2019-10-22: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-10-22). Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War. counterpunch.org On Monday, October 7th, the U.S. withdrew 50 to 100 troops from positions near Syria's border with Turkey, and two days later Turkey invaded Rojava, the de facto autonomous Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Trump is now taking credit for a temporary, tenuous ceasefire. In a blizzard of tweets and statements, Donald Trump has portrayed More

Robert Fisk (2019-10-22). Trump and the Retreat of the American Empire. counterpunch.org In days gone by, I used to compare the Trump presidency with the Arab dictatorships. He took preposterous pleasure in the company of Egypt's Sisi (60,000 political prisoners) and his inane ramblings had much in common with those of Muammar Gaddafi, who also "authored" a book he never wrote but whom Trump never met (albeit that Tony Blair and Gaddafi kissed each other on the cheek). But over the past week, I've begun to realise that the crackpot in the White House has much more in common with ancient Rome. More

Frances Madeson (2019-10-22). Pro-Democracy Movement in Haiti Swells Despite Police Violence. counterpunch.org It's getting hard not to notice that U.S. corporate media is covering pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong far more than pro-democracy forces in the Caribbean. It can be challenging to catch up on significant events in a place that's a mere two-hour flight from Miami; with a few exceptions, the media is largely failing Haiti More

Staff (2019-10-22). Protests in Haiti: An Overlooked Crisis the World Should Not Ignore. therealnews.com Haiti faces fuel shortages, food shortages, and corruption. Political economist Keston Perry argues that neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and climate injustice are at the root of Haiti's instability.

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-22). Haiti's Endless Sorrows. globalresearch.ca Few people anywhere have suffered as long and egregiously as Haitians. | No strangers to adversity and anguish, for over 500 years, they endured severe oppression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, unrepayable debt, and natural calamities. | Except …

John W. Whitehead (2019-10-22). Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State's Deadly Toll on America's Children. counterpunch.org "Mommy, am I gonna die?"— 4-year-old Ava Ellis after being inadvertently shot in the leg by a police officer who was aiming for the girl's boxer-terrier dog, Patches "'Am I going to get shot again.'"—2-year-old survivor of a police shooting that left his three siblings, ages 1, 4 and 5, with a bullet in the More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-22). Putin-Erdogan Meeting Aims to Organise Differences and Shorten the Gap Between Allies. globalresearch.ca In the first week of the month of October the US informed Turkey and Russia of its intention to withdraw from north-east Syria (NES). Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan pulled out a plan prepared over a year ago to move …

Middle East Eye (2019-10-22). Turkey and Russia Agree to Create 'Safe Zone' in Syria. theantimedia.com Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement that will see the withdrawal of Syrian-Kurdish forces from areas along the Turkish border.

teleSUR (2019-10-22). Turkey, Russia Agree on Kurdish YPG Withdrawal, Safe Zone. telesurenglish.net Turkey and Russia agreed on Tuesday to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to beyond 30 km from the Turkish border, after which their troops will jointly patrol a narrower strip of land in the "safe zone" that Ankara has long sought in northern Syria. | Beginning at noon on Wednesday, Russian military police and Syrian border guards will move in to facilitate the removal of YPG members and weapons to beyond the zone in a mission that should take about six days, according to the deal. | Speaking at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish an…

Staff (2019-10-22). Russia, Turkey Seal Power in Northeast Syria With Accord. truthdig.com ANKARA, Turkey — Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. | The announcement came as Kurdish fighters completed their pullout from a section of the Syrian-Turkish border as required by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that was set to expire Tuesday night. Together the arrangements transform the map of northeast Syria, leaving Turkey in sole control over one section in the middle of the…

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-22). Does Africa Need Russia? The First Ever Russia-Africa Summit. globalresearch.ca The roughly three dozen African heads of state who will travel to Sochi later this week to attend the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit realize that the comprehensive expansion of relations with the Eurasian Great Power gives them a competitive edge in …

Staff (2019-10-22). Diplomat: Trump Linked Ukraine Aid to Demand for Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor provided lawmakers Tuesday with a vivid, detailed and what some lawmakers called "disturbing" account of the way President Donald Trump wanted to put the new Ukraine president "in a public box" by demanding a quid pro quo at the center of the impeachment probe. | In a lengthy opening statement to House investigators, Taylor described the way Trump's demand that "everything" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wanted, including vital military aid to counter Russia, hinged on makin…

teleSUR (2019-10-22). Cuba's President Diaz-Canel Concludes Official Visit to Ireland. telesurenglish.net Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday concluded a two-day official visit to Ireland, a country where he held high-level meetings to boost bilateral relations established 20 years ago. | RELATED: | Cuba's Diaz-Canel Heads to Europe, Russia for NAM Summit | In addition to visiting some emblematic places of Irish history…

WSWS (2019-10-22). US troops withdraw across Syrian border into Iraq. wsws.org While Trump has sought to strike a phony antiwar posture with his pullout order, the troops leaving Syria will remain in the Middle East.

Staff (2019-10-22). The US Tore the Middle East Apart. Can They Abandon It on a Whim? therealnews.com The Kurds fought in U.S. wars. Iraq and Syria are dismembered. Why is no one talking about diplomacy and aid?

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-10-22). Islamic State in Asia: 'Unintentional' Consequences of Turkey's Syria Operation. globalresearch.ca Turkey began on October 9 its illegal offensive in northern Syria to expel terrorist organizations, primarily the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State according to Ankara, away from the Turkish border and to establish a safe zone in …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-22). US Syria Pullout Leaves Troops in North and South. globalresearch.ca US aggression, occupation and control of Syrian territory is a flagrant UN Charter breach — a hard truth establishment media ignore, falsely blaming Bashar al-Assad for US-led imperial high crimes committed against his country. | The same goes for US actions …

South Front (2019-10-22). Video: Syrian Army Takes Control of Abandoned US Bases. globalresearch.ca The northeastern Syria ceasefire, agreed by Washington and Ankara, immediately collapsed. Under the terms of the reached agreement, Turkey had to halt its Operation Peace Spring for 120 hours to allow units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to …

MEMRI, Middle East Media Research Institute (2019-10-22). Syrian Journalist: The West, Led by the US, Knows Erdogan Has Been Supporting ISIS for Years, Yet Chooses to Ignore this. globalresearch.ca In an article titled "Erdogan's Terror, Which the West Ignores" in the London-based daily Al-Arab, 'Ali Qassem, a Syrian journalist residing in Tunisia, castigated the West for its stance towards Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He argued that the …

Janine Jackson (2019-10-22). 'This Is the Latest Chapter of a Long History of US Betrayal of Kurds' – Khury Petersen-Smith on the Turkish Invasion of Syria. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed IPS's Khury Petersen-Smith about the Turkish invasion of Syria for the October 18, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Eric Margolis (2019-10-22). The Mother of Messes in Syria. globalresearch.ca What a mess. The imperial cooks in Washington have turned poor Syria into a poison pit of warring factions, with disastrous results for all. | Henry Kissinger once quipped that it is more dangerous being America's ally than its enemy. A …

John Feffer (2019-10-22). Trump's Endless Wars. counterpunch.org Donald Trump loves to talk about ending the endless U.S. wars that he inherited as president. He tweets about it. He endlessly criticizes his predecessors for their martial mistakes. But like the old saw about the weather, Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn't do anything about them. Just this month, he More

Philip Giraldi (2019-10-22). A Call for a Coup Plus a Week Like No Other for Tulsi Gabbard. globalresearch.ca There was what might be described as an extraordinary amount of nonsense being promoted by last week's media. Unfortunately, some of it was quite dangerous. Admiral William McRaven, who commanded the Navy Seals when Osama bin Laden was captured …

Staff (2019-10-22). Outrage Erupts After Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry "a Lynching" truthout.org President Donald Trump took his outrageous response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a new level Tuesday morning by calling the congressional proceedings "a lynching," a term that evokes the long history of racist violence against black people in the United States. | "So some day, if a Democrat becomes president and the Republicans win the House, even by a t…

WSWS (2019-10-22). Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use "left" demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats. wsws.org At Sanders' first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Staff (2019-10-22). Trump Threatens to Reveal Whistleblower's Identity. truthout.org Depositions in the House's impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump resume on Tuesday, as investigators try to parse out whether Trump corruptly withheld military aid to Ukraine to force the U.S. ally to investigate one of his chief political opponents. | Here's what's happening on the impeachment front: | Depositions continue: Investigators will sit down on Tuesday with Bill Taylor, the American diplomat who ran the embassy in Kyiv. Taylor was thrus…

Staff (2019-10-22). Millionaires' Grip on the Globe Is Only Tightening. truthdig.com The millionaires of the world, who account for just 0.9 percent of the global population, now own nearly half of the planet's $361 trillion in wealth while the bottom 56 percent of the population owns just 1.8 percent. | That's according to the annual Global Wealth Report released Monday by Credit Suisse, which found that the number of millionaires in the world grew to 47 million between mid-2018 and mid-2019, with the United States leading the world in both new and total millionaires. | According to Credit Suisse,…

Gary Engler (2019-10-22). Climate Change Deniers Become Extinct in Canadian Election. commondreams.org (FromL) Federal party leaders, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, host Patrice Roy from Radio, Canada's Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet pose for pictures on October 10, 2019. (Photo: SEAN KILPATRICK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-10-22). Human violence: Pervasive, multi-dimensional and extinction-threatening. nationofchange.org Violence is pervasive throughout human society and it has a vast range of manifestations. Moreover, some of these manifestations — particularly the threat of nuclear war (which might start regionally), the climate catastrophe and the ongoing ecological devastation, as well as geoengineering and the deployment of 5G — threaten imminent human extinction if not contained. …

commondreams (2019-10-22). New Yorkers Rally in Support of AG James, Demand Exxon Pay for Climate Crimes. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-10-22). A World Partnership for Ecopolitical Health and Security. counterpunch.org The world in 2019 is in deep trouble. States still act in their own interest, scarcely paying attention to the evolving horrors of climate change, war, hunger, ecological impoverishment of the planet and rapidly growing population. In such a precarious ecopolitical environment, we have the United States run by a president acting like a two-year More

Robert Hunziker (2019-10-22). XR Co-Founder Discusses Climate Emergency. counterpunch.org Extinction Rebellion ("XR") has hit the world stage like a flash of light with participants in more than 70 countries all within one year's time. Its allure is simply "telling the truth" about the climate crisis… for a change. A breath of fresh air in a world filled with deceit and lies by people in More

Fight Back (2019-10-22). Minnesota: Patriotic Chinese students oppose turmoil in Hong Kong. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On October 18, the five-starred flag of the People's Republic of China fluttered in the wind, as a group of patriotic Chinese international students marched in opposition to a reactionary demonstration billed as the "Liberty for Hong Kong March." | The reactionaries made their way through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus "in solidarity with Hong Kong people against oppression on democracy and human rights." Many of the 'liberators' wore black, and the leaders of the demonstration donned yellow armbands and face masks. Their demonstration coincided with the House of Representatives…

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-22). Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery. mintpressnews.com The refugee crises coming out of the Middle East, generated by the forever wars and accompanying economic sanctions (more accurately, illegal unilateral coercive measures), have consequently fueled xenophobia both in the US and abroad. This, in turn, has fostered an ascendant wave of rightists. "Trump's election," author Max Blumenthal contends, "would not have been possible without 9/11 and the subsequent military interventionism conceived by the national security state."

WSWS (2019-10-22). New Zealand government introduces class-based immigration restrictions. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government has imposed draconian restrictions to prevent working class immigrants from bringing their parents to join them in New Zealand.

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-22). Slow-Motion US/UK Killing of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Establishment media are in cahoots with US/UK ruling regimes against Assange for the "crime" of truth-telling journalism abhorred in the West — totalitarian rule where these societies are heading. | In mid-October, UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer denounced Assange's …

Clarissa Beretz (2019-10-22). Violence Against Indigenous Peoples Explodes in Brazil. globalresearch.ca On the same day that President Jair Bolsonaro made his anti-indigenous speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Brazil's Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) released its annual report, " Violence Against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil." The data collected …

Kevin Zeese (2019-10-22). Anti-Assange Court Continues Unfair Extradition Hearing to Railroad Assange to US. globalresearch.ca On October 21, 2019, Julian Assange appeared in court for an extradition hearing. Assange is being held in a British jail pending extradition to the United States after having served his sentence for skipping bail when he was given asylum …

Marshall Auerback (2019-10-22). Will the GOP Become the Party of Blue-Collar Conservatism? counterpunch.org From the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt onward through to the 1990s, the Democrats had long been considered the party of the working class. That perception lingered long after the fact that by the 1990s, they had more accurately become the party of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, often embracing policies at variance with their More

RT (2019-10-22). Pentagon to create 'AI assistant' to help tank crews navigate & MAKE DECISIONS in battle. rt.com The US Army is working on all-seeing artificial intelligence that would analyze combat data and calculate how to gain supremacy in tank warfare. The project was launched amid growing concerns about using AI in real war. | The brand new program, dubbed Project Quarterback, is aimed at providing tank crews with an AI assistant that would gather all available battlefield data, analyze it and suggest the best way to take out an enemy, Defense One reported. The effort would radically speed up the decision-making in combat, as the AI would collect data from satellites, drones, radars and soldiers' body cams. | "Simp…

Staff (2019-10-22). Anonymous Trump Official Writing 'Unprecedented' Inside Take. truthdig.com "A Warning," the book by the person who wrote an anonymous essay about resistance from the inside the administration will be out Nov. 19.

Dean Baker (2019-10-22). Trump Declares Victory in China Trade War. counterpunch.org Back in the late 1960s, when it was clear that the United States was losing in Vietnam, Vermont Senator George Aiken came up with the plan to declare victory and leave. It seems that Donald Trump has stolen the senator's playbook. While we don't know much of the details of Trump's partial deal with China, More

Patrick Bond (2019-10-22). Bretton Woods Institutions' Neoliberal Over-Reach Leaves Global Governance in the Gutter. counterpunch.org Last week's annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund was held in Washington, DC, with back-slapping now that the Bretton Woods twins have reached age 75 (they were founded at a New Hampshire hotel in 1944). But no amount of back-slapping can disguise the way these institutions have led the world into More

Staff (2019-10-22). 'The View' Only Has Eyes for Joe Biden. truthdig.com "I think Joe has gotten a pass at this table because at least a couple of us actually know, know, know him," Whoopi Goldberg says.

Tom Gallagher (2019-10-22). A Modest Goal: #usoutofafghanistan. commondreams.org Anti-war demonstrators protest against the announcement of a US troop increase for Afghanistan, at a rally outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on December 2, 2009. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-10-22). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Workers are set to carry out a series of strikes and protests over the refusal of management to take any serious steps toward the removal of asbestos from trains.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-22). The Decent Protester: a Down Under Creation. counterpunch.org The Decent Protester, appropriately capitalised and revered is, from the outset, one who does not protest. It is an important point: to protest in the visage of such a person is an urge best left to inner fantasy and feeling. You come late to the scene: the best work and revolt has been done; the More

Dick Nichols (2019-10-22). Vindictive Sentence in Catalan Leaders' Trial Unleashes Tsunami of Protest. globalresearch.ca The gap between the 75%—80% of Catalans who uphold their country's right to self-determination, and the Spanish elites and parts of Spanish society that do not want to know anything about it, was already very wide before October 14. | But …

Shane Quinn (2019-10-22). Nuclear Weapons and the Third Reich: Hitler's Military Advisor Colonel Skorzeny called for the Bombing of New York City. globalresearch.ca Author's preface: | About 18 months ago the distinguished American historian and scientist, Noam Chomsky, directed my attention through emails to Otto Skorzeny's 'My Commando Operations', a book on which the below article is largely based upon — and, a …

WSWS (2019-10-22). Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York. wsws.org The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

WSWS (2019-10-22). The New York Times, China, and the specter of the "Yellow Peril" wsws.org In a full-page editorial in its Sunday edition, the New York Times engaged in a vicious anti-Chinese rant, warning of a "dangerous and growing threat" by the "aggressive … Communist state."

Staff (2019-10-22). Banks and the Real Estate Business Have Undermined Black Homeowners. truthout.org Recent U.S. census data reveals the homeownership rate for African Americans has fallen to its lowest level since before the civil rights movement. In the second quarter of this year, the rate fell to just 40% — the lowest level since 1950. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's new book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership, examines the roots of this crisis. The book has just come out and has been longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. From Philadelphia…

teleSUR (2019-10-22). Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Politically Motivated Probe: US Envoy. telesurenglish.net The United States Senior Envoy to Ukraine William Taylor testified Tuesday he was told that President Donald Trump made the release of security aid to Ukraine if Kiev would publicly declare it would carry out politically motivated investigations against presidential candidate Joe Biden, according to a copy of his statement to lawmakers. | RELATED: | 2nd Whistleblower in Trump-Ukraine Scandal Comes Forward | The top U.S. diplomat gave closed-door testimony to the three Democratic-led…

Chelli Stanley (2019-10-22). Change the Nation You Live In. counterpunch.org First, I want to say that, despite the difficulty that it sometimes is, I absolutely believe in all People and our inherent worth. This is of paramount importance for us as humanity to understand, because without it, we will always come to cages, borders, hate, pollution, arrogance, war, greed — sicknesses galore; all that the More

Julia Conley (2019-10-22). Warren's 'transformational' education plan takes aim at charter schools and vouchers, vowing to make schools safe and equitable for all students. nationofchange.org "It's a plan focused on supporting students from birth to college and career, and on supporting teachers throughout their careers."

Mike Garrity (2019-10-22). Alliance for the Wild Rockies Challenges Logging and Burning Project in Methow Valley. counterpunch.org The Alliance for the Wild Rockies has mounted a legal challenge against the Mission Restoration Project on National Forest lands in the Methow Valley west of Twisp, Washington. This pristine, remote rural area is sandwiched between the Pasayten Wilderness on the north, the Sawtooth Wilderness on the south, and the North Cascades National Park on the west. It is More

WSWS (2019-10-22). Right-wing terror in Germany: the responsibility of the Grand Coalition. wsws.org The responsibility for right-wing terror lies not only with the AfD, but also with the Grand Coalition and its political supporters in the Left Party and the Greens.

(2019-10-22). Animal Rights and Imperiled Species: Trump Administration Delays Lifesaving Protections. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration has failed to make protection decisions for dozens of imperiled species as promised in a workplan developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in late 2016. The plan aims to address a backlog of more than …

Sara Flounders (2019-10-22). China Celebrates Revolution's 70 Years. Fundamental Shift in U.S./China Relations. globalresearch.ca October 1, 2019, was the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. We were interested in visiting China during a time when there was a huge national celebration of what we consider an unprecedented accomplishment in …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-10-22). Game of Thrones: Olde-Style Catharsis or Bloody Good Counsel? globalresearch.ca Introduction | Game of Thrones is a television series based on the storylines of A Song of Ice and Fire, set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos. The series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among …

John Philpot (2019-10-22). The Historic Role of Rwanda's Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Designing a Common Front against Paul Kagame. globalresearch.ca Victoire Ingabire was born in Rwanda in 1968, is an economist and mother of 3 children. She leads the opposition party to the dictatorship of her home country, the Unified Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi) since 2006. Violence in the African Great …

John W. Whitehead (2019-10-22). The Pathocracy of the Deep State: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government. globalresearch.ca " Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this… That a small minority of human beings …

teleSUR (2019-10-22). Brazil: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Pension Reform Expected to Pass. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Congress was expected to vote Tuesday on President Jair Bolsonaro's proposal for social security reform. To be approved, his bill requires 49 senators out of the country's 81 to vote in favor. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Signs Decree to Privatize The Brazilian Mint | "Despite all the political turmoil, we are convinced that we will vote and approve the socia…

WSWS (2019-10-22). Dockworkers, miners initiate national strike as military kills 11 in Chile. wsws.org Tens of thousands of workers declared strike action in response to a military crackdown resembling the military coup of 1973.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-10-22). Erdogan vuole la Bomba. globalresearch.ca ´Alcuni paesi hanno missili nucleari, ma l'Occidente insiste che noi non possiamo averli. Cià≤ è inaccettabile ª: questa dichiarazione del presidente Erdogan rivela che la crisi va al di là di quella apertasi con l'offensiva turca in Siria. | In Turchia, durante …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-10-22). Erdogan quer a Bomba. globalresearch.ca "Alguns países têm mísseis nucleares, mas o Ocidente insiste que nà£o podemos possuí-los. Isto é inaceitável": esta declaraàßà£o do Presidente Erdogan revela, que a crise vai além daquela iniciada com a ofensiva turca na Síria. | Na Turquia, durante a Guerra …

Alice Speri (2019-10-22). The FBI Has a Long History of Treating Political Dissent as Terrorism. theintercept.com While terrorism in the U.S. is relatively rare, over the last decade most politically motivated violence has come at the hands of far-right extremists. Despite that reality, the FBI has devoted disproportionate resources to the surveillance of nonviolent civil society groups and protest movements, particularly on the left, using its mandate to protect national security to target scores of individuals posing no threat but opposing government policies and practices. | Since 2010, the FBI has surveilled…

Peter Koenig (2019-10-22). BREXIT — Yes or No — A Deal Prearranged Three Years Ago. globalresearch.ca Prime Minister Boris Johnson came back from Brussels with a deal better than any Theresa May ever achieved, so he says. His talks with the departing European Commissioner, Jean-Claude Juncker, were very fruitful. But precise details are never known. …

True Publica (2019-10-22). The US/UK Trade Deal Is Truly Frightening — Here's What's Coming. globalresearch.ca In the magical illusions of the smoke and mirrors ideology behind Brexit, we should be acutely aware of what a trade deal with America means. In our article this week — The MAGA Agenda — it seems that among those …

Johanna Ross (2019-10-22). Brexit Impasse Shows No Sign of Ending Soon. globalresearch.ca 'Super Saturday' as it was coined, should have seen perhaps the most significant vote take place in the House of Commons since the drama of Brexit began as MPs prepared to vote on the deal brought back from Brussels by …

Staff (2019-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2019. democracynow.org Erdogan Meets with Putin as Turkish Ceasefire in Syria Expires, William Taylor Testifies in Impeachment Hearings, NYT: U.S. Has Quietly Pulled Thousands of Troops Out of Afghanistan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Held onto Power in Tight Elections, Israel: Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition Government, Massive Protests Continue in Chile, Northern Ireland Decriminalizes Abortion & Legalizes Marriage Equality, Indonesia: Former General Prabowo Subianto to Join the Cabinet, ExxonMobil Goes on Trial in New York over Climate Change, Four Drug Companies Reach Settlement with Two Ohio Counties, Macy's to Stop Se…

Staff (2019-10-22). Race for Profit: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on How Banks & Real Estate Biz Undermined Black Homeowners. democracynow.org Recent U.S. census data reveals the homeownership rate for African Americans has fallen to its lowest level since before the civil rights movement. In the second quarter of this year, the rate fell to just 40% — the lowest level since 1950. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's new book, "Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership," examines the roots of this crisis. The book has just come out and has been longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. From Philadelphia, we speak with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-22). 'Everyone in America Should Support You,' Says Elizabeth Warren at Rally With Striking Chicago Teachers. commondreams.org "I'm here to stand with every one of the people who stand for our children every day." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-22). 'Do Us a Favor': 4-Page Pelosi Fact Sheet Uses Trump's Own Words to Make Case for Impeachment. commondreams.org The document comes as polls show growing public support for impeaching and removing the president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-22). Testimony by Top Diplomat Bill Taylor on Trump and Ukraine Elicits 'Holy Sh*t' Responses From Members of Congress. commondreams.org A "explosive" closed-door testimony by William Taylor, a career diplomat who sharply questioned the Trump administration's attempts over the summer to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, could begin a "sea change" in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry against the president, according to lawmakers who were in the room. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-22). With 'Propaganda Channel' Fox News Creating Firewall for Trump, Critics Says Mass Mobilization Needed to Oust President. commondreams.org A new survey reveals just impenetrable President Donald Trump's level of support among regular Fox News viewers is, and suggests that a mass mobilization among those who support impeaching and removing Trump from office may be the only way Congress will finally hold him to account. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-22). Climate Justice Champion Mary Robinson Warns Extinction Rebellion of Perils If Unwise Tactics 'Alienate the Public'. commondreams.org "I think it is very, very important that the public display of disruption is seen by the public as being in their interests, and that has happened. But if they lose that, that would be very serious." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-22). As Trudeau Clings to Power, Progressives in Canada Celebrate Victory of 'Green New Deal Squad'. commondreams.org Taking stock of the results from Monday's national elections in Canada, in which Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clung to power but lost a majority in Parliament, climate campaigners are treating the victories of eight progressive candidates who ran on a bold Green New Deal for the country as a crucial opportunity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-22). 'This Is How We Change the World': To Address Climate Crisis, Video Explains, Democracy Movements Must Rise. commondreams.org To get "sweeping policies enacted," says The Leap, "our movements have started taking the next step: winning elections and entering government." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-22). 'This Is Big Oil's Big Tobacco Moment': Trial Over ExxonMobil's Climate Crimes Begins in New York. commondreams.org As historic fraud case is heard, campaigners say that "it's time to make them pay for their destruction." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-22). As Modi Hobnobs With Kissinger and Other War Criminals, Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal Criticize US Support for Indian Regime. commondreams.org "At what point do we no longer share values with India? Are we waiting for the Muslims in Assam to be put in those camps?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-22). Ocasio-Cortez Endorses 'Powerful, Progressive Fighter' Jessica Cisneros in Primary Fight With Centrist Henry Cuellar. commondreams.org "When Jessica is elected, not only will I no longer be the youngest person in Congress—I'll have a strong new ally in the fight for Medicare for All, getting corporate money out of politics, and fixing our broken immigration system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-10-22). Russia: At least 15 dead, five missing after illegal dam breaks in Siberia. wsws.org Both the dam and the construction of the shelters for the workers on the Seiba river near the village Shchetikino were in flagrant violation of the law and basic safety measures.

Gary Leupp (2019-10-22). The Kurds as U.S. Sacrificial Lambs. counterpunch.org How often have we heard in the last few days—from countless retired military officers and intelligence officials, security analysts, think tank talking heads—that the Kurds in Syria "died for us"? You know, sort of like Jesus on the cross?nAs though in fighting ISIL–a grotesque by-product of the criminal U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003–the Syrian Kurds were doing anything other than protecting their homeland? More

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-22). US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran. 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 (10/21/19). 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 …

The Canary (2019-10-22). Shamima Begum exposed to real risk of torture or death, court told. thecanary.co The decision to revoke the British citizenship of Shamima Begum — one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Isis / Isil) — has exposed her to a "real risk" of torture or death, a court has heard.Begum left the UK in February 2015 and lived under Daesh rule for more than three years. She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February this year.Former home secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her British citizenship, a decision her lawyers argue was unlawful as it rendered her stateless. Such a decision is lawful only if an individual is entitled to…

The Canary (2019-10-22). Budget blow to Chancellor after first September borrowing hike for five years. thecanary.co Chancellor Sajid Javid has been dealt a pre-Budget blow as official figures showed the first September hike in government borrowing for five years.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said public sector net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, rose by £60 million to £9.4 billion year-on-year in September.This marks the first September annual rise in borrowing for five years.Chancellor Sajid Javid is set to deliver the next Budget on November 6 (David Mirzoeff/PA)The borrowing hike comes despite the government receiving a £1.1 billion dividend boost last month from part-nationalised lender…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-22). The Stunning Hypocrisy of Congress' Syria Vote. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on antiwar.com. | We are through the looking glass, Alice. For years now I've lambasted the U.S. Congress for shirking it's constitutionally mandated duty to actually declare and oversee America's wars. Now, in a cruel joke of sorts, it has finally decided to do so, symbolically voting to condemn the president for pull…

Joan Walsh (2019-10-22). Everything Keeps Getting Worse for Trump's Toadies. thenation.com Giuliani, Mulvaney, and Pompeo are getting in deeper and deeper trouble as the impeachment push accelerates.

John Nichols (2019-10-22). Trump Thinks the Emoluments Clause Is Phony. thenation.com Trump Thinks the Emoluments Clause Is Phony…

Sasha Abramsky (2019-10-22). Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms. thenation.com Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms.

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-10-22). Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War. thenation.com Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War…

Miko Peled (2019-10-22). Palestine Lecture Proceeds as Milan Students Stand Up To Zionist Attempt to Block It. mintpressnews.com The police left the premises and the administration did not intervene any further to stop the lecture, which was well attended and proceeded as planned. It was proof that it is possible to stand up and fight the Zionist occupation, and to win.

Keith McHenry (2019-10-22). Mediation Won't End Class War. indybay.org Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal knows who he works for and it isn't the residence of the city. Our city like most in the US is controlled by property speculators and transnational corporations. This is a nationwide deliberate war against those forced to live outside. A war against the poor.

Labor Video Project (2019-10-22). Berkeley Speak Out On Pacifica Coup, WBAI Shutdown & Public Comment At KPFA LSB. indybay.org Before a meeting of the KPFA Local Station Board KPFA Pacifica supporters and KPFA LSB members spoke out about the shutdown of WBAI by a faction of the Pacifica National Board with an interim executive director John Vernile and with the support of KPFA General Manager Quincy McCoy…

United Nations (2019-10-22). Nearly 180,000 displaced by northeast Syria fighting as needs multiply: UN refugee agency. un.org After nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria, the UN's humanitarian wing has estimated that around 180,000 have been forced to leave their homes or shelters, including 80,000 children, all in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

United Nations (2019-10-22). Millions of young lives at risk due to humanitarian funding shortfall: UNICEF. un.org "Substantial" shortfalls in humanitarian funding are placing the lives of millions of children in areas affected by conflict and disaster at risk, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday.

RT (2019-10-22). 'Outrageous': Bernie rejects Hillary Clinton's 'foreign asset' smear on Tulsi Gabbard. rt.com Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of fellow Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard, batting away claims — spread by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that the dovish candidate is a "foreign asset." | The progressive stalwart from Vermont took to Twitter on Monday to reject any suggestion Gabbard worked for a foreign power, as Clinton implied in a recent interview, insisting her patriotic bonafides as a combat veteran were beyond question. | "Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend…

teleSUR (2019-10-21). Evo Morales Wins Bolivia's Presidency in the 1st Round. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Evo Morales has won the Presidency after obtaining 46.86 percent of the votes against 36.73 percent from right-wing main opposition candidate Carlos Mesa, meaning a 10-point lead to win outright. | RELATED: | 'We'll Beat The Neoliberals': Evo Morales Closes Campaign | With 95.03 percent of votes counted from within Bolivia and across the world, left-wing candidate from the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party and current head of state beat Mesa from the Citizen Commu…

teleSUR (2019-10-21). Haitian Teachers Will Go Back to Work Only If President Resigns. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of teachers protested peacefully Monday in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise as they warned this would be the only precondition for the resumption of the school year. | RELATED: | UN Peacekeeping 15-year Mission Ends With Mixed Legacy in Haiti | The teachers were joined by students, parents and other protesters who for a whole month have been demanding the resignation of the president, who they accuse of aggravating the…