2019-09-08: Social Media Postees

Foreign Correspondent: Will Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Reese Erlich | commondreams.org | 2019-09-08
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on April 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Amazon's 'smart' doorbell allows customers to spy on 'minorities minding their own f**ng business'
rt.com | 2019-09-08
A shadowy partnership between Amazon's 'smart' doorbell company and hundreds of police departments across America has fueled paranoia and pushed the country closer to an Orwellian surveillance state, Redacted Tonight reports. | Amazon's Ring has given 400 US police departments access to its customers' home surveillance footage, raising serious privacy concerns — particularly because many clients have reportedly never consented to participating in the program. | As Redacted Tonight correspondent Natalie McGill argues, the company feeds on paranoia and prejudice, leading to a spike in reports to police that…
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Afghan peace talks dead 'for the time being' & US won't enter any agreement — Pompeo
rt.com | 2019-09-08
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that peace negotiations with Afghanistan's Taliban are dead and that Washington will not enter any future agreement without "commitments" from the militants. | Appearing on a round of cable news shows Sunday morning, Pompeo told one of these, Fox News, that negotiations with the Taliban are dead "for the time being," adding that Washington is recalling its special envoy to Afghanistan to work out its next steps. Also appearing on CNN, Pompeo said that the US would not enter into any future agreement with the Taliban without "significant commitments" from the fighters,…
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Should We Feed Hungry Children, or the War Machine?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-08
| On August 21, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, put out a heartbreaking call for nations to make good on their pledges to send humanitarian aid to feed destitute families in war-torn Yemen. Unless the funds promised are received soon, she warned, food rations for 12 million people would be reduced and at least 2.5 million malnourished children would be cut-off from the services tha…
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Who Is Osama Bin Laden?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-08
It was Eighteen years ago: I started writing on the evening of September 11, late into the night, going through piles of research notes, which I had previously collected on the history of Al Qaeda. This first text on 9/11 …
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The Courage of Saying No: Children, Rebellion and Greta Thunberg
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-08
There is something to be said of wariness when it comes to revolutionary voices. As Albert Camus argued in that beautiful tract of illumination and contradiction, The Rebel, "All modern revolutions have ended in the reinforcement of the power of …
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Hillary Clinton & Elizabeth Warren's 'secret talks' ignite outrage, mockery on social media
rt.com | 2019-09-08
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren is reportedly in talks with failed presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a move that's at odds with Warren's progressive image, and people really aren't happy about it. | The two have been in communication since the Massachusetts senator announced her presidential run, although both are keeping quiet about it, NBC reports, citing several people who wished to remain anonymous. | pic.twitter.com/pm4FPOttz…
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Marcus Deon Smith Was Killed 1 Year Ago by Police. His Life Still Matters
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-08
| One year ago at midnight, a 38-year-old Black man named Marcus Deon Smith was wandering in and out of downtown traffic in Greensboro as the North Carolina Folk Festival concluded for the night. Smith, a beloved member of the Greensboro homeless community, was high on drugs and experiencing a mental crisis when eight Greensboro police officers attempted to deal with his obvious psychological distress. Smith, who was known as a gentle, nonviolent man, frantically pleaded with the officers, r…
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Days Before Talks With Taliban and Peace Deal, Trump Publicly Calls Secret Meeting Off
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-08
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Guaido on the verge of imprisonment: Why does the US have its eye on Essequibo?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-08
Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido and his team have been convicted of holding talks with Guyana on the territorial issue of Essequibo. According to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Bolivarian Republic, the opposition has offered to surrender Venezuelan's historical claims to the territory of Essequibo. El presidente venezolano @NicolasMaduro anunció que el gobierno se …
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PSL Public Forum: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Racist Violence
Jon Britton | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
San José Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José, CA 95112…
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Climate Strike: Mill Valley, Marin County
Mill Valley activist groups | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
Plaza outside Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | Mill Valley Seniors for Peace @ Camino Alto and Miller Avenue…
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Venezuela: Embassy Protection Collective Speaks
Alicia Jrapko | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org
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Fascist NRA gun organization labeled a domestic terrorist organization
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
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!
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Exposing the contributors to the NRA, a domestic terrorist organization
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
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!
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Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Will Lead 'Walk for Juristac' Sunday to Protect Sacred Lands
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
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.
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Hong Kong Strongly Condemns Vandalistic Acts of Protesters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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Iran Raises Nuclear Stakes, Threatens Higher Enrichment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-07
TEHRAN, Iran–Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium "much more beyond" current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms. | While insisting Iran doesn't seek a nuclear weapon, the comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran threatened pushing uranium enrichment far beyond levels ever reached in the country. Prior to the atomic deal, Iran only reached up to 20%, which itself still is only a short technical…
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Iran Seizes Tugboat Carrying Suspected Smuggled Oil
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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Evo Morales, providing leadership in times of adversity
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-09-07
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…
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Seven South American Countries Agree to Protect Amazon Forests
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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Trump Rakes in Fossil Fuel Money While Some Democrats Skirt Donation Pledge
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-07
| 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…
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'Brazil In Mourning', Rallies in Defense of Public Education
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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US Restricts Sending of Remittances to Cuba, Bans Donations
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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Not great, not terrible: US tests refurbished missiles after admission nuclear refit lagging behind
rt.com | 2019-09-07
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. | …
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Russia, Ukraine Swap Prisoners In First Step To Settle Conflict
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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Trump lauds prisoner exchange between Russia & Ukraine as 'giant step to peace'
rt.com | 2019-09-07
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!
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Italy's 'Closed Ports Policy' Stays, Minister Luciana Lamorgese
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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Trump Scraps Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban Over Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
United States President Donald Trump informed Saturday he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders after the group claimed the attack in Kabul that killed a U.S. soldier and 11 civilians. | RELATED: | 'We're Going to Always Have a Presence in Afghanistan': Trump | "If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks…then they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway," Trump said on Twitter. | The U.S. presiden…
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We will see roots reaching out for each other
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-09-07
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…
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Protesters stage 'die in' to highlight cyclist deaths
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-07
Dozens of protesters have staged a symbolic funeral procession across central London, ending in a die-in in Trafalgar Square to highlight the need for measures to protect cyclists.The protest, organised by Extinction Rebellion in partnership with Stop Killing Cyclists, called on the Government to start investing £6 billion a year on cycling infrastructure.The march, which began at Lincoln's Inn Fields, was led by three horse-drawn funeral hearses meant to represent the deaths of cyclists caused by road accidents and pollution.Florence Reid waves an Exinction Rebellion flag during the protest (David Mirzoeff…
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NYT remembers David Koch more as 'philanthropist' than polluter
Olivia Riggio | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-07
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 Times called Koch a "man-about-town philanthropist." On the same day, the Times ( 8/23/19) published an affecti…
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Portents of 21st Century Global Warming
Dr. Andrew Glikson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-07
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 …
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US Beekeepers File Suit Against EPA Charging "Illegal" Approval of Insecticide
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-07
| 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…
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Colombian government renews civil war amid growing social unrest
wsws.org | 2019-09-07
At least 150 former FARC fighters and their family members have been killed since the signing of the agreement with the Colombian government.
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The 5G Network: Southeast Asia Ignores US War on Huawei
Joseph Thomas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-07
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 | …
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Jury finds one defendant not guilty, deadlocked on second in 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire case
wsws.org | 2019-09-07
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.
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The United States: A Nation on Suicide Watch
John Stanton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-07
"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 …
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Tax the rich before the rest
Chuck Collins | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-07
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, on the other hand, wants to give corporations and the richest 1 percent more tax breaks to keep goosing a lopsided economic boom — even as deficit hawks moan about the exploding national debt and annual deficits topping $1 trillion. | Eventually someone is…
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Robert Mugabe's Legacy: Revolution, Amity and Decline
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-07
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 | …
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Politician, Social Leader, 3 Ex-FARC Members Killed in Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
A political candidate, a social leader and three former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were murdered in the Toledo, Cucuta and the Choco regions in the last 24 hours, local sources reported. | RELATED: | Colombian Ministries Call for More Protection of Social Leaders | The candidate for the mayorship of Toledo, located in Antioquia, northwest Colombia, Orley Garcia, was killed on Saturday after been shot more than 10 times. The Colombian Sevent…
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Footballer Ronaldinho Is Bolsonaro's New Ambassador of Tourism
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
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…
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UK House of Lords Members Block No-Deal Brexit
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-07
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 …
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Pro and anti-Brexit demonstrators clash on Parliament Square
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-07
Two groups of pro and anti-Brexit protesters have clashed on Parliament Square. | About 200 people joined a pro-Brexit demonstration organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) on Saturday morning. | When members of the anti-Brexit group March for Change began to set up for a rally of their own, some members of the DFLA approached and began shouting. | A beer can was thrown towards about 10 people from the March for Change protest, before police on horseback intervened. | Police knew about both protests prior to Saturday. | A blimp in the shape of Boris Johnson had been set to fly at the March for C…
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE's Proxy-War and the Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Yemen
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-07
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 …
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Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir: Insufficient Evidence to Blame Russia for MH17 Crash over Eastern Ukraine
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-07
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 …
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Russia and Ukraine Trade Prisoners, Each Flies 35 to Freedom
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-07
Among those released by Ukraine was separatist Volodymyr Tsemakh, linked to the 2014 shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner that killed 298.
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America's "Ministry of Truth" Has Unleashed the Military to Fight "Disinformation"
Mac Slavo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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"Go to hell": Venezuelan coup leader Ricardo Hausmann stages WhatsApp meltdown when confronted with his own hypocrisy and lack of transparency
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-06
Over the course of an entire day, Venezuelan coup leader Ricardo Hausmann melted down on WhatsApp after I confronted him…
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Foreign Correspondent: Can Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
Don't hold your breath.
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Washington escalates "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-09-06
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/06/pers…

With hurricane destruction as backdrop, Democratic aspirants address climate change
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-06
Hurricane Dorian, with its decimating fury unleashed on the Bahamas and the Southeastern U.S. seacoast, became the latest red alert warning of the rapidly mounting effects of climate change. It was also the backdrop for a historic Democratic presidential town hall forum on the climate crisis. The forum was nationally televised on Sept. 4 by …
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Rating the presidential hopefuls: Only a few support unions in public
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-06
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 …
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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"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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'Jack Ryan' TV show means US coup in Venezuela is toast
rt.com | 2019-09-06
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…
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Returning to Fidel as the Amazon burns
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-09-06
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…
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Understanding the fires in South America
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-09-06
Extractivist governments are stoking destruction in the Amazon and beyond. International alliances and Indigenous technologies can help protect the biome and support its 30 million inhabitants. | Source…
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Livestream: The Right to a Future — With Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg
The Intercept | theintercept.com | 2019-09-06
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…
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South American Leaders Begin Emergency Summit on Amazon Fires
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-06
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…
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"Everywhere is Kashmir": Unraveling Weaponized, Corporatized Hindustan in India's Northeast
Sarang Narasimhaiah | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
"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…
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Maduro: #NoMoreTrump Petition Hits 10 Million Signature Goal
teleSUR-EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-06
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…
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Mastercard Blocks Two Venezuelan Banks as Inflation Rises
Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-06
A Chinese contractor has also suspended work on an oil expansion project.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14649

Video: Syrian Army Prepares Security Operation in Western Aleppo
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-prep…

Video: Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Speaks at the Vladivostok Summit
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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Immigrant Song: 'I'm Leaving Now'
Michael Atkinson | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
A new documentary trains our focus on an underexposed slice of the immigration dynamic: the urge to return home.
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Trump Regime Training Paramilitaries to Attack Venezuela?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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Chuck Todd, Labor Day, and Getting Serious
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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…
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What Happened on the Planes on September 11, 2001? The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls. The 9/11 Commission "Script" Was Fabricated
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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.
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Israeli Soldiers Kill 14, 17-Year-Old at Gaza Border, Wound 76
teleSUR -EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-06
The Israeli army killed two more Palestinians Friday during a Great March of Return protest at the Gaza Strip, and at least 76 people were wounded as violence between the two sides has continued to escalate after Israel has responded to border jumpers with bullets and bombs. | RELATED: | Israel Punishes Gaza With Fuel Cuts Over Alleged Rocket Attacks | A 14 and a 17-year-old died, and 66 Palestinians were injured in the Gaza Strip in clashes with the Israeli army, over half f…
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9/11 and the American Orwellian Nightmare
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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.
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Ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz Rules Out Independent 2020 Bid
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-06
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…
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No Joe: On Character, Quality and Authenticity
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
The Democratic Party establishment might want to heed Santayana's warning about how people who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. One of the many lessons of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign is that your candidate better damn well possess strong quality and character if you are going to run on, well, candidate quality and character.
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Billionaires Who Promise to Save Journalism
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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.
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Funerals for glaciers: Is it too late for Europe's Green New Deal?
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-06
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 …
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Joni Ernst Says the Quiet Part Loud
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-06
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…
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Gaddafi vs the West: Two Revolutions on the Wrong Side of History
Garikai Chengu | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, but His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-06
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.
theintercept.com/2019/09/06/joe-biden-de…

Looking Back to Move Forward: The First Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algeria, 1969
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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China's Challenge to American Power?
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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New U.N. Report Highlights US, UK, France War Crimes in Yemen Since 2014
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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Hemp Legalization Has Made It Harder to Prosecute People for Marijuana
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-06
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…
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The Axis of Atrocity
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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:…
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Trump Year Three: Three Random Late Summer Thoughts
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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…
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Allentown, Pennsylvania Advance Auto Parts distribution workers on strike
wsws.org | 2019-09-06
Some 550 warehouse workers walked off the job Wednesday to demand better wages and working conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/06/alle…

A Different‚Äã War Story: the Soldier and Veteran Resistance Against the War in Vietnam
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/a-different%…

The United States: A Nation on Suicide Watch
John Stanton | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-06
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. …
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Hassan El Tayyab on US Out of Yemen, Kate Bronfenbrenner on Labor Board vs. Labor
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-09-06
Media…
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Congress Aims "Honest Ads" at the Alternative Media
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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9/11 Truth: Why Do Good People Become Silent About the Documented Facts that Disprove the Official 9/11 Narrative
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
"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 …
globalresearch.ca/why-do-good-people-bec…

September 11, 2001: The Fight for 9/11 Truth, Science and Justice 18 Years Later
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-06
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 …
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Koch's America: the Rule of the New Robber Barons
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
The U.S. is a capitalist country and capitalist control the country. The recent death of David Koch [pronounced "coke"], principle co-owner with his brother, Charles, of the Koch Industries, reminds Americas once again that those with the power and money determine the destinies of everyone else. A century ago the country was ruled by a cabal…
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Extinction Via Rugged Individualism
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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…
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Racism is About Power, Not Unpleasant Sentiments
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
In September of 2011, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis— a man who the best evidence suggested was innocent. On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was murdered by self-appointed community 'guardian' George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Then Michael Brown was murdered by the Ferguson police and his lifeless body was left lying in the street for hours. And then Freddie Gray was murdered by the Baltimore police. And on, and on.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/racism-is-ab…

Tax the Rich Before the Rest
Chuck Collins | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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,…
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Extinction Rebellion: What is it?
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
The climate crisis is turning average law-abiding people into raging law-breaking eco rebels, by boatloads. Extinction Rebellion (ER) is at the forefront, demanding that governments declare climate emergencies and take urgent action. In that regard, ER, which started in the UK, says government must reduce carbon emissions to Net Zero by 2025, or else! Social…
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Concealing the Truth
Chandra Muzaffar | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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…
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A Battle for Existence
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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.
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Burning Down the House
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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…
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The Political Economy of the Opioid Epidemic
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/the-politica…

Green Mountain Veterans: Ron Jacobs
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
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