Daily Archives: October 11, 2019

2019-10-11: News Headlines

Ed Sykes (2019-10-11). Channel 4 shamed other establishment outlets with its frank report on Turkey's illegal invasion of Syria. thecanary.co While other establishment media outlets held back in their reporting of NATO member Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria, Channel 4 put them to shame with a frank and honest analysis. | "It's called ethnic cleansing": | Channel 4's international editor Lindsey Hilsum, reporting from the largely-Kurdish region of northern Syria (aka Rojava), asked: "wh…

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-11). If you take away freedom, all four seasons and I will die. mronline.org Turkey has invaded Syria. In particular, Turkey has crossed the border to destroy the largely Syrian Kurdish province of Rojava, south of the Turkey-Syria border and east of the Euphrates River. The green light for this invasion came from Washington, DC, when U.S. President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. […] | Source

The Canary (2019-10-11). 'There's a hundred ways to defend Rojava': a statement from Internationalists in North East Syria. thecanary.co The Canary is proud to publish this guest post from Internationalist currently volunteering in North East Syria (Rojava). | As of Wednesday 9 October, the fascist Turkish state along with their mercenary Jihadist gangs began their offensive against the free peoples of North East Syria. There have already been civilian casualties, injuries and displacement as a result of these attacks. | As Internationalist volunteers in North East Syria, we came here to be a part of the revolution, to share what we can and to learn everything possible…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-11). US and Russia Fail to Condemn Turkish Aggression in Syria. Moscow and Washington Exercise Their UNSC Veto in Favor of Turkey's Invasion of Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, the US and Russia vetoed the same Security Council Resolution, the first time this happened since the body initially met on January 17, 1946. | On Thursday in closed-door session, an EU Security Resolution called on Turkey "to cease …

Medea Benjamin (2019-10-11). Crises in Iraq and Haiti Expose the Failure of Militarized Neoliberalism. globalresearch.ca This season could be called the Autumn of Discontent, as people from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean have been rising up against corrupt neoliberal governments. Two of the countries in crisis, Haiti and Iraq, are on …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-11). Cynical Enterprises: The Kurds Await Their Fate, Betrayed by the US. globalresearch.ca Big powers, as with the greatest of gangsters, have always had a certain, indulgent luxury; their prerogative is to make promises they can choose to abide by or ignore. A vision is assured, guarantees made. Then comes the betrayal. The …

Staff (2019-10-11). A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield. therealnews.com The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.

Dave Lindorff (2019-10-11). Sure Trump is 'Betraying the Kurds!' But What's New about That? counterpunch.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they've been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years, not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels, More

Tom Gallagher (2019-10-11). Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons. commondreams.org Absent all the hardware bearing Made in America stickers sitting in Turkish military bases, we would probably not be fretting about what Turkey's government was doing to the Syrian Democratic Forces. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bill Van Auken (2019-10-11). Trump Admits US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . "We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION" globalresearch.ca Amid the storm of denunciations—extending from right-wing Republicans to the Democratic Party, the New York Times and the pseudo-left Jacobinmagazine—of his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary tweet on Wednesday in defense …

South Front (2019-10-11). Video: Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring". US Withdraws. Turkey Invades Northeastern Syria. Bombs US Supported YPG Forces. globalresearch.ca Turkey officially announced that it had launched a military operation in northeastern Syria. Over the past years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other representatives of the country's leadership have repeatedly announced this idea. However, this time promises were turned …

South Front (2019-10-11). Video: Syrian Forces Deployed against Turkish Invasion, US backed SDF Forces Seek Cooperation with Damascus Against Turkey. globalresearch.ca The withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish border has caused a kind of panic among the leadership of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish militias. | On October 7, the group already speculated that the Syrian …

Sarah Abed (2019-10-11). World Leaders Condemn Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring" and Demand Exercising Restraint. globalresearch.ca "Operation Peace Spring" Turkey's third cross border military operation in northern Syria, in as many years, was initiated east of the Euphrates River, on Wednesday. Turkish armed forces began heavy air and artillery strikes targeting about 180-200 Kurdish positions. Turkey's …

Steve Sweeney (2019-10-11). Turkish army and militia forces surround Kurdish towns as invasion advances. peoplesworld.org Scores of Kurdish civilians, including children, were killed and injured as Turkish forces and their jihadist allies closed in on the towns of Tel Abyad and Serekaniye in northern Syria yesterday. NATO's second largest army began its invasion after launching air strikes across the Syrian border. Troops flooded into the largely Kurdish region east of …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-11). Corbyn says sanctions on Turkey could be needed if 'appalling' attacks on Kurdish areas of Syria continue. thecanary.co The British government has faced criticism for failing to act over Turkey's invasion of northern Syria. The UK's NATO ally is attacking largely-Kurdis…

WSWS (2019-10-11). Crisis mounts over Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria. wsws.org Trump's green light for the Turkish invasion has prompted heated condemnations from his Republican allies as well as within the US military.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-10-11). U.S. and Turkey out of Syria — No to the NATO invasion! liberationnews.org Down with the Turkish invasion! U.S. and Turkey out of Syria and the Middle East!

Patrick Cockburn (2019-10-11). Kurdish Fighters Always Feared Trump Would be a Treacherous Ally. counterpunch.org In a field beside a disused railway station on the plain just south of the Syrian-Turkish frontier, a brigade of Syrian Kurdish soldiers were retraining in order to resist an invasion by the Turkish army. "We acted like a regular army when we were fighting Daesh [Isis]," Rojvan, a veteran Kurdish commander of the YPG More

Staff (2019-10-11). Turkey Outspends Kurdish Forces on Lobbying in Washington, DC. truthout.org | | Turkey launched its long-planned military operation on Wednesday to wipe out the Kurdish militia along its southern border with Syria, following a White House announcement on Sunday that the U.S. would step aside by withdrawing all its troops from the region. | The decision quickly drew criticism, with some of President Donald Trump's fiercest allies condemning him for leaving behind Kurdish forces who helped fight…

Vassilis K. Fouskas, Bulent Gokay (2019-10-11). Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price. commondreams.org The civil war in Syria, exacerbated by military intervention by countries including the U.S., has left 5.5 million Syrians seeking asylum. (Photo: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins (2019-10-11). Mainstream Media Suddenly Care About Syrian Civilian Casualties. commondreams.org A Syrian man carried a child who was retrieved from a collapsed building following a reported U.S. coalition air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo in July 2016. (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-10-11). Turkish Military Offensive Risks a Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julian Cola (2019-10-11). Indigenous-Led Protests Rock Ecuador Decrying IMF Deal and Demanding Moreno's Resignation. mintpressnews.com Labeled "savages" in times past, today the mobilizing efforts of the indigenous have been associated with the work of "terrorist groups" and "criminal groups" by President Moreno.

teleSUR (2019-10-11). Live Updates: Ecuadoreans Protest Lenin Moreno Regime. telesurenglish.net For the ninth consecutive day, Ecuador's civil society movements, spearheaded mainly by the Ecuadorean Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie), are conducting a nationwide strike and holding massive protests across the Andean country against President Lenin Moreno and the economic policies package he agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | RELATED: | 'Most Protesters Were Coming for Me': Moreno on Leaving Capital | By Thursday night five people were d…

Eds. (2019-10-11). Defying repression, tens of thousands of Ecuadorians take part in national strike. mronline.org The heavy-handed response of the Ecuadorian police and military to the massive mobilizations in the country has already cost eight lives with hundreds suffering grave injuries | Source

Carlos Aznarez (2019-10-11). Lenín versus Lenin in Ecuador. workers.org Aznárez, based in Buenos Aires, is the director of Resumen Latinoamericano (resumenlatinoamericano.org), which published this article on Oct. 8. Translation by Michael Otto. As the revolutionary Franz Fanon wrote, insurrection has always been a weapon of the humble people — of the "wretched of the earth." It is a necessary . . . | Continue reading Lenín versus Lenin in Ecuador at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-10-11). Live Updates: Ecuadoreans Protest Against Lenin Moreno Regime. telesurenglish.net For the ninth consecutive day, Ecuador's social movements, indigenous organizations, workers unions, and student organizations, together with thousands of citizens who have taken to the streets, are performing a nationwide strike against President Lenin Moreno and the economic policies package recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) | RELATED: | 'Most Protesters Were Coming for Me': Moreno on Leaving Capital | In Quito, the country's capital, Thursday night ended wit…

Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez (2019-10-11). A massive people's strike explodes in Ecuador. workers.org Oct. 10 — The great people's strike has exploded in Ecuador. Today is the eighth day that road traffic in Ibarra, a city with a population of 250,000, has been completely shut down, with no buses or taxis running. It is the sixth day of suspended classes for all students. . . . | Continue reading A massive people's strike explodes in Ecuador at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-10-11). CIA spied on Assange's lawyers, visitors in Ecuadorian embassy. wsws.org The El País report indicates that the US pursuit of Assange has included the illegal surveillance of American lawyers and journalists, in violation of the US Constitution.

Staff (2019-10-11). Peru's Constitutional Crisis Cuts Deep Due to Endemic Corruption. therealnews.com The standoff between Peru's president and its legislature has found a temporary resolution, but the corruption crisis continues and the left might be able to take advantage of the situation.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-10-11). Houthis Vow Retaliation As Saudi Naval Blockade Sparks Fresh Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has stepped up its seizure and detention of ships carrying food and fuel into Yemen, sparking shortages that experts warn will push the country's civilians into even more dire straits.

Staff (2019-10-11). Bipartisan Senate Report Debunks Trump-Giuliani "Spygate" Conspiracy Theory. truthout.org | | Even by the hyperactive standards of the Trump era, this week was a bit of a news overload. The White House "declared war" on the House of Representatives by declaring that impeachment is unconstitutional. The President impulsively gave the green light to Turkey to slaughter America's Kurdish allies. And the Southern District of New York arrested two of Rudy Giuliani's Ukrainian business partners and political associates as they tried to leave the country on a one-way ticket. There were a…

WSWS (2019-10-11). Trump makes fascistic appeal to police and military at Minneapolis rally. wsws.org The president spoke at his first rally since the start of the impeachment inquiry with dozens of red-shirted police as a backdrop, and any protesters physically removed.

Staff (2019-10-11). Actually, Rudy Giuliani Has Always Been Like This. truthdig.com "I will be the hero! These morons—when this is over, I will be the hero…. Anything I did should be praised." | These are the words of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, speaking of the government operative who leaked information about the president's conversations with the Ukrainian president that has led to impeachment proceedings. Out of context, they appear to be narcissistic ravings. In context, they are just another installment of the constant refrain Americans are used to…

Staff (2019-10-11). Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses? therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.

Staff (2019-10-11). Here's What the Framers of the Constitution Said About Impeachment. truthout.org | | There has been much discussion about what the framers of the Constitution thought about impeachment of the president, particularly given the wide range of impeachable things Trump has done, and the debate around whether impeaching him is consistent with the thoughts of the men who wrote the Constitution's impeachment clause. (At the time, they'd not yet settled on the term "president" so they referred to the president at the "executive" or "magistrate.") | Here are the framers' own words, recorde…

Roger Harris (2019-10-11). Why Trump is Facing Impeachment. counterpunch.org "The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….." Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted Trump More

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-11). Why Trump Is Facing Impeachment. dissidentvoice.org The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….. — Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted …

Rob Urie (2019-10-11). Democrats Impeach Joe Biden, Fiddle as the Planet Burns. counterpunch.org Establishment efforts to isolate 'corruption' narrowly in the persons of Donald Trump and Joe Biden's son, Hunter, rely on a conception of it that makes sense only within political economy that ceased to function for the rest of us some decades ago. Understood outside of Washington and New York is that the exchange of campaign More

The Canary (2019-10-11). John McDonnell speaks out as it emerges Facebook only paid £28.5m in UK tax despite £1.65bn revenue. thecanary.co Facebook only paid £28.5 million in UK taxes last year despite reporting growing revenue of £1.65 billion from advertising sales.The tech giant's latest UK accounts reveal that pre-tax profits jumped by more than 50% from the year before to £96.6 million.Its total tax bill for 2018 came in at £30.4 million, but this was reduced by £1.9 million due to deferred tax and effects of changes in tax rates — up from the £15.8 million it paid in tax for 2017.Labour's shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said: How many more examples of large-scale tax avoidance does this Government nee…

RT (2019-10-11). Jane Fonda protests 'climate change' in DC because Greta Thunberg said so, gets arrested. rt.com Award-winning actress Jane Fonda has woken up to how bad climate change is after listening to Swedish teen Greta Thunberg. She came to Washington to protest on the steps of the Capitol, and promptly got arrested. | "I've been a climate scientist for decades and decades," Fonda, 81, told ABC News — but it was apparently Thunberg holding a sign in from of the Swedish parliament that inspired her to actually take to the streets. So the 81-year-old actress decided to get out of her "comfort zone," leaving her $5.45 million Los Angeles mansion to move across the country to Washington, DC for the purpose of pro…

Aída Chávez (2019-10-11). Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers. theintercept.com Twitter is refusing to verify the accounts of primary challengers running for Congress in 2020, a policy that many candidates say is hurting their campaigns and helping keep the same handful of politicians in power. | Cori Bush, a community activist who challenged 10-term incumbent William Lacy Clay in the St. Louis-based district last cycle, still hasn't been verified on Twitter. She's running in Missouri's 1st Congressional District again in 2020, and even starred in a documentary about her first attempt. "Knock Down the House," the Rachel Lears film Netflix bought for a record $10 million, followed the insurge…

Eds. (2019-10-11). Struggle for climate change is a struggle against capitalism. mronline.org The struggle against inequality and for destruction of capital is innately linked with struggle for man-nature dialectics of the higher order where earth does not remain a commodity to be exploited. | Source

Climate Nexus (2019-10-11). The rich get more aid after floods, new research shows. nationofchange.org Wealthier counties receive more federal home buyouts in the wake of natural disasters than poorer areas, regardless of whether or not these homes are at increased risk of flooding, new research shows. A study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances analyzes 40,000 voluntary buyouts made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 1989, finding that federal grants …

The Canary (2019-10-11). Climate breakdown activists 'wallpaper' government department with science reports. thecanary.co Environmental activists have 'wallpapered' the front of a government department with pages of science detailing the climate impact of fracked gas.A group of protesters, many dressed in boiler suits, pasted printouts of a study by climate scientist Professor Robert Howarth of Cornell University in the US, showing the effects of fracked gas on fossil fuels.The group pasted the pages on the revolving doors, walls and windows of the department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Dublin.The move is the flagship action of Extinction Rebellion week in the city.Extinction Rebellion (XR) protestors wallpa…

Eds. (2019-10-11). Climate Justice in India: A critical overview. mronline.org Global climate strike led by Greta Thunberg and youth around the world has trigged climate justice debates in the mainstream. In India, from the past few weeks, we have witnessed climate protests in major metropolitan cities demanding governments to act on the current climate crisis to ensure a livable future for the coming generations. | Source

Graham Peebles (2019-10-11). Climate Change: All Talk No Action. counterpunch.org Awareness of climate change and the interconnected environmental crisis is growing throughout the world. Protest movements led by Extinction Rebellion and School Strike for Climate increase in number and scope, demands for action are repeated, louder and louder, anger and anxiety mounts. And yet politicians and corporations, complacent, trapped by outdated ideology and motivated by More

teleSUR (2019-10-11). Iranian Oil Tanker Targeted by Two Missiles Off the Saudi Coast. telesurenglish.net An Iranian oil tanker that was traveling through the Red Sea waters on Friday was reportedly targeted by two missiles from an unidentified source, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced in an official statement. | RELATED: | Iran Reiterates Hormuz Plan Will Guarantee Peace in the Region | Iran identified the ship as the 'Sabiti', which, at the time, was traveling off the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah when the explosions were first reported at 9: 00 A.M. (Riyadh Time).

RT (2019-10-11). Pentagon sending 2,000+ more troops to 'assure and enhance defense' of Saudi Arabia amid tensions with Iran. rt.com The US is beefing up military might in the Middle East, saying it will send more troops, fighter jets and missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran. | US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the deployment of two fighter squadrons, one Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems and one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday. | This is in addition to the 200 or so troops, Patriots and radar systems whose deployment was announced two weeks ago, and amounts to 3,000 troops "e…

teleSUR (2019-10-11). US Deploys Large Force to Saudi Arabia. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Armed Forces will deploy a large number of military personnel to Saudi Arabia to help bolster the kingdom's defenses following the September 14 attack on its oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran. | RELATED: | Iranian Oil Tanker Targeted by Two Missiles Off the Saudi Coast | According to a statement from the Pentagon, the deployment, which was first reported by Reuters, will include fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing and air defens…

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-11). Some in Hong Kong feel frustrated as their city is losing to Mainland China. dissidentvoice.org Hong Kong is losing to Mainland China. Its poverty rates are high, it suffers from corruption and savage capitalism. It is now the most expensive city on earth. People are frustrated, but paradoxically, they are blaming socialist Beijing for their problems, instead of the legacy of British colonialism. 'Across the line', Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Xiang …

Andre Vltchek (2019-10-11). Some in Hong Kong Feel Frustrated, as Their City Is Losing to Mainland China. globalresearch.ca Hong Kong is losing to Mainland China. Its poverty rates are high, it suffers from corruption and savage capitalism. It is now the most expensive city on earth. People are frustrated, but paradoxically, they are blaming socialist Beijing for their …

Rep Tulsi Gabbard (2019-10-11). Tulsi Gabbard: "The DNC and Corporate Media Are Rigging the Election Again" globalresearch.ca Introductory note | Tulsi Gabbard has identified the nature of the electoral fraud committed by the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 primaries. | The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-10-11). Tulsi Gabbard and Rigged Elections. globalresearch.ca Tulsi Gabbard, who has at best minimal support by Democrats (around one percent), and zero from the corporate DNC, posted the following video earlier today. | . | . | There are so many of you who I've met in Iowa and …

Staff (2019-10-11). Trump Attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar and Somali Refugees at Minnesota Rally. truthout.org | | After President Donald Trump launched unhinged and racist attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and Minnesota's Somali refugee community during a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night, Omar quickly responded that Trump's hate-filled rhetoric and policies can and must be defeated by a grassroots progressive movement. | "At his rally just now, Trump called me an 'America-hating socialist' and a 'disgrace.' He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me,"

Aaron Maté (2019-10-11). Real life and resistance in Venezuela — Ben Norton reports on effects of US blockade. thegrayzone.com Ben Norton speaks about his reporting in Venezuela, where he investigated how bipartisan US sanctions and Trump's embargo are making…

WWSFBAB (2019-10-11). Stop the U.S.-backed massacres in Haiti! workers.org A week of solidarity actions for the people's struggle in Haiti reached hundreds of people from Oakland to San Jose beginning Sept. 30. The public meetings and demonstrations were organized by the Haiti Action Committee to protest police terror and massacre of the Haitian people who are resisting with their . . . | Continue reading Stop the U.S.-backed massacres in Haiti! at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-10-11). Russia to Invest $16.5 Billion in Venezuela by the End of 2019. telesurenglish.net As a result of the last meeting of the Russia-Venezuela High Level Intergovernmental Commission (CIAN), which was held in Caracas on Saturday, Russia announced that it will invest US$4 billion in the Bolivarian economy until the end of 2019. | RELATED: | Venezuela: PDVSA Rejects Accusations of Oil Spill in Brazil | "In the midst of difficulties, we can move forward together through the political and diplomatic coordination that we have developed in response to the imperial harassme…

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-11). The Psychotic Logic of the New US-Russia Arms Race: One Step Closer to Nuclear Confrontation. globalresearch.ca On October 7th, Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Russia and the US needed to come to grips with the issue of short-range and intermediate-range missile deployment. | "In case the United States deploy these types of …

newsinenglish.no (2019-10-11). Norway Drops US-NATO Missile Defense Program. Normalization of Relations with Russia? globalresearch.ca Just weeks before meeting Russian officials in the northern city of Kirkenes, to celebrate how the former Soviet Union liberated Finnmark from Nazi German occupation n 1944, Norwegian government officials have made a concession to their neighbours. They won't be …

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-11). The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Weaponization of The Olympic Games, against Russia. globalresearch.ca Most of the world remembers the controversy in recent years about Russian athletes allegedly failing to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) policies, but that scandal still continues to this day after the international organization recently threatened that country's …

RT (2019-10-11). Trump nominates John Sullivan as US ambassador to Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump has nominated Deputy Secretary of State John Joseph Sullivan as the new ambassador to Russia. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill the spot vacated by the departure of Jon Huntsman. | Sullivan, 59, has served as deputy secretary since May 2017. He was acting secretary of state in March and April 2018, following the resignation of Rex Tillerson and the confirmation of current Secretary Mike Pompeo. | Most of his previous government experience has been in law, rather than diplomacy. Early on in his career, Sullivan clerked for a Fifth Circuit appeals judge and Supreme Court Justice…

teleSUR (2019-10-11). US Sends Thousands of Children, Babies Back to Mexico. telesurenglish.net Since January, the U.S. government has ordered 16,000 migrants under 18, including nearly 500 infants, to wait with their families in Mexico for U.S. immigration court hearings, a Reuters analysis of government data found. | RELATED: | US Advocacy Group Launches 'Quit ICE' Initiative | Along the U.S.-Mexico border, babies and toddlers are living in high-crime cities—often in crowded shelters and tents or on the streets—for the weeks or months it takes to get a U.S. asylum hearing in t…

Staff (2019-10-11). California to End its Use of Private, For-Profit Prisons. truthdig.com Immigrant advocates say the bill will put an end to almost all immigration detention in the state in the next few years.

Teresa Albano (2019-10-11). Resisting Anti-Immigrant Hate in the City of Big Shoulders. progressive.org A gaggle of far-right MAGA men showed up at a Chicago church to protest its immigrant rights work. Bad decision.

Andrew Korybko (2019-10-11). Is "Operation Peace Spring" a Trap Sprung by Trump on Turkey? globalresearch.ca It's worthwhile to wonder whether "Operation Peace Spring" is a trap sprung by Trump on Turkey after the US created the conditions for Ankara's invasion but then proceeded to threaten punitive measures against the country after its nominal NATO "ally" …

Staff (2019-10-11). Ethiopia's Reformist PM Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize. truthdig.com ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an inspiration to the continent and a hopeful counterpoint to strongman movements far beyond it. | Now the task for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is reining in the ethnic violence that followed the loosening of repressive controls, and resisting any urge to crack down. "He deserves it and the new challenge is keeping it," one outspoken African activist, Nigerian Shehu Sani, said of the award. | Abiy, a favorite to win de…

Gabriel Leà£o (2019-10-11). Killing the Messengers: Rising Violence Against Journalists and Indigenous Leaders Defending the Amazon. counterpunch.org In February 2005, the body of 73-year-old Sister Dorothy Stang was found on the side of a remote dirt road 33 miles from Anapu, Pará, in Brazil's AmazonBasin. Seven bullets pierced her body. The first hit her in the abdomen, then after she fell face down, the killers fired bullets to the back and four More

The Canary (2019-10-11). Far-right terrorist in German synagogue attack admits to shootings on Judaism's holiest day. thecanary.co The suspect in an attack on a German synagogue that left two people dead has reportedly admitted carrying out the shooting.Two people outside the synagogue were shot dead by the attacker after he failed to gain entry to the building.News agency dpa reported that the man admitted to the crime and a right-wing extremist motive, and federal prosecutors say he testified for several hours.The German, identified by prosecutors as Stephan B, was ordered to be held in custody pending formal charges at a closed-door hearing before a judge on Thursday night.He is suspected of two counts of murder and seven of attempted mur…

Staff (2019-10-11). U.S. Suspends Plans to Hike Tariffs on Chinese Imports. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending a tariff hike on $250 billion in Chinese imports that was set to take effect Tuesday, and China agreed to buy $40 billion to $50 billion in U.S. farm products as the world's two biggest economies reached a cease-fire in their 15-month trade war. | The White House said the two sides made some progress on the thornier issues, including China's lax protection of foreign intellectual property. But more work will have to be made on key differences in later negotiations, including U.S. allegations that China forces foreign countries to hand over trade secrets in…

Staff (2019-10-11). U.S. Suspends Plans to Hike Tariffs on Chinese Imports. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The United States is suspending a tariff hike on $250 billion in Chinese imports that was set to take effect Tuesday, and China agreed to buy $40 billion to $50 billion in U.S. farm products as the world's two biggest economies reached a cease-fire in their 15-month trade war. | The White House said the two sides made some progress on the thornier issues, including China's lax protection of foreign intellectual property. But more progress will have to be made on key differences in later negotiations, including U.S. allegations that China forces foreign countries to hand over trade secrets in re…

The Canary (2019-10-11). Japan braces for typhoon ahead of weekend. thecanary.co A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring two feet of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area this weekend, and Japan's government has warned people to stockpile supplies and evacuate before it becomes too dangerous.The Rugby World Cup and other events were cancelled for Saturday, and flights and train services halted."In order to protect your own life and your loved ones, please try to start evacuating early before it gets dark and the storm becomes powerful," Meteorological Agency forecast department chief Yasushi Kajihara told a news conference.A man watches a public TV of weather forecast in Tokyo (Eugene Hos…

William Hartung — Mandy Smithburger (2019-10-11). The Pentagon is Pledging to Reform Itself, Again. It Won't. counterpunch.org For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left). With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it attempts to set the stage for yet more spending increases in the years to come. With such enormous sums now locked in, More

Eds. (2019-10-11). Under capitalism, even water is a tool of oppression. mronline.org All life depends on water. It covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface, makes up 60 percent of our bodies and literally falls from the sky. It's abundant and indispensable. But under capitalism, even water is a tool of social domination. | Source

Louis Proyect (2019-10-11). Building Soldier Resistance Under the Shadows of Fascism. counterpunch.org In the summer of 1967, I was edging closer to joining the Trotskyist movement. In June, Israel had claimed victory in the Six-Day War. This left it with the occupied territories that have continued to galvanize Palestinian resistance for more than a half-century. By this time, I had given up on the myth of "socialist More

Richard Moser (2019-10-11). The Empire Is Running Out of War Stories. Or is it? Will American Exceptionalism Rise Again? counterpunch.org American Exceptionalism remains one of the innermost ideas shaping our national identity and still lies behind all of the war stories used to justify US foreign policy. Exceptionalism has been a part of American culture since the very first European settlers landed. At its core, exceptionalism places America outside of normal history into a category More

Lawrence Davidson (2019-10-11). Donald Trump, the Christian Warrior. counterpunch.org It turns out that President Donald Trump has a "top religion advisor." This is surprising because there is no evidence that President Trump has a "top religion," or any religion at all. The only regular activities to occupy this president's church-going Sundays are rounds of golf and the composing of malicious Twitter messages. To understand just More

Mark Ashwill (2019-10-11). Reflections on General Giap and the End of an Era in Vietnam. counterpunch.org Six years have passed but the memory of the great general's death and funeral are still fresh in my mind. While thousands upon thousands of Vietnamese waited patiently under the still potent autumn sun to bid a final farewell to their national hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap, who lay in state at the National Funeral More

Becky Grant (2019-10-11). CounterPunch in Peril? counterpunch.org I started working for Alexander Cockburn 22 years ago. I was hired to convert his hunt-and-pecked type-written articles into digital format. It was a complicated exchange involving a range of technologies, his archaic fountain pen corrections (inkblots included), lots of whiteout and typing paper and my old "vintage" Mac – a suit-cased sized beast and an old, low-resolution monitor. More

Paul Street (2019-10-11). On the TrumpenLeft and False Equivalence. counterpunch.org No political "Left" can or should exist that: + cannot or will not walk and chew gum at the same time. + fails to forthrightly and unambiguously oppose the United States' current fascist, racist, eco-cidal, and sexist presidency and its noxious white Amerikaner base. + reflexively and constantly responds to every liberal and Left criticism More

Mitchell Zimmerman (2019-10-11). IMPOTUS: Droit de seigneur at Mar-a-Lago. counterpunch.org "Trump Crashes Wedding and Kisses Bride" — 850 WFTL News Talk "Will he really come?" she worried. Nearly 4: 00 a.m., and Kaitlyn had suddenly awakened beside her husband of less than a day. Jason had drifted into a deep sleep following a tear-the-sheets night, consummating their marriage vows in the grand bed in the Seigneur More

Sam Pizzigati (2019-10-11). Inequality is Literally Killing Us. counterpunch.org What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales. The most depressing of these — at least this century — may be the sampling that looks at the incomes average Americans are earning. More

Jill Richardson (2019-10-11). What Life on the Margins Feels Like. counterpunch.org My campus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is in an uproar over a video to promote the school's homecoming that features no students of color. We are one of the whitest schools in the country, but we are not unique in having a race problem. In that regard, we're as American as apple pie. Or, rather, More

Christopher Ketcham (2019-10-11). Ode to the Drums of Ginger Baker. counterpunch.org Ginger Baker, one of our greatest drummers, is dead. They say he died last Sunday, at the age of 80. On the drums he was my teacher in spirit, a sensei from afar. My habit these days is to go out to the barn around 3 am and talk with my drums until dawn, and More

Andrew Levine (2019-10-11). Trump's End Days. counterpunch.org Consciousness of time passing seldom accords with what clocks and calendars tell us. The discord is especially acute in these days of Trump-induced, ever changing "breaking news." Thus, it seems to me and I suspect to every other sentient being paying attention, that it was centuries ago that Donald Trump was still making an effort More

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-11). Israeli police "turning a blind eye to killing spree" dissidentvoice.org Palestinian citizens of Israel escalated their protests against the police and government on Thursday by bringing sections of the country's busiest highway to a crawl as they drove in a slow convoy towards Jerusalem for a major demonstration. It was the latest in a series of high-stakes confrontations by Israel's large Palestinian minority with the …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-11). Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian Citizen in Israeli Prison. counterpunch.org On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention. On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike to protest their unlawful detention and horrific conditions in Israeli prisons. Among the prisoners is More

WSWS (2019-10-11). Right-wing extremist network behind fascist synagogue attack in Germany. wsws.org The reality is that the "ideological inciters" of the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle hold top positions within the state and security apparatus, the intelligence agencies, the military and the federal government.

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-11). The Privatization of US Led Wars. The Pentagon's Private Contractors. globalresearch.ca The economic logic has driven the increasing dependency on mercenaries and private contractors ever since the beginning of the "war on terror" in 2001. | First, a few statistical indicators: | 75% of all western military personnel in Afghanistan are now private …

Marc Vandepitte (2019-10-11). China Will Shake the Whole World: About Farmers and Artificial Intelligence. globalresearch.ca For the first time in recent history, a poor, underdeveloped country has in no time developed into an economic superpower, with a major impact on world affairs. How has this been made possible? What does this mean for the rest …

Michael Welch (2019-10-11). STAR WARS Revisited: Trump's Plans to Make Space the Ultimate Battleground. globalresearch.ca "President Trump stated clearly forcefully that space is in his words "a war-fighting domain, just like land, and air and sea." | And just as we've done in ages past, the United States of America under his leadership will meet the …

EA Cassie (2019-10-11). 'Where Can I Go?' The Threat of Annexation of Palestinian Lands in the Jordan Valley. globalresearch.ca As the sheep ventured out in search of food, the sun rose over the hills behind them. Their climb was made significantly easier than previous weeks, as the sweltering heat of the day didn't arrive until after 8.30am. The sheep …

Medical Aid for Palestinians (2019-10-11). "This House Was My Life, but I Saw It Smashed into Rubble Because I Am Palestinian" globalresearch.ca Ghaleb Abu Hadwan, 63, and his family are staying with extended family back in Shufat refugee camp after Israeli forces last week destroyed the new home they had constructed in Wadi al-Hummus, after saving up for it for years….

Staff (2019-10-11). Trump's Trillion-Dollar Hit to Homeowners. truthdig.com ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | This story was co-published with Fortune. | That massive number is the reduction in home values caused by the 2017 tax law that capped federal deductions for state and local real estate and income taxes at $10,000 a year and also eliminated some mortgage interest deductions. The impact varies widely across different areas. Counties with high home prices and high real…

commondreams (2019-10-11). Judge Blocks "Public Charge" Immigration Rule From Going Into Effect. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julie Reynolds (2019-10-11). Hedge Fund-Owned Newspaper Group Outsources Design Abroad, Chasing Higher Dividends. theintercept.com Investigative journalist Thomas Peele remembers the day he learned that he and fellow reporters at the East Bay Times and the San Jose Mercury News won the Pulitzer Prize for their "relentless" coverage of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California. | Peele was stunned and, of course, elated that he and his team would be honored for their dogged work covering a tragedy that shook their region. | It was April 2017. One week later, MediaNews Group, owner of the two papers and scores of others around the country, announced plans to move the Bay Area's copy desk work to Southern California, triggerin…

WSWS (2019-10-11). Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets. wsws.org This year's Nobel Prize in Physics focuses on the deeper understanding of humanity's place in the cosmos that has been developed over the past six decades.

WSWS (2019-10-11). Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Wijesiriwardena's speech was heard by about 4,000 people at the event and watched by tens of thousands across Sri Lanka on two television networks.

W. T. Whitney (2019-10-11). Upcoming Elections Represent Testing Time for Bolivia's Socialist Government. counterpunch.org Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice President àÅlvaro García Linera are presently campaigning for their fourth terms in office. In elections set for October 20, Morales, candidate of the Movement to Socialism Party (MAS), is polling 15 points ahead of ex-President Carlos Mesa of the Citizen Community Party. Seven other presidential candidates are competing. The More

Arthur Hoyle (2019-10-11). The Meaning of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org Our crippled political system has produced a president who is clearly mentally ill and unfit for the office he holds. His narcissistic self-love only allows him to embrace people who are unstintingly loyal to him, indifferent to his cruelty and barbarity. His inner circle comprises family members and political cronies like Mike Pence willing to More

2019-10-11: Social Media Postees

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If you take away freedom, all four seasons and I will die
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-10-11
Turkey has invaded Syria. In particular, Turkey has crossed the border to destroy the largely Syrian Kurdish province of Rojava, south of the Turkey-Syria border and east of the Euphrates River. The green light for this invasion came from Washington, DC, when U.S. President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. […] | Source…
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Channel 4 shamed other establishment outlets with its frank report on Turkey's illegal invasion of Syria
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
While other establishment media outlets held back in their reporting of NATO member Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria, Channel 4 put them to shame with a frank and honest analysis. | "It's called ethnic cleansing": | Channel 4's international editor Lindsey Hilsum, reporting from the largely-Kurdish region of northern Syria (aka Rojava), asked: "wh…
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'There's a hundred ways to defend Rojava': a statement from Internationalists in North East Syria
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
The Canary is proud to publish this guest post from Internationalist currently volunteering in North East Syria (Rojava). | As of Wednesday 9 October, the fascist Turkish state along with their mercenary Jihadist gangs began their offensive against the free peoples of North East Syria. There have already been civilian casualties, injuries and displacement as a result of these attacks. | As Internationalist volunteers in North East Syria, we came here to be a part of the revolution, to share what we can and to learn everything possible…
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US and Russia Fail to Condemn Turkish Aggression in Syria. Moscow and Washington Exercise Their UNSC Veto in Favor of Turkey's Invasion of Northern Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
On Thursday, the US and Russia vetoed the same Security Council Resolution, the first time this happened since the body initially met on January 17, 1946. | On Thursday in closed-door session, an EU Security Resolution called on Turkey "to cease …
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Corbyn says sanctions on Turkey could be needed if 'appalling' attacks on Kurdish areas of Syria continue
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
The British government has faced criticism for failing to act over Turkey's invasion of northern Syria. The UK's NATO ally is attacking largely-Kurdis…
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Crises in Iraq and Haiti Expose the Failure of Militarized Neoliberalism
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
This season could be called the Autumn of Discontent, as people from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean have been rising up against corrupt neoliberal governments. Two of the countries in crisis, Haiti and Iraq, are on …
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Cynical Enterprises: The Kurds Await Their Fate, Betrayed by the US
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Big powers, as with the greatest of gangsters, have always had a certain, indulgent luxury; their prerogative is to make promises they can choose to abide by or ignore. A vision is assured, guarantees made. Then comes the betrayal. The …
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A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.
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Sure Trump is 'Betraying the Kurds!' But What's New about That?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they've been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years, not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels,…
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Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons
Tom Gallagher | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
Absent all the hardware bearing Made in America stickers sitting in Turkish military bases, we would probably not be fretting about what Turkey's government was doing to the Syrian Democratic Forces. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump Admits US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . "We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION"
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Amid the storm of denunciations–extending from right-wing Republicans to the Democratic Party, the New York Times and the pseudo-left Jacobinmagazine–of his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary tweet on Wednesday in defense …
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Video: Syrian Forces Deployed against Turkish Invasion, US backed SDF Forces Seek Cooperation with Damascus Against Turkey
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
The withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish border has caused a kind of panic among the leadership of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish militias. | On October 7, the group already speculated that the Syrian …
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World Leaders Condemn Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring" and Demand Exercising Restraint
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
"Operation Peace Spring" Turkey's third cross border military operation in northern Syria, in as many years, was initiated east of the Euphrates River, on Wednesday. Turkish armed forces began heavy air and artillery strikes targeting about 180-200 Kurdish positions. Turkey's …
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Video: Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring". US Withdraws. Turkey Invades Northeastern Syria. Bombs US Supported YPG Forces
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Turkey officially announced that it had launched a military operation in northeastern Syria. Over the past years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other representatives of the country's leadership have repeatedly announced this idea. However, this time promises were turned …
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U.S. and Turkey out of Syria — No to the NATO invasion!
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-11
Down with the Turkish invasion! U.S. and Turkey out of Syria and the Middle East!
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Turkish army and militia forces surround Kurdish towns as invasion advances
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-11
Scores of Kurdish civilians, including children, were killed and injured as Turkish forces and their jihadist allies closed in on the towns of Tel Abyad and Serekaniye in northern Syria yesterday. NATO's second largest army began its invasion after launching air strikes across the Syrian border. Troops flooded into the largely Kurdish region east of …
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Crisis mounts over Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-11
Trump's green light for the Turkish invasion has prompted heated condemnations from his Republican allies as well as within the US military.
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Kurdish Fighters Always Feared Trump Would be a Treacherous Ally
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
In a field beside a disused railway station on the plain just south of the Syrian-Turkish frontier, a brigade of Syrian Kurdish soldiers were retraining in order to resist an invasion by the Turkish army. "We acted like a regular army when we were fighting Daesh [Isis]," Rojvan, a veteran Kurdish commander of the YPG…
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Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price
Vassilis K. Fouskas, Bulent Gokay | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
The civil war in Syria, exacerbated by military intervention by countries including the U.S., has left 5.5 million Syrians seeking asylum. (Photo: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Turkey Outspends Kurdish Forces on Lobbying in Washington, DC
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-11
| Turkey launched its long-planned military operation on Wednesday to wipe out the Kurdish militia along its southern border with Syria, following a White House announcement on Sunday that the U.S. would step aside by withdrawing all its troops from the region. | The decision quickly drew criticism, with some of President Donald Trump's fiercest allies condemning him for leaving behind Kurdish forces who helped fight…
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Turkish Military Offensive Risks a Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria
commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
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Mainstream Media Suddenly Care About Syrian Civilian Casualties
Brett Wilkins | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
A Syrian man carried a child who was retrieved from a collapsed building following a reported U.S. coalition air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo in July 2016. (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Indigenous-Led Protests Rock Ecuador Decrying IMF Deal and Demanding Moreno's Resignation
Julian Cola | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-11
Labeled "savages" in times past, today the mobilizing efforts of the indigenous have been associated with the work of "terrorist groups" and "criminal groups" by President…
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CIA spied on Assange's lawyers, visitors in Ecuadorian embassy
wsws.org | 2019-10-11
The El País report indicates that the US pursuit of Assange has included the illegal surveillance of American lawyers and journalists, in violation of the US Constitution.
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Live Updates: Ecuadoreans Protest Against Lenin Moreno Regime
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-11
For the ninth consecutive day, Ecuador's social movements, indigenous organizations, workers unions, and student organizations, together with thousands of citizens who have taken to the streets, are performing a nationwide strike against President Lenin Moreno and the economic policies package recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) | RELATED: | 'Most Protesters Were Coming for Me': Moreno on Leaving Capital | In Quito, the country's capital, Thursday night ended wit…
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Lenín versus Lenin in Ecuador
Carlos Aznarez | workers.org | 2019-10-11
Aznárez, based in Buenos Aires, is the director of Resumen Latinoamericano (resumenlatinoamericano.org), which published this article on Oct. 8. Translation by Michael Otto. As the revolutionary Franz Fanon wrote, insurrection has always been a weapon of the humble people — of the "wretched of the earth." It is a necessary . . . | Continue reading Lenín versus Lenin in Ecuador at Workers.org
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A massive people's strike explodes in Ecuador
Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez | workers.org | 2019-10-11
Oct. 10 — The great people's strike has exploded in Ecuador. Today is the eighth day that road traffic in Ibarra, a city with a population of 250,000, has been completely shut down, with no buses or taxis running. It is the sixth day of suspended classes for all students. . . . | Continue reading A massive people's strike explodes in Ecuador at Workers.org
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Live Updates: Ecuadoreans Protest Lenin Moreno Regime
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-11
For the ninth consecutive day, Ecuador's civil society movements, spearheaded mainly by the Ecuadorean Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie), are conducting a nationwide strike and holding massive protests across the Andean country against President Lenin Moreno and the economic policies package he agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | RELATED: | 'Most Protesters Were Coming for Me': Moreno on Leaving Capital | By Thursday night five people were d…
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Defying repression, tens of thousands of Ecuadorians take part in national strike
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-10-11
The heavy-handed response of the Ecuadorian police and military to the massive mobilizations in the country has already cost eight lives with hundreds suffering grave injuries | Source…
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Peru's Constitutional Crisis Cuts Deep Due to Endemic Corruption
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
The standoff between Peru's president and its legislature has found a temporary resolution, but the corruption crisis continues and the left might be able to take advantage of the situation.
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Houthis Vow Retaliation As Saudi Naval Blockade Sparks Fresh Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-11
Saudi Arabia has stepped up its seizure and detention of ships carrying food and fuel into Yemen, sparking shortages that experts warn will push the country's civilians into even more dire straits.
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Bipartisan Senate Report Debunks Trump-Giuliani "Spygate" Conspiracy Theory
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-11
| Even by the hyperactive standards of the Trump era, this week was a bit of a news overload. The White House "declared war" on the House of Representatives by declaring that impeachment is unconstitutional. The President impulsively gave the green light to Turkey to slaughter America's Kurdish allies. And the Southern District of New York arrested two of Rudy Giuliani's Ukrainian business partners and political associates as they tried to leave the country on a one-way ticket. There were a…
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Here's What the Framers of the Constitution Said About Impeachment
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-11
| There has been much discussion about what the framers of the Constitution thought about impeachment of the president, particularly given the wide range of impeachable things Trump has done, and the debate around whether impeaching him is consistent with the thoughts of the men who wrote the Constitution's impeachment clause. (At the time, they'd not yet settled on the term "president" so they referred to the president at the "executive" or "magistrate.") | Here are the framers' own words, recorde…
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Democrats Impeach Joe Biden, Fiddle as the Planet Burns
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Establishment efforts to isolate 'corruption' narrowly in the persons of Donald Trump and Joe Biden's son, Hunter, rely on a conception of it that makes sense only within political economy that ceased to function for the rest of us some decades ago. Understood outside of Washington and New York is that the exchange of campaign…
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Actually, Rudy Giuliani Has Always Been Like This
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-11
"I will be the hero! These morons–when this is over, I will be the hero…. Anything I did should be praised." | These are the words of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, speaking of the government operative who leaked information about the president's conversations with the Ukrainian president that has led to impeachment proceedings. Out of context, they appear to be narcissistic ravings. In context, they are just another installment of the constant refrain Americans are used to…
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Trump makes fascistic appeal to police and military at Minneapolis rally
wsws.org | 2019-10-11
The president spoke at his first rally since the start of the impeachment inquiry with dozens of red-shirted police as a backdrop, and any protesters physically removed.
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Why Trump Is Facing Impeachment
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-11
The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….. — Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted …
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Why Trump is Facing Impeachment
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
"The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….." Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted Trump…
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Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.
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John McDonnell speaks out as it emerges Facebook only paid £28.5m in UK tax despite £1.65bn revenue
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
Facebook only paid £28.5 million in UK taxes last year despite reporting growing revenue of £1.65 billion from advertising sales.The tech giant's latest UK accounts reveal that pre-tax profits jumped by more than 50% from the year before to £96.6 million.Its total tax bill for 2018 came in at £30.4 million, but this was reduced by £1.9 million due to deferred tax and effects of changes in tax rates — up from the £15.8 million it paid in tax for 2017.Labour's shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said: How many more examples of large-scale tax avoidance does this Government nee…
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Jane Fonda protests 'climate change' in DC because Greta Thunberg said so, gets arrested
rt.com | 2019-10-11
Award-winning actress Jane Fonda has woken up to how bad climate change is after listening to Swedish teen Greta Thunberg. She came to Washington to protest on the steps of the Capitol, and promptly got arrested. | "I've been a climate scientist for decades and decades," Fonda, 81, told ABC News — but it was apparently Thunberg holding a sign in from of the Swedish parliament that inspired her to actually take to the streets. So the 81-year-old actress decided to get out of her "comfort zone," leaving her $5.45 million Los Angeles mansion to move across the country to Washington, DC for the purpose of pro…
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Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-11
Twitter is refusing to verify the accounts of primary challengers running for Congress in 2020, a policy that many candidates say is hurting their campaigns and helping keep the same handful of politicians in power. | Cori Bush, a community activist who challenged 10-term incumbent William Lacy Clay in the St. Louis-based district last cycle, still hasn't been verified on Twitter. She's running in Missouri's 1st Congressional District again in 2020, and even starred in a documentary about her first attempt. "Knock Down the House," the Rachel Lears film Netflix bought for a record $10 million, followed the insurge…
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Climate Change: All Talk No Action
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Awareness of climate change and the interconnected environmental crisis is growing throughout the world. Protest movements led by Extinction Rebellion and School Strike for Climate increase in number and scope, demands for action are repeated, louder and louder, anger and anxiety mounts. And yet politicians and corporations, complacent, trapped by outdated ideology and motivated by…
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Climate Justice in India: A critical overview
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-10-11
Global climate strike led by Greta Thunberg and youth around the world has trigged climate justice debates in the mainstream. In India, from the past few weeks, we have witnessed climate protests in major metropolitan cities demanding governments to act on the current climate crisis to ensure a livable future for the coming generations. | Source…
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The rich get more aid after floods, new research shows
Climate Nexus | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-11
Wealthier counties receive more federal home buyouts in the wake of natural disasters than poorer areas, regardless of whether or not these homes are at increased risk of flooding, new research shows. A study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances analyzes 40,000 voluntary buyouts made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 1989, finding that federal grants …
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Climate breakdown activists 'wallpaper' government department with science reports
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
Environmental activists have 'wallpapered' the front of a government department with pages of science detailing the climate impact of fracked gas.A group of protesters, many dressed in boiler suits, pasted printouts of a study by climate scientist Professor Robert Howarth of Cornell University in the US, showing the effects of fracked gas on fossil fuels.The group pasted the pages on the revolving doors, walls and windows of the department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Dublin.The move is the flagship action of Extinction Rebellion week in the city.Extinction Rebellion (XR) protestors wallpa…
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Struggle for climate change is a struggle against capitalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-10-11
The struggle against inequality and for destruction of capital is innately linked with struggle for man-nature dialectics of the higher order where earth does not remain a commodity to be exploited. | Source…
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Iranian Oil Tanker Targeted by Two Missiles Off the Saudi Coast
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-11
An Iranian oil tanker that was traveling through the Red Sea waters on Friday was reportedly targeted by two missiles from an unidentified source, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced in an official statement. | RELATED: | Iran Reiterates Hormuz Plan Will Guarantee Peace in the Region | Iran identified the ship as the 'Sabiti', which, at the time, was traveling off the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah when the explosions were first reported at 9: 00 A.M. (Riyadh Time).
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Pentagon sending 2,000+ more troops to 'assure and enhance defense' of Saudi Arabia amid tensions with Iran
rt.com | 2019-10-11
The US is beefing up military might in the Middle East, saying it will send more troops, fighter jets and missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran. | US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the deployment of two fighter squadrons, one Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems and one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday. | This is in addition to the 200 or so troops, Patriots and radar systems whose deployment was announced two weeks ago, and amounts to 3,000 troops "e…
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US Deploys Large Force to Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-11
The U.S. Armed Forces will deploy a large number of military personnel to Saudi Arabia to help bolster the kingdom's defenses following the September 14 attack on its oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran. | RELATED: | Iranian Oil Tanker Targeted by Two Missiles Off the Saudi Coast | According to a statement from the Pentagon, the deployment, which was first reported by Reuters, will include fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing and air defens…
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Some in Hong Kong Feel Frustrated, as Their City Is Losing to Mainland China
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Hong Kong is losing to Mainland China. Its poverty rates are high, it suffers from corruption and savage capitalism. It is now the most expensive city on earth. People are frustrated, but paradoxically, they are blaming socialist Beijing for their …
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Some in Hong Kong feel frustrated as their city is losing to Mainland China
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-11
Hong Kong is losing to Mainland China. Its poverty rates are high, it suffers from corruption and savage capitalism. It is now the most expensive city on earth. People are frustrated, but paradoxically, they are blaming socialist Beijing for their problems, instead of the legacy of British colonialism. 'Across the line', Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Xiang …
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Tulsi Gabbard and Rigged Elections
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Tulsi Gabbard, who has at best minimal support by Democrats (around one percent), and zero from the corporate DNC, posted the following video earlier today. | . | . | There are so many of you who I've met in Iowa and | …
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Tulsi Gabbard: "The DNC and Corporate Media Are Rigging the Election Again"
Rep Tulsi Gabbard | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Introductory note | Tulsi Gabbard has identified the nature of the electoral fraud committed by the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 primaries. | The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against | …
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Trump Attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar and Somali Refugees at Minnesota Rally
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-11
| After President Donald Trump launched unhinged and racist attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and Minnesota's Somali refugee community during a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night, Omar quickly responded that Trump's hate-filled rhetoric and policies can and must be defeated by a grassroots progressive movement. | "At his rally just now, Trump called me an 'America-hating socialist' and a 'disgrace.' He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me,"
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Real life and resistance in Venezuela — Ben Norton reports on effects of US blockade
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-11
Ben Norton speaks about his reporting in Venezuela, where he investigated how bipartisan US sanctions and Trump's embargo are making…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/11/life-resistan…

Stop the U.S.-backed massacres in Haiti!
WWSFBAB | workers.org | 2019-10-11
A week of solidarity actions for the people's struggle in Haiti reached hundreds of people from Oakland to San Jose beginning Sept. 30. The public meetings and demonstrations were organized by the Haiti Action Committee to protest police terror and massacre of the Haitian people who are resisting with their . . . | Continue reading Stop the U.S.-backed massacres in Haiti! at Workers.org
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Russia to Invest $16.5 Billion in Venezuela by the End of 2019
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-11
As a result of the last meeting of the Russia-Venezuela High Level Intergovernmental Commission (CIAN), which was held in Caracas on Saturday, Russia announced that it will invest US$4 billion in the Bolivarian economy until the end of 2019. | RELATED: | Venezuela: PDVSA Rejects Accusations of Oil Spill in Brazil | "In the midst of difficulties, we can move forward together through the political and diplomatic coordination that we have developed in response to the imperial harassme…
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Norway Drops US-NATO Missile Defense Program. Normalization of Relations with Russia?
newsinenglish.no | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Just weeks before meeting Russian officials in the northern city of Kirkenes, to celebrate how the former Soviet Union liberated Finnmark from Nazi German occupation n 1944, Norwegian government officials have made a concession to their neighbours. They won't be …
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The Psychotic Logic of the New US-Russia Arms Race: One Step Closer to Nuclear Confrontation
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
On October 7th, Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Russia and the US needed to come to grips with the issue of short-range and intermediate-range missile deployment. | "In case the United States deploy these types of | …
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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Weaponization of The Olympic Games, against Russia
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Most of the world remembers the controversy in recent years about Russian athletes allegedly failing to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) policies, but that scandal still continues to this day after the international organization recently threatened that country's …
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Trump nominates John Sullivan as US ambassador to Russia
rt.com | 2019-10-11
US President Donald Trump has nominated Deputy Secretary of State John Joseph Sullivan as the new ambassador to Russia. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill the spot vacated by the departure of Jon Huntsman. | Sullivan, 59, has served as deputy secretary since May 2017. He was acting secretary of state in March and April 2018, following the resignation of Rex Tillerson and the confirmation of current Secretary Mike Pompeo. | Most of his previous government experience has been in law, rather than diplomacy. Early on in his career, Sullivan clerked for a Fifth Circuit appeals judge and Supreme Court Justice…
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California to End its Use of Private, For-Profit Prisons
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-11
Immigrant advocates say the bill will put an end to almost all immigration detention in the state in the next few years.
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Resisting Anti-Immigrant Hate in the City of Big Shoulders
Teresa Albano | progressive.org | 2019-10-11
A gaggle of far-right MAGA men showed up at a Chicago church to protest its immigrant rights work. Bad decision.
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US Sends Thousands of Children, Babies Back to Mexico
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-11
Since January, the U.S. government has ordered 16,000 migrants under 18, including nearly 500 infants, to wait with their families in Mexico for U.S. immigration court hearings, a Reuters analysis of government data found. | RELATED: | US Advocacy Group Launches 'Quit ICE' Initiative | Along the U.S.-Mexico border, babies and toddlers are living in high-crime cities–often in crowded shelters and tents or on the streets–for the weeks or months it takes to get a U.S. asylum hearing in t…
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Is "Operation Peace Spring" a Trap Sprung by Trump on Turkey?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
It's worthwhile to wonder whether "Operation Peace Spring" is a trap sprung by Trump on Turkey after the US created the conditions for Ankara's invasion but then proceeded to threaten punitive measures against the country after its nominal NATO "ally" …
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Ethiopia's Reformist PM Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-11
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an inspiration to the continent and a hopeful counterpoint to strongman movements far beyond it. | Now the task for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is reining in the ethnic violence that followed the loosening of repressive controls, and resisting any urge to crack down. "He deserves it and the new challenge is keeping it," one outspoken African activist, Nigerian Shehu Sani, said of the award. | Abiy, a favorite to win de…
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Killing the Messengers: Rising Violence Against Journalists and Indigenous Leaders Defending the Amazon
Gabriel Leà£o | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
In February 2005, the body of 73-year-old Sister Dorothy Stang was found on the side of a remote dirt road 33 miles from Anapu, Pará, in Brazil's AmazonBasin. Seven bullets pierced her body. The first hit her in the abdomen, then after she fell face down, the killers fired bullets to the back and four…
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Israeli police "turning a blind eye to killing spree"
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-11
Palestinian citizens of Israel escalated their protests against the police and government on Thursday by bringing sections of the country's busiest highway to a crawl as they drove in a slow convoy towards Jerusalem for a major demonstration. It was the latest in a series of high-stakes confrontations by Israel's large Palestinian minority with the …
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Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian Citizen in Israeli Prison
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention. On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike to protest their unlawful detention and horrific conditions in Israeli prisons. Among the prisoners is…
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On the TrumpenLeft and False Equivalence
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
No political "Left" can or should exist that: + cannot or will not walk and chew gum at the same time. + fails to forthrightly and unambiguously oppose the United States' current fascist, racist, eco-cidal, and sexist presidency and its noxious white Amerikaner base. + reflexively and constantly responds to every liberal and Left criticism…
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The Privatization of US Led Wars. The Pentagon's Private Contractors
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
The economic logic has driven the increasing dependency on mercenaries and private contractors ever since the beginning of the "war on terror" in 2001. | First, a few statistical indicators: | 75% of all western military personnel in Afghanistan are now private | …
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Right-wing extremist network behind fascist synagogue attack in Germany
wsws.org | 2019-10-11
The reality is that the "ideological inciters" of the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle hold top positions within the state and security apparatus, the intelligence agencies, the military and the federal government.
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Far-right terrorist in German synagogue attack admits to shootings on Judaism's holiest day
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
The suspect in an attack on a German synagogue that left two people dead has reportedly admitted carrying out the shooting.Two people outside the synagogue were shot dead by the attacker after he failed to gain entry to the building.News agency dpa reported that the man admitted to the crime and a right-wing extremist motive, and federal prosecutors say he testified for several hours.The German, identified by prosecutors as Stephan B, was ordered to be held in custody pending formal charges at a closed-door hearing before a judge on Thursday night.He is suspected of two counts of murder and seven of attempted mur…
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U.S. Suspends Plans to Hike Tariffs on Chinese Imports
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-11
WASHINGTON — The United States is suspending a tariff hike on $250 billion in Chinese imports that was set to take effect Tuesday, and China agreed to buy $40 billion to $50 billion in U.S. farm products as the world's two biggest economies reached a cease-fire in their 15-month trade war. | The White House said the two sides made some progress on the thornier issues, including China's lax protection of foreign intellectual property. But more progress will have to be made on key differences in later negotiations, including U.S. allegations that China forces foreign countries to hand over trade secrets in re…
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U.S. Suspends Plans to Hike Tariffs on Chinese Imports
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-11
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending a tariff hike on $250 billion in Chinese imports that was set to take effect Tuesday, and China agreed to buy $40 billion to $50 billion in U.S. farm products as the world's two biggest economies reached a cease-fire in their 15-month trade war. | The White House said the two sides made some progress on the thornier issues, including China's lax protection of foreign intellectual property. But more work will have to be made on key differences in later negotiations, including U.S. allegations that China forces foreign countries to hand over trade secrets in…
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China Will Shake the Whole World: About Farmers and Artificial Intelligence
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
For the first time in recent history, a poor, underdeveloped country has in no time developed into an economic superpower, with a major impact on world affairs. How has this been made possible? What does this mean for the rest …
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STAR WARS Revisited: Trump's Plans to Make Space the Ultimate Battleground
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
"President Trump stated clearly forcefully that space is in his words "a war-fighting domain, just like land, and air and sea." | And just as we've done in ages past, the United States of America under his leadership will meet the …
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"This House Was My Life, but I Saw It Smashed into Rubble Because I Am Palestinian"
Medical Aid for Palestinians | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Ghaleb Abu Hadwan, 63, and his family are staying with extended family back in Shufat refugee camp after Israeli forces last week destroyed the new home they had constructed in Wadi al-Hummus, after saving up for it for years….
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'Where Can I Go?' The Threat of Annexation of Palestinian Lands in the Jordan Valley
EA Cassie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
As the sheep ventured out in search of food, the sun rose over the hills behind them. Their climb was made significantly easier than previous weeks, as the sweltering heat of the day didn't arrive until after 8.30am. The sheep …
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Japan braces for typhoon ahead of weekend
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring two feet of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area this weekend, and Japan's government has warned people to stockpile supplies and evacuate before it becomes too dangerous.The Rugby World Cup and other events were cancelled for Saturday, and flights and train services halted."In order to protect your own life and your loved ones, please try to start evacuating early before it gets dark and the storm becomes powerful," Meteorological Agency forecast department chief Yasushi Kajihara told a news conference.A man watches a public TV of weather forecast in Tokyo (Eugene Hos…
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The Pentagon is Pledging to Reform Itself, Again. It Won't
William Hartung — Mandy Smithburger | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left). With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it attempts to set the stage for yet more spending increases in the years to come. With such enormous sums now locked in,…
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Trump's Trillion-Dollar Hit to Homeowners
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-11
ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | This story was co-published with Fortune. | That massive number is the reduction in home values caused by the 2017 tax law that capped federal deductions for state and local real estate and income taxes at $10,000 a year and also eliminated some mortgage interest deductions. The impact varies widely across different areas. Counties with high home prices and high real…
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Judge Blocks "Public Charge" Immigration Rule From Going Into Effect
commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
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Hedge Fund-Owned Newspaper Group Outsources Design Abroad, Chasing Higher Dividends
Julie Reynolds | theintercept.com | 2019-10-11
Investigative journalist Thomas Peele remembers the day he learned that he and fellow reporters at the East Bay Times and the San Jose Mercury News won the Pulitzer Prize for their "relentless" coverage of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California. | Peele was stunned and, of course, elated that he and his team would be honored for their dogged work covering a tragedy that shook their region. | It was April 2017. One week later, MediaNews Group, owner of the two papers and scores of others around the country, announced plans to move the Bay Area's copy desk work to Southern California, triggerin…
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Building Soldier Resistance Under the Shadows of Fascism
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
In the summer of 1967, I was edging closer to joining the Trotskyist movement. In June, Israel had claimed victory in the Six-Day War. This left it with the occupied territories that have continued to galvanize Palestinian resistance for more than a half-century. By this time, I had given up on the myth of…
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Donald Trump, the Christian Warrior
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
It turns out that President Donald Trump has a "top religion advisor." This is surprising because there is no evidence that President Trump has a "top religion," or any religion at all. The only regular activities to occupy this president's church-going Sundays are rounds of golf and the composing of malicious Twitter messages. To understand just…
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The Empire Is Running Out of War Stories. Or is it? Will American Exceptionalism Rise Again?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
American Exceptionalism remains one of the innermost ideas shaping our national identity and still lies behind all of the war stories used to justify US foreign policy. Exceptionalism has been a part of American culture since the very first European settlers landed. At its core, exceptionalism places America outside of normal history into a category…
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Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets
wsws.org | 2019-10-11
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics focuses on the deeper understanding of humanity's place in the cosmos that has been developed over the past six decades.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/11/phys…

Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka
wsws.org | 2019-10-11
Wijesiriwardena's speech was heard by about 4,000 people at the event and watched by tens of thousands across Sri Lanka on two television networks.
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Ode to the Drums of Ginger Baker
Christopher Ketcham | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Ginger Baker, one of our greatest drummers, is dead. They say he died last Sunday, at the age of 80. On the drums he was my teacher in spirit, a sensei from afar. My habit these days is to go out to the barn around 3 am and talk with my drums until dawn, and…
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Reflections on General Giap and the End of an Era in Vietnam
Mark Ashwill | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Six years have passed but the memory of the great general's death and funeral are still fresh in my mind. While thousands upon thousands of Vietnamese waited patiently under the still potent autumn sun to bid a final farewell to their national hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap, who lay in state at the National Funeral…
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What Life on the Margins Feels Like
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
My campus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is in an uproar over a video to promote the school's homecoming that features no students of color. We are one of the whitest schools in the country, but we are not unique in having a race problem. In that regard, we're as American as apple pie. Or, rather,…
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IMPOTUS: Droit de seigneur at Mar-a-Lago
Mitchell Zimmerman | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
"Trump Crashes Wedding and Kisses Bride" — 850 WFTL News Talk "Will he really come?" she worried. Nearly 4: 00 a.m., and Kaitlyn had suddenly awakened beside her husband of less than a day. Jason had drifted into a deep sleep following a tear-the-sheets night, consummating their marriage vows in the grand bed in the Seigneur…
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Trump's End Days
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Consciousness of time passing seldom accords with what clocks and calendars tell us. The discord is especially acute in these days of Trump-induced, ever changing "breaking news." Thus, it seems to me and I suspect to every other sentient being paying attention, that it was centuries ago that Donald Trump was still making an effort…
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Inequality is Literally Killing Us
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales. The most depressing of these — at least this century — may be the sampling that looks at the incomes average Americans are earning.
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Upcoming Elections Represent Testing Time for Bolivia's Socialist Government
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice President àÅlvaro García Linera are presently campaigning for their fourth terms in office. In elections set for October 20, Morales, candidate of the Movement to Socialism Party (MAS), is polling 15 points ahead of ex-President Carlos Mesa of the Citizen Community Party. Seven other presidential candidates are competing. The…
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CounterPunch in Peril?
Becky Grant | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
I started working for Alexander Cockburn 22 years ago. I was hired to convert his hunt-and-pecked type-written articles into digital format. It was a complicated exchange involving a range of technologies, his archaic fountain pen corrections (inkblots included), lots of whiteout and typing paper and my old "vintage" Mac – a suit-cased sized beast and an old, low-resolution monitor.
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The Meaning of Donald Trump
Arthur Hoyle | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
Our crippled political system has produced a president who is clearly mentally ill and unfit for the office he holds. His narcissistic self-love only allows him to embrace people who are unstintingly loyal to him, indifferent to his cruelty and barbarity. His inner circle comprises family members and political cronies like Mike Pence willing to…
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Tens of Thousands Flee Syrian Border Towns as Turkey Bombards Country Following Trump's Green Light
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
Human rights workers say 64,000 civilians have fled Syria since Turkey, with President Donald Trump's tacit approval, began an airstrike and shelling offensive in the northeastern region of the country on Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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