2018-10-06: News Headlines

Daniel Lazare (2018-10-07). Is Saudi Arabia The Middle East's Next Failed State? iranian.com Reports are growing that Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's hyperactive crown prince, is losing his grip. His economic reform program has stalled since his father, King Salman, nixed plans to privatize 5 percent of Saudi Aramco. The Saudi war in Yemen, which the prince launched in March 2015, is more of a quagmire than ever […]

Codepink (2018-10-06). Protest Blue Angels and Fleet Week. indybay.org Meet at 1: 00 pm on the Marina Green, Marina Blvd and the end of Webster. Look for our boats decorated with peace messages in the bay and those handing out flyers detailing how Blue Angels glamorize and promote war.

Deconstructed (2018-10-06). Episode Special: The right won the battle over Kavanaugh. Can the left win the war? theintercept.com A panel of guests joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Kavanaugh confirmation and how the left should respond.

Staff (2018-10-06). Kavanaugh Confirmed, 50-48, in Near Party-Line Vote. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides. | The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — which he emphatically denied. Those claims magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over…

GetUp! (2018-10-06). 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/…

Whitney Webb (2018-10-06). What's Really Going On Behind the "Secret" Saudi-Russia Oil Deal. iranian.com The revelation that Russia worked privately with the Saudis "on Trump's order" to aid the U.S. effort to halt Iranian oil exports without causing a supply shock seems to contradict Russia's public promise to defend Iran's economy against aggressive U.S. sanctions. On Wednesday, Reuters reported the details of a private and "secret" deal reached between Russia and Saudi […]

Ecumenical Peace Institute (2018-10-06). EPI Dinner — Racism, Islamophobia and Empire. indybay.org St John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley CA…

teleSUR (2018-10-06). Peru: Court Rejects Fujimori's Appeal, Orders Arrest. telesurtv.net Fujimori's appeal to suspend the arrest warrant against him due to "imminent risk of sudden death" has been rejected by a Peruvian Court.

Farid Parsa (2018-10-06). It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Sylvia Anne Matheson (1916-2006). iranian.com Sylvia Anne Terry -Smith was born in London, 1916. She married to Angus Matheson and later to Henry Schofield with whom she lived in Iran from 1965 to 1979. Sylvia's fascination with India began when she was still a child. She saved her pocket money and bought Hugo's Hindustani in Three Months without a Master […]

Staff (2018-10-06). 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Aims Straight for Trumpism's Dark, Neoliberal Heart. truthdig.com At a time when the neoliberal Resistance has embraced the CIA and FBI as heroic organizations supposedly defending our putative democracy from the "Cheeto Mussolini," Michael Moore's new documentary comes as a breath of fresh air. | " Fahrenheit 11/9" is anything but a superficial tale of a brainless and ineffectual orange marionette catering to the whims of a dastardly Russian bogeyman—that is to say, how MSNBC would have us see Donald Trump. On the contrary, this film is precisely what is needed: an e…

INA (2018-10-06). Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel. imemc.org | October 5, 2018 — A Nobel Prize has been awarded to George P. Smith, a renowned scientist and longtime advocate for Palestinian rights who supports the BDS movement and has called for an end to US military aid to Israel. The BDS movement congratulates Professor Smith.

wsws (2018-10-06). Kremlin suffers defeats in regional elections. wsws.org The electoral upsets that took place in September come as evidence mounts of growing discontent with Russia's ruling party.

The Iranian (2018-10-06). Tired Of America. iranian.com Lyrics I'm going to a town that has already been burnt down I'm going to a place that has already been disgraced I'm gonna see some folks who have already been let down I'm so tired of America I'm gonna make it up for all of The Sunday Times I'm gonna make it up for […]

RFE (2018-10-06). Kerry Says War Chances Rising After US Leaves Iran Deal. iranian.com Former secretary of state John Kerry voiced fear Friday of conflict with Iran after the United States pulled out of a denuclearization deal, saying regional leaders had privately pressed him for military strikes. Kerry spearheaded diplomacy that led to the 2015 agreement in which Iran promised Western powers, Russia and China to scale back its […]

John O'Day (2018-10-06). Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook For War With Iran. iranian.com 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, regardless of their position, war is the only alternative to that position." In the months since US President Donald Trump […]

RT (2018-10-06). 'Why don't that thing have missiles?': Lee Camp on AI and the US military. rt.com The US military's quest for driverless supply trucks is just the tip of the AI-ceberg when it comes to automating its killing machines. Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp takes a humorous, yet thorough look at AI's future of warfare.

RFE (2018-10-06). India To Keep Buying Iranian Oil Despite U.S. Sanctions — Sources. iranian.com India will buy 9 million barrels of Iranian oil in November, two industry sources said, indicating that the world's third-biggest oil importer is to continue purchasing crude from the Islamic republic despite U.S. sanctions coming into force on Nov. 4. "Refiners have placed November nominations to lift 1.25 million tonnes (about 9 million barrels) of […]

Miko Peled (2018-10-06). PLO Learned Bitter Oslo Lesson: Negotiation With US and Israel Is for Suckers. mintpressnews.com The actual reality in Palestine today is a direct result of the Oslo Accords and is precisely what Israel had always wanted: deeper and more entrenched Israeli control over the lives, land and resources in Palestine, while maintaining the appearance of a peace process, for the failure of which the Palestinians are to blame.

Adalah-NY (2018-10-06). 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.

Joshua Holland (2018-10-06). Mitch McConnell Just Won the Biggest Battle Yet in His Long War on Democracy. thenation.com Mitch McConnell Just Won the Biggest Battle Yet in His Long War on Democracy…

RT (2018-10-06). Trump signs law allowing US authorities to shoot down private drones without warrants. rt.com US authorities are now allowed to shoot down personal drones if they deem them to be a threat, thanks to a new bill which has been signed by President Donald Trump. But critics say the law could be easily abused.

wsws (2018-10-06). Canada: The unions' suppression of the 1995—97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today. wsws.org Workers entering struggle against Doug Ford's class-war assault must draw a political balance sheet of the last mass movement against an Ontario Conservative government and its strangling by the unions.

INA (2018-10-06). Yahya al-Sanwar: Israeli Journalist Introduced Herself as Italian. imemc.org On Thursday, the head of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya al-Sanwar, in a statement, said that the reporter who published an interview with him on the Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, introduced herself as an Italian journalist. Al-Sanwar's office explained that the journalist had applied to meet the Hamas […]…

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. |

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.

Andrew Levine (2018-10-05). The Kavanaugh Affair. counterpunch.org Photo Source the White House | CC BY 2.0 | 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…

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 Staff (2018-10-05). How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen. truthdig.com It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. 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. Fortunatel…

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

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. . .

Joe Cirincione (2018-10-05). Trump's March to War with Iran. globalresearch.ca There is a very real possibility that Donald Trump will start a new war in the Middle East. If that's not his intention, then his administration is doing a damn good job of faking it. | In July, in a late-night …

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 […]

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…

Whitney Webb (2018-10-05). What's Really Going On Behind the "Secret" Saudi-Russia Oil Deal. mintpressnews.com The revelation that Russia worked privately with the Saudis "on Trump's order" to aid the U.S. effort to halt Iranian oil exports without causing a supply shock seems to contradict Russia's public promise to defend Iran's economy against aggressive U.S. sanctions.

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 […]

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

Robert Scheer (2018-10-05). America Is on the Road to Becoming a Fascist State. truthdig.com Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley reflects on Trump's ultranationalism and the eerie parallels between the U.S. and pre-war Germany.

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

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.

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.

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.

PMDB (2018-10-05). Cuba's President Miguel Díaz-Canel at the UN General Assembly. Global Capitalism Triggers War and Poverty. globalresearch.ca The Speech of the Cuba's President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez at the United Nations General Assembly, | Madam President: | Mister Secretary-General: | It is impossible to be here, speak from this rostrum on behalf of Cuba, and not recall historic moments of the | …

Stephen Karganovic (2018-10-05). Targeted in the Balkans: Russia's Tiny Ally Republic of Srpska. globalresearch.ca The Republic of Srpska, one of the two constituent self-governing regions of the dysfunctional state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will hold elections on October 7. The electoral process will take place under the long shadow of Western political manipulation …

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…

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

leili (2018-10-05). Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel. bdsmovement.net Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel: UpdateA Nobel Prize has been awarded to George P. Smith, a renowned scientist and longtime advocate for Palestinian rights who suppor…

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

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-10-05). Video: North Korea and The Dangers Of Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca This interview with Canada's CTV preceded Michel Chossudovsky's public lectures in Winnipeg, Vancouver (January 2018) and Seoul South Korea at the ROK National Assembly in February 2018. | Michel Chossudovsky's latest article (September 2018) on the Korea Peace Initiative and the

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 […]

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

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-05). The Latest US-Led Western Russia Bashing Episode. Alleged Hacking of OPCW. globalresearch.ca

RT (2018-10-05). Journalist explains why US doesn't need hackers to control the world, and it's hard to disagree. rt.com 'Russian hackers' have become the go-to bogeymen for Washington. There's little mention of American hackers though — probably because they aren't needed, since most of the internet is a branch of US intelligence.

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. . .

Eric Ortiz (2018-10-05). The Trouble With 'Preventing Palestine'. consortiumnews.com Seth Anziska's new book on the Arab-Israeli "peace process" is a useful primer on the conflict, but it does not fully examine the paradox of the Carter administration's solution that we are still living with, argues As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad… Read more →

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

Kurt Nimmo (2018-10-05). Illegal Sanctions: Pompeo Arranges Mass Starvation of Iranian People. globalresearch.ca Prior to George W. Bush illegally rolling into Iraq based on a passel of lies, Bill Clinton oversaw Papa Bush's medieval sanctions on the country. The sanctions were not intended to stop Saddam Hussein from building WMDs as we were …

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

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

Peter Korzun (2018-10-05). US Openly Threatens Russia with War: Goodbye Diplomacy, Hello Stone Age. globalresearch.ca US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison is a highly placed diplomat. Her words, whatever they may be, are official, which includes the ultimatums and threats that have become the language increasingly used by US diplomats to implement the policy …

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

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.

RFE (2018-10-05). Saudi MBC Launching New TV Channel For Iran's 'Youth'. iranian.com Saudi Arabia owned Middle East Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) will launch a Persian TV channel on Saturday, October 6, Arab News reports. Since the majority of the Iranian population are under thirty, the Dubai based MBC, targets the youth in Iran. The new channel is scheduled to initially beam subtitled and dubbed soap operas, comedies, talent […]

Mark Gruenberg (2018-10-05). While being arrested at McDonald's workers demo, Rev. Barber gets 'genius grant'. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—At the very moment he was getting one of the world's most prestigious awards—a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant"—Rev. William Barber, co-leader of the New Poor People's Campaign, was getting arrested in Chicago's Loop while demanding McDonald's workers get $15 an hou…

Drone Warfare (2018-10-05). Imran Khan: "American Drone Strikes in Pakistan Must Stop. It's Butchery, and the True Horror of It Is Hidden From the West" globalresearch.ca Since 2004, the US government has attacked thousands of targets in tribal areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. It used unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the US Air Force under the operational control of the CIA's Special Activities …

Whitney Webb (2018-10-05). UN Panel: Saudi Arabia and UAE "Interfering" in Documentation of Yemen War Crimes. mintpressnews.com Since the UN panel released its critical report in August, its leader Kamel Jendoubi asserts that the Saudi coalition has been directly interfering with the panel's activities in regards to documenting alleged war crimes in Yemen.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-05). NAACP Congratulates Rev. William J. Barber II on Winning MacArthur "Genius" Grant Award. naacp.org NAACP extends an exuberant congratulations to Rev. William J. Barber II, NAACP Member, National Board of Directors and former North Carolina State Conference President. "No one is more deserving of this award than Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. He is and will always be an integral part of the NAACP. As a long-standing champion […]

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

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 […]

Press TV (2018-10-05). US Could Launch Preemptive Military Strike Against Russia: NATO Envoy. globalresearch.ca The United States has threatened to launch a preemptive military strike against Russia if it does not halt developing a banned cruise missile system. | Washington claims Moscow is violating a Cold War treaty and developing a ground-launched cruise missile which …

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

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 […]

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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. . .

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.

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.

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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

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. |

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.

Mark Fiore (2018-10-03). 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.

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…

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. |

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…

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…

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

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. |

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

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.

splcenter (2018-10-02). Due process: Remote immigration prisons impede access to attorneys, chances for success. splcenter.org The Stewart Detention Center where Mateo was held sits in Lumpkin, Georgia, about 150 miles south of Atlanta. With a capacity of 1,996 people, it is one of the nation's largest immigration prisons. In one important way, however, Stewart is like many other such facilities: It is far from cities where detainees would have easier access to counsel…

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