2018-10-12: Social Media Postees

What is Truth?
ADRIAN KUZMINSKI | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
In any war, as the saying goes, truth is the first casualty. That's become the case, unfortunately, in the war of the sexes as well. It's turned into a war because the abiding injustice women have suffered from men resists resolution through institutions mostly created and sustained by men. What counts as evidence, or sincerity,…
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Is There Hope and a World Warming at 1.5 Degrees Celsius
Arshad Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change has concluded the finalization of a special report on the impact of a 1.5 degree Celsius global warming above preindustrial levels. Meeting in Incheon, South Korea (October 1-5), its three working groups of experts and government officials have huddled and jousted to strike a consensus on what will be necessary to…
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Lynching Journalists
Charles R. Larson | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
Washington Post Global Opinions correspondent, Jamal Khashoggi, who is Saudi, entered his country's consulate in Istanbul Tuesday of last week and hasn't been seen since. Worse, Turkish officials say that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, his body dismembered, and then sneaked out of the building–lynched, you might say, and then disappeared, instead of hanged from…
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The Khashoggi Incident: Trump's Special Relationship With the Saudi Monarchy
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
The Saudi crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abduld Aziz al Saud (33), has cultivated an international reputation as a progressive reformer, claiming in particular to improve the lot of Saudi women. His March PR visit to the U.S. included a warm and fuzzy interview with Oprah, visits to Harvard…
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Mohammed Bin Salman: The Character Behind the Caricatures
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, popularly known by his initials as MBS, is either one of the world's most admired leaders or its most reviled depending on who one asks. His friends characterize him as a noble reformer … | The post Mohammed Bin Salman: The Character Behind the Caricatures appeared first on Global Resear…
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Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel
Shared by Gregory Wilpert | therealnews.com | 2018-10-12
Israel border authorities have detained US-Palestinian student for her alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism, denying her entry into Israel, despite having a visa. Tallie Ben-Daniel of Jewish voice for Peace discusses the case and what it means for the BDS movement | The post Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel appeared first on…
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Video: ISIS Seizes Toxic Agents Intended to be Used for Provocations in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
ISIS terrorists have been able to seize toxic chemicals due to the irresponsible actions of the representatives of the Western countries, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian center for the reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, said … | The post Video: ISIS Seizes Toxic Agents Intended to be Used for Provocations in Idlib appeared first on Global Research.
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Cassandra Calls
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
Before I turn to more Cassandra worries and warnings, here is some good news. After six years of protest, with people living in tree houses, an artist couple getting hauled away for painting the forest, and the death of a man who fell from a tree ladder, adding tragedy to developments, the multiplying crowds every…
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"Good" Bombing: NATO Op Against Yugoslavia Was a War Crime: Christopher Black
Ekaterina Blinova | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
Jens Stoltenberg's claim that NATO "protected" Yugoslavia from the government of Slobodan Milosevic is nothing but propaganda, Christopher C. Black, a Toronto-based international criminal lawyer told Sputnik, stressing that NATO had no legal reason to attack Yugoslavia and de | … | The post "Good" Bombing: NATO Op Against Yugoslavia Was a War Crime: Christopher Black appeared first on Global Research.
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Don't Let Trump Weaponize Space
Ed Lehman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
In a number of countries, the week of October 6-13 is being observed as Keep Space for Peace Week. This year the theme for the week is No Space Force, in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to … | The post Don't Let Trump Weaponize Space appeared first on Global Research.
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Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-10-12
Israel border authorities have detained US-Palestinian student for her alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism, denying her entry into Israel, despite having a visa. Tallie Ben-Daniel of Jewish voice for Peace discusses the case and what it means for the BDS movement | The post Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel appeared first on…
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Burkina Faso Is the New Flashpoint in France's "War on Terror". Al Qaeda Cells in the Sahel
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
France's Sahel-wide "Operation Barkane" has recently been forced to pay increasing attention to the upsurge of terrorism in Burkina Faso, which is quickly turning into another flashpoint in the War on Terror. | The G5 Sahel & "Operation Barkhane" | Most of … | The post Burkina Faso Is the New Flashpoint in France's "War on Terror". Al Qaeda Cells in the Sahel appeared first on Global Research
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Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Rejiggers the Middle East
James M. Dorsey | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. | At stake is not only the fate … | The post Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Rejiggers the Middle East appeared first on Global Research.
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GOP Senate Candidate Uses Neo-Nazi Sympathizer to Organize Campaign Meet-And-Greet: Report
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-12
Corey Stewart somehow keeps associating with neo-Nazis. | On Thursday, Mediaite reported that Corey Stewart, the Virginia GOP candidate challenging Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, asked his supporters to "RSVP To Ian MacDonald" to attend a meet-and-greet with him and the Accomack County GOP, which is scheduled for Satur. . .
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Betrayal and Treachery–The Extremism of Moderates
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
Imagine the end of a devastating war. Mutinies have overthrown officers of the invading navy and army officers fear for their lives in units composed of angry hungry draftees tired of the slaughter. Despite the rebellion in the ranks, the generals and the Court wish to carry on until the bitter end. Unfortunately for the…
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'Trump Anxiety Disorder': Psychologist Warns the President Is Making Americans Sick
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-10-12
Trump's deleterious effect on peoples' mental health isn't just affecting liberals –even conservatives are having anxiety issues. | While psychologists have speculated from afar about President Donald Trump's mental instability, a psychologist said his manic episodes and the need for constant attention is making Ameri. . .
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Showtime in America: Idiots' Delight, A Quasi Review. "It's All A Lie"
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
"The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them." – Karl Kraus, Half-Truths & One-and-a-Half Truths | "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." – Mark Twain… | The post Showtime in America: Idiots' Delight, A Quasi Review. "It's All A Lie" appeared first on Global Research.
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Pentagon Report Points to US Preparations for Total War
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
Over the past two weeks, with next to no media coverage, the United States has moved substantially closer toward open military confrontation with both Russia and China, the second- and third-ranked nuclear powers in the world. | On October 3, the … | The post Pentagon Report Points to US Preparations for Total War appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump Has Put America on Path to War with Iran While Nobody Is Paying Attention
Ben Armbruster | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
Sixteen years ago this week, 77 U.S. senators and 296 members of the House of Representatives gave President George W. Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq. | That monumental vote enabled what is arguably the biggest strategic foreign policy … | The post Trump Has Put America on Path to W…
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Nate Silver and 538's Measurable 3.5% Democratic Bias and the 2018 House Race
Doug Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
Since beginning to adjust or unskew polls for house effect during the 2014 United States Senate elections, Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight (538) have a measurable 3.5% bias toward Democrats. This 3.5% bias is found by taking the final 538 projected gap between the Democratic and the Republican candidate in 125 races over the 2014 and 2016 election…
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'Entire Middle East' should look like Israel — Pompeo
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-12
Israel is everything the US wishes the Middle East would be, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared in a speech, while bashing the Obama administration's approach to Iran as resembling a "Disney movie."
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India's Oil Imports From Iran Edged Up In September Due To Loading Delays
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-12
India's oil imports from Iran edged up in September from the previous month as refiners pushed back loading of some August cargoes due to a delay in obtaining government approval to use Iranian ships and insurance, data obtained from sources showed. Last month, India shipped in about 528,000 barrels per day (bpd) oil from Iran, […] | The post India's Oil Imports From Iran Edged Up In September Due To Loading Delays appeared first on Th…
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IMF and World Bank Warn of Financial Crisis as Indonesian Currency Hits Asian Crisis Low
Lydia Andrews | indybay.org | 2018-10-12
World leaders, finance ministers, heads of banks and nongovernmental organizations begin the Annual IMF and World Bank Meetings held this year in Indonesia. Ahead of the meetings the IMF issued stark warnings that another global financial crisis could be on the horizon. As the meetings kickoff, the currency of Indonesia hit lows reminiscent of the devastating "Asian Financial Crisis" of the 1990s.
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Russia Rejects Israel's Claim To Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-10-12
Russia has rejected Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights which has been under Israeli occupation for 51 years. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status of the Golan Heights, insisting that Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers it […] | The post Russia Rejects Israel's Claim To Sovereignty Over Golan Heights appeared first on …
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'Better Later Than Never, I Guess': Corporate Media Crawl Away From Saudis
Julia Conley | iranian.com | 2018-10-12
As suspicions grew on Thursday that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi had been killed by a "hit team" commissioned by the Saudi government, human rights groups and Khashoggi's employer called on U.S. companies to bow out of an upcoming global business summit in Riyadh–and wondered why they had participated to begin with. "An attack on one journalist should be […] | The post 'Better Later Than Never, I Guess': Corporate Media Crawl Away From Saudis appeared first on
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US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-12
Scott Brown, the ambassador appointed by Trump, is escalating the anti-Chinese campaign in New Zealand to align the country more closely with US war preparations.
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10th Annual Peace and Justice Awards Dinner
MDPJC | indybay.org | 2018-10-12
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
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Pentagon Report Points To US Preparations For Total War
Andre Damon | iranian.com | 2018-10-12
Over the past two weeks, with next to no media coverage, the United States has moved substantially closer toward open military confrontation with both Russia and China, the second- and third-ranked nuclear powers in the world. On October 3, the United States threatened, for the first time since the Cold War, to directly attack the […] | The post Pentagon Report Points To US Preparations For Total War appeared first on The Iranian.
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Dark Clouds Gather on Horizon for Financial System, Warns International Monetary Fund
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2018-10-12
Bali, Indonesia -The International Monetary Fund releases its "Global Financial Stability Report" ahead of its Annual Meetings held this year in Southeast Asia.
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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. . .
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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.
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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. . .
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Updated: Israeli Soldier and Settler Wounded in Checkpoint Stabbing
INA | imemc.org | 2018-10-11
Update: Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated into Jama'in village, south of Nablus, and abducted the suspected stabber, identified as Mo'ez Ahmad Qassem Hajj Ali, 19, shortly after he returned home. Prior to abducting the young man, the soldiers closed all roads leading to Nablus, in addition to shutting down Huwwara, Za'tara …

Updated: Israeli Soldier and Settler Wounded in Checkpoint Stabbing

Hillary Clinton Just Gave a Simple Reason Why We Know Trump's Desperate Conspiracy Theory About Russian Collusion Is Nonsense
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
It was straight and to the point. | As President Donald Trump bounces from state to state to perform at campaign rallies in an effort to sooth his ego, he's reverted to some of his oldest habits, including attacking Hillary Clinton with baseless conspiracy theories. This week, he indulged in one of his favorite narratives to try to turn the tables of the Russia investigation. He said that it was not his team that colluded with Russia, but Clinton. "There. . .
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U.S., Russian Astronauts Safe After Emergency Landing
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-11
A booster rocket failed less than two minutes after launching toward the International Space Station, forcing an emergency landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. | The post U.S., Russian Astronauts Safe After Emergency Landing appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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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?
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The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-11
The idea promoted by the 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… Read more ?…
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'I'm Just Disgusted!': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Unleashes Her Outrage About Trump's Self-Serving Meeting with Kanye During Multiple National Crises
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
"How are we talking about the president's needs? " | While the United States faces multiple national crises — including a deadly and devastating Hurricane plowing through the Southeast and rising tensions with ally Saudi Arabia over reports that it murdered Washington Postreporter Jamal Khashoggi — President Donald Trump decided on Thursday to host the spectacle of a lunch with Kanye West in the Oval Office. MSNBC's Nicolle W. . .
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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…
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"How Fascism Works": Jason Stanley on Trump, Bolsonaro and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-11
In his new book "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them," Yale professor Jason Stanley warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics, writing, "What normalization does is transform the morally extraordinary into the ordinary. It makes us able to tolerate what was once intolerable by making it seem as if this is the way things have always been." We speak with Jason Stanley in New York.
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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Explains Why Trump's Shady Business Ties to Saudi Arabia Leave Him Irreparably Compromised
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
Trump has seemed largely uninterested in Washington Post columnists' disappearance. | Saudi Arabia has been benefiting greatly from President Donald Trump's reign in the White House, receiving a massive amount of arms to be used in the brutal war it has waged in Yemen, killing thousands and triggering a massive humanitarian crisis. With the disappearance of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi — reportedly murdered by the Saud. . .
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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. . .
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Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance?
Shared by Aaron Maté | 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?
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The Shaky Case That Russia Tipped the 2016 Election
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-11
A new report finds that social media manipulation ultimately threw the election to Trump. The evidence is underwhelming, to say the least. | The post The Shaky Case That Russia Tipped the 2016 Election appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Hurricane Michael Pummels Communities in Florida, a State Led by a Climate Change-Denying Governor
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-11
At least two people have died since Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida and Georgia on Wednesday. It is the third most powerful storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, and meteorologists say it is supercharged by warmer-than-usual water in the Gulf of Mexico. But Florida Governor Rick Scott has a long history of denying climate change. In 2011, his administration reportedly banned state employees in Florida's Department of Environmental Protection from using the terms "climate change," "global warming" and "sea level rise." We speak with Gloria Horning, a social and environmental justice advocate. She serves…
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For Some Democrats, Civic Engagement Is Replacing Religion
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-10-11
Over 4 million people attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C., following President Trump's inauguration in 2017. The week afterward, thousands flocked to airport protests against the first version of the executive order that banned residents from seven majority-Muslim countries. "The election of Donald Trump," NPR reported in March 2017, "ignited progressive activism at a rate never seen before in American p…
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Syria war nears end as U.S. and Israel target Iran
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2018-10-11
The Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few months it appeared to be winding down. The Damascus government now controls 60 percent of the country and the major population centers, the Islamic State has been…
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'What an Impolite Arrogant Woman': New Report Shows John Kelly Lashed Out at Elizabeth Warren for Challenging Trump's Muslim Ban
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
One of Trump's key administration officials whined about the Massachusetts senator after she opposed the Muslim ban. | According to BuzzFeed News, in February 2017, John Kelly, at the time the Secretary of Homeland Security, wrote an email to his senior counselor trashing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) after a phone call with her about President Do. . .
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Trump's Team Is Finally Answering Robert Mueller's Questions — Getting to the Heart of the Russian Collusion Probe: Report
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-11
For now, Mueller has accommodated a highly unusual request from Trump's team. | On Monday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's legal team is preparing responses to written questions submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation: The questions are focused on matters related to the investigation of possible coll. . .
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Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War
Juan Cole | thenation.com | 2018-10-11
Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…
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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.
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Author Jason Stanley on Trump and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe
Shared by britney | truthout.org | 2018-10-11
In his new book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, Yale professor Jason Stanley warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics, writing, "What normalization does is transform the morally extraordinary into the ordinary. It makes us able to tolerate what was once intolerable by making it seem as if this is the way things have always been." We speak with Jason Stanley in New York. | TRANSCRIPT: : | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. | NERMEEN SHAIKH: We end today's show with a remarkable new book titled How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and…
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International Team of Researchers Concerned Over US Efforts to Create Biological Weapons
Peter Korzun | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-11
In 1969, US President Richard Nixon ended all offensive aspects of the US bio-weapons program — the first category of weapons prohibited by an international treaty. In 1975, the US ratified both the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) — the international treaties outlawing biological warfare. But many reports from different sources offer reason to believe that the US military is developing a new generation of weapons in violation of the international treaties Washington is a party to. | An opin…
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US Says No Syria Reconstruction Aid If Iran Stays
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
The United States said Wednesday it will refuse any post-war reconstruction assistance to Syria if Iran is present, expanding the rationale for US involvement in the conflict. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to a pro-Israel group, vowed an aggressive push to counter Iran across the Middle East and said that Syria was a decisive […] | The post US Says No Syria Reconstruction Aid If Iran Stays appeared first on The Iranian.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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Saudi Arabia's Story Unravels As Turkey Applies Pressure Over Jamal Khashoggi
James Carey | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
While Saudi Arabia often gets away with human rights abuses and the murder of critics, they may have made a mistake in trying to pull this scheme off under the nose of a competitor for regional power; Turkey. he case of the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi has become an international blunder on the Saudi's part, […] | The post Saudi Arabia's Story Unravels As Turkey Applies Pressure Over Jamal Khashoggi appeared first on The Iranian.
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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.
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Don't Call Nikki Haley a Moderate. She's an Extremist on Israel, Iran, and Human Rights
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-10-11
Trump's outgoing U.N. ambassador is getting applause from the media for being so moderate. But Haley has been a champion for right-wing causes. | The post Don't Call Nikki Haley a Moderate. She's an Extremist on Israel, Iran, and Human Rights. appeared first on The Intercept.
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NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.
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Let's Use Social Media to Put Pressure on Saudi Arabia Over Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance
Shaun King | theintercept.com | 2018-10-11
The internet won't let go of the story of Jamal Khashoggi's apparent assassination — and that's a good thing for justice. | The post Let's Use Social Media to Put Pressure on Saudi Arabia Over Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance appeared first on The Intercept.
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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.
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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.
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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

Is This the Beginning of the End of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance?
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-10-11
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi last Tuesday is threatening to upend the terms of the decades-long alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia. In the nine days since Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian resident of Virginia and a Washington Post columnist, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, politicians, media figures and foreign policy elites — even those who have fawned over the authoritarian Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — have grown increasingly critical of the U.S.-Saudi alliance. | The U.S. has long given the Saudis a blank check, politically and militarily, and…
theintercept.com/2018/10/11/is-t…

WATCH: Kanye's insane White House solo that left Trump mindblown
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
From "alternate universes" and the concept of time to serious arguments about prison slavery, fatherhood and racism, rapper Kanye West owned the Oval Office in a televised monologue that left everyone scratching their heads.
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'Should I be UN ambassador?' Dennis Rodman makes bizarre VIDEO on horseback
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
Dennis Rodman, retired basketball player and unlikely friend to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has made yet another odd appearance – this time making a video on horseback and asking if he should become the next UN ambassador.
rt.com/usa/441032-dennis-rodman-…

Saudi envoy leaves US, Washington expects 'report' on Khashoggi on his return
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US has unexpectedly left for Riyadh, with the State Department saying they did not request it but "expect" the envoy to return with information about the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
rt.com/usa/441038-saudi-ambassad…

Mike Pompeo: The US Wants The Entire Middle East To Look Like Israel
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that "Israel is everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward" and that US-Israel relations are "stronger than ever". Speaking at an award ceremony held by the Jewish Institute for National Security of America in Washington DC, Pompeo hailed Israel as "democratic and […] | The post Mike Pompeo: The US Wants The Entire Middle East To Look Like Israel appeared first on The Irania…
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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

Rand Paul suggests cutting off military aid to Saudi Arabia until missing journalist is found
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said he will introduce a bill that would cut off military aid to Saudi Arabia until the missing Saudi-born dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is found safe and well.
rt.com/usa/441003-rand-paul-saud…

In Trade, As In Foreign Policy, America Goes For 'Broke'
Alastair Crooke | iranian.com | 2018-10-11
Markets are worrying about the consequences for global trade — and US corporate earnings — were the current Cold War to deepen: i.e. that the roulette ball does not happen to land on 'red' Trump's Administration is putting its 'all' on red on the roulette wheel of a radically leveraged US trade and foreign policy. […] | The post In Trade, As In Foreign Policy, America Goes For 'Broke' appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/10/11/in-trade-…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

"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

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."
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/10/…

Michael Mann: We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | 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.
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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.
therealnews.com/stories/michael-…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/10/…

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…
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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.
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'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…
fair.org/home/weve-seen-the-tota…

'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.
rt.com/news/440822-nikki-haley-u…

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.
rt.com/usa/440922-trump-letter-s…

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.
rt.com/usa/440908-eric-roberts-r…

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.
rt.com/news/440878-branson-troll…

'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.
rt.com/usa/440917-trump-response…

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.
rt.com/usa/440901-trump-medicare…

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.
rt.com/usa/440824-mattis-pentago…

'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.
rt.com/usa/440846-steven-seagal-…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/9/2…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/9/b…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/9/c…

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

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.
rt.com/usa/440774-daily-beast-ru…

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…
theintercept.com/2018/10/09/un-r…

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