Daily Archives: September 27, 2018

2018-09-27: News Headlines

Gordon Adams (2018-09-27). The US Will Have To Accept Second-Class Status In The Middle East. iranian.com You may not have noticed it — the chair that wasn't there. The seven-year long Syrian civil war is ending with a government victory, aided by Russia and Iran. Talks to end to the war are accelerating. Who is at the table in those talks? Russia, Turkey and Iran. Noticeably, not the United States. The missing U.S. was starkly […]

Patrick Lawrence (2018-09-27). The Battle for Our Minds. globalresearch.ca There are battlefields in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere, but given the state of corporate media, perhaps the most consequential battle now being fought is for our minds, says Patrick Lawrence. | After reading The New York Times piece "The Plot

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-09-27). Iran Maneuvers To "Contain the US" In Syria. iranian.com Apart from Russia, it is Iran that has a legitimate presence in Syria, and has fought directly to prevent the fall of Assad from power. Over the last six years of Syrian war, Iran's role and character has expanded and changed from sending military advisers and fighters to becoming a new bone of contention between […]

SouthFront (2018-09-27). Russia Will Supply Syria With Short To Medium Range Air Defense Systems Beside S-300 — Report. iranian.com Russia will supply Syria with a batch of short to medium range air defense systems additionally to long range S-300 systems, which will soon be delivered to the country, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on September 26 citing Russian-language media. According to state-run news agency, Syria will receive additional Buk-M2E, Pantsir-S1 and Pechora-2M systems […]

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-27). The US' Mideast Missile Pullout Isn't That Big of a Deal. globalresearch.ca Observers shouldn't read too deeply into the US withdrawing some anti-air missile systems from the Mideast because it's motivated entirely by economic factors and has nothing to do with standing down in the face of Iran or Russia. | The Wall …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-27). 'I Don't Think He Belongs on the Supreme Court': Kavanaugh Accuser Speaks Out for the First Time. alternet.org Julie Swetnick is the first of Brett Kavanaugh's accusers to weigh in on TV. | This week, Julie Swetnick became the third woman to come forward with allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming that he and his friends used to spike drinks at high school parties to make girls easier to gang rape. She also claims she h. . .

Nyla Ali Khan (2018-09-27). The Power of Diplomatic Overtures Versus the Impotency of Political Rigidity. counterpunch.org In the wake of the cancellation of the scheduled meeting between the foreign minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Quraishi, which was going to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Session in New York, here's a particularly relevant excerpt from my book, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah's Reflections More

Howard Lisnoff (2018-09-27). On Hallowed Ground: Guns at Kent State. counterpunch.org In the U.S., nothing is sacred now and that includes the hallowed land on which four students were murdered in Ohio and nine others were wounded, some with injuries that they have had to deal with for their entire lives. Now on that hallowed ground in Ohio, an "open carry" walk is planned for September 29, 2018, as opposed to an originally scheduled rally on the campus of Kent State that will feature support of the so-called open carry of lethal weapons. More

William Hartung (2018-09-27). Trump's Space Force: Smoke and Mirrors or a Step Towards War in Space? counterpunch.org On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a "Space Force" that would give the U.S. "dominance" in that realm. It would be, he said — and here he used a classic phrase from the Jim Crow era of racial segregation — More

Staff (2018-09-27). Trump Is Subsidizing Companies That Send Jobs Overseas. truthdig.com On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to stop U.S. corporations from offshoring American jobs on " day one" of his presidency. | Just after his election, President Trump claimed to be following through on this promise when he supposedly brokered a deal to stop Carrier from sending jobs at its Indianapolis air conditioning and heating plant to a low-wage plant in Monterrey, Mexico. | This promise to save jobs proved to be nothing more than another of Trump's false claims. | Within 18 months of Trump's election, U.S. corporations had shipped 140,000 jobs overseas — including 700 of the jobs Trump supposedly saved at Carrier — according to a new report by Good Jobs Nation. | Even worse, more than 13,000 of these jobs were lost at major corporations that have been awarded billions of dollars in federal contracts…

Nino Pagliccia (2018-09-27). The Foreign "Visible Hand" of the Market Exposed and Barred in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Since 2012 Venezuela has undergone an economic war directed mostly by and from the U.S. that has targeted market prices of goods and services, in part, by the impact of unilateral economic sanctions, but also in large part by the …

Dean Baker (2018-09-27). China and the Trade War: Confusion at the Washington Post. counterpunch.org The Washington Post ran a very confused piece on how China perceives Donald Trump's trade war. First of all, it hugely exaggerated how much is at stake for China. It implied that China's economy could take a serious hit if Trump's trade war substantially reduces U.S. imports from China. At the moment, Trump is putting More

Staff (2018-09-27). Leaked Video Reveals Amazon's Belligerent Anti-Worker Tactics. truthdig.com As Amazon works to combat its public image as a starvation-wage employer by doling out mere pennies in pay hikes and deploying an army of workers to sing the company's praises on Twitter, a video leaked on Wednesday revealed that the trillion-dollar company is continuing to work feverishly behind the scenes to crush any attempts by workers to unionize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions. | The 45-minute training video—which, according to Gizmodo, was sent to managers of the Amazon-owned Whole Foods last week—instructs company leaders on how to detect "early warning signs of potential organizing," which include workers "suddenly hanging out together" and using "union words" like "living wage." | In a tweet responding to the video on Wednesday, the AFL-CIO—America's largest federation of unions—wrote: "We like those 'union words' which gave us a middle class.

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2018-09-27). Trump, Racism and Immigration: an Interview With Margaret Kimberley. counterpunch.org In mid-August, I enjoyed the great pleasure of meeting Margaret Kimberley for lunch in midtown Manhattan. Ms. Kimberley is an editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report, a member of Administration Committee for United National Antiwar Coalition, and a member of the coordinating committee of the Black Alliance for Peace. Her work is also More

Tehran Times (2018-09-27). "Desire To Fly" Director Yadollah Samadi Dies At 66. iranian.com Iranian director Yadollah Samadi, most famous for his epic TV series "Desire to Fly" on Iranian war hero Abbas Babai, died of heart failure at a Shiraz hospital on Tuesday. He was 66. He was at the hospital waiting for a liver transplant, Persian news agencies announced on Tuesday. Born in Maragheh, Samadi began his […]

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-09-27). Saudi Arabia Begins Construction of Petrol Pipeline Through War-Torn Yemen. mintpressnews.com Residents of al-Mahra, Yemen are staging protests and sit-ins over Saudi Arabia's military occupation of the province as well their construction of an oil pipeline without local approval.

teleSUR (2018-09-27). Evo Morales at UNGA: World Must End Arms Race, Focus on Climate Change. telesurtv.net The Bolivian president said countries use more military spending for interventions and building military bases instead of promoting world peace and prosperity and fighting inequality.

Richard Falk (2018-09-27). Bolton's Red Sky Worldview: ICC, International Law, and Iran. globalresearch.ca To be sure, on September 10th John Bolton, Trump's National Security Advisor, pushed all the thematic buttons that might beexpected of a luncheon speaker invitedto address the Federalist Society, long known asthe ideological home of rabid advocates of the …

RFE (2018-09-27). UN Security Council Members Reject Trump's Calls For Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com U.S. President Donald Trump has taken his case against Iran before the United Nations Security Council, a day after urging all nations to isolate the Iranian government. Trump presented his arguments on September 26 at a Security Council meeting that he chaired on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction — accusing the Iranian government […]

Human Rights Watch (2018-09-27). Iran: Targeting Of Dual Citizens, Foreigners. iranian.com Iran's security apparatus has escalated its targeting of Iranian dual citizens and foreign nationals whom they perceive to have links with Western academic, economic, and cultural institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has documented and reviewed the cases of 14 dual or foreign nationals whom Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization […]

wsws (2018-09-27). France refuses to let Aquarius dock as EU seeks to block refugees. wsws.org Passengers aboard the vessel were Libyans fleeing kidnapping and violence that emerged from the disintegration of Libya after the 2011 NATO war.

Gordon Adams (2018-09-27). The US Will Have To Accept Second-Class Status In The Middle East. iranian.com You may not have noticed it — the chair that wasn't there. The seven-year long Syrian civil war is ending with a government victory, aided by Russia and Iran. Talks to end to the war are accelerating. Who is at the table in those talks? Russia, Turkey and Iran. Noticeably, not the United States. The missing U.S. was starkly […]

wsws (2018-09-27). Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world. wsws.org In his two days at the UN, Trump threatened much of the world, giving voice to the insatiable aspirations of US imperialism and the dissatisfaction of its ruling elite at the erosion of its economic power.

SouthFront (2018-09-27). Russia Will Supply Syria With Short To Medium Range Air Defense Systems Beside S-300 — Report. iranian.com Russia will supply Syria with a batch of short to medium range air defense systems additionally to long range S-300 systems, which will soon be delivered to the country, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on September 26 citing Russian-language media. According to state-run news agency, Syria will receive additional Buk-M2E, Pantsir-S1 and Pechora-2M systems […]

Tehran Times (2018-09-27). "Desire To Fly" Director Yadollah Samadi Dies At 66. iranian.com Iranian director Yadollah Samadi, most famous for his epic TV series "Desire to Fly" on Iranian war hero Abbas Babai, died of heart failure at a Shiraz hospital on Tuesday. He was 66. He was at the hospital waiting for a liver transplant, Persian news agencies announced on Tuesday. Born in Maragheh, Samadi began his […]

Human Rights Watch (2018-09-27). Iran: Targeting Of Dual Citizens, Foreigners. iranian.com Iran's security apparatus has escalated its targeting of Iranian dual citizens and foreign nationals whom they perceive to have links with Western academic, economic, and cultural institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has documented and reviewed the cases of 14 dual or foreign nationals whom Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization […]

RFE (2018-09-27). UN Security Council Members Reject Trump's Calls For Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com U.S. President Donald Trump has taken his case against Iran before the United Nations Security Council, a day after urging all nations to isolate the Iranian government. Trump presented his arguments on September 26 at a Security Council meeting that he chaired on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction — accusing the Iranian government […]

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-09-27). Iran Maneuvers To "Contain the US" In Syria. iranian.com Apart from Russia, it is Iran that has a legitimate presence in Syria, and has fought directly to prevent the fall of Assad from power. Over the last six years of Syrian war, Iran's role and character has expanded and changed from sending military advisers and fighters to becoming a new bone of contention between […]

RT (2018-09-27). Does he know the Cold War is over? RT unpacks Trump's UN sermon against socialism (VIDEO). rt.com Trump sermonized to the UN General Assembly about the evils of socialism — but his lecturing was met with crickets. RT's Caleb Maupin dives into the US leader's Cold War-era rant, and why it received a chilly reception.

Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-26). The World Laughed at Donald Trump Because It Knows How Weak He Truly Is. alternet.org His speech was a serious threat to world order and peace. | When U. S. President Donald Trump began his speech at the UN General Assembly, laughter erupted from the hall. "In less than two years," Trump said, "my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the entire history of our country. " There was a pause. Then, Trump continued, "America's—so true"—but he was interrupted by laughter. Not laughter at a joke that. . .

Patrick Lawrence (2018-09-26). The Battle for Your Mind. mintpressnews.com There are battlefields in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere, but given the state of corporate media, perhaps the most consequential battle now being fought is for our minds.

Whitney Webb (2018-09-26). Escalation Looms as Netanyahu Warns Syria's New S-300 Defense System Will Not Stop Israeli Bombing. mintpressnews.com The S-300's superior capabilities may give Israel a pretext for increasing its attacks on Syria as well as drawing in its main ally, the United States, which has also recently sought to ratchet up tensions in Syria.

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-09-26). Iran Looks On As Israeli Arrogance Forces Putin's Hand. iranian.com Russia has decided to send to Syria its S-300 VM system and has started delivering the Krasukha 4 radar systems jammer and other related military equipment. These installations indicate the low level of relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv. Israel's capacity to destroy the new Russian system in Syria is not at issue. Israel may find a way to […]

DPCR (2018-09-26). Is Russia Being Betrayed by Its Own Intelligensia? globalresearch.ca The Russian military refused to buy Putin's excuse for Israel's intentional murder of 15 Russian Air Force personnel. The Russian military knows precisely what happened and has not been hesitant to make completely clear Israel's total betrayal of the Russian …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-26). Why Is the Trump Administration Threatening the International Criminal Court? truthout.org

| Janine Jackson: John Bolton, currently Trump's national security advisor, savors violent imagery. The International Criminal Court, Bolton wrote last year — referring to the international body founded in 1998 to prosecute war crimes — should be "strangle[d]… in its cradle." This week, in a speech to the Federalist Society, broadcast by C-SPAN, Bolton declared the ICC "the founders' worst nightmare come to life" and "dead to us," an "outright dangerous" entity from whom the US "will use any means necessary to protect its citizens." | Yes, this is bombast — typical "the US makes its own rules," "if you aren't for us you're agin' us," "diplomacy is for suckers" chest-thumping. Reuters…

Dean Baker (2018-09-26). Robots, China and the Failure of Economics Reporters. counterpunch.org The failure of economics reporters in major news outlets to make simple logical connections is truly astounding. The Washington Post gave us another great example of this failure in a piece on robots replacing workers in a Chinese warehouse. The gist of this story is that this warehouse, which only has four workers overseeing dozens More

William Kaufman (2018-09-26). Brett Kavanaugh's Wayward Penis: A New Twist. counterpunch.org In the latest episode of the lurid reality TV series/peep show that passes for politics in this country, the news-channel chyrons and 24/7 talking-head panel are buzzing with yet another belated allegation of sexual harassment/assault against would-be Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh. This new one harks back his freshman year at Yale—so it's More

Juliana Bolden (2018-09-26). NAACP President Calls on White House to Withdraw Kavanaugh Nomination. naacp.org Baltimore, MD — The nation's foremost civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding its call for the withdrawal of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court. "Today, new allegations have been made regarding Brett Kavanaugh's abuse and violence toward women and girls. The Senate Judiciary Committee has committed a grave breach of the […]

Keith Jones (2018-09-26). Trump To Intensify Economic War On Iran. iranian.com US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and the other Iran regime-change hawks at the helm of the Trump administration intend to use this week's opening of the annual United Nations General Assembly as the backdrop for an intensification of Washington's economic war and military-strategic offensive against Iran. […]

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-26). Look Who's Got the Antidote to Trump's Prescription for Global Drug War. alternet.org The former heads of state behind the Global Commission on Drugs, that's who. | Even as U. S. President Donald Trump was using the meeting Monday of the United Nations General Assembly to try to create a hardline global drug policy coalition, a group that includes a dozen former heads of state from countries around the planet issued a report urging governments to embrace alternatives to a "failed" repressive drug war. Instead, the group argued,. . .

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-09-26). Towards a Sustainable Peace in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia and Eritrea Sign Agreement. globalresearch.ca Another agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea signed in Jedda, Saudi Arabia on September 16 represents a new page in the shifting political alignments in this area of East Africa. | Previously on July 9 a document was signed by the leaders …

Zero Hedge (2018-09-26). Iran's Rouhani Blasts US For "Nazi Disposition," Dares Trump To "Return To Negotiating Table" iranian.com In what sounded like a last-ditch plea for the US to reconsider its abandonment of the JCPOA, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the US during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly not to abandon its commitments to international institutions and asked it to return to the negotiating table. Without using Trump's name, Rouhani warned […]

ZeroHedge (2018-09-26). China Blocks US Navy Request For Hong Kong Port Visit. mintpressnews.com China and the United States are embroiled in an increasingly bitter trade war, which culminated this week with a decision by the Trump administration to impose its latest round of tariffs on China.

F. William Engdahl (2018-09-26). "Quantitative Tightening" (QT) and the Coming Bubble Bust: Will the "Federal Reserve" Engineer the Next Financial Crash to Topple Donald Trump? globalresearch.ca For those who follow major financial markets closely, the warning signs of the next major US financial market Tsunami are gaining more frequency daily. Some weeks ago attention was on so-called Emerging Markets, especially Turkey, Argentina, Indonesia, India or Mexico. …

aclu (2018-09-26). The Reports of Civil Asset Forfeiture's Death in Philadelphia Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. aclu.org Despite a settlement reforming the practice, policing for profit will continue in the City of Brotherly Love. | Last week, Philadelphia and its district attorney, Larry Krasner, agreed to overhaul the city's civil asset forfeiture practices after a long history of abuse and subsequent reform efforts thwarted by prosecutors across the state. But no one should be fooled into believing that forfeiture has been " Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-26). Jeremy Corbyn, Anti-Semitism and the British Media. truthout.org If you're having trouble keeping up with British political controversies and only vaguely familiar with the story of "Jeremy Corbyn and Labour's antisemitism crisis," you'd be forgiven for thinking from occasionally glimpsed headlines and social media posts that the current leader of the UK opposition party was a "racist and antisemite," that he had "waged war on the Jews" and that he "posed an existential threat to Jewish life." | On August 1, 2018, public pressure obliged Corbyn to apologize for having hosted an event in 2010 in which Israel had been compared to Nazi Germany, albeit by a Jewish Holocaust survivor. Several weeks later, the furor had been about his attendance at a wreath-laying ceremony in Tunisia in 2014 to honor, he says, those killed in an internationally condemned 1985 Israeli air strike, or, according to his critics,…

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-09-26). All Wars Are Illegal, Let's Act! counterpunch.org Every war being fought today is illegal. Every action taken to carry out these wars is a war crime. In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact or Pact of Paris was signed and ratified by the United States and other major nations that renounced war as a way to resolve conflicts, calling instead for peaceful ways of More

Juan Cole (2018-09-26). The US Media Should Learn From UN Audience, And Treat Trump As A Pathetic Joke. iranian.com The US media, as I predicted, has gone a long way toward normalizing Trump. Despite counts of his over 5,000 ridiculous lies that show a vast increase over time, CNN, MSNBC and other news outlets respectfully report on him as though he really were a president who really did have policy positions. They actually paid his cronies […]

Robert Hunziker (2018-09-26). An Unforeseen Climate Beast Awakens! counterpunch.org East Antarctica is a big-time global warming player. Nothing is comparable. It is the world heavyweight, and nothing can impact the world with so much calamitous clout. As such, it would be a huge mistake to discount its capability to turn mean-spirited, striking all of a sudden, catching scientists and humanity unawares. In fact, it's More

David J. Detmer (2018-09-26). History Distorted: Sam Wineburg's Critique of Howard Zinn. counterpunch.org Sam Wineburg asserts that Zinn is closed-minded and dogmatic. His evidence? That Zinn extinguishes modest qualifiers when issuing historical claims, as revealed by "a search through A People's History" for such qualifiers. But we aren't given any information about the nature of this "search," or about its specific findings. And an independent attempt to verify the conclusion that Zinn's book is unusually lacking in such language turns up, instead, precisely the opposite result. More

Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-26). Here's How Community Rights Could Help Save the Great Lakes. alternet.org Organizers in Toledo work to save their drinking water. | Imagine for a moment, putting the rights of nature into public policy: Your town charter, your state constitution, or even federal law. Imagine, for a moment, giving the Great Lakes—the world's largest source of fresh water—the right to exist and evolve naturally, to be free from pollutants that could contaminate and harm the lives that rely on it. Imagine that we, as Americans, have t. . .

Myriam Renaud (2018-09-26). Thirty Years On, Why 'The Satanic Verses' Remains So Controversial. iranian.com One of the most controversial books in recent literary history, Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," was published three decades ago this month and almost immediately set off angry demonstrations all over the world, some of them violent. A year later, in 1989, Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, ordering Muslims to kill the author. Born in […]

RFE (2018-09-26). Macron Wants Iran To Sell Oil, Urges Dialogue. iranian.com French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Iran should be allowed to keep selling oil and urged dialogue as he rejected a US push to isolate the clerical regime. Speaking to reporters after addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Macron said that Iranian sales would bring down the price of oil — a professed concern […]

Nick Cunningham (2018-09-26). How the EU Is Helping Iran Skirt U.S. Sanctions. Sets Up Countervailing Financial Entity. globalresearch.ca At the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump was laughed at by global leaders when he boasted about his accomplishments. He may feel insulted by the reception he got in New York, but a day earlier his …

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-26). Bolton Questions EU Rhetoric, Says US Will Be Aggressive, Unwavering On Iran Sanctions. iranian.com White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday dismissed an EU plan for a special payments plan to circumvent US sanctions against Iranian oil sales and pressed the SWIFT global payments messaging system to rethink dealing with Tehran, Reuters reports. Speaking at a conference, Bolton also said the United States would be "aggressive and unwavering" in […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-26). Bolton: US Will Be "Aggressive and Unwavering" on Iran Sanctions. mintpressnews.com The countries still in the deal said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-26). Motion Banning UK Arm Sales To Israel Passed By Labour. iranian.com The Labour Party yesterday passed a motion to ban UK arms sales to Israel over its persecution of Palestinians. With a number of polls putting Labour ahead of the Conservatives, the motion clears the way for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to turn this decision into official government policy if and when the party is elected […]

Alex Emmons (2018-09-26). House Resolution Directs Trump to End U.S. Support for Yemen War. theintercept.com The Trump administration has argued that U.S. involvement reduces civilian deaths in Yemen, but critics say it implicates the U.S. in possible war crimes.

RT (2018-09-26). The US ambassador to Germany has one priority — and there's a hashtag to prove it. rt.com US President Donald Trump's plan to bully European countries into choosing between doing business with either the US or Iran has been working — and US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell seems eager to take credit for it.

Myriam Renaud (2018-09-26). Thirty Years On, Why 'The Satanic Verses' Remains So Controversial. iranian.com One of the most controversial books in recent literary history, Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," was published three decades ago this month and almost immediately set off angry demonstrations all over the world, some of them violent. A year later, in 1989, Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, ordering Muslims to kill the author. Born in […]

wsws (2018-09-26). US-China trade war intensifies. wsws.org The escalation of the conflict and the growing recognition that it is not a temporary spat, which can be solved through negotiations, has led to concerns in sections of the financial media.

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-26). World Laughs at Trump as He Boasts About Himself in UN Address. truthout.org World leaders in the United Nations General Assembly burst out laughing when President Trump boasted about his accomplishments. Trump praised North Korea, attacked Germany and accused Iran of "sowing chaos, death, and destruction," drawing scorn from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. "What's amazing is not that this hall of seasoned professionals laughed at him, but that he doesn't get more laughter, and in the United States, these news programs take him seriously, and he should be laughed off the screen everywhere," says Juan Cole, historian and author of "Engaging the Muslim World." | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, " Democracynow.org", The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: And I'm Juan González. Welcome to all of our listeners and viewers around the country and around the world. President Trump has repeatedly attacked his political opponents by…

RT (2018-09-26). Twitter in disbelief after Trump calls out China for election meddling, 'ignoring Russia'. rt.com In a speech to the United Nations Security Council, President Trump blamed China for meddling in US elections. On Twitter, the #resistance is furious he didn't name the old boogeyman: Russia. |

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-26). Motion Banning UK Arm Sales To Israel Passed By Labour. iranian.com The Labour Party yesterday passed a motion to ban UK arms sales to Israel over its persecution of Palestinians. With a number of polls putting Labour ahead of the Conservatives, the motion clears the way for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to turn this decision into official government policy if and when the party is elected […]

Democracy Now! (2018-09-26). World Laughs at Trump as He Boasts About Himself in U.N. Address Threatening Iran, Venezuela. democracynow.org World leaders in the United Nations General Assembly burst out laughing when President Trump boasted about his accomplishments. Trump praised North Korea, attacked Germany and accused Iran of "sowing chaos, death and destruction," drawing scorn from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "What's amazing is not that this hall of seasoned professionals laughed at him, but that he doesn't get more laughter in the United States. These cable news programs take him seriously. … He should be laughed off the screen everywhere," says Juan Cole, historian and author of "Engaging the Muslim World."

Zero Hedge (2018-09-26). Iran's Rouhani Blasts US For "Nazi Disposition," Dares Trump To "Return To Negotiating Table" iranian.com In what sounded like a last-ditch plea for the US to reconsider its abandonment of the JCPOA, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the US during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly not to abandon its commitments to international institutions and asked it to return to the negotiating table. Without using Trump's name, Rouhani warned […]

RT (2018-09-26). Nikki Haley comments on Iran show US acting like 'rogue regime' with 'no respect' for EU — analysts. rt.com US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's assertion that Iran is the "biggest issue" for the US today is ridiculous and Washington has much bigger foreign and domestic issues to be worried about, experts told RT. |

Juan Cole (2018-09-26). The US Media Should Learn From UN Audience, And Treat Trump As A Pathetic Joke. iranian.com The US media, as I predicted, has gone a long way toward normalizing Trump. Despite counts of his over 5,000 ridiculous lies that show a vast increase over time, CNN, MSNBC and other news outlets respectfully report on him as though he really were a president who really did have policy positions. They actually paid his cronies […]

RT (2018-09-26). 'Sanctions are weapon of war': Pompeo's speech at anti-Iran group interrupted by protesters (VIDEO). rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech at the summit of a neo-conservative pro-Israel pressure group was briefly hijacked by anti-war activists. One of the protesters chanted: "We want peace, we don't want war!"

wsws (2018-09-26). Trump delivers fascistic tirade at the United Nations. wsws.org Repeatedly invoking "sovereignty" and "patriotism," while threatening military aggression and trade war, Trump's speech left a distinct whiff of fascism at the UN General Assembly.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-26). Bolton Questions EU Rhetoric, Says US Will Be Aggressive, Unwavering On Iran Sanctions. iranian.com White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday dismissed an EU plan for a special payments plan to circumvent US sanctions against Iranian oil sales and pressed the SWIFT global payments messaging system to rethink dealing with Tehran, Reuters reports. Speaking at a conference, Bolton also said the United States would be "aggressive and unwavering" in […]

RT (2018-09-26). Rand Paul wants to lift US travel bans on Russian lawmakers if Moscow reciprocates — report. rt.com Republican Senator Rand Paul will introduce an amendment that would lift existing US sanctions on members of Russia's Federal Assembly if Moscow agrees to nix its own sanctions targeting US lawmakers, according to the Daily Beast.

Keith Jones (2018-09-26). Trump To Intensify Economic War On Iran. iranian.com US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and the other Iran regime-change hawks at the helm of the Trump administration intend to use this week's opening of the annual United Nations General Assembly as the backdrop for an intensification of Washington's economic war and military-strategic offensive against Iran. […]

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-09-26). Iran Looks On As Israeli Arrogance Forces Putin's Hand. iranian.com Russia has decided to send to Syria its S-300 VM system and has started delivering the Krasukha 4 radar systems jammer and other related military equipment. These installations indicate the low level of relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv. Israel's capacity to destroy the new Russian system in Syria is not at issue. Israel may find a way to […]

RT (2018-09-26). Got your popcorn? Trump's Security Council performance could be more than just Iran bashing. rt.com Donald Trump is expected to push the international community to embrace Washington's hardline approach towards Tehran during a rare address at the UN Security Council — but the open-ended agenda leaves room for surprises. |

RT (2018-09-26). S-300s in, Patriots out: US to withdraw missiles from 3 Middle East countries — report. rt.com The Pentagon will remove four batteries of PAC-3 Patriot missiles from three Middle-Eastern countries, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said the missiles are needed elsewhere to counter China and Russia.

RFE (2018-09-26). Macron Wants Iran To Sell Oil, Urges Dialogue. iranian.com French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Iran should be allowed to keep selling oil and urged dialogue as he rejected a US push to isolate the clerical regime. Speaking to reporters after addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Macron said that Iranian sales would bring down the price of oil — a professed concern […]

wsws (2018-09-26). UK Labour conference passes Brexit motion with option for "people's vote" wsws.org Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, speaking for the Blairites and dominant sections of British business, sees the latest compromise as a step toward committing Labour to retaining membership of the EU.

Patrick Cockburn (2018-09-25). How Putin Came Out on Top in Syria. counterpunch.org More>

Consortiumnews (2018-09-25). The Battle for Our Minds. consortiumnews.com There are battlefields in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere, but given the state of corporate media, perhaps the most consequential battle now being fought is for our minds, says Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News After reading… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-09-25). Marcy Wheeler: Rosenstein's Ouster Would Not Necessarily Signal End of Mueller Investigation. democracynow.org Drama unfolded Monday when Axios reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein verbally resigned over the weekend amid mounting tension over the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. Last week, Rosenstein and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly met at the White House hours after The New York Times reported Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Trump in the White House and discussed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit. But on Monday, Trump confirmed Rosenstein still has a j…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-09-25). Why Gov. Jerry Brown Stands in the Way of Climate Justice. truthout.org There is an oily sheen on California's status as global climate leader: The state's oil is among the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive crude in the world. Yet, Gov. Jerry Brown has approved more than 20,000 new oil wells in California during the past eight years. | Further, the state's "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation," or REDD plan, purports to offset the emissions from new wells with forest leases in the Global South. Instead, what we need is real action to move California away from increasing dirty oil-and-gas production and accountability to ensure that the state's carbon-neutral goals do not result in carbon trading and seizures of Indigenous lands in Central and South America. | Governor Brown's affair with big oil and gas is also a major environmental justice issue. A new analysis found that 77 percent of the…

Alan MacLeod (2018-09-25). Facebook's New Propaganda Partners. fair.org Reuters ( 9/19/18) described two branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, set up by the Reagan administration during the Cold War to promote US foreign policy objectives, as "two US nonprofits." | Media giant Facebook recently announced (Reuters, 9/19/18) it would combat "fake news" by partnering with two propaganda organizations founded and funded by the US government: the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI). The social media platform was already working closely with the NATO-sponsored Atlantic Council think tank (FAIR.org, 5/21/18). | In a previous FAIR article ( 8/22/18), I noted that the "fake news" issue was being used as a pretext to attack the left and progressive news sites. Changes to Facebook's algorithm have reduced traffic significantly for progressive outlets like Common Dreams ( 5/3/18), while the pages of Venezuelan government—backed TeleSur…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-25). An Ex-Marine's View of the US 'Forever War'. therealnews.com Former Marine Lyle Jeremy Rubin talks about how he came to see US wars as a non-stop continuation of the war economy and how US politicians and mass media have numbed the population to the realities of war

Guy Horton (2018-09-25). Burma: Complicity With Evil? counterpunch.org The United Nations has finally alleged Genocide, Crimes against humanity and War Crimes have been inflicted in Burma. Wider questions now need to be asked: Who has known what has been going on? What have they known? What have they chosen not to know? What role have UN agencies, NGO's and Face book played in More

John Feffer (2018-09-25). There's a New Crash Coming. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is the epitome of irrational exuberance. You might remember that phrase from the 1990s. Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal Reserve at the time, was describing how the tech boom was creating a bubble by generating enthusiasm way out of proportion to the actual value of the new companies. Such an unwarranted More

Anthony Pahnke (2018-09-25). Farmers are Hurting, but Don't Blame Mother Nature. progressive.org Current farm policy sacrifices stewardship on the altar of profitability.

Nadia Azhgikkina (2018-09-25). Dialogue Is the Best Medicine: Citizens Speak Out Against Reinvigorating the Cold War. thenation.com Dialogue Is the Best Medicine: Citizens Speak Out Against Reinvigorating the Cold War appeared first on The Nation.

Charles Pierson (2018-09-25). Destroying Yemen as Humanely as Possible. counterpunch.org What a relief to learn that even though Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are bombing the crap out of Yemen, they are doing so humanely. On September 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pursuant to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 ("NDAA"), certified that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are "undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure" in their war on Houthi rebels in Yemen. More

RFE (2018-09-25). In UN Speech, Trump Calls On 'All Nations To Isolate' Iran's Government. iranian.com U.S. President Donald Trump has called on "all nations to isolate" the Iranian government for as long as its leadership continues policies of "aggression" in the Middle East and beyond. Speaking to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, Trump said: "Iran's leaders sell chaos, death, and destruction. […]

RT (2018-09-25). Bolton warns of 'hell to pay' if Iran crosses US & allies as Rouhani dares Trump to return to talks. rt.com Hours after the US and Iranian leaders took aim at each other at the UN General Assembly, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said at an anti-Iran summit that Tehran will have "hell to pay" if it crosses the US or its allies.

wsws (2018-09-25). Trump to intensify economic war on Iran. wsws.org The US sanctions are both manifestly illegal and reckless; under international law, they are tantamount to an act of war.

RT (2018-09-25). US 'state terror' in Middle East has 'little to do with' defending Americans, says former US marine. rt.com The US war in Afghanistan was built on a "profitable lie" and the "state terror" perpetuated by Washington in its foreign wars has little to do with protecting and defending Americans, a former US marine has written.

wsws (2018-09-25). UN expert advises Sri Lankan government about social impact of austerity measures. wsws.org The statements are a warning to the government and international finance capital that the worsening living conditions of the working people in Sri Lanka will produce a social explosion.

RT (2018-09-25). Trump slams Iran, illegal immigration, globalism during UNGA speech. rt.com US President Donald Trump has addressed the UN General Assembly, stressing that he rejects globalism and socialism while taking aim at illegal immigration and the "corrupt dictatorship" of Iran which sows "death and destruction."

RT (2018-09-25). New York Times seeks evidence Russian hackers are fighting for internet freedom in US. rt.com The New York Times is seeking evidence of Russian interference during a debate on placing restrictions on the internet in the US. It's alleged a public commenting system was invaded by hackers. |

RT (2018-09-25). Chinese national arrested in US for allegedly acting as agent of Beijing. rt.com In a move likely to hit relations already soured by a bitter trade war and election interference accusations, the US has now arrested a Chinese national it accuses of working as an unregistered foreign agent.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2018. democracynow.org 128 Arrested on Capitol Hill Protesting Brett Kavanaugh Nomination, In Fox News Interview, Kavanaugh Denies Sexually Assaulting Women, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Remains in Job For Now, Dallas PD Fires Police Officer Who Shot Black Man in His Own Apartment, Study: 11,000 More Homes in Carolinas Were Damaged in Storm Due to Rising Sea Levels, Trump: Second Summit Will Be Held Soon with North Korean Leader, Trump Rules Out Meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at U.N., Russia to Provide Syria with Advanced Missile Defense System, Bolton: U.S. Troops Will Remain in Syria Until Iranian Forces Leave, Ni…

RFE (2018-09-25). In UN Speech, Trump Calls On 'All Nations To Isolate' Iran's Government. iranian.com U.S. President Donald Trump has called on "all nations to isolate" the Iranian government for as long as its leadership continues policies of "aggression" in the Middle East and beyond. Speaking to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, Trump said: "Iran's leaders sell chaos, death, and destruction. […]

Samuel Oakford (2018-09-25). Trump Gets 100 Countries to Sign On to His U.N. Drug War Plan, Ignoring Changing Thinking on Human Rights and Legalization. theintercept.com Some brutal regimes with draconian drug policies signed on — and a few allies balked at the Trump administration's retrograde drug war push.

2018-09-27: Social Media Postees

The US Will Have To Accept Second-Class Status In The Middle East
Gordon Adams | iranian.com | 2018-09-27
You may not have noticed it — the chair that wasn't there. The seven-year long Syrian civil war is ending with a government victory, aided by Russia and Iran. Talks to end to the war are accelerating. Who is at the table in those talks? Russia, Turkey and Iran. Noticeably, not the United States. The missing U.S. was starkly […] | The post The US Will Have To Accept Second-Class Status In The Middle East appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/27/us-second-class-status-in-the-middle-east/

The US' Mideast Missile Pullout Isn't That Big of a Deal
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-27
Observers shouldn't read too deeply into the US withdrawing some anti-air missile systems from the Mideast because it's motivated entirely by economic factors and has nothing to do with standing down in the face of Iran or Russia. | The Wall … | The post The US' Mideast Missile Pullout Isn't That Big of a Deal appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-us-mideast-missile-pullout-isnt-that-big-of-a-deal/5655350

The Power of Diplomatic Overtures Versus the Impotency of Political Rigidity
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-27
In the wake of the cancellation of the scheduled meeting between the foreign minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Quraishi, which was going to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Session in New York, here's a particularly relevant excerpt from my book, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah's Reflections…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/27/the-power-of-diplomatic-overtures-versus-the-impotency-of-political-rigidity/

The Foreign "Visible Hand" of the Market Exposed and Barred in Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-27
Since 2012 Venezuela has undergone an economic war directed mostly by and from the U.S. that has targeted market prices of goods and services, in part, by the impact of unilateral economic sanctions, but also in large part by the … | The post The Foreign "Visible Hand" of the Market Exposed and Barred in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-foreign-visible-hand-of-the-market-exposed-and-barred-in-venezuela/5655325

Trump, Racism and Immigration: an Interview With Margaret Kimberley
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-27
In mid-August, I enjoyed the great pleasure of meeting Margaret Kimberley for lunch in midtown Manhattan. Ms. Kimberley is an editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report, a member of Administration Committee for United National Antiwar Coalition, and a member of the coordinating committee of the Black Alliance for Peace. Her work is also…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/27/trump-racism-and-immigration-an-interview-with-margaret-kimberley/

Saudi Arabia Begins Construction of Petrol Pipeline Through War-Torn Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-27
Residents of al-Mahra, Yemen are staging protests and sit-ins over Saudi Arabia's military occupation of the province as well their construction of an oil pipeline without local approval. | The post Saudi Arabia Begins Construction of Petrol Pipeline Through War-Torn Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/saudi-arabia-begins-construction-of-petrol-pipeline-through-yemen/249936/

On Hallowed Ground: Guns at Kent State
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-27
In the U.S., nothing is sacred now and that includes the hallowed land on which four students were murdered in Ohio and nine others were wounded, some with injuries that they have had to deal with for their entire lives. Now on that hallowed ground in Ohio, an "open carry" walk is planned for September 29, 2018, as opposed to an originally scheduled rally on the campus of Kent State that will feature support of the so-called open carry of lethal weapons.
counterpunch.org/2018/09/27/on-hallowed-ground-guns-at-kent-state/

Leaked Video Reveals Amazon's Belligerent Anti-Worker Tactics
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-27
As Amazon works to combat its public image as a starvation-wage employer by doling out mere pennies in pay hikes and deploying an army of workers to sing the company's praises on Twitter, a video leaked on Wednesday revealed that the trillion-dollar company is continuing to work feverishly behind the scenes to crush any attempts by workers to unionize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions. | The 45-minute training video–which, according to Gizmodo, was sent to managers of the Amazon-owned Whole Foods last week–instructs company leaders on how to detect "early warning signs of potential organizing," which include workers "suddenly hanging out together" and using "union words" like "living wage." | In a tweet responding to the video on Wednesday, the AFL-CIO–America's largest federation of unions–wrote: "We like those 'union words' which gave us a middle class.
truthdig.com/articles/leaked-video-reveals-amazons-belligerent-anti-worker-tactics/

Trump's Space Force: Smoke and Mirrors or a Step Towards War in Space?
William Hartung | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-27
On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a "Space Force" that would give the U.S. "dominance" in that realm. It would be, he said — and here he used a classic phrase from the Jim Crow era of racial segregation –…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/27/trumps-space-force-smoke-and-mirrors-or-a-step-towards-war-in-space/

Terrorist Attack in Ahwaz, Southern Iran: New Chapter of Washington's "Regime Change Wars"?
Marwa Osman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-27
A terrorist attack shook the southwestern city of Ahvaz in the Islamic Republic of Iran on Saturday September 22 morning of during a military parade in commemoration of the anniversary of the war with Saddam Hussein's regime in the 1980s. … | The post Terrorist Attack in Ahwaz, Southern Iran: New Chapter of Washington's "Regime Change Wars"? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/terrorist-attack-in-ahwaz-southern-iran-new-chapter-of-washingtons-regime-change-wars/5655378

'I Don't Think He Belongs on the Supreme Court': Kavanaugh Accuser Speaks Out for the First Time
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-27
Julie Swetnick is the first of Brett Kavanaugh's accusers to weigh in on TV. | This week, Julie Swetnick became the third woman to come forward with allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming that he and his friends used to spike drinks at high school parties to make girls easier to gang rape. She also claims she h. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/brett-kavanaugh-julie-swetnick-showtime-interview

Trump Is Subsidizing Companies That Send Jobs Overseas
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-27
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to stop U.S. corporations from offshoring American jobs on " day one" of his presidency. | Just after his election, President Trump claimed to be following through on this promise when he supposedly brokered a deal to stop Carrier from sending jobs at its Indianapolis air conditioning and heating plant to a low-wage plant in Monterrey, Mexico. | This promise to save jobs proved to be nothing more than another of Trump's false claims. | Within 18 months of Trump's election, U.S. corporations had shipped 140,000 jobs overseas — including 700 of the jobs Trump supposedly saved at Carrier — according to a new report by Good Jobs Nation. | Even worse, more than 13,000 of these jobs were lost at major corporations that have been awarded billions of dollars in federal contracts…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-is-subsidizing-companies-that-send-jobs-overseas/

"Desire To Fly" Director Yadollah Samadi Dies At 66
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-09-27
Iranian director Yadollah Samadi, most famous for his epic TV series "Desire to Fly" on Iranian war hero Abbas Babai, died of heart failure at a Shiraz hospital on Tuesday. He was 66. He was at the hospital waiting for a liver transplant, Persian news agencies announced on Tuesday. Born in Maragheh, Samadi began his […] | The post "Desire To Fly" Director Yadollah Samadi Dies At 66 appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/27/yadollah-samadi-dies-at-66/

China and the Trade War: Confusion at the Washington Post
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-27
The Washington Post ran a very confused piece on how China perceives Donald Trump's trade war. First of all, it hugely exaggerated how much is at stake for China. It implied that China's economy could take a serious hit if Trump's trade war substantially reduces U.S. imports from China. At the moment, Trump is putting…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/27/china-and-the-trade-war-confusion-at-the-washington-post/

Evo Morales at UNGA: World Must End Arms Race, Focus on Climate Change
teleSUR | telesurtv.net | 2018-09-27
The Bolivian president said countries use more military spending for interventions and building military bases instead of promoting world peace and prosperity and fighting inequality.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/E…

Bolton's Red Sky Worldview: ICC, International Law, and Iran
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-27
To be sure, on September 10th John Bolton, Trump's National Security Advisor, pushed all the thematic buttons that might beexpected of a luncheon speaker invitedto address the Federalist Society, long known asthe ideological home of rabid advocates of the … | The post Bolton's Red Sky Worldview: ICC, International Law, and Iran appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/boltons-red-sky-worldview-icc-international-law-and-iran/5655369

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-27
In his two days at the UN, Trump threatened much of the world, giving voice to the insatiable aspirations of US imperialism and the dissatisfaction of its ruling elite at the erosion of its economic power.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Does he know the Cold War is over? RT unpacks Trump's UN sermon against socialism (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-27
Trump sermonized to the UN General Assembly about the evils of socialism — but his lecturing was met with crickets. RT's Caleb Maupin dives into the US leader's Cold War-era rant, and why it received a chilly reception.
rt.com/usa/439581-trump-socialism-un-speech/

Russia Will Supply Syria With Short To Medium Range Air Defense Systems Beside S-300 — Report
SouthFront | iranian.com | 2018-09-27
Russia will supply Syria with a batch of short to medium range air defense systems additionally to long range S-300 systems, which will soon be delivered to the country, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on September 26 citing Russian-language media. According to state-run news agency, Syria will receive additional Buk-M2E, Pantsir-S1 and Pechora-2M systems […] | The post Russia Will Supply Syria With Short To Medium Range Air Defense Systems Beside S-300 — Report app…
iranian.com/2018/09/27/russia-will-supply-syria-with-short-to-medium-range-air-defense-systems/

"Desire To Fly" Director Yadollah Samadi Dies At 66
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-09-27
Iranian director Yadollah Samadi, most famous for his epic TV series "Desire to Fly" on Iranian war hero Abbas Babai, died of heart failure at a Shiraz hospital on Tuesday. He was 66. He was at the hospital waiting for a liver transplant, Persian news agencies announced on Tuesday. Born in Maragheh, Samadi began his […] | The post "Desire To Fly" Director Yadollah Samadi Dies At 66 appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/27/yadollah-samadi-dies-at-66/

France refuses to let Aquarius dock as EU seeks to block refugees
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-27
Passengers aboard the vessel were Libyans fleeing kidnapping and violence that emerged from the disintegration of Libya after the 2011 NATO war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Iran Maneuvers To "Contain the US" In Syria
Salman Rafi Sheikh | iranian.com | 2018-09-27
Apart from Russia, it is Iran that has a legitimate presence in Syria, and has fought directly to prevent the fall of Assad from power. Over the last six years of Syrian war, Iran's role and character has expanded and changed from sending military advisers and fighters to becoming a new bone of contention between […] | The post Iran Maneuvers To "Contain the US" In Syria appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/26/iran-maneuvers-to-contain-the-us-in-syria/

The US Will Have To Accept Second-Class Status In The Middle East
Gordon Adams | iranian.com | 2018-09-27
You may not have noticed it — the chair that wasn't there. The seven-year long Syrian civil war is ending with a government victory, aided by Russia and Iran. Talks to end to the war are accelerating. Who is at the table in those talks? Russia, Turkey and Iran. Noticeably, not the United States. The missing U.S. was starkly […] | The post The US Will Have To Accept Second-Class Status In The Middle East appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/27/us-second-class-status-in-the-middle-east/

The World Laughed at Donald Trump Because It Knows How Weak He Truly Is
Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-09-26
His speech was a serious threat to world order and peace. | When U. S. President Donald Trump began his speech at the UN General Assembly, laughter erupted from the hall. "In less than two years," Trump said, "my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the entire history of our country. " There was a pause. Then, Trump continued, "America's–so true"–but he was interrupted by laughter. Not laughter at a joke that. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/world-laughed-donald-trump

Escalation Looms as Netanyahu Warns Syria's New S-300 Defense System Will Not Stop Israeli Bombing
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-26
The S-300's superior capabilities may give Israel a pretext for increasing its attacks on Syria as well as drawing in its main ally, the United States, which has also recently sought to ratchet up tensions in Syria. | The post Escalation Looms as Netanyahu Warns Syria's New S-300 Defense System Will Not Stop Israeli Bombing appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/netanyahu-warns-s-300-system-will-not-stop-israel-from-bombing-syria/249918/

The Battle for Your Mind
Patrick Lawrence | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-26
There are battlefields in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere, but given the state of corporate media, perhaps the most consequential battle now being fought is for our minds. | The post The Battle for Your Mind appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/corporate-media-your-mind/249857/

Is Russia Being Betrayed by Its Own Intelligensia?
DPCR | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-26
The Russian military refused to buy Putin's excuse for Israel's intentional murder of 15 Russian Air Force personnel. The Russian military knows precisely what happened and has not been hesitant to make completely clear Israel's total betrayal of the Russian … | The post Is Russia Being Betrayed by Its Own Intelligensia? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/is-russia-being-betrayed-by-its-own-intelligensia/5655203

Brett Kavanaugh's Wayward Penis: A New Twist
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-26
In the latest episode of the lurid reality TV series/peep show that passes for politics in this country, the news-channel chyrons and 24/7 talking-head panel are buzzing with yet another belated allegation of sexual harassment/assault against would-be Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh. This new one harks back his freshman year at Yale–so it's…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/26/brett-kavanaughs-wayward-penis-a-new-twist/

All Wars Are Illegal, Let's Act!
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-26
Every war being fought today is illegal. Every action taken to carry out these wars is a war crime. In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact or Pact of Paris was signed and ratified by the United States and other major nations that renounced war as a way to resolve conflicts, calling instead for peaceful ways of…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/26/all-wars-are-illegal-lets-act/

Jeremy Corbyn, Anti-Semitism and the British Media
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-26
If you're having trouble keeping up with British political controversies and only vaguely familiar with the story of "Jeremy Corbyn and Labour's antisemitism crisis," you'd be forgiven for thinking from occasionally glimpsed headlines and social media posts that the current leader of the UK opposition party was a "racist and antisemite," that he had "waged war on the Jews" and that he "posed an existential threat to Jewish life." | On August 1, 2018, public pressure obliged Corbyn to apologize for having hosted an event in 2010 in which Israel had been compared to Nazi Germany, albeit by a Jewish Holocaust survivor. Several weeks later, the furor had been about his attendance at a wreath-laying ceremony in Tunisia in 2014 to honor, he says, those killed in an internationally condemned 1985 Israeli air strike, or, according to his critics,…
truthout.org/articles/jeremy-corbyn-anti-semitism-and-the-british-media/

Robots, China and the Failure of Economics Reporters
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-26
The failure of economics reporters in major news outlets to make simple logical connections is truly astounding. The Washington Post gave us another great example of this failure in a piece on robots replacing workers in a Chinese warehouse. The gist of this story is that this warehouse, which only has four workers overseeing dozens…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/26/robots-china-and-the-failure-of-economics-reporters/

Why Is the Trump Administration Threatening the International Criminal Court?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-26

| Janine Jackson: John Bolton, currently Trump's national security advisor, savors violent imagery. The International Criminal Court, Bolton wrote last year — referring to the international body founded in 1998 to prosecute war crimes — should be "strangle[d]… in its cradle." This week, in a speech to the Federalist Society, broadcast by C-SPAN, Bolton declared the ICC "the founders' worst nightmare come to life" and "dead to us," an "outright dangerous" entity from whom the US "will use any means necessary to protect its citizens." | Yes, this is bombast — typical "the US makes its own rules," "if you aren't for us you're agin' us," "diplomacy is for suckers" chest-thumping. Reuters…
truthout.org/audio/why-is-the-trump-administration-threatening-the-international-criminal-court/

Towards a Sustainable Peace in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia and Eritrea Sign Agreement
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-26
Another agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea signed in Jedda, Saudi Arabia on September 16 represents a new page in the shifting political alignments in this area of East Africa. | Previously on July 9 a document was signed by the leaders … | The post Towards a Sustainable Peace in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia and Eritrea Sign Agreement appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/towards-a-sustainable-peace-in-the-horn-of-africa-ethiopia-and-eritrea-sign-agreement/5655193

History Distorted: Sam Wineburg's Critique of Howard Zinn
David J. Detmer | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-26
Sam Wineburg asserts that Zinn is closed-minded and dogmatic. His evidence? That Zinn extinguishes modest qualifiers when issuing historical claims, as revealed by "a search through A People's History" for such qualifiers. But we aren't given any information about the nature of this "search," or about its specific findings. And an independent attempt to verify the conclusion that Zinn's book is unusually lacking in such language turns up, instead, precisely the opposite result.
counterpunch.org/2018/09/26/history-distorted-sam-wineburgs-critique-of-howard-zinn/

An Unforeseen Climate Beast Awakens!
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-26
East Antarctica is a big-time global warming player. Nothing is comparable. It is the world heavyweight, and nothing can impact the world with so much calamitous clout. As such, it would be a huge mistake to discount its capability to turn mean-spirited, striking all of a sudden, catching scientists and humanity unawares. In fact, it's…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/26/an-unforeseen-climate-beast-awakens/

China Blocks US Navy Request For Hong Kong Port Visit
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-26
China and the United States are embroiled in an increasingly bitter trade war, which culminated this week with a decision by the Trump administration to impose its latest round of tariffs on China. | The post China Blocks US Navy Request For Hong Kong Port Visit appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/us-china-relations/249861/

Look Who's Got the Antidote to Trump's Prescription for Global Drug War
Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-09-26
The former heads of state behind the Global Commission on Drugs, that's who. | Even as U. S. President Donald Trump was using the meeting Monday of the United Nations General Assembly to try to create a hardline global drug policy coalition, a group that includes a dozen former heads of state from countries around the planet issued a report urging governments to embrace alternatives to a "failed" repressive drug war. Instead, the group argued,. . .
alternet.org/drugs/look-who-got-antidote-trump-prescription-global-drug-war

Trump To Intensify Economic War On Iran
Keith Jones | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and the other Iran regime-change hawks at the helm of the Trump administration intend to use this week's opening of the annual United Nations General Assembly as the backdrop for an intensification of Washington's economic war and military-strategic offensive against Iran. […] | The post Trump To Intensify Economic War On Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/26/trump-to-intensify-economic-war-on-iran/

"Quantitative Tightening" (QT) and the Coming Bubble Bust: Will the "Federal Reserve" Engineer the Next Financial Crash to Topple Donald Trump?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-26
For those who follow major financial markets closely, the warning signs of the next major US financial market Tsunami are gaining more frequency daily. Some weeks ago attention was on so-called Emerging Markets, especially Turkey, Argentina, Indonesia, India or Mexico. … | The post "Quantitative Tightening" (QT) and the Coming Bubble Bust: Will the "Federal Reserve" Engineer the Next Financial Crash to Topple Donald…
globalresearch.ca/quantitative-tightening-qt-and-the-coming-bubble-bust-will-the-federal-reserve-engineer-the-next-financial-crash-to-topple-donald-trump/5655206

Here's How Community Rights Could Help Save the Great Lakes
Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-09-26
Organizers in Toledo work to save their drinking water. | Imagine for a moment, putting the rights of nature into public policy: Your town charter, your state constitution, or even federal law. Imagine, for a moment, giving the Great Lakes–the world's largest source of fresh water–the right to exist and evolve naturally, to be free from pollutants that could contaminate and harm the lives that rely on it. Imagine that we, as Americans, have t. . .
alternet.org/local-peace-economy/can-community-rights-save-great-lakes

Motion Banning UK Arm Sales To Israel Passed By Labour
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
The Labour Party yesterday passed a motion to ban UK arms sales to Israel over its persecution of Palestinians. With a number of polls putting Labour ahead of the Conservatives, the motion clears the way for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to turn this decision into official government policy if and when the party is elected […] | The post Motion Banning UK Arm Sales To Israel Passed By Labour appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/26/uk-banning-arm-sales-to-israel/

Bolton: US Will Be "Aggressive and Unwavering" on Iran Sanctions
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-26
The countries still in the deal said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible. | The post Bolton: US Will Be "Aggressive and Unwavering" on Iran Sanctions appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/iran-sanctions-john-bolton/249855/

Thirty Years On, Why 'The Satanic Verses' Remains So Controversial
Myriam Renaud | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
One of the most controversial books in recent literary history, Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," was published three decades ago this month and almost immediately set off angry demonstrations all over the world, some of them violent. A year later, in 1989, Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, ordering Muslims to kill the author. Born in […] | The post Thirty Years On, Why 'The Satanic Verses' Remains So Controversial appeared first on
iranian.com/2018/09/26/thirty-years-on-why-the-satanic-verses-remains-so-controversial/

S-300s in, Patriots out: US to withdraw missiles from 3 Middle East countries — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-26
The Pentagon will remove four batteries of PAC-3 Patriot missiles from three Middle-Eastern countries, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said the missiles are needed elsewhere to counter China and Russia.
rt.com/usa/439497-us-withdraws-patriot-missiles/

The US ambassador to Germany has one priority — and there's a hashtag to prove it
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-26
US President Donald Trump's plan to bully European countries into choosing between doing business with either the US or Iran has been working — and US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell seems eager to take credit for it.
rt.com/usa/439516-grenell-germany-iran-sanctions/

US-China trade war intensifies
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-26
The escalation of the conflict and the growing recognition that it is not a temporary spat, which can be solved through negotiations, has led to concerns in sections of the financial media.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Thirty Years On, Why 'The Satanic Verses' Remains So Controversial
Myriam Renaud | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
One of the most controversial books in recent literary history, Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," was published three decades ago this month and almost immediately set off angry demonstrations all over the world, some of them violent. A year later, in 1989, Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, ordering Muslims to kill the author. Born in […] | The post Thirty Years On, Why 'The Satanic Verses' Remains So Controversial appeared first on
iranian.com/2018/09/26/thirty-years-on-why-the-satanic-verses-remains-so-controversial/

Got your popcorn? Trump's Security Council performance could be more than just Iran bashing
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-26
Donald Trump is expected to push the international community to embrace Washington's hardline approach towards Tehran during a rare address at the UN Security Council — but the open-ended agenda leaves room for surprises.
rt.com/usa/439447-trump-unsc-speech-iran/

Motion Banning UK Arm Sales To Israel Passed By Labour
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
The Labour Party yesterday passed a motion to ban UK arms sales to Israel over its persecution of Palestinians. With a number of polls putting Labour ahead of the Conservatives, the motion clears the way for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to turn this decision into official government policy if and when the party is elected […] | The post Motion Banning UK Arm Sales To Israel Passed By Labour appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/26/uk-banning-arm-sales-to-israel/

UK Labour conference passes Brexit motion with option for "people's vote"
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-26
Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, speaking for the Blairites and dominant sections of British business, sees the latest compromise as a step toward committing Labour to retaining membership of the EU.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Trump To Intensify Economic War On Iran
Keith Jones | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and the other Iran regime-change hawks at the helm of the Trump administration intend to use this week's opening of the annual United Nations General Assembly as the backdrop for an intensification of Washington's economic war and military-strategic offensive against Iran. […] | The post Trump To Intensify Economic War On Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/26/trump-to-intensify-economic-war-on-iran/

Twitter in disbelief after Trump calls out China for election meddling, 'ignoring Russia'
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-26
In a speech to the United Nations Security Council, President Trump blamed China for meddling in US elections. On Twitter, the #resistance is furious he didn't name the old boogeyman: Russia.
rt.com/usa/439554-trump-china-election-meddling/

Nikki Haley comments on Iran show US acting like 'rogue regime' with 'no respect' for EU — analysts
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-26
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's assertion that Iran is the "biggest issue" for the US today is ridiculous and Washington has much bigger foreign and domestic issues to be worried about, experts told RT.
rt.com/usa/439560-iran-haley-us-biggest-issue/

Macron Wants Iran To Sell Oil, Urges Dialogue
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Iran should be allowed to keep selling oil and urged dialogue as he rejected a US push to isolate the clerical regime. Speaking to reporters after addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Macron said that Iranian sales would bring down the price of oil — a professed concern […] | The post Macron Wants Iran To Sell Oil, Urges Dialogue appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/25/macron-urges-iran-dialogue/

Iran Looks On As Israeli Arrogance Forces Putin's Hand
Elijah J. Magnier | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
Russia has decided to send to Syria its S-300 VM system and has started delivering the Krasukha 4 radar systems jammer and other related military equipment. These installations indicate the low level of relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv. Israel's capacity to destroy the new Russian system in Syria is not at issue. Israel may find a way to […] | The post Iran Looks On As Israeli Arrogance Forces Putin's Hand appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/26/iran-looks-on-as-israeli-arrogance-forces-putins-hand/

House Resolution Directs Trump to End U.S. Support for Yemen War
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2018-09-26
The Trump administration has argued that U.S. involvement reduces civilian deaths in Yemen, but critics say it implicates the U.S. in possible war crimes. | The post House Resolution Directs Trump to End U.S. Support for Yemen War appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/09/26/yemen-us-military-house-resolution/

Rand Paul wants to lift US travel bans on Russian lawmakers if Moscow reciprocates — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-26
Republican Senator Rand Paul will introduce an amendment that would lift existing US sanctions on members of Russia's Federal Assembly if Moscow agrees to nix its own sanctions targeting US lawmakers, according to the Daily Beast.
rt.com/usa/439464-rand-paul-moscow-travel-sanctions/

Trump delivers fascistic tirade at the United Nations
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-26
Repeatedly invoking "sovereignty" and "patriotism," while threatening military aggression and trade war, Trump's speech left a distinct whiff of fascism at the UN General Assembly.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

World Laughs at Trump as He Boasts About Himself in UN Address
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-09-26
World leaders in the United Nations General Assembly burst out laughing when President Trump boasted about his accomplishments. Trump praised North Korea, attacked Germany and accused Iran of "sowing chaos, death, and destruction," drawing scorn from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. "What's amazing is not that this hall of seasoned professionals laughed at him, but that he doesn't get more laughter, and in the United States, these news programs take him seriously, and he should be laughed off the screen everywhere," says Juan Cole, historian and author of "Engaging the Muslim World." | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, " Democracynow.org", The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: And I'm Juan González. Welcome to all of our listeners and viewers around the country and around the world. President Trump has repeatedly attacked his political opponents by…
truthout.org/video/world-laughs-at-trump-as-he-boasts-about-himself-in-un-address/

'Sanctions are weapon of war': Pompeo's speech at anti-Iran group interrupted by protesters (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-26
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech at the summit of a neo-conservative pro-Israel pressure group was briefly hijacked by anti-war activists. One of the protesters chanted: "We want peace, we don't want war!"
rt.com/usa/439421-pompeo-iran-protest-sanctions/

World Laughs at Trump as He Boasts About Himself in U.N. Address Threatening Iran, Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-26
World leaders in the United Nations General Assembly burst out laughing when President Trump boasted about his accomplishments. Trump praised North Korea, attacked Germany and accused Iran of "sowing chaos, death and destruction," drawing scorn from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "What's amazing is not that this hall of seasoned professionals laughed at him, but that he doesn't get more laughter in the United States. These cable news programs take him seriously. … He should be laughed off the screen everywhere," says Juan Cole, historian and author of "Engaging the Muslim World."
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/26/w…

The US Media Should Learn From UN Audience, And Treat Trump As A Pathetic Joke
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-09-26
The US media, as I predicted, has gone a long way toward normalizing Trump. Despite counts of his over 5,000 ridiculous lies that show a vast increase over time, CNN, MSNBC and other news outlets respectfully report on him as though he really were a president who really did have policy positions. They actually paid his cronies […] | The post The US Media Should Learn From UN Audience, And Treat Trump As A Pathetic Joke appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/26/the-us-media-should-treat-trump-as-a-pathetic-joke/

The Battle for Our Minds
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-25
There are battlefields in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere, but given the state of corporate media, perhaps the most consequential battle now being fought is for our minds, says Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News After reading… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/09/25/the-battle-for-our-minds/

How Putin Came Out on Top in Syria
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-25
counterpunch.org/2018/09/25/how-putin-came-out-on-top-in-syria/

Marcy Wheeler: Rosenstein's Ouster Would Not Necessarily Signal End of Mueller Investigation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-25
Drama unfolded Monday when Axios reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein verbally resigned over the weekend amid mounting tension over the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. Last week, Rosenstein and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly met at the White House hours after The New York Times reported Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Trump in the White House and discussed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit. But on Monday, Trump confirmed Rosenstein still has a j…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/25/m…

Destroying Yemen as Humanely as Possible
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-25
What a relief to learn that even though Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are bombing the crap out of Yemen, they are doing so humanely. On September 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pursuant to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 ("NDAA"), certified that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are "undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure" in their war on Houthi rebels in Yemen.
counterpunch.org/2018/09/25/destroying-yemen-as-humanely-as-possible/

There's a New Crash Coming
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-25
Donald Trump is the epitome of irrational exuberance. You might remember that phrase from the 1990s. Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal Reserve at the time, was describing how the tech boom was creating a bubble by generating enthusiasm way out of proportion to the actual value of the new companies. Such an unwarranted…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/25/theres-a-new-crash-coming/

Facebook's New Propaganda Partners
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2018-09-25
Reuters ( 9/19/18) described two branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, set up by the Reagan administration during the Cold War to promote US foreign policy objectives, as "two US nonprofits." | Media giant Facebook recently announced (Reuters, 9/19/18) it would combat "fake news" by partnering with two propaganda organizations founded and funded by the US government: the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI). The social media platform was already working closely with the NATO-sponsored Atlantic Council think tank (FAIR.org, 5/21/18). | In a previous FAIR article ( 8/22/18), I noted that the "fake news" issue was being used as a pretext to attack the left and progressive news sites. Changes to Facebook's algorithm have reduced traffic significantly for progressive outlets like Common Dreams ( 5/3/18), while the pages of Venezuelan government–backed TeleSur…
fair.org/home/facebooks-new-propaganda-partners/

An Ex-Marine's View of the US 'Forever War'
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-25
Former Marine Lyle Jeremy Rubin talks about how he came to see US wars as a non-stop continuation of the war economy and how US politicians and mass media have numbed the population to the realities of war | The post An Ex-Marine's View of the US 'Forever War' appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/an-ex-marines-view-of-the-us-forever-war

Farmers are Hurting, but Don't Blame Mother Nature
Anthony Pahnke | progressive.org | 2018-09-25
Current farm policy sacrifices stewardship on the altar of profitability.
progressive.org/op-eds/bad-farm-policy-contributes-to-disasters-180925/

Burma: Complicity With Evil?
Guy Horton | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-25
The United Nations has finally alleged Genocide, Crimes against humanity and War Crimes have been inflicted in Burma. Wider questions now need to be asked: Who has known what has been going on? What have they known? What have they chosen not to know? What role have UN agencies, NGO's and Face book played in…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/25/burma-complicity-with-evil/

Dialogue Is the Best Medicine: Citizens Speak Out Against Reinvigorating the Cold War
Nadia Azhgikkina | thenation.com | 2018-09-25
Dialogue Is the Best Medicine: Citizens Speak Out Against Reinvigorating the Cold War appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/dialogue-is-the-best-medicine-citizens-speak-out-against-reinvigorating-the-cold-war/

US 'state terror' in Middle East has 'little to do with' defending Americans, says former US marine
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-25
The US war in Afghanistan was built on a "profitable lie" and the "state terror" perpetuated by Washington in its foreign wars has little to do with protecting and defending Americans, a former US marine has written.
rt.com/usa/439403-former-marine-afghanistan-state-terror/

Chinese national arrested in US for allegedly acting as agent of Beijing
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-25
In a move likely to hit relations already soured by a bitter trade war and election interference accusations, the US has now arrested a Chinese national it accuses of working as an unregistered foreign agent.
rt.com/usa/439413-china-governemnt-agent-intelligence/

UN expert advises Sri Lankan government about social impact of austerity measures
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-25
The statements are a warning to the government and international finance capital that the worsening living conditions of the working people in Sri Lanka will produce a social explosion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Trump slams Iran, illegal immigration, globalism during UNGA speech
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-25
US President Donald Trump has addressed the UN General Assembly, stressing that he rejects globalism and socialism while taking aim at illegal immigration and the "corrupt dictatorship" of Iran which sows "death and destruction."
rt.com/usa/439318-trump-addresses-unga-session/

New York Times seeks evidence Russian hackers are fighting for internet freedom in US
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-25
The New York Times is seeking evidence of Russian interference during a debate on placing restrictions on the internet in the US. It's alleged a public commenting system was invaded by hackers.
rt.com/usa/439341-new-york-times-hacking-neutrality/

Trump to intensify economic war on Iran
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-25
The US sanctions are both manifestly illegal and reckless; under international law, they are tantamount to an act of war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Amid media frenzy, Rosenstein to meet with Trump on Thursday
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-25
The deputy attorney general, who supervises the Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has denied plotting Trump's removal via the 25th Amendment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09…

Trump Gets 100 Countries to Sign On to His U.N. Drug War Plan, Ignoring Changing Thinking on Human Rights and Legalization
Samuel Oakford | theintercept.com | 2018-09-25
Some brutal regimes with draconian drug policies signed on — and a few allies balked at the Trump administration's retrograde drug war push. | The post Trump Gets 100 Countries to Sign On to His U.N. Drug War Plan, Ignoring Changing Thinking on Human Rights and Legalization appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/09/25/donald-trump-united-nations-drugs/

Bolton warns of 'hell to pay' if Iran crosses US & allies as Rouhani dares Trump to return to talks
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-25
Hours after the US and Iranian leaders took aim at each other at the UN General Assembly, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said at an anti-Iran summit that Tehran will have "hell to pay" if it crosses the US or its allies.
rt.com/news/439407-bolton-warns-iran-rouhani-unga/

As Koreas Make Peace, Will Trump End the War?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-24
At their third summit, the leaders of North and South Korea made new progress in their historic effort to bring peace to the Peninsula. But for North Korea to denuclearize, is the US prepared to formally end the Korean War, and withdraw US forces? We speak to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson | The post As Koreas Make Peace, Will Trump End the War? appeared first on The Re…
therealnews.com/stories/as-koreas-make-peace-will-trump-end-the-war

Pot as Political Speech
Barry Brown | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-24
In a recent Politico article about cannabis concerns along the U.S.-Canada border, a senior American border official warned that Canadians who operate or invest in legal Canadian marijuana companies could be banned for life from entering the United States. Todd Owen, executive assistant for Field Operations told the news site that the U.S. federal government…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/24/pot-as-political-speech/

Donald Trump's War on Democracy
John Feffer | thenation.com | 2018-09-24
Donald Trump's War on Democracy appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/donald-trumps-war-on-democracy/

"Survivors Must Be Heard": 1,100 Alumnae of Dr. Blasey Ford's H.S. Demand FBI Investigate Kavanaugh
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-24
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about her allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when she was 15 years old and he was 17 years old. More than 1,100 alumnae of the Holton-Arms School, the Maryland prep school that Blasey Ford graduated from in 1984, have signed a letter in support of her sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh, saying they are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. In a letter, they wrote, "It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination t…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/24/s…

Dr. Barbara Ransby: What the Defamation of Anita Hill Can Teach Us About the Kavanaugh Hearings
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-24
News that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify Thursday against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has prompted many to warn senators not to repeat the mistakes of the Anita Hill hearings of 1991, when Hill was questioned by an all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee over her allegations that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her in the workplace. In the weeks after Hill testified, nearly 1,600 black feminists organized as "African American Women in Defense of Ourselves" and signed a manifesto published in an advertisement in The New York Times. We speak with histo…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/24/d…

Report: Senate Aides Knew of Second Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Claim & Tried to Rush His Confirmation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-24
Senator Dianne Feinstein is calling for the immediate postponement of the nomination proceedings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a second woman has come forward alleging sexual misconduct by the judge. Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, has accused him of exposing himself and thrusting his penis into her face during a college party in a dorm room. Ramirez spoke on the record to The New Yorker and is now calling on the FBI to investigate her allegations. The New Yorker revealed Republican Senate aides learned of Ramirez's allegations last week and responded by try…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/24/r…

China's Arch of Peace Vessel Docks in Venezuela for Health Mission
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-09-24
A Chinese hospital ship has arrived in Venezuela as part of the recently signed agreements between the nations.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14063

'We're going to win!' Pompeo vows China trade war will last until Americans get what they 'deserve'
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-24
As the latest US and Chinese tit-for-tat tariffs are about to take effect, Mike Pompeo has reassured Americans that any inconveniences they might suffer in the trade war are temporary, before they emerge victorious and prosperous.
rt.com/usa/439176-determined-win-trade-war/

Journalists who dropped the ball on Iraq war still working, now targeting Syria & Iran
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-24
Hawkish journalists who loudly backed the invasion of Iraq continue to dominate US mainstream media and are calling for war again. One is even regarded as a credible chemical weapons expert for Fox News.
rt.com/usa/439241-iraq-war-journalists-wmds/

US President Donald Trump says he expects to hold second North Korea summit 'quite soon'
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-24
Donald Trump is expecting to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the second time "quite soon." The US president did not elaborate on a possible venue or date for such a meeting.
rt.com/news/439217-trump-second-summit-kim/

US to stay in Syria so long as 'Iranians' are there — Bolton
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-24
US forces will remain in Syria so long as any Iranian-related forces operate there, the Trump administration has declared. Syria invited Iran to help fight jihadist rebels and ISIS, while denouncing the US presence as illegal.
rt.com/usa/439254-bolton-syria-iran-troops/

Hatewatch Headlines 9/24/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-09-23
Amazon's library of white nationalist screeds; PayPal bans Alex Jones, Infowars; Hate crime suspect dies in wild Miami shootout; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/09/24/hatewatch-headlines-9242018

'We'll overthrow them!' Trump's lawyer stirs up 'Iran Uprising Summit' after deadly terrorist attack
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-23
The US will overthrow the Iranian government once socio-economic conditions there, shaped by sanctions, are ripe for a revolution, presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani told a cheering crowd on the day of the deadly attack in Ahvaz.
rt.com/usa/439146-iran-uprising-summit-revolution/

The New York Times as Judge and Jury
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-22
Seeking to maintain its credibility, The New York Times dispenses with the criminal justice system and basic principles of journalism to weigh in again on Russia-gate, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News We've seen it before: … Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/09/21/the-new-york-times-as-judge-and-jury/

In Viral Video, Medea Benjamin Confronts Trump Official on Iran
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-21
At a public event in Washington, DC, CodePink's Medea Benjamin confronted Brian Hook, the head of Trump's Iran Action Group, over the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and re-imposing crippling sanctions on the Iranian people. Benjamin joins us to discuss her action, which went viral online | The post In Viral Video, Medea Benjamin Confronts Trump Official on Iran appeared first on
therealnews.com/stories/in-viral-video-medea-benjamin-confronts-trump-official-on-iran

They Think It Would Be Fun to Run a Newspaper
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-09-21
New Time owner Marc Benioff (cc photo: Fortune Global Forum) | The announcement that Time magazine would be bought by software CEO Marc Benioff highlighted the growing trend of billionaires buying up media outlets. While media moguls have always been wealthy–with press barons ( Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg, Donald Newhouse, etc.) still well-represented on Forbes' running list of the world's billionaires–what distinguishes this new breed of press magnate is that they bought their media properties with fortunes made in other industries. | Some, like Benioff, come out of the tech industry; tech tycoons like Amazon's Jeff Bezos, eBay's Pierre Omidyar and Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs have profited from a tech boom (or bubble) that gives them plenty of cash to spend. Others come out of the financial sector, which has doubled its share of the…
fair.org/home/they-think-it-would-be-fun-to-run-a-newspaper/

Michael Moore vs. Donald Trump in "Fahrenheit 11/9": New Film Warns Our Democracy Is At Risk
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-21
"Fahrenheit 11/9"–That's the name of the new documentary premiering today by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, a stunning retelling of the 2016 election and its aftermath. 11/9. That's November 9, the day Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. In the film, Michael crosses the country, documenting not only the rise of Trumpism but also the teachers' strikes sweeping the nation, the "blue wave" of progressive candidates in the 2018 primaries, the rise of student activism after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Moore spares no one…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/21/m…

Randy Forsberg and the Quest for Peace on Earth
Roger Kimmel Smith | progressive.org | 2018-09-21
On the International Day of Peace, remembering a pioneer in nuclear disarmament and the evolution of humanity away from war.
progressive.org/dispatches/randy-forsberg-and-the-quest-for-peace-on-earth-180921/

Trump Warned Michael Moore Not to Make a Film About Him in 1998 Interview on Roseanne Show
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-21
We continue our conversation with Michael Moore about his interaction with Donald Trump on Roseanne Barr's talk show in November 1998. Moore had released the film "Roger & Me" nine years earlier. Trump was upset to learn the two would be appearing together and threatened to leave, Moore says. Michael Moore negotiated with Trump, asked him not to leave, and promised not to "go after" him over real estate dealings and charges of racism–and now says he was "played."
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/21/t…

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