Daily Archives: September 26, 2019

2019-09-26: News Headlines

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-09-27). Report: US-Made Bomb Killed Six Yemeni Civilians, Including Three Children, in June Attack. commondreams.org "It is unfathomable and unconscionable that the U.S.A. continues to feed the conveyor belt of arms flowing into Yemen's devastating conflict." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-09-26). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. democracynow.org Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."

Staff (2019-09-26). Headlines for September 26, 2019. democracynow.org Transcript Shows Trump Pressured Ukrainian Leader to Probe Joe Biden and Son, President Trump on Ukraine Phone Call: "Impeachment for That?", Majority of House Lawmakers Back Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump, Iranian President Rules Out Talks with U.S. While Sanctions Remain, Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Yemen, Israel's President Asks Benjamin Netanyahu to Form New Government, 2 Million Wild Animals Perish as Fires Rage in Bolivia, Climate Crisis Drives Mont Blanc Glacier Toward Collapse, 7 Arrested as San Francisco Climate Protesters Block Wells Fargo Entrance, Doctors Glue Themselves to…

Staff (2019-09-26). Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State. democracynow.org Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…

Eleanor Eagan (2019-09-26). With Impeachment (Slowly) Underway, Other Oversight is Still Needed. counterpunch.org Impeachment proceedings are officially underway, meaning that the tedious debate over whether or not to open an inquiry is (at least, hypothetically) behind us. Following revelations last week that President Trump has taken Congress' refusal to impeach as a blank check, it is even becoming plausible that the days of Nancy Pelosi's ridiculous ongoing opposition More

David Schultz (2019-09-26). The 2020 Democratic Impeachment Strategy and Why it Makes Sense Now. counterpunch.org For so long "If to impeach the president?" was the question, now the question is "When?" Maybe thus far Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision not to pursue impeachment of Donald Trump made electoral sense. But increasingly a 2020 impeachment next summer just as the presidential general election is kicking into high gear makes sense both as More

Staff (2019-09-26). The People Are Revolting at Long Last. truthdig.com For millions of people around the globe — especially young people — the pressing issue of our time is this: The world is on fire! | On fire with climate change, creating a new and intensifying norm of deadly weather extremes that make a dystopian future a distinct possibility — constant wildfires, rising seas, desertification, global crop failures, widespread hunger, water shortages, etc. | Luckily, we are a sentient species with the scientific ability to know that the chief cause of this global destruction is not angry gods, but us — specifically humankind's massive extraction and burning…

G. Dunkel (2019-09-26). Indonesian fires threaten millions. workers.org Over the past few months, fires have destroyed millions of acres of rainforest in Brazil's Amazon region, normally one of the wettest areas in the world, as well as in Indonesia, which has been immersed in the world capitalist economy since the U.S. covertly engineered a military coup there in . . . | Continue reading Indonesian fires threaten millions at Workers.org

Laura Flanders (2019-09-26). Climate Strike/Auto Strike: Same Struggle, Same Fight. counterpunch.org Twenty years after turtles and teamsters teamed up to battle the WTO in Seattle, labor strikes and climate strikes are coinciding everywhere but in the media, and that's dangerous. If history is any guide, any minute now, some two-bit pundit or shameless president will pit workers against environmentalists so as to distract us from the More

Staff (2019-09-26). Corporate Media Ignores Connection Between Militarism and Climate Change. therealnews.com Joe Jamison of the U.S. Peace Council explains that the Pentagon is one of the world's worst polluters.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-26). Tempered Emergency: the Climate Change Summit in New York. counterpunch.org It had a good deal of desperate scolding. Sweden's Greta Thunberg assumed the role of punishing advocate, a Joan of Arc of fury. The main culprit in her speech at the UN Climate Action Summit was the hideous, super ego, the big bad "You", ever condescending, ever indifferent, the "You" of adulthood that had trashed More

Nick Licata (2019-09-26). The Limits of Debating Climate Change. counterpunch.org In a debate one side wins and the other side loses. How many debates end with the losing side agreeing that they were wrong? It doesn't happen. And that is why the climate change debate is not converting deniers into believers. Each side on this issue is focused on rolling over the opposition. The recent More

Staff (2019-09-26). Warming Oceans Are Rising at Alarming Rate, Says New UN Report. therealnews.com The IPCC report concludes that unfettered climate change will cause glaciers to melt, destroy oceanic ecosystems, accelerate sea level rise, and wreak havoc on the earth. Despite all this, our guests say there still is hope.

Kirkpatrick Sale (2019-09-26). The Illusion of Saving the World. counterpunch.org At the end of this month, as you probably know by now, an extraordinary hoopla event will descend on Manhattan in the form of a "Climate Action Summit," summoned by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, to get the nations of the world finally to take seriously the threat of "global warming" and pledge to actually take serious action to save the world from catastrophe. The chances of that happening are nil. More

WSWS (2019-09-26). Washington uses UN session to unveil new sanctions against Iran and Venezuela. wsws.org US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo made it clear that the target of the latest sanctions was not just Iran, but China, which accounts for half of Iran's sharply reduced oil exports.

Colin Todhunter (2019-09-26). Pesticides in the Dock: Ecological Apocalypse But Business as Usual. counterpunch.org The global insect apocalypse is largely the result of intensive agriculture and pesticide usage. One of the biggest impacts of insect loss is on the many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects. If this food source is taken away, all these animals starve to death. Such cascading effects have already been seen in Puerto Rico, where a recent study revealed a 98% fall in ground insects over 35 years. More

Mirinda Crissman (2019-09-26). Thousands reject Modi-Trump racism in Houston. workers.org Thousands of people of many nationalities and religions gathered outside the stadium here Sept. 22 to protest the fascist rally held for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump. Under the guise of signing a trade deal to strengthen economic relations between the countries, both Modi and Trump . . . | Continue reading Thousands reject Modi-Trump racism in Houston at Workers.org

Mats Svensson (2019-09-26). Bewildered in Jerusalem. counterpunch.org It was desolate. Quiet. In the quietness I heard voices, whispers, words being repeated. Words that had been repeated for a long time. "Two states", "peace", "demolitions", "negotiations", "walls", "rocks", "keys", "reconciliation", "resistance", "executions", "we are staying". I had been served repetitions for breakfast, lunch, dinner. They ruined my sleep. They were in every report, in every conversation. More

Leonardo Flores (2019-09-26). Dialogue in Venezuela is a Missed Opportunity for Democrats. counterpunch.org Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela — one More

WSWS (2019-09-26). New York Times publisher warns of a "worldwide assault on journalists" but silent on Julian Assange. wsws.org In a speech warning that the Trump administration was spearheading an attack on media freedom, Sulzberger did not mention the only journalist currently facing criminal prosecution by the American state.

The Canary (2019-09-26). Amazon widens Alexa's reach despite ongoing privacy concerns. thecanary.co Amazon has announced a wave of new virtual assistant-powered devices — including a pair of earphones and glasses — despite ongoing concerns about the privacy of those who use its smart helper, Alexa.The technology giant unveiled a number of new Echo smart speakers, as well as the first wearables to support the voice-activated software — earphones, smart glasses and a ring.Amazon's new Alexa-enabled Echo Frames. (Martyn Landi/PA)Amazon — along with other tech firms with AI assistants — have come under scrutiny about their privacy practices in recent months following revelations about indus…

Tina Stevens — Stuart A. Newman (2019-09-26). Risking Women's Health, While Widening the Door to Techno-Eugenics. counterpunch.org In September, California's legislature passed AB 922, a bill legalizing the payment to women for their eggs for research purposes. Additionally, next year, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is expected to return to the voters to secure passage of an initiative that will supply billions of dollars to fund entrepreneurial bioresearch. If Governor More

Todd Miller (2019-09-26). Trapped in an Empire of Borders. counterpunch.org The driver of the passenger van pulled onto the shoulder of the road, looked back, and said, "There's an immigration checkpoint up ahead. Does everyone have their papers?" We were just north of the Guatemalan border, outside the town of Ciudad Hidalgo in the Mexican state of Chiapas. There were 10 of us in the More

Michael Là∂wy (2019-09-26). The far right: a global phenomenon. mronline.org In recent years, the reactionary, authoritarian and/or fascist extreme right wing has been in the ascendant all over the world: it already governs half of the world's countries. Among the best-known examples are: Trump (United States), Modi (India), Orbán (Hungary), Erdoƒüan (Turkey), Daesh (Islamic State), Salvini (Italy), Duterte (Philippines), and now Bolsonaro (Brazil). | Source

RT (2019-09-26). US Army warns its soldiers that they could be shot by a disgruntled virgin if they go see new movie 'Joker'. rt.com The US Army has ordered its soldiers to stay alert — not in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, but at their local movie theater. The Pentagon reportedly believes that screenings of 'Joker' could be targeted by sex-hungry mass shooters. | Responding to a bulletin issued by the FBI, the US Army advised service members to prepare for the worst if they choose to see the controversial Warner Bros. film. According to an alert emailed to soldiers, the movie could galvanize 'incels,' also known as 'involuntary celibates,' or "guys who can't get dates." | In the message, Army officials stated that incels "idolize the Jo…

Martha Grevatt (2019-09-26). Class war at GM. workers.org The strike of autoworkers at General Motors is just over a week old, but already the class lines are clear. At more than one location, pickets were injured by delivery drivers trying to drive through the lines and into the plants. Police have harassed pickets, and in Spring Hill, Tenn., . . . | Continue reading Class war at GM at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-09-26). Madrid launches "anti-terror" crackdown in Catalonia. wsws.org Spain's Civil Guards have launched a widely publicized "anti-terror" police operation against Catalan nationalist activists, code-named "Operation Judes."

Jesse Jackson (2019-09-26). Workers are Asking, Whose Side Are You On? counterpunch.org More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center went out on strike last week, but they are not alone. American workers are waking up and walking out. On Sept. 15, 46,000 hourly General Motors' United Auto Workers employees went on strike, the first time in 12 years. Striking British Airway pilots grounded More

Scott Owen (2019-09-26). No Help for the Homeless, Please! counterpunch.org After reading the news, I find Trumps recent comments regarding America's homeless particularly appalling, scary and dangerous. According to Trump the homeless are "living on our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings, where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes." "How the hell can we get these people off the streets?" More

Nelson Valdes (2019-09-26). Cuba, OFAC, Fines and Extraterritoriality. counterpunch.org Those of us who follow events going on in Cuba—as well as Cuba's international relations — should discuss the extraterritorial power that the US Treasury Department has to impose huge financial fines on non US foreign financial institutions. To my knowledge there has been little discussion as to the reasons that foreign financial institutions accept the extraterritorial powers of More

Lawrence Wittner (2019-09-26). The Two Internationalisms. counterpunch.org In recent years, internationalism—cooperation among nations for promotion of the common good—has acquired a bad reputation. Of course, internationalism has long been anathema to the political Right, where a primitive tribalism and its successor, nationalism, have flourished for many years. Focusing on their nation's supposed superiority to others, a long line of rightwing demagogues, including More

Hans Stehling (2019-09-26). Ankle Deep in Britain's Dirty Politics. Brutal Verbal Exchange in House of Commons. globalresearch.ca 'Bully, mobster, yob, ruffian, criminal, roughneck, gangster, hoodlum ..' | Just some of the adjectives used to describe each of the current leaders in both London and Washington. | In an unprecedented and brutal verbal exchange, politicians in the House of Commons …

WSWS (2019-09-26). Bangladesh warns UN officials over Rohingya refugees. wsws.org The Bangladesh government is determined to relocate Rohingya refugees to an unsafe and remote island in defiance of opposition from the UN and human rights organisations.

Fight Back (2019-09-26). "Suicide by cop" is murder by cop. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! is circulating statement by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar | Minneapolis, MN – Keaton James Larson, Travis Jordan, Billy Hughes, Archer Amorosi and Phil Quinn are a few of the many Minnesotans who were dealing with a mental health crisis when killed by those who are paid to "protect and serve," leading some to ask the question "Were the victims suicidal?" | The question should not be "Was the victim suicidal?" but "Would the victim be alive if the police had handled the situation more appropriately?" In the case of Brian Quinones, killed on September 9 by police in Richfield, the answer…

Staff (2019-09-26). "Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him. democracynow.org As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…

The Canary (2019-09-26). PM wrong to use Jo Cox's name in that way, says sister of murdered MP. thecanary.co The sister of murdered MP Jo Cox has called on prime minister Boris Johnson to reflect on his language, saying he was wrong to tell MPs they should honour her sister's memory by delivering Brexit. | Kim Leadbeater said she was "mesmerised and dumbstruck" as she watched the events in the Commons on 25 September. | There was uproar in the house as the prime minister rejected calls to temper his language, and said the best way to honour ardent Remainer Cox was to "get Brexit done". | Johnson had dismissed as "humbug" Labour MP Paula Sherriff's claim that like Cox, who was killed by a man with far-right sympathies ju…

Zoà´ Carpenter (2019-09-26). The Climate Movement Breaks Through. thenation.com The Climate Movement Breaks Through…

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-09-26). The Tragic Logic of the Attacks on the Saudi Oil Plants. thenation.com The Tragic Logic of the Attacks on the Saudi Oil Plants…

Nathan Goldman (2019-09-26). A New Generation of Jewish Activists Is Transforming Judaism Itself. thenation.com A New Generation of Jewish Activists Is Transforming Judaism Itself…

Climate Strike NOW! (2019-09-26). Youth Organizers lead 40,000 Marchers Across San Francisco/Make Demands for Climate Action. indybay.org On September 20, a crowd of nearly 40,000 demonstrators marched from Nancy Pelosi's office at the San Francisco Federal Building to Embarcadero Plaza, calling for immediate climate action. | [Photos: Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-09-26). Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine. counterpunch.org Experience has taught Palestinians not to pay heed to Israeli elections. But to every rule there is an exception. Although it is still true that no Israeli Zionist leader has ever been kind to the Palestinian people, the dynamics of the latest Israeli elections on September 17 are likely to affect the Occupied Palestinian Territories More

susan_p (2019-09-26). 'We are a wave of change' say New York climate strikers. greenleft.org.au climate action Barry SheppardIssue 1239 United States student strike for climate SS4CSeptember 26, 2019I had no idea that September 20 would be so huge. Greta Thunberg said to a reporter as she…

Fred_F (2019-09-26). School strikers take aim at Morrison, vow to continue. greenleft.org.au Climate Strike climate action Pip HinmanIssue 1239 AustraliaSeptember 26, 2019″The student strikes have been phenomenal — surreal at times," Sydney high school student Chloe Russell-Alexander told Green Left Weekly reflecting on the huge Climate Strike that saw…

Labor Video Project (2019-09-26). ILWU Local 10 West Oakland Community Meeting Speak Out On Fisher A's Stadium Scheme. indybay.org At a community labor meeting in West Oakland Speakers and community and labor people spoke out against A's billionaire owner John Fisher's scheme to build a new stadium on port property and with a hotel and 4,000 $1 million condos. | Also Democratic politicians Nancy Skinner and Ron Bonta have pushed state legislation to help the billionaire Fisher to raise taxes to pay for his development project…

Demand Banks Defund Climate Extinction (2019-09-26). Climate Activists Shut Banks and Blocks of SF Financial District. indybay.org 7 protesters were arrested during a demonstration which blocked streets and buildings in San Francisco's Financial District on September 25. Demonstrators targeted banks including Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and US Bank, demanding that they stop all funding of fossil fuel producing businesses.

Defund Fossil Fuels (2019-09-26). 7 Climate Activists Arrested for Blocking Major Banks in SF. indybay.org Arrests at September 25 Direct Action. | [Photos: Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo, please credit the photographer]…

Lynda Carson (2019-09-26). Mountain Mike's Pizza supports the NRA, a domestic terrorist organization. indybay.org Mountain Mike's Pizza LLC, a Delaware corporation, has numerous locations including Oakland CA., Berkeley, Alameda, Livermore, Santa Rosa, Fremont, San Carlos, Antioch, and other locations, is a proud supporter of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a domestic terrorist organization!

UUSF Forum (2019-09-26). Rev. Arlington Trotman on Racism and Immigration. indybay.org First Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco…

Kepler's Literary Foundation (2019-09-26). Naomi Klein, new book "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal" (San Mateo). indybay.org San Mateo Performing Arts Center: 600 N Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-26). Sanders Rips 'Casual Cruelty That Motivates Trump and His Billionaire Friends' as White House Moves to Strip Free School Lunches From 500,000 Kids. commondreams.org "Trump is depriving 500,000 kids of their school lunches for no damn reason—even after 139 members of Congress warned him not to." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stephen Lendman (2019-09-25). The Trump Impeachment Inquiry Scam. globalresearch.ca Most all actions by both right wings of the US one-party state are politically motivated. | They're united when it comes to unlawfully advancing America's imperium by brute force and other hostile means, supporting privileged interests over the general welfare, and …

RT (2019-09-25). Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term. rt.com The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…

Staff (2019-09-25). Trump's Impeachment Will Be a Political War That Can Be Won. therealnews.com The Nation's Elie Mystal and By The People's Alexandra Flores-Quilty look at the political struggle around impeachment as a battle for the soul and future of the nation.

WSWS (2019-09-25). House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. wsws.org The action is a major escalation in the factional warfare within the US ruling elite, which revolves largely around differences over foreign policy.

Staff (2019-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump, IPCC: World Must Cut Greenhouse Emissions or Face Catastrophic Sea Level Rise, Bolsonaro Faces Condemnation For Defending Deforestation of Amazon in U.N. Speech, Trump Denounces Iran, Venezuela & Calls for Countries to Embrace Nationalism at U.N., Pakistani PM Demands World to Address Crisis in Kashmir, U.K. Parliament Reconvenes After Court Declares Boris Johnson's Parliament Suspension Illegal, Egyptian Authorities Arrest At Least 900 Following Anti-Government Protests, Spain to Exhume Body of Former Dictator Francisco Franco from State Mausoleum, Nig…

RT (2019-09-25). As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding. rt.com President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…

RT (2019-09-25). Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move. rt.com Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…

Victor Grossman (2019-09-25). The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and Impeachment. counterpunch.org The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. Has anyone noticed how often the media, in condemning Trump's treachery, swiftly and inconspicuously brush off the "unsubstantiated" and "vague" accusations against Hunter More

Peter Koenig (2019-09-25). Peace versus Climate. dissidentvoice.org Monday, 23 September, the UN in New York hosted a special meeting on Climate Change. There were massive predominantly youth demonstrations of tens of thousands around the globe, many of them in New York, one of them led by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old climate activist, who is sponsored mostly by Soros and his clan …

Staff (2019-09-25). Activists Shut Down DC Streets as Climate Activism Heats Up. truthout.org | | Maybe there's hope after all. | It was in the mid-80s Monday morning in Washington, D.C., on the first day of autumn. By afternoon, the temperature soared to 93°F (34°C) in this hottest year on record, ominously underlining the urgency of #ShutdownDC's climate change protest. | Building on Friday's youth-led climate strike, which saw 4 million people protesting worldwide, Monday's action was intended to disrupt business-as-usual in the nation's capital to highlight the climate crisis. Liz Butle…

Aída Chávez (2019-09-25). Public Retirement Funds and Universities Are Financing Empower Texans, a Far-Right Lobbying Group, New Report Reveals. theintercept.com Empower Texans, which receives most of its funding from oil and gas billionaire Tim Dunn, has put over $9 million into Texas electoral politics.

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished. telesurenglish.net Indonesian palm oil and pulp companies involved in forest fires between 2015 and 2018 have gone unpunished, Greenpeace denounced on Tuesday. | RELATED: | 20 People Killed in Protests in Indonesia's West Papua | The non-profit organization grounded its accusations on "burn scar" analysis of satellite images that showed that between 2015 and 2018, 3.4 million hectares of land was burnt. | The findings were then compared to concession data relating to pulp and palm oil companies and sanct…

Staff (2019-09-25). Facing Climate Crisis, Senators Have Millions Invested in Fossil Fuel Companies. truthout.org | | This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.As the United States Senate fails to act on catastrophic climate change, dozens of its members are profiting from investments in oil, gas, and coal companies that are fue…

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Glacier on Mont Blanc Close to Collapse. telesurenglish.net A glacier of a quarter of a million cubic meters of ice is at risk of sliding off the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses peak in the Italian portion of the massif of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain range, BBC reported. | RELATED | Young Climate Activists Held World Leaders Accountable at UN | This Tuesday Stefano Miserocchi, Mayor of the nearby town of Courmayeur, signed an order closing roads and evacuating homes and mountain refuges in the area. He said…

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-09-25). The Global Climate Movement is Failing: Why? globalresearch.ca It has been satisfying to note the significant response to two recent climate campaigns: the actions, including the recent Global Climate Strike, initiated by school students inspired by Greta Thunberg and the climate actions organized by Extinction Rebellion. | While delighted …

Staff (2019-09-25). The Right Attacks Greta Thunberg, But Climate Strike Inspires Humanity. therealnews.com Real News climate correspondents Dharna Noor and Dimitri Lascaris discuss the UN Climate Summit, the past week's climate justice demonstrations, Greta Thunberg's presence and attacks against her, and the promise of this movement.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-25). Tempered Emergency: The Climate Change Summit in New York. globalresearch.ca It had a good deal of desperate scolding. Sweden's Greta Thunberg assumed the role of punishing advocate, a Joan of Arc of fury. The main culprit in her speech at the UN Climate Action Summit was the hideous, super ego, …

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Brazil: 10 States Pledge to Respect the Climate Paris Agreement. telesurenglish.net Brazil's North East Consortium (CN) spokesperson Paulo Camara on Tuesday announced that ten Brazilian states pledged in New York to respect and implement the Paris Agreement, independent of what President Jair Bolsonaro thinks or decides regarding global climate change. | RELATED: | 'Neoliberalism Deteriorates Human Rights in Brazil': Report | "In response to the recoil risks [in environmental protection] generated by the Federal government, the Brazilian states have decided to assum…

F. William Engdahl (2019-09-25). Climate and the Money Trail. globalresearch.ca Climate. Now who wudda thought. The very mega-corporations and mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy over recent decades, whose pursuit of shareholder value and cost reduction who have wreaked so much damage to our environment both in the …

Olivia Rosane (2019-09-25). UN climate action summit falls 'woefully short' of expectations. nationofchange.org The promises made by major economies at the UN Climate Action Summit fell "woefully short" of what is needed to address the climate crisis, The New York Times reported Monday. China did not increase its commitments under the Paris agreement, India made no pledge to reduce its use of coal and the U.S. did not speak at all. "Their lack of ambition …

RT (2019-09-25). Placido Domingo leaves Macbeth production at New York's Met as venue pressured to fire him before sexual harassment probe over. rt.com Placido Domingo said the "climate in which people are condemned without due process" has cast a shadow over his colleagues, so he's dropping out of an upcoming production, vowing to never again perform at the Metropolitan Opera. | Domingo announced the decision on Tuesday, just one day before the opening of 'Macbeth' at the Metropolitan Opera, in which the renowned tenor-turned-baritone was slated to star in the title role. | While several US venues turned Domingo down when allegations of sexual misconduct first surfaced last month, the Met stood by the singer, waiting for the outcome of the investigations lau…

Bahman Fozouni (2019-09-25). US-Iran Relations: Bolton's "Maximum Pressure" Policy Is The Illegitimate Child Of Diplomacy. globalresearch.ca The September 14 strikes against Saudi Arabia's Khurais oilfield and Abqaiq processing facility, which the U.S. government quickly pinned on Iran, as well as President Trump's decision to substantially increase sanctions against Iran in response, are sobering reminders that the …

South Front (2019-09-25). Why Patriot Missiles Are Useless. globalresearch.ca Missile strikes that shut down a half of Saudi oil production not only marked a new round of escalation in the Persian Gulf, but also revealed the limitations of the Kingdom's air defense. Over the past years, Saudi Arabia, the …

WSWS (2019-09-25). European powers endorse US war provocations against Iran. wsws.org Berlin, London and Paris endorsed US allegations that the recent attack in Saudi Arabia was an Iranian act of war, without providing any concrete evidence whatsoever.

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-09-25). Why Doesn't India Follow China's Iranian Oil Policy? globalresearch.ca Iran's ambassador to India claimed that the U.S. urges New Delhi to suspend its Iranian oil purchases, worth about $5 billion a year, through the threat of sanctions. The Iranian ambassador also called for India to become more active in …

Jon Rainwater (2019-09-25). Take Action to Avoid War with Iran. peaceaction.org photo credit Dear Groundswell Readers, We have to keep pushing Congress this week if we want to avoid war with Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said recently that the U.K. might join a U.S.-led military effort in the Gulf. When other nations step up to join the "coalition of the willing" it's often a bad sign. …

commondreams (2019-09-25). Activists Disrupt US and Israeli Officials at NYC Event Calling for War with Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

George Ochenski (2019-09-25). The Grim Predictions for the Future Have Arrived. counterpunch.org For those who may still believe the drivel spouted by Trump that global warming is a "Chinese hoax," perhaps the release of the latest study showing bird populations in North America have plummeted 29 percent in the last 50 years. In real numbers, that means there are a stunning three billion fewer birds in the U.S. and Canada than the 10 billion that were here in 1970. While insecticides and large-scale habitat destruction for extractive industries are identified as the major cause, the changes wrought by human-caused global warming are also responsible for this unconscionable destruction of the world's avian po…

Andre Vltchek (2019-09-25). Hong Kong is Scared — of the Rioters. globalresearch.ca It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. | Now, after Hong …

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-25). Washington Gives Guaido $52M in Funding, Slaps Venezuela with New Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The new aid package dovetailed with fresh sanctions targeting Venezuela-Cuba oil shipping.

Staff (2019-09-25). Democrats Are Blowing A Huge Opportunity on Venezuela. truthdig.com Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela—one perspective from the Washington political establishment, the other from Venezuelans. | The Trump administration has applied brutal economic sanctions on Venezuela that functionally create a…

Nick Turse (2019-09-25). More U.S. Commandos Are Fighting Invisible Wars in the Middle East. theintercept.com The percentage of commandos deployed to the Middle East is on the rise, according to new statistics provided to The Intercept by U.S. Special Operations Command. On average, more than 4,000 Special Operations forces — Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and Marine Corps Raiders among them — are deployed to the region each week, more than anywhere else in the world. | The increase comes at a time when the United States is apparently planning a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, despite a peace agreement with the Taliban having f…

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Brazilian Amazon Chief Raoni: 'Bolsonaro Should Go'. telesurenglish.net Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Wednesday his people would not leave the Amazon and called on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to step down, a day after the head of state accused him of being a pawn to foreign interests. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Media for Hyping Amazon Fire | A top Indigenous chief in Brazil was welcomed by opposition lawmakers with ovations and tribal chants at the nation's Congress, which he addressed and…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-25). The other Ukraine scandal: US support for neo-Nazis fuels far-right terror at home. thegrayzone.com Aaron Maté speaks with Ben Norton about how a far-right US soldier arrested by the FBI for plotting domestic bomb…

Finian Cunningham (2019-09-25). They're Murdering My Son: Father of Julian Assange Tells of Pain and Anguish. mintpressnews.com John Shipton, the father of imprisoned whistleblower Julian Assange, says that if his son is extradited to the US, "They will murder Julian one way or the other."

Staff (2019-09-25). Powerful Forces Cause Fires in Brazil, Beyond the Amazon. therealnews.com The policies of Brazil's right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are provoking more forest fires and deforestation, not only in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental activists are now trying to counter the trend by engaging in reforestation.

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Lula's Defense Denied Request to Include Intercept Messages. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian court today denied a new request by the defense of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to include the messages published by the Intercept news site, in the case of the Atibaia site in Sao Paulo. | RELATED: | Brazilian Amazon Chief Raoni: 'Bolsonaro Should Go' | In the decision, the eighth chamber of the Federal Regional Court of the Fourth Region, based in the southern city of Porto Alegre, followed a vote by Judge Joà£o Pedro Gebran Neto. | For the magistrate, the c…

commondreams (2019-09-25). Amazon's Annual Product Launch Fails to Address Privacy and Surveillance Concerns. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sabri àñncຠ(2019-09-25). Are We Approaching the End of Super Imperialism? counterpunch.org Congratulating Oldrich Oldrich Vasicek is an old friend. When I started my "quant" career in bonds in January 1994 in Walnut Creek, California, Oldrich was there. A recently graduated mathematics Ph.D. was I then, I received my first real-life finance education from him. Oldrich, a statistician by trait, is famous for developing the first theory More

Saad Hafiz (2019-09-25). The Boys in the Boots. counterpunch.org Pakistan's generals should be happy men. They are the self-appointed guardians of the state with an iron grip on the country. Instead of a social welfare democracy seen by the founding fathers, Pakistan has become a national security state. Sixty years after the coup d'état that brought General Ayub Khan to power in 1958, the civilian leadership More

Rev. William Alberts (2019-09-25). From Extinguished to Distinguished. counterpunch.org In 1973, at age 46, my character was assassinated and I was forcibly retired by The United Methodist Church's then Southern New England Conference after performing the marriage of two male members of Boston's Old West Church, where I had been minister for eight years. On September 18, 2019, forty-six years later, at almost 93 More

Rashmee Kumar (2019-09-25). The Network of Hindu Nationalists Behind Modi's "Diaspora Diplomacy" in the U.S. theintercept.com When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump held up their clasped hands on stage in Houston this past weekend, more than 50,000 people who had been awaiting the pair burst into a loud rumble of approval. The crowd at NRG Stadium, brandishing Indian flags and pictures of the prime minister, greeted them with chants of "Modi" and "USA." Some attendees were dressed in their finest saris adorned with thick gold necklaces and jingling bangles, while others wore their love for Modi on their sleeves. | Modi gushed profusely about Trump — the president was warm, friendly, energetic, "fu…

The Canary (2019-09-25). Facebook posts by politicians can break usual rules, says Nick Clegg. thecanary.co Facebook posts by MPs can break the usual rules on the social network because they are newsworthy, according to the tech giant's communications head Nick Clegg.Speaking at the Atlantic Festival in Washington DC on Tuesday, the former deputy prime minister made clear that "it is not our role to intervene when politicians speak"."We do not submit speech by politicians to our independent fact-checkers and we generally allow it on the platform even when it would otherwise breach our normal content rules," he explained.However, Clegg warned that the social network will still evaluate whether the public interest of…

Bill Meyer (2019-09-25). Toronto International Film Festival unveils daring comedy satire 'Jojo Rabbit'. peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Certainly the hottest ticket at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was the daring comedy satire Jojo Rabbit by New Zealander comedian Taika Waititi. Tickets were sold out well in advance for this "over the top" comedy which ended up winning the People's Choice Award—in a festival with more than 350 films! The comedy …

The Canary (2019-09-25). Hinkley nuclear power station costs increase by up to £3bn. thecanary.co The cost of building the new nuclear power station at Hinkley is estimated to increase by between £1.9bn and £2.9bn.French energy giant EDF said the plant in Somerset will now cost between £21.5bn and £22.5bn.The company said the cost increases reflect "challenging ground conditions" which made earthworks more expensive than anticipated.Work is well under way at the site, and EDF said it expects the plant to begin generating power at the end of 2025 (Ben Birchall/PA)Action plan targets have been revised and extra costs are needed to implement the completed functional design, which has been…

Syria News (2019-09-25). US Supported "Rebels" Fired Live Rounds at Syrian Families in Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca Syrian families held captive by Trump Regime Forces and their ISIS affiliates of Maghaweer Thawra terrorists at al-Rukban Concentration Camp went out of their tents in the high heat of the desert…

Michael Green (2019-09-25). Trump threatens to veto first-ever congressional action on "forever chemicals" nationofchange.org A handful of multibillion-dollar chemical companies have waged war on our bodies and our environment for nearly 70 years without our knowledge or consent. Although the federal government—tasked with protecting the public and upholding the law—became aware of this chemical assault 20 years ago, it chose to conceal the truth, downplay the threat, and expand …

Prof. Steven Tufts (2019-09-25). Pension Plans Should Not Invest in Companies That Harm Working People. globalresearch.ca Of all the gains unions have made for workers, the ability to retire with dignity and a pension is perhaps the most valued. Last year employers and employees in Canada contributed over $70-billion to registered pension plans (RPP). It is …

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-09-25). Labour pledges to abolish immigration detention centres in historic conference vote. thecanary.co The Labour Party has passed a historic vote on immigration policy at its party conference in Brighton. The second-to-last vote on 25 September included a commitment to "close all detention centres", "reject any immigration system based on incomes" or a person's "utility to business", and "scrap all Hostile Environment measures". | The Canary was in attendance at the moment conference passed the vote to massive cheers and claps from across the hall. | A break from from Labour's "very awful record": | Joanna Gowers, a delegate for Finchley and Golders Green CLP, called the vote "the most radical immigration…

WSWS (2019-09-25). FBI arrests US soldier with far-right ties. wsws.org A US Army specialist was arrested on Saturday by the FBI and charged with one count of distributing information over social media related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.

2019-09-26: Social Media Postees

Report: US-Made Bomb Killed Six Yemeni Civilians, Including Three Children, in June Attack
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
"It is unfathomable and unconscionable that the U.S.A. continues to feed the conveyor belt of arms flowing into Yemen's devastating conflict." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_sn…

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_sn…

With Impeachment (Slowly) Underway, Other Oversight is Still Needed
Eleanor Eagan | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
Impeachment proceedings are officially underway, meaning that the tedious debate over whether or not to open an inquiry is (at least, hypothetically) behind us. Following revelations last week that President Trump has taken Congress' refusal to impeach as a blank check, it is even becoming plausible that the days of Nancy Pelosi's ridiculous ongoing opposition…
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The 2020 Democratic Impeachment Strategy and Why it Makes Sense Now
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
For so long "If to impeach the president?" was the question, now the question is "When?" Maybe thus far Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision not to pursue impeachment of Donald Trump made electoral sense. But increasingly a 2020 impeachment next summer just as the presidential general election is kicking into high gear makes sense both as…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/the-2020-dem…

The People Are Revolting at Long Last
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-26
For millions of people around the globe — especially young people — the pressing issue of our time is this: The world is on fire! | On fire with climate change, creating a new and intensifying norm of deadly weather extremes that make a dystopian future a distinct possibility — constant wildfires, rising seas, desertification, global crop failures, widespread hunger, water shortages, etc. | Luckily, we are a sentient species with the scientific ability to know that the chief cause of this global destruction is not angry gods, but us — specifically humankind's massive extraction and burning…
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Indonesian fires threaten millions
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2019-09-26
Over the past few months, fires have destroyed millions of acres of rainforest in Brazil's Amazon region, normally one of the wettest areas in the world, as well as in Indonesia, which has been immersed in the world capitalist economy since the U.S. covertly engineered a military coup there in . . . | Continue reading Indonesian fires threaten millions at Workers.org
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Climate Strike/Auto Strike: Same Struggle, Same Fight
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
Twenty years after turtles and teamsters teamed up to battle the WTO in Seattle, labor strikes and climate strikes are coinciding everywhere but in the media, and that's dangerous. If history is any guide, any minute now, some two-bit pundit or shameless president will pit workers against environmentalists so as to distract us from the…
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Corporate Media Ignores Connection Between Militarism and Climate Change
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-26
Joe Jamison of the U.S. Peace Council explains that the Pentagon is one of the world's worst polluters.
therealnews.com/stories/corporate-media-…

Tempered Emergency: the Climate Change Summit in New York
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
It had a good deal of desperate scolding. Sweden's Greta Thunberg assumed the role of punishing advocate, a Joan of Arc of fury. The main culprit in her speech at the UN Climate Action Summit was the hideous, super ego, the big bad "You", ever condescending, ever indifferent, the "You" of adulthood that had trashed…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/tempered-eme…

The Limits of Debating Climate Change
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
In a debate one side wins and the other side loses. How many debates end with the losing side agreeing that they were wrong? It doesn't happen. And that is why the climate change debate is not converting deniers into believers. Each side on this issue is focused on rolling over the opposition. The recent…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/the-limits-o…

Warming Oceans Are Rising at Alarming Rate, Says New UN Report
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-26
The IPCC report concludes that unfettered climate change will cause glaciers to melt, destroy oceanic ecosystems, accelerate sea level rise, and wreak havoc on the earth. Despite all this, our guests say there still is hope.
therealnews.com/stories/warming-oceans-a…

The Illusion of Saving the World
Kirkpatrick Sale | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
At the end of this month, as you probably know by now, an extraordinary hoopla event will descend on Manhattan in the form of a "Climate Action Summit," summoned by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, to get the nations of the world finally to take seriously the threat of "global warming" and pledge to actually take serious action to save the world from catastrophe. The chances of that happening are nil.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/the-illusion…

Washington uses UN session to unveil new sanctions against Iran and Venezuela
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo made it clear that the target of the latest sanctions was not just Iran, but China, which accounts for half of Iran's sharply reduced oil exports.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/irve…

Pesticides in the Dock: Ecological Apocalypse But Business as Usual
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
The global insect apocalypse is largely the result of intensive agriculture and pesticide usage. One of the biggest impacts of insect loss is on the many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects. If this food source is taken away, all these animals starve to death. Such cascading effects have already been seen in Puerto Rico, where a recent study revealed a 98% fall in ground insects over 35 years.
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Bewildered in Jerusalem
Mats Svensson | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
It was desolate. Quiet. In the quietness I heard voices, whispers, words being repeated. Words that had been repeated for a long time. "Two states", "peace", "demolitions", "negotiations", "walls", "rocks", "keys", "reconciliation", "resistance", "executions", "we are staying". I had been served repetitions for breakfast, lunch, dinner. They ruined my sleep. They were in every report, in every conversation.
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Dialogue in Venezuela is a Missed Opportunity for Democrats
Leonardo Flores | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela — one…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/dialogue-in-…

New York Times publisher warns of a "worldwide assault on journalists" but silent on Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
In a speech warning that the Trump administration was spearheading an attack on media freedom, Sulzberger did not mention the only journalist currently facing criminal prosecution by the American state.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/assa…

Amazon widens Alexa's reach despite ongoing privacy concerns
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-26
Amazon has announced a wave of new virtual assistant-powered devices — including a pair of earphones and glasses — despite ongoing concerns about the privacy of those who use its smart helper, Alexa.The technology giant unveiled a number of new Echo smart speakers, as well as the first wearables to support the voice-activated software — earphones, smart glasses and a ring.Amazon's new Alexa-enabled Echo Frames. (Martyn Landi/PA)Amazon — along with other tech firms with AI assistants — have come under scrutiny about their privacy practices in recent months following revelations about indus…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/20…

Madrid launches "anti-terror" crackdown in Catalonia
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
Spain's Civil Guards have launched a widely publicized "anti-terror" police operation against Catalan nationalist activists, code-named "Operation Judes."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/madr…

Risking Women's Health, While Widening the Door to Techno-Eugenics
Tina Stevens — Stuart A. Newman | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
In September, California's legislature passed AB 922, a bill legalizing the payment to women for their eggs for research purposes. Additionally, next year, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is expected to return to the voters to secure passage of an initiative that will supply billions of dollars to fund entrepreneurial bioresearch. If Governor…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/risking-wome…

Trapped in an Empire of Borders
Todd Miller | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
The driver of the passenger van pulled onto the shoulder of the road, looked back, and said, "There's an immigration checkpoint up ahead. Does everyone have their papers?" We were just north of the Guatemalan border, outside the town of Ciudad Hidalgo in the Mexican state of Chiapas. There were 10 of us in the…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/trapped-in-a…

The far right: a global phenomenon
Michael Là∂wy | mronline.org | 2019-09-26
In recent years, the reactionary, authoritarian and/or fascist extreme right wing has been in the ascendant all over the world: it already governs half of the world's countries. Among the best-known examples are: Trump (United States), Modi (India), Orbán (Hungary), Erdoƒüan (Turkey), Daesh (Islamic State), Salvini (Italy), Duterte (Philippines), and now Bolsonaro (Brazil). | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/25/the-far-right-a-…

The Two Internationalisms
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
In recent years, internationalism–cooperation among nations for promotion of the common good–has acquired a bad reputation. Of course, internationalism has long been anathema to the political Right, where a primitive tribalism and its successor, nationalism, have flourished for many years. Focusing on their nation's supposed superiority to others, a long line of rightwing demagogues, including…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/the-two-inte…

Cuba, OFAC, Fines and Extraterritoriality
Nelson Valdes | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
Those of us who follow events going on in Cuba–as well as Cuba's international relations — should discuss the extraterritorial power that the US Treasury Department has to impose huge financial fines on non US foreign financial institutions. To my knowledge there has been little discussion as to the reasons that foreign financial institutions accept the extraterritorial powers of…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/cuba-ofac-fi…

Workers are Asking, Whose Side Are You On?
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center went out on strike last week, but they are not alone. American workers are waking up and walking out. On Sept. 15, 46,000 hourly General Motors' United Auto Workers employees went on strike, the first time in 12 years. Striking British Airway pilots grounded…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/workers-are-…

No Help for the Homeless, Please!
Scott Owen | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
After reading the news, I find Trumps recent comments regarding America's homeless particularly appalling, scary and dangerous. According to Trump the homeless are "living on our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings, where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes." "How the hell can we get these people off the streets?"
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Ankle Deep in Britain's Dirty Politics. Brutal Verbal Exchange in House of Commons
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-26
'Bully, mobster, yob, ruffian, criminal, roughneck, gangster, hoodlum ..' | Just some of the adjectives used to describe each of the current leaders in both London and Washington. | In an unprecedented and brutal verbal exchange, politicians in the House of Commons …
globalresearch.ca/ankle-deep-in-britains…

US Army warns its soldiers that they could be shot by a disgruntled virgin if they go see new movie 'Joker'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The US Army has ordered its soldiers to stay alert — not in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, but at their local movie theater. The Pentagon reportedly believes that screenings of 'Joker' could be targeted by sex-hungry mass shooters. | Responding to a bulletin issued by the FBI, the US Army advised service members to prepare for the worst if they choose to see the controversial Warner Bros. film. According to an alert emailed to soldiers, the movie could galvanize 'incels,' also known as 'involuntary celibates,' or "guys who can't get dates." | In the message, Army officials stated that incels "idolize the Jo…
rt.com/usa/469666-military-incels-shooti…

Class war at GM
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2019-09-26
The strike of autoworkers at General Motors is just over a week old, but already the class lines are clear. At more than one location, pickets were injured by delivery drivers trying to drive through the lines and into the plants. Police have harassed pickets, and in Spring Hill, Tenn., . . . | Continue reading Class war at GM at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/09/26/class-war-at-gm/

Bangladesh warns UN officials over Rohingya refugees
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
The Bangladesh government is determined to relocate Rohingya refugees to an unsafe and remote island in defiance of opposition from the UN and human rights organisations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/bang…

"Suicide by cop" is murder by cop
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-26
Fight Back! is circulating statement by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar | Minneapolis, MN – Keaton James Larson, Travis Jordan, Billy Hughes, Archer Amorosi and Phil Quinn are a few of the many Minnesotans who were dealing with a mental health crisis when killed by those who are paid to "protect and serve," leading some to ask the question "Were the victims suicidal?" | The question should not be "Was the victim suicidal?" but "Would the victim be alive if the police had handled the situation more appropriately?" In the case of Brian Quinones, killed on September 9 by police in Richfield, the answer…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/25/suicide-…

"Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_sn…

Sanders Rips 'Casual Cruelty That Motivates Trump and His Billionaire Friends' as White House Moves to Strip Free School Lunches From 500,000 Kids
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-26
"Trump is depriving 500,000 kids of their school lunches for no damn reason—even after 139 members of Congress warned him not to." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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PM wrong to use Jo Cox's name in that way, says sister of murdered MP
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-26
The sister of murdered MP Jo Cox has called on prime minister Boris Johnson to reflect on his language, saying he was wrong to tell MPs they should honour her sister's memory by delivering Brexit. | Kim Leadbeater said she was "mesmerised and dumbstruck" as she watched the events in the Commons on 25 September. | There was uproar in the house as the prime minister rejected calls to temper his language, and said the best way to honour ardent Remainer Cox was to "get Brexit done". | Johnson had dismissed as "humbug" Labour MP Paula Sherriff's claim that like Cox, who was killed by a man with far-right sympathies ju…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/09/26/pm-wrong…

The Climate Movement Breaks Through
Zoà´ Carpenter | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The Climate Movement Breaks Through…
thenation.com/article/climate-strikes-gr…

The Tragic Logic of the Attacks on the Saudi Oil Plants
Ben Ehrenreich | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The Tragic Logic of the Attacks on the Saudi Oil Plants…
thenation.com/article/yemen-saudi-oil/

A New Generation of Jewish Activists Is Transforming Judaism Itself
Nathan Goldman | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
A New Generation of Jewish Activists Is Transforming Judaism Itself…
thenation.com/article/bds-anti-zionist-a…

Youth Organizers lead 40,000 Marchers Across San Francisco/Make Demands for Climate Action
Climate Strike NOW! | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
On September 20, a crowd of nearly 40,000 demonstrators marched from Nancy Pelosi's office at the San Francisco Federal Building to Embarcadero Plaza, calling for immediate climate action. | [Photos: Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]…
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Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
Experience has taught Palestinians not to pay heed to Israeli elections. But to every rule there is an exception. Although it is still true that no Israeli Zionist leader has ever been kind to the Palestinian people, the dynamics of the latest Israeli elections on September 17 are likely to affect the Occupied Palestinian Territories…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/netanyahu-on…

'We are a wave of change' say New York climate strikers
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-26
climate action Barry SheppardIssue 1239 United States student strike for climate SS4CSeptember 26, 2019I had no idea that September 20 would be so huge. Greta Thunberg said to a reporter as she…
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School strikers take aim at Morrison, vow to continue
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-26
Climate Strike climate action Pip HinmanIssue 1239 AustraliaSeptember 26, 2019″The student strikes have been phenomenal — surreal at times," Sydney high school student Chloe Russell-Alexander told Green Left Weekly reflecting on the huge Climate Strike that saw…
greenleft.org.au/content/school-strikers…

ILWU Local 10 West Oakland Community Meeting Speak Out On Fisher A's Stadium Scheme
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
At a community labor meeting in West Oakland Speakers and community and labor people spoke out against A's billionaire owner John Fisher's scheme to build a new stadium on port property and with a hotel and 4,000 $1 million condos. | Also Democratic politicians Nancy Skinner and Ron Bonta have pushed state legislation to help the billionaire Fisher to raise taxes to pay for his development project…
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Climate Activists Shut Banks and Blocks of SF Financial District
Demand Banks Defund Climate Extinction | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
7 protesters were arrested during a demonstration which blocked streets and buildings in San Francisco's Financial District on September 25. Demonstrators targeted banks including Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and US Bank, demanding that they stop all funding of fossil fuel producing businesses.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/26/1882671…

7 Climate Activists Arrested for Blocking Major Banks in SF
Defund Fossil Fuels | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
Arrests at September 25 Direct Action. | [Photos: Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo, please credit the photographer]…
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Mountain Mike's Pizza supports the NRA, a domestic terrorist organization
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
Mountain Mike's Pizza LLC, a Delaware corporation, has numerous locations including Oakland CA., Berkeley, Alameda, Livermore, Santa Rosa, Fremont, San Carlos, Antioch, and other locations, is a proud supporter of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a domestic terrorist organization!
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Rev. Arlington Trotman on Racism and Immigration
UUSF Forum | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
First Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco…
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Naomi Klein, new book "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal" (San Mateo)
Kepler's Literary Foundation | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
San Mateo Performing Arts Center: 600 N Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401…
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The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and Impeachment
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. Has anyone noticed how often the media, in condemning Trump's treachery, swiftly and inconspicuously brush off the "unsubstantiated" and "vague" accusations against Hunter…
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The Trump Impeachment Inquiry Scam
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
Most all actions by both right wings of the US one-party state are politically motivated. | They're united when it comes to unlawfully advancing America's imperium by brute force and other hostile means, supporting privileged interests over the general welfare, and …
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Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term
rt.com | 2019-09-25
The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…
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Trump's Impeachment Will Be a Political War That Can Be Won
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-25
The Nation's Elie Mystal and By The People's Alexandra Flores-Quilty look at the political struggle around impeachment as a battle for the soul and future of the nation.
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House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump
wsws.org | 2019-09-25
The action is a major escalation in the factional warfare within the US ruling elite, which revolves largely around differences over foreign policy.
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As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…
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Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move
rt.com | 2019-09-25
Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…
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Peace versus Climate
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
Monday, 23 September, the UN in New York hosted a special meeting on Climate Change. There were massive predominantly youth demonstrations of tens of thousands around the globe, many of them in New York, one of them led by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old climate activist, who is sponsored mostly by Soros and his clan …
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Activists Shut Down DC Streets as Climate Activism Heats Up
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-25
| Maybe there's hope after all. | It was in the mid-80s Monday morning in Washington, D.C., on the first day of autumn. By afternoon, the temperature soared to 93°F (34°C) in this hottest year on record, ominously underlining the urgency of #ShutdownDC's climate change protest. | Building on Friday's youth-led climate strike, which saw 4 million people protesting worldwide, Monday's action was intended to disrupt business-as-usual in the nation's capital to highlight the climate crisis. Liz Butle…
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Public Retirement Funds and Universities Are Financing Empower Texans, a Far-Right Lobbying Group, New Report Reveals
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-09-25
Empower Texans, which receives most of its funding from oil and gas billionaire Tim Dunn, has put over $9 million into Texas electoral politics.
theintercept.com/2019/09/25/far-right-em…

Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
Indonesian palm oil and pulp companies involved in forest fires between 2015 and 2018 have gone unpunished, Greenpeace denounced on Tuesday. | RELATED: | 20 People Killed in Protests in Indonesia's West Papua | The non-profit organization grounded its accusations on "burn scar" analysis of satellite images that showed that between 2015 and 2018, 3.4 million hectares of land was burnt. | The findings were then compared to concession data relating to pulp and palm oil companies and sanct…
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Glacier on Mont Blanc Close to Collapse
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
A glacier of a quarter of a million cubic meters of ice is at risk of sliding off the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses peak in the Italian portion of the massif of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain range, BBC reported. | RELATED | Young Climate Activists Held World Leaders Accountable at UN | This Tuesday Stefano Miserocchi, Mayor of the nearby town of Courmayeur, signed an order closing roads and evacuating homes and mountain refuges in the area. He said…
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Facing Climate Crisis, Senators Have Millions Invested in Fossil Fuel Companies
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-25
| This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.As the United States Senate fails to act on catastrophic climate change, dozens of its members are profiting from investments in oil, gas, and coal companies that are fue…
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Voices and Stories from the NYC Climate March
Zach D. Roberts | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
Across the country and the world last Friday, kids and adults marched and rallied in solidarity in a Climate Strike. The NYC Mayors office puts the number of people who marched in Manhattan at 60,000, according to the NTY Times; the organizers say 250,000. This journalist's estimate puts the numbers far closer to the cities …
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The Right Attacks Greta Thunberg, But Climate Strike Inspires Humanity
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-25
Real News climate correspondents Dharna Noor and Dimitri Lascaris discuss the UN Climate Summit, the past week's climate justice demonstrations, Greta Thunberg's presence and attacks against her, and the promise of this movement.
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The Global Climate Movement is Failing: Why?
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
It has been satisfying to note the significant response to two recent climate campaigns: the actions, including the recent Global Climate Strike, initiated by school students inspired by Greta Thunberg and the climate actions organized by Extinction Rebellion. | While delighted …
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Tempered Emergency: The Climate Change Summit in New York
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
It had a good deal of desperate scolding. Sweden's Greta Thunberg assumed the role of punishing advocate, a Joan of Arc of fury. The main culprit in her speech at the UN Climate Action Summit was the hideous, super ego, …
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The US is exporting a fracked climate catastrophe
Justin Mikulka | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. According to climate scientists, limiting the worst impacts of climate change means weaning the world off of fossil fuels, not ramping it up. But two factors, the U.S. "fracking revolution" that helped boost domestic oil and gas production …
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Brazil: 10 States Pledge to Respect the Climate Paris Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
Brazil's North East Consortium (CN) spokesperson Paulo Camara on Tuesday announced that ten Brazilian states pledged in New York to respect and implement the Paris Agreement, independent of what President Jair Bolsonaro thinks or decides regarding global climate change. | RELATED: | 'Neoliberalism Deteriorates Human Rights in Brazil': Report | "In response to the recoil risks [in environmental protection] generated by the Federal government, the Brazilian states have decided to assum…
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Climate and the Money Trail
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
Climate. Now who wudda thought. The very mega-corporations and mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy over recent decades, whose pursuit of shareholder value and cost reduction who have wreaked so much damage to our environment both in the | …
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Placido Domingo leaves Macbeth production at New York's Met as venue pressured to fire him before sexual harassment probe over
rt.com | 2019-09-25
Placido Domingo said the "climate in which people are condemned without due process" has cast a shadow over his colleagues, so he's dropping out of an upcoming production, vowing to never again perform at the Metropolitan Opera. | Domingo announced the decision on Tuesday, just one day before the opening of 'Macbeth' at the Metropolitan Opera, in which the renowned tenor-turned-baritone was slated to star in the title role. | While several US venues turned Domingo down when allegations of sexual misconduct first surfaced last month, the Met stood by the singer, waiting for the outcome of the investigations lau…
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UN climate action summit falls 'woefully short' of expectations
Olivia Rosane | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
The promises made by major economies at the UN Climate Action Summit fell "woefully short" of what is needed to address the climate crisis, The New York Times reported Monday. China did not increase its commitments under the Paris agreement, India made no pledge to reduce its use of coal and the U.S. did not speak at all. "Their lack of ambition …
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US-Iran Relations: Bolton's "Maximum Pressure" Policy Is The Illegitimate Child Of Diplomacy
Bahman Fozouni | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
The September 14 strikes against Saudi Arabia's Khurais oilfield and Abqaiq processing facility, which the U.S. government quickly pinned on Iran, as well as President Trump's decision to substantially increase sanctions against Iran in response, are sobering reminders that the …
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Why Patriot Missiles Are Useless
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
Missile strikes that shut down a half of Saudi oil production not only marked a new round of escalation in the Persian Gulf, but also revealed the limitations of the Kingdom's air defense. Over the past years, Saudi Arabia, the …
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European powers endorse US war provocations against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-09-25
Berlin, London and Paris endorsed US allegations that the recent attack in Saudi Arabia was an Iranian act of war, without providing any concrete evidence whatsoever.
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Why Doesn't India Follow China's Iranian Oil Policy?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
Iran's ambassador to India claimed that the U.S. urges New Delhi to suspend its Iranian oil purchases, worth about $5 billion a year, through the threat of sanctions. The Iranian ambassador also called for India to become more active in …
globalresearch.ca/why-doesnt-india-follo…

Take Action to Avoid War with Iran
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2019-09-25
photo credit Dear Groundswell Readers, We have to keep pushing Congress this week if we want to avoid war with Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said recently that the U.K. might join a U.S.-led military effort in the Gulf. When other nations step up to join the "coalition of the willing" it's often a bad sign. …
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Activists Disrupt US and Israeli Officials at NYC Event Calling for War with Iran
commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
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The Grim Predictions for the Future Have Arrived
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
For those who may still believe the drivel spouted by Trump that global warming is a "Chinese hoax," perhaps the release of the latest study showing bird populations in North America have plummeted 29 percent in the last 50 years. In real numbers, that means there are a stunning three billion fewer birds in the U.S. and Canada than the 10 billion that were here in 1970. While insecticides and large-scale habitat destruction for extractive industries are identified as the major cause, the changes wrought by human-caused global warming are also responsible for this unconscionable destruction of the world's avian po…
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Hong Kong is Scared — of the Rioters
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. | Now, after Hong …
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Washington Gives Guaido $52M in Funding, Slaps Venezuela with New Sanctions
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-25
The new aid package dovetailed with fresh sanctions targeting Venezuela-Cuba oil shipping.
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Documents Prove "Creative Community for Peace" is Front for Right-Wing Israel Lobby Group "StandWithUs"
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-09-25
Documents Prove "Creative Community for Peace" is Front for Right-Wing Israel Lobby Group "StandWithUs": UpdateArtists who support justice for all and oppose racism in all forms should be aware of CCFP's deception and steer clear of its lobbying agenda. | Cultural BoycottSeptember 25, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
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Democrats Are Blowing A Huge Opportunity on Venezuela
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-25
Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela–one perspective from the Washington political establishment, the other from Venezuelans. | The Trump administration has applied brutal economic sanctions on Venezuela that functionally create a…
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Brazilian Amazon Chief Raoni: 'Bolsonaro Should Go'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Wednesday his people would not leave the Amazon and called on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to step down, a day after the head of state accused him of being a pawn to foreign interests. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Media for Hyping Amazon Fire | A top Indigenous chief in Brazil was welcomed by opposition lawmakers with ovations and tribal chants at the nation's Congress, which he addressed and…
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More U.S. Commandos Are Fighting Invisible Wars in the Middle East
Nick Turse | theintercept.com | 2019-09-25
The percentage of commandos deployed to the Middle East is on the rise, according to new statistics provided to The Intercept by U.S. Special Operations Command. On average, more than 4,000 Special Operations forces — Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and Marine Corps Raiders among them — are deployed to the region each week, more than anywhere else in the world. | The increase comes at a time when the United States is apparently planning a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, despite a peace agreement with the Taliban having f…
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The other Ukraine scandal: US support for neo-Nazis fuels far-right terror at home
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-25
Aaron Maté speaks with Ben Norton about how a far-right US soldier arrested by the FBI for plotting domestic bomb…
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They're Murdering My Son: Father of Julian Assange Tells of Pain and Anguish
Finian Cunningham | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-25
John Shipton, the father of imprisoned whistleblower Julian Assange, says that if his son is extradited to the US, "They will murder Julian one way or the other."
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Lula's Defense Denied Request to Include Intercept Messages
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
A Brazilian court today denied a new request by the defense of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to include the messages published by the Intercept news site, in the case of the Atibaia site in Sao Paulo. | RELATED: | Brazilian Amazon Chief Raoni: 'Bolsonaro Should Go' | In the decision, the eighth chamber of the Federal Regional Court of the Fourth Region, based in the southern city of Porto Alegre, followed a vote by Judge Joà£o Pedro Gebran Neto. | For the magistrate, the c…
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Powerful Forces Cause Fires in Brazil, Beyond the Amazon
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-25
The policies of Brazil's right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are provoking more forest fires and deforestation, not only in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental activists are now trying to counter the trend by engaging in reforestation.
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Amazon's Annual Product Launch Fails to Address Privacy and Surveillance Concerns
commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
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US Supported "Rebels" Fired Live Rounds at Syrian Families in Rukban Concentration Camp
Syria News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
Syrian families held captive by Trump Regime Forces and their ISIS affiliates of Maghaweer Thawra terrorists at al-Rukban Concentration Camp went out of their tents in the high heat of the desert…
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Trump threatens to veto first-ever congressional action on "forever chemicals"
Michael Green | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
A handful of multibillion-dollar chemical companies have waged war on our bodies and our environment for nearly 70 years without our knowledge or consent. Although the federal government–tasked with protecting the public and upholding the law–became aware of this chemical assault 20 years ago, it chose to conceal the truth, downplay the threat, and expand …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/25/trump-thre…

Pension Plans Should Not Invest in Companies That Harm Working People
Prof. Steven Tufts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
Of all the gains unions have made for workers, the ability to retire with dignity and a pension is perhaps the most valued. Last year employers and employees in Canada contributed over $70-billion to registered pension plans (RPP). It is …
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Labour pledges to abolish immigration detention centres in historic conference vote
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-09-25
The Labour Party has passed a historic vote on immigration policy at its party conference in Brighton. The second-to-last vote on 25 September included a commitment to "close all detention centres", "reject any immigration system based on incomes" or a person's "utility to business", and "scrap all Hostile Environment measures". | The Canary was in attendance at the moment conference passed the vote to massive cheers and claps from across the hall. | A break from from Labour's "very awful record": | Joanna Gowers, a delegate for Finchley and Golders Green CLP, called the vote "the most radical immigration…
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FBI arrests US soldier with far-right ties
wsws.org | 2019-09-25
A US Army specialist was arrested on Saturday by the FBI and charged with one count of distributing information over social media related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/25/sold…

Colombia's Uribe Called a 'Murderer' At Every Campaign Stop
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
The former far-right president of Colombia Alvaro Uribe has been touring the country for the upcoming regional elections, and being greeted in every locality by huge rallies at which he is called a 'murderer' and told 'no more Uribe'. The most recent one being on Monday in Antioquia, formerly one of Uribe's bastions. | RELATED: | Colombia: Uribe Bribed Witness to Testify for Him | Former President Uribe is currently on trial for charges that include involvement in a right-wing death squad…
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The Boys in the Boots
Saad Hafiz | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
Pakistan's generals should be happy men. They are the self-appointed guardians of the state with an iron grip on the country. Instead of a social welfare democracy seen by the founding fathers, Pakistan has become a national security state. Sixty years after the coup d'état that brought General Ayub Khan to power in 1958, the civilian leadership…
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Bill Callahan — Live on KEXP
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
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Are We Approaching the End of Super Imperialism?
Sabri àñncຠ| counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
Congratulating Oldrich Oldrich Vasicek is an old friend. When I started my "quant" career in bonds in January 1994 in Walnut Creek, California, Oldrich was there. A recently graduated mathematics Ph.D. was I then, I received my first real-life finance education from him. Oldrich, a statistician by trait, is famous for developing the first theory…
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Normal Intrusions: Globalising AI Surveillance
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
They all do it: corporations, regimes, authorities. They all have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability, all under the umbrella term of "security". Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the global citizenry; it all comes down to the same thing. You are being watched for your own good, and such instances should be regarded…
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From Extinguished to Distinguished
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
In 1973, at age 46, my character was assassinated and I was forcibly retired by The United Methodist Church's then Southern New England Conference after performing the marriage of two male members of Boston's Old West Church, where I had been minister for eight years. On September 18, 2019, forty-six years later, at almost 93…
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The End of Asylum?
Julia Paley | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
It was unforgettable. A little boy living in a refugee camp, essentially in exile. In a city known for kidnappings and murders, and in a shelter with inadequate resources and supplies. Most striking were the circumstances: The child was an American citizen, yet the shelter he resided in was located a few miles from the…
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