2018-10-03: News Headlines

Howard Lisnoff (2018-10-03). The Advantages of an Elite Education. counterpunch.org If the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court didn't reveal the extreme right-wing nature of the contemporary U.S., then nothing will. We are living in a right-wing society made up of endless wars, the unlimited power of corporations, the destruction of the natural environment, and the near-total lack of individual rights. More

Democracy Now! (2018-10-03). Headlines for October 3, 2018. democracynow.org Indonesia: Tsunami Death Toll Tops 1,400 as Volcano Erupts on Sulawesi, NYT: Trump's Wealth Comes from Family, Fraud and Tax Dodging, FBI Wrapping Up Kavanaugh Probe Without Interviewing Key Witnesses, Trump: "It's a Very Scary Time for Young Men in America", World Court: U.S. Must Lift Humanitarian Sanctions Against Iran, Suicide Bomb in Afghanistan Kills 13, Injures Dozens, Ethiopia: 44 Killed in Ethnic Violence, FLOTUS Visits Former Slave Trading Fortress in Ghana, U.S. Admitted 22,000 Refugees in FY 2018, Lowest Number in 40 Years, Shipwreck Off Morocco Kills 34 Refugees Heading to Spain, Presidential Alert T…

aclu (2018-10-03). Why the ACLU Opposes Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to the Supreme Court. aclu.org The ACLU board concluded sexual assault allegations raised enough doubt to warrant opposing a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. | On Friday, Sept. 28, following the Senate Judiciary hearing at which both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified, the ACLU decided to depart from its usual policy in order to oppose the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. | It was not a decision we took lightly. As a matter of policy, the ACLU does not endorse or oppose presidential nominations. We have made exceptions, but those exceptions are few and far between. In our 98-year history,…

Jordan Smith (2018-10-03). Prosecutors Don't Bring Cases the Way Rachel Mitchell's Kavanaugh Memo Says — Not Even in Her Own Arizona Office. theintercept.com The claim that no prosecutor would move forward with such a "weak" case belies the record of the notorious Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

Jacob Sugarman, Truthdig (2018-10-03). Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger. alternet.org Chomsky explored this topic and more in an exhaustive interview with The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill. | In "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media"(1988), authors Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky identified what they called the Democracy Now! (2018-10-03). Mental Health Experts Demand Psychological Assessment of Kavanaugh for Drinking, Instability. democracynow.org Donald Trump openly mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a rally Tuesday, casting doubt on her claims that Brett Kavanaugh had tried to rape her in high school, just days after calling her a very credible witness. As the FBI continues its investigation into Dr. Blasey Ford's claims, a group of mental health experts are calling for Kavanaugh to undergo a full psychological and substance abuse assessment before the Senate votes on his confirmation. We speak with Dr. Bandy Lee of the Yale School of Medicine, the lead author of a letter titled "Mental Health Experts Urge Examination Based on Warning Signs in Kavanaugh…

teleSUR (2018-10-03). Chomsky, Other Intellectuals Issue Manifesto Warning Against Brazil's Fascist Candidate. telesurtv.net Noam Chomsky and other intellectuals signed a manifesto warning of the use of the justice system to "eliminate" progressive politicians.

Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos (2018-10-03). Dean at Catholic University of America Suspended After Tweeting Idiotic Attack on Kavanaugh Accuser. alternet.org What would Jesus do? | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | When the third (or maybe it was the fourth) personstepped forward to tell her story of a college-aged Brett Kavanaugh drinkin. . .

teleSUR (2018-10-03). Noam Chomsky and Others Issue Warning Against Brazil's Fascist Candidate. mintpressnews.com Noam Chomsky and several other intellectuals signed a manifesto in defense of Brazilian democracy and warning of the possible victory of a "fascist, racist, misogynist, homophobic candidate who calls for violence and armed repression," in a clear reference to leading candidate Jair Bolsonaro. | The manifesto argues that the attack on Brazil's democracy began with the parliamentary coup against democratically elected Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers' Party, and then reinforced with the disqualification of leading presidential candidate for the October elections, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. | "These are steps in a pla…

wsws (2018-10-03). After North America trade deal, Trump to escalate trade war against China. wsws.org In a manner recalling a Mafia don, Trump made clear that the threat of auto tariffs was central in securing the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

RFE (2018-10-03). White House Hails French Move Against Alleged Iranian Bomb Plot. iranian.com The White House is applauding France's move against alleged Iranian intelligence operatives who are accused of planning a bomb attack in Paris. "France taking strong action against failed Iranian terrorist plot in Paris — Tehran needs to know this outrageous behavior will not be tolerated," said a tweet from the White House National Security Council […]

DJ Mouse (2018-10-03). US history from suicided writers…10-2-18 Mouse Report. indybay.org w/ nauseating bipartisan warmongering against Russia to ignore…Gary Webb points the finger at the only possible suspect in his own murder…and other real crimes of today we are to play dumb and blame the victim about…from abetting WTC tower demolitions to steal Arab oil…to ignoring 1990 invasion from Uganda to cover for murder of millions in | Rwanda/Katanga…then as now we met the enemy and it was US…(61 min.)…

RT (2018-10-03). FBI documents detail Clinton and Mueller's own 'Russiagate' — but they're classified. rt.com The FBI is facing new calls to declassify documents relating to the sale of US uranium to a Russian company, documents that could implicate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and 'Russiagate' witch-hunter Robert Mueller. |

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-10-03). EU Punches The US In The Face Over Trade With Iran. iranian.com As we analyzed previously for NEO in this piece, the US policy of sanctions vis-à -vis Iran has put it in diplomatic isolation, forcing its most trusted ally since the Second World War, Europe, in an antagonistic position. While the reason for this geo-political distance lies in a series of withdrawals and policy reversals the Trump […]

YVKE Mundial (2018-10-03). US Social Movements Express Support to Venezuela from New York. venezuelanalysis.com Solidarity groups gathered in New York to express solidarity towards the Bolivarian Revolution.

Wouter Hoenderdaal (2018-10-03). Creating a Coup Climate: the Historical Roots of U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Venezuela. counterpunch.org U.S. foreign policy tends to follow a highly rational and well-calculated pattern. This makes it effective, and also ruthless. The U.S. government's hostile attitude towards leaders like Hugo Chavez and Nicolás Maduro certainly fits this pattern, and time will tell whether the failed assassination attempt on President Maduro on August 4 is a part of More

Eric Zuesse (2018-10-03). US Pivots from Syria to Ukraine as Tensions with Russia Continue to Rise. mintpressnews.com The United States Government is now treating Ukraine as if it were a NATO member, and on September 27th donated to Ukraine two warships for use against Russia. This is the latest indication that the US is switching to Ukraine as the locale to start World War III, and from which the nuclear war is to be sparked against Russia, which borders Ukraine. | Here is why Syria is no longer the US alliance's preferred choice as a place to start WW III: | On September 4th, US President Donald Trump aclu (2018-10-03). 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…

teleSUR (2018-10-03). Guatemala: CICIG Warns of Gov't Retaining Passport for 26 Workers. telesurtv.net The U.N.-backed antigraft body issued an alert over the fact that the passports of 26 of their workers are being retained by Guatemala's Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Stephen F. Cohen (2018-10-03). More Cold War Extremism and Crises. thenation.com More Cold War Extremism and Crises…

Jessica Corbett (2018-10-03). The UN Just Ordered Trump to Ease Sanctions on Iran. mintpressnews.com "The U.S. of course will disregard the ruling," says Trita Parsi, "but Iran's aim likely was to establish that it is the U.S., and not Iran, that is the rogue nation now."

SouthFront (2018-10-03). US Calls Iranian Missile Strike On ISIS In Syria "Reckless" iranian.com The US has called the recent Iranian missile strike on ISIS targets in eastern Syria "reckless, unsafe and escalatory." According to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Sean Robertson quoted by VOA, Iran took no measures to notify military powers operating in Syria of the October 1 missile strike. Cmdr. Robertson stated the Iran acted not like "professional" […]

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-10-03). Iran's Alleged "Secret Nuclear Facility" in Lebanon, according to Netanyahu. globalresearch.ca Israel, through its Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, is waving the flag of war in the face of Iran and Hezbollah, showing what is claimed to be a "secret nuclear facility in Iran and Hezbollah strategic missile warehouse in the heart …

Joseph Thomas (2018-10-03). US "Investigates" Genocide in Myanmar, Commits Genocide in Yemen. globalresearch.ca Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen. | In addition to Washington's …

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-10-03). With Focus on Keith Ellison Allegations, Karen Monahan Retains New Attorney. theintercept.com Keith Ellison's accuser has retained the legal services of a longtime friend and former boss of Ellison's Republican opponent, Doug Wardlow, in the race for Minnesota attorney general.

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2018-10-03). Neoliberal Economics: The Plague of Iran's Economy. counterpunch.org The Iranian economy is mired in a deep recession. The real or productive sector of the economy is paralyzed, largely by out-of-control (and often illicit) imports that have replaced domestic production. Rent seeking, corruption and the looting of national resources is pervasive. Both unemployment and inflation are extremely high. National currency is on the verge of collapse, and financial resources of the country are disproportionately invested in unproductive or parasitic activities. More

Julia Conley (2018-10-03). Rejecting US Claims They Don't Harm Humanitarian Aid, UN Court Orders Easing Of Sanctions Iran Calls 'Illegal and Cruel'. iranian.com The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to ease sanctions on Iran that are impacting humanitarian aid and aviation safety, ruling that U.S. assurances the economic limitations would not endanger both "were not adequate." "Iran's strategy of taking the U.S. to the international court has paid off," responded Trita Parsi, founder and […]

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-10-03). Here's How Russian Bots Weaponized Star Wars. alternet.org We've all been trolled online. But have you ever been cyberbullied by a foreign government? | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | What in the universe could be more powerful than the Force? Government cyberwarfare groups' trolls, as it turns out. An academic paper published by researcher Morten Bay of the University of South. . .

RFE (2018-10-03). Iran Says Missile Attack In Syria Killed 'Top Leaders' Of Islamic State. iranian.com Iran claimed the missile attack it launched at targets in Syria on Monday had killed 40 "top leaders" of Islamic State, and that intelligence for the operation had been provided by its elite Quds Force. Iran fired six missiles at targets in the Abu Kamal and Hajin regions in eastern Syria, in retaliation for an […]

Juan Cole (2018-10-03). New Shiite-Led Gov't In Baghdad: How Iran Won The Iraqi Elections & Frustrated Trump. iranian.com Shiite politician Adil Abdul Mahdi has been appointed prime minister by new Iraqi president Barham Saleh, bringing to a close months of gridlock in Iraqi politics after the parliamentary elections in June failed to produce a clear winner. Parliament in the past couple of weeks has finally been able to hammer out some compromises, having elected a Sunni speaker […]

wsws (2018-10-03). CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races. wsws.org Democratic challengers seeking Republican congressional seats, particularly those with a military-intelligence background, are pushing for ever greater military spending.

wsws (2018-10-03). Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles. wsws.org The threat by the US envoy Kay Bailey Hutchison to "take out" Russian missiles raises the specter of a nuclear Third World War.

David Swanson (2018-10-03). 17 Years of Getting Afghanistan Completely Wrong. globalresearch.ca 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 …

ZeroHedge (2018-10-03). Russia Confirms Delivery of S-300 Missile System to Syria. mintpressnews.com Russia's Foreign Minister confirmed that transfer was in progress last Saturday, and that the move will "be devoted to ensure 100 percent safety and security of our men in Syria."

RT (2018-10-03). America's next top villain: Is China lined up to replace Russia as the US' default enemy? rt.com Recent provocations in the South China Sea follow rising tensions between the US and China, but with rivalry expanding into the economic and political spheres, it seems Beijing is now encroaching on Russia's top-villain status. |

Yves Engler (2018-10-03). Left Right. Marching to The Beat of Imperial Canada. Yves Engler. globalresearch.ca Left, Right details the Canadian Left's promotion of colonial policies and nationalist myths. | Yves Engler's latest book outlines the NDP's and labour unions' role in confusing Canadians; from Korea to Libya, Canada's major left-wing political party has backed unjust wars; …

Shane Quinn (2018-10-03). History of World War II: Hitler's Favorite Commando and Committed Nazi: Otto Skorzeny. globalresearch.ca As late as February and March 1945 the SS commander Otto Skorzeny, and his forces, were enjoying military headway on the Eastern front, however brief and temporary at this stage. Skorzeny's efforts to frustrate the heroic Soviet troops in …

BAFP (2018-10-03). "U.S. Out of Africa!": Black Alliance for Peace Calls on U.S. Government to Shut Down U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). globalresearch.ca The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has launched U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM, a campaign designed to end the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa. | Today marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of AFRICOM, short for …

RFE (2018-10-03). World Court Orders U.S. To Ensure Iran Sanctions Don't Impact Humanitarian Aid. iranian.com The World Court has ordered the United States on Wednesday to ensure that sanctions against Iran do not impact humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety. Judges at the International Court Of Justice (ICJ handed a victory to Tehran, which had argued that sanctions imposed since May by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump violate […]

anchi (2018-10-03). 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 (2018-10-03). Video: Iran Carries Out Missile, Drone Strikes on ISIS in Euphrates Valley. globalresearch.ca Early on October 1, the Aerospace Division of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) carried out a ballistic missile strike on ISIS targets in Syria's Euphrates Valley. The IRGC launched at least six ballistic missiles, which, according to the …

Staff (2018-10-03). North Korea Said to Have Stolen a Fortune in Online Bank Heists. truthdig.com The nation's nuclear and missile tests have stopped, but its hacking operations to gather intelligence and raise funds for the sanction-strapped government in Pyongyang may be gathering steam.

Staff (2018-10-03). How Iran Won the Iraqi Elections and Frustrated Trump. truthdig.com Iraq's newly appointed prime minister is not in Iran cat's paw, but his government will inevitably have warm relations with Iran, and where it can, buck the Trump administration.

Daniel Larison (2018-10-03). Netanyahu's "Nowhere Land" Blunder. Accused Iran of Having a "Secret Atomic Warehouse" globalresearch.ca Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave another one of his typical U.N. speeches last week in which he accused Iran of having a "secret atomic warehouse": | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told the United Nations on Thursday that his | …

Major Danny Sjursen (2018-10-03). Blowback: A Retired Army Veteran Laments US Middle East Policy. mintpressnews.com Grievances are gestating, plots unfolding, and new terror outfits gaining recruits due to the very presence of the U.S. military, its air power, and the CIA's drone force in a "war" that is about to enter its 18th year.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-10-03). Here's How Gender Became a Partisan Issue. alternet.org A widening gap between left and right on gender issues — and between young men and women — becomes a war zone | Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Donald Trump declared, "It's a very scary time for young men in America," in reference to the growing #MeToo movement and the increased pressure to hold m. . .

teleSUR (2018-10-03). Mexico: 50 Years After Tlatelolco Massacre, 50 Years of Impunity. telesurtv.net Fifty years after state forces opened fire on civilians peacefully protesting government repression, the number of people killed remains unknown.

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-03). President Putin's Visit to India Will be a Moment of Reckoning for Both Countries. globalresearch.ca The Russian leader's upcoming trip to India places the prerogative for deciding the future course of their strategic partnership squarely in his host's lap. | President Putin will visit India later this week to participate in the annual India-Russia Summit, though …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-03). Right-Wing Group Forced to Cancel Voice Actor Audition for Attack Ad Claiming President of Iran Endorses Beto O'Rourke. alternet.org Ted Cruz defenders' most ridiculous stunt yet just blew up in their faces. | Conservative groups have largely been caught flat-footed by the campaign of El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), who has mounted a competitive Senate challenge against infamous right-wing firebrand Ted Cruz with a gigantic grassroots operation. But one recent attempt to produce. . .

Farid Parsa (2018-10-03). Political Career In Iran! iranian.com To say to someone to consider a political career in Iran is like saying to a newly wed couple to go for their honeymoon to Damascus or Sana'a! The perils of pursuing a political career are not new in current Iran. I don't remember during the Pahlavi regime anyone ever talking about a political career […]

wsws (2018-10-03). US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea. wsws.org Any misstep or accident in East Asia's sea and airspace now threatens to trigger a full-scale war between the rival nuclear-armed powers.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-03). Pompeo Terminates Decades-Old Treaty With Iran. iranian.com The drums of war are beating over Iran and Syria as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday morning responded to the United Nations' top court ordering the US to lift sanctions on "humanitarian" goods to Iran. Pompeo made a series of threatening statements targeting Iran as well as Syria, which also comes after the latter received delivery […]

Tasnim News (2018-10-03). Iran's Persepolis Stuns Al Sadd Of Qatar In AFC Champions League Semis. iranian.com Persepolis football team of Iran edged past Qatar's Al Sadd in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. Ali Alipour's late penalty gave Persepolis an important 1-0 win over host Al Sadd in Doha's Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The game got off to a cautious start from both sides and it […]

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-03). Syria and the S-300s: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. globalresearch.ca Protecting Russian interests in Syria and the Mid-East was and is the driving force for Russian military and diplomatic activity, nothing else! | "The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world …

Paul Edwards (2018-10-03). The Canary in Our Coal Mine. counterpunch.org The decision was of tremendous import and was not made quickly but it was made decisively. Judge Dana Christensen ruled against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly, and stopped the trophy hunt proposed by Wyoming and Idaho, those retro redneck havens of braindead racism, industrial serfdom, and furious, moron machismo. More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-03). New Gulf Coast Fossil Fuel Projects Produce as Much Pollution as Coal. truthout.org In the last six years, officials in Texas and Louisiana issued permits allowing 74 petrochemical, oil, and gas projects to pump as much climate-warming pollution into the atmosphere as running 29 coal-fired power plants around the clock, according to numbers released September 26 by the nonprofit watchdog Environmental Integrity Project. | And construction appears to be speeding up, with over 40 percent of those projects permitted between 2016 and mid-2018. The 31 most recent projects combined will add…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-10-03). Fourteen Years Ago, December 26, 2004: Indonesia's Indian Ocean 9.0 Tsunami. Why Did the Information Not Get Out? globalresearch.ca One of the most destructive and powerful earthquakes in recorded history, more than a quarter of a million recorded deaths, local economies destroyed, the lives of entire communities shattered, and no serious investigation into the flaws of the global seismic warning system is contemplated.

John Forte (2018-10-03). The Conservative Fear of Norming. counterpunch.org "Throughout history, government has proven to be the chief instrument for thwarting man's liberty. Government represents power in the hands of some men to control the and regulate the lives of other men." — Barry Goldwater, Conscience of a Conservative Conservatives exhibit a strange obsession with a "timeless" Constitution. 1787 is that only context that matters. More

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2018-10-03). 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…

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…

Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-02). How the Tentacles of the U.S. Military Are Strangling the Planet. alternet.org The overreach of the U. S. military provides incentive for it to treat every conflict as a potential war. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Earlier this year, in Itoman (Okinawa, Japan), a young girl—Rinko Sagara (age 14)— read out of a poem based on her great-grandmother's experience o. . .

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…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-02). As Saudis Defend Against War Crimes Allegations, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills Entire Family. mintpressnews.com The latest attack comes just hours after Saudi Arabia admitted that its forces have committed what it called "certain mistakes" in Yemen, after increasing pressure from international bodies and human-rights groups that accuse the kingdom of carrying out war crimes in the country.

RT (2018-10-02). 'I hope they didn't do it': State Dept in doubt over S-300 delivery, warns of 'serious escalation'. rt.com The news of Russia completing the delivery of its S-300 air defense system to the Syrian Army has provoked a nervous reaction in Washington, as the US State Department said it still hopes that the delivery had not taken place.

RT (2018-10-02). It's a (Russian) trap! Negative tweets about The Last Jedi movie were Russian bots – report. rt.com A new report analyzing online reaction to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie has identified an interesting and questionable culprit behind some of the negative tweets posted about the film: Russian bots and trolls. |

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

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 […]

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-10-02). Iran And Hezbollah Are Ready To Face Any Challenge: But Are Israel And The US Ready? iranian.com Israel, through its Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, is waving the flag of war in the face of Iran and Hezbollah, showing what is claimed to be a "secret nuclear facility in Iran and Hezbollah strategic missile warehouse in the heart of the capital Beirut". The "secret nuclear facility" has been debunked by Iranians living in the area- […]

Shared by Ben NortonAaron Maté (2018-10-02). Trump Officials Headline Neocon Iran Regime-Change Summit: Inside UANI. therealnews.com John Bolton and Mike Pompeo headlined the annual United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) summit, where speakers celebrated the strangling of the Iranian economy under U.S. sanctions and cheered on regime change. We report from inside

Tehran Times (2018-10-02). UN Rejects Netanyahu Claims About Iran, Says IAEA Won't Take Intel At Face Value. iranian.com The UN nuclear watchdog has said its independence is paramount and it does not take intelligence presented to it at face value, in an apparent response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims of a "secret atomic warehouse" in Iran. Netanyahu – who opposes the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers that the International […]

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

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."

Nick R. Martin (2018-10-02). Infowars host Owen Shroyer debates 'Jewish conspiracies' with antisemitic YouTuber. splcenter.org Infowars host Owen Shroyer dabbled in several antisemitic tropes during a recent half-hour livestreamed debate on YouTube that revolved around "Jewish conspiracies" and whether his boss, Alex Jones, is a secret Zionist shill.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-02). Trump Officials Headline Neocon Iran Regime-Change Summit: Inside UANI. therealnews.com John Bolton and Mike Pompeo headlined the annual United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) summit, where speakers celebrated the strangling of the Iranian economy under U.S. sanctions and cheered on regime change. We report from inside

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RFE (2018-10-02). Despite Pleas, Iran Executes Female Juvenile Offender. iranian.com One day after a warning by Amnesty International, Iran has executed Zeinab Sekaanvand, a woman who was convicted for the murder of her husband at age 17. Zeinab had married her husband at age 15, but Amnesty urged Iran not to carry out the death sentence also because "she was subjected to a grossly unfair legal […]

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

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 […]

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. |

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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). '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.

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.

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.

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

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