2018-10-31: News Headlines

Tony Cartalucci (2018-10-31). Does US Withdrawal From Another Nuclear Treaty Really Benefit Russia? globalresearch.ca No. Obviously Russia does not benefit from the scrapping of yet another treaty designed to prevent a nuclear exchange amid a war with the United States. | Yet, as an attempt to frame blatant US provocations as somehow "Russia's fault," a …

Katarzyna Szczypska (2018-10-31). A Polish Warning for an America on the Brink. counterpunch.org There are Trump hotels, Trump buildings, Trump golf courses, and—for better or worse—a Trump Presidency. What's next: "Fort Trump"? Yes, it's possible according to the entreaties of the current Polish President, Andrzej Duda, who recently paid a visit to the White House and for whom President Donald Trump brought out the red carpet. In a More

Randi Nord (2018-10-31). Saudi Arabia Secretly Purchased $250M Spy Package from Israel to Track Foreign Journalists and Activists. mintpressnews.com Jamal Khashoggi's death serves as a dark example of the Kingdom's growing global espionage apparatus and the actions it's willing to take against foreign nationals.

Soheil Asefi (2018-10-31). The Formation of Workers' Councils in the Abode of the Islamic Republic's Chicago Boys and the Striving of Democracy Promoter Vultures in Iran. counterpunch.org "Our alternative is clear, the only way out of this crisis rests in the hands of the working class; the formation of independent workers' councils". The voice of Esmail Bakhshi, a representative of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Complex's workers, was lost amidst the specific imperial projects on the table of the "Iran Action Group" and More

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-31). Russia's Reshaping Syria's "Deep State" in Its Own Image. globalresearch.ca The recently promulgated pact between Russia and Syria to have the former's Defense Ministry train the Arab Republic's children in cadet schools for free is a sign that Moscow intends to reshape Syria's permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep …

IMEMC News (2018-10-31). Erekat: "Trump And Netanyahu Continue To Act On Destroying Peace" imemc.org The Secretary of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that U.S.

Fight Back (2018-10-31). FRSO leader condemns Trump's plan for executive order against birthright citizenship. fightbacknews.org San Jose, CA — "Coast to coast – the Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns President Trump's plan to issue an executive order against birthright citizenship," said Masao Suzuki, chair of the FRSO Joint Nationalities Commission. Suzuki said that proposed executive order would be the most infamous presidential order since President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent in concentrations camps during World War II. | Suzuki pointed out that fight for citizenship rights date back to Dred Scott, whose fight for freedom ended in 1…

Staff (2018-10-31). Authorities Probing Immigrant Saudi Sisters' Mystery Deaths. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Police are investigating the mysterious deaths of two sisters from Saudi Arabia whose bodies, bound together with tape, washed up on New York City's waterfront last week. | The sisters, Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were discovered Oct. 24 on a bank of the Hudson River, about 225 miles from Fairfax, Virginia, where they lived and were reported missing in August. | As of Tuesday, investigators still had not determined how they died. The sisters' bodies were taped together and facing each other, but had no obvious signs of trauma, police said. They were both fully clothed. | Their mother to…

Elizabeth Whitman (2018-10-31). A New York Community Fights to Keep a Psychiatric Ward in Its Own Backyard. thenation.com A New York Community Fights to Keep a Psychiatric Ward in Its Own Backyard…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-10-31). Video: The Stone Guest at the Table with Italy and Russia. globalresearch.ca "I consider it very important for us to meet a strategic partner like the Federation of Russia, and also necessary, in order to work out solutions to the main regional crises" — such was the statement by Prime Minister Giuseppe …

Andy Rowell (2018-10-31). Scientists Warn That Canadian Glacial Melting Is "Outside the Scope of Normal" globalresearch.ca Canadian scientists are becoming progressively alarmed at the increasing rate of melting of the country's glaciers, warning that climate change is having a severe impact on the region. | Anyone concerned about climate change and sea level rise often thinks about …

Dean Baker (2018-10-31). Diverting Class War Into Generational War, Again. counterpunch.org The wages of a typical worker have barely risen in four decades, many recent college grads are facing unbearable student loan burdens, housing costs are hugely outpacing inflation in many cities, making life especially hard for low- and moderate-income households. Naturally, the problem is the Social Security and Medicare received by baby boomers. That's what More

Michael T. Klare (2018-10-31). The New Global Tinderbox. zcomm.org 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…

Marjorie Cohn (2018-10-31). Trump Administration Ramps Up Threats Against Iran. zcomm.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 Read more…

Edward Curtin (2018-10-31). Spooks and the Masked Media. globalresearch.ca "Back of the world in which we live, far in the background, lies another world. The relation between the two is not unlike the relation we sometimes see in the theater between the forestage scene in the regular acting area …

Mark Weisbrot (2018-10-31). Congress Should End US Military Backing for the Saudis' War in Yemen. counterpunch.org Each day since October 2, new evidence has emerged that the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a resident of Virginia, was a premeditated murder. At the same time, it is also increasingly clear that the murder was approved at the highest levels of the Saudi Arabian government, most likely including the current ruler, More

Michael T. Klare (2018-10-31). The New Global Tinderbox. A Far More Complex Global Conflict Map than the Cold War. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2018-10-31). Chileans Reject Gov't Pension Reforms, Demand Public System. telesurenglish.net They demand a replacement of the current privately-managed system known as AFPs and warned of new mobilizations.

South Front (2018-10-31). Video: Media Reports About Mysterious Israeli Airstrikes Go Wild. globalresearch.ca The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have continued attacks on targets in Syria even after the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane on September 17, Reuters reported on October 29 citing "a senior Israeli official". | "The IDF have attacked in …

TEV (2018-10-31). Venezuelan Vice President Cements Economic Ties During Asian Tour. venezuelanalysis.com Rodriguez met with Chinese and Russian economic specialists during the final day of a regional Asiatic tour.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-31). Headlines for October 31, 2018. democracynow.org Pittsburgh: 1000s March as Trump Visits Site of Anti-Semitic Mass Shooting, Trump Birthright Citizenship Plan Blasted as "Unconstitutional", GOP Campaigning Head Calls Out Rep. King's White Supremacist Links, Kansas Men Convicted of Anti-Muslim Terror Plot Influenced by Trump, Pastors Protest Sessions's Religious Freedom Talk, Brazil: Bolsonaro Attacks Newspaper over Reports of Misinformation Campaign, WWF: Humans Have Destroyed 60 Percent of Wildlife in Last 50 Years, Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Expands Assault on Port City of Hodeidah, Sri Lankans Protest Ouster of Prime Minister, Okinawa Governor Calls U.S. Bas…

Asa Winstanley (2018-10-31). How Google Wipes Palestine Off the Map. globalresearch.ca Like the other Silicon Valley monopolies, Google habitually takes the side of Israeli occupation and war crimes in Palestine – the very term Palestine is not used by their highly influential maps app. | A new report by a Palestinian

Jonah Raskin (2018-10-31). America's Holy Places in the Age of Trump: Greta Ronningen's Prison Pilgrimage. counterpunch.org Can churches and organized religions counter the noxious force of Trump's America, a country pushed toward fascism by Evangelicals, racists and anti-Semites? The answer is "Yes," though religious men and women on the Left usually don't make it into mainstream media. Greta Ronningen is one of them, and she is not alone. For much of More

Zero Hedge (2018-10-31). Denmark Accuses Iran Of Assassination Attempt On Its Territory. iranian.com Trump's push for crippling sanctions against Iran got an unexpected supporter on Tuesday, when Denmark accused Iranian intelligence services of trying to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its territory. A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background was arrested in Sweden on Oct. 21 in connection with the plot and […]

GetUp! (2018-10-31). 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.

Asa Winstanley (2018-10-31). Google Wipes Palestinian Life Off The Map. iranian.com Google's dedication to Israel's occupation can be seen in its maps and its refusal to recognise the reality of Israel's apartheid system for Palestinians Like the other Silicon Valley monopolies, Google habitually takes the side of Israeli occupation and war crimes in Palestine — the very term Palestine is not used by their highly […]

Populist (2018-10-31). 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.

John Whitehead (2018-10-31). America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown. theantimedia.com (RI Op-ed) — Yet another shooting. Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence. Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more …

RT (2018-10-31). Top US officials tell Yemen's Houthis to stop fighting, but why trust hawks-turned-peacemakers? rt.com Two senior US officials have publicly called for a ceasefire in Yemen. But apparently US allies are not expected to be the first to stop the violence, even if Washington has the clout to make them.

VOA News (2018-10-31). Mattis Calls For Yemen Ceasefire, Peace Talks Within 'Next 30 Days'. iranian.com U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Tuesday for a ceasefire in Yemen and for parties to come to the negotiating table within the next 30 days. The Pentagon chief said the U.S. had been watching the conflict "for long enough" and said he believes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are in […]

RT (2018-10-31). 'Khashoggi Way': Activists want to rename street at Saudi embassy in D.C. after murdered journalist. rt.com Activists and friends of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are calling on officials in Washington D.C. to rename the street in front of the Saudi embassy 'Jamal Khashoggi Way'.

wsws (2018-10-31). Thousands protest Trump's visit to Pittsburgh synagogue following mass shooting. wsws.org The popular rejection of Trump's far-right policies highlights the cowardice and complicity of the Democratic Party, which offers no principled opposition to Trump's fascistic attacks on immigrants and democratic rights more broadly.

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-31). Denmark To Suspend Funding To BDS Groups. iranian.com Denmark has announced that it will no longer provide any funding to groups that endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, in what pro-Israel activists have called a significant step. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen announced the new policy earlier this month is a document entitled "Explanations about the conditions for Danish support for […]

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-31). Meet the Health Care Industry's Favorite Democrats. truthout.org The private health care industry is hard at work currying favor with key Democrats, especially in the House of Representatives. And with good reason: Its members are increasingly embracing single-payer health care, or Medicare for All. | This system of health care would cover all Americans using a government-financed, centralized insurance system. It would be more cost-efficient, universal and simple. But it is no…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-30). How White Supremacist Ideology & Conspiracies Have Fueled U.S. Domestic Terror & Hateful Violence. democracynow.org Domestic terror swept the country last week, when a white gunman stormed a peaceful synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 peaceful worshipers in what has been described as the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. The attack came a day after an avid Trump supporter in Florida was arrested and charged with mailing bombs to more than a dozen of the president's prominent critics, and three days after a white gunman fatally shot two African Americans at a grocery store shortly after trying and failing to enter a black church. We speak with Lois Beckett, a senior reporter for The Guardian covering gun policy, c…

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-30). Saudi Death Squad Controlled by Crown Prince. Report. globalresearch.ca Reportedly a Saudi tiger hit squad was formed in 2017 by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) to covertly assassinate regime critics internally and abroad. | Its existence is well known to US and other Western intelligence — comprised of dozens …

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

Nat Low (2018-10-30). Jackie Robinson integrates baseball 73 years ago—Daily Worker archive. peoplesworld.org It is late October 1945. World War II had ended just a month before, and millions of American G.I.s remained stationed overseas. Nazi forces had surrendered five months earlier, and the horrors of Hitler's extermination camps were still being uncovered. At home, the American public celebrated the defeat of fascism, the preservation of democracy, and …

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

AlexBainbridge (2018-10-30). The 'Purple Army' rallies because #WagesMatter. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of public servants rallied outside Queensland's state parliament on October 30 as part of a week-long industrial campaign. The rally was organised by 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. The government argues that since workers have had a wage rise due to a rise in the award, they do not need to offer any rise in the enterprise agreement. The agreement will last for the next three years. | Other public sect…

Michael T. Klare (2018-10-30). This Is Not Your Mother's Cold War. thenation.com This Is Not Your Mother's Cold War…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-30). Headlines for October 30, 2018. democracynow.org Trump to End Birthright Citizenship in Violation of Constitution, Trump Continues Attacks on Caravan, Sends 5,200 Troops to Border, Advocacy Groups Raise Alarm over Sick Kids in Central American Caravan, 220 Immigrant Children in U.S. Still Separated from Families, Pittsburgh Leaders Oppose Trump Visit, WH Denies Trump Rhetoric Responsible for Recent Extremist Violence, Fifteenth "Suspicious Package" Found in Atlanta in Mail Bomb Campaign, Fiancée of Murdered Saudi Journalist Demands Justice, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 1, Injure 25 at Separation Barrier Protest, Tunisia: Suicide Bomber Injures Nine, Air Pollution…

Consortiumnews (2018-10-30). CN Radio—Episode 4: Lee Camp on War, Prisons, the Media and His New Comedy Special. consortiumnews.com Comedian Lee Camp joins Consortium News Radio for Episode 4, discussing the state of America's wars, prisons and media, as well as his new comedy special to be released on mid-term U.S. Election Day, Nov. 6. Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe… Read more →

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…

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.

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…

Raúl Ilargi Meijer (2018-10-30). Trump Is America's National Piñata. iranian.com It's been quite a while since I first wrote that I resented the MSM (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC etc etc) for effectively monopolizing the entire discussion about Donald Trump. Don't remember exactly when I wrote that, do remember Jim Kunstler sent a mail and thanked me for saying it. Because he felt- […]

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 at least two other high-level Afghan officials and wounded three Americans, including a brigadier general. The assassinations came two days before Afghanistan's parliament…

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 …

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.

Jason Ditz (2018-10-30). Britain Knew of Secret Khashoggi Plot, Begged Saudis Not to Act: Report. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — British media are reporting that the GCHQ, the British version of the NSA, had intercepts giving them three weeks of advanced notice before the death of Jamal Khashoggi that a plot was in the offing. At the time, the plot was believed to be a kidnapping plot to force Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia. This is …

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 […]

Middle East Eye (2018-10-30). Saudi-Led Coalition Sends Over 10,000 Troops to Yemen's Hodeidah. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen has sent more than 10,000 troops towards a strategic rebel-held port city ahead of a new assault, Yemeni government officials said on Tuesday. The pro-government coalition deployed the reinforcements to the Red Sea coast ahead of a new offensive on Hodeidah that will be launched "within days", a military …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-30). White Supremacist Ideology and Conspiracies Have Fueled US Domestic Terror. truthout.org Domestic terror swept the country last week, when a white gunman stormed a peaceful synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 peaceful worshipers in what has been described as the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history. The attack came a day after an avid Trump supporter in Florida was arrested and charged with mailing bombs to more than a dozen of the president's prominent critics, and three days after a white gunman fatally shot two African Americans at a grocery store shortly after trying and failing to enter a black church. We speak with Lois Beckett, a senior reporter for The Guardian covering gun policy,…

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 […]

RT (2018-10-30). 'Violent revolution' may visit the US if Democrats don't win midterms – James Cromwell. rt.com Actor James Cromwell has warned that a violent revolution could potentially be unleashed across the United States if the Democrats don't win back control from Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections.

RFE (2018-10-30). U.S. Calls On Iran To Follow Example Of Cyrus The Great. iranian.com U.S. State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert has called on Iran to show tolerance towards religious minorities. She tweeted on October 29, which is Cyrus Day, asking the Islamic Republic to follow the example of the first Achaemenid king, who is known to have protected the religious freedom of numerous groups and nationalities in his vast […]

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. […]

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, …

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 […]

Jon Schwarz (2018-10-30). Fox News Has Done More to Incite Domestic Political Violence Than Donald Trump. theintercept.com How did we get here? Why is America a country where, in just one week, two African-American senior citizens were gunned down in Kentucky, pipe bombs arrived in the mailboxes of over a dozen prominent liberals, and 11 members of a Pittsburgh synagogue were slaughtered at a bris? | Our current reality only makes sense if we comprehend Fox News and its origin story, revealed in a startling 1970 memo from the Nixon White House. | President Donald Trump and the White House have strongly denied that he bears any responsibility for this streak of atrocities. In a sense, they're right. If there's popcorn on the stove and…

Farid Parsa (2018-10-30). It's A Woman's World: Female Travellers To Persia. Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942). iranian.com Annemarie Schwarzenbach lived life on a fast lane. At 23 she completed her doctorate in history at the University of Zurich. She was a journalist, novelist, playwright, photographer, archeologist, travel writer, and a great pianist. It's hard to say how much more she could have fitted into her short life before dying as the result […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-30). The New Global Tinderbox — It's Not Your Mother's Cold War. truthout.org 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," 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.

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 […]

Finian Cunningham (2018-10-30). America's Nuclear Death Wish — Europe Must Rebel. iranian.com The Trump administration's declared scrapping of a crucial arms control treaty is putting the world on notice of a nuclear war, sooner or later. Any such war is not winnable. It is mutually assured destruction. Yet the arrogant American rulers — some of them at least — seem to be deluded in thinking they can […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-30). How Google Wipes Palestine Off the Map. theantimedia.com (MEMO Op-ed) — Like the other Silicon Valley monopolies, Google habitually takes the side of Israeli occupation and war crimes in Palestine — the very term Palestine is not used by their highly influential maps app. A new report by a Palestinian human rights group last month exposed the depths of Google's dedication to the Israeli occupation. With a known …

RT (2018-10-30). Art theft? Iraq demands return of 3,000-yr-old Assyrian artefact up for auction in New York. rt.com A 3,000-year-old Assyrian sculpture is expected to sell for more than $10 million at a New York auction, but the forthcoming bidding war may be overshadowed by protests demanding the plundered artwork's return to its native Iraq.

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, […]

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.

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…

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

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 →

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 …

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…

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 […]

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.

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 →

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…

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). 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…

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…

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 […]

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…

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.

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…

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'

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 →

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.

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…

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"

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