2018-10-08: News Headlines

Staff (2018-10-08). U.N. Report on Climate Change Carries Life-or-Death Warning. truthdig.com Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge. | The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea. | In the 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earth's weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world's leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warmi…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-08). Alleged Saudi Murder of Washington Post Columnist Prompts Calls to Halt U.S. Relations with Regime. democracynow.org Fears are growing over the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish officials say they believe was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week. Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey seeking a document he needed to get married and has not been seen since. The Washington Post reports a Turkish investigation has revealed that a group of about 15 Saudi men traveled to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi as he visited the consulate. Saudi officials have denied the report and say they don…

Philip Giraldi (2018-10-08). Fun at the United Nations and in Congress: Israel Wins the Comedy Competition. globalresearch.ca Most people are unaware of the fact that the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly, which takes place in September, is actually a major audition opportunity for aspiring stand-up comedians. This year, American President Donald Trump was …

Paul Atwood (2018-10-08). Marketing War: the Incessant Drumbeat of Mortal Danger. counterpunch.org The claim that the national security of the United States requires that more than half the nation's discretionary budget must be devoted to the maintenance of armies, global strategic bases and massive armaments is false. Until we can convince the majority of the public of this fiction, and surmount the wall of disinformation, nothing will change and we will continue down the road to a hellish future. More

Democracy Now! (2018-10-08). Headlines for October 8, 2018. democracynow.org Kavanaugh Confirmed and Sworn In to SCOTUS After Bitter Fight, Mass Anti-Kavanaugh Protests Continue, with 164 Arrested in D.C., U.N. Climate Panel: Only 12 Years Left to Mitigate Climate Catastrophe, Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Tops 1,900 with 5,000 Still Missing, Haiti: 12 Dead, 200 Injured After 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Island, Brazil: Far-Right Bolsonaro Wins First Round of Presidential Election, Turkey Believes Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Murdered, Afghanistan: 54 People Killed on 17th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion, Israeli Forces Kill 3 as Palestinians Protest Near Gaza Barrier, Sara N…

Mike Ervin (2018-10-08). October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Yikes! progressive.org I'm supposed to be writing about how hiring disabled people is the right thing to do and makes good business sense. But I'm not comfortable carrying that message.

Justin Raimondo (2018-10-08). The Final Truth of Russia-gate. globalresearch.ca The conspiracy to overthrow a sitting US President extends far beyond our own "Deep State." As I've been saying in this space for quite some time, it's been an international team effort from the beginning. Setting aside the British origins …

Jon Queally (2018-10-08). Could the Murder of WaPo Journalist Finally Put a Crack in US Support of Saudi Arabia? mintpressnews.com "If this is true – that the Saudis lured a U.S. resident into their consulate and murdered him – it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia," declared Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in response.

Staff (2018-10-08). Fate of Human Race Depends on Massive Greening Effort. truthdig.com Scientists are warning us vehemently that we have to be net zero carbon by 2050, and we have to jump on getting there right now, or else very bad things will happen.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-08). Democratic Senator Rips Opponent for Calling Me Too a 'Movement Toward Victimization'. alternet.org Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, considered an underdog for re-election, will not apologize for standing with survivors. | In the North Dakota Senate race, Republican challenger Rep. Kevin Cramer has staked out a clear position against the women challenging rape culture. A few weeks ago, he claimed that the claims of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh would not disqualify him from the Supreme Court even if true because the alleged assaul. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-10-08). Omidyar's Intercept Teams Up with War-Propaganda Firm Bellingcat. mintpressnews.com Despite promoting itself as an "independent" and open-source investigation site, Bellingcat has received a significant portion of its funding from Google, which is also one of the most powerful U.S. military contractors and whose rise to prominence was directly aided by the CIA.

Staff (2018-10-08). Alleged Killing of Journalist Puts U.S.-Saudi Relationship Under Microscope. truthdig.com Critics claim Mohammed Bin Salman is "out of control" and that America should rethink its partnership with a "criminal regime."

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-08). Syria and the S-300s: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. counterpunch.org "The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world [….] No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity, much less dissent." — Gore Vidal One of the most amusing elements of the current anti-Russian hysteria produced by U.S. state/corporate propagandists is More

James J. Zogby (2018-10-08). Criticism of Israeli Policy Is Not Anti-Semitic. globalresearch.ca I was provoked to write this discussion of what is and what isn't anti-Semitism by an article in Ha'aretz on the "controversy" created by the awarding of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to George P. Smith. According to the …

RFE (2018-10-08). Tehran Says Saudi Arabia Unable To Replace Lost Iranian Oil. iranian.com Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has dismissed as "nonsense" claims by the Saudi crown prince that Saudi Arabia can replace sanctions-hit Iranian oil in the market. "(Mohammed) bin Salman's remarks and such bragging can only satisfy (U.S. President Donald) Trump. No one else will believe him. Iran's oil cannot be replaced by Saudi Arabia nor […]

GetUp! (2018-10-08). 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/…

wsws (2018-10-08). Eighteen-year-old found hanged in northern Wisconsin jail. wsws.org The tragic and preventable deaths in Wisconsin Rapids reflect an upward trend in suicides throughout the United States' overcrowded, backlogged and brutal jail and prison system.

Codepink (2018-10-08). 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.

Jake Bowyer (2018-10-08). Ship Of Fools: Tucker Carlson's Conservative Revolution. iranian.com Since the late fall of 2016, Democrats and other Leftist types have been decrying President Donald J. Trump as "not normal" and a "threat to democracy." Of course, this is hogwash of the most rank sort. The same people lambasting Trump for his supposed "authoritarianism" are the same people who have created the modern American […]

Campact! (2018-10-08). 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.

Tehran Times (2018-10-08). Oman To Go Ahead With Iran Gas Pipeline Project Despite U.S. Sanctions. iranian.com Muscat plans to move ahead with the natural gas pipeline project in Iran, hopeful that U.S. sanctions on Iran will strictly target oil. As reported by Gulf Times, Oman's Oil Minister Mohammed Al-Rumhy declared, "We are still going ahead" with the pipeline, sending tender documents out to interested companies. Al-Rumhy suggested Oman would continue to […]

Eric Zuesse (2018-10-08). The Biggest Threat To US National Security Is The US Government. iranian.com A dictatorship does not represent the public but only the aristocracy that, behind the scenes, controls the government. Jonathan H. Adler, Professor at Case Western University School of Law, noted, regarding George W. Bush's secret policy for the NSA to access everyone's phone-records, that "The metadata collection program is constitutional (at least according to Judge Kavanaugh)," and […]

Mehr News (2018-10-08). Flash Floods In Northern Iran. iranian.com Heavy rain in the north of Iran has caused floods that have left trail of destruction in many villages and about 27 cities. The rivers have burst their banks in several locations causing damages to bridges over them and sweeping away fields and peoples' houses. Some 9 people have so far been reported killed while […]

Tasnim News (2018-10-08). Iran May Lose 70% Of Cultivated Land If It Fails To Take Urgent Action: Official. iranian.com Iran faces losing 70 percent of its farmlands if urgent action is not taken to overcome a litany of climate woes, Isa Kalantari, the country's environment chief, said. "We currently use about 100 percent of our renewable water … according to global standards this figure should not be higher than 40 percent," said Kalantari, vice […]

wsws (2018-10-08). Damien Chazelle's First Man: Reduced in space—and opera singer Maria Callas, the Afghanistan war, small-town America. wsws.org Damien Chazelle's First Man—which opens in the US October 12—focuses on US astronaut Neil Armstrong and his role in Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon.

Ecumenical Peace Institute (2018-10-08). EPI Dinner — Racism, Islamophobia and Empire. indybay.org St John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley CA…

Jon Queally (2018-10-08). Could Killing Of Washington Post Writer By Saudi 'Murder Team' Finally Put Crack In US Support Of 'Criminal Regime'? iranian.com "If this is true – that the Saudis lured a U.S. resident into their consulate and murdered him – it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia," declared Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in response. Spurring fresh outrage among those who criticize the cozy relationship between the U.S. government and the Saudi […]

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 …

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 "

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-10-07). Watch: Fox News Host Laughs in GOP Rep's Face for Claiming Republicans Don't Exacerbate Partisanship. alternet.org "Come on. . . " | Fox News host Leland Vittert called out Republican Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) on Sunday after the congressman refused to concede that his party had a role in the bitter partisanship in Washington, D. C. In a Sunday interview, Vittert told Kelly that Democrats are accusing Republicans of ignoring a "huge" part of the population which has not been able to take part in the country's economic progress. "Whether it be in Pennsylvania, whether it be i. . .

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. . .

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

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

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 […]

RFE (2018-10-07). Iran's Parliament Passes Bill Against Funding Terrorism. iranian.com The Iranian parliament has approved a bill aimed at bringing Iran's laws in line with international standards and allowing the country to join the UN convention against the funding of terrorism, or CFT. A total of 143 lawmakers on October 7 voted in favor of the bill, 120 voted against, and five abstained, local media […]

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Lee Fang (2018-10-07). At Secretive Retreat, Evangelicals Celebrate Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation. theintercept.com Members of the Council for National Policy gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, this weekend and discussed the path forward with Kavanaugh on the bench.

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.

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…

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: advancing deeper and more entrenched Israeli control over the lives, land and resources in Palestine while maintaining the appearance of a peace process, the failure of which is blamed on the Palestinians.

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…

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. …

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….

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-06). Amid Famine and Economic Collapse, Major Protests Against Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen. mintpressnews.com "We came here to protest against UAE and the Saudis They lied to us; they said they would make our country like Dubai, and now we are dying of hunger." | — Yemeni protester Samiah Ubadi

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, …

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.

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). Deconstructed Episode Special: The Right Won the Battle Over Brett 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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Sarah Aziza (2018-10-06). Saudi Women Who Fought for the Right to Drive Are Disappearing and Going Into Exile. theintercept.com Despite promises of reform, Saudi Arabia is escalating its assault on civil society — and, for the first time, women have become its primary targets.

Paul Craig Roberts (2018-10-06). The White Heterosexual Male Has Been Renditioned To The Punishment Hole. iranian.com American feminists have finally broken the spirit of the American white heterosexual male. I have been watching for some time the American male, or what little is left of him, meekly accept feminists' definitions of words and male behavior. First the feminists turned the male respect for, and politeness toward, women, respect inculcated into my […]

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.

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.

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…

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

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…

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…

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 […]

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…

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

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

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.

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 →

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

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

Paul Craig Roberts (2018-10-05). Everything Is A Hoax, by Paul Craig Roberts. unz.com An Israeli expert on terrorism and covert assassination procedures explains that the alleged Russian GRU attack on the Skripals with a supposedly deadly nerve agent is a completely obvious hoax to anyone who knows anything at all. russia-insider.com/en/skripals-a… The official story, says the expert, is "stupidity on stupidity." I agree with him. The question is: …

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…

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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.

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). #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 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.

Ryan Grim (2018-10-05). Key Senators Say Disappearance of Washington Post Columnist Should End U.S. "Blank Check" to Saudi Arabia. theintercept.com "A lot of people have been played by the current Saudi leadership," Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen told The Intercept.

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). '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.

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). 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.

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…

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…

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…

Eric Ortiz (2018-10-04). Is Saudi Arabia the Middle East's Next Failed State? consortiumnews.com Ibn Khaldun—the famous Tunisian historian, geographer and social theorist—believed that decadence leads to collapse for Muslim dynasties. Such a scenario may be playing out with the Saudis, reports Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Reports are growing… Read more →

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). 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.

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.

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.

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,…

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