2018-10-30: News Headlines

Uhuru News (2018-10-30). Black Leaders Organize March on the White House to Demand End to U.S. War on Africa. globalresearch.ca The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice Peace and Reparations has issued a call for black people to descend on Washington D.C. this weekend for a 2-day mobilization demanding an end to U.S. military and economic aggression in Africa …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-30). Fascism Triumphs in Brazilian Presidential Election. globalresearch.ca In Sunday's runoff presidential election, hardline Social Liberal Party (PSL) candidate Jair Bolsonaro defeated Workers Party (PT) aspirant Fernando Haddad with 55% of the vote. | He'll succeed US-installed Michel Temer, serving as interim president after the Obama regime's orchestrated coup …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-30). With New "Smart" Missile, Yemen Hopes to Level Playing Field in Saudi War. mintpressnews.com Owing to near-daily attacks on Yemen's civilian population, officials and citizens alike consider the domestic missile program a vital component of national defense against the well-equipped Saudi coalition, which enjoys virtually unfettered access to advanced U.S. and British arms.

Staff (2018-10-30). Is America Barreling Toward World War III? truthdig.com When it comes to relations between Donald Trump's America, Vladimir Putin's Russia, and Xi Jinping's China, observers everywhere are starting to talk about a return to an all-too-familiar past. "Now we have a new Cold War," commented Russia expert Peter Felgenhauer in Moscow after President Trump recently announced plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The Trump administration is "launching a new Cold War," kathy_f (2018-10-30). Free speech is only for the far-right. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly hosted a free speech forum in Melbourne on October 25, featuring Jeff Sparrow, journalist and author of a new book Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right, and Sally Goldner, media liaison for Transgender Victoria. | Sparrow discussed the evolution of "political correctness" and the appropriation of the term by the far-right to stifle expressions of concern about issues minorities and the oppressed face. The term is often bandied about but many who use it in such a way cannot actually define what they mean by political correctness. | He went on to speak of old-school co…

Robert Fisk (2018-10-30). Did the Saudis Bury Jamal Khashoggi's Body Facing Mecca? zcomm.org Khashoggi knew all about power and danger. Almost a quarter of a century ago, he turned up at my hotel in Khartoum and drove me into the Sudanese desert to meet Osama bin Laden…

Philip Giraldi (2018-10-30). Two Stories From the Propaganda War. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Kenneth Surin (2018-10-30). Saudi Killing in an Age of Manufactured Outrage. counterpunch.org The murderous dismemberment of the US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has prompted– after an initial phase of "let's not presume the Saudi bone-saw killers guilty until proven innocent"— subsequent about-face responses from Donald Trump and Theresa May. These responses, like those of the Saudis, are of course attuned in their entirety to the media. More

Jeff Shantz (2018-10-30). "Class War Conservatism" and Resistance to the Doug Ford Tories in Ontario. globalresearch.ca The Fordist Conservative government in Ontario presents a pressing challenge to politics as usual and raises the stakes for working class resistance. Almost immediately upon taking office Doug Ford and his Tory regime have gone on an offensive targeting diverse …

Telesur (2018-10-30). UK Was Aware of Saudi Plot Against Khashoggi Weeks in Advance: Report. globalresearch.ca The murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia's use of chemical weapons in Yemen when he was killed, as reported by the Sunday Express, a source close to him told the media outlet Friday. | This …

Jacob Sugarman (2018-10-30). Jair Bolsonaro's Victory in Brazil Carries a Grave Warning for the West. truthdig.com Liberals have chosen neofascism over mild social democracy. They simply can't be trusted, writes Alex Hocchuli in The Baffler.

Charles Pierson (2018-10-30). Will the War Powers Resolution Rise from the Grave? counterpunch.org Just in time for Hallowe'en, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced on October 15 that he would attempt to resurrect the corpse of the War Powers Resolution. Sanders, along with Senator Mike Lee (R-Ut.) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), had introduced Senate Joint Resolution 54 on February 28 in an attempt to end US involvement in More

Douglas Lummis (2018-10-30). On a Firm Foundation of Mayonnaise: Human and Natural Threats to the Construction of a New Base at Henoko. counterpunch.org The reasons for abandoning construction of the new US Marine Corps Air Facility, being built for the Marines by the Japanese Defense Ministry at Henoko in northern Okinawa, are many. It tramples on the Okinawan people's anti-war sensibilities; it places an unequal burden on Okinawa compared to mainland Japan and is therefore discriminatory; it will More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-10-30). The Arms Behind the Invictus Games. counterpunch.org The origins of the Invictus Games ("For our Wounded Warriors," goes the slogan) lies in war. Wars that crippled and caused depression and despair. The games became a project of grand distraction and worth, a form of emotional bread for servicemen and women. Do not let wounds, mental or physical, deter you. Move to the More

INA (2018-10-30). Israeli Nation-State Law is 'Apartheid,' Says Democratic Congresswoman. imemc.org Coverage by Forward of US Representative Betty McCollum's groundbreaking speech at USCPR's 2018 national conference, Together We Rise: A US Democratic Party congresswoman described Israel's nation-state law as "apartheid" at a Palestinian rights event, Mondoweiss reported. Accepting a leadership award at the U.

Mat Ward (2018-10-30). 10 new albums that pack a political punch. greenleft.org.au Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (There are actually far more than 10 – count them). What albums would you suggest? Comment on Twitter, Facebook, or email. | | 1. ADAM BLOTNER – STEP TO THE LEFT: COUNTRY…

AlexBainbridge (2018-10-30). The 'Purple Army' rallies because #WagesMatter. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of public servants rallied outside state parliament on October 30 as part of a week long industrial campaign. The rally was organised by the Together Union (a branch of the Australian Services Union) also known as the "Purple Army". | The workers are facing enterprise bargaining negotiations in which the employer (the state government) is refusing to offer any pay rise at all. The government argues that since the workers have had a wage increase due to an award increase that they don't need to offer any increase in the enterprise agreement which will last for the next three years. | However, other p…

Tim Daiss (2018-10-30). Iran's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True. iranian.com In what must seem like a nightmare scenario for Iran, not only is another U.S. president leveling sanctions against its economy, and particularly that economy's lifeblood, its oil sector, but the current U.S. president has admittedly made it his mission to drive Tehran to its knees over what he sees as non-compliance over the 2015 […]

Tyler Durden (2018-10-30). Israel Quietly Sold $250m Worth of Advanced Spy Equipment to Saudi Arabia: Report. theantimedia.com (ZHE) — A new bombshell report in the Jerusalem Post confirms that Israel and Saudi Arabia's somewhat "quiet" but growing security relationship is far more extensive than previously thought, as it now includes a $250 million weapons deal. This is unprecedented as the two nations still don't even have official diplomatic relations, as the kingdom has yet to officially recognize …

Oil Price (2018-10-30). EU Members Reluctant To Host Mechanism For Iran Trade. iranian.com Although the European Union (EU) has vowed to create a special purpose vehicle to continue trade with Iran after the U.S. sanctions on Tehran's oil return next week, the bloc is struggling with the set-up of such vehicle because no EU member is willing to host it for fear of angering the United States, the Financial […]

Earl Scholing (2018-10-30). Germany proclaimed withdrawal from Syria. Is that the end of the Coalition? indybay.org According to Reuters, Germany has proclaimed its intentions to stop the German Air Forces' fight over Syria in the nearest future, and that its air grouping will completely have been withdrawn from the Middle East by November, 2019. The Federal Ministry of Defence hasn't given any official comments yet.

wsws (2018-10-30). State elections in Hesse mark further defeat for Germany's grand coalition. wsws.org The election result is an expression of the growing hostility towards the grand coalition and its right-wing policies of militarism, state repression and social austerity.

wsws (2018-10-30). Chinese president tells military to prepare for war. wsws.org Xi Jinping's speech was a response to the Trump administration's aggressive actions in intensifying trade war and overtly readying for military conflict with both China and Russia.

ASC (2018-10-30). Songs of Peace, Love and Justice. indybay.org United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz | 250 California St, Santa Cruz…

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-30). 10 Embarrassing Questions for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked ten questions to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, all of them related to the human rights situation in the Kingdom and Riyadh's violations against neighbouring countries. This came in a statement issued by the organisation demanding Bin Salman provide answers to questions related to the war in Yemen, …

Populist (2018-10-30). 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.

wsws (2018-10-30). Julian Assange warns that Ecuador is moving to end his political asylum. wsws.org The WikiLeaks founder told an Ecuadorian court hearing that President Moreno had already decided to terminate his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.

Mahan Abedin (2018-10-30). Why Oman's Embrace Of Israel Is Bad News For The Middle East. iranian.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's surprise visit to Oman last Friday has predictably elicited widespread favourable coverage on the Israeli media. Notwithstanding this fanfare, there is no denying that the visit marks a significant diplomatic victory for Israel as it further erodes the Jewish state's isolation in the Middle East. More importantly, the visit calls into question Oman's […]

Marco Carnelos (2018-10-30). How Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Could Reshape The Middle East Order. iranian.com 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. […]

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-30). Trump Administration Ramps Up Threats Against Iran. truthout.org The alleged torture, murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, widely believed to have been carried out on orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, may put a crimp in Donald Trump's plans to escalate his aggression against Iran. | Saudi Arabia, the United States and Israel are unified in their hatred of Iran, albeit with different motives. Iran has been in the crosshairs of the United States since the 1979 Iranian Revolution overthrew the vicious, US-installed puppet Mohammad…

William Astore (2018-10-30). Why American Leaders Persist In Waging Losing Wars. iranian.com As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia. Meanwhile, the Trump administration threatens yet more war, this time with Iran. (And given these last years, just how do you imagine that's likely to turn out?) Honestly, […]

GetUp! (2018-10-30). 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.

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2018-10-30). STOP the War in Yemen Protest. indybay.org UN Plaza, SF nearest to 50 Hyde St, SF…

RFE (2018-10-30). South Korea Asks U.S. For "Maximum Flexibility" On Iran Sanctions Waiver. iranian.com South Korea has asked the United States for "maximum flexibility" on its request for a waiver to prevent South Korean companies from being affected by renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran, the foreign ministry said. The sanctions against Iranian crude oil exports are set to take effect on Nov. 5 as part of President Donald Trump's […]

May Jeong (2018-10-30). The U.S. Lost a Key Ally in Southern Afghanistan. But Abdul Raziq Was No Hero. theintercept.com One afternoon earlier this month, Kandahar police Chief Abdul Raziq was wrapping up a visit with the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Scott Miller, when a man wearing the uniform of an Afghan security guard opened fire. The first bullet hit Raziq, killing him instantly. The attack also killed three other high-level Afghan officials and wounded three Americans, including a brigadier general. The assassinations came two days before Afghanistan's parliamentary ele…

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 …

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

Aaron Maté (2018-10-29). With Just Days to the Midterms, Russiagate Is MIA. thenation.com With Just Days to the Midterms, Russiagate Is MIA…

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…

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…

Staff (2018-10-29). 5,200 U.S. Troops Being Sent to the Border. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A week out from the midterm elections, the Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops, some armed, to the Southwest border this week in an extraordinary military operation to stop Central American migrants traveling north in two caravans that were still hundreds of miles from the U.S. The number of troops is more than double the 2,000 who are in Syria fighting the Islamic State group. | President Donald Trump, eager to focus voters on immigration in the lead-up to the elections, stepped up his warnings about the caravans, tweeting: "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is wa…

Fight Back (2018-10-29). Puerto Rico Tribunal puts U.S. on trial. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 150 people gathered at the Holyrood Church in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City on October 27 for the International Peoples Tribunal on U.S. Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico. | Fifteen leaders from various movements, such as national liberation, student and anti-war organizations, sat on the jury. This included Pam Africa of MOVE; Chrisley Carpio, a national leader of Students for a Democratic Society; Deirdre Griswold of Workers World Party; and Bernadette Ellorin of BAYAN USA. | The jurors heard testimony from an array of speakers and witnesses to the U.S. crimes against Pue…

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 …

Mike Shedlock (2018-10-29). Brutally Honest: Facebook Removes Images Of Starving Children from Yemen. mintpressnews.com For a few hours after The New York Times published an article about conflict and hunger in Yemen, Facebook temporarily removed posts from readers who had tried to share the report on the social platform. | At issue was a photograph of a starving child. | The article included several images of emaciated children. Some were crying. Some were listless. One, a 7-year-old girl named Amal, was shown gazing to the…

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 …

stuart_m (2018-10-29). Brazil's left promises unity against Bolsonario. greenleft.org.au Following the election of ultra-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president on October 28, left MPs and party leaders in Brazil have warned about the dangers that a reformed military government could bring to the country. | Guilherme Boulos of the Solidarity and Freedom Part (PSOL), Gleisi Hoffman of the Workers' Party (PT), Luciana Santos from the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) and PT federal deputy Paulo Pimenta, said that the situation demands immediate resistance and democratic protests are already planned against the ultra-right offensive. Without exception, they highlighted the threat to democratic rule…

Miko Peled (2018-10-29). What It Means to be Israeli: Reflections on Identity From an Israeli Peace Activist. mintpressnews.com Israeli peace activist Miko Peled reflects on what it means to be Israeli and the country's often tenuous relationship with faith, land and history.

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

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.

aclu (2018-10-29). U.S. Citizen, Detained Without Charge by Trump Administration for a Year, Is Finally Free. aclu.org The Trump administration tried everything it could to deprive an American citizen of his constitutional rights. It failed. | An American illegally detained in Iraq by the U.S. military for more than a year has finally won his freedom. | On Sunday, after a long court battle, the Trump administration let our client go. Under a settlement agreement, he was released in a third country, where he will once again be a free man. Parts of the agreement are confidential, and he is officially remaining unidentified for his safety and privacy. | From the moment the American was imprisoned, his own government tried to deny hi…

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

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 …

John Bachar (2018-10-29). A Glimpse Into the U.S. Warfare State Abyss. truthdig.com Perpetual War | In the 242-year existence of the U.S. (1776—2018), the nation has been involved in 79 wars. | If we define a "war year" as one during which the U.S. was involved in war part or all of the year, and if we define a "peace year" as one during which the U.S. was not involved in war, then the record shows there were 224 war years (92.5 percent) and only 18 peace years (7.5 percent). | There have been 45 presidents. If we define a "war president" as one whose entire term included at least one war year, and if w…

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

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 →

Mark Anthony Rolo (2018-10-29). Trump Plays Pocahontas Card Again. . . And Takes the Trick! progressive.org When I hear people like the Cherokee Nation's Hoskins Jr. bashing Warren for her claim, it occurs to me that Trump's racism has found a footing in tribal politics.

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

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 …

RT (2018-10-29). NYT's Thomas Friedman reminded about his fancy mansion after sobbing about carbon footprints. rt.com America isn't doing enough to reduce its carbon footprint, NYT columnist Thomas Friedman has warned, apparently forgetting that he lives in an 11,400-square foot palace. The internet quickly reminded him of this slight oversight.

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Andrew Levine (2018-10-29). After The Khashoggi Murder, It is Up To Israel To Repair The Crack In The Axis of Evil. iranian.com On the domestic scene, there is Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell and many others of a similar caliber, but among world leaders could there by anyone more loathsome than Donald Trump? Because he has so many serious competitors, each of whom is loathsome in different ways, the question is impossible to answer. But Trump is […]

RT (2018-10-29). Trust each other or die? US political divide might be bad for your health. rt.com Calling the United States a divided nation is not a radical notion. But aside from fuelling endless hours of cable TV and social media debate, America's culture wars might actually be shortening people's lives. |

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 …

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, […]

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 …

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 […]

The Iranian (2018-10-29). Zarif Offers Thoughts And Prayers For Synagogue Victims. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday joined international condemnation of the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend that left 11 worshipers dead. "Extremism and terrorism know no race or religion and must be condemned in all cases," Zarif wrote on Twitter. "The world deserves better than to have to live with […]

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 […]

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. …

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 …

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…

RT (2018-10-29). HOLIDAY HORROR as couple finds 'working' secret camera pointed at their bed on Carnival Cruise ship. rt.com A US couple's cruise of a lifetime soon turned into a Caribbean nightmare after they found a hidden camera in their room pointing towards the bed. They discovered the recording device concealed among wires near the room's TV.

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 …

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 […]

Tyler Durden (2018-10-29). "Our Military Is Waiting for You": Trump Warns Caravan as 5,000 Troops Sent to Mexico Border. theantimedia.com (ZHE Op-ed) — The US military will deploy 5,000 troops to the southern border — up from initial estimates of 800, according to the Wall street Journal, citing US officials. The troops will be sent to Texas, Arizona and California as Central American migrant caravan makes its way north through Mexico. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters Sunday that the military has …

RT (2018-10-29). Why did Khashoggi murder get 24/7 coverage by corporate media? He was part of DC elite! — Lee Camp. rt.com Seeing US corporate media doing the right thing and covering journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder by Saudis 24/7 was like catching a shark reading a book, Lee Camp said on the latest 'Redacted Tonight' episode.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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 →

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

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