Daily Archives: October 4, 2019

2019-10-04: News Headlines

Rob Urie (2019-10-04). Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA. counterpunch.org For the first time in half a century, the political left in the U.S. is ascendant. Bernie Sanders is holding his own in the primaries. A group of well-considered programs to save the environment and provide good jobs and health care for all is gaining political traction. And the need is dire. The climate is warming, the seas are polluted and fished out and industrial agriculture threatens to end life on the planet. So, it's time to change the subject? More

Derek Royden (2019-10-04). Missed opportunities? Pros and cons of a 'focused' Trump impeachment inquiry. nationofchange.org For almost two weeks, American news has been filled with stories about the possibility and soon enough reality of an impeachment inquiry in the country's House of Representatives. The inquiry comes as a result of a whistleblower complaint filed by a still anonymous source now believed to have come forward in relation to a July 25th phone call that had taken place between the current occupant of the White House and the then newly elected president of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. …

RT (2019-10-04). As impeachment fever grips Washington, Ukraine reopens Biden probe following Trump's demands. rt.com As Democrats clamor to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine into probing the Biden family, Kiev's top prosecutor announced that he will reopen the investigation. | Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced on Friday that he will review 15 high-profile corruption cases. Among them is an investigation into the owner of energy firm Burisma, which paid former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter $50,000 per month to sit on its board for five years, despite his lack of qualifications in the field. | President Trump believes that Joe Biden wielded his political influence t…

Staff (2019-10-04). Ukraine Reviews Cases on Owner of Firm That Hired Biden Son. truthdig.com ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine — Ukraine's Prosecutor General said on Friday that his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where former Vice President Joe Biden's son sat on the board, as part of a review of all the criminal cases closed by his predecessors. | U.S. President Donald Trump had pressed for such a review in a phone call with Ukraine's new leader, a "favor" that now has led the U.S. Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry. Ruslan Ryaboshapka's statement shows that Kyiv is under an increasing pressure to react to Trump's overtures, analysts say. | Ryaboshapka told reporters…

RT (2019-10-04). The Ukraine affair is damning, all right — just not in the way you're being told to think. rt.com Democrats say texts and transcripts involving US officials dealing with Ukraine prove President Donald Trump should be impeached. What they actually confirm, however, is the extent to which the US treats Ukraine as a vassal. | At the heart of the latest media firestorm are the text messages between US diplomats and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats seeking to impeach Trump have already sent a subpoena to the White House seeking more documents, and their allies in the media have proclaimed the texts to be "damning." | Much of the brouhaha centers on messages from Bill Taylor, charge d'af…

Yue Stella Yu (2019-10-04). Amid impeachment inquiry, Democrats can't keep up with multi-million dollar spending by Trump allies. nationofchange.org The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump took center stage last week and helped both parties rake in millions of dollars. While the president's campaign and his political allies countered the inquiry with a rain of anti-impeachment ads, Democrats appear more reserved on the ad front. House Democrats overwhelmingly supported the inquiry, which came amid growing criticism …

RT (2019-10-04). Shot down? Testimony by Trump's Ukraine envoy seems to skewer Democrats' impeachment narrative. rt.com Another transcript has poked a hole in the narrative of House Democrats trying to impeach President Donald Trump, as former US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified he never pushed Kiev for 'dirt' on former VP Joe Biden. | Volker was grilled for nine hours in a closed-doors session of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees on Thursday. Democrats on the committees claimed that he was instrumental in pushing the Ukrainian government to reopen a corruption investigation into Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine. | House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff (D-Califor…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-04). Ukraine Gains from Trump's Impeachment Inquiry. globalresearch.ca The controversy swirling around the phone conversation between the US President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky regarding the business interests of former vice-president Joe Biden's son is having a salutary effect on the conflict in Ukraine. | The US …

Alex Emmons (2019-10-04). Text Messages Show the Trump-Zelensky Call Had Just One Goal — And It Was Anything but Routine. theintercept.com A summary of the infamous conversation could lead to Donald Trump's impeachment, but these text messages reveal for the first time how the call came about.

WSWS (2019-10-04). Trump announces plan to further privatize Medicare. wsws.org The Democrats are basing their impeachment drive not on opposition to Trump's fascistic attack on immigrants and pro-corporate social policies, but on claims that he is not pursuing US foreign policy aggressively enough.

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-10-04). Lawless Trump-Canada Connections. globalresearch.ca Canada recently seized and sold $30 million worth of Iranian properties in Ottawa and Toronto, a gross hypocrisy explains Yves Engler in light of oversights of more flagrant US and Israel terror victims. See this. | But the behaviour of …

T.J. Coles (2019-10-04). Robot Trolls on Amazon: How Fake Reviews Could Undermine Progressive Politics. counterpunch.org Every big personality or corporation uses algorithmic robots ("bots") to boost themselves and their products. Until recently, US President Donald Trump had a Twitter following of around 59 million. But nearly half of those "followers" were fake, spam, and/or dormant accounts. Twitter's purge of "Trump supporters" was actually a purge of fake accounts. (The real More

Eve Ottenberg (2019-10-04). The Lies of Capitalism. counterpunch.org Neoliberals love to quote the World Bank's rosy statistics about capitalism lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. Unfortunately, those statistics are skewed and manipulated to the point of outright prevarication, as Seth Donnelly demonstrates in his new book, "The Lie of Global Prosperity." He quotes a breathless World Bank press release, "soon 90 percent More

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2019-10-04). Workers march to end climate crisis. workers.org That climate crisis is a workers' issue was emphatically affirmed by the IndustriALL Global Union when it called on all affiliates to take part in the September worldwide Climate Strike actions. IndustriALL represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors, giving it the power . . . | Continue reading Workers march to end climate crisis at Workers.org

Tracy Keeling (2019-10-04). Vladimir Putin even outdid Trump with this ludicrous comment on Greta Thunberg. thecanary.co Vladimir Putin just achieved the impossible: he outdid Donald Trump in sheer ludicrousness. The Russian president shared his thoughts on Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist who's inspired mass protests around the world. They're astounding in their hypocrisy and lack of awareness. | Adults have a duty: | Thunberg recently spoke at the UN. In her passionate speech, she said: Entire ecosyst…

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-10-04). How Fossil Fuels Pollute STEM Education. counterpunch.org Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has a message for policy makers: "Listen to the scientists." As an engineer, I was glad to hear that. But I also believe it's also vital for scientists to be vigilant about whom they listen to. For years, corporations funded junk science trying to undermine the climate consensus. Now, virtually More

Staff (2019-10-04). US Supreme Court to Decide Fate Of Baltimore v. Big Oil Suit. therealnews.com The city sued 26 oil and gas companies over their role in the climate crisis, but the companies have appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the case from proceeding at the state level.

Judy Greenspan (2019-10-04). Scapegoating the homeless for climate crisis. workers.org Two weeks ago, when President Donald Trump flew to California for two days to fundraise for his election campaign, his trip was shrouded in secret. No one knew until the last minute where he was going to be. Yet in that short amount of time, Trump was able to attack . . . | Continue reading Scapegoating the homeless for climate crisis at Workers.org

commondreams (2019-10-04). Trump Denies Protection to Ancient Alaskan Cedar Trees Threatened by Climate Crisis, Logging. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-10-04). 'Save the planet, eat the babies': AOC trolled over climate change panic by pro-Trump prankster. rt.com Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a fan of radical climate change solutions, but one "modest proposal" caught her off guard. A woman she thought had a "mental condition" suggested eating babies for the good of the earth. | Speaking about her proposed 'Green New Deal' at a town hall event on Thursday, AOC was interrupted by an apparently distressed woman who felt the Green New Deal's zero-carbon goal just wouldn't cut it. Claiming that "we only have a few months left" to fight climate change, the woman went on to suggest that humanity begin eating its own children to save the world from ecological apoca…

South Front (2019-10-04). Video: Russia Tested Elements of Advanced S-500 Air Defense in Syria. globalresearch.ca Syrian, Iranian and Russian forces started a joint military drill, involving heavy military equipment, rocket launchers and warplanes, on October 1, al-Watan newspaper reported on October 2. According to al-Watan, the drills coincided with a series of protests against the …

Jodie Evans (2019-10-04). Why I Confronted Trump's Architect of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran and Called Her a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'. commondreams.org Jodie Evans with others outside of the United Against a Nuclear Iran conference in New York City. (Photo: Codepink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joseph OMahoney (2019-10-04). Nuclear powers once shared their technology openly — how Iran's program fell on the wrong side of history. nationofchange.org As tensions remain at fever pitch between Tehran and Washington, Iran continues to breach limits agreed in the 2015 Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Since Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in May 2018, its future has become more and more uncertain. Iran has enriched uranium beyond the level agreed …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-10-04). Iran Is China's Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar's Global Reserve Status. globalresearch.ca There is a strong current of change affecting the international political arena. It is the beginning of a revolution brought on by the transition from a unipolar to multipolar world order. In practice, we are faced with the combination of …

The Canary (2019-10-04). Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who's jailed in Iran, to 'send daughter home to UK'. thecanary.co A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran is to send her daughter home to the UK to start school, it has been reported.Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been visited in prison by five-year-old Gabriella at least once a week for the past three years.The youngster will be back in London before Christmas, according to the Times.Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of spying, which she vehemently denies.Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, outside the Iranian Embassy (Jonathan Brady/PA)Her fight for freedom has seen her endure hunger strikes…

Anya Parampil (2019-10-04). Cómo Venezuela derrotó el intento de golpe de estado de Washington en las Naciones Unidas. thegrayzone.com Un vistazo a cómo los diplomáticos venezolanos obstaculizaron un intento de Estados Unidos de revocar sus credenciales en la ONU…

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-10-04). No Development Without the Politics of Mass Mobilization and Demilitarization in Kashmir. counterpunch.org Amidst that pandemonium of 1947, Jammu and Kashmir was the first state in the newly freed Indian subcontinent to have its own written constitutional plan. The constitution guaranteed enfranchisement of all adult citizens, men and women, and took particular care to protect the dignity and religious freedoms of minorities. The admirable egalitarian and democratic quality More

teleSUR (2019-10-04). World Lauds Xi's National Day Speech as China Reaffirms Peace. telesurenglish.net Foreign officials and experts applauded a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as Beijing reaffirmed its commitment to world peace and development. | During his speech, Xi pledged that China will stay on the path of peaceful development, and pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up. | RELATED: | Russia Helps China Build Missile-Attack Warning System | "We will continue to work wit…

Paul Street (2019-10-04). We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and "The National Interest" counterpunch.org Never underestimate the power of the United States' American Exeptionalist and imperial doctrine. Look at the recent Washington Post revelation regarding wannabe fascist strongman Donald Trump's meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Lavrov in the White House in 2017. Trump told Lavrov and another high-ranking Russian official that he wasn't concerned about Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States does the same thing in other countries. More

Rajan Menon (2019-10-04). Why Arms Races Never End: Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security. counterpunch.org Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has embroiled the United States for generations, first with the Soviet Union, today with China and Russia. Pentagon officials More

Tsvetana Paraskova (2019-10-04). Russia's Largest Oil Company Ditches Dollar in New Oil Deals. globalresearch.ca Russia's largest oil company Rosneft has set the euro as the default currency for all new exports of crude oil and refined products, as the state-controlled giant looks to switch as many sales as possible from U.S. dollars to euros …

Robert Mackey (2019-10-04). Echoing Trump, Russian TV Casts Joe Biden and Kurt Volker as Villains of Ukraine Saga. theintercept.com Russian television coverage of the unfolding scandal over Ukraine, which has focused on promoting smears against Joe Biden, has been fervently pro-Trump.

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Medvedev Receives Honoris Causa Degree From University Of Havana. telesurenglish.net Russian Prime Minister thanked the academic condition and called it an honor, as well as a wonderful opportunity to make a speech, for the first time, at the University of Havana, an "unique place where the leaders of the Cuban Revolution grew, and also opened a path for the independence and freedom of this country."

Amy Goodman (2019-10-04). As man dies in ICE custody, California moves to ban for-profit prisons, including immigrant jails. nationofchange.org A Cameroonian immigrant died this week in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California. The man, identified as 37-year-old Nebane Abienwi, died on Tuesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. This comes as California lawmakers passed a bill last month that would ban private prisons statewide, a major blow to the for-profit prison …

Staff (2019-10-04). Trump's Anti-Immigration Policies Are a Deepening of Previous Admin Policies. therealnews.com Although Trump's rhetoric on immigration is shocking, suggesting border patrol should shoot border crossing immigrants in the legs, his policies are an intensification of policies that began under Obama, not a dramatic departure, says Aviva Chomsky.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-10-04). The official lies told about JFK's death prove that the people no longer own the government. nationofchange.org Let us think back to the year 1960 and compare those times to our own. The previous eight years under Eisenhower were, in America, years of relative peace and prosperity. The Korean War ended in 1953. There was the continuing fear of nuclear destruction and war with the Soviet Union, but we were not actually …

True Publica (2019-10-04). What Julian Assange Really Represents. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange is facing extradition to the United States after he was forcibly dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police mid-April this year. On the 1st May, he was imprisoned for breaching bail conditions. His sentence is now …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-10-04). France's Police Protest Movement: The Unspoken Truth is that their Demands are Similar to those of the Yellow Vests. globalresearch.ca Pour la version franàßaise de cet article | In early October, The French Police conducted La March de la colère, (The "March of Anger") directed against President Macron's deadly economic austerity measures. "The center of Paris was paralyzed by the largest …

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man at Gaza Border. telesurenglish.net The Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators Friday, killing at least one person and wounding many others, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement. | RELATED: | 20 Year Old Killed in Gaza Protests | According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, nearly 6,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip gathered near the border to protest against Israel's discrimatory policies. | During the protest, the Israeli Defense Forces fired live rounds towards the protesters after they alleged…

Saul Foster (2019-10-04). Bolsonaro's highway project targets heart of Amazon region. mronline.org Amazon researchers said the repaved road would trigger an explosion of deforestation in Amazonas, currently Brazil's best preserved rainforest state precisely because it has few good roads. | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-04). As Global Economy Weakens, Trump Escalates Trade War. globalresearch.ca Multiple rounds of Sino/US trade talks failed over unacceptable Trump regime demands and aims. | They're unrelated to the bilateral trade imbalance — caused by corporate America shifting operations to China and other low-wage countries. | Another round of US/China talks are …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-04). Torture and Killing of Palestinians in Israeli Prisons. globalresearch.ca B'Tselem published numerous reports on Israeli use of torture and other forms of abuse against Palestinian detainees — arrested and imprisoned for political reasons. | In November 2017, the organization said the following: | "The Israel Security Agency's (ISA) interrogation regime relies …

David Rosen (2019-10-04). How the U.S. Military Undermines the American Economy. counterpunch.org On January 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave his now-famous farewell address, warning the nation: In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let More

Mark Weisbrot (2019-10-04). Trump's Trade War With China: Is It About to End? counterpunch.org The latest de-escalation of the trade war with China — with exemptions from some tariffs on both sides — has left markets uncertain as to whether it will end before there is serious escalation. But if I were managing a hedge fund, I would bet on it. To see why, we must start with Trump More

Jessica Corbett (2019-10-04). 'We are at a crisis point' warns new report exposing 'science under siege' from the Trump administration. nationofchange.org The Trump administration's attacks on science have reached a "crisis point," according to policy experts and ex-government officials who published a report on Thursday that "highlights how our government research and data are being increasingly manipulated for political gain." Proposals for Reform Volume II (pdf) is the second report from the National Task Force on Rule …

The Canary (2019-10-04). Cleric warns Iraqi leaders as protest death toll soars. thecanary.co Iraq's top Shiite cleric has sharply criticised the government over deadly violence gripping the country, urging political leaders and protesters to pull back "before it is too late".The comments by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as the death toll in this week's anti-government demonstrations climbed to 42.His sermon came hours after Iraq's prime minister called on protesters to go home, comparing security measures to "bitter medicine" that needs to be swallowed.Anti-government protesters burn an armoured vehicle (Hadi Mizban/AP)Since 1 October, security forces have fired live rounds and tear gas every day t…

Joseph Natoli (2019-10-04). The Battles Now. counterpunch.org "Now we are engaged…." — Lincoln, Gettysburg Address One real battle we are in now — human caused global warming — is a battle we realized very belatedly we are in. The other — the political one — is, in a President Trump retweet, heading toward "a Civil War like fracture in this nation" and More

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-10-04). Edward Snowden, You Legend! counterpunch.org "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster; when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you." — Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil "Are you sure that you can skin griz? — line from film Jeremiah Johnson Edward Snowden's newly-released memoir, More

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-04). European Parliament launches anti-communist crusade. peoplesworld.org Communists and left organizations have hit out at a reactionary "ahistorical" motion passed by the European Parliament last month which equates communism with "the monster of fascism." The European Communist Initiative condemned the "outrageous" resolution tabled by the right-wing European People's Party group and warned of the escalating anti-communism of the European Union (EU). The …

Pete Dolack (2019-10-04). Capitalism's Triumph: Labor Rights Violated in Every Country on Earth. counterpunch.org In what country are labor rights fully respected? The sad answer is: none. Labor rights are routinely violated around the world, and the trend is only getting worse. The International Trade Union Confederation has again issued its annual Global Rights Index and the result is no better than in past years. It's worse. For example, the number of More

Louis Proyect (2019-10-04). The Politics of Trolling. counterpunch.org Back in the mid-90s, when the Internet was first taking off, spurred by AOL's making the web available to the masses, it was easy to become a cyber-utopian. Manuel Castells, a Spanish sociologist, became one of its prophets. In books like the 2001 "The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society", Castells recognized More

Namita Waikar (2019-10-04). Counting Sheep as Grasslands Shrink in Gujarat. counterpunch.org "Is there rain in your village?" It was Karabhai Aal on the phone from Banaskantha district in North Gujarat. "There is none here." That was in the last week of July this year. "If it rains, we will go home," he had declared with half a hope. That he was speaking to a non-farmer in More

Eric Mann (2019-10-04). Bernie: Keep Fighting On. counterpunch.org Senator Sanders. Sorry to hear about your heart surgery but it will make you stronger. We can't let your opponents seize on this and imply that it proves something about your age or your heart. You have more heart than most of the dead-people-walking Democratic pretenders. A stent is a commonly used procedure to open More

Julie Y. Chu (2019-10-04). Cruel Optimism and the Settler-Colonial Roots of White Grievance. counterpunch.org This past summer I was camping in rural Wisconsin with my partner and son when a huge thunderstorm forced us to seek out the closest local pub for dinner one evening. Our four-year old had been going through some kind of cranky asshole phase all summer and our options for feeding him in the middle More

Michelle Zacarias (2019-10-04). Former Dallas police officer gets 10 years after shooting neighbor in his home. peoplesworld.org A former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced to serve ten years in prison on Wednesday afternoon. Guyger was arrested in September 2018 after she shot and killed Botham Jean, 26. Jean lived in the unit directly below Guyger's apartment, which she alleged led her to believe that an intruder had entered "her" home. …

Greg Palast (2019-10-04). The Las Vegas Shooter, Two Years Later. truthdig.com Why Steve Paddock killed dozens of innocent Las Vegas revelers two years ago isn't as much of a mystery when you consider his roots.

The Canary (2019-10-04). Grenfell Tower probe into how fatal blaze started to be published within weeks. thecanary.co A report investigating how the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people started will be published before the end of the month after the prime minister approved its release.The first stage of the inquiry into the fire has been completed and Boris Johnson has asked the chairman to make it public before October 30 — more than two years after the fatal west London blaze took place.The paper will look at how the fire started, the reason it spread as it did and the reaction from the emergency services.In a letter to inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Johnson said: "I invite you to publish the phase 1 report…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Correa: No One Voted For The IMF Or The Increase In Fuel Price. telesurenglish.net Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa referred to the complicated situation that his country is going through after Lenin Moreno decreed a "State of Exception" in response to protests against adjustment measures agreed with the IMF. | RELATED: | 'Madness is Over', Ecuador's President Moreno Warns Protesters | "What happens tears the soul," Correa said and also compared this social outbreak with the resistance to economic policies of…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). 'Madness is Over', Ecuador's President Moreno Warns Protesters. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Friday ratified that he will not back down on the elimination of fuel subsidies, the flexibilization of labor rules and other austerity measures which have prompted an ongoing indefinite nationwide strike. | RELATED: | Ecuador Assembly Calls for President's Removal, Early Polls | "When they become rulers, opponents will be…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Dozens of Iraqi Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Intensify. telesurenglish.net For the past week, wide-scale demonstrations have hit several Iraqi cities as protesters demand economic improvements and the removal of government officials. | RELATED: | 11 Murdered Overnight in Anti-Government Protest in Iraq | In the past 24 hours, dozens of these protesters have been killed across Iraq as the violent protests against government corruption swelled into a mass spontaneous uprising sweeping much of the country, the worst unrest since the defeat of Islamic State.

Tyler Durden (2019-10-04). Martial Law Unfolding in Iraq: 30 Protesters Dead, Internet Blackout, 24-Hour Curfews. theantimedia.com Now in their third day, mass anti-government protests across Iraq have resulted in 30 dead and over 1000 wounded.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-04). Africa is Becoming the Latest Battleground in the Struggle for Palestinian Freedom. mintpressnews.com Israel has successively driven a wedge between African countries, which, at one point, were united in their unconditional support of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli military occupation and apartheid.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-04). The Africa-Palestine Conference: Why South Africa Must Lead the Way. counterpunch.org On September 16, I visited South Africa, a country where many Palestinians have always felt welcomed, if not overwhelmed by the degree of genuine and meaningful solidarity. While having the honor to address many audiences in six, major cities, I have also learned a great deal. An important and sobering lesson is that while apartheid More

WSWS (2019-10-04). New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe. wsws.org The Trump administration's announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.

Claire Edwards (2019-10-04). 5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People. globalresearch.ca The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the …

The Canary (2019-10-04). Thomas Cook staff forced to rely on handouts after travel firm's collapse. thecanary.co Former Thomas Cook staff have found themselves relying on family members and food banks to make ends meet after the travel company collapsed 11 days ago. | Former staff have been left with no choice but to sign on for universal credit; yet with a five-week wait, some have found themselves struggling to afford to pay their mortgages or shop for food. | Betty Knight, from Macclesfield, told the PA news agency that she was forced to go through her direct debits at the bank, cancelling anything they deemed to be a luxury. | However, the former stewardess, who had worked at the company for almost 13 years, admitted sh…

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Argentina: 'The Dead Don't Pay' Fernandez Ally Tells IMF. telesurenglish.net At an international event held in Washington DC On Friday Sergio Massa, a key ally of presidential front-runner Alberto Fernandez, warned that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should give Argentina time to revive economic growth to be able to pay off its debts. | RELATED: | Argentina's Poverty Hits 36% Amid Macri's Neoliberalism | "The re…

Philip A Farruggio (2019-10-04). My America: Raised by the Perpetual War Empire. globalresearch.ca One must surmise that any 'thinking' citizen of ancient Rome probably felt as this writer does concerning my America, the Empire. Perpetual wars, invasions, occupations and colonization of foreign lands either were greeted with a cheerleading feeling, or with apathy …

Staff (2019-10-04). Diahann Carroll, Oscar-Nominated, Pioneering Actress, Dies. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died. She was 84. | Carroll's daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer. | During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical "No Strings" and an Academy Award nomination for best actress for "Claudine." | But she was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on "Julia." Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbr…

Kenn Orphan (2019-10-04). The Myth of the Scandal-Free Presidency. counterpunch.org scan ∑dal /Ààskandl/ noun an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage. It was to be expected. The miserableness of Trump and his overt racism, nationalism, misogyny, cruelty and belligerence would come to eclipse the crimes of other (let's say all) former US presidents. I saw it after Bill More

JP Sottile (2019-10-04). Our Global Gas Chamber. counterpunch.org One of the great (mostly) untold stories of the Age Of Oil is the array of toxic chemicals in hydrocarbon exhaust and the accumulation of exhaust-borne particulates in the bloodstream and brain. We are largely indifferent to these byproducts of our industrial-grade obsession with hydrocarbons, but our willful ignorance cannot hide the facts the way More

Clark T. Scott (2019-10-04). The United States of Bribery and Sanctioning. counterpunch.org The USBS. Not very long ago, I was saying to an ardent, proudly feminist democrat that they should be careful what they wish for in their assuming that replacing Trump with Pence would be an improvement. The immediate response I received was (and which indicated the futility of my suggestion), "Well, at least he's normal." More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-04). Donald Trump's Phone Around. counterpunch.org When the squalid, absurd and occasionally hilarious accounts are compiled by a sober mind, the Trump administration will stand out as much gargoyle with more than a touch of paranoia. But there will be one thing that might save the man who has given an era his name: The fact that there were those out More

Jill Richardson (2019-10-04). Why Does Trump Keep Doing This? counterpunch.org Does Trump understand democracy? I'm really asking. His approach to politics is combative — kill-or-be-killed. If you hit him, he will hit you back harder, no matter what the rules of the game are. That might be a great strategy in a WWE ring. It's less good in life. Trump gives demeaning and sometimes racist More

Olivia Rosane (2019-10-04). First wolf sighted in Belgium in 100 years was likely shot with her cubs. nationofchange.org Naya made wildlife history when she became the first wolf to be spotted in Belgium for more than 100 years in January 2018. But the wolf, who was carrying cubs, has not been seen since May. Belgium's Nature and Forest Agency (ANB) says it is "virtually certain" she has been killed, according to The Guardian. "The death of the wolf and …

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Lula: "I Want To Leave This Place With My Innocence Proved" telesurenglish.net In the new edition of "Interview," former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has been in prison since April 2018 for his alleged link to the corruption case "Lava Jato," received RT in the Curitiba city jail. | RELATED: | Brazil's Largest Network O Globo Attacks Lula for Rejecting House Arrest | On the role of wor…

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-04). Former Ukraine President Poroshenko under Police Investigation: Fails to Appear for Polygraph Test. globalresearch.ca Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko failed to appear at the Kiev Research Institute of Forensic Expertise for a polygraph test on October 1st. The test was scheduled to be conducted by Ukraine's National Bureau of Investigations, having been authorized by …

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-04). The Eurasian Economic Union's Expansion Is Encouraging, but Don't Get Too Excited. globalresearch.ca The recent meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Council in the Armenian capital of Yerevan at the beginning of October saw the reaching of a free trade agreement with the ASEAN powerhouse of Singapore and confirmation that a temporary deal will …

Mark Taliano (2019-10-04). Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally. globalresearch.ca The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to …

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-04). Joshua Wong, Juan Guaido — New Generation of Pro-Western "Saints" globalresearch.ca The new generation of "pro-Western heroes" and "saints" is clearly failing to impress the world. Juan Guaido and Joshua Wong are definitely as right-wing as Mother Teresa was, but not as "credible". | A long time ago I visited a place …

Washington's Blog (2019-10-04). The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS. globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …

Joyce Nelson (2019-10-04). Privatizing Canada's Water Infrastructure Should be an Election Issue. globalresearch.ca With the Canadian federal election just days away, it's amazing that there's been no media focus on the Liberals' plan to privatize our municipal water and wastewater systems. As far as I can determine, only one alternative media site, Press …

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-04). Juan Guaido, Joshua Wong: New Generation of Pro-Western "Saints" dissidentvoice.org The new generation of "pro-Western heroes" and "saints" is clearly failing to impress the world. Juan Guaido and Joshua Wong are definitely as right-wing as Mother Teresa was, but not as "credible". ***** A long time ago I visited a place in Calcutta, India, where Mother Teresa used to operate. According to the Catholic Church …

WSWS (2019-10-04). UK Royal Mail workers wildcat strike over racist insult by management. wsws.org The "unofficial" strike in defence of a Muslim co-worker is a powerful answer to the nationalist climate being stoked by the British ruling class over Brexit.

Al Neal (2019-10-04). Johnson's "fair and reasonable" Brexit compromise falls on deaf ears. peoplesworld.org British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered the European Union a proposed "best and final offer" Brexit deal Wednesday, saying it encapsulates a real compromise for both sides and urged EU leaders to hold "rapid negotiations towards a solution" after years of squabbling. The U.K. is slated to withdraw from EU membership Oct. 31. And with …

The Canary (2019-10-04). Former leadership contender Rory Stewart walks out on Tories and quits as MP. thecanary.co Former Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart has said he has quit the Conservative Party and will stand down at the next general election. | The former Cabinet minister was among the 21 rebels who had the whip removed by Boris Johnson when he defied him in the commons by backing a move designed to block a no-deal Brexit. | The Penrith and The Border MP ran against Johnson in the race to lead his party in June, but on 4 October he announced his decision to quit. | It's been a great privilege to serve Penrith and The Border for the last ten years, so it is with sadness that I am announcing that I will be standing…

The Canary (2019-10-04). Boris Johnson is in the pocket of DUP, says Lord Hain. thecanary.co Boris Johnson is in the pocket of the DUP — a party which does not speak for all of the north of Ireland, a former secretary of state has warned. | Lord Hain said he was not surprised at the Irish government's rejection of the prime minister's Brexit proposals, saying that Johnson's blueprint was "dumping" the border problem on Dublin. | The Labour peer, who served as Northern Ireland secretary from 2005 to 2007, said the solution is to have the same rules either side of the border for customs, trade, standards and regulations. | Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Lord Hain said: "The DUP doesn't sp…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-04). House Dems Take Aim at Pence Role in Ukraine Scandal as Impeachment Inquiry Continues. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-04). Report Shows 'Stunning and Dramatic' Scenes of Thawing Permafrost in Siberia That 'Leaves Millions on Unstable Ground'. commondreams.org The latest installment in a Washington Post series on "hot zones" around the world that are already enduring "extreme climate change" focuses on the federal Russian republic in eastern Siberia called Yakutia, part of which "has warmed by more than 3 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times—roughly triple the global average." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-04). Posting $24.6 Million Third-Quarter Haul, Warren Far Surpasses Biden 'Without One Single Fancy Fundraiser'. commondreams.org "The online small dollar operations of Bernie and Warren are disrupting the old campaign model." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-04). Human Rights Defenders Condemn Iraqi Government After Security Forces Kill at Least 44 People in Anti-Corruption Protests. commondreams.org Human rights organizations joined Iraq's top Shiite cleric in condemning the Iraqi government on Friday for its violent response to protests in Baghdad and a number of southern cities, as 44 people were reported to be killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-10-04). The Conspiracy Against Trump Is Now Out in the Open. globalresearch.ca I am beginning to wonder if fluoridation hasn't dropped the US IQ by much more than 5 points. | The reports, such as this one, which provide clear evidence that the alleged whistleblower spent a month arranging his complaint with …

Romain Mielcarek (2019-10-04). Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen? thenation.com Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?

Karen Rothmyer (2019-10-04). Searching for Common Ground on Impeachment in NY's 19th. thenation.com Searching for Common Ground on Impeachment in NY's 19th…

David Klein (2019-10-04). Think or Swim. thenation.com Climate change activists demand action from our leaders.

Mohamad Bazzi (2019-10-04). Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Shook Everyone—Except Trump. thenation.com For Trump, outrage over the slaying of the journalist was just the cost of doing business with Saudi Arabia.

Sasha Abramsky (2019-10-04). Trump May Be Driving the Economy Into Recession. thenation.com Trump May Be Driving the Economy Into Recession…

Staff (2019-10-04). Lessons From Watergate: "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President" truthout.org | | President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking ba…

Staff (2019-10-04). From Trump to Nixon: "Watergate" Film Explains "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President" democracynow.org President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking at back at the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon's resignation in 1974 and is the focus of a documentary titled "Watergate…

Staff (2019-10-04). Pelosi Wants to Prosecute Snowden But Protect Trump Whistleblower. truthout.org | | House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to condemn NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he revealed the U.S. government's vast surveillance programs. "I think that he should be prosecuted," Pelosi told reporters, just days after Snowden's name became public in June 2013. | Later that month, speaking about Snowden at a Netroots Nation conference, Pelosi rendered…

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Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
For the first time in half a century, the political left in the U.S. is ascendant. Bernie Sanders is holding his own in the primaries. A group of well-considered programs to save the environment and provide good jobs and health care for all is gaining political traction. And the need is dire. The climate is warming, the seas are polluted and fished out and industrial agriculture threatens to end life on the planet. So, it's time to change the subject?
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Missed opportunities? Pros and cons of a 'focused' Trump impeachment inquiry
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
For almost two weeks, American news has been filled with stories about the possibility and soon enough reality of an impeachment inquiry in the country's House of Representatives. The inquiry comes as a result of a whistleblower complaint filed by a still anonymous source now believed to have come forward in relation to a July 25th phone call that had taken place between the current occupant of the White House and the then newly elected president of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. …
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As impeachment fever grips Washington, Ukraine reopens Biden probe following Trump's demands
rt.com | 2019-10-04
As Democrats clamor to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine into probing the Biden family, Kiev's top prosecutor announced that he will reopen the investigation. | Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced on Friday that he will review 15 high-profile corruption cases. Among them is an investigation into the owner of energy firm Burisma, which paid former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter $50,000 per month to sit on its board for five years, despite his lack of qualifications in the field. | President Trump believes that Joe Biden wielded his political influence t…
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Ukraine Reviews Cases on Owner of Firm That Hired Biden Son
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-04
ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine — Ukraine's Prosecutor General said on Friday that his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where former Vice President Joe Biden's son sat on the board, as part of a review of all the criminal cases closed by his predecessors. | U.S. President Donald Trump had pressed for such a review in a phone call with Ukraine's new leader, a "favor" that now has led the U.S. Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry. Ruslan Ryaboshapka's statement shows that Kyiv is under an increasing pressure to react to Trump's overtures, analysts say. | Ryaboshapka told reporters…
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Text Messages Show the Trump-Zelensky Call Had Just One Goal — And It Was Anything but Routine
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-10-04
A summary of the infamous conversation could lead to Donald Trump's impeachment, but these text messages reveal for the first time how the call came about.
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Shot down? Testimony by Trump's Ukraine envoy seems to skewer Democrats' impeachment narrative
rt.com | 2019-10-04
Another transcript has poked a hole in the narrative of House Democrats trying to impeach President Donald Trump, as former US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified he never pushed Kiev for 'dirt' on former VP Joe Biden. | Volker was grilled for nine hours in a closed-doors session of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees on Thursday. Democrats on the committees claimed that he was instrumental in pushing the Ukrainian government to reopen a corruption investigation into Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine. | House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff (D-Califor…
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Amid impeachment inquiry, Democrats can't keep up with multi-million dollar spending by Trump allies
Yue Stella Yu | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump took center stage last week and helped both parties rake in millions of dollars. While the president's campaign and his political allies countered the inquiry with a rain of anti-impeachment ads, Democrats appear more reserved on the ad front. House Democrats overwhelmingly supported the inquiry, which came amid growing criticism …
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The Ukraine affair is damning, all right — just not in the way you're being told to think
rt.com | 2019-10-04
Democrats say texts and transcripts involving US officials dealing with Ukraine prove President Donald Trump should be impeached. What they actually confirm, however, is the extent to which the US treats Ukraine as a vassal. | At the heart of the latest media firestorm are the text messages between US diplomats and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats seeking to impeach Trump have already sent a subpoena to the White House seeking more documents, and their allies in the media have proclaimed the texts to be "damning." | Much of the brouhaha centers on messages from Bill Taylor, charge d'af…
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Trump announces plan to further privatize Medicare
wsws.org | 2019-10-04
The Democrats are basing their impeachment drive not on opposition to Trump's fascistic attack on immigrants and pro-corporate social policies, but on claims that he is not pursuing US foreign policy aggressively enough.
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Ukraine Gains from Trump's Impeachment Inquiry
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
The controversy swirling around the phone conversation between the US President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky regarding the business interests of former vice-president Joe Biden's son is having a salutary effect on the conflict in Ukraine. | The US …
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Robot Trolls on Amazon: How Fake Reviews Could Undermine Progressive Politics
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Every big personality or corporation uses algorithmic robots ("bots") to boost themselves and their products. Until recently, US President Donald Trump had a Twitter following of around 59 million. But nearly half of those "followers" were fake, spam, and/or dormant accounts. Twitter's purge of "Trump supporters" was actually a purge of fake accounts. (The real…
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The Lies of Capitalism
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Neoliberals love to quote the World Bank's rosy statistics about capitalism lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. Unfortunately, those statistics are skewed and manipulated to the point of outright prevarication, as Seth Donnelly demonstrates in his new book, "The Lie of Global Prosperity." He quotes a breathless World Bank press release,…
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Workers march to end climate crisis
Minnie Bruce Pratt | workers.org | 2019-10-04
That climate crisis is a workers' issue was emphatically affirmed by the IndustriALL Global Union when it called on all affiliates to take part in the September worldwide Climate Strike actions. IndustriALL represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors, giving it the power . . . | Continue reading Workers march to end climate crisis at Workers.org
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Lawless Trump-Canada Connections
Prof. John McMurtry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Canada recently seized and sold $30 million worth of Iranian properties in Ottawa and Toronto, a gross hypocrisy explains Yves Engler in light of oversights of more flagrant US and Israel terror victims. See this. | But the behaviour of …
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Vladimir Putin even outdid Trump with this ludicrous comment on Greta Thunberg
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Vladimir Putin just achieved the impossible: he outdid Donald Trump in sheer ludicrousness. The Russian president shared his thoughts on Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist who's inspired mass protests around the world. They're astounding in their hypocrisy and lack of awareness. | Adults have a duty: | Thunberg recently spoke at the UN. In her passionate speech, she said: Entire ecosyst…
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How Fossil Fuels Pollute STEM Education
Josue De Luna Navarro | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has a message for policy makers: "Listen to the scientists." As an engineer, I was glad to hear that. But I also believe it's also vital for scientists to be vigilant about whom they listen to. For years, corporations funded junk science trying to undermine the climate consensus. Now, virtually…
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'Save the planet, eat the babies': AOC trolled over climate change panic by pro-Trump prankster
rt.com | 2019-10-04
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a fan of radical climate change solutions, but one "modest proposal" caught her off guard. A woman she thought had a "mental condition" suggested eating babies for the good of the earth. | Speaking about her proposed 'Green New Deal' at a town hall event on Thursday, AOC was interrupted by an apparently distressed woman who felt the Green New Deal's zero-carbon goal just wouldn't cut it. Claiming that "we only have a few months left" to fight climate change, the woman went on to suggest that humanity begin eating its own children to save the world from ecological apoca…
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Scapegoating the homeless for climate crisis
Judy Greenspan | workers.org | 2019-10-04
Two weeks ago, when President Donald Trump flew to California for two days to fundraise for his election campaign, his trip was shrouded in secret. No one knew until the last minute where he was going to be. Yet in that short amount of time, Trump was able to attack . . . | Continue reading Scapegoating the homeless for climate crisis at Workers.org
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Trump Denies Protection to Ancient Alaskan Cedar Trees Threatened by Climate Crisis, Logging
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US Supreme Court to Decide Fate Of Baltimore v. Big Oil Suit
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-04
The city sued 26 oil and gas companies over their role in the climate crisis, but the companies have appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the case from proceeding at the state level.
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Video: Russia Tested Elements of Advanced S-500 Air Defense in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Syrian, Iranian and Russian forces started a joint military drill, involving heavy military equipment, rocket launchers and warplanes, on October 1, al-Watan newspaper reported on October 2. According to al-Watan, the drills coincided with a series of protests against the …
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Why I Confronted Trump's Architect of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran and Called Her a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
Jodie Evans | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
Jodie Evans with others outside of the United Against a Nuclear Iran conference in New York City. (Photo: Codepink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Nuclear powers once shared their technology openly — how Iran's program fell on the wrong side of history
Joseph OMahoney | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
As tensions remain at fever pitch between Tehran and Washington, Iran continues to breach limits agreed in the 2015 Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Since Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in May 2018, its future has become more and more uncertain. Iran has enriched uranium beyond the level agreed …
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who's jailed in Iran, to 'send daughter home to UK'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran is to send her daughter home to the UK to start school, it has been reported.Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been visited in prison by five-year-old Gabriella at least once a week for the past three years.The youngster will be back in London before Christmas, according to the Times.Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of spying, which she vehemently denies.Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, outside the Iranian Embassy (Jonathan Brady/PA)Her fight for freedom has seen her endure hunger strikes…
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Iran Is China's Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar's Global Reserve Status
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
There is a strong current of change affecting the international political arena. It is the beginning of a revolution brought on by the transition from a unipolar to multipolar world order. In practice, we are faced with the combination of …
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Cómo Venezuela derrotó el intento de golpe de estado de Washington en las Naciones Unidas
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-04
Un vistazo a cómo los diplomáticos venezolanos obstaculizaron un intento de Estados Unidos de revocar sus credenciales en la ONU…
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No Development Without the Politics of Mass Mobilization and Demilitarization in Kashmir
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Amidst that pandemonium of 1947, Jammu and Kashmir was the first state in the newly freed Indian subcontinent to have its own written constitutional plan. The constitution guaranteed enfranchisement of all adult citizens, men and women, and took particular care to protect the dignity and religious freedoms of minorities. The admirable egalitarian and democratic quality…
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World Lauds Xi's National Day Speech as China Reaffirms Peace
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
Foreign officials and experts applauded a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as Beijing reaffirmed its commitment to world peace and development. | During his speech, Xi pledged that China will stay on the path of peaceful development, and pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up. | RELATED: | Russia Helps China Build Missile-Attack Warning System | "We will continue to work wit…
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Why Arms Races Never End: Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security
Rajan Menon | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has embroiled the United States for generations, first with the Soviet Union, today with China and Russia. Pentagon officials…
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We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and "The National Interest"
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Never underestimate the power of the United States' American Exeptionalist and imperial doctrine. Look at the recent Washington Post revelation regarding wannabe fascist strongman Donald Trump's meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Lavrov in the White House in 2017. Trump told Lavrov and another high-ranking Russian official that he wasn't concerned about Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States does the same thing in other countries.
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Russia's Largest Oil Company Ditches Dollar in New Oil Deals
Tsvetana Paraskova | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Russia's largest oil company Rosneft has set the euro as the default currency for all new exports of crude oil and refined products, as the state-controlled giant looks to switch as many sales as possible from U.S. dollars to euros …
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Medvedev Receives Honoris Causa Degree From University Of Havana
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
Russian Prime Minister thanked the academic condition and called it an honor, as well as a wonderful opportunity to make a speech, for the first time, at the University of Havana, an "unique place where the leaders of the Cuban Revolution grew, and also opened a path for the independence and freedom of this country."
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Echoing Trump, Russian TV Casts Joe Biden and Kurt Volker as Villains of Ukraine Saga
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-10-04
Russian television coverage of the unfolding scandal over Ukraine, which has focused on promoting smears against Joe Biden, has been fervently pro-Trump.
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As man dies in ICE custody, California moves to ban for-profit prisons, including immigrant jails
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
A Cameroonian immigrant died this week in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California. The man, identified as 37-year-old Nebane Abienwi, died on Tuesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. This comes as California lawmakers passed a bill last month that would ban private prisons statewide, a major blow to the for-profit prison …
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Trump's Anti-Immigration Policies Are a Deepening of Previous Admin Policies
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-04
Although Trump's rhetoric on immigration is shocking, suggesting border patrol should shoot border crossing immigrants in the legs, his policies are an intensification of policies that began under Obama, not a dramatic departure, says Aviva Chomsky.
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The official lies told about JFK's death prove that the people no longer own the government
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
Let us think back to the year 1960 and compare those times to our own. The previous eight years under Eisenhower were, in America, years of relative peace and prosperity. The Korean War ended in 1953. There was the continuing fear of nuclear destruction and war with the Soviet Union, but we were not actually …
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What Julian Assange Really Represents
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Julian Assange is facing extradition to the United States after he was forcibly dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police mid-April this year. On the 1st May, he was imprisoned for breaching bail conditions. His sentence is now …
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France's Police Protest Movement: The Unspoken Truth is that their Demands are Similar to those of the Yellow Vests
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Pour la version franàßaise de cet article | In early October, The French Police conducted La March de la colère, (The "March of Anger") directed against President Macron's deadly economic austerity measures. "The center of Paris was paralyzed by the largest …
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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man at Gaza Border
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
The Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators Friday, killing at least one person and wounding many others, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement. | RELATED: | 20 Year Old Killed in Gaza Protests | According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, nearly 6,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip gathered near the border to protest against Israel's discrimatory policies. | During the protest, the Israeli Defense Forces fired live rounds towards the protesters after they alleged…
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Bolsonaro's highway project targets heart of Amazon region
Saul Foster | mronline.org | 2019-10-04
Amazon researchers said the repaved road would trigger an explosion of deforestation in Amazonas, currently Brazil's best preserved rainforest state precisely because it has few good roads. | Source…
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As Global Economy Weakens, Trump Escalates Trade War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Multiple rounds of Sino/US trade talks failed over unacceptable Trump regime demands and aims. | They're unrelated to the bilateral trade imbalance — caused by corporate America shifting operations to China and other low-wage countries. | Another round of US/China talks are …
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Torture and Killing of Palestinians in Israeli Prisons
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
B'Tselem published numerous reports on Israeli use of torture and other forms of abuse against Palestinian detainees — arrested and imprisoned for political reasons. | In November 2017, the organization said the following: | "The Israel Security Agency's (ISA) interrogation regime relies | …
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Correa: No One Voted For The IMF Or The Increase In Fuel Price
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa referred to the complicated situation that his country is going through after Lenin Moreno decreed a "State of Exception" in response to protests against adjustment measures agreed with the IMF. | RELATED: | 'Madness is Over', Ecuador's President Moreno Warns Protesters | "What happens tears the soul," Correa said and also compared this social outbreak with the resistance to economic policies of…
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'Madness is Over', Ecuador's President Moreno Warns Protesters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Friday ratified that he will not back down on the elimination of fuel subsidies, the flexibilization of labor rules and other austerity measures which have prompted an ongoing indefinite nationwide strike. | RELATED: | Ecuador Assembly Calls for President's Removal, Early Polls | "When they become rulers, opponents will be…
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Cleric warns Iraqi leaders as protest death toll soars
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Iraq's top Shiite cleric has sharply criticised the government over deadly violence gripping the country, urging political leaders and protesters to pull back "before it is too late".The comments by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as the death toll in this week's anti-government demonstrations climbed to 42.His sermon came hours after Iraq's prime minister called on protesters to go home, comparing security measures to "bitter medicine" that needs to be swallowed.Anti-government protesters burn an armoured vehicle (Hadi Mizban/AP)Since 1 October, security forces have fired live rounds and tear gas every day t…
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Dozens of Iraqi Protesters Killed as Demonstrations Intensify
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
For the past week, wide-scale demonstrations have hit several Iraqi cities as protesters demand economic improvements and the removal of government officials. | RELATED: | 11 Murdered Overnight in Anti-Government Protest in Iraq | In the past 24 hours, dozens of these protesters have been killed across Iraq as the violent protests against government corruption swelled into a mass spontaneous uprising sweeping much of the country, the worst unrest since the defeat of Islamic State.
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Martial Law Unfolding in Iraq: 30 Protesters Dead, Internet Blackout, 24-Hour Curfews
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-04
Now in their third day, mass anti-government protests across Iraq have resulted in 30 dead and over 1000 wounded.

Martial Law Unfolding in Iraq: 30 Protesters Dead, Internet Blackout, 24-Hour Curfews

Trump's Trade War With China: Is It About to End?
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
The latest de-escalation of the trade war with China — with exemptions from some tariffs on both sides — has left markets uncertain as to whether it will end before there is serious escalation. But if I were managing a hedge fund, I would bet on it. To see why, we must start with Trump…
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Africa is Becoming the Latest Battleground in the Struggle for Palestinian Freedom
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-04
Israel has successively driven a wedge between African countries, which, at one point, were united in their unconditional support of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli military occupation and apartheid.
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The Africa-Palestine Conference: Why South Africa Must Lead the Way
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
On September 16, I visited South Africa, a country where many Palestinians have always felt welcomed, if not overwhelmed by the degree of genuine and meaningful solidarity. While having the honor to address many audiences in six, major cities, I have also learned a great deal. An important and sobering lesson is that while apartheid…
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The Las Vegas Shooter, Two Years Later
Greg Palast | truthdig.com | 2019-10-04
Why Steve Paddock killed dozens of innocent Las Vegas revelers two years ago isn't as much of a mystery when you consider his roots.
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European Parliament launches anti-communist crusade
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-04
Communists and left organizations have hit out at a reactionary "ahistorical" motion passed by the European Parliament last month which equates communism with "the monster of fascism." The European Communist Initiative condemned the "outrageous" resolution tabled by the right-wing European People's Party group and warned of the escalating anti-communism of the European Union (EU). The …
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Edward Snowden, You Legend!
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster; when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you." — Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil…
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Diahann Carroll, Oscar-Nominated, Pioneering Actress, Dies
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-04
NEW YORK — Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died. She was 84. | Carroll's daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer. | During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical "No Strings" and an Academy Award nomination for best actress for "Claudine." | But she was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on "Julia." Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbr…
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5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People
Claire Edwards | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the …
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New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe
wsws.org | 2019-10-04
The Trump administration's announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.
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'We are at a crisis point' warns new report exposing 'science under siege' from the Trump administration
Jessica Corbett | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
The Trump administration's attacks on science have reached a "crisis point," according to policy experts and ex-government officials who published a report on Thursday that "highlights how our government research and data are being increasingly manipulated for political gain." Proposals for Reform Volume II (pdf) is the second report from the National Task Force on Rule …
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How the U.S. Military Undermines the American Economy
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
On January 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave his now-famous farewell address, warning the nation: In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let…
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The Battles Now
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
"Now we are engaged…." — Lincoln, Gettysburg Address One real battle we are in now — human caused global warming — is a battle we realized very belatedly we are in. The other — the political one — is, in a President Trump retweet, heading toward "a Civil War like fracture in this nation" and…
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Argentina: 'The Dead Don't Pay' Fernandez Ally Tells IMF
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
At an international event held in Washington DC On Friday Sergio Massa, a key ally of presidential front-runner Alberto Fernandez, warned that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should give Argentina time to revive economic growth to be able to pay off its debts. | RELATED: | Argentina's Poverty Hits 36% Amid Macri's Neoliberalism | "The re…
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Thomas Cook staff forced to rely on handouts after travel firm's collapse
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Former Thomas Cook staff have found themselves relying on family members and food banks to make ends meet after the travel company collapsed 11 days ago. | Former staff have been left with no choice but to sign on for universal credit; yet with a five-week wait, some have found themselves struggling to afford to pay their mortgages or shop for food. | Betty Knight, from Macclesfield, told the PA news agency that she was forced to go through her direct debits at the bank, cancelling anything they deemed to be a luxury. | However, the former stewardess, who had worked at the company for almost 13 years, admitted sh…
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My America: Raised by the Perpetual War Empire
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
One must surmise that any 'thinking' citizen of ancient Rome probably felt as this writer does concerning my America, the Empire. Perpetual wars, invasions, occupations and colonization of foreign lands either were greeted with a cheerleading feeling, or with apathy …
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Counting Sheep as Grasslands Shrink in Gujarat
Namita Waikar | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
"Is there rain in your village?" It was Karabhai Aal on the phone from Banaskantha district in North Gujarat. "There is none here." That was in the last week of July this year. "If it rains, we will go home," he had declared with half a hope. That he was speaking to a non-farmer in…
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The United States of Bribery and Sanctioning
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
The USBS. Not very long ago, I was saying to an ardent, proudly feminist democrat that they should be careful what they wish for in their assuming that replacing Trump with Pence would be an improvement. The immediate response I received was (and which indicated the futility of my suggestion), "Well, at least he's normal."
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Bernie: Keep Fighting On
Eric Mann | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Senator Sanders. Sorry to hear about your heart surgery but it will make you stronger. We can't let your opponents seize on this and imply that it proves something about your age or your heart. You have more heart than most of the dead-people-walking Democratic pretenders. A stent is a commonly used procedure to open…
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The Politics of Trolling
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Back in the mid-90s, when the Internet was first taking off, spurred by AOL's making the web available to the masses, it was easy to become a cyber-utopian. Manuel Castells, a Spanish sociologist, became one of its prophets. In books like the 2001 "The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society", Castells recognized…
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Donald Trump's Phone Around
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
When the squalid, absurd and occasionally hilarious accounts are compiled by a sober mind, the Trump administration will stand out as much gargoyle with more than a touch of paranoia. But there will be one thing that might save the man who has given an era his name: The fact that there were those out…
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Why Does Trump Keep Doing This?
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
Does Trump understand democracy? I'm really asking. His approach to politics is combative — kill-or-be-killed. If you hit him, he will hit you back harder, no matter what the rules of the game are. That might be a great strategy in a WWE ring. It's less good in life. Trump gives demeaning and sometimes racist…
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The Myth of the Scandal-Free Presidency
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
scan ∑dal /Ààskandl/ noun an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage. It was to be expected. The miserableness of Trump and his overt racism, nationalism, misogyny, cruelty and belligerence would come to eclipse the crimes of other (let's say all) former US presidents. I saw it after Bill…
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Capitalism's Triumph: Labor Rights Violated in Every Country on Earth
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
In what country are labor rights fully respected? The sad answer is: none. Labor rights are routinely violated around the world, and the trend is only getting worse. The International Trade Union Confederation has again issued its annual Global Rights Index and the result is no better than in past years. It's worse. For example, the number of…
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Cruel Optimism and the Settler-Colonial Roots of White Grievance
Julie Y. Chu | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
This past summer I was camping in rural Wisconsin with my partner and son when a huge thunderstorm forced us to seek out the closest local pub for dinner one evening. Our four-year old had been going through some kind of cranky asshole phase all summer and our options for feeding him in the middle…
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Our Global Gas Chamber
JP Sottile | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-04
One of the great (mostly) untold stories of the Age Of Oil is the array of toxic chemicals in hydrocarbon exhaust and the accumulation of exhaust-borne particulates in the bloodstream and brain. We are largely indifferent to these byproducts of our industrial-grade obsession with hydrocarbons, but our willful ignorance cannot hide the facts the way…
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Grenfell Tower probe into how fatal blaze started to be published within weeks
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
A report investigating how the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people started will be published before the end of the month after the prime minister approved its release.The first stage of the inquiry into the fire has been completed and Boris Johnson has asked the chairman to make it public before October 30 — more than two years after the fatal west London blaze took place.The paper will look at how the fire started, the reason it spread as it did and the reaction from the emergency services.In a letter to inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Johnson said: "I invite you to publish the phase 1 report…
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Former Dallas police officer gets 10 years after shooting neighbor in his home
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-04
A former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced to serve ten years in prison on Wednesday afternoon. Guyger was arrested in September 2018 after she shot and killed Botham Jean, 26. Jean lived in the unit directly below Guyger's apartment, which she alleged led her to believe that an intruder had entered "her" home. …
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First wolf sighted in Belgium in 100 years was likely shot with her cubs
Olivia Rosane | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-04
Naya made wildlife history when she became the first wolf to be spotted in Belgium for more than 100 years in January 2018. But the wolf, who was carrying cubs, has not been seen since May. Belgium's Nature and Forest Agency (ANB) says it is "virtually certain" she has been killed, according to The Guardian. "The death of the wolf and …
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Lula: "I Want To Leave This Place With My Innocence Proved"
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-04
In the new edition of "Interview," former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has been in prison since April 2018 for his alleged link to the corruption case "Lava Jato," received RT in the Curitiba city jail. | RELATED: | Brazil's Largest Network O Globo Attacks Lula for Rejecting House Arrest | On the role of wor…
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Former Ukraine President Poroshenko under Police Investigation: Fails to Appear for Polygraph Test
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko failed to appear at the Kiev Research Institute of Forensic Expertise for a polygraph test on October 1st. The test was scheduled to be conducted by Ukraine's National Bureau of Investigations, having been authorized by …
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The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS
Washington's Blog | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …
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The Eurasian Economic Union's Expansion Is Encouraging, but Don't Get Too Excited
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
The recent meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Council in the Armenian capital of Yerevan at the beginning of October saw the reaching of a free trade agreement with the ASEAN powerhouse of Singapore and confirmation that a temporary deal will …
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Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to …
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Privatizing Canada's Water Infrastructure Should be an Election Issue
Joyce Nelson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
With the Canadian federal election just days away, it's amazing that there's been no media focus on the Liberals' plan to privatize our municipal water and wastewater systems. As far as I can determine, only one alternative media site, Press …
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Joshua Wong, Juan Guaido — New Generation of Pro-Western "Saints"
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
The new generation of "pro-Western heroes" and "saints" is clearly failing to impress the world. Juan Guaido and Joshua Wong are definitely as right-wing as Mother Teresa was, but not as "credible". | A long time ago I visited a place …
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Juan Guaido, Joshua Wong: New Generation of Pro-Western "Saints"
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-04
The new generation of "pro-Western heroes" and "saints" is clearly failing to impress the world. Juan Guaido and Joshua Wong are definitely as right-wing as Mother Teresa was, but not as "credible". ***** A long time ago I visited a place in Calcutta, India, where Mother Teresa used to operate. According to the Catholic Church …
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UK Royal Mail workers wildcat strike over racist insult by management
wsws.org | 2019-10-04
The "unofficial" strike in defence of a Muslim co-worker is a powerful answer to the nationalist climate being stoked by the British ruling class over Brexit.
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Boris Johnson is in the pocket of DUP, says Lord Hain
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Boris Johnson is in the pocket of the DUP — a party which does not speak for all of the north of Ireland, a former secretary of state has warned. | Lord Hain said he was not surprised at the Irish government's rejection of the prime minister's Brexit proposals, saying that Johnson's blueprint was "dumping" the border problem on Dublin. | The Labour peer, who served as Northern Ireland secretary from 2005 to 2007, said the solution is to have the same rules either side of the border for customs, trade, standards and regulations. | Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Lord Hain said: "The DUP doesn't sp…
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Former leadership contender Rory Stewart walks out on Tories and quits as MP
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-04
Former Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart has said he has quit the Conservative Party and will stand down at the next general election. | The former Cabinet minister was among the 21 rebels who had the whip removed by Boris Johnson when he defied him in the commons by backing a move designed to block a no-deal Brexit. | The Penrith and The Border MP ran against Johnson in the race to lead his party in June, but on 4 October he announced his decision to quit. | It's been a great privilege to serve Penrith and The Border for the last ten years, so it is with sadness that I am announcing that I will be standing…
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Johnson's "fair and reasonable" Brexit compromise falls on deaf ears
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-04
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered the European Union a proposed "best and final offer" Brexit deal Wednesday, saying it encapsulates a real compromise for both sides and urged EU leaders to hold "rapid negotiations towards a solution" after years of squabbling. The U.K. is slated to withdraw from EU membership Oct. 31. And with …
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House Dems Take Aim at Pence Role in Ukraine Scandal as Impeachment Inquiry Continues
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
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Report Shows 'Stunning and Dramatic' Scenes of Thawing Permafrost in Siberia That 'Leaves Millions on Unstable Ground'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
The latest installment in a Washington Post series on "hot zones" around the world that are already enduring "extreme climate change" focuses on the federal Russian republic in eastern Siberia called Yakutia, part of which "has warmed by more than 3 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times—roughly triple the global average." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Posting $24.6 Million Third-Quarter Haul, Warren Far Surpasses Biden 'Without One Single Fancy Fundraiser'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
"The online small dollar operations of Bernie and Warren are disrupting the old campaign model." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Human Rights Defenders Condemn Iraqi Government After Security Forces Kill at Least 44 People in Anti-Corruption Protests
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-04
Human rights organizations joined Iraq's top Shiite cleric in condemning the Iraqi government on Friday for its violent response to protests in Baghdad and a number of southern cities, as 44 people were reported to be killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Conspiracy Against Trump Is Now Out in the Open
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-04
I am beginning to wonder if fluoridation hasn't dropped the US IQ by much more than 5 points. | The reports, such as this one, which provide clear evidence that the alleged whistleblower spent a month arranging his complaint with …
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Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?
Romain Mielcarek | thenation.com | 2019-10-04
Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?
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Searching for Common Ground on Impeachment in NY's 19th
Karen Rothmyer | thenation.com | 2019-10-04
Searching for Common Ground on Impeachment in NY's 19th…
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Think or Swim
David Klein | thenation.com | 2019-10-04
Climate change activists demand action from our leaders.
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Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Shook Everyone–Except Trump
Mohamad Bazzi | thenation.com | 2019-10-04
For Trump, outrage over the slaying of the journalist was just the cost of doing business with Saudi Arabia.
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Trump May Be Driving the Economy Into Recession
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-04
Trump May Be Driving the Economy Into Recession…
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Lessons From Watergate: "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-04
| President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking ba…
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From Trump to Nixon: "Watergate" Film Explains "How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-04
President Donald Trump called openly Thursday for the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate Trump's campaign rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter for corruption. Trump's explicit remarks during a press conference came as leaders of the Democratic-led House pushed ahead rapidly with their impeachment investigation. President Trump is just the fourth U.S. president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. We spend the hour looking at back at the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon's resignation in 1974 and is the focus of a documentary titled "Watergate…
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Pelosi Wants to Prosecute Snowden But Protect Trump Whistleblower
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-04
| House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to condemn NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he revealed the U.S. government's vast surveillance programs. "I think that he should be prosecuted," Pelosi told reporters, just days after Snowden's name became public in June 2013. | Later that month, speaking about Snowden at a Netroots Nation conference, Pelosi rendered…
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