2019-10-15: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-10-15). Spanish police attack mass protests against prison terms for Catalan nationalists. wsws.org The ruling against defendants involved in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum is the outcome of a show trial and part of the Spanish ruling class's drive toward dictatorship.

Joe Emersberger (2019-10-15). Media Smears, Political Persecution Set the Stage for Austerity and the Backlash Against It in Ecuador. counterpunch.org An interview with Fausto Jarrin On October 6, I interviewed Ecuadorian lawyer Fausto Jarrin, who has represented former Ecuadorian President Rafael and other former members of his government. Correa was in office from 2007-2017. In 2017, Lenin Moreno, who had been part of Correa's government for ten years, won the presidency on a platform of More

Matthew Trinder (2019-10-15). Indigenous-led protests force Ecuador to restore fuel subsidy cuts ordered by IMF. peoplesworld.org Ecuador's government agreed Monday to restore fuel subsidies it had forced on the public in order to obtain an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan. The announcement to back away from the subsidy cuts is part of a deal to stop mass protests that had forced the government to flee the capital. The deal was struck …

Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez (2019-10-15). Ecuador prez retreats, then arrests political leaders. workers.org Part of an unprecedented demonstration of 6,000 people in the small city of Ibarra, Ecuador, on Oct. 13. Oct. 14 — Eleven days of massive protest, especially by Indigenous communities marching all over Ecuador, forced President Lenín Moreno to repeal his Oct. 1 Decree #883 ending fuel subsidies. Increased fuel . . . | Continue reading Ecuador prez retreats, then arrests political leaders at Workers.org

Staff (2019-10-15). Ecuadorian Government Withdraws IMF Decree After 11 Days of Protests and State Repression. therealnews.com President Lenin Moreno's government withdrew the neoliberal program which had sparked the massive protests. Indigenous groups remain wary, though, in case the government implements new austerity measures.

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-15). The IMF Convenes in Washington, Deaf to the Suffering It Causes Across the Planet. commondreams.org A man holds a sign against the International Monetary Fund during a demonstration in solidarity with Ecuadorian people at the Embassy of Ecuador on October 14, 2019 in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo: Camilo Freedman/Aphotografia/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ron Jacobs (2019-10-15). Betrayal in the Levant. counterpunch.org Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-15). One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal. globalresearch.ca Last Friday a 155 mm artillery shell landed 300 metres from a US command post near the Syrian bordering city of Ayn al-Arab (known by the Syrian Kurds as "Kobane") during an ongoing operation carried out by Turkey — a …

Zero Hedge (2019-10-15). Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' as Trump Authorizes Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is …

Juan Cole (2019-10-15). What Made Trump Change His Mind About Turkey? truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. | It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand policy moves with regard to their logic. Much of what Trump does seems illogical. | Trump's lo…

Vassilis K. Fouskas (2019-10-15). Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration decision to allow Turkey to have a free ride in Rojava, North-East Syria opens the door for new disasters for all, especially the civilians on the ground. More, it confirms the decline of US power in the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-15). Trump OK's Sanctions on Turkey. globalresearch.ca Trump, House and Senate officials threatened sanctions on Turkey for its cross-border offensive in Syria. | On Monday, Trump OK'd their imposition by the US Treasury — despite green lighting Turkish aggression before launched, withdrawing US troops from northeast Syrian areas …

Editor (2019-10-15). U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! workers.org The conflict within the U.S. ruling class about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria has created some confusion about events there. The latest new development — an alliance of Kurdish-based forces with the Syrian national army to defend the border from the Turkish army — may increase that confusion. To . . . | Continue reading U.S., NATO, Turkey out of Syria! at Workers.org

South Front (2019-10-15). Video: Turkish Offensive in Northern Syria Pushed Kurds into Hands of Assad and Moscow. War Report. globalresearch.ca The defense of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is steadily collapsing under pressure from the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed militant groups, branded as the National Syrian Army. | Since the start of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey-led forces have captured …

Eric A. Gordon (2019-10-15). 'The Abuelas' unpacks repercussions of child kidnapping in Argentina's Dirty War. peoplesworld.org GLENDALE, Calif.— "If you have doubts about your identity, contact Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo." So read billboards across today's Argentina, where thousands of people were "disappeared" between 1976 and 1983 during the brutal military dictatorship's Dirty War. Antaeus Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's striking new play, The …

Shane Quinn (2019-10-15). The United States Is Unlikely to Desire Conflict with a Formidable Iran. globalresearch.ca The failure of the American-led occupation of Iraq has surely not been forgotten in Washington. Against by all accounts a much depleted enemy in Baghdad, America's military and civilian branches were unable to maintain authority in an Iraqi state already …

Staff (2019-10-15). Extorting Ukraine Is Bad Enough, But Trump Has Done Much Worse. truthout.org | | Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, "I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?" | "Well," I replied, "in terms of causing death and destruction, I suspect Bush still has the edge." In fact, the U.S.-led forever wars begun under the Bush administration have killed hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan (almo…

Pepe Escobar (2019-10-15). Kurds Face Stark Options after US Pullback from Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-15). Trump Dumps the Kurds: US and Russian Officers "Coordinate Military Movements" in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca The US and Russian military officers met late last night in Al Farat, a small village north of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, according to media 'Al Mayadeen'. | *** | The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate military movements in the …

Arabi Souri (2019-10-15). Syria Has Restored 1554 Schools Completely Destroyed by NATO Sponsored Terrorists. globalresearch.ca Syrian Ministry of Education managed to restore and rehabilitate 1554 schools and set the plans to rehabilitate 1000 other schools achieving 90% of the current plan thus far. 10,000 teaching jobs to be added in a month from now. | In …

Aaron Maté (2019-10-15). Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone hosted its first YouTube livestream of Pushback with Aaron Maté, featuring Ben Norton. We discussed the Syria war,…

Philip Giraldi (2019-10-15). Trump Wants to End the "Stupid Wars"? globalresearch.ca The discussion, if one might even call it that, regarding the apparent President Donald Trump decision to withdraw at least some American soldiers from Syria has predictably developed along partisan, ideologically fueled lines. Trump has inevitably muddied the waters by …

Kathy Kelly (2019-10-15). Death, Bloodshed, and Misery in Yemen. progressive.org "Strike with creativity!" proclaims Raytheon.

Robert McChesney (2019-10-15). Means Testing: Sanders vs. Warren on the Single Most Important Policy Idea for Progressive Success. commondreams.org Sens. Elizabeth Warren, left, and Bernie Sanders speak at the NALEO Candidate Forum in Miami, Fla., on June 21, 2019. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ralph Nader (2019-10-15). The Congress Has to Draw the Line. counterpunch.org "I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President." Really! It is time for the House of Representatives to announce comprehensive articles of impeachment against the chronic outlaw and violator of the public trust — President Donald J. Trump who won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote. Six More

Lee Camp (2019-10-15). Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity's Death Warrant. mintpressnews.com The 100 corporations actively suffocating us in a blanket of global warming emissions are the same ones that run our government. They have wrapped their tentacles around our politicians, the regulatory agencies and the criminal justice system.

Lee Camp (2019-10-15). Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity's Death Warrant. truthdig.com Only 100 companies will sign humanity's death sentence. That's it. One hundred corporate boards filled with sociopaths. But I'll get back to that in a moment. | In recent weeks, climate activists in New York City jammed up foot traffic on Wall Street with a die-in, covering themselves in fake blood and lying on the ground. Other activists in Washington, D.C., blocked intersections using a variety of tactics, gridlocking traffic and pissing off a lot of people. It seems clear that when it comes to our impending extinction, practically no one cares, unl…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-15). London police face criticism and resistance over 'heavy-handed' ban on protests. thecanary.co Police are facing growing criticism and resistance over a "heavy-handed" London-wide ban on climate crisis protests. | 'Police protecting the banks': | The Metropolitan Police imposed conditions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, requiring any protest assembly in the capital to cease by 9pm on Monday. It claimed this was to "prevent serious disruption to the life of the community". As of 5pm on Monday, police said there had been 1,445 arrests in connection with the eight days of Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate protests in London. Officers also made more than 90 arrests on Monday as protester…

WSWS (2019-10-15). Australian governments trial police-state measures against climate protesters. wsws.org The authorities are using the demonstrations as a test case for future repression of the emerging social and political struggles of the working class.

Yanis Varoufakis, David Adler (2019-10-15). A Recession Is Coming. When It Does, We Need to Demand a Green New Deal. commondreams.org With the climate strikers marching on their front feet—and the old guard caught retreating on its heels—we have a clear opportunity to achieve a true systems change. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

GMWatch (2019-10-15). The Dangers of Transgenic Mosquitos: Scientific Study Under Attack. globalresearch.ca A recent journal article about GM mosquitoes has caused quite a stir. It showed that some of the male mosquitoes that Oxitec Ltd released experimentally in Brazil had successfully interbred with the local mosquito population, and that their hybrid …

Carla Stea (2019-10-15). UN General Assembly 2019: Venezuela, Russia, China Denounce Violations of International Treaties and Distortions of UN Charter. globalresearch.ca As Venezuelan Chairman of the Non Aligned Movement, comprising 120 nations and observer states, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced devious and Machiavellian ploys attempted by the US to force regime change on his country, with efforts to isolate the country, …

Raouf Halaby (2019-10-15). Kurdish Massacres: One of Britain's Many Original Sins. counterpunch.org For those who believe in the fairy tale of original sin, Adam and Eve, so goes the narrative, partook of the forbidden fruit, fell from grace, and were forever banished from the garden. The same narrative informs us that the second major sin, an infinitely more hideous one, was the result of a jealous and More

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-15). Russia's Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: President Putin's Interview with Arab Media. globalresearch.ca President Putin gave an extensive interview to Arab media before departing for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but it's useful to highlight some of the most relevant parts in case interested observers don't have the time to watch it in …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2019-10-15). Russia and Africa Still Behind the Curtains. globalresearch.ca The …

Staff (2019-10-15). New Court Rulings Challenge Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda. truthout.org | | As right-wing senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has consolidated his behind-the-scenes power in the Trump administration, fundamental rewrites of immigration policy have occurred via regulatory changes and a series of executive actions justified using nebulous national security rationales. | On Friday, however, a series of rulings by federal courts in New York, California and Washington State suggested…

Thomas Mountain (2019-10-15). Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize, But It Takes Two to Make Peace. counterpunch.org Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Peace which begs the question, if it takes two sides to fight a war doesn't it take two sides to make peace? Just as it takes two hands to clap it takes two to make peace and P.M. Abiy has taken pains More

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-15). Why I stand by 70 years old Communist China. dissidentvoice.org Happy Birthday, People's Republic of China! Heartfelt Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday, and thank you for being here, for standing, for not bending down and never surrendering. The capitalist world is in decay. The West is rotting. Anger and nihilism are pouring from the imperialist empire whose citizens are frustrated; not at peace with themselves. Imperialist …

WSWS (2019-10-15). Germany's IG Metall union calls for alliance with government and corporations against workers. wsws.org IG Metall is offering the services of its apparatus to ensure labour peace in the factories and impose the cuts demanded by Germany's ruling elite.

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-15). The National Basketball Association (NBA): A Multi-Billion Dollar Colossus. globalresearch.ca Founded in 1946 as a fledgling enterprise, today's NBA is big business. | Winning is all about big bucks for management and players, along with growing valuation of NBA franchises, on average worth nearly $2 billion. | The most highly valued are …

Maha Hussaini (2019-10-15). In Pictures: What If Palestine Had Its Own Currency? globalresearch.ca Designer Jehad Naji, 29, pictured here with his wife Haneen Abu Samhadana, had the idea of designing a currency for Palestine after a British journalist asked him about which currency to use during a visit to Gaza. | Naji …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-15). A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Australian politicians, and the consular staff of the country, are rarely that engaged on the subject of protecting their citizens. In a couple of notorious cases, Australian authorities demonstrated, not only an indifference, but a consciously venal approach to its …

William A. Cohn (2019-10-15). The Don Fought the Law… counterpunch.org Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair Indictments now point to a vast criminal conspiracy involving the personal lawyer of the sitting U.S. President and *45 to rig the 2020 election. I refer to Mr. Donald J. Trump as *45 to deny the legitimacy of his holding his office. Now, judicial fact-finding strengthens the existing public record More

Victor Grossman (2019-10-15). The Berlin Wall, Thirty Years Later. counterpunch.org Remembrance Days are rewarding for journalists, especially since Google made research digging so easy. And how the German media love such days! Their favorite dates recall four events: June 17, 1953, the "Uprising" (or whatever it's labeled) by East German workers in the birthing period of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the building of the Berlin Wall More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-10-15). More Incitement to Violence by Trump's Fellow Travelers. counterpunch.org Adolf Hitler and his Nazi henchmen used a trick in 1930s Germany that is an old and time-tested behavior and quite effective. His Brown Shirts would carry out a horrific and violent act and Hitler would then disclaim that act. There were two "advantages" of that violent behavior and propaganda. First, the violent act would More

Staff (2019-10-15). California Lawmakers Passed a Bill Banning Private Prisons. therealnews.com Activist Amani Sawari talks about what the impact on people in private prisons and immigration detention centers will be if Governor Gavin Newsom signs AB32, which would phase out private prisons by 2028.

Monica Moorehead (2019-10-15). NBA and China: The 'right to free speech' vs. the right to sovereignty. workers.org The great Yao Ming. The Houston Rockets are the most popular National Basketball Association team in China for one main reason: Yao Ming, the current president of the Chinese Basketball Association and an NBA Hall of Famer, played eight seasons for the Rockets. Basketball is very popular in China, thanks . . . | Continue reading NBA and China: The 'right to free speech' vs. the right to sovereignty at Workers.org

Editor (2019-10-15). Not just a trade war. workers.org What's really behind the difficult trade negotiations between the U.S. and People's China? Is it — as the administration has claimed — that China wasn't buying enough U.S. agricultural products? China has become a huge market for Midwestern farmers, who are heavily mortgaged and rely on Beijing buying large quantities . . . | Continue reading Not just a trade war at Workers.org

The Canary (2019-10-15). Dominic Raab 'was cold, unpleasant and rude' to parents of teenage crash victim. thecanary.co The Foreign Secretary was "cold" and "rude" to the family of Harry Dunn during a meeting about the teenager's death, their spokesman has said.Dominic Raab met the 19-year-old's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, last week.The teenager was killed when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August.Harry Dunn (Family handout/Northamptonshire Police/PA)His parents met Raab after Anne Sacoolas, the motorist allegedly responsible for the crash, was given diplomatic immunity and allowed to flee to the US after the crash.Family spokesman Radd Seiger told the P…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-10-15). Pink Tide Against US Domination Rising Again In Latin America. dissidentvoice.org (Photo from Dissent Magazine) Once again, the left is rising in Latin America as people revolt against authoritarian regimes, many of whom were put in place by US-supported coups. These regimes have taken International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans and are under the thumb of international finance, which is against the interests of people.After the embattled …

Staff (2019-10-15). #MeToo Writings Are About a Lot More Than Stories. truthdig.com "Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From the Me Too Movement" | A book edited by Shelly Oria "Indelible: Writings From the Me Too Movement" is not just a collection of nonfiction essays, short stories, and poems about the Great Reckoning edited by award-winning novelist Shelly Oria. "Indelible"'s writings also strive to create a forum for litigating sexual violence claims outside of the failed state. In a society where only one out of four rapes are reported — often because victims understand that police are unlikely to believe the…

Victor Grossman (2019-10-15). Thirty years later the Berlin Wall is again being "remembered" peoplesworld.org BERLIN — Remembrance Days are rewarding for journalists, especially since Google made research digging so easy. And how the German media love such days! Their favorite dates recall four events: June 17, 1953, the "Uprising" (or whatever it's labeled) by East German workers in the birthing period of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the building …

Liberation Staff (2019-10-15). Leonard Peltier subjected to unjust lockdown in prison: Write to the warden now! liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation urges its supporters to write the warden to demand an end to this brutal lockdown.

Maxximilian Seijo (2019-10-15). No Depression in Heaven with Alison Collis Greene. mronline.org In this episode of Money on the Left, we speak with historian Alison Collis Greene about her book No Depression in Heaven with an eye toward contemporary debates around the Green New Deal. Subtitled The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta, Alison's book critiques what she calls the […] | Source

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield (2019-10-15). It's Time for Effective Oversight of Police Violence. commondreams.org Community organizers and activists demand police accountability at a rally in New York City on August 9, 2019, to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Wim Laven (2019-10-15). Citizens Must Remove Trump From Office. counterpunch.org Familiarize yourself with the hashtag #OutNow, it is refusefacism.org's message: "In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!" Their goal is seeing the Trump/Pence regime gone—now. The protests in Los Angeles and New York to be held on October 19th will showcase this necessary cause—there is no higher form of patriotism More

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-10-15). Pink tide against US domination rising again in Latin America. nationofchange.org Once again, the left is rising in Latin America as people revolt against authoritarian regimes, many of whom were put in place by US-supported coups. These regimes have taken the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans and are under the thumb of international finance, which is against the interests of people. After the embattled President of …

Kevin Zeese (2019-10-15). "Pink Tide" Against US Domination Rising Again in Latin America and the Caribbean. globalresearch.ca Once again, the left is rising in Latin America as people revolt against authoritarian regimes, many of whom were put in place by US-supported coups. These regimes have taken International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans and are under the thumb of …

Norman Solomon (2019-10-15). The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out. counterpunch.org The Democratic Party's most powerful donors are running out of options in the presidential race. Their warhorse Joe Biden is stumbling, while the other corporate-minded candidates lag far behind. For party elites, with less than four months to go before voting starts in caucuses and primaries, 2020 looks like Biden or bust. A key problem More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-15). University Woes: the Managerial Class Gets Uppity. counterpunch.org The university, in a global sense, is passing into a managerial oblivion. There are a few valiant holdouts, but they have the luxury of history, time, and learning. Cambridge and Oxford, for instance, still boast traditional academics, soaking erudition, and education as something more than a classroom brawl of the mind. They can barricade themselves More

Lara Merling — Leo Baunach (2019-10-15). Sovereign Debt Restructuring: Not Falling Prey to Vultures. counterpunch.org The IMF program has failed, and the debt is unsustainable. What happens next? The Macri government leaves behind another failed IMF agreement, an economy in shambles, soaring poverty, and a large dollar-denominated debt burden. The move to extend maturities on some domestic debt is not a solution to the problem. It postpones the restructuring of More

Jim Britell (2019-10-15). The Problem With Partnerships and Roundtables. counterpunch.org When the laws regulating forest practices, endangered species, clean air and water were put on the books, it was well before the 1990s when our society became enthralled with neoliberalism that elevated economic utility and job creation above all in matters of public policy. Public resource managers now face local political pressure to base every More

John W. Whitehead (2019-10-15). One Man Against the Monster: John Lennon vs. the Deep State. counterpunch.org "You gotta remember, establishment, it's just a name for evil. The monster doesn't care whether it kills all the students or whether there's a revolution. It's not thinking logically, it's out of control." —John Lennon (1969) John Lennon, born 79 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon. He More

Jon LeSage (2019-10-15). $35 Billion: UK Faces Huge Loss from Electric Vehicle Adoption. globalresearch.ca If Great Britain keeps its commitment to switch over its vehicles to electric by 2050, the government will see a whopping loss of 28 billion pounds ($35 billion) paid by motorists driving traditional gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. | That comes from …

Staff (2019-10-15). Outrage in Texas as Police Kill Atatiana Jefferson at Home. truthout.org | | A white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, has been arrested and charged with murder, after he shot and killed an African-American woman who was inside her own home. Officer Aaron Dean was responding to a non-emergency call for a wellness check after a neighbor had called the Fort Worth police to report that 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson's front door was open at around 2: 30 in the morning on Saturday. Soon after the officers arrived, Dean, who never identified himself to be a police officer, shouted thr…

WSWS (2019-10-15). US Supreme Court term begins with new threats to democratic rights. wsws.org The newly consolidated 5-4 far-right majority on the court is poised to hand down rulings imposing further restrictions on abortion rights, gay rights and basic civil liberties.

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-15). Saudi Arabia Is Opening Its Doors: But What Will You See Once There? globalresearch.ca The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is opening up to the world. It used to be absolutely impossible to get a visa to enter, unless you were a religious pilgrim (therefore officially a Muslim), NATO military personnel, or a businessman or …

The Canary (2019-10-15). SNP deputy attacks 'voter suppression initiatives' of Westminster Government. thecanary.co A second Scottish independence referendum must not feature the "voter suppression initiatives" being put forward by Boris Johnson's government, SNP depute [deputy] leader Keith Brown said.While he said independence supporters were "closer now than we have ever been" to achieving their goal, he warned of the impact it could have if voters had to produce ID when they turn up at polling stations.In the Queen's speech on Monday the UK government outlined plans to require people to bring photographic proof of identity with them when they go to cast their ballot. | Brown noted that legislation setting out the rules and…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-10-15). The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump. commondreams.org Despite Trump's frequently voiced desire "to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home," he may yet do more harm than his Republican predecessor. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lee Camp (2019-10-15). Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity's Death Warrant. commondreams.org Too much profit rests in the balance for them to stop their prolonged execution of the human race. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-15). Debate Moderators Need to Ask Different Questions on Medicare for All. truthout.org | | In every single Democratic debate this year, the same ridiculous question has been posed to at least one of the candidates supporting Medicare for All: "Will you raise middle class taxes to pay for it?" | Most recently, the question was aimed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, by ABC News moderator George Stephanopoulos. She explained, much more politely than I would have, that Medicare for All would save the vast majority of American families' money, while asking for a bit more from corporations and…

Gary Brumback (2019-10-15). War: Ruinations and Ruminations. dissidentvoice.org Ruinous and deadly wars throughout history should have given people everywhere down through the ages cause and pause for thinking about what has happened and why it has happened. While many people presumably have and continue to do just that, what they know and understand is usually controlled by their nation's power elite. That is …

commondreams (2019-10-15). Democracy First, Senator Warren's New Plan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2019-10-15). International review denounces FAA certification of Boeing 737 Max 8. wsws.org The Joint Authorities Technical Review makes clear that the FAA, ostensibly Boeing's regulator, made no attempt to determine the safety of new flight control software that led to the crash to two 737 Max 8 flights.

Nauman Sadiq (2019-10-15). The Unspoken History of the Holy Roman Empire. Its Germanic Origins. globalresearch.ca Christianity in its present form came into being after the eleventh century "Great Schism"(1054 AD) between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church. Before that, it used to be an exclusively Byzantine affair and most of Western Europe followed pagan …

Christian Savestre (2019-10-15). In the Jungle or in the Zoo? The Zoos of the Ultra-Rich. globalresearch.ca As he was preparing to return from his exile in the United States, the Czech filmmaker Milos Forman declared, "I live in the jungle and I am preparing to return to the zoo." This metaphor allowed him to contrast the …

True Publica (2019-10-15). Johnson's Queen's Speech — 'Pre-election Propaganda' It Can't Deliver. globalresearch.ca One of the things to admire about our 93-year-old Queen is that she manages to use the same non-committal tone and language regardless of the drivel she is required to read out by her duplicitous government. By any stretch of …

Arthur Firstenberg (2019-10-15). 5G in Space: More 5G Satellites to be Launched by SpaceX. Federal Lawsuit against 5G. globalresearch.ca Demonstrations against 5G on Earth have been taking place in many parts of the world (see below for the most recent events). Alarmingly, 5G in Space is being ignored. There is a reason this Appeal is called the 5G Space …

Michael Welch (2019-10-15). Celebrating Seven Years of the Global Research News Hour with Michael Welch. globalresearch.ca This coming October 22nd will mark 7 years since the Global Research News Hour radio program made its debut not only on the Global Research website but also on the public airwaves as a community radio program. | To date, we …

Staff (2019-10-15). Headlines for October 15, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Advance Across Northern Syria After Deal with Kurds, Ex-Top Russia Adviser Testified Bolton Called Giuliani a "Hand Grenade", 12 Democrats Will Take the Stage for Presidential Debate in Ohio Tonight, Fort Worth Cop Charged for Murder After Killing Atatiana Jefferson, Judge: Trump Broke Law by Declaring Emergency to Secure Border Funding, Arizona: Bulldozers Destroyed Protected Cacti to Clear Way for Trump Wall, 8-Year-Old Girl Easily Scales Replica of Trump's "Impenetrable" Border Wall, Protests Erupt at Barcelona Airport over Sentencing of Catalan Leaders, Mexico: 14 Police Officers Killed in Ambus…

Staff (2019-10-15). Botham Jean, Then Atatiana Jefferson: Outrage in Texas as Police Kill Another Black Resident at Home. democracynow.org A white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, has been arrested and charged with murder, after he shot and killed an African-American woman who was inside her own home. Officer Aaron Dean was responding to a non-emergency call for a wellness check after a neighbor had called the Fort Worth police to report that 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson's front door was open at around 2: 30 in the morning on Saturday. Soon after the officers arrived, Dean, who never identified himself to be a police officer, shouted through Jefferson's bedroom window to put her hands up, and then immediately opened fire, killing her. Minutes b…

The Canary (2019-10-15). Number 10 declines to acknowledge midnight deadline over Brexit deal legal text. thecanary.co Downing Street has declined to recognise a midnight deadline reportedly set by the European Union for a legal text to be presented in order to clinch a Brexit deal.The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that he needs good intentions to turn into a legal document as Boris Johnson races against the clock to secure a fresh agreement for the meeting of European leaders starting in Brussels on Thursday. | Barnier, who said work to secure a deal has been "intense" after talks which are understood to have gone on until 11pm on Monday, has reportedly called on the UK to present a legal text by the end of Tue…

WSWS (2019-10-15). UK: Factional warfare in Corbyn leadership after McDonnell allies with Blairites over Brexit. wsws.org If Corbyn is removed, it will not be as the "victim" of political disloyalty from either the Blairites or his own allies. He is the architect of his own fate.

Molly Scott Cato MEP (2019-10-15). Brexit, Environmental Law and the Level Playing Field. globalresearch.ca When the idea of the level playing field emerged from the Brexit talks many environmentalists breathed a sigh of relief. | As Barnier presented this agreement to us in the European Parliament, I remember realising that even if we were to …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-10-15). A NATO por trás do ataque turco à Síria. globalresearch.ca A Alemanha, a Franàßa, a Itália e outros países que, em trajes de membros da Unià£o Europeia, condenam a Turquia pelo ataque à Síria, sà£o, juntamente com a Turquia, membros da NATO, a qual, quando já estava em curso o …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-10-15). La Nato dietro l'attacco turco in Siria. globalresearch.ca Germania, Francia, Italia e altri paesi, che in veste di membri della Ue condannano la Turchia per l'attacco in Siria, sono insieme alla Turchia membri della Nato, la quale, mentre era già in corso l'attacco, ha ribadito il suo sostegno …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-15). After Shell CEO Claims 'We Have No Choice' But to Invest in Fossil Fuels, McKibben Says, 'We Have No Choice But to Try and Stop Them'. commondreams.org Climate activists and experts underscored the necessity of fighting to urgently end the use of fossil fuels worldwide after Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden claimed Monday that "we have no choice" but to invest in long-term oil and gas projects. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-15). Acting 'On Behalf of Life,' Extinction Rebellion Defies Blanket Ban on Climate Protests in London. commondreams.org "They take these actions to protect an establishment that is criminally negligent in its inaction on ecological and climate breakdown. We rebel against a broken system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-15). 'Swamp Is Anything But Drained': Report Details 281 Lobbyists in Trump Administration Over First Two Years. commondreams.org "The swamp is Trump hiring 281 lobbyists in just a couple years of his administration." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-15). US State Dept. Under Fire for Using Official Website to Promote Pompeo's "Christian Nationalist Talking Points" commondreams.org "The Department of State looks more like it should be representing the Republic of Gilead from The Handmaid's Tale than an America that respects religious equality under the law." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Max Blumenthal (2019-10-15). The Legal Biden Family Corruption Democrats Refuse to Acknowledge. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on The Grayzone. | With its relentless focus on corruption in Russia and Ukraine, the Atlantic Council has distinguished itself from other top-flight think tanks in Washington. Over the past several years, it has held innumerable conferences and panel discussions, issued a string of reports, and published literally hundreds of essays on Russia's "kleptocracy" and the scourge of Kremlin disinformation. | At the same time,…

Dr. Barbara G. Ellis (2019-10-15). Lessons from Ukraine: Shift Foreign Aid to U.S. Desperate Domestic Aid Programs. globalresearch.ca If anything, the Trump-Ukraine impeachment issue reveals to the American public that ever since 1961 when the Foreign Assistance Act was passed, perhaps nearly trillions of our tax dollars have been used by decades of administrations as a primary tool …

Ariel Natan Pasko (2019-10-15). Sukkot: Wave Your Jewish Jedi LightSaber Joyfully. indybay.org Jews and Jedi Warriors, Same Culture?>

Medios libres de América (2019-10-15). #SOSEcuador: Exigimos el cese de la violencia por parte del gobierno ecuatoriano. indybay.org Colectivos y organizaciones firmantes denunciamos la inconstitucionalidad del toque de queda impuesto en Ecuador desde hoy sábado 12 de octubre a las 3 pm. Exigimos que se levante esta medida excesiva por ser un mecanismo que pone en riesgo la seguridad y la vida de los y las manifestantes.

Photos and Text (2019-10-15). Kurds in San Francisco Protest Betrayal by the US. indybay.org Trump forces our former ally into arms of our enemy, Syria's Assad. Russia, Iran and ISIS to benefit.

Photos and Text (2019-10-15). SF Embarcadero Rally As Nationwide Drive To Impeach Trump Begins. indybay.org Nationwide movement to deflate Trump…

CANOPY (2019-10-15). Climate Positive Speaker Series: Cool Effect. indybay.org CANOPY Jackson Square, 595 Pacific Avenue #F4, San Francisco, CA 94133…

University of San Francisco (2019-10-15). Climate Change, Disability and the Politics of Survival. indybay.org Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall, USF, 2497 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118…

Citizens Climate Lobby and others (2019-10-15). Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Effects of Climate Change on Bay Area Wildlife. indybay.org The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704…

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-10-15). State Endangered Species Protection Sought for California's Joshua Trees. indybay.org Iconic Desert Plant Threatened by Climate Change, Habitat Loss…