Daily Archives: September 17, 2018

2018-09-17: News Headlines

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-17). Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War. therealnews.com A look into how the military-industrial complex fuels endless war for corporate profits. CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin discusses her new report on the five largest US weapons manufacturers and their arms deals with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt

Taylor Link, Salon (2018-09-17). Rape Culture: Prominent Conservatives Rush to the Defense of Brett Kavanaugh in Wake of Sexual Assault Allegation. alternet.org Prominent conservatives and right-wing pundits have been up in arms over the revelation. | On Sunday, Brett Kavanaugh's accuser ditched her anonymity, putting a name behind the allegations whispered around Washington, D. C. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, came. . .

Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-17). A Traditional Right: Jimmie àÖkesson and the Sweden Democrats. counterpunch.org Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of More

Tom Westcott (2018-09-17). Syria's Christian City: Seven Years Under Fire at the Idlib Frontline. globalresearch.ca Each night, the streets of the Christian town of Mhardeh teem with life. | Young people in trendy attire drink beer and smoke Shisha pipes, shyly eyeing up attractive passersby and posing for group selfies, while off-duty soldiers with their girlfriends …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-17). Watch: Kellyanne Conway Tried to Have It Both Ways When Asked About the Kavanaugh Allegations on Fox & Friends. alternet.org Christine Blasey Ford's attorney has stated she is willing to testify before the Senate. The Judiciary Committee has not yet decided how to proceed. | On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, came forward as the woman behind the letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at age 17. The allegation of a viole. . .

Chris Hedges (2018-09-17). The Culture of Hate. truthdig.com In researching his new book, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges mingled with groups driven by antipathy for Muslims and others. This excerpt from "America: The Farewell Tour" offers intimate portraits of a few of their members.

Roy Morrison (2018-09-17). Hurricane Florence: Sixty Foot Flood to Inundate Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Cape Fear River NC. globalresearch.ca On Saturday morning, CNN reports that National Weather Service forecast flood waters on Cape Fear River in Wilmington N.C. to crest at 60 feet (sixty feet) early next week. Wilmington is near Southport, home of two reactor Brunswick nuclear plant | …

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-17). Bloomberg: Iran's Oil Exports Are Drying Up. iranian.com Bloomberg US news agency reported on Sunday that Iran's oil exports had declined nearly to one third since US President Donald Trump announced the reimposition of sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from the nuclear weapons deal in May. Bloomberg's report explained that Iranian oil exports reached less than 2 million barrels per day in August, which […]

Peter Ford (2018-09-17). The Bluffer's Guide to Bombing Syria. globalresearch.ca The propaganda mills of the British and American governments – spokespersons, media, think tanks – are working overtime churning out 'talking points' to justify the upcoming large scale bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons. | Here …

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-09-17). The Liberation of Idlib: Turkey Is in the Way, with Russia Slowing Down. globalresearch.ca Turkey is pushing further reinforcements of troops, commando units and tanks into the northern Syrian city of Idlib and around it, for a specific objective: to disrupt the attack against the city by the Syrian forces and their allies supported …

Grayzone Project (2018-09-17). Al Qaeda & Hollywood: The American Film Industry is Promoting War. mintpressnews.com An exclusive Grayzone investigative documentary rips the cover off of the most sophisticated and expensive campaign of humanitarian interventionist propaganda in modern history.

TeleSur (2018-09-17). Trump Hired Mattis After General Proposed 'War Of Annihilation' In Syria. iranian.com Investigative journalist Bob Woodward's new book claims that Trump hired Mattis as Defense Secretary for proposing a "war of annihilation" against the Islamic Group in Syria. Journalist Bob Woodward's new White House tell-all book "Fear: Trump in the White House" revealed that the current U.S. Secretary of Defense Norman James Mattis was offered his position […]

Eric Margolis (2018-09-17). Trump's Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia. globalresearch.ca Good work Mr. President! You have now managed to lay the groundwork for a grand Chinese-Russian alliance. The objective of intelligent diplomacy is to divide one's foes, not to unite them. | This epic blunder comes at a time when the …

Mairead Maguire (2018-09-17). Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era. counterpunch.org In examining the future, we must look to the past. As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full faith that our government is keeping us safe from the unknown. But by looking at More

FHRII (2018-09-17). Activists Arrested After Mass Strike In Iran's Kurdistan Province Against "Revenge" Executions. iranian.com After a mass strike by Kurdish merchants in western Iran on September 12, 2018, Iranian security forces arrested several civil rights activists in the region, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. The strikers closed their shops in protest against recent executions of Kurdish prisoners and Iran's missile attack on Kurdish dissidents in Northern Iraq. "I […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-17). Iran Accuses Twitter Of Allowing 'Regime Change' Propaganda Accounts Backed By US. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing anti-government ones backed by the United States, Reuters reports. In August, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation. "Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, […]

Mehr News Agency (2018-09-17). British Airways To End London-Tehran Flights On Sep. 22. iranian.com In a statement issued by the company on Sunday, direct flights from UK capital London to Iran's capital Tehran, will end on September 22, for economic reasons. The last flight from Tehran to London will take place on September 23. Earlier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also decided to suspend its direct flights to Tehran for […]

Zero Hedge (2018-09-17). CNN Ratings Down Sharply, Losing To Nickelodeon And Fox News. iranian.com Trump's "fake news" nemesis, CNN, experienced a dramatic collapse in ratings last week compared to 2017.According to AdWeek, CNN viewership tumbled 41% in daytime TV ratings and tumbled 36% in primetime versus the same week last year. "CNN ranked No. 6 across basic cable in total primetime viewers, and No. 5 in total day this past week. […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-17). US: No Secret Meeting Of Trump's Envoy And General Qasem Soleimani. iranian.com The US Embassy in Iraq has denied reports of a secret meeting between Iran's commander of Quds Force, Major General Qasem Soleimani, and American Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh Brett McGurk, last Tuesday. Through its official Twitter account, the US Embassy in Iraq denied the validity of the news and confirmed […]

Farid Parsa (2018-09-17). After The Battle Of Salamis. iranian.com On top of Acropolis among the ancient monuments, the crimson sunset and the misty islands in the distance can still appear mythical as if history can go back and forth freely without the trammel of time. Acropolis was no ordinary elevated rocky platform as the massive Persian army approached. It was the political, religious and […]

Amanda Froelich (2018-09-17). Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With. globalresearch.ca This article was first posted on Global Research in September 2017. | For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled 'Agent Orange,' to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were …

Randi Nord (2018-09-17). Watch | The US is Facilitating War Crimes in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Since its inception, the United States has tried to portray itself as a defender of human rights both at home and globally. But, for well over three years, the children of Yemen have had to experience first-hand the worst oppression the US has to offer. | The US is Facilitating War Crimes in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.

Prof. James Petras (2018-09-17). US War Strategists: Military Defeats and Political Success. globalresearch.ca Introduction | In a previous article (" US: The Century of Lost Wars") I recorded the repeated US military defeats over the past two decades. In this discussion I will describe the role of military strategists who bear responsibility for …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2018-09-17). John Bolton Escalates Blackmail against ICC to Shield US War Criminals. globalresearch.ca Once again, the United States is blackmailing countries that would send Americans to face justice in the International Criminal Court. Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton is leading the charge to shield US and Israeli war criminals from legal …

Jeffrey St. Clair, Alexander Cockburn (2018-09-17). The Long Fall of Bob Woodward: From Nixon's Nemesis to Cheney's Savoir. counterpunch.org Bob Woodward's new book Fear: Trump in the White House is selling faster than any book in the last 50 years, stampeding across the records set by Dan Brown and JK Rowling. Woodward can thank Trump for helping to promote the book. Trump's weeklong meltdown fooled readers into believing there might be something really explosive inside More

Shared by britney (2018-09-17). As the Biosphere Dies, So Do We: Using the Power of Nature to Heal the Planet. truthout.org One only need look outside the window to understand that human-caused climate disruption is in overdrive. | Record warm temperatures, floods, droughts, wildfires and increasing incidents of extreme weather events have run rampant across the Northern Hemisphere this summer. These events, at least in part, stem from a global temperature increase of "only" 1 degree Celsius (1 ∞C) above preindustrial baseline temperatures. | Harvard and MIT biogeochemist and climate and coral reef expert Dr. Thomas Goreau put this in stark perspective. | "Today's carbon dioxide levels at 400 parts per million (ppm) [are] akin to bringing about a steady state temperature of 7 ∞C higher and sea levels 23 meters higher than they are today," Goreau, who is also president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and coordinator of the Soil Carbon Alliance, told Truthout. In other words, the last time there was…

Gavin Benke, History News Network (2018-09-17). The Wrong Lesson We Learned from Enron that Led Directly to the 2008 Crash. alternet.org Enron was a warning sign about the dangers of the very financial derivatives that threatened the entire global economy ten years ago. | Recently Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO the infamous Texas energy company Enron, was quietly released from prison and placed into a halfway house. To some, the news might offer a satisfying conclusion to the Enron story. The details of the company's 2001 collapse, involving a massive accounting fraud, were so outlan. . .

Telesur (2018-09-17). US Holding Nearly 13,000 Migrant Children in Detention Centers. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | A recently published report shows the number of detained migrant children is almost five times greater …

Rob Urie (2018-09-17). American Fascism. counterpunch.org Fascism is a loaded topic for Americans. The term is usually put forward as oppositional, as the flip side of representative democracy, e.g. authoritarian. Left unaddressed is whose interests' American representative democracy represents. Twenty years of research by political scientist Thomas Ferguson strongly supports the conclusion that it is monied interests (a/k/a the rich) that determines public policy. And while this isn't the authoritarian leader alluded to with the charge of fascism, neither does it contrast with it in the sense implied.

wsws (2018-09-17). Silicon Valley's corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality. wsws.org The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association's annual conference embodies the fusion of America's technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

PFSL (2018-09-17). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on US War Drive in Middle East. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. between 25th and 26th Sts.

OACC (2018-09-17). 2018 Oakland Peace Lantern Ceremony. indybay.org Lake Merritt Amphitheater | Lake Merritt Boulevard | Oakland, CA 94612…

wsws (2018-09-17). Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate. wsws.org Washington supports Israel's aggression in Syria as part of its strategy to drive back Iranian influence in the country and throughout the Middle East.

Labor Video Project (2018-09-17). STEP 3:The SFCC HR Hearing Of SEIU1021 Potrero Hill Health Center Steward Cheryl Thornton. indybay.org SEIU 1021 SF Potrero Hill Health Center steward Cheryl Thornton is a whistleblower and has been fighting to defend the clinic against racism and gentrification. The city is planning to close the community clinics down in their privatization drive. She talks about the frame-up against her and also others discuss the racist attack on African American workers and ethnic cleansing in San Francisco.

RT (2018-09-17). 'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms. rt.com President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.

wsws (2018-09-17). Japanese prime minister seeks improved relations with Russia. wsws.org Japan is coming under increased pressure as a result of Washington's protectionist measures, which are compounding instability throughout the Asia Pacific region.

wsws (2018-09-17). This week in history: September 17-23. wsws.org 25 years ago: Yeltsin assumes dictatorial powers in RussiaOn September 21, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament, suspended the constitution and assumed dictatorial powers, blowing to pieces the pretense that his regime represented the development of "democracy" in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR. The action was the first in a series leading up to the bombardment of the Russian parliament building in October.

Lynda Carson (2018-09-17). Possible persons of interest if the ICC investigates war crimes involving Americans. indybay.org Because the United States government fails to convict those in its ranks that are involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity, the world awaits to see if the ICC will investigate the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed by US Forces and its allies!

Hatewatch Staff (2018-09-16). Hatewatch Headlines 9/17/2018. splcenter.org Sessions might OK investigating social media giants; the Christian Right allies with Putin's Russia; Bannon creates a furor in London over remarks; and more.

Staff (2018-09-16). Kavanaugh's Accuser Comes Forward. truthdig.com Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University, alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her in high school, a charge he denies.

Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-16). Kavanaugh Accuser Goes Public With Her Story. alternet.org Christine Blasey Ford claimed Bret Kavanaugh assaulted her when she was 17. | The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault has gone public, detailing what happened to her in high school in the early 1980s in an exposé in Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-16). Senate Republicans Pump the Brakes on Supreme Court Vote As Trump Prepares to Go After Kavanaugh's Accuser. alternet.org Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake said he can't vote until he hears more from Bret Kavanaugh's accuser. | Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Sunday, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, signaled a willingness to hold up Bret Kavanaugh's appointment to the U. S. Supreme Court after Christine Blasey Ford went public with her account of assault at Kavanaugh's hands in high school. "For me, we can't vote until we hear more," Fl. . .

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-16). Europe Must Offset US Pullout From Nuclear Deal — Zarif. iranian.com Europe should take action to neutralise the consequences of the US decision to quit a 2015 Iran nuclear accord to ensure its own long-term economic interests, Iran's Foreign Minister said in an interview published on Saturday. Mohammed Javad Zarif told Germany's Der Spiegel news magazine that Iran could "reduce its implementation" of the agreement and possibly increase […]

Dan Cohen (2018-09-16). Presenting The Syria Deception: Al Qaeda Goes to Hollywood (VIDEO). grayzoneproject.com An exclusive Grayzone investigative documentary rips the cover off of the most sophisticated and expensive campaign of humanitarian interventionist propaganda…

Adam Dick (2018-09-16). Lawrence Wilkerson On The Neocons Plan: War In Syria, Then Iran. iranian.com Interviewed Tuesday by host Sharmini Peries at The Real News, Lawrence Wilkerson, a College of William & Mary professor and former chief of staff for United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned that "the neoconservative agenda" for an escalated United States war on Syria followed by war on Iran has had a "resurrection" in President […]

Miri Wood (2018-09-16). Emboldened by Trump, Israel Bombs Damascus International Airport. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Emboldened by Trump's continuing threats to protect al-Qaeda in Syria, Israel has chosen the joyous …

jamess, Daily Kos (2018-09-16). Here's the Incriminating Case Against Mike Pence. alternet.org How much did Mike Pence know about former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contact with Russians? | Since the Resignation of the Mad Tweeter appears to be in the legal cards, hopefully sooner as opposed to later — I figured it was about time to turn the "scrutiny telescope" towards the sel. . .

Mairead Maguire (2018-09-16). Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era. globalresearch.ca In examining the future, we must look to the past. | As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full …

The Iranian (2018-09-16). Iranian Embassy Attacked In Paris: Tehran Critical Of French Police. iranian.com Iran has accused French police of failing to respond quickly to what it called an attack against its embassy in the French capital by Kurdish activists. "Unfortunately, the French police forces were not present when assailants affiliated to a terrorist group attacked the embassy. The issues of attack and the police force's slow reaction are […]

RFE (2018-09-16). Defying Trump, Iraq Parliament Elects Pro-Iran Candidates. iranian.com Iran on Sunday hailed the selections made by Iraq's parliament a day after the body elected candidates backed by a pro-Tehran bloc as speaker and first deputy. "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports decisions made by the (Iraqi) people's elected representatives," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said. "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported […]

Miko Peled (2018-09-16). Forget Putin, Trump Is Acting In Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate. iranian.com Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; pulling out of the Iran agreement; defunding UNRWA, and closing the PLO mission in D.C.: every Trump administration move satisfies the objectives of the Israeli government while not benefiting the United States in the least. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the months leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Oslo […]

Middle East Eye (2018-09-16). The Middle East According To Trump: Seven Things We Learned From Woodward's 'Fear'. iranian.com Bob Woodward made his name exposing Watergate — can he do similar with his book about Trump and his relationship with the Middle East? [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s with anything inflammatory and Trump-related, Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward's new book about the president, is causing a stir. Woodward, the Washington Post journalist who made his name […]

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-16). Trump Is Giving Protectionism a Bad Name. truthout.org While it might not seem like it now, President Donald Trump is a gift to free market—oriented economists and policymakers. His clumsy approach to protectionism has ignited a trade war that inevitably will harm the US economy. When the pendulum inexorably swings the other way after the Trump fiasco, free-trade ideology will return with a vengeance. This is a potential tragedy for left-leaning policy analysts who have long been concerned about the excesses of neoliberalism and argued for a more measured use of tariffs to foster local economic development. As such, it is critical that we distinguish between Trump's right-wing nationalist embrace of tariffs and the more nuanced use of this tool to support infant industries. | As a development geographer and an Africanist scholar, I have long been critical of unfettered free trade because of its deleterious economic impacts on African countries.

Kurt Nimmo (2018-09-16). U.S. Crimes against Humanity: "President Bolton" Threatens to Sanction the International Criminal Court. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Earlier this week, John Bolton—Trump's national security adviser and basically the president of US foreign …

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-16). Nobody in the White House Is Part of "the Resistance" truthout.org Last week, the White House continued its furious hunt for the anonymous official who proclaimed themselves part of "The Resistance" in a New York Times op-ed. Unsurprisingly, the president was "obsessed" with it, CNN reports. | What really set Trump off — perhaps understandably — was the suggestion that aides were deliberately undermining orders. "We want the administration to succeed," the author said, before describing a coordinated effort to "thwart parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations." | But not all of that agenda. The author praised Trump's commitment to "effective deregulation, historic tax reform, [and] a more robust military," and even complained about "near-ceaseless negative coverage" obscuring those supposed accomplishments. | The president's behavior in pursuit of that agenda may be "detrimental to…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-16). Trump — A Birther — Is Telling Confidantes He Believes There's a Democrat-Led 'Conspiracy' to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation. alternet.org Paging Alex Jones. | Donald Trump has been telling aides he thinks the recent accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is part of a Democrat-led "conspiracy" to derail his nomination, the Daily Beast reports. Trump—whose political career was predicated on a movement that falsely claims Barack Obama was not born in the Uni. . .

PKVDP (2018-09-16). Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War. Prism of Disaster. globalresearch.ca 'Based on wide-ranging meticulous research, van der Pijl utilises the case of the downing of MH17 as a prism to refract the political corruption of state-directed oligarchic capitalism in Ukraine coupled to the self-interest of a neo-liberal driven European Union. …

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-16). US, UK, Saudis, and UAE Want Yemenis to Starve. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Famine stalks Yemen because of US/UK supported bombing raids coupled with a naval blockade — ignoring …

Kim Petersen (2018-09-16). What Is the Left in Canada? globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | A claim to righteousness in international affairs is fundamental to Canadian exceptionalism, the idea that this …

Staff (2018-09-16). Grim Warnings for White House, GOP Ahead of Election. truthdig.com A top Republican pollster reportedly cites voters' feelings about President Trump as the determining factor in the November midterms, amid a darkening mood in the party over prospects for holding the House and even the Senate.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-16). Australia and the Woes of Climate Change States. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | As Australia's tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled …

Peter Koenig (2018-09-16). Spain Sells Laser Guided Missiles to Saudi Arabia. Destruction and Death In Yemen vs. Unemployment in Spain. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Spain's President, socialist Pedro Sanchez, canceled a week ago the sale of 400 laser-guided missiles to …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-16). Annie Leonard: Governor Jerry Brown Doesn't Care About Climate Justice. therealnews.com Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard says to be a climate leader, California Governor Jerry Brown must stop issuing new fossil fuel permits, protect frontline communities instead of the oil and gas industry, and begin a just transition to sustainable energy

Simona Foltyn (2018-09-16). ISIS Has Not Vanished. It Is Fighting a Guerrilla War Against the Iraqi State. theintercept.com The knock came one night late last year, a persistent bang on the metal door. The family inside shuddered as the sound echoed through the sparsely furnished farmhouse. Officially, their village had been liberated from the so-called Islamic State in October 2017, along with the nearby town of Hawija. But the military campaign had been hasty. The militants had sought refuge in the nearby mountains, leaving Iraqi forces to sweep through the area unchallenged. | Now it was November, a month after ISIS had ostensibly been vanquished, and the militants were back. The elite Iraqi units that had fought ISIS on the battlefield were gone, and the forces who had replaced them were poorly trained and thinly spread across these vast, hilly areas, honeycombed with riverbeds and irrigation channels that offered the insurgents plenty of hideouts. | On that fall night near Hawija,…

Daniel A. Medina (2018-09-15). DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate. theintercept.com As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. | "Oh, my God," Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for state Senate had done what socialists do not typically do in American politics: She'd won, and won big, knocking off longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan. | Her 18-point victory over the four-term establishment incumbent was another watershed moment for the Democratic Socialists of America, whose rise in American politics in the Donald Trump era went into hyperdrive in June with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory. | "This is a victory for workers," said a still-startled Salazar in her short victory speech. "This is a victory for the…

Miko Peled (2018-09-15). Forget Putin, Trump is Acting in Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate. mintpressnews.com Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; pulling out of the Iran agreement; defunding UNRWA, and closing the PLO mission in D.C.: every Trump administration move satisfies the objectives of the Israeli government while not benefiting the United States in the least.

Reed Richardson (2018-09-15). As Trump Commits To Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed. iranian.com The anonymous New York Times op-ed (9/5/18), purportedly written by a senior Trump administration official, coupled with the release of Bob Woodward's new book, Fear—itself full of White House back-stabbing and anonymous quotes—unleashed a veritable tsunami of breathless press speculation last week. But lost amidst the deluge was a Trump administration story that will have deadly, far-reaching consequences […]

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-15). Haiti's Founding Father's Black Revolution Was Too Radical for Thomas Jefferson. truthout.org Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned revolutionary general. | When Dessalines declared Haiti's independence from France in 1804 after a 13-year slave uprising and civil war, he became the Americas' first Black head of state. | Supporting the French colonial perspective, leaders across the Americas and Europe immediately demonized Dessalines. Even in the United States, itself newly independent from Britain, newspapers recounted horrific stories of the final years of the Haitian Revolution, a war for independence that took the lives of some 50,000 French soldiers and over 100,000 Black and mixed-race Haitians. | For more than two centuries, Dessalines was memorialized as a ruthless brute. | Now, say…

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-09-15). Fox News Fact-Checks a False Economic Claim Made by a Trump — For a Second Time This Week. alternet.org The president's son also repeated an anti-Semitic slur he had previously used regarding Bob Woodward's book "Fear | Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, was fact-checked Thursday by Republican-friendly Fox News after he mischaracterized the health of the economy under former President Barack Obama in order to play up his father's record. During an appearance on. . .

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-09-15). American History for Truthdiggers: The Slow, Perilous Shift to Emancipation. truthdig.com In 1861-65, Americans waged a war among themselves that remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. It began as a fight to preserve the Union but morphed into an abolitionist war to free 4 million men, women and children from bondage.

wsws (2018-09-15). Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation. wsws.org Turkey and the major NATO imperialist powers made clear that they are ready to counterattack against Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib.

wsws (2018-09-15). New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria. wsws.org Columnist Bret Stephens, who penned the Times article demanding escalation in Syria, is a longtime Republican neocon who fervently supported the Iraq war.

Carl Boggs (2018-09-14). Obama's Imperial Presidency. counterpunch.org Photo Source The U.S. Army | CC BY 2.0 | Could Donald Trump already be the worst of all American presidents? In less than two years his record on the world scene has been frightening enough: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accords, scuttling of the Iran nuclear treaty, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, unjustifiably punitive sanctions against Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, terror bombing of Mosul and other Iraq cities, bombastic threats against friends and enemies alike — not to mention a $54 billion gift to the Pentagon and stepped-up nuclear "modernization". Hard to imagine much worse. | One article of faith among liberals and the corporate media is that Trump's presidency stands alone as a house or horrors, unprecedented in its fascistic authoritarianism, crazy pronouncements, and ideological blend of xenophobia, racism, sexism, and sheer extremism. Those in the "resistance"

ZeroHedge (2018-09-14). U.S. Conducts Live-Fire Drills With Syrian 'Rebels' in Rare Display Aimed at Russia. mintpressnews.com The eight days of "live-fire and ground assault" drills involve "hundreds" of U.S. troops and allied Syrian insurgents cooperating together.

Robert Fisk (2018-09-14). A Murder in Aleppo. counterpunch.org The Syrian government has been advertising its victories of late. A vast international fair in Damascus, the reconstruction of the old city of Homs — though it has a long, long way to go — and a spankingly restored Sheraton Hotel next to the still sepulchral ruins of eastern Aleppo. But you cannot wash away either More

Reed Richardson (2018-09-14). As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed. fair.org Corporate media obsessed over the whodunit of an anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times ( 9/5/18). | The anonymous New York Times op-ed ( 9/5/18), purportedly written by a senior Trump administration official, coupled with the release of Bob Woodward's new book, Fear—itself full of White House back-stabbing and anonymous quotes—unleashed a veritable tsunami of breathless press speculation last week. But lost amidst the deluge was a Trump administration story that will have deadly, far-reaching consequences long after the Times op-ed is forgotten and Woodward's book hits the discount pile. That's because Trump effectively endorsed endless US war in Syria last week, and almost no one in the press noticed. | There were a few lonely exceptions. The Washington Post ( 9/6/18) spelled out the new Trump administration policy quite clearly, though the banality with which US foreign…

Associated Press (2018-09-14). Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's Russia probe. The move allows him to avoid a second criminal trial and ends…

Farhang Jahanpour (2018-09-14). Fascism and Islamic Fundamentalism. counterpunch.org The rise of Fascism and Totalitarianism Just over 100 years ago, Britain, France, Germany and Russia ruled half of the world — most of Europe, all of Africa, South Asia, most of Southeast Asia, and most of the Pacific region. They dominated China and were of course influential everywhere else. During the past century, including the More

Joshua Frank (2018-09-14). From CO2 to Methane, Trump's Hurricane of Destruction. counterpunch.org Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 | While the Trump administration swirls around in a vortex of Tweets, lies and Russiagate, one thing is for certain, while we are all distracted and perplexed by the daily mayhem, Trump and his fossil fuel buddies are getting away with environmental plunder. | It's not a surprise, really, given that Trump believes man-made climate change is a bunch of stale chow mein, as he notoriously tweeted: | The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. | — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 | Unfortunately, Trump has moved beyond his wacky conspiracy theory and sparked a full-on assault on the environmental laws, science and regulatory apparatus which act as our best hope to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In documents

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-14). US-Europe Alliance Will Outlast Trump, No Matter What He Does. therealnews.com Trump's erratic behavior towards allies is causing pundits in the US and abroad to worry about the future of the Transatlantic Alliance between the US and Europe. The concern is misplaced, however, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

Kim C. Domenico (2018-09-14). How to Keep Going by Knowing the Apocalypse is Now: a Lesson From the Pig Farm. counterpunch.org "Yet one thing I fight for, tooth and nail, all the time. And that is my bit of inward peace, where I am at one with myself." — D.H. Lawrence, "What Would You Fight For?" "We've been hearing from shamanic healers for decades about "connecting to spirit," but their message sidesteps industrial capitalism… and open, More

Robert Hunziker (2018-09-14). The Elite World Order in Jitters. counterpunch.org According to a brand new book by Peter Phillips, the world is now controlled by a handful (actually several handfuls) of powerful/rich elites via interlocking capital exchanges spanning the globe. This ultra small coterie dictates world events and expects results. However, they are painfully aware that forces from down below are growling, growing restless, very More

Ben Dangl (2018-09-14). After 9/11: The Staggering Economic and Human Cost of the War on Terror. counterpunch.org "Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there," President George W. Bush announced on September 20th, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. Bush's "War on Terror" did not end with Al Qaeda — it has roared on into an endless conflict spanning the globe, costing hundreds of thousands of lives and More

CounterSpin (2018-09-14). Richard Kim on Brett Kavanaugh, Jamil Dakwar on John Bolton. fair.org Media…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-14). Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a "License to Pollute"? A Debate on Cap and Trade. democracynow.org Protesters disrupted the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, criticizing California Governor Jerry Brown in part for his support for cap and trade. Cap and trade is a market-driven strategy in which governments cap emission levels, then allow companies to buy and sell permits to pollute. California has the most far-reaching cap-and-trade program in the United States. Last year Governor Brown signed an extension to the state's cap-and-trade law, which began under Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Brown has credited cap and trade with limiting the state's greenhouse gas emissions, but the issue…

Whitney Webb (2018-09-14). After Cutting All UNWRA Humanitarian Aid, US to Award Israel with $3.3B/Year in Military Aid. mintpressnews.com The bill, combined with even more aid given to Israeli missile defense, would give $38 billion to Israel over the next ten years, roughly equivalent to $23,000 for every Jewish family living in Israel over the next decade.

Arnold August (2018-09-14). Cuba's 'Sonic Attacks' vs Edinburgh University: The 40% Mystery. counterpunch.org On August 15, 2018, the U.S. State Department announced yet another measure toward reducing its Havana embassy staff and its effectiveness by limiting the diplomats' stays to one year. This extremely limited affectation category is normally applied to countries at war, such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The change in U.S. policy is based on a More

Charles Pierson (2018-09-14). Invade The Hague! Bolton vs. the ICC. counterpunch.org Picture this on a movie poster: "The International Criminal Court Wants to Put America on Trial. They Didn't Count on John Bolton." The Ramboesque Bolton, hawk to end all hawks, has declared war on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The reason: ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensudahas requested authority for an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan More

RS Ahthion (2018-09-14). Two Long-Standing American Traditions: Committing War Crimes & Ignoring International Law. counterpunch.org The United States threatened Monday to arrest and prosecute judges and officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American convicted of war crimes in Afghanistan.(2) The United States (and it's vassal states that make up NATO) has long shifted to a permanent war doctrine. Under the guise of fighting "communism" More

Andrew Levine (2018-09-14). A Bulwark Against the Idiocy of Conservatives Like Brett Kavanaugh. counterpunch.org Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 | In his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Brett Kavanaugh put on a prodigious display of vacuity and mendacity. Kavanaugh is the retrograde jurist picked by Donald Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that arose when the Court's "swing vote," Anthony Kennedy, retired. | His politics is god awful, but that is hardly news. It was a sure thing that Trump would nominate someone with god-awful politics. Because he knows little and cares less about the judicial system, except when it impinges on his financial shenanigans, and because, as part of his pact with "conservatives" Trump outsourced judicial appointments to the Federalist Society, anyone he would nominate was bound to come with god-awful politics. | At least, this particular god-awful jurist is well schooled, well spoken (in the way that lawyers…

Casey Williams (2018-09-14). What happens when the 'alt-right' starts believing in climate change? peoplesworld.org asked its readers a question: "What does it mean for whites if climate change is real?" | In its bombastic response, the magazine bucked two decades of conservative dogma to offer an ethno-nationalist take on planetary warming. Conceding that scientists might be right about climate change, it worried that shifting weather patterns could drive more black and brown people to the Global North, where whites will face a choice: stem the migrant tide or die. | "The population explosion in the global south combined with climate change and liberal attitudes towards migration are the single greatest external threat to Western civilization," AmRen wrote. "[It's] more serious than Islamic terrorism or Hispanic illegal immigration." | White supremacists like Jared Taylor are pushing the far right to prepare for the reality of climate change, but they are using it to argue for stricter immigration controls…

Daniel Warner (2018-09-14). Hubris on and Off the Court. counterpunch.org The ancient Greeks used hubris to describea personality of exaggerated pride or overconfidence. Often the hubristic person went so far as to challenge the gods, which inevitably led to that person's downfall. The recent performance of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open and the exaggerated narrative of America's greatness at John McCain's funeral ceremony demonstrate More

Eric Ortiz (2018-09-14). Freedom Flotilla Missions Will Continue 'Until Palestine Is Free'. consortiumnews.com The bold journey of the 2018 Freedom Flotilla Coalition dared Palestinians and the world to dream of peace, dignity and freedom for all. Now, we must keep working to build a culture of nonviolence, writes Elizabeth Murray. By Elizabeth Murray… Read more →

Ryan Gallagher (2018-09-14). Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers. theintercept.com Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people's queries, The Intercept can reveal. | The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | Previously undisclosed details about the plan, obtained by The Intercept on Friday, show that Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as "human rights," "student protest," and "Nobel Prize" in Mandarin. | Leading human rights groups have criticized Dragonfly, saying that it could result in the company "directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations." A central concern expressed by the groups is…

Sandy Tolan (2018-09-14). After Oslo: How Peace Became a Dirty Word in the Middle East. counterpunch.org When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I'd watched on television at home. The emotional welcoming of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat back to Palestine. The massive demonstrations for peace on the More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-09-14). The Veiled Danger of the 'Dead' Oslo Accords. counterpunch.org Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli 'peacemaker' is like the mythical phoenix, constantly resurrecting from its own ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. A confederation "could prevent the need to evacuate settlers and allow those interested to live in More

RT (2018-09-14). US to bomb Syria to protect Al-Qaeda? Tucker Carlson marvels at Washington's Idlib logic (VIDEO). rt.com Washington's threats to take military action to deter a Syrian assault on Al-Qaeda-held Idlib province has prompted Fox News host Tucker Carlson to ask the obvious question: Why would the US bomb a country to protect terrorists?

wsws (2018-09-14). SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit. wsws.org Niles spoke with students at Wayne State University about the fight for socialism and the struggle against war and social inequality.

RT (2018-09-14). #Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars. rt.com Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT. |

wsws (2018-09-14). Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin. wsws.org Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.

2018-09-17: Social Media Postees

The Culture of Hate
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2018-09-17
In researching his new book, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges mingled with groups driven by antipathy for Muslims and others. This excerpt from "America: The Farewell Tour" offers intimate portraits of a few of their members. | The post The Culture of Hate appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/the-culture-of-hate/

Watch: Kellyanne Conway Tried to Have It Both Ways When Asked About the Kavanaugh Allegations on Fox & Friends
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Christine Blasey Ford's attorney has stated she is willing to testify before the Senate. The Judiciary Committee has not yet decided how to proceed. | On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, came forward as the woman behind the letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at age 17. The allegation of a viole. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/kellyanne-conway-christine-blasey-ford-brett-kavanaugh

Rape Culture: Prominent Conservatives Rush to the Defense of Brett Kavanaugh in Wake of Sexual Assault Allegation
Taylor Link, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Prominent conservatives and right-wing pundits have been up in arms over the revelation. | On Sunday, Brett Kavanaugh's accuser ditched her anonymity, putting a name behind the allegations whispered around Washington, D. C. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, came. . .
alternet.org/rape-culture-prominent-conservatives-rush-defense-brett-kavanaugh-wake-sexual-assault-allegation

A Traditional Right: Jimmie àÖkesson and the Sweden Democrats
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/17/a-traditional-right-jimmie-akesson-and-the-sweden-democrats/

Syria's Christian City: Seven Years Under Fire at the Idlib Frontline
Tom Westcott | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Each night, the streets of the Christian town of Mhardeh teem with life. | Young people in trendy attire drink beer and smoke Shisha pipes, shyly eyeing up attractive passersby and posing for group selfies, while off-duty soldiers with their girlfriends … | The post Syria's Christian City: Seven Years Under Fire at the Idlib Frontline appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/syrias-christian-city-seven-years-under-fire-at-the-idlib-frontline/5654308

Bloomberg: Iran's Oil Exports Are Drying Up
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
Bloomberg US news agency reported on Sunday that Iran's oil exports had declined nearly to one third since US President Donald Trump announced the reimposition of sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from the nuclear weapons deal in May. Bloomberg's report explained that Iranian oil exports reached less than 2 million barrels per day in August, which […] | The post Bloomberg: Iran's Oil Exports Are Drying Up appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/17/iran-oil-exports-are-drying-up/

Hurricane Florence: Sixty Foot Flood to Inundate Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Cape Fear River NC
Roy Morrison | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
On Saturday morning, CNN reports that National Weather Service forecast flood waters on Cape Fear River in Wilmington N.C. to crest at 60 feet (sixty feet) early next week. Wilmington is near Southport, home of two reactor Brunswick nuclear plant | … | The post Hurricane Florence: Sixty Foot Flood to Inundate Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Cape Fear River NC appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/hurricane-florence-sixty-foot-flood-to-inundate-brunswick-nuclear-plant-on-cape-fear-river-nc/5654269

The Bluffer's Guide to Bombing Syria
Peter Ford | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
The propaganda mills of the British and American governments – spokespersons, media, think tanks – are working overtime churning out 'talking points' to justify the upcoming large scale bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons. | Here … | The post The Bluffer's Guide to Bombing Syria appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-bluffers-guide-to-bombing-syria/5654266

Al Qaeda & Hollywood: The American Film Industry is Promoting War
Grayzone Project | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-17
An exclusive Grayzone investigative documentary rips the cover off of the most sophisticated and expensive campaign of humanitarian interventionist propaganda in modern history. | The post Al Qaeda & Hollywood: The American Film Industry is Promoting War appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/al-qaeda-cries-from-syria/249402/

The Liberation of Idlib: Turkey Is in the Way, with Russia Slowing Down
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Turkey is pushing further reinforcements of troops, commando units and tanks into the northern Syrian city of Idlib and around it, for a specific objective: to disrupt the attack against the city by the Syrian forces and their allies supported … | The post The Liberation of Idlib: Turkey Is in the Way, with Russia Slowing Down appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-liberation-of-idlib-turkey-is-in-the-way-with-russia-slowing-down/5654276

Trump's Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Good work Mr. President! You have now managed to lay the groundwork for a grand Chinese-Russian alliance. The objective of intelligent diplomacy is to divide one's foes, not to unite them. | This epic blunder comes at a time when the … | The post Trump's Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/trumps-reckless-hostility-unites-china-and-russia/5654315

Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era
Mairead Maguire | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
In examining the future, we must look to the past. As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full faith that our government is keeping us safe from the unknown. But by looking at…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/17/demonization-of-russia-in-a-new-cold-war-era/

US: No Secret Meeting Of Trump's Envoy And General Qasem Soleimani
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
The US Embassy in Iraq has denied reports of a secret meeting between Iran's commander of Quds Force, Major General Qasem Soleimani, and American Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh Brett McGurk, last Tuesday. Through its official Twitter account, the US Embassy in Iraq denied the validity of the news and confirmed […] | The post US: No Secret Meeting Of Trump's Envoy And General Qasem Soleimani appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/17/us-secret-meeting-general-qasem-soleimani/

Activists Arrested After Mass Strike In Iran's Kurdistan Province Against "Revenge" Executions
FHRII | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
After a mass strike by Kurdish merchants in western Iran on September 12, 2018, Iranian security forces arrested several civil rights activists in the region, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. The strikers closed their shops in protest against recent executions of Kurdish prisoners and Iran's missile attack on Kurdish dissidents in Northern Iraq. "I […] | The post Activists Arrested After Mass Strike In Iran's Kurdistan Province Against "Revenge" Executions appeared first on…
iranian.com/2018/09/17/activists-arrested-after-mass-strike-in-irans-kurdistan/

CNN Ratings Down Sharply, Losing To Nickelodeon And Fox News
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
Trump's "fake news" nemesis, CNN, experienced a dramatic collapse in ratings last week compared to 2017.According to AdWeek, CNN viewership tumbled 41% in daytime TV ratings and tumbled 36% in primetime versus the same week last year. "CNN ranked No. 6 across basic cable in total primetime viewers, and No. 5 in total day this past week. […] | The post CNN Ratings Down Sharply, Losing To Nickelodeon And Fox News appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/17/cnn-ratings-down-sharply-losing-to-nickelodeon-and-fox-news/

After The Battle Of Salamis
Farid Parsa | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
On top of Acropolis among the ancient monuments, the crimson sunset and the misty islands in the distance can still appear mythical as if history can go back and forth freely without the trammel of time. Acropolis was no ordinary elevated rocky platform as the massive Persian army approached. It was the political, religious and […] | The post After The Battle Of Salamis appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/17/after-the-battle-of-salamis/

Iran Accuses Twitter Of Allowing 'Regime Change' Propaganda Accounts Backed By US
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing anti-government ones backed by the United States, Reuters reports. In August, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation. "Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, […] | The post Iran Accuses Twitter Of Allowing 'Regime Change' Propaganda Acco…
iranian.com/2018/09/17/iran-accuses-twitter-of-allowing-regime-change-propaganda-accounts-backed-by-us/

British Airways To End London-Tehran Flights On Sep. 22
Mehr News Agency | iranian.com | 2018-09-17
In a statement issued by the company on Sunday, direct flights from UK capital London to Iran's capital Tehran, will end on September 22, for economic reasons. The last flight from Tehran to London will take place on September 23. Earlier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also decided to suspend its direct flights to Tehran for […] | The post British Airways To End London-Tehran Flights On Sep. 22 appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/17/british-airways-to-end-london-tehran-flights/

US Holding Nearly 13,000 Migrant Children in Detention Centers
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | A recently published report shows the number of detained migrant children is almost five times greater … | The post US Holding Nearly 13,000 Migrant Children in Detention Centers appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/us-holding-nearly-13000-migrant-children-in-detention-centers/5654255

As the Biosphere Dies, So Do We: Using the Power of Nature to Heal the Planet
Shared by britney | truthout.org | 2018-09-17
One only need look outside the window to understand that human-caused climate disruption is in overdrive. | Record warm temperatures, floods, droughts, wildfires and increasing incidents of extreme weather events have run rampant across the Northern Hemisphere this summer. These events, at least in part, stem from a global temperature increase of "only" 1 degree Celsius (1 ∞C) above preindustrial baseline temperatures. | Harvard and MIT biogeochemist and climate and coral reef expert Dr. Thomas Goreau put this in stark perspective. | "Today's carbon dioxide levels at 400 parts per million (ppm) [are] akin to bringing about a steady state temperature of 7 ∞C higher and sea levels 23 meters higher than they are today," Goreau, who is also president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and coordinator of the Soil Carbon Alliance, told Truthout. In other words, the last time there was…
truthout.org/articles/as-the-biosphere-dies-so-do-we-using-the-power-of-nature-to-heal-the-planet/

US War Strategists: Military Defeats and Political Success
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
Introduction | In a previous article (" US: The Century of Lost Wars") I recorded the repeated US military defeats over the past two decades. In this discussion I will describe the role of military strategists who bear responsibility for … | The post US War Strategists: Military Defeats and Political Success appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/us-war-strategists-military-defeats-and-political-success/5654317

The Wrong Lesson We Learned from Enron that Led Directly to the 2008 Crash
Gavin Benke, History News Network | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Enron was a warning sign about the dangers of the very financial derivatives that threatened the entire global economy ten years ago. | Recently Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO the infamous Texas energy company Enron, was quietly released from prison and placed into a halfway house. To some, the news might offer a satisfying conclusion to the Enron story. The details of the company's 2001 collapse, involving a massive accounting fraud, were so outlan. . .
alternet.org/wrong-lesson-we-learned-enron-led-directly-2008-crash

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With
Amanda Froelich | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-17
This article was first posted on Global Research in September 2017. | For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled 'Agent Orange,' to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were … | The post Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/agent-orange-24-chilling-photos-of-the-vietnam-war-crimes-the-us-got-away-with/5609892

Watch | The US is Facilitating War Crimes in Yemen
Randi Nord | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-17
Since its inception, the United States has tried to portray itself as a defender of human rights both at home and globally. But, for well over three years, the children of Yemen have had to experience first-hand the worst oppression the US has to offer. | The post Watch | The US is Facilitating War Crimes in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/yemen-us-war-crimes-unhrc/249400/

American Fascism
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Fascism is a loaded topic for Americans. The term is usually put forward as oppositional, as the flip side of representative democracy, e.g. authoritarian. Left unaddressed is whose interests' American representative democracy represents. Twenty years of research by political scientist Thomas Ferguson strongly supports the conclusion that it is monied interests (a/k/a the rich) that determines public policy. And while this isn't the authoritarian leader alluded to with the charge of fascism, neither does it contrast with it in the sense implied.
counterpunch.org/2018/09/17/american-fascism/

The Long Fall of Bob Woodward: From Nixon's Nemesis to Cheney's Savoir
Jeffrey St. Clair, Alexander Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Bob Woodward's new book Fear: Trump in the White House is selling faster than any book in the last 50 years, stampeding across the records set by Dan Brown and JK Rowling. Woodward can thank Trump for helping to promote the book. Trump's weeklong meltdown fooled readers into believing there might be something really explosive inside…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/17/the-long-fall-of-bob-woodward-from-nixons-nemesis-to-cheneys-savoir/

Socialist Analysis & Discussion on US War Drive in Middle East
PFSL | indybay.org | 2018-09-17
2969 Mission St. between 25th and 26th Sts.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/13/18817490.php

Japanese prime minister seeks improved relations with Russia
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
Japan is coming under increased pressure as a result of Washington's protectionist measures, which are compounding instability throughout the Asia Pacific region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.
rt.com/usa/438582-trump-newfound-wealth-backlash/

Possible persons of interest if the ICC investigates war crimes involving Americans
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2018-09-17
Because the United States government fails to convict those in its ranks that are involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity, the world awaits to see if the ICC will investigate the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed by US Forces and its allies!
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/16/18817544.php

Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
Washington supports Israel's aggression in Syria as part of its strategy to drive back Iranian influence in the country and throughout the Middle East.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Silicon Valley's corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association's annual conference embodies the fusion of America's technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

2018 Oakland Peace Lantern Ceremony
OACC | indybay.org | 2018-09-17
Lake Merritt Amphitheater | Lake Merritt Boulevard | Oakland, CA 94612…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/12/18817483.php

STEP 3:The SFCC HR Hearing Of SEIU1021 Potrero Hill Health Center Steward Cheryl Thornton
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2018-09-17
SEIU 1021 SF Potrero Hill Health Center steward Cheryl Thornton is a whistleblower and has been fighting to defend the clinic against racism and gentrification. The city is planning to close the community clinics down in their privatization drive. She talks about the frame-up against her and also others discuss the racist attack on African American workers and ethnic cleansing in San Francisco.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/15/18817532.php

This week in history: September 17-23
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-17
25 years ago: Yeltsin assumes dictatorial powers in RussiaOn September 21, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament, suspended the constitution and assumed dictatorial powers, blowing to pieces the pretense that his regime represented the development of "democracy" in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR. The action was the first in a series leading up to the bombardment of the Russian parliament building in October.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Kavanaugh's Accuser Comes Forward
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-16
Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University, alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her in high school, a charge he denies. | The post Kavanaugh's Accuser Comes Forward appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/kavanaughs-accuser-comes-forward/

Hatewatch Headlines 9/17/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-09-16
Sessions might OK investigating social media giants; the Christian Right allies with Putin's Russia; Bannon creates a furor in London over remarks; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/09/17/hatewatch-headlines-9172018

Senate Republicans Pump the Brakes on Supreme Court Vote As Trump Prepares to Go After Kavanaugh's Accuser
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-16
Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake said he can't vote until he hears more from Bret Kavanaugh's accuser. | Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Sunday, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, signaled a willingness to hold up Bret Kavanaugh's appointment to the U. S. Supreme Court after Christine Blasey Ford went public with her account of assault at Kavanaugh's hands in high school. "For me, we can't vote until we hear more," Fl. . .
alternet.org/senate-republicans-pump-brakes-supreme-court-vote-trump-prepares-go-after-kavanaughs-accuser

Emboldened by Trump, Israel Bombs Damascus International Airport
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Emboldened by Trump's continuing threats to protect al-Qaeda in Syria, Israel has chosen the joyous … | The post Emboldened by Trump, Israel Bombs Damascus International Airport appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/emboldened-by-trump-israel-bombs-damascus-international-airport/5654235

Presenting The Syria Deception: Al Qaeda Goes to Hollywood (VIDEO)
Dan Cohen | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-09-16
An exclusive Grayzone investigative documentary rips the cover off of the most sophisticated and expensive campaign of humanitarian interventionist propaganda… | The post Presenting The Syria Deception: Al Qaeda Goes to Hollywood (VIDEO) appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/09/15/presenting-the-syria-deception-al-qaeda-goes-to-hollywood-video/

Lawrence Wilkerson On The Neocons Plan: War In Syria, Then Iran
Adam Dick | iranian.com | 2018-09-16
Interviewed Tuesday by host Sharmini Peries at The Real News, Lawrence Wilkerson, a College of William & Mary professor and former chief of staff for United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned that "the neoconservative agenda" for an escalated United States war on Syria followed by war on Iran has had a "resurrection" in President […] | The post Lawrence Wilkerson On The Neocons Plan: War In Syria, Then Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/15/neocons-plan-war-in-syria-then-iran/

Here's the Incriminating Case Against Mike Pence
jamess, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-09-16
How much did Mike Pence know about former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contact with Russians? | Since the Resignation of the Mad Tweeter appears to be in the legal cards, hopefully sooner as opposed to later — I figured it was about time to turn the "scrutiny telescope" towards the sel. . .
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Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era
Mairead Maguire | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-16
In examining the future, we must look to the past. | As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full … | The post Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/demonization-of-russia-in-a-new-cold-war-era/5654226

Defying Trump, Iraq Parliament Elects Pro-Iran Candidates
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-09-16
Iran on Sunday hailed the selections made by Iraq's parliament a day after the body elected candidates backed by a pro-Tehran bloc as speaker and first deputy. "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports decisions made by the (Iraqi) people's elected representatives," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said. "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported […] | The post Defying Trump, Iraq Parliament Elects Pro-Iran Candidates appeared first on …
iranian.com/2018/09/16/defying-trump-iraq-parliament-elects-pro-iran-candidates/

Forget Putin, Trump Is Acting In Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate
Miko Peled | iranian.com | 2018-09-16
Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; pulling out of the Iran agreement; defunding UNRWA, and closing the PLO mission in D.C.: every Trump administration move satisfies the objectives of the Israeli government while not benefiting the United States in the least. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the months leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Oslo […] | The post Forget Putin, Trump Is Acting In Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate appeared first on …
iranian.com/2018/09/16/trump-is-netanyahus-manchurian-candidate/

Iranian Embassy Attacked In Paris: Tehran Critical Of French Police
The Iranian | iranian.com | 2018-09-16
Iran has accused French police of failing to respond quickly to what it called an attack against its embassy in the French capital by Kurdish activists. "Unfortunately, the French police forces were not present when assailants affiliated to a terrorist group attacked the embassy. The issues of attack and the police force's slow reaction are […] | The post Iranian Embassy Attacked In Paris: Tehran Critical Of French Police appeared first on The Iranian.
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Nobody in the White House Is Part of "the Resistance"
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-09-16
Last week, the White House continued its furious hunt for the anonymous official who proclaimed themselves part of "The Resistance" in a New York Times op-ed. Unsurprisingly, the president was "obsessed" with it, CNN reports. | What really set Trump off — perhaps understandably — was the suggestion that aides were deliberately undermining orders. "We want the administration to succeed," the author said, before describing a coordinated effort to "thwart parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations." | But not all of that agenda. The author praised Trump's commitment to "effective deregulation, historic tax reform, [and] a more robust military," and even complained about "near-ceaseless negative coverage" obscuring those supposed accomplishments. | The president's behavior in pursuit of that agenda may be "detrimental to…
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Grim Warnings for White House, GOP Ahead of Election
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-16
A top Republican pollster reportedly cites voters' feelings about President Trump as the determining factor in the November midterms, amid a darkening mood in the party over prospects for holding the House and even the Senate. | The post Grim Warnings for White House, GOP Ahead of Election appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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U.S. Crimes against Humanity: "President Bolton" Threatens to Sanction the International Criminal Court
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Earlier this week, John Bolton–Trump's national security adviser and basically the president of US foreign … | The post U.S. Crimes against Humanity: "President Bolton" Threatens to Sanction the International Criminal Court appeared first on Global Research.
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US, UK, Saudis, and UAE Want Yemenis to Starve
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Famine stalks Yemen because of US/UK supported bombing raids coupled with a naval blockade — ignoring … | The post US, UK, Saudis, and UAE Want Yemenis to Starve appeared first on Global Research.
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What Is the Left in Canada?
Kim Petersen | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | A claim to righteousness in international affairs is fundamental to Canadian exceptionalism, the idea that this … | The post What Is the Left in Canada? appeared first on Global Research.
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Australia and the Woes of Climate Change States
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | As Australia's tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled … | The post Australia and the Woes of Climate Change States appeared first on Global Research.
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Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War. Prism of Disaster
PKVDP | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-16
'Based on wide-ranging meticulous research, van der Pijl utilises the case of the downing of MH17 as a prism to refract the political corruption of state-directed oligarchic capitalism in Ukraine coupled to the self-interest of a neo-liberal driven European Union. … | The post Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War. Prism of Disaster. appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump Is Giving Protectionism a Bad Name
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-09-16
While it might not seem like it now, President Donald Trump is a gift to free market–oriented economists and policymakers. His clumsy approach to protectionism has ignited a trade war that inevitably will harm the US economy. When the pendulum inexorably swings the other way after the Trump fiasco, free-trade ideology will return with a vengeance. This is a potential tragedy for left-leaning policy analysts who have long been concerned about the excesses of neoliberalism and argued for a more measured use of tariffs to foster local economic development. As such, it is critical that we distinguish between Trump's right-wing nationalist embrace of tariffs and the more nuanced use of this tool to support infant industries. | As a development geographer and an Africanist scholar, I have long been critical of unfettered free trade because of its deleterious economic impacts on African countries.
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Annie Leonard: Governor Jerry Brown Doesn't Care About Climate Justice
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-16
Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard says to be a climate leader, California Governor Jerry Brown must stop issuing new fossil fuel permits, protect frontline communities instead of the oil and gas industry, and begin a just transition to sustainable energy | The post Annie Leonard: Governor Jerry Brown Doesn't Care About Climate Justice appear…
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ISIS Has Not Vanished. It Is Fighting a Guerrilla War Against the Iraqi State
Simona Foltyn | theintercept.com | 2018-09-16
The knock came one night late last year, a persistent bang on the metal door. The family inside shuddered as the sound echoed through the sparsely furnished farmhouse. Officially, their village had been liberated from the so-called Islamic State in October 2017, along with the nearby town of Hawija. But the military campaign had been hasty. The militants had sought refuge in the nearby mountains, leaving Iraqi forces to sweep through the area unchallenged. | Now it was November, a month after ISIS had ostensibly been vanquished, and the militants were back. The elite Iraqi units that had fought ISIS on the battlefield were gone, and the forces who had replaced them were poorly trained and thinly spread across these vast, hilly areas, honeycombed with riverbeds and irrigation channels that offered the insurgents plenty of hideouts. | On that fall night near Hawija,…
theintercept.com/2018/09/16/isis-has-not-vanished-it-is-fighting-a-guerrilla-war-against-the-iraqi-state/

DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate
Daniel A. Medina | theintercept.com | 2018-09-15
As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. | "Oh, my God," Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for state Senate had done what socialists do not typically do in American politics: She'd won, and won big, knocking off longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan. | Her 18-point victory over the four-term establishment incumbent was another watershed moment for the Democratic Socialists of America, whose rise in American politics in the Donald Trump era went into hyperdrive in June with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory. | "This is a victory for workers," said a still-startled Salazar in her short victory speech. "This is a victory for the…
theintercept.com/2018/09/15/julia-salazar-new-york-senate-dsa/

Forget Putin, Trump is Acting in Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-15
Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; pulling out of the Iran agreement; defunding UNRWA, and closing the PLO mission in D.C.: every Trump administration move satisfies the objectives of the Israeli government while not benefiting the United States in the least. | The post Forget Putin, Trump is Acting in Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate appeared first on MintPress News.
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Haiti's Founding Father's Black Revolution Was Too Radical for Thomas Jefferson
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-09-15
Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned revolutionary general. | When Dessalines declared Haiti's independence from France in 1804 after a 13-year slave uprising and civil war, he became the Americas' first Black head of state. | Supporting the French colonial perspective, leaders across the Americas and Europe immediately demonized Dessalines. Even in the United States, itself newly independent from Britain, newspapers recounted horrific stories of the final years of the Haitian Revolution, a war for independence that took the lives of some 50,000 French soldiers and over 100,000 Black and mixed-race Haitians. | For more than two centuries, Dessalines was memorialized as a ruthless brute. | Now, say…
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American History for Truthdiggers: The Slow, Perilous Shift to Emancipation
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2018-09-15
In 1861-65, Americans waged a war among themselves that remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. It began as a fight to preserve the Union but morphed into an abolitionist war to free 4 million men, women and children from bondage. | The post American History for Truthdiggers: The Slow, Perilous Shift to Emancipation appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Fox News Fact-Checks a False Economic Claim Made by a Trump — For a Second Time This Week
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-09-15
The president's son also repeated an anti-Semitic slur he had previously used regarding Bob Woodward's book "Fear | Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, was fact-checked Thursday by Republican-friendly Fox News after he mischaracterized the health of the economy under former President Barack Obama in order to play up his father's record. During an appearance on. . .
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Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-15
Turkey and the major NATO imperialist powers made clear that they are ready to counterattack against Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-15
Columnist Bret Stephens, who penned the Times article demanding escalation in Syria, is a longtime Republican neocon who fervently supported the Iraq war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Obama's Imperial Presidency
Carl Boggs | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
Photo Source The U.S. Army | CC BY 2.0 | Could Donald Trump already be the worst of all American presidents? In less than two years his record on the world scene has been frightening enough: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accords, scuttling of the Iran nuclear treaty, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, unjustifiably punitive sanctions against Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, terror bombing of Mosul and other Iraq cities, bombastic threats against friends and enemies alike — not to mention a $54 billion gift to the Pentagon and stepped-up nuclear "modernization". Hard to imagine much worse. | One article of faith among liberals and the corporate media is that Trump's presidency stands alone as a house or horrors, unprecedented in its fascistic authoritarianism, crazy pronouncements, and ideological blend of xenophobia, racism, sexism, and sheer extremism. Those in the "resistance"
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/obamas-imperial-presidency/

U.S. Conducts Live-Fire Drills With Syrian 'Rebels' in Rare Display Aimed at Russia
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-14
The eight days of "live-fire and ground assault" drills involve "hundreds" of U.S. troops and allied Syrian insurgents cooperating together. | The post U.S. Conducts Live-Fire Drills With Syrian 'Rebels' in Rare Display Aimed at Russia appeared first on MintPress News.
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A Murder in Aleppo
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
The Syrian government has been advertising its victories of late. A vast international fair in Damascus, the reconstruction of the old city of Homs — though it has a long, long way to go — and a spankingly restored Sheraton Hotel next to the still sepulchral ruins of eastern Aleppo. But you cannot wash away either…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/a-murder-in-aleppo/

As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed
Reed Richardson | fair.org | 2018-09-14
Corporate media obsessed over the whodunit of an anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times ( 9/5/18). | The anonymous New York Times op-ed ( 9/5/18), purportedly written by a senior Trump administration official, coupled with the release of Bob Woodward's new book, Fear–itself full of White House back-stabbing and anonymous quotes–unleashed a veritable tsunami of breathless press speculation last week. But lost amidst the deluge was a Trump administration story that will have deadly, far-reaching consequences long after the Times op-ed is forgotten and Woodward's book hits the discount pile. That's because Trump effectively endorsed endless US war in Syria last week, and almost no one in the press noticed. | There were a few lonely exceptions. The Washington Post ( 9/6/18) spelled out the new Trump administration policy quite clearly, though the banality with which US foreign…
fair.org/home/as-trump-commits-to-endless-war-corporate-media-obsess-over-anonymous-op-ed/

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's Russia probe. The move allows him to avoid a second criminal trial and ends…
peoplesworld.org/article/manafort-pleads-guilty-will-cooperate-with-special-counsel/

Fascism and Islamic Fundamentalism
Farhang Jahanpour | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
The rise of Fascism and Totalitarianism Just over 100 years ago, Britain, France, Germany and Russia ruled half of the world — most of Europe, all of Africa, South Asia, most of Southeast Asia, and most of the Pacific region. They dominated China and were of course influential everywhere else. During the past century, including the…
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From CO2 to Methane, Trump's Hurricane of Destruction
Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 | While the Trump administration swirls around in a vortex of Tweets, lies and Russiagate, one thing is for certain, while we are all distracted and perplexed by the daily mayhem, Trump and his fossil fuel buddies are getting away with environmental plunder. | It's not a surprise, really, given that Trump believes man-made climate change is a bunch of stale chow mein, as he notoriously tweeted: | The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. | — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 | Unfortunately, Trump has moved beyond his wacky conspiracy theory and sparked a full-on assault on the environmental laws, science and regulatory apparatus which act as our best hope to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In documents
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After 9/11: The Staggering Economic and Human Cost of the War on Terror
Ben Dangl | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
"Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there," President George W. Bush announced on September 20th, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. Bush's "War on Terror" did not end with Al Qaeda — it has roared on into an endless conflict spanning the globe, costing hundreds of thousands of lives and…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/after-9-11-the-staggering-economic-and-human-cost-of-the-war-on-terror/

The Elite World Order in Jitters
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
According to a brand new book by Peter Phillips, the world is now controlled by a handful (actually several handfuls) of powerful/rich elites via interlocking capital exchanges spanning the globe. This ultra small coterie dictates world events and expects results. However, they are painfully aware that forces from down below are growling, growing restless, very…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/the-elite-world-order-in-jitters/

Two Long-Standing American Traditions: Committing War Crimes & Ignoring International Law
RS Ahthion | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
The United States threatened Monday to arrest and prosecute judges and officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American convicted of war crimes in Afghanistan.(2) The United States (and it's vassal states that make up NATO) has long shifted to a permanent war doctrine. Under the guise of fighting "communism"
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A Bulwark Against the Idiocy of Conservatives Like Brett Kavanaugh
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
Photo Source Becker1999 | CC BY 2.0 | In his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Brett Kavanaugh put on a prodigious display of vacuity and mendacity. Kavanaugh is the retrograde jurist picked by Donald Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that arose when the Court's "swing vote," Anthony Kennedy, retired. | His politics is god awful, but that is hardly news. It was a sure thing that Trump would nominate someone with god-awful politics. Because he knows little and cares less about the judicial system, except when it impinges on his financial shenanigans, and because, as part of his pact with "conservatives" Trump outsourced judicial appointments to the Federalist Society, anyone he would nominate was bound to come with god-awful politics. | At least, this particular god-awful jurist is well schooled, well spoken (in the way that lawyers…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/a-bulwark-against-the-idiocy-of-conservatives-like-brett-kavanaugh/

Cuba's 'Sonic Attacks' vs Edinburgh University: The 40% Mystery
Arnold August | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
On August 15, 2018, the U.S. State Department announced yet another measure toward reducing its Havana embassy staff and its effectiveness by limiting the diplomats' stays to one year. This extremely limited affectation category is normally applied to countries at war, such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The change in U.S. policy is based on a…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/cubas-sonic-attacks-vs-edinburgh-university-the-40-mystery/

What happens when the 'alt-right' starts believing in climate change?
Casey Williams | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-14
asked its readers a question: "What does it mean for whites if climate change is real?" | In its bombastic response, the magazine bucked two decades of conservative dogma to offer an ethno-nationalist take on planetary warming. Conceding that scientists might be right about climate change, it worried that shifting weather patterns could drive more black and brown people to the Global North, where whites will face a choice: stem the migrant tide or die. | "The population explosion in the global south combined with climate change and liberal attitudes towards migration are the single greatest external threat to Western civilization," AmRen wrote. "[It's] more serious than Islamic terrorism or Hispanic illegal immigration." | White supremacists like Jared Taylor are pushing the far right to prepare for the reality of climate change, but they are using it to argue for stricter immigration controls…
peoplesworld.org/article/what-happens-when-the-alt-right-starts-believing-in-climate-change/

Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a "License to Pollute"? A Debate on Cap and Trade
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-14
Protesters disrupted the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, criticizing California Governor Jerry Brown in part for his support for cap and trade. Cap and trade is a market-driven strategy in which governments cap emission levels, then allow companies to buy and sell permits to pollute. California has the most far-reaching cap-and-trade program in the United States. Last year Governor Brown signed an extension to the state's cap-and-trade law, which began under Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Brown has credited cap and trade with limiting the state's greenhouse gas emissions, but the issue…
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How to Keep Going by Knowing the Apocalypse is Now: a Lesson From the Pig Farm
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
"Yet one thing I fight for, tooth and nail, all the time. And that is my bit of inward peace, where I am at one with myself." — D.H. Lawrence, "What Would You Fight For?" "We've been hearing from shamanic healers for decades about "connecting to spirit," but their message sidesteps industrial capitalism… and open,…
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US-Europe Alliance Will Outlast Trump, No Matter What He Does
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-14
Trump's erratic behavior towards allies is causing pundits in the US and abroad to worry about the future of the Transatlantic Alliance between the US and Europe. The concern is misplaced, however, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot | The post US-Europe Alliance Will Outlast Trump, No Matter What He Does appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Invade The Hague! Bolton vs. the ICC
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
Picture this on a movie poster: "The International Criminal Court Wants to Put America on Trial. They Didn't Count on John Bolton." The Ramboesque Bolton, hawk to end all hawks, has declared war on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The reason: ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensudahas requested authority for an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/invade-the-hague-bolton-vs-the-icc/

After Cutting All UNWRA Humanitarian Aid, US to Award Israel with $3.3B/Year in Military Aid
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-14
The bill, combined with even more aid given to Israeli missile defense, would give $38 billion to Israel over the next ten years, roughly equivalent to $23,000 for every Jewish family living in Israel over the next decade. | The post After Cutting All UNWRA Humanitarian Aid, US to Award Israel with $3.3B/Year in Military Aid appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/after-cuting-all-unwra-humanitarian-aid-us-to-award-israel-with-3-3b-year-in-military-aid/249385/

Richard Kim on Brett Kavanaugh, Jamil Dakwar on John Bolton
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-09-14
Media…
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Hubris on and Off the Court
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
The ancient Greeks used hubris to describea personality of exaggerated pride or overconfidence. Often the hubristic person went so far as to challenge the gods, which inevitably led to that person's downfall. The recent performance of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open and the exaggerated narrative of America's greatness at John McCain's funeral ceremony demonstrate…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/hubris-on-and-off-the-court/

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-09-14
Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people's queries, The Intercept can reveal. | The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | Previously undisclosed details about the plan, obtained by The Intercept on Friday, show that Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as "human rights," "student protest," and "Nobel Prize" in Mandarin. | Leading human rights groups have criticized Dragonfly, saying that it could result in the company "directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations." A central concern expressed by the groups is…
theintercept.com/2018/09/14/google-china-prototype-links-searches-to-phone-numbers/

After Oslo: How Peace Became a Dirty Word in the Middle East
Sandy Tolan | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I'd watched on television at home. The emotional welcoming of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat back to Palestine. The massive demonstrations for peace on the…
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The Veiled Danger of the 'Dead' Oslo Accords
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli 'peacemaker' is like the mythical phoenix, constantly resurrecting from its own ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. A confederation…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/the-veiled-danger-of-the-dead-oslo-accords/

Freedom Flotilla Missions Will Continue 'Until Palestine Is Free'
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-14
The bold journey of the 2018 Freedom Flotilla Coalition dared Palestinians and the world to dream of peace, dignity and freedom for all. Now, we must keep working to build a culture of nonviolence, writes Elizabeth Murray. By Elizabeth Murray… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/09/14/freedom-flotilla-missions-will-continue-until-palestine-is-free/

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-14
Niles spoke with students at Wayne State University about the fight for socialism and the struggle against war and social inequality.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

In Idlib it's different? For US, 'humanitarian' concerns supersede rooting out Al-Qaeda (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
With Al-Qaeda's last major foothold in Syria now under threat, the US has suddenly become deeply concerned about civilians that could be caught in the crossfire — even as the US military loosens its own rules of engagement.
rt.com/usa/438452-idlib-us-military-syria/

#Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT.
rt.com/usa/438500-walkaway-banned-facebook-infowars/

Paul Manafort pleads guilty to two criminal charges, will cooperate with Mueller
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges, and will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' investigation as part of a plea deal.
rt.com/usa/438463-manfort-is-pleading-guilty/

US to bomb Syria to protect Al-Qaeda? Tucker Carlson marvels at Washington's Idlib logic (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
Washington's threats to take military action to deter a Syrian assault on Al-Qaeda-held Idlib province has prompted Fox News host Tucker Carlson to ask the obvious question: Why would the US bomb a country to protect terrorists?
rt.com/usa/438451-carlson-idlib-us-al-qaeda-syria/

Pentagon Refuses to Disclose Identity of Foreign Country Contacted About Trump's Military Parade
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-09-14
An unnamed foreign country communicated with planners of the now-scrapped Veterans Day military parade, according to documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request. | The parade was to run from the White House to the Capitol on November 11, the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I. President Donald Trump personally requested the military parade after witnessing a Bastille Day celebration in France, and members of all four armed forces were involved in the preparations. The parade polled poorly, with some, like Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., arguing that the event's $92 million price tag was an unwarranted extravagance driven by the president's ego. Ultimately, Trump canceled the parade in August, blaming D.C. leaders for the high cost. | Public Citizen requested communications between the Defense Department, the White House, and the National Park Service about…
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Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-09-14
Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people's queries, The Intercept can reveal. | The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. | Previously undisclosed details about the plan, obtained by The Intercept on Friday, show that Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as "human rights," "student protest," and "Nobel Prize" in Mandarin. | Leading human rights groups have criticized Dragonfly, saying that it could result in the company "directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations." A central concern expressed by the groups is…
theintercept.com/2018/09/14/google-china-prototype-links-searches-to-phone-numbers/

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-14
Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.
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Why the U.S. Seeks to Hem in Russia, China and Iran
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-13
America's three principal adversaries signify the shape of the world to come: a post-Western world of coexistence. But neoliberal and neocon ideology is unable to to accept global pluralism and multipolarity, argues Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/09/13/why-the-u-s-seeks-to-hem-in-russia-china-and-iran/

NAACP President Derrick Johnson Offers Hope, Encourages Black Voters to Know their Power During CBC Panel
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-09-13
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WASHINGTON (September 13, 2018) — NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson provided the following commentary at a Congressional Black Caucus panel on the status of minority voting rights in the nation: "As we look forward, we need to offer an opportunity to control the narrative and […] | The post NAACP President Derrick Johnson Offers Hope, Encourages Black Voters to Know their Power Duri…
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Big Coal Put Toxic Coal Ash in Unlined Dirt Ponds–Now a Hurricane Is Heading Directly Toward Them
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-13
As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, fear is growing that the storm could result in catastrophic waste spills. Twenty-four toxic coal ash containment ponds in the path of the storm are at risk of flooding in the extreme rainfall. We are joined by Will Hendrick, staff attorney with the Waterkeeper Alliance; Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center; and Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org.
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/13/b…

NC Lagoons Hold Billions of Gallons of Hog Feces. The Hurricane May Blast That Waste into Waterways
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-13
In North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, millions of residents are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which meteorologists are warning could unleash life-threatening storm surges and historic flooding across a wide swath of the East Coast. Even if the storm weakens, experts warn Hurricane Florence could kill thousands of farm animals and trigger catastrophic waste spills from sewage treatment plants, hog waste lagoons and chicken farms. Many of the factory hog farms in North Carolina store their waste by spraying it on nearby fields and neighborhoods, or by depositing it in lagoons tha…
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As Hurricane Florence Batters Carolinas, Media Ignores Climate Change Connection
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-13
Hurricanes are getting more powerful and more destructive because of global warming, which gives storms more energy, but as the mass media reports on the destruction, they leave out this connection. Climate scientist Kevin Trenberth explains the link | The post As Hurricane Florence Batters Carolinas, Media Ignores Climate Change Connection appeared first on
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