Daily Archives: September 18, 2019

2019-09-18: News Headlines

Miri Wood (2019-09-18). Syria: Terrorist Attacks, More NATO Weapons and War Crimes. globalresearch.ca As NATO media are currently mourning the departure of Neocon, John Bolton, and incited support for US bombing of Iran because Yemeni patriots engaged in a retaliatory bombing of an oil refinery in Saudi occupied Arabia, no attention is …

Lee Fang (2019-09-18). Saudi Arabia Denies Its Key Role in Climate Change Even as It Prepares for the Worst. theintercept.com Saudi Arabia, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, remains a principal funder of climate denialism even as it prepares for climate extremes.

Ron Jacobs (2019-09-18). Support the Climate Strike, Not a Military Strike. counterpunch.org The propaganda campaign has begun. The New York Times dutifully published photos of an attack on ARAMCO oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia. Accompanying the photos are descriptions provided by the warmongers in Washington, DC. Naturally, the photos don't look like much of anything. This gives those describing them the leeway to provide a narrative More

South Front (2019-09-18). Video: US, Saudi Sources Claim Attack on Saudi Oil Was Launched from Iran. globalresearch.ca On September 16, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) warned of more strikes on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e advised foreigners to avoid the areas of Bqaiq and Khurais because they could be attacked again. He also said that …

WSWS (2019-09-18). Washington steps up threats against Iran over strikes on Saudi oil facilities. wsws.org The Pentagon has provided the Trump White House with a series of options for military aggression against Iran.

Dave Lindorff (2019-09-18). Why on Earth Would the US Go to War with Iran over an Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries? counterpunch.org President Bone Spur, backed by his war-mongering Secretary of State Mike "Armageddon" Pompeo, tweeted yesterday that the US military is "locked and loaded," ready to attack (bomb) Iran if it can be proven that Iran was behind a drone bomb attack on Saudi Arabia's oil refineries. There are plenty of news media in the US More

Ron Jacobs (2019-09-18). Support the Climate Strike, Not a Military Strike. counterpunch.org The propaganda campaign has begun. The New York Times dutifully published photos of an attack on ARAMCO oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia. Accompanying the photos are descriptions provided by the warmongers in Washington, DC. Naturally, the photos don't look like much of anything. This gives those describing them the leeway to provide a narrative More

Staff (2019-09-18). Locked on Iran. truthdig.com

WSWS (2019-09-18). An interview with director Eva Mulvad: "You can…come a bit closer to having a more rounded understanding of the world" wsws.org The WSWS spoke in Toronto to Eva Mulvad, Danish filmmaker and director of Love Child, about an Iranian refugee family in Turkey and its problems.

teleSUR (2019-09-18). Iran Warns of Immediate Response to Any US Strikes. telesurenglish.net Iran warned on Wednesday that any strikes from the U.S. and its allies will be met with a crushing response from the Islamic Republic. | RELATED: | Iran Not Interested In Talks With US After Trump's Accusations | Stressing that they have no interest in war, the Iranian government said they will defend themselves if they are met with any aggression from the United States and its allies. | In a letter sent on Monday to the United States via the Swiss embassy, which represents U.S…

teleSUR (2019-09-18). Trump Picks Robert O'Brien for National Security Advisor Post. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday named U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as his choice to replace John Bolton as his White House national security adviser. | RELATED: | Charles Kupperman: A Bolton-Style Hawk Is Trump's Acting National Security Advisor | O'Brien, currently a presidential envoy for hostage affairs at the U.S. Department of State, has a long history in Republican foreign policy circles. | "I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will…

teleSUR (2019-09-18). Venezuela: Another Opposition Party Joins Dialogue with Gov't. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez welcomed Pastor Javier Bertucci, representing the party Hope for Change, who will join the Agreement of National Dialogue, which was signed earlier this week in hope of solving the problems that caused the U.S. blockade against Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Court Frees Opposition Lawmaker as Part of Agreements with Opposition | "The only thing we expect from the United States is to recover the path of dialogue with the government of Nicolas Maduro, th…

Joshua Coupe (2019-09-18). Shocking Video Simulation Shows the Devastation Nuclear War Would Cause. globalresearch.ca The United States and Russia have quite the bumpy relationship. Talk of war between the two powerful countries isn't anything new, and anyone who is paying attention knows that such a war would be devastating for much of the world….

Simon Watkins (2019-09-18). U.S. and Russia Battle It Out over this Huge Iraqi Gas Field. globalresearch.ca With the U.S, Russia, and China all jostling for position in Iraq's oil and gas industry both north and south, Iraq's oil ministry last week reiterated its desire to have one or more foreign partners in the Mansuriya gas field. …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-09-18). Will the US Use Greece to Block Russia in the Black Sea? globalresearch.ca The Trump administration last week made its first major step to create a Greek-centric NATO corridor following United States Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, announcement that his country intends to acquire the strategic port of Alexandroupoli. If Athens …

teleSUR (2019-09-18). Venezuela Urges the World to Support Peace Dialogue. telesurenglish.net The National Dialogue Roundtable in Venezuela, constituted by members of the constitutional government and representatives of the opposition, urged Tuesday for the international community to support the peace and understanding initiatives. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Court Frees Opposition Lawmaker | The participants reiterated in a statement that all political factions are working hard to reach a diplomatic solution to all internal problems. They also invited the European Union and the other interna…

Ted Rall (2019-09-18). Once Again in Afghanistan, the U.S. Proves It Can't Be Trusted. counterpunch.org The first draft of this column came not to bury but to praise Donald Trump. I planned to applaud the president's peace initiative with the Taliban, his strategy of ignoring the corrupt and discredited puppet regime Bush installed in Kabul and his desire to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. This was a move I have been More

WSWS (2019-09-18). Uruguayan defense minister warns of "military conflict in Venezuela" wsws.org In an escalation of the US-led regime-change operation in Venezuela, the Organization of American States has invoked the 1947 Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance.

teleSUR (2019-09-18). Indonesia Arrests 200 as Forest Fire Creates Hazardous Smog. telesurenglish.net Indonesia arrested around 200 people over their suspected involvement in forest fires which the authorities say have scorched 328,000 hectares (810,000 acres) of land since January but it is not clear how much of that has been to make way for palm plantations. | RELATED: | Brazil: Tenharim People, Guardians of Amazon, Battle Wildfires | The country's National P…

Media Lens (2019-09-18). Stockholm Syndrome — Julian Assange and the Limits of Guardian Dissent. globalresearch.ca Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic 'Wish You Were Here', or say: | 'Julian …

Stephanie Hedgecoke (2019-09-18). Reforestation: Cuba leads the way. workers.org Before 1492, what is today the United States had about 1 billion acres of forests. From 1600 on, at least 286 million acres were destroyed. In a 1763 letter, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Cleared land absorbs more heat and melts snow quicker." Because of colonialism and the growth of capitalist extractive . . . | Continue reading Reforestation: Cuba leads the way at Workers.org

Janine Jackson (2019-09-18). 'Trump's Deregulatory Agenda Has Been Driven by Corporations' – CounterSpin interview with Amit Narang about Trump's corporate deregulation. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Public Citizen's Amit Narang about Trump's corporate deregulation for the September 13, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-09-18). Slouching Toward "Bethlehem" counterpunch.org but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? — W.B.Yeats, The Second Coming Hive-mindedness seems to be growing — at the same time that bees are heading towards kaputzville. More

Catherine Tumber (2019-09-18). Land Without Bread: the Green New Deal Forsakes America's Countryside. counterpunch.org Days after the heart-stopping Notre-Dame Cathedral fire in April, Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg trained her eyes on the United Kingdom's parliament and chastised its meager response to climate change. "I want you to panic," the baby-faced sixteen-year-old quietly instructed the adults in the room. "Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation More

RT (2019-09-18). Area 51 has 'secrets that deserve to be protected,' US Air Force top brass warns 'stormers'. rt.com Chief of Staff General David Goldfein has ominously insisted that the Air Force is taking the viral 'Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us' event "very seriously" as the US has "secrets [that] deserve to be protected." | "All joking aside, we're taking it very seriously," Goldfein told reporters during the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. "Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation's secrets protected." | Goldfein's comments will likely fan the flames of conspiracy theories already raging online, particularly in th…

The Canary (2019-09-18). Angry parent tells Johnson the NHS is being 'destroyed' during hospital visit. thecanary.co The parent of a sick child claimed the NHS was being destroyed as he challenged Boris Johnson during a hospital visit.The prime minister was confronted by the angry parent, who claimed there were not enough doctors and nurses.In a conversation lasting around two minutes, the man said the situation was "not acceptable".The parent expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Boris Johnson and Alan Gurney, chief executive of Whipps Cross University Hospital (Yui Mok/PA Wire)Johnson was visiting Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London when he was challenged by the parent on a children's ward.The p…

Sue Davis (2019-09-18). Labor and climate activism. workers.org The prevailing myths about U.S. workers and the organized labor movement — that labor and climate action are in conflict, that jobs are more important than the environment — will be in the trash bin of history after the Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike. U.S. labor is coming forward to . . . | Continue reading Labor and climate activism at Workers.org

Zhivko Illeieff (2019-09-18). Why You Should Care About #ShutDownDC and the Global Climate Strike. counterpunch.org Today's news cycle suggests that climate activism is no more than showing up to a protest once in a while. Wave a sign around, believe in science, and you're set. Politicians and people of note are given credit simply for acknowledging the fact that global warming is happening. This type of rhetoric is dangerous. It More

Fight Back (2019-09-18). Minnesota: Protesters demand Gov. Walz to divest from Elbit now. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – Over 40 people protested in front of the Governor's Residence Monday, September 16, to demand the divestment of Elbit Systems by the State of Minnesota. The protest, which was organized by the Anti-War Committee, is the latest action in their current campaign to demand the divestment of Elbit Systems from the state's public retirement fund. Currently the Minnesota State Board of Investments, which Governor Tim Walz chairs, holds $1.2 million, or approximately 10,000 shares, in Elbit Systems. | Elbit Systems is Israel's largest weapons company, which has been contracted by the U.S. Department o…

Norman Solomon (2019-09-18). The 'official secrets' movie vs. Joe Biden's lies about the Iraq war. nationofchange.org Joe Biden's recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another. This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for war. Ironically, while he was spinning anew to deny the undeniable, theaters …

Staff (2019-09-18). Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: If We Want a Future, Green New Deal Is Key. truthout.org | | Climate change is by far the most serious crisis facing the world today. At stake is the future of civilization as we know it. Yet, both public awareness and government action lag way behind what's needed to avert a climate change catastrophe. In the interview below, Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss the challenges ahead and what needs to be done. | Noam Chomsky is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. Robert Polli…

Staff (2019-09-18). Koch-Backed Republicans Want to Tax Your Electric Car. truthout.org | | This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.Libertarian billionaire Charles Koch has spent his entire adult life proclaiming the virtues of individual liberty and personal property rights. But when Americans decide they want to drive emissions-free electric vehicle…

William Astore (2019-09-18). The Ultra-Costly, Underwhelming F-35 Fighter. counterpunch.org How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion? That happens to be the estimated cost of the Pentagon's program to build, deploy, and maintain the no-longer-so-new F-35 jet fighter over its lifetime. How More

Joseph Thomas (2019-09-18). China-Thailand Military Cooperation. Shifting Global Balance of Power. globalresearch.ca Recent news of Bangkok signing a 6.5 billion Thai Baht deal with China to procure a naval landing ship (a landing platform dock or LPD) further illustrates growing ties between Beijing and Bangkok in the sphere of military matters. | The …

Nick Robins-Early (2019-09-18). "Crazies" in Charge of America's "Nuclear Button": Trump's New (Acting) National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War with USSR Was Winnable. globalresearch.ca "Plus àßa change, plus c'est la même chose", | "The more things change, the more they stay the same", Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, (Les Guêpes, July 1848) | *** | President Donald Trump's acting national security adviser, former Reagan administration …

Jonathan Cook (2019-09-18). Israelis Have Made their Verdict Clear: Benjamin Netanyahu's Time is Up. dissidentvoice.org For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end? Barring a last-minute upset as the final …

Middle East Eye (2019-09-18). Israeli Security Guards Kill Palestinian Woman at West Bank Checkpoint. theantimedia.com "They deliberately killed her."

Benjamin R. Evans (2019-09-18). Brazil's Genetically Modified Mosquitoes. globalresearch.ca

| According to an incisive report by Deutsche Welle, "genetically modified mosquitoes are currently breeding in Brazil". | Under the researchers' original plan, "all released mosquitoes and their offspring should have died." But that did not happen. | " An attempt to …

Maria Lencki (2019-09-18). Johns Hopkins Professor on Child Transgender Trend: 'Many Will Regret this'. globalresearch.ca A psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University has slammed the medical and psychiatric industries for what he says is reckless and irresponsible treatment of patients who claim to be transgender. | Paul McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University, told …

Michael Welch (2019-09-18). "The Non-Profit Industrial Complex", and the Co-opting of the NGO Environmental Movement. globalresearch.ca First published on April 24, 2016 | "Why do people continue to believe that NGOs such as 350.org/1Sky that are initiated and funded by Rockefeller Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Ford, Gates, etc. would exist to serve the people rather than the entities …

Johanna Ross (2019-09-18). Boris Johnson Government, Accused of "Misleading" the Queen, Goes on Trial. globalresearch.ca The UK government's decision to prorogue parliament till 14th October is to be scrutinised by the highest court in the land on Tuesday, after it was ruled by a Scottish court last week that it 'misled the Queen' by suspending …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-09-18). 'It's My Party….'. globalresearch.ca Borrowing from the 1963 Lesley Gore song I'll Cry If I Want to: "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to, you would cry too if it happened to you." Well, if you still subscribe to this phony …

Liz Vinson (2019-09-18). In victory for motorists and taxpayers, Mississippi sheriff's office will stop acting as immigration enforcement. splcenter.org The Martinezes were traveling on I-10 in Mississippi in June 2017 when their pleasant family vacation spiraled into terror.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-18). Doctored Admissions: the University Admissions Scandal as a Global Problem. counterpunch.org Not so much a Desperate House Wife as a desperate mother, a contrite Felicity Huffman, known for playing Lynette Scavo, has been convicted for her role in the university admissions scandal in the United States. The scene is set for another dramatization, though few can go past the sheer levels of tinkering Huffman was engaged More

Jeremy Corbyn (2019-09-18). Creating a Society of Hope and Inclusion: Speech to the TUC. counterpunch.org This is the text of Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Trades Union Congress on September 10, 2019. Congress, thank you for that warm welcome. It's an honour to be asked to address you again. I'm proud that trade unions and the Labour Party are working as closely together now as we ever have. Because together More

Liam Kennedy (2019-09-18). Boris Johnson: Elitist Defender of Britain's Big Banks. counterpunch.org In a week such as this you can't help but think that famous cultural theorist Stuart Hall was on to something when he remarked that "the disorderly thrust of political events disturbs the symmetry of political analysis." For those unable or unwilling to keep up, Boris Johnson has become the first Prime Minister in UK More

Gary Wockner (2019-09-18). The words of water: Why environmentalists are losing the water wars. nationofchange.org In the 1870s the colonizing American government rounded up "Indians" and put them in boarding schools and forced them to learn English. The American government knew one thing: If you take away a person's language, you take away their culture and their soul. It's the first and most important step of colonization and a necessary …

WSWS (2019-09-18). GM workers in Mexico hold assembly to discuss strike in the United States. wsws.org A worker at the GM plant in Silao appealed to US workers: "Keep us informed and we'll inform people here to decide what we'll do. There are people supporting us and we just have to keep fighting. If more people support us, we'll move forward."

WSWS (2019-09-18). Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike. wsws.org Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about "saving" American jobs.

Staff (2019-09-18). Oregon State University Employees Vote to Authorize a Strike Amid Heated Moment. truthout.org | | Over 95 percent of 5,000 classified workers at Oregon's seven public universities voted to authorize a strike this week. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 503 announced the strike vote's results Tuesday night and warned that if negotiations with university officials don't yield "a fair agreement…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-18). Disputing Trump Claims, Japan Says No Evidence Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack. commondreams.org "We are not aware of any information that points to Iran," said Japanese defense minister Taro Kono. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-18). Greta Thunberg Just Delivered Her Testimony to US Lawmakers: It Was a Landmark UN Climate Report. commondreams.org Rather than delivering prepared remarks, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg submitted a landmark United Nations report on global warming as testimony at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday and urged federal lawmakers to heed experts' warnings about the necessity of ambitious, urgent efforts to address the planetary emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

W. T. Whitney (2019-09-18). Political Struggle and Fixing Cuba's Economy. counterpunch.org Economic problems weigh heavily in Cuba. The Cuban people continue to face shortages and their incomes remain low, despite recent pay raises. The government's foreign debt is growing and access to credit is limited. Cuba is overly dependent on food imports despite land tenure reforms. The U.S. economic blockade targets foreign investors through implementation for the first time of Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Law More

Robert Freeman (2019-09-18). Conflict With Iran Portends World War III. commondreams.org If the U.S. cannot defeat the likes of second- and third- and fourth-rate military powers like Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria, does it really want to start a war with the strategic ally of the #2 and #3 nuclear powers in the world? (Photo: Pixabay/geralt/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joseph Gerson (2019-09-18). The Uncertain and Dangerous Interregnum: World Peace and the Post-Cold War Era. commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Helena Cobban (2019-09-18). The Emperor's New-Old Nuclear Clothes. commondreams.org One is that the longstanding refusal of most members of the U.S. political elite (officials, legislators, think-tankers, corporate media, and so on) to even mention the fact of Israel's own nuclear-weapons capabilities and to take full account of them in public discussions of strategic matters in the Middle East is extremely harmful. (Photo: Avi Ohayun/Israeli govt/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-18). Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and The Taliban. Russia's "Balancing Act" in South Asia and Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca For as close as Russia has once again become to India following its support of the latter's "Israeli"-like unilateral moves in Kashmir and the restoration of their unofficial alliance after the recent Eastern Economic Forum, its flagship international media outlet …

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-18). Turkey's "Refugee City" Proposal for Syria Amounts to Demographic Engineering. globalresearch.ca Turkish President Erdogan's recently announced proposal to build a "refugee city" in Northern Syria amounts to demographic engineering intended to stop the creation of a "Kurdish Corridor" there and also prevent the region from fully reintegrating into Damascus' fold after …

Staff (2019-09-18). UAW Strike Enters Day 3 as 50,000 Workers Demand GM to Share Its Billions in Profits. democracynow.org As members of the United Auto Workers head into their third day of a nationwide strike, General Motors has cut off health insurance for the nearly 50,000 people on picket lines across the country demanding better working conditions and fair pay. The workers say GM continues to deny employees' demands for better conditions and compensation despite leading the company to record profits following bankruptcy and a federal bailout. It's the first company-wide strike against GM in 12 years. UAW had sought to have GM cover striking workers' health insurance through the end of the month. In New York City, we speak with S…

Staff (2019-09-18). Headlines for September 18, 2019. democracynow.org Israeli PM Netanyahu Fails to Win Majority in Deadlocked Election, Climate Researchers Warn of Potential 7 Degree Temperature Rise by 2100, Greta Thunberg Tells U.S. Senators to Work Harder on Climate Crisis, Tropical Depression to Dump 18 Inches of Rain on Parts of Texas Gulf Coast, Trump Admin Seeks to Revoke California's Auto Emissions Standards, "I Have No Obligation to Be Honest to the Media," Testifies Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager, Trump Tells Campaign Rally in New Mexico, "We Love Our Hispanics", U.S. Senate Votes to Sanction China over Violations of Uyghurs' Human Rights , 75 Countries Using Artificial Int…

Jeet Heer (2019-09-18). Trump Is Treating Foreign Policy Like a Mafia Protection Racket. thenation.com Trump Is Treating Foreign Policy Like a Mafia Protection Racket…

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-09-18). Will Russia Be Driven From the West? thenation.com Will Russia Be Driven From the West?

Pam Radtke Russell (2019-09-18). TV Weathercasters Who Are Shifting Public Opinion on the Climate Crisis. thenation.com TV Weathercasters Who Are Shifting Public Opinion on the Climate Crisis…

Edward Snowden (2019-09-18). Exclusive: Edward Snowden's First Adventures in Cyberspace. thenation.com Exclusive: 's First Adventures in Cyberspace…

Global Research News (2019-09-18). Selected Articles: U.S. and Israel's Role in Prolonging Syrian Conflict. globalresearch.ca Global Research has over 50,000 subscribers to our Newsletter. | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us …

Sarah Abed (2019-09-18). Latest Astana Peace Process Summit Highlights U.S. and Israel's Role in Prolonging Syrian Conflict. globalresearch.ca The fifth Syria-focused Astana process summit took place in Turkey's capital, Ankara on Monday. Since the summit's inception in 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have engaged in trilateral discussions …

Norman Solomon (2019-09-18). The 'Official Secrets' Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War. indybay.org Taking and Evading Responsibility…

Dan Bacher (2019-09-18). Newsom Says He Will Veto Bill Blocking Trump Rollback of Endangered Fish Protections. indybay.org After Newsom's announcement that he plans to veto SB 1, it is no surprise that the total contributions from agriculture in his 2018 campaign for Governor were $637,398. Newsom received $58,400 from Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoon Stewart Resnick, $58,400 from Lynda Resnick and $58,400 from E.J. Gallo. Agribusiness tycoons are strident supporters of the voluntary agreements and the Delta Tunnel — and are among the strongest proponents of attacks on the Endangered Species Act, a landmark federal environmental law that SB 1 would help protect.

Patrick Cockburn (2019-09-18). The Saudi Crown Prince Plans to Make Us Forget About the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Before the US Election. counterpunch.org The hideous cruelty of the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi death squad almost a year ago still jumps from the pages of the latest apparent transcript of the conversation between his killers as they wait for him to arrive at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "Is it possible to put More

Kenneth Surin (2019-09-18). An Excellent Study Of The Manufactured Labour "Antisemitism Crisis" counterpunch.org The crux of Labour's antisemitism controversy is the bruhaha over its grudging acceptance of the flawed International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of "antisemitism". The media's coverage of this controversy was framed by 2 assumptions: that under Corbyn antisemitism in Labour had become "institutionalized", and that Corbyn and his associates had failed to counter this. More

Jessica Corbett (2019-09-18). Warren rolls out plan she calls 'most sweeping set of anti-corruption reforms since watergate'. nationofchange.org Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat corruption in U.S. politics with "big, structural change to fundamentally transform our government." The End Washington Corruption plan builds on legislation that the Massachusetts Democrat introduced last August, months before she announced her presidential campaign. Warren released the plan ahead of her …

RT (2019-09-17). 'Very high probability' Iran behind Saudi attack, say anonymous US officials. rt.com While Saudi Arabia is holding off on assigning blame for the attack on its oil facilities, the US media are pointing the finger at Iran, citing anonymous government officials allegedly familiar with the ongoing investigation. | US and Saudi investigators have determined "with very high probability" that Saturday's strike was launched from an Iranian base close to the border with Iraq, CNN reported, based on these anonymous sources. | Both drones and cruise missiles were used to attack the refinery at Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, flying over southern Iraq and Kuwait to avoid Saudi air defenses, according t…

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-09-17). Will Trump Take Neocon Bait and Attack Iran over Saudi Strike? globalresearch.ca The recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities by Yemeni Houthi forces demonstrate once again that an aggressive foreign policy often brings unintended consequences and can result in blowback. In 2015 Saudi Arabia attacked its neighbor, Yemen, because a coup in …

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-17). Trump Locked and Loaded Against Iran or Just Bluster? globalresearch.ca Take nothing Trump says at face value. Time and again his rhetoric and actions diverge greatly. | That said, on Sunday he tweeted the following: | "Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, …

Mazda Majidi (2019-09-17). Will the U.S. start a war for Saudi Arabia? liberationnews.org We are facing an extremely dangerous situation with a real possibility of the U.S. bombing Iran.

Staff (2019-09-17). Oil Prices Ease on Hopes for Normal Saudi Production. truthdig.com DALLAS — The price of gasoline crept higher after a weekend drone attack devastated Saudi Arabian oil output, but if the disruption to global supplies is short-lived, the impact on the U.S. economy will probably be modest. | Prices spiked Monday by more than 14%, their biggest single-day jump in years, but retreated Tuesday, reversing some of the increase. U.S. oil fell nearly 5% to $59.96 a barrel, while Brent, the international benchmark, dropped 5.3% to $65.34. | A gallon of regular in the U.S. stood at $2.59 on Tuesday, up 3 cents from the previous day, according to the AAA auto club. Analysts warned th…

Jason Ditz (2019-09-17). Trump Threatens Military Action Against Iran Over Saudi Oil Attack. theantimedia.com Trump felt the need to emphasize, as always, that he "doesn't want war, but.." while talking up how easy it'd be for him to launch a new war.

RT (2019-09-17). 'We are not your prostitutes!' Tulsi Gabbard slams Trump for 'pimping out' US soldiers to Saudi Arabia. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has doubled down on her attacks on President Donald Trump's 'disgraceful' allegiance to Saudi Arabia, eviscerating his 'betrayal' of her fellow soldiers and the US Constitution. | Singling out Trump's statement that the US was "locked and loaded" but "waiting to hear from the Kingdom … under what terms we would proceed," Gabbard slammed the US president for "offering to place our military assets under the command of a foreign country." | . @realDonaldTrump Despicable. Offering to place our mili…

teleSUR (2019-09-17). UK Confesses Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Was Illegal. telesurenglish.net The U.K. government apologized for selling weapons to Saudi Arabia breaching a court ruling against arms sale to the kingdom. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Slams May for Cozying up to 'War Ally' MBS at G20 | International trade secretary Liz Truss said Monday she informed the Court of Appeal of two "inadvertent breaches," in a letter to MP Graham Jones, chair of the Committees on Arms Export Controls. The court ruled against weapon sales because the weapons could ha…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-17). Oiling for War: The Houthi Attack on Abqaiq. counterpunch.org The attack on the world's largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia southwest of Aramco's headquarters in Dhahran had a few predictable responses. Given that the facility has a daily output of some 5.7 million barrels, damaging it was bound to cause a spike in the price of oil. The question troubling the More

Staff (2019-09-17). Trump Strains to Balance Diplomacy, Military Threat to Iran. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic campaign against Iran. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to Jiddah in Saudi Arabia to discuss possible responses to what U.S. officials believe was an attack coming from Iranian soil. President Donald Trump said he'd "prefer not" to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week's U.N. sessio…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-09-17). Saudi First: Trump Wants to Start a War With Iran When MBS Gives the Order. theintercept.com Why is Trump deferring to Riyadh? Questions need to be asked about his financial ties with Saudis who bailed him out during the 1990s.

Bryant Harris (2019-09-17). Sanders Warns Trump Against Illegal Iran Strike. globalresearch.ca The attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facility over the weekend and President Donald Trump's subsequent tweet that the United States is "locked and loaded" immediately prompted presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to fire back. | Sanders and …

Peter Koenig (2019-09-17). Impact of Yemeni Attack on Saudi ARAMCO Oil Facilities. globalresearch.ca Background | Saudi Arabia says the recent drone attacks on the state-run oil company Aramco, led to a temporary closure of its facilities and disrupted the kingdom's oil production and exports. | "[Saudi] Energy Minister, Abdulaziz bin Salman said the attacks led …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-09-17). Trump: Saudi Arabia's Bitch. globalresearch.ca "Saudi Arabia's Bitch". That's what Democrat candidate Tulsi Gabbard calls President Trump for his slavish reliance on Saudi Arabia to declare Iran responsible for last weekend's attack on Saudi oil resources. | Gabbard's comments are in response to Trump's tweet on …

Fight Back (2019-09-17). Yemeni forces strike Saudi Arabia; U.S. blames Iran. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In the early morning hours of September 14 ten drones carried out an intensive bombing of two of the world's largest oil refineries, both located in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais were decimated, crippling the productive capabilities of the oil manufacturers in the country. The Air Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees have announced that these strikes are a part of what they're calling the 2nd Operation of Balanced Deterrence. | The attacks serve as the latest in an ongoing war of resistance by Yemen that began nearly five years ago. On one side, there a…

Staff (2019-09-17). Are We About to Attack Iran? truthout.org | | John Bolton is gone from the White House, yet war with Iran is suddenly imminent. I had begun to believe irony was dead. | "[Bolton] calls for the preemptive bombing of Iran with dreary regularity during his many Fox News appearances," I wrote after he became Donald Trump's national security adviser in March of 2018, "and has labored f…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-09-17). Iraq Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr and Iran: A Long Love-Hate Relationship. globalresearch.ca The leader of the Iranian revolution Sayyed Ali Khamenei received on the 10th of Moharram, the Iraqi leader Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, brought to him by Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps — …

Reese Erlich (2019-09-17). Foreign Correspondent: What Trump's Missteps on Iran Have Wrought. progressive.org The United States has become a high-tech Bluebeard.

teleSUR, LA (2019-09-17). US Sues Edward Snowden Over New Book, Seeks to Sale Profits. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that they were suing NSA data leaker Edward Snowden over his new book "Permanent Record". | RELATED: | Snowden Hopes France Will Grant Him Asylum | "The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and N…

Staff (2019-09-17). African Migrants Pledge to Continue Journey Despite US Asylum Ban. truthout.org | | The Trump administration's policy toward migrants and asylum seekers is, first and foremost, driven by an effort to deter migrants from attempting to reach the United States at all. The latest salvo in the U.S. government's efforts to fundamentally alter its asylum policy came last week with a Supreme Court ruling that allows U.S. officials to require migrants to first seek asylum from cou…

Emile Schepers (2019-09-17). 'Rio Pact' means war danger between Venezuela and Colombia, pressure on Cuba. peoplesworld.org Some people had the wistful thought that the departure of John Bolton as Trump's National Security Advisory would cause an easing of the wacky aggressiveness of current U.S. foreign policy. Alas, no. Trump quickly clarified that whatever his disagreements with Bolton actually had been, he has no intention of letting up the pressure on Venezuela, …

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (2019-09-17). The True Geopolitical Significance of the Hong Kong Protests. globalresearch.ca This is an interview between Emanuel Pastreich and Larry Wilkerson. | Lawrence B. "Larry" Wilkerson was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Upon retirement, he has become a critic of US foreign policy. Emmanuel Pastreich is …

Pepe Escobar (2019-09-17). On the Ground, Feeling the Pulse of Protest Hong Kong. globalresearch.ca What's going on deep down in Hong Kong? For a former resident with deep cultural and emotional ties to the Fragrant Harbor, it's quite hard to take it all in just within the framework of cold geopolitical logic. Master filmmaker …

teleSUR (2019-09-17). Progressives Slam Trump, 'Howdy Modi' Meeting in Texas. telesurenglish.net Progressives slammed the United States President Donlad trump's decision to join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bipartisan event in Houston on Sept. 22. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Condemns India's Action in Occupied Kashmir | "I don't know what's more embarasssing—that Modi will appear beside Trump or that Trump will appear beside Modi," tweeted Rutgers professor Audrey Truschke. "Both countries have my condolences." | The "Howdy, Modi!" event is sponsored by the T…

teleSUR (2019-09-17). Israel's Netanyahu May Lose Majority in Congress: Exit Polls. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's battle for political survival looked compromised after exit polls following Tuesday's election showed his party could not secure a majority in Congress. | RELATED: | Israel to Rule Over Revocation of BDS Founder's Residency | The surveys by Israeli television stations gave Netanyahu's far-right Likud 31 seats out of parliament's 120 seats – not enough to reach a 61 majority, compared with 32-34 for the centrist Blue and White led by former…

Robert Reich (2019-09-17). Reasons for optimism. nationofchange.org If stagnant wages, near-record inequality, climate change, nuclear buildups, assault weapons, mass killings, trade wars, opioid deaths, Russian intrusions into American elections, kids locked in cages at our border, and Donald Trump in the White House don't at least occasionally cause you feelings of impending doom, you're not human. | But I want you to remember this: As bad as it looks right now — as despairing as you can sometimes feel — the great strength of this country is our resilience. We bounce back. We will again. | Not convinced? | First, come back in time with me to when I graduated coll…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-09-17). Russia-Venezuela Air Travel: Latin American Is Not the US' "Backyard"? globalresearch.ca The Venezuelan Minister for Tourism and Foreign Trade, Felix Plasencia revealed in an interview that Russia and Venezuela are analysing the possibility of opening commercial air routes between the two countries. The minister, who last week participated in the 23rd …

teleSUR (2019-09-17). 'Our Doors Are Open for Peace Talks': Taliban to Trump. telesurenglish.net Afghanistan's Taliban told the BBC that their "doors are open" should United States President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future, despite him having unilaterraly scrapped a draft peace deal between the two factions. | RELATED: | Taliban Delegation Travels to Russia as Peace Prospects With US Collapse | "From our side, our doo…

RT (2019-09-17). 'The Times is DEAD!' Trump demands resignation of all NYT writers involved in latest Kavanaugh smear. rt.com US President Donald Trump slammed the New York Times for 'destroying lives' after the paper belatedly issued a correction admitting its claim of assault by Justice Brett Kavanaugh was totally unsubstantiated by the "victim." | "I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story, and while you're at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony!" Trump tweeted on Monday in response to the Times's correction to an article describing Kavanaugh's alleged drunken misbehavior during his college years at Yale University, posted two days after the article itse…

2019-09-18: Social Media Postees

Syria: Terrorist Attacks, More NATO Weapons and War Crimes
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
As NATO media are currently mourning the departure of Neocon, John Bolton, and incited support for US bombing of Iran because Yemeni patriots engaged in a retaliatory bombing of an oil refinery in Saudi occupied Arabia, no attention is …
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Washington steps up threats against Iran over strikes on Saudi oil facilities
wsws.org | 2019-09-18
The Pentagon has provided the Trump White House with a series of options for military aggression against Iran.
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Video: US, Saudi Sources Claim Attack on Saudi Oil Was Launched from Iran
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
On September 16, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) warned of more strikes on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e advised foreigners to avoid the areas of Bqaiq and Khurais because they could be attacked again. He also said that …
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Why on Earth Would the US Go to War with Iran over an Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
President Bone Spur, backed by his war-mongering Secretary of State Mike "Armageddon" Pompeo, tweeted yesterday that the US military is "locked and loaded," ready to attack (bomb) Iran if it can be proven that Iran was behind a drone bomb attack on Saudi Arabia's oil refineries. There are plenty of news media in the US…
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The Saudi Crown Prince Plans to Make Us Forget About the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Before the US Election
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
The hideous cruelty of the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi death squad almost a year ago still jumps from the pages of the latest apparent transcript of the conversation between his killers as they wait for him to arrive at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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Support the Climate Strike, Not a Military Strike
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
The propaganda campaign has begun. The New York Times dutifully published photos of an attack on ARAMCO oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia. Accompanying the photos are descriptions provided by the warmongers in Washington, DC. Naturally, the photos don't look like much of anything. This gives those describing them the leeway to provide a narrative…
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Saudi Arabia Denies Its Key Role in Climate Change Even as It Prepares for the Worst
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-09-18
Saudi Arabia, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, remains a principal funder of climate denialism even as it prepares for climate extremes.
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Iran Warns of Immediate Response to Any US Strikes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-18
Iran warned on Wednesday that any strikes from the U.S. and its allies will be met with a crushing response from the Islamic Republic. | RELATED: | Iran Not Interested In Talks With US After Trump's Accusations | Stressing that they have no interest in war, the Iranian government said they will defend themselves if they are met with any aggression from the United States and its allies. | In a letter sent on Monday to the United States via the Swiss embassy, which represents U.S…
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An interview with director Eva Mulvad: "You can…come a bit closer to having a more rounded understanding of the world"
wsws.org | 2019-09-18
The WSWS spoke in Toronto to Eva Mulvad, Danish filmmaker and director of Love Child, about an Iranian refugee family in Turkey and its problems.
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Locked on Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-18
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Trump Picks Robert O'Brien for National Security Advisor Post
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-18
U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday named U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as his choice to replace John Bolton as his White House national security adviser. | RELATED: | Charles Kupperman: A Bolton-Style Hawk Is Trump's Acting National Security Advisor | O'Brien, currently a presidential envoy for hostage affairs at the U.S. Department of State, has a long history in Republican foreign policy circles. | "I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will…
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Venezuela: Another Opposition Party Joins Dialogue with Gov't
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-18
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez welcomed Pastor Javier Bertucci, representing the party Hope for Change, who will join the Agreement of National Dialogue, which was signed earlier this week in hope of solving the problems that caused the U.S. blockade against Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Court Frees Opposition Lawmaker as Part of Agreements with Opposition | "The only thing we expect from the United States is to recover the path of dialogue with the government of Nicolas Maduro, th…
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Shocking Video Simulation Shows the Devastation Nuclear War Would Cause
Joshua Coupe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
The United States and Russia have quite the bumpy relationship. Talk of war between the two powerful countries isn't anything new, and anyone who is paying attention knows that such a war would be devastating for much of the world….
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U.S. and Russia Battle It Out over this Huge Iraqi Gas Field
Simon Watkins | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
With the U.S, Russia, and China all jostling for position in Iraq's oil and gas industry both north and south, Iraq's oil ministry last week reiterated its desire to have one or more foreign partners in the Mansuriya gas field. …
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Will the US Use Greece to Block Russia in the Black Sea?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
The Trump administration last week made its first major step to create a Greek-centric NATO corridor following United States Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, announcement that his country intends to acquire the strategic port of Alexandroupoli. If Athens …
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Venezuela Urges the World to Support Peace Dialogue
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-18
The National Dialogue Roundtable in Venezuela, constituted by members of the constitutional government and representatives of the opposition, urged Tuesday for the international community to support the peace and understanding initiatives. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Court Frees Opposition Lawmaker | The participants reiterated in a statement that all political factions are working hard to reach a diplomatic solution to all internal problems. They also invited the European Union and the other interna…
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Once Again in Afghanistan, the U.S. Proves It Can't Be Trusted
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
The first draft of this column came not to bury but to praise Donald Trump. I planned to applaud the president's peace initiative with the Taliban, his strategy of ignoring the corrupt and discredited puppet regime Bush installed in Kabul and his desire to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. This was a move I have been…
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Uruguayan defense minister warns of "military conflict in Venezuela"
wsws.org | 2019-09-18
In an escalation of the US-led regime-change operation in Venezuela, the Organization of American States has invoked the 1947 Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/18/vene…

Indonesia Arrests 200 as Forest Fire Creates Hazardous Smog
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-18
Indonesia arrested around 200 people over their suspected involvement in forest fires which the authorities say have scorched 328,000 hectares (810,000 acres) of land since January but it is not clear how much of that has been to make way for palm plantations. | RELATED: | Brazil: Tenharim People, Guardians of Amazon, Battle Wildfires | The country's National P…
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Stockholm Syndrome — Julian Assange and the Limits of Guardian Dissent
Media Lens | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic 'Wish You Were Here', or say: | 'Julian | …
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Why You Should Care About #ShutDownDC and the Global Climate Strike
Zhivko Illeieff | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
Today's news cycle suggests that climate activism is no more than showing up to a protest once in a while. Wave a sign around, believe in science, and you're set. Politicians and people of note are given credit simply for acknowledging the fact that global warming is happening. This type of rhetoric is dangerous. It…
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Minnesota: Protesters demand Gov. Walz to divest from Elbit now
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-18
St. Paul, MN – Over 40 people protested in front of the Governor's Residence Monday, September 16, to demand the divestment of Elbit Systems by the State of Minnesota. The protest, which was organized by the Anti-War Committee, is the latest action in their current campaign to demand the divestment of Elbit Systems from the state's public retirement fund. Currently the Minnesota State Board of Investments, which Governor Tim Walz chairs, holds $1.2 million, or approximately 10,000 shares, in Elbit Systems. | Elbit Systems is Israel's largest weapons company, which has been contracted by the U.S. Department o…
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Minnesota: Protesters demand Gov. Walz to divest from Elbit now
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-18
St. Paul, MN – Over 40 people protested in front of the Governor's Residence Monday, September 16, to demand the divestment of Elbit Systems by the State of Minnesota. The protest, which was organized by the Anti-War Committee, is the latest action in their current campaign to demand the divestment of Elbit Systems from the state's public retirement fund. Currently the Minnesota State Board of Investments, which Governor Tim Walz chairs, holds $1.2 million, or approximately 10,000 shares, in Elbit Systems. | Elbit Systems is Israel's largest weapons company, which has been contracted by the U.S. Department o…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/17/minnesot…

The 'official secrets' movie vs. Joe Biden's lies about the Iraq war
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-18
Joe Biden's recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another. This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for war. Ironically, while he was spinning anew to deny the undeniable, theaters …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/18/the-offici…

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: If We Want a Future, Green New Deal Is Key
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-18
| Climate change is by far the most serious crisis facing the world today. At stake is the future of civilization as we know it. Yet, both public awareness and government action lag way behind what's needed to avert a climate change catastrophe. In the interview below, Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss the challenges ahead and what needs to be done. | Noam Chomsky is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. Robert Polli…
truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-and-r…

Koch-Backed Republicans Want to Tax Your Electric Car
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-18
| This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.Libertarian billionaire Charles Koch has spent his entire adult life proclaiming the virtues of individual liberty and personal property rights. But when Americans decide they want to drive emissions-free electric vehicle…
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Reforestation: Cuba leads the way
Stephanie Hedgecoke | workers.org | 2019-09-18
Before 1492, what is today the United States had about 1 billion acres of forests. From 1600 on, at least 286 million acres were destroyed. In a 1763 letter, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Cleared land absorbs more heat and melts snow quicker." Because of colonialism and the growth of capitalist extractive . . . | Continue reading Reforestation: Cuba leads the way at Workers.org
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The Ultra-Costly, Underwhelming F-35 Fighter
William Astore | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion? That happens to be the estimated cost of the Pentagon's program to build, deploy, and maintain the no-longer-so-new F-35 jet fighter over its lifetime. How…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/18/the-ultra-co…

China-Thailand Military Cooperation. Shifting Global Balance of Power
Joseph Thomas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
Recent news of Bangkok signing a 6.5 billion Thai Baht deal with China to procure a naval landing ship (a landing platform dock or LPD) further illustrates growing ties between Beijing and Bangkok in the sphere of military matters. | The …
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"Crazies" in Charge of America's "Nuclear Button": Trump's New (Acting) National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War with USSR Was Winnable
Nick Robins-Early | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
"Plus àßa change, plus c'est la même chose", | "The more things change, the more they stay the same", Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, (Les Guêpes, July 1848) | *** | President Donald Trump's acting national security adviser, former Reagan administration | …
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Netanyahu's Demonization of Palestinian-Israelis Backfires Spectacularly
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-09-18

| This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Binyamin Netanyahu appears to have fallen short in his quest for a majority of 61 in the 120-seat Israeli parliament or Knesset. As I write, his far-right Likud Party is tied 32 to 32 with its center-right rival, Blue and White. Netanyahu campaigned frenetically and acted a little unbalanced during this election season, striking militarily as far afield as Iraq and attempting to suppress the internal Palestinian-Israeli vote by propos…
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Israelis Have Made their Verdict Clear: Benjamin Netanyahu's Time is Up
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-18
For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end? Barring a last-minute upset as the final …
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Israeli Security Guards Kill Palestinian Woman at West Bank Checkpoint
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-18
"They deliberately killed her."

Israeli Security Guards Kill Palestinian Woman at West Bank Checkpoint

Brazil's Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Benjamin R. Evans | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18

| According to an incisive report by Deutsche Welle, "genetically modified mosquitoes are currently breeding in Brazil". | Under the researchers' original plan, "all released mosquitoes and their offspring should have died." But that did not happen. | " An attempt to | …


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'It's My Party….'
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
Borrowing from the 1963 Lesley Gore song I'll Cry If I Want to: "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to, you would cry too if it happened to you." Well, if you still subscribe to this phony …
globalresearch.ca/its-my-party/5689526

Boris Johnson Government, Accused of "Misleading" the Queen, Goes on Trial
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
The UK government's decision to prorogue parliament till 14th October is to be scrutinised by the highest court in the land on Tuesday, after it was ruled by a Scottish court last week that it 'misled the Queen' by suspending …
globalresearch.ca/uk-government-accused-…

"The Non-Profit Industrial Complex", and the Co-opting of the NGO Environmental Movement
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
First published on April 24, 2016 | "Why do people continue to believe that NGOs such as 350.org/1Sky that are initiated and funded by Rockefeller Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Ford, Gates, etc. would exist to serve the people rather than the entities …
globalresearch.ca/the-non-profit-industr…

Johns Hopkins Professor on Child Transgender Trend: 'Many Will Regret this'
Maria Lencki | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
A psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University has slammed the medical and psychiatric industries for what he says is reckless and irresponsible treatment of patients who claim to be transgender. | Paul McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University, told …
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In victory for motorists and taxpayers, Mississippi sheriff's office will stop acting as immigration enforcement
Liz Vinson | splcenter.org | 2019-09-18
The Martinezes were traveling on I-10 in Mississippi in June 2017 when their pleasant family vacation spiraled into terror.
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Boris Johnson: Elitist Defender of Britain's Big Banks
Liam Kennedy | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
In a week such as this you can't help but think that famous cultural theorist Stuart Hall was on to something when he remarked that "the disorderly thrust of political events disturbs the symmetry of political analysis." For those unable or unwilling to keep up, Boris Johnson has become the first Prime Minister in UK…
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Creating a Society of Hope and Inclusion: Speech to the TUC
Jeremy Corbyn | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
This is the text of Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Trades Union Congress on September 10, 2019. Congress, thank you for that warm welcome. It's an honour to be asked to address you again. I'm proud that trade unions and the Labour Party are working as closely together now as we ever have. Because together…
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Land Without Bread: the Green New Deal Forsakes America's Countryside
Catherine Tumber | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
Days after the heart-stopping Notre-Dame Cathedral fire in April, Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg trained her eyes on the United Kingdom's parliament and chastised its meager response to climate change. "I want you to panic," the baby-faced sixteen-year-old quietly instructed the adults in the room.
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Doctored Admissions: the University Admissions Scandal as a Global Problem
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
Not so much a Desperate House Wife as a desperate mother, a contrite Felicity Huffman, known for playing Lynette Scavo, has been convicted for her role in the university admissions scandal in the United States. The scene is set for another dramatization, though few can go past the sheer levels of tinkering Huffman was engaged…
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Slouching Toward "Bethlehem"
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? — W.B.Yeats, The Second Coming Hive-mindedness seems to be growing — at the same time that bees are heading towards kaputzville.
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An Excellent Study Of The Manufactured Labour "Antisemitism Crisis"
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
The crux of Labour's antisemitism controversy is the bruhaha over its grudging acceptance of the flawed International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of "antisemitism". The media's coverage of this controversy was framed by 2 assumptions: that under Corbyn antisemitism in Labour had become "institutionalized", and that Corbyn and his associates had failed to counter this.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/18/an-excellent…

The words of water: Why environmentalists are losing the water wars
Gary Wockner | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-18
In the 1870s the colonizing American government rounded up "Indians" and put them in boarding schools and forced them to learn English. The American government knew one thing: If you take away a person's language, you take away their culture and their soul. It's the first and most important step of colonization and a necessary …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/18/the-words-…

Oregon State University Employees Vote to Authorize a Strike Amid Heated Moment
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-18
| Over 95 percent of 5,000 classified workers at Oregon's seven public universities voted to authorize a strike this week. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 503 announced the strike vote's results Tuesday night and warned that if negotiations with university officials don't yield "a fair agreement…
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Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike
wsws.org | 2019-09-18
Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about "saving" American jobs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/18/auto…

Area 51 has 'secrets that deserve to be protected,' US Air Force top brass warns 'stormers'
rt.com | 2019-09-18
Chief of Staff General David Goldfein has ominously insisted that the Air Force is taking the viral 'Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us' event "very seriously" as the US has "secrets [that] deserve to be protected." | "All joking aside, we're taking it very seriously," Goldfein told reporters during the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. "Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation's secrets protected." | Goldfein's comments will likely fan the flames of conspiracy theories already raging online, particularly in th…
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Labor and climate activism
Sue Davis | workers.org | 2019-09-18
The prevailing myths about U.S. workers and the organized labor movement — that labor and climate action are in conflict, that jobs are more important than the environment — will be in the trash bin of history after the Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike. U.S. labor is coming forward to . . . | Continue reading Labor and climate activism at Workers.org
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Angry parent tells Johnson the NHS is being 'destroyed' during hospital visit
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-18
The parent of a sick child claimed the NHS was being destroyed as he challenged Boris Johnson during a hospital visit.The prime minister was confronted by the angry parent, who claimed there were not enough doctors and nurses.In a conversation lasting around two minutes, the man said the situation was "not acceptable".The parent expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Boris Johnson and Alan Gurney, chief executive of Whipps Cross University Hospital (Yui Mok/PA Wire)Johnson was visiting Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London when he was challenged by the parent on a children's ward.The p…
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Disputing Trump Claims, Japan Says No Evidence Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-18
"We are not aware of any information that points to Iran," said Japanese defense minister Taro Kono. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Greta Thunberg Just Delivered Her Testimony to US Lawmakers: It Was a Landmark UN Climate Report
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-18
Rather than delivering prepared remarks, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg submitted a landmark United Nations report on global warming as testimony at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday and urged federal lawmakers to heed experts' warnings about the necessity of ambitious, urgent efforts to address the planetary emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Political Struggle and Fixing Cuba's Economy
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
Economic problems weigh heavily in Cuba. The Cuban people continue to face shortages and their incomes remain low, despite recent pay raises. The government's foreign debt is growing and access to credit is limited. Cuba is overly dependent on food imports despite land tenure reforms. The U.S. economic blockade targets foreign investors through implementation for the first time of Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Law…
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Conflict With Iran Portends World War III
Robert Freeman | commondreams.org | 2019-09-18
If the U.S. cannot defeat the likes of second- and third- and fourth-rate military powers like Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria, does it really want to start a war with the strategic ally of the #2 and #3 nuclear powers in the world? (Photo: Pixabay/geralt/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Uncertain and Dangerous Interregnum: World Peace and the Post-Cold War Era
Joseph Gerson | commondreams.org | 2019-09-18
U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Emperor's New-Old Nuclear Clothes
Helena Cobban | commondreams.org | 2019-09-18
One is that the longstanding refusal of most members of the U.S. political elite (officials, legislators, think-tankers, corporate media, and so on) to even mention the fact of Israel's own nuclear-weapons capabilities and to take full account of them in public discussions of strategic matters in the Middle East is extremely harmful. (Photo: Avi Ohayun/Israeli govt/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and The Taliban. Russia's "Balancing Act" in South Asia and Afghanistan
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
For as close as Russia has once again become to India following its support of the latter's "Israeli"-like unilateral moves in Kashmir and the restoration of their unofficial alliance after the recent Eastern Economic Forum, its flagship international media outlet …
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Turkey's "Refugee City" Proposal for Syria Amounts to Demographic Engineering
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
Turkish President Erdogan's recently announced proposal to build a "refugee city" in Northern Syria amounts to demographic engineering intended to stop the creation of a "Kurdish Corridor" there and also prevent the region from fully reintegrating into Damascus' fold after …
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UAW Strike Enters Day 3 as 50,000 Workers Demand GM to Share Its Billions in Profits
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-18
As members of the United Auto Workers head into their third day of a nationwide strike, General Motors has cut off health insurance for the nearly 50,000 people on picket lines across the country demanding better working conditions and fair pay. The workers say GM continues to deny employees' demands for better conditions and compensation despite leading the company to record profits following bankruptcy and a federal bailout. It's the first company-wide strike against GM in 12 years. UAW had sought to have GM cover striking workers' health insurance through the end of the month. In New York City, we speak with S…
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Trump Is Treating Foreign Policy Like a Mafia Protection Racket
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-18
Trump Is Treating Foreign Policy Like a Mafia Protection Racket…
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Will Russia Be Driven From the West?
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-09-18
Will Russia Be Driven From the West?
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TV Weathercasters Who Are Shifting Public Opinion on the Climate Crisis
Pam Radtke Russell | thenation.com | 2019-09-18
TV Weathercasters Who Are Shifting Public Opinion on the Climate Crisis…
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Exclusive: Edward Snowden's First Adventures in Cyberspace
Edward Snowden | thenation.com | 2019-09-18
Exclusive: 's First Adventures in Cyberspace…
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Selected Articles: U.S. and Israel's Role in Prolonging Syrian Conflict
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
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Warren rolls out plan she calls 'most sweeping set of anti-corruption reforms since watergate'
Jessica Corbett | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-18
Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat corruption in U.S. politics with "big, structural change to fundamentally transform our government." The End Washington Corruption plan builds on legislation that the Massachusetts Democrat introduced last August, months before she announced her presidential campaign. Warren released the plan ahead of her …
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Latest Astana Peace Process Summit Highlights U.S. and Israel's Role in Prolonging Syrian Conflict
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
The fifth Syria-focused Astana process summit took place in Turkey's capital, Ankara on Monday. Since the summit's inception in 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have engaged in trilateral discussions …
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The 'Official Secrets' Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-09-18
Taking and Evading Responsibility…
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The 'Official Secrets' Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-09-18
Taking and Evading Responsibility…
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Newsom Says He Will Veto Bill Blocking Trump Rollback of Endangered Fish Protections
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-09-18
After Newsom's announcement that he plans to veto SB 1, it is no surprise that the total contributions from agriculture in his 2018 campaign for Governor were $637,398. Newsom received $58,400 from Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoon Stewart Resnick, $58,400 from Lynda Resnick and $58,400 from E.J. Gallo. Agribusiness tycoons are strident supporters of the voluntary agreements and the Delta Tunnel — and are among the strongest proponents of attacks on the Endangered Species Act, a landmark federal environmental law that SB 1 would help protect.
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Newsom Says He Will Veto Bill Blocking Trump Rollback of Endangered Fish Protections
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-09-18
After Newsom's announcement that he plans to veto SB 1, it is no surprise that the total contributions from agriculture in his 2018 campaign for Governor were $637,398. Newsom received $58,400 from Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoon Stewart Resnick, $58,400 from Lynda Resnick and $58,400 from E.J. Gallo. Agribusiness tycoons are strident supporters of the voluntary agreements and the Delta Tunnel — and are among the strongest proponents of attacks on the Endangered Species Act, a landmark federal environmental law that SB 1 would help protect.
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'Very high probability' Iran behind Saudi attack, say anonymous US officials
rt.com | 2019-09-17
While Saudi Arabia is holding off on assigning blame for the attack on its oil facilities, the US media are pointing the finger at Iran, citing anonymous government officials allegedly familiar with the ongoing investigation. | US and Saudi investigators have determined "with very high probability" that Saturday's strike was launched from an Iranian base close to the border with Iraq, CNN reported, based on these anonymous sources. | Both drones and cruise missiles were used to attack the refinery at Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, flying over southern Iraq and Kuwait to avoid Saudi air defenses, according t…
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Will Trump Take Neocon Bait and Attack Iran over Saudi Strike?
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
The recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities by Yemeni Houthi forces demonstrate once again that an aggressive foreign policy often brings unintended consequences and can result in blowback. In 2015 Saudi Arabia attacked its neighbor, Yemen, because a coup in …
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Trump Locked and Loaded Against Iran or Just Bluster?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
Take nothing Trump says at face value. Time and again his rhetoric and actions diverge greatly. | That said, on Sunday he tweeted the following: | "Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, | …
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Trump: Saudi Arabia's Bitch
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
"Saudi Arabia's Bitch". That's what Democrat candidate Tulsi Gabbard calls President Trump for his slavish reliance on Saudi Arabia to declare Iran responsible for last weekend's attack on Saudi oil resources. | Gabbard's comments are in response to Trump's tweet on …
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Trump Threatens Military Action Against Iran Over Saudi Oil Attack
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-17
Trump felt the need to emphasize, as always, that he "doesn't want war, but.." while talking up how easy it'd be for him to launch a new war.

Trump Threatens Military Action Against Iran Over Saudi Oil Attack

Impact of Yemeni Attack on Saudi ARAMCO Oil Facilities
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
Background | Saudi Arabia says the recent drone attacks on the state-run oil company Aramco, led to a temporary closure of its facilities and disrupted the kingdom's oil production and exports. | "[Saudi] Energy Minister, Abdulaziz bin Salman said the attacks led …
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Oil Prices Ease on Hopes for Normal Saudi Production
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-17
DALLAS — The price of gasoline crept higher after a weekend drone attack devastated Saudi Arabian oil output, but if the disruption to global supplies is short-lived, the impact on the U.S. economy will probably be modest. | Prices spiked Monday by more than 14%, their biggest single-day jump in years, but retreated Tuesday, reversing some of the increase. U.S. oil fell nearly 5% to $59.96 a barrel, while Brent, the international benchmark, dropped 5.3% to $65.34. | A gallon of regular in the U.S. stood at $2.59 on Tuesday, up 3 cents from the previous day, according to the AAA auto club. Analysts warned th…
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Oiling for War: The Houthi Attack on Abqaiq
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-17
The attack on the world's largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia southwest of Aramco's headquarters in Dhahran had a few predictable responses. Given that the facility has a daily output of some 5.7 million barrels, damaging it was bound to cause a spike in the price of oil. The question troubling the…
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Sanders Warns Trump Against Illegal Iran Strike
Bryant Harris | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
The attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facility over the weekend and President Donald Trump's subsequent tweet that the United States is "locked and loaded" immediately prompted presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to fire back. | Sanders and …
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Trump Strains to Balance Diplomacy, Military Threat to Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-17
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic campaign against Iran. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to Jiddah in Saudi Arabia to discuss possible responses to what U.S. officials believe was an attack coming from Iranian soil. President Donald Trump said he'd "prefer not" to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week's U.N. sessio…
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UK Confesses Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Was Illegal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-17
The U.K. government apologized for selling weapons to Saudi Arabia breaching a court ruling against arms sale to the kingdom. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Slams May for Cozying up to 'War Ally' MBS at G20 | International trade secretary Liz Truss said Monday she informed the Court of Appeal of two "inadvertent breaches," in a letter to MP Graham Jones, chair of the Committees on Arms Export Controls. The court ruled against weapon sales because the weapons could ha…
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Saudi First: Trump Wants to Start a War With Iran When MBS Gives the Order
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-09-17
Why is Trump deferring to Riyadh? Questions need to be asked about his financial ties with Saudis who bailed him out during the 1990s.
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'We are not your prostitutes!' Tulsi Gabbard slams Trump for 'pimping out' US soldiers to Saudi Arabia
rt.com | 2019-09-17
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has doubled down on her attacks on President Donald Trump's 'disgraceful' allegiance to Saudi Arabia, eviscerating his 'betrayal' of her fellow soldiers and the US Constitution. | Singling out Trump's statement that the US was "locked and loaded" but "waiting to hear from the Kingdom … under what terms we would proceed," Gabbard slammed the US president for "offering to place our military assets under the command of a foreign country." | . @realDonaldTrump Despicable. Offering to place our mili…
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Yemeni forces strike Saudi Arabia; U.S. blames Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-17
Milwaukee, WI – In the early morning hours of September 14 ten drones carried out an intensive bombing of two of the world's largest oil refineries, both located in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais were decimated, crippling the productive capabilities of the oil manufacturers in the country. The Air Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees have announced that these strikes are a part of what they're calling the 2nd Operation of Balanced Deterrence. | The attacks serve as the latest in an ongoing war of resistance by Yemen that began nearly five years ago. On one side, there a…
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Will the U.S. start a war for Saudi Arabia?
Mazda Majidi | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-17
We are facing an extremely dangerous situation with a real possibility of the U.S. bombing Iran.
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Are We About to Attack Iran?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-17
| John Bolton is gone from the White House, yet war with Iran is suddenly imminent. I had begun to believe irony was dead. | "[Bolton] calls for the preemptive bombing of Iran with dreary regularity during his many Fox News appearances," I wrote after he became Donald Trump's national security adviser in March of 2018, "and has labored f…
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Iraq Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr and Iran: A Long Love-Hate Relationship
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
The leader of the Iranian revolution Sayyed Ali Khamenei received on the 10th of Moharram, the Iraqi leader Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, brought to him by Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps — …
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Foreign Correspondent: What Trump's Missteps on Iran Have Wrought
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-09-17
The United States has become a high-tech Bluebeard.
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African Migrants Pledge to Continue Journey Despite US Asylum Ban
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-17
| The Trump administration's policy toward migrants and asylum seekers is, first and foremost, driven by an effort to deter migrants from attempting to reach the United States at all. The latest salvo in the U.S. government's efforts to fundamentally alter its asylum policy came last week with a Supreme Court ruling that allows U.S. officials to require migrants to first seek asylum from cou…
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US Sues Edward Snowden Over New Book, Seeks to Sale Profits
teleSUR, LA | telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-17
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that they were suing NSA data leaker Edward Snowden over his new book "Permanent Record". | RELATED: | Snowden Hopes France Will Grant Him Asylum | "The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and N…
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'Rio Pact' means war danger between Venezuela and Colombia, pressure on Cuba
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-17
Some people had the wistful thought that the departure of John Bolton as Trump's National Security Advisory would cause an easing of the wacky aggressiveness of current U.S. foreign policy. Alas, no. Trump quickly clarified that whatever his disagreements with Bolton actually had been, he has no intention of letting up the pressure on Venezuela, …
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On the Ground, Feeling the Pulse of Protest Hong Kong
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
What's going on deep down in Hong Kong? For a former resident with deep cultural and emotional ties to the Fragrant Harbor, it's quite hard to take it all in just within the framework of cold geopolitical logic. Master filmmaker …
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The True Geopolitical Significance of the Hong Kong Protests
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
This is an interview between Emanuel Pastreich and Larry Wilkerson. | Lawrence B. "Larry" Wilkerson was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Upon retirement, he has become a critic of US foreign policy. Emmanuel Pastreich is …
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Progressives Slam Trump, 'Howdy Modi' Meeting in Texas
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-17
Progressives slammed the United States President Donlad trump's decision to join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bipartisan event in Houston on Sept. 22. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Condemns India's Action in Occupied Kashmir | "I don't know what's more embarasssing–that Modi will appear beside Trump or that Trump will appear beside Modi," tweeted Rutgers professor Audrey Truschke. "Both countries have my condolences." | The "Howdy, Modi!" event is sponsored by the T…
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Israel's Netanyahu May Lose Majority in Congress: Exit Polls
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-17
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's battle for political survival looked compromised after exit polls following Tuesday's election showed his party could not secure a majority in Congress. | RELATED: | Israel to Rule Over Revocation of BDS Founder's Residency | The surveys by Israeli television stations gave Netanyahu's far-right Likud 31 seats out of parliament's 120 seats – not enough to reach a 61 majority, compared with 32-34 for the centrist Blue and White led by former…
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Reasons for optimism
Robert Reich | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-17
If stagnant wages, near-record inequality, climate change, nuclear buildups, assault weapons, mass killings, trade wars, opioid deaths, Russian intrusions into American elections, kids locked in cages at our border, and Donald Trump in the White House don't at least occasionally cause you feelings of impending doom, you're not human. | But I want you to remember this: As bad as it looks right now — as despairing as you can sometimes feel — the great strength of this country is our resilience. We bounce back. We will again. | Not convinced? | First, come back in time with me to when I graduated coll…
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Russia-Venezuela Air Travel: Latin American Is Not the US' "Backyard"?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
The Venezuelan Minister for Tourism and Foreign Trade, Felix Plasencia revealed in an interview that Russia and Venezuela are analysing the possibility of opening commercial air routes between the two countries. The minister, who last week participated in the 23rd …
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'Our Doors Are Open for Peace Talks': Taliban to Trump
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-17
Afghanistan's Taliban told the BBC that their "doors are open" should United States President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future, despite him having unilaterraly scrapped a draft peace deal between the two factions. | RELATED: | Taliban Delegation Travels to Russia as Peace Prospects With US Collapse | "From our side, our doo…
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'The Times is DEAD!' Trump demands resignation of all NYT writers involved in latest Kavanaugh smear
rt.com | 2019-09-17
US President Donald Trump slammed the New York Times for 'destroying lives' after the paper belatedly issued a correction admitting its claim of assault by Justice Brett Kavanaugh was totally unsubstantiated by the "victim." | "I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story, and while you're at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony!" Trump tweeted on Monday in response to the Times's correction to an article describing Kavanaugh's alleged drunken misbehavior during his college years at Yale University, posted two days after the article itse…
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