2018-10-09: News Headlines

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-10-09). Former FBI Agent Explains Why Mueller's Russia Investigation Is Unstoppable — Even If Trump Fires Rod Rosenstein. alternet.org To begin with, there is no such thing as a single 'Russia investigation. ' | Writing for the Washington Post, a former FBI agent who specialized in counter-intelligence said that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian involvement into Donald Trump's presidential campaign is virtually unsto. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-10-09). 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate: Amid Talks with North Korea, It's Time for U.S. to Abandon Nukes, Too. democracynow.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang over the weekend in talks meant to further steps toward nuclear disarmament. Pompeo hailed the meeting as a success, saying both sides were "pretty close" to agreeing to details for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. He also told reporters Kim has agreed to let international inspectors into a North Korean missile engine test facility and nuclear testing site where the country conducted its six nuclear tests. However, Pompeo did not say whether North Korea would allow inspectors to visit a site where the count…

Shared by candice (2018-10-09). We Need a "Marshall Plan" for Climate Change, Says Climate Expert. truthout.org A new report from the United Nations' climate panel warns humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe. Otherwise, millions will be imperiled by increasing droughts, floods, fires and poverty. The sweeping report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges immediate and unprecedented changes to global policy in order to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. We speak with Kevin Anderson, Zennstrà∂m professor in climate change leadership at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University and cha…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-09). Brazil's Eroding Democracy: Rise of Far-Right Demagogue Follows Ouster of Dilma & Jailing of Lula. democracynow.org In a stunning upset that may radically alter the political landscape of Latin America, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote in Sunday's presidential election in Brazil in a far more decisive victory than expected. The former Army officer has a long history of making racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments and has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship. He will now face Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party in a runoff on October 28. Haddad won 29 percent of the vote Sunday. Many are warning that the future of democracy in Brazil hangs in the balance. We speak with Maria L…

Shared by candice (2018-10-09). Far-Right Demagogue Follows Rousseff's Ouster and Lula's Jailing in Brazil. truthout.org In a stunning upset that may radically alter the political landscape of Latin America, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote in Sunday's presidential election in Brazil in a far more decisive victory than expected. The former army officer has a long history of making racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments and has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship. He will now face Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers Party in a runoff on October 28. Haddad won 29 percent of the vote Sunday. Many are warning that the future of democracy in Brazil hangs in the balance. We speak with Maria…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-09). Climate Scientist: As U.N. Warns of Global Catastrophe, We Need a "Marshall Plan" for Climate Change. democracynow.org A new report from the United Nations' climate panel warns humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe. Otherwise, millions will be imperiled by increasing droughts, floods, fires and poverty. The sweeping report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges immediate and unprecedented changes to global policy in order to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5 ∫C. We speak with Kevin Anderson, Zennstrà∂m professor in climate change leadership at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University and chair of ener…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-09). Headlines for October 9, 2018. democracynow.org Hurricane Michael Kills 13 in Central America, Approaches U.S. Coast, Trump Apologizes to Kavanaugh During Ceremonial SCOTUS Swearing-In, Beijing Strikes Hostile Tone at Pompeo Visit Amid U.S.-China Tensions, China Detains Interpol Police Chief, Accusing Him of Corruption, NYT: Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates Was In Touch with Israeli Psy-Group, Turkey Searching for Van in Case of Missing Saudi Journalist, Social Network Google+ to Shut Down After Massive Data Breach, NYC Vigil Held for Uber Driver Who Died by Suicide, Owner of Company Behind Deadly NY Limo Crash Was FBI Informant, New York Governor Cuomo, Pres…

Vijay Prashad (2018-10-09). There is No Legitimate Reason to Impose Sanctions on Iran. counterpunch.org The United States unilaterally walked away from the nuclear agreement earlier this year, which provoked Iran to sue the US in the International Court of Justice. This week, the Court ruled in Iran's favour. My friends in Tehran say that they would have been surprised if the Court had not ruled on Iran's behalf. There was no reason why the US should have withdrawn from the 2015 agreement nor why the US should threaten to increase sanctions on 5 November. The International Atomic Energy Agency's Nuclear Security Report (2018) notes, 'Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive…

Shared by candice (2018-10-09). Organizers Say Kavanaugh Isn't "Above the Law" as Petitions to Impeach Him Surge. truthout.org Surging towards its goal of 200,000 signatures since it was launched over the weekend, a petition calling for the impeachment of newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — just one among others circulating — has already garnered nearly 80 percent of its goal in just over two days. | "Kavanaugh has been credibly accused of sexual assault and lying under oath in 2004, 2006 and at least 30 times during his Supreme Court confirmation hear…

IMEMC News (2018-10-09). Israeli Navy, Soldiers, Injure 29 Palestinians Near Gaza Shore. imemc.org Israeli soldiers and the navy shot and injured, Monday, 29 Palestinians during a nonviolent flotilla procession from Gaza city shore towards the shore in northern Gaza, close to the Zikim Israeli controlled shore. Medical sources said the soldiers injured 29 Palestinians, including 11 with live fire, after the army fired […]…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-09). Unhinged Tucker Carlson Compares Democratic Criticism of Brett Kavanaugh to Rwandan Genocide. alternet.org Tucker Carlson is increasingly seeing a race war in everything Democrats do. | The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has prompted a surge of anger from Democrats, based on his extremist, partisan agenda, repeated lies. . .

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-09). Cruel Immigration Policies Tear Apart Southeast Asian American Families. truthout.org When she was just a year old, Janit Saechao was cruelly separated from her father, who had just finished serving a prison sentence in the US. Many years ago, her family had come to the United States as refugees from the US's secret war in Laos, hoping to make a better life for themselves. Yet, after her father was detained, Janit had only her mother to raise her. By the time her father returned home, she barely knew him. She struggled for years to understand what had happened and figure out how her father would fit into her life. "I'm happy you're ho…

Ed Rampell (2018-10-09). 'Oppenheimer': American Vishnu, the destroyer of worlds. peoplesworld.org VENICE, Calif.—Let me cut to the chase: The American premiere of Oppenheimer is a dramatic tour-de-force. I grew up in New York City, attending Broadway and Off-Broadway plays such as The Great White Hope with James Earl Jones and MacBird! As a reviewer I've seen countless live stage show…

Dean Baker (2018-10-09). How Badly is Trump's Trade War Hurting China? counterpunch.org I know it's considered bad manners to bring data into an economic debate, but after seeing numerous stories telling us how bad China's economy has been hit by Trump's tariffs (e.g. this NYT piece), I thought it was worth looking at the numbers. In the first eight months of 2018, China's exports to the US were More

Staff (2018-10-09). Hurricane Michael Intensifies, Aims at Florida. truthdig.com MIAMI — Michael gained new strength over warm tropical waters amid fears it would swiftly intensify into a major hurricane before striking Florida's northeast Gulf Coast, where frantic coastal dwellers are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way. | A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye of Michael off the west tip of Cuba late Monday found wind speeds were rising even as forecasters warned the storm could reach major hurricane status with winds topping 111 mph (179 kph) by Tuesday night. Anticipated landfall is expected Wednesday o…

Daniel Warner (2018-10-09). Justices Go to Cocktail Parties and Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation. counterpunch.org The emotional outrage over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court raised numerous questions about who determines what is right or wrong. Kavanaugh's defense — superbly satirized by Matt Damon on Saturday Night Live— was an equally emotional counter-attack to defend his reputation. After Kavanaugh had passed examination of his legal qualifications, allegations More

Shared by candice (2018-10-09). Islamophobia Under Trump: The New McCarthyism. truthout.org These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell's 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of Truth's "memory hole" and so ensuring that, in the public mind, the enemy of the moment was always the enemy. Today, there is one constant, though. The Trump administration has made Muslims our enemy of the first order and, in its Islamophobia, is reinforced by an ugly resurgence of fascism in Germany, Italy, Hungary, a…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-09). Cracks in the House of Saud. counterpunch.org Saudi strengths and weaknesses may have been long debated but the Kingdom's vulnerabilities have seldom been so starkly on display as they were last Tuesday because the coincidence of two very different events. Before a rally in Mississippi, President Trump stated — brutally and without qualification — the dependence of the Saudi monarchy on US support and the price it must pay for such backing. More

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-09). Syria and the S-300: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. mintpressnews.com 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 the notion that Russia is this bold, aggressive challenger to "U.S. and Western interests" when the reality has always been the opposite. In the tumultuous period after the Soviet Union disintegrated, the Russian Federation emerged as the dominant power under t…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-09). Civilian Deaths in Yemen Increased by 164 Percent. Will Congress Act? truthout.org Weddings. Funerals. A school bus full of children. The Saudi-led coalition continues to bomb civilians in Yemen's civil war. In fact, according to a recent report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, the coalition's offensive against the port city of Hodeida is largely responsible for a 164 percent increase in civilian deaths in Yemen since June. Thankfully, a group of 24 fed-up House representatives led by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-California) and Adam Smith (D-Washington) are Seth Borenstein (2018-10-09). Menor calentamiento global haría una diferencia vital. peoplesworld.org

Maysam Behravesh (2018-10-09). Why US Sanctions Won't Change Iran's Foreign Policy. iranian.com The messages from Tehran are stark. On October 1, Iranian forces fired six missiles at Daesh positions in eastern Syria. The weapons landed within three miles of US troops in the country; one missile shown on Iranian state television carried the slogan: "Death to America, "Death to Israel, Death to al Saud." A statement by […]

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2018-10-09). US-Saudi Relations Enter Unchartered Waters. iranian.com The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in mysterious circumstances while on a visit to his country's consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday still remains unexplained. The plot is thickening by the day. The latest reports suggest that he may not even be alive. The Istanbul Prosecutor has ordered an investigation. President Recep Erdogan has […]

RFE (2018-10-09). IMF Says U.S. Sanctions Have Pushed Iran's Economy Into Recession. iranian.com The International Monetary Fund estimates that Iran's economy fell into a recession this year that will get worse next year as a result of renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran. In its World Economic Outlook released late on October 8, the IMF said Iran's oil-driven economy is expected to shrink by 1.5 percent this year as […]

Tasnim News (2018-10-09). Iranian Navy's Fleet Takes Delivery Of New Missile-Launching Warship. iranian.com The Iranian Navy's fleet in the Sea of Oman took delivery of a new missile-launching warship dubbed Konarak on Monday. In a ceremony at a naval base in Iran's southeastern port city of Konarak, the military vessel of the same name came into service. Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi and a number of local […]

Middle East Eye (2018-10-09). Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance Proves Saudi Arabia Is A Rogue State. iranian.com If the Saudi regime has murdered Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman will be confirmed as the head of a rogue state deploying murderous strategies outside its borders The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul is still unresolved a week after his visit to the Saudi consulate, where he wanted to obtain documents for […]

MDPJC (2018-10-09). 10th Annual Peace and Justice Awards Dinner. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Kate Aronoff (2018-10-09). Fossil Fuels Are a Threat to Civilization, New U.N. Report Concludes. theintercept.com Around the middle of the last century, the chemical DDT was found to pose a risk to human and animal health. The ultimate response — after a prolonged fight between environmentalists and the chemical industry — was a federal ban on all uses of the substance found to be unsafe. | On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a daunting report, suggesting that we are currently on track for around 3 degrees Celsius of warming caused by gre…

Campact! (2018-10-09). 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.

Tom Gallagher (2018-10-09). Toward a NEW US FOREIGN POLICY. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel | 1187 Franklin Street | San Francisco, CA…

Whitney Webb (2018-10-09). Pierre Omidyar's The Intercept Teams Up With War-Propaganda Firm. iranian.com Despite promoting itself as an "independent" and open-source investigation site, the firm 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. The Intercept, along with its parent company First Look Media, recently […]

wsws (2018-10-09). Journalist reported tortured and slain in Saudi consulate in Istanbul. wsws.org The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi a week ago is further confirmation of the barbaric character of Washington's closest ally in the Arab world.

RT (2018-10-09). No proof of Russian meddling in 2018 midterms? Not YET, says Daily Beast in conspiracy-laden report. rt.com Even the absence of alleged Moscow interference is now worthy of a pearl-clutching "exclusive" report: the Daily Beast says there's no evidence of Russia's hand in the upcoming midterm elections — but you still should be paranoid.

Whitney Webb (2018-10-08). WaPo Learns the High Price of Doing Saudi Arabia's PR after Alleged Murder of Its Own Columnist. mintpressnews.com For much of the past 15 years, The Washington Post has repeatedly published reports that essentially amount to press releases for the Saudi government promoting Saudi government "reforms."

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 …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-08). GOP Candidate Wrote a Book Arguing the Founding Fathers Were Right Not to Abolish Slavery. alternet.org Ron DeSantis can't run from his racial rhetoric. | Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the GOP's nominee for governor of Florida, has found himself in yet another controversy over racist rhetoric. American Ledger, a project of the super PAC American Bridge, has unearthed a series of toxic arguments put forward by DeSantis in his 2011 book, "Dre. . .

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

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.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-10-08). No Free Speech for Murkowski: Alaska Republicans Consider Reprimanding Senator Over Kavanaugh Vote. alternet.org Murkowksi lined up all the support she needed at home to take this vote. | If money can embody the First Amendment right to free speech, then how a senator votes sure does, too. But if you're a Republican senator, and you vote against the Russian asset in the Oval Office's choice for the Supreme Court, you might just be foregoing that right. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted with her Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-08). US Naval War College Professor Details Why He's Leaving Trump's GOP After Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle: 'I'm Out'. alternet.org "I'm filing for divorce, and I am taking nothing with me when I go. " | Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U. S. Supreme Court is being hailed as a victory by President Donald Trump and his Christian Right supporters, but not everyone on the right is celebrating. And Tom Nichols, professor at the U. S. Naval War College, announced his departure from the GOP in an October 7 article for The Atlantic. | Nichols, a conservative, said he registered as a Republic. . .

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-10-08). Ex-GOP Congressman David Jolly Predicts Republicans Will Crumble After Kavanaugh Debacle. alternet.org "This was a moment to lead and we didn't see leadership emerge from the Republican Party," Jolly said. | Former GOP Congressman David Jolly suggested that the GOP will continue to fall politically as Republicans double down their attacks on the women who came forward with allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. CNN anchor Kate Bolduan played a highlight reel of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R. . .

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 …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-08). North Carolina Republicans Heading for Disaster in Supreme Court Election. alternet.org The North Carolina GOP passed several laws intended to make it harder for Democratic Supreme Court candidate Anita Earls to win. She's up 21 points. | The North Carolina GOP have thrown every trick in the book they have at the state Supreme Court race, to protect incumbent Justice Barbara Jackson and head off liberal challenger Anita Earls. And yet they seem to be heading toward a crushing defeat. A new poll of the race shows Jackson in a distant third place, behind. . .

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…

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 …

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.

Jacob Sugarman (2018-10-08). Historian Howard Zinn Warned Us About the Supreme Court. truthdig.com On the heels of Kavanaugh's confirmation, we must remind ourselves that the words 'Equal Justice Before the Law' have always been a sham.

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…

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

RT (2018-10-08). Abramovich's ex-wife and kids living in Manhattan mansion owned by Russian tycoon Deripaska – report. rt.com Washington has seized Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska's US-based assets including a five-storey Manhattan mansion — but in a surprising twist, reportedly found the ex-wife and children of Roman Abramovich living at the property.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Mehdi Kia (2018-10-08). Squeezing Iran: The Iranian Perspective. iranian.com Mehdi Kia: In the first part of the interview we talked of the evolving line-ups in the Middle East in the backdrop of recent massive changes in the global order brought about by the end of the US-led unipolar world. Can we turn now to the challenges facing the Islamic Republic of Iran today and 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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 …

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 …

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

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 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…

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 […]

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 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…

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…

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, …

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….

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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…

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

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…

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

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 […]

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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. |

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.

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…

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…

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