2018-10-11: Social Media Postees

Not All Quiet on South China Sea
Gerry Brown | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-11
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…

U.S. Policy towards Immigrant Children is not Policy, it is Cruelty
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-11
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…

The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-11
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 ?…

Russian 'Collusion' Is a Red Herring, Emergence of the Far Right, New Wave of Fascism
Max Parry | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-11
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 … | The post Russian 'Collusion' Is a Red Herring, Emergence of the Far Right, New Wave of Fascism appeared first on Global Research.

Hurricane Michael Roars Through Florida and Georgia
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-11
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…

Hardly Strictly Peace Movement
Fred Gardner | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-11
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…

Investigative Reporter Explains Trump's Role As a 'Russian Asset': He's 'Had Contacts with the Russian Mafia for 35 Years'
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
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. . .

Ex-GOP Congressman Rips Trump's Claim Devin Nunes 'Should Get the Medal of Honor' for Giving Him Cover in Mueller's Russia Probe
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
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. . .

Trump Fiddles as the World Burns … and Drowns, Dries and Dies
Terry Schwadron, DC Report | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
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,. . .

White House Promises to 'Look Into' Fox News Decision to Stop Airing Trump Rallies After Ratings Plummet
David Edwards, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
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. . .

Unleashing My Inner Jihadi
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-11
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…

Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-10-11
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… | The post Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance?

Video: Kurdish YPG Cells Attack Turkish-backed Forces in Afrin, Northern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-11
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 … | The post Video: Kurdish YPG Cells Attack Turkish-backed Forces in Afrin, Northern Syria appeared first on Global Research.

The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-11
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 … | The post The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election appeared first…

On the Use and Abuse of Rage for Life
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-11
"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…

In Yemen, Trump Is Taking Tolerance for War Crimes to a New Level
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-10-11
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…

Stock Market Drop Spreads, Wall Street Set to Fall Again
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-11
Shares plummet as investors fear higher interest rates will dent company earnings and a trade war will crimp global business. | The post Stock Market Drop Spreads, Wall Street Set to Fall Again appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Pompeo complained that North & South Korea talk peace without him — South FM
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
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.

US won't give 'one single dollar' for Syria reconstruction until Iranian forces are out — Pompeo
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
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.

Murder in Istanbul
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-11
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.

"We Crossed The Line" — Martin Armstrong Lashes Out At Hillary Advocating Violence Unless Democrats Win
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
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 […] | The post

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

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

Iran's First MMA Fighter: "Iranian Hercules"
Sputnik News | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
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 […] | The post Iran's First MMA Fighter: "Iranian Hercules" appeared first on The Iranian.

Asian Para Games: Swimmer Izadyar Earns Iran's Fifth Gold Medal
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
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 […] | The post Asian Para Games: Swimmer Izadyar Earns Iran's Fifth Gold Medal appeared first on The Iranian.

US veterans overwhelmingly want troops out of Afghanistan — poll
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
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.

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

The Dollar And Its Discontents
Barry Eichengreen | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
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. […] | The post The Dollar And Its Discontents appeared first on The Iranian.

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

Neoliberal Economics: The Plague of Iran's Economy
Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-11
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 … | The post Neoliberal Economics: The Plague of Iran's Economy appeared first on Global Research.

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-11
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."

10th Annual Peace and Justice Awards Dinner
MDPJC | indybay.org | 2018-10-11
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Anger At Trump And Kushner For Not Pressing Saudi Prince Over Missing Journalist Believed Murdered
Jon Queally | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
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 […] | The post Anger At Trump And Kushner For Not Pressing Saudi Prince Over Missing Journ…

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

Tom Friedman Reaps What He Sows: the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Will Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-10
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…

The Indy 500 Polar Ice Cap Marathon
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-10
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…

Edward Snowden to Address Select Audience in Israel: Will He Take On Israel's Surveillance State?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-10
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. | The post Edward Snowden to Address Select Audience in Israel: Will He Take On Israel's Surveillance State? appeared first on MintPress News.

Rashid Khalidi on the U.S. Backing of Brutal Saudi Regime & the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-10
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."

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

IDF Awards Israeli Soldiers for Deadly Crackdown on Gaza Protests
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-10
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. | The post IDF Awards Israeli Soldiers for Deadly Crackdown on Gaza Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

'We've Seen the Total Failure of Repressive Policies'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-10-10
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…

After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-10
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…

Art Bastards
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-10
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…

Mitch McConnell Warns Democrats Against 'Presidential Harassment' If They Retake the House — Without a Hint of Irony
Mark Sumner, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-10-10
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. . .

UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: UK Should Not be Arming Regimes That Target Journalists
Andrew Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-10
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 … | The post UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: UK Should Not be Arming Regimes That Target Journalists appeared first on Global Research.

Yemen's Navy Uses New Missile to Destroy Saudi Military Vessel Near Hajjah
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-10
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. | The post Yemen's Navy Uses New Missile to Destroy Saudi Military Vessel Near Hajjah appeared first on MintPress News.

The Right and Neoliberals Get Away With Murder Because They Can
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-10
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…

Hurricane Michael: Floridians Paying for Governor Scott's Climate Denialism
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-10-10
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…

Michael Mann: We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts
Shared by Dharna Noor | therealnews.com | 2018-10-10
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 | The post Michael Mann: We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts appeared first on The Real News Network.

Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-10
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…

Conservatives Blast Trump for Anemic Response to Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-10
"[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. . .

Julia Roberts brother, 'Runaway Train' star Eric Roberts 'won't mind' getting Russian citizenship
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

'Certain groups will do anything to win': Steven Seagal scoffs at alleged Trump-Russia collusion
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the hypocrisy of the New York Times
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-10
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.

Islamophobia Under Trump: The New McCarthyism
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-10-10
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 […] | The post Islamophobia Under Trump: The New McCarthyism appeared first on The Iranian.

Saudis Instructed Turkish Consulate Staff To Take Day Off On Date Khashoggi Disappeared
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-10-10
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. […] | The post Saudis Instructed Turkish Consulate Staff To Take Day Off On Date Khashoggi Disappeared appeared fi…

'With us, or against us': Nikki Haley's top threats & accusations at UN
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

UN report warns of catastrophic consequences of climate change within 20 years
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-10
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.

US Defense Secretary Mattis wants 80% of key fighter jets ready for war
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

Space race: Richard Branson trolls Elon Musk, says he must sleep more
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

US senators demand Magnitsky Act probe, sanctions on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

The New York Times Whitewashes Haley
Michael Howard | iranian.com | 2018-10-10
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 […] | The post The New York Times Whitewashes Haley appeared first on The Iranian.

Turkish Official: Saudi Agents Used A Bone Saw To Dismember Khashoggi's Body
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-10-10
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 […] | The post Turkish Official: Saudi Agents Used A Bone Saw To Dismember Khashoggi's Body appeared first on Th…

Keeping Modi in Power: Why India Might Secure an Anti-Iranian Sanctions Waiver From the US
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-10
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 … | The post Keeping Modi in Power: Why India Might Secure an Anti-Iranian Sanctions Waiver From the US appeared first on Global Research.

Time For The Sans-Culottes To Rise Up Against Washington's Insanity
Philip Giraldi | iranian.com | 2018-10-10
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 […] | The post Time For The Sans-Culottes To Rise Up Against Washington's Insanity appeared first on The Iranian.

Mike Pompeo's Iran Obsession
Daniel R. DePetris | iranian.com | 2018-10-10
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 […] | The post Mike Pompeo's Iran Obsession appeared first on The Iranian.

Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

'Sooner than you think': Trump vows swift reaction to India's S-400 purchase from Russia
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

The US Has No Legitimate Reason to Impose New Sanctions on Iran
Vijay Prashad | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-09
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. | The post The US Has No Legitimate Reason to Impose New Sanctions on Iran appeared first on MintPress News.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

Critics use alleged murder of Saudi journalist…to bash Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-09
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.

Iran's Access To SWIFT Being Debated In Washington
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-09
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 […] | The post Iran's Access To SWIFT Being Debated In Washington appeared first on The Iranian.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

'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.

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…

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…

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 ?…

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…

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.

#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.

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…

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 ?…