Daily Archives: September 19, 2019

2019-09-19: News Headlines

Dave Lindorff (2019-09-19). Why on Earth would the US go to war with Iran over an attack on Saudi oil refineries? nationofchange.org President Bone Spur, backed by his warmongering Secretary of State Mike "Armageddon" Pompeo, tweeted yesterday that the U.S. 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 U.S. …

Morning Star (2019-09-19). Iran warns of war as U.S. continues accusations it bombed Saudi oil refinery. peoplesworld.org Iran has warned the U.S. that any aggression will be met with an immediate response, as Washington continues to insist the nation was responsible for missiles fired at a Saudi oil refinery. Tehran dismissed claims by President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Iran had been involved in the attack on Saturday, …

teleSUR (2019-09-19). Iran Warns of 'All-Out War' if Attacked by US and Allies. telesurenglish.net Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned on Thursday that any attack on the Islamic Republic would lead to an "all-out war". | RELATED: | Saudi Gives 'Evidence' of Iran's 'Attack' on Oil Reserve, Pompeo Calls it 'Act of War' | Zarif made the comment to CNN after he was asked what would happen if Iran was attacked by the U.S. and its allies | "I am making a very serious statement that we don't want war; we don't want to engage in a military confront…

Jason Ditz (2019-09-19). Mike Pompeo Declares Drone Attack on Saudi Arabia an "Act of War" theantimedia.com Mike Pompeo is declaring what happened "an act of war," and is now looking to use that bellicosity cobble together a coalition against Iran.

WSWS (2019-09-19). Trump reviewing target lists as Iran war threat mounts. wsws.org US Secretary of State Pompeo described Saturday's attacks on Saudi oil installations as "an act of war," attributing them—still with no evidence—to Iran.

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-09-19). Who Needs John Bolton? Trump's Neocons Are Determined to Go to War Against Iran. globalresearch.ca Following John Bolton's departure from the White House, Saudi Arabia's oil facility was attacked by drones operated by the Houthi rebels of Yemen. Trump and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo once again claimed that it was the Iranians …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-09-19). Saudis Show Off Charred Junk, Insist Iran Responsible for Aramco Attack. Will Trump Unleash the Dogs of War? globalresearch.ca First up, we have the neocon windup clown, Senator Marco Rubio. | . | . | . | . | Situation with #Iran is a very serious matter. | This is one of those #3amcalls that requires steady & serious American leadership. | We must bring …

MBNJSD (2019-09-19). Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel? dissidentvoice.org On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia's oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump administration, blaming Iran, announced it was …

Medea Benjamin (2019-09-19). Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel? globalresearch.ca On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia's oil production by half, from about ten million to five …

Staff (2019-09-19). Will Americans Let Trump Start a World War for Israel and Saudi Arabia? truthdig.com If we fail to speak out now, passionately and vociferously, we may learn it's too late to rein in our venal, warmongering ruling class.

teleSUR (2019-09-19). Tunisia's Ousted President Ben Ali Dies in Saudi Exile. telesurenglish.net Tunisia's ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia Thursday, days after a free presidential election in his homeland, his family lawyer said. | "Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia," the lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, told Reuters by phone. | Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 as his compatriots rose up against his oppressive rule in a revolution that inspired other Arab Spring uprisings abroad and led to a democratic transition at home. | On Sunday, Tunisians voted in an election that featured candidates from across the political spectrum, sending two political outsiders through to a…

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2019-09-19). Here Is How China-US Trade War Impacts Iran. globalresearch.ca In the last week of August, China added crude oil imports from the US to its tariff list for the first time in a retaliatory decision against the US decision to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese products. China imports about …

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-19). Trump Regime Anti-Iran Blame Game. globalresearch.ca The blame game is longstanding US, NATO, Israeli policy — falsely blaming a targeted nation, entity, group, or individual for something they had nothing to do with. | Time and again, the tactic is used as a pretext to pursue a …

Staff (2019-09-19). Where Have the Wild Birds Gone? 3 Billion Fewer Than 1970. truthdig.com A new study focuses on the drop in numbers of birds, not extinctions, with some of the most common birds taking the biggest hits.

The Canary (2019-09-19). France rejects Edward Snowden's latest request for asylum. thecanary.co France's foreign minister has said "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former US National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. | Snowden gained asylum in Russia after Barack Obama's adminstration revoked his passport — rendering him stateless — while he was travelling to Latin America in 2013. The revocation left him stranded in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden was en route to seek asylum after leaking classified documents detailing government mass surveillance programmes. | Asking France again for asylum this week, he argued that "protecting whistleblowe…

John Feffer (2019-09-19). The threat of Bolton has receded — but not the threat of war. nationofchange.org The national security adviser entered the Trump administration as a predictable warmonger with an unslakable thirst for power. He streamlined the national security apparatus to maximize his access to the president. At least at first, he played the role of loyal adjutant to Trump. As in his days as an arms control official in the …

K. J. Noh, Kevin Zeese, and Margaret Flowers (2019-09-19). Open Letter to Congress: Why the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 Must Be Opposed. dissidentvoice.org Note: Congress is currently considering the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. If this bill becomes law it will increase conflict between the US and China and increase US meddling in Hong Kong. It will become an excuse for unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) against China and Hong Kong. In the Open Letter …

K.J. Noh (2019-09-19). Open Letter to US Congress: Why the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 Must be Opposed. globalresearch.ca Author's Note: The US Congress is currently considering the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. If this bill becomes law it will increase conflict between the US and China and increase US meddling in Hong Kong. It …

teleSUR (2019-09-19). Venezuela Establishes Petro as Payment System. telesurenglish.net Homes under construction today through the Gran Mision Vivienda Venezuela (GMVV) will be paid with Petro cryptocurrency, in response to the U.S. economic blockade, reported Habitat and Housing Minister Ildemaro Villarroel. | RELATED: | Maduro: Trump Has Obsessive Hatred Against Latin Americans | This system, implemented by President Nicolas Maduro, is a mechanism to strengthen and counteract the effects of money manipulation and the U.S. gover…

RT (2019-09-19). Russiagate's last stand? #Resistance works itself up over whistleblower complaint on Trump's alleged 'favor to foreign leader'. rt.com Just when you thought the Russiagate horse was well and truly dead, count on House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff to whip it back into life with another saucy tale of collusion, conspiracy and cover-up. | President Donald Trump's alleged "collusion" with Russia to swing the 2016 election has largely been absent from the news of late. After the Mueller Report cleared the president of wrongdoing, and after the damp squib that was Special Counsel Mueller's testimony before Congress in July, the story finally exited the news cycle. | Here comes Congressman Schiff (D-California), determined to breathe new life into…

Philip Giraldi (2019-09-19). Spy vs Spy vs Spy: The Mysterious Mr. Smolenkov. globalresearch.ca A new spy story has been making the rounds in Washington, but this time it involved a brave Russian official who allegedly was allegedly recruited while in the Russian Embassy in Washington in 2007 and then worked secretly for the …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-19). Venezuela oil production continues decline as China cancels more shipments. mronline.org Russian oil giant Rosneft blasted threats of U.S. sanctions as "unfair competition." | Source

Staff (2019-09-19). Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired #MeToo in Gambia. truthout.org | | In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is F…

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-09-19). The Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key? globalresearch.ca I have just read a superb book by Mark Isaacs, an Australian who has documented several years of effort by a group of incredibly committed young people in Afghanistan to build peace in that war-torn country the only way …

teleSUR (2019-09-19). US Drone Strike 'Accidentally' Kills 30 Afghan Farmers. telesurenglish.net A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) group hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labor in the fields, officials said Thursday. | RELATED: | 'Our Doors Are Open for Peace Talks': Taliban to Trump | The attack on Wednesday night also injured another 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and laborers who had just finished collecting pine nuts at Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.

Lawrence Davidson (2019-09-19). The Sorry State of the Nobel Peace Prize. counterpunch.org Those deserving of a Peace Prize should be seen as assisting in the reworking of an otherwise violent human culture. As it presently stands, this higher ideal is being ignored in order to award the Peace Prize to those who may have "contributed to peace" in a much more narrow fashion—a peace that is often lacking justice and thus short-lived. In some cases the winner turns out to be someone who, like Alfred Nobel himself, was also a purveyor of war or other forms of violence. More

Aaron Maté (2019-09-19). UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition. thegrayzone.com Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and…

Marina Martinez (2019-09-19). While the Amazon burns, Brazil's indigenous peoples rise up. nationofchange.org A record outbreak of fires is incinerating the Amazon, the largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world, which is home to at least one in every 10 species of plants and animals on Earth and millions of indigenous people. Rather than working for environmental preservation, Jair Bolsonaro, the recently elected president of Brazil, is committed to opening up the …

Global Research (2019-09-19). Global Research Publishers: Special Offers On Our Book Titles. globalresearch.ca All of these titles from Global Research Publishers are available in print and PDF (e-book). For our North American customers they are also available in bulk for a discounted price. If you prefer to shop using Amazon, they are also …

Eds. (2019-09-19). Declaration of the Network in Defense of Humanity: Save the Amazon! Save the Planet! mronline.org The Network in Defense of Humanity joins the worldwide mobilization in protest against the ecological disaster caused by the fires in the Amazon and against the transnational corporations and politicians directly responsible for the catastrophe. | Source

Al Neal (2019-09-19). Harvest of Discontent: Trump's trade war and the rural fight for survival. peoplesworld.org There is nothing normal about this September for farmers in the U.S. Midwest Typically, at this midpoint in the month, farmers would be finishing up their small grains harvest and begin taking stock of other crops planted later in the season. Harvest season this year, though, is well behind schedule. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's September …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-09-19). It's Time to Strike for the Climate. truthdig.com According to Bill McKibben, the internationally renowned climate activist, author and founder of 350.org, today's record-breaking hurricanes should not be labeled with such innocuous names as "Dorian" or "Maria." Rather, they should be named after Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP—major fossil fuel corporations that have been the driving force behind global warming and the subsequent supercharged storms. | In an interview, the author of the new book, "Falter: Has the Human G…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-19). Millions to rise up worldwide for climate strike. peoplesworld.org From Alaska to Hawaii to Miami to Chicago to New York to D.C. — and around the world — millions of people will hit the streets starting Sept. 20 or 21, depending on local time zones, to demand world leaders get off their asses and act to stop global warming before it's too late. The …

Staff (2019-09-19). Trump Officials: UNC-Duke Program Too Positive on Islam. truthdig.com The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism. | An Aug. 29 letter from the U.S. Education Department orders the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to revise its offerings by Sept. 22 or risk losing future funding from a federal grant that's awarded to dozens of universities to support foreign language instruction. The consortium received $2…

Charles Pierson (2019-09-19). With Enemies Like These, Trump Doesn't Need Friends. counterpunch.org It is one year since an anonymous op-ed appeared in the New York Times. The author claimed to be part of a group of "senior officials in the administration" who are "working within to frustrate parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations." The op-ed's portentous title, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," conjured up an image of a sweating bureaucrat tapping madly away on a laptop beneath his desk in a dark office, darting anxious glances at the door while wondering who will play him in the movie. If only the op-ed could have broken off in a strangled scream, it would have been…

Urvashi Sarkar (2019-09-19). "Not a Blade of Grass Grew:" Living on the Edge of the Climate Crisis in the Sandarbans of West Bengal. counterpunch.org Kajal Lata Biswas is still haunted by memories of the cyclone. Though it's been 10 years since Aila hit the Sundarbans, she still clearly recalls May 25, 2009. It was just before noon. "The [Kalindi] river water rushed into the village and flooded all the houses," says Kajal Lata. She was at a relative's house More

Thomas Knapp (2019-09-19). Trump and Netanyahu: "Mutual Defense" or Just Mutual Political Back-Scratching? counterpunch.org On September 14, US president Donald Trump tweeted (of course) the suggestion of a US-Israel "Mutual Defense Treaty," citing a call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hopefully there's less going on here than meets the eye: The tweet may just be another mutual publicity back-scratch of the type Trump and Netanyahu frequently exchange when More

Emily Apple (2019-09-19). Piers Morgan leapt in to defend Laura Kuenssberg. It didn't end well. thecanary.co On 18 September, #SackLauraKuenssberg started trending on Twitter. Social media users expressed outrage after she tweeted that the man who confronted Boris Johnson at a children's ward was a Labour activist and then identified who he was. People claimed that by identifying the man, Ku…

Mac Slavo (2019-09-19). "Killer Robots" Could Commit "Atrocities" Says Former Google Engineer. globalresearch.ca Laura Nolan, a former Google software engineer who left the company in protest of Project Maven, Google's since-abandoned artificial intelligence development program for military drones, says killer robots could commit atrocities. If governments turn control of their weapons …

teleSUR (2019-09-19). French Unions Strike Against Privatization of Electricity. telesurenglish.net More than a third of EDF's workforce in France was on strike on Thursday for the second day in a row in protest against a privatization plan, yet without affecting households, affirmed labor union leaders. | RELATED: | French Gov't Budget, Actions To Tackle Femicides Falls Short of Expectations | EDF workers are protesting plans steered by the French government to restructure and split the group in two, privatizing its nuclear power generation business set to one side. | The rest…

Staff (2019-09-19). Ending the Afghan War Won't End the Killing. truthout.org | | I've never been to Afghanistan, but I am the mother of two young children. So when I imagine what life must be like there after 18 years of war, my mind conjures up the children most vividly — the ones who have been affected by the conflict — and their parents. I think of the 12-year-old boy who was carrying water to a military checkpoint in a remote part of that country, earning pennies to help sustain his…

Pepe Escobar (2019-09-19). Houthi Rebels Overturned the Middle East Geopolitical Chessboard. globalresearch.ca We are the Houthis and we're coming to town. With the spectacular attack on Abqaiq, Yemen's Houthis have overturned the geopolitical chessboard in Southwest Asia — going as far as introducing a whole new dimension: the distinct possibility of …

Marilyn Vogt-Downey (2019-09-19). What the "War on Terror" Really Is, and How to Fight It. globalresearch.ca First published in December 2015 in the month following the Paris terror attacks | The attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, and in San Bernardino on December 4, 2015, have provided ample "justification" for authorities to ramp up "The War …

J. B. Gerald (2019-09-19). Massive Loss of Life, Genocide Warnings in Three African Countries. globalresearch.ca These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon1, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans …

Matt Novak (2019-09-19). President Trump's Stupid Border Wall Could Destroy 22 Archaeological Sites According to New Report. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could destroy 22 archaeological sites in Arizona, according to a new report produced by the National Park Service. The report was obtained by the Washington Post through a Freedom of Information …

Ellen Brown (2019-09-19). Desperate Central Bankers Grab for More Power. globalresearch.ca Conceding that their grip on the economy is slipping, central bankers are proposing a radical economic reset that would shift yet more power from government to themselves. | Central bankers are acknowledging that they are out of ammunition. Mark Carney, …

Jim Miles (2019-09-19). Climate Change Is "Not a Threat"? globalresearch.ca I only listened to a small part of the Greta Thunberg's U.S. congressional hearings this morning but was rather stupefied by the general ignorance and hubris of several of the U.S. commentators. Two main ideas stood out for the …

Alex Foster (2019-09-19). Canada's Arctic Initiative in the Geopolitical Crucible. globalresearch.ca The problem of Canada's Arctic policy, or lack thereof, lies in its attachment and dependence to Western models of security and integration, and particularly to its traditional ally, the United States. | The last several years have seen an exponential rise …

Staff (2019-09-19). Iraqi Kids Test Positive for Depleted Uranium Remnants Near Former US Air Base. truthout.org | | For the first time, independent researchers have found that the bodies of Iraqi children born with congenital disabilities, such as heart disease and malformed limbs, near a former United States air base in southern Iraq are contaminated with high levels of radioactive heavy metals associated with toxic depleted uranium pollution leftover from the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. | The findings appear to bolster claims made by Iraqi doctors who observed high rates of congenital disabilities in bab…

teleSUR (2019-09-19). Bolivia: Indicators Confirm The Strength Of The Economic Model. telesurenglish.net The Central Bank of Bolivia's (BCB) President Pablo Ramos reported that his country's International Reserves (IR) reached US$8.3 billion at the end of the first half of 2019, a figure which equals 19 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). | RELATED: | Bolivia: Independent Poll Gives Evo Morales a Massive Lead | Besides having Latin America's second smallest foreign debt, Bolivia displays macroeconomic indicators that testify about the suitability of the development policies im…

teleSUR (2019-09-19). Syrian Military Shoots Down Drone Over Rural Damascus: SANA. telesurenglish.net The Syrian military shot down an enemy drone over southeastern Damascus this evening, the state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Syria Says US-Turkey 'Safe Zone' Patrol Violates Sovereignty | Syrian state media said the drone was shot down by the Syrian military as it was flying over the Aqraba suburb in Damascus' southeastern countryside. | The reports did not specify who the 'enemy' drone belonged to, but it is believed to be an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicl…

Gary Leupp (2019-09-19). Warren's Ethnic Issue Should Not Go Away. counterpunch.org I am an academic. I've taught at Tufts for over thirty years and always had a Harvard institutional affiliation. I understand academic culture and the centrality of affirmative action in administrative consciousness since the 1970s. In heading up numerous search committees for historians at Tufts, I've had to fill out forms at the invitation stage, More

Alan MacLeod (2019-09-19). The media's war with Bernie Sanders highlights the need to factcheck the factcheckers. thecanary.co One of the only growing industries in news media right now is factchecking, which promises to differentiate reality from fiction for us in today's post-truth world of spin and fake news. But factcheckers themselves are not neutral arbiters of truth; like everyone else, they're individuals and organizations with their own interests and biases. And a case in point is how the media appears intent on trying to factcheck into oblivion everything Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says, sometimes with comical results. |

WSWS (2019-09-19). The only solution to climate change is world socialism. wsws.org The millions marching against global warming must turn to the international working class to solve the unfolding environmental catastrophe.

Stephen Martin (2019-09-19). The Perspicacity of Mcluhan and Panopticonic Plans of the MIC. counterpunch.org Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity. — Marshall Mcluhan The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out…without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he More

Dean Baker (2019-09-19). Is There Any Lesser Authority Than Alan Greenspan? counterpunch.org That is undoubtedly the question that readers of Robert Samuelson's column on negative interest rates are asking. At one point Samuelson tells readers: "No less a figure than former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has suggested that it's just a matter of time before negative rates come to the United States." For folks too young More

Jeff Cohen (2019-09-19). What George Carlin Taught Us about Media Propaganda by Omission. counterpunch.org In the old George Carlin joke, the TV sportscaster announces: "Here's a partial score from the West Coast — Los Angeles 6." For a brilliant comedian like Carlin — who skewered corporate power, class structure and political/media propaganda — that's one of his more innocuous jokes. But it's sharply relevant today as corporate TV news outlets serve up a series of partial More

Manlio Dinucci (2019-09-19). Italian Politics: What Happened to Luigi Di Maio's Antinuclear Commitment? globalresearch.ca Like all European environmental parties, without any exception, Luigi Di Maio's Five-Star Movement is deeply anti-nuclear. It campaigned vehemently on this theme. And like all European environmental parties, when they come to power, they defend NATO, its wars and …

The Canary (2019-09-19). UK rejects deadline to submit proposals for Brexit. thecanary.co The prime minister will not be bound by an "artificial deadline" to produce formal written proposals to resolve the Brexit deadlock, the government has said.Finnish prime minister Antti Rinne, following talks in Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron, said Boris Johnson should outline its Brexit plans to the EU by the end of September.But a UK government spokesman said proposals would be put forward "when we are ready" and when Brussels is willing to "engage constructively on them".Number 10 also confirmed that the UK had now shared, in written form, a series of "confidential technical non-papers" which refl…

Staff (2019-09-19). Brexit Has Divided the Left in the UK and Overshadowed Social Justice. truthout.org | | With the election of Boris Johnson as the leader of the Conservative Party in Britain, the Brexit crisis has come to a head. Johnson has suspended Parliament and is threatening to withdraw Britain from the European Union without a deal. | David Renton is a British barrister, historian and longstanding socialist activist. He has written numerous books, including his most recent one wi…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-09-19). 'Total Massacre' as U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers in Afghanistan. commondreams.org Amnesty International said the bombing "suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-19). 'Students Have Led and We Must Follow': Thousands of Scientists From 40 Nations Join Global Climate Strike. commondreams.org Joining the labor movement, Amazon workers, and teachers in refusing to allow children to carry the burden of securing the planet's future by demanding climate action, more than 2,000 scientists on Thursday pledged to take part in the Global Climate Strike and week of action beginning Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-09-19). Greenpeace Says Amazon Needs More Transparency to Meet Bezos' New Climate Goals. commondreams.org ______________________________…

George Ochenski (2019-09-19). Memo to Trump: Water Runs Downhill. counterpunch.org It seems a sure bet that if someone told Donald Trump water runs downhill he would immediately claim it was "fake news" since, after all, when he turns on the gold taps in his Fifth Avenue penthouse atop Trump Tower, water comes gushing out. And you know, it's a long ways up — 58 stories, although he claims More

unitedEditor (2019-09-19). Challenges and Opportunities toward Iran in the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. uwidata.com Negotiations for the Caspian Sea legal regime began almost immediately after the collapse of the former Soviet Union, but at the beginning of the process there were no negotiations on a single text. Prior to that, Iran and the Soviet Union used this sea commonly, though in practice the Soviet Union, by using its power …

unitedEditor (2019-09-19). 9/11: a geopolitical conspiracy against Eurasia? uwidata.com Ever since tragedy struck on 9/11, numerous discussions and arguments about what actually took place on that day have continued. Many people contend that there are numerous technical inconsistencies Washington's version of events, while others argue that the attack may have served as a pretext for the intervention in Afghanistan that immediately followed. For further …

Jake Johnson (2019-09-19). Disputing Trump Claims, Japan Says No Evidence Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack. globalresearch.ca Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters Wednesday that he has not seen any intelligence indicating Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, contradicting Saudi and Trump administration claims about the incident. | "We …

Jessica Garraway, David Boenke (2019-09-19). Teachers Should Join the Student Strikes. commondreams.org Schools should be community hubs that prepare people for the skills we will need going forward to live through climate change. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tom Weis (2019-09-19). Another Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez: How Are Democrats Going to Contain the Climate Worldfire If They Won't Even Hold a Climate Debate? commondreams.org How do Democrats envision making the leap from fearfully refusing to sponsor a climate debate to the next President of the United States suddenly being positioned to rally an entire nation to get behind a World War II-scale national climate mobilization? (Photo by mdgovpics/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-09-19). Headlines for September 19, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Secretary of State Blames Iran for "Act of War" Against Saudi Oil Facility, WaPo: Whistleblower Reported "Troubling" Promise from Trump to Foreign Leader, Trump Names Robert O'Brien as Fourth National Security Adviser, U.S.-Backed Forces Kill 30 Afghan Civilians; Taliban Truck Bomb Kills 20, Thousands Fall Ill as Indonesian Fires Spread Toxic Haze, Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Humberto Lashes Bermuda, Youth Activist Greta Thunberg to U.S. Lawmakers: Listen to Climate Scientists, University of California to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies, Israeli Election Challenger Gantz Rejects Call to Join Netanyah…

Staff (2019-09-19). Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia's Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape. democracynow.org In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, who says the former president raped her in 2015. We speak with Jallow, a Gambia…

Staff (2019-09-19). Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act. democracynow.org More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former executive director of Greenpeace, writes, "Children should not be punished for speaking out about the great in…

pip.hinman (2019-09-19). Climate change, equity cited as reasons to reject Kepco's Bylong mine application. greenleft.org.au Bylong coal mine Jim McIlroyIssue 1238 Australia Lock the Gate Alliance Korean coal miner KEPCOSeptember 19, 2019The campaigning efforts of local farmers and environmentalists were re…

Stephanie Savell (2019-09-19). The Deadly Debris the US Is Leaving Behind in Afghanistan. thenation.com The Deadly Debris the US Is Leaving Behind in Afghanistan…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-09-19). The 'Jacobin' Outrage About the Working Family Party's Elizabeth Warren Endorsement Is Foolish and Unjustified. thenation.com The 'Jacobin' Outrage About the Working Family Party's Elizabeth Warren Endorsement Is Foolish and Unjustified…

D.D. Guttenplan (2019-09-19). Edward Snowden Speaks. thenation.com Edward Snowden Speaks…

Terra Cultura (2019-09-19). Tincture Making Workshop. indybay.org Terra Cultura is an Educational Eco-Arts Farm. | Our mission is to strengthen community resilience through education and collaboration in agroecology, sustainable living, and the arts. | We facilitate hands-on learning and cooperative projects that strengthen our food systems, environment, and communities. Together, we are nourishing a culture of environmental stewardship and honing the tools to build a more resilient and sustainable future.

anybody (2019-09-19). Elizabeth Warren organizing happy hour. indybay.org La Guerrera's Kitchen, Oakland…

Staff (2019-09-19). Greta Thunberg Is Just Getting Warmed Up. truthdig.com Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has sparked a global movement with her "school strike for the climate." Last year, she started skipping school on Fridays to stand outside the Swedish parliament demanding climate action. Since then, she has inspired millions around the world to join her. The final two Fridays of this month, Sept. 20 and 27, are expected to be some of the largest global protests in history. These two strike days fall on either side of the United Nations' Climate Action Summit on Monday, Sept. 23. | Organized during the U.N.'s annual General Assembly meeting, which brings le…

United Nations (2019-09-19). Thursday's Daily Brief: Stark childbirth survival figures, Security Council split on Syria, nature-based climate initiatives. un.org A recap of Thursday's top stories: One pregnant woman or child dies every 11 seconds; No ceasefire agreement for Syria's Idlib; Latest Taliban attack in Afghanistan; Dozens of countries rely on food assistance; Nature's role in climate-change mitigation.

Carla Stea (2019-09-19). Is the United Nations Becoming a Public Relations Asset for Wall Street? globalresearch.ca "My whole life in politics was marked by a political version, on a small scale, of the epic global contest that is now under way between inclusive cooperation—involving networks and diverse people working toward a common goal—and the reassertion of …

teleSUR (2019-09-19). Brazil Will Not Take The Floor At The UN Climate Summit. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba, said Brazil is not on the list of countries that will address the climate summit, which is scheduled to be held in New York on September 23. | RELATED: | Brazil: Temer Admits Impeachment of Rousseff Was a Coup | "Brazil has not put forward any plans to increase its commitment to climate change," De Alba said. | Previously, the United Nations requested the governments of its me…

United Nations (2019-09-19). Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria's Idlib. un.org The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.

Staff (2019-09-19). American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: The Propaganda That Upholds the Status Quo. therealnews.com In the book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News From the Revolutionary War to The War On Terror, authors Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong assert that "The mainstream corporate media is one of the chief propagators of American exceptionalism and innocence…the narratives of American exceptionalism and American innocence work together…

Staff (2019-09-19). Fossil Fuel Companies Roll Out a New Era of Spin. therealnews.com Forget "climate change" and "global warming": Environmental advocates are increasingly using phrases that emphasize the urgency of our planetary pickle, such as "climate crisis," "climate emergency," and "existential threat."

Staff (2019-09-19). Raising Expectations (And Lowering Carbon Emissions). therealnews.com At the first Designing A Green New Deal conference, labor and environmental organizer Jane McAlevey explains what strikes, war, and globalization have to do with climate justice.

Pete Tucker (2019-09-19). WaPo No Longer Discloses Its Owner's Uber Investment – Even when quoting Uber's legal theories as legal fact. fair.org A new California law threatens to upend Uber, but the Washington Post claimed the law doesn't apply to the ride-hailing giant. This is convenient, since Post owner Jeff Bezos is not only a major Uber investor, but also founder and CEO of Amazon, which is likely to also be negatively impacted by the new law. | The recently passed legislation requires companies to classify workers as employees if their work is central to the business. Throughout its decade of lawbreaking and staggering growth, Uber has classified its drivers as independent contractors, not employees. This has allowed the ride-hailing giant to av…

Staff (2019-09-19). The Washington Post Has an Uber Problem. truthdig.com A new California law threatens to upend Uber, but the Washington Post claimed the law doesn't apply to the ride-hailing giant. This is convenient, since Post owner Jeff Bezos is not only a major Uber investor, but also founder and CEO of Amazon, which is likely to also be negatively impacted by the new law. | The recently passed legislation requires companies to classify workers as employees if their work is central to the business. Throughout its decade of lawbreaking and staggering growth, Uber has classified its drivers as independent contractors, not employees. This has allowed the ride-hailing giant to avoid…

teleSUR (2019-09-19). US Navy Admits Leaked 'Classified' UFO Footage is Real. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Navy has confirmed that three clips showing mysterious objects traveling the air at a high speed were indeed authentic, stating that they were unsure if the objects were drones or something else. | RELATED: | 'Alien Asteroid' May Be The Oldest Object In Our Solar System | One of the videos confirmed by the Navy was filmed in 2004, while two others were taken by U.S. fighter pilots in 2015. The latter two videos featured audio from the U.S. fighter pilots; they expressed d…

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-19). The Ansarullah's Aramco Drone Strike versus "The Real Act of War" against Yemen. globalresearch.ca Pompeo's provocative pronouncement that the Ansarullah's drone strike on Aramco's oil facilities was an "act of war" is extremely hypocritical because it ignores the fact that the Saudis were the ones to initiate the international dimension of the War on …

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-19). Is the "Extinction Rebellion" a Scheme Cooked Up by the Alt-Establishment? globalresearch.ca The so-called "Extinction Rebellion" set to begin later this month with "Global Climate Strikes" could be a scheme cooked up by the Alt-Establishment, which refers to the con game being played by the current power brokers who deceptively misportray themselves …

Staff (2019-09-19). Democrats Should Be Talking About How Republicans Have Rigged the Maps. truthout.org | | As Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and the other leading Democratic presidential contenders prepared to debate in Houston last week, Crystal Mason readied for an important hearing of her own less than 200 miles away. | In 2016, Mason unknowingly committed a crime by casting a provisional ballot. In Texas, citizens with felony convictions are disenfranc…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-09-19). The Scourge in the White House. counterpunch.org I would have no trouble defending myself and my loved ones: family and country. But under no circumstances would I employ corrupt practices to get ahead. What bothers me constantly is the not so innocent highway to riches. Can people and corporations earn their money honestly and without violence? By violence I don't necessarily mean More

SAMIR (2019-09-19). Boycott DGTL Tel Aviv Festival 2019. bdsmovement.net Boycott DGTL Tel Aviv Festival 2019: PACBI StatementDGTL Tel Aviv takes place atop the ruins of an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village | Cultural BoycottSeptember 19, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Jordan Riefe (2019-09-19). The Modern Machiavelli Who Predicted Trump's Rise. truthdig.com Early in the Mueller investigation, President Trump rankled at then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' reluctance to circle the wagons on his behalf. " Where's my Roy Cohn?" the president asked, name-checking his unscrupulous mentor, lawyer and fixer. | Trump had been in cahoots with Cohn since they met in a Manhattan nightclub in 1973. By then, Cohn, prosecutor of the infamous Rosenberg trial and later assistant to Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy during the…

Vijay Prashad (2019-09-19). Why Argentina's elites are waging war against Milagro Sala. mronline.org The leader of the Tupac Amaru Neighborhood Association is a symbol of the fight against the old order. | Source

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-19). 'Huge Win' But 'Not Enough': Amazon Workers Claim Credit for Pushing Bezos on Climate, Vow to Intensify Campaign. commondreams.org Amazon workers who plan to walk off the job Friday in support of the Global Strike celebrated the power of employee pressure on Thursday as CEO Jeff Bezos released a plan to combat the climate crisis—but said Amazon must do more to prove it is committed to taking concrete action. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

Medea Benjamin (2019-09-18). Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel? mintpressnews.com If the U.S. military, or Israel or Saudi Arabia, had a viable plan to attack Iran without triggering a wider war, they would have done so long ago.

Medea Benjamin (2019-09-18). Would Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel? theantimedia.com If the U.S. military, or Israel or Saudi Arabia, had a viable plan to attack Iran without triggering a wider war, they would have done so long ago.

2019-09-19: Social Media Postees

Iran warns of war as U.S. continues accusations it bombed Saudi oil refinery
Morning Star | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-19
Iran has warned the U.S. that any aggression will be met with an immediate response, as Washington continues to insist the nation was responsible for missiles fired at a Saudi oil refinery. Tehran dismissed claims by President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Iran had been involved in the attack on Saturday, …
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Mike Pompeo Declares Drone Attack on Saudi Arabia an "Act of War"
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-19
Mike Pompeo is declaring what happened "an act of war," and is now looking to use that bellicosity cobble together a coalition against Iran.

Mike Pompeo Declares Drone Attack on Saudi Arabia an "Act of War"

Trump reviewing target lists as Iran war threat mounts
wsws.org | 2019-09-19
US Secretary of State Pompeo described Saturday's attacks on Saudi oil installations as "an act of war," attributing them–still with no evidence–to Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/19/iran…

Why on Earth would the US go to war with Iran over an attack on Saudi oil refineries?
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-19
President Bone Spur, backed by his warmongering Secretary of State Mike "Armageddon" Pompeo, tweeted yesterday that the U.S. 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 U.S. …
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Who Needs John Bolton? Trump's Neocons Are Determined to Go to War Against Iran
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
Following John Bolton's departure from the White House, Saudi Arabia's oil facility was attacked by drones operated by the Houthi rebels of Yemen. Trump and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo once again claimed that it was the Iranians …
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Iran Warns of 'All-Out War' if Attacked by US and Allies
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned on Thursday that any attack on the Islamic Republic would lead to an "all-out war". | RELATED: | Saudi Gives 'Evidence' of Iran's 'Attack' on Oil Reserve, Pompeo Calls it 'Act of War' | Zarif made the comment to CNN after he was asked what would happen if Iran was attacked by the U.S. and its allies | "I am making a very serious statement that we don't want war; we don't want to engage in a military confront…
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Saudis Show Off Charred Junk, Insist Iran Responsible for Aramco Attack. Will Trump Unleash the Dogs of War?
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
First up, we have the neocon windup clown, Senator Marco Rubio. | . | . | . | . | Situation with #Iran is a very serious matter. | This is one of those #3amcalls that requires steady & serious American leadership. | We must bring | …
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Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?
MBNJSD | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-19
On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia's oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump administration, blaming Iran, announced it was …
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Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia's oil production by half, from about ten million to five …
globalresearch.ca/will-americans-let-tru…

Tunisia's Ousted President Ben Ali Dies in Saudi Exile
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
Tunisia's ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia Thursday, days after a free presidential election in his homeland, his family lawyer said. | "Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia," the lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, told Reuters by phone. | Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 as his compatriots rose up against his oppressive rule in a revolution that inspired other Arab Spring uprisings abroad and led to a democratic transition at home. | On Sunday, Tunisians voted in an election that featured candidates from across the political spectrum, sending two political outsiders through to a…
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Will Americans Let Trump Start a World War for Israel and Saudi Arabia?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-19
If we fail to speak out now, passionately and vociferously, we may learn it's too late to rein in our venal, warmongering ruling class.
truthdig.com/articles/will-americans-let…

Trump Regime Anti-Iran Blame Game
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
The blame game is longstanding US, NATO, Israeli policy — falsely blaming a targeted nation, entity, group, or individual for something they had nothing to do with. | Time and again, the tactic is used as a pretext to pursue a …
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Here Is How China-US Trade War Impacts Iran
Salman Rafi Sheikh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
In the last week of August, China added crude oil imports from the US to its tariff list for the first time in a retaliatory decision against the US decision to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese products. China imports about …
globalresearch.ca/china-us-trade-war-imp…

Where Have the Wild Birds Gone? 3 Billion Fewer Than 1970
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-19
A new study focuses on the drop in numbers of birds, not extinctions, with some of the most common birds taking the biggest hits.
truthdig.com/articles/where-have-the-wil…

France rejects Edward Snowden's latest request for asylum
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-19
France's foreign minister has said "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former US National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. | Snowden gained asylum in Russia after Barack Obama's adminstration revoked his passport — rendering him stateless — while he was travelling to Latin America in 2013. The revocation left him stranded in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden was en route to seek asylum after leaking classified documents detailing government mass surveillance programmes. | Asking France again for asylum this week, he argued that "protecting whistleblowe…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/09/1…

The threat of Bolton has receded — but not the threat of war
John Feffer | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-19
The national security adviser entered the Trump administration as a predictable warmonger with an unslakable thirst for power. He streamlined the national security apparatus to maximize his access to the president. At least at first, he played the role of loyal adjutant to Trump. As in his days as an arms control official in the …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/19/the-threat…

Open Letter to Congress: Why the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 Must Be Opposed
K. J. Noh, Kevin Zeese, and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-19
Note: Congress is currently considering the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. If this bill becomes law it will increase conflict between the US and China and increase US meddling in Hong Kong. It will become an excuse for unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) against China and Hong Kong. In the Open Letter …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/open-letter-t…

Open Letter to US Congress: Why the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 Must be Opposed
K.J. Noh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
Author's Note: The US Congress is currently considering the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. If this bill becomes law it will increase conflict between the US and China and increase US meddling in Hong Kong. It …
globalresearch.ca/open-letter-congress-w…

Venezuela Establishes Petro as Payment System
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
Homes under construction today through the Gran Mision Vivienda Venezuela (GMVV) will be paid with Petro cryptocurrency, in response to the U.S. economic blockade, reported Habitat and Housing Minister Ildemaro Villarroel. | RELATED: | Maduro: Trump Has Obsessive Hatred Against Latin Americans | This system, implemented by President Nicolas Maduro, is a mechanism to strengthen and counteract the effects of money manipulation and the U.S. gover…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Establ…

Boycott DGTL Tel Aviv Festival 2019
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-09-19
Boycott DGTL Tel Aviv Festival 2019: PACBI StatementDGTL Tel Aviv takes place atop the ruins of an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village | Cultural BoycottSeptember 19, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
bdsmovement.net/boycott-DGTL

Russiagate's last stand? #Resistance works itself up over whistleblower complaint on Trump's alleged 'favor to foreign leader'
rt.com | 2019-09-19
Just when you thought the Russiagate horse was well and truly dead, count on House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff to whip it back into life with another saucy tale of collusion, conspiracy and cover-up. | President Donald Trump's alleged "collusion" with Russia to swing the 2016 election has largely been absent from the news of late. After the Mueller Report cleared the president of wrongdoing, and after the damp squib that was Special Counsel Mueller's testimony before Congress in July, the story finally exited the news cycle. | Here comes Congressman Schiff (D-California), determined to breathe new life into…
rt.com/usa/469202-russiagates-last-stand…

Spy vs Spy vs Spy: The Mysterious Mr. Smolenkov
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
A new spy story has been making the rounds in Washington, but this time it involved a brave Russian official who allegedly was allegedly recruited while in the Russian Embassy in Washington in 2007 and then worked secretly for the …
globalresearch.ca/mysterious-mr-smolenko…

Venezuela oil production continues decline as China cancels more shipments
Ricardo Vaz | mronline.org | 2019-09-19
Russian oil giant Rosneft blasted threats of U.S. sanctions as "unfair competition." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/19/venezuela-oil-pr…

Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired #MeToo in Gambia
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-19
| In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is F…
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The Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key?
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
I have just read a superb book by Mark Isaacs, an Australian who has documented several years of effort by a group of incredibly committed young people in Afghanistan to build peace in that war-torn country the only way …
globalresearch.ca/struggle-peace-afghani…

US Drone Strike 'Accidentally' Kills 30 Afghan Farmers
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) group hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labor in the fields, officials said Thursday. | RELATED: | 'Our Doors Are Open for Peace Talks': Taliban to Trump | The attack on Wednesday night also injured another 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and laborers who had just finished collecting pine nuts at Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Drone-Strike-…

The Sorry State of the Nobel Peace Prize
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
Those deserving of a Peace Prize should be seen as assisting in the reworking of an otherwise violent human culture. As it presently stands, this higher ideal is being ignored in order to award the Peace Prize to those who may have "contributed to peace" in a much more narrow fashion–a peace that is often lacking justice and thus short-lived. In some cases the winner turns out to be someone who, like Alfred Nobel himself, was also a purveyor of war or other forms of violence.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/19/the-sorry-st…

UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-19
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/19/uk-worsens-ju…

While the Amazon burns, Brazil's indigenous peoples rise up
Marina Martinez | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-19
A record outbreak of fires is incinerating the Amazon, the largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world, which is home to at least one in every 10 species of plants and animals on Earth and millions of indigenous people. Rather than working for environmental preservation, Jair Bolsonaro, the recently elected president of Brazil, is committed to opening up the …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/19/while-the-…

Global Research Publishers: Special Offers On Our Book Titles
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
All of these titles from Global Research Publishers are available in print and PDF (e-book). For our North American customers they are also available in bulk for a discounted price. If you prefer to shop using Amazon, they are also …
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Declaration of the Network in Defense of Humanity: Save the Amazon! Save the Planet!
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-09-19
The Network in Defense of Humanity joins the worldwide mobilization in protest against the ecological disaster caused by the fires in the Amazon and against the transnational corporations and politicians directly responsible for the catastrophe. | Source…
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Piers Morgan leapt in to defend Laura Kuenssberg. It didn't end well
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-09-19
On 18 September, #SackLauraKuenssberg started trending on Twitter. Social media users expressed outrage after she tweeted that the man who confronted Boris Johnson at a children's ward was a Labour activist and then identified who he was. People claimed that by identifying the man, Ku…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/09/19/piers-m…

It's Time to Strike for the Climate
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-09-19
According to Bill McKibben, the internationally renowned climate activist, author and founder of 350.org, today's record-breaking hurricanes should not be labeled with such innocuous names as "Dorian" or "Maria." Rather, they should be named after Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP–major fossil fuel corporations that have been the driving force behind global warming and the subsequent supercharged storms. | In an interview, the author of the new book, "Falter: Has the Human G…
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"Killer Robots" Could Commit "Atrocities" Says Former Google Engineer
Mac Slavo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
Laura Nolan, a former Google software engineer who left the company in protest of Project Maven, Google's since-abandoned artificial intelligence development program for military drones, says killer robots could commit atrocities. If governments turn control of their weapons …
globalresearch.ca/killer-robots-could-co…

French Unions Strike Against Privatization of Electricity
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
More than a third of EDF's workforce in France was on strike on Thursday for the second day in a row in protest against a privatization plan, yet without affecting households, affirmed labor union leaders. | RELATED: | French Gov't Budget, Actions To Tackle Femicides Falls Short of Expectations | EDF workers are protesting plans steered by the French government to restructure and split the group in two, privatizing its nuclear power generation business set to one side. | The rest…
telesurenglish.net/news/French-Unions-St…

Why Argentina's elites are waging war against Milagro Sala
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-09-19
The leader of the Tupac Amaru Neighborhood Association is a symbol of the fight against the old order. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/18/why-argentinas-e…

Ending the Afghan War Won't End the Killing
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-19
| I've never been to Afghanistan, but I am the mother of two young children. So when I imagine what life must be like there after 18 years of war, my mind conjures up the children most vividly — the ones who have been affected by the conflict — and their parents. I think of the 12-year-old boy who was carrying water to a military checkpoint in a remote part of that country, earning pennies to help sustain his…
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Houthi Rebels Overturned the Middle East Geopolitical Chessboard
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
We are the Houthis and we're coming to town. With the spectacular attack on Abqaiq, Yemen's Houthis have overturned the geopolitical chessboard in Southwest Asia — going as far as introducing a whole new dimension: the distinct possibility of …
globalresearch.ca/houthi-rebels-overturn…

What the "War on Terror" Really Is, and How to Fight It
Marilyn Vogt-Downey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
First published in December 2015 in the month following the Paris terror attacks | The attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, and in San Bernardino on December 4, 2015, have provided ample "justification" for authorities to ramp up "The War …
globalresearch.ca/war-terror-how-fight-i…

Desperate Central Bankers Grab for More Power
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
Conceding that their grip on the economy is slipping, central bankers are proposing a radical economic reset that would shift yet more power from government to themselves. | Central bankers are acknowledging that they are out of ammunition. Mark Carney, …
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President Trump's Stupid Border Wall Could Destroy 22 Archaeological Sites According to New Report
Matt Novak | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could destroy 22 archaeological sites in Arizona, according to a new report produced by the National Park Service. The report was obtained by the Washington Post through a Freedom of Information …
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Massive Loss of Life, Genocide Warnings in Three African Countries
J. B. Gerald | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon1, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans …
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Climate Change Is "Not a Threat"?
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
I only listened to a small part of the Greta Thunberg's U.S. congressional hearings this morning but was rather stupefied by the general ignorance and hubris of several of the U.S. commentators. Two main ideas stood out for the …
globalresearch.ca/climate-change-not-thr…

Canada's Arctic Initiative in the Geopolitical Crucible
Alex Foster | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
The problem of Canada's Arctic policy, or lack thereof, lies in its attachment and dependence to Western models of security and integration, and particularly to its traditional ally, the United States. | The last several years have seen an exponential rise | …
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Iraqi Kids Test Positive for Depleted Uranium Remnants Near Former US Air Base
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-19
| For the first time, independent researchers have found that the bodies of Iraqi children born with congenital disabilities, such as heart disease and malformed limbs, near a former United States air base in southern Iraq are contaminated with high levels of radioactive heavy metals associated with toxic depleted uranium pollution leftover from the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. | The findings appear to bolster claims made by Iraqi doctors who observed high rates of congenital disabilities in bab…
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Bolivia: Indicators Confirm The Strength Of The Economic Model
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
The Central Bank of Bolivia's (BCB) President Pablo Ramos reported that his country's International Reserves (IR) reached US$8.3 billion at the end of the first half of 2019, a figure which equals 19 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). | RELATED: | Bolivia: Independent Poll Gives Evo Morales a Massive Lead | Besides having Latin America's second smallest foreign debt, Bolivia displays macroeconomic indicators that testify about the suitability of the development policies im…
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Syrian Military Shoots Down Drone Over Rural Damascus: SANA
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
The Syrian military shot down an enemy drone over southeastern Damascus this evening, the state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Syria Says US-Turkey 'Safe Zone' Patrol Violates Sovereignty | Syrian state media said the drone was shot down by the Syrian military as it was flying over the Aqraba suburb in Damascus' southeastern countryside. | The reports did not specify who the 'enemy' drone belonged to, but it is believed to be an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicl…
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The Modern Machiavelli Who Predicted Trump's Rise
Jordan Riefe | truthdig.com | 2019-09-19
Early in the Mueller investigation, President Trump rankled at then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' reluctance to circle the wagons on his behalf. " Where's my Roy Cohn?" the president asked, name-checking his unscrupulous mentor, lawyer and fixer. | Trump had been in cahoots with Cohn since they met in a Manhattan nightclub in 1973. By then, Cohn, prosecutor of the infamous Rosenberg trial and later assistant to Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy during the…
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Millions to rise up worldwide for climate strike
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-19
From Alaska to Hawaii to Miami to Chicago to New York to D.C. — and around the world — millions of people will hit the streets starting Sept. 20 or 21, depending on local time zones, to demand world leaders get off their asses and act to stop global warming before it's too late. The …
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The media's war with Bernie Sanders highlights the need to factcheck the factcheckers
Alan MacLeod | thecanary.co | 2019-09-19
One of the only growing industries in news media right now is factchecking, which promises to differentiate reality from fiction for us in today's post-truth world of spin and fake news. But factcheckers themselves are not neutral arbiters of truth; like everyone else, they're individuals and organizations with their own interests and biases. And a case in point is how the media appears intent on trying to factcheck into oblivion everything Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says, sometimes with comical results. |
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Trump Officials: UNC-Duke Program Too Positive on Islam
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-19
The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism. | An Aug. 29 letter from the U.S. Education Department orders the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to revise its offerings by Sept. 22 or risk losing future funding from a federal grant that's awarded to dozens of universities to support foreign language instruction. The consortium received $2…
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The only solution to climate change is world socialism
wsws.org | 2019-09-19
The millions marching against global warming must turn to the international working class to solve the unfolding environmental catastrophe.
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Harvest of Discontent: Trump's trade war and the rural fight for survival
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-19
There is nothing normal about this September for farmers in the U.S. Midwest Typically, at this midpoint in the month, farmers would be finishing up their small grains harvest and begin taking stock of other crops planted later in the season. Harvest season this year, though, is well behind schedule. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's September …
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Warren's Ethnic Issue Should Not Go Away
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
I am an academic. I've taught at Tufts for over thirty years and always had a Harvard institutional affiliation. I understand academic culture and the centrality of affirmative action in administrative consciousness since the 1970s. In heading up numerous search committees for historians at Tufts, I've had to fill out forms at the invitation stage,…
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Trump and Netanyahu: "Mutual Defense" or Just Mutual Political Back-Scratching?
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
On September 14, US president Donald Trump tweeted (of course) the suggestion of a US-Israel "Mutual Defense Treaty," citing a call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hopefully there's less going on here than meets the eye: The tweet may just be another mutual publicity back-scratch of the type Trump and Netanyahu frequently exchange when…
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What George Carlin Taught Us about Media Propaganda by Omission
Jeff Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
In the old George Carlin joke, the TV sportscaster announces: "Here's a partial score from the West Coast — Los Angeles 6." For a brilliant comedian like Carlin — who skewered corporate power, class structure and political/media propaganda — that's one of his more innocuous jokes. But it's sharply relevant today as corporate TV news outlets serve up a series of partial…
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With Enemies Like These, Trump Doesn't Need Friends
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
It is one year since an anonymous op-ed appeared in the New York Times. The author claimed to be part of a group of "senior officials in the administration" who are "working within to frustrate parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations." The op-ed's portentous title, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," conjured up an image of a sweating bureaucrat tapping madly away on a laptop beneath his desk in a dark office, darting anxious glances at the door while wondering who will play him in the movie. If only the op-ed could have broken off in a strangled scream, it would have been…
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"Not a Blade of Grass Grew:" Living on the Edge of the Climate Crisis in the Sandarbans of West Bengal
Urvashi Sarkar | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
Kajal Lata Biswas is still haunted by memories of the cyclone. Though it's been 10 years since Aila hit the Sundarbans, she still clearly recalls May 25, 2009. It was just before noon. "The [Kalindi] river water rushed into the village and flooded all the houses," says Kajal Lata. She was at a relative's house…
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Is There Any Lesser Authority Than Alan Greenspan?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
That is undoubtedly the question that readers of Robert Samuelson's column on negative interest rates are asking. At one point Samuelson tells readers: "No less a figure than former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has suggested that it's just a matter of time before negative rates come to the United States." For folks too young…
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The Perspicacity of Mcluhan and Panopticonic Plans of the MIC
Stephen Martin | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity. — Marshall Mcluhan The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out…without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he…
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The Scourge in the White House
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
I would have no trouble defending myself and my loved ones: family and country. But under no circumstances would I employ corrupt practices to get ahead. What bothers me constantly is the not so innocent highway to riches. Can people and corporations earn their money honestly and without violence? By violence I don't necessarily mean…
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Italian Politics: What Happened to Luigi Di Maio's Antinuclear Commitment?
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
Like all European environmental parties, without any exception, Luigi Di Maio's Five-Star Movement is deeply anti-nuclear. It campaigned vehemently on this theme. And like all European environmental parties, when they come to power, they defend NATO, its wars and …
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UK rejects deadline to submit proposals for Brexit
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-19
The prime minister will not be bound by an "artificial deadline" to produce formal written proposals to resolve the Brexit deadlock, the government has said.Finnish prime minister Antti Rinne, following talks in Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron, said Boris Johnson should outline its Brexit plans to the EU by the end of September.But a UK government spokesman said proposals would be put forward "when we are ready" and when Brussels is willing to "engage constructively on them".Number 10 also confirmed that the UK had now shared, in written form, a series of "confidential technical non-papers" which refl…
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'Total Massacre' as U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers in Afghanistan
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-19
Amnesty International said the bombing "suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Students Have Led and We Must Follow': Thousands of Scientists From 40 Nations Join Global Climate Strike
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-19
Joining the labor movement, Amazon workers, and teachers in refusing to allow children to carry the burden of securing the planet's future by demanding climate action, more than 2,000 scientists on Thursday pledged to take part in the Global Climate Strike and week of action beginning Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Huge Win' But 'Not Enough': Amazon Workers Claim Credit for Pushing Bezos on Climate, Vow to Intensify Campaign
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-19
Amazon workers who plan to walk off the job Friday in support of the Global Strike celebrated the power of employee pressure on Thursday as CEO Jeff Bezos released a plan to combat the climate crisis—but said Amazon must do more to prove it is committed to taking concrete action. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Greenpeace Says Amazon Needs More Transparency to Meet Bezos' New Climate Goals
commondreams.org | 2019-09-19
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Memo to Trump: Water Runs Downhill
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-19
It seems a sure bet that if someone told Donald Trump water runs downhill he would immediately claim it was "fake news" since, after all, when he turns on the gold taps in his Fifth Avenue penthouse atop Trump Tower, water comes gushing out. And you know, it's a long ways up — 58 stories, although he claims…
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Challenges and Opportunities toward Iran in the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-19
Negotiations for the Caspian Sea legal regime began almost immediately after the collapse of the former Soviet Union, but at the beginning of the process there were no negotiations on a single text. Prior to that, Iran and the Soviet Union used this sea commonly, though in practice the Soviet Union, by using its power …
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9/11: a geopolitical conspiracy against Eurasia?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-19
Ever since tragedy struck on 9/11, numerous discussions and arguments about what actually took place on that day have continued. Many people contend that there are numerous technical inconsistencies Washington's version of events, while others argue that the attack may have served as a pretext for the intervention in Afghanistan that immediately followed. For further …
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Another Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez: How Are Democrats Going to Contain the Climate Worldfire If They Won't Even Hold a Climate Debate?
Tom Weis | commondreams.org | 2019-09-19
How do Democrats envision making the leap from fearfully refusing to sponsor a climate debate to the next President of the United States suddenly being positioned to rally an entire nation to get behind a World War II-scale national climate mobilization? (Photo by mdgovpics/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Teachers Should Join the Student Strikes
Jessica Garraway, David Boenke | commondreams.org | 2019-09-19
Schools should be community hubs that prepare people for the skills we will need going forward to live through climate change. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia's Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-19
In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, who says the former president raped her in 2015. We speak with Jallow, a Gambia…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/19/gambia_tr…

Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-19
More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former executive director of Greenpeace, writes, "Children should not be punished for speaking out about the great in…
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Climate change, equity cited as reasons to reject Kepco's Bylong mine application
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-19
Bylong coal mine Jim McIlroyIssue 1238 Australia Lock the Gate Alliance Korean coal miner KEPCOSeptember 19, 2019The campaigning efforts of local farmers and environmentalists were re…
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The Deadly Debris the US Is Leaving Behind in Afghanistan
Stephanie Savell | thenation.com | 2019-09-19
The Deadly Debris the US Is Leaving Behind in Afghanistan…
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The 'Jacobin' Outrage About the Working Family Party's Elizabeth Warren Endorsement Is Foolish and Unjustified
Jeffrey C. Isaac | thenation.com | 2019-09-19
The 'Jacobin' Outrage About the Working Family Party's Elizabeth Warren Endorsement Is Foolish and Unjustified…
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Edward Snowden Speaks
D.D. Guttenplan | thenation.com | 2019-09-19
Edward Snowden Speaks…
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Elizabeth Warren organizing happy hour
anybody | indybay.org | 2019-09-19
La Guerrera's Kitchen, Oakland…
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Tincture Making Workshop
Terra Cultura | indybay.org | 2019-09-19
Terra Cultura is an Educational Eco-Arts Farm. | Our mission is to strengthen community resilience through education and collaboration in agroecology, sustainable living, and the arts. | We facilitate hands-on learning and cooperative projects that strengthen our food systems, environment, and communities. Together, we are nourishing a culture of environmental stewardship and honing the tools to build a more resilient and sustainable future.
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Greta Thunberg Is Just Getting Warmed Up
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-19
Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has sparked a global movement with her "school strike for the climate." Last year, she started skipping school on Fridays to stand outside the Swedish parliament demanding climate action. Since then, she has inspired millions around the world to join her. The final two Fridays of this month, Sept. 20 and 27, are expected to be some of the largest global protests in history. These two strike days fall on either side of the United Nations' Climate Action Summit on Monday, Sept. 23. | Organized during the U.N.'s annual General Assembly meeting, which brings le…
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Thursday's Daily Brief: Stark childbirth survival figures, Security Council split on Syria, nature-based climate initiatives
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-19
A recap of Thursday's top stories: One pregnant woman or child dies every 11 seconds; No ceasefire agreement for Syria's Idlib; Latest Taliban attack in Afghanistan; Dozens of countries rely on food assistance; Nature's role in climate-change mitigation.
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Is the United Nations Becoming a Public Relations Asset for Wall Street?
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
"My whole life in politics was marked by a political version, on a small scale, of the epic global contest that is now under way between inclusive cooperation–involving networks and diverse people working toward a common goal–and the reassertion of …
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Brazil Will Not Take The Floor At The UN Climate Summit
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba, said Brazil is not on the list of countries that will address the climate summit, which is scheduled to be held in New York on September 23. | RELATED: | Brazil: Temer Admits Impeachment of Rousseff Was a Coup | "Brazil has not put forward any plans to increase its commitment to climate change," De Alba said. | Previously, the United Nations requested the governments of its me…
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Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria's Idlib
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-19
The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.
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American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: The Propaganda That Upholds the Status Quo
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-19
In the book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News From the Revolutionary War to The War On Terror, authors Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong assert that "The mainstream corporate media is one of the chief propagators of American exceptionalism and innocence…the narratives of American exceptionalism and American innocence work together…
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Raising Expectations (And Lowering Carbon Emissions)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-19
At the first Designing A Green New Deal conference, labor and environmental organizer Jane McAlevey explains what strikes, war, and globalization have to do with climate justice.
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Fossil Fuel Companies Roll Out a New Era of Spin
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-19
Forget "climate change" and "global warming": Environmental advocates are increasingly using phrases that emphasize the urgency of our planetary pickle, such as "climate crisis," "climate emergency," and "existential threat."
therealnews.com/columns/fossil-fuel-comp…

The Washington Post Has an Uber Problem
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-19
A new California law threatens to upend Uber, but the Washington Post claimed the law doesn't apply to the ride-hailing giant. This is convenient, since Post owner Jeff Bezos is not only a major Uber investor, but also founder and CEO of Amazon, which is likely to also be negatively impacted by the new law. | The recently passed legislation requires companies to classify workers as employees if their work is central to the business. Throughout its decade of lawbreaking and staggering growth, Uber has classified its drivers as independent contractors, not employees. This has allowed the ride-hailing giant to avoid…
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WaPo No Longer Discloses Its Owner's Uber Investment – Even when quoting Uber's legal theories as legal fact
Pete Tucker | fair.org | 2019-09-19
A new California law threatens to upend Uber, but the Washington Post claimed the law doesn't apply to the ride-hailing giant. This is convenient, since Post owner Jeff Bezos is not only a major Uber investor, but also founder and CEO of Amazon, which is likely to also be negatively impacted by the new law. | The recently passed legislation requires companies to classify workers as employees if their work is central to the business. Throughout its decade of lawbreaking and staggering growth, Uber has classified its drivers as independent contractors, not employees. This has allowed the ride-hailing giant to av…
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US Navy Admits Leaked 'Classified' UFO Footage is Real
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-19
The U.S. Navy has confirmed that three clips showing mysterious objects traveling the air at a high speed were indeed authentic, stating that they were unsure if the objects were drones or something else. | RELATED: | 'Alien Asteroid' May Be The Oldest Object In Our Solar System | One of the videos confirmed by the Navy was filmed in 2004, while two others were taken by U.S. fighter pilots in 2015. The latter two videos featured audio from the U.S. fighter pilots; they expressed d…
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The Ansarullah's Aramco Drone Strike versus "The Real Act of War" against Yemen
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
Pompeo's provocative pronouncement that the Ansarullah's drone strike on Aramco's oil facilities was an "act of war" is extremely hypocritical because it ignores the fact that the Saudis were the ones to initiate the international dimension of the War on …
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Is the "Extinction Rebellion" a Scheme Cooked Up by the Alt-Establishment?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
The so-called "Extinction Rebellion" set to begin later this month with "Global Climate Strikes" could be a scheme cooked up by the Alt-Establishment, which refers to the con game being played by the current power brokers who deceptively misportray themselves …
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Disputing Trump Claims, Japan Says No Evidence Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-19
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters Wednesday that he has not seen any intelligence indicating Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, contradicting Saudi and Trump administration claims about the incident. | "We | …
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Democrats Should Be Talking About How Republicans Have Rigged the Maps
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-19
| As Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and the other leading Democratic presidential contenders prepared to debate in Houston last week, Crystal Mason readied for an important hearing of her own less than 200 miles away. | In 2016, Mason unknowingly committed a crime by casting a provisional ballot. In Texas, citizens with felony convictions are disenfranc…
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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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Would Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?
Medea Benjamin | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-18
If the U.S. military, or Israel or Saudi Arabia, had a viable plan to attack Iran without triggering a wider war, they would have done so long ago.

Would Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/18/iran…

Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-18
If the U.S. military, or Israel or Saudi Arabia, had a viable plan to attack Iran without triggering a wider war, they would have done so long ago.
mintpressnews.com/will-americans-let-tru…

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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