2019-10-05: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-10-05). Trump continues to defy Democrats' impeachment inquiry. wsws.org On Friday, President Donald Trump stepped up his defiance of the impeachment inquiry launched by the Democrats with the support of the intelligence agencies.

Staff (2019-10-05). Palestinians Could Have Historic Influence in Israel's Next Government. truthout.org | | The political climate in Israel following September's snap elections is by no means favorable to Palestinians. However, there is reason to be hopeful for gains in Palestinian political power as the prospect of a unity government between the center-right Kahol Lavan party and the further-right Likud party looms large. Palestinian parties are contesting for a historic amount of influence in shaping the next Israeli government, and the challenge for Palestinian political leaders will be to turn…

WSWS (2019-10-05). Hong Kong's chief executive invokes emergency law against protest movement. wsws.org The use of this British colonial era law is a warning that the ruling class in the Hong Kong and Beijing are preparing to suppress the months-long demonstrations for basic democratic rights.

WSWS (2019-10-05). Iraq in flames. wsws.org Iraqi security forces opened fire on unarmed civilians for the fourth day in a row Friday as protesters poured into the streets once again in defiance of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's declaration of a round-the-clock curfew.

Dominique de Villepin (2019-10-05). France Said No to US Led War against Iraq: Dominique de Villepin at the UN Security Council, February 14, 2003. globalresearch.ca The government of president Jacques Chirac was a historical watershed. It was the last French government which refused to align itself with US foreign policy. It was the expression of an independent nation. | France had extensive oil interests in Iraq …

Dean Henderson (2019-10-05). The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Eight Families. globalresearch.ca The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco)…

WSWS (2019-10-05). Illinois steelworker killed on the job, police launch investigation. wsws.org Police and government officials are investigating the death Adrian Gomez, 26, husband and father of two, who was killed when he became trapped in machinery.

WSWS (2019-10-05). Tolkien: Biopic of author J.R.R. Tolkien rings false. wsws.org The film about the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings oversimplifies the impact of World War I on the author.

WSWS (2019-10-05). GM strike in danger of union-enforced defeat as UAW announces 'good progress' on temps, health care. wsws.org The United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors are making "good progress" towards an agreement, UAW Vice President for GM Terry Dittes said in a letter published Friday evening.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-05). Second Intel Whistleblower Reportedly Considering Coming Forward With 'More Direct Information' on Trump-Ukraine Talks. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Graham Vanbergen (2019-10-05). How Brexit Was Engineered by Foreign Billionaires to Bring About Economic Chaos — for Profit. globalresearch.ca This article was first posted on GR in October 2017. | In this truly alarming story I connect three significant articles to show that Brexit, far from being the result of representative democracy, is in fact a campaign of covert intervention …

Photos and Text (2019-10-05). San Francisco ICE Deportation Hearings Tear Families Apart. indybay.org Cambodian refugees protest immigration raids…

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-10-05). ‚Ä®Support the Embassy Protectors Collective. U.S. Hands off Venezuela. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

DXE (2019-10-05). Day After Mass Arrests, Animal Activists Swarm SF City Hall to Ask for "Right to Rescue" indybay.org Activists face multiple felony charges after exposing alleged criminal animal cruelty at Amazon-suppyling factory farms…

DXE (2019-10-05). Whole Foods Files Restraining Order to Ban Animal Rights Activists From All California Locations. indybay.org Following Monday's protests in San Francisco, activists say Whole Foods' parent-company Amazon continually seeks to silence animal cruelty and transparency concerns with heavy-handed legal action…

ALETH (2019-10-05). twin hoaxes : paris and trieste. indybay.org the bilderberg fakes terror attacks to take away our freedoms…

Edward Curtin (2019-10-05). The Deep State Goes Shallow. "Reality-TV Coup d'etat in Prime Time" globalresearch.ca This article was first published on February 21, 2017, one month after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, more than two-and-a half years ago. What was true then is even truer now, and so I am reprinting it with …

Mat Ward (2019-10-05). Day 2: What the #WaterForRivers bus tour was really like. greenleft.org.au Aboriginal rights Mat WardIssue 1240 Australia Aboriginal culture Murray Darling River crisis Save Our Rivers

Rob Urie (2019-10-04). Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA. counterpunch.org For the first time in half a century, the political left in the U.S. is ascendant. Bernie Sanders is holding his own in the primaries. A group of well-considered programs to save the environment and provide good jobs and health care for all is gaining political traction. And the need is dire. The climate is warming, the seas are polluted and fished out and industrial agriculture threatens to end life on the planet. So, it's time to change the subject? More

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-04). Ukraine Gains from Trump's Impeachment Inquiry. globalresearch.ca The controversy swirling around the phone conversation between the US President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky regarding the business interests of former vice-president Joe Biden's son is having a salutary effect on the conflict in Ukraine. | The US …

Derek Royden (2019-10-04). Missed opportunities? Pros and cons of a 'focused' Trump impeachment inquiry. nationofchange.org For almost two weeks, American news has been filled with stories about the possibility and soon enough reality of an impeachment inquiry in the country's House of Representatives. The inquiry comes as a result of a whistleblower complaint filed by a still anonymous source now believed to have come forward in relation to a July 25th phone call that had taken place between the current occupant of the White House and the then newly elected president of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. …

RT (2019-10-04). Shot down? Testimony by Trump's Ukraine envoy seems to skewer Democrats' impeachment narrative. rt.com Another transcript has poked a hole in the narrative of House Democrats trying to impeach President Donald Trump, as former US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified he never pushed Kiev for 'dirt' on former VP Joe Biden. | Volker was grilled for nine hours in a closed-doors session of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees on Thursday. Democrats on the committees claimed that he was instrumental in pushing the Ukrainian government to reopen a corruption investigation into Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine. | House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff (D-Califor…

RT (2019-10-04). As impeachment fever grips Washington, Ukraine reopens Biden probe following Trump's demands. rt.com As Democrats clamor to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine into probing the Biden family, Kiev's top prosecutor announced that he will reopen the investigation. | Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced on Friday that he will review 15 high-profile corruption cases. Among them is an investigation into the owner of energy firm Burisma, which paid former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter $50,000 per month to sit on its board for five years, despite his lack of qualifications in the field. | President Trump believes that Joe Biden wielded his political influence t…

WSWS (2019-10-04). Trump announces plan to further privatize Medicare. wsws.org The Democrats are basing their impeachment drive not on opposition to Trump's fascistic attack on immigrants and pro-corporate social policies, but on claims that he is not pursuing US foreign policy aggressively enough.

Yue Stella Yu (2019-10-04). Amid impeachment inquiry, Democrats can't keep up with multi-million dollar spending by Trump allies. nationofchange.org The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump took center stage last week and helped both parties rake in millions of dollars. While the president's campaign and his political allies countered the inquiry with a rain of anti-impeachment ads, Democrats appear more reserved on the ad front. House Democrats overwhelmingly supported the inquiry, which came amid growing criticism …

RT (2019-10-04). The Ukraine affair is damning, all right — just not in the way you're being told to think. rt.com Democrats say texts and transcripts involving US officials dealing with Ukraine prove President Donald Trump should be impeached. What they actually confirm, however, is the extent to which the US treats Ukraine as a vassal. | At the heart of the latest media firestorm are the text messages between US diplomats and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats seeking to impeach Trump have already sent a subpoena to the White House seeking more documents, and their allies in the media have proclaimed the texts to be "damning." | Much of the brouhaha centers on messages from Bill Taylor, charge d'af…

teleSUR, jg-EF (2019-10-04). U.S. Unemployment Falls Despite Trade Tensions. telesurenglish.net The United States unemployment rate fell to almost 3.5 percent in September, suggesting that its current economy could avoid a recession for now, despite trade tensions that are affecting the manufacturing industry and consumer fears. | RELATED: | Ex-Trump Officials Face Questioning Amid Impeachment Probe | However, the Labor's Department monthly employme…

Alex Emmons (2019-10-04). Text Messages Show the Trump-Zelensky Call Had Just One Goal — And It Was Anything but Routine. theintercept.com A summary of the infamous conversation could lead to Donald Trump's impeachment, but these text messages reveal for the first time how the call came about.

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-10-04). Lawless Trump-Canada Connections. globalresearch.ca Canada recently seized and sold $30 million worth of Iranian properties in Ottawa and Toronto, a gross hypocrisy explains Yves Engler in light of oversights of more flagrant US and Israel terror victims. See this. | But the behaviour of …

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2019-10-04). Workers march to end climate crisis. workers.org That climate crisis is a workers' issue was emphatically affirmed by the IndustriALL Global Union when it called on all affiliates to take part in the September worldwide Climate Strike actions. IndustriALL represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors, giving it the power . . . | Continue reading Workers march to end climate crisis at Workers.org

T.J. Coles (2019-10-04). Robot Trolls on Amazon: How Fake Reviews Could Undermine Progressive Politics. counterpunch.org Every big personality or corporation uses algorithmic robots ("bots") to boost themselves and their products. Until recently, US President Donald Trump had a Twitter following of around 59 million. But nearly half of those "followers" were fake, spam, and/or dormant accounts. Twitter's purge of "Trump supporters" was actually a purge of fake accounts. (The real More

Eve Ottenberg (2019-10-04). The Lies of Capitalism. counterpunch.org Neoliberals love to quote the World Bank's rosy statistics about capitalism lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. Unfortunately, those statistics are skewed and manipulated to the point of outright prevarication, as Seth Donnelly demonstrates in his new book, "The Lie of Global Prosperity." He quotes a breathless World Bank press release, "soon 90 percent More

Staff (2019-10-04). US Supreme Court to Decide Fate Of Baltimore v. Big Oil Suit. therealnews.com The city sued 26 oil and gas companies over their role in the climate crisis, but the companies have appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the case from proceeding at the state level.

Judy Greenspan (2019-10-04). Scapegoating the homeless for climate crisis. workers.org Two weeks ago, when President Donald Trump flew to California for two days to fundraise for his election campaign, his trip was shrouded in secret. No one knew until the last minute where he was going to be. Yet in that short amount of time, Trump was able to attack . . . | Continue reading Scapegoating the homeless for climate crisis at Workers.org

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-10-04). How Fossil Fuels Pollute STEM Education. counterpunch.org Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has a message for policy makers: "Listen to the scientists." As an engineer, I was glad to hear that. But I also believe it's also vital for scientists to be vigilant about whom they listen to. For years, corporations funded junk science trying to undermine the climate consensus. Now, virtually More

Tracy Keeling (2019-10-04). Vladimir Putin even outdid Trump with this ludicrous comment on Greta Thunberg. thecanary.co Vladimir Putin just achieved the impossible: he outdid Donald Trump in sheer ludicrousness. The Russian president shared his thoughts on Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist who's inspired mass protests around the world. They're astounding in their hypocrisy and lack of awareness. | Adults have a duty: | Thunberg recently spoke at the UN. In her passionate speech, she said: Entire ecosyst…

commondreams (2019-10-04). Trump Denies Protection to Ancient Alaskan Cedar Trees Threatened by Climate Crisis, Logging. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-10-04). 'Save the planet, eat the babies': AOC trolled over climate change panic by pro-Trump prankster. rt.com Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a fan of radical climate change solutions, but one "modest proposal" caught her off guard. A woman she thought had a "mental condition" suggested eating babies for the good of the earth. | Speaking about her proposed 'Green New Deal' at a town hall event on Thursday, AOC was interrupted by an apparently distressed woman who felt the Green New Deal's zero-carbon goal just wouldn't cut it. Claiming that "we only have a few months left" to fight climate change, the woman went on to suggest that humanity begin eating its own children to save the world from ecological apoca…

Jodie Evans (2019-10-04). Why I Confronted Trump's Architect of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran and Called Her a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'. commondreams.org Jodie Evans with others outside of the United Against a Nuclear Iran conference in New York City. (Photo: Codepink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

South Front (2019-10-04). Video: Russia Tested Elements of Advanced S-500 Air Defense in Syria. globalresearch.ca Syrian, Iranian and Russian forces started a joint military drill, involving heavy military equipment, rocket launchers and warplanes, on October 1, al-Watan newspaper reported on October 2. According to al-Watan, the drills coincided with a series of protests against the …

The Canary (2019-10-04). Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who's jailed in Iran, to 'send daughter home to UK'. thecanary.co A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran is to send her daughter home to the UK to start school, it has been reported.Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been visited in prison by five-year-old Gabriella at least once a week for the past three years.The youngster will be back in London before Christmas, according to the Times.Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of spying, which she vehemently denies.Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, outside the Iranian Embassy (Jonathan Brady/PA)Her fight for freedom has seen her endure hunger strikes…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-10-04). Iran Is China's Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar's Global Reserve Status. globalresearch.ca There is a strong current of change affecting the international political arena. It is the beginning of a revolution brought on by the transition from a unipolar to multipolar world order. In practice, we are faced with the combination of …

Joseph OMahoney (2019-10-04). Nuclear powers once shared their technology openly — how Iran's program fell on the wrong side of history. nationofchange.org As tensions remain at fever pitch between Tehran and Washington, Iran continues to breach limits agreed in the 2015 Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Since Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in May 2018, its future has become more and more uncertain. Iran has enriched uranium beyond the level agreed …

Anya Parampil (2019-10-04). Cómo Venezuela derrotó el intento de golpe de estado de Washington en las Naciones Unidas. thegrayzone.com Un vistazo a cómo los diplomáticos venezolanos obstaculizaron un intento de Estados Unidos de revocar sus credenciales en la ONU…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Cannot Pay for Healthcare. telesurenglish.net On Friday United State President Donald Trump signed a proclamation suspending the entry of immigrants into the country who will not be covered by health insurance within 30 days, or do not have the means to pay for their own healthcare costs. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Says Her Intersectionality "Terrifies" Donald Trump | The White House said the measure won't affect any individual's eligibility for asylum or refugee status. The provision will go into effect Nov. 3. | Just days ag…

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-10-04). No Development Without the Politics of Mass Mobilization and Demilitarization in Kashmir. counterpunch.org Amidst that pandemonium of 1947, Jammu and Kashmir was the first state in the newly freed Indian subcontinent to have its own written constitutional plan. The constitution guaranteed enfranchisement of all adult citizens, men and women, and took particular care to protect the dignity and religious freedoms of minorities. The admirable egalitarian and democratic quality More

teleSUR (2019-10-04). World Lauds Xi's National Day Speech as China Reaffirms Peace. telesurenglish.net Foreign officials and experts applauded a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as Beijing reaffirmed its commitment to world peace and development. | During his speech, Xi pledged that China will stay on the path of peaceful development, and pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up. | RELATED: | Russia Helps China Build Missile-Attack Warning System | "We will continue to work wit…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Medvedev Receives Honoris Causa Degree From University Of Havana. telesurenglish.net Russian Prime Minister thanked the academic condition and called it an honor, as well as a wonderful opportunity to make a speech, for the first time, at the University of Havana, an "unique place where the leaders of the Cuban Revolution grew, and also opened a path for the independence and freedom of this country."

Robert Mackey (2019-10-04). Echoing Trump, Russian TV Casts Joe Biden and Kurt Volker as Villains of Ukraine Saga. theintercept.com Russian television coverage of the unfolding scandal over Ukraine, which has focused on promoting smears against Joe Biden, has been fervently pro-Trump.

Tsvetana Paraskova (2019-10-04). Russia's Largest Oil Company Ditches Dollar in New Oil Deals. globalresearch.ca Russia's largest oil company Rosneft has set the euro as the default currency for all new exports of crude oil and refined products, as the state-controlled giant looks to switch as many sales as possible from U.S. dollars to euros …

Paul Street (2019-10-04). We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and "The National Interest" counterpunch.org Never underestimate the power of the United States' American Exeptionalist and imperial doctrine. Look at the recent Washington Post revelation regarding wannabe fascist strongman Donald Trump's meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Lavrov in the White House in 2017. Trump told Lavrov and another high-ranking Russian official that he wasn't concerned about Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States does the same thing in other countries. More

Rajan Menon (2019-10-04). Why Arms Races Never End: Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security. counterpunch.org Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has embroiled the United States for generations, first with the Soviet Union, today with China and Russia. Pentagon officials More

Amy Goodman (2019-10-04). As man dies in ICE custody, California moves to ban for-profit prisons, including immigrant jails. nationofchange.org A Cameroonian immigrant died this week in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California. The man, identified as 37-year-old Nebane Abienwi, died on Tuesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. This comes as California lawmakers passed a bill last month that would ban private prisons statewide, a major blow to the for-profit prison …

Staff (2019-10-04). Trump's Anti-Immigration Policies Are a Deepening of Previous Admin Policies. therealnews.com Although Trump's rhetoric on immigration is shocking, suggesting border patrol should shoot border crossing immigrants in the legs, his policies are an intensification of policies that began under Obama, not a dramatic departure, says Aviva Chomsky.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-10-04). The official lies told about JFK's death prove that the people no longer own the government. nationofchange.org Let us think back to the year 1960 and compare those times to our own. The previous eight years under Eisenhower were, in America, years of relative peace and prosperity. The Korean War ended in 1953. There was the continuing fear of nuclear destruction and war with the Soviet Union, but we were not actually …

teleSUR-mj -EF (2019-10-04). In the Rain: 7 Years After Chavez Gives Last Campaign Speech. telesurenglish.net On Oct. 4, 2012, the then president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, ended his last presidential campaign in the center of the capital of Caracas in a rousing speech to massive crowds. | RELATED: | Venezuela Calls For Complementary Use Of Energy Sources | Torrential downpours marked the event, but thousands of men, women and children still arrived to the speech all donning their red Social Party shirts to be part of the closing speech prior to the nation's Oct. 7 elections. | Chavez was already s…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-04). France's Police Protest Movement: The Unspoken Truth is that their Demands are Similar to those of the Yellow Vests. globalresearch.ca Pour la version franàßaise de cet article | In early October, The French Police conducted La March de la colère, (The "March of Anger") directed against President Macron's deadly economic austerity measures. "The center of Paris was paralyzed by the largest …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-04). As Global Economy Weakens, Trump Escalates Trade War. globalresearch.ca Multiple rounds of Sino/US trade talks failed over unacceptable Trump regime demands and aims. | They're unrelated to the bilateral trade imbalance — caused by corporate America shifting operations to China and other low-wage countries. | Another round of US/China talks are …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-04). Torture and Killing of Palestinians in Israeli Prisons. globalresearch.ca B'Tselem published numerous reports on Israeli use of torture and other forms of abuse against Palestinian detainees — arrested and imprisoned for political reasons. | In November 2017, the organization said the following: | "The Israel Security Agency's (ISA) interrogation regime relies …

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man at Gaza Border. telesurenglish.net The Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators Friday, killing at least one person and wounding many others, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement. | RELATED: | 20 Year Old Killed in Gaza Protests | According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, nearly 6,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip gathered near the border to protest against Israel's discrimatory policies. | During the protest, the Israeli Defense Forces fired live rounds towards the protesters after they alleged…

True Publica (2019-10-04). What Julian Assange Really Represents. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange is facing extradition to the United States after he was forcibly dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police mid-April this year. On the 1st May, he was imprisoned for breaching bail conditions. His sentence is now …

Saul Foster (2019-10-04). Bolsonaro's highway project targets heart of Amazon region. mronline.org Amazon researchers said the repaved road would trigger an explosion of deforestation in Amazonas, currently Brazil's best preserved rainforest state precisely because it has few good roads. | Source

Mark Weisbrot (2019-10-04). Trump's Trade War With China: Is It About to End? counterpunch.org The latest de-escalation of the trade war with China — with exemptions from some tariffs on both sides — has left markets uncertain as to whether it will end before there is serious escalation. But if I were managing a hedge fund, I would bet on it. To see why, we must start with Trump More

Julie Y. Chu (2019-10-04). Cruel Optimism and the Settler-Colonial Roots of White Grievance. counterpunch.org This past summer I was camping in rural Wisconsin with my partner and son when a huge thunderstorm forced us to seek out the closest local pub for dinner one evening. Our four-year old had been going through some kind of cranky asshole phase all summer and our options for feeding him in the middle More

Joseph Natoli (2019-10-04). The Battles Now. counterpunch.org "Now we are engaged…." — Lincoln, Gettysburg Address One real battle we are in now — human caused global warming — is a battle we realized very belatedly we are in. The other — the political one — is, in a President Trump retweet, heading toward "a Civil War like fracture in this nation" and More

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-10-04). Edward Snowden, You Legend! counterpunch.org "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster; when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you." — Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil "Are you sure that you can skin griz? — line from film Jeremiah Johnson Edward Snowden's newly-released memoir, More

Louis Proyect (2019-10-04). The Politics of Trolling. counterpunch.org Back in the mid-90s, when the Internet was first taking off, spurred by AOL's making the web available to the masses, it was easy to become a cyber-utopian. Manuel Castells, a Spanish sociologist, became one of its prophets. In books like the 2001 "The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society", Castells recognized More

Pete Dolack (2019-10-04). Capitalism's Triumph: Labor Rights Violated in Every Country on Earth. counterpunch.org In what country are labor rights fully respected? The sad answer is: none. Labor rights are routinely violated around the world, and the trend is only getting worse. The International Trade Union Confederation has again issued its annual Global Rights Index and the result is no better than in past years. It's worse. For example, the number of More

Eric Mann (2019-10-04). Bernie: Keep Fighting On. counterpunch.org Senator Sanders. Sorry to hear about your heart surgery but it will make you stronger. We can't let your opponents seize on this and imply that it proves something about your age or your heart. You have more heart than most of the dead-people-walking Democratic pretenders. A stent is a commonly used procedure to open More

David Rosen (2019-10-04). How the U.S. Military Undermines the American Economy. counterpunch.org On January 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave his now-famous farewell address, warning the nation: In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let More

Namita Waikar (2019-10-04). Counting Sheep as Grasslands Shrink in Gujarat. counterpunch.org "Is there rain in your village?" It was Karabhai Aal on the phone from Banaskantha district in North Gujarat. "There is none here." That was in the last week of July this year. "If it rains, we will go home," he had declared with half a hope. That he was speaking to a non-farmer in More

The Canary (2019-10-04). Cleric warns Iraqi leaders as protest death toll soars. thecanary.co Iraq's top Shiite cleric has sharply criticised the government over deadly violence gripping the country, urging political leaders and protesters to pull back "before it is too late".The comments by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as the death toll in this week's anti-government demonstrations climbed to 42.His sermon came hours after Iraq's prime minister called on protesters to go home, comparing security measures to "bitter medicine" that needs to be swallowed.Anti-government protesters burn an armoured vehicle (Hadi Mizban/AP)Since 1 October, security forces have fired live rounds and tear gas every day t…

Michelle Zacarias (2019-10-04). Former Dallas police officer gets 10 years after shooting neighbor in his home. peoplesworld.org A former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced to serve ten years in prison on Wednesday afternoon. Guyger was arrested in September 2018 after she shot and killed Botham Jean, 26. Jean lived in the unit directly below Guyger's apartment, which she alleged led her to believe that an intruder had entered "her" home. …

The Canary (2019-10-04). Grenfell Tower probe into how fatal blaze started to be published within weeks. thecanary.co A report investigating how the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people started will be published before the end of the month after the prime minister approved its release.The first stage of the inquiry into the fire has been completed and Boris Johnson has asked the chairman to make it public before October 30 — more than two years after the fatal west London blaze took place.The paper will look at how the fire started, the reason it spread as it did and the reaction from the emergency services.In a letter to inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Johnson said: "I invite you to publish the phase 1 report…

Greg Palast (2019-10-04). The Las Vegas Shooter, Two Years Later. truthdig.com Why Steve Paddock killed dozens of innocent Las Vegas revelers two years ago isn't as much of a mystery when you consider his roots.

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-04). European Parliament launches anti-communist crusade. peoplesworld.org Communists and left organizations have hit out at a reactionary "ahistorical" motion passed by the European Parliament last month which equates communism with "the monster of fascism." The European Communist Initiative condemned the "outrageous" resolution tabled by the right-wing European People's Party group and warned of the escalating anti-communism of the European Union (EU). The …

Jessica Corbett (2019-10-04). 'We are at a crisis point' warns new report exposing 'science under siege' from the Trump administration. nationofchange.org The Trump administration's attacks on science have reached a "crisis point," according to policy experts and ex-government officials who published a report on Thursday that "highlights how our government research and data are being increasingly manipulated for political gain." Proposals for Reform Volume II (pdf) is the second report from the National Task Force on Rule …

Tyler Durden (2019-10-04). Martial Law Unfolding in Iraq: 30 Protesters Dead, Internet Blackout, 24-Hour Curfews. theantimedia.com Now in their third day, mass anti-government protests across Iraq have resulted in 30 dead and over 1000 wounded.

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Dozens of Iraqi Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Intensify. telesurenglish.net For the past week, wide-scale demonstrations have hit several Iraqi cities as protesters demand economic improvements and the removal of government officials. | RELATED: | 11 Murdered Overnight in Anti-Government Protest in Iraq | In the past 24 hours, dozens of these protesters have been killed across Iraq as the violent protests against government corruption swelled into a mass spontaneous uprising sweeping much of the country, the worst unrest since the defeat of Islamic State.

teleSUR (2019-10-04). 'Madness is Over', Ecuador's President Moreno Warns Protesters. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Friday ratified that he will not back down on the elimination of fuel subsidies, the flexibilization of labor rules and other austerity measures which have prompted an ongoing indefinite nationwide strike. | RELATED: | Ecuador Assembly Calls for President's Removal, Early Polls | "When they become rulers, opponents will be…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Correa: No One Voted For The IMF Or The Increase In Fuel Price. telesurenglish.net Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa referred to the complicated situation that his country is going through after Lenin Moreno decreed a "State of Exception" in response to protests against adjustment measures agreed with the IMF. | RELATED: | 'Madness is Over', Ecuador's President Moreno Warns Protesters | "What happens tears the soul," Correa said and also compared this social outbreak with the resistance to economic policies of…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-04). The Africa-Palestine Conference: Why South Africa Must Lead the Way. counterpunch.org On September 16, I visited South Africa, a country where many Palestinians have always felt welcomed, if not overwhelmed by the degree of genuine and meaningful solidarity. While having the honor to address many audiences in six, major cities, I have also learned a great deal. An important and sobering lesson is that while apartheid More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-04). Africa is Becoming the Latest Battleground in the Struggle for Palestinian Freedom. mintpressnews.com Israel has successively driven a wedge between African countries, which, at one point, were united in their unconditional support of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli military occupation and apartheid.

Claire Edwards (2019-10-04). 5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People. globalresearch.ca The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the …

Claire Edwards (2019-10-04). 5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People. globalresearch.ca The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the most powerful entities on the planet.

WSWS (2019-10-04). New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe. wsws.org The Trump administration's announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.

Jill Richardson (2019-10-04). Why Does Trump Keep Doing This? counterpunch.org Does Trump understand democracy? I'm really asking. His approach to politics is combative — kill-or-be-killed. If you hit him, he will hit you back harder, no matter what the rules of the game are. That might be a great strategy in a WWE ring. It's less good in life. Trump gives demeaning and sometimes racist More

Kenn Orphan (2019-10-04). The Myth of the Scandal-Free Presidency. counterpunch.org scan ∑dal /Ààskandl/ noun an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage. It was to be expected. The miserableness of Trump and his overt racism, nationalism, misogyny, cruelty and belligerence would come to eclipse the crimes of other (let's say all) former US presidents. I saw it after Bill More

Clark T. Scott (2019-10-04). The United States of Bribery and Sanctioning. counterpunch.org The USBS. Not very long ago, I was saying to an ardent, proudly feminist democrat that they should be careful what they wish for in their assuming that replacing Trump with Pence would be an improvement. The immediate response I received was (and which indicated the futility of my suggestion), "Well, at least he's normal." More

JP Sottile (2019-10-04). Our Global Gas Chamber. counterpunch.org One of the great (mostly) untold stories of the Age Of Oil is the array of toxic chemicals in hydrocarbon exhaust and the accumulation of exhaust-borne particulates in the bloodstream and brain. We are largely indifferent to these byproducts of our industrial-grade obsession with hydrocarbons, but our willful ignorance cannot hide the facts the way More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-04). Donald Trump's Phone Around. counterpunch.org When the squalid, absurd and occasionally hilarious accounts are compiled by a sober mind, the Trump administration will stand out as much gargoyle with more than a touch of paranoia. But there will be one thing that might save the man who has given an era his name: The fact that there were those out More

Philip A Farruggio (2019-10-04). My America: Raised by the Perpetual War Empire. globalresearch.ca One must surmise that any 'thinking' citizen of ancient Rome probably felt as this writer does concerning my America, the Empire. Perpetual wars, invasions, occupations and colonization of foreign lands either were greeted with a cheerleading feeling, or with apathy …

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-04). Joshua Wong, Juan Guaido — New Generation of Pro-Western "Saints" globalresearch.ca The new generation of "pro-Western heroes" and "saints" is clearly failing to impress the world. Juan Guaido and Joshua Wong are definitely as right-wing as Mother Teresa was, but not as "credible". | A long time ago I visited a place …

Washington's Blog (2019-10-04). The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS. globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …

Mark Taliano (2019-10-04). Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally. globalresearch.ca The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to …

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-04). The Eurasian Economic Union's Expansion Is Encouraging, but Don't Get Too Excited. globalresearch.ca The recent meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Council in the Armenian capital of Yerevan at the beginning of October saw the reaching of a free trade agreement with the ASEAN powerhouse of Singapore and confirmation that a temporary deal will …

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-04). Former Ukraine President Poroshenko under Police Investigation: Fails to Appear for Polygraph Test. globalresearch.ca Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko failed to appear at the Kiev Research Institute of Forensic Expertise for a polygraph test on October 1st. The test was scheduled to be conducted by Ukraine's National Bureau of Investigations, having been authorized by …

Joyce Nelson (2019-10-04). Privatizing Canada's Water Infrastructure Should be an Election Issue. globalresearch.ca With the Canadian federal election just days away, it's amazing that there's been no media focus on the Liberals' plan to privatize our municipal water and wastewater systems. As far as I can determine, only one alternative media site, Press …

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-04). Juan Guaido, Joshua Wong: New Generation of Pro-Western "Saints" dissidentvoice.org The new generation of "pro-Western heroes" and "saints" is clearly failing to impress the world. Juan Guaido and Joshua Wong are definitely as right-wing as Mother Teresa was, but not as "credible". ***** A long time ago I visited a place in Calcutta, India, where Mother Teresa used to operate. According to the Catholic Church …

Olivia Rosane (2019-10-04). First wolf sighted in Belgium in 100 years was likely shot with her cubs. nationofchange.org Naya made wildlife history when she became the first wolf to be spotted in Belgium for more than 100 years in January 2018. But the wolf, who was carrying cubs, has not been seen since May. Belgium's Nature and Forest Agency (ANB) says it is "virtually certain" she has been killed, according to The Guardian. "The death of the wolf and …