2018-10-29: News Headlines

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-29). The Death Toll in Yemen is Five Times Higher Than We Think…How Much Longer Will We Shrug Off Responsibility? counterpunch.org One reason Saudi Arabia and its allies are able to avoid a public outcry over their intervention in the war in Yemen, is that the number of people killed in the fighting has been vastly understated. The figure is regularly reported as 10,000 dead in three-and-a-half years, a mysteriously low figure given the ferocity of the More

teleSUR (2018-10-29). . telesurtv.net Charlione was the son of the National Secretary of the Working Women of CNTRV/CUT. The confederation said in a statement that the victim was shot in a peaceful rally by a Bolsonaro supporter.

Jessica Corbett (2018-10-29). Gorbachev: Trump Ditching Nuclear Treaty with Russia Poses 'Dire Threat to Peace'. globalresearch.ca While the Trump administration ignores warnings from nuclear experts and pursues plans to exit the Cold War-era intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF) with Russia, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev—who initially signed the deal with former President …

Yves Engler (2018-10-29). Canada Seems to Prefer State of 'War' in Korea, Not Peace. globalresearch.ca Who prefers military might over peaceful discussion to settle a long festering international dispute? Canada, it seems. | It may surprise some that a Canadian general is undercutting inter-Korean rapprochement while Global Affairs Canada seeks to maintain its 70-year old war …

Glen Ford (2018-10-29). The great un-blackening: the corporate project to erase black people from politics. mronline.org Corporate rule imposes a duopoly system in which one party is overtly white supremacist and the other party refuses to tackle racial oppression—but both pursue austerity and war. | Source

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-29). Blair Refuses to Cancel Lucrative Deal with Saudi Despite Khashoggi Murder. globalresearch.ca Tony Blair has resisted calls to end his multi-million dollar deal with Saudi Arabia despite allegations that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been authorised by the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. | Accounts published last month by the …

Richard Galustian (2018-10-29). What Does Erdogan Know About Khashoggi's Execution? globalresearch.ca "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of a million a statistic." And the death of one man, Khashoggi, at the hand of Saudi assassins in Turkey has reinforced that axiom, amidst tens of thousands of children …

Rob Urie (2018-10-29). The Common Thread That Unites Brazil and Global Resurgence of the Radical Right. mintpressnews.com With Jair Bolsonaro's electoral victory in Sunday's runoff election for president of Brazil, a global resurgence of the radical right is indisputable. Mr. Bolsonaro is a particularly ugly representative of this movement, both politically repressive and culturally intolerant. | The question being asked in the bourgeois press is: what psychological malady is taking hold that could persuade voters to elect such a person? | The framing poses the resurgence as inexplicable, as the result of the fundamental flaw of democracy: the voters. A litany of failures is redistributed downward. Because Mr. Bolsonaro is political…

Zoe PC (2018-10-29). Why Are Thousands of Hondurans Walking Towards the US Border? globalresearch.ca For the thousands of Hondurans who are part of a migrant caravan proceeding towards the United States, the recent comments by US president Donald Trump were yet another instance of the persecution they have faced while trying to escape horrible …

Democracy Now! (2018-10-29). Headlines for October 29, 2018. democracynow.org Anti-Semitic Shooter Kills 11 Jewish Worshipers in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Gunman Held Anti-Semitic, Racist and Xenophobic Views, Jewish Leaders to Trump: "Massacre Is Not the First Act of Terror You Incited", Trump, Conservatives Continue Attacks on George Soros, Kentucky: Shooter Kills Two Black People at Supermarket After Targeting Black Church, Trump-Supporting Suspect of Mail Bomb Campaign to Appear in Court, Brazil Elects Far-Right Candidate Jair Bolsonaro President, Indonesia: 189 Feared Dead After Lion Air Passenger Jet Crashes, Saudis Reject Turkish Demand to Extradite Khashoggi Murder Suspects, Israel Bo…

Mark Ames (2018-10-29). ShamiWitness: How Bellingcat and Neocons Collaborated with the Most Influential ISIS Propagandist on Twitter. grayzoneproject.com How some of the best known Syria regime-change hustlers and "experts" helped transform the @ShamiWitness account from a cretinous troll into a…

RT News (2018-10-29). Common ground on Syria: What France, Germany, Turkey and Russia agreed upon in Istanbul. globalresearch.ca Despite years of disagreements on Syria, the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany, and Russia worked out a common vision for the steps to reconciliation in the war-torn country when they met in Istanbul. Here's a summary of it. | Turkey's President …

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-29). Yemen war death toll five times higher than we think. zcomm.org We can't shrug off our responsibilities any longer…

Andre Vltchek (2018-10-29). Laos-China are Building, High Speed Trains. The Cruel Legacy of War and Colonialism. globalresearch.ca Imagine the splendid Mekong River, as it flows not far from an ancient capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. The river is powerful, with muddy banks, surrounded by lush mountains. Imagine poor villages and old ferry crossings, as well as broken …

Raouf Halaby (2018-10-29). Under the Branches of The Tree of Life. counterpunch.org On October 27, 2018, around 9: 45 a.m. and on a peaceful fall Saturday morning, The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, PA, was dealt a hard blow by a senseless act of savagery, an act so brutally heinous it severed 11 branches of varying ages from the trunk of the one-hundred-fifty year-old tree. Soon thereafter (and for a More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-10-29). The Saudi Blueprint: Arms Sales and Assassinations. counterpunch.org It reads like a swaying narrative of retreat. A man's body is subjected to a gruesome anatomical fate, his parts separated by a specially appointed saw doctor — an expert in the rapid autopsy — overseen by a distinctly large number of individuals. Surveillance cameras had improbably failed that day. We are not sure where, along More

Melkulangara Bhadrakumar (2018-10-29). Recent Istanbul Summit on Syria Shows Just How Many Wildcards Remain. mintpressnews.com The proxy war in Syria is not ending, rather its morphing into the diplomatic war that lies ahead, which of course will be keenly fought, given the divergent interests of the foreign protagonists.

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-29). US Holds Thousands of Syrian Refugees Hostage, Establishes Military Bases in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Syria is Washington's war, launched by Obama in March 2011, escalated by Trump, no end of it in prospect. It's all about wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing the Syrian government, isolating Iran, ahead of a similar scheme to topple its …

Robert Fisk (2018-10-29). Did the Saudis Bury Jamal Khashoggi's Body Facing Mecca? counterpunch.org I knew just what Jamal Khashoggi's murder really meant in the context of the Middle East last week when I realised just who I'd have to call to explain it to me. Whom would I telephone to learn what was going on? Why, of course, I'd call Jamal Khashoggi. And that's why his murder is so important. Because he was, as he knew, a lone and important Arab journalist who did not listen — not any more — to His Master's Voice. And that, of course, was his problem. More

Jim Miles (2018-10-29). Ottawa Doubles Down on Double Standards. Canada's $15 Billion Armaments Deal with The Saudis. globalresearch.ca Humanitarian standards | I had noted previously the twitter spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia. After the Saudis were insulted/enraged by Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland's tweet concerning the sister of a Saudi journalist, the Saudis kicked out the Canadian ambassador. Since …

teleSUR (2018-10-29). New Caravan Leaves El Salvador, Migrants Move Forward Monday. telesurtv.net The newest exodus of migrants left El Salvador on Sunday while the first wave reaches Tapantepec, Mexico planning to leave Monday for Niltepec.

Consortiumnews (2018-10-29). As a Saudi Citizen in Exile, I Know What the Regime Does to Silence its Critics. consortiumnews.com As a Saudi citizen exiled in Washington, D.C., since 2000, Ali al Ahmed has experienced first-hand what the Saudi government is willing to do to silence its critics inside and outside the country. By Ali al Ahmed The murder of… Read more →

Staff (2018-10-29). Brazil Elects Far-Right Candidate Jair Bolsonaro to Presidency. truthdig.com SAO PAULO — Jair Bolsonaro, a brash far-right congressman who has waxed nostalgic for Brazil's old military dictatorship, won the presidency of Latin America's largest nation Sunday as voters looked past warnings that the former army captain would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical change after years of turmoil. | Bolsonaro, who cast himself as a political outsider despite a 27-year career in Congress, became the latest world leader to rise to power by mixing tough, often violent talk with hard-right positions. His victory reflected widespread anger at the political class after years of corru…

Zero Hedge (2018-10-29). Regime Change In Riyadh? The CIA Has Just Publicly Dumped MbS. iranian.com A fascinating FT article suggests Western intelligence agencies have now dumped Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman after he's been personally accused by world leaders — foremost among them Turkey's President Erdogan and US President Trump — for ordering the brutal murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Implicit in the article, rich with quotes from current and former US and Western intelligence […]

Jason Ditz (2018-10-29). One Civilian Violently Killed Every Three Hours in Yemen. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — International aid group Oxfam has issued a warning on Friday that the number of civilian deaths in Yemen is soaring since August. During that time, they estimate that a civilian is killed roughly every three hours in a violent attack. While some get caught in the cross-fire, most are victims of Saudi airstrikes, and that has …

RT (2018-10-29). What travel advice would the State Department give tourists visiting violent America? rt.com From the outside looking in, the situation in the US looks volatile. The actual violence and the potential for more has led some to suggest that if it was anywhere else, the State Department would be issuing travel warnings.

ASC (2018-10-29). Songs of Peace, Love and Justice. indybay.org United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz | 250 California St, Santa Cruz…

Ann Wright (2018-10-29). US Continues to Support the Bloody Dictatorship of Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.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. (CN) — Killing is not new for Saudi Arabia. While the world's media has been focused on the horrific murder and dismemberment of Saudi defector Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul …

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-29). Tony Blair Refuses to Cancel Lucrative Deal With Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Tony Blair has resisted calls to end his multi-million dollar deal with Saudi Arabia despite allegations that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been authorised by the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. Accounts published last month by the Tony Blair Institute confirmed that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the …

wsws (2018-10-29). Canada upholds $15 billion Saudi arms deal after Khashoggi murder. wsws.org Ottawa's muted response to Khashoggi's murder has been aimed not just at upholding the arms deal, but also strengthening Canada's predatory partnership with Washington.

GetUp! (2018-10-29). Australian politicians are starting to sound alarmingly like Trump. indybay.org Australian politicians are starting to sound alarmingly like Trump. From the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton trying to scare Melbournians from going out to dinner [1,2], to politicians thundering in Federal Parliament about a 'final solution' and an end to non-white immigration [3], and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs eagerly voting for a Neo-Nazi slogan [4]. We know that politics like this sees a spike in racist abuse towards our communities [5]. But we are standing up.

Tom Luongo (2018-10-29). Warmonger Bolton Lacks Stones More Than Olives. iranian.com The biggest warmongers are generally the biggest cowards. They hide behind rhetoric and other people's blood, sweat and toil to advance their personal agenda. John Bolton's arrival in Moscow with, as he said, "no olive branches" in hand, should come as zero surprise because Bolton is nothing if not a coward. Warmongers like Bolton bomb, […]

RFE (2018-10-29). Beat U.S. Sanctions: Iran Starts Oil Sales To Private Exporters. iranian.com Iran began selling crude oil to private companies for export on Sunday, part of a strategy to counter U.S. sanctions which come into effect on Nov. 4 and aim to stop the country's key crude exports, the oil ministry's news website SHANA reported. Crude oil trade is state-controlled in Iran. Earlier, private refining companies could […]

Populist (2018-10-29). Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat Of Ohio. indybay.org Senator Sherrod Brown votes over 90% of the time with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He is running against Jim Renacci, Republican congressman.

Andrea Shalal (2018-10-29). Calls For Saudi Arms Embargo Pit EU Values Against Interests. iranian.com Among others trying to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Spain is trying to go ahead with the sale of 400 bombs in order to protect a Saudi contract with a shipyard in the Andalusia region that would create 5,000 jobs Pressure is growing for the European Union to consider an arms embargo on Saudi […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-29). Winter Is Coming, and Fuel Costs Will Hit the Poor the Hardest. truthout.org This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. | Winter is coming, and it's going to be colder for some than others. | "Starting junior year," recalls Alexis Stewart, a West Virginia-based writer and musician, "my mom said we couldn't afford heat and I had to 'suck it up.' I don't know if we didn't qualify for [the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program] those years or if the funding ran out before they got to us. I bought a space heater with money from my part time job, but because of the poor insulation, I'd still wake up to a stiff froze…

Irandokht Paigah (2018-10-29). Congressional Candidate Mike Levin (CA-49) Has A Message For The Iranian American Community. iranian.com I don't know about you but I've decided that the only way to identify who to vote for in November is to do the research. What party they are from is less important than how they stand on the issues. Maybe it's the skeptic in me but personally I don't trust ads or association recommendations. […]

RT (2018-10-29). 'This is an invasion, our military is waiting for you,' Trump warns 'migrant caravan'. rt.com As a thousands-strong 'caravan' of Central American migrants makes its way to the US border, President Trump warned the migrants to turn back, and promised them "our military is waiting for you" at the border. |

Zero Hedge (2018-10-29). Germany And France Just Broke The US Boycott Of Syria. iranian.com There weren't exactly any breakthroughs at the four-way summit involving France, Germany, Russia, and host Turkey in Istanbul on Saturday, but the event itself was a significant victory for one side in terms of optics. Says Syria expert Joshua Landis: "The real importance of France and Germany going to Turkey to meet Putin and Erdogan is that they are […]

TeleSur (2018-10-29). Muslim-American Community Raises Money For Pittsburgh Victims. iranian.com The campaign, hosted by Muslim crowdfunding site LaunchGood, aimed to help the victims, "whether it is the injured victims or the Jewish families who have lost loved ones". The Muslim-American community had raised tens of thousands of dollars in a crowdfunding effort to help Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims which left at least 11 dead and […]

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2018-10-29). STOP the War in Yemen Protest. indybay.org UN Plaza, SF nearest to 50 Hyde St, SF…

Ady Barkan (2018-10-29). What Journalism Gave Me: Reflections of Ady Barkan. theintercept.com Late one winter evening during my sophomore year of college, facing a midnight deadline to turn in a draft of my biweekly opinion column and with no clue what I was going to write about, I left my dorm room and wandered down Broadway in search of inspiration. I returned to my room a couple hours later, having had three of those intense, revelatory conversations that only college sophomores can have: with a homeless man wearing a Howard Dean T-shirt, a sex worker enjoying a late-night meal at the counter of Tom's Restaurant, and an evangelical security guard working the overnight shift. | Being a student journalis…

Middle East Eye (2018-10-29). How Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Could Reshape the Middle East Order. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The shifting power balance in the Middle East over the last 15 years recalls the European experience in the 16th and 17th centuries, between the 1517 Protestant Reformation and the 1648 Peace of Westphalia. What took more than a century in Europe is happening in just a fraction of that time in the Middle East. …

David Sheen (2018-10-29). Israel Crushes Resistance At Home And Abroad. iranian.com The Jewish-Israeli left is in tatters. They make up just a tiny fraction of the Jewish population of the country, and their numbers have been steadily shrinking since the start of the millennium. No alliance of progressive parties can hold a candle to Israel's hawkish governing coalitions. No liberal newspaper can pull the public away […]

Tyler Durden (2018-10-29). China's President Orders Military to "Prepare For War" theantimedia.com (ZHE) — China's President Xi Jinping ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to "assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities so it can handle any emergency" as tensions continue to mount over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan, while diplomatic relations between Washington and …

wsws (2018-10-29). Two short films: The Overcoat, based on the Nikolai Gogol story, and Detainment, about the Jamie Bulger murder case. wsws.org The Overcoat, directed by Patrick Myles, is based on the famed 1842 short story by Russian author Nikolai Gogol. Detainment treats the aftermath of the killing of a toddler on Merseyside, England in 1993.

Peter Ford (2018-10-28). Peter Ford Responds to the UK FCO-Media Lynch Mob on Syria. globalresearch.ca Former UK Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, slams the Times and UK FCO lynch mob, comprehensively: [Foreign & Commonwealth Office FCO] | "A 'cabal' is at work to deceive the British people about Syria. So says The Times. But the …

Middle East Eye (2018-10-28). "I Don't Feel Safe": Prominent Saudi Activist Quits Twitter Live on Stage. theantimedia.com (MEE) — A prominent Saudi activist, who helped found the campaign for women to be allowed to drive in the kingdom, has quit Twitter in response to the increased use of Riyadh-sponsored bots and trolls on social media. Manal al-Sharif, 39, deleted her Twitter account live on stage at the SignularityU Nordic Summit, Stockholm on Friday, cutting her off …

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-10-28). The #MeToo Movement's Roots in Women Workers' Rights. truthout.org Whenever new protest movements emerge, people look to history for lessons from activists and thinkers who came before. We all stand on the shoulders of those who struggled, sacrificed, and organized to push for a more humane society. | #MeToo is one such movement. It has not only raised awareness about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault—particularly of women—but is also an example of what happens when those who are relegated to a second-class citizenship status come together to speak out. | History is filled with courageous and heroic women who launched crusades for women's liberation…

The Iranian (2018-10-28). US Foreign Policy Mindset In A Nutshell: Ann Coulter Says Trump Should Order US Military To Invade Mexico. iranian.com US Foreign Policy Mindset In A Nutshell: Ann Coulter Says Trump Should Order US Military To Invade Mexico "We didn't ask for Iraq's approval to go in," the controversial conservative pundit told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. What will political commentator/author/proud racist Ann Coulter suggest next, the Israeli approach of snipers killing weaponless men, women […] | The post

Cathy Scott-Clark (2018-10-28). "Still in Solitary Over Here in Baghdad": a Forgotten American's 14-Year Nightmare in Iraq. theintercept.com Shawki Omar's story began as an embodiment of the American Dream. Today, it shows how the so-called war on terror has turned sadistic and extralegal.

SouthFront (2018-10-28). Iran Threatens To Shoot Down US Military Helicopters In Persian Gulf. iranian.com Iran has threatened to shoot down US military helicopters in the Persian Gulf. The incident took place on October 26 when Iranian fast boats were harassing the US Navy's USS Essex assault ship and at least one other from the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, NBC News reported. According to NBC News, six fast inshore attack craft (FIACs) were […]

RT (2018-10-28). Travel warning for US? Social media debate after 72 hrs of hate-filled violence. rt.com US would issue travel alerts if same kind of violence was happening in other countries, a Washington Post editor wrote in a tweet after Pittsburg shooting. The post went viral resonating with people within and outside the country.

Helmut K. Anheier (2018-10-28). The Decline Of The West, Again. iranian.com In the last century, not a decade has gone by without some proclamation of the West's demise. But one thing sets today's warnings apart: in the economically successful countries of Asia, the world now has a clear alternative to Western-style liberal democracy. These are challenging and unsettling times for the West. The combination of resurgent […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-28). Saudi Arabia Says It Is Beacon Of "Light" Against Iran Despite Khashoggi Crisis. iranian.com Saudi Arabia and key ally Bahrain said on Saturday that Gulf states are playing a critical role in maintaining stability in the Middle East by combating Iran's "vision of darkness", as Riyadh faces its worst political crisis in decades, reports Reuters. Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against growing Iranian influence in […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-28). US To Reveal 'Deal Of The Century' To Israel Next Week. iranian.com Israeli public radio said on Friday that the US administration would reveal the details of its "Deal of the Century" to Israel next week. US President Donald Trump's envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, is scheduled to travel to the region to meet with Israeli officials and reveal the details of the US plan, Quds […]

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-10-28). New Green Strategy: Change the Electorate, Not the Election. truthout.org How little do elected officials care about climate change? Look no further than a recent US Senate hearing about the biggest threats facing the country, where lawmakers asked a single question about global warming during the entire three-hour event. | Sadly, this hearing occurred just days after the world's leading scientific body on climate change warned that the world has a mere dozen years to avoid catastrophic impacts. | Despite the urgenc…

Maan News (2018-10-28). Israel Launches Over 80 Airstrikes Across Gaza (Videos). iranian.com Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes targeting more than 80 sites across the besieged Gaza Strip, on Saturday, as a form of response to 30 rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel, according to the Israeli army. A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli warplanes carried out continuous airstrikes over Gaza since the predawn hours until Saturday morning. […]

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-10-28). On Antisemitism, Critical Thinking, And Conspiracy Theories. iranian.com Today a gunman attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while shouting the words "All Jews must die". The suspect, Robert Bowers, reportedly had a history of making antisemitic posts on social media, and was taken into custody alive with multiple gunshot wounds. As of this writing, eleven people were killed in the attack. I don't have anything interesting or […]

Ben Norton (2018-10-27). Saudi Arabia Kills Civilians in Yemen with Another US-Made Raytheon Bomb. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia attacked Yemenis in Hodeida with a laser-guided bomb made by US military contractor Raytheon, as a civilian is killed every three hours on average.

Brian Cloughley (2018-10-27). Trident Juncture: The Anti-Russia Cold War Heats Up in the Arctic. mintpressnews.com The US-NATO military alliance is preparing for war in the Arctic, and is deliberately provoking Russia by conducting massive hi-tech maneuvers ever-closer to its borders. But the Pentagon and its sub-office in Brussels had better be very careful.

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.

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-27). Saudi Arabia Says It Is Beacon of "Light" Against Iran Despite Khashoggi Crisis. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Saudi Arabia and key ally Bahrain said on Saturday that Gulf states are playing a critical role in maintaining stability in the Middle East by combating Iran's "vision of darkness", as Riyadh faces its worst political crisis in decades, reports Reuters. Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against growing Iranian influence in …

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.

RT (2018-10-27). 'Cowardice': The Simpsons creators criticized after Apu is axed over stereotyping claims. rt.com The creators of the hit cartoon 'The Simpsons' have reportedly cut Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from any future episodes following claims that the long-running character depicts Indian and Asian stereotypes.

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…

The Conversation (2018-10-27). How the Media Encourages Political Warfare. theantimedia.com (CONVERSATION Opinion) — Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has been waging war against the American press by dismissing unfavorable reports as "fake news" and calling the media "the enemy of the American people." As a countermeasure, The Washington Post has publicly fact-checked every claim Trump has labeled as fake. In August, The Boston Globe coordinated editorials from newspapers across the nation to …

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…

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). 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'

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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 →

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 […]

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

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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

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…

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

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.

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

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.

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"

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…

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.

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…

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 →

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