2019-10-28: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-10-28). US Troops Are Staying in Syria to 'Keep the Oil' — and Have Already Killed Hundreds Over It. globalresearch.ca Hundreds of American soldiers are remaining in Syria to occupy its oil reserves and block the Syrian government from revenue needed for reconstruction. Trump said openly, "We want to keep the oil." | *** | US President Donald Trump has reassured supporters …

Ben Norton (2019-10-28). 'This charge is 100% false': Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested months after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal has been arrested on false charges after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence outside the DC…

Brett Wilkins (2019-10-28). Duke Students Protest Speech by Tzipi Livni, Former Israeli Foreign Minister Accused of War Crimes. commondreams.org Tzipi Livni (pictured) is the former Israeli foreign minister who has been the subject of arrest warrants and a lawsuit in three countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008-09 Cast Lead invasion of Gaza. (Photo: Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-10-28). Convicted Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out: "Pentagon Has Brainwashed People" truthout.org The seven Catholic peace activists who were convicted on October 24 for their symbolic protest against nuclear weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base are now facing a two-to-three-month wait to hear their prison sentences. They could face more than 20 years in prison. | "Our own lives are uncertain regarding the possible length of prison sentences," defendant Martha Hennessy told Truthout in an exclusive interview. "But we rejoice in the fact that more scrutiny is being directed at the purpose of…

Robert Fisk (2019-10-28). The Lebanese Uprising Won't Prevail While Sectarian Elites Remain in Control. counterpunch.org The most amazing thing about the latest Lebanese uprising is not the protest at WhatsApp taxes, unemployment and government theft, but that the Lebanese, in their small and wounded country, after all the bloodshed and failures and continued dictatorship of the 2011 revolutions in the Middle East, still believe they can fight and make a difference. There is courage for you. More

Staff (2019-10-28). In Chicago, Trump Calls the City an Embarrassment to the U.S. truthdig.com CHICAGO — Visiting Chicago for the first time as president, Donald Trump disparaged the city Monday as a haven for criminals that is "embarrassing to us as a nation." The city's top cop sat out Trump's speech to protest the president's immigration policies and frequently divisive rhetoric. | "There is one person who is not here today," Trump told a friendly audience at a conference of police chiefs. "Where is he? I want to talk to him. In fact, more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something, and that's the superintendent of the…

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Iraq Declares Curfew in Baghdad As Protests Persist. telesurenglish.net Iraq's government declared a curfew in Baghdad Monday after four people were killed and 277 injured in the fourth day of anti-government protests, and the coalition government's most powerful erstwhile supporter called for early elections.protests. | RELATED: | Defying Crackdown, Thousands of Iraqis Keep Protesting | According to state television, the curfew, declared by Baghdad's main military commander, will be imposed from midnight until six o'clock in the morning, every day for an i…

Eds. (2019-10-28). Western progressives and the imperialist Inquisition. mronline.org Military curfews or states of siege have been imposed recently in Guatemala, Ecuador and Chile, with the army deployed to control protests. Western powers give these countries' right wing governments the benefit of the doubt despite them being guilty as charged. | Source

Eds. (2019-10-28). Indigenous organizations propose a People's Parliament. mronline.org They seek to develop an economic model to prevent the application of IMF policies against the Ecuadoreans. | Source

Telesur (2019-10-28). Over 1 Million People March in Chile's Largest Protest. globalresearch.ca Protests that started over a hike in public transport fares boiled into massive marches. The government responded with heavy repression. At least 18 people have been killed, hundreds have been injured, and over 7,000 arrested. | *** | Over one million people …

Eds. (2019-10-28). Chile over 1 Million people march in Chile's largest protest. mronline.org Protests that started over a hike in public transport fares boiled into massive marches. The government responded with heavy repression. At least 18 people have been killed, hundreds have been injured, and over 7,000 arrested. | Source

Staff (2019-10-28). After 1 Million Flood Streets, Chile's Government Announces Serious Changes. truthout.org Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has announced a major cabinet shuffle after more than one million people flooded the streets Friday in massive peaceful demonstrations over inequality, high cost of living and privatization. The protest drew more than 5% of Chile's population and followed days of widespread civil unrest that sparked a violent police and military crackdown across the country. At least 18 people have been killed and hundreds more have been shot and wounded since protests erupted Oct…

Morning Star (2019-10-28). Millions march in Chile, force major concessions from right-wing president. peoplesworld.org Chilean President Sebastian Piñera has claimed to have "heard the message" of a march of 1.2 million people against his government on Friday, offering protesters the resignations of all his ministers but not his own. "The march we saw yesterday was a massive and peaceful march. We have all heard the message. We have all …

Nino Pagliccia (2019-10-28). Latin America. Support the Revolutionary Movement against Neoliberalism. globalresearch.ca It was just a matter of time before the Bolivian government would be the target of a reactionary opposition. Indeed it happened at its most vulnerable time during an election process that had not officially ended. Following popular protests against …

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Chileans Call for New Protests Even as Pinera Changes Ministers. telesurenglish.net Despite President Sebastian Pinera cabinet reshuffle Monday morning, Chileans angry at inequality called for more demonstrations this week in the biggest political crisis since the country's return to democracy in 1990. | RELATED: | Over 100,000 Chileans March Towards Congress | President Pinera replaced eight cabinet members Monday including his interior and finance ministers, a house-cleaning aimed at taming the biggest political crisis since Chile's return to democracy in 1990.

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Over 100,000 Chileans March Towards Congress. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Chileans marched Sunday towards the country's congress in the latest mobilization in rejection of the policies of the current government led by President Sebastian Piñera. | RELATED: | Support for Chile's Pinera Lowest for President Since Dictator Pinochet Era: poll | The protest included people from the cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, marching towards headquarters of the congress located on Avenida Pedro Montt, in the so-called garden city.

David Swanson (2019-10-28). What Does the U.S. Public Think of Its Government Arming and Bombing the World? counterpunch.org Data for Progress for quite a while appeared to be yet another U.S. PEP group (Progressive Except for Peace). They were producing useful polling reports on all sorts of topics as if 96% of humanity didn't exist. Foreign policy just couldn't be found. They told me they were just getting around to it. You still More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-28). Case Mismanagement in London: Julian Assange, Political Offences and Surveillance. counterpunch.org While Australian journalists bonded and broke bread in condemning national security legislation that some of them had previously supported, one figure was barely mentioned. Julian Assange was making his first public appearance since April for a case management hearing at the Westminster Magistrates Court. Those in attendance were disturbed. Craig Murray professed to being shaken. More

Fidel Narvaez (2019-10-28). "I Was Fired for Helping Julian Assange, and I Have No Regrets" globalresearch.ca We talk to Fidel Narvaez, the ousted Ecuadorian diplomat who handled Julian Assange's case about why Lenín Moreno caved to international pressure, broke his promises, and gave Assange up to British authorities. | *** | Assange had been granted asylum in 2012, …

John Pilger (2019-10-28). Did this Happen in the Home of the Magna Carta? Julian Assange's Case. globalresearch.ca In a special comment written for Consortium News, John Pilger, legendary filmmaker, journalist and friend of Assange, describes the troubling scene inside a London courtroom this week where the WikiLeaks publisher appeared in his U.S. extradition case. | *** | The worst …

Eds. (2019-10-28). Bolivia on alert: Coup plot underway! mronline.org Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denounces destabilization campaign and violence. | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-10-28). Venezuela Applauds Regional Leftist Victories. venezuelanalysis.com Caracas rejoiced at the "defeat of the IMF" in elections in Argentina, Uruguay, and swathes of Colombia this Sunday.

Staff (2019-10-28). ISIS Grew Out of US Invasion of Iraq. What Will Happen Next? truthout.org President Trump announced Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. special forces raid on his compound in northwestern Syria. According to Trump, al-Baghdadi detonated an explosive vest he was wearing, killing himself and three of his children. The raid began early Sunday when eight U.S. military helicopters flew from a base near Erbil, Iraq, to northwestern Syria over airspace controlled by Syria and Russia. Baghdadi had led ISIS since 2010. In 2014, he proclaimed the creation of an Isla…

Scott Owen (2019-10-28). Russian Interference! Oh My! counterpunch.org Let's get this out of the way first, the USA interferes in elections around the world, we all know that. Not just with some fb posts but with crippling sanctions and blockades, support of rebellious insurgency groups, all out war and of course social media manipulations. Perhaps it might make sense and actually be helpful More

Myles Hoenig (2019-10-28). Russia: Friend or Foe? counterpunch.org When did Russia start to become an enemy of the US? The Soviet Union had thousands of nuclear missiles aimed at us as we had the same towards them. That Cold War did constitute enemy status. But when was the last time Russia, or even the Soviet Union, ever purposely kill an American, civilian or More

Peter Bloom (2019-10-28). Forget Russia, The Real Threat to Democracy Are Corporate Assets Like Clinton and Trump. commondreams.org Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) appearing on MSNBC earlier this year. (Photo: MSNBC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Norton (2019-10-28). Trump gives $4.5 million to Syria's White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey's ethnic cleansing. thegrayzone.com While touting his efforts to end US involvement in Syria, Trump approved $4.5 million more for the White Helmets. This…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-10-28). ISIS Chief Al-Baghdadi Killed on Turkish Border while Fleeing Idlib. globalresearch.ca This article was completed on October 26, 2019. | Islamic State's self-styled Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in a United States Special Ops overnight raid Saturday involving helicopters, warplanes and a ground clash on the Turkey-Syria border while fleeing …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-10-28). Al-Baghadi and the U.S. Special Ops Raid. Hurras al-Din Regrouping of Islamic State in Syria's Idlib? globalresearch.ca According to a New York Times report [1], the surprising information about the Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's whereabouts came following the arrest and interrogation of one of al-Baghdadi's wives and a courier in Iraq this past summer….

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Syria: US Troops Will Strike Any Force Challenging Occupation. telesurenglish.net U.S. mechanized forces have begun deploying at Syrian oil fields, ostensibly to stop the remnants of Islamic State from seizing them, and will respond with "overwhelming force" to protect them, Reuters informed. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurdish Forces Leaving Turkish Border Area, Damascus Welcomes Move | After their withdrawal from northern Syria earlier this month, and the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday night, North American forces in the Pers…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-28). ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Killed? Trump's Dubious Announcement. "Fake Politics"? globalresearch.ca Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi allegedly headed ISIS, the jihadist group created and supported by the US and its imperial allies. | Years earlier, he was held in Camp Bucca, a US military prison in Iraq, later released, after which the ISIS terrorist …

Kathy Kelly (2019-10-28). Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq. commondreams.org Along with the abuses of prisoners in places like Camp Bucca, FOB Mercury, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo, U.S. warfare predictably led to the buildup of ISIS and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's commitment to "an eye for an eye." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Marc Vandepitte (2019-10-28). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Made and Killed by the CIA. globalresearch.ca Now that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of IS, has been eliminated, there is a great deal of joy and relief in the US and the West. What they don't mention is that this barbaric terror group is a …

Garikai Chengu (2019-10-28). America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group. globalresearch.ca Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014. In recent developments, Al Baghdadi the leader of the ISIS terror group is dead. Hollywood in Real Time: Trump said that "he watched the operation from the Situation Room". | *** | The …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-10-28). Forever War Propaganda: Trump and the Death of al-Baghdadi. globalresearch.ca The ongoing theatrical absurdity of twisted forever war propaganda went over the top on Sunday when President Trump announced the death of the elusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. | Trump announced the death (said to be …

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Mozambique's Nyusi Elected for Second Term, Opposition Contests. telesurenglish.net Mozambican incumbent President Filipe Nyusi has overwhelmingly won the presidential election, the country's election body announced Sunday. | RELATED: | Poorest Countries Pay Financial, Human Cost of Climate Crisis: Oxfam | Nuysi triumphed with 73 percent of the vote while his ruling left-wing Frelimo was also victorious in the legislative and provincial races.

Eva Bartlett (2019-10-28). Accused of Treason and Imprisoned Without Trial: Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky Recounts His Harrowing Time in a Ukrainian Prison. mintpressnews.com Eva Bartlett sat down with recently released Ukrainian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky. Vyshinsky endured 15 months of appalling conditions in a Ukrainian prison after being falsely accused of treason.

WSWS (2019-10-28). German media gripped by war fever. wsws.org It is remarkable how little effort is made by the journalists to conceal their battle cries behind the usual phrases about "peace," "human rights," and "democracy."

Ruth Milka (2019-10-28). Bernie Sanders would legalize marijuana within his first 100 days in office. nationofchange.org "It is time to admit the criminalization of marijuana was a disaster, especially for communities of color, and allow those most impacted to move forward with their lives."

Lawrence Wittner (2019-10-28). The Widening Gap Between the Super-Rich and Other Americans. dissidentvoice.org Despite the upbeat words from America's billionaire president about the "economic miracle" he has produced, economic inequality in the United States is on the rise. In August 2019, the Economic Policy Institute reported that, in 2018, the average pay of CEOs at America's 350 top firms hit $17.2 million‚Äïan increase, when adjusted for inflation, of …

Ilana Novick (2019-10-28). In California, the Rich Are Buying Their Own Firefighters. truthdig.com "This is serious …. but this is only the beginning. This is only a taste of the horror and the terror that will occur in [the coming] decades," former California Gov. Jerry Brown told Politico Monday, of the fires that continue to engulf both northern and southern areas of the state. Brown recently inaugurated a new University of California, Berkeley, think tank focused on tackling climate change, in partnership with Tsinghua University in China. | So far t…

Patricia Gorky (2019-10-28). Deep-sea mining threatens ocean, global climate. liberationnews.org There is a new race for resources: the ocean floor. Seabed exploration, a precursor to mining, is underway in remote parts of the Pacific Ocean as corporations and nation-states attempt to catalog the underwater resources.

Staff (2019-10-28). New Dark Money Groups Sound a Lot Like the Natural Gas Industry. truthout.org Amid the crescendo of calls for climate action and rising rage directed at the fossil fuel industry, petroleum producers and their allies are engaging in an aggressive promotional push focused on natural gas. The same month that the American Petroleum Institute (API) started running ads emphasizing gas's role in reducing carbon emissio…

commondreams (2019-10-28). 350.org on Latest California Wildfires and Urgent Need for Climate Action. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-28). Trump Will Live to Regret Sending Troops to Saudi Arabia. truthdig.com A war with Iran isn't the only risk linked to basing majority-Christian, American troops in the land of Islam's two holiest cities.

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-10-28). How Saudi Arabia's Propaganda War on Iran Has Reached a New Level of the Absurd. globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has recently called out Iran for its alleged "support of terrorist groups, its ballistic missile program and its destabilizing effect" in the Middle East even though Iran has not attacked …

Mostafa Afzalzadeh (2019-10-28). Interview with Andre Vltchek for Iran's Farhikhtegan Newspaper. dissidentvoice.org Mostafa Afzalzadeh: Do we see an increase in the number of countries resisting the bullying of the United States and its allies? What makes this resistance happen? Andre Vltchek: I believe that there are two main factors. The first one is the 'moral one': People are more and more aware of the brutality of the …

Telesur (2019-10-28). Non Aligned Movement Summit: 'Venezuela Is Resisting and Overcoming', Maduro Says. globalresearch.ca At the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and announced that the U.S. economic and financial aggressions are as lethal as its armies. | The …

Staff (2019-10-28). White House Official Defies Impeachment Subpoena, Deepening Standoff. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A former national security official defied a House subpoena Monday, escalating a standoff between Congress and the White House over who will testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | Charles Kupperman, who was a deputy to former national security adviser John Bolton, failed to show up for a scheduled closed-door deposition after asking a federal court in Washington to rule on whether he was legally required to appear. In a statement, Kupperman sa…

John Feffer (2019-10-28). The Art of the Backpedal. counterpunch.org In the past, Trump has been forced to scale back on his proposals by the courts (Muslim ban), by Congress (the border wall), by lobbyists (gun control). Through it all, the Republican Party has gone along with varying degrees of enthusiasm ranging from mild toadyism to personality-cult devotion. But Trump's standing within his party after more than two years of see-no-evil and hear-no-evil compliance with the chief is finally begin to slip. More

Jonah Raskin (2019-10-28). My Exodus From the Northern California Fires. counterpunch.org At 5: 05 p.m. on Saturday October 26, 2019, I got into my car in Santa Rosa, California and I set out for San Francisco, which is usually an hour away. This time it took about two hours to make the journey. The traffic was heavy getting out of Sonoma County and then getting through Marin More

Fred Gardner (2019-10-28). On Vaping and Lung Disease. counterpunch.org A front-page story by Matt Richtel in the New York Times October 21 contains some useful info about the increasing incidence of lung damage caused by vaping, but gets the history wrong. And then gets it right. An editor should have caught the contradiction. The online subhed sums up the story thus: "A technology initially More

Al Neal (2019-10-28). Auto worker resolve in long strike key to contract gains. peoplesworld.org WARREN—The midday sun burned bright above the clear blue horizon, blanketing the sprawling 710-acre campus of GM's Tech Center in warmth—uncommon for this time of year. Standing on the corner of South Civic Center Blvd. and Van Dyke Avenue, across from the Tech Center, the cacophony of car horns and screeching tires drew my attention …

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Democrat-led House to Vote on Next Steps for Trump Impeachment. telesurenglish.net Democrats in the United States House of Representatives set a Thursday vote to lay out the next steps for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, even as officials and Republican lawmakers refuse to cooperate. | RELATED: | US Senate Republicans Push Resolution Against Trump Impeachment Process | If the measure is approved on Thrusday it will set the stage for House investigating committees to forward evidence they have collected to the House Judiciary Committee, w…

Robert Reich (2019-10-28). Robert Reich: Trump's Theft Is Impeachable on Its Own. truthdig.com The president has been in violation of the emoluments clause since the day he assumed office. It's on all of us to hold him accountable.

WSWS (2019-10-28). Court ruling declares House impeachment inquiry to be legal. wsws.org The ruling by Judge Beryl A. Howell constitutes a rebuttal of the arguments made by the White House and congressional Republicans against the constitutionality of the impeachment inquiry.

WSWS (2019-10-28). Chinese president visits Nepal as tensions with the US sharpen. wsws.org Underscoring the importance of Nepal to China, Xi declared that "China and Nepal are bound by mountains and rivers, and stay as close as lips and teeth."

Dean Baker (2019-10-28). Why Warren's Answer on Taxes and Medicare-for-All is Exactly Right. counterpunch.org When I first saw Senator Warren refuse to acknowledge that Medicare for All will mean higher taxes, I admired her political skills, but as an economist, I was annoyed at her evasion of an obvious truth. However, on further thought, I realize that she is exactly right and is doing a public service with her More

Harry Blain (2019-10-28). How the Judiciary Is Chipping Away at the War on Terror. commondreams.org Court rulings against the no-fly list and terror watch list are providing an opening for bigger pushback against the war on terror's erosion of liberties. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Colin Todhunter (2019-10-28). Genetically Engineered Golden Rice: A Silver Bullet that Misses the Target. globalresearch.ca Promoters of genetic modification (GM) in agriculture have long argued that genetically engineered Golden Rice is a practical way to provide poor farmers in remote areas with a subsistence crop capable of adding much-needed vitamin A to local diets. Vitamin …

Michael Arria (2019-10-28). Rabbinical Association Comes Out in Support of a US Congress Bill that Protects Palestinian Children. globalresearch.ca The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) has come out in support of a bill that promotes the human rights of Palestinian children and they're calling on congress to pass it. | H.R.2407, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under …

Peter Nelson (2019-10-28). What's Wrong with the Bees? Our New Film, "The Pollinators," Seeks an Answer. globalresearch.ca "What's wrong with the bees?" | I've been asked that question frequently over the years. My friends, family and most of my work colleagues know that I've been a beekeeper for decades, so it's a reasonable question and it usually leads …

Staff (2019-10-28). Elizabeth Warren Thwarts Reporters' Attempts to Smear Medicare for All. truthout.org Many reporters express frustration over Sen. Elizabeth Warren's refusal to say that she will raise taxes to pay for her Medicare for All plan. Instead, she insists that total health care costs for middle-income families will go down. While this is not playing the reporters' game, Senator Warren is answering the correct question, even if the reporters refuse to ask it. | The reporters' game is…

WSWS (2019-10-28). The Current War: Director's Cut—About Thomas Edison, electricity and the 1880s. wsws.org The film, originally screened in 2017, fell victim to the scandal surrounding its producer, Harvey Weinstein.

Staff (2019-10-28). What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years Later. truthout.org Some anniversaries are less about the past than the future. So it should be with November 9, 1989. In case you've long forgotten, that was the day when East and West Germans began nonviolently dismantling the Berlin Wall, an entirely unpredicted, almost unimaginable ending to the long-entrenched Cold War. Think of it as the triumph of idealistic hope over everything that then passed for har…

Staff (2019-10-28). "People Have Reached the Limit": Lebanon Joins Wave of Anti-Government Protests Across Middle East. democracynow.org Tens of thousands of people in Lebanon joined hands on Sunday to form a human chain spanning north to south across the entire country. It was a symbolic display of unity across regional and sectarian divisions amid mass protests that have rocked the country in recent days. The protests sweeping Lebanon come amid a wave of similar anti-government protests in Iraq, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. We speak with Rami Khouri, senior public policy fellow and journalist-in-residence at the American University of Beirut, and a columnist at The New Arab.

Staff (2019-10-28). Headlines for October 28, 2019. democracynow.org ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Reportedly Dies in U.S. Raid in Syria, California Declares State of Emergency over Wildfires, Chile: Over One Million Take to Streets in Protest Against Inequality, Dozens Killed in Iraq Amid Latest Round of Anti-Government Protests, Lebanese Form Human Chain Across Country as Protests Continue, Alberto Fernandez Wins Argentine Election in Defeat for Right-Wing Incumbent, Brexit Deadline Extended Until Jan. 31, Trump Booed, Taunted at World Series Game, Pentagon Hands Microsoft a $10 Billion Contract, Chicago Teachers Strike Continues, While Support Staff Reach Tentative Deal, UAW and Gene…

Staff (2019-10-28). One Million Take to Streets of Chile in the "Largest Mobilization Since the End of Dictatorship" democracynow.org Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has announced a major cabinet shuffle after more than one million people flooded the streets Friday in massive peaceful demonstrations over inequality, high cost of living and privatization. The protest drew more than 5% of Chile's population and followed days of widespread civil unrest that sparked a violent police and military crackdown across the country. At least 18 people have been killed and hundreds more have been shot and wounded since protests erupted Oct. 19. The protests in Chile began in response to a subway fare hike and have grown into a mass uprising against the g…

Staff (2019-10-28). The Death of al-Baghdadi: ISIS Grew Out of U.S. Invasion of Iraq. What Will Happen Next? democracynow.org President Trump announced Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. special forces raid on his compound in northwestern Syria. According to Trump, al-Baghdadi detonated an explosive vest he was wearing, killing himself and three of his children. The raid began early Sunday when eight U.S. military helicopters flew from a base near Erbil, Iraq, to northwestern Syria over airspace controlled by Syria and Russia. Baghdadi had led ISIS since 2010. In 2014, he proclaimed the creation of an Islamic State or caliphate during a speech in Mosul. At its peak, ISIS controlled a large swath of land ac…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-28). Hillary Clinton: "We Created Al Qaeda". The Protagonists of the "Global War on Terrorism" are the Terrorists. globalresearch.ca The "Global War on Terrorism" uses Al Qaeda terrorist operatives as their foot soldiers. "Political Islam" and the imposition of an "Islamic State" (modeled on Qatar or Saudi Arabia) is an integral part of US foreign policy. America is the Terror State.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-28). Trump's Stated Plan to Loot Syria's Oil Reserves 'Would Be a War Crime,' Critics Say. commondreams.org While announcing that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed over the weekend, President Donald Trump made explicit the longstanding U.S. military policy of securing oil reserves in the Middle East regardless of the human lives that are lost in the process, a number of critics said Monday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-28). A Reminder Following Baghdadi's Death: 'The Terrorists We're Killing Today Are the Terrorists We Created Yesterday'. commondreams.org "Nobody is better than the U.S. at killing terrorists. Nobody is better than the U.S. at creating terrorists." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-28). 'Look at My Record, Child,' Biden Tells Adult Climate Campaigner in Condescending Response to Super PAC Question. commondreams.org Former Vice President Joe Biden came under fire from progressives Monday as video footage circulated online showing his condescending response to a young woman who questioned him about abandoning his opposition to super PACs in the face of a cash-strapped presidential campaign. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-28). 27 Youth Climate Activists Arrested for Canadian Parliament Sit-In Demanding Green New Deal. commondreams.org Over two dozen youth activists were arrested Monday for occupying the floor of Canada's House of Commons to demand the nation's lawmakers prioritize combating the climate emergency a week after voters elected a squad of Green New Deal supporters to Parliament. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-28). US President Greeted With Thunderous Boos and 'Impeach Trump' Banner at World Series. commondreams.org "After years of horrifying footage of people wildly cheering Trump's deranged rambling at his rallies, it's reassuring—restorative, even!—to know that the rest of the country hasn't forgotten how to greet tyrants." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-28). Brexit, Workers' Rights and the Environment: The Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB). globalresearch.ca The smorgasbord of Brexit terms has been further plated up with the latest acronym: the WAB or Withdrawal Agreement Bill. It comes in at 115 pages, with an added bonus of 126 pages of explanatory notes. For something seemingly …

United Nations (2019-10-28). 'Multi-generational tragedy' in Israel and Palestine demands political will for two-State solution. un.org Pervasive deteriorating facts on the ground in Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "are pushing us every further" from achieving a viable two-State solution, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Monday.

Global Research News (2019-10-28). Selected Articles: The Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

WSWS (2019-10-28). The murder of Baghdadi and Washington's crisis in the Middle East. wsws.org The targeted assassination of the ISIS leader was politically timed to deflect criticism within the US ruling establishment and its military and intelligence apparatus of Trump's Syria policy.

Staff (2019-10-28). Investors Return to Saudi Arabia as Lucrative Oil IPO Looms. truthdig.com RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Lured by a long-looming stock offering of Saudi Arabia's massive state-run oil company, investors and business leaders have returned to the kingdom's capital for an investment forum that was overshadowed last year by the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. | Yet drawing big names to the Future Investment Initiative alone does not mean Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's dream of having Saudi Aramco offer a sliver of itself at a $2 trillion valuation will become a reality. | King Salman's son needs to raise $100 billion required to fund his ambitious development…

The Canary (2019-10-28). 16 years on from Western invasion, Iraqi authorities continue to kill dozens of protesters. thecanary.co At least 72 protesters have been killed in Iraq since nationwide anti-government protests resumed on Friday, after 149 were killed during an earlier wave of protests this month. | The latest violence comes as thousands of students took to the streets in defiance of a government order and tear gas from security forces. The students missed classes at several universities and secondary schools in Baghdad and across Iraq's majority-Shiite south to take part in the protests, despite the government ordering schools and universities to operate normally. Authorities later announced a curfew from midnight to 6am in the ca…

The Canary (2019-10-28). Reporter accuses Hong Kong police of violence against media. thecanary.co A reporter has disrupted a police news conference in Hong Kong to protest against what she called escalating violence by officers against journalists covering the city's pro-democracy protests.The reporter interrupted the briefing on Monday by reading a statement alleging police mistreatment.Hong Kong police officers push back journalists during a rally in Hong Kong (AP/Kin Cheung)To emphasise her point, she used a high-powered strobing light similar to the ones police have used on photographers and video journalists.Five officers taking part in the news conference left the stage, leaving the reporter, identified…

Rasika Sittamparam (2019-10-28). Addressing inequality is key if we want to tackle climate chaos. thecanary.co Recent Extinction Rebellion climate protests included a rally of trade unionists in Trafalgar Square. And this inclusion reflected its message that "the labour and environmental struggles are inextricably related". Martin Empson — who helped gather participants from branches of the NEU, the PCS, and Unite — says "many trade unionists are concerned about the environment". And he stresses that the meeting was set up to destroy the "crude stereotype"

Jason Ditz (2019-10-28). US Boosts Troop Numbers in East Syria to Control Oil. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — With several hundred US troops already planned to stay in Syria to "control the oil," US convoys are sending more troops into Syria Deir Ezzor Province from neighboring Iraq, and reinforcing the areas around the oil fields. Exactly how many troops are there, or how many were sent is not known. President Trump previously classified …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-10-28). Is the 'Greater Albania' Project Aimed Against Russia in the Balkans? globalresearch.ca A project for Greater Albania — conspiracy or legitimate? According to a 2010 Gallup Balkan Monitor report, 83% of Albanians in Albania supported the idea of a Greater Albania, with 81% and 53% of Albanians in Kosovo and North Macedonia …

RT (2019-10-28). Pelosi announces 'unnecessary' formal vote on impeachment as proceedings go public. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House will finally hold a vote on impeachment proceedings, an effort to silence Republican complaints about secrecy — and force witnesses to respond to subpoenas. | A resolution "that affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by our committees" will be introduced in the House later this week to "eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives," Pelosi said in a statement rele…

Aaron Maté (2019-10-28). Uncovering Russiagate's Origins Could Prevent Future Scandals. thenation.com Uncovering Russiagate's Origins Could Prevent Future Scandals…

James Carden (2019-10-28). The Demonization of Dissent. thenation.com The Demonization of Dissent…

John Washington (2019-10-28). The Amount of Money Being Made Ripping Migrant Families Apart Is Staggering. thenation.com The Amount of Money Being Made Ripping Migrant Families Apart Is Staggering…

John Nichols (2019-10-28). John Conyers Carried the Civil Rights Movement Forward. thenation.com John Conyers Carried the Civil Rights Movement Forward…

League of Women Voters (2019-10-28). Climate Crisis: What Can You Do – Learn more. indybay.org Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church | 1188 12TH ST, | OAKLAND, CA 94607…

Michael Kratke and Elmar Altvater (2019-10-28). The Social State inthe Age of Global Capitalism. indybay.org Welcome to techno-corporate feudalism-where the richest three Americans have more wealth than 160 million, where the wealthiest 86 have more wealth than 3.6 billion (acc. to Oxfam), where the foul-mouthed authoritarian cancelled free school lunches for 1 million children, where the average US workers only earns 12% more than in 1964 and where market distortions rule.

Extinction Rebellion SF Bay (2019-10-28). Climate Funeral March. indybay.org College Ave and Russell Street, Berkeley, CA…

Veteran For Peace, Chapter 101 (2019-10-28). Right a Bell for Peace. indybay.org corner of Fourth and Santa Clara Streets | San Jose, California…

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-10-28). Impeachment Now? Or Never? indybay.org NPML | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-10-28). The End of Accountable Government Is Close at Hand. Julian Assange and the CIA. globalresearch.ca For about 70 years the CIA has been undermining a free press. It began with Operation Mockingbird, a Cold War operation against communism. The CIA recruited journalists into a propaganda network. The CIA paid journalists to write fake stories or …

teleSUR (2019-10-27). Defying Crackdown, Thousands of Iraqis Keep Protesting. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Iraqi demonstrators stood firm Sunday in Baghdad's centrally-located Tahrir Square, defying the heavy repression and night raids from the police forces that killed dozens of people over the weekend. | RELATED: | Trump Says Islamic State Leader Baghdadi Dead in US Forces Raid | Medical and security sources said 77 people had been injured as the songs of "We give you our life and our blood, Iraq" were heard throughout the demonstrations. | Some of the young demonst…

teleSUR (2019-10-27). Colombia's Local Elections, Far-Right Uribe Loses Major Cities. telesurenglish.net The Colombian National Registry announced ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äãthe results of the local and regional elections held Sunday with the center-left obtaining big wins across the country. | RELATED: | Colombia: Electoral Crimes Denounced During Local Polls | The outcome reveals the overwhelming defeat of the right-wing Democratic Center party led by former far-right president Alvaro Uribe. The party lost th…

teleSUR (2019-10-27). Syrian Kurdish Forces Leaving Turkish Border Area. telesurenglish.net The Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Sunday that they had agreed to withdraw more than 30 kilometers from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should now end its "aggression" in northeast Syria. | RELATED: | US Earns More Than US$30m Smuggling Syrian Oil: Russia | "The Self-Defense Forces are relocating to new positions far from the Syrian-Turkish border across northeastern Syria in order to stop the bloodshed and protect the inhabit…

Fight Back (2019-10-27). Minneapolis: FRSO celebrates 70th anniversary of China's revolution. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — About 70 people gathered in south Minneapolis, October 26, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese revolution. Each year Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the Twin Cities organizes an event to celebrate the "Two Octobers," the victories of the Chinese and Russian revolutions. | Mick Kelly, a national leader of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) and editor of the newspaper Fight Back!, told the crowd, "It is a real honor to be with you this evening to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese revolution. In October of 1949, the outstanding Marxist-Leninist, th…