2019-09-07: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Hong Kong Strongly Condemns Vandalistic Acts of Protesters. telesurenglish.net Hong Kong's government has strongly condemned the vandalistic acts of radical western-backed protesters, as more actions to affect the city's infrastructure and normalization of activities continue. | RELATED: | Hong Kong Chief Lays Out Plan To End Protests | Saturday's planned airport disruption was thwarted by police who were ready, with authorities searching public transport heading for the airport ahead of what was planned to be a "stress test" of road and rail links to one of the world's b…

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Iran Seizes Tugboat Carrying Suspected Smuggled Oil. telesurenglish.net The Iranian coast guard detained a foreign tugboat that was carrying smuggled oil through the Persian Gulf waters on Saturday. | RELATED: | 'US Treasury Is A Jail Warden' Iranian Foreign Minister Says | According to Iranian state television, their coast guard seized the tugboat after it was suspected to be carrying smuggled fuel. The Iranian authorities said the ship was seized and all 12 of its Filipino crew members were arrested. | It said the tugboat was carrying nearly 284,000…

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Seven South American Countries Agree to Protect Amazon Forests. telesurenglish.net Seven South American countries on Friday signed a pact to protect the world's largest tropical forest, the Amazon, a globally important macro-ecosystem which has been been burning in its Brazilian region for weeks. | RELATED: | South American Leaders Begin Emergency Summit on Amazon Fires | "What happens in the Amazon affects not just our countries but also the entire world. If we do not work in a responsible way, maybe in the short time, it will be too late to reverse this situ…

teleSUR (2019-09-07). 'Brazil In Mourning', Rallies in Defense of Public Education. telesurenglish.net On September 7th, the Independence Day of Brazil, the National Student Union (UNE) led protests in defense of the Amazon and public education, both of which are being threatened by policies in favor of private companies promoted by President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Brazilians to Celebrate Amazon Rainforest Day by Protesting | "Education-related b…

Eds. (2019-09-07). Evo Morales, providing leadership in times of adversity. mronline.org While other South American leaders delayed operations to fight fires for days as flames spread across the Amazon, Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma personally led efforts to confront the tragedy | Source

Staff (2019-09-07). Trump Rakes in Fossil Fuel Money While Some Democrats Skirt Donation Pledge. truthout.org | | Against the backdrop of intensifying global heat waves, a burning Amazon forest, and melting arctic ice caps, the question of how to respond to the global climate crisis, and a candidate's relationship to the fossil fuel industry, are assuming center stage in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. | At one end, you have Donald Trump, the near-certain Republican nominee, who has taken huge amounts of money from the fossil fuel industry. The Trump administration has rolled back climate regu…

teleSUR (2019-09-07). US Restricts Sending of Remittances to Cuba, Bans Donations. telesurenglish.net The United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations Friday to cap the amount of money family members can send to Cuba, ban donations and money transfers to or from the island through U.S. banks. | RELATED: | Cuban Economy Will Not Enter Recession Despite Blockade: Report | The new economic sanctions, which go into effect on Oct. 9, will restrict the remittances to US$ 1,000 per quarter, no longer allow transfers…

RT (2019-09-07). Not great, not terrible: US tests refurbished missiles after admission nuclear refit lagging behind. rt.com The US Navy test-fired a volley of decades-old Trident II nuclear missiles, proving they can still fly days after a top official said the upgrade of bombs and warheads was lagging, and Russia offered to sell US some of its tech.

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Russia, Ukraine Swap Prisoners In First Step To Settle Conflict. telesurenglish.net Russia and Ukraine swapped 35 prisoners on each side Saturday in a lengthy and carefully-negotiated rapprochement that is considered a "first step" to mend the relations between Kiev and Moscow, although full normalization is still a long way ahead. | RELATED: | Ukraine's President Zelenskiy Leads Exit Poll on Snap Elections | Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova hailed the prisoner exchange as "a historical mass-scale humanitarian action," confirming the sw…

RT (2019-09-07). Trump lauds prisoner exchange between Russia & Ukraine as 'giant step to peace'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has praised the prisoner swap between Moscow and Ukraine, congratulating the two countries for making such a move and naming it a "giant step to peace." | Earlier in the day, Russia surrendered 35 individuals to Ukraine that had been held in its prisons and detainment centers, receiving an equal amount of people in return. | Weighing in, Trump wrote that it was indeed a step forward. | Very good news, perhaps a first giant step to peace. Congratulations to both countries!

Staff (2019-09-07). Jewish Activists for Justice Must Not Ignore Palestine. truthout.org | | Taking seriously the principle that "Never Again" means never again for anyone, progressive and left-wing Jewish organizations have taken to the streets to vehemently oppose Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the concentration camps incarcerating thousands of migrants, and the grave injustices perpetrated by the Trump administration. | These Jewish groups and individuals have devoted countless hours to creating and organizing protests alongside immigrant rights and racial justice groups. The protests have…

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Italy's 'Closed Ports Policy' Stays, Minister Luciana Lamorgese. telesurenglish.net Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese confirmed Friday that the "Ports Closed" policy remains in force, although the far-right politician Matteo Salvini is no longer part of the new ruling coalition. | RELATED: | Italy: Pro-Migrant Mayor Lucano Allowed to Return to His City | This comes as the rescue vessel 'Alan Kurdi', which is currently waiting off Malta with Tunisian migrants rescued at the Mediterranean sea, has not been authorized to enter Italian ports. | "We asked…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-07). Robert Mugabe's Legacy: Revolution, Amity and Decline. globalresearch.ca Robert Mugabe is the sort of figure that always caused discomfort. He was a permanent revolutionary, becoming, in time, the despotic ruler who frittered away revolutionary gain. He played multiple roles in international political consciousness. As Zimbabwe's strongman, he was …

John Stanton (2019-09-07). The United States: A Nation on Suicide Watch. globalresearch.ca "The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan required major shifts in national resources from civilian to military purposes and contributed to the growth of the budget deficit and public debt. Through FY 2018, the direct costs of the wars will have …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-09-07). Portents of 21st Century Global Warming. globalresearch.ca Global Research has decided to publish different perspectives and competing viewpoints regarding Climate Change, with a view to promoting debate and critical analysis. | *** | "We will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human …

Joseph Thomas (2019-09-07). The 5G Network: Southeast Asia Ignores US War on Huawei. globalresearch.ca The Western media has begun complaining about Southeast Asia's collective decision to move forward with 5G network technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei despite US demands that nations ban all Huawei products. | These demands are predicated on clearly fabricated security …

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Footballer Ronaldinho Is Bolsonaro's New Ambassador of Tourism. telesurenglish.net Brazilian football superstar, Ronaldinho Gaucho, has been appointed as one of the new tourist ambassadors of Brazil in far-right Jair Bolsonaro's government, despite the fact that he is forbidden to travel outside the country by court order since November 2018. | RELATED: | Ronaldinho, Rivaldo Get Backlash After Supporting Bolsonaro | The decision was announced last week by the Brazilian Tourism Institute (Embratur) in coordination with the country's Ministry of Tourism. | Accordi…

WSWS (2019-09-07). Jury finds one defendant not guilty, deadlocked on second in 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire case. wsws.org The criminal trial of two defendants, Derrick Almena and Max Harris, charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, has come to an end with a deadlock and an acquittal.

Staff (2019-09-07). US Beekeepers File Suit Against EPA Charging "Illegal" Approval of Insecticide. truthout.org | | A group of beekeepers joined forces on Friday against Trump's EPA by filing a lawsuit over the agency's move to put a powerful insecticide—one that scientists warn is part of the massive pollinator die-off across the U.S.—back on the market. | The lawsuit charges that the EPA's approval of sulfoxaflor—touted by its manufacturer, agro-chemical giant…

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-07). UK House of Lords Members Block No-Deal Brexit. globalresearch.ca Overnight Thursday, majority House of Lords members voted to require Boris Johnson to ask Brussels for a Brexit delay until end of January if a deal isn't reached by October 19 — blocking his no-deal Brexit aim by October …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-09-07). Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir: Insufficient Evidence to Blame Russia for MH17 Crash over Eastern Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad casts doubt on the controversial Dutch JIT investigation pertaining to the July 2014 crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over Eastern Ukraine. | In an interview with Sputnik News at the Vladivostok East Asia Economic Summit, Mahathir …

Jon Britton (2019-09-07). PSL Public Forum: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Racist Violence. indybay.org San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-09-07). Socialism Forum "The Fight Against White Supremacy & Racist Violence" indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St. San Jose…

Alicia Jrapko (2019-09-07). Venezuela: Embassy Protection Collective Speaks. indybay.org Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

Lynda Carson (2019-09-07). Exposing the contributors to the NRA, a domestic terrorist organization. indybay.org Now that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a domestic terrorist organization, this may mean that the NRA and it's contributors should come under much closer scrutiny!

Lynda Carson (2019-09-07). Fascist NRA gun organization labeled a domestic terrorist organization. indybay.org On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, a resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors declared that the fascist right-wing extremist National Rifle Association of America (NRA), a very troubled organization that supports the Trump regime and Republicans with major political campaign contributions, is a domestic terrorist organization!

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-09-07). Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Will Lead 'Walk for Juristac' Sunday to Protect Sacred Lands. indybay.org SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif.— The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will be stepping forward in a public journey of healing and restoration on Sunday. One of the greatest challenges before the tribe is the protection of their sacred grounds at Juristac (Sargent Ranch). The site is currently threatened by Sargent Quarry, a proposed 320-acre sand-and-gravel mining operation.

Vijay Prashad (2019-09-07). We will see roots reaching out for each other. mronline.org Last week, Agence France-Presse got its hands on a draft UN report called Special Report on the Ocean and Cyrosphere in a Changing Climate. This 900-page document is study of the oceans for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-09-07). Saudi Arabia and the UAE's Proxy-War and the Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Yemen. uwidata.com A rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the UAE has emerged in southern Yemen, the winner of which stands to greatly strengthen its position in the international arena. However, this power struggle is taking place as a result of the crisis in Yemen, likely the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century. THE SIDES OF …

Mac Slavo (2019-09-06). America's "Ministry of Truth" Has Unleashed the Military to Fight "Disinformation" globalresearch.ca The dystopian times warned about by George Orwell in his iconic book, 1984 are upon us. The United States has just unleashed DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the Pentagon, as their own Ministry of Truth in order …

Anya Parampil (2019-09-06). "Go to hell": Venezuelan coup leader Ricardo Hausmann stages WhatsApp meltdown when confronted with his own hypocrisy and lack of transparency. thegrayzone.com Over the course of an entire day, Venezuelan coup leader Ricardo Hausmann melted down on WhatsApp after I confronted him…

Reese Erlich (2019-09-06). Foreign Correspondent: Can Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan? progressive.org Don't hold your breath.

Staff (2019-09-06). We Are Teetering on the Brink of War With Iran. truthdig.com Sanctions are squeezing Tehran to death. If the EU can't salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, things could escalate quickly.

WSWS (2019-09-06). Washington escalates "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. wsws.org More than a year after re-imposing a punishing sanctions regime, and no closer to achieving regime change, the US is adopting increasingly reckless measures.

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-06). Trump's Anti-Iran "Blood Money" Offer: "$15 Million for Any Person Who Helps Us Disrupt the Financial Operations of Iran's IRGC-Qods Force" globalresearch.ca According to Christian scripture, bribe money is blood money, a longstanding US specialty — followed by toughness when offers are rejected. | Bribery for political, economic, military, and/or other purposes reflects a corrupt society — what characterizes US public and private …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-06). Rating the presidential hopefuls: Only a few support unions in public. peoplesworld.org Labor Day is now past and the madcap race for the Democratic presidential nomination enters the fall, though with fewer hopefuls in the running. That's because the Democratic National Committee, sponsor of the series of nationally-televised debates between the aspirants, has imposed higher criteria for those who seek to qualify for the third round, in …

RT (2019-09-06). 'Jack Ryan' TV show means US coup in Venezuela is toast. rt.com CIA agent Jack Ryan will tackle 'nuclear-armed' Venezuela in the next season of the Amazon streaming show. That is perhaps the clearest admission that Washington's attempt at regime change in Caracas has failed. | Amazon teased the second season of 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' this week, ahead of its premiere in November. The 90-second trailer shows the title character on a mission to Venezuela, which may have secretly obtained nuclear weapons from the evil Russians (who else?), or something to that effect. | Needless to say, this has been met with everything from raised eyebrows to outright derision by journalist…

Staff (2019-09-06). U.S. Propaganda Doesn't Get More Shameless Than 'Jack Ryan'. truthdig.com In the second season of the Amazon series, the titular hero races against the clock to stop Venezuela from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Eds. (2019-09-06). Returning to Fidel as the Amazon burns. mronline.org More than 27 years have passed since Fidel's warning, during the Earth Summit in Brazil, that an important species was endangered: human beings. | Source

teleSUR -rb, EF (2019-09-06). Bolivia: President Evo Morales Signs Into Effect Cancer Law. telesurenglish.net In an event carried out in the city of La Paz, President Evo Morales signed into effect the Cancer Law, the first measure in Bolivia to provide comprehensive health care that will focus on preventing and diagnosing cancer among citizens and will provide access to treatments and medicines, as well as improve cancer-related medical equipment in health centers. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Amazon Fire Hotspots Reduced by 85% | The event that was held at the presidential palace was attended by association…

The Intercept (2019-09-06). Livestream: The Right to a Future — With Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg. theintercept.com The Intercept invites you to watch a special event in New York City hosted by Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein, author of the forthcoming book "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," and headlined by trailblazing climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of "No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference." Together with youth leaders Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Xiye Bastida, and Vic Barrett, as well as Indigenous Amazon leader Tuntiak Katan, Thunberg and Klein will help us envision a just and sustainable future, confront our climate emergency, and discuss the emerging cross-generational, transnational mov…

teleSUR (2019-09-06). South American Leaders Begin Emergency Summit on Amazon Fires. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Evo Morales is traveling to Colombia Friday in order to participate to an emergency summit with presidents of the region about the preservation of the Amazon. | RELATED: | Amazon Forest: 2 Landowners Arrested for Burning 5,000 Hectares | The presidents invited to the southern city of Leticia include Ecuador's Lenin Moreno, Colombia's Ivan Duque, and Peru's Martin Vizcarra. Surinam's Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin will also be present at the high-level me…

Sarang Narasimhaiah (2019-09-06). "Everywhere is Kashmir": Unraveling Weaponized, Corporatized Hindustan in India's Northeast. counterpunch.org "In India today," said an Indigenous activist I recently interviewed in the northeastern Indian state of Jharkhand, "everywhere is Kashmir." At first glance, this statement seems overblown, perhaps even outrageous. No other part of India is as much of a consolidated internal colony as Kashmir. For that matter, Palestine is one of the only other More

teleSUR-EF (2019-09-06). Maduro: #NoMoreTrump Petition Hits 10 Million Signature Goal. telesurenglish.net During a Friday evening press conference, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that 10 million signatures were collected for the international #NoMoreTrump campaign against the United States criminal blockade on the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Govt Shows Proof of Guaido Leading a 'Criminal Group' | The "No More Trump" petition, begun August 10 by President Maduro in order to join international forces in denouncing the United States administration's il…

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2019-09-06). Mastercard Blocks Two Venezuelan Banks as Inflation Rises. venezuelanalysis.com A Chinese contractor has also suspended work on an oil expansion project.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (2019-09-06). Video: Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Speaks at the Vladivostok Summit. globalresearch.ca Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke at a plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia on Thursday. | Malaysia was taking part in the forum for the first time. | Other leaders who attended the plenary …

South Front (2019-09-06). Video: Syrian Army Prepares Security Operation in Western Aleppo. globalresearch.ca Late on September 3, Idlib militants carried out an attack on Russia's Hmeimim Airbase with armed unmanned aerial vehicles. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the airbase's air-defense forces intercepted all the UAVs. The attack caused no casualties or damage …

Pepe Escobar (2019-09-06). Welcome to the Indo-Russia Maritime Silk Road. globalresearch.ca There's no way to follow the complex inner workings of the Eurasia integration process without considering what takes place annually at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. | BRICS for the moment may be dead — considering the nasty cocktail of …

Michael Atkinson (2019-09-06). Immigrant Song: 'I'm Leaving Now'. progressive.org A new documentary trains our focus on an underexposed slice of the immigration dynamic: the urge to return home.

teleSUR (2019-09-06). No Agreement Reached to End Power Struggle in Southern Yemen. telesurenglish.net The pro-UAE and pro-Saudi forces have failed to reach a peace deal to end their conflict in southern Yemen after several days of intense peace talks. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Uses Human Trafficking to Hire Soldiers: Report | According to reports from Yemen, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on who will control the port-city of Aden and a cessation of hostilities deal that would put an end to the fighting. | Saudi Arabia, leader of an Arab coalition battling Yemen's…

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-06). Trump Regime Training Paramilitaries to Attack Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Washington wants Bolivarian Venezuela transformed into a US vassal state — to eliminate its social democracy and gain control over its vast oil reserves, the world's largest. | On Wednesday, the Trump regime earmarked over $120 million for Colombia. | Masquerading as …

Robert Scheer (2019-09-06). The Most Consequential Whistleblower Who Wasn't. truthdig.com While so many have heard of whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden making history in recent years, few have heard the story of Katharine Gun, the subject of the film "Official Secrets," directed and co-written by Gavin Hood. On the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence," the "Official Secrets" director tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer that he learned about Gun from Ged Doherty, a producer he'd worked with on the film "Eye in the Sky" about drone warfare, and realized the whistleblowe…

Ralph Nader (2019-09-06). Chuck Todd, Labor Day, and Getting Serious. counterpunch.org Labor Day has come and gone. To most people it's a day off and a splash of sales. The symbolism and meaning that inspired this national holiday back in 1894 has long since dissipated. Labor Day parades are affairs of the past, with very few exceptions, and those that still exist are facing dwindling participation More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-09-06). What Happened on the Planes on September 11, 2001? The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls. The 9/11 Commission "Script" Was Fabricated. globalresearch.ca Given the prevailing technology in September 2001, it was extremely difficult, if not impossible, to place a wireless cell call from an aircraft traveling at high speed above 8000 feet: At least part of the Commission's script in Chapter 1 on the cell phone conversations, is fabricated.

Staff (2019-09-06). Joni Ernst Says the Quiet Part Loud. truthdig.com Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, just said out loud what Republican politicians usually only talk about in secret meetings with their billionaire donors: The GOP wants to cut our earned Social Security benefits—and they want to do it behind closed doors so that they don't have to pay the political price. | At a recent town hall, Ernst stated that Congress needs to "sit down behind closed doors" to "address Social Security." She vaguely asserted, "A lot of changes need to be made in this syst…

Conn Hallinan (2019-09-06). Funerals for glaciers: Is it too late for Europe's Green New Deal? peoplesworld.org On Aug. 18, several dozen people gathered around a patch of snow in Iceland to commemorate the demise of the Okjokull glacier, a victim of climate change. Further to the west, Greenland shed 217 billion tons of ice in the month of July alone. Paris reached 108.7 degrees on July 25, and normally cold, blustery …

James Bovard (2019-09-06). 9/11 and the American Orwellian Nightmare. counterpunch.org Next week will mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Politicians and bureaucrats wasted no time after that carnage to unleash the Surveillance State on average Americans, treating every citizen like a terrorist suspect. Since the government failed to protect the public, Americans somehow forfeited their constitutional right to privacy. Despite heroic efforts by former NSA staffer Edward Snowden and a host of activists and freedom fighters, the government continues ravaging American privacy. More

CounterSpin (2019-09-06). Hassan El Tayyab on US Out of Yemen, Kate Bronfenbrenner on Labor Board vs. Labor. fair.org Media…

Ron Jacobs (2019-09-06). A Battle for Existence. counterpunch.org They are landscapes my mind escapes to regularly. The painted canyons in eastern Montana and the Zion region of Utah. Forests of huge conifers in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and northern California. The incredible arid desolation of Utah west of Salt Lake City and the deserts of Nevada. Sagebrushed plains in the Southwest. More

Richard Moser (2019-09-06). A Different‚Äã War Story: the Soldier and Veteran Resistance Against the War in Vietnam. counterpunch.org The battle over American war stories began during the peak of the last revolution. Millions of Americans and tens of thousands of veterans and soldiers opposed the war in Vietnam. In the war's moral outrages, crimes and betrayals, many saw the US empire for the first time. [1] For the last 40 years, the ruling class More

Andrew Levine (2019-09-06). Trump Year Three: Three Random Late Summer Thoughts. counterpunch.org The underlying premise was never plausible, but for a while it was still possible to hope that, under Trump, American foreign policy would be less bellicose than it would have been had Hillary Clinton not managed to lose the 2016 election. Trump did, after all, seem less enthusiastic about restoring the Cold War that the More

Kathleen Wallace (2019-09-06). Extinction Via Rugged Individualism. counterpunch.org I was recently amused by a train of thought on Twitter excoriating Henry David Thoreau for his experiment in self-sufficient living. True, he was on the land of his wealthy neighbor, his mother did his laundry (and brought him old-timey donuts to eat), but it was rugged, dammit. Okay, it was something akin to a More

Staff (2019-09-06). Hemp Legalization Has Made It Harder to Prosecute People for Marijuana. truthdig.com After passage of the 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp production, states scrambled to pass their own laws legalizing hemp and CBD. But in doing so, they may have inadvertently signed a death warrant for the enforcement of marijuana prohibition. | Forty-seven states have now legalized hemp, but only 11 have legalized marijuana. The other 36 may be in for a refresher course in the law of unintended consequences. | Hemp and recreational marijuana both come from the same plant species, cannabis sativa. The only thing that differentiates hemp and weed is the level of the intoxicating cannabinoid, THC. Under feder…

Staff (2019-09-06). Ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz Rules Out Independent 2020 Bid. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he's no longer considering an independent presidential bid. | Schultz said Friday in a letter posted on his website, "I have concluded that an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country at this time." | Schultz faced intense resistance from Democratic activists who feared an independent run would give President Donald Trump an easier path to reelection. Schultz says not enough people are willing to back an independent because they fear doing so "might lea…

Ted Rall (2019-09-06). Billionaires Who Promise to Save Journalism. counterpunch.org Let's talk about fraud: "a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities," the dictionary calls it. Let's also discuss breach of contract. "A breach of contract occurs when the promise of the contract is not kept, because one party has failed to fulfill their More

Garikai Chengu (2019-09-06). Gaddafi vs the West: Two Revolutions on the Wrong Side of History. globalresearch.ca Sunday marked half a century since Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan revolution, which led to the overthrow of the American-backed King Idris. | In Libya's 1969 revolution, Muammar Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time …

Marlee Kokotovic (2019-09-06). Trump's border wall pulls funding from military base schools and daycares. nationofchange.org The Pentagon released a statement on Wednesday saying it has authorized $3.6 billion in military construction funds to help fund 175 miles of Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall. This money was originally allocated for roughly 127 Defense Department projects, which included schools and daycare centers for military families. "The wall is being built. It's going up …

True Publica (2019-09-06). The Desperate Call for the Good Friday Agreement to be Protected in US-UK Trade Talks. globalresearch.ca The Police Service of Northern Ireland counter-terror chief warns of year-long upsurges in dissident republican support — a motivating factor for extremists in the event of a disorderly exit. Chief Constable Barabara Grey said — | "anxiety levels had risen since …

Shane Quinn (2019-09-06). China's Challenge to American Power? globalresearch.ca By the year 1918, Great Britain's once far-reaching empire was crumbling, with the rate of British decline increased by her hugely expensive and unnecessary involvement in World War I. The United States, meanwhile, was taking over Britain's mantle as the …

Mike "Mish" Shedlock (2019-09-06). Car Manufacturers Caught in Crossfire of Trump's Trade War. globalresearch.ca

The global repercussions of Trump's trade wars have a new casualty: US and European car manufacturers. |

Sarah Abed (2019-09-06). New U.N. Report Highlights US, UK, France War Crimes in Yemen Since 2014. globalresearch.ca The second largest sovereign state in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, has been ravaged by war, deliberate starvation, and cholera for over four years. A 274 page U.N. report released on Tuesday, highlights the human rights situation including violations and abuses …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-09-06). Looking Back to Move Forward: The First Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algeria, 1969. globalresearch.ca Fifty years ago this year from July 21-31, 1969 in the capital of Algeria, thousands of people gathered for a groundbreaking Pan-African Cultural Festival (PACF). | Official delegations were sent to the manifestation from over 30 independent and contested nations on …

Global Research News (2019-09-06). September 11, 2001: The Fight for 9/11 Truth, Science and Justice 18 Years Later. globalresearch.ca Global Research will be publishing a series of important 9/11 Truth articles in the course of the next few days leading up to the 18th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 attacks. | Follow us on Global Research. | Our archive contains an important …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-09-06). Congress Aims "Honest Ads" at the Alternative Media. globalresearch.ca Lee E. Goodman, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, completely misses the point in an op-ed posted at The Hill. | Goodman says a bill working its way through Congress, the Honest Ads Act, will fail to target …

Jonathan Turley (2019-09-06). Biden Claims that He Voted for Iraq War and Then "Immediately" Opposed It. globalresearch.ca For those of us who opposed the war resolution on Iraq, the later spins by presidential candidates John Kerry and Hillary Clinton left us incensed. At the time, many of us criticized the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2019-09-06). 9/11 Truth: Why Do Good People Become Silent About the Documented Facts that Disprove the Official 9/11 Narrative. globalresearch.ca "It is my firm belief that 9/11 skeptics—and true skeptics of any paradigm-shifting and taboo subject—who publicly expose lies and 'naked emperors' are heroes …They have suffered the ridicule and wrath of those emperors, their minions, and the just plain …

Emanuel Pastreich (2019-09-06). America's rush back to nuclear weapons. nationofchange.org Lawrence Wilkerson is the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. He is current the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy in the Government Department of the College of William and Mary. Emanuel Pastreich: What is the current status of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on nuclear weapons? Lawrence Wilkerson: As …

Karen Kinney (2019-09-06). At the Dividing Line Between the U.S. and Mexico, Two Very Different Visions of God Meet. commondreams.org If love is indeed an indicator of true religion, then let us choose love. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Feffer (2019-09-06). Burning Down the House. counterpunch.org Doesn't idiocy ever take a vacation? As August wound down, the populist troika of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and Jair Bolsonaro proved once again that the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil would be better off with no leaders rather than the dubious characters that currently pretend to govern these countries. In all three More

Sam Pizzigati (2019-09-06). The Political Economy of the Opioid Epidemic. counterpunch.org Late this October, in Ohio, a jury will begin hearing evidence against the pharmaceutical giants that have manufactured — and profited royally from — the opioid epidemic. This Ohio trial will be the most significant courtroom skirmish yet between Big Pharma and the over 2,000 states, localities, and other complainants that have filed suit against More

Paul Edwards (2019-09-06). The Axis of Atrocity. counterpunch.org If daymare isn't a word, it should be. We're living one. And the shameless, infantile ugliness that rules America today was predicted by visionaries and poets long ago. H.L. Mencken nailed it nearly a century back: "Before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying the mob with him by force of More

Chandra Muzaffar (2019-09-06). Concealing the Truth. counterpunch.org 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 true at the international level more than in the domestic arena. There are currently a More

Chuck Collins (2019-09-06). Tax the Rich Before the Rest. counterpunch.org Presidential candidates should take a pledge: The middle class should not pay one dollar more in new taxes until the super-rich pay their fair share. Already candidates are outlining ambitious programs to improve health care, combat climate change, and address the opioid crisis — and trying to explain how they'll pay for it. President Trump, More

Robert Mackey (2019-09-06). Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, but His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos. theintercept.com Joe Biden has defended his vote in favor of the Iraq War, but his plan to divide the country along sectarian lines might have made a bad situation worse.

John Stanton (2019-09-06). The United States: A Nation on Suicide Watch. dissidentvoice.org The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan required major shifts in national resources from civilian to military purposes and contributed to the growth of the budget deficit and public debt. Through FY 2018, the direct costs of the wars will have totaled more than $1.9 trillion, according to US Government figures. Pollution is a serious issue. …

teleSUR (2019-09-06). Hurricane Dorian Hits North Carolina Coast as Storm Reaches US. telesurenglish.net Hurricane Dorian made landfall in North Carolina on Friday morning, hitting the beach resort area with powerful winds and battering waves. It is advancing slowly northward like a "Category 1" storm, although it still has 90-miles-per-hour winds. | RELATED: | Dorian Death Toll in Bahamas Rises to 30 | The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that Dorian traveled at 14 miles per hour as it was moving to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, a state whose coastline will suffer from its effects…

WSWS (2019-09-06). Allentown, Pennsylvania Advance Auto Parts distribution workers on strike. wsws.org Some 550 warehouse workers walked off the job Wednesday to demand better wages and working conditions.

Sandra Cordon (2019-09-06). Leaked IPCC report warns of the future of oceans in climate change. nationofchange.org This topic will be discussed at the Global Landscapes Forum New York 2019. Learn more about how to join here. 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 …

The Canary (2019-09-06). Boris Johnson overpays for box of cod during fish market visit. thecanary.co Boris Johnson appeared to overpay for a box of cod after getting into a bidding war at a fish market in Scotland. | The prime minister joined in with an auction during a visit to Peterhead Fish Market to meet people in the fishing and farming industries. | Johnson, accompanied by the Scottish Secretary Alister Jack, was shown around the market and joined in with bidding for fish, winning an auction for a box of cod with a £185 bid. | Asked whether it was a good price, Simon Brebner — the chief executive of the Peterhead Fish Market, said: "If you're selling, it's a great price. If you're buying, maybe…

WSWS (2019-09-06). Death toll mounts in Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian lingers off Carolina coast. wsws.org The scenes of devastation on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands have astonished observers and drawn comparison to areas levelled by saturation bombing in wartime.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-09-06). Roaming Charges: Blood in the Eye of the Storm. counterpunch.org + Joe Biden, who is now claiming he opposed the Iraq War from Day One, (after speaking on the senate floor in favor of it and then voting for it) on September 9, 2003, 6 months after the first bombs fell on Baghdad. Fareed Zakaria: "You supported the war. Are you having any second thoughts?" Biden: More

Staff (2019-09-06). Headlines for September 6, 2019. democracynow.org Hurricane Dorian Death Toll in Bahamas Rises to 30, Likely Far Higher, Trump Personally Altered Map to Promote False Hurricane Threat to Alabama, Brazilian Archbishops Denounce Amazon Fires, Brazil's President Taunts U.N. Human Rights Chief over Her Family's Torture by Pinochet, Taliban Suicide Blast Kills 12 in Afghan Capital, Including Two NATO Soldiers, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean Liberation Fighter Turned Dictator, Dies at 95, Mike Pence Stayed in Trump Golf Resort 180+ Miles from Talks with Irish Leaders, Brother of British PM Boris Johnson Quits Parliament over Brexit, Federal Judge Rules Federal Terrorism Wa…

Johanna Ross (2019-09-06). The Geopolitical Implications of a No Deal Brexit. globalresearch.ca Brexit may seem like an inherently British affair, as the rest of the world has looked on with wry amusement and disbelief for the last three years at the continual wrangling over the issue, breathing a sigh of relief that …

The Canary (2019-09-06). Sturgeon: UK election before October 31 'not in wider public interest'. thecanary.co Allowing Boris Johnson to "cut and run" by holding an early general election before the end of October would not be in the public interest, Scotland's First Minister has said.While Nicola Sturgeon had previously said "bring it on" to the prospect of a snap Westminster ballot, she warned the PM could push through a no-deal Brexit if a vote is held before October 31.This is despite the House of Commons having passed legislation aimed at avoiding such an outcome. | 2/ @theSNP relishes prospect of…

Janelle Velina (2019-09-06). "Peace" at Home on the Western Front, Exporting Terrorism Abroad: Social Antagonisms and the Contradictions of Capitalism. globalresearch.ca 'Freedom of speech' continues to be a very complicated subject matter that remains unresolved, especially in the context of geopolitics. To further complicate matters, very few realize that Liberalism (not to be confused with 'leftism') is actually the current world-dominating …

àÅngeles Maestro (2019-09-06). Is internationalism terrorism? workers.org Angeles Maestro The author, a spokesperson for the organization Red Network (redroja.net) based in the Spanish state, faces charges based on her organization's collection of funds in solidarity with Palestine, specifically to repair healthcare facilities in Gaza. Translation by John Catalinotto. Aug. 29 — Recently, the National High Court charged . . . | Continue reading Is internationalism terrorism? at Workers.org

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-09-06). Examining 9/11 and America's "War on Terrorism" globalresearch.ca At 11 o'clock, on the morning of 9/11, the Bush administration had already announced that Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks. That same evening at 9: 30 pm, a "War Cabinet" was formed. And at 11: 00 pm, at the end of that historic meeting at the White House, the "War on Terrorism" was officially launched.

RT (2019-09-06). 'Total victory'? US terrorist watchlist ruled 'unconstitutional' with no remedy in sight. rt.com The US government's list of "known or suspected terrorists" violates the constitutional due process rights of the million-plus people on it, a judge has ruled, but the government insists the case doesn't belong in court at all. | The watchlist, with no "ascertainable standard for inclusion and exclusion" — one need not have been convicted or even suspected of a crime in order to end up on it, and being acquitted of a crime does not necessarily result in removal — is too vague to risk depriving Americans of their "travel-related and reputational liberty interests," Eastern District of Virginia Judge A…

Eds. (2019-09-06). Dissent is being criminalized right under our noses. mronline.org I read with interest a recent press release of Rep. Michael McCaul—the Republican incumbent in the Texas 10th Congressional District and my opponent in the 2018 election—in which he announced a new bill to respond to domestic terrorism. | Source

United Nations (2019-09-06). Growing a future free of terrorism: UN News special report from Cameroon. un.org When terrorists attacked and ransacked 30-year old Mamma Hamidou's village in the Far North region of Cameroon four years ago, she faced an impossible choice. Hand over her young daughter or risk that her husband be executed on the spot.

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