2019-10-17: News Headlines

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Kurds' Protection Deal with Assad Explained. globalresearch.ca The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached a groundbreaking deal with the Assad government. | This happened on October 13 evening after the US-led coalition expectedly abandoned their 'local partners' in face of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring and an 'accident …

Staff (2019-10-17). Syrian Forces Enter Key Border Town, Blocking Turkish Plans. truthdig.com Kobani is taken by forces loyal to Bashar Assad, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria Is Good. globalresearch.ca The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad…. even …

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-17). It's Curtains for US in Syria: Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan. dissidentvoice.org The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and the Assad regime. We have a complex scenario where on the one hand the Turkish …

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria is GOOD. dissidentvoice.org The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad, even ISIS. It is true that the policy of US/NATO interventionism is failing. But that has been …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-17). Bashar al-Assad Government Poised to Fulfill the Promise of Regaining all Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca "Our proposal is for the terrorists to lay down their arms, leave their equipment, destroy the traps they have created, and leave the safe zone we designated, as of tonight," Turkish President Erdogan said. "If this is …

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Turkey Agrees with US To Pause Syria Attack, Kurds To Speak Soon. telesurenglish.net Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its five-day offensive on Syria to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" that Ankara had sought to capture in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and Turkey as a complete victory. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | The truce was announced by United States Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan. | If implemented, it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announc…

Firas Samuri (2019-10-17). Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria? Has Triggered Exit of US, Britain and France. globalresearch.ca On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey …

Sara Flounders (2019-10-17). U.S., NATO, Turkey Out of Syria! globalresearch.ca 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 …

Staff (2019-10-17). US Drone Program May Have Helped Turkey Kill Kurds for Over a Decade. truthout.org UPDATE: The U.S. and Turkey agreed to a cease-fire in northeast Syria on Thursday. | Donald Trump is justifiably condemned for approving Turkey's assault against the United States's Kurdish allies in the war against ISIS. What is not widely known is that the U.S., in a largely secret program dubbed Operation Nomad Shadow, appears to have been using drones for over a decade to help Turkey stalk and kill Kurds. | Although the U.S. is now publicly opposing the Turkish push into Syria, is Nomad Shadow co…

Firas Samuri (2019-10-17). Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria? dissidentvoice.org On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey to attack the Kurdish units, posing a threat to Ankara. It's incredible that the Turkish …

Charles Pierson (2019-10-17). Bret Stephens' American Fantasy. counterpunch.org "Goodbye, America. Goodbye, Freedom Man," laments Bret Stephens in the October 11 New York Times. The conservative columnist was reacting to President Donald Trump's abandonment of Syria's Kurds. On October 5, after a telephone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump ordered US forces back from the Syrian border with Turkey. Trump's action put More

Staff (2019-10-17). Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal as House Votes 354 to 60 to Condemn His Actions. truthout.org As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Since then, the Kurds have aligned themselves with the Syrian government, and a number of…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-17). Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Kurds in Syria? globalresearch.ca Turkish forces invaded north-east Syria (NES) only when it had coordinated with the US to define the red line of the invasion. Moreover, both superpowers, the US and Russia, protected Turkey by blocking an EU-drafted UN resolution to halt the …

Jeff Klein (2019-10-17). Syria, the Kurds, Turkey and the U.S.: Why Progressives Should Not Support a New Imperial Partition in the Middle East. counterpunch.org In the face of Turkey's renewed invasion of Syria, it seems we are hearing across the entire span of elite opinion in the US, from Liberals to extreme Conservatives, the cry "Don't abandon our allies the Kurds!" Even on what passes for the Left in our country, many progressives have joined the chorus. Certainly, the More

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash. telesurenglish.net U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to urge him to halt his country's incursion into Syria, the Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurds Fleeing to Iraq: 'Life Will Never Be the Same' | Pence's visit came shortly after a letter penned by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan was leaked on Twitter. | In the letter, Trump warns Erdogan to not test the U.S.' patience with their Sy…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-17). Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Staff (2019-10-17). Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force? therealnews.com The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?

WSWS (2019-10-17). A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda. wsws.org Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the "ground force" for the American "regime-change" operation in Syria.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-10-17). US Finally Bombs French Factory in Syria Infamous for Funding ISIS. globalresearch.ca As spectacular and indicative of America's sinking fortunes in Syria as its bombing of its own military base in northern Syria was — it is also an indicator of something else much more sinister. | CNN in its article, " US

Alison Banville (2019-10-17). Truth About Syria."How Could Corporate Journalists Get Away with Their Lies…" globalresearch.ca Damascus, December 2018. Two great independent journalists sit down together: | Eva Bartlett and Vanessa Beeley | Eva Bartlett: 'when I arrived on the 29th (of December 2018) I was told that, aside from yourself (gestures to Vanessa Beeley), I was …

Mark Taliano (2019-10-17). "Voices from Syria": Syria's War for Humanity. globalresearch.ca Global Research Publishers bring you "Voices from Syria", an important book by Mark Taliano. The book is available for order on our online store. | Click HERE to order. | Mark Taliano is an author and independent investigative reporter who …

Drago Bosnic (2019-10-17). US Plot to Transfer Thousands of ISIS Terrorists from Syria to Iraq. globalresearch.ca A senior Iraqi security expert disclosed that Washington is attempting to transfer 3,000 members of the ISIS terrorist group from Syria to Iraq. Hafez Al-Basharah told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website on Tuesday that the US which has created and …

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Army Entering Kobani and Raqqa. globalresearch.ca On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized …

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Sorting Facts From Fiction About the US Withdrawal From Syria. mintpressnews.com If one believes in the restoration of international law and the tenets of the UN Charter, then the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from northern Syria is a good thing. Here are some facts and history that explain why.

Ajamu Baraka (2019-10-17). Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism. counterpunch.org Despite so many self-defined radicals' reading and claims to understand Gramsci's corrective to Marxism-Leninism's mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the base and the ideological superstructure, the ease by which some radicals are manipulated by the crude ideological machinations of the ruling class is truly astonishing. It is quite understandable that liberals would be manipulated More

WSWS (2019-10-17). Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria. wsws.org All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-17). Will Iran be the Next to Withdraw from Syria? globalresearch.ca The smoothness with which the US' "sudden" withdrawal played out and the Pentagon's decision not to militantly enforce the so-called "deconfliction line" along the Euphrates River after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) triumphantly crossed it en route to protecting their …

Ajamu Baraka (2019-10-17). Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism. dissidentvoice.org Despite so many self-defined radicals' reading and claims to understand Gramsci's corrective to Marxism-Leninism's mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the base and the ideological superstructure, the ease by which some radicals are manipulated by the crude ideological machinations of the ruling class is truly astonishing. It is quite understandable that liberals would be manipulated …

WSWS (2019-10-17). Trump defends US pullback in Syria. wsws.org Amid mounting opposition from within Congress and the military, Trump defended his order to withdraw a small contingent of US special forces from northeastern Syria.

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-17). Uneasy Damascus/Kurdish Alliance. globalresearch.ca Throughout most of Obama's war, now Trump's, against Syrian sovereign independence and territorial integrity, Kurdish YPG fighters and their politicians allied with US imperial aims for their own self-interest — including support for jihadists used as Pentagon/CIA proxy foot soldiers….

Jewish Voice for Peace (2019-10-17). More Than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza Have Bone Infections after Being Shot by Israeli Forces. globalresearch.ca Gaza | Treating drug-resistant infections in Gaza under the blockade | Medicin Sans Frontieres 2 Sept. 2019-More than 7,400 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition during protests in Gaza. About half of those suffering from open fractures, in which the bone …

John Atcheson (2019-10-17). Reminder: Trump Didn't Win, Democrats Lost. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-17). The Down Side of Impeachment. counterpunch.org Unless there's some dramatic change in the political landscape over the next month or so, I believe that the US House of Representatives will impeach President Donald Trump. Unless there's some dramatic change in the political landscape between now and Trump's trial in the US Senate, I don't believe the Senate will vote, by the More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-17). Key impeachment panel chair Cummings dies at 68; Probe goes on. peoplesworld.org BALTIMORE—House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a South Carolina sharecroppers' son who rose to head a key panel probing impeachable offenses by GOP President Donald Trump, died at 2: 30 am on Oct. 17 at a hospice in his home town of Baltimore. The 68-year-old lawmaker suffered complications from a variety of diseases, his office …

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2019-10-17). Democrats talk healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment & more at 4th presidential candidate debate. nationofchange.org Twelve candidates took to the stage for the fourth round of the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday to spar over healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment, gun violence, economic inequality and more. Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is now leading some national polls — repeatedly came under attack from her rivals. In the first debate …

commondreams (2019-10-17). Patriotic Millionaires: Billions Spent on Stock Buybacks Better Spent Raising Wages, Creating New Jobs. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jake Johnson (2019-10-17). 'An absolute joke': Debate moderators condemned for asking about Ellen and George Bush after completely ignoring climate crisis. nationofchange.org As America's pundits and newspapers rushed to pronounce the winners and losers of Tuesday night's 2020 Democratic presidential debate, progressives argued the event's moderators deserve to be placed in the latter category for framing healthcare questions around insurance industry talking points, hand-wringing about "demonizing" rich people, and failing to ask a single question about the greatest existential threat facing …

Eds. (2019-10-17). Denmark's Red-Greens: what answers when the climate crisis shakes up politics? mronline.org In 2007, Sà∏ndergaard was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the People's Movement against the European Union (EU). After resigning this position in 2014, he won election to the Danish parliament in 2015 as an RGA MP for Gladsaxe: he was re-elected in the June 5 general election this year. Sà∏ndergaard spoke with Green […] | Source

Robert Hunziker (2019-10-17). Extinction Rebellion Sweeps the World. dissidentvoice.org Extinction Rebellion, XR est. October 31, 2018, has become a powerful force across the globe, almost overnight!!! It is the fastest-growing environmental movement ever. As such, it is only too obvious that "people get it" when it comes to climate change/global warming because they're jumping aboard like swarms of locusts. In fact, XR's truthful exposure …

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2019-10-17). What the New Deal can teach us about winning a Green New Deal: Part V—summing up the New Deal experience. mronline.org Growing awareness of our ever-worsening climate crisis has boosted the popularity of movements calling for a Green New Deal. At present, the Green New Deal is a big tent idea, grounded to some extent by its identification with the original New Deal and emphasis on the need for strong state action to initiate social-system change […] | Source

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Venezuela, Brazil Become New Members in UN Human Rights Council. telesurenglish.net Venezuela and Brazil scored seats on U.N. Human Rights Council Thursday as the General Assembly chooses 14 new members of the panel. | The 193-member General Assembly is electing 14 members to the 47-member Human Rights Council for three-year terms starting 1 January 2020. | "We should thank the countries that voted in favor of Venezuela and congratulate the other members of the #HumanRights Commission," Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said. "Venezuela has proposals so that there are no armed interventions or economic blockades." | The Geneva-based council can spotlight abuses and has special monitors watchin…

Lucas Koerner (2019-10-17). Venezuela's Opposition Declares PDVSA 2020 Bond Void, Nixes Payment. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela's CITGO could be seized by creditors.

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Colombian Presidential Guard Member Arrested For Massacre. telesurenglish.net A member of Colombia's presidential guard was arrested on Wednesday for involvement in a massacre in which ten were killed in the municipality of El Tarra in North Santander. | RELATED: | US, Colombia Expand Cooperation To Crack Down on Coca Producers | Diego Hernando Galván Ruedas, of the 37th Infantry Battalion of the Presidential Gu…

patrick (2019-10-17). Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. bdsmovement.net Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: In the NewsThe BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia. | Right To BoycottJuly 15, 20…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2019-10-17). Russia-Africa Summit: The Roadmap to Africa, Shift in Geopolitical Relations. globalresearch.ca Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent warm greetings to African leaders, business people and participants early October, signaling that everything is set for the first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, southern coastal city of Russia. | The message reads, in part: | "Today, …

WSWS (2019-10-17). UAW sanctions plant closings, expansion of temps in new GM deal. wsws.org As details of the UAW-GM tentative contract begin to leak out, it becomes increasingly clear that the UAW has betrayed everything for which workers have fought in the month-long strike.

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Italian Govt. Allows Ocean Viking to Bring 176 Migrants Ashore. telesurenglish.net Italy's authorities Wednesday allowed the Ocean Viking to dock 176 African migrants in the port of Taranto. Apparently, this decision could put an end to the former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's "Closed Ports" policy which has been in effect since 2017. | RELATED: | Italy: Lampedusa Remembers 368 Migrants Who Died in Shipwreck | "Italy has assig…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-10-17). Venezuela Elected to UN Human Rights Council. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government was elected to a three-year term with backing of 105 out of 195 UN member-states.

Prof. James Petras (2019-10-17). United States and Venezuela: A Historical Background. globalresearch.ca First published on Global Research on May 18, 2019. | "Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world and they own it and we want it" — (Anonymous Trump official) | Introduction | US hostility and efforts to overthrow the Venezuelan government …

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-10-17). Grassroots Communication fights back! A conversation with Jessica Pernia. mronline.org A founding member of Tatuy TV speaks about what it means to be a group of revolutionary journalists in hard times. | Source

WSWS (2019-10-17). UN special rapporteur on torture warns: "Assange will not get a fair trial in Virginia" wsws.org A panel discussion at Columbia University on Tuesday laid bare the fraudulent character of the charges brought against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and put the spotlight on those who committed the war crimes that WikiLeaks exposed.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-17). A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange. counterpunch.org 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 citizens in overseas theatres. Mamdouh Ahmed Habib, a dual Australian-Egyptian national, was detained in Pakistan More

teleSUR (2019-10-17). 'We'll Beat The Neoliberals': Evo Morales Closes Campaign. telesurenglish.net Evo Morales' 'Movement Towards Socialism' party marked the official close of their election campaign on Wednesday afternoon. The event was held in the overwhelmingly Indigenous city of El Alto, at which Morales asked for five more years to continue Bolivia's path to development and to 'beat the neoliberals'. The presidential elections will be held on Sunday. | RELATED: | Bolivia's VP Talks Elections and Opposition Failures | "In these elections again, we are going to beat those who sold…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-17). War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US. globalresearch.ca Despite president Trump's announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal interests.

Stan Cox (2019-10-17). Healing the Rift Between Political Reality and Ecological Reality. counterpunch.org A Q & A with Shaun Chamberlin If U.S. greenhouse emissions are to be driven down to zero within a decade or even two, it will not be accomplished through building more solar and wind energy capacity and relying on market competition to eliminate fossil fuels from the economy. A direct, foolproof mechanism is required More

Ted Rall (2019-10-17). The First Thing We Do, Let's Fire All the Cops. counterpunch.org In the latest shooting of an innocent civilian by a trigger-happy police officer, a white Fort Worth cop blew away a 28-year-old African-American woman through her bedroom window as she played a video game with her eight-year-old nephew. Atatiana Jefferson's neighbor had called a nonemergency police number to request that they check on her because her doors More

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-17). Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country. counterpunch.org The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state is about to make them refugees in their own country, driving them into holding camps. These Israelis, it seems, are the wrong kind. More

George Ochenski (2019-10-17). The Governor, the Mining Company and the Future of a Montana Wilderness. counterpunch.org One might credibly think that someone running in the Democratic primary to be the party's presidential nominee might, just might, want to be on the right side of the pressing environmental issues of the day. But last week Governor Steve Bullock and his Department of Environmental Quality sided with a disreputable "bad actor" mining company More

Robert Mackey (2019-10-17). Is a Ukrainian Oligarch Helping Trump Smear Biden to Evade U.S. Corruption Charges? theintercept.com Why did Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash, who is facing extradition to the U.S. on corruption charges, get involved in Trump's effort to smear Joe Biden?

WSWS (2019-10-17). Ukrainian President Zelensky adopts Steinmeier formula amid mass far-right protests. wsws.org Zelensky's move is part of his maneuvering between European and US imperialism.

Mark Fiore (2019-10-17). The Great and Unmatched Wisdom War. progressive.org "Never fear, the Commander-in-Phone-Calls will get tough!"

Ted Rall (2019-10-17). The First Thing We Do, Let's Fire All the Cops. counterpunch.org In the latest shooting of an innocent civilian by a trigger-happy police officer, a white Fort Worth cop blew away a 28-year-old African-American woman through her bedroom window as she played a video game with her eight-year-old nephew. Atatiana Jefferson's neighbor had called a nonemergency police number to request that they check on her because her doors More

Matthew Cole (2019-10-17). Trump Sent Attorney General Barr to Rome In Search of a Deep State Plot. Italian Intelligence Says There's Nothing There. theintercept.com Italian spies have told their government that they didn't have a relationship with Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious professor at the heart of the Mueller probe.

WSWS (2019-10-17). IMF cuts growth forecast and points to rising financial risks. wsws.org Significantly, the World Economic Outlook report predicted that growth in four key areas of the global economy—the US, the eurozone, Japan and China—would remain subdued for the next five years.

WSWS (2019-10-17). Australia: "Four Corners" program promotes anti-China witch-hunt. wsws.org The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.

WSWS (2019-10-17). Canada's involvement in US-led war drive against China: An election non-issue. wsws.org A tacit all-party agreement to black out discussion of Canada's rearmament and involvement in US strategic offensives around the world has been in effect throughout the campaign for the October 21 federal election.

Dr. Derek Ford (2019-10-17). The US Bids to Extradite DPRK Businessman from Malaysia 'Solely Based on Politics'. globalresearch.ca The legal battle over the extradition of Mun Chol-Myong to the United States continues, as Malaysian courts postpone judgment until the end of October. Mun is a 54-year-old citizen of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who has lived in …

Olivia Alperstein (2019-10-17). Don't Forget: Nuclear Weapons Are an Existential Threat. commondreams.org No nation on earth can afford the catastrophic regional and global consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. (Photo: A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas/NNSA/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Harvey Wasserman (2019-10-17). What Really Happened to American Socialism? counterpunch.org Despite the corporate hype, Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy are deeply rooted in the mainstream of our nation's history. The lie that they're "foreign ideologies" starts with the fascist assault Woodrow Wilson waged against them during and after World War 1. Their marginalization today by corporate Democrats and Trump Republicans is itself profoundly unAmerican. Here's More

Jeff Bryant (2019-10-17). How Billionaire Charter School Funders Corrupted the School Leadership Pipeline. commondreams.org Broad's investments in education reform were about redesigning schools "to function like corporate enterprises." (Photo: Eli Broad/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-10-17). British family "emotionally and psychologically destroyed" by detention in US immigration prison. wsws.org The tragic experience faced by the Connors family is a small glimpse into the horrors faced by those who flee their home countries, undertaking a perilous journey only to be detained, separated, and abused in America's brutal concentration camps.

WSWS (2019-10-17). German defence minister visits Niger and Mali in preparation for massive combat operation in the Sahel. wsws.org The German government is preparing to expand its Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) mission in Mali and Niger into a massive combat operation and to extend it indefinitely.

Shane Quinn (2019-10-17). Planet Has Been Heating Up for Almost Two Centuries. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 4, 2018 | Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The Irish scientist John Tyndall, one of the most distinguished physicists in modern history, provided evidence in 1861 that human-generated gases …

Eric Toussaint (2019-10-17). Global Economic Volatility. Towards a New Financial Crisis. Socio-Political Reactions. globalresearch.ca Read the first part of this series here. | The elements of a new international financial crisis are in place. Although we do not know when it will break out, it is unavoidable, and its impact on world economy will …

Larry Romanoff (2019-10-17). History of America's Labor Movement. globalresearch.ca In contrast to most other industrialised nations, the US has never accepted the concept of labor unions, which were always denigrated in the media as a kind of dangerous socialism that would exploit workers. But it was always true that …

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-17). Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country. globalresearch.ca The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be….

Noelle Hanrahan (2019-10-17). Mumia Abu-Jamal Just One Step from Freedom. globalresearch.ca From the minute Mumia picked up a microphone and a pen at the age of 14, Philadelphia's notoriously racist police department has been seeking to silence him. Just look at the FBI files- documenting that the Philadelphia PD Civil Disobedience …

John Feffer (2019-10-17). Trump's Endless Wars. commondreams.org Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn't do anything about them. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-17). Joe Biden's Disgraceful New Attack on Sanders and Warren. truthdig.com During a campaign event in Ohio, the former vice president accuses his rivals of "playing Trump's game" with Medicare for All proposals.

WSWS (2019-10-17). UAW isolates Mack Truck strike as it moves towards sellout at GM. wsws.org As at General Motors, a key goal of Mack Truck management is to maintain labor flexibility.

commondreams (2019-10-17). Trump Emoluments Clause Violations Compounded as he Awards G-7 to His Own Resort. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-10-17). Inside TurboTax's 20-Year War on the American Taxpayer. truthdig.com ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | In Ontario, employees wore T-shirts with Smith's quasi-spiritual sayings: "Do whatever makes your heart beat fastest" and "Repetition doesn't ruin the prayer." In Bangalore, India, workers put on Smith face masks as they posed for selfies with the man himself. Fittingly, the tour culminated in San Diego, the home of TurboTax, the software that transformed the company…

Staff (2019-10-17). Headlines for October 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Has "Meltdown" After Lawmakers Rebuke His Actions on Syria, Gordon Sondland to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Today, Britain and European Union Reach Brexit Deal, Protests Continue in Catalonia After Sentencing of Separatist Leaders, Trump Admin Proposes Opening Up Tongass National Forest to Logging, 500,000 Kids Could Lose Free School Lunches Under Changes to Food Stamp Program, Chicago Public School Teachers on Strike Today, General Motors and UAW Reach Tentative Deal Aimed at Ending Strike, NYC Council Slated to Vote on $8 Billion Plan to Close Rikers & Build New Jails, Maryland Congressmember Elijah Cum…

Staff (2019-10-17). Rep. Ro Khanna: We Need a Responsible Withdrawal from Syria, Not One Oblivious to Human Life. democracynow.org As hundreds of thousands of civilians face displacement and violence amid Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. support for the Kurds on Wednesday. The measure passed 354 to 60. We speak with Representative Ro Khanna, who says, "We can't just get involved in a place and then walk away and not have some moral responsibility. We have a moral responsibility not just to the Kurds who fought with us against ISIS. We have a moral responsibility to accept Syrian refugees. We have a moral responsibility to help rebui…

Staff (2019-10-17). "Meltdown": Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal as House Votes 354 to 60 to Condemn His Actions. democracynow.org As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Since then, the Kurds have aligned themselves with the Syrian government, and a number of former ISIS fighters who were being held by the Kurds have escaped. We speak with Ozlem Goner, assistant professor of soci…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-17). Critics Denounce Turkey's Ceasefire Demand Announced by Pence as 'Ethnic Cleansing' of Syrian Kurds. commondreams.org President Trump, meanwhile, said Kurdish homeland had to be "cleared out" or Turkey would have had to "kill millions of people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-17). 'What a Disgrace': Bernie Sanders Slams Trump Administration for Saying Climate Crisis Excluded From G7 Agenda. commondreams.org Not only is Trump using the powers of the presidency to enrich himself, which is blatantly unconstitutional. He is ignoring a massive international crisis that threatens humanity. What a disgrace. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-17). John Yoo, Infamous Bush-Era Author of Torture Memos, Dunked on for Claiming US Founders Would Oppose Trump Impeachment. commondreams.org John Yoo, the former Justice Department official who became infamous for authoring the "torture memos" during the George W. Bush administration, provoked ridicule on Thursday after he spoke on behalf of the framers of the U.S. Constitution—suggesting they would object to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-17). Researchers Detail How Slashing Pentagon Budget Could Pay for Medicare for All While Creating Progressive Foreign Policy Americans Want. commondreams.org The Institute for Policy Studies on Thursday shared the result of extensive research into how the $750 billion U.S. military budget could be significantly slashed, freeing up hundreds of billions of dollars per year to cover the cost of Medicare for All—calling into question the notion that the program needs to create any tax burden whatsoever for working families. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Woodward (2019-10-17). The Brexit Catch 22. The Great Con. globalresearch.ca A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations. This is Britain — caught up in its own Brexit Catch 22. It started its own fire, bought no extinguisher and now …

Fred_F (2019-10-17). Senate, unions call on Australia's government to oppose Turkish invasion of Rojava. greenleft.org.au international solidarity Peter BoyleIssue 1241 Australia Rojava TurkeyOctober 17, 2019Several trade unions, the Senate and the local Australian-Kurdish community have called on the federal Coalition gover…

Fred_F (2019-10-17). Science and the student fight against climate change. greenleft.org.au Climate Neville SpencerIssue 1241 AustraliaOctober 17, 2019Climate scientist James Hansen has put forward a succinct guide to current climate science in Climate Change in a Nutshell: The Gathering Storm. | It was written as an expert report for Juliana v United Sta…

Fred_F (2019-10-17). Spring Rebellion disrupts Melbourne. greenleft.org.au Climate Jacob AndrewarthaIssue 1241 Australia Extinction Rebellion MelbourneOctober 17, 2019About 5000 people participated in a week of disruptive actions organised by Extinction Rebellion (XR)…

Umar Farooq (2019-10-17). Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria. theintercept.com The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Syria means nobody knows who will eventually control the 10,000 ISIS fighters there or where they will wind up.

Staff (2019-10-17). Rep. Ro Khanna: We Need a Responsible Withdrawal From Syria. truthout.org As hundreds of thousands of civilians face displacement and violence amid Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. support for the Kurds on Wednesday. The measure passed 354 to 60. We speak with Representative Ro Khanna, who says, "We can't just get involved in a place and then walk away and not have some moral responsibility. We have a moral responsibility not just to the Kurds who fought with us against ISIS. W…

RT (2019-10-17). Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced. rt.com Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…

RT (2019-10-17). Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it. rt.com Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…

Staff (2019-10-17). U.S., Turkey Agree on Turkish Cease-Fire with Syrian Kurds. truthdig.com ANKARA, Turkey — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions. | After negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hailed the five-day cease-fire as the way to end the bloodshed caused by Turkey's invasion of Syria. He remained silent on whether it amounted to a second abandonment of America…

Jon Rynn (2019-10-17). Saving the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org The Green Economy Reconstruction Program and Budget On November 13, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the youth group Sunrise Movement staged a protest in soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, demanding that Congress create a Green New Deal. Soon, the phrase 'Green New Deal' became the next bright new policy idea, with dozens of articles explaining that More