2019-10-20: News Headlines

Aaron Maté (2019-10-20). Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein. thegrayzone.com Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….

Pepe Escobar (2019-10-20). The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War Was Won. globalresearch.ca What is happening in Syria, following yet another Russia-brokered deal, is a massive geopolitical game-changer. I've tried to summarize it in a single paragraph this way: | "It's a quadruple win. The U.S. performs a face saving withdrawal, which Trump can …

teleSUR (2019-10-20). Turkey, Russia To Discuss Kurds Forces Removal from Syria Towns. telesurenglish.net Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | Turkey paused its military offensive into northeastern Syria after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday, in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a five-day ceasefire to allow the YPG to withdraw from a "

South Front (2019-10-20). Video: Assad Troops Deploy on Border Amid 120-hour Ceasefire. globalresearch.ca On October 16 and 17, the Russian Aerospace Forces were conducting airstrikes on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in northern Lattakia and southern Idlib. According to local sources, the most intense strikes took place near Tahtaya, Kafar Sijnah and Rakaya …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-10-20). This MSNBC Clip is Everything Ugly About Russia Smears. theantimedia.com There's a video clip circulating on Twitter right now that simply has to be seen to be believed.

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-20). US/Turkey Deal on Syria, Like Carving Up Cuba Scene from the Godfather Trilogy. globalresearch.ca One of the trilogy's most memorable scenes was in pre-liberated Cuba where mafia dons are seen carving up a cake representing the country. | The Hyman Roth character explains that "all of you will share" in plundering the island state in …

Staff (2019-10-20). U.S. Troops Leaving Syria for Iraq, Not Home as Trump Claims. truthdig.com KABUL, Afghanistan—While President Donald Trump insists he's bringing home Americans from "endless wars" in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group. | They aren't coming home and the United States isn't leaving the turbulent Middle East, according to current plans outlined by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper before he arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday. The fight in Syria against IS, once spearheaded by Amer…

Rania Khalek (2019-10-20). The U.S. armed and funded extremists in Syria. mronline.org The US armed and funded extremists in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and the media cheered. Those same extremists then attacked the Kurds on Turkey's behalf to the horror of the same media. Now what? | Source

South Front (2019-10-20). Video: Turkish-funded Syrian National Army and Myth of United Syrian Opposition. globalresearch.ca Turkey's Operation Peace Spring once again drew wide attention not only to the so-called Kurdish question, but also to attempts by Ankara to create a unified Syrian opposition as an alternative to the Assad government. According to official Turkish statements, …

South Front (2019-10-20). Video: Terrorists' Air Force: Improvised Attack Drones in Syria and Iraq. globalresearch.ca Over the past years, the usage of improvised armed unmanned aerial vehicles by various armed groups and paramilitary formations has become an inherent part of conflicts in the Middle East. | First reports about the usage of such unmanned aerial vehicles …

RT (2019-10-20). Donald Trump thanks Pentagon chief Mark 'Esperanto' for 'securing oil' in Syria, whatever that might mean. rt.com Donald Trump has fired off another typo-laden tweet, this time sharing a quote from his defense secretary, Mark "Esperanto." The US president also doubled down on his belief that the US has "secured" Syria's oil. | Trump wrote that the situation in Syria has stabilized, citing a statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper in regards to the status of the fragile ceasefire between Turkish forces and Kurdish militias. | | The Tweeter in Chief, however, had difficulty spelling Esper's name. Another possibility: He fell victim to auto-correct. | As an added bonus, the message included another boast about how the…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-20). March 11, 2011: Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation. globalresearch.ca The dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination… Eventually all major regions of the World will be affected.

teleSUR (2019-10-20). Live Updates: Voting Ends in Key Bolivia Election. telesurenglish.net Bolivians voted in an election on Sunday to decide whether to extend the rule of President Evo Morales to nearly two decades amid a rise in right-wing governments in the region who have been facing major protests in neighboring Chile, Ecuador and Argentina over harsh austerity measures. | RELATED: | Bolivia Analysis: What If Evo Morales Loses Elections? | Morales, widely known as just "Evo," is the favorite to win, with most polls showing as scoring a first-round victory, while some…

teleSUR (2019-10-20). Live Updates: Vote Count Starts in Key Bolivia Election. telesurenglish.net Bolivians voted in an election on Sunday to decide whether to extend the rule of President Evo Morales to nearly two decades amid a rise in right-wing governments in the region who have been facing major protests in neighboring Chile, Ecuador and Argentina over harsh austerity measures. | RELATED: | Bolivia Analysis: What If Evo Morales Loses Elections? | Morales, widely known as just "Evo," is the favorite to win, with most polls showing as scoring a first-round victory, while some…

teleSUR (2019-10-20). Pentagon Chief in Afghanistan as US Aims to Restart Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan Sunday in a bid to kickstart talks with the Taliban after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations dismissing an already reached peace deal between the two factions. | RELATED: | Afghanistan: Both Frontrunners Claim Victory in Presidential Election | "The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement. That is the best way forward," Esper told reporters traveling wi…

Peter Koenig (2019-10-20). Water Is Life — They Are Stealing Our Livelihood and We Aren't Even Noticing. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on World Water Day, 22 March 2018. | Author's Update, March 24, 2019: Today is World Water Day 2019 — and the situation has become much worse. | Today, Jair Bolsonaro, is Brazil's President, pushed in …

Nellie Bailey (2019-10-20). Phony progressives follow Trump lead on Venezuela. mronline.org So-called progressives sound just like Donald Trump when they describe Venezuela's elected government as a "dictatorship," said Nicholas Evan Ayala, co-editor of Anti-Conquista. "A lot of Democrats pretend to be anti-war, yet fail to see that every intervention they advocate follows a long history of US evil…leading to the deaths of millions of people," said […] | Source

Janet Gunter (2019-10-20). Why Taking Responsibility for Our Carbon Emissions Means Promoting the Right to Repair. commondreams.org We must take responsibility for our emissions, wherever they occur. Likewise, we must take responsibility for the raw materials that are extracted for the stuff we buy. (Photo: Wil C. Fry/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Derrick Z. Jackson (2019-10-20). Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points. commondreams.org With the plummeting costs of renewable energy now calling even the modest benefit of natural gas into question, along with its risky methods and risks to the climate, it should be debated whether gas should be called "natural" at all. (Photo: Max Pixel, Creative Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shane Quinn (2019-10-20). Iran Is Almost Encircled by at Least 45 American Military Bases. Who is Really Threatening Whom. globalresearch.ca A month ago president Donald Trump spoke of his desire to "avoid" war with Iran, as anxieties simmer between the United States and this large, diverse Middle East country. It is likely that the Trump administration is sincere in its …

Staff (2019-10-20). Hong Kong Again in Chaos as Protesters Defy Ban. truthdig.com HONG KONG—Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. | Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland Chinese ties as they skirmished late into the evening with riot police, who unleashed numerous tear gas rounds on short notice, angering residents and passers-by. | Police had beefed up security measures ahead of the rally, for which they refused to give permission, the latest chapter in the unrest that has disrup…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-10-20). Venezuela Elected to UN Human Rights Council Despite US Opposition. theantimedia.com The Maduro government was elected to a three-year term with backing of 105 out of 195 UN member-states.

Ben Norton (2019-10-20). Longest-held US political prisoner sends support from Puerto Rico to Venezuela. thegrayzone.com The world's longest-held political prisoner, Puerto Rican revolutionary Oscar López Rivera, who was incarcerated in the US for 36 years,…

Eds. (2019-10-20). Socialist feminism and the Communal State. mronline.org Blanca Eekhout is the Minister of People's Power for the Communes and Social Movements of Venezuela and a woman linked to revolutionary militancy long before President Hugo Chávez came to power, whose team she was part of. | Source

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-20). Greater Middle East Project of Chaos. dissidentvoice.org Destination Afghanistan was known as the big easy back in the halcyon days of the late 1960s. Hippies from throughout the affluent West hitchhiked to the capital, Kabul, where crash pads and hashish were cheap, and the locals were tolerant. Life appeared to be mellow in the scenic shadow of the Hindu Kush Himalayans. That …

Kathy Kelly (2019-10-20). Taking Next Steps toward Nuclear Abolition. dissidentvoice.org My friend Marianne Goldscheider, who is 87, suffered a broken hip in July, 2018 and then, in June 2019, it happened again. When she broke her hip the first time, she was running, with her son, on a football field. After the second break, when she fell in her kitchen, she recalls her only desire …

Justin Anderson (2019-10-20). Chinese Censorship of US Media: New Spin on an Old Tactic. fair.org The Chinese government's ability to set the terms of free speech in the US media and entertainment sphere is surely alarming. However, fears of Chinese censorship might be overreported in comparison with the long history in the US of media censorship at the behest of the US military, government agencies and other foreign countries.

Kathy Kelly (2019-10-20). Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition. commondreams.org The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists at oceanfront in Georgia. (Photo credit: Kings Bay Plowshares) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-20). Celebrity Protesters and Extinction Rebellion. globalresearch.ca Benedict Cumberbatch. Olivia Colman. Fine actors. They believe in Extinction Rebellion, or perhaps, rebelling against the prospect of extinction. The environment thing, humanity as a damnably scandalous, ecologically damaging species. But they also believe in taking sponsorship from the very …

teleSUR (2019-10-20). 4 Killed, 50 Wounded in Bangladesh Amid Muslim-Hindu Row. telesurenglish.net Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called Sunday for calm after four people were killed by security forces, and more than 50 others injured during protests against Facebook messages allegedly denigrating Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. | REALTED: | Bangladeshis Protest Murder of Student by Ruling Party Workers | "At least four people were killed and up to 50 people were injured," police inspector Salahuddin Mia told AFP, while the death toll is expected to rise according…

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-20). Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery. globalresearch.ca Destination Afghanistan was known as the big easy back in the halcyon days of the late 1960s. Hippies from throughout the affluent West hitchhiked to the capital, Kabul, where crash pads and hashish were cheap, and the locals were tolerant. …

helenlobato (2019-10-20). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines Tested on 4-6 Year-olds. globalresearch.ca I have often feared that in the end babies and young children would be given the dangerous and increasingly unpopular HPV vaccines. | I suspect that time is fast approaching. | GlaxoSmithLine (GSK) the manufacturer of Cervarix has recently conducted a trial …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-10-20). Drugged! … By Big Pharma? Prescription Drugs and the Opioid Crisis. globalresearch.ca First published September 20, 2018 | You don't have to be a genius sometimes to just 'connect the dots'. Since 2012 Big Pharma ads for prescription drugs, especially on the boob tube, has risen by 62%. You cannot channel surf without …

Larry Romanoff (2019-10-20). US Interventions in Canada — A Brief History. globalresearch.ca ‚Ä¢Let's Invade Canada | The US has always maintained a dream of annexing Canada and expanding the American homeland empire to include the entire length and breadth of the North American continent. The ambition to take territorial control of Canada has …

Joachim Hagopian (2019-10-20). Privatization of Water as an Owned Commodity Rather Than a Universal Human Right. globalresearch.ca There is no greater natural resource on this earth than water. As the sustenance of all life, water keeps every living and breathing organism, every plant, every animal and every human being on this planet alive.

Suzanne Berliner Weiss (2019-10-20). Holocaust to Resistance, My Journey. globalresearch.ca An excerpt from Holocaust to Resistance: My Journey by Suzanne Berliner Weiss (pp. 45-47). Weiss's book, released this month by Fernwood Publishers, tells of her eight decades of engagement with the movement for social justice. Her book launch will take …

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-20). Donbass and Crimea: Ukrainian President Zelensky Juggles an Impossible Situation. globalresearch.ca Analyzing a sequence of public statements by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky regarding Crimea and Donbass made over any length of time, it immediately becomes clear that he is attempting to master the political art of sending mixed signals. He has …

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson (2019-10-20). Stop Press: The Queen's Screech: Britain, Spain and Other Illnesses. globalresearch.ca There are some people — whereby I do not know how many — who recall the key elements of British colonial rule. I was fortunate enough not to live under it. My grandfather had no great admiration for the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-20). Vote on Johnson's No-Brexit/Brexit Deal Delayed. globalresearch.ca A rare Saturday session was held to resolve Brexit up or down. | Not so fast. Forty months after Brits narrowly voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016, the issue remains unresolved. More on Saturday's below. | *** | Johnson struck …

Trevor Aaronson (2019-10-20). Informant Reveals FBI's Already Vast Powers to Investigate Right-Wing Extremists. theintercept.com "I was just a human recording machine paid by the government to go into people's lives and befriend them and find out what they were thinking."

Churchill Club (2019-10-20). Data-Driven Insights for Meaningful Climate Solutions. indybay.org Computer History Museum | 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard | Mountain View, CA 94043…

Ad Hoc Committee (2019-10-20). Protest Pacifica Coup: 1999 Redoux? Stop The Coup! indybay.org KPFA LSB Meeting, South Berkeley Senior Citizens Center, 2939 Ellis St, Berkeley, CA 94703…

TIM (2019-10-20). StarShip Earth Meditative Vigil (Globally Synchronized). indybay.org Open invite to a meditative vigil: Project the terror, pain and suffering borne from poverty, racism and ignorance, evils of the war-economy, militarism, and the ecological holocaust back onto the omniciders. STOP the oncoming acts of omnicide!

repost (2019-10-20). How & Why Rouge Pacifica "Diaboligcal SOB's" Stole Programming From Native American Show. indybay.org The "Coup" Take-over At Pacifica Led By KPFA manager Quincy McCoy and Pacific IED John. Vernile stole a Native American program to pretend that WBAI was back on the air instead of having piped in programming.

The Canary (2019-10-20). Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos. thecanary.co The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.In the four weeks since house speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the centre of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.Trump angered GOP leaders and US allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against Daesh (Isi…

RT (2019-10-20). 'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein. rt.com The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-20). The IMF does not fight financial fires but douses them with gasoline. mronline.org On 13 October, Moreno had to promise to withdraw Decree 833. Pressure from the streets, from the United Nations, and from the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference forced him to the table, where a televised discussion was held. The indigenous leaders won the 'debate'—they were much more prepared and far more humane than the president and his […] | Source

Jessica Taft (2019-10-20). A UN Treaty Guarantees Youth Rights Everywhere on Earth—Except the United States. commondreams.org Greta Thunberg, Iris Duquesne, and Alexandria Villase√±or attend a press conference where 16 children from across the world presented their official human rights complaint on the climate crisis to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child at the UNICEF Building on September 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-10-20). Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of. rt.com In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…

Eliza Egret (2019-10-20). Noam Chomsky signs call to boycott Turkey and prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kurdish people. thecanary.co Noam Chomsky, David Graeber, and Brian Eno have joined hundreds of academics and artists around the world to sign an academic and cultural call to boycott Turkey. The call asks for: academics, artists and intellectuals around the world to oppose the Turkish invasion of north-eastern Syria [Rojava] by boycotting Turkish government sponsored academic, artistic and musical events taking place inside and outside of Turkey. | "Rojava…

The Canary (2019-10-20). 'In the chaos of a full-scale war, it can be hard to get clear answers'. UK Internationalists shed light on the deal with Assad. thecanary.co This is the second piece The Canary is publishing from British Internationalists currently volunteering in north east Syria (Rojava). It's written by Berivan Qereàßox and Natalia Szarek. | On 14 October, a military agreement was announced between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the fo…

The Canary (2019-10-20). Ex-Royal Marine sets up woodland retreat for PTSD sufferers. thecanary.co A former Royal Marine is using his woodland getaway to help soldiers and police recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Nick Goldsmith runs Woodland Warriors in Pensford, Somerset, teaching men and women skills like building shelters and carving tent pegs while helping them deal with grief and adjusting to civilian life.Goldsmith developed PTSD around 2014 after four tours on the front line in Afghanistan and said spending time in the wild, building fires and working the land, was the "only thing" that kept him going.The father-of-one, who served in the British Army for 11 years, said: The longer I spen…

teleSUR-rb, EF (2019-10-19). Another Journalist Killed in Colombia, Gov't Remains Silent. telesurenglish.net In Colombia, journalist and broadcaster Javier Cordoba Chaguendo was killed by a hitman while conducting a music program at a community radio station in Tumaco, Nariño, on the border with Ecuador. | RELATED: | Colombia: Three Indigenous Leaders Killed by Hitmen | The Foundation for the Press Freedom (FLIP), reported this Saturday on social media that Cordoba was shot Friday night at the Planeta Stereo station, located in the Llorente neighborhood of Tumaco. | "FLIP regrets the murder of…

Staff (2019-10-19). Gabbard Fires Back at Clinton Suggestion That She's Russia's Pawn. truthdig.com The former secretary of state says she believes Russians are grooming someone in the Democratic primary "to be the third-party candidate."

WSWS (2019-10-19). Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies. wsws.org Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

RT (2019-10-19). #IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown. rt.com 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…

Riva Enteen (2019-10-19). Russian Pride and US Exceptionalism. dissidentvoice.org The Tsar was not the only tyrant in the world; Capitalism was worse. — John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World Wheat I just came home to California from a 50-person citizen diplomacy delegation to Russia to ponder my neighbor's bumper sticker that says "Just pretend it's all OK." That's the American state of …

teleSUR-EF (2019-10-19). Cuba's Diaz-Canel Heads to Europe, Russia for NAM Summit. telesurenglish.net Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will begin an official tour on Sunday that will take him to Ireland, Belarus, Russia and Azerbaijan, where he will attend the XVIII summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) from Oct. 25 until Oct. 26. | RELATED: | Alicia Alonso, Cuba's Ballet Legend, Dies at Age 98 | During his 10-day tour, Díaz-Canel will talk with with the leaders of each of these nations and "carry out other activities," reports a brief statement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry, which do…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Fighting continues in wake of US-Turkish agreement on northern Syria. wsws.org The "ceasefire" deal has only intensified opposition within US ruling circles, where the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is seen as strengthening Russia's hand in the Middle East.

teleSUR (2019-10-19). Turkish Troops are Ready to Resume Northern Syria Operation: DM. telesurenglish.net The Turkish military and their allied rebel forces are ready to resume their offensive dubbed Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday. | RELATED: | Turkey Agrees with US To Pause Syria Attack, Kurds To Speak Soon | Akar vowed to resume the Turkish military operation if the Kurdish fighters along the Syrian border do not withdraw from the area that was supposed to be a safe zone. | Turkey and Washington agreed on Thursday…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback. wsws.org Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."

Gregory Shupak (2019-10-19). Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria. commondreams.org Two U.S. soldiers keep an eye on the demarcation line during a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster/U.S. Army) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-10-19). 'We don't own Syria': Lee Camp shreds media's 'manipulative' coverage of US troop withdrawal (VIDEO). rt.com President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria sent the mainstream media into a full-blown meltdown, Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp said, slamming their hawkish coverage as mindless and deceitful. | The withdrawal of US forces stationed in the region prompted the New York Times to run a front-page headline decrying how Syrian forces would soon take control of the "US void"… in their own country. | None of this makes sense, Camp argued. | There are certain things you will never hear from the mainstream media. For one thing, we don't own Syria. This is an illegal invasion of ours… The way they…

Reese Erlich (2019-10-19). Trump Blows It Big Time in Syria. commondreams.org Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria's northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border on October 9, 2019. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Welch (2019-10-19). Canada's Elections Campaign 2019: The Issues Nobody is Talking About. globalresearch.ca The Global Research News Hour radio program is hosting a fund-raiser. These funds are necessary in order to improve and expand on the reporting and analysis we produce on a weekly basis to explore in-depth those issues missed by mainstream …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-19). Interference by Unnamed "Foreign Powers" in Canada's Elections? The Invasion of "America's Backyard" globalresearch.ca "In 1934, War Plan Red was amended to authorize the immediate first use of poison gas against Canadians and to use strategic bombing to destroy Halifax if it could not be captured. … In August 1935, war games were conducted, 36,000 US troops converged to Canadian border"

Douglas Grant (2019-10-19). Only One View at The View: Biden Not So Bad. fair.org by Douglas Grant When the then—Democratic frontrunner stopped by the table of The View on April 26 for his first interview since announcing his presidential run, he was afforded an honorific rarely applied to US vice presidents: "The legendary Joe Biden!" | It was a warm homecoming. They called him Joe; he called them friends. Meghan McCain asked him, "What took so long to get into the race? We're so happy you finally announced." | When the subject turned to Biden's handling of the 1991 Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, Joy Behar joked, "Wel…

Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez (2019-10-19). An inside account of the Indigenous uprising in Ecuador. workers.org Oct. 16 — On Oct. 7, 4000 Indigenous people from towns in and around the same canton marched for four hours to Ibarra to present a manifesto to the governor of Imbabura. The governor refused to meet with them and later rejected their primary demands: Cease the military aggression against . . . | Continue reading An inside account of the Indigenous uprising in Ecuador at Workers.org

Peter Koenig (2019-10-19). Ecuador: The Fight against Moreno and the IMF is Far from over. dissidentvoice.org In Ecuador, the fight against IMF austerity measures is far from over. Just a few hours after my article was published on Sunday, 13 October, "Ecuador and the IMF's Killing Spree," President Lenin Moreno declared the infamous Decree 883 was canceled; i.e., the astronomical price increases for fuel were reversed, the (police) state of emergency …

teleSUR -EF (2019-10-19). US: AOC Endorses Sanders at 'Bernie's Back' Rally in Queens, NY. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the party's progressives and a frequent target of Trump attacks, joined the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queensbridge Park and formally endorsed Sanders for the White House. | RELATED: | Squad's Ilhan Omar, AOC Endorse Bernie Sanders for President | The rally was Sanders' first event on the campaign trail since Oct. 1 when he had cardiovascular issues. The U.S. senator had returned to his home in Burlington, Vermont, t…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Canada's unions spending millions to re-elect Trudeau's pro-war, pro-austerity Liberals. wsws.org The unions are presenting the Conservatives as a singular threat to working people, so as to drum up votes for the big business Liberals.

Jessica Taft (2019-10-19). A UN treaty guarantees youth rights everywhere on Earth — except the United States. nationofchange.org Young activists fighting to advance climate justice, end gun violence and increase racial equity should all have the convention behind them when they speak out.

Charlie Simmons (2019-10-19). Our Tax System Rewards Polluters. commondreams.org Climate justice activists gathered outside a forum attended by fossil fuel executives in New York City on Sunday, September 22, 2019 ahead of the U.N. climate summit. (Photo: 350.org/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ruth Milka (2019-10-19). Reducing climate change will prevent future deadly epidemics says new study. nationofchange.org "Recent outbreaks of animal-borne emerging infectious diseases have likely been precipitated by a complex interplay of changing ecological, epidemiological and socio-economic factors."

Justin Mikulka (2019-10-19). Will the public end up paying to clean up the fracking boom? nationofchange.org The so-called fracking revolution in America has resulted in many new records, most of which involve the climate and human health concerns.

WSWS (2019-10-19). Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India's Kashmir lockdown. wsws.org "The Modi government's anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole."

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-10-19). BCV: Venezuelan Economy Contracted by 23.7 Percent in First Trimester of 2019. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan Central Bank also released inflation figures for the first time in six months.

Staff (2019-10-19). I'm a Hollywood Actor. I Support BDS. Will I Be Blacklisted? truthout.org As actors age in Hollywood, they find fewer and fewer opportunities to earn a living, even those in the most privileged category: white males like me. | So a reader's comment I came across below a recent article about me in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles captured my full, survival-mode attention. The comment was from a veteran Hollywood producer, Howard Rosenman, whose most recent credit is Call Me by Your Name, a film that earned four Academy Award nominations and won the 2018 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenpl…

teleSUR (2019-10-19). Honduras: Protests Intensify Against President Hernandez. telesurenglish.net Hondurans on Friday took to the streets to demand the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) after the New York Federal Court found his brother, Tony Hernandez, guilty on charges of drug trafficking, use of weapons and lying to authorities. | RELATED: | Honduran President's Brother Found Guilty of Drug Trafficking | "We call on all our…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Autoworkers denounce UAW-GM tentative agreement. wsws.org The contract maintains the hated multi-tier wage and benefit system; creates the conditions for expanding the use of temporary workers; and sanctions the closure of four facilities.

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-19). Aggression Only OK for US If Led by the Pentagon and Partners. globalresearch.ca When US forces rape and destroy nonbelligerent nations threatening no one, it's called humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building — notions Washington's power elites abhor. | When victimized nations defend themselves lawfully against Pentagon terror-bombing and atrocities by ISIS …

teleSUR (2019-10-19). Vatican: Amazon Synod Debates Allowing Married Men to be Priests. telesurenglish.net During the Amazon Synod at the Vatican on Saturday, bishops discussed controversial issues that could transform the Catholic Church. Among them is the possibility of allowing married men to become priests. | RELATED: | Brazil: Amazonian Indigenous Leaders Visit Pope Francis | According to Pan-Amazon Synod documents, some within the sect want to allow married men to be ordained so that there are more priests within remote areas of the Amazon basin. | However, according to the Synod off…

Clarissa Beretz (2019-10-19). Bolsonaro Helping to Fuel Explosion of Violence Against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil. commondreams.org Guarani Kaiow√° indigenous people in the Guapo'y Guasu community, in the Dourados Amambai Pegu√° Indigenous Reserve, in Mato Grosso do Sul. (Photo: Tiago Miotto/CIMI) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-19). Mexico Gunbattle Underscores How Government Has Ceded to Cartels. truthdig.com EL AGUAJE, Mexico—The Mexican city of Culiacan lived under drug cartel terror for 12 hours as gang members forced the government to free a drug lord's son, but in many parts of Mexico, the government ceded the battle to the gangs long ago. | The massive, rolling gunbattle in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa state, was shocking for the openness of the government's capitulation and the brazenness of gunmen who drove machine-gun mounted armored trucks through the streets. | But in state after state, the Mexican government long ago relinquished effective control of whole towns, cities and regions to the drug cartel…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Algerian junta to slash energy subsidies amid mass protests. wsws.org Ahmed Gaid Salah's military regime has approved a bill to pay off global oil and gas firms by slashing billions of dollars in subsidies for Algerian workers.

Julian Rose (2019-10-19). Are We Witnessing the End of the United Kingdom as an Independent Nation State? globalresearch.ca First published on May 9, 2019 | Ever since 'the wrong result' occurred at the referendum launched by then Prime Minister David Cameron, a fiasco of unprecedented proportions has been taking place in British politics. It is a depressing and, …

Ellen Brown (2019-10-19). The War on Weed: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for "Corporate Cannabis" globalresearch.ca Monsanto now appears to be developing genetically modified (GMO) forms of cannabis, with the intent of cornering the market with patented GMO seeds just as it did with GMO corn and GMO soybeans.

Fight Back (2019-10-19). Philippines: Shooting of Bukidnon teachers is handiwork of military agents. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Oct. 19 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounces the dastardly shooting of teachers Zhydee and Ramil Cabañelez last October 16. | According to reports, four armed men barged into the Dalit Elementary School in Sitio Dalit, Barangay Lumbayao in Valencia City, Bukidnon and started shooting at the Cabañelez couple. The shooting was carried out in plain view of young students. Zhydee sustained several gunshot wounds and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Ramil was unscathed. | The…

Ed Rampell (2019-10-19). Filmmaker Jeff Cohen on His Latest Doc, 'The Corporate Coup'. progressive.org "In the last forty years the corporations have taken total control of one party and half or more of the other."

The Canary (2019-10-19). Protesters take to the streets in Westminster on 'Super Saturday'. thecanary.co Thousands of people have called for a second Brexit referendum as MPs vote on Boris Johnson's withdrawal deal.Effigies of the Prime Minister and his senior adviser Dominic Cummings were on show during the demonstration, attended by famous faces including Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart.Meanwhile, pro-Brexit supporters staged a counter-demonstration during a tense day in Parliament.Prime Minister Boris Johnson as comic book character The Joker on a sign during the Let Us Be Heard march (Andrew Matthews/PA)Actors protesting against Brexit? Sir Patrick Stewart makes it so, alongside Stephen McGann (Andrew Matthe…

Israel Shahak (2019-10-19). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

United Nations (2019-10-19). Global economy: 'we must do everything possible' to avoid global 'fracture' caused by US-China tensions, urges Guterres. un.org Tensions around global trade and technology continue to rise and the international community needs to "do everything possible" to prevent the world being split into two competing spheres, led by the United States and China.

Murtaza Hussain (2019-10-19). Bill McKibben on How Climate Crises and New Technologies Will Change What It Means to Be Human. theintercept.com "Just as we had long taken for granted the stability of the planet, we have likewise taken for granted the stability of the human species."

Ed Sykes (2019-10-19). Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. thecanary.co Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-10-18). Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate. counterpunch.org Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we "must hold Russia accountable for invading the world's greatest democracy and being able to do More

RT (2019-10-18). 'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-18). US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis. dissidentvoice.org There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …

Gregory Shupak (2019-10-18). Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria. fair.org President Donald Trump's modification of the US's Syria policy has generated a torrent of confusion, so it's worth reviewing the record. | White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced on October 6: Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria . The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial "Caliphate," will no longer be in the immediate area. | The statement is notable both b…

Daniel Beaumont (2019-10-18). Pressing Done Here: Syria, Iraq and "Informed Discussion" counterpunch.org Yes, Iraq too again. Innocent Iraqis, most of them young, are being shot and killed now by the hundreds as they protest the corruption and incompetence of the current government. The title of Patrick Cockburn's last article about Iraq is "Iraq is in Revolt" (CounterPunch, October 7, 2019). The US "liberation" of Iraq in 2003 More

Trita Parsi, Stephen Wertheim (2019-10-18). America's Syria Debacle Is Not Trump's Alone. commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas on Oct. 17. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…