2018-10-07: News Headlines

Codepink (2018-10-07). 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.

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-07). Israel to Use F-35 Stealth Warplanes Against Syria. globalresearch.ca Installation of Russian S-300 air defense systems compromises Israel's ability to continue waging naked aggression against Syrian targets. | Israeli officials claim the IDF is protecting the country's security — despite no threat from Syria, Iran or any other countries. | It's …

Shared by Ben Norton (2018-10-07). Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion — and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher. therealnews.com The international proxy war on Syria destroyed more than $388 billion in physical capital, according to a UN commission. But political economist Ali Kadri says this conservative figure underestimates the damage imperialism does to humans, and how such destruction is inherent in capitalism

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-07). Iran's World Court Win Exposes U.S. as Rogue State. therealnews.com After the International Court of Justice ruled in Iran's favor on U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration pulled out of a 1955 treaty and announced a review of its relationship to the court. Trita Parsi, author and founder of the National Iranian American Council, says that when it comes to Iran, the U.S. is acting like…

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-10-07). Iran's World Court Win Exposes U.S. as Rogue State. therealnews.com After the International Court of Justice ruled in Iran's favor on U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration pulled out of a 1955 treaty and announced a review of its relationship to the court. Trita Parsi, author and founder of the National Iranian American Council, says that when it comes to Iran, the U.S. is acting like…

Amos Barshad (2018-10-07). Israel's Gabriella Blum Helped Write the Laws of Drone Warfare. Nearly Two Decades Later, She Has Regrets. theintercept.com Israeli lawyers counseled that targeted killings should always be the exception, never the rule. But critical checks on the practice have evaporated.

Campact! (2018-10-07). 50.000! We will end coal! indybay.org Was fàºr ein Tag: àúber 50.000 Menschen kamen dieses Wochenende zum Hambacher Wald. In bester Feierlaune. Denn RWE hat vor Gericht eine krachende Niederlage einstecken màºssen. Der uralte Wald darf vorerst nicht gerodet werden.[1] Diese Runde ging an uns, doch die grà∂àüte Auseinandersetzung steht noch bevor — um den Klimakiller Nummer eins: die Braunkohle. Dafàºr war dieser Samstag ein grandioser Auftakt.

The Conversation (2018-10-07). Here's How the Media Encourages — And Sustains — Political Warfare. alternet.org The quiet consumption of news can sustain a polarized political environment | Kyle Jensen, University of North Texas and Jack Selzer, RT (2018-10-07). US general made preparations behind president's back to nuke Vietnam, declassified memo shows. rt.com The commander of US forces in Vietnam had devised a secret plan to use nuclear warheads against the communist North during the Vietnam War, before President Johnson halted the ongoing preparations, declassified documents reveal.

GetUp! (2018-10-07). 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/…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-07). Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion — and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher. therealnews.com The international proxy war on Syria destroyed more than $388 billion in physical capital, according to a UN commission. But political economist Ali Kadri says this conservative figure underestimates the damage imperialism does to humans, and how such destruction is inherent in capitalism

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-10-07). Expanding Turkey-Iran Cooperation In Syria. iranian.com Despite numerous western mainstream media predictions about possible conflict of interest between Iran, Turkey and Russia in Syria, this conflict hasn't happened. On the contrary, prospects and possibilities of cooperation continue to increase as the war in Syria nears its end. Its latest illustration can be found in the case of Idlib where Iran did […]

INA (2018-10-07). Arabic Druze Protesters Call for Return of Golan to Syria. imemc.org On Saturday, in Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, along the Israel-Syria border in the northern part of Israel, protesters gathered holding Syrian flags and demanding the return of the Golan to Syria. Across the border, in Syria, people gathered shouting back their support. This is a common occurrence […]…

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-07). Sino-US Tensions: Pentagon Accuses China of Threatening America's National Security. globalresearch.ca Sino/US tensions risk boiling over into something much more serious than already. | Washington considers China's significant political, economic, trade, and military strength as a threat to US national security. | Accusations by US officials against China, Russia, and other countries are …

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 […]

Kali Holloway, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-07). Here Are 7 Things the United Daughters of the Confederacy Do Not Want You to Know About Them. alternet.org For starters, they get tax breaks. | It's helpful, in the midst of any conversation about this country's Confederate monuments, to understand who put these things up, which also offers a clue as to why. In large part, the answer to the first question is the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a white Southern women's "heritage" group founded in 1894. Starting 30 years after the Civil War, as historian Karen Cox notes in her 2003 book "

Zero Hedge (2018-10-07). "Preplanned Murder": Turkey Says 15-Member Saudi Hit Team Murdered Journalist Inside Consulate. iranian.com In a shocking twist to an already mysterious and bizarre saga, Turkish investigators say they believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after he entered on routine business four days ago. Khashoggi's fiance, who was waiting outside at the time of his disappearance on Tuesday, said he simply never came […]

Ecumenical Peace Institute (2018-10-07). EPI Dinner — Racism, Islamophobia and Empire. indybay.org St John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley CA…

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-10-07). Pulitzer-Winning Reporter Reveals the 'Smoking Gun' on Trump and Russia. alternet.org Washington Post reporter on Trump's "subservience" to Vladimir Putin and the "subversion of American democracy" | It might be the ultimate journalistic cliché to announce that Donald Trump's presidency is not normal. Indeed, it's just as likely that this is what normal looks like now, and that the naked power politics of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation — embraced by Republicans for many reasons, but most of all as a smackdown to feminists and liberals and everyone. . .

Askiah Adam (2018-10-06). Syria's No-fly Zone. globalresearch.ca The Russian Defence Minister has announced that the promised S-300 air defence system has been delivered to Syria with the Karushka 4 radar systems jammer and other related military equipment, to boost the safety of Russia's military personnel and facilities. …

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 […]

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.

Masud Wadan (2018-10-06). Russia's S-400 Air Defense System: Turkey Fell Victim But India Escaped US Sanctions? globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | In recent developments, New Delhi on Friday October 4, 2018, "Russia's President Putin and India's Prime Minister Modi signed a $5.4 billion agreement to purchase five S-400 air defense systems, …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-06). India Buying Russian S-400s Air Defense Systems, Defies US Sanctions Threat. globalresearch.ca In New Delhi on Friday October 4, 2018, Russia's President Putin and India's Prime Minister Modi signed a $5.4 billion agreement to purchase five S-400 air defense systems, delivery scheduled for 2020 — ignoring the threat of possible US sanctions….

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.

South Front (2018-10-06). Video: Trump's Trade War and Escalation of US-China Standoff. Rising Tensions in the Economic, Diplomatic and Military Spheres. globalresearch.ca Tensions between the US and China are rising in the economic, diplomatic and military spheres. The economic policy of the administration of US President Donald Trump as well as the US strategy aimed at deterring growing Chinese military capabilities in …

Robert Fantina (2018-10-06). WikiLeaks Exposes New Release Relating To Arms Industry Corruption And War On Yemen. iranian.com The wheeling and dealing that occurs in the international arms trade is beyond the comprehension of the average person. The deadly weapons, the political intrigue, the behind-the-scenes maneuverings and the millions upon millions of dollars that are earned, sometimes by a single individual, are beyond belief. We are familiar with a recent case, thanks to […]

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.

Alwaght (2018-10-06). Afghan Government Rejects Blackwater Plan to Outsource War. globalresearch.ca The Afghan government has outlawed and denounced as 'destructive and divisive' a proposal by the founder of private military contractor Blackwater, to privatize the 17-year-old war in the Asian country. | Erik Prince promoted his proposal on Kabul last week for …

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…

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

Michael Welch (2018-10-06). Left, Right — Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada: A Conversation with Yves Engler. globalresearch.ca "We must remember that in time of war what is said on the enemy's side of the front is always propaganda, and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and …

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…

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 […]

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 […]

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-06). The US' New National Strategy For Counterterrorism (NSCT) Targets Pakistan. globalresearch.ca It's not heavily emphasized within the text, but there are more than enough keywords and innuendo to conclude that the US' National Strategy for Counterterrorism is very problematic for Pakistan because it'll likely be wielded as a Hybrid War weapon …

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…

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.

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 […]

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.

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…

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.

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 […]

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…

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 →

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. . .

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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. |

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

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.

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…

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

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.

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

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…

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

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

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…

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.

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…

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.

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

Robert Mackey (2018-10-05). On Russian TV, Brett Kavanaugh Is a Victim of "the Plague of Malignant Feminism" theintercept.com Russian state TV describes Brett Kavanaugh as a victim of a global feminist pandemic that has previously felled Harvey Weinstein and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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…

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). 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.

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…

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). '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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

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…

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,…

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. |

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. |

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

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.

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…

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.

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…

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