Faculty […]

Farid Parsa (2018-09-21). What Is Reza Aslan's Islamic Utopia? iranian.com Reza Aslan has been critical of Islamic fundamentalism. And he's doing his best to articulate his version of Islam distinguishing it from the fanatical ones. Aslan, however, does not speak much about secularism. Whatever issue people may have with the Western democratic system, Aslan and people like Aslan have managed to fulfill their potential in […]

Pepe Escobar (2018-09-21). The West Against The Rest. Or The West Against Itself? iranian.com What is the bigger story? The West Against the Rest or The West Against Itself? The Illiberal Quartet of Xi, Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan is in the line of fire of haughty homilies about Western "values." Illiberalism is arrogantly and provocatively depicted in the West repeatedly as a Tartar Invasion 2.0. But closer to home […]

WSWS (2018-09-21). Iran Responds To Economic Crisis And US Destabilisation With Repression Of Working Class. iranian.com Last month, authorities sentenced teacher Mohammad Habibi, a leader of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association of Tehran (ITTA-Tehran), to a 10-and-a-half-year term in jail and 74 lashes. According to the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI), Habibi was arrested on May 20, along with 13 others, after security forces and undercover agents […]

Nick Cunningham (2018-09-21). Iran Sanctions Are Damaging the Dollar. globalresearch.ca Painful sanctions on Iran have demonstrated the long reach of the U.S. Treasury, forcing much of the globe to fall in line and cut oil imports from Iran despite widespread disagreement over the policy. Yet, we are only in the …

RFE (2018-09-21). Volkswagen Rejects US Report Suggesting It Will Not Do Business In Iran. iranian.com Carmaker Volkswagen AG rejected on Thursday a report suggesting it had decided against doing business in Iran after coming under pressure from Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany, saying its position on the country had not changed. U.S. sanctions against Iran, introduced by President Trump after his decision to pull the United States out of the […]

wsws (2018-09-21). Australian government planning to reopen strategic Papua New Guinea naval base. wsws.org The return of the Australian and US navies to Manus Island would be a significant preparation for a US-led war against China.

Lee Fang (2018-09-21). State Department Team Led by Former Raytheon Lobbyist Pushed Mike Pompeo to Support Yemen War Because of Arms Sales. theintercept.com The former lobbyist's team said a $2 billion sale of Raytheon missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be imperiled.

wsws (2018-09-21). Iran responds to economic crisis and US destabilisation with repression of working class. wsws.org This year has witnessed increasing social and economic unrest among all layers of the Iranian working class over high unemployment and soaring inflation.

RT (2018-09-21). Infowars says PayPal has terminated agreement with it for promoting 'hate'. rt.com Payment processing service PayPal has banned Alex Jones's Infowars, saying that the site "promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance" and thus violated their use policy. |

WSWS (2018-09-21). Iran Responds To Economic Crisis And US Destabilisation With Repression Of Working Class. iranian.com Last month, authorities sentenced teacher Mohammad Habibi, a leader of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association of Tehran (ITTA-Tehran), to a 10-and-a-half-year term in jail and 74 lashes. According to the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI), Habibi was arrested on May 20, along with 13 others, after security forces and undercover agents […]

RT (2018-09-21). NYT rolls out mammoth report on 'Russian interference' that fails to tell allegations from facts. rt.com A new take on the 'Russia hacked the US election' story by the Gray Lady herself may make some in the journalistic community cringe. It's usually not considered correct to report allegations as facts, you see.

RT (2018-09-21). Clown wars: Trump trades Pennywise barbs with California Democrat. rt.com In the same week as having his genitals compared to a video game character, US President Donald Trump has been likened to Pennywise, the scary clown monster from Stephen King's novel "IT".

wsws (2018-09-21). UK government attempt to gag teachers as cuts deepen. wsws.org The government reaction must be seen as a warning: not only will school cuts continue unabated but that they will move forcefully against any attempts to block their austerity agenda.

RT (2018-09-21). Trump blasts Kavanaugh accuser, says if alleged attack was that 'bad,' charges would have been filed. rt.com President Trump attacked the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in a tweet wondering if the alleged 'attack' was so bad, why did she wait so long to come forward? |

RT (2018-09-21). 'Peace with Iran!' Anti-war activist dragged from Trump official's anti-Tehran speech (VIDEO). rt.com A prominent anti-war activist was dragged out of a meeting attended by the US special envoy to Iran, but not before she stepped onto the stage and took aim at the official's hawkish anti-Iranian speech.

wsws (2018-09-21). New York Times' fraudulent "election plot" dossier escalates anti-Russia hysteria. wsws.org The Times regurgitates unsubstantiated claims that Russia "hijacked" the 2016 election and carried out a "stealth cyberage Pearl Harbor" to further an agenda of criminalizing domestic dissent and censoring the internet.

RT (2018-09-21). Trump's new cyber strategy seeks global dominion over internet. rt.com Setting the global standard for online behavior, preserving American dominance, political and economic interests, punishing 'malicious actors' like Russia and China: these are the ambitious goals of the new US cyber-strategy. |

RT (2018-09-21). Trump delays order to declassify Russia probe documents. rt.com President Donald Trump has delayed his order to declassify documents related the the FBI's surveillance of former campaign adviser Carter Page, and asked the Department of Justice to review the documents first.

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.

Consortiumnews (2018-09-20). CN Radio—Episode 3: Gareth Porter on DHS Deception & Bi-Partisan Fear of Revolt. consortiumnews.com The DHS deceptively pushed the story that Russia hacked U.S. voter databases; and both Democratic & Republican elites fear popular revolt against their failed polices but refuse to change, as Gareth Porter explains. The guest on Episode 3 of Consortium… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-09-20). Headlines for September 20, 2018. democracynow.org Sen. Grassley Sets Deadline for Kavanaugh Accuser to Respond to Testimony Request, North & South Korea Aim to Declare End of War This Year, Shocking Video: Florence Rainfall Drowns Thousands of Factory Farm Animals in NC, Puerto Rico Marks Anniversary of Hurricane Maria as Trump Denies Death Count, Trump Continues Attack on Sessions: "I Don't Have an Attorney General", Senate Passes $674 Billion Military Spending Bill, FBI & DOJ to Redact Documents Trump Ordered Fully Declassified, Israeli Forces Kill 15-Year-Old Boy in Gaza as Historic Protests Continue, Palestinian UNRWA Staff Protest Job Cuts in Gaza, Germany:…

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…

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.

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.

RT (2018-09-20). Grammar fail! Pompeo annoyed with State Dept's inappropriate use of commas, staff given lessons. rt.com There's undoubtedly a lot going on in Mike Pompeo's head at any time, from Syria to North Korea. But the secretary of state apparently still has time to be a stickler for grammar, with his staff sending out memos on comma usage.

RT (2018-09-20). To protect arms sales, Pompeo favors sole voice backing renewed support of Saudis in Yemen — report. rt.com Mike Pompeo certified that Saudi Arabia was reducing civilian casualties in Yemen, against the majority opinion in the State Department, siding with a minority report which warned US arms sales would be in jeopardy if he didn't. |

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). 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.