2019-09-04: News Headlines

Fred Goldstein (2019-09-04). Trump, racism and capitalism. workers.org Published on Aug. 11 at lowwagecapitalism.com. Let there be no mistake about it. Donald Trump has the blood of all those killed and wounded in the mass shootings of the recent past on his hands, from Gilroy, Calif.; to El Paso, Texas; to Dayton, Ohio. And let there be no . . . | Continue reading Trump, racism and capitalism at Workers.org

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-04). Hezbollah Won't Tolerate Israeli Aggression. globalresearch.ca Make no mistake. Israel is run by anti-democratic hardliners. Nuclear armed and dangerous, along with maintaining stockpiles of chemical, biological, and other banned terror weapons, Israel is a Middle East menace. | It's second only to the regional threat posed by …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-09-04). Undermining Israeli Deterrence: Hezbollah Is Preparing to Shoot Down a Drone. Netanyahu's "Election War" globalresearch.ca Hezbollah is preparing to down an Israeli drone in the coming days, after leaving time for Israeli politicians and media to increase their criticism and attacks on Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, accused of undermining Israel's vital deterrence strategy in …

Anya Parampil (2019-09-04). The Citgo conspiracy: Opposition figures accuse Guaidó officials of 'scam' to liquidate Venezuela's most prized international asset. thegrayzone.com Venezuela's opposition has long accused the Bolivarian government of corruption and mismanagement. But with Citgo on the verge of liquidation,…

Staff (2019-09-04). Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill That Sparked Protests. truthdig.com HONG KONG—Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters' demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest. | But lawmakers warned that the bill's withdrawal was not enough to end the turmoil, which has increasingly focused on alleged police brutality against protesters and democratic reforms. A youth activist also rejected the move as insincere and warned it could be a precursor to a clampdown. | The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to…

The Canary (2019-09-04). Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests. thecanary.co Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has announced the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations.The move bows to one of the protesters' demands in the hope of ending the unrest.But a pro-government politician warned that the bill's withdrawal was not enough to end the protests, which have increasingly focused on greater democracy and demands for Lam's resignation.The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials.People block policemen trying to arrest protesters near the airport in Hong Kong on Sunday (Vincent Yu/AP)It has pr…

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-04). US-NATO-Israel Threats against Iran. Israel's Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca US, NATO, Israeli missiles and other weapons are used time and again for naked aggression. | Judge them by their actions, warrior states, global menace nations, threatening everyone everywhere. | The Islamic Republic of Iran never attacked another country preemptively. It's the …

Arash Norouzi (2019-09-04). Israel: "Wiped off The Map". The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran. globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note | The following text by Arash Norouzi first published by the Mossadegh Project and Global Research in January 2007 confirms that the alleged "Wiped Off the Map" statement by Iran's (former) president was never made. | In the …

Wyatt Reed (2019-09-04). Golpistas occidentales lanzan campaña para culpar a Evo Morales por los incendios en la Amazonía. thegrayzone.com Mientras Bolsonaro en Brasil permite a los terratenientes de élite incinerar el Amazonas, los golpistas como Jhanisse V. Daza buscan…

teleSUR (2019-09-04). Brazil: Bolsonaro Seeks to Privatize Strategic Economic Sectors. telesurenglish.net Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro is getting ready to implement an ambitious process of privatization of state-owned assets related to energy production, port infrastructures, gas extraction and natural resources, Brazilian independent outlets are warning. | RELATED: | 2,000 New Fires in Amazon Despite Brazil's Burning Ban | "The Bolsonaro administration operat…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-04). Venezuela: Gold Reserves Fall to 75-year Low as Guaido Seeks to Restructure Debt. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan gold reserves fell by $1 billion in the first semester of 2019.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-04). East Timor and Australia: a Loveless Affair at Twenty. counterpunch.org Cringe worthy, a touch molesting in sentiment: this was the celebratory occasion of the gathering of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his East Timorese counterparts. During the course of its history, the state has been pillaged and bombed, its residents massacred and its politicians spied upon. The exposure of that seedy little matter of More

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-09-04). Forget the Russians: It's the Federal Reserve which is Seeking to Meddle in Our Elections. globalresearch.ca The US Constitution never granted the federal government authority to create a central bank. The Founders, having lived through hyperinflation themselves, understood that government should never have a printing press at its disposal. But from the very beginning of America's …

WSWS (2019-09-04). Russia and Turkey intensify military cooperation over US objections. wsws.org Turkish purchases of Russian missiles and possibly fighter jets are fuelling tensions between Turkey and its imperialist allies in Washington and Europe.

South Front (2019-09-04). Video: Russia Accuses US of Sabotaging Idlib Ceasefire. globalresearch.ca On September 1, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the recent US strike on Idlib province had "endangered the truce" in the area and "violated all previous arrangements." The defense ministry noted that the air raid led to "multiple casualties …

Staff (2019-09-04). As Dorian Loomed, Homeland Security Shifted $155 Million From FEMA to ICE. truthout.org | | Last week, as Hurricane Dorian formed out in the Atlantic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was shifting $155 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This means that money previously allocated for disaster relief — to help rebuild after a hurricane, for example — is now being diverte…

W. T. Whitney (2019-09-04). Colombian Peace Agreement in Peril: Rebels Return to Armed Struggle. counterpunch.org Civil war in Colombia may have a new lease on life. Appearing in a video released on August 29, Iván Márquez (formerly Luciano Marín Arango) spoke for former FARC guerrillas accompanying him. He announced they had returned "to the mountain," to armed struggle. Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had fought Colombia's government since 1964. In late More

Jerome Coffey (2019-09-04). Support SCI Albion prisoner on hunger strike! workers.org Greetings of love, peace and humanity! On April 28, politicized prisoner Demetrius Grant went on a hunger strike here at State Correctional Institution Albion. He is presently housed in the medical infirmary, being force-fed by correctional officers through a court order. Grant is on a hunger strike attempting to expose . . . | Continue reading Support SCI Albion prisoner on hunger strike! at Workers.org

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-04). We're All Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Forcefully dragged from Ecuador's London embassy by UK police and imprisoned at the behest of Trump regime hardliners, Julian Assange is being slowly killed for the "crime" of truth-telling journalism. | Ruling authorities of both nations want it suppressed, operating in …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-09-04). Freedom of Speech: Federal Election Commission (FEC), Social Media Giants Powwow on Circumventing First Amendment. globalresearch.ca It's hardly surprising The New York Times and The Washington Post didn't bother to report on the rally at the British Home Office in support of Julian Assange. | A quick search of the news reveals AOL and Reuters reported …

Kenn Orphan (2019-09-04). Apartheid Had Always Been the Plan. counterpunch.org What do wealthy capitalists do in response to the ever present threat of nuclear annihilation or a biosphere teetering on the edge of collapse? Why they build enormous, fortified bunkers deep underground, of course. Here they can live like the descendants of the mammals that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs in the late Cretaceous More

RT (2019-09-04). 'Don't do it!' Whoopi Goldberg recalls McCarthy era as she slams call for 'blacklist' of Trump fans. rt.com A demand by Will & Grace co-stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack for a public "list" of Trump supporters in Hollywood has not been received well, with even Trump-hating actress Whoopi Goldberg slamming it as "not a good idea." | Recalling the McCarthy-era witch hunts against alleged "Communist sympathizers" in the US entertainment industry, Goldberg delivered a stark warning to her Hollywood colleagues on the first episode of the new season of ABC's talk show 'The View.' | Listen, the last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves. This is not a good idea | The 'Will and Grace' co-stars recent…

Louisa Willcox (2019-09-04). Grizzly Secrets: How the Trump Administration Keeps the Public in the Dark About Yellowstone's Bears. counterpunch.org A memo recently leaked from the Trump administration to the Center for Biological Diversity confirmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is directing its staff to withhold certain public records about how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is being implemented. This includes instances where recommendations by career wildlife scientists may have been overridden More

Kani Xulam (2019-09-04). When Evil Devoured a Good Man. counterpunch.org Wedat Aydin didn't have a say in why he was born a Kurd in an international colony called Kurdistan part of which is now reeling under the jackboots of the Turkish Army. Nor did he have a say in why he was born in 1954 only to be kidnapped and brutally murdered by monsters masquerading as Turkish police in More

Robert Hunziker (2019-09-04). Killing the Ocean. counterpunch.org The oceans are "crying for mercy," a fact that is starkly revealed in a telling 900-page draft of a forthcoming UN report due for release September 25th. The draft report obtained by Agence France-Presse (AFP) assesses the status of the oceans and cyrosphere. It's a landmark UN report, and it's not a pretty picture. More

Robert Hunziker (2019-09-04). Killing the Ocean. counterpunch.org The oceans are "crying for mercy," a fact that is starkly revealed in a telling 900-page draft of a forthcoming UN report due for release September 25th. The draft report obtained by Agence France-Presse (AFP) assesses the status of the oceans and cyrosphere. It's a landmark UN report, and it's not a pretty picture. In More

Kenneth Surin (2019-09-04). Bojo Johnson's Latest Scurvy Trick. counterpunch.org Boris Johnson ("BoJo") has long had a reputation for seedy opportunism and rampant dishonesty— principles and scruples being as unfamiliar to him as sleeping on a bed or using a flush toilet was for Crocodile Dundee in that eponymous film. More

Thomas DeLorenzo (2019-09-04). US, UK and France May be Complicit in War Crimes in Yemen. globalresearch.ca A UN panel reported Tuesday that the US, UK and French governments may be complicit in war crimes for their assistance to the Saudi-led coalition that is attacking and starving civilians in Yemen as a military tactic. | The panel's report

WSWS (2019-09-04). New York transit agency seeks casualization of its workforce. wsws.org Management's demands are nothing less than a declaration of war and an attempt to institute slave-labor conditions.

Max Fadeev (2019-09-04). Ukraine's War on Donbass: "The Truth is the First Victim of War" globalresearch.ca The following is an interview conducted by email with a filmmaker based in Donetsk, who has been documenting Ukraine's war on the Donetsk People's Republic and the tragedies this has caused civilians living there. | 'Maxim Fadeev' is actually the pseudonym …

Howard Lisnoff (2019-09-04). Losing My Religion. counterpunch.org "I should have known better" begins an old Beatles tune, and I really should have known better than to involve myself in the losing battle with organized religion. But I didn't and now I'm out a few bucks and I think that I've been chastened enough to have learned a lesson. The learning experience came More

Chris Cole (2019-09-04). UK Rapidly Developing New Drone Programmes: "Mosquito" and "Swarming" globalresearch.ca While the primary focus for UK military drone operations has been around larger systems like Reaper, the forthcoming 'Protector' and Watchkeeper; the UK is increasingly funding the development of smaller drones to engage in war-fighting roles. | Mosquito | At the International …

Mark Taliano (2019-09-04). ISIS R Us. US-NATO Support ISIS and Al Qaeda Globally. globalresearch.ca U.S-led NATO and its allies support ISIS and al Qaeda globally. They supported al Qaeda to destroy Libya, they support al Qaeda/ISIS and their affiliates in Syria and in Iraq, and now evidence demonstrates that they are also supporting al …

Andre Vltchek (2019-09-04). The West Oppressed the Third World for so Long that It Became Third World Itself. globalresearch.ca Many have already noticed: The U.S. really, really doesn't feel like the world leader, or even as a 'first world country'. Of course, I write that sarcastically, as I detest expressions like 'first world', and the 'third world'. But readers …

Makia Freeman (2019-09-04). Mandatory Vaccine Agenda Is Step-by-Step Repealing Religious & Philosophical Exemptions. globalresearch.ca The Mandatory Vaccine Agenda is a worldwide plan which has been picking up steam lately. Unfortunately for the causes of individual rights, medical autonomy and sovereignty, natural health and freedom in general, many countries and US states have been accelerating …

Physicians for Social Responsibility (2019-09-04). Trump EPA's Reckless Attempt to Undo Key Health and Safety Protections Regarding Methane Emissions and Leaks. globalresearch.ca On August 28, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an attempt to roll back key provisions of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which provide critical health and safety protections to prevent harm to public health from …

Ribbeck Law Chartered (2019-09-04). Mother Files Lawsuit Against Boeing in Tragic Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 Crash. globalresearch.ca Ribbeck Law Chartered, which represents the majority of families of the victims of the deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, and Global Aviation Law Group, has filed additional lawsuits against Boeing for an Egyptian family in U.S. federal court in …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-04). Inevitable Withdrawal: The US-Taliban Deal. globalresearch.ca It took gallons and flagons of blood, but it eventuated, a squeeze of history into a parchment of possibility: the Taliban eventually pushed the sole superpower on this expiring earth to a deal of some consequence. (The stress is on …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2019-09-04). Concealing the Truth. globalresearch.ca Concealing the truth from the people is not unusual in politics. It is perhaps more pronounced in global politics partly because it is more difficult to hold powerful global actors accountable. That might is right is an adage that rings …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-09-04). The African American Struggle: Reflections on the Black Panther Party's United Front Against Fascism (UFAF). globalresearch.ca During July 18-20, 1969 a gathering in Oakland, California sought to galvanize a broad cross section of progressive and revolutionary organizations across the United States into a united front opposing the escalating repressive policies leveled principally at the African American …

Asad Ismi (2019-09-04). Fear and Loathing Under Modi's Second Term. globalresearch.ca The Pakistani feminist poet Fahmida Riaz, who moved to India from Pakistan in the 1980s to escape that country's Islamic fundamentalist military dictatorship, only to encounter growing Hindu funda- mentalism in her new home, captured the experience in a …

John W. Whitehead (2019-09-04). Is the U.S. Government "An Enemy of the People"? America's Lost Liberties, Post-9/11. globalresearch.ca "These are the times that try men's souls." ‚Äï Thomas Paine, The American Crisis | Take heed, America. | Our losses are mounting with every passing day. | What began with…

AE911Truth (2019-09-04). Fire Did Not Cause 3rd Tower's Collapse on 9/11, New Study Finds. globalresearch.ca On September 11, 2001, at 5: 20 PM, the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 collapsed into its footprint, falling more than 100 feet at the rate of gravity for 2.5 seconds of its seven-second destruction. | Despite calls for the evidence …

Adeyinka Makinde (2019-09-04). History: Implacable Foes of Southern African Apartheid and Colonialism. globalresearch.ca Nigeria's military government headed by Murtala Muhammed (1938-1976) and Olusegun Obasanjo (b. 1937) from July 1975 to October 1979 was one that was marked by its implacable opposition to Apartheid and colonialism in southern Africa. | The hardline stance it took …

John W. Whitehead (2019-09-04). American Gulag: Our Prisons Get More Oppressive by the Day. counterpunch.org "The exile of prisoners to a distant place, where they can 'pay their debt to society,' make themselves useful, and not contaminate others with their ideas or their criminal acts, is a practice as old as civilization itself. The rulers of ancient Rome and Greece sent their dissidents off to distant colonies. Socrates chose death More

Clark T. Scott (2019-09-04). The Impossibility of Intransigent Transcendence. counterpunch.org On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the Resolutions Committee of the Democrat's National Committee (of Super-delegates) voted 17 to 8 against the possibility of a debate between their presidential candidates focussed on climate change. That means that slightly over 2/3rds of the Resolution Committee opposes such a debate. On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the DNC (of More

Steven Krichbaum (2019-09-04). Wildfires: Focus on Defensible Space, Not Large Scale Logging. counterpunch.org It seems both major parties can be sadly misinformed about forests and fires. The president recently promoted logging as a way to curb fires even though studies have clearly shown it to be ineffective. Now two western Senators, Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., intend to introduce legislation to further Trump's agenda. The most comprehensive More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-04). Warren Climate Plan Would Reverse Trump Tax Cuts for Rich to Help Fund Transition to 100% Renewable Energy. commondreams.org "Nothing less than a national mobilization will be required to defeat climate change. It will require every single one of us, and it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work—there is no time to waste." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-09-04). Headlines for September 4, 2019. democracynow.org 13,000 Homes Destroyed, At Least 7 Dead as Hurricane Dorian Devastates Bahamas, Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Withdraws Extradition Bill After Months of Protest, Boris Johnson Faces Crushing Blow to Brexit Plan as MPs Rebel Against No-Deal Exit from EU, Walmart Will Stop Selling Assault Weapon Ammunition Following Spate of Deadly Mass Shootings, 14-Year-Old Alabama Teen Shoots and Kills 5 Family Members, Trump Admin Diverts $3.6 Billion from Defense Budget to Build Border Wall, Trump Admin Partially Backtracks on Plan to Deport Immigrants with Serious Health Conditions, Guatemalan Presidential Runner-Up and Ex-Firs…

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-04). UK Parliamentarians Voted to Take Control of the Agenda. Majority UK MPs Oppose Johnson's No-Deal Brexit. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday by a 328 — 301 majority, UK parliamentarians voted to take control of the agenda. | They want a measure debated to prevent Britain from leaving the EU without a deal with Brussels — either by the current October …

The Canary (2019-09-04). Kwarteng defends sacking of Tory rebels as Parliament gears up for momentous day. thecanary.co Boris Johnson was right to throw Tory rebels out of the party after their disloyalty over Brexit, according to a minister and ally.The prime minister brutally sacked 21 Conservative MPs after they voted against the government on Tuesday, as they attempted to block Britain leaving the European Union without a deal on 31 October.Those sacked include Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Rory Stewart — all of whom were serving in Theresa May's cabinet just weeks ago. Party stalwarts Ken Clarke and Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill's grandson, were also dismissed. | Corbyn and his surrender bill would mean years of u…

The Canary (2019-09-04). To stop the DUP, Sinn Féin considers working with other parties in possible snap election. thecanary.co Sinn Féin has signalled a willingness to co-operate with other pro-Remain parties to challenge DUP Brexiteer candidates if a general election is called. | Party vice president Michelle O'Neill did not rule out electoral pacts with other "progressive" parties to maximise the chances of taking seats in the north of Ireland. | She was at Stormont on Wednesday to chair an election planning meeting with party colleagues, and said: Clearly we are moving very quickly towards an election… | this election will be about fighting back very hard, very strong against the Tory/DUP sponsored Brexit that brings nothing good for…

Prof. John Van Reenen (2019-09-04). Why No-deal Brexit Is a Battle for the Soul of Our Nation. "Boris Johnson's Lies Would make Pinocchio Blush" globalresearch.ca We are careening towards the most extreme form of Brexit imaginable — flouncing out of the European Union (EU) after 46 years without any transition plan. Operation Yellowhammer, a leaked secret report from the government's own officials predicted that the …

Global Research News (2019-09-04). Selected Articles: Political Outrage in Britain over No-deal Brexit. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

True Publica (2019-09-04). The Real Reason Johnson Prorogued Parliament. globalresearch.ca Just as I predicted last year, the Conservative party is now in its implosion stage. | Dec 2018: "David Cameron, advised by pro-Brexit think tanks has brought a type of political chaos in Britain one could only imagine in some …

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-04). Russia's Asian Pivot: The Vladivostok-Chennai Maritime Corridor. globalresearch.ca Credible reports have been circulating that this year's Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok will see the formalization of the Vladivostok-Chennai Maritime Corridor between the Russian Far East and India, which would be the key to comprehensively diversifying Russia's "Pivot to …

Padraig McGrath (2019-09-04). The Russia-Mongolia Strategic Partnership. globalresearch.ca On September 2nd, Russian President Vladimir Putin began a 2-day visit to the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, at the conclusion of which a permanent treaty of mutual friendship and extensive strategic partnership will be signed with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga. …

Alvaro Huerta (2019-09-04). Reflections of a White Studies Survivor. counterpunch.org "Hello, my name is Alvaro Huerta and I'm a White Studies Survivor." What does White Studies mean? (Thank you for asking.) It basically refers to a Euro-centric philosophy or curriculum taught in U.S. schools (and beyond), where there's a racist assumption—perpetuated by the dominant culture and elites—that individuals of European origin (or white people) and More

Staff (2019-09-04). Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests. democracynow.org Journalist and pro-democracy activist Omoyele Sowore is entering his second month in jail for calling for peaceful nationwide protests against the government. Sowore called his movement "Revolution Now" and mobilized activists to take to the streets August 5. But just two days before the protests were set to begin, Sowore was arrested by the state and accused of attempting to take over the government. He's been imprisoned for more than a month now as human rights groups continue to call for his immediate release. We speak with his wife Opeyemi Sowore and Nani Jansen Reventlow, one of the attorneys representing Om…

Hans Stehling (2019-09-04). Remembering Sophie Tucker's Hit Song 'My Yiddishe Momme', the Very Antonym of Netanyahu's Zionist State. globalresearch.ca Sophie Tucker was a Jewish American singer and radio personality. Known for her powerful delivery, she was one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first half of the 20th century and was widely known by the nickname …

Saiba Varma (2019-09-04). Kashmir Has Become a Zone of Permanent, Limitless War. thenation.com Kashmir Has Become a Zone of Permanent, Limitless War…

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-09-04). What We Still Do Not Know About Russiagate. thenation.com What We Still Do Not Know About Russiagate…

Patrick Bond (2019-09-04). Fighting Fossil Fuels in South Africa: Campaigners Invoke Specters of Climate Chaos. counterpunch.org South Africa is one of the most difficult places to combat fossil fuels, including the petrochemical complexes that regularly poison the third largest city, Durban, founded by white settlers on the east coast in the mid-19th century. The average South African emits 9 tons of CO2 annually, which is the 11th highest among countries with More

Alessio Arena (2019-09-04). Will Germany direct European imperialism? workers.org Editor's notes: The following are excerpts, chosen from a more extensive essay on developments in Europe, which focuses on the role of German imperialism within the European Union. The author is the secretary general of the Fronte Popolare (Popular Front) in Italy. Translation by WW managing editor John Catalinotto. By . . . | Continue reading Will Germany direct European imperialism? at Workers.org

Global Research News (2019-09-04). Selected Articles: Boris Johnson Threatens to Suspend Parliament. globalresearch.ca Global Research, like many independent voices all over the globe, is feeling the effects of online measures set up to curtail access to our website, and by consequence, hinder our finances. We sail on despite the unpredictable currents and unfavourable …

Laura Wells (2019-09-04). What is Happening in Venezuela, and What Can the U.S. Do? PART II. indybay.org PART II of a three-part series on Venezuela, written after participating in an End-Sanctions delegation in April 2019. The PDF has the Tikkun magazine article that combines the three parts: What's really happening, Why did both Obama and Trump sanction Venezuela, and How did the Venezuelan economy get so messed up?>

Laura Wells (2019-09-04). What is Happening in Venezuela, and What Can the U.S. Do? PART I. indybay.org PART I of a three-part series on Venezuela after participating in an End-Sanctions delegation in April 2019. The PDF has the Tikkun magazine article that combines the three parts: What's really happening; Why did both Obama and Trump sanction Venezuela, and How did the Venezuelan Economy get so messed up?>

Laura Wells (2019-09-04). What is Happening in Venezuela, and What Can the U.S. Do? PART III. indybay.org PART III of a three-part series on Venezuela, written after participating in an End-Sanctions delegation in April 2019. The PDF has the Tikkun magazine article that combines the three parts: What's really happening, Why did both Obama and Trump sanction Venezuela, and How did the Venezuelan economy get so messed up?>

Fabian Goldmann, Florian Zollman & Hans Blixi (2019-09-04). Sanctions and Double Standards. indybay.org Sanctions are war with other means-and not an alternative to war. The civilian population pays the price with their bodies and their lives. Export prohibitions on the most important revenues of a country cause impoverishment and suffering. That Iran has not attacked another country militarily in the last 100 years is mostly unmentioned in the media.

Scott Duncan (2019-09-04). The way Poland works with Byelorussia. indybay.org Since long ago, a scheme was invented by the West elegantly to transform state financing of worthy projects into 'non-state funding'. These are the funds, which are considered to be some kind of public organizations. But a State can always tell businesses where they should carry their money not to damage existing relations. Businesses do it and all is well, no red flags.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-09-04). Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center 50th Anniversary: Peace Fair. indybay.org Civic Park in Walnut Creek | 1375 Civic Dr | Walnut Creek, CA 94596…

Nancy Roberts (2019-09-04). Extinction Rebellion SFBay Action to Promote Climate Strike. indybay.org Activists from Extinction Rebellion SFBay were in downtown San Francisco before dawn on September 3, postering to raise awareness of the Global Climate Strike actions, Sept 20-27.

Staff (2019-09-04). UN Report on Yemen: US, UK Accomplices to Atrocities, While Inaction Continues. therealnews.com Prof. Asad Abukhalil argues that the UN Human Rights Council's report on Yemen acknowledges US and UK complicity in the war crimes being committed, but it still soft-pedals them because the US dominates the body…

teleSUR (2019-09-04). Bolsonaro Slams UN's Bachelet for 'Meddling' in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro continued his attacks on foreign leaders and U.N. personnel this week as he shifted his attention to human rights chief Michelle Bachelet. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Seeks to Privatize Strategic Economic Sectors | Bolsonaro accused Chile's former leader Michelle Bachelet, now the United Nations human rights chief, of meddling in his country's affairs after she criticized a rise police violence and an erosion of democracy. | In comments to re…

Victor Grossman (2019-09-04). German Elections: a Mixture of Joy and Great Sorrow. counterpunch.org State elections in eastern Germany on September 1 brought mixed joy to some and great sorrow to others. With many, it was less joy than sighs of relief; neither Saxon nor Brandenburg voters gave the far-right, fascist-leaning Alternative for Germany (AfD) the Number One position it had hungered for. In Saxony this was prevented by More

Max Blumenthal (2019-09-03). Meet the militantly pro-Israel Trump official directing the economic war on Iran. thegrayzone.com From her influential post at the Treasury Department, Sigal Mandelker has vowed to defend "our great partner, Israel" by sanctioning…

teleSUR (2019-09-03). US Imposes Sanctions on Iran Space Agencies. telesurenglish.net The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran's civilian space agency and two research organizations Tuesday, claiming they were being used to advance Tehran's ballistic missile program. | RELATED: | Iran Urges European Partners to Fulfill Nuclear Commitments | "The United States will not allow Iran to use its space launch program as a cover to advance its ballistic missile programs," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. | He said Iran's Aug. 29 attempt to test a…

David Cantor (2019-09-03). Racist Ideology and Practice Rooted in Speciesism. dissidentvoice.org When perceived authorities like President Trump designate immigrants "animals," they authorize abuse of those officially disparaged people. Conscience-challenged people predictably seek to enhance their status by carrying out apparent or explicit wishes of adored "leaders." Trump probably has not personally killed or rounded up anyone. Neither have many other authoritarian despots whose policies and rhetoric …

teleSUR (2019-09-03). 2,000 New Fires in Amazon Despite Brazil's Burning Ban. telesurenglish.net Around 2,000 new fires have been recorded in the Amazon despite the Brazilian government's 60-day burning ban issued on Aug. 29. | RELATED: | Disapproval of Bolsonaro Increases After Amazon Fire Crisis | The Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE) released satellite data showing that two days after the government decided to issue its ban on burning lands, almost 4,000 new fires started, with more than half of them taking place in the Amazon. | The South American count…

Staff (2019-09-03). Trump Silences Tlaib and Omar for Revealing Human Toll of Occupation. truthout.org | | Years ago, I visited Gaza. It was in 2009, shortly after the disastrous Israeli war, and I was there to see the damage firsthand with other activists. There was devastation, but that's not what I remember most. | More than the skeletal remains of a hotel on the beach, riddled with holes from artillery fire, I was struck by the laughter of the children running past it, playing. More than the rubble of the American International School of Gaza, I was moved by the sounds of a wedding parading in…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-03). Max Blumenthal: Nicaragua beat US regime change, but sanctions and sabotage continue. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal explains how Nicaragua celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution just one year after defeating…

Staff (2019-09-03). Texas Weakens Gun Laws One Day After Odessa Massacre Leaves 7 Dead, 22 Injured. truthout.org | | A gunman killed seven people and injured 22 others on Saturday, including a 17-month-old girl. Police have identified the shooter as 36-year-old Seth Ator. He went on the rampage just hours after being fired from his trucking job. The deadly string of events began when a Midland police officer pulled over Ator for failing to use his signal. Police say Ator then opened fire using an AR-15-style weapon before speeding away. He then began shooting at random residents and motorists. The ramp…

teleSUR (2019-09-03). 'Trade War to Get Tougher After Election', Trump Warns China. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump warned China on Tuesday that if he is re-elected in the next 2020 elections, he will be "much tougher" when negotiating trade agreements; until then, he holds, the Chinese economy will "crumble." | RELATED: | US Puts Into Effect New Tariffs on Chinese Consumer Goods | "We are doing very well in our negotiations with China. While I a…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-09-03). Colombian peace agreement failing, some rebels return to armed struggle. peoplesworld.org Civil war in Colombia may be heating up once again. Appearing in a video released on August 29, Iván Márquez (formerly Luciano Marín Arango) spoke for former FARC guerrillas accompanying him. He announced they had returned "to the mountain," to armed struggle. Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had fought Colombia's government …

Mark Ashwill (2019-09-03). Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing: An International Education Nonprofit and a Devil's Bargain. counterpunch.org 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a well-known US-based private nonprofit that focuses on international student exchange and aid, foreign affairs, and international peace and security. IIE refers to itself as "a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas." While IIE has numerous More

teleSUR (2019-09-03). Colombian Govt: No Dialogue If ELN, FARC Dissent Make Alliance. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Government assured on Monday that any peace agreement dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN) would be closed if this group makes an alliance with dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). | RELATED: | Colombia's Opposition Unite Around FARC Call For Peace | "If an alliance between the ELN and FARC dissidents is c…

Nick Pemberton (2019-09-03). Replacing Ideology With Class. counterpunch.org There is something very peculiar about how politics is talked about. The things that are true and proven to work are called "left" while the things that are false and are proven to fail are called "right". This is why upon education most everyone becomes left, barring a greater force than truth itself in one's interest in education. This is an unprecedented dynamic. Take any other field. In mathematics, in science, in language, truth is proven and then more or less accepted. In politics this isn't the case. Despite things such as socialism, peace, education, regulation, housing and equality always working, there…

James Jordan (2019-09-03). Former Colombian guerrillas rearm as government undermines Peace Accords. liberationnews.org A new phase of armed conflict in Colombia has emerged with the declaration by some former leaders of the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — People's Army) that they are reorganizing and rearming as an insurgent force.

Nino Pagliccia (2019-09-03). Ottawa Goes to Havana to Talk Venezuela. Returns Empty-handed. globalresearch.ca Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland has just concluded a working visit to Cuba on August 28 intended to discuss the "crisis in Venezuela" with her Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez. A reading of the news release from the Ministry …

teleSUR (2019-09-03). Maduro Issues Orange Alert on Venezuela-Colombian Border. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared an "orange alert" Tuesday in the states that border with Colombia due to the threat of military aggression from the neighboring country. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting His Killing | "We know that there is an attempt to try to scale a set of false flag operations (…) the government of Colombia (…) now intends to maneuver a false flag operation to attack Venezuela and start a military conflict against ou…

Ben Norton (2019-09-03). 'Free Julian Assange!' say Roger Waters, John Pilger, and British MP Chris Williamson. thegrayzone.com Legendary musician Roger Waters sang "Wish You Were Here" in honor of Julian Assange, at a public concert outside the…

teleSUR (2019-09-03). Brazil: Attorney General Warns About Attack on Indigenous Lands. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Attorney General's Office urged the Army to begin an "urgent operation" on Monday to prevent illegal loggers from invading and attacking the Alto Rio Guama Reserve, which is located in the state of Para and belongs to the Tembe people. | RELATED: | 'It's Too Much Land For So Few Indians', Bolsonaro Holds | In its request to the Army command, the Attorney General's Office alleged that the attack on the reserve is imminent due to threats made by loggers who were expelled from…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-09-03). Boris Johnson's Slo-Motion Coup Eerily Recalls the Rise of Erdogan. counterpunch.org Britain is experiencing a slow-moving coup d'etat in which a right-wing government progressively closes down or marginalises effective opposition to its rule. It concentrates power in its own hands by stifling parliament, denouncing its opponents as traitors to the nation, displacing critics in its own ranks, and purging non-partisan civil servants. | More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-09-03). As Saudi and UAE Proxies Trade Blows in Southern Yemen, Yemeni Civilians Pay the Price. mintpressnews.com According to Yemenis in Aden, the victims of the fighting are always Yemeni, not citizens or soldiers from Saudi Arabia or the UAE, and are part of a larger Saudi-UAE strategy to keep Yemen divided.

Ilana Novick (2019-09-03). U.N. Report Finds U.S. Likely Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen. truthdig.com A new report by a group of investigators commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council says the United States, Britain and France may be culpable for war crimes in Yemen. The three countries back a Saudi Arabia- and United Arab Emirates-led coalition fighting on the side of the government in the current Yemeni civil war, which has been ongoing for five years. | "Five years into the conflict, violations against Yemeni civilians c…

Bruce Bostick (2019-09-03). Working-class solidarity: George Edwards and the pink hard hat. peoplesworld.org When I hired into the steel mill, Lorain Works — U.S. Steel, in 1970, it was a monstrous place, smoking, churning out tons of steel, with thousands of workers going in and out almost constantly. Around 9,000 workers, they said. The town of Lorain was/is an old mill town, with more bars than churches and …

RT (2019-09-03). US Catholic school bans Harry Potter books after consulting exorcists. rt.com A Catholic School in Nashville has banned Harry Potter books from its library, because a pastor decided that "the curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells." | Well, hide your cynicism, because reports suggest that Reverend Dan Reehil from St. Edward Catholic School did not make this highly controversial decision lightly. Before sending JK Rowling's books into purgatory, he "consulted several exorcists in the US and Rome" who decided that the boy wizard had to go. Has an exorcist ever said 'Actually, don't worry about it' to any question ever? | In an email, Reehil claims: "These books p…

Staff (2019-09-03). Joe Biden Taps Influence Industry Despite Pledge on Lobbyists. truthdig.com The money the presidential candidate has received from employees of major lobbying firms dwarfs that of the rest of the Democratic field.

Eds. (2019-09-03). Film 'Official Secrets' is the tip of a mammoth iceberg. mronline.org A new film depicting the whistleblower Katherine Gun, who tried to stop the Iraq invasion, is largely accurate, but the story is not over, says Sam Husseini. | Source

Phil Doe (2019-09-03). Chaos and Old Night: Fracking's Hell Fires Still Burn Bright in Colorado. counterpunch.org A funny thing happened on the way to the Colorado Capitol this past winter. The new Democratic majority passed a bill that would end the oil industry's reign of terror over the people in the fracking fields of Colorado. The new law, known as SB 181, made the protection of public health, safety, and the environment a condition that had to be met before any new oil and gas wells could be drilled or other infrastructure approved. More

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