Daily Archives: October 15, 2018

2018-10-15: News Headlines

Marvin Kitman (2018-10-15). The Kitman Plan for Peace in the Middle East: Two Proposals. counterpunch.org For the last few years, there has been a debate about whether we should stay the course or cut and run in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, whatever). We've been in or out the last17 years of what began as the so-called Iraq War, which could be our first 100 Years War. We're in, More

Daisy Luther (2018-10-15). Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should Terrify Everyone: Soon Those Who Hate Freedom Will Have Unquestioned Access to the Minds of 2 Billion People. globalresearch.ca Yesterday, the alternative media purge was boldly advanced in a coordinated effort to silence people who dissent from establishment views. It's just one more step toward a monopoly on information by those who hate freedom. At this rate, they'll soon …

Consortiumnews (2018-10-15). The Strange Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. consortiumnews.com Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week is not quite the critic of the Saudi regime that the Western media says he is, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium… Read more →

Patrick Cockburn (2018-10-15). The Saudi Atrocities in Yemen are a Worse Story Than the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org The plot to supposedly murder Jamal Khashoggi, as apparently proved by Turkish audio and video evidence shown to US officials, is a grisly mixture of savagery and stupidity: Jack the Ripper meets Inspector Clouseau. Neither element is surprising because violent overreaction to minor threats is a traditional feature of dictatorial rule. As seems to be the case with Saudi Arabia today, Iraq under Saddam Hussein made immense efforts to eliminate exiled critics who posed no danger to the regime. Christopher Black (2018-10-15). On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working. globalresearch.ca On the 22nd of October 1962 the US 2nd Fleet began the blockade of Cuba, an action that immediately threatened the world with nuclear war and annihilation. Those of us old enough to remember President Kennedy's statement on live television …

Jeff Cohen (2018-10-15). Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters. counterpunch.org Chants of "No More War" from delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention gave voice to sentiments that still resonate through the base of the party and the broad U.S. public, notably in communities with higher rates of military sacrifice. While Trump's 2016 victories in swing states may well have been aided by his posing More

Shared by Aaron Maté (2018-10-15). 'No Turning Back' — Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria. therealnews.com Award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid discusses her book "No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria," based on years of on-the-ground reporting since the 2011 uprising.

Gary Leupp (2018-10-15). The Khashoggi Affair and and the Anti-Iran Axis. counterpunch.org I've argued that the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia comprise an axis (a true "Axis of Evil") united (for very different reasons) in opposition to Iran. The Saudi king has urged Washington to topple the Islamic Republic, which it considers heretical and the fountainhead of regional Shiite militancy. Robert Gates (Defense Secretary 2006-11) recalled meeting More

Juan Cole, Tom Dispatch (2018-10-15). Here's How Muslims Became the Enemy in the Age of Trump. alternet.org Donald Trump and the congressional Republicans have wielded Islamophobia domestically the way the anticommunists of my childhood once did McCarthyism. | These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell's "1984. " Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the. . .

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-10-15). American History for Truthdiggers: Lies We Tell Ourselves About the Old West. truthdig.com For Native Americans, the white man's tale of noble settlement of an empty frontier in the second half of the 19th century masked a genocide.

Ellen Brown (2018-10-15). The War on Weed: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for "Corporate Cannabis" globalresearch.ca Monsanto now appears to be developing genetically modified (GMO) forms of cannabis, with the intent of cornering the market with patented GMO seeds just as it did with GMO corn and GMO soybeans.

Keith A. Spencer, Salon (2018-10-15). What Most Americans Just Don't Get: America Is On Saudi Arabia's Side in the Middle East. alternet.org After 10 years covering the Middle East, PBS correspondent Jane Ferguson talks about what Americans don't get. | In an era of journalistic austerity, as foreign newsrooms are being shuttered and correspondent journalism is waning in favor of news and analysis that can be done from a New York office, being an on-the-ground reporter is increasingly rare. Rarer still are the reporters who get to fly all over the world and bring a team — cameraman, dr. . .

Matthew Smith, Salon (2018-10-15). It's Time for Video Game Makers to Unionize. alternet.org Developers are treated like trash. Now, sudden layoffs at Telltale Games have sparked industry-wide organizing. | Once considered a trifle (at best) or an escapist vice (at worst), video games are in fact big business. Huge, really: the video game industry was worth $108 billion in 2017, according to Superdata Research — around one-quarter of the value of the overall software industry. The creators of the video game h. . .

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-15). 'No Turning Back' — Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria. therealnews.com Award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid discusses her book "No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria," based on years of on-the-ground reporting since the 2011 uprising.

Jake Johnson (2018-10-15). Facebook Accused of 'Full-Frontal Suppression of Dissent' After Independent Media Swept Up in Mass Purge. globalresearch.ca The massive shutdown affected many progressive sites devoted to covering war, police brutality, and other issues neglected by the corporate media. | After Facebook announced on October 10 that it shut down and removed hundreds of pages and accounts that it …

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-10-15). Ralph Nader: Democrats Are Weak, Corrupt and Could Still 'Blow It'. alternet.org Unrepentant about the 2000 race, Nader argues that Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton "enabled" Donald Trump | Ralph Nader knows how you feel about the 2000 election and the presidency of George W. Bush, all these years later. He would like you know that none of that was his fault. Toward the end of a Salon Talks interview last week with the legendary consumer advocate and democracy gadfly — who is. . .

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-15). Banned Weapons Used in All US War Theaters. In all Post-9/11 Wars, US used Banned Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Incendiary and Cluster Munitions. globalresearch.ca Whenever US forces aggressively attacks countries, dirty war is waged, including use of banned weapons. | Prohibited terror-bombing is longstanding US policy, indiscriminately harming civilians. | The Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907 Hague IV Convention) states: …

Whitney Webb (2018-10-15). Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American" mintpressnews.com The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi's disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by "human rights."

RT (2018-10-15). 'Rogue killers' might have killed Saudi journalist – Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump said he believes it is possible that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-10-15). Forming An Iraqi Government: Secret Talks Between The UN And Hezbollah. iranian.com Secret talks between the UN and Hezbollah, threats by the US establishment against Iraqi leaders and Hezbollah, exchanges of messages between Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the US representative, and a constant tug of war… All this and more has been registered — according to sources close to Soleimani — during the last four months […]

Conn Hallinan (2018-10-15). Syria's Chessboard. counterpunch.org The Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few months it appeared to be winding down. The Damascus government now controls 60 percent of the country and the major population centers, the Islamic State has been routed, and the rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are largely cornered in Idilb Province in the country's northwest. But suddenly the Americans moved the goal posts—maybe—the Russians have fallen out with the Israelis, the Iranians are digging in their heels, and the Turks are trying to multi-task wi…

Tehran Times (2018-10-15). The Persian Michael Phelps: Swimmer Shahin Izadyar. iranian.com Shahin Izadyar, who won six gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, resembles the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps. Surpassing Japan in the third place in medal table, Izadyar helped Iran record the best ever showing at the Games. Izadyar has yet to win a medal in the […]

RT (2018-10-15). I'm president and you're not': Trump mocks CBS anchor in tense 60 Minutes interview. rt.com US President Donald Trump stuck his executive privilege in the face of CBS anchor Lesley Stahl during a tug-of-war moment in his interview with CBS, reminding her who was in charge and refusing to make a pledge she demanded.

Nonviolence (2018-10-15). Dianne Feinstein: Vivisector, Animal Abuser, Hidden Hawk.. Please Vote Her Out. indybay.org Feinstein sponsored AETA legislation. Her husband bought Ringling Brothers, | is on the board of the vivisecting American Cancer Soc. Feinstein's prowar votes have helped kill trillions of anmals.

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-15). Ford Motor Chairman Cancels Visit To Saudi Investor Conference. iranian.com Ford Motor Co Chairman Bill Ford cancelled a multi-stop trip to the Middle East, including a planned appearance at a Saudi investment conference, the company said on Sunday, the latest such cancellation after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reports. The company did not elaborate on the reasons for Ford's decision not to attend the […]

wsws (2018-10-15). Auto workers welcome SEP candidate Niles Niemuth. wsws.org Auto workers gave SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth a warm welcome at a plant gate rally Saturday afternoon in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan.

RT (2018-10-15). Trump sending Mike Pompeo to meet Saudi King 'immediately' over missing journalist. rt.com US President Donald Trump is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia after the king denied having any knowledge about the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. |

Lydia Andrews (2018-10-15). IMF and World Bank Warn of Financial Crisis as Indonesian Currency Hits Asian Crisis Low. indybay.org World leaders, finance ministers, heads of banks and nongovernmental organizations begin the Annual IMF and World Bank Meetings held this year in Indonesia. Ahead of the meetings the IMF issued stark warnings that another global financial crisis could be on the horizon. As the meetings kickoff, the currency of Indonesia hit lows reminiscent of the devastating "Asian Financial Crisis" of the 1990s.

wsws (2018-10-15). Washington presses Central America to militarize and turn away from China. wsws.org With immigrants as the initial target, the militarization is ultimately aimed at suppressing any challenge from below and turning Central America into a battlefield in US wars against other "great powers."

Kate Zeller (2018-10-15). Dark Clouds Gather on Horizon for Financial System, Warns International Monetary Fund. indybay.org Bali, Indonesia -The International Monetary Fund releases its "Global Financial Stability Report" ahead of its Annual Meetings held this year in Southeast Asia.

wsws (2018-10-15). US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder. wsws.org Evidence that America's closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

Robert Mackey (2018-10-15). Elizabeth Warren Reveals DNA Evidence of Native American Ancestry, Confronting Trump. theintercept.com Replying to Donald Trump's taunts, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed that a DNA test provides evidence that she does, in fact, have Native American ancestry.

Toby Blomé (2018-10-15). GG Bridge Peace Walk for Afghanistan: 17 Years of Bombing ENOUGH! indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for parking! | 12: 00 pm: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north (Marin) or south (SF) ends, to converge in the middle of bridge for Peace vigil for Afghanistan. | 1: 00pm (Approximately): Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. 5 min. DIE-IN on the plaza to memorialize hundreds of thousands of lost lives from 17 years of US war on Afghanistan.

South Front (2018-10-14). Video: Israel Grounds Its F-35 Stealth Jet Fighters, Unable to "Challenge" Syria's S-300 Air Defenses? globalresearch.ca On October 11, the Israeli military announced that it had halted flights of F-35I stealth fighter jets following the crash of the US Marine Corps F-35B jet in South Carolina on September 28. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) stated that …

Ali Salam (2018-10-14). Palestinian Authority Challenges Israel's New Settlement Approval in Hebron. imemc.org The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned on Sunday that there would be "serious repercussions of an Israeli expansion project of the old city of al-Khalil. (Hebron)". The warning came after 31 new settlement housing units were approved by the Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday.

INA (2018-10-14). UN Condemns Settler Stoning of Palestinian Woman. imemc.org United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov condemned, on Sunday, the murder of a Palestinian woman by extremist Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank. In a statement, Mladenov said, according to Days of Palestine: "I condemn this Friday's attack in the occupied West Bank in […]…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-10-14). 'Completely Outrageous': Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Blasts 'Sell Out' Trump Over His Tepid Response to Murder of Journalist Khashoggi. alternet.org "I'm sorry, that is not American foreign policy," Michael McFaul said. "We should not just sell out to any country who buys our weapons. " | Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Saturday slammed Donald Trump's lukewarm reaction to the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and permanent resident of the U. S. | MSNBC host Alex Witt asked McFaul whether—given the availab. . .

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-10-14). Latin America Backslides in Struggle to Reach Zero Hunger Goal. truthout.org For the third consecutive year, South America slid backwards in the global struggle to achieve zero hunger by 2030, with 39 million people living with hunger and five million children suffering from malnutrition. | "It's very distressing because we're not making progress. We're not doing well, we're going in reverse. You can accept this in a year of great drought or a crisis somewhere, but when it's happened three years in a row, that's a trend," reflected Julio Berdegué, FAO's highest authority in Latin America and the Caribbean. | The regional representative of the Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-10-14). 'Outrageous' Voter Suppression by 'Cowardly Republicans' in Georgia Is Part of A Nationwide GOP Attack on Democracy. alternet.org Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate, has said she is "deeply worried" that tens of thousands of Georgians are being stripped of their constitutional rights. | Civil rights groups have filed a new lawsuit in order to stop a statewide voter suppression effort in Georgia after the GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp—who just happens to be the state's. . .

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-10-14). Fox News Hosts Rage Against SNL Skit Mocking Trump And Kanye: 'If You Support the President, You're Either Crazy Or Racist!'. alternet.org Co-host Trish Regan added a third option is "dumb. " | Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Sunday sharply disapproved of a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch that mocked a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kanye West. "They use comedy to push an agenda," Hegseth complained after reviewing the SNLclip. "If you support this president you are either crazy or you're racist. Those are the two boxes! So, Kanye can't be racist, then he's got to. . .

Staff (2018-10-14). New Strategy: Democrats Go All-In on Health Care in Midterms. truthdig.com While Democratic enthusiasm this year has largely been fueled by anger toward President Trump, candidates are focusing their messaging on health care.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-10-14). An Introduction to the Koch Digital Media Network. truthout.org Though they have wildly diverse business interests, the Koch brothers are more famous for how they spend their money than for how they make it. Koch Industries is active in asphalt products, medical hardware, construction materials, glass, fuel, cattle and fabrics used to make everything "from rugged work clothes to sexy underthings," according to the Koch Industries website. But the breadth of the political funding they coordinate may be even greater. | Elements of the Kochs' pro-market anti-interventionist philosophy have been thrust to the forefront of politics i…

RFE (2018-10-14). Rouhani: US Wants 'Regime Change' In Iran. iranian.com The United States is seeking "regime change" in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that the current US administration is the most hostile that the Islamic Republic has faced in its four decades. Tensions have increased between Iran and America after US President Donald Trump withdrew from a multi-lateral agreement on Iran's nuclear […]

Juan Cole (2018-10-14). Iran: Khashoggi Was Murdered Because West Shielded Saudis From Criticism. iranian.com According to the invaluable BBC Monitoring press surveys of Middle Eastern newspapers, the coverage of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has differed enormously from country to country. In Lebanon, which has a diverse and somewhat free press, former journalist and current cabinet member Paula Yaqoubian told al-Jadid […]

RFE (2018-10-14). Iran Official Calls For 'Lobbying Anti-Trump Movements'. iranian.com One of Iran's top foreign policy officials has called for negotiations with "anti-Trump movements" in the US to dampen the impact of sanctions, local media reported Saturday. "America is not Trump," said Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh, a conservative lawmaker who heads parliament's influential national security and foreign policy commission, according to reformist newspaper Arman. "There is a […]

RT (2018-10-14). It's not 'light v dark' if Obama and Trump Supreme Court picks agree 93% of the time — Lee Camp. rt.com Lee Camp delves into 50 shades of darkness as he explains why Obama and Trump's Supreme Court picks vote shockingly similarly and why the Pentagon didn't actually believe in the triumph of democracy in Syria.

Mahan Abedin (2018-10-14). In Response To Intensifying US "Hostility" Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift. iranian.com With regional tensions and American pressure continuing to peak, the Iranian establishment needs greater cohesion than ever to manage and overcome the multiple threats ranged against it. "The enemy has failed to know you! The enemy has failed to know the Iranian nation! He does not know the Revolution or the revolutionary and faith-based spirit!", […]

Ali Namaki (2018-10-14). Friends Of Bin Salman: Business Leaders, Celebrities And Politicians. iranian.com Akbar Shahid Ahmed just published an insightful and timely piece titled "Saudi Arabia Wants Trump And Congress To Forget Jamal Khashoggi. Here's Its Likely Playbook." In it he reminds us that, "…as top Americans suggest the U.S.-Saudi relationship may be about to fundamentally change, the Saudis have many powerful levers to pull in their efforts […]

RT (2018-10-14). US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says. rt.com Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.

RT (2018-10-14). Hunt for 'Googly Eye Bandit' is on in Georgia after war hero's statue gets funny eyes. rt.com Police in Savannah, Georgia are looking for a prankster who put googly eyes on the statue of a revolutionary war hero. "It's no laughing matter," the city stressed, but was taken seriously by absolutely no one.

RT (2018-10-14). Weight loss & sex supplements are hiding dangerous substances inside — study. rt.com Dietary supplements promising enhanced sexual pleasure, weight loss, and muscle gain secretly contain dangerous pharmaceuticals, researchers warn. The FDA has failed to crack down on offenders, they say, placing Americans at risk.

ZeroHedge (2018-10-13). Donald Trump Vows "Severe Punishment" If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi. mintpressnews.com Using the economy as a straw man to avoid cracking down on Riyadh, Trump said that "I don't want to hurt jobs. I don't want to lose an order like that," he said. "There are other ways of punishing, to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's true."

Eric Ortiz (2018-10-13). The Art of No Mideast Deal. consortiumnews.com Donald Trump once advertised an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan as his greatest achievement-in-the-making, but like many of the president's negotiations, the Kushner-Greenblatt strategy is a one-sided bargain, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Whatever happened to President… Read more →

Raúl Ilargi Meijer (2018-10-13). Ban Saudi Oil. iranian.com According to Middle East Eye, Richard Branson, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Economist editor-In-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, New York Times, Financial Times, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshah, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and AOL founder Steve Case have all withdrawn from Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative conference, to be held this month in Riyadh. […]

wsws (2018-10-13). France's Mélenchon tacitly backs Wagenknecht's xenophobic Aufstehen group. wsws.org By his silence, Mélenchon is tacitly supporting forces within his Unsubmissive France party that are orienting toward right-wing populism and the militarization of Europe.

wsws (2018-10-13). Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war. wsws.org The famous whistleblower of the "Pentagon Papers" provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

RT (2018-10-13). It's frighteningly easy to track someone down via DNA, scientist reveals. rt.com A scientist at Israeli genealogy firm MyHeritage has published a paper revealing that public genealogy databases can identify relatives — third cousins and closer — in nearly two-thirds of people of European descent.

Zero Hedge (2018-10-13). US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields. iranian.com Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States has resolved […]

RT (2018-10-13). 'Lee was a great general': Trump's Civil War remarks spark Twitter row. rt.com Trump has again found himself in a familiar place — in the middle of controversy. The US president called Confederate leader Robert E. Lee a "great general," unleashing a Twitter row over what his comments really meant.

RFE (2018-10-13). Macron Says It's Unclear Who In Iran Ordered French Bomb Plot. iranian.com French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday it was not clear whether a foiled attack on a Paris-based Iranian opposition group was ordered by the higher echelons of authorities in Tehran. "As you know Iran is sometimes divided into different factions and tensions, and so I can't say today whether the order came from the […]

wsws (2018-10-13). Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers. wsws.org Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

wsws (2018-10-13). Hurricane Michael brings death, devastation to US Southeast. wsws.org Mexico Beach, Florida, known for its pristine beaches, fishing and boating, now resembles a war zone, with 95 percent of its structures uninhabitable.

Tehran Times (2018-10-13). Iran Records Best Ever Showing At Asian Para Games. iranian.com Iran won 51 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronze medals and were placed third in the overall rankings. Asian heavyweights China came atop of the overall rankings with 172 gold, 88 silver and 59 bronze followed by South Korea (53 gold, 25 silver and 47 bronze). A total of 210 athletes, consisting of 137 men […]

Farid Parsa (2018-10-13). Book Review: The House Of Islam, A Global History. iranian.com Ed Husain's latest book, The House of Islam, A Global History, is an honest and informative writing about the past and current state of Muslims in the world according to a former Islamic radical. There are many similarities between Husain's account and other apologists' writing on Islam and its diverse history and interpretation of its creed. However, […]

Middle East Eye (2018-10-13). Trump And The Boy King: Mohammed Bin Salman's Reign Is Over Before It Began. iranian.com The Jamal Khashoggi case begs the question: if the Saudi crown prince acts like this only 16 months into his role, then what will happen when he comes to ascend the throne? What were Jamal Khashoggi's last thoughts, as he was being dragged out of the Saudi consulate general's office in Istanbul by two men […]

Lee Fang (2018-10-13). Saudi Media Casts Khashoggi Disappearance as a Conspiracy, Claims Qatar Owns Washington Post. theintercept.com In Saudi Arabia, major media outlets have cast the disappearance and apparent murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a foreign conspiracy to denigrate the image of the kingdom. The media accounts, which come from outlets run with the backing of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies, are spinning the coverage of Khashoggi's disappearance as a plot by rival governments and political groups to hurt the kingdom — going so far as to make false claims about the Washington Post's owners. | The English-language arm of the news channel Al Arabiya, for instance, Peter Maass (2018-10-13). Max Boot Is Very Sorry for Backing the GOP and the Iraq Invasion. Why Is He Being Praised for This? theintercept.com The conservative intellectual is forgiven by his media peers for errors of immense and tragic consequence. Boot's new book is a problem.

wsws (2018-10-13). Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy. wsws.org The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

RT (2018-10-13). All US presidents kowtow to Saudi Arabia — Trump is just honest about it (VIDEO). rt.com Donald Trump set off a backlash by saying US will not stop supplying Riyadh with weapons over the alleged murder of an opposition journalist. But ignoring Saudi sins to preserve the alliance is a feature of American presidencies.

Abedin Mahan (2018-10-13). Responding to Intensifying US "Hostility" Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift. mintpressnews.com With regional tensions and American pressure continuing to peak, the Iranian establishment needs greater cohesion than ever to manage and overcome the multiple threats ranged against it.

RT (2018-10-13). Star Wars writer & Trump critic says Marvel fired him for being 'not civil' on Twitter. rt.com Novelist and comic book writer Chuck Wendig, known for his tough talk against US President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, says Marvel fired him from a Star Wars miniseries for being too "vulgar" on social media.

Shared by Gregory Wilpert (2018-10-12). Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel. therealnews.com Israel border authorities have detained US-Palestinian student for her alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism, denying her entry into Israel, despite having a visa. Tallie Ben-Daniel of Jewish voice for Peace discusses the case and what it means for the BDS movement

Joe Catron (2018-10-12). Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters. mintpressnews.com "The Israeli military relies on a network of international companies, supplying everything from sniper rifles to tear gas, to carry out its massacres of protesters in Gaza. These companies are knowingly supporting war crimes, and are complicit in state-orchestrated murder." — Tom Anderson, researcher for Corporate Occupation

Doug Johnson (2018-10-12). Nate Silver and 538's Measurable 3.5% Democratic Bias and the 2018 House Race. counterpunch.org Since beginning to adjust or unskew polls for house effect during the 2014 United States Senate elections, Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight (538) have a measurable 3.5% bias toward Democrats. This 3.5% bias is found by taking the final 538 projected gap between the Democratic and the Republican candidate in 125 races over the 2014 and 2016 election More

Nick Pemberton (2018-10-12). The Colonial Pantsuit: What We Didn't Want to Know About Africa. counterpunch.org Melania Trump's latest outfit raised the brows of the White Savior Industrial Complex. Melania wore a pith helmet, which is now virally recognized as a symbol of colonialism. Um, yes. But isn't that the whole point of her Angelina Jolie orphan hugging trip? Shouldn't we be more upset she went on a colonizing trip in the first place? Becoming upset with a colonizer for wearing a colonizer hat? It's like getting upset with the murdering police force for using their sirens. The colonizer hat is at least a warning sign! Victor Grossman (2018-10-12). Cassandra Calls. counterpunch.org Before I turn to more Cassandra worries and warnings, here is some good news. After six years of protest, with people living in tree houses, an artist couple getting hauled away for painting the forest, and the death of a man who fell from a tree ladder, adding tragedy to developments, the multiplying crowds every More

Zhivko Illeieff (2018-10-12). Addiction and Microtargeting: How "Social" Networks Expose us to Manipulation. counterpunch.org Roger McNamee, an early investor of Facebook, has stated that to keep us occupied such platforms "have taken all the techniques of Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels, and all of the other people from the world of persuasion, and all the big ad agencies, and they've mapped it onto an all day product with highly More

Edward Burmila (2018-10-12). Cops Usually Get Away With Murder. What Was Different in Chicago? thenation.com Cops Usually Get Away With Murder. What Was Different in Chicago?

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-12). Will the Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Bring Down the US-Saudi Alliance? therealnews.com Journalist James M. Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has suffered significant reputational damage on the eve of a major global trade conference known as Vision 2030 or "Davos in the Desert"

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2018-10-12). What is Truth? counterpunch.org In any war, as the saying goes, truth is the first casualty. That's become the case, unfortunately, in the war of the sexes as well. It's turned into a war because the abiding injustice women have suffered from men resists resolution through institutions mostly created and sustained by men. What counts as evidence, or sincerity, More

Arshad Khan (2018-10-12). Is There Hope on a World Warming at 1.5 Degrees Celsius? counterpunch.org The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change has concluded the finalization of a special report on the impact of a 1.5 degree Celsius global warming above preindustrial levels. Meeting in Incheon, South Korea (October 1-5), its three working groups of experts and government officials have huddled and jousted to strike a consensus on what will be necessary to More

Gareth Porter (2018-10-12). The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. mintpressnews.com Gareth Porter dissects the New York Times Shane & Mazzetti's case that the Russian government seriously threatened to tip the 2016 election through social media.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Rep. Ro Khanna Condemns Saudi Barbarity from Disappearance of Saudi Journalist to War in Yemen. democracynow.org President Donald Trump is rejecting calls to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the disappearance and probable murder of the Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post is reporting the Turkish government told U.S. officials it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed last week inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Officials say the recordings confirm that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi after he walked into the consulate on October 2, before killing him and dismembering his body. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-12). Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel. therealnews.com Israel border authorities have detained US-Palestinian student for her alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism, denying her entry into Israel, despite having a visa. Tallie Ben-Daniel of Jewish voice for Peace discusses the case and what it means for the BDS movement

Gary Leupp (2018-10-12). The Khashoggi Incident: Trump's Special Relationship With the Saudi Monarchy. counterpunch.org The Saudi crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abduld Aziz al Saud (33), has cultivated an international reputation as a progressive reformer, claiming in particular to improve the lot of Saudi women. His March PR visit to the U.S. included a warm and fuzzy interview with Oprah, visits to Harvard More

Ben Cowles (2018-10-12). Kaepernick honored with medal named after U.S. Communist W.E.B. Du Bois. peoplesworld.org Blacklisted NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick was among eight people today to receive Harvard University's "highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies." The W.E.B. Du Bois medal, Harvard explains, is "awarded to individuals in the U.S. and around the globe in recogni…

Ron Jacobs (2018-10-12). Betrayal and Treachery—The Extremism of Moderates. counterpunch.org Imagine the end of a devastating war. Mutinies have overthrown officers of the invading navy and army officers fear for their lives in units composed of angry hungry draftees tired of the slaughter. Despite the rebellion in the ranks, the generals and the Court wish to carry on until the bitter end. Unfortunately for the More

Shared by Sharmini Peries (2018-10-12). Will the Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Bring Down the US-Saudi Alliance? therealnews.com Journalist James M. Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has suffered significant reputational damage on the eve of a major global trade conference known as Vision 2030 or "Davos in the Desert"

aclu (2018-10-12). Supreme Court Enables Mass Disenfranchisement of North Dakota's Native Americans. aclu.org A restrictive law will make it hard to vote for people who live on reservations in rural areas and don't have street addresses. | On Tuesday, the Supreme Court chose to stand by and allow the war against voting to continue. Just a little less than a month before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, the court decided not to block North Dakota's restrictive voter ID law, which will make it harder for people in that state to cast their ballots. | Republicans in the state legislature insist that the l…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-12). Yemen's Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan. mintpressnews.com The Yemeni army, loyal to Ansar Allah (Houthis), has changed its approach from hit-and-run attack, in which troops target a military outpost or base and quickly withdraw, to a strategy in which Yemeni military forces would seize control of and retain Saudi military sites.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-10-12). In Latest Yemen Offensive, Saudi Arabia Destroys Hospital and Maternity Ward. mintpressnews.com The latest Saudi coalition attacks came in the face of demands issued by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the coalition to stop its deadly airstrikes against civilian targets in Yemen.

RT (2018-10-12). Trump under pressure to stop arms sales to 'good partner' Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi affair. rt.com As public pressure mounts on the Trump administration to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US defense industry is alarmed while critics of the Yemen war hope for the best.

Sarah Aziza (2018-10-12). Jamal Khashoggi Wasn't the First — Saudi Arabia Has Been Going After Dissidents Abroad for Decades. theintercept.com The story of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and possible murder has riveted the world's attention with its macabre, and mysterious, details. The soft-spoken but sharply critical Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Theories about his fate include the horrifying possibility that Khashoggi was murdered — and perhaps even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. (The Saudi government continues to vehemently deny these charges.) Should these allegations prove true, Khashoggi's fate could have vast ramifications for the reputati…

Sam Biddle (2018-10-12). Some Silicon Valley Superstars Ditch Saudi Advisory Board After Khashoggi Disappearance, Some Stay Silent. theintercept.com Some major players in tech are distancing themselves from Saudi's Neom "smart city" project after the reported assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Headlines for October 12, 2018. democracynow.org Hurricane Michael Flattens Florida Towns as It Rips Through Southeast, Turkish Gov't Says It Has Video Evidence of Khashoggi's Murder at Saudi Consulate, President Trump Rejects Calls to Cut Off Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Report: Trump Administration Separated 6,000 Families in 4 Months, AP: U.S. Army Discharged 500 Immigrant Recruits, Kanye West Praises Trump During 10-Minute Oval Office Tirade, Pop Star Taylor Swift Tells Fans to Vote in Midterms, Washington Archbishop Resigns Amid Growing Church Sex Abuse Crisis, Syrian Rebels Withdrawing Heavy Weapons from Idlib Under Turkey-Russia Deal, HRW: Egyptian-Americ…

wsws (2018-10-12). US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China. wsws.org Scott Brown, the ambassador appointed by Trump, is escalating the anti-Chinese campaign in New Zealand to align the country more closely with US war preparations.

RT (2018-10-12). Now it's personal: WaPo editor takes on 'Saudi murderers' over missing columnist Khashoggi. rt.com The Washington Post has taken out a full-page ad in protest of the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. "We're not going to let this go," said editor Karen Attiah in an interview. |

RT (2018-10-12). 'Entire Middle East' should look like Israel — Pompeo. rt.com Israel is everything the US wishes the Middle East would be, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared in a speech, while bashing the Obama administration's approach to Iran as resembling a "Disney movie." |

Democracy Now! (2018-10-11). "How Fascism Works": Jason Stanley on Trump, Bolsonaro and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe. democracynow.org In his new book "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them," Yale professor Jason Stanley warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics, writing, "What normalization does is transform the morally extraordinary into the ordinary. It makes us able to tolerate what was once intolerable by making it seem as if this is the way things have always been." We speak with Jason Stanley in New York.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-11). Hurricane Michael Pummels Communities in Florida, a State Led by a Climate Change-Denying Governor. democracynow.org At least two people have died since Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida and Georgia on Wednesday. It is the third most powerful storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, and meteorologists say it is supercharged by warmer-than-usual water in the Gulf of Mexico. But Florida Governor Rick Scott has a long history of denying climate change. In 2011, his administration reportedly banned state employees in Florida's Department of Environmental Protection from using the terms "climate change," "global warming" and "sea level rise." We speak with Gloria Horning, a social and environmental justice advocate. She serves…

2018-10-15: Social Media Postees

What Most Americans Just Don't Get: America Is On Saudi Arabia's Side in the Middle East
Keith A. Spencer, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-10-15
After 10 years covering the Middle East, PBS correspondent Jane Ferguson talks about what Americans don't get. | In an era of journalistic austerity, as foreign newsrooms are being shuttered and correspondent journalism is waning in favor of news and analysis that can be done from a New York office, being an on-the-ground reporter is increasingly rare. Rarer still are the reporters who get to fly all over the world and bring a team — cameraman, dr. . .
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The Khashoggi Affair and and the Anti-Iran Axis
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-15
I've argued that the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia comprise an axis (a true "Axis of Evil") united (for very different reasons) in opposition to Iran. The Saudi king has urged Washington to topple the Islamic Republic, which it considers heretical and the fountainhead of regional Shiite militancy. Robert Gates (Defense Secretary 2006-11) recalled meeting…
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Facebook Accused of 'Full-Frontal Suppression of Dissent' After Independent Media Swept Up in Mass Purge
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-15
The massive shutdown affected many progressive sites devoted to covering war, police brutality, and other issues neglected by the corporate media. | After Facebook announced on October 10 that it shut down and removed hundreds of pages and accounts that it … | The post Facebook Accused of 'Full-Frontal Suppression of Dissent' After Independent Media Swept Up in Mass P…
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Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters
Jeff Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-15
Chants of "No More War" from delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention gave voice to sentiments that still resonate through the base of the party and the broad U.S. public, notably in communities with higher rates of military sacrifice. While Trump's 2016 victories in swing states may well have been aided by his posing…
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The War on Weed: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for "Corporate Cannabis"
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-15
Monsanto now appears to be developing genetically modified (GMO) forms of cannabis, with the intent of cornering the market with patented GMO seeds just as it did with GMO corn and GMO soybeans. | The post The War on Weed: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for "Corporate Cannabis" appeared first on Global Research.
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Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-15
The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi's disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by "human rights." | The post Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to "Buy American" appeared first on
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'No Turning Back' — Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-10-15
Award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid discusses her book "No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria," based on years of on-the-ground reporting since the 2011 uprising. | The post 'No Turning Back' — Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria appeared first on The Real News Network.
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'No Turning Back' — Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria
Shared by Aaron Maté | therealnews.com | 2018-10-15
Award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid discusses her book "No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria," based on years of on-the-ground reporting since the 2011 uprising. | The post 'No Turning Back' — Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should Terrify Everyone: Soon Those Who Hate Freedom Will Have Unquestioned Access to the Minds of 2 Billion People
Daisy Luther | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-15
Yesterday, the alternative media purge was boldly advanced in a coordinated effort to silence people who dissent from establishment views. It's just one more step toward a monopoly on information by those who hate freedom. At this rate, they'll soon … | The post Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should Terrify Everyone: Soon Those Who Hate Freedom Will Have Unquestioned Access to the…
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On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-15
On the 22nd of October 1962 the US 2nd Fleet began the blockade of Cuba, an action that immediately threatened the world with nuclear war and annihilation. Those of us old enough to remember President Kennedy's statement on live television … | The post On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working appeared first on Global Research.
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The Strange Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-15
Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week is not quite the critic of the Saudi regime that the Western media says he is, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium… Read more ?…
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The Kitman Plan for Peace in the Middle East: Two Proposals
Marvin Kitman | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-15
For the last few years, there has been a debate about whether we should stay the course or cut and run in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, whatever). We've been in or out the last17 years of what began as the so-called Iraq War, which could be our first 100 Years War. We're in,…
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Here's How Muslims Became the Enemy in the Age of Trump
Juan Cole, Tom Dispatch | alternet.org | 2018-10-15
Donald Trump and the congressional Republicans have wielded Islamophobia domestically the way the anticommunists of my childhood once did McCarthyism. | These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell's "1984. " Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the. . .
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It's Time for Video Game Makers to Unionize
Matthew Smith, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-10-15
Developers are treated like trash. Now, sudden layoffs at Telltale Games have sparked industry-wide organizing. | Once considered a trifle (at best) or an escapist vice (at worst), video games are in fact big business. Huge, really: the video game industry was worth $108 billion in 2017, according to Superdata Research — around one-quarter of the value of the overall software industry. The creators of the video game h. . .
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Ralph Nader: Democrats Are Weak, Corrupt and Could Still 'Blow It'
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-10-15
Unrepentant about the 2000 race, Nader argues that Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton "enabled" Donald Trump | Ralph Nader knows how you feel about the 2000 election and the presidency of George W. Bush, all these years later. He would like you know that none of that was his fault. Toward the end of a Salon Talks interview last week with the legendary consumer advocate and democracy gadfly — who is. . .
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Banned Weapons Used in All US War Theaters. In all Post-9/11 Wars, US used Banned Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Incendiary and Cluster Munitions
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-15
Whenever US forces aggressively attacks countries, dirty war is waged, including use of banned weapons. | Prohibited terror-bombing is longstanding US policy, indiscriminately harming civilians. | The Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907 Hague IV Convention) states: … | The post Banned Weapons Used in All US War Theaters. In all Post-9/11 Wars, US used Banned Chemical, Biological, Radiological,…
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US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-15
Evidence that America's closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.
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IMF and World Bank Warn of Financial Crisis as Indonesian Currency Hits Asian Crisis Low
Lydia Andrews | indybay.org | 2018-10-15
World leaders, finance ministers, heads of banks and nongovernmental organizations begin the Annual IMF and World Bank Meetings held this year in Indonesia. Ahead of the meetings the IMF issued stark warnings that another global financial crisis could be on the horizon. As the meetings kickoff, the currency of Indonesia hit lows reminiscent of the devastating "Asian Financial Crisis" of the 1990s.
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The Persian Michael Phelps: Swimmer Shahin Izadyar
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-10-15
Shahin Izadyar, who won six gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, resembles the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps. Surpassing Japan in the third place in medal table, Izadyar helped Iran record the best ever showing at the Games. Izadyar has yet to win a medal in the […] | The post The Persian Michael Phelps: Swimmer Shahin Izadyar appeared first on The Iranian.
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Elizabeth Warren Reveals DNA Evidence of Native American Ancestry, Confronting Trump
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2018-10-15
Replying to Donald Trump's taunts, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed that a DNA test provides evidence that she does, in fact, have Native American ancestry. | The post Elizabeth Warren Reveals DNA Evidence of Native American Ancestry, Confronting Trump appeared first on The Intercept.
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Dianne Feinstein: Vivisector, Animal Abuser, Hidden Hawk.. Please Vote Her Out
Nonviolence | indybay.org | 2018-10-15
Feinstein sponsored AETA legislation. Her husband bought Ringling Brothers, | is on the board of the vivisecting American Cancer Soc. Feinstein's prowar votes have helped kill trillions of anmals.
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Dark Clouds Gather on Horizon for Financial System, Warns International Monetary Fund
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2018-10-15
Bali, Indonesia -The International Monetary Fund releases its "Global Financial Stability Report" ahead of its Annual Meetings held this year in Southeast Asia.
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'Rogue killers' might have killed Saudi journalist – Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-15
US President Donald Trump said he believes it is possible that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Trump sending Mike Pompeo to meet Saudi King 'immediately' over missing journalist
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-15
US President Donald Trump is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia after the king denied having any knowledge about the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Auto workers welcome SEP candidate Niles Niemuth
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-15
Auto workers gave SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth a warm welcome at a plant gate rally Saturday afternoon in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan.
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GG Bridge Peace Walk for Afghanistan: 17 Years of Bombing ENOUGH!
Toby Blomé | indybay.org | 2018-10-15
11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for parking! | 12: 00 pm: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north (Marin) or south (SF) ends, to converge in the middle of bridge for Peace vigil for Afghanistan. | 1: 00pm (Approximately): Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. 5 min. DIE-IN on the plaza to memorialize hundreds of thousands of lost lives from 17 years of US war on Afghanistan.
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Washington presses Central America to militarize and turn away from China
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-15
With immigrants as the initial target, the militarization is ultimately aimed at suppressing any challenge from below and turning Central America into a battlefield in US wars against other "great powers."
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I'm president and you're not': Trump mocks CBS anchor in tense 60 Minutes interview
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-15
US President Donald Trump stuck his executive privilege in the face of CBS anchor Lesley Stahl during a tug-of-war moment in his interview with CBS, reminding her who was in charge and refusing to make a pledge she demanded.
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Syria's Chessboard
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-15
The Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few months it appeared to be winding down. The Damascus government now controls 60 percent of the country and the major population centers, the Islamic State has been routed, and the rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are largely cornered in Idilb Province in the country's northwest. But suddenly the Americans moved the goal posts–maybe–the Russians have fallen out with the Israelis, the Iranians are digging in their heels, and the Turks are trying to multi-task wi…
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An Introduction to the Koch Digital Media Network
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-10-14
Though they have wildly diverse business interests, the Koch brothers are more famous for how they spend their money than for how they make it. Koch Industries is active in asphalt products, medical hardware, construction materials, glass, fuel, cattle and fabrics used to make everything "from rugged work clothes to sexy underthings," according to the Koch Industries website. But the breadth of the political funding they coordinate may be even greater. | Elements of the Kochs' pro-market anti-interventionist philosophy have been thrust to the forefront of politics i…
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'Completely Outrageous': Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Blasts 'Sell Out' Trump Over His Tepid Response to Murder of Journalist Khashoggi
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-10-14
"I'm sorry, that is not American foreign policy," Michael McFaul said. "We should not just sell out to any country who buys our weapons. " | Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Saturday slammed Donald Trump's lukewarm reaction to the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and permanent resident of the U. S. | MSNBC host Alex Witt asked McFaul whether–given the availab. . .
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Fox News Hosts Rage Against SNL Skit Mocking Trump And Kanye: 'If You Support the President, You're Either Crazy Or Racist!'
David Edwards, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-10-14
Co-host Trish Regan added a third option is "dumb. " | Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Sunday sharply disapproved of a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch that mocked a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kanye West. "They use comedy to push an agenda," Hegseth complained after reviewing the SNLclip. "If you support this president you are either crazy or you're racist. Those are the two boxes! So, Kanye can't be racist, then he's got to. . .
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Palestinian Authority Challenges Israel's New Settlement Approval in Hebron
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2018-10-14
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned on Sunday that there would be "serious repercussions of an Israeli expansion project of the old city of al-Khalil. (Hebron)". The warning came after 31 new settlement housing units were approved by the Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday.

Palestinian Authority Challenges Israel's New Settlement Approval in Hebron

New Strategy: Democrats Go All-In on Health Care in Midterms
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-14
While Democratic enthusiasm this year has largely been fueled by anger toward President Trump, candidates are focusing their messaging on health care. | The post New Strategy: Democrats Go All-In on Health Care in Midterms appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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'Outrageous' Voter Suppression by 'Cowardly Republicans' in Georgia Is Part of A Nationwide GOP Attack on Democracy
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-10-14
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate, has said she is "deeply worried" that tens of thousands of Georgians are being stripped of their constitutional rights. | Civil rights groups have filed a new lawsuit in order to stop a statewide voter suppression effort in Georgia after the GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp–who just happens to be the state's. . .
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UN Condemns Settler Stoning of Palestinian Woman
INA | imemc.org | 2018-10-14
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov condemned, on Sunday, the murder of a Palestinian woman by extremist Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank. In a statement, Mladenov said, according to Days of Palestine: "I condemn this Friday's attack in the occupied West Bank in …

UN Condemns Settler Stoning of Palestinian Woman

Video: Israel Grounds Its F-35 Stealth Jet Fighters, Unable to "Challenge" Syria's S-300 Air Defenses?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-14
On October 11, the Israeli military announced that it had halted flights of F-35I stealth fighter jets following the crash of the US Marine Corps F-35B jet in South Carolina on September 28. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) stated that … | The post Video: Israel Grounds Its F-35 Stealth Jet Fighters, Unable to "Challenge" Syria's S-300 Air Defenses? appeared first on Global Research
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It's not 'light v dark' if Obama and Trump Supreme Court picks agree 93% of the time — Lee Camp
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-14
Lee Camp delves into 50 shades of darkness as he explains why Obama and Trump's Supreme Court picks vote shockingly similarly and why the Pentagon didn't actually believe in the triumph of democracy in Syria.
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Weight loss & sex supplements are hiding dangerous substances inside — study
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-14
Dietary supplements promising enhanced sexual pleasure, weight loss, and muscle gain secretly contain dangerous pharmaceuticals, researchers warn. The FDA has failed to crack down on offenders, they say, placing Americans at risk.
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Rouhani: US Wants 'Regime Change' In Iran
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-14
The United States is seeking "regime change" in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that the current US administration is the most hostile that the Islamic Republic has faced in its four decades. Tensions have increased between Iran and America after US President Donald Trump withdrew from a multi-lateral agreement on Iran's nuclear […] | The post Rouhani: US Wants 'Regime Change' In Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran Official Calls For 'Lobbying Anti-Trump Movements'
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-14
One of Iran's top foreign policy officials has called for negotiations with "anti-Trump movements" in the US to dampen the impact of sanctions, local media reported Saturday. "America is not Trump," said Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh, a conservative lawmaker who heads parliament's influential national security and foreign policy commission, according to reformist newspaper Arman. "There is a […] | The post Iran Official Calls For 'Lobbying Anti-Trump Movements' appeared first on
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Hunt for 'Googly Eye Bandit' is on in Georgia after war hero's statue gets funny eyes
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-14
Police in Savannah, Georgia are looking for a prankster who put googly eyes on the statue of a revolutionary war hero. "It's no laughing matter," the city stressed, but was taken seriously by absolutely no one.
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US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-14
Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.
rt.com/usa/441195-trump-space-fo…

In Response To Intensifying US "Hostility" Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift
Mahan Abedin | iranian.com | 2018-10-14
With regional tensions and American pressure continuing to peak, the Iranian establishment needs greater cohesion than ever to manage and overcome the multiple threats ranged against it. "The enemy has failed to know you! The enemy has failed to know the Iranian nation! He does not know the Revolution or the revolutionary and faith-based spirit!", […] | The post In Response To Intensifying US "Hostility" Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift appeared first on The…
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The Art of No Mideast Deal
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-13
Donald Trump once advertised an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan as his greatest achievement-in-the-making, but like many of the president's negotiations, the Kushner-Greenblatt strategy is a one-sided bargain, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Whatever happened to President… Read more ?…
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Donald Trump Vows "Severe Punishment" If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-13
Using the economy as a straw man to avoid cracking down on Riyadh, Trump said that "I don't want to hurt jobs. I don't want to lose an order like that," he said. "There are other ways of punishing, to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's true." | The post Donald Trump Vows "Severe Punishment" If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi appeared first on MintPress News.
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Iran Records Best Ever Showing At Asian Para Games
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
Iran won 51 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronze medals and were placed third in the overall rankings. Asian heavyweights China came atop of the overall rankings with 172 gold, 88 silver and 59 bronze followed by South Korea (53 gold, 25 silver and 47 bronze). A total of 210 athletes, consisting of 137 men […] | The post Iran Records Best Ever Showing At Asian Para Games appeared first on The Iranian.
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It's frighteningly easy to track someone down via DNA, scientist reveals
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-13
A scientist at Israeli genealogy firm MyHeritage has published a paper revealing that public genealogy databases can identify relatives — third cousins and closer — in nearly two-thirds of people of European descent.
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France's Mélenchon tacitly backs Wagenknecht's xenophobic Aufstehen group
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
By his silence, Mélenchon is tacitly supporting forces within his Unsubmissive France party that are orienting toward right-wing populism and the militarization of Europe.
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'Lee was a great general': Trump's Civil War remarks spark Twitter row
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-13
Trump has again found himself in a familiar place — in the middle of controversy. The US president called Confederate leader Robert E. Lee a "great general," unleashing a Twitter row over what his comments really meant.
rt.com/usa/441177-trump-robert-e…

Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
The famous whistleblower of the "Pentagon Papers" provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

Book Review: The House Of Islam, A Global History
Farid Parsa | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
Ed Husain's latest book, The House of Islam, A Global History, is an honest and informative writing about the past and current state of Muslims in the world according to a former Islamic radical. There are many similarities between Husain's account and other apologists' writing on Islam and its diverse history and interpretation of its creed. However, […] | The post Book Review: The House Of Islam, A Global History appeared first on The Iranian.
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Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Trump And The Boy King: Mohammed Bin Salman's Reign Is Over Before It Began
Middle East Eye | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
The Jamal Khashoggi case begs the question: if the Saudi crown prince acts like this only 16 months into his role, then what will happen when he comes to ascend the throne? What were Jamal Khashoggi's last thoughts, as he was being dragged out of the Saudi consulate general's office in Istanbul by two men […] | The post Trump And The Boy King: Mohammed Bin Salman's Reign Is Over Before It Began appeared first on The Iranian.
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Macron Says It's Unclear Who In Iran Ordered French Bomb Plot
RFE | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday it was not clear whether a foiled attack on a Paris-based Iranian opposition group was ordered by the higher echelons of authorities in Tehran. "As you know Iran is sometimes divided into different factions and tensions, and so I can't say today whether the order came from the […] | The post Macron Says It's Unclear Who In Iran Ordered French Bomb Plot appeared first on The Iranian.
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Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

Responding to Intensifying US "Hostility" Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift
Abedin Mahan | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-13
With regional tensions and American pressure continuing to peak, the Iranian establishment needs greater cohesion than ever to manage and overcome the multiple threats ranged against it. | The post Responding to Intensifying US "Hostility" Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift appeared first on MintPress News.
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US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States has resolved […] | The post US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields appeared first on The Iranian
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All US presidents kowtow to Saudi Arabia — Trump is just honest about it (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-13
Donald Trump set off a backlash by saying US will not stop supplying Riyadh with weapons over the alleged murder of an opposition journalist. But ignoring Saudi sins to preserve the alliance is a feature of American presidencies.
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Ban Saudi Oil
Raúl Ilargi Meijer | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
According to Middle East Eye, Richard Branson, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Economist editor-In-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, New York Times, Financial Times, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshah, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and AOL founder Steve Case have all withdrawn from Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative conference, to be held this month in Riyadh. […] | The post Ban Saudi Oil appeared first on The Iranian.
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Hurricane Michael brings death, devastation to US Southeast
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
Mexico Beach, Florida, known for its pristine beaches, fishing and boating, now resembles a war zone, with 95 percent of its structures uninhabitable.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

Max Boot Is Very Sorry for Backing the GOP and the Iraq Invasion. Why Is He Being Praised for This?
Peter Maass | theintercept.com | 2018-10-13
The conservative intellectual is forgiven by his media peers for errors of immense and tragic consequence. Boot's new book is a problem. | The post Max Boot Is Very Sorry for Backing the GOP and the Iraq Invasion. Why Is He Being Praised for This? appeared first on The Intercept.
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Star Wars writer & Trump critic says Marvel fired him for being 'not civil' on Twitter
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-13
Novelist and comic book writer Chuck Wendig, known for his tough talk against US President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, says Marvel fired him from a Star Wars miniseries for being too "vulgar" on social media.
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In Latest Yemen Offensive, Saudi Arabia Destroys Hospital and Maternity Ward
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-12
The latest Saudi coalition attacks came in the face of demands issued by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the coalition to stop its deadly airstrikes against civilian targets in Yemen. | The post In Latest Yemen Offensive, Saudi Arabia Destroys Hospital and Maternity Ward appeared first on MintPress News.
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The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Gareth Porter | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-12
Gareth Porter dissects the New York Times Shane & Mazzetti's case that the Russian government seriously threatened to tip the 2016 election through social media. | The post The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election appeared first on MintPress News.
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Rep. Ro Khanna Condemns Saudi Barbarity from Disappearance of Saudi Journalist to War in Yemen
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-12
President Donald Trump is rejecting calls to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the disappearance and probable murder of the Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post is reporting the Turkish government told U.S. officials it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed last week inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Officials say the recordings confirm that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi after he walked into the consulate on October 2, before killing him and dismembering his body. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California.
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The Khashoggi Incident: Trump's Special Relationship With the Saudi Monarchy
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
The Saudi crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abduld Aziz al Saud (33), has cultivated an international reputation as a progressive reformer, claiming in particular to improve the lot of Saudi women. His March PR visit to the U.S. included a warm and fuzzy interview with Oprah, visits to Harvard…
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Nate Silver and 538's Measurable 3.5% Democratic Bias and the 2018 House Race
Doug Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
Since beginning to adjust or unskew polls for house effect during the 2014 United States Senate elections, Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight (538) have a measurable 3.5% bias toward Democrats. This 3.5% bias is found by taking the final 538 projected gap between the Democratic and the Republican candidate in 125 races over the 2014 and 2016 election…
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Cassandra Calls
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
Before I turn to more Cassandra worries and warnings, here is some good news. After six years of protest, with people living in tree houses, an artist couple getting hauled away for painting the forest, and the death of a man who fell from a tree ladder, adding tragedy to developments, the multiplying crowds every…
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Betrayal and Treachery–The Extremism of Moderates
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
Imagine the end of a devastating war. Mutinies have overthrown officers of the invading navy and army officers fear for their lives in units composed of angry hungry draftees tired of the slaughter. Despite the rebellion in the ranks, the generals and the Court wish to carry on until the bitter end. Unfortunately for the…
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What is Truth?
ADRIAN KUZMINSKI | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
In any war, as the saying goes, truth is the first casualty. That's become the case, unfortunately, in the war of the sexes as well. It's turned into a war because the abiding injustice women have suffered from men resists resolution through institutions mostly created and sustained by men. What counts as evidence, or sincerity,…
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Kaepernick honored with medal named after U.S. Communist W.E.B. Du Bois
Ben Cowles | peoplesworld.org | 2018-10-12
Blacklisted NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick was among eight people today to receive Harvard University's "highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies." The W.E.B. Du Bois medal, Harvard explains, is "awarded to individuals in the U.S. and around the globe in recogni…
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Yemen's Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-12
The Yemeni army, loyal to Ansar Allah (Houthis), has changed its approach from hit-and-run attack, in which troops target a military outpost or base and quickly withdraw, to a strategy in which Yemeni military forces would seize control of and retain Saudi military sites. | The post Yemen's Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan appeared first on MintPress News.
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Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel
Shared by Gregory Wilpert | therealnews.com | 2018-10-12
Israel border authorities have detained US-Palestinian student for her alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism, denying her entry into Israel, despite having a visa. Tallie Ben-Daniel of Jewish voice for Peace discusses the case and what it means for the BDS movement | The post Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel appeared first on…
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Is There Hope on a World Warming at 1.5 Degrees Celsius?
Arshad Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change has concluded the finalization of a special report on the impact of a 1.5 degree Celsius global warming above preindustrial levels. Meeting in Incheon, South Korea (October 1-5), its three working groups of experts and government officials have huddled and jousted to strike a consensus on what will be necessary to…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/12/is-t…

Supreme Court Enables Mass Disenfranchisement of North Dakota's Native Americans
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-10-12
A restrictive law will make it hard to vote for people who live on reservations in rural areas and don't have street addresses. | On Tuesday, the Supreme Court chose to stand by and allow the war against voting to continue. Just a little less than a month before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, the court decided not to block North Dakota's restrictive voter ID law, which will make it harder for people in that state to cast their ballots. | Republicans in the state legislature insist that the l…
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Cops Usually Get Away With Murder. What Was Different in Chicago?
Edward Burmila | thenation.com | 2018-10-12
Cops Usually Get Away With Murder. What Was Different in Chicago?
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Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters
Joe Catron | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-12
"The Israeli military relies on a network of international companies, supplying everything from sniper rifles to tear gas, to carry out its massacres of protesters in Gaza. These companies are knowingly supporting war crimes, and are complicit in state-orchestrated murder." — Tom Anderson, researcher for Corporate Occupation | The post Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters appeared first on MintPress…
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US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-12
Scott Brown, the ambassador appointed by Trump, is escalating the anti-Chinese campaign in New Zealand to align the country more closely with US war preparations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10…

Jamal Khashoggi Wasn't the First — Saudi Arabia Has Been Going After Dissidents Abroad for Decades
Sarah Aziza | theintercept.com | 2018-10-12
The story of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and possible murder has riveted the world's attention with its macabre, and mysterious, details. The soft-spoken but sharply critical Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Theories about his fate include the horrifying possibility that Khashoggi was murdered — and perhaps even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. (The Saudi government continues to vehemently deny these charges.) Should these allegations prove true, Khashoggi's fate could have vast ramifications for the reputati…
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Now it's personal: WaPo editor takes on 'Saudi murderers' over missing columnist Khashoggi
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-12
The Washington Post has taken out a full-page ad in protest of the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. "We're not going to let this go," said editor Karen Attiah in an interview.
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Some Silicon Valley Superstars Ditch Saudi Advisory Board After Khashoggi Disappearance, Some Stay Silent
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-10-12
Some major players in tech are distancing themselves from Saudi's Neom "smart city" project after the reported assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. | The post Some Silicon Valley Superstars Ditch Saudi Advisory Board After Khashoggi Disappearance, Some Stay Silent appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/10/11/some…

'Entire Middle East' should look like Israel — Pompeo
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-12
Israel is everything the US wishes the Middle East would be, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared in a speech, while bashing the Obama administration's approach to Iran as resembling a "Disney movie."
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Trump under pressure to stop arms sales to 'good partner' Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi affair
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-12
As public pressure mounts on the Trump administration to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US defense industry is alarmed while critics of the Yemen war hope for the best.
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Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War
Juan Cole | thenation.com | 2018-10-11
Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…
thenation.com/article/pulp-ficti…

Hurricane Michael Pummels Communities in Florida, a State Led by a Climate Change-Denying Governor
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-11
At least two people have died since Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida and Georgia on Wednesday. It is the third most powerful storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, and meteorologists say it is supercharged by warmer-than-usual water in the Gulf of Mexico. But Florida Governor Rick Scott has a long history of denying climate change. In 2011, his administration reportedly banned state employees in Florida's Department of Environmental Protection from using the terms "climate change," "global warming" and "sea level rise." We speak with Gloria Horning, a social and environmental justice advocate. She serves…
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Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance?
Shared by Aaron Maté | therealnews.com | 2018-10-11
President Trump says the US is pressing Saudi Arabia for answers on the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But new questions are being raised about the US role after a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture and "lay hands on" Khashoggi. We speak to… | The post Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance?
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"How Fascism Works": Jason Stanley on Trump, Bolsonaro and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-11
In his new book "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them," Yale professor Jason Stanley warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics, writing, "What normalization does is transform the morally extraordinary into the ordinary. It makes us able to tolerate what was once intolerable by making it seem as if this is the way things have always been." We speak with Jason Stanley in New York.
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The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-11
The idea promoted by the NYT's Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter… Read more ?…
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US won't give 'one single dollar' for Syria reconstruction until Iranian forces are out — Pompeo
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
The US will spend no more money on the reconstruction of war-ravaged Syria if it does not see off Iranian troops, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The US previously said it would stay in Syria as long as Iran is there.
rt.com/usa/440946-pompeo-iran-tr…

Don't Call Nikki Haley a Moderate. She's an Extremist on Israel, Iran, and Human Rights
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-10-11
Trump's outgoing U.N. ambassador is getting applause from the media for being so moderate. But Haley has been a champion for right-wing causes. | The post Don't Call Nikki Haley a Moderate. She's an Extremist on Israel, Iran, and Human Rights. appeared first on The Intercept.
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NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.
rt.com/usa/441026-soyuz-nasa-iss…

Saudi envoy leaves US, Washington expects 'report' on Khashoggi on his return
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US has unexpectedly left for Riyadh, with the State Department saying they did not request it but "expect" the envoy to return with information about the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
rt.com/usa/441038-saudi-ambassad…

Pompeo complained that North & South Korea talk peace without him — South FM
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
The US Secretary of State expressed "discontent" with peaceful negotiations between North and South Korea, which signed a military pact during last month's summit without consulting him.
rt.com/usa/440933-pompeo-pouts-k…

WATCH: Kanye's insane White House solo that left Trump mindblown
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
From "alternate universes" and the concept of time to serious arguments about prison slavery, fatherhood and racism, rapper Kanye West owned the Oval Office in a televised monologue that left everyone scratching their heads.
rt.com/usa/441034-kanye-west-whi…

US veterans overwhelmingly want troops out of Afghanistan — poll
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
A new poll shows a majority of US residents support withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan, 17 years into a war that shows no signs of ending. Support for winding down the interminable conflict is even higher among veterans.
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Is This the Beginning of the End of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance?
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-10-11
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi last Tuesday is threatening to upend the terms of the decadeslong alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia. In the nine days since Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian resident of Virginia and a Washington Post columnist, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, politicians, media figures, and foreign policy elites — even those who have fawned over the authoritarian Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — have grown increasingly critical of the U.S.-Saudi alliance. | The U.S. has long given the Saudis a blank check, politically and militarily, and…
theintercept.com/2018/10/11/is-t…

Let's Use Social Media to Put Pressure on Saudi Arabia Over Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance
Shaun King | theintercept.com | 2018-10-11
The internet won't let go of the story of Jamal Khashoggi's apparent assassination — and that's a good thing for justice. | The post Let's Use Social Media to Put Pressure on Saudi Arabia Over Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/10/11/jama…

Rand Paul suggests cutting off military aid to Saudi Arabia until missing journalist is found
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said he will introduce a bill that would cut off military aid to Saudi Arabia until the missing Saudi-born dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is found safe and well.
rt.com/usa/441003-rand-paul-saud…

'Should I be UN ambassador?' Dennis Rodman makes bizarre VIDEO on horseback
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
Dennis Rodman, retired basketball player and unlikely friend to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has made yet another odd appearance – this time making a video on horseback and asking if he should become the next UN ambassador.
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