2019-09-28: News Headlines

The Canary (2019-09-28). Details of Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders 'often concealed'. thecanary.co The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, after embarrassing leaks of his conversations early in his tenure, a former White House official said. | The White House's handling of Mr Trump's calls with foreign leaders is at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | A whistleblower alleges the White House tried to "lock down" Mr Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's new president because officials were worried about his request for help investigating h…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Trump's envoy to Ukraine resigns as impeachment gathers pace. thecanary.co Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation.The move came as House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of Trump, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials.A US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Volker told Secretary of State Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job.The move followed disclosur…

Staff (2019-09-28). Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Donald Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress. | Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump's comments at the t…

WSWS (2019-09-28). CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes. wsws.org Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

Jon Schwarz (2019-09-28). Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment. theintercept.com The right has patiently spent decades creating a system to make sure no Republican president is ever forced from office again, no matter what he does.

Ralph Nader (2019-09-28). Will Constitutional Outlaw Trump Implode With Lies Before He is Impeached? commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, United States on September 27, 2019. (Photo: Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Corbyn: Labour would scrap 'unmitigated disaster' of Universal Credit. thecanary.co Universal Credit would be scrapped under Labour plans to replace the Tories' flagship welfare reforms with a social security system to support jobseekers with "dignity and respect". | Jeremy Corbyn called the much-criticised reforms an "unmitigated disaster" as he outlined proposals to depart from a system designed to "punish and police". | The benefit cap and two-child limit would be immediately ditched, which Labour says would bring 300,000 children out of poverty. | The punitive sanctions regime criticised for forcing people to use food banks would also be scrapped if Labour won a general election. | "Universa…

Mark Petrakis (2019-09-28). What to Do About All Those Infernal Accusations of Cynicism and Negativity. dissidentvoice.org In addition to the unprecedented giveaway of the people's assets to multi billionaires that is outlined in the green new deal, when can I expect regime change for climate, bombing for climate, imperialist words for climate compulsory sterilization for climate, etc. — A 9.21.19 tweet from @cordeliers I hesitated today in posting this rather "ungloved" …

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-28). The Wounds of War in Afghanistan. dissidentvoice.org Recovering from a broken hip, peace activist Kathy Kelly reflects on her experiences with people disabled and traumatized by war. ***** Its economy gutted by war, Afghanistan's largest cash crop remains opium. Yet farmers there do grow other crops for export. Villagers in the Wazir Tangi area of Nangarhar province, for example, cultivate pine nuts. …

Bryan Dyne (2019-09-28). Millions March against Climate Change, Capitalism and War. globalresearch.ca Four million people participated in the global climate strike across every continent on Friday, many of them students who skipped school on that day. Demonstrations at more than 5,800 locations in 161 countries began in Australia and the Pacific, moved …

WSWS (2019-09-28). 170,000 join climate change protests in New Zealand. wsws.org School students were joined by tens of thousands of workers and university students to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Staff (2019-09-28). We Can Save the Planet by Defunding the Pentagon. truthout.org | | The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues — and their solutions — are intertwined. | The U.S. military protects Big Oil and other extractive industries. | The U.S. military has often been used to ensure that U.S.

David Solnit, Julie Searle (2019-09-28). San Francisco Climate Strike Street Murals Take Over Wall Street West. commondreams.org Over two city blocks, lined by some of SF's biggest banks, eleven community groups this week painted their visions of solutions to climate chaos. (Photo: Anesti Vega/Maluco Studios) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Chris Packham joins woodland protest outside HS2 base. thecanary.co Chris Packham and climate protesters have set up a woodland outside the headquarters of HS2 to campaign against the destruction of trees to create the high speed rail line.The naturalist was joined by around 200 people carrying flags and placards saying "Stop ecocide" and "Save our countryside", while some chanted "HS boo".The protesters, including a pair dressed as a badger and a tree, brought an array of small trees and saplings to set up the woodland near Euston Station in central London on Saturday.Packham said HS2 involves one of the "largest deforestation programmes since the First World War", damaging more…

Ralph Nader (2019-09-28). Trump: Will He Implode with Lies Before He is Impeached? dissidentvoice.org Donald Trump said he believes the Constitution lets him do "whatever I want as President." In over two and a half years, Trump has been a serial violator of the Constitution, unmatched by any president in American history. Just about every day he is a constitutional outlaw. Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein has documented twelve categories …

The Canary (2019-09-28). Julian Assange's father to receive award on behalf of his son. thecanary.co Julian Assange's father is to receive an award on behalf of his son on 28 September, after launching a fresh attack on the continued imprisonment of the WikiLeaks founder.John Shipton said Assange was still being kept in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day at top security Belmarsh prison in London, even though he was due to be released earlier this month.He had served time for a bail violation after he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he lived for almost seven years as he fought moves to ex…

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-28). The Wounds of War in Afghanistan. commondreams.org People disabled by war are a common site in Kabul. Here a man arrives in a wheelchair to receive duvets given out to help families survive the cold winter. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-09-28). Immigration Officials Have Used Google Translate to Vet Refugees. truthout.org | | That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and other machine translation tools are appropriate for one task: helping to decide whether refugees should be allowed into the United States…

Negin Owliaei (2019-09-28). No one should have to bargain for health care. nationofchange.org Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers began striking earlier this month, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. | The response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government bailouts during the last recession, cut off its payment of insurance premiums for the striking workers. | As the news broke, former Vice President Joe Biden was at an AFL-CIO event…

WSWS (2019-09-28). Solomon Islands and Kiribati cut ties with Taiwan, shift to China. wsws.org The diplomatic shifts underscore the deepening geo-strategic confrontation in the Pacific amid the intensifying US-led trade war.

WSWS (2019-09-28). Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat—on the Panama Papers—and The Goldfinch—the aftermath of a terror attack. wsws.org Soderbergh discards his generally non-committal stance in The Laundromat, offering a fairly withering critique of global corporate tax evasion and the financial elite generally.

Trevor Aaronson (2019-09-28). A New Satire of FBI Terrorism Stings Draws Its Characters From Real Cases. theintercept.com It's a sunny day in Miami Beach as pretty young men and women dance by a pool. A disc jockey stands in a poolside booth, playing music. | Nearby, an FBI informant named Nura and another man, Malik, train their eyes on a drink cart being pushed through the crowd. Malik believes there's a bomb on the cart. All he has to do is dial the number on the phone Nura is holding. | "The bomb will only take out the men, right?" Malik asks, suddenly unsure if he wants to move forward in the attack. | "What?" Nura replies, baffled by the question. | "The men are the soldiers. The women are not the soldiers. Only the men." | "Y…

United Nations (2019-09-28). Guinea-Bissau spotlights threats of organized crime, Sahel terrorism in speech to UN Assembly. un.org Organized criminal networks continue to pose a threat to Guinea-Bissau and undermine stability in the West African nation, Foreign Minister Suzi Barbosa said in her speech on Saturday to the UN General Assembly.

United Nations (2019-09-28). Syrian crisis is 'clearest example' of foreign investment in terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister says at UN. un.org Although terrorism is a "global nightmare which haunts everyone", some countries have invested in terrorism as a tool to impose their "insidious agendas" on other nations, Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

The Canary (2019-09-28). Labour's priority is to block no-deal Brexit — Jeremy Corbyn. thecanary.co Labour remains determined to cut off the prospect of a no-deal Brexit before pressing for a general election, Jeremy Corbyn has said.A senior SNP MP said the opposition parties could stage a vote of no-confidence in the Government as early as next week in a bid to oust Boris Johnson.It follows talks at Westminster by party leaders aimed at thwarting any attempt by the Prime Minister to push through a no-deal break on October 31 against the will of Parliament.Speaking to reporters at a rally in Chingford, Essex, Mr Corbyn said he stood ready to lead an interim government if Mr Johnson was forced from No 10. | Howe…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Boris Johnson 'could face no-confidence vote next week'. thecanary.co Opposition parties could stage a vote of confidence in the Government next week in a bid to thwart a no-deal Brexit, a senior SNP MP has said.Stewart Hosie said the plan — to put in place an interim government to secure a Brexit extension — appeared to be the only way to ensure Britain did not "crash out" of the EU on October 31.However, he acknowledged that in order to succeed, it would require all the opposition parties to get behind it.But while the SNP have indicated they could support a temporary government led by Jeremy Corbyn, the Liberal Democrats and many of the Tory rebels who had the whip wit…

Staff (2019-09-28). Subpoenas Mark First Concrete Steps for Trump Impeachment. truthdig.com House Democrats ask Mike Pompeo and others in State Department to appear and turn over documents; Speaker Pelosi sets no deadline on probe.

RT (2019-09-28). 'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown. rt.com With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…

Staff (2019-09-28). Will This Be the Scandal That Finally Prompts Republicans to Defect From Trump? truthout.org | | Donald Trump has made it clear throughout his presidency that when he's put in a corner, he'll throw his own staff under the bus in order to save himself. As the Ukraine scandal deepens, Trump's strategy will be to implicate as many people as possible; protecting Trump now becomes inextricable with protecting themselves. If Republicans circle the wagons now, they're doing so around a stick of lit dynamite. | One day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inve…

Chris Winters (2019-09-28). Impeachment won't save our democracy. nationofchange.org So it's official: The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is moving toward impeaching President Trump. In announcing this, Pelosi finally did what many on the left thought should have been a no-brainer. Her reluctance to move the process along has been frustrating for many eager to try to stop Trump's trampling on the rule of law. | The actual announcement doesn't mean much in terms of how Congress operates. It only provides a semantic umbrella under which we can now group the numerous investigations of President Trump's behavior already underway. (U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold…

Curt Wechsler (2019-09-28). That Impeachment Inquiry? Now is the time to take to the streets. indybay.org 1590 Bryant (at 15th Street), San Francisco…

On the Move (2019-09-28). San Jose Students Demonstrate, Ready to Act for Climate Justice. indybay.org An estimated 1,000 students expressed their commitment to a clean climate and a more just world…not only that, they have plans to make that happen. | [Photos: Chris Cassell, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]…

Photos and Text (2019-09-28). Montgomery Street Banks Besieged, Arrests In Major Climate Action. indybay.org Wells Fargo, Chase, Citibank and Brasilian consulate blocked…

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-09-28). Climate Strike Highlights Opposition to Restarting ExxonMobil Offshore Oil Platforms Off Santa Barbara. indybay.org SANTA BARBARA, Calif., September 26, 2019 — California Central Coast residents will march and call for climate action Friday as part of the global Climate Strike Week of Action. The Center for Biological Diversity, one of more than 30 participating organizations, will use the occasion to highlight opposition to ExxonMobil's proposal to restart its dormant offshore drilling platforms off Santa Barbara County.

AutumnSun (2019-09-28). Climate Strike Santa Cruz 9-27-2019. indybay.org This last week has been Climate Strike Week with the youth demonstrating and striking around our country and all around the world!

To the Streets (2019-09-28). Berkeley Students Say System Change Needed, Rally and Walk Out from Campus on Global Climate Strike Day. indybay.org Three days before the international Climate Strike of September 20 in which students at UC Berkeley participated on a grand scale, the University of California committed to urgent action to address the climate crisis. Students expressed despair, worry, and shock about the state of the climate already. | [Photos by Bob Shonkoff, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]…

reposted by Virginia B (2019-09-28). It's Not Free Speech Radio Anymore. indybay.org Hypocritical attempt to dislodge vigilant Pacifica board member. I do hope you can get through this, and especially the last 3 or 4 paragraphs – then go back and read about the sausage-making if that's easier. Please forward to any you think care about Pacifica. I don't agree with this newsletter always, but I think this is important. I hope others will write to the board as article suggests – if nothing else, for the record. They may not be able to ignore thousands of emails.

RT (2019-09-28). NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats. rt.com Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…

United Nations (2019-09-28). At UN, Sudanese Prime Minister says 'great revolution has succeeded,' country will rebuild, restore values. un.org The "great revolution" of Sudan has succeeded and the Government and people and will now rebuild and restore the values ‚Äã‚Äãof human coexistence and social cohesion in the country as they try and turn the page on three decades of "abhorrent oppression, discrimination and warfare," Prime Minister Abdullah Adam Hamdok told the United Nations on Friday evening.

Fred_F (2019-09-28). Liberals squirm as South Australia's parliament declares climate emergency. greenleft.org.au climate action Renfrey ClarkeIssue 1239 Australia South Australia AdelaideSeptember 28, 2019For the first time in Australia, a house of parliament has voted to declare a climate emergency. | Sout…

RT (2019-09-28). The cringe is strong with this one! NYT tries its hand at Trump memes, falls flat on face & gets MEMED in return. rt.com The New York Times tried its hand at a Star Wars meme to celebrate the launch of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump — and proved what conservatives have been saying for years: the Left can't meme. | "A long time coming for a White House far from reality," the clip reads, before launching into scrolling text designed to mimic the opening to the Star Wars films. Titled "Episode 45," the meme features two and a half minutes of every misdeed — real and imagined — committed by Trump during his presidency, heavy on the Russiagate conspiracy theorizing. | "The president has launche…

RT (2019-09-28). Trump told Russians their 'bad' meddling is the same as 'good' US meddling — WaPo's fresh Russiagate resurrection attempt. rt.com With the US president facing a Ukraine-linked impeachment probe, the Washington Post has delivered a fresh 'bombshell.' Not only does Trump think nothing of Russian interference in 2016, he even said as much to the Russians! | The newspaper of record found a new way to flog the dead horse of collusion, treating its readers to outrageous details about a "now-infamous" m…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-28). MSNBC Pundit Who Accused Those Who Prefer Sanders to Warren of 'Sexism' Sparks Viral Outcry From #WomenforBernie. commondreams.org "Not here to be vote shamed by the 1%. I am supporting the only candidate who will always put the needs of people first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Dreier (2019-09-28). Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory? commondreams.org US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

C.J. Atkins, John Wojcik (2019-09-27). Majority support impeachment probe as White House cover-up is exposed. peoplesworld.org According to a new poll released early Friday morning, public support for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump has now hit a majority. The milestone comes amidst the explosive revelation of a White House cover-up aimed at hiding the details of how Trump solicited election interference from the Ukrainian president. Opinion polls conducted in …

Staff (2019-09-27). The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling? therealnews.com Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.

Staff (2019-09-27). 'Impeachment Is Good For Our Political Future'. therealnews.com The Nation's national correspondent John Nichols says that history shows impeachment has changed the political future, and thinks it is part of a struggle we should not shy away from.

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan (2019-09-27). Trump Is Deserving of an Impeachment Inquiry, Many Times Over. commondreams.org Trump has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by at least 24 women. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-09-27). 'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad. rt.com US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx— Donal…

Max Blumenthal (2019-09-27). Following Grayzone exposé, top Venezuelan coup official Ricardo Hausmann is forced to resign. thegrayzone.com After The Grayzone's Anya Parampil published an exposé of Guaidó appointee Ricardo Hausmann's opaque and hypocritical financial practices, he was…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-09-27). Maduro Thinks Russia and Venezuela Can "Overcome Any Difficulties", but Is He Right? globalresearch.ca During a meeting with Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro held on last Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia supports Venezuela's legitimate government against the continued U.S.-backed coup led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. However, the Russian president also …

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-27). US War on Russia by Other Means. globalresearch.ca The US under both militant wings of its war party is an unparalleled global menace. | For the first time in world history, one nation threatens everyone everywhere at home and abroad. It risks destruction of planet earth to own it, …

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-27). Ukraine's Federalization: Lavrov vs. Lukashenko. globalresearch.ca Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Belarusian President Lukashenko are publicly at odds over the issue of Ukraine's federalizaton as a possible outcome of Kiev finally implementing the Minsk Accords in the event of the "New Detente" succeeding, with this serious …

Jonathan Power (2019-09-27). A Dangerous Confrontation With Russia Over Kalingrad. counterpunch.org "What idiocy", exclaims Jack Matlock on Facebook. Matlock is one of my "Facebook Friends" because I judge his knowledge of Russia as second to none, having been under President Ronald Reagan the White House's senior advisor on the Soviet Union and, later, his ambassador to Moscow. The object of his ire is based on a Newsday More

Jason Ditz (2019-09-27). US Troops, Tanks Headed to Lithuania for 'Extended Mission' Meant to 'Deter Russia'. theantimedia.com The deployment is being presented as part of a "larger, long-term US military involvement in Lithuania" meant to deter Russian aggression.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-09-27). US Gives Guaido $52 Million in Funding, Slaps Venezuela With New Sanctions. theantimedia.com Self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido and the Venezuelan opposition have been given $52 million by the Trump administration.

Ed Sykes (2019-09-27). A war between nuclear powers India and Pakistan over Kashmir 'would have global consequences'. thecanary.co Pakistan's leader has denounced his Indian counterpart and warned that any war between the nuclear rivals over the occupied region of Kashmir could "have consequences for the world". In early August, Indian MPs passed a bill stripping statehood from the Indian-administered part of Kashmir amid an indefinite security lockdown. The government of neighbouring Pakistan immedia…

Brian Cloughley (2019-09-27). Trump and the Kashmir Catastrophe. counterpunch.org India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump have much in common, not least extensive use of Twitter to communicate their thoughts, policies and intentions. The arrangement for a Modi-Trump meeting on September 22 in Houston Texas, at a rally of Indian-Americans, known as "Howdy Modi!" was greeted enthusiastically by India's leader ("The special gesture of President More

Great Game India (2019-09-27). 145,000 Tons of Indian Oil at Risk after US Blacklists Chinese Shipping Companies. globalresearch.ca The US has put sanctions on several Chinese companies and their top officials for allegedly shipping Iranian oil, putting dozens of supertankers off limits to western energy traders. As a direct impact of the blacklisting of Chinese shipping company Cosco, …

Joseph Thomas (2019-09-27). Hong Kong Protests: Fading Foreign Tantrum, Not Genuine Revolution. globalresearch.ca Just as unfolded in 2014 during the so-called "Umbrella protests" or "Occupy Central" movement, a growing backlash has begun across Hong Kong against US-funded protests that have attempted to disrupt governance and commerce as part of a floundering movement to …

Staff (2019-09-27). The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace. therealnews.com Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.

Melanie Bender (2019-09-27). Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved. peoplesworld.org REDDING, Calif.—Driving through northern California is such a peaceful, solace-filled, meditative journey. One could get caught up in beautiful dreams and thoughts with scenery so ancient, green, and mountainous; lakes that glitter silver-blue hues in the sunshine. The last thing it evokes is thoughts of a brutal murder in the midst of the beauty. On …

Kathy Kelly (2019-09-27). The Wounds of War. progressive.org Recovering from a broken hip, peace activist Kathy Kelly reflects on her experiences with people disabled and traumatized by war.

Richard Moser (2019-09-27). Soldiers and Veterans are Anti-War Leaders. Could This Be The Peace Movement of Our Time? counterpunch.org "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government." — Martin Luther King If you want to stop the wars, challenge the empire and deal with climate crisis then support our anti-war soldiers and veterans. Soldiers and veterans carry special knowledge. Sometimes that knowledge starts with the gut-wrenching realization that they have fought, suffered, More

South Front (2019-09-27). Video: Who Really Benefits from The Alleged 'Iranian Attack' on Saudi Arabia's Oil Facility? globalresearch.ca In the second half of 2019, the Middle East entered yet another turbulence zone created by a sharpened conflict between Iran and regional Shia groups on the one side and the US-Israeli-Saudi alliance on another. In contrast to the 2015-2017 …

Eoin Higgins (2019-09-27). In UN Address, Rouhani Says Iran "Will Never, Ever Forget" Crimes of Trump. theantimedia.com The Iranian president said the U.S. has attempted a "silent killing of a great nation."

Andrew Cockburn (2019-09-27). Just How Swampy Are U.S-Saudi Arms Deals? globalresearch.ca The old maxim that "the U.S. government exists to buy arms at home and sell arms abroad" was never truer than today. Our defense budget is soaring to previously undreamed-of heights and overseas weapons deals are setting new records. | Indeed, …

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2019-09-27). Liz Truss admits the UK has unlawfully sold arms to Saudi Arabia at least three times. thecanary.co Trade secretary Liz Truss has admitted that the UK sold arms to Saudi Arabia unlawfully on at least three occasions. The sales are in violation of a court order banning arms trade with Saudi Arabia due to human rights concerns. | Lack of…

Medea Benjamin (2019-09-27). 10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined. counterpunch.org The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues—and their solutions—are intertwined. 1. The More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-09-27). Children to Adults: 'Do Your Job So We Have a Future'. commondreams.org A scene from New York City's Global Climate Strike. (Photo: Michael Nigro / Truthdig) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rob Urie (2019-09-27). Climate Change and Technology. counterpunch.org Climate change is one of a host of environmental ills for which technological solutions are being proposed. In fact, most of the proposed solutions exacerbate environmental ills in other dimensions such as species loss and mass extinction. This tendency of technological reasoning to 'bleed' from one dimension or axis to another— to cause unintended consequences, is a function of the structure of this type of reasoning. More

Staff (2019-09-27). Message to the Climate Strike Marchers in Detroit. therealnews.com Merge the strikes! Merge the tiers! | We are all for the Green New Deal! | Make Detroit the Arsenal for a Green Economy! | Frank Hammer | This is a historic day, especially for those of us here in Detroit. We are at the center of not one but two strikes: | The nation-wide strike by 46,000 UAW members to determine fate of GM, Ford and Chrysler autoworkers which will have ripple effects for the entire working class and gm communities, right here in Detroit and Warren, in the US and globally. The other strike, today's youth-led global climate strike, is a huge step in our fight to shape the fate of our planet, the…

Lawrence Davidson (2019-09-27). A Twenty-First Century Children's Crusade. counterpunch.org "You Had Your Future, And So Should We" This was the chant of thousands of demonstrators, most of them under 20 years of age, as they marched through New York City on 23 September 2019. At about the same time, millions of other young people were demonstrating across the globe: in Australia, India, South Africa, More

Margaret Klein Salamon (2019-09-27). With a Planet on Fire, This Is What It Means to Enter Emergency Mode. commondreams.org School students, Local Citizens, Environmental Activists shout slogans as they participate in a global climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future" in Kolkata, India, September 27, 2019. (Photo: Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Al Ronzoni (2019-09-27). Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender? counterpunch.org I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since More

Paul Street (2019-09-27). Protest Alone Won't Save Our Planet. truthdig.com We can all use a shot of hope. I got one from 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and the disproportionately youthful masses—4 million across 150 cities worldwide—who came out for climate sanity last week. I listened online to the speech Thunberg delivered to more than 300,000 mostly young people in lower Manhattan on Friday. She spoke eloquently about the supreme ecological danger we face, thanks to the relentless pursuit of profit and to the insincere assurances and pathetic inaction of politicians and policymakers the world over: | We have not taken to the streets, sacrificing our education…

Staff (2019-09-27). The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine. truthout.org | | Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-09-27). Polluting the Heavens. counterpunch.org Heavens brings to mind the vast sky and the millions of stars lighting the Earth at night. Greek mythology has the sky and the Earth mating and giving birth to the natural world, the ocean, terrible monsters, the gods and the cosmos. Greek philosophers expanded myths and studied the heavens as a home of the More

Graham Peebles (2019-09-27). Decimation of the Rainforests and the Money Men. dissidentvoice.org During August thousands of fires ravaged the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and Bolivia. Some are still burning. In the wet ecosystem of the rainforest fires are not a natural phenomenon, they are started by people, mostly well-organized criminal gangs that profit from illegal logging and land clearance. Brazil's right-wing President, Jain Bolsanaro, took office in …

Patrick Anderson (2019-09-27). Edward Snowden's Julian Assange is an Unfamiliar Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks' former editor Julian Assange have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, they share important similarities: both are perceived as dangerous enemies by the United States government, and both have been documentary subjects of filmmaker Laura Poitras. On the other hand, they clearly disagree when it comes to the means of achieving government transparency and accountability. After all, if Snowden had agreed with Assange a…

Staff (2019-09-27). Immigration Officials' Unholy Reliance on Google Translate. truthdig.com ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and o…

Charles Davis (2019-09-27). Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy. counterpunch.org An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged More

Don Fitz (2019-09-27). Politicians Agree: "Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man" counterpunch.org In 2017 my CounterPunch article, "Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time," told how St. Louis cop Jason Stockley killed a 24-year-old black man, Anthony Lamar Smith. Though Stockley claimed he had fired in self defense when Smith pulled a gun on him, evidence showed that he had planted the gun More

Don Fitz (2019-09-27). Politicians Agree: "Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man" dissidentvoice.org In 2017 Dissident Voice ran my article, "Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time," which told how St. Louis cop Jason Stockley killed a 24-year-old black man, Anthony Lamar Smith. Though Stockley claimed he had fired in self defense when Smith pulled a gun on him, evidence showed that he had …

Staff (2019-09-27). Brazilian Students Take Protest to Next Level, Launch Strike Against Bolsonaro Education Cuts. therealnews.com Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has proposed privatization and immediate slashing of the public education budget. Students worried about the future of education in Brazil are beginning to mobilize with a strike at one of the county's main universities. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…

Rick Sterling (2019-09-27). Remembering Hisham Ahmed: Activist, Professor and Palestinian Powerhouse. mintpressnews.com H isham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963. Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for many years at Birzeit University in Palestine, before coming to Saint Mary's College of California in 2006. He died of cancer in July 2019 at age 56. The following remembrance was given at his memorial service on 25 September 2019 at St Mary's College. | Sometimes you meet someone who is unforgettable. Hisham Ahmed was such a…

The Canary (2019-09-27). Charity warns scrapping TV licence for over-75s risks fraud 'bonanza'. thecanary.co More pensioners are at risk from a "bonanza" of fraud following the decision to scrap universal free TV licences for the over-75s, according to new research.The BBC announced earlier this year that it would means-test licence fees for the elderly.Households without someone who receives pension credit…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-09-27). Review: 'The Day Shall Come' exposes joke of "war on terror" peoplesworld.org The term Theatre of the Absurd deals with what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. The new film The Day Shall Come explores this idea in relation to our current political terrain. It's a movie that uses comedy to address the very real chaos, corruption, and …

RT (2019-09-27). Why so serious!? After 'incel attack' warning, Joker's official Twitter page pranked into tweeting hardcore RACISM. rt.com With the upcoming 'Joker' movie already the subject of memes and an ominous warning by the US military about 'incel' violence, an internet prankster has tricked the movie's social media account into tweeting some hardcore racism. | A week away from release, 'Joker' has already been ridiculed as a movie pitched at Dorito-dust-stained neckbeards and fedora-clad incels — 'involuntary celibate' men, mad at the world and doubly so at women. In fact, so typecast is the movie's fan base that the US military warned soldiers on leave…

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-09-27). Towards a More Mature Democracy. counterpunch.org You could be forgiven (but what's the fun in that), if you were to think. Looking at Jacques-Louis David's neoclassical painting The Death of Socrates, you could believe you're seeing Socrates giving the bird to democracy and demanding that Crito give him the goddamned chalice full of hemlock, and get out of the way. There More

Janine Jackson (2019-09-27). 'The Remedies That Were Proposed Weren't About Ending the List' – CounterSpin interview with Maha Hilal on 'terrorist watchlist'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Justice for Muslims' Maha Hilal about the "terrorist watchlist" for the September 20, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Christopher Ketcham (2019-09-27). Solitude and the Love of the Human Race. counterpunch.org When I return from a solo backpacking trip, all I want is company. I see another person at the trail's end, at the road that leads back to the cities, I'm a slavering dog — I hump all legs, my tongue is out, I run around in circles, I want to talk and talk. My More

Jennifer Matsui (2019-09-27). Neoliberalism: The Ideology that Dares not Speak its Name. counterpunch.org The question, "What is neoliberalism?" invites a response similar to the old canard about art: "I don't know what it is, but I know it when I see it". Unlike art, which seldom rears its head outside a rarified, specially designated setting, neoliberalism is everywhere, which is why we seldom acknowledge its ubiquity, even as More

Tony McKenna (2019-09-27). Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory. counterpunch.org Conspiracy theories in general tend to be crude and simplistic, more often than not reflecting the nature of the people who indulge them. But when the conspiracy theory is mingled with antisemitism — as with the Rothschild rot — it represents a particular failure of the imagination, a particularly null and void exercise in dehumanisation. For it seeks to perpetuate a racial stereotype in which a group of people who have been so systematically displaced, persecuted and murdered are transformed into the persecutors on a global scale by way of a vulgar fiction which lacks any trace of humanity or self-aw…

Michael Welton (2019-09-27). What's In It For Me? Turning Citizens Into Customers. counterpunch.org Sociation by consumption Wolfgang Streeck, author of How will capitalism end? [2016], provides us with a compelling and provocative analysis of how capitalism, slammed against the ropes and almost down for the count of ten, found a way out of its dilemmas of the 1970s. The market was saturated and the labour movement was pressing More

Ron Jacobs (2019-09-27). Are We Possessed by Our Possessions? counterpunch.org Virtually everyone agrees that people in the advanced capitalist nations have way too many possessions. Three and four car families, multiple televisions and numerous devices to send and receive messages and media all day and all night. Of course, many more people have considerably less, even in the United States, where possessions are totems to More

Geoffrey McDonald (2019-09-27). Does the USA Have a Slavery Habit? counterpunch.org As part of its "1619 Project" on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in North America, the New York Times Magazine ran an essay with the somewhat radical message in its title: "American Capitalism Is Brutal. You Can Trace That to the Plantation" (Matthew Desmond, 8/14/19). But how will studying More

Louisa Willcox (2019-09-27). Exorcizing Wendigo to Save Grizzlies, Ourselves. counterpunch.org Interior Secretary David Bernhardt recently aborted a planned trip to Montana to hear from farmers and ranchers seeking to boost federal budgets in order to kill more grizzlies, especially along the Rocky Mountain Front. Disappointed that Bernhardt didn't show, Dave McEwen of the Montana Wool Growers Association announced that stockmen will travel to DC, saying: "Now More

Dan Bacher (2019-09-27). Extinction Rebellion Activists in Sacramento. counterpunch.org Over 20 activists from the Extinction Rebellion today targeted the offices of the Western State Petroleum Association (WSPA) offices at 1415 L St. at 12 Noon. They sang songs, shouted out chants and briefly blocked the street in front of the WSPA offices just down the street from the State Capitol. There were no arrests. The Western States More

Norman Solomon (2019-09-27). To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" counterpunch.org When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of More