2018-10-05: News Headlines

wsws (2018-10-05). US Senate sets first vote on Kavanaugh nomination. wsws.org The Democratic Party is focusing solely on unproven allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, as the Republicans move forward to a vote on the right-wing nominee.

RT (2018-10-05). #ICYMI: Kavanaugh v Ford, choose your side on the new frontline of culture wars (VIDEO). rt.com Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's choice for Supreme Court Justice, is still in line for one of the most influential jobs in the US despite fighting off allegations of sexual assault. |

Steve Stallone (2018-10-05). The Colonizer Protests Too Much. counterpunch.org As important as the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is to conservatives in cementing their hard majority for decades, it may be just as much a defining battle in our cultural war and gender relations. The noise you're hearing is the cry of millions whose mouths are being covered and whose breathing More

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-10-05). A Historian Details Why America Under Trump Is Closer to Civil War Than It Has Been Since the 1850s. alternet.org Trump supporters' feelings of cultural alienation have actually increased slightly since his election. | The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings have once again Andrew Levine (2018-10-05). The Kavanaugh Affair. counterpunch.org Liberals! Some perspective please! | Donald Trump is the least fit and most corrupt American president in modern times, if not — depending on how slavery factors in, and on what we make of Andrew Johnson and the mid-nineteenth century presidents whose tenure led up to the Civil War — since the founding of the republic. | But if the metric is damage done, not just to the country but also to the world, he is small potatoes compared to George W. Bush. Bush broke the Greater Middle East in ways that continue to reverberate. | Trump's foreign policy initiatives are noxious, and potentially even more danger…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-05). Headlines for October 5, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination, Coalition of 100,000 U.S. Churches Opposes Kavanaugh Nomination, Kavanaugh Defends His Record in Unprecedented WSJ Op-Ed | , Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh, 300 Arrested on Capitol Hill as Thousands March Against Kavanaugh, Yemen: Tens of Thousands Protest Economic Collapse amid Bombing, Bloomberg: China Hacked U.S. Companies, Including Amazon, Apple, VP Pence Accuses China of Interfering in Midterms, Undermining Trump, U.S. Indicts Russians for Hacking Anti-Doping Orgs, Targeting Nuclear Sites, Dutch Officials Sa…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-05). Trump's Absurd New Conspiracy Theory: Sexual Assault Survivors Protesting Kavanaugh Are 'Paid Professionals' Working for Soros. alternet.org The president once again went off the rails on Twitter ahead of the Kavanaugh vote. | In the run-up to the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, protestors have swarmed the Senate offices, resulting in hundreds of arrests. In one incident yesterday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was cornered by sexual assault s. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-10-05). Eve Ensler: Nobel Peace Prize For Mukwege & Murad Is an Award for Every Rape Survivor in the World. democracynow.org After a landmark year for the "Me Too" movement, which ignited an international conversation on sexual assault, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday morning to two champions of women's rights who have built their careers fighting sexual violence: Physician Denis Mukwege and human rights activist Nadia Murad. Dr. Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999. The clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery as a result of sexual violence. Nadia Murad is a 25-year-old Yazidi Kurdish human rights activist from Iraq. She was kidnapped and held…

teleSUR (2018-10-05). ELN Invites Colombian Government to Peace Talks. telesurtv.net Colombia National Liberation Army reaches out to the government in latest attempt for peace in the nation.

Robert Fantina (2018-10-05). Netanyahu: More Lying at the United Nations. counterpunch.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on September 27, took his dog-and-pony show to the United Nations General Assembly, and advised the world that he knew of a secret site of Iran's (non-existent) nuclear weapons facility. He urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to immediately rush to that site, discover the horrible weapons, and thus More

James Carden (2018-10-05). It Is Time to End the Forever War in Afghanistan. thenation.com It Is Time to End the Forever War in Afghanistan…

Adalah-NY (2018-10-05). Theater artists ask US & Canadian hosts to cancel Israeli government-sponsored plays. indybay.org Palestinian arts and solidarity organizations, along with US Jewish and Israeli groups, have joined theater artists in signing a letter calling on Toronto, New York and Pittsburgh arts organizations not to host Israel's Gesher Theatre or partner with the Israeli government, citing their involvement in violations of Palestinian rights. Award-winning actors Kathleen Chalfant and Miriam Margolyes, and playwrights Caryl Churchill, Betty Shamieh, Naomi Wallace and Anne Washburn are among the artists who signed the letter.

Robert Hunziker (2018-10-05). Drought-Laden Rainforests. counterpunch.org The world's rainforests are under attack at a rate of 2.5 acres per second. Global warming and clear-cutting for growing palm oil and raising cattle are some of the biggest annihilators. The repercussions are devastating. For example, one of the consequences is harmful alteration of hydrological cycles for major grain-growing regions of the planet. But, More

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-05). US Counter Terrorism Strategy Puts New Focus On Iran And Proxies. iranian.com The Trump administration is giving greater priority to Iran and radical groups it backs in a new US counterterrorism strategy document released on Thursday that further increases the pressure from Washington on Tehran, Reuters reports. The strategy, unveiled by National Security Adviser John Bolton, is the first issued since 2011 when the Obama administration's view of counterterrorism […]

RT (2018-10-05). Defensive bioweapon? DARPA wants insects to spread genetically modified viruses… to 'save crops'. rt.com A US military program dubbed 'Insect Allies' could be used as a biological weapon, a group of European scientists warns. The Pentagon's research arm claims they are intended to defend crops, but doesn't deny 'dual-use' potential.

wsws (2018-10-05). US, UK and NATO allies ramp up anti-Russia offensive over "cyber spying" and Skripals. wsws.org To frame the demand for the seven arrests, the US utilised all the material gathered by its NATO allies against Russia over the Skripal/novichok affair.

GetUp! (2018-10-05). We need to prevent fracking in Australia's Northern Territory. indybay.org By GetUp! – Right now, Australia is barrelling towards its first industrial shale gas field in the Northern Territory — and we know the consequences will be devastating. Earlier this year, under thinly veiled threats from the Federal government, Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner lifted the moratorium on fracking in the state.1 | Gunner ignored the concerns of Territorians and dismissed findings from an independent inquiry which labelled fracking "not safe, not trusted and not wanted."2 | www.theguardian.com/environment/…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-05). Russia's New Missile Defense System in Syria May Change Balance of Power in Middle East. counterpunch.org Russia has completed delivery of a S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in a move likely to change the balance of forces in the skies over the Syrian battlefields. "The work was finished a day ago," Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin in a meeting broadcast on television. The decision to supply the sophisticated anti-aircraft system More

SouthFront (2018-10-05). Israel: S-300 Will Not Protect Iranian Forces In Syria. iranian.com Israel claims that the S-300 system delivered to the Syrian military will not defend Iranian forces in the country from Israeli attacks. "We have made it clear to the Russians at the highest levels in recent days that we have no interest in confronting Russia or Syria," Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi stated according […]

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-05). The Future of Education Town Hall Pt. II. therealnews.com Khalilah Harris hosts a community town hall on the promise and possibilities of Maryland's Kirwan Commission. Students, parents, educators, advocates, elected and school district officials discuss their questions, concerns and ideas for a path forward

James Thompson (2018-10-05). Dis-Invitation Attacks, by James Thompson. unz.com Disinviting is an awkward word for a disagreeable act: inviting someone, and then once they have accepted, withdrawing the invitation. Naturally, this is more hurtful than not being invited at all. I have not been invited to many things, and ignorance is bliss. To have been invited, and gone through the process of preparing for…

The Saker (2018-10-05). S-300s and Other Military Hardware for Syria, by The Saker. unz.com This week Russian officials declared that the delivery of S-300s for Syria was completed and that this first batch included 49 pieces of "military equipment", including radars, control vehicles and four launchers. Russian officials added that, if needed, this figure could be increased to 8-12 launchers. Defense Minister Shoigu added that "the measures we will…

RT (2018-10-05). 'I would do very well': Golf enthusiast Trump brags he could beat Putin in boxing match (VIDEO). rt.com Donald Trump declared he would have a good chance against judo black belt Vladimir Putin in a hypothetical boxing match, during some off-script boasting at a Minnesota political rally.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-05). Immigrants' Health Premiums Far Exceed What Plans Pay for Their Care. truthout.org President Donald Trump has repeatedly condemned US immigration policy, arguing that many immigrants pose a threat to the nation and drain US resources. But a study released Monday about health insurance challenges the president's portrayal. | The study in the journal Health Affairs found that immigrants covered by private health insurance and their employers contributed nearly $25 billion more in premiums in 2014 than was spent on their care. Those in the country without legal status contributed nearly $8 billion toward th…

Staff (2018-10-05). India Signs $5 Billion Deal for Russian Air Defense Systems. truthdig.com The question now is whether the U.S. will penalize New Delhi via the Counter America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

Andrew J. Wood (2018-10-05). Russian Oligarchs are a Problem, But Let's Not Forget American Ones. counterpunch.org Oligarchs the world over have long been destabilizing economies and shaping governing bodies for their own benefit. For instance, if we turn to the supposed 'birth of democracy' in Ancient Athens, elites (called 'citizens') of the polis ruled over the mass populace (the common people of the hoi polloi). Plato had instilled in many Greeks More

RS Ahthion (2018-10-05). That Time Churchill Wanted to Start World War III, Before World War II was Even Over. counterpunch.org As the great industrial slaughter of human beings that was World War 2 came to an end and Germany was being divided the British government was drawing up plans to re-arm the Nazi's and along with the Americans, plan a surprise attack against the Soviet Union. The target date for this incredible insanity was July More

Tasnim News (2018-10-05). Foreign Minister Zarif: "President Trump repeatedly humiliates the Saudis…" iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the Donald Trump administration's arrogant nature and the Saudi government's wrong policy to rely on the US supports, suggesting that Tehran and Riyadh can "build a strong region". "President Trump repeatedly humiliates the Saudis by saying they can't last 2 weeks without his support. This is the recompense […]

RFE (2018-10-05). John Bolton: Iran Is 'Central Banker' For Terrorism. iranian.com U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser has called Iran "the central banker of international terrorism" as he laid out a wider strategy for countering Tehran in the Middle East. John Bolton told reporters on October 4 that the U.S. strategy toward Iran would use both military and nonmilitary means to push back on Iranian-backed […]

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-10-05). GOP Senator's Hometown Paper Rips His 'Medieval Attitude Toward All Women as Sex Objects' in Devastating Op-Ed. alternet.org The paper, which has the largest daily circulation in the state, is berating the longest-serving Senate Republican in history. | The Salt Lake TribuneEditorial Board has launched what may be a historic attack on its vaunted U. S. Senator, Republican Orrin Hatch. The paper, which has the largest daily circulation in the state, is berating the longest-serving Senate Repub. . .

Middle East Eye (2018-10-05). Disappearance Of WashPo Columnist Sets Saudi And Turkey Up For A Fight. iranian.com The case of the vanished journalist looks set to worsen already poor diplomatic relations and damage the kingdom's international image Turkey and Saudi Arabia, not so long ago close allies on many topics, appear to be braced for a potentially bruising confrontation after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a leading Saudi dissident and commentator, and […]

Philip Giraldi (2018-10-05). The Trump Regime Is Out Of Control. iranian.com The nuclear war doomsday clock maintained on the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website has advanced to two minutes before midnight, the closest point to possible atomic apocalypse since the end of the Cold War. In 1995 the clock was at fourteen minutes to midnight, but the opportunity to set it back even further was lost as the […]

Michael Leonardi (2018-10-05). Fascism's Return to Italy. counterpunch.org The arrest of Domenico Lucano, the revolutionary Italian mayor of Riace, Calabria noted for welcoming immigrants with a utopian vison for human dignity and peaceful coexistence. Riace (pronounced Riach with a long A at the end) is a small Calabrian town in the south of Italy on the Ionian Sea. This area of Calabria is More

Shared by Khalilah M. Harris (2018-10-05). The Future of Education Town Hall Pt. II. therealnews.com Khalilah Harris hosts a community town hall on the promise and possibilities of Maryland's Kirwan Commission. Students, parents, educators, advocates, elected and school district officials discuss their questions, concerns and ideas for a path forward

Melanie McFarland, Salon (2018-10-05). What the Movie 'Aliens' Taught Us About Dismissing Women's Rage — At Our Own Peril. alternet.org Women's warnings have always been ignored, our trauma dismissed. | Every time I watch the 1986 action-horror classic "Aliens," a film I've watched so many times I've lost count, it takes on new meaning. I've long argued its merits as a metaphor for a woman enduring sexism in the workplace, due to the many trials Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley faces over the three films. In 1979's "Alien," Ripley's an officer on the Nostromo who survives the infiltration of an ali. . .

Stansfield Smith (2018-10-05). Dan Kovalik's "The Plot To Attack Iran:" A Tool To Combat Washington's Middle East Wars. iranian.com The Plot to Attack Iran gives a readable and well- referenced look at Western — especially US — abuse of Iran. The author and human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik presents a concise overview of US imperial conduct since World War II. The book is a reminder, which we need from time to time, of the outrageous hypocrisy and […]

Staff (2018-10-05). Palestinian Leader Controls Fate of U.S. Plan in Region. truthdig.com Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been sidelined, isolated and humiliated by the Trump administration. But the embattled Palestinian leader may have the final say in determining the fate of the White House's long-awaited vision for Mideast peace. | In recent weeks, Abbas has thwarted a series of internationally backed initiatives aimed at rehabilitating the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. With Gaza expected to be the centerpiece of the U.S. peace plan, Abbas has given himself a virtual veto over the expected American initiative. The deadlock over Gaza appears to be a key reason behind the repeated delays in unveili…

Nicholas Levis (2018-10-05). Empire of Fraud, Made in America. counterpunch.org Lest it be washed out by the next Spectacle, allow me to summarize the most important article yet about the Life of Trump, and to make explicit a couple of the explosive points that the New York Times only implies. On the front end, Fred Trump's fortune drew from decades of post-World War II federal More

Nate Owen (2018-10-05). Toward a Socialist Land Ethic: the Foundation of an Ecosocialist Future. counterpunch.org There will be no future on a dead planet, socialist or otherwise. If the left is to seize power and bring our planet into the rational egalitarian age we envision, we will need to simultaneously tackle a host of environmental crises. Failure to do so will mean that our project is doomed from the onset. More

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-05). US Counterterrorism Strategy Puts New Focus on Iran and Proxies. mintpressnews.com The strategy is the first issued since 2011 when the Obama administration's view of counterterrorism was focused almost exclusively on the threat posed by al Qaeda after the death of its founder, Osama bin Laden.

Jacques R. Pauwels (2018-10-05). Britain and the Black Gold of Mesopotamia. counterpunch.org The First World War was a contest between two blocs of imperialist powers, whereby a major goal was the acquisition, preservation, and/or aggrandizement of territories — in Europe and worldwide — considered to be of vital importance for the national economy of these powers, mostly because they contained raw materials such as petroleum. We have More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-04). How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen. truthout.org It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on US military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, the Senate was considering a bipartisan resolution to cut off military aid and halt a big sale of American-made bombs to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately…

Akela Lacy (2018-10-04). In Letter to Trump, House Democrats Promise to Investigate Brett Kavanaugh for Perjury If Confirmed. theintercept.com Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus raised questions about Kavanaugh's potential perjury about his role in Bush-era warrantless surveillance.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-04). Headlines for October 4, 2018. democracynow.org As FBI Probe Wraps Up, Senate Could Vote on Kavanaugh on Saturday, Key GOP Senators Criticize Trump for Mocking Christine Blasey Ford, Over 1,200 Law Professors Sign Letter Opposing Kavanaugh Nomination, U.N.: Yemen Sees 10,000+ New Cases of Cholera Every Week, Trump Suggests Saudi Monarchy Would Collapse Without U.S. Support, Saudi Dissident Journalist Missing After Visit to Consulate in Turkey, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teenager at Gaza Protest, U.S. Quits 1955 Iran Treaty After U.N. Court Rules Against Sanctions, Judge Halts Termination of Protected Status for 300,000 Immigrants, Report: DHS Was Unprepar…

RFE (2018-10-04). Germany, Israel Agree Iran Must Never Have Nuclear Weapons — Merkel. iranian.com Germany and Israel agree that Iran should never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons but they differ on how to achieve this goal, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We are very convinced and strongly share Israel's position that everything must be done to prevent […]

Dr. Michael Nevradakis (2018-10-04). North Macedonia Referendum: No Shortage of Foreign Meddling but a Major Shortage of Voters. mintpressnews.com While the naming referendum is often minimized as yet another Balkan spat over trivial matters, what should be clear is that many of the world's powers, such as the United States, the European Union, NATO, and Russia consider this matter far from inconsequential.

RT (2018-10-04). Mueller probe winding down? Prosecutors leave team while proof of 'Russia collusion' remains elusive. rt.com The departure of two prosecutors from the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has signaled that at least part of his probe is winding down. The investigation has yet to reveal any collusion between Russia and Donald Trump.

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-04). Iran Grants 5-Year Residency To Foreigners Who Invest $250,000. iranian.com The Iranian government has decided to grant five-year residency permits to foreigners who invest in the country with a minimum amount of $250,000. Iran's ISNA news agency said the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination agreed during a meeting in the capital Tehran to grant the 5-year residency to foreigners who invest in the country with at least […]

Helen Buyniski (2018-10-04). "The Red Menace". First They Came for Our Democracy, … Russiagate Has Jumped the Shark. globalresearch.ca "It's almost election time, and lest you forget, American democracy has never been in greater peril. Not from inaccurate, insecure voting machines a schoolchild can hack; nor from bought-off candidates who Jessica Corbett (2018-10-04). Warnings Of More 'War And Unilateral Aggression' As Pompeo And Bolton Launch Joint Attack On Global Cooperation. iranian.com After ditching a treaty with Iran to rebuff an ICJ sanctions ruling, Bolton announces review of international agreements to prevent future court decisions. Amid mounting concerns about possible war with Iran after the Trump administration ditched a decades-old bilateral treaty in response to an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions violate it, National Security […]

RFE (2018-10-04). Defiant Khamenei Says 'Iran's Weakness' Is West's Wishful Thinking. iranian.com Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website reported that he has "addressed 100 thousand Basij members" at the Azadi Stadium West of Tehran on Thursday October 4, telling them "by defeating sanctions, Iranians will once again slap the US in the face," and that US sanctions are "more fragile than" Iran's economy. Basij is […]

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-04). Trump Regime Refuses World Court Rulings on Palestine and Iran, US Withdrawal from the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. globalresearch.ca Is Trump being held captive by political operatives within his Cabinet — notably Pompeo, Bolton and Haley on geopolitical issues? They're hostile to world peace, democratic values, and respect for international law. | On Wednesday, John Bolton announced the Trump regime's …

Juan Cole (2018-10-04). Trump Humiliates, Squeezes King Salman: 'Pay Up. You Wouldn't Last 2 Weeks Without US Army'. iranian.com Trump, speaking at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, went out of his way to humiliate Saudi King Salman, his close ally in his attempt to corral Iran. "We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they're rich? And I love the King, King Salman. But I said, 'King — we're protecting you — you might […]

Christopher Black (2018-10-04). On Capitalism and Eternal War. NATO as a "World Government"? globalresearch.ca On September 14, in an address to the far right American organisation called The Heritage Foundation, the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, described NATO in effect to be a world government prepared for eternal war. He declared NATO to be …

IMEMC News (2018-10-04). Detainee Jawareesh Suspends His Hunger Strike. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that detainee Salah Jawareesh, 23, has suspended his hunger strike after reaching an agreement and a court ruling, stating that his current Administrative Detention orders will not be renewed. The PPS said Jawareesh went on hunger strike for eight days, protesting the […]…

RT (2018-10-04). Pentagon's 'self-defense' means war anywhere, any time. But there's a call to regulate war powers. rt.com A post-9/11 act grants the president authority to wage foreign wars with few restrictions. However, Democrats want the Pentagon to explain a lesser-known policy that allows the military to strike almost anywhere, at any time.

John O'Day (2018-10-04). Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook for War With Iran. fair.org John Bolton (BBC, 9/26/18): "Let my message today be clear: We are watching, and we will come after you." | Three years ago, as Americans debated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran—popularly known as "the Iran deal"—I highlighted a troubling media trend on FAIR.org ( 8/20/15): "For nearly all commentators, r…

wsws (2018-10-04). International Court of Justice strikes down US sanctions against Iran. wsws.org The International Court of Justice has no power to enforce its decision, and US officials immediately made clear they will defy the ICJ ruling.

wsws (2018-10-04). Mass graves in Mannar point to further war crimes in Sri Lanka. wsws.org The skeletal remains of 136 individuals were unearthed in northern Sri Lanka after 74 days of excavation.

Bill Van Auken (2018-10-04). Washington Threatens Preemptive Strike Against Russian Missiles. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, the United States government issued its most direct and public threat of a military strike against Russia since the height of the Cold War. | The US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, told a press conference at NATO …

Ian Berman (2018-10-04). Anti-Semitism as a Sword: The Danger of Undermining Democracy for Israel's Benefit. mintpressnews.com Attacking the cherished principle of free speech not only threatens Jews' standing in their home countries, it does not help Israel move towards cherished values of democracy and peaceful co-existence either.

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-04). Russia's S-300 Air Defense Systems Arrive in Syria. globalresearch.ca S-300 air defense systems can detect and target enemy aircraft, missiles, and other aerial objects as distant as 250 km (155 miles) away. | They can lock on to up to six targets simultaneously, able to fire two missiles at each …

Daniel Falcone (2018-10-04). Weaponized Communication at the UN: Talking With Richard Falk. counterpunch.org Instead of being a laughing stock, it is more realistic to view Trump's America as bringing tears to the eyes of those who care about present human suffering and future prospects for peace, human rights, global justice, and ecological sustainability. What we need is an equitable globalism that is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting human interests. More

Leonid Savin (2018-10-04). America's "Offensive" Cyber Strategy. White House Authorizes Offensive Cyberwarfare. globalresearch.ca On September 20, 2018 the White House released the US National Cyber Strategy, which was signed by President Donald Trump. | It probably delighted both hawks and Democrats. The former were pleased that the strategy includes new components that clearly indicate …

Jessica Corbett (2018-10-04). John Bolton Just Confirmed the U.S. Is Becoming a Rogue State. mintpressnews.com After ditching a treaty with Iran to rebuff an ICJ sanctions ruling, Bolton announces review of international agreements to prevent future court decisions.

Marwa Osman (2018-10-04). Iran Unwavering On Eliminating Regional Terrorism. iranian.com The Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced on October 1, 2018 that it launched a rocket attack targeting terrorist headquarters in the east of the Euphrates in Syria in response to the attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 22. The IRGC declared in a statement on its official website ´Saba […]

Daily Sabah (2018-10-04). Turkey to Use National Currency For Wheat Imports From Russia. globalresearch.ca According to a statement released by Russian analytical center SovEkon, Turkey will purchase 30,000 tons of high-protein wheat from Russia and will pay in rubles, the country's currency. | The price of wheat is set at 17,000 rubles per ton, the …

TeleSur (2018-10-04). Putin: Nations Will Dump Dollar As Reserve Currency If US Goes On With Sanctions. iranian.com "It seems to me that our American partners make a colossal strategic mistake," Putin said, adding that it is a "typical mistake of any empire." Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on the Russian Energy Week, on Wednesday, saying that his Washington counterparts are making a "typical" and "colossal" mistake, referring to the sanctions imposed to […]

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-04). Did the US Steal Russia's Hypersonic Weapons Secrets? globalresearch.ca The US stole Russia's hypersonic weapons secrets over the summer and is now on track to test these systems sooner than the rest of the world originally anticipated. | President Putin's announcement in March that Russia was in possession of hypersonic …

Global Research News (2018-10-04). Selected Articles: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at the UN General Assembly. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | Lies, distortions and omissions are part of a multibillion dollar propaganda operation which sustains the "war narrative". | While "Truth" …

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Even These 5 Right-Wing Conservatives Have Called Trump Out for Mocking Christine Blasey Ford. alternet.org Trump made no friends with his mockery of Dr. Ford. | Tuesday, October 2 was a busy day for President Donald J. Trump. After a mid-afternoon speech at the National Electrical Contractors Association's annual convention in Democrat-dominated Philadelphia—where he was greeted with an abundance of RT (2018-10-04). Russian influence & meddling in US 'pales in comparison' with China's, Pence believes. rt.com The White House has stepped up its showdown with China, casting it as the new top bogeyman, with Mike Pence declaring that the notorious Russian interference and meddling 'pales' in comparison to Beijing's influence in US affairs.

Janine Jackson (2018-10-04). 'How Many Other Laquan MacDonalds Are There?'. fair.org Janine Jackson featured two archival interviews on Chicago police violence on the September 28, 2018, episode of CounterSpin: a conversation with John Conroy on torturer Jon Burge, originally aired December 21, 2007; and a talk with Jamie Kalven about police victim Laquan McDonald, from December…

RT (2018-10-04). 'Wake up people!': Cyber expert McAfee warns of US govt 'spying' through presidential alert texts. rt.com As the US was subjected to an unexpected nationwide message from President Donald Trump, many were startled and confused by the alert. One man, however, warned of a more sinister element to the public safety test.

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-04). World Court Rules on the Illegality of US Sanctions against Iran. globalresearch.ca All unilateral sanctions by one country against others are flagrantly illegal. Under international law, Security Council members alone may impose them. | The International Court of Justice (ICJ-World Court) preliminary ruling against the US is positive. It didn't go far enough …

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2018-10-04). Neoliberal Economics: The Plague Of Iran's Economy. iranian.com 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 […]

INA (2018-10-04). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 Sept. — 03 Oct. 2018). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 27 September — 03 October, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. 9 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were killed; [.

Jason Ditz (2018-10-04). US Withdraws From International Treaties, Slams UN World Court. globalresearch.ca Seeking to avoid complying with the consequences of previously-signed treaties, the US announced that they are outright withdrawing from multiple agreements today. This included the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, and the 1961 Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-10-04). The Planned Invasion of Canada by the US. Political Meddling into the Affairs of a Sovereign Nation. globalresearch.ca Introduction and Update | While the mainstream media has its eyes riveted on alleged Russian interference in Canada, without a shred of evidence, recent developments pertaining to the enactment of NAFTA 2.0, visibly point to US meddling in Canada's internal affairs. …

Leighton Akio Woodhouse (2018-10-04). Citing Trump's Racism, a Federal Judge Restores Protections for Immigrants Fleeing Wars and Disasters. theintercept.com A federal court has suspended the Trump administration's termination of temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Historian of Nazism Explains Why GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Is the 'Gravedigger of American Democracy'. alternet.org The majority leaders is playing the same role as pre-war Germany's Paul von Hindenburg. | In a new piece for the New York Review of Books, historian Christopher Browning warns that there are troubling parallels between the present-day United States and the days of fascism's rise in Europe. Browning, a specialist in the areas of the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and world. . .

Mark Fiore (2018-10-04). Beer Warning Alert. progressive.org If Donald Trump can issue a "Presidential Alert" to everyone's cell phone, it's only fitting to issue a Beer Warning Alert as well.

Eva Bartlett (2018-10-04). Liberate Idlib and Syria: The Martyred of Mhardeh Speak Through the Ones They've Left Behind. mintpressnews.com Mhardeh is a Christian town of 23,000 people. It is also on the front line of confrontation against the Idlib terrorists who have attacked the town and its people for seven years.

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…

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,…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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. |

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

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…

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.

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.

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.

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. |

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…

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…

splcenter (2018-10-02). A history: Asylum in the United States. splcenter.org Modern international refugee protection efforts grew from the ashes of Europe in World War II, bringing together nation-states through the United Nations to offer asylum to refugees uprooted from the war.

splcenter (2018-10-02). Bond hearings: What immigration courts should consider. splcenter.org The primary factors immigration judges should consider in bond proceedings are similar to those in the criminal justice system. The law instructs detained immigrants to show the court he or she does not pose a public safety risk and is not a flight risk warranting confinement.

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