2018-11-06: News Headlines

Jason Ditz (2018-11-06). Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground forces advancing closer to the city, just three miles from the port itself, according to officials. This further limits the movement of aid into and out of the vital port, which before the Saudi …

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-11-06). Iran Is Preparing for a Long Siege as the Global Squeeze Begins. globalresearch.ca Today the harshest and highest level economic and energy sanctions that can be imposed on any country are being imposed unilaterally on Iran. The US establishment will try its best to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees and Tehran …

Conn Hallinan (2018-11-06). Is Peace at Hand in Afghanistan? counterpunch.org The news that the Americans recently held face-to-face talks with the Taliban suggests that longest war in U.S. history may have reached a turning point. But the road to such a peace is long, rocky, and plagued with as many improvised explosive devices as the highway from Kandahar to Kabul. That the 17-year old war More

Eds. (2018-11-06). Geoengineering as dispossession. mronline.org The Political Economy of Land Use in an Era of Climate Urgency. | Source

F. William Engdahl (2018-11-06). Abe Meets Xi Then Modi: A New Asia 'Cooperation Sphere'? globalresearch.ca One of the more important consequences of the Trump Administration trade war against both China as well as Japan is the recent diplomatic and economic meeting between Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing. …

Martin Billheimer (2018-11-06). The Bitter Tears of Portland Stone. counterpunch.org Larry Hoover is a living statue. — Kanye West John Wayne is great because he is a statue. — Howard Hawks To the contemporary eye, the photos in Phil Stanford's terrific new Portland Confidential might look like period sets for the infamous 'crisis actors' of avant-conspiracy theory. The clothes, the edges of the frame and the More

Kenneth Surin (2018-11-06). Selfiecides: the Gladiators of the Digital Age? counterpunch.org The annual Darwin Awards are bestowed ironically, having originated in Usenet newsgroup discussions in the mid-1980s. The Awards are earmarked for individuals who contribute, supposedly, to human evolution by eliminating themselves from the human gene pool as a result of their own actions, culminating in the actor's death, or if they survive, ensuing in their More

Gary Leupp (2018-11-06). How the World Sees the Caravan. counterpunch.org Around 80% of the asylum seekers' caravan heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border come, according to BuzzFeed, from Honduras. They are fleeing intolerable conditions in their country following the U.S.-supported coup against President Manuel Zelaya that happened nine years ago. HuffPost reports that "thousands of indigenous activists, peasant leaders, trade unionists, journalists, environmentalists, judges, opposition political candidates, More

Middle East Eye (2018-11-06). Saudi Arabia Grilled Over Human Rights Record at UN Meeting in Geneva. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Saudi Arabia has insisted that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be "fair", amid a barrage of criticism at a United Nations meeting on Monday. The half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva came just over than a month after the Saudi insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi consulate …

Andrew Smith (2018-11-06). Yemen Ceasefire: The Best Thing the UK Government Can Do for Yemen Is to Stop Arming Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca The UK government has urged the UN Security Council to act over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, saying there now "appears to be a window" for a peace deal. | This follows documentation from the UN that shows Yemen is on

RT (2018-11-06). Clinton bots more talkative & influential than Trump bots around 2016 debates, study finds. rt.com While the popular narrative blames Clinton's 2016 electoral loss on (Russian) bots, they actually helped her chances, according to a new study finding pro-Clinton bots were more effective at influencing voters than pro-Trump ones.

South Front (2018-11-06). Video: Former US-backed Militants "Switch Sides" in Syria War. Now Fighting against US-led Coalition. globalresearch.ca Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000 fighters had joined the forces and have even started receiving salaries. …

James Carroll (2018-11-06). "They Will Not Forgive Us" globalresearch.ca It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last week, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet …

RT (2018-11-06). US religious leader stops just short of calling America 'the Great Satan' on Iran visit. rt.com Controversial religious leader Louis Farrakhan told Iranians that "victory will be yours," calling on them to persevere despite unprecedented sanctions from the country their leaders have called "the Great Satan."

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2018-11-06). Why Iran Needs a War Economy. counterpunch.org Faced with the relentless U.S. economic war, Iran needs a war economy. Indeed, the plan of a war economy should not be very difficult for Iran to implement since it has a relatively successful experience of carrying out such a plan: during the 8-year war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Iran embarked on an extensive state-guided economic management that effectively provided for both its military and civilian needs. Because of the revolutionary atmosphere of the time, and because of the corresponding spirit of generosity, selflessness, social cohesion, and national unity the country was able to effectively withstand bo…

Tsvetana Paraskova (2018-11-06). China Vows to Continue Iran Trade Despite U.S. Oil Sanctions. globalresearch.ca China will continue its trade with Iran and opposes the U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic as unilateral and "long-arm jurisdiction," a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday, when the American sanctions on Iran's oil, shipping, and …

Robert Fisk (2018-11-06). The Global Economy and Political Murder: Why Trudeau Won't Stop Arms Sales to Saudis. counterpunch.org Almost 5,000 miles from the city in which his corpse was secretly buried — in one piece or in bits — by his Saudi killers, Jamal Khashoggi's murder now rattles the scruples and the purse-strings of yet another country. For Canada, land of the free and liberal conscience — especially under Justin Trudeau — is More

stuart_m (2018-11-06). Documenting resistance in colonial Kenya. greenleft.org.au Kenya's War of Independence: Mau Mau & its Legacy of Resistance to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990
| By Shiraz Durrani
| African Books Collective, 2018 | The public relations department of the colonial government in Kenya never referred to the Mau Mau struggles as a "war of independence" during the post-World War II years in the last century. Rather the struggles were relegated to an "emergency" where the colonial government had to deal with "a frenzy of vi…

Jim Dean (2018-11-06). What Difference will the US Midterm Elections Make? Iran Sanctions, Towards A Global Financial Crisis. globalresearch.ca The US midterm elections will soon be over. Some will be celebrating, with others passing the crying towel around. Another group of spinmeisters will then go to work for those who have lost, claiming Russian interference or whatever they can …

Zero Hedge (2018-11-06). Video: Pompeo Announces Iran Sanctions 'Waivers'. globalresearch.ca While several European countries that applied for a waiver didn't receive one (reports last week noted that the US had refused to grant a waiver to the European Union as a whole), Italy and Greece did receive waivers. Pompeo noted …

TCMA (2018-11-06). US-British Threats Against Russia Have a Long History. counterpunch.org In their new book Union Jackboot: What Your Media and Professors Don't Tell You About British Foreign Policy (Até Books), doctors T.J. Coles and Matthew Alford debate the rationale of Anglo-American policy towards Russia. Alford: There seems to be a consensus that we need a strong military because Russia is on the rise. What do you think More

Election Geek (2018-11-06). Peace and Freedom Party and Green Party Voting Recommendations. indybay.org Below are links to voting recommendations from the two non-corporate political parties on the California ballot:…

bay area residents (2018-11-06). Don't Let A Massacre Like In Pittsburgh Happen Here! Remove Nazi Leader Patrick Little! indybay.org In the wake of the massacres in Pittsburgh, Kentucky, and Tallahasee, the need to protect our communities from far-Right and neo-Nazi terror is greater than ever. One of the people who influenced Pittsburgh shooter, Robert Bowers, currently lives in between Albany, in the UC Berkeley family housing village, and in San Francisco, on a house boat. It's time for Patrick Little to go, before he carries out his threats of violence against Jews, people of color, queer and trans folks, and anyone that rejects his fascism.

wsws (2018-11-06). The specter of Marx haunts the American ruling class. wsws.org The very fact that the US government acknowledges a growth of support for socialism testifies to vast changes in the political consciousness of the working class and the terror this strikes within the ruling elite.

PISF (2018-11-06). Stop Supporting the US-Backed, Saudi-Led War in Yemen. indybay.org On November 3, the Yemeni Alliance Committee and allies protested the ongoing US involvement in the war in Yemen with a rally in San Franicsco's United Nations Plaza. Photos by Terry Scussel, please credit photographer.

RFE (2018-11-06). Saudi Arabia Launches Nuclear Research Reactor, Citing Competition With Iran. iranian.com Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has launched the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor as part of a plan to diversify the kingdom's energy mix and acquire nuclear capabilities, state media reported. The reactor launched on November 5 is among 16 that Saudi officials, citing archrival Iran's continued development of nuclear energy, have said they […]

wsws (2018-11-06). The way forward for young people: Not Democratic Party politics, but the fight for socialism! wsws.org The fear mongering tactics of the Democratic Party and its allies are combined with a complete absence of any discussion of the actual conditions and concerns of the vast majority of young people.

Sharat G. Lin (2018-11-06). March on the Polls Highlights Early Voting. indybay.org March on the Polls mobilized voters to vote early in Santa Clara County which provides 8 early voting centers. It particularly targeted poorer communities that may not be aware of early voting as an alternative to voting on Election Day which is a working day. [Cover photo: Teresa Castellanos, Cindy Chavez, and Teresa Gomez show their mail-in ballots before delivering them to the Registrar of Voters.]…

wsws (2018-11-06). Judge rejects push by Daily Telegraph to amend its defence in Geoffrey Rush defamation suit. wsws.org Justice Wigney sharply warned that the presence of a previously unheard of witness would "egregiously prejudice Mr Rush."

wsws (2018-11-06). US escalates illegal economic war on the people of Iran. wsws.org Speaking like a mafia don, Pompeo offered Iran "a choice" between making a "180-degree turn from its outlaw course of action" and seeing "its economy crumble."

wsws (2018-11-06). Chinese president denounces "law of the jungle" on trade. wsws.org The Chinese president's speech was an attempt to secure allies in the deepening trade war with the US.

SCMNH (2018-11-06). Naturalist Night: Restoring Indigenous Stewardship. indybay.org Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History | 1305 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz…

Shared by Jared (2018-11-06). LIVE BLOG: Election Day 2018. truthout.org There are 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats and 36 governors' offices up for grabs today, and Truthout senior columnist William Rivers Pitt will be here to document it every step of the way. Join us all day (and night, if necessary) for ongoing updates! |
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| It Begins: | Three years and five months ago, Donald Trump descended on a golden elevator and fired the first salvo of the strange, callous, racist war he has been waging ever since. Trump is not on any ballot today, but that is in name only. Today, he gets his first real report card, and the rest of…

wsws (2018-11-06). Wigneswaran's Tamil People's Alliance: A trap for Sri Lankan workers. wsws.org Amid an international radicalization of the working class, the TPA aims to divide workers along ethnic lines and block the growth of the Socialist Equality Party.

Staff (2018-11-06). Proof Poverty in the U.S. Is Getting Exponentially Worse. truthdig.com A White House report recently proclaimed that the "War on Poverty is largely over and a success." United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said it was "ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America." | Well-positioned Americans must talk like this, of course, because admitting the debilitati…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-06). Trump's War on the Fed. truthout.org October was a brutal month for the stock market. After the Fed's eighth interest rate hike on September 26th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 2,000 points and the NASDAQ had its worst month in nearly 10 years. After the Dow lost more than 800 points on October 10th and the S&P 500 suffered its first weeklong losing streak since Trump's election, the president said, "I think the Fed is making a mistake. They are so tight. I think the Fed…

Derrick Kikuchi (2018-11-06). Peace and Social Justice Harvest Fair. indybay.org Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church | 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto (at Lincoln and Cowper)…

Eric Zuesse (2018-11-06). Trump's Sanctions Against Iran Appear To Have Failed. iranian.com This morning it was reported that the following countries will receive 'temporary' waivers excusing them from US sanctions on Iranian oil exports. ‚Ä¢ South Korea ‚Ä¢ Taiwan ‚Ä¢ Turkey ‚Ä¢ Greece ‚Ä¢ Japan ‚Ä¢ China ‚Ä¢ India ‚Ä¢ Italy www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDAXN_Zq… If there will be increasing resistance in the EU, among the nations that Trump is […] | The post

Electronic Intifada (2018-11-06). 'The Lobby': Watch The Film The Israel Lobby Didn't Want You To See. iranian.com The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby — USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel's covert influence campaign in the United States. It is today publishing the first two episodes. The Paris-based Orient XXI has published the same episodes with French subtitles. The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in […]

Nick Cunningham (2018-11-06). Why Trump Decided To Back Down On Iran. iranian.com The Trump administration has finally faced up to what many knew all along: It won't be able to take Iran's oil exports down to zero. The U.S. is set to grant waivers to eight countries, allowing them to continue to import some level of oil from Iran, on the condition that they ratchet down their purchases in […]

CW (2018-11-06). Afterword — Once upon a time there was an appeal for an international meeting in Kurdistan. indybay.org Two months ago we published here an appeal for an international meeting in Kurdistan signed by "Militants in Kurdistan, Iraq" in relation with the increasing and intensification of the class struggle in the region of Middle East and especially in Iraq and Iran.

Alastair Crooke (2018-11-06). The Unraveling Of The Netanyahu Project For The Middle East. iranian.com Nahum Barnea, a leading Israeli commentator, writing in Yedioth Ahronoth in May (in Hebrew), set out, unambiguously, the 'deal' behind Trump's Middle East policy: In the wake of the US exit from JCPOA [which occurred on 8 May], Trump, Barnea wrote, will threaten a rain of 'fire and fury' onto Tehran … whilst Putin is expected to […]

Tehran Times (2018-11-06). Children Born To Iranian Mothers And Foreign Fathers To Receive Iranian Citizenship. iranian.com The cabinet of ministers chaired by President Hassan Rouhani approved on Sunday a bill, according to which, children born to Iranian mothers and foreign fathers are permitted to receive Iranian citizenship. They are also allowed to get ID cards based on mother's request before the age of 18 and their own request after the age […]

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-06). White Nationalist Links, Voter Suppression Define Kris Kobach's Career. truthout.org Kris Kobach, one of the most controversial figures in contemporary politics, beat incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in the August 14 Republican primary in Kansas. To call the race close would ignore exactly what the photo-finish looked like: Kobach's Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-06). Our Grief Is a Starting Point in the Fight Against Fascism. truthout.org Daily, and sometimes hourly, we are assaulted by the latest losses. It isn't simply that time and the news cycle have sped up due to so-called communication technologies. It's that we're in the crosshairs of history. | That history is being written on bodies — bodies that are piling up; sometimes our bodies, or those of people we love. It is etched onto place-names as our morbid shorthand — Charleston, Charlottesville, Pittsburgh. That history transforms ballot boxes into the equivalent of coffins in countries like Brazil. | History seems to be happening to us, an increasingly out-of-control and inevi…

Shared by Jared (2018-11-06). Get Off My Precinct! truthout.org It started with carving up weird-shaped districts to minimize the impact of Democratic voters.

RT (2018-11-05). 'Certainly meeting' or 'probably not'? Mixed signals over Trump-Putin encounter in Paris. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that he "probably won't" meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Paris later this week, while the Kremlin signaled that the two will "certainly" meet for a walking meeting.

Roger D. Harris (2018-11-05). The Troika of Tyranny: The Imperialist Project in Latin America and Its Epigones. mintpressnews.com Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela are today threatened by US imperialism. The first salvo of the modern Age of Imperialism started back in 1898 when the US seized Cuba along with Puerto Rico and the Philippines in the Spanish-American War. | The Age of Imperialism, as Lenin observed, is characterized by the competition of the various imperial powers for dominance. That inter-imperialist rivalry led to World War I. Lenin called those putative socialists who supported their own national imperialist projects "social imperialists." Social imperialism is a tendency that is socialist in name and imperialist in deed. Imper…

Dave Lindorff (2018-11-05). Scaremongering is the Only Thing Trump and Republicans Have Got. counterpunch.org Here it is. See for yourself the terrifying "caravan" advancing through Mexico from Honduras, set to "invade" the US, bringing, according to President Trump and the reactionary media that support him, "rapists, killers, Arab terrorists, and diseases." This "caravan," according to a report in the UK newspaper theIndependent, is actually an assemblage of several thousand desperately More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-05). Noam Chomsky: The Future of Human Life Is at Risk, Thanks to Climate Denial. truthout.org Just weeks after the United Nations warned that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. He says, "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Noam, we want to turn to an issue that you have written about, that so many are so deeply concerned about, that hardly gets any play in this country, even in this critical midterm election. It's the issue of clima…

RT (2018-11-05). Nazis, racists, terrorists & thieves: Meet the scandals of the US congressional midterms. rt.com Both Democrats and Republicans are viewing the 2018 midterms as a rematch for 2016. All gloves are off as both parties hope to keep or gain power in an election not lacking in juicy scandals. Here are some of them.

W. T. Whitney (2018-11-05). Che Guevara and Cuba's Battle of Ideas. counterpunch.org Speaking shortly after Ernesto Che Guevara died in 1967, Fidel Castro declared that, "Che possessed the double characteristic of the man of ideas — of profound ideas — and the man of action." In life Guevara held the world's attention as guerrilla, revolutionary leader, and far traveling anti-imperialist warrior and since then as icon for More

Tomasz Pierscionek (2018-11-05). Genetically Engineered Viruses May Become the Next Generation of Warfare. globalresearch.ca Many technologies have dual use potential and can be applied to either civilian or defense projects, depending on the intent of those in charge. | German rocket technology led to the creation of V2 ballistic missiles in WW2 and later enabled …

Middle East Eye (2018-11-05). How US Sanctions on Iran Could Herald a Profound Global Power Shift. theantimedia.com In the medium term, the US will lose influence as Iran gains confidence; in the worst case scenario, there will be a war whose consequences will be incalculable. (MEE Op-ed) — On Monday, the US will ratchet up its brutal and merciless economic war against Iran, raising sanctions to a new level. The Trump administration has said its …

ZeroHedge (2018-11-05). As UK Introduces U.N. Resolution To End Yemen War; Pompeo Blames Iran For Saudi-Imposed Famine. mintpressnews.com With Pompeo now placing the blame on Iran for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, we are only likely to get more of the same stalling while civilians continue to die in the thousands each month.

Whitney Webb (2018-11-05). Prominent British Neocon Think Tank Claims Half of UK's Russians Are Kremlin Moles. mintpressnews.com The report's conclusions were based on interviews with mostly Western businesspeople and former and current U.K. government officials as well as a handful of "Russian dissidents."

Jon Schwarz (2018-11-05). Democratic Candidates for Governor Could Turn the Upper Midwest Blue Again by Mobilizing New Voters. theintercept.com Reyna Gengler, 41, is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee who's never voted. In 2018, she says, she'll vote for the first time. But that's not all: She's jumped directly from being a non-voter to a committed activist. She's working as a canvasser for the Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers Organization to get out the vote for Tony Evers, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin. Moreover, she now believes she may want to run for office one day herself. | Precious Crawley, 26, is also a Milwaukeean, and — as is obvious after hearing her speak for just five minutes — a born organizer.

Zero Hedge (2018-11-05). US Threatens SWIFT with Sanctions if Iran Isn't Cut Off. globalresearch.ca Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin threatened the global financial messaging service SWIFT on Friday that it could be penalized if it doesn't cut off financial services to entities and individuals doing business with Iran. The warning came just days ahead of …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-05). A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. democracynow.org President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We speak to world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump's plan to pull out.

Fight Back (2018-11-05). Chicanos welcome Central American caravan. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA — On October 26, as the caravan of refugees from Central America traveled through Mexico, they were welcomed with food, festivity, aid, and clothing. As Chicanos, we must do the same when the caravan arrives at U.S. border. | Attacking Mexicans, and by extension Chicanos, Trump has dispatched the U.S. military to the U.S.-Mexico border to block the caravan. We say down with Trump, down with him hiding like a coward behind the U.S. military, down with the continued militarization, killings and abuses at the border, down with the injustices to the undocumented in the U.S., and down with the U.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-11-05). Yemen's Civilians Face "Hell" as Saudis Launch Last-Ditch Effort to Build Leverage for Looming Talks. mintpressnews.com "After three days of calling for peace have passed, few people seem to be interested in peace … we see nothing but more escalation on all fronts," a Hodeida resident told MPN.

Paul Edwards (2018-11-05). It's Brillig in America. counterpunch.org Lewis Carroll knew nonsense. He pretty much invented the verse version. We, who live in a country in which nonsense defines national behavior, are effectively blind to that reality, judging by our universal acceptance of it. We've been force-fed bullshit by ruling elites forever and, though bullshit is not nonsense, it's the perfect cover for More

Democracy Now! (2018-11-05). Noam Chomsky: The Future of Organized Human Life Is At Risk Thanks to GOP's Climate Change Denial. democracynow.org Just weeks after the United Nations warned that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. He says, "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form."

Randi Nord (2018-11-05). Tehran Slams Renewed "Cruel" Sanctions as US Split With EU Allies Remains Apparent. mintpressnews.com The renewed sanctions only serve to further isolate the U.S. from the international community and bring economic hardship home in the form of higher oil prices.

Strategic Culture (2018-11-05). The Untold Story of the US-Saudi Petrodollar Partnership. theantimedia.com In the last few weeks, numerous articles and analyses have been produced relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. However, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States has not been questioned, and the reason for this has not yet been explained. (SC) — Nixon's decision in 1971 to withdraw the United States from …

Alex Potter (2018-11-05). Deaths for dollars—Saudi war in Yemen continues with U.S. support. peoplesworld.org The other day, over 20 people died in an airstrike in Yemen's coastal city of Hodeidah. The bombs, dropped by a Saudi-led coalition, hit a farmers market, where men from neighboring villages sold their goods, hoping to at least break even and bring some food home to their families. In the aftermath of the attack, families gathered …

RT (2018-11-05). US will allow Iran's civilian nuclear projects in Arak, Bushehr & Fordow to continue. rt.com The US will allow civilian nuclear projects at three sites – Arak, Bushehr and Fordow – to continue "under the strictest scrutiny," to "ensure transparency and maintain constraints" on Iran, the State Department said.

PressTV (2018-11-05). As Fresh US Sanctions Take Hold, President Rouhani of Iran Vows to Break Them. mintpressnews.com "Today, what the Americans are doing is merely pressure [ordinary] people, and no one else. It's pressure [that is being put] on [the Iranian] people, other nations, other [foreign] businesses, and other governments,"

Mark Olalde (2018-11-05). Six states where voters could counter Trump's environmental rollbacks. peoplesworld.org This story is reposted here from Grist.org. This story was originally co-published by the Center for Public Integrity and Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Voters in six Western states — Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Washington — will head to the polls November 6 with the chance to decide on hotly contested, statewide ballot measures …

RT (2018-11-05). Saudis 'don't know how to use' US bombs: Trump condemns deadly Yemen school bus strike… kind of. rt.com It wasn't the US-made bomb, but rather the Saudi military's inability to properly use the munition —despite all the American training— that led to the "horror show" bombing of a Yemeni school bus in August, Donald Trump has said.

RT (2018-11-05). Pompeo warns of 'severe, swift punishment' & 'painful business' with Iran as sanctions reinstated. rt.com The US has reimposed sanctions on Iran, targeting the Islamic Republic's energy, banking and shipping sectors. State Secretary Mike Pompeo warned of "swift punishment" for other countries doing business with Iran. |

Democracy Now! (2018-11-05). Noam Chomsky on Midterms: Republican Party Is the "Most Dangerous Organization in Human History" democracynow.org In the run-up to the U.S. midterm elections, we speak with world-renowned linguist, dissident and author Noam Chomsky. "What are the domestic policies of the Trump administration?" Chomsky says. "Very straightforward: lavish gifts on the rich, powerful corporate sector and try to undermine and destroy anything that might be of benefit to the general population."

Jason Ditz (2018-11-05). North Korea Warns They'll Return to Nuke Development If Sanctions Aren't Lifted. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Over the weekend, North Korea issued a statement warning that they will "seriously consider" returning to the development on nuclear weapons if the US continues to refuse to ease economic sanctions against them. Since North Korea halted nuclear testing and has made substantial diplomatic progress, many nations have advocated for some early sanctions relief, but so …

Zoltan Grossman (2018-11-05). Trump Following the Hungarian Model in Demonizing Refugees and Jews. counterpunch.org Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller are very possibly advising President Trump to follow the Hungarian Model in confronting refugees at the southern border, in order to win wider support for his far-right authoritarian policies. Trump is now exactly following the playbook of far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who in 2015-16 deployed national police and army troops to the southern contiguous boundary of the EU, on the Serbian border. They interned Syrian and other Muslim refugees in cages, police beat refugees, troops built a barbed-wire fence, and fascist vigilantes threatened other migrants.

Asad AbuKhalil (2018-11-05). The US-Saudi Relationship Has Survived Other Scandals and It'll Likely Survive This One. mintpressnews.com In fact, the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is a rather minor hiccup compared to many of the crises between Saudi Arabia and the United States in decades past.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-05). Donald Trump Welcomes In the Age of "Usable" Nuclear Weapons. truthout.org It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last month, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union. National Security Advisor John Bolton, a Cold Warrior in a post-Cold War world, Consortiumnews (2018-11-05). The Saudi-US Crisis Will Pass. consortiumnews.com U.S.-Saudi ties have withstood crises in the past and will withstand this one, says As'ad AbuKhalil. Washington and Riyadh Have Had Worse Crises and Will Survive Khashoggi Murder By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Nobody in Washington, Republican or… Read more →

Middle East Monitor (2018-11-05). Trump: US Weapons Being Misused By Saudi In Yemen. iranian.com Describing the Saudi bombing of a school bus in Yemen that killed 51 people as "a horror show", US President Donald Trump admitted that Riyadh's misuse of weapons supplied by America was the cause of death. "I think it's a terrible situation," Trump said in an interview with Axios that aired yesterday on HBO. After saying that his administration […]

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-11-05). The US Pseudo Pressure Game With Saudi Arabia. iranian.com The US call for immediate commencement of talks on Yemen with the view to bringing the war to an end is, more than anything else, a pseudo game of pressure that it is playing with Saudi Arabia. In this game, Saudi Arabia isn't a US rival; it is its partner. For one thing, the US […]

Zero Hedge (2018-11-05). Powerful Iranian Cleric Threatens To "Instantly" Create $400 Oil By Seizing Tankers. iranian.com Just ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran set to snap back on Monday targeting primarily the energy, shipbuilding, shipping, and banking sectors, Iran's most prominent conservative cleric has announced that if oil exports are halted, Saudi tankers will be confiscated and Gulf countries attacked. Powerful Shia cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda is the Friday Prayer leader in Mashhad, considered Iran's spiritual capital […] | The post

Democracy Now! (2018-11-05). Headlines for November 5, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. Reinstates Harsh Sanctions on Iran After Nuclear Deal Withdrawal, Florida: Self-Proclaimed Misogynist Kills 2, Injures 5 in Tallahassee, Georgia Secretary of State and GOP Candidate Launches Probe into Dem. Party, Obama Campaigns for Vulnerable Senate Democrats Ahead of Midterms, Kansas Republican Kris Kobach Took Donations from White Nationalists, Trump Praises "Beautiful" Razor Wire as Soldiers Deploy to Border, NBC Airs Racist Anti-Immigrant Trump Campaign Commercial, Nigerian Military Tweets Trump Video to Justify Shooting Protesters, U.N.: A Yemeni Child Dies Every 10 Min. from War-Caused Disease, Hunge…

wsws (2018-11-05). Europe and America clash over Washington's economic war on Iran. wsws.org Washington's imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iran—aimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change—is roiling world geopolitics.

TeleSur English (2018-11-05). Venezuela: Region Shifts Right, Maduro Calls for Stronger ALBA. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan President warned "U.S. imperialism is emboldened" and urged more unity for a peaceful Latin America.

splcenter (2018-11-05). SPLC urges Trump administration to preserve measures that protect immigrant children from detention. splcenter.org Jenny Lisette Flores came to America at 15, fleeing civil war in El Salvador to find protection with family members in the U.S.

Zero Hedge (2018-11-05). UK To Introduce U.N. Resolution To End Yemen War; Pompeo Blames Iran For Famine. iranian.com At the end of the same week that the Trump administration announced a 30-day deadline to reach a ceasefire in Yemen, it was revealed the United Kingdom is planning to introduce a United Nations Security Council resolution that seeks to end of the war. According to a Friday ABC News report, citing diplomatic sources, the British could introduce the […]

wsws (2018-11-05). Former CIA Director Brennan endorses Democrat Beto O'Rourke. wsws.org While O'Rourke has been hailed as the new "progressive" standard bearer, the support of a notorious war criminal exposes his real politics.

Willy Blackmore (2018-11-05). Consider the Lobster Tariffs. thenation.com Consider the Lobster Tariffs…

Andrea Germanos (2018-11-05). Iran Sanctions: Warnings Trump Taking 'Latest Step In A Calculated Campaign… To Provoke War'. iranian.com "Trump, his war cabinet, and regional cheerleaders," warns advocacy group, "are blowing up an agreement that supports U.S. interests and the aspirations of the Iranian people while planting the seeds for a disastrous war. Following the Trump administration's announcement of renewed sanctions against Iran, set to go into effect on Monday, anti-war groups are warning […]

aclu (2018-11-05). In Trump's Hands, the Census Becomes a Weapon. aclu.org We use the census as a tool to build power in communities. The administration wants to use it against those communities. | Almost a decade ago, I ran the Minkwon Center for Community Action, a grassroots organization serving the Korean-American community in Queens. Getting immigrants to participate in the 2010 census was one of our top priorities. Why? Because I knew we could use the census to build power for our communities, just by standing up and being counted. And we did, but it wasn't easy. | First, we had to educate people about the census's importance. After all, it's not just a head count. The…

Irandokht Paigah (2018-11-05). Prominent Iranian Americans Who Want You To Get Out And Vote On Nov. 6, 2018. iranian.com Tuesday is almost here. We are excited to release a video of some of our favorite Iranian Americans talking about why it's important to vote. Please help us thank those that participated by voting tomorrow. If you have time, please review the interviews of candidates on this site that provided a direct message to the […]

RFE (2018-11-05). Iran Advances To AUSF Football Cup Quarter-Finals. iranian.com Iran booked a place at quarter-finals of the AUSF (Asian University Sports Federation) Football Cup. Iran, which is represented by the University of Applied Science and Technology (UAST), defeated the Malaysian team 6-0 on Sunday. Iran, headed by Farshad Karami, had already defeated the teams from China and Hong Kong in the competition. The fourth […]

Irandokht Paigah (2018-11-05). Congressional Candidate Gil Cisneros (CA 39th) Has A Message For The Iranian American Community. iranian.com Gil Cisneros is running for Congress in California's 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Gil is a veteran. He doesn't take contributions from PACs because he believes that government should work for the people and not for corporate special interests. He attended collage on a Naval scholarship and holds […]

Irandokht Paigah (2018-11-05). Congressional Candidate Katie Hill (CA 25) Has A Message For The Iranian American Community. iranian.com Some say that the largest concentration of Iranians outside of the country is in California. Katie Hill is running in California's 25th congressional district that covers part of northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County. It includes the cities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster and the northern part of the San […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-05). Self-Proclaimed Misogynist Murders Two Women at Florida Yoga Studio. truthout.org Two women were shot and killed at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday when a far-right extremist and self-proclaimed misogynist entered a yoga class and opened fire. Forty-year-old gunman Scott Beierle murdered 61-year-old Nancy Van Vessem, a medical doctor and a faculty member at Florida State University, and Florida State University student 21-year-old Maura Binkley in the deadly shooting. He critically injured four other women, including one woman who was shot nine times. Beierle also pistol-whipped a man in the rampage before turning the gun on himself. Police say Beierle was found dead at the…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-05). The Election Is Only Half the Battle: Challenges of Progressive Governance. truthout.org Primary wins by New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum have generated much excitement among progressives and socialists as well as much conversation about the role that progressives and the broader left could play in electoral politics. No matter what happens Tuesday, these campaigns have demonstrated the power and potential of left-wing social movements and grassroots-driven politics in a country where the two-party system has historically marginalized them. | Yet, there seems to be less discussion about how the left can actually govern —…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-05). Students Across the Country Will Walk Out of School to Vote. truthout.org With their sights set on making sure Tuesday's midterm election sends "a bold message to politicians and the country," the youth-led Future Coalition — an alliance that includes March For Our Lives and National School Walkout — has organized hundreds of walkouts at high schools and colleges across the nation for Nov. 6 to make sure young people get to the polls in record numbers. | #WhyWeVote #WalkoutToVote pic.twitter.com/8fO0z9hd31

Peter Maass (2018-11-04). Fox News Is Poisoning America. Rupert Murdoch and His Heirs Should Be Shunned. theintercept.com The Murdoch family is warmly received in the hallways of power and money. But they should be ostracized in the same way that Steve Bannon has.

Charles Glass (2018-11-04). Marie Colvin Dedicated Her Extraordinary Life to Describing "What Really Happens in Wars" theintercept.com "In Extremis" by Lindsey Hilsum is the new biography of war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed in 2012 while covering the Syrian war.

RT (2018-11-04). 'Porno hitman'!? SNL's Pete Davidson blasted for mocking war veteran who lost eye in Afghanistan. rt.com A grinning Pete Davidson caught hell online for making fun of a wounded Navy SEAL and congressional candidate, saying his eyepatch made him look like a "hitman in a porno movie."

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-04). Hatewatch Headlines 11/5/2018. splcenter.org Law enforcement dropped the ball on white terror; Experts link Trump to rise of violence; Militia groups head to border, inspired by Trump; and more.

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