2019-10-09: News Headlines

Tyler Durden (2019-10-09). Erdogan Says Military Invasion of Syria Has Begun as Turkish Jets Bomb the Kurds. theantimedia.com Video shows Turkish troops crossing the border, as journalists warn that "a new phase of this bloody regional war could be about to begin."

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-09). What to expect from Turkey's coming invasion of Syria. mronline.org Erdogan's government is preparing to enter Syria for a major military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is made up largely of Kurdish factions who set up this armed force to defend the mainly Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. | Source

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Hillary Answer To Trump: "Don't Tempt Me, Do Your Job" telesurenglish.net Hillary Clinton threatened to participate in the 2020 U.S. election after President Donald Trump made ironic remarks about the Democrat's political career. | RELATED: | Trump Must Hand Over Tax Returns to NY Prosecutors: Judge | Trump suggested through his Twitter account that Clinton should try to "steal the race" from Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the current…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-10-09). Iraq Protests: Death Toll Soars as Militias Target Protesters. counterpunch.org Iraqi paramilitary groups close to Iran are suspected of joining attacks on protesters in Baghdad and other cities, leading to heavy loss of life among demonstrators. Some 107 people have been killed and over 6,000 wounded in the last six days, though hospital doctors say the government is understating the true number of fatalities. More

Jacob G. Hornberger (2019-10-09). Who Are the Real Friends of the Troops? globalresearch.ca Ever since the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, it has been an article of faith that Americans should thank the troops for their service in those two countries. | Yet, with the exception of libertarians and few leftists, the fact …

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort, Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds. truthout.org | | Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years.

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-09). Turkey invades Syria to wipe out Kurds after Trump gives green light. peoplesworld.org Kurds are fearing ethnic cleansing today as Turkish forces launch a ground invasion following yesterday's bombing of Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Turkey's aggression comes after U.S. troops withdrew from the region earlier this week. President Donald Trump announced the pullback of U.S. forces suddenly and without warning late on Sunday night. Late Tuesday, Commander …

Staff (2019-10-09). Trump's Withdrawal From Syria: Betrayal of Kurds or End to Endless War? therealnews.com President Trump's intention to withdraw from Syria was met with outrage on many sides, with people calling it a betrayal of a key ally in the Syrian conflict. Kurdish expert Edmund Ghareeb says there is probably a deal between Trump and Erdogan.

South Front (2019-10-09). Video: US Troop Withdrawals? Washington Green-light to Turkish Incursion into Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca On October 7, US forces started withdrawing from their positons along the border with Turkey, in northern Syria. The US military had permanent garrisons in Tel Abyad, Tel Musa, Tel Hinzir and Tel Arqam. They were abandoned. | On October …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-09). Urgent UK protests called as Turkey begins 'illegal invasion' of northern Syria. thecanary.co Turkey has invaded north-eastern Syria, attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who were key in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). | NATO member Turkey targeting "civilian areas" in Syria invasion: | Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the start of the invasion, which followed an announcement on Sunday by Donald Trump that US troops supporting the fight against Daesh would step aside. Erdoğan called the attack 'Operation Peace Spring'.

Juan Cole (2019-10-09). Trump's Syria Policy Could Be a Gift to ISIS. truthdig.com As a result of the turmoil the U.S. and Turkey are causing in the region, 12,000 Islamic State fighters in containment camps could escape.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Turkey Begins Operation Against Kurdish Forces in Syria. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday that the Turkish Army and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria. | RELATED: | Turkey Pledge to Pursue Military Plans in Syria Despite US Threats | Erdogan said the offensive, dubbed "Operation Peace Spring", would aim to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after th…

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Ecuador Protests Enter 7th Day Against Pro-IMF Economic Reforms. telesurenglish.net After resting for a few hours during the early hours of Wednesday, Ecuador's workers, students, farmers, Indigenous peoples, senior citizens, mothers and even their children resumed demonstrations to protest against President Lenin Moreno. | On Tuesday night, the protests did not subside despite the curfew and the "state of exception" whereby the authorities want to contain social unrest. | RELATED: | 'Lenin Moreno is Out of Reality', President Maduro Warns | In Quito, the capital city,…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-09). Popular Outrage Against Ecuador's President Moreno. Deadly Wave of IMF Economic Reforms. globalresearch.ca This important article by Stephen Lendman brings the forefront the insidious role of IMF Economic Medicine. | The policies implemented by Moreno were imposed by the IMF in a March 2019 Report. The Executive Summary of this report is included …

Staff (2019-10-09). Ecuadorian Protests Intensify as President Flees Capital, Blames Venezuela. therealnews.com Shortly after the government of President Lenin Moreno announced new IMF-imposed austerity measures and price increases, protests against the government, uniting workers, students, and indigenous movement escalated in the capital of Quito this week.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Progressive Gov'ts, Movements Back Ecuador Protests. telesurenglish.net Social organizations in Latin America, as well as several governments in the region including Bolivia and Venezuela, have expressed public support to the protests that have shaken Ecuador for almost week Tuesday, rejecting the austerity measures imposed by the government of President Lenin Moreno. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Public Radio Pulled Off Air For Reporting on Anti-Gov't Protests | "Sadly, the economic policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund only result with the ban…

Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez (2019-10-09). General strike rocks Ecuador. workers.org Oct. 7 — Support for a call for a general strike in Ecuador has grown quickly in the past few days, bringing the country to the brink of a change in government. Credit: Telesur The latest upsurge in mass struggle began after the unpopular President Lenín Moreno issued a decree . . . | Continue reading General strike rocks Ecuador at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Ecuador's Indigenous People Deny Moreno's Claims of Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's main indigenous organization, Conferedation of Indigenous Nationalies of Ecuador (CONAIE) denied Wednesday the declarations from vice president Otto Sonnenholzner, who said that negotiations between the government and the CONAIE had begun. The vice president made the claim during a press conference held at the UN headquarters in Guayaquil. | GALLERY: | Ecuadoreans Don't Give Ground in Fight Against Neoliberalism | Instead, they tweeted, they were protesting in the…

Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez (2019-10-09). General strike rocks Ecuador. workers.org Oct. 7 — Support for a call for a general strike in Ecuador has grown quickly in the past few days, bringing the country to the brink of a change in government. Credit: Telesur The latest upsurge in mass struggle began after the unpopular President Lenín Moreno issued a decree . . . | Continue reading General strike rocks Ecuador at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-10-09). Ecuador's president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests. wsws.org In the face of a continuing strike and mass indigenous mobilization, Moreno took the unprecedented step of moving his government from Quito to Guayaquil.

Jessica Corbett (2019-10-09). Ecuador's President Moves Government Operations From Capital to Escape Protests. theantimedia.com Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno has moved government operations out of the capital of Quito following days of nationwide protests.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Ecuadorean Gov't Orders Closing of Public Radio Station. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Telecommunication Control and Regulation Agency initiated a sanctioning administrative case against public radio Pichincha Universal ordering the station to shut down and suspend its activities immediately. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Public Radio Pulled Off Air For Reporting on Anti-Gov't Protests | "What this means is censorship. They seized the radio signal and force us to use the programming from the government's public radio, without the possibility of transmitting our ow…

Staff (2019-10-09). Indigenous-Led Anti-Austerity Protests Force Ecuador to Move Capital. truthout.org | | Tens of thousands of people, led by indigenous leaders, are expected to again bring Ecuador to a standstill today in massive ongoing anti-government protests. Demonstrators flooded the streets of Quito Tuesday to decry government-imposed austerity measures and a steep hike in fuel prices, despite a severe police crackdown. Civil unrest has been growing since President Lenín Moreno ended a decades-old fuel subsidy program last week as part of a so-called reform plan imposed by the Internati…

Staff (2019-10-09). The Washington Post Goes to War With Elizabeth Warren. truthdig.com With Joe Biden under attack and Bernie Sanders recovering from a heart attack, corporate media are suddenly looking at Warren as a very real threat.

Staff (2019-10-09). White House Impeachment Letter Sparks Constitutional Crisis. truthdig.com President Donald Trump and his administration will not participate in the Congressional impeachment inquiry, the White House announced Tuesday, setting up a constitutional crisis in the conflict between two ostensibly co-equal branches of government. | "There is no legal basis for Trump's position," tweeted NBC analyst Katie Phang. "Hard stop." | "The Trump administration's flat refusal to cooperate with congressional oversight is, itself, impeachable," tweeted Vox's Ezra Klein. | NEW | 9-page letter just released from the White House claims i…

John Wojcik (2019-10-09). White House makes it official: Trump is above the law. peoplesworld.org The White House essentially claimed yesterday that the executive branch is the only part of government that matters and that it will not cooperate in any way with what it said is an "illegitimate" impeachment process. That includes its refusal to provide any documents, material or witnesses that Congress is seeking. In open defiance of …

RT (2019-10-09). 'Unconstitutional, illegitimate & secretive': White House pens lengthy letter on why it won't cooperate with 'impeachment inquiry'. rt.com A showdown between the White House and Democrats is in full swing with the former penning a letter declaring it would not cooperate with an "illegitimate" and "unconstitutional" impeachment inquiry conducted in secret. | The letter, published on Tuesday evening, condemned the impeachment initiative in the harshest terms yet, arguing it deprived President Trump of "constitutionally mandated due process," and that the inquiry lacked legal legitimacy, as it was never a…

WSWS (2019-10-09). Trump White House declares it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry. wsws.org The Democrats have chosen quite deliberately to base their opposition to Trump on the most reactionary, anti-democratic grounds possible: support for the intelligence agencies and American imperialism.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). U.S: Eyes on Cuba and Russia for Supporting Venezuela. telesurenglish.net U.S. special envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told Reuters exclusively Washington ¥s new sanctions on Cuba for its support for Nicolas Maduro as well as the "closer look" at Russia's role in helping him remain in power. | RELATED: | Almost One Million Migrants Arrested at US Border | President Donald Trump's frustration over the failure of his "maximum pressure" campaign to overthrow Maduro has spurred foreign policy aides to ready further U.S. actions and press for tougher sanct…

teleSUR (2019-10-09). US: Eyes on Cuba and Russia for Supporting Venezuela. telesurenglish.net U.S. special envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told Reuters exclusively Washington ¥s new sanctions on Cuba for its support for Nicolas Maduro as well as the "closer look" at Russia's role in helping him remain in power. | RELATED: | Almost One Million Migrants Arrested at US Border | President Donald Trump's frustration over the failure of his "maximum pressure" campaign to overthrow Maduro has spurred foreign policy aides to ready further U.S. actions and press for tougher sanct…

RT (2019-10-09). 'Time to deliver' Elon Musk? NASA nervous as spaceship delays threaten to cut off astronauts from ISS. rt.com With NASA's contract with Russia about to run out without a replacement spaceship ready, the US space agency is leaning on SpaceX to hurry up and deliver. CEO Elon Musk says everything is on schedule — but is it? | Since the Space Shuttle program was scrapped in 2011, NASA has had no crewed spaceship capability, having to pay Roscosmos $80 million a seat to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX and Boeing were both contracted to develop a domestic alternative, but both the Crew Dragon and the Starliner have yet to get beyond the testing stage. | This is a problem for the US space ag…

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2019-10-09). Huelgas climáticas mundiales: la crisis de la Tierra despierta millones. workers.org En Montreal, provincia de Quebec, Canadá, más de 500.000 personas marcharon el 27 de septiembre en un esfuerzo por detener la crisis climática, en la huelga más grande en la historia de la ciudad, según los organizadores. Este y otros eventos de Global Climate Strike terminaron una semana después, cuando . . . | Continue reading Huelgas climáticas mundiales: la crisis de la Tierra despierta millones at Workers.org

teleSUR -EF (2019-10-09). Caribbean Corals Suffer From Ocean Warming, Climate Change. telesurenglish.net The main threat to coral reefs in the Caribbean is heat stress from ocean warming, said a research unit in Merida, Mexico on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Purdue Begins Bankruptcy in Push To Settle Opioid Lawsuits | An investigation by the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) Merida Unit conducted with the National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Smithsonian Institute, suggested that the temperature increase in the regional waters has been…

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2019-10-09). We Need Biodiversity-based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis. globalresearch.ca The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life. | Through biodiversity …

Jon Queally (2019-10-09). In European First, Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Sweden Would Enshrine Rights of Nature. globalresearch.ca "When we're in the beginning of an ecological and climate collapse," said the lawmaker who introduced the measure, "I hope we can re-think our relationship with Nature." | *** | Heralded as the first of its kind in Europe, a proposed constitutional …

Zoya Teirstein (2019-10-09). Science is in crisis under Trump, new reports show. peoplesworld.org Acceptance of the root cause of climate change — human beings — is growing among the American public. But among policymakers, acceptance is on the decline. That's the dismal conclusion of a new peer-reviewed study in Environmental Research Communications published on Thursday. Between 2010 and 2017, Washington policymakers became less supportive of the science behind climate change. What's …

Staff (2019-10-09). Extinction Rebellion: Hundreds Arrested in Protest of Climate Crisis. therealnews.com Thousands are taking part in two weeks of civil disobedience aimed at forcing governments to address climate change…

Pepe Escobar (2019-10-09). Tracking Foreign Interference in Hong Kong. globalresearch.ca Lawrence YK Ma is the executive council chairman of the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation and director of the China Law Society, the Chinese Judicial Studies Association and the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation. He also finds time to teach …

Ian Goodrum (2019-10-09). On Hong Kong and more, NBA must adapt to global opinion—or perish. peoplesworld.org Correspondent Ian Goodrum is based in Beijing. When meeting someone from another country, it's sometimes hard to answer that age-old question: "Where are you from?" There are quite a few options. The simplest is just to say "the United States"—with a mixture of shame and regret over the images the person I'm speaking to might …

Sarah Lahm (2019-10-09). Midwest Dispatch: What Happens When Trump Comes to Town. progressive.org The President's upcoming visit to Minneapolis is being framed as something of a grudge match with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. But that's just one element of the racial dynamics surrounding this tour stop.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). India's Modi to Host China's Xi Amid Strained Ties Due to Kashmir. telesurenglish.net India's far-right Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping at an informal summit on Oct. 11-12, the Indian foreign ministry informed Wednesday, their talks come at a tense time over the situation in occupied Kashmir. | RELATED: | '20 Protests Per Day' in Kashmir Despite India's Crackdown | "The forthcoming Chennai Informa…

Staff (2019-10-09). The U.S. Arming of Ukraine Is a Scandal on Its Own. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between journalist Aaron Maté and Max Blumenthal of The Grayzone. Read a transcript of their conversation below and watch part one of their interview below. | There is growing evidence that President Donald Trump briefly froze U.S. military assistance to Ukraine for political goals. Max Blumenthal explores how the Ukrainegate scandal overlooks the dangers of those weapons sales to Ukraine and the corrupt interests behind it. | Under Trump, U.S. military assistance has prolonged a bloody proxy war with Russia, killing thousands in Ukraine and enabling far-right Ukrainian forces [mdas…

Eds. (2019-10-09). Speech on 'Environmental Protections' by Karl Liebknecht. mronline.org This speech was delivered in 1912 to the Prussian House of Deputies in response to a proposal by the Free People's Party. Environmental destruction was not as far-reaching then as it is now, yet Liebknecht was keenly aware of the disappearance of butterflies and insects, of the small changes that bode ill. | Source

Aaron Maté (2019-10-09). Russian social media debate: clickbait or information warfare? thegrayzone.com What is the Internet Research Agency, and are the claims of a Russian influence campaign against the U.S. well-founded? Aaron…

Andrei Ilyashenko (2019-10-09). Russia and China Reach New Level of Military Cooperation. China's Missile Early Warning System. globalresearch.ca The government of Japan intends to intensify negotiations with Russia to resolve the territorial issue and conclude a peace treaty. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again reminded about this in his keynote speech at the parliament opening session. | "By solving …

Eva Bartlett (2019-10-09). Return to Russia: Crimeans Tell the Real Story of the 2014 Referendum and Their Lives Since. mintpressnews.com Eva Bartlett traveled to Crimea to see firsthand out how Crimeans have fared since 2014 when their country reunited with Russia, and what the referendum was really like.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Venezuela Denounces Airspace Violation by US. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, expressed through his official Twitter account a new violation of the airspace of that Bolivarian nation by an intelligence aircraft belonging to the United States. | RELATED: | U.S: Eyes on Cuba and Russia for Supporting Venezuela | The publication explained that this irruption in the sovereignty of the South American country was captured and recorded by the sensors of the Integral Aerospace Defense Command (Codai), this Wednesday,…

teleSUR (2019-10-09). China-US Make 'No Progress' in 2 Days of Deputy-Level Trade Talks. telesurenglish.net China and United States officials failed to yield any progress on critical issues on this week's 13th round of trade talks, according to two sources who spoke with the South China Morning Post, even as President Donald Trump expressed fresh optimism Wednesday. | RELATED: | China Urges US to Remove Sanctions on Chinese Firms | Speaking to reporters in Washington, Trump said that "If we can make a deal, we're going to make a deal, there's a really good chance," yet adding that in his "opini…

Editor (2019-10-09). WW Editorial sobre los verdaderos crímenes del racista Trump. workers.org Contemos los crímenes que el actual presidente de los Estados Unidos ha cometido contra la clase trabajadora y todas las masas oprimidas. Su campaña vilipendió a los mexicanos y otros migrantes y refugiados centroamericanos, llamándolos mafiosos y violadores. En el cargo, cerró el asilo legal, encarceló a inmigrantes y separó . . . | Continue reading WW Editorial sobre los verdaderos crímenes del racista Trump at Workers.org

Dr. Hakim Young (2019-10-09). From Kabul: Youth on the Road to Peace. counterpunch.org In September 2019, facing everyday dangers of the war and under constant pressure to view those from other tribes as enemies, young people from each of Afghanistan's 34 provinces gathered for a three day "On the Road to Peace" conference in Kabul. 30th September 2019 / 8th Mezan 1398. Despite the violent crises which we More

Eds. (2019-10-09). A green Earth with peace and room for us all. mronline.org Draft Globalization programme submitted by the National Board of the Red-Green Alliance/Enhedslisten, Denmark, to the party's next Annual Congress on 5 — 6 October. It is a programmatic text about global development. | Source

Ricardo Vaz (2019-10-09). Guaido Signs USAID Agreement as Adobe Suspends Venezuela Service. venezuelanalysis.com Financial company TransferWise likewise stopped servicing Venezuelan clients.

Jon Brodkin (2019-10-09). Adobe Cancels All User Accounts in Venezuela to Comply with Trump Order. globalresearch.ca Adobe is deactivating all user accounts in Venezuela, saying that the action is necessary to comply with an executive order issued by President Donald Trump. The action affects both free and paid accounts. | In an FAQ titled "Adobe compliance with …

WSWS (2019-10-09). Amazon workers in California win job back for fired co-workers. wsws.org The development is a result of a recent group formed by workers at a delivery center in Sacramento, California, who submitted a petition of 78 signatures demanding the rehiring, full back pay, and paid time off for all part-time workers.

Nina Cross (2019-10-09). Britain's Unconvicted Prisoner: Keeping Assange on Lockdown in Belmarsh Prison on Behalf of Washington. globalresearch.ca This article is a second piece focusing on Belmarsh prison, where the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, continues to be arbitrarily detained by the British government. The first part showed how Belmarsh prison has been systematically denying Assange access …

RT (2019-10-09). 'Completely unacceptable': Anger as power company shuts off supply to 800,000 over California wildfire fears. rt.com Around 800,000 PG&E customers in California are facing power cuts this week after the company announced it would take the drastic measure in order to limit the risk of their power lines sparking serious fires. | Some 20,000 customers are already affected, as the roll-out began in some places at midnight local time and will continue to be widened out to 34 counties across California. | Law enforcement in the affected areas are warning motorists to take extra care on the streets and to bear in mind that traffic lights will not be functioning over the shut-down period. | Public Safety Power Shutoff in Marin is un…

RT (2019-10-09). 'Completely unacceptable': Anger as power company shuts off supply to 800,000 over California wildfire fears. rt.com Around 800,000 PG&E customers in California are facing power cuts this week after the company announced it would take the drastic measure in order to limit the risk of their power lines sparking serious fires. | Some 20,000 customers are already affected, as the roll-out began in some places at midnight local time and will continue to be widened out to 34 counties across California. | Law enforcement in the affected areas are warning motorists to take extra care on the streets and to bear in mind that traffic lights will not be functioning over the shut-down period. | #MarinPSPS Dean Baker (2019-10-09). Trump's Trade War: a Report From the Front. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is bravely carrying on a trade war, not just with the bad guys with China, but with longtime allies like Canada and the European Union. Incredibly, the media just don't seem that interested in reporting on the ongoing progress. Last week the Commerce Department released trade data for August, and it got almost More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-10-09). Public School Uniforms: Symbol of the Times. counterpunch.org The uniformity of the shades of dark and light blue clothing on the children fans out from the New York City street corner next to a charter school and seems to cover an entire city block. The uniformity is everywhere. Even the student backpacks are blue. Growing up in the late 1950s and early to More

Mehdi Hasan (2019-10-09). Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs — It's His War Crimes. theintercept.com George W. Bush is not a "kind, sweet man." There is nothing "beautiful" about him. He was a monster as governor of Texas and a monster as president.

Monica Moorehead (2019-10-09). New York City gala celebrates women laundry workers. workers.org Juana (left) presents award to Ricarda, Oct. 4. The Laundry Workers Center held a fundraising gala at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan on Oct. 4. The center's political philosophy "is rooted in organizing workers and building their leadership skills and political power through a variety of worker-led tools and tactics, . . . | Continue reading New York City gala celebrates women laundry workers at Workers.org

Monica Moorehead (2019-10-09). New York City gala celebrates women laundry workers. workers.org Juana (left) presents award to Ricarda, Oct. 4. The Laundry Workers Center held a fundraising gala at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan on Oct. 4. The center's political philosophy "is rooted in organizing workers and building their leadership skills and political power through a variety of worker-led tools and tactics, . . . | Continue reading New York City gala celebrates women laundry workers at Workers.org

Editor (2019-10-09). China's revolution at 70: Behind its amazing progress. workers.org What major country in the world can claim greater progress than People's China in raising the standard of living and the educational level of its people over the last 70 years? In 1949, the leader of the Chinese socialist revolution, Mao Zedong, declared victory over the landlords, corporations, banks and . . . | Continue reading China's revolution at 70: Behind its amazing progress at Workers.org

Editor (2019-10-09). China's revolution at 70: Behind its amazing progress. workers.org What major country in the world can claim greater progress than People's China in raising the standard of living and the educational level of its people over the last 70 years? In 1949, the leader of the Chinese socialist revolution, Mao Zedong, declared victory over the landlords, corporations, banks and . . . | Continue reading China's revolution at 70: Behind its amazing progress at Workers.org

Gary Leupp (2019-10-09). Zelensky's Capitulation and Trump's Open Appeals for Foreign Help on Biden Dirt. counterpunch.org "It looks like Zelensky has capitulated" reports MSNBC' Matt Bradley in Kiev, to President Trump's demand that he "play ball" and investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. The investigation of Burisma Holdings has been reopened at U.S. mafiosa-like prodding. In other words, Trump's threat to withhold aid pending an agreement to investigate a political foe worked. More

George Ochenski (2019-10-09). Time to Leave the Political Ghosts of 2016 Behind and Face the Future. counterpunch.org The citizenry has been pummeled with the panoply of controversy and corruption that marked the 2016 elections for four very long years now. But as the years passed, the very serious problems facing the nation and planet have only gotten worse. It's time to leave the mud wallow of the 2016 elections behind and address More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-10-09). Of Horses and Civilization. counterpunch.org I love all animals. I grew up in a Greek village where domesticated animals were part of my family. We had chickens, dogs, cats, sheep, goats, donkeys and mules. I rarely saw a horse because horses then, now, and in antiquity were and are possessions of rich people. However, while a teenager, I did have More

Sam Pizzigati (2019-10-09). The GM Strike: a Century of Context. counterpunch.org Wars end with treaties. In the middle of the 20th century, the "class war" that finished off America's original plutocracy ended with the "Treaty of Detroit." Fortune, the business magazine, came up with that catchy turn of phrase back in 1950 to describe the landmark collective bargaining agreement that the United Auto Workers union had More

Ronald Suárez Rivas (2019-10-09). Six Decades of Aggression Toward Cuba. globalresearch.ca On his bed in the intensive care unit of Pepe Portilla Pediatric Hospital, where he has lived the last two years and seven months, King Dennys Santiesteban shows me his collection of toy dinosaurs. | He assures me that the fiercest …

Julie Hollar (2019-10-09). WaPo Goes After Warren With a Posse of Centrist Sources. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-09). Trump-Linked Attorney Funded Ukraine President's DC Lobbying Efforts. truthout.org | | A little known U.S.-based attorney quietly poured six figures into foreign influence operations for President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, hoping to be rewarded with a job in his administration, foreign agent records identified by OpenSecrets show. | The new Foreign Agent Registration Act records reveal previously unreported meeti…

True Publica (2019-10-09). The Dangers of a US-UK Trade Deal as TTIP in EU Re-emerges: Leaked Government Paper. globalresearch.ca The 31st October looms large. Boris Johnson's career may be 'dead in a ditch' or maybe the 'do-or-die' strategy produces a deal or possibly something else. One thing is for sure, Britain does not need a specific trade deal with …

Glen Davies (2019-10-09). British Unions Vote to Boycott Israel. globalresearch.ca "At the moment we're looking at a people lacking the control that allows them to function as a society — water, the freedom to travel, the basic right to safety," said Martin Sundram, delegate for the Artists' Union of …

Colin Todhunter (2019-10-09). Right Kind of Green: Agroecology. The Agri-Food Conglomerates are Failing to Feed the World. globalresearch.ca The globalised industrial food system that transnational agri-food conglomerates promote is failing to feed the world. It is responsible for some of the planet's most pressing political, social and environmental crises. | Whether it involves the undermining or destruction

Jim Satney (2019-10-09). England Town Bans 5G Rollout Amidst Growing Health Concerns. globalresearch.ca For the town of Totnes, England, the 5G rollout will have to wait. Over 1,600 residents signed a petition for a moratorium based on a belief that 5G is not safe for human health. | One local resident named Rosi …

Maria C. Lo Bue (2019-10-09). Indonesia's Huge Forest Fires, Toxic Haze Will Cause Health Problems for Years to Come. globalresearch.ca Indonesia is currently in the throes of an environmental emergency. Thousands of hectares of forest are burning across the vast country, causing toxic smoke to be released into the atmosphere. This has led to eerie apocalyptic scenes of deep red

F. William Engdahl (2019-10-09). Will the Federal Reserve Make Trump a New Herbert Hoover? Is the US Economy Primed for a 1929-style Shock? globalresearch.ca Behind the extreme highs of the stock market and the official government unemployment data, the US economy is primed for a financial Tsunami that is more influenced by independent Fed actions than by anything that the White House has done since January 2017.

WSWS (2019-10-09). Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this "whistleblower"? wsws.org The CIA official who filed a formal whistleblower complaint against Trump is being defended by those who spent eight years under the Obama administration persecuting whistleblowers.

teleSUR (2019-10-09). US: Striking Workers Cost General Motors $1b in Last 3 Weeks. telesurenglish.net The United Auto Workers (UAW) union's top negotiator in talks with General Motors Co (GM) to resolve a more than three-week strike said late Tuesday a key issue separating the two sides is job security. The strike has cost GM more than US$1 billion and forced it to idle operations in Canada and Mexico. | RELATED: | 40,000 General Motor Workers to Strike Across US | "

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Brazilian Judge Rules in Favor of Nazism and Swastika Symbols. telesurenglish.net In the city of Itajai, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, the First Criminal Court Judge Augusto Cesar Aguiar on Tuesday acquitted two Nazi sympathizers of charges of the crime of race prejudice.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Brazil: WhatsApp Admits Illegal Mass Messaging in 2018 Elections | "I have to consider the evidence of the process and the context of the facts. Th…

WSWS (2019-10-09). Brazilian unions push "green and yellow" chauvinism in education strike against austerity, political interference. wsws.org A range of issues, from austerity measures to privatizations, have repeatedly brought students to the streets, causing panic not only in the government, but in the unions and the opposition.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-09). Colin Powell's Trump Problem. counterpunch.org When the compromised speak of judgment, the voice of credibility vanishes. In its place, a certain niggling sense of hypocrisy and weakness prevails. Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is one of those of those compromised voices. He presided over a redundant State Department before the pressures of the Pentagon and Secretary of Defence More

Saad Hafiz (2019-10-09). The Battle for the Soul of India. counterpunch.org We are witnessing a battle for the rational soul of India. It has long been the conventional wisdom that the country's historic and admirable diversity and tolerance would prevent the creation of a Hindu-first nation. But it seems increasingly likely that the narrative of India as a Hindu democratic state will prevail. There is a More

WSWS (2019-10-09). Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested in central London. wsws.org Over 500 peaceful climate protestors have been arrested in central London in just two days as part of an escalating response from the British state aimed at outlawing mass environmental protest as a form of terrorism.

RT (2019-10-09). Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested, accused of leaking top secret information to journalists. rt.com An analyst with the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) employee has been arrested and indicted on federal charges of leaking top secret classified information to a journalist he was reportedly intimately involved with. | Henry Kyle Frese, a 30-year-old counter-terrorism analyst, had a top secret clearance at the DIA and worked there as a contractor since January 2017 before becoming a full-time employee. | A criminal indictment made public on Wednesday says that one reporter wrote at least eight articl…

Alex Emmons (2019-10-09). The Espionage Act Is Again Deployed Against a Government Official Leaking to the Media. theintercept.com The Justice Department on Wednesday announced its eighth prosecution under President Donald Trump for leaking sensitive information to the media, expanding a crackdown on press disclosures that began during the Obama administration and has only accelerated under Trump. | In an eight-page indictment unsealed on Wednesday, prosecutors alleged that Henry Kyle Frese, a 30-year-old counterterrorism analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, accessed intelligence reports unrelated to his job and discussed their contents with two reporter…

Kenneth Surin (2019-10-09). Bojo Goes Bonkers: Two Borders Will Divide Ireland From Northern Ireland. counterpunch.org Brexit would have (the non-EU) UK share a border with (the EU-member) Ireland, and the EU does not countenance a flexible border (tariff-free, free movement of peoples, etc.) between itself and non-EU countries– unless the UK strikes an agreement with the EU similar to the one Norway has. But that would amount to a soft Brexit, which of course is absolutely unacceptable to hardline Brexiters. More

The Canary (2019-10-09). Facebook's Libra faces tough scrutiny before 2020 launch, warns Bank of England. thecanary.co The Bank of England has warned Facebook that its new digital coin, Libra, will face tough regulatory scrutiny ahead of its launch. | In minutes of the latest financial policy committee (FPC) meeting, the Bank said Libra had the potential to become a "systemically important" payment system and would need to show resilience across the entire chain. | The comments came as the Bank also gave its latest assessment of the UK's financial stability, confirming that lenders remain able to withstand a worst-case disorderly Brexit. | It added that "extensive" contingency planning has helped mitigate most of the threats of a…

Harvey Goldberg (2019-10-09). Sixth straight day of mass protests throughout Ecuador against austerity measures. indybay.org Protesters in Cuenca, Ecuador approach police line. | October 7, 2019 | Monday saw another day of protests, with highway blockades, being the main tactic. Protests continued in major cities, especially Monday night. A national strike has been called for Wednesday.

By The People, Women's March, others (2019-10-09). #ImpeachTrump: Nationwide Marches & Rallies to Demand Impeachment. indybay.org Nationwide marches and rallies demanding #ImpeachTrump, #ImpeachNow…

Vigil for Democracy and others (2019-10-09). #ImpeachTrump: Take to the Streets for Democracy Rally in San Francisco. indybay.org Harry Bridges Plaza, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94111…

East Bay Peace Action (2019-10-09). Speaker Pennie Opal Plant on "Let Us Save the World Together" indybay.org Fred Weaver Resident Center, St. Paul's Tower, second floor, 100 Bay Pl, Oakland, CA 94610 (near 27th and Harrison)…

ALETH (2019-10-09). regime psychoterror : paris & trieste. indybay.org PARALLEL HOAXES : PARIS AND TRIESTE…

Staff (2019-10-09). Headlines for October 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Won't Cooperate with Impeachment Probe, Prompting Constitutional Crisis, Turkish Attack on Kurds in Syria Imminent After U.S. Steps Aside, Afghanistan Claims al-Qaeda Leader Died in U.S.-Led Attack That Killed 40 Civilians, Trump Admin Planning Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty, Wife of U.S. Diplomat Claims Immunity After Crash That Killed Motorcyclist, Supreme Court Hears Arguments in LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Cases, 800,000 Californians Face Blackouts as PG&E Cuts Power Amid Wildfire Fears, Steven Reed Elected First Black Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, NBC Producer Says Matt Lauer Raped Her in 2014, U…

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Slams Trump's "Deranged" Immigration Policies After Escorting Asylum Seekers to Border. democracynow.org On Monday, 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro escorted a dozen asylum seekers to the U.S. port of entry at Brownsville, Texas, in a challenge to President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy. The group included a disabled Salvadoran woman and her relatives, as well as nine LGBTQ people from Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of them report they've been threatened and assaulted while they've been forced to wait in the Mexican border city of Matamoros. The asylum seekers were refused entry into the United States. Castro speaks with us from San Antonio, where he served as mayor from 2009 to 2014.

Jeet Heer (2019-10-09). Trump's Erratic Syria Policy Deserves No Anti-Imperialist's Cheers. thenation.com Trump's Erratic Syria Policy Deserves No Anti-Imperialist's Cheers…

Sonali Chakravarti (2019-10-09). Edward Snowden Deserves to Be Tried by a Jury of His Peers, Just Like Everyone Else. thenation.com Edward Snowden Deserves to Be Tried by a Jury of His Peers, Just Like Everyone Else…

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort & Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds in Northern Syria. democracynow.org Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump's move is a…

Staff (2019-10-09). Indigenous-Led Anti-Austerity Protests Shut Down Quito Forcing Ecuadorian Government to Move Capital. democracynow.org Tens of thousands of people, led by indigenous leaders, are expected to again bring Ecuador to a standstill today in massive ongoing anti-government protests. Demonstrators flooded the streets of Quito Tuesday to decry government-imposed austerity measures and a steep hike in fuel prices, despite a severe police crackdown. Civil unrest has been growing since President Lenín Moreno ended a decades-old fuel subsidy program last week as part of a so-called reform plan imposed by the International Monetary Fund after Ecuador took a $4.2 billion loan from the IMF earlier this year. Hundreds of people have been arreste…

teleSUR (2019-10-09). US Airstrikes on Afghan Drug Lab Killed 30 Civilians: UN. telesurenglish.net U.S. airstrikes on alleged Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan in May killed or wounded at least 39 civilians, including 14 children, and violated international humanitarian law as the victims were non-combatants, a United Nations report said Wednesday. | RELATED: | US Drone Strike 'Accidentally' Kills 30 Afghan Farmers | The U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) issue…