2019-10-23: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-10-23). Venezuela President Maduro Warns of Rising 'Fascism' in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the countries of the world on Wednesday to stand against what he called a coup in Bolivia and to show solidarity with President Evo Morales. | "Let's raise the solidarity flags and we will mobilize against the coup in Bolivia and Latin America, against fascism as expressed at the moment," Maduro said. | Maduro's comments come just hours after Evo Morales warned that a "coup" was underway in his country by the right-wing protesters. They are refusing to accept or wait for the final results of Sunday's election which have so far shown that Morales has won the first…

Edu Montesanti (2019-10-23). Bolivia's Presidential Election: Violence and Terror All Over the Country. globalresearch.ca People attacked and bleeding, public institutions burning. A government official hanging on the window not to die burned fell from the third floor of the Electoral Court. Carlos Mesa, President Evo Morales opponent, has been inciting violence. Shocking images …

W. T. Whitney (2019-10-23). Stirrings of Basic Change Accompany Protests in Haiti. counterpunch.org Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Food availability is uncertain for 60 percent of the people. Conditions are bleak, and bleaker still from shortages, rampant political corruption, and not much to show after two years of regular street protests. In the year prior to September, security forces killed 77 people. That month protests accentuated and by October 7 they had killed at least 17 more. More

teleSUR (2019-10-23). Ex-FARC Combatant Killed Ahead of Regional Elections. telesurenglish.net Dago Hernán Galíndez Chicangana, an ex-FARC combatant who had laid down arms has been killed. His body was found on Tuesday with mulitple bullet wounds. His killing adds to the growing violence in the run up to Colombia's regional elections on October 27th. | RELATED: | Colombia: Only 8% of Candidates Declare Campaign Expenses | He was killed in the municipality of El Patia, south of the Cauca. | Carlos Alberto Lozada, a Senator for the FARC party condemned the killing…

Max Parry (2019-10-23). The EU Is Rewriting World War II History to Demonize Russia. globalresearch.ca Last month, on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, the European Parliament voted on a resolution entitled "On the Importance of European Remembrance for the Future of Europe." The adopted document: | "…Stresses that the Second World …

WSWS (2019-10-23). Germany, US threaten war amid Russia-Turkey summit on Syria. wsws.org German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called for a massive European Union (EU) force to occupy northern Syria, involving up to 40,000 troops.

Staff (2019-10-23). Turkey Signals It's Holding Back on Resuming Syria Push. truthdig.com Ankara indicates it will not resume its offensive against Kurds in northeast Syria, following separate agreements reached with the U.S. and Russia.

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-23). The Russian-Turkish Deal on Syria: Who Won and Who Lost? globalresearch.ca Presidents Putin and Erdogan reached a deal on Syria that represents a decisive victory for Turkey while being a drastic climbdown for Damascus after President Assad vowed earlier that day that the Syrian Arab Army was "prepared to support any …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-10-23). Russia and Clinton's Election Plan B. globalresearch.ca America is an insular nation, exceptional only in its willful ignorance of the rest of the world. Many Americans, undoubtedly a majority, know very little about what is really going on in the world. | Millions of Americans are unable to …

South Front (2019-10-23). Video: Erdogan, Putin Reach 'Historical Deal' on Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca On October 22, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached an agreement to settle the situation in northeastern Syria. | According to the agreement, Turkey's Operation 'Peace Spring' will continue in a limited area between Tell Abyad …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-23). Russian/Turkish Agreement on Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca When deals are struck, the devil is in the details, along with implementation of what was agreed on by all parties involved. | The historical record is clear. The US, West and Israel can never be trusted. The Russian Federation operates …

Staff (2019-10-23). Former Zuckerberg Mentor: I Raised Alarm on Russian Interference But Was Ignored. truthout.org Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he is expected to face questioning about the company's cryptocurrency Libra, among other issues. Zuckerberg has faced scrutiny before, including for Facebook's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A former mentor of Zuckerberg and longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee speaks out about the company's dismissal of Russian interference in the election. "They treated it like a PR problem, not a business issue,…

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-23). India is Confused: where does it go from here? dissidentvoice.org At J. Nehru University, most students know about China and Russia only from the BBC, Reuters and other Western media outlets. Even those individuals who claim they belong to the left are not immune; influenced mainly by the British propaganda. ***** It has been like this for years: usual confusion, all around India: tough nationalistic, …

teleSUR (2019-10-23). Trump Lifts US Sanctions on Turkey, Says Ceasefire Permanent. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump said Wednesday a brokered ceasefire in northern Syria is now permanent and lifted sanctions on Turkey as a result, rejecting criticism of his decision to pull out U.S. troops that allowed Kurdish allies to come under attack. | RELATED: | Turkey, Russia Agree on Kurdish YPG Withdrawal, Safe Zone | In a White House speech, Trump described the truce as a "major breakthrough" negotiated by a team led by Vice President Mike Pence, adding that "sanctions…

teleSUR (2019-10-23). US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry. telesurenglish.net United States Republican lawmakers, encouraged by President Donald Trump to fight Democrats' attempts to impeach him, disrupted Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry and prevented a Pentagon official from testifying. | RELATED: | Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Politically Motivated Probe: US Top Diplomat | The unruly bunch of Republican legislators stormed into the hearing room where the U.S. defense official who oversees Ukraine and Russia matters,…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-10-23). As Trump Aids and Abets Turkey's War Crimes, the UN Must Act. globalresearch.ca Nearly two weeks have passed since Turkey launched its ground and air attack on Rojava, the autonomous region of northeast Syria, following Trump's sudden removal of 1,000 U.S. troops from the area. | While the United States and Turkey reached a …

Ilhan Omar (2019-10-23). Sanctions Are Part of a Failed Foreign Policy Playbook. Stop Relying on Them. commondreams.org Economic and sector sanctions are too often designed to inflict maximum pain on civilians, not empower them. (Photo: Syrian Refugees/Josh Zakary/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Hamda Mustafa (2019-10-23). "Erdogan Stole Syrian Factories, Oil and Wheat and Today He Is Stealing Syrian Land". President Al-Assad. globalresearch.ca President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that the President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyib Erdogan is a thief who stole the Syrian factories, wheat and oil and today he is stealing Syrian land. | President Al-Assad made the remarks during his …

South Front (2019-10-23). Video: US Troops Remain in Syria to Protect Oil Fields from 'Terrorists'? globalresearch.ca The US is planning to keep control of oil fields on the eastern bank of the Euphrates despite the ongoing troops withdrawal. On October 21, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters that Washington wants to be sure that ensure …

teleSUR (2019-10-23). Iraq Takes Legal Action to Kick Unauthorized US Forces Out. telesurenglish.net Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said United States troops withdrawing from northeast Syria do not have permission to stay in Iraq, adding that his government is taking "all international legal measures" in response to their unauthorized entry into the country. | RELATED: | Iraq Says US Forces Withdrawing From Syria Have No Approval to Stay | "We have [already] issued an official statement saying that and are taking all international legal measures. We ask the international…

Ben Norton (2019-10-23). US troops are staying in Syria to 'keep the oil' — and have already killed hundreds over it. thegrayzone.com Hundreds of American soldiers are remaining in Syria to occupy its oil reserves and block the Syrian government from revenue…

WSWS (2019-10-23). Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe. wsws.org The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.

Staff (2019-10-23). Republicans Storm Closed Door Impeachment Hearing. therealnews.com Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Cooper arrives to testify at deposition as part of Trump impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill in Washington REUTERS/Carlos Jasso | Republicans stormed the House Intelligence Committee's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility on Wednesday as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was due to testify at a closed-door deposition. Cooper's testimony, which was delayed as a result of Wednesday's actions but resumed later that afternoon, is part of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | It happened a day after William B. Taylor Jr., the acting U.S. ambassador to Uk…

Jesse Hagopian (2019-10-23). The Chicago Teachers Strike: "Until We Get What Our Students Deserve" counterpunch.org After Mayor Lori Lightfoot rejected the demands of the Chicago Teachers Union, 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff launched a strike on Thursday, October 17, shutting down the schools for some 300,000 students. Also on the picket line were members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73, representing Special Education Classroom Assistants. On More

WSWS (2019-10-23). Teachers' union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago's Democratic machine. wsws.org At Tuesday's rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year's Los Angeles teachers' strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-10-23). With 2020 Hindsight, the Buffoonery Ahead. counterpunch.org I was musing inconsolably, a picture of Donald Trump seated with Recep Erdoƒüan at a Taksim Square cafe in the Golden Horn, broken heads strewn everywhere, pigeons out of control, fishmongers singing the blues — Don and Ceppi, good buds comparing notes on how much they hate journalists, demi-tasse pinkies high. "Enemies of the state," More

Staff (2019-10-23). Abusive North American Companies Pay Off Latin American Police to Harass Critics. truthout.org In late April 2017, U.S. investigative journalist John Dougherty and I were screening John's documentary Flin Flon Flim Flam in Peru. The film documents violence, environmental contamination, broken promises, and police repression at mining projects owned by the Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals in several countries — including in Peru. | As we left the Cusco Cultura…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-23). How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel's Plan to Reshape the Middle East. globalresearch.ca This October 2017 article by award winning author Jonathan Cook focusses on the unspoken Israel-Kurdistan relationship. | "There has been co-operation, much of it secret, between Israel and the Kurds for decades. Israeli media lapped up tributes from now-retired generals who …

Sarah Abed (2019-10-23). The Kurds: Washington's Weapon of Mass Destabilization in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Timely article by Sarah Abed on the Kurdistan-Israeli relationship first posted on Global Research on July 14, 2017 | In this three part series, MintPress and Global Research contributor Sarah Abed analyzes the role that some Kurdish factions have played throughout …

Joe Emersberger (2019-10-23). Ecuador's Austerity Measures, Repression Based on Lies AP Happily Spread. fair.org AP piece in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) | Bernie Sanders tweeted an Associated Press article in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) about Ecuador's recent protests, in which eight protesters were killed in 11 days. "Economic elites ke…

Staff (2019-10-23). Lebanese Join Growing Protest Wave Against Austerity and Corruption. therealnews.com Anti-austerity protests have swept Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, and now Lebanon. As'ad Abukhalil discusses how Lebanon is joining what seems like a second Arab Spring focused on a demand for social justice.

Jen Moore (2019-10-23). Abusive North American Companies Pay Off Latin American Police to Harass Critics. commondreams.org Indigenous Peruvians protest mining pollution, 2015. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dave Lindorff (2019-10-23). Military Spending's Out of Control While Slashing It Could Easily Fund Medicare for All. counterpunch.org Something very unusual happened on Thursday, Oct. 17. The New York Times suddenly ran an article on its opinion page explaining how to cut $300 billion from the $1-trillion military budget — enough, the article explained, to fund Bernie Sanders' proposed program for an expanded Medicare program to cover all Americans without raising a dime More

Victor Grossman (2019-10-23). Thoughts on the Impeachment of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org During my recent ten-week book tour through the USA I found one sentiment predominant; anger and disgust regarding Donald Trump, which was certainly understandable. But then, my trip covered only the East and West coasts plus Chicago and urban Wisconsin; in other regions the picture would hardly have been so unanimous. Now, from a great More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-10-23). The Republican Party Is as Guilty as Trump. truthdig.com Every time it seems as though the firewall of apologists protecting Donald Trump might crumble, Republican politicians let us down over and over. In an interview Sunday, one of Trump's top Republican allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham, was asked in an interview whether he was open-minded about supporting impeachment if damning evidence of Trump's wrongdoing was to emerge. Graham said, "If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo outside the phone call, that would be very di…

RT (2019-10-23). Republicans STORM secure Capitol chamber where Democrats held 'impeachment' hearing. rt.com Demanding transparency in the impeachment probe of US President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers stormed the secure room inside the Capitol where Democrats were interrogating a Pentagon official, derailing the proceedings. | Led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), two dozen Republican members of Congress made their way into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) on Wednesday, as House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) was about to open a hearing where Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper was due to testify. | "Adam Schiff's impeachment inquiry has been marked by secret intervi…

Jake Johnson (2019-10-23). Global millionaires—just 0.9% of population—now own nearly half of world's $361 trillion in wealth, study shows. nationofchange.org The bottom 56 percent of the population owns just 1.8 percent of the world's wealth.

Staff (2019-10-23). Congress Holds Hearing on Big Oil's War on Climate Science. therealnews.com The House Oversight Committee heard testimony about the fossil fuel industry's multimillion dollar campaign to suppress knowledge of their contributions to the climate crisis.

commondreams (2019-10-23). 350.org on Congressional Hearing on Exxon's Climate Deception: "It's Time Fossil Fuel Billionaires Pay for Care and Repair" commondreams.org ______________________________…

Elliott Negin (2019-10-23). ExxonMobil Is Still Bankrolling Climate Science Deniers. commondreams.org Climate activists demonstrate in Washington, D.C. in 2015. One displays a sign admonishing ExxonMobil for its complicity in furthering the climate apocalypse. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joshua Cho (2019-10-23). Media Failed to Connect Climate Crisis and Utility Blackouts. commondreams.org While California's wildfires are a part of the area's natural state, the size and intensity of the seasonal blazes have increased for decades under worsening climate change. (Photo: LA Times/Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-23). A Glimpse of the Climate Apocalypse to Come. 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. | This article was co-published with The New York Times Magazine. | At the beginning of October, my kids' preschool informed me that it might be closed the next day because of rolling blackouts — a radical new effort by our local power utility in Northern California to avoid sparking wildfires. The water company, faced with the shutdown of its pumps, asked us to fill our bathtubs before the cutoff. On the advice of e…

commondreams (2019-10-23). Trump's Fracking Boosterism is a Climate Calamity. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Lucas Koerner (2019-10-23). US Renews Chevron License as European Refiner Cuts Venezuela Ties over Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com Finnish-Venezuelan refiner Nynas is one of PDVSA's few remaining cash buyers.

Emile Schepers (2019-10-23). Opposition to Trump's anti-Cuba policy at new high in U.S. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With new sanctions just announced, the Trump administration's effort to roll back the advances in U.S.—Cuba relations achieved toward the end of the Obama administration is going full blast. Will opponents of these policies in the United States be up to the challenge of countering this reactionary wave? On the weekend of Oct. 19-20, the …

Saad Hafiz (2019-10-23). America's Mission to Remake Afghanistan Has Failed. counterpunch.org The United States is ready to leave Afghanistan despite the latest gambit by President Trump to call off peace negotiations with the Taliban. The US intervention in the country in 2001 has turned into a trillion-dollar disaster. It was ostensibly intended to punish the Taliban for sheltering Al-Qaeda before 9/11 and to prevent the use of More

teleSUR (2019-10-23). Chile: General Strike Begins as Piñera Asks for Forgiveness. telesurenglish.net Chile's Workers' United Center (CUT) and over twenty national organizations began on Wednesday a 48-hour general strike to demand President Sebastian Piñera take the military out of the streets. | RELATED: | Chile: State Violence Leads to 1,420 Arrests and 11 Deaths | In Santiago, the country's capital, the strike began with a march from Italy Square towards The Heroes Square. | "Our goals are to say NO to the State of Emergency, recover peace and deepen democracy so that the people…

Ralph Nader (2019-10-23). Where Are the Influentials Who Find Trump Despicable? globalresearch.ca The British political philosopher, John Stuart Mill, was a man of many pithy phrases. Possibly his most widely quoted assertion is that "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and …

Eric Zuesse (2019-10-23). That We Live Under a Dictatorship Is Now Unquestionable: The Assange Case. globalresearch.ca What else can we call it when a publisher does what the New York Times did when it published the Pentagon Papers and was ruled by the Supreme Court in 1971 (New York Times Co. v. United States) to have …

Craig Murray (2019-10-23). Assange in Court. globalresearch.ca I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday's events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange's legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening. | Before I get …

Kenneth Surin (2019-10-23). Western China and the New Silk Road. counterpunch.org Coming to China every few months has almost become a regular occurrence for me, though this time I am in a part of China I have not been to before. China's developmental model has for decades been tilted towards export-based manufacturing. This model has brought immense benefits to China. Its eastern coastal regions, Guangdong and its hinterlands in particular, have flourished, while China inland and to the west has lagged behind this hectic developmental pace. More

Louisa Willcox (2019-10-23). Inviting the Chief of the Grizzlies to Our Feast. counterpunch.org Harvest season is a time of abundance. From the earth's gifts we bake apple pies, pickle beets, and boil cranberry for jelly. Many head out hunting, not unlike grizzlies. In fact, as fellow omnivores, we humans and grizzlies share similar tastes. This can be a terrible recipe for conflict, especially when hungry grizzlies contest foods More

John Horning (2019-10-23). Spotted Owls and the National Christmas Tree. counterpunch.org The national Christmas tree this year will come from my home state of New Mexico. It might be the only Christmas tree that comes from a national forest in New Mexico — and if that happens, people are going to blame me. That's because my organization, WildEarth Guardians, won a court ruling halting all timber More

RT (2019-10-23). HUD Secretary Ben Carson warns 'political correctness' will 'DESTROY' the US (VIDEO). rt.com Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took aim at "political correctness" at a contentious committee hearing, warning that the impulse to control speech and expression would "destroy" the country. | During Tuesday's House Financial Services hearing, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia) raised previous comments Carson had made about "big, hairy men," widely understood to be directed at transgender women, inviting him to apologize, but the secretary was having none of it. | "I think this whole concept of political correctness — you can say this, you can't say that, you can't repeat what…

RT (2019-10-23). Buzz off! Wasp interrupts mortal combat between two snakes in Florida (VIDEO). rt.com One horrified Gainesville, Florida resident went to investigate a ruckus in her backyard and happened upon a bizarre battle: two snakes fighting upside down while a yellowjacket wasp stung one of the surly serpents. | Evangeline Cummings initially assumed the strange rustling in her rose bush was a dead hanging snake. But before she could fully investigate, she spotted another snake weaving its way towards the tree, before climbing up and attacking its serpentine sibling, at which point she began filming. | It wasn't long before a yellowjacket wasp joined the bizarre and violent backyard brawl. | Um ok, &sbquo…

Harry Targ (2019-10-23). United States foreign policy: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. mronline.org This essay makes the connections between the initiation of the permanent war economy, the drive for US empire, and today's factional disputes and similarities among political elites. | Source

Kevin Cooper (2019-10-23). A Key Reparation to Descendants of Slaves Wouldn't Cost a Dime. truthdig.com Ending the death penalty, which is disproportionately imposed on African Americans, would be a good first step toward righting some of this nation's wrongs.

Associated Press (2019-10-23). Astros GM apologizes after hurling taunts at female reporters, MLB says it will investigate. peoplesworld.org HOUSTON (AP) — It's fitting that the Houston Astros lost Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals the same day assistant general manager Brandon Taubman apologized for using "inappropriate language" after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse …

RT (2019-10-23). But China! Cryptos crater as Congress tries to pin Zuckerberg down on 'too big to fail' Libra. rt.com Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plummeted as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to defend his beleaguered digital currency Libra — a project rapidly losing institutional support as it hits one regulatory hurdle after another. | If Facebook isn't allowed to go forward with the rollout of its digital currency, China will surpass the US in technological innovation, Zuckerberg threatened the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. The billionaire's bid to save Libra — and its public image — after several of the big-name financial institutions backing the online payments system dropped o…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-23). Betty McCollum Is Pushing Congress to Stop Subsidizing the Torture of Palestinian Children. mintpressnews.com "The legislation I am introducing is expressly intended to end U.S. support and funding for Israel's systematic military detention, interrogation, abuse, torture, and prosecution of Palestinian children." – Betty McCollum…

Staff (2019-10-23). Elizabeth Warren and Activists Say Big Tech Companies Should Be Broken Up. truthout.org Facebook continues to face growing criticism and demands that it be broken up. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up on antitrust grounds. Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley investor who went from being an early supporter of Facebook to a vocal critic, speaks with us about 2020 candidates' platforms on big tech. Antitrust regulation is "the one issue that seems to cut across the entir…

teleSUR (2019-10-23). Brazilian Activist Under Dead Threats in Rio's Favela Speaks Up. telesurenglish.net Eliana Sousa Silva gave a damning account of how Brazilian police constantly abuse the inhabitants of Mare, a cluster of 16 favelas in Rio de Janeiro, while she has faced multiple threats with her work and constantly fears for her life. | RELATED: | Police Bullet Kills 8-Year-Old Girl in Rio de Janeiro | In Brazil, "being a defender of human rights, being an activist in that field is very hard," the 57-year-old campaigner told EFE. | For many years, the Mare district has been scourged…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-23). Celebrity Protesters and Extinction Rebellion. counterpunch.org 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 same entities who are doing their best (or worst) to engage in matters of existential More

WSWS (2019-10-23). Mass protests continue in defiance of military crackdown in Chile. wsws.org The military-police crackdown on protests in Chile is only one of the most shocking expressions of the global turn toward dictatorship by governments throughout the world.

teleSUR (2019-10-23). Chile Protests: Military Officer Detained for Alleged Homicide. telesurenglish.net The Chilean National Prosecutor's Office reported Tuesday the indictment and preventive detention of a military officer over the charge of the homicide of a protester on Sunday during a protest in the northern city of Coquimbo. | RELATED: | Abuses and Police Violence in Chile, Live on Social Networks | The Ministry of the Interior and Public Security said in a statement that the victim is one of 15 people killed since the protests started in the South American country on Oct. 18.

WSWS (2019-10-23). Striking Chicago educators speak on their demands. wsws.org Keyatta, a teacher's assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, "We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."

Ed Rampell (2019-10-23). The Kill Team Kills Again. progressive.org The new film illustrates how Washington's endless imperialist wars of aggression tragically pit Americans against not only overseas "enemies," but one another.

Yohuru Williams (2019-10-23). Political 'Lynching': Misusing a Scourge of History. progressive.org Trump's habit of stirring up animosity toward people of color and other political enemies through his own irresponsible rhetoric is itself reminiscent of lynching times.

Claire Edwards (2019-10-23). Western Insanity and 5G Electromagnetic Radiation. globalresearch.ca Modern science blindly continues to prop up a Newtonian model of a material universe and demeans the efforts of open-minded scientists who are providing ever more data to support Nikola Tesla's assertion that the universe can be understood only in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

F. William Engdahl (2019-10-23). China's Hidden Economic Time Bomb. globalresearch.ca The China government statistical agency just released economic data showing the poorest GDP growth in almost 30 years for China. The problem goes far deeper than recent effects of the US-China trade war or the impact of calamities such as …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-10-23). China's Move towards Digital Cryptocurrency. globalresearch.ca The participants of last week's "Block Chain Life" forum held in Moscow concluded that digital cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is an inevitable reality of the future that must be developed and harnessed. The event held on October 16-17 had over …

WSWS (2019-10-23). Solomon Islands deal with Chinese developer highlights Pacific tensions. wsws.org Repeated claims that China wants a military foothold in the Pacific turn reality on its head to justify the aggressive build-up for war by the US and its regional allies.

GMWatch (2019-10-23). Pesticides Trigger Cancer? globalresearch.ca A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent were not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides.[1] In 30 percent of the …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-23). Hashtag Politics: "Brand Trudeau" Wins a Second Term. globalresearch.ca "Brand Trudeau is: 'Welcome to the new politics, just like the old politics.'" — Shachi Kurl, Angus Reid Institute, The Guardian, Aug 22, 2019 | Few politicians come across more as products of hashtag committee management than Justin Trudeau. …

Larry Romanoff (2019-10-23). Apologists of Global Capitalism: Multi-National Corporations Are Functioning as "Amoeba" in Pursuit of Profit. globalresearch.ca One of the arrows in the quiver of the attack on humanity from globalisation is a new field of study — the biology of corporations. Corporate apologists claim that the overwhelming majority of multi-national companies are amoral organizations in pursuit …

Fight Back (2019-10-23). South America and the coming 'Red Tide'. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Last year, Brazil emerged from its greatest political crisis since the dictatorship to find that Jair Bolsonaro, an extreme right winger, was now president. His victory marked the high point of the so-called 'roll-back' of the Pink Tide, a political phenomenon that saw left-wing governments elected across Latin America, on platforms of sovereignty and freedom from U.S. interference. Bolsonaro's election was a moment openly celebrated in the halls of the White House, as many hoped that the few isolated governments left standing from the Pink Tide movement would soon be snuffed out. | The Pink Tide be…

Andrew Emett (2019-10-23). Police officer charged after shooting at unarmed couple. nationofchange.org "Police accountability will not exist until every level of government works to prevent police violence and to hold police employees responsible each time they hurt or kill someone."

Staff (2019-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2019. democracynow.org Taylor Testifies Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Investigation of Hunter Biden, Trump Tweets Impeachment is a "Lynching," Sparking Widespread Condemnation, Turkey and Russia Reach Agreement on Northern Syria, Protests Erupt in Bolivia Over Allegations of Election Rigging, Chilean President Announces Reforms Aimed to Curb Massive Protests, Boris Johnson Loses Critical Brexit Vote, Canada's New Anti-Immigrant Party Is Crushed in National Elections, UAW Member Dies After Being Struck by Car Near Picket Line, Chicago Teachers Head into Second Week of Strike, New York's Probe of Facebook Backed by 46 Attorneys General, Mexi…

Staff (2019-10-23). Mark Zuckerberg's Former Mentor: I Tried to Raise Alarm Over Russian Interference But Was Ignored. democracynow.org Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he is expected to face questioning about the company's cryptocurrency Libra, among other issues. Zuckerberg has faced scrutiny before, including for Facebook's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A former mentor of Zuckerberg and longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee speaks out about the company's dismissal of Russian interference in the election. "They treated it like a PR problem, not a business issue," McNamee says.

Staff (2019-10-23). Big Tech Platforms Have Had a "Profound Negative Effect on Democracy." Is It Time to Break Them Up? democracynow.org Facebook continues to face growing criticism and demands that it be broken up. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up on antitrust grounds. Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley investor who went from being an early supporter of Facebook to a vocal critic, speaks with us about 2020 candidates' platforms on big tech. Antitrust regulation is "the one issue that seems to cut across the entire political spectrum," McNamee says. "People of all political stripes understand that there's a problem here."

susan_p (2019-10-23). PKK tells US, Trump: 'We are not guilty of terrorism; we are victims of state terrorism.'. greenleft.org.au Rojava SolidarityIssue 1242 Rojava Turkey's war on Rojava Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)October 23, 2019The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Foreign Relations Committee wrote the following letter to the American people and United States Presid…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-23). 'Illegal and Unconstitutional': Sanders Rips Trump Plan to Use US Troops to Exploit Syria's Oil Fields. commondreams.org "Last I checked, Congress never authorized U.S. forces to be deployed to secure Syria's economic resources." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-23). 'Physically Obstructing Justice,' Dozens of Republicans Storm Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing. commondreams.org The Republican stunt "essentially shut down the impeachment inquiry for a time," said the Washington Post's Rachel Bade. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-23). House Democrats Hold Historic Hearing on How Big Oil Spent Decades Trying to 'Suppress the Truth' About the Climate Crisis. commondreams.org As ExxonMobil faced the second day of a New York state trial for defrauding investors about climate-related risks of burning fossil fuels, a Democrat-controlled U.S. House Oversight subcommittee on Wednesday held a historic hearing "examining the oil industry's efforts to suppress the truth about climate change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-23). NYC Bar Association Calls on Trump's AG William Barr to Recuse Himself—or Resign. commondreams.org If attorney general refuses to recuse or step aside, the association said he should "be subject to sanctions, including possible removal, by Congress." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-23). 'Establishment Fears' Grow as Sanders and Warren Reveal Energy of Democrats' Progressive Wing. commondreams.org "You need to run on things that half the country agrees with you," said presidential candidate John Delaney, who is polling below 1%. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-23). 'No Other Path to Redress': South Carolina Prisoners Appeal to UN After State and Federal Officials Ignore Pleas for Livable Conditions. commondreams.org "Beyond the basic level of terror in U.S. prison conditions, conditions in South Carolina have been specifically repressive for a few years now." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-23). UK Parliament Advances Johnson's No-Brexit/Brexit Deal, Rejects His Timetable. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, Johnson won one Brexit vote, lost another, Britain's status of leaving the EU uncertain. | By a 329 — 299 majority, MPs approved legislation, supporting Brexit in principle, short of final approval. | Its status is "paused (in) limbo" because …

Ivan Daraktchiev (2019-10-23). For Expedient Execution of Brexit Embattled British PM Has One Last Independent Legal Move Left. globalresearch.ca Earlier we have suggested that Boris Johnson could easily quench the chaotic mess in British Parliament where for three years now we observe politicking and positioning for career advancement, and no consideration whatsoever about assisting the Government in its job: …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-23). Trump slammed for 'rewarding murder' in Syria as he lifts sanctions on Turkey. thecanary.co Donald Trump has said he will lift sanctions on Turkey after it reportedly agreed to 'permanently' cease hostilities against the largely-Kurdish areas of northern Syria (aka Rojava). But he has faced criticism across the board for being soft in the face of his NATO ally's crimes. | A new stage of the invasion: | Turkey has faced accusations of ethnic cleansing and…

Tom Anderson (2019-10-23). Turkey is cynically using Syrian refugees in its plans to ethnically cleanse northern Syria. thecanary.co Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan plans to move at least one million refugees from all over Syria into the areas invaded by the Turkish military and its proxies in northern Syria (aka Rojava). But Erdoƒüan's plans have nothing to do with th…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-23). Even CNN thinks Hillary Clinton has gone too far with her latest conspiracy theory. thecanary.co US Army veteran Tulsi Gabbard hopes to become the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2020. But because she firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad and tells the t…

Tom Coburg (2019-10-23). UK authorities may have just provided the perfect reason why Assange's extradition should end. thecanary.co A UK authority may have just provided the perfect reason for dismissing the US extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | Court hearing: | At a 21 October court hearing, Assange's lawyers made it clear to district judge Vanessa Baraitser that the US extradition request should be denied because of surveillance in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Significantly, that surveillance included the monitoring of privileged client-lawy…

The Canary (2019-10-23). Trump faces backlash over 'lynching' claim. thecanary.co US President Donald Trump's comparison of the impeachment inquiry being conducted against him to a "lynching" has sparked a heated backlash. | Stirring painful memories of America's racist past, Trump tweeted in regard to the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine: "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!" | The comparison to lynching — a practice once widespread across the southern US in which angry mobs killed thousands of Black people — triggered an outcry from Democratic politicians and from outside Washington, but also some agreement…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-23). Oil giant BP tries to lecture ordinary people on the climate crisis. It backfires spectacularly. thecanary.co Oil giant BP seems to be on a PR offensive at the moment. And in an apparent attempt to distract from its own massive role in global climate breakdown, it's essentially lecturing ordinary people on how they can do more to reduce their impact. | BP searching for sympathy: | Speaking at the One Young World conference in London, BP chief executive Bob Dudley said: It isn't the producers of energy only, it's the users of energy. We've had generations of using energy… so we're all part of the problem. … | We [BP] want to be part of…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-10-23). Is It Really Smart to Narrow the Impeachment to Just Ukraine? commondreams.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), joined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday October 2, 2019. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-10-23). Study Group "A New Phase in the Syrian War" indybay.org A'Roma Roasters Coffee, 95 5th St., Santa Rosa…

Lynda Carson (2019-10-23). Activist claims CITES exemption for finished musical instruments may set a bad precedent. indybay.org The handmade guitar made by the author of this story around 34 years ago is partially made of East Indian rosewood and Brazilian rosewood. It would be confiscated by government officials if it was taken across an international border.

Keith McHenry (2019-10-23). 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.

Rescue Pacifica member (2019-10-23). Oppose Save KPFA's attempt to remove Tom Voorhees. indybay.org As a part of it's present attempted coup whose ultimate purpose is to appropriate KPFA, Save KPFA forces are planning to remove pioneer radio man Tom Voorhees of KPFA from the Pacifica National Board this Saturday. Come to the station to help oppose this move!