2018-10-27: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-10-27). Weather Warfare: Beware the US Military's Experiments with Climatic Warfare. globalresearch.ca 'Climatic warfare' has been excluded from the agenda on climate change.

South Front (2018-10-27). US Military Plane Operated UAVs That Attacked Russian Airbase in Syria. globalresearch.ca A US Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane operated 13 unmanned aerial vehicles that attacked Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Syria on January 6, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said at a plenary session of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum on security …

Peter Koenig (2018-10-27). Khashoggi versus 50,000 Slaughtered Yemeni Children. globalresearch.ca For three and half years, the Saudi's have waged a horrendous war on Yemen. They have slaughtered tens of thousands of Yemenis, more than 50,000 children died by Saudi air raids with UK supplied bombs, and US supplied war planes…

presstv (2018-10-27). US sanction threat breaches Amity deal, ICJ ruling: Iran UN envoy. presstv.com

Staff (2018-10-27). Rockets Fall on Israel, Warplanes Strike in Gaza. truthdig.com GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft struck dozens of militant sites across the Gaza Strip early Saturday as militants fired some 30 rockets into Israel, in the heaviest exchange of fire between the bitter enemies in several weeks. | The fighting followed a bloody day of border protests, in which Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians protesting along the perimeter fence dividing Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel. The sudden burst of fighting and bloodshed complicated the mission of Egyptian mediators, who have intensified shuttle diplomacy to achieve calm and prevent a full-blown conflict between t…

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2018-10-27). About Politicians who Befriend Criminals in Power. Donald Trump Needs "Enemies" globalresearch.ca "Regrettably, though, the idea of the benevolent autocrat, the just dictator, is being revived in the Arab world." Jamal Khashoggi (1958-2018), Saudi Arabian journalist, a permanent resident of the United States and a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist, assassinated …

Scott Ritter (2018-10-27). Trump Surrenders to John Bolton on Russia and Arms Control. globalresearch.ca Declaring that "there is a new strategic reality out there," President Donald Trump's hardline national security advisor John Bolton announced during a visit to Moscow earlier this week that the United States would be withdrawing from the 31-year-old Intermediate Nuclear …

teleSUR (2018-10-27). Venezuela Rejects EU Representative Declaration. telesurtv.net "The High Representative of the European Union has recorded the European intention to encourage, under the tutelage of the White House's warmongering government, the breakdown of social stability in Venezuela."

INA (2018-10-27). Palestine: What's Working, What's Not. imemc.org Katie Miranda A telesummit with 20 activists, journalists, and more. Join. I first arrived in East Jerusalem during a bitterly cold Palestinian winter in late 2005 to join the International Solidarity Movement.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-10-27). "Wipe the Soviet Union Off the Map", 204 Atomic Bombs against 66 Major Cities, US Nuclear Attack against USSR Planned During World War II. globalresearch.ca According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, "the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against 66 major urban areas.

Mark Curtis (2018-10-27). Will the US and UK seek a Palace Coup against Mohammed bin Salman? globalresearch.ca As pressure continues to mount over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Washington and London are weighing their next moves | As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) comes under increasing pressure over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, policymakers in …

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-27). "The Ghost Script" Explores the Inside Story of Hollywood's Blacklist. truthout.org Award-winning cartoonist, playwright and screenwriter Jules Feiffer cannot be eternal, but his work seems to have outlasted several lifetimes of his fans. I am amazed to say that from age 14, when I picked up Munro, the splendid satire of US military life, he has been on my own radar. Disproportionately a hero of New Yorkers because his work first appeared in The Village Voice, his fandom is scattered across the country and indeed, the planet. | The Ghost Script: A Graphic Novel is the newly released final volume of a trilogy, and about as curious as anything from Feiffer's pen, ever. Perhaps because he will neve…

wsws (2018-10-27). Saudi airstrike kills 21 civilians in Yemen. wsws.org Two children among the dead as the US-backed coalition prepares offensive…

Zero Hedge (2018-10-27). War-Hawk John Bolton Behind "Whisper Campaign" To Oust Mattis. iranian.com Long before President Trump declared that his defense secretary, whom he had previously praised as "the real deal", was actually "kind of a Democrat", National Security Advisor John Bolton and his deputy, Mira Ricardel, had launched a "whisper campaign" within the West Wing to try to oust the longtime general, eventually succeeding in cutting him out of […]

ASC (2018-10-27). Songs of Peace, Love and Justice. indybay.org United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz | 250 California St, Santa Cruz…

wsws (2018-10-27). Arrest of bomb scare suspect heightens political warfare in Washington. wsws.org The mail bombs are a symptom of a deepening social and political crisis in the United States, the center of world capitalism.

wsws (2018-10-27). Geoffrey Rush defamation trial against Murdoch media begins in Sydney. wsws.org Over the past nearly 50 years, Rush has won numerous awards, including the "Triple Crown;" helped establish the Australian Academy of Cinema, Theatre and Acting Arts; and in 2014 received an Order of Australia for Service to the Arts.

Jon Schwarz (2018-10-27). What Trump and John Bolton Don't Understand About Nuclear War. theintercept.com President Donald Trump's announcement on October 20 that he intends to pull the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was, if nothing else, appropriately timed. On that date exactly 56 years before, President John F. Kennedy abruptly cut short a midterm campaign trip to Illinois because, the White House said, he had a cold. In fact, Kennedy was returning to Washington to address the Cuban missile crisis — the closest humanity has ever come to obliterating itself with a nuclear war. | The INF treaty was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail…

RT (2018-10-27). Twitter was too busy banning 'Russians' to notice #MAGAbomber's threats. rt.com The history of criminal behavior and online threats by Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man charged with sending suspicious packages to prominent Democrats, somehow went ignored by both government and social media police.

TeleSur (2018-10-27). Major Defeat For Trump: Int'l Court Of Justice Rules For Iran In Lifting Sanctions. iranian.com Iran brought a complaint to the ICJ on grounds that U.S. President Donald Trump's sanctions violated the 1955 Treaty of Amity signed between the two countries. On Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague issued a court ruling ordering the United States to remove sanctions imposed on Iran which affect humanitarian trade, food, […]

Oil Price (2018-10-27). Iran Sanctions Could Hurt European Economy. iranian.com Europe's economy could suffer from the refusal of European companies to work with Iran under pressure from the U.S. sanctions on Tehran, Rosneft Oil Company's chief executive Igor Sechin said at the Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona, Italy, on Thursday. Sechin, who has been on the U.S. list of sanctioned individuals in his personal capacity since 2014, criticized in […]

Gareth Porter (2018-10-26). A Chance for the US to Distance Itself from Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi now seems very likely to prompt Congress to impose some sanctions on the Saudi government, and it may finally act to end the active US role in the Saudi-UAE war on Yemen. | Perhaps …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-26). America's Worst Ever Ecological Disaster? The Gulf of Mexico Taylor Energy Platform. globalresearch.ca Frequent oil spills, GMO seeds, chemical, and other toxins poison planet earth worldwide — humanity's survival threatened by ecocide or nuclear war. | BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill was considered the world's most disastrous marine incident of …

pip.hinman (2018-10-26). New facial recognition database a civil liberties nightmare. greenleft.org.au ABC's Foreign Correspondent recently discussed China's Social Credit system where, in the name of creating a safer society and enhancing national security, China has begun rolling out facial recognition technology. This technology is being linked up in an unprecedented way so that almost every minute of the day-to-day movements of all citizens can be monitored. | Facial recognition technology has enabled the Chinese government to create a system of social credit whereby those who behave well, eat well, avoid bad habits, exercise sufficiently and pay their bills on time are rewarded with cheap hotel deals, easy ac…

Dave Lindorff (2018-10-26). When It Comes to Having Leaders Who Murder the US is a Pace Setter. counterpunch.org The brutal murder of sometime Washington Post visiting columnist Jamal Khashoogi, apparently on orders from Saudi Arabia's de facto leader Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has many American journalists and columnists in high dudgeon. How, they ask, can the US be allied to a country run by such a blood-thirsty leader? How can the US ally More

Julia Cox (2018-10-26). Hope Restored: My Life and Views on Canada, the U.S., the World & the Universe: Paul Hellyer. globalresearch.ca This powerful book argues that the human species is at a tipping point when it is forced to choose between a New World Order fascist government committed to rapid depopulation or a world of peace and justice. | Hellyer demonstrates that …

Democracy Now! (2018-10-26). Saudi Ties to U.S. Universities Under Question Amid Ongoing Crisis over Khashoggi Murder. democracynow.org As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges Saudi Arabia to disclose who ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we end today's show looking at how U.S. universities are facing new scrutiny over their close ties to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Khashoggi's murder. In Connecticut, activists are calling on the University of New Haven to cut ties to King Fahd Security College in Saudi Arabia. According to news reports, the Saudi forensic doctor who allegedly dismembered Khashoggi's body served on the editorial board of a publication tied to King Fahd Security College. Dr. Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy'

Alison Weir (2018-10-26). Israeli Social Media Star May Have Worked as a Secret Agent on US College Campuses. mintpressnews.com The Forward reports that a hugely popular pro-Israel speaker and writer, Hen Mazzig, has been secretly working directly for the Israeli government. It appears that his actions may have violated U.S. espionage laws.

Chloe Maxmin, Canyon Woodward (2018-10-26). What a Rural Maine House Race Can Teach the Left. thenation.com What a Rural Maine House Race Can Teach the Left…

stuart_m (2018-10-26). West shows it still backs Saudi Arabia. greenleft.org.au Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a warm welcome in Riyadh on October 23 during his surprise visit to the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference. | The conference has yielded investment deals worth an estimated US$50 billion, despite calls for a boycott by activists and some countries over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. However, Saudi Arabia is proving to be too tempting an investment opportunity for many businesses despite the large public outcry. | FII was due to feature 150 speakers from 140 firms but around 40 people withdrew from the conference in the wake of Khashogg…

stuart_m (2018-10-26). British peace campaigners blockade nuclear bomb factory. greenleft.org.au Campaigners from all over Britain united on October 25 to blockade the government's nuclear bomb factory in Berkshire in England's south-east, preventing the staff from entering the site. | The Trident Ploughshares activists locked themselves together across the site's gates before work began at the Burghfield site. A private road leading to Burghfield was also barricaded at each end by cars with protesters fastened to them. | The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) praised the courageous campaigners and said their action was part of a "groundswell" of opposition to the Tory government spending £200 bill…

Jud Lounsbury (2018-10-26). No Joke: Amid Dairy Crises, Desperate Scott Walker Thanks Trump For Market-Closing Trade War. progressive.org The governor of the Cheeseheads called a deal "good news," even though we are worse off with our number one cheese export trading partner.

Eds. (2018-10-26). Why are thousands of Hondurans walking towards the U.S. border? mronline.org The migrant caravan, which has been met with threats from Donald Trump, is the result of poverty, growing crime and repression in Honduras. The U.S. has played a key role in propping up the government of Juan Orlando Hernández, who was reelected in November through blatant electoral fraud. | Source

Robert Fantina (2018-10-26). Trump, Saudi Arabia and the Khashoggi Murder. counterpunch.org Is there no crime so obvious, so egregious and so blatant that it won't be overlooked by United States President Donald Trump, if doing so suits his twisted needs? He looks past Israeli barbarity, despite the obvious, unspeakable human rights abuses that that rogue, racist apartheid nation commits. He ignores the abject suffering caused by More

Edward Curtin (2018-10-26). The Apocalypse Not Now. globalresearch.ca It was balmy and breezy by the bench where I sat outside a public library east of Atlanta, Georgia, brooding about the state of the world. It seemed like the end times, and I had just attended a fire and …

Brian Cloughley (2018-10-26). The Anti-Russia Cold War in the Arctic is Heating Up. counterpunch.org Britain's Daily Mail is a strident rag that is bought daily by over a million people who agree with its stance that most foreigners are inferior to Brits. Two years ago the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance reported that the Mail and some other papers indulged in "offensive, discriminatory and provocative terminology", and the Commission's chairman observed that "the Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in 'anti-foreigner' sentiment". More

John Laforge (2018-10-26). Presidential Nuclear Nonsense. counterpunch.org The Reagan Administration's 1980s crazy talk of "winning" nuclear war with "only" 20 million US dead produced a lot of anti-nuclear activism — all over the world. In Europe, hundreds of thousands marched against the placement of US Cruise and Pershing II missiles in NATO countries. Fear of nuclear war and anger over presidential ignorance More

Robert Scheer (2018-10-26). Some of Our Biggest Cheerleaders for War Are Not Who You Think. truthdig.com Ph.D. candidate and war veteran Lyle Jeremy Rubin explores his disillusionment with liberals, whose anti-war politics are anything but.

Andrew Levine (2018-10-26). After the Khashoggi Murder, It is Up To Israel to Repair the Crack in the Axis of Evil. counterpunch.org Israel and Saudi Arabia used to be mortal enemies. Though hardly close friends now, they have become de facto allies. To make their mark on the world, they are both utterly dependent on the United States. The United States depends on Saudi Arabia for its oil, for the financial clout its oil makes possible, and for keeping the global oil market on track in ways that accord with America's global interests. Israel has nothing comparable to offer the United States — it is no longer even useful as an off-shore military base — but the political clout of the Israel lobby, both Jewish and Evangelical Christian, mo…

Daniel Lazare (2018-10-26). Why the Khashoggi Affair Maybe the Biggest US Foreign Policy Crises Since Iran's Revolution. mintpressnews.com By flooding Saudi Arabia with oil revenue and high-tech armaments and allowing it to attack whomever it pleases, the U.S. has contributed to an increasingly dangerous build-up of highly combustible forces.

Steve Sweeney (2018-10-26). Maduro hits back after Pence claims refugee caravan funded by Venezuela. peoplesworld.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro branded U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a "crazy extremist" today after Washington accused the socialist country of funding the migrant caravan which has been blocked from entering the U.S. Caracas blasted claims of a "Venezuelan plot," warning they could be used as the pretext for U.S. military intervention against the country. …

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-26). WATCH NOW: Wanda Sykes Collaborates with NAACP to Get Out the Vote. naacp.org Actress and award-winning comedienne, Wanda Sykes, knows elections are no joking matter. We must vote this year because our lives depend on it. Watch and share! About Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes is an American actress, writer, and comedian. She is most known for her work in The Chris Rock Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and her […]

stuart_m (2018-10-26). International declaration against fascism in Brazil. greenleft.org.au Five hundred academics, Nobel prize winners, human rights activists and celebrities have released an international statement against the rise of fascism in Brazil. | Among the initial signatories are: Argentine Nobel Peace prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, African-American rights activist Angela Davis, US Senator Bernie Sanders, US actor Danny Glover, Chilean socialist academic Marta Harnecker, US academic Noam Chomsky, British-Pakistani writer Tariq Ali and economist Thomas Piketty. | A number of former heads of state have also signed on including: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Argentina), Eduardo Duhalde (A…

(2018-10-26). "1244- A Key to Peace in Europe": The Sovereignty of Serbia, A Just and Durable Solution for Kosovo and Metohija. globalresearch.ca The oldest Serbian Publishing House — Serbian Literary Cooperative – has recently promoted the book "1244 – A Key to Peace in Europe", authored by ?ivadin Jovanovi?, a former foreign minister of Yugoslavia (1998–2000). The book was presented to the …

REZA FIYOUZAT (2018-10-26). American Racial Politics: Increased Barbarity Ahead. counterpunch.org In a Vox article of October 16, 2018, you can find a report on a study carried out by three academics showing that the deciding factors in the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections were views on issues of race and attitudes toward immigration; factors that Trump exploited in order to get into the Oval More

Ben Norton (2018-10-26). Saudi Arabia Kills Yemeni Civilians with Another US-Made Raytheon Bomb. grayzoneproject.com Saudi Arabia attacked Yemenis in Hodeidah with a laser-guided bomb made by US military contractor Raytheon, as a civilian is…

CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade (2018-10-26). European Parliament Right to Call for an Arms Embargo against Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca -European parliament has renewed calls for an arms embargo against Saudi forces | -Saudi-led bombardment has inflicted a humanitarian catastrophe on Yemen | -UK has licensed almost £5 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since Yemen war began in March 2015…

Michelle Chen (2018-10-26). Trump Wants to Restart the Failed War on Drugs. thenation.com Trump Wants to Restart the Failed War on Drugs…

Tamara Lush (2018-10-26). Florida hurricane victims still waiting: "Where's the help?" peoplesworld.org PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -— More than two weeks after the powerful eyewall of Hurricane Michael passed over Bay County, Mark Ward wonders when the power will work again. And the sewer. And the water. "We've been living out of coolers. We've been grilling out." He points to a red cooler and two grills in …

Democracy Now! (2018-10-26). Headlines for October 26, 2018. democracynow.org Investigators Narrow In on Florida in Ongoing Mail Bomb Case, Turkish President Urges Saudis to Reveal Who Ordered Khashoggi Murder, U.N. Calls for International Investigation into Khashoggi Murder, Trump Sends Troops, Threatens to Close U.S.-Mexico Border over Migrant Caravan, Caitlyn Jenner Denounces Trump's Attacks on Trans Rights in Op-ed, Trump Administration Approves Plan to Drill Off Alaska Coast, Officers Involved in Drowning Death of Two SC Women Detainees Fired, Sen. Grassley Asks DOJ to Investigate Avenatti and Julie Swetnick over Kavanaugh Statements, Reporter Body-Slammed by Rep. Gianforte Tells Cong…

Joe Catron (2018-10-26). Will Israel's Gaza Massacres Finally Prod the ICC into Action? mintpressnews.com Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, normally reserved in their criticism of Israel, have accused the occupying state of "war crimes." Some hope the sheer scale of Israeli fire against unarmed civilians, along with the copious documentation of it, will prod the ICC to action.

Whitney Webb (2018-10-26). The Real Reason the Knives are Out for MBS. mintpressnews.com RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — Amid a chorus of condemnation directed against his leadership following the slaying of controversial journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — popularly known by the moniker MBS — condemned Khashoggi's murder in no uncertain terms on Wednesday, calling the deed a "heinous crime that cannot be justified" and promising "justice" for those who killed him. MBS' statement came after dozens of media reports, the majo…

Jill Richardson (2018-10-26). Trump's Gender "Science" is Reductive, Mean and Wrong. counterpunch.org Trump is having a problem with sex, and it's not exactly what you might think. There are no Russian tapes, spankings with magazines, or confessions of grabbing anyone this time around. Specifically, it's a problem with sex and gender. Sex and gender aren't the same thing, though many people mistake them for being synonymous. I More

stuart_m (2018-10-26). Huge protests reject Tory Brexit. greenleft.org.au From Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square, about 700,000 people filled central London on October 20 protesting against the Tory Brexit, writes Andy Stowe. It was the largest demonstration the city had seen since the march against the Iraq war in 2003. | The marchers were demanding a second referendum on Brexit now that the electorate has a clearer idea what it might actually mean in reality. The demonstration was organised by The People's Vote, a group which mostly comprises sections of the right-wing of the Labour Party. | Some of its most prominent supporter…

stuart_m (2018-10-26). New York sues Exxon over climate denial. greenleft.org.au After a three-year probe and amid mounting demands that the fossil fuel industry be held accountable for driving the climate crisis, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed suit on October 24 against ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil and gas company. | The suit accuses the oil giant of defrauding investors by downplaying the financial threat of regulations crafted to mitigate human-caused global warming. | "Big oil may finally face some consequences for its role in wreck…

Robert Hunziker (2018-10-26). The Great Drought. counterpunch.org The most hazardous global warming risk for society at large is widespread loss of grain production because of a synchronized worldwide drought. It would be a colossal killer. It's happened before, known as The Great Drought 142 years ago. Unmistakably, droughts feed off global warming and world temps are heading up, not down. Thus, droughts More

Eric Ortiz (2018-10-26). America's Bloody Ally. consortiumnews.com The U.S. continues to support the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia—as a key ally—even after the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the horrendous five-year bombing campaign on Yemen, writes Ann Wright. By Ann Wright in Istanbul Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Ben Stockton (2018-10-26). Brexit Risk: More than a Fifth of Doctors or Nurses at Some Hospitals Are from the EU. globalresearch.ca Key hospitals across England depend on the European Union for more than one in five doctors or nurses, new analysis reveals, as Brexit uncertainty deepens the NHS crisis. | Senior figures in the NHS warn they may soon not be able …

IMEMC News (2018-10-26). Israeli Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protesters In Bil'in And Ni'lin, Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers resorted, Friday, to the excessive use of force against Palestinian and international peace activists, marching against the illegal occupation, the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Bil'in and Ni'lin villages, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Medical sources said the soldiers caused many locals and international …

David Rosen (2018-10-26). Trump's HHS and the Renewed Culture Wars. counterpunch.org The New York Times recently reported on a secret memo circulating within the Trump bureaucracy seeking to narrow the definition of gender to "a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth." The Times considers this "the most drastic move yet in a government wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law." More

Jessica Corbett (2018-10-26). Anti-War Voices Applaud 'Must-Read' Sanders Op-Ed Demanding End to Yemen War. theantimedia.com (CD) — Anti-war voices are praising a new "must-read" New York Times op-ed in which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on Congress "to redefine our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to show that the Saudis do not have a blank check to continue violating human rights" by revoking U.S. support for the Saudi and UAE-led war in Yemen. Noting that …

Jon Schwarz (2018-10-26). Tax Havens and Other Dirty Tricks Let U.S. Corporations Steal $180 Billion From the Rest of the World Every Year. theintercept.com A new study shows that the corporate use of tax havens is central to how the U.S. functions and wields its power around the world.

wsws (2018-10-26). Former Fed chair warns of new financial crisis. wsws.org In remarks unprecedented for a former central banker, Janet Yellen told the Financial Times that the lessons of the financial crash of 2008 were being forgotten.

Tehran Times (2018-10-26). EU Mechanism For Iran Trade To Be Ready On Nov. 4. iranian.com A new European Union mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of U.S. sanctions hit, but it will not be operational until early next year, three diplomats said. The mechanism, a so-called special purpose vehicle (SPV), is designed to circumvent the sanctions, under […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-26). Saudi Ties to US Universities Under Question Amid Khashoggi Crisis. truthout.org As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges Saudi Arabia to disclose who ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we end today's show looking at how US universities are facing new scrutiny over their close ties to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Khashoggi's murder. In Connecticut, activists are calling on the University of New Haven to cut ties to King Fahd Security College in Saudi Arabia. According to news reports, the Saudi forensic doctor who allegedly dismembered Khashoggi's body served on the editorial board of a publication tied to King Fahd Security College. Dr. Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy…

Jessica Corbett (2018-10-26). Anti-War Voices Applaud 'Must-Read' Sanders Op-Ed Demanding End To Yemen War. iranian.com Anti-war voices are praising a new "must-read" New York Times op-ed in which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on Congress "to redefine our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to show that the Saudis do not have a blank check to continue violating human rights" by revoking U.S. support for the Saudi and UAE-led war in Yemen. Noting that […]

RFE (2018-10-26). Iran Small Boats Shadow US Ship Carrying Top US commander. iranian.com Soon after the top U.S. commander in the Middle East boarded the USS Essex in the Persian Gulf, he could see one Iranian fast boat race across in front of the ship, while another shadowed it from the side. U.S. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said he wasn't surprised Iran's Islamic Revolutionary […]

RFE (2018-10-26). Bolton Vows To 'Squeeze Iran,' Explore Weapons Sales To Armenia. iranian.com U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton has vowed that President Donald Trump's administration will "squeeze Iran" with maximum economic pressure in response to Tehran's "malign" behavior in the Middle East and around the world. Bolton made the remarks in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL on October 25 after he met in Yerevan with Armenian Prime Minister […]

wsws (2018-10-26). CIA director briefs Trump on Khashoggi torture tape. wsws.org CIA Director Gina Haspel, dispatched to Turkey to investigate the murder of the Saudi journalist, has intimate familiarity with acts of torture and tapes recording them.

Middle East Eye (2018-10-26). Will the US and UK Seek a Palace Coup Against Mohammed bin Salman? theantimedia.com (MEE Op-ed) — As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) comes under increasing pressure over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, policymakers in Washington and London have one overriding priority: to preserve the House of Saud, a military and economic ally in which they have invested so much. Yet, if Mohammed bin Salman cannot be retained, the UK …

Shared by Lauren Walker (2018-10-26). What, Me Worry? truthout.org Trump responds to a stark UN panel warning on climate change.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-26). Erdogan: Saudis Must Reveal Who Gave Order To Murder Khashoggi. iranian.com Now that the Saudis have admitted that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was a premeditated act, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is stepping up his rhetoric, saying in a speech to AKP party officials that whoever ordered the 15-man hit squad to travel to the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2. must reveal himself. Erdogan also […]

wsws (2018-10-26). Trump to deploy hundreds of troops to the border against Central American migrants. wsws.org The domestic deployment of the military against immigrants is a warning to the entire working class.

Eric Zuesse (2018-10-26). CBS's & NPR's Rabidly False 'News' About The Khashoggi Case. iranian.com It's a lie to say, as CBS 'News' did on October 24th, that Saudi Crown Prince Salman couldn't have done what Turkey says he did in the Khashoggi case — couldn't do it, because it's not in the Saud family's "DNA" to do such things. To the exact contrary: it is the norm for the Saud family, […]

Yousef E. Bozorgmehr (2018-10-26). Iran And The West Have A Rivalry That Regime Change Won't Change. iranian.com To hear the likes of Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton or Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, the sole problem between the U.S. and Iran is the latter's radical regime. They argue that if only the regime were removed from power, the United States would enjoy strong ties with a "Free Iran" […]

Zaid Jilani (2018-10-26). Doug Wardlow, GOP Attorney General Candidate, May Have Violated Judicial Ethics With A Partisan Blog. theintercept.com Minnesota Republican attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow was the author of a controversial, partisan blog while he was a clerk at the Minnesota Supreme Court, The Intercept has learned. Wardlow was previously suspected of authoring the anonymous blog but has declined to comment. Only circumstantial, albeit persuasive, evidence had emerged until now. | His authorship of the blog is a critical election issue, as a key question in the race is whether each candidate can play the role of the state's top cop in a nonpartisan manner. Many have

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-10-26). Nation Transfixed In Horror By Toy Bombs While Destroying Lives With Real Ones. iranian.com Media headlines have been dominated for the last two days by the news that pipe bombs are being sent to Democratic Party elites and their allies, a list of whom as of this writing consists of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Robert De Niro, and the […]

RT (2018-10-26). White House invites Putin to Washington 'in early 2019'. rt.com The White House has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin for a visit sometime in early 2019, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday.

SouthFront (2018-10-26). Israel Rejects Russian 'Restrictions' On Israeli Airstrikes In Syria. iranian.com Israel is rejecting reported Russian demands that Israel give the Russian military additional warning before carrying out airstrikes in Syria, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman claimed on October 25. "We will not accept any restrictions on our freedom of operation, and when it comes to national security, we will take action," the defense minister told Army Radio […]

Mehdi Hasan (2018-10-26). Killing Journalists Is Wrong When the Saudis Do It — and When the United States Does It, Too. theintercept.com There should be accountability for Jamal Khashoggi's murder, and also for the 2003 U.S. bombing raid that killed Al Jazeera's Tareq Ayoub in Iraq.

Daniel Lazare (2018-10-26). US May Be Facing Biggest Foreign Policy Crises Since Overthrow Of The Shah. iranian.com If Donald Trump seems at a loss about how to respond to the Jamal Khashoggi murder, it may not be because he's worried about his Saudi business investments or any of the other things that Democrats like to bring up to avoid talking about more serious topics. Rather, it's likely because Trump may be facing one of the biggest U.S. foreign-policy crises […]

pip.hinman (2018-10-25). Australia's waste crisis just got messier. greenleft.org.au Australia's waste disposal crisis is set to worsen with other Asian countries following in China's footsteps and banning imports of recyclables. | In March 2017, China enforced its National Sword policy, which stipulates that recyclables entering the country must not be contaminated. Australian authorities were totally unprepared, despite being aware for more than a year that it was coming. | Recycling has been in crisis ever since. The business model had always been to outsource the dumping of toxic products to China under the cover of recycling. | The first response of Australian companies to National Sword was…

StudentNation (2018-10-25). 'If We Won't, Then Who Will?': An Interview With Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward. thenation.com 'If We Won't, Then Who Will?': An Interview With Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward…

George Eliason (2018-10-25). The Rise of Ukraine's Ultra-Nationalist Christian Church. mintpressnews.com Let's start at the end. The Patriarchate of Constantinople is creating the 3rd great schism in Christian history by seizing authority resting with the ROC (Russian Orthodox Church) and granting Kyiv independence from Russian Orthodox oversight. | The first schism in Christianity happened in 1054 when Orthodox and Catholic churches split. The second was the fallout from the Protestant Reformation which formed the Protestant churches. | The events going on in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Turkey are today are some of the most important in recent memory and could affect the next thousand years of history in the same f…

pip.hinman (2018-10-25). Trump's Space Wars is no joke. greenleft.org.au In the rush to heap scorn upon the Donald Trump administration, the president's critics sometimes miss the forest for the trees. Such was the case in June when Donald Trump announced the creation of the so called Space Force, a sixth branch of the US military. | Critics mocked the idea as " ridiculous", "stupid"

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-25). Low-Profile Killing: Unlike Khashoggi Case, New Saudi Slaughter in Yemen Evokes Little Concern. mintpressnews.com As news of the brutal dismemberment of Saudi Khashoggi's captivated international media, the bodies of women and children lie dismembered following a Saudi airstrike on a vegetable market in Yemen.

Philip M. Giraldi (2018-10-25). Two Stories from the Propaganda War. mintpressnews.com Two recent stories about Russians have demonstrated how the news is selected and manipulated in the United States. The first is about Maria Butina, who apparently sought to overthrow American democracy, such as it is, by obtaining a life membership in the National Rifle Association. Maria, a graduate student at American University, is now in detention in a federal prison, having been charged with collusion and failure to register as an agent of the Russian Federation. She has been in prison since July, for most of the time in solitary confinement, and has not been granted bail because, as a Russian citizen, she i…

Consortiumnews (2018-10-25). The Khashoggi Affair and the Future of Saudi Arabia. consortiumnews.com If the Saudi power structure were to crumble in the wake of the Khashoggi scandal there would be chaos at home and a shift in power around the Gulf, says Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News If… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-10-25). Headlines for October 25, 2018. democracynow.org Authorities Investigating Mail Bombs Targeting High-Profile Democrats, Trump Attacks Media as NYC Mayor Says Hateful Rhetoric Fuels Violence, California Neo-Nazi Leader Arrested & Charged After Fleeing the U.S., Saudi Crown Prince Acknowledges Khashoggi Murder for First Time, CIA Director Gina Haspel Hears Audio Recording of Khashoggi Murder, Spanish PM Defends Decision to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia, French President Emmanuel Macron Vows to Continue Saudi Weapons Sales, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Says U.S. Aided in Khashoggi Murder, Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Kill 16, Wound 12, Super Typhoon Yutu De…

William Astore (2018-10-25). The Pentagon Has Won Its Most Important War. thenation.com | Despite a losing record, today's military doesn't have to atone for its failures. | The post The Pentagon Has Won Its Most Important War…

Consortium News (2018-10-25). Women's March on the Pentagon: Feminism and the Anti-War Movement Unite. mintpressnews.com Fed up with ongoing wars depleting innocent lives and the U.S. Treasury, more than a thousand women marched on the Pentagon to declare their opposition to the continuing slaughter.

Swathi Shanmugasundaram (2018-10-25). Hate groups and extremists cheer President Trump as he vilifies migrant caravan. splcenter.org As thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence attempt to make their way to the United States, anti-immigrant hate groups and the radical right react with warrantless fear-mongering.

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-25). Scarlett Johansson Refused Film Funded by Mohammed bin Salman. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Scarlett Johansson reportedly turned down funding from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for her next film in which the Hollywood star was set to play the Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a biopic directed by Ridley Scott. Johansson had originally agreed to play the part but once she found out that Bin Salman, …

Abdel Nasser Issa (2018-10-25). Post-Khashoggi: Israel's Loss, Bin Salman's Retreat And Erdogan's Advance. iranian.com The usually-talkative Israel when it comes to claims of democracy and human rights has been silent over what it fears to be the dangerous retreat, or even collapse, of one of the pillars of its camp in the region and its most important ally, who Trump described as "our boy" — Saudi Arabia. This is […]

Sharon Lerner (2018-10-25). EPA Continues to Approve Toxic PFAS Chemicals Despite Widespread Contamination. theintercept.com Even as the Environmental Protection Agency has been trumpeting its efforts to find and clean up contamination from industrial chemicals known as PFAS, it has been allowing new chemicals in this class to enter into commerce, according to data from the agency. The EPA has allowed more than 100 new PFAS compounds to be made and imported in large quantities in the U.S. after it became aware of the health risks associated with them, and many more have entered commerce t…

Sarah Aziza (2018-10-25). Don't Lose Sight of the Real Stakes: Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Is About Repression of Free Speech in the Middle East. theintercept.com The Saudi government's targeting of Khashoggi is a particularly brutal example of the vicious and systemic suppression of free speech in the Middle East.

Tyler Durden (2018-10-25). Russia Accuses US of Coordinating Drone Attack on Russian Military Base in Syria. theantimedia.com (ZHE Op-ed) — Over the past year Russia's chief military base in Syria, Khmeimim Air Base near Latakia (alternately Hmeimim), has come under sporadic waves of attack by small armed drones, which have appeared increasingly sophisticated. Those attacks were assumed to have been the work of jihadists operating out of Idlib, such as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, who launched the small makeshift …

Jason Ditz (2018-10-25). Putin: Russia Will Target European Countries That Host US Nukes. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US officials say they don't have any specific plans to send any new nuclear missiles to Europe, but the withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty seems to put them on a path to do so. That's got Russia worried. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wants to discuss the dangerous US pullout from …

The Iranian (2018-10-25). Saudi Arabia Says Khashoggi's Murder Was "Premeditated" iranian.com Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated", Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor been quoted as saying by Saudi state media. Nearly a week after Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had indeed been murdered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in what he described as a "botched interrogation", the kingdom has apparently changed […]

Middle East Eye (2018-10-25). Turkey Shares "All the Evidence" of Khashoggi Murder With CIA Chief. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Turkish intelligence has shared "all the evidence" relating to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA, pro-government Turkish media reported on Wednesday. The CIA's director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of the Washington Post columnist inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate. Video …

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