2018-10-13: News Headlines

PCHR (2018-10-13). PCHR: In Serious Escalation of Using Excessive Lethal Force Against Peaceful Protestors in Eastern Gaza Strip, Israeli Forces Kill 7 Civilians, Including Child, and Wound 224 Others, Including 42 Children, 3 Women, 3 Journalists and Paramedic" imemc.org The Palestinian Center For Human Rights: On Friday afternoon, 12 October 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 29th Friday in a row, Israeli forces Killed 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and and wounded 224 others,…

teleSUR (2018-10-13). Uruguay: Miranda Says Bolsonaro Threatens Brazil's Democracy. telesurtv.net Javier Miranda warned about the rise of the extreme right, evident not only in Latin America but also in Europe. Highlighting that a possible victory of Bolsonaro could be comparable with the arrival of Adolf Hitler to power.

wsws (2018-10-13). Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy. wsws.org The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Lydia Andrews (2018-10-13). IMF and World Bank Warn of Financial Crisis as Indonesian Currency Hits Asian Crisis Low. indybay.org 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.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-13). US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields. iranian.com Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States has resolved […]

RT (2018-10-13). Star Wars writer & Trump critic says Marvel fired him for being 'not civil' on Twitter. rt.com Novelist and comic book writer Chuck Wendig, known for his tough talk against US President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, says Marvel fired him from a Star Wars miniseries for being too "vulgar" on social media.

wsws (2018-10-13). Hurricane Michael brings death, devastation to US Southeast. wsws.org Mexico Beach, Florida, known for its pristine beaches, fishing and boating, now resembles a war zone, with 95 percent of its structures uninhabitable.

RFE (2018-10-13). Macron Says It's Unclear Who In Iran Ordered French Bomb Plot. iranian.com French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday it was not clear whether a foiled attack on a Paris-based Iranian opposition group was ordered by the higher echelons of authorities in Tehran. "As you know Iran is sometimes divided into different factions and tensions, and so I can't say today whether the order came from the […]

wsws (2018-10-13). France's Mélenchon tacitly backs Wagenknecht's xenophobic Aufstehen group. wsws.org By his silence, Mélenchon is tacitly supporting forces within his Unsubmissive France party that are orienting toward right-wing populism and the militarization of Europe.

wsws (2018-10-13). Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war. wsws.org The famous whistleblower of the "Pentagon Papers" provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

RT (2018-10-13). It's frighteningly easy to track someone down via DNA, scientist reveals. rt.com A scientist at Israeli genealogy firm MyHeritage has published a paper revealing that public genealogy databases can identify relatives — third cousins and closer — in nearly two-thirds of people of European descent.

Lee Fang (2018-10-13). Saudi Media Casts Khashoggi Disappearance as a Conspiracy, Claims Qatar Owns Washington Post. theintercept.com In Saudi Arabia, major media outlets have cast the disappearance and apparent murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a foreign conspiracy to denigrate the image of the kingdom. The media accounts, which come from outlets run with the backing of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies, are spinning the coverage of Khashoggi's disappearance as a plot by rival governments and political groups to hurt the kingdom — going so far as to make false claims about the Washington Post's owners. | The English-language arm of the news channel Al Arabiya, for instance, The Iranian (2018-10-13). Conservative Pat Buchanan Blasts Bin Salman: "The Saudi Prince Has Become Toxic" iranian.com Authored by Pat Buchanan via Buchanan.org. Patrick Joseph Buchanan is an American paleoconservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician, and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior advisor to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, and was an original host on CNN's Crossfire. Via With Friends Like These Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered […]

wsws (2018-10-13). Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers. wsws.org Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Peter Maass (2018-10-13). Max Boot Is Very Sorry for Backing the GOP and the Iraq Invasion. Why Is He Being Praised for This? theintercept.com The conservative intellectual is forgiven by his media peers for errors of immense and tragic consequence. Boot's new book is a problem.

Kate Zeller (2018-10-13). Dark Clouds Gather on Horizon for Financial System, Warns International Monetary Fund. indybay.org Bali, Indonesia -The International Monetary Fund releases its "Global Financial Stability Report" ahead of its Annual Meetings held this year in Southeast Asia.

Middle East Eye (2018-10-13). Trump And The Boy King: Mohammed Bin Salman's Reign Is Over Before It Began. iranian.com The Jamal Khashoggi case begs the question: if the Saudi crown prince acts like this only 16 months into his role, then what will happen when he comes to ascend the throne? What were Jamal Khashoggi's last thoughts, as he was being dragged out of the Saudi consulate general's office in Istanbul by two men […]

Toby Blomé (2018-10-13). GG Bridge Peace Walk for Afghanistan: 17 Years of Bombing ENOUGH! indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for parking! | 12: 00 pm: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north (Marin) or south (SF) ends, to converge in the middle of bridge for Peace vigil for Afghanistan. | 1: 00pm (Approximately): Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. 5 min. DIE-IN on the plaza to memorialize hundreds of thousands of lost lives from 17 years of US war on Afghanistan.

Edward Curtin (2018-10-12). Showtime in America: Idiots' Delight, A Quasi Review. "It's All A Lie" globalresearch.ca If believability is your gauge for discerning truth, you are living in a fantasy world. But that is the reality of life in the US today. This is the land of make-believe. Assertions made convincingly enough are the new facts for a population hypnotized by a stage-managed reality show.

Nick Pemberton (2018-10-12). The Colonial Pantsuit: What We Didn't Want to Know About Africa. counterpunch.org Melania Trump's latest outfit raised the brows of the White Savior Industrial Complex. Melania wore a pith helmet, which is now virally recognized as a symbol of colonialism. Um, yes. But isn't that the whole point of her Angelina Jolie orphan hugging trip? Shouldn't we be more upset she went on a colonizing trip in the first place? Becoming upset with a colonizer for wearing a colonizer hat? It's like getting upset with the murdering police force for using their sirens. The colonizer hat is at least a warning sign! Ed Lehman (2018-10-12). Don't Let Trump Weaponize Space. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-12). Here's How Trump's Reckless 'America First' Policies Could Be Setting Up US Consumers for a Nasty Shock. alternet.org The backdrop of Trump's expanding trade war with China hangs over us. | Glance through the business section of any major media outlet, and there is apparently good news to start the autumn: The Bureau of Labor's September numbers showed measured unemployment hitting a multi-decade low of 3. 7 percent. The U. S.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-12). Will the Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Bring Down the US-Saudi Alliance? therealnews.com Journalist James M. Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has suffered significant reputational damage on the eve of a major global trade conference known as Vision 2030 or "Davos in the Desert"

Jim Hightower, Creators Syndicate (2018-10-12). Here's How We Can Save Election Day and Thwart Republicans' Plutocratic Efforts to Suppress the Vote. alternet.org "They don't want you to vote. " | At last, here comes Tuesday, Nov. 6: Time to vote! From coast to coast, We the People will stream into polling places to say "yes" (or "no") to a lineup of politicos seeking to become our public officials. It's the majestic panorama of democracy in action. Well . . . describing today's electoral process as "majestic" is hardly the right word, for millions of our citizens will not be allowed to vote. That's because a consor. . .

Staff (2018-10-12). Ethics Watchdog Raises Pointed Question About Trump's Ties to Saudis. truthdig.com Critics demand to know why the president is so unwilling to hold Riyadh to account for the alleged murder of a Washington Post journalist.

Andre Damon (2018-10-12). Pentagon Report Points to US Preparations for Total War. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-12). Mohammed Bin Salman: The Character Behind the Caricatures. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-12). GOP Senate Candidate Uses Neo-Nazi Sympathizer to Organize Campaign Meet-And-Greet: Report. alternet.org 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. . .

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2018-10-12). What is Truth? counterpunch.org 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, More

Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Rep. Ro Khanna Condemns Saudi Barbarity from Disappearance of Saudi Journalist to War in Yemen. democracynow.org President Donald Trump is rejecting calls to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the disappearance and probable murder of the Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post is reporting the Turkish government told U.S. officials it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed last week inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Officials say the recordings confirm that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi after he walked into the consulate on October 2, before killing him and dismembering his body. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California.

Brett Wilkins (2018-10-12). Pope to Declare Slain Salvadoran Archbishop àìscar Romero a Saint. counterpunch.org On Sunday, the Catholic Church will have half a dozen new saints as Pope Francis I canonizes five people including àìscarRomero, the former archbishop of El Salvador who was assassinated by a US-backed death squad in 1980 after years of peacefully fighting for the rights of his poor and oppressed compatriots. Romero's canonization follows a More

aclu (2018-10-12). Supreme Court Enables Mass Disenfranchisement of North Dakota's Native Americans. aclu.org A restrictive law will make it hard to vote for people who live on reservations in rural areas and don't have street addresses. | On Tuesday, the Supreme Court chose to stand by and allow the war against voting to continue. Just a little less than a month before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, the court decided not to block North Dakota's restrictive voter ID law, which will make it harder for people in that state to cast their ballots. | Republicans in the state legislature insist that the l…

Ekaterina Blinova (2018-10-12). "Good" Bombing: NATO Op Against Yugoslavia Was a War Crime: Christopher Black. globalresearch.ca 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 | …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-12). Yemen's Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan. mintpressnews.com The Yemeni army, loyal to Ansar Allah (Houthis), has changed its approach from hit-and-run attack, in which troops target a military outpost or base and quickly withdraw, to a strategy in which Yemeni military forces would seize control of and retain Saudi military sites.

Shared by Gregory Wilpert (2018-10-12). Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel. therealnews.com 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

Victor Grossman (2018-10-12). Cassandra Calls. counterpunch.org 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 More

Arshad Khan (2018-10-12). Is There Hope on a World Warming at 1.5 Degrees Celsius? counterpunch.org 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 More

South Front (2018-10-12). Video: ISIS Seizes Toxic Agents Intended to be Used for Provocations in Idlib. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Lorraine Chow (2018-10-12). Monsanto Seeks to Undo $289M Roundup Verdict as 8,700 Similar Lawsuits Await. globalresearch.ca Monsanto will ask a San Francisco judge on Wednesday to throw out a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who claimed the company's glyphosate-based weedkillers, Roundup and Ranger Pro, caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. | Superior Court Judge …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-12). Donald Trump Jr. Jumps on Disgusting Smear Campaign of Missing Saudi Journalist as a Terrorist Sympathizer. alternet.org Before the smoke has even cleared on the horrific disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, Donald Trump Jr. is trying to delegitimize him. | The disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and subsequent claims by the Turk. . .

Ben Cowles (2018-10-12). Kaepernick honored with medal named after U.S. Communist W.E.B. Du Bois. peoplesworld.org Blacklisted NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick was among eight people today to receive Harvard University's "highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies." The W.E.B. Du Bois medal, Harvard explains, is "awarded to individuals in the U.S. and around the globe in recogni…

Edward Burmila (2018-10-12). Cops Usually Get Away With Murder. What Was Different in Chicago? thenation.com Cops Usually Get Away With Murder. What Was Different in Chicago?

ZeroHedge (2018-10-12). US Accuses Russia of Trying to Seize Syria's Oil. mintpressnews.com Pentagon officials have charged that Russia, in its efforts to begin the reconstruction of Syria, really wants to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources.

Joe Catron (2018-10-12). Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters. mintpressnews.com "The Israeli military relies on a network of international companies, supplying everything from sniper rifles to tear gas, to carry out its massacres of protesters in Gaza. These companies are knowingly supporting war crimes, and are complicit in state-orchestrated murder." — Tom Anderson, researcher for Corporate Occupation

Gareth Porter (2018-10-12). The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. mintpressnews.com Gareth Porter dissects the New York Times Shane & Mazzetti's case that the Russian government seriously threatened to tip the 2016 election through social media.

Doug Johnson (2018-10-12). Nate Silver and 538's Measurable 3.5% Democratic Bias and the 2018 House Race. counterpunch.org 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 More

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-12). Burkina Faso Is the New Flashpoint in France's "War on Terror". Al Qaeda Cells in the Sahel. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Zhivko Illeieff (2018-10-12). Addiction and Microtargeting: How "Social" Networks Expose us to Manipulation. counterpunch.org Roger McNamee, an early investor of Facebook, has stated that to keep us occupied such platforms "have taken all the techniques of Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels, and all of the other people from the world of persuasion, and all the big ad agencies, and they've mapped it onto an all day product with highly More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-12). In Latest Yemen Offensive, Saudi Arabia Destroys Hospital and Maternity Ward. mintpressnews.com The latest Saudi coalition attacks came in the face of demands issued by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the coalition to stop its deadly airstrikes against civilian targets in Yemen.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-12). Here Are 5 Things to Know About Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. alternet.org The 59-year-old journalist is missing and reported murdered by the Saudi government. | The disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2 and allegations of foul play have inspired considerable outrage, with everyone from Sen. Bernie Sanders on the left to journalist Max Boot on the. . .

PCHR (2018-10-12). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 — 10 October 2018). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 04 — 10 October, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a person […]…

Ben Armbruster (2018-10-12). Trump Has Put America on Path to War with Iran While Nobody Is Paying Attention. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Mike Farrell (2018-10-12). America's Sexual Politics Are Rapidly Regressing Before Our Very Eyes. truthdig.com I heard a report on the radio as I was driving recently, and it set me to thinking: | The mayor of Osaka, Japan, is ending the "sister city" relationship with San Francisco this week, following a dispute over a statue that honors women and girls who were sexually enslaved by Japan's Imperial Army during World War II. | The statue commemorates "comfort women," a euphemism for thousands who were forced, coerced and deceived into serving men at brothels near the front lines. | In 1993, Japan conceded that the…

Shared by Sharmini Peries (2018-10-12). Will the Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Bring Down the US-Saudi Alliance? therealnews.com Journalist James M. Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has suffered significant reputational damage on the eve of a major global trade conference known as Vision 2030 or "Davos in the Desert"

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-12). Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel. therealnews.com 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

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-10-12). 'Trump Anxiety Disorder': Psychologist Warns the President Is Making Americans Sick. alternet.org 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. . .

Gary Leupp (2018-10-12). The Khashoggi Incident: Trump's Special Relationship With the Saudi Monarchy. counterpunch.org 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 More

Ron Jacobs (2018-10-12). Betrayal and Treachery—The Extremism of Moderates. counterpunch.org 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 More

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-12). Our Elections Are at Risk — But Maryland May Show the Way Toward Securing Our Votes. alternet.org The state is drawing on the complementary strengths of paper and digital public records. | In recent weeks, a small drama has escalated in a corner of the election world—one whose stakes underscore that a new generation of voting technology is being introduced across America, and that if state and county officials were willing, the vote counting process could be opened up in markedly more transparent and trustable ways. At first glance, that

Shared by britney (2018-10-12). Trump Rejects Calls to Stop Saudi Arms Sales After Journalist's Disappearance. truthout.org President Donald Trump is rejecting calls to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the disappearance and probable murder of the Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post is reporting the Turkish government told US officials it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed last week inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Officials say the recordings confirm that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi after he walked into the consulate on October 2 before killing him and dismembering his body. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic Congressmember from California.

James M. Dorsey (2018-10-12). Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Rejiggers the Middle East. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Ed Simon, History News Network (2018-10-12). Capitalism's Final Solution Is Nothing Less than Complete Ecological Collapse. alternet.org This is the nightmare logic of scarcity capitalism. | Four centuries ago, somebody starving in the drought afflicted Elbe region in what is today the Czech Republic, anonymously chiseled onto the stone of the receding river bank a warning. Here, along the river where one day American and Soviet troops would meet on their duel approach to Berlin, a graffito made by unknown hand marks 1616 as the oldest year recorded on one particular Charles R. Larson (2018-10-12). Lynching Journalists. counterpunch.org 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 More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-12). Here Are 5 Reasons Why Trump's Response to the Reported Murder of a Journalist Is Completely Falling Apart. alternet.org All of Trump's vulnerabilities are on display. | President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner have enjoyed a very friendly relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a. k. a. MBS. And the connection is more than political: Trump has had RT (2018-10-12). 'Entire Middle East' should look like Israel — Pompeo. rt.com 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." |

Sarah Aziza (2018-10-12). Jamal Khashoggi Wasn't the First — Saudi Arabia Has Been Going After Dissidents Abroad for Decades. theintercept.com The story of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and possible murder has riveted the world's attention with its macabre, and mysterious, details. The soft-spoken but sharply critical Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Theories about his fate include the horrifying possibility that Khashoggi was murdered — and perhaps even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. (The Saudi government continues to vehemently deny these charges.) Should these allegations prove true, Khashoggi's fate could have vast ramifications for the reputati…

RFE (2018-10-12). Oil Edges Further Above $80. iranian.com Oil edged further above $80 a barrel on Friday as a rally in equities lent support, though prices pared most of their gain after a closely watched forecaster deemed supply adequate and the outlook for demand weakening. Crude was still heading for its first weekly drop in five weeks, pressured by a big rise in […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-12). Russia Rejects Israel's Claim To Sovereignty Over Golan Heights. iranian.com 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 […]

wsws (2018-10-12). US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China. wsws.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Headlines for October 12, 2018. democracynow.org Hurricane Michael Flattens Florida Towns as It Rips Through Southeast, Turkish Gov't Says It Has Video Evidence of Khashoggi's Murder at Saudi Consulate, President Trump Rejects Calls to Cut Off Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Report: Trump Administration Separated 6,000 Families in 4 Months, AP: U.S. Army Discharged 500 Immigrant Recruits, Kanye West Praises Trump During 10-Minute Oval Office Tirade, Pop Star Taylor Swift Tells Fans to Vote in Midterms, Washington Archbishop Resigns Amid Growing Church Sex Abuse Crisis, Syrian Rebels Withdrawing Heavy Weapons from Idlib Under Turkey-Russia Deal, HRW: Egyptian-Americ…

RFE (2018-10-12). India's Oil Imports From Iran Edged Up In September Due To Loading Delays. iranian.com 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, […]

Sam Biddle (2018-10-12). Some Silicon Valley Superstars Ditch Saudi Advisory Board After Khashoggi Disappearance, Some Stay Silent. theintercept.com Some major players in tech are distancing themselves from Saudi's Neom "smart city" project after the reported assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-12). Details Leaked: Turks Had Saudi Consulate Bugged With Audio. iranian.com The Washington Post has provided further details on its prior reporting that US intelligence knew full well that Saudi Arabia was seeking to lure the now disappeared and allegedly murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to its embassy in Istanbul in order detain or kill him. In an interesting new revelation the Post speculates based on intel sources that the whole October 2nd incident may […]

Human Rights Watch (2018-10-12). Iran: Environmentalist Activists Languish In Jail. iranian.com Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should either immediately release them or charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention. On September 30, family members said on social media that […]

Julia Conley (2018-10-12). 'Better Later Than Never, I Guess': Corporate Media Crawl Away From Saudis. iranian.com 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 […]

Andre Damon (2018-10-12). Pentagon Report Points To US Preparations For Total War. iranian.com 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 […]

RT (2018-10-12). Now it's personal: WaPo editor takes on 'Saudi murderers' over missing columnist Khashoggi. rt.com The Washington Post has taken out a full-page ad in protest of the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. "We're not going to let this go," said editor Karen Attiah in an interview. |

Tsvetana Paraskova (2018-10-12). Oil Experts Divided As Iran Sanctions Loom. iranian.com The heads of the world's top oil trading houses are unanimous that Iranian sanctions will remove a large chunk of oil from the market, more than initially expected, but they have very diverging opinions on where oil prices are headed for the rest of the year and in 2019. At the Oil & Money conference […]

RT (2018-10-12). Trump under pressure to stop arms sales to 'good partner' Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi affair. rt.com As public pressure mounts on the Trump administration to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US defense industry is alarmed while critics of the Yemen war hope for the best.

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-12). Mohammed Bin Salman: The Character Behind The Caricatures. iranian.com 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 while his foes denounce him as a bloody tyrant. In reality, however, MBS is actually both, and […]

James Carey (2018-10-11). Saudi Arabia's Story Unravels as Turkey Applies Pressure Over Jamal Khashoggi. mintpressnews.com 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.

Juan Cole (2018-10-11). Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War. thenation.com Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…

Peter Korzun (2018-10-11). International Team of Researchers Concerned Over US Efforts to Create Biological Weapons. mintpressnews.com 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…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2018. democracynow.org Category 4 Hurricane Michael Slams Florida & Georgia on Way to Carolinas, Floods Kill At Least 10 in Mallorca, Spain, Indonesia: Tsunami Death Toll Tops 2,000 as New Quake Rocks East Java, Bali, U.N. Report: Extreme Weather Cost $2.9 Trillion over Last 2 Decades, WaPo: Saudi Prince Ordered Operation to Lure Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, Brazil: Protesters Take to Streets to Denounce Right-Wing Candidate Jair Bolsonaro, WSJ Endorses Far-Right Brazilian Presidential Candidate Bolsonaro, Shipwreck Kills 8 Refugees Off Turkish Coast, 25 Still Missing, Moroccan Navy Shoots at Migrant Boat, Injuring Teenage Boy, Burma: 3…

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

Consortiumnews (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. consortiumnews.com 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 →

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

Democracy Now! (2018-10-11). "How Fascism Works": Jason Stanley on Trump, Bolsonaro and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe. democracynow.org 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.

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

Democracy Now! (2018-10-11). Hurricane Michael Pummels Communities in Florida, a State Led by a Climate Change-Denying Governor. democracynow.org 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…

RT (2018-10-11). Saudi envoy leaves US, Washington expects 'report' on Khashoggi on his return. rt.com 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.

Zaid Jilani (2018-10-11). Is This the Beginning of the End of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance? theintercept.com The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi last Tuesday is threatening to upend the terms of the decadeslong 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 Mohammed 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…

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

RT (2018-10-11). 'Should I be UN ambassador?' Dennis Rodman makes bizarre VIDEO on horseback. rt.com 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 (2018-10-11). US veterans overwhelmingly want troops out of Afghanistan — poll. rt.com A new poll shows a majority of US residents support withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan, 17 years into a war that shows no signs of ending. Support for winding down the interminable conflict is even higher among veterans.

RT (2018-10-11). Rand Paul suggests cutting off military aid to Saudi Arabia until missing journalist is found. rt.com 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 (2018-10-11). NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019. rt.com 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.

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-11). Mike Pompeo: The US Wants The Entire Middle East To Look Like Israel. iranian.com 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 […]

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

Mehdi Hasan (2018-10-11). Don't Call Nikki Haley a Moderate. She's an Extremist on Israel, Iran, and Human Rights. theintercept.com 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.

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