2018-10-09: Social Media Postees

How Badly is Trump's Trade War Hurting China?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Israeli Navy, Soldiers, Injure 29 Palestinians Near Gaza Shore
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-10-09
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 …

Israeli Navy, Soldiers, Injure 29 Palestinians Near Gaza Shore

We Need a "Marshall Plan" for Climate Change, Says Climate Expert
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Organizers Say Kavanaugh Isn't "Above the Law" as Petitions to Impeach Him Surge
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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2017 Nobel Peace Laureate: Amid Talks with North Korea, It's Time for U.S. to Abandon Nukes, Too
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Former FBI Agent Explains Why Mueller's Russia Investigation Is Unstoppable — Even If Trump Fires Rod Rosenstein
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-10-09
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. . .
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Brazil's Eroding Democracy: Rise of Far-Right Demagogue Follows Ouster of Dilma & Jailing of Lula
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Islamophobia Under Trump: The New McCarthyism
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Syria and the S-300: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power
Ajamu Baraka | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-09
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…
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Climate Scientist: As U.N. Warns of Global Catastrophe, We Need a "Marshall Plan" for Climate Change
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Hurricane Michael Intensifies, Aims at Florida
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-09
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…
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Cracks in the House of Saud
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-09
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.
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There is No Legitimate Reason to Impose Sanctions on Iran
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Cruel Immigration Policies Tear Apart Southeast Asian American Families
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Unhinged Tucker Carlson Compares Democratic Criticism of Brett Kavanaugh to Rwandan Genocide
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-09
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. . .
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Far-Right Demagogue Follows Rousseff's Ouster and Lula's Jailing in Brazil
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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Justices Go to Cocktail Parties and Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-09
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…
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US-Saudi Relations Enter Unchartered Waters
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2018-10-09
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 […] | The post US-Saudi Relations Enter Unchartered Waters appeared first on The Iranian.
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Why US Sanctions Won't Change Iran's Foreign Policy
Maysam Behravesh | iranian.com | 2018-10-09
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 […] | The post Why US Sanctions Won't Change Iran's Foreign Policy appeared first on The Iranian.
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Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance Proves Saudi Arabia Is A Rogue State
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-10-09
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 […] | The post Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance Proves Saudi Arabia Is A Rogue State appeared first on The Iranian.
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Journalist reported tortured and slain in Saudi consulate in Istanbul
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-09
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi a week ago is further confirmation of the barbaric character of Washington's closest ally in the Arab world.
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IMF Says U.S. Sanctions Have Pushed Iran's Economy Into Recession
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-09
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 […] | The post IMF Says U.S. Sanctions Have Pushed Iran's Economy Into Recession appeared first on The Iranian.
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Fossil Fuels Are a Threat to Civilization, New U.N. Report Concludes
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2018-10-09
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…
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Toward a NEW US FOREIGN POLICY
Tom Gallagher | indybay.org | 2018-10-09
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Iranian Navy's Fleet Takes Delivery Of New Missile-Launching Warship
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2018-10-09
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 […] | The post Iranian Navy's Fleet Takes Delivery Of New Missile-Launching Warship appeared first on The Iranian.
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50.000! We will end coal!
Campact! | indybay.org | 2018-10-09
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.
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10th Annual Peace and Justice Awards Dinner
MDPJC | indybay.org | 2018-10-09
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
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No proof of Russian meddling in 2018 midterms? Not YET, says Daily Beast in conspiracy-laden report
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-09
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.
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Fun at the United Nations and in Congress: Israel Wins the Comedy Competition
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-08
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 … | The post Fun at the United Nations and in Congress: Israel Wins the Comedy Competition appeared first on Globa…
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WaPo Learns the High Price of Doing Saudi Arabia's PR after Alleged Murder of Its Own Columnist
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-08
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." | The post WaPo Learns the High Price of Doing Saudi Arabia's PR after Alleged Murder of Its Own Columnist appeared first on MintPress News.
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Marketing War: the Incessant Drumbeat of Mortal Danger
Paul Atwood | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-08
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.
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Omidyar's Intercept Teams Up with War-Propaganda Firm Bellingcat
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-08
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. | The post Omidyar's Intercept Teams Up with War-Propaganda Firm Bellingcat appeared first on MintPress News.
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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Yikes!
Mike Ervin | progressive.org | 2018-10-08
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.
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US Naval War College Professor Details Why He's Leaving Trump's GOP After Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle: 'I'm Out'
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-08
"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. . .
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North Carolina Republicans Heading for Disaster in Supreme Court Election
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-08
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. . .
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Ex-GOP Congressman David Jolly Predicts Republicans Will Crumble After Kavanaugh Debacle
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-10-08
"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. . .
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The Final Truth of Russia-gate
Justin Raimondo | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-08
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 … | The post The Final Truth of Russia-gate appeared first on Global Research.
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GOP Candidate Wrote a Book Arguing the Founding Fathers Were Right Not to Abolish Slavery
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-08
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. . .
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Alleged Killing of Journalist Puts U.S.-Saudi Relationship Under Microscope
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-08
Critics claim Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is "out of control" and that America should rethink its partnership with a "criminal regime." | The post Alleged Killing of Journalist Puts U.S.-Saudi Relationship Under Microscope appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Criticism of Israeli Policy Is Not Anti-Semitic
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-08
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 … | The post Criticism of Israeli Policy Is Not Anti-Semitic appeared first on Global Research.
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Could the Murder of WaPo Journalist Finally Put a Crack in US Support of Saudi Arabia?
Jon Queally | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-08
"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. | The post Could the Murder of WaPo Journalist Finally Put a Crack in US Support of Saudi Arabia? appeared first on MintPress News.
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Alleged Saudi Murder of Washington Post Columnist Prompts Calls to Halt U.S. Relations with Regime
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-08
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…
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Syria and the S-300s: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-08
"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…
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Historian Howard Zinn Warned Us About the Supreme Court
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-10-08
On the heels of Kavanaugh's confirmation, we must remind ourselves that the words 'Equal Justice Before the Law' have always been a sham. | The post Historian Howard Zinn Warned Us About the Supreme Court appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Abramovich's ex-wife and kids living in Manhattan mansion owned by Russian tycoon Deripaska – report
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-08
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.
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Ship Of Fools: Tucker Carlson's Conservative Revolution
Jake Bowyer | iranian.com | 2018-10-08
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 […] | The post Ship Of Fools: Tucker Carlson's Conservative Revolution appeared first on The Iranian.
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Damien Chazelle's First Man: Reduced in space–and opera singer Maria Callas, the Afghanistan war, small-town America
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-08
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.
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Oman To Go Ahead With Iran Gas Pipeline Project Despite U.S. Sanctions
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-10-08
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 […] | The post Oman To Go Ahead With Iran Gas Pipeline Project Despite U.S. Sanctions appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran May Lose 70% Of Cultivated Land If It Fails To Take Urgent Action: Official
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2018-10-08
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 […] | The post Iran May Lose 70% Of Cultivated Land If It Fails To Take Urgent Action: Official appeared first on The Iranian.
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Eighteen-year-old found hanged in northern Wisconsin jail
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-08
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.
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Flash Floods In Northern Iran
Mehr News | iranian.com | 2018-10-08
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 […] | The post Flash Floods In Northern Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Biggest Threat To US National Security Is The US Government
Eric Zuesse | iranian.com | 2018-10-08
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 […] | The post The Biggest Threat To US National Security Is The US Government appeared first on
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Squeezing Iran: The Iranian Perspective
Mehdi Kia | iranian.com | 2018-10-08
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 […] | The post Squeezing Iran: The Iranian Perspective appeared first on The Iranian.
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Tehran Says Saudi Arabia Unable To Replace Lost Iranian Oil
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-08
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 […] | The post Tehran Says Saudi Arabia Unable To Replace Lost Iranian Oil appeared first on The Iranian.
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Sino-US Tensions: Pentagon Accuses China of Threatening America's National Security
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-07
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 … | The post Sino-US Tensions: Pentagon Accuses China of Threatening America's National Security appeared first on Global Res…
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Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion — and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-10-07
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 | The post Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion — and Huma…
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Israel to Use F-35 Stealth Warplanes Against Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-07
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 … | The post Israel to Use F-35 Stealth Warplanes Against Syria appeared first on Global Research.
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US general made preparations behind president's back to nuke Vietnam, declassified memo shows
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-07
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.
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At Secretive Retreat, Evangelicals Celebrate Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-10-07
Members of the Council for National Policy gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, this weekend and discussed the path forward with Kavanaugh on the bench. | The post At Secretive Retreat, Evangelicals Celebrate Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation appeared first on The Intercept.
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Israel's Gabriella Blum Helped Write the Laws of Drone Warfare. Nearly Two Decades Later, She Has Regrets
Amos Barshad | theintercept.com | 2018-10-07
Israeli lawyers counseled that targeted killings should always be the exception, never the rule. But critical checks on the practice have evaporated. | The post Israel's Gabriella Blum Helped Write the Laws of Drone Warfare. Nearly Two Decades Later, She Has Regrets. appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/10/07/isra…

Iran's Parliament Passes Bill Against Funding Terrorism
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-07
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 […] | The post Iran's Parliament Passes Bill Against Funding Terrorism appeared first on The Iranian.
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Russia's S-400 Air Defense System: Turkey Fell Victim But India Escaped US Sanctions?
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-06
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, … | The post Russia's S-400 Air Defense System: Turkey Fell Victim But India Escaped US Sanctions? appeared first on Global Research.
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Mitch McConnell Just Won the Biggest Battle Yet in His Long War on Democracy
Joshua Holland | thenation.com | 2018-10-06
Mitch McConnell Just Won the Biggest Battle Yet in His Long War on Democracy…
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Syria's No-fly Zone
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-06
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. … | The post Syria's No-fly Zone appeared first on Global Research.
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Amid Famine and Economic Collapse, Major Protests Against Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-06
"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 | The post Amid Famine and Economic Collapse, Major Protests Against Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.
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India Buying Russian S-400s Air Defense Systems, Defies US Sanctions Threat
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-06
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…. | The post India Buying Russian S-400s Air Defense Systems, Defies US Sanctions Threat appeared first on Global Research.
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Kremlin suffers defeats in regional elections
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-06
The electoral upsets that took place in September come as evidence mounts of growing discontent with Russia's ruling party.
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Saudi Women Who Fought for the Right to Drive Are Disappearing and Going Into Exile
Sarah Aziza | theintercept.com | 2018-10-06
Despite promises of reform, Saudi Arabia is escalating its assault on civil society — and, for the first time, women have become its primary targets. | The post Saudi Women Who Fought for the Right to Drive Are Disappearing and Going Into Exile appeared first on The Intercept.
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Canada: The unions' suppression of the 1995–97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-06
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

Deconstructed Episode Special: The Right Won the Battle Over Brett Kavanaugh. Can the Left Win the War?
Deconstructed | theintercept.com | 2018-10-06
A panel of guests joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Kavanaugh confirmation and how the left should respond. | The post Deconstructed Episode Special: The Right Won the Battle Over Brett Kavanaugh. Can the Left Win the War? appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/10/06/epis…

Trump signs law allowing US authorities to shoot down private drones without warrants
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-06
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.
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'Why don't that thing have missiles?': Lee Camp on AI and the US military
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-06
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.
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The Trouble With 'Preventing Palestine'
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-05
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 ?…
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Drought-Laden Rainforests
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-05
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,…
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Russian Oligarchs are a Problem, But Let's Not Forget American Ones
Andrew J. Wood | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-05
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…
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Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel
leili | bdsmovement.net | 2018-10-05
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…
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Eve Ensler: Nobel Peace Prize for Mukwege & Murad Is an Award for Every Rape Survivor in the World
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-05
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…
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The Kavanaugh Affair
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-05
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…
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It Is Time to End the Forever War in Afghanistan
James Carden | thenation.com | 2018-10-05
It Is Time to End the Forever War in Afghanistan…
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Fascism's Return to Italy
Michael Leonardi | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-05
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…
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#ICYMI: Kavanaugh v Ford, choose your side on the new frontline of culture wars (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-05
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.
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Journalist explains why US doesn't need hackers to control the world, and it's hard to disagree
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-05
'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.com/usa/440462-us-doesnt-need…

Defensive bioweapon? DARPA wants insects to spread genetically modified viruses… to 'save crops'
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-05
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.com/usa/440367-darpa-insect-a…

'I would do very well': Golf enthusiast Trump brags he could beat Putin in boxing match (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-05
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.com/usa/440390-trump-putin-bo…

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

Is Saudi Arabia the Middle East's Next Failed State?
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-04
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 ?…
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Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook for War With Iran
John O'Day | fair.org | 2018-10-04
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…
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Pentagon's 'self-defense' means war anywhere, any time. But there's a call to regulate war powers
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-04
A post-9/11 act grants the president authority to wage foreign wars with few restrictions. However, Democrats want the Pentagon to explain a lesser-known policy that allows the military to strike almost anywhere, at any time.
rt.com/usa/440364-pentagons-self…

'Wake up people!': Cyber expert McAfee warns of US govt 'spying' through presidential alert texts
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-04
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.com/usa/440333-mcafee-warning…

Mueller probe winding down? Prosecutors leave team while proof of 'Russia collusion' remains elusive
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-04
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.com/usa/440328-mueller-probe-…

Russian influence & meddling in US 'pales in comparison' with China's, Pence believes
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-04
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.com/usa/440274-pence-china-ne…

More Cold War Extremism and Crises
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2018-10-03
More Cold War Extremism and Crises…
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Why the ACLU Opposes Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to the Supreme Court
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-10-03
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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Mom Fears Her Autistic Son Is Being Abused at School. District Does Nothing
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-10-03
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…
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Beer Warning Alert
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2018-10-03
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.
progressive.org/dispatches/beer-…

US Social Movements Express Support to Venezuela from New York
YVKE Mundial | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-03
Solidarity groups gathered in New York to express solidarity towards the Bolivarian Revolution.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14080

Mental Health Experts Demand Psychological Assessment of Kavanaugh for Drinking, Instability
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-03
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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/3/m…

FBI documents detail Clinton and Mueller's own 'Russiagate' — but they're classified
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-03
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.com/usa/440256-clinton-uraniu…

America's next top villain: Is China lined up to replace Russia as the US' default enemy?
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-03
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.
rt.com/usa/440236-china-next-ene…

Trump told Saudi King he wouldn't last '2 weeks' without US support
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-03
The Saudi Arabian monarchy would fall "within two weeks" if it wasn't for the military support that the US has provided to the Gulf kingdom over the decades, Donald Trump noted in graceless remarks to the King.
rt.com/usa/440180-trump-saudi-se…

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