2018-10-10: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-10-10). Weather Warfare: Beware the US Military's Experiments with Climatic Warfare. globalresearch.ca 'Climatic warfare' has been excluded from the agenda on climate change.

Jon Queally (2018-10-10). As Nikki Haley Resigns, Critics Forced to Clarify That "Pro-War, Pro-Imperialist" Sycophant for Trump Is No "Moderate" globalresearch.ca U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley "was probably the most pro-war, pro-imperialist high-ranking Trump official, and therefore the most beloved Trump official by the war-loving U.S. media. She held every conventional foreign policy view that has generated so much …

Shared by Dharna Noor (2018-10-10). Michael Mann: We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts. therealnews.com A new report from the world's leading body on climate change says we could see catastrophic global warming by 2030, and climate scientist Michael Mann says their predictions are too conservative

Prof. Richard Lindzen (2018-10-10). Climate of Fear: Global Warming Alarmists Intimidate Dissenting Scientists into Silence. globalresearch.ca To understand the misconceptions perpetuated about climate science and the climate of intimidation, one needs to grasp some of the complex underlying scientific issues.

Manlio Dinucci (2018-10-10). Video: The Pentagon's Insect Army. globalresearch.ca Swarms of insects, transporting genetically modified infectious viruses, attack the agricultural crops of a country and destroy its food production – this is not a science-fiction scenario, but a plan that is actually being prepared by DARPA, the Pentagon's Defense …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-10). Michael Mann: We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts. therealnews.com A new report from the world's leading body on climate change says we could see catastrophic global warming by 2030, and climate scientist Michael Mann says their predictions are too conservative

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2018-10-10). The IPCC'S Final Warnings of Extreme Global Warming. globalresearch.ca Scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate that global temperature rise of 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures would constitute a threshold the planet cannot cross without suffering the worst effects of climate change. Yet according to the U.N. …

Philip Giraldi (2018-10-10). Time For The Sans-Culottes To Rise Up Against Washington's Insanity. iranian.com On October 21st there will be a Women's March on the Pentagon hosted by the Global Women's Peace Action. My wife and many of our friends will be going and even I will tag along in support in spite of my gender. We participate with some reservations as we have only demonstrated publicly twice since 9/11, once opposing […]

RT (2018-10-10). US Defense Secretary Mattis wants 80% of key fighter jets ready for war. rt.com US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called on the Pentagon to bring at least 80 percent of its key fighter jets to combat readiness. For a country always at war with someone, surprisingly few of its warplanes are kept sky-worthy.

wsws (2018-10-10). UN report warns of catastrophic consequences of climate change within 20 years. wsws.org The increasingly dire warnings from scientists about the impact of human-caused global warming stand in stark contrast with the tepid and complacent response of world governments.

Vijay Prashad (2018-10-10). The US Has No Legitimate Reason To Impose New Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com The UN's position against Iran is in bad faith. All the member states and the UN secretariat know that Iran has no nuclear weapons programme. Yet, they have allowed the US and Israel to push against Iran. A friend in Tehran tells me that he marvels at the attitude of the United States ruling establishment […]

Middle East Eye (2018-10-10). Saudis Instructed Turkish Consulate Staff To Take Day Off On Date Khashoggi Disappeared. iranian.com Turkish staff at Saudi consulate were told that the reason was an important diplomatic meeting in the building, security sources told MEE The Saudi consulate in Istanbul asked its locally hired Turkish staff members not to come into work on the day Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, Turkish security sources have confirmed to Middle East Eye. […]

wsws (2018-10-10). The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the hypocrisy of the New York Times. wsws.org If true, the murder of Khashoggi will join a long list of savage crimes by the Saudi regime, very few of which have troubled the Times.

Juan Cole (2018-10-10). Islamophobia Under Trump: The New McCarthyism. iranian.com Tese 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 […]

Tom Gallagher (2018-10-10). Toward a New US Foreign Policy. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel | 1187 Franklin Street | San Francisco, CA…

RT (2018-10-10). 'With us, or against us': Nikki Haley's top threats & accusations at UN. rt.com From bullying countries into voting in line with Washington to proclaiming that the US and Russia will never be friends, retiring US ambassador Nikki Haley has said a lot of eyebrow-raising things at the UN. Here are some of them.

MDPJC (2018-10-10). 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…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-09). Trump Proves He Doesn't Care If Journalists Get Killed By Shrugging Off the Disappearance of a Reporter from His Most Hated Newspaper. alternet.org A new report says the columnist has been murdered in Saudi Arabia. | The New York Times reported Tuesday that Jamal Khashoggi, an American resident and a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed by the Saudi Arabian government, Stephen Lendman (2018-10-09). Growing US Hostility towards China: US Pacific Fleet Show of Force in the South China Sea. Frosty Pompeo Reception in Beijing. globalresearch.ca Deepening US hostility toward China is all about wanting to curb its growing economic, financial, and military might. | It's about Washington's imperial aims, wanting dominance over all other nations, its opposition to mutual cooperation and multi-world polarity, its rage to …

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…

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

DVBS (2018-10-09). What Is the Best Solution to the Ukrainian Crisis? globalresearch.ca The current Ukrainian crisis and, in fact, the civil war which started at the very end of 2013 are grounded in for decades lasting internal interregional antagonisms between the western and the eastern regions of Ukraine. The crisis is fully …

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…

Seth Borenstein (2018-10-09). Menor calentamiento global haría una diferencia vital. peoplesworld.org

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. . .

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

NationAction (2018-10-09). Demand Action in Response to Climate Scientists' Urgent Warnings. thenation.com Demand Action in Response to Climate Scientists' Urgent Warnings…

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. . .

Karl Mathiesen (2018-10-09). Climate Alarm: 'Most Important Years in History'. globalresearch.ca Warming beyond 1.5C will unleash a frightening set of consequences and scientists say only a global transformation, beginning now, can avoid it. | Only the remaking of the human world in a generation can now prevent serious, far reaching and once-avoidable …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-09). New Tragedy in Yemen as Saudi Airstrike Kills Family of Beekeepers on Their Farm. mintpressnews.com "In an atmosphere of atrocities that happen daily — whether by an airstrike or through the blockade, famine, and cholera epidemic — the anniversaries of these attacks serve as a reminder to Americans that their weapons are involved in killing our children and we will not forgive them." – A grieving Yemeni mother

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…

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…

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…

Vijay Prashad (2018-10-09). The US Has No Legitimate Reason to Impose New Sanctions on Iran. mintpressnews.com The UN's position against Iran is in bad faith. All the member states and the UN secretariat know that Iran has no nuclear weapons programme. Yet, they have allowed the US and Israel to push against Iran.

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…

Global Research (2018-10-09). Don't Let Your News Be Silenced – Support Global Research. globalresearch.ca The world is changing – but whose voice is telling you how? | Global Research brings independent, real information from investigative reporters, academics, witnesses and anti-war activists. We provide a platform for global news and analysis, free from hidden agendas, corporate …

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

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). 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…

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…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-09). Court Decision Reveals Clues About Mueller's Russia Investigation — And Shows He Still Has Secret Leads Concealed from the Public. alternet.org There's still much we don't know. | While recent reports that two of special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors have left his team after its recent successes led some to suspect that the Russia investigation is winding down, a new court decision reveals that there's still much about the investigation that the public doesn't know. In response to a petition from several media outlets to obtain the search warrants used to gather evi. . .

Staff (2018-10-09). Hurricane Michael Intensifies to Category 3, Aims at Florida. truthdig.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A fast and furious Hurricane Michael sped toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday with 120 mph winds and a potential storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to get out or board up. | Drawing energy from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the storm strengthened rapidly into a potentially devastating Category 3 by evening. It was expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday near Panama City Beach, along a lightly populated stretch of fishing villages and white-sand spring-break beaches. | While Florence took five days between the time it turne…

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 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…

John C. O'Day (2018-10-09). Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook for War with Iran. globalresearch.ca Three years ago, as Americans debated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran—popularly known as "the Iran deal"—I highlighted a troubling media trend on FAIR.org ( 8/20/15): "For nearly all commentators, regardless …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-09). Did the Saudis Kidnap and Murder Journalist Jamal Khashoggi? globalresearch.ca On October 2, prominent Saudi journalist/critic Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi kingdom's Istanbul, Turkey consulate, needing documents for his upcoming wedding, scheduled for this week. | He hasn't been seen or heard from since, likely victimized by foul play. Turkish …

Seth Borenstein (2018-10-09). UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning. peoplesworld.org www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/… 606w, www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/… 768w, www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/… 896w, www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/… 960w" sizes="(max-width:…

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…

Philip Giraldi (2018-10-09). Aux Barricades Mes Enfants! The Insanity of US Foreign Policy. The Danger of War. globalresearch.ca On October 21st there will be a Women's March on the Pentagon hosted by the Global Women's Peace Action. My wife and many of our friends will be going and even I will tag along in support in spite …

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 […]

Farid Parsa (2018-10-09). Was Khosrow Parviz Responsible For The Arab Conquest Of The Sassanid Empire? iranian.com Prophet Mohammad and Khosrow Parviz were born only months apart (570, 571 A.D) and both died within a few years of each other. Arab tradition has it that Mohammad in a letter to Khosrow asked for his submission but he tore the letter to pieces. As far as Khosrow Parviz was concerned there were only […]

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 […]

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.

RFE (2018-10-09). Iran's Access To SWIFT Being Debated In Washington. iranian.com The Washington Free Beacon reports that some in the U.S. Treasury Department are trying to save Iran's access to SWIFT, which can help Tehran to maintain access to the world banking and financial network. SWIFT is a system that enables its nearly 10,000 institutional members around the world to securely transfer money around the globe. During the […]

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 […]

RT (2018-10-09). Critics use alleged murder of Saudi journalist…to bash Trump. rt.com The disappearance of a dissident Saudi journalist in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday has offered pundits a golden opportunity to pin the blame on their favorite target: Donald Trump. |

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Kelly Curry, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-09). Here's Why I Love Iran — Even When My Country Sees It as an Enemy. alternet.org Wondering about American indifference about the war we're ramping up for has had me thinking about why I love Iran. | I was living in Harlem. It was a few weeks after 9/11 and when Mahsa rang and let me know that she would be in New York, I was happy and excited. Her brother and I had been friends for over ten years. We always said our meeting was destined. As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women. . .

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.

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.

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

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…

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

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.

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-07). 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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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 →

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…

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). 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…

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

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

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…

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…

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). 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). #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. |

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