2018-10-11: News Headlines

Gerry Brown (2018-10-11). Not All Quiet on South China Sea. counterpunch.org The near collision last week between a US warship and a Chinese destroyer in the Spratlys was more than two naval powers playing cat and mouse on the high sea. The incident came hot on the heels of Trump and Pence accusing China of meddling in US midterm elections, America slapping sanctions on China's defence More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-10-11). Ex-GOP Congressman Rips Trump's Claim Devin Nunes 'Should Get the Medal of Honor' for Giving Him Cover in Mueller's Russia Probe. alternet.org Nunes has played a notorious role in the Republican effort to discredit Mueller's Russia investigation. | Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh, a Tea Party activist and conservative talk radio host, on Thursday slammed Donald Trump after the president claimed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) "should get the Medal of Honor"—despite having never been in the U. S. military (a necessary precursor to receiving said hono‚Ä®Trump made the. . .

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-11). In Yemen, Trump Is Taking Tolerance for War Crimes to a New Level. truthout.org Twenty days after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) bombed a school bus full of children in Yemen this August, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosted officials from the two US allies at the Pentagon. They were all gathered as part of a meeting of representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council, at which Mattis thanked them for their "regional leadership and years of close cooperation with the United States." | Th…

Staff (2018-10-11). Hurricane Michael Roars Through Florida and Georgia. truthdig.com Truthdig update: The Associated Press and other news outlets were reporting early Tuesday that an 11-year-old girl was killed when the hurricane toppled a tree onto a home in Georgia. Earlier, a man was reported killed by a falling tree in Florida's panhandle. | PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Hurricane Michael's battering waves swamped streets and docks and shrieking winds splintered trees and rooftops. The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left wide destruction and at least one person dead and wasn't nearly finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia toward the Carolinas, still reeling from epi…

Chris Wright (2018-10-11). On the Use and Abuse of Rage for Life. counterpunch.org "These are the times that try men's souls." How much truer is that statement now than in 1776! We're poised on the precipice, peering over into the crocodile pit below, where fascists swarm and writhe in sanguinary anticipation. Humanity is on the verge of losing its footing and plunging headfirst into the open maw of More

Geoff Dutton (2018-10-11). Unleashing My Inner Jihadi. counterpunch.org For a big, strapping nation like the United States of America to be obsessively fixated on foreign-born evildoers is really quite strange, especially given that it has so many of its own. Other than 9/11, all terror attacks in the US since 2000 that weren't thwarted or aborted involved firearms. Even if you include mass More

Cesar Chelala (2018-10-11). U.S. Policy towards Immigrant Children is not Policy, it is Cruelty. counterpunch.org On June 16 2015 Donald Trump announced his candidacy to the presidency and set the tone of his priorities. The elimination of illegal immigration to the United States, mainly from refugees fleeing from poverty and violence in Mexico and Central America was one. He didn't say at the time that his policies included separating children More

Gareth Porter (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. globalresearch.ca In their long recapitulation of the case that Russia subverted the 2016 election, Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times painted a picture of highly effective Russian government exploitation of social media for that purpose. Shane and …

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-10-11). Investigative Reporter Explains Trump's Role As a 'Russian Asset': He's 'Had Contacts with the Russian Mafia for 35 Years'. alternet.org Ultimately, Trump's involvement with Russia's criminal underworld may have created an opening for Putin. | While the American public was distracted by the spectacle of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination and eventual confirmation to the Supreme Court, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal continued. In recent weeks Mueller has issued more indictments against Russian cyber-spies. The. . .

Fred Gardner (2018-10-11). Hardly Strictly Peace Movement. counterpunch.org The CIA's New York Times correspondent David Sanger reported Oct. 7 that Gen. William Westmoreland had requested "tactical" nuclear weapons to be shipped to Vietnam in February, 1968, for use if and when US troops were overrun at Khe Sanh. President Lyndon Johnson, notified by an adviser, immediately nixed Westy's mad scheme, which had been dubbed "Operation Fracture More

Terry Schwadron, DC Report (2018-10-11). Trump Fiddles as the World Burns … and Drowns, Dries and Dies. alternet.org White House ignores a dire warning on climate change. | We're becoming inured to name-calling and bullying threats as a substitute for governing. We've seen that on immigration, tariffs, foreign affairs and other topics. Sloganeering for isolationist and protectionist approaches dominate, while on purely domestic problems, the White House/Republican-majority Congress response centers on handing the problem off to the states or to the private corporate marketplace. So,. . .

Staff (2018-10-11). Stock Market Drop Spreads, Wall Street Set to Fall Again. truthdig.com Shares plummet as investors fear higher interest rates will dent company earnings and a trade war will crimp global business.

Consortiumnews (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. consortiumnews.com The idea promoted by NYT's Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special… Read more →

Max Parry (2018-10-11). Russian 'Collusion' Is a Red Herring, Emergence of the Far Right, New Wave of Fascism. globalresearch.ca As the 2018 U.S. midterm elections approach, there is still no evidence of 'collusion' between the campaign of President Donald J. Trump and the Russian government after nearly two years of inquiry. Thus far in the Department of Justice's investigation …

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-10-11). White House Promises to 'Look Into' Fox News Decision to Stop Airing Trump Rallies After Ratings Plummet. alternet.org White House Communication Director Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, is expected to be in talks with the network. | A White House spokesperson this week promised to "look into" a Fox News decision to cease broadcasting of Trump campaign rallies in full. According to The Daily Beast, the White House is concerned about losing a. . .

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-10-11). Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance? therealnews.com President Trump says the US is pressing Saudi Arabia for answers on the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But new questions are being raised about the US role after a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture and "lay hands on" Khashoggi. We speak to…

South Front (2018-10-11). Video: Kurdish YPG Cells Attack Turkish-backed Forces in Afrin, Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) carried out a new attack on Turkish-backed forces in the region of Afrin. According to the YPG, 4 members of Turkish-backed groups were killed by the YPG in the village of Mariam. | This was …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-11). Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance? therealnews.com President Trump says the US is pressing Saudi Arabia for answers on the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But new questions are being raised about the US role after a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture and "lay hands on" Khashoggi. We speak to…

wsws (2018-10-11). IMF revises down global growth projection. wsws.org The world outlook report warns that trade tensions have shifted the "balance of risks" to the downside.

Tom Gallagher (2018-10-11). Toward a New US Foreign Policy. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel | 1187 Franklin Street | San Francisco, CA…

Zero Hedge (2018-10-11). "We Crossed The Line" — Martin Armstrong Lashes Out At Hillary Advocating Violence Unless Democrats Win. iranian.com Authored by Martin Armstrong via ArmstrongEconomics.com, Some people have asked about the computer projections for a tremendous increase in civil violence. There is absolutely no resolution to the great divide that has unfolded politically. The Democrats advocate violence as Hillary clearly states… twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1… She says that civility can ONLY return when the Democrats take back the government. Clearly, this […]

wsws (2018-10-11). Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war. wsws.org Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to "retool" US society for "great power conflict."

MDPJC (2018-10-11). 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…

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-11). Ex-US Energy Head Moniz Halts Saudi Work Over Journalist's Disappearance. iranian.com Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday he has suspended his role on the board of Saudi Arabia's planned megacity NEOM until more is known about the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey, Reuters reports. US President Donald Trump increased pressure on Saudi Arabia to provide […]

RT (2018-10-11). Pompeo complained that North & South Korea talk peace without him — South FM. rt.com The US Secretary of State expressed "discontent" with peaceful negotiations between North and South Korea, which signed a military pact during last month's summit without consulting him.

wsws (2018-10-11). Leaked Google document: Tech firms have shifted away from "free speech and towards censorship" wsws.org On Tuesday, the far-right news outlet Breitbart News published a leaked internal document by technology giant Google that openly discusses political censorship.

Barry Eichengreen (2018-10-11). The Dollar And Its Discontents. iranian.com Having unilaterally reimposed sanctions on Iran, US President Donald Trump's administration is threatening to penalize companies doing business with the Islamic Republic by denying them access to US banks. But that could hasten the dollar's demise as the main global currency. US President Donald Trump's unilateralism is reshaping the world in profound and irreversible ways. […]

Tasnim News (2018-10-11). Asian Para Games: Swimmer Izadyar Earns Iran's Fifth Gold Medal. iranian.com Iranian swimmer Shahin Izadyar won his fifth gold medal at Men's 50M Freestyle S10 in the 2018 Asian Para Games on Wednesday. The Iranian swimmer won the gold medal with a time of 00: 25.95. Kazakh swimmers Sergey Kinakh (00: 26.87) and Dmitriy Li (00: 26.89) came second and third respectively. Izadyar had already won three gold medals […]

wsws (2018-10-11). Murder in Istanbul. wsws.org The apparent brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul exposes the criminality not only of the Saudi regime, but also its principal patron, US imperialism.

Sputnik News (2018-10-11). Iran's First MMA Fighter: "Iranian Hercules" iranian.com Ali Akbari is the only mixed martial arts fighter representing Iran on the international scene. In an interview with Sputnik, Ali, nicknamed the "Iranian Hercules," spoke about his decision to promote mixed martial arts, which are outlawed in Iran, and also about his plans for the future. The Best MMA Leagues Are in Russia and the […]

RT (2018-10-11). US veterans overwhelmingly want troops out of Afghanistan — poll. rt.com A new poll shows a majority of US residents support withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan, 17 years into a war that shows no signs of ending. Support for winding down the interminable conflict is even higher among veterans.

RT (2018-10-11). US won't give 'one single dollar' for Syria reconstruction until Iranian forces are out — Pompeo. rt.com The US will spend no more money on the reconstruction of war-ravaged Syria if it does not see off Iranian troops, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The US previously said it would stay in Syria as long as Iran is there.

Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2018-10-11). Neoliberal Economics: The Plague of Iran's Economy. globalresearch.ca The Iranian economy is mired in a deep recession. The real or productive sector of the economy is paralyzed, largely by out-of-control (and often illicit) imports that have replaced domestic production. Rent seeking, corruption and the looting of national resources …

Kate Zeller (2018-10-11). Dark Clouds Gather on Horizon for Financial System, Warns International Monetary Fund. indybay.org Bali, Indonesia -The International Monetary Fund releases its "Global Financial Stability Report" ahead of its Annual Meetings held this year in Southeast Asia.

MintPress News (2018-10-11). Yemen's Navy Uses New Missile To Destroy Saudi Military Vessel Near Hajjah. iranian.com While Yemen's military has increasingly achieved victories over coalition forces, it faces one of the most well-funded and equipped military coalitions in the Middle East. Yemen's navy targeted a military vessel belonging to Saudi Arabia off of the northwestern coast of Hajjah on Wednesday, reportedly killing all aboard the vessel. The boat, which was in […]

Jon Queally (2018-10-11). Anger At Trump And Kushner For Not Pressing Saudi Prince Over Missing Journalist Believed Murdered. iranian.com The Saudi-born Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has been missing for over a week—with reports strongly indicating he was murdered last week by a 'hit team' sent by the government of Saudi Arabia while inside the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey—but critics from across the political spectrum say the Trump administration still has not used its […]

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-10). Conservative News Outlet Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Tariffs — Which Are Now a Larger Tax on Americans than Obamacare. alternet.org It's yet another reminder of the double standard the right has for Trump. | President Donald Trump's new gigantic series of tariffs is already a disaster, forcing several companies including Walmart and Coca-Cola to raise prices, and endangering up to Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-10). Conservatives Blast Trump for Anemic Response to Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance. alternet.org "[Trump's] statements, so far, have been completely inadequate," never-Trumper Max Boot said. | MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and columnist Max Boot are among the right-wing conservatives who have been highly critical of President Donald Trump for being slow to respond to the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, October 2. | Khashoggi hasn't been. . .

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-10). Yemen's Navy Uses New Missile to Destroy Saudi Military Vessel Near Hajjah. mintpressnews.com While Yemen's military has increasingly achieved victories over coalition forces, it faces one of the most well-funded and -equipped military coalitions in the Middle East.

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-10). After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing? counterpunch.org Changes of government in Iraq are often fiercely disputed and frequently violent. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1958, the young King Faisal II was machine gunned in the courtyard of his palace in Baghdad and his body later strung up from a lamp post. Few of his successors met peaceful ends up to the fall of Saddam More

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-10). Hurricane Michael: Floridians Paying for Governor Scott's Climate Denialism. truthout.org For the first time in recorded history, a Category 4 hurricane is striking the Florida Panhandle. | Hurricane Michael made landfall today, packing winds of 145 miles per hour — strong enough to collapse houses and cause massive damage to other infrastructure. Forecasts have also warned of a storm surge that could reach a stunning 14 feet in height. | The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Cen…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-10). Brazil's Presidential Election is Part of a 'Global Reactionary Cycle'. therealnews.com With the near first-round election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil last Sunday, the country is on the precipice of a neoliberal neofascism, which fits into a very dangerous larger global cycle towards the right, says Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-10). Was Susan Collins's "Yes" Vote the GOP's Final Surrender to Trump? truthout.org Back in February of this year, Axios reported that Donald Trump had a plan for the midterms: | A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the presid…

Howard Lisnoff (2018-10-10). The Right and Neoliberals Get Away With Murder Because They Can. counterpunch.org Every time that the Trump administration or the Congress take another egregious position, or enact some inhumane new distortion of what it means to inhabit a livable world, the emails and text messages arrive in masses. And here's the kicker, readers: It all has made such a small difference that it appears to those who More

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2018-10-10). ACLU Fights Back as Trump Pushes 'Stealth Proposal' to Limit Public's Right to Protest Outside White House. alternet.org "Trump might not like having protesters on his doorstep, but the First Amendment guarantees their right to be there. " | As the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress face mass protests in Washington, D. C. against their attacks on healthcare, Louis Proyect (2018-10-10). Art Bastards. counterpunch.org On May 29, 2016 the New York Times reported on how some of the world's great art is being squirreled away in secretive warehouses and away from art lover's prying eyes for one reason and one reason only—they are commodities to be traded not things of value to be appreciated: With their controlled climates, confidential More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-10). Will Al Qaeda Leave Syria's Idlib? therealnews.com Under a deal that prevented a Syrian military assault on the province of Idlib, "radical" militant groups are supposed to withdraw by October 15th. The al-Qaeda affiliate Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is said to control about 60% of Idlib but has not said if it will comply. We discuss the situation in Idlib with Rania…

Whitney Webb (2018-10-10). Edward Snowden to Address Select Audience in Israel: Will He Take On Israel's Surveillance State? mintpressnews.com Since having gained prominence as a whistleblower, Snowden has been a vocal advocate for free speech, freedom of the press, and privacy. However, the Israeli government routinely violates these rights for Palestinians as well as Israelis.

Janine Jackson (2018-10-10). 'We've Seen the Total Failure of Repressive Policies'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Hannah Hetzer about Trump's new "war on drugs" for the September 28, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Mohamad Bazzi (2018-10-10). American Officials Could Be Prosecuted for War Crimes in Yemen. thenation.com American Officials Could Be Prosecuted for War Crimes in Yemen…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-10). Rashid Khalidi on the U.S. Backing of Brutal Saudi Regime & the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. democracynow.org It's been more than a week since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday, sparking international concern. Now, a Turkish official has told The New York Times that Khashoggi was assassinated inside the consulate by a team of 15 Saudi operatives who used a bone saw to dismember his body before smuggling body parts out of the building. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."

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

Robert Hunziker (2018-10-10). The Indy 500 Polar Ice Cap Marathon. counterpunch.org Eureka! The Vavilov Ice Cap set unheard of speed records a couple of years ago in a massive "surge" and left climate scientists… well, speechless! The Vavilov Ice Cap, located in the Russian High Arctic has, for years, cruised along at a speed of about 2 inches per day. But, along the way it was More

Michelle Chen (2018-10-10). Immigrant Families Living in the US Are Still Fighting for Their Right to Stay Together. thenation.com Immigrant Families Living in the US Are Still Fighting for Their Right to Stay Together…

Shared by Gregory Wilpert (2018-10-10). Brazil's Presidential Election is Part of a 'Global Reactionary Cycle'. therealnews.com With the near first-round election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil last Sunday, the country is on the precipice of a neoliberal neofascism, which fits into a very dangerous larger global cycle towards the right, says Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Andrew Smith (2018-10-10). UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: UK Should Not be Arming Regimes That Target Journalists. globalresearch.ca The Turkish authorities have announced that they will search the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul as part of their investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen going into the embassy. | The Saudi regime has one …

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

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-10-10). Mitch McConnell Warns Democrats Against 'Presidential Harassment' If They Retake the House — Without a Hint of Irony. alternet.org Mitch McConnell famously said his single biggest goal was for Barack Obama "to be a one-term president. " | The Associated Press is reporting that Mitch McConnell has a warning for Democrats—if you win, leave the president alone. McConnell: The single m. . .

Will Solomon (2018-10-10). Tom Friedman Reaps What He Sows: the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org Six days ago the American-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He has not been seen since and news reports suggest he was brutally murdered inside the consulate by a Saudi team who had been sent to Turkey for specifically that purpose. Thomas Friedman writes about this in More

Democracy Now! (2018-10-10). Headlines for October 10, 2018. democracynow.org Hurricane Michael Barrels Toward Florida as Category 4 Storm, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley Resigns, Trump Considers Nikki Haley's Replacement at U.N., Praises Ivanka, Turkish Official: Saudis Used Bone Saw to Dismember Body of Jamal Khashoggi, U.N.: 40 Percent of North Koreans Undernourished and in Need of Aid, Charges Dropped Against MN Pipeline Activists in Landmark Trial, AP: Deported Parents Could Lose Children to U.S. Adoption, Court Upholds Deposition Order for Wilbur Ross in Census Case, SCOTUS Rules for ND Voter ID Law, Disenfranchising Some Native Voters, Trump Rolls Back Ethanol Gas…

Brian Cloughley (2018-10-10). Britain and NATO Prepare for War on Russia in the Arctic. globalresearch.ca On September 30 the UK's foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, delivered an astonishing tirade, saying "The EU was set up to protect freedom. It was the Soviet Union that stopped people leaving. The lesson from history is clear: if you …

Democracy Now! (2018-10-10). Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies. democracynow.org U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced she is resigning her post at the end of the year. The former South Carolina governor—one of the few women in Trump's Cabinet—gave no reason for her departure. During Nikki Haley's time as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord; the U.N. Human Rights Council; the Iran nuclear deal; UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians; and UNESCO, the U.N. educational and cultural agency. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia…

Whitney Webb (2018-10-10). IDF Awards Israeli Soldiers for Deadly Crackdown on Gaza Protests. mintpressnews.com Sometimes described in the media as "clashes," the protests in Gaza involve heavily-armed Israeli snipers firing into crowds of unarmed young Palestinians. Those killed by IDF fire include journalists, medics and children.

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-10-10). Will Al Qaeda Leave Syria's Idlib? therealnews.com Under a deal that prevented a Syrian military assault on the province of Idlib, "radical" militant groups are supposed to withdraw by October 15th. The al-Qaeda affiliate Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is said to control about 60% of Idlib but has not said if it will comply. We discuss the situation in Idlib with Rania…

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 […]

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.

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-10). Keeping Modi in Power: Why India Might Secure an Anti-Iranian Sanctions Waiver From the US. globalresearch.ca The US doesn't want to do anything that could risk Narendra Modi's reelection next year such as inadvertently contributing to the explosive growth of petrol prices in his country, so it's possible that Trump might grant America's new strategic …

RT (2018-10-10). Space race: Richard Branson trolls Elon Musk, says he must sleep more. rt.com With a new space race heating up, two business titans could be set for a war of words of galactic proportions as Sir Richard Branson has offered some unsolicited advice to his rival Elon Musk.

RT (2018-10-10). US senators demand Magnitsky Act probe, sanctions on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance. rt.com A group of Republican and Democrat senators united to demand an investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a consulate in Turkey. This could lead to sanctions against Saudi Arabia within 120 days.

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.

Michael Howard (2018-10-10). The New York Times Whitewashes Haley. iranian.com The decampment of Nikki Haley from Trump's military regime is, or ought to be, a nonstory. The United States' ambassador to the United Nations is a ceremonial position that serves no purpose. The very idea of it is absurd. The US is a law unto itself, readily violating the UN Charter whenever the latter's principles get in […]

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 […]

RT (2018-10-10). 'Sooner than you think': Trump vows swift reaction to India's S-400 purchase from Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump said India will soon "find out" what Washington prepared in response to its purchase of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense systems in defiance of America's pressure.

Shared by Ben Norton (2018-10-10). Trump Tears up Treaties Pushing for War on Iran, Using Bush-Style Iraq Lies. therealnews.com As the US ramps up aggression against Iran, withdrawing from agreements and imposing crippling sanctions, Iranians fear Trump and the neocons he surrounded himself with want war — and are echoing Bush-era Iraq "WMD" lies to justify it

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-10). Trump Tears up Treaties Pushing for War on Iran, Using Bush-Style Iraq Lies. therealnews.com As the US ramps up aggression against Iran, withdrawing from agreements and imposing crippling sanctions, Iranians fear Trump and the neocons he surrounded himself with want war — and are echoing Bush-era Iraq "WMD" lies to justify it

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.

RT (2018-10-10). Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism. rt.com President Trump once again lambasted the idea of socialized healthcare, as Medicare for All becomes a mainstream Democrat position and more and more Americans warm to the idea of socialism. |

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. […]

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). 'Certain groups will do anything to win': Steven Seagal scoffs at alleged Trump-Russia collusion. rt.com Action star Steven Seagal dismissed alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia as fiction, warning that "certain groups" will do or say anything to push through their political agendas.

Middle East Eye (2018-10-10). Turkish Official: Saudi Agents Used A Bone Saw To Dismember Khashoggi's Body. iranian.com In the most detailed Turkish account about the reported murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a pro-government newspaper released late on Tuesday the alleged names and photos of 15 Saudi nationals it said travelled to Istanbul the day Khashoggi disappeared. A source close to the investigation told Middle East Eye that one of those 15 […]

Daniel R. DePetris (2018-10-10). Mike Pompeo's Iran Obsession. iranian.com Once upon a time, the United States and Iran were relatively solid security partners. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi struck a 17-page accord designed to usher in a long-term relationship between their two countries. The document was referred to as the Treaty of Amity, it's goal codified in the very first article: "There […]

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.

RT (2018-10-10). Julia Roberts brother, 'Runaway Train' star Eric Roberts 'won't mind' getting Russian citizenship. rt.com The elder brother of Julia Roberts and Oscar-nominated actor, Eric Roberts, may join action star Steven Seagal, and French movie icon Gerard Depardieu in acquiring a Russian passport.

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

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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.

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…

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 […]

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.

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. |

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.

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