2018-10-02: News Headlines

wsws (2018-10-02). Iran fires missiles at Islamist "rebels" as US vows to remain in Syria. wsws.org Washington and Tehran, already at odds over escalating US sanctions, are coming into increasing conflict over military operations in Syria.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-02). Headlines for October 2, 2018. democracynow.org White House Expands Kavanaugh FBI Probe, NBC: Kavanaugh Contacted Ex-Classmates to Refute 2nd Accuser's Claims, Former Kavanaugh Classmate Recalls 1985 Drunken Bar Fight, Kavanaugh Protesters Take to the Streets, Confront Senators, President Trump to ABC News's Cecilia Vega: "You're Not Thinking", SCOTUS Opens Session with 8 Judges, Rejects Uranium Mining Appeal, Indonesia: Death Toll from Earthquake and Tsunami Tops 1,200, Iran Fires Missiles into Syria in Response to Sept. 22 Ahvaz Attack, Israel Injures Scores of Protesters in Occupied Territories Clashes, FLOTUS Melania Trump Starts Solo Visit to African Cont…

Sheila Carrillo (2018-10-02). What's Happening in Syria: A cultural/educational community event. indybay.org Resource Center for Nonviolence 612 Ocean St Santa Cruz…

SouthFront (2018-10-02). Iran Successfully Employs Multiple Combat UAVs To Pound ISIS Positions In Syria. iranian.com Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) employed at least seven unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) to pound ISIS positions in Syria following a ballistic missile strike carried out by the IRGC earlier on October 1. According to the IRGC, UCAVs attacked HQs and gatherings of the "mercenaries of global arrogance". The empployed aircraft are most likely Thunderbolt UCAVs produced […]

The Herland Report (2018-10-02). How Western Intervention in the Middle East Creates Hatred Towards the West. mintpressnews.com When terror attacks happen on European soil, we rightfully mourn. But, when it happens in Syria, Iraq or Libya and thousands upon thousands are killed, our media keeps silent.

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-02). With ISIS Defeated, Trump Targets Iran. counterpunch.org The shadowy figures of Kurdish fighters can be just made out on film as they ambush and kill three pro-Turkish fighters in a night time attack in Afrin in northern Syria. The Kurdish enclave was invaded and occupied by the Turkish army and their Syrian armed opposition allies earlier in the year. Sporadic guerrilla warfare More

Louis Proyect (2018-10-02). Between Socialism and Barbarism. counterpunch.org On September 20, 2013, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at a Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod region that announced his new orientation to the far-right internationally: Another serious challenge to Russia's identity is linked to events taking place in the world. Here there are both foreign policy and moral aspects. More

Kurt Nimmo (2018-10-02). Making the Arctic Safe for Neoliberalism. globalresearch.ca Let's put aside for a moment the nonsense about Russia hijacking the vote with Facebook ads and focus on the endgame. | The neoliberal economic order is based on natural resource and market dominance, so it's no surprise when it reacts …

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-02). What Is Behind Qatar's Shift Towards Israel? (Part 1). iranian.com There is a rational explanation of why India and Brazil, two countries with vast populations and significant and growing economies, are not permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The Council — made up of 5 permanent and ten rotating members — was designed to reflect a world order that was birthed from […]

Bahram Bahrami (2018-10-02). Dear Donald, America Was Great Because The Rest Of The World Was A Mess! iranian.com In the interest of full disclosure I should state: I am not writing this piece because of the latent hatred towards the United States of America due to the 1953 coup d'état against democratically elected government of Dr. Mossadegh. In spite of numerous US and UK governments self-congratulatory confessions (last one officially in 2013), unlike […]

Jessica Corbett (2018-10-02). Warnings Mount That Trump's NAFTA 2.0 is Just Another 'Corporate Giveaway'. mintpressnews.com Critics warn the new agreement would make it harder "to hold Big Oil and Gas accountable" while also threatening "efforts to protect consumers, workers, and the environment."

Derrick Broze (2018-10-02). New FCC Ruling Gives Federal Government Control of 5G Rollout. mintpressnews.com As the push towards 5G-powered "Smart" surveillance cities begins across the United States the Federal Communications Commission has approved a new rule limiting the power of local authorities.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-10-02). Hatewatch Headlines 10/2/2018. splcenter.org Tucker Carlson warns of 'white genocide'; Teaming up to track alt-right Bitcoin wallets; Reddit 'quarantines' white-nationalist subreddits; and more.

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2018-10-02). Imperiling People and Planet, Warnings Mount That Trump's NAFTA 2.0 Just Another 'Corporate Giveaway'. alternet.org Critics warn the new agreement would make it harder "to hold Big Oil and Gas accountable" while also threatening "efforts to protect consumers, workers, and the environment. " | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Environmentalists on Monday slammed President Donald Trump's replacement for the North American. . .

wsws (2018-10-02). Indonesian tsunami relief grossly inadequate as death toll tops 1,200. wsws.org Among survivors, there is growing outrage over the lack of assistance and the absence of a functioning tsunami warning system.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2018-10-02). 2018 Veterans Day Week ~ Honoring African Americans at the SF Presidio. indybay.org African-American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions | EDSITEment is a good place to start exploring the contributions of "Buffalo Soldiers" during WWI…

wsws (2018-10-02). IMF chief warns of rising risks facing global economy. wsws.org The IMF is set to downgrade its forecast for global growth amid rising trade tensions.

David Swanson (2018-10-02). 17 Years of Getting Afghanistan Completely Wrong. counterpunch.org We expect 17-year-olds to have learned a great deal starting from infancy, and yet full-grown adults have proven incapable of knowing anything about Afghanistan during the course of 17 years of U.S.-NATO war. Despite war famously being the means of Americans learning geography, few can even identify Afghanistan on a map. What else have we More

IMEMC News (2018-10-02). Army Abducts A Palestinian Near Hebron, Installs Roadblock. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, early on Tuesday morning, one Palestinian, and installed many roadblocks, in addition to closing the main gate of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, violently searched homes, and abducted […]…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2018-10-02). 2018 Veterans Day ~ Honoring Buffalo at the SF Presidio. indybay.org African-American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions | EDSITEment is a good place to start exploring the contributions of "Buffalo Soldiers" during WWI…

ZeroHedge (2018-10-02). Chinese Warship Comes Within 45 Yards of US Destroyer in South China Sea. mintpressnews.com The encounter, which comes at a time of strained relations between the world's two largest economies driven largely by Trump's aggressive trade policy, was characterized as "unsafe and unprofessional" by Navy officials.

Dr. Elias Akleh (2018-10-02). "Covert Wars", Threats and Laughter in the Halls and Corridors of the United Nations. globalresearch.ca Last week the UN halls have been the battlefields of aggressive speeches by world leaders. | My interest is in the speeches concerning the Middle East; a very dangerous and volatile area, whose unfolding battles are affecting the whole world. The …

Ed Rampell (2018-10-02). 'A Picture of Dorian Gray' speaks of obsession with beauty and youth. peoplesworld.org

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2018-10-02). 2018 Veterans Day ~ Honoring Buffalo Soldiers at the SF Presidio. indybay.org African-American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions | EDSITEment is a good place to start exploring the contributions of "Buffalo Soldiers" during WWI…

The Conversation (2018-10-02). This Is the Long and Sordid History of the Political 'Forgotten Man'. alternet.org Politicians have long used the 'forgotten man' to win elections. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Since Thomas Jefferson's time, candidates have put themselves forward as representatives of the so-called "forgotten man. "As a scholar of American political history, I cover this subject in my book on presidential politics,

Democracy Now! (2018-10-02). Kavanaugh Schoolmate Urges Georgetown Prep Grads to Break Silence on Sexual Assault, Party Culture. democracynow.org As the FBI presses forward with a limited investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a group of alumni from his all-male high school Georgetown Prep are calling for graduates to come forward if they have information about sexual assaults committed by their former classmate. In 2015, Kavanaugh told an audience at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law that "What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep." But the petition implores graduates of the elite prep school, "Please do not remain silent, even if speaking out comes at some personal cost." We speak with Bill…

wsws (2018-10-02). Trump touts tariffs and trade war following NAFTA renegotiation. wsws.org The revised trade pact forges a US-led North American protectionist trade bloc in preparation for economic and military conflict with Washington's global rivals, above all China.

AMSH (2018-10-02). SF Democratic Party: Rape Among City Employees & Navy's Blue Death. indybay.org While the country is fixed on the US Senate hearing for Republican Trump's rapist nominee for Supreme Court Justice, millionaire Brett Kavanaugh with a current lifetime judge position, right here in San Francisco on the taxpayer's payroll, the San Francisco Democratic Party, which has been in power at City Hall since 1960, allows rape, racism and retaliation, and has invited the world's leading terrorists, rapists and racists, the US military, as the Democrats have since 1981, when war profiteer Senator Dianne Feinstein was mayor, to again strafe our city for 4 days, October 4-7, 2018, for at least 4 hours per da…

Danny Sjursen, Tom Dispatch (2018-10-02). Blowback: How American War Policy Has Seeded 'Insider Attacks' Into Its DNA. alternet.org A former West Point Instructor on blowback from U. S. policy in the greater Middle East | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | In July 1999, Chalmers Johnson began the prologue to Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire this way:. . .

Vijay Prashad (2018-10-02). Regime Change 2.0: Is Venezuela Next? counterpunch.org On September 8, The New York Times carried a story with a provocative headline: "Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelan Officers". The journalists Ernesto Londoño and Nicholas Casey spoke to 11 current and former United States officials and Venezuelan commanders. These people told the journalists that they had been involved in conversations with the Donald Trump administration about regime change in Venezuela. In August 2017, Trump had bragged that the U.S. had a "military option" for Venezuela. This statement, these men told the reporters, "encouraged rebellious Venezuelan military offic…

Noam Chomsky (2018-10-02). I Just Visited Lula, the World's Most Prominent Political Prisoner. A "Soft Coup" in Brazil's Election Will Have Global Consequences. theintercept.com As the fifth most populous country, what happens in Brazil matters. The current election reflects dynamics that are globally relevant and historically familiar.

wsws (2018-10-02). Sri Lankan students discuss upcoming anniversary meetings on the history of the Trotskyist movement. wsws.org University students in Kandy and Colombo outline their financial difficulties, concerns about unemployment and voice support for David North's forthcoming lectures.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-02). Iran Quotes Hillary Clinton's Emails, WikiLeaks At U.N. To Prove Saudis Are State Sponsors Of Terror. iranian.com Those rare moments that WikiLeaks gets invoked at the United Nations are always fun, especially when part of a tense feud between Middle East rivals and involving Hillary Clinton. Iranian Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo gave a fiery speech during the final days of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York wherein he […]

Tony Cartalucci (2018-10-02). The US Has Delisted Anti-Iranian MEK Terrorists Still Openly Committed to Violence. globalresearch.ca In 2012, the US State Department would delist anti-Iranian terrorist group – Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) – from its Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list. Yet years later, MEK has demonstrated an eager desire to carry out political violence on a scale …

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-02). Iran Pledges Not To Reduce Oil Production Ahead Of US Sanctions. iranian.com Iran does not intend to reduce its oil production because of US sanctions which are expected to come in to effect in November, the Director of the National Iranian Oil Company Ali Kardor said yesterday. The Tasnim news agency reported Kardor as saying that Iran will continue to receive revenues from its oil sales. A new package […]

anchi (2018-10-02). Iranian crisis to unite EU. indybay.org Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has tagged the September 22 tragedy as a terrorist attack and charged the US allies with the responsibility of loss of lives.

South Front (2018-10-02). Video: Israel-Iran Conflict Escalates Further as Netanyahu Comes with New Accusations Against Tehran. globalresearch.ca In late September, Israel expanded its anti-Iranian propaganda efforts in order to consolidate the US-Israeli-led bloc and to justify further anti-Iranian actions by the Washington establishment. | On September 27, during a speech to the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin …

Seth Ferris (2018-10-02). Iran: Why Can't The US Deal With "Pigeonholed Pariah States?" iranian.com When people talk about pariah states, which are regarded as automatically acting wrongly and who must be opposed for the sake of it, the Islamic Republic of Iran is always one of the first names mentioned, inter alia, amongst a long list of accompanying alleged wrongdoings. It is the focus of a loud chorus of […]

Faisal Khan (2018-10-01). The Muslim Predicament. counterpunch.org This is a bad time in history to be a Muslim. Whether as minorities or in predominantly Muslim countries Muslims live under enormous and perhaps unprecedented strain. There is war and chaos in much of the Arab Middle East be it Syria, Palestine, Iraq or Libya. Further afield in places like Myanmar Muslims are facing More

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-01). US Hostility to Sovereign Independent States: Syria and North Korea Address the UN General Assembly. globalresearch.ca Bipartisan hardliners in Washington oppose these countries and all other sovereign independent states. | Peace and cooperative relations with them defeat US imperial interests — served by endless wars, instability and chaos. | In his UNGA address, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem…

Paul Antonopoulos (2018-10-01). US Military Plans Thwarted, Washington's "Strategy of Isolation" in Syria: Assad Government Now to be Made 'as Miserable as Possible' with Sanctions. globalresearch.ca The United States, along with its allies, will implement a "strategy of isolation" in Syria if President Bashar Assad maintains the political process aimed at ending the war in Syria, an American diplomat was quoted as saying. | US Special Representative …

Whitney Webb (2018-10-01). Wikileaks: To Weaken Iran, US Undermined Democratic Elements of Syrian Opposition to Empower Radical Groups. mintpressnews.com While seven years have come and gone since the leaked document was written by USMC intelligence, little has changed when it comes to the U.S.' long-standing goals in Syria and its callous disregard for the will of the Syrian people and Syrian democracy.

Staff (2018-10-01). North and South Korea Begin Removing Landmines in DMZ. truthdig.com North and South Korean troops began removing some of the landmines planted at their heavily fortified border on Monday, Seoul officials said, in the first implementation of recent agreements aimed at easing their decades-long military standoff. | The demining comes amid resumed diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear weapons program after weeks of stalemated negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, this month to try to set up a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. | On Monday, South Korean army engineers with demining…

Mehdi Hasan (2018-10-01). Video: A Short History of U.S. Meddling in Foreign Elections. theintercept.com Meddling in foreign elections is bad. I think we can all agree on that. | And almost everyone — bar Donald Trump — seems to believe that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election. So that should be condemned. | Here's the problem, though: U.S. politicians and pundits cannot credibly object to Russian interference in U.S. elections without also acknowledging that the United States doesn't exactly have clean hands. Or are we expected to believe that Russian hackers were the first people in human history to try and undermine a foreign democracy? | In this video, I examine the ways in which the…

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-01). US Sanctions over Beijing's Purchase of Russia's S-400 Missile Defense System, China Cancels Security Meeting with the US. globalresearch.ca The annual meeting between defense officials of both countries was scheduled for mid-October, a sign of heightened bilateral tensions. | In response to illegally imposed US sanctions on Beijing over its purchase of Russian SU-35 combat aircraft and S-400 missile defense …

wsws (2018-10-01). This week in history: October 1-7. wsws.org 25 years ago: Yeltsin orders bombardment of Russian parliamentOn October 4, 1993, Moscow was a scene "of carnage, squalor and hideous destruction," according to press reports, after Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the military storming of the Russian White House, the seat of the Russian Duma or parliament. The result was the bloodiest clashes in the streets of the capital city since the Russian Revolution.

aclu (2018-10-01). Mom Fears Her Autistic Son Is Being Abused at School. District Does Nothing. aclu.org A Northern California school district is creating a hostile environment for a Black student with disabilities in violation of the law. | School just got back in session, but one school district in Northern California already needs a lesson in how to create a welcoming and safe environment for Black students with disabilities., , A 5-year-old Black student with autism and speech and language impairments suffered for months, including suffering injuries that needed to be treated by a hospital, all because of the inadequate oversight of Hayward Unified School District's staff. In a time when Black students are regul…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2018-10-01). Mexico -US -Canada NAFTA Trade Agreement Reached — A Phony Trade War! globalresearch.ca Trump's 'trade war' with allies, including Mexico-Canada, was and remains a phony trade war. A war of words for the purpose of consumption of Trump's domestic political base before the November midterm elections. Trump has been playing his 'economic nationalism' …

wsws (2018-10-01). Macron whitewashes French state murder of Maurice Audin. wsws.org Audin's murder in Algeria constitutes a warning of the nature of imperialist war, which still echoes 60 years on, as NATO intervenes across the Middle East.

Jon Schwarz (2018-10-01). New "Dark Money" Documentary Shines Light Into the Shadows Cast by the Super-Rich. theintercept.com You will never see more hopeful examples of how normal people can fight and win skirmishes with big money.

Dave Zirin (2018-10-01). Edge of Sports: A Sports World Worth Fighting For. progressive.org If we expand access as well as attitudes toward sports—having people be healthier, happier, and better-adjusted through exercise—that alone could trigger a tremendous change in our society.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-01). UN Human Rights Council Extends Mandate for Investigation of War Crimes in Yemen. mintpressnews.com "States at the UN Human Rights Council stood firm today, in the face of shameful efforts by the Saudi-led coalition to quash a UN expert inquiry." — General Director, Human Rights Watch

Jacques R. Pauwels (2018-10-01). 1918: How the Allies Surfed to Victory on a Wave of Oil. counterpunch.org Virtually everybody knows that the First World War came to an end when Germany capitulated on November 11, 1918. But very few people are aware that, earlier in that same year, the Reich came tantalizingly close to winning the so-called Great War, but ultimately snatched defeat, so to speak, from the jaws of victory. More

wsws (2018-10-01). World Bank warns Gaza faces economic collapse. wsws.org The organization warned that half of Gaza residents live in poverty and youth unemployment is over 70 percent.

The Conversation (2018-10-01). How The Media Encourages — And Sustains — Political Warfare. iranian.com Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has been waging war against the American press by dismissing unfavorable reports as "fake news" and calling the media "the enemy of the American people." As a countermeasure, The Washington Post has publicly fact-checked every claim that Trump has labeled as fake. In August, The Boston Globe coordinated editorials […]

RT (2018-10-01). #NotHer: Kellyanne Conway's sex assault story doesn't matter, because she's on the wrong side. rt.com With the Democratic party demanding that survivors of sexual assault be believed and their motives for coming forward unquestioned, one woman's story isn't deserving of the same respect: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's. |

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-01). Saudi Coalition Faces Continued Retaliation As Yemeni Drone Again Strikes Dubai International Airport. mintpressnews.com Yemen has promised to continue to strike territory inside of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates until the U.S.-backed coalition halts its bloody war on the country.

Allan Francovich (2018-10-01). Video: CIA Documentary: "On Company Business" (1980). globalresearch.ca Rare award winning CIA documentary, On Company Business painfully restored from VHS. | "Inside the CIA: On Company Business" PARTS I, II & III (1980) is a gripping and penetrating look inside the world's most powerful secret institutionalized conspiracy organization. | This …

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-01). Pivot towards India or China? The Maldives Might Not Become an Indian Satellite, at Least Not Yet. globalresearch.ca The opposition pulled off a surprise win in the Maldives' presidential elections last weekend. | Ibrahim Mohamed Solih trounced President Abdulla Yameen by a 16-point margin even though the US, India, and many Western countries fearmongered that the incumbent would resort …

RFE (2018-10-01). German Court Approves Extradition Of Iranian Diplomat Suspected In Bomb Plot. iranian.com A German court has approved the extradition of an Iranian diplomat to Belgium on a European arrest warrant for allegedly being part of a failed plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally near Paris. The Superior Regional Court in the Bavarian city of Bamberg said in a statement on October 1 that it approved the extradition of […]

Jacob Sugarman (2018-10-01). Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger. truthdig.com In an exhaustive new interview, the activist author explores a range of topics including Big Tech, the Trump White House and more.

Pepe Escobar (2018-10-01). Dollar De-Weaponized? It's A Game Worthy Of A Persian Chess Master. iranian.com History may one day rule this was the fateful geopolitical moment when the European Union clinched its PhD on foreign policy. Last week, EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced at the UN a "special purpose vehicle" (SPV) to deal with the Trump administration's sanctions on Iran after the US […]

Zero Hedge (2018-10-01). Iran Airs Video Of US Carrier Chased By Iranian Speedboats In Straits Of Hormuz. iranian.com As was widely expected, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's pleas for the US to "honor its international commitments" and "return to the negotiating table" during a speech at the UN General Assembly last week were promptly ignored. And with the full implementation of US oil sanctions in November rapidly approaching, Iran is already antagonizing the US as the […]

RFE (2018-10-01). Iranian Kurdish Group Says Iran Attacked Its Base In Iraq. iranian.com Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) says Iranian military has attacked its forces on Sunday afternoon, September 30, on Mount Kodo over the border in Iraq. The mountain is located outside western city of Piranshahr, in Iranian Kurdistan province, neighboring Iraq. The Iranian authorities have not yet commented on the allegation. In an official statement, […]

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-10-01). Iraq Will Have a President and Prime Minister Who Take Account of Both Iranian and US Interests. globalresearch.ca Iraqi politicians have agreed on a new prime minister, Adel Abdel Mahdi, to replace Haidar al-Abadi, after over four months of difficult work. Adel Abdel Mahdi is an experienced politician who almost became prime minister in the 2000s when …

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-01). Trump Criticises US Aid To Saudi Arabia. iranian.com US President Donald Trump has questioned the feasibility of his country's military aid to "armies of rich countries" naming Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Korea. "Why do we provide aid to armies of rich countries like Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Korea? They will pay us, the problem is that no one is demanding," Trump […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-01). Zarif: Iran Is Close To Oil Deal With Europeans. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that his country is close to reaching a deal to sell its oil to European countries despite US sanctions, American media reported on Saturday. Without including many quotes, the New York Times reported Zarif saying: "This is for us to sell our oil and get the proceeds." He added […]

Mel Gurtov (2018-10-01). A Victory for Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula. counterpunch.org On September 18 leaders of North and South Korea signed a September Declaration to advance inter-Korean cooperation and the possibility of the North's denuclearization. Critics immediately dismissed the agreement for having accomplished nothing on the latter objective while largely ignoring what was accomplished on the former. From my perspective, the critics have it wrong: They More

RT (2018-09-30). Brokenuke Mountain? Trump says he and Kim 'fell in love' (VIDEO). rt.com How do you woo arguably the most powerful man on Earth from half a world away? For North Korea's Kim Jong-un, all it took was some "beautiful letters." Now, US President Donald Trump is quite literally professing his love.

RT (2018-09-30). 'North Korea process stalled because there's almost a consensus in the US wanting it to fail'. rt.com North Korea is right to blame internal American politics for the lack of denuclearization progress, because almost everyone around the US president wants it to fail, Brian Becker from the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition told RT.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-30). U.S. Punishes Iranians and Threatens Nations That Disobey. therealnews.com As the Trump administration and its Israeli government ally continue their destabilization campaign against Iran, the EU, Russia, and China have reached a deal with Tehran that would shield financial transactions from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions. The U.S. has warned of "terrible consequences" for those defying its sanctions. Can Iran and the remaining nuclear deal…

RT (2018-09-30). US could use Navy for 'blockade' to hamper Russian energy exports — Interior Secretary. rt.com US could use its Navy to prevent Russia's potential energy supplies to the Middle East, Internal Secretary Ryan Zinke said, Washington Examiner reports. The blockade would actually mean an "act of war," Russian Senator fired back.

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-09-30). U.S. Punishes Iranians and Threatens Nations That Disobey. therealnews.com As the Trump administration and its Israeli government ally continue their destabilization campaign against Iran, the EU, Russia, and China have reached a deal with Tehran that would shield financial transactions from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions. The U.S. has warned of "terrible consequences" for those defying its sanctions. Can Iran and the remaining nuclear deal…

Aba Blankson (2018-09-30). Africa-America Institute 65th Anniversary Awards Gala. naacp.org President Derrick Johnson Prepared Remarks New York, New York September 25, 2018…

RT (2018-09-30). Lady Liberty-sized asteroid to make close approach to Earth at over 37,000 mph. rt.com A huge asteroid dubbed 2018 SP1 is hurtling towards Earth. The space rock is estimated to be about the size of the Statue of Liberty or larger.

Farid Parsa (2018-09-30). It's A Woman's World: Female Travelers to Persia. Freya Stark (1893-1993). iranian.com Freya Stark was born in Paris 1893 and raised in Italy and England. Her father was English and mother Italian. She spoke English, French, Italian and German and later learned Arabic, Persian and at 60, Turkish. At 9 she was given the book, One Thousand and One Nights as a birthday present which must have […]

wsws (2018-09-29). German Left Party mayor orders deportation of refugees. wsws.org The Left Party mayor of Frankfurt on the Oder, René Wilke, has initiated a deportation order against seven refugees from Syria, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories.

wsws (2018-09-29). Russian Duma rams through pension reform amid mass opposition. wsws.org The passing of the reform, the most unpopular measure of the Russian government in decades, sets the stage for a sharp escalation of social and political conflicts in Russia.

Alice Speri (2018-09-29). ICE Defied a Court Order in Vendetta Against Deportee. theintercept.com Danny Michel's daughter and attorneys kept refreshing a map tracking his flight as they walked into federal court in Brooklyn on a sweltering Monday evening last month. On their phones, they watched his JetBlue flight from Port-au-Prince land at JFK airport as they waited for the after-hours judge on duty to see them. Timing was key: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had warned that they would detain Michel as soon as he stepped on U.S. soil. They needed the judge to stop ICE before it got to him. | Michel's attorneys succeeded, but for the next several hours, they found themselves fighting with the govern…

wsws (2018-09-29). SEP and IYSSE win broad support for Peradeniya university meeting on the struggle for Trotskyism. wsws.org SEP campaigners have spoken with scores of students, workers and academics at the campus, explaining the historical record and political importance of the struggle for Trotskyism in Sri Lanka and internationally.

RT (2018-09-29). Trump guilty of 'global domination' by telling other nations how to trade — US state senator to RT. rt.com When Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly that Washington chooses independence over global dominance, he failed to note that the US exerts such dominance by telling other countries how to trade, Sen. Richard Black told RT.

Robert Fantina (2018-09-28). Trump and Iran. counterpunch.org As U.S. President Donald Trump runs amok on the world stage, there seems to be a global focus more on his erratic behavior, than on what it is he proposes. We must not overlook his oppression of the Palestinians, bombing of school children in Yemen or support for terrorists in Syria. But our own focus More

RT (2018-09-28). House Intel Committee votes to release 'Russiagate' transcripts. rt.com The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release transcripts from its own investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The transcripts include testimony from key Trump campaign figures. |

CounterSpin (2018-09-28). Hannah Hetzer on New War on Drugs, John Conroy & Jamie Kalven on Chicago Police Violence. fair.org Media…

RT (2018-09-28). Pompeo warns Iran against 'attacks on US facilities' after closing Iraq consulate. rt.com Iran will be held responsible for any harm to Americans in Iraq caused by 'associated militias,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, announcing the US consulate in Basra will temporarily close for safety reasons. |

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-28). Rancorous Senate Cmte Pushes Kavanaugh Nomination, FBI Will Investigate Accusations. therealnews.com Who believes what depends on what you believe in our divided nation. Political war wrapped in misogyny leads to one of history's most explosive Senate confirmations

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-09-28). Elizabeth Warren Introduces Plan to Expand Affordable Housing and Dismantle Racist Zoning Practices. theintercept.com The Massachusetts senator introduced a bill this week that would create up to 3.2 million housing units for low- and middle-class families over 10 years.

Shared by Ben Norton (2018-09-28). 'Stop the War!' — Yemeni-Americans Condemn Trump and Saudi Arabia Outside UN. therealnews.com Yemeni-Americans called for an end to the US-Saudi war on their home, at a protest outside the United Nations General Assembly. Ben Norton reports

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-28). 'Stop the War!' — Yemeni-Americans Condemn Trump and Saudi Arabia Outside UN. therealnews.com Yemeni-Americans called for an end to the US-Saudi war on their home, at a protest outside the United Nations General Assembly. Ben Norton reports

Democracy Now! (2018-09-28). Despite Gut-Wrenching Testimony from Dr. Blasey Ford, GOP Moves Forward with Vote on Kavanaugh. democracynow.org The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an extraordinary day of testimony from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified she is "100 percent positive" that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a high school party in 1982. During the hearing, Kavanaugh said he was innocent, and claimed he was the victim of a left-wing plot of "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." We play Dr. Blasey Ford's full opening statement.

Shared by Marc Steiner (2018-09-28). Rancorous Senate Cmte Pushes Kavanaugh Nomination, FBI Will Investigate Accusations. therealnews.com Who believes what depends on what you believe in our divided nation. Political war wrapped in misogyny leads to one of history's most explosive Senate confirmations

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-28). More Democrats Sign On to Stop Yemen War, But is Enough Being Done? therealnews.com With 23 co-sponsors for a new measure that would withdraw U.S. forces from the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, Rep. Ro Khanna says that ending the war is "now a mainstream position within the Democratic Party." Bill co-sponsor Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee discusses the measure and whether…

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-09-28). More Democrats Sign On to Stop Yemen War, But is Enough Being Done? therealnews.com With 23 co-sponsors for a new measure that would withdraw U.S. forces from the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, Rep. Ro Khanna says that ending the war is "now a mainstream position within the Democratic Party." Bill co-sponsor Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee discusses the measure and whether…

Robert Hunziker (2018-09-28). What Comes Next. counterpunch.org There are no hidden secrets about anthropogenic global warming. It's everywhere, wherever one looks! After all, the People's Climate March (311,000) in 2014 organized by 350.org (Bill McKibben) was one of the biggest rallies ever held in NYC. Also, worldwide exposure was ubiquitously on display at the Paris Agreement/2015 assemblage to tackle climate change, involving More

RT (2018-09-27). Russia upping trolling game? Don't worry, America, you are still the best. rt.com Russia is channeling US President Donald Trump by trolling the West through its official twitter accounts. Or at least that's what the Daily Beast believes, warning that reading Russian tweets may confuse the American public.

RT (2018-09-27). Does he know the Cold War is over? RT unpacks Trump's UN sermon against socialism (VIDEO). rt.com Trump sermonized to the UN General Assembly about the evils of socialism — but his lecturing was met with crickets. RT's Caleb Maupin dives into the US leader's Cold War-era rant, and why it received a chilly reception.

James Carden (2018-09-27). Centrist House Democrats Join the Progressive Movement to Stop the War on Yemen. thenation.com Centrist House Democrats Join the Progressive Movement to Stop the War on Yemen…

RT (2018-09-27). Congress resolution aims to force Trump into ending US involvement in Yemen War. rt.com US involvement in the "world's worst humanitarian crisis" — the war in Yemen — could soon come to a halt as 23 members of Congress put forward a resolution to stop troops from assisting in "unauthorized" hostilities.

RT (2018-09-27). 'Low class': Facebook exec and WhatsApp co-founder in war of words over monetization efforts. rt.com Facebook executive David Marcus has called WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton a "whole new standard of low-class" after the entrepreneur criticised the social media giant and its efforts to monetize the popular messaging app.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-27). Iran's President Rouhani Charges US with 'Economic Terrorism' at UN. therealnews.com President Hassan Rouhani of Iran provided a sharp contrast to President Trump's UN speech, charging the US with undermining international law and of isolating the US, while practicing economic terrorism against Iran and bullying other countries

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