2019-09-05: News Headlines

Brian Mier (2019-09-05). As Brazil Burns, Northern Media Deploy a Strategy of Deflection. commondreams.org Soy production for foreign markets, coupled with far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro's gutting of environmental protection agencies, are two drivers of the current, catastrophic increase in fires and deforestation. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

South Front (2019-09-05). Video: "Mighty Israeli Army" Abandoned Military Facility after Hezbollah Anti Tank (ATGM) Strike. globalresearch.ca The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) abandoned their military facility at Avivim in Upper Galilee, which had been targeted by Hezbollah anti-tank guided missile strike. According to a released video, IDF troops left behind at least 2 pieces of military equipment …

John V. Walsh (2019-09-05). Hands off Hong Kong: The Cry Seldom Heard. dissidentvoice.org Through the summer the world has watched as protests shook Hong Kong. As early as April they began as peaceful demonstrations which peaked in early June, with hundreds of thousands, in protest of an extradition bill. That bill would have allowed Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, to return criminals to Taiwan, mainland …

Padraig McGrath (2019-09-05). JCPOA (Nuclear) Negotiations with Iran Are a Test of the EU's Geopolitical Credibility. globalresearch.ca On September 4th, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would give the EU a further 60 days to come back into compliance with its economic commitments under the JCPOA before Iran would initiate a third phase of withdrawal from …

The Canary (2019-09-05). Iran releases seven crew members from British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero. thecanary.co Iran has released seven crew members from detained British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero and they have flown out of Iran, according to the ship's owner. | The development emerged in a statement quoting Stena Bulk chief executive Erik Hanell. | Stena Impero — Statement 16 | Erik Hanell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk said: "Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management can confirm that seven crew members of the Stena Impero have been released and are now travelling to a safe location. t.co/7XD2JQiAFM | [md…

Daniel Willis (2019-09-05). Amazonian Communities Need Solidarity, Not Saviours. globalresearch.ca A multitude of images of burning rainforest have circulated across social media over the last week with the hashtag #PrayfortheAmazon. A familiar refrain in these tweets and posts has been: if billionaires could dig in their pockets for Notre Dame, …

Darren Reid (2019-09-05). The Amazon Fire Crisis Has Been 500 Years in the Making — as Brazil's Indigenous People Know Only Too Well. globalresearch.ca Sà£o Paulo — the largest city in the Americas — was recently plunged into darkness in the middle of the day due to smoke from the Amazon rainforest burning more than 2,700km (1,700 miles) away. | These fires have brought …

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-09-05). Targeting the Tongass National Forest for Amazon-like Destruction. counterpunch.org One wonders if Trump and his administration are aware of what is happening in the world or if they care the Earth is under deadly stress by no less an enemy than humans. Are they so certain their crackpot theories are valid, that global warming is a hoax, that it's fine to keep cutting down forests, that burning the Amazon is good for ranchers, that pollution is good for business, that poisoning children by neurotoxins in their food is an unavoidable part of food production? More

Staff (2019-09-05). It's Not Just the Amazon: We Must Also Protect Congo Basin Peatlands From Fire. truthout.org | | Fires in the Amazon have sparked debate around the world, amplifying fears of climate change and the dire threat they pose for local Indigenous communities and the future sustainability of the planet. | These concerns are valid and real. Policies introduced by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are widely recognized to have p…

Staff (2019-09-05). Your Amazon Order Comes at a Steep Human Price. truthdig.com This story was co-published with The New York Times. | 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. | WHEN SHE ADDED GABRIELLE'S NAME to the chart in her kitchen, Judy Kennedy could picture the annual ritual. At birthdays she would ask her newest grandchild to stand up straight, heels against the door frame, so she could mark Gabrielle's height beside that of her other granddaughter in the Maine house the family…

Jill Langlois (2019-09-05). Brazil's indigenous peoples have long united against deforestation. nationofchange.org When rain started to fall on the flames overtaking the area around the small Amazonian town of Lábrea, Brazil, Marcos Apurin࣠let out a sigh. The Indigenous leader knew the fires would continue to rage across the lower Amazon region in Brazil, known as the arc of deforestation, but the rain brought a brief moment …

Fight Back (2019-09-05). Venezuela: FRSO speaks at mass march against Trump's blockade. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela — August 31 marked the last day of the Meeting of International Workers in Solidarity with the Venezuelan People and Its Government. In the morning, hundreds of trade unionists assembled to hear closing remarks and review a final declaration. Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) joined with other delegations came from 25 countries, and all parts of Venezuela, and proudly shouted out their approval. The audience was lively and often broke out in chants. | Leaving the conference, delegations of trade unionists rushed out of the building and assembled in the street to join a mass march…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-05). Max Blumenthal: Nicaragua beat U.S. regime change, but sanctions and sabotage continue. mronline.org The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal explains how Nicaragua celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution just one year after defeating a U.S.-backed coup effort — and how U.S. sabotage efforts continue today. | Source

Chris Winters (2019-09-05). What if we made the electoral college moot? nationofchange.org Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, many liberal circles were buzzing about how to prevent Donald Trump from taking office, especially after evidence of Russian interference emerged and after Trump continued to demonstrate his temperament and complete lack of qualification and preparation for the job. Maybe the Electoral College would go rogue and vote for …

Jacques R. Pauwels (2019-09-05). The Hitler-Stalin Pact, a Reply. counterpunch.org There are many inaccuracies in the Proyect/Szelegieniec essay, but I will comment only on a few of the most important ones: + The Red Army's march into [Eastern] Poland was not an "imperial incursion," as LP and PS claim. "Eastern Poland" was Ukrainian and Belorussian territory taken by Poland when it invaded Soviet Russia in More

Jill Richardson (2019-09-05). Get ready for unnatural disasters this hurricane season. nationofchange.org Donald Trump discusses immigration as if the benefits of residence in the U.S. are a pie. When immigrants get more, the people who were already here get less. In general, that's not true. When immigrants come here, they don't just take some jobs (often low-wage jobs U.S. citizens don't want), they also create new jobs. …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-09-05). Mona from the Corner: Set Aside Political Differences, Converge in Harmony for Truth and Justice. globalresearch.ca She's a little lady, 70 something, with this cute, addictive smile. Drives an old bomb of a car, replete with Peace and End the Occupation type stickers on it. She's a nurse, still works, doing home care for very ill …

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-05). Another Official 9/11 Big Lie Exposed — Again. globalresearch.ca "The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report About 9/11 Is Unscientific and False" by David Ray Griffin debunked the official account of what happened. | He explained that the National Institute of Standards and Technology's …

Staff (2019-09-05). The 2020 Candidates Must Not Ignore Indian Country. truthout.org | | Janine Jackson: The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, was a long overdue spotlight on Native American communities and concerns, and was attended by top-tier candidates. So what happens now? What sort of questions should we (and journalists) be asking to distinguish between candidates' talk and their walk on issues of importance for indigenous communities?

Bruce E. Levine (2019-09-05). Curious "Anti-Authoritarian" Definitions and Divides. counterpunch.org Some Trump supporters tell me that they and their hero are anti-authoritarians. Trump admirers see Trump as rising to power challenging illegitimate authorities; however, they neglect the crucial reality that Trump demands unquestioning obedience to him which, by definition, makes him an authoritarian. Trump's faithful also neglect the reality that Trump himself sees his supporters as authoritarians who unquestioningly follow him More

George Ochenski (2019-09-05). Come Home to Montana, Wanderin' Steve Bullock, There's Work to Do. counterpunch.org It's not unusual for politicians in one elected office to seek higher office and that's just what Montana's Gov. Steve Bullock has been doing for much of the last few months. But reality has a way of chiming in on political ambition and given that Bullock will not make the next Democratic debate due to More

Dean Baker (2019-09-05). Severance Pay: Corporate Obligation to Long-Term Workers. counterpunch.org In recent months there have been a number of large retail companies that went into bankruptcy, most notably Sears and Toys "R" Us. In these and other cases, the public is naturally concerned about the plight of long-term workers who have often spent decades working for the same company. We know from much research that More

Philip Giraldi (2019-09-05). Now It's Official: US Visa Can be Denied if You (or Even Your Friends) Are Critical of American Policies. globalresearch.ca There have been several interesting developments in the United States government's war on free speech and privacy. | First of all, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), which is responsible for actual entry of travelers …

Medea Benjamin (2019-09-05). Should We Feed Hungry Children, or the War Machine? commondreams.org Anti-war demonstration in New York City on the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, October 7 2017. (Photo: Erik McGregor/SIPA USA/PA Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Emett (2019-09-05). Bernie leads bipartisan effort to end US involvement in Saudi war in Yemen. nationofchange.org In a recent letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the armed service committees in the U.S. House and Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders along with a bipartisan group of 43 other lawmakers urged Congress to defund unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Instead of withdrawing all support to Saudi Arabia …

Staff (2019-09-05). Sanders Shines and Biden Crumbles During Epic Town Hall on Climate Crisis. truthout.org | | Adding climate change to school curriculums. Geoengineering. Thorium fuel reactors. A Blue New Deal. The Syrian war was a climate war. Climate distress included in asylum petitions. Food deserts. Climate denial is a l…

WSWS (2019-09-05). Five Star-Democrat coalition government announced in Italy. wsws.org Cobbled together in backroom deals to avoid elections while continuing austerity and attacks on refugees, this government is no alternative to its far-right predecessor.

Arthur Firstenberg (2019-09-05). International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space. globalresearch.ca The Centre for Research on Globalization has Endorsed this Worldwide Appeal. We call upon our readers to sign the Appeal. | *** | For the Earth, I thank all of you who have already signed, and I ask each of you to …

Elizabeth Woodworth (2019-09-05). "The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology" globalresearch.ca It is intended to clearly ground America in its founding identity, and to reset its priorities accordingly. | (The word "gospel" refers to the teachings of Christ. It comes from the old English word god, meaning "good," and spel…

Joseph Thomas (2019-09-05). West's "Fake News" Begins to Backfire. globalresearch.ca Western special interests have used the term "fake news" as a pretext for widening censorship, particularly across US-based social media networks like Facebook and Twitter as well as across Google's various platforms. | In a move of political judo, many nations …

Global Research (2019-09-05). Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price. globalresearch.ca Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : …

Michael Welch (2019-09-05). 9/11 and Drug Money. globalresearch.ca "What I'm saying … is that the Bush Administration knew the attacks were going to take place, and made a conscious decision that the casualty levels were acceptable to secure access to Central Asian oil for the major oil companies …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-05). World Systems and Capitalism: Immanuel Wallerstein's Legacy. globalresearch.ca "The dead albatross that hangs around our neck is our legacy of arrogance, racism. And we must struggle to atone, to reconstruct, to create a different historical system." So wrote the late sociologist and thinker Immanuel Wallerstein in unequivocal tones …

United World International (2019-09-05). The End of the "Greater Middle East Project": The Case of Kurdistan. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential elections has had dire implications for the American "Greater Middle East" project which has guided US foreign policy in the Middle East since it was first put forward in 2003. Trump's reorientation …

Alliance for Natural Health (2019-09-05). 5G Critics Censored by Big Tech. globalresearch.ca More and more concerned citizens are asking tough questions about the safety of 5G wireless networks. Are big tech companies trying to quash their dissent? Action Alert! | Over the last few months, we've been reporting on the planned deployment of …

Staff (2019-09-05). Should US Nationalize Fossil Fuel Industry? Warren Says No, Sanders Says Yes. truthout.org | | While 2020 hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders often aligned on climate policy at CNN's climate crisis town hall Wednesday evening, the candidates diverged on the question of nationalizing public utilities. Bernie is for the proposal, while Warren is against. We speak with journalist Kate Aronoff. | TRANSCRIPT: | NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, let's turn to an audience member questioning Senator Elizabeth Warren. | ROBERT WOOD: Bernie Sanders has endorsed the idea of the public owne…

Staff (2019-09-05). More Than 30 Groups Demand Law Enforcement Ban on Facial Recognition Technology. truthout.org | | A diverse coalition of advocacy groups representing more than 15 million people launched a grassroots pressure campaign Thursday calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to completely ban law enforcement use of facial recognition technology, which the organizations warn is "spreading like an epidemic" and poses a dire threat to fundamental privacy rights. | "Facial recognition is one of the most authoritarian and invasive for…

WSWS (2019-09-05). Trade war accelerates trend towards global recession. wsws.org Manufacturing survey results from around the world point to a significant slowdown with no signs of increased activity in the coming months.

Jordan Davidson (2019-09-05). Elizabeth Warren adopts $3 trillion climate crisis plan, challenges all 2020 candidates to do same. nationofchange.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced that she would adopt Gov. Jay Inslee's climate crisis plan and add in a $1 trillion in investments to help protect workers and to fund a dramatic shift in infrastructure away from fossil fuels if she is elected president, as CNN reported. Warren said her plan includes a "federal investment of $3 trillion" and "will leverage additional …

Staff (2019-09-05). U.S., Chinese Envoys to Meet in October for Tariff War Talks. truthdig.com BEIJING—U.S. and Chinese envoys will meet in early October for more talks aimed at ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth. | Stock markets rose on Thursday's announcement but there has been no sign of progress since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed in June to resume deadlocked negotiations about trade and technology. | The agreement on timing came in a phone call conducted by the chief Chinese envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a statement. | Officials will "

Staff (2019-09-05). As Drug War Rages, Most People Who Need Treatment Don't Get It. truthout.org | | The war on drugs persists under President Trump. In fact, critics say the administration's continued focus on drug-supply reduction and law enforcement could undermine the public health approaches to the opioid crisis that the government funnels billions of dollars into every year. | On Thursday, the Trump administration announced the release of $1.8 billion in state grants for combating opioid addiction and the overdose epidemic. The money was allocated by Congress, which has put billions of dollars…

Staff (2019-09-05). Hurricane Dorian Batters the Carolinas as It Pushes Northward. truthdig.com Its 110-mph winds and storm-surge flooding causes havoc after sweeping past Florida and Georgia and leaving at least 20 dead in the Bahamas.

Staff (2019-09-05). Leaked IPCC Report Warns of Calamitous Future for Oceans. truthout.org | | The world's vast oceans, glacial ice sheets and northern permafrost are poised to unleash disaster, including drought, floods, hunger and destruction, unless dramatic action is taken against human-caused carbon pollution and climate change, warns a leaked draft of a major U.N. report. | The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) sounds alarm bells over declines in fish stocks, plus "a hund…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-05). Tradition, Marketing and Blacked Cognac. counterpunch.org The moment the liquid hits the mark, lips on the balloon rim, the hand having swirled the mellow colouring to life, the throat anticipates. It is tenderising, the gentle burn finding its way down to the belly. Most cultures have their tribute of firewater, or hellfire's brew, but France's brandy Cognac, in its various incarnations, More

Thomas Knapp (2019-09-05). Your Vote, Your Voice: Don't Waste It. counterpunch.org More than a year out from the 2020 presidential election, we're already starting to see "spoiler" fear-mongering from supporters of America's two largest political parties and their candidates. Will formerly Republican congressman Justin Amash of Michigan run for president as a Libertarian or independent in 2020? How about formerly Republican, formerly Democrat, formerly independent, former More

Serge Halimi (2019-09-05). The EU's Ursula von der Leyen: Who Voted for Her? counterpunch.org July heatwave luckily distracted public attention in Europe from disruption in another area: democracy. Few hot and bothered Europeans noticed that the political line they had been fed for at least three years had just been dropped. The media, busy with other investigations, did not try hard to alert them. Hundreds of millions of European More

Jonathan Latham — Allison Wilson (2019-09-05). FDA Finds Unexpected Antibiotic Resistance Genes in 'Gene-Edited' Dehorned Cattle. counterpunch.org Gene-editing is seen by many as the ultimate in precision breeding. Polled cattle, whose horns have been genetically removed, have been presented as exemplars of this—a socially beneficial use of precise genome engineering. Such hornless cattle were produced in 2016 by Recombinetics, Inc., of St. Paul, Minnesota, a development that was reported in the journal More

Robert C. Koehler (2019-09-05). Defying the Nuclear Sword. commondreams.org Ordinary citizens have begun to hold the nation, and its military, accountable. (Photo: @kingsbayplow7/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-09-05). Puerto Rico, Military Schools to Lose Money for Trump's Border Fencing. truthdig.com The Pentagon says it will divert $3.6 billion from projects in the U.S. and overseas; outraged Democrats say they won't re-fund them.

WSWS (2019-09-05). Pentagon begins second phase of diverting funds to Trump's border wall. wsws.org Defense Secretary Mark Esper has selected $3.6 billion worth of military construction projects that will be deferred to help pay for the wall on the US-Mexico border.

Staff (2019-09-05). Headlines for September 5, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Dem Candidates Talk Fracking, Green New Deal, Nuclear Energy & More at Climate Crisis Town Hall, Brexit Battle Heats Up as Lawmakers Vote to Block "No-Deal" Scenario, Trump Shows Doctored Hurricane Map as Dorian Hits U.S. Coast After Ravaging Bahamas, Report: FBI Tracking Immigration Activists Who Oppose Trump Policies, Aid Groups Uncover More Human Remains at Arizona-Mexico Border, State Dept. Official Offered Millions to Captain of Iranian Oil Tanker to Divert Vessel, Mexico: Main Suspect in 2014 Ayotzinapa Student Disappearance Acquitted, Denmark Bans PFAS from Food Packaging, Germany Announces Glyphosate…

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-05). UK MPs Block No-Deal Brexit. globalresearch.ca UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's agenda was rejected in the first three parliamentary votes on his watch — a hugely inauspicious start to his premiership, leaving his status shaky. | On Tuesday by majority vote, MPs took control of parliament's …

Stephen Martin (2019-09-05). Brexit and Ye Olde Ordo Ab Chao as But Another Nine Inch Stab Neoliberal. counterpunch.org To him who has nothing it is forbidden not to relish filth. — Samuel Beckett We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-05). From Military Jets to Snipers, Icelanders—Who Live in World's Most Peaceful Country—Shocked by All the Guns Surrounding Mike Pence. commondreams.org "Americans intended to give every Reykjavik citizen a paralyzing drug during Pence's visit," joked a satirical Icelandic newspaper | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-05). 'This Is Incredible,' Says Corbyn, as Voter Registration Surges Amid Boris Johnson's Chaotic Lurch Towards UK General Election. commondreams.org Labour politicians and pro-democracy groups applauded reports on Wednesday that amid mounting chaos in the U.K. government, more than 100,000 people registered to vote in a 48-hour period this week in anticipation of a possible general election in October. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-05). Literal Sh*t Storm: Warnings of Major Manure Threat as Hurricane Dorian Barrels Toward North Carolina Factory Farms. commondreams.org "The heavy rainfall could flood poorly located factory farms, spreading untold tons of hog, chicken, and turkey waste along the coastal plain." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-09-05). Victory Over 'Civil Liberties Train Wreck' as Federal Judge Rules US Terror Watchlist Unconstitutional. commondreams.org After years of abuse and secrecy, court's decision seen by rights advocates as very welcome but "long overdue" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-05). 'Why I Love San Francisco': City Board Applauded for Labeling NRA 'Domestic Terrorist Organization'. commondreams.org The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week unanimously passed a resolution that declares the National Rifle Association a "domestic terrorist organization" and urges other cities, states, and the federal government to follow suit—a move that was applauded by advocates for stricter gun laws in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

unitedEditor (2019-09-05). Turkey's warning to NATO. uwidata.com àúnal àáevikà∂z, the deputy opposition leader of the main opposition party in Turkey, the Republican People's Party (RPP, Turk. CHP), commented on President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan's recent trip to Russia, saying: "We are concerned that if Turkey, a member of NATO, continues to purchase weapons that are not can be integrated into the Alliance system, …

unitedEditor (2019-09-05). Russia and Turkey's ongoing cooperation provokes tension with Europe and the US. uwidata.com Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 systems (in spite of US sanctions and threats), along with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to Russia and joint inspection of the latest Su-35 and Su-57 fighters with Russian President Vladimir Putin, are both clear indications of the ongoing split in the American-European axis. The US quickly …

unitedEditor (2019-09-05). Elections in Germany, Split in the Italian Government, US-China Trade War. uwidata.com Elections in Germany Angela Merkel's the Christian Democratic Union came out victorious in the elections which took place in Brandenburg and Saxony. However, the party was followed closely by the far-right party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD). According to preliminary data, in Saxony, the right-wing formation received 27.5% of the vote, while the CDU received 32.1%. …

Staff (2019-09-05). Hurricane Dorian Ravages the Bahamas. therealnews.com The climate crisis has increased the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like Hurricane Dorian. Storms like this one are why we must raise our political expectations, says Greenpeace's Jack Shapiro…

Katha Pollitt (2019-09-05). Almost Everything Bad That Trump Did This Summer. thenation.com Almost Everything Bad That Trump Did This Summer…

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-05). Belarus Is Between a Rock and a Hard Place. "Balance" its Relations between Russia and the US. globalresearch.ca Belarus is in the unenviable position of being caught in the middle of the New Cold War and having to delicately "balance" relations between Russia and the US. | US National Security Advisor Bolton's trip late last month to Belarus was …

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-05). Kazakhstan's New President Faces His First Test: Anti-Chinese Protests. globalresearch.ca New Kazakhstani President Tokayev is facing his first real test as the country's leader after low-intensity anti-Chinese protests broke out in three main cities in response to concerns that the Central Asian state is becoming much too dependent on its …

Staff (2019-09-05). Climate Crisis: Should U.S. Nationalize Fossil Fuel Industry? Warren Says No, Sanders Says Yes. democracynow.org While 2020 hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders often aligned on climate policy at CNN's climate crisis town hall Wednesday evening, the candidates diverged on the question of nationalizing public utilities. Bernie is for the proposal, while Warren is against. We speak with journalist Kate Aronoff.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-09-05). The War Ahead: Netanyahu's Elections Gamble Will be Costly for Israel. dissidentvoice.org On September 1, the Lebanese group Hezbollah, struck an Israeli military base near the border town of Avivim. The Lebanese attack came as an inevitable response to a series of Israeli strikes that targeted four different Arab countries in the matter of two days. The Lebanese response, accompanied by jubilation throughout Lebanon, shows that Israeli …

Peter Bolton (2019-09-05). The Problem With Warren. counterpunch.org A new poll shows that support for former vice president Joe Biden is falling. The survey, produced by Monmouth University, shows Biden dropping from 32 percent amongst Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters in June — when Monmouth produced its last poll — to below 19 percent now. The stats, meanwhile, place Biden's two progressive competitors, Bernie More

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-09-05). The Official Story of the Collapse of WTC Building 7 Lies in Ruins. globalresearch.ca A research team at the University of Alaska's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, led by Dr. Leroy Hulsey, Dr. Zhili Quan, and Professor Feng Xiao, Department of Civil Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, released …

Laura Wells (2019-09-05). 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?>

Laura Wells (2019-09-05). 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 (2019-09-05). 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?>

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-09-05). Socialism Forum "The Fight Against White Supremacy & Racist Violence" indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St. San Jose…

Amazon Watch (2019-09-05). Global Day for Amazon assemble at Brazilian consulate -march to BlackRock at 400 Howard. indybay.org Brazilian Consulate‚Ä¢300 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94104…

United Nations (2019-09-05). Sexual exploitation and abuse: latest UN quarterly update. un.org In the second quarter of 2019, the United Nations received 38 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) involving UN personnel, including civilian and uniformed personnel from peacekeeping operations, as well as those from agencies, funds and programmes, according to the latest figures released on Thursday.

United Nations (2019-09-05). Thursday's Daily Brief: Facebook rallies against vaccination 'fake news', DPR Korea UN staff cuts call, Syria crop report, crisis funding and Dorian latest. un.org A recap of Thursday's stories: Facebook and WHO work together to stem misinformation on vaccines; North Korea tells UN to cut staff; $75 million allocated for eight crises; mixed news on Syria crop production; 'digital divide' sidelines most vulnerable.

United Nations (2019-09-05). Crop yields are up in Syria, but higher prices still cause major strain: new UN report. un.org A new UN report on Thursday shows that while improved security and rainfall across Syria's farming areas have boosted the country's harvests, higher prices mean that many citizens are still struggling to feed their families.

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-05). JCPOA Commitments: Iran will Increase its Nuclear R & D. globalresearch.ca In response to Britain, France, Germany, and the EU's continued failure to fulfill their mandated JCPOA obligations, Iranian President Rouhani said his government will increase its nuclear R & D beginning September 6. | It's the third rollback of its voluntary …

Nadya Williams (2019-09-05). Bayer adds Monsanto's toxic legacy to its own. peoplesworld.org Incendiary exposés of Monsanto products—scientifically proven in court to cause cancers in workers and homeowners who have used them—have caused stocks to plunge and new owner, German pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, to no longer want to use the brand name. Three multi-billion dollar lawsuits, with 18,000 more pending, are quite a corporate burden for Bayer to acquire, …

Andrea Germanos (2019-09-05). Because 'A World Without Insects Is Not Worth Living In,' Germany Announces Plan to Ban Glyphosate. globalresearch.ca The German government announced Wednesday it had agreed on a plan to phase out the use of glyphosate—the key chemical in the weedkiller Roundup—with a total ban set to begin by the end of 2023. | "Way to go, Germany!" tweeted

Olivia Riggio (2019-09-05). NYT Remembers David Koch More as 'Philanthropist' Than Polluter. fair.org by Olivia Riggio The New York Times' obituary ( 8/23/19) for David Koch, a "gregarious, socially prominent New Yorker who loved the ballet." | David Koch may be dead, but his legacy of support for far-right politics and climate change denial lives on. The New York Times, however, chose to focus more on his love for the ballet than on his pollution and profiteering. | In its obituary ( 8/23/19), "David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79" the Tim…

Walter Clemens (2019-09-05). Donald Trump: A Hero of Our Time? counterpunch.org How can we explain that the victim of another Trump slur nonetheless stated afterward that this president "is the best thing that ever happened to this country"? How—after the president bawled out his victim, Frank Dawson, for being overweight and told him to go home to his mother—could thousands in his Manchester, NH rally on August 15 just sit there and stomach Trump's claim that his campaign is based on "love"? More

CP Editor (2019-09-05). Bahamian Environmental Advocate Calls for Global Climate Action. counterpunch.org

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-09-05). New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda. commondreams.org "No matter how cynical you might be about propagandistic American media, you are not prepared for how much watching this trailer is like snorting 100% pure John Bolton." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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,…

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 …

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…

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.

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

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.

Vijay Prashad (2019-09-04). How can Sweden be a peace broker for the war in Yemen if it's also selling the arms that make it possible? mronline.org Sweden might have some credibility if it banned weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It is not enough to be moved by the tragedy in Yemen. Action is necessary. | Source

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

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…

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

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

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

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

Emily Apple (2019-09-04). Police accused of acting illegally after arresting over 30 Quakers during a meeting of worship. thecanary.co Actions against Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) — one of the world's largest arms fairs — started on 2 September and have been continuing through the week.The days of protest are following themes. And on 3 September, it was No Faith in War day. Quakers held a m…

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